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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: September 15, 2010
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subject: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Bluewater Bay
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Coordinates: 30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00027
Source Institution: University of Florida
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COMI G

Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.
College Night, a free
event which features repre-
sentatives from more than
80 colleges and universi-
ties from across the nation,
will be held in the College
Mall (building K) of the
Northwest Florida State
College .
For information, call
NWF State College at
729-5379.
Saturday, 7 a.m.


More people, fewer jobs seen for county


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The aging population and
shrinking number of jobs will
slow economic growth in the
state, an economist said. Slower
growth itself will result in fewer
workers immigrating to Florida.
Like the slow-motion oil-spill
disaster finally coming ashore,
another long-predicted wave-
retiring baby boomers-will
soon create a sea change of
another kind.
The number of jobs in
Okaloosa County is forecast to
shrink steadily after 2016, even
as the population climbs, accord-
ing to Rick Harper, director of
the University of West Florida's


Haas Business Center.
Between 2016 and 2025 the
number of jobs in Okaloosa
County is forecast to shrink near-
ly 4 percent, from a high of
about 133,000 to approximately
128,000 jobs by 2025, according
to business modeling done by
Haas Business Center. During
the same time frame, Harper
says that the county's population
will grow by nearly 6 percent,
from about 203,000 to about
215,000.
Indeed, Harper says if it
weren't for the thousands of mili-
tary personnel scheduled to
begin arriving at Eglin in large
numbers over the next 12
months, the number of jobs in


Okaloosa County would already
be on a steady decline through
2025. He presented those conclu-
sions at a forum of business, mil-
itary and civic officials gathered
earlier this summer to assess the
economic impact of BRAC.
Demographics are behind the
long-term trend of shrinking jobs
in Okaloosa as well as Escambia
counties, Harper told the Beacon.
As the so-called "baby boomer"
generation-those born between
1946 and 1964-begin retiring
in large numbers, many will not
be replaced by younger workers,
he said. A combination of
increased productivity due to
Please see JOBS, page A-4


The Ladies Auxiliary of
Amvets Post 78 plans a
garage and bake sale, 910
Valastics Ave., Valparaiso.
Saturday. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


Book sale at the
Niceville Community
Center, 204 N. Partin
Drive (next door to the
library).
Proceeds benefit the
Niceville Public Library.






Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The March of Dimes
Harvest Wine Festival and
Silent Auction at Sunset
Beach Clubhouse,
Bluewater Bay, will feature
wines to taste and food
catered by Dewey Destin's
Restaurant and Winn-
Dixie. Tickets are $15 and
can be found at Uniquely
Chic in Bluewater Bay,
Bayou Books in Niceville,
the Bluewater Bay Tennis
Center or by calling
543-91 97.
Calendar, B-2.
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College to unveil unique sundial


Northwest
Florida

College
geology
professor :. --
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demon n -
strates the
workings.
of the new
sundial on (. .
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He'll dis-
cuss the -
interactive "
sundial in
a Science
Friday lec-
ture at the I `
college ..
Oct. 1.
Beacon
photo
by Del
Lessard



Human shadows to tell the time


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Ask an engineer what time
it is, he'll tell you how to build
a clock. Ask a scientist, he'll
tell you the clock is wrong,
that you have to know how
the heavens and the Earth
move in order to really know
what time it is.
"It took me a year of think-
ing about this," said
Northwest Florida State
College geology and oceanog-
raphy professor Jon Bryan
about the task of building an
accurate, interactive sundial
on the school's Niceville cam-
pus.
Oct. 1 has been set for a
"grand opening" of the sundi-
al, and the date of a science


lecture about the sundial by
Bryan.
Artist Elizabeth Indianos
of Tarpon Springs was con-
tracted by NWFSC to con-
struct a scientifically accurate,
interactive sundial to be locat-
ed next to the college's Robert
E. Greene Jr. Science
Building on NWFSC's
Niceville campus. The project
was made possible by a gift
from Valparaiso benefactor
Dotty Blacker. Bryan, with
help from a committee of col-
lege scholars, was responsible
for the scientific accuracy of
the sundial.
What will make the sundi-
al interactive, is that instead of
using a fixed post to cast a
shadow on the dial, the new


sundial will rely on the shad-
ow of each person who comes
to view it. By standing in a
position marked according to
the month and day of the
month, people will be able to
tell time by their own person-
al shadows.
It's also a teachable
moment.
Bryan is working on a
presentation that will explain
the principles behind the sun-
dial, and particularly the sun-
dial the college has built on its
Niceville campus. He'll pres-
ent a lecture on the interac-
tive, analemmatic sundial dur-
ing a Science Friday presenta-
tion at the college Oct. 1.

Please see SUNDIAL, page A-3


Mid-Bay Bridge road

to cost more than

the original bridge


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
When construction of the next
eight miles of the Mid-Bay
Bridge Connector Road is fin-
ished in January 2014, the bridge
authority will have spent more
than twice as much money build-
ing the 11-mile connector road
than was spent originally to con-
struct the 3.6-mile toll bridge.
The Mid-Bay Bridge
Authority (MBBA) will also be
responsible for about 10 more
bridges or overpasses that form
part of the connector.
The two-lane toll bridge that
spans Choctawhatchee Bay
between Niceville and Destin
opened in mid-1993, after being
built with mostly private money
borrowed through an
$81,740,000 bond issue in 1991.
(The construction cost of the
bridge itself was about $51.5 mil-
lion.)
The bridge connector road
between the northern tip of the
Mid-Bay Bridge and Highway 85
north of Niceville is expected to
cost an estimated $180 million. A
single toll facility on the connec-
tor road won't by itself pay for


construction of the road, MBBA
officials have stated. Bridge tolls
will be used to help pay off the
cost of building the road.
The MBBA last month issued
an invitation to bid construction
of phases 2 and 3 of the connec-
tor road, which will complete the
nearly 11-mile road project that
began construction in April 2009.
The bridge authority will open
bid responses Oct. 14 but won't
award the project until January,
or whenever the authority has the
money in hand.
According to the MBBA's
2009 Capital Improvement Plan,
Phase 2 was estimated to cost
about $74.3 million while phase
3 will cost about $62.3 million,
bringing the total cost of the con-
nector to about $180 million.
Jim Vest, executive director of
the MBBA, said the bridge
authority won't have the money
to award the construction bid for
phases 2 and 3 of the connector
road until after bids are received
and opened next month. Then, he
said, the authority will know how
much money it needs to borrow
through a bond issue in order to
Please see ROAD, page A-2


Valparaiso mulls cuts

in legal, insurance cost


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
No members of the public
attended the first of two public
hearings on Valparaiso's fiscal
year 2011 budget and millage
rate.
Commissioners made no
changes to the budget or the ten-
tative property tax rate during the


Sept. 7 budget hearing but did
discuss rising legal expenses and
spiraling health insurance costs.
Valparaiso's proposed budget
of $6,558,605 will go into effect
Oct. 1 as is unless changes are
made at the city's final budget
hearing Sept. 20.
Also unchanged and awaiting
Please see VALP page A-8


Walmart traffic light,


median work to begin


Expected to take about a month


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Starting tomorrow be pre-
pared to encounter highway
construction work on John
Sims Parkway near the
Walmart construction site in
Niceville.
The Florida Department of
Transportation last week
announced that it had
approved roadway improve-
ments along John Sims
Parkway (State Road 20)
between the Oak Creek shop-
ping center and Redwood
Avenue.
The highway modifications
were generated to accommo-
date the Walmart Superstore
now under construction on the
north side of SR 20, just east
of Oak Creek shopping center.
The Walmart is part of a shop-
ping complex being developed


by Valparaiso Realty. Walmart
is expected to open its store
near the end of the year.
Valparaiso Realty's shopping
center development, including
the Walmart store includes a
new, signal-controlled entry-
way on SR 20, between Wise
and Pine avenues.
Starting Thursday, the
median opening at Wise
Avenue will be closed and the
Pine Avenue median opening
converted to a westbound
directional left turn only,
according to DOT. A new
median opening, westbound
left turn only, will be con-
structed just west of Wise
Avenue.
A new signal will be
installed just east of Wise
Avenue with eastbound dual
left turn lanes. An eastbound
turn lane will also be con-


structed at the intersection of
Redwood Avenue and SR 20, a
second entryway to the shop-
ping complex.
The highway modification
work is being done by Gulf
Asphalt, a Panama City con-
tractor, according to a
spokesman for Valparaiso
Realty.
The developer is paying the
cost of the highway modifica-
tion work, not taxpayers.
Weather permitting, the
work is expected to take just
over a month to complete, the
DOT said. Motorists should
not encounter any daytime
lane restrictions, according to
DOT, which reminded drivers
to use caution, obey the posted
speed limit and watch out for
construction equipment and
workers entering and exiting
the highway.


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Bridge to Walmart
The pylons have been erected to construct a bridge from Revell Drive, at the intersection of John
Sims Parkway and Redwood Avenue, to the site of the Walmart Superstore now under
construction. The bridge is expected to be complete this week.


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THE BAY BEACON


Wednesday, September 15, 2010


ROAD
From page A-1
fund construction of the last two
phases of the connector road.
The first 2.8 miles of the 11-
mile connector, phase 1, began
construction April 2009 and is on
schedule to be completed next
May.
Phase 2 of the connector road
will extend north and west from
Range Road to a north extension
of Forest Road, a total of about
4.75 miles. It will be built as a
two-lane road, but is designed to
eventually expand to four lanes.
Phase 2 also includes construction
of a toll facility just north of
Rocky Creek. An overpass at
Range Road will be constructed
and two bridges built-a 1,728-
foot span over Rocky Creek and a
245-foot bridge over East Turkey
Creek. Forest Road will be


extended to connect to the bridge
connector road and intersection
improvements will be made at the
College Boulevard intersection
The request for bids also
includes resurfacing and addition
of paved shoulders on a one-mile
stretch of Range Road, between
Highway 20 and the connector
road interchange.
Concurrently, Phase 3 of the
connector will begin just west of
the Forest Road Extension and
continue west through leased
Eglin property to Highway 85
north of Niceville's Mullet
Festival site. Phase 3 is just over
3.5 miles long and includes con-
struction of interchanges and
bridge overpasses at Highway 285
(186 feet) and Highway 85 (210
feet.) Other bridges will be built to
cross Swift Creek (340 feet), Fox
Head Branch (300 feet) and Mill
Creek (240 feet.)


No one injured in fire


No one was injured in a fire
that caused an estimated
$60,000 damage Friday after-
noon at a waterfront home in
unincorporated Niceville.
Firefighters received an
alarm at 5:52 p.m. and were on
scene three minutes later at 100
Bahia Vista Drive where the
garage was fully involved, said
Capt. Jason Holcomb of the East


Niceville Fire Department.
Firefighters had the fire
under control within five to 10
minutes, he said. They were able
to contain the flames to the
garage, he said, leaving the two-
story waterfront home undam-
aged.
The owners of the home are
listed as Tony and Gretchen
Gilligan.


Valparaiso raises cable TV rates


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Customers of Valparaiso's
cable service will have to dig
deeper in their pockets.
City commissioners Monday
approved across-the-board rate
hikes for cable TV programming
but postponed similar increases
for Internet data services after the
mayor expressed concern.
"I was sort of shocked to see
this proposal," said Mayor Bruce
Arnold about proposed 15 percent
increases for cable television and
10 percent rate hikes for data
services, primarily Internet serv-
ices.
The city-owned cable system
is an "enterprise" fund, meaning it
is supported by user fees rather
than taxes and must balance
expenditures with revenues in its
annual budget.
The cost of programming and
the cost of doing business were
both cited as the reasons for the
rate increases by Burt Bennett,
head of the city's cable communi-
cations section.
Increased rates for the cable
television packages include a 15
percent increase to the most pop-
ular cable television offering,
called the Basic package, as well


as 5 percent increases in the costs
of enhanced program packages,
including Digital Gateway,
Expanded Basic, Basic Plus and
Full Service.
Monthly rates for the Basic
video package (channels 3-78)
jumped up $3.85, from $25.65 to
$29.50, not counting the 10 per-
cent administrative charge the city
tacks on all utility bills. Enhanced
programming packages went up
an average of 5 percent, ranging
from an additional $1.63 for
Digital Gateway to $3.94 more
for the Full Service package.
Commercial rates for television
programming were also raised by
similar percentages.
Although Bennett originally
asked commissioners to also raise
the rates for Internet services, he
offered to defer those rate hikes
until the end of the year. What had
been proposed was a 10 percent
increase in the cost for Basic
Internet service that would have
added $3 to customer's monthly
bills plus another $4 or $5 for
enhanced data service packages.
"We missed our targets for
Internet phones and increased
speed," Bennett said. Valparaiso
completed an expensive, major
upgrade to the cable system in


2009, he told commissioners.
However, the city overestimated
the number of people who would
pay extra for premium data serv-
ices such as higher speed Internet
services or Interet-based phone
service, he said. He suggested
delaying the proposed rate hikes
for data services until the end of
2010, giving city cable customers
a little more time to choose the
more expensive data service pack-
ages.
City commissioners unani-
mously approved the new cable
television rates while deferring
any rate increases for Internet
services for at least three months.
The new cable fees come on
top of new or higher fees already
approved by commissioners:


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nearly 15 percent. The new rates
add an additional $6.47 to resi-
dential customers that use 7,000
gallons per month.
-In August city commission-
ers added a new levy, a monthly
stormwater fee of $1.75 per
month. Aimed at improving
drainage systems in Valparaiso,
220 residential and six commer-
cial property owners (out of a total
of 1,625 residential and 142 com-
mercial properties) were exempt-
ed from paying the fee. Other
property owners will have to hire
a professional engineer to certify
that stormwater from their proper-
ty does not contribute stormwater
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THE BAY BEACON


Page A-3


SUNDIAL
From page A-1
Telling time by the sun is "sim-
ple but complicated" says Bryan,
who holds a Ph.D. in geology.
For starters, get over the idea
that your watch is giving you the
correct time, "it's the other way
around," said Bryan. "We really
tell time by the sun. Even the
atomic clock in Boulder, Colo.,
which broadcast standard time to
an accuracy measured in mil-
lionths of a second, is essentially
approximating solar time, he
explains.
Since time immemorial,
mankind has been able to live by
the simple, daily observations of
sunrise, noon and sunset.
"Noon is when the sun southh'
or appears to be due south in the
sky-that technically is our real
time" for noon, he says. But
because the Earth rotates, noon is
constantly moving across the
globe. Solar noon in Niceville, for
example, is slightly different than
noon in New Orleans, or for that
matter Valparaiso.
Timewise, New Orleans is
important because we live in the
Central Time Zone, and Central
Time is based on noon in the mid-
dle of the Central Time Zone,
which is approximately at the lon-
gitude of New Orleans. "Because
the band of Central Time is geo-
graphically wide and the time is
averaged across the zone, this
affects any precise local reading
of time by the sun when com-
pared to a watch," said Bryan.
When setting up the sundial in
Niceville, Bryan had to account
for the fact that solar noon in
Niceville is different (by about 14
minutes, on average) from solar
noon in New Orleans-the time
your wristwatch is probably set
to.
At solar noon, the sun will cast
a shadow to the north. Bryan
explained that the dial must also
be precisely oriented to True
North (toward the North Pole),
not magnetic north (where the
compass points). You can use a
standard compass to find magnet-
ic north then calculate the declina-
tion (or the degrees difference to
true north). Bryan tried using a
compass, but metal pipes and
lines underground severely
deflected the compass needle.
Instead, he used the noon shadow
to find true north.
There are also variations
between solar and clock time
because Earth's orbit around the
sun is elliptical rather than circu-
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consult a chart to "correct" solar-time to the time shown on your watch.


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when closer to the sun, slower
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each day.
The exact latitude must be
known to calculate the dimen-
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The NWFSC sundial includes
special markers with information
about the seasons of the year and
other factors relating to how sun-
dials work. The 12 signs of the
Zodiac, for example, aren't simply
an artistic touch, they're a


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12 constellations of the Zodiac are
visible at different times of the
year as the earth spins and orbits
the Sun.
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technology and continued out-
sourcing of jobs offshore means
employers won't be replacing
many retiring boomers, Harper
said.
As boomers retire, the long-
term trend is for a shrinking ratio
of tax-paying job holders to
retirees, says Amy Baker, head of
Florida Legislature's Office of
Economic & Demographic
Research (EDR.) EDR is a
research arm of the Legislature
principally concerned with fore-
casting economic and social
trends that affect policy making,
revenues, and appropriations.
Baby boomers have long been
a statistical "bubble" that is build-
ing toward 2012, she said, the first
year that boomers (about 76 mil-
lion people born between 1946-
1964) will be eligible for full
retirement benefits. Having
entered the workforce in the 1967-
1985 time frame, the same group
will be entering retirement in large
numbers between 2012 and 2029,


according to EDR estimates.
In Florida, long a haven for
retirees, it's helpful to look at the
ratio of taxpaying workers to
retirees, Baker said. Today in the
U.S., the ratio is about 4:1, four
tax-paying workers to each retiree,
she said. In Florida, it's currently
more like three tax-paying work-
ers to each retiree. Projections in
the state are that by 2030, there
will be a 2:1 ratio as the working
age population shrinks relative to
retirees, she said.
EDR says the aging population
is a function of the baby boom
group, falling fertility rates and
rising life expectancy.
While each age group in the
raw population numbers contin-
ues to grow, it's the retirement-
age segment that's growing faster
due to the baby boomers, Baker
said, swamping the population
gains in other age segments. She
also says that retirees immigrat-
ing to Florida will increase with
the baby boomer generation.
Baker referred to a recent
EDR presentation that lists some
of the ramifications for Florida


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-Labor
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nificantly
depress economic output and
boost inflation as wages increase
to attract workers from other
areas.
-Labor-intensive jobs (fire-
fighters, police, construction) will
be harder to fill.
-Decline in consumer spend-
ing and changes in investment
patterns as seniors spend down
their savings.
-Lower standard of living
could become the norm for some,
especially seniors living on fixed
incomes for 20 or more years.
-Seniors may also affect


Fire board votes itself a salary


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During their public budget
meeting Sept. 8, East Niceville
fire commissioners set a tenta-
tive Fiscal Year 2010/2011 mill-
age rate of 2.35, set a tentative
budget of $781,530, and voted
to pay themselves salaries of
$500 per month per commis-
sioner in the coming fiscal year,
which will begin on Oct. 1,
2010.
The five fire commissioners
approved paying themselves a
monthly salary, or "honorari-
um," of $500 each, to compen-
sate themselves for the time and
effort needed to set policy for
the fire district. During previous
commission meetings,
Marcolongo said state law
allows elected fire commission-
ers, who currently serve as
unpaid volunteers in East
Niceville, to be paid up to a
maximum of $500 per month


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The other commissioners
agreed with Marcolongo's rec-
ommendation, saying that in
recent years, it has become more
difficult to get volunteers to
serve on the fire commission. In
approving the monthly salaries,
however, the commissioners left
open the option for each com-
missioner to accept or return all
or part of their own pay if they
choose.
Neither the millage rate, the
proposed budget, nor the pro-
posed salary is final as of yet.
All three proposals will be dis-
cussed at the final public fire
commission budget meeting to
be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in
the conference room of the East
Niceville fire station, about a
block east of Redwood and a
block south of State Road 20.
At a millage rate of 2.35, a


property owner in the East
Niceville Independent Fire
District would pay $2.35 in ad
valorem property tax for each
$1,000 of taxable value of their
property. For example, the
owner of a home appraised at
$200,000 for tax purposes, after
the Florida homestead exemp-
tion and other deductions,
would pay $470 in property tax
to the fire district, in addition to
other property taxes such as
Okaloosa County and Okaloosa
School District taxes.
By voting for the 2.35 mill-
age rate, the fire commissioners
virtually guaranteed that the
coming fiscal year's millage will
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past year along with the declin-
ing U.S. economy, property tax
revenue from the property tax is
expected to be only $637,030,
slightly less than the $637,171
collected in FY 2009/10 or the
$640,273 collected in FY
2008/09 with the same millage
rate.
The FY 2010/11 tax revenue,
along with $135,000 in carry-
over funds plus $9,500 in inter-
est and other miscellaneous rev-
enue, will fund a proposed FY
2010/11 budget of $781,530-
less than the FY 2009/10 budget
of $784,623 but more than the
FY 2008/09 budget of $764,623.
Fire commission chairman Mike
Marcolongo said the fire district
can afford a smaller budget in
FY 2010/11 than in the current
year, because the district has
recently paid off its newest fire
truck, eliminating more than
$30,000 in annual payments.
The largest increases in the
new budget are for the employ-
ees' personnel account, which
will go from $443,538 to
$450,000; equipment reserve,
going from zero to $20,000 as
payments cease for the new fire
truck and the fire district begins
saving for future equipment
needs; and for insurance, going
from $76,000 to $80,000. If
each of the five fire commis-
sioner accepts his or her $500
monthly salary, that will cost the
fire district $30,000 annually.
Other parts of the budget will
decrease, including operations
and office supplies, dropping
from $20,437.57 to $19,000,
retirement from $23,500 to
$17,500, loan payments for
recent station remodeling from
$12,111 to $11,700 and
lease/purchase payments from
$30,040 to zero for the new
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more than other age groups.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


THE BAY BEACON.


Page A-5


Commissioners hold the line


on county tax millage rate


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During a public hearing held
Thursday, Sept. 9, in Fort Walton
Beach, the Okaloosa County
Board of County Commissioners
(BCC) tentatively set the county
budget for Fiscal Year 2011, as
well as the proposed property tax
millage rate for the coming year.
The millage rate is currently set,
tentatively, at 3.2899, the same
rate as for the current fiscal year.
The 2011 fiscal year begins Oct.
1, 2010, and continues through
the end of September 2011.
At a millage rate of 3.2899,
property owners in Okaloosa
County pay $3.2899 in ad val-
orem property tax for every
$1,000 of appraised, taxable value
of their property. For example, the
owner of a home appraised at
$200,000 after Florida homestead
exemption and other discounts
would pay $657.98 in property tax
to the county, in addition to other
property taxes for the Okaloosa
School District, independent fire
districts, municipal services bene-
fit units, and other property taxes
collected by the county on behalf
of such special districts.
For Okaloosa County residents
who live outside the boundaries of
a city, the county will continue to
charge an additional property tax
of 0.18 mills to pay for county
parks and recreation facilities.
That tax also remains the same as
in the previous year. In addition to
county property taxes, county res-
idents may also pay property
taxes to the Okaloosa School
District, independent fire districts,
and other government entities
depending on where each proper-
ty owner lives and other factors.
Although the millage rate may
stay the same, it will produce less


revenue than in the current year,
according to an initial budget pro-
posal given to the BCC by County
Administrator Jim Curry earlier
this year. Property values
throughout the county have
declined during the past year, as
they have throughout the United
States during the current econom-
ic downturn. Other sources of
county revenue, such as state aid,
gasoline and sales taxes, are also
in decline as tourism and other
economic activity has declined,
due to the recession and such
other events as the Deepwater
Horizon oil rig disaster in April,
which briefly fouled some
Okaloosa County beaches.
In a brief review of the budget
during the hearing, Curry said that
although, "Everybody is always
concerned about property taxes,"
such taxes account for only a por-
tion of the total county budget,
providing $45,386,520 of the total
$280,536,430 budget proposed
for FY 2011.
At Thursday's hearing, com-
missioners also heard from some
county residents who expressed
their own questions and ideas
about county budgeting and taxa-
tion.
David Lambert, who said he
lives on Falling Waters Drive near
U.S. Highway 98, reminded com-
missioners that, "We're all going
through hard times," with many
people's
incomes and
investment
value e s
reduced, and
many people
out of work
or working
minimum
wage jobs,
David Lambert without the


benefits usually provided to coun-
ty government employees. He
particularly questioned the wis-
dom of providing vehicles to
county officials, including take-
home police cars to deputy sher-
iffs.
Curry and County
Commission Chairman Wayne
Harris defended the take-home
police car policy, saying the pres-
ence of police cars visibly parked
in deputies' neighborhoods is a
deterrent to crime, as well as
allowing rapid response by
deputies during emergencies. He
also said such personally assigned
vehicles tend to be better cared
for, at less expense to the county,
than if deputies simply checked
vehicles out of a common motor
pool each duty day.
Henry Kelly, of Fort Walton
Beach, thanked the commission-
ers for holding the county millage
rate steady despite declining rev-
enue. He also praised county staff
members, whom he said have
been very helpful in providing
him information about county
government throughout the year.
County commissioners also
congratulated one another on their
budgeting efforts throughout the
spring and summer.
"I think you have all done a
great job of being responsible for
other people's money," Harris told
his fellow commissioners and
county staff members.
"Okaloosa County has the
lowest ad valorem taxes in
Florida, and yet we still provide
some of the best services of any
county in the state," said
Commissioner James Campbell
of Niceville.
"Unlike some county commis-
sions, we're not opposed to the tea
party movement," said Harris.


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nations of the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.






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Arrests
Aaron Reid Huff, 29, of 1001
Judith Ave., Nicevile, was arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies Aug. 29
on misdemeanor charges of crim-
inal mischief and trespassing.
Huff was alleged to have kicked
the front and back door of a
Niceville residence on 26th
Street, gained entry to a rear stor-
age room but was unable to make
entry into the residence. Huff also
allegedly broke a window frame
on the home, striking the window
with his fist.

Teresa Ellis, 21, of 304 Reeves
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Aug. 30 on a
contempt of court charge.

Francis Lloyd Gilbert Jr., a
maintenance worker, 39, of 304
Reeves St., Lot A-16B, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Sept. 7 on a charge of felony bat-
tery, domestic violence.

Dale Aaron Glover, an electri-
cian, 36, of 626 W. John Sims
Parkway, Room #63, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Sept. 5 on a domestic violence
battery charge.

Scott Eason Bacheller, 53,
with an at large address, was
arrested by Niceville police Sept.
4 on the charge of disorderly
intoxication.

Mari Beth Carol Wilson, 21, of
330 Caswell Drive, DeFuniak
Springs, was arrested by Niceville
police Aug. 26 on charges of pos-
session of a controlled substance,
crack cocaine, possession of drug
paraphernalia and operating with-
out a valid driver's license.

Daniel Charles Kelly, 32, of
177 Wright Circle, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Sept. 1 on charges of petit theft,
one count, passing a forged check
three counts, failure to appear,
one count, and a misdemeanor
worthless check charge.
Subsequent to serving the out-
standing warrants at a residence
in Fort Walton Beach, Kelly was
also arrested and charged with
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana.

Bradley Martinus Vanboxtel, a
waiter, 22, of 218 Seminole Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Aug. 27 on charges
of possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
* *


John Bruce Tillett, a cable
technician, 48, of 985 Alabama
St., Titusville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies at an address on
Vine Avenue, Niceville, Aug. 20
on an outstanding Brevard
County warrant for a misde-
meanor charge.
***

Jennifer Renee Guerette, 30,
of 83 Live Oak, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug.
17 on a violation of probation
charge on the original charge of
leaving the scene of an accident
with property damage, no finan-
cial responsibility liability, no
vehicle registration, and retail
theft.

Mike Eron Mandel, self
employed, 34, of 116 Alan A Dale
St., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Sept. 8 on a
Walton County warrant on the
charge of obtaining a controlled
substance by fraud. Mandel was
arrested subsequent to a two-vehi-
cle traffic crash that injured anoth-
er man, on John Sims Parkway,
near Niceville High School, about
3:57 a.m. Sept. 8.
DUI arrests
Steven Lynn Nicholson, 26, of
1501 N. Partin Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
for DUI on Highway 98 in Destin,
Aug. 28 at 11:27 p.m.

Jessica Lynn Parsons, a stu-
dent, 21, of 28 Garden Lane, Apt.
20, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Highway 85 and College
Boulevard, Sept. 6 at 3:40 a.m.
Parsons was also cited for speed-
ing, 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Thefts
A Niceville resident from the
1100 block of South Cedar
Avenue reported that sometime
overnight Sept. 3-4, unknown
persons) burglarized his vehicle
and stole about $3 in change
stored in the ashtray.

A Mary Esther resident report-
ed that sometime overnight Sept.
4-5 unknown persons) burglar-
ized his vehicle and stole a .38
caliber handgun from the locked
glovebox while the vehicle was
in the Twin Cities Hospital park-
ing lot. Police found no force was
used to enter the vehicle.

A Niceville resident from the
400 block of Nathey Street report-
ed that sometime Sept. 1-2
unknown persons) attempted to
burglarize a vehicle but nothing
was stolen.


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A Niceville resident from the
1600 block of 23rd Street report-
ed Aug. 26 that someone stole a
$250 toolbox containing irriga-
tion equipment from the rear of
his pickup truck while it was in
the driveway in front of his home.
About 11 p.m. the victim said he
saw a male step into the back of
his pickup truck, at which time he
called sheriff's deputies. The vic-
tim described the suspect as a
white male, about 16 or 17 years
old, with bushy blond hair and no
shirt.


A Niceville resident reported
unknown persons(s) stole $1,100
from his wallet that he had left for
several hours on the floorboard of
his locked SUV parked at 3500
Scenic Highway 98, Destin, Aug.
23. The victim said that when he
returned to his vehicle he drove
home and took the wallet inside,
not noticing the cash was missing
until he went shopping the next
day. The victim then saw that the
driver's side door handle to his
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Name: Kashandria Jones
Quarles
Wanted for: failure to appear on
the original charge of fraud.
Quarles' last known address was
on Lake Silver Road in Crestview.
Height: 5-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 125 pounds
Age: 26
Date of birth: 05-22-84
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Ralph Walter Whitman
Wanted for: violation of
probation on the original charge
of grand theft and fraud.
Height: 6-feet, 4-inches
Weight: 220 pounds
Age: 54
Date of birth: 05-24-56
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime
Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also
be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214 plus the
message" to CRIMES (274637)


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The v ille Fire De rtmnt responded to the following calls from September 3
th ,h ptember 1-
3 StructuLue, __20 Emergency M 'ical Calls
0 Ve'hi clVehicle Crash '
0 Oth~el? Trte'Crash.h El..... nr,.,.iM
0 Illegal Burn 4 Other Emergenc Cai l
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditior .. i
Location Situation Date Time
Green Oak/Bayshore ...............Medical................... 09/03/10....................09:23
S Palm Blvd ............................M edical.................................. 01:09
Mid Bay Bridge .................. Cancelled En Route......090410 ...............18:16
N. Partin Drive .........................Medical ....... 09/06/10 ......090610 ..............11:21
Eglin AFB ........................... Station Coverage ..........090610 ..............1.5:22
Linden Avenue.........................M edical...........................09/06/10.....................22:44
Reeves Street............. .... .....................M edical..........................09/06/10 ................. 23:39
Madison Street ........................ Structure Fire ................09/07/10.................... 01:25
Crestview Avenue....................Medical...........................09/07/10 ...................13:18
E. John Sim s Pkwy..................M edical............. ...............09/07/10 ................ 16:52
Duke Drive.. .......................Medical.............................09/07/10..............19:07
E. John Sim s Pkwy ..................M edical............. ... ....................1...... 9:28
N. Partin Drive ......................09...M edic/07/1a.... .. .. .................... 21:12
E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash................09/08/10....................05:11
Valparaiso Blvd........................ Lock Out/In....................09/08 10 ....................14:42
E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash................09/08/10.................1..5:47
W John Sims Pkwy. ................M edical............. ............09/09/10 ................ 02:39
Seminole Circle .......................Medical .......9/09/10 ......090910 ..............07:48
Valparaiso Blvd ........................ i .... ......0909/10 ...............14:33
Tee Street ................................ Structure Fire ................09/09/10 .................1.. 6:16
Chip Lane ................................M edical..........................09/09/10 ....................22:51
N. Partin Drive .........................Alarm Activation ............09110 ..............1.3:00
Bahia Vista Drive..................... Structure Fire ................09/10/10.................1.. 7:51
E. John Sim s Pkwy.................. M edical..........................09/ 10/10....................23:49
Duke Drive...............................M edical.............. ..... ..........09/11/10 ........... 02:55
Linden Avenue......................... M edical..........................09/11/10 .......................15:47
Azalea Drive ............................ M edical....................... 09/11/10.................... 23:35
29th Street ......................... Medical..............09/12/10 ............. 13:09
N Partin D rive .........................M edical.......................... 09/12/10 ....................1 6:21
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls September 6
through September 13.
Location Situation Date Time
Cougar Circle ............................ Dispatched canceled................9/6/10...........16:47
Bolton Village Lane ...................Medical assist EMS .................9/6/10 ..........18:34
M adison.................................. Building fire ....................... ... 9/7/10...........01:27
Oakmont Drive .......................EMS excluding vehicle.............9/7/10...........07:05
E. Highway 20.......... ................. No incident found.....................9/7 /10...........12:11
S. Whitewood Way....................Medical assist EMS .................9//10...........15:11
E. Highway 20......................... False alarm ....................... .... 9/6/10...........16:05
E. Highway 20 ...........................Medical assist EMS ..........9/8/10 ...........13:16
W Parkwood Lane.................... Assist invalid .........................9/8/10...........04:37
E. Highway 20........................... Dispatched canceled................9/9/10...........12:13
N. W hite point Road..................Medical Assist EMS .................9/9/10..........14:37
Tee Street.................................. Building fire ............................ 9/9/10...........16:16
Partin Drive ......................... EMS call, no vehicle ................9/9/100..........16:35
E. Highway 20.........................Medical assist EMS .................9/10/10.........915:07
Bahia Vista Drive ......................Building fire .......................910.9/10.........17:52
E. Highway 20.........................Dispatched canceled................9/12/10.........13:33
White Point Road ....................EMS call, no vehicle ................9/13/10.........02:14


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VALP
From page A-1
final approval Sept. 20 is the ten-
tative property tax rate of $3.933
per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
The tentative millage rate is less
than the current year "rolled
back" rate of $4.4688 per $1,000
of valuation.
The "rolled back" rate is the
property tax rate that would gen-
erate the same amount of revenue
as the current fiscal year.


Mayor Bruce Arnold raised
two issues of concern on the
budget-rising employee health
insurance costs, and uncontrolled
legal costs.
Arnold said the city was seeing
a 27.5 percent increase in costs for
health insurance for city employ-
ees. While Valparaiso has suffi-
cient reserves to handle the cost
increase, he asked Commissioner
Heyward Strong and City
Administrator Carl Scott to look
into possible ways to reduce the


costs. He mentioned the two
should possibly consider reducing
benefits and or increasing
employees share of health care
expenses.
Arnold also presented a draft
professional services agreement
for legal services which he drafted
himself without consulting the
city's attorney. "Our legal costs
kind of skyrocketed," the mayor
said, adding that he was con-
cerned that city officials had no
control over the rising costs. Last


year Valparaiso received bills of
$89,443 from City Attorney Doug
Wyckoff, the mayor said, and no
one person has oversight over
legal expenditures.
Wyckoff said he only per-
formed legal services "as direct-
ed." A part of that direction appar-
ently comes from city department
heads, including the police, utili-
ties and public works director.
"Anything beyond a baseline
budget we (commissioners) need
to appropriate," Strong comment-


ed about legal expenses on city
business.
Wyckoff, who has been
Valparaiso's attorney for six years,
said the mayor's draft agreement
was unacceptable, that it would
cut his fees by two-thirds, from
approximately $80,000 per year
to $36,000, "to do the same
thing." Instead, he suggested that
the city review his hours of work
billed over the past four or five
years as a starting point for nego-
tiations. He currently charges the


city $170 per hour.
Commissioner Diane Kelly
said Destin's city attorney charges
$150 per hour. Perhaps, she said,
it would be appropriate for
Valparaiso to seek offers from
other attorneys.
Arnold directed City Clerk
Tammy Johnson to provide com-
missioners with a summary of the
attorney's billing hours and said
the city commission would take
up the issue again at its Sept. 20
budget hearing.


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Bailey Reese, 14, of Niceville
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Bailey Reese Bailey is one
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Bailey will receive enough
Nestl Drumstick sundae cones
and a party package to host an
event for as many as 50 family
and friends.
According to her mother,
Diana Reese, Bailey hopes to
throw the party for Eglin service
members.

L.A. Woodall of the Horizons
board of directors has been
selected as
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September
by Niceville-
Valparaiso
Chamber of
Commerce
Chairman of
the Board
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Philippe
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membership events, has a posi-
tive outlook and always offers a
cheerful greeting.
Debbie Lewis, Realtor of
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By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
Did you hear the one about
Dr. Phil and the big fish?
Well, OK, not the TV Dr.
Phil. This fish story belongs to
Niceville's own Philip Block,
and it involves a record-setting
pink salmon he caught while on
a recent trip to Alaska.
Turns out it wasn't pink
salmon he was after. It was
trout.
"I was using my fly rod as I
always do, and I hooked into
something I knew was big, but
I couldn't see it," Block he told
the Peninsula Clarion, the local
paper in Alaska where he
caught the fish on Aug. 26.
Brooklyn-born Block, a
physician, retired as a colonel
from the Air Force in 1991.
He's lived in Bluewater Bay for
the past 23 years with his wife,
Lila.
But once upon a time Block
was stationed in Alaska, and for
the past six summers he's made
a fishing trip back to the Kenai
Peninsula. He usually stays at
Tower Rock Lodge, where
Mike Tuhy is the owner and
fishing guide.
Alaskans apparently refer to
pink salmon as "humpies" and
these fish are known for power-
ful, gnarly teeth. Block hooked
his out on the Kenai River,
using bait known as "beads,"
which he described as simulat-
ed salmon eggs.
It took 10 minutes of intense
struggle to bring his fish into
the boat. After the weigh-in, the
measurements were: 10.92
pounds, 29 1/8 inches long and
21 5/8 inches in girth.
Which turns out to be a
world record by the standards
of the International Game Fish
Association for the largest fish
ever caught on the type of line
Block was using.


Dr. Philip Block with his
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For he record, it was a 6-
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Tippet is a uniform-diameter
nylon or fluorocarbon used to
extend the leader on a fishing
line, according to the website
belonging to Leland's Fly
Fishing Outfitters.
Back home last week, Block
said he didn't bother with hav-
ing the fish mounted, and he
wasn't about to get all hung up
with trying to do better on any
future trips.
"Look, I never expected it at
all," he said. "It's kind of like
going to Las Vegas and drop-
ping a coin in a slot machine.
It's no big deal, but when that
jackpot hits it's pretty dar
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By Thomas Monigan
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A senior at Northwest
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Collegiate High School, Kevin
Pabst has come up with some-
thing for his senior "Capstone
Project" that is designed to
involve people throughout the
Twin Cities.
"I've been considering the
ministry as a possible career,"
Pabst said recently, "and I want-
ed my Capstone Project to be
something I was passionate


about -- and that's my faith."
So Pabst became involved
with this year's local "See You at
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6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 in the
Niceville High School auditori-
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affecting the lives of others is
one of four main focus points,
he's taking things a bit further.
"See You at the Pole" is an
annual event in which students
assemble at their school's flag-
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Museum seeks volunteers
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida is seeking volun-
teers to assist with greeting, recep-
tion and in the gift shop. Flexible
days and times are available for one-
to three-hour shifts. Interested indi-
viduals may stop by the museum
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Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Info: 678-2615.
ESL classes being held
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and Citizenship Classes Tuesdays,
6:30-8:45 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, Haigler Center, 622
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678-4621. New students should
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Braille transcription class
The Northwest Florida
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Library of Congress Braille
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teach the skills to transcribe text-
books for the blind children of
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Monday 10 a.m.-noon (except hol-
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Contact: Bettie Downing, 897-3383.
College night at NWFSC
College Night, a free annual
event which features representatives
from more than 80 colleges and uni-
versities from across the nation, will
be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6-8
p.m. in the College Mall (building
K) of the Northwest Florida State
College Niceville campus.
Sponsored jointly by NWF State
College and the Okaloosa and
Walton County public school dis-
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school students, their parents, and
others the opportunity to gather
information, ask questions and plan
for college. Representatives from
NWF State College's baccalaureate
and associate degree programs, as
well as student services and finan-
cial aid, will be on hand to provide
information.
For information, call NWF State
College at 729-5379.
Auxiliary jewelry sale
The Auxiliary of the Twin Cities
Hospital will host a Masquerade $5
Jewelry Sale in the Hospital
Wellness Center Thursday and
Friday, Sept. 16 and 17, 7 a.m.-5
p.m. All proceeds benefit the Health
Care Field Related Scholarship
Fund. Call Wanda, 897-7786.
Library book sale
Book sale sponsored by the
Friends of the Niceville Library,
Niceville Community Center, 204
N. Partin Drive
(next door to the f
library), Friday,
Sept. 17. Friends
only pre-sale, 4-
6 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 18, open to the public 8:30
a.m.-2 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Niceville
Public Library.
Hearts Apart golf tourney
The public is invited to partici-
pate in the first Hearts Apart golf
tournament at Eglin Golf Course in
Niceville on Friday, Sept. 17. The
format is a 4-man scramble, with a
12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Entry fee
is $200 per team and includes green
fees, cart, and a cookout following
the tournament. Proceeds will bene-
fit the families of deployed airmen.
Call Master Sgt. Baucom at 882
4287, Eglin Airman & Family
Readiness Center, to participate.
Starship, Loverboy slated
Starship, starring Mickey
Thomas, and Loverboy will head-
line the 32nd Annual Destin
r Seafood Festival
Sept. 17-19 at the
Destin Fishing
Fleet Marina,
City of Destin
Royal Melvin
Heritage Park, and Fisherman's
Wharf.
Starship performs the multi-plat-
inum hits of Jefferson Airplane,
Jefferson Starship, and Starship,
including "We Built this City,"
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,"
"Sara," and "It's Not Over Till It's
Over."
Since its self-titled debut album
in 1980, Loverboy has released four
multiplatinum albums and many
international gold albums. Hits
include "Working for the Weekend,"


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"Turn Me Loose," "The Kid is Hot
Tonight," "Lucky Ones," and "Hot
Girls in Love."
The festival will also feature
regional musical acts, seafood from
local restaurants, arts and crafts ven-
dors and a kids' play area
Info on sponsorships, arts and
crafts vendor requirements, food
vendor requirements and volunteer
opportunities: Risa Garner,
837-2711 ext. 2 or rgarner@
DestinChamber.com.
Amvets sets garage sale
The Ladies Auxiliary of Amvets
Post 78 plans a garage and bake sale
Saturday, Sept. 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.,
910 Valastics Ave., Valparaiso.
Race for Relay slated
The fourth annual Twin-Cities
Relay for Life 5K/Mile Fun Run
will be held on Sept. 18, 8 a.m. at
Lewis School, Valparaiso. Early reg-
istration is $15/Fun Run $5. Student
Price is $5 for
either race.
NWFTC mem-
bers receive a $2
discount. Special
rate for groups of
10 or more. Late fee add $5 the day
of the race. T-shirts for the first 250
entries. Register online at
active.com. E-mail samacd@
valp.net for any questions. Proceeds
benefit The American Cancer
Society. Runners and walkers are
welcome.
Barbershoppers perform
Barbershop singers from around
the Panhandle will perform a one-
time evening show at the Niceville
High School Auditorium on
Saturday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. The
show will feature barbershop singers
from all four geographic areas and a
number of quartets competing for
the Timpoochee trophies awarded
each year at this event.
Tickets are $10 and are available
from any barbershopper or at the
door. Additional information can be
obtained at emeraldcoastchorus.com
or by calling Allan Stearns at
496-1769.
Via Colori art festival set
The Via Colori Street Painting
Art Festival will transform Grand
Boulevard's Town Center at
Sandestin Sept. 18, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
This event brings together artists,
volunteers, and businesses. Most of
Grand Boulevard's main street will
be closed for this pedestrian-friend-
ly event which is free and open to
the public. Info: 654-5929.
Wine festival, auction set
The March of Dimes of the
Emerald Coast will host the second
annual Harvest Wine Festival and
Silent Auction Saturday, Sept. 18, 7-
10 p.m., at Sunset Beach Clubhouse
in Bluewater Bay featuring numer-
ous wines for tasting and food
catered by Dewey Destin's
Restaurant and Winn Dixie of


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Bluewater Bay. Desserts will be pro-
vided by the Melting Pot Restaurant.
Silent auction items will include gift
baskets, destination packages
including the Beau Rivage Biloxi
and Treasure Bay Biloxi casinos,
gift cards, jewelry and golf pack-
ages. Tickets are $15 and are avail-
able for purchase at Uniquely Chic
in Bluewater Bay, Bayou Books in
Niceville, the Bluewater Bay Tennis
Center or by calling 543-9197.
Proceeds remain local and go direct-
ly to the March of Dimes of the
Emerald Coast.
Garden seminar planned
The Okaloosa County Master
Gardeners along with the UF/IFAS
Extension will hold an education
seminar Saturday, Sept. 18, featur-
ing Buddy Lee, plant breeder and
developer of encore azaleas, at the
Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 10
a.m.-1 p.m. Registration at the door
is $12 and pre-registration is $10. To
pre-register, call 650-2804 or
269-2170. Selected encore azaleas
and new varieties of Southern living
plants will also be featured and
available for purchase in a silent
auction.
Free Disney movie
Uptown Station in Fort Walton
Beach will show the Disney feature
"Up!" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.
The public may bring coolers
and lawn chairs, but leave pets and
glass containers at home.
Woman's Club year opens
Twin Cities Woman's Club in
Niceville will begin its 2010-11 club
year Wednesday, Sept. 22, with a
general membership meeting and
luncheon at the Bluewater Bay
Clubhouse. Social hour begins at 11
a.m., with lunch at 11:30. The busi-
ness meeting will immediately fol-
low. Lunch is $12 per person and
reservations must be made in
advance by calling Vicki Rudolph at
678-5501, no later than Sept. 18.
This month's program will be a
discussion of the club's direction for
this year, upcoming programs,
fundraisers and committees. New
members are welcome.
Spaghetti dinner slated
The Choctaw Beach Community
Center will be having a spaghetti
dinner Sept. 18, 4-7 p.m. Dinners
cost $6 and to go
dinners will be
available.
Choctaw Beach
is located five
miles eat of
Bluewater Bay and 13 miles west of
Freeport. The community center is
located on Water Oak street off of
highway 20. Info: 897-5590.
Day of Caring
The United Way of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties Day of Caring in
Niceville-Valparaiso will be held
Wednesday, Sept. 22. The day will
begin at 8 a.m. with a kickoff break-


Book sale planned
A book sale is scheduled at the Niceville Community
Center, 204 N. Partin Drive (next door to the library),
Saturday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the
Niceville Public Library.


Northwest Florida State College's
K-Gallery. He will offer information
specific to the catastrophe and field
questions related to general emer-
gency management in the county as
part of the Florida: Then and Now
series. Admission is free.


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Transcribe Braille
The Northwest Florida Visionnaires, Inc. presents a free
Library of Congress Braille Transcription Certification Class
at First United Methodist Church, Niceville, to teach the
skills to transcribe textbooks for the blind children Sept. 13
through April, Mondays. Call 897-3383.


fast at Turkey Creek under the lead-
ership of Day of Caring Chairs
Carrie Ely of Gulf Power Co. and
Connie Phillips. Following break-
fast, volunteers will report to their
assigned projects, including yard
work, painting and other tasks,
throughout Niceville-Valparaiso.
When work ends around 11:30, vol-
unteers will gather back at Turkey
Creek where lunch will be spon-
sored by the Niceville Kiwanis
Organization. Info: 243-0315 or
e-mail RondaD@united-way.org.
WWII aviator to speak
On Wednesday, Sept. 22, 11
a.m., the Heritage Museum will host
James Crooke, World War II aviator,
Prisoner of war
and author, for a
discussion and
signing of his
new book,
"Berlin to the
Gulf of Mexico." Crooke's memoir
blends his days as a POW in Luft
Stalag I with flashbacks to his youth
growing up on the shores of
Florida's panhandle.
This military history program is
one of a series presented by the
Heritage Museum this year in honor
of Eglin's 75th Anniversary.
Bring a sack lunch This lecture is
free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat, call: 678-2615.
Info: heritage-museum.org.
Oktoberfest coming
Come enjoy the 26th annual
Oktoberfest in Bluewater Bay. Live
music, entertainment for adults and
children, arts and crafts, soft drinks,
bratwurst, smoked chicken quarters
and beer. Friday, Sept. 24, 5-10
p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 25, 11
a.m.-10 p.m. at Market Place near
Winn-Dixie on Highway 20,
Bluewater Bay, Niceville.
Sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary
Club. All proceeds go to local chari-
ties. Free admission.
Beach cleanup planned
Volunteers are needed for the
semiannual Florida coastal beach
cleanup, Saturday, Sept. 25, 8 .m.
Locations: Beasley Park, east of
Brooks Bridge, Okaloosa Island;
Beach Park, Santa Rosa Boulevard,
Okaloosa Island; Henderson Beach,
Highway 98, east of Destin or
Niceville High School Breezeway
on John Sims Parkway.
Volunteers will received a free T-
shirt and free bottled water.
Info: 651-7131.
Dog walk/run for PAWS
The Panhandle Animal Welfare
Society's "New Leash on Life" Dog
Walk/Run in conjunction with Dog
Daze will be held Saturday, Sept.
25, at the Fort
Walton Landing
in beautiful
downtown Fort
Walton Beach.
Late registration
for the walk will
begin at 8 a.m. and the walk/run will
begin at 9 a.m. The walk/run will be
1.25 miles.
Individuals, families and "packs"
of five walkers or more can partici-
pate. Prizes will be awarded for top
fundraisers in various categories.
PAWS will also offer $5 rabies
vaccinations and $15 microchips at
Dog Daze from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Registration forms and info:
paws-shelter.org or call Tricia
Bryant, 243-1525 or e-mail tricia
bryant@embarqmail.com
PUTToberfest scheduled
Putt your way through 18 holes
and a beer tasting during the area's
first ever PUTToberfest, 5 p.m.,
Thursday, Sept. 30, presented by the
Destin Area Sports Commission.
Players will enjoy a round of minia-
ture golf at the Golf Garden with
beer sampling stations set up all
along the way. The event also fea-
tures additional contests, including
longest drive and closest to the pin,
and prizes will be awarded. Entry
for a single player is $25. For more
information or to reserve your spot,
please contact Risa Garner at
837-2711 x2 or rgarner@
DestinChamber.com. Sponsorships
are available.
'Christmas Child' review
Livia Satterfield will present her
experience with "Operation
Christmas Child" at First United
Methodist Church at the comer of
John Sims Parkway and Partin Drive
in Niceville, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3.
Satterfield received a shoebox as a
child while living in a Romanian
orphanage. Adopted by an American
family, she now packs shoeboxes to
send throughout the world. National
Collection Week for Operation
Christmas Child is scheduled for
Nov. 15-22.
Oil spill program planned
Randy McDaniel, Chief of
Emergency Management, Okaloosa
County will speak about our area's
response to the 2010 oil spill
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., at


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I em m Local Relay among Florida's top 25
E-mail items to info@bavbeacon.com.


Exceeded goal by $18K


Macnel unristine ana
Benjamin Nelson
Sambenedetto-Nelson
Rachel Christine Samben-
edetto and Joel Benjamin Nelson
were united in marriage in a dou-
ble ring ceremony by Pastor
Arthur Schneider on Sept. 4,
2010.
The wedding took place in
Swift Creek Park surrounded by
family and friends.
The bride is the daughter of
Daniel and Kim Sambenedetto of
Niceville. The groom is the son of
Samuel and Barbara Nelson of
Valparaiso.
The bride was given away by
her father. Nuptial music was pro-
vided by pianist David Haynes.
The Maid of Honor was Laurie
Sambenedetto, the bride's sister.
The Best Man was Si Nelson,
the groom's brother. The reception
was held at the Swift Creek Club
House.
The couple took a honeymoon
trip to St. Joseph Peninsula.
The bride and groom are both
graduates of NWFSC. The bride
will attend Aveda Institute and the
couple will live in Tallahassee.


The Niceville-Valparaiso
Relay For Life was recently rec-
ognized as a top 25 event in
Florida by the American Cancer
Society.
The local Relay was 23rd in
the state. No. 1 was Naples.
Top 25 events average more
than twice the number of partici-
pants with more than 28 percent
being survivors, and have com-
mittees that were twice as large as
under $40,000 events, with an
average of 26 members
Top 25 events accounted for
only 7 percent of all the events in
Florida, but raised almost one-
fourth of all team dollars
statewide, with an average of
$1,500 per team. Niceville had a
team average of $3,333.
Niceville's final numbers for


Library sets

book sale
Book sale sponsored by the
Friends of the Niceville Library,
Niceville Community Center,
204 N. Partin Drive (next door
to the library), Friday, Sept. 17.
Friends only pre-sale, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18, open to the
public 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the
Niceville Public Library.


2010:
-$148,136 total net-
$18,136 over goal
-44 Teams
-4.1 percent of gross for
expense. well below the allowed
10 percent
-$3,867 in sponsorships
Next year will be Niceville-
Valparaiso's 14th year to partici-
pate in Relay. Thirty teams have
already signed up for the 2011
Niceville/Valparaiso event, which
will take place April 15 and 16,
2011.
To participate, attend a meet-
ing from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul
Lutheran Church Tuesday, Sept.
21. Contact Dee Hayhurst,
American Cancer Society Staff
Partner, dee.hayhurst@cancer.org
or 244-3813 ext. 3555


Niceville residents whoop it up during the 2010 Destin Relay for Life after heavy rains washed
out the Niceville-Valparaiso event. In spite of the weather, the local Relay was 23rd in the state in
terms of funds raised.


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munal prayer.
Money collected at the rally
will be donated to Lighthouse
Family Retreats, a faith-based
charity with direct connections
to the Emerald Coast.


"They'll get all of what we
collect," Pabst said. "It takes
$2,500 to send one family on a
retreat, and with 600 people
there we think we can accom-
plish that. We're also looking for
corporate donations."
For the past 11 years,
Lighthouse has held 70 retreats


in this region for families living daily responsibilities so the fam-
through childhood cancer. The ilies can focus on having fun


weeklong retreats are held in
rented or donated homes
between Destin and Panama City
Beach in the beach communities
along 30-A and are scheduled
from April to October.
Around 120 people attend
each retreat, which is composed
of 10 to 12 families and 30 vol-
unteers who serve them by cook-
ing, cleaning and taking care of


together.
Young Ben Baltz of
Valparaiso and his family have
been able to make a Lighthouse
retreat in each of the past two
years. Ben, who is 9 years old
and who attends Lewis School,
lost his lower right leg to bone
cancer after being diagnosed in
2008.
The Baltz family also


includes mother and father Kim
and JC, and children Jacob, 17,
and Rachel, 15. The teenagers
attend Collegiate High School.
The Baltzes spent each retreat
in the Watercolor community on
30-A in Walton County, which
Kim summarized as "incredible."
"When you're going through
childhood cancer, no one can
understand what you're going
through," she said. "But with
something like this you can bring


together 13 to 15 families, and
the parents can attend counseling
while the children are enjoying
their activities. And there are
family events, which include
singing and devotionals on the
beach."
Since 1991, "See You at the
PoleTM" has grown to involve
more than 2 million students
from all 50 states, according to
the official website. Students in
more than 20 countries take part.


Quilters to display wares at fair


50th Anniversary Celebration

On September 18th and 19th 2010, Valparaiso
First Assembly of God Church, located at 571
Valparaiso Blvd, will celebrate 50 years of ministry in
the community.
The church began on Sunday, June 26, 1960 with
thirty six people. Since its inception the church has
undergone three building phases and was remodeled
last year.
Besides ministering to the local community and
Air Force personnel, the congregation has hosted family
fun fairs, Easter-egg dashes, participated in community
Christmas parades and hosted a Live Nativity scene. In
honor of our armed forces, the church holds an annual
military appreciation day. From its beginning the
church has sought to point people to Christ.
For over twenty years Noah's Ark Daycare and
Pre-school, sponsored by the church, serves the
community with quality Christian education and child
care. The church, through the years, has been actively
helping those in need.
The vision of the church is not only to minister
locally, but through mission emphasis, the congregation
commits annually to support missionary ministries
around the world.
The church has sent out missionaries, pastors and
youth pastors. Pastor Gueary Clendening states, "We
are very grateful for what God has accomplished
through Valparaiso First Assembly of God and we are
very excited about the future."
On Saturday, September 18th, from 6:30 to 8
p.m., a reception will be held for members and former
members to get reacquainted. Sunday, September
19th, coffee and donuts will be served from 9:15 to 10
a.m. with the celebration service following. A brief
history of the church will be presented and past
accomplishments recognized. Rev. Larry Perry, former
member who is now a pastor in Tallahassee, will be the
guest speaker. Dinner will be served following the
service. Everyone is invited. For more information
please call the church at 678-4030.

Valparaiso First Assembly of God
571 Valparaiso Pkwy. Valparaiso
850-678-4030
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The Flying Needles Quilt
Guild, a 503 c (3) organization,
sews for many charitable events
throughout the year. The items,
all made by the 100-plus mem-
bers, are quilts, drawstring tote
bags, smaller zippered
cosmetic/school supply bags and
filled Christmas stockings, which
are given to shelters throughout
the area for distribution to chil-
dren; wheelchair lap quilts, given
to the VA Hospital or nursing
homes and adult-size easy on/off
bibs for Alzheimer's seniors in
nursing homes.
The 2010 Opportunity Quilt,
measuring 75 by 90 inches, is
composed of 12 different stars
blocks, built on foundation-paper,
in hand-dyed fabrics of rich gem
shades on black. A wide black
border has bias-stem swirls
appliqued with shaped blooms
and "buds" in the same rich, eye-
catching hues. This quilt was
given a "Best Innovation" ribbon
award at the Greater Jackson
(Miss.) Quilt Celebration 2009,
and was magnificently quilted by
Guild member Patty Butcher of
Katydids Quilting Service of
Niceville. Professional appraiser
Alma Moates gave this quilt an
appraisal of $3,400, and the rich
combination of reds, greens, yel-
lows, golds, blues and purples


Raffling off

quilt valued

at $3,400
Visit the Flying Needles Quilt
Guild booth at the Okaloosa
County Fair Oct. 26 to 30, to pur-
chase a raffle ticket to win a the
award-winning 2010 Opportunity
Quilt made by guild members,
and a crazy-quilt. View the other
quilts, including the Quilts of
Valor, created by the Guild.
Raffle tickets, $1 each or six
for $5, will be available, and Guild
members will gladly show their
work.
Both quilts are part of the
Guild's biannual raffle drawing, in
which funds are raised to support
supply costs for charitable items
the Guild makes and donates to
local organizations. Also dis-
played will be the Quilts of Valor
that will be sent to recovering
wounded military personnel in
November. These Quilts of Valor
will be sent to appropriate recipi-
ents through the national Quilts of
Valor Foundation. The Guild's
annual goal is to make 12 Quilts
of Valor in addition to the dozens
of charitable quilts and hundreds
of Christmas stockings.


than 50 years old, although it was
created in spring 2010. Members
will eagerly "hunt up and show
you" the blocks that they made
when you come to visit the Guild
booth,
The Guild has a website at
flyingneedlesquiltguild.org, and
Guild members meet every sec-
ond Thursday at 9:30 at the
Niceville Church of Christ, direct-
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High School.
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Eagles shut out Choctaw, 28-0


By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville Eagles, along
with enough fans to fill the visi-
tors' side of Etheridge Stadium,
took to the road Friday night to
face off against the Choctaw
Indians in their second game of
the season. They brought home
another victory, shutting out the
Indians, 28-0.
Defensively, the Eagles proved
to be a powerhouse, while offen-
sively they demonstrated their
ability to adapt and correct. Their
ground game proved to be steady
and effective, while their passing
game took a bit longer to hit its
stride.
The game had somewhat of a
slow start. Both teams had used a
time out within the first minute
and a half of the game.
The Eagles spent a lot of time
with the ball on their second pos-
session, working their way down
the field. Late in the quarter, they
began to gain momentum. After
several first downs, running back
Spencer Pullen managed the ball
down to the 1-yard line as the
buzzer sounded. Quarterback
Kyle McDorman carried the
ball-something he did through-
out the night-into the end zone
to put the first six points on the
board within the first few seconds
of the second quarter. A good kick
by Andrew Mitchell brought the
score to 7-0.
Choctaw received the kick-off
and looked to make a huge play as


Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Niceville senior running back Marquis Pratt eludes a bevy of
Choctawhatchee defender for a big gain and a first down.


their receiver zipped through a
hole in the middle of the field,
until he fumbled the ball, which
gave defensive back Kevin
Chasteen the opportunity to shine
with a fumble recovery that gave
possession back to the Eagles.
McDorman and his receivers
still hadn't hit their stride, and after
two incompletions and a run for a
loss of yards, the Eagles tried one
more pass on a fourth and 11, but
couldn't get the first down.
Although they couldn't make
the most of the fumble recovery,
the defense certainly did their part
to get the ball back in Eagle
hands. They kept the Indians from
a first down, and forced them to


Photo by Scott Schaeffler

Knights win
Eighth-grader wide receiver Josh Preston leaps for the
ball during Rocky Bayou Christian School's first football
victory since 2008 Friday, 35-0, over Peniel Baptist
Academy. Also going for the ball was sophomore Austin
Bearinger and another Knight.



Sports capsules


Freshman football
Tuesday, Sept. 7
NHS (2-0) 21 Choctaw (0-2)
14
Niceville highlights
Tyre McCants, 12 rushes, 121
yards, 3 XPs
Brandon Kucera, 17 rushes,
109 yards, TD
Trent Edwards, 6 rushes, 45
yards
Ashton Hooker, 2 rushes, 3
yards, TD, 0 2 passing
Dylan Estep, 2-2 Passing 75
yards, TD
Jalen Douglas, 2 Receptions,
75 yards, TD


RBCS swimming
MVP goes to Audrey Stevens,
a three-day-old RBCS swimmer,
who completed the 200 individual
medley. Audrey captured the
entire crowd, cheering her on to
the finish.
John Stevenson took a first-
place finish in his heat and Steven
Wills was right behind him in sec-
ond.
Suzi Sober and Elizabeth
Sober placed second in their heat.
Doug Linder and Colin Frazier
each had personal best times
against Choctaw, Niceville and
Fort Walton Beach Swimmers.


punt.
The offense took over and used
its running game to move the ball.
On fourth-and-6 from the
Choctaw 28, sophomore Andrew
Mitchell stepped in as quarter-
back, allowing McDorman to be
on the receiving end of a pass that
would give them the conversion
and land them on the 7-yard line.
McDorman got back in as QB and
scored the second touchdown of
the game with 4:33 remaining.
The defense didn't give the
Indians much time with the ball,
and on Niceville's next possession
the passing game came to life with
two consecutive completions to
wide receiver Brandon Burke. The
first put the ball on the 12-yard


line, and the second put Burke in
the end zone to widen the gap to
21-0 just before halftime.
Niceville had possession of the
ball for most of the third quarter,
thanks in part to an interception
by Chasteen during Choctaw's
first possession. The interception
and previous fumble recovery,
along with several key tackles,
kept Chasteen busy.
"I've been working all sum-
mer," Chasteen said about his big
plays. "It's just what I have to do.
I just want to win."
The drive, and the quarter,
proved scoreless. Mitchell entered
the fourth quarter as quarterback
along with running back Jon
Hudson. Both were able to get
first downs carrying the ball, and a
completion from Mitchell to wide
receiver Hayden Meyer brought
the score to 28-0.
"I thought we played really
well on both sides of the football,"
said head coach John Hicks. "We
made a couple mistakes here and
there offensively, but played real-
ly well." As for future prepara-
tions, "We need to keep getting
better. The teams get tougher, and
when we get into district play we
want to be playing the best we
can," he said.
How will Chasteen prepare?
"Practice hard every day and lis-
ten to what the coaches say," he
said.
The Eagles get another chance
to showcase their hard work and
determination when they host
Pine Forest Friday at 7 p.m.


Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson

Niceville spikes for win
Niceville junior Shelby Russell scores against Fort Walton
Beach Thursday. The Eagle volleyball team swept the
Vikings, 25-15, 25-15 and 15-9.





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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Volunteers spruce up Niceville YMCA


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
More than two dozen volunteers each
donated a fair share of hard work Labor
Day weekend in the first major step
toward renovating the Niceville Family
YMCA.
"You wouldn't even recognize the
place ... it looks completely different,"
said Richard Kimmons, who became
operations and membership director for
the Niceville Y back in January.
Nineteen YMCA members and seven
members of the Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso worked on repaint-
ing the main workout room and cleaning
the floors. Great White Carpet Cleaning of
Niceville also donated time and work on


the project.
"I came to work with them Monday,
and my first impression was, 'Wow,'" said
Joe Casal, president and CEO of the
YMCA of Florida's Emerald Coast.
"I was really impressed with the pas-
sion and commitment of the volunteers,"
Casal added. "It really means a lot to have
that type of community support."
But as unofficial project coordinator
Phil Hooper can tell you, there's still plen-
ty of work remaining.
Hooper recently appeared before the
Niceville City Council to request $2,200
from a fund that the city uses to help non-
profits.
Last week the Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso was scheduled to


donate $500 to the
project.
Hooper estimates
it would take
$11,000 to replace a
hot tub, and replac-
ing the carpet would
take another $6,000
to $7,000.
The hot tub is
Phil Hooper working, but in a let-
ter to potential
donors, Hooper states that the city has
given the YMCA a year to bring the tub up
to code, otherwise it must be shut down.
Estimates on repairing or replacing
broken exercise equipment approach
another $2,000.


The Niceville
Family YMCA
looks as good
as new after a
Labor Day
facelift per-
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volunteers,
including
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RMS lauds FCAT scholars


Ruckel Middle School recent-
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scored a perfect 500 on either the
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their FCAT tests. Plus one stu-
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