The Bay beacon
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Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: 11-23-2011
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer I already knew that, didnt you? quipped Niceville resident and Okaloosa County Commissioner James Campbell. Campbell, of Niceville, was reacting to news that a national business magazine last week named Niceville as the best place in Florida to raise a family. The honor appeared in a Nov. 15 story in Bloomberg Businessweek. Campbell credited the citys many military-connected families and the great schools in Niceville, as well as extensive sports programs that keeps kids involved. Niceville was one of 4,169 places with populations between 1,000 and 50,000 that were evaluated by New York-based Bloomberg Businessweek. The cities and towns were then By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A Niceville man was arrested on drug charges after he tried to escape Niceville police in what officers described as a mobile meth lab. George Reagan Jones, 43, of 88 Marina Cove Drive, Niceville, was arrested Thursday on charges of fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest without violence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license suspended or revoked, according to police arrest reports. Jones was subsequently arrested by sheriffs deputies on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine, 14 grams or over, according to arrest reports from the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office. Investigators said they discovered a meth lab in his car trunk. A passenger in the car Jones was driving, Nicole Medecky, 39, of 440 Muskegon Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Thursday on the misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an arrest report from Niceville police. Arrest reports from Niceville police and Okaloosa County sheriffs deputies gave the following account: Niceville police Patrolman Joseph Ward tried to stop a silver Volkswagen Passat after the man driving the vehicle, later identified as Jones, failed to stop at a stop sign at Crestview Avenue and Jefferson Street at 4:51 p.m. When the officer activated lights and siren, Jones refused to pull over and instead accelerated. After running a second stop sign, the Volkswagen crossed Partin Drive at high speed and turned into the Oaks Apartment complex, where the officer saw the driver and a passenger run into the breeze George R. Jones State panel backs bridge takeoverBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A state advisory panel last week recommended that the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority be taken over by the state. The 10-3 vote by the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force in Tallahassee was denounced by the chairman of the independent state-chartered authority that runs the 3.5mile toll span. The next step, said Mary Kramer, Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) attorney, will be to see if the recommendation of the 15-member appointed task force is crafted into bills in the Florida Legislature, which will convene Jan. 10. Any takeover bill passed by the legislature would then face a decision by Gov. Rick Scott. Jim Vest, executive director of the Niceville-based MBBA, told bridge authority board members Thursday that the task forces recommendation, issued Nov. 16, was made without much discussion during a two-hour meeting. The state task forces decision was based on the recommendation of a threemember Expressway and Friday, 7 p.m. Howl at the Moon on Okaloosa Island hosts a Thanks for Giving party to benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Tickets are $10 and include two drinks, a raffle ticket and admission. Saturday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Hometown Christmas, the largest and longestrunning handmade craft show in the Florida Panhandle, returns to the Walton County Fairgrounds. Santa will be visiting and there will be live music, Christmas decorations and dancing. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville begins its Broadway series of national touring musical productions with the world-renowned classic, My Fair Lady for one night only. Tickets are $45 with discounts for group purchases. Calendar, B-2.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During a Nov. 15 meeting in Niceville, the Northwest Florida State College Board of trustees honored retiring NWFSC Vice President David Goetsch. The trustees honored Goetsch, of Niceville, for his 36 years of service to the college and community as NWFSCs vice president for community relations and workforce development. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Officials from the City of Valparaiso and the Okaloosa County School District met at Valparaiso City Hall Friday, beginning efforts to resolve a conflict over the citys recent rezoning of the former site of Valparaiso Elementary School. No settlement was reached, but officials agreed to meet again. During the meeting, district representatives briefed city officials on their plans for a proposed Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) center for middle-school students. The briefing included slides showing how the various functions of the STEMM center would be laid out within the school building. The plan shows the STEMM center taking up about threefourths of the available floor space. Deputy Superintendent of Schools Rodney Nobles said the STEMM center would be important to help the district develop teachers and students and help them keep up in a rapidly changing world. He said the Valparaiso site is crucial, because of its proximity to Eglin, which would provide much of the expertise needed to run the center, and its central location in the southern half of the Okaloosa school district. City Commissioner Neal Shermer said he found the STEMM center idea interesting, but suggested that it may be possible to house a proposed city-backed charter elementary school and a STEMM center in the same building, if both sides are willing to come up with a The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, November 23, 2011 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 5024 Pages, 3 Sections, 6 Inserts A guide to holiday ideas, activities, and eventsSupplement to the Bay Beacon Wednesday, November 23, 2011 HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS The Beacons COMINGUPInside . Please see BEST, page A-5 Please see BRIDGE, page A-2 Please see METH LAB, page A-6 Please see DISPUTE, page A-3College honors David Goetsch on retirementNew York wakes up to Nicevilles lureArea is named the best place in Florida to raise a familyValparaiso, school district meet over dispute Mobile meth lab bustedCops find drug factory in car s trunkGiving thanksAs November begins to fade, the ranks of little Pilgrims, Indians and young turkeys swell in classrooms around the Twin Cities. Above, the Lewis School kindergarten class of Mrs. Jennifer Shaw dressed to commemorate our first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Eagles lose playoff in triple overtimeNiceville High School quarterback Andrew Mitchell drives to the 2-yard line during overtime Friday in the regional quarterfinal playoff against Pace at home. On the subsequent play, he scored a go-ahead touchdown for the Eagles, but they lost a heartbreaker, 42-41 in triple overtime to end their season. Story, B-6. Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson David Goetsch Please see GOETSCH, page A-2


BridgeAuthority Consolidation working group that Vest testified before Nov. 4. The working group got much of its information from a September report from the Florida Senate Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations on the cost effectiveness of regional expressways and bridge authorities, he said. I oppose their recommendations, MBBA chairman Gordon Fornell said. He said a state takeover would weaken or do away with local control. He said the working groups recommendations were subjective and information that contained discrepancies and errors. Who asked the people of this county? Fornell said. Fornell is one of five directors of the MBBA who are appointed by the governor and serve without pay. The Florida Government Efficiency Task Force in Tallahassee last week voted to recommend to the legislature that the MBBA be taken over by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, an arm of the states Department of Transportation. The proposal mirrors part of a takeover measure sponsored in the 2011 legislative session by Sen. Don Gaetz, the Niceville Republican whose district includes the bridge. Absent from the task force measure, however, were certain other elements of the unsuccessful Gaetz proposal last spring: A mandate for toll increases, and the inclusion of two other, more influential expressway authorities, in Orlando and Tampa, in any takeover. The measure earlier this year was pitched as a way to increase the turnpike agencys borrowing capacity to build and repair state roads. The state task force also made other recommendations concerning toll collection activities in the state, including: That all toll collections in the state be consolidated under the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE). The FTE already collects tolls for the Mid-Bay Bridge, including tolls through the Sunpass system, one of three electronic tolling systems in the state, including E-Pass and LeeWay, as well as pay by plate systems. That an independent party who specializes in best management practices should assist in effectively consolidating the administrative functions of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) and Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) into Floridas Turnpike Enterprise (FTE). FDOT estimates a savings of $24,318,000 per year. With the utilization of a third party, this process may be more efficient and achieve even greater savings. A study of pay equity among regional toll agency employees and the Florida Department of Transportation. The working group noted that the FDOT secretarys annual salary of $140,000 was exceeded by 10 of the 61 employees of OOCEA. The MBBA recently raised Vests pay as executive director to $156,000 a year, from his previous salary of $146,404. In other business at the MBBA monthly meeting in Niceville Nov. 16: Directors were told that October traffic over the Mid-Bay Bridge declined by about 1.6 percent while revenue increased by 0.3 percent. Traffic over the bridge last month was 517,251, or 8,468 fewer vehicle trips across the toll bridge than a year ago. Revenue collected in October, $1,226,883, was $101 more than a year ago. Directors also received an update on construction progress of the MBBAs 11-mile connector road, which is still expected to be completed by February 2014. Vest told directors that the toll plaza on the bridge will be converted by May of next year, allowing a test of the Toll by Plate tolling system the authority plans to implement at a single unmanned toll plaza on the connector road when it is completed in 2014. Toll by Plate technology records the license plates of vehicles, allowing vehicles to pass through unmanned toll stations without stopping. Those vehicles that have Sunpass transponders will continue to be charged the toll through Sunpass. Vehicles that dont have Sunpass, such as the majority of tourists vacationing in the Destin area, will be billed by Toll by Plate through the mail. Vest said next summers trial run of Toll by Plate at the bridge toll plaza would probably use the existing Sunpass lane, which would also continue to operate as such. Chairman Gordon Fornell said his only worry is the number of states that have agreements with the Florida Turnpike Enterprise that compel motorists from each state to pay the Toll by Plate bills. Vest said the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, the agency that collects tolls on the Mid-Bay Bridge, has agreements with 15 states and is adding about five states a month. Fornell said he was worried about 100 percent compliance in collection of the toll bills sent to motorists. Thats how we survive, he said. Some people have commented about the number of bridge users who appear to be going through without paying, he said, perhaps unmindful that smaller, bumper mounted transponders are in use in addition to the larger windshield mounted transponders. Vest said that motorists who dont have any money presently go through an IOU process at the toll plaza. That will go away once Toll by Plate is fully implemented, he said. If next summers pilot test is successful, Vest said a second Toll By Plate test could be run the following summer, giving more time to iron out any problems before the connector road opens. in 2014. 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Mid-Bay Bridge Authority A Florida advisory panel has recommended a state takeover of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority, including its 3.6-mile toll bridge and its $180-million, 11-mile bridge connector road, under construction to link the span with Highway 85, north of Niceville. Above, an aerial view of land cleared for the connector, skirting the Eglin golf course north of College Boulevard.According to a college statement: During his distinguished career, Goetsch helped lead the institution in its transition from Okaloosa-Walton Junior College to a state college which offers baccalaureate degrees. Since he began at the college in 1976, Goetsch has served as an instructor, professor, department chair, director, dean, provost, and vice president and as a member of the executive team of all three of the Colleges presidents. Goetsch, whose retirement will take effect Dec. 16, has left an indelible legacy of excellence at the college and in the communities it serves, said NWFSC Board Chair Sandy Sims. In an interview Monday, Goetsch, 62, discussed his plans. Im only retiring from the college, Goetsch said, adding that he will continue his other business and community activities. Ill still be doing most of the things people are used to seeing me do in the community, he said. For example, said Goetsch, he remains as chairman of the board of directors for the Economic Development Council at least until October 2012. He is also active in local chambers of commerce and other community organizations. In the private sector, Goetsch works for Human Resources Solution Inc., a company based in Walton County that provides training to business leaders in such fields as leadership, supervision, customer service, and strategic planning. The big umbrella provided by HRS, he said, is training for organizational excellence teaching people how to perform at peak levels in order to be competitive. Goetsch said he does not know whether NWFSC will contract with HRS for any of his services in the future. That would be the colleges call, not mine, he said. Among his most important upcoming activities, said Goetsch, will be to serve as a member of a special State of Florida committee recently appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, concerning Floridas role in national defense. Ill be serving, along with such people as state Rep. Matt Gaetz and Judge Pat Maney, through 2015, he said. That should keep me pretty busy. We do need to cut federal spending, Goetsch said, but in the current world environment, defense is among the last things that should be cut. Cutting national defense to trim the federal budget makes about as much sense as a family that trims its budget by stopping their mortgage payments. The people who are happiest about this, Goetsch said of impending defense cuts, are the Chinese, the North Koreans, and the Iranians. In their eyes, he said, America is looking more and more like a man with pockets full of money who has gotten lost in the wrong part of New York City. While he is perhaps best known for his many books and his work in economic development, Goetsch has earned numerous teaching awards, including being named Americas Technical Instructor of the Year in 1984 by the U.S. Department of Education, Floridas Technical Educator of the Year in 1986 by the Florida Vocational Association, and OWJCs Outstanding Instructor of the Year in 1976. Also teaching at the University of West Florida, he was named UWFs Outstanding Instructor of the Year in 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985 and earned numerous other teaching accolades. Goetsch played a leadership role establishing the colleges Fort Walton Beach campus, the Robert L.F. Sikes Center in Crestview, and the colleges new South Walton Center. He also established the colleges distance learning program and turned the college into a regional leader in economic and community development. A prolific author and scholar, Goetsch authored more than 75 bookssix of which are bestsellers and have been translated into several foreign languages including Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian and Hindi. He also authored more than 100 articles in professional journals and has been named to the Prentice Hall Publishing Companys Wall of Fame. Goetsch co-founded the Okaloosa Economic Development Council, the Walton Economic Development Council, the Walton Economic Development Alliance, the Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network, and the Gulf Coast Alliance for Technology Transfer. He has been selected by the Florida Economic Development Council three times as Northwest Floridas Economic Development Volunteer of the Year and has served on the board of directors of Enterprise Florida, Floridas Great Northwest. He served as president of the Niceville-Valparaiso and Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce. He has also been recognized with various distinguished community awards. Goetsch established the colleges various corporate training programs, including the Leadership Institute, the Institute for Professional Development, and The Quality Institute and provided corporate training for more than 100 companies annually for more than 20 years. 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At that time, school district officials did not say what they intended to do with the shuttered school or its grounds. Some Valparaiso parents objected to the closure, saying they prefer having an elementary school in the center of Valparaiso, where many local children could walk to a neighborhood school without having to be bused or walk across John Sims Parkway, the busiest highway in the city, to reach Lewis School. Early this fall, the city commission voted to rezone the site of Valparaiso Elementary, restricting its use to no other purpose than as an elementary school. The commission also contacted Somerset Academy, a charter school program that is part of Academica, a chain of charter schools throughout the Southeast. Academica, in turn, expressed interest in opening a new charter elementary school at the former Valparaiso Elementary site. The school district has objected to the city rezoning, saying that the action would prevent the district from using its land as it sees fit. However, the school district has also given tentatively approval to an application from Academica to start a charter school, as Florida law requires local school districts to do whenever an application meets standards. The school district is about to open negotiations with Academica on details of the proposed charter. After the city began exploring the charter school idea, the school district announced plans of its own, to create a STEMM center at the former elementary school site. The center would be a district magnet school for middle school students interested in science and math. It would also train teachers. Meanwhile, the school district and city have remained at odds over the rezoning, an issue that could lead to a lawsuit between the two government entities, with taxpayers funding both sides of the dispute. 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While the museum may represent nostalgia for older people, Bailey said its a whole nother world for youngstersa time before electronics, before computers. Youngsters are into everything when they visit the museum in Valparaiso, Bailey said. They seem to get it. Thats whats most rewarding. A Niceville resident, Bailey, 50, has two daughters in college. He moved to Valparaiso with his military family in 1966, attended Ruckel and graduated from Niceville High School in 1979. He has worked in the local banking industry for the past 28 years and currently works in Valparaiso as regional financial officer with Synovus, parent company of Coastal Bank and Trust. Bailey has been working to help the museum of local history for decades. He got involved in the early 1990s, when newspapers reported the possibility of the museum closing, he said. At that time he teamed up with the late Chris LaRoche, who had opened the museum, on Westview Avenue, in 1971. Bailey said that in the early 1990s, the historical society that sponsored the museum had voted itself inactive. Chris and I formed the Heritage Museum Association, Bailey said, the volunteer group that still sponsors the Heritage Museum. Ever since, he has served as a volunteer supporter, on the associations board of trustees, and as chairman a number of times, including the past three years. He also stepped down from the board itself, Thursday, but said he would remain active with the museum in other capacities. At the associations annual general membership meeting Thursday, Bailey focused on the many positives the museum has enjoyed over the past year. The best ever Saturday in the Park festival in April raised more than $2,600 for the museum, he said. The museum also sponsors events such as Yule of Yesteryear, the popular lectures series History Sandwiched-In, movie programs, craft classes such as basketry, a partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network and outreach programs at Pioneer Day, the Mullet Festival, Pow Wow and others. In 2010, the museum brought the somber and emotional The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Okaloosa County, Bailey recalled. He also praised museum manager Gina Marini for initiating so many new fund-raising events that the association ended the year with a positive financial statement. But the past year has also seen the museum in hunkerdown mode, Bailey said. The county, which in the 1990s agreed to support the museum by paying its director, has reduced its funding due to the economic downturn in the economy and tax revenues. When executive director Michele Severino left in 2010, the county could not afford to hire a new director, he said. Marini, who had worked at the museum under Severino, is now the museums sole fulltime paid employee, and she relies heavily on volunteers. The former Valparaiso Bank building that houses the museum is falling apart, Bailey said. Only with the help of volunteers, like Niceville builder Doug Barton, have essential repairs like the leaking roof been taken care of. Theres also a lack of storage space for the museums collections. The museum wants to expand some local history such as the fishing industry, he said, as well as early schools in the area. The Heritage Museums long-term goal is to move the institution to the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, Bailey said, where college officials have set aside land. Its up to the association and the community to come up with the money to fund the move and construction, he said. Although its a tough time for any cultural organization, Bailey said the museums mission remains the same, to keep what weve got and send it into the future. On Thursday, Marini presented Bailey with the first Kenneth E. Bailey Preservation and Stewardship Award. Marini said the award is designed to honor museum supporters for their donation of time, talents and treasure. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Stepping down after three years as chairman of its board of trustees, Ken Bailey addressed the Heritage Museum s annual membership meeting Thursday in Valparaiso, as Gina Marini, the museum s manager, looks on. CorrectionAn article Nov. 16 misstated the home town of Steven Menchel, a candidate for Okaloosa County sheriff. He lives in Destin. DISPUTEFrom page A-1


ArrestsShawn Michael Sites, 35, of 357 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 1 on a violation of probation charge on original offenses of DUI and driving on a suspended or revoked license. * Zachary Jason Bartleson, unemployed, 19, of 4216 Cougar Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 9 on charges of battery, criminal mischief and burglary with assault or battery. On Oct. 13 Bartleson allegedly entered a home in Bluewater Bay, struck the victim with his fists and kicked him as he fell to the ground. Bartleson also punched and damaged the garage door. * Marcus Anthony Prier, a landscaper, 30, of 400 Kelly Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 11 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Samantha D. Tuszynski, 23, of 4600 Range Road, Apt. 120, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Oct. 31 on a criminal mischief charge. Tuszynski is alleged to have been one of two people who damaged a neighbors vehicle Oct. 7, causing an estimated $1,500 damage. * Randy Scott Hoppock, a military member, 32, of 1476 Rawlins Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 12 on a charge of domestic violence battery. * Angel Pooler Drummond, 35, of 265 Harding Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 11 on a felony worthless check charge. * Derek Michael Tompkins, 33, of 503-A Johnson St., Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police Nov. 15 on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. Tompkins was also cited for driving a vehicle with an expired tag. * Arthur Lee Cheever, 18, of 1722 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 10 on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief that allegedly occurred April 2.DUI arrestsDakota Wayne Lingley, a restaurant employee, 20, of 1035 Everglade Drive, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police, for DUI in the 1000 block of Everglade Drive, Nov. 8, at 12 a.m. Lingley, whose blood-alcohol level was allegedly found to be more than three times the legal limit, drove across a vacant lot, over a large bush, across Everglade Drive, into another yard, where the vehicle struck a tree. The vehicle backed up to leave the scene, then traveled forward again striking another tree. No one was injured in the crashes, which caused an estimated $7,000 damage. Lingley was also cited for failure to use due care and possession of an open container of alcoholic beverage. TheftsA Niceville resident from the 2600 block of Edgewater Drive reported that unknown person(s) stole a 1989 Yamaha 9.9 horsepower boat motor from a boat kept at a dock at the residence sometime Nov. 10-11. The motor is valued at $900. * A Valparaiso business, 910 Valastics Ave., reported $400 was discovered missing from a locked safe Nov. 7.Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident from the 300 block of Reeves Street reported a man keyed his SUV Nov. 11. The victim and two witnesses reported seeing the man dragging something across the side of the car after the suspect allegedly beat on the door of the victims residence. The gash on the vehicle begins at the front drivers quarter panel and wraps around to the right rear tail light, damage estimated at more than $200 but less than $1,000 damage. * A Niceville resident from the first block of 1st Street reported Nov. 11 that unknown person(s) broke lawn chairs, removed a screen from an out building and also attempted to kick in the door to the out building.OtherJoshua Dean Mason, 18, of 317 22nd St., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police Nov. 10 on charges of knowingly driving while his license was suspended and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. * A 14-year-old Niceville boy, a student, was issued a notice to appear by sheriffs deputies at Niceville High School, Nov. 10, on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * On Nov. 11 a 22-year-old Niceville man who told police he had taken White Spice he got from a Niceville shop became so ill and agitated he was taken to Twin Cities Hospital, where he became combative and it took a dozen medical and law enforcement people to restrain before he could be sedated. * Responding to a suspicious activity call about 10 p.m. Nov. 13, Niceville police talked to three boys who were in the street wearing masks and playing with Airsoft guns, realistic toy guns that shoot plastic BBs. Police advised one boy that his gun looked like a real weapon because it did not have the orange tip installed and informed him he needed to replace it. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from November 14, 2011 through November 20, 2011. 0 Structure Fire25 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire4 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn7 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Lincolnshire Drive........................Medical........................................11/14/11............06:42 Davis Drive...................................Medical........................................11/14/11............09:41 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical........................................11/14/11............10:22 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical........................................11/14/11............12:40 Boyd Circle...................................Medical........................................11/14/11............17:29 Reeves Street..............................Canceled.....................................11/14/11............19:54 E. College Blvd............................Medical........................................11/15/11............00:47 SR85N..........................................Canceled.....................................11/15/11............17:35 27th Street....................................Medical........................................11/16/11............11:03 College Blvd/SR85N...................Vehicle Crash..............................11/16/11............13:56 Yacht Club Dr./BWB....................Canceled ....................................11/16/11............17:38 Boyd Circle...................................Medical........................................11/16/11............21:55 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Alarm Activation..........................11/17/11............07:17 Friar Tuck Drive...........................Medical........................................11/17/11............07:41 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical........................................11/17/11............11:19 SR85N/SR123.............................Canceled.....................................11/17/11............15:54 N. Partin Drive.............................Hazard.........................................11/17/11............17:18 N. Palm Blvd................................Vehicle Crash..............................11/17/11............17:37 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical........................................11/18/11............03:17 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Alarm Activation..........................11/18/11............07:50 Judith Avenue..............................Medical........................................11/18/11............10:49 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle Crash..............................11/18/11............17:30 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical........................................11/18/11............21:54 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical........................................11/19/11............10:01 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical........................................11/19/11............10:49 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical........................................11/19/11............11:29 Pine Avenue.................................Vehicle Crash..............................11/19/11............13:44 Persimmon Way..........................Medical........................................11/19/11............14:08 Campbell Drive............................Medical........................................11/19/11............15:58 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical........................................11/19/11............16:28 Kelly Road....................................Medical........................................11/20/11............00:12 Goldenrod Court..........................Good Intent Call..........................11/20/11............06:26 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical........................................11/20/11............11:54 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical........................................11/20/11............13:20 Powell Drive.................................Medical........................................11/20/11............16:21 Reeves Street..............................Medical........................................11/20/11............18:10 Tee Street.....................................Medical........................................11/20/11............22:07 Weekly Safety Tip: Purchase portable heaters with automatic shutoff safety features. Keep them clean and at least three feet away from draperies, furniture, clothes, bedding or walls.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from November 13, 2011 through November 21, 2011. Street Situation Date Time White Point Road.......................Medical assist EMS......................11/13/11...........05:40 Hickory Street.............................Medical assist EMS......................11/13/11...........13:31 Merchants Way..........................Medical assist EMS......................11/13/11...........19:39 Martinique Cove.........................Medical assist EMS......................11/14/11...........08:35 N. White Point Road..................Medical assist EMS......................11/14/11...........21:00 Lancaster Drive..........................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/15/11...........11:16 E. Highway 20............................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/15/11...........14:13 White Point Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/15/11...........17:11 Saint Pierre Cove.......................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/15/11...........20:00 White Point Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/15/11...........21:37 N. White Point Road..................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/16/11...........14:40 N. White Point Road..................Smoke detector.............................11/16/11...........14:45 Merchants Way..........................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/16/11...........15:01 Yacht Club Drive........................Water vehicle fire...........................11/16/11...........17:39 Cat Mar Road............................Dispatched canceled....................11/16/11...........21:21 Ansley Drive...............................Medical assist EMS......................11/16/11...........22:45 Evans Road...............................Medical assist EMS......................11/17/11...........07:11 N. White Point Road..................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/17/11...........12:49 E. Highway 20............................Medical assist EMS......................11/17/11...........15:43 Lancaster Drive..........................Motor vehicle accident..................11/18/11...........06:01 Highway 20................................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/18/11...........11:04 Range Road...............................False alarm....................................11/18/11...........11:23 White Point Road & Raintree....Combustible/flammable gas.........11/18/11...........12:22 Fairway Lakes Drive..................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/18/11...........21:14 White Point Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle.................11/18/11...........22:35 Lancaster Drive..........................Motor vehicle accident..................11/18/11...........23:49 Meadows Woods Lane.............Medical assist EMS......................11/19/11...........22:50 N. White Point Road..................Medical assist EMS......................11/20/11...........11:57 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.Page A-4 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s Newspaper 850-424-66774012 Commons Drive Suite #110 (Behind Walmart in Destin) Proudly accepting Tricare Insurance Now seeing patients.Kevin W. 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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Page A-5 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) Law Office of SAMUEL M. PEEK Estate Planning & Probate Wills & Living Trusts Powers of Attorney Health Care Directives Business Corporations & LLCSamuel M. Peek, J.D., LL.M. Tax678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision. Before you decide, ask us to send you free information about our qualifications and experience. 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate (Corner of Green Acres Rd. & Beverly St.) (850) 864-4735 Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-2OPEN~ OPENBRING THIS AD IN FOR 10% DISCOUNT! Close-Outs! Discounts! Bargains! Deals! THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERWayne Spencer, 69, Niceville, retired Isabel Geiser, 4, Fort Walton Beach, student, Montessori School of the Arts Jen Albrecht, 33, Niceville, mom Joshua Speed, 22, Crestview, student Getting together with family and eating good food. Family. I m here in Niceville to visit my children and grandchildren. The youngest grandchild was born Saturday. Family. It s a chance to get together. Family. It s the time of year we all get together, watch Alabama versus Auburn football, and share good food and a good time. We had Thanksgiving stew at school. It was yummy. It means family, even though we won t be together. My husband is deployed. I came to America from Bolivia, and have been learning about American traditions. by Mike GriffithWhat does this Thanksgiving mean to you?Jim Lanier, 61, Lakeland, Florida, aircraft mechanicWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.Location: Turkey Creek WalkDaisy Geiser, 43, Fort Walton Beach, momevaluated based on statistics such as crime rates, median family income, educational factors (such as school scores, the number of public and private schools and colleges) amenities such as parks and museums, air quality and ethnic diversity, according to businessweek.com. School performance, expenditures and income were given the most weight, according to the story. Niceville is a wonderful place to live, said Patsy Bland, a real estate agent who is vice chair of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. The school system speaks for itself and the crime rate is so low we can trust our youngsters to be on the streets at night. Under a generic beach picture, the magazine listed Nicevilles population as 11,874, the median family income as $71,888, the average school math score of 89.71 (versus a state average of 68.43) and the average school reading score of 89.71 (versus a state average of 65.91). The brief profile of Niceville included a link (Boggy) to the city of Nicevilles website and second link to a Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival website. The magazine listed one top city in each of the 50 states. Of these it named Blacksburg, Va., as the best place in the U.S. to raise kids. BESTFrom page A-1


Page A-6 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992way of one of the apartment buildings. Officer Ward ran after and detained the passenger, Medecky, in the breezeway. Then he ran to the front of the building, where he saw Jones running west on Jefferson. Another officer apprehended Jones at Jefferson and Crestview Avenue. That officer found a hypodermic needle concealed in Jones right pants leg. Police also found a hypodermic needle in a glasses case inside Medeckys purse. Inside the Volkswagens trunk ,officers found items that are consistent with a methamphetamine lab. At that point, the Okaloosa County Drug Task Force was notified and responded to assist in cleaning up the toxic chemicals involved in the alleged mobile meth lab. Deputies on the drug task force inventoried the precursor chemicals located inside the vehicle, which included: sulfuric acid, muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, Coleman fuel, ammonium nitrate and ephedrine. Drug paraphernalia in the car included several clear plastic bottles containing bilayer liquids, a makeshift gas generator, coffee filters, rubber and plastic tubing, a vibrating mixer and an active one-pot methamphetamine cook. Over 200 grams of liquid methamphetamine was collected from the one-pot cook and clear plastic bottles containing the bilayer liquids. Jones allegedly admitted knowing that the precursor chemicals used for the manufacture of methamphetamine were in his car, and he also admitted to shaking the cooking vessels. Four Niceville police officersand the two suspects had to be decontaminated after coming into contact with chemicals contained in the Volkswagen, according to police. As of yesterday, Jones was in custody at the Okaloosa County Jail in lieu of $38,000 bond. Medecky was also in jail as of Tuesday in lieu of $500 bail on the drug paraphernalia charge and another $1,500 bail on an unrelated charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license. METH LABFrom page A-1Sammy's Pizzas and Subs, located in Niceville, opened its doors to the community earlier this fall. With his friendly staff, restaurateur and owner, Sam Poppell, serves tasty pizzas, mouth-watering hot and cold sandwiches and savory strombolis. In addition, freshly prepared salads and warm cookies round out the menu to provide something to please everyone! Sammy's Pizzas and Subs takes pride in promoting itself as one of the few pizzerias/sub shoppes that boasts an ovenbaked pretzel sandwich. All hot menu items are baked on stones right into a brick-oven. This cooking process produces a crispier crust. Overall, the results are better flavors compared to those baked in conveyor ovens. Sub sandwiches begin with fresh baked bread, baked daily on the premises. Meats and cheeses are deli-sliced just prior to serving and all vegetable toppings are cut fresh daily as well. Pizzas also get primo attention at Sammy's. All pizzas are topped with a blend of five cheeses that include low-moisture mozzarella, low-moisture part-skim mozzarella, smoked provolone, parmesan, and Romano cheeses. This specialized blend gives Sammy's pizza a very distinctive flavor, unlike any other. Their 16" pizzas can satisfy the largest hunger! Sam Poppell grew up loving and making pizzas at home. Driven by this love and history, Sam developed a variety of delectable pizzas and signature subs, such as his Famous Philly! Focused on providing a family friendly dining experience, Sam plans on expanding his current dining facility so customers can have more space for birthday parties, sports gatherings and family events. Sammy's Pizzas and Subs understands the importance of community involvement and the positive impact small businesses can be to charitable organizations. As business grows, Sam hopes to develop partnerships with organizations such as Children's Advocacy Center and Children's Crisis through fundraising and sponsored events. Additional community efforts include: school fundraising and youth league sponsored promotions. Looking forward to cover a delivery area that spans Rocky Bayou through Choctaw Beach, Sammy's anticipates a steady growth. Special discounts to the community include 15% off to military, law enforcement and fire department staff. In addition, youth sports league are offered 15% discounts for those who come in uniform. Just a few of the friendly staff eager to serve you at Sammy's Pizza and Subs are: Angie McCrieady, Leo Biles and Tyler Holbrook. Leo and Tyler are masters at creating the perfect sub or pizza. Angie serves up your meal with a warm smile. 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Master Sergeant Brian J. Graham, Retired United States Air Force, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, with Valor, on Nov. 11, in Destin. Sergeant Graham received the award for heroism while in Afghanistan, participating in aerial flight as an aerial gunner aboard a rescue helicopter on June 1, 2009. His speed of action, tactical prowess and skill in a high threat region during an active fire flight, ensured safe mission completion. His intrepid actions were directly responsible for saving the life of a British soldier. Sergeant Graham is a graduate of Niceville High School, class of 1985. Upon his retirement from the USAF in 2010, he and his wife, Laura Windy Muckridge Graham and children, Carley and Bradley, returned to live in Niceville. He is the son of John and Kay Graham of Ruskin, formerly from Niceville, and the son-in-law of Richard and Jane Muckridge of Niceville. The Distinguished Flying Cross, authorized by an Act of Congress on July 2, 1926 (amended by Executive Order 7786 on Jan. 8, 1938), was awarded first to Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, of the U.S. Army Corps Reserve, for his solo flight of 3,600 miles across the Atlantic in 1927. This medal is awarded to any officer or enlisted person of the Armed Forces of the United States who shall have distinguished her/himself in actual combat in support of operations by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to Nov. 11, 1918.Niceville man awarded Flying Cross The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 3 3 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 Major (Ret) John Totty, presenting The Distinguished Flying Cross (with Valor) to Master Sergeant (Ret) Brian J. Graham. Jimmy Raider with NWFSC cheerleaders Matt Copeland (left) and Chase Downing. BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND 11/23-11/26Buy One Piece of Sorrelli Jewelry Get the Second of Equal or Lesser Value 40% OFF!Cannot be combined with other discounts.All other items in the store at 15% offRocky Heisman winnersNew fox in townRocky Bayou Christian School extends a special congratulations to Brittany Tiller and Eddie Owens, III, who were named school winners for the prestigious Wendys High School Heisman Award. To be eligible for this award, students must display academic aptitude, athletic talent and community leadership. The WHSH program, awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, celebrates the achievements of the nations top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the top award in college football, the WHSH award is known for being the most prestigious award at the high school level. The award encourages future leadership by recognizing well-balanced lifestyles at an early age. The school winners were selected by the WHSH program from all school applicants from Rocky Bayou Christian School. Brittany and Eddie were selected as school winners based on academic and extra curricular accomplishments. Brittany and Eddie are future leaders and will represent their school well in the next phase of judging, said Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Memorial Trophy and WHSH program spokesperson. Im proud to be involved with an award that embodies the spirit of the Heisman tradition of hard work, dedication and an outstanding record both on and off the field. All our applicants have shown throughout their high school careers that they embody the Wendys High School Heisman lifestyle, said Dr. Michael L. Mosley. This award is the perfect way to celebrate their achievements and showcase the outstanding talent at Rocky Bayou Christian School. Brittany Tiller and Eddie Owens were named school winners for the Wendy s High School Heisman Award. JOIN EYEWEAR UNLIMITED & DR. BRENCI, O.D.andTHE EMERALD COAST CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTERin collecting new, unwrapped Christmasitems for children, teens & seniors.ITEMS NEEDED: Toys, socks, shoes, blankets, housecoats BE AN ANGEL Drop off box inside Eyewear Unlimited who with ECCACwill deliver to people. Thank you. CHARLES HENRIOTT | 678-0099 678-6211 Owner & Optician | 35 years experience | In business since 1970 Forensics tournamentFrom Left: NWFSC Forensics Team members Megan Rambo, Fort Walton Beach; Caleb Crow, Ponce de Leon; Shiena Normand, Niceville; Robert Smith, Shalimar; Nicholas Corbin, Niceville; Brittny Ostermann, Crestview; Ryan Fisher, Niceville.NWFSC defeat 8 othersThe Northwest Florida State College Forensics Team recently competed in the 12th annual Star Invitational Forensics Tournament on the campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville. NWFSCs seven-member team competed against some exceptionally tough competition from eight other colleges and universities, and the team earned first place in Debate and third place in the overall competition sweepstakes. Tyler Corbin of Niceville took second place in Drama. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Robert Smith of Shalimar took third place, Brittny Ostermann of Crestview took fourth, and Caleb Crow of Ponce de Leon took fifth. All seven team members scored well throughout the competition, which contributed to the teams first and third overall standings. College unveils mascot Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) recently unveiled its new mascot, Jimmy Raider, designed by NWFSC students. Mascot Jimmy is named in honor of Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, who led a squadron of B-25s in WWII on one of the most famous missions of the war. The colleges sports teams have been dubbed the Raiders since students selected the moniker in the 1960s. The name was to honor the original Doolittles Raiders who trained at Eglin for a secret mission to bomb Japan for the first time in WWII following the attack at Pearl Harbor. NWFSC students selected a fox character dressed in military garb for the colleges Jimmy Raider mascot. The mascots black bomber-style jacket sports a special logo, designed by NWFSC student Robert Stevens, which merges the letters NWF with an artistic interpretation of the B25 plane flown in the historic mission. We needed a mascot that was both different from any other college, but also true to the spirit of where our name came from, noted Ashley Cuchens, SGA president. Students felt the fox character recognized the cunning and stealth of the original Raiders mission and that Jimmys costume honors the military heroes as well. Mascot Jimmy Raider can now be seen at all college Athletic events as well as around campus and in the community at various activities. NWFSC student Mark Humes of Niceville, the colleges Student Government Please see MASCOT, page B-3


By Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer About 3,500 children in Central and South America, Africa and Asia will learn about Niceville and Valparaiso this holiday season. Operation Christmas Child, a ministry spearheaded by Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse, will send more than 8 million gift-filled shoeboxes to poor children worldwide this year. Members of local churches filled enough shoeboxes to take up most of a tractor trailer, which delivered them to Pensacola Monday, the final day of the collection. From there, they'll go to Atlanta, where they will be shipped overseas by sea containers, according to Rachel Mills, spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian international relief organization. "We deliver any way we can," Mills said of the final delivery to the children. "Truck, camel, dog sled." "Within each box is a book about Jesus Christ in the child's native language," said Linda Strickland, who serves as coordinator at First United Methodist, where the cases are loaded on to trucks. "Then they have the opportunity to come back and take a 12-lesson discipleship class." The classes, she said, are taught by native speakers. This year's effort began in August, when all the area churches were invited to a meeting to help generate interest. Local participating churches include First United Methodist, First Baptist of Niceville, Rosemont Baptist, Rocky Bayou Baptist, St. Paul Lutheran, First Baptist of Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay Baptist, Choctaw Beach United Methodist and First Baptist of Choctaw Beach. "There could be a larger effort from this area if it just gets out what it's for," said Joy Love, who coordinated the Operation Christmas Child effort for First Baptist Church of Niceville. "It's really a worthwhile effort. It's not only getting gifts, it's spreading the Gospel to them. It touches not only them, but their families as well." Since the ministry began in 1993, Mills said, Samaritan's Purse has given away more than 86 million shoeboxes. Some of the boxes were filled by those who would know best what kids overseas would want. "We set a goal for our children to produce," said the Rev. Lisa Ausley, deacon at First United Methodist Church of Niceville. "We're excited that most of our boxes were built by children for children." The boxes typically contain such items as small toys, socks, mittens, hygiene products and writing material, said Mary Kirkland, secretary at Rosemont Baptist Church, which filled nearly 500 boxes on its own. "We are a small church, so for us to collect and pack this many shoeboxes is truly a miracle from God," she said. The shoeboxes don't have to originate in a church. "Elaine Lauderdale, our shoebox coordinator, has gotten donations from many businesses in the Niceville area," Kirkland said. Individuals, too, can pack boxes. One member of First United Methodist was buying small toys at a dollar store, Ausley said, when an older woman asked what she was doing. Told about Operation Christmas Child, the woman dug a $20 bill out of her purse and asked the younger woman to pack a box for her as well. "It's just exciting that we can sit here in little Niceville and touch the world through a very simple ministry, that we can be the hands and feet in Africa, Asia, South America and God can use our gift to really bless the world," Ausley said. "God has blessed us so we can bless others." Friends for Fun seniors All singles 60 and older are invited to join Friends for Fun for laughter and friendly conversation each Wednesday, 3-5 p.m., at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse. This is an opportunity to make new friends and find joy and companionship. Info: 897-4434. TOPS evening meetings TOPS club 0111 is a weight-loss support group which meets every Thursday evening at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd., education building, room 4. Weigh-in will be at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Info: Michele, 678-2863, or Cindy, 279-4847. Math, science tutoring Free math and science tutoring is available at the Valparaiso Community Library on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. The tutoring is for elementary school students and is taught by Dr. La Vergne Thatch. Call the library at 729-5406 to set up an appointment. Sharing and Caring Sharing and Caring is looking for donations of food, hygiene products, diapers, detergents, etc. at their location at 104 Bullock Blvd., Niceville. Their hours are Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m. 2 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. noon. Info: 729-3600 or 678-8459. Museum seeks volunteers The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso, seeks responsible community volunteers to assist with greeting and reception in the gift shop. Flexible days and times are available for 1-3 hour shifts. Other volunteer positions are available. Interested individuals may stop by the museum during regular business hours, Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 678-2615 or visit heritagemuseum.org. Driver safety course In November 2011, AARP will offer a free driver safety program for all veterans and their spouses. The class will allow good drivers 55 and older to earn premium deductions from all providers of automobile insurance in Florida. Info: 729-3468. Niceville library exhibit The artwork of Sue Tarkin will be on exhibit at the Niceville Library, 206 Partin Drive N., Niceville, through November. Tarkins art will be available for sale at close to her cost for framing and materials and donating 20 percent to the library. Info: 279-4863. Shelter House needs Shelter House, a local domestic violence center, is collecting canned and dry food items to create a Christmas meal for women and children residing in shelter during the holidays. Frozen meats will be accepted on drop-off deadlines only. Laundry baskets to compile items, gas cards and gift cards to stores like WalMart or Publix are also accepted. All donations will be accepted at the Shelter House, 102 Buck Drive, Fort Walton Beach by Dec. 15. Cold food items for holiday meal gift baskets will be accepted until Dec. 19. Info: 243-1201 or e-mail info@shelterhousewfl.org. Toys for Tots campaign Niceville Realtor Susan Rood, Area Coordinator for Toys for Tots, has teamed up for the second year with Bass Pro Shops of Destin as a prime drop-off point for the 2011 Toys for Tots Campaign, accepting donations until Dec. 23. Local businesses are invited to help by contributing donations for logo sponsorship on this years tshirts. Shirts will be distributed at the Niceville Christmas parade to those with a toy donation. The remaining proceeds will be used to purchase toys for the children in the local area. For information on sponsorships or donations contact Eric Topel at 2187904 or e-mail promoyourlogo@ gmail.com. Military Memories exhibit On the Home Front and At War, sponsored by Pioneer Technologies Corp., is the Heritage Museums exhibit featuring original artifacts from its collection of the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War. Also exhibited is the original POW uniform worn by POW Howard Hill, on loan. Exhibit runs through the end of April 2012. Info: 678-2615 or heritage-muse um.org. Hospital volunteers The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary is seeking volunteers. For more information, call 729-9481, or stop by the hospital, 2190 Highway 85 North, Niceville, and speak to a volunteer at the front desk. Letters for troops The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce is accepting letters through November for deployed troops Mon.-Tue. from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Supplies will be provided at the Chamber office, 1055 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Limit one-page letter, standard. Handwritten letters preferred with no political content. Info: 678-2323. Hospice seeks volunteers Emerald Coast Hospice seeks volunteers to help families make the most of each day and provide the support that every family needs during difficult times. Volunteers are the heart of hospice and help in many ways: through supportive visits with patients and families, spiritual care, special projects, errands and general office assistance. Info: call Lisa Secondine, 862-1069. Local tax collecting Walton County Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper is providing an opportunity for Walton County property owners to pay their taxes without making the trip to the Tax Collectors Office. Through November, the Walton County Tax Collectors Office will be on location at various community sites to collect tax payments. The onsite tax collection is known as the R.A.T.E. program (Remote Area Tax Express). For locations and dates, visit waltontaxcollector.com or call 892-8121. Valp. library events The library hosts traditional Story Time for pre-school age children Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings. Parents and caretakers are invited to participate in singing, dancing and sharing a fall-themed story and working on a fun craft. Story Time begins at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday mornings, the Valparaiso Library holds Genealogybased United States History class. The topic for fall will be the Gilded Age. Class begins at 9:30 a.m The French Class meets at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The class is designed for those familiar with the language who want to advance to the fluent level. All programs are open to county residents free of charge. Info: 729-5406 or vcl.valp.org. Praise and thanksgiving St. Paul Lutheran Church starts the season Wednesday, Nov. 23, with praise and thanksgiving at 7 p.m. after a soup dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3. For reservations call 678-1298. Song and reflection will also be available Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Season of Lights DeFuniak Springs hosts Christmas Reflections, an evening of lights and decorated seasonal characters from Nov. 25-Dec. 31 at Lake DeFuniak from 5-9 p.m. Evening passes are $3 and children under 6 are admitted free. Info: 892-8500 or visit christmas reflections.com. Thanks for Giving party Howl at the Moon, Okaloosa Island, will host a Thanks for Giving party Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. to benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Guests will receive admission to the Dueling Piano Bar Show, two free sponsor drink tickets and 1 free raffle ticket. The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida keeps 100 percent of the proceeds from advanced tickets sales. Tickets are $10. Info: 678-2615. Adventure Club The Adventure Club will host a bike ride in Niceville on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. Meet at Guiseppis Restaurant and Marina parking area on Bayfront Drive. Lunch after the ride will be at a nearby restaurant. For more information, contact ride honchos Pat and Bruce at 301-9452. Christmas craft show Hometo wn Christmas, the largest and longest-running handmade craft show in the Florida Panhandle, returns to the Walton County Fairgrounds, on Saturday, Nov. 26. Santa Claus will be visiting with children throughout the day and supervised outdoor activities will be available for the kids. Live music, singing, dancing and food will also be available from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Info: 892-7830. Schola Cantorum Northwest Florida State Colleges Schola Cantorum vocal group will perform a series of free concerts in local area churches. Donations for the NWFSC music program will be accepted. Performances are Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville; Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Crestview; Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar; and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Simons on the Sound Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach. Info: 729-6000. Geek lights on the corner The 4th annual Geek Lights on the Corner Christmas light and music show will begin on Monday, Nov. 28 through New Years. The free performances take place nightly at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay. Shows begin on the hour and half hour starting at 6 p.m., with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m. Sun. Thur. and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Follow the progress on the build and get more information by following the shows facebook page, facebook. com/geeklightsonthecorner. Adventure Club The Adventure Club will host a bike ride in Gulf Breeze on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitors Center on highway 98. Bring a picnic lunch for after the ride. For information, contact ride honcho Bobbi at 499-4404. Another bike ride will be hosted in Destin at the Kelly Plantation Resort/Subdivision on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Meet at the golf course clubhouse parking area, supper after the ride at nearby restaurant. For information, contact ride honchos Pat and Bruce at 301-9452. Society meeting The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Dec. 1 meeting is free and open to anyone with an interest in birds or nature. Refreshments, socializing and announcements begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 128 of the Learning Resource Center (LRC 128) of the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College. Info: 678-3965. Eglin tree lighting The Eglin Chapel will host the 2011 Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the West Gate Chapel. This is one of Eglins biggest family events with caroling, choir performances, tree lighting and Santa arriving on a fire engine. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event to start the holiday season. For more information, please call the Chapel at 882-2111. Rocky band concerts Rocky Bayou Christian Schools symphonic band and chorus will have their Christmas concert at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The beginning and middle school bands will have their concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the same church and time. Troops to sell firs Nicevilles Boy Scouts of America Troop 546 will hold its annual Christmas tree sale on Friday, Dec. 2 4 in front of the Niceville Police Station, 212 N. Partin Drive. The troop will have an assortment of Frasier Fir No. 1 trees from North Carolina in various prices and in sizes ranging from 5 to 9 foot tall. Hours of operation are Friday from 3-9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. 8 p.m. For more information, contact Jack Knight at 374-2602. Arts Center gallery show The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries will display two artists takes on the meaning of home during the 2011 holiday season, through Dec. 2. In the McIlroy Gallery, paintings and installations by Lou Haney seem ripped from the pages of vintage cookbooks or womens magazines. Viewers will be visually bombarded by images of home, whether its defined by food, kitsch, celebration or consumption. Berlin-based artist Joelle Dietrick explores another side of the domestic sphere in her Sherwin Series, to be in the Holzhauer Gallery. Dietricks project takes the hues of the SherwinWilliams 2007 Color Forecast and applies them to fractured and remixed images of foreclosed houses to document the economic and emotional toll of the recession.Page B-2 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. CALENDAR2011 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com before 5 p.m. Wednesday. 'My Fair Lady' The Broadway Series at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, will make its debut with the world-renowned classic "My Fair Lady" Nov. 29. Tickets for the show are $45 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office, 729-6000, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each concert. Info: mattiekellyartscenter.org. Dear Bay Beacon, We have advertised weekly in the Bay Beacon for almost 6 years and know for a fact it works! People are continually commenting on our ads where our daughter Anna Grace is pictured. She is recognized at church, the gym, grocery store, even the doctors office. We have even received requests to see her for the best price! Simpler Carpet and Tile is celebrating 51 years of serving this community. The Simplers began this business with the desire to provide Niceville, Valparaiso and the surrounding area with a name they could trust when it comes to floor coverings. They did thatand we continue to do it today.Jeff Allen and Stephanie Bruner Owners: Simpler Carpet and Tile, Inc.Advertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Heres proof! Anna Grace Spreading Christmas cheer in foreign landsLocal churches collect 3,500 gift-filled shoeboxes for children Beacon photo by Kenneth Books Volunteers flank Relay Center Coordinator Linda Strickland at First United Methodist Church of Niceville after packing a tractor-trailer with cases of shoebox gifts for children overseas.


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All State chorus students selected were Gabrielle Schrack, Isabelle Schrack, Colleen Collins, Sarah Pabst, Caroline Schreck, Connor Ballasch, Jared Herzog, Lyndon Clifton, Zachary Schwantz, Olivia Rackley, Madison Taylor, Allison VanMatre, Cassidy Solti, Mara Riley, Jimi Watts and Stefani Alderfer. All State band students were Laura Harber, Cari Sands, Sarah Erickson, Ben Love and Carly Ritterband. Lewis School s 7th grade social studies teacher Donna Earle assigned her students with the task of dressing in character as one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Students then had to present a report to the class about the person they chose. Veterans rememberanceLewis dresses upSpanish clubRuckel All State Chorus (top) and All State Band (right). The Twin Cities Veterans Council Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 took place at Doolittle Park in Valparaiso. A wreath was presented by seventh graders Hunter Brake and Dillon Buckley on behalf of C.W. Ruckel Middle SchoolAssociation histo rian, was selected for the honor of being the first student to wear the mascot costume and portray Jimmy Raider. The mascot concept began a year ago under the leadership of the colleges Student Government Association. The student team knew a military inspired mascot was the first step in establishing a face for the Raiders. After various attempts of different costuming, the students honed in on the idea of the fox character. Jimmy Raider is a red fox who, according to his official record of birth, weighs 195 pounds and stands at 6 foot 2 inches. In addition to the bomber style jacket, he also wears a black crush cap emblazoned with the Raider team emblem. Lisa Saunders, SGA vice president, who helped lead the student group who designed the mascot noted, We hope students and the community experience a renewed school spirit and that folks in the community will come out to our games to support the teams and help Jimmy cheer our Raiders to victory. The colleges mascot was first dubbed as the Raiders in 1964, during the schools first year of operation as OkaloosaWalton Junior College when the fledgling college set about to choose a school mascot. According to college history, one day, Lanny Heath, an OWJC charter faculty member, was driving by a monument to Gen. Doolittle in Valparaiso and he decided to suggest that the college use the name Raiders in honor of the heroic airmen who trained at Eglin for their famous World War II raid. The college at that time was located in Valparaiso. The student body officially chose the name Raiders when OWJC students voted on the mascot names and the ballots were collected in a shoe box with a slit on top. MASCOTFrom page B-1 Close-up of Jimmy Raider s custom designed bomber jacket. Rocky Bayou Christian School has a new Spanish Club for the 2011-12 school year. 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Page B-4 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. CHURCHDIRECTORY IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services Family Worship 9:00with childcare for ages 6 weeks to KindergartenWalk-In...Worship 11:01with children's classesWeekly Small Groups in Niceville, Destin, & F.W.B. Call 837-6324 for the one nearest you.Immanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8 p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship;growwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin| Church Office: 850-837-6324 Gods work. Our hands. St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com Sunday Worship Hours 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 23 Worship 7:00 pm We Welcome You!St. Paul Lutheran Preschool is an early childhood ministry of StPLC, since 1983. We o er Christ centered curricu lum for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK0064 Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonEagles top Pine ForestNiceville High School's Brooke Smith keeps the ball away from a Pine Forest player in the season's first home girls soccer game. The Eagles won handily, 8-0. U-12 girls take soccer tourneysFC Dallas EC U-12 girls are the winners of the Destin Rodeo soccer tournament. They also are the runner-up for the Blue Angels soccer tournament. From left: back, coach Eber Nascimento, Ryleigh Current-Rhone, Kylee Divens, (keeper), Mia Daldine, Ruby Webb, Hannah Stevenson, Grace Dowden, Anslee Gregoire and Emma Ladd; front, Amina Downey, Katie Mignacca, Lindsey Legg, Lauren Melancon and Alexa Miles. Niceville 5 wins grid crownThe Niceville 5 Junior Football team won the Panhandle Youth Football Association Super Bowl in its age group. From left: front, water girl Emma Coldsnow, Landon Jones, Evan Cooper, Wyatt Winslette, Guy Eller-Thomas (holding trophy), Bransen Reinhardt and Jack Dodson; second row, Aidan Corey, Grayson Brooks, Campbell Taylor and Malachi Griffo; third row, Tre Hutchings, KJ Young, Joshua Garrett, Roman Prestarri and Logan Myers; fourth row, Blake Robinson, Zach Coldsnow, Rece Hinds, Connor Walsh, Justice McManis and Grant McManis; fifth row, head coach Brian Walsh and coaches Justin Myers, Matt Coldsnow, Dale Winslette and Berry Drake. NHS alum pitching for big timeJimmy Nelson has his sights set on Milwaukee By Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer Niceville High School pitching ace Jimmy Nelson, Class of 2007, now has two years under his belt as a minor league pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system. It's been a powerful learning experience. "It's an eye-opener to learn how to actually pitch rather than just throwing hard," the righthander, now 22, told the Beacon during a recent visit home. "I tried to use my sinker a lot this year. In the past, I just stuck to the four-seam (fastball), but now that I've got a lot of movement it's paid off. It helps me go further in the game, get out of those innings. You can get a ground ball." In 2011, Nelson pitched 146 innings for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the most of any pitcher on the Appalachian League team. He improved his numbers from last year when, after the Brewers drafted him 64th in the country, he pitched 26 innings for the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League, where many professional baseball players begin their careers. After a rocky start at Wisconsin this year, Nelson posted a solid 3.76 earned run average in the second half, which represented an improvement of nearly one and one-half earned runs per nine innings. "As the season goes on, I feel like I get better," Nelson said. "I had a real good second half. The first half was so brutal. (Second-half improvement) leaves a good taste in your mouth, makes you feel better about the season. The first half, I couldn't catch a break. I was walking more guys. My slider the first half was OK but the second half, it went from 84-85 mph to 86-88 and I was still commanding all my pitches. It's like my stuff got better. Of course, as a pitcher it builds your confidence. You think you can get anybody out." Reid Nichols, farm director for the Milwaukee Brewers, is high on Nelson. "He's got a few goals right nowcut down on his walks," Nichols said. "He worked on that and got it a little bit under control. It's fun to see these guys turn the corner and it clicks." The Milwaukee website lists Nelson as the ninth-best prospect in the Brewers' system. "At his best, the 2010 second-round pick features a heavy fastball (he had a 3.00 groundout-flyout ratio in his brief pro debut last summer) and a good slider," it says. "He has a changeup, but it needs work to catch up to the other two pitches. He's big and durable and could be a workhorse in the middle or back of a rotation. If the third pitch doesn't come, he could have a future as a short reliever with his other two offerings. Either way, he could be the type to move fairly quickly. Part of the reason for Nelson's less-than-stellar first half could be the team's insistence that he develop his change-up, a pitch that can be devastating. "Now I can throw it whenever I want," he said. While Nelson's fastball can reach speeds of 96 mph, hitters in the higher leagues can hit a straight fastball at any speed. He has had to learn how to set up a batter and finish him off. "This is probably the biggest learning year since college," said Nelson, who attended the University of Alabama for two years before being drafted. "This season was almost like a repeat of my first year at college. The first part of the season when I was struggling pretty bad, I wouldn't have known how to handle it without college. The second half, I could throw all my pitches. I could attack the zone a lot more." Nelson's second-half performance bodes well for his continued development as a professional pitcher, as does his attitude. Nichols said Nelson has good size and ability to throw. "He has an above average fastball, he's a big, strong guy, he has an average slider and he's working on a changeup," Nichols said. "People say the game speeds up to you, but it only speeds up on you if you let it," he said. "I think I've done a good job with that. A few times last year, I'd get in jams and sometimes I'd overthrow. When I got a 1-0, 20 count, in the past, I'd throw harder. Now I throw a sinker and they miss it or ground out. "The second half, I threw a lot more innings and got more strikeouts. I was halfway through the second half and already had more strikeouts than in the first half," he said. "I've learned how to pitch better with all my pitches and how to play the count," he said, "not letting adversity affect me every game." And the future? "It's going to be completely up to him and how he commands the ball," Nichols said. Courtesy photo Niceville's Jimmy Nelson prepares to throw a pitch for the Appalachian League Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. My slider the first half was OK but the second half, it went from 84-85 mph to 86-88 and I was still commanding all my pitches. Jimmy Nelson First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm Rocky Bayou Christian School senior Brittany Tiller works the ball past a Choctawhatchee player in Friday's girls soccer game. The Knights lost the game, 2-0. Photo by Scott Schaeffler Knight kickers win two, lose oneBeat Walton, Rutherford Tuesday night the Lady Knights Varsity soccer traveled to Walton and came out on top, 8-0. Brittany Tiller had two goals and an assist. Amber Smith scored twice. Elizabeth Sober, Kelly Sambenedetto scored and Grace Stone and Katrina Jammer each had a goal and an assist. Katlyn Tiller also had an assist. Thursday, they traveled to Panama City Rutherford. Kelly Sambenedetto had a hat trick and Brittany Tiller had two assists and Katlyn Tiller one while Christiana Serban had six saves for a 3-2 victory. Friday afternoon the Lady Knights (2-2) hosted Choctaw High School (6-1). The game was moved up so the Choctaw girls could watch their football team in the playoffs. Choctaw scored in the 24th and 50th minute, while Rocky was held scoreless. Christiana Serban had nine saves and Katrina Jammer had an outstanding performance on defense in the 2-0 loss. More sports, B-6


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Page B-6 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Servingyou,notacompany.MaryBethLoveLoveInsuranceServices,Inc. MerchantsWalkatBluewaterBayMaryBeth@LoveInsuranceServices.comHome|Flood|AutoQualityCompanies|AffordableRates|ExceptionalService Drivingdownthecostofcarinsurance!Callmetodayat(850)279.6806 The 12U High Intensity Travel Softball team will hold tryouts for the 2012 spring season on Dec. 4 and 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Ruckel Middle School Softball Field. Specific needs are pitchers born in 2000. For more info, contact any of the following coaches: Sonny Childresssonny.child ress4@gmail.com 240-3564; Jan Orrjjorr@southernco. com 240-1089; or David Stewartdavids53075@yahoo. com 758-8849. *** Registration for the 2012 Niceville-Valparaiso Little League season will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a late registration date of Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All registrations will take place in the Niceville high School cafeteria. A parents meeting and late registration will take place Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at a location to be determined. Little League is open to boys and girls ages 4 through 12. Opening Day will be Saturday, March 10. *** Online registration for the Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball Association begins Saturday, Dec. 3, at vngsa.org. In-person registration will be held Saturdays, Jan. 7, 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Niceville High School cafeteria. Girls ages 5 through 18 are eligible to play. Sports BriefsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com.Rocky Bayou Christian School dropped a close pre-season tourney basketball game to Ponce de Leon Friday, 41-35, at Poplar Springs in Graceville. The Knights were led by Jason Rogers with 10 points. Graham Pierce also had 7 points and 12 rebounds. It was a slow start filled with fouls and PDL led 12-3 after the first period. Things picked up in the second as Rocky cut the Ponce lead to 22-18 at the half. The second half featured more fouls and sluggish offense. RBCS cut the lead to four, 39-35, with one minute left but couldnt score anymore as Ponce held on to the victory, 41-35. Niceville defeats RutherfordNiceville junior Leann Nguyen goes up for a layup against Rutherford Thursday at home. The Eagles won a nailbiter, 42-41. The win was Niceville's first of the season against two losses. Eagle grid season ends, 42-41, in triple overtimeBeacon photo by Sarah Clauson Shi Kim Coward breaks through a herd of Patriots to score the first touchdown of the game for Niceville. By Sarah ClausonBeacon Correspondent The Niceville Eagles' 2011 football season came to an end last Friday night with a dramatic 42-41 loss against the Pace Patriots. The triple overtime nail biter had ups and downs and provided a bittersweet end to Nicevilles playoff run. The two teams battled earlier in the season in another close game that put the Eagles over the Patriots 14-13 after an amazing fourth-quarter comeback by Niceville. Fridays regional quarterfinal game got off to a different start. The Eagles took the field with more experience and tremendous improvement after a season riddled with topnotch opponents. They quickly set the pace and put 7 on the board early in the first. The Patriots took over the ball and attempted a field goal, only to have it blocked and picked up by Nicevilles Matthew Newton. Nicevilles Shi Kim Coward made an explosive run at the ball that landed him in the end zone, but due to a flag for holding the touchdown was no good. The possession wasnt fruitless. A Niceville field goal bumped their lead to 10-0, just before the end of the first. The Patriots answered with a touchdown early in the second. The Eagles lost a little more wind from their sails when a second Coward touchdown was called back due to a penalty and the Patriots tied the game before halftime. Their momentum carried through into the fourth quarter when their lead widened to 20-10. The Eagles, as the Patriots will not soon forget, could not be counted out of the game. A completion to Tyree McCants narrowed the score to 20-17 with less than three minutes remaining. Nicevilles Kevin Chasteen recovered the onside kick, which led to a field goal by Mitchell to tie the game with 1:38 in the game. The Eagle defense held the Patriots off and the game went into overtime. Both teams scored seven points in their overtime shot at the ball, which led to a second overtime with the same result. With a tied score of 3434, they went into the third overtime. Niceville had the first possession and scored. Pace took its crack at the ball, scored a touchdown and successfully went for a two-point conversion. The 42-41 win ended the game, and Nicevilles run at a state title. The playoff run ended all too soon, but the progress and development that the young team gained throughout the season was certainly worthy of praise. 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Letters for troopsThe Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce is accepting letters through November for deployed troops Mon.Tue. from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Supplies will be provided at the Chamber office, 1055 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Limit one-page letter, standard. Hand-written letters preferred with no political content. Info: 678-2323.Thanks for Giving partyHowl at the Moon, Okaloosa Island, will host a Thanks for Giving party Nov. 25 to benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Guests will receive admission to the Dueling Piano Bar Show, two free sponsored drink tickets and 1 free raffle ticket. The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida gets to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from advanced ticket sales. Tickets are $10. Info: 678-2615.Geek lights displayThe 4th annual Geek Lights on the Corner Christmas light and musicContinued on next page The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Community Christmas Parade, themed "It's a jungle out there! Have a jingle jungle Christmas!," will be held Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. Proceeds will help Sharing and Caring. Community spreads Christmas spiritPage 2 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 The Beacons Hometown Christmas All my experiences at the Niceville Hearing Center have been life changing.Niceville Hearing Center is a beautifully maintained medical suite located in the Twin Cities Medical Plaza and offers a clean, caring environment where everyone with a hearing loss will receive professional patient care by a highly trained staff. I can truly say nice things about Niceville Hearing Center, because theyve been in the Niceville area almost as long as Ive been Mayor Boggy. Grant Williams, Owner of Niceville Hearing Center, takes care of other members of my family and they also are very pleased with the passionate follow up care they receive. If you or any of your loved ones need help with their hearing, I would suggest visiting Niceville Hearing Center located near the Twin Cities Hospital. I know the Phonak hearing aids that Im wearing now help me tremendously while attending the many meetings and public appearances required of a Mayor. earCareTMASSOCIATES, LLCNICEVILLEHEARING CENTERNiceville Hearing Center Twin Cities Medical Plaza1001 W. College Blvd., Building #2, Niceville, FL 32578 (Located next door to Dr. Pat Tidwell's Family Practice office) Office: 678-3277 (EARS) www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com Monday-Thursday 10am-6pmS. Grant Williams,owner of Niceville Hearing Center, was nominated as The Best of 2011 Hearing Healthcare Professionals by The Hearing Review publication. The Hearing Review publishers established the Best Of The Best program to recognize those hearing instrument specialist, audiologists, ear, nose & throat medical doctors and others who exemplify quality hearing health care. This program highlights outstanding individuals, practices, facilities and companies that go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the needs of people with hearing impairment. Call today to schedule your FREE SCREENING & PRODUCT DEMONSTRATION We have a "TryEm before you BuyEm" policy. Grant Williams, HAS, HISFlorida & Louisiana Licensed Mayor Randall WiseCity of Niceville


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Page 3 The Beacons Hometown Christmas show will begin on Monday, Nov. 28 through New Years Day. The free shows take place nightly at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay on the hour and half hour starting at 6 p.m., with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m. Sun. Thur. and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Follow the progress of the build and get more information by following the shows Facebook page, facebook.com/geeklightsonthecorner.Eglin tree lightingThe Eglin Chapel will host the 2011 Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the West Gate Chapel. This is one of Eglins biggest family events with caroling, choir performances, tree lighting and Santa arriving on a fire engine. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event to start the holiday season. For more information, please call the Chapel at 882-2111. From previous page The 4th annual Geek Lights on the Corner Christmas light and music show will begin on Monday, Nov. 28, through New Year s Day. The free performances take place nightly at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay. Shows begin on the hour and half hour starting at 6 p.m., with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m. Sun. Thur. and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-S at. Continued on next page New and old holiday traditions set FOO TBALLHEADQUARTERSfor College & NFL Games!FOO TBALLHEADQUARTERSfor College & NFL Games!YOUR YOUR 19 HDTVs 19 HDTVsFavoriteGAME!FavoriteGAME!to watch your to watch yourChooseyourteam--Wellshowyouthegame Monday Night Football NFL Pour till they Score!Ask your server about Game SpecialsBLUEWATERBAY (850) 897-3964 4538 HWY20 E., NICEVILLE M.A.ZING DANCEWEAR (850) 678-8452 1117 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville Parkway East Plaza Black FridayWEEK!EVERYTHING BLACKCome in for best selectionBuy 1 Black Item2 Black Items 3 or More10% OFF20% OFF30% OFF Great Christmas Gift for your Dance Star GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE! NOV. 23-30


Scouts to sell firsNicevilles Boy Scouts of America Troop 546 will hold its annual Christmas tree sale on Friday, Dec. 2 4 in front of the Niceville Police Station, 212 N. Partin Drive. The troop will have an assortment of Frasier fir No. 1 trees from North Carolina in various prices and in sizes ranging from 5 to 9 foot tall. Hours of operation are Friday from 39 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. 8 p.m. For more information, contact Jack Knight at 374-2602.Rotary Christmas paradeThe annual Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Community Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. The theme this year is: Its a Jungle Out There! Have a Jingle Jungle Christmas! Registration fee for profit organizations is $60 and $30 for non-profit organizations. Registration for the parade is due before Nov. 28. The registration fees allow the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club to contribute to Sharing and Caring and provide Christmas meals for families during the Christmas holidays. Registration forms can be picked up at the Niceville Library, NicevilleValparaiso Chamber of Commerce or requested by e-mail to nicevalrotary@yahoo.com. The parade will host school marching bands, community floats and Santa on a fire truck. Toys for Tots will be present distributing T-shirts to those with new unwrapped toy donations to fill their float. For information on T-shirt sponsorships or donations contact Eric Topel, 218-7904 or e-mail promoyourlogo@gmail.com.Hometown festivalNicevilles fifth annual Community Christmas Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5-9 p.m. at the Niceville City Hall Complex on Partin Drive. At the event, children can visit with Santa in the Childrens Park, take a slhay (hay) ride with Santas elves, visit Santas Post Office and reindeer barn, or visit with Frosty, Gingerbread Man, Mrs. Claus and more. There will From previous page Debbie Lewis, the Christmas Lady, returns with her 17th annual Christmas lights event "Animation in Motion" Dec. 3-27 from 6-9 p.m. nightly at Radiant Life Church.Page 4 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Continued on next page Family activities planned all season The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s Newspaper Stephen W. KentEditor and PublisherSara KentAdvertising DirectorBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistMike LewisGraphic ArtistCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistDeborah TiptonReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Mike HolovackAdvertising RepresentativeMarie RodriguezEditorial Assistant1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon & Beacon Express For Christmas & New Year Parties Make Your Appointment for a Fresh Look or A New Color . .101 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville www.summit2inhair.com678-1977 Stocking StuffersKenra, Redken and Nioxin Hair Products GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair Transmissions Engines Differentials Clutches CV Axles Universal Joints BrakesPepper&TonywishyouaveryMerryChristmas!850-729-6629610 Elm Street Niceville Now Offering AMSOIL Oil Changes


also be choral groups from local schools performing, crafts for children and food vendors.Christmas Lady displayThe Christmas Lady, Debbie Lewis, presents Animation in Motion at her 17th annual Christmas display. The event runs from Dec. 3-27 from 6-9 p.m. nightly at Radiant Life Church, 100A Hart St., Niceville. This year, over 600 animated dolls and more than 500 nutcrackers will be featured along with a Christmas village with over 1,000 pieces, scale model trains presented by the Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club and a new unique layout. To volunteer, or to find more information, call Debbie at 678-5355 or visit thenicevillechristmaslady.com.A sweet swapThe Niceville Public Library and the Friends of the Library will be hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 11:30 a.m. Registration is necessary and each person will be required to bring five dozen cookies. Coffee and tea will be provided. Register by Saturday, Dec. 4 at 279-4863 ext. 1504 or e-mail lglass@okaloosa.lib.fl.us.Christmas partyThe Choctawhatchee Audubon Societys annual Christmas party will be held at Eds Legendary Seafood and Steaks Restaurant in Palm Plaza, Niceville, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Departing member, Don Ware, will be roasted and toasted, and there will be a raffle. Drinks and dinner will be available from the menu. Contact Phyllis Cheney to make reservations, 240-3688 or e-mail phyllisearly@yahoo.com. Open to the public.Yule of YesteryearHeritage Museum of Northwest Florida invites the public to celebrate holidays past during their annual event, Yule of Yesteryear and Holiday Victorian Tea on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Children can visit with Santa, make ornaments, listen to musical performances and story time. Also available at the From previous page North Light Yacht Club hosts the Holiday Boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5:30-6:45 p.m. The parade starts at Lions Park off Bayshore Drive in Niceville and circles north around Boggy Bayou, finishing at North Light. Register for the parade by calling 678-2350 or visit northlightmarina.com.Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Page 5 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Continued on next page Festive holiday lights and carols GIFT CERTIFICATES For hostess gifts & stocking stuffers!(Just Past Angels Are Us) Large or smallwe have the right room to make yourCHRISTMAS PARTY SPECIAL TOAST THE HOLIDAYSin our lounge or patio bar!Happy Hour: Mon.-Sat. 3-6 pm SERVING LUNCH & DINNER EVERYDAY Early Bird Specials $9.95 4:30-6:00 pm EXTRA COVERAGE AMMONIA-FREESun-kissed color EXTRA COVERAGENEW SHADES 4 897-4466Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay Find us on Ritz Salon


event are craft demonstrations, a popular bake sale and stocking stuffers will be available in the museums gift shop and bookstore. The Yule of Yesteryear event is free, but the Victorian Tea, at 1:30 p.m. does require a $12 fee for non-members and $8 for members, pre-registration as space is limited. To pre-register, call 678-2615.Holiday boat paradeNorth Light Yacht Club hosts the holiday boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Parade begins at Lions Park off Bayshore Drive in Niceville and circles north around Boggy Bayou, finishing at North Light. Boats of any size are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded. A post-parade reception and awards ceremony for participants and sponsors will be held at North Light Yacht Club, 113 John Sims Parkway West, Niceville. Entry for parade is $20 plus an unwrapped toy brought to the reception to benefit Toys for Tots. Info: 678-2350 or visit NorthLightMarina.com.Victorian ChristmasThe Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida hosts a Victorian Christmas on Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.noon. The museum will be discussing the history of scrapbooking in the Victorian Age as a past time or relaxing ritual. Attendees will also have the opportunity tomake a Victorian gift for Christmas. The program hosted by the museum will engage kids by utilizing authentic historic museum collections with hands-on activities sure to entertain and educate. Cost: $7 per child or $5 per child for Museum Family Members. Chaperones are free. Space is limited. Reservations: 678-2615.Page 6 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 The Beacons Hometown Christmas From previous page Niceville s fifth annual Community Christmas festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 59 p.m. at the Niceville City Hall Complex on Partin Drive. At the event, children can take a slhay ride with Santa s elves.Spreading Christmas joy and cheer CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE! CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE!Saturday, December 3 & 10 9 a.m. 5 p.m.Refreshments & Door Prizes20% offTrees, Shrubs, & Plants10% offShowroom Gifts1405 S. PALM BLVD. NICEVILLE, FL 32578 (850) 897-0111 (850) 897-0112 faxMon. thru Sat. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Custom wreaths, glassware, collectibles, framed art work, home & garden accessories at ourUNIQUE GIFT SHOP JOHN SIMS PKWY. HWY. 20 VALPARAISO BLVD.PALM BLVD. Palm Plaza Tom Thumb Emerald Coast Nursery A gift for everyone on your listat Emerald Coast NurseryBLACK FRIDAY SALE!November 25th& 26thLandscape Architect on Staff DONT DRIVE FAR YOURS FOR $32.50* with any Merle Norman cosmetic purchase of $50.00 or more.This sleek black patent train case lined with red satin and two matching travel companions is filled with glam essentials. Comes with two cosmetic bags.MICRODERMABRASIONFACIAL*with Medical Grade Equipment*Face only. Valued at $75-Save $15.00. For new customers only. Offer ends 12/31/11. *Valued at $70-Save $10.00. Offer ends 12/31/11.GENTLEMENS HOT TOWEL FACIAL*Remember we have gift certificates!ONE OF THESE LIMITED TIME OFFERSFOR JUST $60.00OR Sandee Call today! (850) 678-6758


My Fair LadyHenry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle and the rest of the iconic characters from My Fair Lady will transform the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College into 1912 London when this Broadway classic appears for one show only on Nov. 29 at 7:30p.m. The event is the first show of the 20112012 Broadway series of national touring musical productions to appear at the Center. Tickets are on sale by phone, web or in-person from the Box Office for $45 each. Info: 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. Jazz Ensemble concertThe Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College presents a free concert Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The concert will include a lineup of jazz favorites and is free of charge, with no ticket required. The popular, talented group is comprised of NWFSC students and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser. Info: 729-6000 or visit mattiekellyartscenter.org.Christmas benefit The Emerald Coast Community Band (ECCB) is hosting a Christmas concert Friday, Dec. 2, to benefit Children in Crisis. The concert will be held at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m. The groups ask that guests make a $10 donation. The band, featuring more than 50 members ranging in age from 20 to 88, will play songs of the season. This is the fifth concert the ECCB has put on to benefit the Childrens Neighborhood. Info: 864-4242.NWFSC holiday concert The Northwest Florida State College Madrigals, a select 18-voice mixed ensemble of scholarship vocalists under the direction of Allison Everitt, and Belle Voci, a select womens ensemble under the direction of Lois Van Dam, will perform a variety of a capella and accompanied holiday music on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Following the performance will be a dessert reception in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15 each. Info: 729-6000 or visit mattiekellyartscenter.org.Schola CantorumNorthwest Florida State Colleges Schola Cantorum vocal group will perform a series of free concerts in area churches. Donations for the NWFSC music program will be accepted. Performances are Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Niceville; Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Crestview; Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:15 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar; Monday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville; Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Simons-on-the Sound Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach. Info: 729-6000.Orchestra concertThe Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will present Holiday Pops! Dec. 9 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. The symphony will bring in the holidays with seaonal music. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 and are available for purchase at the Mattie Kelly box office, weekdays 10 a.m. 4 p.m., online at mattiekellyartscenter.org or by calling 729-6000. For information about the concert visitContinued on next page The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will present Holiday Pops! Dec. 9 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. The symphony will bring in the holidays with seaonal music. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tis the season for concerts, musicalsWednesday, November 23, 2011 Page 7 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Faith Seasons Greetings Home for the Holidays Chestnuts RoastingLove Believing Home Fires Burning Winter Wonderland Hope Family Time Celebration Reflection Friends Sharing Meals Giving Children Sleigh Bells Christmas Tree Carols Holiday Lights Merry ChristmasHappy New Year Carriage Hills Realty1821 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville678-5178CarriageHills.comBring the season home! *Room fee waived for any military or parties larger than 50 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy Fort Walton Beach(850) 796-0260 BOOK EARLY!LARGE PARTIES Lunch Buffet starting at $13/personDinner Buffet $18/person & upChristmas PartiesGreat Dates Still Available Prime Rib, Lobster, Crab, Seafood Pasta & more; Bottle of Wine or Champagne for 2, & DessertFeaturing Deja Vu Dinner Pkg: $4995/Person Includes Upstairs Party BEST NEW YEARS PARTY ON OKALOOSA ISLAND!JOIN US! NEW YEARS EVE


nfsymphony.org.Young orchestrasThe Junior Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College and the college sponsored Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will present concerts on Dec. 10 and 11. Both concerts are free and open to the public, however donations to support the youth program are accepted. The Junior Orchestra performs Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. in Tyler Recital Hall, located in the Music Wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center complex. The NFSYO performs in the mainstage theater Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Info: 729-6000 or visit mattiekellyartscenter.org.Sanctuary concertNiceville United Methodist Church presents Light Looked Down, on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The praise and worship concert combines traditional and contemporary music ministries and features the choir, contemporary band and the Sounds of Praise Orchestra. Info: 678-4411.Holiday jazz productionPeter White, a jazz guitarist, along with Kirk Whalum and Mindi Abair, will take the stage for a Peter White Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The annual holiday production is presented by WSBZ-FM The Seabreeze 106.3 FM and blends contemporary jazz with traditional holiday music. Tickets are $80 for special seating and $40 for reserved seating. For tickets, call the box office at 729-6000 or visit seabreeze.fm.Page 8 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 The Beacons Hometown Christmas From previous page The Northwest Florida State College Belle Voci will perform a capella and holiday music on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.Local musicians perform holiday favorites 1147 S. Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536(850) 682-33661147 S. Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536(850) 682-3366 SAYMERRYCHRISTMAS!with aJohn DeereTMToy!Boys & Girls Apparel Model T ractorsCome see our great selection of John DeereTM Toys, Tractors & ApparelBicycles Tricycles HOLIDAYGIFTCERTIFICATESFORTHEWHOLEFAMILYWALKINSWELCOME M F 9 6, TU TH98, SAT94 306 GOVERNMENTAVE., NICEVILLE~ 2794620 Services for the whole familyHAIR NAILS ESTHETICS MASSAGE THERAPY CreatingMerry and White!GULFCOASTDENTAL897-9600smile@gulfcoastdental.net 4566 Hwy 20 Suite 108 | Niceville, Florida 32578Smiles


Sharing and CaringSharing and Caring is looking for donations of food, hygiene products, diapers, detergents, etc. at their location at 104 Bullock Blvd., Niceville. Their hours are Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m. 2 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. noon. Info: 729-3600 or 678-8459.Coats for Kids driveThe United Way of Okaloosa-Walton counties will hold its Coats for Kids at Christmas drive for children in need at Okaloosa and Walton counties. Drop off coats through Dec. 2 at the following locations: Bank of America, Compass Bank, Coastal Bank and Trust, Covenant Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Union, Northwest Florida State College, Regions Bank, Trustmark Bank, Twin Cities Hospital and YMCA. Info: United Way, 243-0315. Jingle Bell JogThe Special Forces Association, Chapter 7, hosts its 33rd annual 5K/10K Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 a.m beginning at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Registration closes on Dec. 8. The 10K is the oldest continuously running race event in the Army, geared toward runners. Other participants are invited to push children in strollers or lead their dogs on leashes in the 5K fun run/walk. Both events open to everyone. Info: sfa7.com.Shelter House needsShelter House, a local domestic violence center, is collecting canned and dry food items to create a Christmas meal for women and children residing in shelter during the holidays. Frozen meats will be accepted on drop-off deadlines only. Laundry baskets to compile items, gas cards and gift cards to stores like WalMart or Publix are also accepted. All donations will be accepted at the Shelter House, 102 Buck Drive, Fort Walton Beach by Dec. 15. Cold food items for holiday meal gift baskets will be accepted until Dec. 19. Info: 243-1201 or e-mail info@shelterhousewfl.org.Toys for Tots campaignNiceville Realtor Susan Rood, area coordinator for Toys for Tots, has teamed up for the second year with Bass Pro Shops of Destin as a prime drop-off point for the 2011 Toys for Tots Campaign, accepting donations until Dec. 23. Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Page 9 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Edge Elementary students, Sean and Kyle Kelly, Tanner and Amelia Burke, Becca Gilbar, and Madison Holman, participated in a school-wide canned food drive in November to help the families that benefit from Sharing and Caring.Charities spreading Christmas goodwill


Christmas Reflections DeFuniak Springs hosts Christmas Reflections, an evening of lights and decorated seasonal characters from Nov. 25-Dec. 31 at Lake DeFuniak from 5-9 p.m. Evening passes are $3 and children under 6 are admitted free. Info: 892-8500 or visit christmasreflections.com.Christmas craft showHometown Christmas, the largest and longest-running handmade craft show in the Florida Panhandle, returns to the Walton County Fairgrounds, on Saturday, Nov. 26. Santa Claus will be visiting with children throughout the day and supervised outdoor activities will be available for the kids. Live music, singing, dancing and food will also be available from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Info: 892-7830.Festival of TreesIn time for the holiday season, Grand Boulevard in Destin will hold a Festival of Trees, featuring more than a dozen decorated Christmas trees. The trees will remain on display through Christmas. The public can vote once a day for their favorite tree at the Visitor Services Kiosk located at Grand Park Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. The contest winners will be announced in Grand Park while Pro Arte Chorale performs and hot chocolate and cookies are served. The public is invited to all events, which are free.Holiday Anthology exhibitThe Full Circle Gallery in Fort Walton Beach presents a distinct collection of original artwork by Laurel Siwicki, Heather Maccaw, Sol Davis and Mercedes Rodgers from Dec. 3-24. On Dec. 3, join the gallery for a holiday celebration from 6-8 p.m. Info: 362-8041, or fullcirclefwb.com.Tour of HomesPartners in Progress presents the 21st annual Tour of Homes Exploring History in DeFuniak Springs on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Tickets on sale from 8 a.m. 3 p.m. at the DeFuniak Springs Welcome Center on Circle Drive, $15 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Info: 892-2448.Camp Walton open houseThe City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center will hold its annual Christmas open house at the Camp Walton Schoolhouse on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 5 p.m. Free admission day includes live musical entertainment from 2 4 p.m., childrens games and crafts, home-baked goodies, local history and a visit from Santa, arriving at the schoolhouse on an antique fire truck at 4 p.m. and lighting the tree at 5 p.m. Info: 833-9595 or visit fwb.org.Holiday on the HarborThe Destin History and Fishing Museum will host the 25th annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade on Sunday, Dec. 4. Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the Harbor. The Lighted Boat Parade and judging will start at 6 p.m. upstairs atContinued on next page Neighboring holiday celebrationsPage 10 Wednesday, November 23, 2011 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Yule-time events at schools, churchesSt. Paul LutheranSt. Paul Lutheran Church starts the season Wednesday, Nov. 23, with praise and thanksgiving at 7 p.m. after a soup dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3. For reservations call 6781298 by Nov. 21. Song and reflection will also be available Wednesday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 24, the community can gather for an evening of carols, choirs, traditional Christmas songs, a nativity story and candles starting at 4:30 p.m.Rocky bands, chorusRocky Bayou Christian Schools symphonic band and chorus will have their Christmas concert at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The beginning and middle school bands will have their concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the same church and time. The public is welcome.Niceville High concertsThe Niceville High School Choral Music Department presents their holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Auditorium in the Northwest Florida State College Campus. The Niceville Singers of Niceville High School will give a free concert at St. Pauls Lutheran Church on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Opus One will have a candlelight concert at First Baptist Church, Niceville, on Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets on sale at nwfsc.edu and 7296000.Niceville United MethodistNiceville United Methodist Church will host two concerts during this holiday season. The 2010 Childrens Choir Christmas musical, The Best Christmas Present Ever! is Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. The Christmas worship concert, Magnify the Lord will be held Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Info: NicevilleUMC.org or 678-4411.Ruckel holiday concertsThe Ruckel Middle School chorus will have their winter concert Tuesday, Dec. 6 at First Baptist Chuch of Niceville at 6:30 p.m. The bands concert is Thursday, Dec. 15 in the Niceville High Schools auditorium during the school day.Assembly of GodKidzTown of Assembly of God in Niceville will present their Christmas musical, Back to the Manger on Friday, Dec. 11 at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the Niceville Assembly, on 108 Highway 85 North. Admission is free.First Baptist ChurchThe First Baptist Church of Niceville will present Down From His GloryA Celebration of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 and 5 p.m. Admission is free. Info: 678-4621.Lewis concertsLewis School will hold their chorus concert on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The band concert will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lewis gym. The public is welcome.First PresbyterianIt is the 21st year of First Presbyterian Churchs annual Christmas Eve celebration, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This adaptation, at 7 p.m., of the Kings College Chapel service at the University of Cambridge in England, will have a mix of spoken Scripture lessons and carols about the prophecy and birth of Jesus. The Niceville High School Opus One will have a candlelight concert at First Baptist Church in Niceville Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The Niceville Singers will perform a free concert at St. Paul s Lutheran Church on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Festival of Trees at Grand Boulevard, Destin through Christmas.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Page 11 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Harry Ts Restaurant. Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Fireworks in the East Pass will light up the sky after the parade. In case of bad weather, the event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11. All commercial, charter and private boats are invited to help light up the Harbor. Entry forms may be requested via fax or e-mail at the Destin History and Fishing Museum at 837-6611 or kathydestinhistory@gmail.com.Chorus Christmas concertThe Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus will perform a Christmas show, The Magic of Christmas Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Performances are held at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children under 12 and seniors 60 and older. Info: Lisa Stanhope, 650-5715 or visit fwbcc.org.Destin winter concertDestin Middle Schools band will have its winter concert Friday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd., Destin.Illuminated benefit runShelter House and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will team up for the inaugural Luminaria Run Dec. 10. More than 2,000 luminarias will line the course, lighting the path for runners and walkers. The race includes 5k and 9k courses winding throughout Sandestin. The public is encouraged to decorate luminaria bags in honor or in memory of a loved one. Bags are available for a $10 donation and can be picked up and dropped off at the Shelter House office, 102 Buck Drive, Fort Walton Beach. Visit imathlete.com and search the event name to register.Christmas bird countThe Choctawhatchee Audubon Society engages in the national effort to help determine the health and general distribution of all bird species in North America from Dec. 15-19. The Christmas Bird Count results help manage bird populations and identify environmental problems such as pesticide misuse and groundwater contamination. Contact Jamie Hill at 814-323-2001 or Don Ware at 862-6582 to be a spotter or recorder, no experience necessary.The Nutcracker balletThe Ballet Conservatory and Destin School of Music and Dance will perform The Nutcracker Dec. 17 and 18 at South Walton Beach High School, Santa Rosa Beach. Reserved seats for sale until Dec. 12 are $15. General admission available at the door for cash only at $20. Tickets can be purchased at floridaballetconservatory.com.Immanuel Anglican ChurchImmanuel Anglican Church will be hosting The Greatest Gift Camp, celebrating the birth of Jesus on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Immanuel Anglican Church inside Noahs Ark Preschool. All children ages 4-10 are welcome, $30 for students and $25 for siblings. Info: 837-6324 or visit iacdestin.org.Children s Christmas partyLuces Navideas Inc. invites needy families to attend the seventh annual Luces Navideas childrens party Sunday, Dec. 18, from 2-6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs Teen Center in Fort Walton Beach. The Latin-flavored party open to all children and families is free and includes new toys for those who attend. There will be food, games, DJs, singers, church choirs, clowns, magicians and Santa with his elves. The organization is looking for donations of toys, gifts, clothing as well as monetary contributions to defray the costs of the event, along with volunteers and business sponsors. Info: Estela Elias, 305-3686, estela.elias@embarqmail.com, or David Triana, 368-3505, dt4alexis@gmail.com. From previous page Hometown Christmas, the largest and longest-running handmade craft show in the Florida Panhandle, returns to the Walton County Fairgrounds, on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Info: 892-7830.Nearby holiday traditions, festivities Hometown Christmas in DeFuniak SpringsWalton County Fairgrounds 9am-5pm Saturday After Thanksgiving Nov. 26th Hand-Crafted Gifts for Everyone on Your List! Visit Santa Claus All Day! Lots of Outside Activities, Music, Singing, Dancing, Good FoodBIGGEST SHOW EVER! Hwy 83 N. Just One Mile North of US 90 in Historic DeFuniak Springs Florida Partners In Progress PresentExploring Hisotry in DeFuniak Springs THE 21STANNUALTOUR OF HOMESTHE 21STANNUALTOUR OF HOMESDATE: SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, 2011 TIME: 9:00 AM-4:00 PMBuy tickets from 8am-3pm at the DeFuniak Springs Welcome Center on Circle Dr. *Prices include 7% Sales Tax*Adults: $15 Children 12 & under: $6 Group students (10 or more): Each $5 Babies in arms: FREEThe 2011 tour will place greater emphasis on the historic significance of each site. An interpreter will be sharing the history of each site. New! COME& CELEBRATE The Season of LightsTake a riding tour around Lake DeFuniak and enjoy the beauty of more than 3 million lights & the charm of the decorated seasonal characters.Each Evening 5pm-9pm $3 per person Children 6 and under admitted free Season Passes are available for $35 each for more info contact City Hall (850) 892-8500 or visit our web site at www.christmasreflections.comFrom Hwy. 90 West turn Right onto 331 South. Then, turn Left at red light onto Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections. From Hwy. 90 East turn Left at red light onto 331 South. Then, turn Left at red light onto Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections. From East or West I-10, turn North on 331. Go to third red light. Turn Right on Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections.NOVEMBER25 DECEMBER31


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