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By Virginia Schreitmueller Beacon Correspondent The North Bay Fire Commission has been considering allowing the firefighters' union to appeal labor grievances to an arbitrator in the event of an unfavorable decision by the commission. A split vote by the commission earlier this month was inconclusive, and the matter may come up again at a commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 12. Opposing views on the proposed change in the firefighters’ union contract highlighted a meeting of the North Bay Fire Control District governing board in Bluewater Bay Oct. 9. After reviewing the financial report for September, Fire Chief Jim Miller introduced North Bay Firefighters Association President Travis Zaal, who asked to address the fire commission on the union's proposal to amend article 52 of its contract with the district. The proposed change to the article, which covers arbitration By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Litigation over rights to waterfront property in Valparaiso may continue for the foreseeable future, after the city commission agreed to file a countersuit against a property owner who had sued the city, claiming ownership of some waterfront land on Toms Bayou. Also, Valparaiso voters may soon vote in a referendum on whether to change the city’s charter. At a Valparaiso City Commission meeting Oct. 14, City Attorney Hayward Dykes suggested a countersuit against residents Jason and Angelle Rosenbleeth, who have sued the city over the land ownership issue. For years, the city has faced lawsuits from property owners who live along the city’s waterfront streets, and who seek to establish ownership to the water’s edge. The city maintains that it has rights to land seaward of city streets in front of such homeowners’ property, even if such streets are only platted as streets but never actually paved. During the meeting, Dykes asked the city commission to decide whether the city should “aggressively pursue” its claim to the right of way along a portion of Bayshore Drive that runs along Toms Bayou west of John Sims Parkway. Unlike Bayshore Drive to the east, the portion to the west of John Sims Parkway is an unpaved track. Dykes recommended that the city’s countersuit be handled by Bruce Bowman, a member of Dykes’ firm of Connerly, Bowman and Dykes. During the discussion that followed, City Commissioner Kay Hamilton initially expressed doubt about filing such a countersuit. “I ran on a campaign for cooperation, not litigation,” she said. She said the city has rarely if ever prevailed in such suits, and that she would prefer to discuss some sort of settlement with the landowners. Dykes, however, said that the Thurs., 6 p.m. The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery with a meeting in Room 400, Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Drive S. Visitors are welcome, call 496-3466. Fri.,9-11 a.m. Bring unwanted personal documents for shredding to the Cintas mobile document shredding truck, which will shred them free of charge. The truck will be in the back parking lot of the Niceville Public Library 206 Partin Drive N. Materials to shred include invoices, x-rays, bank statements, medical records and more. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc. do not need to be removed before shredding occurs. Fri., 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries begins its final show of 2013, “Sideshow!” an exhibition of sideshow, freak show and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment. The public is invited to an opening reception in the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries. “Sideshow!” will be on view Oct. 25 to Dec. 4. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to most mainstage theater and NWFSC productions. Free. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Viva Florida 500 festival will be held in Perrine Park next to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Vendors, a plant sale offering shrubs and perennials, activities for children, food and fun. There will also be an informative talk given by Sheila Dunning on gardening in sand at 10:30 a.m., and a floral design activity at 2 p.m. for children ages 8-12. For more info, contact marieharrison@valp.net, valpviva500@yahoo.com, or visit mariesgardenanddesign.com. Calendar, B2, B3 T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50¢Wednesday, October 23, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see VALP., page A-6 COMING UP Valp. ratchets up shoreline litigation The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority Board of Directors learned things about the Mid-Bay Bridge and other spans that they may have never known before, as they received an informal briefing by an 8year-old Oct. 17. Michael James Panarisi, a student at Bluewater Elementary School, briefed MBBA board members during a meeting in Destin about his construction of model bridges, and his recent visit to the MidBay Bridge connector route construction project. He was accompanied by his father, Michael Troy Panarisi. Young Michael showed board members one of the model bridges he has recently built with the help of his father, a former Air Force test pilot who works at the Air Force Research Lab at Eglin Air Force Base as a civilian. Michael said that he has been fascinated by bridges ever since his family arrived in the Niceville area, and that he is working on building models of each of the major types of bridge design. Michael told the board members that the model he brought to the meeting, for example, illustrated a “truss suspension double-decker bridge,” but that the Mid-Bay bridge is a Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The Greyhound Pets of America Emerald Coast chapter held its first Pup Cup golf tournament Friday at the Eglin Air Force Base p ublic golf course to raise funds for adoptions of greyhounds that have retired or been rejected from dog racing. Among the 46 pa rticipants were, from left: G.R.R. Hardinger, Will Tobin, Jodi Lowery, Chuck Wucherpfennig, and Rich Ware, with four-legged acquaint ances which are up for adoption (1-800-366-1472). The event raised $1,974. Michael J. Panarisi, 8, showed Mid-Bay Bridge officials his model of a “truss suspension double-decker bridge” during a meeting last week in Destin. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithHelping houndsNorth Bay debates grievance proceduresCounty suspends catering contractBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission has suspended its contract with Aramark, the company that has been providing catering services to the countyowned Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. During a commission meeting Oct. 15 in Fort Walton Beach, the contract was suspended on motion of Commissioner Nathan Boyles, who said he had recently observed Aramark employees using county vehicles and personnel to perform catering duties for some of the company's commercial, rather than county clients. In a written statement following the meeting, Boyles wrote: “The Convention Center has the potential to spur future economic development for our county. However, the center is a public asset and must be operated accordingly, meaning it can't always operate like a private business. In August, conference center staff was advised that it was inappropriate for the center to aid Mullet madnessThe 37th annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival took place over the weekend in Niceville, drawing visitors from throughout the region for music, food and fun. Among them was Sophia Baez, 9 months, who enjoyed petting a pony so long as her mother, Loren Baez, held her close. Beacon photos by Mike Griffith Please see ENGINEER, page A-3 Please see COUNTY, page A-2 Please see DEBATES, page A-8 Nathan BoylesBudding engineer, 8, briefs bridge officials

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the contracted caterer, Aramark, in its outside catering business even though the county had been receiving 15 percent of those revenues.” “Unfortunately, the message was either not adequately delivered or implemented as I personally encountered the use of a center vehicle and staff in the furtherance of an outside catering event. Upon further inquiry I was advised that the existing contract actually expired on Oct. 1, and had not yet been renewed. Based upon the information available to me, I presented the issue to my fellow commissioners and submitted a motion that all further actions under the expired contract be suspended immediately. The motion passed unanimously.” “I will push to have the catering contract put back out for bid in light of the current issues,” Boyles stated. Asked for comment, David Freireich, a spokesman for Philadelphia-based Aramark, issued the following statment: “We truly value the partnership we have had with Okaloosa County and the Emerald Coast Convention Center since 2003 and remain committed to continuing that relationship. We believe there was a misunderstanding regarding the contract renewal and hope to resolve this matter quickly. In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to serve guests and visitors of the convention center.” In other business Oct. 15, the commission approved making a final payment to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center for services rendered associated with mental health counseling for crime victims in the amount of $2,355. The Niceville-based CAC provides central services for children who are alleged victims of various forms of abuse, allowing them to meet with physicians, law enforcement, counselors, and other agencies in a single location, rather than being taken from office to office and being required to retell the stories of what they have suffered over and over again. The single-stop approach is intended to reduce the trauma suffered by victims. Commissioners also voted unanimously to reinstate County Administrator Ernie Padgett to full-time regular status following temporary medical leave of absence. Don’t take your eyesight for granted.You wouldn’t want to miss a moment like this.• Complete eye exams • We accept Tricare Prime, Medicare, Eyemed & more. • All doctor’s Rx lled • Large selec on of frames • Contact lensesThe bitter taste of poor quality lingers far longer than the initial sweetness of a cheap price. DR. AMANDA BRENCI, O.D. 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different type—a “combination concrete beam and cantilever bridge.” The 3.5-mile toll bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay is held together by cables that run through its precast segments. Groups of eight to nine segments are tied together by the hidden cables, which are anchored at each end to bulkheads that rest on concrete piers. Michael proudly wore the hardhat he had been given by HDR Engineering personnel, who recently gave him a tour of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, including the 10 bridges along the 11-mile expressway route under construction east and north of Niceville. Michael’s father informed the board that in addition to being fascinated by bridge construction, Michael also has a unique talent – the ability to classify bridges by the pitch of the sound vehicles make as they drive over the bridge. The MidBay Bridge, according to Michael, “is an E flat bridge,” said his father. The senior Panarisi added that his son can even tell whether the family car is traveling above or below the posted speed limit when driving over the bridge, by hearing slight variations in the sound the car makes as it travels. Recently, he said, Michael warned him that he was driving over the bridge at 49 miles an hour rather than the posted 45 near each end of the span. In other business at the board meeting, HDR Engineering representative John Vannoy noted that the Mid-Bay Bridge connector route is nearing completion, and is expected to be open by Jan. 5, 2014, about a month ahead of the project’s original schedule. He said the roadway is about 93 percent complete, and that most bridge work is done. Construction of the tolling point for the new bridge connector is now underway, and the Florida Turnpike Authority plans to begin installing electronic toll monitoring equipment at the unmanned tolling station on Oct. 28. MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest told the board that toll revenue over the Mid-Bay Bridge itself was up about a half percent during September over the revenue collected during the same month last year. He also told the board that he is awaiting an $11,000 payment from the Florida Department of Transportation to reimburse the MBBA for toll revenue lost earlier this year when the FDOT temporarily suspended toll collection on the bridge in order to reroute traffic from the Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach after it was struck by a barge. MBBA chairman Gordon Fornell encouraged those in attendance at the meeting to help promote the 5K/half marathon run planned along portions of the bridge connector route at 8 a.m., Jan. 4, to celebrate the official opening of the connector route scheduled for the following day. The route, when opened, will connect the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge with state highways 285 and 85 north of Niceville, via the new toll road. The 5K run/walk and half marathon will also include music, food and beverages, Fornell said, “and we’ll wrap everything up with awards and door prizes.” Proceeds from the run/walk, said Fornell, will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and promote local area athletics through the Northwest Florida Track Club. Race details and registration information are available at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/ Niceville/MidBayConnectorRun. 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Partin Dr..................................Cancelled........................10/14/13.........................11:33 Bayou Ln......................................Medical...........................10/14/13.........................12:10 Als Dr............................................Medical...........................10/14/13.........................14:04 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/14/13.........................15:59 W. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle vs Pedestrian....10/14/13.........................17:07 Nutmeg Ave.................................Medical...........................10/15/13.........................08:55 Sean Ln........................................Medical...........................10/15/13.........................20:49 Riley Rd.......................................Medical...........................10/15/13.........................21:25 Camellia Pl...................................Medical...........................10/17/13.........................03:08 Scott St.........................................Cancelled........................10/17/13.........................11:72 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/18/13.........................06:32 Alderwood Way...........................Medical...........................10/18/13.........................20:21 3rd Street.....................................Alarm activation..............10/18/13.........................21:07 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................01:21 Roberts Dr....................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................11:32 Kingslynn Rd...............................Cancelled........................10/19/13.........................11:51 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................13:10 Azalea Dr.....................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................17:16 Hill Ln...........................................Cancelled........................10/19/13.........................18:12 2nd Street....................................Service call.....................10/19/13.........................18:38 W. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................21:06 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash..................10/20/13.........................00:48 Summerwood Ct.........................Medical...........................10/20/13.........................07:32 Edgewater Dr...............................Service call.....................10/20/13.........................19:48 Weekly Safety Tip: Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarm following manufacturer s instructions can help keep it working properly. Replace your smoke alarm once every 10 years. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from October 14, 2013 through October 20, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Olde Post Rd......................Public assist...........................10/14/13...........................02:34 Ida Coon Cir........................Medical assist........................10/14/13...........................15:36 Aruba Way..........................Medical..................................10/14/13...........................17:55 Ridgewood Way................Medical..................................10/15/13...........................00:39 Ward Cove Dr.....................No incident found..................10/15/13...........................13:01 White Point Rd...................Medical..................................10/16/13...........................11:47 Brookhaven Way................Medical..................................10/16/13...........................12:25 Hidden Lakes Dr.................Smoke detector activation....10/17/13...........................12:15 Southwind Ct......................Medical..................................10/17/13...........................22:48 W. Parkwood Ln.................Medical alarm activation.......10/18/13...........................16:48 Meadow Woods Ln............Medical..................................10/18/13...........................20:06 Kingslynn Rd......................Dispatched & cancelled........10/19/13...........................11:56 N. Cedar Ave......................Dispatched & cancelled........10/20/13...........................00:50 White Point Rd...................No incident found..................10/20/13...........................11:44 White Point Rd...................Outside trash fire...................10/20/13...........................12:55 Parkwood Ln......................Good intent call.....................10/20/13...........................15:22 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. SINCE1986WWW.BAYOUBOOKCOMPANY.COMOPEN: 9-6 MON.-SAT.  850-678-1593OAKCREEKSHOPPINGCENTER, NICEVILLE Plush toys attached to a soothing paci er. Pick one up today at: 1181 E. 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facts in this case differ from those in the previous cases, and that by filing such a countersuit, the city might obtain better opportunities for a resolution of the case, to include the possibility of resolving it through a settlement. Mayor Bruce Arnold said that it has always been the city’s position that the land between the platted but unpaved section of west Bayshore Drive belongs to the city. “We’ll defend it vigorously,” said Arnold. After further discussion, the city commission voted unanimously to go ahead with a countersuit. Dykes said that commissioners should expect to hold some closed, “executive” meetings with Bowman in the future to discuss the progress of the case. In other business, commissioners approved the first of two readings of an ordinance to authorize a referendum March 11, 2014, on whether to change the city’s charter, and possibly to change its form of government from its current “commission” form to another, such as a “city manager” form. Commissioners Hamilton and Joe Morgan cast the opposing votes, as the ordinance was approved 3-2. The language of the referendum ordinance, said Morgan, “gives short shrift to the fact that we’re changing the form of government. That should be made clear.” Former City Commissioner T. G. Miller also addressed the commission meeting, expressing opposition to the proposed referendum. He said the proposed referendum, as currently worded, asks for a yes-or-no decision by voters on a new city charter that actually includes up to nine changes. Miller said these changes should each be addressed separately by voters. To do otherwise, he said, would present voters with a deceptive choice, which he likened to “a Las Vegas stacked deck.” The proposed ballot measure reads as follows: Shall the city of Valparaiso amend its 1921 charter providing for: —The City Administrator as a charter officer; —Delete offices of City Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, Treasurer, and Municipal Judge; —Amend qualifications for commissioners; —Amend powers and responsibilities of officers and commissioners; —Amend budget adoption; —Amend how vacancies on the commission are filled; —Amend Articles VII, VIII, XI, XIII as described in Ordinance No. XXX; —Delete Articles IX, X, and XII of the 1921 Charter? The proposed charter itself contains about 4,600 words. Following the commission vote in favor of the ordinance, Mayor Arnold said the issue will be considered again for a final reading during a commission meeting in November. Commissioners also approved unanimously a recommendation by Public Works Director James Valandingham to switch most refueling for city vehicles from the city’s own gas pump to a contract with Citgo. Doing so, he said, will be less costly and more efficient, although he added that the city pump will remain open on a limited basis for those city vehicles requiring special fuel. Also during the meeting, members of the Young Marines, a youth organization affiliated with the Marine Corps, addressed the city commission meeting and handed out red ribbons in honor of a proclamation by the city commission of “Red Ribbon Week.” VALP.From page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service850-678-2514 110 N. 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For more energy saving tips from the Gulf Power Energy Coach, visit gulfpower.com/coachClean your fridge coils for all-star savings.Ž – Gulf Power Energy Coach “Eating mullet at the Boggy Boys booth.” “All the people that perform.” “Getting in the big plastic bubbles on the water.”What do you like best about the Mullet Festival?“I m going to listen to some new music in a little while.” “Deep-fried Oreos.”“The chance to win the red 1973 Mustang convertible in the raffle.” THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Jacob Rushmeyer, 15, Choctaw Beach, Niceville High School student Savanna Thacker, 14, DeFuniak Springs, Walton High School student Aubrey Scroggins, 7, Valparaiso, Lewis School student Debbie Woodham, 57, Phenix City, Alabama, civil-service Dan Price, 84, Valparaiso, retired Air Force Pat O Neil, 47, Santa Rosa Beach, RV park owner What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. Location: Mullet Festival Choices for 2014By Tony Namlick Niceville I hope all this political theater we’ve been experiencing lately has caused the apathetic elector to finally wake up and do some homework in preparation for the watershed mid-term election coming at us in November 2014. Each time “We the People” exercise our duty to vote for elected officials at any level, or vote for referendums, policies or amendments to existing laws, we have two choices, two directions that instruct the candidates to serve the people they represent and not their political party, their D.C. beltway careers or the Tallahassee lobbyists. These two distinct choices for voters are labeled Left or Right: Democrat or Republican; “Left,” for a Liberal, Progressive Socialistic Europe or Cuba-lite government or “Right,” for a conservative, free-market capitalistic U.S. Constitutional Republic. It’s as simple as that. And to help us to decide, we have the mainstream media, with its inherent Left bias, that is all too eager to provide spin, propaganda and lies to the uninformed voter. Furthermore, if you chose not to vote, you are just adding a virtual vote to the other side’s ledger. In the final analysis, the side you eventually chose will determine what conditions and opportunities under which your kids and grandkids will toil or prosper. Letters to the Editor

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BE A C O N SP O R T SBE A C O N SPO R T S The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, October 23, 2013 Page A-7 The Niceville men s and women s swim team 2013-2014. NHS JV football crushes FWBThe Eagles JV football rolled over Fort Walton Beach Thursday, Oct. 17 with a final score of 41-6. Pictured, Brandon Edelman makes the catch thrown by Tyler Russell and runs it into the endzone. The JV football team will face Crestview in a home game Thursday Oct. 24. Kick off is at 4 p.m.Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNHS men’s swimmers take 1st at Panama City Beach InviteThe Niceville men’s and women’s swim team boarded the bus Saturday, Oct. 12, for the Panama City Beach Invite at Frank Brown Park. With 16 men’s team and 14 women’s team competing, it would come down to the very last race of the evening with a must win for the men 400 free relay team. Racing began at 9 a.m. with preliminaries in 11 events for each of the men’s and women’s teams. The top 16 individual and relay teams would advance to the finals that would begin at 6 p.m. that evening. Niceville’s teams advanced 51 swimmers to individual events and all six relay teams. At the end of the night, the men were faced with a must win race, the 400 free relay, in order to edge out Washington High School for first place team honors. With their teammates poised at the end of the pool to cheer them on, the men took to the starting blocks and won by .59 seconds, earning the 1st place trophy by 1.5 points. The women’s team placed 2nd in all three relays and two of their relays are just three seconds shy of county record times. These strong swims garnered the women’s team a well-earned 2nd place overall, finishing behind Washington by 45 points. The diving portion of the Invitation took place earlier in the week with Delaney Clark 9th for the women and Jake Hughes seventh, Chase Watkins 9th and Isaiah Boyd 10th for the men. Top performers of the day were: Women 200 Free: 1. Sydney Dawson 3. Jane Parke 200 IM: 3. Kalanne Krause 5. Tatum Hackler 50 Free: 3. Caitlin Myers 100 Fly: 5. Milbrey Parke 8. Donajii Brindley 100 Free: 4. Caitlin Myers 8. Jane Parke 500 Free: 1. Tatum Hackler 3. Christine Robertson 8. Rachel Gold 100 Back: 3. Sydney Dawson 4. Kalanne Krause 100 Breast stroke: 5. Milbrey Parke 8. Donajii Brindley Men 200 Free: 4. Chaz Brechler 5. Cody McWilliams 200 IM: 2. Matthew Markwardt 50 Free: 5. Teddy Vaughen 100 fly: 6. Teddy Vaughen 100 Free: 1. Judson Robertson 500 Free: 1. Chaz Brechler 4. Cody McWilliams 100 Back: 1. Judson Robertson 7. Benson Kuira 100 Breast Stroke: 1. Mathew MarkwardtPhoto courtesy EOD Warrior FoundationCyclists ride from Niceville to Panama City and back for causeIt was a long trip for the 44 cyclists that participated in the “Gulf Coast Two-Day Undefeated Bike Ride” on Saturday, Oct. 1213, as they pedaled from Niceville to Panama City and back, raising $46,428 for the EOD Warrior Foundation. The cyclists came from al l walks of life, but many were active duty service members, veterans and military spouses. Pictured, the cyclists wait at the EO D Memorial Wall at Eglin at the start of the race. Altogether they rode almost 200 miles. Donations can still be made to the EO D Warrior Foundation at eodwarriorfoundation.org.Niceville High School runners compete in TallahasseeThe Niceville High School cross country team traveled to Tallahassee to compete at the FSU Invitational on Oct. 12. The girls’ placed 3rd overall in the select race and the boys’ placed 21stin the elite race. “Each of those close finishes represents a hard-fought battle either won or to-be-won next time, in at least one case, between teammates,” said Coach Tom Durrenberger, reflecting on the numerous close finishes in each race. “PR’s and SB’s all over the place! Way to go, Eagles!” The team has worked hard during the season and as it nears the end, they are focusing on their wins at the district, region, and state meet. These athletes are also focusing on bigger goals at the same time. Three of the cross country seniors have achieved selection for the National Merit Semi Finalists. These student athletes are Anna Herrera, Alise Snyders and David Bobbitt. Approximately 50,000 students compete for this honor with close to 16,000 making it to the semifinalist round. Good luck to these three seniors as they await notification about being finalists in February. NHS’s results for the FSU Invitational are as follows: Girls: 18th Claire Crist (19:52.98), 26th Mackenzie Shinnick (20:09.21), 45th Haley Smith (20:34.71), 56th Anna Herrera (20:48.66), 74th Drew Haggerman (21:25.20), 99th Julia Moreno (21:40.03), 114th Diana LaFollette (21:53.98), 116th Regan McAllister (21:58.69), 139th Annie Serpa (22:32.80) and 156th Catherine Crump (22:57.02). There were a total of 193 girls that competed in the girls’ select race. Boys: 4th Nick Morken (15:07.57), 82nd Jack Massey (16:37.90), 108th Tristan Hamer (16:51.58), 137th Caden Ewing (17:06.39), 155th Tripp Davis (17:18.82), 175th Kyle Ferris (17:32.79), 177th Elijah Schneidewind (17:34.43), 203rd Jake Fiske (17:50.60) and 213th Patrick McNair (18:08.60). There were a total of 240 boys that competed in the boys’ elite race. Personal records include: D. Lafollete, C. Crist, K. Ferris, T. Hamer, J. Massey and N. Morken. Season Best Times include: R. McAllister, A. Herrera, D. Haggerman and E. Schneidewind. The Niceville High School Eagles played against Fort Walton Beach High School Friday, Oct. 18 in an away game. The Eagles beat Fort Walton Beach with a score of 28-21. The Eagles have no games scheduled for next Friday and won’t play again until the district game against Crestview Friday, Nov. 1. The district game will be played in Niceville at the Eagles Stadium. Kick off will be at 7 p.m. Anna Hererra crosses the finish line at the FSU Invitational on Oct. 12 in Tallahassee Dont miss this chance to salute those whove served! Beacon Newspapers • 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. • Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-1080 • Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.com DEADLINE OCT. 31 ATTENTIONADVERTISERS! FREE color on ads! COLORFUL VETERANS DAY ADVERTISING PAGES! DON T BE LEFT OUT!CALL 678-1080 TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! Publishing Nov. 6 in the Bay Beacon and Nov. 8 in the Eglin Flyer! Eagles beat FWB, district game aheadRBCS volleyballThe Rocky Bayou Christian School Varsity volleyball girls will be playing in the first round of district games Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the RBCS gymnasium, 2101 Partin Dr. N., Niceville. FHSAA mandates that all attendees pay $6 for entry for all district games. Come support the Lady Knights!

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-8 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN of grievances, was introduced to the commission during its August meeting. Though the board discussed the proposed changes at that time, no representative from the union attended and the board unanimously voted to leave the article as written. At the Oct. 9 meeting, Zaal cited a letter the union received from the district stating the commission "agreed unanimously to not give up their rights" and that the commission felt changes to the article would have a financial impact on the fire district. “We believe that both of these arguments are misguided,” Zaal said. The contract article states that when a labor grievance cannot be resolved through negotiation with the fire chief, the union can present it to the commission or to professional arbitration. If the union brings the matter to the elected fire commission, however, it gives up its right to appeal the decision to arbitration, rendering the commission's decision final. The union wants to open the option of appealing the commission's decision to arbitration. “This situation is not reasonable to the association or the taxpayers of the district," Zaal stated. "It creates a situation where both parties are forced to arbitrate based on the inability of the association and the management to negotiate a reasonable settlement.” Referencing two examples where negotiations did not result in a resolution, Zaal said the firefighters association was confident in their case but “could not risk approaching the (commission) and losing our ability to arbitrate to an impartial third party.” In both instances, the opportunity existed for the board to review and intervene without eliminating the option for arbitration, he added. In the cited examples, the union’s first case was upheld in arbitration while the second was settled just prior to scheduled arbitration. Zaal explained the changes to the article would not void the board’s role in grievance issues nor result in added financial impact, but would instead open the option for the commissioners to review cases and potentially save the district from attorney and arbitration fees. “We want to be able to come to you with a case, while at the same time preserving our right to rely on the state to maintain all legalities we feel are not being represented,” said the union’s vice president, Nathaniel Ark. Commissioner Steven Strait voiced concern that the proposed changes could result in the union sidestepping any decision the board would make in a case. Ark countered that the board part of the process makes it easier to reach agreement without going to arbitration. “We aren’t going down this path (toward arbitration) unless we are 100 percent sure we are in the right,” said Ark. “If we can’t come to an agreement with the administration, the next best step is to come to the board of fire commissioners. We would rather you have input to the conflict resolution without having to go to a third party.” Commissioner David Scholl agreed that the proposed change is a reasonable request from the union that offers an option to avoid the legal avenue of arbitration. Commissioners Jim Boswell and Strait, however, asserted the proposed changes would diminish the board’s authority. Though the current threeyear union contract is not up for negotiation until next year, either the fire chief or the union can ask for review and revision of articles. Currently there are several articles under review, but article 52 was brought to the board separately as it directly addressed the commission's role. After more than 30 minutes of debate between the union representative and the board, Commissioner Janet Santner asked if the matter could be tabled. Commissioner Boswell said it had been three months since the initial discussion and a decision needed to be made now. Commissioner Strait made the motion to reject any change in article 52, Boswell seconded, and the vote split 2-2 with Scholl and Santner voting nay. The motion thus failed. Commissioner Lee Wetzell was absent, leaving open the possibility that the issue may come up again. The commission is scheduled to meet next on Nov. 12. DEBATESFrom page A-1 With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is the time to start planning your family or company party. The Boathouse Landing is sure to fit the needs of any size gathering. At the Boathouse, renovations are currently underway giving the banquet and lounge a fresh, new look. Whether you are planning a formal Christmas or a wedding party, or you are looking to host a more casual event, the Boathouse has the appropriate space for you. General manager, Heather Hyde can personally assist you with making your party memorable with customized menu options and exceptional service. For family dining, the Boathouse Landing features fresh seafood, steaks and pasta. Diners can enjoy incredible views as they relax in the waterfront restaurant s casual atmosphere. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the Boathouse Landing offers meals for the whole family, including a children s menu specifically tailored for younger guests, as well a gluten free menu. Your server will make sure your specific allergy needs are addressed. Each afternoon, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., diners can choose from early bird specials, featuring mouth-watering selections such as a Pecan Crusted catch of the day, Shrimp etauffee, Chicken Picatta, N.Y. Strip Steak, or fried Gulf Shrimp. While it s a delectable treat for the palate, it s also light on the wallet at just $9.95. A side salad can be added for $2.49. As befits a restaurant bordering the bayou, seafood is abundant. Selections range from oysters on the half shell, seafood stuffed shrimp, grilled or blackened mahimahi topped with lemon beurre blanc, or Boathouse grouper topped with Maine lobster meat and a sherry butter sauce. For food from the land, diners can choose from everything from Ribeye steaks and filet mignon to applewood bacon cheeseburgers and po boy sandwiches. Lighter fare includes salads such as the coconut chicken salad: breaded chicken with coconut bread crumbs on fresh mixed greens, with mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, honey roasted nuts and orange vinaigrette dressing. Downstairs, at the Bilge Pub Lounge and Patio Oyster Bar, you can enjoy an appetizer and your favorite refreshment during Happy Hour, which runs Mon.-Sat. 36 p.m. Live music is played on the enclosed patio bar Friday and Saturday nights with a mix of country, island and pop. If you want excellent dining in a casual atmosphere at prices that beat anyone else in town, the Boathouse Landing is sure to please. For more information, reservations and to reserve a banquet room, call the Boathouse Landing at 678-2805 or stop by their location at 124 John Sims Parkway. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a stunning tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, “Beyond Glory,” on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex. The center is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. In “Beyond Glory” Stephen Lang, an award winning stage and screen star, presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering firsthand accounts of incredible valor which resulted in the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. The stirring one-man show was adapted by Lang from a book of the same title by journalist Larry Smith. As a tribute to fallen soldiers, “Beyond Glory” had a celebrated run on Broadway and in Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Lang has also presented the show in a command performance on the floor of Congress and at military bases and major theatres across the nation. The oral histories of the eight men are brought to life through Lang’s commanding performance, with a backdrop of video screens which occasionally evoke the turmoil of combat. Lang subtly moves through each man’s story with a slight alteration of posture and vocal coloring to suggest each new personality – displaying an illusory magic that promises to make the show a truly unique and memorable presentation. Lang is a Tony Award-nominated actor, well known for his film portrayals from Babe Ruth to Stonewall Jackson in “Gods and Generals” (2003) and George Pickett in “Gettysburg” (1993), as well as for his 2009 roles as Colonel Miles Quaritch in “Avatar” and as Texan lawman Charles Winstead in “Public Enemies.” His most recent notable role is Commander Nathaniel Taylor in the 2011 television series “Terra Nova.” Lang is also starring in the upcoming horror film “The Monkey’s Paw,” set for release in October 2013. Tickets for “Beyond Glory” are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. The Box Office phone and in-person ticket window is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the night of the show. At-the-door seats are the same price as advance tickets. Contact the Box Office at 729-6000 or online at mattiekellyartscenter.org. 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Powow seeks volunteers The 26th Annual Thunderbird Intertribal Powow is seeking volunteer help for their silver anniversary Nov. 1-3 at the Mullet Festival Grounds on the corner of Hwy. 85 N. and College Blvd., Niceville. Volunteers are needed especially for Children’s Day, Friday, Nov. 1, when all the schools visit. For schedule and info visit thunderbirdpowwow.org. To volunteer, please call Kirby Locklear at 8635311 or Glenn Farmer at 678-7714. Theatrical comedy A Neil Simon comedy, “Jake’s Women,” will be presented Oct. 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Tickets are on sale now for $15 adults and $10 for youth ages 18 and younger. Purchase tickets by phone or online from the Box Office at 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. Stitch in time The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery and commences with their autumn programming with the first night meeting Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6-8:30 p.m. The first day meeting will be Monday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-12. Meetings are in room 400, at the Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr S. Visitors are welcome. 496-3466. Republicans meet The Okaloosa County Republican Club will host their monthly meeting on Thursday Oct. 24 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Mike Hill, newly elected Representative for Florida House District 2 will speak. Price of dinner is $12. Open to all. For general info call President Marvin Brigman at 6093341 and to RSVP call Jane Dale at 651-5049. Golf benefit The Christian Thomhave Memorial Scholarship tournament will be held at The Foxwood Country Club, 4927 Antioch Rd, Crestview, on Friday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Entry fee is $44, $34 for Foxwood members and deadline is Oct. 22. For more info and entry forms please call BJ at 682-2012 or 826-2012. Free document shredding The Cintas truck will be in the back parking lot of the Niceville Public Library, 206 Partin Drive N., on Friday, Oct., 25, 2013 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Bring unwanted personal documents for shredding free of charge. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc. do not need to be removed before shredding occurs. Tee time The Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club will hold the 2nd Annual Walt Ruckel Memorial Scholarship Tournament on Oct. 25, tee time at 1 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club. Hole signs are $100 and team fees are $450. Scholarship proceeds are awarded to local high school seniors. It is our goal to award $12,000 in scholarships to these deserving students. For more information, please call 678-2223 or email nicevalrotary@yahoo.com. Fundraising cruise Enjoy an evening of dinner, entertainment and a sunset cruise aboard the SOLARIS yacht departing from Baytowne Marina in Sandestin on Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. to benefit the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. The event will also include a silent auction. Admission is $100 per person and includes a cruise on the Choctawhatchee Bay, on-board chef prepared dinner and entertainment. Reservations are required by Oct. 25. For tickets, call 835-1824, or email crscally@eowilsoncenter.org. Circus and sideshow exhibit The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present the final show of 2013, “Sideshow!” an exhibition of sideshow, freak show and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment. The public is invited to an opening reception in the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries on Friday, Oct. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. “Sideshow!” will be on view Oct. 25 to Dec. 4. The Galleries are always free and open to the public. Annual Roundup The 39th Annual NWFSRDA Roundup will be Oct. 25-26 at Lewis School, 281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso. The weekend admission is $10 for NWFSRDA members and $20 for non-members. For more info call Paul or Cheryl Miller at 939-6688. Viva Florida 500 festival The Viva Florida 500 will be in Perrine Park, adjacent to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be vendors, a plant sale offering shrubs and perennials, activities for children, food, and fun. There will also be an informative talk given by Sheila Dunning on gardening in sand starting at 10:30 a.m. and a floral design activity at 2 p.m. for children ages 8-12. For more info, contact marieharrison@valp.net, valpviva500@yahoo.com, or visit mariesgardenanddesign.com. Haunted tents All are invited to join the annual costume Fun Day event on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Destin Commons. Youngsters will enjoy free games from 2-6 p.m. at which time the famous “Haunted Tent” will open for $5! Over 2,000 feet of scary fun – not for the faint of heart. There will also be a much milder version for the younger ones. Destin Commons will be holding special events including a kids and dogs costume contest, face painting and street dancing from 4-6 p.m. Open mic night Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast welcomes all to join the fun on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. for Halloween Coffeehouse Live! Artists, poets, musicians and performers of all types are invited to share at the open mic. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The UUFEC facility is located at 1295 N. Bayshore Drive in Valparaiso. Information is available at uufec.com. Drivers safety class The Niceville Library is pleased to host an AARP Drivers Safety Class. This one day, six hour class will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center. Plan for a one hour lunch on your own. Pre-registration is required. Please call 279-4863 ext. 1504 or drop by and sign up at the library’s reference desk. The cost is $12.00 per person for AARP members or $14.00 for non-members. Registration is required and space is limited. NHS Chorus fun run The Third Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 a.m. at Niceville High School on Hwy 20. 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The Lions Club provides glasses to children in need, camps for the blind and many services for the elderly in our community as well. Pictured, from left, Greg Langley of the Baker Lions Club, Dr. Samantha Dawson; principal of Edge Elementary, and John Cosson, also of the Baker Lions Club.Rocky students volunteer at benefit feteThe Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League provided volunteer servers for the Blue Jeans Ball, a benefit for Covenant Hospice, held in Crestview at the Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 5. JCL officers Michelle Earls, Serva, (Community Service Coordinator) and Ian Kampert, Pontifex (Chaplain), along with a friend of the club, Rachael Earls, all enjoyed helping out at the fund raiser for a very worthy cause. Please see CALENDAR, page B-3

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starts and finishes at the school. Registration is $25 up to and including race day. Online registration at Active.com. For details or to sponsor the Niceville High School Chorus, contact Kirk or Suzanne Herzog at 897-5174, kirk.herzog@cox.net or Janet Simpson 803-2593. Bazaar and benefit Come shop Niceville United Methodist Church’s biggest and best bazaar yet Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., l ocated at 214 Partin Dr. S., where 120 vendor booths, silent auction, lunch cafe and a bake sale await to help you complete holiday shopping. Have fun, food and fellowship while raising funds for women’s and children’s missions. Hosted by the Women’s Ministry, last year’s bazaar raised enough to give away over $12,000 last year to local, regional, national and global missions. Call 865-4769 for more info. Dinner and a show There will be a presentation of “Murder at the Monster Bash” at the French Quarter Grill, 714 Howell Road, Niceville, on Sunday, Oct. 27, seating at 5:30 p.m. with a 6 p.m. show time. Price is $45 for the dinner and show, and includes tax and tip. Call French Quarter Grill at 678-2604 for reservations. Tea Party meets The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall on Monday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. Mike Griffith from the “Bay Beacon” will be the guest speaker and he will speak on media bias. Pint size Halloween The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite children ages 2-5 to a Preschool Halloween Party on Oct. 28. Social at 9:45 a.m., stories at 10:15 a.m., and crafts and snacks at 10:45 a.m. Please sign up by emailing eruff@valp.org. Beyond Glory The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will present “Beyond Glory” on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex. The center is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office. Contact the box office at 729-6000 or online at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Stitch in time The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery and commences with their autumn programming with the first day meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-12. Meetings are in room 400, at the Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr S. Visitors are welcome. 496-3466. Around the campfire The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite families with children aged from 510 for “Around the Campfire” with Scout Troop 52 on Oct. 28 from 6-7 p.m. Sign up for games, crafts, and songs by calling 729-5406 or emailing eruff@valp.org. SAT/ACT workshops Register by Tuesday, Oct. 29 to attend workshops to assist students in the Okaloosa County High Schools who will be taking the Dec. 7 SAT test and the Dec. 14 test. Workshops will be held in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School. The workshop will provide approximately 12 hours of instruction. These workshops will consist of 6 sessions from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Fort Walton Beach High School workshop dates and times are as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 12-14 Monday, Nov. 18-20 Registration forms have been mailed to the area high schools. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students will need to bring calculators. If you have any questions, please contact Hart via email at Amhart1966@aol.com or call 615585-2401. You may also contact your high school Guidance Department. Quit smoking The Quit Smoking Now (QSN) program will be Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Twin Cities Hospital’s Wellness Center, 2190 N Hwy 85, Niceville. To receive more information about the QSN program or register for a class, please call 398-6965 or visiting westfloridaahec.org. Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimer’s will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available, reserve in advance by calling 866-478-7790. Harvest festival It’s a great time for free fun, games, a petting zoo, activities and refreshments for families Wednesday, Oct. 30. Enjoy an evening in the Children’s Park with families in your community from 5 -7 p.m. Halloween on the Hill All are invited for some Halloween fun Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Niceville Assembly north parking lot, facing the school board bldg. There will be plenty of treats, inflatables, carnival games and more. 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GEICO Gecko image 1999-2013. 2013 GEICO850-863-4187 CALENDARFrom page B-2 Edge student s bake sale to benefit foster homesBecca Gilbar, a third grader in Mrs. McCormick s class at Edge Elementary School, held a bake sale at her house Saturday, Sept. 28, and earned $35 for Children In Crisis in Fort Walton Beach. Edge is raising funds for CIC all year, and have already raised $450 since the beginning of the school year. Becca decided on her own to come up with extra ways to earn more money.Bluewater Bay woman exhibits art at UWFMarla Armstrong recently exhibited over 80 paintings, ceramics and sculptures at University of West Florida s Emerald Coast Library. She has lived in and traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe, Asia, and South and Central America. Her works are influenced by the art, people and cultures from many of these areas. She and her husband, retired Army Col. Jerry Armstrong, now live in Bluewater Bay. Walter Earl Griffing1930-2013Lt. Col. (USAF retired) Walter Earl Griffing passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 14. He was born in Kentwood, La. on Sept. 15, 1930 to Robert Earl and Annie Laurie Cooper Griffing. They lived in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La. before settling in McComb, Miss. where he attended high school and joined and served in the Mississippi National Guard for three years. After high school, he attended The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he was a member of the elite Summerall Guards Drill Team and a distinguished Military Graduate in 1952. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty he served as an Air Police Officer; Executive Officer at both squadron and base levels; Education and Training Officer at the Air Force Officer Training School; Management Analysis Officer; and as a base and command level Comptroller for 11 years. In addition to serving at several stateside bases, he also served overseas in Germany, Turkey and Korea. He retired in 1980 after 30 years of military service. During his retirement, he conducted and published historical research projects for the “Bay Beacon” newspaper and the Northwest Florida Heritage Museum in Valparaiso. Among his decorations and awards were: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Germany), Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He is survived by his wife of 60 years the former Martha (Betty) Floyd of Shelbyville Tenn.; children: John Earl and wife Sherry of Pace; Elizabeth Anne and husband Joseph Thomas Pilcher, Jr. of Selma, Ala.; and Jerry William of Winter Park. Grandchildren: Heidi Griffing Finch; Joseph Thomas Pilcher III and wife Ginnie; Eric Griffing Pilcher; Jaime Elizabeth Pilcher; Willy Bolander and wife Kristen; Sarah Caroline Griffing; Caleb Ray Griffing; and Preston Eli Griffing. Great grandchildren: Hunter and Hanna Finch; Lisa, Tilly, Willy, Eitan and Sawyer Bolander; and Tinsley Pilcher. Services were held on Monday Oct. 21at Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville, followed by burial at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to: The Citadel Foundation General Fund, 171 Moultrie St. Charleston, SC 29409 or The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601. Obituary NEWSPAPER REPORTER The Bay Beacon has an opening for a full-time reporter. The job requires a hard-working, self-starting, organized journalist with high standards for accuracy, the ability to meet deadlines, a nose for news, and concern for readers. 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By Virginia Schreitmueller Beacon Correspondent The North Bay Fire Commission has been considering allowing the firefighters' union to appeal labor grievances to an arbitrator in the event of an unfavorable decision by the commission. A split vote by the commission earlier this month was inconclusive, and the matter may come up again at a commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 12. Opposing views on the proposed change in the firefighters union contract highlighted a meeting of the North Bay Fire Control District governing board in Bluewater Bay Oct. 9. After reviewing the financial report for September, Fire Chief Jim Miller introduced North Bay Firefighters Association President Travis Zaal, who asked to address the fire commission on the union's proposal to amend article 52 of its contract with the district. The proposed change to the article, which covers arbitration By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Litigation over rights to waterfront property in Valparaiso may continue for the foreseeable future, after the city commission agreed to file a countersuit against a property owner who had sued the city, claiming ownership of some waterfront land on Toms Bayou. Also, Valparaiso voters may soon vote in a referendum on whether to change the citys charter. At a Valparaiso City Commission meeting Oct. 14, City Attorney Hayward Dykes suggested a countersuit against residents Jason and Angelle Rosenbleeth, who have sued the city over the land ownership issue. For years, the city has faced lawsuits from property owners who live along the citys waterfront streets, and who seek to establish ownership to the waters edge. The city maintains that it has rights to land seaward of city streets in front of such homeowners property, even if such streets are only platted as streets but never actually paved. During the meeting, Dykes asked the city commission to decide whether the city should aggressively pursue its claim to the right of way along a portion of Bayshore Drive that runs along Toms Bayou west of John Sims Parkway. Unlike Bayshore Drive to the east, the portion to the west of John Sims Parkway is an unpaved track. Dykes recommended that the citys countersuit be handled by Bruce Bowman, a member of Dykes firm of Connerly, Bowman and Dykes. During the discussion that followed, City Commissioner Kay Hamilton initially expressed doubt about filing such a countersuit. I ran on a campaign for cooperation, not litigation, she said. She said the city has rarely if ever prevailed in such suits, and that she would prefer to discuss some sort of settlement with the landowners. Dykes, however, said that the Thurs., 6 p.m. The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery with a meeting in Room 400, Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Drive S. Visitors are welcome, call 496-3466. Fri.,9-11 a.m. Bring unwanted personal documents for shredding to the Cintas mobile document shredding truck, which will shred them free of charge. The truck will be in the back parking lot of the Niceville Public Library, 206 Partin Drive N. Materials to shred include invoices, x-rays, bank statements, medical records and more. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc. do not need to be removed before shredding occurs. Fri., 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries begins its final show of 2013, Sideshow! an exhibition of sideshow, freak show and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment. The public is invited to an opening reception in the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries. Sideshow! will be on view Oct. 25 to Dec. 4. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to most mainstage theater and NWFSC productions. Free. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Viva Florida 500 festival will be held in Perrine Park next to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Vendors, a plant sale offering shrubs and perennials, activities for children, food and fun. There will also be an informative talk given by Sheila Dunning on gardening in sand at 10:30 a.m., and a floral design activity at 2 p.m. for children ages 8-12. For more info, contact marieharrison@valp.net, valpviva500@yahoo.com, or visit mariesgardenanddesign.com. Calendar, B2, B3 T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, October 23, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see VALP., page A-6 COMINGUPValp. ratchets up shoreline litigation The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority Board of Directors learned things about the Mid-Bay Bridge and other spans that they may have never known before, as they received an informal briefing by an 8year-old Oct. 17. Michael James Panarisi, a student at Bluewater Elementary School, briefed MBBA board members during a meeting in Destin about his construction of model bridges, and his recent visit to the MidBay Bridge connector route construction project. He was accompanied by his father, Michael Troy Panarisi. Young Michael showed board members one of the model bridges he has recently built with the help of his father, a former Air Force test pilot who works at the Air Force Research Lab at Eglin Air Force Base as a civilian. Michael said that he has been fascinated by bridges ever since his family arrived in the Niceville area, and that he is working on building models of each of the major types of bridge design. Michael told the board members that the model he brought to the meeting, for example, illustrated a truss suspension double-decker bridge, but that the Mid-Bay bridge is a Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The Greyhound Pets of America Emerald Coast chapter held its first Pup Cup golf tournament Friday at the Eglin Air Force Base p ublic golf course to raise funds for adoptions of greyhounds that have retired or been rejected from dog racing. Among the 46 pa rticipants were, from left: G.R.R. Hardinger, Will Tobin, Jodi Lowery, Chuck Wucherpfennig, and Rich Ware, with four-legged acquaint ances which are up for adoption (1-800-366-1472). The event raised $1,974. Michael J. Panarisi, 8, showed Mid-Bay Bridge officials his model of a truss suspension double-decker bridge during a meeting last week in Destin. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithHelping houndsNorth Bay debates grievance proceduresCounty suspends catering contractBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission has suspended its contract with Aramark, the company that has been providing catering services to the countyowned Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. During a commission meeting Oct. 15 in Fort Walton Beach, the contract was suspended on motion of Commissioner Nathan Boyles, who said he had recently observed Aramark employees using county vehicles and personnel to perform catering duties for some of the company's commercial, rather than county clients. In a written statement following the meeting, Boyles wrote: The Convention Center has the potential to spur future economic development for our county. However, the center is a public asset and must be operated accordingly, meaning it can't always operate like a private business. In August, conference center staff was advised that it was inappropriate for the center to aid Mullet madnessThe 37th annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival took place over the weekend in Niceville, drawing visitors from throughout the region for music, food and fun. Among them was Sophia Baez, 9 months, who enjoyed petting a pony so long as her mother, Loren Baez, held her close. Beacon photos by Mike Griffith Please see ENGINEER, page A-3 Please see COUNTY, page A-2 Please see DEBATES, page A-8 Nathan BoylesBudding engineer, 8, briefs bridge officials

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the contracted caterer, Aramark, in its outside catering business even though the county had been receiving 15 percent of those revenues. Unfortunately, the message was either not adequately delivered or implemented as I personally encountered the use of a center vehicle and staff in the furtherance of an outside catering event. Upon further inquiry I was advised that the existing contract actually expired on Oct. 1, and had not yet been renewed. Based upon the information available to me, I presented the issue to my fellow commissioners and submitted a motion that all further actions under the expired contract be suspended immediately. The motion passed unanimously. I will push to have the catering contract put back out for bid in light of the current issues, Boyles stated. Asked for comment, David Freireich, a spokesman for Philadelphia-based Aramark, issued the following statment: We truly value the partnership we have had with Okaloosa County and the Emerald Coast Convention Center since 2003 and remain committed to continuing that relationship. We believe there was a misunderstanding regarding the contract renewal and hope to resolve this matter quickly. In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to serve guests and visitors of the convention center. In other business Oct. 15, the commission approved making a final payment to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center for services rendered associated with mental health counseling for crime victims in the amount of $2,355. The Niceville-based CAC provides central services for children who are alleged victims of various forms of abuse, allowing them to meet with physicians, law enforcement, counselors, and other agencies in a single location, rather than being taken from office to office and being required to retell the stories of what they have suffered over and over again. The single-stop approach is intended to reduce the trauma suffered by victims. Commissioners also voted unanimously to reinstate County Administrator Ernie Padgett to full-time regular status following temporary medical leave of absence. Dont take your eyesight for granted.You wouldnt want to miss a moment like this. Complete eye exams We accept Tricare Prime, Medicare, Eyemed & more. All doctors Rx lled Large selec on of frames Contact lensesThe bitter taste of poor quality lingers far longer than the initial sweetness of a cheap price.DR. AMANDA BRENCI, O.D.(850) 678-8876CHARLES HENRIOTTOWNER & OPTICIAN 35 years experience678-0099 678-6211Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18EYEWEAR UNLIMITED Eyewear Excellence Since 19701187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) Trust Us For Orthopedic Care.Weve earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval. FWBMC.com TCHospital.com Call today for a free physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions 24/7. (855) 614-7274 Joint replacement surgery is a dicult decision. Weve made it a little easier. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital have received The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and oer Certied Orthopedic Joint Replacement Programs. This certication demonstrates our commitment to service and provides an assurance of quality awarded for a standard of practice followed by physicians, nurses, physical therapists and case managers who dedicate themselves to your care. Its why so many people place their trust in us for their knee and hip replacement surgeries. LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.Imagine what this flexible extra space will mean to your growing family. Will it be your work-out space, home office, playroom, or a home-school room...or just a wonderful place to curl up with a good book? It's your decision! Come see this 1581 SF, 3/2 move-in ready HOME in the Bluewater Elementary School district! Today! Please call me, Linda Zickler, for details! $226,900SUN-BRIGHT FLORIDA ROOM = FLEXIBILITY! BAYOU PLAZANOW OPEN! 599 John Sims Pkwy. W, Niceville 729-2900liquidation outlet Black Leather Sofa$22499 Portable Electric Clothes Washer$11099 Kuulaire Evaporative Cooler$1300050%OFFMSRP Valencia BBQ Chat Fire Pit$19900 Magic Chef Countertop Dishwasher$11000 50% OFF MSRP Bedding, Pillows & Headboards COUNTYFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Firemen paint hydrants pinkNorth Bay Fire District firefighters paint some hydrants pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. At left, Pamela Herman, director of Bluewater Fitness, oversees a painting in progress in front of the gym in Bluewater Bay. The county-owned Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. The Okaloosa County Commission has suspended the center's catering service. The service says the action appears to stem from a misunderstanding.

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different typea combination concrete beam and cantilever bridge. The 3.5-mile toll bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay is held together by cables that run through its precast segments. Groups of eight to nine segments are tied together by the hidden cables, which are anchored at each end to bulkheads that rest on concrete piers. Michael proudly wore the hardhat he had been given by HDR Engineering personnel, who recently gave him a tour of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, including the 10 bridges along the 11-mile expressway route under construction east and north of Niceville. Michaels father informed the board that in addition to being fascinated by bridge construction, Michael also has a unique talent the ability to classify bridges by the pitch of the sound vehicles make as they drive over the bridge. The MidBay Bridge, according to Michael, is an E flat bridge, said his father. The senior Panarisi added that his son can even tell whether the family car is traveling above or below the posted speed limit when driving over the bridge, by hearing slight variations in the sound the car makes as it travels. Recently, he said, Michael warned him that he was driving over the bridge at 49 miles an hour rather than the posted 45 near each end of the span. In other business at the board meeting, HDR Engineering representative John Vannoy noted that the Mid-Bay Bridge connector route is nearing completion, and is expected to be open by Jan. 5, 2014, about a month ahead of the projects original schedule. He said the roadway is about 93 percent complete, and that most bridge work is done. Construction of the tolling point for the new bridge connector is now underway, and the Florida Turnpike Authority plans to begin installing electronic toll monitoring equipment at the unmanned tolling station on Oct. 28. MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest told the board that toll revenue over the Mid-Bay Bridge itself was up about a half percent during September over the revenue collected during the same month last year. He also told the board that he is awaiting an $11,000 payment from the Florida Department of Transportation to reimburse the MBBA for toll revenue lost earlier this year when the FDOT temporarily suspended toll collection on the bridge in order to reroute traffic from the Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach after it was struck by a barge. MBBA chairman Gordon Fornell encouraged those in attendance at the meeting to help promote the 5K/half marathon run planned along portions of the bridge connector route at 8 a.m., Jan. 4, to celebrate the official opening of the connector route scheduled for the following day. The route, when opened, will connect the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge with state highways 285 and 85 north of Niceville, via the new toll road. The 5K run/walk and half marathon will also include music, food and beverages, Fornell said, and well wrap everything up with awards and door prizes. Proceeds from the run/walk, said Fornell, will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and promote local area athletics through the Northwest Florida Track Club. Race details and registration information are available at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/ Niceville/MidBayConnectorRun. 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Partin Dr..................................Cancelled........................10/14/13.........................11:33 Bayou Ln......................................Medical...........................10/14/13.........................12:10 Als Dr............................................Medical...........................10/14/13.........................14:04 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/14/13.........................15:59 W. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle vs Pedestrian....10/14/13.........................17:07 Nutmeg Ave.................................Medical...........................10/15/13.........................08:55 Sean Ln........................................Medical...........................10/15/13.........................20:49 Riley Rd.......................................Medical...........................10/15/13.........................21:25 Camellia Pl...................................Medical...........................10/17/13.........................03:08 Scott St.........................................Cancelled........................10/17/13.........................11:72 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/18/13.........................06:32 Alderwood Way...........................Medical...........................10/18/13.........................20:21 3rd Street.....................................Alarm activation..............10/18/13.........................21:07 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................01:21 Roberts Dr....................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................11:32 Kingslynn Rd...............................Cancelled........................10/19/13.........................11:51 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................13:10 Azalea Dr.....................................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................17:16 Hill Ln...........................................Cancelled........................10/19/13.........................18:12 2nd Street....................................Service call.....................10/19/13.........................18:38 W. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical...........................10/19/13.........................21:06 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash..................10/20/13.........................00:48 Summerwood Ct.........................Medical...........................10/20/13.........................07:32 Edgewater Dr...............................Service call.....................10/20/13.........................19:48 Weekly Safety Tip: Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarm following manufacturer s instructions can help keep it working properly. Replace your smoke alarm once every 10 years. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from October 14, 2013 through October 20, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Olde Post Rd......................Public assist...........................10/14/13...........................02:34 Ida Coon Cir........................Medical assist........................10/14/13...........................15:36 Aruba Way..........................Medical..................................10/14/13...........................17:55 Ridgewood Way................Medical..................................10/15/13...........................00:39 Ward Cove Dr.....................No incident found..................10/15/13...........................13:01 White Point Rd...................Medical..................................10/16/13...........................11:47 Brookhaven Way................Medical..................................10/16/13...........................12:25 Hidden Lakes Dr.................Smoke detector activation....10/17/13...........................12:15 Southwind Ct......................Medical..................................10/17/13...........................22:48 W. Parkwood Ln.................Medical alarm activation.......10/18/13...........................16:48 Meadow Woods Ln............Medical..................................10/18/13...........................20:06 Kingslynn Rd......................Dispatched & cancelled........10/19/13...........................11:56 N. Cedar Ave......................Dispatched & cancelled........10/20/13...........................00:50 White Point Rd...................No incident found..................10/20/13...........................11:44 White Point Rd...................Outside trash fire...................10/20/13...........................12:55 Parkwood Ln......................Good intent call.....................10/20/13...........................15:22 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. SINCE1986WWW.BAYOUBOOKCOMPANY.COMOPEN: 9-6 MON.-SAT. 850-678-1593OAKCREEKSHOPPINGCENTER, NICEVILLE Plush toys attached to a soothing paci er. Pick one up today at: 1181 E. 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facts in this case differ from those in the previous cases, and that by filing such a countersuit, the city might obtain better opportunities for a resolution of the case, to include the possibility of resolving it through a settlement. Mayor Bruce Arnold said that it has always been the citys position that the land between the platted but unpaved section of west Bayshore Drive belongs to the city. Well defend it vigorously, said Arnold. After further discussion, the city commission voted unanimously to go ahead with a countersuit. Dykes said that commissioners should expect to hold some closed, executive meetings with Bowman in the future to discuss the progress of the case. In other business, commissioners approved the first of two readings of an ordinance to authorize a referendum March 11, 2014, on whether to change the citys charter, and possibly to change its form of government from its current commission form to another, such as a city manager form. Commissioners Hamilton and Joe Morgan cast the opposing votes, as the ordinance was approved 3-2. The language of the referendum ordinance, said Morgan, gives short shrift to the fact that were changing the form of government. That should be made clear. Former City Commissioner T. G. Miller also addressed the commission meeting, expressing opposition to the proposed referendum. He said the proposed referendum, as currently worded, asks for a yes-or-no decision by voters on a new city charter that actually includes up to nine changes. Miller said these changes should each be addressed separately by voters. To do otherwise, he said, would present voters with a deceptive choice, which he likened to a Las Vegas stacked deck. The proposed ballot measure reads as follows: Shall the city of Valparaiso amend its 1921 charter providing for: The City Administrator as a charter officer; Delete offices of City Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, Treasurer, and Municipal Judge; Amend qualifications for commissioners; Amend powers and responsibilities of officers and commissioners; Amend budget adoption; Amend how vacancies on the commission are filled; Amend Articles VII, VIII, XI, XIII as described in Ordinance No. XXX; Delete Articles IX, X, and XII of the 1921 Charter? The proposed charter itself contains about 4,600 words. Following the commission vote in favor of the ordinance, Mayor Arnold said the issue will be considered again for a final reading during a commission meeting in November. Commissioners also approved unanimously a recommendation by Public Works Director James Valandingham to switch most refueling for city vehicles from the citys own gas pump to a contract with Citgo. Doing so, he said, will be less costly and more efficient, although he added that the city pump will remain open on a limited basis for those city vehicles requiring special fuel. Also during the meeting, members of the Young Marines, a youth organization affiliated with the Marine Corps, addressed the city commission meeting and handed out red ribbons in honor of a proclamation by the city commission of Red Ribbon Week. VALP.From page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service850-678-2514 110 N. Partin Drive, Niceville Tue.-Fri. 10am-6pm | Sat. 10am-3pm www.DiamondWorksJewelry.com Park Place Plaza | 850-244-5252 323 Page Bacon Rd. | Mary EstherDiamondWorksinc. Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ OwnerOh Honey, I love it. Vacuuming the dust from the coils of your refrigerator will keep it running as efficiently as possible. Which means you save energy and money. For more energy saving tips from the Gulf Power Energy Coach, visit gulfpower.com/coachClean your fridge coils for all-star savings. Gulf Power Energy Coach Eating mullet at the Boggy Boys booth. All the people that perform. Getting in the big plastic bubbles on the water.What do you like best about the Mullet Festival?Im going to listen to some new music in a little while. Deep-fried Oreos.The chance to win the red 1973 Mustang convertible in the raffle. THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithJacob Rushmeyer, 15, Choctaw Beach, Niceville High School student Savanna Thacker, 14, DeFuniak Springs, Walton High School student Aubrey Scroggins, 7, Valparaiso, Lewis School student Debbie Woodham, 57, Phenix City, Alabama, civil-service Dan Price, 84, Valparaiso, retired Air Force Pat ONeil, 47, Santa Rosa Beach, RV park owner What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. Location: Mullet Festival Choices for 2014By Tony Namlick Niceville I hope all this political theater weve been experiencing lately has caused the apathetic elector to finally wake up and do some homework in preparation for the watershed mid-term election coming at us in November 2014. Each time We the People exercise our duty to vote for elected officials at any level, or vote for referendums, policies or amendments to existing laws, we have two choices, two directions that instruct the candidates to serve the people they represent and not their political party, their D.C. beltway careers or the Tallahassee lobbyists. These two distinct choices for voters are labeled Left or Right: Democrat or Republican; Left, for a Liberal, Progressive Socialistic Europe or Cuba-lite government or Right, for a conservative, free-market capitalistic U.S. Constitutional Republic. Its as simple as that. And to help us to decide, we have the mainstream media, with its inherent Left bias, that is all too eager to provide spin, propaganda and lies to the uninformed voter. Furthermore, if you chose not to vote, you are just adding a virtual vote to the other sides ledger. In the final analysis, the side you eventually chose will determine what conditions and opportunities under which your kids and grandkids will toil or prosper. Letters to the Editor

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BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, October 23, 2013 Page A-7 The Niceville mens and women s swim team 2013-2014. NHS JV football crushes FWBThe Eagles JV football rolled over Fort Walton Beach Thursday, Oct. 17 with a final score of 41-6. Pictured, Brandon Edelman makes the catch thrown by Tyler Russell and runs it into the endzone. The JV football team will face Crestview in a home game Thursday Oct. 24. Kick off is at 4 p.m.Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNHS mens swimmers take 1st at Panama City Beach InviteThe Niceville mens and womens swim team boarded the bus Saturday, Oct. 12, for the Panama City Beach Invite at Frank Brown Park. With 16 mens team and 14 womens team competing, it would come down to the very last race of the evening with a must win for the men 400 free relay team. Racing began at 9 a.m. with preliminaries in 11 events for each of the mens and womens teams. The top 16 individual and relay teams would advance to the finals that would begin at 6 p.m. that evening. Nicevilles teams advanced 51 swimmers to individual events and all six relay teams. At the end of the night, the men were faced with a must win race, the 400 free relay, in order to edge out Washington High School for first place team honors. With their teammates poised at the end of the pool to cheer them on, the men took to the starting blocks and won by .59 seconds, earning the 1st place trophy by 1.5 points. The womens team placed 2nd in all three relays and two of their relays are just three seconds shy of county record times. These strong swims garnered the womens team a well-earned 2nd place overall, finishing behind Washington by 45 points. The diving portion of the Invitation took place earlier in the week with Delaney Clark 9th for the women and Jake Hughes seventh, Chase Watkins 9th and Isaiah Boyd 10th for the men. Top performers of the day were: Women 200 Free: 1. Sydney Dawson 3. Jane Parke 200 IM: 3. Kalanne Krause 5. Tatum Hackler 50 Free: 3. Caitlin Myers 100 Fly: 5. Milbrey Parke 8. Donajii Brindley 100 Free: 4. Caitlin Myers 8. Jane Parke 500 Free: 1. Tatum Hackler 3. Christine Robertson 8. Rachel Gold 100 Back: 3. Sydney Dawson 4. Kalanne Krause 100 Breast stroke: 5. Milbrey Parke 8. Donajii Brindley Men 200 Free: 4. Chaz Brechler 5. Cody McWilliams 200 IM: 2. Matthew Markwardt 50 Free: 5. Teddy Vaughen 100 fly: 6. Teddy Vaughen 100 Free: 1. Judson Robertson 500 Free: 1. Chaz Brechler 4. Cody McWilliams 100 Back: 1. Judson Robertson 7. Benson Kuira 100 Breast Stroke: 1. Mathew MarkwardtPhoto courtesy EOD Warrior FoundationCyclists ride from Niceville to Panama City and back for causeIt was a long trip for the 44 cyclists that participated in the Gulf Coast Two-Day Undefeated Bike Ride on Saturday, Oct. 12-13, as they pedaled from Niceville to Panama City and back, raising $46,428 for the EOD Warrior Foundation. The cyclists came from al l walks of life, but many were active duty service members, veterans and military spouses. Pictured, the cyclists wait at the EO D Memorial Wall at Eglin at the start of the race. Altogether they rode almost 200 miles. Donations can still be made to the EOD Warrior Foundation at eodwarriorfoundation.org.Niceville High School runners compete in TallahasseeThe Niceville High School cross country team traveled to Tallahassee to compete at the FSU Invitational on Oct. 12. The girls placed 3rd overall in the select race and the boys placed 21stin the elite race. Each of those close finishes represents a hard-fought battle either won or to-be-won next time, in at least one case, between teammates, said Coach Tom Durrenberger, reflecting on the numerous close finishes in each race. PRs and SBs all over the place! Way to go, Eagles! The team has worked hard during the season and as it nears the end, they are focusing on their wins at the district, region, and state meet. These athletes are also focusing on bigger goals at the same time. Three of the cross country seniors have achieved selection for the National Merit Semi Finalists. These student athletes are Anna Herrera, Alise Snyders and David Bobbitt. Approximately 50,000 students compete for this honor with close to 16,000 making it to the semifinalist round. Good luck to these three seniors as they await notification about being finalists in February. NHSs results for the FSU Invitational are as follows: Girls: 18th Claire Crist (19:52.98), 26th Mackenzie Shinnick (20:09.21), 45th Haley Smith (20:34.71), 56th Anna Herrera (20:48.66), 74th Drew Haggerman (21:25.20), 99th Julia Moreno (21:40.03), 114th Diana LaFollette (21:53.98), 116th Regan McAllister (21:58.69), 139th Annie Serpa (22:32.80) and 156th Catherine Crump (22:57.02). There were a total of 193 girls that competed in the girls select race. Boys: 4th Nick Morken (15:07.57), 82nd Jack Massey (16:37.90), 108th Tristan Hamer (16:51.58), 137th Caden Ewing (17:06.39), 155th Tripp Davis (17:18.82), 175th Kyle Ferris (17:32.79), 177th Elijah Schneidewind (17:34.43), 203rd Jake Fiske (17:50.60) and 213th Patrick McNair (18:08.60). There were a total of 240 boys that competed in the boys elite race. Personal records include: D. Lafollete, C. Crist, K. Ferris, T. Hamer, J. Massey and N. Morken. Season Best Times include: R. McAllister, A. Herrera, D. Haggerman and E. Schneidewind. The Niceville High School Eagles played against Fort Walton Beach High School Friday, Oct. 18 in an away game. The Eagles beat Fort Walton Beach with a score of 28-21. The Eagles have no games scheduled for next Friday and wont play again until the district game against Crestview Friday, Nov. 1. The district game will be played in Niceville at the Eagles Stadium. Kick off will be at 7 p.m. Anna Hererra crosses the finish line at the FSU Invitational on Oct. 12 in Tallahassee Dont miss this chance to salute those whove served! Beacon Newspapers 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.com DEADLINE OCT. 31ATTENTIONADVERTISERS! FREE color on ads!COLORFULVETERANS DAYADVERTISING PAGES! DON T BE LEFT OUT!CALL 678-1080 TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! Publishing Nov. 6 in the Bay Beacon and Nov. 8 in the Eglin Flyer! Eagles beat FWB, district game aheadRBCS volleyballThe Rocky Bayou Christian School Varsity volleyball girls will be playing in the first round of district games Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the RBCS gymnasium, 2101 Partin Dr. N., Niceville. FHSAA mandates that all attendees pay $6 for entry for all district games. Come support the Lady Knights!

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-8 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN of grievances, was introduced to the commission during its August meeting. Though the board discussed the proposed changes at that time, no representative from the union attended and the board unanimously voted to leave the article as written. At the Oct. 9 meeting, Zaal cited a letter the union received from the district stating the commission "agreed unanimously to not give up their rights" and that the commission felt changes to the article would have a financial impact on the fire district. We believe that both of these arguments are misguided, Zaal said. The contract article states that when a labor grievance cannot be resolved through negotiation with the fire chief, the union can present it to the commission or to professional arbitration. If the union brings the matter to the elected fire commission, however, it gives up its right to appeal the decision to arbitration, rendering the commission's decision final. The union wants to open the option of appealing the commission's decision to arbitration. This situation is not reasonable to the association or the taxpayers of the district," Zaal stated. "It creates a situation where both parties are forced to arbitrate based on the inability of the association and the management to negotiate a reasonable settlement. Referencing two examples where negotiations did not result in a resolution, Zaal said the firefighters association was confident in their case but could not risk approaching the (commission) and losing our ability to arbitrate to an impartial third party. In both instances, the opportunity existed for the board to review and intervene without eliminating the option for arbitration, he added. In the cited examples, the unions first case was upheld in arbitration while the second was settled just prior to scheduled arbitration. Zaal explained the changes to the article would not void the boards role in grievance issues nor result in added financial impact, but would instead open the option for the commissioners to review cases and potentially save the district from attorney and arbitration fees. We want to be able to come to you with a case, while at the same time preserving our right to rely on the state to maintain all legalities we feel are not being represented, said the unions vice president, Nathaniel Ark. Commissioner Steven Strait voiced concern that the proposed changes could result in the union sidestepping any decision the board would make in a case. Ark countered that the board part of the process makes it easier to reach agreement without going to arbitration. We arent going down this path (toward arbitration) unless we are 100 percent sure we are in the right, said Ark. If we cant come to an agreement with the administration, the next best step is to come to the board of fire commissioners. We would rather you have input to the conflict resolution without having to go to a third party. Commissioner David Scholl agreed that the proposed change is a reasonable request from the union that offers an option to avoid the legal avenue of arbitration. Commissioners Jim Boswell and Strait, however, asserted the proposed changes would diminish the boards authority. Though the current threeyear union contract is not up for negotiation until next year, either the fire chief or the union can ask for review and revision of articles. Currently there are several articles under review, but article 52 was brought to the board separately as it directly addressed the commission's role. After more than 30 minutes of debate between the union representative and the board, Commissioner Janet Santner asked if the matter could be tabled. Commissioner Boswell said it had been three months since the initial discussion and a decision needed to be made now. Commissioner Strait made the motion to reject any change in article 52, Boswell seconded, and the vote split 2-2 with Scholl and Santner voting nay. The motion thus failed. Commissioner Lee Wetzell was absent, leaving open the possibility that the issue may come up again. The commission is scheduled to meet next on Nov. 12. DEBATESFrom page A-1 With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is the time to start planning your family or company party. The Boathouse Landing is sure to fit the needs of any size gathering. At the Boathouse, renovations are currently underway giving the banquet and lounge a fresh, new look. Whether you are planning a formal Christmas or a wedding party, or you are looking to host a more casual event, the Boathouse has the appropriate space for you. General manager, Heather Hyde can personally assist you with making your party memorable with customized menu options and exceptional service. For family dining, the Boathouse Landing features fresh seafood, steaks and pasta. Diners can enjoy incredible views as they relax in the waterfront restaurant s casual atmosphere. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the Boathouse Landing offers meals for the whole family, including a children s menu specifically tailored for younger guests, as well a gluten free menu. Your server will make sure your specific allergy needs are addressed. Each afternoon, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., diners can choose from early bird specials, featuring mouth-watering selections such as a Pecan Crusted catch of the day, Shrimp etauffee, Chicken Picatta, N.Y. Strip Steak, or fried Gulf Shrimp. While its a delectable treat for the palate, its also light on the wallet at just $9.95. A side salad can be added for $2.49. As befits a restaurant bordering the bayou, seafood is abundant. Selections range from oysters on the half shell, seafood stuffed shrimp, grilled or blackened mahimahi topped with lemon beurre blanc, or Boathouse grouper topped with Maine lobster meat and a sherry butter sauce. For food from the land, diners can choose from everything from Ribeye steaks and filet mignon to applewood bacon cheeseburgers and po boy sandwiches. Lighter fare includes salads such as the coconut chicken salad: breaded chicken with coconut bread crumbs on fresh mixed greens, with mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, honey roasted nuts and orange vinaigrette dressing. Downstairs, at the Bilge Pub Lounge and Patio Oyster Bar, you can enjoy an appetizer and your favorite refreshment during Happy Hour, which runs Mon.-Sat. 36 p.m. Live music is played on the enclosed patio bar Friday and Saturday nights with a mix of country, island and pop. If you want excellent dining in a casual atmosphere at prices that beat anyone else in town, the Boathouse Landing is sure to please. For more information, reservations and to reserve a banquet room, call the Boathouse Landing at 678-2805 or stop by their location at 124 John Sims Parkway. You can also go to their website at www.the boathouselanding.com to see more pictures and menus.Advertising Feature The Boathouse LandingCasual waterfront dining featuring banquet and event rooms The Boathouse Landing can accommodate a cozy gathering of family and friends or an elaborate banquet your guests will remember for a lifetime. PECAN CRUSTED CATCH OF THE DAYWhite fish, pan sauteed & crusted with chopped pecans. Topped with a honey cinnamon cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley CHICKEN PICATTAPan sauteed chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley NEW YORK STRIP STEAKTopped with a marsala mushroom demi glace, served with red skin mashed potatoes and vegetable medley FRIED GULF SHRIMPServed with french fries and cole slaw SHRIMP ETOUFFEESauteed bay shrimp in a classic etouffee sauce, served over rice pilaf HOURS: 10:45am-9pm Su.-Th. 10:45am-9:30pm Fri. 11:30am 9:30pm Sat. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a stunning tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, Beyond Glory, on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex. The center is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. In Beyond Glory Stephen Lang, an award winning stage and screen star, presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering firsthand accounts of incredible valor which resulted in the nations highest military award, the Medal of Honor. The stirring one-man show was adapted by Lang from a book of the same title by journalist Larry Smith. As a tribute to fallen soldiers, Beyond Glory had a celebrated run on Broadway and in Chicagos Goodman Theater. Lang has also presented the show in a command performance on the floor of Congress and at military bases and major theatres across the nation. The oral histories of the eight men are brought to life through Langs commanding performance, with a backdrop of video screens which occasionally evoke the turmoil of combat. Lang subtly moves through each mans story with a slight alteration of posture and vocal coloring to suggest each new personality displaying an illusory magic that promises to make the show a truly unique and memorable presentation. Lang is a Tony Award-nominated actor, well known for his film portrayals from Babe Ruth to Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals (2003) and George Pickett in Gettysburg (1993), as well as for his 2009 roles as Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar and as Texan lawman Charles Winstead in Public Enemies. His most recent notable role is Commander Nathaniel Taylor in the 2011 television series Terra Nova. Lang is also starring in the upcoming horror film The Monkeys Paw, set for release in October 2013. Tickets for Beyond Glory are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. The Box Office phone and in-person ticket window is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the night of the show. At-the-door seats are the same price as advance tickets. Contact the Box Office at 729-6000 or online at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Tickets sold online the weekend immediately prior to the show will be held at the box office window for pick up.Beyond Glory set at Mattie Kelly Monday Corina Zalace of Niceville, won first place at the 30th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show, Oct. 7-12, with Blue, a piece using real feathers in the mixed media category. *** Kendra Jablanski, of Niceville was chosen for a role in Northwest Florida State Colleges production of the Neil Simon comedy Jakes Women. She won the role of Jakes prospective third wife, Shelia 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 , O O c c t t o o b b e e r r 2 2 3 3 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Whos News www.therapybob.com 850-897-3334 Feel Beer, Faster! Our Doctors in Physical Therapy can provide a thorough musculoskeletal assessment to determine the cause of your pain and subsequently treat it. The rst visit, so you feel be er, faster! 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The performance will be in Niceville for one day only, Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. NHS students win majority of youth awards at art showNiceville High School students received 10 of the 17 ribbons awarded in the high school division at the 30th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show, Oct. 7-12. Pictured, from back left, Erin Ringle, Honorable Mention; Stephanie Prinsloo, two 1st place and two Honorable Mentions and Hunter Glenn, Honorable Mention. Front row from left, Madison Brake, 2nd place; Julia Vitale, Honorable Mention; Sidney Miller, Honorable Mention and Madison Rusch, Honorable Mention. *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective October 1, 2013 thru October 31, 2013. Minimum deposit of $500 is required. There is a penalty for early withdrawal. CCB reserves the right to rescind this offer at any time without notice.SEARCHINGFOR A BETTER RATE? 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Powow seeks volunteers The 26th Annual Thunderbird Intertribal Powow is seeking volunteer help for their silver anniversary Nov. 1-3 at the Mullet Festival Grounds on the corner of Hwy. 85 N. and College Blvd., Niceville. Volunteers are needed especially for Childrens Day, Friday, Nov. 1, when all the schools visit. For schedule and info visit thunderbirdpowwow.org. To volunteer, please call Kirby Locklear at 8635311 or Glenn Farmer at 678-7714. Theatrical comedy A Neil Simon comedy, Jakes Women, will be presented Oct. 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Tickets are on sale now for $15 adults and $10 for youth ages 18 and younger. Purchase tickets by phone or online from the Box Office at 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. Stitch in time The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery and commences with their autumn programming with the first night meeting Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6-8:30 p.m. The first day meeting will be Monday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-12. Meetings are in room 400, at the Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr S. Visitors are welcome. 496-3466. Republicans meet The Okaloosa County Republican Club will host their monthly meeting on Thursday Oct. 24 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Mike Hill, newly elected Representative for Florida House District 2 will speak. Price of dinner is $12. Open to all. For general info call President Marvin Brigman at 6093341 and to RSVP call Jane Dale at 651-5049. Golf benefit The Christian Thomhave Memorial Scholarship tournament will be held at The Foxwood Country Club, 4927 Antioch Rd, Crestview, on Friday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Entry fee is $44, $34 for Foxwood members and deadline is Oct. 22. For more info and entry forms please call BJ at 682-2012 or 826-2012. Free document shredding The Cintas truck will be in the back parking lot of the Niceville Public Library, 206 Partin Drive N., on Friday, Oct., 25, 2013 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Bring unwanted personal documents for shredding free of charge. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc. do not need to be removed before shredding occurs. Tee time The Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club will hold the 2nd Annual Walt Ruckel Memorial Scholarship Tournament on Oct. 25, tee time at 1 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club. Hole signs are $100 and team fees are $450. Scholarship proceeds are awarded to local high school seniors. It is our goal to award $12,000 in scholarships to these deserving students. For more information, please call 678-2223 or email nicevalrotary@yahoo.com. Fundraising cruise Enjoy an evening of dinner, entertainment and a sunset cruise aboard the SOLARIS yacht departing from Baytowne Marina in Sandestin on Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. to benefit the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. The event will also include a silent auction. Admission is $100 per person and includes a cruise on the Choctawhatchee Bay, on-board chef prepared dinner and entertainment. Reservations are required by Oct. 25. For tickets, call 835-1824, or email crscally@eowilsoncenter.org. Circus and sideshow exhibit The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present the final show of 2013, Sideshow! an exhibition of sideshow, freak show and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment. The public is invited to an opening reception in the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries on Friday, Oct. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Sideshow! will be on view Oct. 25 to Dec. 4. The Galleries are always free and open to the public. Annual Roundup The 39th Annual NWFSRDA Roundup will be Oct. 25-26 at Lewis School, 281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso. The weekend admission is $10 for NWFSRDA members and $20 for non-members. For more info call Paul or Cheryl Miller at 939-6688. Viva Florida 500 festival The Viva Florida 500 will be in Perrine Park, adjacent to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be vendors, a plant sale offering shrubs and perennials, activities for children, food, and fun. There will also be an informative talk given by Sheila Dunning on gardening in sand starting at 10:30 a.m. and a floral design activity at 2 p.m. for children ages 8-12. For more info, contact marieharrison@valp.net, valpviva500@yahoo.com, or visit mariesgardenanddesign.com. Haunted tents All are invited to join the annual costume Fun Day event on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Destin Commons. Youngsters will enjoy free games from 2-6 p.m. at which time the famous Haunted Tent will open for $5! Over 2,000 feet of scary fun not for the faint of heart. There will also be a much milder version for the younger ones. Destin Commons will be holding special events including a kids and dogs costume contest, face painting and street dancing from 4-6 p.m. Open mic night Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast welcomes all to join the fun on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. for Halloween Coffeehouse Live! Artists, poets, musicians and performers of all types are invited to share at the open mic. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The UUFEC facility is located at 1295 N. Bayshore Drive in Valparaiso. Information is available at uufec.com. Drivers safety class The Niceville Library is pleased to host an AARP Drivers Safety Class. This one day, six hour class will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m.:30 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center. Plan for a one hour lunch on your own. Pre-registration is required. Please call 279-4863 ext. 1504 or drop by and sign up at the librarys reference desk. The cost is $12.00 per person for AARP members or $14.00 for non-members. Registration is required and space is limited. NHS Chorus fun run The Third Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 a.m. at Niceville High School on Hwy 20. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. The course 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.comCALENDAR The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 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 678 -1298 WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICES8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. PraiseADULT CLASSES9:30 a.m. Nursery provided ST. 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The Lions Club provides glasses to children in need, camps for the blind and many services for the elderly in our community as well. Pictured, from left, Greg Langley of the Baker Lions Club, Dr. Samantha Dawson; principal of Edge Elementary, and John Cosson, also of the Baker Lions Club.Rocky students volunteer at benefit feteThe Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League provided volunteer servers for the Blue Jeans Ball, a benefit for Covenant Hospice, held in Crestview at the Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 5. JCL officers Michelle Earls, Serva, (Community Service Coordinator) and Ian Kampert, Pontifex (Chaplain), along with a friend of the club, Rachael Earls, all enjoyed helping out at the fund raiser for a very worthy cause. Please see CALENDAR, page B-3

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starts and finishes at the school. Registration is $25 up to and including race day. Online registration at Active.com. For details or to sponsor the Niceville High School Chorus, contact Kirk or Suzanne Herzog at 897-5174, kirk.herzog@cox.net or Janet Simpson 803-2593. Bazaar and benefit Come shop Niceville United Methodist Churchs biggest and best bazaar yet Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., l ocated at 214 Partin Dr. S., where 120 vendor booths, silent auction, lunch cafe and a bake sale await to help you complete holiday shopping. Have fun, food and fellowship while raising funds for womens and childrens missions. Hosted by the Womens Ministry, last years bazaar raised enough to give away over $12,000 last year to local, regional, national and global missions. Call 865-4769 for more info. Dinner and a show There will be a presentation of Murder at the Monster Bash at the French Quarter Grill, 714 Howell Road, Niceville, on Sunday, Oct. 27, seating at 5:30 p.m. with a 6 p.m. show time. Price is $45 for the dinner and show, and includes tax and tip. Call French Quarter Grill at 678-2604 for reservations. Tea Party meets The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall on Monday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. Mike Griffith from the Bay Beacon will be the guest speaker and he will speak on media bias. Pint size Halloween The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite children ages 2-5 to a Preschool Halloween Party on Oct. 28. Social at 9:45 a.m., stories at 10:15 a.m., and crafts and snacks at 10:45 a.m. Please sign up by emailing eruff@valp.org. Beyond Glory The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will present Beyond Glory on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex. The center is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office. Contact the box office at 729-6000 or online at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Stitch in time The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery and commences with their autumn programming with the first day meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-12. Meetings are in room 400, at the Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr S. Visitors are welcome. 496-3466. Around the campfire The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite families with children aged from 510 for Around the Campfire with Scout Troop 52 on Oct. 28 from 6-7 p.m. Sign up for games, crafts, and songs by calling 729-5406 or emailing eruff@valp.org. SAT/ACT workshops Register by Tuesday, Oct. 29 to attend workshops to assist students in the Okaloosa County High Schools who will be taking the Dec. 7 SAT test and the Dec. 14 test. Workshops will be held in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School. The workshop will provide approximately 12 hours of instruction. These workshops will consist of 6 sessions from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Fort Walton Beach High School workshop dates and times are as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 12-14 Monday, Nov. 18-20 Registration forms have been mailed to the area high schools. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students will need to bring calculators. If you have any questions, please contact Hart via email at Amhart1966@aol.com or call 615585-2401. You may also contact your high school Guidance Department. Quit smoking The Quit Smoking Now (QSN) program will be Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Twin Cities Hospitals Wellness Center, 2190 N Hwy 85, Niceville. To receive more information about the QSN program or register for a class, please call 398-6965 or visiting westfloridaahec.org. Alzheimers support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available, reserve in advance by calling 866-478-7790. Harvest festival Its a great time for free fun, games, a petting zoo, activities and refreshments for families Wednesday, Oct. 30. Enjoy an evening in the Childrens Park with families in your community from 5 -7 p.m. Halloween on the Hill All are invited for some Halloween fun Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 7:30 p.m. at the Niceville Assembly north parking lot, facing the school board bldg. There will be plenty of treats, inflatables, carnival games and more. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Low rates are just around the corner. Convenient local office Money-saving discounts Low down payments Monthly payment plans 24-hour service and claims Coverage available by phone Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. Motorcycle coverage is underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. Homeowners, renters and boat coverages are written through non-af liated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image 1999-2013. 2013 GEICO850-863-4187 CALENDARFrom page B-2 Edge student s bake sale to benefit foster homesBecca Gilbar, a third grader in Mrs. McCormick s class at Edge Elementary School, held a bake sale at her house Saturday, Sept. 28, and earned $35 for Children In Crisis in Fort Walton Beach. Edge is raising funds for CIC all year, and have already raised $450 since the beginning of the school year. Becca decided on her own to come up with extra ways to earn more money.Bluewater Bay woman exhibits art at UWFMarla Armstrong recently exhibited over 80 paintings, ceramics and sculptures at University of West Florida s Emerald Coast Library. She has lived in and traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe, Asia, and South and Central America. Her works are influenced by the art, people and cultures from many of these areas. She and her husband, retired Army Col. Jerry Armstrong, now live in Bluewater Bay. Walter Earl Griffing1930-2013Lt. Col. (USAF retired) Walter Earl Griffing passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 14. He was born in Kentwood, La. on Sept. 15, 1930 to Robert Earl and Annie Laurie Cooper Griffing. They lived in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La. before settling in McComb, Miss. where he attended high school and joined and served in the Mississippi National Guard for three years. After high school, he attended The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he was a member of the elite Summerall Guards Drill Team and a distinguished Military Graduate in 1952. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty he served as an Air Police Officer; Executive Officer at both squadron and base levels; Education and Training Officer at the Air Force Officer Training School; Management Analysis Officer; and as a base and command level Comptroller for 11 years. In addition to serving at several stateside bases, he also served overseas in Germany, Turkey and Korea. He retired in 1980 after 30 years of military service. During his retirement, he conducted and published historical research projects for the Bay Beacon newspaper and the Northwest Florida Heritage Museum in Valparaiso. Among his decorations and awards were: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Germany), Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He is survived by his wife of 60 years the former Martha (Betty) Floyd of Shelbyville Tenn.; children: John Earl and wife Sherry of Pace; Elizabeth Anne and husband Joseph Thomas Pilcher, Jr. of Selma, Ala.; and Jerry William of Winter Park. Grandchildren: Heidi Griffing Finch; Joseph Thomas Pilcher III and wife Ginnie; Eric Griffing Pilcher; Jaime Elizabeth Pilcher; Willy Bolander and wife Kristen; Sarah Caroline Griffing; Caleb Ray Griffing; and Preston Eli Griffing. Great grandchildren: Hunter and Hanna Finch; Lisa, Tilly, Willy, Eitan and Sawyer Bolander; and Tinsley Pilcher. Services were held on Monday Oct. 21at Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville, followed by burial at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to: The Citadel Foundation General Fund, 171 Moultrie St. Charleston, SC 29409 or The Alzheimers Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601. Obituary NEWSPAPER REPORTER The Bay Beacon has an opening for a full-time reporter. The job requires a hard-working, self-starting, organized journalist with high standards for accuracy, the ability to meet deadlines, a nose for news, and concern for readers. 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