The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission has given final approval to a measure seeking voter approval of an amended city charter. The Nov. 12 city commission meeting included the final of two public hearings on whether to put the proposed charter to a referendum. A motion to do so was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Bruce Arnold and commissioners Kay Hamilton and Diane Kelley voting in favor, while commissioners H.H. Strong and Joe Morgan voted against. Valparaiso voters will decide March 11 whether to approve the measure, which contains a number of changes to the current charter, which was originally enacted upon the city's founding in 1921. The new charter would, among other things: —Change the city administrator from a city employee to a “charter officer” of By Steve Andrews Beacon Correspondent According to a real-estate relocation firm that analyzes crime and other data from the 358 residential communities statewide, Niceville is one of Florida’s safest cities in which to live and raise a family. Niceville Police Chief David Popwell presented a letter to the City Council Nov. 12 outlining the statistical findings over the past six years. The letter quoted Gov. Rick Scott’s desire to reduce crime throughout the state, and commended Niceville for leading that battle. “The safety of Florida families is a top priority for our administration,” Scott said, according to the letter. “The great news is we are winning the fight against crime. I am committed to making Florida the safest place in the world to pursue a career and raise a family." The relocation firm, RealState.info, said that based on its comprehensive analysis of sixyear crime data, Niceville’s police department should be commended for its “above-average contributions to this result and goal.” The crime data showed the following: —In 2012 (the latest year available) residents of Niceville had less of a chance of being a victim of a serious crime than the average for residents of all 358 Florida locations surveyed. —Based on projections for 2013, residents of Niceville will 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, November 20, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 18 Pages, 3 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see NICEVILLE, page A-3 Please see VALP., page A-2 Please see FACES, page A-3 Police Blotter, page A-4 Trash pact advances, A-3. By Virginia Schreitmueller Beacon Correspondent The North Bay Fire District Board of Commissioners voted down a proposed change to an article in the firefighters’ contract during its Nov. 12 meeting. The vote to maintain the article as written came nearly three months it was introduced to the board. The union had requested a modification to an article that deals with arbitration of labor grievances. The article states that when a grievance cannot be resolved through negotiation, the union can bring the matter to the commission or submit the grievance for professional arbitration. The article, as written, states if the issue is presented to the board the union loses its right to proceed to arbitration. The proposed change would have allowed grievances to be brought to the board, without losing the right to take the matter to arbitration if the union didn't like the outcome. The union sent the request to modify Article 52 of its contract to the board in September. With no union representative in attendance at that time, the board voted down the request. The issue was re-addressed at the board’s October meeting, with North Bay Professional Firefighters Association President Travis Zaal presenting a prepared statement explaining the union’s stance on the proposed change. With Beacon photo by Virginia SchreitmuellerOver 1,300 people came to Pioneer Day Saturday at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville. The annual event, sponsored by Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks and the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, is a free, family-oriented program that offers an opportunity to learn about local history and nature. This year s event featured more than 30 demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on craft projects at the park. More than 112 volunteers and reenactors brought history to life at the event. Pictured: Lila, 4, and Alissa Sharpston, 8, of Freeport, get a music lesson in a traditional setting.Bringing history to lifeValp. voters to decide charter issueBy Steve Andrews Beacon Correspondent The Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit will soon get two new voices, as the board of directors appointed volunteer replacements for a pair of outgoing members. Bluewater Bay residents Steven Hall and Felix Beukenkamp topped three other candidates who each presented themselves before the board at its monthly meeting on Nov. 12. The MSBU is an autonomous panel of Okaloosa County’s government, responsible for maintaining 2 new faces for Bluewater upkeep boardFire panel nixes union pact change Eagles smash Leon; regional semifinal set for FridayNiceville High School rolled over Leon Nov. 15, 62-14, at home in the regional quarterfinal football contest. The Eagles will face Tallahassee Lincoln this Friday, in Niceville, in the Region 1 7A semifinal. Story, B-4.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Thurs., 6-8 p.m. Northwest Florida State College will hold an information session for new and prospective students at the Niceville campus which will offer information about the admissions process, financial aid, career assessments and NWFSC programs of study. For more information contact Maddie Ostrowski at recruitment@nwfsc.edu. 7296467. Sat., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be a nail trimming clinic for pets at Parkway Veterinary Hospital, 1101 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The funds raised will go towards Relay for Life Cost is $8 per pet, $6 for additional pets in the same family. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on a short leash. Proof of rabies vaccine required. 678-9733. Sat., 7:30 p.m. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale a select choral group of talented local vocalists, will hold a free performance of Handel’s “Messiah ” at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. 729-6009. Sun., 6 p.m. The annual Community Thanksgiving worship service will be at Rosemont Baptist Church Niceville. Multiple local churches will be participating in the service. A nursery up to age 4 will be provided. 678-4854. Calendar, B2 COMING UP Please see PANEL, page A-4 Felix Beukenkamp Steven HallThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Inside ... Niceville wins high marks as a safe city

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the city. —Eliminate the offices of city tax assessor, tax collector, treasurer, and municipal judge—posts which were provided for in the original charter, but which have not been filled for some time. —Change the qualifications for city commissioners. —Change the powers and responsibilities of city officers and commissioners. —Change the process of city budget adoption. —Change how vacancies on the city commission are filled. —Delete certain charter articles. The proposed new charter amendments would strengthen the role of the city administrator, making him the “Director of the Department of Public Services.” As such, the city administrator would have direct supervision of several city departments, including building inspection, code enforcement, streets, water, sewage, parks, sanitation, library and broadband services, and this could include “other departments as the city commission may from time to time deem necessary.” The city administrator would have the authority to employ and dismiss any employee within the department of public services. Supporters of the new charter, including Mayor Bruce Arnold, have said the proposed changes would help to streamline and modernize city government. Opponents have said the changes would move Valparaiso away from its current form of government, in which individual elected commissioners exercise executive authority over various departments, and closer to a “city manager” form of government, in which a manager hired by the city commission exercises executive authority over most city departments, while the commission sets policy. The commission meeting last week included an exchange of views between retired city commissioner Thomas G. Miller and Mayor Arnold. Miller addressed the commission, and particularly the mayor, asking several questions about the charter amendment proposal, such as, “Who originally drafted the proposal?” “I wrote most of it,” replied Arnold. Miller asked what public hearings or other public input the mayor had relied upon in drafting the proposed charter changes. “I had guidance from the city commissioners,” replied Arnold, adding that the city has conducted several public meetings during which the charter proposal has been discussed, but without receiving much input from Valparaiso citizens. Arnold also said that there will be plenty of opportunity for citizens to read the proposed charter amendments and express their views between now and the March 11 referendum, during which two commission seats and the mayorlty will also be on the ballot. If voters approve the amended charter, said Arnold, it would take effect on Oct. 1, 2014. Miller also asked whether the proposed charter would establish a city manager form of government for Valparaiso. Arnold replied that it would not, although it would put more authority in the hands of the city administrator. Valparaiso resident Don Caverly also addressed the commission, asking what specific problems exist with the present form of city government that make an amended charter necessary. Arnold replied that the main purpose of the revised charter will be “to bring us up with the 21st century,” and to revise the current commission form of government, which Arnold said establishes “five separate fiefdoms with no focal point.” Arnold went on to say that since the original 1921 charter was established, the city has grown and changed in many ways, to include adding more infrastructure, and adding more complex duties for city officials. The mayor said that in today’s Valparaiso, city commissioners “should act more as a board of governors, rather than supervise individual departments.” Commissioner Kelley spoke in favor of the proposed charter amendments. She said that as a commissioner, she currently is expected to supervise the city’s public works, parks and library departments, but finds it difficult to coordinate with other commissioners, who are in charge of other city departments, when doing her own supervisory duties. “I can’t collaborate with commissioners Morgan or Hamilton, for example, without violating the Florida sunshine law,” she said. Kelley said that the city administrator, as a city employee hired by the commission, is free to communicate with any member of the city commission, and thus can coordinate the activities of various departments without waiting for a formal city commission meeting in which to discuss such coordination. Caverly, however, did not seem convinced. “This sounds like Obamacare,” he said. “A big idea that sounds good but may not work.” Caverly said he thinks the current form of city government can be made to work without amending the charter. Commissioner Morgan agreed with Caverly’s view, saying that the charter amendment proposal amounted to “hope for change,” without any guarantee that the change would be positive. Commissioners Kelley and Hamilton, however, said that Valparaiso’s current commission form of government is a form which has been abandoned by most other U.S. cities, with about 98 percent using other forms of government, such as a city manager form. Morgan replied that what other cities do is not a reason for Valparaiso to change its government, and that in every public discussion that has been held on the subject, Valparaiso citizens have opposed such a change. Hamilton, however, replied that public opposition has come from only a handful of people, with little or no objection from other Valparaiso residents. In other business at the Nov. 12 meeting, attorney Bruce Bowman, filling in for City Attorney Hayward Dykes, advised the commission that discovery proceedings have begun in a pending lawsuit about the status of land seaward of a platted but unpaved section of Bayshore Drive west of John Sims Parkway, on Toms Bayou. Bowman told the commission that he expects to request an “executive” meeting with commissioners, from which the public would be excluded, in the near future to discuss the status of the case and what legal strategy the city should pursue. VALP.From page A-1Page A-2 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON •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! •YOU HAVE A CHOICE of where you get Physical Therapy, even if your doctor recommends a clinic that he owns. •DIRECT ACCESS: Many insurance plans do not require a physician referral. 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have less of a chance of being a victim of a serious crime than the average for residents of all 358 Florida locations. —Based on a statistical trend line of Niceville crime data over the past six years, the average annual reduction in a resident's chance of being a victim of a serious crime is greater than the average for residents all 358 locations. “This really just means that all of our guys are doing their jobs,” Popwell said before the council. Popwell acknowledge that Niceville still has a “smalltown” police department, but called his officers “highlytrained professionals.” “We are able to balance those two things to our benefit and the benefit of our citizens,” Popwell said. “Our officers really do care about the citizens. They are not just here for a paycheck. They actually believe in this city and they really want to do their best for the citizens. “I think receiving a commendation like this really shows that commitment.” NICEVILLEFrom page A-1the landscaping, street lights, street signs, and other general upkeep of common areas along the main streets of the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by a fivemember board of directors, who are elected to four-year terms by property owners within Bluewater Bay. Hall will succeed Doug Burgess, who resigned from the board last month. Hall will serve the remaining three years of Burgess’s four-year term. Beukenkamp will replace Joan McCarthy, who will be stepping down from her post at the end of December. Beukenkamp will serve the final year of McCarthy’s two-year term. “We obviously had five wellqualified candidates step forward with presentations to the board, which says a lot for the MSBU and this community,” board member Judy Griffin said after she voted, along with fellow board members Jonathon Tallman and McCarthy, to appoint the two new members. “We appreciate the interest generated by the openings on our board, and we feel that we will be well represented by Mr. Hall and Mr. Beukenkamp.” The three others who sought one of the seats on the MSBU board were Steve Boswell, Dan Holmes and Scott Musser. “It was a difficult decision, because we did have so many qualified candidates,” Tallman said. Hall, a lawyer who lives on Sunset Cove, is a partner in Hall & Runnels, a Destin law firm that deals primarily with real estate development, as well as environmental and local government regulatory affairs. His practices have enabled him to have working relationships with many local and regional government agencies. He formerly was lawyer for the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council. “My hope is that the relationships that I have developed in Okaloosa County, and in this neighborhood, will be a benefit for the board,” Hall said. “My experience with Bluewater itself, from a development side and a residence side, I think will help. “The smaller the community, the better you know folks, and the easier it is to get things done.” Hall has worked closely with the county engineer’s office and planning office on a regular basis, and hopes that those offices will be interactive with some of the plans the MSBU has in the future. “I think that the first order of business is to continue to build on the solid foundation that these board members have been able to establish over the years,” Hall said. “We need to let the community know what the MSBU does, by getting out into the community and building relationships with our residents and other community organizations. I just think it’s extremely important to build a sense of community as we continue to grow.” Beukenkamp, of Baywind Drive, has been active in many local organizations since he moved to the community in 1987. A builder and developer by trade, Beukenkamp is a member of the Okaloosa County Planning Commission. He ran unsucessfully in the Republican primary for a seat on the Okaloosa County Commission.in 2012. Beukenkamp said he hopes to bring new ideas to the MSBU with a broader perspective in overall community involvement. “I think we need to get more people in the community involved, and let them understand what the MSBU can and cannot do,” Beukenkamp said. “I think we need to get out and talk to the local neighborhood associations throughout Bluewater, as well as the folks in the non-association areas. “Then, ideally, maybe for the long-term, have a discussion with the entire community about what the role of the MSBU should be for the next five or 10 years. Have a visioning process, if you will, and see what we want to do as a community.” During Beukenkamp’s 26 years in Bluewater Bay, he has witnessed stability and growth throughout the community. But with the recent nationwide real estate price decline and the fact that building has slowed over the past few years, he feels the MSBU’s role is shifting. “There is really very little room left to build anew, so the role we have now as an MSBU is figuring out how we keep everything looking shiny and new, and keep it fresh,” he said. “That’s what I would like to see. 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We will have a drawing for a free copy of the book for those in attendance. Bailey will be discussing seafood caught in local Gulf waters; how to catch, clean, and prepare. He even includes 7 recipes for mullet!Friday, November 22 Noon – 2 P.M. SINCE1986WWW.BAYOUBOOKCOMPANY.COMOPEN: 9-6 MON.-SAT.  850-678-1593OAKCREEKSHOPPINGCENTER, NICEVILLE OPEN SUNDAYS Noon-5 p.m. Please join us for a book signing event with author Tom Bailey 20%Friday onlyBOOK DISCOUNTEDOFF Niceville bid to cut back garbage service advancesBy Steve Andrews Beacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council signaled its intent to approve another five-year extension of a no-bid garbage-contract that would cut residential garbage pickups in half, to once a week, while overhauling the separate weekly recycling program. During a meeting Nov. 12, the council approved the second reading of an ordinance that would reduce the frequency of garbage pickups citywide from twice a week to once a week. If passed at its third and final reading on Dec. 10, the proposal would reduce a typical residential customer's garbage and recycling pickup fees by $1 a month. The intent of the measure is to steer more of the city’s waste toward recycling rather than landfills. It would also do away with the 18-gallon recycling crates, replacing them with larger yellow-topped 64or 96-gallon carts, similar to the currently-used garbage carts. The new bins would allow the Waste Management to pick up recyclables using the automated arms already used to pick up garbage. The second reading of the proposed ordinance was adopted 4-1 Tuesday night, with Councilman Dan Henkel dissenting. Henkel said he would like to see the job advertised for competitive bidding. “I just think more competition is good business,” Henkel told his fellow council members. If the proposal is passed it would also extend Waste Management's exclusive franchise for five more years, to 2022. The current contract is scheduled to expire in 2017, after being renewed just a year ago. If approved, it would mark the fifth time the council has awarded the franchise—each time for five years—without formally seeking competitive bids. In return for the labor-saving reductions in recycle collection, cutting garbage pickups in half, and the five-year contract extension, customers will receive the slight fee reduction. Lynn Yort, the representative for Waste Management, was on hand to answer any question concerning the new proposal, and was pleased to see the council move toward a resolution. “The council was concerned about contributing to the enhanced recycling goals of Florida, they asked for some options, and this is what we think is their best option,” Yort said. “We’ve worked with their staff for several months. We have actually been working on this with them since the first part of the year.” In other action, the city council also approved a resolution granting a special exception to the Land Development Code, which will allow Publix Super Markets’ request for two more signs on its new building, for a total of three. It will allow two "pharmacy" signs in addition to the main "Publix" sign to be attached to the building, which is under construction at Rocky Bayou Drive and John Sims Parkway. Beacon photo by Steve AndrewsNiceville City Councilman Sal Nodjomian (left) listens to fellow member Heath Rominger during a council meeting Nov. 12 as he discusses the city s new proposal for recycling and garbage pickup.

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board member Lee Wetzell absent at that meeting, the vote split 2-2 and the issue was deferred until all five board members could be present. At the onset of the November meeting, chair Jim Boswell asked the discussion be held until all other items on the agenda were addressed. With the agenda cleared, Boswell then began listing portions of Zaal’s statement from the previous board meeting that he felt were confusing or incorrect. Among the sentences he took issue with, was the union’s statement that the current situation ultimately means unresolved grievances go straight to arbitration, without the board having an opportunity to resolve the issue. “This situation is not reasonable to the association or the taxpayers of the district that the (board) represents,” the statement read. “This is confusing to me,” said Boswell. “We’ve had no input from the taxpayers regarding this. We, the commission, are the taxpayers because the taxpayers can’t be here for whatever reason and have asked us to represent them.” As with last month’s meeting, there were no members of the public in attendance. Wetzell also addressed concerns with the proposed change. Since this article has been in place five or six years, he asked why the change was needed. “I personally think that labor and management work together well, financially and personally. Obviously, this is a big deal to the firefighters. But, I look at this organization and I think it functions pretty dang well. So, I’m having a hard time seeing where the difference maker is here,” he said. Wetzell also agreed with Boswell that terms such as justice and litigation used in the union’s statement were “inflammatory” and “unnecessary”. “I think there are issues with the interpretation (of the statement) that are getting in the way of the goals and the reason behind what we’re trying to do,” said Zaal. “I just think everyone works together in the spirit of cooperation to have conflict resolution,” Wetzell said. “My point is that I think we function pretty well in our ability to work things out. Nobody wants to go the formal route, and that is what you are talking about—an informal way to work things out. I think you already have that and don’t know why it has to be in writing in this contract.” The union representative said the system in place isn’t truly working or achieving the goal of an informal resolution to grievances. The article’s current wording effectively means if the union takes an issue to the commissioners, it loses the right to seek arbitration if they don’t agree with the finding. Zaal pointed out that there have been no grievances brought to the board as a result, and that is the reason for the requested wording change. David Scholl, the lone vote supporting the change, asked what negative impact the amendment would make. “If we throw in the option that a grievance can be brought to the board (without losing the right to arbitration), it’s a nocost item,” he said. “Clearer heads might prevail and we might be able to come to some resolution without everyone (incurring legal fees). It doesn’t cost us anything to listen. (The firefighters) are all fairly logically and level headed. They aren’t going to come to us with minor issues.” Noting that no one can recall when a grievance was brought to the board, Scholl said he understood why. “If I PANELFrom page A-1 ArrestsOn Nov. 2, Niceville police arrested Caleb Boone, 28, of 37 12th St. #127 in Shalimar, on an Escambia County warrant. Police encountered Boone when they responded to a disturbance call on Reeves Street in Niceville. After encountering Boone, police ran his name through dispatch and discovered that there was outstanding warrant, whose nature was not specified, from Escambia County for his arrest. * On Nov. 5, Niceville police arrested Michael Paul Gibson II, 25, of Hillsboro, Ohio, for trespass. According to a police report, Gibson was asked several times to leave Tisa’s Lounge by an employee, but did not do so. When two police officers arrived, they also instructed Gibson to leave several times, but he refused, stating, “I wouldn’t have to leave in Ohio.” He was informed that Florida law differs from Ohio law, but still refused to leave, stating, “I don’t believe you.” He was given one last opportunity to leave but reached his arms out and stated, “Arrest me. I will . be out tomorrow.” The police arrested him. He was booked at the Okaloosa County Jail at 1:13 a.m. Nov. 6 and released 12 hours and 26 minutes later, according to jail records. * On Nov. 6, Niceville police arrested Ramona May Hicks, 37, of 304 Reeves St., Lot A18, Niceville, for child abuse without great harm. * On Nov. 9, Niceville police arrested Jamilia Denise Sullivan Beltz, 21, of 201 College Boulevard, #20, for simple battery, domestic violence.Other incidentsOn Nov. 4. Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary at 514 Springacres Cove, Niceville. * On Nov. 5, Niceville police responded to Wal-Mart regarding a complaint that someone had stolen a cell phone after the victim had set it down in the produce section and walked away. When the victim returned, the phone was gone. * On Nov. 5, Niceville police responded to a complaint of fraud. The victim stated that she had been informed by her bank that someone is using her identity to receive death benefits. * On Nov. 7, an Okaloosa County deputy responded to a report of an altercation at an address in East Niceville. No arrests were made. * On Nov. 10, an Okaloosa deputy responded to a report of an altercation between two men at an address on Nutmeg Avenue in Niceville. No arrests were made. * On Nov. 10, a Niceville police officer at the Tom Thumb store on Palm Boulevard in Niceville was approached by a clerk who reported that his apartment had been broken into and $64 in two dollar bills had been stolen. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to the Wal-Mart store in regard to a report that an electric motorized wheelchair had been stolen while the owner was charging it at the store. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to a report of a theft at the Niceville skate park. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to Lions Park in regard to someone writing graffiti on the walls of the men’s restroom. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to an address on Sweetwater Run in regard to trespassing. Complainants reported that a man had come to the house, walked into the back yard, opened the back screened-in porch and began to yell and curse at some juveniles who were playing in a hot tub. The complainant confronted the man and ordered him off the property several times before he left. * On Nov. 12, Niceville police responded to a theft report from an address on Marquette Street. Complainant stated that some items had been taken from her vehicle. She said she had parked her vehicle under the carport the previous night, and when she entered her residence she believed she left her keys in the front door. On the morning of Nov. 12, she found her keys on the ground in the driveway behind her vehicle, and found several containers of prescription medications missing from the vehicle. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Nov. 8, 2013 through Nov. 17, 2013. 0 Structure Fire9 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn12 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME SR 285/College Blvd.................Vehicle crash......................11/8/13........................11:22 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/8/13........................17:53 W. John Sims Pkwy...................Cancelled on scene...........11/8/13........................12:46 27th Street.................................Medical................................11/10/13......................03:45 29th Street.................................Cancelled on scene...........11/10/13......................14:46 Hart St........................................Alarm activation..................11/10/13......................15:37 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/11/13......................01:32 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/11/13......................15:23 N. Partin Dr................................Cancelled on scene...........11/11/13......................18:33 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Cancelled en route.............11/11/13......................20:29 McFarr St...................................Power line down.................11/11/13......................22:29 E. College Blvd..........................Medical................................11/12/13......................12:40 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical................................11/12/13......................17:01 Lincolnshire Dr...........................Alarm activation..................11/13/13......................04:33 SR 85 N/SR 123........................Vehicle crash......................11/13/13......................12:03 Howell Rd./Government............Vehicle crash......................11/13/13......................16:33 W. John Sims Pkwy...................Cancelled on scene...........11/13/13......................17:01 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Cancelled on scene...........11/13/13......................17:35 22nd Street................................Cancelled on scene...........11/14/13......................22:36 Linden Ave.................................Cancelled en route.............11/15/13......................07:03 SR 85 N.....................................Medical................................11/16/13......................07:29 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/16/13......................12:11 Tala Way....................................Cancelled on scene...........11/17/13......................01:26 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/17/13......................02:12 Alderwood Way.........................Cancelled on scene...........11/17/13......................11:45 Weekly Safety Tip: Purchase portable heaters with automatic shutoff safety features. Keep them clean and at least three feet away from draperies, furniture, clothes, bedding or walls. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from November 8, 2013 through November 17, 2013. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Range Rd...................................Alarm system........................11/8/13.....................05:26 Parkwood Pl...............................Medical..................................11/8/13.....................06:39 Hickory St...................................Alarm system........................11/8/13.....................08:59 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/8/13.....................13:12 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/8/13.....................14:09 Glen Eagles Dr...........................Medical..................................11/9/13.....................01:15 Olde Post Rd.............................Medical..................................11/9/13.....................09:53 Ida Coon Cir...............................Medical..................................11/10/13...................10:32 Hickory St...................................Medical..................................11/10/13...................11:55 Cougar Cir..................................Outside rubbish/trash fire.....11/11/13...................12:50 Hwy. 20 E...................................Brush fire...............................11/11/13...................16:55 White Point Rd...........................Dispatched & cancelled.......11/11/13...................17:59 Hickory St...................................Medical..................................11/11/13...................18:58 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/11/13...................19:26 White Point Rd...........................Medical..................................11/12/13...................07:55 Merchants Way..........................Medical..................................1112/13....................16:12 Windlake Dr................................Public assist..........................11/12/13...................21:19 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/12/13...................23:33 St. Andrews Cv..........................Medical..................................11/13/13...................12:44 Parkwood Pl...............................Good intent call.....................11/13/13...................15:20 E. Hwy. 20/Pine St.....................Vehicle accident....................11/13/13...................15:52 St. Croix Cove............................EMS.......................................11/14/13...................11:49 Captains Cir................................Cover assignment................11/14/13...................12:39 Hickory Ave................................Dispatched & cancelled.......11/14/13...................13:29 Caribbean Way..........................Public assist..........................11/14/13...................19:00 Cat Mar Rd.................................Medical..................................11/15/13...................05:23 Aruba Way.................................Medical..................................11/15/13...................08:28 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/15/13...................14:49 Olde Post Rd.............................Medical..................................11/16/13...................02:42 E. Hwy. 20..................................Dispatched & cancelled.......11/16/13...................08:20 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/16/13...................19:04 Birkdale Cir.................................EMS.......................................11/17/13...................05:36 Merchants Way..........................Medical..................................11/17/13...................10:28 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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Partin Drive  Niceville  678-2514 Page A-4 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE! 1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/Boxes Call for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE) Valparaiso The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of October: STREET SITUATION DATE TIME S.Cedar/27th St.......................Vehicle accident......................10/4/13.....................17:41 Andrew Dr................................Structure fire............................10/6/13.....................15:33 N. Bayshore Dr........................Unknown problem..................10/6/13.....................15:46 Lincoln Ave..............................Unknown problem..................10/6/13.....................17:22 S. Nordberg Ave......................Fall...........................................10/6/13.....................19:41 S. Nordberg Ave......................Fall...........................................10/6/13.....................19:46 Okaloosa Ave..........................Unknown problem..................10/7/13.....................16:30 W. Edge Ave............................Service call..............................10/7/13.....................21:14 Chicago Ave............................Fall...........................................10/8/13.....................10:38 Tennessee Ave........................Fall...........................................10/9/13.....................09:43 Hidden Cove Dr.......................Unknown problem..................10/10/13...................15:05 Washington Ave......................Psych.......................................10/11/13....................04:25 Crystal Lake Ln.......................Unknown problem..................10/13/13...................18:18 Glendale Ave...........................Diabetic....................................10/14/13...................05:11 Washington Ave......................Fire alarm................................10/16/13...................22:49 Menzel St.................................Heart problem.........................10/17/13...................13:26 Kelly Mill Rd.............................Seizures..................................10/18/13...................05:14 Chicago Ave............................Unconscious...........................10/18/13...................08:15 Government/W. Edge.............Unknown problem..................10/19/13...................15:38 S. Nordberg Ave......................Fall...........................................10/20/13...................00:45 Valparaiso Pkwy......................Sick call...................................10/20/13...................11:15 Chicago Ave............................Sick call...................................10/21/13...................22:46 Mississippi Ave........................Breathing problem..................10/22/13...................11:32 Grandview Ave........................Sick call...................................10/23/13...................07:17 S. Bayshore Dr........................Unconscious...........................10/23/13...................08:17 Edge Ave.................................OD/Poison...............................10/25/13...................00:03 Hidden Cove...........................Structure fire............................10/25/13...................17:50 Hidden Cove...........................Breathing problem..................10/25/13...................21:53 Please see FIRE, page A-5

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com Tue.-Fri. 10am-6pm | Sat. 10am-3pm • www.DiamondWorksJewelry.com Park Place Plaza | 850-244-5252 • 323 Page Bacon Rd. | Mary EstherD i a m o nd W o r k si n c Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ OwnerOh Honey, I love it. THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith “I was in New Orleans, where I was born and raised. I was a housewife, watching the TV news at home.” Charles Nieft, 76, Valparaiso, retired “I was in civics class in high school when they made an announcement.” Vicki Rudolph, 65, Niceville, clerk David Goetsch, 63, Niceville, Vice President Emeritus, Northwest Florida State College Rick Dolly, 64, Niceville, retired What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.Where were you, and what were you doing, when you first learned that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, on Nov. 22, 1963?Jude LeCompte, 63, Niceville, retiredLocation: Turkey Creek Walk and The Coffee Shoppe“I was delivering the afternoon paper for the Pensacola News Journal. One of my customers was listening to a transistor radio, and stopped me to tell me. I was 13, and Kennedy s was the first presidential administration I was old enough to really pay attention to.” Carol Triantafilopoulos, Niceville, marketing “I was an inside technician for the Southeastern Telephone Company. Suddenly, the entire system froze, as everyone was trying to make phone calls at once.” “I was in high school, between classes in the corridor, and it was announced over the PA system.” “I was a freshman at Berkshire Prep School in Massachusetts. I was headed for hockey practice when a teacher told a whole bunch of us.”Wednesday, November 20, 2013Page A-5 FULL SERVICE HAIR CARE  WALK-INS WELCOME  AMPLE PARKING Tues. Fri. 9:00 5:00 | Sat. 9:00 3:00 | Evenings by Appointment CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT! (850) 897-4897 Ellen’s Back!After an extended medical leave, Ellen is back and taking appointments.CALL TODAY What You Need To Know To Start College New Student Info Session 100 College Blvd. E., Niceville, FL GET STARTED GET STARTED and be entered into a drawing toWIN were a union member and knew if I came to the board and didn’t think it went the way I thought it should, I would lose my opportunity to take it to an arbitration hearing, I’d never utilize that option. That’s what we are seeing right now.” Boswell said he is a strong supporter of settling issues at the lowest level possible, and proposed finding an informal way to bring issues to the board. “It can’t be too informal, but (we could set up something where) anyone could bring an issue to this board and ask for a non-binding opinion,” he said. “They could leave happy with the opinion they got, or not happy and proceed on with the process that currently exists. We would have to do a little homework to do it without subverting the process that is already there.” That option, said Zaal, is closer to what the union is asking for in the proposed change. “Clearing there is a need to strengthen the solutions for conflict resolution within this department. We are open to hearing other ways to achieve the same goals,” he said. “We can sit down and discus the options, but we need to do something.” With final comments, the board voted down the request for the modification to the article. Janet Santner, who supported the amendment during the October meeting, changed her vote against the proposal this time. Scholl maintained his vote from last month, again supporting the union’s request to modify the article. Boswell asked the union representative to meet for further discussion on the procedure, to find a way to make the process more responsive while maintaining all legal options. The current three-year union contract is up for negotiation next year. FIREFrom page A-4

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN For comprehensive auto care in the Niceville area, look no further than Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair. Tucked away on Elm Street in the heart of Niceville, its highly skilled staff is ready to take care of all of your auto care needs. Friendly and straightforward, the people of Twin Cities Transmission offer quality solutions at competitive pricing, for more than just your transmission. That's right—their expertise goes beyond transmission work. You can count on Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair to keep your car or truck running in perfect order. Prevention isn't reserved for personal health. It's critical in the health of your vehicle as well. Extend the life of your family vehicle with timely tune-ups and inspections of critical automotive systems. We now offer Amsoil oil changes which is a synthetic oil that can get you up to 25,000 miles until the next oil change. Don't allow those little problems to turn into costly ones. Maintenance neglect can cause major inconveniences to your life, and your pocketbook. Let Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair take care of your vehicle and you. Twin Cities Transmission is a member of the TECH-NET professional program that assures strict adherence to automotive code of ethics. All its technicians are ASE-certified, and able to keep your car moving at top performance. With our recent renovations, repeat customers will enjoy a pleasant front office and comfortable customer area, not to mention a few additions to the business, including an expansion to its building. The new "General Repair" side has three lifts dedicated to general repairs. And, we now have General Motors Factory Scan Tool for Dealer Level Diagnostic and Reprogramming Capibilities. All makes and models, both foreign and domestic, are welcome. Even diesel engines can find all their solutions at Twin Cities Transmission. This expansion supplements the four lifts dedicated to transmission work. Twin Cities Transmission is independently and locally owned by Adam Marthis. Along with manager Brandy Pirc, he prides himself on being a familyowned, hometown operation that has gladly served the Twin Cities area since 2000. Located at 610 Elm St. in Niceville, just north of John Sims Parkway and west of Partin Drive. Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair is eager to make your acquaintance. Call 729-6629, fax 729-1529 or e-mail Brandy@tct.gccoxmail.com. And, you can also follow us on Facebook. Quality diagnostics, experienced mechanics, and a reputation that you can trust, make Twin Cities Transmission the perfect one-stop shop for your vehicle's checkup. Find out for yourself just how committed to excellence and customer service they are. And don't forget to say hello to two year old Tony, our K-9 greeter!Advertising Feature Twin Cities TransmissionThe best automotive repair in Niceville Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair at 610 Elm St. in Niceville, with newly renovated front office, customer lounge and general repair extension. Rhett and Duke at home in their newly renovated front office. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!For only $105.95 a week for 11 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.ADD ONE OR BOTH OF OUR MILITARY PAPERS AT HALF PRICE! A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacon s ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads. Each week customers will tell you all about it. 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Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMost Insurances Accepted Bikers rally for Toys for TotsHundreds of bikers took part in the 34th Annual Emerald Coast HOG Chapter Toys 4 Tots Run Sunday. The event at the Mullet Festival Site in Niceville was family-oriented and festive. Pictured, Shaylah Williams, 6, looks on as Santa texts her wish list to the North Pole. Everyone had fun, including a ride-along dog outfitted with his own helmet, goggles and leather vest. Beacon photos by Angela Yuriko Smith

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Air Force Airman Matthew R. Cloyd graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cloyd is the son of Tamra and Micheal Cloyd of Niceville and a 2009 graduate of Niceville High School. Matthew R. Cloyd The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 0 0 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 In the Service Christmas display seeks helpThe 18th Annual “Animation in Motion” Christmas Display will be opening Nov. 29, “Black Friday,” in the former Food World, 1104 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Volunteers are needed to ready the 2013 display as well as help after the exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 29 until Friday, Dec. 27 nightly, from 6-9 p.m. Interested parties please contact Debbie Lewis by call or text to 8655455. Visit thenicvevillechristmaslady.com for more info. Niceville native takes commandU.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, a Niceville native and the senior enlisted adviser for the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, addresses Soldiers and guests during his change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 4. Foley assumed responsibility of the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach.U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina Machine/Released Embroiderers sew Buddy Blankets The Sand Dunes Chapter, Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA), made 42 “Buddy Blankets” and presented them to the Children s Advocacy Center (CAC) during a tour of the Niceville office. EGA members embroidered blanket stitches around the edges of brightly colored fleece; children serviced by the CAC will choose their own blankets. Pictured, members of the EGA with CAC staffers. NHS martial artist competes in KoreaNiceville High School senior Tripp Davis traveled to South Korea to take part in a World Championship martial arts tournament Oct. 16. Pictured with his mom, Ginger Davis, who also went. The trip to Korea was “an absolutely life changing experience,” said Tripp. Photo courtesy Anna CottonMiracle watermelon grows smilesSybil Cotton, a resident of Bee Hive Homes in Niceville, had a surprise watermelon grow under her window from seeds dropped during a seed spitting contest last July. The residents enjoyed watching the melon grow and were excited to finally eat it in October. Trusted Practice on theEmerald Coast#1 DR. SCOTTBEALSBoard Certified American Board of Dermatology 4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101 Niceville • 850.897.7546 PATIENT APPRECIATION Now through 11/29/13 TCA Peels20%OFF Specializing in Skin Cancer Excision & Repair Moh’s Micrographic Surgery General & Pediatric Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation $2500/ PER PERSON Includes bottle of wine & foodSaturday, November 23 • Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, November 24 • 1-5 p.m.HAPPY HOUR Tues.-Thurs. 4-6:30pm; 9pm-Closing Fri. 9pm-Closing Sat. -Ladies Only 4pm-Closing4550 HWY. 20 E., STE I | BLUEWATER BAY | (850) 279-6665 } { 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) EYEWEAR UNLIMITED Everything Eyewear, Everything Eyecare! EYEGLASSES • Complete set of plas c, single vision lenses and frames from a select group • We accept all doctor’s prescrip ons •Yardwork •Gol ng •Kids backup set •Readers •Computer work Eyewear Excellence since 1970Charles Henriott Owner & Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 • 678-6211Call for an appointment todayDr. Amanda Brenci, O.D. 678-8876“Where there is no vision, the people perish” –Proverbs 29:18 NEED A2NDPAIRof GLASSES?USE THEM FOR RBCS hosts Ugandan choirRocky Bayou Christian School played host to the Imani Milele Children s Choir Nov. 14. The visiting group is touring the U.S., hoping to raise awareness and funds for orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda. After the performance, Rocky students and the visiting choir mingled during a lunch under the pavilion. “Their smiles, energy, and love for our Savior is so evident in them,” said Academy Principal Marilyn Bilby.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY Boston butt benefit Spruce up your Thanksgiving feast and support the Boggy Bayou Fireworks Fund–order Boston Butts now for pick up on Friday, Nov. 22 from 3-6 p.m. or Saturday Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Butts are $25 each or 3 for $65. Tickets can be purchased at the Niceville Public Library or order online at lightupthebayou.com. Horticulture hike The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group will meet Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, 4281 State Road 20, Niceville. Box lunches from Heavenly Ham will be eaten at the park pavilion. To reserve a box lunch, e-mail marieharrison@valp.net or call 678-2842. Cost of the box lunch is $10. College 101 Northwest Florida State College will hold an information session for new and prospective students Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Niceville campus from 6-8 p.m. and will offer information about the admissions process, financial aid, career assessments, and NWFSC programs of study. For more information contact Maddie Ostrowski at recruitment@nwfsc.edu or call 7296467. Theatrical production Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Thespians for Christ present “Arsenic and Old Lace” Friday, Nov. 22, for one night only. Doors open 6:30 p.m., curtain rises at 7 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 student, and seating is limited. For tickets and information please contact Jana Obrigewitch at obrigewitchj@rbcs.org or 2794112. Nail trim clinic There will be a nail trimming clinic for pets Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Parkway Veterinary Hospital, 1101 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. The funds raised will go towards Relay for Life. Cost is $8 per pet, $6 for additional pets in the same family. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on a short leash. Proof of rabies vaccine required. For more info, call 678-9733. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry presents The Nellons of Dallas, Ga., on Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 South Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. A suggested $10 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be received. All invited. For more information visit libbyandfriendsgospelconcerts.com. Handel s Messiah The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, a select choral group of talented local vocalists, will hold a free performance of Handel’s “Messiah ” on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. For information, contact Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 850-729-6009. The Nutcracker The Northwest Florida Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for purchase through the NWF Ballet. Contact the Ballet at 664-7787 or see the ballet website for ticket information at nfballet.org. Mission fair Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its 16th Global Mission Gift Fair. on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at 363 Miracle Strip in Fort Walton Beach. For more information, contact June Gunnerson at 651-5955. Thanksgiving worship The Twin-City Ministerial Association of Niceville and Valparaiso is having its annual Community Thanksgiving worship service on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m., at Rosemont Baptist Church, 1601 27th Street in Niceville, across from Plew Elementary School. Multiple local churches will be participating in the worship service. A nursery up to age four will be provided. For more information call 678-4854. Broadway musical A national touring Broadway Series musical, “Hello Dolly! Starring Sally Struthers” appears Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Individual tickets are $45 each at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, mainstage theater, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, or contact 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. NARFE meets National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1428 holds their annual election Nov. 26 at the Golden Corral, Fort Walton Beach. Lunch at 11 a.m., meeting at noon. Open to all current and retired federal employees. For more information call 6786045. Garden club meets Niceville Garden Club presents “The Garden as a Healing Place” Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Niceville Community Center. For more information, contact nvgc1@cox.net. Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimer’s will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 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. Give blood Wednesday, Nov. 27, Walmart in Niceville from 12-6 p.m. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. 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.com CALENDAR 678 1298 • WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICES8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. PraiseST. 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Charles Hugh (Bud) MahoneyCharles Hugh (Bud) Mahoney, age 71, of Niceville, passed away the night of Nov. 8, at Superior Residences of Niceville. He was a native of Boston and grew up in Malden, Mass. He was predeceased by his parents Edward F. and Kathryn E. Mahoney and by his beloved brother Paul Mahoney. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Renate Mahoney (nee Rehr) of Niceville and by his sister Kathryn E. Mahoney of Melrose, Mass., his brothers Edward F. Mahoney of North Andover, Mass., John and Bernadette Mahoney of Rochester, N.H., and by his brother-in-law Michael F. and sister-in-law Marian Rehr of Ajax, Ontario and sister-in-law Inge Schaumann of Mannheim, Germany. After a career in the Air Force, he attained his Bachelor of Business Science at the University of Syracuse, then worked as a computer specialist at the Eglin Mathematics Laboratory until his retirement in 2004. He had a brilliant mind and comprehended analytical concepts easily. He was compassionate and had a great sense of humor. His passions were the Boston Red Sox, reading, listening to jazz and classical rock, political satire and the outdoors. He enjoyed social gatherings with his family and friends, good food and fine wine. His lively wit and political acumen as well as his ritual making of Feuerzangenbowle (hot spiced wine) at Christmas will be greatly missed by his friends and family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. We would like to thank Superior Residences for their service and care during his extended illness. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Book signing in NicevilleAuthor Philip W. Kent was on hand Saturday, Nov. 16 at Bayou Books in Niceville signing copies of his new book, “Yeshua Ha Mashiach” which translates to “Jesus the Messiah.” Rich Degraw wins NHS car raffleRich Degraw of Niceville was the latest winner of Niceville High School s Quest for Technology Campaign car giveaway. Degraw won the 2012 Toyota Camry during the drawing held on Nov. 8. The proceeds from ticket sales go directly to classroom technology at NHS. Pictured left, Degraw displays his winning tickets. This is the third car Thrifty Car Rental owner, Joe Fagundes, has donated. Obituary Charles Hugh (Bud) Mahoney Beverly Ann Hilton Green1935–2013Beverly Ann Hilton Green passed away peacefully at the age of 77 in Edgewood, Wash. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. She battled lung cancer for the past three and a half years, refusing any treatments. She always lived life on her own terms. She was a resident of Valparaiso for 40 years. We all love her and will miss her, but we celebrate and honor her life. She was born on November 10, 1935 in Montpelier, Vt. to Kathleen Robina Sargent and Keith Edward Hilton. She graduated from Deering High School in Portland, Maine, Class of 1954. She was a faithful member of the Catholic Church. She married Fred Lee Green on April 21, 1956 in Portland, Maine. He was the love of her life. He passed away, while on active duty in the U.S. Air Force on May 22, 1973 at Homestead Air Force Base. They had 17 wonderful years together and had four boys. She worked at many other jobs through the years but retired from civil service in the Civilian Pay Department at Eglin in 2001. Mom loved and enjoyed being around all of her boys and their families, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many friends of her own boys called her Mom as well. She enjoyed playing bingo, playing slots at the casinos, bowling, traveling, making crafts, crocheting, making baskets, cooking (she was a great cook), watching game shows on T.V. and she was a collector of many things. Beverly is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lee Green; her mother, Kathleen Sargent Hilton; her father, Keith Edward Hilton; and her brothers, William F. Hilton and Keith E. Hilton. She is survived by her sons, John Winifred (Lori) Green of Edgewood, Wash.; Edward Lee (Rachell) Green of Crestview; William Keith (Ginny) Green of Lacey, Wash.; and James Brian (Tonya) Green of Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her sisters, E. Frances Hilton of Portland, Maine; Kathleen Hilton (Maurice) Harvey of Windham, Maine; and Jessie Hilton (Paul) Luttrell of Rockland, Maine. Sister-in-laws, Donna Hilton of Portland, Maine and Anne Hilton of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Green, Javan Meireis, Kaitlyn Green, DeAnna Green (Brandon) Haywood, and Cody Green and her great grandchildren, Ethan Haywood and Jaxon Haywood. Also, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Graveside Services and Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery located at 672 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine on Saturday Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to the American Cancer Society in her memory. Thank you. Obituary Beverly Ann Hilton Green Republican Women fashion showThe Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated mixed food with fashion Sept. 28, at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club. The models from their fashion show, pictured from left, Barbara Wall, Abbie Maclin, Hannah Gord, Elizabeth Rudder, Micki Gramm and Sheila Vaughen.Girl Scout troop fills shoeboxesMembers of Girl Scout Troop 910 stuffed 50 shoe boxes for Project Christmas Child at Rosemont Baptist Church in Niceville on Oct. 26. 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Niceville High School’s lady swimmers placed third overall in the region with 257 points. The men came in fourth with 180.5 points. Caitlin Myers won the 200 Medley Relay event and set a new county record of 1:50.72. Sydney Dawson, Kalanne Krause, Tatum Hackler and Caitlin Myers teamed up and broke the 1999 record for the 400 free relay with a fast 3:34.02 for a second place finish. Other NHS records set this year were: Kalanne Krause in the ladies 100 backstroke with a time of 59.34, Chaz Brechler in the men’s 500 free with a time of 5.54.39 and men’s 400 Free relay with a time of 3:18.86. For diving it was Delaney Clark with 306.70, an 11 dive point total and 142.17, a six dive point total for the ladies and Jake Hughes for the men with 284.05, an 11 dive point total and 153.05, a six dive point total. The Eagles those who earned automatic selection for state were Caitlin Myers and Matthew Markwardt. Also moving on to state, Sydney Dawson, Kalanne Krause, Tatum Hackler, Milbrey Parke, Teddy Vaughen, Judson Robertson and Kellen Broaderick. The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Sara KentMarketing Director The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON BE A C O N SP O R T SBE A C O N SPO R T S Niceville High School s regional swim team.Photo courtesy Louann BrechlerNiceville runners go to stateThe 2013 Niceville High School cross country season has come to an end with the final meet being the state meet in Tallahassee Nov. 9. With 24 schools competing in the 3A race, NHS girls placed 13th and the boys placed 7th. “All we have asked of the athletes is that they give the team 100%. They have never failed to do so,” said Coach Durrenberger. Most of the athletes will enjoy a well deserved break before some continue on into track season. Others will continue training for the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships held in North Carolina over the Thanksgiving break. “I am happy for the seniors in the fact that both the boys and girls teams qualified for state this season. We will lose 11 of the 16 state runners to graduation. Most of the runners have been with us for four years, it goes fast and you get to watch them grow up into young adults over that time. They put a lot of effort, sweat and time in over the past four years. They represented Niceville High School and the community with pride. They will be missed,” said Coach Eller. Girls results: 55th Claire Crist (19:57.68), 68th Haley Smith (20:15.58), 92nd Annie Serpa (20:42.53), 102nd Drew Haggerman (20:51.72), 125th Anna Herrera (21:18.19), 135th Mackenzie Shinnick (21:27.69) and 146th Julia Moreno (21:47.28). Boys results: 4th Thomas Howell (15:27.99), 23rd Nick Morken (16:04.72), 52nd Caden Ewing (16:32.92), 71st Tristan Hamer (16:52.00), 92nd Jack Massey (17:22.47), 129th Tripp Davis (17:49.74) and 147th Jake Fiske (18:12.63). New Season Best Times: A. Serpa, D. Haggerman, T. Howell. Personal record was C. Ewing.Eagle swimmers break records Traveling team wins against older bracketThe FC Dallas/EC U-15 Girls won the Destin Soccer Rodeo Oct. 20, despite playing up in bracket. Pictured, from top left, Grace Smales, Kalie Cortez, Grace Ratley, Chloe Resendiz, Gabriela Hunter, Annie-James Walsh, Mary Elizabeth Goolsby, Payton Lewis, Devynn Vachon, Hannah Salinas and Coach Ryan Martin. From bottom left, Alexis Sherwin, Hannah Davis, Delanie Bomar, Cierra Martin, Ashley Parker and Nicole Farmer. Not pictured, Coach Patrick O Neill. Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNiceville quarterback Ashton Hooker on a keeper for a touchdown. The Eagles trampled the Leon Lions Friday, Nov. 15, 62-14. They will face Tallahassee Lincoln Friday for the Region 1-7A semifinal. NHS set for regional semiBy Sarah Clauson Beacon Correspondent Niceville High School advanced to the Region 1-7A football semifinal after dominating the Leon High School Lions Friday at home. The Eagles will play Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, this Friday, again in Niceville. Last Friday's regional quarterfinal pitted the District 1 7A champs against the District 2 runner-up, Leon. The Eagles played a near pitch-perfect game, with a final score of 62-14. They presented a team that looked as close to the early season Eagles as we’ve seen in a while. All sides of the ball played with impact and aggression, and even when the back-ups were brought in near the end, the home team did not relent. The Niceville offense, which had to overcome injury and lineup changes, was back to its old rhythm with Ashton Hooker at the helm. The talent spread across a host of Eagles who were able to make big plays and keep the chains moving down the field. They made their way into the end zone an astounding nine times and practically had the game won before the second quarter was underway. The tone was set out of the gate, with Tyree McCants returning the ball all the way to the Leon four-yard line, which poised Tayjon Culley for a touchdown just 19 seconds into the game. The scoring frenzy continued through the first half, with the Eagles racking up 42 points, while holding the Lions to zero. The already impressive Niceville defense managed to take it up a notch with big plays that turned the ball over and with their overall protection of the Eagles field. They guarded the yards with intensity and kept the Lions scoreless until late in the third when the offense had already racked up 55 points. Standout moments included two interceptions that were run back for touchdowns. The team's cohesive success was praised by Head Coach John Hicks. “They did everything we asked of them, we prepared well, we came out tonight and played well,” said Hicks. “We got our explosiveness back.” As the Eagles face off against the District 2 champ, Tallahassee Lincoln, on Nov. 22, the competition will be tougher. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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Geek Lights display The sixth annual "Geek Lights on the Corner" Christmas light and music show will take place nightly Dec. 2 through Jan. 5, at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way, Bluewater Bay. The free shows start at 6 p.m., and plays every hour and half-hour with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m. SundayThursday and last show starting at 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 'Animation in Motion' The Niceville Christmas Lady will be back in Niceville with her display, "Animation in Motion," at the former Food World building, 1104 E. John Sims Parkway in the Oak Creek Shopping Center beginning Friday, Nov. 29 and lasting until Friday, Dec. 27 nightly from 6-9 p.m. Scouts to sell firs Niceville’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 546 will hold its annual Christmas tree sale Dec. 2-8, in front of the Niceville Police Station, 212 N. Partin Drive. The troop will have an assortment of Fraser fir No. 1 trees from North Carolina at various prices and ranging from 5-9 feet tall. Trees will be sold on Friday, 3-9Continued on next page Community spreads Christmas spiritPage 2 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Beacon’s Hometown Christmas The Yule of Yesteryear is a traditional holiday celebration, Dec. 14, at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso. www.theboathouselanding.com Phone: 850-678-2805 124 John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso Located next to Angels Are UsServing Lunch and Dinner Everyday EARLYBIRDSPECIALS$9.95  4:30-6:00 pm Toast the Holidays in our lounge or patio bar! Happy Hour: Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m. Groups large or small... We have the right room to make your Christmas Party special Call today and book your party early! Gift CardsMake the perfect Hostess Gift & Stocking Stuffer! "I'M A PHONAK BI-CROSS HEARING AID USER, AND THANK GOD SOMEONE FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT. “ "I have been deaf in one ear all of my life (SSD or Single Sided Deafness). I tried several different brands of amplifications and hearing aids, but I still went through life with a "handicap". I remember sitting at the front of the class room because I could not hear. I always picked the left side of a table because I could not communicate with any one sitting on my right side. I can remember laughing at peoples jokes and did not understand what they even said. And, of course, while dancing I could not hear the "sweet words" that might have been spoken. I guess I will never know what I may have missed. I could never understand why a hearing lab could not make a hearing aid that would send a signal to the other side of your head, since the electronic companies could make things that could communicate with people on the moon. Finally, it happened; I was fit with my first hearing aid that had a wire connecting one ear to the other. It was better than trying to listen and understand with one ear only, but what a pain it was trying to wrestle with the wire. I tried to place the wire in several different positions (around my neck, across the top of my head, and under my neck), but I never found a good solution. Then, I finally found on line a Medical Lab called www.Phonak.com who suggested I call Niceville Hearing Center in Niceville, FL. The Medical Lab said the professionals at Niceville Hearing Center would be able to test and fit me with a "Bi-Cross" fitting which was completely wireless. WOW!! How great!! FINALLY Now I can put my hearing aids in my ears and communicate with people on BOTH sides. I can even turn the volume down if I am in a loud, noisy setting; or turn the volume up when my Pastor is not talking loud enough for me to hear and understand. The Niceville Hearing Center also included in my purchase a remote control which is very small with a couple buttons to push to adjust whenever I change different listening environments. I was born in Laurel Hill and have lived in the Niceville-Valparaiso area all my life. If you or any of your family and friends are having difficulty hearing and understanding ladies voices, kids voices or have challenges understanding in noisy places, please give the folks at Niceville Hearing Center a visit. They know how to take care of their Patients. earCareTMASSOCIATES, INC NICEVILLEHEARING CENTERNiceville Hearing Center Twin Cities Medical Plaza 1001 W. College Blvd., Building #2, Niceville, FL 32578 (Located next door to Dr. Pat Tidwell's Family Practice office) Office: 678-3277 (EARS) Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com S. Grant Williams, owner of Niceville Hearing Center, was nominated as “The Best of 2012, and again for 2013, Hearing Healthcare Professionals” by The Hearing Review publication. The Hearing Review publishers established the “Best Of The Best” program to recognize those hearing instrument specialist, audiologists, ear, nose & throat medical doctors and others who exemplify quality hearing health care. This program highlights outstanding individuals, practices, facilities and companies that “go above and beyond” the call of duty to serve the needs of people with hearing impairment. Proud Phonak Provider Call today to schedule your FREE SCREENING & PRODUCT DEMONSTRATIONWe have a "TryEmB4UBuyEm” policy.Grant Williams, HAS, HIS, ACAFL & LA Licensed in Hearing Instrument Sciences Graduate of The American Council of Audio Prosthology WreaFaye-Nieft-Paris I'm 81 years young and YES! I can hear you now "I'm wearing a Phonak BI-CROSS HEARING AID and thank God someone finally figured it out. I could never understand why a hearing aid manufacturing lab could not make a hearing aid to help me."

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page 3 The Beacon’s Hometown Christmas p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Contact Jack Knight, 374-2602. Eglin tree lighting The Eglin Chapel will host its free Holiday Tree Lighting festival Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., at the West Gate Chapel, Eglin Air Force Base. There will be caroling, choir performances, a tree lighting and Santa to arrive on a fire truck. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Contact 882-2111. Community Christmas Parade The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club will present its annual community Christmas Parade, this year themed "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" in memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., beginning at Palm Boulevard and John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The parade will travel west on John Sims to Partin Drive, then north up Partin to head between the Children’s Park and Ruckel Middle School. The judging stand will be in the Ruckel parking lot. The registration fee deadline for participants is Dec. 2 or a $5 late fee if paid after. The entry fee for profit organizations is $60 and $30 for non-profit. Proceeds will provide holiday meals for Sharing and Caring families and other community service projects. Niceville Christmas Festival The seventh annual Niceville Community Christmas Festival will be held Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m., at the Niceville City Hall Complex, on Partin Drive. The treelighting will take place at 6 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy performances by Ruckel and Lewis School choruses and the Plew Elementary chorus. Children can visit with Santa in the Children’s Park, take a "slhay" (hay) ride with Santa’s elves and more. Walk through the complex and see decorative scenes and thousands of lights. Children can make crafts for free and greet the Christmas characters inside the council chambers. Food will be available and a selection of craft vendors. Outside Christmas displays will be open until Dec. 31. Yule of Yesteryear The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will present the Yule of Yesteryear, a traditional holiday celebration, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The VivaFlorida 500 time capsule will be ceremonially sealed at 1 p.m. A Victorian Tea will be at 2 p.m., as well as Christmas shopping with craft vendors, Christmas choirs and food vendors, crafts for kids, and pictures with Santa. Call 678-2615 for more info. Niceville Library Christmas party The Friends of the Niceville Public Library and staff will host a patron appreciation party Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the library, 206 Partin Drive N, Niceville. There will be finger foods, goodies and punch. From previous page The Niceville-Valparaiso Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the intersection of Palm Boulevard and John Sims Parkway in Niceville.A selection of holiday traditions 1419 North Partin Dr. € Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-0056 • Fax 729-3161 AUTO BODY AUTO BODY Commitment to QualityŽ Collision Specialists

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Coats for Christmas United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties is hosting their annual “Coats for Kids at Christmas” through Dec. 5. Drop off new or hardly worn coats at the following locations in the Twin Cities area: Bank of America, BankTrust, Compass Bank, Beach Community Bank. Also, Boeing Company, CCB Community Bank, Coastal Bank and Trusts, Covenant Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Union, Regionsbank, Trustmark Bank, Twin Cities Hospital. Toys for Tots Toys for Tots will collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from the community during the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club’s Community Christmas Parade Dec. 7. Marines and local volunteers will collect donations throughout the parade and donors will receive a free 2013 Toys for Tots T-shirt, dog tags and collector poker chips. Contact Susan C. Rood 855-7411. Jingle Bell Jog The Army 7th Special Forces Group will host its annual Jingle Bell Jog 10K race and 5K run or walk Dec. 14, 8 a.m.,Page 4 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Beacon’s Hometown Christmas Continued on next page Charities spreading Christmas goodwill Organizations like the Kiwanis Club help keep food pantries like Sharing and Caring full and ready to assist those in need. HAIR EXPRESSSALON & RETAIL CENTERPalm Plaza (850) 678-4555Merry ChristmasFrom Wes, Stephanie and StaffAnd this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. bluewaterfitness.net | 850-279-6767 4591 Hwy. 20 E., Niceville | Corner of White Point Rd. and Hwy. 20 Give the Gift of Health to a loved one... Gift certificates available for the holidays

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It is better to give than to receive at Uptown Station, Fort Walton Beach. The proceeds will benefit the 7th Special Forces Association, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides support to families of the 7th Group. The event commemorates the members and families of Special Forces. There will be prizes, costume contests, raffles, music and food after the race. Register for $35 at sfach7jinglebelljog@gmail.com by Dec. 10. Cal s Holiday food drive Cal’s Appliances will host a holiday “Passing of the Cans” food drive for Sharing and Caring until Nov. 30, at 121 N Partin Drive, Niceville. Canned and dry goods or monetary donations will be accepted and go directly to Sharing and Caring. Cal’s will also host a Christmas carnival with snacks and beverages Dec. 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m. until the Niceville-Valparaiso Christmas Parade ends. Donors will be entered into a drawing to win door prizes that will be given out at the party. Contact 678-4838. OASIS fundraiser OASIS, the Okaloosa AIDS Support and Informational Services, will host its Holiday Jubilee Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., at Saint Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd., Destin. The evening will feature holiday snacks, festive beverages, seasonal musical entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will go to OASIS to assist those in the area affected by HIV or AIDS. To purchase tickets, donate auction items, or volunteer contact OASIS at 314-0950. OASIS is a nonprofit, communitybased organization serving Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties with HIV case management, testing, and community education and informational services. Sharing and Caring Sharing and Caring is looking for donations of food, hygiene products, diapers, detergents and more from MondayThursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, at 104 Bullock. Blvd., Niceville. The shelter is also signing up families from Niceville, Valparaiso and Choctaw Beach for its annual Christmas Program. This is a community program with churches, businesses, and civic organizations that provide holiday food baskets and Christmas gifts for children ages 12 and under. Sign up at the shelter during normal business hours by Dec. 6. Proof of residency and ID is required at the time of sign up. Contact Sharing and Caring at 678-8459 or visit sharing-n-caring.org. Food for Shelter House Shelter House, a domestic violence center, is collecting canned and dry food items to create Christmas meals for women and children residing in the shelter during the holidays. The shelter asks for gift cards to stores, such as Winn-Dixie or Food Depot for the families to use. All donations can be dropped off at the Shelter House, 102 Buck Drive, Fort Walton Beach, and only refrigerated items on Dec. 18. Donations of pet food and care items welcome as well. Contact 2431201. From previous page Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page 5 The Beacon’s Hometown Christmas Toys for Tots will collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from the community during the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club s Community Christmas Parade Dec. 7. BAYOU PLAZA NOW OPEN! 599 John Sims Pkwy. W, Niceville 729-2900liquidation outletMILITARY MONDAYSMILITARY RECEIVE AN EXTRA50% OFF MSRP 5%OFF Fire Pit$29900FISHER PRICE Healthy Care High Chair GRACO Pack N Play$9499GRACO Pack N Play$6400 BeddingLiving Room Furniture and Decor Home Furnishings

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Handel's Messiah The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will hold a free performance of Handel’s "Messiah" on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. For information, contact Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 850729-6009. Holiday jazz performance The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College will present a free Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College with a wide selection of seasonal and jazz favorites as well as new works. The group is comprised of NWFSC students and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 7295382. Chamber Singers concert Okaloosa Chamber Singers will celebrate their 16th season with Christmas concerts Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, Ft. Walton Beach, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs. Guests "Sweet Prospect," an acoustic instrumental trio known for a relaxed soothing sound, will perform carols individually and with the singers. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $15 or $25 per couple. For further information contact Dr. Marilyn Overturf at 682-9651 or e-mail marilyno@cox.net. Symphony's Holiday Pops' The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual "Holiday Pops" concert Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Celebrate the holiday season with performances of light classics, pops selections and the carol sing-a-longs. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale joins the orchestra in this seasonal offering. Tickets are $22.50 each for adults, $16 for active duty military and children 18 and under. Purchase tickets at mattiekellyartscenter.org, 729-6000 or at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A Victorian Christmas The Northwest Florida State College Madrigals, a select 26-voice mixed ensemble, will perform "A Victorian Christmas" Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Centerart gallery, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The group of scholarship vocalists, under the direction of Allison Everitt, and Belle Voci, a women’s ensemble under the direction of Lois Van Dam, will have two performances featuring a variety of holiday music. Tickets are $25 each. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or the box office. Page 6 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Beacon’s Hometown Christmas Tis the season for musical performances‘ OPEN of Niceville792 E. John Sims Pkwy. | (850) 678-9955 THANKSGIVING DAY7 P.M. MIDNIGHTBLACK FRIDAY6 A.M. 7 P.M. SHOP HOMETOWN STORE LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR! (850) 279-3113Parkway East Shopping Center • 1129 John Sims Pkwy. FINE JEWELRY • FASHION JEWELRY • WATCHES COME& CELEBRATE The Season of Lights Take a riding tour around Lake DeFuniak and enjoy the beauty of more than 3 million lights & the charm of the decorated seasonal characters.Each Evening 5pm-9pm  $3 per person Children 6 and under admitted free Season Passes are available for $35 each for more info contact City Hall (850) 892-8500 or visit our web site at www.christmasreflections.com NOVEMBER29 DECEMBER31 From Hwy. 90 East turn Left at red light onto 331 South. Then, turn Left at red light onto Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections. From Hwy. 90 West turn Right onto 331 South. Then, turn Left at red light onto Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections. From East or West I-10, turn North on 331. Go to fifth red light. Turn Right on Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections.

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St. Paul Lutheran events St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville, will begin its holiday season with "The Holden Evening Prayer" offered Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 7 p.m. The church will host "A Christmas Concert" Dec. 21, 7 p.m., featuring singa-longs, soloists and other musical groups in the congregation. A reception will follow. Niceville High choral concert The Niceville Singers of Niceville High School will give a free concert Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville. Freewill donations to the NHS Choir program will be accepted. Rocky Bayou Marching Knights The Rocky Bayou Christian Academy’s Marching Knights will perform at the Crestview Downtown Christmas Parade Dec. 7, the NicevilleValparaiso Rotary Club Community Christmas Parade Dec. 7, and the Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade Dec. 2. Lewis School Chorus concert The Lewis School Chorus will hold its "Sounds of the Season" concert Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Lewis cafeteria, 281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso. Contact 833-4130. NHS Chorus performance The Niceville High School Chorus will host its holiday concert, "A Wreath of Carols" Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The chorus includes the Select Women, Bel Canto, Cantore, The Camerata, Opus One and the Niceville Singers. The concert is $10 per person. Niceville Assembly of God The Niceville Assemble KidzTown group will be performing a Christmas musical, "Dude, you hear what I hear?" Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Niceville Assembly of God, following a regular service and holiday choir at 9 a.m. For more info call 678-2531. RBCS band and chorus concert Rocky Bayou Christian School Band and Choral Christmas concert will be on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. Methodist church concert Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr. S., will have a Christmas Worship Concert on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Lewis School Band concert The Lewis School Band will hold its Winter Concert Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m., in the Taylor Haugen Gym, at the Lewis School. Contact 833-4130. Christmas Eve church services Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville, will hold its Children's Christmas Eve mass at 4 p.m. Regular Christmas Eve mass will be at 10 p.m. with Christmas Day mass at 10 a.m. Rocky Bayou Baptist Church Niceville, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. First Baptist Church of Niceville will hold its Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Niceville, will hold a Christmas Eve service, "A Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols," at 7 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church Niceville, will hold a Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m., a Family Celebration Service at 7:30 p.m. and a candlelight Holy Communion at 11 p.m. Niceville United Methodist Church will hold seven Christmas Eve services beginning with a children's service at 3 p.m. and alternating between contemporary and traditional until the last service at 7:30 p.m. Yule-time events at schools, churchesWednesday, November 20, 2013 Page 7 The Beacon’s Hometown Christmas Take a ride through the Living Nativity and story of Christ on Dec. 13-15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Valparaiso Assembly of God at 571 Valparaiso Parkway. There will be cookies and hot cocoa for participants as will as an interactive Nativity hayride that chronicles the life of Jesus. This event is free. For more information, call 678-4040. PETER, PAUL & MARY “ALIVE”Friday, February 14 • 7:30 p.m. Emerald Coast Convention Center The only tribute group in the U.S. dedicated to authentic sounds and harmonies of the original Folk Music Legends. This unique group has universal appeal attracting all age groups, just like their inspiring heros who became famous in 1962 and stayed with it for 50 years.LINDA GENTILLESaturday, January 18 • 7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium Pianist, entertainer and producer, Linda is one of the East Coast s most famous entertainers. Called “Piano Princess” or the “Female Liberace,” for her showmanship and comedic personality. She returns by popular demand with “Great Balls of Fire” supported by her trio. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVERSaturday, March 1 • 7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach High School Auditorium Starring Ted Vigil – who closely resembles and sounds like John Denver. Ted is not an impersonator, rather he sings a tribute to his musical icon, performing with long time guitar accompanist Steve Weisberg.This concert is a return visit by popular demand. Emerald Coast Concert Association 2014 SeriesOur 54thseason is as follows TICKET COSTLinda Gentille, $25 each Tribute to John Denver: $25 each Peter, Paul & Mary: $30 each Students & children under 18: $10 each Tickets at the door will be $5 more. For information call 850-362-9356 or go to www.emeraldcoastconcerts.org10% DISCOUNTwhen purchasing all three concerts

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission has given final approval to a measure seeking voter approval of an amended city charter. The Nov. 12 city commission meeting included the final of two public hearings on whether to put the proposed charter to a referendum. A motion to do so was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Bruce Arnold and commissioners Kay Hamilton and Diane Kelley voting in favor, while commissioners H.H. Strong and Joe Morgan voted against. Valparaiso voters will decide March 11 whether to approve the measure, which contains a number of changes to the current charter, which was originally enacted upon the city's founding in 1921. The new charter would, among other things: Change the city administrator from a city employee to a charter officer of By Steve Andrews Beacon Correspondent According to a real-estate relocation firm that analyzes crime and other data from the 358 residential communities statewide, Niceville is one of Floridas safest cities in which to live and raise a family. Niceville Police Chief David Popwell presented a letter to the City Council Nov. 12 outlining the statistical findings over the past six years. The letter quoted Gov. Rick Scotts desire to reduce crime throughout the state, and commended Niceville for leading that battle. The safety of Florida families is a top priority for our administration, Scott said, according to the letter. The great news is we are winning the fight against crime. I am committed to making Florida the safest place in the world to pursue a career and raise a family." The relocation firm, RealState.info, said that based on its comprehensive analysis of sixyear crime data, Nicevilles police department should be commended for its above-average contributions to this result and goal. The crime data showed the following: In 2012 (the latest year available) residents of Niceville had less of a chance of being a victim of a serious crime than the average for residents of all 358 Florida locations surveyed. Based on projections for 2013, residents of Niceville will T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, November 20, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 18 Pages, 3 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see NICEVILLE, page A-3 Please see VALP., page A-2 Please see FACES, page A-3 Police Blotter, page A-4 Trash pact advances, A-3. By Virginia Schreitmueller Beacon Correspondent The North Bay Fire District Board of Commissioners voted down a proposed change to an article in the firefighters contract during its Nov. 12 meeting. The vote to maintain the article as written came nearly three months it was introduced to the board. The union had requested a modification to an article that deals with arbitration of labor grievances. The article states that when a grievance cannot be resolved through negotiation, the union can bring the matter to the commission or submit the grievance for professional arbitration. The article, as written, states if the issue is presented to the board the union loses its right to proceed to arbitration. The proposed change would have allowed grievances to be brought to the board, without losing the right to take the matter to arbitration if the union didn't like the outcome. The union sent the request to modify Article 52 of its contract to the board in September. With no union representative in attendance at that time, the board voted down the request. The issue was re-addressed at the boards October meeting, with North Bay Professional Firefighters Association President Travis Zaal presenting a prepared statement explaining the unions stance on the proposed change. With Beacon photo by Virginia SchreitmuellerOver 1,300 people came to Pioneer Day Saturday at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville. The annual event, sponsored by Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks and the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, is a free, family-oriented program that offers an opportunity to learn about local history and nature. This year s event featured more than 30 demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on craft projects at the park. More than 112 volunteers and reenactors brought history to life at the event. Pictured: Lila, 4, and Alissa Sharpston, 8, of Freeport, get a music lesson in a traditional setting.Bringing history to lifeValp. voters to decide charter issueBy Steve Andrews Beacon Correspondent The Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit will soon get two new voices, as the board of directors appointed volunteer replacements for a pair of outgoing members. Bluewater Bay residents Steven Hall and Felix Beukenkamp topped three other candidates who each presented themselves before the board at its monthly meeting on Nov. 12. The MSBU is an autonomous panel of Okaloosa Countys government, responsible for maintaining 2 new faces for Bluewater upkeep boardFire panel nixes union pact change Eagles smash Leon; regional semifinal set for FridayNiceville High School rolled over Leon Nov. 15, 62-14, at home in the regional quarterfinal football contest. The Eagles will face Tallahassee Lincoln this Friday, in Niceville, in the Region 1 7A semifinal. Story, B-4.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Thurs., 6-8 p.m. Northwest Florida State College will hold an information session for new and prospective students at the Niceville campus which will offer information about the admissions process, financial aid, career assessments and NWFSC programs of study. For more information contact Maddie Ostrowski at recruitment@nwfsc.edu. 7296467. Sat., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be a nail trimming clinic for pets at Parkway Veterinary Hospital, 1101 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The funds raised will go towards Relay for Life Cost is $8 per pet, $6 for additional pets in the same family. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on a short leash. Proof of rabies vaccine required. 678-9733. Sat., 7:30 p.m. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale a select choral group of talented local vocalists, will hold a free performance of Handels Messiah at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. 729-6009. Sun., 6 p.m. The annual Community Thanksgiving worship service will be at Rosemont Baptist Church, Niceville. Multiple local churches will be participating in the service. A nursery up to age 4 will be provided. 678-4854. Calendar, B2 COMINGUP Please see PANEL, page A-4 Felix Beukenkamp Steven HallThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Inside ... Niceville wins high marks as a safe city

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the city. Eliminate the offices of city tax assessor, tax collector, treasurer, and municipal judgeposts which were provided for in the original charter, but which have not been filled for some time. Change the qualifications for city commissioners. Change the powers and responsibilities of city officers and commissioners. Change the process of city budget adoption. Change how vacancies on the city commission are filled. Delete certain charter articles. The proposed new charter amendments would strengthen the role of the city administrator, making him the Director of the Department of Public Services. As such, the city administrator would have direct supervision of several city departments, including building inspection, code enforcement, streets, water, sewage, parks, sanitation, library and broadband services, and this could include other departments as the city commission may from time to time deem necessary. The city administrator would have the authority to employ and dismiss any employee within the department of public services. Supporters of the new charter, including Mayor Bruce Arnold, have said the proposed changes would help to streamline and modernize city government. Opponents have said the changes would move Valparaiso away from its current form of government, in which individual elected commissioners exercise executive authority over various departments, and closer to a city manager form of government, in which a manager hired by the city commission exercises executive authority over most city departments, while the commission sets policy. The commission meeting last week included an exchange of views between retired city commissioner Thomas G. Miller and Mayor Arnold. Miller addressed the commission, and particularly the mayor, asking several questions about the charter amendment proposal, such as, Who originally drafted the proposal? I wrote most of it, replied Arnold. Miller asked what public hearings or other public input the mayor had relied upon in drafting the proposed charter changes. I had guidance from the city commissioners, replied Arnold, adding that the city has conducted several public meetings during which the charter proposal has been discussed, but without receiving much input from Valparaiso citizens. Arnold also said that there will be plenty of opportunity for citizens to read the proposed charter amendments and express their views between now and the March 11 referendum, during which two commission seats and the mayorlty will also be on the ballot. If voters approve the amended charter, said Arnold, it would take effect on Oct. 1, 2014. Miller also asked whether the proposed charter would establish a city manager form of government for Valparaiso. Arnold replied that it would not, although it would put more authority in the hands of the city administrator. Valparaiso resident Don Caverly also addressed the commission, asking what specific problems exist with the present form of city government that make an amended charter necessary. Arnold replied that the main purpose of the revised charter will be to bring us up with the 21st century, and to revise the current commission form of government, which Arnold said establishes five separate fiefdoms with no focal point. Arnold went on to say that since the original 1921 charter was established, the city has grown and changed in many ways, to include adding more infrastructure, and adding more complex duties for city officials. The mayor said that in todays Valparaiso, city commissioners should act more as a board of governors, rather than supervise individual departments. Commissioner Kelley spoke in favor of the proposed charter amendments. She said that as a commissioner, she currently is expected to supervise the citys public works, parks and library departments, but finds it difficult to coordinate with other commissioners, who are in charge of other city departments, when doing her own supervisory duties. I cant collaborate with commissioners Morgan or Hamilton, for example, without violating the Florida sunshine law, she said. Kelley said that the city administrator, as a city employee hired by the commission, is free to communicate with any member of the city commission, and thus can coordinate the activities of various departments without waiting for a formal city commission meeting in which to discuss such coordination. Caverly, however, did not seem convinced. This sounds like Obamacare, he said. A big idea that sounds good but may not work. Caverly said he thinks the current form of city government can be made to work without amending the charter. Commissioner Morgan agreed with Caverlys view, saying that the charter amendment proposal amounted to hope for change, without any guarantee that the change would be positive. Commissioners Kelley and Hamilton, however, said that Valparaisos current commission form of government is a form which has been abandoned by most other U.S. cities, with about 98 percent using other forms of government, such as a city manager form. Morgan replied that what other cities do is not a reason for Valparaiso to change its government, and that in every public discussion that has been held on the subject, Valparaiso citizens have opposed such a change. Hamilton, however, replied that public opposition has come from only a handful of people, with little or no objection from other Valparaiso residents. In other business at the Nov. 12 meeting, attorney Bruce Bowman, filling in for City Attorney Hayward Dykes, advised the commission that discovery proceedings have begun in a pending lawsuit about the status of land seaward of a platted but unpaved section of Bayshore Drive west of John Sims Parkway, on Toms Bayou. Bowman told the commission that he expects to request an executive meeting with commissioners, from which the public would be excluded, in the near future to discuss the status of the case and what legal strategy the city should pursue. VALP.From page A-1Page A-2 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 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! YOU HAVE A CHOICE of where you get Physical Therapy, even if your doctor recommends a clinic that he owns. DIRECT ACCESS: Many insurance plans do not require a physician referral. 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have less of a chance of being a victim of a serious crime than the average for residents of all 358 Florida locations. Based on a statistical trend line of Niceville crime data over the past six years, the average annual reduction in a resident's chance of being a victim of a serious crime is greater than the average for residents all 358 locations. This really just means that all of our guys are doing their jobs, Popwell said before the council. Popwell acknowledge that Niceville still has a smalltown police department, but called his officers highlytrained professionals. We are able to balance those two things to our benefit and the benefit of our citizens, Popwell said. Our officers really do care about the citizens. They are not just here for a paycheck. They actually believe in this city and they really want to do their best for the citizens. I think receiving a commendation like this really shows that commitment. NICEVILLEFrom page A-1the landscaping, street lights, street signs, and other general upkeep of common areas along the main streets of the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by a fivemember board of directors, who are elected to four-year terms by property owners within Bluewater Bay. Hall will succeed Doug Burgess, who resigned from the board last month. Hall will serve the remaining three years of Burgesss four-year term. Beukenkamp will replace Joan McCarthy, who will be stepping down from her post at the end of December. Beukenkamp will serve the final year of McCarthys two-year term. We obviously had five wellqualified candidates step forward with presentations to the board, which says a lot for the MSBU and this community, board member Judy Griffin said after she voted, along with fellow board members Jonathon Tallman and McCarthy, to appoint the two new members. We appreciate the interest generated by the openings on our board, and we feel that we will be well represented by Mr. Hall and Mr. Beukenkamp. The three others who sought one of the seats on the MSBU board were Steve Boswell, Dan Holmes and Scott Musser. It was a difficult decision, because we did have so many qualified candidates, Tallman said. Hall, a lawyer who lives on Sunset Cove, is a partner in Hall & Runnels, a Destin law firm that deals primarily with real estate development, as well as environmental and local government regulatory affairs. His practices have enabled him to have working relationships with many local and regional government agencies. He formerly was lawyer for the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council. My hope is that the relationships that I have developed in Okaloosa County, and in this neighborhood, will be a benefit for the board, Hall said. My experience with Bluewater itself, from a development side and a residence side, I think will help. The smaller the community, the better you know folks, and the easier it is to get things done. Hall has worked closely with the county engineers office and planning office on a regular basis, and hopes that those offices will be interactive with some of the plans the MSBU has in the future. I think that the first order of business is to continue to build on the solid foundation that these board members have been able to establish over the years, Hall said. We need to let the community know what the MSBU does, by getting out into the community and building relationships with our residents and other community organizations. I just think its extremely important to build a sense of community as we continue to grow. Beukenkamp, of Baywind Drive, has been active in many local organizations since he moved to the community in 1987. A builder and developer by trade, Beukenkamp is a member of the Okaloosa County Planning Commission. He ran unsucessfully in the Republican primary for a seat on the Okaloosa County Commission.in 2012. Beukenkamp said he hopes to bring new ideas to the MSBU with a broader perspective in overall community involvement. I think we need to get more people in the community involved, and let them understand what the MSBU can and cannot do, Beukenkamp said. I think we need to get out and talk to the local neighborhood associations throughout Bluewater, as well as the folks in the non-association areas. Then, ideally, maybe for the long-term, have a discussion with the entire community about what the role of the MSBU should be for the next five or 10 years. Have a visioning process, if you will, and see what we want to do as a community. During Beukenkamps 26 years in Bluewater Bay, he has witnessed stability and growth throughout the community. But with the recent nationwide real estate price decline and the fact that building has slowed over the past few years, he feels the MSBUs role is shifting. There is really very little room left to build anew, so the role we have now as an MSBU is figuring out how we keep everything looking shiny and new, and keep it fresh, he said. Thats what I would like to see. But we are representing everybody here in Bluewater, so we need to hear from them. FACESFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, November 20, 2013 Page A-3 SAVE $30!Now thru January 5, 2014.Ritz Salon is offering Keratin Complex just in time for the holidays!Keratin Complex smoothing therapy by Coppola Takes away 95% of frizz Intensifies color Makes hair shiny, silky & smooth. 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We will have a drawing for a free copy of the book for those in attendance. Bailey will be discussing seafood caught in local Gulf waters; how to catch, clean, and prepare. He even includes 7 recipes for mullet!Friday, November 22 Noon 2 P.M. SINCE1986WWW.BAYOUBOOKCOMPANY.COMOPEN: 9-6 MON.-SAT. 850-678-1593OAKCREEKSHOPPINGCENTER, NICEVILLE OPEN SUNDAYS Noon-5 p.m. Please join us for a book signing event with author Tom Bailey 20%Friday onlyBOOK DISCOUNTEDOFF Niceville bid to cut back garbage service advancesBy Steve Andrews Beacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council signaled its intent to approve another five-year extension of a no-bid garbage-contract that would cut residential garbage pickups in half, to once a week, while overhauling the separate weekly recycling program. During a meeting Nov. 12, the council approved the second reading of an ordinance that would reduce the frequency of garbage pickups citywide from twice a week to once a week. If passed at its third and final reading on Dec. 10, the proposal would reduce a typical residential customer's garbage and recycling pickup fees by $1 a month. The intent of the measure is to steer more of the citys waste toward recycling rather than landfills. It would also do away with the 18-gallon recycling crates, replacing them with larger yellow-topped 64or 96-gallon carts, similar to the currently-used garbage carts. The new bins would allow the Waste Management to pick up recyclables using the automated arms already used to pick up garbage. The second reading of the proposed ordinance was adopted 4-1 Tuesday night, with Councilman Dan Henkel dissenting. Henkel said he would like to see the job advertised for competitive bidding. I just think more competition is good business, Henkel told his fellow council members. If the proposal is passed it would also extend Waste Management's exclusive franchise for five more years, to 2022. The current contract is scheduled to expire in 2017, after being renewed just a year ago. If approved, it would mark the fifth time the council has awarded the franchiseeach time for five yearswithout formally seeking competitive bids. In return for the labor-saving reductions in recycle collection, cutting garbage pickups in half, and the five-year contract extension, customers will receive the slight fee reduction. Lynn Yort, the representative for Waste Management, was on hand to answer any question concerning the new proposal, and was pleased to see the council move toward a resolution. The council was concerned about contributing to the enhanced recycling goals of Florida, they asked for some options, and this is what we think is their best option, Yort said. Weve worked with their staff for several months. We have actually been working on this with them since the first part of the year. In other action, the city council also approved a resolution granting a special exception to the Land Development Code, which will allow Publix Super Markets request for two more signs on its new building, for a total of three. It will allow two "pharmacy" signs in addition to the main "Publix" sign to be attached to the building, which is under construction at Rocky Bayou Drive and John Sims Parkway. Beacon photo by Steve AndrewsNiceville City Councilman Sal Nodjomian (left) listens to fellow member Heath Rominger during a council meeting Nov. 12 as he discusses the citys new proposal for recycling and garbage pickup.

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board member Lee Wetzell absent at that meeting, the vote split 2-2 and the issue was deferred until all five board members could be present. At the onset of the November meeting, chair Jim Boswell asked the discussion be held until all other items on the agenda were addressed. With the agenda cleared, Boswell then began listing portions of Zaals statement from the previous board meeting that he felt were confusing or incorrect. Among the sentences he took issue with, was the unions statement that the current situation ultimately means unresolved grievances go straight to arbitration, without the board having an opportunity to resolve the issue. This situation is not reasonable to the association or the taxpayers of the district that the (board) represents, the statement read. This is confusing to me, said Boswell. Weve had no input from the taxpayers regarding this. We, the commission, are the taxpayers because the taxpayers cant be here for whatever reason and have asked us to represent them. As with last months meeting, there were no members of the public in attendance. Wetzell also addressed concerns with the proposed change. Since this article has been in place five or six years, he asked why the change was needed. I personally think that labor and management work together well, financially and personally. Obviously, this is a big deal to the firefighters. But, I look at this organization and I think it functions pretty dang well. So, Im having a hard time seeing where the difference maker is here, he said. Wetzell also agreed with Boswell that terms such as justice and litigation used in the unions statement were inflammatory and unnecessary. I think there are issues with the interpretation (of the statement) that are getting in the way of the goals and the reason behind what were trying to do, said Zaal. I just think everyone works together in the spirit of cooperation to have conflict resolution, Wetzell said. My point is that I think we function pretty well in our ability to work things out. Nobody wants to go the formal route, and that is what you are talking aboutan informal way to work things out. I think you already have that and dont know why it has to be in writing in this contract. The union representative said the system in place isnt truly working or achieving the goal of an informal resolution to grievances. The articles current wording effectively means if the union takes an issue to the commissioners, it loses the right to seek arbitration if they dont agree with the finding. Zaal pointed out that there have been no grievances brought to the board as a result, and that is the reason for the requested wording change. David Scholl, the lone vote supporting the change, asked what negative impact the amendment would make. If we throw in the option that a grievance can be brought to the board (without losing the right to arbitration), its a nocost item, he said. Clearer heads might prevail and we might be able to come to some resolution without everyone (incurring legal fees). It doesnt cost us anything to listen. (The firefighters) are all fairly logically and level headed. They arent going to come to us with minor issues. Noting that no one can recall when a grievance was brought to the board, Scholl said he understood why. If I PANELFrom page A-1 ArrestsOn Nov. 2, Niceville police arrested Caleb Boone, 28, of 37 12th St. #127 in Shalimar, on an Escambia County warrant. Police encountered Boone when they responded to a disturbance call on Reeves Street in Niceville. After encountering Boone, police ran his name through dispatch and discovered that there was outstanding warrant, whose nature was not specified, from Escambia County for his arrest. * On Nov. 5, Niceville police arrested Michael Paul Gibson II, 25, of Hillsboro, Ohio, for trespass. According to a police report, Gibson was asked several times to leave Tisas Lounge by an employee, but did not do so. When two police officers arrived, they also instructed Gibson to leave several times, but he refused, stating, I wouldnt have to leave in Ohio. He was informed that Florida law differs from Ohio law, but still refused to leave, stating, I dont believe you. He was given one last opportunity to leave but reached his arms out and stated, Arrest me. I will . be out tomorrow. The police arrested him. He was booked at the Okaloosa County Jail at 1:13 a.m. Nov. 6 and released 12 hours and 26 minutes later, according to jail records. * On Nov. 6, Niceville police arrested Ramona May Hicks, 37, of 304 Reeves St., Lot A18, Niceville, for child abuse without great harm. * On Nov. 9, Niceville police arrested Jamilia Denise Sullivan Beltz, 21, of 201 College Boulevard, #20, for simple battery, domestic violence.Other incidentsOn Nov. 4. Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary at 514 Springacres Cove, Niceville. * On Nov. 5, Niceville police responded to Wal-Mart regarding a complaint that someone had stolen a cell phone after the victim had set it down in the produce section and walked away. When the victim returned, the phone was gone. * On Nov. 5, Niceville police responded to a complaint of fraud. The victim stated that she had been informed by her bank that someone is using her identity to receive death benefits. * On Nov. 7, an Okaloosa County deputy responded to a report of an altercation at an address in East Niceville. No arrests were made. * On Nov. 10, an Okaloosa deputy responded to a report of an altercation between two men at an address on Nutmeg Avenue in Niceville. No arrests were made. * On Nov. 10, a Niceville police officer at the Tom Thumb store on Palm Boulevard in Niceville was approached by a clerk who reported that his apartment had been broken into and $64 in two dollar bills had been stolen. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to the Wal-Mart store in regard to a report that an electric motorized wheelchair had been stolen while the owner was charging it at the store. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to a report of a theft at the Niceville skate park. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to Lions Park in regard to someone writing graffiti on the walls of the mens restroom. * On Nov. 10, Niceville police responded to an address on Sweetwater Run in regard to trespassing. Complainants reported that a man had come to the house, walked into the back yard, opened the back screened-in porch and began to yell and curse at some juveniles who were playing in a hot tub. The complainant confronted the man and ordered him off the property several times before he left. * On Nov. 12, Niceville police responded to a theft report from an address on Marquette Street. Complainant stated that some items had been taken from her vehicle. She said she had parked her vehicle under the carport the previous night, and when she entered her residence she believed she left her keys in the front door. On the morning of Nov. 12, she found her keys on the ground in the driveway behind her vehicle, and found several containers of prescription medications missing from the vehicle. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Nov. 8, 2013 through Nov. 17, 2013. 0 Structure Fire9 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn12 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME SR 285/College Blvd.................Vehicle crash......................11/8/13........................11:22 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/8/13........................17:53 W. John Sims Pkwy...................Cancelled on scene...........11/8/13........................12:46 27th Street.................................Medical................................11/10/13......................03:45 29th Street.................................Cancelled on scene...........11/10/13......................14:46 Hart St........................................Alarm activation..................11/10/13......................15:37 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/11/13......................01:32 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/11/13......................15:23 N. Partin Dr................................Cancelled on scene...........11/11/13......................18:33 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Cancelled en route.............11/11/13......................20:29 McFarr St...................................Power line down.................11/11/13......................22:29 E. College Blvd..........................Medical................................11/12/13......................12:40 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical................................11/12/13......................17:01 Lincolnshire Dr...........................Alarm activation..................11/13/13......................04:33 SR 85 N/SR 123........................Vehicle crash......................11/13/13......................12:03 Howell Rd./Government............Vehicle crash......................11/13/13......................16:33 W. John Sims Pkwy...................Cancelled on scene...........11/13/13......................17:01 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Cancelled on scene...........11/13/13......................17:35 22nd Street................................Cancelled on scene...........11/14/13......................22:36 Linden Ave.................................Cancelled en route.............11/15/13......................07:03 SR 85 N.....................................Medical................................11/16/13......................07:29 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/16/13......................12:11 Tala Way....................................Cancelled on scene...........11/17/13......................01:26 N. Partin Dr................................Medical................................11/17/13......................02:12 Alderwood Way.........................Cancelled on scene...........11/17/13......................11:45 Weekly Safety Tip: Purchase portable heaters with automatic shutoff safety features. Keep them clean and at least three feet away from draperies, furniture, clothes, bedding or walls. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from November 8, 2013 through November 17, 2013. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Range Rd...................................Alarm system........................11/8/13.....................05:26 Parkwood Pl...............................Medical..................................11/8/13.....................06:39 Hickory St...................................Alarm system........................11/8/13.....................08:59 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/8/13.....................13:12 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/8/13.....................14:09 Glen Eagles Dr...........................Medical..................................11/9/13.....................01:15 Olde Post Rd.............................Medical..................................11/9/13.....................09:53 Ida Coon Cir...............................Medical..................................11/10/13...................10:32 Hickory St...................................Medical..................................11/10/13...................11:55 Cougar Cir..................................Outside rubbish/trash fire.....11/11/13...................12:50 Hwy. 20 E...................................Brush fire...............................11/11/13...................16:55 White Point Rd...........................Dispatched & cancelled.......11/11/13...................17:59 Hickory St...................................Medical..................................11/11/13...................18:58 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/11/13...................19:26 White Point Rd...........................Medical..................................11/12/13...................07:55 Merchants Way..........................Medical..................................1112/13....................16:12 Windlake Dr................................Public assist..........................11/12/13...................21:19 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/12/13...................23:33 St. Andrews Cv..........................Medical..................................11/13/13...................12:44 Parkwood Pl...............................Good intent call.....................11/13/13...................15:20 E. Hwy. 20/Pine St.....................Vehicle accident....................11/13/13...................15:52 St. Croix Cove............................EMS.......................................11/14/13...................11:49 Captains Cir................................Cover assignment................11/14/13...................12:39 Hickory Ave................................Dispatched & cancelled.......11/14/13...................13:29 Caribbean Way..........................Public assist..........................11/14/13...................19:00 Cat Mar Rd.................................Medical..................................11/15/13...................05:23 Aruba Way.................................Medical..................................11/15/13...................08:28 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/15/13...................14:49 Olde Post Rd.............................Medical..................................11/16/13...................02:42 E. Hwy. 20..................................Dispatched & cancelled.......11/16/13...................08:20 N. White Point Rd......................Medical..................................11/16/13...................19:04 Birkdale Cir.................................EMS.......................................11/17/13...................05:36 Merchants Way..........................Medical..................................11/17/13...................10:28 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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Nordberg Ave......................Fall...........................................10/6/13.....................19:41 S. Nordberg Ave......................Fall...........................................10/6/13.....................19:46 Okaloosa Ave..........................Unknown problem..................10/7/13.....................16:30 W. Edge Ave............................Service call..............................10/7/13.....................21:14 Chicago Ave............................Fall...........................................10/8/13.....................10:38 Tennessee Ave........................Fall...........................................10/9/13.....................09:43 Hidden Cove Dr.......................Unknown problem..................10/10/13...................15:05 Washington Ave......................Psych.......................................10/11/13....................04:25 Crystal Lake Ln.......................Unknown problem..................10/13/13...................18:18 Glendale Ave...........................Diabetic....................................10/14/13...................05:11 Washington Ave......................Fire alarm................................10/16/13...................22:49 Menzel St.................................Heart problem.........................10/17/13...................13:26 Kelly Mill Rd.............................Seizures..................................10/18/13...................05:14 Chicago Ave............................Unconscious...........................10/18/13...................08:15 Government/W. Edge.............Unknown problem..................10/19/13...................15:38 S. Nordberg Ave......................Fall...........................................10/20/13...................00:45 Valparaiso Pkwy......................Sick call...................................10/20/13...................11:15 Chicago Ave............................Sick call...................................10/21/13...................22:46 Mississippi Ave........................Breathing problem..................10/22/13...................11:32 Grandview Ave........................Sick call...................................10/23/13...................07:17 S. Bayshore Dr........................Unconscious...........................10/23/13...................08:17 Edge Ave.................................OD/Poison...............................10/25/13...................00:03 Hidden Cove...........................Structure fire............................10/25/13...................17:50 Hidden Cove...........................Breathing problem..................10/25/13...................21:53 Please see FIRE, page A-5

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com 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. THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith I was in New Orleans, where I was born and raised. I was a housewife, watching the TV news at home. Charles Nieft, 76, Valparaiso, retired I was in civics class in high school when they made an announcement. Vicki Rudolph, 65, Niceville, clerk David Goetsch, 63, Niceville, Vice President Emeritus, Northwest Florida State College Rick Dolly, 64, Niceville, retired What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.Where were you, and what were you doing, when you first learned that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, on Nov. 22, 1963?Jude LeCompte, 63, Niceville, retiredLocation: Turkey Creek Walk and The Coffee ShoppeI was delivering the afternoon paper for the Pensacola News Journal. One of my customers was listening to a transistor radio, and stopped me to tell me. I was 13, and Kennedy s was the first presidential administration I was old enough to really pay attention to. Carol Triantafilopoulos, Niceville, marketing I was an inside technician for the Southeastern Telephone Company. Suddenly, the entire system froze, as everyone was trying to make phone calls at once. I was in high school, between classes in the corridor, and it was announced over the PA system. I was a freshman at Berkshire Prep School in Massachusetts. I was headed for hockey practice when a teacher told a whole bunch of us.Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page A-5 FULL SERVICE HAIR CARE WALK-INS WELCOME AMPLE PARKING Tues. Fri. 9:00 5:00 | Sat. 9:00 3:00 | Evenings by Appointment CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT! (850) 897-4897Ellens Back!After an extended medical leave, Ellen is back and taking appointments.CALL TODAY What You Need To Know To Start College New Student Info Session 100 College Blvd. E., Niceville, FL GET STARTED GET STARTED and be entered into a drawing toWIN were a union member and knew if I came to the board and didnt think it went the way I thought it should, I would lose my opportunity to take it to an arbitration hearing, Id never utilize that option. Thats what we are seeing right now. Boswell said he is a strong supporter of settling issues at the lowest level possible, and proposed finding an informal way to bring issues to the board. It cant be too informal, but (we could set up something where) anyone could bring an issue to this board and ask for a non-binding opinion, he said. They could leave happy with the opinion they got, or not happy and proceed on with the process that currently exists. We would have to do a little homework to do it without subverting the process that is already there. That option, said Zaal, is closer to what the union is asking for in the proposed change. Clearing there is a need to strengthen the solutions for conflict resolution within this department. We are open to hearing other ways to achieve the same goals, he said. We can sit down and discus the options, but we need to do something. With final comments, the board voted down the request for the modification to the article. Janet Santner, who supported the amendment during the October meeting, changed her vote against the proposal this time. Scholl maintained his vote from last month, again supporting the unions request to modify the article. Boswell asked the union representative to meet for further discussion on the procedure, to find a way to make the process more responsive while maintaining all legal options. The current three-year union contract is up for negotiation next year. FIREFrom page A-4

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All makes and models, both foreign and domestic, are welcome. Even diesel engines can find all their solutions at Twin Cities Transmission. This expansion supplements the four lifts dedicated to transmission work. Twin Cities Transmission is independently and locally owned by Adam Marthis. Along with manager Brandy Pirc, he prides himself on being a familyowned, hometown operation that has gladly served the Twin Cities area since 2000. Located at 610 Elm St. in Niceville, just north of John Sims Parkway and west of Partin Drive. Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair is eager to make your acquaintance. Call 729-6629, fax 729-1529 or e-mail Brandy@tct.gccoxmail.com. And, you can also follow us on Facebook. Quality diagnostics, experienced mechanics, and a reputation that you can trust, make Twin Cities Transmission the perfect one-stop shop for your vehicle's checkup. Find out for yourself just how committed to excellence and customer service they are. 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Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMost Insurances Accepted Bikers rally for Toys for TotsHundreds of bikers took part in the 34th Annual Emerald Coast HOG Chapter Toys 4 Tots Run Sunday. The event at the Mullet Festival Site in Niceville was family-oriented and festive. Pictured, Shaylah Williams, 6, looks on as Santa texts her wish list to the North Pole. Everyone had fun, including a ride-along dog outfitted with his own helmet, goggles and leather vest. Beacon photos by Angela Yuriko Smith

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Air Force Airman Matthew R. Cloyd graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cloyd is the son of Tamra and Micheal Cloyd of Niceville and a 2009 graduate of Niceville High School. Matthew R. Cloyd The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 0 0 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 In the Service Christmas display seeks helpThe 18th Annual Animation in Motion Christmas Display will be opening Nov. 29, Black Friday, in the former Food World, 1104 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Volunteers are needed to ready the 2013 display as well as help after the exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 29 until Friday, Dec. 27 nightly, from 6-9 p.m. Interested parties please contact Debbie Lewis by call or text to 8655455. Visit thenicvevillechristmaslady.com for more info. Niceville native takes commandU.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, a Niceville native and the senior enlisted adviser for the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, addresses Soldiers and guests during his change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 4. Foley assumed responsibility of the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach.U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina Machine/Released Embroiderers sew Buddy BlanketsThe Sand Dunes Chapter, Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA), made 42 Buddy Blankets and presented them to the Children s Advocacy Center (CAC) during a tour of the Niceville office. EGA members embroidered blanket stitches around the edges of brightly colored fleece; children serviced by the CAC will choose their own blankets. Pictured, members of the EGA with CAC staffers. NHS martial artist competes in KoreaNiceville High School senior Tripp Davis traveled to South Korea to take part in a World Championship martial arts tournament Oct. 16. Pictured with his mom, Ginger Davis, who also went. The trip to Korea was an absolutely life changing experience, said Tripp. Photo courtesy Anna CottonMiracle watermelon grows smilesSybil Cotton, a resident of Bee Hive Homes in Niceville, had a surprise watermelon grow under her window from seeds dropped during a seed spitting contest last July. The residents enjoyed watching the melon grow and were excited to finally eat it in October. Trusted Practice on theEmerald Coast#1 DR. SCOTTBEALSBoard Certified American Board of Dermatology 4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101 Niceville 850.897.7546PATIENT APPRECIATIONNow through 11/29/13TCA Peels20%OFFSpecializing in Skin Cancer Excision & Repair Mohs Micrographic Surgery General & Pediatric Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation $2500/ PER PERSON Includes bottle of wine & foodSaturday, November 23 Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, November 24 1-5 p.m.HAPPY HOUR Tues.-Thurs. 4-6:30pm; 9pm-Closing Fri. 9pm-Closing Sat. -Ladies Only 4pm-Closing4550 HWY. 20 E., STE I | BLUEWATER BAY | (850) 279-6665} { 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks)EYEWEAR UNLIMITED Everything Eyewear, Everything Eyecare!EYEGLASSES Complete set of plasc, single vision lenses and frames from a select group We accept all doctors prescriponsYardwork Gol ng Kids backup set Readers Computer workEyewear Excellence since 1970Charles Henriott Owner & Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 678-6211Call for an appointment todayDr. Amanda Brenci, O.D. 678-8876Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18 NEED A2NDPAIRof GLASSES?USE THEM FOR RBCS hosts Ugandan choirRocky Bayou Christian School played host to the Imani Milele Children s Choir Nov. 14. The visiting group is touring the U.S., hoping to raise awareness and funds for orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda. After the performance, Rocky students and the visiting choir mingled during a lunch under the pavilion. Their smiles, energy, and love for our Savior is so evident in them, said Academy Principal Marilyn Bilby.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY Boston butt benefit Spruce up your Thanksgiving feast and support the Boggy Bayou Fireworks Fundorder Boston Butts now for pick up on Friday, Nov. 22 from 3-6 p.m. or Saturday Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Butts are $25 each or 3 for $65. Tickets can be purchased at the Niceville Public Library or order online at lightupthebayou.com. Horticulture hike The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group will meet Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, 4281 State Road 20, Niceville. Box lunches from Heavenly Ham will be eaten at the park pavilion. To reserve a box lunch, e-mail marieharrison@valp.net or call 678-2842. Cost of the box lunch is $10. College 101 Northwest Florida State College will hold an information session for new and prospective students Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Niceville campus from 6-8 p.m. and will offer information about the admissions process, financial aid, career assessments, and NWFSC programs of study. For more information contact Maddie Ostrowski at recruitment@nwfsc.edu or call 7296467. Theatrical production Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Thespians for Christ present Arsenic and Old Lace Friday, Nov. 22, for one night only. Doors open 6:30 p.m., curtain rises at 7 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 student, and seating is limited. For tickets and information please contact Jana Obrigewitch at obrigewitchj@rbcs.org or 2794112. Nail trim clinic There will be a nail trimming clinic for pets Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Parkway Veterinary Hospital, 1101 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. The funds raised will go towards Relay for Life. Cost is $8 per pet, $6 for additional pets in the same family. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on a short leash. Proof of rabies vaccine required. For more info, call 678-9733. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry presents The Nellons of Dallas, Ga., on Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 South Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. A suggested $10 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be received. All invited. For more information visit libbyandfriendsgospelconcerts.com. Handel s Messiah The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, a select choral group of talented local vocalists, will hold a free performance of Handels Messiah on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. For information, contact Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 850-729-6009. The Nutcracker The Northwest Florida Ballet performs The Nutcracker on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for purchase through the NWF Ballet. Contact the Ballet at 664-7787 or see the ballet website for ticket information at nfballet.org. Mission fair Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its 16th Global Mission Gift Fair. on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at 363 Miracle Strip in Fort Walton Beach. For more information, contact June Gunnerson at 651-5955. Thanksgiving worship The Twin-City Ministerial Association of Niceville and Valparaiso is having its annual Community Thanksgiving worship service on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m., at Rosemont Baptist Church, 1601 27th Street in Niceville, across from Plew Elementary School. Multiple local churches will be participating in the worship service. A nursery up to age four will be provided. For more information call 678-4854. Broadway musical A national touring Broadway Series musical, Hello Dolly! Starring Sally Struthers appears Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Individual tickets are $45 each at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, mainstage theater, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, or contact 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. NARFE meets National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1428 holds their annual election Nov. 26 at the Golden Corral, Fort Walton Beach. Lunch at 11 a.m., meeting at noon. Open to all current and retired federal employees. For more information call 6786045. Garden club meets Niceville Garden Club presents The Garden as a Healing Place Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Niceville Community Center. For more information, contact nvgc1@cox.net. Alzheimers support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 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. Give blood Wednesday, Nov. 27, Walmart in Niceville from 12-6 p.m. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. 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 678 -1298 WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICES8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. PraiseST. PAUL PRESCHOOLLimited openings VPK Provider SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES9:30 a.m. Ages 3-Adults THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICENov. 27 7:00 p.m. Rocky Bayou seniors take field trip to collegesA large group of Rocky Bayou Christian School seniors and juniors participated in an early October school trip to four Christian colleges and universities in Florida. Seniors stayed in dorms, visited classes, chapel services, attended admissions and financial aid meetings. Pictured, Sarah Augustin, Logan Bearinger, Mackenzie Davis, Payton Denbow, Dylan DeMarra, Michelle Earls, Izabella Foreman, Claire Gunter, Kelly Hanning, Josh Jarrell, Noah Kerstein, Shaun Li, Connor Lynch, Stefan Makarov, Nina Nelson, Vincent Pan, Tyler Paskell, Alyssa Slagle, Amber Smith, Dave Tan, Benji Vigil and Christian Yun along with juniors Joseph Allen, Josh Birdsong, Andrew Earls, Cameron Esses, Clayton Jago, Pixie Fluhrer, Will Makarov, Madeline McIntosh, Melanie Ouma, Josh Preston and James Sung. 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 POINTING THE WAY TO JESUSwww.iacdestin.org 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin 850-837-6324 Immanuel Anglican ChurchSunday Morning Services9:00am Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy Communion Nursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 3-7 11:01am Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion) Nursery & Sunday School providedYouth OutreachYouth Wednesday Nights Hang out; engage; worship; grow 6:30-8:30pm The ShedKidzNet Sept. 11-Nov. 20Wednesday Nights 6:00-8:00pm Ages 3 years-5th grade THANKSGIVING DAYHoly Communion Service 10:00am THE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Dont be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! BayouTreeService COMPUTER SERVICES S.O.S. 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Charles Hugh (Bud) MahoneyCharles Hugh (Bud) Mahoney, age 71, of Niceville, passed away the night of Nov. 8, at Superior Residences of Niceville. He was a native of Boston and grew up in Malden, Mass. He was predeceased by his parents Edward F. and Kathryn E. Mahoney and by his beloved brother Paul Mahoney. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Renate Mahoney (nee Rehr) of Niceville and by his sister Kathryn E. Mahoney of Melrose, Mass., his brothers Edward F. Mahoney of North Andover, Mass., John and Bernadette Mahoney of Rochester, N.H., and by his brother-in-law Michael F. and sister-in-law Marian Rehr of Ajax, Ontario and sister-in-law Inge Schaumann of Mannheim, Germany. After a career in the Air Force, he attained his Bachelor of Business Science at the University of Syracuse, then worked as a computer specialist at the Eglin Mathematics Laboratory until his retirement in 2004. He had a brilliant mind and comprehended analytical concepts easily. He was compassionate and had a great sense of humor. His passions were the Boston Red Sox, reading, listening to jazz and classical rock, political satire and the outdoors. He enjoyed social gatherings with his family and friends, good food and fine wine. His lively wit and political acumen as well as his ritual making of Feuerzangenbowle (hot spiced wine) at Christmas will be greatly missed by his friends and family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. We would like to thank Superior Residences for their service and care during his extended illness. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Alzheimers Association. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Book signing in NicevilleAuthor Philip W. Kent was on hand Saturday, Nov. 16 at Bayou Books in Niceville signing copies of his new book, Yeshua Ha Mashiach which translates to Jesus the Messiah. Rich Degraw wins NHS car raffleRich Degraw of Niceville was the latest winner of Niceville High School s Quest for Technology Campaign car giveaway. Degraw won the 2012 Toyota Camry during the drawing held on Nov. 8. The proceeds from ticket sales go directly to classroom technology at NHS. Pictured left, Degraw displays his winning tickets. This is the third car Thrifty Car Rental owner, Joe Fagundes, has donated. Obituary Charles Hugh (Bud) Mahoney Beverly Ann Hilton Green1935Beverly Ann Hilton Green passed away peacefully at the age of 77 in Edgewood, Wash. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. She battled lung cancer for the past three and a half years, refusing any treatments. She always lived life on her own terms. She was a resident of Valparaiso for 40 years. We all love her and will miss her, but we celebrate and honor her life. She was born on November 10, 1935 in Montpelier, Vt. to Kathleen Robina Sargent and Keith Edward Hilton. She graduated from Deering High School in Portland, Maine, Class of 1954. She was a faithful member of the Catholic Church. She married Fred Lee Green on April 21, 1956 in Portland, Maine. He was the love of her life. He passed away, while on active duty in the U.S. Air Force on May 22, 1973 at Homestead Air Force Base. They had 17 wonderful years together and had four boys. She worked at many other jobs through the years but retired from civil service in the Civilian Pay Department at Eglin in 2001. Mom loved and enjoyed being around all of her boys and their families, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many friends of her own boys called her Mom as well. She enjoyed playing bingo, playing slots at the casinos, bowling, traveling, making crafts, crocheting, making baskets, cooking (she was a great cook), watching game shows on T.V. and she was a collector of many things. Beverly is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lee Green; her mother, Kathleen Sargent Hilton; her father, Keith Edward Hilton; and her brothers, William F. Hilton and Keith E. Hilton. She is survived by her sons, John Winifred (Lori) Green of Edgewood, Wash.; Edward Lee (Rachell) Green of Crestview; William Keith (Ginny) Green of Lacey, Wash.; and James Brian (Tonya) Green of Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her sisters, E. Frances Hilton of Portland, Maine; Kathleen Hilton (Maurice) Harvey of Windham, Maine; and Jessie Hilton (Paul) Luttrell of Rockland, Maine. Sister-in-laws, Donna Hilton of Portland, Maine and Anne Hilton of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Green, Javan Meireis, Kaitlyn Green, DeAnna Green (Brandon) Haywood, and Cody Green and her great grandchildren, Ethan Haywood and Jaxon Haywood. Also, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Graveside Services and Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery located at 672 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine on Saturday Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to the American Cancer Society in her memory. Thank you. Obituary Beverly Ann Hilton Green Republican Women fashion showThe Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated mixed food with fashion Sept. 28, at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club. The models from their fashion show, pictured from left, Barbara Wall, Abbie Maclin, Hannah Gord, Elizabeth Rudder, Micki Gramm and Sheila Vaughen.Girl Scout troop fills shoeboxesMembers of Girl Scout Troop 910 stuffed 50 shoe boxes for Project Christmas Child at Rosemont Baptist Church in Niceville on Oct. 26. Their shoeboxes will be added to the 500 boxes already stuffed by Rosemont Baptist Church members. Pictured, from front left, Kinsley Pendleton, Marissa Pendleton, Christina Carter, Kara Bolin, Lilly Bolin and Bailey Kaufman. 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Niceville High Schools lady swimmers placed third overall in the region with 257 points. The men came in fourth with 180.5 points. Caitlin Myers won the 200 Medley Relay event and set a new county record of 1:50.72. Sydney Dawson, Kalanne Krause, Tatum Hackler and Caitlin Myers teamed up and broke the 1999 record for the 400 free relay with a fast 3:34.02 for a second place finish. Other NHS records set this year were: Kalanne Krause in the ladies 100 backstroke with a time of 59.34, Chaz Brechler in the mens 500 free with a time of 5.54.39 and mens 400 Free relay with a time of 3:18.86. For diving it was Delaney Clark with 306.70, an 11 dive point total and 142.17, a six dive point total for the ladies and Jake Hughes for the men with 284.05, an 11 dive point total and 153.05, a six dive point total. The Eagles those who earned automatic selection for state were Caitlin Myers and Matthew Markwardt. Also moving on to state, Sydney Dawson, Kalanne Krause, Tatum Hackler, Milbrey Parke, Teddy Vaughen, Judson Robertson and Kellen Broaderick. The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Sara KentMarketing Director The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS Niceville High School s regional swim team.Photo courtesy Louann BrechlerNiceville runners go to stateThe 2013 Niceville High School cross country season has come to an end with the final meet being the state meet in Tallahassee Nov. 9. With 24 schools competing in the 3A race, NHS girls placed 13th and the boys placed 7th. All we have asked of the athletes is that they give the team 100%. They have never failed to do so, said Coach Durrenberger. Most of the athletes will enjoy a well deserved break before some continue on into track season. Others will continue training for the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships held in North Carolina over the Thanksgiving break. I am happy for the seniors in the fact that both the boys and girls teams qualified for state this season. We will lose 11 of the 16 state runners to graduation. Most of the runners have been with us for four years, it goes fast and you get to watch them grow up into young adults over that time. They put a lot of effort, sweat and time in over the past four years. They represented Niceville High School and the community with pride. They will be missed, said Coach Eller. Girls results: 55th Claire Crist (19:57.68), 68th Haley Smith (20:15.58), 92nd Annie Serpa (20:42.53), 102nd Drew Haggerman (20:51.72), 125th Anna Herrera (21:18.19), 135th Mackenzie Shinnick (21:27.69) and 146th Julia Moreno (21:47.28). Boys results: 4th Thomas Howell (15:27.99), 23rd Nick Morken (16:04.72), 52nd Caden Ewing (16:32.92), 71st Tristan Hamer (16:52.00), 92nd Jack Massey (17:22.47), 129th Tripp Davis (17:49.74) and 147th Jake Fiske (18:12.63). New Season Best Times: A. Serpa, D. Haggerman, T. Howell. Personal record was C. Ewing.Eagle swimmers break records Traveling team wins against older bracketThe FC Dallas/EC U-15 Girls won the Destin Soccer Rodeo Oct. 20, despite playing up in bracket. Pictured, from top left, Grace Smales, Kalie Cortez, Grace Ratley, Chloe Resendiz, Gabriela Hunter, Annie-James Walsh, Mary Elizabeth Goolsby, Payton Lewis, Devynn Vachon, Hannah Salinas and Coach Ryan Martin. From bottom left, Alexis Sherwin, Hannah Davis, Delanie Bomar, Cierra Martin, Ashley Parker and Nicole Farmer. Not pictured, Coach Patrick O Neill. Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNiceville quarterback Ashton Hooker on a keeper for a touchdown. The Eagles trampled the Leon Lions Friday, Nov. 15, 62-14. They will face Tallahassee Lincoln Friday for the Region 1-7A semifinal. NHS set for regional semiBy Sarah Clauson Beacon Correspondent Niceville High School advanced to the Region 1-7A football semifinal after dominating the Leon High School Lions Friday at home. The Eagles will play Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, this Friday, again in Niceville. Last Friday's regional quarterfinal pitted the District 1 7A champs against the District 2 runner-up, Leon. The Eagles played a near pitch-perfect game, with a final score of 62-14. They presented a team that looked as close to the early season Eagles as weve seen in a while. All sides of the ball played with impact and aggression, and even when the back-ups were brought in near the end, the home team did not relent. The Niceville offense, which had to overcome injury and lineup changes, was back to its old rhythm with Ashton Hooker at the helm. The talent spread across a host of Eagles who were able to make big plays and keep the chains moving down the field. They made their way into the end zone an astounding nine times and practically had the game won before the second quarter was underway. The tone was set out of the gate, with Tyree McCants returning the ball all the way to the Leon four-yard line, which poised Tayjon Culley for a touchdown just 19 seconds into the game. The scoring frenzy continued through the first half, with the Eagles racking up 42 points, while holding the Lions to zero. The already impressive Niceville defense managed to take it up a notch with big plays that turned the ball over and with their overall protection of the Eagles field. They guarded the yards with intensity and kept the Lions scoreless until late in the third when the offense had already racked up 55 points. Standout moments included two interceptions that were run back for touchdowns. The team's cohesive success was praised by Head Coach John Hicks. They did everything we asked of them, we prepared well, we came out tonight and played well, said Hicks. We got our explosiveness back. As the Eagles face off against the District 2 champ, Tallahassee Lincoln, on Nov. 22, the competition will be tougher. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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Geek Lights display The sixth annual "Geek Lights on the Corner" Christmas light and music show will take place nightly Dec. 2 through Jan. 5, at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way, Bluewater Bay. The free shows start at 6 p.m., and plays every hour and half-hour with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m. SundayThursday and last show starting at 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 'Animation in Motion' The Niceville Christmas Lady will be back in Niceville with her display, "Animation in Motion," at the former Food World building, 1104 E. John Sims Parkway in the Oak Creek Shopping Center beginning Friday, Nov. 29 and lasting until Friday, Dec. 27 nightly from 6-9 p.m. Scouts to sell firs Nicevilles Boy Scouts of America Troop 546 will hold its annual Christmas tree sale Dec. 2-8, in front of the Niceville Police Station, 212 N. Partin Drive. The troop will have an assortment of Fraser fir No. 1 trees from North Carolina at various prices and ranging from 5-9 feet tall. Trees will be sold on Friday, 3-9Continued on next page Community spreads Christmas spiritPage 2 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Beacons Hometown Christmas The Yule of Yesteryear is a traditional holiday celebration, Dec. 14, at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso. www.theboathouselanding.com Phone: 850-678-2805 124 John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso Located next to Angels Are UsServing Lunch and Dinner EverydayEARLYBIRDSPECIALS$9.95 4:30-6:00 pmToast the Holidays in our lounge or patio bar! Happy Hour: Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m. Groups large or small... We have the right room to make your Christmas Party special Call today and book your party early! Gift CardsMake the perfect Hostess Gift & Stocking Stuffer! "I'M A PHONAK BI-CROSS HEARING AID USER, AND THANK GOD SOMEONE FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT. "I have been deaf in one ear all of my life (SSD or Single Sided Deafness). I tried several different brands of amplifications and hearing aids, but I still went through life with a "handicap". I remember sitting at the front of the class room because I could not hear. I always picked the left side of a table because I could not communicate with any one sitting on my right side. I can remember laughing at peoples jokes and did not understand what they even said. And, of course, while dancing I could not hear the "sweet words" that might have been spoken. I guess I will never know what I may have missed. I could never understand why a hearing lab could not make a hearing aid that would send a signal to the other side of your head, since the electronic companies could make things that could communicate with people on the moon. Finally, it happened; I was fit with my first hearing aid that had a wire connecting one ear to the other. It was better than trying to listen and understand with one ear only, but what a pain it was trying to wrestle with the wire. I tried to place the wire in several different positions (around my neck, across the top of my head, and under my neck), but I never found a good solution. Then, I finally found on line a Medical Lab called www.Phonak.com who suggested I call Niceville Hearing Center in Niceville, FL. The Medical Lab said the professionals at Niceville Hearing Center would be able to test and fit me with a "Bi-Cross" fitting which was completely wireless. WOW!! How great!! FINALLY Now I can put my hearing aids in my ears and communicate with people on BOTH sides. I can even turn the volume down if I am in a loud, noisy setting; or turn the volume up when my Pastor is not talking loud enough for me to hear and understand. The Niceville Hearing Center also included in my purchase a remote control which is very small with a couple buttons to push to adjust whenever I change different listening environments. I was born in Laurel Hill and have lived in the Niceville-Valparaiso area all my life. If you or any of your family and friends are having difficulty hearing and understanding ladies voices, kids voices or have challenges understanding in noisy places, please give the folks at Niceville Hearing Center a visit. They know how to take care of their Patients. earCareTMASSOCIATES, INCNICEVILLEHEARING CENTERNiceville Hearing Center Twin Cities Medical Plaza1001 W. College Blvd., Building #2, Niceville, FL 32578 (Located next door to Dr. Pat Tidwell's Family Practice office) Office: 678-3277 (EARS) Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comS. Grant Williams, owner of Niceville Hearing Center, was nominated as The Best of 2012, and again for 2013, Hearing Healthcare Professionals by The Hearing Review publication. The Hearing Review publishers established the Best Of The Best program to recognize those hearing instrument specialist, audiologists, ear, nose & throat medical doctors and others who exemplify quality hearing health care. This program highlights outstanding individuals, practices, facilities and companies that go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the needs of people with hearing impairment. Proud Phonak Provider Call today to schedule your FREE SCREENING & PRODUCT DEMONSTRATIONWe have a "TryEmB4UBuyEm policy.Grant Williams, HAS, HIS, ACAFL & LA Licensed in Hearing Instrument Sciences Graduate of The American Council of Audio Prosthology WreaFaye-Nieft-Paris I'm 81 years young and YES! I can hear you now "I'm wearing a Phonak BI-CROSS HEARING AID and thank God someone finally figured it out. I could never understand why a hearing aid manufacturing lab could not make a hearing aid to help me."

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page 3 The Beacons Hometown Christmas p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Contact Jack Knight, 374-2602. Eglin tree lighting The Eglin Chapel will host its free Holiday Tree Lighting festival Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., at the West Gate Chapel, Eglin Air Force Base. There will be caroling, choir performances, a tree lighting and Santa to arrive on a fire truck. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Contact 882-2111. Community Christmas Parade The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club will present its annual community Christmas Parade, this year themed "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" in memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., beginning at Palm Boulevard and John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The parade will travel west on John Sims to Partin Drive, then north up Partin to head between the Childrens Park and Ruckel Middle School. The judging stand will be in the Ruckel parking lot. The registration fee deadline for participants is Dec. 2 or a $5 late fee if paid after. The entry fee for profit organizations is $60 and $30 for non-profit. Proceeds will provide holiday meals for Sharing and Caring families and other community service projects. Niceville Christmas Festival The seventh annual Niceville Community Christmas Festival will be held Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m., at the Niceville City Hall Complex, on Partin Drive. The treelighting will take place at 6 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy performances by Ruckel and Lewis School choruses and the Plew Elementary chorus. Children can visit with Santa in the Childrens Park, take a "slhay" (hay) ride with Santas elves and more. Walk through the complex and see decorative scenes and thousands of lights. Children can make crafts for free and greet the Christmas characters inside the council chambers. Food will be available and a selection of craft vendors. Outside Christmas displays will be open until Dec. 31. Yule of Yesteryear The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will present the Yule of Yesteryear, a traditional holiday celebration, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The VivaFlorida 500 time capsule will be ceremonially sealed at 1 p.m. A Victorian Tea will be at 2 p.m., as well as Christmas shopping with craft vendors, Christmas choirs and food vendors, crafts for kids, and pictures with Santa. Call 678-2615 for more info. Niceville Library Christmas party The Friends of the Niceville Public Library and staff will host a patron appreciation party Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the library, 206 Partin Drive N, Niceville. There will be finger foods, goodies and punch. From previous page The Niceville-Valparaiso Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the intersection of Palm Boulevard and John Sims Parkway in Niceville.A selection of holiday traditions 1419 North Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-0056 Fax 729-3161 AUTO BODY AUTO BODYCommitment to Quality Collision Specialists

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Coats for Christmas United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties is hosting their annual Coats for Kids at Christmas through Dec. 5. Drop off new or hardly worn coats at the following locations in the Twin Cities area: Bank of America, BankTrust, Compass Bank, Beach Community Bank. Also, Boeing Company, CCB Community Bank, Coastal Bank and Trusts, Covenant Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Union, Regionsbank, Trustmark Bank, Twin Cities Hospital. Toys for Tots Toys for Tots will collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from the community during the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Clubs Community Christmas Parade Dec. 7. Marines and local volunteers will collect donations throughout the parade and donors will receive a free 2013 Toys for Tots T-shirt, dog tags and collector poker chips. Contact Susan C. Rood 855-7411. Jingle Bell Jog The Army 7th Special Forces Group will host its annual Jingle Bell Jog 10K race and 5K run or walk Dec. 14, 8 a.m.,Page 4 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Continued on next page Charities spreading Christmas goodwill Organizations like the Kiwanis Club help keep food pantries like Sharing and Caring full and ready to assist those in need. HAIR EXPRESSSALON & RETAIL CENTERPalm Plaza (850) 678-4555Merry ChristmasFrom Wes, Stephanie and StaffAnd this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. bluewaterfitness.net | 850-279-6767 4591 Hwy. 20 E., Niceville | Corner of White Point Rd. and Hwy. 20Give the Gift of Health to a loved one... Gift certificates available for the holidays

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It is better to give than to receiveat Uptown Station, Fort Walton Beach. The proceeds will benefit the 7th Special Forces Association, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides support to families of the 7th Group. The event commemorates the members and families of Special Forces. There will be prizes, costume contests, raffles, music and food after the race. Register for $35 at sfach7jinglebelljog@gmail.com by Dec. 10. Cal s Holiday food drive Cals Appliances will host a holiday Passing of the Cans food drive for Sharing and Caring until Nov. 30, at 121 N Partin Drive, Niceville. Canned and dry goods or monetary donations will be accepted and go directly to Sharing and Caring. Cals will also host a Christmas carnival with snacks and beverages Dec. 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m. until the Niceville-Valparaiso Christmas Parade ends. Donors will be entered into a drawing to win door prizes that will be given out at the party. Contact 678-4838. OASIS fundraiser OASIS, the Okaloosa AIDS Support and Informational Services, will host its Holiday Jubilee Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., at Saint Simons on the Sound Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd., Destin. The evening will feature holiday snacks, festive beverages, seasonal musical entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will go to OASIS to assist those in the area affected by HIV or AIDS. To purchase tickets, donate auction items, or volunteer contact OASIS at 314-0950. OASIS is a nonprofit, communitybased organization serving Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties with HIV case management, testing, and community education and informational services. Sharing and Caring Sharing and Caring is looking for donations of food, hygiene products, diapers, detergents and more from MondayThursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, at 104 Bullock. Blvd., Niceville. The shelter is also signing up families from Niceville, Valparaiso and Choctaw Beach for its annual Christmas Program. This is a community program with churches, businesses, and civic organizations that provide holiday food baskets and Christmas gifts for children ages 12 and under. Sign up at the shelter during normal business hours by Dec. 6. Proof of residency and ID is required at the time of sign up. Contact Sharing and Caring at 678-8459 or visit sharing-n-caring.org. Food for Shelter House Shelter House, a domestic violence center, is collecting canned and dry food items to create Christmas meals for women and children residing in the shelter during the holidays. The shelter asks for gift cards to stores, such as Winn-Dixie or Food Depot for the families to use. All donations can be dropped off at the Shelter House, 102 Buck Drive, Fort Walton Beach, and only refrigerated items on Dec. 18. Donations of pet food and care items welcome as well. Contact 2431201. From previous page Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page 5 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Toys for Tots will collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from the community during the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club s Community Christmas Parade Dec. 7. BAYOU PLAZANOW OPEN! 599 John Sims Pkwy. W, Niceville 729-2900liquidation outletMILITARY MONDAYSMILITARY RECEIVE AN EXTRA50% OFF MSRP 5%OFFFire Pit$29900FISHER PRICE Healthy Care High Chair GRACO Pack N Play$9499GRACO Pack N Play$6400BeddingLiving Room Furniture and Decor Home Furnishings

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Handel's Messiah The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will hold a free performance of Handels "Messiah" on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. For information, contact Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 850729-6009. Holiday jazz performance The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College will present a free Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College with a wide selection of seasonal and jazz favorites as well as new works. The group is comprised of NWFSC students and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 7295382. Chamber Singers concert Okaloosa Chamber Singers will celebrate their 16th season with Christmas concerts Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, Ft. Walton Beach, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs. Guests "Sweet Prospect," an acoustic instrumental trio known for a relaxed soothing sound, will perform carols individually and with the singers. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $15 or $25 per couple. For further information contact Dr. Marilyn Overturf at 682-9651 or e-mail marilyno@cox.net. Symphony's Holiday Pops' The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual "Holiday Pops" concert Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Celebrate the holiday season with performances of light classics, pops selections and the carol sing-a-longs. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale joins the orchestra in this seasonal offering. Tickets are $22.50 each for adults, $16 for active duty military and children 18 and under. Purchase tickets at mattiekellyartscenter.org, 729-6000 or at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A Victorian Christmas The Northwest Florida State College Madrigals, a select 26-voice mixed ensemble, will perform "A Victorian Christmas" Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Centerart gallery, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The group of scholarship vocalists, under the direction of Allison Everitt, and Belle Voci, a womens ensemble under the direction of Lois Van Dam, will have two performances featuring a variety of holiday music. Tickets are $25 each. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or the box office. Page 6 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Tis the season for musical performances OPENof Niceville792 E. John Sims Pkwy. | (850) 678-9955THANKSGIVING DAY7 P.M. MIDNIGHTBLACK FRIDAY6 A.M. 7 P.M.SHOP HOMETOWN STORELOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR! (850) 279-3113Parkway East Shopping Center 1129 John Sims Pkwy. FINE JEWELRY FASHION JEWELRY WATCHES COME& CELEBRATE The Season of LightsTake a riding tour around Lake DeFuniak and enjoy the beauty of more than 3 million lights & the charm of the decorated seasonal characters.Each Evening 5pm-9pm $3 per person Children 6 and under admitted free Season Passes are available for $35 each for more info contact City Hall (850) 892-8500 or visit our web site at www.christmasreflections.comNOVEMBER29 DECEMBER31 From Hwy. 90 East turn Left at red light onto 331 South. Then, turn Left at red light onto Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections. From Hwy. 90 West turn Right onto 331 South. Then, turn Left at red light onto Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections. From East or West I-10, turn North on 331. Go to fifth red light. Turn Right on Live Oak Ave. Entrance to Christmas Reflections.

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St. Paul Lutheran events St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville, will begin its holiday season with "The Holden Evening Prayer" offered Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 7 p.m. The church will host "A Christmas Concert" Dec. 21, 7 p.m., featuring singa-longs, soloists and other musical groups in the congregation. A reception will follow. Niceville High choral concert The Niceville Singers of Niceville High School will give a free concert Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville. Freewill donations to the NHS Choir program will be accepted. Rocky Bayou Marching Knights The Rocky Bayou Christian Academys Marching Knights will perform at the Crestview Downtown Christmas Parade Dec. 7, the NicevilleValparaiso Rotary Club Community Christmas Parade Dec. 7, and the Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade Dec. 2. Lewis School Chorus concert The Lewis School Chorus will hold its "Sounds of the Season" concert Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Lewis cafeteria, 281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso. Contact 833-4130. NHS Chorus performance The Niceville High School Chorus will host its holiday concert, "A Wreath of Carols" Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The chorus includes the Select Women, Bel Canto, Cantore, The Camerata, Opus One and the Niceville Singers. The concert is $10 per person. Niceville Assembly of God The Niceville Assemble KidzTown group will be performing a Christmas musical, "Dude, you hear what I hear?" Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Niceville Assembly of God, following a regular service and holiday choir at 9 a.m. For more info call 678-2531. RBCS band and chorus concert Rocky Bayou Christian School Band and Choral Christmas concert will be on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. Methodist church concert Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr. S., will have a Christmas Worship Concert on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Lewis School Band concert The Lewis School Band will hold its Winter Concert Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m., in the Taylor Haugen Gym, at the Lewis School. Contact 833-4130. Christmas Eve church services Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville, will hold its Children's Christmas Eve mass at 4 p.m. Regular Christmas Eve mass will be at 10 p.m. with Christmas Day mass at 10 a.m. Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, Niceville, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. First Baptist Church of Niceville will hold its Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Niceville, will hold a Christmas Eve service, "A Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols," at 7 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville, will hold a Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m., a Family Celebration Service at 7:30 p.m. and a candlelight Holy Communion at 11 p.m. Niceville United Methodist Church will hold seven Christmas Eve services beginning with a children's service at 3 p.m. and alternating between contemporary and traditional until the last service at 7:30 p.m. Yule-time events at schools, churchesWednesday, November 20, 2013 Page 7 The Beacons Hometown Christmas Take a ride through the Living Nativity and story of Christ on Dec. 13-15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Valparaiso Assembly of God at 571 Valparaiso Parkway. There will be cookies and hot cocoa for participants as will as an interactive Nativity hayride that chronicles the life of Jesus. This event is free. For more information, call 678-4040. PETER, PAUL & MARY ALIVEFriday, February 14 7:30 p.m. Emerald Coast Convention Center The only tribute group in the U.S. dedicated to authentic sounds and harmonies of the original Folk Music Legends. This unique group has universal appeal attracting all age groups, just like their inspiring heros who became famous in 1962 and stayed with it for 50 years.LINDA GENTILLESaturday, January 18 7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium Pianist, entertainer and producer, Linda is one of the East Coast s most famous entertainers. Called Piano Princess or the Female Liberace, for her showmanship and comedic personality. She returns by popular demand with Great Balls of Fire supported by her trio. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVERSaturday, March 1 7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach High School Auditorium Starring Ted Vigil who closely resembles and sounds like John Denver. Ted is not an impersonator, rather he sings a tribute to his musical icon, performing with long time guitar accompanist Steve Weisberg.This concert is a return visit by popular demand. Emerald Coast Concert Association 2014 SeriesOur 54thseason is as follows TICKET COSTLinda Gentille, $25 each Tribute to John Denver: $25 each Peter, Paul & Mary: $30 each Students & children under 18: $10 each Tickets at the door will be $5 more. For information call 850-362-9356 or go to www.emeraldcoastconcerts.org10% DISCOUNTwhen purchasing all three concerts

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