The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer For anyone who has considered becoming a foster parent but never knew where to start, an introductory class will be taught Feb. 18 at Niceville United Methodist Church. The orientation is aimed at helping prospective foster parents decide whether they want to proceed with the process of certification. The 90-minute session "gives a brief overview of what being a foster parent entails, so they can make a informed decision if this is the right path to follow for them and their family,” said Brenda Robinson, a foster parent recruiter for FamiliesFirst Network, a Pensacola-based private agency that operates fostercare services in four counties, including Okaloosa and Walton, on behalf of the state of Florida. “There’s no commitment, no signup,” said Tyler Fuller, a foster parent who is also a youth minister at Niceville United Methodist Church. “This is just to see how it works. From there you go to what’s called a PRIDE class.” Approval to provide foster care is usually granted after successful completion of the PRIDE class, which spans several weeks, said Fuller. The class consists of 30 hours of training for a state foster care license. PRIDE is an acronym for Parent Resources for Information Development and Education. Tyler and his wife, Leslie Fuller, of Niceville have been foster parents for just over a year now. Their two biological daughters share their home with two boys, brothers, whom the Fullers are fostering. “We feel called to it,” said Fuller. “It’s like something that God has specifically called us to do, so that’s satisfying. Our kids are growing as they learn to be sisters.”By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission discussed options for renovating the Crestview courthouse, replacing the former Shalimar courthouse annex, and expanding the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Shalimar. During a meeting in Crestview Feb. 4, the commission chose between options for expansion and renovation of the aging county courthouse in Crestview. County Facility Maintenance Director Donald Turner told commissioners that the Crestview courthouse was built in 1953, and the Shalimar Courthouse Annex was built in 1974. Both buildings predated the Americans with Disabilities Act and cannot be easily fixed to comply with the law short of making major modifications or replacing the buildings altogether, officials said. In the case of the Crestview courthouse, said Turner, the facility lacks adequate holding cells for prisoners undergoing trial, and lacks secure means for moving prisoners to and from courtrooms without coming in contact with 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, February 12, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see PROBLEMS, page A-4 Please see SCHOOLS, page A-5 Please see $10M, page A-3Thurs., 9 a.m. The Bluewater Bay Garden Club will meet at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse on Bluewater Boulevard for a meeting and social time. Guests are welcome. 897-5560. Sat., 2 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Museum of Northwest Florida Valparaiso, at a Victorian tea Cost is $15, or $12 for museum members. Space is limited, reservations are required. 6782615. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Sigma Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a health symposium called “ Pink Goes Red ” to educate the public about wellness at the Northwest Florida State College Student Center, Niceville. Mon., 12 p.m. The Exchange Club of Niceville is having a celebration of freedom at Niceville City Hall, next to the Children’s Park. The Pledge of Allegiance will be said together as a simple gesture of patriotism and remembrance of the sacrifices made in the defense of our country. 225-0412. Calendar, B-2 COMING UP Problems plague $6 million sewage plant upgradeRoof woes also at issueBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Continuing construction challenges were the primary topics of the Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board (NVRSB), which convened Feb. 5 in Niceville. Spirited discussion regarding progress of the Sewer Plant Upgrade Project consumed the majority of the meeting. Glenn Stephens, representative of Polyengineering Inc., the board's contract engineer, stated there were still problems with the filtration system clogging. There was a concern regarding a recommendation by a previous project manager for Siemens, the company that is overseeing the $6 million plant upgrade, who advocated use of 6 millimeter screens for plant filtration rather than finer 3 millimeter screens. Okaloosa schools food service now in the blackBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County School Board heard a briefing on improvements to school food services, discussed recovery from the ice storm that struck the district in early February, and discussed some actions that may be taken by the Florida Legislature in its upcoming session. During a meeting in Fort Walton Beach Feb. 6, Tony Buscemi, of Sodexo School Services, the private contractor that has taken over food service from an operation run by the school district itself, briefed board members on a review of the program, which he said included studies at Florosa and Riverside elementary schools, Pryor Middle School, and Choctawhatchee High School. He said the school system’s food program has gone from running a deficit in 2009 to having a $1.2 million surplus as of June 2013. He also said the school district won a best practices award from the USDA in 2012. In addition, said Buscemi, the school district is upgrading its equipment and facilities. One new initiative, he said, is having a professional chef visit district high schools, doing “display cooking,” as a The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Requirements, A-3 Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithLove was in the air at First Baptist Church, Niceville, as fathers and their daughters gathered for an early Valentine s Day banquet Feb. 7. Pictured, Sean Bradley and his daughter Clara commemorate the night with a portrait taken before being seated.Valentines New bridge takes shapeA new bridge over Swift Creek, Niceville, will be part of a service road that will link the new Publix shopping center with the Walmart shopping center. When completed later this year, the road, paralleling John Sims Parkway, will allow motorists to drive from Rocky Bayou Drive to Oak Creek Plaza without using John Sims.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith There will be a Foster and Adoptive Parent Orientation Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Niceville United Methodist Church. Pictured, Tyler and Leslie Fuller of Niceville have been foster parents for a year. Courtesy photo Please see FOSTER, page A-3 Renovation of the Crestview courthouse could cost as much as $10 million.$10M courthouse overhaul eyed Becoming a foster parentLearn more in an intro session Feb. 18

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Option Three is estimated to cost between $8 million and $12 million. The existing Crestview courthouse, said Turner, has about 44,000 square feet of floor space in its current configuration. Commissioners also discussed some conceptual ideas for designing a new building to replace the former Shalimar courthouse annex, which is used as office space by various county agencies. South county court functions, which account for the lion's share of judicial business in Okaloosa County, were moved in 2011 to a new $27 million, 86,000-squarefoot annex in Fort Walton Beach. Commissioners did not approve a specific design or cost figures for the replacement structure, but discussed various concepts preliminary to an actual design. They also approved an $8,000 project to conduct an asbestos survey of the buildings at the former Shalimar annex, prior to demolishing and replacing them. Commissioners also approved $150,000 to expedite remodeling of certain spaces at the sheriff’s Shalimar campus, and $10,000 to provide temporary offices for the Guardian ad Litem program in Shalimar. In other business, commissioners heard a briefing from local attorney Mike Chesser, who discussed the possibility of using tax increment financing to fund building a highway bypass around Crestview from State Road 85 south of the city, around the west side, to north of Crestview. Chesser said it would be necessary for the county to raise enough money from its own taxes, either in the form of property taxes, gasoline taxes, or other taxes, to provide a local match to attract enough state or federal grant money to complete such a project. Also at the meeting, the commission approved public event requests for a pair of foot races in the Niceville area. Without discussion, commissioners approved a public event permit for the Bluewater Bay Duathlon, to be held Feb. 22 from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., along Bluewater Boulevard, John Sims Parkway, and around the EOD Memorial. The event will be sponsored by the Emerald Coast Triathlon Club. The commissioners also approved a public event permit for the “Run to Play Kids Helping Kids One Mile Run,” to be held on April 25, from 5;30 to 7 p.m. in Niceville. $10MFrom page A-1 Okaloosa CountyA favored option for expansion and remodeling of the 1953 Okaloosa County Courthouse in Crestview contains this plan for the second floor. Expansion area is in light shading at top. Darker area at bottom would be remodeled.In the four-county area that FamiliesFirst oversees— Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton—there are 227 licensed foster homes, said Robinson. Though it varies from case to case, children can be in a single foster home from a few weeks to up to a year. “Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) does their very best to find blood relatives to place children once they are in sheltered care,” said Robinson. “If no family is available or meets the criteria to care for the child, he/she will be placed in a licensed foster home.” Fuller advises foster parents to have an open mind and stay flexible. Children entering the program are most often pulled in to the foster program unexpectedly due to domestic crisis. The Fullers received a call for their first child, an infant, at 2 a.m. one morning. By 3:30 a.m. they were caring for a 4-month-old, said Fuller. “You have to be flexible, on your toes and ready,” said Fuller. Of Florida's 4 million children, about 7,600 are in foster care at any given time, having been removed from their homes by state authority for various reasons, according to the DCF. They include newborns, toddlers, grammar-school-aged students and teens. They come from many different backgrounds, and speak various languages. Some have many siblings, some have special needs. While being a rewarding experience, there are difficulties as well. Foster parents deal with children from different cultures and upbringings, said Fuller. “Be careful of your expectations,” advised Fuller. “Some of the kids you get may be struggling in school. As a foster parent, you have a real chance to help.” One of the most difficult issues for both foster parents and the children that need fostering is uncertainty, said Fuller. “As long as the kids are in care you never really know what their future is,” said Fuller. “It’s hard for us and it’s hard for them.” FamiliesFirst Network will host a foster care orientation for those interested in learning more on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Niceville United Methodist Church, Room 956, upstairs in the Community Life Center. For information contact Tyler Fuller at 678-4411 or TFuller@nicevilleumc.org. FOSTERFrom page A-1 Fostering requirementsBeacon Staff Thinking of becoming a foster parent? Here are some requirements, according to FamiliesFirst Network, a Pensacola-based child-welfare agency that oversees foster families in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. Foster parents must: —Be at least 21 years old. —Have sufficient income to support the household without relying on the board payment as supplemental income. —Complete Caretaker Background Screening (Abuse Registry), local criminal checks Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Check (FDLE) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprints for anyone living in the home 18 years of age and older. —Provide references. —Complete 30 hours of Foster Parent Pre-service Training (PRIDE) prior to license. —Pass home inspection by health and fire authorities. —Complete an in-depth family assessment to include self-study questionnaires and other licensing requirements. Foster parent(s) may be single or married. If married and living together, both parents must participate in parenting. Daycare can be provided if both parents work. Foster parents receive a daily stipend that varies by the child's age, from $14.14 for infants to $23.67 for children aged 15-17.

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Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.3, 2014 through Feb.9, 2014. 0 Structure Fire31 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn0 Other Emergency Calls 2 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................01:11 Dolphin Point Rd........................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................11:26 Alan A. Dale...............................Fuel leak...................................2/3/14....................15:32 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................20:43 3rd Street....................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................22:29 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................22:42 Hudson Cir.................................Alarm activation........................2/3/14....................23:10 Cedar Ave..................................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................07:40 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................14:20 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................14:29 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................15:38 E. College Blvd..........................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................15:56 Forest Lake Terr.........................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................03:11 Ivy Ave........................................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................05:36 Marquette St..............................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................09:12 Als Dr..........................................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................10:15 Cedar Ave..................................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................10:49 Matthew Dr.................................False alarm...............................2/5/14....................17:03 Date Palm Dr.............................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................19:10 Edgewater Dr.............................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................22:54 Bay Breeze Cove......................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................09:56 Hudson Cir.................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................10:15 Redwood/John Sims.................Vehicle crash............................2/6/14....................14:09 N. Hwy. 85..................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................14:52 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................16:39 Willow Ln....................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................18:37 22nd Street.................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................21:23 Reeves St...................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................22:10 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/7/14....................11:03 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.....................................2/7/14....................16:33 Boyd Cir......................................Medical.....................................2/7/14....................18:19 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/8/14....................06:44 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/8/14....................07:21 Als Dr..........................................Medical.....................................2/9/14....................07:21 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Vehicle crash............................2/9/14....................09:27 Lanman Rd................................Medical.....................................2/9/14....................22:19 Weekly Safety Tip: Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.3, 2014 through Feb.9, 2014. Street Situation Date Time Hickory St..................................Medical........................................2/3/14...................12:19 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/3/14...................15:22 Hwy. 20 E..................................Medical assist.............................2/4/14...................08:56 Merchants Way.........................Medical........................................2/4/14...................12:33 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/4/14...................17:29 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/4/14...................22:30 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/5/14...................00:01 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/5/14...................01:06 Hwy. 20 E..................................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/5/14...................11:44 Olde Post Rd............................Public assist................................2/5/14...................16:06 Hampton Cir..............................Public assist................................2/6/14...................10:00 Choctawhatchee Dr..................Medical........................................2/6/14...................11:59 Windward Ln.............................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/7/14...................07:40 Parkwood Ct.............................Medical assist.............................2/7/14...................13:13 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/7/14...................14:10 Lake Dr......................................Smoke detector activation.........2/7/14...................21:59 Meditteranean Cir.....................Medical assist.............................2/8/14...................05:39 Range Rd..................................Vehicle accident.........................2/8/14...................09:23 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/8/14...................20:13 Meadow Woods Ln..................Medical assist.............................2/9/14...................02:49 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/9/14...................16:59 Lost Horse Cir...........................Medical........................................2/9/14...................17:59 Treasure Cove..........................Medical........................................2/9/14...................18:46 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.com P r o t e c t i n g Y o u r B u s i n e s s . Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. Page A-4 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 The metal screens are installed upstream of filters. Officials indicated that too much solid material is getting through the screens, resulting in clogged filters. A new project manager for Siemens, Brandon Hudson, conducted additional research by observing plant operations at Neptune Beach, which has a similar filtration system. Hudson said that Neptune was using 3 millimeter screens and had no clogging issues. As a result, Siemens is now recommending a switch to the 3 millimeter screens. Stephens stated that he and the NVRSB plant manager, Rick Helms, will meet with Siemens soon to address this issue. At the request of board member Lannie Corbin, Niceville city manager, Stephens procured a cost estimate for the 3 millimeter conversion, which was estimated to be $550,000 to $600,000. Of particular concern was the impact of this issue on the budget. The contract was awarded for $6 million. As of Feb. 2, the project was on track with available funding of $1.2 million. However, it is premature to determine what impact this screen issue could have on the budget. Heath Rominger, sewer board member, asked if this oversight could be considered “a performance liability”? Member Patrick Strong stated this issue would be discussed further with the contractor. Given the urgency to resolve this concern, an additional meeting was been scheduled for Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. to continue discussing project options. A secondary topic was the status of a reroofing project. The sewer plant’s roof has experienced multiple issues that warranted a repair project. A contract was awarded for $82,700 to remove and replace the old roof. Significant discussion focused on the identification of the need to replace "lightweight" concrete on the lower portions of the roof and its associated costs. This concern was not identified during the initial assessment of the project. Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold, a board member, expressed concern that the contractor had overlooked this issue resulting in an unexpected cost increase of $30,000 to $40,000. Stephens stated that they anticipated using the existing lightweight concrete that was in place, but unfortunately it “crumbled and was not usable.” He stated this was not an issue that was identifiable until the work began. Corbin stated that had the lightweight concrete concern been identified upfront, the associated cost to replace it would have been included in the initial bid, resulting in having to pay for it anyway. This sentiment was echoed by other board members. The project is still being worked, but has experienced several delays due to inclement weather the area has experienced. In other business, Arnold presented a proposal to board members regarding the generation of a new contract that would clarify specific duties that would be executed by the contract engineer. He stated that the existing contract is 30 years old and may not contain the level of detail and duties required. Board members were open to the idea. Corbin referenced the current Valparaiso contract with Polyengineering that could be used as a baseline if this action were approved. Arnold stated he would ensure a copy of the contract was forwarded to other board members. This action remained an open discussion item. Strong asked members to think about the need to update the contract and it would be readdressed at the next meeting. PROBLEMSFrom page A-1 Filters are clogging (far left) at the Niceville-Valparaiso regional wastewater treatment plant, a problem blamed on too-coarse screens installed during a current improvement project. Near left, a clean filter.Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board Eglin test to close key roadsSections of the two state highways linking north and south Okaloosa County are scheduled to close for 90 minutes the morning of Feb. 14 due to an Eglin Air Force Base test mission, according to Eglin officials. Highway 85 between Niceville and Crestview, Highway 285 between Niceville and Mossy Head, and adjacent roadways including Eglin reservation roads, will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for safety reasons. In addition, Duke Field will be evacuated for the test. The Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) cantonment will remain open, but access from the east at Highway 85 will be stopped during the test A backup mission date is scheduled for Feb. 15 with closures and evacuations at the same times if needed, according to an Eglin statement.

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way of introducing students to healthy and palatable food preparation, as well as awakening interest in food services careers. He said that emphasis is being placed on using less processed food and more fresh foods in school cafeterias. He said the district is looking for local sources for fresh produce. In addition, said Buscemi, the district is conducting online surveys among students, asking such questions as, “What did you think of lunch today?” and asking students to check such answers as “Loved it,” “Okay,” or “Didn’t like it.” He also said that the school district will be holding a “Future Chefs” competition in March for elementary school students, who will compete to see who can make the best sandwiches. School board members praised Buscemi’s efforts. “We could never get a handle on food services until we brought you on board,” said board member Cindy Frakes. Board member Melissa Thrush thanked Buscemi for “your willingness to increase communication with parents and others.” In other business during the meeting, Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson told board members that she does not think the district will have to make up any of the school days lost to the ice storm earlier this month, during which schools were closed for three days while icy roads made it too dangerous to transport children to and from school. Taxpayers and students are promised 180 days of public schooling a year, or the hourly equivalent. Jackson also said that during the coming legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott is expected to introduce a budget of more than $18 billion for public education in Florida, which Jackson said is “more than ever before.” School board member Cindy Frakes briefed fellow board members on some bills pending before the state legislature. One of these, she said, is to modify “zero tolerance” policies, to prevent students from being overly disciplined for such trivial offenses as nibbling a pop tart into the shape of a gun. Frakes also said that the legislature may move toward bringing textbook selection back to local school boards, rather than having textbooks chosen at the state or federal level. Frakes described this as a “push back” from people concerned about whether the “Common Core Curriculum” is likely to impose federal or state requirements on local school districts. Frakes said that although many teachers appear to like the common core curriculum, many parents are concerned about it, especially over the curriculum’s new approach to teaching children mathematics. She said some parents have complained that the new teaching approach makes it difficult for parents to help their children with their math homework. Melissa Thrush said that some students have also been frustrated by being presented with multiple options for solving the same math problem.Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith “Ice dancing. It s just beautiful to me – the way it s synchronized.” Doug Stark, 67, Niceville, retired “Ice hockey.” Joe Stevens, 58, Niceville, social worker Tracey Williams, 66, Niceville, retired engineer What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.What is your favorite Winter Olympic sport?Jack Morgan, Niceville, retired Location: Walmart “Hockey – I like contact sports.” Donna Fontaine, 60, Bluewater Bay, manager “Luge – because it s fast, and it s team-oriented.” “Without a doubt, snowboarding, and especially Shaun White – he s phenomenal.” “Figure skating. I just think it looks cool.” Alexis VanNimwegen, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student "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 always picked the left side of a table because I could not communicate with any one sitting on my right side. Then, I finally found a Medical Lab online called www.Phonak.com who suggested I call Niceville Hearing Center in Niceville, Florida. 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 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 noisy setting; or turn the volume up when my Pastor is not talking loud enough for me to hear. 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 NicevilleValparaiso 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, INCS. 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 ProviderCall 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 BICROSS 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." NICEVILLEHEARINGCENTER 850-678-3277 | Twin Cities Medical Plaza | 1001 College Blvd. W., Bldg. 2 | Niceville, FL 32578 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com | info@NicevilleHearingCenter.com DESTINHEARINGCENTER 850-678-3211 | 4012 Commons Dr. W. | Destin, FL 32541 www.DestinHearingCenter.com | info@DestinHearingCenter.com PANAMACITYHEARINGCENTER 850-830-0376 | 24 W. 8th St. | Panama City, FL 32401 www.PanamaCityHearingCenter.com | info@PanamaCityHearingCenter.com HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.5 p.m. SCHOOLSFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Ductwork. It s hidden in your attic and between the floors of your home so it s easy to not give it much thought. However, the smallest duct leaks can lead to the biggest holes in your pocket when it comes to high utility bills. At this very moment, leaky ducts in your home could be contributing to excess humidity levels that can lead to a lower level of comfort, rooms that are unevenly cooled or heated and musty odors and air quality issues. With seeping air, your system could be forced to work harder, making it difficult to heat or cool certain rooms. All of these issues lead to discomfort and high energy bills. A newer technology of sealing your ductwork from the inside has been around for almost a decade through Aero Seal. One Hour Air has invested into the equipment and training to offer it to our area home owners for the first time. With Aero Seal ductwork sealing technology and professional ductwork cleaning, One Hour Air can help you and your family enjoy the benefits of increased comfort in your home, reduced dust, lower humidity and balanced temperatures. Your reduction in energy wasted through duct leakage will help you keep money in your pocket. When you attempt to have your homes ductwork patched or sealed from the outside, not only can you miss the inaccessible sections of ductwork that are harder to find or access, the work done from the outside only repairs a fraction of the leakage and may eventually break down under the extreme attic temperatures over time. In the past, your options were limited to keeping your old leaking ductwork or replacing it. Now, One Hour Air can offer you the option to clean and seal your homes ductwork or replace it for you. One Hour Air has dedicated their resources and training to help the home owners in our service area improve the performance of their heating and cooling systems, offering tune ups that help improve performance and reduce costly breakdowns along with higher utility bills. You can call One Hour Air s live service, offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and schedule a technician to come out at a time of your convenience, even after hours and on the weekends. Not only will you be investing in a trusted provider that always has consideration for your time and home, but you will be supporting a locally owned and operated Niceville business… a local service provider that supports local schools, sports and events. Let One Hour Air have the opportunity of making you a customer for life. All employees are highly trained, experienced and passionate about what they do and see all their clients as neighbors. 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The operations are part of the 53rd Wing's Weapon System Evaluation Program, or WSEP. In the morning, fighter aircraft will release munitions between about 8 a.m. and noon, about 20 nautical miles out in the Gulf. In the afternoon from about 1 to 5 p.m. some 30 boats will be used by A-10 and F-15 warplanes as visual targets. No weapons or ammunition will be involved in the boat testing. The boats will go between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge, and five to 20 miles south of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. Boat operators will be dressed in military uniforms and white costumes. They will carry fake rubber rifles, painted in bright colors, which will be hidden when going to and from the mission area, including passing under bridges and through harbors. Some boats will carry mock deck guns and fake rocket launchers. The test will be conducted within a cordoned range safety corridor. 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Donaldson-GeislerSarah Campbell Donaldson and Kenneth Edward Geisler were married on last Oct. 13 at the Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. Attendants for the bride were Margaret Campbell and Whitney Donaldson. Best man for the groom was Kaden Geisler, and the other groomsman was Frank Geisler Jr. The bride is the daughter of Shelly Campbell Williams (deceased) and Kenny and Patty Donaldson of Niceville and a 2001 graduate of Niceville High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Florida State University in 2005. She is a teacher at Emerald Coast Middle School. The groom is the son of Diana and Ed Gilbert of Niceville and Frank and Kassie Geisler of Leesburg and a 2002 graduate of Niceville High School. He earned his Bachelor degrees in Project Management at NWFSC in 2007 and Construction Engineering Technology from the University of West Florida in 2009. He is employed by Southern Wine and Spirits. They currently reside in Santa Rosa Beach. 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 aa y y , F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 1 1 2 2 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Weddings Scout builds benches, earns Eagle rankTroop 546 held an Eagle Court-of-Honor for their most recent Eagle Scout, Chance Riley. Chance lead the construction and installation of campfire benches at the Christ our Redeemer Catholic Church in Bluewater Bay. Pictured, first row from left, Mike Klinger, Conner Nelson and Drew Knebl. Second row from left, Scoutmaster Steve Pearce, Brayton Miles, Gavin Tolbert, Hudson Pearce, Chance Riley, Weston Smith and Mike Lynch. Kenneth and Sarah Geisler Who’s News Gretchen Erickson of Niceville earned the Girl Scout Volunteer Years of Service Pin which recognizes adult members for the years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals. Erickson has committed 45 years of service to Girl Scouts as a girl and adult member. She was honored at an Adult Volunteers Awards Ceremony Feb. 1 which recognized individuals for their service to the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle. *** Gretchen Erickson Please see WHO S, page B-3 Learn history over lunchAnn Denson Tucker, local artist and Chairwomen for the Muscogee Nation of Florida, will be the presenter for a free lunch time lecture, “History of Muscogee Creek People,” Friday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. Space is limited so please call to reserve a seat at 678-2615. Rocky competes in Junior Classical League regionalsRocky Bayou Christian School’s Junior Classical League members competed in the Junior Classical League Regional Forum on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Gulf Breeze High School. Individual winners for the academic testing were: For the senior class, Mackenzie Davis, won fifth in Advanced Greek Derivatives and Isabella Foreman, won fifth in Heptathlon. For the junior class, Clayton Jago, won fifth in Latin Vocabulary II. For the sophomores class, Seth Kerstein, won fourth in Latin Derivatives II. For the freshmen class, Charis Allen, won third in both the Pentathlon and Latin Derivatives I, Amber Grete, won fifth in Vocabulary II and Ariel Schesniak won third in Latin Grammar I. Middle school student Alicyn Grete, won second in Latin Grammar I and first in Pentathlon. Individual winners in the Creative Contests were: Alicyn Grete won fifth in Models and sophomore Sarah Stovall, won first in Illustrated Booklet. In the Olympics, while the RBCS team won second place overall, individual winners were: MacKenzie Davis won third and Alicyn Grete won fifth in the 100 Meter Race; Alicyn Grete won fourth in the Mile Run, females division; Kayla Thompson won third and Mackenzie Davis won second in the Friscus Throw, female division; Ian Kampert won fourth and Clayton Jago won third in the Friscus Throw, male division. Michelle Earls, Clayton Jago, Ian Kampert, Trever Knie, and Mackenzie Davis won third in the Human Chariot Race; McKenzie Davis won first and Kayla Thompson won fifth for Standing Broad Jump, female division and Clayton Jago won fifth for Standing Broad Jump, Rocky Bayou Christian School s Junior Classical League competed in the regional forum Jan. 25. Pictured from left bottom row, Sarah Stovall and Alicyn Grete. Middle row from left, Ian Kampert, Michelle Earls, Charis Allen, Mackenzie Davis, Izabella Foreman and Kayla Thompson. Back row from left, Julie Mosley, Seth Kerstein, Clayton Jago and Trever Knie. Please see ROCKY, page B-3 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.BUY A HOME IN 2013?LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.com YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION!Here’s some real estate news you can use! 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Call to artists The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming art competition, “Figure It,” open to all artists and all media. The show encompasses the human figure. Turn in entries on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1-4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 244-1271, or visit the Website at artsdesignsociety.org. Starter soccer Indoor Side-Kick Soccer for ages 2-5 years old is registering now until Feb. 21. This is an intro-to-soccer program and requires parent participation. Two and three year olds will play on Tuesdays between 4:30-6 p.m. beginning March 4. Four and five year olds will play on Thursdays between 4:30-6:45 p.m. beginning March 6. Early bird cost is $35 per player. Register and pay in person with cash or check at the Niceville United Methodist Church’s Community Life Center. For more information, please contact the Recreation Ministry at 678-4411 ext. 145. Benefit concert The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra performs in concert to benefit the Niceville High School Band program on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $20 each and are available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office by phone, in-person or online. Contact the Box Office at 7296000 or at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Chamber breakfast The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce will hold its Second Wednesday Breakfast on Feb. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Niceville Community Center. This month’s sponsor is Valparaiso Realty Company. Breakfast is $5 cash or $6 credit card at the door. Chamber members may purchase a punch card for $50 – the punch card is valid for each breakfast in 2014. Garden club meets The Bluewater Bay Garden Club will meet on Feb. 13 at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse on Bluewater Boulevard at 9 a.m. for social time, meeting starting at 9:30. Our guest speakers will be Melissa LaMatty, a St Andrew’s Park Services Specialist, and Dylan Shoemaker, a St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Manager. Guests are welcome, for information, call Karen Williams at 897-5560. DAR meets Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 134 Beal Parkway S.W., Fort Walton Beach at 10 a.m., Feb. 13. Program will be Florida’s 500th Anniversary by Della Scott Ireton, NW Florida State College Assistant Director of Archaeology. DAR is open to all women who are lineally descended from a Revolutionary War Patriot. 796-0783 Parrot Heads meet The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club will meet Feb. 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Harry T’s, Destin. For more info, visit ecparrotheads.org. Tribute concertThe Emerald Coast Concert Association will bring Peter, Paul and Mary “Alive” to the stage at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa IslandFriday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $30 per person and available at Artful Things in Niceville. Tickets at the door are $5 more. Tickets for students under 18 are $10. For more information call ECCA at 362-9356 or visit their website at emeraldcoastconcerts.org. Lunch time lecture There will be a free lunch time lecture, “History of Muscogee Creek People,” Friday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m., presented by Ann Denson Tucker, local artist and Chairwomen for the Muscogee Nation of Florida. Bring a sandwich and take your lunch break at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for “History Sandwiched-In,” an informal lunchtime education program. This lecture is open to the public. Space is limited so please call to reserve a seat at 678-2615. Choctaw potluck The Choctaw Beach Community Center will have its monthly potluck dinner on Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. The community center is located at 126 Water Oak Street in Choctaw Beach. The February dinner will have a Valentine’s day theme. All residents of Choctaw Beach are invited. Victorian Valentine tea Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a unique and fun way this year at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. Cost is $15, or $12 for museum members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call 678-2615 to reserve. Breakfast fundraiser “Kids Anointed to Succeed” (KATS), the youth group at All God’s Children and the Living Word Worship Center, 40 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso, will host a Sweetheart Breakfast on Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. This is a fundraiser for scholarship funds. Tax deductable donations also accepted. For more info contact Vanessa McClain at 803-3818. Daddy and daughter dance First Presbyterian Church, 1800 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, invites fathers and daughters of the community to the second annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 15 with dads and girls six and under from 4-6 p.m. and dads and girls aged seven and up from 6-8 p.m. Family tickets are available for $20 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ongoing care and support of Cavaillon orphanage in Haiti. Please call 678-2521 to purchase tickets. This is a non-denominational, community event. Boot camp for girls Distinguished Young Women of Okaloosa County will host a “Boot Camp” Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2-4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Niceville Assembly of God, 108 Highway 85 North, Niceville. Cost of the workshop is $35 per girl and includes a t-shirt from the event, a free ticket to the DYW Scholarship Program for Okaloosa County in July 2014, and a social time with homemade snacks. To register for the DYW Boot Camp please contact Carole Byrd at 205-886-5552 or caroledyrd911@yahoo.com. Needle art exhibit The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) will have a showing of members’ needlework projects, “Needle Arts in the Atrium III” at the Meridian at Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Marwalt Drive, across from the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 1-4 p.m. with refreshments Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. Health fair The Sigma Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a health symposium called “Pink Goes Red” Feb. 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College, Student Center, Niceville. Free guitar recital Classical guitarist Stephen Robinson will appear Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in a free recital at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, in the Tyler Recital Hall. Seating is limited, donations will be accepted at the door for this free recital, which is sponsored by the college’s Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division. Musical brunch Rossini’s opera “Cinderella” will be the subject of Choctaw Bay Music Club’s 12th annual opera brunch on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. in the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students and must be purchased by Feb. 16. Brunch tickets are available at Bayou Books in Niceville. For information or tickets you may call Gloria DeBerry, 642-0756 or Karen LeGrand, 664-6569 or send an e-mail to ChoctawBayMusic@cox.net. Please reserve by Feb. 16. NWFSC open house Northwest Florida State College (NWF State College) will host a Community Open House on the college’s main campus in Niceville from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 17. It is recommended the public enter the event at one of three locationsthe main lobby of the Student Services Dance for daughters and dadsThe First Presbyterian Church, 1800 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, will be transformed into a Valentine s themed wonderland Feb 15 with music provided by Moonlight Music Company of Niceville. Dads and girls six and under from 4-6 p.m. and dads and girls aged seven and up from 6-8 p.m. Family tickets, $20. This is a nondenominational, community event. Call 678-2521. 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Advertise your business in this size space for only $20.95 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! TREE SERVICE Country Roads Tree Service“We cut so you don’t have to”• Tree removal with stump grinding • Tree trimming & thinning • Storm damage clean up • Fully Licensed/Insured • Call today for a Free Estimate!Ask for Joe the Tree Man!(850)461-7170 Residential/Commercial CLEANING SERVICE Housekeeping Service Residential & Commercial850-460-5085Let us FOR YOU!CLEAN MOMS with MOPS CALL TODAY for an ESTIMATE Page B-2 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Please see CALENDAR, page B-3

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Niceville nurse gets Patriot AwardTwin Cities Hospital Chief Nursing officer, Shaun Lampron, RN, BSN, was presented the Patriot Award by Captain Angela Sanders of 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Macdill Air Force Base, Tampa and Mr. Terry Dawkins, Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Volunteer. The ESGR Patriot Award is nominated by military reservists who recognize employers with outstanding support of military duties. Lampron lives in Niceville with her family. John R. Lanning Jr.John R. Lanning Jr. died early Saturday morning. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He leaves behind his wife Sandra Lanning, daughter Suetta Hill, son Lawrence Lanning, granddaughter SeAndria Duckworth, grandson Steven Hill, grandson Shayne Hill, great-grandson Ethan Backs, great-grandson Stephan Hill, great-granddaughter Sophia Hill, great-granddaughter Sara Hill and great-granddaughter Mina Hill, all of Niceville. He is also survived by his brother Dan Lanning of Hollywood, Calif. John Lanning was a retired Master Sgt. of the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of duty. In that time he served our country in the Vietnam Conflict. He was proudest of his time served with the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing and the Air Force Orientation Group in Dayton, Ohio. While in Vietnam, John was in contact with Agent Orange which lead to the cancer that he eventually succumbed to. There will be no services for him. He wanted just a small private family gathering. He had no insurance, so instead of flowers, please send any donations to Sue Lanning at the Eglin Federal Credit Union to help cover funeral expenses. It will take anywhere from 6 to 12 months for Veterans Administration to switch over her death benefits. He will be remembered! The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Obituary Benjamin (Benji) Vigil a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School, was selected as the Niceville Exchange Club’s student for “Accepting the Challenge of Excellence” (ACE) for January. WHO SFrom page B-1 Benjamin Vigil Ruckel band director selected as All-County conductorRuckel Middle School Band Director Eddie Steadman was selected to be the Guest Clinician and Conductor for the 2014 Santa Rosa All-County Honor Band Jan. 24. John R. Lanning Jr.Bluewater students give gifts of pajamasSecond grade students at Bluewater Elementary School in Niceville purchased Christmas pajamas for all of the youngsters at Children in Crisis. The students mothers wrapped the gifts and Missie Sykes, a second grade teacher at Bluewater, agreed to coordinate the holiday project.Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON male division. MacKenzie Davis, Isabelle Foreman, Trever Knie, Clayton Jago, Ian Kampert and Charis Allen won second in the Tug of War. JCL sponsor, Julie Mosley, says that she is very proud of her small-school group for earning these places amongst much larger schools in this “total points” competition. ROCKYFrom page B-1Collegiate has four Merit semifinalistsFour students from Collegiate High School were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors will continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring. Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT during their junior year of high school. Pictured from left, Roger Ballard, Alex Hencinski, Luis Melecio-Zambrano and Evan Adler. Women s Golf help fund food bankThe Eglin Women s Golf Association was pleased to donate $300 to Niceville s Sharing and Caring. The check was from proceeds of the annual ladies Invitational Golf Tournament. Pictured from left, Martha Istorico, Ina Reimann, Susan Magerman, Jamie Hill and Amanda Millington. NEWSPAPER GRAPHIC ARTIST PART-TIME Beacon Newspapers, publisher of The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer and The Hurlburt Patriot, seeks a graphic artist to paginate newspaper pages in QuarkXpress, Photoshop images, create ads, and perform other production, office and mailroom duties. Experience with QuarkXpress or another page-layout program required. Applicants should be organized, detail-oriented, and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines. This is a small-business environment that rewards the ability to master new challenges. Nonsmokers. Apply in person at the Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. 850-6781080. NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville • 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Ken s Gas Piping is taking applications for experienced gas pipers. Construction experience a plus. Valid driver s license and reliable transportation preferred. For more information call 8974149. Experienced only apply. FSBO. 1.2 acre wooded, waterfront lot. Lakeview Estates, Wedgewood Lane, Crestview, FL. $65K OBO 850-880-6470 VALENTINE GIFT Book your wedding or vow renewal on the beach, park, yard, etc. 10% military discount. 850-499-1094, Weddingsbywebster@ cox.net Looking for deals? Check the classified ads every Wednesday in the Beacon. Lots for Sale Services Help Wanted Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale CLASSIFIEDS B eaco n "Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!" Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.You Just Need the Keys!Call Carriage Hills Realty for All of Your Real Estate Needs.“Home Is Where the Heart Is.” (850) 678-51781821 John Sims Pkwy. | Niceville, Florida 32578 www.CarriageHills.com | Realtor@CarriageHills.com 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SF PRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE For more information call897-6464 Office/Warehouse Price of First Run............$ + Price of subsequent runs$ = Total Price......................$ Please write ad on form. 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Act of patriotism The Exchange Club of Niceville invites everyone to join up noon, Feb. 17 at Niceville City Hall, next to the Children’s Park, in a celebration of freedom. Please come out to say the Pledge of Allegiance together as a simple gesture of patriotism and remembrance of the sacrifices made in the defense of our country. For more info, Paul McShane 2250412. Foster families needed Families First Network hosts Foster Care Orientation for those interested in learning more about foster care Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 956, upstairs in community life center. For info contact Tyler Fuller at 678-4411 or TFuller@nicevilleumc.org. Chamber after hours Join the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and Sterling House Bluewater Bay, Tuesday Feb. 18 from 5– 6:30 p.m., for Business After Hours. Sterling House, 1551 Merchants Way, Niceville, will sponsor a Mardi Gras After Hours, with food, beverages, networking and door prizes. Contact the Chamber, 6782323, for more information. Classical commentary Dr. Robert Larson, retired humanities professor, will present “Models, Metaphors and Music” at the community classical music study series, “Better Listening,” Feb. 18, with comments on classic music and related CD selections from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required. CALENDARFrom page B-2

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Page B-4 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comFax 1-888-520-9323Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon.Niceville s Newspaper BEACO N SP O R T SBE A CON S POR T S Eagles wrestling spring seasonSpring wrestling at Niceville High School starts March 4 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the NHS wrestling room. Wrestlers from 5th-12th grade will practice and compete in folkstyle, free-style and Greco roman wrestling. Tournaments will be held every Thursday night from 6:30-8 p.m. with weigh ins at 6 p.m. Cost is $50 for members or $10 a tournament. Wrestling practice will be taught by USA wrestling coaches and competition in all three styles will be held. Sign up will be at the first practice or tournament. Practices and tournaments will run through May. There will also be a tournament for younger wrestlers from five years to 8th grade in the Niceville High School gym March 1 beginning at 7 a.m. with weigh in and the tournament beginning at 9 a.m. For more information contact Coach Morrie Geselter at 2794640 or email grappler1435@cox.net. Eagles play twice Friday for one win, one lossNiceville High School varsity baseball played two games back to back Friday with a loss to Crestview High School with a score of 4-2 followed by a win over Fort Walton Beach High School with a score of 4-2. The game against Fort Walton Beach had been rescheduled due to a previous cancellation. Pictured, Trevon Eubanks pitches against Crestview during the first game of the night. The Eagles will play against Providence Christian High School in Alabama March 1.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithFour NHS athletes sign scholarshipsFour football players for Niceville High School signed college scholarships Feb. 5 at a National Signing Day Event held in the school auditorium. Pictured, standing from left, are the coaches John Hicks, Jimmy Norrell, Adron Robinson and Aaron Daniel. Sitting, Mitchell Mathews signed with Fairmont State University, Marqui Daniel signed with Eastern Kentucky University, Tyre McCants signed with University of South Florida and Connor McJunkin signed with University of the Cumberlands. Morrie Geselter NWFSC Improves Lives! NWFSC prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, genetic information or gender in any of its programs, services, or activities. www.nwfsc.edu/openhouse 100 College Boulevard East, Niceville, FL 32578 Niceville Campus Pack the Gym! Raiders Commodores STATE COLLEGENORTHWEST FLORIDA Activities



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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer For anyone who has considered becoming a foster parent but never knew where to start, an introductory class will be taught Feb. 18 at Niceville United Methodist Church. The orientation is aimed at helping prospective foster parents decide whether they want to proceed with the process of certification. The 90-minute session "gives a brief overview of what being a foster parent entails, so they can make a informed decision if this is the right path to follow for them and their family, said Brenda Robinson, a foster parent recruiter for FamiliesFirst Network, a Pensacola-based private agency that operates fostercare services in four counties, including Okaloosa and Walton, on behalf of the state of Florida. Theres no commitment, no signup, said Tyler Fuller, a foster parent who is also a youth minister at Niceville United Methodist Church. This is just to see how it works. From there you go to whats called a PRIDE class. Approval to provide foster care is usually granted after successful completion of the PRIDE class, which spans several weeks, said Fuller. The class consists of 30 hours of training for a state foster care license. PRIDE is an acronym for Parent Resources for Information Development and Education. Tyler and his wife, Leslie Fuller, of Niceville have been foster parents for just over a year now. Their two biological daughters share their home with two boys, brothers, whom the Fullers are fostering. We feel called to it, said Fuller. Its like something that God has specifically called us to do, so thats satisfying. Our kids are growing as they learn to be sisters.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission discussed options for renovating the Crestview courthouse, replacing the former Shalimar courthouse annex, and expanding the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office headquarters in Shalimar. During a meeting in Crestview Feb. 4, the commission chose between options for expansion and renovation of the aging county courthouse in Crestview. County Facility Maintenance Director Donald Turner told commissioners that the Crestview courthouse was built in 1953, and the Shalimar Courthouse Annex was built in 1974. Both buildings predated the Americans with Disabilities Act and cannot be easily fixed to comply with the law short of making major modifications or replacing the buildings altogether, officials said. In the case of the Crestview courthouse, said Turner, the facility lacks adequate holding cells for prisoners undergoing trial, and lacks secure means for moving prisoners to and from courtrooms without coming in contact with T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, February 12, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see PROBLEMS, page A-4 Please see SCHOOLS, page A-5 Please see $10M, page A-3Thurs., 9 a.m. The Bluewater Bay Garden Club will meet at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse on Bluewater Boulevard for a meeting and social time. Guests are welcome. 897-5560. Sat., 2 p.m. Celebrate Valentines Day at the Museum of Northwest Florida Valparaiso, at a Victorian tea Cost is $15, or $12 for museum members. Space is limited, reservations are required. 6782615. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Sigma Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a health symposium called Pink Goes Red to educate the public about wellness at the Northwest Florida State College, Student Center, Niceville. Mon., 12 p.m. The Exchange Club of Niceville is having a celebration of freedom at Niceville City Hall, next to the Childrens Park. The Pledge of Allegiance will be said together as a simple gesture of patriotism and remembrance of the sacrifices made in the defense of our country. 225-0412. Calendar, B-2 COMINGUP Problems plague $6 million sewage plant upgradeRoof woes also at issueBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Continuing construction challenges were the primary topics of the Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board (NVRSB), which convened Feb. 5 in Niceville. Spirited discussion regarding progress of the Sewer Plant Upgrade Project consumed the majority of the meeting. Glenn Stephens, representative of Polyengineering Inc., the board's contract engineer, stated there were still problems with the filtration system clogging. There was a concern regarding a recommendation by a previous project manager for Siemens, the company that is overseeing the $6 million plant upgrade, who advocated use of 6 millimeter screens for plant filtration rather than finer 3 millimeter screens. Okaloosa schools food service now in the blackBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County School Board heard a briefing on improvements to school food services, discussed recovery from the ice storm that struck the district in early February, and discussed some actions that may be taken by the Florida Legislature in its upcoming session. During a meeting in Fort Walton Beach Feb. 6, Tony Buscemi, of Sodexo School Services, the private contractor that has taken over food service from an operation run by the school district itself, briefed board members on a review of the program, which he said included studies at Florosa and Riverside elementary schools, Pryor Middle School, and Choctawhatchee High School. He said the school systems food program has gone from running a deficit in 2009 to having a $1.2 million surplus as of June 2013. He also said the school district won a best practices award from the USDA in 2012. In addition, said Buscemi, the school district is upgrading its equipment and facilities. One new initiative, he said, is having a professional chef visit district high schools, doing display cooking, as a The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Requirements, A-3 Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithLove was in the air at First Baptist Church, Niceville, as fathers and their daughters gathered for an early Valentines Day banquet Feb. 7. Pictured, Sean Bradley and his daughter Clara commemorate the night with a portrait taken before being seated.Valentines New bridge takes shapeA new bridge over Swift Creek, Niceville, will be part of a service road that will link the new Publix shopping center with the Walmart shopping center. When completed later this year, the road, paralleling John Sims Parkway, will allow motorists to drive from Rocky Bayou Drive to Oak Creek Plaza without using John Sims.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith There will be a Foster and Adoptive Parent Orientation Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Niceville United Methodist Church. Pictured, Tyler and Leslie Fuller of Niceville have been foster parents for a year. Courtesy photo Please see FOSTER, page A-3 Renovation of the Crestview courthouse could cost as much as $10 million.$10M courthouse overhaul eyed Becoming a foster parentLearn more in an intro session Feb. 18

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Sat. 9 6Oak Creek Shopping Center, Nicevillewww.bayoubookcompany.com Since 1986Purchase 5 Hallmark Valen ne cards, and receive a coupon good for$500OFFyour next purchase made a er Valenne's Day.MMMthe public or with court officials. It also lacks secure means for judges to get to and from their offices, parking, and courtrooms. Regarding the Crestview courthouse, commissioners considered three conceptual plans for renovation. Option One, whose implementation was estimated to cost somewhere between $5 million and $8 million, was rejected by commissioners as inadequate. After some discussion, commissioners directed Turner and other county staff to continue exploring Option Two, which is estimated to cost somewhere between $7 million and $10 million and add about 15,500 square feet to the courthouse. They also directed county staff consider a third option, which would add 24,000 square feet to the existing courthouse, including a fourth floor and two new courtrooms. Option Three is estimated to cost between $8 million and $12 million. The existing Crestview courthouse, said Turner, has about 44,000 square feet of floor space in its current configuration. Commissioners also discussed some conceptual ideas for designing a new building to replace the former Shalimar courthouse annex, which is used as office space by various county agencies. South county court functions, which account for the lion's share of judicial business in Okaloosa County, were moved in 2011 to a new $27 million, 86,000-squarefoot annex in Fort Walton Beach. Commissioners did not approve a specific design or cost figures for the replacement structure, but discussed various concepts preliminary to an actual design. They also approved an $8,000 project to conduct an asbestos survey of the buildings at the former Shalimar annex, prior to demolishing and replacing them. Commissioners also approved $150,000 to expedite remodeling of certain spaces at the sheriffs Shalimar campus, and $10,000 to provide temporary offices for the Guardian ad Litem program in Shalimar. In other business, commissioners heard a briefing from local attorney Mike Chesser, who discussed the possibility of using tax increment financing to fund building a highway bypass around Crestview from State Road 85 south of the city, around the west side, to north of Crestview. Chesser said it would be necessary for the county to raise enough money from its own taxes, either in the form of property taxes, gasoline taxes, or other taxes, to provide a local match to attract enough state or federal grant money to complete such a project. Also at the meeting, the commission approved public event requests for a pair of foot races in the Niceville area. Without discussion, commissioners approved a public event permit for the Bluewater Bay Duathlon, to be held Feb. 22 from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., along Bluewater Boulevard, John Sims Parkway, and around the EOD Memorial. The event will be sponsored by the Emerald Coast Triathlon Club. The commissioners also approved a public event permit for the Run to Play Kids Helping Kids One Mile Run, to be held on April 25, from 5;30 to 7 p.m. in Niceville. $10MFrom page A-1 Okaloosa CountyA favored option for expansion and remodeling of the 1953 Okaloosa County Courthouse in Crestview contains this plan for the second floor. Expansion area is in light shading at top. Darker area at bottom would be remodeled.In the four-county area that FamiliesFirst oversees Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Waltonthere are 227 licensed foster homes, said Robinson. Though it varies from case to case, children can be in a single foster home from a few weeks to up to a year. Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) does their very best to find blood relatives to place children once they are in sheltered care, said Robinson. If no family is available or meets the criteria to care for the child, he/she will be placed in a licensed foster home. Fuller advises foster parents to have an open mind and stay flexible. Children entering the program are most often pulled in to the foster program unexpectedly due to domestic crisis. The Fullers received a call for their first child, an infant, at 2 a.m. one morning. By 3:30 a.m. they were caring for a 4-month-old, said Fuller. You have to be flexible, on your toes and ready, said Fuller. Of Florida's 4 million children, about 7,600 are in foster care at any given time, having been removed from their homes by state authority for various reasons, according to the DCF. They include newborns, toddlers, grammar-school-aged students and teens. They come from many different backgrounds, and speak various languages. Some have many siblings, some have special needs. While being a rewarding experience, there are difficulties as well. Foster parents deal with children from different cultures and upbringings, said Fuller. Be careful of your expectations, advised Fuller. Some of the kids you get may be struggling in school. As a foster parent, you have a real chance to help. One of the most difficult issues for both foster parents and the children that need fostering is uncertainty, said Fuller. As long as the kids are in care you never really know what their future is, said Fuller. Its hard for us and its hard for them. FamiliesFirst Network will host a foster care orientation for those interested in learning more on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Niceville United Methodist Church, Room 956, upstairs in the Community Life Center. For information contact Tyler Fuller at 678-4411 or TFuller@nicevilleumc.org. FOSTERFrom page A-1 Fostering requirementsBeacon Staff Thinking of becoming a foster parent? Here are some requirements, according to FamiliesFirst Network, a Pensacola-based child-welfare agency that oversees foster families in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. Foster parents must: Be at least 21 years old. Have sufficient income to support the household without relying on the board payment as supplemental income. Complete Caretaker Background Screening (Abuse Registry), local criminal checks Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Check (FDLE) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprints for anyone living in the home 18 years of age and older. Provide references. Complete 30 hours of Foster Parent Pre-service Training (PRIDE) prior to license. Pass home inspection by health and fire authorities. Complete an in-depth family assessment to include self-study questionnaires and other licensing requirements. Foster parent(s) may be single or married. If married and living together, both parents must participate in parenting. Daycare can be provided if both parents work. Foster parents receive a daily stipend that varies by the child's age, from $14.14 for infants to $23.67 for children aged 15-17.

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Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.3, 2014 through Feb.9, 2014. 0 Structure Fire31 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn0 Other Emergency Calls 2 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................01:11 Dolphin Point Rd........................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................11:26 Alan A. Dale...............................Fuel leak...................................2/3/14....................15:32 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................20:43 3rd Street....................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................22:29 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/3/14....................22:42 Hudson Cir.................................Alarm activation........................2/3/14....................23:10 Cedar Ave..................................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................07:40 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................14:20 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................14:29 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................15:38 E. College Blvd..........................Medical.....................................2/4/14....................15:56 Forest Lake Terr.........................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................03:11 Ivy Ave........................................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................05:36 Marquette St..............................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................09:12 Als Dr..........................................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................10:15 Cedar Ave..................................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................10:49 Matthew Dr.................................False alarm...............................2/5/14....................17:03 Date Palm Dr.............................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................19:10 Edgewater Dr.............................Medical.....................................2/5/14....................22:54 Bay Breeze Cove......................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................09:56 Hudson Cir.................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................10:15 Redwood/John Sims.................Vehicle crash............................2/6/14....................14:09 N. Hwy. 85..................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................14:52 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................16:39 Willow Ln....................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................18:37 22nd Street.................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................21:23 Reeves St...................................Medical.....................................2/6/14....................22:10 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/7/14....................11:03 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.....................................2/7/14....................16:33 Boyd Cir......................................Medical.....................................2/7/14....................18:19 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/8/14....................06:44 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical.....................................2/8/14....................07:21 Als Dr..........................................Medical.....................................2/9/14....................07:21 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Vehicle crash............................2/9/14....................09:27 Lanman Rd................................Medical.....................................2/9/14....................22:19 Weekly Safety Tip: Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.3, 2014 through Feb.9, 2014. Street Situation Date Time Hickory St..................................Medical........................................2/3/14...................12:19 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/3/14...................15:22 Hwy. 20 E..................................Medical assist.............................2/4/14...................08:56 Merchants Way.........................Medical........................................2/4/14...................12:33 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/4/14...................17:29 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/4/14...................22:30 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/5/14...................00:01 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/5/14...................01:06 Hwy. 20 E..................................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/5/14...................11:44 Olde Post Rd............................Public assist................................2/5/14...................16:06 Hampton Cir..............................Public assist................................2/6/14...................10:00 Choctawhatchee Dr..................Medical........................................2/6/14...................11:59 Windward Ln.............................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/7/14...................07:40 Parkwood Ct.............................Medical assist.............................2/7/14...................13:13 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist.............................2/7/14...................14:10 Lake Dr......................................Smoke detector activation.........2/7/14...................21:59 Meditteranean Cir.....................Medical assist.............................2/8/14...................05:39 Range Rd..................................Vehicle accident.........................2/8/14...................09:23 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/8/14...................20:13 Meadow Woods Ln..................Medical assist.............................2/9/14...................02:49 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical........................................2/9/14...................16:59 Lost Horse Cir...........................Medical........................................2/9/14...................17:59 Treasure Cove..........................Medical........................................2/9/14...................18:46 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.comProtecting Your Business...Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. Page A-4 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 The metal screens are installed upstream of filters. Officials indicated that too much solid material is getting through the screens, resulting in clogged filters. A new project manager for Siemens, Brandon Hudson, conducted additional research by observing plant operations at Neptune Beach, which has a similar filtration system. Hudson said that Neptune was using 3 millimeter screens and had no clogging issues. As a result, Siemens is now recommending a switch to the 3 millimeter screens. Stephens stated that he and the NVRSB plant manager, Rick Helms, will meet with Siemens soon to address this issue. At the request of board member Lannie Corbin, Niceville city manager, Stephens procured a cost estimate for the 3 millimeter conversion, which was estimated to be $550,000 to $600,000. Of particular concern was the impact of this issue on the budget. The contract was awarded for $6 million. As of Feb. 2, the project was on track with available funding of $1.2 million. However, it is premature to determine what impact this screen issue could have on the budget. Heath Rominger, sewer board member, asked if this oversight could be considered a performance liability? Member Patrick Strong stated this issue would be discussed further with the contractor. Given the urgency to resolve this concern, an additional meeting was been scheduled for Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. to continue discussing project options. A secondary topic was the status of a reroofing project. The sewer plants roof has experienced multiple issues that warranted a repair project. A contract was awarded for $82,700 to remove and replace the old roof. Significant discussion focused on the identification of the need to replace "lightweight" concrete on the lower portions of the roof and its associated costs. This concern was not identified during the initial assessment of the project. Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold, a board member, expressed concern that the contractor had overlooked this issue resulting in an unexpected cost increase of $30,000 to $40,000. Stephens stated that they anticipated using the existing lightweight concrete that was in place, but unfortunately it crumbled and was not usable. He stated this was not an issue that was identifiable until the work began. Corbin stated that had the lightweight concrete concern been identified upfront, the associated cost to replace it would have been included in the initial bid, resulting in having to pay for it anyway. This sentiment was echoed by other board members. The project is still being worked, but has experienced several delays due to inclement weather the area has experienced. In other business, Arnold presented a proposal to board members regarding the generation of a new contract that would clarify specific duties that would be executed by the contract engineer. He stated that the existing contract is 30 years old and may not contain the level of detail and duties required. Board members were open to the idea. Corbin referenced the current Valparaiso contract with Polyengineering that could be used as a baseline if this action were approved. Arnold stated he would ensure a copy of the contract was forwarded to other board members. This action remained an open discussion item. Strong asked members to think about the need to update the contract and it would be readdressed at the next meeting. PROBLEMSFrom page A-1 Filters are clogging (far left) at the Niceville-Valparaiso regional wastewater treatment plant, a problem blamed on too-coarse screens installed during a current improvement project. Near left, a clean filter.Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board Eglin test to close key roadsSections of the two state highways linking north and south Okaloosa County are scheduled to close for 90 minutes the morning of Feb. 14 due to an Eglin Air Force Base test mission, according to Eglin officials. Highway 85 between Niceville and Crestview, Highway 285 between Niceville and Mossy Head, and adjacent roadways including Eglin reservation roads, will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for safety reasons. In addition, Duke Field will be evacuated for the test. The Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) cantonment will remain open, but access from the east at Highway 85 will be stopped during the test A backup mission date is scheduled for Feb. 15 with closures and evacuations at the same times if needed, according to an Eglin statement.

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way of introducing students to healthy and palatable food preparation, as well as awakening interest in food services careers. He said that emphasis is being placed on using less processed food and more fresh foods in school cafeterias. He said the district is looking for local sources for fresh produce. In addition, said Buscemi, the district is conducting online surveys among students, asking such questions as, What did you think of lunch today? and asking students to check such answers as Loved it, Okay, or Didnt like it. He also said that the school district will be holding a Future Chefs competition in March for elementary school students, who will compete to see who can make the best sandwiches. School board members praised Buscemis efforts. We could never get a handle on food services until we brought you on board, said board member Cindy Frakes. Board member Melissa Thrush thanked Buscemi for your willingness to increase communication with parents and others. In other business during the meeting, Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson told board members that she does not think the district will have to make up any of the school days lost to the ice storm earlier this month, during which schools were closed for three days while icy roads made it too dangerous to transport children to and from school. Taxpayers and students are promised 180 days of public schooling a year, or the hourly equivalent. Jackson also said that during the coming legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott is expected to introduce a budget of more than $18 billion for public education in Florida, which Jackson said is more than ever before. School board member Cindy Frakes briefed fellow board members on some bills pending before the state legislature. One of these, she said, is to modify zero tolerance policies, to prevent students from being overly disciplined for such trivial offenses as nibbling a pop tart into the shape of a gun. Frakes also said that the legislature may move toward bringing textbook selection back to local school boards, rather than having textbooks chosen at the state or federal level. Frakes described this as a push back from people concerned about whether the Common Core Curriculum is likely to impose federal or state requirements on local school districts. Frakes said that although many teachers appear to like the common core curriculum, many parents are concerned about it, especially over the curriculums new approach to teaching children mathematics. She said some parents have complained that the new teaching approach makes it difficult for parents to help their children with their math homework. Melissa Thrush said that some students have also been frustrated by being presented with multiple options for solving the same math problem.Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith Ice dancing. It s just beautiful to me the way it s synchronized. Doug Stark, 67, Niceville, retired Ice hockey. Joe Stevens, 58, Niceville, social worker Tracey Williams, 66, Niceville, retired engineer What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.What is your favorite Winter Olympic sport?Jack Morgan, Niceville, retired Location: Walmart Hockey I like contact sports. Donna Fontaine, 60, Bluewater Bay, manager Luge because it s fast, and it s team-oriented. Without a doubt, snowboarding, and especially Shaun White he s phenomenal. Figure skating. I just think it looks cool. Alexis VanNimwegen, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student "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 always picked the left side of a table because I could not communicate with any one sitting on my right side. Then, I finally found a Medical Lab online called www.Phonak.com who suggested I call Niceville Hearing Center in Niceville, Florida. 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 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 noisy setting; or turn the volume up when my Pastor is not talking loud enough for me to hear. 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 NicevilleValparaiso 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, INCS. 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 ProviderCall 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 BICROSS 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." NICEVILLEHEARINGCENTER850-678-3277 | Twin Cities Medical Plaza | 1001 College Blvd. W., Bldg. 2 | Niceville, FL 32578 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com | info@NicevilleHearingCenter.comDESTINHEARINGCENTER850-678-3211 | 4012 Commons Dr. W. | Destin, FL 32541 www.DestinHearingCenter.com | info@DestinHearingCenter.comPANAMACITYHEARINGCENTER850-830-0376 | 24 W. 8th St. | Panama City, FL 32401 www.PanamaCityHearingCenter.com | info@PanamaCityHearingCenter.com HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.5 p.m. SCHOOLSFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Ductwork. It s hidden in your attic and between the floors of your home so it s easy to not give it much thought. However, the smallest duct leaks can lead to the biggest holes in your pocket when it comes to high utility bills. At this very moment, leaky ducts in your home could be contributing to excess humidity levels that can lead to a lower level of comfort, rooms that are unevenly cooled or heated and musty odors and air quality issues. With seeping air, your system could be forced to work harder, making it difficult to heat or cool certain rooms. All of these issues lead to discomfort and high energy bills. A newer technology of sealing your ductwork from the inside has been around for almost a decade through Aero Seal. One Hour Air has invested into the equipment and training to offer it to our area home owners for the first time. With Aero Seal ductwork sealing technology and professional ductwork cleaning, One Hour Air can help you and your family enjoy the benefits of increased comfort in your home, reduced dust, lower humidity and balanced temperatures. Your reduction in energy wasted through duct leakage will help you keep money in your pocket. When you attempt to have your homes ductwork patched or sealed from the outside, not only can you miss the inaccessible sections of ductwork that are harder to find or access, the work done from the outside only repairs a fraction of the leakage and may eventually break down under the extreme attic temperatures over time. In the past, your options were limited to keeping your old leaking ductwork or replacing it. Now, One Hour Air can offer you the option to clean and seal your homes ductwork or replace it for you. One Hour Air has dedicated their resources and training to help the home owners in our service area improve the performance of their heating and cooling systems, offering tune ups that help improve performance and reduce costly breakdowns along with higher utility bills. You can call One Hour Air s live service, offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and schedule a technician to come out at a time of your convenience, even after hours and on the weekends. Not only will you be investing in a trusted provider that always has consideration for your time and home, but you will be supporting a locally owned and operated Niceville business a local service provider that supports local schools, sports and events. Let One Hour Air have the opportunity of making you a customer for life. All employees are highly trained, experienced and passionate about what they do and see all their clients as neighbors. 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The operations are part of the 53rd Wing's Weapon System Evaluation Program, or WSEP. In the morning, fighter aircraft will release munitions between about 8 a.m. and noon, about 20 nautical miles out in the Gulf. In the afternoon from about 1 to 5 p.m. some 30 boats will be used by A-10 and F-15 warplanes as visual targets. No weapons or ammunition will be involved in the boat testing. The boats will go between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge, and five to 20 miles south of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. Boat operators will be dressed in military uniforms and white costumes. They will carry fake rubber rifles, painted in bright colors, which will be hidden when going to and from the mission area, including passing under bridges and through harbors. Some boats will carry mock deck guns and fake rocket launchers. The test will be conducted within a cordoned range safety corridor. 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Donaldson-GeislerSarah Campbell Donaldson and Kenneth Edward Geisler were married on last Oct. 13 at the Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. Attendants for the bride were Margaret Campbell and Whitney Donaldson. Best man for the groom was Kaden Geisler, and the other groomsman was Frank Geisler Jr. The bride is the daughter of Shelly Campbell Williams (deceased) and Kenny and Patty Donaldson of Niceville and a 2001 graduate of Niceville High School. She earned her Bachelors degree in Mathematics Education from Florida State University in 2005. She is a teacher at Emerald Coast Middle School. The groom is the son of Diana and Ed Gilbert of Niceville and Frank and Kassie Geisler of Leesburg and a 2002 graduate of Niceville High School. He earned his Bachelor degrees in Project Management at NWFSC in 2007 and Construction Engineering Technology from the University of West Florida in 2009. He is employed by Southern Wine and Spirits. They currently reside in Santa Rosa Beach. 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 , F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 1 1 2 2 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Weddings Scout builds benches, earns Eagle rankTroop 546 held an Eagle Court-of-Honor for their most recent Eagle Scout, Chance Riley. Chance lead the construction and installation of campfire benches at the Christ our Redeemer Catholic Church in Bluewater Bay. Pictured, first row from left, Mike Klinger, Conner Nelson and Drew Knebl. Second row from left, Scoutmaster Steve Pearce, Brayton Miles, Gavin Tolbert, Hudson Pearce, Chance Riley, Weston Smith and Mike Lynch. Kenneth and Sarah Geisler Whos NewsGretchen Erickson of Niceville earned the Girl Scout Volunteer Years of Service Pin which recognizes adult members for the years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals. Erickson has committed 45 years of service to Girl Scouts as a girl and adult member. She was honored at an Adult Volunteers Awards Ceremony Feb. 1 which recognized individuals for their service to the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle. *** Gretchen Erickson Please see WHO S, page B-3 Learn history over lunchAnn Denson Tucker, local artist and Chairwomen for the Muscogee Nation of Florida, will be the presenter for a free lunch time lecture, History of Muscogee Creek People, Friday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. Space is limited so please call to reserve a seat at 678-2615. Rocky competes in Junior Classical League regionalsRocky Bayou Christian Schools Junior Classical League members competed in the Junior Classical League Regional Forum on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Gulf Breeze High School. Individual winners for the academic testing were: For the senior class, Mackenzie Davis, won fifth in Advanced Greek Derivatives and Isabella Foreman, won fifth in Heptathlon. For the junior class, Clayton Jago, won fifth in Latin Vocabulary II. For the sophomores class, Seth Kerstein, won fourth in Latin Derivatives II. For the freshmen class, Charis Allen, won third in both the Pentathlon and Latin Derivatives I, Amber Grete, won fifth in Vocabulary II and Ariel Schesniak won third in Latin Grammar I. Middle school student Alicyn Grete, won second in Latin Grammar I and first in Pentathlon. Individual winners in the Creative Contests were: Alicyn Grete won fifth in Models and sophomore Sarah Stovall, won first in Illustrated Booklet. In the Olympics, while the RBCS team won second place overall, individual winners were: MacKenzie Davis won third and Alicyn Grete won fifth in the 100 Meter Race; Alicyn Grete won fourth in the Mile Run, females division; Kayla Thompson won third and Mackenzie Davis won second in the Friscus Throw, female division; Ian Kampert won fourth and Clayton Jago won third in the Friscus Throw, male division. Michelle Earls, Clayton Jago, Ian Kampert, Trever Knie, and Mackenzie Davis won third in the Human Chariot Race; McKenzie Davis won first and Kayla Thompson won fifth for Standing Broad Jump, female division and Clayton Jago won fifth for Standing Broad Jump, Rocky Bayou Christian School s Junior Classical League competed in the regional forum Jan. 25. Pictured from left bottom row, Sarah Stovall and Alicyn Grete. Middle row from left, Ian Kampert, Michelle Earls, Charis Allen, Mackenzie Davis, Izabella Foreman and Kayla Thompson. Back row from left, Julie Mosley, Seth Kerstein, Clayton Jago and Trever Knie. Please see ROCKY, page B-3 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.BUY A HOME IN 2013?LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.comYOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION!Heres some real estate news you can use! 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Call to artists The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming art competition, Figure It, open to all artists and all media. The show encompasses the human figure. Turn in entries on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1-4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 244-1271, or visit the Website at artsdesignsociety.org. Starter soccer Indoor Side-Kick Soccer for ages 2-5 years old is registering now until Feb. 21. This is an intro-to-soccer program and requires parent participation. Two and three year olds will play on Tuesdays between 4:30-6 p.m. beginning March 4. Four and five year olds will play on Thursdays between 4:30-6:45 p.m. beginning March 6. Early bird cost is $35 per player. Register and pay in person with cash or check at the Niceville United Methodist Churchs Community Life Center. For more information, please contact the Recreation Ministry at 678-4411 ext. 145. Benefit concert The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra performs in concert to benefit the Niceville High School Band program on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $20 each and are available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office by phone, in-person or online. Contact the Box Office at 7296000 or at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Chamber breakfast The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce will hold its Second Wednesday Breakfast on Feb. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Niceville Community Center. This months sponsor is Valparaiso Realty Company. Breakfast is $5 cash or $6 credit card at the door. Chamber members may purchase a punch card for $50 the punch card is valid for each breakfast in 2014. Garden club meets The Bluewater Bay Garden Club will meet on Feb. 13 at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse on Bluewater Boulevard at 9 a.m. for social time, meeting starting at 9:30. Our guest speakers will be Melissa LaMatty, a St Andrews Park Services Specialist, and Dylan Shoemaker, a St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Manager. Guests are welcome, for information, call Karen Williams at 897-5560. DAR meets Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 134 Beal Parkway S.W., Fort Walton Beach at 10 a.m., Feb. 13. Program will be Floridas 500th Anniversary by Della Scott Ireton, NW Florida State College Assistant Director of Archaeology. DAR is open to all women who are lineally descended from a Revolutionary War Patriot. 796-0783 Parrot Heads meet The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club will meet Feb. 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Harry Ts, Destin. For more info, visit ecparrotheads.org. Tribute concertThe Emerald Coast Concert Association will bring Peter, Paul and Mary Alive to the stage at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa IslandFriday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $30 per person and available at Artful Things in Niceville. Tickets at the door are $5 more. Tickets for students under 18 are $10. For more information call ECCA at 362-9356 or visit their website at emeraldcoastconcerts.org. Lunch time lecture There will be a free lunch time lecture, History of Muscogee Creek People, Friday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m., presented by Ann Denson Tucker, local artist and Chairwomen for the Muscogee Nation of Florida. Bring a sandwich and take your lunch break at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, an informal lunchtime education program. This lecture is open to the public. Space is limited so please call to reserve a seat at 678-2615. Choctaw potluck The Choctaw Beach Community Center will have its monthly potluck dinner on Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. The community center is located at 126 Water Oak Street in Choctaw Beach. The February dinner will have a Valentines day theme. All residents of Choctaw Beach are invited. Victorian Valentine tea Celebrate Valentines Day in a unique and fun way this year at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. Cost is $15, or $12 for museum members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call 678-2615 to reserve. Breakfast fundraiser Kids Anointed to Succeed (KATS), the youth group at All Gods Children and the Living Word Worship Center, 40 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso, will host a Sweetheart Breakfast on Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. This is a fundraiser for scholarship funds. Tax deductable donations also accepted. For more info contact Vanessa McClain at 803-3818. Daddy and daughter dance First Presbyterian Church, 1800 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, invites fathers and daughters of the community to the second annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 15 with dads and girls six and under from 4-6 p.m. and dads and girls aged seven and up from 6-8 p.m. Family tickets are available for $20 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ongoing care and support of Cavaillon orphanage in Haiti. Please call 678-2521 to purchase tickets. This is a non-denominational, community event. Boot camp for girls Distinguished Young Women of Okaloosa County will host a Boot Camp Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2-4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Niceville Assembly of God, 108 Highway 85 North, Niceville. Cost of the workshop is $35 per girl and includes a t-shirt from the event, a free ticket to the DYW Scholarship Program for Okaloosa County in July 2014, and a social time with homemade snacks. To register for the DYW Boot Camp please contact Carole Byrd at 205-886-5552 or caroledyrd911@yahoo.com. Needle art exhibit The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA) will have a showing of members needlework projects, Needle Arts in the Atrium III at the Meridian at Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Marwalt Drive, across from the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 1-4 p.m. with refreshments Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. Health fair The Sigma Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a health symposium called Pink Goes Red Feb. 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College, Student Center, Niceville. Free guitar recital Classical guitarist Stephen Robinson will appear Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in a free recital at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, in the Tyler Recital Hall. Seating is limited, donations will be accepted at the door for this free recital, which is sponsored by the colleges Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division. Musical brunch Rossinis opera Cinderella will be the subject of Choctaw Bay Music Clubs 12th annual opera brunch on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. in the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students and must be purchased by Feb. 16. Brunch tickets are available at Bayou Books in Niceville. For information or tickets you may call Gloria DeBerry, 642-0756 or Karen LeGrand, 664-6569 or send an e-mail to ChoctawBayMusic@cox.net. Please reserve by Feb. 16. NWFSC open house Northwest Florida State College (NWF State College) will host a Community Open House on the colleges main campus in Niceville from 10 a.m. p.m. on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17. It is recommended the public enter the event at one of three locationsthe main lobby of the Student Services Dance for daughters and dadsThe First Presbyterian Church, 1800 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, will be transformed into a Valentine s themed wonderland Feb 15 with music provided by Moonlight Music Company of Niceville. Dads and girls six and under from 4-6 p.m. and dads and girls aged seven and up from 6-8 p.m. Family tickets, $20. This is a nondenominational, community event. Call 678-2521. CHURCH DIRECTORY 2014 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 POINTING THE WAY TO JESUSwww.iacdestin.org 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin 850-837-6324 Immanuel Anglican ChurchSunday Morning Worship Services9:00am ~ Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy Communion 11:01am ~ Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion) Nursery, ages 6 wks-2 yrs; Sunday School, ages 3-12, both servicesYouth OutreachHang out ~ Engage ~ Worship ~ Grow! Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm ~ The ShedKidzNetWednesday Nights starting January 15 Ages 3 years-5th grade 678 -1298 WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICES 8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. Praise Nursery Care Provided SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 9:30 a.m., Ages 3-AdultsST. PAUL PRESCHOOL Now Enrolling for 2014 VPK Provider 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 THE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEWith prices starting at only $20.95 per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy and affordable! Call us at 678-1080 or stop by the office at: 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 Ph 678-1080 Starting atOnly$2095 Your advertisement would reach up to 15,000 households each week. Bring your ad or we will make one for you. per week 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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References Available Ins. 25 Years IRRIGATIONCALL KENT BENNETT (850) 685-3507Servicing Okaloosa Countyspecializing inIRRIGATION PUMP REPAIRKBES PROBLEMS WITH YOUR IRRIGATION PUMP? I can show you how to keep it from freezing during the winter months as well as repair it. Advertise your business in this size space for only $20.95 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! TREE SERVICECountry Roads Tree ServiceWe cut so you dont have to Tree removal with stump grinding Tree trimming & thinning Storm damage clean up Fully Licensed/Insured Call today for a Free Estimate!Ask for Joe the Tree Man!(850)461-7170 Residential/Commercial CLEANING SERVICEHousekeeping Service Residential & Commercial850-460-5085Let us FOR YOU!CLEAN MOMS with MOPS CALL TODAY for an ESTIMATEPage B-2 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Please see CALENDAR, page B-3

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Niceville nurse gets Patriot AwardTwin Cities Hospital Chief Nursing officer, Shaun Lampron, RN, BSN, was presented the Patriot Award by Captain Angela Sanders of 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Macdill Air Force Base, Tampa and Mr. Terry Dawkins, Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Volunteer. The ESGR Patriot Award is nominated by military reservists who recognize employers with outstanding support of military duties. Lampron lives in Niceville with her family. John R. Lanning Jr.John R. Lanning Jr. died early Saturday morning. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He leaves behind his wife Sandra Lanning, daughter Suetta Hill, son Lawrence Lanning, granddaughter SeAndria Duckworth, grandson Steven Hill, grandson Shayne Hill, great-grandson Ethan Backs, great-grandson Stephan Hill, great-granddaughter Sophia Hill, great-granddaughter Sara Hill and great-granddaughter Mina Hill, all of Niceville. He is also survived by his brother Dan Lanning of Hollywood, Calif. John Lanning was a retired Master Sgt. of the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of duty. In that time he served our country in the Vietnam Conflict. He was proudest of his time served with the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing and the Air Force Orientation Group in Dayton, Ohio. While in Vietnam, John was in contact with Agent Orange which lead to the cancer that he eventually succumbed to. There will be no services for him. He wanted just a small private family gathering. He had no insurance, so instead of flowers, please send any donations to Sue Lanning at the Eglin Federal Credit Union to help cover funeral expenses. It will take anywhere from 6 to 12 months for Veterans Administration to switch over her death benefits. He will be remembered! The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 ObituaryBenjamin (Benji) Vigil a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School, was selected as the Niceville Exchange Clubs student for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence (ACE) for January. WHOSFrom page B-1 Benjamin Vigil Ruckel band director selected as All-County conductorRuckel Middle School Band Director Eddie Steadman was selected to be the Guest Clinician and Conductor for the 2014 Santa Rosa All-County Honor Band Jan. 24. John R. Lanning Jr.Bluewater students give gifts of pajamasSecond grade students at Bluewater Elementary School in Niceville purchased Christmas pajamas for all of the youngsters at Children in Crisis. The students mothers wrapped the gifts and Missie Sykes, a second grade teacher at Bluewater, agreed to coordinate the holiday project.Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON male division. MacKenzie Davis, Isabelle Foreman, Trever Knie, Clayton Jago, Ian Kampert and Charis Allen won second in the Tug of War. JCL sponsor, Julie Mosley, says that she is very proud of her small-school group for earning these places amongst much larger schools in this total points competition. ROCKYFrom page B-1Collegiate has four Merit semifinalistsFour students from Collegiate High School were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors will continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring. Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT during their junior year of high school. Pictured from left, Roger Ballard, Alex Hencinski, Luis Melecio-Zambrano and Evan Adler. Women s Golf help fund food bankThe Eglin Women s Golf Association was pleased to donate $300 to Niceville s Sharing and Caring. The check was from proceeds of the annual ladies Invitational Golf Tournament. Pictured from left, Martha Istorico, Ina Reimann, Susan Magerman, Jamie Hill and Amanda Millington. NEWSPAPER GRAPHIC ARTIST PART-TIME Beacon Newspapers, publisher of The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer and The Hurlburt Patriot, seeks a graphic artist to paginate newspaper pages in QuarkXpress, Photoshop images, create ads, and perform other production, office and mailroom duties. Experience with QuarkXpress or another page-layout program required. Applicants should be organized, detail-oriented, and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines. This is a small-business environment that rewards the ability to master new challenges. Nonsmokers. Apply in person at the Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. 850-6781080. NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Ken s Gas Piping is taking applications for experienced gas pipers. Construction experience a plus. Valid driver s license and reliable transportation preferred. For more information call 8974149. Experienced only apply. FSBO. 1.2 acre wooded, waterfront lot. Lakeview Estates, Wedgewood Lane, Crestview, FL. $65K OBO 850-880-6470 VALENTINE GIFT Book your wedding or vow renewal on the beach, park, yard, etc. 10% military discount. 850-499-1094, Weddingsbywebster@ cox.net Looking for deals? Check the classified ads every Wednesday in the Beacon. Lots for Sale Services Help Wanted Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.You Just Need the Keys!Call Carriage Hills Realty for All of Your Real Estate Needs.Home Is Where the Heart Is. (850) 678-51781821 John Sims Pkwy. | Niceville, Florida 32578 www.CarriageHills.com | Realtor@CarriageHills.com 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SFPRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor more information call897-6464 Office/Warehouse Price of First Run............$ + Price of subsequent runs$ = Total Price......................$ Please write ad on form. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed. BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. Fri. for Wed. DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Hours:8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Please enclose check. E-MAIL : Classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.)Name Phone Address *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers. Ads are non-refundable. CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.20 ______________________ $12.20 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.40 ______________________ $12.40 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.60 ______________________ $12.60 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.80 ______________________ $12.80 ______________________ ______________________ $11.00 ______________________ $12.00 ______________________ $13.00First Word50% DISCOUNT FOR ADDITIONAL WEEKS OR PAPERS. Check publications to publish ad:Bay Beacon (Number of weeks) Eglin Flyer (Number of weeks) Hurlburt Patriot (Number of weeks) The more you tell, the more you sell! Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080 to place your ad today! Center, the Activities Center or the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to pick up an event schedule and register for door prizes. Act of patriotism The Exchange Club of Niceville invites everyone to join up noon, Feb. 17 at Niceville City Hall, next to the Childrens Park, in a celebration of freedom. Please come out to say the Pledge of Allegiance together as a simple gesture of patriotism and remembrance of the sacrifices made in the defense of our country. For more info, Paul McShane 2250412. Foster families needed Families First Network hosts Foster Care Orientation for those interested in learning more about foster care Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 956, upstairs in community life center. For info contact Tyler Fuller at 678-4411 or TFuller@nicevilleumc.org. Chamber after hours Join the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and Sterling House Bluewater Bay, Tuesday Feb. 18 from 5 6:30 p.m., for Business After Hours. Sterling House, 1551 Merchants Way, Niceville, will sponsor a Mardi Gras After Hours, with food, beverages, networking and door prizes. Contact the Chamber, 6782323, for more information. Classical commentary Dr. Robert Larson, retired humanities professor, will present Models, Metaphors and Music at the community classical music study series, Better Listening, Feb. 18, with comments on classic music and related CD selections from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required. CALENDARFrom page B-2

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Page B-4 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comFax 1-888-520-9323Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon.Nicevilles Newspaper BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS Eagles wrestling spring seasonSpring wrestling at Niceville High School starts March 4 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the NHS wrestling room. Wrestlers from 5th-12th grade will practice and compete in folkstyle, free-style and Greco roman wrestling. Tournaments will be held every Thursday night from 6:30-8 p.m. with weigh ins at 6 p.m. Cost is $50 for members or $10 a tournament. Wrestling practice will be taught by USA wrestling coaches and competition in all three styles will be held. Sign up will be at the first practice or tournament. Practices and tournaments will run through May. There will also be a tournament for younger wrestlers from five years to 8th grade in the Niceville High School gym March 1 beginning at 7 a.m. with weigh in and the tournament beginning at 9 a.m. For more information contact Coach Morrie Geselter at 2794640 or email grappler1435@cox.net. Eagles play twice Friday for one win, one lossNiceville High School varsity baseball played two games back to back Friday with a loss to Crestview High School with a score of 4-2 followed by a win over Fort Walton Beach High School with a score of 4-2. The game against Fort Walton Beach had been rescheduled due to a previous cancellation. Pictured, Trevon Eubanks pitches against Crestview during the first game of the night. The Eagles will play against Providence Christian High School in Alabama March 1.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithFour NHS athletes sign scholarshipsFour football players for Niceville High School signed college scholarships Feb. 5 at a National Signing Day Event held in the school auditorium. Pictured, standing from left, are the coaches John Hicks, Jimmy Norrell, Adron Robinson and Aaron Daniel. Sitting, Mitchell Mathews signed with Fairmont State University, Marqui Daniel signed with Eastern Kentucky University, Tyre McCants signed with University of South Florida and Connor McJunkin signed with University of the Cumberlands. Morrie Geselter NWFSC Improves Lives! NWFSC prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, genetic information or gender in any of its programs, services, or activities. www.nwfsc.edu/openhouse 100 College Boulevard East, Niceville, FL 32578 Niceville Campus Pack the Gym! Raiders Commodores STATE COLLEGENORTHWEST FLORIDA Activities