The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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Beacon
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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Niceville, Fla
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United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Through April 12 Youth Indoor Soccer League for ages four through grade four are registering now at Niceville United Methodist Church Early registration is $70 per player. 6784411, ext. 145. Thurs., 1:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library is having an Early Release Movie Day showing of “Free Birds,” rated PG. Free. 729-5406. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Direct from Las Vegas, “The Rat Pack is Back!” presents a special performance to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $35 each. 729-6000. Mon., 12-6 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be at the Walmart in Niceville All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. Calendar, B-2 By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Northwest Florida Military Sustainability Partnership Executive Committee has held its final formal meeting. On Feb. 19 in Fort Walton Beach, the panel heard both optimistic and cautionary statements regarding what one panel member called the region's "biggest economic engine." The committee consists of representatives of city and county government in Okaloosa and neighboring counties, and has met in recent years to discuss joint land use study implementations and other ways of ensuring compatibility between the military missions of Eglin Air Force Base and other local military installations and with local civilian communities.Beacon Staff Work began Monday to mill and resurface a 20-mile stretch of State Road 20 from Roberts Drive, Niceville, eastward to East Bay Loop Road, Freeport. The Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) has a $7.4 million contract with C.W. Roberts Contracting Inc. “The Okaloosa County portion of the work also includes minor sidewalk, curb and gutter construction, new handrails and guardrails, new pedestrian signals, and new roadway signage, according to the DOT. "Some existing curb ramps will also be upgraded to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards,” said Ian Satter, DOT spokesman. To help minimize traffic impacts, Okaloosa County lane closures will be limited to 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. In Walton County, drivers may encounter lane closures day or night. Workers will direct traffic through the work zone during lane closures. Access to driveways and private property will be available at all times, according to the DOT. 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, March 5, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 42 Pages, 3 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see JLUS, page A-2 Police Blotter, page A-4 20 miles of State Road 20 to be repavedJLUS Committee hears a dissenting voiceBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent There have been few serious cases of fraud or identity theft resulting from the 2012 “hacking” incident in which unauthorized persons gained access to employee and student information stored in the Northwest Florida State College computer system, said NWFSC President Ty Handy in an interview with the Beacon just prior to the Feb. 18 meeting of the NWFSC Board of Trustees. During the trustees meeting itself, the board heard briefings from the head of the college’s South Walton campus, from the Little damage seen in college hacking The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 2014 2014 Spring-Summer 2014  Supplement to The B ay Beacon Nice ville-Valparai so, Fl o rida The Bay Beacon’s and Community Directory NEWCOMER NEWCOMER GUIDE GUIDE Inside ... COMING UP Bluewater water tower to get faceliftBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Bluewater Bay water tank will be getting a new coat of paint. The Okaloosa County Commission has approved a contract to repaint the countyowned tower, as well as another tower elsewhere in the county. Commissioners also approved a contract to build a police station at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Commissioners approved a contract with American Suncraft Construction Co., Inc. for the repair and painting of the county water department's Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithMembers of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society made good use of the balmy weather Saturday morning as they scoured the skies and treetops for birds off the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector near Seminole. Memorable moments included watching a pileated woodpecker drill a dead tree and a pair of ospreys building their nest. Pictured, Margaret Benner watches ringnecked ducks through binoculars while Carole Goodyear peers through a high-powered telescope. Visiting birder Knud Rasmussen from Canada points out a new sighting.Fowl weather Please see COLLEGE, page A-3 Please see TOWER, page A-5 Beacon photoThe Bluewater Bay water tank will be repainted wth its current design. Air Force map showing expected jet noise under Eglin's "preferred" operating plan for F-35 flights. Shaded contours depict areas deemed "incompatible" with residential development due to expected noise levels. Beacon photoCrews have begun repaving a 20-mile stretch of State Road 20 from eastern Niceville to Freeport. AF issues final study on F-35 noiseBeacon Staff The Air Force last week issued a long-awaited followup study on the environmental effects of the operation of a new wing of F-35 fighter jets at Eglin Air Force Base. The study analyzed the effects on surrounding communities, including Valparaiso and Niceville, of various alternatives in the operation of the 59-aircraft schoolhouse, which trains pilots and maintainers of the nation's newest warplane. The Final Supplemental Please see NOISE, page A-2

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Environmental Impact Statement issued Feb. 25 disclosed that the Air Force considered adding a new runway to the west in order to reduce jet noise in populated areas, notably Valparaiso, the nearest city to the giant base's north-south runway. However, as in past studies, the new document described the noisiest alternative, which would remove existing restrictions on use of the north-south runway, as the service's "preferred" one. The study's noise map for that alternative is shown on Page A-1 of today's Beacon. Noise levels above 65 decibels, shown in the shaded contours on the map, are deemed "incompatible" with residential development, according to the Air Force. Under the preffered plan, that area includes much of Valparaiso and northwest Niceville, affecting some 2,900 people and 1,200 residential parcels. Under the preferred plan, some 142,000 "air traffic control operations" are expected each year at Eglin, including about 43,000 involving F-35s. Another 39,000 F-35 flight operations, plus 98,000 other flight operations, are expected at two satellite airfields: Duke and Choctaw. The report stated that whichever option the Air Force ultimately chooses, it would "to the maximum extent practical" minimize use of the north-south runway for F-35 flights in order to reduce noise. The 580-page study and appendices are available at local libraries and on the Eglin Air Force Base website at eglin.af.mil/eglindocuments.asp. No date was given for issuance of the Air Force's decision on final operating rules for Eglin-based F35s. An Air Force statement indicated a decision is expected later this year. NOISEFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Low rates are just around the corner. 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KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistKaron DayBookkeeperCheryle ValentineReceptionistThe 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 midWalton 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 Sara KentMarketing Director Pamper Me event is annual treatThe Friends of the Niceville Library hosted their annual “Pamper Me” event at the Niceville Community Center March 1. For $3, attendees were treated to hors d'oeuvres, massages, makeovers and seminars. Pictured, three of the “Pamper Me” organizers from left, Betty Kennison, Martha Hudson and Helen Wise.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithClosed session on Valp. lawsuitsBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission held a closed “executive” meeting Monday to discuss legal strategy related to two unrelated lawsuits against the city. One case is Willingham vs. the City of Valparaiso. The other is Jason W. Rosenbleeth and Angelle H. Rosenbleeth vs. the City of Valparaiso. Members of the press and public were excluded from the meeting, in which commissioners discussed potential legal strategy in each case with attorney Bruce Bowman. Absent was Commissioner Diane Kelley. The executive session was transcribed by a court reporter who will file a transcript with the city clerk. The transcript will be made a part of the public record upon conclusion of the lawsuits, according to a city announcement. Following Monday’s meeting, Bowman declined to speak with the Beacon. Commissioner Joe Morgan and Mayor Bruce Arnold spoke only briefly, with Morgan explaining that the Rosenbleeth case is related to a request by Michael Harris, owner of the Compass Rose restaurant, and some other property owners along North Bayshore Drive, a platted but unpaved street in Valparaiso along the north shore of Toms Bayou, west of John Sims Parkway, just south of the restaurant. Harris, Rosenbleeth, and others, said Morgan, want to get the city to vacate its waterfront rightof-way for the unpaved portion of North Bayshore Drive, but the city continues to assert its control over the property. According to Arnold, the Willingham case relates to former Valparaiso Police Capt. Matthew Willingham, who was discharged from city employment in 2009 following a dispute over police code enforcement at Willingham's seafood business. Following the closed session, the city commission briefly reopened the meeting to the public, just long enough to approve a motion authorizing Bowman to continue representing the city in implementing the legal strategy discussed during the closed session. Committee chairman and Okaloosa County Commissioner Wayne Harris said the meeting would be the last formal, official meeting of the committee. However, said Harris, “This committee will not go away.” He said that even if it does not continue to function as an official, joint military-civilian organization, that he expects representatives of local governments to continue meeting, perhaps informally, with each other and with local military officials to address matters of joint concern. The military presence in Northwest Florida, said Harris, “is the biggest economic engine we have,” and that local governments intend to “do all we can to keep it, short of illegal takings” of private property. About 65 percent of the local economy is related to military activity, Harris said. The meeting included a briefing from Niceville resident H.H. Caldwell, who dissented from most committee members' favorable and optimistic view of the local military presence. He said that the military sustainability partnership committee and other similar organizations should do more to address the interests and concerns of local civilians and businesses, who may suffer from such things as lost property value due to the proximity of jet aviation and other military activities. “A blind focus on the military,” Caldwell said, “may deter other development by more prosperous entities.” For example, said Caldwell, “What if Eglin Air Force Base went away,” due to such military cuts as the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, “but was replaced by Silicon Valley or its equivalent?” Caldwell said that local communities should not be so concerned with maintaining the current military presence that they overlook the need to diversify the local economy by attracting other industries that do not necessarily rely large national military budgets. He said the presence of aircraft noise and other side effects of military activity may actually deter high-paying industries from locating in Northwest Florida, due to a perceived lack of quality of life for their employees who would live here. Caldwell also criticized the committee and other similar organizations for operating “as a government entity with no inputs from citizens,” and said that much of the committee’s recent activities have been “a one way street with Eglin.” He also said that the committee has not done enough to publicize its intentions and the impacts of its activities to rankand-file citizens. Caldwell’s briefing was followed by a more optimistic presentation from Randy Roy, an officer from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, who briefed the committee on how Whiting acquired easements over land surrounding the field, in order to prevent encroachment on military aviation missions by private or commercial land development. Roy said that Whiting Field, Milton, where the Navy conducts pilot training, has spent about $13 million to acquire easements from the owners of about 290 parcels of property within a half mile “bubble” around the installation. The easements, said Roy, grant the military permanent use of the airspace surrounding the field, and include agreements from the property owners to limit the types of development to be done on that property in the future, to those uses which are considered compatible with the military mission of Whiting Field. Roy also estimated that Whiting Field has a positive economic impact of about $1.1 billion per year on surrounding communities. The committee also heard a short presentation from military sustainability partnership coordinator Ken Little, who said that 137 of the original 175 recommendations from the original JLUS study have now been implemented. He said that the federal grant funding the formal activities of the military sustainability partnership executive committee will end on Feb. 28, thus ending the formal activities of the committee. Little said that some recent activities of the committee have included providing brochures on compatible development to Northwest Florida Realtors, land developers, and contractors, informing them of ways to make their activities compatible with local military operations. Little said that information about civilian-military compatibility can be found online at www.tri.countybrac.com. JLUSFrom page A-1 The Air Force last week released a "final" environmental study of the effects of F-35 warplane operations on communities near Eglin Air Force Base. Earlier in February an Eglin-sponsored civilian committee that recommended measures to limit community "encroachment" on Eglin operations held its final meeting. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithMembers of the Valparaiso City Commission, and court reporter, prepare to enter closed-door session Monday to discuss two lawsuits against the city.

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principal of a high school affiliated with the college, and from the head of an energy consulting firm working to help the college reduce its energy costs. The meeting was held at the South Walton campus of NWFSC, as part of a board of trustees policy of having at least one of its monthly meetings each year at each of the four satellite campuses of the Niceville-based community college. Prior to the start of the meeting, the Beacon asked Handy whether the 2012 hacking incident has had any continuing effects on college faculty or students whose personal or financial information may have been compromised. Handy replied that the damage thus far has been minimal. “I could count on two hands the number of people who have been seriously affected,” Handy said. He said that the college has only had to spend about $7,000 to reimburse faculty or students for losses resulting from the 2012 hacking. Most of that money, he said, was to reimburse people for having new checks printed after changing their bank account numbers as a precaution against potential access by hackers or by people to whom the original hackers may have sold any of the information they obtained. Handy said that he himself was one of those whose personal information had been compromised. He said the hackers had obtained direct deposit information on college employees, including himself, and that when he reported this to his own bank, he learned that there had been some attempts made to access his account, but that those attempts had been unsuccessful. He said that about 50 college employees had attempts made to access their bank accounts, and that about 75 additional faculty or students learned of attempts to have false credit cards opened in their names, but that he was not aware of anyone suffering any serious financial losses as a result of this, and that banks and credit card companies have been very good about covering any such losses suffered by their clients. In his own case, Handy said, he did not lose any money, but did have to endure the “hassle” of having to spend time sorting things out with his bank and credit card companies. Since the 2012 hacking incident, said Handy, there have been no new successful attempts to gain access to the college computer system, although he said the college gets “pinged” by hacking attempts on a regular basis, as do most other institutions and even individual computer owners. Handy said that NWFSC human resources director Nancy Murphy is the college’s liaison with law enforcement agencies who continue to investigate the hacking incident and any related crimes. The trustees meeting began with a briefing from Holley Langille, the South Walton “Campus Specialist” who is in overall charge of the Santa Rosa Beach campus and is its only full-time employee. She said the South Walton campus, which opened in January 2010, serves about 438 students, of which about 250 are seeking academic credit toward earning their associate's degrees, while the other students include those taking courses in such subjects as English as a Second Language, GED courses and other forms of adult education, and senior citizens taking “prime time” courses for personal educational enrichment. Langille said the South Walton campus serves other community functions in addition to providing education. She said it works closely with such organizations as the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on environmental programs, to include oyster recycling and water quality testing. She said the campus maintains a native plant trail and other ecological resources, and works with STEM scholars from other schools. Trustees also were briefed by Jonathan D’Avignon, principal of the new charter high school affiliated with the Seaside School, which previously offered only elementary and middle school classes. The new charter high school shares classroom space with the South Walton campus of NWFSC. D’Avignon said the location at the college campus also provides ready access for his students to a nearby public library, Boys and Girls Club, and to the campus of the public South Walton High School, where some of the charter students participate in sports, band, and other extracurricular programs. He said his school currently has about 40 ninth grade and about 40 10th grade students, and expects to ultimately enroll about 160 students altogether, once it begins offering classes to all four years of high school. He told the trustees that one advantage students gain from attending his charter school is the “small school environment,” which tends to enhance closer relationships among students and between students and teachers, as well as high academic achievement, greater student involvement in extracurricular activities, and greater involvement by parents. COLLEGEFrom page A-1 Beacon photos by Mike GriffithParts of the South Walton satellite campus of Northwest Florida State College, where college trustees met last month, are perha ps uncomfortably close to nature, below. 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The actual distribution, according to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority, was: —Special Operations Warrior Foundation: $15,000. —Northwest Florida Track Club: $14,199. * A photo caption for a photo of a Rocky Bayou Christian School weightlifting match in the Feb. 26 issue gave the wrong name for the girl lifting weights. She is Mackenzie Davis. Ty Handy

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ArrestsOn Feb. 15, Niceville police arrested Joshua D. Lundy, 31, of 7300 Murray Heights Dr., N. Irvington, Ala., for one count of resisting an officer without violence, and one count of resisting an officer with violence. Lundy was the driver and sole rider of a blue 2003 Suzuki motorcycle which a Niceville officer attempted to stop for speeding at Partin Drive and North Cedar Avenue. Before the officer could activate his emergency lights, the cyclist pulled onto Reynolds and slowed as if going to stop, then accelerated. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to catch up with the vehicle. The cycle ran two stops signs before leaving the roadway, crashing at Reynolds and Kendrick Lane. The cyclist fell unconscious for several seconds. Once he regained consciousness, he was ordered to stay on the ground, but refused and tried to run away. The officer grabbed him and was struck in the right chin during the struggle. The defendant was wrestled to the ground where he continued to struggle and was "tased" before officers were able to restrain him. He was transported to Twin Cities Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. * On Feb. 16, Niceville police arrested Clifford J. Johnson, 30, of 5809 Helen Dr., Mobile, Ala., for burglary to an unoccupied dwelling. Johnson attempted to gain entry to an address on Evans Street to sleep for the night, but was denied by the residents. He walked next door to another address on Evans Street, where he shattered the kitchen window to gain entry to the vacant apartment. He was observed running upstairs. As an officer attempted to gain entry through the same window as the defendant, Johnson fled the apartment through the front door where he was taken into custody without incident. * On Feb. 19, Niceville police arrested Emilie Anne McMillan, 21, a restaurant server, 1103 Cedar Ave. S., Niceville, for one count of possession of marijuana under 20 grams, and one count of possession of paraphernalia. * On Feb. 19, Valparaiso police charged John Francis Piowaty Jr., 34, U.S. Navy EOD, 2520 Midway Suite 200, Virginia Beach, Va., with criminal mischief. Piowaty was a patron at the Matador Club, and while the defendant was inside the establishment, the manager learned that an unknown person had damaged the men’s bathroom. The manager reported that a toilet and hand dryer had been damaged. The manager cleaned up the damage. About 10 minutes later she heard a loud noise coming from the men’s bathroom, which was also heard by the bartender. The manager reported she knew only one person was in the bathroom and she had the bartender investigate. The bartender discovered Piowaty coming out of the bathroom and that a television had been broken, which is valued at $500. * On Feb. 21, Bailey Andrew Henry, 19, of 204 22nd St., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County Jail on a misdemeanor probation violation. He was released on bond later that day. * On Feb. 22, Valparaiso police arrested Robert Michael Dubois, 37, unemployed, no address recorded, for one count of failure to appear. The arrest was made on a warrant from Santa Rosa County, for failure to appear on original charges of driving while license suspended or revoked, third or subsequent offense, reckless driving, and failure to register a motor vehicle.DUIOn Feb. 22, Niceville police arrested Edward Desmond Moree, 36, of 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy., #104, Fort Walton Beach, for DUI. According to the police report, Moree was observed driving erratically and driving on other than the designated roadway. His blood alcohol level was measured at or above 0.147.Bear encounterOn Feb. 18, Niceville police responded to an address on Palmetto Avenue, where someone reported that a bear had just been in his yard. The complainant estimated the bear as “rather large”—300 to 400 pounds. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was notified.OtherOn Feb. 15, an Okaloosa deputy responded to the Niceville Police Department regarding a report of a burglary to a vehicle that had already occurred. * On Feb. 17, Niceville police responded to an address on North Partin Drive, where someone had apparently shot a hole in a window with a pellet gun. * On Feb. 18, an Okaloosa County deputy sheriff responded to an address on Jamaica Way, Bluewater Bay, in regard to a report of battery. The case status remains pending. * On Feb. 18, Niceville police responded to an address on Jonathan Circle where someone had apparently shot at a motor home seven to eight times with a BB gun. * On Feb. 19, Niceville police responded to the lake park on Winding Waters Way, where someone had apparently broken a security chain, entered the park with a vehicle, and caused damage by driving the vehicle in a circle. * On Feb. 19, Niceville police responded to an address on 23rd Street in regard to a report that an electric trolling motor had been stolen from a boat. * On Feb. 19, a witness came to the Niceville Police Department and gave police two small bags containing a questionable white powder which the witness said he had come across while cleaning the roadway near State Road 20 near the Publix. Testing indicated that the bags contained heroin. * On Feb. 21, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Ridge Lane, Niceville, in reference to a report of a residential burglary. The complainant stated that some medication had been taken from the residence. However, the complainant later notified police that she had located her medication, and that it was no longer missing. * On Feb. 24 a Walton County sheriff's deputy was dispatched to an address on State Road 20, Choctaw Beach, in reference to a burglary. The complainant told police that a number of tools had been taken from the house, which was under construction. * On Feb. 22, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Southminster Circle, Niceville, regarding a theft. The case remains pending. * On Feb. 24, Niceville police responded to the Walmart Supercenter regarding the reported theft of a bicycle. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.24, 2014 through Mar. 2, 2014. 0 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME 4th Street........................................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................10:33 Lincolnshire Dr...............................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................11:48 26th Street......................................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................13:13 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................18:45 Lanman Rd....................................Medical.............................2/25/14.......................08:58 Dyer St...........................................Medical.............................2/25/14.......................09:45 Government Ave............................Alarm activation...............2/25/14.......................10:55 Reeves St.......................................Medical.............................2/25/14.......................13:56 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................2/26/14.......................07:07 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................08:06 College Ave....................................Vehicle crash...................2/27/14.......................12:33 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................12:49 Seminole Cir...................................Service call.......................2/27/14.......................13:11 Als Dr..............................................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................16:11 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................18:44 Cherrywood Ct...............................Medical.............................2/28/14.......................00:19 Cherrywood Ct...............................Medical.............................2/28/14.......................01:13 Little John Ct..................................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................07:12 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................11:01 Boyd Cir..........................................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................14:11 Evergreen Ave...............................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................23:48 Weekly Safety Tip: Working smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home in time for you to escape, even if you are sleeping. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, install one inside your sleeping area as well. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.24, 2014 through Mar. 2, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/24/14........................12:54 E. Hwy. 20.................................Medical................................2/24/14........................16:29 Jamaica Way............................Medical................................2/25/14........................04:22 Dyer Dr......................................Dispatched & cancelled.....2/25/14........................09:50 Sunset Beach Blvd...................Medical................................2/25/14........................16:44 E. Hwy. 20.................................Medical................................2/26/14........................10:40 Jamaica Way............................Public assist........................2/26/14........................12:27 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/26/14........................12:30 Glenburn Ct...............................Medical................................2/26/14........................16:33 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/26/14........................17:34 E. Rosewood Way....................Public assist........................2/27/14........................11:40 Cat Mar Rd................................Medical................................2/27/14........................16:05 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/27/14........................23:56 E. Rosewood Way....................Medical................................2/28/14........................08:58 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/28/14........................15:05 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/28/14........................15:35 Caribbean Way.........................Public assist........................2/28/14........................19:34 Oaklake Ln................................Medical................................3/1/14..........................19:26 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Valparaiso The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of December, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Chicago Ave....................................Structure fire......................12/1/13....................15:14 Okaloosa Ave..................................Unconscious......................12/1/13....................22:00 Edge Ave.........................................Seizures.............................12/2/13....................08:39 N. John Sims Pkwy.........................Fire alarm...........................12/2/13....................16:22 Adams Ave......................................Fire alarm...........................12/2/13....................20:15 Seminole Ave..................................Sick call..............................12/4/13....................14:05 Chicago Ave....................................Fire alarm...........................12/4/13....................15:12 Washington Ave..............................Seizures.............................12/6/13....................14:16 Bayshore Point................................Heart problem....................12/10/13..................15:27 Lincoln Ave......................................Structure fire......................12/13/13..................17:48 Andrew Dr.......................................Sick call..............................12/15/13..................10:32 Adams Ave......................................Fire alarm...........................12/15/13..................12:41 Mississippi Ave................................Sick call..............................12/16/13..................13:13 Lincoln Ave......................................Seizures.............................12/19/13..................02:00 Judith Dr..........................................Cardiac arrest....................12/20/13..................03:23 Edge Ave.........................................Fall......................................12/20/13..................09:26 Chicago/Rockford...........................Man down..........................12/21/13..................05:14 W. College Blvd..............................Vehicle accident................12/24/13..................15:07 Lincoln Ave......................................Fire service call.................12/24/13..................20:11 Chicago Ave....................................Back pain...........................12/29/13..................11:21 Kelly Mill Rd....................................Psychiatric.........................12/29/13..................22:08 S. John Sims Pkwy.........................Vehicle accident................12/30/13..................16:11 The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in Niceville LEE MULLIS, MD • Over 25 Years Experience • National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery • A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDThe Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD • Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office • 15 Years Experience • A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: • CATARACTS • DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville • (850)678-5338930 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview • (850) 682-5338• GLAUCOMA • RETINA PROBLEMS Medicare Assignment Accepted-In memory ofTwo arrested in BWB heroin raidOn Feb. 26, Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies arrested Danielle Beauchamp, 28, and Evin Pace, 28, at 515 Nassau Drive in Bluewater Bay for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff's report. The arrest led to "the discovery of various illegal narcotics, including heroin," according to the report. Beauchamp and Pace were charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, including scales and needles, according to the report. Beauchamp was also arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for introducing contraband into the Okaloosa County Jail, the report stated. Danielle Beauchamp Evin Pace THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 “I appreciate living in a military community, but I don t think the U.S. should be doing so much overseas. I think we re instigators in some situations.” “I think they re cutting the wrong areas of the overall budget. They seem to be just cutting the military budget and spending more everywhere else.” “I think it s awful. Military people should earn more for what they do. My brother is a sergeant in the Army, and I think it s awful that they would cut money from people like him.”What do you think about proposed cuts to the U.S. military budget?“Being a military spouse, I m not very happy about it.” “I think it s really sad. The government gives benefits to illegal aliens, then cuts pay and benefits to military personnel and retirees – the ones who actually work for the country.” “I understand it from a budgetary standpoint, but I question whether it s best for the country in the long run.”Location: Niceville Children s Park THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Ginger Strawser, 63, Niceville, retired Clay Williams, 34, Niceville, restaurant manager Tonya Whitfield, 32, Niceville, recreation aide Michael Arsenault, 29, Niceville, student Cyndi Meadows, 31, Niceville, stay-home mom Casey Walters, 34, Niceville, electronics technician What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 5, 2014 Page A-5 Swim membership and storage facilities are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN! Recreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Dr., Niceville (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664.Recreation Services Inc. located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join the swimming pool membership from now until Mar. 31, 2014, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! Membership includes 4 pools, (1 heated) at Bay Drive open year-round. We also offer water aerobics, swimming lessons and facility rental for special occasions. O O F F F F 5 5 0 0 % % E E N N R R O O L L L L M M E E N N T T P P r r e e s s e e n n t t t t h h i i s s a a d d & & g g e e t tMARCHMADNESSMEMBERSHIPSPECIAL BOAT & RV STORAGE AVAILABLE Countryview and Bluewater storage tanks. According to documents presented to commissioners at a meeting Feb. 18, the county’s FY14 budget included funds for the complete repainting of the Countryview Tank in the Mid County service area, and the Bluewater Tank in the East County (Bluewater) service area, including minor repairs required on each tank. According to a report from county staff members, the lowest "responsive, responsible" bid of four bids on the job was received from American Suncraft Construction Inc. of Medway, Ohio, in the amount of $543,475. County staff members also reported to the commissioners that “American Suncraft has completed prior tank painting for Okaloosa County and the company’s previous work has been exemplary.” Commissioners also approved a contract with Lord & Son Construction Inc. in the amount of $82,850, to build a small police station within the Northwest Florida Regional Airport for the airport’s small police force. The plan to build such a police station within the airport was discussed and approved during previous county commission meetings. A county spokesman said the Bluewater Bay tank near Range Road would be repainted with its current Bluewater Bay logo, a stylized sailboat. The commission also approved a resolution supporting state legislative action “that will lead to implementation of a viable, aggressive, lionfish population control program that will successfully motivate scuba divers to remove lionfish aggressively year round, until a scientific solution can be found.” The lionfish, native to areas of the Pacific Ocean near Indonesia, have appeared in Caribbean, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico waters in recent years. The fish have no local natural predators, are covered with sharp, venomous spines that can injure swimmers who come in contact with them, and eat the young of other fish species, threatening commercial and recreational fishing as well as the overall health of the underwater environment surrounding Florida. Lionfish are difficult to catch with hook and line, and the only way found thus far to control their population has been to encourage recreational scuba divers to spear or net as many lionfish as possible. TOWERFrom page A-1 Dear Bay Beacon: I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for listening to my goals and objectives for Ear Care Associates. As I'm sure you are aware, in today's economy, a business must manage their cash flow wisely. I have been self-employed for many years and have met many Advertising Executives; YOU stand out as one of the best! You have always taken the time to listen. After you took the time to listen, you would analyze and then identify my needs and come up with the ad that had my wishes and with the right content for the target market I needed to reach. SUMMARY: You work with some very creative people. The Beacon is one of the best I've seen and read and it is definitely working for me. I must say that of all the other places I have advertised, the Beacon has produced the most response which I have been able to translate into deposits. I thank you for all your help this past year and look forward to a mutually profitable business relationship. Should you want to have any of your prospects give me a call I would be glad to tell them that advertising in the Bay Beacon is a great investment. God Bless and have a successful year.Advertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Here’s proof! Sincerely, S. Grant Williams, Owner Ear Care Associates

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Pictured left is the Lewis Jazz Ensemble on stage preparing to perform. Lewis Jazz Ensemble members are Jayda Brooks, Andrew Coln, Tacy Coln, Seth Crane, Bella Devoid, David Erickson, Kristie Erickson, Jessica Jones, Grayson Kramer, Moriah Lowmiller, Derrick Mason, Randy Roberts, Noah Shaw, Austin Tolstoy, Clay Williams, and Olivia Wilson. Pictured above, the Ruckel Jazz Band, beginning third row from left, John Hencinski, Daniel Bobbitt, Ryan Murphey, Joe Walker and Trent Walker. Middle row from left, Marcus Larson, Daisy Riley, Hannah Reid, Julia Freeman, Emily Paulson, Ryan Mathison and Zachary Verzwyvelt. First row from left, Jazzlyn Temper, Meredith Freeman, Colton Williams and Mandy Martin.Middle school jazz bands rated superior The Ruckel Middle School and Lewis School Jazz Bands performed at the District I Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment March 1 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Both bands received the highest rating of Superior from each of the three certified adjudicators. The Ruckel Jazz Band is under the direction of Eddie Steadman and the Lewis Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Robert Coln. After opening their doors four years ago, Superior Residences of Niceville has proven to be the area s memory care specialist. “We are the community of choice for area professional and physician referrals as well as family referrals. From the beginning stages of Alzheimer s or dementia thru the end stages, Superior Residences is here to help families with their loved ones who are in need of our care” states Elizabeth Rambow, Senior Community Sales Director. “Memory care is a very specialized area of assisted living. We provide therapies, healthcare monitoring and management, personal care assistance and so much more. Our staff is available around the clock along with a licensed practical nurse always on site, working to make each day comfortable and enjoyable for our residents. Our families are confident in knowing that their loved ones are not only receiving the best care available, but they are also living a happy, enriched and comfortable life,” states Rambow. If you or someone one you know is in need of Superior s memory care services whether it be for specialized assisted living, respite care or our day stay program, we encourage you to come in and talk to us, get on our waiting list and see how we can help. As a proud business member here in Niceville, Superior Residences enjoys giving back to our community as well. We will be hosting two exciting local community events this year. In late spring, Superior Residences is partnering with Emerald Coast Hospice to sponsor a Father & Daughter Dance called “Creating Memories” where all of the proceeds will help a local charitable organization, Horizons. Horizons helps individuals of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Invited to the dance are all elementary through middle school girls to come out with their fathers for a truly unforgettable evening! Our second event is “Miles of Memories” which is a 5K Run & Walk. Bluewater Bay Fitness will be the site for this event. All of the race proceeds go to benefit Alzheimer s Family Services which is a private not-for profit organization that helps local area families thru education, support groups, and support services for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. In addition, Superior Residences hosts a monthly Caregiver s Seminar Series at the community on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 PM along with a Spouse s Support Group at Joey Tomatos on the Second Tuesday of every month at 3 PM. Please call (850) 897-2244 for more information. We are also excited about the construction which is underway for Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay, an independent living community. For information or details regarding our new community, please call (850) 8977386. Advertising Feature Superior Residences of Niceville has made a name for themselves as the area's community of choice for Alzheimer's and dementia care.Superior Residences of NicevilleThe Area Specialist in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Merchant’s Walk, Ste 101 Niceville • 850-897-4488 www.Blu ewaterBa yDentist.com Olivier Broutin, D.M.D. Do you suffer from daily headaches?You may be experiencing symptoms associated with TMJ Syndrome. Call our office at 897 4488 to set up a free consultation for relief today! 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. • Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 729 -3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE• Internal Medicine • Pediatrics • Preventive Care • Sport/school Physicals • Immunizations Dr. T. 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Three Niceville High School programming students, senior Reid Elliott, junior Joseph Neiger, and sophomore John Wargo, recently placed third in “Zero Robotics,” an online programming competition hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The team began competing last September with sixty other teams from around the country. The competition progressed through multiple stages, with each stage increasing in difficulty. After three rounds of matches that stretched through December, the team qualified for the final tournament by being ranked 8th among the teams. “Reid, Joseph and John advanced to the last and final phase of the competition which took place aboard the International Space Station using actual "SPHERES" robots,” said team’s Programming Instructor, Ben Shuman of Niceville High School. "SPHERES" stands for Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, said the NASA webpage. All of the finalists were invited to MIT on Friday, Jan. 17, to watch the final competition live aboard the ISS. The students watched as their code was transmitted to the ISS and loaded onto the robots. The robots then executed their program aboard the ISS in micro gravity. According to their website, the "Zero Robotics" tournament opens the world-class research facilities on the International Space Station (ISS) to high school students. Students write programs at their high schools that may control a satellite in space. The goal is to build critical engineering skills for students, such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, and team work. The competition consists of programming "SPHERES" robots to deflect the path of a comet either by using the robot's mass or hitting it with a laser aboard the robot. This task is accomplished while avoiding other debris strewn throughout the playing field. The name of the Niceville Zero Robotics team, or “Alliance,” was Phantom Tachyons Roach. “The really cool thing about this competition is that they (the students) got to watch in real time their code control robotic spheres about the International Space Station,” said Shuman. “How many teenagers can say they wrote a program that ran in outer space?” “Niceville High School continues to set the bar high, and the kids continue to outdo our expectations. Way to go!” said April Branscome, the District’s IT Specialist. For more information on Zero Robotics, visit zerorobotics.org. 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 dd n n e e s s d d a a y y , M M a a r r c c h h 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 GET A FRESH START A New Year gives us an opportunity for a fresh start and a new attitude. If you feel your hearing is holding you captive, let us help you set yourself free. Call today for a Free Hearing Profile When you think of hearing ... Think of Bay Area Better Hearing. Leslie A. DameHearing Aid Specialist 4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay  (850) 279-4545 HIGH QUALITY • LOW PRICES • EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE COUPONS batteries$3 per pack$1,90000All Models & SizesPower & Mini Model Add $100100% DigitalReg. $2,20000Expires 3/31/14.Expires 3/31/14. Limit 4. “NERA” Loans subject to credit approval. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithNiceville author signs booksAnne Sanders from Niceville signed copies of her new book, “Behind the Stage,” at Bayou Book Co., Niceville. Pictured, Shani Pinkerton takes a moment to visit with the author and get her copy signed. Sanders will be at the Niceville Library March 12 at 10:30 a.m. Scout earns Eagle rankBradley (Brad) William Berryman, of Niceville, was awarded his Eagle Scout rank Feb. 15. His Eagle Scout Service Project was a 1,424 square-foot covered pavilion, constructed at Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville. This project was one of the largest Eagle Scout Service projects ever completed in the Florida panhandle and was nominated for BSA Choctawhatchee District s “Eagle Scout Service Project of The Year 2013.” The Niceville High School robotics team placed third out of 60 teams in the “Zero Robotics” competition hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pictured from right, Reid Elliott, Joseph Neiger and John Wargo.Photo courtesy of J.P. TaltyNHS students compete remotely on space station 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.com A game room or a play room? Maybe it’s time to move up. Call me and let’s find a great home that fits YOU and YOUR family! I look forward to hearing from you soon! HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF HAVING A HOME OFFICE?

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Art show at Library During the m onth of March, the Niceville Library will ho s t local arti s t Lou Kaunzinger who will be featuring her Arizona I m pre ss ion s collection. Kaunzinger teache s watercolor cla ss e s at Artful T hing s in Niceville every Wedne s day and i s a m e m ber of the Local Color Arti s t s Club. Soccer sign up Youth Indoor Soccer League for age s four through grade four are regi s tering now. Early regi s tration i s $70 per player until March 21, $ 8 5 per player after March 21. Regi s tration deadline and player evaluation s are Saturday, April 12 fro m 8 a. m to noon at the Co mm unity Life Center at Niceville United Methodi s t Church. Practice s begin in May and ga m e s played in June and July. Regi s ter online at nicevilleu m c.org/recreation or in per s on at the NUMC Co mm unity Life Center. Scholarship opportunity T he Republican Wom en of Okaloo s a Federated will award a $1,500 s cholar s hip to a regi s tered Republican fe m ale s enior in Okaloo s a County. A 500 word e ss ay on A m ericani sm i s required and the deadline i s April 10. T he application and m ore infor m ation i s po s ted on rwof.org. Read to Baci Baci, a Bichon Fri s e therapy dog, love s a good book. If you are age five or older and would like to read a s tory to Baci, join hi m in the Youth Service s progra m roo m Wedne s day, March 5, at 3:30 p. m T hi s i s a fir s t co m e, fir s t s erved progra m You m ay bring a book or choo s e fro m the library collection. Local history at the library T he Friend s of the Niceville Public Library invite everyone to attend a free local hi s tory progra m with David Bludworth, for m er State Attorneyand long ti m e re s ident of Grayton Beach. He will pre s ent a Hi s tory of Walton County on Wedne s day, March 5 at 10:30 a. m in the Niceville Co mm unity Center. T o re s erve a s eat plea s e call the Niceville Library at 279-4 8 63 x 1507 or e m ail u s at ncvlibrary @ okaloo s a.lib.fl.u s Coffee and light refre s h m ent s will be available. Open mic poetry night Join fellow poet s March 5 for “Say the Word,” an open m ic poetry reading at the French Quarter Bar & Grill, 714 Howell Rd., Niceville, at 7 p. m T he event i s free of charge and all are welco m e to take the m ic. Each perfor m er s hould plan to s hare about 2-3 piece s Early release movie T he Valparai s o Co mm unity Library i s having an Early Relea s e Movie Day on March 6 at 1:30 p. m s howing “Free Bird s ,” rated PG and s erving popcorn. Call 729-5406 for m ore inform ation. Audubon meets T he Choctawhatchee Audubon Society ho s t s Bonnie Sa m uel s en, March 6 for a photo pre s entation on Florida’ s beach ne s ting bird s Learn about the s e rare and declining bird s and the s tatewide effort s to protect the m T he m eeting will be held in roo m 130 on the ground floor of the Student Service s Center at the Niceville ca m pu s of Northwe s t Florida State College, and will begin at 6:30 p. m with s ocializing and light refre s h m ent s T he m eeting i s free and open to the public. For m ore infor m ation, call Walt Spence at 5 8 2-7064. Direct from Vegas Direct fro m La s Vega s “ T he Rat Pack i s Back!” pre s ents a s pecial perfor m ance March 8 at 7:30 p. m to benefit the Northwe s t Florida Sy m phony Orche s tra (NFSO). T icket s are on s ale now for $35 each by phone or in-per s on fro m the Mattie Kelly Art s Center Box Office. No group or package di s count s T he perfor m ance will be held in the Main s tage T heater at the Mattie Kelly Art s Center at Northwe s t Florida State College, Niceville. Call or click for ticket s at 729-6000 or m attiekellyart s center.org. Charity yard sale T he “Project Hope” Yard Sale for St Jude Children' s Ho s pital will be March 8 and 9 fro m 9 a. m .-4 p. m at 910 Vala s tic s Avenue, Valparai s o. For m ore infor m ation, call 67 8 3 8 2 8 Genealogy meeting Dotty Burdick, Regent of the Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the Daughter s of the A m erican Revolution (DAR), will be our gue s t s peaker on March 8 at 10 a. m ., to s peak on "U s ing the DAR Databa s e for Genealogy Re s earch." T he m eeting s are held at the Heritage Mu s eu m Valparai s o. Gue s t s and pro s pective m e m ber s are alway s welco m e. Community yard sale T here will be a co mm unity yard s ale to benefit Relay For Life Saturday, March 8 at Bayou Plaza near Badcock Furniture fro m 8 -11 a. m Find bargain s that benefit Relay for Life. For infor m ation contact A m y at 39 8 -2 8 51. Give blood Monday, March 10, Wal m art in Niceville fro m 12-6 p. m All donor s will receive a $10 Wal m art gift card. Ministry meetingT here will be a m eeting for “ T ran s for m ation s ,” a poverty alleviation m ini s try, at the Niceville United Methodi s t Church, roo m 909-911, March 11 at 6 p. m For m ore infor m ation, call Joe Shearer at 6 8 7-9404 or Ki m Colpitt s at 461-0203. Classical commentary Jeffrey Rink, Director, NW Florida Sy m phony Orche s tra, will pre s ent a preview of the next NFSO concert on March 11 at the “Better Li s tening” cla ss ical m u s ic s tudy group. “Better Li s tening” progra ms co m bine co mm entarie s on cla ss ical m u s ic and related CD s election s T he progra ms will be held each T ue s day evening through March 25 fro m 7-9 p. m at the Unitarian Church Fellow s hip Hall, 1295 Bay s hore Drive, Valparai s o. All se ss ion s are free and open to the public. No re s ervation s required. College theater “ T he Pri s oner of Second Avenue” will be pre s ented March 12-15 at 7:30 p. m by the Northwe s t Florida State College’ s Fine and Perfor m ing Art s Divi s ion in the Sprint T heater. T icket s are $15 for adult s $10 for youth age 1 8 and younger. NWFSC s tudent s receive one free ticket with ID. T he Sprint T heater i s at the Mattie Kelly Art s Center at Northwe s t Florida State College and i s directly adjacent to the Main s tage T heater at 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Box Office, 729-6000 or m attiekellyart s center.org. Author appearance T he Niceville Library will ho s t a book s igning with local author, Anne Sander s on Wedne s day, March 12 at the Niceville Library fro m 10:30 a. m .-12:30 p. m She i s the author of a new Chri s tian novel, “Behind the Stage” which will be available for purcha s e at the books igning. She ha s written for new s paper s m agazine s and web s ite s Mark your calendar s to co m e in and m eet Anne Sander s 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-Adults ST. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Twin Cities Elks announce essay winnersThe Twin Cities Elks announce the winners of their annual Americanism essay contest. Pictured above, Division I, for students in grade 5-6, Lee Lipscomb won 1st, Colby Distaso won 2nd and Keegan Philips won 3rd, all from Plew Elementary School. In Division II for students in grade 7-8, Samuel Ward, a home school student, won 1st. Alicyn Grete won 2nd and Robbie Hunter Philips won 3rd, both from Rocky Bayou Christian School. The six winners will now compete with contestants from other Elk lodges in the Northwest District for the honor of representing at the Florida State Elks Americanism Essay finals in Orlando next month. New officers for Rocky s Mu Alpha Theta clubThe Mu Alpha Theta club at Rocky Bayou Christian School has announced their 2013-2014 officers, pictured from left, Secretary, Abigail Alldredge; Vice-president, Stefan Makarov; President, Trever Knie; Historian, Ivan Linn; Chaplain, Will Makarov; and webmaster, Ian Kampert. Rocky s Mu Alpha Theta club focuses on preparations for math competitions and service to the community, such as the free math tutoring community service project held at the school on Dec. 7. Plew Academic Team first in FloridaPlew s Academic Team placed first in Florida and first in the Southeast region. Pictured front row, Raymond Martin, Liam Bennet, Mackenzie Wood and Keegan Phillips. Pictured back row, Joseph Huisken, Jasmine Evans, Jay Marquardt, Teertho Bhattacharya, Gavin Mattern and Clara Bradley. Kiwanis learns about childcare regulationsJeanne Martin, the Department of Children and Families Northwest Region Safety Program Manager, gave a presentation on childcare regulations at the most recent meeting of the NicevilleValparaiso Kiwanis meeting Feb. 27. “They were an outstanding group,” said Martin. “Very engaged.” Pictured, she gives a children s book as a gift to Kiwanis president Stan Claypool.Poster contest for studentsThe Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) invites all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 6th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. The theme is “Summer Fun.” Artwork can be in any medium on paper. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County. Each 1st place winner will receive a $75 gift card, each 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card, and each 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card. Additionally, the 1st place winners’ artwork will be posted in the OAA newsletter and on the OAA website. Any Okaloosa County School student can enter; entries can be mailed through an Okaloosa County School or by an individual student. The submissions deadline is April 15. Please submit only one entry per student. Posters should be standard size (8 x 11) for the contest and should include, the name of the artist, their grade, and the name of their school. Please mail entries to the Okaloosa Arts Alliance, Attention: School Poster Contest, P.O. Box 4426, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32549. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be announced at the Family Fun Arts Fest. Please contact Amy Baty at 499-8335 or amybaty1@gmail.com for more information. All of the poster contest entries will be on display at the Spring Fest on May 17 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at HarborWalk Village benefiting the Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA). Spring Fest is a free, family friendly lively event. Entertainment includes arts and craft vendors, free family activities, live animals, face painting, hands on art activities and a silent auction. Niceville artist wins first placeArtist Nancy Jurgens of Niceville stands beside her work, won first place with a portrait in acrylic, “One Word,” in the Prime Time artists end-ofterm show. Prime Time is a continuing education program offered through Northwest Florida State College, with four campus locations. 24+/acres against Blackwater State Forest. Cleared, private, small stream, ready to build. $6500/acre in Baker. 850-537-9519 Saturday, March 8th, 8am-3pm. Entire contents must go. 342 Chicago Ave. Valparaiso. Drivers: Home EVERY Weekend. Dedicated Southern Lanes & OTR! All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! 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Page B-4 Wednesday, March 5, 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 1-888-520-9323 Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Ex pr ess The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon. Niceville s Newspaper Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour underwayNearly 60 young players participated at the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour at Pensacola Country Club Feb. 22. The next event will be the National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked two day event at Stonebrook Golf Course in Pace, March 8-9. Pictured from left, Patrick Poate, Antonia Poate, Alia Scotka, Kaide Farne, Madison Tenore, Caroline Craig, Lauren Miller, Cameron Fish, Catie Craig and AJ Panyko. Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNiceville girls softball beats FWBNiceville High School girls varsity softball won 11-1 against Fort Walton Beach High School Friday in an away game. Pictured, Hayley Pelkey smacks the ball for a run batted in (RBI) that puts her on first and sent two other players across the home plate. The girls will be playing Crestview next at a home game March 6. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithNiceville man earns black beltNiceville resident Ryan Smith earned his first degree black belt in ATA style taekwondo Feb. 21. Pictured, Smith trains under Chong Bairos, a fifth degree black belt. Both the men s and women s track teams for Niceville High School took home trophies at the first meet of the season Feb. 22 in Panama City. The girls w on first place and the boys won second place. Niceville High School track and field started the season off strong at the Panhandle Open in Panama City on Feb. 22. With 17 schools competing, NHS girls took 1st place overall and the boys took 2nd. “It was a great day for the NHS Eagle track teams at the Panhandle Open. Congratulations to all our athletes,” said new head coach, Jamie LaFollette. The team will be back in Panama City on March 8 for the Rutherford Ram Relays. The athletes that placed in the top three for their events are: Nickie Anderson-3rd place 400m dash (1:04.1); Sophia Bergman-1st place discus and shot put (116-0, 36-3.5); Drew Haggerman3rd place 800m run (2:34.1); Skyler Joneson 3rd place shot put (28-3.5); Mackenzie Shinnick3rd place 3200m (12:25.0); Aubrey West2nd place 200m and 100m dash, 3rd place long jump and (27.21, 12.87, 163), girls 4x800 relay 2nd placeClaire Crist, Mackenzie Shinnick, Regan McAllister, Annie Serpa (10:17.5); girls 4x400 relay 2nd placeCenedy Crum, Drew Haggerman, Regan McAllister, Nickie Anderson (4:20.8); and girls 4x100 relay 3rd placeJaylah Lawson, Tay Hunter, Camryn Crum, Aubrey West (53.4). Kevin Cruz-2nd place 300m hurdles (42.21); Tripp Davis2nd place 800m (2:01.9); Thomas Howell3rd place 1600m (4:36.7); Jack Massey3rd place 800m (2:04.6); Nick Morken1st place 1600m and 800m, (4:27.3, 2:01.6); boys 4x800 relay 1st placeTripp Davis, Caden Ewing, Jack Massey, Nick Morken; boys 4x400 relay 3rd placeJosh Chord, Isaiah Denman, David Bobbitt and Alex Boswell. The following athletes either set a new season best time for themselves or broke their previous records. New season best times were A. West, H. Schroeder, M. Hunter, K. Cruz, N. Escoffier, A. Serpa, N. Morken, T. Howell, J. Fiske, N. Anderson, K. Friesen, D. Bobbitt, D. Haggerman, R. McAllister, S. Bergmann, G. Olds, M. Guter and A. McDuffie. Personal records bested were be C. Ewing, C. Crum, M. Kirila, C. Woodard, A. Royal, K. Cruz, B. Higgins, C. Crist, M. Shinnick, N. Escoffier, T. Hamer, A. Royal, J. Moreno, D. LaFollette, J. Massey, E. Schneidewind, J. Fiske, J. Chord, T. Davis, S. Joneson, R. Riley, G. Olds, E. 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2014 2014 Spring-Summer 2014  Supplement to The Bay Beacon Niceville-Valparaiso, Florida The Bay Beacon’s and Community Directory NEWCOMER NEWCOMER GUIDE GUIDE

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By Mike Griffith and Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff The Twin CitiesŽ of Niceville and Valparaiso live up to their names. It really is nice in Niceville, and Valparaiso, which means Vale of Paradise,Ž offers a quality of life as close to paradise as one is likely to find this side of the real thing. Originally the area was known as Boggy Bayou,Ž or simply Boggy,Ž due to the proximity of Boggy Bayou, an inlet that leads to Choctawhatchee Bay and from there to the Gulf of Mexico. The bayou, however, is not the weedy swamp the name implies. It is a pleasant and popular place for swimming, sailing, water skiing, and fishing. Along the shores of Boggy Bayou, as well as another creek-fed inlet called Rocky Bayou, and the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay, nestle Niceville, Valparaiso, and such neighboring communities as Bluewater Bay, Seminole, and Choctaw Beach. The area attracts people who seek a warm climate, friendly communities, and plenty of activities ranging from hunting, fishing and water sports to art galleries, concerts, and stage plays. The climate is a big attraction for new residents as well as vacationers. There is no hard winter, by northern standards. Spring begins soon after the first camellia blossoms in January. A hot, humid summer starts around the middle of June. A colorful, leisurely autumn extends from early October through Christmas. Outdoor activities abound, with such sports as tennis and golf available yearround. You can drive over the Mid-Bay Bridge to the busy nightlife of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Or you may take the children to calmer waters at beaches in Valparaisos Lincoln Park and the military recreation area at White Point. In Niceville, you can visit the cool swimmin holes of Turkey Creek Park, or walk along the parks mile-long boardwalk through the swamp and jungle-like forest of the true Florida.Ž New residents are also attracted by the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of local communities, where people feel safe riding bicycles, pushing baby strollers or taking walks at any hour of the day or evening. Carinne Crouse and her family moved to Valparaiso just over a year ago and are big fans of the area. "We enjoy coming over here to Children's Park," said Crouse. "We love all the outdoor activities. It's a very active community." She frequents the Niceville Children's Park with her three daughters: Cailyn, 5, Claira, 4, and Carlee, 1. Economic opportunities abound. Although the area was once a center of fishing, turpentine harvesting, and agriculture, the economic base nowadays is Eglin Air Force Base, one of Americas largest military installations and a center of research, development and testing of new, advanced weapons systems. It is also home to such elite military training and operational units as the 33rd Fighter Wing, which trains pilots and maintainers for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, the Army Ranger School, and the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The base attracts many of the nations top defense contractors, engaged in advanced weapons research and development programs. In recent years, business and government leaders have been seeking to attract other high-technology industries to the area, in such fields as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology„industries that are attracted by the abundance of technically-trained people, as well as by the high quality of life along the north Florida coast. Transportation in the area includes the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, served by four airlines flying to such hubs as Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. Main traffic arteries include local highways connecting to Interstate 10. A toll highway bypass is being built around Niceville to speed traf-Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 3 ALSO IN THIS GUIDE Outdoor recreation is a year-round opportunity in the Niceville-Valparariso area.Beacon photos Twin Cities community a magnet for families and retirees alike Schools in a nutshell..............10-12 Government services...........13,14 Business directory..................15 Area map....................................16,17 Turn on the utilities................18,19 Join a club..................................20-22 Things to do, places to go ...23-29 The beach at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, is a popular place for swimming and family fun.Small-town charm, city amenities Continued on page 5

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fic to and from the Mid-Bay Bridge and Destin by early 2014. Commercial and charter fishing also remain important parts of the local economy, and help to attract tourists and vacationers to the area. Local history can be studied at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, the Air Force Armament Museum, and other nearby facilities. Numerous archeological sites can be found in the area, including the remains of early settlers' cabins and sawmills, and the earthen ceremonial mounds of the first American Indians to inhabit northern Florida. But it is the here and now that makes the area such a great community with something to do for all ages. "I love the Children's Park and I can't believe it's free," said Alisa Little, a resident of Bluewater Bay for the past two years. Little enjoys spending afternoons playing at the park with her 5-year-old daughter Tristan, but she says there is enough in the area to keep her 15-year-old daughter Carmen happy as well. Its a quaint little town tucked away, but close enough if we want to hit the tourist spots,Ž said Little. "The beaches are nearby, but far enough away from the tourists. And my husband loves fishing at White Point." Education is an important part of the community. Local schools from elementary through middle and high school are consistently ranked among the best in Florida. Advanced middle-school students can attend the Science, Technology, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Center in Valparaiso, and other schools offer special programs in fields ranging from auto mechanics to computer technology and aeronautics. In addition to public education, private From page 3 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 5 Continued on page 7 “We love all the outdoor activities here. It s a very active community,” says Carinne Crouse, Valparaiso, with her three girls, Cailyn, Claira, and Carlee.‘A quaint little town tucked away’ Rocky Bayou Christian School: Christ-centered, excellence-driven education for grades K3-12• Curriculum with a biblical worldview taught by dedicated faculty• Innovative learning enhanced by Mimio Teach and iPad Technology• Engaging and high-achieving Preschool, VPK, and Kindergarten programs• Well-rounded, advanced Elementary program• College Preparatory Academy averaging over $3.5 million in scholarship offers to Classes 2011-2013• Competitive Sports Program including 21 Varsity, 2 Junior Varsity, and 6 Middle School Teams, as well as Intramural Sports• Vibrant Arts and Music Programs including Band, Choir, and Drama• Leading-edge Special Services Department including Therapy Services• Bus service reaching from as far as Hurlburt Field, DeFuniak Springs and South Walton to Crestview with campuses in Niceville and Destin• Tuition Assistance Available• For more information, please visit www.rbcs.org To apply, contact our Admission Director at 850.279.3727.Rocky Bayou Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity in the admissions of students per USC 2000d. “People are friendly and we feel safe," says Elizabeth Shane, a Niceville resident since 1997.

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schools are also available, such as Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville, which teaches students from early grades through high school and is top-rated academically. For higher education, there is Northwest Florida State College, which offers twoand four-year degrees in such varied fields as nursing, education, medical technology, law enforcement, and business management. The Niceville-based institution also serves as a launching pad for students who prefer to complete their first two years of college close to home, then transfer to one of Floridas big public universities. Nicevilles Twin Cities Hospital has a state-of-the-art emergency room and 65 beds for in-patient care. It is top-ranked for patient satisfaction. Other nearby medical facilities include the Eglin Air Force Base regional medical center, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, and Sacred Heart Hospital near Destin. There are also numerous outpatient clinics, and several local assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and a memory-care facility for people with Alzheimers. The state college campus in Niceville is also home to the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, where symphony concerts and touring Broadway-caliber shows routinely entertain local audiences. The school also offers one of the states best education programs in art, music, and drama. What defines the area above all, of course, is its people. Niceville is the place to be,Ž said Robert Griffin, a self-described "Boggy Boy"„born and raised in Niceville and proud of it. "I remember when Niceville just had a two-lane road on John Sims," he said. "It's quiet, a great place to raise your kids." Griffin enjoys having picnics at Lions Park, Niceville, with his granddaughter Madison Hoover, a student at Ruckel Middle School. Madison agrees with her grandfather that Niceville is a great place to live, and appreciates all the parks and activities. "I think Ruckel is a great school," she added. The mild winters are an attraction for Gay Nell Powell, a resident of Niceville for over 30 years. She enjoys walking her dog, Gigi, year-round in the temperate climate. "I love the weather," she said. "I love everything about Niceville." Elizabeth McShane of Niceville agrees that the weather is an attractive feature of the area, but adds that Niceville is so much more.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 7 Continued on page 8 “Niceville is the place to be,” says Robert Griffin, a Niceville native, with his granddaughter Madison Hoover at Lions Park. From page 5 ‘Niceville is the place to be’ Jean Floyd 865-8548 Kelly Shephard 543-7353 Bernie Busovne830-3463 Mary Coger 319-3502 Chris Schwantz368-4280 Linda Zickler 621-7233 Judy Griffin 685-8595 Pam Weeks 259-3886 Debbie Collins 375-0555 Debbie Stretch 218-8312 Shirley Wohleber 830-6222 Myke Triebold 305-6256 Janice Busovne 598-9497 Amanda Housand218-5582 Dag Davenport 797-3721 Anne Cournoyer 333-9248 Gail Kurtz 582-5459 Joe Morgan 803-3500 Lynn Bowling 259-0448 Experience you can count on fromYour Neighborhood Agents!Now partnering with Emerald Coast Property Management Call 850-279-4332Each office independently owned and operated. Jeff Matz 333-4137 Clara Miles 543-1092 "It s a quaint little town tucked away, but close enough if we want to hit the tourist spots,” says Alisa Little, Niceville, with her daughter Tristan.

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"I like the fact that there are four seasons," said McShane, a resident since 1997. "I like the fact that you can get outside and do things, even when it's cold." Like many residents, a military career is what initially brought them to the area, but the friendly people and safe community are what kept them. "We're military, so being close to the base is important, said McShane. "We've enjoyed living here. When we first came, the kids were in middle school." The great schools and amenities, like the library, are important to her still, but she says the natural beauty of the area is perhaps the greatest treasure. "It's so pretty," she said. "My husband says so every day when he drives along Bayshore and sees the water. It's just a beautiful place." J.T. Thornton, who moved to Niceville with his family this year, agrees. "What we really like is the community feel, the family feel," said Thornton. "You can raise your kids here." Thornton came to the area to take a position as the worship pastor at Niceville Assembly of God. "We're really excited about it," said Thornton. "We love the community living." From page 7 J.T. Thornton recently moved to Niceville with his wife and two daughters to take a position as a pastor. “What we really like is the community feel, the family feel,” said Thornton. “You can raise your kids here.”'It’s just a beautiful place' “I like everything about Niceville,” says Gay Nell Powell, a resident for over 30 years.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 8 Spring-Summer 2014

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 9Beacon Staff Florida law requires that children from 6 to 16 must attend school or be home schooled. For assistance with determining which public-school attendance zone your family resides in, call the Okaloosa County School District administrative offices, 833-3100 or the Walton County School District, 850892-1100. For assistance with registration requirements for Rocky Bayou Christian School, call 678-7358. For assistance with registration requirements for Collegiate High School, call 729-4949. Children may enter kindergarten in a public school if they are 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Kindergarten attendance is a prerequisite for first grade. Documentation required for firsttime registration includes the student's birth certificate, Social Security number, certification of school entry medical exam performed within the previous 12 months and proof of immunizations. Each child must have on file a Florida certification of immunization documenting the following: „K-12 (children entering, attending or transferring to Florida schools): Four or five doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine; three or four doses of polio vaccine; two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine; two or three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; one dose of varicella vaccine (kindergarten effective school year 2001-02, then each year and additional grade); two doses of varicella vaccine (kindergarten effective 2008-09, then each year and additional grade). „Pre-K: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine; polio vaccine; measles vaccine; mumps vaccine; hepatitis B vaccine; varicella vaccine (effective school year 2001-02); influenza type B (Hib) vaccine. „Seventh grade: tetanus-diphtheria booster (Tdap). Students entering a county school system for the first time must present certification of a physical exam by a physician within the previous 12 months, unless transferring from another Florida school district. Visit okaloosaschools.com (Okaloosa County) or walton.k12.fl.us (Walton County) for more information. Visit okaloosaschools.com (Okaloosa County), walton.k12.fl.us (Walton County), rbcs.org (Rocky Bayou Christian School) or NWFcollegiatehigh.org (Collegiate High School) for more information. Students who are at least 4 years old by Sept. 1 may attend a free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program at certain public and private schools and preschools. The program is three hours a day, weekdays. Parents must provide transportation. Registration starts the first Monday in April. If interested, call Katie Byrd, 833-9330 Okaloosa Walton Child Care Services, Sharon Pierce, 892-8560 Walton County, or visit www.owccs.org/VPK.html. Beacon photoChildren from 6 to 16 must attend school or be home schooled. Registering your child for school

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—800 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville —nicevillehighschool.org —Grades: 9-12 —Phone: 833-4114 —Hours: 6:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. —Principal: Rodney Nobles —Enrollment: 1944 —Staff: 102 teachers and staff —Booster president: Jim Evans —SAC chair: Chris Nixon —Volunteer coordinator: Rebekah Ellis —420 volunteers —Designated “A” school by Florida Department of Education —Class of 2013 earned over $10,000,000.00 in scholarships —Washington Post Ranks NHS #154 in the nation —25 College Board National Scholars —One National Hispanic Scholar —Advanced Studies Students earn up to 60 college credits —Leading Edge Information Technology Institute —Award-Winning Performing Arts Programs —Winning Athletic Programs recognized statewide —Advanced Placement, AICE program, Honors and Gifted, Informational Technology Institute, Intensive reading and math, career readiness programs, executive internships, ESE services, FCAT remediation credit recovery programs, Family and Consumer Science, early childhood education program, art and music programs, physical education programs, foreign languages. —Clubs and activities: Academic Team, Air Force Junior ROTC, Band, Chorus, Drama and Debate, Dance Team, FBLA, Forensics Team, IDEAS, Junior Classical League, Literary Guild, Math and Computer Team, NaGISA, National Honor Society, Newspaper and Yearbook, Step Team, SAC Representative, Student Council, Student Government Association, Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshmen Councils, Baseball and softball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross-country (boys and girls), Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Swimming (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Volleyball, Weightlifting (boys and girls), Wrestling, Art Club, Chess Club, French Club, Entre Nous, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, German Club, Interact, International Club, Japanese Anime Club, Key Club, Philosophy Club, SADD, Spirit Club, Swing Club. —College board average scores: ACT composite, 23.5; SAT writing 514; SAT math 538, SAT critical reading 543.Rocky Bayou Christian School Ruckel Middle School Collegiate High School at NWF State College–100 E. College Blvd., Niceville (Northwest Florida State College) –nwfcollegiatehigh.org –Grades: 10-12 –Phone: 729-4949 –Hours: 9:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m. –Director: Anthony Boyer –Enrollment: 285 –Staff: 14 plus Northwest Florida State College faculty –This public charter high school allows students the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and earn college credit simultaneously. Students participate in college classes alongside college-age students. Students who cannot meet the rigors of dual enrollment participate in a precollegiate curriculum. –Special facilities or programs: All NWFSC student facilities are open to Collegiate High School students. –Collegiate HS students may participate in extracurricular activities at their home school. Sports, bands, clubs: All NWFSC student organizations are open to Collegiate High School students. The Collegiate High School also has its own organizations such as yearbook, student government, academic team and clubs. –Average college board scores: ACT composite, 26.2; SAT critical reading, 597; SAT math, 593; SAT writing, 582. –2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville –201 Beach Drive, Destin –www.rbcs.org –Grades: Kindergarten through 12, plus VPK and K-3 -K-4 –Phone: 729-7227 –Hours: 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. –Superintendent: Michael Mosley –Enrollment: 802 students –Staff: 140 –College preparatory K3-12 program, offering 15 Advanced Placement courses. –Special facilities or programs: Special Services Department certified by National Institute for Learning Disabilities serves special needs students, home school assistance, summer camp programs, full service transportation. Accepts Florida McKay scholarships, as well as Step Up for Students; dual-enrollment & AP classes taught on campus. –Extracurricular: Elementary school band, middle school band, high school band (which performed in 2012 at Sugar Bowl half-time), jazz band, concert band, chamber choir, middle school choir, concert choir, praise band, football, cross-country, track, swimming, tennis, wrestling, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, weightlifting, drama, chapel, Missions Club, Junior Classical League, Academic Team, Math Club, Leadership Trek. –College board average scores: ACT composite, 25; SAT combined 1628 –$4.4 million in scholarships offered to 52 graduates in 2013. a Niceville High SchoolOverviews of public, private schools–201 N. Partin Drive, Niceville –ruckelmiddleschool.com –Grades: 6-8 –Phone: 833-4142 –Fax: 883-3291 –Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:20 p.m. –Principal: Paul Whiddon –Assistant Principal: Stephanie Wheat –Enrollment: 950 students –Staff: 70 faculty and staff –Counselor: Laura Long –State report card grade: 15th Consecutive A –Ranked #17 out of 802 Florida Middle Schools –PTO president: Victoria George –SAC chair: Joseph Bowers –More than 500 volunteers –Special facilities or programs: Portable and regular computer labs and Robotics labs Course offerings: Remediation, regular, advanced and gifted core classes Courses for high school credit: Introduction to Technology, Web Design, Algebra I Honors, Geometry and Physical Science Honors Ram Stars Remediation Program (Strategies That Achieve Real Success) in reading. ElectivesBand, Chorus, Advanced Art, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Advanced Spanish, Introduction to Technology, Multimedia Production and Web Design. Sixth gradeexploratory wheel includes Spanish, Art and Computers. Facilities: Portable and regular computer labs, and Robotics lab. –Sports: football, cross-country track, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, cheerleading and dance team. –Arts: Football band, concert/symphonic band, jazz band, Ambassadors select chorus, 5th-grade band program, majorettes. Both band and chorus participate in the All County and All State musical programs. –Clubs: Math Counts, National Junior Honor Society, Multicultural Club, Academic Team, Math Team, Yearbook, Chess Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Drama Kids. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 10 Spring-Summer 2014 Management and staff of the Ritz Salon would like to welcome you to the area! We have been located in the Niceville Community of Bluewater Bay for over 17 years. We are your friends, neighbors and full service family hair care providers. We are proud of our community and wish to beautify it... one head at a time.Welcome to Niceville!897-4466Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 11Okaloosa STEMM Academy“School of Choice” for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine studies. —379 Edge Ave., Valparaiso —www.okaloosaschools.com/STEMM —Grades: sixth, seventh grade —Principal: Jaqueline Craig —Phone: 833-4120 —Fax: 833-4177 —Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. —Enrollment: 127 students —Staff: 10 (faculty and staff) —4545 Range Road, Niceville —okaloosa.k12.fl.us/bluewater —Grades: Pre-KD through 5 —Phone: 833-4240 —Fax: 833-4232 —Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m. —Principal: Connie Hall —Assistant Principal: Amy Klugh —Enrollment: 803 students —Staff: 75 (faculty and staff) —State report card grade: A —Full-time Counselor —Sports, music programs, clubs, Student Council (grades 3-5), Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Full time music and art program, Accelerated Reader, IXL Math, Bluewater Green Team, Young Astronauts Club, Camp Invention and Art summer camps, Safety Patrol. Day Care, Art class and Green Team activities available on early release days —Full-time immersion class for gifted students in grades 1 through 5 —Daycare hours: 6:15-8:45 a.m., 3:15-6 p.m. Daycare coordinator: Gina White —PTO president: Kim Adkinson —Volunteer coordinator: Debbie Tate —350 volunteers. Received Golden School Award for volunteer program. —Consistently scores in the top 1 percent of all tested Florida schools. —Early release for Teacher Professional Development first Thursday of each month with dismissal at 12:50 p.m. —Member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. Nutshell descriptions of area schoolsDestin Middle School Lewis School–4608 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin –www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/destinm –Grades: 5-8 –Phone: 833-7655 –Hours: 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. –Principal: Charlie Marello –Enrollment: 615 –Staff: 59 –State report card grade: A –SAC Chair: Kelly Marquez –Volunteer coordinator: Judy Hall –Special facilities or programs: emphasis in technology and fine arts (band, dance, media production, tumbling, Spanish, visual arts, graphic art and design), "School of Choice" for Bluewater community, football stadium, lighted fields, weight room with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, two networked Internet-accessible computer labs, tech lab, Splash TV studio, art studio, air-conditioned gym, certified counselor, Accelerated Math. –Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, swim, tennis, softball, baseball, track, cross country, golf. –Exemplary programs: cheer/dance team, tumbling, band, academic team, Builders Club, yearbook, Knowledge Masters, art exhibit, –300 N. Highway 85, Niceville –www.okaloosaschools.com/edge/ –Phone: 833-4138 –Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. –Principal: Dr. Samantha Dawson –Enrollment: 585 students –Staff: 65 (faculty and staff) –State report card grade: A –PTO President: Tracey Phipps –SAC chairperson: Joseph Bowers –Volunteer Coordinators: Maria Lewis and Debby Gardner –400+ volunteers –Sports, band, clubs: chorus, K-Kids, Tiger News Crew Television network, Paw Print Express (schoolwide post office). Safety Patrol, Edge Mile Club –Gifted classes, speech occupational therapy, physical therapy. –Closed circuit TV studio, computer lab. –Mentor, tutoring programs, quarterly awards program (academics and character). –Day care hours: 6:30-8 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. –Summer day care program, including off campus field trips. Bluewater Elementary School Edge Elementary School–281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso –www.okaloosaschools.com/lewis –Grades: K-8 –Phone: 833-4130 –Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m. –Principal: Mike Fantaski –Enrollment: 620 students –Staff: 70 teachers and staff –State report card grade: A+ –200 volunteers –Special facilities or programs: art suite, technology girls' varsity complex, soccer, baseball, softball complex, band suite, air-conditioned gym and wellness room, exceptional education, television studio, networked and Internet-accessible computer lab. –Incorporated Stem Programs in science, technology and math. –Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, track, swimming, cheerleading, dance team, summer sports. Many opportunities for fifth and sixth graders. –Exemplary programs: Encore fine arts program including marching band and two symphonic bands, beginning band, jazz band, exploratory wheel, select chorus, show choir, advanced art, Web design, Spanish, television/radio/multi-media production. Accelerated, meritorious and enhancement courses in all grade levels. Intensive reading, writing and math, talented and gifted, STEM research, high school credit courses, pre-AP curriculum. –Co-curricular activities: Earth Club, Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society, Young Astronauts, Sign Language Club, Recycling Club, student council, academic team, and yearbook. 115 Cedar Avenue N. | Across from NHS in the Old Mancini Music Building OFFICE: 850-678-5498 TOLL FREE: 866-678-5498 FAX: 850 -678-6705Exceptional service...without exception! • Residential • Commercial • New Construction • Property Management • Vacation Rentals • Military Relocation Specialists

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—220 Pine Ave., Niceville —www.okaloosaschools.com/plew/ —Grades Pre-K through 5 —Phone: 833-4100 —Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:45 p.m. —Principal: Carolyn McAllister —Enrollment: 720 students —Staff: 65 teachers —Full time guidance counseler —Full time music and Spanish teacher —Junior deputies —Member of Niceville Chamber of Commerce —Chorus, Young Astronauts (5th), Knowledge Masters, Spanish Club, Mile Club, Oval Art, Smiley Math, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Robotics, Evening of the Arts, Team Alpha, gifted program, 5th grade chorus, Character Counts. —PLA: Jolene Yen, President —SAC chair: Marcy Spitznagel —Daycare coordinator: Sherrii Cadenhead —Volunteer coordinator: Melissa Berry — 350 volunteers —Day care hours: 6:30-8:05 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Freeport Middle School Eglin Elementary School Freeport High SchoolPortraits of Twin Cities schools –360 Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport –walton.k12.fl.us/schools/fms/ –Hours: 7:27 a.m.-2:20 p.m. –Grades: 5-8 –Phone: 892-1221 –Principal: Charlie Morse –Enrollment: 427 –Staff: teachers: 30; staff 21 –State report card grade: B –SIT chair: Mary Job –Programs: Academic Team, Drama Club, TV Productions, 3 state of the art networked computer labs, Youth for Christ, after school tutoring as needed. –Sports: lighted football field, weight rooms, air-conditioned gym, girls volleyball, basketball soccer and softball, boys baseball, basketball soccer and football. –Also offered are beginning band, advanced band and career education. –12615 BusinessHwy. 331, Freeport –fhs.walton.k12.fl.us/ –Grades: 9-12 –Phone: 892-1201 –Hours: 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. –Principal: Shirley Foster –Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison –Enrollment: 330 –Faculty and staff: 48 –SIP Chair: Gloria Miller –Volunteer specialist and volunteer coordinator: Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison –Counselor: Jessica Obert –Special programs: Various dual enrollment classes, DCT, teacher assisting program, Web design, AP classes, Engineering classes and business computer classes, FCAT remediation and grade retrieval programs. –Extra-curricular programs: Band, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, academic team, yearbook, Ambassador Program, Anchor Club, Youth for Christ, History Club, National Honor Society, newspaper. –College board average scores: ACT composite, 21; SAT combined scores, 1130. School garde: A. –200 Gaffney Road, Eglin AFB –okaloosaschools.com/eglin –K 4th grade –Phone: 833-4320 –Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:35 p.m. –Principal: Mr. Dennis Samac –Enrollment: 484 –Staff: 50 –State report card grade: B –150 volunteers –A+ School 10 consecutive years (Florida School Recognition Award) –Accelerated Reader Program –Jump Rope for Heart –Gifted education K-4 –Mentor program –Reading, math and writing remediation –Character trait education –State-of-the-art science lab Plew Elementary School Freeport Elementary School–15381 Business 331, Freeport –walton.k12.fl.us/FES/default.com –Grades: Pre-K-4 –Phone: 892-1211 –Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. –Principal: Pamela Jones –Administrative Assistant: Wyndy Crozier –Guidance Counselor: Laurie Holt –Enrollment: 600 –Staff: 77 –State report card grade: C –Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Currie –PTO President: Retha Laird –Mascot: Wildcats –Special programs: gifted, accelerated reading, FES Student Council, music, art, Positive Behavior System. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 12 Spring-Summer 2014 CARING, COMPETENTPROFESSIONALSHELPINGYOUTOA SWIFTRECOVERY NICEVILLE 850-897-80811950 Bluewater Blvd., Suite 100DESTIN850-622-37137720 Hwy. 98 W. Suite 200CRESTVIEW850-897-8081550 W. Redstone Ave., Suite 320ACCEPTS MOST INSURANCEwww.bluewaterorthopedics.com Joint Replacement • Sports Injury • Fracture Care • Arthroscopic Surgery Thomas M. Fox, D.O. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified William J Markowski, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Steven S. Donchey, M.D. Musculoskeletal Medicine Sports Medicine Board Certified Bradley J. Goeke, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Rustin G. Sorensen, P.A.-C Physician Assistant Erin N. Robinson, P.A.-C Physician Assistant The team at Bluewater Orthopedics wants to welcome you to the area!

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Vehicle registrationAll motor vehicles in Florida must be registered and/or titled within 10 days of becoming employed, placing children in public school, or establishing residency in Florida. Trailers which weigh 2,000 pounds or more must be registered and titled; trailers under 2,000 pounds need only to be registered. Trailers under 2,000 pounds will need a bill of sale and last registration from previous owner; if not a new purchase, current owner's registration is needed. Sales tax may be applicable. In some cases they will need a certified weight slip as well. The county tax collector, as an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, processes registrations and titles and collects the necessary fees. To obtain a Florida vehicle title and registration, motorists must bring the current vehicle title, proof of Florida insurance, the vehicle itself and current state identification to any office of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector. Proof of insurance from a certified Florida agent or broker (binder, policy or card) is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner must present at a Tax Collector's office documentation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000 and Protection Damage Liability (PDL) insurance in the amount of $10,000. Motorcycles, mobile homes, vessels and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement. To transfer a Florida title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including purchaser's name, the selling price and the odometer reading at the time of the sale. A bill of sale may be submitted as proof of purchase price. Sales tax will be collected if applicable. All transfers must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller or a fee is levied at the time of transfer. Outof-state titled vehicles must be physically present when applying for tag and title. Members of the U.S. armed forces who are stationed in Florida, but maintain their legal residence outside of Florida, are classified as nonresident military and are eligible for lower registration fees. To qualify for the lower military nonresident rates, the owner must submit out of state registration, a copy of military orders, and provide their driver license or state ID. Proof of Florida insurance is mandatory. Military personnel who file for nonresident status on a vehicle will not be eligible to file for a $50,000 homestead exemption in Florida. Call the property appraiser's office, 651-7240, for information. The local Okaloosa County Tax Collector office and hours: Niceville 506 Highway 85 North Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 850-651-7300 Mon. thru Fri. 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m. Driver license services end at 3:30 p.m. Website: OkaloosaTax.com. There are also tax collector's offices in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Eglin Air Force Base, and Hurlburt Field. Florida vehicle registrations may also be renewed online at OkaloosaTax.com.Driver's licenseA Florida motor vehicle operator's license is required within 30 days after becoming a permanent resident of the state (i.e., children enrolled in school system, employment established, etc.). Those with a valid license from another state may get a Class E non-commercial Florida license by passing a visual exam and paying a transfer fee. No written or driving test is required. The Florida license is valid for six to eight years for immigrants and U.S. Citizens and up to one year for non-immigrants. Documents required, but not limited to, are a current U.S. passport or an original U.S. birth certificate (legal name change document may be required), an out-of-state driver's license and Social Security card. In addition, two proofs of residential address are required. Examples include: a piece of mail with your address, a mortgage statement or a rental lease agreement. Utility bills will also be accepted. Call 651-7300 or visit GatherGoGet.com to find out the necessary documents needed. Driver license manuals may be obtained from county tax collector's offices or www.OkaloosaTax.com. Available at Okaloosa County Tax Collector's offices are most services, such as Visit the tax collector s office to transfer vehicle titles and registration, and for driver s license services. Continued on page 14Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 13Getting a car tag or a driver’s license Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareServing theNiceville-Valparaiso Community and SurroundingArea since 1991 CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day Crowns(Most Cases)Complimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310)• Comprehensive Family Care • Advanced Sterilization Techniques • Luma Arch Whitening In Office • Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding • Preventative Dentistry • Custom Crowns/ Bridges • Implant Restoration • Gentle Nitrous Oxide • Digital X-Rays CONVENIENT SCHEDULING Monday Thursday 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed Ralf P. Zapata, DDS Thomas Grant, DMD We Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville

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original and renewal licenses, change of name or address and learner's tests. Limited driver license services are offered in Niceville, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field. Contact the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office for a more detailed list of services offered, 651-7300.Auto insuranceFlorida law requires that all automobile operators have no-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection. Under the no-fault law, a motorist's insurance company pays for treatment of any personal injuries received as a result of an auto accident, no matter who is at fault, up to $10,000. You must show proof of this insurance, along with property damage liability in the amount of $10,000, to obtain automobile tags.Boat registrationWhen purchasing a boat Florida residents have 30 days to get their vessel titled and registered. New Florida residents must title and register their vessel within 90 days. Active duty-non residents are exempt from changing their out of state vessel registration to Florida, unless the registration expires. Register at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office in Niceville, 506 Highway 85 North. For more information, call 651-7300.Voter registrationRegister to vote at either of the Supervisor of Elections offices located at 302 Wilson St. N, Suite 102, Crestview, or 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite 404, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the Crestview office, 689-5600, or the Fort Walton Beach office, 651-7272, for additional information. Forms may also be obtained at and submitted to Niceville City Library, 206 N. Partin Drive, and at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Forms may also be picked up and turned in at other Okaloosa County public libraries, Department of Children and Families Services centers, Department of Labor offices serving people with disabilities (such as Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), driver's license offices and armed forces recruiting offices. Registration forms can also be completed and printed off the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections website, govoteokaloosa.com. In addition, voters can use the new online lookup tool to check registration status, view absentee requests, find assigned precinct and view sample ballots. Contact the Elections Office with any questions. Eligibility to register is defined on the form, and no witnessing or administration of an oath is required. Voters must be registered at least 29 days before an election to cast a ballot. Absentee voting, military and overseas voting and early voting information is available online and at the Supervisor of Elections office. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections website at govoteokaloosa.com or find them on Facebook.Employment Services… JobsPlus One-stop Service Career Center 409 N.E. Racetrack Rd., Fort Walton Beach, Weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 833-7587. One-Stop Career Centers are located in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and DeFuniak Springs…providing employment and re-employment programs for our community through the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. More information: jobsplusonestop.com. … The Northwest Florida State College Career Center on the second floor of the Student Services Building, Niceville campus, 100 College Blvd. Weekdays, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. 729-5227. … Manpower, 1191 N. Eglin Parkway, Suite D., Shalimar. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 476-0327 … Kelly Services, 1500 Freedom Self Storage Road, Suite 4, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 664-7649. … Landrum HR, 73 Eglin Pkwy. NE, Ste. 110, Ft. Walton Beach. Weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 244-0026. From page 13Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 14 Spring-Summer 2014 Register at least 29 days prior to an election to cast a ballot. Forms are available throughout the county. Register at least 29 days before election

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Carr, Riggs & Ingram (850) 897-4333 4502 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 www.cripa.com Holt Phillips Services, Inc. (850) 897-5559 531 County Line Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.holtphillips.com Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair (850) 729-6629 610 Elm St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.twincitiesautomotiverepair.com Coastal Bank & Trust (850) 729-5500 Synovus Mortgage Corp. (850) 664-9580 1001 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 4300 Hwy. 20 East Niceville, FL 32578 23 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.coastalbankandtrust.com CCB Community Bank (850) 279-3886 1502 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bankccb.com Alpine Bicycles (850) 678-8222 712 Howell Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.alpine-cycles.com First Baptist Church of Niceville (850) 678-4621 622 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fbcniceville.org Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (850) 678-6062 2401 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoubaptist.org Rosemont Baptist Church (850) 678-1611 1601 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.RBCniceville.org St. Paul Lutheran Church (850) 678-1298 St. Paul Preschool (850) 678-1298 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.stpaulniceville.com Rocky Bayou Country Club (850) 678-3270 600 Golf Course Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoucc.com Gulf Coast Dental (850) 897-9600 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 108 Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.net Niceville Family Dental Ralf P. Zapta, DDS Thomas Grant, DMD (850) 729-1223 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com Wholesale House (850) 729-2900 599 John Sims Pkwy. W. Niceville, FL 32578 www.wholesalehouseliquidation.net Simply Paw sh Pet Styling (850) 279-4080 1115 Juniper Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 www.simplypawshniceville.com Best Buy Carpet, Inc. (850) 678-0041 115 Bullock Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.BestBuyCarpetInc.com Simpler Carpet & Tile (850) 678-7925 209 Government Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 www.simplercarpetandtile.com North Bay Mercantile (850) 279-6994 4650 Hwy. 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 Bluewater Bay Resort (850) 897-3241, (800) 874-2128 2000 Bluewater Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bwbresort.com City of Valparaiso (850) 729-5402 465 Valparaiso Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.valp.org Hair Express (850) 678-4555 1019 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.hairexpressniceville.com RocKurlz (850) 897-4897 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 309 Niceville, FL 32578 Ritz Salon (850) 897-4466 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. E Niceville, FL 32578 www.ritzsalonniceville.com Walker's Ace Hardware (850) 678-4222 622 W. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-7711 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 862-3169 234 Racetrack Rd., NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.acehardware.com Bay Area Better Hearing (850) 279-4545 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 211 Merchants Walk. Niceville, FL 32578 EarCare Associates, Inc. Niceville Hearing Center (850) 678-3277 1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. I Niceville, FL 32578 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com Destin Hearing Center 850-678-3211 4012 Commons Dr. W. Destin, FL 32541 www.DestinHearingCenter.com Panama City Hearing Center 850-830-0376 24 W. 8th St. Panama City, FL 32401 www.PanamaCityHearingCenter.com Fort Walton Beach Medical (850) 862-1111 1000 Mar-Walt Dr. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.fwbmc.com Twin Cities Hospital (850) 678-4131 2190 N. Hwy. 85 Niceville, FL 32578 www.TCHospital.com Mattress Depot (850) 398-8422 4381 S. Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 586-7686 434 Mary Esther Blvd. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32569 Mattress Outlet (850) 279-4220 1075 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 837-6336 11714 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 453-0000 3800 W. Fairfield Dr. Pensacola, FL 32505 (850) 478-2801 8930 N. Davis Hwy. Pensacola, FL 32514 BDB Custom Motorcycles (850) 897-1769 93 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 The Bay Beacon (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@baybeacon.com The Eglin Flyer (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@eglinflyer.com The Hurlburt Patriot (850) 678-10801181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@hurlburtpatriot.com Stubbs Orthodontics (850) 678-8338 4633 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 4484 Legendary Dr. Destin, FL 32541 www.StubbsOrtho.com Bluewater Orthopedics Thomas M. Fox, DO William J. Markowski, MD Steven S. Donchey, MD Bradley J. Goeke, MD (850) 897-8081 1950 Bluewater Blvd., Ste. 100 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-8081 550 W. Redstone Ave. Ste. 320 Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 622-3713 7720 U.S. W. Hwy. 98, Ste. 200 Destin, FL 32541 www.bluewaterorthopedics.com Laura's Pet & Horse Supply (850) 678-2270 1051 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.laurasfeed.comBaywalk Real Estate, Inc. (850) 897-1101 4566 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 104 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-7778 4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 306 Niceville, FL 32578 www.baywalk2.com Emerald Dunes Real Estate & Development(850) 678-5498 Toll Free (866) 678-5498 115 Cedar Ave. N. Niceville, FL 32578 www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.comERA American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.(850) 865-5455 409 E. John Sims Pkwy. Ste. 1 Niceville, FL 32578 www.era-american.com Keller Williams Realty (850) 279-4332 4534 Hwy. 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 Prudential PenFed Realty (850) 729-0176 1073 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fl.penfedrealty.com Boathouse Landing Restaurant (850) 678-2805 124 John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.theboathouselanding.com Caf Bienville (850) 678-2233 314 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.cafebienville.com Compass Rose Restaurant (850) 389-2125 303 Glen Ave. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.compassrosevalp.com McDonald s Costa Enterprises (850) 897-7353 4570 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 678-1844 1090 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.mcdmc.com Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant (850) 729-1127 1177 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.oldmexiconicevillefl.com Rocky Bayou Christian School (850) 678-7358 2101 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rbcs.org Cool Fish Seafood Market (850) 729-3474 440 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.coolfishseafood.com SereniTea (850) 603-9259 www.myserenitea.com Gotta-Git Taxi (850) 678-0100 24/7 Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (850) 897-1428 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 403 Niceville, FL, 32578 www.mid-bay.com Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO) Bluewater Bay (850) 892-2111 (800) 342-0990 1350 W. Baldwin Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.chelco.com www.touchstoneenergy.com ACCOUNTING AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING AUTO REPAIR BANKS & CREDIT UNIONS BICYCLE SHOPS CHURCHES COUNTRY CLUBS DENTISTS DISCOUNT RETAIL OUTLETS DOG GROOMING FLOORING GIFT SHOPS GOLF COURSES GOVERNMENT HAIR SALONS HARDWARE STORES HEARING AIDS HOSPITALS MATTRESS STORES MOTORCYCLES NEWSPAPERS NEWSPAPERS ORTHODONTICS ORTHOPEDICS PET SUPPLIES REAL ESTATE RESTAURANTS SCHOOLS SEAFOOD MARKETS TEA RETAILER TAXIS TOLL BRIDGES UTILITY THEBAYBEACONSCOMMUNITYDIRECTORY

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Map DirectoryAEPNJHK LMGSAA HH Y LL EE QRC FF I CCUW F D Y BB X STATE190STATE85STATE85STATE85STATE285STATE20STATE20STATE293STATE293STATE20 O A B C D E F G A B C D E F G 1 23456 7 89 1011 VALPARAISO EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE NICEVILLE BLUEWATER BAY CHOCTAW BEACH VILLA TASSO SEMINOLE POINTSOFINTERESTA — CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. . . . . . . . B-3 C — CITY HALL AND PARK, NICEVILLE. . . . . B-4 D — CITY HALL, VALPARAISO. . . . . . . . . C-2 E — DOOLITTLE PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . C-3 F — FIRE DEPARTMENT, NICEVILLE. . . . . . B-3 G — FIRE DEPARTMENT, VALPARAISO. . . . . C-2 H — FLORIDA PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . D-3 I — LIBRARY, NICEVILLE. . . . . . . . . . . B-4 J — LIBRARY, VALPARAISO. . . . . . . . . . C-2 K — LINCOLN PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . C-3 L — LIONS PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-4 M — MEIGS PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4 N — POLICE STATION, VALPARAISO. . . . . . C-2 O — POST OFFICE, NICEVILLE. . . . . . . . B-4 P — POST OFFICE, VALPARAISO. . . . . . . C-3 Q — POLICE STATION, NICEVILLE. . . . . . . B-4 R — RECREATION COMPLEX. . . . . . . . . B-4 S — TWIN CITIES HOSPITAL. . . . . . . . . . A-3 U — ROCKY BAYOU STATE PARK. . . . . . . D-7 V — FIRE DEPARTMENT, NORTH BAY.. . . . . F-9 W — WHITE POINT RECREATION AREA. . . . G-8 X — MULLET FESTIVAL SITE. . . . . . . . . A-3 Y — TURKEY CREEK PARK. . . . . . . . . . B-2 Z — FIRE DEPARTMENT, EAST NICEVILLE. . . C-6 N SWE To I-10 To I-10Z DD 1 23456 7 89 1011 Fort Walton BeachDestin Crestview27TH ST. Freeport6 2 36 32 37 63 61 22 54 55 11 18333 JJ 53 1346 28 23 65 1420 73 38 25 16 57 26 9 39 41The Bay Beacon Welcomes You to Map No. Business Name Map Grid AA — LEWIS SCHOOL. . . . . . . . . . . . E-3 BB — BLUEWATER ELEMENTARY. . . . . . D-9 CC — NICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. . . . . . . B-4 DD — PLEW ELEMENTARY. . . . . . . . . C-5 EE — ROCKY BAYOU CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. . B-6 FF — RUCKEL MIDDLE SCHOOL. . . . . . . B-4 GG — OKALOOSA STEMM ACADEMY. . . . . C-2 HH — EDGE ELEMENTARY. . . . . . . . . A-3 LL — COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL . . . . . A-5 JJ — DESTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL. . . . . . Destin LL — NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE COLLEGEA-5 SCHOOLS1784 101627 351215 29 736....Alpine Bicycles (See page 28).................................................C-2 33....Bay Area Better Hearing (p. 21) ..............................................D-8 3......Bay Beacon (p. 28)...................................................................B-5 4......Baywalk Real Estate (p. 27).....................................................E-9 6......BDB Cycles (p. 30)....................................................................B-3 9......Best Buy Carpet (p. 29)............................................................C-4 13....Bluewater Bay Resort (25).......................................................E-7 10....Bluewater Orthopedics (p. 12)..................................................E-8 11....Boathouse Landing Restaurant (p. 4)......................................C-3 25....Cafe Bienville (p. 30).................................................................B-3 7......Carr, Riggs & Ingram (p. 27)....................................................D-8 5......CCB Community Bank (p. 24)..................................................B-6 12....Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO) (p. 29)....E-9 63....Coastal Bank & Trust (p. 23)....................................C-3, B-4, E-8 19....Compass Rose Restaurant & Bar (p. 20)...............................D-2 65....Cool Fish Seafood Market (p. 30)............................................B-3 17....EarCare Assoc/Niceville Hearing Center (p. 32)A-3 3......Eglin Flyer (p. 28)......................................................................B-5 22....Emerald Dunes Real Estate & Development (p. 11)..............B-4 14....ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc. (p. 27)..............B-5 20....First Baptist Niceville (p. 2).......................................................B-4 ~......Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (p. 6) ...........Fort Walton Beach ~......Gotta Git Taxi (p. 30).........................................................Niceville 8......Gulf Coast Dental (p. 19)..........................................................E-9 26....Hair Express (p. 22)..................................................................B-4 15....Holt-Phillips Services, Inc. (p. 24).............................................F-9 3......Hurlburt Patriot (p. 28)...............................................................B-5 38....Keller Williams Realty (p. 7).....................................................D-8 51....Laura's Pet & Horse Supply (p. 25).........................................B-5 ~......Mattress Depot (p. 22)..................Crestview, Fort Walton Beach 23....Mattress Outlet (p. 8).................................................................B-5 16....McDonald’s, Costa Enterprises (p. 26)............................B-5, E-8 41....Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (p. 18)..............................................G-9 18....Niceville Family Dental (p. 13)..................................................C-4 27....North Bay Mercantile (p. 23).....................................................F-9 46....Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant (p. 30)..................................B-5 28....Prudential Pen-Fed Realty (p. 9)..............................................B-5 53....Ritz Salon (p. 10).......................................................................E-8 29....RocKurlz Hair Salon (p. 14)......................................................D-8 54....Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (p. 30)........................................A-6 55....Rocky Bayou Christian School (p. 5).......................................B-6 24....Rocky Bayou Country Club......................................................A-7 57....Rosemont Baptist Church (p. 30).............................................B-5 ~......SereniTea (p. 28)............................................................Crestview 32....Simpler Carpet & Tile (p. 19)....................................................C-2 34....Simply Paw’sh Pet Styling (p. 28)............................................B-5 35....Stubbs Orthodontics (p. 31)......................................................E-9 73....St. Paul Lutheran Church (p. 24).............................................B-6 76....Twin Cities Hospital (p. 6).........................................................A-3 61....Twin Cities Transmission & General Repair (p. 27)B-4 31....Valparaiso, City (p. 26)..............................................................C-2 2......Walker’s Ace Hardware (p. 21).......B-2, E-8, Fort Walton Beach 37....Wholesale House (p. 20)..........................................................B-363 34 63 5176GGV5 24 2 31 19

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 18 Spring-Summer 2014 (Area code: 850)Electricity Cities of Niceville, Valparaiso and areas west of Rocky Bayou bridgeGulf Power Co. 1057 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-225-5797 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. gulfpower.comBluewater Bay and other areas east of Rocky Bayou bridgeChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) 1401 Cat-Mar Road Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-342-0990 Local: 850-892-2111 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. chelco.comNatural gas Okaloosa Gas District P.O. Box 548 364 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-4700 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. okaloosagas.comWater and sewer Niceville and adjacent unincorporated areas between Valparaiso and Rocky Bayou bridgeNiceville City Hall Utility Billing & Finance Dept. 208 N. Partin Drive Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext,1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Public Works Dept.: 279-6436 ext. 2004 Fax: 279-4897 920 S. Cedar Ave., Bldg. B Mon.-Thurs., 6 a.m.-5 p.m. publicworks@niceville.orgValparaisoValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgAreas east of Rocky Bayou bridge to Okaloosa County lineOkaloosa Co. Water & Sewer 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite 300 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 Phone: 651-7171 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 812 James Lee Blvd. (same bldg. as Health Dept.) Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 689-7922 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. okaloosaws.comVilla Tasso & Choctaw BeachNorth Bay Water System 112 Highway 20 West Freeport, FL 32439 Phone: 835-2822 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. freeportflorida.govGarbage and other waste Niceville city limitsNiceville City Hall Utility Billing 208 N. Partin Dr.. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. cityofniceville.orgValparaiso city limitsValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgUnincorporated areas in Okaloosa and Walton countiesWaste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. wm.comHousehold hazardous waste, countywide, Okaloosa CountyOkaloosa County Recycling Office Public Works Continued on page 19 Two electric utilities, Gulf Power and Chelco, serve the Twin Cities area. Beacon photoObtaining utilities and other service s A QuickerWayto Destin. Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso Destin Niceville Crestview De Funiak Springs FL. 293 FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge 10 98 20 285 85 10 331 85 Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Now Open!The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will save you even more time. Access the Connector north of Niceville for quick direct access to the Mid-Bay Bridge. The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector is an all electronic, toll-by-plate, no cash toll road. P.O. Box 5037 € 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 € Niceville, FL 32578 € 850-897-1428 www.Mid-Bay.com

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South County Public Works Yard, 2 doors down from 84 Ready Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 651-7394 By appointment: Thursday, 1-3 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month, 7-11 a.m. Crestview drop: 1759 S. Ferdon Blvd. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. No appt. needed Phone: 689-5772 co.okaloosa.fl.us (see drop listings)Used motor oilCity of Niceville Niceville residents only (county residents, call 651-7395) 723 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 2004 Publicworks@niceville.org Public Works: Mon.Thurs., 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Oil dropped off by appointment, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Auto Zone 193 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-3881 Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pennzoil Lubrication Center 1198 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-3333 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-noon Recycling newspapers, cans, bottles, weekly curbside pickupAll areas Waste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for pickup schedule for your street. wm.comRecycling to benefit fireworksAll areas To help fund the July 4th fireworks display, donate your aluminum cans anytime in the recycling bin behind Niceville City Hall Complex 208 N. Partin Drive. Also benefiting the fireworks, the City of Valparaiso collects aluminum cans at Valparaiso City Hall, at 465 Valparaiso Parkway, open 24/7. Lewis School collects cans only at 281Mississippi Ave. Valparaiso.Telephone (landline) CenturyLink Local phone: 811 Long distance: 1-800-339-1811 centurylink.comCable television All areas except ValparaisoCox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comValparaisoValparaiso Broadband Communication Systems 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5404 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.netNewspapers The Bay Beacon (weekly) 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-1080 Fax: 1-888-520-9323 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. baybeacon.com Northwest Florida Daily News (daily) 2 Eglin Parkway NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 863-1111 Fax: 862-5230 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. nwfdailynews.com N N E W S From page 18Garbage and recycling collection Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 19 Curbside garbage pickup is the norm in the area. In Valparaiso, however, city sanitation crews collect garbage from cans from residential backyards. Beacon photo Smile with Confidence again! To us, dentistry is a science and an art that can create a beautiful smile and restore your health. We provide gentle, quality, cosmetic dentistry and oral health care in a friendly and comfortable setting.CROWNS & BRIDGES € DENTURES DENTAL IMPLANTS € ROOT CANALS GULF COAST DENTAL • New Patients Welcome • Latest Technology Air Abrasion • Comprehensive Hygiene Dept. • Full Service Dentistry • Emergency Service Available • Assistance With All Insurance • Highest Quality Sterilization Procedures • Cigna P.P.O. Accepting Care Credit • Intra-Oral Camera See your mouth the way we can5% OFF COPAYS WITH MILITARY I.D. Steven G. Robinette D.D.S.Practicing in NW Florida with more than 22 years of experience. IntroducingLaser Periodontal Therapy for treating Gum Disease STEVEN G. ROBINETTE D.D.S. ZOOM2! Professional Whitening System 4566 HWY 20 East, Ste 108 • Courtyard Plaza/Bluewater Bay • Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.net850-897-9600Like usonFACEBOOK

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4-H Club 689-5850, Haley Worley, okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu Adventure Club Clarice Hebinck 581-4591 or Bruce & Pat Blackwelder 301-9452 AF Armament Museum Foundation 651-1808, afarmamentmuseum.com After School Program Niceville Library 279-4863, ext. 1514 Aglow International aglow.org Ft.Walton Beach Robin Williamson 862-4867 Alaqua Animal Refuge 880-6399, AlaquaAnimalRefuge.org Alcoholics Anonymous 244-2421 All Sports Association allsportsassociation.org Alzheimer's Family Services 478-7790, Tabetha Helms, Alzfamserv.org American Cancer Society 244-3813, cancer.org American Business Women's Association abwa-ecc.org American Girls Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 American Flag in your yard Bill Brunkow, Kiwanis Club, 897-4396 Jim Lindsay 897-3068 American Legion Post 221 678-2682 Post 235 243-0221 American Red Cross of NWF 800-773-7620; redcross.org/fl/pensacola AmVets Post 78 678-3828 Arts and Design Society 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org Awana Clubs: First Presbyterian Church of Niceville 678-2521 Forest Lake Bible Church 678-5879 Rocky Bayou Baptist Church 678-6062 First Baptist Church of Niceville 678-4621 Eglin Chapel 882-2111 Baby Bookworms Program 279-4863, ext. 1514 Bass Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Big Brothers Big Sisters 664-KIDS (5437) bbbsnwfl.org Blue Knights Law Enf. Motorcycle Club blueknightsfl26.org Bluewater Bay's Nine-Hole Ladies Golf League Diane Chiquett 897-4498 Bluewater Bay Ladies Golf Association Clare Boggs 897-1440 Bluewater Bay Men's Golf Association Bob Boggs 897-1440 Bluewater Bay Sailing Club commodore@bbsc.com bbsc.com or Pat Ballasch at pballasch@dagarchetics.com Bluewater Elementary School PTO 833-4240 Bowling Leagues Hurricane Lanes 654-5251 Boy Scouts of America Bill Potter 683-0330; beascout.scouting.org Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 862-1616, bgcec.com Bridgeway Center 24 Hr. Crisis Line 244-9191 or 682-0101; bridgewaycenter.org Building Industry Association 863-5107; biaow.org Button Club Barbara or Don Lanier 729-7594 Camp Timpoochee 897-2224 Cancer Support Club of BWB Patti Cole 376-5778 Children in Crisis Ken Hair 864-4242; childrenincrisisfl.org Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Wallter Spence 678-3965; choctawhatcheeaudubon.org Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance 200-4171; basinalliance.org CIL Disability Resource Center 1-877-245-2457;cil-drc.org Civil Air Patrol National HQ Maxwell A.F.B. 877-227-9142 Coast Aquatics 461-7012, coastaquatics.org Covenant Hospice 729-1800, covenanthospice.org Cribbage Club Pete Seda 678-0153 Daughters of the American Colonists Eucheanna Chapter Margaret Nichols 897-1278 Daughters of the American Revolution Dotty Burdick 796-0783 choctawhatcheebaydar.com Dear America Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 Democratic Women's Club Trish Rowe 678-0871; okaloosademocrats.com Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112 678-3525 davmembersportal.org/chapters/fl/112 Ducks Unlimited Jim Stalls 729-2623; ducksunlimited.org Economic Development Council 362-6467 or 800-995-7374; florida-edc.orgEdge Elementary School PTO Kellee Dali 833-4138 Elder Services 833-9165; elder-services.org Elks Lodge 729-3557; elks.org Embroiderer's Guild Laura Gamble 496-3466 Emerald Coast Archaeology Society Jess Palmer 651-0689 Emerald Coast Chorus Ed Simpson 897-7025; emeraldcoastchorus.com Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Katie Crowell 833-9237; eccac.org Emerald Coast Concert Association 362-9356; emeraldcoastconcerts.com Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 20 Spring-Summer 2014 Rotarians are among the many volunteers serving the community.Take part in the community—join a club Continued on page 21 €Appliances €Electronics €Linens €Accessories €Outdoor living €Fitness€Furniture €Lawn Equipment €Childrens Furniture €Baby Gear €AND MUCH MORE!ALL QUALITY, NAME BRAND MERCHANDISE FOR YOUR HOME!

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Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers 863-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-654-TIPS; emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com Emerald Coast Cyclists John Stamp 897-6862; eccyclists.com Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club John Koser 920-246-5622; ecparrotheads.org Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums Leslie Matheson 243-2879 Emerald Coast Sailing Association George Goodall 862-7276 or 585-1028; ecsasailing.com Emerald Coast Tennis Council Steven Czonstka 897-4775 Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild Earnest Nettles 585-6064 Exchange Club of Niceville Deb Crenshaw 240-0946; nationalexchangeclub.org Faithfully Fit Exercise Program Barbara Wilder 678-4411, ext. 123 FL. Council on Compulsive Gambling 1-888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848) FL. Retired Educators Association frea.org F lying Needles Quilt Guild LaLani James 678-2322 Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks Marisol Kingsbury 837-7550 Fresh Start for Children & Families 243-5648; freshstarrtforchildrenandfamilies.com Friends of the Museums Inc. 833-9595; friendsofthemuseums.org Friends of the Niceville Library 729-4070, libraryfriends@niceville.org Garden Club, Bluewater Bay karenkirkwilliams@gmail.com; bluewaterbaygardenclub.com Garden Club, Niceville Marsha Palmer; nvgc1@cox.net Garden Club, Valparaiso Marion Bushey 678-2820 GED Classes NW FL State College 729-5397; nwfsc.edu Genealogical Society Val Moreland 243-0352 Girl Scout Council of the FL Panhandle Tammy Valdez 873-3999 or 888-271-8778; gscfp.org Goodwill Industries 729-2330 Habitat for Humanity 315-0025; habitatfwb.org Heritage Museum 678-2615; heritage-museum.org Junior League of the Emerald Coast 862-2665, jlec.org Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso Bill Brunkow 897-4396; niceville-valparaiso-kiwanis.org Knights of Columbus #7667 Tom Elsesser 850-502-7529 Knights of Columbus #13527 Vincent Warsheski 897-2117 Lewis School PTO 833-4130 League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County Mary Blackwell 621-4088; lwvokaloosa.org Lions Club of Niceville-Valparaiso 729-4000 Local Color Artists Club Amy Jo Rosati 678-4813 Masonic Lodge #312 678-7935 or 729-3197 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 650-2226; mattiekellyartsfoundation.org Mentor Program Diane Meredith 833-7614 meredithd@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us Military Order of the World Wars John Cahoon 862-5078 Narcotics Anonymous 850-496-1673 Nicotine Anonymous Andy C or Gwynn A 897-4721; nicotine-anonymous.org Niceville Community Guild Connie Naftel 678-7595 Niceville High School Booster Club James Evins 897-4678; nicevillehighschool.org Niceville Library Main 279-4863, ext. 1500; Youth, ext. 1514 Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce 678-2323; nicevillechamber.com Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Baseball nvllb.net Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party David Scholl 217-0981; emeraldcoastpatriots.com North Bay Society of the Sword Robert Drake 678-9190; northbayfencing.weebly.com Northwest Florida Symphony Guild Charles Myers 729-6027; nfsymphony.org/guild/ NW Florida Astronomy Association Tom Haugh 678-6483; nwfastro.org Okaloosa Arts Alliance Amy Baty 499-8335; okaloosaarts.org Okaloosa Citizens Alliance 200-0992; oca1787.orgOkaloosa Chamber Singers Marilyn Overturf 682-9651; okaloosachambersingers.org Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women Shirley Piggott 585-1659; www.occsw.org From page 20Contacting clubs and other organizationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 21 Scouting is one of many activities for young people. Continued on page 22 JAMES DAMEHearing Aid Specialist32 years experience TIM SMITH Hearing Aid Specialist 7 years experienceCome by and see the differencehear Call today for a Free Hearing Profile4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay € (850) 279-4545 HIGH QUALITY • LOW PRICES • EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Deciding to purchase hearing devices can take years. Once you finally do, you want to be satisfied. That is why we will Bend Over Backwards!Ž to see that you are satisfied. That promise, plus our selection, prices and great service sets us apart. Pay us a visit and youll see the difference.

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Okaloosa County Head Start Niceville 678-6893 or 651-0645 okaloosaheadstart.org Okaloosa Democratic Exec. Committee Darlo Kiely 609-3367; okaloosademocrats.com Okaloosa Men's Baseball 864-7529; ombl.org Okaloosa Republican Exec. Committee Bill Readdy 609-4401; okaloosagop.com Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services 833-9330; owccs.org Ostomy Support Group Dolly Frazee; 678-5885 Overeaters Anonymous 833-4908 PAL Soccer Howard Hill 678-2182 nicevillepalsoccer.org Panhandle Animal Welfare Society 243-1525; paws-shelter.com Physician Referral Twin Cities Hospital 678-4131 Plew Elementary Parent Leader Assn. 833-4100; plew.org Preschool Story Time 279-4863, ext. 1514 Republican Women Okaloosa Federated Jean Dutton 862-3327; rwof.org Rocky Bayou Christian School PTF Amy Shaw or Nancy Jerrell 729-7227 rbcsptf@rbcs.org or shawa@rbcs.org Rotary, Mid-Bay Henry Snider 217-3040; midbayrotaryclub.org Rotary, Niceville-Valparaiso Jimmie Boisjolie 699-0045 Ruckel Middle School PTO Victoria George 833-4142; okaloosa.k12.fl.us/ruckel/ Salvation Army 243-4531 Sharing and Caring 678-8459; sharing-n-caring.org Shelter House Domestic Violence Center 243-1201; shelterhousenwfl.org Hotline: 863-4777 or 1-800-44-Abuse Silver Sands Republican Women Mindy Barrett 897-7653 Singles/Single Again (Niceville UMC) 678-4411, ext. 128 Sons of the American Revolution Leslie Matheson 243-2879 John Cahoon 862-5078 Sports Leagues at Niceville UMC Adult, Youth and Kids 678-4411 ext. 145; nicevilleumc.org/recreation Stage Crafters Community Theater 243-1101, option 3; stagecrafters.com Stockstarters Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Team Kids Northbay Baptist Church 897-3612 Toastmasters, Emerald Coast Herman Maranon 803-3249; emeraldcoast.toastmastersclubs.org TOPS 111 Michelle Hawver 678-2863 Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary Carolyn Van Pelt 678-2691 Twin Cities Seniors Club Patricia Daniel 543-0869 Twin Cities Woman's Club Patty Mixon 897-7585 United Cerebral Palsy 863-9833 United Way, First Call for Help 243-9111 United Way of Okaloosa-Walton County 243-0315; united-way.org Valparaiso Community Library 729-5406; vcl.valp.org Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball vngsa.org VFW Post Chapter 112 678-3525 White Sands Bowling Center Bowling league 863-2193 Work Force Development Board 651-2315 or 362-6623 Xi Beta Pi Cathy Hess 279-4418Eglin AFB clubsAuto Hobby Shop 882-2484 Bayview Club 651-1010 Eglin Aero Club 882-5148; eglinaeroclub.com Eglin Aero Modellers Phil Connor 217-5526 or Victor Diaz 404-2637674; eglinaeromodellers.org Eglin Assoc. of Chief Master Sergeants Steve Sabin 729-1857 Eglin Pet Welfare 678-5066; petwelfare.net Eglin Spouses' Club www.eglinsc.com Eglin Youth Programs 882-8212 Honor Guard 882-2156 or 882-2157 Outdoor Recreation 882-5058 Sand and Spur Riding Club 240-1821 Yacht and Dive Club 651-3122 Is your organization missing from this list? 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Beacon Staff One of the most common questions asked by newcomers (and many old-timers too) is: What's there to do around here? Happily, there is no shortage of answers. Following are top attractions within a two-hour drive of the Niceville-Valparaiso area, except where noted. Area codes are 850 unless otherwise indicated.Niceville Turkey Creek Walk…20-acre conservation area. Nature walk, boardwalk, areas, pavilions. Free. …South end: W. John Sims Pkwy. at Evans Street, Niceville. North end: off College Blvd. west of Highway 85 North. …Daily, 6:30 a.m.-dark. …642-0072 or cityofniceville.orgNiceville Children's Park…One-acre playground, picnic pavilions, seasonal sprinkler. Free. …N. Partin Dr., next to Civic Center. …Wednesday-Sunday. Hours vary. …279-6436 or cityofniceville.orgLions Park…Two-acre park on Boggy Bayou, boat ramp, pavilions. Free. …Bayshore Dr., Niceville. …279-6436 or cityofniceville.orgYouth Center…Five-acre skate park with ramps, skate track, observation area. No fee, helmet required (rentals available). Bikes, skateboards and in-line skates welcome. Ages 6 and older. …Campbell Drive off North Palm Blvd. …Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. …729-0758 or cityofniceville.orgFred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park…357-acre state park. Picnic area, playground, camping, boat ramp, kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails. Fee. …4281 Hwy. 20, east of Rocky Bayou. …8 a.m.-sunset daily. …833-9144 or floridastateparks.org.Eglin Reservation…280,000 acres for recreational use, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing. …Annual permit required (fee); maps. …Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. …Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. …882-4164White Point Recreation Area…74-acre bayfront park on Eglin Reservation. Swimming, fishing, picnic tables. Eglin permit required (annual fee). …White Point Rd., northwest of Mid-Bay Bridge. …Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. …Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. …882-4164Niceville Public Library…Youth services, story time, reference, large print collection, books, magazines, study areas, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, Internet access. …206 N. Partin Dr. …Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday …729-4863 or cityofniceville.orgMattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, NW Florida State College…Changing exhibits. …100 College Blvd., Niceville …Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also open 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage and Sprint Theater events. Free. …729-6044 or mattiekellyartscenter.orgEglin Golf Course…36-hole course open to all. …Fairway Drive off Hwy 85 N. …6 a.m.-6 p.m. summer & 6 a.m-5 p.m. winter …882-2949 for tee timesMany attractions within easy reach Continued on page 25 The Niceville Children's Park, a yearround attraction, offers a place to cool off in summer. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 23 Your dreams are our business.coastalbankandtrust.com 888-825-6954We know you have a choice when it comes to choosing a bank. At Coastal Bank and Trust, our team members are your friends and neighbors. Our children are classmates. We make decisions locally and understand your unique needs. And, as a division of Synovus Bank, we have the experience and resources to deliver the financial products and services to meet those needs. Let us help you realize your dreams. CRIcpa.com | blog.CRIcpa.comExperience is the teacher of a things.Ž… Julius Caesar ASSURANCE | TAX | CONSULTING | FORENSICS | IT ASSURANCE | SEC | SOC ASSURANCE | AX T | CONSUL TING CONSUL | FORENSICS | IT ASSURANCE IT ASSURANCE | SEC | SOC

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 24 Spring-Summer 2014 850-897-5559531 Countyline Rd. Niceville, Florida www.holtphillips.com SERVICES OFFERED • Residential service & replacement of Air Conditioning and Heating Systems • Marine Air • Electrical • Duct Cleaning • Locally Owned & Operated • Serving the area for over 30 years • Fully licensed & insured • Factory trained technicians • Free second opinions Holt Phillips Services, Inc.Your Total Service Center Hwy. 20to Freeport to NicevilleCounty Line Rd. Homestead St.Hwy 293T o Mid-Bay Bridge 3 4 5 Year Olds FREE … VPK PROGRAM Serving the Twin Cities since 1983SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH Ministering to the Twin Cities area since 1979 1407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com Sunday Worship Hours 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Nursery Available Sunday School 9:30 a.m.WE OFFER:€ Personalized classes € All teachers and staff, degreed & experienced € Age & developmentally appropriate materials € Secure facility € Parent enrichment program € Field trips and classroom guests € Christ-centered curriculum St. PaulPRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN St. Paul Lutheran Church1407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com/preschool.phpA Florida VPK Provider CO1OK0064 God’s work. Our hands.Announcing our new Preschool Director, Neicy Mott NOW ENROLLINGfor Fall 2014

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 25 off Any purchase storewide, $10.00 or more.Excludes all animal feed and hay. Must present ad to receive discount. Expires March 31, 2014.1051 John Sims Pkwy. (Palm Plaza) 678-2270 HOURS: M-F 8am-7pm € Sat 8am-6pm € Sun 12pm-6pm PETS € WILDLIFE € BIRDS € HORSES € LIVESTOCK € FEED € SUPPLIES € ADVICE Ask us how to get FREE* DOG FOOD *See store for detailsVery knowledgeable & friendly staff. If we dont have it in stock well try to order it for you. Grain Free/Holistic dog and cat food available. • 27 Holes Open to Public • Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate Design Call for tee times: 850-897-3241 • Full Practice Facility • Full Restaurant and Bar 850-897-2583 • Memberships Available • Instruction Available Come play golf with us Valparaiso Florida Park…3.45-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Swimming, pavilions. …South Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso …Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery, as well as pier fishing. …City offices, 729-5402Lincoln Park…6.5-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Boat ramp, swimming, pavilions, playground. …North Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso. …Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery anytime. …729-5402 …Check quality before swimming.Valparaiso Public Library…More than 42,000 items, books, reference materials, DVDs, VHS videos and music CDs. One of the largest genealogy collections in Fla. Panhandle. …Children's area and 18 public computers with Internet access. …459 Valparaiso Pkwy. …Mon., 9 a.m.-7p.m. Tues., -Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 9-5 p.m. …729-5406 or vcl.valp.orgHeritage Museum of Northwest Florida…Exhibits show region's history. Fee. …115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso …Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. …678-2615 or heritage-museum.orgBluewater Bay Bluewater Bay Golf Resort…Three 9-hole courses, sports bar. …Open to the public, driving range, golf memberships. …2000 Bluewater Blvd. …7 a.m.-6 p.m. (golf shop) …Golf shop, 897-3241. Sports bar, 8972583 or bwbresort.comBluewater Bay Marina Complex…Beach area, boat slips, restaurant, Ship store and Tackle Store, fishing & hunting licences offered. …290 Yacht Club Dr., Bluewater Bay …Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., central standar time. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daylight savings time. …897-2821 or bluewaterbaymarina.comBluewater Bay swimming…Recreation Services sells swim memberships to Bluewater Bay pools. …1050 Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay …Seasonal hours fluctuate. Call ahead for details. …897-3664Bluewater Bay Tennis Center…12 lighted clay courts. …777 Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay …Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. …897-8010Destin Destin History and Fishing Museum…Artifacts and photos illustrating the history of Destin's fishing industry. Fee. …108 Stahlman Ave., Destin …Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & Mondays. …837-6611 or destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org.Destin Army Recreation Area…A beach recreation area for military. …Hotel, RV sites, community center, 200-foot fishing pier, marina, rental equipment, charter fishing, pool, playgrounds. …557 Calhoun Ave., Destin. …Lodging: daily, check-in 2-6 p.m. After 6 p.m., vacant rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-out time is 11a.m. Marina: Hours are seasonal. …benningmwr.com or 837-6423.Henderson Beach State Park…208-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, camping, pavilions, play-Plenty to do in the Twin Cities area From page 23 Continued on page 26 The Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, not only boasts an art gallery, but also hosts national traveling theatrical productions.

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 26 Spring-Summer 2014 ground, A.D.A. accessible. Fee. …17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. …8 a.m.-sunset daily. …837-7550 or floridastateparks.orgJames Lee Park…Gulf-front park in Destin. Beach, pavilions, swimming, restrooms. Free. …3510 Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin. …Dawn-dusk daily. …689-5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_par ks_james_lee.htmlThe Track Family Recreation…Go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, kids games, arcade, bungee jumping. Fee. …1125 Highway 98, E., Destin …Hours vary. Call ahead or visit website. …850-654-4668 or destintrack.comBig Kahuna's Water Park…25-acre park with 40+ water attractions, mini-golf, go-karts. Fee. …1007 Highway 98 East, Destin …Water park opens May 3-September 1. Open daily, hours vary. …837-4061 or bigkahunas.comOkaloosa Island John Beasley Park…25-acre park on Okaloosa Island. Swimming, pavilions, restrooms. Free. …Highway 98, Fort Walton Beach …1 hr.before sunrise-1 hr. after sunset daily. …689-5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_parks _beasley.htmlOkaloosa Island Fishing Pier…1,262' fishing pier, Pole rentals, bait & tackle, snacks & beverages. Fees vary. …1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy. E. Ft. Walton Beach. …Hours vary. Call or visit website. …244-1023 or okaloosaislandpier.comEglin Beach Park(DoD ID required.) …Gulf beach on Okaloosa Island just west of the Destin bridge. …Open Apr.4-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May 1-22, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23-Sept.1 daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept. 2-30 Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct.1-31, Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(closed Nov.-March). Open to all DoD personnel with proper ID…all ranks, retirees, family members, civilian personnel (including all federal employees regardless of duty station) and federal facility contractors…and their guests. …Four large pavilions, central deck area, two sets of restrooms with showers, and access to the Gulf. …April through November, admission fee is $3 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends/holidays. Pavilions II, III, IV may be used free, first come, first served. Pavilion I may be reserved for a $200 fee. …Eglin Outdoor Recreation: 850-8825058. www.eglinforcesupport.comGulfarium…Live dolphin shows, marine animal demonstrations and interactions. Fee. …1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy. Okaloosa Island …Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., last show at 3 p.m. …243-9046 or gulfarium.comFort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center…Indian Temple Mound Museum. Fee. Sept.-May, M-F, noon-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June-Aug. Mon.-Sat. 104:30 p.m. … Camp Walton Schoolhouse, Garnier Post Office, Civil War exhibits. Fee. …139 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, FWBActivities for the young and old From page 25 Penguins are among attractions at the Gulfarium, Okaloosa Island. Beacon photo Continued on page 27 Welcomes you to theVale of Paradise Welcomes you to theVale of Paradise The City ofValparaiso The City ofValparaiso For more information(850) 729-5402 Home of Eglin Air Force Base

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Eden State Gardens…163-acre. Gardens, fishing, historic mansion, boating, picnic area. Fee. …CR 395, Point Washington. …8 a.m.-sunset daily. …267-8320 or floridastateparks.orgMuscogee Creek Museum…Roadside museum exhibits the history of the Muscogee American Indians of Fla. Home of tribal council chambers. …278 Church Road, Bruce. …Donations welcome. …Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. …835-2078 or visit mnof.orgPanhandle Opry…Live country music from local bands. …657 Deshoza Rd., Mossy Head …Shows every first and third Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee. …892-4050 or panhandleopry.comChautauqua Vineyard & Winery…40-acre vineyard, fall grape harvest. …I-10 and Hwy. 331, DeFuniak Springs …9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. …892-5887 or chautauquawinery.comGulfside Trail Rides…20 acre horse ranch. Horses available for any age or ability. Picnic area & camping. Fee …613 C.R. 393 S. Santa Rosa Beach. …208-3114 or gulfsidetrailrides.comJolee Island/Baytowne Wharf…Jolee Island 5 acres, playground, hiking trail, picnic area …Baytowne Wharf activities, shops, restaurants & entertainment. …Admission to both is free …Hwy. 98 past Destin to Sandestin. Turn on Sandestin Blvd. …267-8000 or baytownewharf.com …Events hotline 267-8117Santa Rosa County Gulf Breeze Zoo…5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. …hours vary, call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Fee. …932-2229 or gulfbreezezoo.orgNavarre Pier…8579 Gulf Blvd.,Navarre …Fees for fishing or walking. …Open daily. Hours vary, call ahead. …936-1794 or fishnavarre.comPanhandle Butterfly House…View 12-20 species of butterflies. …8581 Navarre Parkway, Navarre …Admission fee by donation …Open Thursday through Saturday, spring through fall. Call ahead for availability. …623-3868 or panhandlebutterflyhouse.org.Blackwater Heritage Trail…8.1 miles of paved 12-feet wide multiuse trail between Milton and NAS Whiting Field. …Connects to the 1.5 mile, 8-feet wide paved Military Heritage Trail. …5533 Alabama St., Milton …Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Free. …983-5338 or floridastateparks.orgWest Florida Railroad Museum…The museum is at what was once Milton's train station. Shows what passenger travel used to be like and the importance of railroads to small towns. …5003 Henry St., Milton …Free, donations are accepted. …Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Special group tours can be arranged. …623-3645 or wfrm.orgSouthern Raceway…Auto races, concessions, playground. …9359 Nichols Lake Rd., Milton …Saturday nights from Feb.-Nov. Gates open at 4 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Fee. …623-2333 or southernraceway.comPensacola Wildlife Sanctuary of NW Fla.…105 North "S" Street, Pensacola …Self-guided tours, aviaries, animals in their natural habitat, pond and outdoor exhibits, observation deck.Wed.-Sat., 12 p.m. 3:30 p.m. …433-9453 or pensacolawildlife.comNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 28 Spring-Summer 2014 From page 27Parks, libraries, museums, fun spots Continued on page 29 Visit southern Walton County to enjoy beaches, shops, and 161-acre Eden Gardens State Park with a mansion open for tours. 712 HOWELLRD. € NICEVILLE, FLORIDA€ 850.678.8222 BICYCLES II The Bicycle Superstore S S A A L L E E S S € € S S E E R R V V I I C C E E € € A A C C C C E E S S S S O O R R I I E E S S Alpine Bicycles offer everything from entry level BMX bikes up to $12,000 tri-bikes. With a professionally trained staff and large on hand stock of parts, we have whats needed to get you back on the road or trail fast, and out riding where you belong. and many more exceptional name brands to choose from!Lucian Gary For more information, club tour, and a trial round of golf, contact our club manager at 850-678-3270 Ext 4 www.RockyBayouCC.com

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Carpet Tile Wood Area Rugs BESTBUYCARPET,INC.www.BestBuyCarpetInc.com(850) 678-0041 115 Bullock Blvd. NicevilleBehind Gulf Power $1 off FLOOR CLEANER CARPET TILE WOOD LAMINATE TMany Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 29 Pensacola Museum of Art…Works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Kathe Kollwitz, Alexandra Nechita and many others, all displayed in what used to be a jail and courthouse. Fee. …407 S. Jefferson St., Pensacola. …Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m. …432-6247, pensacolamuseumofart.orgNational Museum of Naval Aviation…Historic naval, marine and Coast Guard aircraft, Blue Angel Atrium, and IMAX theater. Free admission. …1750 Radford Blvd., Bldg. 3465, Pensacola Naval Air Station …Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years. …452-3604 or 452-3606 navalaviationmuseum.orgHistoric Pensacola Village…Museum complex in the heart of downtown Pensacola. Within walking distance to other historic sites, Pensacola waterfront, Seville Quarter, shopping, historic downtown. …205 E. Zaragoza St. …Historic Pensacola is a ticketed venue. Tours offered 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Special tours may be arranged. Fee. …Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. …595-5993 or historicpensacola.orgPensacola Ice Flyers hockey…Hockey team based out of Pensacola. …Games are held at the Pensacola Civic Center. …Ticket prices vary. …850-466-3111 …pensacolaiceflyers.comFort Barrancas… The third of four forts built to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard, includes National Historic Landmark Bateria de San Antonio, saw action and is now a part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Free. …Scheduled tours of Fort Barrancas are every Saturday at 2 p.m. and at the Advanced Redoubt every Saturday at 11 a.m. …Fort Barrancas and the visitor center is open only on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. 3:45 p.m. Please call 850-9342600 for more information. …Call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day. …932-9654; nps.gov/guisPerdido Key State Park…247 acre barrier island park. Beach, birding,saltwater fishing, picnic, scuba diving & snorkeling. Fee. …15301 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL …8 a.m. sunset daily …492-1595 or floridastateparks.orgPensacola Blue Wahoos…Minor League baseball. Fee …Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park …April to late August …Ticket prices vary …934-8444 or bluewahoos.comSam's Fun City…Rides, miniature golf, laser tag, arcade games, eateries, handicap accessible. Free park entrance, Activity prices vary. See website for full listing. …6709 Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL …Daily, 11 a.m., closing hours vary, call ahead. …505-0800 or samsfuncity.comBecks Lake Fish Camp and Nature Park…Boat launch, fishing, camping, horse and bike trails. Fees vary by activity. …2020 Becks Lake Rd., Cantonment, FL …6 a.m. to sunset daily …375-0383 or beckslakefishcamp.comPanama City Camp Helen State Park…180 acres. Trails, beaches, fishing, picnic area, wildlife viewing. Fee. …Highway 98 just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge, Panama City. …8 a.m.-sunset daily. …233-5059 or floridastateparks.org From page 28Attractions here and elsewhere Beacon photo The area s uncrowded beaches offer cool breezes, white sand, emerald waters, and plenty of sunshine.

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Through April 12 Youth Indoor Soccer League for ages four through grade four are registering now at Niceville United Methodist Church Early registration is $70 per player. 6784411, ext. 145. Thurs., 1:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library is having an Early Release Movie Day showing of Free Birds, rated PG. Free. 729-5406. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Direct from Las Vegas, The Rat Pack is Back! presents a special performance to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $35 each. 729-6000. Mon., 12-6 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be at the Walmart in Niceville All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. Calendar, B-2 By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Northwest Florida Military Sustainability Partnership Executive Committee has held its final formal meeting. On Feb. 19 in Fort Walton Beach, the panel heard both optimistic and cautionary statements regarding what one panel member called the region's "biggest economic engine." The committee consists of representatives of city and county government in Okaloosa and neighboring counties, and has met in recent years to discuss joint land use study implementations and other ways of ensuring compatibility between the military missions of Eglin Air Force Base and other local military installations and with local civilian communities.Beacon Staff Work began Monday to mill and resurface a 20-mile stretch of State Road 20 from Roberts Drive, Niceville, eastward to East Bay Loop Road, Freeport. The Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) has a $7.4 million contract with C.W. Roberts Contracting Inc. The Okaloosa County portion of the work also includes minor sidewalk, curb and gutter construction, new handrails and guardrails, new pedestrian signals, and new roadway signage, according to the DOT. "Some existing curb ramps will also be upgraded to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards, said Ian Satter, DOT spokesman. To help minimize traffic impacts, Okaloosa County lane closures will be limited to 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. In Walton County, drivers may encounter lane closures day or night. Workers will direct traffic through the work zone during lane closures. Access to driveways and private property will be available at all times, according to the DOT. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, March 5, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 42 Pages, 3 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see JLUS, page A-2 Police Blotter, page A-4 20 miles of State Road 20 to be repavedJLUS Committee hears a dissenting voiceBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent There have been few serious cases of fraud or identity theft resulting from the 2012 hacking incident in which unauthorized persons gained access to employee and student information stored in the Northwest Florida State College computer system, said NWFSC President Ty Handy in an interview with the Beacon just prior to the Feb. 18 meeting of the NWFSC Board of Trustees. During the trustees meeting itself, the board heard briefings from the head of the colleges South Walton campus, from the Little damage seen in college hackingThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 2014 2014 Spring-Summer 2014 Supplement to The B ay Beacon Niceville-Valparaiso, Fl o rida The Bay Beacons and Community Directory NEWCOMERNEWCOMER GUIDEGUIDE Inside ... COMINGUPBluewater water tower to get faceliftBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Bluewater Bay water tank will be getting a new coat of paint. The Okaloosa County Commission has approved a contract to repaint the countyowned tower, as well as another tower elsewhere in the county. Commissioners also approved a contract to build a police station at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Commissioners approved a contract with American Suncraft Construction Co., Inc. for the repair and painting of the county water department's Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithMembers of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society made good use of the balmy weather Saturday morning as they scoured the skies and treetops for birds off the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector near Seminole. Memorable moments included watching a pileated woodpecker drill a dead tree and a pair of ospreys building their nest. Pictured, Margaret Benner watches ringnecked ducks through binoculars while Carole Goodyear peers through a high-powered telescope. Visiting birder Knud Rasmussen from Canada points out a new sighting.Fowl weather Please see COLLEGE, page A-3 Please see TOWER, page A-5 Beacon photoThe Bluewater Bay water tank will be repainted wth its current design. Air Force map showing expected jet noise under Eglin's "preferred" operating plan for F-35 flights. Shaded contours depict areas deemed "incompatible" with residential development due to expected noise levels. Beacon photoCrews have begun repaving a 20-mile stretch of State Road 20 from eastern Niceville to Freeport. AF issues final study on F-35 noiseBeacon Staff The Air Force last week issued a long-awaited followup study on the environmental effects of the operation of a new wing of F-35 fighter jets at Eglin Air Force Base. The study analyzed the effects on surrounding communities, including Valparaiso and Niceville, of various alternatives in the operation of the 59-aircraft schoolhouse, which trains pilots and maintainers of the nation's newest warplane. The Final Supplemental Please see NOISE, page A-2

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Environmental Impact Statement issued Feb. 25 disclosed that the Air Force considered adding a new runway to the west in order to reduce jet noise in populated areas, notably Valparaiso, the nearest city to the giant base's north-south runway. However, as in past studies, the new document described the noisiest alternative, which would remove existing restrictions on use of the north-south runway, as the service's "preferred" one. The study's noise map for that alternative is shown on Page A-1 of today's Beacon. Noise levels above 65 decibels, shown in the shaded contours on the map, are deemed "incompatible" with residential development, according to the Air Force. Under the preffered plan, that area includes much of Valparaiso and northwest Niceville, affecting some 2,900 people and 1,200 residential parcels. Under the preferred plan, some 142,000 "air traffic control operations" are expected each year at Eglin, including about 43,000 involving F-35s. Another 39,000 F-35 flight operations, plus 98,000 other flight operations, are expected at two satellite airfields: Duke and Choctaw. The report stated that whichever option the Air Force ultimately chooses, it would "to the maximum extent practical" minimize use of the north-south runway for F-35 flights in order to reduce noise. The 580-page study and appendices are available at local libraries and on the Eglin Air Force Base website at eglin.af.mil/eglindocuments.asp. No date was given for issuance of the Air Force's decision on final operating rules for Eglin-based F35s. An Air Force statement indicated a decision is expected later this year. NOISEFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Low rates are just around the corner. 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KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistKaron DayBookkeeperCheryle ValentineReceptionistThe 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 midWalton 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 Sara KentMarketing Director Pamper Me event is annual treatThe Friends of the Niceville Library hosted their annual Pamper Me event at the Niceville Community Center March 1. For $3, attendees were treated to hors d'oeuvres, massages, makeovers and seminars. Pictured, three of the Pamper Me organizers from left, Betty Kennison, Martha Hudson and Helen Wise.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithClosed session on Valp. lawsuitsBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission held a closed executive meeting Monday to discuss legal strategy related to two unrelated lawsuits against the city. One case is Willingham vs. the City of Valparaiso. The other is Jason W. Rosenbleeth and Angelle H. Rosenbleeth vs. the City of Valparaiso. Members of the press and public were excluded from the meeting, in which commissioners discussed potential legal strategy in each case with attorney Bruce Bowman. Absent was Commissioner Diane Kelley. The executive session was transcribed by a court reporter who will file a transcript with the city clerk. The transcript will be made a part of the public record upon conclusion of the lawsuits, according to a city announcement. Following Mondays meeting, Bowman declined to speak with the Beacon. Commissioner Joe Morgan and Mayor Bruce Arnold spoke only briefly, with Morgan explaining that the Rosenbleeth case is related to a request by Michael Harris, owner of the Compass Rose restaurant, and some other property owners along North Bayshore Drive, a platted but unpaved street in Valparaiso along the north shore of Toms Bayou, west of John Sims Parkway, just south of the restaurant. Harris, Rosenbleeth, and others, said Morgan, want to get the city to vacate its waterfront rightof-way for the unpaved portion of North Bayshore Drive, but the city continues to assert its control over the property. According to Arnold, the Willingham case relates to former Valparaiso Police Capt. Matthew Willingham, who was discharged from city employment in 2009 following a dispute over police code enforcement at Willingham's seafood business. Following the closed session, the city commission briefly reopened the meeting to the public, just long enough to approve a motion authorizing Bowman to continue representing the city in implementing the legal strategy discussed during the closed session. Committee chairman and Okaloosa County Commissioner Wayne Harris said the meeting would be the last formal, official meeting of the committee. However, said Harris, This committee will not go away. He said that even if it does not continue to function as an official, joint military-civilian organization, that he expects representatives of local governments to continue meeting, perhaps informally, with each other and with local military officials to address matters of joint concern. The military presence in Northwest Florida, said Harris, is the biggest economic engine we have, and that local governments intend to do all we can to keep it, short of illegal takings of private property. About 65 percent of the local economy is related to military activity, Harris said. The meeting included a briefing from Niceville resident H.H. Caldwell, who dissented from most committee members' favorable and optimistic view of the local military presence. He said that the military sustainability partnership committee and other similar organizations should do more to address the interests and concerns of local civilians and businesses, who may suffer from such things as lost property value due to the proximity of jet aviation and other military activities. A blind focus on the military, Caldwell said, may deter other development by more prosperous entities. For example, said Caldwell, What if Eglin Air Force Base went away, due to such military cuts as the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, but was replaced by Silicon Valley or its equivalent? Caldwell said that local communities should not be so concerned with maintaining the current military presence that they overlook the need to diversify the local economy by attracting other industries that do not necessarily rely large national military budgets. He said the presence of aircraft noise and other side effects of military activity may actually deter high-paying industries from locating in Northwest Florida, due to a perceived lack of quality of life for their employees who would live here. Caldwell also criticized the committee and other similar organizations for operating as a government entity with no inputs from citizens, and said that much of the committees recent activities have been a one way street with Eglin. He also said that the committee has not done enough to publicize its intentions and the impacts of its activities to rankand-file citizens. Caldwells briefing was followed by a more optimistic presentation from Randy Roy, an officer from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, who briefed the committee on how Whiting acquired easements over land surrounding the field, in order to prevent encroachment on military aviation missions by private or commercial land development. Roy said that Whiting Field, Milton, where the Navy conducts pilot training, has spent about $13 million to acquire easements from the owners of about 290 parcels of property within a half mile bubble around the installation. The easements, said Roy, grant the military permanent use of the airspace surrounding the field, and include agreements from the property owners to limit the types of development to be done on that property in the future, to those uses which are considered compatible with the military mission of Whiting Field. Roy also estimated that Whiting Field has a positive economic impact of about $1.1 billion per year on surrounding communities. The committee also heard a short presentation from military sustainability partnership coordinator Ken Little, who said that 137 of the original 175 recommendations from the original JLUS study have now been implemented. He said that the federal grant funding the formal activities of the military sustainability partnership executive committee will end on Feb. 28, thus ending the formal activities of the committee. Little said that some recent activities of the committee have included providing brochures on compatible development to Northwest Florida Realtors, land developers, and contractors, informing them of ways to make their activities compatible with local military operations. Little said that information about civilian-military compatibility can be found online at www.tri.countybrac.com. JLUSFrom page A-1 The Air Force last week released a "final" environmental study of the effects of F-35 warplane operations on communities near Eglin Air Force Base. Earlier in February an Eglin-sponsored civilian committee that recommended measures to limit community "encroachment" on Eglin operations held its final meeting. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithMembers of the Valparaiso City Commission, and court reporter, prepare to enter closed-door session Monday to discuss two lawsuits against the city.

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principal of a high school affiliated with the college, and from the head of an energy consulting firm working to help the college reduce its energy costs. The meeting was held at the South Walton campus of NWFSC, as part of a board of trustees policy of having at least one of its monthly meetings each year at each of the four satellite campuses of the Niceville-based community college. Prior to the start of the meeting, the Beacon asked Handy whether the 2012 hacking incident has had any continuing effects on college faculty or students whose personal or financial information may have been compromised. Handy replied that the damage thus far has been minimal. I could count on two hands the number of people who have been seriously affected, Handy said. He said that the college has only had to spend about $7,000 to reimburse faculty or students for losses resulting from the 2012 hacking. Most of that money, he said, was to reimburse people for having new checks printed after changing their bank account numbers as a precaution against potential access by hackers or by people to whom the original hackers may have sold any of the information they obtained. Handy said that he himself was one of those whose personal information had been compromised. He said the hackers had obtained direct deposit information on college employees, including himself, and that when he reported this to his own bank, he learned that there had been some attempts made to access his account, but that those attempts had been unsuccessful. He said that about 50 college employees had attempts made to access their bank accounts, and that about 75 additional faculty or students learned of attempts to have false credit cards opened in their names, but that he was not aware of anyone suffering any serious financial losses as a result of this, and that banks and credit card companies have been very good about covering any such losses suffered by their clients. In his own case, Handy said, he did not lose any money, but did have to endure the hassle of having to spend time sorting things out with his bank and credit card companies. Since the 2012 hacking incident, said Handy, there have been no new successful attempts to gain access to the college computer system, although he said the college gets pinged by hacking attempts on a regular basis, as do most other institutions and even individual computer owners. Handy said that NWFSC human resources director Nancy Murphy is the colleges liaison with law enforcement agencies who continue to investigate the hacking incident and any related crimes. The trustees meeting began with a briefing from Holley Langille, the South Walton Campus Specialist who is in overall charge of the Santa Rosa Beach campus and is its only full-time employee. She said the South Walton campus, which opened in January 2010, serves about 438 students, of which about 250 are seeking academic credit toward earning their associate's degrees, while the other students include those taking courses in such subjects as English as a Second Language, GED courses and other forms of adult education, and senior citizens taking prime time courses for personal educational enrichment. Langille said the South Walton campus serves other community functions in addition to providing education. She said it works closely with such organizations as the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on environmental programs, to include oyster recycling and water quality testing. She said the campus maintains a native plant trail and other ecological resources, and works with STEM scholars from other schools. Trustees also were briefed by Jonathan DAvignon, principal of the new charter high school affiliated with the Seaside School, which previously offered only elementary and middle school classes. The new charter high school shares classroom space with the South Walton campus of NWFSC. DAvignon said the location at the college campus also provides ready access for his students to a nearby public library, Boys and Girls Club, and to the campus of the public South Walton High School, where some of the charter students participate in sports, band, and other extracurricular programs. He said his school currently has about 40 ninth grade and about 40 10th grade students, and expects to ultimately enroll about 160 students altogether, once it begins offering classes to all four years of high school. He told the trustees that one advantage students gain from attending his charter school is the small school environment, which tends to enhance closer relationships among students and between students and teachers, as well as high academic achievement, greater student involvement in extracurricular activities, and greater involvement by parents. COLLEGEFrom page A-1 Beacon photos by Mike GriffithParts of the South Walton satellite campus of Northwest Florida State College, where college trustees met last month, are perha ps uncomfortably close to nature, below. 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Northwest Florida Track Club: $14,199. * A photo caption for a photo of a Rocky Bayou Christian School weightlifting match in the Feb. 26 issue gave the wrong name for the girl lifting weights. She is Mackenzie Davis. Ty Handy

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ArrestsOn Feb. 15, Niceville police arrested Joshua D. Lundy, 31, of 7300 Murray Heights Dr., N. Irvington, Ala., for one count of resisting an officer without violence, and one count of resisting an officer with violence. Lundy was the driver and sole rider of a blue 2003 Suzuki motorcycle which a Niceville officer attempted to stop for speeding at Partin Drive and North Cedar Avenue. Before the officer could activate his emergency lights, the cyclist pulled onto Reynolds and slowed as if going to stop, then accelerated. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to catch up with the vehicle. The cycle ran two stops signs before leaving the roadway, crashing at Reynolds and Kendrick Lane. The cyclist fell unconscious for several seconds. Once he regained consciousness, he was ordered to stay on the ground, but refused and tried to run away. The officer grabbed him and was struck in the right chin during the struggle. The defendant was wrestled to the ground where he continued to struggle and was "tased" before officers were able to restrain him. He was transported to Twin Cities Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. * On Feb. 16, Niceville police arrested Clifford J. Johnson, 30, of 5809 Helen Dr., Mobile, Ala., for burglary to an unoccupied dwelling. Johnson attempted to gain entry to an address on Evans Street to sleep for the night, but was denied by the residents. He walked next door to another address on Evans Street, where he shattered the kitchen window to gain entry to the vacant apartment. He was observed running upstairs. As an officer attempted to gain entry through the same window as the defendant, Johnson fled the apartment through the front door where he was taken into custody without incident. * On Feb. 19, Niceville police arrested Emilie Anne McMillan, 21, a restaurant server, 1103 Cedar Ave. S., Niceville, for one count of possession of marijuana under 20 grams, and one count of possession of paraphernalia. * On Feb. 19, Valparaiso police charged John Francis Piowaty Jr., 34, U.S. Navy EOD, 2520 Midway Suite 200, Virginia Beach, Va., with criminal mischief. Piowaty was a patron at the Matador Club, and while the defendant was inside the establishment, the manager learned that an unknown person had damaged the mens bathroom. The manager reported that a toilet and hand dryer had been damaged. The manager cleaned up the damage. About 10 minutes later she heard a loud noise coming from the mens bathroom, which was also heard by the bartender. The manager reported she knew only one person was in the bathroom and she had the bartender investigate. The bartender discovered Piowaty coming out of the bathroom and that a television had been broken, which is valued at $500. * On Feb. 21, Bailey Andrew Henry, 19, of 204 22nd St., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County Jail on a misdemeanor probation violation. He was released on bond later that day. * On Feb. 22, Valparaiso police arrested Robert Michael Dubois, 37, unemployed, no address recorded, for one count of failure to appear. The arrest was made on a warrant from Santa Rosa County, for failure to appear on original charges of driving while license suspended or revoked, third or subsequent offense, reckless driving, and failure to register a motor vehicle.DUIOn Feb. 22, Niceville police arrested Edward Desmond Moree, 36, of 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy., #104, Fort Walton Beach, for DUI. According to the police report, Moree was observed driving erratically and driving on other than the designated roadway. His blood alcohol level was measured at or above 0.147.Bear encounterOn Feb. 18, Niceville police responded to an address on Palmetto Avenue, where someone reported that a bear had just been in his yard. The complainant estimated the bear as rather large to 400 pounds. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was notified.OtherOn Feb. 15, an Okaloosa deputy responded to the Niceville Police Department regarding a report of a burglary to a vehicle that had already occurred. * On Feb. 17, Niceville police responded to an address on North Partin Drive, where someone had apparently shot a hole in a window with a pellet gun. * On Feb. 18, an Okaloosa County deputy sheriff responded to an address on Jamaica Way, Bluewater Bay, in regard to a report of battery. The case status remains pending. * On Feb. 18, Niceville police responded to an address on Jonathan Circle where someone had apparently shot at a motor home seven to eight times with a BB gun. * On Feb. 19, Niceville police responded to the lake park on Winding Waters Way, where someone had apparently broken a security chain, entered the park with a vehicle, and caused damage by driving the vehicle in a circle. * On Feb. 19, Niceville police responded to an address on 23rd Street in regard to a report that an electric trolling motor had been stolen from a boat. * On Feb. 19, a witness came to the Niceville Police Department and gave police two small bags containing a questionable white powder which the witness said he had come across while cleaning the roadway near State Road 20 near the Publix. Testing indicated that the bags contained heroin. * On Feb. 21, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Ridge Lane, Niceville, in reference to a report of a residential burglary. The complainant stated that some medication had been taken from the residence. However, the complainant later notified police that she had located her medication, and that it was no longer missing. * On Feb. 24 a Walton County sheriff's deputy was dispatched to an address on State Road 20, Choctaw Beach, in reference to a burglary. The complainant told police that a number of tools had been taken from the house, which was under construction. * On Feb. 22, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Southminster Circle, Niceville, regarding a theft. The case remains pending. * On Feb. 24, Niceville police responded to the Walmart Supercenter regarding the reported theft of a bicycle. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.24, 2014 through Mar. 2, 2014. 0 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME 4th Street........................................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................10:33 Lincolnshire Dr...............................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................11:48 26th Street......................................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................13:13 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical.............................2/24/14.......................18:45 Lanman Rd....................................Medical.............................2/25/14.......................08:58 Dyer St...........................................Medical.............................2/25/14.......................09:45 Government Ave............................Alarm activation...............2/25/14.......................10:55 Reeves St.......................................Medical.............................2/25/14.......................13:56 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................2/26/14.......................07:07 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................08:06 College Ave....................................Vehicle crash...................2/27/14.......................12:33 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................12:49 Seminole Cir...................................Service call.......................2/27/14.......................13:11 Als Dr..............................................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................16:11 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical.............................2/27/14.......................18:44 Cherrywood Ct...............................Medical.............................2/28/14.......................00:19 Cherrywood Ct...............................Medical.............................2/28/14.......................01:13 Little John Ct..................................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................07:12 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................11:01 Boyd Cir..........................................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................14:11 Evergreen Ave...............................Medical.............................3/2/14.........................23:48 Weekly Safety Tip: Working smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home in time for you to escape, even if you are sleeping. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, install one inside your sleeping area as well. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.24, 2014 through Mar. 2, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/24/14........................12:54 E. Hwy. 20.................................Medical................................2/24/14........................16:29 Jamaica Way............................Medical................................2/25/14........................04:22 Dyer Dr......................................Dispatched & cancelled.....2/25/14........................09:50 Sunset Beach Blvd...................Medical................................2/25/14........................16:44 E. Hwy. 20.................................Medical................................2/26/14........................10:40 Jamaica Way............................Public assist........................2/26/14........................12:27 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/26/14........................12:30 Glenburn Ct...............................Medical................................2/26/14........................16:33 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/26/14........................17:34 E. Rosewood Way....................Public assist........................2/27/14........................11:40 Cat Mar Rd................................Medical................................2/27/14........................16:05 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/27/14........................23:56 E. Rosewood Way....................Medical................................2/28/14........................08:58 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/28/14........................15:05 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical................................2/28/14........................15:35 Caribbean Way.........................Public assist........................2/28/14........................19:34 Oaklake Ln................................Medical................................3/1/14..........................19:26 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Valparaiso The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of December, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Chicago Ave....................................Structure fire......................12/1/13....................15:14 Okaloosa Ave..................................Unconscious......................12/1/13....................22:00 Edge Ave.........................................Seizures.............................12/2/13....................08:39 N. John Sims Pkwy.........................Fire alarm...........................12/2/13....................16:22 Adams Ave......................................Fire alarm...........................12/2/13....................20:15 Seminole Ave..................................Sick call..............................12/4/13....................14:05 Chicago Ave....................................Fire alarm...........................12/4/13....................15:12 Washington Ave..............................Seizures.............................12/6/13....................14:16 Bayshore Point................................Heart problem....................12/10/13..................15:27 Lincoln Ave......................................Structure fire......................12/13/13..................17:48 Andrew Dr.......................................Sick call..............................12/15/13..................10:32 Adams Ave......................................Fire alarm...........................12/15/13..................12:41 Mississippi Ave................................Sick call..............................12/16/13..................13:13 Lincoln Ave......................................Seizures.............................12/19/13..................02:00 Judith Dr..........................................Cardiac arrest....................12/20/13..................03:23 Edge Ave.........................................Fall......................................12/20/13..................09:26 Chicago/Rockford...........................Man down..........................12/21/13..................05:14 W. College Blvd..............................Vehicle accident................12/24/13..................15:07 Lincoln Ave......................................Fire service call.................12/24/13..................20:11 Chicago Ave....................................Back pain...........................12/29/13..................11:21 Kelly Mill Rd....................................Psychiatric.........................12/29/13..................22:08 S. John Sims Pkwy.........................Vehicle accident................12/30/13..................16:11 The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in NicevilleLEE MULLIS, MD Over 25 Years Experience National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDThe Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office 15 Years Experience A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: CATARACTS DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville (850)678-5338930 N. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 I appreciate living in a military community, but I don t think the U.S. should be doing so much overseas. I think we re instigators in some situations. I think they re cutting the wrong areas of the overall budget. They seem to be just cutting the military budget and spending more everywhere else. I think it s awful. Military people should earn more for what they do. My brother is a sergeant in the Army, and I think it s awful that they would cut money from people like him.What do you think about proposed cuts to the U.S. military budget?Being a military spouse, I m not very happy about it. I think it s really sad. The government gives benefits to illegal aliens, then cuts pay and benefits to military personnel and retirees the ones who actually work for the country. I understand it from a budgetary standpoint, but I question whether it s best for the country in the long run.Location: Niceville Children s Park THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithGinger Strawser, 63, Niceville, retired Clay Williams, 34, Niceville, restaurant manager Tonya Whitfield, 32, Niceville, recreation aide Michael Arsenault, 29, Niceville, student Cyndi Meadows, 31, Niceville, stay-home mom Casey Walters, 34, Niceville, electronics technician What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 5, 2014 Page A-5 Swim membership and storage facilities are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN! Recreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Dr., Niceville (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664.Recreation Services Inc. located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join the swimming pool membership from now until Mar. 31, 2014, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! Membership includes 4 pools, (1 heated) at Bay Drive open year-round. We also offer water aerobics, swimming lessons and facility rental for special occasions. O O F F F F5 5 0 0 % % E E N N R R O O L L L L M M E E N N T TP P r r e e s s e e n n t t t t h h i i s s a a d d & & g g e e t tMARCHMADNESSMEMBERSHIPSPECIAL BOAT & RV STORAGE AVAILABLECountryview and Bluewater storage tanks. According to documents presented to commissioners at a meeting Feb. 18, the countys FY14 budget included funds for the complete repainting of the Countryview Tank in the Mid County service area, and the Bluewater Tank in the East County (Bluewater) service area, including minor repairs required on each tank. According to a report from county staff members, the lowest "responsive, responsible" bid of four bids on the job was received from American Suncraft Construction Inc. of Medway, Ohio, in the amount of $543,475. County staff members also reported to the commissioners that American Suncraft has completed prior tank painting for Okaloosa County and the companys previous work has been exemplary. Commissioners also approved a contract with Lord & Son Construction Inc. in the amount of $82,850, to build a small police station within the Northwest Florida Regional Airport for the airports small police force. The plan to build such a police station within the airport was discussed and approved during previous county commission meetings. A county spokesman said the Bluewater Bay tank near Range Road would be repainted with its current Bluewater Bay logo, a stylized sailboat. The commission also approved a resolution supporting state legislative action that will lead to implementation of a viable, aggressive, lionfish population control program that will successfully motivate scuba divers to remove lionfish aggressively year round, until a scientific solution can be found. The lionfish, native to areas of the Pacific Ocean near Indonesia, have appeared in Caribbean, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico waters in recent years. The fish have no local natural predators, are covered with sharp, venomous spines that can injure swimmers who come in contact with them, and eat the young of other fish species, threatening commercial and recreational fishing as well as the overall health of the underwater environment surrounding Florida. Lionfish are difficult to catch with hook and line, and the only way found thus far to control their population has been to encourage recreational scuba divers to spear or net as many lionfish as possible. TOWERFrom page A-1 Dear Bay Beacon: I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for listening to my goals and objectives for Ear Care Associates. As I'm sure you are aware, in today's economy, a business must manage their cash flow wisely. I have been self-employed for many years and have met many Advertising Executives; YOU stand out as one of the best! You have always taken the time to listen. After you took the time to listen, you would analyze and then identify my needs and come up with the ad that had my wishes and with the right content for the target market I needed to reach. SUMMARY: You work with some very creative people. The Beacon is one of the best I've seen and read and it is definitely working for me. I must say that of all the other places I have advertised, the Beacon has produced the most response which I have been able to translate into deposits. I thank you for all your help this past year and look forward to a mutually profitable business relationship. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Pictured left is the Lewis Jazz Ensemble on stage preparing to perform. Lewis Jazz Ensemble members are Jayda Brooks, Andrew Coln, Tacy Coln, Seth Crane, Bella Devoid, David Erickson, Kristie Erickson, Jessica Jones, Grayson Kramer, Moriah Lowmiller, Derrick Mason, Randy Roberts, Noah Shaw, Austin Tolstoy, Clay Williams, and Olivia Wilson. Pictured above, the Ruckel Jazz Band, beginning third row from left, John Hencinski, Daniel Bobbitt, Ryan Murphey, Joe Walker and Trent Walker. Middle row from left, Marcus Larson, Daisy Riley, Hannah Reid, Julia Freeman, Emily Paulson, Ryan Mathison and Zachary Verzwyvelt. First row from left, Jazzlyn Temper, Meredith Freeman, Colton Williams and Mandy Martin.Middle school jazz bands rated superiorThe Ruckel Middle School and Lewis School Jazz Bands performed at the District I Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment March 1 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Both bands received the highest rating of Superior from each of the three certified adjudicators. The Ruckel Jazz Band is under the direction of Eddie Steadman and the Lewis Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Robert Coln. After opening their doors four years ago, Superior Residences of Niceville has proven to be the area s memory care specialist. We are the community of choice for area professional and physician referrals as well as family referrals. From the beginning stages of Alzheimer s or dementia thru the end stages, Superior Residences is here to help families with their loved ones who are in need of our care states Elizabeth Rambow, Senior Community Sales Director. Memory care is a very specialized area of assisted living. We provide therapies, healthcare monitoring and management, personal care assistance and so much more. Our staff is available around the clock along with a licensed practical nurse always on site, working to make each day comfortable and enjoyable for our residents. Our families are confident in knowing that their loved ones are not only receiving the best care available, but they are also living a happy, enriched and comfortable life, states Rambow. If you or someone one you know is in need of Superior s memory care services whether it be for specialized assisted living, respite care or our day stay program, we encourage you to come in and talk to us, get on our waiting list and see how we can help. As a proud business member here in Niceville, Superior Residences enjoys giving back to our community as well. We will be hosting two exciting local community events this year. In late spring, Superior Residences is partnering with Emerald Coast Hospice to sponsor a Father & Daughter Dance called Creating Memories where all of the proceeds will help a local charitable organization, Horizons. Horizons helps individuals of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Invited to the dance are all elementary through middle school girls to come out with their fathers for a truly unforgettable evening! Our second event is Miles of Memories which is a 5K Run & Walk. Bluewater Bay Fitness will be the site for this event. All of the race proceeds go to benefit Alzheimer s Family Services which is a private not-for profit organization that helps local area families thru education, support groups, and support services for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. In addition, Superior Residences hosts a monthly Caregiver s Seminar Series at the community on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 PM along with a Spouse s Support Group at Joey Tomatos on the Second Tuesday of every month at 3 PM. Please call (850) 897-2244 for more information. We are also excited about the construction which is underway for Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay, an independent living community. For information or details regarding our new community, please call (850) 8977386. 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Three Niceville High School programming students, senior Reid Elliott, junior Joseph Neiger, and sophomore John Wargo, recently placed third in Zero Robotics, an online programming competition hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The team began competing last September with sixty other teams from around the country. The competition progressed through multiple stages, with each stage increasing in difficulty. After three rounds of matches that stretched through December, the team qualified for the final tournament by being ranked 8th among the teams. Reid, Joseph and John advanced to the last and final phase of the competition which took place aboard the International Space Station using actual "SPHERES" robots, said teams Programming Instructor, Ben Shuman of Niceville High School. "SPHERES" stands for Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, said the NASA webpage. All of the finalists were invited to MIT on Friday, Jan. 17, to watch the final competition live aboard the ISS. The students watched as their code was transmitted to the ISS and loaded onto the robots. The robots then executed their program aboard the ISS in micro gravity. According to their website, the "Zero Robotics" tournament opens the world-class research facilities on the International Space Station (ISS) to high school students. Students write programs at their high schools that may control a satellite in space. The goal is to build critical engineering skills for students, such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, and team work. The competition consists of programming "SPHERES" robots to deflect the path of a comet either by using the robot's mass or hitting it with a laser aboard the robot. This task is accomplished while avoiding other debris strewn throughout the playing field. The name of the Niceville Zero Robotics team, or Alliance, was Phantom Tachyons Roach. The really cool thing about this competition is that they (the students) got to watch in real time their code control robotic spheres about the International Space Station, said Shuman. How many teenagers can say they wrote a program that ran in outer space? Niceville High School continues to set the bar high, and the kids continue to outdo our expectations. Way to go! said April Branscome, the Districts IT Specialist. For more information on Zero Robotics, visit zerorobotics.org. 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 , M M a a r r c c h h 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 GET A FRESH STARTA New Year gives us an opportunity for a fresh start and a new attitude. If you feel your hearing is holding you captive, let us help you set yourself free. Call today for a Free Hearing Profile When you think of hearing ... Think of Bay Area Better Hearing. Leslie A. DameHearing Aid Specialist 4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545 HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE COUPONS batteries$3 per pack$1,90000All Models & SizesPower & Mini Model Add $100100% DigitalReg. $2,20000Expires 3/31/14. Expires 3/31/14. Limit 4. NERA Loans subject to credit approval. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithNiceville author signs booksAnne Sanders from Niceville signed copies of her new book, Behind the Stage, at Bayou Book Co., Niceville. Pictured, Shani Pinkerton takes a moment to visit with the author and get her copy signed. Sanders will be at the Niceville Library March 12 at 10:30 a.m. Scout earns Eagle rankBradley (Brad) William Berryman, of Niceville, was awarded his Eagle Scout rank Feb. 15. His Eagle Scout Service Project was a 1,424 square-foot covered pavilion, constructed at Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville. This project was one of the largest Eagle Scout Service projects ever completed in the Florida panhandle and was nominated for BSA Choctawhatchee District s Eagle Scout Service Project of The Year 2013. The Niceville High School robotics team placed third out of 60 teams in the Zero Robotics competition hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pictured from right, Reid Elliott, Joseph Neiger and John Wargo.Photo courtesy of J.P. TaltyNHS students compete remotely on space station 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.comA game room or a play room? Maybe its time to move up. Call me and lets find a great home that fits YOU and YOUR family! I look forward to hearing from you soon!HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF HAVING A HOME OFFICE?

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Art show at Library During the month of March, the Niceville Library will ho s t local artist Lou Kaunzinger who will be featuring her Arizona I mpressions collection. Kaunzinger teaches watercolor classe s at Artful T hings in Niceville every Wednesday and is a m e m ber of the Local Color Arti s t s Club. Soccer sign up Youth Indoor Soccer League for ages four through grade four are regis tering now. Early regi s tration is $70 per player until March 21, $85 per player after March 21. Registration deadline and player evaluations are Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m to noon at the Community Life Center at Niceville United Methodis t Church. Practices begin in May and games played in June and July. Regis ter online at nicevilleum c.org/recreation or in person at the NUMC Community Life Center. Scholarship opportunity T he Republican Wo m en of Okaloos a Federated will a ward a $1,500 scholarship to a regis tered Republican female senior in Okaloosa County. A 500 word essay on Americanism is required and the deadline is April 10. T he application and m ore information is posted on rwof.org. Read to Baci Baci, a Bichon Frise therapy dog, loves a good book. If you are age five or older and would like to read a story to Baci, join him in the Youth Services program room Wednesday, March 5, at 3:30 p.m. T his i s a firs t com e, firs t s erved program. You may bring a book or choose from the library collection. Local history at the library T he Friends of the Niceville Public Library invite everyone to attend a free local history program with David Bludworth, form er State Attorney and long time resident of Grayton Beach. He will present a History of Walton County on Wednesday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Niceville Co mmunity Center. T o reserve a seat please call the Niceville Library at 279-4863 x 1507 or em ail us at ncvlibrary@ okaloos a.lib.fl.us Coffee and light refre shments will be available. Open mic poetry night Join fellow poets March 5 for Say the Word, an open mic poetry reading at the French Quarter Bar & Grill, 714 Howell Rd., Niceville, at 7 p.m. The event is free of charge and all are welcome to take the mic. Each perform er s hould plan to share about 2-3 pieces. Early release movie T he Valparais o Community Library is having an Early Releas e Movie Day on March 6 at 1:30 p.m s howing Free Birds, rated PG, and serving popcorn. Call 729-5406 for more infor mation. Audubon meets The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society hosts Bonnie Samuelsen, March 6 for a photo presentation on Florida s beach nesting birds. Learn about these rare and declining birds and the statewide efforts to protect them The meeting will be held in room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville cam pus of Northwes t Florida State College, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with socializing and light refreshments. The meeting is free and open to the public. For m ore inform ation, call Walt Spence at 582-7064. Direct from Vegas Direct from Las Vega s T he Rat Pack is Back! present s a special performance March 8 at 7:30 p.m to benef it the Northwe s t Florida Sym phony Orches tra (NFSO). T icket s are on sale now for $35 each by phone or in-person from the Mattie Kelly Art s Center Box Office. No group or package discounts. The performance will be held in the Mainstage Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwe s t Florida State College, Niceville. Call or click for ticket s at 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. Charity yard sale T he Project Hope Yard Sale for St Jude Children's Hos pital will be March 8 and 9 from 9 a.m .-4 p.m at 910 Valas tics Avenue, Valparaiso. For m ore inform ation, call 678 3828. Genealogy meeting Dotty Burdick, Regent of the Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the Daughter s of the Am erican Re volution (DAR), will be our guest speaker on March 8, at 10 a.m., to speak on "Using the DAR Databas e for Genealogy Research." The meetings are held at the Heritage Mus eum Valparais o. Guests and prospective members are always welcome. Community yard sale There will be a community yard s ale to benefit Relay For Life Saturday, March 8 at Bayou Plaza near Badcock Furniture fro m 8-11 a.m. Find bargain s that benefit Relay for Life. For information contact A my at 398-2851. Give blood Monday, March 10, Wal m art in Niceville from 12-6 p.m All donors will receive a $10 Walm art gift card. Ministry meeting There will be a meeting for T ransformations, a poverty alleviation m inis try, at the Niceville United Methodis t Church, room 909-911, March 11 at 6 p.m. For more information, call Joe Shearer at 687-9404 or Kim Colpitts at 461-0203. Classical commentary Jeffrey Rink, Director, NW Florida Symphony Orchestra, will pres ent a preview of the next NFSO concert on March 11 at the Better Listening classical music study group. Better Lis tening progra ms combine commentaries on classical music and related CD selections. The programs will be held each T uesday evening through March 25 from 7-9 p.m at the Unitarian Church Fellows hip Hall, 1295 Bays hore Drive, Valparais o. All s essions are free and open to the public. No reserv ations required. College theater T he Pris oner of Second Avenue will be presented March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m by the Northwest Florida State College s Fine and Perfor ming Arts Division in the Sprint Theater. T ickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and younger. NWFSC students receive one free ticket with ID. The Sprint T heater is at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwe s t Florida State College and i s directly adjacent to the Mains tage T heater at 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Box Office, 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. Author appearance The Niceville Library will ho st a book signing with local author, Anne Sanders on Wednes day, March 12 at the Niceville Library from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. She is the author of a new Chri stian novel, Behind the Stage which will be available for purcha se at the book signing. She has written for ne wspapers, magazines, and websites. Mark your calendar s to come in and meet Anne Sanders. 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-Adults ST. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Twin Cities Elks announce essay winnersThe Twin Cities Elks announce the winners of their annual Americanism essay contest. Pictured above, Division I, for students in grade 5-6, Lee Lipscomb won 1st, Colby Distaso won 2nd and Keegan Philips won 3rd, all from Plew Elementary School. In Division II for students in grade 7-8, Samuel Ward, a home school student, won 1st. Alicyn Grete won 2nd and Robbie Hunter Philips won 3rd, both from Rocky Bayou Christian School. The six winners will now compete with contestants from other Elk lodges in the Northwest District for the honor of representing at the Florida State Elks Americanism Essay finals in Orlando next month. New officers for Rocky s Mu Alpha Theta clubThe Mu Alpha Theta club at Rocky Bayou Christian School has announced their 2013-2014 officers, pictured from left, Secretary, Abigail Alldredge; Vice-president, Stefan Makarov; President, Trever Knie; Historian, Ivan Linn; Chaplain, Will Makarov; and webmaster, Ian Kampert. Rocky s Mu Alpha Theta club focuses on preparations for math competitions and service to the community, such as the free math tutoring community service project held at the school on Dec. 7. Plew Academic Team first in FloridaPlew s Academic Team placed first in Florida and first in the Southeast region. Pictured front row, Raymond Martin, Liam Bennet, Mackenzie Wood and Keegan Phillips. Pictured back row, Joseph Huisken, Jasmine Evans, Jay Marquardt, Teertho Bhattacharya, Gavin Mattern and Clara Bradley. Kiwanis learns about childcare regulationsJeanne Martin, the Department of Children and Families Northwest Region Safety Program Manager, gave a presentation on childcare regulations at the most recent meeting of the NicevilleValparaiso Kiwanis meeting Feb. 27. They were an outstanding group, said Martin. Very engaged. Pictured, she gives a children s book as a gift to Kiwanis president Stan Claypool.Poster contest for studentsThe Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) invites all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 6th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. The theme is Summer Fun. Artwork can be in any medium on paper. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County. Each 1st place winner will receive a $75 gift card, each 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card, and each 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card. Additionally, the 1st place winners artwork will be posted in the OAA newsletter and on the OAA website. Any Okaloosa County School student can enter; entries can be mailed through an Okaloosa County School or by an individual student. The submissions deadline is April 15. Please submit only one entry per student. Posters should be standard size (8 x 11) for the contest and should include, the name of the artist, their grade, and the name of their school. Please mail entries to the Okaloosa Arts Alliance, Attention: School Poster Contest, P.O. Box 4426, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32549. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be announced at the Family Fun Arts Fest. Please contact Amy Baty at 499-8335 or amybaty1@gmail.com for more information. All of the poster contest entries will be on display at the Spring Fest on May 17 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at HarborWalk Village benefiting the Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA). Spring Fest is a free, family friendly lively event. Entertainment includes arts and craft vendors, free family activities, live animals, face painting, hands on art activities and a silent auction. Niceville artist wins first placeArtist Nancy Jurgens of Niceville stands beside her work, won first place with a portrait in acrylic, One Word, in the Prime Time artists end-ofterm show. Prime Time is a continuing education program offered through Northwest Florida State College, with four campus locations. 24+/acres against Blackwater State Forest. Cleared, private, small stream, ready to build. $6500/acre in Baker. 850-537-9519 Saturday, March 8th, 8am-3pm. Entire contents must go. 342 Chicago Ave. Valparaiso. Drivers: Home EVERY Weekend. Dedicated Southern Lanes & OTR! All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! 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Page B-4 Wednesday, March 5, 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 Ex pr essThe 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 Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour underwayNearly 60 young players participated at the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour at Pensacola Country Club Feb. 22. The next event will be the National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked two day event at Stonebrook Golf Course in Pace, March 8-9. Pictured from left, Patrick Poate, Antonia Poate, Alia Scotka, Kaide Farne, Madison Tenore, Caroline Craig, Lauren Miller, Cameron Fish, Catie Craig and AJ Panyko. Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNiceville girls softball beats FWBNiceville High School girls varsity softball won 11-1 against Fort Walton Beach High School Friday in an away game. Pictured, Hayley Pelkey smacks the ball for a run batted in (RBI) that puts her on first and sent two other players across the home plate. The girls will be playing Crestview next at a home game March 6. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithNiceville man earns black beltNiceville resident Ryan Smith earned his first degree black belt in ATA style taekwondo Feb. 21. Pictured, Smith trains under Chong Bairos, a fifth degree black belt. Both the men s and women s track teams for Niceville High School took home trophies at the first meet of the season Feb. 22 in Panama City. The girls won first place and the boys won second place. Niceville High School track and field started the season off strong at the Panhandle Open in Panama City on Feb. 22. With 17 schools competing, NHS girls took 1st place overall and the boys took 2nd. It was a great day for the NHS Eagle track teams at the Panhandle Open. Congratulations to all our athletes, said new head coach, Jamie LaFollette. The team will be back in Panama City on March 8 for the Rutherford Ram Relays. The athletes that placed in the top three for their events are: Nickie Anderson-3rd place 400m dash (1:04.1); Sophia Bergman-1st place discus and shot put (116-0, 36-3.5); Drew Haggerman3rd place 800m run (2:34.1); Skyler Joneson 3rd place shot put (28-3.5); Mackenzie Shinnick3rd place 3200m (12:25.0); Aubrey West2nd place 200m and 100m dash, 3rd place long jump and (27.21, 12.87, 163), girls 4x800 relay 2nd placeClaire Crist, Mackenzie Shinnick, Regan McAllister, Annie Serpa (10:17.5); girls 4x400 relay 2nd placeCenedy Crum, Drew Haggerman, Regan McAllister, Nickie Anderson (4:20.8); and girls 4x100 relay 3rd placeJaylah Lawson, Tay Hunter, Camryn Crum, Aubrey West (53.4). Kevin Cruz-2nd place 300m hurdles (42.21); Tripp Davis2nd place 800m (2:01.9); Thomas Howell3rd place 1600m (4:36.7); Jack Massey3rd place 800m (2:04.6); Nick Morken1st place 1600m and 800m, (4:27.3, 2:01.6); boys 4x800 relay 1st placeTripp Davis, Caden Ewing, Jack Massey, Nick Morken; boys 4x400 relay 3rd placeJosh Chord, Isaiah Denman, David Bobbitt and Alex Boswell. The following athletes either set a new season best time for themselves or broke their previous records. New season best times were A. West, H. Schroeder, M. Hunter, K. Cruz, N. Escoffier, A. Serpa, N. Morken, T. Howell, J. Fiske, N. Anderson, K. Friesen, D. Bobbitt, D. Haggerman, R. McAllister, S. Bergmann, G. Olds, M. Guter and A. McDuffie. Personal records bested were be C. Ewing, C. Crum, M. Kirila, C. Woodard, A. Royal, K. Cruz, B. Higgins, C. Crist, M. Shinnick, N. Escoffier, T. Hamer, A. Royal, J. Moreno, D. LaFollette, J. Massey, E. Schneidewind, J. Fiske, J. Chord, T. Davis, S. Joneson, R. Riley, G. Olds, E. 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By Mike Griffith and Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff The Twin Cities of Niceville and Valparaiso live up to their names. It really is nice in Niceville, and Valparaiso, which means Vale of Paradise, offers a quality of life as close to paradise as one is likely to find this side of the real thing. Originally the area was known as Boggy Bayou, or simply Boggy, due to the proximity of Boggy Bayou, an inlet that leads to Choctawhatchee Bay and from there to the Gulf of Mexico. The bayou, however, is not the weedy swamp the name implies. It is a pleasant and popular place for swimming, sailing, water skiing, and fishing. Along the shores of Boggy Bayou, as well as another creek-fed inlet called Rocky Bayou, and the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay, nestle Niceville, Valparaiso, and such neighboring communities as Bluewater Bay, Seminole, and Choctaw Beach. The area attracts people who seek a warm climate, friendly communities, and plenty of activities ranging from hunting, fishing and water sports to art galleries, concerts, and stage plays. The climate is a big attraction for new residents as well as vacationers. There is no hard winter, by northern standards. Spring begins soon after the first camellia blossoms in January. A hot, humid summer starts around the middle of June. A colorful, leisurely autumn extends from early October through Christmas. Outdoor activities abound, with such sports as tennis and golf available yearround. You can drive over the Mid-Bay Bridge to the busy nightlife of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Or you may take the children to calmer waters at beaches in Valparaisos Lincoln Park and the military recreation area at White Point. In Niceville, you can visit the cool swimmin holes of Turkey Creek Park, or walk along the parks mile-long boardwalk through the swamp and jungle-like forest of the true Florida. New residents are also attracted by the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of local communities, where people feel safe riding bicycles, pushing baby strollers or taking walks at any hour of the day or evening. Carinne Crouse and her family moved to Valparaiso just over a year ago and are big fans of the area. "We enjoy coming over here to Children's Park," said Crouse. "We love all the outdoor activities. It's a very active community." She frequents the Niceville Children's Park with her three daughters: Cailyn, 5, Claira, 4, and Carlee, 1. Economic opportunities abound. Although the area was once a center of fishing, turpentine harvesting, and agriculture, the economic base nowadays is Eglin Air Force Base, one of Americas largest military installations and a center of research, development and testing of new, advanced weapons systems. It is also home to such elite military training and operational units as the 33rd Fighter Wing, which trains pilots and maintainers for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, the Army Ranger School, and the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The base attracts many of the nations top defense contractors, engaged in advanced weapons research and development programs. In recent years, business and government leaders have been seeking to attract other high-technology industries to the area, in such fields as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and medical technologyindustries that are attracted by the abundance of technically-trained people, as well as by the high quality of life along the north Florida coast. Transportation in the area includes the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, served by four airlines flying to such hubs as Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. Main traffic arteries include local highways connecting to Interstate 10. A toll highway bypass is being built around Niceville to speed traf-Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 3 ALSO IN THIS GUIDE Outdoor recreation is a year-round opportunity in the Niceville-Valparariso area.Beacon photos Twin Cities community a magnet for families and retirees alike Schools in a nutshell..............10-12 Government services...........13,14 Business directory..................15 Area map....................................16,17 Turn on the utilities................18,19 Join a club..................................20-22 Things to do, places to go ...23-29 The beach at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, is a popular place for swimming and family fun.Small-town charm, city amenities Continued on page 5

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fic to and from the Mid-Bay Bridge and Destin by early 2014. Commercial and charter fishing also remain important parts of the local economy, and help to attract tourists and vacationers to the area. Local history can be studied at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, the Air Force Armament Museum, and other nearby facilities. Numerous archeological sites can be found in the area, including the remains of early settlers' cabins and sawmills, and the earthen ceremonial mounds of the first American Indians to inhabit northern Florida. But it is the here and now that makes the area such a great community with something to do for all ages. "I love the Children's Park and I can't believe it's free," said Alisa Little, a resident of Bluewater Bay for the past two years. Little enjoys spending afternoons playing at the park with her 5-year-old daughter Tristan, but she says there is enough in the area to keep her 15-year-old daughter Carmen happy as well. Its a quaint little town tucked away, but close enough if we want to hit the tourist spots, said Little. "The beaches are nearby, but far enough away from the tourists. And my husband loves fishing at White Point." Education is an important part of the community. Local schools from elementary through middle and high school are consistently ranked among the best in Florida. Advanced middle-school students can attend the Science, Technology, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Center in Valparaiso, and other schools offer special programs in fields ranging from auto mechanics to computer technology and aeronautics. In addition to public education, private From page 3 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 5 Continued on page 7 We love all the outdoor activities here. It s a very active community, says Carinne Crouse, Valparaiso, with her three girls, Cailyn, Claira, and Carlee.A quaint little town tucked away Rocky Bayou Christian School: Christ-centered, excellence-driven education for grades K3-12 Curriculum with a biblical worldview taught by dedicated faculty Innovative learning enhanced by Mimio Teach and iPad Technology Engaging and high-achieving Preschool, VPK, and Kindergarten programs Well-rounded, advanced Elementary program College Preparatory Academy averaging over $3.5 million in scholarship offers to Classes 2011-2013 Competitive Sports Program including 21 Varsity, 2 Junior Varsity, and 6 Middle School Teams, as well as Intramural Sports Vibrant Arts and Music Programs including Band, Choir, and Drama Leading-edge Special Services Department including Therapy Services Bus service reaching from as far as Hurlburt Field, DeFuniak Springs and South Walton to Crestview with campuses in Niceville and Destin Tuition Assistance Available For more information, please visit www.rbcs.org To apply, contact our Admission Director at 850.279.3727.Rocky Bayou Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity in the admissions of students per USC 2000d. People are friendly and we feel safe," says Elizabeth Shane, a Niceville resident since 1997.

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schools are also available, such as Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville, which teaches students from early grades through high school and is top-rated academically. For higher education, there is Northwest Florida State College, which offers twoand four-year degrees in such varied fields as nursing, education, medical technology, law enforcement, and business management. The Niceville-based institution also serves as a launching pad for students who prefer to complete their first two years of college close to home, then transfer to one of Floridas big public universities. Nicevilles Twin Cities Hospital has a state-of-the-art emergency room and 65 beds for in-patient care. It is top-ranked for patient satisfaction. Other nearby medical facilities include the Eglin Air Force Base regional medical center, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, and Sacred Heart Hospital near Destin. There are also numerous outpatient clinics, and several local assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and a memory-care facility for people with Alzheimers. The state college campus in Niceville is also home to the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, where symphony concerts and touring Broadway-caliber shows routinely entertain local audiences. The school also offers one of the states best education programs in art, music, and drama. What defines the area above all, of course, is its people. Niceville is the place to be, said Robert Griffin, a self-described "Boggy Boy"born and raised in Niceville and proud of it. "I remember when Niceville just had a two-lane road on John Sims," he said. "It's quiet, a great place to raise your kids." Griffin enjoys having picnics at Lions Park, Niceville, with his granddaughter Madison Hoover, a student at Ruckel Middle School. Madison agrees with her grandfather that Niceville is a great place to live, and appreciates all the parks and activities. "I think Ruckel is a great school," she added. The mild winters are an attraction for Gay Nell Powell, a resident of Niceville for over 30 years. She enjoys walking her dog, Gigi, year-round in the temperate climate. "I love the weather," she said. "I love everything about Niceville." Elizabeth McShane of Niceville agrees that the weather is an attractive feature of the area, but adds that Niceville is so much more.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 7 Continued on page 8 Niceville is the place to be, says Robert Griffin, a Niceville native, with his granddaughter Madison Hoover at Lions Park. From page 5 Niceville is the place to be Jean Floyd 865-8548 Kelly Shephard 543-7353 Bernie Busovne830-3463 Mary Coger 319-3502 Chris Schwantz368-4280 Linda Zickler 621-7233 Judy Griffin 685-8595 Pam Weeks 259-3886 Debbie Collins 375-0555 Debbie Stretch 218-8312 Shirley Wohleber 830-6222 Myke Triebold 305-6256 Janice Busovne 598-9497 Amanda Housand218-5582 Dag Davenport 797-3721 Anne Cournoyer 333-9248 Gail Kurtz 582-5459 Joe Morgan 803-3500 Lynn Bowling 259-0448Experience you can count on fromYour Neighborhood Agents!Now partnering with Emerald Coast Property Management Call 850-279-4332Each office independently owned and operated. Jeff Matz 333-4137 Clara Miles 543-1092 "It s a quaint little town tucked away, but close enough if we want to hit the tourist spots, says Alisa Little, Niceville, with her daughter Tristan.

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"I like the fact that there are four seasons," said McShane, a resident since 1997. "I like the fact that you can get outside and do things, even when it's cold." Like many residents, a military career is what initially brought them to the area, but the friendly people and safe community are what kept them. "We're military, so being close to the base is important, said McShane. "We've enjoyed living here. When we first came, the kids were in middle school." The great schools and amenities, like the library, are important to her still, but she says the natural beauty of the area is perhaps the greatest treasure. "It's so pretty," she said. "My husband says so every day when he drives along Bayshore and sees the water. It's just a beautiful place." J.T. Thornton, who moved to Niceville with his family this year, agrees. "What we really like is the community feel, the family feel," said Thornton. "You can raise your kids here." Thornton came to the area to take a position as the worship pastor at Niceville Assembly of God. "We're really excited about it," said Thornton. "We love the community living." From page 7 J.T. Thornton recently moved to Niceville with his wife and two daughters to take a position as a pastor. What we really like is the community feel, the family feel, said Thornton. You can raise your kids here.'Its just a beautiful place' I like everything about Niceville, says Gay Nell Powell, a resident for over 30 years.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 8 Spring-Summer 2014

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 9Beacon Staff Florida law requires that children from 6 to 16 must attend school or be home schooled. For assistance with determining which public-school attendance zone your family resides in, call the Okaloosa County School District administrative offices, 833-3100 or the Walton County School District, 850892-1100. For assistance with registration requirements for Rocky Bayou Christian School, call 678-7358. For assistance with registration requirements for Collegiate High School, call 729-4949. Children may enter kindergarten in a public school if they are 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Kindergarten attendance is a prerequisite for first grade. Documentation required for firsttime registration includes the student's birth certificate, Social Security number, certification of school entry medical exam performed within the previous 12 months and proof of immunizations. Each child must have on file a Florida certification of immunization documenting the following: K-12 (children entering, attending or transferring to Florida schools): Four or five doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine; three or four doses of polio vaccine; two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine; two or three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; one dose of varicella vaccine (kindergarten effective school year 2001-02, then each year and additional grade); two doses of varicella vaccine (kindergarten effective 2008-09, then each year and additional grade). Pre-K: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine; polio vaccine; measles vaccine; mumps vaccine; hepatitis B vaccine; varicella vaccine (effective school year 2001-02); influenza type B (Hib) vaccine. Seventh grade: tetanus-diphtheria booster (Tdap). Students entering a county school system for the first time must present certification of a physical exam by a physician within the previous 12 months, unless transferring from another Florida school district. Visit okaloosaschools.com (Okaloosa County) or walton.k12.fl.us (Walton County) for more information. Visit okaloosaschools.com (Okaloosa County), walton.k12.fl.us (Walton County), rbcs.org (Rocky Bayou Christian School) or NWFcollegiatehigh.org (Collegiate High School) for more information. Students who are at least 4 years old by Sept. 1 may attend a free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program at certain public and private schools and preschools. The program is three hours a day, weekdays. Parents must provide transportation. Registration starts the first Monday in April. If interested, call Katie Byrd, 833-9330 Okaloosa Walton Child Care Services, Sharon Pierce, 892-8560 Walton County, or visit www.owccs.org/VPK.html. Beacon photoChildren from 6 to 16 must attend school or be home schooled.Registering your child for school

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John Sims Pkwy., Niceville nicevillehighschool.org Grades: 9-12 Phone: 833-4114 Hours: 6:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Principal: Rodney Nobles Enrollment: 1944 Staff: 102 teachers and staff Booster president: Jim Evans SAC chair: Chris Nixon Volunteer coordinator: Rebekah Ellis volunteers Designated A school by Florida Department of Education Class of 2013 earned over $10,000,000.00 in scholarships Washington Post Ranks NHS #154 in the nation College Board National Scholars One National Hispanic Scholar Advanced Studies Students earn up to 60 college credits Leading Edge Information Technology Institute Award-Winning Performing Arts Programs Winning Athletic Programs recognized statewide Advanced Placement, AICE program, Honors and Gifted, Informational Technology Institute, Intensive reading and math, career readiness programs, executive internships, ESE services, FCAT remediation credit recovery programs, Family and Consumer Science, early childhood education program, art and music programs, physical education programs, foreign languages. Clubs and activities: Academic Team, Air Force Junior ROTC, Band, Chorus, Drama and Debate, Dance Team, FBLA, Forensics Team, IDEAS, Junior Classical League, Literary Guild, Math and Computer Team, NaGISA, National Honor Society, Newspaper and Yearbook, Step Team, SAC Representative, Student Council, Student Government Association, Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshmen Councils, Baseball and softball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross-country (boys and girls), Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Swimming (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Volleyball, Weightlifting (boys and girls), Wrestling, Art Club, Chess Club, French Club, Entre Nous, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, German Club, Interact, International Club, Japanese Anime Club, Key Club, Philosophy Club, SADD, Spirit Club, Swing Club. College board average scores: ACT composite, 23.5; SAT writing 514; SAT math 538, SAT critical reading 543.Rocky Bayou Christian School Ruckel Middle School Collegiate High School at NWF State College E. College Blvd., Niceville (Northwest Florida State College) nwfcollegiatehigh.org Grades: 10-12 Phone: 729-4949 Hours: 9:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Director: Anthony Boyer Enrollment: 285 Staff: 14 plus Northwest Florida State College faculty This public charter high school allows students the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and earn college credit simultaneously. Students participate in college classes alongside college-age students. Students who cannot meet the rigors of dual enrollment participate in a precollegiate curriculum. Special facilities or programs: All NWFSC student facilities are open to Collegiate High School students. Collegiate HS students may participate in extracurricular activities at their home school. Sports, bands, clubs: All NWFSC student organizations are open to Collegiate High School students. The Collegiate High School also has its own organizations such as yearbook, student government, academic team and clubs. Average college board scores: ACT composite, 26.2; SAT critical reading, 597; SAT math, 593; SAT writing, 582. N. Partin Drive, Niceville Beach Drive, Destin www.rbcs.org Grades: Kindergarten through 12, plus VPK and K-3 -K-4 Phone: 729-7227 Hours: 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Superintendent: Michael Mosley Enrollment: 802 students Staff: 140 College preparatory K3-12 program, offering 15 Advanced Placement courses. Special facilities or programs: Special Services Department certified by National Institute for Learning Disabilities serves special needs students, home school assistance, summer camp programs, full service transportation. Accepts Florida McKay scholarships, as well as Step Up for Students; dual-enrollment & AP classes taught on campus. Extracurricular: Elementary school band, middle school band, high school band (which performed in 2012 at Sugar Bowl half-time), jazz band, concert band, chamber choir, middle school choir, concert choir, praise band, football, cross-country, track, swimming, tennis, wrestling, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, weightlifting, drama, chapel, Missions Club, Junior Classical League, Academic Team, Math Club, Leadership Trek. College board average scores: ACT composite, 25; SAT combined 1628 $4.4 million in scholarships offered to 52 graduates in 2013. a Niceville High SchoolOverviews of public, private schools N. Partin Drive, Niceville ruckelmiddleschool.com Grades: 6-8 Phone: 833-4142 Fax: 883-3291 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Principal: Paul Whiddon Assistant Principal: Stephanie Wheat Enrollment: 950 students Staff: 70 faculty and staff Counselor: Laura Long State report card grade: 15th Consecutive A Ranked #17 out of 802 Florida Middle Schools PTO president: Victoria George SAC chair: Joseph Bowers More than 500 volunteers Special facilities or programs: Portable and regular computer labs and Robotics labs Course offerings: Remediation, regular, advanced and gifted core classes Courses for high school credit: Introduction to Technology, Web Design, Algebra I Honors, Geometry and Physical Science Honors Ram Stars Remediation Program (Strategies That Achieve Real Success) in reading. ElectivesBand, Chorus, Advanced Art, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Advanced Spanish, Introduction to Technology, Multimedia Production and Web Design. Sixth gradeexploratory wheel includes Spanish, Art and Computers. Facilities: Portable and regular computer labs, and Robotics lab. Sports: football, cross-country track, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, cheerleading and dance team. Arts: Football band, concert/symphonic band, jazz band, Ambassadors select chorus, 5th-grade band program, majorettes. Both band and chorus participate in the All County and All State musical programs. Clubs: Math Counts, National Junior Honor Society, Multicultural Club, Academic Team, Math Team, Yearbook, Chess Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Drama Kids. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 10 Spring-Summer 2014 Management and staff of the Ritz Salon would like to welcome you to the area! We have been located in the Niceville Community of Bluewater Bay for over 17 years. We are your friends, neighbors and full service family hair care providers. We are proud of our community and wish to beautify it... one head at a time.Welcome to Niceville!897-4466Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 11Okaloosa STEMM AcademySchool of Choice for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine studies. Edge Ave., Valparaiso www.okaloosaschools.com/STEMM Grades: sixth, seventh grade Principal: Jaqueline Craig Phone: 833-4120 Fax: 833-4177 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Enrollment: 127 students Staff: 10 (faculty and staff) Range Road, Niceville okaloosa.k12.fl.us/bluewater Grades: Pre-KD through 5 Phone: 833-4240 Fax: 833-4232 Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Principal: Connie Hall Assistant Principal: Amy Klugh Enrollment: 803 students Staff: 75 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A Full-time Counselor Sports, music programs, clubs, Student Council (grades 3-5), Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Full time music and art program, Accelerated Reader, IXL Math, Bluewater Green Team, Young Astronauts Club, Camp Invention and Art summer camps, Safety Patrol. Day Care, Art class and Green Team activities available on early release days Full-time immersion class for gifted students in grades 1 through 5 Daycare hours: 6:15-8:45 a.m., 3:15-6 p.m. Daycare coordinator: Gina White PTO president: Kim Adkinson Volunteer coordinator: Debbie Tate volunteers. Received Golden School Award for volunteer program. Consistently scores in the top 1 percent of all tested Florida schools. Early release for Teacher Professional Development first Thursday of each month with dismissal at 12:50 p.m. Member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. Nutshell descriptions of area schoolsDestin Middle School Lewis School Legendary Marina Drive, Destin www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/destinm Grades: 5-8 Phone: 833-7655 Hours: 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Principal: Charlie Marello Enrollment: 615 Staff: 59 State report card grade: A SAC Chair: Kelly Marquez Volunteer coordinator: Judy Hall Special facilities or programs: emphasis in technology and fine arts (band, dance, media production, tumbling, Spanish, visual arts, graphic art and design), "School of Choice" for Bluewater community, football stadium, lighted fields, weight room with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, two networked Internet-accessible computer labs, tech lab, Splash TV studio, art studio, air-conditioned gym, certified counselor, Accelerated Math. Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, swim, tennis, softball, baseball, track, cross country, golf. Exemplary programs: cheer/dance team, tumbling, band, academic team, Builders Club, yearbook, Knowledge Masters, art exhibit, N. Highway 85, Niceville www.okaloosaschools.com/edge/ Phone: 833-4138 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Principal: Dr. Samantha Dawson Enrollment: 585 students Staff: 65 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A PTO President: Tracey Phipps SAC chairperson: Joseph Bowers Volunteer Coordinators: Maria Lewis and Debby Gardner + volunteers Sports, band, clubs: chorus, K-Kids, Tiger News Crew Television network, Paw Print Express (schoolwide post office). Safety Patrol, Edge Mile Club Gifted classes, speech occupational therapy, physical therapy. Closed circuit TV studio, computer lab. Mentor, tutoring programs, quarterly awards program (academics and character). Day care hours: 6:30-8 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care program, including off campus field trips. Bluewater Elementary School Edge Elementary School Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso www.okaloosaschools.com/lewis Grades: K-8 Phone: 833-4130 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m. Principal: Mike Fantaski Enrollment: 620 students Staff: 70 teachers and staff State report card grade: A+ volunteers Special facilities or programs: art suite, technology girls' varsity complex, soccer, baseball, softball complex, band suite, air-conditioned gym and wellness room, exceptional education, television studio, networked and Internet-accessible computer lab. Incorporated Stem Programs in science, technology and math. Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, track, swimming, cheerleading, dance team, summer sports. Many opportunities for fifth and sixth graders. Exemplary programs: Encore fine arts program including marching band and two symphonic bands, beginning band, jazz band, exploratory wheel, select chorus, show choir, advanced art, Web design, Spanish, television/radio/multi-media production. Accelerated, meritorious and enhancement courses in all grade levels. Intensive reading, writing and math, talented and gifted, STEM research, high school credit courses, pre-AP curriculum. Co-curricular activities: Earth Club, Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society, Young Astronauts, Sign Language Club, Recycling Club, student council, academic team, and yearbook. 115 Cedar Avenue N. | Across from NHS in the Old Mancini Music Building OFFICE: 850-678-5498 TOLL FREE: 866-678-5498 FAX: 850 -678-6705Exceptional service...without exception! Residential Commercial New Construction Property Management Vacation Rentals Military Relocation Specialists

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Pine Ave., Niceville www.okaloosaschools.com/plew/ Grades Pre-K through 5 Phone: 833-4100 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Principal: Carolyn McAllister Enrollment: 720 students Staff: 65 teachers Full time guidance counseler Full time music and Spanish teacher Junior deputies Member of Niceville Chamber of Commerce Chorus, Young Astronauts (5th), Knowledge Masters, Spanish Club, Mile Club, Oval Art, Smiley Math, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Robotics, Evening of the Arts, Team Alpha, gifted program, 5th grade chorus, Character Counts. PLA: Jolene Yen, President SAC chair: Marcy Spitznagel Daycare coordinator: Sherrii Cadenhead Volunteer coordinator: Melissa Berry 350 volunteers Day care hours: 6:30-8:05 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Freeport Middle School Eglin Elementary School Freeport High SchoolPortraits of Twin Cities schools Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport walton.k12.fl.us/schools/fms/ Hours: 7:27 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Grades: 5-8 Phone: 892-1221 Principal: Charlie Morse Enrollment: 427 Staff: teachers: 30; staff 21 State report card grade: B SIT chair: Mary Job Programs: Academic Team, Drama Club, TV Productions, 3 state of the art networked computer labs, Youth for Christ, after school tutoring as needed. Sports: lighted football field, weight rooms, air-conditioned gym, girls volleyball, basketball soccer and softball, boys baseball, basketball soccer and football. Also offered are beginning band, advanced band and career education. BusinessHwy. 331, Freeport fhs.walton.k12.fl.us/ Grades: 9-12 Phone: 892-1201 Hours: 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Principal: Shirley Foster Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison Enrollment: 330 Faculty and staff: 48 SIP Chair: Gloria Miller Volunteer specialist and volunteer coordinator: Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison Counselor: Jessica Obert Special programs: Various dual enrollment classes, DCT, teacher assisting program, Web design, AP classes, Engineering classes and business computer classes, FCAT remediation and grade retrieval programs. Extra-curricular programs: Band, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, academic team, yearbook, Ambassador Program, Anchor Club, Youth for Christ, History Club, National Honor Society, newspaper. College board average scores: ACT composite, 21; SAT combined scores, 1130. School garde: A. Gaffney Road, Eglin AFB okaloosaschools.com/eglin K 4th grade Phone: 833-4320 Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:35 p.m. Principal: Mr. Dennis Samac Enrollment: 484 Staff: 50 State report card grade: B volunteers A+ School 10 consecutive years (Florida School Recognition Award) Accelerated Reader Program Jump Rope for Heart Gifted education K-4 Mentor program Reading, math and writing remediation Character trait education State-of-the-art science lab Plew Elementary School Freeport Elementary School Business 331, Freeport walton.k12.fl.us/FES/default.com Grades: Pre-K-4 Phone: 892-1211 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Principal: Pamela Jones Administrative Assistant: Wyndy Crozier Guidance Counselor: Laurie Holt Enrollment: 600 Staff: 77 State report card grade: C Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Currie PTO President: Retha Laird Mascot: Wildcats Special programs: gifted, accelerated reading, FES Student Council, music, art, Positive Behavior System. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 12 Spring-Summer 2014 CARING, COMPETENTPROFESSIONALSHELPINGYOUTOA SWIFTRECOVERYNICEVILLE 850-897-80811950 Bluewater Blvd., Suite 100DESTIN850-622-37137720 Hwy. 98 W. Suite 200CRESTVIEW850-897-8081550 W. Redstone Ave., Suite 320ACCEPTS MOST INSURANCEwww.bluewaterorthopedics.comJoint Replacement Sports Injury Fracture Care Arthroscopic Surgery Thomas M. Fox, D.O. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified William J Markowski, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Steven S. Donchey, M.D. Musculoskeletal Medicine Sports Medicine Board Certified Bradley J. Goeke, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Rustin G. Sorensen, P.A.-C Physician Assistant Erin N. Robinson, P.A.-C Physician Assistant The team at Bluewater Orthopedics wants to welcome you to the area!

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Vehicle registrationAll motor vehicles in Florida must be registered and/or titled within 10 days of becoming employed, placing children in public school, or establishing residency in Florida. Trailers which weigh 2,000 pounds or more must be registered and titled; trailers under 2,000 pounds need only to be registered. Trailers under 2,000 pounds will need a bill of sale and last registration from previous owner; if not a new purchase, current owner's registration is needed. Sales tax may be applicable. In some cases they will need a certified weight slip as well. The county tax collector, as an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, processes registrations and titles and collects the necessary fees. To obtain a Florida vehicle title and registration, motorists must bring the current vehicle title, proof of Florida insurance, the vehicle itself and current state identification to any office of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector. Proof of insurance from a certified Florida agent or broker (binder, policy or card) is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner must present at a Tax Collector's office documentation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000 and Protection Damage Liability (PDL) insurance in the amount of $10,000. Motorcycles, mobile homes, vessels and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement. To transfer a Florida title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including purchaser's name, the selling price and the odometer reading at the time of the sale. A bill of sale may be submitted as proof of purchase price. Sales tax will be collected if applicable. All transfers must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller or a fee is levied at the time of transfer. Outof-state titled vehicles must be physically present when applying for tag and title. Members of the U.S. armed forces who are stationed in Florida, but maintain their legal residence outside of Florida, are classified as nonresident military and are eligible for lower registration fees. To qualify for the lower military nonresident rates, the owner must submit out of state registration, a copy of military orders, and provide their driver license or state ID. Proof of Florida insurance is mandatory. Military personnel who file for nonresident status on a vehicle will not be eligible to file for a $50,000 homestead exemption in Florida. Call the property appraiser's office, 651-7240, for information. The local Okaloosa County Tax Collector office and hours: Niceville 506 Highway 85 North Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 850-651-7300 Mon. thru Fri. 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m. Driver license services end at 3:30 p.m. Website: OkaloosaTax.com. There are also tax collector's offices in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Eglin Air Force Base, and Hurlburt Field. Florida vehicle registrations may also be renewed online at OkaloosaTax.com.Driver's licenseA Florida motor vehicle operator's license is required within 30 days after becoming a permanent resident of the state (i.e., children enrolled in school system, employment established, etc.). Those with a valid license from another state may get a Class E non-commercial Florida license by passing a visual exam and paying a transfer fee. No written or driving test is required. The Florida license is valid for six to eight years for immigrants and U.S. Citizens and up to one year for non-immigrants. Documents required, but not limited to, are a current U.S. passport or an original U.S. birth certificate (legal name change document may be required), an out-of-state driver's license and Social Security card. In addition, two proofs of residential address are required. Examples include: a piece of mail with your address, a mortgage statement or a rental lease agreement. Utility bills will also be accepted. Call 651-7300 or visit GatherGoGet.com to find out the necessary documents needed. Driver license manuals may be obtained from county tax collector's offices or www.OkaloosaTax.com. Available at Okaloosa County Tax Collector's offices are most services, such as Visit the tax collector s office to transfer vehicle titles and registration, and for driver s license services. Continued on page 14Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 13Getting a car tag or a drivers license Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareServing theNiceville-Valparaiso Community and SurroundingArea since 1991 CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day Crowns(Most Cases)Complimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310) Comprehensive Family Care Advanced Sterilization Techniques Luma Arch Whitening In Office Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding Preventative Dentistry Custom Crowns/ Bridges Implant Restoration Gentle Nitrous Oxide Digital X-RaysCONVENIENT SCHEDULINGMonday Thursday 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed Ralf P. Zapata, DDS Thomas Grant, DMDWe Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville

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original and renewal licenses, change of name or address and learner's tests. Limited driver license services are offered in Niceville, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field. Contact the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office for a more detailed list of services offered, 651-7300.Auto insuranceFlorida law requires that all automobile operators have no-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection. Under the no-fault law, a motorist's insurance company pays for treatment of any personal injuries received as a result of an auto accident, no matter who is at fault, up to $10,000. You must show proof of this insurance, along with property damage liability in the amount of $10,000, to obtain automobile tags.Boat registrationWhen purchasing a boat Florida residents have 30 days to get their vessel titled and registered. New Florida residents must title and register their vessel within 90 days. Active duty-non residents are exempt from changing their out of state vessel registration to Florida, unless the registration expires. Register at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office in Niceville, 506 Highway 85 North. For more information, call 651-7300.Voter registrationRegister to vote at either of the Supervisor of Elections offices located at 302 Wilson St. N, Suite 102, Crestview, or 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite 404, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the Crestview office, 689-5600, or the Fort Walton Beach office, 651-7272, for additional information. Forms may also be obtained at and submitted to Niceville City Library, 206 N. Partin Drive, and at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Forms may also be picked up and turned in at other Okaloosa County public libraries, Department of Children and Families Services centers, Department of Labor offices serving people with disabilities (such as Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), driver's license offices and armed forces recruiting offices. Registration forms can also be completed and printed off the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections website, govoteokaloosa.com. In addition, voters can use the new online lookup tool to check registration status, view absentee requests, find assigned precinct and view sample ballots. Contact the Elections Office with any questions. Eligibility to register is defined on the form, and no witnessing or administration of an oath is required. Voters must be registered at least 29 days before an election to cast a ballot. Absentee voting, military and overseas voting and early voting information is available online and at the Supervisor of Elections office. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections website at govoteokaloosa.com or find them on Facebook.Employment Services JobsPlus One-stop Service Career Center, 409 N.E. Racetrack Rd., Fort Walton Beach, Weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 833-7587. One-Stop Career Centers are located in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and DeFuniak Springsproviding employment and re-employment programs for our community through the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. More information: jobsplusonestop.com. The Northwest Florida State College Career Center, on the second floor of the Student Services Building, Niceville campus, 100 College Blvd. Weekdays, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. 729-5227. Manpower, 1191 N. Eglin Parkway, Suite D., Shalimar. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 476-0327 Kelly Services, 1500 Freedom Self Storage Road, Suite 4, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 664-7649. Landrum HR, 73 Eglin Pkwy. NE, Ste. 110, Ft. Walton Beach. Weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 244-0026. From page 13Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 14 Spring-Summer 2014 Register at least 29 days prior to an election to cast a ballot. Forms are available throughout the county. Register at least 29 days before election

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Carr, Riggs & Ingram (850) 897-4333 4502 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 www.cripa.com Holt Phillips Services, Inc. (850) 897-5559 531 County Line Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.holtphillips.com Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair (850) 729-6629 610 Elm St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.twincitiesautomotiverepair.com Coastal Bank & Trust (850) 729-5500 Synovus Mortgage Corp. (850) 664-9580 1001 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 4300 Hwy. 20 East Niceville, FL 32578 23 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.coastalbankandtrust.com CCB Community Bank (850) 279-3886 1502 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bankccb.com Alpine Bicycles (850) 678-8222 712 Howell Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.alpine-cycles.com First Baptist Church of Niceville (850) 678-4621 622 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fbcniceville.org Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (850) 678-6062 2401 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoubaptist.org Rosemont Baptist Church (850) 678-1611 1601 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.RBCniceville.org St. Paul Lutheran Church (850) 678-1298 St. Paul Preschool (850) 678-1298 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.stpaulniceville.com Rocky Bayou Country Club (850) 678-3270 600 Golf Course Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoucc.com Gulf Coast Dental (850) 897-9600 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 108 Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.net Niceville Family Dental Ralf P. Zapta, DDS Thomas Grant, DMD (850) 729-1223 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com Wholesale House (850) 729-2900 599 John Sims Pkwy. W. Niceville, FL 32578 www.wholesalehouseliquidation.net Simply Paw sh Pet Styling (850) 279-4080 1115 Juniper Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 www.simplypawshniceville.com Best Buy Carpet, Inc. (850) 678-0041 115 Bullock Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.BestBuyCarpetInc.com Simpler Carpet & Tile (850) 678-7925 209 Government Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 www.simplercarpetandtile.com North Bay Mercantile (850) 279-6994 4650 Hwy. 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 Bluewater Bay Resort (850) 897-3241, (800) 874-2128 2000 Bluewater Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bwbresort.com City of Valparaiso (850) 729-5402 465 Valparaiso Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.valp.org Hair Express (850) 678-4555 1019 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.hairexpressniceville.com RocKurlz (850) 897-4897 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 309 Niceville, FL 32578 Ritz Salon (850) 897-4466 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. E Niceville, FL 32578 www.ritzsalonniceville.com Walker's Ace Hardware (850) 678-4222 622 W. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-7711 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 862-3169 234 Racetrack Rd., NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.acehardware.com Bay Area Better Hearing (850) 279-4545 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 211 Merchants Walk. Niceville, FL 32578 EarCare Associates, Inc. Niceville Hearing Center (850) 678-3277 1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. I Niceville, FL 32578 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com Destin Hearing Center 850-678-3211 4012 Commons Dr. W. Destin, FL 32541 www.DestinHearingCenter.com Panama City Hearing Center 850-830-0376 24 W. 8th St. Panama City, FL 32401 www.PanamaCityHearingCenter.com Fort Walton Beach Medical (850) 862-1111 1000 Mar-Walt Dr. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.fwbmc.com Twin Cities Hospital (850) 678-4131 2190 N. Hwy. 85 Niceville, FL 32578 www.TCHospital.com Mattress Depot (850) 398-8422 4381 S. Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 586-7686 434 Mary Esther Blvd. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32569 Mattress Outlet (850) 279-4220 1075 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 837-6336 11714 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 453-0000 3800 W. Fairfield Dr. Pensacola, FL 32505 (850) 478-2801 8930 N. Davis Hwy. Pensacola, FL 32514 BDB Custom Motorcycles (850) 897-1769 93 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 The Bay Beacon (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@baybeacon.com The Eglin Flyer (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@eglinflyer.com The Hurlburt Patriot (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@hurlburtpatriot.com Stubbs Orthodontics (850) 678-8338 4633 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 4484 Legendary Dr. Destin, FL 32541 www.StubbsOrtho.com Bluewater Orthopedics Thomas M. Fox, DO William J. Markowski, MD Steven S. Donchey, MD Bradley J. Goeke, MD (850) 897-8081 1950 Bluewater Blvd., Ste. 100 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-8081 550 W. Redstone Ave. Ste. 320 Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 622-3713 7720 U.S. W. Hwy. 98, Ste. 200 Destin, FL 32541 www.bluewaterorthopedics.com Laura's Pet & Horse Supply (850) 678-2270 1051 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.laurasfeed.comBaywalk Real Estate, Inc. (850) 897-1101 4566 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 104 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-7778 4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 306 Niceville, FL 32578 www.baywalk2.com Emerald Dunes Real Estate & Development(850) 678-5498 Toll Free (866) 678-5498 115 Cedar Ave. N. Niceville, FL 32578 www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.comERA American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.(850) 865-5455 409 E. John Sims Pkwy. Ste. 1 Niceville, FL 32578 www.era-american.com Keller Williams Realty (850) 279-4332 4534 Hwy. 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 Prudential PenFed Realty (850) 729-0176 1073 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fl.penfedrealty.com Boathouse Landing Restaurant (850) 678-2805 124 John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.theboathouselanding.com Caf Bienville (850) 678-2233 314 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.cafebienville.com Compass Rose Restaurant (850) 389-2125 303 Glen Ave. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.compassrosevalp.com McDonald s Costa Enterprises (850) 897-7353 4570 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 678-1844 1090 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.mcdmc.com Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant (850) 729-1127 1177 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.oldmexiconicevillefl.com Rocky Bayou Christian School (850) 678-7358 2101 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rbcs.org Cool Fish Seafood Market (850) 729-3474 440 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.coolfishseafood.com SereniTea (850) 603-9259 www.myserenitea.com Gotta-Git Taxi (850) 678-0100 24/7 Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (850) 897-1428 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 403 Niceville, FL, 32578 www.mid-bay.com Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO) Bluewater Bay (850) 892-2111 (800) 342-0990 1350 W. Baldwin Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.chelco.com www.touchstoneenergy.com ACCOUNTING AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING AUTO REPAIR BANKS & CREDIT UNIONS BICYCLE SHOPS CHURCHES COUNTRY CLUBS DENTISTS DISCOUNT RETAIL OUTLETS DOG GROOMING FLOORING GIFT SHOPS GOLF COURSES GOVERNMENT HAIR SALONS HARDWARE STORES HEARING AIDS HOSPITALS MATTRESS STORES MOTORCYCLES NEWSPAPERS NEWSPAPERS ORTHODONTICS ORTHOPEDICS PET SUPPLIES REAL ESTATE RESTAURANTS SCHOOLS SEAFOOD MARKETS TEA RETAILER TAXIS TOLL BRIDGES UTILITY THEBAYBEACONSCOMMUNITYDIRECTORY

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B-4 R RECREATION COMPLEX. . . . . . . . . B-4 S TWIN CITIES HOSPITAL. . . . . . . . . . A-3 U ROCKY BAYOU STATE PARK. . . . . . . D-7 V FIRE DEPARTMENT, NORTH BAY.. . . . . F-9 W WHITE POINT RECREATION AREA. . . . G-8 X MULLET FESTIVAL SITE. . . . . . . . . A-3 Y TURKEY CREEK PARK. . . . . . . . . . B-2 Z FIRE DEPARTMENT, EAST NICEVILLE. . . C-6N SWE To I-10 To I-10Z DD 1 23456 7 89 1011 Fort Walton BeachDestin Crestview27TH ST. Freeport6 2 36 32 37 63 61 22 54 55 11 18333 JJ 53 1346 28 23 65 1420 73 38 25 16 57 26 9 39 41The Bay Beacon Welcomes You to Map No. Business Name Map Grid AA LEWIS SCHOOL. . . . . . . . . . . . E-3 BB BLUEWATER ELEMENTARY. . . . . . D-9 CC NICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. . . . . . . B-4 DD PLEW ELEMENTARY. . . . . . . . . C-5 EE ROCKY BAYOU CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. . B-6 FF RUCKEL MIDDLE SCHOOL. . . . . . . B-4 GG OKALOOSA STEMM ACADEMY. . . . . C-2 HH EDGE ELEMENTARY. . . . . . . . . A-3 LL COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL . . . . . A-5 JJ DESTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL. . . . . . Destin LL NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE COLLEGEA-5 SCHOOLS1784 101627 351215 29 736....Alpine Bicycles (See page 28).................................................C-2 33....Bay Area Better Hearing (p. 21) ..............................................D-8 3......Bay Beacon (p. 28)...................................................................B-5 4......Baywalk Real Estate (p. 27).....................................................E-9 6......BDB Cycles (p. 30)....................................................................B-3 9......Best Buy Carpet (p. 29)............................................................C-4 13....Bluewater Bay Resort (25).......................................................E-7 10....Bluewater Orthopedics (p. 12)..................................................E-8 11....Boathouse Landing Restaurant (p. 4)......................................C-3 25....Cafe Bienville (p. 30).................................................................B-3 7......Carr, Riggs & Ingram (p. 27)....................................................D-8 5......CCB Community Bank (p. 24)..................................................B-6 12....Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO) (p. 29)....E-9 63....Coastal Bank & Trust (p. 23)....................................C-3, B-4, E-8 19....Compass Rose Restaurant & Bar (p. 20)...............................D-2 65....Cool Fish Seafood Market (p. 30)............................................B-3 17....EarCare Assoc/Niceville Hearing Center (p. 32)A-3 3......Eglin Flyer (p. 28)......................................................................B-5 22....Emerald Dunes Real Estate & Development (p. 11)..............B-4 14....ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc. (p. 27)..............B-5 20....First Baptist Niceville (p. 2).......................................................B-4 ~......Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (p. 6) ...........Fort Walton Beach ~......Gotta Git Taxi (p. 30).........................................................Niceville 8......Gulf Coast Dental (p. 19)..........................................................E-9 26....Hair Express (p. 22)..................................................................B-4 15....Holt-Phillips Services, Inc. (p. 24).............................................F-9 3......Hurlburt Patriot (p. 28)...............................................................B-5 38....Keller Williams Realty (p. 7).....................................................D-8 51....Laura's Pet & Horse Supply (p. 25).........................................B-5 ~......Mattress Depot (p. 22)..................Crestview, Fort Walton Beach 23....Mattress Outlet (p. 8).................................................................B-5 16....McDonalds, Costa Enterprises (p. 26)............................B-5, E-8 41....Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (p. 18)..............................................G-9 18....Niceville Family Dental (p. 13)..................................................C-4 27....North Bay Mercantile (p. 23).....................................................F-9 46....Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant (p. 30)..................................B-5 28....Prudential Pen-Fed Realty (p. 9)..............................................B-5 53....Ritz Salon (p. 10).......................................................................E-8 29....RocKurlz Hair Salon (p. 14)......................................................D-8 54....Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (p. 30)........................................A-6 55....Rocky Bayou Christian School (p. 5).......................................B-6 24....Rocky Bayou Country Club......................................................A-7 57....Rosemont Baptist Church (p. 30).............................................B-5 ~......SereniTea (p. 28)............................................................Crestview 32....Simpler Carpet & Tile (p. 19)....................................................C-2 34....Simply Pawsh Pet Styling (p. 28)............................................B-5 35....Stubbs Orthodontics (p. 31)......................................................E-9 73....St. Paul Lutheran Church (p. 24).............................................B-6 76....Twin Cities Hospital (p. 6).........................................................A-3 61....Twin Cities Transmission & General Repair (p. 27)B-4 31....Valparaiso, City (p. 26)..............................................................C-2 2......Walkers Ace Hardware (p. 21).......B-2, E-8, Fort Walton Beach 37....Wholesale House (p. 20)..........................................................B-363 34 63 5176GGV5 24 2 31 19

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 18 Spring-Summer 2014 (Area code: 850)Electricity Cities of Niceville, Valparaiso and areas west of Rocky Bayou bridgeGulf Power Co. 1057 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-225-5797 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. gulfpower.comBluewater Bay and other areas east of Rocky Bayou bridgeChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) 1401 Cat-Mar Road Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-342-0990 Local: 850-892-2111 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. chelco.comNatural gas Okaloosa Gas District P.O. Box 548 364 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-4700 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. okaloosagas.comWater and sewer Niceville and adjacent unincorporated areas between Valparaiso and Rocky Bayou bridgeNiceville City Hall Utility Billing & Finance Dept. 208 N. Partin Drive Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext,1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Public Works Dept.: 279-6436 ext. 2004 Fax: 279-4897 920 S. Cedar Ave., Bldg. B Mon.-Thurs., 6 a.m.-5 p.m. publicworks@niceville.orgValparaisoValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgAreas east of Rocky Bayou bridge to Okaloosa County lineOkaloosa Co. Water & Sewer 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite 300 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 Phone: 651-7171 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 812 James Lee Blvd. (same bldg. as Health Dept.) Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 689-7922 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. okaloosaws.comVilla Tasso & Choctaw BeachNorth Bay Water System 112 Highway 20 West Freeport, FL 32439 Phone: 835-2822 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. freeportflorida.govGarbage and other waste Niceville city limitsNiceville City Hall Utility Billing 208 N. Partin Dr.. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. cityofniceville.orgValparaiso city limitsValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgUnincorporated areas in Okaloosa and Walton countiesWaste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. wm.comHousehold hazardous waste, countywide, Okaloosa CountyOkaloosa County Recycling Office Public Works Continued on page 19 Two electric utilities, Gulf Power and Chelco, serve the Twin Cities area. Beacon photoObtaining utilities and other service s A QuickerWayto Destin. Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso Destin Niceville Crestview De Funiak Springs FL. 293 FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge10 98 20 285 85 10 331 85 Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Now Open!The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will save you even more time. Access the Connector north of Niceville for quick direct access to the Mid-Bay Bridge. The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector is an all electronic, toll-by-plate, no cash toll road. P.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 850-897-1428 www.Mid-Bay.com

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South County Public Works Yard, 2 doors down from 84 Ready Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 651-7394 By appointment: Thursday, 1-3 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month, 7-11 a.m. Crestview drop: 1759 S. Ferdon Blvd. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. No appt. needed Phone: 689-5772 co.okaloosa.fl.us (see drop listings)Used motor oilCity of Niceville Niceville residents only (county residents, call 651-7395) 723 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 2004 Publicworks@niceville.org Public Works: Mon.Thurs., 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Oil dropped off by appointment, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Auto Zone 193 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-3881 Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pennzoil Lubrication Center 1198 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-3333 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-noon Recycling newspapers, cans, bottles, weekly curbside pickupAll areas Waste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for pickup schedule for your street. wm.comRecycling to benefit fireworksAll areas To help fund the July 4th fireworks display, donate your aluminum cans anytime in the recycling bin behind Niceville City Hall Complex 208 N. Partin Drive. Also benefiting the fireworks, the City of Valparaiso collects aluminum cans at Valparaiso City Hall, at 465 Valparaiso Parkway, open 24/7. Lewis School collects cans only at 281Mississippi Ave. Valparaiso.Telephone (landline) CenturyLink Local phone: 811 Long distance: 1-800-339-1811 centurylink.comCable television All areas except ValparaisoCox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comValparaisoValparaiso Broadband Communication Systems 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5404 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.netNewspapers The Bay Beacon (weekly) 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-1080 Fax: 1-888-520-9323 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. baybeacon.com Northwest Florida Daily News (daily) 2 Eglin Parkway NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 863-1111 Fax: 862-5230 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. nwfdailynews.com N N EWS From page 18Garbage and recycling collection Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 19 Curbside garbage pickup is the norm in the area. In Valparaiso, however, city sanitation crews collect garbage from cans from residential backyards. Beacon photo Smile with Confidenceagain! To us, dentistry is a science and an art that can create a beautiful smile and restore your health. We provide gentle, quality, cosmetic dentistry and oral health care in a friendly and comfortable setting.CROWNS & BRIDGES DENTURES DENTAL IMPLANTS ROOT CANALSGULF COAST DENTAL New Patients Welcome Latest Technology Air Abrasion Comprehensive Hygiene Dept. Full Service Dentistry Emergency Service Available Assistance With All Insurance Highest Quality Sterilization Procedures Cigna P.P.O. Accepting Care Credit Intra-Oral Camera See your mouth the way we can5% OFF COPAYS WITH MILITARY I.D. Steven G. Robinette D.D.S.Practicing in NW Florida with more than 22 years of experience. IntroducingLaser Periodontal Therapy for treating Gum Disease STEVEN G. ROBINETTE D.D.S. ZOOM2!Professional Whitening System 4566 HWY 20 East, Ste 108 Courtyard Plaza/Bluewater Bay Niceville, FL 32578www.gulfcoastdental.net850-897-9600Like usonFACEBOOK

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4-H Club 689-5850, Haley Worley, okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu Adventure Club Clarice Hebinck 581-4591 or Bruce & Pat Blackwelder 301-9452 AF Armament Museum Foundation 651-1808, afarmamentmuseum.com After School Program Niceville Library 279-4863, ext. 1514 Aglow International aglow.org Ft.Walton Beach Robin Williamson 862-4867 Alaqua Animal Refuge 880-6399, AlaquaAnimalRefuge.org Alcoholics Anonymous 244-2421 All Sports Association allsportsassociation.org Alzheimer's Family Services 478-7790, Tabetha Helms, Alzfamserv.org American Cancer Society 244-3813, cancer.org American Business Women's Association abwa-ecc.org American Girls Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 American Flag in your yard Bill Brunkow, Kiwanis Club, 897-4396 Jim Lindsay 897-3068 American Legion Post 221 678-2682 Post 235 243-0221 American Red Cross of NWF 800-773-7620; redcross.org/fl/pensacola AmVets Post 78 678-3828 Arts and Design Society 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org Awana Clubs: First Presbyterian Church of Niceville 678-2521 Forest Lake Bible Church 678-5879 Rocky Bayou Baptist Church 678-6062 First Baptist Church of Niceville 678-4621 Eglin Chapel 882-2111 Baby Bookworms Program 279-4863, ext. 1514 Bass Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Big Brothers Big Sisters 664-KIDS (5437) bbbsnwfl.org Blue Knights Law Enf. Motorcycle Club blueknightsfl26.org Bluewater Bay's Nine-Hole Ladies Golf League Diane Chiquett 897-4498 Bluewater Bay Ladies Golf Association Clare Boggs 897-1440 Bluewater Bay Men's Golf Association Bob Boggs 897-1440 Bluewater Bay Sailing Club commodore@bbsc.com bbsc.com or Pat Ballasch at pballasch@dagarchetics.com Bluewater Elementary School PTO 833-4240 Bowling Leagues Hurricane Lanes 654-5251 Boy Scouts of America Bill Potter 683-0330; beascout.scouting.org Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 862-1616, bgcec.com Bridgeway Center 24 Hr. Crisis Line 244-9191 or 682-0101; bridgewaycenter.org Building Industry Association 863-5107; biaow.org Button Club Barbara or Don Lanier 729-7594 Camp Timpoochee 897-2224 Cancer Support Club of BWB Patti Cole 376-5778 Children in Crisis Ken Hair 864-4242; childrenincrisisfl.org Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Wallter Spence 678-3965; choctawhatcheeaudubon.org Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance 200-4171; basinalliance.org CIL Disability Resource Center 1-877-245-2457;cil-drc.org Civil Air Patrol National HQ Maxwell A.F.B. 877-227-9142 Coast Aquatics 461-7012, coastaquatics.org Covenant Hospice 729-1800, covenanthospice.org Cribbage Club Pete Seda 678-0153 Daughters of the American Colonists Eucheanna Chapter Margaret Nichols 897-1278 Daughters of the American Revolution Dotty Burdick 796-0783 choctawhatcheebaydar.com Dear America Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 Democratic Women's Club Trish Rowe 678-0871; okaloosademocrats.com Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112 678-3525 davmembersportal.org/chapters/fl/112 Ducks Unlimited Jim Stalls 729-2623; ducksunlimited.org Economic Development Council 362-6467 or 800-995-7374; florida-edc.org Edge Elementary School PTO Kellee Dali 833-4138 Elder Services 833-9165; elder-services.org Elks Lodge 729-3557; elks.org Embroiderer's Guild Laura Gamble 496-3466 Emerald Coast Archaeology Society Jess Palmer 651-0689 Emerald Coast Chorus Ed Simpson 897-7025; emeraldcoastchorus.com Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Katie Crowell 833-9237; eccac.org Emerald Coast Concert Association 362-9356; emeraldcoastconcerts.com Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 20 Spring-Summer 2014 Rotarians are among the many volunteers serving the community.Take part in the communityjoin a club Continued on page 21 Appliances Electronics Linens Accessories Outdoor living FitnessFurniture Lawn Equipment Childrens Furniture Baby Gear AND MUCH MORE!ALL QUALITY, NAME BRAND MERCHANDISE FOR YOUR HOME!

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Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers 863-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-654-TIPS; emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com Emerald Coast Cyclists John Stamp 897-6862; eccyclists.com Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club John Koser 920-246-5622; ecparrotheads.org Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums Leslie Matheson 243-2879 Emerald Coast Sailing Association George Goodall 862-7276 or 585-1028; ecsasailing.com Emerald Coast Tennis Council Steven Czonstka 897-4775 Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild Earnest Nettles 585-6064 Exchange Club of Niceville Deb Crenshaw 240-0946; nationalexchangeclub.org Faithfully Fit Exercise Program Barbara Wilder 678-4411, ext. 123 FL. Council on Compulsive Gambling 1-888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848) FL. Retired Educators Association frea.org Flying Needles Quilt Guild LaLani James 678-2322 Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks Marisol Kingsbury 837-7550 Fresh Start for Children & Families 243-5648; freshstarrtforchildrenandfamilies.com Friends of the Museums Inc. 833-9595; friendsofthemuseums.org Friends of the Niceville Library 729-4070, libraryfriends@niceville.org Garden Club, Bluewater Bay karenkirkwilliams@gmail.com; bluewaterbaygardenclub.com Garden Club, Niceville Marsha Palmer; nvgc1@cox.net Garden Club, Valparaiso Marion Bushey 678-2820 GED Classes NW FL State College 729-5397; nwfsc.edu Genealogical Society Val Moreland 243-0352 Girl Scout Council of the FL Panhandle Tammy Valdez 873-3999 or 888-271-8778; gscfp.org Goodwill Industries 729-2330 Habitat for Humanity 315-0025; habitatfwb.org Heritage Museum 678-2615; heritage-museum.org Junior League of the Emerald Coast 862-2665, jlec.org Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso Bill Brunkow 897-4396; niceville-valparaiso-kiwanis.org Knights of Columbus #7667 Tom Elsesser 850-502-7529 Knights of Columbus #13527 Vincent Warsheski 897-2117 Lewis School PTO 833-4130 League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County Mary Blackwell 621-4088; lwvokaloosa.org Lions Club of Niceville-Valparaiso 729-4000 Local Color Artists Club Amy Jo Rosati 678-4813 Masonic Lodge #312 678-7935 or 729-3197 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 650-2226; mattiekellyartsfoundation.org Mentor Program Diane Meredith 833-7614 meredithd@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us Military Order of the World Wars John Cahoon 862-5078 Narcotics Anonymous 850-496-1673 Nicotine Anonymous Andy C or Gwynn A 897-4721; nicotine-anonymous.org Niceville Community Guild Connie Naftel 678-7595 Niceville High School Booster Club James Evins 897-4678; nicevillehighschool.org Niceville Library Main 279-4863, ext. 1500; Youth, ext. 1514 Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce 678-2323; nicevillechamber.com Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Baseball nvllb.net Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party David Scholl 217-0981; emeraldcoastpatriots.com North Bay Society of the Sword Robert Drake 678-9190; northbayfencing.weebly.com Northwest Florida Symphony Guild Charles Myers 729-6027; nfsymphony.org/guild/ NW Florida Astronomy Association Tom Haugh 678-6483; nwfastro.org Okaloosa Arts Alliance Amy Baty 499-8335; okaloosaarts.org Okaloosa Citizens Alliance 200-0992; oca1787.org Okaloosa Chamber Singers Marilyn Overturf 682-9651; okaloosachambersingers.org Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of W omen Shirley Piggott 585-1659; www.occsw.org From page 20Contacting clubs and other organizationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 21 Scouting is one of many activities for young people. Continued on page 22 JAMES DAMEHearing Aid Specialist32 years experience TIM SMITH Hearing Aid Specialist 7 years experienceCome by and see the differencehear Call today for a Free Hearing Profile4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545 HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Deciding to purchase hearing devices can take years. Once you finally do, you want to be satisfied. That is why we will Bend Over Backwards! to see that you are satisfied. That promise, plus our selection, prices and great service sets us apart. Pay us a visit and youll see the difference.

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Okaloosa County Head Start Niceville 678-6893 or 651-0645 okaloosaheadstart.org Okaloosa Democratic Exec. Committee Darlo Kiely 609-3367; okaloosademocrats.com Okaloosa Men's Baseball 864-7529; ombl.org Okaloosa Republican Exec. Committee Bill Readdy 609-4401; okaloosagop.com Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services 833-9330; owccs.org Ostomy Support Group Dolly Frazee; 678-5885 Overeaters Anonymous 833-4908 PAL Soccer Howard Hill 678-2182 nicevillepalsoccer.org Panhandle Animal Welfare Society 243-1525; paws-shelter.com Physician Referral Twin Cities Hospital 678-4131 Plew Elementary Parent Leader Assn. 833-4100; plew.org Preschool Story Time 279-4863, ext. 1514 Republican Women Okaloosa Federated Jean Dutton 862-3327; rwof.org Rocky Bayou Christian School PTF Amy Shaw or Nancy Jerrell 729-7227 rbcsptf@rbcs.org or shawa@rbcs.org Rotary, Mid-Bay Henry Snider 217-3040; midbayrotaryclub.org Rotary, Niceville-Valparaiso Jimmie Boisjolie 699-0045 Ruckel Middle School PTO Victoria George 833-4142; okaloosa.k12.fl.us/ruckel/ Salvation Army 243-4531 Sharing and Caring 678-8459; sharing-n-caring.org Shelter House Domestic Violence Center 243-1201; shelterhousenwfl.org Hotline: 863-4777 or 1-800-44-Abuse Silver Sands Republican Women Mindy Barrett 897-7653 Singles/Single Again (Niceville UMC) 678-4411, ext. 128 Sons of the American Revolution Leslie Matheson 243-2879 John Cahoon 862-5078 Sports Leagues at Niceville UMC Adult, Youth and Kids 678-4411 ext. 145; nicevilleumc.org/recreation Stage Crafters Community Theater 243-1101, option 3; stagecrafters.com Stockstarters Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Team Kids Northbay Baptist Church 897-3612 Toastmasters, Emerald Coast Herman Maranon 803-3249; emeraldcoast.toastmastersclubs.org TOPS 111 Michelle Hawver 678-2863 Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary Carolyn Van Pelt 678-2691 Twin Cities Seniors Club Patricia Daniel 543-0869 Twin Cities Woman's Club Patty Mixon 897-7585 United Cerebral Palsy 863-9833 United Way, First Call for Help 243-9111 United Way of Okaloosa-Walton County 243-0315; united-way.org Valparaiso Community Library 729-5406; vcl.valp.org Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball vngsa.org VFW Post Chapter 112 678-3525 White Sands Bowling Center Bowling league 863-2193 Work Force Development Board 651-2315 or 362-6623 Xi Beta Pi Cathy Hess 279-4418Eglin AFB clubsAuto Hobby Shop 882-2484 Bayview Club 651-1010 Eglin Aero Club 882-5148; eglinaeroclub.com Eglin Aero Modellers Phil Connor 217-5526 or Victor Diaz 404-2637674; eglinaeromodellers.org Eglin Assoc. of Chief Master Sergeants Steve Sabin 729-1857 Eglin Pet Welfare 678-5066; petwelfare.net Eglin Spouses' Club www.eglinsc.com Eglin Youth Programs 882-8212 Honor Guard 882-2156 or 882-2157 Outdoor Recreation 882-5058 Sand and Spur Riding Club 240-1821 Yacht and Dive Club 651-3122 Is your organization missing from this list? Email info@baybeacon.com with "Newcomer club listing update" in the subject line.Participating in community associations Sharing & Caring holds fundraisers, such as the Letter Carriers food drive, throughout the year to help the needy. From page 21Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 22 Spring-Summer 2014 THE GULF COASTS MOST RECOMMENDED MATTRESS STORESAVE AN EXTRAON ANY TWIN SETCannot be combined with any other offer. Must present coupon. Excludes Tempurpedic and Sealy Optimum.$100SAVE AN EXTRAON ANY FULL SETCannot be combined with any other offer. Must present coupon. Excludes Tempurpedic and Sealy Optimum.$200SAVE AN EXTRAON ANY QUEEN SETCannot be combined with any other offer. Must present coupon. Excludes Tempurpedic and Sealy Optimum.$300SAVE AN EXTRAON ANY KING SETCannot be combined with any other offer. Must present coupon. Excludes Tempurpedic and Sealy Optimum.$400 OR ANDFREESOLID STEEL FRAMEwith any Premium set purchase of $599 or moreFREESAME DAY OR NEXT DAY DELIVERY & SET-UPwith any Premium set purchase of $599 or more on in-stock items in local areaFREEREMOVAL OF OLD SETwith any delivery MATTRESS DEPOTThe Most Comfortable Mattresses in the WorldEVERYBODY LOVES MATTRESS DEPOT, EXCEPT THE COMPETITION! GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICE OR IT S YOURS FREE!CRESTVIEWONE MILE SOUTH OF I-10 4381 S. FERDON BLVD.(850) 398-8422 FT. WALTON BEACHNEW LOCATION IN FWB 434 MARY ESTHER BLVD.(850) 586-7686 BEAL PKWYSun PlazaJONQUIL AVEHWY 98 MARYESTHERBLVD. Walgreens Mattress Depot PJ ADAMS PKWYAward Chevrolet Aaron s Sales andLease Mattress Depot I-10 85 Up to NO INTEREST until 2018See store for details TWIN MATTRESSEACH PIECEWhen sold in sets (Final cost after coupon) HAIR EXPRESSSalon & Retail Center(850) 678-4555 1019 John Sims Pkwy E Palm Plaza Niceville hairexpressniceville.com Hair Cutting & Styling Clipper Cuts Perms Color Highlights Styles for All Occasions Walk-Ins Welcome To find out more about this SAFE & EFFECTIVE weight loss product, go to:sspettis.myplexusproducts.com The All-Natural Way TO LOSE WEIGHT

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Beacon Staff One of the most common questions asked by newcomers (and many old-timers too) is: What's there to do around here? Happily, there is no shortage of answers. Following are top attractions within a two-hour drive of the Niceville-Valparaiso area, except where noted. Area codes are 850 unless otherwise indicated.Niceville Turkey Creek Walk-acre conservation area. Nature walk, boardwalk, areas, pavilions. Free. South end: W. John Sims Pkwy. at Evans Street, Niceville. North end: off College Blvd. west of Highway 85 North. Daily, 6:30 a.m.-dark. -0072 or cityofniceville.orgNiceville Children's ParkOne-acre playground, picnic pavilions, seasonal sprinkler. Free. N. Partin Dr., next to Civic Center. Wednesday-Sunday. Hours vary. -6436 or cityofniceville.orgLions ParkTwo-acre park on Boggy Bayou, boat ramp, pavilions. Free. Bayshore Dr., Niceville. -6436 or cityofniceville.orgYouth CenterFive-acre skate park with ramps, skate track, observation area. No fee, helmet required (rentals available). Bikes, skateboards and in-line skates welcome. Ages 6 and older. Campbell Drive off North Palm Blvd. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. -0758 or cityofniceville.orgFred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park-acre state park. Picnic area, playground, camping, boat ramp, kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails. Fee. Hwy. 20, east of Rocky Bayou. a.m.-sunset daily. -9144 or floridastateparks.org.Eglin Reservation,000 acres for recreational use, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing. Annual permit required (fee); maps. Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. -4164White Point Recreation Area-acre bayfront park on Eglin Reservation. Swimming, fishing, picnic tables. Eglin permit required (annual fee). White Point Rd., northwest of Mid-Bay Bridge. Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. -4164Niceville Public LibraryYouth services, story time, reference, large print collection, books, magazines, study areas, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, Internet access. N. Partin Dr. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday -4863 or cityofniceville.orgMattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, NW Florida State CollegeChanging exhibits. College Blvd., Niceville Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also open 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage and Sprint Theater events. Free. -6044 or mattiekellyartscenter.orgEglin Golf Course-hole course open to all. Fairway Drive off Hwy 85 N. a.m.-6 p.m. summer & 6 a.m-5 p.m. winter -2949 for tee timesMany attractions within easy reach Continued on page 25 The Niceville Children's Park, a yearround attraction, offers a place to cool off in summer. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 23 Your dreams are our business.coastalbankandtrust.com 888-825-6954We know you have a choice when it comes to choosing a bank. At Coastal Bank and Trust, our team members are your friends and neighbors. Our children are classmates. We make decisions locally and understand your unique needs. And, as a division of Synovus Bank, we have the experience and resources to deliver the financial products and services to meet those needs. Let us help you realize your dreams. CRIcpa.com | blog.CRIcpa.comExperience is the teacher of a things. Julius Caesar ASSURANCE | TAX | CONSULTING | FORENSICS | IT ASSURANCE | SEC | SOC ASSURANCE | AX T | CONSUL TING CONSUL | FORENSICS | IT ASSURANCE IT ASSURANCE | SEC | SOC

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 24 Spring-Summer 2014 850-897-5559531 Countyline Rd. Niceville, Florida www.holtphillips.comSERVICES OFFERED Residential service & replacement of Air Conditioning and Heating Systems Marine Air Electrical Duct Cleaning Locally Owned & Operated Serving the area for over 30 years Fully licensed & insured Factory trained technicians Free second opinions Holt Phillips Services, Inc.Your Total Service Center Hwy. 20to Freeport to NicevilleCounty Line Rd. Homestead St.Hwy 293T o Mid-Bay Bridge 3 4 5 Year Olds FREE VPK PROGRAMServing the Twin Cities since 1983SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCHMinistering to the Twin Cities area since 19791407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com Sunday Worship Hours 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Nursery Available Sunday School 9:30 a.m.WE OFFER: Personalized classes All teachers and staff, degreed & experienced Age & developmentally appropriate materials Secure facility Parent enrichment program Field trips and classroom guests Christ-centered curriculum St. PaulPRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN St. Paul Lutheran Church1407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com/preschool.phpA Florida VPK Provider CO1OK0064 Gods work. Our hands.Announcing our new Preschool Director, Neicy Mott NOW ENROLLINGfor Fall 2014

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 25 off Any purchase storewide, $10.00 or more.Excludes all animal feed and hay. Must present ad to receive discount. Expires March 31, 2014.1051 John Sims Pkwy. (Palm Plaza) 678-2270 HOURS: M-F 8am-7pm Sat 8am-6pm Sun 12pm-6pm PETS WILDLIFE BIRDS HORSES LIVESTOCK FEED SUPPLIES ADVICE Ask us how to getFREE* DOG FOOD*See store for detailsVery knowledgeable & friendly staff. If we dont have it in stock well try to order it for you. Grain Free/Holistic dog and cat food available. 27 Holes Open to Public Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate Design Call for tee times: 850-897-3241 Full Practice Facility Full Restaurant and Bar 850-897-2583 Memberships Available Instruction Available Come play golf with usValparaiso Florida Park.45-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Swimming, pavilions. South Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery, as well as pier fishing. City offices, 729-5402Lincoln Park.5-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Boat ramp, swimming, pavilions, playground. North Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso. Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery anytime. -5402 Check quality before swimming.Valparaiso Public LibraryMore than 42,000 items, books, reference materials, DVDs, VHS videos and music CDs. One of the largest genealogy collections in Fla. Panhandle. Children's area and 18 public computers with Internet access. Valparaiso Pkwy. Mon., 9 a.m.-7p.m. Tues., -Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 9-5 p.m. -5406 or vcl.valp.orgHeritage Museum of Northwest FloridaExhibits show region's history. Fee. Westview Ave., Valparaiso Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -2615 or heritage-museum.orgBluewater Bay Bluewater Bay Golf ResortThree 9-hole courses, sports bar. Open to the public, driving range, golf memberships. Bluewater Blvd. a.m.-6 p.m. (golf shop) Golf shop, 897-3241. Sports bar, 8972583 or bwbresort.comBluewater Bay Marina ComplexBeach area, boat slips, restaurant, Ship store and Tackle Store, fishing & hunting licences offered. Yacht Club Dr., Bluewater Bay Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., central standar time. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daylight savings time. -2821 or bluewaterbaymarina.comBluewater Bay swimmingRecreation Services sells swim memberships to Bluewater Bay pools. Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay Seasonal hours fluctuate. Call ahead for details. -3664Bluewater Bay Tennis Center lighted clay courts. Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. -8010Destin Destin History and Fishing MuseumArtifacts and photos illustrating the history of Destin's fishing industry. Fee. Stahlman Ave., Destin Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & Mondays. -6611 or destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org.Destin Army Recreation AreaA beach recreation area for military. Hotel, RV sites, community center, 200-foot fishing pier, marina, rental equipment, charter fishing, pool, playgrounds. Calhoun Ave., Destin. Lodging: daily, check-in 2-6 p.m. After 6 p.m., vacant rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-out time is 11a.m. Marina: Hours are seasonal. benningmwr.com or 837-6423.Henderson Beach State Park-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, camping, pavilions, play-Plenty to do in the Twin Cities area From page 23 Continued on page 26 The Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, not only boasts an art gallery, but also hosts national traveling theatrical productions.

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 26 Spring-Summer 2014 ground, A.D.A. accessible. Fee. Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. a.m.-sunset daily. -7550 or floridastateparks.orgJames Lee ParkGulf-front park in Destin. Beach, pavilions, swimming, restrooms. Free. Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin. Dawn-dusk daily. -5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_par ks_james_lee.htmlThe Track Family RecreationGo-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, kids games, arcade, bungee jumping. Fee. Highway 98, E., Destin Hours vary. Call ahead or visit website. -654-4668 or destintrack.comBig Kahuna's Water Park-acre park with 40+ water attractions, mini-golf, go-karts. Fee. Highway 98 East, Destin Water park opens May 3-September 1. Open daily, hours vary. -4061 or bigkahunas.comOkaloosa Island John Beasley Park-acre park on Okaloosa Island. Swimming, pavilions, restrooms. Free. Highway 98, Fort Walton Beach hr.before sunrise-1 hr. after sunset daily. -5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_parks _beasley.htmlOkaloosa Island Fishing Pier,262' fishing pier, Pole rentals, bait & tackle, snacks & beverages. Fees vary. Miracle Strip Pkwy. E. Ft. Walton Beach. Hours vary. Call or visit website. -1023 or okaloosaislandpier.comEglin Beach Park(DoD ID required.) Gulf beach on Okaloosa Island just west of the Destin bridge. Open Apr.4-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May 1-22, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23-Sept.1 daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept. 2-30 Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct.1-31, Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(closed Nov.-March). Open to all DoD personnel with proper IDall ranks, retirees, family members, civilian personnel (including all federal employees regardless of duty station) and federal facility contractorsand their guests. Four large pavilions, central deck area, two sets of restrooms with showers, and access to the Gulf. April through November, admission fee is $3 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends/holidays. Pavilions II, III, IV may be used free, first come, first served. Pavilion I may be reserved for a $200 fee. Eglin Outdoor Recreation: 850-8825058. www.eglinforcesupport.comGulfariumLive dolphin shows, marine animal demonstrations and interactions. Fee. Miracle Strip Pkwy. Okaloosa Island Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., last show at 3 p.m. -9046 or gulfarium.comFort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural CenterIndian Temple Mound Museum. Fee. Sept.-May, M-F, noon-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June-Aug. Mon.-Sat. 104:30 p.m. Camp Walton Schoolhouse, Garnier Post Office, Civil War exhibits. Fee. Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, FWBActivities for the young and old From page 25 Penguins are among attractions at the Gulfarium, Okaloosa Island. Beacon photo Continued on page 27 Welcomes you to theVale of ParadiseWelcomes you to theVale of ParadiseThe City ofValparaisoThe City ofValparaisoFor more information(850) 729-5402 Home of Eglin Air Force Base

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 27 and GENERAL REPAIRIN TUNE WITH THE FUMESSniffing Out Car Problems Since 2000Zen Master, Guard Dog, Welcoming CommitteeTONY Expert, Certified Techs Quality Parts Detailed Estimates Friendly Service Brakes Water Pumps Timing Belts Struts/Shocks (850)729-6629 610 Elm Street Niceville T T R R A A N N S S M M I I S S S S I I O O N N TWIN CITIES TWIN CITIES Merchants Walk (850) 897-7778 4400 Hwy. 20 E, Ste. 306 Nic eville, FL 32578Residential and Commercial Real Estate SalesCourtyard Plaza (850) 897-1101 4566 Hwy. 20 E, Ste. 104 Nic eville, FL 32578James Rainwater Property Manager and RentalsProperty Management and RentalsAgents on Duty www.baywalk2.comChoose Baywalk,you deserve the best!Two Locations to Better Serve You!Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -9595 or fwb.orgEmerald Coast Science CenterHands-on science museum. Fee. Brooks St., FWB Landing Summer hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Call for winter hours. Last admission 1 hour prior to close. -1261 or ecscience.orgFort Walton Skating CenterRoller rink with snack bar. Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach Specializes in birthday parties and has roller and in-line skates for sale. Hours vary, call for times. -1223 or fortwaltonskate.comGoofy GolfMini golf, two 18-hole courses. Fee. North Eglin Pkwy. FWB Hours seasonal. Call ahead. -4922 or goofygolffwb.comShalimar Air Force Armament MuseumMore than 1,500 artifacts on exhibit, armament, aircraft. Gift shop. Free. Museum Drive. Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays. -1808North Okaloosa County Baker Block MuseumPost office and general store museums showcase local history. Free. Georgia Ave., intersection of Route 189 and Highway 4 in Baker Tuesday-Friday and every third Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -5714 or bakerblockmuseum.org.Berry farms, BakerAkers of Strawberries at 1054 Melton Road., Baker; 537-2768. Seasonal you pick it. Fee. Akersofstrawberries.com.Blackwater River State Park acres, 30 campsites. Pavilions, trails, fishing, swimming. Fee. Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt a.m.-sunset year-round. -5363 or floridastateparks.orgEmerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park, CrestviewZoo with 125 animals. Fee. Deer Springs Rd., off Hwy. 90, 8 miles east of Crestview near Mossy Head. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -3949Walton County Grayton Beach Recreation AreaNearly 2,000-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, nature trails, boat ramp, fishing, camping, picnic area. Fee. Main Park Rd., Hwy. 30-A, Grayton Beach a.m.-sunset daily. -8300 or floridastateparks.orgDeer Lake State Park acres of beach and lake area, east of Seagrove Beach off Hwy. 30-A. ,700 acres of hiking trails through native vegetation, hiking, picnic tables, swimming, beaches, fishing. Fee. a.m.-sunset daily. -8300 or floridastateparks.orgTopsail Hill State Park acres with 3.2 miles of beach. Campsite, cottage rentals, fishing, trails, bicycling, pavilions, swimming. Fee. Hwy. 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach a.m.-sunset daily. -8330, Reservations: 800-326-3521 or floridastateparks.org/topsailhillSeasideThis small, planned community in Walton County gives a sense of an oldfashioned Southern town. Restaurants, shops, art galleries. "The Truman Show" was filmed in Seaside. Hwy. 30-A in Walton County -Seaside or seasidefl.com From page 26 Continued on page 28Things to see on Emerald Coast The Air Force Armament Museum, just north of Shalimar, features a number of exhibits inside and out. 850-678-5355 850-865-5455American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.409 E. John Sims Pkwy, Suite 1, Niceville, FL 32578DIRECT TEXTWorld-class service with a hometown touchDEBBIE K. LEWIS, REALTORMilitary Relocation Expert | Certified Residential Specialistwww.DebbieKLewis.com esidential Specialist cation Expert | Certified R E K. LEWI S R vice with a hometown touch s se residential Specialist TO R REAL LT vice with a hometown touch 409 E. John Sims PkwyAmerican Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.850-678-5355 850-865-5455 8-5355 850 le, FL 32578 Suite 1, Nicevi l Pkwy y, American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc. DIRECT comewis. .DebbieKL www TEXTAmerican Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.850-678-5355 850-865-5455com

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Eden State Gardens-acre. Gardens, fishing, historic mansion, boating, picnic area. Fee. CR 395, Point Washington. a.m.-sunset daily. -8320 or floridastateparks.orgMuscogee Creek MuseumRoadside museum exhibits the history of the Muscogee American Indians of Fla. Home of tribal council chambers. Church Road, Bruce. Donations welcome. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. -2078 or visit mnof.orgPanhandle OpryLive country music from local bands. Deshoza Rd., Mossy Head Shows every first and third Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee. -4050 or panhandleopry.comChautauqua Vineyard & Winery-acre vineyard, fall grape harvest. I-10 and Hwy. 331, DeFuniak Springs a.m.-5 p.m. daily. -5887 or chautauquawinery.comGulfside Trail Rides acre horse ranch. Horses available for any age or ability. Picnic area & camping. Fee C.R. 393 S. Santa Rosa Beach. -3114 or gulfsidetrailrides.comJolee Island/Baytowne WharfJolee Island 5 acres, playground, hiking trail, picnic area Baytowne Wharf activities, shops, restaurants & entertainment. Admission to both is free Hwy. 98 past Destin to Sandestin. Turn on Sandestin Blvd. -8000 or baytownewharf.com Events hotline 267-8117Santa Rosa County Gulf Breeze Zoo Gulf Breeze Pkwy. hours vary, call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Fee. -2229 or gulfbreezezoo.orgNavarre Pier Gulf Blvd.,Navarre Fees for fishing or walking. Open daily. Hours vary, call ahead. -1794 or fishnavarre.comPanhandle Butterfly HouseView 12-20 species of butterflies. Navarre Parkway, Navarre Admission fee by donation Open Thursday through Saturday, spring through fall. Call ahead for availability. -3868 or panhandlebutterflyhouse.org.Blackwater Heritage Trail.1 miles of paved 12-feet wide multiuse trail between Milton and NAS Whiting Field. Connects to the 1.5 mile, 8-feet wide paved Military Heritage Trail. Alabama St., Milton Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Free. -5338 or floridastateparks.orgWest Florida Railroad MuseumThe museum is at what was once Milton's train station. Shows what passenger travel used to be like and the importance of railroads to small towns. Henry St., Milton Free, donations are accepted. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Special group tours can be arranged. -3645 or wfrm.orgSouthern RacewayAuto races, concessions, playground. Nichols Lake Rd., Milton Saturday nights from Feb.-Nov. Gates open at 4 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Fee. -2333 or southernraceway.comPensacola Wildlife Sanctuary of NW Fla. North "S" Street, Pensacola Self-guided tours, aviaries, animals in their natural habitat, pond and outdoor exhibits, observation deck.Wed.-Sat., 12 p.m. 3:30 p.m. -9453 or pensacolawildlife.comNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 28 Spring-Summer 2014 From page 27Parks, libraries, museums, fun spots Continued on page 29 Visit southern Walton County to enjoy beaches, shops, and 161-acre Eden Gardens State Park with a mansion open for tours. 712 HOWELLRD. NICEVILLE, FLORIDA 850.678.8222BICYCLES IIThe Bicycle Superstore S S A A L L E E S S S S E E R R V V I I C C E E A A C C C C E E S S S S O O R R I I E E S S Alpine Bicycles offer everything from entry level BMX bikes up to $12,000 tri-bikes. With a professionally trained staff and large on hand stock of parts, we have whats needed to get you back on the road or trail fast, and out riding where you belong. and many more exceptional name br ands to choose from!Lucian Gary For more information, club tour, and a trial round of golf, contact our club manager at 850-678-3270 Ext 4 www.RockyBayouCC.com

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Carpet Tile Wood Area Rugs BESTBUYCARPET,INC.www.BestBuyCarpetInc.com(850) 678-0041 115 Bullock Blvd. NicevilleBehind Gulf Power$1 off FLOOR CLEANER CARPET TILE WOOD LAMINATE TMany Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2014 Page 29 Pensacola Museum of ArtWorks by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Kathe Kollwitz, Alexandra Nechita and many others, all displayed in what used to be a jail and courthouse. Fee. S. Jefferson St., Pensacola. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m. -6247, pensacolamuseumofart.orgNational Museum of Naval AviationHistoric naval, marine and Coast Guard aircraft, Blue Angel Atrium, and IMAX theater. Free admission. Radford Blvd., Bldg. 3465, Pensacola Naval Air Station Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years. -3604 or 452-3606 navalaviationmuseum.orgHistoric Pensacola VillageMuseum complex in the heart of downtown Pensacola. Within walking distance to other historic sites, Pensacola waterfront, Seville Quarter, shopping, historic downtown. E. Zaragoza St. Historic Pensacola is a ticketed venue. Tours offered 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Special tours may be arranged. Fee. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -5993 or historicpensacola.orgPensacola Ice Flyers hockeyHockey team based out of Pensacola. Games are held at the Pensacola Civic Center. Ticket prices vary. -466-3111 pensacolaiceflyers.comFort BarrancasThe third of four forts built to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard, includes National Historic Landmark Bateria de San Antonio, saw action and is now a part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Free. Scheduled tours of Fort Barrancas are every Saturday at 2 p.m. and at the Advanced Redoubt every Saturday at 11 a.m. Fort Barrancas and the visitor center is open only on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. 3:45 p.m. Please call 850-9342600 for more information. Call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day. -9654; nps.gov/guisPerdido Key State Park acre barrier island park. Beach, birding,saltwater fishing, picnic, scuba diving & snorkeling. Fee. Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL a.m. sunset daily -1595 or floridastateparks.orgPensacola Blue WahoosMinor League baseball. Fee Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park April to late August Ticket prices vary -8444 or bluewahoos.comSam's Fun CityRides, miniature golf, laser tag, arcade games, eateries, handicap accessible. Free park entrance, Activity prices vary. See website for full listing. Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL Daily, 11 a.m., closing hours vary, call ahead. -0800 or samsfuncity.comBecks Lake Fish Camp and Nature ParkBoat launch, fishing, camping, horse and bike trails. Fees vary by activity. Becks Lake Rd., Cantonment, FL a.m. to sunset daily -0383 or beckslakefishcamp.comPanama City Camp Helen State Park acres. Trails, beaches, fishing, picnic area, wildlife viewing. Fee. Highway 98 just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge, Panama City. a.m.-sunset daily. -5059 or floridastateparks.org From page 28Attractions here and elsewhere Beacon photo The area s uncrowded beaches offer cool breezes, white sand, emerald waters, and plenty of sunshine.

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