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The Bay beacon
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Beacon Staff A Niceville man has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from an Air Force contractor to approve phony invoices in a nine-year scam that cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to federal prosecutors and court documents. Jerry T. Vertefeuille, 53, of Niceville, and Christopher A. Carter, 37, of Fort Walton Beach, pleaded guilty on July 11 and June 28, respectively, to conspiracy (to commit theft of honest services and wire fraud) and bribery of a public official, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Pensacola. In addition, Vertefeuille pleaded guilty to obtaining and disclosing procurement information. The guilty pleas were announced by Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Sentencing hearings are scheduled for Sept. 26. Court documents gave the following account: Vertefeuille, a former Air Force noncommissioned officer, was a federal government contracting officer representative for the 96th Test Wing Maintenance Group at Eglin Air Force Base. His duties included overseeing maintenance work and approving purchases and invoices. In 2007, Vertefeuille used inside information to Fire district eyes millage T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-4 The State Road 20 medians between Lancaster Drive and Range Road, Bluewater Bay, will be planted with trees and shrubs much like those that grace the medians just to the east, inset. Beacon photos Beacon Staff Northwest Florida State College said it expects to receive nearly $500,000 in additional state funds by improving its educational performance. The bonus was earned because the Niceville college advanced to the Silver category in the Florida College Systems PerformanceBased Funding Model. For the first time since the (2013) inception of the PerformanceBased Funding Model in the Florida College System, NWF State has been designated to the Silver category, said the colleges president, Devin Stephenson. This is a significant move upward. Until now, the college has ranked no higher than the Bronze category. Schools that fall in the bronze or purple categories do not receive additional state-allocated performance dollars. Yardsticks in the Performance-Based Funding model include student retention, completion of a degree or certificate, job placement or continuing education for freshly minted graduates, and wages of new grads. The college showed improvements by three of the four yardsticks, but declines in completion rates. Since 2013, we have lost approximately $1.3 million in new funding that we would have received had we been in the Silver or Gold categories instead of Bronze, said RandyBeacon Staff A planned $80,000 project will beautify the highway medians on State Road 20 between Range Road and Lancaster Drive, according to the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit. The state-funded project will transform the grassy medians into treeand shrub-planted landscapes much like the MSBU median plantings just to the east, which were improved several years ago with the aid of private funds. The new project, for which no start date has yet been set, will be funded through the Florida Department of Transportation Landscape Discretionary Grant program, according to Bluewater It was a busy weekend for school fundraising events and other activities. The Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School dance teams conducted yard sales to raise money for their activities during the upcoming year. Lewis School and Plew Elementary School personnel collected school supplies at the Niceville Walmart for United Way's Cram the Van drive, which offers classroom materials to schoolchildren for the upcoming school year. On July 28, personnel from Ruckel and from Edge and Bluewater elementary schools will take their turn in the Cram the Van drive. Okaloosa County public schools will begin classes Aug. 13. Meantime, their school days behind them, the Life Runners group took part in a run/walk at Turkey Creek Park.Beacon photos by Paula MimsSR 20 median facelift slated in BluewaterNWF State earns bonus for advances Preparing for the school year Carol Whittenburg, Niceville, with help from her grandchildren Killiam, Liam, and Lily Whittenburg, ages 4, 5, and 9, presented a collection of doll clothes she made to the Childcare Network center, Valparaiso. She made the clothing appropriate to the culture represented by a given doll. She said she hopes her work will help children learn about the role of clothing, and to learn respect for the dolls, and for themselves and each other. Beacon photo by Michael Griffith Please see MEDIAN, page A-3 Please see EGLIN, page A-3 Please see BONUS, page A-250Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6 Pages, 1 Section, 5 Inserts Two admit bribery in Eglin workBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent East Niceville fire commissioners discussed the fire districts budget for fiscal year 2018-19, and set a tentative millage rate of 3.0176, the same as the current rate. The millage determines the amount of property tax paid by each property owner in the East Niceville Fire District, which provides fire and rescue protection to the unincorporated community between the city of Nicevilles eastern limits and the shore of Rocky Bayou. The final millage rate could be set lower during further budget deliberations in the coming months. At a rate of 3.0176, each East Niceville property owner pays $3.0176 in tax for each $1,000 of appraised, taxable value of their property. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 value, after homestead exemption and other discounts, would pay $603.52 to the East Niceville Fire District next year, in addition to any taxes owed to such other entities as Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa County School District. Fire commissioners Ed Dunbar and C.J. McEntire, the fire districts chairman and treasurer, respectively, estimated that at the current millage rate, property tax revenue will be about $1,070,483 in the coming 2019 fiscal year, which begins on Oct 1. This, they said, would be about $76,000 more than revenue collected during the current, Please see MILLAGE, page A-3 All dolled up


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2018 fiscal year, due to healthy increases in property values in unincorporated East Niceville, whether from new construction or from appreciation in value of existing homes and businesses. They added, however, that the tentative millage rate agreed to during the July 10 commission meeting represents only the maximum millage rate that might be charged during the coming fiscal year. The commission will further discuss its budget and millage rate Aug. 14, as well as during a pair of budget hearings which will be held in September. During any of those meetings, the millage rate may be reduced, but not raised, as the FY 2019 budget is adjusted. Dunbar told fellow commissioners that factors affecting plans for the coming budget will include likely increases in the price of fuel, as well as pay increases for firefighters, as the district tries to maintain pay levels that are competitive with those in surrounding communities. In addition, he said, the budget must also include funds to be placed in reserve, and to save up for future capital improvements such as purchasing new fire trucks, equipment, and making improvements to the fire station, all of which are included in the fire districts five-year plan for equipment acquisition and capital improvements. In other business during the July 10 meeting, commissioners authorized Assistant Fire Chief Dave Birch to purchase a new command truck for his use when responding to fires and performing other duties. His current truck, a small pickup, is over 10 years old, with over 100,000 miles on it, and has recently experienced mechanical troubles. The new truck is expected to cost about $30,000, and commissioners also authorized Birch to get an estimate of the cost of repairing the old truck sufficiently to keep it running as a backup vehicle for the fire district. It was also announced during the July 10 meeting that East Niceville firefighters will soon be receiving training and supplies from Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services, to enable them to administer Narcan, an antidote to opioid drugs, during emergency responses. Firefighters are often the first emergency responders at the scene of a drug overdose, and rapid administration of Narcan can be a life-saving measure for reviving an overdose victim. During the meeting, some firefighters told commissioners that Narcan has few adverse side effects, and that they have seen an increasing number of overdose cases in East Niceville. They added that overdoses have occurred in all parts of the community, not just in poor neighborhoods. We have responded to overdoses at expensive, waterfront homes as well as in other areas, said one. Commissioners also discussed with Fire Chief Michael Wright the extent to which he may return to duty as he recovers from recent surgery. Wright assured commissioners that his doctor has cleared him to return to work and he is fully capable of resuming his usual duties, to include on-scene command of firefighters as they respond to fires and other emergencies. Bay MSBU board member David Vardaman. The money will fund the installation of trees and other plantings, as well as the means to irrigate them, the four large grassy medians that run about 0.8 mile from Range Road northwestward to Lancaster Drive, the limit of MSBU jurisdiction, Vardaman said. The three-phase project to provide instant curb appeal while also increasing traffic safety by reducing the headlight glare between oncoming vehicles at night, he added. Once completed, the plantings will be maintained by the MSBU, which is governed by an elected board that levies a flat tax annually on all properties in Bluewater Bay, chiefly for the landscape upkeep of common areas. The new median project is a main reason for a planned MSBU tax increase next year, Vardaman said. Vardaman said that careful MSBU planning ensures that water usage and periodic upkeep costs will be kept to a minimum while also allowing the median to resemble existing landscaping further down to the east of Bay Drive. Planning for the project is underway, with support from the Okaloosa County Public Works Department, he added. Vardaman said that approval of the grant followed, but did not stem from, recent complaints to the MSBU by a lawyer for the Florida Club condominium complex that its residents were not benefitting from MSBU landscaping expenditures commensurate with their annual tax levy. The condos front the highway section that will be improved. The planned project is the fourth major median-beautification project in recent years along local sections of State Road 20 and its extension into Valparaiso, State Road 397 (John Sims Parkway). 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Vertefeuille received at least $81,000 in kickbacks, usually in cash, from Carter for approving the fraudulent invoices and recommending renewal of TCCs contracts, which totaled $587,000 over the years. After authorities closed in on Carter, he agreed in 2016 to wear a concealed microphone for investigators while meeting with Vertefeuille to pay him off. On the conspiracy charge, the defendants face a maximum of 20 years in prison. For the bribery charge, they face a maximum of 15 years. For obtaining and disclosing procurement information, Vertefeuille faces up to five years. Authorities were tipped off to the scheme in 2015 by a call to a Defense Department fraud hotline. The case was investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Air Force Audit Agency, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service. EGLINFrom page A-1


ArrestsOn June 28 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Joseph Herman Maynard, 69, of 1612 23rd St., Niceville, on a charge of luring or enticing a child under 12 years of age. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on June 19, in which Maynard attempted to lure a 10-year-old boy into his car by offering him a job. The boy ran into his home to grab his phone so he could give his number to the man, but the boys mother accompanied the boy outside, and saw money in Maynards lap and candy on the passenger seat. The mother heard Maynard say, I want to take you to my house to mow the backyard, and we can play on my drum set, hang out together in my man cave, and I can clean him up after in the spa. The parents notified police, and a warrant was issued for Maynards arrest. Maynard denied talking to the boy about anything other than mowing the lawn. * On June 28 Niceville police arrested Rachel Eileen Hildebrandt, 34, at large, on a charge of shoplifting. Hildebrandt had been seen collecting a number of items in Walmart, and attempting to leave the store without paying for them. Total value of the stolen items was $86.92. After being caught, Hildebrandt said, I was just trying to steal some supplies, Im sorry. I didnt know what I was supposed to do. * On June 29 Niceville police arrested Shawn Clifford Chaplin, 37, at large, on charges of trespassing after warning, resisting or obstructing an officer without violence, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Officers responding to a call from Walmart regarding a trespasser observed Chaplin who matched the description given by dispatch, riding a bicycle away from Walmart. When they confronted Chaplin, he initially ran, but police were able to detain him after he fled a short distance. Chaplin was found to be in possession of a bag containing a white crystal substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. A further search of his person revealed more of the substance, for a total of approximately 1 gram, as well as a used syringe. Chaplin told police that he was issued a trespass warning from Walmart earlier this year, but just wanted to use the wi-fi. He said he was waiting for a ride and just wanted to see his children. He also said that he knew he should not have run, and apologized. * On June 28 Niceville police arrested Richard Daniel Harrington, 44, of 5851 Bentley Dr., Baker, LA, and Amanda Leigh Miller, 32, of 5269 Four Lakes Rd., Crestview, both on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, trafficking in 14 or more grams of methamphetamine, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer stopped a car with an unreadable license tag on John Sims Parkway, driven by Harrington with Miller as the front seat passenger. During the traffic stop, a police dog gave a positive indication for the presence of drugs. A subsequent search revealed a loaded firearm in an unsnapped holster, directly between the front passenger seat and center console, readily accessible to Harrington and Miller. Harrington told the officer, I forgot that was there, I thought it was in my computer bag at home. A search of the vehicle revealed 7 vials, all containing a clear crystal substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine, for a total of 22 grams. Also found was a small black digital scale. * On June 28 Niceville police arrested Lawrence Everett Parker Jr., of 199 Leonardo Lane, DeFuniak Springs, on charges of committing theft and resisting the recovery of property, and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Parker had been seen at Walmart, taking several items, valued at a total of $256.79, then passing all points of sale without making payment. When confronted by a store employee, Parker fled on foot, but was apprehended in the parking lot by police. * On July 2 Niceville police arrested Christopher Joel Mesiner, 32, a dishwasher and restaurant employee, of 403 Evans Rd., Niceville, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, drug equipment possession and/or use, and probation violation. An officer saw Mesiner driving a Dodge truck on State Road 85, swerving and forcing 2 other drivers to change course to avoid a crash. The officer conducted a traffic stop, during which Mesiner appeared nervous, with hands and legs shaking, and denied consent to a search of the vehicle. A police dog conducted a free-air sniff around the vehicle, and alerted to the presence of drugs. Mesiner was detained, and told the officer, I have paraphernalia inside my book bag. A subsequent search revealed a clear canister containing a cut straw and several pieces of clear crystalline substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Also found was a glass smoking pipe. A police database revealed that Mesiner was currently on misdemeanor probation for possession of drug equipment. * On July 4 Niceville police arrested a 17-year-old Niceville youth on charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. The youth was in a 2008 Dodge Charger stopped for traveling 54 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone on John Sims Parkway. During the traffic stop, an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and asked the teenager how much weed was in the car. He replied, more than a gram. A subsequent search revealed 23.63 grams of a substance which field tested positive for marijuana, which the boy admitted was his. 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Congratulations to Riley Polomsky she is one of the recipients of the Kiwanis Club of Niceville Valparaiso Scholarships for Collegiate High School at NWFSC. The winners were judged on their Capstone Project, which is a research, field study, writing, and oral presentation project required by Collegiate High School for graduation. The Kiwanis Club has awarded $5,000 this year to local scholars. * A total of 11,347 students enrolled during the 2018 spring semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean's List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President's List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A's). The UA Dean's and President's lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load. Local students named to the Dean's List are: Jacob E. Baker, Lucas E. Baker, Sydney Claire Dawson, Elizabeth C. Fagundes, Hatcher K. Martin, Sarah N. Pabst, Claire E. Ponder, Madison R. Taylor, Kaitlyn N. Trawick. Local students named to the Presidents List are: Scott Armfield, Andrew Harris, Christopher Judge Lightfoot, Vito Aniello Lombardi, Christine M. Marocchini, Nathan J. Martin, Samantha A. Sargent, Haley Raquel Smith, Audrey Katherine Ward. * Erin Delaney Murphey of Niceville has been named to the Dean's List at Clemson University for the spring 2018 semester. Murphey is majoring in Industrial Engineering. To be named to the Dean's List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale. * Mr. Allen Ajaye was recently recognized for 19 years as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels. This is a service provided by the Okaloosa/Walton Council on Aging. * Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College (CHS) has once again been rated as an A school. School grades are based on a variety of criteria, including test scores, student learning gains, graduation rates and enrollment in accelerated classes. CHS has received this top designation each year since 2002, when they first became eligible, marking seventeen consecutive years of academic excellence. CHS also scored high on the Florida standardized test results with 97% of sophomores receiving a passing grade on the Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts (FSA-ELA) test. CHS students also performed well on the US History End-of-Course exam with 99% receiving a passing score. Statewide passing rates for these tests were 53% and 68%, respectively. * Kyle Marocchini graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University recently with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and a minor in Statistics and Machine Learning. Kyle was the recipient of the 2018 Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Research during Princetons 271st Commencement. Kyle is the son of Thomas and Robin Marocchini and a 2014 graduate of Niceville High School. * Christina N. Ramirez, daughter of Vinnie Ramirez and Renee Ramirez of Niceville was among over 900 students from Providence College who received undergraduate degrees during the Colleges One Hundredth Commencement Exercises held recently. Christina, a Health and Policy Management major, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was a 2014 Graduate of Niceville High School. She also attended Bluewater Elementary and Ruckel Middle School. Christina is currently working in the local area to gain her required clinical hours necessary for entrance into Physicians Assistant School. Law Office ofSAMUEL M. PEEKThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Probate Wills Trusts Estate Planning Powers of Attorney Medical Directives 678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578 Beacon ExpressOUR TOWNWednesday, July 18, 2018 Page A-5 Whos NewsE-mail items to Whos News Riley Polomsky Allen Ajaye Christina N. Ramirez Mid-Bay Rotary completed its $4,500 Rotary District 6940/Rotary International Grant for Rotary Year 2017-2018 to AMIkids Emerald Coast. Grant effort reestablished water safety and boating safety training for youth participating in the AMIkids Emerald Coast Program. Pictured L to R: AMIkids Emerald Coast Board Member Mike Anderson, AMIkids Emerald Coast Board Member; Audrea Ray, Executive Director of AMIkids Emerald Coast; David Underwood, Past President, Mid-Bay Rotary Club; David Swanick II, Past President, MidBay Rotary Club; and Jonathan Slater, AMIkids Emerald Coast Board Member.Mid-Bay Rotary completes grant with AMIkids Twin Cities Hospital recently hosted their 4th Annual Fireworks Fundraiser Luncheon, with all proceeds benefitting the Boggy Bayou Fireworks. Community leaders, hospital visitors, employees, and many more enjoyed home cooked barbeque ribs, sides, and dessert at an event that raised $1,751. A special thanks to everyone who supported this event; with your continued participation, Twin Cities Hospital looks forward to supporting the community s annual Fourth of July celebration for many years to come.TCH BBQs for Fireworks Every school year Rocky Bayou Christian School students, 1st through 8th grade, compete with other Christian schools in the FACCS Regional Creative Writing Competition. Those who place 1st in the regional competition are sent to state. The state competition is the highest level of creative writing contests for the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Pictured are third place winners, 6th grader, Sydney Athearn, and 1st grader, Life Gradaille.RBCS students win writing contest The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida recently hosted a VIP reception to thank local businesses who made generous contributions to the Museum. Walker s Ace Hardware donated new lighting throughout the Museum and all the supplies needed for their installation. Tempacure Heating and Cooling, along with their distributors, Aprilaire and Johnstone Supply, donated and installed two new air conditioning/heating units, a commercial dehumidifier, an air purification system, a ductless unit for the gift shop, and other supplies needed for efficient cooling, heating and de-humidification of museum collections. Pictured: Diane Plank Trustee, Darcy Gutierrez Museum Member, Judy Wiseman Museum Member. Gina Marini Museum Manager and Kelli Knudsen Staff Assistant, Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Harold Peek Trustee, Al Sousa Walker s Ace Hardware, Scott Bruce Johnstone Supply. Don Bohler Trustee, Melinda Sousa Guest, Brad Wilcox Johnstone Supply.Local businesses contribute to museum At Hurricane Grill & Wings in Bluewater Bay, Lewis School student athletes, supervised by Lewis head coach Langston Stove and other adult volunteers, held a car wash Saturday morning to raise funds for the school s athletic program. Pictured: Matthew Johnson, Jayden Sisk, Jacob Muse, Tristan Anthony, Miles Massingayle, Kevin Downing, Grant Gibson.Lewis athletes hold car wash Niceville resident Victoria Wrann recently went to Madrid Spain to visit her cousin, Lars Van Pelt, to help her celebrate her birthday. While there they made a visit to the Prado Museum and proudly showed off the Bay Beacon.The Beacon visits Spain Call today for a FREE Hearing Profile JAMESW. DAMEHAS, BC-HIS COUPONS4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE FREE HEARING PROFILEFOR SENIOR CITIZENS Like the aging process, hearing loss is usually a gradual occurrence that very often goes undetected by the affected person. People mumbling, asking them to repeat, missing key words, turning the TV volume too loud are all symptoms of hearing loss. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, call today for your appointment. 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Art Exhibit During the month of July, Niceville Public Library will feature the artwork of local artist, Theresia McInnis. Theresia is a Niceville resident, retired from public education and enjoys working in various mediums of art. The major body of her work is in watercolor. Her work has won awards statewide and represented the Destin Seafood Festival 2015 and 2017. Currently her work is represented at Artful Things in Niceville. Check out her website at Arrangements can be made for viewing most any of her works you find there. She will also, be glad to create a custom commission for you that Stirs Emotions in Paint. Contact Mrs. McInnis if interested in any of these pieces as she is donating 10% of sales to the Niceville Public Library for July. Summer bash Active Adults 50 Plus Ministry, Crosspoint Niceville invites everyone to attend our annual Summer Bash held in our Fellowship Hall, 5:30 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Evening includes dinner and musical performances by Derek Barnes and by The Gann Family. Questions or purchase tickets ($20) by July 12, Donna Lassiter, 897-4778. Storytime The Valparaiso Community Library will have a special family storytime on Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m. featuring our friends from Whataburger. This fun activity will feature an appearance by Whataguy and he will bring treats. This program is open to children under the age of 10 and their caregivers. For additional information call the library at 7295406 or visit us on Facebook. The library is located at 459 Valparaiso Parkway in Valparaiso. Back to school carnival Back to school carnival is taking place at Peoples National Bank, 1020 John Sims Pkwy E., on July 21st from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. $10 for armbands for unlimited inflatable access and games. Bring in school supplies to donate and get a free ticket. Individual tickets will be sold for $1 per ticket. The carnival benefits Sharing & Caring's tools for school. Kids Catfish Tournament Nicks Seafood Restaurant is hosting a catfish tournament for kids age of 12 years or under. The tournament benefits Backpacks of Love and Choctawhatchee Basin Allliance Grasses in Classes Four catfish limit saltwater species. Fishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay or estuaries thereof. Fish may be caught in a boat, on a dock, or from the shoreline. Adults may assist kids with handling fish but may not reel fish in for them. Baiting, casting and use of landing net only. Live or artificial bait, rod and reel only, no jugs, cast nets, or noodling. Note: Catfish have three spines use caution when handling these fish. (Cut the line when the fish is in the boat, hooks are cheap.) Entry Fee is$50 per angler Anglers may start from their desired location in waters on or adjacent to the Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tournament starts at safe daylight on Saturday, July 21. Weigh-in time and scale will open for 1-hour, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Contestants must be checked in with a tournament official by 5 p.m. to have their catfish scored. Weigh-ins will be held on the stage at Nicks Seafood Restaurant 7585 Hwy 20 West Freeport. 850-835-2222 or 850-830-6161. Gaming day Gaming Day is coming to the Valparaiso Community Library on Monday, July 23 at 2 p.m. Challenge your skills and knowledge playing the classics like Pictionary, Taboo, Sorry, Codenames, Uno, and more. You can also register to join the Jenga tournament. This fun afternoon will also feature prizes, fun, and food for every member of the family. For additional information call the library at 7295406 or visit us on Facebook. The library is located at 459 Valparaiso Parkway in Valparaiso. Charity golf tournament The Niceville Police Department will be hosting a charity golf tournament to benefit local elementary school students and teachers. This great event will take place July 27 at Bluewater Bay Resort. Proceeds will be presented to Edge and Plew Elementary School teachers at this year's National Night Out event on August 7th for the purchase of classroom supplies and student necessities. The tournament is limited to the first 20 teams, so register now at -Golf-Tournament. Pinfish grand nationals The 7th Annual Bluewater Bay Marina Pinfish Grand Nationals will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m. at the Bluewater Bay Marina Complex. There will be an Anglers meeting at 9:45 a.m. before the tournament. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and also a Big Fish Award. Early registration $25.00 / Late Registration-July 28, $30.00. For more information and for a registration form, please call Bluewater Bay Marina at (850) 897-2821 or visit: AQUIFERious art exhibit Northwest Florida State College and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center are pleased to announce the upcoming gallery exhibit, AQUIFERious. This exhibition will run from August 20November 2, in the McIlroy, Holzhauer and Corridor Galleries. AQUIFERious is curated by Margaret Ross Tolbert, and is based on her award-winning book by the same title. The exhibition will juxtapose Tolbert's dramatic, large-scale springs paintings and eloquent poetry with contributing artists' and scientists' photographs, videos, cartography and writings. The exhibition will feature contributions from Margaret Ross Tolbert, Jill Heinerth, Eric Hutcheson, Mark Long, Tom Morris and Georgia Shemitz. The galleries are open MondayFriday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances. For more information about the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, contact KC Williams, Director, at (850) 729 or Car, truck & motorcycle show The 26th Annual Emerald Coast Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be on Sept. 8 in Niceville at the Mullet Festival Grounds. Gates open at 8 a.m. Early registration is from 8 a.m.-Noon and awards at 3 p.m. Spectator parking and admission are free. Cars, trucks, rat rods, antiques, motorcycles, foreign, old or new, modified or stock, all welcome. Pre-registration entry $25 and day of show registration $30. Peoples Choice awards and Best of Show. Food and drink available. Registration and vendor information can be found at or call Herb at 850-651-1074. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, July 18, 2018This month marks the 10th anniversary of Emerald Coast Family Medicine, located at 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. in Valparaiso, where Dr. T. Castaneda practices traditional family medicine, with state-ofthe-art knowledge and technology. I was trained by old-fashioned doctors, said Castaneda. They taught me to regard my patients as family members, and to treat them as I would want to be treated myself. Castaneda gets to know each of his patients as unique individuals, carefully diagnoses their ailments, and provides correct and effective treatment, coordinating that treatment with other medical specialists when necessary. We provide cradle to coffin care, he said. We treat people of all ages and health conditions, and strive to create a homey, friendly environment here at our clinic. Dr. Castaneda takes the time to help his patients understand the relationship between their lifestyle choices and their overall health, and to ensure that each patient clearly understands their diagnosis, their treatment plan, and is given clear directions as to what they can do to help themselves become and stay healthy. One area of special interest to Dr. Castaneda is the treatment of obesity, which is not only a very common ailment, but is related to many other serious illnesses, from high blood pressure and heart disease to various forms of cancer. He understands the difficulty of controlling one s weight in a busy modern society, and helps his patients to successfully reach and maintain healthy weights. I ve struggled with weight myself, he said, and I know how difficult it can be, especially while coping with the stresses of doing a stressful job or operating a small business while also carrying for a growing family, but I also know that once you decide that the time has come to lose weight, stop smoking, or otherwise adopt a healthier lifestyle, it really can be done, and I know how to help. One modern technique that Dr. Castaneda uses to help his patients lose weight is Verj, a therapy that uses green-light lasers to open pores in individual fat cells, allowing fat to drain from each cell and be eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. The treatment does not burn the patient or destroy living cells, but removes fat quickly, and from specific parts of the body, such as abdominal fat or cellulite something that most physicians considered impossible only a few years ago. Dr. Castaneda said the removal of abdominal, or central fat is especially important, as this type of fat is most likely to interfere with vital organs and thus contribute to the development of such serious illnesses as heart disease or cancer. In addition to laser treatment, Emerald Coast Family Medicine also provides echocardiograms and ultrasound on-site, eliminating the inconvenience and extra expense of having such procedures done elsewhere. The clinic also accepts CareCredit, a new type of credit card designed especially for medical and dental expenses, and which offers low interest rates and options not usually provided by other cards. For information about Emerald Coast Family Medicine, 850-7293300, visit the clinic at 143 S. 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