-4 lose 125
pounds. See page 2.
were the first to gradu-
ate to the occupation-
al badge for the new
38F Force Support Air
story, page 3.
Best of the best
Hurlburt is one of two
finalists for the Air
designating the best
base in the service.
See page 5.
Check out the Patriot
calendar for places to
go and things to do on
the Gulf Coast. See
Believe it or not, it's
winter in Florida. So
skating at Baytowne
See story, page 8.
141 airmen get belated yule gift
SBack home after deployment
Photo by Kenneth Books
Tech. Sgt. Latoya Arrington gets the royal treatment from her
husband, Tech. Sgt. Chris Arrington, and daughter, Tabahri, 2.
By Kenneth Books
Christmas came in January for
141 Hurlburt Field airmen and
their families as the service mem-
bers deplaned after deployments
to Southwest Asia.
As the plane carrying the air-
men home landed at Eglin Air
Force Base early Thursday, the
chilly weather, the 3 a.m. time
frame and the impatience of wait-
ing was all forgotten and a com-
bination gasp of expectation and
cry of joy arose from the hangar.
The reunion was moved from
Hurlburt because of ongoing run-
way repairs there.
Most of the airmen missed not
only Christmas but Thanksgiving
and Halloween at home. But it
was the yuletide that families
were most excited about reenact-
Many of the families still have
Christmas decorations in their
homes, including wreaths, pres-
ents and, of course, trees. While
most said they have artificial
trees, Ronda Hopping, who was
waiting for Master Sgt. Lance
Hopping, said she put up a real
tree before Christmas. It remains
in their living room.
"It's dying, but it's still up,"
Some spouses, such as Tech.
Sgt. Chris Arrington, who was
waiting for his wife, Tech. Sgt.
Latoya Arrington, were left with
their hands full. He had to take
care of the couple's five sons, the
Please see AIRMEN, page 4
2008 foreclosures doubled
Expect trend to continue
in 2009, warns Realtor
By Del Lessard
Property foreclosures in
Okaloosa County have increased
sevenfold in the past four years,
steadily rocketing from 278 in
2005 to 1,969 in 2008.
Properties in foreclosure
include undeveloped property,
single family homes, commercial
properties and condominiums.
Of course not every property
that begins the foreclosure
process ends up being sold at auc-
tion, according to Vicky Jackson,
a deputy clerk of court in the
Shalimar office. Often times the
property owner will arrange for
the financing to pay off the
amount in default before the
courts sell it at auction, including
short sales. In addition, foreclo-
sure filings often drag on for
months, meaning many properties
that entered the foreclosure
process in one year continue into
the following year.
There are already 67 homes
and other properties scheduled for
sale on the courthouse steps in
January, and another 15 sched-
uled for a February auction sale.
In December, 19 homes were
sold by the clerk of court, includ-
ing two in the Niceville area,
according to the Clerk of Court.
The record 2008 foreclosure total
was double that of the already
high level of the previous year.
Expect the torrid foreclosure
pace to continue in 2009, said
Niceville Realtor Ray DiTirro, as
sinking property values make it
harder to refinance mortgages.
As five-year adjustable rate mort-
gages and interest-only mortgages
reset this year, many property
owners will find their properties
are worth less than what they
owe, DiTirro said. Therefore they
won't be able to take advantage
of current favorable mortgage
interest rates hovering around 5
Instead, DiTirro predicted that
many of those caught owing more
than their property is worth will
either default and go through
foreclosure, or look to "short
sales"-where the mortgage
Please see DOUBLED, page 3
Air Force photo
U.S. Air Force Col. Donald Dickerson talks to a local national on an air base in Southwest Asia
recently. Dickerson is the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing host-nation coordination cell director.
Panel seeks traffic plan by 2010
By Del Lessard
The Air Force has funded a
$2.5 million Eglin initiative
aimed at minimizing delays on
the ground and in the air as mili-
tary and civilian air traffic grows
significantly over the next five
years, worsening the already con-
gested and complex airspace
Since 2005, when the Base
Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) directed basing as many
as 113 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
at Eglin Air Force Base by 2016,
civilian and military officials have
been concerned that increased
military and civilian flights over
Northwest Florida will cause traf-
fic delays in the air and on the
By 2014 air operations (take-
offs and landings) at Eglin are
expected to total about 427,000
per year, more than double the
192,000 in 2005, according to
Mike "Pappy" Penland of Eglin's
Air Armament Center.
Penland is Eglin's point man
for GRASI-military shorthand
for Gulf Regional Airspace
Please see TRAFFIC, page 5
Through the roof
Foreclosure actions iled Oka/oosa Countv, bvmonth
Friday, January 9, 2009
Airman's friends see less of him now
Loses 125 lbs.
and 14 inches
By TSgt. Michael Voss
376th Expeditionary Wing
MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyz
Republic-"I knew I was
unhealthy and had to make
some changes, especially when
I thought about my 5-year-old
looking up at me," said Senior
Airman Jarvis Johnson.
"Without changes, I wouldn't
be around to see him and my
daughters grow up."
When you ask someone
what they can accomplish in six
months-just 24 short weeks-
they may say something like, "I
plan to finish a couple college
courses," or maybe, "I'm going
to read a couple books,"
or "Tour a little."
Many may say they are
going to get in shape, but what
do they mean when they say
"get in shape?" Six months is
not enough time to get in shape
if you're not, is it?
Johnson set out just 180
days ago to do just this, to get
back into shape after years of
Tryouts for the men's
varsity softball team will
take place Feb. 9-13, 6-8
p.m., at Hurlburt Field soft-
ball fields, behind the track.
Military, civilians and
contractors are eligible to try
A mandatory pre-tryout
meeting will be held at the
softball fields Feb. 5 at 6
p.m. to cover the ground
rules for the tryouts.
Team selections will be
announced Feb. 16. The sea-
son will run from February
until October, with at least
two tournaments per month.
Hurlburt Field was the
USSSA & ASA Military
World Champs in 2008.
For more information,
contact Capt Bill
He remembers the day he
made up his mind to get fit.
Before heading to Manas,
Johnson attended a week-long
Combat Skill Training Course.
During the course, he had tried
to put on a flak vest. At nearly
300 pounds, he knew he would
need a large one but had no
idea that the readiness squadron
would not have anything that
would fit. After trying on the
largest size available, a 3X,
they simply gave up and let him
go without, but this experience
would stay fresh in Jarvis'
Upon arrival at Manas,
Johnson decided this would be
the last time he would wear 44-
inch pants with a waist circum-
ference of 47. This also would
be the last time his family and
wife of 17 years would see him
so badly overweight.
During his first days at
Manas, Jarvis attended the
Wing Right Start briefing and
watched as 376th Expeditionary
Wing Commander Col.
Christopher Bence said, "You
can leave here how you like."
First, he showed pictures of a
person who arrived thin, ate too
much and left extremely over-
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weight. "Or," he said, "you can
leave like this." He showed a
picture of an airman who came
to Manas overweight and lost
Although Johnson was
impressed by the slide, he
already had made up his mind
to lose weight. But now, he had
a firm goal.
"I wanted to lose somewhere
around 75 pounds, but I said to
myself I can beat that," said the
father of three. "I told Col.
Bence right there; I said I am
going to be the one you brief
about in six months, the one
who lost the weight."
With nothing but a deter-
mined heart and a quote from
legendary football coach Vince
Lombardi to give him emotion-
shows off the new
him. During his
time at Manas,
Johnson lost 125
pounds and took
14 inches off his
al strength-"The dictionary is
the only place that success
comes before work"-the air-
man, deployed from McChord
Air Force Base, Wash., contin-
ued on the path to a healthy liv-
"I used this quote on those
days when I didn't feel like get-
ting up and going to gym, when
I was like, 'damn I don't want
to do this today,'" said
He remembers it wasn't
always like this, being over-
weight. A football linebacker,
basketball and track star
throughout high school, he was
always athletic. When he enlist-
ed in the military he was a tall
6 feet 1 inch and 169 pounds.
Then in 2004 he tore his
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Achilles tendon, an extremely
painful injury which
caused him to be unable to do
any type of physical activity.
Quickly he began to put on
more and more weight, but due
to fortunate timing, Air Force
physical fitness monitors were
conducting the cycle ergono-
metric test versus the mile and
a half run that they currently
"I am a steak and potatoes
kind of guy," said Johnson.
"When the mile and a half run
went away and the Air Force
went to (cycle ergonometry)
you didn't have to run so I did-
n't. I was passing the ergo test,
but I knew that I could not have
passed the run. I was easily
packing in 5,000 calories a
In June, the 35-year-old took
to walking on the treadmill in
the base gym, at first only 30
minutes a day. But he also cut
out fried foods. Eventually he
moved to the elliptical machine.
He has successfully changed
what he eats and how he eats.
He stopped eating fried foods
all together, and began drinking
"I decided to try the five lit-
tle meals versus one big meal a
day," said Johnson.
Now, nearly six months later,
the man who just 180 days ago
could not fit into the largest
available flak vest is working
out sometimes three times a
day. He has moved from using
the elliptical machine 30 min-
utes a day to an hour at the
highest level. He also is jump-
ing rope for 20 minutes straight
along with twice-a-week sprints
on the basketball court.
He has lost 125 pounds, is
down to 165 pounds, and has
taken 14 inches off his waist.
And as returning airmen
look forward to seeing their
loved-ones' eyes when they get
off that plane back home,
Johnson's wife, Jasa, has some-
thing else to look forward to: a
Nearly letting the proverbial
cat out of the bag in July,
Johnson sent home a picture of
himself. His wife took notice
and asked if he had been losing
weight? To which he replied,
"If anything I have been gain-
ing." Immediately he sent her a
photo he had taken earlier, and
he has been doing the same the
Due to return home early in
2009, and nearly half the man
he used to be, Johnson is thank-
ful for his new, healthy
"You can't imagine how
good this feels," he said.
From page 8
you choose to paint. According
to Denise Ives, store owner, it's
possible to paint anything from
sinks and back splashes to dish-
es and lamps. All work is ready
for pick-up the following day.
Baytowne Wharf offers a
variety of eateries and pubs
you'll want to explore after skat-
ing. The overall feel of the cen-
ter is quaint and welcoming. For
a gallon of gas and about 30
minutes of travel time, you'll
really feel like you got away for
an evening or a weekend of fun.
Senior Airman Jarvis Johnson, assigned to the Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron at
Manas Air Base, Kyrgyz Republic, sits down for dinner with some deployed friends. At the time,
Johnson weighed 295 pounds, but had already decided to make some changes during his six
Friday, January 9, 2009
By April Rowden
Air Force Personnel Center
A new career badge made
its debut when 57 officers grad-
uated from the inaugural force
support officer training course
last month at Keesler Air Force
After nine weeks of initial
skills training, the officers are
the first to showcase the badge
of the new 38F Force Support
Air Force Specialty Code. The
AFSC, which incorporates
services with the previously
merged personnel and man-
power career fields, came
online Oct. 31.
"We wanted the badge to be
unique while keeping some
familiar elements from the
legacy career field badges," said
Capt. Thomas Oziemblowsky,
who designed the badge using
input from the manpower, per-
sonnel and services Al commu-
Air Force Institute of
Technology officials are offering
10 noncommissioned officers the
opportunity to pursue an advanced
science, engineering or manage-
ment degree at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, Ohio.
Ten NCOs from around the Air
Force will be selected in February
to attend the Enlisted-to-AFIT pro-
gram. The program is designed to
provide commanders with a diverse
and renewable source of highly
proficient and educated career
Nominations are due to the Air
Force Personnel Center by Jan. 15
and can be sent to afpc.dpafe.org-
"The Air Force has a strong tra-
dition of valuing education. This is
a great opportunity for our enlisted
members to further their academic
development" said Lt. Col.
Douglas Wall, chief of Officer
Force Development at AFPC.
An airman interested in apply-
ing for the 18- to 24-month pro-
gram must be at least a technical
sergeant with a minimum of eight
years time in service, 24 months
time on station and three years
retainability upon graduation. He
must have completed the appropri-
ate skill-level upgrade and resident
professional military education
schooling for his rank, officials
Applicants must also possess a
bachelor's degree from a regionally
accredited college or university and
a Community College of the Air
Besides academic transcripts,
applicants have to provide test
scores from either the Graduate
Record Examination or Graduate
Management Admission Test,
depending upon the specific AFIT
Prospective students can review
complete program requirements
and nomination procedures on the
Enlisted to AFIT Web site at
Air Force illustration
The occupational badge for
the new 38F Force Support Air
Force Specialty Code.
Armed with formal art train-
ing, it took the captain less than
four hours to create more than
50 thumbnail sketches. The
design, selected by Lt. Gen.
Richard Newton, deputy chief
of staff for manpower, person-
nel and services, incorporates
the torch from the services
badge and the delta from the
manpower and personnel
badge. The wreath around the
torch and delta infuses the
badge with a touch of tradition.
The images cradled in the
wreath are steeped in symbol-
ism. The globe represents the
worldwide scope of operations
and the diverse groups of cus-
tomers the force support career
field sustains. The delta signi-
fies the link of support through-
out the world. The flame repre-
sents excellence and captures
the hallmark of force support
organizations: strength, vigi-
lance, spirit and camaraderie.
Oziemblowsky and his
teammates hope the new badge
will help capitalize on the
camaraderie forming under the
"There's lots of pride in
being the first officers to go
through this class and earn the
badge," said graduate 2nd Lt.
Emily Shanes from the 4th
Force Support Squadron at
Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.
Class leader Lt. Col. George
Fenimore said the badge was
embraced by the newly minted
force support officers.
* Annual Percentage Rate
57 grads now wear
From page I
holder agrees to settle for what it
can get in a sale for less than
The Patriot talked to one cou-
ple whose home in Valparaiso is
on the market as a short sale.
The owner had been in the home
for more than a dozen years but
refinanced when a medical emer-
gency hit the family. The family
then refinanced a second time,
saying they received an unrealisti-
cally high appraisal, and getting
the loan at an adjustable rate.
Last summer the family moved
out of the home-even though
both the husband and wife have
jobs-because they were unable
to meet their adjusted mortgage
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Some homeowners unable to
sell last year are renting their
homes, DiTirro said. For example
he told of two Niceville home-
owners, both pilots in the Air
Force, who tried to sell their
homes last year after receiving
orders to a new station. The drop
in property values made it hard to
sell either home, even when
priced to just break even.
Potential buyers, also military
members, were unable to buy the
homes because they themselves
owned homes in other parts of the
country that they could not sell,
the Realtor said. In both cases
the Niceville military homeown-
ers ended up renting their homes
to other military members getting
assigned to Eglin, he said.
"The market right now is
$400,000 and under market," said
From page I
youngest of whom is 2. But he kept a stiff
"It wasn't too bad," he said. "The other
kids were older."
When his wife arrived at the hangar after
her four-month deployment, he gave her a
balloon, roses and multiple kisses while the
2-year-old, Tabahri, watched in wonder.
Some airmen returned to new situations.
Malisa Jones, who waited for her hus-
band, Airman 1st Class Matthew Jones, who
had been deployed for three months, said a
priority will be to "introduce him to our
new puppy." She said he knew she was get-
ting a dog, but has never seen the Yorkshire
terrier she picked out.
Other than the canine concern, Malisa
said, she planned to give Matthew
"Christmas, a Thanksgiving dinner and a
welcome home party."
The best presents she got him for
Christmas? The game "Call of Duty 5" for
the Xbox and a new wedding ring. "It's a
better one," she said.
Andrea Griestead waited with her three
children, Kayla, 8 months, Tami, 3, and
Alec, 10, for her husband, Staff Sgt. Landon
Griestead, deployed since September. She
said the whole family has been preparing
for his return.
"We'll open some presents and the girls
baked Daddy a welcome home cake," she
said. "After I let go of him, someone else
can give him a hug."
Alec said he most missed his father "tak-
ing me fishing and hunting." He said his
first words to him would be, "Hi; I love
For one couple, the homecoming will be
a honeymoon as well. Nicole and Staff Sgt.
Bryant Adarme were married just days
before he deployed four months ago.
"I'll take him to eat wherever he wants,"
she said. "He left the week we got married.
I miss sleeping next to him with his arms
Food was another common theme.
Shana Otero, who waited for her husband,
Airman Jose Otero, deployed since
September, planned to spend time in the
"I'm going to cook him some food," she
said. "I know he misses my cooking." She
said he told her he got plenty of steak over-
seas, "but they didn't know how to cook it
Jessica Anslow, who waited for her hus-
band, Capt. Steven Anslow, while bundled
under a blanket in the breezy hangar, said
Steven has been deployed for four-and-a-
half months. Meanwhile, his new daughter,
Riley, is scheduled to be bor in about two
She plans Christmas for her husband as
well. His best present? "Me," she said.
What did Jessica miss most about
"Him not being here for my doctor's
appointments," she said. "And missing
Christmas, missing all the holidays."
For each of these airmen, Christmas
passed as pretty much just another day.
Valentine's Day promises to be much more
Fay White shows husband, Lt. Alex
White, how happy she is to see him.
for best in AF
Nicole Adarme waits patiently for her
husband, Staff Sgt. Bryant Adarme. The
couple were married just days before he
began his four-month deployment.
Josiah White, 6, kept a close watch on
the plane, looking for his daddy,
Senior Airman Reginald White.
and his wife,
joy in reunit-
By 1st SOW Public Affairs
Recently, Hurlburt Field was
named a finalist for the 2009
Award for Installation
The award, which recog-
nizes outstanding and innova-
tive efforts of the people who
operate and maintain U.S. mili-
tary installations, is presented
annually to one installation
from each branch, along with a
$1 million monetary incentive
award to invest in quality-of-
Now Hurlburt is gearing up
for the final leg of the race
against Nellis Air Force Base,
Nev. The Installation
Excellence selection board will
visit the two finalists between
Jan. 25 and Feb. 7 to determine
the winning installation.
Hurlburt will be visited Jan. 25
-Educate yourself. Find
out if your unit will be visited
and familiarize yourself with
what your unit did to be recog-
nized. Any airman can be
stopped by the team and asked
-Pitch in! Pick up trash; if
you see something out of place,
fix it or let someone know so it
can be fixed.
-Take pride in the fact
that we work at one of the best
Air Force bases in the world.
There are numerous reasons
why Hurlburt Field is great and
the team is here to view these
accomplishments. Why should
an airman care if Hurlburt
Field is named best base?
It will show the world that
Hurlburt Field is the finest
installation in the Air Force.
Plus, the base will receive a
$1 million prize for quality of
It's an honor to be one of
the finalists in the entire Air
Airmen should ask their
commanders or supervisors
what they can do to help their
units prepare-or help other
units prepare-for the
Installation Excellence team
visit Jan. 25-28.
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Strategic Initiative. He recently
addressed the Valparaiso City
Commission on GRASI and
how it's aimed at minimizing
the impact of already congested
airspace getting even more air
In addition to growing mili-
tary use of regional airspace
within the next five years, civil-
ian air traffic is expected to
continue growing in the
Panhandle, said Penland.
Commercial flights in and out
of the Northwest Florida
Regional Airport terminal, as
well as at the Destin airport and
Bob Sikes airport in Crestview,
are all expected to grow, he
said, as well as traffic at other
Panhandle airports such as
Meanwhile, Bay County plans
to open a new airport in the
next two years that will use a
critical north south "corridor"
just east of some of Eglin's mil-
itary flying operations, Penland
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Blood drives for January
Northwest Florida Blood
Services Blood Mobile calendar
Jan. 9: Racetrack Road Center,
Vein Drain Promo, Fort Walton
Beach, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Every donor
will receive a T-shirt, lunch provid-
ed by Subway.
Jan. 10: Santa Rosa Mall, Vein
Drain, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 11: Christ Our Redeemer
Church, White Point Road (Mid
Bay Bridge), Niceville, 8 a.m.-1
Jan. 12: Hurlburt 1st Special
Ops CE, 415 Independence Road,
8-11 a.m. Hurlburt Headquarters,
AFSOC Parking Lot, noon-3 p.m.
Jan. 13: Sacred Heart Hospital,
Sandestin, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Jan. 14: First United Methodist
Church, Niceville, 1-8 p.m.
Jan. 15: Eglin AFRL, 101 W
Eglin Blvd., 8:30
Jan. 17: Wal-
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Holmes County High School,
Bonifay, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 24: Minority Ministerial
Network of Okaloosa County, 509
N Eglin Parkway, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 25: Calvary Chapel,
Racetrack Road Center, 8 a.m.-1
Jan. 27: Paxton High School,
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Hurlburt Medical
Group, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Okaloosa
County Offices, Lewis Turner
Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, 9 a.m.-2
Jan. 31: Eglin BX, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Special agents needed
Military members looking to
cross-train into a challenging and
rewarding career field should con-
sider becoming a special agent with
the Air Force Office of Special
AFOSI 9 FIS will conduct a
recruitment briefing for Eglin and
Hurlburt applicants Jan. 13 at 2
p.m. in Bldg. 90310, 223 Cody
Ave, Hurlburt Field, and on Feb. 10
at 2 p.m., Building 210, Room 105,
For more information visit
osi.andrews.af.mil or call AFOSI 9
FIS at DSN: 872-2152 or 882-
Library story hour
Story hour is
for holidays) at
Library at 10
Jan. 15: Alike/Different, in
honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Jan. 22: Starts.
Jan. 29: Colors.
Shed extra pounds
Weight Warriors will begin Jan.
12. Registration is open now.
The $50 per person program is
an eight-week plan designed to
enhance fitness and promote weight
loss. It's open to Hurlburt men and
women 18 and older.
The program includes a full-
body assessment, weekly meetings,
team events and a grand finale cer-
emony with great giveaways and
To register, go to hurlburtser
vicesonline.com or call Aderholt
Fitness at 884-6884.
A Mission Commander's Course
will be held Jan. 13-15 at the Air
Force Special Operations School on
This course is designed to pre-
pare prospective Air Force Special
Operations Command mission
commanders for their duties and
responsibilities in a deployed envi-
ronment. It focuses on operational
and support considerations for mis-
sion commanders, including com-
mand and control relationships,
legal issues, risk management,
force protection and personnel
management. Highlights include
leadership perspectives from senior
mentors who have served as
deployed mission commanders.
To register, visit
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Soundside Club murder
Act4Murder will perform
"Bedlam in Cabin B," a comedy
murder mystery, at the Soundside
Club Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 5:30
p.m. Included is a three-course
The cost is $40 per person for
club members and $45 per person
The Eglin Flyer and The Hurlburt Patriot will publish
their colorful Spring/Summer "Welcome" issue
for newcomers on March 131 Military members, civilians
and their families will receive this comprehensive guide
to the Okaloosa County community
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Rock Band contests
J.R. Rockers will hold Rock
Jan. 21 to Feb.
25 at 5 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to winners.
For details, call 884-6469.
The Aderholt Fitness Center
will hold an Aerobathon, starting at
9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, for
patrons aged 14 and up. Info,
Star-gaze with experts
Want to see stars? The
Northwest Florida Astronomy
Association and the Escambia
Amateur Association will have tele-
scopes at the Hurlburt picnic
ground Saturday, Jan. 24, starting
at 6 p.m. Call the library that day
between noon and 4 to ensure visi-
bility will allow star-gazing. Call
Child care training
Child care provider classes will
be held Jan. 27-30, 8:30 a.m.-4
p.m. Classes are free and required
for FCC licensing. Call 884-4300.
Baseball, softball signups
Youth baseball and girls softball
registration runs Feb. 2-March 13,
with the season
uled to start in
pitch is for ages
pitch for ages 7-12 and softball for
ages 10-14. Cost: $45 per player.
Coaches for all divisions are also
being sought, with training sched-
uled for Feb. 26 and 26, 1:30-3:30
p.m. Call 884-6355.
Start Smart Baseball
Youth Center is taking signups
for Start Smart Baseball, which
teaches children aged 3-5 the basic
motor skills to play organized base-
ball. Start Smart is a parent/child,
one-on-one instruction program.
Registration runs Feb. 2-March 31.
The program starts in April and
will be held every Wednesday,
1:30-2:30 p.m., for six weeks. The
cost is $20 per parent/child team.
Economy expo slated
In celebration of Okaloosa
Saves Week, the University of
Florida and Okaloosa County
Extension Office plan an Eco-
Nomic Living Expo at the NWF
State College campus Feb. 21, 10
a.m.-2 p.m. S
The Eco-Nomic Living Expo
will present ideas on how to save
money, conserve resources and
build wealth, not debt, as part of
Okaloosa Saves programs.
Deborah Owens, featuring her
new book "Nickel and Dime Your
Way to Wealth," will offer her
"simple approach" to security and
wealth. Owens is host of "Real
Money," a finance talk show, is a
sought-after author, and is passion-
ate about helping people from all
walks of life.
Check okaloosasaves.org for
Happy Days here again
A Happy Days Musical Day trip
Feb. 28 will celebrate the 1950s
with Richie Cunningham, Fonzie
and the gang as they try to save
Arnold's from the wrecking ball.
Round trip transportation, with a
ticket to the musical, costs $70 per
person. Call 884-6795/5699.
Travel Expo planned
The annual Hurlburt ITT Travel
Expo is scheduled for March 4, 10
a.m.-1 p.m. at the Soundside Club.
Attendees will be able to buy vaca-
tion packages below market price
and more than $8,000 in door
prizes are expected to be given
The Hurlburt squadron with the
most attendees will win a "no-frills
teal deal" from the Hurlburt
Marina, including a day at the
beach with canopy, grill, tables,
chairs and free rentals of canoes
For info, call 884-6795.
For those enlisted active duty
military wanting to apply for a
commissioning spot, take note of
the changes in the Basic Officer
Training (BOT) guide. The changes
include important information for
the next board. To find the changes,
check out the BOT using the Air
Force Portal and Web address
1537972. More information:
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale's outstanding BS
degree program in Industrial
Technology is enrolling students
for the spring semester 2009.
is a 16-month,
are held at the Base Education
Building on alternating weekends.
Qualifying applicants are active
duty, retired military, or DoD
employees. For more information,
please contact Denise Knuth at
581-9840 or e-mail:
The McElroy and Holzhauer galleries at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, will feature "Arnold Mesches: Anomie 1492-2006," Jan.
11 to Feb. 19. The free exhibit includes more than 20 paintings that present a survey of the last
century based on the world history and the artist's own American childhood and life.
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Glide on the ice at Baytowne Wharf
Skate rink just one attraction
at Sandestin recreational site
Want to know one of the
hottest things to do outside this
time of year? Ice skating on
2,400 square feet of ice when it
75 degrees and sunny outside!
You can enjoy this contrast in
themes through Feb. 1, at the ice
rink set up in the square at the
waterfront, pedestrian village, in
Sandestin's Baytowne Wharf.
"This was my first time ever
ice skating," remarked Kip
Enfiger to his buddy after spend-
ing time at the public rink. "Ice
at the beach is such an awesome
thing. I'm from up in Dothan
and this is so cool."
Locals appreciate the unusual
adjusts the teth-
er line, keeping
her safely on the
ropes course at
outdoor sport venue as well. The
Stoppert and Ricci families of
Sandestin celebrated Riley
Ricci's seventh birthday at the
rink. "The rink has been a fun
addition to Sandestin," said
Louis Ricci, Riley's dad. This is
the second year the ice rink has
operated at Baytowne.
Skates are available to rent
for $2. Seasoned skater Emilie
Thomas of Lexington, Ky.,
brought her own skates along on
vacation. Although she's only
10, Thomas competes at the
amateur free-style level. She is a
native of Fort Walton Beach and
returns seasonally for family vis-
Photos by Dianne Bitzes
Kyle Bengtson lends a hand to daughter, Bailee, while Emilie Thomas practices her skating turns
in the afternoon sun at Baytowne Wharf skating rink.
Most skaters at the Baytowne
rink don't have Thomas' four
years of skating experience
under their belts. Kyle Bengtson
and his daughter, Bailee, came
down from nearby Freeport
specifically to skate.
"I've always wanted to skate,
and this is my first time," said
Bailee, holding onto her dad's
hand while together they circled
the rink's wooden wall.
Tim Cunningham, rink assis-
tant, pointed out that the normal
length of time people skate is
about an hour. "It's $8 to skate
for an hour and a half, but if
people stay longer, we won't
kick them off the ice," he said.
Under the well-lit tent, visi-
tors to the rink will find an
ample number of benches for
changing shoes or to just sit
while watching skaters. If you
plan to sit a while, you'll want to
take a sweater with you as,
understandably, there is no heat-
ing in the tent.
As an added bonus, purchas-
ing a skate bracelet entitles cus-
tomers to half off Baytowne's
other main attractions, the zip
line across Baytowne lake (a ride
on a wire from one end to the
other) and the ropes course. Full
price for the zip line is $18 and
the ropes course is $12. The zip
line and rope course are year-
round attractions, but long
queue's in the summer can really
"tie" a person up.
The view off the zip line
tower is worth the cost alone.
Trekking up the three-story open
spiral staircase is thrilling
enough. Putting on a climbing
harness and being strapped onto
a cable to jump off a platform
high above the ground is another
thing all together.
Ten-year-old Paul Stoppert is
a veteran visitor at the zip line
and a long-time resident of
Sandestin. In his younger days,
Stoppert was referred to as "the
Mayor of Sandestin" because of
his outgoing and welcoming
nature. "I love the zip line; but
my record for the ropes course is
44 seconds!" he said, challeng-
want to try
and beat his
granddaugh- Riley Ricci
Catlin, niece, Ann Marie Shores,
and their friend, Sarah Jane
Montgomery, over to skate for
the day. The ambitious girls
decided to try their luck on the
zip line and ropes course. No
one beat Stoppert's record, but
the ear-to-ear smiles indicated
they were more interested in
having fun than being fast.
It's easy to make Baytowne a
great Saturday or Sunday desti-
nation. Your skating bracelet
yields yet more discounts. Paint-
n-Place, the locally owned paint-
your-own-pottery studio offers
skate customers a great deal.
Show your skate pass and you'll
receive a 20 percent discount off
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Baytowne Wharf ice skating
Getting There: From Brooks Bridge, connecting Fort Walton
Beach to Okaloosa Island, travel east on Hwy. 98. Continue
east through Destin, eight miles past the Mid-Bay Bridge road.
Turn left at the light on Sandestin Boulevard North. Stop at the
residents gate and tell the guard you're coming to skate or
shop.You'll be given a pass for your windshield.There are no
charges or restrictions.At the traffic circle, take the first right
out of the circle onto Heron Walk Drive.At the stop sign,T-
intersection, turn left onto Baytowne Avenue West. Follow the
signs to Baytowne Wharf. Just past the marina, turn left into
Baytowne Wharf.The parking garage is on your right. Follow
the sign to public parking.There is no charge to park.
Hours of Operation: Open daily, until Feb. I, Monday-Friday,
4-10 p.m., Saturday I I a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m.
For additional information, call 267-6062.
Accessibility: All aspects of the ice rink are wheelchair accessi-
ble. Parking garage has public restroom just outside the car
Entrance Fees: Entrance to the ice rink is $8 per person;
skate rental is an additional $2. Skating admission entitles cus-
tomers to half off ticket price for the zip line and ropes cours-
es. Standard pricing: zip line, $18, and rope course $12.
Other Information: Baytowne Wharf offers numerous dining
venues from the most casual to the more formal.Web site:
Paint-N-Place: Skating customers receive a 20 percent dis-
count off their highest price ceramic piece selection at the
paint-your-own pottery studio.The studio also offers work-
shops in glass fusion and silver jewelry design.This is a great
place to schedule group gatherings.The studio opens every day
at 10 a.m. Closing times are 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday; and 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 267-6062 for
scheduling options.Web site: paintn-place.com.
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