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Title: The Bay beacon
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: November 25, 2009
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Fire board to fill

vacancy created

by official's death
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The East Niceville Fire District is look-
ing for someone to fill a vacancy on the
board of district fire commissioners occa-
sioned by the death of longtime commis-
sioner Ray Hinck Nov. 6 at age 86.
Any registered voter who has lived in
Florida for a year and resides in the East
Niceville Fire District may fill the seat on
the five-member board, said Mike
Marcolongo, chairman of the East
Niceville Fire District Commission. Ray Hinck
Commissioners are elected to
Please see VACANCY, page A-7

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Don't miss a| | the holi-
day activities in the Twin
Cities area. The
Hometown Christmas
tabloid inside this news-
paper will be your guide
through the end of the
Wednesday, 7 p.m.
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present "We Gather
Together in Praise and
Thanksgiving," Before the
service, a soup dinner
willI be served from 5:30-
6:30 p.m. for a freewill
offer ng.

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Recalling the tiny band of Pilgrims and Native Americans who gathered in November 1621 to share a feast
and give thanks near Plymouth, Mass., Valparaiso Elementary School first graders in paper costumes per-
formed a Thanksgiving musical for parents Nov. 19.

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other events, CALEN-
DA R. 8-4

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
When most people think of
Thanksgiving, the first thing that
comes to mind is a plate piled
high with turkey.
But not everyone thinks that
Brenda Dail, 47, of Niceville,
doesn't eat turkey. In fact, for
the past 20 years, she's eaten no
meat or poultry, at least not
Dail has been a vegetarian
for two decades, varied with an
occasional meal of fish.

"I eat
everything-- --
but meat,"
she said,
but she
draws the
line at
an ersatz
bird made L
of tofu. Brenda Dail
"My mother died when I was
3 of cancer," Dail said. She said
red meat and chicken are inject-

ed with growth hormones.
This Thanksgiving, Dail will
roast a turkey and cook all the
trimmings for her husband and
children, all of whom eat meat.
"I'll cook a veggie burger or soy
burger," she said.
Switching from a carnivorous
to a vegetarian diet wasn't a
piece of cake for Dail. "It was
an adjustment," she said. "But if
I make up my mind, that's it."
When she decided to give up
meat, Dail's husband, Gary,
Please see TURKEY, page A-2

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A new feature of the county's 911 emer-
gency system indicates on a computer map
the approximate location of a caller, even if
that caller says nothing.
"We've upgraded our 911 system to
include a map, said Daniel Dunlap,
Okaloosa County 911 coordinator.
The map locator was installed for
Valparaiso Sept. 30 and for Niceville Oct. 1.
911 call software has long automatically
displayed the address from which the call is
made, if made from a conventional "land-
line" phone rather than a cell phone. What's
new is the depiction of the approximate
location on a map on a computer screen.
The new feature may make it easier for a
dispatcher to direct a police officer or emer-
gency personnel to the call scene.
"If someone calls and they're not sure
where they're at, it assists the call-taker,"
Dunlap said. "We want it to be a two-way
relationship. The call-taker has to ask a lot

of questions sometimes. It might be a situa-
tion where someone dials and you hear a
disturbance in the background."
If a call is made from a cell phone, the
map software can specify a general area,
Dunlap said. "With cell phones, it might be
a little different," he said. "There is a range
of uncertainty. It's very tough without hav-
ing voice contact."
The map locator equipment is maintained
by CenturyLink, formerly Embarq, but
Please see 911, page A-7

Beacon photos by Del Lessard
Niceville police dispatcher Jennifer Benware answers a 911 call. A recent modification to the 911 system helps
dispatchers and first responders more-quickly pinpoint the location of an emergency call by showing it on a
street map. Left: An icon depicting a red telephone with the address from which a 911 call originated pops up
on a map on the dispatcher's monitor. This screen shows the location of a test call made from the office of the
Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, including the building containing the office.


is sought

by college


Penalty waiver also eyed
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The contractor for a $30 million construction
project at Northwest Florida State College is ask-
ing for an additional $600,000.
The company is also seeking 79 more days to
do the job, which could result in waiver of at least
$197,000 in potential penalties should most work
not be completed by the current deadline next
The issue was the focus of a meeting last week
of the college board of trustees, which may rule
on the request in January.
Please see COLLEGE, page A-5


Lady' goes

to Ft. Walton
By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Christmas-light afficiandos who want to see
the Niceville "Christmas Lady's" display this
year will have to drive to Fort Walton Beach.
The Niceville Community Christmas display
at City Hall, scheduled to open Dec. 4, will be
missing Lewis's "Animation in Motion" dis-
play, a setup that showcases hundreds of holi-
day figures such as animated three-foot tall
dolls, a Dickens Christmas Village, a miniature
train set, and myriad nutcrackers.
The exhibits, owned by Debbie Lewis, a
Niceville Realtor also known as the "Christmas
Please see LADY, page A-2

Giving thanks

They don't cam~ot all

for holiday turkey

How vegetarians cope with Thanksgiving

Computer map helps dispatch 911 aid

Display shows caller's location

Page A-2

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

From page A-1

Lady," is setting up her decora-
tions this year at the Uptown
Station shopping center on
Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton
"Naturally, we would have pre-
ferred to stay in Niceville," Lewis
said, "but they couldn't house us
for the last two years." She said
she hopes to display in Niceville
next year.
However, Lynn Waltz, of the
Niceville Community Guild, the
entity responsible for Niceville's
Community Christmas celebration
set for Dec. 4, said Lewis made the
decision on her own to go else-
"She's not with us this year
because she chose not to be," said

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"I'm a vegan," Ausley said,
referring to a dietetic philosophy
that eschews eating any animal
products, including milki, cheese
and eggs. She's been at it for about
three months, she said, and likes
the results so far.
"It's an effort to control my
cholesterol and blood sugar"' said
Ausley, who eats whole grains,
"tons of veggies," most fruits and
many legumes.
Although this will be her first
meatless Thanksgiving, Ausley
doesn't anticipate suffering when
the turkey she cooks for her hus-

band, three
sons, and
se veral
friends fills
her home
with deli-
cious aro-

haven't had
any problem
(giving up Lisa Ausley
meat)," Ausley said. "I'm going to
cook a lot of vegetable dishes and
make a wonderful, exotic fruit
salad. I'll eat what I can eat, which

is what I do everywhere."
Ausley said in the three months
since she took up a vegan diet, she
has lost weight and her overall
health has improved.
"I'm doing this diet to maintain
excellent health," she said. "What
I put in my mouth can be either
medicine or poison. Our bodies
are the best tools we have."
While both Dail and Ausley
avoid meat for health reasons,
Dorothy Reeves has a different
take on the matter.
"If you'd look into the animal's
eyes, you might have a different

outlook," said the 83-year-old
Manor at Bluewater Bay resident.
"It's almost like cannibalism."
Reeves, who grew up in
DeFuniak Springs, has been a veg-
etarian, she said, for "40 or 50
"(Eating meat) just seems
repulsive to me," she said.
While Reeves admits her vege-
tarianism is "very inconvenient,"
she's adamant about it. For a long
time, she said, she complained that
Manor food service staffers would
put gravy on her potatoes.
Despite her firm vegetarian

convictions, you wouldn't call
Reeves an animal-lover. In fact, "I
don't really love animals," she
said. "I don't like to be around
them." She said that includes such
house pets as dogs and cats as well
as those we slaughter for food.
"They just have more emotions
than people realize.'
And what will the Manor serve
her for Thanksgiving?,
"I have no idea what I'll eat on
Thanksgiving," she said, showing
a huge smile that seems to live on
her face. "I look forward to see-
ing what they give me this time."

From page A-1

was not pleased. But over the
years, he has become accustomed
to seeing her eat salads and veg-
etables while he devours steaks.
And she hasn't stopped cooking
his favorite foods, either.
"I cook meat," Brenda Dail
said. "I use coconut oil to cook in
and a lot of olive oil."
Lisa Ausley, 54, of Valparaiso,
is a newcomer to vegetarianism
who went, well, whole hog.

Waltz was quick to add:
"There's not a controversy here.
There are no hard feelings among
any of us."
Prior to 2007, Lewis' colorful
displays had been set up at her
home on Duncan Drive, but neigh-
bors complained about traffic and
parking problems caused by the
hundreds of people who came
each year to view it. So city ofli-
cials asked Lewis to halt the home
In 2007 Lewis struck a bargain
with the Niceville Community
Guild and brought her array of
Christmas decorations to the
annual Community Christmas cel-
ebration. She said she didn't
exhibit anywhere last year due to
her mother's death and scheduling
Lewis said this year marks the
15th year she has set up Animation
in Motion.

During December, Lewis's dis-
play has been given, rent-free, use
of a nine-suite location by Crystal
Beach Development, owner of
Uptown Station. Located in a
recently completed section of the
shopping centner, the indoor dis-
play will open Dec. 5 and operate
nightly, free of charge, through
Dec. 27.
"We are delighted to have
Debbie Lewis with us this year"
said Martin Owen, marketing
director for Crystal Beach
Development. "We have provided
her with a whole string of retail
units--space that is awaiting ten-
Lewis said this year's
Animation in Motion will be "one
and a half times bigger, since
we're not limited on space this
year." The exhibits will include
more than 450 animated dolls
(400 of which she inherited from

area she would have occupied. We
couldn't just leave that spot blank.
We had to purchase additional
things to cover that area. But that's
not saying we couldn't sit down
and work it out for next year."
Niceville's annual Community
Christmas, featuring children's
activities, strolling carolers,
Christmas characters, craft ven-
dors, Christmas cookies and hot
chocolate, local entertainment,
Santa's Post Office, storytelling
and much more, is slated for
Friday, Dec. 4, 4-9 p.m., with the
official tree lighting at 6 p.m. All
events occur at the Niceville Civic
Center Complex, N. Partin Drive.
Uptown Station and the
Christmas Lady's Animation in
Motion exhibit, is located at 99
Eglin Parkway, N.E., Fort Walton
Beach. Animation in Motion
will be open nightly, 6-9 p.m.,
Dec. 5-27.
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Uptown Station will be able to
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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
It's official, Thomas Delanio
will start working as the new inter-
im president of Northwest Florida
State College in Niceville Dec. 1.
"I think it's important to be
there and be part of the colmnuni-
ty, even as an interim president,"
Delanio, of Gainesville, told the
Beacon last week. He and his
wife, Frances, have leased a home
on Boggy Bayou within five min-
utes of the college. He said they
are looking forward to living in
Niceville after finding several
good local restaurants serving
fresh mullet and a good breakfast.
"I grew up the son of a mullet fish-
ennan on Cedar Key," he said.
NWFSC is a great college, said
Delanio, with excellent facilities
and an outstanding faculty.
Therefore, he sees no need to
make fundamental changes as
interim president.
The school's budget, however,
will require his attention, Delaino
said, both here and in Tallahassee.
State funding for Florida colleges
has been cut in recent years, he
said, and the trend may well con-
tinue in the next year or two as the
state continues to face fiscal short-
falls. With the economy down
and enrolhnents up, Delanio said,
colleges are being forced to do
more with less. There is, howev-

er, "only so much you can ask the
faculty to do" without more fund-
ing, he said.
In his new job, Delaino hopes
to provide the 15,000-student col-
lege, which employs about 700, "a
little stability and reassurance"
that the school is still doing an
excellent job and has the support
of the community.
retired in --
2008 after
six years as
the president
of Pensacola
J unior
College. He
said he was
w e I1
with the Thomas Delaino
and NWFSC and the Niceville
area. He said he and his wife like
the Panhandle area and enjoy
Panhandle athletics, and had often
watched PJC's Pirates compete
against the Raiders. When current
interim president Jill White asked
him if he was interested in filling
her position for a few months, he
said it was a given he'd be inter-
White, who once taught at
PJC, had recommended to trustees
Delanio and one other candidate
to replace her. White, who Dec. 1

will return to her role as the col-
lege's senior vice president, is set
to retire Feb. 1 from that position.
The college's top post became
available after the board of
trustees fired long-time president
James R. Richburg April 28.
Richburg, who had been president
of the college since 1987, was
indicted by a Tallahassee grand
jury April 17 on two charges-
official misconduct and perjury-
related to a $6 million legislative
appropriation for construction of a
controversial college building at
the Destin airport. A state judge
later tossed out the perjury charge
and much of the misconduct
charge, which Richburg denies.
He is awaiting trial.
The NWFSC Board of
Trustees unanimously approved a
six-month contract with Delanio
last week. Under the tenns of the
contract Delanio will serve from
Dec. 1 through May 31 as the
interim president of the college
while the board continues to
search for a pennanent chief.
He will be paid $15,000 per
month in salary, with a $2,300
monthly housing allowance. He
will be loaned a college
Blackberry, but will not be provid-
ed a car and won't get health insur-
ance since he already has insur-
ance under his retirement plan.
The contract can be renewed on a

month-to-month basis after May
31, but he cannot apply for the
permanent post.
Applicants for the permanent
position of president of the college
have until Dec. 4 to submit an
application. College officials last
week said they'd received between
25 and 30 applications.
In other business at the Nov.
17 board meeting, trustees
approved a $171,994 contract
with Harrington Electric, the low
bidder, to install street lighting on
the Niceville campus's new "loop"
road. Six other contractor's sub-
mitted bids:
-DAJ Electric, LLC,
--Bill Smith Electric,
-F & M Electric, $235,986.
--Herndon Electric, Inc.,
-A.E. New, $256,600.
--Coltin, $263,018.
-Approved an agreement
with Okaloosa and Walton coun-
ties that allows NWFSC seniors in
the college's baccalaureate teach-
ing program to intern as student
teachers in elementary schools
and in middle school science and
math classrooms. The student
teachers typically teach in the
classroom for a full semester
while the regular teacher
observes, college officials said.

Under the agreement, each
principal employing a NWFSC
graduate, is provided with a satis-
faction survey and a copy of a
remediation request fonn. In tumn,
the college agrees to provide, free
of charge, remediation to any first-

or second-year graduate for whom
a request for remediation is
returned by the school district.
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degree teaching students at
NWFSC is scheduled to graduate
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Matt Gaetz, son of District 4 state
Sen. Don Gaetz-has already
raised more than $167,000 in his
campaign chest. Asked how he
could overcome that advantage,
Melvin said, "I've never been one
of those who sought to buy the
office," and moreover, voters in
Northwest Florida have not sup-
ported anyone trying to buy the

election. "I don't think the money
will be the thing," he said, voters
will be deciding based on the
issues. Voters will also be look-
ing at candidates' records, he
said, adding that he has a record
of 18 years in the Legislature.
Melvin served as a Democrat
in the Florida Legislature from
1968 to 1978. He said he was
then a "Bob Sikes Democrat," a
group that was considered more
conservative than some
Republican representatives from
South Florida. "Northwest
Florida's legislative delegation
held down many of the tax-and-
spend groups that wanted to raise
taxes" during those years in the
1960s and 1970s, he said.
Melvin was later elected as a
Republican and served four more
two-year terms as the District 4
Representative, until 2002, when
he was forced to leave due to
term limits.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Seven years after term limits
forced him to step down, former
state Rep. Jerry Melvin is run-
ning again for the seat he once
held in the Florida Legislature.
So far, five candidates, all
Republicans, have prefiled to run
for the District 4 House seat cur-
rently held by Ray Sansom, R-
Destin. Besides Melvin, of Fort
Walton Beach, the list includes
Destin Mayor Craig H. Barker,
Fort Walton Beach attorney Matt
Gaetz, Bill Garvie, of Fort
Walton Beach, and Fort Walton
Beach businessman Kabe Woods.
Melvin said that in view of the
legal troubles of Sansom, who is
awaiting trial on a state indict-
ment alleging official miscon-
duct, several people have told

him, "we need you to get back
into the legislature." Some of
those calls were based on rumors
of a special election should
Sansom resign or be forced from
his seat. Other callers, Melvin
said, believed he would not need
time to learn the ropes in
Tallahassee because of his 18
years of experience in the House.
Although he turned 80 in July,
Melvin said his competitors will
have a hard time matching his
antI-,- activity and abilities.
"Follow me," he challenged.
Melvin said there are too
many "politically correct" offi-
cials in politics. If asked his
views, "I will tell people what I
think, whether they like it or not,"
he said. "I have a lot to offer," he
said, "and there's no need to pre-
tend I wouldn't enjoy it. I always

did, and always will."
Northwest Florida, like the
entire state, has got to improve
economic development and
tourism, said Melvin. Tourism in
particular has been taken for
granted for too long, he said.
There are too many rules, reg-
ulations, fees and hoops for
entrepreneurs who want to go
into business or stay in business,
he said.
Florida has long existed on
sales tax revenues, Melvin point-
ed out, and said the state should
do all it can to make tourists to
feel welcome in Florida. Melvin
said when the Okaloosa County
first proposed a bed tax on
tourists he opposed the effort.
Business owners and general
managers said if the tax on tourist
was ever enacted "hired hands"

would be the
ones to
taxes on
tourist s, ~i
while busi-
ness owners
would have Jerry Melvin
little say in
such decisions.
If elected, one of the first bills
Melvin said he would sponsor,
would be to make English the
official language of Florida. He
said that voters approved an
amendment to the state constitu-
tion in 1985 but that the
Legislature never implemented
what voters approved.
He would also like to intro-
duce legislation to prohibit leg-
islative appropriations from
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center. The county paid the col-
lege $7 million of the $30.7 mil-
lion total cost for inclusion of the
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filed a Request for Equitable
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lege to postpone required comple-
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The REA stems from a prob-
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last spring over placement of foun-
dation beams as depicted on engi-
neer's drawings, Yancey told
trustees. The project's engineer of
record, Schmidt Consulting
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tect, Sam Marshall Ar-chitects,
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Speegle blamed for the delay, col-
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at the trustees meeting. The prob-
lem was eventually resolved with-
out having to tear out already-
poured concrete, Yancey said, but
it did result in a months-long delay
and added administrative costs for
the contractor, according to the
Lorenz told trustees that the
construction contract calls for the
project's architect to determine the
validity of the REA ven though
the architect hired the engineer
involved in the dispute. Schmidt
Consulting Group said it doesn't
agree with Speegle's claims,
according to Lorenz.

Lorenz said Speegle asked the
college earlier this year to submit
the REA dispute to mediation and,
if necessary, arbitration. But
Lorenz said the construction con-
tract does not allow the college to
be forced into arbitration or medi-
ation. The contract calls for con-
struction issues to be resolved by
the college's architect, Lorenz
The college itself can't tell
who's right, Lorenz told trustees.
"We're not experts; we're not
architects, and we're not engi-
neers," he said. "This is between
the architect and the contractor."
"Joe (Lorenz) is saying we're
not engineers so we can't say if the
REA is valid," said Jill White, the
college's interim president.
"Is this a fox guarding the hen-
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Gillis. "You're asking this guy
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the construction contractor was
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dispute came up.
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Yancey said the issue is for the
board's information at this point.
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will make a "not-biased judg-
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Finck Road ...............................Medical ........................1 1/1 7/09..............1 6:40
8o(lno tCourt .......................CO alrm .....................1 1 70 ..............205
Reeves St. ................Natural gas le k .....11/18/09 .......16:11
Kelly Road ................................Medical ........................1 1/1 8/09..............20:04
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N. White Point Road ..............Dispatched/canceled ............11/1 6/09................20:24
Jamaica Way ..........................EMS excluding vehicle .........11/1 7/09................08:45
cat-mar Road .........................EMS excluding vehicle .........11/1 7/09................09:39
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Merchants Way.......................Rescue EMS.........................1 1/1 9/09................04:29
Oakmont Place.......................EMS excluding vehicle.........11/19/09................101
Jmina Wy ..............ipt me/canc led ....1/00......... 0:T1
Bluewater Boulevard ..............Smoke detector activation....11/20/09................1 6:24
Windward Circle .....................EMS excluding vehicle.........11/20/09................205
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violence battery, second or sub-
sequent offense.
Shano B ok Lucs 39, of
217 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies,
subsequent to a traffic stop, Nov.
13, for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana and posses-
sion of drug,
David Mark Mosher, a project
manager with a land developer
22, of 20 Bluewater Point Road,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Nov. 16 for posses-
sion of a hallucinogen, MDMA,
also known as Ecstasy. A securi-
ty person at a Destin nightclub,
June 27, saw Mosher and another
person in the same stall in a rest-
room at the club. When they exit-
ed Mosher ag sf nd in p ssesn

substance. The substance waS
sent to a state crime lab which
later identified the substance as a
* *
Marcia Edith Lee, an optical
tech, 35, of 411 Government
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Nov. 7 for bat-
* *
Megan Leigh Shannon, 24, of
208 Government Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
Nov. 12 for violation of probation
on the original charges of leaving
the scene of an accident and DUI.
* *
Davia Ann Stalnaker, 58, of 29
Ardmore Court, Niceville, was

arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov.
e5 in a misdemeanor worthless

Andrew James McKavangh,
unemployed, 48, of 929 Rue de
Palms Drive, Niceville, waS
arrested by Niceville police Nov.
17 for battery, domestic violence.
DUI arrests
Dain Andrew Babb, 42, of 101
Old Ferry Road, #35-A,
Shalimar, was arrested by
Valparaiso police for DUI on
Highway 85 South at Toms
Creek, Nov. 13 at 1:09 a.m. Babb
was also cited for speeding, 85
mph in a 55 mph zone, and for
failure to sign or accept a citation.
* *
Matthew Aaron Windham, 24,
of 135 Meadow Woods Lane,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies for DUI on
Highway 98 and the Destin
Bridge to Stahlman Avenue, Nov.
18 at 2:45 a.m.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of College Cove
reported Nov. 11 that her bank
had alerted her that at least six of
her checks were fraudulently
cashed at several area grocery
and convenience stores, most
with bogus license numbers writ-
ten on the checks. The fraudulent
checks totaled $273. The victim
was unaware of any missing
checks and said her home had not
been burglarized.
* *
A woman reported Nov. 10
that someone stole a purse from
her vehicle while it was parked at
a drugstore, 1100 E. John Sims

Jessica Larc Arnold, unem-
ployed, 24, of 609 5th St. Destin,
was arrested by Valparaiso police
Nov. 15 on a Walton County war-
rant for violation of probation on
the original charge of driving
while license suspended or
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Paul Christopher Quiroga,
unemployed, 18, of 133 Meadow
Woods Lane, Niceville, was

arrested by Valparaiso police
Nov. 12 for grand theft. Between
Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, while the res-
idents were out of town, Quiroga
was "house sitting" a residence in
the 100 block of Arrowpoint
Drive. During that time period
Quiroga allegedly stole $700
cash and an ATM debit card from
a bedroom office, then withdrew
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* *
On Nov. 11 a Niceville resi-
dent reported that someone stole
her son's bicycle on Allen
* *
A local resident reported Nov.
18 that someone stole a pallet of
header block from an address in
the 4400 block of Swift Creek.
* *
A citizen arrived at work at a
construction site at Northwest
Florida State College Nov. 19 and
reported a broken gate and five
welding machines missing.
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600 block of St. Anne Cove
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tions from Oct. 6 which totaled
over $2,900.
A Niceville resident from the
4300 block of Hidden Lakes
Drive reported that sometime
Oct. 4-Nov. 4 someone burglar-
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jewelry valued in total at $2,095.
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1000 block of 48th Street report-
ed that four unknown individuals
caused $2,500 damage to her car
Nov. 7.
The victim reported that she
heard banging noises outside her
residence about 3:30 a.m., Nov.
7. She went to the front door of
her residence and saw a female
kicking the front and hood of her
vehicle, a male on the roof
screaming, another male on the
driver's side and a fourth male
behind the car.
The four individuals allegedly
got into a tan Toyota and drove
awayd Thesvictimesr2(X)5 car sus-

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server, 19, of 422 Davenport
Ave., Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Nov. 10 for retail theft.
Ogden was allegedly observed
concealing two pairs of shoes
without paying the $110 cost at a
Fort Walton Beach store, 800 N.
Beal Parkway.

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"Mly husband and my "Family, friends, employ-
family. ment, and most of all, faith
in Christ."

"I'm thankful for my "The food! Also my "Standing next to the
husband, my grand- dad, my mom, and my American flag and saying
children, and my grandparents. the Pledge of
kids. I'm thankful to Allegiance. "
be alive, and for my
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Katelyn Friesen, 13,
Lewis Middle School

Heidi Ferrebee, 22

Robey Roberson, 50

Bobbie Butterworth, 49
health care worker

Jacob Poummer, 7,
Nice vile
Plew Elementary School

Deaundra Kennedy, 18

annual budget, which is based
almost entirely on property-
tax revenue totaling $667,000
this year.
Under state law, as an inde-
pendent district, fire district
commissioners can appoint
someone to fill the remaining
term of a board member who
resigns or dies, Marcolongo
said. For the current vacancy,
whoever is appointed would
serve until November 2010.
The appointee could then
stand for election, he said.
Hinck, a retired Air Force
colonel, joined the East
Niceville Fire District in 1977
as a volunteer firefighter, a

year after its creation was
approved in a voter referen-
dum. He was later elected fire
In addition to serving as a
commissioner, he served for
many years as a volunteer
firefighter and assistant fire
chief. Even well into his 80s,
Hinck could often be found at
the scene of house fires or
traffic accidents, assisting
firefighters or using a portable
radio to help coordinate the
Marcolongo said Hinck
notified him in July or August
that he planned to resign due
to health issues, although he

never actually submitted a let-
ter of resignation. Hinck had
been serving as treasurer, a
duty that has been assumed by
fire commissioner Irene
Usher, he said. The chairman
said he has asked other com-
missioners to recommend
possible candidates willing to
In addition to Marcolongo,
East Niceville fire commis-
sioners are John Root, Usher
and Matt Schwab.
The next commission meet-
ing is set for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
No deadline was given for
applicants for the commission


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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Tim Peregoy, left, and Tanner Hansen knock a Pace ball-carrier off his feet during Friday's region-
al quarterfinal football game.

Eagle offense proves

too much for Pace

By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville Eagles defeated
the Pace Patriots, 52-30 Friday to
advance to the regional semifi-
nals. Pace stayed close to the heels
of the Eagles throughout most of
the game
The Eagles were off to a con-
sistent start with a first quarter that
earned them a 45-yard touchdown
by running back Garrett Fletcher.
The quarter also featured some
great defensive plays, including a
quarterback sack by linebacker
Tim Peregoy.
Things started to get interest-
ing when a Niceville fumble led to
a Pace touchdown to tie the game
just two minutes into the second
quarter. But the Eagles displayed
the composure of an undefeated
team, spread the ball among play-
ers, and pulled ahead with a score
by running back Roy Finch.
Pace proved early that it
intended to fight for its place in
the playoffs and answered with a
64-yard touchdown just a minute
later, tying the game again, 14-14.
When their opponent fights
hard, the Eagles manage to fight
all the harder. Just seconds later,
midway through the second quar-
ter, during their first play of the
possession, quarterback Kyle
McDorman connected with wide
receiver Kody Williams down the
middle of the field for an 80-yard

touchdown that had the fans on
their feet.
Early in the third quarter, a
blocked Eagle punt led to a safety
and narrowed the gap to 21-16.
The tenacity of the Patriots was
evident, but they proved no match
for the Eagles. McDorman con-
nected with Williams for another
seven points and the Eagles'
defense was more than up to the
challenge. They continued to pack
in powerful plays, including inter-
ceptions by Anthony Miles and
Michael White. Miles' intercep-
tion led to a touchdown by
Stefano Schutte. A score by Pace
in the last second of the quarter
brought the score to 35-22.
The fourth quarter began with
a kickoff return by Garrett
Fletcher that landed the Eagles on
Pace's 34-yard line. The Eagles
had three close attempts at a
touchdowns before they brought
Tanner Hansen out for a field
Just when it looked as though
the Eagles had pulled into a com-
fortable lead, the Patriots rallied
and put themselves back in con-
tention with a touchdown, 38-30,
midway through fourth quarter.
An onside kick that bounced
toward the end zone gave Pace the
hope of a touchdown, but no
points made it to the board.
During the next play, a slew of
flags for unsportsmanlike conduct

by Pace landed the Eagles on the
49-yard line.
With the game clock ticking
down, Niceville served Pace with
one of its most lethal one-two
punches, Finch and Williams.
Finch made it to the end zone for
his second time of the night and
put the Eagles up by 15 points.
Williams, meanwhile, playing
defense, snagged an interception
and ran it back for the last touch-
down, his third of the game.
Coach John Hicks wasn't sur-
prised by the challenge.
"They have a very good foot-
ball team, extremely well
coached," he said. "I knew it
would be every bit as tough as it
was. I thought our defense played
well. If they can continue to get
better, with our offense we're
going to have a chance to make a
run for it."
Defensive back Chase Hooker,
like his head coach, acknowl-
edged Pace's performance and
then looked ahead.
"We have to forget about this
week, and focus on next week," he
The focus will now be on the
Eagles' next playoff opponent,
county rival Fort Walton Beach,
which brought home a shocking
overtime victory to upset Pine
Forest last Friday. Friday's game
at Niceville will be their third
face-off of the year.

Ul 2 boys take first p lace
Niceville PAL soccer Ul2 Boys team, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, went undefeated in the
championship tournament. From left: front, Dillon Buckley, Joshua Springle, Noah McNair, Ben
Esses and Cody Manard; middle, Larry Stanley, Jordan Whitt, Patrick Poate, Adrian High, Corey
Shelikoff and Sean Cary; back, Richard Standaert and Geomar Dumas. Not pictured are head
coach Chris Poate, coach Eric Whitt, coach Dave Shelikoff and coordinator Tami Manard.


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NHS girls prevail
Niceville's Sharome Strutchen battles pressure under the
basket during Thursday's girls basketball game against
Navarre. The Eagles, led by Michelle Smith's 13 points, pre-
vailed, 48-39.

Beacon photo by Norman Wolf

Lining up for a header
Niceville High School junior varsity soccer player Ryan
Sheekley fends off a Pace defender as he prepares to advance
the ball on a header. The Eagles won, 3-0.

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Niceville High School senior Jaime
Jordan, center, signs a letter of
intent to attend the University of
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Nov. 18. From left: rear, athletic
director John Hicks, principal Linda
Smith and golf coach Mitch Inness;
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BUllS tryOUtS

North Florida Bulls 10U player
Isaac Scofield of Niceville holds
the team trophy after the team won
the ASP Oktoberfest champi-
onship against the Pensacola
Pelicans. Isaac hit a "no doubt
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Scouts honor vets, retire flags
Nate Dahlin, Tony Neiger, Alex Sharp and Steven Wills of Boy Scout Troop 157 prepare to
retire a flag. The troop paid tribute to veterans during a solemn ceremony at its sponsor,
American Legion Post 221, Niceville, on Veterans Day. The Scouts also honorably retired
about 150 U.S. flags, collected at the legion over the last six months.


Sharon Conley, a Kiwanis Club
of Niceville-Valparaiso member,
loads her car with holiday bags
donated by Sharing and Caring,
Niceville. The food items will go
to needy families for Thanks-
Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan

By Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Thanks to the combined
efforts of the Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso, Sharing
and Caring, and Kelley's
SuperValu Foods, about 25
dinner tables in the Twin Cities
area will have a bit more food
on them for Thanksgiving this
For the past 20 years, the
Kiwanis Club has delivered
much-appreciated holiday bags
and boxes full of food to make
the season brighter for 25
needy families. Sharing and
Caring, Niceville, has supplied
the club with the names of the
families and has also donated
staples such as potatoes,
canned goods, gravy, pie mix,
rolls and pastries,
"Anything that you might
have for your Thanksgiving,
we try to put in the bags for
Kiwanis," said Lin Saber, pres-
ident, Sharing and Caring.
With Kiwanis fundraisers
and donations throughout the
year, the club pays Kelley's
SuperValu for perishable items

such as turkeys, milk, butter
and apple pies, said Bill
Thursby, Kiwanis organizer for
the holiday
boxes proj-
-. include pan-
cake break-
fasts, silent
.the sale of
Bill Thursby peanuts at
the Mullet
Festival, tennis tournaments
and the posting of flags on
lawns for patriotic holidays.
Club members are given
names and addresses of two to
six families. It is each volun-
teer's responsibility to be at
Sharing and Caring on desig-
nated days and then at Kelley's
to pick up their families' bags,
call them and then deliver
them at a time convenient for
the families.
"The families are always
very grateful," Thursby added.
"They tell us they really appre-

ciate what we've done for them
and that they couldn't have
made it without us."
Sharon Conley, another
Kiwanis member, said she par-
ticipates in the holiday box
project simply because it is
Thanksgiving, "a time for giv-
ing thanks. And if all I have to
do is give a little bit of my
time to enable a family to have
something to be thankful for,
I'm going to do it. What's my
time worth if I can't give it?"
Kiwanis member Michael
Davis said, "Especially in hard
economic times like these, the
club does this at Thanksgiving
as a way to
give back to
.4 the commu-
nity. The
have always
thanked us
for the extra
Mlichael Davis help. We've
received some thank-you

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

James MI. Thompson
June 25, 1943- Nov. 12, 2009
James Martin Thompson, 66,
of New Port Richey, Florida,
passed away Nov. 12, 2009.
James worked at Great Lakes
Steel in Michigan for 29 years,
when he was disabled and
moved to Florida in 1998.
James was the son of the late
Charles and Daisy Cordail
Thompson of Ashland. Ky. In
addition to his parents he was
preceded in death by two broth-
ers, Charles and Mark
Thompson; and five sisters,
Betty Hite, JoAnn Strange,
Elaine Martin, Pauline Johnson,
and Irene Sergent.
James is survived by: his lov-
ing wife Sandra of over 31
years; sisters, Thelma Pierce
(Delbert), Caroline Cantrell
(Ned), Linda Burke (Huston), of
Ashland, Ky., and Bobbie
Naugle of Las Vegas, Nev.; two
brothers, David and Russel
Thompson of Ashland, Ky.; one
son, Thomas Thompson of
Taylor, Mich.; two daughters,
Janet Yoos (Gordon) of Taylor,
Mi h, J yne wKHMer M~i)s o

grandchildren, Cotton, Brittany,
Jayme, Brooke, Gordy, and

Donation to Fisher House
Tom Rice, vice president Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, left, and Ken Walsh, board
member, right, accept a $1,500 check from Dave and Karen Jeffers. The funds were raised
at the recent second annual Hope Rides Alone Mlemorial Dinner, held in honor of their son,
Army Sgt. Eddie Jeffers, who was killed in Iraq in 2007. More Fisher House information:

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Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry
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Christian Education 9:15 a.m.

Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
\ Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth 8c Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.

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James Thompson
Peanut; two great-grandchildren,
Timothy and Anthony. Niece,
Vaulta [James] Hinni; and many
more nieces and nephews.
James's wishes were to be
cremated. A memorial service
will be held in his honor at his
summer mountain top home
located in Ohio in June 2010.
God saw you getting tired,
and a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around
you and said "Come with me."
With tearful eyes we watched
you, and saw you pass away.
Ais..i. -lei we loved you dear-
ly, we could not make you stay.
A 1. -1. -I. I, heart stopped beat-
G.~lhard oke r;, and aat estto
prove to us, he only takes the

Xi Beta Pi had a progressive
dinner Nov. 1, as members visit-
ed homes of different sorority
members for each part of the
Sisters and spouses started
the night off at the home of Art
and Janice Jean, where appetiz-
ers and cocktails were served.
They continued with the entree
at the home of Joe and Dee
Purka, who presented a choice

of chicken or roast, and ended
the evening at the home of Ski
and Brigita Krasauskas, for a
number of desserts and cock-
The cost of this outing was a
donation from every able mem-
ber of canned goods as they
enter the first house. By the end
of the evening, the sorority had
collected a basket full of goods,
which it donated to the Shelter

House. Sorority members will
collect food for several more
weeks to donate for the holi-
On Nov. 2 sorority members
attended the Playground City
Council Preferential Tea. They
dressed up in attire representing
various countries to go along
with this year's theme, "Passport
to Adventure." Food and teas
were also from other countries.

Waugh Custom Homes,
Niceville, earned an APEX
award at a Building Industry
Association (BIA) ceremony
for its ceilings in the Home
Design Elemcents category. It
was also chosen by the judges to

represent the BIA in the 2010
Aurora Awards at the
Southeastern Builders
Conference in Orlando.
Waugh also won the 2009
Golden Apex award, given to
the entry with the highest score.

Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Ho & 0 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. In Rectory
Tuesday: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
Wednesday: Holy Communlon 12 p.m. (noon)
Thursday: Evensong 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Contemporary VIgil Communlon 4:30 pm


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Worshlip? Senic~e: 101:30 A.M.

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for innovation
Dr. Will Holcombe, chancel-
lor of The Florida College
System, recently presented a
Chancellor's Best Practice
Award to Northwest Florida
State College (NWFSC),
NWFSC won the award for
its Workforce Education pro-
gram, Enriched Clinical
Experiences Using Free
Clinics. The award was pre-
sented during the 60th annual
Florida Association of
Community Colleges
Convention (FACC) in
Orlando. The award is based on

a proacch ol aas suinhn ase a-
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Wishing you a Happy

ag Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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At its October meeting, the
Okaloosa Citizens Alliance
(OCA) elected community
activist Steve Czonstka,
Niceville, as its co-director and
OCA President Mike Klugh
said "the diverse and dynamic
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complements the OCA goal of
promoting efficiency in govem-
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Monday, Jan. 25, at the Fort
Walton Beach Civic Auditorium.
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Special guests were the bride's
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
B. and Macie K. Presley, the
bride's great-great-aunt, Evelyn
Price of Troy, Ala., her great aunt,
Glennice George of Booneville,
Miss., the groom's brother,
Russell Yerks, of Austin, Texas,
and the groom's uncle, aunt and
cousins, Gary, Marilyn, Britanny
and Reese Yerks, of Fomney, Texas.
Following the ceremony, the
bride's parents hosted a reception
at the Rocky Bayou Country Club
of Niceville. The groom's parents
hosted a rehearsal dinner at the
Boathouse restaurant of
Valparaiso. The couple honey-
mooned in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and
now reside in Pensacola, where
Bryan is pursuing a bachelor's
degree in graphic design from the
University of West Florida.
Heather received a B.A. in com-
munication arts from the
University of West Florida in May

her father.
Heather's parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph and Lisa Presley
Snyder of Niceville, her grandpar-
ents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry B.
and Macie K. Presley of
Chunchula, Ala., (near Mobile,
Ala.) and Mr. and Mrs. Grady and
Betty Jo Snyder of Tuscaloosa,
Ala. Bryan's parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Tim and Diane Yerks of
Austin, Texas, his grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. David and
Nancy Yerks of Georgetown,
Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby
and Rose Hampton of Austin,
The bride chose her sister,
Rachel Snyder, as her maid of
honor and Lisa (Rhea) Lybrand as
her matron of honor.
The groom chose Josh Ansley
as his best man, and the grooms-
men were the bride's brother,
David Snyder, and friends Jon
McCullum and Justin Witcher.
The ringbearer was Tom Butler.

Heather Lynn Snyder and
Bryan Joseph Yerks were united in
marriage Saturday, June 6, 2009,
at 1 p.m. The ceremony was held
at the Niceville Assembly of God.
The Rev. Phil Daniels officiated at
the double ring ceremony where
the bride was given in marriage by

He is the son of Mark and Vickie
Ross of Niceville. He is married to
the fonner Jill Pedretti of Verona,
Wisc., and they have a 1-year-old
daughter, Kristin Ann. Mark's
family resides with him in Vilseek.

logistical support. Although con-
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the curriculum, the primary focus
of the course is to develop and
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Racer is the son of Jerry L. and
Linda J. Racer of Kumquat
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High School, and received an
associate degree in 2008 from
Northwest Florida State College,
Chavis is the son of Max E.
Chavis of Yacht Club Drive,
Niceville., and Vicki L. Kosman of
Mellow Woods Drive, North Pole,
Alaska. He is a 2006 graduate of
Niceville High School.
Dale is the son of Robin E.
Chadwick of Harkers Island Road,

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Air Force Ainnan Jonathan S.
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Base, San
Antoni o,
Texas. He is
--- the son of
Tammy and
Steven Davis
and his
are Betty and
Pat Lawler,
Jonathan Davis of Niceville.

Jon is a 2009 graduate of Mosely
High School in Panama City. He
will attend technical training
school at Keesler AFB,
Taylor D. Roberts, fonner
Nice ville
High student,
Sept. 18
from Navy
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Blood drives now
Nov. 25--Eglin, Building 351, D
Avenue, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. Every
donor will receive a gift card: and
Winn Dixie, Crestview, 11 a.m.-6
p.m. Every donor will receive a gift
Nov. 27--Destin Commons, 2 -8
pic tEvery donor receives a movie
Nov. 28-Wal-Mart, Crestview
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Every donor receives a
gif ar. 30--Twin Cities Hospital,
Niceville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Hurlburt
Lockheed Martin/19thSOS, 589
Ind pendence Way noon-3 p.m
Free turkey dinner
Harbor Docks, 538 Highway 98,
Destin, will sponsor its 14th annual
free Thanksgiving Dinner for local
families and tourists. Dinner features
turkey, ham and
the traditional
trimmings, and
will be served 11
a.m.-7 p.m. on
day. Okaloosa Habitat works with
Harbor Docks to provide three shifts
of almost 200 volunteers to serve
guests. More mnformation: Okaloosa
Habitat, 315-0025, ext. 3 or Christy
'We Gather Together'
St. Paul Lutheran, 1407 E. John
Sims Parkway, presents "We Gather
Together in Praise and Thanksgiving"
Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. The
service features the Sanctuary Choir
Contemporary Praise Ensemble and

Visit 'Camelot' next week
Start the Christmas season with Lerner & Loewe's timeless masterpiece, 'Camelot,' at the
Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1. Tickets $45. Call the
box office: 729-6000.

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the Handbell Players as well as spe-
cial solos. Prior to the gathering a
soup dinner will be served from 5:30
to 6:30 p.m. for a free-will donation.
Mission/author to speak
Billy Gray, missionary and author
of '"From Prosecutor to Prison to
Preacher will be speaking at
Northbay Baptist Church, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29. The author will be
available after the service for book
signing. All are welcome.
JOin Star Wrestling Club
The Star\! Hk .11.1. Club will start
Monday, Nov. 30. The club is open to
any student in first through fifth
grades and will be held at the
Community Life Center of First
United Methodist Church, Niceville.
Registration is $50. Season continues
through March 2010. Practices are on
Monday nights, 5:30-7 p.m..
Questions: 678-2821.
Knots seminar planned
A Knots, Bends, and Hitches sem-
inar will be conducted 7 p.m.,
Monday, Nov. 30, at the University of

Wo ejoy 01odad an FtbWalt aon Bah
The seminar is conducted by experi-
enced local boaters and is presented
as a part the University West Florida
(UWF) Continuing Education pro-
gram. Registration is available
through the UWF Continuing
Education Maritime Education Web
site. Cost is $40. Seminar sponsored
by UWF and the Fort Walton Sail and
Power Squadron, a unit of the U.S.
Power Squadinns. More information:
315-0686 or
Trade library fees for cans
The Niceville Libmary will accept
canned goods and non-perishable
food items through December for
Sharing & Caring
in lieu of fines.
The value of the
canned goods and
food items should g
be close to the amount of the fine
'Camelot' at Arts Center
The 2009-10 series of Broadway's
best touring shows at the Mattie Kelly

Fine and Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville, will feature Lerner &
Loewe's timeless masterpiece
"'Camelot:' Dec. 1.
Tickets are $45 each by calling
729-6000 or in person from the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office.
Jazz Ensemble
The Northwest Florida State
College Jazz Ensemble will perform a
free concert, 7:30 p.m., Thursday,
Dec. 3, on the Mainstage of the
Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center, Niceville Campus. Enjoy
a great lineup of jazz favorites. No
ticket required.
Ninety minutes prior to the start of
the concert, the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center Holzhauer and McIlroy
Galleries will be open for patrons to
view the culrent exhibition, "Dylan
Collins: Diagrammatic Disarray:' and
"edy Wischer: In Search of

Pensacola Walk
Join the Flodida Trail Association
for a walk around Pensacola with dit

Details: 932-0125 or choctaw.florida
Coats For Kids drive
In order to provide a warmer holi-
day season for many Okaloosa
County children, the United Way is
sponsoring its Coats for Kids at
Christmas drive through Dec. 5.
Clean, good condition coats may be
dropped off at these locations: Bank
of Amedica (any branch), BankTrust
(any branch), BB&T (former
Colonial Bank, any branch), BBVA
Compass Bank (any branch), Beach
Community Bank (any branch), Belk
at Santa Rosa Mall, Century Link
(formerly Embarq), Coastal Bank and
Trust (any branch), Covenant
Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal
Credit Union (any branch), First City
Bank (any branch), Okaloosa School
District Office, Premier Community
Bank (any branch), The Village of
Baytowne Wharf, Trustmark Bank
(any branch), Twmn Cities Hospital
and Whitney National Bank (any



North Light open house
Join the North Light Yacht Club
noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, for
food and fun for the whole family at
the Holiday Open House.
Enter to win free boat storage.
boat details, char-
tered fishing
excursions and
more. Activities
for kids and
hhhhadults of all ages.
More informa-
tion: Thirse van Gogh, 678-2350.
Heritage open house
The City of Fort Walton Beach
Heritage Park & Cultural Center will
hold its annual Christmas Open
House at the Camp Walton
Schoolhouse and the Garnier Post
Office, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec.
5. Come join the museums for a day

of live entertainment, children's
games and crafts, home-baked good-
ies, local history, and letters to Santa.
Both historic sites will be decorated
for an old-fashioned celebration.
The park and center are located at
139 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E.
More information: Mike Thomin,
Junior Orchestra
The talented Junior Orchestra,
featuring a gmoup of musicians in

Florida State College, Niceville cam-
pus. The performance is free and open
to the public.
Ninety minutes prior to the start of
the concert, the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center Holzhauer and McIlroy
Galleries will be open for patrons to
view the culrent exhibition "Dylan
Collins: Diagrammatic Disarray" and
"'Wendy Wischer: In Search of
Memorial Day ritual
The Twin Cities Elks Lodge
#2747 and the Crestview Elks Lodge
#2624 will hold
their combined
Elks Memorial
Service, 2 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 6at
the Twin Cities Lodge, 224 Seminole
Ave., Valparaiso. All are welcome to

grades four to
eight from
Okaloosa, Walton
and Santa Rosa
county schools,
will perform elas-
sical and holiday
Saturday, Dec. 5,

Tyler Hall, Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center, Northwest

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

School gains a flag
Lewis Mliddle School was presented a flag by Craig
Johnson and Lorraine Brewster of Schneider National
Trucking Company. The drivers are trucker buddies of
Linda Strickland's reading class. They sponsor the class-
room and correspond with the students throughout the
year. When they get a chance to visit, they also share
their real-world experiences and relate them to the stu-
dents' lives. To help motivate the students to read more,
they read some of the books the students are reading and
have book discussions with them.

Jumor Orchestra

to per orm Dec.
The talented Junior Orchestra, ance is free and open to the pub-
featuring a group of musicians in lic.
grades four to eight from Ninety minutes prior to the
Okaloosa, Walton and Santa start of the concert, the Mattie
Rosa county schools, will per- Kelly Arts Center Holzhauer and
form classical and holiday McIlroy Galleries will be open
favorites, 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. for patrons to view the current
5, Tyler Hall, Mattie Kelly Fine exhibition "Dylan Collins:
and Performing Arts Center, Diagrammatic Disarray" and
Northwest Florida State College, "Wendy Wischer: In Search of
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Ken Blackburn, author of the Paper Airplane Book, and
Lewis Mliddle School eighth grader Alex Hencinski try out
the student's plane in front of the student body recently.
Lewis eighth graders hosted Blackburn, holder of the
Guinness Book World Record for the longest paper air-
plane flight, at the honor roll assembly. Blackburn shared
his experiences and how his understanding of the princi-
ples of flight helped him to break the record. Students
earning all "As" for the nine weeks got to make the paper
airplane and fly them at the assembly.

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Students visit reserve
In October, 41 sixth-12th
graders from Rocky Bayou
Christian School enjoyed a sci-
ence trip to Saint Joseph's Bay
and the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve.
The students were able to exam-
ine animal skeletons and various
sea life. They traveled by boat to
Little Cape St. George Island,
dragging a net along the way to
observe the marine life of the
Apalachicola River, and were
able to study their findings in the
research house on the island.
Students also enjoyed snorkel-
ing, sailing, a visit to Fort
Gadsden, and beach excursions.
Student picked for HOBY
Sarah Gold, a sophomore,
was selected by the faculty as
Niceville High School's Hugh
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Valparaiso Elementary School fifth Grader Catherine Crump
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AII-State Chorus. Catherine was among almost 1,000 stu-
dents from around the state vying for a place in this honor
choral group. She will travel to the Florida Mlusic Educators
AII-State Conference to rehearse and perform with the 200
member AII-State Chorus on Friday, Jan. 8. Catherine is the
daughter of Elaine and Peter Crump of Valparaiso.

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tive for the
2009 HOBY
seminar in
where she
will partici-
Spate in four
Sarah Gold days of
focused on leadership and serv-
ice June 17-20, 2010.
Two win DAR awards
Two seniors from Twin Cities

schools were
finalists for
their schools
.in the DAR

G o od
Sarah Wilson C i ti z e n
Award this
year: Sarah Wilson, Rocky
Bayou Christian School, who
was awarded first place and a
scholarship, and Halee

Sommer ,
Nice ville
High School.
All recipi-
ents addi-
tionally had
to write an F
essay, "Our
Heritage and
Our Respon- Halee Sommer
sibility for
Preserving It," and were judged
on academic standing, well-
roundedness, community serv-
ice and writing abilities.


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Entry deadline is Nov. 30. Awards
will be given in the following categories:
Commercial Floats, Church Floats,
Club/Nonprofit Floats, Marching Unit,
Performing Unit, Grand Marshal, and
President's Choice.
Proceeds from the parade will help
fund holiday meals for Sharing and
Caring families as well as other Rotary
community-service projects.
Entry information: 685-9667.

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A Schools mark season...8
A Church activities.............9- I0
A Helping others ..............1 I- I3
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The Beacon's Hometown Christmas

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Beacon Staff Writer
The Community Christmas Parade
will help launch the Christmas season in
Niceville on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The
theme is "Jump, Jive and be Jolly: A
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'Camelot' musical
The 2009-10 series of Broadway's best
touring shows at the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Perfianning Arts Center at Northwest
Florida State College in Niceville will fea-
ture Lemner & Loewe's timeless musical
masterpiece "Camelot" Dec. 1.
Tickets are $45 each by calling 729-
6000 or in person from the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center box office.
Jazz favorites for free
The Northwest Florida State College
Jazz Ensemble will perfiann a free concert,
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Mattie
Kelly Fine and Perfianning Arts Center,
Niceville campus. Enjoy a great line-up of
jazz favorites. No ticket required.
Niceville festival
A Hometown Community Christmas
Festival will be held 4-9 p.m., Friday, Dec.
4, at the Niceville Civic Center Complex,
North Partin Drive.
The event features a craft show,
Christmas character photos, children's
crafts and games, a variety of food vendors,
strolling carolers, "slhay rides," and Santa's
Post Office.

Scouts sell firs
Niceville's Boy Scouts of America
Troop 546 is holding its annual Christmas
tree sale Friday, Dec. 4, through Sunday,
Dec. 6, in front of the Niceville Police
Station at 212 N. Partin Drive.
The troop will have 135 Fraser fir No.
1 Christmas trees from North Carolina at
the following sizes and prices: 6 to 7 feet,
$45; 7 to 8 feet, $60; and 8 to 9 feet, $75.
Hours of operation are Friday from 3
p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9
p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
More infonnation: Jack Knight, 374-

Niceville tree lighting
Niceville's official Christmas tree
lighting happens at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4,
during the Hometown Community
Christmas Festival at the Niceville Civic
Center Complex, North Partin Drive.

Eg lin to light tree
The Eglin Chapel will host the 2009
Holiday Tree Lighting event 5:30 p.m.,
Friday, Dec. 4, at the West Gate Chapel.

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The annual Yule of Yesteryear Holiday Celebration will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Heritage Museum and Perrine Park, Westview Avenue,

Activities slated during yule season

From previous page

This is one of Eglin's biggest family
events and will also feature caroling,
choir performances, and Santa's arrival by
fire engine. Refreshments also will be
served following the ceremony. More
information: 882-2111.

Madrigals to perform
The Northwest Florida State College
Madrigal Singers and Belle Voci will per-
form a Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, Dec. 4, in the Tyler Recital Hall,
Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the college in
Niceville, The popular annual event fea-
tures gourmet dessert and holiday musical
fare for $15.
Tickets: 729-6000, Monday-Friday 9
a.m.-4 p.m.
Junior Orchestra
The Junior Orchestra, featuring musi-
cians in grades 4 to 8 from Okaloosa,
Walton and Santa Rosa county schools,
will perform classical and holiday
favorites, 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, Tyler
Hall, Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center, Northwest Florida State

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Yacht club open house
Join the North Light Yacht Club noon-
4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, and enjoy food
and fun for the whole family at the
Holiday Open House.
Celebrate the spirit of the season with
family and friends at the newly-complet-
ed marina. Enter to win free boat stor-
age, boat details, chartered fishing
excursions and more. Activities for kids
and adults of all ages. More information:
Th~rbse van Gogh, 678-2350.
Flute quintet to play
The flute quintet 'Furioso 5' of
Northwest Florida State College will
perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, in
the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center,
at the college in Niceville. The concert is
The "Furioso 5" quintet is made up of
local flutists. It uses many of the mem-
bers of the flute family, including picco-
lo, concert flute, alto flute, and bass
flute. Information: 243-2609.

Lighted Christmas displays will be featured at Niceville City Hall throughout the
holiday season, from 6 to 9 p.m., starting Dec. 4.

College, Niceville. The performance is
Santa in the Park
Children may visit with Santa at the
Niceville Children's Park Saturday, Dec. 5

after the Christmas parade (which hap-
pens at 10 a.m.). Thereafter, Santa will be
at his special post office in the Niceville
Civic Center Complex, North Partin
Drive, Dec. 12 and 19.

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stations of local crafts, a Civil War era
Christmas re-enactment, as well as
mulled cider, a bake sale and much
Tickets for the Victorian Tea are $10
for the general public and $5 for mem-
bers. Seating is limited, call 678-2615
for reservations.

Choral concert
The Northwest Florida Youth Chorus,
featuring vocalists in grades 4-8, will
perform "Christmas on the Bayou" holi-
day favorites, 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec.
12, Tyler Recital Hall, Mattie Kelly Arts
Center, Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville. Free and open to the public.
YOuth Orchestra
The Northwest Florida Symphony
Youth Orchestra will perform a free
Holiday Concert 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec.
13, at the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center, Niceville.
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From previous page

Library party
The Friends of the Niceville Library
and the library staff invite you to the
Library's Patron Appreciation Party 11
a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9. Goodies
and loads of fun provided.

Swap cookies
The Niceville Library will host a
Holiday Cookie Swap 10:30-11:30 a.m.,
Thursday, Dec. 10, in the library.
Each participant should bring five
dozen cookies of one type and will go
home with a variety. The number of
cookies may be changed depending on
the number of people registered. Bring
the recipe to the swap and also extra con-
tainers to bring home cookies. Coffee, tea
and hot apple cider will be provided.
Pre-registration is required.
Registration deadline: Saturday, Dec. 5.
Questions: 729-4090.
Yule concert set
The Northwest Florida Symphony
Orchestra and the Northwest Florida
Symphony Chorus will present "Holiday

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Friday, Dec. 4,
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Park, Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, at the
annual Yule of Yesteryear Holiday
Celebration and Victorian Tea, 10 a.m.-4
p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12.
Attend a Victorian Tea and view
unique holiday decor gleaned from
museum archives. There will be an orna-
ment-making booth for children, demon-

Pops!" 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at the
Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Center, Niceville.
It will be an evening filled with popular
holiday fare. Tickets: 729-6000.
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Enjoy old-fashioned Christmas festivi-
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office at Northwest Florida State College.
Sinfonia performance
Sinfonia Gulf Coast will present
"orchestral Holiday" at 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 19, at Grace Lutheran
Church, 4325 W. Commons Drive, Destin.
The orchestra will perfiann holiday
favorites as well as popular selections
from Mannheim Steamroller. Tickets may
be purchased for $25-$37.50 by calling
269-7129 or visiting

Destiny to perform
The Emerald Coast Concert
Association will present the Canadian sen-
sation Destino, whose exclusive perfiann-
ance engagement at the 2008 Beijing
Summer Ol ympics hurled them into the
international spotlight. Saturday, Dec. 19,
7:30 p.m., at Fort Walto~n Beach Civic
Auditorium. Their music--a blend of pop,
opera, gospel, soul, R & B, jazz, and
musical theater--is best described as "pop
with an opera romance flair-popera."
Single tickets are $22 in advance or
$25 at the door. Call 362-9356.

From previous page

ty schools, perfonning classical and hol-
iday favorites.
Memorial service
A Compassionate Friends Worldwide
Candle Lighting, held every second
Sunday in December, will be sponsored
by Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 6 p.m.,
Dec. 13, at the cemetery, 2201 N. Partin
Drive, Niceville. The service will also
include speakers, poems and refresh-
According to Compassionate Friends,
the service unites family and friends
around the globe in lighting candles for
one hour to honor and remember children
who have died at any age. Candles are lit
at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual
wave of light, when hundreds of thou-
sands of people commemorate and honor
these special children. Infonnation: Patti
Hrer, 729-1955
Niceville High concert
The annual Niceville High School holi-
day concert, "A Season of Song," will be
held 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, at the

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Florida State College. Doors open at 7 p.m.
"A Season of Song" will feature a can-
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Knights to march
The Rocky Bayou Marching Knights
will perform "You're a Mean One,
Mister Grinch: Don't Let the Grinch
Steal Christ Out of Christmas," 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Niceville
Christmas Parade, which is themed "A
Swinging Christmas on the Bayou."
Ruckel chorus
Ruckel Middle School will present its
chorus holiday program at 6:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, Dec. 8, at First Baptist Church,
622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville.
RBCS band, chorus
Rocky Bayou Christian School will
hold its high school band and chorus
Christmas concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec.
11, at the Niceville High School
Auditorium. A charity auction will also
be held.

Rocky concert
A Christmas concert at Rocky Bayou
Baptist Church will feature the Rocky
Bayou Christian School Beginning and
Junior High bands and the Beginning

Rocky Bayou Christian
School will hold its high
? school band and chorus
"r Christmas concert at 7
p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at the
Niceville High School

be presented to students 8:45 a.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 15 and again for parents at 6 p.m.
Lewis band, chorus
The Lewis Middle School band and
choral departments will present their winter
concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at
First United Methodist Church, 214 S.
Partin Drive, Niceville.

and Junior High choruses at 7 p.m.,
Monday, Dec. 14. The church is located
at 2401 N. Partin Drive, Niceville.
Ruckel band performs
Ruckel Middle School's winter band
concert will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec.
15, at the Niceville High School audito-

Destin band concert
Destin Middle School's band will have
its winter concert at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Dec. 15, at the school.
Edge musical
Edge Elementary's fourth grade musi-
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St. Paul Lutheran
A variety of events are planned at St.
Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John
Sims Parkway, Niceville, for the com-
munity Thanksgiving through New
Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. "We
Gather Together in Praise and
Thanksgiving" will feature the Sanctuary
Choir, Contemporary Praise Ensemble
and the Handbell Players as well as spe-
cial solos. Prior to the gathering is a
soup dinner served from 5:30 to 6:30
p.m. for a free-will donation.
St. Paul's Preschool will present its
Christmas Program 6 p.m., Monday,
Dec. 14. Come hear the story of the
Christ child as told through song and
word by youngsters ages 3-5.
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, brings three
events, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a
performance of "The Bethlehem
Prophetic Society." At 7:30 p.m. the 35-
voice St. Paul Sanctuary Choir performs
traditional Christmas songs with wood-
wind, string and percussion. At 11 p.m.,
accompanied by harp music, solos, and
the choir, the Nativity story is told in

tickets may be purchased in advance or
at the door. Information: 678-6062 or Admission
scholarships available. Advance registra-
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FOlk concert
The musical folk trio Ordinary Time
will perform 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3,
at First Baptist Church, 622 Bayshore
Drive, Niceville. There is no charge.
Children's musical
First United Methodist Church,
Niceville, will present its children's
Christmas musical, "It's a Wonder-full
Life," 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6.
'Christmas Hang-ups'
The Children's Choir of First Baptist
Church, Niceville, will present
"Christmas Hang-ups," 6 p.m., Sunday,
Dec. 6, at the church, 622 Bayshore
Christmas gatherings
The Worship Arts Ministry of First

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The Gann Brothers Gospel group will perform at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church
Niceville, during its Men's Night Out on Saturday, Dec. 5.

word and song.
IVlen's night out
Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, 2410
N. Partin Drive, Niceville, will host its
annual Men's Night Out and extends the
invitation to all men. The Saturday, Dec.
5, event features an advance-registration

catered barbecue dinner and a concert by
Panama City Gospel group The Gann
Brothers. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and
concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 (includes dinner and
concert), $15 (dinner only) and $10
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Center; 6 p.m., Traditional Service, Fellowship
Hall; 7:30 p.m., Traditional Service,
Fellowship Hall.
Lessons and Carols
First Presbyterian Church, 1800 E. John
Sims Parkway, Niceville, will hold its 19th
annual "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols"
Christmas Eve Service. The 7 p.m. service is
fashioned after the King's College Chapel
service, Cambridge, England.
First Presbyterian's service has been per-
formed since 1990. The participatory worship
service consists of Christmas carols mixed
with Christmas anthems and nine scriptural
lessons. Information: 678-2521.

Assembly of God
Niceville Assembly of God Church, 108 N.
Highway 85, is hosting three holiday-time
--Will and Crystal Yates New Nation Music
CD Release Concert, Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.,
Varsity Room.
_n"Time for Christ," musical drama present-
ed by the Production Choir, Sunday, Dec. 6, 9
a.m. and 11 a.m.
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Baptist Church, Niceville, will perform "The
Splendor of Christmas," at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 13, at the church, 622 Bayshore
The church will also present "Blue
Christmas," a service of hope for the hurting,
6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21 and a Christmas
Eve Candlelight Service, 6:30 p.m.
Christmas concert
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra will
perform their Timeless Christmas Tour Friday'
Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., at Rocky Bayou Christian
Church, 2401 N. Partin Dr., Niceville.
Tickets: $12, or $40 for a family.
Information: 678-6062.
Six church services
First United Methodist Church, 214 S.
Partin Drive, Niceville, will hold six
Christmas Eve services, Thursday, Dec. 24: 3
p.m., Children's Service, Community Life
Center; 4:30 p.m., Contemporary Service'
Community Life Center; 4:30 p.m.,
Traditional Service, Fellowship Hall; 6 p.m.,
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sponsoring its annual "Adopt an Angel"
charity program.
Go by the onfce at 1350 E. John
Sims Pkwy., Niceville and pick from
two angel trees. One tree has names of
children from the Department of
Children and Families and the other tree
has Christmas wishes for needy children.
Department of Children and Family
angel gifts must be returned to the onfce
by Tuesday, Dec. 8. Needy children
angel gifts can be returned by Sunday,
Dec. 20.
Omeie hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. More information:
Michelle, 678-5161, ext. 221.
Sharing Caring needs
Sharing and Caring, 104 Bullock
Blvd., Niceville, is in need of:
-Toothbrushes and toothpaste.
--Small containers of laundry soap.
-Bars of soap.
--Small bottles of dish detergent.

The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce
is spearheading a com-
munity project to send
local deployed troops
letters of encourage-
ment, support and grati-
tude during the holiday
season. The chamber
will accept letters
throughout November.

--Feminine hygiene items.
-One-pound bags of rice and noo-
dles (no prepackaged side dishes).
The charity, which aids the needy, is
open 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.
More information: 729-3600 or 678-

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From previous page
Business hours are Monday-Thursday 8
a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon.
There is also an after-hours dropbox.
Businesses, schools, families and
community members are invited to stop
by the Chamber office on Mondays and
Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to cre-
ate their messages to send overseas.
Paper, pens and greeting cards will be
available along with some suggested
points to include as you write.
The chamber's goal is to collect 700
letters to send. More information: 678-
Coats for Kids
In order to provide a warmer holiday
season for many Okaloosa County chil-
dren, the United Way is sponsoring its
Coats for Kids at Christmas drive now
through Dec. 5.
Clean, good-condition coats may be
dropped off at these locations: Bank of
America (any branch), BankTrust (any
branch), BB&T (former Colonial Bank,

Give a gift to a needy
child through
Century 21 Wilson
Minger Agency's
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any branch), BBVA Compass Bank (any
branch), Beach Community Bank (any
branch), Belki at Santa Rosa Mall,
Century Link (formerly Embarq),
Coastal Bank and Trust (any branch),

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City Bank (any branch), Okaloosa
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Toys f or Tots
Marines will be walking the Rotary
Club's parade route as the Toys for Tots
float makes its way through the streets
on Saturday, Dec. 5. Parade visitors are
asked to donate a new upwrapped toy for
a boy or girl as the Marines accompany
the float.

Clothes f or children
Okaloosa County Head Start is seek-
ing donations of coats, gloves, hats and
new underwear and socks for children 3
to 5 years old. Donations may be
brought to the Niceville center at Holy
Name Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso
Blvd. Hours for drop off are: 8 a.m.-3:30
p.m., Monday-Friday.
5K run for toys
First United Methodist Church,
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Children 12 & Under *4"(+ 7% tax) = $5o Babies in arms Fmee
i Tickets on sale dlay of tour 8:00 AM 3:00 PM i
at DeFuniak Springs Visitors Center on Circle Drive
PleaSO Call 850-892-3191 or 850-892-2004
for additional information.
Sponsored by Partners in Progress, a not-for-profit DeFuniak Springs organization.

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Saturday (SOS) Ministry. Register online
at, or at Community Life
Center Information Desk. Applications also
available online at Questions:
Kirk Herzog, 897-5174; Debbie Simmons,
897-7020 or Community Life Center
Information Desk 678-2821.
Needy children's party
Luces Navidefias is looking for volun-
teers, donors and sponsors for its fifth
annual Luces Navidefias needy children's
Christmas party. More than 500 children
and families are expected to attend. The
event will be held 1-5 p.m.. Sunday, Dec.
20, at the Boys and Girls Club's Teen
Center, 923 Denton Blvd., Fort Walton
The Latin-flavored party provides free
gifts, toys, clothes, food and entertainment
for all children that attend. Organizers are
also looking for donations from food estab-
lishments, especially those with
Hispanic/Latin menus, wishing to donate
all or part of the food that will be served at
the party. More information: Marybel
Milord, 218-7879.

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The Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoebox campaign collects gifts annually for
children around the world.

214 S. Partin Drive. Registration fee is
$15 until Dec. 9 and $20 thereafter
(through race day). There will be a Fun
Run for kids ages 2-10 at 9:30 a.m., cost

is $7.
Participants are asked to bring a new,
unwrapped toy to be given to the fami-
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Seasonal activities in the region

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Heritage open house
The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage
Park & Cultural Center will hold its annual
Christmas Open House at the Camp
Walton Schoolhouse and the Garnier Post
Office, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.
Come join the museums for a day of live
entertaimnent, children's games and crafts,
home-baked goodies, local history, and let-
ters to Santa. Both historic sites will be
decorated for an old-fashioned celebration.
The park and center are located at 139
Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. Infonnation:
Mike Thomin, 833-9595.
Civil War tour
Venture back into history with a Civil
War celebration, "Southemn Christmas
Furlough" in the historic Santa Rosa
County community of Bagdad (Exit 26 off
I-10, north one mile on SR 191). On
Saturday, Dec. 5, visit homes from that
period as well as more "modern" ones con-
structed circa 1910. Share music and
memories as well as some authentic
desserts and beverages as you stnall the
tree-lined main street of this National

A tour of homes in
historic DeFuniak
Springs will be held
Saturday, Dec. 5.
The tour will show-
-- case a variety of
architectural styles
and decorative
tastes. Tickets are
~L~i 3ji available the day of
the tour.

creations, pictures with Santa, visits from
local fire and police departments, a
Christmas choir, hot chocolate and cook-
ies, and more 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 5 at Baytowne Wharf of Sandestin,
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West.
Proceeds from the $7 admission will
benefit deployed military overseas.
Participants are also asked to bring one of
the following donations: a bag of dog food
for PAWS, used in-good-condition chil-
dren's coats for Children In Crisis, canned
goods for Sharing and Caring, or a new
wrapped toy fo~r Toys for Tots. More infor-
mation: 244-3126.

a variety of architectural styles and decora-
tive tastes.
Tickets are available the day of the tour
from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the DeFuniak
Springs Visitors Center on Circle Drive
and the Big Store on Baldwin Avenue.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for chil-
dren under 12. Babies in arms are free.
Sites are open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Infonnation: 850-892-3191.
Christmas, Sandestin
"Christmas Around the World," spon-
sored by AAA and Baytowne Wharf, fea-
tures a fun-filled day of ice skating, gift

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Mon. thru Sat 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

DeFuniak 'Reflections'
Celebrate the Season of Lights in
DeFuniak Springs. Take a riding tour
around Lake DeFuniak and enjoy the
beauty of 18,000 lights and the charm of
decorated seasonal characters, Nov. 28-
Dec. 31.
Each evening from 5 to 9 p.m., a drive
around the lake costs $3 per person (chil-
dren 6 and under are free). Season pass is
$35 and allows unlimited trips among the
brightly lit characters. More infonnation:
Howard Rinker, 850-892-5334, 850-974-
1067 or Web site

Holiday Nig hts, Lights
The Destin Colmnons presents Holiday
Nights & Lights shows every Tuesday and
Thursday at 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 8, 10, 15 and
17. The event features a community shar-
ing of holiday shows from area schools
and churches Free and open to the public.
Complete schedule of perfiannances:
DeFuniak home tour
This year's Tour of Homes in historic
Defuniak Springs is set for Saturday, Dec.
5. As in years past, the tour will showcase

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at Emerald Coast Nursery

Saturday, December 5 & 12
9 a.m. 5 p.m.

Northwest Florida yule events




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Time is running out to support this great program honoring our World
War II veterans. Emerald Coast Honor Flight not only pays all expenses for
the one-day round-trip journey to D.C., it provides qualified escorts and an
itinerary full of meaning for men and women who answered the call almost
seventy year ago. Yets share their nienories with others and experience the
love and respect of at least two living generations who came after them, up
close and personal. Your donation will help send more of our honorees (over
400 so far) on this migration in gratitude.
Please send your tax-deductible donation payable to Kiiwanis to:
Niceville-Valparaiso Kiiwanis Club
P.O. Box 1012
Niceville FL 32578-1012
with a note that it is for Honor Flight.
For a donation of $25 or more, Knvwants provides a gift T-shlrt bearing the screen copied above
In grey or white, 1\L L, or XL. To make T-shirt requests, call 678-3018.

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Area school bands and participating
applicants will provide musical enter-
tainment as the parade moves up Eglin
Parkway from First Street to the Kmart
parking lot.
The last float in the parade will fea-
ture Santa Claus accompanied by his
elves, which will be handing out
Christmas trinkets along the way.
Dog fashion show
Bring the family dog to Destin
Commons to strut their stuff on the
Doggy Red Carpet in their favorite holi-
day outfit at the annual Holiday Doggy
Fashion Show. All Holiday doggy-divas,
in small and large dog categories, will be
judged at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
Winners will be awarded great prizes.
Don't have a dog? Then bring the kids
hand come iu sna se g a o tsf e i
$5 per dg with registration noon-1:30
p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alaqua Animal
Christmas light hike
The Florida Trail Association will
take a Christmas light hike in downtown
Crestview, 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12.
Dinner afterward in a nearby restaurant.
Details: 682-6098 or choctaw.florida-
trail .org.

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Register Historic Village. Homes will open
at 2 p.m. and close at 7 p.m.
There will be "authentic" troop inspec-
tions of these homes for conscripts and
runaways, but all guests are invited to visit
the military headquarters located next to
Mr. Brown's Barber Shop.
Ticket information: 850-981-2623 or
850-983-3005 or

DeFuniak tree festival
The seventh annual Festival of Trees,
sponsored by the Chautauqua Hall of
Brotherhood Foundation, will be held 8
a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 1-7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6, at the beautiful and historic
Chautauqua Building on Circle Drive,
DeFuniak Springs.
Those interested in participating may
enter a decorated tree or wreath represent-
ing their business, organization or just
The cost of entering a tree is $50 and a
wreath is $25. To enter both costs only $65.
All proceeds go toward the restoration of
the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood and
the installation of a much-needed elevator.
More information: 892-7625 or 892-9634.

Crestview's 2009
Christmas parade on
Main Street will
begin at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5.

Christmas in Navarre
Navarre's annual "Christmas in the
Park", sponsored by the Navarre Beach
Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held
3-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Navarre
Park at the foot of the Navarre bridge.
This year's event will include a
Christmas parade that will start at 4 p.m.
from Winn Dixie and end at Vision Bank.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available
for photos with children from 4:30 to
7:30 p.m. Photos are $2. Free baked
goods will be available at Mrs. Claus'
bakery starting at 3 p.m. and the
Emerging Leaders of Navarre will sell
light concessions. The ever-popular raffle

will be held with a variety of gifts to
include eight children's bicycles.
The 20-foot Christmas tree will be
erected in the park, for the second yea
ina roa 5The tree lightigwillf tuning
local schools from Navarre, begins at 3
p.m. and continues throughout the event.
More information: 850-939-3267 or
FOrt Walton parade
"Crsta ,,odes i h e
for 'Chr 0 asr Meltodn se thee
Christmas parade scheduled for 6:30
p.m., Monday, Dec. 7. Mayor Mike
Anderson will serve as the Grand
Marshal in the annual event.

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apypr~eciartion for your loyal patronalge over the palst
15 year~s. Mary you anld yourr loved ones enljoy a
MerrIy Chrristmlas and a Happyy and Pr~ospe~rous New Yeal:



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