Weekend Gardening: What To Do Before November’s End

November 23, 2014

Here is your November gardening calendar from the University of Florida/IFAS Extension:

What to Plant

  • Bedding Plants: Create a display of fall colors with cool season plants. Some to try are pansy, viola, and chrysanthemum.
  • Bulbs: Bulbs to plant this month include amaryllis, crinum, and daylily. Plant Lycoris (spider lily) in partial shade. Plants will produce foliage in winter and beautiful red flowers emerge in late summer.
  • Herbs: Continue planting herbs from seeds or plants. A wide variety of herbs like cooler, dryer weather, including cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, sage, and thyme.
  • Vegetables: Continue planting cool season crops such as beet, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, kale, and lettuce.

What to Do

  • Citrus: If freezing temperatures are predicted, protect small citrus trees by watering  well at least a day before the freeze. You may also use covers that extend to the
  • ground for protection.
  • Scale on ornamental plants: Now that temperatures are lower, use dormant oil sprays to control scale insects on trees and shrubs.
  • Irrigation: Plants need less supplemental watering in cooler weather. Turn off  systems and water only if needed.
  • Flowering Trees: Taiwan cherry is an ornamental cherry suitable for north Florida. Late winter will bring pink buds so consider planting one now.
  • Birds: As you prune your plants during the cooler months, make a small brush pile in the back of the yard for birds.
  • Camellias: Add some of the new cultivars for bright spots of color in winter. Disbudding, or removing some buds now, will insure larger blooms later.

What to Do Every Month

  • Adjust irrigation based on rainfall.
  • Deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms.
  • Monitor the garden for insects and disease.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials and water until established.

NHS Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Holds Community Worship Service

November 20, 2014

The Northview High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) sponsored a student led worship event Wednesday night in the school gymnasium.

Northview students joined with area churches to present the service which included music, student testimonies and a message from guest speaker Pastor Nathan Brown of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church.

NorthEcambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Operation Christmas Child Collections In Full Swing At FBC Bratt

November 20, 2014

Wednesday night, youth at the First Baptist Church of Bratt packed  shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

It’s National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child at the church. or the 21st year, the simple, gift-filled shoe boxes will bring Christmas joy and evangelistic materials to children in over 130 countries across the world.

The First Baptist  Church of Bratt is the official OCC Relay Center for the north end of Escambia County, FL, through next Monday. The FBC Bratt will also accept boxes from individuals, groups or churches in Escambia County, AL, again this year.

Remaining collection hours at the First Baptist Church of Bratt are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday, Nov. 22: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – noon, 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child boxes should be packed in a specific manner, and there are changes this year. For more information, call Hawsey at the First Baptist Church of Bratt at (850) 327-6529, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, or call (800) 353-5949. Resources are available for churches that wish to participate.

Pictured: Youth at the First  Baptist Church of Bratt packed Operation Christmas Child boxes Wednesday night. Photos by Marcella Wilson for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Thursday Is The Great American Smoke Out; Tobacco Free Florida Can Help

November 20, 2014

Thursday The Great American Smokeout, and the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is encouraging tobacco users across the state to quit  or at least make a quit plan.

The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is currently in its 39th year. The observance raises awareness about the dangers of smoking and the many effective resources available to successfully quit.

“Though the prevalence of adult and youth smoking in Florida continues to decline we must remain vigilant in our efforts to help Floridians end their use of cigarette products,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “When you make the decision to quit you are taking a step in the right direction to improve health for yourself, your loved ones and your community.”

While quitting tobacco is difficult, it is not impossible. There are more former smokers in Florida than there are current smokers.[i] Those who have tried to quit in the past but relapsed are encouraged to try again. Many former smokers make several attempts before quitting permanently.

Tobacco Free Florida offers three “free and easy” ways to quit using tobacco:

  • CALL: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach who will help assess a user’s addiction and help create a personalized quit plan.
  • CLICK: Enroll in the Web Coach which will help to create a web-based quit plan unique to each individual user, visit https://www.quitnow.net/florida.
  • COME IN: Visit AHEC’s website, http://ahectobacco.com, to locate a local AHEC and sign up for Quit Smoking Now group classes.

The Department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the state’s three ways to quit. Since 2007, more than 93,400 Floridians have successfully quit using one of these free services.

Just Nuts: Bratt Elementary Students Learn About Peanuts, Nutrition

November 19, 2014

Students at Bratt Elementary School learned about peanuts, farming and nutrition Tuesday morning during an Escambia Count Extension program. Pictured above: Local farmer Scott Walker shares his story about growing peanuts with Bratt Elementary School third graders. Pictured below: Making homemade peanut butter. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


Escambia County Commission Honors Top K-9 Team

November 18, 2014

An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team recently named one of the best in the country was honored Monday night by the Escambia County Commission for their dedication and many hours of training.

The ECSO team won first place in the four-man team competition at the United States Police Canine Association Police Dog Trials in October in Wilson, NC. Team members are Mark Smith with his K-9 Jeck, Wayne Gulsby with his K-9 Caleb  Carlos Lizarraga and his K-9 Saban, and Jason Land with his K-9 Edo. Lizarraga is employed by the Foley Police Department, but trains with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Pictured top: Lt. Jason Potts, Carlos Lizarraga, Wayne Gulsby, Jason Land and Mark Smith. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

FFA Smoked Meat, Citrus Sales Underway

November 17, 2014

The annual Northview High School FFA Alumni Smoked Turkey and Boston Butt Sale is now underway, just in time for Thanksgiving. And, the Northview FFA’s Fruit Sale is also underway with delivery before Christmas.

Turkeys And Boston Butts

In the annual fund raiser, you can choose either a seven to nine pound smoked Boston butt or a 10-12 pound smoked turkey for $30 each.

Boston butts will be available for pickup on Monday, November 24, and the the smoked turkeys will be available for pickup on Tuesday, November 25 at either Highland Baptist Church in Molino or the Northview Ag Department.

Proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Northview High School FFA Scholarship Fund. The sale is sponsored by Archie’s Catering Smokehouse in Molino. For a printable order form, click here. Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 20.

Fruit Sale

The NHS FFA is selling citrus in attractive 2/5, 1/2 or 4/5 bushel boxes perfect for gift wrapping. The Florida citrus is from RiverBrite in Vero Beach.

Orders must be made by Monday, December1. The delivery date is Wednesday, December 17.

For an order form click here. Order forms and payment can be returned to Northview by mail (the address is on the order form), or dropped off at the school office. Fruits available include red apples, grapefruit, navel oranges, tangelos and Hamlin oranges. Mixed trio half bushels are also available.

For more information, call (850) 327-6681, ext. 248.

Watercolors On Display This Month At Molino Branch Library

November 17, 2014

The art of Patsy Pennington is on display this month at the Molino Branch Library.

Pennington’s favorite subjects are usually found in nature which she depicts in an almost abstract manner for the full advantage of the transparency and flow of the watercolors. Her works have earned her membership in numerous watercolor societies throughout the nation and innumerable awards.

She has illustrated four books for Peter Pauper Press –  “Friends Make the Difference, “GIft of Friendship”, “Friends Make the Best Presents” and “Teachers Make a Difference”.

Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

First Baptist Bratt Will Serve As Operation Christmas Child Central

November 16, 2014

Volunteers will soon be busy at the First Baptist Church of Bratt during “National Collection Week” for Operation Christmas Child. For the 21st year, the simple, gift-filled shoe boxes will bring Christmas joy and evangelistic materials to children in over 130 countries across the world.

National Collection Week for OCC is November 17-24. The First Baptist  Church of Bratt will be the official OCC Relay Center for the north end of Escambia County, FL. The FBC Bratt will also accept boxes from individuals, groups or churches in Escambia County, AL, again this year.

“This is not about the FBC of Bratt”, says Student Pastor Tim Hawsey, Relay Center coordinator. “This is about being a blessing and bringing God’s love and hope to children in poverty around the world that would not  receive it otherwise. We have gone through the intense process of been approved as a church to be a Relay Center to collect the boxes from individuals, families, and churches of our area, document and pack them into special cartons and take them to the next level for Samaritan’s Purse, and we are blessed to do it.”

Collection hours at the First Baptist Church of Bratt will be:

  • Monday, Nov. 17: 8 a.m. – noon, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. – noon, 4 PM – 6 PM
  • Thursday, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday, Nov. 22: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – noon, 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child boxes should be packed in a specific manner, and there are changes this year. For more information, call Hawsey at the First Baptist Church of Bratt at (850) 327-6529, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, or call (800) 353-5949. Resources are available for churches that wish to participate.

Pictured: Some of the Operation Christmas Child boxes collected at Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church in Bogia. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Troopers ‘Stuff The Charger’ For Manna Food Pantries

November 14, 2014

The local Florida Highway Patrol troop based in Pensacola “Stuffed the Charger” during their inaugural food drive. The food was delivered to the Manna Food Pantries. Statewide, the FHP collected over three tons of food during the event. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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