Escambia County Native Inducted Into Florida 4-H Hall Of Fame

August 6, 2018

Florida 4-H honored several lifetimes of positive youth development last week week when five community leaders — including a North Escambia native — were inducted into the UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.

Henry Davis was born to John A. and Annie V. Davis and raised in Davisville. He joined 4-H in Escambia County in 1937, when he was 10-years old. A World War II veteran and UF alumnus, he became the director of UF/IFAS Extension Taylor County in 1954 and retired in 1982. During his tenure, five Taylor County youth served as state 4-H president — an impressive track record, considering Taylor County’s small and largely rural population.

Davis has been very involved in giving back to the Taylor County community, holding numerous positions in local organizations. In 2002, the Henry P. Davis Scholarship Fund was established to help disadvantaged Taylor County 4-H members attend 4-H summer camp.

Northview NJROTC Holds Orientation Camp

August 5, 2018

Incoming freshmen at Northview High School recently participated in a week-long Naval Science orientation camp for the NJROTC unit.  The learning and fun activities at the camp included a NJROTC program overview, Northview campus tour, basic drill, basic uniform standards, physical fitness, Adopt-A-Campus and a field trip to the Pensacola Lighthouse.

The focus was all about developing team-building skills and getting to know their future peers, and the program they will be participating in prior to the new school year and entering high school. Orientation was ran by graduates of the  Leadership Academy and Basic Leadership Training camp held yearly at NAS Pensacola.

Program participants were John Bashore, Aaliyah Cottrell, Jonathan Gibbs, Paige Gibbs, Wyatt Greenberg, James Hasty, Ethan Kilburn, Dallon Rackard, Ashton Ray, Aaliyah Tucker and Skylar Wise.

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Local Thrift Store Offers Back To School Deals, New Hours

August 5, 2018

A local thrift store has new hours, and they are have bargains just in time for back to school shopping.

The My Father’s Arrows Thrift Store in Century is now open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The store offers a clothing, housewares and more. It is located at 11 East Highway 4 near the railroad tracks, just east of North Century Boulevard.

My Father’s Arrows  is a faith based, community driven, public charity that helps children in foster care. Foster families received free merchandise when they provide their care and custody letter.

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Weekend Gardening: August To Do List

August 4, 2018

Here are gardening tips for the month of August from the UF/IFAS Extension program:

What to Plant

  • Bedding Plants: The hottest days of summer limit planting now to heat tolerant vinca, gaillardia, bulbine, and coleus.
  • Bulbs:Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily can be planted any time of the year, even late summer.
  • Herbs: Herbs that can be planted from plants (not seeds) include bay laurel, ginger,Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.
  • Vegetables: This month starts the fall planting season. Many cool season crops can be planted now, including a final crop of warm-season vegetables such as pepper. Tomato can be planted for the fall garden.
What to Do
  • Lawn problems: Damaged areas can be the result of insects, disease, or irrigation problems. Be sure to determine the cause so the proper remedy is used. Use a sharp mower blade and only remove 1/3 of grass blade to reduce stress on the lawn.
  • Palms: If older fronds are yellowing, you may have a magnesium or potassium deficiency. Apply an appropriate palm fertilizer.
  • Poinsettias: Pinch back poinsettias and mums before the end of the month to allow time for buds to form for winter bloom.
  • Ornamental Plants: Rapid growth and leaching rains may result in nutrient deficiencies in some plants. Fertilize those plants that show signs of deficiencies.
  • Bedding Plants: Remove spent blooms, cut back, and fertilize flowering annuals and perennials to extend the bloom season into the fall months.
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.

Molino Library Wraps Up Summer Reading Program

August 3, 2018

A West Florida Library Summer Reading Program Wrap Up Party was held Thursday at the Century Branch Library to celebrate the end of the library’s annual summer program.

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Summer Reading Program Wrap Up Party Held At The Library

August 2, 2018

A West Florida Library Summer Reading Program Wrap Up Party was held Wednesday at the Century Branch Library. Participants played games, received prizes, made slime, painted rocks and more to celebrate the end of the summer reading program.

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Back To School Shopping? Print A Supply List

July 28, 2018

School starts Thursday, August 10 in Escambia County, FL. This year, there is a single countywide list for all elementary schools and a single list for all middle schools.

Helpful dates: First day of school is August 13. The Back to School Tax Free Weekend is August 3-5.

Elementary School Supply Lists

Middle School Supply List

  • #2 Pencils
  • Blue or Black ink pens
  • Wide Ruled Notebook Paper
  • Pack of multi-colored highlighters
  • Zippered Binder or 2 inch, 3 ring notebook and set of 10 dividers
  • Ear buds
  • Texas Instruments TI30X solar powered calculator for Algebra I only
(High schools typically do not have a general supply list. Students are advised of their supply needs in each class.)

Weekend Gardening: Distinctly Southern Hydrangeas

July 28, 2018

by UF/IFAS Extension

Nothing defines a southern landscape more than hydrangeas.

These beautiful, large flowering shrubs fill gardens with their green, leafy foliage and incredible blooms during the warm months.

In order to ensure consistent and reliable blooms, these shrubs must be cared for correctly. In addition to proper site location, fertilizer and moisture conditions, hydrangeas may require pruning. Proper pruning includes correct timing.

Hydrangea aficionados are constantly debating pruning techniques. There are many different types of hydrangeas and pruning differs according to the type. It is a big genus of plants and so it’s important to know what type of hydrangeas you may have and on what type of wood they bloom on.

Blooms on old wood, prune after flowering

The bigleaf hydrangeas, known scientifically as Hydrangea macrophylla, are what most people think of when you mention hydrangeas. Most gardeners will know these as mopheads (also called hortensias) and lacecaps. Many of these blooms will be blue or pink although other colors now are available.

Many large colonies of bigleaf hydrangeas have existed around old homes for decades, surviving and blooming in spite of neglect.  This tells us that it is not necessary to prune bigleaf hydrangeas.

However, if you want to keep these shrubs within a defined boundary, control their height or rejuvenate old shrubs, it will be necessary to prune them.

Bigleaf hydrangeas can be reduced in size immediately after flowering.  A general rule of thumb is that you may remove up to a third of the shrub’s height.  Be sure to complete your pruning before August.  This is critical because next year flower blooms start to form in August.  Pruning after August will remove next year’s blooms.

There now is a small group of bigleaf hydrangeas that are everblooming or remontant.  Endless Summer® is one well-known brand.  According to the developers of these reblooming hydrangeas, remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom.  They are quite forgiving and will not suffer if left unpruned or pruned at the wrong time because these cultivars bloom on both old and new growth.

Our native oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a large, deciduous shrub that can grow up to six feet tall.  It has deeply lobed, oak-like leaves which turn bronze in the fall.   This plant does not usually need pruning. If reshaping or size-reduction is necessary, prune after blooms begin to fade.

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Lacecap hydrangea

Blooms on new wood, prune in early spring

Smooth hydrangea (H. arborescens) is the other U.S. native. The most common cultivar, ‘Annabelle’, produces rounded inflorescences that may reach up to a foot in diameter.

The panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata) is more of an upright type.  It is typically a 10 to 15-foot large shrub or low-branched tree.

Panicle and smooth hydrangeas flower on current year’s growth and can be pruned anytime from late summer until early spring. If pruning these two species in the spring, try to prune before leaves appear.

Winter pruning

Established bigleaf, panicle, oakleaf and smooth hydrangea plants can often benefit from rejuvenation pruning. Remove about one-third of the oldest stems each year.  The result is a fuller, healthier plant. This type of pruning is easiest to do in winter, since the absence of leaves makes it easier to see and reach inside plants.

Hydrangeas offer a wide variety of plants which can make the timing of pruning difficult to remember.  Just keep in mind, if in doubt, either don’t prune at all or prune after flowering.

Juggling Fun At The Library; Summer Reading Program Wraps Up Next Week

July 27, 2018

Juggler extraordinaire Ron Anglin visited West Florida Library branches this week as part of the Summer Reading Program.

The Summer Reading Program ends August 4. Next week, Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up parties will be held as follows:

– Tuesday, July 31, 11 a.m. – Southwest Branch Library at Big Lagoon State Park Amphitheatre
–Tuesday, July 31, 4 p.m. – Tryon Branch Library
– Wednesday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m. – Century Branch Library
– Wednesday, Aug. 1, 4 p.m. – Pensacola Library
– Thursday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m. – Molino Branch Library

Children will play games, receive prizes and celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program.

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Orientations Set For Escambia County Elementary, Middle School Students

July 26, 2018

Elementary and middle school orientations have been set for Escambia County students. They are as follows:

Elementary School Orientation – Aug.1, 2018

  • Pine Meadow Elementary School – 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. for Kindergarten Students

Elementary School Orientations – Aug. 9, 2018 (These events are for all grades unless otherwise noted.)

  • Jim Allen Elementary School  9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Bratt Elementary School 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
  • Bellview Elementary School  9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Beulah Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Blue Angels Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Brentwood Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Hellen Caro Elementary School 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • N.B. Cook Elementary 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. for all NEW students K-5. Start with a meeting in the auditorium. Then, 10:00 -11:00 for all students to meet teachers)
  • Cordova Park Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Ensley Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Ferry Pass Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Global Learning Academy 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Holm Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Kingsfield Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Lincoln Park Elementary School (1:00 p.m. for Grades K – 5, Pre-K Orientation is Friday, Aug. 10 at 1:00 p.m.)
  • R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Longleaf Elementary School 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • McArthur Elementary School 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Molino Park Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Montclair Elementary School 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. for Pre-K Orientation and then 9:00 -11:00 a.m. for all other grades.
  • Montclair Elementary School  8:00 – 9:00 a.m..for Pre-K
  • McArthur Elementary School 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Myrtle Grove Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Navy Point Elementary School 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
  • Oakcrest Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Pine Meadow Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m. for grades 1-5
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Scenic Heights Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • O.J. Semmes Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Sherwood Elementary School 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. for Pre-K students and then 9:00 -11:00 a.m. for grades K-5.
  • A.K. Suter Elementary School 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Warrington Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • C.A. Weis Elementary Community School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • West Pensacola Elementary School 9:00 -11:00 a.m.

August 10 (Friday)

  • 1:00 p.m. Lincoln Park Elementary School (Pre-K Orientation, Grades K-5 is Thursday, Aug. 9 at 1:00 p.m)

Middle School Orientations – August 9, 2018

  • Ransom Middle School 1:00 p.m. for all 6th graders and new 7th and 8th graders. Returning students will receive their schedules on the first day of school.
  • Bailey Middle School 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Bellview Middle School  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Beulah Middle School 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Brown Barge Middle School 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Ernest Ward Middle School 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Ferry Pass Middle School 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. for (6th graders and NEW students, in the gym, returning students receive their homeroom assignments via the mail. Schedules will be in Focus after 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 8)
  • Warrington Middle School (1:00 -2:00 p.m. for 6th grade and NEW Students, returning students will be notified by mail and call-out)
  • Workman Middle School 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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