4-H Kids Learn To Shop For Healthy Foods With Small Budget

February 7, 2016

Members of the Barrineau Park 4-H Club recently learned how to shop for healthy foods on a limited budget.

After the educational tour through the Grocery Advantage in Cantonment with UF/IFAS Extension leaders, Barrineau Park 4-H Club members and parents put their knowledge of reading food labels, picking whole grains, comparing prices, and much more into action.

Each participant successfully completed the $10 Challenge.  With the $10 they were given from a UF/IFAS/Share Our Strength grant, they bought a fruit, a vegetable, a whole grain, a lean protein, and a low- or no-fat dairy product all for $10 or less.

Pictured: Members of the Barrineau Park 4-H Club learn how to shop for healthy foods on a limited budget. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Tate High’s Hoskins Named ROTC Cadet Of The Year

February 7, 2016

Tate High School’s Alexis Hoskins had been named Northwest Florida’s Cadet of the Year and has received a full ROTC scholarship to the University of West Florida. Hoskins is pictured with Tate High Principal Rick Shackle. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

A Very Special Mardi Gras Parade (With Photo Gallery)

February 6, 2016

A very special Mardi Gras parade was held Friday morning for the special needs students of Escambia Westgate School.

With plenty of beads, Moon Pies, stuffed animals and smiles, the parade rolled through the school parking lot for sudents that might not otherwise be able to attend a regular Mardi Gras parade.

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Courtesy Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

The Way we Worked: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Coming To Molino

February 3, 2016

“The Way we Worked”, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, is coming to the Molino Museum next month.

The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, explores how work has become a central element in American culture. It traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections, including historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, film, audio and interactives, to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.

The exhibit will be open in the museum inside the Molino Community Complex on Highway 95A will be open Monday-Saturday from March 19 until April 30.

Plans are being made for a grand opening celebration with music, clogging, programs, additional exhibits and more.  Additional details will be published on NorthEscambia.com as the grand opening date approaches.

Tate High Hosting Souper Bowl And Student Gallery Night

February 3, 2016

The Tate High School Art Department is hosting a Student Gallery Night and Souper Bowl Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the Art Building. Students will be selling their own art work as well as hand-crafted ceramic bowls and soup or chili.  All proceeds from the sale of the bowls and food will benefit their ceramics classes, with 10 percent going to the Manna Food Bank.

The cost is $10 to purchase a handmade bowl plus food and drink, or $5 to purchase just food and drink. The public is invited to join in and support the arts at Tate High School.

Pictured above and below: Some of the bowls available during the Souper Bowl event at Tate High School. Pictured bottom: Some of the student art pieces that will be for sale. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

An Early Spring? North Escambia Weather Ducks Miss Shadow

February 2, 2016

On  this Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, the world famous groundhog, did not see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Our local weather guys, the NorthEscambia.com Weather Ducks, also missed their shadow Tuesday morning and  predicted an early spring from Walnut Hill, FL.

Forklore says that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, it means six more weeks of winter. We did not have a groundhog handy for a photo, but we did have the NorthEscambia.com Weather Ducks.

For those that might be a little unsure as to the weather ducks’ ability, we offer the two photographs below showing the weather ducks predicting six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day 2010 and 10 days later with their snowman in Atmore.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated For ACM Station And Morning Show Of Year

February 2, 2016

Pensacola’s locally-owned country radio station, CatCountry 98.7, has been nominated as Radio Station of the Year in their market size by the Academy of Country Music (ACM).  This is the station’s eighth nomination in the last 12 years for an award they won in  2006, 2009 and 2011.

Local radio personalities Brent & Candy have also been nominated for Radio Personalities of the Year for The CatPak Morning Show.  Brent previously won the ACM Personality of the Year in

2009. Brent & Candy’s CatPak Morning Show is “Live & Local” from 5-10 a.m. weekdays both on the air and online at  www.CatCountry987.com.

The 51st annual ACM Awards Show is set for Sunday April 3 in Las Vegas and will be shown live on CBS (locally on WKRG TV 5) beginning at 7 p.m..  It will be hosted live by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

Dave Hoxeng, owner of Cat Country 98.7 and NewsRadio1620, said “I’m so proud of our whole team of 26 people here in Pensacola. They are passionate about our community and about country music. This is a great honor.”

Pictured Cat Country 98.7 received their third Academy of Country Music Radio Station of the Year award in 2011. Accepting the trophies from Sony recording star Sara Evans in Las Vegas were Mary and Dave Hoxeng, owners of Cat Country 98.7. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

Northview Grad Awarded Prestigious American FFA Degree

January 29, 2016

Courtney Solari, a 2014 graduate of Northview High School, has received her American FFA Degree, which is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA. The degree is presented after the FFA member graduates from high school.

Less than half of one percent of all FFA members receive the American FFA Degree, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.  The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to over a half million student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Solari was unable to attend the FFA National Convention last October. The degree was presented to her Thursday by Northview FFA Advisor Perry Byars.

Pictured: Courtney Solari, left, receives her American FFA Degree from Northview FFA Advisor Perry Byars. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Molino Park Students Dress As 100-Year Olds

January 28, 2016

Molino Park Elementary School students celebrated the 100th day of the school year Wednesday by dressing up like 100-year olds.

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NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Price, click to enlarge.

Florida Sends Trucks For D.C. Blizzard Cleanup, Funny Message Included

January 28, 2016

The Florida Department of Transportation has sent 15 dump trucks from the Sunshine State to help dig Washington, D.C. out from the snow. Each truck has a friendly message on the back from VisitFlorida — “Sharing the sunshine” and a hitchhiking snowman holding a sign that says “Florida Bound”.

“Florida is glad to help Washington, D.C., dig out from the snow I have seen on my visit here this week,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “Our state will provide 15 dump trucks with a message of ‘Sunshine’ to encourage residents as they clean up and recover.”

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold (FDOT) said, “The Florida Department of Transportation is proud to provide important equipment to the residents of the District of Columbia. Our trucks will not only help with snow removal, but will also remind Washington D.C. residents that the Sunshine State welcomes their visit anytime.”

Will Seccombe, president & CEO of Visit Florida  said, “While Florida is proud to help out the nation’s capital in the aftermath of this storm, we also want to send a friendly reminder to our chilly northern neighbors that we have plenty of sunshine and warm weather for them to enjoy here in the Sunshine State.”

FDOT will provide the 15 dump trucks and 31 state employees to assist with snow removal from the recent storm. The equipment and personnel are from Northwest Florida, Northeast Florida and Central Florida.

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