Tate Names Malone, Heintz As October Students Of The Month

October 31, 2013

Tate High School has named their October Students of the Month. They are Haley Malone and Noah Heintz. Pictured above are Tate Principal Richard Shackle, Haley Malone, Noah Heintz, and Assistant  Principal  Laurie Bedford. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Bratt Student Awarded In Symphony’s ‘Express Yourself’ Art Contest

October 30, 2013

A Bratt Elementary school fifth grader was a winner in a recent “Express Yourself” art contest held in conjunction with the Pensacola Symphony.

Amber Gilman placed third among fifth grade students in Escambia County and received a gift  basket and a $100 prize card from Pen Air Federal Credit Union. This was the third consecutive year that a Bratt student has placed in the contest.

Before attending a field trip to the Pensacola Symphony with music teacher Emily Pollard, fifth graders at Bratt listened to a piece entitled “Firebird: Kastcheir Dance” by Stravinsky. As they listened, the students created pieces of art that fit the mood of the music and the story line while they were in class with art teacher Meredeth Roberts.

On the field trip, students were able to see the winning art creations on display as they listened to the symphony performance.

Pictured: Megan Burke, Pensacola Symphony, Amber Gilman, and Meredith Roberts, Bratt Elementary art teacher. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Century Care Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

October 30, 2013

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the staff and Century Care Center wore pink. One of many CCC survivors, Angela Jackson, gave a short speech to residents and staff about the importance of early detection. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Escambia Professional Firefighters To Host ‘Fire And Ice Gala’

October 29, 2013

The Escambia County Professional Firefighters will host the Fire and Ice Gala this Saturday in Pensacola.

Dinner will be served, and there will be a silent auction and door prizes.  Guest speaker will be Jim Tolley, president of the Florida Professional Firefighters.

Proceeds from the event benefit the firefighter’s charity that provides money to families that have been burned out of their homes. The charity also provides for family members to visit other family members that have been burned at burn centers.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person. The event will be held at New World Landing, 600 South Palafox Street, from 5:30 until 10 p.m. Dress for men is a tuxedo, suit or dress uniform. Dress for women is an evening gown.

For tickets, call (850) 698-3105.

Ernest Ward Names October Students Of The Month

October 28, 2013

Ernest Ward Middle School has named their October Students of the Month. They (picture L-R) Kayla Galvan, eighth grade; Aurora McCann, seventh grade; and Keaton Solmonson, sixth grade. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

The Power Of Pink: Thousands Take Part In Breast Cancer Walk

October 27, 2013

About 15,000 people took part in the 11th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk Saturday morning in Pensacola.

“My sister and I walked with our mom who is a breast cancer survivor,” Tiffany White of Flomaton said after the walk along with her mother Brenda Peterson of Century.

Like Tiffany, most walked for a reason. For a mom, a grandmother, a friend or their own personal battle against breast cancer. For many, it’s a party-style event, with a variety of festive outfits. The walk begins at the former University Mall and ends at Cordova Mall.

“I try and walk every year in the Breast Cancer Walk, my grandma had it 15 years ago,” said Ashley Suggs of Cantonment. “She’s a survivor!”

There were hundreds of survivors  honored during the walk that raises nearly a half million dollars each year for breast cancer research and the American Cancer Society.

Pictured top: Valerie Craft of Century, survivor Brenda Peterson of Century and Tiffany White of Flomaton. Pictured below:  The view from Chris Jordan of Cantonment as an estimated 15,000 took part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk Saturday morning in Pensacola. Pictured inset: Ashley Suggs of Cantonment and family walk for her grandmother. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Photo Gallery: Hundreds Attend Williams Station Day

October 27, 2013

Hundreds attended the 22nd annual Williams Station Day in Atmore Saturday.

Williams Station Day takes its name from Atmore’s early history when in 1866 the community was a supply stop along the Mobile and Great Northern railroad.

Festival-goers were entertained by a wide variety of musical acts, and a wide variety of  arts and crafts were also available. The Alabama Blues Brothers provided the feature entertainment as part of their farewell tour.

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Pictured top: The Alabama Blues Brothers perform during Saturday’s Williams Station Day in Atmore. Pictured inset and bottom: Scenes from Williams Station Day. NorthEscambia.com photos by Marcella Wilson, click to enlarge.

Master Deputy Gulsby, K-9 Caleb Place In National Competition

October 27, 2013

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Wayne Gulsby of Molino and his K-9 partner Caleb recently won third place in the Police K9 Agility Competition during the United States Police Canine Association National Certification Course in Washington, D.C.

Gulsby has been employed by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for about 27 years, and K-9 Caleb has served since February of 2013. Caleb is a German bred and imported German Shepherd and is a certified patrol/bomb dog.

Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Weekend Gardening: Colorful Bedding Plants Can Brighten A Winter Day

October 27, 2013

Decreasing day length is a signal to start preparing for winter. Soon, deciduous shrubs will drop their leaves and the landscape will appear stark and less impressive. To keep the gloomy days of winter at bay, add cool season bedding plants to the landscape.

Bedding plants are those that are commonly used in residential and commercial landscapes to provide color and interest. No other group of plants can so quickly and economically create a colorful landscape.

Most bedding plants are annuals. These short-lived plants grow from seed, bloom and die within one growing season. The transient nature of annuals means that at the end of their season when they are no longer attractive, annuals are removed and replaced with new plantings.

Many flowering plants prefer a very specific season; therefore, bedding plants are classified into two groups based on the temperatures they prefer. Cool season bedding plants do best in the cold to mild temperatures of October through early May and generally tolerate typical winter freezes without protection.

According to a University of Florida/IFAS publication, bedding plants that can be added to the North Florida landscape now include alyssum, baby’s breath, calendula, carnation, dianthus, dusty miller, foxglove, hollyhock, ornamental cabbage and kale, pansy, petunia, snapdragons and violas.

Most annual bedding plants prefer to be in a sunny location. Prepare the planting beds several weeks before planting. First, remove any weeds or other unwanted plants from the bed. Next, turn the soil to a depth of about eight inches. Spread a two- to four-inch layer of compost, rotted leaves, aged manure, composted finely ground pine bark or peat moss over the bed, and then evenly sprinkle a light application of an all purpose fertilizer. Thoroughly blend the organic matter and fertilizer into the bed, rake smooth and you’re ready to plant.

Gardeners are accustomed to (and even demand) that bedding plants be in bloom when they are purchased. Some cool season bedding plants, however, will provide far superior results if they are purchased when young and before the colorful display begins.

Bedding plants are typically planted to make a dramatic statement. To accomplish that, place multiple plants of the same kind in a bed. Bedding plants generally look best and the beds will fill in better when the rows are staggered. Lay out the first row of plants spaced properly. The second row is laid behind the first row at the appropriate spacing from it, but the plants are placed between the plants of the first row so that they form triangles with those plants.

Flower beds of colorful bedding plants add a lot to the landscape but require a fair amount of maintenance to stay looking their best. Keeping beds well weeded is critical. A two-inch layer of mulch will help considerably in keeping weeds from growing, and using preemergence herbicides (weed preventers) may help in some situations. However, always plan on having to do some hand weeding.

Theresa Friday is the Residential Horticulture Extension Agent for Santa Rosa County.

Northview Band Ranked Best In Class At Dixieland Showcase

October 27, 2013

The Northview High School Tribal Beat Band took top honors in their class Saturday during the annual Dixieland Band Showcase at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton.

The Tribal Beat Band was named Best in Class Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, Drum Line and Band during the event. The Northview Band also received straight superiors in all categories but one and an overall superior rating.

Saturday’s event included bands from across Alabama and Florida.

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Pictured top and below: The Northview High School Tribal Beat Band, rated superior and Best in Class during the Dixieland Band Showcase at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton Saturday. Pictured inset:  Cory Hester, named Best in Class Drum Major during Saturday’s event.

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