December 6, 2013
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December 6, 2013
Here are some events taking place tonight in the North Escambia area:
Barrineau Park Music Night
The monthly Barrineau Park Music Night will be held at the Barrineau Park Community Center on Friday, December 6. The singing starts at 6:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available beginning at 5 p.m. The featured bands will be the Rowell Family Bluegrass Band at 6:30 followed by the Southern Sound Bluegrass Band at 7:30. The event is a family-friendly — no alcohol is permitted on the property, and no smoking is allowed in or near the building. For more information, call (850) 572-4433. The Barrineau Park Community Center is located on Barrineau Park School road, about three miles west of Molino.
Byrneville Elementary Christmas Carnival
The Byrneville Elementary School Christmas Carnival is tonight from 5:00-7:00. The basket auction begins at 7:00. Tickets for games, food, pictures with Santa, and the country store are five for $1 until 3:00 p.m. Friday. After 3:00 p.m. tickets are 25 cents each..
An Evening In Bethlehem
Gonzalez United Methodist Church will present “An Evening in Bethlehem” Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m each evening. Come experience the people, places and circumstances that surrounded the birth of Jesus Christ. Live animals and actors will round out the setting of Bethlehem on that night. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. Tour and refreshments included. Handicap accessible. The church is located at 2026 Pauline Street in Cantonment. (850) 968-6006 or visit www.gonzalezmethodist.org.
December 6, 2013
The Century Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas Open House Thursday afternoon. Chamber members, prospective members and area residents had the opportunity to network and learn more about what the Century Chamber offers and meet newly hired Economic Development Coordinator Cindy Anderson.
Pictured top: Tri-City Ledger Publisher Joe Thomas and Lina Showalter enjoyed the refreshments at the annual Century Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House Thursday afternoon. Pictured inset: Margie McCall (left) and the chamber’s newly hired Economic Development Coordinator Cindy Anderson. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
December 5, 2013
Ernest Ward Middle School recently held their annual Science Fair. Winners were as follows:
Overall Winners (pictured top)
1st Madison Kemp “Going Green as You Clean”
2nd Micah Calhoun “Potato Chip Grease Investigation”
3rd Cloe Smith “Wild about Dyeing”
1st Going Green as You Clean—Madison Kemp 7th grade
2nd Water Differences—Addison Albritton and Raleigh Woodfin 6th grade
3rd Water Purification—Logan Hall 8th grade
Botany (pictured above)
1st Flower Power—Bailey Seibert 6th grade
2nd Plant Growth—Rhayshawanna Davidson 8th grade
3rd Plant Growth—Alayna Brown 8th grade
Behavioral and Social Sciences (pictured above)
1st Finger Prints—Trent Kite 6th grade
2nd Stroop Test—Jessica Muse and Jarrod Davison 8th grade
3rd Learning a New Task—Seth Killam 7th grade
Chemistry (pictured above)
1st Wild about Dyeing—Cloe Smith 6th grade
2nd Marshmallow Meltdown—Josh Wilson
3rd Dissolving Salt—Delaney Reynolds 7th grade
Physics (pictured above)
1st Wind verses Water on Plant Life—Savanah Nielsen and Camren McClemore 8th grade
2nd Project: Clear Ice—Breanna Deloach and Jenna Black 8th grade
3rd Frozen Ice—Trevor Borden
Biochemistry (pictured above)
1st Harmony in Plants—Elijah Harigel 6th grade
2nd Rubber Egg—Julie Coleman 8th grade
3rd Growth Rate by Color of Epsom Salt Crystals—Alabama Gilley 7th grade
Microbiology (pictured above)
1st Bread Mold 2.0–Alex McMinn 7th grade
2nd Growth of Mold—Cameron White 7th grade
3rd Mold Growth—Katie Buford 7th grade
Engineering (pictured above)
1stRocketology—Ian Gifford 6th grade
2nd Solar Still—Ryan Joseph 7th grade
3rd Superman Shapes—Triston Long 8th grade
Health Science (pictured above)
1st Potato Chip Grease Investigation—Micah Calhoun 6th grade
2nd Belching Beverages—Brandon Sheldt 6th grade
3rd How does packaging effect the ripening of fruit—Cassidy White 6th grade
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December 5, 2013
Gulf Power Company is joining other utilities by sending a storm team of 74 employees to assist Oncor with restoration as a winter storm is expected to bring ice and wind to the region.
Oncor, the host utility, serves 10 million customers in the northeast and west-central Texas areas and covers all expenses incurred by the supporting utilities. The crews will be restoring power in the Dallas area.
The storm team includes 52 line personnel and 22 support personnel who will leave in convoys Thursday morning from Pensacola, Crestview and Chipley.
“Our crews are experts in restoration and are often called upon to help in the wake of these devastating storms,” said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power spokesperson. “They’re battle-tested and ready.”
The last time Gulf Power crews were called on to help during a winter storm, they experienced very similar conditions.
“Our last winter storm trip was to the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast last year, so working in wintry conditions is fresh on our minds,” said Rogers. “This experience helps our crews keep their skills sharp — it’s a great value for our customers and means faster restoration right here at home.”
Pictured: Gulf Power crew works to restore power after a snowstorm last winter near Hot Springs, Arkansas. File photos, click to enlarge.
December 4, 2013
Encouraging kids to get creative in the kitchen is a fun way to make great memories, meals and moments together.
Last year’s top entries ranged from a sweet and spicy sandwich to satisfying snacks and dreamy desserts. Inspire your family with these delicious recipes.
The most recent champ, 9-year-old Jacob C., impressed the judges with his savory Mexican-inspired sandwich using chocolate flavored hazelnut spread.
Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta
Makes: 1 Sandwich
Crisco(r) Original No-Stick Cooking spray
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons Jif(r) Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread
1/3 cup condensed tomato soup
Juice of half a lime (about 2 tablespoons)
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green chili peppers
3/4 cup pulled rotisserie chicken, heated
1 bolillo roll, sliced lengthwise
1 slice Monterey Jack cheese, halved
3 avocado slices
1/2 cup thinly sliced lettuce
1/8 cup chopped tomato
Dollop of sour cream (optional)
1. SPRAY small sauce pot generously with no-stick cooking spray; sauté minced onion and garlic over medium-high heat until tender.
2. STIR in spread, tomato soup, lime juice, cumin, cilantro and green chili peppers. Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. REMOVE sauce from heat. Toss half the sauce with pulled chicken; place mixture on bottom half of roll.
4. TOP with cheese slices and place sandwich open-faced under toaster oven or broiler for 2 to 3 minutes until cheese melts. Remove sandwich from oven, and place sliced avocado on top of melted cheese.
5. ADD lettuce, tomatoes, dollop of sour cream (optional) and top half of roll. Use remaining sauce as extra or to make another sandwich.
Peanut Butter Pear-ot
Makes: 2 Sandwiches
2 tablespoons Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1 pear, shredded
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 celery stalk, sliced thin
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 whole wheat flatbread wraps
2 tablespoons Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread
1 teaspoon chopped dry roasted peanuts
1. MIX peanut butter, pear, carrot, celery and dried cranberries in medium bowl.
2. DIVIDE mixture between two flatbread wraps. Wrap snugly. Cut each wrap in half.
3. SPREAD hazelnut spread on cut halves of wraps, and sprinkle on chopped peanuts.
4. PREPARE to delight your taste buds. Don’t forget to share with a friend.
Apple Fries Peanut Butter Surprise
Makes: 1 Sandwich
1 8-inch flour tortilla
3 tablespoons Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
1 tablespoon granola (small chunks)
1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
1 large apple
1. LAY tortilla flat on plate. Spread 2 tablespoons peanut butter in 4-inch circle in top center of tortilla (start about 2 inches down from top).
2. SPRINKLE 1 tablespoon of granola and 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips on top of peanut butter. Lightly press in.
3. CUT one apple to look like French fries. Lay apple fries vertically on top of the peanut butter circle. Place all apple fries on top of peanut butter; stack if necessary.
4. SPREAD remaining 1 tablespoon peanut butter to line edges of entire bottom half of tortilla.
5. FOLD up bottom half of tortilla to cover half of apple fries. Take right side of tortilla and fold in. Take left side and fold in as well, overlapping the right side. Dab some peanut butter to “glue” sides together.
6. TO EAT: Pull out apple fries one by one, and/or eat like a sandwich.
Bananas Foster PB & B
Makes: 1 Sandwich
4 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 thick slices of bread
2 tablespoons Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
Crispy cooked bacon
1. MELT butter in pan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Peel and slice bananas in half, then slice again lengthwise. Once it begins to bubble, put in slices of banana and cook until bananas are warm, about 2 to 3 minutes.
2. TOAST bread. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or more, if desired) on each piece of toast.
3. PLACE bacon slices on one side of toast.
4. GENTLY place warm banana slices on top of other piece of toast.
5. CLOSE sandwich and slice in half.
Banutter Cream Sandwiches
Makes: 4 Sandwiches
2 ripe bananas
4 tablespoons Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon honey
8 chocolate graham crackers
1. PEEL 2 ripe bananas and cut into 1-inch slices. Freeze bananas for at least 1 hour, then remove from freezer and put into blender.
2. ADD 4 rounded tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of honey, and blend well.
3. SPOON mixture onto graham cracker and place another graham cracker on top (should make 4 sandwiches).
4. PUT sandwiches in freezer until mixture is frozen solid.
December 3, 2013
The Century Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas Open House on Thursday.
Chamber members, prospective members and area residents are invited to attend the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn more about what the Century Chamber offers while enjoying light refreshments from 3-6 p.m. at 7811 North Century Boulevard. For more information, call (850) 256-3155.
Pictured above: Oakland Ard and Lina Showalter enjoy refreshments during the 2012 Christmas Open House at the Century Chamber of Commerce. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.
December 3, 2013
There is still time to enter the Molino Christmas Parade which will roll down Crabtree Church Road at 11 a.m. Saturday.
To participate in the parade, preregister at Fran’s Diner or the day of the parade. Registration fees are $30 for floats; $20 for vehicles, motorcycles, tractors or golf carts; and $15 each for horses. No 4-wheelers or go-carts. All proceeds go directly back to the community to help children in need.
For more information, contact Charity at (850) 324-4463 or Fran’s Diner at (850) 587-2803.
Donations such as toys and non-perishable food can be dropped off at Fran’s Diner. T he parade rain date will be Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Pictured: The 2012 Molino Christmas Parade. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.
December 1, 2013
Those motorist telephone call boxes along Florida’s highways will mostly be a thing of memory.
The state Department of Transportation is removing all but a few of the 2,752 push button call boxes from along its highways as personal cell phones have reduced the need for the roadside phones.
The removal, estimated to cost around $200,000, has already started.
By not having to maintain the system, including the interconnecting consoles at Florida Department of Highway dispatch offices and base stations, the state is expected to save $1 million a year.
The move will leave Pennsylvania and Hawaii as the only states that offer roadside motorists call boxes.
The boxes were installed in the early 1970s, back at a time when those seeking police, medical or automotive aide would have otherwise had to hoof it or hitch a ride to the closest businesses or residence with a pay phone.
However, for more than a decade the use of the boxes has been on a steady decline, falling from 56,674 calls in 1998 to 22,051 in 2004 and 7,807 in 2012.
“There’s been a dramatic decline in usage over the years,” O’Brien said. “The technology is antiquated and we’re doing a lot of stuff with ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems programs) and the Road Rangers.”
ITS is a fiber optic system of traffic cameras, overhead message signs, microwave vehicle detectors, travel time sensors, road and weather information sensors, and highway advisory radios that is in place along 1,259 miles of interstate and turnpike. Work began this week putting the system in place in the northwest, along a section of I-10 and U.S. 231, at a cost of $24 million.
Along I-10, from the Alabama line to Jacksonville, the calls have dropped from 3,571 in 2004 to 1,143 last year from 464 call boxes.
December 1, 2013
Century is all decked out with Christmas decorations along North Century Boulevard. Last year, the town bought 42, 50-inch Christmas wreaths with energy saving LED bulbs and 24-inch bows.
The wreaths were ordered from Dixie Decorations in Montavello, Ala., for $15,047, while the bows were purchased from a local business for $3,918. It also cost the town $2,734 to have Gulf Power wire three poles that previously did not have electricity for three of the wreaths.
Pictured: Lighted wreath decorations adorn nearly four dozen utility poles along North Century Boulevard in Century. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.