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Big Daddy's Barbecue restaurant expands

Robin Weaver knows her barbecue, and for her, there’s nothing like Memphis barbecue. And that’s the way the co-owner of Big Daddy’s Barbecue in Pace has been serving up her plates, with her husband for over 12 years now. So far, Weaver has been at her location in the strip mall at the corner of West Spencer Field and Norris roads near Pace High School for almost three years. Recently, Weaver expanded the restaurant to seat more customers. The expansion was done to meet the needs of the influx of customers she’s been getting. Even though she expanded her seating area, her dream of serving barbecue started small. Originally, her husband Mike started the business out of a small trailer that went from festival to festival serving up their barbecue the only way they knew how—Memphis style. Soon, the business was invited to set up shop permanently in the Pace Furniture parking lot where they served customers until the furniture store decided to expand. The trailer was soon towed to a different parking lot until Hurricane Ivan hit in 2004. “Ivan put a tree down the center of the trailer,” Weaver said. “At that point, we were really out of business.” But that tree didn’t stop Robin and her husband from getting the business back up and running again. Up until that point, business had been steady, but not booming. But when the two fixed the trailer and got it back up and running, business picked up dramatically. “We had it up and running by the middle of December that year, and business just boomed,” Weaver said. It wasn’t until 2009 that Robin and her husband heard about the vacancy at the West Spencer Field Shops strip mall near the high school and decided to take a leap into a new adventure. “I wasn’t too sure about the whole strip mall idea,” Weaver said. “I always wanted to be a little mom and pop store.” But when Weaver walked into the building and noticed the kitchen, she immediately gave in. “We fell in love with the kitchen,” Weaver said. And when she moved into the building, word of mouth spread. Back in mid summer, Weaver’s tenant beside her moved out, she said she haggled with the landlord to get the next suite over to expand her business to allow for more seating. The haggling paid off. “We had it (the expansion construction) done in one weekend,” Weaver said. “We knocked down the wall and had to be closed that Tuesday, but we got it done.” So far, the expansion, which was completed in August, has served her well. During the lunch rush, both her original and expanded dining room are usually seen maxed out. “We’re taking a big leap by expanding because of the economy, but so far it’s been great,” Weaver said.

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Thinkin' Pink event seeks sponsors and contestants

Cindy Brochu, left, and Robin Thomas from Red Barn Barbecue proved sometimes it’s ok to stare as they wore bras covered in a half rack of ribs.

The 2nd Annual Thinkin' Pink event is still accepting vendors and contestants for the upcoming event which will be held on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is sponsored and presented by the Santa Rosa Clean Community System and will benefit American Cancer Society breast cancer awareness and local patient services. and will be held on the southeast corner of Berryhill and Stewart Street, across from the Chamber of Commerce, and just north of Highway 90 in Milton. It is also part of the 9th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. A bra decorating contest will be held in conjunction with the Thinkin' Pink activities. Women are encouraged to decorate a bra with a theme or in memory or honor of a loved one. Entry fee is $10 or if you raise a minimum of $50 in donations by "showing off your bra" there is no entry fee. First, second and third place winners will be awarded as well as a "Show Award" for the person who raises the most in donations over $200. A reception for those entering will also be held. All four winners will win hotel stays along the Gulf Coast! Individuals, groups, organizations and businesses are invited to participate the day of the event. Arts, crafts, jewelry, candles and more will be available. Booth spaces are $25 and are 10' x 10' in size. Entry forms are available via email or you can stop by the Clean Community's Green-Up Nursery, 6758 Park Ave, just east of Milton High School, Tuesday through Saturday, between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The SRCC office phone is 623-1930. For more information on the event, bra contest entry form or vendor form, email thinkinpinksrcc@aol.com. Deadline for entering the event is Oct. 9.

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Letters to the Editor- September 22, 2012

Reflect on what?

I am writing in response to your editorial on Wednesday, Sept. 19 (A Week to Reflect) Reflect on what?.” “…(we must) understand the pictures we are shown on the evening news are not always the whole story.” So What? Does anyone really believe every thing they read or see in today’s biased, slanted “news?” Does this statement mean we are to ignore the whole murderous event because we are not “always shown the whole story?” The writer says there are good and bad in every religion and country. So What? That has absolutely nothing to do with Americans being murdered! The editorial must have been written by an Islamic adherent, or, by someone who is totally ignorant of the religion and/or the politics of it all. If anyone believes those murders were about the “movie,” they must also believe in the tooth fairy! I am outraged that the Press Gazette would editorialize with a piece that sounds like an apology to the radicals. Bill Bledsoe Milton, Fla.

Thanks Press Gazette

I have enjoyed reading your articles highlighting local businesses, especially the Milton Quality Bakery. For years that business has supported community fundraising efforts. I miss buying eclairs, a no-no, for my good friend Ida Rutledge. We are both diabetics. Thanks to The Ridge for showing two excellent films, a must see for all. The Last Ounce of Courage, about a gutsy mayor who takes a heroic stand as he sees freedoms eroding. 2016 – Obama's America is a must see as well. Thanks for your article on the film. God bless you all as only He can.

Chrys Holley Milton, Fla.  

This article originally appeared on Santa Rosa Press Gazette: Letters to the Editor- September 22, 2012

Relay holds first captains meeting

The Milton Relay for Life's first team captain's meeting was held on Sept. 18 to begin planning for next year's Relay for Life event. We were blessed with some wonderful entertainment from two amazing young dancers, Lauren and Cydney from the Pace Studio. Our Kickoff Team Captain's meeting will be on Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Locklin Building behind Santa Rosa Medical Center. All prior relayers, current relayers, and anyone interested in becoming part of this great event are invited to attend. If you want to start a team, be a sponsor, or just be part of a team, please join us. Cancer has touched almost everyone's life in some way, so come out and join a group working to fight this deadly disease. For more information on forming or joining a team call 686-2176.  

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School Lunch Menus- September 24-26, 2012

Santa Rosa County School Lunch Menu’s for the week of Sept. 24 – Sept. 28 according to the menu’s released by the Santa Rosa County School District Food Service. Each meal includes a choice of fat free white, 1% white, fat-free chocolate, or fat-free strawberry milk.

Elementary and Middle School Menu SEPT. 24 Breakfast Ultimate Breakfast Round Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal Assorted Cereal & Buttered Toast Choose up to 2 Baked Apple Slices Fresh Assorted Fruit Lunch Red Beans & Rice Ham & Cheese on Bun BBQ Turkey Salad Choice of up to 4 Collard Greens Fresh Carrot Sticks Fresh Orange Baked Apple Slices

SEPT. 25 Breakfast Biscuit with Gravy Buttery Grits Assorted Cereal & Cinnamon Toast Choose up to 2 Chilled Mixed Fruit Chilled Pears Lunch Tangerine Chicken with Veggies over Rice Chicken Patty on Bun Caesar Chicken Salad Choice of up to 4 Steamed Peas & Carrots Celery Sticks Fresh Apple Chilled Mixed Fruit

SEPT. 26 Breakfast French Toast Sticks Cheese Toast Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal Choose up to 2 Chilled Peaches Fresh Assorted Fruit Lunch Spaghetti & Meat Sauce Cheesy Vegetable Salad Cold Cut on a Deli Thin Choice of up to 4 Mixed Vegetables Steamed Broccoli Fresh Banana Chilled Peaches

SEPT. 27 Breakfast Open-Faced Egg Muffin Buttery Grits Assorted Cereal & Toast Choose up to 2 Pineapple Tidbits Fresh Assorted Fruit Lunch Frito Chili Bake Grilled Cheese Sandwich Chef Salad Choice of up to 4 Steamed Corn Tossed Side Salad Fresh Orange Chilled Pears

SEPT. 28 Breakfast Mini Waffles Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal Assorted Cereal & Buttered Toast Choose up to 2 Raisins Assorted 100% Juice Lunch Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Salad Turkey & Cheese Sandwich Choice of up 4 Baked Beans Baked Potato Wedges Fresh Apple Pineapple Tidbits

High School Menu

SEPT. 24 Breakfast Breakfast Bagel Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal Assorted Cereal & Toast Choose up to 2 Baked Apple Slices Fresh Assorted Fruit Lunch Red Beans & Rice Hamburger on a Bun Buffalo Chicken Salad Choose up to 4 Collard Greens Fresh Carrot Sticks Fresh Orange Baked Apple Slices

SEPT. 25 Breakfast Biscuit & Gravy Buttery Grits Assorted Cereal & Cinnamon Toast Choose up to 2 Chilled Mixed Fruit Chilled Pears Lunch Turkey & Gravy with Bread Cheesy Vegetable Salad Ham & Cheese Sandwich Choose up to 4 Steamed Peas & Carrots Celery Sticks Fresh Apple Chilled Mixed Fruit

SEPT. 26 Breakfast French Toast Sticks Cheese Toast Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal Choose up to 2 Chilled Peaches Fresh Assorted Fruit Lunch Frito Chili Bake Yogurt Parfait Grilled Cheese Sandwich Choose up to 4 Steamed Mixed Vegetables Steamed Broccoli Fresh Banana Chilled Peaches

SEPT. 27 Breakfast Open-Faced Egg Muffin Buttery Grits Assorted Cereal & Cinnamon Toast Choose up to 2 Pineapple Tidbits Fresh Assorted Fruit Lunch Tangerine Chicken over Rice Chef Salad Turkey & Cheese Sandwich Choose up to 4 Steamed Corn Tossed Side Salad Fresh Orange Chilled Pears

SEPT. 28 Breakfast Mini Waffles Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal Assorted Cereal & Buttered Toast Choose up to 2 Raisins Assorted 100% Juice Lunch Fresh Baked Pizza Chicken & Dumplings with Breadstick Asian Chicken Wrap Choose up to 4 Baked Beans Baked Potato Wedges Fresh Apple Pineapple Tidbits  

This article originally appeared on Santa Rosa Press Gazette: School Lunch Menus- September 24-26, 2012

Faith Briefs- September 22, 2012

Faith Briefs are published every Saturday in the Press Gazette. If your church has an event, special service, singing, vacation bible school, or other event please e-mail the announcement to news@srpressgazette.com

Pineview UMC 110th Anniversary You are invited to the 110th Celebration of Pineview United Methodist Church on Sept. 23. Services will begin at 10:30 with a covered dish lunch immediately following worship services. Pineview UMC is located at 1440 Pineview Church Road in the Allentown Community. Pineview Church was organized in 1902 (according to early church records) as Holland's Chapel. After storm damage in the late 1920's, the original building was torn down and the savaged lumber along with additional lumber was used to build the older Pineview Church that still stands on the church property. The congregation currently worships in the Family Worship Center. Please invite you family, friends, and neighbors and bring a covered dish(es). For additional information, please contact: Jack or Anne Pinckard at 850-675-4422 or Dr. Ronnie Bearden at 850-503-3557.

Milton FUMC First United Methodist Church of Milton will focus on "Looking Out for No. 1" at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. The sermon will focus on James 3:13-4:3, 7-8 and Mark 9:30-37. First United Methodist Church of Milton is located at 6830 Berryhill St. in Milton.

Community Senior Luncheon resumes Bagdad United Methodist Church will resume with their Community Senior Luncheon's. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. The local Seniors are invited. For more information contact the church at 626-1948.

Temple Beth El Days of Awe Schedule Temple Beth El – the Reform Temple of Pensacola has a series of events and activities for the Days of Awe. Sept. 23 – Service at Temple Beth El Cemetery at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 – Kol Nidre, Erey Yom Kippur at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 – Yom Kippur service at 10 a.m. followed by a family service at 2 p.m., afternoon service at 2:45 p.m., Yizkor at 4:30 p.m., then Ne'ilah/Concluding Service at 5:30 p.m. and Break the Fast at 6:30 p.m. Temple Beth El is located at 800 North Palafox St. in Pensacola. For more information call 438-3321.

St Paul UMC Fall Craft Bazaar St. Paul United Methodist Church will hold a fall craft bazaar Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Booth space for the Second Annual Fall Craft Bazaar is still available. Inside booth – table provided $30. Outside booth $25. Registration deadline is Aug. 31. The church will be selling lunch foods and baked goods. Setup will begin Friday evening before. Contact the church or email 2012stpaulcraftbazaar@gmail.com for more information.

Blessing of the Pets and Fall Market First Presbyterian Church of Milton will host the third annual "All God's Creatures" Blessing of the Pets and Fall Market on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. – noon. The event will be held on the Fellowship Lawn of First Presbyterian Church of Milton, which is located at 5203 Elmira St. in Milton.

Master's Men Quartet in Concert The Master's Men, a Southern Gospel Quartet, headquartered in Pace will be performing at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Olivet Baptist Church in Milton. The quartet was founded in late 1995 as the "Men of Woodbine," and The Master's Men emerged from that original group. The quartet has competed in several national talent contests and achieved first place finishes in both the Suwanee River Jubilee and Gold City Homecoming. They sing a wide variety of Southern Gospel favorites. For more information contact Olivet Baptist Church at 623-1204.

Bagdad UMC Homecoming Bagdad United Methodist Church will hold its annual homecoming on Sept. 30. Worship service will get underway at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and fellowship. Guest speaker will be Rev. Gary Jones. Rev. Clive Knights and the congregation at Bagdad UMC invite you come join them for this special occasion.

East Milton AOG Homecoming The East Milton Assembly of God will host a homecoming on Oct. 7. Services will begin at 10 a.m. with lunch after the service. The special guest speaker is Rick Maharrey.

Catholic Charities of NWF announce 30th Annual Jewel of the Gulf Gala The Regional Board of Directors for Northwest Florida’s Catholic Charities announced the 30th Annual Jewel of the Gulf Gala will be held Oct. 13, at New World Landing in Pensacola from 6 -10 p.m. The event features heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by celebrated Chef Nick Farkas, dancing to the show band, Figure Eight, and the opportunity to bid on vacation packages; fine jewelry; sports memorabilia; and assorted gift items at the silent and live auctions. This support allows Catholic Charities to carry out the social mission of the Catholic Church of Northwest Florida to serve, to empower, and to advocate for vulnerable families and individuals of any race, religion, or national origin through family strengthening programs. For more information on the 30th Annual Jewel of the Gulf Gala, call 436-8754 ext 25 or visit www.jewelofthegulfgala.com to purchase.

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church news Galilee Missionary Baptist Church welcomes Dr. Herman Rogers as their new pastor. Galilee Missionary Baptist Church has Sunday school services at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., evening worship at 6 p.m, and Wednesday bible study at 6 p.m.

Grace Community Church of Northwest Florida If you are a Bible believing Christian and appreciate in depth Bible teaching using proper hermeneutics of Bible interpretation as taught by John MacArthur of Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, Calif. You will be pleased to know a small group that are negotiating with Grace of Sun Valley to send a graduate of The Masters Seminary to the Pensacola area to pastor a local church. In the mean time we are meeting in Pace at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning. For more information and directions call 529-4702.

Thanksgiving Boxes One Harvest Thanksgiving boxes can be ordered in October for delivery in November. Orders can be place online at OneHarvest.com, or cash orders will be taken Oct. 15 from 4 – 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. – noon, as well as Nov. 5 from 4 – 7 p.m and on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. – noon at the FUMC Fellowship Hall (FH). Delivery will be at FUMC Fellowship Hall between 8 – 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 17.

One Harvest Food Ministries One Harvest Food Ministries will provide area residents with affordable food packages to help battle food costs. You can order online with a credit card at www.oneharvest.com or order from your local One Harvest Host site, First United Methodist Church of Milton. Tentative order dates are Oct. 15-16, Nov. 5-6, and Dec. 3-4. Orders will be taken on the respective Mondays from 4 – 7 p.m. at the FUMC of Milton Fellowship Hall and on Tuesday's from 9 a.m. – noon. Planned distribution dates are Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. at the FUMC of Milton Fellowship Hall.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church Winter Bazaar vendors wanted St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Milton is making preparations for its annual Winter Bazaar and Craft Show on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Currently they are accepting applications for vendors who would like to attend and sell their wares and crafts. For a vendor application call 983-6100 or 623-2905.

Tuesday night Bible Study St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church is hosting a bible study every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph's room for anyone who would like to attend.

Addiction help meetings The Most Excellent Way support group for people seeking help overcoming alcohol, drugs, and other addictive behaviors meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. at East Side Baptist Church, 4884 Ward Basin Road. For more information on this meeting and other area meetings, call 626.1481.  

This article originally appeared on Santa Rosa Press Gazette: Faith Briefs- September 22, 2012

Sports Sideline- September 22, 2012

Jay Recreational Basketball sign-ups Jay Recreational League basketball will hold its final registration on Sept. 29 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the old Jay High School gym. Registration fees are $50.

19th Annual Chamber Golf Classic The Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce will host its 19th Annual Tournament on Oct. 5, at Stonebrook Golf Club. Sponsorship opportunities remain available at this time. For more information on this event or to register call 623-2339.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Fire Truck Pull The annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Fire Truck Pull is right around the corner! This family friendly event will take place on Oct. 13 in downtown Pensacola at Seville Quarter. Teams of 20 people will compete to pull a fire truck 50 feet in the least amount of time. For more information contact the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola.

Annual Down Syndrome Motorcycle Ride The 4th Annual Down Syndrome Motorcycle Ride is being held Oct. 13 hosted by Christ's Descendents. This ride starts at the Harley Davidson on Hwy 29 in Pensacola. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with first bike out at 10 a.m. $10 per bike, $5 for lunch and $5 for 6 raffle tickets. The ride stops at Stokes Victory Polaris where there will be a cookout and a huge raffle. Please come out and support a local charity. For more information call 255-0254.

Ghost Chase 5K The University of West Florida will host a Ghost Chase 5K on Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. Community members and students are encouraged to register for this 3.1 mile trail run on the beautiful University of West Florida campus. Community members wishing to participate in the Ghost Chase 5K can register on Active.com. Early bird registration is $15 before Oct. 6. The cost then increases to $20. The Ghost Chase 5K is free for UWF students. Students can register at UWF.EDU/RECREATION. Overall and divisional winners will receive prizes. Halloween Costumes are encouraged, and the best costume will receive a prize. Snacks and refreshments will be served at the race. Limit of 150 participants.

Garcon Point Bridge Run The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Run/Walk for Education across the Garcon Point Bridge will be held on Oct. 20. This event supports SREF programs which include grants to classroom teachers, school matching grants, free classroom supplies for teachers, Take Stock in Children mentor support and college scholarships, and recognition of excellence in education. This 4.8 mile run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. Age division awards will be presented to runners and walkers. Post race activities will include hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks for participants. Advance registration is encouraged. Entry fees are $20 for children under 18 and $25 for adults. After October 17th, all registration fees are $30. The first 300 participants will receive an event T-shirt. Registration is available online at www.active.com. Registration forms are downloadable at https://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/sref/gpbr.htm.

AJGY Kelly Love Showcase Classic Junior golfers ages 11-18 are invited to compete in the AJGT Kelly Love Showcase Classic in Point Clear, Ala., at the Lakewood Golf Club Oct. 20 – 21 . The 2-day, 36-hole tournament is ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and hosted by the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour. Includes two days of green fees, tee gifts, and Trophies in four age divisions. The tournament extended registration deadline is Oct. 17 at noon. To enter the event, please call 318-402-2446 or enter online at www.arrowheadjgt.com.

Benny Russell Hall of Fame Nominations Nominations are now being accepted for Pace High School's Bennett C. Russell Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction will be pre-game of the Nov. 2 Homecoming football game. The Russell Hall of Fame was established in 2003 to honor former Pace High School athletes who distinguished themselves on and off the playing field. Nominees must be a former Patriot Athlete who has been out of school at least 10 years, an honorable individual who reflects the strong character of Benny Russell, and have proven themselves as a positive role model in the community. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 28 and may be picked up at any Pace High School Office or on the Pace High School website- pacehighschool.net.

This article originally appeared on Santa Rosa Press Gazette: Sports Sideline- September 22, 2012

A future plan for education

@font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman";}@font-face { font-family: "News706 BT";}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.bodycopy, li.bodycopy, div.bodycopy { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 12.25pt; line-height: 10.5pt; font-size: 9pt; font-family: "News706 BT"; color: black; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Governor Rick Scott recently has finished his fact-finding mission on education. He met with select groups, but the closest he got to Santa Rosa County was Ft. Walton Beach. We congratulate him for knowing where Northwest Florida is located, but meeting with selected groups and individuals does not offer much help. In our opinion, as governor, he should have reached out to not just a few, but all the people. The populace is, in fact, the folks who had to make adjustments after Scott cut so much from the education budget. We offer a few tips: Suggestion one: Test the children in the first or second grade and set a baseline of how they are expected to progress throughout their education career. Florida is already doing this with the progress reports parents receive on their children in school, so this should not be a major financial undertaking. By setting the path of educational progress for each child, Florida can monitor and discover if a child is having a problem that could be inside the classroom or outside the learning facility. Suggestion two: Since Florida ditched tenure, schools no longer need to be graded. Instead, use the chart of the students' progress to grade the teachers. If a group of students is identified which performs poorly and they are at the same school and happen to have the same teacher, well, that will be quite telling, won't it? We understand some children have test anxiety, but if a disproportionate number of them struggle at the same grade level in the same subject, it would serve as a strong indicator there is a problem. This is where the state could have someone help the teacher as a mentor or work with them to improve their job performance. Suggestion three: It's time to level the playing field when it comes to funding. We find it ironic that Santa Rosa County has succeeded as a school in the state standards, yet they are one of the lowest state funded school systems in the state. If you are expecting a school system to do more with less then why not start with a school system that has been? Suggestion four: Create a standardized test and stick with it. It seems with every education commissioner brings a new set of goals. It is hard for teachers to actually hit the target of education when the target keeps moving. Suggestion five: Let the teachers teach. Schools in Florida have become so obsessed with preparing for a test they no longer teach the children. As a governor who got elected saying the wanted to reduce government regulations, Scott has tied educators and administrators in so much red tape they cannot teach. We applaud the governor's attempt to look at education, but with what we have seen so far, we are stumped. We wonder, is our governor interested in education and how people see our school system or is he just giving lip service so he can be elected to another term?

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Academic dishonesty

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