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Kelly Oden Executive Editor If you’re like me, fall and winter are comfort food seasons. All I want are warm, cheesy carbs and red wine. While comfort food may taste delicious, it’s not the best for your health or waistline. Enter spring—the warmer weather always gets me thinking about eating lighter and healthier, in part because I want to drop a few of those comfort pounds, but also because I want to feel better. I also want to have more energy and stamina to keep up with my Energizer bunny of a nine-year-old now that the sun is shining and the weather is perfect. With that in mind, we bring you some healthy ideas to jumpstart your spring health routine and get you in tiptop shape for all the upcoming fun in the sun. Check out our Healthy Elixirs story for some healing drink recipes that can boost your energy and fight off illness. These recipes utilize a number of highly nutritious ingredients like turmeric, beets, spirulina, apple cider vinegar and more. So, put down those sugary sodas, try one of our elixirs and drink to your health! In Access Health, we discuss the rising availability of direct to consumer lab testing and speak with a few local providers. These direct access lab tests can be a great addition to your health care routine because they allow you to self-monitor things like hormones, thyroid, blood sugar and much more.

It’s spring festival time, Pensacola! April brings a bounty of cultural activities to add to your social calendar. It’s time to get out and enjoy this amazing community, sample some good food and spend time with friends and family. And because not everything we eat needs to be super healthy, give your taste buds a treat at Chocolate Fest and Crawfish Fest, which are both happening in April. Dessert comes first this month when you head over to Cordova Mall for Chocolate Fest on April 22 and gorge on every type of chocolate creation imaginable—all for a great cause. The following weekend, head out to Bartram Park on April 28 and eat your fill of those spicy, red mudbugs. Check out pages 16 and 18 for more info. I hope you enjoy this April Health edition of Pensacola Magazine. Have a happy, sunny, and healthy spring!

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Get your bibs on, and come celebrate Southern culture and cooking with Pensacola’s 33rd Annual Crawfish Festival.

Chocolate Overload


Enjoy some delicious chocolate while serving a great cause, Gulf Coast Kids House, at this year's Chocolate Fest!

Anne Waldman Q+A


A Change of Heart


An interview with New York poet, writer, social activist and international performer Anne Waldman, who will present a workshop and a combined reading and musical performance in April at Pensacola State College.

Baptist Hospital and Mayo Clinic collaborate on a heart transplant for Pensacola resident Jonathan Richmond.

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U-Pick: A Guide to Local Farms


How to take advantage of the arrival of Spring by picking your own berries at these local farms.

Access Your Health


Direct to consumer lab testing is on the rise and putting important diagnostic information directly into the hands of consumers.

Healthy Elixirs


Editor’s Letter


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“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” – George Carlin You don’t have to be a city with a population of millions to get great concerts. Pensacola is a perfect example. One of the things I love best about music in this city is that we seem to get something for everyone. No matter your taste: country, opera, rock, jazz, pop or beach, we get it all. Recently I went to the sold out Norah Jones concert at the Saenger Theatre. I totally appreciate a town that has such fans for each genre of music. Better yet, the invention of Echo/Alexa makes any song or album you want to hear immediately available. We celebrated my father’s birthday a few days ago and Alexa was our real guest of honor. We reminisced about our family, which can be easily chronicled by a long string of songs. Where words just don’t seem like enough, music takes over as a form of expression that touches every emotion and every nerve. I can’t hear a song by Tennessee Ernie Ford or Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass without smelling Sunday dinner cooking. Coming home from church as a child, the house was filled with delicious aromas drifting out of the kitchen where my mother prepared a mid-day feast for our family. It was usually fried something with mashed potatoes and, of course, gravy, along with whatever vegetables were fresh. This was important, as the freshness hopefully negated the power of the cup of bacon grease that was used to season every dish we ever consumed. Delicious! My mom would hum happily to “16 Tons” while we washed up and my dad planned for the afternoon football game on a rabbit ears TV set. One chord by either artist and I can describe my Easter dress when I was 8 and recall fists flying as my brothers fought over the last pork chop. Growing up in the South, everyone has some memory of Hank Williams. Whenever I hear his unmistakable twang, I can almost taste the mud at 10 | pensacola magazine

Lake Martin where my father dared to take us on a camping trip one summer. I might add that I have never since ventured out to do anything that even remotely resembles camping. The seven of us slept in a tent by the lake’s shore as part of the big adventure. My poor dad—he meant so well. The mosquitos ate us alive and rocks poked us through the thin sleeping bags no matter how or where we placed them. The days were a blast as the five of us kids squealed and played in the water while Mom read and Dad napped as Ole Hank sang on the transistor radio. We sang “Kaw-liga” and “Hey, Good Lookin’” with all the gusto of the Vienna Choir Boys and I am certain this is when my mother invented “the quiet game.” The trip was cut short as my dad did not want a divorce and we all wore him down with our crying and scratching. I was 10 when the Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” I screamed and jumped and thought I would die from sheer pleasure as they sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

I vowed on the spot that I would marry Paul McCartney. My perplexed younger siblings watched but didn’t get it… yet. I taught my mother how to do the twist and the jerk as we played “Meet the Beatles” on the hi-fi in our living room. Every 10 and 11-year-old mastered these moves while soaking up every second of “American Bandstand.” Those early Beatles songs remind me of growing into a social conscience in a time challenged with change. Tom Jones came on the radio as I made my first solo drive in the coolest car my father ever bought. I was 16 and if you don’t understand the importance of graduating from the family Dodge station wagon to a brand new sporty green Pontiac Firebird, you haven’t lived. He’s still singing (Tom Jones AND my dad) and sends me to a place where everything smells like new car and pure freedom. Jimi Hendrix belted out “Fire” almost every time I rode in my good friend Tim Steigerwald’s car. It was high school and he was one of the first to have a cassette player. We would crank it up so loud that the

windows shook, because this is exactly how you should play Hendrix. Our group was mostly typical kids of the day, except that we worried about our friends getting drafted and sent to Vietnam. I am a product of the SEC, and the first notes to the Auburn fight song still give me chills and thrills that are unsurpassed. I watch most of the games now from the comfort of home, but the song starts and I am there with my pompoms. Cool temperatures, changing colors in the trees, a sold out stadium, and the roar as the team takes the field—how much better does it get? During my short stint in the Florida Legislature, a sizable delegation of us attended an education conference in Orlando. After dinner one evening we were all invited to a party honoring some teachers of the year, with Chubby Checker there to entertain. I was one of the lucky ones that he helped up on stage to twist while he sang his classic “Do the Twist.” Talk about a dream come true! Forever I will consider this one of my proudest moments as I twisted with Chubby Checker. Everyone in that room put aside partisan politics and let the music work its magic. More music!! I could go on. Every significant memory I have stored in my pea brain has some kind of music association, though there are gaps when the music stopped for a while. But, mercifully, it always starts again and dancing will surely follow. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

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From Bayou to Boiler: The 33rd Annual Crawfish Festival Returns to Bartram Park


pring has finally sprung, and that means a Pensacola tradition is once again starting to boil up. From Friday, April 28 until Sunday, April 30, the 33rd annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival will be held at Bartram Park. Starting in 1984 as a small gathering, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival has blossomed into a landmark celebration of Southern and Creole food, music and culture. “The original event was held by Shanahan's, a local Pensacola hangout,” said Adelene Lovelace, the executive director of the Fiesta of Five Flags, the organization that puts on the Crawfish Festival and several other Pensacola events. “When Shanahan's closed, Fiesta purchased the festival from them.” The crustacean that the South calls crawfish has different names depending on the region: names like crayfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs and yabbies. Crawfish are closely related to lobsters, being in the same infraorder of Astacidea. These little creatures can be found all throughout 16 | pensacola magazine

the world, but according to the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, as of 2005 roughly 95% of US crayfish are harvested in Louisiana—hence its close association and love in the South. The Crawfish Festival is not just an important cultural event for the locals of the city—it also serves as a way to boost our economy. According to Visit Pensacola, the official tourism organization for the city, the Crawfish Festival brings over $1.5 million of revenue into our local economy. This is not just from the festival, but outside tourists spending at our local businesses as well.

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“Crawfish and Cajun music enthusiasts come from the surrounding areas for the weekend,” said Bridget Middleton, event coordinator at Fiesta of Five Flags. During 2016, over 16,000 pounds of crawfish were served at the festival, and Middleton expects that much, if not more this year. “Our crawfish vendor, Cordova Crawfish Company, is returning for a second year after last year's rave reviews,” she said. “I don't think you will find the quality, preparation and flavors of our crawfish anywhere else.” At its heart, the Crawfish Festival is a food festival, so in addition to crawfish, other southern fare like gumbo, etoufee, crab cakes and more will be offered. Fiesta of Five Flags has also gained a new liquor partnership with country music star Kenny Chesney's rum brand, Blue Chair Bay Rum.

The Crawfish Festival isn't only about food—entertainment and live performances will be happening all weekend. On their main concert stage, different zydeco and Cajun bands will be performing each evening: Grammy-award winning Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band on Friday, Voodoo Gumbo on Saturday, and Zydefunk featuring Rockin' Dopsie Jr. on Sunday afternoon. “We'll also have a children's area, where families can purchase tickets to participate in our many activities,” said Margaret-Anne West, the PR and marketing coordinator for Fiesta of Five Flags. “Our wonderful face painters will be back again this year, in addition to a variety of games, arts and crafts.” Another big draw for the fest is the Annual Cat Country 98.7 Crawfish Eating Contest, which is divided into Kids, Adult and CrawDADDY contests. The first two are judged on speed— each contestant is given a to-go box of crawfish and tries to be the first to finish. The CrawDADDY contest, however, is timed—contestants are given a full box of crawfish, and the winner is determined on who ate the most crawfish as soon as the buzzer sounds. “This event is for people of all ages. It's so great to see families bonding over big plates of crawfish and Cajun music in a beautiful park,” said West. “It's an unbeatable weekend.” The 33rd annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival will take place from Friday to Sunday, April 28, 29 and 30 in Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. Admission is $5 per day, or $10 for the weekend, and children 12 and under recieve free admission. If you go before 3 pm on April 28, admission is free for all ages— those with an active military ID enjoy free admission for the entire day. The festival takes place on Friday from 12 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5pm. For more information on the Crawfish Festival and the other events Fiesta of Five Flags holds, visit

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If you’ve ever wandered around the mall at the end of April, you’ve probably seen the Pensacola Chocolate Fest; different tables and booths scattered throughout, offering the best chocolate and deserts from chocolatiers in the area. For the 14th year in a row, Cordova Mall will be hosting the Pensacola Chocolate Fest presented by Sandy Sansing, with ticket sales benefitting the non-profit organization Gulf Coast Kids House (GCKH). The featured Chocolatiers for 2017 include Krispy Kreme, Cloud 9 Chocolates, Let ‘Em Eat Cake, Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, Applebee’s, Red Robin, Starbucks, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse, with more to be announced. In addition, Szotski’s Cheesecakes is returning to defend their title as the 2016 People’s Choice Award Winner. Spokeswoman for Chocolate Fest and executive director for Gulf Coast Kids House, Stacey Kostevicki, said that funds raised from this event can facilitate GCKH’s ability to support a full staff. “Fundraisers like Chocolate Fest and sponsors like Sandy Sansing Dealerships 18 | pensacola magazine

have allowed us to grow our support staff so that we can better support families impacted by abuse,” said Kostevicki. On average, the event raises about $30,000 each year.

provided services to over 3,600 child victims of sexual and physical abuse and severe neglect in Escambia County. According to Kostevicki, the process of choosing chocolatiers each year is simple. “Chocolate Fest is open to any restaurant, bakery, or civic group willing to provide handmade chocolate treats,” she said. “Because we have been doing Chocolate Fest for so many years, we have a really loyal group of restaurants who participate, but our goal is to add a few new ones every year.”

Cheesecake, so we’re excited to see who reigns supreme in 2017!” If you’re interested in participating with your business in the 2017 Chocolate Fest, it’s not too late! The only requirement is that each chocolatier bring 1,200 bitesize samples of their chocolate creations and fill out the form located at their website, or email Stacey Kostevicki at

The 2017 Chocolate Fest will take place on Saturday, April 22, throughout the corridors of Cordova Mall. VIP tickets, which Since the introduction of a VIP ensure earlier entry to the event option, there’s been an increase and therefore more immediate in money raised; last year when access to the treats, cost $20 with the option was introduced, they Gulf Coast Kids House offers entry from 12 to 1 pm. General sold out all 500 tickets before support to children and families admission tickets are $15, with the event. There are over 1,000 who have been victims of abuse. entry from 1 to 3 pm. attendees every year and this year They provide services in the Kostevicki expects 1,500. form of medical exams, recorded To learn more about Gulf interviews, mental health Coast Kids House and the “The most exciting thing counseling and the investigation, work they do for children about Chocolate Fest,” noted treatment and prosecution of in the community, visit Kostevicki, “is seeing which abuse cases. The organization, Chocolatier will win the which prides itself on its childFor more information People’s Choice Award. H2O friendly environment, provides about the event and to has won several years and they these initiatives in order to purchase tickets, please visit always come to the event with reduce trauma and assist children their game face! Last year they and families through the court were dethroned by Szotski’s process. In 2016, GCKH

A.A. Cunningham Road paving notice ... Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NavFac SE) has awarded a contract to mill and overlay A.A. Cunningham Road on NAS Pensacola. The work is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 12 and expected to take four weeks to complete. Watch for “Road Closed” and “Detour” signs. Detour routes to facilities in the area will be Page Road to Warehouse Road and Farrar Road to Pat Bellinger Road. Drivers should observe the warning signs and proceed with caution around the work zones. The work schedule is weather dependent. For questions or more information, contact the PWD Construction Manager Bryan Moeller at 452-3131, ext. 3077.

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Fallen Special Tactics Airman honored at NASP

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By Capt. Katrina Cheesman Sibley’s unit. “This dedication 24th Special Operations Wing and memorial ruck is an important step for us as a brotherhood Air Force Special Tactics Air- to honor Forrest’s legacy of men dedicated a military freefall valor, and get a small bit of clotraining exercise into Pensacola sure.” Bay Aug. 26 to His teammates Staff Sgt. Forrest escorted the famSibley, a combat ily to Sibley’s controller from burial site, wearPensacola killed ing combat ruck in action Aug. 26, sacks weighing 2015, in Helmand more than 50 Pr o v i n c e , pounds to repreAfghanistan. It sent the deployed. was the first anOnce at the niversary of Sibcemetery, they ley’s death. completed a After free round of memoStaff Sgt. falling into the rial push-ups to Forrest Sibley waters of Sibley’s honor their fallen hometown, his teammates teammate. joined family members and Sibley, 31, had served in the friends to complete a memorial Air Force as a combat controller ruck march to his final resting since 2008. In his seven years of place at Barrancas National service, he received four Bronze Cemetery (BNC). Star Medals, once with valor for “When we lost Forrest, most heroism in combat, as well as a of his teammates were still de- Purple Heart for injuries susployed for another five months, tained in combat. and couldn’t attend any funeral “Forrest was one of our best or memorial event,” said Lt. Col. combat controllers, but he was Stewart Parker, commander of 21st Special Tactics Squadron, See Sibley on page 2

After parachuting into Pensacola Bay, members of the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron make a memorial “ruck march,” a hike with full packs, from NAS Pensacola’s Bayou Grande Marina to Barrancas National Cemetery and the grave of teammate Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley. Sibley was killed in action Aug. 26, 2015. He had served in the Air Force as a combat controller since 2008. Photo by Mike O’Connor For more photos, see page A4

CNATT: Make Labor Day weekend safety a priority Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) safety manager is reminding service members, civilian employees and their families to maintain safety awareness as they prepare for what is generally viewed as the end of summer. CNATTSafety Manager Krystal Hancock said that Labor Day, a federal holi-

day designed to honor the achievements of American workers, includes an extended weekend, with service members and their families often electing to travel to see family and friends. “Whether taking a long road trip or simply jumping in the car to run a quick errand, driving is inherently risky, and traffic mishaps continue to

be a leading reason for lost time, days, and lives across our force,” she said. Hancock said the National Safety Council (NSC) predicts this could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years, estimating that more than 430 people could be killed in traffic accidents throughout the Labor Day weekend. She added that service members, often sepa-

rated from their families and travelling significant distances to visit during the long weekend, should take some simple precautions before and during their trips. “Get enough rest before heading outsleepy driving is as dangerous as impaired driving,” she said. “Alternate drivers or take frequent breaks to ensure that whoever is behind the wheel stays alert.” See Labor Day on page 2

‘Be There’ for your shipmates during Suicide Prevention Month 2016 By James Rosenfelder U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery public affairs

NAS Pensacola to host 9/11 commemoration ceremony ... In commemoration of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Naval Air Station Pensacola will present a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard the base at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. The event will include a guest speaker and a musical rendition from the NATTC Choir, a traditional “two-bell” ceremony, honors performed by the NASP Honor Guard and a 21-gun volley. The public is invited to attend.

Navy Medicine recognizes September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which began Sept. 1. The theme for Suicide Prevention Month 2016 is “Be There.” Throughout the month, Navy Medicine will highlight the power of peer support and personal wellness, encouraging Sailors and Marines to be there for their shipmates. “Action starts with prevention,” said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BuMed). “When a Sailor needs assistance, easy access to support resources and mental health treatment is essential, as is validation of help-seeking behaviors.” Suicide prevention is a yearlong effort. Suicide Prevention Month serves as a reminder that building resilience and preventing suicide requires all

members of the Navy and Marine Corps community to work together. Every life lost to suicide is one too many. “Take action if you notice anything

out of the ordinary for a shipmate; reach out to them,” Faison said. “If you are having difficulties, seek help if See Prevention on page 2

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Interviewing Anne Waldman is likely daunting for any writer. Waldman is one of the living legends of literature, a major American poet, an intellectual of the arts and communications, a committed feminist and activist, a spiritualist, and an inspiration for all. She has magically combined her extraordinary talents into musically-inclined performance art for decades. Since the 1960s, she has been a member of the Outrider experimental poetry community and also has been connected to the Beat poets. In 1974, along with Allen Ginsberg and others, Waldman founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in Boulder, CO, where she is Distinguished Professor of Poetics and director of Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. Waldman has been a vocal proponent for feminist, environmental and human rights causes for more than four decades. She became a student of Buddhism in the 1960s. Ginsberg once called her his “spiritual wife.” She is married to writer and video/film director Ed Bowes. “Waldman’s work is the antithesis of stasis. She is a flame,” one reviewer noted. Waldman answered our questions during a recent blizzard in New York City. Pensacola State College and West Florida Literary Federation are elated to be cosponsoring her workshop and performance from April 21–22 for Pensacola State's Lyceum Series. Your work is characterized by bold, honest communication. What's the best way to relay the importance of that perspective of art to those who are influenced by the digital world? I think that poetry has a long enough history and track record to count as a major stream of artistic possibility. There are still would-be poets who are hungry for the good news of poetry and might be fascinated by new forms and genres that are in sync with the changing modes of communication. I am not sure that book reading will totally disappear—and there’s the huge range of spoken word and performance with the collaboration of video and music. There is so much poetry activity online as it is. I think giving an exciting overview of some of the most exciting periods for literature, to show documents and videos, would be a way to get people to see the energy and excitement of the naked word! There 20 | pensacola magazine

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Anne Waldman: An “Outrider’s” Perspective on Poetry

are some terrific anthologies round including the “Resist Much/Obey Ltttle” tome. Poetry is a site of strong activism these days. I am curating a festival in Mexico City this spring, and people might want to also check out the Jack Kerouac School Summer Writing Program in Boulder at Naropa University, June 11–July 2, to get really charged. I see the digital world as a “skillful means” for poetry. Some writers refer to you as a one of the original beat poets, but you have been quoted as being more a “second-generation beat poet.” Your voice is also part of the “outrider” community. What is your opinion of labels that are placed on art? Well, I’m a generation under William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac were all senior to me. I was newborn when the Beat Generation started. Labels can be handy to locate and place and describe the histories of artistic communities. “Outrider” means being outside the academic mainstreams of poetry yet not “outside” the worlds of poetry. You ride parallel. It’s a term that was used in herding sheep, I believe. I don’t see these terms as being placed “on art;” rather, they are useful markers. Beat comes from the word “beatitude” and from street slang: “I’m so beat!” These sources are interesting to me. But it’s advisable to be wary of labels. Go to the work itself and expand your own understanding and view. Your literary work is overtly musical in nature. What is your viewpoint on music's effect on the literary arts, and on art in general? It’s wonderfully inherent in poetry. Melopoeia refers to the sound in poetry, akin to music. Poetry was originally recited to a lyre. Music is a

wondrous imperative and the varieties are endless. I enjoy working with all kinds of music. Right now, I’m working with classically trained composer David T. Little, on an opera. I collaborate with my son, Ambrose, who plays piano and creates soundscapes for poetry. My nephew, Devin, is a sax player. I also work with Thurston Moore’s guitar and Meredith Monk’s vocalizations... always that generous “other” to sound with, as a poet. I want to find an oud player to work with next. Allen Ginsberg famously called you his “spiritual wife.” Your work is influenced by a deep understanding of his formidable talents. How is that demonstrated today? I think we shared a view in our understanding of Buddhist philosophy. Something about having to build one’s work and life on a sense of compassion and a broken heart. That commonality of broken hearts would generate more understanding and sympathy among people. Allen was extremely generous. As he was dying he called all his friends and asked what they needed. Could he send money? That sort of thing. We founded a poetry school together at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. His work is quite available, and there are new books all the time. Most recently, just out in April, is his “The Best Minds of the Beat Generation: A Literary History of the Beats” from Grove Press. I wrote the foreword for it. It’s a great eyewitness account from Professor Ginsberg. We have a Ginsberg scholarship at Naropa. I think his legacy continues. The Beats were a cultural intervention, not just a literary intervention.

Anne Waldman with Allen Ginsberg

"Art can help wake the world up to itself. We can’t live in a world that’s all business and war. We need art as nourishment in this crazy world, to be in touch with our imaginations, and to be elevated by our sense perceptions and the dance of language and beauty in poetry." For generations, you have been “the girl” in a male-dominated society. Any thoughts? Well, there are others, Diane di Prima and Joanne Kyger principally; both are fine experimental poets who were also key to the vision of Naropa poetics. There are women that you can read about in some anthologies that focus on women associated with the Beat literary community. I had the privilege early on of getting to know Allen very well; he was like family. He knew my parents, we worked together at Naropa for many years, and we traveled abroad giving readings. We were close, too, in New York. We spent three months at a Buddhist seminary in Canada to get understanding and that is very bonding—meditating all day in the same environment, snow falling outside the window in Lake Louise. Burroughs, as well. was a regular teacher at Naropa. In the beginning I was a bit intimidated, and it was harder for women even in the 60s/70s era… and the Beat track record was not so good, and though I didn’t appreciate the misogyny in some of the writing, there was something touching about the camaraderie of the guys, a tenderness. And I never felt any condescension from them.

William has a dream where I am “Mother Naropa” and I seem to be taking care of everyone, so that’s friendly. I respected and was familiar with the writing of these giants, which included Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen and Gregory Corso as well, and Amiri Baraka, who has a Beat phase, and Kerouac of course, which helped. I felt the importance of their cultural intervention in the USA and around the world. The politics, the influence of jazz, the importance and debt to black culture, and the attention to ecology and Buddhism and candor of imagination all continue to be relevant in the legacy. There are myriad empowered and extraordinary women writing and publishing and changing the frequency now, so things do evolve—I love that. I have a strong link to the New York School, and felt the encouragement of Kenneth Koch early on, as well as the support from Barbara Guest and Ted Berrigan. And I have “sisters” of my own generation: Alice Notley and Bernadette Mayer.

Ambrose Bye. We squabble as would be expected of any mother and son and he claims to “keep me honest.” He can be quite the Luddite anarchist, and when I think he’s getting too extreme he says, “But YOU raised me this way!” He did grow up at Naropa and he works at the recording studio there in the summer. His father Reed Bye is a poet as well, and Ambrose has helped produce some of his father’s songs. We have our Fast Speaking Music label with Devin Waldman, my nephew, as well, and an array of poets and other musicians have been involved with many projects. Ambrose has a good ear, and I really appreciate the complex dynamic soundscapes that he creates; they're often quite startling and meditative. So, there’s respect, and I like the folks he works with, too. There’s a terrific new jazz poetry dynamic that is emerging. Please tell us your spiritual message about life and the arts' importance in it. Art can help wake the world up to itself. We can’t live in a world that’s all business and war. We need art as nourishment in this crazy world, to be in touch with our imaginations, and to be elevated by our sense perceptions and the dance of language and beauty in poetry. To care about the future. Wake up to the dangers of the Anthropocene which is the period we are in: a planet dominated by the imprint of homo sapiens. To fight the ignorance that denies global warming. To stay open and alert and caring for others and to nourish children, as well. Children love art when they get a chance to play in it. It’s strange that we feel we have to struggle for art: it should be a given, with its spiritual power and imperative. Who would want a world without art? That’s a frightening pathology, and I worry about this. That would be a hell realm: a world bereft of its heart and mind.

Anne Waldman WORKSHOP AND READING New York poet, writer, social activist and international performer Anne Waldman will present a workshop and a combined reading and musical performance in April at Pensacola State College. The performance is titled “Makeup on Empty Space: Poetry in Performance.” PSC and the West Florida Literary Federation are co-sponsors. Waldman’s son, Ambrose Bye, is a musician who partners with his mother for performances, including the one in Pensacola. Waldman’s workshop will be Friday, April 21, from 11 am to 1 pm at PSC Library, Building 20 Room 2051. The reading and musical performance will be Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 pm at PSC’s Ashmore Auditorium. The workshop is free and open to the public. Tickets for the performance as follows: reserved admission, $11; seniors (60-plus), PSC Alumni Association members, students and children, $9; PSC Seniors Club, PSC faculty and staff, $7; PSC students with valid student ID, free. Tickets go on sale online Monday, April 3 at 8:30 am.

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A Change of Heart

Through Clinical Collaboration and God’s Grace When Baptist Health Care joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in 2013, the Gulf Coast community of Pensacola celebrated the clinical collaboration and welcomed the additional resources it would bring to the local care of residents. A closer relationship with Mayo Clinic gives Baptist patients access to world-renowned expertise, often with the option to remain close to home. Since joining the network, countless patients have been helped and many lives saved by the combined skills of Baptist and Mayo Clinic experts. – By Dana Barfield One such case is that of heart patient Jonathan Richmond of Pensacola. In 2000, the then 46-year-old Richmond was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a chronic condition in which the heart can’t pump blood as well as it should. Since that time, Richmond’s condition has been managed with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), medication and lifestyle changes, with his blood pressure and weight carefully monitored by a nurse with his insurance company.

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“The option of a heart transplant was presented to me and I said, ‘no way!’” said Richmond. “I didn’t know then, but the Lord would eventually take that decision out of my hands.” Richmond’s story is a true testament to the value of clinical collaboration. But even more importantly for Richmond and his family, it revealed the mysterious and benevolent workings of a loving God. This is Richmond’s account of how a series of miracles brought him back

from the brink of death and restored him to his family.

Jonathan’s Story One morning in November 2015 my blood pressure was quite low, and I received a call from my nurse telling me to go to the emergency room, which I promptly did. I was having difficulty breathing, and I couldn’t keep any food down because my digestive system had already shut down. My kidneys and liver were beginning to shut down as well.

During this time, Dr. Videau kept in close contact with Dr. Yip, and the cardiology department at Baptist Hospital called Mayo Clinic and asked them to let me know that they were praying for me. I learned later from my son that a message a friend had sent out on Facebook regarding my condition had received a lot of attention. People all over the world saying they were amazed by the miracles of God and they were praying for my recovery. I do believe God heard their prayers.

Brent Videau, M.D., FACC, FASE tried to get certain blood readings from a catheter in my neck to send to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, but I inadvertently pulled out the catheter in my sleep. I was told later that had Dr. Videau gotten the readings, I would not have been eligible for treatment because the readings would have shown that I was already too far gone. The good Lord was reaching in to give me more time. Dr. Videau knew Mayo Clinic transplant cardiologist Daniel S. Yip, M.D., in Jacksonville and contacted him. Fortunately, a room was available, and I was transported to Mayo Clinic by ambulance. After a couple of days my vital signs went squirrely, and they put me in the ICU, again for close monitoring. My son asked Dr. Yip, “Doc, what’s the plan?” His reply was, “Tonight we pray. If he’s still alive in the morning, we’ll put him on an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine.” The ECMO was known to be a last chance at life. Because of the severity of their condition, one in ten people that go on an ECMO survive. The next day I was connected to the only ECMO machine available in hopes that it would give my organs time to heal and put me in good enough condition to be considered for a heart transplant.

I was told later that had Dr. Videau gotten the readings, I would not have been eligible for treatment because the readings would have shown that I was already too far gone. The good Lord was reaching in to give me more time.

Due to my unique heart characteristics, I was placed at the top of the transplant list for my heart type. Within 24 hours, miraculously, a heart was available and my vitals had improved enough that Dr. Yip felt we should attempt the transplant as soon as possible. The surgeon removed my old failed heart and said it was amazing that it was working at all. My old heart was nothing but mush. One of the transplant team members told my family that my clock had been turned back 30 years. Recovery was long and touch-and-go at times. But the results of my ten-month heart biopsy showed no rejection. That is practically unheard of! It has now been a little over a year since I was transferred to Mayo Clinic and every day is a blessing. I thank my sons who drove from Chattanooga and Fort Walton to be with me through my transplant and recovery. I thank my wife who has stuck with me through thick and thin; for better and for worse; in sickness and in health. And I thank God. He revealed Himself and his mercy, grace, love, compassion and power to my entire family through the lifesaving expertise of Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute and Mayo Clinic. To learn more about Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute and Baptist’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network, visit

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U-PICK A GUIDE TO LOCAL FARMS Written by Haley Weaver

Spring is here and what better way to pre-celebrate the long, lazy days of summer than by getting out and picking buckets full of juicy, sweet, sun-ripened berries straight from the vine? Whether you have been swept up in the organic craze, or want to plan for a

fun day outdoors with the family, you’ll want to check out the local farms offering opportunities to pick your own produce this year. U-pick farms allow locals to see, touch, taste, smell and feel the difference between freshly-picked blueberries and store-bought alternatives. For the spring months, we can expect blueberries, blackberries and strawberries to be ready for harvest. Over the summer, scuppernong and muscadine grapes will come into season, and closer to the fall Satsuma mandarin oranges will be available. Some U-pick farms are also offering U-cut flowers, which means you can choose your own sunflowers and zinnias and closer to fall you can pick fresh Autumn flowers. U-pick farms are located across Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, as well as Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama.

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U-PICK: A GUIDE TO LOCAL FARMS PLAN AHEAD: Make sure you dress in cool clothing that you don’t mind getting messy, wear comfortable shoes, and consider bringing hats and sunscreen for UV protection, so you can keep picking through the harsh afternoon sun and get the most out of your visit. Bringing along a few baskets or buckets is a good idea, too, since some farms do not offer containers for your pickings. We all know how fickle Mother Nature can be, so for your best chances at a successful venture out you should call the farms ahead of time to confirm the farm is ready for U-pickers. Sometimes crops are ready either earlier or later than planned.

Florida Escambia County A & N Blueberry Farm 4040 Suncrest Lane, Molino, FL 32577 850-341-9767

Open: Monday through Saturday from 7 am until dark. U-pick: Blueberries Available: May 30 – July 10 A & N Blueberry Farm minimizes chemical and pesticide use, which means your handpicked blueberries are the definition of fresh. While other produce is available for purchase at the farm, such as watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash, visitors may only pick their share of blueberries from the fields. Blueberries are $1 per pound. Cash or checks are acceptable payment. There are bathrooms and picnic areas on site so you, your family and friends are welcome to stay awhile as you pick for berries.

Beulah Berries, LLC 6658 Suwanee Road, Pensacola, FL 32526 850-453-2383

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Eglin Air Force Base Reservation Locations Duke Field, Range Road 212, and near Kentner Pond 850-882-4164

U-pick: Blueberries Available: June If you are interested in picking blueberries on Eglin Air Force’s reservation, then you will need to apply for an outdoor recreation pass, which allows you access to the following three locations: Duke Field, Range Road 212 and Kentner Pond. All U-pickers over the age of 16 must have a permit to pick. Contact Jackson Guard for information and maps of the areas.

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to Beulah Berries, where over seven acres of irrigated blueberry bushes are grown. Beulah Berries offers blueberries from Highbush and Rabbiteye plants. Cash or check is accepted and the price is either $10 per gallon or $5 per half-gallon of blueberries. Children are welcome under adult supervision. Check in at the berry shed and grab a yellow bucket so you can U-pick until your heart’s content.

Okaloosa County Akers of Strawberries 1074 Melton Road, Baker, FL 32531 850-537-2768

Open: Monday through Sunday. Call for availability and hours. U-pick: Strawberries Available: March – June Akers of Strawberries is a family owned and operated farm, which offers strawberries at $1.55 per pound for U-pickers. Take a break from the fields while you’re visiting to enjoy homemade frozen yogurt, strawberry shortcake or strawberry sundaes, as well as fountain drinks and sweet tea. Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, EBT cards and WIC farmers market checks are all acceptable forms of payment.

The Arc Santa Rosa 6225 Dixie Road, Milton, FL 32570 850-623-9320

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. Closed Wednesdays and weekends. U-pick: Blueberries and scuppernongs Available: Late May – early July for berries, and August or September for scuppernongs The Arc Santa Rosa is nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Santa Rosa County. The Arc throws an annual Blueberry Bash each year to start off the blueberrypicking season. All chemical and pesticide use is minimal. Cash payment is accepted. Blueberries are $2 per pound if U-pick, and $4 per pound if Arc members pick.

Blue Basket Farms 8655 U.S. Highway 89, Milton, FL 32570 850-623-0652

Open: Monday through Saturday from 7 am to noon. U-pick: Blueberries Available: Late April – May Blue Basket Farms offers contests and promotions for free blueberries on their Facebook page. Cash, checks, as well as debit and Visa cards are acceptable forms of payment. U-pick blueberries are $1.75 per pound. Other produce available for purchase but not for U-pick includes watermelons and squash.

BUY LOCAL: By visiting U-pick farms, you are not only supporting the economic growth of surrounding communities but sustainable business practices, as well, since Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has several benefits for consumers and farmers. By visiting CSA farms for your fruits and vegetables, you eliminate the need for a middle man since you purchase directly from the farmer. From CSA farms, you get produce that has not been altered by chemical or physical processing that is normally used to prepare food for wholesale distribution. In addition, chemical and pesticide use at CSA and U-pick farms is often minimal, so feel free to sample as you pick since you won’t find toxic substances on the crops. Be sure to ask about chemical use first.

Alabama Baldwin County Bee Natural Farm 9711 Twin Beach, Fairhope, AL 36532 251-367-3238

Open: Six days a week from sunup to sundown. U-pick: Blueberries Available: June Bee Natural Farm is located east of Fairhope High School. As the name of the farm suggests, Bee Natural Farm is committed to using natural practices to grow produce including blueberries, which will be ripe for the picking in June. Fresh fruits, veggies and local honey are also offered for purchase but not for U-pick.

Gardner’s Berry Farm 21909 County Road 68 North, Robertsdale, AL 251-960-5317

Available: May – July Hillcrest Farm offers U-pick organic blueberries and grapes during harvesting season. The farm store is open year-round, and shelves contain preserves and jams, as well as fresh produce like kale, green onions, Satsuma oranges and even pecans. Cash or checks are acceptable payment.

LA Berry Farms, Inc. 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 251-279-8745

Open: Check website or Facebook for hours U-pick: Blueberries Available: April 14 – beginning of July LA Berry Farms is located on the Weeks Bay Plantation in Fairhope. LA Berry Farms is a family-friendly, pesticide-free farm where U-pickers are guaranteed USDA-certified, 100 percent organic blueberries. LA Berry Farms is also a proud partner of Ever’man Cooperative

Grocery & Cafe. Blueberries are $6 per pound for U-pick, and $7.50 per pound for pre-picked berries.

Lyrene’s Flower Farm 11689 Highway 104, Fairhope, AL 36532 251-928-0925

Open: Monday through Wednesday, Saturday 7 am to 1; Thursday and Friday 7 am to 7 pm; closed Sunday U-pick: Blueberries Available: May 15 – July 31 Lyrene’s Flower Farm offers fresh, wholesome blueberries for U-pickers looking for locally

Open: Sunup to sundown, but picking is discouraged during the middle of the day. U-pick: Blueberries, blackberries Available: May – early July Gardner’s is a family farm, where there are over 1,000 hybrid blackberry and 700 blueberry bushes. Berries are sold by the gallon, and Gardner’s provides buckets and bags for picking. Sampling is encouraged. Call for an appointment.

Hillcrest Farm 30497 Hixson Road, Elberta, AL 36530 Phone: 251-962-2500 hillcrestfarmalabama

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U-PICK: A GUIDE TO LOCAL FARMS Be wary of critters! The U-pick farms are true farms, which means you’ll want to come to the fields prepared to face any type of weather, or any member of Florida’s diverse wildlife. Insects like ants and bees are a common sight, and don’t be surprised if you find a scaly head or two peeping out at you from under the brush. If you’re allergy-prone, whether to plant pollen or bug bites, be sure to pack an epi pen as a precaution— it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

grown berries that haven’t been exposed to harsh chemicals. Prices for blueberries are $2 per pound for U-pick, and $3.25 per pound for pre-picked berries.

Peebles Farm 11850 County Road 91, Lillian, AL 36549 251-235-1060

Open: Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm. U-pick: Blueberries, blackberries Available: May – July Peebles Farm is a family owned and operated farm, which minimizes chemical and pesticide use on crops. Adults and children are welcome to visit. Only cash is accepted as payment. Berries are $2 per pound for U-pick and $3 for pre-picked.

Stewart Organic Farm 15450 Ransom Stewart Lane, Bay Minette, AL 36507 251-751-9038

Open: Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. U-pick: Select vegetables, call for availability Available: May – August Stewart Organic Farm is a locally owned and operated farm, which raises crops that are herbicide and pesticide free. Vegetables for sale include zucchini, squash, tomatoes, okra, peas and more. Contact Carl to find out what produce is ready for harvesting.

Mobile County Betty’s Berry Farm 3887 Driskell Loop Road, Wilmer, AL 36587 251-649-1711

Open: 7 am to dark, every day weather permitting U-pick: Blueberries Available: mid May – mid July Betty’s Berry Farm is one of the TannerWilliams Agritourism Commission destinations. At the farm, sampling is encouraged and there is all can eat blueberries while you’re in the field. While visiting the farm you can view the many donkeys, horses, chickens and cows, but please don’t feed or touch the animals. Children are welcome with adult supervision. U-pick blueberries are $1.50 per pound, but pre-picked berries go for $2.50 per pound. There’s a $5 minimum purchase per person over seven years old. The farm offers bags for your berries, but you are welcome to bring your own baskets, too. Debit and credit cards are not accepted.

Blue Moon Farm 13620 Tom Gaston Road, Mobile, AL 36695 Phone: 251-865-0252

Open: Daylight hours for U-pick berries, and Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm for U-cut flowers U-pick: Blueberries, blackberries, flowers Available: Late May – July for berries, April – November for flowers Visit Blue Moon Farm for the ideal family outing. The farm is surrounded by fields of

sunflowers and grazing cattle. Farm-fresh eggs, vegetables and blueberry plants are available for purchase. U-pickers are welcome to collect berries at $10 per gallon. The cost of U-cut flowers are $1 per two zinnias, and $5 per four sunflowers.

Sunnyland Satsuma 1381 North Grand Bay Wilmer Road, Mobile, AL 36608 251-802-7371

Open: Friday and Saturday from 8 am until 4 pm, and Sundays from noon until 4 pm U-pick: Satsuma mandarin oranges Available: November – December Sunnyland Satsuma is another Tanner-Williams Agritourism destination. Bring your own plastic bags and clippers to harvest Satsumas, which are sweet and easy-to-peel mandarin oranges that grow well in the southern Gulf States. Satsumas are $20 per five gallon bucket, and U-pickers are ask to gather a five-gallon minimum of Satsumas. Cash and personal checks are the only accepted payment. Prepicked and boxed Satsumas, pecans, and lemons are available for purchase at check-out.

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Access Your Health With Direct To Consumer Lab Testing written by Kelly Oden

Any Lab Test Now

Any Lab Test Now is a national chain of franchised testing labs offering hundreds of lab tests direct to consumer including basic bloodwork, DNA, thyroid, hormone, STD, and even forensic testing. “Many people come in because they are feeling tired or not quite right,” says Mikeal Donald, owner of Any Lab Test Now in Pensacola and Daphne, AL. “They want to check their vitamin levels or hormone levels. We also do a lot of B12 testing and we offer B12 injections.” “We also have a number of patients come in for STD testing,” says Donald. “Many people who are in a new relationship want to be responsible or worry that they’ve had some exposure. It may not be something they want to discuss with their

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they will need a prescription from a physician, but Fletcher can help with those recommendations. GBA also does compounding medicine, including bio-identical hormone replacement, which Fletcher says is a more natural approach than some of the commercially available products.


Gulf Breeze Apothecary (GBA) offers a Hormone Profile saliva test that consumers can do at home and send off for analyses. The kit tests for estradiol, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA, which is a precursor to several hormones. An adrenal stress protocol can be added to test cortisol as well. Customers can pick up the test kit at GBA, complete the saliva collection process at home and mail in the completed kit for analysis. Hollie Fletcher, a clinical pharmacist at GBA, says many doctors send their patients to them because they prefer saliva tests to blood tests. Other times, a patient’s doctor does not do hormone replacement or is not well-versed in the subject. “In those cases, I can look at the test results with the patient and make recommendations to their provider,” says Fletcher. Although many women who are perimenopausal, pre-menopausal or menopausal seek out this test, anyone whose hormones feel out of whack will benefit from the testing. Clients are also able to purchase this testing without a prescription or recommendation from a physician. If bio-identical hormone treatment is desired,

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Wondering about the source of your fatigue? There’s a test for that. Trying to decide how to best treat your depression? There’s a test for that. Not sure you are getting enough vitamins? There’s a test for that. Hormones feeling out of whack? There’s a test for that, too, and guess what? You don’t necessarily have to visit your physician to find answers. You can access these and many more lab tests through direct-to-consumer (DTC) lab testing. This type of lab testing is on the rise and putting important diagnostic information directly into the hands of consumers. In years past, most lab testing, including hormonal, thyroid, nutrient and basic bloodwork all required a trip to the doctor, a potentially large sum of money depending on your insurance, and a relativelylong wait for results. The tides of medical care are changing and many consumers are taking their health into their own hands by taking advantage of a variety of home-testing, pharmacy testing and mail order testing options to help monitor an existing health condition, identify a medical disorder, or provide information about personal health issues—including the rapidly growing field of genotyping and nutrigenomics. While a number of online options are available, local labs and pharmacies offer a better solution as they often have staff on hand to interpret your results and recommend treatments or a specialized physician for further advice. Here are a few of the most popular and interesting tests available locally.

family practitioner. They just want to come in and get the test done. We offer a private and discreet way for them to do that.” Donald says DNA testing is a big part of her business as well. The most common DNA testing is for paternity, but they also do a lot of forensic work—from infidelity to criminal cases. One interesting test Any Lab offers is the new DNA Pharmacology test, which helps figure out which medications match your DNA profile and would therefore be more effective for your body. Another new test is a take-home test that allows users to get a DNA profile of their dogs that will tell owners exactly what breeds make up their furry best friend. “Toxicology is also big in terms of people taking control of their health and wellness,” says Donald. “We offer a comprehensive date rape panel, which checks for the presence of drugs most commonly used in date rape situations. We also offer an alcohol effect panel. This is for someone who feels like they consume a lot of alcohol and they want to see what effect it is having on their body. Is this affecting my liver or kidney function? We do a child guard panel— pensacola magazine | 31

Access Your Health With Direct To Consumer Lab Testing with this we can test a child to see if they’ve ingested or been exposed to drugs. We use this in shared custody situations fairly often.” Mikael says Any Lab’s direct access is beneficial for those who are curious about their health or for those whose insurance won’t cover desired tests. “Many times physicians order tests based on what your insurance will allow or pay for,” Donald explains. “Physicians have a responsibility to order things pertinent to the symptoms you are presenting and that’s great. We are not saying you should take the physician out of the equation, but sometimes you want to be the driver. Sometimes you want to know if what you are doing is working for your health. If any tests results are out of range, we make sure you are following up with a physician. It’s simple. Ten minutes will have you in and out and many times you will have results the next day.”

Everwell Specialty Pharmacy

Everwell Specialty Pharmacy works with a company called Spectracell, which allows them to offer a vast array of unique direct access testing including the popular hormone, thyroid, and DNA tests as well as more detailed tests like the neurotransmitter test, the micronutrient test and the telomere test. All labs are available without a doctor’s prescription and some are even covered by insurance. It is often an out-of-network fee and many tests have a typical copay of about $40-$45. “People are becoming increasingly more knowledgeable,” says patient care manager Kara Hyman, BSN RN, “and this provides them with a more active role that they can take in their health.” At Everwell, clients come in and discuss their

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they have depression, but they are contemplating whether they want to go that route, we can look at their neurotransmitters to see if they are truly deficient in serotonin,” says Kara. “Do they need nutrients to boost serotonin? Or, if their levels

are fine, then they know that an anti-depressant with that make up will not help their depression, so it’s time to look elsewhere—is it hormones or something else? Where is the missing link?” Another fascinating aspect of DTC testing is the emerging field of DNA testing and genotyping, which provides a comprehensive view of the whole genome and detects genetic variations among individuals that may contribute to disease or inflammation. Popular genotyping tests include MTHFR, Apolipoprotein E, and Factor V Leiden and Prothrombin. Everwell offers a new genetic test, the Telomere Test, which could potentially have a big impact on lifespan. Telomeres are sections of DNA at the end of each chromosome that serve as a cap to your genetic material. Every time a cell replicates, its telomere will become shorter. Shorter telomeres imply a shorter life span for a cell. The Telomere Test measures the length of the client’s telomeres, which reveals the rate of biological aging and is strongly correlated with risks for chronic diseases. Lifestyle changes and therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may slow aging and the progression of age related disease. For those of you wisely counting nutrients rather than calories, Everwell’s micronutrient panel may help you determine areas of

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everything in great detail,” says Hyman. “We then decide if there was anything that really needs to be addressed by a doctor. Everything is very personalized to their individual situation.” Thyroid and hormones tests are very popular as well as the cardio metabolic profile, which measures lipoprotein size and density, cardiovascular risk stratification as well as triglycerides and traditional cholesterol screening. One unique offering of Everwell’s is the neurotransmitter test—a urine test that looks at dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. “If someone is prescribed an anti-depressant because

We are not saying you should take the physician out of the equation, but sometimes you want to be the driver. Sometimes you want to know if what you are doing is working for your health. If any tests results are out of range, we make sure you are following up with a physician. symptoms and concerns with Hyman and they decide what tests may be appropriate. For blood tests, clients are sent to a lab for the blood draw and have their results within three weeks. “They come back in and we sit down and go over

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deficiency and allow you to alter your eating and supplementing routines to bring certain nutrient levels up. Micronutrient testing measures how micronutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells. These tests allow for a nutritional assessment for a broad variety of clinical conditions, general wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders and metabolic disorders.

A Valuable Tool

Jodi Brown, a local wellness chef and educator uses DTC lab tests routinely. Initially, she pursued DTC lab testing because she was uninsured and paying out of pocket. “The value for me initially was price,” says Brown. “It’s much cheaper. The other benefit is that there are things that I choose to monitor in my body based on what I know my health conditions are. For example, I want to make sure my vitamin D levels are good. I can order that test, I know the level I need to be at, so I can check it myself and save a trip to the doctor. It allows me to monitor the numbers based on what my doctor tells me I need to do within a range.” Brown is a big believer in taking your health into your own hands, but she doesn’t believe people should do random blood testing without getting some advice about it first. “If you can develop a relationship with your doctor and figure out the zones and the numbers you should be within for a specific test, then you can follow up on your own. You should never try to diagnose or understand the testing on your own. You should have a professional that you trust do that with you,” she explains. No matter your ailments or concerns, directto-consumer lab testing is a discreet, quick and often affordable option for monitoring your health and wellness. The results are confidential unless you choose to share with your medical provider, in which case they become a part of your medical record. DTC testing seems to be here for the long haul, as well. Kalorama Information, a market research firm specializing in healthcare, reports that the U.S. market for direct-to-consumer laboratory testing was worth roughly $131 million for 2015. Sales have increased from just $15.3 million in 2010, largely due to the growing trend for genetic testing. Clients taking advantage of this healthcare option should be sure to speak with their physician or health care provider if any result seems out of the normal or acceptable range.

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Healthy Elixirs written by Kelly Oden photography by Guy Stevens

We all know the expression, you are what you eat, but we would be wise to add that you are also what you drink. When we think about getting our daily doses of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, our go-to solution is often a salad, some lean protein or lightly cooked vegetables—and supplements to fill in the gaps. While these are all great options for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sometimes we want something a little different—something a little exciting. To that end, we’ve rounded up a handful of healthy elixirs—delicious drinks with healing properties to keep your body and mind in good health. Try one or all of them. Bottoms up! Here’s to your health!

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Fire Cider

An immunity-boosting tonic with a kick, fire cider is a mix of herbs, roots, citrus, peppers and spices steeped in apple cider vinegar. With origins as a folk remedy, fire cider proponents tout its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and circulation boosting properties. Take it as a shot to get your system going or mix it in your favorite beverage (We hear it’s great in a Bloody Mary!). Fire cider can even be used in cooking—add it to your favorite soups, cooked greens or homemade salad dressing for an extra dose of spicy.


½ cup peeled and diced horseradish ½ cup peeled and diced garlic ½ cup peeled and diced onion ¼ cup peeled and diced ginger ¼ cup peeled and diced turmeric 1 habanero or jalapeno pepper, sliced in circles 1 orange, thinly sliced ½ lemon, thinly sliced ½ cup chopped parsley 2 tbsp. chopped rosemary 2 tbsp. chopped thyme 1 tsp. black peppercorns 2-3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar ¼ cup raw honey, or more to taste Wash, peel and chop all of the roots, herbs and spices. Layer everything in a one quart jar. Pour the vinegar over the top of the layered ingredients until the jar is full. Place a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap over the top of the jar before screwing on the lid—this keeps the vinegar from corroding the lid. Screw the lid on tightly and store it in a dark place for about a month. Shake it daily. After one month, strain and store in cool dark cabinet or refrigerate.

Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is fermented juice from crushed apples. It can be used medicinally, in cooking and as a skin toner or hair wash.

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Golden Milk The star of golden milk is turmeric—a root in the same family as ginger that has been used as an antiinflammatory compound in Chinese and Indian cultures for thousands of years. Turmeric gets its brilliant color from its active ingredient, curcumin, which has been found to have antioxidant, antiviral, and anticancer properties. This superfood has also been linked to lower total cholesterol levels and improved liver function. Be sure to include the black pepper—it boosts the absorption of curcumin. Golden milk is often consumed in the evening for a restful sleep. For a morning pickme-up, try a golden chai. Ingredients: 4-5 fresh turmeric roots (or 3-4 tsp turmeric powder) ž to 1 cup of water 2-3 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper 3-4 tbsp. cold pressed coconut oil 1 tsp. cinnamon powder 4 tsp. fresh ginger, grated (or 2 tsp. ginger powder)

Prepare the Paste: Wash and peel the turmeric and ginger. Finely chop or grate the roots. Note: Turmeric does stain skin and clothing, so be careful or wear gloves. Blend turmeric and ginger into a fine paste, adding a little water at a time to keep paste moist. Transfer paste to a pot. Cook on low and stir continuously for three to five minutes. Remove from heat and add black pepper, cinnamon and oil. Mix well. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For Golden Milk: Warm milk of your choice on low heat. Almond milk works very well. Add 1-2 tsp of turmeric paste. Heat for 3-5 minutes. Strain. Add honey if desired. For Golden Chai: Add 1-2 tsp of turmeric paste to chai tea. Let steep 3 minutes. Strain. Add almond milk if desired.

Turmeric Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that scavenge molecules in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants can fight free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

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Green Machine Smoothie It’s actually pretty easy being green with this super green smoothie. Matcha, a green tea powder, provides excellent antioxidant, metabolism-boosting and cancer-fighting benefits and contains the brain boosting amino acid L-theanine. Another ingredient, maca powder, comes from the maca root, and has powerful alkaloids that increase stamina, boost libido, and prevent fatigue. Spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, is considered one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world. Plenty of leafy greens, green fruits and green vegetables provide an abundance of chlorophyll and other vitamins and minerals. Avocado adds a dose of healthy fat and aids in the absorption of all the other nutrients.

1 cup of water (more or less depending on desired thickness) 1 tsp. maca powder ¼ tsp. matcha green tea powder 1 tsp. spirulina powder ½ avocado 2 cups of spinach 2 cups romaine ½ a cucumber 1 green apple 1 cup green grapes or one kiwi Honey or stevia to taste (optional: The fruit should provide plenty of sweetness, but if you are new to green smoothies, a little honey or stevia may help at first.) Chop the apple, avocado, cucumber and kiwi, if used. Blend on high until smooth. A high speed blender like a Vitamix or Nutri Bullet works best.

Spirulina Considered one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world, spirulina is also an excellent source of complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids.

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Beet, Apple, Carrot Juice Besides being a gorgeous color, this simple, fresh juice packs a nutritional wallop. Beets are very heart-healthy and are full of vitamins A, C, and B-complex. Beets also contain a bounty of minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, and copper. Apples are packed with nutritious dietary fiber and are high in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, as well as folate, niacin, zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, sodium, and manganese. Carrots contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium and beta-carotene.


2 small to medium beets 5-6 carrots 2-3 apples small 2 inch piece ginger Juice of one small lemon Wash all produce. Cut beets and apples in quarters. Peel ginger. Push beets, carrots, apples and ginger through juicer. Add lemon juice. Drink immediately. If storing, fill container to top to eliminate air and seal tightly.

Beets The root and the leaves of the beet are edible and both contain a wealth of nutrients, including B vitamins, antioxidants and the phytochemical compound, glycine betaine, which lowers homocysteine levels in the blood.

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Berry Chia Blast Packed with immune boosting vitamin C plus loads of calcium, potassium and manganese, this healthy and delicious smoothie is an excellent alternative to processed, sugar-filled treats. Plus, the chia adds a good measure of protein and a healthy dose of fiber. Chia The ancient Aztecs and Mayans recognized Chia seeds as a sustainable energy source. Loaded with protein, fiber, antioxidants and omega 3’s, chia seeds are easy to use and offer a big payoff for your body and brain.


1/3 cup chia seeds 2 cups water 5-6 cups mixed berries 1 large banana, peeled and loosely chopped Fresh mint leaves to taste ½ tbsp. honey (optional: the berries and banana should add plenty of sweetness)

Mix chia seeds and water and let sit in fridge for five minutes. Blend the berries, bananas, mint and honey (optional) in blender. Add the chia mixture blend until smooth.minutes. Strain. Add honey if desired.

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The 34th annual Pensacola JazzFest is a FREE all-jazz festival held in historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. Jazz Pensacola produces the event with assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors and community organizations. The weekend festival, held early each spring, celebrates America’s unique musical art form—jazz. Jazz Pensacola volunteers work yearlong to present this festival as their annual gift to the community. We sincerely thank our individual and corporate donors for their essential support. With its beautiful live oaks and historic surroundings, Seville Square and the gazebo stage offer a perfect springtime setting for Pensacola JazzFest. In addition to a great music lineup, food by local vendors, wine/beer, soft drinks, arts and crafts and jazz merchandise are available—including JazzFest posters, a variety of jazzy shirts and memorabilia. All jazz merchandise sales help support the festival and keep it free for our loyal fans.

The legendary Wailers band is carrying its revolutionary sound and message to loyal fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ band members, The Wailers are on the brink of musical history! This Wailers band promises to deliver music and talent perfected over numerous decades. Old-school members welcome the newgeneration talent of drummer Aston Barrett Jr., Fams’ multi-talented son and nephew of Wailers co-founder and innovative drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett. Familyman Barrett is heralded as a musical genius, was named as one of the most influential bass players of all times, and received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player magazine. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit


Every Tuesday Pensacola Beach's popular outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Beach, features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste. Located in the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the series features regional artists performing a wide variety of music. Bring your lawn chair and join us every summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. Join them at 7 pm at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach. For more information, visit


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Join Gulf Coast Health Care as we host a dog friendly event to raise awareness for the local Alzheimer's Association. A 'BARK' to Remember is a great event for anyone interested in helping to end this disease through the love of dogs. There will be dog contests, a variety of vendors, silent auction, entertainment, food and drink and much more! The walk starts at 10 am at Maritime Park. For more information, visit

Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg – The WHY? AT VINYL MUSIC Rides HALL APRIL 3

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Leave A Legacy Silent Auction April 1

The Visual Arts Association of Northwest Florida, Inc. (VAA) invites the public to attend its first annual Leave a Legacy fundraiser and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the VAA arts scholarship program. The event will be held at the historic North Hill home of Bob and Pat Regan on Saturday, April 1st, 6–9 p.m. Address provided upon ticket purchase. Tickets may be purchased through the VAA for $50 per person—$60 at the door. Tickets are available online at or by visiting Creative House, located at 1200 N. Palafox Street. For additional information please 42 | pensacola magazine

Breaking more fresh new blues-rock ground than ever on their raucous and soulful new album, “Pierced Arrow,” The Rides are letting their growing legion of fans know they're in this for the long haul. Their ongoing, freewheeling journey is all there in the name. When they came up with that clever moniker for what Stephen Stills calls "the blues band of my dreams." The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg knew it was more than just a one time, multi-generational fusion of legendary musical souls. They envisioned—and have since set out upon—a dynamic, wide open road ahead. Join them at the Saenger Theatre at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit


Nipping at the ragged heels of their eagerly devoured Sod in the Seed EP, WHY? at last unleash their fifth long-player. Yoni Wolf, brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid are in the pocket, the unbreakable rock core at the center of a spinning ball of sonic kaleidoscopie. And all the things we love about them are still true: the grinning sun-warped choruses, that jangly Western lope, those confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details, set dancing down the odd knots of complex poetic daisy chains. It's just that... well, all of it sounds better than ever this time around. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $61.85 for VIP access. For more information, visit

Navy Federal 5K April 8

On Saturday, April 8, Navy Federal Credit Union will host its eighth annual 5K Run/Walk in Pensacola. All proceeds will be donated to Achieve Escambia, a local collective impact effort focused on improving education outcomes and workforce readiness from cradle to career. This fun, family friendly event is open to everyone. The race starts at 8 am, and both starts and ends at 130 East Government Street.

DDC Book 2017 Spring Tour April 12

Aaron James Draplin is a graphic designer, famous for his own design at Draplin Design Co has well as the popular Field Notes brand. On April 12, Aaron will host a public lecture at PSC as part of his tour promoting his DDC Book—a collection of graphic designs, maps, illustrations and so on, available for purchase on May 17. The lecture is free, but an RSVP is required and seating is limited. The lecture will be held in the Switzer Center for Visual Art, Building 15, Room 1590 at 7 pm. For more information, visit

UWF Department of Theatre Presents: Romeo and Juliet APRIL 14–15

One of Shakespeare's most well-known and adapted works, UWF Department of Theatre's production is presented in the traditional style. The Capulets and the Montagues are embroiled in a bloody, generations long feud. Amidst the hostilities, teenagers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet manage to find love. With the help of Friar Laurence, the young star-crossed lovers concoct a plan to marry in secret and escape the city. Sadly, their happiness is not meant to be as the play meets a tragic end in true Shakespearean fashion. Balcony row seats are $29, and Orchestra row seats are $19. For more information, visit

Pensacola Justice Jog 5K & Street Party APRIL 15

All proceeds from the Downtown Justice Jog will benefit Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Justice Foundation scholarship fund for local high-school seniors! The course is a 3.1 mile course and 1 mile fun run through historic downtown Pensacola. Come dressed as your favorite Super Hero! Following the race there will be a family friendly street

Blue Angels Practice at National Naval Aviation Museum APRIL 11–14

Come see our boys in blue practice their insane aerial stunts all this weekend. Watch from the National Naval Aviation Museum, where bleacher seating for 1000 and chair service is available. Sit back and relax as the Blue Angels roar overhead and pull barrel rolls, loops and other flights of skill. Admission is free, but concessions will be available for purchase. Be advised, only small purses, medicine bags and diaper bags are allowed into the viewing area and are subject to search. Practice is held at 1750 Radford Blvd, starting at 11:30 am. For more information, visit

party! Join the free Budweiser Beer Garden, complimentary food tastings from local restaurants, a Kids Zone & so much more! With your paid registration you will receive a race packet including goodies from all of our sponsors and a limited edition dri-fit race shirt. The race starts at 17 E Main Street at 8 am. For more information, visit https:// php?event_id=126219

Grill on the Hill BBQ Competition APRIL 18

It's that time again! Are you ready for some BBQ? Join us at the Episcopal Day School Hilton-Green Campus for the 7th Annual Grill on the Hill BBQ competition. This year we are "Grilling he Dream, Shelley LeCroy Style"! Your ticket to this 21+ event includes a fun-filled afternoon of BBQ provided by our grilling teams, unlimited beer and wine, live music, and silent and live auction. We grill rain or shine! Visit for more information.

Repticon Pensacola Reptile & Exotic Animal Show PENSACOLA APRIL 15 CHOCOLATE FEST ReptiDay Pensacola is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, familyoriented fun for everyone! Come to the Navarre Conference Center to learn all about some potential not-so-furry friends. Admission for adults is $10, children 5-12 is $5, and under 5 is free. Visit for more information.


Please join the Gulf Coast Kid’s House for Chocolate Fest 2017, presented by Sandy Sansing Dealerships. We will present our 14th annual chocolate lover’s extravaganza on Saturday, April 22 at Cordova Mall. Attendees may purchase a VIP ticket for $20 for exclusive access from 12–1 pm or a General Admission ticket for $15 and attend from 1–3 pm. For more information, visit pensacolachocolatefest. com.

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play/live/give beach and nature photographs. Always looking for a new way to present a familiar subject, his work, sometimes presented on metal, makes digital photography a new art form. Julie Morrison has found her love in painting light, water and the beach. Her paintings are large and most capture a wave, either as it just begins to break, or just as it begins to fall over itself. Her attention to detail is not lost in her painterly approach.



Don’t be shy, dig in! Fiesta of Five Flags is excited to announce that the 33rd annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival will take place Friday–Sunday, April 28, 29 & 30 in Bartram Park, downtown Pensacola. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass (children 12 and under get in free). Join us before 3 pm on Friday, April 28th, and admission is free! Admission for active duty military with ID on Friday, April 28th is also free. Great food, live entertainment, and activities for all ages await you!


The Mullet Man Triathlon has proven to be a definite addition to the Annual Interstate Mullet Toss® and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party (held this year on April 28th-30th). This is the 21st Annual Mullet Man Triathlon, a high quality event, promises a great course, super volunteers, awards three deep and overall, as well as a post-race party with fabulous food and fun. For more information and to register, visit


A literary classic, meet Fern and her prize winning pig, Wilbur. Wilbur and his barn yard buddies are lifted to notoriety when a clever spider named Charlotte spins miracle words into her web. Wilbur may be "some pig", but this beautiful play about friendship and trust is truly "some play". For more information, visit

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Pensacola's own Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinatti Reds kicks off their 2017 season. The dates listed are for home games at Blue Wahoos Stadium. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Apr 6-10: vs. Tennessee Smokies Apr 12-16: vs. Biloxi Shuckers Apr 22-26: vs. Mobile Baybears

Pensacola Museum of Art Presents Modern Masters: Twentieth Century Prints

Pensacola Symphony Through may 6 Orchestra Twentieth century art, often referred to Presents: Bernstein as Modern Art, actually began in the late nineteenth century with the movements & Beethoven of Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and APRIL 28–30

Conductor Peter Rubardt's 20th anniversary season closes with a bang with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Milwalkee Symphony Concertmaster, Frank Almond, will join the Symphony for Bernstein's Serenade and Composer Richard Danielpour will speak on the program. Don't miss this epic conclusion to the 91st season! Tickets start at $22. For more information, visit

Fluid Dynamics at Quayside Art Gallery feat. JC Findley & Julie Morrison Through may 2

JC Findley comes from a military background and his love of that background shows in his work. He brings a creative touch to his photographs of planes and ships, along with his

Symbolism. Artists began to question the notion of imitating nature and self-consciously emphasized the materials of painting—leaving visible brush strokes, areas of blank canvas and purposefully distorting points of view and perspective—reminding viewers that ultimately, painting can never truly mimic nature. This exhibit presents many of the styles and techniques popularized by the various movements that made up the one hundred years of twentieth century art. For more information, visit

Our Storied Past

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At one time Pensacola police officers depended on real horsepower to get around town. These photographs show the transportation used by law enforcement to patrol Pensacola’s streets, many of which were unpaved. The police patrol wagon is possibly outside the new City Jail at the corner of Jefferson and Main Street. Judging from the sidewalk and the trolley in the background, the patrol wagon photograph may date to approximately 1910. There is no date for the officer on horseback.

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EMERALD COAST REVIEW IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, graphic design and art for its 14th issue, “Life in Our Time.” Complete submission guidelines are available online at Reading and submission fee $10 for four poems, up to six photos or illustrations or up to 3000 words fiction. Student entry fee $5.

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Working to End Homelessness EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless is on a mission to end homelessness in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Their “continuum of care” model is creating a framework for a comphrensive array of needs for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.



Easing the Burden VITAS healthcare opens their Pensacola location, providing hospice and palliaive care to those in end-of-life care, while also providing care to their patients’ families.



Fifteen Pensacola Habitat volunteers—seven men and eight women, ranging in age from 28 to 75-years-old—took the March trip to the Central American country of Guatemala to help build stoves and are already planning another trip to Malawi, in Africa, for later this year.

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Miller Caldwell III receives National Award from Building Design + Construction Magazine

Miller Caldwell III was among 40 individuals under the age of 40 to receive a National Award from Building Design + Construction Magazine. Miller III was named a “Legacy Innovator” for his achievements in the field of architecture, service to the community, and charitable work. In 2006, he joined Caldwell Associates, his father’s architecture and design firm. In that time, he has led multiple teams on complex projects including: University of West Florida’s Science and Engineering building, Sacred Heart Cancer Center, Baptist Hospital Electrical Infrastructure 50 | Business Climate |

Upgrades, and Sacred Heart Bi-Plane/ Hybrid Operating Room Expansion. In addition, Miller III spearheaded growth efforts adding BIM for O+M as well as automotive retail design into their service lines. He has transitioned the firm into a modern workplace centered on performancedriven metrics specific to the industry. Miller III believes architecture is not just about buildings, design, or physical walls, but about value and the spaces that enhance the human experience of communities. His passion for education and the role that design can play led Caldwell to partner with the Studer Community Institute to help establish Pensacola as America’s First Early Learning City. The Team is working to create innovative installations throughout the community to enhance early learning for kindergarten readiness. These spaces are intended to provide learning opportunities to help

improve kindergarten readiness in Escambia County. Under his leadership, the firm created downtown’s first early learning garden adjacent to the new Bodacious BrewThru on Main Street. This exhibit focuses on engaging all the senses, while immersing children in nature. The team is extending this knowledge and research to the learning environments currently displayed in K-12 education.

III is a member of the XQ Super High School Project, Association for Learning Environments, and the Center for Health Design.

With 31 years of experience practicing architecture out of our beautiful and growing historic city, Caldwell Associates Architects has been fortunate to share their skills as planners, thinkers, designers and managers on a tremendous variety of projects along the Gulf Coast. Balancing design, speed, and A seventh-generation Pensacolian, economy, they continue to serve a Miller III is a partner at the firm growing base of community-minded with a passion for improving the clients who wish to partner in the community through innovative design. Licensed as a certified general firm’s efforts of improving lives contractor, he graduated from Auburn through good design. These efforts are rewarded with repeat clientele University with a dual major in architecture and building construction and continuing contracts in nearly every industry including healthcare, as well as degrees in business and education, military, commercial, and political science. His holistic view of hospitality. the industry grants him invaluable knowledge when it comes to delivering services to clients. Miller

Easing the Burden

Health & Medicine

written by Tanner Yea

End-of-life care can be a draining and weathering prospect, but the people at VITAS Healthcare are striving to make the best out of a difficult situation. VITAS Healthcare opened their Pensacola location at the beginning of March and stands as the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, providing both hospice and palliative care. The new Pensacola location at 1212 Creighton Road is managed by Edith Beroldi, who started her healthcare journay as a nurse in VITAS’ inpatient unit in 1993. “It really prepares you for what’s going on, managing all these different people and patients,” said Beroldi in reference to her past. “But if I’m the closest available person, I’m willing to help a patient like I used to.”

VITAS has established itself as the oldest hospice care service in Florida, and even their origins on a national scale extend back to 1978. They operate over 44 care facilities spread throughout 15 states and Washington, DC. They care for nearly 16,000 patients a day, with almost 11,000 employees, volunteers and service members spread throughout their offices. As opposed to a more traditional

hospice care setting, Beroldi says what sets VITAS apart is that they are very attentiv to all of their patient’s needs. “We provide care wherever they call home, and the patient is the one who makes the schedule.” Regular hospice and palliative care includes things such as home doctors, visits from social workers and chaplains, and continuous care and pain-easement that differs by

the needs of each patient. That being said, VITAS offers programs that set itself apart – especially within the Pensacola area. One example of these programs is Paw Pals. Animals of all sorts visit patients with their owners, in order to provide domestic affection the patient may be missing. Also of importance in the Pensacola area is the Veteran’s Program, where a recently-retired military veteran serves as a liaison to other retired veterans who are undergoing hospice care. Other programs include Life Review, which is a program that creates a written, audio or video biography of the patient for their loved ones; Music Therapy, which helps ease worries and pain through the power of the patient’s favorite music; and Lavender Touch, a soothing hand massage | Business Climate | 51

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VITAS has had remarkable growth because of our exceptional caregivers and unique services, and the opening of this program is another opportunity to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of end-oflife care.” that not only eases aches, but allows one-on-one interaction with a supportive caregiver. Beroldi also stressed the importance of their ‘mobile education van,’ which is designed to visit more rural areas in order to teach about the benefits of hospice care. “It’s really Hospice 101,” she said. “We cover a lot of topics, from advanced directives to receiving aid despite the distance.” The new VITAS location was created due to a certificate of need released by Medicaid, requesting a new hospice center open in the Northwest Florida region. VITAS applied for the certificate and recieved it, allowing them to begin operations in Pensacola. This first office is set to service Escambia, Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties, but plans to open additional offices in Ft. Walton and Milton will extend this coverage even more. “Our goal is to be an integral part of the Pensacola community, not 52 | Business Climate |

just for our patients, but for their families living in the area,” said Nick Westfall, chief executive officer of VITAS Healthcare.

Both of these can be done either in-home or inpatient, though Pensacola’s location focuses mainly on in-home care.

“VITAS has had remarkable growth because of our exceptional caregivers and unique services, and the opening of this program is another opportunity to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of end-of-life care.”

VITAS doesn’t just focus on the patient with their care, but also the family as well. Hospice treatment can be difficult for all involved, but VITAS offers caregiver support groups, grievance counseling, education and an overall sense of ease for the families who stay by their loved one’s side during this time.

Many healthcare professionals, social workers, chaplains and other positions actively work with VITAS, volunteers are welcome and encouraged. “They do any number of things: from sewing blankets, to sitting with the patients, to creating small ‘Memory Bears’ when the patient passes on,” said Beroldi. VITAS offers both hospice care – which requires that the patients be diagnosed with six months or less to live – and palliative care, which is designed for nonterminal ill patients who require an intermediary between them and their wide array of caregivers.

Beroldi and her employees are not going at it alone, as they have involved themselves with charities and organizations around the region to best offer their care. These include the Northwest Florida Rural Health Network’s support of their mobile education van, the Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida for food pantry and delivery services, and the Alzheimer’s Association Alabama Florida Panhandle Chapter for respite care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. “We had a patient with

severe Alzheimer’s who was unresponsive. They were visited by one of our volunteers doing our music therapy program, and when they started playing the patient’s favorite song, the patient recognized it and began singing along,” said Beroldi. “That was a very special moment for both the patient and their family.” Above all, Beroldi said VITAS’ mission is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families through compassion, clinical expertise, strength and guidance to maximize comfort and preserve dignity. Both patients and their families alike have found comfort and solace in VITAS’ mission to make endof-life care as easy and painless as possible. VITAS Healthcare’s offices are open and ready for business, or as Beroldi says, “We are ready to care.” For more information, visit, VITASHealthcare, or call 850477-5586 at any time. | Business Climate | 53


Working to End Homelessness written by Hana Frenette

If you pass through the intersection of 9th Avenue and Cervantes Street, you’ll likely see a person standing on each of the four corners, holding a sign, asking for help. Drive along Davis Highway, Palafox Street or Bayou Boulevard and you’ll see the same thing. People standing near stoplights, interstate ramps and parking lots, all with handwritten, cardboard signs. While the signs vary in their request—some ask for things like food, spare change, or even a beer—they send a unified message: there are hundreds of homeless, hungry, and disabled people attempting to survive in our community each day and they’re all in need of assistance. That’s where the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless(ECOH) comes in. They’re one out of a handful of local organizations doing everything they can to help people get off the streets. They’re slogan is simply, “Working to eliminate homelessness.” EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless is a collection of agencies and individuals who are working together to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Currently, ECOH operates as the umbrella organization that regulates distribution of federal and state funding to providers that are working to fight homelessness in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. ECOH also hosts a 54 | Business Climate |

monthly forum for service providers to share concerns and discuss new services. The ECOH also helps oversee the Continuum of Care in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The “continuum of care” model creates a framework for a comprehensive array of shelter and support services to address varying needs of the persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. One of the biggest projects ECOH embarks on annually is their Point in Time (PIT) Survey count. The survey helps ECOH gauge how many homeless people are in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties each year. ECOH sends volunteers out around the two counties for several weeks and attempts to document each homeless person and their situation through a short survey, which is then entered into their software system. ECOH notes the age, the gender, the reason for homelessness, the length of homelessness and any ailments or issues the person has. Serene Keiek, Marketing Director with

ECOH, said the PIT count not only gives the organizations and the counties an idea of the number of people on the streets during a given year, but helps them to gauge the number of people they are able to help, see who they’ve helped in the past, and determine what services are needed most. “We try to do a coordinated assessment of people who are coming into our system; that way we can see if we’ve helped them before and if that assistance we provided was able to keep them off the streets or not,” Keiek said. ECOH’s PIT count for 2016 revealed 798 homeless individuals, down from more than 1,000 in 2015’s count. Of those 798 individuals, 49 percent were living with a disabling condition, 14 percent were veterans, and 16 percent had one or more children with them. ECOH will release their current 2017 PIT count in the first part of April, and Keiek said she expected the numbers to go down again. Keiek said they don’t send their volunteers

“We used to have three to four pantries, and now we have over 20 pantries throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties—but what have we done to actually create a situation of care for someone who wants to move out of homelessness?” into the woods or any other dangerous place in order to obtain PIT numbers, but they do take into account that there are more homeless people than they are able to see and count. The numbers give a fairly accurate idea of the amount of homeless individuals who are seen throughout the city, but not the individuals staying in secluded camps or wooded areas. “We do have a few camps— outreach camps, and some of our volunteers felt comfortable going in, plus the people in the camps already knew we were doing the count,” Keiek said. “But we know there are people living in the community who are homeless and simply don’t want to be found or counted by our survey.”

Matching the needs to the people Situations and circumstances vary drastically for each person living on the street, but Keiek noted a large percentage of homeless people aren’t on drugs or substance abusers, but simply cannot live in a home with responsibilities, like paying bills or cooking for themselves, due to their mental instabilities. ECOH’s “Continuum of Care” is put in place to help get the right type of assistance to the right person, at the right time. This assistance might include help with housing, housing placement, transportation, substance abuse counseling, meal assistance and medical treatment. Executive Director of ECOH, John Johnson, believes the community is at a crossroads with the way it perceives homelessness and the way it chooses to help those in need. A proposed ordinance prohibiting panhandling will be reviewed in early April by Pensacola City Council, and has sparked

heated debates between homeless activists and downtown business owners. The panhandling ordinance was proposed by Council President Brian Spencer and Mayor Ashton Hayward, and is supported by the Downtown Improvement Board. If passed, the ordinance would fine panhandlers located in the “Downtown Visitors District” $50 for their first offense, $100 for the second, continuing up to a $400 maximum fine. “I think this is the perfect time for this community to do things we’ve never done before,” Johnson said. “We’ve got advocates facing off with government over this ordinance, but then we have this huge underlying issue to address— are the people getting the help they need? And are those that are asking for help really in need?” Johnson noted ECOH does not encourage volunteers or community members to give cash assistance. “If you’d like to help, we suggest giving a meal, or giving to a provider,” he said. “We feel cash assistance prolongs them to stay on the street.” ECOH launched a campaign called “A Better Way to Give” as a way to encourage a cycle of care, instead of a temporary fix that comes with handing someone a dollar on the street. Johnson also noted the growth spurt in food pantries that provide hot meals, sack lunches or weekly breakfasts for homeless individuals. While these organizations provide a comforting meal, Johnson is concerned that hot food isn’t enough to help or change the real problem. “We used to have three to four pantries, and now we have over 20 pantries throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties—but what have we done to actually create a situation of care for someone who wants to move out of homelessness?” Shelters, food pantries, counseling services, drug abuse clinics, agencies and volunteers are all attempting to offer some relief and guidance to the homeless community but Johnson said the groups aren’t always working in tandem with one another, and that the current goal is to coordinate communication and collaborate with one another to ensure the best outcome possible. “Successful collaboration across agencies is crucial to making a meaningful dent in the

homelessness in Escambia and santa rosa counties by the numbers


Total homeless people counted in 2016 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

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“This is about transforming our whole community—stop enabling homelessness, and work together as a whole to help those who need it.” homeless population in the area,” Johnson said. In April, as a step in the collaboration process, Johnson and the team at ECOH will place 12 men and women into what he calls “low barrier,” housing-first homes, in collaboration with local landlords. “Low barrier” refers to the low requirements needed to qualify for the program, and housingfirst is a model used nationally that suggests by giving people shelter first, they are then able to tackle their other problems and ailments, since they are no longer in “survival mode.” No drug or alcohol screening was required of the individuals, although substance abuse and mental health counseling services will be provided each week by Lakeview Center and Escambia County Community Clinic. The process took two years of planning, grant writing, searching for landlords who were willing to partner with ECOH, and months of screening people for the housing opportunity. The people chosen for the grant housing are chronically homeless, have a physical ailment or impediment, and are willing to make a change to end their homelessness. Each person will have their own room in an apartment and will have their rent paid for three months. After three months, they will have to pay their own rent, which could be as little as $300 a month if they choose to stay in the designated apartment. Johnson noted that these chronically homeless individuals have been shown to cost communities more money when they are on the streets then when they are placed into very low income housing situations. “These people are ending up in emergency rooms regularly, and are in and out of psychiatric care facilities, with no means to pay,” he said. “This provides a safer, better, more cost effective option for everyone involved.”

Keeping people off the streets According to ECOH Housing Director Diane Moore, one of the main challenges ECOH faces in this community is the small availability of low income housing for

moderate-income individuals, or people on disability. “Even if someone is on disability or social security income, they may only receive $700 a month, and finding something they can afford, along with medical bills is very difficult—there is often a waiting list for 2-3 years on the public housing here,” Moore said. “We provide help with managing housing and possibly funding, and try to help them find someplace to live, while they wait for a more permanent solution.” In addition to simply finding a safe, clean, semi-permanent place to sleep at night, many of these people who have been homeless for years have to relearn how to live in a home. Many of these newly housed men and women haven’t thought about taking out the garbage, cooking an egg on the stove, making their bed, remembering their bills, or locking their doors at night for years. They’re remembering things slowly, day by day, and learning to manage a home again. Johnson noted the overall importance of utilizing counseling services and outside agencies after a home has been established in order to keep people in line to stay off the streets. Without proper guidance or resources, they could fall into the same habits that potentially landed them on the streets originally. “We want to engage the community to make a change and we can’t do it alone,” Keiek said. “I think this is how we’re going to do it— by working with other entities and programs in town.” ECOH is making leaps and bounds in

transforming the lives of people who are living without a home in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, but they aren’t ready to stop there. “This is about transforming our whole community—stop enabling homelessness, and work together as a whole to help those who need it,” Johnson said. Johnson envisions a future for the community that involves a better understanding of what ECOH is trying to do. If someone is homeless and encounters a person on the street or a police officer, they will be guided in the right direction based on the services they need. “It’s all about knowing where to send someone, the gateway into any homeless service, the one-stop place where people will go for help,” he said. “By bridging relations with business communities, government agencies, and partner organizations, we can spread the word about all the ways to give and help, so people don’t feel like giving a dollar is the only way to do something. We engage, we don’t enable. And we engage with a goal at hand—to get people off the streets.” To learn more about ECOH, their partner organizations and their outreach plan, visit | Business Climate | 57


BUILDING HOPE written by Charlotte Crane

(L to R) Sandee Houston, Kevin Casey Carole Surber, LaSonya Purifoy, and Skip Vogelsang take a break to play with local children.


uilding smokeless stoves by hand in Guatemala using shovels, wheelbarrows, and buckets is hard work for Pensacola Habitat for Humanity volunteers. But as board chairman Skip Vogelsang can attest, it has its rewards. “These are memories that last a lifetime and experiences that can’t be obtained on a commercial tour,’’ he mentioned after returning on March 12 from his fifth Global Village Trip. “It’s the true Guatemala, with some of the most wonderful and gracious people we will ever meet.’’ Vogelsang’s wife and multiple mission-goer, Dianne Blair mentions, “Guatemala has earned a very special place in our hearts as a result of these trips.”

Fifteen Pensacola Habitat volunteers—seven men and eight women, ranging in age from 28 to 75-years-old—took the March trip to the Central American country, where indigenous people of Mayan descent live in rural areas on average wages of $2 to $3 per day. A second 2017

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international trip, scheduled for August, will be a first to the Southeast African country of Malawi. The two 2017 trips will make seven Global Village trips for PHFH since 2012, including four earlier missions to Guatemala and one to Nepal. The recent Guatemala trip

consisted of both home building and the construction of vented adobe stoves. Team labor cuts the time needed to build a house by 7 to 10 days, says Vogelsang. The new wood-burning stoves have a flue that vents dangerous indoor fumes to the outdoors thereby reducing lung damage for the

women and children who spend much of their time indoors. The families produce the adobe bricks and Habitat provides the welded steel cook tops and vent pipe. A team of six or seven can build one to 1½ stoves per day. Habitat helpers are often the only North Americans they’ve ever met, says Vogelsang, so besides being personally rewarding, the trips also are an opportunity to make a good first impression. “The Guatemalan mason in charge of the house construction project was quite surprised to learn that our entire group had each paid their own expenses to come and do hard labor instead of what tourists generally do.” Cost per person for each volunteer to Guatemala amounts to about $2,150, including room and board, incountry touring and airline tickets.

A Guatemalan family poses in front of their newly installed stove. trip. “I have used the trips to remind myself of the privilege Americans have and what the rest of the world has to deal with.”

A Guatemalan women tests out her newly installed stove.

Highpoints of Guatemala trips for the global builders include viewing the beauty of the countryside and of Lake Atitlan— considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world—and visiting the city of Antigua. But most memorable and rewarding, say participants, is the opportunity to interact with the indigenous people of Guatemala. Rural Guatemalans live their daily lives much as they have for generations—raising their own food and harvesting wood for warmth. Men work in the field and women weave, do beadwork, cook and care for young children. Bob Gerold, a retired corporate trainer and public speaker, just completed his fourth Guatemalan

“It’s sad how many Americans have no concept of what the world is like outside the U.S. It’s such an eye opener. The rest of the world does not take indoor plumbing and clean water for granted.”

Judi Patrick, a retired teacher and book dealer, has been on missions to Guatemala several times, including this year. She brings along coloring books and crayons for kids, and adults too. “We see several families throughout the week, and the kids just come out of the woodwork when they know a team is there. They come from over the hills and everywhere, so interested in being involved, in our playing ball with them.” “I bring an iPad and take their photos and let them see themselves—never a better ice breaker than that,’’ says Vogelsang. “You take a 30-second video of them and they’re mesmerized. The ice has been broken.” In Guatemala’s rural areas, people don’t speak Spanish— the predominant language in towns—but rather, speak some 20-different dialects of Mayan. Habitat has partners in the countries they visit to provide translating as needed. While another trip to Guatemala

is being planned for February 2018, Pensacola Habitat’s next Global Village visit will be August 3rd to 14th this year, to Malawi,in Africa. On this trip, Pensacola Habitat will partner with Habitat Malawi to build an adobe brick or cinderblock home for a family in need through the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Project. Habitat International reports that over 15 percent of Malawi children are orphaned before they turn 18, so this home will be particularly impactful for a family who has lost so much at a young age. Comments Vogelsang about the global trips: “It’s sad how many Americans have no concept of what the world is like outside the U.S. It’s such an eye opener. The rest of the world does not take indoor plumbing and clean water for granted.” The Pensacola team of 12 will travel to Salima, Malawi, where most homes have a thatched roof and dirt floor. Spaces are still available to join the trip and more information is available through the local Pensacola Habitat office. | Business Climate | 59

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Around the Region Ballet Pensacola presents “Alice in Wonderland” Ballet Pensacola will conclude its 20162017 season with a production of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Pensacola Cultural Center April 7-8, 7:30p and April 9, 2:30p. Ballet Pensacola takes the audience inside Alice’s head for a fresh perspective on Lewis Carroll’s famous tale. Artistic Director Richard Steinert’s original choreography depicts Alice’s journey through Wonderland with her guide (and therapist) the Cheshire Cat. The deeper Alice travels “down the rabbit hole” the further she questions the distinction between her imagination and delusions. “Alice is questioning her place in a new and rapidly changing environment,” said Steinert, “which is a struggle for all of us as we go through life meeting challenging and complex characters.” Tickets are available for purchase for $22 - $34 from the Pensacola Cultural Center Box Office, 850.432.2042 or

Levin Papantonio Proud to Support 50 Years of Community Baseball in Pensacola The community is invited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bill Bond Youth Baseball League, Friday, March 10, at the Blue Wahoos Stadium in Downtown Pensacola. The ceremony will include special guests Bill Bond, who founded the league, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, as well as more than 330 players and their families. The Parade of Teams starts at 6 pm., featuring 30 teams with players ranging in age from 6 to 14. Mr. Bill Bond and other community leaders launched the Bill Bond Youth Baseball League in 1967. The non-profit, youth baseball league is aimed at engaging youth in competitive baseball and the league works closely with the City of Pensacola to provide facilities, field maintenance and administrative support. The league is self-supported through registration fees and fundraising, which is used to outfit the players and pay for costs associated with games. Teams rely heavily on volunteers and support from local businesses, like the Levin Papantonio Law Firm. This is the third year the firm has sponsored

the Levin Papantonio Flyers, a team of 6, 7, and 8-year-old players from across the community. Levin Papantonio attorney Rachael Gilmer and her husband volunteered to coach and support the team and even have their own sons in the league. “Volunteering with Bill Bond is a great way to support our own kids, while also supporting youth sports,” said Gilmer. “Sports keeps them in fun, healthy activities while also providing them with positive role models. We enjoy the kids and the league.” The event is scheduled from 6 to 9 pm. Concessions will be open and there will be a fireworks show, sponsored by the Levin Papantonio Law Firm. For more information, visit or contact Mollye B. Vigodsky, Media & Marketing Specialist with the Levin Papantonio Law Firm, (Tel: 850-435-7041,

Pen Air Employees Surprised Child with a Magic Moment of a Disney Cruise Pen Air Federal Credit Union and Magic Moments surprised 9-year-old Marnice with the news of her magic moment – a Disney Cruise with her family. On Thursday, March 16, the employees of Pen Air presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Magic Moments to make this vacation possible. The presentation was held in Spanish Fort, Ala. at the Pen Air Eastern Shore location. Marnice, diagnosed with multiple illness, including Diastrophic Dwarfism, Chronic Respiratory Failure, and Postural Kyphosis thought she was accompanying her mother and family to the credit union after school; however, she was surprised with much more. “Pen Air has generously provided once-in-alifetime moments for our children year after year as a faithful community partner, and we are beyond grateful,” said Sharon Stokes, Magic Moments Mobile Regional Director. Magic Moments partnered with Pen Air through the Jeans for Generosity program (J4G). Since 2015, $13,250 has been given to Magic Moments to help the organization provide magic in the lives of Baldwin County children with chronic life threatening diseases. J4G is an employee-driven fundraising effort to

give back to those in need in our community. Each year, our employees nominate local, non-profit organizations to be voted on as recipients of this philanthropic program. Funds are raised through payroll deductions and Jeans for Generosity days. The funds raised by the employees are matched by Pen Air and divided equally among the voted charities for the year. Through J4G, the employees have given more than $160,000 since the program began in 2013. By the end of 2017, more than $200,000 will be given back to make a difference. Communerosity is a core value at Pen Air our employees truly live every day. They’re proud to say that $100,000 of those funds came directly from the pockets of their employees. Marnice and her family will enjoy their Disney Cruise this June. Magic Moments is the only wish-granting organization dedicated exclusively to children in Alabama suffering with chronic life threatening diseases. Founded in 1984, Magic Moments has granted over 4,500 magic moments to children in all 67 counties of Alabama. Magic Moments establishes lasting relationships with the families they serve that don’t end once the magic moment has been fulfilled.

Magic Moments goes Beyond the Moment with programs such as their annual Family Camp and regional programs for their children and families throughout the year. Magic Moments works to create a caring support network for its families by not only connecting them to the organization, but to each other. For more information, visit At Pen Air Federal Credit Union, respect is a guiding principle. As the largest and oldest credit union headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, with $1.3 billion in assets, Pen Air is dedicated to enhancing lives through exceptional service, strength, and financial solutions. Eighteen locations in Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama, which include three student-run credit unions at area high schools, combined with Online and Mobile banking provide worldwide reach. Pen Air is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, serving the community and improving lives since 1936. For more information, visit or call (850) 505-3200/toll free (877)4PENAIR. | Business Climate | 61

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Women’s Event on April 29 to Benef i t Women in Need of Healthcare A day designed by women for women ages 55+ will become an opportunity to provide healthcare for women in need. The “Educate, Enlighten, Empower” women-only event will take place Saturday, April 29, from 8 am. to 2:30 pm. at the Sacred Heart Hospital Conference Center on Ninth Avenue in Pensacola. The fourth annual symposium is being sponsored by Mainstay Financial Group in partnership with Sacred Heart Senior Services. Proceeds from the event will go to Sacred Heart Foundation to help provide healthcare for women in need. WEAR-TV 3’s Sue Straughn will serve as emcee for the occasion. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara Zeff Geber, a certified retirement coach and workshop leader who is a recognized expert in the field of planning for the next phase of life. An organizational psychologist, she specializes in working with those age 55+. Her speech is titled “50-Plus, Minus Kids: The Unique Challenges of Solo-Agers.” Additional presentations during the event include: · “Solo Aging and Your Financial Future,” with Annalee Leonard, president, Mainstay Financial Group; · “Bladder Matters,” with Jamie Thorne, ARNP, a nurse practitioner with Sacred Heart Medical Group; and · “The Healing Power of Sound,” with Fran Clarke, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Cost is $50 per person and includes breakfast, a buffet lunch, a fashion show by Chico’s and door prizes. (Registration after April 10 is $60; tickets at the door will be $65.) Sponsors are currently being sought for the event, and opportunities include placing an ad in the program booklet and purchasing a business directory listing. Businesses are encouraged to purchase tickets for their female employees or associates. During the 2016 E3 symposium, a total of $7,000 was raised to support healthcare for women in need through Sacred Heart Health System’s Women’s Care Center.

Blue Wahoos Welcome Nancy Berry to Pensacola The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are stepping to the plate in customer service this season by adding a full-time season ticket concierge manager. Nancy Berry joins the Blue Wahoos with 16 years of experience in the sports industry. “Season ticket holders are important investors in any sports operations,” said Blue Wahoos co-owner Quint Studer. “We wanted to match their loyalty and commitment to the Blue Wahoos with world class service beyond the norm. We feel providing them with a concierge is one way to do so. Our goal was to attract a great concierge. Two Major League general managers recommended Nancy Berry and we are pleased she joined us.” This position’s primary goal is to maintain relations with season ticket holders. Berry has worked with the Miami Marlins as executive

From making sure season ticket holder seats are ready and their food is great, this position will include a variety of special services before and after the game, as well as before, during and after the baseball season. The first game of the 2017 regular season at Blue Wahoos Stadium is on Thursday, April 6 against the Tennessee Smokies. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the Southern League. Follow the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at, facebook. com/PensacolaBlueWahoos and BlueWahoosBBall.

Through National Flight Academy, Delta Air Lines Deepens Commitment to Inspiring Students to Engage in STEM The National Flight Academy (NFA) is proud to announce Delta Air Lines as its sponsor of the Quarterdeck entrance for the next five years. Delta Air Lines’ logo is displayed on the Quarterdeck of the National Flight Academy, where it will be viewed by more than 10,000 students, parents and visitors each year. In addition, for the fourth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines — the “Official Airline of the National Flight Academy,” is sponsoring enrollment for hundreds of students in the NFA’s AMBITION program. This year more than 400 students will attend in June 2017, more than the previous three years combined. Attendees consist of children and grandchildren of Delta employees and students from Delta’s community partners, including organizations like Junior Achievement, Aviation high schools and 100 Black Men of America chapters​, who select children to represent their respective organizations. “Just like the NFA, Delta is committed to igniting an educational spark in students,” said Capt. Steve Dickson, senior vice president of flight operations for Delta Air Lines. “We know the importance of engaging more students in science, technology, engineering and math to generate tomorrow’s STEM-ready workforce in aviation.” “We are very proud to share this common goal with the NFA as we invest in the next generation through this one-of-a-kind immersive program,” Dickson furthered. This year, students ranging from 7th – 12th grades will come from all over the United States, Latin America and Mexico to participate in the NFA’s renowned AMBITION program — an interactive,

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assistant to the president of baseball operations and Tampa Bay Rays as Assistant to the scouting director.

fun-filled, aviation-themed experience. Attendees, or “AMBITION Experimental Pilots” (AXPs), live aboard AMBITION, a state-of-the art program housed onboard a 102,000-square-foot virtual aircraft carrier. The aviation-based adventure weaves STEM learning objectives with important 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, leadership development and effective communication. AXPs plan missions with ultramodern and advanced technology as well as learn to fly in networked aircraft, eat on mess decks, sleep in staterooms and receive mission briefings in six fully-electronic ready rooms. Additionally, they experience different areas aboard the virtual carrier, including the Mess Deck, Joint Intelligence Center, Joint Operations Center, Berthing Spaces and Hangar Bay. “Delta is a great example of a company investing in an innovative program that will positively affect the future of young people,” said retired Marine Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, president of the National Flight Academy. “Together, we are able to have a positive impact on a large group of students.” Steve Hayes, president of Visit Pensacola, welcomes first-time and returning visitors brought by Delta Air Lines to the Pensacola Bay Area. “We applaud Delta and the NFA’s commitment to inspiring children’s interest in STEM, and we encourage these students and their families to take full advantage while here of everything else Pensacola has to offer — our history, culture, top-ranked beaches and, of course, the National Naval Aviation Museum, which brings in almost one million visitors per year,” said Hayes.

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Baptist Health Care Selects Eamonn Wheelock as Security and Public Safety Director Baptist Health Care (BHC) recently selected Eamonn Wheelock to serve as security and public safety director. In his new role, Wheelock is responsible for maintaining the safety, security and emergency management programs in compliance with applicable regulatory standards across BHC. He assists with Joint Commission hospital accreditation requirements in the areas of environment of care (safety and security), life safety and emergency management. Wheelock also serves as a resource to the affiliate facility safety officers for all Baptist Hospital associated facilities. He directs the completion of management plans including safety, security, fire, utilities, biomed, hazmat, hazard vulnerability assessments and the emergency operations plan. He also collaborates with community partners to develop partnerships for emergency response and provides subject matter expertise to the Incident Commander during planning, response, recovery and mitigation of emergency operations. Wheelock earned his bachelor’s degree in emergency and disaster management and his Master of Public Health in emergency preparedness, both from the American Military University.

UWF Dance Marathon exceeds fundraising goals for children’s hospital they cared about the cause,” Frazier said. UWF sophomore Ashley Sepessy described interacting with “Miracle Kids” as a rewarding experience. Sepessy befriended a high school sophomore during her visits to the hospital.

More than $43,000 was raised at the fifth annual University of West Florida Dance Marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness for approximately 170 pediatric hospitals in North America. All proceeds from the 10-hour event at the UWF Commons Conference Center will be donated to the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

“She would tell me all about her life and her boy problems,” said Sepessy, who served as morale director on the Dance Marathon executive board. “We colored together, and it was just a really good way to spend time together.”

The Miracle Network Dance Marathon is held at more than 300 locations across the country each year to ensure no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone. This was the second year Fraternity and Sorority Life staff members advised the Dance Marathon executive board. Last year, the event raised $11,300, up from $3,500 in 2015.

“Miracle Kids” participated in the Dance Marathon and shared their stories with the crowd. The ages of the children ranged from infants to 18. One of the highlights of the night for Sepessy was teaching the children how to line dance. Jake Tomlin, graduate assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said 343 students danced at the event. Students danced in two shifts at the Commons Conference Center and stood on their feet for a total of 10 hours as a gesture for those who can’t.

“I am elated with the rise in success of Dance Marathon,” said Dr. Kevin Bailey, vice president of student affairs. “The students have done a phenomenal job of making this event something they and UWF can be proud of, and this is only the beginning.” Aubrey Frazier, assistant director for leadership, service and fraternity/sorority life, said the connection students established with the “Miracle Kids” inspired the fundraising effort. The Dance Marathon executive board members visited Studer Children’s Hospital and interacted with the children before the event. “It’s amazing we were able to raise so much money, but it’s also amazing to see how much

UWF fraternities and sororities, along with other student organizations, raised funds as teams. The Alpha Delta Pi sorority won the “Miracle Ball” competition by raising nearly $8,000. Kappa Delta sorority finished runner-up. Overall, 19 teams participated and raised an average of $1,700 each. For more information about Fraternity and Sorority Life, visit

$3 million gift to assist UWF students in pursuit of American Dream Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the University of West Florida will receive more than $3 million to assist deserving students in their pursuit of the American Dream. This transformational gift will establish an endowment for need-based scholarships with preference given to immigrants and refugees and enhance accessibility to higher education for UWF students. UWF enrolled 290 students classified as immigrants in Fall 2015. With the additional scholarship funds, new student enrollment is projected to increase by approximately 30 percent over the next several years.

attract and retain a talented and diverse student body. Need- and talent-based scholarships to support students within all academic programs improve the lives of students and, in return, the community.

with academic progress,” said Dr. Meredith Brunen, interim vice president for university advancement. “The foresight of our benefactors is so noble. The ripples of this gift will be felt in perpetuity.”

“Providing the opportunity for higher education ensures economic prosperity and mobility for our students as financial barriers can often interfere

UWF is in its 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, the largest capital campaign in University history. To support the campaign, visit uwf.ededu/give.

“Sometimes it amazes me how strong the power of generosity is in our region,” UWF President Martha Saunders said. “This gift will provide needed financial aid to students for generations to come. The donor does not want credit for this incredible act of giving. We are deeply grateful.” Endowment dollars enable UWF to sustain growth, increase its reputation for quality and compete in the higher education marketplace to | Business Climate | 63

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