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Kelly Oden Executive Editor The end of October is always exhausting for me. Our production schedule at work is usually loaded, but more importantly, my mom and I are frantically working to pull off another one of my daughter’s annual Halloween parties, which have become the social events of the season for Lola’s classmates. We call my mom the chief Imagineer because she has so many whimsical and creative ideas for these parties. This year she envisioned a creepy carnival and let me tell you, she really pulled it off. Hats off to you, mom! You are truly the best mom and grandma in the entire world! See some photos from our Cirque De CarnEvil to the right. Now it’s on to November and this month we are celebrating art and culture in Pensacola. Foo Foo Fest is back and this year promises to be better than ever with an umbrella-filled sky, street performers, live art and much more. I’m really looking forward to the Umbrella Sky Project—the block long installation of vibrant umbrellas floating in the sky will stay up for three months. Who wants to meet for lunch beneath the whimsical, Mary Poppins inspired sky? In this issue, we’ve interviewed the creative force behind the Umbrella Sky Project and gathered up some info on many of the exciting Foo Foo Fest events, including a reading by Pensacola native and humorist Craig Pittman in conjunction with the West Florida Literary Federation. I hope it inspires you to get out and enjoy this incredible, art filled season! In this issue, we also talk with local attorney extraordinaire, Mike Papantonio about his latest legal thriller, Law and Vengeance. Learn a little bit about his background and his writing process on page 30. Be sure to attend his book signing at Barnes and Noble on November 4 to get your signed copy! DeeDee Davis discusses Lucy Buffet’s life and her new cookbook, Gumbo Love on page 28 and on page 15, Taylor Purvee gives you all the details on this year’s Winterfest activities, which begin with Santa visits on November 17 and the always festive elf parade on November 24. November is also affectionately known as Movember to honor men’s health issues. If you want to grow your beard or mustache in support, Hana Frenette has some great tips from the guys at East Hill Barber Shop to keep your stubble in shape. Check it out on page 18. And finally, what is better on a cool fall day than a piping hot bowl of soup? We’ve gathered recipes from some of Pensacola’s finest chef ’s so you can enjoy a delicious bowl of comfort in the sanctuary of your own home. Get your shopping list ready for the delicious recipes on page 23. Bon Appetit!

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It’s November and you know what that means? No talk of diets or health food is permitted this month. We exercise and starve all year so that we can fully enjoy why God gave us November— Thanksgiving dinner. Mom used to get up during the wee hours of the morning to put the gobbler in the oven for a slow roast. By the time us kids woke up, the entire house smelled like a holiday. Good memories. We usually have a mob scene at our house for this occasion and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The more, the merrier. My husband and I both love to cook so this is our day. Well, he loves to cook and I make an annual

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appearance in the kitchen. Both sides of our families come together to share the feast and give thanks for another year. However, there is one little detail that has caused heated debate over the years. And while most family members have learned to at least be civil as the discussion inevitably begins, there will never be agreement. The blending of families means more than just bringing heated political and football rivalries together. Far more important is… the dressing. I think I was out of college before I was even aware that dressing could be made from anything other than cornbread. When I was growing up, we could hardly wait to hear my mother announce dinner. We were glued to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade throughout the morning, but what we really wanted was dressing!! And I don’t remember what was on the table other than turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce was not some original gourmet concoction, as my siblings and I would have acted as if we were being poisoned had such a thing appeared. No, we cherished the glob that plopped out of the can. Delicious! It was only surpassed by the absolutely heavenly dish that my mother created from last night’s

cornbread. Heavily seasoned with sage, her dressing makes angels sing. I have tried to recreate it and have come close but I swear she must guard the recipe much like Coca Cola does. Every year we would pronounce it the best she had ever made. We would greedily hover around as she crumbled and stirred, hoping to be the one she chose to sample it before it went into the oven. It was no time for democracy as I unsuccessfully tried to exercise my right as eldest child to get the first taste. You see, cake batter is not the only food meant to be licked from the bowl. It is probably nothing short of miraculous that one of us didn’t keel over from salmonella after the taste test preceding cooking. And oh my, when the freshly baked finished product was set out for us little vultures, it was almost a religious moment. Crispy around the edges, moist with all of that rich turkey broth and a back-up pan going in because we sneaked so much out of the bowl when we thought she wasn’t looking. Second helpings for all! So imagine my surprise when I first learned that there are people who prefer their dressing with something other than a cornbread base. Blasphemy! I can accept boutique dressings. You know, the fancy types that are often tried but rarely repeated. But

an annual bread -based variety just isn’t right. Gooey bread was meant for pudding and bourbon sauce. Cornbread is king, and is the only dressing worthy of taking the spot next to the bird, or in the bird. What kind of Southerner sells out to the north-of-theMason Dixon line philosophy that dressing could possibly be anything else? My own grown children have pretty adventuresome palates, but their manners were truly tested the year they first took a bite of “it.” A fan of the breadbased variety thoughtfully brought a pan for the holiday buffet. I can still recall the shock on their faces and was impressed by the speed at which the napkins hit their mouths. The texture and seasoning are disturbing if you aren’t prepared for it. They are far more cautious now before scooping some of everything available. A cornbread disciple is just not going to change his ways, and why would he? The great recipes in our family have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations. Years ago I did some research in order to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In reviewing old documents hidden in our family Bibles and books, you can’t believe how many hand scrawled recipes I found. I was searching for identity and I

found biscuits. Maybe they are actually one and the same. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, regardless of your choice in dressing. But we all know which is the best. And there is no doubt that Lucy Buffett serves up one of the best bowls of gumbo you will ever eat. She was in town recently for a book signing at Jewelers Trade Shop, where she autographed copies of her newest cookbook Gumbo Love. Almost 300 people stopped by for a Bama Breeze and gumbo. Guests included Larry and Dianne Robbins; Curt and Connie Morse; Larry and Myra Van Hoose; Steve Gracik and Charlene Sanders; Stuart and Natalie

Bainter; Tom and Katrina Pace; Maurice and Sharon Bouchard; Thomas and Jane McMillan; and Ben and Amber Gordon. The Council on Aging held their annual High Roller Party for the Rat Pack Gala at Palafox Place where almost 100 of the event sponsors gathered in Rat Pack era finery. Roger Webb, John Peacock, Marianne McMahon, and Nels Offerdahl are the honorees this year and Charlie and Fran Switzer are chairing the event. CEO John Clark welcomed the crowd that also included spouses of the Rats, Raisa Webb, Jerre Peacock, John McMahon, and Abbie Offerdahl. Pete and Angela Moore; Steve Del Gallo and Jenn Cole; newly engaged

Fred Simmons and Nancy Bourne; and Jack and Molly Nobles were also there.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

Congratulations to the Women’s Board of Baptist Health Care Foundation for a most successful 41st Annual Fashion Show, held recently at New World Landing with Chef Gus Silivos providing the tasty hors d’oeuvres. Stacey Balka, President of the Board, welcomed guests before news anchor favorite Sue Straughn kicked off the program with the popular personality Brent Lane serving as auctioneer. Fashions were provided by Bluetique, Cabi, Duh, The Market and Mainly Shoes, and The South Outfitters and presented in a show that made you feel you were watching a big city runway. Cheers to everyone involved.

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f you listen closely, you might be able to hear Santa’s sleigh bells ringing on Palafox Street. As Florida wraps up the fall season and prepares for a not-so-brutal winter, Winterfest is coming just around the corner. Named the number one holiday attraction in all of Florida by Florida Travel + Life, this is an event the entire family will take delight in. Every year the performers and contributors at Winterfest work extremely hard to create a unique and exciting experience for children, out-of-town visitors, and locals alike. This Christmas wonderland features musical performance tours of classic favorite movies such as The Polar Express, The Grinch and The Peanuts; the Letters to Santa event; the Elf Parade and more.

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Denise Daughtry, volunteer and president of the Board of Directors of Winterfest, is passionate about the event, and strives to make it different from other Christmas activities in the area. “There is no other place like Winterfest, no place does what we do and that is part of what makes it so wonderful,” Daughtry said.

community. They put their all into performing. Everyone will recognize them and I think people really like that.”

“This is the best Santa Clause within 100 miles or further. He loves his job and this is a beautiful setting,” Daughtry said.

There will also be two interactive mini tours for children that will take place the week before Christmas. One of the mini tours will be

With musical elements on every stop of the tour, visitors can be sure that this event will put them in the Christmas spirit.

The Polar Express themed; Daughtry said the children will listen to the story of Polar Express, drink some delicious hot chocolate, ride in the train and do some singing before making their way back to the courthouse. On this mini tour, there will also be a competition of who is wearing the best pajamas. The second mini tour will be Grinch themed and this tour will be going through ‘Whoville’ to look at the Grinch Christmas tree and a competition will be held for the child who is dressed as the best Whoville character.

There will also be some new elements coming to Winterfest in 2017 including Santa’s Puppy Party that will showcase puppies from the Escambia County Animal Shelter. These cuties will be up for adoption and free to play with, as puppies are what a lot of children ask for at Christmas. There will also be Christmas story time for children at Winter Wonderland, Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree lot, and Rudolph’s Revue with dancing Christmas trees.

Winterfest is truly unique, especially to this part of the country. With very little cold weather and no snow, sometimes it can be hard to get into the Christmas spirit; however, Daughtry said Winterfest is sure to change that. “We have a story to tell and I think that is what brings the community together so well. Winterfest is about believing in the spirit of Christmas,” Daughtry said. “Christmas tree lights are great, but what we do is different and unique. There are a lot of elements you wouldn’t find other places. I mean, it is snowing at Winterfest all the time and that doesn’t happen in Florida.” There will be events galore at Winterfest to check out including one of the most popular Winterfest activities— the performance tours. Daughtry explained that through small plays and musical dramas, Winterfest tells the story of the journey to Christmas. Each stop of the performance tour has a redemption story and is all about believing in the spirit of Christmas. “The people in these plays are professional actors with degrees from University of West Florida who have done a lot of performing in the

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Another exciting event happening at Winterfest is Letters to Santa. Children will have the opportunity to drop off their Christmas letters when they meet Santa in his sleigh. He will pick his favorite letter and that lucky child will receive the first present of Christmas on Christmas Eve at 8 pm. Children can meet Santa for free and he will be at Winterfest every night of the performance tours, every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every afternoon Dec. 15–24.

Liberty Church sponsors an event called Cajun Night Before Christmas, which is inspired by the children’s book Cajun Night Before Christmas and will be a stop on the performance tour where Papa Noel will hop on the trolley and read a poem. The nativity scene on Gregory Street will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church. Daughtry noted Winterfest would not be what it is without its employees, actors, volunteers and these churches that help make it so great. Visitors should reserve seats and buy tickets ahead of time because the events sell out quickly. To find out more information on Winterfest or to purchase tickets go to pensacolawinterfest.org or call 850.583.1365.

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It’s officially November— or rather, to many, it’s Movember, a month-long beard growing challenge geared toward raising awareness for men’s health issues. If you want to participate in the beard growing challenge to support someone you know, or just raise funds for your fellow man, we’ve got you covered on the best ways to tackle and tame those unruly beards and moustaches. The official rules of Movember say you must shave your face completely, and then try your best to grow a beard, mustache, or whatever you can, until the calendar hits December 1. While many men grow eager to participate already have a full beard, the idea of shaving down to a bare face can be daunting— even scary to imagine. Some men might not even remember what it’s like to take a razor to their furry faces. We caught up with Jason Taylor, owner of newly opened East Hill Barber Shop on 12th Avenue, to get all the tips and tricks on the best way to approach a full shave, and how to keep that beard looking good once it’s starts coming in. The laid back East Hill shop is a modern traditional barbershop, with three barbers—Jason, Ben and Chuck— and all the products and tools you need to keep your face soft, smooth, or neatly groomed.

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step-by-step breakdown of the perfect shave According to Jason, the key to a good shave is skin preparation. “If you’re shaving at home, it’s nice to steam your face, maybe with a hot shower—you want to make sure those pores are nice and open for the shave,” he said. Here are his Tips: • Put some conditioning cream on first and a hot towel, then let it steam. • Take the towel off, and then apply a mentholating cream to open the pores, apply a hot towel, and let that steam. • Pull that towel off, and the next step is to apply a pre-shave oil, then put a hot towel on. • Pull the towel off, while leaving as much of the pre-shave oil on as possible. • Apply the shaving cream and begin the shave. • Half way through the shave, he likes to apply another hot towel, just to keep that steam there to open the pores. That’s

what’s going to keep you from getting razor bumps, razor burn- those extra products applied to the face so you have a barrier and it’s not just razor on skin. • Once we’re done with the shave, I put on the aftershave—which is essentially a toner—and then another towel, let that sit for a minute, pull the towel off, add some moisturizer back into the skin and put on a cold towel to kind of close off and seal that moisture into the face.

At the moment East Hill Barbershop carries three different product lines: Uppercut, Suavecito, and Imperial, which has a full shave line, soaps, pre-shave oil, toner, moisturizer, and anything you’re going to need for your face.



5 Steps to beard excellence Barber Chuck Brown is doing some grooming maintenance on Kevin. He’s in the process of growing his beard out, so they’re making sure to keep the lines maintained so it doesn’t get out of control. He’ll be cleaning up the cheek and neckline, and making sure there aren’t any flyaways. 1. Using clippers with guards, the sides and bottom of the beard are trimmed to the desired length. The bottom is kept one length longer than the sides (Chuck used a #5 and #6 for Kevin.) 2. A detail trimmer is used to clean up the cheeks and re-establish a cheekline. A straight razor is used later in the finishing touches.

3. A detail trimmer is used to trim the edges of the moustache. Holding the trimmer as shown in the photo allows the knuckle of the pointer finger to act as a pivot-point and follow the curvature of the lip.



4. Clippers are used to create a defined neckline. 5. A straight razor is used to clean up the edges of the beard on the cheeks, neckline and around the ears.


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e d i S y n n u F e Th of Florida By Janet Thomas Secretary, West Florida Literary Federation

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Pittman in the 1980's in the PNJ breakroom

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In his fourth book, “Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country,” Pittman explores the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird and why that’s OK. The book, which has received international attention, won the nonfiction gold medal in the 2016 Florida Book Awards. “Oh, Florida” is also a New York Times Best Seller. Pittman is scheduled to be in Pensacola Nov. 9 for “Writing on the Funny Side of Florida,” an event being presented by the West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) as part of the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival. The author said he is looking forward to his upcoming visit. “The last time I was in Pensacola was to cover the 2010 BP oil spill,” Pittman said. “Here’s hoping my appearance isn’t nearly as messy or hard to clean up after.” Biographical information posted on the Tampa Bay Times website offers a taste of Pittman’s funny way of looking at life. It says he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, “where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him ‘the most destructive force on campus.’ Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature.” Pittman has been an environmental reporter for the Tampa Bay Times since 1998, and he has published three other books: “The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid,” in 2012; “Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species,” in 2010; and, “Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss,” (co-written with Matthew Waite) in 2009. In a recent interview, Pittman talked about his ties to Pensacola and how growing up here fostered his love of storytelling. What did you do during your early years in Pensacola? I was born at a very early age in Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. I grew up in the vicinity of the pecan grove that became University Mall, and apparently under the flight path for Naval Air Station Pensacola.

My mom is from Santa Rosa County and my dad is from Jackson County, so we left the 'burbs from time to time to go visit family out on the country. My parents sent me to Pensacola Christian (PCC) from kindergarten through high school graduation. The PCC folks gave me a solid education, as well as a good facility with finding Bible references, and somehow I avoided getting kicked out for wearing bell bottoms and letting my sideburns grow past the middle of the ear. When did you find out that you were funny? In high school. It was a defense mechanism. If I could make people laugh, nobody would expect me to give them a serious answer to questions. Later, as I got older, I realized that with humor I could slip in serious stuff without people realizing it, and I used that tactic extensively in “Oh, Florida!” I call it “the spoonful of sugar method of shoving 50 pounds of Florida history and culture down your throat.” Have your roots in Northwest Florida had any influence on your writing? Absolutely. By growing up in the Panhandle, I was exposed to the strong Southern storytelling tradition (mostly by going along with my dad on hunting and fishing trips and hearing all the boasting and jokes and put-downs from his buddies). But unlike all the other Faulknerinfluenced writers, my storytelling was flavored with that quintessential weirdness that Florida offers. In other words, I like a good story—and I love one where there’s a particularly odd twist at the end. How did you get started? I did an internship at the Pensacola News Journal’s now-closed Fort Walton Beach bureau, which means I can brag that I started my journalism career in the same place that Hunter Thompson started his (he worked on the Eglin Air Force Base newspaper while stationed there). That was in the summer of 1981, and I covered feuding between white and Vietnamese shrimpers, the effort to incorporate Destin and the creation of Burney Henderson Beach (which later became a state park) thanks to a couple of high school kids who convinced Henderson to donate the property to the state. The managing editor later told me they had sent me there basically just to answer the phones. He told me that after hiring me to cover county government and politics right out of college. I started in the fall of 1981 and covered that beat for five years until my departure for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 1986. What do you remember about your time working in Pensacola? I remember fondly the people I worked with but could not tell you any stories about them for fear of violating various penal codes. I

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vividly recall writing about such subjects as "the king of the county," Commissioner Grady Albritton, a former wine salesman and bus driver who parlayed road-building into a political fiefdom; Santa Rosa County mosquito control director Ben Henry "Threeto-Two" Pooley, who became the subject of the famous "ketchup murder" that wasn't really; and, of course, former Sen. W.D. Childers, who made his fortune selling hula hoops and once snuck money into the state budget for a football stadium for the University of West Florida, which had no football team at the time. I also covered the Christmas abortion clinic bombings, which the perps later called "a birthday present for Jesus." Are you aware that, according to Wikipedia, there is another notable Craig Pittman? Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman is an ex-marine and professional wrestler. Does anyone ever get the two of you confused? Yes, I knew. My wife even tried to buy me one of his action figures as a gag gift, but apparently they’re valuable or something. I am pretty sure the only reason I have a Wikipedia entry is so that people don't get him confused with me— because, of course, we have such a similar build and background. What is next for you? Are you working on another book? I’m currently at work on a book tentatively called “Cat Fight.” It’s about the struggle to save the endangered Florida panther and includes everything from gator wrestlers to the Skunk Ape.

Wflf Foo Foo Fest Workshop And Reading “Writing on the Funny Side of Florida” is scheduled for Nov. 9. The program will feature humor writing workshops from 2 to 5 pm at the Pensacola Cultural Center (PCC) boardroom, 400 South Jefferson St., and readings and book signings from 7 to 9:30 pm at Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place. Craig Pittman will share the spotlight with Leanna Conley of Pensacola, a comedienne, public speaker, illustrator, and novelist; and Erik Deckers of Orlando, a professional writer and the humor columnist/creator of the syndicated “Laughing Stalk.” Northwest Florida Poet Laureate Jamey Jones will emcee the event at Artel Gallery, which will be exhibiting its annual showcase event, “Cinco Banderas.” The Pensacola String Farm Band will play at Artel during the break between the writing workshops and readings. A reception for WFLF members, workshop participants, and the featured humorists is scheduled to begin at 5 pm at Artel. The reading/book signing portion of the event is free and open to the public starting at 6 pm. For more information about registering for the workshops, go to wflf.org. Tickets are $15, inclusive, and available online. About WFLF The WFLF promotes and nurtures literary talent in Northwest Florida through educational programs, workshops, readings, school poetry competitions, community programs and publications. The organization presents monthly open mic readings at Pensacola Cultural Center, and issues a biannual anthology of local writers, the Emerald Coast Review. For more information, visit wflf.org. pensacola magazine | 21






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hat better way is there to spend a cold fall evening than with a steaming bowl of savory soup? The process of chopping, mixing and cooking can be therapeutic in its own right, but when these varying ingredients come together and meld into something aromatic and delicious, the result is often magical. Whether you like them creamy or brothy, soup is good for the soul. So, pull out the big pot and try your hand at one of these delicious fall soup recipes provided by some of Pensacola’s most talented chefs.

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Cushaw Squash Bisque with Home Made Creme Fraiche and Garden Herbs Chef Alex McPhail Restaurant Iron Green Striped Cushaw Squash is a large winter squash originating from Mexico but is widely grown all over the South. It can be used in a variety of recipes like roasting, soup, pies, and even sauce work. You can find this beautiful squash and many others like it this time of year, at our local farmer's market, Bailey's.

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1 large Cushaw Squash, halved and deseeded 1 quart whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 2 ea cinnamon sticks (cinnamon powder will change the color, Do Not Use) ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder ¼ teaspoon clove powder ½ tablespoon cayenne 1 tablespoon white pepper 1 cup sugar kosher salt to taste 1. Take the squash and cut it down the middle long ways. Open it up and remove the seeds with a spoon. The seeds can be washed and roasted but this particular seed is very bitter. Normally I would discard cushaw seeds. Most other squash seeds will taste much different however. Once all the seeds have been removed, take a little olive oil and lightly coat the entire squash then place it on a sheet tray, skin side up. Proceed to roast the whole squash at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until it is nice and soft. After its finished in the oven, let it cool down for a few minutes and then take a large spoon to remove the squash from the skin. Place all the roasted squash into a large sauce pan or soup pot. 2. Add the milk, cream, and the cinnamon sticks to the squash. Gently begin to heat the mixture, take care not to scorch by using a rubber spatula and stirring frequently.

3. Cook the mixture at a low simmer for about 15 minutes and then remove the cinnamon sticks, then use a stick blender to puree the squash into the milk. Puree until it is perfectly smooth. A high speed blender also works well for this, just be careful with hot liquids in a blender. 4. After you have nice consistency you can begin to season the soup. The measurements I have listed are a basic guide line and can be varied easily based on your preferences. Once it tastes like you want it to, only cook it for a few more minutes. You do not want to over reduce the soup or change the color. 5. Serve right away or it can be chilled down and served at another time. The soup should keep nicely in the refrigerator for at least a week. 6. Garnish the hot soup with a nice dollop of creme fraiche and picked herbs such as chive or dill. House Made Creme Fraiche 2 cups of heavy cream 1 cup of buttermilk 1. Combine the two ingredients into a glass jar and cover the top with cheesecloth. Let that sit out in a safe place with a temperature of 70-75 degrees for about 24hrs. 2. After 24 hours remove the cheesecloth and stir the mixture. It will be the consistency of sour cream. Put a proper lid on the jar and refrigerate before use. 3. It should last in your cooler for 1-2 weeks

Sweet Onion & Tarragon Soup


Kiley Manning | The Magnolia Serve this soup as a starter to a main course or as meal by itself when served with warm bread and a side salad of spring greens tossed in a light, citrusy vinaigrette. Pair with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a dark lager beer.

Ingredients: 5 large sweet onions, chopped into medium sized pieces (does not have to be perfect – they will all get blended up at the end anyway) ½ stick butter 2 tsp olive oil 1/3 cup chardonnay (or any white wine you have) 4 tbs chopped fresh tarragon 1 quart of heavy cream 2 tsp salt 2 tsp black pepper 2 tsp onion powder 2 tsp white wine vinegar additional Salt & Pepper to taste

Method: Melt butter and olive oil in medium sized pot, add onions to pot and sauté until caramelized. Bump heat up to high to get the onions to char a little bit and scrape the pot every few minutes so they do not burn. Once onions have some color, reduce heat to low. Add white wine and scrape up any remaining food from bottom of the pot. Allow to cook a couple of minutes so alcohol can cook out, then add fresh tarragon, salt, pepper, onion powder and heavy cream and stir. Use an immersion blender to blend up soup until smooth and velvety. Stir in vinegar and additional salt & pepper to taste.

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Blake Rushing | Union Public House Ingredients: 8 white onions 5 whole celery stalk heads 2 whole garlic heads 10 green peppers 5 jalapenos 500 ml bacon 500 ml Old Bay 150 ml filĂŠ 15 bay leaves Âź bunch of thyme 150 ml chili powder 12 L Chicken stock 20 lbs Chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) 4 lbs okra 1 Q oil 1 Q flour 4 lbs. Andouille sausage

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Method: 1. Grill chicken thighs and chop into bite size pieces 2. Sweat bacon and holy trinity (peppers, garlic, and onion) until translucent. 3. Add chicken stock and all other ingredients except for flour and oil, and let it come to a simmer 4. In a separate pot add the oil and flour and cook 45 minutes over medium-high heat stirring constantly until the mixture is the color of dark leather 5. Carefully and slowly whisk in your dark roux and cook 20 more minutes stirring constantly

Oyster Stew with Gochujang and Coconut Cream


Chef Irv Miller / Jackson’s

Ingredients: 2 pints shucked Gulf coast oysters and their liquor 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup small-chopped green onions (reserve chopped green tops for garnish) 3 tablespoons minced lemon grass Âź cup mirin (sweet rice wine) 4 tablespoons rice flour 3 cups coconut milk or cream 3 cups oyster liquor 2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon Gochujang paste 4 tablespoons miso paste 1 minced Thai chili pepper 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method: Strain oysters and reserve the liquor until needed. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Add chopped whites of the green onions, lemon grass, garlic, and ginger. Stir to coat with butter. Add the mirin and stir to cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the onions and cook on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until flour has disappeared. Add coconut cream, oyster liquor, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Increase heat and bring to a boil until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and then add gochujang, miso, and minced chili pepper. Stir and simmer for 15 minutes. Just before serving, add the oysters and cilantro and simmer until firm and edges begin to curl, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Taste, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into hot bowls. Sprinkle some of the reserved green onion tops over each bowl of stew. Serve right away. pensacola magazine | 27

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Lucy Buffett: Life Lessons From a Pot of Gumbo Written by DeeDee Davis

Lucy Buffett is the first to admit that there hasn’t been a whole lot of stability in her life, but my goodness, there have been adventures. So many adventures. Her latest endeavor, Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life is far more than just another cookbook. Seasoned with personal stories and anecdotes, the book reads more like a biography than a “how to.” There are plenty of mouth-watering recipes to try but the emphasis on gumbo comes from all that is represented by this pot of goodness. It has become her signature dish in her restaurants and though the cookbook calls for celery, onion, seafood and tomatoes, there is also a huge dose of other ingredients you wont find on those pages. You see, unless you add history, geography, ancestry, hard times, and a whole lot of love, your gumbo wont pass the test and is just another stew. Savor is the magic word for a bowl that she serves. Consider this bit of info about the author and the next time you visit LuLu’s, take a special second to close your eyes as you try that first taste and appreciate how the blend of nature and time can result in something so delicious. Lucy was born in Mobile to parents who both worked in the shipyard. Any mom will tell you that working a full day and then going home to three kids does not make you want to spend long hours in the kitchen preparing dinner. She lived in a pretty progressive family, considering it was the Deep South in the 1950s and 60s, as her dad shared in the meal preparation. They still managed to all sit at the table nightly. Sundays were usually spent with one of her grandmothers, both of whom enjoyed cooking. One grandmother cooked boarding house style, while the other was far fancier. Whether sharing a buffet of vegetables or donning gloves and a hat for crab etouffee, the Buffett kids were exposed to a lot in those

early years. Lucy was the one, however, who loved to stand next to her grandmothers in their kitchens, thankful for the chance to scrape the bowl or add an ingredient.

few years ago that did not last long. She and her brother both have found that niche that appeals to people everywhere. You may not live on the Gulf Coast, but in your mind you can always find stress free warmth, sand, flip flops

Her professional life was as varied as the many gumbo recipes in her book. Like many Southern mothers, her own insisted that she learn “office skills” so that she would always have something to fall back on. And she did have plenty of office jobs. What she really loved, however, was entertaining. Brother Jimmy, a bit talented in his own right, hooked her up with Harrison Ford to cook on his yacht for a week. Mr. Ford had a reputation for being demanding of his chefs, but Lucy didn’t mind a challenge. He preferred Thai food, which she learned to prepare, and she introduced him to New Orleans style food and a week turned into a year. Thus, her first paid cooking job. Wanderlust called and Lucy moved to Los Angeles and thought she had arrived in heaven. She worked in production for 10 years and planned to stay forever but fate intervened and her mother got very sick. The phone call we all dread took her back to Alabama jobless. But, as luck would have it, an acquaintance asked her to take over a former bait shop turned hole-in-the-wall restaurant and the rest is painful history. Lulu’s Sunset Grill was born, not necessarily out of love of cooking but need for employment. Word of her magic in the kitchen spread quickly and her tiny grill was packed regularly. Fast forward and in 2001, at age 46, Lulu’s opened in its current location in Gulf Shores, Alabama. An instant success, there were still glitches. Opening night her chef was a no-show and they had to use a copy machine to make basic menus. The simplicity is part of the lure to her restaurants. She opened a beautiful farm-to-table restaurant a

and margaritas. Lucy says it’s mind blowing to her that her lovely restaurant wasn’t a success but that people will stand in line for hours to sit outside and order fried shrimp and beer. Gumbo Love represents classic Gulf Coast. A lot of lessons come out of even the best of recipes. Patience, willingness to start over, gratitude. Simple, but so important. Lucy has had her share of ups and downs, but this self-empowered woman is happy in her own skin. She has a second Lulu’s in Destin and another is scheduled to open soon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She swears this is the final one. We’ll see about that. There’s always another pot to be made. pensacola magazine | 29

Law and Vengeance Mike Papantonio Writes the Book on Corporate Corruption and the Justice System


ost Pensacolians know Mike Papantonio as a senior partner at Levin Papantonio, one of the nation’s largest plaintiff law firms. Elected in 2012 as president of the National Trial Lawyers Association, Papantonio has received numerous awards for his legal work and was one of the youngest attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. Papantonio is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Ring of Fire" with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Sam Seder. He also hosts "America’s Lawyer" on the RT America network and has appeared as a political commentator on MSNBC, Free Speech TV, RT America Network and Fox News. He is the author of numerous books, including the legal thriller Law and Disorder, and a co-author of the New York Times political bestseller Air America: The Playbook. In his second novel, Law and Vengeance, Papantonio takes on the arms industry. After a whistleblower comes forward to defend a soldier wrongfully charged with murder, the attorneys at Bergman-Deketomis realize they have a class action suit on their hands. But what seems like a regular torts case snowballs as witnesses start disappearing during the discovery process. Pensacola Magazine sat down to talk with the local author about his life, his career and his writing. – By Kelly Oden Photo by Guy Stevens

Your professional career is well documented. What can you tell me about your upbringing? Well, I was raised by a lot of different families, so it’s an interesting thing. I was raised primarily in Florida. I was born in New York, and I think I came to Florida when I was six weeks old or something crazy like that and I’ve been in Florida all my life. I was raised around Arcadia, Bradenton, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Tampa, and St. Petersburg by different families and it was a great way to be raised because you learn so much. From every family you take something different. One family, somebody in the family was an artist and they taught me how to oil paint. In another family, music was very important and they helped me become a musician. Another family got me interested in writing. With another family, I lived with a WWII flight instructor and he taught me how to fly at a very early age. 30 | pensacola magazine

I understand you were a journalism major as an undergraduate? Yes, I was a news editing major at University of Florida and I intended to work in the area of journalism. My goal was to be a foreign correspondent and I was setting up for that, actually. I guess the last thing I had to get was command of a language. Back then everything was happening in South America. You had issues with conflict in about five areas in South America so foreign correspondents were going there. I figured that’s where I’d end up, but it didn’t work out. I ended up going another route. Why did you choose to go to law school? I had some friends in Arcadia that said ‘Maybe you ought to think about law,’ so they introduced me to a man named Perry Nichols who is known as the “father of torts.” He was a very significant trial

lawyer. They have awards in his name, as a matter of fact, in Florida and other places throughout the country. He kind of engineered the whole notion of demonstrative evidence—how to try a case, here are the parts, here’s how these parts come together. He really made huge leaps when it comes to lawyers trying to better represent their clients. So they asked, ‘Why don’t you go meet him’ and I went and I met him and it had a huge influence on me. I said, ‘Well, I guess if I want to write, I can have a law degree and write as well.’ You’re married and you have a daughter. Tell me about your family. My daughter is in law school at Stetson down in central Florida in St. Petersburg, which has become the premier trial school. My wife and I have been married going on 30 years. She was an air traffic

controller and I was a pilot and we met that way. I was taking off from the airport and she was in the tower calling traffic and I said ‘Well I don’t see the traffic’ and she called the traffic three times. One o’clock, half-mile and it said no traffic and she gave me a vector back to the airport and as she did the other plane came screaming across my wing. She got me out of there just in time; I’ll put it like that. Not long after we were both at a bar and I was telling the story and she came up and asked me if I of the best trial lawyers I’ve worked with and she was the idiot who ran into the airplane. Both of is faced with the same problems that female trial us concluded that we were supposed to be married. lawyers are faced with. And, you know, having a daughter that intends to practice law, I tend to take What got you interested in writing legal thrillers? it very seriously. Great question. Well, you know, for a long time I’ve worked in media. I was probably the only liberal Tell me about your writing process. on Fox News for a while, then I did MSNBC and The characters are so important. There are two all along, whether it was CNN or whatever, I real- things that I think really are important, especially ized that these stories can’t be told. Written media about a legal thriller. One is the concept of show typically doesn’t have the national advertiser prob- me, don’t tell me. In order to get there you’ve got lem. But when you have, say MSNBC, and they’ve to create the character because how does the chargot eight pharmaceutical advertisements an hour acter show you anything unless you know who the and you want to do a story on Bayer because their character is. It’s even hard to visualize a dialog and product, Yaz, has killed women between the ages so I think the time spent on the character is imof 18-35. You would think the producers would portant. I have a big advantage because I have so say, “This is an important story,” but unfortunately many unusual characters around me day to day, so the power of money, especially in television and co- I just borrow a little bit here and a little bit there. operate media is overwhelming. You can’t tell the Add it all up and I come up with a character that I like. I genuinely like Gina Romano and I like Nick stories. So what’s happened is, in order for people to Deketomis and Martin Bergman, you know, they’re hear these stories, sometimes this is the only kind people I’d want to hang out with. I’m always lookof vehicle they can have. They can read a good ing for back stories. And sometimes it’s just a nuthriller and hopefully it’s going to be an entertain- ance. Maybe something that everybody thinks is an ing thriller for them, but then they can walk away affectation, but actually it’s a fairly well-engrained and say “Well, what did I learn?” In these books characteristic of the character. And so I’m always they learn an awful lot about the dysfunction of the looking for that. I keep notes on my telephone Department of Justice. They learn how predatory and so the notes section on my iPhone is always the pharmaceutical industry is, they learn that ev- jammed up with little thoughts. erything is stacked against the whistle blower. So I think it opens some peoples’ eyes along the way. Who are your favorite writers? The vehicle of the book gives me many things to Steinbeck. Unquestionably, it’s Steinbeck. You talk about. I think it’s kind of incumbent on a law- know, I mean they’re odd writers. Kafka, you know yer that’s writing about issues that they’re aware of The Trial. Who’s read Kafka? It’s those types of to understand that maybe nobody else is aware of books that at a very early age taught me a sense of social responsibility. I was entertained. Tortilla them and to try to get those stories out. Flats, you know, you read that and you love Doc. To what extent are the legal issues and happen- You love the characters surrounding Doc. They’re all miserable failures by American standards, but ings in your books factual? Entirely. When you’re reading what happened in you take a look at them and they all offer these inthe case, it’s going to be accurate. Obviously it’s teresting things and you think, ‘Wow I would just dressed up. There are some murders involved which love to spend an afternoon with that person.’ How didn’t take place and there are some fictional char- would you not want to say, ‘Doc, let’s sit here and talk a while?’ So those are the kinds of writers genacters that you create. erally that move me. I read peculiar things growWhy did you choose to make your protagonist ing up. I genuinely liked the classics. Even today, I’ll pick one off the shelf and reread it and I’ll say, a woman? Gina Romano was created because I’m really kind “Wow that was great.” Sometimes I’ll interview a young lawyer and I’ll of outraged about the way women are handled in the practice of law. It’s ridiculous. You’d think it’s say, “What do you like to read?” and I’m lucky if I the last, best haven for progressive thinking and get a “John Grisham.” And I’ll say, “Well did you there should be no distinction in how we treat ever read any Hemmingway?” Not to say that I’m women in the courtroom. It’s a very real problem, a great Hemmingway fan, but what is it that you so Gina Romano, to me, is based on a composite grew up with? F. Scott Fitzgerald? Did you read

"I think it’s kind of incumbent on a lawyer that’s writing about issues that they’re aware of to understand that maybe nobody else is aware of them and to try to get those stories out." any of that? There’s a lot of important stuff there. You know this guy Perry Nichols that I told you about? His message to me was that the way that you become a great lawyer is to read and borrow from different cultures and different ideas. Borrow from concepts that might be totally foreign for you. And then you’re able to take all that material and you can write a great closing statement, and you can do a great cross examination. Because the jury wants more depth. The jury is there sometimes for two months. They like depth. They don’t want to see a shallow show. They want to see meaningful cross examination where they can say, “Oh, I see where he is going with this cultural idea.” It’s not just about the case for them sometimes. So, in order to do that you have to arm yourself with great literature. You plan on writing two more books in this series, right? I’m working on the third one now, it’s Law and Addiction. It’s actually developing as the case is developing. I know what it’s about in my head. I’ve got some really interesting characters in this book. You’re kind of torn both ways because it involves drug addiction and so many people are so judgmental about drug addiction they’re not willing to dig and find a way to understand. So what it does is, it takes some of those people and it’s like taking layers off an onion. It may be a pretty ugly character but let me show you where it started. It started in a dentist chair where they were given 70 OxyContin. They were a brilliant student, they were wonderful in their community, they had all these positives and all of a sudden they emerge and evolve into something else and they live in Zombie Land. There are actually parts of the country that are called Zombie Land. If you get into this opioid crisis, read Dreamland. It is a spectacular book.

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Join celebrated Pensacola attorney and best-selling author Mike Papantonio who will be signing copies of his new legal thriller, Law and Vengeance at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, November 4 from 12 pm–2 pm.

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foo foo fest is back F

all is here, folks, and in recent years, that means one thing in Pensacola—it’s time for Foo Foo Fest! Running from November 2 through November 13, this 12-day celebration of creative happenings, events and moments is a high energy whirlwind. Showcasing some of the best art and culture in the region, Foo Foo offers everything from street art to opera and from large scale installations to intimate artist talks, science experiments, historical insights and much more. So, what is a Foo Foo? No, the festival wasn’t named after the constantly touring rock band. Rather, the name comes from our maritime history. A “Foo Foo” is an impromptu musical band known to come together on late 19th-century sailing vessels, consisting of members of the ship’s crew. This year, our little Foo Foo will feature a block-long installation called the Umbrella Sky Project. Look for the entire block of Intendencia between Palafox and Jefferson streets to be canopied in colorful, floating umbrellas. The

project is being installed by Sextafeira, a Portuguese creative agency that has created the installation in many cities around the world. The Umbrella Sky Project will remain up for three months, but for three days in November it will also coincide with the Busker Festival, a festival full of entertaining street performers known for their musical, unusual and comedic acts. Another new addition is the live painting event called Cubed, which features artists creating unique murals on a cube, with an individual painting on each of the four sides. As always, Foo Foo incorporates previously existing events into its schedule, including the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, The Frank Brown Songwriter’s Festival, The Blue Angels Homecoming Show and much more. Our special Foo Foo section profiles some of the most unique events in this year’s Foo Foo lineup. We hope you are inspired to get out and enjoy this special season and our amazing town!

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here is something so whimsical about colorful umbrellas and something magical about an entire street full of them. For three months this fall the Umbrella Sky Project will bring that magic and whimsy to the streets of Pensacola. Beginning November 2 as part of Foo Foo Fest, the sky above Intendencia between Palafox and Jefferson will be alive with color. Spectators will be able to walk through the streets of Downtown Pensacola shaded by hundreds of colorful umbrellas suspended in the air. The installation began in Agueda, Portugal, and is the brainchild of the creative agency, Sextafeira. Pensacola Magazine spoke with Patricia Cunha, creative director of Sextafeira, about the project. – By Kelly Oden

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Tell me a little bit about your background. I’ve studied marketing and publicity since I was a little girl. I organized birthday parties, created crafts to sell door to door, wrote a local paper to spread news and ideas, organized events and experimented with decoration, art, crafts, paintings, reparations and fashion. With time, I became more ambitious and acquired more knowledge in the most diverse areas. What is SextaFeira? In 2007, I created my own company called “Sextafeira Produções,” which means Friday productions—it is associated to the best day of the week by many! I work as a creative director, focusing on the promotion and improvement of public space by creating low-cost urban art installations and interventions— bringing color and joy to the surrounding areas and generating synergies between the local

people, places and visitors. The goal is to create a real impact on people’s lives. “Coloring life” is the company slogan! What inspired you to create the Umbrella Sky Project and when did it begin? The "Umbrella Sky Project" was born in Águeda, in 2012. It's composed of various colorful art installations spread through the city—the sky of umbrellas that seem to float in the air is the main element of this project. The idea was inspired by Mary Poppins and it worked so well because it’s so simple and it’s not just a decoration—it provides protection from the sun and rain and brings color to the grey places in the city, and it makes people smile! How are the umbrellas installed and how long does installation take? The umbrellas are suspended

between buildings using a structure we build in the moment. This installation is ephemeral so it’s very subject to environmental factors. In Águeda the project is every year from July 1 until September 30, but in other places it really depends a lot on the weather conditions. How many people work on the installation? Will you come or do you have crew that you send? Our team is composed of four women working full-time, but we normally work with a local crew in the project’s assembly. For the Pensacola Umbrella Sky project, unfortunately I won’t be able to come because of a medical procedure, but our team will be very well represented by two of the members. How many umbrellas does an installation typically use? We have built installations from 100 umbrellas to 6,000.

Do you use a special type of umbrella? That is our secret! How many cities have you installed the Umbrella Sky Project in? More then 50. What do you hope the Umbrella Sky Project brings to a community and the people who experience it? Our main goal is a moment of happiness! What can you tell me anything specifically about the project going up in Pensacola as part of Foo Foo Fest? This year’s festival will be more colorful for sure. We expect that a lot of people will come to take pictures and share this amazing event in social media, so it continues to grow and attract more and more people to the city.

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CUBED Nov. 2-13 (Installation), Nov. 3-5 (live painting)

Foo Foo Fest is all about art, but rarely does the public get to see art during its creation. Presented by Evan Levin and Ashton Howard, the CUBED event is set to change this, allowing visitors to watch large-scale paintings done in real time. Four enormous cubes will be placed in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, and participating artists will have a chance to paint one of the 16 sides of the cubes in real time. Artists such as Poppy Garcia, Jarrod Goldman and Veronique Zayas will incorporate dynamic elements and interactive designs, perfect for photo opportunities. CUBED provides a dynamic experience that allows viewers to interact with artists, while seeing their process in action.

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Nov. 3-5

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juried art show draws over 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and photographers. The festival will also feature international artists, including Yume Matsuo from Japan and Diego Alonso Carbajal from Peru. The festival will feature children’s and student’s showcases, as well as live music and craftsmen. Whether you simply want to admire the art or purchase a new piece for your home, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival has something for the art lover in us all.

Back on the Blocks Nov. 3-5

Belmont-DeVilliers, commonly known as “The Blocks,” is one of the most artistically and culturally rich neighborhoods in Pensacola. Its historically African-American businesses, entertainment and culture have earned it the reputation of the “Harlem of the South.” The Back on the Blocks Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates this history with music, dance, culture, arts, film, food and heritage, all at the intersection of Belmont & DeVilliers

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Streets. The line-up for the festival includes author Debra A.K. Thompson, artist Robert Atkins, performances by the Indian Dance Show, a block party celebrating Latino heritage, and much more! Stop by The Blocks to get a taste of why Belmont-DeVilliers is still going strong.

Pensacola Umbrella Sky Project and Busker Festival Nov. 3-5

Busking has always been around in Pensacola – on any Friday night you can walk down Palafox Street and see musicians of all sorts performing on the street corner. For Foo Foo Fest, though, this tradition will hit the limelight with the Pensacola Buskers Festival. Held on Intendencia Street under the shade of the Pensacola Umbrella Sky Project, the Pensacola Buskers Festival will feature artists from around the country – not only musicians, but also magicians, jugglers, performance artists, and drum circles. Pensacola’s festival is taking inspiration from other international festivals such as the Eboli Buskers Festival in Italy and the Buskers Festival WEIN in Austria.

Clean Energy Fest and Future of Energy Art Exhibition Nov. 3-4

As technology advances, we look forward to alternative and clean energy sources that allow us to fuel Florida while also helping the environment. The Clean Energy Fest and Future of Energy Art Exhibition held at the Pensacola Museum of Art will show participants how local businesses and leaders are helping pave the way for clean energy technology. The event is a juried art exhibition, and invites artists from across the globe to submit their works that celebrate clean energy sources. There will also be vendors like Sandy Sansing Nissan, Sun Farms, Compass Solar, and products from Tesla, which will celebrate clean energy. Art, education and music will all come together to show just how clean the Gulf Coast can be.

Jazz of Justice Nov. 3

There are a few types of music that define the south, and jazz is one of them—with its bombast, horns and energy, it is rarely copied. That’s why Legal Services of North Florida are holding Jazz for Justice, a festival of jazz concerts going on all around the city. The festival includes a 12 band-lineup, two stages of live music, the daytime jazz artists at local bars, restaurants and hotel lobbies, as well as a VIP reception at Bodacious Olive featuring food, drinks and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event provide no-cost civil legal representation for domestic violence victims, children, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless. The event is free for all, but admission to the VIP event is $50. So come and listen to the smooth sounds of all that jazz, and contribute to a great cause!

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra: Awakenings Nov. 4 The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra has always brought beautiful music and artistry to our city, but the show they are putting on for Foo Foo Fest is sure

to astound even the seasoned listeners. Awakenings is not just a symphony concert, but also a sensory experience as images of Pensacola’s rich history are displayed above the orchestra, choreographed in time to the music. Produced by Los Angeles-based Westwater Arts, the film Pensacola: Then & Now features images from the UWF Historic Trust along with images submitted by residents. These photographs will combine with selections of music from Joseph Curiale’s Awakenings, Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land and Antonin Dvorak’s From the New World. Awakenings will present a multimedia experience that you won’t soon forget!

Peat and Pearls: A Celebration of Scotch and Oysters Nov. 5 Pensacola, and the Gulf Coast in general, has a long tradition of sailors, fisherman and seafarers who’ve helped grow our economy off of trade and fishing. To best celebrate this heritage and history, Peat and Pearls is presenting a night of food and drink at the Barkley House. The “peat” part is presented by William Grant & Sons and Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, who will be presenting an array of delicious scotches from the Glenfiddich

distillery. The “pearls” are the delicious Gulf Coast oyster that will be served from farms like Panacea Oyster Co-Op, Point aux Pins and Pensacola Bay Oyster Co., all prepared by local chefs like Irv Miller, Gregg McCarthy and Martha Wiggins. Beyond that, there will be live music, chefs’ demos, a cigar garden and actual pearls! Don’t miss out on this event and the smooth tastes of the Gulf.

Fiore Flower Flashes Nov. 6-11

Put on by Fiore of Pensacola, one of the city’s most preeminent florists, the Fiore Flower Flashes will bring splashes of color to some of downtown Pensacola’s most iconic locations. Inspired by Lewis Miller of New York City, the ‘flower flashes’ will be installations of fresh flowers around the heart of the city. They will be done in the early morning across multiple locations, allowing the public to enjoy the brightness and fragrance of the beautiful blooms. Best of all, the art is biodegradable, allowing us to experience distinctive designs and fresh scents without impacting the environment. The locations are set to remain a secret, so keep your eyes peeled for those petals throughout the festival!

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THE FOO by Richard Steinert, and members of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cody Martin. This ethereal and surreal opera is sure to delight and fascinate, so get your tickets while you can.

13th Annual Pensacola Marathon Nov. 12

Writing on the Funny Side of Florida Nov. 9

Presented by the West Florida Literary Foundation, the Writing on the Funny Side of Florida series presents some of the best humorists in the country. The series includes readings and book signings, as well as workshops designed to foster a creative domain for literary expression. The speakers include Craig Puttman, a Pensacola native who has written for the Tampa Bay Times and authored the New York Times bestseller “Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.” Other speakers include Leanna Conley, a Pensacola resident who was worked with Second City along with Chris Farley; and Erik Deckers, a humorist and author-inresidence at the Jack Kerouac House. If you appreciate good humor and great writing, swing by the Pensacola Cultural Center and Artel Gallery for their readings.

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Nov. 9-19

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songwriters and musicians from across the country to the Florida-Alabama Gulf Coast. Hosted by Flora-Bama, the Frank Brown Festival is dedicated to the late Frank Brown, who was the night watchman at Flora-Bama for over 28 years. Over the 11-day festival, audiences will not only have a chance to hear classic and modern songs, but have the opportunity to speak with the performers and hear the stories behind the music. Spread over 30 venues from Pensacola to Perdido Key to Orange Beach, with more than 200 performers, the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival will have a tune to please everyone

Pensacola Opera Presents “Maria De Buenos Aires” Nov. 10 & 12

The Pensacola Opera returns to Foo Foo Fest with Maria De Buenos Aires. With music by Astor Piazzolla and story by Horacio Ferrer, this ‘tango operetta’ tells the surreal story of Maria, an Argentinian prostitute who navigates a bizarre life—and afterlife. Scored by electrifying tango music and providing metaphor for life, death and spiritualism—all the while celebrating passion and freedom. The opera features members of Pensacola Opera and Ballet Pensacola, with original choreography

Foo Foo Fest is not all art, food and drinks, but experiences as well, and the 13th Annual Pensacola Marathon is one such experience. Beginning and ending at Veterans Memorial Park, the full 26.2mile loop will take runners through historic downtown Pensacola, past sugary white sand beaches, and atop the bluffs overlooking the Escambia Bay. To boost morale, bands, DJs, high school bands, drum lines, parade floats and cheering Pensacolians will be lined up and down the marathon route. The event also serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. All the proceeds for the marathon go to Pensacola Sports, a non-profit dedicated to promoting sporting – both amateur and professional – in and around Pensacola. Even if you are not up for the run, make sure to come out and support the runners!

Pensacola EggFest Nov. 12

Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a classic barbeque party – and that’s what the EggFest is set to do! Located at the Blue Wahoos’ Stadium, EggFest features nearly 100 Big Green Egg barbeques cooking up all manner of food from grillmasters who’ve come from throughout the Southeast. The event is a competition too, where these professional chefs and BBQ teams compete for the grand prize. The $25 ticket gives you entry to the event, samplings, entertainment and demonstrations, as well as access to cold beer and beautiful waterfront views. IF you still crave the tastes of summer in November, make sure to visit EggFest. THIS IS ONLY A SMALL SAMPLING OF THE MANY CULTURAL EVENTS THAT FALL UNDER THE FOO FOO UMBRELLA. FOR A COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, VISIT FOOFOOFEST.COM/EVENTS

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play/live/give 1 and Dec. 6 at noon at Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola, located at 405 South Adams St. November’s performance is “Upbeat – Downbeat,” featuring a variety of pieces for voice, piano, harpsichord, percussions, flute and organ, as well as trumpet performances. Every performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CFPA Music Office at 850-474-2147.

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Foo Foo Fest is overtaking the city with a 12-day celebration of culinary, musical, theatrical and creative events, all to further promote the culture and vibrant life of Pensacola. Events such as Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival and the Pensacola Marathon offer something for everyone, whether you just like to observe or get involved. There is far too much to cover here, so read our whole issue for the scoop on the events. For more information, visit foofoofest.com.

Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Federico Castelo at Pensacola Museum of Art

Through December 31 Despite living in different centuries, Francisco Goya's (1746-1828) and Federico Castellon's (1914-1971) body of work often draws sharper relationships to one another than to their contemporaries in their attention to the darker and complex side of the human condition. Many artists have been drawn to the dark and the fantastic, but few have probed the human condition with the insight and truthfulness found in these images. For more information, visit pensacolamuseum.org

Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women at Pensacola Museum of Art Through December 31 Women. Rebels. Artists. Rebels With a Cause presents a selection of works by female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries who rebelled against the conventions of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and clearing a path for future artists. The collection of paintings embody the early influence of French impressionism and its precursor, the Barbizon Style. For more information, visit pensacolamuseum.org.

Chamber Music Recital

Nov. 2-5 Come to the Panhandle Community Theatre for Murder in Green Meadows, a psychological thriller of a play written by Douglas Post and directed by Bob Monson. A love triangle soon turns into a murderous plot, one full of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Originally premiered in 1986 as a one-act teleplay, Murder in Green Meadows was nominated for six Emmys and was eventually adapated into this critically praised play. Tickets are $15 dollars, with shows beginning at 7:30 pm (2:30 pm on Sundays). For more information and to buy tickets, visit panhandlecommunitytheatre.com

The Great Pumpkin Race Nov. 4 Starting at 12th Avenue and winding through scenic East Hill, the Great Pumpkin Race is a 5k that brings close to 1,200 participants. Beginning at 8 am, the race is open to all ages, with prizes for the top competitors and tons of food and door prizes to keep up morale. Registration is $20 to $25 depending on age and date of registry, and all proceeds go to the Sacred Heart Cathedral School to improve the buildings and grounds. For more information and to register, visit shcs.ptdiocese.org/pumpkinrun.

Through December The University of West Florida Department of Music will present an afternoon of chamber music on Nov.

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Storyteller’s Circle: The Color of Courage

Nov. 5 Hosted by the University of West Florida’s African American Heritage and the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Storyteller’s Circle provides a glimpse into our past. Join Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly as they give a multimedia performance detailing the untold stories of African American soldiers during the Civil War. A performance featuring drama, song, poetry and a multi-media production, it will be sure to both thrill and educate. Tickets are $15, or $7 with a student ID. For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit aahspensacola.org.

Elf the Musical

Nov. 9 The Broadway musical based on the modern holiday classic comes to the Saenger Theatre. Buddy, a human who had been raised as an elf at the North Pole, journeys to New York City to find his birth father, discover himself and learn the true meaning of Christmas. There’s no better show to get you in the holiday spirit, so make sure you catch the tour before it heads to the North Pole! Tickets start at $68, with doors opening at 6 pm and curtain at 7:30. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger.com

An Evening with Guitarist Gene Bertoncini

Nov. 10 One of the preeminent jazz guitarists today, Gene Bertoncini will bring his fluid playing and lyricism to the Pensacola Opera. Bertoncini has performed with the likes of Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Vic Damone. Enjoy a great night of drinks and music as you enjoy an intimate performance by the man who has been 42 | pensacola magazine

called the “Segovia of jazz.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jazzpensacola.com.

Annual Perdido Key Chamber Fall Golf Tournament

Nov. 10 Organized by the Perdido Bay Golf Club, the annual fall golf tournament allows golfers to play for a cause. Featuring door prizes, contests and more, you get to strut your putt” while being entertained by the local Perdido Business Showcase. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go to the Frank Brown International Foundation for Music, which sends musicians to schools to be introduced to the wonders of songwriting. Entry fees to play are $100 per player ($75 for military) or $400 per team ($300 for military). For more information and to sign up, visit visitperdido.com.

The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent Nov. 13

Broadway and TV star Adam Trent is bringing his unique brand of magic to Pensacola, performing at the Saenger Theatre for 90-minutes of wonderment. Made by the creative team behind The Illusionists, Adam Trent combines magic, comedy and music for an all-ages show that is sure to dazzle. Trent has been featured on The Today Show, Ellen and the Disney Channel, and his ‘futuristic’ brand of illusion is coming for one night only to Pensacola. The performance begins at 7:30 pm, and tickets range in price starting at $39. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

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White Tie Rock Ensemble Presents: A Tribute to the Royalty of Rock Nov. 18 Postal art sent to local artist and ACE member Manuel Runyan #299

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The White Tie Rock Ensemble is Pensacola’s preeminent rock band known for bringing some of the greatest hits of all time into their unique and explosive shows. On November 18, join them at the Saenger Theatre as they feature songs by rock legends like David Bowie, Queen, The Who and Led Zeppelin. Their light show and dynamic sound brings these classic songs to a whole new generation, as well as reminding the older crowd about the pageantry and power of rock. The performance beings at 8 pm, and tickets range in price starting at $28. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolasaenger.com.

AJJ at Vinyl Music Hall

Nov. 15 Formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad, AJJ is a folk band that brings a fast and passionate energy to the stage. Fronted by Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, the rotating cast of musicians plays songs about social anxiety, poverty, religion, politics and anything else Bonnette has on his mind. Touring their new album, The Bible 2, they return to Pensacola to spread the news that punk is not dead. Tickets start at $15 dollars, and the show starts at 7 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vinylmusichall.com.

Heron Trot 5k

November 18 Runners and walkers alike are called to come to Big Lagoon State Park for the Heron Trot 5k. Inspired by nature, the 5k winds through the natural beauty of the state park, with all proceeds going to Friends of Pensacola State Parks in order to further fund in-park projects. After the race, spend the day at Big Lagoon kayaking, doing yoga or just exploring the nature trails. Admission to the race is $20, or $25 on the day of the event, and buys you water, a racing bib, snacks and a t-shirt. For more information and to register, call 850-776-9747.

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.

Son Volt Nov. 18

Jay Farrar has been playing music since the late 80s, and with Son Volt’s newest release of Notes of Blue, he can count it as his 20th album. Son Volt’s unique alternative country sound is headed to the Vinyl Music Hall stage, where their combination of folk, country, Americana and rock has made them a staple of the scene and such a long running success. They will be supported by Duquette Johnson, a heartfelt folk singer who’s opened for some of the biggest acts around. Tickets start at $25, and the door opens at 8 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vinylmusichall.com.

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Fallen Special Tactics Airman honored at NASP 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

FatAlbertis getting a facelift...Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma after corrosion was found. Once the de-paint process and sheetmetal checks for any other corrosion are complete, Fat Albert will fly to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for full programmed depot maintenance and paint. Photo by Kelly White


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Pensacola Ice Flyers

Throughout November Come and cheer for our local team as the Pensacola Ice Flyers gear up for their 2017-2018 season. With a new coach and new energy, they are determined to continue their dominance in the Southern Professional Hockey League. On Nov. 10–11, they will be playing the Fayetteville Marksmen, on Nov. 18 and 25 the Huntsville Havoc, and on Nov. 22 the Macon Mayhem. To purchase tickets and to see a list of all their games, including away games, visit pensacolaiceflyers.com.

Pensacola Winterfest

Nov. 24 – Dec. 24 The holiday season is almost here, and Pensacola is set to get into full swing with Pensacola Winterfest. Throughout the month long celebration, experience downtown Pensacola lit by over 400,000 lights, watch the Elf Parade, meet Santa, play Reineer Games and ride the Winterfest Trolley. Rated a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, get ready to jingle your bells and dash all the way downtown for memories you’ll never forget. For more information, visit pensacolawinterfest.org.





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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU! Tune in to WSRE during our December On-Air Membership Festival for amazing performances and your opportunity for meet-and-greet packages for these concerts and more! MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC


On-Air Festival Dates: Nov 23–Dec 10 Daniel O’Donnell On WSRE 7pm Nov 27 Saenger Theatre Feb 20

Pavlo On WSRE 8:30pm Nov 29 WSRE Amos Studio Feb 25

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STEM-Talk Awarded for Podcast Excellence With the rise of podcasts, shows like “Serial,” “Lore” and “TEDTalks” are gaining national recognition as unique forms of media. Now we can add among those ranks our own local “STEM-Talk” podcast, produced by the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), which won first place in the Science and Medicine Category at the 12th Annual People’s

“We were just honored to be nominated in our division. It was a total surprise that we won because we are so new,” said Dawn Kernagis, co-host of the podcast and research scientist at IHMC. Kernagis’s research focuses on human performance operation and risk mitigation in extreme environments, such as undersea, at high altitude and in space. IHMC is a non-profit research lab that focuses on technology for “leveraging and extending human cognition, perception, locomotion and resilience.” Only a little over a year-and-a-half old, the podcast is approaching its 50th episode. The People’s Choice Podcast Awards is the longest running premier podcast awards event,

designed to allow fans to show their appreciation by nominating their favorite shows. “STEM-Talk” competed against more than 2,000 shows across 20 categories, and won their category while being honored as a runner-up for the People’s Choice Award—the competition’s grand prize. Former prizewinners of the competition include shows like “This American Life,” “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” and “Rob Has a Podcast.” Kernagis said that she was first approached to host “STEM-Talk” not long after she was offered a job at IHMC. Ken Ford, CEO of IHMC and co-host of the program, had long wanted to do a podcast as an informative outreach initiative for the Institute, and asked Kernagis if she was interested.

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“We really didn’t expect this,” said Ford. “Our podcast is just a little more than a year old and we’re thrilled to receive this kind of recognition so soon.” The podcast features interviews with scientists, engineers and technologists talking about their cutting-edge research—as well as their careers, passions and motivations. The podcast bills itself as “conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world of science and technology.” “We try to vary the focus on our topics—to physics, to gravitational waves, to geology, to nutritional science, to health and human performance,” said Kernagis. “We don’t just look for people who are doing interesting research, but are nwflbusinessclimate.com | Business Climate | 51

Technology interesting people in and of themselves. A lot of times we’ll hear stories through the news, or the interviewees are friends of friends or colleagues of colleagues, so we’ll know that there is something interesting about them.”

moving on from the Institute. Another regular cohost is Tom Jones, a veteran astronaut who appears on nearly every episode that has to deal with space and its technologies.

fell through. One upcoming episode will feature an in-person interview with Flora Hammond, a doctor at the Indiana University School of Medicine who focuses on traumatic brain injuries.

Their list of interviewees is long and prestigious, including names like nutritionist Kirk Parsley, oceanographer Margeret Leinen, astronaut Harrison Schmitt and recent Nobel Prize laureate Barry Barish. Kernagis said they knew Barrish was up for the prize at that point, but didn’t want that to be the main focus because they try to “keep the interviews as conversational as possible.”

“The show is all about getting information out to the public at no cost on their part. We have a lot of outreach programs that are focused on the local community, but STEMTalk allows us to go into different types of topics—really delving into them—and make it accessible globally,” said Kernagis.

Kernagis said that she is honored by the award and is very proud of their whole podcast team. She stressed that the production team works hard to produce the show, which includes producer Randy Hammer and editors Billy Howell and Jason Conrad.

STEM-Talk is nearing its 50th episode, which will feature an interview with Ford, focusing on his work with artificial intelligence and the founding of IHMC. Ford is also a researcher of cognitive science, human-centered computing and nutrition, and has served on the National Science Board under President George W. Bush. The episode will be released in anticipation of Ford’s induction into the Florida Inventor’s Hall of Fame.

“It’s just a cool opportunity to talk to some of these absolutely fascinating people, and just get to pick their brain,” she said. “I would recommend you start at the beginning, but stay tuned—we have some pretty exciting stuff coming up.”

Kernagis herself has also been interviewed on the show during her NEEMO-21 NASA mission, where she lived in an underwater habitat for two weeks. “Doing the show really warms you up to be an interviewee. It’s a lot of fun to be on the other side, and that episode is unique because my part was recorded under the sea,” she said. In addition to Kernagis and Ford, the program often sees other co-hosts. Dominic D’Agostino was a Visiting Senior Research Scientist at IHMC focusing on human health, and hosted many episodes before

Aside from Ford’s interview, Kernagis said there are many exciting and interesting guests slated to appear, though she hesitated to mention many names in case an interview

STEM-Talk is free to listen to, and available on iTunes, Android, Stitcher, tunein or RSS feed—with new episodes releasing every other Tuesday. For more information on STEMTalk or the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, visit ihmc.us.

“The show is all about getting information out to the public at no cost on their part. We have a lot of outreach programs that are focused on the local community, but STEM-Talk allows us to go into different types of topics—really delving into them—and make it accessible globally.” -Kernagis

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A Game Plan for Your Business By Hana Frenette EntreCon, a three-day entrepreneurship conference founded by the Studer Community Institute, offers an abundance of tactics and strategies for growing businesses and entrepreneurs. The 2017 conference will focus heavily on entrepreneurship and continued learning, with tactical business advice for business growth and leadership success. The conference will provide tools and proven strategies for business owners or leaders that can help grow business and improve bottom lines. It will also offer cost-effective way to invest important assets and

provide professional development opportunities for employees. Top local and national entrepreneurs will share the lessons they have learned in launching and growing startups, creating great cultures and engagement, as well as raising capital. With keynotes series such as “Starting a Business,” “Growing a Business,” and “Building Leadership Muscle and Employee Development, ” this conference has been hailed as a “must attend” for business owners, leaders, and employees alike. nwflbusinessclimate.com | Business Climate | 55


The idea for the conference began when Studer Community Institute conducted a needs assessment within the local business community. “We met with many local business owners and leaders and asked them what they needed help with to improve how they operated the business, hire effectively and retain top talent,” said Rachael Gillette, director of professional development at Studer Community Institute. Gillette said they received a great deal of feedback and business owners seemed to want several things: CEO roundtables and mentoring—because it can be lonely and challenging owning and operating a business; cost effective and actionable training for their employees to help them succeed; and a business conference in Pensacola where they and their employees could attend to learn and grow together, get re-motivated and inspired and that would also provide great networking. Thus the idea for EntreCon was born out of the direct requests from local entrepreneurs and businesses. “There was nothing like it in the area and to take advantage of a conference like this you had to travel and pay a big-ticket price,” Gillette said. “This was a barrier to many of our local businesses and we wanted to remove that barrier.” The Studer Community Institute began researching what other cities did and what worked well with similar conferences. Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group and Studer Community Institute, also offered his knowledge and experience of conferences in the healthcare industry and

they were able to come up with a concept that would work for Northwest Florida, while also encouraging people in other cities to attend. EntreCon launched in 2015 as a one-day conference and has grown into a three-day event, with both local and national speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. “Every year EntreCon has grown in numbers of attendees and depth of content,” Gillette said. “The quality of both local and national speakers has been good from year one. This year we are really excited about all our speakers, especially some of the top names—Dan Heath co-wrote three of the most-loved business books of the past decade: Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive—all three were New York Times best-sellers!” Pensacola International Airport and American Airlines are this year’s presenting sponsors. Scott Ramsay is the managing director of Flight Dispatch and Operations Control for American Airlines and will be making a keynote speech and doing a breakout session. Ramsay has over 25 years of airlines operations experience, and he and his team are responsible for the daily movement of almost 7,000 daily flights at American Airlines and their regional operators. Other notable speakers include Bert Thornton, the former President and chief operations o fficer of Waffle House, Inc. who helped build the company to its present iconic status: one of the largest 24-hour restaurant chains in the world. Gillette noted the importance of providing quality speakers who meet the needs and expectations of the attendees.

“There was nothing like it in the area and to take advantage of a conference like this you had to travel and pay a bigticket price,” Gillette said. “This was a barrier to many of our local businesses and we wanted to remove that barrier.” - Gillette “Each year during EntreCon we ask attendees to evaluate speakers and sessions,” she said. “At the end of conference, we as a team sit down and debrief to identify the wins and find opportunities where we can improve. We start planning for next year right then. Picking speakers is very collaborative with everyone giving input, including Quint and our Board of Directors. We are incredibly fortunate to have a lot of local and national talent who volunteer their time because they believe in the mission and vision of Studer Community Institute to improve the quality of life by creating vibrant communities.” The conference has continued to grow in attendee numbers since the first year, which was held at The REX Theater. The conference quickly outgrew the theater and was moved to Pensacola Little Theatre to accommodate their 300 attendees. Gilette said they are on track to max out the Pensacola Little Theatre this year, and they are encouraging anyone who is on the fence to register sooner rather than later. According to Gillette, first-time attendees should prepare for the opportunity to network with peers, learn new things that they can apply right away to their business or professional life, and gain a renewed motivation for work. Attendees who register early will be guaranteed books from Dan Heath, Bert Thornton and Kevin Sheridan, who will be also hosting book signings during the conference. “One of the challenges that our attendees have is feeling pulled back to work, so we recommend that they plan ahead to be out of the office for 2-3 days,” she added. “To get the most out of the conference, attendees should disconnect from day-to-day office and business tasks and focus on the learning.” New to the conference this year, EntreCon will be hosting an EntreCon Awards event presented by Cox Business on Nov. 15. All attendees are invited to the networking and cocktail hour as well as the awards ceremony itself, which will highlight standout local businesses, leaders and entrepreneurs. “We always tie everything back to our mission – to improve the quality of life by creating vibrant communities. It’s why we do what we do,” Gillette said. “Studer Community Institute is a 501(3) not for profit dedicated to improving our community not just for this generation but for generations to come. Ninety-seven percent of funding is pumped directly into programs and services to help children’s early brain development and to grow jobs. So attendees will benefit themselves by attending and will be helping the community at the same time.” For more information on EntreCon or to register for the conference, visit entreconpensacola.com.

Q + A: Liz Jazwiec Keynote Author & Speaker at Entrecon Jazwiec, R.N., is an internationally renowned speaker, strategist, and author who has shared her passion for leadership, engagement and service with audiences across all industries.

Have you been a keynote speaker with Entrecon before?

I have not spoken for EntreCon before; however I did speak for the Studer Community Institute and a program that they had at Gulf Coast State College in June 2017.

How did you become involved with Entrecon?

I met Quint Studer just about 25 years ago when we were working together in Chicago, over the years he’s been a mentor, friend and he is tremendous visionary. I am so happy to be a part of EntreCon this year as it is just an extension of my relationship with Quint and the Studer Community Institute

When you’re planning your talk, how do you choose a topic that you feel with be relevant to the audience and also resonate with the group?

As a workplace strategist and professional speaker, I always have a very good idea of what the audience needs when I conduct my initial interviews with the planning committee. This year since the audience will include leaders as well as team members, I will be choosing a topic that is universal. My session titled “Yippee! Another day in paradise… Driving negativity out of the workplace” is designed to encourage everyone to make the workplace better by focusing on pride and excellence. I will also discuss how negativity is the mortal enemy of teamwork.

What do you hope people will take away your session?

They will leave with strategies to drive negativity out of the workplace along with methods everyone can use to improve morale. Most importantly, they will understand why pride is essential in building a strong workforce.

What are you most excited about for this year’s conference?

I am excited to be a part of such an inspiring event, I look forward to listening and learning from the other presenters. I always get motivated by the enthusiasm of the participants. It’s also great to spend time with Quint and the Studer Community Institute’s team and this year I will be premiering a special break out session especially for women leaders.

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J. Terryl Bechtol, Sr. named President of Pensacola Little Theatre’s Board of Trustees The Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT) proudly announces J. Terryl Bechtol, Sr., longtime community activist and nationally known comedian, as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Pensacola Little Theatre and Pensacola Culture Center. Bechtol has been on the Board of Trustees for 15 years and will now serve a two year term as President. The Pensacola Little Theatre is the oldest, continually operating community theatre in the Southeast. Travelling internationally with his character, “T. Bubba”, Bechtol has produced five comedy albums, two certified gold albums for selling over five hundred thousand copies, and has appeared as a guest artist on the World Famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, for over 21 years and 301 shows at this time. He is still touring, and can be heard often on Sirius XM radio. Bechtol says, “I have been a performing artist for over thirty years now and “T. Bubba” has been very good to me. It is now time to pay it forward and the Pensacola Little Theatre is the way I want to do that. “With the education classes, incredible productions, a historic building, and a great group of volunteers, the theatre is an outstanding part of the arts in our community and I am honored to serve.” PLT Executive Director, Sid Williams, comments on his favor of Bechtol and his passion for the arts. “There’s no one better to help steer the vision of the theatre than a fellow artist. J. Terryl has served on the artistic committee and Board of Trustees for years, and he continues to support and promote the work being done here every day,” says Williams.

Cat Country 98.7 named Radio Station of the Year 2017 by CMA Cat Country 98.7 has been honored as the 2017 Radio Station of the Year by the Country Music Association. This is the first time Cat Country 98.7 has won the prestigious CMA award. Locally owned by Dave and Mary Hoxeng, the station set up shop in Pensacola in 2002. The CMA Awards air at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 on ABC. Brent and Candy plan to broadcast live from Nashville in the days leading up to the show.

Sacred Heart Launches 24/7 Online Care Access to healthcare will now be easier and more convenient for residents of Northwest Florida and South Alabama thanks to Sacred Heart Health System’s launch of a new 24/7 online care service. With a smartphone, tablet or computer, patients can request a visit at SacredHeartOnlineCare.org. A board-certified physician or nurse practitioner will call by Facetime, Skype or video chat, depending on the patient’s preference. Providers can make recommendations and give prescriptions when necessary. Prescriptions, if needed, are sent to your pharmacy. A summary report is sent to the patient’s doctor. Sacred Heart Online Care provides the nonemergency services of an urgent care or walk-in clinic, treating many common conditions, including: Cough and sore throat Seasonal allergies and sinus issues Fever, cold and flu Eye infections Rashes Bites and stings Upper respiratory infection Sacred Heart Online Care is available for a flat fee of $49. No insurance is required.

“This new service will be an extension of Sacred Heart’s mission, bringing medical care to communities across our region, wherever and whenever they need it,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. “Sacred Heart Online Care will be another convenient point of access for patients, helping online visitors to receive care or connect with a Sacred Heart provider, if needed.” Sacred Heart Online Care is powered by the health system’s clinical and technology partner, Carena. Carena’s Virtual Clinic Platform includes software, staffing and operations services. The board-certified clinicians are licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Alabama. Providers adhere to Sacred Heart Health System guidelines to ensure patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care. “We are pleased to partner with Sacred Heart to offer patients new options for getting their care needs met,” said Ralph C. Derrickson, CEO of Carena. “Sacred Heart Online Care uses our technology to put its brand online where it is most accessible to consumers, while offering patients an exceptional care experience from a health care system they know and trust.” To learn more or request a visit, go to SacredHeartOnlineCare.org.

Frontier Airlines to join Pensacola International Airport this spring with nonstop, low fare service to two cities Frontier Airlines today announced it will begin service from Pensacola International Airport (PNS) this spring with nonstop, low-cost flights to Denver International Airport (DEN) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) as part of its nationwide expansion. Service to Denver (DEN) will begin April 22, 2018 while service to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) is scheduled to begin May 12, 2018. “Over the last seven years, my team and I have really focused on growing our air service and I am excited that Frontier Airlines understands the value and benefit of Pensacola,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “Chicago and Denver are ranked as part of our top ten markets and Frontier’s new low-cost service will greatly expand our opportunities for both business and leisure travel. This is a huge win for Pensacola and I look forward to a long-term partnership and additional growth opportunities with Frontier Airlines.”

“We are excited to show our commitment to the Pensacola community with more low-cost flight options,” said Michael Pewther, senior director onboard experience - Frontier Airlines. “Even before our first flight has taken off from Pensacola, the community interest in our Low Fares Done Right product has been great and that’s why we are now offering flights to both Chicago and Denver” These flights are on sale now and Frontier Airlines is celebrating this announcement with fares as low as $39 one-way. Passengers can book online at flyfrontier.com. Service to Denver (DEN) is scheduled to operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays arriving to PNS at 6:50 pm and departing PNS at 7:10 pm. Service to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) is scheduled to operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays arriving to PNS at 1:18 pm and departing PNS at 2:25 pm.

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Deidre Reis Awarded Assisted Living Administrator of the Year Award Deidre Reis has been received the Assisted Living Administrator of the Year Award. This distinguished award is sponsored by the Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) to recognize outstanding individuals in the ALF Administrator profession. Deidre is extremely well respected by her peers, staff, and residents as an outstanding Nurse, Mentor, and Administrator. FALA is the largest state association representing nearly 500 assisted living facilities and adult family care homes and 200 associate members who provide products and services to assisted living. Administrators and qualifiers of the award must meet the following minimum guidelines to be eligible for nomination: • Serve the administrator of record in a FALA member facility • Served in administration for a minimum of three years; • In role with current, direct supervisory responsibility; • Demonstrates outstanding leadership ability; • Has contributed significantly to the profession; • Has shown true leadership qualities in his/ her facility and is a “trend setter” for other administrators; • Has shown exceptional efforts to increase the quality of life in their assisted living facility; and • Has a commitment to earn and extend respect to residents and colleagues. Deidre has made numerous outstanding contributions during the year. Examples include going above and beyond in delivering superior resident care and mentoring the staff as she works;

setting the highest standards while motivating staff to succeed in achieving compliance with state mandated regulations and guidelines. Residents and family members on numerous occasions provided comments and letters speaking of the dedicated quality care and time that Deidre has made available to themselves and lovedones. Deidre is a problem solver offering creative solutions while keeping the best interests of the resident at heart. Through Deidre’s leadership as HVP Risk Manager, employee incidents have continued to decline; 2014 -12, 2015-6, 2016-4, and 2017 YTD-1. This decreasing trend is a testament to Deidre’s commitment to outstanding resident/ staff safety and care. It is common to see Deidre at HVP on the weekends and late at night working along-side staff in resident care. As a certified Level 1 & 2 Alzheimer’s Trainer, Deidre provides required orientation/refresher training for 122 staff. She’s also developed, and regularly presents a free community educational outreach program; “Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Now What”. These presentations have made a positive impact for families and family care-givers. Deidre is often requested to speak at local church/civic events and receives many accolades, cards and letters thanking her. Deidre epitomizes integrity, compassion, professionalism, and innovation while representing the very best of FALA.

Women Helping Women: Levin Papantonio Staff Build Mom New Habitat Home This weekend, employees with the law firm of Levin Papantonio will be trading their legal and office skills for hammers and construction materials, all to help a local mother build a new home for her family. Sixteen Levin Papantonio employees, most of them women, have teamed up with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity for the Women Build event. They’ve also raised $8,500 for the project and on Saturday, October 21, they will be volunteering to build a new home in Milton for Adele McCormick and her son. “This is a great program that helps families get a hand up not a hand out which helps them to appreciate what they have and become better parents and members of the community,” said Caroline Peterson, a nurse and paralegal with Levin Papantonio’s medical malpractice department and the Women Build team leader. “It helps the kids to have a stable environment which helps them flourish and grow without worrying about where they are going to sleep. I am so excited to meet people like Adele and her son Brandon, who are just so thankful for the help. You can see the progress and know you made just a tiny contribution to assist them in this major

change. It’s so worth it!!” Habitat for Humanity launched the Women Build initiative in 1991 as an opportunity for women to take proactive steps in serving their community. Since then, thousands of homes and dollars have been raised to help struggling families. Women and children are most likely to be affected by poor living conditions and women helping women sends a positive and powerful message of support and collaboration. Rachael Gilmer, a person injury attorney and shareholder with Levin Papantonio was eager to volunteer for the project. “Supporting women and families makes us stronger as a community,” said Gilmer, also a mother of two sons. “We are so thrilled to be a part of this Women Build event.” The Levin Papantonio Women Build team will also help build another Habitat home, next door to the other house. Habitat for Humanity is also providing lunch and complimentary tools for the volunteers. They’ll be working Oct 21st, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 4713 Shell Road, Milton, FL.

Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Edutcation Partner for special event launching year three of STEAM iniative On Tuesday, October 24, the Santa Rosa County School District (SRCSD) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, will collaborate to host the a unique event launching the third year of the district’s STEAM Innovate! initiative. During this special event, district teachers and administrators will learn new skills and techniques that will support the school system’s world-class STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education program, which is ensuring every Santa Rosa student equitable access to instructional excellence. This event will commence with remarks from Santa Rosa County School District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, a keynote presentation entitled “Why STEAM” by Dr. Robert Corbin, a nationally recognized STEAM expert from Discovery Education, and a presentation by Gretchen Clarke, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at AppRiver, which offers secure cloud-based cybersecurity solutions for email and Web protection against spam, viruses and malware. Following the opening presentations, teacher “innovators” and school administrators will receive their first day of STEAM professional development. Participants will also receive a tour of the AppRiver facility and learn more about the jobs and skills needed for careers in cybersecurity. Discovery Education is the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms and is a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. For over a decade, the Santa Rosa County Public Schools have partnered with Discovery Education to provide district educators the digital content, digital textbooks, and professional development services they need to create dynamic STEAM learning environments that support the success of all learners. For more information, please contact : Dr. Karen Barber, Director of Federal Programs barberk@santarosa.k12.fl.us (850)983-5001 or Mike Thorpe, Director of Professional Development thorpem@santarosa.k12.fl.us (850)983-5110.

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National Naval Aviation Museum named top museum by TripAdvisor Once again, the National Naval Aviation Museum has been named one of the Top 25 Museums in the country by TripAdvisor as part of the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The National Naval Aviation Museum ranks 16 on the list that includes well-known museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Museum of Modern Arts, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and more. The rankings are based on quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide gathered by TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. “We are thrilled that the National Naval Aviation Museum continues to be recognized as a top museum by TripAdvisor,” said retired Navy Capt. Sterling Gilliam, museum director. “It is especially satisfying given TripAdvisor rankings are driven by user-generated content. It is nice to know our visitors are having a good experience when they visit our campus.” TripAdvisor, which is a travel planning and booking website, has more than 350 million unique visitors each month and more than 385 million reviews and opinions covering more than 6.6 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida to Host National Epilepsy Awareness Month Fundraiser in Pensacola The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) will host a fundraising event, ‘Cheers for Charity’, on Thursday, November 2 from 6 to 9 pm at World of Beer (200 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502). It will take place during National Epilepsy Awareness Month, an annual period dedicated to educating individuals and communities about epilepsy. The event will feature an array of specially priced craft beers and a nacho bar. During the event, there will be a raffle drawing and discounted pricing until 9 p.m. “Not only in November but every day, the fight against epilepsy – a disorder affecting more than 400,000 people in Florida – is ever-present,” said Karen Egozi, CEO of EFOF. “Through this event, we hope to help increase education and understanding of epilepsy within our communities, eliminating stigma and empowering those affected by it.” Epilepsy, a common neurological condition that one in 26 people will be diagnosed with at some point in their lives, is a diagnosis given when a person experiences two or more seizures that cannot be attributed to another cause. It is a disorder more people live with than autism,

Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy – combined. Tickets, which include one beer, special pricing on additional beers until 9 p.m., and a nacho bar, can be purchased for $20 per person. To learn more about the event and register, visit: http://www.efof. org/events/cheers/. The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) and serves as the lead advocate for rights and needs of people with epilepsy and other seizure diseases and disorders. The family of epilepsy diseases is the third-most prevalent neurological condition in the United States, striking approximately three million people nationally and more than 400,000 people in Florida. About 42,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to seizures from epilepsy and related causes. The EFOF provides numerous services to individuals and families, such as advocacy and counseling, education and prevention, direct medical and neuropsychological services, as well as research and other programs regardless of financial situation or socioeconomic status. For more information, visit www.efof.org.

For 2017, the top five museums in the U.S. are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art The National WWII Museum The Art Institute of Chicago National 9/11 Memorial & Museum USS Midway Museum The National Naval Aviation Museum, one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Museums in the United States,” features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation and is one of Florida’s most visited museums. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators and the new Blue Angels 4D Experience. Don’t miss the drama and power of the new laser powered Giant Screen digital theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is FREE and open to the public. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit www. NavalAviationMuseum.org. nwflbusinessclimate.com | Business Climate | 61

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Market Highlights 3rd Quarter sales were up 12 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Median sales price for September was $185,000, $20,000 above last September.

September DOM fell nearly two weeks compared to August, settling at 66.

Only two short sales were reported for the month.

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Holiday Cooking: Bad for the Environment?

By Jim Roberts Public Information Officer, ECUA

Fats, oils, and grease are seasonal hazards. It’s that time of year again – the holidays! Family, friends, rich holiday foods, turkey, gravy, buttery homemade desserts, and the potential of sanitary sewage overflows? Who wants this problem during the holidays? It’s true, the holiday season comes with an increased possibility of pollution from costly sewer backups and overflows. During the holidays, when more people are cooking higherfat-content foods, deep-fat-fried turkeys, and enjoying large family meals-the amount of fats, oils, and grease, or “FOG”, entering into the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) sewer system increases, as does the potential for problems. Now is the right time to make use of the ECUA Cooking Oil and Grease Disposal Program and help keep the sewer lines and your home’s plumbing clear, unclogged, and on a Recycling Contamination Placing non-accepted items in your recycling bin is called 'contamination' and causes problems during the sorting of recyclables. It also degrades the value of other recyclables, as well as affecting the ability of the item to be processed into a new product. It is important to make sure that only recyclable items are placed in the recycling bin. By using your bins correctly, you can help to ensure that the materials are processed efficiently, which in turn saves our resources and keeps the cost of processing low. ECUA takes the issue of contamination very seriously and strives to reduce its occurrence. What are the most common contaminants? The most common contaminants are plastic bags, garbage bags, yard waste, food scraps, and clothing/linens. • Plastic bags and garbage bags along with other plastic wrap should never be placed in 68 | pensacola magazine

“fat-free’ diet! Stop by one of the sites below and pick up or drop off a free container for your used cooking oil and grease.

Residential Cooking Oil and Grease Disposal Stations Keep Pensacola Beautiful 9 West Blount Street S & P Food Mart # 2 3494 East Olive Road ECSO Sub-Station Warrington 30 N Navy Blvd. Beulah Fire & Rescue 6400 West 9 Mile Road Ever'man Co-Op 315 West Garden Street ECUA at Ellyson Industrial Park 9255 Sturdevant Street ECUA Sanitation Department 3050 Godwin Lane

the recycling bin. These items often become entangled in and damage the equipment we use to sort the recyclables. Instead, they should be reused, returned to a supermarket, or disposed of in your sanitation collection container. • Food scraps and clothing/linens that cannot be reused belong in your sanitation collection container. • It is also important that you give containers and bottles a quick rinse before placing them in the recycling bin. Remember to keep the lids on the containers. • Yard waste should be placed in a compostable paper yard waste bag designed for collection of materials such as leaves, grass, pine straw, etc. Plastic bags don’t decompose and cannot be processed into environmentally friendly compost or mulch. Also, don’t discard garden hoses in your recycling bin. Please note: If you use compostable bags for

ECUA Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility 3050 Fayal Drive Pensacola Beach via de Luna Drive 53 Via De Luna Drive ECSO Sub-Station Perdido Key 12950 Gulf Beach Highway Grocery Advantage 736 Hwy 29 North, Cantonment Apple Market 1021 Scenic Highway, Pensacola Recycling Contamination Learn More about ECUA FOG Prevention and Residential Recycling Programs visit www.ecua.fl.gov.

your yard waste, ECUA will pick that up at the curb with any other yards waste materials. The compostable bag should not be placed in your recyclables cart. What you can do: Label containers – At home or in the workplace, try to place labels on or near each recycling container explaining what can be recycled. Use an ECUA Recycling Magnet, which provides examples of recyclable items and includes a list of non-acceptable materials. This can be especially helpful if you notice repeated contamination issues. Rinse and wipe clean – Rinse and wipe away contaminants from recyclables such as plastic food containers, which will help improve the quality of your recycling stream. For additional information visit the ECUA website at www.ecua.fl.gov or call Customer Service 850.476.0480

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NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT CORDOVA PARK As Pensacola grows, it sometimes feels like there is nowhere to escape the noise and hustle and bustle of the city without sacrificing its perks. Many want to own a home in a traditional quiet suburb, but those outside the city are either too remote or too expensive. Luckily, Pensacola has a bevy of neighborhoods that solve this problem. That’s why we are shining our Neighborhood Spotlight on Cordova Park. An older neighborhood, its community attitude and suburban charm lies just outside one of the city’s biggest economic centers – but it feels like you are transported worlds away.

History of the Neighborhood Cordova Park has a long history that starts near the beginning of the 20th century. Originally developed by Henry and Mary Ellison Baars, they saw it as an opportunity to create a quiet community of houses designed to serve as summer or vacation homes. The Baars family went on to develop large swathes of the city and help build Pensacola into what it is today. Cordova Park became more desirable as the Cordova business district grew around it, bringing Cordova Mall and Pensacola International Airport to help boost the economy. Properties and Prices Cordova Park runs from 12th Avenue to the southeast, cutting off near Inverness Drive. It’s bordered on the northeast by Summit Boulevard and to the southwest by Bayou Texar. Though nestled just outside Pensacola International Airport and Cordova Mall, Cordova Park is a quiet and secluded suburb. According to Trulia, the average price in Cordova Park is between $240k and $280k, leaving the homes in the middle affordability range. Most of the properties are ranch style houses, often built in the late 70s or early 80s – multiple stories are also 72 | pensacola magazine

common. Houses have between 1,500 and 2,500 square feet of floor space, with most of them having at least three beds and two baths – while other properties can have as many as five beds and three baths without a significant price increase. Rentals are few and far between, and multi-unit buildings remain sparse. Many of these houses are designed for those who are looking for affordable homes not too far from the city, serving as good ‘starter’ houses that won’t break the bank. Cordova Park is a neighborhood for families, with about 70 percent of the population being married with children. It’s also a bit of an older population neighborhood, with many residents being between 45 and 65 years old, many with college degrees and still in the workforce. The neighborhood is compact and easy to walk or cycle through, with Bayou Boulevard allowing quick access to the rest of the city. Utilities are the standard for Pensacola, with Gulf Power for electricity, ECUA for water and garbage, and AT&T, Cox or DirecTV for internet/ cable. Local Attractions Cordova Park Elementary services the whole neighborhood and is highly regarded, allowing quality education close to your home. Cordova Park is also close to Pensacola State College, meaning secondary education is easy to access for anyone looking to go back to school. The neighborhood stresses the outdoors and play, with places like the Roger Scott Athletic Complex and Redfish University allowing for a lot of fresh air activities. There are also a handful of nearby parks, including Miralla Park and Pintado Park. If you like to travel, Cordova Park’s proximity to Pensacola International Airport will help cut down on business or vacation travel worries. However,

this also can be a drawback, as the flights can bring unwanted, noise pollution. Since Cordova Park is exclusively a residential area, there aren’t really any shopping opportunities in the neighborhood proper. However, just a short drive outside the neighborhood is Cordova Mall and all the businesses surrounding it. You can find just about anything you need here – see a movie at the AMC Cinema, visit the mall or one of the other businesses in the area, eat at one of the countless restaurants, or even attend art exhibitions at Pensacola State College. The area is also close to East Pensacola Heights, so their bistros and diners are an easy option too. For groceries, Publix and the Apple Market are nearby, allowing you to access any time convenience as well as support small grocers. There is also a Sam’s Club close to Cordova Mall for those who want to maintain the membership Nightlife is fairly light in Cordova Park, but Sir Richard’s and The Magnolia in East Pensacola Heights are both great locations if you don’t want to make the trip downtown. That said, nightlife is not the height of Cordova Park – it is a place that allows you to get away from the hectic pace of the city without abandoning it entirely. Summary Cordova Park allows you to have a quiet, out-of-theway home without sacrificing what makes Pensacola such a great place to live. Its history, charm and convenience make it a great place to raise a family or just escape for a little bit before returning to traditional city life. For more information on Cordova Park and the surrounding areas, speak to your realtor to see what makes this quiet suburb speak volumes.

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How Pensacola’s Older Neighborhoods are Leading Change By John David Ellis Jr. Broker/Owner of Voyage Real Estate

With a record number of residential permits issued in the city of Pensacola this year, there’s a noticeable shift in the pattern of development happening in the panhandle of Florida. Where new homes, shopping centers, schools and hospitals were once built on the edge of a growing community, people are coming back to the center, and for good reason. Downtowns and their surrounding neighborhoods are presenting new opportunities for redevelopment to fit a changing American lifestyle. As a millennial, I grew up at the end of a cul-de-sac in a subdivision with houses that were all roughly the same size, set far back from the street, with porches just big enough to keep you dry as you unlock your door in the rain. Perhaps you can picture this style of home. Maybe you grew up in a similar home. Much of the front yard was dedicated to a driveway that lead to a garage, and the houses were situated away from each other as if to say, “Keep your distance.” Homes in my neighborhood were built in this way with spacious rows between them. As the old adage goes, “your home is your castle,” and these castles might as well have had giant moats around them. My mom and I could go whole weeks without ever talking to or seeing our neighbors. Not because we didn’t want to, although sometimes that might have been our intention. No, this was the accepted pattern 74 | pensacola magazine

of development for decades following WWII. Often referred to as “sprawl”, the neighborhood I grew up in, and countless other places like it were the product of an auto-centric culture. Walking to school was out of the question, and my mom wouldn’t let me bike anywhere for fear of getting run over. Our car was the only way to get anywhere. Urban planners, architects, and others have written extensively on the subject of sprawl and auto-dependent communities, and unfortunately, much of Pensacola reflects this type of development. Despite much of the core of the city being planned and built long before automobiles were commonplace, the city started developing in a radically different way once affordable automobiles became available. In the ensuing decades, this was a highly desirable way to live—still

is for some—but sentiments started to change after the Great Recession. Florida was the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis, and was consistently one of the top states for rates of foreclosure years after the recession set in. Clearly, the pattern of development that brought us to this point played some role in the downfall. As Americans began to reassess what was most important to them, the characteristics that emerged as most desirable were not all that unfamiliar to a special part of Pensacola. Coming out of the recession, the local real estate market experienced a noticeable lurch towards new development in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Pensacola. Buzzwords like “walkability” and “mixed-use” started popping up in real estate marketing materials and discussions surrounding local development. Many of these ideas weren’t new though. Neighborhoods largely built in the early part of the 20th Century, like Pensacola’s East Hill and Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhoods, already had mixed-use buildings and were planned in such a way to promote walkability. As a result, the neighborhood was poised to meet the new needs, and was ready for revitalization. The historic grid of streets encouraged neighborly interaction, and allowed for a friendlier experience for

pedestrians and cyclists alike. Children could realistically walk or bike to school, and many other amenities were equally accessible. Ironically as one of Pensacola’s older neighborhoods, East Hill has become one of the fastest growing areas in the city. In fact, this year alone there have been 35 permits pulled for the construction of new residences in the East Hill neighborhood. The impact of the Great Recession and many decades of disinterest and neglect in the older parts of the city also created tremendous opportunities for new development and redevelopment as evidenced in the East Hill neighborhood. The new Publix on 12th Avenue, which is considerably different than many of the grocery chain’s stores elsewhere in the community, is representative of the growing commercial interest in Pensacola’s older neighborhoods. The result is a vibrancy that at one time was lost due to the damaged fabric of the neighborhood.

just a few short years ago, this activity is encouraging and is expected to continue. In addition to the residential activity, there’s been some significant movement in commercial following the completion of the DeVilliers Square office renovation. With UWF’s Innovation Institute, Gulf Power, and numerous other offices open for business, the possibility of living, working, and playing within Belmont-DeVilliers is not that far away.

Belmont-DeVilliers is another neighborhood that is seeing a dramatic uptick in new construction with nearly 20 new home starts this year. For a neighborhood that struggled with blighted properties and vacant buildings

The question of affordability is also a major issue as neighborhoods see values rise as they become more desirable. East Hill is a glaring example, and other neighborhoods like the Tanyard and Belmont-DeVilliers

Infill development does not come without its challenges though, and Pensacola is certainly experiencing its share. Historic, underutilized properties such as the Sunday House are often considered for redevelopment, and the unfortunate consequence of new construction in an older, urbanized community is that it often comes at the expense of an existing structure. Balancing the cultural value of historic properties with the economic impact of new construction can be difficult for a community.

are soon to follow. The complexities of the issue will require stakeholders from the development community, local government, and neighborhoods to come together just as they are in communities across the country encountering similar issues. Without a doubt, this is a transformational time for Pensacola. One can simply look to the changes we’ve already experienced to get a glimpse of the future to come. Understanding the nature of what shaped our community helps in understanding how we can shape a greater one. Do we want a community that creates more financial opportunities, promotes healthier lifestyles, and encourages us to be better neighbors? American Urbanist William Whyte once asked a similar question, “Will the city reassert itself as a good place to live?” I tend to agree with his conclusion: “It will not unless there is a decided shift in the thinking of those who would remake it.” John David Ellis Jr. Broker/Owner of Voyage Real Estate broker@voyagegulfcoast.com www.voyagegulfcoast.com

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home is often a family’s single largest asset, so making investments with upgrades and home improvements is almost always a good idea. However, knowing when and where to make those improvements isn’t necessarily a simple decision. Budget and space most often dictate the direction, but keeping function and your lifestyle needs in mind can help create a space that makes for an all-around smart investment. Add technology in unexpected places. With the surge in smart devices, it’s becoming increasingly common to add technology throughout the house, and the bathroom is no exception. From heated floors to mirrors with embedded TV screens, the options are plentiful. A bathroom outfitted with the latest technology can bring function and a whole new level of style and elegance to your home. When choosing your upgrades, set a budget and then let your imagination soar to create a spa-like retreat you can experience without ever leaving home. Keep in mind that not all smart devices integrate seamlessly, so do your research before buying to ensure a convenient connected setup. Go green for the earth and savings. Appliances and climate control systems are often the first features homeowners consider when it comes to environmentally friendly upgrades, but windows and window treatments are another way to make a big impact. In a similar vein, skylights are a surprisingly affordable upgrade for the functionality and aesthetic benefits they provide, especially in the bathroom and

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kitchen where ventilation is as important as ample lighting. You can give your lighting and home value a boost with an Energy Starqualified option such as Velux solar-powered fresh-air skylights, which open for air flow, reducing dependence on electrical lights and fans, with the touch of a programmable remote control. For expanded control over the amount of light and warmth that enters or leaves your rooms, solar-powered skylight blinds are available in more than 100 designer colors and patterns. Like the skylights, Velux solarpowered blinds are operated with the remote. The solar products and installation costs are also eligible for a 30-percent federal tax credit. Learn more at whyskylights.com. Finish the basement. Adding finished square footage to your home is nearly always a way to increase its value. For many homes, the basement is the most practical place to gain that space. Instead of using it as a collection ground for dust bunnies and storage, converting it into usable space can bring meaningful value, not only in dollars and cents, but in overall enjoyment of your home. A basement is the perfect location for expanded room to live and entertain, and if you have egress or other windows, adding extra bedrooms may also be an option. When making plans for finishing a basement, keep function first. Adding features like bathrooms can

be costly if the plumbing isn’t already in place, but having ready access to those facilities may pay off if you plan to spend lots of time downstairs. Also keep climate in mind; in many parts of the country basements tend to be damp, so be sure to use materials that can withstand the conditions during the rainy season. Create outdoor living space for all year long. If a basement renovation or addition isn’t practical for your location or budget, you may be able to create additional living space in an area you already have – outdoors. Even small patio spaces can become cozy gathering spots with the right furnishings and decor. For a larger yard, create destinations that make it comfy to congregate, such as a fire pit or grouping of chairs with overstuffed cushions. This is another area where climate will play an important role in your plans; adding a well-constructed

enclosure to a patio can make it usable during all but the coldest months, while a pergola or other shading can lend necessary relief to an area that bakes in the summer sun. Aside from the hardscaping, look at other ways to soften your outdoor space and enhance livability, such as functional shade trees and flowering vegetation that attract birds and butterflies. Add curb appeal. While you’re considering the upgrade options outdoors, don’t forget to think about your home’s overall exterior appearance. Not only is it the first impression guests have of your home, it’s your own view every time you pull into the drive and it’s one that should make you proud. Reworking the landscaping to highlight architectural features and freshening up the paint can make a big impact. Adding decorative elements like shutters or new lighting or doors can also update a tired exterior.

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7 Steps for a Healthier Home As homeowners become increasingly aware of the impact their homes can have on the environment – and on their health – making eco-conscious choices is as important as ever. From controlling the types of materials used within your home to keeping an eye on indoor air quality, these tips can help you create a healthier, more earthfriendly indoor environment. Use a water filter. Depending on where you live, different contaminants could reside in your tap water. Rather than risk consuming these contaminants or drinking bottled water, which can generate significant waste, consider purchasing a refrigerator with a filtered water option, attaching a water filtration device to your faucet or using a filtered water pitcher. Ditch plastic food containers. Some plastics are not as high quality as many think and may contain toxic materials, making them potentially harmful – especially when used for storing food. Instead, opt for glass, silicone, cloth or stainless steel storage containers, which are friendlier to the environment and pose fewer toxicity risks. Plus, many of these containers can be placed directly in an oven or microwave to safely reheat food. Install eco-friendly insulation. Certain materials in your home, such as insulation, can be replaced with sustainable options that also improve indoor air quality. Consider replacing your existing attic insulation with sheep's wool insulation, such as allnatural options from Havelock Wool. This renewable, high-performing and safe-to-handle material excels at managing moisture while improving indoor air quality through the absorption of formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide and other harmful substances. Learn more at havelockwool.com. 82 | pensacola magazine

Clean "green." Cleaning products can be made with ingredients that are harmful to the environment, as well as your family's health. Make sure you know what is in your household cleaners before using them and, whenever possible, look for cleaners that have been certified as green. Deal with dust. Even if you don't struggle with allergies or asthma, over time, dust particles can be unhealthy for you and your family. Vacuum frequently and use a wet mop on floors without carpet to limit the formation of dust bunnies throughout your home. Clean and replace your vacuum's filter frequently to ensure you're trapping maximum dust. Also regularly wash towels, linens and other textiles, including window treatments. Replace air filters. Older, dirty air filters can circulate dust, pollen and other particles throughout your home. They can also cause your air conditioner and heater to run less efficiently, which can result in higher energy consumption. Rather than pushing potentially harmful dust particles into your house and

causing your systems to work overtime, inspect your air filter often and change it regularly. You might also want to consider installing a whole-home air purifier or placing portable air purifiers in frequently used rooms. Reduce energy and natural resource usage. Try installing timers on your lights so they turn on only at specified times. To take it a step further, consider installing lighting with vacancy sensors that automatically shut off the lights when a room isn't being used. Choose energy-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets and consider adding a rain barrel outside to collect rainwater, which can be used for chores such as watering plants, irrigating the lawn or washing your car. Although it may not be practical to implement all of these ideas at once, little by little you can make small changes that add up to a big difference.

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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 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

FatAlbertis getting a facelift...Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma after corrosion was found. Once the de-paint process and sheetmetal checks for any other corrosion are complete, Fat Albert will fly to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for full programmed depot maintenance and paint. Photo by Kelly White



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