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LOSER: MARTY DONOVAN In recent history, few communities have had an elected official as fickle as Martin Jude Donovan: realtor, occasional environmentalist and one-time Pensacola city councilman. His opinions on the maritime park, referendums and even his own city district have flipped and flopped over the years. When Trillium I, the 2002 city plan to build a new city auditorium and festival park on the nearly 30 acres across from City Hall for $40 million, was being discussed by the Pensacola City Council: “It has gotten totally out of control for a city of 56,000 people.” —Independent News, “Trilliumzilla,” May 9, 2002

When petition signatures forced a referendum on the Trillium I plan: “The citizens earned the right to their election, and the council should be bound by this election. Let’s be true to our city code. Let the people speak at the ballot box.” —Pensacola News Journal, “Voters to decide Trillium,” Feb. 26, 2003

When Donovan won re-election in 2004: “Obviously 60 percent of the people appreciate the job I’ve done. You can’t ask for more than that.” —Pensacola News Journal, “Three City Council contests will go to Nov. 23 runoff,” Nov. 3, 2004 Note: Four years later, Larry Johnson

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When Donovan’s 2009 petition drive against the bond financing for the maritime park failed: “It’s a shame that people have become so apathetic…” —Pensacola News Journal, “Petition fails to stop Maritime Park bonds,” Dec. 8, 2009

When Donovan failed to deliver his petition signatures that opposed the city council’s approval of the CMPA’s contract for the design-build of the maritime park: “…for the city manager to set an arbitrary time limit of 5 o’clock is not right.” —Pensacola News Journal, “Effort to stop Maritime Park stadium fails,” Aug. 21, 2010 Note: The new charter has the same wording on the petition as the old charter. In 2003 and 2006, Donovan delivered the petitions during normal business hours.



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Williams and other boat captains were assigned to find oil in Florida waters. Three days later, Williams found remnants of dispersant in a canal in Santa Rosa Sound. He reported it to his O’Brien’s Response Management supervisor, Jason Campbell. That evening, Williams was told by O’Brien that it was only algae. “No way,” said Williams. “It broke like glass and f loated to the bottom.” The next day, July 31, Williams found a “tea-type” stain on the water and followed it toward Fort Pickens, near the western tip of Pensacola Beach. “We found massive tar balls, both in quantity and size, in a small gulley. They ranged from the size of pingpong balls to coconuts and were about three feet from shore.” After that, Williams was taken off spill and tar ball watch and put on boom removal. In Big Sabine off Pensacola Beach, his crew sighted on Aug. 2, 1 to 3-inch tar balls. Campbell told him not to report any oil or tar balls anymore. “We weren’t to put it on our report,” Williams said, concerning what Campbell told him. “We’re here for boom removal only.” The IN did contact O’Brien’s about Williams’ claims. Tim O’Leary, vice president at Consulting Services Communications Group at O’Brien’s Response Management, sent the paper this statement by e-mail: “We have checked with our onscene supervisor regarding this allegation. He denies that any such order was given to Vessels of Opportunity participants.” Williams was deactivated from the VOO the following week on Aug. 11. He said that he was never impressed by how the program was run and that BP didn’t

have any scientists or engineers running the skimming operations. “It was run here by a bunch of out-ofwork pipefitters. There was no rhyme or reason to all this. We were all shooting from the hip trying to figure this out. When it hit the beaches, they didn’t know what to do.” In Mississippi, Mark Stewart, from Ocean Springs, has been concerned about the dispersant Corexit that has been used to break up the oil plumes. He was in the VOO program for 70 days before being laid off on Aug. 2. Stewart, a third generation commercial fisherman, told the IN that while in the program, he was instructed to “playact” for dignitaries. “Whenever a government official would be f lying over our boat, we were told to put out all our boom and start skimming for show, even when there wasn’t any oil.” For weeks, IN has heard stories of dispersants being sprayed off the shores of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Commercial fishermen have been appearing at public forums and press conferences from Biloxi to Panama City charging that BP and the Coast Guard are still spraying the toxic chemical Corexit on the oil plumes in the Gulf of Mexico, despite denials by the oil giant and federal officials. On Aug. 22, Stewart reported to the IN that tanks of Corexit had been photographed on the state docks in the fishing community of Bayou La Batre, just south of Mobile, Ala. The photos were taken by Rocky Kistner, a communications associate with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The four large, white plastic




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news briefs containers sit on pallets labeled “Nalco Corexit EC9005A. Oil Spill dispersant. Caution: may cause irritation with prolonged contact…do not get in eyes, on skin, on clothing….” For Stewart, the tanks were further proof that Corexit is still being used, even though the Coast Guard claims no dispersants have been sprayed since midJuly. The commercial fisherman told the IN that he has seen boats in the Gulf with tanks visibly onboard, slowly patrolling the waters at night. “They are very cautious,” said Stewart. “There was line from the tanks into the water behind the boat. It looked like they were putting it into the wheel wash.” He said that the boats with the tanks have no Mississippi tag numbers or any identification. However, Stewart said that he and his crew definitely smelled chemicals when they were downwind of the boat. Stewart said that commercial fishermen have given the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources samples of what they believe to be Corexit for the DMR to test. “They won’t tell us the results,” Stewart claimed. At a recent press conference at the docks in Biloxi, Stewart and his fellow commercial shrimpers said that they have refused to trawl, even though state officials reopened waters last week, because they fear the toxicity of the waters and marine life due to the BP oil disaster. Stewart said there are oil plumes in the water column and that he can see the oil that has been sprayed with Corexit. “It looks like a bunch of baby tadpoles all in the water. Some of them are over a foot long. They’re everywhere.” “We will be lucky if anything is alive after this, even us.”

THE SAFE SEAFOOD MYTH As the Feds begin to reopen all of the Gulf fisheries, many are still not convinced the seafood is safe for consumption. Earlier this month, the Associated Press conducted a poll that showed that 54 percent of people surveyed did not trust the seafood and 55 percent were not confident the beaches in the affected areas were safe for swimming. Despite the numerous tests performed on seafood before it goes to area markets, those in the business still do not believe the data presented. “(That the) seafood (is) safe in the Gulf is a lie,” says Frank Patti, owner of Joe Patti’s Seafood. “I’ve told the government, I’ve told BP. All this sophisticated testing is just smoke and mirrors and they don’t have the trust of the people. My customers don’t have the trust.” Patti says his business has seen roughly half of the business it normally has during the summer thanks to the oil spill—and he doesn’t expect to see an influx in the coming months. “I wish there were three quarters of what we normally have coming in,” he says. “They don’t want Gulf seafood and there is nothing we can do to convince them otherwise.” Last week, BP’s Gulf Coast restoration program head Mike Utsler met with area officials, telling them that dispersants are not affecting seafood. But new reports are surfacing that fish beachings (or jubilees) have become more prevalent this summer—with many marine scientists pointing the finger at BP. “They have said they’ve done testing 11,000 times,” says Patti. “But the fact remains that they haven’t even opened up all of the federal waters.” CITY ATTORNEY FINED During the Aug. 19 City Council meeting, Mayor Mike Wiggins recommended a motion to discipline City Attorney Rusty Wells by fining him

three days of pay for inappropriate e-mails he sent to a city employee during a Council meeting in April. He also recommended Wells issue an apology letter to City Council and residents released through media and receive a letter of reprimand to be placed in his personnel file. The decision stemmed from a motion made during the committee of the whole meeting on Monday to investigate the emails that Councilmember Maren DeWeese brought forward to the Council. DeWeese made a motion to terminate Wells because of their nature, but Wiggins made an amending motion to conduct an independent investigation because he had not had sufficient time to review the e-mails. That motion passed 6-2, with councilmembers DeWeese and Sam Hall descending. Larry B. Johnson and P.C. Wu were absent from the meeting. In a second motion, Wiggins recommended a motion to hire an independent party to investigate additional e-mails that were brought forward by Councilmember DeWeese to city staff on Wednesday that imply an inappropriate relationship with a city employee. That motion failed 5-3.

COBY FIRM ON PETITION DECISION City Manager Al Coby tells IN his decision not to accept a petition to stop the construction of the stadium for the Community Maritime Park is final unless reversed by City Council or in a court of law.


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Residents petitioning against the stadium at the Community Maritime Park are told by the City that their efforts are too late. City Manager Al Coby says the group turned in their necessary petition signatures after the 5 p.m. deadline.

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“Mr. (Marty) Donovan did come to City Hall (Monday) morning at approximately 8:25 and did in fact request we take the petition,” says Coby. “We did not.” Donovan and 10 other citizens who were behind the petition had 60 days under the City’s charter to collect signatures from 10 percent of the electorate to create a referendum. The deadline was Friday to report the signatures to the City clerk for counting. Coby says he had indicated to Donovan that the deadline meant 5 p.m. since it was the end of the business day for City employees. Coby claims he extended the deadline by 30 minutes because he was on the phone with Donovan during that time. The group then requested that they be allowed to deliver the 3,916-signature petition at 8:30 p.m.—that request was denied. “Donovan indicated he would not be able to submit those by close of business. The charter is silent in time-wise, but we merely said it had to be submitted to the City clerk, and her normal business hours are 8-5.”

EARLY VOTING SURPASSES MARITIME VOTE The 2010 early primary election totals surpassed those of 2008 and 2006—the year in which the Community Maritime Park was on the ballot. According to Supervisor of Elections David Stafford, 6,784 voted in the two-week span. More than 1,000 people voted on Aug. 21, the final early voting day. In 2006, 5,978 voted in the early election primaries.

N E WS OF T H E W E E K City Attorney Rusty Wells is sanctioned for inappropriate e-mail exchanges between himself and a city employee. Mayor Mike Wiggins recommended that Wells be required to submit a letter of apology, receive a letter of reprimand and be fined for three days without pay.



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ince 1982, the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has been working to push for more leaders in the community through an initiative called Leadership Pensacola (LeaP). LeaP’s success was quickly fed through local businesses’ and employers’ recommendations and sponsorships for their employees for the 10-month program.

Each class attends retreats and seminars, and completes community projects. According to the Chamber, the goal is for the new leaders to “develop an inter-disciplinary approach to focus on the issues currently facing Northwest Florida and to look for potential solutions for the challenges we will face in the future.”

“THERE WERE A LOT OF DAYS YOU’D SEE THE NOT-SO POSITIVES, BUT WHEN YOU SAW THEM, YOU COULD PLUG YOURSELF IN AND HELP MAKE A CHANGE” —SCOTT GRISSETT Through a selection process designed to group 50 people to “best represent Northwest Florida,” a class is formed.

Cheryl Kirby was working for a local credit union two years ago when she was asked by her CEO to apply for the program. Today, she owns her own business and is an adjunct professor at the University of West Florida. She says the program not only gave her an overview of the community, but gave her a sense of pride about where she lived. “You begin to know how things work, and you meet a lot of people from a lot of different areas.”



“IT’S AMAZING WE HAVE ALL OF THIS RIGHT HERE. A LOT OF US DON’T KNOW ABOUT IT OR EXPERIENCE IT” — MARK EGNER Each LeaP class is assigned a project to complete at the end of the course. Kirby’s class created blue recycling bins that were instrumental in Pensacola’s citywide curbside recycling program. “The program, as a community leader, did make you appreciate Pensacola more and the challenges it had,” she says. “People make up your community and little things you can do to impact the community.” To this day, more than 1,100 leaders have graduated from the LeaP program. The 2010 class netted 49 graduates and initiated a kindergarten reading program called “I’m Ready,” designed to get kids ready for grade school. “It was an awesome experience,” says Chad Stacy, a graduate of the 2010 class and financial advisor with Edward Jones. “It was by far the best thing I’ve done down here,” Stacy claims. “I’ve been here four years now as a financial advisor and been on the board of the PYP and served

as an ambassador of the Chamber…I’ve done a lot of things, but by far, this LeaP thing was the best experience.”


Stacy says he recommends the program to anyone with a business sense and says that even if you are from here, you’re likely to learn and see things in the city that you would likely never do on your own. But he says that above that, the relationships that are built are the best aspect of joining LeaP. “I knew one or two people before I went in…the relationships I made from LeaP I’ll have for the rest of my life.” Fellow class member Scott Grissett, development manager at Andrews Institute, agrees. “I’ve made incredible friendships. Several of us have kept in touch. I mean, these people, at the drop of a hat…send an e-mail or call and they’ll be there.” One of the activities LeaP students take part in is an evening of networking, which allows members of the class to interact without any project or lesson. “It was the first time we got together for extended times, and it let us network and go out and enjoy ourselves on another level,” says Mark Egner, a project manager

for Terhaar & Cronley General Contractors. “I can’t think of a day that I would say I wouldn’t want to do that again. “It is such a diverse group of people,” he adds. “I’ve been here eight years and I wouldn’t have been involved with any of these people if I didn’t do it.” Other social events include a ropes course and a trip to Tallahassee to see the state legislature. Many who go through the program later get involved with the LeaP curriculum committee, which handles the applications for new members. Kirby says she got involved with the committee because it was a great way to give back to the place she calls home. “I consider myself a local…I grew up here. I have deep roots in Pensacola, and I believe the little things that you do impact the community.”


The Chamber advertises the LeaP program as something to develop communityminded leaders—and to open awareness of what is happening around them. Those who have graduated say they were not left with an optimistic feeling of Pensacola after the class, but rather a feeling of ownership for the town they hope to move forward. “Going through the program and going through each month, you concentrate on a

different segment of the community,” says Kirby. “One day is all about health care… one day it’s education. It’s like you’re saying, ‘Hey, we’re really doing something,’ and unfortunately you don’t read about that a lot of the time. It does give you an overview of the challenges we have here, especially in our school systems.” Grissett says LeaP gave him perspective on how to change the “not-so positives in the community.” “There were a lot of days you’d see the not-so positives, but when you saw them, you could plug yourself in and help make a change,” he says. “The program did a great job of not showing you the bright things you always hear about.” Egner says the program just showed the everyday things in life in a city that is much like everywhere else in terms of problems. “I think for a lot of people…home is where your heart is. I think a lot of people blame the town they are in. I think people viewing Pensacola as a deterrent get their thoughts clouded.” The program takes class members to city hall, local hospitals, downtown historic districts such as Belmont DeVilliers, and to the Naval Air Station. “It’s amazing we have all of this right here,” says Egner. “A lot of us don’t know about it or experience it.”

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COMMUNITY • To gain a greater understanding of our region’s history, how people have invested and disinvested in the region, and how those trends impact current reinvestment. • To explore how we live, work & play in Northwest Florida. • To experience, firsthand, the elements of community development by touring a neighborhood and meeting its leaders. • To provide an essential basis for the curriculum year.

PRESENT ECONOMICS • To explore different economic development

strategies. • To understand how our community is affected by ongoing local, state, or nationwide economic development efforts. • To examine the results of economic development efforts in Pensacola and elsewhere. • To generate and critique a simple economic development strategy for Pensacola. • To further understand the area’s economic strengths and weaknesses and prospects for the future (continued in Future Economics)

FUTURE ECONOMICS • To develop an understanding of our economic base. • To lay down a foundation for our economy. • To standardize common understanding of economics • To explore the fundamentals of our region’s economy and how fiscal policy (and the leaders that shape it) influence our lives. • To understand the area’s economic

strengths and weaknesses and prospects for the future.

TANGIBLE SUPPORT STRUCTURE • To explore and identify the components that make up the support structure and how they impact our daily life. • To examine how aspects of our support structure inter-connect with other aspects. • To identify strengths and weaknesses of our support structure and how it affects how we live work and play in Northwest Florida.

INTANGIBLE SUPPORT STRUCTURE • To explore and identify the components that make up the support structure and how they impact our daily life. • To examine how aspects of our support structure inter-connect with other aspects. • To identify strengths and weaknesses of our support structure and how it affects how we live work and play in Northwest Florida.

QUALITY OF LIFE • To examine and explore the positive and negative aspects of our community’s quality of life.

• To examine why we come and why we stay in the Pensacola Bay Area. • To examine the meaning of quality of life for the various socio-economic groups in the Pensacola Bay Area. • To explore the importance of cultural organizations and activities in the life of the community.

TALLAHASSEE TRIP • To explore how the legislative process impacts how we live, work and play in Northwest Florida. • To explore how the lobbying process differs in session and out of session. • To explore how Florida fits into the national plan for terrorism preparedness. • To allow the class the opportunity to speak with their legislators and staffs regarding the issues that are of importance to them. • To provide enough freedom in the schedule for the class to explore the issues or topics of interest to them.

LEADERSHIP & ETHICS • To integrate leadership skills from

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CLOSING RETREAT • To reflect on the LeaP Curriculum year. • To explore lessons learned during the past 10 months. • To review the LeaP experience and determine key individual and group learnings. • To explore new individual and team challenges. • To apply the LeaP experience to a future course of action. For more information on the program or to apply for the 2011-12 class, visit


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importance of this every day at camp. You should always be aware of the signs of overheating such as pale, clammy skin, hot dry skin, becoming light-headed or dizzy, or nausea.”


Although it’s almost September, it’s still hot out there. And it’s often downright miserable to be outside, especially if you’re exercising. But that doesn’t mean you should wait to get back into your outdoor exercise routine. With the proper hydration, time and wardrobe planning, your fitness won’t succumb to the extreme temperatures (even though it may be a really good excuse). The hours spent outside running, biking or performing any other aerobic activity can often seem like an eternity compared to a hefty workout at the gym or treadmill climb in the downstairs study. That’s why those who make their living as fitness instructors in Florida make sure to plan ahead for the seasonal adjustment. “One of the most important things that you must do is to give yourself appropriate time to acclimate to the heat and humidity,” says Josh Presnell, owner of Fixed on Fitness. “If you have been exercising inside the gym or at home, you will likely need to scale your workout back a little until your body has had time to get acclimated to the new environment.” Presnell and his wife Kenzie run Fixed on Fitness, a six-week outdoor boot camp program held in Bayview Park. The work-

outs are intense, which makes the summer months a grueling challenge for those who aren’t prepared. “While exercising outside, it is important to wear lightweight clothing, preferably with wicking material,” says Presnell. “You will also need to make sure that you stay hydrated, not only before and after your workout, but throughout the entire day. You should look for signs of dehydration during the day such as fatigue, headache, dry mouth, the sensation of being light-headed, or dark urine with a strong odor.”

WATER WAR Fitness and medical experts agree that you can never drink too much water— particularly in warmer months. Because humidity levels are so high in the South, it’s often hard to cool off because our body sweat never can evaporate. “Hydrating is extremely important… and it’s not just water you need,” says Paul Epstein, owner of Running Wild. “You lose a lot of electrolytes, calcium and magnesium. You really have to take some form of electrolyte supplement to help your body.” Epstein says to stay away from fitness drinks that have more than 15 grams of sugar

and to stick to powder mixes or drinks such as Nuun that won’t cancel out your workout or make you even more dehydrated. But the long-time competitive runner and fitness expert emphasizes that you should still drink plenty of water, even when you are exercising. “I drink about a gallon of water a day… and that’s not water while I’m exercising,” he says. “If you’re out (exercising) longer than, say, 45 minutes…it’s a necessity to take water. “There are so many parks with water fountains, there is almost no excuse to not be able to get water. We put a water cooler out in front of our house this time of year for this very reason.” If you are feeling dizzy and fatigued, there is no shame in walking or taking a break to hydrate. Also, make sure to avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages if you plan on exercising—or just being out in the sun in general. You should also remember to drink more water in the morning to compensate for yesterday’s losses and make sure to always listen to your body. “Even if you are well-hydrated and acclimated to the heat, you must always listen to your body when exercising on hot days,” says Presnell. “I stress the

Wearing light, breathable materials that are sweat retardant are crucial. “It’s all about getting as much moisture off of your body as possible,” says Epstein. “Any evaporation, which aids in cooling, is not just a comfort thing, it’s a health thing.” Epstein says that shoes aren’t as critical as having proper socks to prevent blisters from the sweat that forms during long workouts. He recommends having at least two pairs of shoes so that one can air out and dry while you use the other, and if you still are having trouble with wet feet, adding cedar shoe inserts to absorb the moisture.

DON’T OVERWORK YOURSELF Your typical seven-minute mile or hourlong bike rides might have to wait until October when heat and humidity numbers lower. “Most people have to slow down because it’s harder to run at the same intensity,” says Epstein. “Taking walk breaks is important for some people.” Overworking your body in 90-degree heat is also unhealthy and can lead to overheating and heat strokes. Webmd. com notes that many prescription and non-prescription medications—such as decongestants, appetite suppressants, antihistamines, antihypertensives, and antidepressants—can greatly increase dehydration and prevent the body from recognizing danger. “If you do feel that you are overheating, move inside or into the shade, sip cold water, and place a cold washcloth or ice pack on your neck,” says Presnell. And always remember that it’s exercise and you should be having fun—know your routine, your limitations and stay smart and healthy.



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This month, IN talks with Dr. Clark Metzger, an orthopedic specialist with the West Florida Medical Group. Dr. Metzger has been practicing spinal and neck care for more than 20 years and recently moved back to Dr. Richard Sontchi Pensacola to work with West Florida Hospital after owning a private practice in Andalusia, Ala. IN: What is your background? Metzger: I went to the University of Tennessee before going to the University of South Alabama for my internship and four years of orthopedic training. I always wanted to get into spinal treatments, so I went to the University of Pittsburgh to be part of their fellowship program.

IN: Why did you want to be a doctor? Metzger: My father was a family practice doctor and would take me on rounds as a kid. I’ve always been more mechanically inclined, and I really liked the technical aspects of spines. IN: What makes the technical aspects of the job gratifying to you? Metzger: Spine patients are usually in a lot of pain. To get pressure off of a nerve root relieves a lot of their pain instantly, which is instant gratification for me. Also, I think spinal care is a lot more challenging than other fields. IN: When did you come to West Florida Hospital? Metzger: I worked for West Florida from 1991-1996 before moving to have my own practice in Alabama. My family still lived here on the beach, but I did not begin practicing here again until last December. IN: What types of injuries do you typically treat? Metzger: Neck and arm pain and back and leg pain. Most people without arm pain are treated without surgery.

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IN: How often is surgery needed for ailments? Metzger: About 80 percent of people who have neck or back pain can usually be treated with physical therapy. My job is to determine if they are candidates for surgery and give them the potential benefits and let them make the decisions. I basically never tell people they need surgery. IN: What are some tips to avoiding spinal problems as one gets older? Metzger: The biggest thing you can’t control is heredity. Then you have smoking, where a person has two times the risk of not healing a fusion. Once you have a neck problem, you need to be careful how you lift things. Of course, there are a lot of things you can do that are friendlier to your back. IN: How has the orthopedic field changed since you started? Metzger: The biggest changes have been the expansion hardware improvements and the products that promote bone health such as protein supplements. Lumbar surgery has not been quite as successful yet and disc replacement surgery will be better in the future.

IN: What is your most memorable patient or funny story? Metzger: I had a patient that had a hip fracture back in the ‘90s who came in for a followup and later asked if she would be good to drive home. She was usually with her daughter, but this time she wasn’t. Half an hour later, her daughter called irate asking, “How did you let her drive? She’s legally blind.” IN: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Metzger: Anything to do with the water and anything with a motor. I love classic cars and motorcycles, and I like to overnight on our boat with the family. I’m 51 years old, but behave like a teenager.

DR. CLARK METZGER, WEST FLORIDA MEDICAL GROUP 2121 E. Johnson Avenue, Suite 106 494-6840

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CHAIR YOGA ROCKS Reap the benefits of yoga in a fun and friendly atmosphere without having to get up and down from the floor. Sandra Sanford leads this eight-week session beginning Friday, Aug. 27 and meets once a week from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The cost is $40 for all eight sessions (or give it a try for only $5). Breathe Yoga Studio, Historic Seville Square, 503 Adams St. 291-5506 or


PENSACOLA AREA HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SPIKE NIGHT Get geared up for the season and connect with other area high school cross-country runners at Running wild on Aug. 31 from 6-8 p.m. There will be free gifts with purchase, giveaways and more. Discounts will be given on all shoes and apparel, and shoe reps will be available. The guest speaker for the evening will be Neil McDonagh of The University of West Florida. For more information, contact Nicki Brask at


LA LECHE LEAGUE SUPPORT GROUP This group meets each Thursday of the month at Ever’man Natural Foods at 9:30 a.m. to offer mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding mothers of babies and toddlers, as well as for moms to be. At La Leche League meetings, mothers find a continuing source of information, inspiration and support. All moms and babies or toddlers are welcome. 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or


MONTHLY FREE COMMUNITY YOGA The next Free Community Yoga is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 5, from 4:30 –5:45 p.m. “Find Your Inner Bliss” a gentle, soothing practice w/ Sandra Sanford, RYT-500. As always, donations will be accepted for Favor House, a residential facility for woman and children living through domestic violence issues. Breathe Yoga Studio, Historic Seville Square, 503 Adams Street, 2915506 or visit


SIX WEEK BELLY DANCING WORKSHOP Starting Sept. 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m, Navarre Living Yoga will offer a six-week belly dancing workshop. Come celebrate femininity through the ancient, life embracing art of belly dance. Learn basic techniques with isolations, shimmies, undulations and traveling steps. Suitable for all fitness and experience levels. Cost is $64 for all six sessions.   Class will only be offered if enough participants register, so please register in advance by calling 346-3577, or sign up at Navarre Living Yoga, 8135 Navarre Parkway.


GALLBLADDER DISEASE SEMINAR AT SACRED HEART SENIORS SEMINAR IN PACE Sacred Heart Hospital’s Senior Services program will present a free seminar on gallbladder disease on Sept. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rehabilitation Center at Sacred Heart Medical Park in Pace. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Matthew Kinzelman, a board-certified family medicine physician

with Sacred Heart Medical Group at Pace. The talk will teach attendees the functions of the gallbladder, signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease, and ways to prevent the disease from occurring. Registration is required and seating is limited. To register, call 416-1620 or (877) 416-1620. Sacred Heart Medical Park at Pace provides diagnostic, rehabilitation, and outpatient surgery services to the Pace community, as well as family practice, OB/ GYN and other specialty physician’s offices. The facility is located on the north side of U.S. 90 in Pace, between Woodbine Road and Chumuckla Highway. Sacred Heart SENIORSpirit is a free program for persons 55 and older. Benefits include free screenings, seminars, special in-patient benefits, a monthly calendar of events detailing all SENIORSpirit events, and a quarterly newsletter containing health and event information. For more information on senior services at Sacred Heart, please call 416-1620 or visit


BAPTIST HEALTH CARE FAMILY EXPO Family Expo, scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is integral to Baptist Health Care’s Mission to improve the quality of life and foster healthy families in our community. At one location, adults and children can partake in free health screenings and enjoy family activities throughout the day. More than 6,000 families annually participate. Family Expo offers a unique opportunity for local businesses and non-profit agencies to reach thousands of interested prospects in one day. Booth prices are $400 for businesses and $200 for non-profit agencies. Family-oriented businesses and organizations interested in participating contact Jackie Livingston at 469-2356 or


SACRED HEART TO HOST RETREAT ON COMMUNICATION AND VALUING SEXUALITY FOR TEENS AND THEIR PARENTS Parents: Would you like to connect better with your teen? Join Sacred Heart Hospital for “Teen Talk: Real Love & Real Life,” a two-day retreat for 7th and 8th grade boys and girls and their parents at the Sacred Heart Conference Center on Sacred Heart’s main campus. The first session will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the second session will be

held on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendance at both sessions is required, as new material will be covered each day. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided. The cost is $40 per family, and a limited number of scholarships are available. To register, please call Sacred Heart at 416-1600. For more information, call event organizer Cat Outzen at 416-1156.   ZUMBA DANCING Jamie Aylstock leads Zumba classes every Monday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Navarre Living Yoga and Health Center, 8135 Navarre Parkway. Cost is $12 for walk-in or $55 for a six-week course. Contact Jamie at 678-571-4509 or for more information.



THE HEALTHY MAN Presented by holistic health advocate and former Ever’man employee and board member Jerry Jackson, this class will focus on the unique physical, mental, and emotional balancing that is required for men to experience optimum health. Jackson will review diet, exercise, sleep, stress, sex, relationships and more. The class will also explore male physical and emotional maturity. Starts at 1 p.m. and is free for members and $2 for non-members. 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or


SEAFOOD FEST RUN The run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Seville Square and makes a loop through downtown. For more information and to pick up a race packet, call 435-9222.


10TH ANNUAL GULF COAST CROSS COUNTRY STAMPEDE Registration opens Sept. 10 at Registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Entry Fees: Varsity Races: $60 for a single varsity boys or girls team, $120 for both. The cost per individual runner is $15. J.V. Races: Free and unlimited for both boys and girls teams as long as each team has a paid varsity team running. Otherwise it is $60 per gender to enter an unlimited number of runners or $15 a runner. Call 435-9222.

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TRAUMA SURGEON JOINS SACRED HEART MEDICAL GROUP Dr. Richard Sontchi, a trauma and critical care surgeon, recently joined Sacred Heart Medical Group, Division of General Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care. He will join Dr. Richard Sontchi the practice of surgeons Dr. Karanbir Gill and Dr. Rodney Durham and will provide trauma and adult critical care surgery services at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Dr. Sontchi received his medical degree and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla., where he also served as administrative chief resident. He completed additional fellowship training in surgical critical care at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 416-6159.

SACRED HEART OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH OFFERS ONLINE EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL SCREENING MANAGEMENT Sacred Heart Occupational Health Services is now offering secure online employee drug tracking and management services through eScreen.

eScreen allows employers easy access to drug testing information about their employees, including tracking of missed tests and times of collection, as well as reports on test results and statistics. The password-protected site also allows employers to generate non-discriminatory, random drug and alcohol testing lists to comply with the employer’s random drug testing requirements. Specimen collection services are available at Sacred Heart Medical Group locations in Foley and Gulf Shores, Ala., and Crestview and Destin, Fla. Services are also available at Sacred Heart Urgent Care in Pensacola and after hours and on weekends at the Emergency Department at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach. For more information, call Mary Bishop at Sacred Heart Occupational Health at 475-4643 or visit us online

ESCAMBIA COMMUNITY CLINICS OPEN SATELLITE ON LAKEVIEW CAMPUS Lakeview Center moved closer toward the integration of behavioral and physical health care this week when Escambia Community Clinics began offering services on the center’s main campus. The partnership with ECC initially calls for an advanced registered nurse practitioner or other mid-level provider to deliver primary health care three days a week in Lakeview’s outpatient services building. The care is available to any Lakeview Center client on both a walk-in or appointment basis. The hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.


to noon and Fridays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The service will operate as an ECC satellite clinic and will follow that organization’s payment policies and billing practices. Patients requiring more specialized health care will be referred to appropriate providers within the ECC network. This is just the beginning for Lakeview’s partnership with Escambia Community Clinics. The hope is to quickly move to having the satellite services available five days a week, and plans are being made to open sites in Century, Milton and Gulf Breeze.

Dr. Verbois is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the Southern Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition, she has been published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. For more information about West Florida Hospital and the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute, visit


with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, West Florida Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Laboratory and Point-of-Care Testing Services. “We continually strive to improve the quality of our services, and meeting The Joint Commission’s rigorous national standards is an important recognition of our efforts,” says Dennis A. Taylor, President and CEO of West Florida Healthcare. The Joint Commission evaluated the laboratory’s performance in complying with nearly 300 standards related to quality control, safety, infection control, leadership, management of human resources, management of information, ongoing performance improvement activities and other issues. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation.

in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has joined the Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital. She will practice at the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute, 8391 North Davis Highway, in Pensacola. Dr. Verbois earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Prior to joining the medical staff of West Florida Hospital, Dr. Verbois practiced in Louisiana and Mississippi. She has experience in the acute inpatient, outpatient, long-term acute care, and skilled nursing facility settings, including serving as medical director for a number of physical rehabilitation units and programs.



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Health Care Organizations BAPTIST HEALTH CARE 434-4071, Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, notfor-profit health care organization serving Northwest Florida and South Alabama and is nationally recognized for performance excellence and quality achievement. Baptist Health Care includes four hospitals, two medical parks, Baptist Manor, Baptist Home Health Care and Durable Medical Equipment, Baptist Leadership Institute, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and Lakeview Center.

Health Clubs And Weight Management THE CLUB FAMILY SPORTS COMPLEX 1230 Crane Cove Blvd., Gulf Breeze, 916-7946, The Club offers something for everyone, including an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, a 25 yard indoor pool, beautiful rubico tennis courts, a 10,000 sq. ft. fitness center, and much more. Club staff and members develop life-long relationships that support your progress toward health, wellness and a balanced lifestyle.

FIXED ON FITNESS, INC. 554-1648, Fixed on Fitness boot camp provides an ideal combination of personal training, accountability, camaraderie and hard work, which results in a dynamic approach to total fitness. Throughout the six weeks of boot camp, you are introduced to a variety of workout techniques, exercises and challenges. Each workout is different, so campers experience 24 new workouts. In addition, Fixed on Fitness prides itself on the personal touch that each client receives during boot camp.



416-7000, Sacred Heart is a regional leader for high-quality, compassionate health care to children and adults in Northwest Florida. More than 600 primary and specialty physicians practice at Sacred Heart, a not-for-profit healthcare organization. Its main services include Sacred Heart Medical Group, a network of primary care physicians, a 24-hour Emergency Trauma Center, a Pediatric Trauma Referral Center and centers of excellence specializing in women’s health, cardiac care, orthopedics, cancer care and the care of children.

346-7865, Susan Dunlop, M.A., C.H.T., offers hypnosis as therapy for a variety of issues such as bereavement, relationship problems, divorce recovery, stress management, depression, phobias, negative habits, motivation, sleep problems, trauma, sports excellence, pain management and more. Dunlop is an internationally certified hypnotherapist trained in the United States by the American Academy of Hypnotherapy, the nation’s foremost hypnotherapy institute.

WEST FLORIDA HEALTHCARE 494-3212, West Florida Healthcare is proud to offer the only local hospital featuring all private rooms. The West Florida campus also offers the area’s only comprehensive rehabilitation hospital and a mental health facility. Affiliated with HCA, the nation’s leading healthcare provider, West Florida provides services in cardiovascular surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, emergency care, behavioral health, obstetrics and many other medical specialties.


Women’s Health Services THE WOMEN’S GROUP 4900 Grand Drive, 476-3696, The Women’s Group physicians and nurse midwife have a combined over 130 years of experience in gynecology and obstetrics. The Women’s Group offers adolescent gynecology, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy,

543 Fontaine Street, 476-3223, Nationally renowned and board certified plastic surgeons Peter Butler, M.D. and Jocelyn Leveque, M.D. specialize in all areas of cosmetic surgery for the face and body. Non-surgical treatments such as Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Botox, Juvederm and more are available. Complete wellness and skin care services are offered at The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery.

Skin Care DR. SCOTT MCMARTIN Medical Center Clinic, Dermatology and Laser Center, 8333 N. Davis Highway, 474-8386 The Dermatology and Laser Center provides treatment of both benign and malignant skin conditions, including broken blood vessels, spider veins of the legs and tattoos. Services for wrinkle reduction and hair removal are also offered. Other cosmetic procedures offered include glycolic and salicylic acid peels, sclerotherapy of spider veins and cosmetic consultations. The Skin Care Center offers high-end dermatology products, including MD Forte, Obagi, SkinCeuticals, Kinerase, and Jane Iredale cosmetics.

THE SKIN CARE CENTER, GULF COAST PLASTIC SURGERY 543-A Fontaine St., 476-3223, Complete wellness and skin care services are offered at The Skin Care Center. Non-surgical treatments such as Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Botox, Juvederm and more are available. The center also offers facials and peels, body treatments, make up and other physician supervised treatments.

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THE GILLS SAY GOODBYE TO PENSACOLA LOC A L GROU P ’ S FA R EW E L L PE R FOR M A NC E TO BE V I N Y L M USIC H A L L’ S F I R ST BY BRADLEY “BEEJ” DAVIS, JR. IN: It seems that at the height of The Gills’ presence performing in Pensacola, you guys are heading to Nashville to further the group’s music career. Was it a tough decision to leave? Wheeler: There were many pros and cons about relocating. We have so many great friends, and all of our families are there (in Pensacola), but the decision was easy to make because we all felt the push to make this happen. We will definitely be making frequent visits because we love the place so much.


esse Wheeler has had no shortage of challenges or decisions. The 22-year-old front man for The Gills faced death at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with leukemia. As he describes it, that experience began his “exhausting hike up the mountain.” The indie rock/pop group’s loyal following, along with the band’s optimism and drive for growth, are clear indicators that the members are now looking out from atop that mountain. However, insisting that the group still has some climbing to do, Wheeler, along with brother and guitarist Chris, Andy Prince (bass), and Matt Prince (drums), has announced the members will be relocating to Nashville, Tenn. shortly after their farewell show as the inaugural performance for Vinyl Music Hall on Aug. 28. Fans can be rest assured that the group will be coming “home” from time to time, as fueled by their families and local music roots. Independent News had an opportunity to discuss with Wheeler the upcoming move, looking death square in the eyes and learning to “Breathe.” IN: The Gills, as a band, has gone through some transition this year. I assume things are still going well? Wheeler: Yes, things are going very well. There is a definite current that is flowing and putting things together exactly the way they need to be. Playing with my brother is

one of the coolest things ever and it makes me so happy. I couldn’t have picked a better rhythm section. We were provided the perfect house, perfect job situations, and a great location to get away when we need to. IN: But you’re no stranger to life’s challenges. Can you tell me about your cancer diagnosis when you were 15? Wheeler: Well, it was surely a shock. I knew something was wrong, and in the car on the ride to Jackson, Miss. (where I was diagnosed) I remember saying, “I’m going to die.” After they drained me of most of my blood, the doctor came in and just got right to the point and said, “Well, he’s got leukemia.” Those words have obviously changed my life; I had to grow up fast and learn to face death, and more importantly, life. The three years I spent while taking chemo ended up being the biggest lesson in patience I will hopefully ever have to deal with. Even though times were rough, I’m definitely glad that I’ve gone through everything I have. IN: Your positive attitude toward these challenges seems to be fueling your musical success. Is that the general mission and belief of the band? Wheeler: Yes, it definitely is what drives my life, and I hope it reflects in the music. We all have this point of view. We’ve all found, through different experiences, that optimism is the only way to make things happen.

IN: What was the process of coming to that

decision? Wheeler: As some people may know, we’ve gone through some changes with band members. When Andy, Matt and I received the news, instantly I knew what we had to do. I had always wanted to play with my brother and he already lived in Nashville. It was lined up perfectly. IN: The Gills shows are usually packed with fans. What is the message you’d like to send to them upon your departure? Wheeler: To still be on the lookout for our shows, because we’ll never grow out of Pensacola. IN: I’m sure moving to Nashville will enable you guys to book and perform more shows. Is your overall plan to jump into a full performance schedule? Wheeler: I wouldn’t say it’s a big reason. It definitely will be a positive factor, but we have much larger plans. IN: You mentioned that The Gills will be working on more original songs once you get to Nashville. How much of your current set includes some original stuff? Wheeler: The Aug. 28 show will consist entirely of originals. There is a good bit of new songs, along with a new twist on the songs some people might be familiar with. And yes, we are constantly writing.

IN: Your final performance in Pensacola is going to be Vinyl Music Hall’s first show. That seems to be a pretty exciting sendoff. Wheeler: We are so stoked about Aug. 28 and Vinyl in general. I think it’s a great thing and I hope and pray the best for it. IN: Are we going to be able to hear some original songs at that Aug. 28 performance? Wheeler: Tons—nothing but! IN: You recently announced that someone has offered to help you establish your 501(c)3 status for your non-profit Breathe. Can you tell me about that project? Wheeler: Ever since the cancer I’ve known there was something I would have to do, and with the help of these guys, I’ve realized what that is. Breathe is an action of The Gills and we need friends and fans to help us make this possible. The non-profit will provide whatever financial or emotional care we can for an individual whom sponsors will have a chance to learn about. We will be taking this breath and spreading it around everywhere we can. IN: The Gills will be missed, but you’ve mentioned you’ll be back to visit? Wheeler: Oh yes, we’ll be back for shows, cover gigs, holidays—things of that sort. IN: Anything else you want to get off your chest? Wheeler: The band opening up for us is amazing, and so is Brooks Hubbert who will be opening as well. We really wanted this one to be free so we’re really grateful to the good people at Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom who made it possible.


WHAT: The Gills with Brooks Hubbert and Big Rock Candy Mountain WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. (on the corner of Palafox and Garden streets, next to Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom) COST: Free DETAILS:



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THURSDAY 08.26 MORNING AND EVENING RUNS AT RUNNING WILD 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekly. Meet at Running Wild for a steady-pace run for all levels of runners. 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or TASTE WITH TONY 5-7 p.m. Join 600 South and Chef Tony Wall for a Thursday happy hour event sponsored by IN featuring a mezze table of free Mediterranean tapas and $3 Pinnacle Vodka drinks. 600 South, 600 S. Palafox. 432-5254. WINE TASTING AT ARAGON WINE MARKET 5-7 p.m. Free. Enjoy a sampling of fine wines. 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or

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CARIBBEAN NIGHT AT WILL CALL 10 p.m.-close weekly. $5 entrance fee includes one free drink and all the dancing you can stand. Will Call Sports Grille, 22 S. Palafox St. 912-8644 or SUNSETS AT PLAZA DE LUNA PARK 5:30 p.m. Each Thursday during the season there will be music and entertainment. Arts and crafts activities and works from local artists will also be offered. Food will also be available. 435-1695 or ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 7-9 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step along with a talented local artist that you will take home after the painting party is over. 16 years and older. Theme: Bayou Fleur de Lis. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or

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TOGA PARTY AT SEVILLE QUARTER 9 p.m. All of Seville Quarter will be set up for the Greeks to take over. You can dress in anything from a simple toga, to something more elaborate. Free admission and your first beer free (21 and up) for anyone dressed in a toga. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or COLLEGE NIGHT COOK-OUT 7 p.m. This is a private party for college students. Live DJ (7-10 p.m.) and live band (10 p.m.-close). No cover with proper college ID. 18 to party, 21 to drink. End O’ The Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or THIRSTY THURSDAY AT PELICAN PARK 6:45 p.m. Pelicans vs. Grand Prairie Air Hogs. Draft beer and fountain drinks will be just $1. Pelican Park at UWF. 934-8444 or THAI COOKING CLASS AT DK 6 p.m. Learn to cook chicken satay, peanut sauce and cucumber salad, pad thai and more with Chef Panita Boonyathee Pearson. $44.95. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox Place. 438-4688 or

MUSIC: HOG VAN DOG 5 p.m. weekly. Ragtyme Grille, 201 S. Jefferson St. 429-9655 or MUSIC: LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6-10 p.m. weekly. The Deck at the Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or

p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: “Fun Oscar.” Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $45. 471-1450 or

MUSIC: HOLLY SHELTON 7 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 412 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or

MUSIC: BRENDA & THE GO CATS 9:30 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 412 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or

MUSIC: RICKY PHELPS 6 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or

MUSIC: THE BLENDERS 7 p.m. weekly. Ragtyme Grille, 201 S. Jefferson St. 429-9655 or

MUSIC: RONNIE LEVINE 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or

MUSIC: ACOUSTIC FUNK 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at The Point, 5851 Galvez Road. 497-0071 or

MUSIC: VICTOR WAINWRIGHT 6 p.m. Paradise Bar and Grill, 21 Via de Luna. 916-5087 or

MUSIC: CHIEF JUSTICE 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St., 469-1001 or

MUSIC: TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley in Seville Quarter. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

MUSIC: LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5-9 p.m. weekly. The Deck at the Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or

MUSIC: TIM SPENCER 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or

MUSIC: LONG REEF 9 p.m. The Deck at the Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or

T-SHIRT NIGHT 7 p.m. Half-price drinks when wearing a Shaker shirt. Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or

MUSIC: MO JILES 9 p.m. Bamboo Willie’s, 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. 916-9888 or

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MUSIC: CROSSTOWN 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or

FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT AT PELICAN PARK 6:45 p.m. Pelicans vs. Fort Worth Cats. Pelican Park at UWF. 934-8444 or BEER AND WINE TASTING AT DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS 4-7 p.m. weekly. Free. 29 S. Palafox Place. 438-4688 or WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15-7:30 p.m. weekly. Sample wines and enjoy live entertainment. Free. 2050 N. 12th Ave. WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5-7 p.m. weekly. All wines available at special pricing. Free. Gift Shoppe at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or PENSACOLA SWING 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. weekly. Lessons from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Open dancing until midnight. $5. American Legion Post 33, 1401 W. Intendencia St. 437-5465 or ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 3-5 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step along with a talented local artist that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Cup O’ Joe. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or PET COME HOME FUNDRAISER AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 7-10

MUSIC: BLUE FIN 6 p.m. Paradise Bar and Grill, 21 Via de Luna. 916-5087 or

MUSIC: RICHARD MADDEN 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or MUSIC: BUZZCUT 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or MUSIC: RONNIE MCDOWELL 7 p.m. Farmers’ Opry, $34.50 for meal and show. 8897 Byrom Campbell Road. 994-9219 or MUSIC: THE REZ 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s in Seville Quarter. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

SATURDAY 08.28 TRIBUTE TO NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL 6:45 p.m. Pelicans vs. Fort Worth Cats. Join the Pelicans and COX for a pre-game ceremony for former Pelicans player Larry Bethea and to welcome seven former Negro League Players to Pelican Park. After the game will be the final fireworks show of the season. Pelican Park at UWF. 934-8444 or RUNNING WILD SATURDAY MORNING RUN 6 a.m. Run a casual, fun run around Bayou Texar. A mapped course is supported with hydration. Running Wild, 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or

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MUSIC: PANHANDLE ALL-STARS 9:30 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 412 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or MUSIC: CHIEF JUSTICE 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at The Point, 5851 Galvez Road. 497-0071 or MUSIC: MO JILES 9 p.m. Bamboo Willie’s, 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. 916-9888 or MUSIC: BUZZCUT 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or MUSIC: KARAOKE WITH KRAZY GEORGE 8:30 p.m. weekly. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or MUSIC: LONG REEF 9 p.m. The Deck at the Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or MUSIC: PAXTON NORRIS & TYLER MAC 6 p.m. Paradise Bar and Grill, 21 Via de Luna. 916-5087 or MUSIC: BLENDERS 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or MUSIC: 3 AMIGOS DUO 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or MUSIC: THE REZ 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s in Seville Quarter. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

SUNDAY 08.29 PELICANS FINAL HOME GAME 6:45 p.m. Pelicans vs. Fort Worth Cats. Be one of the first 1,500 fans in the park and receive a free Pelicans yo-yo. Also, all Kids Club members wearing a Kids Club t-shirt get in free. Pelican Park at UWF. 934-8444 or PENSACOLA POKER ALLIANCE 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. SundayWednesday weekly. Four times a week, the Pensacola Poker Alliance presents a whole new Texas Hold ’Em event at Seville Quarter. Two sessions are hosted each night. 21 and up. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or SUCKER FREE SUNDAYS 11 a.m-2:30 a.m. All draft beers half price. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom, 10 Palafox Place. 497-6073 or MUSIC: HERITAGE 3 p.m. Bamboo Willie’s, 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. 916-9888 or MUSIC: LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5-9 p.m. weekly. The Deck at the Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or

MUSIC: LEKTRIC MULLET 4-8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or MUSIC: ALL STARS BLUES JAM 6 p.m. Paradise Bar and Grill, 21 Via de Luna. 916-5087 or MUSIC: JAM SANDWICH 5-9 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or

TEXAS HOLD’EM 4 FUN 7:30 p.m. weekly. Enjoy $2 longnecks. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or GAMER NIGHT AT SEVILLE QUARTER 8 p.m. Play all of the best video games, like “Rock Band,” “Tiger Woods Golf,” “Mortal Combat” and more. The bar will also have traditional games like darts, pool, “Golden Tee” beer pong. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Free. 434-6211 or MUSIC: GABE STEEVES 9 p.m. End O’ The Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MUSIC: STEVE FLOYD 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or

TUESDAY 08.31 COOKING CLASS AT DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS 6 p.m. Chef Brian Culleton of Dharma Blue will be preparing some of his menu items. $44.95. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox Place. 4384688 or PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS AUDITIONS 4-6:30 p.m. This audition is for boys only, grades 4-8. 48 E. Chase St. 434-7760 or PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS AUDITIONS 6:30-8:30 p.m. This audition is for boys and girls, grades 9-12. 48 E. Chase St. 434-7760 or HAUNTED TOURS 10:30 a.m. weekly. Take a break from the sun at Haunted Seville Quarter. After your tour enjoy a buffet lunch in Apple Annie’s Courtyard. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. TAPAS & TASTING 5-7 p.m. weekly. Every Tuesday enjoy tapas paired with red and white wines from around the world. Palace Cafe at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. $10. 4346211 or LADIES NIGHT AT ANGUS 5 p.m. to close weekly. First “one sipper” on the house. Half off beer, house wine, well and drink menu. Buy one item on the Lounge Menu and receive the second for half off. 1101 Scenic Highway. 432-0539 or MCGUIRE’S RUNNING CLUB 6 p.m. weekly. Meet by the doubledecker bus in the parking lot at 5:45 p.m. Start the 5K run/walk at 6 p.m. Wear your McGuire’s t-shirt for free drinks and food specials. TUESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION 7-9:30 p.m. weekly. Local musicians are invited to attend a weekly jam session to show off and share their talents among other local musicians. Belmont Arts & Cultural Center, 401 N. Reus St. Free. 429-1222 or THREE DOLLAR HOLLER 7 p.m.-close. Enjoy $3 drinks on anything at Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom. 10 S. Palafox Place. 497-6073 or




MUSIC: RYAN AND TONY 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or

BAR B-I-N-G-O 9 p.m. weekly. Giveaways, bar tabs and prizes for the winners. Free to play. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


MUSIC: JAM SANDWICH 5 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or

EVENING RUN AT RUNNING WILD 5:30 p.m. weekly. Meet at Running Wild for a steady-pace run for all levels of runners. Choose a three to five-mile loop course through East Pensacola Heights. 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or

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SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS 5:30 p.m. weekly. Meet in front of Seville Quarter and run the downtown streets of Pensacola. All levels of runners welcome. Free pasta and drink specials in Fast Eddies after you run. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 7-10 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: A Walk in the Quarter. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or

PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS AUDITIONS 4-6:30 p.m. This audition is for girls only, grades 4-8. 48 E. Chase St. 434-7760 or


ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 3-5 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Colorful Flowers. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or

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PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 30 in Martin Luther King Plaza on Palafox Street between Wright and Chase streets. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques are available.

MUSIC: DEW’N UR FRIENDS 9 p.m. Seville’s own Dew Pendleton will jam with fellow employees, friends and others. Lili Marlene’s in Seville Quarter. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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WEDNESDAY 09.01 LUNCH & LEARN AT DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS 12 p.m. $15. Join DK for a cooking class during your lunch hour. Enjoy unique menus while learning cooking tips from their guest chef. For those who are not on a tight lunch schedule, enjoy a bottle of wine of choice from the wine shop with no upcharge. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 Palafox Place. $15. 438-4688 or PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS AUDITIONS 4-6:30 p.m. This audition is for girls only, grades 4-8. 48 E. Chase St. 434-7760 or ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 7-9 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Abstract Tulips. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or 2010 SERIES: DON’T LOOK BACK 5-8 p.m. Diane Brim, abstract painter, and Marilyn Givens, teacher and potter, will be the

guest artists in a show titled, “2010 Series: Don’t Look Back,” at Quayside Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 13. Quayside Gallery, 17 E. Zaragoza St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. 438-2363.


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T-SHIRT NIGHT 7 p.m. Half-price drinks when wearing a Shaker shirt. Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or

MUSIC: HOG VAN DOG 5 p.m. weekly. Ragtyme Grille, 201 S. Jefferson St. 429-9655 or

LADIES NIGHT AT FISH HOUSE 5 p.m. weekly. Guest performance by Rumor Mill. All drinks $2. 600 S. Barracks St. Free. 470-0003 or

WOMEN-ONLY MORNING RUNS AT RUNNING WILD 6 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, weekly. Meet at Running Wild for a steady-pace run for all levels of runners. 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or

WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY AT JACKSON’S 5 p.m. Every Wednesday evening at Jackson’s Steakhouse, every bottle on their award-winning wine list is half off. 400 S. Palafox St. 469-9898 or OPEN MIC NIGHT 7 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or IN MARTINI NIGHT 5-8 p.m. weekly. Join IN Publisher Rick Outzen and get a sneak peak at tomorrow’s issue of the IN. You can pass on any news tips to the publisher himself. Live music. Drink and food specials. The Global Grill, 27 S. Palafox Place. 469-9966. BUSINESS ON THE BALCONY 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy $1 Miller Lite and PBR drafts, $4 Grey Goose drinks, free appetizers and dinner specials while you network. Will Call Sports Grille, 22 S. Palafox Place. 912-8644 or WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY AT ANGUS 5 p.m. to close weekly. Enjoy $4 select martinis, $4 premium craft beers and half-off appetizers. 1101 Scenic Highway. 432-0539 or MUSIC: LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5-9 p.m. weekly. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or MUSIC: LIVE MUSIC 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The DJ will play between sets. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or MUSIC: KARAOKE WITH BECKY 9 p.m. weekly. Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or


RUNNING WILD SIX AT SIX 6 a.m. Various abilities from a 10 minute per mile pace and faster. Course is six miles, through East Hill, Downtown and North Hill. Stick around for coffee after the run. 435-9222 or EVENING RUNS AT RUNNING WILD 5:30 p.m. weekly. Meet at Running Wild for a steady-pace run for all levels of runners. 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or SUNSETS AT PLAZA DE LUNA PARK 5:30 p.m. Each Thursday during the season there will be music and entertainment. Arts and crafts activities and works from local artists will also be offered. Food will also be available. 435-1695 or WINE TASTING AT ARAGON WINE MARKET 5-7 p.m. Weekly. Enjoy a sampling of fine wines. 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 7-9 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home after. 16 years and older. Theme: Three Pairs. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or CARIBBEAN NIGHT AT WILL CALL 10 p.m.-close weekly. $5 entrance fee includes one free drink and all the dancing you can stand. 22 S. Palafox St. 912-8644 or COLLEGE NIGHT COOK-OUT 7-10 p.m. weekly. No cover with college ID. Cookout, drink specials and live music. End O’ the Alley Bar inside

MUSIC: FIRST CITY BLUES BAND 9:30 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or

FRIDAY 09.03 ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 7-10 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home after. 16 years and older. Theme: Hot Stuff. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $45. 471-1450 or PHAT GIRLZ 9:30 a.m. Meet at Running Wild. This is a women’s only, all abilities running group. All abilities three to six miles through East Pensacola Heights. 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15-7:30 p.m. weekly. Sample wines and enjoy live entertainment. Free. 2050 N. 12th Ave. WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5-7 p.m. weekly. All wines available at special pricing. Free. Gift Shoppe at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MUSIC: SHAWN CURLE BLUES BAND 9:30 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or MUSIC: CAVO 6:30 p.m. Cavo will perform with special guests American Bang, Atom Smash and Shaman’s Harvest. $15. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MUSIC: JAMAICAN FESTIVAL 4 p.m. Live music, food and family fun at Bamboo Willie’s, 400 Quietwater Beach Road. 916-9888 or BEER AND WINE TASTING AT DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS 4:30-7 p.m. weekly. Free. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox Place. 438-4688 or

Leadership Pensacola: Producing Commit ted Leaders Curriculum Committee Session Calendar Chair: Mark Harden Co-Chair: KC Etheredge Project Facilitator: Shawna Chandler 9/9/2010

Community Overview

The class will gain a greater understanding of the region’s history, how people have invested and disinvested in the region, and how those trends impact current reinvestment. The class will explore how we live, work & play in Northwest Florida and see firsthand the elements of community development.

LEADERSHIP PENSACOLA: By Nicole Webb YOUTH LEADERSHIP PENSACOLA The Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) is a 10 month program CLASS OF 2011 By Kurt Larson, LeaP Alumni sponsored by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. It exposes local business leaders to numerous aspects of Escambia Community. From in-depth looks at the economy to fun filled days looking at the local art scene, LeaP helps our community leaders find out how the community is put together and how they can positively impact the future. The 2011 LeaP class began their curriculum year with an opening retreat at the University of West Florida.  The day emphasized group cohesion along with an exploration of personalities and leadership style.  Shaun Boren, Assistant Director of the UWF Outdoor Adventure programs led the 52 class members through several elements on the UWF Challenge Course. The class battled the heat, bugs, and a short rain shower to find solutions to course problems.  Ralph Emerson (Emerson & Associates) interpreted the Birkman Personality Assessment with the group.  The assessment allows class members to analyze their leadership styles and they are reminded of their Birkman results through connecting the assessment to class projects and activities throughout the year. The day ended with Craig Daeo from the Studer Group with the first of his 10 part series on leadership. As the LeaP class continues learning about the community and their own leadership styles they will also begin the journey of developing their class project. The Class will brain storm about different issues facing the community. These ideas will be narrowed down to one main focus resulting in their class project.  Each member of the class will be assigned to a project committee based on their interest and skills. The committees will work together to create a budget, marketing and business plan with the intent to create a project that will make a difference in the community.


Do you know an outstanding Escambia County high school sophomore or junior? Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) Alumni are currently recruiting members for the Youth Leadership Pensacola Class of 2011. What began in the late 1980s as a project of LeaP Alumni, has grown into a well-recognized program focused on identifying and preparing the future leaders of Pensacola, with an emphasis placed on strengthening the ties of our youth to the community. One of LeaP Alumni’s missions is to build and support a legacy of Leadership and Youth LeaP recognizes the important contribution young adults make in creating a strong, progressive community. “Youth LeaP changed my outlook on leadership and on Pensacola. I have been able to use the skills I learned to become more involved in my community and LeaP helped me appreciate Pensacola so much more, and I definitely want to come back after college,” said Lexi Papadelias, a member of the Youth LeaP class of 2009. Youth LeaP allows teens to interact and problem solve with other local teens and community leaders. Through interaction and problem solving with peer and community leaders, students learn about current issues, community resources, and how they can influence the future of the Pensacola Bay Area. The application deadline has been extended until September 3. Applications can be downloaded online at

Chair: Matt Dimitroff, Robin Kelly, Scott Grissett, Jonathan Taylor 10/8-10/9/10 Weekend Retreat Members of the class will explore various obstacles and solutions to interpersonal communication. Chair: Melanie Haveard, Mary Hoxeng, Caroline Hartnett, Mark Egner 11/18/2010 Tangible Support

The day will include exploring and identifying the components that make up the tangible support structure and how they impact our daily life.

Chair: Brent Lane, Don Hanto, Sena Madison, June Linke 12/9/2010

Intangible Support

The class will explore and identify the components, specifically healthcare and education, that make up the support structure and how the aspects of the support structure interconnect within a community.

Chair: Sean Quigley, Greg Clay, Cat Outzen 1/13/2011

Present Economics

The LeaP Class will develop an understanding of our present economic base and explore the fundamentals of our region’s economy and how fiscal policy (and the leaders that shape it) influence our lives.

Chair: Debi Panyko, Ashley Spikes, Jerry Feagles 2/10/2011

Future Economics

Members of the class will explore different economic development strategies and future trends/directions. They will learn how our community is affected by ongoing local, state, or nation-wide economic development efforts.

Chair: Cheryl Kirby, Patrick Rooney, Paula Roe Turner, David Sansing 3/10/2011

Quality of Life

The class will examine and explore the positive and negative aspects of our community’s quality of life. They will discuss the meaning of quality of life for the various socio-economic groups in Northwest Florida while exploring the importance of cultural organizations and activities in the life of the community.

Chair: Leslie Keck, Jackie Barclay, Angela Neumann, Jerold Hall 3/30-31/11

Tallahassee Trip

The Tallahassee Trip will focus how the legislative process impacts how we live, work and play in Northwest Florida and how the lobbying process differs in session and out of session. The class will have the opportunity to speak with their legislators and staffs regarding the issues that are of importance to them.


Leadership & Ethics

During Leadership and Ethics day, the class will discuss the interrelationships among leaders in the community. They will identify the risks, rewards and challenges of leadership and the bond between leadership and ethics.

Chair: Marina Holley, Ted Gorder, Jeff Nall 5/13/2011

Closing Retreat

The class will reflect on the LeaP Curriculum year and explore lessons learned during the past 9 months. They will explore new individual and team challenges at the high ropes course at Adventures Unlimited and are to encouraged to apply the LeaP experience to a future course of action.

Chair: Melissa Chapman, Sparkie Folkers, Brett Berg

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he Wonder Years are a pop punk outfit from the always sunny city of Philadelphia. When it comes to being a hardworking band, not many others put as much into what they do as these young men do. With a string of EPs, split seven inches and a new full length album to share with us, the only logical step would be to tour as much as possible—which is exactly what The Wonder Years are doing. Having just wrapped up one successful tour, TWY are hitting the road with New Found Glory, which will bring them to Seville Quarter and into our open arms. Guitarist Casey Cavaliere was good enough to chat with IN about the upcoming tour and their first time in Pensacola. IN: You guys have been touring like mad lately. Are you getting any down time before striking out with New Found Glory? Cavaliere: Yeah. Actually, we’re at home in Philly right now, but we are about to head out and do a few headlining shows before hitting the road with NFG. IN: Have you ever toured or done any shows with NFG before? Cavaliere: We played the Slam Dunk Festival over in the U.K., and New Found Glory were headlining that, but this is the first official time that we will be sharing a stage with them on a smaller scale. We met them briefly during that fest, and they were all really nice and cool, but this is our chance to actually

rad. I can’t wait. What is there to do there? IN: Well, if you’re into history and old America, Pensacola has a lot of cool things to do. You’re already going to be parked at Seville Square, so just walk around downtown and check it out. There are a lot of cool old buildings and historical spots to check out, if you’re into that sort of thing. If you have time, I really suggest visiting the beach. Cavaliere: We are. I, for one, have always been interested in learning a little bit about each new town we go to. History is a pretty cool subject that interests all of us. What about food, though? We are all very into finding good places to eat that you can’t find in every city. make friends with them, which we are looking forward to very much. We’ve always been big fans of NFG, as most pop punk fans are, so it’s an honor to be hitting the road with them and spreading the good vibes. IN: Quick question: is it always sunny in Philadelphia? Cavaliere: It is right now. I love this place! IN: Nice. Will your show on Aug. 31 be your first time through Pensacola? Cavaliere: It will. We’ve played plenty of shows in Florida, but we have never been to Pensacola. Some of our friends that are in bands have played there and said that it was a really cool town and the crowds were really

IN: Like I said, just walk around downtown. There are several good spots to find some grub. I recommend The Global Grill if you dig tapas. Other than that, there are plenty of places to grab a good burger, or you can hit Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom for some bangin’ pizza. Cavaliere: Awesome. We’ll have to check that out. It sounds like we’re going to be pleased with Pensacola. I can’t wait. IN: You guys stay busy. Aside from touring, you are putting out a bunch of splits and stuff. I guess you’re not one of those bands that likes to take it easy when you have free time.

Cavaliere: Definitely not. We are never not busy, or at least that’s how it seems. We wouldn’t have it any other way, though. In the beginning of the band, we could only work on things when we had breaks from school and work. Now that we have a lot more time to dedicate to the band, we are taking it as far as it will go. Even when we are out on tour, we are scoping out places to practice or play shows on the “off” dates. We also try to record as much as possible when we have the time. Ideas are always being tossed around by all of us, so we try to act on those ideas as quickly as possible so that we don’t forget about them. We recorded a few splits, including the cover song split with Fallen From The Sky, which we will have with us when we tour with NFG. I’m really excited to share our music with new crowds and make new fans and friends. IN: It sounds like you have a full plate. Good luck with the tour and everything else. Thanks for the chat. Cavaliere: Thank you. We look forward to a great show in Pensacola, and a great tour. We appreciate your support. See you at the show.


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UPDATES The Yaohnanen tribe on the South Pacific island of Tanna believe their true ancestral god is Britain’s Prince Philip (based on photographs of him with the queen during a 1974 visit to Tanna’s mother nation of Vanuatu) and believe he promised he would return for good on his 89th birthday (June 10, 2010). Although the prince has kept in touch, he failed to show up for the grand celebration, but fortunately, Scottish university student Marc Rayner was on the island, working as a volunteer teacher, and stepped in for the prince, which meant that he and not the duke of Edinburgh got to wear the “formal” ceremonial penis sheath appropriate for such special events. · Iconic female beauty in Mauritania (and in a few other African societies, as News of the Weird has reported) regards “rolling layers of fat” as the height of sexiness, according to a July dispatch by Marie Claire magazine, and professional force-feeders earn the equivalent of about $200 each from parents for bulking up their young daughters in boot camps that sometimes serve animal fat as drinks and apply the cattle-thickening drug Oradexon. “The stomach flab should cascade; the thighs should overlap; and the neck should have thick ripples,” said Aminetou Mint Elhacen, the feeding drill sergeant. Some girls rebel, but others embrace their new bodies. Said one, “When I realized the power I had over men, I started to enjoy being fat.” · “It’s springtime in Japan, and that means (two) things,” wrote GlobalPost. com in March: penis festivals and vagina festivals. Held annually in several locations (for the last 1,500 years, some say), with the best-known taking place at Komaki City’s Tagata shrine in March, they were initially spiritual -- as prayers for procreation and crop fertility. However, they have grown into carnivals for tourists and children of all ages. Most Western visitors hardly believe what they’re seeing: huge, paradefloat-sized phalluses heavy-lifted through the street and giggling children brandishing toy penises and vaginas (to make offerings of them at local temples).

MORE BRITISH WELFARE SPONGERS: In May, the Daily Mail profiled the Houghtons of Crawley, West Sussex (Lee, 42, and Jane and their five youngest children), who live in free government housing and draw monthly benefits of the equivalent of about $1,600, without doing a bit of work -- because Lee has a “personality disorder” and daughter Chelsea, 16, has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and needs a caretaker to help with her baby. The Houghtons admit that they spoil their kids at Christmas with lavish gifts, and the reporter noted the presence of four TVs, two Xboxes, three DVD players, mobile phones for everyone, and a computer and laptop. Lee is unpopular with his neighbors, who call the police on him frequently because of his drinking. Said Lee, “If people want to work, good for them. I would if I could....”

ANOTHER PAMPERED PET: Gail Posner (the widow of legendary hostile-takeover executive Victor Posner) died in March in south Florida but left a will that endowed her beloved Chihuahua Conchita (and two other, less-loved dogs) a $3 million trust fund plus the run of her $8.3 million mansion for their remaining dog years. (After all, Conchita has a style to maintain, including a four-season wardrobe, diamond jewelry and full-time staff.) Mrs. Posner’s only living child, Bret Carr, who admits he had issues with his mother, is challenging her $26 million-plus will (that left him $1 million), mostly because, he said, Mrs. Posner’s staff and bodyguards suspiciously wound up with the bulk of the riches on the pretense that they would be caring for Conchita.


MORE BAD MULTITASKERS: Driver Bryan Parslow, 19, injured himself and three passengers when he crashed into a tree near Wheatland, N.Y., in May. He was playing “hold your breath” with the others and passed out. And in July, Lora Hunt, 49, was sentenced to 18 months in jail in the crash that killed a woman on a motorcycle in Lake County, Ill., in 2009. Hunt was so preoccupied painting her nails (polish was splashed all over the car’s interior) that she never even moved to apply the brakes before the collision. On the other hand, Amanda McBride, 29, is such an excellent multitasker that she was able to drive herself to the hospital in Bemidji, Minn., in May while giving birth. (Her husband was in the front seat but, seizure-prone, he does not drive.) The child emerged just as Amanda pulled into the hospital parking lot. “(H)e just slid out,” she said. “It really wasn’t bad at all.” · One of the more famous cultural landmarks in Britain’s South Tyneside is an 1890 toilet, “Westoe Netty,” commemorated in a 1972 painting and which remained on display at the Beamish Museum. In March, it was relocated within the building because, as News of the Weird has reported about other museum-display toilets, a visitor could not resist using it. The toilet will be moved to a nonpublic part of the building and be hooked up to public plumbing.

ently once thought it cool to have his name tattooed on his neck. However, when he was pulled over in a routine traffic stop in April in Butte, Mont., and feared a warrant might be out on him, he gave the officer a bogus name. When he could not explain what “Royce Spottedbird Jr.” was doing on his neck, he was detained for obstruction of justice and eventually pleaded guilty. (And he was wrong about the warrant.) Send your Weird News to Chuck Shepherd, P.O. Box 18737, Tampa, Fla., 33679 or, or go to FROM UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE CHUCK SHEPHERD’S NEWS OF THE WEIRD by Chuck Shepherd COPYRIGHT 2010 CHUCK SHEPHERD



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CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Panhandle Charitable Open will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Marcus Pointe Golf Club. The two-man, best-ball tournament has raised thousands of dollars for local charities thanks to the generous support of businesses and individuals like you. The success in recent years of the PCO enabled the board to donate over $140,000 to charities such as Child Guardians, Inc., Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Council on Aging of West Florida, ARC Gateway, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Independence for the Blind, American Cancer Society and Covenant Hospice. The primary charities this year will be Child Guardians, Inc., Council on Aging of West Florida, and Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Increasing the number of charities that participate highlights a goal of the PCO to continue to expand the impact and reach of their golf tournament. For more information, contact Doug Gooch at 293-7574 or visit UNITED WAY’S EMERGING LEADERS SOCIETY TO HOST ANNUAL PARTY United Way of Escambia County donors ages 18-40 invite their peers to attend the Emerging Leaders Society Annual Party on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The party is a chance for young philanthropists to meet, network and learn about United Way. The free event is sponsored by Blazzues Blues and Jazz Club, 200 S. Palafox St. All residents ages 18-40 are invited to attend. For more details or to RSVP, call Brandy Gottlieb at 4447147 or e-mail RSVPs appreciated by Aug. 23. BRACE ANNOUNCES YOUTH EMERGENCY EXPO On Sept. 25, BRACE (Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies) will host its first Youth Emergency Preparedness Expo— YEP!—at Bayview Park in Pensacola. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. “BRACE knows that kids can save lives too, so this event will focus on educating kids from kindergarten through 12th grade in their roles before, during and after an emergency,” says Greg Strader, executive director of BRACE. “September is National Preparedness Month, so this will be a perfect opportunity to get kids and parents to prepare for emergencies

together in an enjoyable and entertaining way.” Join BRACE for a day of fun activities where the whole family can learn and try new skills. Activities include a fullscale water rescue exercise by the Coast Guard; interactive games from police, fire and HAZMAT trainers; water safety demonstrations; rescue training skills appropriate for all ages; a student talent competition; pet activities and more. A special preschool section will teach parents and caregivers how to prepare for an emergency with infants and young children. Adults will also learn mitigation techniques as well as tips on preparing for an emergency when you have pets. A special area for domestic pets will also be available at this pet-friendly event. BRACE will be working with area schools and teachers in August and September to publicize the event and prepare students for the activities and contests. September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsorships and on-site vendor opportunities are now available. For more information on YEP!, contact Stephanie Plancich at 4447038 or e-mail To learn more about BRACE and its program of work in Northwest Florida, visit TASTE OF THE BEACH Island chefs are preparing to showcase signature dishes at the third annual Taste of the Beach, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19 at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach. The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to come to the Island to sample island fare, sip a glass of wine and listen to the tunes. The menu includes a Corvette show, free entertainment, People’s Choice awards ceremony, kids’ games and contests. For more information, call the Pensacola Beach Chamber at 932-1500 or log on to   PENSACOLA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS Applications for arts and crafts vendors are still being accepted for the 33rd annual Pensacola Seafood Festival. The festival, held in historic Seville Square, attracts over 100,000 attendees every year and over 180 artists and craftsmen from around the nation participate. Quality conscious, creative artisans and craftsmen who are local to the area are encouraged to apply. Mediums include pottery, painting, jewelry, mixed media and much more. Applications may be obtained online at and must be submitted along with payment to the Fiesta of Five Flags office located at 2121 W. Intendencia St., Pensacola, FL 32502.  The Pensacola Seafood Festival has been consecutively recognized as one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast


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positioned equipment and materials near areas that could be hit by hurricanes. In addition, the Red Cross frequently moves supplies and people closer to an area threatened by a hurricane so they can be ready to respond quickly. These preparations cost money. For example, as Hurricane Alex gathered strength in late June and threatened the Gulf Coast, the Red Cross deployed 133 people, 17 emergency response vehicles and kitchen equipment to south Texas and put other vehicles and crews on stand-by. And these disaster preparations are on top of the other floods, tornadoes and fires that the Red Cross is already responding to on a nearly daily basis. The Red Cross spends about $450 million a year responding to nearly 70,000 disasters across the country: floods, wildfires, tornadoes and home fires. No other non-governmental organization can respond to disasters on the size and scale of the Red Cross—but the Red Cross depends on donations from the American public to be ready. And we work hard to be excellent stewards of those donor dollars. That’s why the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida and other Red Cross chapters across the country are asking for help to fund our disaster relief, and we hope that people will respond. They can click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world. People who want to make a contribution can visit, call 1-800-RedCross to support American Red Cross Disaster Response, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. We can also take donations at our local chapter by calling 1-800-773-7620, or you can visit the local website at PENSACOLA FIVE FLAGS ROTARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pensacola Five Flags Rotary Club recently installed its 2010-2011 Board of Directors at the Club’s annual Change of Command Ceremony. Newly installed officers are Malcolm Ballinger, president; Mike Denkler, president-elect; Kathy Anthony, secretary/president-elect-elect; Drew Adams, treasurer; Charles Brewer, sergeant-at-arms, and John Hutchinson, immediate past-president. New board members are Hank Carlstrom, Billy Harrell, Mary Hoxeng and Jeff Rogers. Returning to complete their two-year terms are board members Marina Holley, Jeff Nall, Alan Nickelsen and Aden Sowell. Three Pensacola Five Flags Rotarians were also honored as Paul Harris Fellows for their commitment and service to Rotary International, the Club and the community. The new Paul Harris Fellows are Drew Adams, Mike Denkler and Kathy Anthony.

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by the Southeast Tourism Society. The festival will feature mouthwatering seafood, great entertainment for everyone in the family, exciting activities for children with the Babin House of Party, the Splash Dogs dock jumping competition, and the Energy Services of Pensacola Fiesta Seafood Grille. For additional information about the Pensacola Seafood Festival, contact the Fiesta of Five Flags office at 433-6512 or log on to AMERICAN RED CROSS DONATIONS Many people know the Red Cross for its disaster relief work or blood donations, but helping people be prepared for emergencies is another important part of our work. The Red Cross is practicing what it preaches on preparedness, as we are working to be better prepared to respond to disasters of all sizes—down the street here in Northwest Florida, across the country and around the world. With a severe hurricane season predicted, the Red Cross is making a fundraising push now, asking for contributions that support our readiness for the 70,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to every year, whether they are hurricanes that affect millions of people here or abroad, floods that affect thousands, or a house fire that drives one family from its home. Jerry Kindle, CEO of American Red Cross of Northwest Florida states that “Here in Northwest Florida, the Red Cross has responded to over 200 home fires and floods and two tropical storms in the last year, and opened cold weather shelters on two occasions.” While the news media has focused its attention over the past several months on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and on the earthquake in Haiti, it’s important to know that the American Red Cross has responded to 29 significant disasters in the U.S. so far in 2010. These have included floods in Tennessee, North Dakota, the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, tornadoes in the South and Midwest, and major fires in communities across the country. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts between four to six major hurricanes this year. Major hurricanes are those Category 3, 4, and 5 storms that do the most damage—such as hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Rita and Wilma—with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. More than 35 million people live in regions vulnerable to Atlantic hurricanes, and many in the Gulf Coast region are already experiencing hardship as a result of the oil spill. While media and public attention comes when a hurricane makes landfall, what’s often missed are the preparations made by the Red Cross to be ready to respond well before the hurricane hits. For example, the Red Cross already has pre-

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ACROSS   1 Either horn of a crescent moon   5 Certain ­religious Jamaican, briefly 10 Slightly open 14 Climactic lead-in 15 Called strikes and balls 16 Artificial bait 17 Entranced 19 Evangelical’s cry 20 Modicum of color 21 What you might wind up with 22 Domestic squabble 23 Saws wood 25 Outback offerings 27 Goddess of the rainbow 29 Cotton sheets 32 Minuteman III or Peacekeeper 35 Slender, longlegged African wildcat 39 Vessel for a nonsingles cruise? 40 Deep-pile Scandinavian rug 41 Foolishness 42 2004 Jamie Foxx biopic 43 Supply with a staff 4 4 Alpaca cousins 45 Affliction of the eye 46 It’s just over a foot 48 “___ we forget ...” 50 Looked at 54 “20 Questions” category 58 Head in a stein 60 Alimony check payees 62 Play ___ in (be involved with) 63 Decorative needle case


GRAPHIC DESIGNER, APPLEYARD AGENCY What is your chief characteristic? Ability to be realistic What do you appreciate most about your friends? Their longevity and ability to put up with my antics—I have been lucky to have most of my close friends for a long time. Who is your favorite hero in fiction? Travis McGee Who is your favorite heroine in fiction? Wow, no one comes to mind. I don’t read much fiction. What is the best thing you have ever won? $400 from a slot machine in Jackpot, Nev. (on one roll of quarters) What did your mother always tell you? “The grass is always greener...,” which has taught me to live contently with what I have


64 Chinese appetizer 66 Feature of the Earth 67 Emulate Eden’s serpent 68 Morales in “La Bamba” 69 Biblical book 70 Reduce drastically 71 Actress Sofer DOWN   1 Acting ensembles   2 Remove, as a boutonniere   3 Dictator’s underling?   4 Mayflower passenger   5 Do some massaging   6 Bow-wielding boy   7 Gushes forth (Var.)   8 CIA director under Clinton and Bush   9 Muddle 10 “Northern Exposure” setting 11 Auto boost? 12 51, famously 13 Tony-winning musical of 1996 18 Contemptuous expression 24 Fiber used in

What is the worst idea you’ve ever had? Spending Hurricane Alicia (1983, Galveston, Texas) aboard the shrimp boat I worked on—I lived to tell about an amazing experience.

rug-making 26 With aplomb 28 ___ record (break What is your favorite food? an old mark) Pizza—my own version cooked on the grill 30 Airline passenger’s table Which talent would you most like to have? 31 Inner Hebrides The ability to transport to another location instantly (and island 32 “___ la Douce” back)—I hate traveling these days, but love new places. 33 Blue hue What movie do you love to watch repeatedly? 34 Place for valuables “Lawrence of Arabia” 36 Caribbean quaff 37 Ampule What was your most embarrassing moment? 38 “Adrift: Seventy-Six Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, tandem, and Days Lost ___” 41 Decamp when the instructor pulled the ripcord, my bra broke. 45 Bar accessory My husband told me he could hear me laughing before 47 Boundaries he could see me in the sky. When we hit the ground, my 49 Fishing line instructor and I rolled into a hilarious heap. problem 51 Adam, Jerry and What historical figure do you despise the most? Mae Neville Chamberlain: his inability or unwillingness to see 52 Banish Hitler for what he was at the time led to an unrestrained 53 Beef casing 55 Antlered animal rise of the Third Reich. 56 Haggard hero What TV show is your guilty pleasure? Quatermain “Deadliest Catch”—hands down the best show on 57 George Sand novel 58 Crumbly Greek television. R.I.P., Capt. Phil. cheese What is the last book you read? 59 Pertaining to hearing “No Shortcuts to the Top,” by Ed Viesturs 61 Has a taste of, as What is your theme song? wine “She Said,” by Collective Soul 65 Indefinite degree INDEPENDENT NEWS | AUGUST 26, 2010 | WWW.INWEEKLY.NET | 31


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