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LeaP class’s community service project is Operation HOPE (Honoring Our Protectors’ Efforts). The class will remodel the USO facilities at the Pensacola International Airport and the Naval Air Station. Having raised over $80,000 to create a good first impression on our troops and recognize their sacrifices, the Leadership Pensacola Class of 2012’s project is truly a winner.

residents have been recognized for their humanitarian service at West Florida Hospital. This honor places Clark, Fulton and Dr. Juba in competition for the nationwide Frist Humanitarian Awards, the highest honor an employee, volunteer and physician can earn within HCA, West Florida Hospital’s parent company. The awards are given in recognition of the humanitarian achievements of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of the company.

JOYCE WEBB NOBLES The Florida House of Representatives passed HB 7039 during the last week of the 2012 session, which will rename the Cervantes Street Bridge in Pensacola after Joyce Webb Nobles. A lifelong resident of Pensacola, Nobles served her community during and, after World War II, as a nurse and then as president of Horizon Bank until her retirement. She has actively been involved in many charitable organizations.

disparities and challenging the Escambia County Public School District apparently doesn’t sit well with some people. It can lead to discussions that may be uncomfortable for those happy with the status quo. In the wee hours of Friday, March 9, someone took a hammer to the office window of IN publisher Rick Outzen. Nothing was stolen, no one was hurt and nothing will change this paper's editorial coverage.

Okaloosa County may be losing his protected district and be forced to either run against the popular and well-funded Don Gaetz or move to Santa Rosa County to run in the newly created District 1. Florida Supreme Court didn’t like how the Florida Senate had divided Northwest Florida into two parallel districts that bisected four counties. We guess that Evers will do whatever the NRA tells him to do.

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the former Alaska governor’s portrayal in the HBO movie “Game Change?” The movie is based on a book, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” by journalists embeded in the two campaigns. The book was published two years ago. Nobody was upset then, proving Palin and her fans still aren’t much interested in reading.

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AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS They rolled her wheelchair into my office. Her left arm and leg were lost in a train accident 26 years ago. Her eyes were piercing, her smile warm. She lives by the motto—“Whatever you experience is an example to others.” Şafak Pavey is the first disabled woman elected to the Turkish Parliament. After 15 years working for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, Pavey returned in June 2011 to take a seat with the opposition Republican People’s Party. On March 8, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Pavey and nine other women leaders from around the globe, by proclaiming them International Women of Courage. “Şafak Pavey has tireless passion and she has brought that energy to work on behalf of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” said Secretary Clinton at the awards ceremony. “She has transformed her disability into a strength. Wherever she travels, she is bringing attention to the issues that affect persons with disabilities, vulnerable populations, women, children, and minorities.” This small woman is a hero, and thanks to the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council, she was in Pensacola and the IN offices. With a smile, Pavey explained how in her society her disabilities aren’t accepted, particu-

larly not in the public eye. She returned to Turkey to hold office because she sees this as a critical time. “Friends and journalists are being detained without charges,” Pavey said. “Any democracy must have a strong opposition. I was hoping that with my 15 years of world traveling, working for human rights that I could contribute.” Secretary Clinton said of Pavey, “We really honor you because you are going beyond the expectations that were set for you in your life, and by doing so you are breaking down barriers not only for your fellow Turkish citizens but for women and men everywhere.” Pavey understands that Turkey is recognized as a model for its region, but her expectations are higher. “The best way to move ahead in this global world is to keep the bar high when it comes to human rights,” she said. “We have to change our culture. It does little good to pass a law against domestic violence if the culture of the police is to return the victim to a place where she was brutalized,” Pavey said. “There must be a shift in the mind set.” As Pensacola comes to grips with its racial disparities, Pavey’s message could not come at a better time. We, too, need to set the bar high. {in}

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ORGANIC REVOLUTION Ever’man Grapples with Future and Philosophy By Jeremy Morrison There may be a crisis at the co-op. Just beyond the organic bubble gum and free-range tofu is a schism that questions everything from Ever’man Natural Food’s planned expansion to the company’s core values. Employees have walked out. Board members have quit. An opposition group commandeered a recent co-op meeting for three hours. “This was truly historic,” said Christian Wagley. Wagley is a soft-spoken foodie who perpetually looks as if he’s hiking a lush Oregon forest. Up until last year, he was the produce manager at Ever’man. “I had no other job lined up, but I did not want to work there anymore,” he said. “It increasingly did not reflect my values.” Squinting as the sun hit him through the front window of End of the Line Cafe, Wagley sipped his morning coffee and discussed Pensacola’s natural food store. He’s very passionate about the co-op. “We look at Ever’man as the way the world should be,” Wagley explains. Ever’man Natural Foods sprouted up in the early 1970s. Initially run out of Unity Church in Gulf Breeze, the operation moved to a 12th Avenue location in Pensacola by 1973. In 1991, Ever’man again relocated to the Quonset hut on 9th Avenue. As a cooperative—or co-op, the store is owned by members and run by a board of directors, which the members elect . Anyone can purchase a membership for $12 a year and any member can run for a board seat.

“It’s absolutely a more democratic model,” Wagley said. Recently, a segment of Ever’man’s membership has attempted to exercise its democratic muscle in an effort to steer the store off a course it views as out of line with the co-op’s original mission. The group has taken the name Ever’man United and thrown up a Facebook page. “Finally, people said ‘enough,’” Wagley said. By Wagley’s account, things started heading south at Ever’man when the store relocated to its current Garden Street location in 1999. More prepackaged products hit the shelves and the institution began to lose some of its crunchy granola vibe. More recently, the store has spent around $800,000 purchasing nearby properties in preparation for a planned $2.5 million expansion. It would be a reasonable tact for any commercially minded entity in light of growth in the natural food industry over the past decade— and with the larger, more corporate Fresh Market moving into the new development near the airport. “There’s been this undercurrent that’s been growing for a while,” Wagley said, explaining that he feels the store has begun focusing more on profits and growth and less on its members. Recently, the situation boiled over during the course of an election for new board mem-

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The subject of the general manager comes up a lot in the Ever’man United camp. The group feels that Rolfs, and the last couple of GMs before him, have not embodied the co-op’s values. Before coming to work at Ever’man, Rolfs was a longtime Winn-Dixie employee. Critics charge that he runs the natural food store like a box-store supermarket, not a neighborhood co-op—plus, he reportedly takes his lunches at Whataburger. Wagley contends that Rolf’s corporate background doesn’t jive with the co-op’s mission—and that installing such general managers leads to an eventual transition in the store. Case in point: Wagley’s position heading up the produce department recently went to another 30-year Winn-Dixie employee. “You tend to hire people like yourself,” Wagley said. Calls to Rolfs were not returned. His contract is up for review soon, and the Ever’man United camp has called for his head—sort of. Among a list of requests that the group has presented to the board is that Rolfs be reassigned from GM to store manager, with no hiring or firing capabilities. Ever’man United’s other requests include halting the expansion plans, dropping the Carver Policy Governance model in favor of a more employee-driven model and cutting loose a consulting firm, as well as Landrum Professional, which is currently used as a third-party HR department. Southern-Godwin said in an e-mail statement that the Ever’man Board of Directors had temporarily halted expansion plans and were “reconsidering our options.” “Yes, we had a crowd at the last board meeting,” she said in the statement. “We as a board are working diligently to represent Ever’man as a whole.” She invited members to the board’s next meeting March 26, and said the store is conducting a member survey. Ever’man has 10,500 members. Southern-Godwin also addressed concerns that there had been improprieties during the recent board election. Both Barnes and Gazdyszyn contend that there was an attempt to ensure that United candidates—one of which, Frankie Cruz, eventually won—were not seated. There have also been accusations that some employees stuffed the ballot boxes via last-minute family memberships. “There are a lot of rumors circulating about the election,” she said in the statement. “And we have not been able to substantiate that anything improper occurred.” In Ever’man’s most recent newsletter, the board president addresses concerns over the store’s direction: “Fundamentally, the cooperative model is an economic model, and this fact is quite often forgotten. I am not

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“There’s a lot of different ways to skin this cat,” he said. Councilwoman Megan Pratt cautioned her fellow council members to remain strong during upcoming negotiations with the unions. She noted how hearing “personal stories” often injects emotion into the math. She asked council members to “have the strength to stick with it.” “I fear we’re coming to an impasse on unions,” Pratt said. “This is going to be a hard one, and I’m envisioning a packed hall. It’s going to be a tough one.”

of Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s recent public input sessions, the subject of pensions arose. City officials seemed to tense up. It’s an uncomfortable topic of conversation. “I would say it’s safe to say, not doing anything is not an option,” said City Administrator Bill Reynolds. City Councilwoman Maren DeWeese— seated on the front row with fellow councilman P.C. Wu—put it another way. “This conversation has come to the point where Dr. Wu and I are already banging our heads against the wall,” she said. In short, the city’s commitment to funding its employee’s pensions is taking an increasingly larger chunk out of the general fund, which pays for operational expenses. The commitment is expected to jump from $16 million this year to more than $18 million next year. “Is it increasing exponentially?” asked a member of the audience at the mayor’s public meeting. “Exponentially,” answered John Asmar, the mayor’s chief of staff. Currently, the commitment already is more than the city receives in property taxes. City officials will be attempting to get a handle on the pension issue throughout the spring as they negotiate with the employee unions on new contracts. A couple of days after the mayor’s public meeting, city council heard from David Penzone, who chaired the mayor’s pension advisory committee. He laid out the basic landscape for council and informed them that the city of Pensacola was trumped only by Orlando when it came to its mounting pension commitment. “Unfortunately, Pensacola is in a horse race that we really don’t want to win,” Penzone told the council. Penzone said the city should look at various ways to reduce the pension commitment, starting with restructuring the plans employees were offered from this point forward.

GROVER’S OVER PLAN B Though he maintains that Pensacola Beach needs attention, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson has backed away from the proposed Plan B following a pair of public meetings on the subject. “The people don’t see it yet, so there’s no reason to push something they don’t see,” Robinson said. Recently approved by the Santa Rosa Island Authority, Plan B is the result of a multi-year study aimed at addressing traffic, parking and safety concerns on the beach. The $25 million plan calls for a raised roadway at the beach’s core intersection, as well as a pedestrian concourse connecting the Casino Beach parking lot with the Portofino Boardwalk. “It’s not a bad plan, it just needs to be shelved until the time that there is the public support,” the commissioner said. Robinson said that the general sentiments expressed by people during the public meetings were negative—many centered on the price tag and most probable source of funding, an increased toll on the beach bridge. The Escambia County Commission will take up the proposed Plan B April 17, though its chances now appear slim as Robinson— the plan’s most vocal supporter on the board—has backed off. A number of other commissioners have already expressed their concerns with the beach plan. {in}

supporting that our co-op only focus on the bottom line, but pointing out that we need the door to stay open so that we can achieve bigger and better things in our community and make changes based on member suggestions.”

Wagley said that he considers the halt of expansion plans, at least for now, to be a victory of sorts. “Oh, yes, absolutely,” he said. “At least in terms of ‘let’s stop and think about it.’” {in}

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Josh Neese, Paddy O’Leary’s Saint Patrick / photo by Samantha Crooke t the IN, we don’t ever follow the rules. The pro-environment issues are supposed to be published in April near the Earth Day celebrations. The hell with that! Our Green Matters! issue, for the second year in a row, is in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. After all, we’ve been recycling beer for years.

Our 2012 Annual Green Matters! issue looks at how we can move our community beyond being just green to being a leader in sustainability. IN publisher Rick Outzen inter views branding expert Mona Amodeo, whose doctoral dissertation led to a passion for sustainability, and gets her thoughts on how Pensacola can become a sustainable community.

We also looked at green initiatives that are operating under the radar. Each plays a different role in our movement toward “green” living. Jennie McKeon looked into the Hollice T. Williams Community Garden, the city’s first community garden. Jeremy Morrison visited with Thomas Van Horn and his East Hill Honey Co. that is supplying honey throughout the community.

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Pointing to the board, she said, “This is a question we need to ask ourselves. How do we do things in a way that meets the needs of today and that will serve the needs of the people in this community, treat them with humanity and respect and, at the same time, make good money.” She also pointed out that the most successful sustainability initiatives have come when community leaders have made major commitments on green issues. Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared that his city, San Francisco, would be America’s solar energy leader. Boston has a “Green by 2015” goal to replace taxis with hybrid vehicles. Austin has a chief sustainability officer and wants to be carbon neutral by 2020 and its Austin Energy has become the nation’s top seller of renewable energy. “When you think Cleveland, you don’t think green, but today their vision is to be a green city on a blue lake,” said Amodeo. “The city of Cleveland brought together 300 to 400 members of the community and asked what would it look like when Cleveland is this green city on a blue lake. They have focus groups working on everything from social justice to environmental to economic development.” What will it take for Pensacola to become a leader in sustainability? Amodeo believes that Mayor Ashton Hayward’s initiatives with natural gaspowered vehicles are good steps in the right direction, but more is needed. “We need to think beyond— beyond where we are, beyond where we are comfortable,” she said. “We need to bring in big ideas from everywhere we can get them. And there should be room at the table for everybody, meaning we must move beyond our power politics and listen to others’ ideas and opinions.” She talked about the harmful thinking of power—“I’m right, you’re wrong. I’m in power and you’re not. It’s my way or the highway.” “This thinking is dangerous and hurts us. People fight to get power and then become like those they fought to get there,” said Amodeo. “They say, ‘I have the power and I don’t have to listen to you any more.’”

“How will we leave to our children and grandchildren a better community?” Mona Amodeo

BY RICK OUTZEN he Pensacola area has struggled with being green. Our community is known for its parks, running clubs and beautiful bays, beaches and rivers, but has also garnered notoriety for its EPA clean-up sites and water and air quality. Progress has been made. Last year, the Emerald Coast Utility Authority closed the Main Street treatment facility that was dumping nearly 20 million gallons of sewage into Pensacola Bay each day. Both ECUA and the City of Pensacola now support curbside recycling for residents. Gulf Power has spent millions upgrading its Crist Plant in order to minimize its impact on the air we breathe. Yet, just being more environmentally friendly might not be enough to make this community better for our children, our grandchildren and ourselves. The IN sat down with Mona Amodeo, founder and creator of Branding from the Core®, the Branding from the Core® Network, and president of idgroup in Pensacola and Cleveland, OH. Amodeo has studied the green movement and the shift to being not just more environmentally conscious but how to create organizations and communities that are sustainable. When she completed her doctorate in organizational development, her dissertation, 010 1

“Becoming Sustainable: Identity Dynamics within Transformational Culture Change at Interface,” studied how Interface, one of the world’s largest interior furnishings companies, translated its sustainability mission into a value that permeated its culture and made the successful company even more profitable. Interface was founded in 1973 by Ray Anderson. The industrial engineer from the Georgia Institute of Technology revolutionized the commercial floor covering industry by producing America’s first free-lay carpet tiles. In 1994, Anderson took Interface in a whole new direction. He wanted his company to be the first company that, by its deeds, showed the entire industrial world what sustainability was in all its dimensions. He spearheaded the transformation of Interface from an oil-based manufacturer towards a 100-percent environmentally sustainable solutions provider by the year 2020 and became a pioneer of sustainable development in the processes. Anderson passed away last year. Interface was well on its way to fulfilling its mission statement. The manufacturer had reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent, fossil fuel consumption by 60 percent, waste to landfill by 82 percent

and water use by 82 percent—all this while avoiding over $450 million in costs, increasing sales by 63 percent and more than doubling earnings. Amodeo’s experiences with Anderson and Interface have given her a unique perspective on being green, sustainability and innovation. “Sustainability encompasses not only environmental, but also social justice and economic issues,” said Amodeo. “Our initiatives must be financially viable and feasible. We have to look at all aspects so that we can ensure that the community we leave is better for our children and grandchildren to live in.” Amodeo said that local leaders need to change their thinking about green issues. “I think when you start talking about green, people tend to think it’s those leftleaning hippies (laughing) who never had to work a day in their lives,” she said. “We have to look at the impact we’re having on the environment and see how we can reduce the negative impacts in ways that are economically feasible and viable. That makes sense.” She got up and walked over to the dry erase board in the IN offices and wrote, “How will we leave to our children and grandchildren a better community?”

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“Innovation is only born when your willing to entertain diversity of opinions.” Amodeo She talked about how Interface met with Greenpeace, even though Ray Anderson and his leadership team knew the conversations would be difficult. Did Interface do everything Greenpeace wanted? No, according to Amodeo, but they listened and worthwhile changes were made. “Innovation is only born when your willing to entertain diversity of opinions,”





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Mona Amodeo, founder and creator of Branding from the Core®, the Branding from the Core® Network, and president of idgroup in Pensacola and Cleveland, OH Amodeo said. “You have to be willing to let in things that may seem alien to you.” “For Pensacola to be innovative, we are going to have to entertain ideas that may at times be uncomfortable.” {in}

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ardening can be relaxing, result in healthy eating habits and it can even be a bit of a work-out. Whatever your motive may be, you can create your own green-thumb haven in one of the 10-foot by 4-foot beds in the Hollice T. Williams Community Garden.

“This is the first time the city has done a community garden,” said Kim Carmody, recreation supervisor for Pensacola’s Neighborhood Services Department. “Community centers have had them before, but nothing at this level.” It was Helen Gibson, chief of neighborhoods, who applied for the grant to start planting.


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“This is the first time the city has done a community garden.” Kim Carmody “There was a one-time grant opportunity noticed by the National Park and Recreation Association in 2010,” said Gibson in an email. “We applied and were awarded $5,000, which we used to construct the garden beds. Plants and seeds were purchased and supplied to the youth growers participating in the garden.” The garden is located in the Hollice T. Williams Park at 1601 N. Hayne St. Throughout the summer of 2010, Navy cadets and Eagle Scouts from First Baptist Church— about 35 volunteers—built the garden beds. They were under the wing of Volunteer Coordinator Jeff Pohlman. Manna Food Pantries and Home Depot donated seeds. Usually seasonal vegetables are grown in the garden, but you’re free to try to plant whatever seeds you wish. And whatever you grow is yours to keep. “I’m not much of a gardener,” admits Pohlman. “But you usually see collard greens, okra, watermelons—whatever will grow.” There are garden beds for kids and seniors as well. Last year, children in education camps at Fricker Community Center learned the science of gardening. Seniors are able to get active and grow their own vegetables, which they take back to Bayview Senior Center. There’s also a composting site and rain barrels provided by the American Community Gardening Association. The garden is planning to expand in April and volunteers are a vital part of the garden’s growth. On March 26, gardeners are asked to help place garden beds on site from 10 a.m. to noon. Soiling the beds will begin at 10 a.m. on April 2 and mulching from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 6, wheelbarrows and shovels are welcome. The first official meeting of the Garden Association will be April 26 from 4 to 5 p.m., and a workshop featuring master gardener Beth Boles will be held immediately after. Garden beds can be reserved for an individual or groups for free. The spring season is the busiest, and there’s already a waiting list. Reserve your spot now by contacting Helen Gibson at or by calling 436-5655. {in}

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he breeze drifting across Thomas Van Horn’s front porch is idyllic. It’s soft and easy and gently sways the flowers blooming throughout the front yard. Bees must love it. Settling back in his chair, Van Horn explains the various roles of the dif ferent members of the bee community. He talks about pollination and hives and how dif ferent flowers produce dif ferent tasting honey. The subject interests him quite a bit. “It’s really fascinating,” Van Horn said. A couple of years ago Van Horn started keeping bees. Soon, neighbors began requesting honey from his backyard apiary and before long the East Hill Honey Co. was born.

“We’ve been moving more honey than I’ve ever dreamed of,” Van Horn said. The local honey company is built around a philosophy of serving and nurturing the community. Van Horn said he is committed to “cultivating urban sustainability.” In the spirit of community, the East Hill Honey Co. distributes hives throughout the local area. They are kept in backyards in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze and on the beach. While producing honey, the bees also help pollinate areas near their hive. While Van Horn combined honey from all of his hives last year—making for a golden blend from various hives—he’s planning to keep it separated this year. By doing this, the company can offer “hyperlocal” honey.

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Van Horn said that he is always looking for more people interested in diving into beekeeping and hosting hives on their property. He is currently working on establishing hives in Destin and Seaside, so that people in those areas might have a local option when it comes to honey. East Hill Honey Co. is offered at a number of locations around town. It can be found at Apple Market, Bailey’s Produce, City Grocery, East Hill Market, Ever’man’s

and Joe Patti’s. Only residents living in the bee-friendly climes of East Hill, however, can experience the “hyper-local” benefits of residing close to the honey company’s home base: deliveries via bike are available within the neighborhood. For more information about the East Hill Honey Co., or to get some jars pedaled to your front door, visit {in}

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anhandle Fresh Marketing Association is undergoing major changes in 2012. Instead of consumers having to search for local produce, Panhandle Fresh is working to get the fruits (and vegetables) of local farmers’ labor into grocery stores. Kayla Gude, the marketing coordinator and new member to the Panhandle Fresh team, is working diligently to make the organization’s goals a reality. The goals are to have a distribution center, located in Jay, ready by May to sell a limited amount of five crops—blueberries, watermelon, sweet corn, peppers and squash—and help farmers sell their produce to local retailers. “We’re looking at completely remodeling the whole company,” Gude said. “The only thing we’ve kept is the name.” The old system had customers pay a membership fee and then choose which produce items and how many they wanted online. They could then pick up their items at one of the four pick-up locations. “Sales dropped drastically and there was a lot of produce that wasn’t sold,” Gude said. “ We need to put our produce where people shop and push the buylocal movement.”

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The company wants to offer two options for local consumers: the distribution center, where consumers can shop with no membership charge, as well as offering the local goods at grocery stores. “It’ll spark some economic development and keep the customer’s money here,” Gude said. “We’re pushing the whole ‘know your farmer, know your food’ thing.” Panhandle Fresh wants to help farmers sell their items, no matter how big or small their farm is. Right now, the organization has 15 farmers under its belt. Gude is hoping to reach more. “Next year, we’re hoping to reach out to smaller farmers who wouldn’t be able to reach retailers on their own,” she said. The Panhandle Fresh Marketing Association provides several services to farmers, such as liability insurance policies, vendor identification numbers, distribution assistance, bookkeeping and accounting assistance and food safety training certifications. There will be opportunities in the coming months to help PFMA reach their goals. Contact Gude at for more information. {in}


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offered for the public the last Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours and presentations are available for school, civic and other groups. To make an appointment or RSVP for a tour, call 850937-2160. Recycling Camps - Summer and Christmas Recycling One Day Camps are free. Check our website for dates and times. Drop-Off Recycling Program - Escambia County has 21 Recycling Drop-Off Sites throughout the area including Century and Pensacola Beach. For more information on these sites, visit our web site. Regional Roundup - The County hosts 5 to 6 Regional Roundup events each year at no charge for Escambia County residents only. HHW, electronics and up to 4 tires per vehicle are accepted at these events. Free Reblended Paint Program - Latex paint is taken, screened, reblended, rescreened and recanned into 5 gallon buckets. The paint is sold for the cost of a new empty 5 gallon bucket with lid. Colors include creamy white, blue, green and other colors, depending on what is in stock. Shoe Reuse and Recycling Program - Solid Waste Management partners with Soles4Souls and is currently collecting shoes at the following locations: • Perdido Landfill, 13009 Beulah Road • Parks and Recreation, 1651 E. Nine Mile Road • Extension Services, 3740 Stefani Road • United Way, 1301 Government Street

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Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day. And just about everybody is drunk. This year the green party is sure to be extra rowdy since it's on a Saturday—thanks Leap Year! But don't let the crowds or crazies in leprechaun outfits scare you off from the fun. Here are our top five reasons to Irish-up and brave the madness this Saturday:

2. Mass at a Pub

You can't do that every day, but you sure can on St. Pat’s at Paddy O'Leary’s.

1. Green Beer

Cliche? Yes, but also fun to drink and just about every bar in town has it.

4. "Who all seen da leprechaun say yeah!"

No St. Patrick's Day on the Gulf Coast could ever be complete without watching the infamous Mobile Leprechaun video at least once on YouTube.

5. Saturday

You can't use any of your "But, I have to work tomorrow" excuses this year. So just go green already!

3. Guinness Floats

Because the only thing better than ice cream is beer. Or vice versa. Treat yourself to one at The Magnolia.

Turn the page for the complete lowdown on all things St. Patrick's Day

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From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., enjoy morning beverages and catered lunch at noon. Cost is $25 per person. Call Ginger Pasek at 332-8803 for more information. Our Lady of the Assumption Mission 920 Via de Luna 934-0222


Celebrate St. Paddy's Day on the beach with an Off-to-See-the-Leprechaun margarita or a can of Guinness, both on special Thursday. Fish and chips special for $7.17 all day too. Live entertainment begins at 8 p.m. LandShark Landing inside the Margaritaville Beach Hotel 165 Fort Pickens Road 916-9755


Wear green for drink specials. 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Unit 14 916-9888


Paddy O'Leary's co-owner Seamas Hunt Saint Patrick’s Day is when all of those eating and drinking restrictions Catholics placed on themselves are reconsidered— for one day at least. The holiday commemorates Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. It is an official feast day. The required activities include attending church, wearing green and generally having a good time. There are exciting Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations taking place all over the area this year. We set out with our shillelaghs to explore some of the details. The most elaborate event schedules is ‘Go Irish on The Island,’ which kicked off Monday, March 12 on Pensacola Beach. The week includes drink and food specials, music, poker and card games, karaoke, wear-green specials, a bikini contest and a pub-crawl. A big part of the beach festivities is the annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebration scheduled at Paddy O’Leary’s. “We are definitely getting ready for it,” said Paddy’s co-owner Seamas Hunt. “It takes us a few months to plan the event, schedule the bands, install the fencing and work out the details with the Island Authority. I do not do it alone though, my business partner Gary Humphrey and the Paddy’s team does a lot of the work. ”

The kick off on Friday night begins with the band, Not Quite Fab, complete with a green beer toast at midnight. The real party starts with a Catholic mass on Saturday morning. “It is a holy day as well as a national holiday—it all starts with going to church,” Hunt said. “We have Monsignor Hunt officiating, along with Father Paul Lambert. It should last about a half an hour. After mass, everyone can start celebrating with green beer. Many people who attend our mass do not go throughout the year, they feel more comfortable here.” Before churches were built on the island, services were held in bars. On the subject of Saint Patrick, Paddy O’Leary’s has their very own homegrown patron saint doppelganger. Turns out the past Saint Patrick, John Glas from New Orleans, wanted to retire (now he is retired Bishop Glas) and Paddy’s held a contest to find the next Saint Patrick, the winner was Josh Neese. “He beat out the others,” said Hunt. Of course, there were qualifications Neese had to have in order to beat the competition. “The entrants had to dress up in a costume as close to the original as possible, work the crowd and have a realistic accent,”

“After mass, everyone can start celebrating with green beer."

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Seamas Hunt Hunt said. “Our retired Saint Patrick picked his predecessor.” The food prepared during feast day consists of corned beef and cabbage, along with fish and chips. The employees of Paddy’s are the chefs, who work hard to create the Americanized version of the classic Irish dishes. Green beer plays a big part in the festivities. “It is a messy process that Goldring Gulf Distributing Company is nice enough to perform,” Hunt said. “It is green dye injected into kegs by a hand pump. They make them as we need them.” Paddy O’Leary’s as well as other bars in Pensacola and on the beach are eager to make full use of the holiday. “We reenact Finnegan’s Wake, complete with a real casket and a eulogy, it goes over really well,” Hunt said. “Then the pub crawl starts.” From the beach to town there are so many Saint Patrick’s Day events to choose from, get out there and grab some luck.

Happy Hour prices and $5 crab traps for anyone wearing a 2012 Go Irish T-Shirt. Double shot martinis are $2.50. There will also be live music by Ronnie Levine from 5 to 9 p.m. 6 Casino Beach Blvd. 937-0700


Enjoy $5.99 pitchers of Miller Lite and $5 margaritas. 400 Quietwater Beach Road 934-9464


Check out the reunion of the White Sands Panhandle Band at 7 p.m. 49 Via De Luna 916-9808

PARTY AT PARADISE BAR & GRILL Chillakaya will play reggae beats. 21 Via De Luna 850-916-5087


Karaoke with Becky, 7:30 to 11:30.p.m. 12 Via De Luna 934-3141


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From 7 p.m. until close, wear your Sandshaker t-shirt for half-priced drinks. Live music provided by Tim Spencer. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211


Live music provided by Mo Jiles, starting at 9 p.m. 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Unit 14 916-9888


Happy Hour prices and $5 crab traps for anyone wearing a 2012 Go Irish T-Shirt and live music by Tim Spencer starting at 5 p.m. 6 Casino Beach Blvd. 937-0700


Live music from Banana Republic from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Sandshaker. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211


This year's pub crawl kicks off at 10 .m. at Sidelines. Here's the complete list of bars: 10 a.m. Sidelines 10:35 a.m. Hampton - Gilligan’s Bar 11:05 a.m. Hilton - Latitudes 11:40 a.m. Holiday Inn - Riptides Tiki 12:15 p.m. Paddy O’Leary’s 12:50 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill 1:25 p.m. Lillo’s Tuscan Grill 2:00 p.m. Crab’s We Got ‘Em 2:35 p.m. The Dock 3:05 p.m. Flounder’s 3:40 p.m. Castaway’s

6 p.m. Josh Neese's 3000th Irish Carbomb Party 9:30 p.m. Live music by Petty Cash Serving corned beef and cabbage and fish and chips all day, plus appearances by St. Patrick. 49 Via De Luna 916-9808


DJ Tony C will spin dance music starting at 2 p.m., followed by live music from It Starts Today, starting at 9 p.m. Enjoy $1.50 16-ounce draft beer and $3 Crown and down. 400 Quietwater Beach Road 934-3978


Enjoy Irish stew and corned beef and cabbage specials and $5.95 Diesel Fuels all day and live music from Fly by Radio. 800 Quietwater Beach Rd. 932-2003

Fly by Radio


12 p.m. Live music by Britt Searcy until 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Live music by Ronnie Levine until 9:30 p.m. 6 Casino Beach Blvd. 937-0700



Enjoy Irish stew and corned beef and cabbage specials and $5.95 Diesel Fuels all day 800 Quietwater Beach Road 932-2003


$5.99 pitchers of Miller Lite and $5 Margaritas 400 Quietwater Beach Road 934-9464


Not Quite Fab on the outside stage and free green beer toast at midnight. 49 Via De Luna 916-9808

PARTY AT PARADISE BAR & GRILL Chillakaya will play reggae beats. 21 Via De Luna 850-916-5087


Karaoke with Becky, 7:30 to 11:30.p.m. 12 Via De Luna 934-3141

4:15 p.m. Hemingway’s 4:50 p.m. Bamboo Willies/Hooters 6:00 p.m. SurfBurger 6:35 p.m. Sabine Sandbar 7:05 p.m. Sandshaker 'Go Irish on the Island' t-shirts will be for sale at all pub crawl participating businesses on the beach, as well as at the visitor’s center. They are $12, with all proceeds going to Covenant Hospice, The crawl ends at the Sandshaker, where the post-crawl party starts around 7 p.m. with music by the Kyle Parker Band. New this year is the Leprechaun Transit, which runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $5. For more information contact the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce at 932-1500 or visit

Also Happening Around the Island: PADDY O'LEARY'S 9:30 a.m. Catholic Mass celebrated by Monsignor Hunt 11 a.m. Live music by Tom Burman and Duel Christian 12 p.m. An Broc Irish Dancers 12 p.m. Live music by Ultra Violet 4 p.m. Patrick Brown's 2000th Irish Carbomb Party 4:30 p.m. Re-enactment of Tim Finnegan's Wake 5 p.m. Live music by Lektric Mullet

2 p.m. Live music by Tyler Mac, John Hart and Fatty Waters until 6 p.m. 6 p.m. Live music by Mike Norris until 10 p.m. 21 Via De Luna 916-5087


3 p.m. Live music by Aveneda 16 5 p.m. All Green Bikini Contest 9 p.m. Live music by Mo Jiles 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Unit 14 916-9888


Live entertainment, contests and activities all day and all night. Live music including Rich McDuff, Dun Aengus and the McGuire's Pipe Band. There will be a pub crawl every two hours, drink specials, party favors, green beer, Irish wakes, a corned beef and cabbage eating contest, a "kiss the moose" contest and a midnight wet T-shirt contest with cash prizes. 600 E. Gregory 433-6789


The red lights go out and green lights turn on. 2213 W. Cervantes St. 434-0300


Bag of Donuts play under the two huge tents. There is epic green Jell-O wrestling after the band. Bag pipers will be play-

ing periodically throughout the night and fish and chips will be available all day and night. Five full service bars outside and two beer tubs including the full service main bar inside. Green beer, Irish car bombs, Guinness, and green Bud Light aluminum bottles will be served throughout the event. The bar opens at 11 a.m. and the party doesn’t stop until 3 a.m. 3728 Creighton Rd. 474-0522


Enjoy $1 Killian's Irish Red, Green Beer (of course), Free Reuben Sandwiches, "Oh My God, It's a Ginger" Contest, special Irish King Koopa's specially priced at $6 for a 32-ounce of our signature cocktail gone green, $2 shot specials, $3 bombs, live music (themed - Irish Drinking Favorites) and a special green jelly-themed event hosted by McLicken. Who is McLicken? Find out at Play on St. Patrick's Day. 16 S. Palafox 466-3080


The party starts at 11:00 a.m. with an Irish themed lunch of Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and Irish sliders. At 5 p.m. the Irish music starts and green beer is for sale all day. Later in the evening, enjoy: an Irish Jig, Sexiest Redhead and the Hottest Leprechaun contest, which have two categories for both genders. All contests will be audience judged. The party will continue all night long with great music, the Rosie O’Grady’s dueling Piano Show and many more lucky, four-leaf clover surprises. Do not forget to wear green. Kissing the Blarney Stone and looking for the pot of gold at the end o’the rainbow (or End O’the Alley). 130 E. Government St. 434-6211


The Fish House will have a special Irishinspired dinner feature at the Fish House beginning at 5 p.m. Chef Jim Shirley has put together a special feature, a Gaelic surf and turf, that blends our local seafood with some of the classic Irish touches. The colcannon grouper features grilled grouper with our creamed curly kale and house-made bacon and potato sauce, which is capped with Gulf shrimp in a stout-dosed black pepper Worcestershire BBQ accompanied by potato and cabbage gratin. St. Patrick's Day coincides with the heart of March Madness this year - all of the television sets over at the Atlas Oyster House will be tuned to the tournament on Saturday, March 17. Throughout the complex all locations will be serving up an Irish Punch, in our commemorative Fish House glasses, for $5. Head to Jackson’s for their full menu with Irish inspired dishes being served at 5:30 p.m. 600 S. Barracks St. 437-1961

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Special St. Patrick’s Day menu items served all week long. 1101 Scenic Hwy. 432-0539


Enjoy festive drink and food specials. Don’t miss their Guinness ice cream float and cake.

2907 E. Cervantes St. 912-6196


Wear all white. Doors open at 8 p.m., the party lasts until 5 a.m., $5 for 21 and up, and $10 for ages 18 to 20. Good vibe tribe DJ’s, DJ David Taylor opens the evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., free keg until it is gone and costume contest. VIP packages available. 7200 Plantation Rd. 607-2633


Free St. Patrick’s Day rock show, featuring Top of the Orange and Lugosi. Doors open at 8 p.m. 2 S. Palafox


Beach famous Crawfish Boil at 1 p.m., with live music by Banana Republic at 3p.m. 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Unit 14 916-9888


Happy-hour prices, $5.00 Crab Traps for anyone wearing a 2012 Go Irish T-Shirt and $6.00 Voodoo Juice. Live music by Pensacola

Steel, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Britt Searcy from 5 to 9 p.m. 6 Casino Beach Blvd. 937-0700

49 Via De Luna 916-9808


Enjoy 2-4-1 well, draft and wine happy hours, Irish whiskey and Carbomb specials. 400 Quietwater Beach Blvd. 934-6117

Music by Wade Baker Jazz Trio from 1 to 3 p.m. and live music by Trampled Under Foot from 4 to 8 p.m. 21 Via De Luna 916-5087




Drink up with Irish whiskey shots, green beer and Carbomb specials all weekend long. 4 Casino Beach Blvd. 934-3625


Head to Sandshaker, for live music by the Michael Jencks Band from 4 to 8 p.m. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211

Don’t miss out on $5.99 pitchers of Miller Lite and $5 margaritas. 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. 934-9464



Traps for anyone wearing a 2012 Go Irish t-shirt as well as $2.50 Sex on the Beach and many Irish drink specials.

Irish breakfast after 9:45 a.m. mass 920 Via De Luna 934-0222


Paddy O'Leary's will have $2.75 Bloody Mary's and 1/2 price on any leftover green beer.

CASTAWAY'S 2-4-1 Well, draft and wine

happy hours, Irish whiskey and Carbomb specials

CRABS Happy hour prices and $5.00 Crab

THE DOCK Irish whiskey shots, green beer & Carbomb specials

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happenings SWING DANCING 8:30 p.m. American Legion, 1401 Intendencia St. $5. 437-5465 or

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‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m.DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or ‘ALL NATURAL’ 10 a.m. TAG at UWF, Bldg 82, 11000 University Parkway. 474-2696 or ‘PAINTINGS BY HIGHWAYMEN’ 10 a.m.through Mar 17. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘CHROMATIC ALTERATIONS AND ALTERED BOOKS’ 10 a.m. through Apr 13. Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox. 432-3080 or FEATURED ARTIST SHOW 10 a.m. through Mar 24. Blue Morning Gallery, 112 S. Palafox. 4299100 or WOMAN’S CLUB GAME AND CARD PART Y 10 a.m. $25 Out Lady of the A ssumption Mission, 920 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 934-0222 or 332-8 803 . ‘WIZARD OF OZ’ 10 a.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. 595-3880 or ‘WELCOME TO MARGARITAVILLE’ MARGARITA TASTING 2 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 916-9755 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or HERB CLASS AT EVER’MAN 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or VEGAN DINNER AT EOTL 6 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or ‘BEYONG OUR BACKYARD: ARCHAEOLOGY AROUND THE WORLD’ 7 p.m. J. Earle Bowden Bldg., 120 E. Church St. 595-0050 or

HOME GROWN NIGHT 5 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or RONNIE LEVIN 5 p.m. Crabs, 6 Casino Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 937-0700 or THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or WHITE SANDS PANHANDLE BAND 7 p.m. Paddy O’ Leary’s, 49 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or RICHARD MADDEN 7 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-4139 or CHILLAKAYA 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or CHARLIE ROBERTS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 or TIM SPENCER 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 9322211 or DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ MR LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or COLLEGE DANCE NIGHT 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or JOHN BARBATO & LUCKY DOGS 9:30 p.m. Bama Dome, Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or JASON STURGEON BAND 10 p.m. Tent Stage, Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or


PENSACOLA QUILTS! 2012 QUILT SHOW 9 a.m. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Hwy. 293-7627 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m.DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or ‘PAINTINGS BY HIGHWAYMEN’ 10 a.m.through Mar 17. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘CHROMATIC ALTERATIONS AND ALTERED BOOKS’ 10 a.m. through Apr 13. Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox. 432-3080 or

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Gallery Night Official Participants 1. Adonna’s Bakery and Café, 114 S. Palafox Pl 2. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox Pl 3. Belle Ame’, 112 S. Palafox Pl 4. Bikes Plus, 194 N. Palafox St 5. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox Pl 6. Digital Now Reprographics, 282 N. Palafox St 7. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 Palafox Pl 8. Dog House Deli, 30 S. Palafox Pl 9. Don Alan’s, 401 S. Palafox Pl 10. Dollarhide’s, 41 S.Palafox Pl 11. Epic Inc., 210 E. Government St 12. First United Methodist Church of Pensacola (First Church) and The Perry Home Coffee House, 2 East Wright St 13. Global Grill, 27 S. Palafox Pl 14. Gulf Coast Community Bank, 40 N. Palafox St 15. Grand Reserve Cigar Shop, 210 S. Palafox Pl 16. Helen Back Café, 22 S. Palafox Pl 17. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 10 S. Palafox Pl 18. Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique, 122 S. Palafox Pl 19. Intermission, 214 S. Palafox Pl 20. Jewelers Trade Shop, 26 S. Palafox Pl 21. Jordan Valley Café, 128 S. Palafox Pl 22. London W1 Hair Salon & Studio, 120 S. Palafox Pl 23. Mezza De Luna, 8 Palafox Pl 24. Nacho Daddies, S. Palafox Pl 25. New York Nick’s, 9 S. Palafox Pl 26. Play, 16 S. Palafox St., Second Floor 27. Polonza Bistro, 286 N. Palafox St 28. Quayside Art Gallery, 17 E. Zaragoza St 29. Ragtyme Grill, 201 S. Jefferson St 30. Rock Hard Designs, 16 N. Palafox St 31. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St 32. Sole Inn and Suites, 200 N. Palafox St 33. The Great Southern Restaurant Group, Jackson's Steakhouse, Fish House, Atlas Oyster House and the Deck Bar. The Courtyard atSeville Tower, 226 S. Palafox Pl 34. The Leisure Club, 126 Palafox Pl 35. The Spotted Dog, 124 S. Palafox Pl 36. The Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox Pl 37. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 Palafox Pl 38. Wine Bar, 16 Palafox Pl 39. Zarzaur Law Firm, 11 E. Romana St 40. Susan Campbell Jewelry, 32 S. Palafox Pl


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by Kate Peterson

Scott, Seth and Bob

Avett Brothers / photo by Crackerfarm Bob Crawford first met the Avett brothers in a parking lot. The brothers—Scott and Seth Avett—had arranged the impromptu audition through a mutual friend. “It was a Sunday night audition,” Crawford recently recalled. “They showed up in a gold Ford Taurus and me in my truck, we all got out with our instruments, played and went our separate ways.” It was a while before the bassist heard back from the brothers. When they did catch up with him, Crawford jumped on board and The Avett Brothers emerged as a trio in 2000. Hailing from North Carolina, the Avett Brothers produce a rich tapestry of sound. The band’s music pulls from various genres—folk, rock’n’roll, bluegrass, country and ragtime. The trio is joined by touring members Joe Kwon, on cello, and Jacob Edwards on drums. The Avett Brothers will bring their show to the Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Ala., March 16. The band will be exploring their six-album catalogue, including their most recent work—“I and Love and You”—produced by auditoryguru Rick Rubin.

“I thought I would be a music theory professor somewhere, not enter the rat race band world.” Bob Crawford “Initially it was very surreal, he has his own folklore, an island unto himself,” Crawford said of the experience working with Rubin. “Then we became more comfortable, we still see him as a legend, he is a smart producer, a thinker, a hearer of music. He is focused period. He pays attention to all the small parts of the work and the whole, all at once. We were fortunate to be in a position to work with him.” In the early days, it was more humble. Everything was do-it-yourself. “We booked gigs, Seth had a CD duplicator (not sure those even exist anymore), and he would make the CDs, cut out the covers with an X-ACTO knife and sell them out of an old suitcase,” Crawford recalled. When he first joined up with the Avetts, Crawford was about ready to trade in the life of a working musician for something more quite and calm. He was tiring of the scene. “I had been in other bands,” he said. “I was ready to settle down at the time. I was

the states. There was a category for a roving artist—which could be anything from a musician to a fire thrower—who would be a showcase act. They won the contest, and headed off for a summer tour. “The stars aligned on that tour,” Crawford said. “Playing all those college shows was great exposure. We met up with Dolphus Ramseur, owner of Ramseur Records out of North Carolina. We only knew so much about the music business. He put in the legwork and helped us get a showcase in Nashville. He planted the seed and helped us grow on a path.” Did Crawford know whether or not he’d stay on that path? “I wasn’t sure,” he said. “It is not easy to travel and share a close confined space. Being that close is an unnatural state.” However, Crawford and the brothers have learned to harmonize, and not just musically. “We played off our strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “To have survived this long gives us a sense of accomplishment, we have grown as a family.” While the Avett Brothers have certainly grown—they no longer have to sell albums from a suitcase—the band maintains a tight operation. “Other bands have an 18-wheeler and a bus. We have one bus with a trailer,” Crawford said. “We run smart. Yes, we have added on some other people but as we grow we will grow smart.” Later this year, the Avett Brothers will release a seventh album—again, the band worked with Rubin on the effort. Crawford said he likes to listen the band’s new recordings in the comfort of his truck. “I usually listen to it twice then put it away,” the bassist explained. “I listen to it on the CD player in my 1998 Toyota Tacoma—oh and my CD player is plugged into my cigarette lighter—then I put on some Thelonious Monk.” {in}

entering grad school in music theory, I thought I would be a music theory professor somewhere, not enter the rat race band world.” The jack-of-all-trades aspect of a small-time outfit was burning Crawford out. But the Avett Brothers was different—this group seemed to meld nicely both on and off the stage, able to juggle the required tasks comfortably among themselves. “When you are a local band one person does everything, books gigs, makes flyers, posts the bills, handles the money and finds practice space,” Crawford said. “Now there were three people making that guy. We were focused on music and making music. We went on a three week tour and it was very successful—we learned to work together.” WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, March 16 It was during this tour that WHERE: Amphitheater at The Wharf, 23101 they decided to apply for an Canal Rd., Orange Beach, Ala. appearance at the National AsCOST: $34 and $44 sociation for Campus Activities, DETAILS: NACA. They had a chance to


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by Ashley Hardaway

It’s Easy Being Green

The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland, but in New York City in 1792. Since then, parades for this holiday have been held the world-over—from South Korea to Brazil. In Chicago, the holiday is celebrated by famously dying the Chicago River green. How did that start? Well, in 1961 pollution controls were a relatively new thing. Stephen Bailey, the manager for Chicago’s Journeymen Plumbers Local Union (the union sponsored the St. Patrick’s Day parade) ran into one of his plumbers in overalls which looked like they were stained “Irish green.” When asked what the heck had dyed his overalls such a color the plumber explained that it was from a new chemical that was being used to track waste leakage from factories in the river. While most of us would have stopped listening at the words “waste leakage,” Stephen Bailey was having a “eureka” moment. That year a tradition was born that continues to this day—the dying of the Chicago River green with a chemical that remains a trade secret to this day.

Other cities have their “thing” as well. In New York City they light up the Empire State Building green. In Buenos Aires, expats gather at the Irish Pubs in the Retiro district and wreak havoc until the early dawn. In Ireland there are festivals and reenactments of the legends of St. Patrick’s and a deep distain for Americans dying their specially-crafted beer. While some wouldbe traditions failed (Dog Fish Brewery created Verdi Verdi Good beer in 2005, a naturally green beer available only in draught form that never caught on) others have thrived. Locally, it’s a poorly kept secret that on St. Patrick’s Eve the Elbow Room’s luminescent red interior is transformed into the color of Ireland and nationally its well-known that the 5k at McGuire’s is the nation’s largest prediction run with over 5,000 (awkwardly dressed) participants. So this year, whether you’re going out or staying in, make sure to start one of your own traditions. Here are some ideas to get you inspired:


If you aren’t really feeling like braving the green masses this St. Patrick’s Day, then turn your home into an Irish haven by cooking up your own Irish feast while jamming to Flogging Molly.

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Corned beef piled high atop rye bread can make even the most jaded of men shed a tear of delight. After all, deep down inside of us all there’s an Irish lad who longs for his mother’s home cooking—or so the world

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would have us believe on St. Patrick’s. If you want to try your hand at Ireland’s most famed dish, by all means do it, as it’s easy as can be—although it takes much planning ahead! If you wait until St. Pat’s Day to start making it, take comfort in knowing you can enjoy a Guinness or 10 while you wait for the fortnight it takes for this thing to brine ... Ingredients: Brine 2 quarts water 1 cup kosher salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons saltpeter 1 cinnamon stick, broken up 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 8 whole cloves 8 whole allspice berries 12 whole juniper berries 2 bay leaves, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 pounds ice Beef 1 (4 to 5 pound) beef brisket, trimmed 1 small onion, quartered 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped Directions: Pour water in a large stockpot along with all the brining spices. Cook on high heat until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from heat and add the two pounds of ice. Stir until ice has melted. Place brisket in a large, 2 gallon zip-top plastic bag. Once the brine has cooled, pour on top of brisket. Close and place in casserole dish (in case it leaks). Cover and refrigerate for 10 days. Check occasionally to make sure meat is still submerged in brine.

On the tenth day (hallelujah!) remove the brisket from brine and rinse well with cool water. Place in a pot just big enough to hold meat, onion, carrot and celery. Cover with 1-inch of water. Over high heat bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 3 hours. Remove from pot and cut across the grain to serve. Serves 6-8 people.


Half scone, half muffin, full-on tasty. These soda bread rolls are a source of national pride. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet you want them) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 teaspoons caraway seeds* 1/2 to 1 cup of raisins* 1 1/4 cups buttermilk** You can omit these two and just make plain biscuits, or you could play around with it and add fresh rosemary, candied ginger, cranberries, or whatever herbs and dried fruit combinations you wish. ** If you don’t have buttermilk on hand (did I just hear the collective gasp of southern bakers everywhere?) you can “make” your own by adding one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to one cup and three tablespoons of milk—stir until the milk curdles a little.

Fun fact: The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue!

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Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare standard muffin tin. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in bowl. When combined, work in cold butter by hand until it resembles a course meal. Add raisins and caraway seeds (or any other add-ins). Form a well into the center of the dough and pour in buttermilk. With a wooden spoon, mix until flour is wet and sticky dough has formed. If too dry, add a little more buttermilk. Too wet, a bit more flour. The dough should be sticky, but workable. Work quickly as the buttermilk acid will already be interacting with the soda and leavening will start happening (the magic of science). Break off 12 pieces of the dough and put in muffin tin compartments. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes or until tops are brown. Serve with butter and jam, or anything else you’d like.


If you overestimated and find your fridge has a seemingly never ending supply of Guinness, fear not! There are whole websites dedicated to baking with it. However, this heavenly chocolate cake is one of the best recipes among them. Ingredients: 1 cup Guinness 1/2 cup butter, cubed 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa 2 eggs, beaten 2/3 cup sour cream 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda Cream Cheese Icing 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one nine-inch spingform pan and line bottom with parchment. In a small saucepan, lightly heat butter and beer until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and mix in the sugar until dissolved. Mix in the cocoa. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Mix into beer mixture. In another bowl, mix the flour and baking soda until combined, then blend into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before icing. To make icing, beat cream cheese with electric blender until soft and fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream and beat until smooth. Ice top of cooled cake. Serves 12.


If you’re the kind who actually has a St Patrick’s Day “costume,” then the list below is just a mere jumping off point.

SEVILLE: Pensacola’s Oldest Irish Bar,

Rosie O’ Grady’s starts the day off with a lunch special of corned beef with cabbage and Irish stew. Throughout the day there will be specials on Jameson, Guinness, Bushmills and Green Beer. Live Irish music “with a twist” on tradition will be playing all day long with Michael “O’” Quinn (at least he is for one day)

on guitar at End O’ The Alley. At the Dueling Piano Show, awards will be doled out for the hottest red head during their “sexy leprechaun” contest. 130 E. Government St.

5 1/2: Known for their creative and throwback cocktail lists, Patrick Bolster of 5 1/2 has crafted another specialty drink for St. Patrick’s Day. Made with Irish whiskey (Feckin’ specifically) the following drink has been coined “The Irish Kiss,” although I still stand by recommendation that it be called “A Feckin’ Kiss”. To make your own, combine 2 part Feckin’, 1/2 part Canton Ginger liqueur, 1/2 part St. Germain elderflower liqueur and 1/2 part fresh lemon juice. Garnish with candied ginger. 5 E. Garden St. GO IRISH ON THE ISLAND: Pensacola Beach is throwing down a week-long celebration of St. Patrick’s from March 12 to 17. Start the big day by repenting at 9 a.m. Catholic Mass at Paddy O’Leary’s before starting the 10 a.m. St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl which starts at Sidelines and then slowly meanders into madness over the course of 16 other bars and restaurants. The crawl ends at 7 p.m. O’RILEY’S IRISH PUB: This year boasts live entertainment, drink specials, Jell-O wrestling and plenty of green beer. Get there when they open at 11 a.m. for a seat and fill up on some fish and chips before the party really begins. 3728 Creighton Rd. 474-0522 THE MAGNOLIA: Stop in this neighborhood bar to fill up on house made special Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage and an homage to potato appetizers. If you’re in need of a sweet fix, than stay true to the spirit of the holiday by indulging on one of their Guinness chocolate cakes or Guinness floats. Other drink specials will flow throughout the night as well. 2907 E. Cervantes St. 912-6196 JACKSON’S: Who says Irish food can’t

be something worthy of a white tablecloth? Once a year, Jackson’s presents a special St. Patrick’s Day menu. On March 17 at 5:30 p.m. chef Irv Miller will feature his Irish-inspired menu, featuring potato soup with smoky cheddar and Guinness beer as well as a grassfed spring lamb with fresh mint marmalade, parsley, new potatoes, grilled asparagus and traditional Irish soda bread. Full dinner menu also available. 400 S. Palafox

FISH HOUSE & ATLAS: At 5 p.m. chef Jim Shirley will feature, a Gaelic inspired surf and turf, blending local seafood with some of the classic Irish touches at The Fish House. The colcannon grouper features grilled grouper with creamed curly kale and housemade bacon and potato sauce, capped with Gulf shrimp in a stout-dosed black pepper


Worcestershire BBQ accompanied by potato and cabbage gratin. Throughout the complex, available at all locations, they will be serving up Irish punch, in a commemorative Fish House glass, for $5. 600 S. Barracks St.

THE ANGUS: Chef George Makris of The

Angus will be featuring a special dish during the week of St. Patrick’s Day: broiled flounder, stuffed with a pesto crab cake served on a bed of fried pasta, with grilled asparagus and a white wine reduction glaze. If that doesn’t make you want to run over there, their newly crafted martini’s will—they even have a special one for St. Patrick’s Day. 1101 Scenic Hwy.

ELBOW ROOM: It’s going to be green inside. Need I say more? 2213 W. Cervantes St. 434-0300 {in}


The Angus: Special St. Patrick’s Day menu item served all week long. 1101 Scenic Hwy.

Fish House & Atlas: Special menu items being served at Fish House starting at 5:00 p.m. Irish punch in a souvenir Fish House glass being served throughout the complex all night long for $5. 600 S. Barracks St. Go Irish on the Island: Pub crawl on March 17, events throughout the week. Jackson’s: Full menu with Irish inspired dishes being served at 5:30 p.m. 400 S. Palafox St.

The Magnolia: Drink and food specials. Don’t miss their Guinness ice cream float and cake. 2907 E. Cervantes St. 912-6196

McGuire’s: Live music. Drink specials. Oh the crowds! Get there early. 600 E. Gregory St.

O’Riley’s Irish Pub: Drink and food specials. Jell-O wrestling and live music. Opens at 11 a.m. on March 17. 3728 Creighton Rd. 474-0522 Paddy O’Leary’s: Irish on the Island kicks off weekend party March 16. Mass and bar crawl on March 17. 49 Via De Luna, Pensacola Beach Seville: Live music and various specials and contests throughout each bar. 130 E. Government St.

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CULTURAL DIVERSITY In the remote state of Meghalaya, India, a matrilineal system endows the women with wealth and property rights and relegates the men to slowmoving campaigns for equality. A men’s rights advocate, interviewed by BBC News in January, lamented even the language’s favoring of women, noting that “useful” nouns seem all to be female. The system, he said, breeds generations of men “who feel useless,” falling into alcoholism and drug abuse. In maternity wards, he said, the sound of cheering greets baby girls, and if it’s a boy, the prevailing sentiment is “Whatever God gives us is quite all right.” The husband of one woman interviewed said, meekly, that he “likes” the current system—or at least that’s what his wife’s translation said he said.

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A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL (1) John Morgan, 34, was charged in February in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with embezzling over $40,000 from a trust fund that had been established for his daughter, who has special needs because of cerebral palsy. Because of the theft, she is unable to have dental work necessitated because a care provider failed to lock her wheelchair, sending her sprawling face-first. (2) Police officer Skeeter Manos, 34, was charged in February in Seattle with embezzling over $120,000 from a fund for the families of four colleagues who had been shot to death in the line of duty. Manos’ alleged expenditures included several trips to Las Vegas. LATEST RELIGIOUS MESSAGES Prophet Warren Jeffs, of a breakaway Mormon cult, is serving life (plus 20 years) in a Texas prison for raping two underage parishioners, but insists that his power has not been diminished. He was disciplined in December for making a phone call to his congregation announcing several decrees, including barring marriages from taking place until he can return to “seal” them and prohibiting everyone from having sex. (Since Jeffs retains his “messiah” status among many church members, and since life-plus-20 is a long time to wait, and since the cult is reclusive, it is difficult for outsiders to assess the level of sexual frustration in the compound.)

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• Recovering alcoholic Ryan Brown recently moved his licensed tattoo parlor into The Bridge church in Flint Township, Mich., which is one more indicator of Rev. Steve Bentley’s nontraditional belief that mainstream religion had become irrelevant to most people. Tattooing is a “morally neutral” practice, Bentley said, although Brown, of course, does not ink tattoos lauding drugs, gangs or the devil. (The Bridge has also loaned out its plentiful floor space in a shopping mall to wrestling, cage fighting and auto repair facilities.) • In December, Pennsylvania judge Mark Martin dismissed harassment charges against Muslim Talaag Elbayomy, who had snatched a “Zombie Mohammad” sign from the neck of atheist Ernie Perce at last year’s Halloween parade in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Perce was mockingly dressed as an undead person, in robes and beard.) In tossing out the charge (even though Elbayomy seemed to admit to an assault and battery), Martin ruled that Sharia law actually required Elbayomy to take the sign away from Perce. Judge Martin later explained that the technical basis for the ruling was (he-said/he-said) lack of evidence. (The December ruling did not attract press attention until February.) PEOPLE WITH ISSUES What Do You Mean, I’m Not Mentally Stable: Ms. Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, filed a federal lawsuit against New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services because it had taken away her kids (aged 13 and 10 at the time) in 2008 for questions about Ogunbayo’s mental stability. The lawsuit, for “recklessly disregard(ing)” her “right to family integrity,” asks the city to pay her $900,000,000,000,000 (trillion). LEAST COMPETENT PEOPLE LaDondrell Montgomery, 36, had been sentenced in November in Houston to life in prison for armed robbery despite his vigorous protestations of innocence, and about a week later, in December, he was exonerated in fact. Although he had testified at his trial, he had not mentioned that he had an ironclad alibi— that he had been in jail during the time the robbery was committed. Once jail records were reviewed, Montgomery was freed. The prosecutor hadn’t checked the records before trial, and neither had Montgomery’s attorney, but then neither had Montgomery ever mentioned it (because, he had told his lawyers, he had been in and out of jail so many times in his life that he just could not remember if he had been locked up at the time of the armed robbery). {in}

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A program of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Pensacola: Producing Committed Leaders Leadership Pensacola Appreciates Quality of Life By Jennifer Allen McFarren, Programs and Events Manager, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

If we believe that a society is judged by how it treats the least fortunate among them, how can we not take time to appreciate the ways that the Pensacola community provides quality benefits through its diverse organizations? The 2012 Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) class spent an entire day involved in a program that provided access to speakers, facilities and activities that contribute to the quality of life in Pensacola. Quality of life is different to everyone, so the program included information on local education, sports, nonprofit involvement, volunteer services and the arts. To gain a more in depth understanding of all that the city has to offer, LeaP visited Snoezelen Sensory Complex, Belmont/ Devilliers, The Saenger Theatre and Old Christ Church. Class members heard from local leaders that represent a variety of industries and populations. The class also contributed their part by compiling toiletry kits for the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and left with a strong appreciation for how Pensacola adds quality to the lives of its citizens, young and old. Beginning the tour with the Snoezelen Sensory Complex, LeaP class members toured the multi-sensory environment designed to dramatically improve the lives of children with severe physical, learning and

sensory disabilities. Many of the students are physically or mentally locked in their circumstance and cannot communicate on a normal basis. Principal, Susan Berry explained that communication is the key to their unique curriculum. Snoezelen’s multisensory environment speaks to students in many different ways. There are four different rooms within the facility that stimulate various senses: the jungle room, space room, magic room and polar room. Each of the specifically chosen colors, sounds, lights and textures improves the concentration and communication of the students. The Lacey A. Collier Sensory Complex (Snoezelen) represents the most comprehensive use of this technology in the world. Snoezelen not only improves the quality of life for these children, it contributes to our community’s economic development. Judge Lacey A. Collier and Bill Greenhut were instrumental in the creation of the Snoezelen Sensory Complex, a project of Escambia Westgate School. Throughout the day, the class experience quality of life through the eyes of different populations; specifically through the lens of organizations such as Council on Aging, Lakeview Center and Pathways for Change. In another way, they gained an appreciation for how our city and county parks and recreation departments add to our quality of life. On buses provided by ECAT, class members explored various pockets of our downtown community such as the Belmont and Devilliers area and historic Pensacola village. Kim Kimbrough with the Downtown Improvement Board shared the history of our downtown and how his organization is implementing significant changes in an effort to make our downtown more pedestrian oriented; a change welcomed by many in the class.

LeaP class members had the privileged opportunity to dive into the history of a Pensacola jewel; the historic Saenger Theatre. Originally created for vaudeville and silent movies, the Saenger is now home to world class Broadway shows, the symphony and many other high quality performances. Pensacola is privileged to be home to various world class arts organizations that work closely with one another and significantly add to the quality of life offered to visitors and residents alike. The program was scheduled by LeaP alumni Leslie Keck, Michael Capps, Leah McCreary and Carrie Stevenson.

LeaP Class 2012

Kim Aderholt, Nigel Allen, Autumn Beck, Judson Brandt, Jason Broxson, Cyd Cadena, Mike Craney, LaRitza Crear, Ed Cronley, Mark Davidson, Bradley ‘Beej’ Davis, Jr., Courtney Dell, Eric Doelker, Michael Dollen, Lee Elebash, Lisa Esser, Elizabeth Fayard, Whitney Fike, Dion Guest, Pamela Hatt, Marla Hecht, Rosanna Henley, Samantha Hill, Keith Hoffert, Jr., Kevin Hoffman, Brian Hooper, Kristin Hual, Erin Hynek, Mari Josephs, Garrett Laborde, Robbie Lofty, Kristin Longely, Chad McCammon, Steve Ooms, Julie Orr, Perry Palmer, Justin Pierce, Creagh Proctor, Terri Ramos, Sunny Ricks, Chris Ritchie, Kevin Robbins, MaryEllen Roy, Ted Roy, Kelly Russ, Blake Schaeffer, Steve Schickel, Holly Smith, Kathy Summerlin, David Tuyo, Andy Waltrip, Benjamin Zimmern, Jack Zoesch.

Upcoming Events April 12, 2012 Leadership & Ethics The class will discuss interrelationships among leaders in the community. They will identify the risks, rewards and challenges of leadership and the bond between leadership and ethics.

May 11, 2012 Closing Retreat The class will reflect on the LeaP curriculum and explore lessons learned during the past year. They will explore new indi¬vidual and team challenges at the high ropes course at Adventures Unlimited and are encouraged to apply the LeaP experience to a future course of action.

More Information

For more information on Leadership Pensacola, please contact Jennifer Allen McFarren at 850.438.4081 or visit For more information about how to contribute to Operation HOPE, visit

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On any beautiful day, you can find me at Pensacola Beach soaking up some of Florida’s best beach views or walking among the crape myrtles in any one of our city’s parks.

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Good Eats:

I’m partial to our local spots – it’s only slightly dangerous living so close to so many tasty eateries! My favorites are The New Yorker Deli, City Grocery, and Georgio’s Pizza.

Retail Therapy:

Retail therapy for me means shopping for home décor. Aqua Pool and Patio and Nancy’s Haute Affairs are must shop locations for their perfect assortment of seasonal home accents and unlimited gift ideas. Celebrations is another frequent stop, especially when their holiday house is open!

Gallery Nights are a staple for my friends. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and see what the downtown shops have to offer.

Never Miss Events/Festivals:

For every season, Pensacola has a festival or event. Fiesta of Five Flags has an entire calendar of must attend events, but my favorite is our two week extravaganza in June – Fiesta! You’ve never seen so many Pensacolians having fun. Then you head into the holiday season with The Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival, the Belmont Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch, and The Junior League of Pensacola’s Marketbasket. {in}


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ECUA RECYCLING ECUA Residential Recycling Program. Acceptable Items: • • • • • • •

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Glass; any color Newspaper and inserts Magazines and catalogs Junk mail and envelopes Cardboard Phone books Office and school papers (colored paper) Brown paper bags (grocery) Boxboard (cereal, cake and cracker boxes, etc.) Pizza boxes Plastic produce clamshells Plastics no. 1 through 7

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Empty plastic bags Ice cream cartons Waxy/paper milk cartons Aerosol cans Juice boxes/bags Garbage or yard waste

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• Plastic milk jugs, bottles and containers • Hangers; plastic and metal • Plastic cups, plates, utensils • Aluminum cans and lids • Pet food cans and dry pet food bags • Aluminum foil baking pans • Balls of tin foil; foil pie tins • Metal pots, pans & cookie sheets • Tin and steel cans and lids • Bubble wrap • Egg cartons, cardboard only at this time

ECUA Residential Recycling Program. Items NOT Accepted:

The Residential Recycling Program began in 2009 as part as our regular residential service and is available to all ECUA residential sanitation customers. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Curbside Collection Program was designed to give you, our customer, a safe way to discard many household chemicals while still protecting the environment. Schedule your pick-up by calling 476-0480. The Bulk Recycling Program includes pick-up of furniture, appliances and other household items too large to fit in the automated can for disposal. Schedule your pick-up by calling 476-0480.

• No plastic bags — NOTE: ECUA encourages the use of plastic bags to contain lightweight recyclables such as shredded paper or packing materials, and avoid fly-away items.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Curbside Collection Program. Maintaining a safe environment is a top priority for the ECUA. We’re very aware that if household chemicals are not disposed of properly, environmental problems may develop. The most common hazardous items accepted are, but not limited to, the following: • Pool chemicals • Household chemicals • Paint and supplies • Degreasers

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Used motor oil Used cooking grease Pesticides Cleaners Automotive fluids

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Aerosol cans Adhesives Fluorescent bulbs Herbicides Fertilizers

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Curbside Collection Program. Items NOT Accepted: • Ammunition • Acids • Kerosene

• Gasoline • Diesel • Mercury

• Items containing mercury

• Radioactive materials

ECUA Bulk Recycling Program. Acceptable Items: • Car and Truck Tires (No Equipment Tires) • Car and Truck Batteries • 20 lb. Propane Tanks • Appliances • Large amounts of cardboard • Household electronics including: • Computer monitors (CRTs and Flat Panels) • Televisions (CRTs and flat screen)

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• Computers: desktop and laptop, including computer parts, keyboards, mouse, printers, scanners, and copy machines • Stereos, radios, CD players, and tape players, VCRs • Telephones, cell phones, fax machines • Video game systems • Rechargeable batteries

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