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Jun 13, 2024

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We have done highly scientific research and found out that people that drink craft beer don’t litter. In Actuality, I know a runner who runs up and down Highways 98 and 87 and told me that he never sees craft beer bottles littering the side of the roads. And, I use to cycle up Hwy. 87 before texting on cell phones became a thing and about the time cyclists were getting run over by those texting and driving – and I can attest to the same hypothesis.

Jun 6, 2024

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I’ve had the privilege of meeting a lot of people in the 24 years of working at Navarre Press, and I wouldn’t make a list in order of importance because it isn’t something you can quantify. However, I’d have to say that Pat Quinn would be very, very close to the top. He was an awesome man in so many ways. He was fun to be with because he was funny, honest, observant, wise, and so many other adjectives. To say that he had led an interesting life would be an understatement. Let’s just say he couldn’t have gotten another ounce out of life because – he lived it – to the fullest. And, in doing so, he contributed greatly to every community and person that he was close to. The Gulf Breeze Zoo celebrated its 40th anniversary last month, and I asked our team to pull the pages and pages of stories we have written about the zoo over the years and a sampling of the results can be found on pages C6 and 7. One of the stories was about “Remembering Colossus” which was written by our reporter John Richardson, who passed away last year and who is another person that I had the privilege of calling my friend. This is an awesome story and will give you a taste of what Pat Quinn was like and how fortunate we are to have the Zoo in our community.

May 30, 2024

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I’m learning new traditions and entitlements as my children get older, and I find myself having conversations with them that weren’t even a topic when I was their age. My daughter’s husbands have brought up evaluating jobs on how long they will have off for paternity leave when they start have babies or continue to do so. Really? I was lucky my husband was in this country when I had babies.

May 23, 2024

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We are only a few days away from Navarre High School Class of 2024’s graduation, a milestone in every teen’s life. It’s the first step toward adulting. Some will go to college, some will take on a trade, some will become executives. Some will stay home.

May 16, 2024

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We have had a very busy week. After putting out three papers on Monday, our editor, Daniel Evans, left Wednesday to move his family from Georgia to Pace, Florida. They signed the paperwork in Georgia Friday morning because they were selling and buying at the same time. They arrived Friday afternoon at their new home and had to wait to get into their new house until they got the go ahead from the seller’s Realtor and received the key to their new home. They worked very quickly and were able to return the U-Haul by Friday evening. As they were getting settled in their new home, they found out they couldn’t operate the stove top and oven at the same time and the dryer didn’t work. There are always things that don’t go according to plan, but it was a major feat to coordinate selling, buying and moving withing 1.5 months. I credit Daniel’s wife for the precision with which everything took place. And there were other complicated factors – and it all came together because of awesome planning.  And in honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend – I have to say – moms are awesome and they are the driving force behind getting things done for the family. From planning moves to planning vacations, moms know that where there is a will – there is a way.

May 7, 2024

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I was traveling again last week, and I was able to read the paper from my e-edition and the app on the go. As I write this, I’m on a mother-daughter weekend in Charleston, SC – a week before Mother’s Day. I have two unsolicited tips for those coming to Charleston; don’t wear high heels and bring mosquito repellant. Charleston is a very popular place for bachelorette parties and weddings, and there are a lot of ladies wearing high heels and the sidewalks are very uneven. And the mosquito is apparently the state bird in SC. There are a lot of marshes on either side of historic Charleston and the mosquitos are stealthy and apparently, relentless. I didn’t see them or feel them, but I have itchy welts on my neck, arms, feet and ankles. I have plenty of items to ward off mosquitos in Navarre including a natural spray and arm bands. Mosquitos love me…I check all of their boxes for a tasty treat. Next to OneBlood, mosquitos consider my blood to be a high value target. If I get out of this place without a mosquito borne disease, it will be a miracle. I just Googled, Charleston, SC mosquito activity and the result was, “The risk for mosquito activity is extremely high.” I didn’t see any “Mosquito Joe” signs around – maybe there is no hope for protection.

May 2, 2024

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A moon tree? Never heard of it – but Gail was intrigued enough to read Hansen Hasenberg’s story on it and tell me about it. I will be reading the story with you when it comes out in print. Apparently, in 2022, Artemis 1 (a NASA uncrewed spaceflight) took some seedlings into space on a 25-day trip orbiting the moon. West Navarre Intermediate School obtained one of the seedlings – and we were there as they planted the sweetgum seedling. You will have to read the story to find out the history of moon trees and how one of the seedlings came to WNIS.

Apr 25, 2024

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I’m attending a conference this week in Dallas, and I ran across this column from nearly ten years ago that I felt was still relevant, maybe more so and it doesn’t just pertain to students. It was by printed in 2015 and is the subject of a book by Everett Piper, former president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University from 2002 – 2019.

Apr 18, 2024

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Spring has sprung and oddly, certain trucks are a lot louder. I was sitting outside eating at Johnny Huston’s and no less than six different trucks went by on Highway 98 revving their engines with a loud reverberation. I decided it was some kind of “mating call.” It is definitely an attempt to garner attention. I mean – girls really dig loud trucks – not. But maybe, they were girls trying to attract the guys. That would actually be genius, but then you might end up with a guy who thinks one of the coolest things you can do is drive around with a loud truck, and that doesn’t sound like a winning proposition to me. Most people try to find cars that have low road noise and don’t make loud sounds like back firing – on purpose. I decided to ask the all-knowing Google why people do this to their vehicles and the answers are not fit to print. The consensus online is that the drivers are trying to make up for shortcomings in other areas. I thought I was just being hyper-critical, but the online crowd is ruthless – and anti-loud noise popping trucks as well.

Apr 11, 2024

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There are two car washes this Saturday. One is going to be on the south side of Highway 98 at Navarre Park and the other is going to be across the highway at Centennial Bank. They are both raising money for the same organization “DUO” or “Do Unto Others.” We have written several stories about this cause which raises money to give to principals to help students in need.  Whether you are coming or going through Navarre between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday – please let the students wash your car for cash – or just drive through and hand them some cold hard cash. 
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