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Help save the insects and pollinators

On 9/19/22 The Washington Post had an article in their Magazine section by Robert O’Harrow, Jr., “The World’s Oldest Winged Insect is in Trouble. How Frightened Should We Be?”

When I moved to an apartment complex in 2019 there would occasionally be blue herons and white egrets feeding in the retention pond which had a frog chorus at night. Then the chorus of frogs was not as loud. Then the wading birds were there no more. Then one night recently there was silence broken only occasionally by a single croak.

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‘American Pickers’ to Film in Florida

The ‘American Pickers’ are excited to return to Florida. They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout your area in December 2022.

‘American Pickers’ is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The History Channel. The hit show follows skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques.

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Navarre Beach Lifeguards, Fire Rescue member honored

On Sept. 21, Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Fire Chief Danny Fureigh honored several lifeguards and a member of Navarre Beach Fire Rescue at an awards ceremony.

Lifeguards Garrett Edwards, Daniel Walsh, Ryan Conner, and Austin Koenigseder were honored for helping save a diver in distress at the reef near Navarre Beach over the Summer. John Becker was recognized as a Lifeguard of the Year for the 2022 season. Cole Burton received recognition as the Most Improved Lifeguard of the Year for the 2022 season. Zack Miller was named Lifeguard Rookie of the Year for the 2022 season. The NBFR member who was honored was Patrick Wissing, who became a full time member of NBFR recently. Wissing is a firefighter/paramedic.

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Navarre man exposes himself, harasses neighbor says Sheriff’s Office

A Navarre man is behind bars after repeatedly harassing his neighbor in her yard, one time while completely nude. Thomas Phillip, 60, was arrested after Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office investigated a pattern of behavior all caught on video by the victim, Phillip’s neighbor.

According to the arrest report, the incident began on Sept. 17, when a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the 8100 block of Molina St. in Navarre for a mentally ill person.

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Dry, windy weather in forecast, fire danger increases

The Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center is issuing words of warning for anyone considering any outdoor burning activities in the coming days: Use extreme caution or simply don’t do it.

According to the Florida Forest Service, it has been more than two weeks since most of the three-county area (Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties) has seen rainfall and wildfire danger is on the rise. Add to that a forecast calling for increased winds and low humidity for the next three days and firefighters are bracing for the possibility of significant fire activity.

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Hurricane to cause local weather impacts

At this time, Hurricane Ian is not projected to hit our area, but that doesn't mean it won't have an impact.

The latest update from US National Weather Service Mobile says that while Hurricane Ian is expected to generally stay east of this area of the Florida Panhandle, Northwest Florida will still see some impacts.

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SRCAS receives grant funding for community cat program

Santa Rosa County Animal Services has received a $25,000 grant from Florida Animal Friend to assist with the community cat program.

The program provides free or reduced-cost neuter/spay for community cats. This funding will allow free neuter/spay and rabies vaccination services for up to 500 cats in Santa Rosa County communities. Participants can begin scheduling appointments Sat., Oct. 1.

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