Holiday season

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

The holiday season was made a little brighter for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, thanks to the Christmas for Seniors Initiative. Started in 2009, businesses in the area, as well as community members, donate money and gifts, such as pajamas, heaters, microwave ovens, food, crafts and puzzles. The initiative meets a need […]

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Look the map on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and the state of Florida is stacked with triangles that serve as symbols of potential scams. No one should be surprised because, as AARP Communication Manager Dave Bruns points out, “Florida is the epicenter for scams targeting people 50 and over.” And with the Christmas season in […]

Addiction relapse looms during holiday season

Addiction relapse looms during holiday season

For those who have recovered from addiction to drugs and alcohol, the holidays can be a stressful time rather than a celebration of joy. Between guilt, holiday stress, family pressure and all the difficulties that come along with the season, relapse is more common during his period said Twelve Oaks Recovery Center Community Resource Liaison […]

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

What began as a one-family mission to bring toys to local children for Christmas has grown into an organization that serves more than 200 families over the holiday season.  Caring and Sharing first began when the Holley-Navarre Fire Station collected toys for local children for Christmas.  At the time, Don VanDerryt was the newly appointed […]

Letters to Santa at Wee Market

Letters to Santa at Wee Market

Wee Market located in the Publix shopping center in Navarre is offering kids of all ages a unique opportunity to send a letter to Santa this holiday season. The pint-sized mailbox is located just inside the front door of the shop and children can drop their letters into the box. Read the full article in […]

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Local organization Caring and Sharing is leading the way this holiday season to collect food and toys for those in need in our community. “Christmas joy is our goal for our clients,” Ann Thompson, president of Caring and Sharing said. “This year we have 183 families, totaling 710 persons, (317 adults, 119 teens, 234 children […]

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Irene Gillis, Brenda Rister and Cindy Stillwell had no plans to spend part of their winter vacation doing work on sewing machines. But the work was for a good cause as the three ladies, who are spending their winter at the Santa Rosa RV Resort in Navarre, made 26 pillow cases that will be donated […]

Santa Claus is coming to town Dec. 5

Santa Claus is coming to town Dec. 5

The official holiday season is underway and Navarre will kick off the festivities this weekend with the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 5. The fun begins at 1 p.m. in Navarre Park, and will include a holiday marketplace and free baked goods and hot beverages at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery. Children can participate […]

Holiday shopping forecast bright for retailers

Holiday shopping forecast bright for retailers

The Florida Retail Federation says that Florida retailers are in for a busy and successful holiday shopping season behind the strength of numerous positive economic indicators and a healthy economic climate overall in Florida. FRF is projecting a 4.5 percent increase in sales for retailers, which would outpace the predicted national average of 3.5 percent. […]

Keep Your Holidays Bright Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Keep Your Holidays Bright  Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Santa Rosa County emergency service agencies, in collaboration with Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, are teaming up for the ninth year to promote fire safety during the month of December with the “Keep Your Holidays Bright” campaign. While a joyous time of year, cold weather, holiday decorations and festivities can create serious fire […]

Navarre High School wins Beach Bowl food drive battle

Navarre High School wins Beach Bowl food drive battle

The Beach Bowl rivalry extends beyond the football fields and into the hallways of both Navarre and Gulf Breeze High Schools. As tradition would have it, the football players compete on the fields and the students compete with a food collection drive that benefits Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Both schools had […]

‘Tis the season of taking

‘Tis the season of taking

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has received multiple complaints of stolen or damaged Christmas decorations during this year’s holiday season, turning what is normally considered a time of giving into a time of sadness and frustration for victims. One such victim, Bethanne Goddard, set up a Christmas tree display on private property between her mailbox […]