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The

Emerald Star News

Volume: 11

Issue 27

December 27 - January 9

Complimentary Edition

Freeport’s Only Newspaper Covering All Of Walton County

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The Wolf’s Den

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Man Use Cast To Save Senior Citizen

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Spotlight On Local Business

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FBI Scam Warning

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Note From A Naturalized

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Politically Correct Holiday

Greeting

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Warning About Fireworks

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Word Search, Classifieds

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Fireworks Page 14 Word Search, Classifieds Page 15 Come on in weary traveler. Hang your cloak

Come on in weary traveler. Hang your cloak on a peg, grab a stool and gather around the fire. There are stories to be told and you are among friends.

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December 27 - January 09

The Editor’s Editorial

H appy New Year! As of this writing I am on the road, touring select
H appy New Year! As of this writing I am on the road, touring select

H appy New Year! As of this writing I am on the road, touring select areas of this

great country! Visiting old friends, family and discovering new places all the time and enjoying it. Believe me, take the time to enjoy the life you have. It’s all what you make it and it’s a short one.

There is beauty everywhere you look. Get to know nature. The seasons are fantastic to experience. If you can, don’t miss the snow falling even through the temperatures may be freezing cold. For those of you in the south, you are most likely at the beach and loving the warm sunshine. Don’t forget those selfie’s for friends and family up north.

Some people have struggled with the true meaning of the holidays but a few have nailed it. VOLUNTEER! Inside we’ve included the contact information to the Matrix in DeFuniak Springs but there is no shortage of places that could use your help. For instance, Caring & Sharing or Alaqua. If you really want to give your time you can find some place that needs you. Don’t forget, the homeless do not only need a person to serve them food at special times, they need clothes, toiletries, and non-perishable or canned foods (with a can opener)!

Turmeric's Health Benefits

The health benefits turmeric offers can be attributed to curcumin, a well-stud- ied bioactive compound that may:

• Help maintain a healthy digestive

system by facilitating proper diges-

tion6

• Modulate some of your genes

• Positively control various physiolog- ical pathways

• Make your cells' membranes more orderly

• Affect signaling molecules, because

curcumin can directly interact with inflammatory molecules, cell survival proteins, DNA and RHA, carrier pro- teins and metal ions

As mentioned earlier, turmeric is known as the "Spice of Life," and curcumin has a role to play in making this spice earn this moniker. Curcumin was proven by studies to help combat diseases such as:

• Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease

— Curcumin is a known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective agent, and is said to promote lipophilic action and improved cognitive func- tion, potentially helping people with these conditions.

• Osteoarthritis — A 2016 animal

study showed that curcumin may help slow down the rate of osteoarthri- tis progression and address related pain.13 Another study from the same year also revealed that curcumin assisted in improving quality of life and addressing pain and other osteoar- thritis symptoms, by improving your body's physiological pathways.

• Cancer — Numerous studies have

been conducted regarding curcum- in's potential anticancer capabilities. According to Dr. William LaValley,

whose clinical work mostly focuses on the treatment of cancer, curcumin appears to be useful for just about every type of cancer, because it can affect multiple molecular targets via many pathways. Curcumin is also nontoxic, and does not target healthy cells — instead, it selectively targets cancer cells.

The antibacterial properties of cur- cumin are nothing short of extraor- dinary as well, as it may be effective against gastritis, peptic ulcer and gastric cancer, which are all caused by Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) bacte- ria.

This was proven in a 2009 study, wherein curcumin effectively inhibit- ed the growth of H. pylori in vitro in mice, regardless of the genetic makeup of the bacteria strains H. pylori is a group 1 carcinogen that affects more than half the global population. [mercola.com]

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Award Shows And Diversity

Submitted by a former music industry insider (now retired)

I remember back some years ago, when I was in the record business, the country Music Awards show was com- ing up and somebody asked me who I thought would win in a category. My answer was, “Tell me which artist is

on Arista Records and I'll tell you who

will win.”

because Arista had a whole publicity wing dedicated to promoting their art- ists and that almost always guaranteed they'd win.

The reason I said that was

Yesterday the Golden Globes award nominees were announced and are be- ing hailed as the most "diverse" group of nominees ever presented.

Now comes the question.

nominees represent the 10 best films and performances or do they represent the 10 best performances according to a formula that requires that Chris-

Do these

tians, Jews, Minorities and females be included?

The last couple of years hailed the coming of female directors but I thought some of the nominated female directed films were nominated accord- ing to the sex of their director and not because of the strength of the films themselves.

When Kathryn Bigelow won for "The Hurt Locker" I thought it was de- served. That was a very good film. It was in a year when there was no "push" for female directors. I thought she won on merit.

Awards shows have always been "suspicious" and more than a few have been "rigged" but I think this year might be more suspicious and more rigged than most.

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Man Uses Cast On His Broken Arm to Shatter Window and Rescue Senior From Burning Home

By McKinley Corbley - Dec 14, 2018

A resourceful Florida man is being

hailed as a hero after his broken arm helped him to save an elderly woman from her burning home.

And she said, ‘I’m right here,’” Powell told WSVN. “She was right here like standing on the wall, so I just grabbed her with one arm. She looked up at me, she just said, ‘Thank you.’”

Earlier this week, 93-year-old Maria Cabral lit a candle in the window of her Miami Gardens home as she often does – except this time, the candle lit the walls on fire. Within minutes, the home was ablaze.

Powell and Cabral were both taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center for smoke inha- lation.

Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center for smoke inha- lation. Though Cabral is still recover- ing, Powell was

Though Cabral is still recover- ing, Powell was mostly unharmed form the incident.

When Powell was told that he is being hailed as a hero, he simply said: “I’m just glad I was able to do it and I got it over with, and every- body is safe now.”

Cabral’s son, however, told WSVN:

“She wouldn’t [have gotten] out of the house alive if that man didn’t come here.”

Luckily, her

27-year-old

neighbor, Altavious Powell, saw the smoke coming out

of the house and rushed to the rescue.

With Cabral still trapped inside the home, Powell started trying to break the window so he could get her to safety. He eventually managed to succeed after he used the cast on his broken arm to help shatter the glass.

“I said, ‘[Maria, Maria], where you at?’

e Matrix C.O.C is a volunteer based organization. We rely heavily on volunteers to help keep operational cost to a bare minimum. There are no minimum hourly requirements, you are free to volunteer at your convenience. Our programs allow for volunteers of all ages, physical ability and skill level. If you are interested in volunteering with the Matrix please click on the link below.

Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repay- ing it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The Matrix C.O.C operates all of its assistance programs based on this model. Clients receiving assistance are encour- aged to Pay It Forward by volunteering x amount of hours based on the monetary value of the assistance they received.

e Matrix Community Outreach Center 37 North 9th Street DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 Phone: (850) 892-1090 Email: o ceassist@matrixcoc.org

Phone: (850) 892-1090 Email: o ceassist@matrixcoc.org New brain scanner to ‘reveal the human soul’ Scientists
Phone: (850) 892-1090 Email: o ceassist@matrixcoc.org New brain scanner to ‘reveal the human soul’ Scientists

New brain scanner to ‘reveal the human soul’

Scientists working on the world’s most powerful MRI scanner are aiming to fully explore the human brain.

The ambitious project, which is expected to cost somewhere in the region of $126 million, aims to unravel the mysteries of the human brain by observing the structure and activity of every neuron.

by observing the structure and activity of every neuron. Tipped to ‘revolutionize brain studies’, the e

Tipped to ‘revolutionize brain studies’, the e new MRI could help scientists to better understand the nature of consciousness while also offering the potential for some major medical breakthroughs including new treatments for de-gener- ative brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Once complete, the scanner, which will be built at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, will be capable of visualizing objects 1,000 times smaller than current MRI scanners.

“We may for the first time capture a full picture of human consciousness or even the essence of life itself,” said one of the scientists involved in the project.

“Then we can define them and explain how they work in precise physical terms - just like Newton and Einstein defined and explained the uni- verse.”

explain how they work in precise physical terms - just like Newton and Einstein defined and

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December 27 - January 09

Walton County Coastal Branch Library - Winter Programs

Wednesdays 10:00 am *January 2nd - February 27th, 2019* Walton County Coastal Branch Library

Santa Rosa Beach, FL - Walton County Coastal Branch Library presents “Winter Community Programs” Wednesdays, Jan 2nd – Feb 27th 2019 at 10:00 am. Winter Community Programs are designed to have educational and entertaining value for our adult and families to learn about our community and neighbors. These programs are sponsored by Friends of Coastal Library. For more information please call Linda Thompson (850) 267-2809, Coastal Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. We are located behind the South Walton Government/Education Complex on HWY 331 South. Free for the public with limited seating. For more information please call Linda Thompson (850) 267-2809 or visit our Coastal Branch Library’s Calendar at www.youseemore. com/walton/coastal

January 2, 2019

History of Walton County Sheriff’s Posse - Chick Huettel This presentation covers the early 1800’s up to today’s modern Posse history. It is a story of dedicated lawmen, coupled with violence and quick justice. The era of cattle rustling, lynching, thieves, killers and bootleggers comes to life in this slide presentation presented by members of

the Walton County Sheriff’s Posse. This presenta- tion contains some adult graphic material.

January 9, 2019

“The Story behind Handel’s Messiah” -Maestro Dr. David

Dr. Ott will present a live musical presentation, “The Story behind Handel’s Messiah”. Dr. Ott is an internationally recognized American composer and conductor of classical music whose impres- sive works have been performed and recorded by some of the most notable orchestras in the United States and Europe. Ranking at the top of post- World War II born American composers, Dr. Ott’s works are among the most frequently performed of any American of the era. He has been cited as “one of the greats of American symphony music composers of the last quarter of the twentieth century.” Once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by renowned cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, he has composed a large portfolio of compositions in musical genres ranging from large-scale orchestra works to short overtures. His works have been performed by the National Symphony and by orchestras in over a dozen major American cities. Visit http://www.panamac- itypops.org/conductor/ for more information about Dr. David Ott.

I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself , “Well, that’s not going to happen.” - Rita Rudner

Freeport Middle School To accommodate our growing population, we will be altering our morning drop-off
Freeport Middle School
To accommodate our growing population, we
will be altering our morning drop-off route/
routine.
Currently, we
have two lanes to
drop-off students.
Beginning Janu-
ary 7th, we will
operate with three
lanes. Please be
sure to pull to the front of the line to alleviate
congestion on Kylea Laird Drive and Highway
20.
And as always, please be vigilant and watch for
students crossing the parking lot.
vigilant and watch for students crossing the parking lot. Work is moving right along at the
vigilant and watch for students crossing the parking lot. Work is moving right along at the
vigilant and watch for students crossing the parking lot. Work is moving right along at the

Work is moving right along at the new splash pad at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex!! I know some boys and girls that will be happy to see warm weather return!! Everyone have a safe and hap- py holiday!!! Mayor Russ Barley-City of Freeport, Florida

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The FREEPORT POST

County, Florida 850-684-0320 Page 5 The FREEPORT POST “Eighty percent of life is showing up.” --
County, Florida 850-684-0320 Page 5 The FREEPORT POST “Eighty percent of life is showing up.” --

“Eighty percent of life is showing up.”

-- Richard Rodgers

Happy Holidays to you all as we come to the end of another eventful year for the City of Freeport.

O ur Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade was a great success again

this year (even though we had to post- pone it from the first weekend of the month) and the crowd for both events were phenomenal. Many thanks to Tom and Barbara Tillman for all their efforts in coordinating the parade and tree lighting ceremony, and many thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in both events it was truly a community effort. The City Hall will be closed on December 24th and 25th for the Christ- mas Holiday and closed on January 1 for the New Years Holiday. The Freeport Parks Department is hosting a Bonn- Fire Event on December 31st at the Freeport Regional Sports Com- plex-Hammock Bay beginning at 5:00, mark your calendars and bring the entire family for a fun event closing out 2018. The new Splash Pad located at the sports complex has been poured and will open in the early spring for all the kids to enjoy and Congratulations to Mr. Charlie Simmons (Parks Director) for being selected as the recipient of

the “Apple of our Eye” Award 2018 presented by The Town Planters Society of Freeport. The Mayor’s Ball Project held

each year to help with the less fortunate families in Freeport at the holiday time was also a great success and with the funds from the Ball, donations from Tom and Barbara Tillman, Barbara Moore, Woodmen of the World, Phyllis Young, John Knowles of the Dollar General, Scott Brown and Lisa Lindsey of Zaxby’s and myself we were able to provide Christmas for the families- we had 22 Families and 64 Kids that we provided gifts and meals for and make their Christmas brighter. Many thanks

meals for and make their Christmas brighter. Many thanks FREEPORT this is your Mayor behind that

FREEPORT

this is your Mayor behind that buggy piled high with Christmas gifts for 22 needy families in our Community!!! We spent over 5 hours thoughtfully selecting gifts for these Children. He is such a fine exam- ple of someone that gives to their Community and makes a difference! #mymayorisbetterthanyours!!!

and makes a difference! #mymayorisbetterthanyours!!! to to the the volunteers who came and wra wrapped gifts
and makes a difference! #mymayorisbetterthanyours!!! to to the the volunteers who came and wra wrapped gifts

to to the the volunteers who came and

wra wrapped gifts and to Edwina

Co Cosson-Bludworth and her

husband Chris for helping with the shopping of the Clothes for the kids. As we begin our new year, we will see many new developments for our city and look forward to the new additions. Dates have been set for some of the early spring events with the Miss Freeport Pageants being held on March 9th and the Spring Arts and Crafts Fes- tival being held on April 20th.

Wishing each of you a great holiday season and a Happy New Year !

Arts and Crafts Fes- tival being held on April 20th. Wishing each of you a great

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December 27 - January 09

SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS Right Choice Lending Corp.

Freeport welcomes Right Choice Lending Corp. located at 16735 US Highway 331 S., Freeport, Florida, just south of the Highway 20.

Owners, Guadalupe Saenz and Josie Billington, established the lending service earlier this year in an effort to provide a new lending resource in Walton County. Right Choice specializes in all of your mortgaging needs including FHA, conventional, new construction, commercial, refinances, and VA or military loans.

Josie Billington is a long-standing member of the community. She grew up in Defuniak Springs and later located to Nevada. With twenty-five years

of mortgage brokerage experience and business locations in five states, Josie chose to return home to Walton County. Her goals for Florida are to serve her community and build a business based upon quality and high standards of care. She will personally assist you to make “The Right Choice in Mortgage Lending”.

Right Choice office manager and local business owner, Jamey Goddin, is also available to meet, greet, and speak with you to answer questions regarding how to begin the lending process. Feel free to contact either Jamey or Josie at 850-547- 6304 or 702.294.3001 and visit them online at www.rightchoicelending.net

to contact either Jamey or Josie at 850-547- 6304 or 702.294.3001 and visit them online at
to contact either Jamey or Josie at 850-547- 6304 or 702.294.3001 and visit them online at
to contact either Jamey or Josie at 850-547- 6304 or 702.294.3001 and visit them online at
to contact either Jamey or Josie at 850-547- 6304 or 702.294.3001 and visit them online at
to contact either Jamey or Josie at 850-547- 6304 or 702.294.3001 and visit them online at

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“Happenings” in DeFuniak Springs”

Main Street Defuniak Springs

“Main Street Defuniak Springs” believes everyone deserves a beautiful, vibrant downtown – a place that has a thriving local economy, is rich in character, and features inviting public spaces that make residents and visitors feel they belong. We want to celebrate the rich history of our community, while helping breath new life into our downtown economy.

Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 as a way to address the myriad issues facing older and historic downtowns during that time. Working with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local com- munities, Main Street America has helped over 2,000 communities across the country bring economic vitality back downtown, while celebrating their historic character, and bringing communities together.

The Mission of Main Street DeFu- niak Springs is to spark community revitalization and economic growth with an emphasis of historic preservation. We strive to promote quality design of pub- lic and private spaces, champion economic vitality, and sponsor activities that solidify community pride.

Main Street Defuniak Springs is a member of Main Street America and Florida Main Street.

The National Main Street Center was established as a program of the National

Street Center was established as a program of the National Florida Main Street is a technical

Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program ad- ministered by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, for traditional historic commercial corridors. The Bureau conducts statewide programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, and preserving Florida’s historic resourc- es. Florida Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy in achieving these goals in Florida’s historic retail districts.

[mainstreetdfs.org]

Until December 31st
Until December 31st
strategy in achieving these goals in Florida’s historic retail districts. [mainstreetdfs.org] Until December 31st
strategy in achieving these goals in Florida’s historic retail districts. [mainstreetdfs.org] Until December 31st

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December 27 - January 09

From the FBI.gov website

Criminals don’t take the holidays off, they are busy gearing up for an active season of their own. With seasonal shopping in full swing, the FBI reminds shoppers to look out for scams designed to steal money and personal information, especially while shopping online.

If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers may offer too-good-to-be-true deals through phishing e-mails or advertisements. Some may offer brand name merchandise at extremely low discounts or promise gift cards as an incentive to purchase a product. Others may offer products at a great price, but the products being sold are not the same as the products advertised.

Do not open any unsolicited e-mails and do not click on any links attached. Steer clear of suspi- cious sites, phishing e-mails, or ads offering items at unrealistic discounts. You may end up paying for an item, giving away personal information and credit card details, and receive nothing in return except a compromised identity.

When shopping online, do your research. Make sure a site is secure and reputable before provid- ing your credit card number. Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure, and beware of purchases or services that require you to pay with a gift card.

Beware of social media posts that appear to offer special vouchers or gift cards. Some may pose as holiday promotions or contests. It may even appear that a friend shared the link. Often, these scams lead you to participate in an online survey that is actually designed to steal personal information.

Protect yourself. Secure your banking and credit accounts with strong and different passwords, as well as all other accounts that contain anything of value – such as rewards accounts, online accounts that save your payment information, or accounts containing private, personal information.

Check your credit card and bank statements regu- larly to make sure no fraudulent charges have been made to your account.

If you suspect you’ve been victimized:

Contact your financial institution immediately upon suspecting or discovering a fraudulent trans- fer.

Request that your bank reach out to the financial institution where the fraudulent transfer was sent. Contact local law enforcement.

File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov, regardless of dollar loss.

Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov, regardless of dollar loss. SUNDAY PAPER INSERT SCHEDULE Don’t miss any of
Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov, regardless of dollar loss. SUNDAY PAPER INSERT SCHEDULE Don’t miss any of

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Don’t miss any of the Sunday Paper Coupon In- serts. Use this 2018/2019 Sunday coupons inserts schedule to plan ahead your weekly grocery shop- ping trip.

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27th – (2) RetailMeNot, SmartSource, P&G My friend handed me a photo. He said, ‘Here’s a

My friend handed me a photo. He said, ‘Here’s a picture of me when I was young- er.’ I said, “Every picture of you is when you were younger!”

The Emerald Star News Around Town

As we were cruising around Hammock Bay, enjoy- ing some Christmas decorations we happened to see this family taking some photos of a cute little girl.

We were introduced to one year old Isabella Sullivan at a Patriotic themed Christmas Tree. We just had to feature her in this issue, even if it meant creating a special section.

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December 27 - January 09

Health Post

Florida confirms state’s first case of AFM, a rare, polio-like illness

State and federal health officials confirmed Flor- ida’s first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in 2018 on Saturday, adding to what has become a record year of cases for the rare but serious polio-like illness that affects the nervous system, causing sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Florida health officials did not give any additional information about the case, such as a de- scription of the affected individual, their condition

a de- scription of the affected individual, their condition or county of residence. AFM is not

or county of residence.

AFM is not a new condition. But it is a disease without a known cause that has spiked in cases reported since 2014, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first started surveillance of the illness. The CDC has seen increases in AFM cases every two years since 2014 and mostly in young children.

As of Dec. 14, the CDC had reported 165 con- firmed cases of AFM in 36 states in 2018. All but five cases have been in children younger than 18. Florida’s first case of the year reported on Satur- day adds to the nationwide count.

Jazz guitarist Musa Manzini plays through brain surgery

A South African jazz musician who played his

guitar during brain surgery is making a successful recovery.Musa Manzini was kept awake during the six-hour operation partly to preserve and restore his finger movements. That decision was made “taking into consideration my career as a musician”, the multi-instrumentalist and univer- sity lecturer said. The procedure took place at the Chief Albert Luthuli hospital in the coastal city of Durban.

Wide awake

A video of Manzini’s procedure shows him gently

plucking the instrument on top of the operating table as medical staff tend to him.

The operation was performed last week by a team

of specialist neurosurgeons led by Dr Basil Enick-

er and Dr Rohen Harrichandparsad.

Manzini said the recurring tumor on his brain is linked to a neurological condition he has had since

2006. Dr Enicker told the IOL news site that in this instance an “awake” operation was prefera- ble to the use of general anesthetic.

“In this way, we can test regions of the brain before [the tumor is] removed. This allows for

of the brain before [the tumor is] removed. This allows for increased removal of the tumor,

increased removal of the tumor, while minimizing damage to the brain,” he said.

the tumor, while minimizing damage to the brain,” he said. W hat if, when we die,

W hat if, when we die, the light at the end of the tunnel is the light to another hospital room.

There, we are born and the only reason you come out crying is because you remember everything from your past life and the fact that you died and lost everything.

As you grow you start to forget your past life and focus on the life you have now, but patches of memory stay behind and that memory causes deja vu.

your past life and focus on the life you have now, but patches of memory stay
your past life and focus on the life you have now, but patches of memory stay
your past life and focus on the life you have now, but patches of memory stay

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Walton County, Florida 850-684-0320 Page 11 We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming N ow with the

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

N ow with the Freeport

Christmas Pa- rade behind us the Grand Finally, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, is creeping up quickly. I’m sure the DeFuniak Lake Yard will be the place to be that night. As a side note on the Freeport Christmas parade; I’m surprised, with the crowd that was there, we didn’t see any vendors walking up and down the street selling balloons, glow sticks and cotton candy.

This was quite a year for Freeport. With the opening of several restaurants & service busi- nesses and Highway 331 becoming a 4-lane highway our town has certainly been put on the map. It was already becoming a residential mecca with Hammock Bay. And now Lafayette Creek Landing is hot and heavy with the growth of their neighborhood behind PUBLIX. So much for the Panhandle’s best kept secret.

There is that rare occasion where you need to get gasoline but you see the nearest station is priced like we’re going through an oil embargo. Well, I just wait until my LOW FUEL WARN- ING goes off like I just entered the Cash Cab. Then hope to have enough to get back to normal prices.

Painting rocks and leaving them all over. Where did that go? I was just going to have my daugh- ter make some up for The Emerald Star News, like granite business cards, and she tells me she’s moved on to other hobbies. I just don’t think leaving embossed wine glasses all over the place are quite the same.

So how have the 2019 resolutions been coming along? Better yet, does anyone have any Predic- tions for 2019? This should be a thing. Predic- tions for 2019 and this time next year we’ll see how everyone did.

Happy New Year

A Note From A Naturalized Citizen.

(A naturalized citizen is a person who was born an alien, but has lawfully become a citizen of the United States under the U.S. Constitution and laws. A naturalized citizen has all the rights of a natural born citizen, except is not eligible as president or vice-president of the United States.)

Know that I am an Immigrant, what you may not know is that I had to wait two years for my visa. In the mid fifties not only we had to wait but we had to have a sponsor. I was one of the lucky ones to come to America, most of my friends had to go to Canada or Australia.

We had to pass a health exam not to bring any diseases in to the country. Personally I had to pledge allegiance to the United States of America and agree to serve in the Arm Forces if I was called upon, which I did.

After serving in the Army, I had to wait five years and pass a test in front of a Judge to receive my Citizenship papers. I am amazed at what the politicians have done to our country and the Immigration Law for votes and self enrichment. I don’t know about you but as for me, Mr Trump is the best thing that happened to this country. I’m in full support of his agenda and especially his policy and his stand on Immigration.

and especially his policy and his stand on Immigration. Someone sent me a postcard picture of
and especially his policy and his stand on Immigration. Someone sent me a postcard picture of
and especially his policy and his stand on Immigration. Someone sent me a postcard picture of
and especially his policy and his stand on Immigration. Someone sent me a postcard picture of
Someone sent me a postcard picture of the earth. On the back it said, “Wish
Someone sent me a postcard picture of
the earth. On the back it said, “Wish
you were here.” -- Steven Wright
back it said, “Wish you were here.” -- Steven Wright New Year’s Eve Events Monday, December

New Year’s Eve Events

Monday, December 31, 2018

• 10:00 am New Year’s Eve Just For Kids at LuLu’s Destin

• 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Salute 2018 at Alys Beach

5:00 am - 9:00 pm - Christmas Reflections - Lake DeFuniak

5:00 pm

• 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Salute 2018 at NEAT

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park

New Year’s Bash at Pescado

5:30 pm

Ball Drop at Pier Park New Year’s Bash at Pescado 5:30 pm • Baytowne Countdown •

• Baytowne Countdown

• Cocktails & Confetti NYE Party at Rum Runners in Baytowne Wharf

• Countdown Seaside: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

HarborWalk Village New Years Eve Street Party

• Bud & Alley’s New Year’s Eve Bash

7:00 pm

9:30 pm

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WHAT TO BUY IN JANUARY!

With a fresh page on the calendar comes a fresh start for sales. These products are discounted in January:

Bedding and linens. Department stores hold bedding and linen “white sales” in January with deep discounts on sheets and towels.

Fitness equipment. Retailers know you want to get in shape. Expect fitness equipment and apparel sales to abound at sporting goods stores.

TVs and electronics. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally dis- count their selections of HDTVs and other home-theater essentials.

FOODS: Citris Fruits, Broccoli, Leeks, Frozen Turkeys

FLOWERS: Alstromeria, Calla Assorted, Dahlias, Delphimium, Snap Dragon

VACATION SPOT: New York

Other Items: Gift Cards, Holiday Decorations, Wedding Items, Clothing, Excercise Equipment, Calendars & Planners, Childer’s Toys

A Politically Correct Holiday Greeting

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular per- suasions and/or traditions of others, or

their choice not to practice religious or

secular traditions at all

successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2019, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is nec- essarily greater than any other country or is the only “America” in the Western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wishee.

And a fiscally

This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of

one year, or until the issuance of a sub- sequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. “Holiday” is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judea-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).

DISCLAIMER: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting the fol- lowing terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for the wishee, him/herself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementa- tion or non-implementation of same.

This greeting is void where prohibited by law.

(Source: Unknown)

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Fireworks: What’s Legal and What’s Not

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, a time many Americans observe the start of a new year by sending bottle rockets into the sky, exploding minia- ture bombs and unfortunately, breaking a state law.

they so widely available?

A loophole in the law allows consumers

to buy them if they say they’re in- tending to use the fireworks for lawful purposes, including certain uses in agriculture and mining. In stores, this can be as simple as filling out a form.

Most fireworks are illegal for consumer use in Florida, even if they’re available for purchase. That can make stocking up for celebrations confusing for resi- dents, tourists and guests alike.

To help clear up some of that confu- sion, our South Walton Fire District

How can I tell which fireworks are legal? Just ask. Sellers know the difference, and in many stores, consumer-approved items are clearly marked. Sparklers, party poppers and snappers are not banned under the law and can be

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What about sky lan- terns? Florida law bans fireworks includ- ing “balloons which require fire underneath t to propel them,” a also known as sky

What kinds of fireworks can I use legally? The short answer is not many. Fireworks generally approved for use by consumers include sparklers; small fireworks that emit colored smoke

only; and “glow worms,” which burn in bright colors without exploding. The state fire marshal has a full list, including brand names.

So everything else is off limits? If it explodes flies or lifts off, the law prohibits you from lighting it. That includes the popular Roman candles. Florida Statute 791 is explicit about these fireworks. Consumer purchase and use of these materials is unsafe, a threat and, most importantly, illegal in this state. If most fireworks are illegal, why are

lanterns. la

“These lanterns will blow wherever the wind takes them and can cause fires

if they land on combustible material

like dry grass, sea oats or a house,” said Sammy Sanchez, South Walton’s fire marshal. What’s the penalty for setting off illegal fireworks? Florida law classifies it as a first-degree misdemeanor, which means those con- victed could face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine and court costs.

Every year in my neighborhood, there’s

and court costs. Every year in my neighborhood, there’s a person with enough firepower to entertain

a person with enough firepower to entertain a small country. Why aren’t they arrested? Fire and public-safety officials say the law can be difficult to enforce. Typical- ly by the time law enforcement arrives, whoever shot off the illegal fireworks is gone. This is even more difficult to determine when they are shot off the beach.

Speaking of the beach, I’ve heard it is ok to shoot fireworks as long as they are shot off the beach? Shooting off the beach is still illegal and it causes a huge trash issue since most people do not clean up the debris that is left over.

Is Florida more restrictive than most states when it comes to fireworks? Although Florida makes most fireworks illegal, some states go even further. Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have banned consumer use of all fireworks.

I’ve always heard that fireworks are dangerous, but what’s the real risk? According to a study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association in 2010, 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

There were also three deaths directly related to fireworks. In addition, the association says more fires are reported on July 4 in the U.S. than on any other day.

If I use legal fire- works, how can I stay safe?

Here are five basic safety tips:

1. Always have an adult supervise

fireworks activities. Parents don’t al- ways realize that young children can be injured by sparklers, which burn at extremely high temperatures

2. Back up to a safe distance imme- diately after lighting fireworks.

3. Never try to relight or pick up

fireworks that have not ignited fully.

4. Keep a bucket of water or a

garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

5. After fireworks have burned,

douse them with water before dis-

carding them.

South Walton Fire Chief Rick Tal- bert said that even legal items burn at high temperatures and can lead to injury. For more fireworks information please contact Fire Marshal Sammy Sanchez at ssanchez@swfd.org or 850-267-1298. Read Florida’s full fireworks law here.

Follow South Walton Fire District on Facebook for more info and safety updates.

Florida’s full fireworks law here. Follow South Walton Fire District on Facebook for more info and
Florida’s full fireworks law here. Follow South Walton Fire District on Facebook for more info and

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