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Alaqua Animal Refuge friend of the week

Look into my big brown eyes… don’t you want to be my new friend? My name is Missy and as you can see, I’m quite photogenic.  I’m dreaming of my new home, and can’t wait to meet my new family. I am a six year old long haired daschund and am very friendly.  I am actually so adorable, I’m the new greeter at Alaqua’s main office.  Come see me! Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal refuge, located on a...

Community Clean Up Day in Santa Rosa Beach July 11

Yard debris, tires and appliances accepted Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on U.S. 98 at Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach Dumpsters provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris (bagged yard debris only; land clearing debris cannot be accepted), tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items.  A crew and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum. Please do not bring poisons,...

Busy 4th of July weekend for South Walton Fire District

96 calls, three structure fires from lightening and one fire caused by illegal fireworks The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) experienced a very busy 4th of July weekend. The weekend started in earnest Thursday evening as lightening storms rolled through the area. Lightening strikes ignited 3 structure fires in South Walton. Due to the prompt response and quick actions of SWFD crews, the damages to the structures were minimized. In addition to the structure fires, crews responded to 30 other...

Learn about spiders at Topsail July 15

Discover the world of Spiders July 15 at 6 p.m. – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Learn which spiders in Florida are poisonous, where they live, what they eat, and the benefits they bring to us.  This indoor slide program is great for all ages. Park at the Day-Use area off Hwy 30A. Take a short walk to the clubhouse. A $2.00 entry fee is required. For more information about the park: click here...

Kids get artsy for Alaqua Animal Refuge

Pet portraits raise money for worthy cause In conjunction with the upcoming Transformations Art Show in Rosemary Beach, children will have the opportunity to paint pet portraits for a great cause. Bring your child by Gigi’s Fabulous Kids Fashions and Toys in Rosemary Beach on Saturdays through July 18, and their pet painting will help raise money for Alaqua Animal Refuge, Walton County’s only no kill animal refuge and adoption center....

Sustainable garden spirals to life

South Walton family builds compost garden with a twist Walton County residents Susan and Peter Horn are at ease with being green. The forward thinking couple has transformed their entire yard into a multi-faceted ongoing permaculture project. Creative planting of herbs in a spiral-shaped compost garden had proven successful for the couple, hence the decision to expand on their existing spiral. With a little help from their friends on June 21, bricks were towered and a wide variety of ingredients...

Artists unite to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge

Transformations Fine Art Show and Silent Auction opening July 1 Local artists from South Walton have put their hearts and hands to work to help bring a very unique art show and silent auction to Scenic 30A. 100% of all money raised from the show will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, the area’s only no kill shelter. Art exhibit opening night July 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. 38 Main Street, Rosemary Beach (next to Cowgirl Kitchen) Exhibition runs through July...

It’s blueberry time in the Florida Panhandle

Where to find local sweet blueberries to pick or purchase in Walton County and the surrounding area June and July is the time of year to head out and find tasty Florida blueberries. In addition to a great topping for cereal or salads, blueberry pancakes, muffins and coffee cakes are also a popular homemade treat for berry lovers. Many locals take advantage of the local pick-your-own farms and stock up by purchasing berries by the gallon from local growers. Since...

What are BHA and BHT and why are they in my pet’s food?

Two ingredients you should avoid when buying pet food BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are preservatives added to a wide variety of processed foods to keep them from going rancid or changing flavor, odor, and color, especially those foods containing oil or shortening.  Though widely used by food manufacturers, despite the fact that safe alternatives are available, many research studies indicate BHA and BHT are carcinogens. The FDA considers these additives safe, but the World Health Organization’s International...

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach a kaleidoscope of color

Crowds pack courtyards of Alys Beach to enjoy the show The evening of June 6, the walls of Alys Beach turned multihued as crowds lined the courtyards and walkways of the Scenic 30A beach community to enjoy Digital Grafitti. Colorful images and animations drew oohs and ahhs from the crowds with a variety of themes created by artists from across the globe. “JD’s Fun House” by John Daniel of Panama City proved a favorite with the younger spectators, as the...