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Dog Talk: Choosing your new best friend ‘for life’

Some things to consider if getting a new puppy is part of the plan this Christmas I find it fascinating to consider a person’s choice of breed for a family pet.  It seems that with some owners, there has clearly been careful consideration choosing the “right dog.” With other owners, less thought appears to have gone into choosing their pet than in deciding where to vacation for a weekend. This has always seemed a little strange to me as the...

Deadline approaching for the Angel Tree

Help bring a smile to a child this holiday season South Walton Fire District is hosting the Angel Tree for Caring and Sharing. You can stop by the station and pick an angel card with the name of a child, or a family with their wish. Buy the appropriate toy, game, puzzle, etc. and bring it back (wrapped) to Station 3. The cards are ready now and office hours are Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. All gifts...

Winter Market at WaterColor Dec. 20

A German Christmas style market with crafts, music and food WaterColor Inn and Resort and the WaterColor Community Association will host a Winter Market on Sat. Dec. 20,  from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at WaterColor’s Town Center. The ‘Winter Market’ concept is reminiscent of a traditional German Christmas market, where a variety of vendors display merchandise and crafts in a street fair setting – making the sites, smells and sounds of the season come alive...

Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 15

Volunteer locally in the annual winter bird count held across the country every year The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will conduct the annual Choctawhatchee Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Monday, Dec. 15.  Volunteers are needed to assist experienced leaders as recorders or spotters; no experience necessary.  This is the 108th annual winter count since ornithologist Frank Chapman, in 1900, proposed that counting birds should replace the custom of shooting birds during the holidays. Today, over 55,000 volunteers from all 50...

Dog Talk: Socializing your puppy

Socializing an important part of raising your new pup Question We just got our first puppy and we are of course trying to learn everything possible about doing things properly with her so we get a good family dog. What advise can you give us? Patricia, Shalimar Answer Well Patricia you omitted to mention what breed of puppy you have although with this questions it is not actually relevant. I say that because right now the nature versus nurture question...

Cottages for Kids auction Nov. 29

Cottages are now on display for play Cottages For Kids is an annual auction of upscale children’s playhouses that builder’s and architects come together to create, construct, decorate and donate for auction. The proceeds of the auction goes to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. CVHN, HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS, is a faith-based 501(c)3 organization, established in 2005 in direct response to Walton and Okaloosa counties’ large population of families who are unable to access high quality health services due to...

Eat your vegetables!

Fall and Winter tips and recipes from Off The Vine Produce While many organic fruits and vegetables are available year-round, we enjoy some only briefly and eagerly anticipate their return from year to year.  At Off the Vine, eating seasonally means enjoying the ripest and freshest food at the height of its natural harvest time. It means supporting local organic farmers who transport their goods the shortest distance to your plate. It also means experimenting with delicious foods you might...

The South Walton Garden

What’s happening in your garden? Fall is a great time to plan for next year in your garden, also an excellent time to plant everything. It gives the plants a chance to establish a good root system, so that they are ready for their first hot, hot summer. 1) Take a close look at your garden/ landscape.   What do you expect from it?  Do you need curb appeal?  Do you want shade/ more sun?  Is their an area that’s giving...

North Walton garden tips for November

Fall garden tips from the DeFuniak Springs Garden Club • There is still time to plant wildflower seeds thru late December. Our Florida native ecotypes will perform the best. Seeds are available through Wildflowers Matter 850.859.0096 • Coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susans, Blanket Flower, Phlox, Coneflower and Standing Cypress • Plants and lawns, though not actively growing still need water every couple weeks if the weather is very dry. •  Tender plants will withstand a freeze better when well watered • Prepare...

United Way Coats for Kids drive in full swing

Help kids stay warm when the weather turns cold outside We often take things for granted as the winter months draw near. Winter clothing can be an expensive purchase for those on a tight budget. Consider cleaning your kid’s outgrown coats and donating to The United Way Coats for Kids Drive. Drop off used coats (in good condition) or new coats through Dec. 5th at the following locations: Publix – 110 Watercolor Way, Santa Rosa Beach Publix – 725 Grand...