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Upcoming paddles in the Panhandle

Turkey Creek paddle on Jan. 24 The West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club offers a variety of paddles in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. If you are interesting in becoming a member, you can go to their website at www.clubkayak.com/wfckc or contact Wes Mosteller at wesjane@earthlink.net Guests are welcome on trips as long as they have the skills to safely navigate the waters being paddled.  Guests must sign a waiver form and have an Eglin Recreational Pass if the trip is...

Obedience Training Workshop Jan. 24

A day of learning for you and your dog An obedience training workshop is being offered at the DogSmith Training Center in Vernon on Saturday, Jan. 24. The cost $100.00 and includes workbook, handouts, treats, lunch and refreshments. What you will learn • How can you quantify where your obedience skills are in terms of reliability and performance • How can you identify where you want to go with your obedience goals • Train to Perform and perform as you...

Join the birders on retreat in Apalachicola

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society annual retreat Feb. 13 – 16 2009 Join the CAS in birding, owling and star gazing in Apalachicola. Directed by Alan Knothe- expert birder. Other activities include kayaking/canoeing and good fellowship. Camping and motels available.  Register with Pat Baker- 850-678-2953 flabirder@cox.net or Bob Penhollow- 850-729-2602 bobpenhollow@cox.net Daily agendas will be given to registrants....

New waterfront park opens in Freeport

Boat launch and parking available on 4 Mile Creek A new park has opened on Four Mile Creek in Freeport. Known by the locals as ‘The Point,’ the park now boasts more than 20 parking spaces and several boat slips. In addition, there are restroom facilities and walkways that wrap around the waterfront. “This park has been 18 years in the works,” said Mickey Marse, mayor of Freeport. In addition, a custom-designed longer slip that runs parallel to the creek...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Bird Walk Jan. 24

Learn about bird behavior Jan. 24 Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots”.  Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join CAS volunteer, Bob Penhollow for a bird walk around the Niceville area on January 24th 2009. Meet at 7:30 AM at KMART parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and water are...

Surf and inshore fishing report

Pompano, redfish, bluefish, flounder being caught surf fishing Surf Fishing Surf Fishing in the winter offers some interesting possibilities.  In the last few weeks we have seen lots of big bull reds, bluefish, black drum, pompano and even bonita caught from the beach.  This time of year, you never know what to expect.  Keep an eye on the fluctuations in water temperature.  The past few weeks have seen the water temperature rise and fall several degrees.  When you see a...

YOLO boarding photo goes international

Local photographer’s pic featured in Standup Surf & Sail Journal A photo taken by local graphic designer and photographer Jake Meyer during last year’s YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series at Oyster Lake, is featured in the current Winter 2009 issue of Standup Surf & Sail Journal. “Standup surf & sail Journal is probably ‘the’ most notable SUP magazine in the industry today so needless to say we feel honored to be a part of this issue,” said Tom Losee, co-founder...

A beautiful early morning view

Local couple enjoy a special treat as they drink their morning coffee Mike and Angela Ragsdale enjoyed a pleasant surprise in their backyard on Jan. 10. As they sipped their sunrise coffee, a bald eagle swooped in over the Bay and landed on a pine tree branch in their yard. “He sat there for 30-40 minutes, obviously looking for some breakfast,” Mike said. Mike and Angela live on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach....

Florida Trail hiking events for Jan. – Feb.

Florida Trail Association – Choctawhatchee and Western Gate Chapters Activities January/February  2009 Activity Participants Please note: Contact the activity leader well in advance for more information and/or to reserve your place (Space is limited.) Unless instructed otherwise by the activity leader, each participant should bring: day pack, plenty of water (recommended minimum, 2 quarts), sun protection (hat, glasses, screen), insect repellent, lunch and or snacks, adequate clothing for the forecast, and comfortable, sturdy close toed shoes with socks. Long pants,...

Stir it in the Sauce Jan. 17

Gumbo and games at Fonville Press Saturday, January 17, 5-8 p.m. Fonville Press All you can eat chicken and sausage gumbo, s’mores and hot cocoa. Live music by the Coconut String Band. $10 for adults, kids 10 and under eat free. $5 pitchers of beer, $4 glasses of wine. As always, enjoy petanque, ping-pong, bocce, horsehoes and a firepit. Come back for Superbowl XLIII Sunday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. The game will be shown on the big screen! Grilled...

Mother Nature with a Twist

Putting a new perspective on our environment Eric Marcus has a creative eye for altering his local nature photography and adding a twist. Eric took this photo in Dec. as he took a walk in the wood in Point Washington State Forest in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information about Eric Marcus, contact: www.emmarcusphotography.com...