Sheriff’s Foundation receives $ 10,000 boost from Hanto & Clarke


The new Escambia County Sheriff’s Foundation received much needed support in the form of a $ 10,000 donation from Hanto & Clarke General Contractors.

Hanto & Clarke owner Mike Clarke said programs like the Sheriff’s Blazer Academy dovetail with their mission to build stronger communities. The goal of the Blazer Academy was to immerse young men and women ages 13-15 in an environment that offers mentoring and instruction on many topics such as courtesy, responsibility, empowerment and respect. . Sheriff Chip Simmons says giveaways like these are what make the academy and other programs possible.

The Sheriff’s Foundation was launched in June 2021 with a mission to honor and support the courageous heroes of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office while promoting increased community engagement. Brian Williams, president of the foundation, is heartened by the support he sees in the community.

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Apple Market gives back to local medical staff.

Apple Market gives back to local medical staff

David Apple, owner of Apple Market, recently hosted a free lunch for ProHealth medical staff as a thank you for their hard work. Escambia County is in the midst of a COVID-19 peak and medical staff have been working tirelessly.

Apple Market’s dining menu includes breakfasts, packed lunches, light and heavy appetizers, gourmet platters, and full meals with salads, entrees, sides, and desserts. The local grocery store can accommodate 15 to 200 people.

Apple Market has served the community for over 23 years with an award-winning butcher, a fruit and vegetable department, a delicatessen and restaurant operations.

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Ministry Village in Olive Hosts Clay Shoot Fundraiser

Ministry Village at Olive hosts the Fifth Annual Ministry Village Clay Shoot on Fridays and Saturdays at the Santa Rosa Shooting Center, 6950 Quintette Road, Pace.

The Clay Shoot is a fundraiser for Charis House, a faith-based residential recovery program helping women break free from addiction, and Ministry Village in Olive. Maison Charis is one of the programs of Ministry Village at Olive, a local non-profit organization whose mandate is to express the love of Christ to all through acts of service.

Friday festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a shooting demonstration by pro-shooter Gebben Miles followed by a catfish dinner. Saturday check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with a security meeting at 8:30 a.m. and a start time at 9 a.m. Lunch, awards and prizes will immediately follow the shoot.

Call 850-475-1112 or visit for details.

Cat adoption events held in October

The Everette Animal Welfare Group will be at PetSmart on North Davis Highway from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in October, and Animal Allies will be at PetSupermarket, 6857 N. Ninth Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 and 23. . .

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Many cats and kittens will be looking for their “furry” home. If attendees can’t adopt, they can talk to organizers about donation, hospitality, or volunteer opportunities. All cats are up to date with vaccines and have tested negative for leukemia. The adoption fee includes sterilization or sterilization with a microchip and flea pill.

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PPB Estuary Program Organizes Pond Creek Cleanup

The Pensacola Estuary and Perdido Bays Program, in partnership with Santa Rosa County and UF / IFAS FL Sea Grant Extension, is hosting a stream cleanup event on Saturday at Mayo Park, 6281 US 90, Milton, in the support of the Trash Free Waters project. . Registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and introductions and clean-ups start at 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers are sought out on land and in the creek by kayak, to remove litter from Mayo Park and Pond Creek upstream and downstream of the bridge over Pond Creek. Osprey Initiative plans to install a floating waste capture dam, which will be monitored and maintained by PPBEP staff and volunteers during a one-year monitoring program.

PPBEP is working to reduce waterborne waste through a Trash Free Waters early action project, which targets Carpenter Creek in Pensacola, Jones Creek in Escambia County, and Pond Creek in Santa Rosa County. Using specialized data collection methods, PPBEP will establish the source of waterborne wastes in local streams and use this data to inform reduction strategies and education efforts.

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(Left to right): Cheyann Smith (Station 2-Beulah), Nathan Thomas (Station 7-Ferry Pass), William Tharp (Station 7-Ferry Pass) and professional firefighter Reed Moss (Station 2-Beulah).

ECFR participates in Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighters weekend

Three volunteer firefighters from the Escambia County Fire Department recently participated in the 16th Annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighters Weekend at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

Each year, firefighters from across the Gulf Coast and the Southeast participate in the annual event. The Volunteer Firefighter Weekend included many hands-on training, including vehicle extrication, wilderness operations, urban search and rescue, medical training, and live fire training.

The three ECFR volunteer firefighters who attended and completed the weekend training were Cheyann Smith (Station 2), Nathan Thomas (Station 7) and William Tharp (Station 7).

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