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The Emerald Star News February 9, 2012

The Emerald Star News February 9, 2012

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A Walton County, Florida based newspaper

The Emerald Star News
P.O. Box 1133
Freeport, Fl 32439

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A Walton County, Florida based newspaper

The Emerald Star News
P.O. Box 1133
Freeport, Fl 32439

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Volume: 4
Issue: 3
February 9, 2012
bi-weekly Edition
merald Star News
alton county -
Freeport, Florida 
with A style of it’s own
a community Based Newspaper
offered ‘free’
…….from our business Advertisers inside this week
Inside this WEEK:
First Annual Apple Classic 5K & 10K Race a Success!
The streets of Hammock Bay were full of action onSaturday, January 21
as over 100 people ran the FirstAnnual Apple Classic 5K and 10K Race to benefit edu-
cation in Walton County. The first annual….
Page 5
The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Satur-day, Feb.25th from 10am to 2 pm at Eden Gardens State
Park in Point Washington, North of US 98…
Page 5
JobsPlus Announces Upcoming JobFair
- The Workforce Development Board of Oka-loosa and Walton Counties and its JobsPlus One-Stop
Career Centers are pleased to announce….....
Page 6FDOT Bridge Work 
Bridgemasters, Inc.will replace bridge expansion joints on the following
 bridges starting Tuesday, Feb. 7. ……..…….
Page 6
Big changes are in place for the 5th Annual30a St Patrick's Parade
slated for Friday March16th. at 3.00pm. Forming on Scenic 30a near The Pre-
serve, the parade heads westbound…...…...
Page 10
 Hello everyone! Here we are getting antsy for springweather. Maybe we did get lucky and have only a short
amount of winter weather. I don‘t know about you but my
lake still shows signs of needing rain and could use a bunch of it.
With this copy of The Emerald Star being considered the ‗valentine‘ edition, I thoughtof writing about feelings of love. Do you know how mushy it would end up? I‘ve had an
eventful few years and would not want to bring it to the surface again. Definitely.However, I did a lot of research about emotions and feelings that are sent from the brain
which pulls on those heart strings. Can you imagine how much I read about an author‘s
feelings of what they experienced? I mean, what the heck? He only wrote of his own ex- periences and what he witnessed friends go through. Sounds simple enough but I still readthrough it all hoping to find the answer, a one word answer as if there is one. After count-
less hours of reading I came to a conclusion (because of the headache), there isn‘t an
answer why because each of us are different. Similar yet so different.Guess I should write about a book and then get my therapist to be a specialist to confirmcertain aspects of those feelings I had and recall. Then it validates what was written and boy do I have some stories to tell. It seems that we all are experienced in the field of loveat some level or another. Experts? Depends on who you ask nowadays.Just ask your best friend about a past love they once had. It would be hard to imaginewhat the number of stories that ended with great endings would be. I mean, if it were,
wouldn‘t that be a tale to tell? Doesn‘t that get your mind going? Think of all those loveromance movies you‘ve seen over the years. You normally only remember a few good
 parts of that movie. It may have been special to you, because you may have experiencedsimilar things that the character went through in that movie. Do you still?There were a few funny facts I want to share with you.
Did you know?
...People aremore likely to tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of the left (65 percent of  people go to the right!). The oldest known love song was written 4,000 years ago andcomes from an area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers but what the name is I forgot
if it said or not. Here‘s one to think about, that one in five long
-term love relationships
 began with one or both partners being involved with someone else. Interesting, isn‘t it?Here‘s a few more. Falling in love can induce a calming effect on the body and mind
and raises levels of nerve growth factor for about a year, which helps to restore the
nervous system and improves the lover‘s memory. Love can also exert the same stress on
your body as deep fear. You see the same physiological responses
 pupil dilation, sweaty palms, and increased heart rate.
Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don‘t.
The tradition of the diamond engagement ring comes from Archduke Maximillian of Austria who, in the 15th century, gave a diamond ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy.People who are newly in love produce decreased levels of the hormone serotonin
as lowas levels seen in people with obsessive-
compulsive disorder. Perhaps that‘s why it‘s soeasy to feel obsessed when you‘re smitten.
According to mathematical theory, we should date a dozen people before choosing along-
term partner; that provides the best chance that you‘ll make a love match. So, I guessif you want to play the numbers this would be true. Like most of you, I‘ll know it when I
feel it.
In today‘s disposable type of world, watch yourself for you may find yourself with
someone somewhere in what you thought was a love never to end. Enjoy the love you
have everyday you have the chance, for the ‗may last forever‘ all begins with you.
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Views expressed in
do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. The staff of 
 pride ourselves in our efforts to ensureaccuracy of the publication contents. However, there is no guarantee of the accuracy of all the Information nor the absence of errors and omissions (especially when sent through a third party);therefore, no responsibility can or will be assumed. 3000 copies printed bi-weekly.
Frank Wolfe Jr.
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Contributing Editor
 Dr. Summers
Guest columnist
 Erica Beck 
Guest Columnist
Colin Richards
Page 2 The EMERALD STAR NEWS Inc. Thursday, February 9, 2012
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P.O. Box 1133
Freeport, Florida 32439
Quote of the week :
The Wolfe’s Den
From the businesses advertising in this issue.Thank each one as you go to their store
Yes it‘s true. The rising demand for this newspaper our delivering needs we
could not meet each week. If you live a bit further out we will get it to you.We need advertising help too, just give me a call today!
The Emerald Star News is published bi-weekly
We are locally owned and operated in Freeport
"Unlessyou'rewilling tohave a go,failmiserably,and haveanother go,successwon'thappen."
Page 3
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Letter to the Editor,
Dear friends,
It would be easy to blame the efforts of Florida‘s largest private landowner to the east and the more
 populated counties to the west for getting lesser transportation needs attended to throughout the Panhan-
dle while Walton County‘s greater needs have been ignored. We could also blame the vague promises
made by our legislators in Tallahassee and Washington, which were easily broken and quickly forgot-ten. However, that would accomplish nothing.Walton County, as usual, must fend for itself. In some Florida towns and cities where I have lived,
that would spell doom and destruction, but not here, I‘m proud to say. Walton County folk are used to
doing their own heavy-lifting and making their own way.There is no question that we need a bridge system capable of providing four-lanes of traffic, just aswe need four lanes on US 331 from the Alabama line to US 98. Those who say we don't need this aresimply not in touch with reality. People who say that no bridge and therefore no four-lane highway isneeded do not understand the basic economic realities of northwest Florida.We have been lobbying for the four-laning of US 331 for decades. Why? Because we know that itwill benefit every facet of life here. It will allow us to attract new business and industry that requiresmodern transportation routes. It will reduce the number of senseless accidents and deaths on our high-way. It will allow tourists and travelers to reach their destinations without clogging our only north-southartery.It will allow faster evacuation during tropical storms and hurricanes and it will allow Walton Countyresidents to travel safely and quickly throughout the county, whether for work, shopping, dining or rec-reation.
DOT and the DEP have told us that we can‘t four 
-lane the highway until we four-lane the bridge. Wecan dislike this statement, we can agree that it isn't fair, but in the end, we cannot change it.Though our current bridge was clearly designed to accommodate a second, two-lane span built at a
later date, thanks to DOT and DEP again, we have been told that we can‘t build a second two
-lane span but must start over.We do need to keep in mind that opting for the bridge doesn't just get us a bridge-it also gets US 331four-laned. That is the second part of the promise of DOT
 build the bridge and the state will start four -laning the highway. So when we're talking about this issue, we need to remember that we're talkingabout a bridge and a highway.So now we must decide how to pay for our own much needed and long overdue improvements
tax or toll. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but in the final analysis, I do not favor a toll andhere are the reasons why.It would punish the working class and reward the wealthy. A tourist would pay a toll to reach southWalton, let's assume a total of $2 per car per year. Who pays the rest? The local people who work across the bay, who must travel the road every day, week after week, month after month, year after 
year. That‘s $2 for the tourist
-$500 for the worker. Does that sound fair to you?Though we may not like it, the truth is, Walton County's only real economic driver is tourism - out of state travelers trying to get to the beach. Another bit of truth is that travelers routinely avoid toll roads
whenever they can. I do and I‘ll bet you do, too. With a new by
-pass currently under construction inOkaloosa County, there will soon be far too many faster, safer alternate routes to the beach available totravelers. Why take a toll road?Clearly, it would be more equitable to skim an extra penny from tourism dollars.Consider the total impact of a penny on the dollar from the $2,000 per week to stay in a rental house;a penny on the dollar from the hundreds spent in restaurants; on the hundreds spent in our shops andfactory outlets and for all the other south Walton amenities.
Multiply that amount by the tens of thousands of tourists who visit us year round and I think you‘llsee that‘s a far more equitable approach.
 Will local residents pay, too? Yes, but we will also benefit year round
not just for one or two weeksout of the year 
in the same way that our extra sales taxes provide free garbage and sanitation servicesyear round. Further, if we are ever going to be able to expand our economic base to include something besides tourism, we are going to have to have transportation routes that are as good as those thatalready exist in every other Panhandle county. We're already behind everyone else.Like all Americans, I hate taxes. I especially hate taxes that provide no benefit. I know that there is nogood time for more taxes. However, taxes are a fact of life and they can provide value. The only taxesany of us should favor are those that provide a direct benefit and actually improve our lives. Further, wemust insure that the penny tax expires when the original project is paid for and does not becomea tax for life.So how do we benefit? The first way is through protecting the health and safety of tourists and localcitizens alike by providing a faster and safer means of evacuation during hurricanes, tornados and tropi-cal storms.The second is through economic development. A four-laned US 331 means more industry and busi-ness
which means more jobs, better jobs for ourselves and our children. It means a stronger economyand a better way of life.It is the difference between a thriving, prosperous place to work, to live and raise our families and a place that will eventually wither on the vine, a place that has been passed by, populated by dwindlingcommunities with little hope and even fewer opportunities.When there are faster, safer alternate routes to the beach available to travelers, why would anyonechoose a two-lane road? And when they choose a faster, safer four-
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