By Wendy Victora Rudman wendyvrudman@gmail.com In Destin, which is lined by white sand beaches and dotted with pools of all sizes, it may seem surprising that not everyone knows how to swim. Or that there are visitors and locals who are looking for something longer than a backyard pool when it...
Army veteran and Destin’s own Geoff Speyrer is making his way around Destin five times to bring hope and awareness to veteran suicide. The SET22 endurance event starts Friday, May 13, and continues throughout the night and into the next evening. As founder of the event, Geoff will make...
By JoDell Haverfield, Have Travel Memories One of my earliest and fondest memories as a child was shopping with my mother. It seems silly now, but mother used to buy my sister and I matching dresses, lovingly referred to as “big sister - little sister dresses.” This experience always instilled...
By Patricia Lee, Destinites April gave me another trip around the sun and I am now proud to be 63! And, May is giving me my 33rd opportunity to celebrate my own motherhood. April and May always hold special meaning for me since 17 years ago I was told I...
Mothers’ Day May Madness Cryo850 Performance & Recovery It’s our favorite time of year at CRYO850 when we get to honor the women in our lives! Most moms spend their days focused on everyone except themselves. What better way to celebrate her than with amazing, rejuvenating, full-service, lineups of advanced, drug-free...
By Doug Stauffer Okaloosa County was privileged April 18 to host history in the making. Almost 2,000 of us were blessed to say, “I was there to witness this historic event.” This date marked the 80th anniversary of the World War II Doolittle Raiders bombing of Tokyo. Eighty men launched...
By Doug Stauffer They say blood runs thicker than water, but I witnessed what happens when colleagues choose to create an enduring bond. With its many branches, this extended family of the 919th Special Operations Wing (SOW) showed the heights achieved through genuine solidarity. I had the distinct pleasure of...
There’s something BIG going on every month it seems at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. And May is no exception! Welcome Summer During the Memorial Day Celebration Weekend! Saturday, May 28th, 7-9 p.m. Sunday, May 29th, 6-9 p.m. Monday, May 30th, 7-8 p.m. | FREE Kick off the 100 days of summer as...
Military veterans from FORCE BLUE launched their inaugural FORCE BLUE OCS (Ocean Conservation School) for Gold Star families recently at Vortex Springs in Ponce DeLeon. (A Gold Star Family is the immediate family member(s) of a fallen service member who died while serving in a time of conflict.) The FORCE...

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Eglin Claims Air Force Hospital of the Year: The 96th Medical Group at Eglin Air Force Base claimed four awards recently, including Hospital of the Year, at the 2021 Air Force Medical Service Annual Awards and included individual and team awards. Individual category winners included USAF Biomedical Specialist of...

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