Green-Up Opens for Spring March 1

Bagdad - Green-Up Santa Rosa, the non-profit nursery that helps to beautify the community, will open for the spring on Friday, March 1. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm, and will open until 5 pm on those days when the time changes. The nursery has all types of plants: trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and more. The plants are all well suited to this area and are reasonably priced. Knowledgeable staff, all with over 15 years experience, will be on hand to answer questions and make recommendations. The nursery is located at 6758 Park Avenue in Milton, just down the street from Milton High.

The emphasis this year at the nursery is landscaping on a budget. Most plant material is in one and three gallon containers, making the choice an affordable one. Tours of the nursery will be given every Saturday at 10 am and again at 2 pm by Director John Tonkin, who is also a Florida Master Gardener. Green-Up is open to all members of the public, and people can feel good about getting good quality plants and contributing to the beautification of our area.

The Santa Rosa Clean Community System, Inc is located at 6758 Park Avenue, Milton, just two blocks west of Dogwood Dr. Their phone number is (850) 623-1930. Website is


Milton Caregiver Support Group – March 7, 2013

The Council on Aging of West Florida will host a Milton Caregiver Support Group Meeting on Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m. There is no cost and the public is invited. Reservations are not required. The meeting will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church located at 6451 Park Avenue. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the same time and location. County residency is not required to attend. The support group is designed to reduce stress, increase coping skills, provide strategies for effective management of care giving tasks and enable caregivers to provide high quality care in the home. Council on Aging of West Florida, the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging sponsor the programs. For more information, call 432-1475.  


Think Green Arts and Antiques Faire Bagdad March 16

St. Patrick’s Annual Arts and Antiques Faireis on March 16 at the Bagdad Community Center. An Old Fashion Sawmill breakfast served from 7:30-9:00 a.m.with sausage, pancakes, juice, biscuits & gravy and coffee - $7. Events and activities from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Art, Crafts, and Antique DealersDog Show - 10:00 a.m. registration, $5.00 entry fee/1st prize is $50.There will be a vintage car and motorcycle show. Music will flow from the Shamrock Stage.Children’s activities include crafts, face painting, balloon animals, train rides,food vendors and ice cream. Free admission. Proceeds will benefit the new 21 acre Bagdad Mill Site Park, at the union of Pond Creek and Blackwater River.For information, call 850-983-7918.


Benny Russell Park Closes for Renovations

Benny Russell Park, located at 5417 West Spencer Field Road, will close for renovations Monday, March 4 for approximately two weeks. The renovation project will improve safety, increase the life of the structure, and help reduce overall maintenance in the future. The extremely popular, community-built playground opened in 2001 and was named after Benny Russell, Santa Rosa School Superintendent from 1980-1999.

Renovations will include the repair and replacement of broken equipment and design changes to improve visibility, better facilitate age separation within the playground areas, increase accessibility, and reduce exposure to treated wood by replacing handrails and other “high touch” areas with composite materials.

The Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Leather and Associates for design, oversight and inspections services with public works crews completing the labor, at the Feb. 14 meeting.  Total renovations costs are estimated at $110,500. 


AJGT Arrowhead Junior Masters in Baton Rouge welcomes Milton junior golfers

Milton junior golfers ages 11-18 are invited to compete in the AJGT Arrowhead Junior Masters in Baton Rouge, LA at the Santa Maria Golf Clubon the weekend of March 23rd – 24th . The 2-day, 36-hole tournament is ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and hosted by the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour. The tournament entry fee is $215.00 and includes two days of green fees, tee gifts, and Trophies in four age divisions. Recommended accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn Baton Rouge South. Please call 1-225-924-7021 for reservations. The tournament extended registration deadline is Wednesday, March 20th at Noon. To enter the event, please call Owen Seiler at 1-318-402-2446 or enter online at


Milton High School Reunion class of 1963 in October

 The Milton High School class of 1963 will celebrate their 50th reunion Oct. 18 and 19, 2013. Please contact Maureen at 850-623-1125 or email for input and further information.


Gold Wing Road Rider’s Association

The Gold Wing Road Rider’s Association is holding an 8 a.m. breakfast; 9 a.m. meeting on the second Saturday of the month. FL1-D will present its monthly social.  All bikes are welcome at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 2260 Langley Ave. Call Fred Kennedy for more information 850-232-0365 or visit