National Pasta Day

National Pasta Day, what kind of pasta are you going to eat today? National Pasta Day(NPD) is an unofficial holiday which is celebrated annually on October 17th. No one really knows who started NPD, most likely someone who really loved pasta or a pasta manafacturer. Pasta is one of the world’s most popular foods. Pasta facts: ~ The US makes over 4 billion pounds of pasta a year. ~ Italians eat 60 pounds of pasta per person per year. ~ Macaroni, penne and spaghetti are the most popular forms of pasta. ~ There are over 600 known pasta shapes. ~ Americans eat about 20 pounds of pasta per person per year.

National No Bra Day

Today, October 13th is National No Bra Day. The day promotes breast cancer awareness. It encourages wearers to leave the bras at home! It’s also a day when people rally to raise much needed money for breast cancer research. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and National No Bra Day falls almost in the middle. Most kinds of breast cancer can be treated if caught early. The first defense is a monthly self-breast exam. Get yearly physicals with a breast check included. It is also recommended that anyone over the age of 40 get a monogram yearly.

In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US, along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019. 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the five-year survival rate is 99%.

A place to check for a free mammogram is the Florida Health Department of Jackson County. If you are low income with no health insurance and between the ages of 50-64 you can call them with questions at 850-245-4444.


October is the 10th month of the year and has 31 days. With the month of October, autumn moves into full swing. Who doesn’t like putting on a sweater and talking a walk through the leaves in the crisp air. With the autumnal equinox in late Septemer, foliage season has officially began around much of the US. The foliage color is triggered by the amount of daylight not the weather. Fall is the best time to plant garlic and bulbs for spring. The birthstone of October is opal which symbolizes faithfulness and confidence.

October is a full month in the panhandle. We have fall festivals, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween and trick or treating, and the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Michael. Be sure to check the blog regularly for details.

October 31st, the last day in October is Halloween and also National knock-knock jokes day. Here’s one for you. Knock-knock. Who’s there? A broken pencil. A broken pencil who? Nevermind… it’s pointless.

A few folklore for the season: ~When deer are in a gray coat in October, expect a hard winter. ~A warm October means a cold February. Much wind in October, much wind in December.


BURN BAN for Jackson County~today till conditions improve

The burn ban got voted on today Monday, September 30th and will be lifted as soon as conditions improve and there is more rainfall. In a special commission meeting this morning a burn ban was suggested by Fire Chief Charlie Brunner for Jackson County. The ban includes outdoor cooking fires, camp fires, and all yard burning. The fire department has responded to 52 outdoor fires in Jackson County since September 13th.

Blountstown in Calhoun County also has a burn ban.

According to the Florida Forest Service website Holmes and Washington County also have a burn ban as of September 25th.

You can always call you local city/county fire department to determine if a local burn ban is in place where you live before you burn.

September is Preparedeness Month

It is the last day of September already! This month has flown by. Summer has come and gone and fall has arrived. Well, the calendar says that even if the weather doesn’t. It has been HOT and DRY. We are still in hurricane season and September is Preparedness Month. Even though it is the last day it is never to late for a few reminders to help your family stay safe year around!

National Preparedness Month culminates on September 30th with National Preparedness Day, the national day of action. Step 1~Learn your risks and responses. Sign up for emergency alerts, learn where your local shelters are and what kind of national disasters happen in your area. Step 2~Make a plan! Make sure to include kids and pets. Step 3~Build a supply kit. They recommend 3 to 7 days of food and water for each person. Don’t forget medicines, first aid, and batteries. Step 4~Get Involved. Find opportunities to support community preparedness. There are many ways to get involved before disaster strikes. ex. Red Cross, Neighborhood Watch.

*Reporting emergencies: ~Call 911 if you are in immediate danger, if someone is injured, has troubling breathing, or in unconscious. ~To report oil, chemical or hazardous substance releases or spills call the National Response Center at 800-424-8802. ~Pesticide poisoning call 800-222-1222.

*Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips.

Below are some photos with more planning ideas. Be safe!


National Voter Registration Day~September 24th

National Voter Registration Day(NVRD) is a holiday celebrated on the forth Tuesday of every September. To see if you are registered to vote or need to do so, you can go online here: or visit your local DMV.

This day was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity ever since. National Voter Registration Day is a day of civic unity. It’s an opportunity to set aside differences and celebrate democracy and the rights and opportunities we all share as Americans.  Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they missed a registration deadline, didn’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. NVRD wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. NVRD seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, all month mental health advocates, prevention originations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. It truly is okay if you don’t feel okay. According to the officials with the Life Management Center, Bay and Washington counties rank among the highest in the state for suicide rates. For those dealing with a crisis Life Management has a phone line always open. The 24/7, 365 days a year phone number is 850-522-4485. Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather then increase suicidal ideation.

Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide, that’s 22 too many. HOPE can help with PTSD, TBI, depression, anxiety, pain, marriage/family issues, spiritual concerns. The HOPE project provides free Equine Assisted Therapy and free counseling for Vets, First Responders and their family members. This is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring hope and healing through the use or horses who many of which have been rescued from slaughter houses. Call 850-896-4868 for more information.

For outside of Bay County #SuicideAwareness, call 800-273-8255 available 24 hours everyday.

September 15th

September 15th is the 3rd Sunday of the month. Today people everywhere are celebrating Wife Appreciation Day, National Cheese Toast Day, Greenpeace Day, National Felt Hat Day, National Double Cheeseburger Day, National Linguine Day, National Online Learning Day, National Tackle Kids Cancer Day, and National Crème Dev Menthe Day. That is a lot of National Days going on. Below each photo are a few facts about some of these days.

National Tackle Kids Cancer Day on September 15th gives you a chance to be part of the cure for pediatric cancer research. Join other Tackle Kids Cancer supporters and volunteer to rally our community and raise needed funds for pediatric cancer research. Join the team in several ways. Donate! Support essential clinical care, unique support services, and groundbreaking cancer research needed to find a cure. Get involved by organizing a fundraiser or volunteering for an event. Use #TackleKidsCancerDay to share on social media. Also September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Greenpeace Day is observed on September 15th commemorates the movement that began on this day. Founded in 1971 by 17 activists protesting nuclear testing off the shores of Alaska, Greenpeace now boasts a worldwide membership. Taking on environmental issues and raising awareness, their campaigns continually strive to support and preserve the Earth. This day highlights activism in the name of the environment. The day recognizes peaceful protest for change to improve air quality, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, use of plastics, water quality. Conservation and preservation fall under their topics of environmental justice. How can you observe Greenpeace Day? Learn more about activism. Find out about the roots and how its influence has changed the world around you. Use #GreenpeaceDay to post on social media.
Wife Appreciation Day provides an opportunity for spouses to show appreciation to their wives. The relationship between a husband and a wife takes balance. Every day, spouses do things for each other, sometimes without thinking. Other times, work and responsibilities get in the way. This observance offers a way to remind husbands to show a little appreciation to their wives. This particular observance sets aside time for couples who have no children. Not every woman is a mother, either by chance or choice. Since so many holidays celebrate families with children, this day offers a day for those who remained childless. Couples may choose to celebrate the day traditionally with a gift of flowers, perfume, jewelry or clothing. However, other options include a day at a spa, tickets to a show or dinner at a nice restaurant. A foot massage and cooking breakfast or dinner at home can also say, “Thank you for all the things you do every day. I appreciate them.” Share your celebration using #WifeAppreciationDay to post on social media.
One of America’s favorites, National Double Cheeseburger Day recognizes a food icon savored across the United States. Hamburger. Seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sautéed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, and cheese. Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard, or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger. Now, double the patties and the cheese. The celebration requires it. It is most likely that the hamburger sandwich first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries, but there is much controversy over its origin. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States. Whether you cook together or go out to eat, remember to #CelebrateEveryDay and share your meal using #DoubleCheeseburgerDay to post on social media.




National Day of Encouragment

September 12th, yesterday, was National Day of Encouragement! This day was dedicated to uplifting people around you and making a positive impact. Even though this was yesterday, it is something we could all do everyday.

Verbal encouragement has been proven to increase physical performance by as much as 33% according to several studies. Don’t you feel a little more motivated, a little more excited to complete a task when someone offers you kind words? Try encouraging a friend, coworker, family, pet, or yourself with phrases like: ~ I believe in you no mater what. ~ You are safe and loved. ~ Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can. ~ I’m proud of you. ~ You’re important to me, and I’ll support you no matter what. ~ I know it’s tough right now, but I’m cheering for you and believe you can make it through this.

These are just a few examples. I hope today you give yourself a kind word, and then pass it on. Walk with empathy, kindness, and love.



Where were you 18 years ago?  In the United States Patriot Day occurs on September 11th of each year in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks in the year 2001. A bill to make 9/11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on Oct. 25, 2001. Joint resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407-9, with 25 members not voting. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Nov 30. President Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002 as the first Patriot Day. Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, schools and businesses remain open in observance of the occasion. The flag is flown at half-mast at the White House and on all U.S. Government buildings throughout the world. Additionally a moment of silence is observed at 8:46am EST, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

~The impact lingers. Ten thousand first responders and Ground Zero volunteers have been diagnosed with cancer by the World Trade Center Health Program. – AFP
~The rubble of the World Trade Center has given way to a gleaming new complex of office towers, a museum, a transit hub and a memorial that draws millions of visitors each year. But rebuilding is still not complete. – AP