EDITOR’S DESK: A few of my favorite things — Crestview edition

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 04:50 PM.

Actually, it became clear as I steered into the new turn lane from West James Lee Boulevard to get on South Ferdon Boulevard. One of “My Favorite Things” is the Florida Department of Transportation’s $103,000 project that made this possible! Anything that provides traffic relief in the north county is greatly appreciated.

Another of “My Favorite Things” happened on Friday after I wrapped the Saturday edition’s deadline a half-hour early and decided to do the unthinkable: actually eat outside the office for lunch. (And, of course, first selected one of our sponsors, so Golden Buffet, it was.)

While dining on much more food than I should have eaten — receiving texts from a woman who confirmed that suspicion — and reading the latest copy of “850” Magazine, I heard a man, probably in his 60s, advise a booth full of younger men about what he would do with a million dollars. (I didn’t mean to eavesdrop but it was impossible to ignore.) He stressed to them that having a lot of money would be great, but that it comes secondary to taking care of their families and providing them the love, security and assurance they need to thrive.

That stuck with me because the icebreaker during Thursday’s Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce-Professional Inspired Leaders of Tomorrow meeting was, “What would you do with a million dollars?” I said it would go toward investments and beefing up the News Bulletin’s web broadcasting operation; basically, it wouldn’t change me. It was wonderful to hear essentially the same thing the next day at that Golden Buffet booth. Passing wisdom to younger generations, then, was another of “My Favorite Things.” Pop culture produces enough subversive messages; they need all the practical advice and family values they can get! 

And a favorites list without the 2014 America Saves Challenge would be incomplete. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Okaloosa Extension office helps promote the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station program. The challenge provides daily tips that can help everyone get a better grasp on their financial situation. You can register for a free account, tips and tracking tools here. I’ve signed up, and I hope you will, too.

However, perhaps my favorite thing this week was typing the Facebook post Monday night that announced the Okaloosa County School Board officially named Crestview High School and Baker School’s new principals.

Community newspaper journalists live for those historical moments that mark a passing of the baton, particularly when the public largely welcomes the paradigm shift.

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