JUANDA PERKINS Great American Cookies recently selected Juanda Perkins of Pensacola as the winner of its Great American Mom nationwide contest. Perkins was nominated by her daughter in a 200-word essay contest and was selected from more than 850 entries from across the country. She received a $5,000 spa getaway at a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.
LIBERTY SERTOMA The Pensacola civic club donated $1,500 to Friends of the Saenger to help offset the cost of a state-of-the-art hearing loop system recently installed in the Saenger Theatre. The new system allows the hearing impaired to experience theatre events directly through their hearing aids.
BLUE ANGELS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The West Pensacola public school was chosen to receive the George Washington Honor Medal for their entry in the awards program. The school’s annual event, “Take a Vet to School,” was cited as exemplifying the essence of the national awards.
EMERALD COAST UTILITIES AUTHORITY Its Central Water Reclamation Facility has been honored as a top three finalist for the 2011 Global Water Reuse Project of the Year by Global Water Intelligence. The CWRF’s winning design and construction was carried-out by Pensacola firms Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. and Hatch Mott MacDonald.
PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL The legislative branch of the city government came off more like a homeowners’ association than a governing body during its recent budget hearings. Few members of the public attended the day-long marathon meetings as city department heads defended their budgets before the council. As the meetings drug on with endless questions, half-hearted straw polls and political posturing, the council members themselves found other places they would rather be, too.
REPUBLICAN PARTY The GOP powerbrokers are now on their fourth presidential wunderkind, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. As the Grand Old Party struggles to find anyone other than Mitt Romney to head its 2012 ticket, the potential candidates melt under the media spotlight. Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich have had their chance. Next up, Marco Rubio?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA There is a progressive effort springing up in the Midwest. The Wisconsin recall results were significant enough to get Ohio Gov. John Kasich to try to talk the group We are Ohio into backing off its referendum that would repeal Kasich’s anti-collective bargaining law. The question the volunteers are asking is, “Where is President Obama?” To date, he’s stayed out of a fight in which his leadership could make a difference.