Patti Adams started this Crestview-based organization with support from her husband, Bruce Adams.

“The plan was to start in Crestview, but we want to expand the outreach,” Patti said.

Scars of the Past offers options to adult victims who suffered sexual assault.

“We are support groups,” Patti said. “There is a support group for women, and there is a support group for men.

“There are men who are victims just like women,” Patti added, noting that she hopes they will find the assistance they need.

“We reinforce the idea that it is not their fault,” she added about all victims. “I want to strengthen them so they can be OK with life.”

The organization formed a few years ago with a Christian-based approach, but the services are for everyone regardless of beliefs or backgrounds.

In addition to offering support groups, Scars of the Past provides information about other resources. If anyone needs additional counseling or medical treatments, staff can help find the right assistance for the victim.

“I want to empower them with information and let them know that there are people who will listen and who care,” Patti said.

Scars of the Past works with anyone 18 years and older, while children are referred to other specialized outreach programs.

Support group meeting locations are confidential, but Patti suggests that victims who wish to attend may contact her by phone or by email.

TELEPHONE: 612-9847





In the mid-1990s, Richard and Mary Frigon started repairing motorcycles in their garage. In 2007, they moved the operation of BDB Custom Motorcycle to the center of Niceville on John Sims Parkway.

In July of this year, the couple relocated their business again, this time into Valparaiso.

“We have more room to work on bikes,” Mary said. “We can get more done.”

BDB Custom Motorcycle specializes on U.S.-made bikes, particularly Harley Davidsons and Indians.

“We do repair, restoration, customizing,” Mary said. “We guarantee our work. If something is wrong, bring it back to us.

“We’ll teach the owner how to take care of his bike,” she added, noting that also applies to women who ride.

Mary also added that Saturdays are tire days.

“If you need to change tires, we can do that,” she said.

LOCATION: 60 S. John Sims Parkway, near Synovus bank

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays

TELEPHONE: 897-1769