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Barby Ramsey has created a sweeping, whimsical village out of miniatures in her living room. "It's a
lot of fun," she says of her collecting hobby.

Collector creates miniature

worldbig on Christmas spirit


Barby and John Ramsey is
a winter wonderland in
miniature, filled with
dozens of homes, churches, historic
buildings and businesses and little
people going about their daily lives.
Starting in her living room -
where an entire town with everything
from a golf course to a soda fountain
and a ski chalet ftis two wall - and
extending to the kitchen, dining
room and master bedroom, Barby
Ramsey has put her creative touch to
work crafting a whimsical world that
she enthusiastically shares with
friends and guests.
The pieces are from Department
56, which has designed collectibles
and decorations for more than 30
years. There are themes such as the
Alpine Village series, North Pole
series and Christmas in the City. The
Ramseys are such avid collectors that
they belong to the Northeast Florida
Villagers, traveling to conventions
and shows to find pieces and get dis-
play ideas. At Christmastime they
also help set up a village at the
Ronald MacDonald House in Jack-
sonville for families there to enjoy.
'"When I first started collecting in
'86, they only had the Original Snow
Village and Dickens, and I thought,
'Oh, I'd like to have American build-
ings.' When I first started collecting,
there were no people, therewere no
cars," said Ramsey.
Her first purchase was a church,
and more than 20 years later it has
been joined by dozens of.other build-
ings to form a joyful world where chil-
dren in inner tubes coast down a ski
slope designed by John Ramsey, a
young man proposes to his intended
outside a diner and a girl shares a
canoe with her Golden Retriever at
Fisherman's Nook.
John Ramsey has created the per-
fect backdrop, making mountains out
of Styrofoam cut with a wire to look
like real peaks and valleys, for exam-
ple, and wiring the house so his wife
can turn on the lights inside the tiny
buildings with a flick of a switch.
The figurines, from a-1950's era
Ford dealership to a Starbucks to a
Mexican cantina, all hold special
meaning for Barby Ramsey, who
delights in telling the story behind
each scene. Some are musical, some
light up, some have fiber optics, and
all are close to her heart
The retriever, for example, is a
reminder of their beloved dog who
has since died, and the ski slope and
chalet of the years she and her hus-
band spent in Norway during his 30-
year career with the U.S. Air Force.
The cardinals in the woods were her
father's favorite birds, and there is
even a "Sarah Palin moose."
There is a golf club to honor John
Ramsey's pro career, a Ford dealer-
ship and cars to commemorate the
racing car he owned, and "The
Ramsey Family Winery" to reflect
VILLAGE Continued on 3A

Christmas spirit fills the air
in these vignettes created
by Barby Ramsey. A.chalet
and ski slope, right, remind
her of the years she and
her husband, John, spent
in Norway during his 30-
year U.S. Air Force career.
"Everything is so detailed,"
she says of the Department
56 figurines she has been
collecting since 1986. A
water tower and boat docks
grace "Snow Village," :,
below, while people are
bundled against the cold
outside a restaurant and
bus depot, and a shopper
stops for a Starbucks cof-
fee, bottom.,

I don't know where we're going to get the money.
It's not allocated.,, for these reasons,
I'm going to continue to oppose it.'

News Leader
City commissioners agreed Tues-
day to spend $150,000 for an amended
two-year contract for state and federal
lobbying services, but deferred the
purchase of a portable stage for
$13,000, citing the unstable economy.
The city's original resolution was to
hire Jacobs, Scholz & Associates for
joint lobbying services with the coun-
ty. But that interlocal agreement fell
apart after the county commission and
Clerk of Court John Crawford tangled
over whether the job should be subject
to a competitive bid. For now the coun-
ty has hired Jacobs at $6,249 per
month for up to four months while it
works out a resolution.
The amended city contract, like the
original, says the city will pay Jacobs
$75.000 ivyear. plus.expe6n;es. for two
years, but is for separate lobbying serv-
ices for the city only.
Commissioner Ron Sapp, who has
been an outspoken opponent of hir-
ing Jacobs, voted against the resolu-
tion, reiterating his position that hiring
a lobbyist violates city code.
"I don't raise objections simply'to be
obstinate," said Sapp. "I don't think

we need a lobbyist."
Sapp noted that the
city had represented
itself in Tallahassee
S for many city proj-
S ects, including Old
STown, the Peck
S Community Center,
' Main Beach and oth-
Jacobs ers;
Sapp added that
he still believed that
hiring an attorney to do federal lob-
bying violates city codes. "John
Crawford felt so strongly that he would
not sign the check (for lobbying serv-
ices)," said Sapp. "We're still clinging
to the idea that lobbying services are
legal services.... I don't see 'legal serv-
ices' anywhere in the contract... a lob-
byist doesn't have to be a lawyer."
Sapp then asked commissioners to
identify one essential pruiect that the
city or commission could not do on
its own.
Commissidner Susan Steger noted
that the Rayonier mill located in the
city could use funding from the feder-
al government, and in fact had called
Jacobs to get funding from Democratic

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City worker plans

e-waste program

News Leader
"Bloaccumulation." It's a slightly
menacing word, but one that is used
more and more frequently in our mod-
ern world.
It's what happens when living things,
build up toxins from the environment
that gradually go up the food chain.
Those toxins will eventually end up
in humans if we keep throwing our
hazardous and electronic waste into
our local landfills.'
That's why the city's Fleet.
Maintenance Director Jeremiah
Glisson is working on a program to
get residents to dispose of their elec-
tronic waste properly by recycling.
Fernandina Beach already has a
limited recycling program that allows
residents to drop off used batteries,
motor oil and scrap metal at the Fleet
Maintenance facility on South Fifth,
Street. But it doesn't address the rela-
tively new issue of electronic waste,
which has become a worldwide prob-
The new e-waste program will help
residents with recycling their old elec-
tronic products, which include batter-
ies, computers, monitors, cell phones,
computer keyboards, audio equipment,
small appliances and televisions. Those
products are safe as long as their elec-
tronic components are encased inside.
It's when the devices break and their
contaminants leak into the ground that
they become dangerous to the envi-
Glisson said he hopes to have the
pilot e-waste program in place by
January. Recycle bins will first be set up
in City Hall, and if the response is good,
bigger stations will be set up through-

out the.city.
"I'm looking'for a
way to make it. an
S easy streamlined
process," ' said
Glisson. "Otherwise,
people won't do it."
Another way to
get citizens involved
Glisson with the program,
Said Glisson, is to
have "Green Days,"
wherein areas will be set up around
town for residents to drop off their
used electronics for recycling. Glisson
said he hopes the city can also work in
tandem with groups like Keep Nassau
Beautiful, which,held-its own Green
Day a few months ago.
Glisson said the city will most like-
ly use an agency out of Jacksonville to
get rid of the city's electronic waste
products. Using an outside agency will
not cost the city any money, says
Glisson, and at some point the city may
even receive some kind of financial
The city does receive some money
for the recycling of waste oil, but it
wasn't always so. At first, says Glisson,
the city paid to have the waste oil recy-
cled, then it was free of charge. Now
the city is compensated for the waste
oil, and'Glisson said he hopes the e-
waste program will follow the same
The e-waste program, said Glisson,
.is also in response to the statewide
2008 Florida Energy Bill passed by
Gov. Charlie Crist The Energy, Climate
Change and Economic Security Act of
2008 establishes anew statewide recy-
cling goal of 75 percent to be achieved
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Fernandina Beach
Elementary School Principal
William L. Webb asked all
.?og owners to please keep
hem off school grounds.
December 18, 1958


A move to limit popula-
tion growth within city limits
got a boost when city com-

missioners asked the city
manager to investigate plac-
ing the question on a 1984
referendum ballot.
December 21, 1983

The Nassau County
School Board unanimously
endorsed a joint-use facilities
agreement with the FCCJ
Betty P. Cook Nassau Center
in Yulee.
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Benjamin E Alderman Sr.
Funeral services 'for Mr. Benjamin F
Alderman Sr., 79, will be held on Saturday, Dec.
20, 2008, at the.Mount Horeb
" ''\ Missionary Baptist Church,
S 58552 Coopersneck 'Road,
S(Lessie community), Hilliard,
at 11 a.m., the Rev. William
Jones, pastor.
Mr. Alderman, a lifelong
Nassau County resident,
passed on Thursday, Dec. 9,
2008. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Jack Alderman and Louella Melton, and one
son, Kenneth Alderman.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 60
years, Marietta Alderman, daughters Joyce
(Lester) Mason, Taleen (John) Ashby and
Theresa Alderman; eight sons, Benjamin
(Beatrice) Alderman Jr., Howard (Jerutha)
Alderman, William (Gwendolyn) Alderman,
Donald (Cheryl) Alderman, FreddieAlderman,
Jackie Alderman, Rodney Alderman and James
(Michelle) Alderman; daughter-in-law Bernice
Alderman; and 40 grandchildren, great-grand-
children, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and
A viewing will be held at Mt. Horeb Baptist
Church from -S. p.m. today and on Saturday
from 10 a.m. .mnril the hour of service.
Huff Bains. Funeral Home

Sidney L Drummond
Sidney L. Drummond of Augusta, Ga., for-
merly of Fernandina Beach, entered into rest on
Dec. 6, 2008. Arrangements were incomplete at
press time.
CA. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home
Augusta, Ga.

Pearl Bright Hooper
Pearl Bright Hooper, 94, of St.Simons Island,
Ga., passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 at
Magnolia Manner Nursing Home on St Simons
Mrs. Hooper born March 22, 1914, and was
the daughter of the late John and Leila Bright
She was a native of Elizabeth, La., and had been
a resident of St. Simons Island for five years.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hooper is pre-
ceded in death by her first husband, Paul B.
Salter Sr., and her second husband, John F
MrS. Hooper leaves behind her loving son,
Paul B. Salter Jr. (wife Annabelle) of St. Simons
Island, a brother, Buddy Bright of Brunswick,
Ga., two sisters, Mrs. Doig Adamson (Sis)
Brunswick, Ga., and Mrs. Bob Meyer (Bett) of
St. Simons Island, a grandson Wright Langford
of Augusta, Ga., granddaughter Josie Daily of
Cynthiana, Ky., great-grandson Noah Daily of
Cynthiana, Ky., and numerous nieces and
Mrs. Hooper's memorialization will be by
cremation. A private memorial service will be
held at a later date.
The family, requests that in lieu of flowers,
please make memorial contributions to a char-
ity of your choice.
Edo Miller and Sons FuneralHome
Brunswick. Ga..

Mary Evelyn Lowe
Mary Evelyn Lowe went to be with the Lord
on Monday, Dec. 15,2008. Mrs. Lowe died at St
Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, sur-
rounded by her family.
Born in Ridgeley, WVa., on Nov. 13,1923, she
was the daughter of Charles A and Mary Evelyn
Graves Jewell. She attended Mineral County
Schools, graduating from Ridgeley High School
on May 24, 1943. Mrs. Lowe was a member of


First United Methodist Church of Callahan.
Mrs. Lowe was a homemaker who always
took great pride in herself, her home and her
family. She was greatly -devoted to her human
family and her special "kids." She was a United
States Marine Corps officer's wife (major,
retired), who supported him from near and afar,
no matter where he was stationed. We will
always remember her for the pride she had in
all she did and for.her love for each one of us.
Most importantly, we will remember her for
her strong belief and faith in God and His Son,
Jesus Christ, whom she loved with all her heart
and soul. We will forever love you and will miss
you terribly but we rejoice in the knowledge
that one day, all of us will be reunited in Heaven,
where there is no pain, suffering or sorrow of
any kind.
Mrs. Lowe is survived by her loving and
devoted husband of 57 1/2 years, Willie L Lowe
Jr., and her three children, Len and Rhonda of
the home and Kenneth (Christy) of Pickens,
S.C. She also leaves two grandchildren,
Christopher (esyka) and Jessica of Pickens,
S.C. She also leaves behind a brother, William
"Cocky" Jewell (Dot) of Ridgeley, W.Va., and
sister, Louise McBride of Romney, W.Va., as
well as many nieces, nephews and other close
family and friends. Her special "kids" Ruddy,
Jetty and Patches also survive her.
A memorial service in honor and celebra-
tion of Evelyn's life was held at 10 a.m. on
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 at First United
Methodist of Callahan. In lieu of flowers, memo-
Srial contributions may be made to the General
Fund of the Church or to your local National
Breast Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen
"For The Cure."
Callahan FuneralHome. Inc.

David Joseph Stauffer, Sr.S
David Joseph Stauffer Sr.', 69, passed away
Dec. 15,2008.
He was born in St. Marys; Pa., on Nov. 12,
1939. He lived more than 20 years in Leesburg,
where he raised his family and moved to
Jacksonville in 1997 from
Fernandina Beach. He was a
man of strong faith and a
member of Beach United
Methodist Church. He proud-
ly served his country in the;
U.S. Air Force as a pharma-
cist's mate. He retired after
working many years in the
mental health field as a drug'alcohol abuse
counselor. Previous to this he worked in retail
for both Eckerd Drugs and Walgreen's. David's
favorite thing to do in life was to spend time
with his family andhie loved to collect Eeyores.
He is survived by his daughter, Sandra
Snyder, and her husband, Kevin, of Jacksonville;
sons, David Stauffer Jr. and his wife, Sherry, of
Fort Myers and Michael Stauffer and his wife,
Becki, of St. Augustine Beach; grandchildren,
Christina Stauffer, Brittany Stauffer, Samantha
Snyder, Sabrina Snyder, Sarah Snyder and:
Cassidy Smith; sisters, Mary Jane Johnson qof
Fairfax, Va., and Sarah "Sally" Renaud of'
Ridgway, Pa.; and brothers, Tim Stauffer of
Johnsonburg, Pa., and Tom Stauffer of Tulsa,
In lieu of flowers please make donations to
the youth ministry of Beach United Methodist
Church, 325 7th Ave. N Jacksonville Beach, FL'-
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today':
in the chapel of Beach United Methodist
Church, with the Rev. Jerry Sweat officiating,
hiterment will be held in the Florida National,
Cemetery in Bushnell.
Please visit the online tribute at www.quinn-
Quinn-Shalz. A Family FuneralHome
Jacksonville Beach. FL

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The Nassau County
Courthouse in downtown
Fernandina Beach and the
Nassau County Judicial Annex
in Yulee will be closed Dec.
24-26 for the Christmas holi-
day. Business will resume on
Dec. 29.
Libraries dosed
SNassau County Libraries
will be closed Christmas Day
and Dec. 26. The book drops
will remain open and no fines
will be assessedthose'dayg.
The Blood Alliance will
host a blood drive at the
Chick-fil-A in Yulee on Dec. 26
from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cell phoe recycling
The Nassau County
Volunteer Center is collecting
used and about-to-be discard-
Sied cell phones for redeploy-
ment nationwide and in devel-
oping countries to improve
the quality of life through bet-
ter communication. If the
phone cannot be reused, it will
Sbe recycled according to EPA
: Phones may be dropped of
at the Volunteer Center, 1001
Atlantic Ave., Suite B,
Fernandina Beach or dropped
S-in the mail slot after hours.
The Nassau County
Volunteer Center enlists vol-
unteers to support non-profit
Agencies and their work in
Nassau County and conducts
Projects of its own to assist
those in need. For more infor-
mation call 261-2771 or e-mail
Medals wanted
., Medals4Mettle.org, a non-
profit, is collecting half-
marithoio-,niarathon and
triathlon medals to donate to,
local people battling illnesses.
If you have a medal you
would like to donate, please
place it in the collection box at
T&A Sports, Red Otter Outfit-
ters or any 1st Place Sports
store. For information contact
Rose Bennett at 491-3758.
Coalition forming
Local African-American
women are needed to become
members of a coalition enti-
tled 100 Black Women of
Nassau County. The coalition
would help to advance a mis-
sion of promoting optimal
health for African-American
women. For more information
e-mail womensbusinessctr
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FRIDAY. December 19, 2008 NEWS News-Leader

CITY Continued from 1A
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
But Sapp said he still had
concerns over the agreement
because the city would be pay-
ing Jacobs $75,000 a year plus
expenses. "I don't know where
we're going to get the money,"
he said. "It's not allocated ...
for these reasons, I'm going
to continue to oppose it."
Commissioner Eric
Childers said the city could
have a lot to gain by employing
Jacobs, a Democrat, the "right
man at the right time." He
added that the city should
"belly up to the pork barrel"
and take advantage of the $1.4
trillion being handed out by
the incoming administration
of President-elect Barack
"I believe we have gone to
the right people in the past (for
funds)," said Sapp, "and it has-
n't cost us anything ... there
are hundreds of (law) firms
out there. You could have
accomplished your ultimate
goal (of hiring Jacobs) and
gone by the codes."
City Attorney Tammi Bach,
who has borne the brunt of
Sapp's ire for sanctioning an
attorney for lobbyist, said that
even the county could."argue
all day long whether lobbying,
is legal services."
She aldo noted that a cer-
tain subsection in the city's,
code that was recently amend-
ed unquestionably allows for
lobbying services. 'This (rese
solution) does not violate the
code," she added.
Steger said the city needed
to "join other municipalities
who have their hands out" and
be more aggressive about
obtaining federal funds.
I'm not convinced that lob-

E-waste dangers
The dangers of electron-
ic waste (from the
Dartmouth Toxic Metals
Research Program). This is
not an exhaustive list, and
mentions only some of the
contaminants used within
household electronics.
* Arsenic: low. chronic
doses may contribute to
cardiovascular disease.
cancer and diabetes.
-Cadmium: affects the
ability to metabolize calci-
um, leading to severely
weaKened bones.
* Chromium: causes skin
imtation and rashes, and is
a possible carcinogen (can-
cer-causing agent).
* Copper: can affect the
liver, kidneys and other
* Lead: causes impair-
ment of cognitive and verbal
ability, paralysis, coma and
* Nickel: carcinogenic in
large doses
* Silver: probably no
health effects. but may per-
manently stain the skin
blue-gray if handled fre-

bying efforts are not needed,"
said Commissioner Ken
Walker. "Funding for local gov-
ernment infrastructure will
benefit the citizens of
Fernandina Beach.... I'm fair-
ly confident this is a worth-
while approval."
Mayor Bruce Malcolm said
he supported the resolution
because Jacobs is . an
"unabashed Democrat" in a
Republican enclave who also
had a unique relationship with
Nelson. "These two gentlemen
can pull the levers of power
in Washington, D.C.," 'he
Resident Lynn Williams
told commissioners it was cer-
tainly easy to be against lob-
bying since it helped the
recently ill-famed Illinois
Governor Rod Blagojevich get
However, he added, "if we
can get $40 million,'I'm in bed
with the lobbyist."
But Williams also said the
city was asking Jacobs to go
for federal funds with only a
"loosely organized list," and
suggested that the city have
controls over the lobbying
process written into Jacobs'
'This has the potential to
do the city great good," said
But while commissioners
once again approved the
$75,000 lobbying contract, they
later had reservations about
paying.for a portable.stage that
would cost between $13,000-
Childers, who was in
charge of the project, said he
had found two portable 16- by
24-foot stages on eBay, with
prices of $25,000'and $12,000
respectively. Childers said the
city could use the stage for

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by 2020. The Department of
Environmental Protection has
also been directed to develop
a program to achieve this goal
and submit it to the legislature
for consideration by Jan. 1,
According to an
Environmental Protection
Agency website, there is no
federal program in place man-
dating the recycling of elec-
tronic waste, although there
have been numerous attempts
to develop a law. The EPA
does, however, have a federal
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local events as well as rent it
out to other towns for a fee.
Sapp said residents might
complain about the purchase,
considering that city revenues
have been going down. 'The
numbers don't look really
good right now," he said.
"It's kind of.a disconnect,"
said Sapp. He noted that the
city was already buying a fleet
of cars and hiring a lobbyist,
and a lot of it "is not allocated
"I think we ought to stop
and think, do we need a stage
right now," said Sapp. "I think
that would be the prudent
thing to do."
"This portable stage is a
nice thing to have in a com-
munity," said Steger, "but it's
not the time to buy a portable
stage. This is the beginning of
our budget year ... we have to
be very careful. I would not be
able to support it."
Walker said that, although
it would not take very.many
rentals to recoup the cost of
the stage, "there may not be
anyone interested in renting
Childers, however, scolded
the other commissioners for
being afraid, of iioving forward
with new ideas .
"This would be a benefit,"
he said, "to bring people to our.
community.... In these kinds of
times fortunes are made. I
don't think'fear is worth a
damn. I will continue to sup-
port items that'"nve us for-
ward in a thoughtful and bold
Commissioners agreed that
the portable 'stage purchase
should at least be deferred.
until they got more informa-
tion on its uses and practicali-

cent of televisions ard com-
puter products and 10 percent
ofcell phones were'recycled in
2006-7. The rest of the 2.25
million tons of those products
went primarily into landfills.
Other household haz-
ardous waste that should not
go into landfills includes paint,
fluorescent lights, pool chem-
icals, used oil filters, drain
cleaners and acids, pesticides
and fertilizers.

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in the kitchen. Initially the
graves were made from ton-
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The U.S. Postal Inspection'
Service is investigating the
theft of several pieces of mail,
including checks, from two
Yulee subdivisions.
The theft was initially
reported to the Nassau County
Sheriff's Office on Monday
when a Heron Isles resident
found nine pieces of mail from
four different homes in Heron
Isles lying on the ground.
The man told police the
envelopes were open when he
found the mail. An investigator
discovered, after going
through the discovered mail,
that several checks were miss-
ing and one check had been

Later that day, detectives
were called to the Yulee post
office after someone dropped
off a bag filled with mail that
was found opened and on the
ground in the Pirates Woods
According to police, the
mail in the bag had originally
been delivered to 17 homes in
the Pirates Woods and Heron
Isles neighborhoods.
Investigators believe the
mail was posted about 5 p.m.
on Dec. 14; it was discovered
missing the following morn-
ing about 7 a.m.
The investigation was
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4A FRIDAY. December 19, 2008 NEWS News-Leader

Stranded atChicago-O Hare, and in the loving arms ofthe USO

the month and year,
the place Chicago-
O'Hare Airport. I
may not remember the exact
day but I'll never forget the
circumstances for it left a life-
time impression. It was the
first, but definitely not the last
time I used the services of the
I'd just completed a week's
leave and hopped on a com-
mercial flight to San
Francisco en route to my first
overseas assignment. I was
both excited, and apprehen-
sive about the new venture.
My itinerary entailed a four-
hour layover in Chicago;
that's when all the best laid
plans fell through.
Four hours turned into 16
and my anxiety level skyrock-
eted. With three years of mili-
tary service under my belt, I
felt I'd learned a lot about the
airport shuffle and bustle of
traveling, but this major delay
due to an unplanned blizzard
sent my blood pressure surg-
I envisioned all kinds of
disparaging problems arising
from the delay. I admit to hav-
.ing an avid imagination, but
maybe some of you can
empathize with my predica-
ment. I asked myself what,
would happen if I missed my
military flight from Travis
AFB near San Francisco?
Would niy sponsor be waiting
hours on end, finally record

me as a no-
show and
report me
Would my
new com-
have the
police out
VETERAN'S scrounging
CORNER the lands or
when I did
Debbie arrive,
Walsh would he
give me the
imposing TI (training instruc-
tor) in-the-face reprimand,
bagging me for KP duty for
years to come? Every possible
scenario ran through my'
young, inexperienced mind.
As I meandered through
the terminal, I blamed every-
one I could think of, including
my Air Force recruiter of
three years past, for getting
me into this quandary. I was
sure the aftermath was going
to be a life-changing event in
the course of my military
My wayward wandering
took me past shop after shop
until a simple placard in the
window of a structure
announced, "USO." I immedi-
ately thought of Bob Hope,
Phyllis Diller and Miss
America on their Christmas
tours overseas entertaining
the troops.
I practically fell at the feet

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of a wonderful volunteer. To
this day, I still remember her
because she reminded me of
my grandmother - gray hair,
about five-foot-two with a
smile that could light up
Fenway Park: She welcomed
me with open arms and led
the way to a safe haven I.
never expected to see in a
huge terminal filled with
strangers too busy to
acknowledge my presence.
She became my angel of
mercy in many ways.
. Not only did I get to rest
my weary feet, but after all
was said and done, I actually
caught several hours of rest
along with food and drink.
She offered a shoulder to cry
on, her sympathetic ear and
was ultimately a lifesaver in
lowering my blood pressure.
She provided me with that
implied tone, "Now dear,
everything's going to be OK."
She was right, because she
helped me to contact the right
people informing them of my
situation and I was assured
my delay would have no
adverse affect on my future
endeavors in the military.
From that day forth, I've

sought out every USO at
every airport I've ever trav-
eled through, and not once
have I been disappointed in
their services.
, Information froiu their
website states that for over 67
years the USO (United
Service Organizations) has
served as the'primary bridge
between American people and
America's armed forces, deliv-
ering a unique combination of
morale buildiig,"counseling
and recreatibnii Services to
troops and their families all
over the world It was char-
tered a non-profit, charitable
corporation by Congress how-
ever, it's not part ofthe U.S.
governmentand funded
almost entirely by donations.
It is perhaps best'known
for its celebrity entertainment
tours, which transport promi-
nent stars, musicians and
sports figures across the
globe to perform for soldiers.
Other services include help-
ing soldiers find their way in a.
foreign airport, counseling a
child whose parents are over-
seas or providing a place of
relige and Vchance to call
Some for deployed troops.

Practically fell at the feet of a wonderful
volunteer. To this day, I still remember her
because she reminded me ofmy grandmother
- gray hair, aboutfive-foot-two with a smile
that could light up Fenway Park.... She
became my angel ofmercy in many ways.

Volunteers hand out pre-paid
phone cards, supply troops
with care packages and meet
arriving flights to ensure
returning GIs are welcomed
home as heroes.
Volunteers.also help mili-
tary families adjust to new
surroundings and support
families separated by deploy-
USO Mobile Canteens
equipped with refreshments,
televisions and mini-stages for
live performances can go any-
where in the world to meet
the needs of forces in the
USO Airport Centers
assist personnel in-transit,
offer translation services,
libraries and reading rooms,
TV and game rooms, housing
and accommodation assis- .
tance, nursery facilities, local
information and, in some cen-
ters, personnel have access to
shower facilities.
. The USO helps deliver a
touch of home to military per-
sonnel and their families at a
time when it's most needed.
There are over 130 USO facili-
ties around the world, visited
each year by more than 5 mil-
lion service members and. '
their dependents. Three of
the five USOs in Florida are
local: Mayport, Naval Air
Station Jacksonville and the
USO Welcome Center at
Jacksonville International

I'm a grand supporter of
the USO, hoping you will be
too. Each location is self-sup-
porting, relying strictly on
tax-deductible donations. If
you'd care to donate, log onto
their local website
www.JaxUso.org or make
checks payable to "Greater
Jacksonville USO" and mail to
Mr. Bob Ross, NAS JAX USO
Center Director, Bldg. 1050,
P.O. Box 108, NAS
Jacksonville, FL 32212-0108.
If you contribute via the
Combined Federal Campaign
select agency #97347 and as
Mr. Ross, NAS Jacksonville
Center Directpr at (904) 778-
2821 told me, "No donation is
too little."I f you happen to be
near Jacksonville airport Dec.
21-27, please participate in
their canned goods and non-
perishable food drive to bene-
ft local military families:
.By the way, for those that
might be curious about my
first overseas tour, it was
Wallace Air Station, a radar
site a couple of hours north of
Clark AFB, Philippines, andcit
was one of the best tours of
my military career.
Debbie Walsh is a 22-year
veteran and retired Senior
Master Sergeant in the Air
Force. She is a Life Member of
American Legion Post 54,
Fernandina Beach.

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FRIDAY, December 19, 2008 NEWS News-Leader

What a revolutionary idea!

Heaven help us all, I've just
been told that I may be eligi-
ble for membership in the
Daughters of the American
The whole thing was start-
ed by a chance remark of my
father's, which I innocently
repeated to one of my DAR
friends. I'm sure I insulted
her mightily when I guffawed
at her suggestion that I
research my Revolutionary
War roots; I've apologized
profusely, but I think she's
still a little miffed with me.
It was only when she sug-
gested that I could become a
Daughter that I realized that
my father had always dis-
played a perverse pride in his
humble origins, and had
trained me.to deflect any
inquiries into my ancestry; I
have always joked that I come
from a long line of
Midwestern hog farmers and
horse thieves. By the time
people had.stopped laughing
at this witticism, the conversa-
tion had moved on and I once
again had managed to put the
whole boring subject behind
me. Far too late, I have real-
ized that my parents deflect-
ed, denigrated and sometimes
downright squashed my natu-
ral curiosity about where I
came from. I know little about
anyone more distant than my
parents' parents.
This bored disinterest
became a liability only when
Dad moved us from the flat
cornfields of Indiana to the
hills and hollers of
Appalachia. His jokes about
our forebears became more
prevalent as we attempted to
assimilate into the small, iso-
lated Southern town. It was a
difficult process because
every home we visited had an
entrance hall that contained a
low table with a silver salver
on it to receive guests' calling
cards. Above the table and
salver were the host's and
hostess's coats of arms. In
some hallways, an additional
piece of heraldry depicted the
new family crest that attested
to this union of old bloodlines.
Dad's attempt at putting
this form of ancestor worship
into perspective backfired in a
most spectacular fashion. He
was a good but untrained
sketch artist, and one evening
he presented us with his ver-
sion of the coat of arms that
could be displayed in ouir
painfully bare foyer.
The details have mercifully
faded over time, but I do
remember that its centerpiece
was a lovingly detailed por-
trait ofa brood sow.

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told you
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the thunder-
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cover off of
his sketch-
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family crest. Mother's shrieks,
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the couch watching my two
adults descend into total melt-
down. This was an evening
never to be forgotten, but it
was never, ever, to be men-
tioned again. I have no idea
what happened to Dad's mas-
terpiece, but have a sneaky
feeling that its confetti deco-
rated the nearest trashcan.
Given this family attitude, I
am sure you can appreciate
my open-mouthed reaction
when, some 50 years later, my
dad quietly announced that
his grandmother had been an
active member of the
Daughters of the American
Revolution. I pressed him for
more details after I caught my
breath, but he had none; he
once again changed the sub-
ject, and that was the last we
ever spoke of our family's role
in the American Revolution;

My laughing remark about
Dad and his grandmother
earned me an invitation to a
free lunch and an introduction
to the ladies of the DAR. The
room was filled with bright,
successful women who view
their own family's history as a
part of our country's history.
Since we have our own
Revolutionary War veteran -
our first lighthouse keeper -
restirig peacefully in Bosque
Bello, we know that family
history also plays an impor-
tant part in the rich history of
our own island.
I looked into the organiza-
tion a little bit after that lunch,
and I discovered that the DAR
was started back in 1890 by
four women who wanted to
make sure that no one forgot
family members who fought
to create this country. Those
four must have done some-
thing right because more than
800,000 women have joined
over the last 118 years.
I have a year to climb
through the family tree; per-
haps I will discover that one
of those hog farmers in my
past put down his pig chow
long enough to have a revolu-
tionary idea of his own. Wish
me luck!
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over 30 years; she has written
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wide variety ofprint publica-
tions. Contact her to ask her to
speak to your group.

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Yulee man hurt in A1A wreck


A 30-year-old Yulee man was
seriously injured Wednesday
night in a two-vehicle wreck
near the Shave Bridge.
Donald Swartz was taken to
Shands Jacksonville for treat-
ment of his injuries; the othei-
driver, Joseph Hanifen, 25, of
Jacksonville, was not injured.
There were no passengers in
either vehicle, according to the
Florida Highway Patrol.

According to a police report,
Swartz, who was not wearing a
seatbelt, was driving a 2001
Hyundai Accent west on A1A,
just west of Amelia Island
Parkway, on the inside lane.
Hanifen was driving a 2007
Chevrolet truck west on the
inside lane in front of Swartz.
Swartz reportedly caught up
to Hanifen and the front left of
the Hyundai collided with the
rear right of the truck.
Swartz lost control of the
car, which began to rotate

Man gets 10 years for

SHANNON MALCOM the victims
News-Leader . had to

A Tennessee man was sen-
tenced to 10 years in prison
last week for his role in a
January bar fight at the Palace
William Michael Tabit, 35;
of Lenoir City, Tenn., was
arrested Jan. 16, just hours
after he struck two men in the
head with a beer bottle at the
Centre Street bar.
Both men were seriously
injured and required treatment
at Shands Jacksonville; one of


undergo sur-
gery. to
reduce pres-
sure and
swelling to
his brain
after the
were called

to the bar about 11 p.m. and a
friend and coworker ofTabit's
.reportedly identified Tabit as
,the suspect..
He was arrested at'the

while traveling toward the out-
side shoulder of the road.
'The truck traveled into the
median and stopped moving.
The Hyundai came to rest
on the outside shoulder of A1A
facing southeast.
According to the report,
Hanifen was wearing a seat-
The accident happened
about 11 p.m. Investigators do
not believe the crash was alco-

bar fight
Hampton Inn on Second
Street, where he was staying
while in town.
Tabit was charged with two
counts of aggravated battery
and released from the Nassau
County Jail on bond.
On Dec. 11, Tabit was sen-
tenced to 10 years in prison
followed-by five years of pro-
bation after pleading guilty to
the counts.
He was ordered to pay
$348 in court costs and
$100 to the State Attorney's

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The board of directors, the
Ways and Means chairperson
and the Baptist Medical Center
Nassau Auxiliary members
wish to thank the Nassau
County community for the sup-
port of the 2008 Annual Holiday
Because of the excellent
community support, the auxil-
iary will be able to continue its
scholarship programs and the
Beyond Tuition program. The
auxiliary will also be able to pur-
chase needed equipment as
requested by the medical center,
and to honor its pledgefor the
new addition to the building.
The bazaar, along with other
auxiliary projects, generates the
funding to achieve these goals,
as well as many others, for the
medical center.
We would specifically like to
thank the following local busi-
nesses: Amelia Island Planta-
tion, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia
Island, Elizabeth Pointe Lodge,
Publix Supermarket and
Amelia's Bloornin' Baskets.
Phantasia's $5 Jewelry and
Books & More, vendors for aux-
iliary projects, also contributed
to our bazaar as well as Cheryl
Harper, music instructor at
Atlantic Elementary School, and
Gaye Foote, music instructor at
Yulee Primary School, along
with the wonderful talents of
their students at the respective
schools. Thank you to the par-
ents and families that took the
time to bring their children to
the medical center to entertain

the medical center staff and vis-
We extend a special thank
you to the Jacksonville Jaguars
and Mrs. Sylvia.Coma for their
.first-time donations to our
SBazaar. Mrs. Coma's handmade
designer holiday stockings are
now available in the gift shop.
Thank you for remembering the
Baptist Medical Center
Auxiliary in such a unique way!
Along with the special silent
auction creations from the aux-
iliary's service areas and an
Extra special donation-from Mrs.
Carol Sprovtsoff, a local artist
and auxiliary member, there
were several donations of door.,
prizes from community mem-
bers, who asked to remain
anonymous. This bazaar was a
truly memorable community
effort that will enable so many
needsto be met by the Baptist
Medical Center Auxiliary.
Thank you!
Stephanie S. Manwell
Ways and Means and
2008 Holiday Bazaar
Baptist'Medical Center,
Fernandina Beach

Community support
I just wanted to take this
time to thank everyone from
the bottom of my heart for your
support and help to make this
year a success. CREED's goal is
to educate the community con-
cerning chronic and infectious
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Thanks to all the donors that
donated to our efforts. It was
truly amazing, in, these eco-
nomic times, to receive the mon-
etary and in-kind donations
from the community.
Remember that National
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness
Day is Feb.'7 and then we will
be planning for Church Week of
Prayer which is held the first
week of March. March 10 is
Women and Girls HIV
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We have a lot planned for this
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Parade of Paws
On Saturday, Dec. 6, over
100 dogs strolled down Centre
Street in the Ninth Annual
Parade of Paws in Fernandina
Beach. This event, sponsored
by Redbones Dog Bakery and
Boutique, highlighted dogsthat
wore their best holiday attire.
In addition, there were adopt-
able dogs from the Nassau
Humane Society who walked in
the parade with caring volun-
teers. And who could forget the
adorable "Pound Puppy" who
led the parade?
Following the parade, Justin
Taylor took pet photographs at
Redbones featuring customers'
prized pets. We are proud to
announce that over $1,100 was
raised for the Nassau Humane
Society, demonstratingthe gen-
erosity of our community and
First place all-around winner
was 'Tess," who was wrapped
as a present and ready to go
under the tree by her owners,
William and Kim Cupo.
Second place all-round win-
ner was "Puddin," a sweet little
angel with her devilish owner,
Bonnie. A\ : -.; ,

Third place all-around win-
ner was 'Taco," the adorable lit-
tle Grinch with her owner, Jane
In addition, "Lilly" took the
award for looks most like her
owner, Ruth Johnson;
"McKewaey" won cutest per-
sonality, owned by Anna and
Tom Oliver; and last but not
least, "Max," owned by Lisa
Rearick, won most original cos-
Redbones would like to
thank all the.Iparticipants and
volunteers who helped make
the 63rd annual (in dog years)
"Parade of Paws" a success.
Martinique Lemke
Owner, Redbones
Fernandina Beach

Film festival
What alfantastic journey we
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since this all began back in
April, 2007!
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films during the September fes-
Last month at our regular
public meeting five new board
members were elected for the
next'AIFF season increasing
our board to nine members.
Much of the success of our first
year is the direct result of the
leadership skills of our key vol-
unteers, including our newest
board members Ann Fontaine,
Diane Warwick, Emmy Lou
Sorum, Joyce Jones and John
As an all-volunteer organi-
zation, it has taken so many indi-
viduals and businesses in many
different capacities to make the
film festival a reality.
In order to plan for our sec-
ond season and the projected
festival in February 2010 we are
requesting individuals and com-
panies to commit to the AIFF
as financial donors. Ifyou would
like to participate, contact the
Amelia Island Film Festival, PO.
Box 504, Fernandina Beach, FL
32035. ; .

Please plan to join us at our
next film screenings either on
Friday or Saturday, Feb. 13-14,
with a Valentine special film/din-
ner at the Palace.
Please go to our website,
www.Amelialsland FilmFestival.
org, after the New Year for more
It is only by the continued
support of the community
that we can grow and provide a
unique cultural experience to
residents and visitors of Amelia
Island and Nassau County.
Tony McAdoo
Amelia Island Film

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who responded to our house
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dled my home like it was your
own. You responded quickly
and professionally. Merry
Christmas and God bless you
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Having a

Christmas decorations:
I used to make fun of people who
left their Christmas decorations up all year
long. Once upon a time, I thought it was tacky,
tacky, tacky. Now I realize that people who do
that are geniuses far ahead of their time. While
the rest of us are outside in the dark holding
flashlights in our mouths as we hang off a 14-
foot ladder by one hand while trying to reach
over six feet and hang a set of icicle lights on a
loose rain gutter, our formerly-tacky neighbors
are safely ensconced on their sofas sipping
spiced apple cider and listening to Perry Como
sing "I'll Be Home for Christmas." And not a
dang one of them is going to get a hospital bill
for doing it, either.
There's a reason the print says Do Not Sit
or Stand Here in big red letters on the top step
of ladders. It has something to do with sway,
physics, gravity and a whole lot of other stuff I,
wish I'd been paying more attention to in the
high school and college classrooms of my wast-
ed youth. If ladders could talk, their conversa-
tions would consist mostly of screamed warn-
ings to home Christmas decorators like me:
Not so close to the edge of the deck, you idiot!
Watch out for the electrical line, fool! No, no,
no! Do not try to hop me over to the next win-
dow, moron!
But, of course, know-it-alls like me never lis-
ten and so we inevitably end up having our-
selves a scary little Christmas instead of one of
those crooned by Bing Crosby. I'll be the first

scary little

. ' to confess that my patience
wears a bit thin about the sec-
ond or third or eighth time I
Sget four strands of lights
t spliced together, hung neatly
S along the gutters and, just as
*I step down from the ladder
to move on to the next one:
- -: ., KA-POP! One of those itty
C O bitty little fuse thingies blows
CUP OF and then I have to spend the
JOE next 30 minutes trying to sur-
gically remove it from it's
hard plastic cocoon with a
Joe Palmer paring knife or some such.
other sharp, pointed object,
with which I inevitably cut myself and proceed
to turn all those little white lights red. Warning:
There is a reason the directions on the box say
not to connect more than three strands of
lights together. Yes, my friends, they will blow
circuits, power breakers and fuses like the
Bridge on the River Kwai.
A number of years in the Navy left my
tongue quite salty and so my wife, neighbors
and kids have all heard me shout Christmas
greetings of a somewhat unconventional
nature. "Honey, watch your tongue. Little pitch-
ers have big ears," my wife tells me sweetly, as
I drive a screw through my thumb trying to
mend the outside Nativity scene. "AIEEE-
MAWHICKERSNRF!" I reply, spiritedly. I won-
der if it's a sin to curse around a Nativity scene.
Surely it is. It must be. I'm probably doomed.


of a still pudgy


Back in June, I made a commitment
to lose 35 pounds by Christmas. I'm
here to confess I did not meet that
Although I haven't hit that magic num-
ber on the scale, I do feel have improved
my health by keeping up with my three-day-
a-week fitness regime at Club 14 Fitness.
If determination alone could melt away
the pounds, I'd be slender as a reed.
Unfortunately, as many before me have
learned the hard way, it takes more than
determination to trim
.away excess flab.
I want to keep my com-
mitment. Really I do. But
a no matter how firm my
intentions, things come up
to prevent me from putting
in my self-imposed allot-
ment of hours. I have legit-
imate excuses for my
.NEWS absences: doctor appoint-
ROOM ments, family-related situa-
VIEWS tions, car problems, minor
When I don't get to the
Heather A. gym, I put more of a guilt
trip on myself than any
Perry trainer could impose.
Getting back into the rou-
tine after two or three days offfeels-like
starting all over again. Completing each sta-
tion becomes an ordeal instead of a pleasur-
able challenge.
But I've learned.that losing weight is not
just about sweating for this oldie.
A nutritional analysis done for me by Rae
Lane at Club 14 made it clear I wasn't get-
ting enough protein from my Pesco-vegetar-
ian diet. (The only thing I eat with a face is
I was surprised to find out that the
absence of protein in my diet might have
contributed to the pudgy state of my once
svelte frame. Who knew that if you don't get
enough protein, your body thinks you're
starving yourself and holds onto fat to com-
pensate? Adding a protein shake and pro-
tein,bars to my daily intake must have
worked because once I did that, the pounds
did seem to begin melting away. Fifteen
pounds, so far.
Going to the gym is more than just a
commitment to working out or eating right.
It's about carving out a slice of time for
myself, no matter how busy I am. ,
Gym time is My Time. When I'm in the
locker room putting on my gym clothes and
sneakers, I'm also casting off anything that
is not related to my workout - whether it's
family situations or something frori work, if
it's not about my workout, it stays;in'the
locker room.
Once I climb the stairs to tth treadmills,
and put those little ear buds in my ears, I
crank up the-sound and get into the zone.
SStriving against the pulleys on the various
machines makes me feel strong. I enjoy the
sense of power I get when I can complete a
rotation and do all the repetitions on lthy
I'm sure if I'd worked oiit a little harder
or more days a week, those additional 20
pounds would have been long gone by now.
But I'm in no hurry to lose them. While
goal setting is a good thing, achieving a cer-
tain number on the scale is nht what it's all
about any more. It's about hoW fulfilling it is
to have a special slot of time that is all mine,
when I'm doing something positive for
myself and getting healthier in the process.
Heather Perry is a reporter and typesetter
at the News-Leader E-mail her at

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I grew up in Fernandina Beach and graduat-
ed from FBHS ('91). I found it very interesting
while watching my local news in Atlanta Thursday
night to have heard the story regarding after
school clubs in Nassau County. I think it's great
that the Nassau County School Board system
has finally decided to "come out" and admit, not
only to the local community, but also to the nation-
al media, just how homophobic they are.
As parents, teachers and lawmakers you may
not want to believe the things I am speaking of,
but I can tell you that children who act different,
dress different or find themselves struggling
with their sexuality find'it very complicated in a
small town to assimilate and interact with fellow
classmates. This makes them feel alone, left out
and feeling as if those who love them the most
(their parents) don't support or understand them
even if that's not the case.
I walked the halls of Emma Love Hardee,
Fernandina Beach Middle School and Fernandina
Beach High School and even though (at an early
age) I did not know exactly what gay was, I was
told that that's who I was everyday by my fellow
classmates. These homophobic and hateful
names (which today would be viewed as offen-
sive) were Shouted in the halls as I walked from
one class to another, during lunch or after school
on a daily basis. This was almost 20 years ago, so
I can only image what names and hatred must
come out of students' mouths these days.
It.is the job of the elected officials on the'
Nassau County School Board to ensure that all of
your children receive a safe and positive learning
environment along with the support they need,
which will enable them to obtain an excellent
education. If these so-called elected leaders don't
and can't leadby example and treat all their stu-
dents with the respect they deserve, then how can
we expect their fellow students to treat them
with any?
Gay and straight students should be allowed
to come together as one. If the parents and the
school system are unable to see that by allowing
this hate, you defeat all of our small-town values,
and shame on all of you! I pray it doesn't take a
serious hate crime or for a parent to lose a child
for everyone to realize that life is not as perfect
in the Nassau County school system for all of its
students as we all would like to believe. I should
know, as a previous gay student who "served
time" in your school system.
Richard "Matt" Lombardi
Norcross, Ga.
Amoral position
I have a concern regarding the recently pub-
lished article entitled "Schools' club policy a sad
step backward" by Coleman Langshaw (Dec.
12). He has made allegations in his article that are.
not supported by the facts and which are emo-
tionally charged, disrespectful and could cause
further emotional unrest among others. I do not
think such thinking should be published in a
I am referring to where Mr. Langshaw ignores
the facts, which are that the school board is
reviewing its policy on student organizations iri
light of a new request and a law that has been
added to the requirements for administering
school organizations. Mr. Langshaw indicates
that the review was prompted by the request for
a student organization called a Gay/Straight
Alliance Club. Because of a relatively new law, the
managers of the school and district cannot make
a professional decision regarding each such
request alone without risking legal challenges
which would cost our Nassau taxpayers a lot of
money were it to occur. Thus they are trying to
learn what they can and cannot do without the
risk of legal liability. This is a reasonable action
under the circumstances.
Yet Mr. Langshaw has made such statements
as "there are nagging items that seem to crawl
between the lines, which feel like a gerryman-
dering of legal liability around a righteous
agenda - government and its bureaucracy
legislating morality." This is designed.to emo-
tionally pull people.to his personal viewpoint on
this issue.
Almost all laws are made to represent some-
one's moral views. Our school educators are
expected as part of their jobs to act in morally
appropriate ways. They have been given the jobs
of education and are expected to carry them out
using their moral compass. Morality is not a
game in which whatever the most vote for is
moral. Moral is what is right and what is wrong
- that is an absolute which cannot be changed by
opinion, might or votes. Our educators have the
moral obligation to make such determinations on
a daily basis regarding how best to guide our
students to become good American citizens. It is
not wrong for them to use their moral judgment
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phobia and righteous policy makers dictating Tio Loco's and Your Place. It really hits home
their beliefs over others. But because they can- when you sit down and list them all.
not legally single out the group they dc-pise.. 'p Let's do all thatwR catthis holiday sea~p it
they use a hand grenade in lieugof a pi-itol tr,-'" .ipji'rl or fine din establiShmeriit .' i
eliminate their target." There is no evidence that a point to visifone 6e yo"u olf favorites that you
Athe educators are afraid of homosexuals or that haven't been to in a while. For that person thathas
they "'despise" such a group. The issue is over everything,' give gift certificates from one of our
how to best guide our students to become good restaurants. Take friends and family to lunch or
citizens'considering the laws currently in place. dinner to enjoy the holidays.
The voters of Florida voted not to legalize gay Not only do the restaurant owners need us, so
marriage in the most recent election. Should do all of the hard-working people involved. The
there be a group promoting such relationships chefs, cooks, waiters, waitresses, busboys and
meeting on school property and taking up school more. I hope everyone joins me in eating out
resources? Should the fact they do or do not sometime this week.
allow such a club mean that a school district Ron. Jacobson
must pay legal fees ad infinitum to explore what Fernandina Beach
is allowed legally versus what is riot? Isn't that a Sweet deals
relevant consideration in making decisions
impacting school resources? Despite the hundreds of billions already doled
The school administrators are working in a. out, to Secretary Henry Paulson's former Wall
legal minefield. Their own professional opinions Street associates there's only been a minor eas-
and beliefs are no longer respected enough to ing of the credit markets. Indeed, some recipients
allow them to make decisions on each individual of the TARP bailout are doing an OliverTwist and
club request. They are doing the best they can asking for more while other companies and insti-
under a difficult circumstance and inflammatory tutions are joining the queue. So where's the
language such as Mr. Langshaw used is inap- bailout money gone? Could it be that instead of
propriate in any discussion of such a complex easing the U.S. credit crunch, financialinstitutions
issue. It appears he does not fully understand all and hedge funds used the bulk of it to unwind
the ramifications of the decision that must be their carry trade?
made. Carry trade is where money is borrowed in a
I have been very impressed with the moral country with low interest rates and lent else-
leadership this newspaper has displayed in our where at higher rates. A clue that this may be hap-
community with regard to many issues such as opening is that of late exchange rates have been
the animal control area, but in this case, allowing extremely volatile and, oddly, the U.S.'dollar has
Mr. Langshaw to state his emotion-charged view- been strengthening against other,currencies. I say
point does not appear to be good for the com- "oddly" because it's obvious that no one is buy-
munity. He made unsubstantiated allegations that iing U.S. paper because the U.S. is robust and
can cause problems and hard feelings we do not practices fiscal probity. Any schoolchild can do a
need. back of the envelope calculation and see $50 tril-

Sandra C. Taylor
Fernandina Beach
Club controversy
After having read the'article "ACLU may sue
schools over club policy,"' I send many thanks to
writer Coleman Langshaw for his article "Schools
club policy a sad step backward" (Dec. 12). Mr.
Langshaw nailed it!
My hope is-that the Nassau County School
Board has opened their eyes and realizes they too
are living in a diverse American town. I will be furi-
ous if the Nassau County School Board wastes
hundreds of thousands of tax dollars on attorney
fees over this club controversy.
I also would like to thank Hannah Page for try-
ing to form the Gay/Straight Alliance and for
being courageous and brave for standing up for
her cause. Watching kids like Hannah can teach
us about ourselves. Listening to kids like her
can bring new ideas, solutions and could ulti-
mately bring enlightened peace to those who
don't yet understand.
Melissa Day
Our restaurants need us
As a local small retailer, I can attest to the
effect that the current economic situation has
had on area businesses. But I don't think that
many of our hometown businesses have been
hurt as bad as our restaurants. We are very for-
tunate to live in a small town and have the amaz-
ing array of dining opportunities that we do.
Visitors often mention how impressed they are
with our choices in restaurants. Unfortunately,
due to the times and the temporary drop in visi-
tors, some of our restaurants are struggling.
In the last year or so we have seen many
close. Some that were longtime favorites of us all.
Down Under, Armadillo Grill, The Great Khan, La
Bodega, Carolyn's on Centre, Lulu's, Angel's

lion in unfunded liabilities looming and our politi-
cians lack the intestinal fortitude to address it
Despite mounting job losses our representa-
tives.in Washington think they're doing such a
good job they've voted themselves a pay raise
effective Jan. 1. Our Florida state representatives
have been more subtle, some years ago, so as to
avoid the embarrassment of voting themselves
pay raises decided to attach their pay scale to that
of senior Florida civil servants. And.guess who
sets the pay rate for the civil servants?
In hard times everyone tightens their belt
except, so it appears, government. The state of
Florida is considering paying the debt-burdened
U.S. Sugar Corp. almost $1.8 billion for 187,000
acres of land to restore the Everglades while at
the same time they reduced the bed rate paid to
the cluster homes that look after Florida's dis-
abled citizens by 22.17 percent ($77.92) per day.
Although restoration of the Everglades is a wor-
thy'cause, in times of economic difficulty would-
n't the honorable thing be to delay the purchase
for a year or two? And by the way, the U.S. Sugar
Corp. makes heavy contributions to PACs and
politician's re-election funds. Could that be one of
the reasons sugar imports into the U.S. carry a
heavy tariff that results in the U.S. consumer
paying more for sugar than pertains elsewhere in
the world?
Is it really necessary for Nassau County to
spend the taxpayer's money on floodlighting the
town hall at night? And a recent editorial in the
News-Leader pointed out that the Fernandina
Beach city manager is to get a new four-wheel-
drive vehicle to replace one with less than 30,000
miles on it.
Is the U.S. heading into a state of public splen-
dor and private squalor? How long before parents
start advising their children to favor a career in
government rather than the private sector?
N.D. Fay


And what the Sam Hill is it with Christmas
tree stands? Why can't someone just invent one
that actually works? You know, something that
applies easily and handily to the bottom of a
Christmas tree and enables it to stand erect for
more than five minutes without starting to lean
like Foster Brooks. Or, heaven forbid, come
crashing down in the living room like a fir
scented weapon of mass destruction in the
middle of the night. Incoming! Omigod! Honey,
grab the kids and get under the bed.
Something just exploded in the living room.
Demented Christmas factory workers inject all
those little glass balls and hollow ornaments
with volatile gases so they'll all go Kaboom!
and pepper your living room with glass shrap-
nel upon which you'll still be lacerating your
feet in August, you know. We had a Christmas
tree that fell more times than the Dow during a
bear market. I finally ended up stabilizing it
with guy wires, which I fastened to the base-
boards on three sides of the room. It was
embarrassing. Our:Christmas tree looked like
a cellular telephone tower. People kept tripping
over the guy wires. What a mess.
And, finally, a word about quantity versus
quality. If your house can be seen from the
space shuttle and transmits sounds that can be
detected by submarines at sea, rou probably
ought to dial it down a notch. One year, my
kids told me.the house looked like an ugly
Mardi Gras float. That was before my neighbor
called code enforcement.
Merry Christmas, dang it.



What's so amazing about Christmas?

Senior Pastor Jeff Overton of First
Baptist writes: "Consider this - God
loved the world so much that He came
visiting. God slipped into.the world as a
helpless baby, without fanfare or her-
aldry. Think of it, the baby, born of hum-
ble parents, the man, a carpenter, the
woman still in her teens, scholars say.
Jesus was born in a backwater town
called Bethlehem, in a stable reeking
with animal smells.
"It took years before people flll.
comprehended God's self-revelation.
Even John the Baptist, sitting in Herod's
prison sent a message to Jesus asking,
'Are you the one who is to come, or are
we to come, or are we to wait for anoth-
er?' (Matthew 11:3). Jesus then
explained that He was working miracles
and bringing good news to the poor.
That became even more clear when
Peter concluded that Jesus was The
Messiah, the son of the living God.'
(Matthew 16:16).
- "What's amazing about Christmas is
that it set into motion the events that
would forever change mankind. The
Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
We have seen His glory, the glory of the
one and only, who came from the
Father, full of grace and truth.' The
Father knew about these events before
time even began. He had a plan to
redeem fallen man even needed
redemption. That's how much He loves
Several write from First Presbyterian
"Got the Father" by Larry Williams
(Luke 22:31-38): 'The scripture readings
in this season of waiting and watching
are often harsh and pointed. As I read
them each day, I get the same feeling
that I get at the end of the week when I
look at my daily planner and have to
face the fact that my life is not as neat
and controlled as I intended it to be.
Can't you just hear Peter saying, "What
do you mean that we'll be scattered?
That we'll run? I have it right here in my
planner, I'm sticking with you.'
"Christ knows how messy life can
become, even with the best intentions.
Christ knows that Peter will deny, but
he does not condemn him. Rather, he
tells Peter that he has prayed for him
and he tells Peter that later, when he
has 'turned back' he should strengthen
others. The passage in Isaiah reminds
us that the Lord is with us; he speaks,
he warns and he gives us his grace so
that we may continually return to the
Way, and we may assist others as they
return also."
Ann Kirby: 'The God-given title of
Jesus offers us a most appropriate media, .
station for Advent::Way back-in th book"
of Isaiah this was God's promise to His
people, that one would come who would
be called by this great name which
means 'God With Us.' Whatever needs
we may have or in whatever way we
want to phrase those needs, none is
greater than the assurance that we are
not left to our own devices and desires
in our journey through life. What we
need most is a divine presence with us
and that is exactly what God promises.
"God is with us in Jesus Christ. He
shares with us the joys and the sorrows,
the pains and the delights of our daily
walk. He shoulders our burdens with us,
offering us strength and hope and com-
fort. That's the kind of God we need!
That's the kind of God we have!"
The Seiglings, Pastor Holton, Martha
Ann, Harrison and Will write: 'There
are a great many things that can provide
in our lives a sense of peace. For exam-'
ple, while there are a few places I would
rather be than on the sandy beaches of
Sullivan's Island; Martha Ann would
rather be somewhere in the mountains

of North Carolina,
admiring a red and
golden tree topped val-
�. * ley. Be it. a long walk, a
'. I.,- good book or a conver-
sation with a friend and
family member, we
) may find peace from
S God's everyday ban-
DA'S quets of grace if we
HILDA' simply try.
HEAR- "The best way to
ABOUTS experience peace, how-
ever, is to be sensitive
to nothing more than
Hilda the peace of God,
Higginbotham which has been
girevealed to us in his
'Son our Savior' - the
Prince of Peace. When other people,
places or things leave us wanting or con-
fused, there is a peace that passes all
understanding and is found only in
Jesus Christ our Lord.
"You will remember that the
Christmas story included jealous char-
acters such as Herod; even though it
involved a temporary flight to Egypt to
save Jesus' life, it also expressed the
peace of Christ. In much the same way,
we will encounter rough characters in
our lives. Even though we may be
forced to do things we do not want to
do, in all things we are more than con-
querors through Jesus who loves us,
came into this world so that we might be
dead to sin and alive to all that is good,
and forever gave us his peace. May the
peace of God in Christ fill your hearts
and minds both now and always. Merry
We will be having the children's
Christmas party tonight from 6-8 p.m.
There will be no Awana. We will be
going on a hayride, so bring warm cloth-
ing and blankets. We will be doing
"Prayer Bears" to send to the children in
Honduras. This year we are going to do
something for someone else.
We are running a bus Friday nights
'to Awana and home. We have had as
many as 27 children and adults take
advantage of this service. It would be
wonderful to see the bus on Sunday
mornings for Sunday school and chil-
dren's church. Please call if you would
like to ride the bus on Sundays.
Blackrock Baptist Church is starting
an e-mail communication list in order to
be more effective, send out updates and
information of the church to start an e-
mail prayer chain for prayer request as
they are called in. If you would like to be
put on the Blackrock communication e-
mail list, e-mail the church office at
blaclkrjkbapit'i' orncast'.net and let .i
11 :r:,.- - ' I, , . li - tu M1u 1 lk,-. t: , "be :
added to.
Please continue to pray for me and
for'the children's committee as we work
together to reach them for Christ. In His
service, Weezie. Merry Christmas.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas
joy, "How can we thank God enough for
you in return for all the joy we have in
the presence of our God because of
you?" (I Thessalonians 3:9)
As we reflect on the "gift" of
Christmas, we celebrate the blessings of
this wonderful congregation. Each and
every one of you is a true gift from God.
He has brought you here with special
talents and gifts and you have been
faithful to use those gifts for His Glory.
We wish you a glorious and blessed time
with family and friends. This Christmas
season, we pray that the gift of Jesus
would bring peace and joy to you and all
of your family. Your grateful staff, Neil,
Pam, Willie, Nathan and Theresa.'
Prayer Walk 2009. Each new year
Amelia'Baptist Church begins the year
with a Prayer Walk of our community

neighborhoods. This year on Jan. 4, we
want to saturate our community with
prayer and also pray for the remaining
364 days of ministry god will provide for
us. He wants us to focus our prayers on
the lost and the un-churched in our
We will be asking each of our life
groups to make a list of the communi-
ties they live in and assign teams to walk
those neighborhoods. Provide the list to
Willie Brunetti so we can cover our
neighbors with prayer. On Sunday after-
noon, Jan. 4, we will ask each life group
to walk and pray their areas and return
to the church for refreshment and
praise time at 4 p.m.
In your praywalk, we would ask that
you pray for five things - that God
would burden your heart for the people
in your neighborhood; that God would
give you boldness, clarity and compas-
sion for your neighbors; that God would
give you wisdom for each conversation
you may have; that God would work
mightily in and through Amelia Baptist
Church as we reach out in 2009; andt
that our congregation would be a faith-
ful witness to our community.
Christmas Eve worship at Memorial
United Methodist Church with holy
communion at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. in
Maxwell Hall (prelude music begins at
5:15 p.m.). Christmas Eve candlelight
service at 7:30 p.m. in sanctuary (prel-
ude music begins at 7:15). Nursery is
provided for all Christmas;Eve services.
Please arrive early and invite others.
Sunday night gamily Advent eorship
is at 6 p.m. in the sanctuaryc.Children's
Advent adventure is at 6 p.mny.in -.
Thanks to those of you remembering
my Nov. 29 birthday. It's always nice to
be remembered, .especially the older we
get. Anne and Ronnie Shaddix called me
from Georgia and sang "Happy
Birthday" about 7:15 p.m. She was Anne
Goodbread from Yulee when we met at
a girls' GA. outing at Hudson Lake.
years ago. Clyde and Edward
Goodbread are her brothers. We
enjoyed several minutes of chit-chat and
reminiscing. I loved the calls, beautiful
cards; flowers, candy and money I
received. Thanks a million. Please keep
me in your prayers. I love you all! PS.
Have a.very Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year. My family had me
over for a bountiful table of delicious
food for Thanksgiving and my birthday.
Thank you so much to them also!
I love hearing from Pastor Chris
Taylor in Mascot, Tenn. He and I had a
phone chat from Grjy Gables- Baptist
Chiirich as.he was leaving .foie pastor. oi
Clear Springs Baptist. He had been
youth minister at Gray Gables. He was
excited! His wife Ginger and their
daughter had to go on ahead. I was so
happy for him and asked him to keep in,
touch with me. Thanks, Chris. You have
done just that for three years. Happy
anniversary to Chris and Ginger on
Dec. 22.
"December brings Christmas and
that brings us to Christmas Eve com-
munion service," writes Pastor Jackie
Hayes of Springhill Baptist Church. "For
several years now, we have gathered at
6 p.m. on Christmas Eve for a wonderful
time of refocusing on the unspeakable
gift of God's Son. Bring your family and
join us. We are out by 7 p.m. so that
gives you the remainder of the evening.
I hope to see you there.
"Troubling Truth' will be the title of
my next preaching series, beginning the
first Sunday in January.
"From our hearts to yours, Kathy

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One of the great benefits of humor is that it
puts us in a frame of-mind to look on the
bright side. As the Stoic
philosophers were fond
of saying, everything has
two handles, one by
which it can be borne '.
and one by which it
cannot. There are always
at least two perspectives .'
from which to view
something, ranging from
the gloomy . and
pessimistic to the happy
and optimistic. Are we
going to focus on the
dark storm clouds or the
silver lining? Certainly, we - .
sometimes need to focus
on our problems, because that is the only
way to fx them; but even then, it usually helps

.4 ch rrful heart a good mU
dowu'arft spirit dra' uph
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to be able to laugh at our predicament, The
ability to laugh during tough times may be
obe of the most useful
coping mechanisms that
we have, And simply
putting ourselves into a
humorous mood, can
sometimes be just the
protective armor that we
need to withstand the

. disappointments and
*: ( trials of the day. So,
I perhaps we should start
" each day by reading the
S funny papers, or some
otherway to get usinto a
happy state of mind. We
all sometimes feel like
crying, but sometimes we just have to laugh,
precisely to keep from crying.

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* PFC Paul P.
Woiciechowski,.son of Peter
and Kathleen Woiciechowski,
recently completed 12 weeks
of basic training at Marine
Corps Recruit Depot, Parris
Island, S.C.
Woiciechowski spent
hours in
and field
ments, c
first aid,
uniform Woiciechowski
regula- ii s
tions, com-
bat water survival, marksman-
ship, hand-to-hand combat
and assorted weapons train-
Woiciechowski and fellow,
recruits ended the training
phase with the Crucible, a 54-
hour team effort and prob-
lem-solving evolution.
Woiciechowski also
received instructions on the
Marine Corps' core Values -
honor, courage and commit-
ment - and what the words

mean in guiding personal and
professional conduct.
Woiciechowski is stationed
at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He
is a 2008 graduate of
Fernandina Beach High

* Army Pvt. Jason R.
Savage has graduated from
basic combat training at Fort
Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of
training, the soldier studied
the Army mission, history,
tradition and core values,
physical fitness, and received
instruction and practice in
basic combat skills, military
weapons, chemical warfare
and bayonet training, drill and
ceremony, marching, rifle
marksmanship, armed and
unarmed combat, map read-
ing, field tactics, military
courtesy, military justice sys-
tem, basic first aid, foot
marches and field training
Savage is the son of Naomi
Conner of Sanderson and
brother of Dustin Savage of
Callahan. In 2003, the private
graduated from West Nassau
High School, Callahan.


N Andria Marie Baker,
daughter of Donell Baker Sr.
and LaTonia Turner, graduat-
ed with a bachelor of arts
degree (major) in economics.
with a minor in criminal jus-
tice/law from the College of
Arts and Sciences during
commencement exercises
Dec. 12, 2008, at the
University of North Florida in
Jacksonville. Baker


* The Association for 261-9500.
Retarded Citizens of Nassau * Bosom Buddies of
County is the only nonprofit Amelia Island offers support,
organization located in Yulee, education and friendship to
Florida providing Adult Day all breast cancer survivors.
Training, Employment Meetings are the first
Opportunities, Personal Care Wednesday,at 5:30 p.m. in the
Services and Community Community Room of the
Inclusion for individuals with Fernandina Beach Police
developmental, disabilities. Department on Lime Street.
CallAdrienme Talbert,execu- Call BettyArmenti at225-- ..
'tive director 'fori information 0067.
at 225-9355 or visit www.arc * A breastfeeding support
nassau.org. group meets at 10:30 a.m. the
* Bainabas Center, 11 second Saturday at Nassau
South llth St., Fernandina Baptist Medical Center dining
Beach,.provides food, cloth- room two. Get information,
ing, household goods, med- breastfeeding help, share
ical and dental care and subsi- .ideas, meet other moms and
dies that cover rent and have fun. The program is free
utilities to the needy in the and pregnant women are wel-
commnunity. It also operates come. Call Becky Doran at
the New to You resale store at 845-2522. The program is
930 South 14th Street. sponsored by the Nassau
Contact Carol Reader at County Women, Infants and
321-2334. E-mail Barnabas Children department. For
Center@comcast.net or visit information on other classes
www.barnabascenterinc.org call 879-6377, Callahan, and
for information. 845-2660, Hilliard.
* A Bereavement Support * A "People With Cancer"
Group meets at 7 p.m. the support group meets from 7-
first Thursday of each month 8:30 p.m. the second
at St. Peter's Episcopal - Wednesday. The facilitator is
Church, 801 Atlantic Ave. Call Dr. Joel Carter, radiation
Kathy Washburn at 491-1753 oncologist and cancer sur-
for information. vivor. The group offers sup-
* Big Brothers, Big port for handling the emo-
Sisters seeks qualified adults tional needs resulting from a
to mentor children one-on- cancer diagnosis for cancer
one in the community and patients and their family
school programs. Also need- members.
ed are Little Brothers and Call Susan, Parry at 261-
Little Sisters who would betie- 0701, ext. 117, or Frances
fit from an adult mentor." Call Bartelt at ext. 102.

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5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.. 11:00 p.m.
FOR CHRISTMAS EVE As the Christmas story is
told. children bring the Nativity scene to the altar and.
place their stars (Infant/Toddler care provided in the
(Music begins 7:30 p.m.) Choral presentation by the St.
Peter's Festival Choir, accompanied by the organ and
Jacksonville Symphony Strings (Without Incense)
(Music begins 10:30 p.m.) Choral presentation by the St.
Peter's Festival Choir, accompany d by the organ and
Jacksonville Symphony Strings ( lith Incense)

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FRIDAY. December 19.2008/News-Leader



0 come all ye faithful, the world is waiting to hear your part

T he noise was an
unfamiliar one. Well,
kind of. I knew it
was my daughter
practicing her instrument, but
something was terribly off.
Now, as a dad I've learned the
importance of being an
encourager and not someone
who is always pointing out
what's wrong; but I have to
tell you, what I heard that day
made absolutely no sense.
Finally, my daughter
emerged from her room.
"Hey, Dad," she said, excited
to see me. "Come look at the
new instrument I got"
"New instrument," I
replied. "What happened to
the old one?"
"I traded it in," she said.

worry, Mom
knows all
about it.
Besides, the
band really
someone to
play the
oboe and I
PULPfT volunteered
NOTES to do it"
_ .... "The
oboe, is that
Pastor what I was
Rob Goyette hearing?"
she answered with a bit of
pride in her voice. "Come on
up and I'll show you what I've
"OK," I said, wondering

just how long the learning
curve was for an oboe.
As I made my way upstairs
and into her bedroom, I could
tell that she had been working
really hard at playing an
instrument that no one else
wanted to mess with. "Just sit
on the bed, Dad, and give me
a minute to get ready. I'm
going to play 'O Come All Ye
Faithful'," she said as she
flipped a few pages of music
and straightened her back as
if getting ready for a huge
"I know that one," I
thought to myself. "At least I'l
be able to judge how well
she's really doing."
And then she began. It was
a concert that I'll never forget.

Note after note, and pause
after pause, she did her best
to play the music that was in
front of her. Yet, somehow,
none of it sounded right to
me. When she finally finished
and looked up for my
Approval, she must have seen
the confused smile on my
face. "Your tone quality was
excellent," I told her, not quite
sure how to approach the fact
that I couldn't make out what
song she was playing. "It did-
.n't quite sound like the '0
Come All Ye Faithful' that I
know, but I'm sure with a little
more practice it's going to
sound just great."
Then it dawned on her. I
had no clue as to what it was
that she was supposed to be

playing. "It's not going to
sound like what you're used to
hearing, Dad, until all the
band is together. I'm only
playing certain parts at cer-
tain times." Finally, I got it. In
my ignorance, I had totally
misjudged how well my
daughter was really playing.
I don't know about you, but
I find the same thing is true
with our lives. Just because
certain things don't make
sense to us, it doesn't mean
that people are not doing what
they are called to do. Actually,
the longer I live the more I '
appreciate those who are will-
ing to be faithful to play the
notes that God has put in front
of them. Whether we are talk-
Sing about the diversity that

exists between our local
churches or the unique per-
sonal giftings that each of us
has, what matters is this, God
has assigned us all a special '
part to play in proclaiming the
greatest message ever told: "A
savior is born and His name is
So, come all you faithful.
Play the part that God has
asked you to play and join in
with all those who are doing
the same. I can assure you
that as we do, it's going to
make a lot more sense to
those who are stillwondering
what it's all about.
Robert L. Goyette is pastor
of Living Waters World
Outreach Center

Prince Chapel AME
Church, located on Hen-
dricks Road in Nassauville,
will hold a Christmas
Candlelight Service on Dec.
21 at 5 p.m. All are welcome
to come and worship. The
Rev. Pauline Tucker, pastor.
Charles L Albert Jr., steward.

Yulee United Methodist
Church, 89006 Christian
Way, will hold its Christmas
Eve service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.
Call 225-5381.

Memorial United
Methodist Church, 601
Centre St., will offer three
Christmas Eve services this
year: a 4 p.m. service of Holy
Communion as well as a 5:30
p.m, and 7:30 p.m. candlelight
service. Nursery is provided
at all services. The message
will be "Christmas: A Living .
For information or ques-
tions, contact the church at

261-4362. All are welcome.

Grace Community
Church will hold its candle-
light Christmas Eve service
from 6-7 p.m. on Dec. 24 at
Yulee Middle School's cafeto-
rium, 85439 Miner Road,
Yulee. The Rev. Rod Whited
will deliver a Christmas mes-
sage. All are welcome. For
information visit www.grace-
nassau.com or call 491-0363.
* * *
Prince of Peace
Lutheran Church will host a
traditional Family Christmas
Eve Candle Light Service at 9
p.m. Dec. 24 with Holy
Communion and Christmas
carols. All are invited.

Newly formed
Providence Presbyterian
Church, 96537 Parliament
Drive, Ste, C, off Old
Nassauville Road, will hold a
Christmas Eve Worship and
Holy Communion Service at

5:30 p.m. Dec. 24, with music
and carol singing beginning
at 5 p.m.'For information or
directions, call the Rev. Bob
Phelps at (904) 432-8118.
* * *0
First Baptist Church will
celebrate the birth of the
Savior with a Christmas Eve
Candles, Carols and Commu-
nion Service on Dec. 24 at .
5:30 p.m. The community is
.invited. First Baptist is locat-
ed at 1600 S. Eighth St. Call

First Presbyterian .
Church, 9 N. Sixth St, will
hold Christmas Eve services
at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on
Dec. 24. A family service with
children in nativity costumes
will begin at 5:30 p.m. The
Candlelight Communion
Service of Worship will be at
11 p.m. Call 261-3837.

The community is invited
to join Solid Rock Church

of God by Faith, 86138 Palm
Tree Drive in Yulee, for its
Christmas Eve Service at 7
p.m. on Dec. 24. Everyone is
invited to a New Year's Eve
service at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Call 225-5388.
* * *
Bible Baptist Church of
Fernandina Beach, 820 South
14th St,;-will hold a'Christmas
Eve service at 7 p.m. on Dec.
24. Designed for families and
friends in the community, the
service will feature guest
musicians and the Christmas
story. Nursery provided.

The community is invited
to join Yulee Baptist
Church for the annual
Christmas Eve service at 5
p.m. on Dec.24. The church
will celebrate the birth of the
Lord and Savior through
song and the partaking of the
Lord's Supper/Communion.
All believers are welcome.
Call 225-5128.

Yulee United Methodist
Church, 89006 Christian Way,
is holding several events for
the Christmas season.
Tonight the church.will host a
Christian Christmas Hayride
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free
refreshments will be served.
The church's Christmas
Cantata will be performed
Dec. 21 at 11 p.m. For infor-
mation, call 225-5381.

The Jewish Community
of Amelia Island will host a
Hanukkah Party on Dec. 21 at
St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
On that evening members will
light the first Hanukkah can-
For details contact Alice
Goldman at 548-1100 or e-mail

Prince Chapel AME
Church, located on
Hendricks Road in
Nassauville, will hold a
Christmas Candlelight

Service on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m:
All are welcome to come and
The Rev. Pauline Tucker,
pastor. Charles. L. Albert Jr.,

The Music Ministry of
First Baptist Church pres-
ents "A Fernandina Family
Christmas" Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
The Celebration Choir will
sing songs of your childhood
and memories of the past with'
the emphasis on the
Christmas story. A nursery
will be provided.
First Baptist is located at
1600 S. Eighth St. For infor-
mation, contact the church
office at 261-3617.

Memorial UMC presents
the Bellissimo Bells handbell
group on the last Sunday in
Advent, Dec. 21, at the 8:30
and 11'a.m. services:
Call 261-5769 for more


Memorial ceremony
A memorial ceremony, -
sponsored by Chabad's four
local centers, the Beaches,
Southside, St Augustine and
Mandarin, honoring the vic-
tims of the Nov. 26 Mumbai
terrorist attack in India, will
follow an afternoon of family
carnival festivities in honor of
the onset of the holiday of
Chanukah, which is to begin
at 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Landing on Dec. 21. The
memorial ceremony will fo-
low at 4:30 p.m.

Jacksonville Mayor John
Peyton is scheduled to partici-
"'pate as'well a. a h:ost ,of loal:
rabbis and dignitaries along
with representatives from the
Indian-American community.
Included in the memorial cer-
emonies will be the kindling
of the first light of Chanukah,
on Jacksonville's largest 10-
foot Menorah, as well as a 15-
minute documentary on the
life and work of the Holzberg
family who were killed in the
attack The entire event is free
and open to the public.
Community participation is

For information contact
.Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky,
Chabad at the Beaches, 521
A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach,
(904) 543-9301 or e-mail
First Assembly of God, 302
South 14th St., will present
"Sing Joy," a contemporary
Presentation of the story, in
music, of the gift of God to a
lost and lonely world, on Dec.
21 at 10:45 a.m. Come and
share as each member of the

choir sings to the glory of the
living God. For more:informar
tion call 261-64-48. .. o. t!il: .1.
The MLK Breakfast will be
held at St Peter's Episcopal
Church on Jan. 17 at 8 a.m.
For more information, contact
CourtneyTyson-Shelby at
The MLK Commemorative
Service will be held on Jan. 18
at 6 p.m. at New Zion Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 10 South
10th St. For more informa-
tion, contact the Rev. James

Arthur at 261-7854.
Music celebration
The I Can Academy will
celebrate the life of D.i Martin
Luther King Jr. with the musi-
cal "I Have A Dream: Songs
for Peace and Harmony," by
John Jacobson, Rollo
Dilworth, Moses Hogan and
Emily Crocker. The produc-
tion is open to all children in
grades pre-K to sixth grade. .
The performance will begin at
6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the First
Assembly of God, 302 South .
14th St. Rehearsals convene at

4:30 p.m. at O'Neal Memorial
Baptist Church, 474257 SR., .:.,
'00 Eastb hio\Mndays' ahdol noiJs
Friday until the perform-
ance. For information, call
277-2606 or 277-2704.
First Assembly of God, 302
South 14 St, is offering a
men's discipleship ministry,
every Thursday at 7 p.m. to
help men discover strategies
for transformation found in
the word of God. For informa-
tion call 261-6448 and ask for
Pastor Ed.

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FRIDAY, December 19.2008/NEWS-LEADER

Homeowner associations battle

deficits in face of foreclosures

Home sweet home is turning a bit bitter in
some places, especially when consumers are
hit with additional fees from their homeowners
associations (HOA) that are spurred by budget
shortfalls caused by widespread foreclosures.
In Florida, HOAs have hit homeowners with
"emergency fees" to make up for budget
deficits. In some cases, cash-strapped families
have been asked to pay $600 or more in extra
annual dues to make up for neighbors who
either have stopped paying HOA fees or have
left the community because of foreclosure.
Subdivisions Woodland Lake Preserve and
Toscana in Orlando, for instance, have notified
residents that they're on the hook for emer-
gency HOA fees. Communities in Tampa are
dealing with similar situations.
Some associations report that nearly 40 per-
cent of members - or as many as two out of
every five households in a neighborhood -
aren't paying their HOA fees. That can put an
association in arrears for six figures and up,
covering items like landscaping, pool repair,
clubhouse maintenance and more.
Beyond immediate one-time additional
assessments, some HOAs are increasing their
annual dues heading into the New Year.
In some cases, banks that are holding fore-
closed properties find themselves liable for
HOA fees. The party that feels the pinch -
homeowners in good standing, debt-ridden.
associations or beleaguered bankers - might
be decided during spring's legislative session, if
lawmakers take up the issue.
The problem is not Florida's alone. Across
the country, about 24 million housing units are
governed by roughly 300,000 homeowners'
associations, according to the Community
Associations Institute, a non-profit organization
of homeowner association managers in
Alexandria, Va.
According to news reports from Phoenix -
which, like many areas of Florida, has among
the highest foreclosure'rates in the country -
one association is more than $1 million in debt.
The San Tan Heights neighborhood near
Phoenix is asking 2,000 homeowners to pay a
$750 assessment to make up the difference.
That association faces potential bankruptcy
and is evaluating its options - including selling
deeds to common areas to make up for deficits.
"It's not beyond the realm of possibility that

- someone could acquire them
and rezone them and build
apartment buildings or new
. homes or even a commercial
area," association director and
S treasurer Richard LaPorte
No area of Florida has
expressed that level of desper-
ation - yet. For homeowners
REAL faced with HOA troubles, a
ESTATE real estate attorney can help
evaluate a course of action.
Here are. some tips:
Charles * Know your rights.
Kavaleski Examine the homeowners'
association document you
signed. This governing document should
describe how expenses are shared and specify
a member's share. How additional assessments
are levied also should be covered. If you're not
sure, contact your real estate attorney.'
* Check on the reserve fund: Some associa-
tions have a reserve fund - an account that's
tapped on a rainy day or earmarked for specific
projects. A reserve might be on hand to pay for
things like streets in a private, gated communi-
ty, a tennis court repair or other items that
emerge after years of wear and tear.
* Participate in the process: The association
is there for owners, so go to the meetings.
Keep board members working for the interests
of the community. Once you're there, ask ques-
tions. And, as angry as you might be, mind
your manners. Association board members are
volunteers and will respond better to a member
that isn't engaged in name-calling or disrespect-
ful behavior. One tactic is to speak with board
members privately, before or after meetings.
* Renegotiate service contracts: Is it time to
call service providers - landscapers pool serv-,
ices and the like? Ask to revisit the contract.
Ask if a new payment schedule can be rework-
ed so services, even if reduced, will continue.
Charles J. Kovaleski is president ofAttorneys'
Title Insurance Fund, Inc. (The Fund), the lead-
ing title insurer in Florida and the sixth largest
title insurance company in the country. Acknow-
ledged as the Florida residential real estate
expert, The Fund has been in business for over 50
years and supports more than 6,000 attorney
agents statewide who practice real estate law.

Check irrigation systems to avoid

potential damage to grass and plants

Q.I have a whole bunch of
.mushrooms growing at
the base of my sabal palm. ,
The palm has brown fronds,
some appear to be dying. We
discovered an irrigation head
had broken right at the base
of this palm where the mush-
rooms are growing, We do
not know how long the water
has been pooling as this site
but we have removed the bro-
ken head. Do you think the
extra water could have
caused the palm to die? CM
A .After seeing the palm
L. directly it appears the
mushrooms are Armillaria '
mushrooms. These honey-
usually do
not live for
long periods
of time so I
Swas glad for
an opportu-
nity to photo-
GARDEN graph them
TA before they'
... . o Armillaria
Becky]orali fungi are
found in the soil and general-
ly do not pose a problem for
healthy, unstressed plants.
The fungi attack about 700
species of plants, most of
them woody ornamentals.
However, some herbaceous
plants can be susceptible
such as blackberry, flowering
bulbs, potato, raspberry and
Armillaria often causes
problems on oaks and maples
in the urban landscapes
where compacted soil is com-
mon and improper mainte-
nance procedures often
occur. But any plant exposed
to stresses such as drought,
flooding, poor soil conditions,
drainage, frost, repeated defo-
liation by insects of diseases,
herbicide damage or injury
from weed eaters or lawn
mowers are susceptible to
attack. The loss of fine feeder
roots from this disease
deprives al leted plants of .
and uftten results in branch
dieback. There are no chemi-
cal applications to cure this
disease. The best defense is
to keep trees and shrubs
from as many environmental,
stresses as we can control. I
am confident the excessive
water contributed to a root'

Armillaria mushrooms
grow at the base of a local
sabal palm.

rot that placed the palm in a
stressful situation. Once the
palm became stressed the
fungi took over.
The palm should be
removed and destroyed as
soon as possible. Removal of
some of the soil might be
beneficial as well. We dis-
cussed leaving the site bare
and avoiding putting another
plant in the site. Another les-
son learned it to consider
checking irrigation systems
on a regular basis, This
would help avoid potential
Damage to the grass and
plants in our landscapes.
.I am considering plant-
.ing some red maples in
my yard. How far away from
the house should I plant
them? JH
A .There are several vari-
. eties of red maple, Acer
rubrum, which grow well in
this area. Red maples grow in
full sun to partial shade and
provide excellent shade in
the summer as well as beauti-
. ful fall color when the leaves
change. They can adapt to
dry or damp sites but they
cannot tolerate salt air or
Sbrackish water. Red maples
have shallow root systems
and are fast growers. If they
are planted in high alkaline
soil (high pH)they may
show signs of yellowing
- Red maples have the
Spu k-ntial for reaching heights
of 130 feet but are most often
found 35-50 feet tall here. The
limb spread can be up to 35
feet. Therefore, I would sug-
gest planting the maple on-
your property to allow for
plenty of room for height and
limb growth. A common mis-
take made by many home-

owners is to not consider the
mature height and spread of
a tree or shrub. This ultimate-
ly means an unhappy plant
and homeowner. You are wise
to think about the mature
size of the tree before making
your selection.
.While in Huntsville;
.Ala., I read about an
outdoor plant with sweet
aroma flowers called
"Yesterday, today, and tomor-
row." Please tell me if you
have any information about it.
Would it grow here in North
Florida? I would love to hear
all about it. BG
A "Yesterday, today and
*tomorrow," Brunfelsia
grandifora, is an evergreen
shrub that normally grows
best in cold hardiness zones
9b-ll (Central and South
Florida). The West Side of
Nassau County, Callahan,
Bryceville and Hilliard, is in
cold hardiness zone 8b.
However, you may be able to
protect this tender tropical
plant enough for it to survive.
It will be most susceptible
to freeze damage the first few
years it is planted in your
yard. After that, it should be
acclimated to the site and you
would need to protect it only
during hard freezes of 32
degrees and below.
If you decide you want to
try it, I would, suggest you
plant it in the spring to give it
time to become acclimated to
your site. It prefers partial
sun so be sure to keep it
away from full afternoon sun.
It can reach heights of up to 6
feet with a 6-foot spread. The
flowers are indeed fragrant
and change color from blue
to white. All parts of the plant
are poisonous so be sure to
protect your curious pets if
they are prone to eating plant
seeds and foliage.
Rebecca Jordi, UF/IFAS
Nassau County Horticultural
Extension Agent, is a
University ofFlorida faculty
member Extension locations
are the satellite office at the
County Building in Yulee and
the main Extension Office in
Cdllahan 7i7 LrF 'FAS
Nassau County Demonstration
Garden is located at the James
S. Page Governmental Com-
plex. Mail questions to Garden
Talk, c/o Rebecca Jordi, Nas-
sau County Extension, 543350
US 1, Callahan, FL 32011.


Farmers market
Laurie and Tom Schuller
and their daughter, Jennie, of
Log Cabin Groves have

joined the Fernandina
Farmers Market as.a new
vendor. Log Cabin Groves is
a family owned farm in Oak
Hill with 150 acres of citrus
trees. For the last four years,
they have been undergoing
the rigorous process of gain-
ing an organic certification.
They now have 23 acres of'
their red grapefruit certified
organic and available at the
Also available at the mar-.
ket are just picked pink
grapefruit, navel oranges,
honeybells and tangerines.
Also at the market on
Saturday, Gabriela's tamales
and her newly added special-
ty desserts.
The market is open every
Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
and features farm fresh pro-
duce as well as a variety of
organic products and special-
ity foods. The market is also
the perfect location to choose
from a wide variety of special-
ty tropical plants and land-'
scaping plants, including
orchids, herbs, and garden'
flowers. The market is locat-
ed.at Seventh and Centre
streets. Call 491-4872 or visit
FCCJ classes
Florida Community
College is offering.spring

Log Cabin Groves of Oak
Hill will have red grape-.
fruit for sale at the
Fernandina Farmers
Market on Saturday.

term classes leading towards
technical certificates in the
Air Condition, Refrigeration
and Heating Systems Techni-
cian program and the Carp-
entry Management program.
.The classes will be offered at
the Louis "Red" Bean Teci-
nical Career Center. All class-
es begin the week of Jan. 5
and continue until May 1.
Paid tuition and books, at
the in-state tuition rate, are
available. The program is
funded by the U.S. Depart-
ment of Labor. First-time
FCCJ students will be
assessed an additional $15
membership fee. To register
call the Betty P Cook Nassau
Center at 5484481.
.n ,. 7 .

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FRIDAY. December 19.2008 NEWS News-Leader


Steven Aiosa, project
manager for Matanzas
Geosciences, Inc. of St.
Augustine, prepares for
a Phase II environmen- ,'
tal site assessment on ,
the county annex build-
ing on North 14th Street
Wednesday to determine _. ."-- i .
if the property has any "I
dangerous contami-
nants. It is the site of
the old Humphrey'sC
Memorial Hospital and
is under consideration -
for the new Nassau .'.-.
County Council on Aging :.
facility. The county is ;. . "'
paying up to $12,000 li
for the environmental

Air bags 'saved driver's life'

Prosecution deferred in set-up case


Charges against a man
accused of conspiring to have
his estranged wife arrested in
the midst of an unfriendly
divorce will likely be dropped
if he completes the conditions
of a pre-trial intervention pro-
gram he entered into on Nov.
John Ferrell Burkett, ,44,
allegedly worked with three
others to frame his wife,
Leona Burkett, for possession
of illegal guns and drugs in
August. Leona Burkett was
detained when police report-
edly found the drugs and
firearms in her vehicle after a
tip was phoned in to the
Nassau County Sheriff's
Office, but she insisted the
contraband did not belong to

her and Nassau County Sheriff
Tommy Seagraves believed
Burkett and three others
were arrested in September
after one of the suspects, Carla
Elizabeth Loper, 33, confessed
and agreed to wear a wire
while talking to others involved
in the scheme, police said. In
addition to Loper and Burkett,
Fred Ring, 37, and Mark
Regan, 36, also were arrested
and charged with conspiracy to
commit armed burglary.
Burkett was also charged
with conspiracy to commit
obstruction of justice.
According to police, Burkett -
the owner of First Coast Paint
and Body- agreed to pay Ring
$2,000 and a new p-aint job and
other work to his truck if he
would put cocaine and a gun
into Leona Burkett's vehicle.

Ring allegedly paid Loper
S$1,500 to put the items in
Burkett's vehicle and she paid
Regan to do the same.
According to court docu-
ments, prosecution of
Burkett's charges will be
deferred for 18 months while
he completes the pre-trial
intervention program, the con-
ditions of which include
maintaining employment, sub-
mitting to random drug
tests, making a formal apology
to the victim and the court,
completion 'of 150 hours qf
community service and to
submit to a mental health eval-
uation and follow-up treatment.
.Loper pleaded guilty to the
charges last month and was
sentenced to two years of pro-
bation. Ring and Regan are
awaiting trial.


A Yulee man who "miracu-
lously" survived a Tuesday
morning wreck has been
upgraded from serious to good
condition at Shands Jackson-
Javan'Melton, 67, was listed
in good condition Wednesday
afternoon. Authorities are still
investigating the identity of the
log truck driver who caused the
accident, on A1A near Adams
Road but left the scene.
Melton was driving a Buick
west on A1A, on his way out of

HILDA Continued from 8A
and I are grateful to share
another Christmas season with
you. You have been good to us
and we continue to be thankful
and humbled by your love for
New ladies Bible study "Can,
We Talk?" at Callahan First
Baptist by Priscilla Shirer, led by
Danielle Thomas. Rooms C-101-
Also offered on Sunday
evenings at 4:45 p.m. First Place
facilitated by Jean Addy. Room

Fernandina Beach, when the
driver of an empty log truck that
was also traveling west changed
lanes and struck the Buick but
did not stop.
Melton .lost control of
the vehicle and crossed the
median, striking a tractor-trailer
that was heading east on A1A.
The driver of that truck was not
Nassau County Fire Chief
Chuck Cooper said airbags in
the vehicle contributed to
Melton's survival of the
"Fortunately, the air bags
deployed, which saved the dri-

A113. Singles ministry, Douglas
Hodges. Room C202; Singles
worship, Wednesday 7 p.m.
"I bring, an offering" led by.
Celebration choir and orches-
tra is Dec. 21. Mary said, "My
soul magnifies the Lord, and
my spirit rejoices in God, my
Savior, for he who is mighty has
done great things for me, and
holy is his name." (Luke 1:46,
47, 49).
On Sunday at 6:15 p.m., the
music ministry will present a
worship celebration called "I
Bring an Offering." Our one

very's life in this devastating
crash," Cooper said in a written
statement released Wednesday.
Paramedics and firefighters.
"worked methodically to extri-
cate (Melton) while they pre-
pared him for transport,"
Cooper said.
Florida Highway Patrol
Spokesperson Lt. Bill Leeper
said the driver of the log truck
was the at-fault driver in the
crash; charges are pending the
outcome of the investigation.
Cooper said Melton suffered
lacerations and multiple frac-
tures as a result of the accident

purpose for the evening is to
magnify the great worth of God
and the gift of His son, Jesus
Christ. Like the wise men who
came bringing gifts to the infant
King, we come bringing an
offering of praise to our God for
His great worth. ,
"Come and magnify the Lord
with us, and let us exact his
name together," said Dr. D.
Lynn Hyatt, pastor.
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Father continue to watch over
us and keep us in His loving

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FRIDAY, December 19,2008/NEWS-LEADER



Winter camp
Join the YMCAs of Nassau
County for a journey back in
time during retro Christmas
camp Dec. 22, 23, 26 and 29
and Jan. 2 and 5.
Each day of camp will host
a different decade and the
interesting d6cor and trends
from that time period. Break
out those leg warmers, roller
skates and'aluminum
Christmas trees.
Locations are Atlantic
Elementary (Fernandina),
Yulee Kid's Campus (US 17/
Pages Dairy Road)-and
Callahan Elementary School
(Callahan and Hilliard).
Rates are $25 per day or
$70 per week (three-day
weeks). Registration is free
and available at your local
YMCA Call 261-1080,
McArthur YMCA, (904) 845-
2733, Hilliard YMCA, or 548-
0820, Yulee Kid's Campus.
Studentart show
A student art show is at the
Island Art Association gallery,
18 N. Second St, for viewing
through the end of the year.
Artwork was submitted from
Nassau County high schools
and was judged by a team of
two longtime artists and educa-
tors, Loraine King and Melva
First prize went to Erica
Rodriquez of Fernandina
Beach High School for her
ceramic entry. Second place
went to Stephanie Case, VBHS,
for her colored pencil work,
and third place went to Chloe
Standley, also of FBHS, for a
charcoal piece.
Special awards were pre-
sented to Chrissy Lord and
Wendy Calveira of Hilliard
Middle/Senior High School
and Christa Barrett, Shelby
Taylor, Jeremiah Sayre and
Mary Williams of FBHS.
Honorable mentions went
to Courtney Norris and Cassie
Gurley of West Nassau High
School and William Dennard,
Timothy Yonn, Dacey
Campbell, Karlin Greathouse
and Cody Myers of Fernandina
Beach High School.
Call 261- 7020 or visit
Kinderstudios show
"Christmas Spectacular,"
brought to you by Kinderstu-
dios, will be held Dec. 20 at the
Atlantic Avenue Recreation
Center. Doors open at 6:30
p.m. and the show begins at 7
p.m. The event is free arid
open to the public. For infor-
mation visit www.kinderstu-
Amelia Arts Academy pres-
ents the 12th Annual Perform-
a-thon fundraiser for the Arts
Academy's Scholarship Fund
on Dec. 21 at noon in the salon
of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia
Young musicians will solicit
small pledges from friends,
family members and local busi-
nesses to raise money to help
others that may not have the
opportunity to receive an arts
education. Every sponsor
receives an invitation to the
Perform-a-thon. To make a
small pledge to an Arts
Academy student by calling

Instrument Zoo
ARIAS Instrument Zoo is
looking for volunteers to men-
tor fourth graders in Nassau
County on handling and pro-
ducing musical sounds on 30-
plus different instruments.
ARIAS schedulers organize
visits to schools in Fernandina
Beach, Callahan, Yulee,
Hilliard and Bryceville in
January and February. If you
or.a friend are interested, call
Dee Stalcup at 277-9678 or
Barbara Zacheis at 321-5639.
You do not need to know
how to play an instrument.
There will be a workshop on
Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. in the library at
Emma Love Hardee
Teen Court
Nassau County Teen Court
will be held Jan. 6 and 20 at the
Nassau County Judicial Annex,
76347 Veterans Way in Yulee.
Sessions begin at 6 p.m.

Students ages 11-18 are
invited to participate. All inter-
ested students wishing to be
on the volunteer can sign up
through their school guidance
offices or by attending court
and signing up then. To partici-
pate as an attorney, see coordi-
nator Chailes Griffin, who
assigns the positions.
For information call Griffin
at 548-4600.


First-grade students at Southside Elementary presented
"A Gingerbread Christmas" on Dec. 9.

Gingerbread Christmas'atSouthside

A stage performance of
the musical play, "A
Gingerbread Christmas," was
presented by the first grade
classes of Mrs. Hicks, Ms.
Meeks, Mrs. Rabant and Mrs.
Runyeon on Tuesday, Dec. 9
at Southside Elementary.
The students' perform-
ance, under the direction of
music teacher Mrs. McCamy,
was enjoyed by many par-
ents, teachers and fellow stu-
dents. The students delighted
the audience with their musi-
cal talents and beautiful
The play was based upon a
"special gingerbread cookie

that was too special to be
Santa's snack on Christmas
Eve." The children per-
formed as a Gingerbread
Man, cookies, chefs, toy sol-
diers, ballerinas, teddy bears,
jacks in the box, a clock,
Santa, Santa's "Boogie
Woogie" reindeer, elves and
carolers with bells.
The entire cast, along
with the audience of first-
graders, sang classic
Christmas tunes.
"It is apparent that the 60
students and Mrs. McCamy
worked very hard and invest-
ed many hours of rehearsals
to present such a well organ-

ized and enjoyable holiday
play at Southside. This is why
we should all be very grateful.
that our children have the
opportunity to participate in
the music and art education
that is offered at Southside,"
said Amanda Young. 'This
experience will further an
interest in the arts and has
given the children confidence
and a way that they can
express their talents, even at
such a young age. The stu-
dents and Mrs. McCamy are
to be congratulated for pro-
viding the holiday play. They
were all shining stars on the

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'Princess Rose' and her court
Rose-Lennie Developmental
Learning Center performed a corona-
tion Dec. 7, crowning Jalay Evans as
"Princess Rose" and presenting her
Above, Evans "Princess Rose,"
from left, stands with Sukchit Bailey,
second runner-up, and Ja'Kiya
Campbell, first runner-up. The three
students raised more than $1,800 to
benefit the school's Franscena
Morrison Jacobs Scholarship Fund.
Abo\ e left, Pricilla Denson crowns
Evans. The ceremony, which conclud-
ed anniversary services for O'Neal
Memorial Baptisti Church, featured
singing by the little Voices of God of
the Solid Rock Church of God by Faith
in Yulee, left.

The Callahan Intermediate School Chorus spread some
holiday cheer around Northeast Florida as they per-
formed the musical "December Nights, December
Lights" for the students at First Impression School,
Inc., the clients at the Senior Center in Hilliard and at
the JC Penney on Dunn Avenue.


Christmas celebration

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise held a Christmas party recently for the
Boys and Girls Club. Santa Claus was on band to give out presents to the children.

The kindergarten class at
St. Michael Academy
recently wrote letters to
Santa Claus. After they
wrote the letters and
addressed the envelopes,
they walked downtown to
the post office and mailed
them to Santa. A few days
later, they. all.got letters
from Santa! They are pic-
tured on the steps of the
post office before mailing
their letters, left.

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FRIDAY, December 19,2008 SCHOOL NEWS News-Leader

Members of Boy Scout Troop 152 in Yulee help shop for items for the Joy to the
Children Christmas Day celebration, above, and stuff donation envelopes for the organ-
ization, above right. Below, Troop 152 Scout Master Jon Kirkus, right, receives the
rare National President's Scoutmaster Award of Merit Dec. 9 from Baden Powell
District Chairman Wayne King.

Troop 152
For the News-Leader

SBoy Scout Troop 152, which
. is sponsored by Yulee Baptist
. 4', - Church, has been very busy
"Doing their Best" to spread

"9 * i fun while helping out those less
' fortunate than themselves.
SOn Nov. 15, Troop 152 went
\ Af t . door to. door collecting canned
Si " food.for the pantry at Yulee
.Baptist Church. They collect-
' 'S ed 352 cans and that enabled
the church to distribute food
packages to 18 families in Yulee.
Then the Scouts turned around
. - and stuffed more than 4,000
Lenvelopes for the Joy to the
Children organization in order

lends helping hand
to collect donations so needy and committee members have
children in Nassau County may earned the Scout Training
have a happy Christmas filled Award. They are Assistant
with gifts, clothing and food. Scout Master Diane Kirkus,
On Dec. 7, Troop 152 went William Anno, Paniela Anno
shopping for children in Nassau and Scout Master Jon Kirkus.
County with, Joy - to the At the Christmas meeting
Children. This is the troop's Dec. 9, Jon Kirkus also received
:third year helping with the the National President's
shopping, and they have a blast Scoutmaster Award of Merit,
every time. The troop is already which is a very rare award,and
:on board to do it again next given only when the boys them-
'year. When asked: at their selves submit the name and
Christmas party, they stood and write a letter on the Scoutmas-
shouted,. "Yes!" Troop 152 is ter's behalf listing all the
now up to 18 active Scouts and requirements filled and served
25 active adult volunteers and for at least two years - all while
there: is plenty of. room for keeping it a secret from the
more! Scout master. Boy, was Kirkus
In 2008 many of the leaders surprised!

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Montessori students
spread cheer

Oin Tuesday, the Upper
Elementary students from
Amelia Island Montessori
visited the residents of .
Savannah Grand. The chil-
dren selected their favorite
holiday songs and prac-
ticed them in -their music
class in preparation for the
visit. The children sang a
variety of holiday tunes A
such as "Jingle Bells," - , .
"Rockin' Around the
Christmas Tree" and a few
other holiday favorites.
Their music teacher,
Abigail Poirier, accompa-
nied them on the piano.
After their performance
the children spent time
visiting with the residents
and wishing them a happy
Top, fifth grader Philipp
Tolxdorf and his class-
mates visit with the resi-
dents. Center. students
perform their holiday
favorites. . SUBMurrrED PHOTOS
Students from one of the
two primary classes at Amelia Island Montessori have collected new books, wrapped up for the holidays to share
with the local Head Start program. The idea is to teach the children the importance of sharing with others and
how their efforts can make a difference. By teaching these lessons at an early age, it is hoped the importance of
charitable giving will transfer into their young adult and adult life.
Bottom, back row from left, are Ms. Leslie, AIMS; Ms. Barbara, director of Head Start Program Nassau
County; Ms. Tissa, AIMS, and a few of the kindergarten students pictured with their books to share with the Head
Start Program.

Weather lesson
In conjunction with studying a unit on weather, Channel
4 senior meteorologist John Gaughan spoke with fifth
grade students at Yulee Elementary School, above.


Teacher of the Year Kristan Greeson, left, has been
teaching in Nassau County for the last five years. She is
currently the writing extension teacher at Yulee
Elementary School.
Employee of the Year Kim Griffith is a fourth grade
paraprofessional in Nassau County. She has been at
Yulee Elementary for the last three years.





Race Director John McBrearty of Amelia Island Runners sounds the horn to begin
the Reindeer Run 5K/10K Saturday, above. Overall winner of the men's 3.1-miler.
was Jazz Tomassetti of Fernandina Beach, left.

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Pictured, from left: 10K masters winners Rosa Haslip, 45, Fernandina Beach, 44:53, and David Vigh, 41,
Fernandina Beach, 37:56; 10K grand masters winners George White, 61, Orange Park, 43:43, and Elfrieda
Wyner, 66, St. Augustine, 45:29.

Largest Reindeer Run to date

For the News-Leader

With jingle bells and electronic timers
tied to their shoes, hundreds of runners
enjoyed a brisk race through Fort Clinch
State Park Saturday in the fifth annual
Reindeer Run 5K/10K.
'The weather definitely cooperated,"
said Kathleen. Kaye of Jacksonville,
women's overall winner of the morning's
5K run. "It was cool when you started,
but when you got into the park, there was-
n't any wind."
Overall winner of the men's 3.1-miler
was Jazz Tomassetti of Fernandina Beach,
co-captain of this year's cross-country
team at Fernandina Beach High School.
"I started off a little cold," he said. "It
took me maybe a mile and a half to get my
legs completely warmed up and ready to
go. At about the turnaround point I start-
ed getting into it, I could see who was left
ahead of me and zoned if on them."
Tomassetti, 17, earned his first overall
win in a 5K road race with a time of 18:37.
Kaye, at 50 a member of the "grand-
master" age category, finished in 20:59.
Among the "masters" runners, age 40
and up, overall winners were Bill
Beaumont, 52, of Yulee in 18:56 and Alicia
Parker, 47, of Fernandina Beach in 22:56.
Dave Hoock, 52, of Ponte Vedra Beach

was the top male grandmaster (50 and
older), finishing in 20:53. With Kaye tak-
ing the overall award, the win in the
.women's grandmaster category went to
Susan McKittrick, 52, of Fernandina
Beach at 31:01.
In the 10K (6.2-mile) race, overall win-
ners were Ryan Price,-31, of Jacksonville
in 36:13, and Tarla Millar, 35, of Amelia
Island in 44:35.
"This was my first time doing the
Reindeer Run," Millar said. "It was a great
race and a great turnout."
Overall 10K masters winners were
Fernandina Beach residents David Vigh,
41, in 37:56 and Rosa Haslip, 45, in 44:53.
The top grandmasters were George
White, 61, of Orange Park in 43:43 and
Elfrieda Wyner, 66, of St. Augustine in
Wyner is one of the nation's top-ranked'
runners in her age group, and has com-
peted in the Reindeer Run 10K every year
since 2004. She has seen the 5K/10Kfield
grow from 145 finishers back then to more
than 400 registered runners this year. And
'she has seen the route change; Saturday's
. course crossed Atlantic Avenue to reach
the finish line, to accommodate the elec-
Stronic timing equipment used this year
for the first time.
"Fort Clinch is a great venue for the
race," she said. "The Fernandina Beach

Police did an excellent job in providing
runners a safe passage across Atlantic
Also, she said, "I couldn't help but
notice that this year there were more
women runners than ever." Women out-
numbered the men in both the 5K and
10K races. .
Wyner believes the increase in women
runners nationally in the last two decades
"boils down to confidence level."
'Women are much more confident and
comfortable with themselves and others
in every aspect of life than in years past,"
she said. "The fact that running makes
women feel better, makes it easier to keep
on doing it.... Running is also a family-ori-
ented activity in which mothers can be
great role models for their children. We all
can have fun at a running event even if we
come in last in our age group."
The Reindeer Run is presented annu-
ally by the local running club Amelia
Island Runners. Complete 5K/10K race
results are posted at the club's website,
The event also included a 1.5-mile non-
competitive walk and children's fun runs
with. Santa Claus.
Race Director John McBrearty said
that, with more than 500 total registrants

REINDEER Continued on 16A ,


Pirates now 9-0,

Hornets are 7-3


The Pirates were 9-0 when
they faced host Port Charlotte
Thursday, opening night of a
three-day tournament.,
Baldwin was their latest vic-
tim. The host Indians lost by
40 points to the FBHS Pirates
on Tuesday.
"It's a rebuilding year for
Baldwin, so we were pretty
much able to dictate the tempo
of the game and kind of take
care of business and focus on
this upcoming tournament,"
said Matt Schreiber, Fernan-
dina Beach High School boys
basketball coach.
The Pirates led throughout
the game and held a 37-18 lead
at halftime over the host
Baldwin Indians. The Pirates
went on to win 68-28.
Jake Brogdon and Carlos
Holcey had 17 points each to
pace the Pirates. Holcey also
Jled in rebounds with 10. Zach
Rocheleau and Andrew Vrancic
scored eight points apiece. Billy
Hunt chipped in seven. Roche-
leau also had five assists. .
The Pirates play again today
and Saturday in Port Charlotte.
"It's the experience of going
and playing people from a dif-
ferent part of the state that you
don't know much about,"
Schreiber said. "It's a good
experience and good test for
The Pirates play next in a
tournament at Bishop Snyder
Dec. 29-30.
The junior varsity Pirates
are playing tonight and Satur-
day in a tournament at West
Nassau. FBHS plays Eagle's
View today at 2 p.m. and takes
on Providence at 11 a.m. Satur-
"d0 y. �.s :_-1. . I _-
* The Yulee High School
boys basketball team won its
last three games, beating
Bishop Snyder and Trinity
Christian in overtime and edg-
ing Bolles by three points.
Yulee picked up a win on
the road Dec. 12, beating
Bishop Snyder 58-57 in over-
time. Jarell Mitchell, who had
22 points on the night, shot the
game-winner with six seconds
left in the game.
.Demetrius Small led Yulee
with 23 points. Freshman
Kelvin Rainey had 12 rebounds
along with five points and
Derrick Peterson pulled down
10 boards to complement his
three points.
Last Saturday, the Hornets
beat Trinity Christian 74-69 in
overtime. -.
According to Coach Don
Burton, the Hornets fell behind

early but managed to catch up.
"We missed a shot,at the
end," sending the game into
overtime, he said. "We hit two
big foul shots to seal the win."
Small and Rainey scored 20
points apiece. Rainey had a dou-
ble-double with 12 rebounds.
Travis Greenaway scored 10
points, Mitchell had,nine and
Brian Magalski scored eight.
Peterson had 14, rebounds
along withfive points.
The Hornets pushed their
record to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in
the district with Tuesday's win
at Bolles. Yulee won 60-57.
''The Hornets played their
best game of the season to pull
out a victory at Bolles," Burton
said. "Demetrius Small.had his
best overall game of the sea-
son, quietly scoring 29 points."
Mitchell added 17 points.
Magalski scored six points in
the fourth quarter. !
-. "Derrick, Kelvin and John
Copeland got many key re--
bounds against the strong
inside players from Bolles,"
Burton said. 'Travis Greena-
way continued to play very well
coming off the bench."
The Hornets play Saturday
in a tournament in Callahan.
Yulee faces Esprit de Corp at 3
p.m. at West Nassau High
School. They play Jan. 2-3 in
* The.FBHS Lady Pirates
dropped to 3-6 when they host-
ed the Hilliard Flashes Satur-
day. Hilliard (3-2) won 5947.
"The Lady.Pirates got down
big in the first half, Landtroop
said. 'We just could not find the
bottom of the basket. In the
second half, we made some
changes and the girls just kept
"When they started to make
-,,s5nme,baskets. and increase
their defense intensity, their
confidence level went up as well
as their shooting percentage.
To be down by 20-25 in the first
half aid then to come out in
the second half and bring it all
the way back to within nine is
'This team does not quit.
They keep fighting till the end
and I am very proud to be a
part of their effort."
Whitney Small led the Lady
Pirates with 24 points, including
five three-pointers. Mackenzie
McBride scored 15. It was a
double-double night for Small,
who also had 12 rebounds. She
had.three steals and three
assists. McBride had five
rebounds and two steals.
Yulee (2-5).was scheduled
to host the county tournament
Thursday and today, but it has
been canceled.

Flu blamedfor several deaths in U.S.

Q . Dr. Smith, do I need a flu
. shot?

A. Influenza is a serious disease
. that spreads when the influen-
za virus passes from an infected
person to the nose or throat of oth-
ers, usually through coughing,
sneezing and by the hands.
Symptoms typically range from
fever, cough, chills and sore throat
to headache and muscle aches.
Influenza can make people of any
age ill. Although most people are ill
for only a few days, some have a
much more serious illness.
Each year, more than 200,000
people are hospitalized with the flu.
Influenza usually peaks in January,
but this year it has appeared much
earlier and in much higher num-.
bers than in the past. In fact, the flu
is already being blamed for several
deaths across the nation, including
11 children..
Federal officials report that
approximately 36,000 people die
each year from influenza-related ill-
nesses, such as pneumonia, and
most of these deaths are in elderly
people. Many of the deaths could
easily have been prevented through
vaccination. Since influenza is a
viral infection; antibiotics are not
effective in the treatment or preven-
tion of primary influenza infection.
Because the virus continues to
change, officials warn that last
year's shot may not help you this
Every winter, many hospitals
become overrun with admissions
from people sick from the flu and
complications associated with it. In
fact, in a few of the hospitals in the


Jacksonville area.
lastyear, elective
surgical cases had
to be canceled due
to this overflow
because there
were simply no
, hospital beds
available for post-
operative patients.
So who should
SPORTS get a flu shot?
According to the
IEDICINE Centers for
GREGORY Disease Control, it
is recommended
SMITH. M.D. for all persons age
50 or older. If you
are a resident of a

long-term care or nursing facility or
have any.chronic medical condition
you too should be vaccinated. The.
flu shot is also recommended for.
any person or child with a serious
long-term heart or lung disease,
kidney, disease, anemia, asthma or
diabetes. These people are at par-
ticular risk of developing complica-
tions from the flu. If you are plan-
ning on becoming pregnant during
the flu season, you should be vacci-
It is recommended that you get
plenty of rest prior to obtaining
your flu shot. A study out of the
New England Journal ofMedicine
revealed that people who had aver-
aged six hours of sleep or less for
the few nights prior to their shot
developed less of an immune
response. It just didn't work as well
as for those who were well rested.
Jon Abramson, M.D., chair of
The American Academy of
Pediatrics Committee on Infectious

Disease, states that the academy
now recommends all children older
than six months receive the vac-
cine. This is a new recommenda-
tion. Previously, they recommend-
ed vaccination only for children
with asthma or other conditions
that might place them at higher
"It has become clear in the last
few years that the risk of hospital-
ization of children approaches that
for those 65 and older," he said.
Children less than six months
should not be vaccinated, but
household contacts or daycare staff
around the child should be vacci-
Persons with a decreased ability
to fight infections should also
obtain the vaccine. This would
include persons with HIV, those on
long-term steroids or those under-
going cancer treatments. Pregnant
women who will be in their second
or third trimester during flu season
should also be vaccinated.
There is that group of people
who are not necessarily at risk for
getting the flu, but are certainly
capable of spreading it to people
with health problems. This would
include children who live with per-
sons in high-risk groups such as
those above, health care workers
such as doctors, nurses and office
staff of hospitals and long-term care
facilities.as well as.the volunteers of
these facilities. These people
should be immunized as well.
The flu vaccine is available to
anyone who wants to reduce his or
her chance of catching influenza.

SMITH Continued on 16A


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Melissa McGlory heads
down field on a breakaway
Wednesday when the
Fernandina Beach High
School girls soccer team
hosted:Paxon, above. The
FBHS Lady Pirates battled i
to a 1-1 stalemate. Paxon
scored in the final seconds
of itehgame. Liba
Buchanan scored the lone
goal for the Lady Pirates,
assisted by Meghan Smith.
Left, Jennifer Stelmach
keeps a Paxon player at
bay. The Lady Pirates (10-
5-2) return to the field
Jan. 6 when they host '
Bishop Kenny.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008 SPORTS News-Leader

Soccer registration
Amelia Island Youth Soccer online regis-
tration is open for the spring season. Visit
www.aiysoccer.org. Register in person from 9-
11 a.m. Jan. 10 and 17 and from 5-7 p.m.
Jan. 15 at the concession stand at the fields
on Bailey Road.
New players must mail a copy of their birth
certificate to 96270 High Pointe Drive,
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Call Raquel at

Yulee Little League sign-ups
Yulee Little League registration is from 10
a.m. to noon Jan. 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 4'30-
6:30 p.m Jan. 26-29. Tryouts will be Jan. 30-
Fee is $75 per child; siblings are additional
$50 each. Birth certificate and proof of resi-
dency required.
Umpires clinic is from 10 a.m. to noon Feb.
14 and 21. Manager/coaches meeting is at
6:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Opening day is scheduled
for March 7.

Babe Ruth registration
Fernandina Beach Babe Ruth is holding
registration for the spring season for baseball
and softball. Register players online at
www.leaguelineup/fernandina or at the ball-
Fees are $70 ($75) if registered through
Jan. 10; $90 ($95) if registered from Jan. 11-
17; and $105 ($110) from Jan. 18 until teams
are full.
Register in person from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 7
and 13 and from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 and
17. The ballpark is located at 1001 Beech St.
in Fernandina Beach.

Femandina Beach Pop Warner is accept-
ing applications for all 2009 football and cheer
head and assistant coaches. Contact Stacy
Black at 310-6079. Leave a message.

Zumba classes
* Kinderstudios, 528 S. Eighth St. Call
Alexandra Carroll at 415-0954.
* Bean School of Dance, 25 N. Third St.
Call 261-DANC.
* A Chance To Dance, 474378 SR200. Call
753-3407 or email buffyactd@gmail.com.
SAnytime Fitness, 463646 SR 200 Suite 4
in Yulee. Call 225-8400 or visit www.anytime
* Club 14 Fitness, 1114 South 14th St.,
Fernandina Beach. Call 261-0557.

Fitness programs
* OutFIT outdoor fitness and conditioning
program for men and women of all levels to
get in better shape with whole body exercise
regimens that develop upper and lower body
strength, endurance, core strength, speed
and agility includes daily workouts, nutritional
guidance, fitness education. Classes are
Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45
a.m. or 9 a.m. Visit www.PersonalBest
Sports.net or call 624-0027.
SAnytime Fitness, 463646 SR 200 Suite 4
in Yulee, offers step and sculpt, strength train-
ing and abs, body sculpt and step aerobics.
Call 225-8400 or visit www.anytimefitness.
cor. FitKidz for ages 4-11 is also offered. Call

2008-9 S

Boys Basketball Girls E
Dec. 18-20 at Port Charlotte tourney 8:30 Dec. 18-19 Countya
Dec. 19-20 JV tourney at WNHS TEBA Jan. 8 at.Baldw
Dec. 29-30 at Bishop Snydertourney TBA Jan. 12 EPISCO
Jan. 6 at Ribault* 6/7:30 Jan. 15 at West
Jan. 9 WEST NASSAU 6/7:30 Jan. 16 BOLLES
Jan. 10 at Bolles' 6/7:30 Jan. 22 TRINITY
Jan. 16 at Yulee 6/7:30 Jan. 23 at Yulee
Jan. 20 at Trinity 6/7:30 Jan. 24 at Hilliar
Jan. 23 EPISCOPAL 6/7:30 Jan. 27 at Baker
Jan. 24 at Hilliard 6/7 30 Feb. 2-7 'District4
Jan. 27 BOLLES 6/7:30 *District 4-3A
Jan. 30-31 JOHNNYT. SMITH (county)
*District 4-3A games to determine seeding Wr
Jan,7 'ai Fiei.:.
YULEE HIGH'SCHOOL Jan. 9-10 Ciny iou
Boys Basketball ' Jan. 15 FIRST C
Dec. 19-20 Emmtt G. Coakley Classic (WN) Jan. 21 SANDAI
Jan. 2-3 at Menendez tournament Jan. 23-24 TerryPa
Jan. 5 PONTE VEDRA 6/7:30 Feb. 7 District 3
Jan. 9 at Baldwin 6/7:30 Feb. 13-16 Region
Jan. 13 EPISCOPAL* 6/7:30 Feb. 19-21 State at
Jan. 20 BOLLES 6/7:30 Boys
Jan. 23 at West Nassau 6/7:30 Jan. 7 at Clay
Jan. 30-31 JohnnyT. Smith (FBHS) Jan. 8 YULEE
Jan. 12 at Provli
Girls Basketball Jan. 16 MIDDLE
Dec. 18-19 COUNTY TOURNAMENT TBA Jan. 20 at Ridge
Jan. 6 at Baldwin 6:00 Jan 22 at Wolfs
Jan. 8 EPISCOPAL 6:00 Jan. 26-30 District
Jan. 9 at Trinity Christian 6:00 Disrict 4-3A

Jan. 12 WEST NASSAU 6:00
Jan. 13 at Episcopal 6:00
Jan. 16 at Bishop Snyder 6:00
Jan. 21 BOLLES 6:00
Jan. 27 HILLIARD .6:00
Jan. 30- District TBA

699-5408 or e-mail reedntoni@aol.com.
* Club 14 Fitness, 1114 South 14th St.,
offers nutritional counseling, personal training,
group fitness classes, strength training and
cardio, group cycling, childcare, juice bar, tan-
ning and saunas. Flexible membership
options. Visit www.clubl4fitness.com.
* The McArthur Family YMCA, 1915
Citrona Drive, offers various fitness programs.
Call 261-1080. Visit www.firstcoastymca.org.
Programs are also offered in Yulee (call
225-2550) and Hilliard (call (904) 845-2733).
* Amelia Island Personal Fitness in the
Amelia Parkway Medical Plaza, 2416
Lynndale Road, Suite 100, is a personal train-
ing studio dedicated to promoting lifelong
health and fitness through appropriate exer-
cise and nutrition. Staff focuses on working
with people to prevent the major debilitating
illnesses - diabetes, cancer and heart dis-
ease - and also on clients who may have
sustained injuries or have had joint replace-
ments. Call 261-0698. The studio is open six
days a week. Individuals and small groups
can schedule an appointment.

* Y Yoga, 961687-201E Gateway. Blvd.,
offers a stretch and strengthening class,
pilates, yin, yoga core ball, yoga for longevity,,
beach yoga and basic yoga. Call 41,5-9642.
* Dome Healing Center, 5024 First Coast
Hwy., offers Sivananda/Amrit style yoga.for all
levels and Amrit Yoga Nidra Meditation-and
Relaxation classes. Call 277-3663 or visit
* Kinderstudios, 528 S. Eighth St., offers
yoga for adults. Call 321-2864.
* Anytime Fitness, 463646 SR 200 Suite 4
in Yulee. Call 225-8400 or visit www.anytime
* Personal Best Sports. Visit www.
PersonalBestSpqrts.net or call Deborah
Dunham, (904) 624-0027.
* Island Rejuvacations offersyoga and: -
lunch at Nassau Health Foods, 833 TJ. -J
Courson Road. Call 415-3036 or 277-3158.

Baseball and softball umpires can join the
River City Umpires Association. Call Terry
Padgett at (904) 879-6442 or Aaron Knowles
at (904) 962-7184. Visit www.rivercityumps.
com for information.

Challenger Bowling
Nassau Challenger Bowling League for
the physically and mentally challenged meets
the second Saturday of the month from 3-5
p.m. at the Strikers Family Bowling Center in
Yulee. Call Melinda Willaford at 261-3136 for

Sailing Cubmeets
The Amelia Island Sailing Club meets the
first Tuesday at the Kraft Athletic Club. Social
hour is at 6:30 p.m; the meeting starts at 7:30
p.m. Call Commodore Joe Blanchard at 277-
4257 or visit www.ameliaislandsailing.org for

Sports association
The Nassau County Sports Association
meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month
at the Nassau County Building, O'Neil. Call
261-1075 or 277-1609.


Basketball Jan.20-23' District at Bolles TBA
t Yulee TBA *District,4-3A
win 6:00
Nassau 6:00 Girls Soccer
i 6:00 Jan.'8 at Fernandina Beach 5:30
' 6:00 Jan. 134, at Trinity Christian 5:30
6:00 Jan. 15 at West Nassau 5:30
id 6:00
-3A at Baldwin TBA Boys Soccer
Jan. 3 at Mandarin Christian 11am
Jan. 8 at Femandina Beach 7:20
ACH HIGH SCHOOL Jan. 13 at Trihity Christian 730
estling . Jan. 15 at West Nassau 7:30
er 5:00
COAST .- 6:00 Soccer:
LWOOD ' 5:00 Jan. 8 Division playoffs (North bye)
arkerJV dual 300 . Jan.10 C-.reiren.:echam:n.l.:.r,.hiOTBD
-"1A . TBA
Lakeland 10:00 Soccer
Jan. 8 Conference playoffs 6:00
EACH HIGH SCHOOL Jan. 10 Conference championship 12:00.
7:20 Basketball
PARKER 5:30/7:20 Jan. 8 CALLAHAN 5/630
dence 5:30/7:20 Jan. 13 BAKER COUNTY 5/6:30
NASSAU 7:20 Jan. 15 at Fernandina 2/3:45
EBURG 5130/7:20 Jan. 17 County at FBMS
view 5:30/7:20 Note: Girls play first exceptJan. 15
on 5:30/7:20

Girls Soccer
Jan. 6 BISHOP KENNY 6:00
Jan. 8 YULEE 5:30
Jan. 9 at Trinity 6:00
Jan. 13 WEST NASSAU 5:30

Jan. 7 at Callahan 5/6:15
.Jan. 9 YULEE 2/3:45
Jan. 15 COUNTY CHAMP. 5/6:15
Jan. 20 Conference semifinal
Jan. 22 Conference finals


The Amelia Island Youth Soccer U12 Bumblebees girls team went undefeated this fall
with a 10-0 record, outscoring opponents 84-10. Madison Atkins, Katy Eichele, Ali
Elwell, Emily Faltemier, Kyleigh Goodman, Teddi Lesoine, Katie McNeil and Amy
Strozinsky were unstoppable on offense, scoring 80 of the team's goals. Kora Baker,
Sheridan Crismond, Kalli Kirkland, Hannah Smith and Alex Welsch were formidable
on defense, allowing few balls to get by them. Eichele, Faltemier, Goodman, Lesoine
and Welsch shared the goalie position. The girls are planning to play in the classic.
division in the spring. The team includes, front row from left, Kalli Kirkland, Madison
Atkins, Teddi Lesoine, Katy Eichele, Alex Welsch, Sheridan Crismond and Kora
Baker; back row, Coach Mike Goodman, Kyleigh Goodman, Amy Strozinsky, Katie
McNeil, Emily Faltemier, Hannah Smith and Coach Lindy Lesoine.

S..., i Amelia Island's U9
2b Roaring Thunder
x . swept all six games
in a two-day 3v3
V, tournament in
, .SZ. Ponte Vedra Dec.
13-14. The first-
place tournament
"- win for the Roaring
Thunder advances
the team to the
nationals in
Orlando in July.
The five-member
team is made up
of, from left,
. Nicholas
VanLennep, Daniel
Faltemier, Eddie
Turvey, Marvin
Portillo and John
Bogush and led by,
back from left,
coaches Tom
Faltemier and
Hector VanLennep.

Hornet grapplers capture fourth

BETH JONES eight wrestlers out of 13 weight fourth in their respectil
News-Leader classes, but six of the eight weight classes.

The Hornet wrestlers took
fourth place during a nine-team
tournament at St. Joseph Aca-
demy in St Augustine Dec. 13.
Yulee High School had just'

were in the finals.
Austin Tubberville and Josh
Dennis took first place, Seth
Bodine was second, Jose Garcia
placed third and Jorge Figueroa
and Chase Gonzales finished

The Hornets wrestled at
Camden County High School
Wednesday. The Pirate wrest-
lers hosted the county tourna-
ment Thursday at Fernandina
Beach High School.

Boston butt sale for Pirate baseball team

The Pirate Dugout Club will
be selling slow-cooked hicko-
ry smoked seven- to eight-
pound pork roast for the New
Year's holiday to benefit the
Fernandina Beach High School
baseball team.



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Phone orders can be taken

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Bitts may be picked iup Dec. 31
between 9 a.m. and noon at the
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FRIDAY. DECEMBER 19. 2008 SPORTS News-Leader

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This week's weather found a warming
trend during most of the week with a
cold front lurking just northwest of
Amelia Island. Warm weather typical-
ly'has two effects on our local fishing scene;
one is good and the other is bad.
Once water temperatures drop down to typ-
ical winter readings, area game fish adjust to
the cooler water temperatures and feed as nor-
mal. However, when the water temperature
warms up a few degrees, it often makes area
game fish very lethargic. Game fish will take
on a relaxed mode, while basking in the
unusual warmer water temperatures.
Once the water temperature stabilizes once
more, game fish tend to feed as normal.
Normal winter water temperatures for bays
and tidal streams run from 52-58 degrees.
However, a one- or two-degree increase in
water temperatures can make a huge differ-
ence during the winter fishing season.
Warm fronts typically improve offshore bod-
tom fishing for red snapper, gag grouper.
black sea bass, flounder and triggerfi-h..
Hopefully the cold front will have little effect
on this weekend's offshore fishing scene.
Good news for bottom fishermen. The
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
has decided to put off the four-month closure
for red snapper and grouper. The closure was
supposed to begin Jan. 1. but an overwhelm-
ing protest by sport fishermen has won the
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in the runs and walk,-"this was
our largest event ever and the
He expressed thanks "to all
of our great volunteers and for
the wholehearted support of
the Fernandina Beach Police
and Auxiliary. The ever-helpful
and competent people at the
Recreation Center and Fort
Clinch provided the ideal venue
for us and the financial support
of our sponsors was very
Race proceeds will benefit'
the Healthy Start/Healthy
Families programs, Friends of
Fort Clinch and the Nassau
Humane Society.
AIR's next event is the
Pirates on the Run 5K/10K,
walk and children's runs Feb.
21, Mardi Gras weekend. The
2009 edition will feature new
race headquarters and a new
route. Details and registration
information will be posted soon
on the club's website.

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The Fernandina Snapper
Grounds, also known as FA
reef, is a sure bet this week-
end for both red snapper and
gag grouper. Some of the
larger ledges are holding
grouper weighing to 25
1.I.. pounds. Red snapper are
holding on small ledges and
ON THE hard bottoms and weighing
WATER to 20 pounds.
Backwater fishermen will
TERRY find a low'tide arriving at 9:02
a.m. High tide comes at 3:10
, LACOSS p.m. Considering the tides, I
* would recommend fishing
boat docks located close to creek mouths,
large oyster flats or a deep channel.
A variety of inshore game fish key in on
boat docks during the last.few hours of the
falling tide. Included are redfish, flounder, sea
trout and more. Don't waste a lot of time fish-
ing at one dock; dock fishing can be a hit or
miss. Once you have found a school of cooper-
ative game fish, the bite is on..
The News-Leader encourages local anglers to
submit photographs of their catches. E-mail pho-
tos to bjones@ fbnews leader com, mail them to
P.O. Box 766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 or
drop them by 511Ash St., Fernandina Beach.
Call Beth Jones at 261-3696.

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18th St., Suite 204,
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Audrey Timmins, age 7, works on her art project at the Island Art Association's Children's Art Program.

Budding artists enjoy learning

For the News-Leader

Beaming, Uriah
Giedrys, age 8, points
to his just-finished art
project. "One is for my
Mom and one is for my Dad!"
Meanwhile, across the
room, Audrey Timmins, age 7,
is so absorbed in her own proj-
ect that her Mom has to
remind her gently, "Its time to
g,.. " Audrey comes to art class-

es a lot.
On a recent Saturday morn-
ing, these two children and
four others, ages 4-9, were par-
ticipating in the Island Art
Association's Children's Art
Program at their gallery studio,
18 N. Second St., Fernandina
Beach. Three boys and three
girls were making plaster and
glass ornaments under the
direction of first-time children's
art instructor, Pam Bennett,
assisted by her daughter.

Kimberly Bennett, an elemen-
tary school teacher.
Pam, a glass artist, says of
her first experience, "The kids
were great, and they all had a
great time. There's something
about glass. Everybody loves
it." Both teachers agreed that
they had a great time, too, and
would do it again.
Classes are limited to 10
children, ages 5 and up. They
are so popular that waiting lists
are commonn. Year-round ses-

sions are usually scheduled the
last Saturday of each month,
from 10-11 a.m. aid from 11:15
a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Programs vary from weav-
ing, mixed media puppet-mak-
ing, watercolor and landscape
painting to self-portraits,
depending on the expertise of
the instructors, who are all
Unlike other local pro-
ART Continued on 2B ',


ARIAS (Amelia Residents In
Action for the Symphony) host-
ed its annual fundiraising din-
ner and Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra concert
on Nov. 30 at the Amelia
Island Plantation. The concert,
led by Morihiko Nakahara, the
former associate conductor of
the JSO, included a delightful
array of melodies, from
Gershwin's Porgy and Bess to
Brahms' Hungarian Dances.
Richard Dickson) right, .
guest-conducted the JSO in
Strauss' "Thunder and
lightning Polka." Dickson is
the executive director of
Amelia Arts Academy. The
black tie event, which included
a live auction, netted a spec-
tacular showing of financial of
support for the Jacksonville
Symphony. See story, photos,
page 4B.



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Do you like theatrics? Do
you like history? Then the
Amelia Island Museum of
History invites you to its next
3rd Friday on 3rd Street pres-
! entation 5:30 p.m. tonight in
Baker Hall at the museum.
This program will feature the
historical figures of Chloe
Merrick, John Broadbent,
Sarah Delany, Mary Martha
Reid and Princess Amelia.
The audience will be taken back in time as they
witness these great people discussing their lives
and the changes they have seen on the island
This program is sure to entertain and educate the
crowd as the museum's thespians, known as the
"Ist-Person Presenters," bring history alive. This'
evept is free for museum members and a $5 dona-
tion for non-members.

The annual Homeless
Persons' Memorial Day service
will be held on Sunday. Dec. 21,
at 6 p.m. in Fernandina Beach at
Memorial United Methodist

Church. For further information, please call Tom
Washburn at 491-1753.

.The Jewish Community of
Amelia Island will host a
Hanukkah Party on Dec.21 at
A LLi St. Peter's Episcopal Church,
S On that evening members
will light the first Hanukkah
candle. For details contact
Alice Goldman at 548-1100 or e-mail

The community is invited to
join in a Solstice Celebration at
North Beach Park (North
Fletcher Avenue on the beach)
on Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. to cele-
brate the winter solstice. ' -
There will be a ceremony.
drumming and a potluck pic- t
nic at the park pavilion, weath-. -,
er permitting. Bring drums
and percussion instruments if you have them.
The labyrinth is viewed as a metaphor for life's
journey and is used to help people address chal-

lenges, meditate, pray and find peace and
For more information call Eliza at'2774834,
556-2577 or eliza�letterist.com.

NBC's Last Comic
Standing Live'Tour will make
its way through Jacksonville
at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 at the
Florida Theatre. The show
will feature several finalists
from the hit show. Call (904) 355-2787 or visit

Prosperity Bank and the
Fernandina Beach Parks and
Recreation Department will
present the next movie in the
-park. a free- showing of"The
Polar Express,." at 7 p.m.
tonight in Central Park.
Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring
your own chairs and blankets. For more informa-
tion call 321-2811 or 277-7350.
Submit items to Sian Perry.
S sperry@tbnewsleader.com



gumbo in

New Orleans

Iwas 16 years old and just coming off a month-
long stint of lighting out with a high-school chum,
ending up on the streets of Philadelphia and terri-
fying my family. It was March 1975, and I had
been sent to stay with my aunt and uncle in New
Orleans until my family could figure out what to do
with me.
My aunt had arranged a job for me working for a
lawyer whose name was Jesse Adams. As I recall, he
or his wife were somehow related to
my step-grandfather, O.S.L. Talbot.
Mr. Adams was setting up a new law /
office in town, and needed someone
to watch the office and answer
phones until he hired a real legal
secretary, which I decidedly was
not. I could type badly and was dis-
turbed by the multi-line phone, but I
would do in a pinch.
Mr. Adams was unquestionably a BODACIOUS
super guy to hire me, if only tem- (COOK
porarily. He chatted amiably with
me about my runaway adventures
as we drove to work, and played Angela
rock androll onhis cassette tape Daughtry
player. He even took me to lunch at
the restaurant inside the D.H.
oHblmes store in downtown New Orleans, where I first
tasted real'New Orleans gumbo. It.became one of.
those seminal culinary experiences that we somehow
just can't forget.
D.H. Holmes was a big old department store on
Canal Street, back in the days when most department
stores operated a small restaurant to serve their
bone-tired shoppers. As.I recall, it wasn't a fancy
place - just a cut above the Woolworth lunch counter
- butit was busy.
As memory has it, Mr. Adams ordered the gumbo
for me, and I did not object, being young and open to
almost any new experience. When the waitress put
the bowl in front of me, it swam with big chunks of
shellfish, okra and tomatoes. Didn't know what was
in it but ate it unquestioningly, and it was fantastic.
Since then I've tried to duplicate the experience,
but as we all know it's just never like your first time.
However, here is a recipe that seems to have all the
ingredients I remember, including the tomatoes, okra
and crab claws. It comes pretty close to that little
bowl of gumbo I had on Canal Street in 1975.

1/4 cup roux
2 large onions, chopped
3 cups okra, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 quarts water
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper
'1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
6 to 8 green onions, finely chopped
2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup shucked or canned oysters
1 cup crab meat
Crab claws
Hot cooked rice
Add shrimp to rous and cook for a few minutes.
GL'71[BO Continued on 2B

FRIDAY, December 19, 2008 LEISURE News-Leader



The Marine Corps
League of Nassau County is
raffling off a playhouse, built
Thomas, to
Jerry A ,:
who is cur-
rently being treated for can-
cer. Tickets are $1 apiece or
six for $5 and can be pur-
chased from any league
member or at American
Legion Post 54, 12 South 11th
St., Femandina Beach. The
drawing will be held on Dec.
24 and the playhouse will be
delivered to the winner. For
more information, call Marine
Corps League Senior Vice
Commandant Charles Gaines
at 261-6095 or 335-0640.

Our Greenway leads a
nature walk on Egans Creek
Greenway every third
Saturday of the month. The
next walk is Dec. 20 at 9 a.m.
The walks explore the flora
and fauna of the Greenway.
Participants are encouraged
'to bring water, sun protection,
bug juice, comfortable walking
shoes and optionally field
guides and binoculars.
Meet in the parking lot at
the entrance to the Greenway
behind the Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center, 2500
Atlantic Ave., Femandina
Beach. Walks will depart
promptly at 9 a.m., maintain a
leisurely pace and proceed to
Jasmine Street. These walks
are free and open to the pub-
lic. Call 904-277-7350 or visit

Dog lovers are invited to
an open house at the
Nassau Humane Society
Dog Park from 1-4 p.m. on
Dec. 21. Owners may tour the
park and discuss the various,
membership opportunities.
(Dogs must be members to
enter the park.) The park is
located beside the NHS
Shelter directly across the
street from the Fernandina
Beach airport. For information
call the shelter at 321-1647.

'' Join the naturalists aft"'"
Amelia Island Plantation
Dec. 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. as
they watch Amelia's beautiful
birds come in for the night.
As you travel around Amelia
Island Plantation's natural sur-
roundings, you may spot
egrets, herons, wood ducks

and other birds feeding and
roosting as you enjoy the view
of the sun setting over the
marsh. Meet at Amelia Island
Plantation's nature center.
Cost is $10 per person, binoc-
ulars provided. Call 321-5082
to reserve your spot.,

Take a trip with the natural-
ists of Amelia Island
Plantation's Nature Center to
the Okefenokee Swamp on
Dec. 27 from 1-7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a sunset boat ride and
then be on the lookout for the
glowing eyes of alligators in
the dark. Meets at Amelia
Island Plantation Nature cen-
ter, transportation and snacks
provided. Cost is $50 per
adult (12 and older) and $35
per child. RSVP to 321-5082.

Take a walk on the wild
side after dark at the
Jacksonville Zoo on Dec. 29
from 5-11:30 p.m. Get up
close and 'personal with ani-
mal encounters and a behind
the scenes tour. Cost is $45
per person and includes
transportation from Amelia
Island Plantation and a pizza
dinner. Call 321-5082 to sign
up by Dec. 21.

The Nassau County
NAACP Youth Council
Talent Contest will be held.
Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Peck
Center Auditorium and is,
open to everyone. The event
is divided into two categories,
the Junior Division, age 12
and under, and the Senior
Division, age 13-19. Entry fee
is $5 for individuals and $10
for groups of two or more.
Entry deadline is today at 7
p.m. For information or entry
application, contact Vernetta
Spaulding, youth advisor, at
(904) 583-1569 or e-mail ver-
nettal21 @bellsouth.net, or
Maybelle Kirkland Brown, co-
advisor, at 277-3285.

The Nassau County Bird
Club will meet rain or shine
on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. at the
Fort Clinch State Park fish-
ing pier.
In order to have the best
chance of seeing one of the
target birds, the Purple
Sandpiper, participants must
go at high tide and falling tide.
Other notable birds that may
be sighted are the Red-
breasted Mvlerganser. rwo - ,
;spedes of loons, Nonnern
Gannets and Bonaparte
There is a $5 entry fee pei
car with a maximum of eight
people. An annual individual
statepark pass is $42.80 and
a family pass is $85. They are

Register through today tor Amelia Arts
Academy spring group classes and pay
no registralion fee Classes begin the week
of Jan. 12. Check out the group music
classes or art classes for children and adults.
Scholarships and tuition assistance are
available. Call 277-1225.

The Instant Groove Band plays every
Thursday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the lobby
lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Call 1904i 556-6772 or e-mail
TIGBand@'aol com.

Applebees, 2006 S. Eighth Stq D.J Roc
and karaoke 9:30 p m.-12.30 a.m Mondays.
Call 206-4300.

Beech Street Grill. 801 Beech St.. John
Springer on piano Tuesday. Fnday and
Saturday. Call 277-3662.

Cafe Karibo, 27 N. Third St., live enter-
tainment Call 277-5269.

Canopy Moon: Late Night Courtyard
Cafe, 105 S Third St., live music 8-10 p.m.
Friday. Call 261-6622 or e-mail canopy-
moon 13,-'comcast.net.

Falcon's Nest, Amelia Island Plantation,
DJ Friday and Saturdays from 10 p.m.-2

Frisky Mermaid Bar & Grille, 22 South
Third St , bluegrass night Mondays; song-
writing contest Wednesdays 7 p.m.-midnight;
blues and jazz Fridays and Saturdays 8
p.m.-midnight; shag dancing and lessons 4-8
p.m. Sunday. Call 261-3300. *

Green Turtle, 14 S. Third St. Live music
Call 321-2324.

Highway 17 Tavern, 850532 US 17
South, Yulee. Iree line dance lessons 6-7
p.m and swing dance lessons 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday; karaoke with
Phil 8 p.m. Tuesday; live music 8 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 9 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Call 225-9211.

available at the entrance of
state parks. Bring binoculars,
field guide, bug juice, sun-
screen, rain' gear, sunglasses
and water. Bring layers of
clothing. The weather can be
brutal.on the pier in the winter.
. For information call Carol
Wyatt at 261-9272 or e-mail

The I Can Academy will
celebrate the life of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. with
the musical "I Have A Dream:
Songs for Peace and .
Harmony," by John Jacobson,
Rollo Dilworth, Moses.Hogan
and Emily Crocl'er Thiecom-
muniry-wide production is
open to all children in grades
pre-K to sixth grade. The pub-,
lic performance will begin at
6:30.p.m. Jan. 19 at First
Assembly of God, 302 South
14th St. in Femandina Beach.
SRehearsals convene at 4:30

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O'Kane's Irish Pub and Eatery. 318
Centre St.. live music Thursday through
Saturday Call 261-1000

The Mill, 96032 Victoria's Place, Yulee.
"LaTino" night Wednesday, live music Friday
and Saturday. Call (904) 432-8136.

The Palace Saloon. 117 Centre St. Live
entertainment. Call 491-3332.
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Pompeo's Paradise Lounge. 302
Centre St., Karaoke Thursday, Friday and
Saturday. Call 261-7490.

Rivers Edge. 915 South 14th St. Live
entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Call

Sandy Bottoms. 2910 Atlantic Ave., high
energy karaoke with DJ Lamar and his wife,
Andrea, Fridays at 9 p.m.; Macy's live on
Wednesday. Call 310-6904.

Seabreeze Lounge and Sports Bar,
2702 Sadler Road. live music. Call 277-

Slider's Seaside Grill, 1998 S.
Fletcher Ave Live enteralnment. Macy's
playing live New Year's Eve.
Call 277-6652.

Striker's Family Bowling Center,
850822 US 17 South in Yulee, karaoke with
DJ Lamar and Rock Candy Saturday 9 p.m.-
2 a.m.: Teen Night 8-11 p.m. Tuesday (no
adults allowed) with cosmic bowling, music
videos, karaoke and dancing for ages 11-17.
Call 225-1077.

The Surf Restaurant and Bar, 3199 S.
Fletcher Ave., live music weekends and
weekdays. Call 261-5711.

Thyme World Cuisine, Gateway to
Amelia complex, David Cole. pianist, 7-9
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 261-

Wicked Davey's Fancy Saloon:232 N.
Second St. Live music. Call 321-4224.

p.m. at O'Neal Memorial
Baptist Church, 474257 SR
200 East, on Mondays and
Friday until the performance.
For information, call 277-2606
or 277-2704.

Steve Kaufman will con-
duct a-three-day, all levels flat-
picking guitar workshop
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, hosted by
The Florida House at 20-22 S.
Third St., Fernandina Beach.
Workshop price is $200. For
information call 261-3300 or
e-mail innkeepers @florida-

The Amelia Island
Genealogical Society will
meet Jan. 20 at 7 p.m, at the
Fernandina Beach Police
Department Community
Room, 1525 Lime St. The
topic will be "How Saving
Important Artifacts Can
Provide Genealogical
Information," delivered by
guest speaker Julia Reynolds
Nowlin; Free and open to'the
public. For information, call

Enjoy "Trivia with
Maggie" on Wednesdays at
7:30 p.m. at the Crab Trap in

downtown Fernandina Beach
and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at
Sandy Bottoms at Main
Beach. Enjoy a special trivia
menu, drink, win prizes and
listen to music while you
improve your memory and get
smarter. These events are
free and open to the public.


The Jewish Community
Alliance Film Series will
show 'The Ramallah
Concert - Part II" at 2 p.m.
Dec. 25. This concert docu- -
ments historical landmark in
the development of musical
and human relations in the
Middle East. Making this
event possible showed the
great courage and dedication
of each and every young
musician in the orchestra
regardless of their origin. The
concert was recorded in the
. Cultural Palace in Ramallah
on Aug; 21 ,2005. All JCA Film
Series showings are free and
open to all. ' .,
Jewish Community
Alliance is located at 8505
San Jose Blvd. in Jackson-
ville. For information, call
(904) 730-2100, ext. 223, or
visit www.jcajaxorg.

The Golden Dragon
Acrobats represent the best
of a time-honored tradition
that began more than 25 cen-
turies ago. Recognized
throughout the United States
and abroad as the premiere


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past, teachers had to pur-:
gs are chase their own supplies and
volunteer their time. However,
- in March 2007 the Woodcock
Foundation for\the Appirecia-
tion of the Arts, Jacksonville,
awarded IAA a grant, which
provides materials and pays
instructors an honorarium.
The Woodcock Founda-
tion's goal is to encourage
appreciation of the arts, espe-
cially among its target group
of children and adults who
would not otherwise be
Even paying its own
expenses, IAA had been run-
ning free children's art pro-
grams since the 1990s, when
Rhonda Bristol, artist and
educator, initiated them,
because of her experience
with magnet schools in other
locations. "We need art pro-
grams so children learn to
think and problem-solve using
the arts," she said.
Projects were designed to
develop cognitive abilities and
observational skills. "Children

learned to share, to critique,
and to discuss issues using art
as a vehicle."
Originally, each class was
intergenerational, with chil-
dren and parents learning
together. Now, except for
"Mommy and Me," a program
for pre-schoolers and their
caregivers, today's classes are
not. Instead, parents are
encouraged to leave, so that
children can "do their own
thing" independently, accord-
ing to Diane Hamburg, who
supervises the programs as
Community Relations Chair of
IAA. Her involvement grew
from a conviction that "with
schools phasing out art, it has
become increasingly impor-
tant for children to have a cre-
ative outlet."
To sign children up for
classes or to obtain further
information, parents are
encouraged to watch for
announcements in local news-
papers, then to call the Island
Art Association at 261-7020, or
visit the gallery in person to

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Chinese acrobatic touring
company of today, they will
make their Jacksonville debut
Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Wilson Center for the Arts
on FCCJ's South Campus.
Call the FCCJ Artist Series
Box Office at 1-888-860-
BWAY or visit www.artist-

Giselle will be performed
at The Times Union
Center's Moran Theater at 8
p.m. Jan. 9 for one perform-
ance only. The tale of never-
ending love - Giselle is with-
out question the most
romantic of all the classical
ballets. Regarded as a mas-
terpiece of traditional romantic
ballet, Giselle is a favorite
among dance aficionados and
novices alike. First performed
by the Paris Opera in 1841,
ballet's most famous story
about love and redemption
from the great beyond has
been enchanting audiences
for more than 175 years. To
order by phone call the FCCJ
Artist Series Box Office at 1-
888-860-BWAY or visit

On Jan. 10from 9-10:30
a.m., Fernandina Little
Theatre will host the first of a
series of strategic planning
meetings in the community
room of the Femandina
Beach Police Department,
1525 Lime St. This first gath-
ering is open to all friends,
season subscribers, actors,
volunteers, staff and support-
ers of Fernandina Little
Theatre. The goal is to gather
input and formulate a five-
year plan. Refreshments will
be served.


Get lifted with gospel
music by Lisa McClendon
and Leon "Timbo" Seymore
at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at Pangea
Live, 956 North Liberty St. (in
historic Springfield),
Admission is $15 in
advance and $20 at the door.
Call (904) 626-2812 or (904)
536-1745 or visit www.noktur-

The Imagination Movers
sing about messy rooms,
healthy snacks, sibling rivalry
and other topics related to
being a little kid at 1:30 p.m.
and 4 p.m. Jan. 2 at the
Florida Theatre in Jackson-
ville. The Movers - Rich,
Scott, Dave and Smitty -
began in New Orleans in
2003 and are fast-rising stars
on the national kids' music
scene thanks to their combi-
nation of.radio-friendly songs,
kid-friendly themes and
dynamic live shows. For tick-
ets call (904) 335-2787 or pur-
chase online at Ticketmaster.

The University'of North
Florida welcomes the
renowned Jazz at Lincoln
Center Orchestra with
.Wynton Marsalis to the
Lazzara Performance Hall
on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The
big band performs a vast
repertoire including composi-
tions and arrangements by
Duke.Ellington, Count Basie,
Fletcher Henderson,
Thelonious Monk; Billy
Strayhom, Dizzy Gillespie,
Benny Goodman and more.
Visit www.unf.edu/finearts-
Scenter or call (904) 620-2878.

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Book signing
Ben Walker, author of
Winds of the South, will sign
copies of his book at Books
Plus, 107 Centre St.,
Fernandina Beach, on Dec.
23 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Winds of the South, is the .....
story of journalist Zimri
Rhodes, a Connecticut Yankee who moves to
the frontier country of middle Georgia in the
early part of the 19th century and marries a
Southern girl.
Walker is also the author of Sentimental
Music, a novel set in contemporary Florida,
published in 1998. He is also a talented play-
wright, having penned 'The King's Dice," an
absurdist musing on the last days of Alexander
the Great, and "Blood Relations," a black com-
edy of race, sex and dashed dreams that was
a winner of the 1997 South Carolina Play-
wrights' Conference Competition in Beaufort,
S.C. He currently lives in Jacksonville.
Christmas music
Jennifer Gregorio, a middle school,student
from Virginia Beach, Va., will be visiting her
grandparents, the Taylors, who live on Amelia
Island and will be playing her violin from 2-4
p.m. Dec. 24 at Books Plus, 107 Centre St.
She will play such pieces as Trepak from the
Nutcracker Suite, Ukranian Bell Carol, Winter
Wonderland and Hanukkah Holiday, as well as


other seasonal favorites. Enjoy some musical
pieces while you browse for books in the store.
Libraries closed
Nassau County Libraries will be closed -
Christmas Day and Dec. 26. The book drops
will remain open and no fines will be assessed
those days.
Book signing
Author Mary Ann Robles will sign copies of
her first book, From Perils to Pearls, on Dec. 27
at Books Plus, 107 Centre
St., Fernandina beach.
Published by Tate
Publishing and Enterprises,
Robles' book reveals what
power was great enough to
overcome abusive parents
who would do anything in
their power to keep a child
down and how a childhood of
tragedy turned into a life of '
The book is available at any bookstore
nationwide or can be ordered through the
publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/book-
store, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com,
amazon.com or target.com. An audio
version of the'book also is available from the
Robles and her husband, Waldy, reside in
Yulee, where they enjoy their four children and
three granddaughters.

Literary Book Group
The Friends of the Library Literary Book
Group meets the second Thursday of the
month at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal
Church. Former literature professors Marilyn
and Norman Wesley lead the discussions. The
programs are free. New members are always
" welcome.
The next discussion is Jan. 8, when mem-
bers will talk about Lo/itaby Vladimir Nabokov.
Clutter free program
The Nassau Women's Information
Exchange presents "Becoming Clutter Free:

Conquering Your
Paper Piles" as its
next Women's
Exchange brown-bag
luncheon event Jan.
15 from noon-1 p.m.
at the Fernandina
Beach City Hall com-
mission chambers,
204 Ash St.,
Femandina Beach.

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The talk will feature Mary Cleland
Pankiewicz, owner of Clutter-free & Organized
and author of You Can Be Clutter-free &
Organized, Fast, Easy Organizing Solutions
for Paper Piles and Your Office. She grew up
on Amelia Island and returns frequently to work
and walk the beach.

This program is free and open to the public.
Brown-baggers are welcome.
Reservations are suggested by calling your
library branch. Box lunches by Amelia Island
Coffee & Ice Cream are $10 and must be pre-
paid at any branch library by noon Jan. 9.,
Make checks payable to FCCJ. No refunds will
be given.
For information call the Yulee branch
library/FCCJ Nassau Center at 548-4467 or
the Femandina Beach branch at 277- 7365.
Author submissions
The Amelia Island Book Festival is now
accepting submissions for consideration for
featured authors at the 2009 festival scheduled
for Oct. 1- 3.
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's, juve-
nile and young adult books may be mailed to:
Amelia Island Book Festival, P.O. Box 824,
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035.
Authors should also send a short biography
and suggestions for the writers' workshop.
Deadline for submissions is March 15. Invitees
will be notified before May 31.
For detailed submission requirements, go to
www.bookisland.org or e-mail info@book-
Established eight years ago, The Amelia
Island Book Festival is a non-profit 501(c)3
organization that promotes literacy among chil-
dren and adults by showing that reading is fun
and worthwhile and inspiring the appreciation
of books.

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FRIDAY. December 19,2008 LEISURE News-Leader

Santa, aka J.C. Custer, took time out from his busy
schedule this week to spend time with customers of a
local Flash Foods store, including Christie and Abigail
Wells, above.


Christmas hayride
Yulee United Methodist
Church, 89006 Christian Way,
is holding several events for
the Christmas season. Tonight
the church will host a
Christian Christmas Hayride
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free
refreshments will be served.
The church's Christmas
Cantata will be performed
Dec. 21 at 11 p.m. For infor-
mation, call 225-5381.
'Family Fun Nighf
Amelia Island Plantation .
will hold a "Holiday Family
Fun Night" from 7-10 p.m.
Dec. 20 and 27 with horse-
and-carriage rides, live enter-
tainment and a Christmas
Santa visit
The Historic Fernandina
Business Association
Welcomes Santa Claus as
he visits to gather wish lists
from the girls and boys in
Femandina Beach in front of
the visitor's depot, 102 Centre
St., from noon-4 p.m. Dec. 20.
Photos will be available to be
printed on-site for $5, with an
e-mail option. Pets are also'
For more information, con-
tact Sandy Price at 206-0756.
Kinderstudios show
"Christmas Spectacular,"
brought to you by.
Kinderstudios, will be held
Dec. 20 at the Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
and the show begins at 7 p.m.
The event is free and open to
the public. For information
visit www.kinderstudios.com.
Amelia Arts Academy pres-
ents the 12th Annual Perform-
a-thon fundraiser for the Arts
Academy's Scholarship Fund
on Dec. 21 at noon in the
salon of The Ritz-Carlton,
Amelia Island.
Young musicians will solicit
small pledges from friends,
family members and local
businesses to raise money to
help others that may not have
the opportunity to receive an
arts education.
Every sponsor receives an
invitation to the Perform-a-
thon to hear the children play
holiday music.
To receive tickets to the
event, make a small pledge to
an Arts Academy student by
calling 277-1225.
Family Christmas
The Music Ministry of First
Baptist Church presents "A
Fernandina Family Christmas"
Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
The Celebration Choir will
sing songs of your childhood
and memories of the past with
the emphasis on the
Christmas story. A nursery will
be provided.
First Baptist is located at
1600 S. Eighth St. For infor-
mation, contact the church
office at 261-3617.
Candlelight service
Prince Chapel AME
Church, located on Hendricks
Road in Nassauville, will hold
a Christmas Candlelight
Service on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.
All are welcome to come and
The Rev. Pauline Tucker,
pastor. Charles L. Albert Jr.,
Ring in the season
Memorial UMC presents
the Bellissimo Bells handbell
group on the last Sunday in
Advent, Dec. 21, at the 8:30
or 11 a.m. services.
Call 261-5769 for more
Winter Wonderland
Amelia Arts Academy pres-
ents Winter Wonderland, a
morning filled with high-ener-

gy holiday art programs for
kids ages 5-12 on Dec. 22
from 9 a.m.-noon. Parents will
have extra time to get their
holiday shopping finished
while kids create holiday
paintings, ornaments and
make gifts for everyone on
their list.
The program will finish with
Dr. Suess holiday gift-wrap-
ping. Cost is $35 and includes
supplies. Call 277-1225.


Symphony concerts
The Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra pres-
ents "Handel's Messiah" on
Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. in the
Robert E. Jacoby Symphony
Hall at the Times-Union
Center for the Performing
Arts. For tickets and informa-
tion, call the box office at
(877) 662-6731 or visit
The "Christmas Pops
Concert" is Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.
at The Village Church -
AdventChristian Village at
Dowling Park. For information,
call (386) 658-5557.
Chanukah lighting
The annual Chanukah
lighting at the Jacksonville
Landing will be held Dec. 21
at 12 30 p1m. wilh live enler-
tainment, the Grand
Chanukah Family Carnival
and Fair and, as always, the
lighting of Jacksonville's tallest
Other events include the
annual Chanukah Car Parade
at 12:30 p.m., Judaica gifts,
books and more, handmade
jewelry, popcorn and cotton
candy, Chanukah donut deco-
rating, make your own meno-
rah factory, carnival games
and inflatables, olive press
demonstration, free latkes,
Chanukah arts and crafts,
menorahs from around the
world, face painting, hot dogs,
deli and falafel and more.
The grand Menorah light-
ing will be held at 4:30 p.m.
The event is open to the pub-
lic and free of charge. For
more information call (904)
285-1588 or visit
'Christmas Carol'
The Florida Theatre pres-
ents "A.Christmas Carol" at
7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Charles
Dickens' story has enchanted
audiences the world over with
its simple message of selfless
Ebenezer Scrooge, a most
unrepentant, miserly fellow, is
made to see the light as he
survives a merciless battery of
revelations by the ghosts of
his own Christmases: Past,
Present and Future. Call (904)
355-2787 or visit tickemas-
'Christmas Carole'
Bruce Allen Scudder's
"Christmas Carole," the musi-
cal, starring Tony Triano in his
17th season as Scrooge, is at
the Alhambra Dinner Theatre,
12000 Beach Blvd.,
Jacksonville, through Dec. 24.
For tickets and information,
call (904) 641-1212.
Kwanzaa celebration
Edward Waters College
will host a Kwanzaa
Celebration at 7 p.m. on Dec.
26 in the Milne Auditorium at
1658 Kings Road in
Come celebrate the
Principle of Umoja (Unity).
There will be spoken word
poetry, African dance, West
African music, vendors and a
guest speaker. Bring three
guests and fruit for the
Kwanzaa display. Admission
is free.
For more information
call (904) 403-6960 or (904)

Symphony offers bus service from island

For the News-Leader .

Residents of Amelia Island
and surrounding areas can
now experience a Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra per-
formance without the hassle
of a drive downtown. For each
Friday night JSO Masterworks
concert, the symphony offers
luxury bus transportation to
and from the Times-Union
Center. The bus makes two
stops for patrons; Harris
Teeter on Amelia Island by the
Plantation and North Hampton
in Yulee. Priced at just $15 per
person, the service is quite
ideal for local residents.
"It's a blessing," said Dr.
Arnold and Maxine Tanis, who
have been avid JSO concert
goers for over 10 years. "We
dread the trip in (to
Jacksonville) and back. This
really enhances our evening."
In fact they dreaded it so much
that before the bus service was
offered, the couple and a group
of their friends would hire a
car and driver to take them to
and from the concert.
Obviously this affordable serv-
ice is much appreciated among
Nassau residents who are not
able to travel well at night or
drive at all.
The symphony.bus trans-
. portation cost is in addition to
the purchase of the concert
ticket. JSO Masterworks
series concerts feature the
treasured symphonic works of
classical, romantic and.mod-
ern composers along with
renowned guest artists that
heighten the repertoire of the
Also playing a part in build-
ing the symphony audience is
ARIAS (Amelia Residents In
Action for the Symphony).
Founded nearly 10 years ago,
one of the group's main goals
is encourage residents of
Nassau County to attend JSO
concerts. ARIAS hosts Amelia
Nights at the Symphony, which
include dinner, transportation
Sand concert. Upcoming dates
are Feb. 7 (Turandot), March
13 (Ben Vereen with the JSO)
and April 24 (Doc Severinsen
with the JSO).
ARIAS' three main goals
are engaging the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra to per-
form at Amelia Island, encour-
aging residents of Nassau
County to attend JSO concerts
ad~bringingg music education
to students in Nassau County.
ARIAS sponsors more than 500
Nassau County students to
attend a JSO concert at Jacoby
Hall and hundreds of Nassau
County students experience
various ensembles ofJSO musi-
cians in their schools.
The ARIAS Instrument Zoo
has been enthusiastically
received by numerous fourth
grade elementary school stu-
dents and its outreach also
includes scholarships for stu-
dents at the Amelia Arts
Joanna Kennard, a member
of ARIAS, explained that many
of the residents in the sur-
rounding retirement villages
greatly depend on the bus serv-
ice to enjoy symphony con-
certs. She too takes advantage

Enjoying the ARIAS
(Amelia Residents In
Action for the Symphony)
annual fundraising dinner
and Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra con-
cert on Nov. 30 at the
Amelia Island Plantation,
above, are Bill and Gayle
Gower, Kelly Bomar, Tom
Shaw and Kyle Bickham.
Left, JSO violinist Max
Huls, center, meets with
Cherie and John Billings.
Below, JSO Executive
Director Stacy Ridenour,
Peggy and Jim Holz and
conductor Morihiko
The concert, led by
Nakahara, the former
associate conductor of the
JSO, included a delightful
array of melodies, from
Gershwin's Porgy and
Bess to Brahms'
Hungarian Dances.

of the service. "I probably
wouldn't be able to go to a con-
cert this late in the evening. It
is a great convenience," she
Over the years, the First
Coast community has worked
to raise the cultural hub of
Jacksonville to its greatest
capacity with the support of
new and existing artistic pro-
grams, including the JSO. And
it is obvious that fans around
the First Coast are proud of

what their orchestra has to
offer and what it strives to be.
The Symphony's merit and
appreciation is evident as well
with its efforts inside and out-
side the concert hall; from bus
services to educational pro-
grams, community concerts
and more.
WhIen it comes to those
world-renowned music groups
found in other metropolitan
cities, Kennard believes that
JSO Music Director Fabio

Mechetti "has an orchestra'that
competes with all of them."
For tickets and more infor-
mation about the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra 2008-9
concert season and Amelia
Island bus transportation, visit
www.jaxsymphony.org, or call
the JSO Box Office at (904)
For ARIAS membership
and Amelia Nights at the
Symphony information, call
(904) 261-0105.


Food drive
The American Legion
Auxiliary Unit 54 is sponsor-
ing a food drive through Dec.
20 to benefit the Barnabas
Center. The following food
items are always in need:
rice, macaroni and cheese,
pasta, peanut butter,
spaghetti sauce, jelly, cereal,
tuna fish, canned vegetables
and soup.
Food donations are being
accepted at the American
Legion (the log cabin across
from the city water tower).
For more information call
Jayne Bryan at 504-5636.
The American Legion
Auxiliary Unit 54 raises
money every year and rein-
vests these funds in pro-
grams for veterans, their fam-
ilies, young people and the
community at large.
Joy to the Children
The All-volunteer Joy to
the Children provides a
Christmas Day celebration
for economically disadvan-
taged children in Nassau
For information on how
your business, organization
or you individually can
donate, call 261-8232. To vol-
unteer for shopping, wrap-
ping or participating
Christmas Day, call 491-
8518. E-mail joytothechil-
dren @comcast.net.
'Christmas Angel'
Quality Health is hosting
its annual Christmas Angel

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Fernandina Beach Police hel
Cops" event for 157 children
on Dec. 11. Above, dispatch
two of the children.

program. Adopt a resident
and assist in helping to fulfill
their wish list.
Contact the activities
department for an angel
assignment at 261-0771,
ext. 119.
'Secret Santa'
The 18th annual Secret
Santa Program is under way
at Dayspring Village, Inc. in
Boulougne, a licensed 94-
bed limited mental health

formances of any type.
For information call Doug
Adkins at (904) 845-7501 or
visit www.dayspringvillage.
SWish tree
The Cats Angels "Kitty
Wish" tree is up and full of
wish cards for you to choose
from to help the cats and kit-
tens in Cats Angels' care this
holiday season. Stop by the
� Thrift Store at 709 S. Eighth
St. to choose a card and
make your donation. The
cards will then be displayed
in the storefront window.
Sa For more information
call Cats Angels', a non-
profit, 501c3 organization, at
Wish List'

The Nassau County
Volunteer Center has
SUBMITTED launched its 19th annual holi-
Id their annual "Shop with day 'Wish List" program,
n at the island Wal-Mart through which Nassau
er Brittanie Davis with County residents make the
holidays happier for those in
Donations of food baskets
assisted living facility that and gift certificates are wel-
specializes in caring for come. "Adopt a Family"
adults with schizophrenia and donors may give food, cloth-
schizo affective disorders, ing or toys to an entire family,
Call Denise Cumbus at a senior or a foster child to
(904) 845-7501 or e-mail brighten their holiday season.
dayspringvillage@wind- Additionally, donors may
stream.net to become a give a party for children or
Secret Santa and then have organize a food drive, volun-
the wrapped gift back to her teer, sort gifts or deliver them.
by Dec. 23. Call the center at 261-2771,
People may also share e-mail ncvcfb@aol.com, or
their talents through Bible stop by 1001 Atlantic Ave.,
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102 Lost & Found
103 In Memoriam
104 Personals
105 Public Notice
106 Happy Card
107 Special Occasion
108 Gift Shops
201 Help Wanted .
202 Sales-Business
203 Hotel/Restaurant

204 Work Wanted
205 Live-in Help
206 Child Care
207 Business COppor-turt,
301 Schools & Irnstrjcr,.n
302 Diet/Exercr.'
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102 Lost & Found
- vicinity Atlantic Rec Center. Call
(904)432-8182 to identify.
If You Have Lost Your Pet - please
check the Nassau Humane Society
facility located at 671 Airport Rd. next
to the airport (904)321-1647 & the
Nassau County Animal Shelter, 86078
License Rd. in Yulee next to the drivers
license building (904)491-7440.

104 Personals
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classified ad in over 100 Florida
newspapers reaching over 4 MILLION
readers for $475. Call this newspaper
or (866)742-1373 for more details or
visit www.florida-classifieds.com. ANF

105 Public Notice

All Real Estate advertised herein
is subject to the Federal Fair
Housing Act, which makes it
illegal to advertise any prefer-
ence, limitation, or discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status or
national origin, or the intention to
make any such preference,
limitation or discrimination.
The News-Leader will not
knowingly accept any advertising
for real estate which is in violation
of the law. All persons are hereby
informed that all dwellings
advertised are available on an
equal opportunity basis.
If you believe that you may have
been discriminated against in
connection with the sale, rental or
financing of housing, call the
United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development
- HUD - 1(800)669-9777, or for
the hearing impaired 1(800)927-


In observance of CHRISTMAS
the News-Leader will be closed
on Thursday, December 25th.
The deadline for classified ads
for the Friday, December 26th
edition has been changed to
Tuesday, December 23rd at
New Year's Day
In observance of NEW YEAR'S
DAY the; News-Leader will be
closed on- Thursday, January
1st. The deadline for classified
ads for the Friday, January 2nd
edition has been changed to
Tuesday, December 30th at

201 Help Wanted

$18.37-$32.51/hr. Now hiring. Many
positions available. For application and
free Gov't job info., call American
Assoc of Labor (913)599-7976, 24 hrs.,
emp. serv.
KITCHEN PREP - Espressos Cafd,
Amelia Island Upscale Tuscan Style
Cafe. Fax resume to (904)491-9810.
Seeking experienced individual at a self
storage facility in Yulee, Florida.
Customer service, marketing, comput-
er and phone skills a must. Outgoing
personality, work history and valid
driver's license required. EOE. Send
resume by fax at (904)277-6661 or
e-mail to vulee@stowstoraoe.com.
DRIVERS - ASAP! Sign-on bonus 35-
41cpm. Earn over $1000/wk. Exc ben-
efits. Need CDL-A & 3 mos recent OTR.
(877)258-8782 www.meltontruck.com.
The following positions are opened
Director of Nursing - this position is
responsible for the supervision 'of
nursing staff. Must be licensed RN with
no restrictions. Three (3) years of
experienceand at least one (1) year in
ICF/ MRDD environment.
Residential Service Coordinator -
this position is responsible for the
supervision of Residential managers
and Residential living assistant. Assure
adequate staffing requirements are
met. Three (3) years of experience of
working with MR/DD adults with two
years of supervisory experience.
Residential Managers - works with
MR/DD adults. Must have HR Diploma
and some supervisor experience.
Excellent written, oral and some
computer skills. Good driving record
and be able to pass a background
LPN's - Part-time day and evening
shifts for ICF/MR facility. Must have
Florida Nursing License.
Fax resume to (904)261-5517.

SALES - Resale store need part-time
sales person. Flexible hours. EOE.

DRIVER - Join PTL today. Company
drivers earn up to 40cpm. 1/2cpm
increase every 60K miles. Average
2800 miles/wk. www.ptl-inc.com. Call
(877) 740-6262. ANF
Earn $$$ Helping MDs! Process
medical claims from home. Call the
Federal Trade Commission to find out
how to spot medical billing scams.
1(877)FTC-HELP. A message from the
News-Leader and the FTC.
ISLAND HAIR CO. - is now accepting
applications for hair stylist. $155/wk.
booth rental. Call Phyllis 753-0363 or
Margie 583-3336.
NOW AVAILABLE! - 2009 Post Office
jobs. $18-$20/hr. No experience. Paid
training. Fed. benefits. Vacations. Call
(800)910-9941 today! Ref#FL08. ANF

202 Sales-Business
Gold, Silver, & Platinum! NO WAITINGi
Any condition! Highest payout! Local.
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204 Work Wanted
OWNERS! - Turn your rental over
quickly between tenants. Over 18
years exp. Upgrades, construction
'repairs, re-key, carpet clean, repaint, &
more.- Free estimate. (904)206-0005.
License. Bonded.
erience. Low prices, work guaranteed.
Small jobs welcomed. 10% discount
with ad. Call Tom (904)491-9992.

-Santa Claus will NOT come down a
dirty chimney. Call Lighthouse Chimney
Sweeps today, 261-8163.
seeking employment for live-in 5 days
a week & some weekends. Cell (904)
536-6401/Home (904)743-6469.

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SEMI-RETIRED - looking for install/
maint/repairwork, home cleanouts,
resid/comm prop, gardens, drive/watk-
ways install/maint. PT/FT. 261-5261
Small jobs welcomed. (904)277-4777
ANT/COMPANION - available for
quality in-home care on Amelia Island.
Pleasant, professional w/sterling refer-
ences. Days, nights, and weekends.
Available immediately. (802)779-5453

207 Business
earn $800 in a day? 25 local machines
& candy $9,995. (888)629-9968
B02000033. Call us: We will not be
undersold! ANF

301 Schools &
high paying Aviation Maintenance
Career. FAA approved program. Finan-
cial aid if qualified - Housing available.
Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance
(888) 349-5387. ANF
home. Medical, business, paralegal,
computers, criminal justice. Job place-
ment assistance. Computer available.
Financial aid if qualified. Call (866)858-
2121, www.CenturaOnlinecom. ANF


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Successful drug screen required.
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503 Pets/Supplies
short hair. Puppies/adults. 1st shots.
$75-4275. Call (904)277-2217 or
(706)331-6511. Fernandina
PUPPY - Born 10/20. Free to good
home. Call Jen for info (904)491-0890.

601 Garage Sales

GARAGE SALE - Antiques, glass,
kitchen, electronics, records, movies,
books, lawn tractor. Thurs. 12/18, Fri.
12/19, Sat. 12/20, 8am-12pm. 1333
Forrest Dr. Rain or shine. No early
birds please.
GARAGE SALE - Good stuff. Cheap!
Sat. 12/20, 9am-? 306 S. 15th St.
326 S. 9th St. Fri. & Sat. 12/19 & 20,
8am-3pm. Come help us empty out
the shop. Great buys.
YARD SALE - Fri. & Sat. 85194
Airplane Ln., Yulee, FL. Desk, Bow
Flex, & more. (904)753-4745

601 Garage Sales
FRI. & SAT. - 8am-12pm. Tools,
boating, fishing, surfboard, baseball,
mirror doors, holiday decorations, wet
suit. 2825 1st Ave., Fernandina (2
blocks north of Surf Restaurant).
GARAGE SALE - Lots of children's
toys, lots of $1.00 items. 2173 Talbot
Ct. (off Citrona). Sat. 12/20, 9am-?
buy and sell used furniture and
household items. 463477 SR200 A1A.
(904)225-0577 or (904)225-9377
HUGE YARD SALE - 30422 Forest
Parke Dr. (Flora Park Subd.).
Housewares, toys, books, videos,
bedding, electronics, home decor.
Everything priced to sell! Sat. 12/20,
8am-12pm. No early birds please!
2117 JEKYLL DR. - Sat. 12/20, 8am-
1pm. Beds, sofas, tables, chairs, lawn
mower, smoker, Avon, holiday decor-
ations, great gifts, misc. household.

602 Articles for Sale
FOR SALE - Used washer & dryer,
$100/each. Upright piano, $350. Call
Martin, 556-6499.
scooter. Both excellent condition.
$1,300. Call (904)261-5393.
old, $300/OBO. (904) 277-0848



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603 Miscellaneous

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o 16 N. 18th Street - I1BR/2BA two car garage, huge deck with Ienced
in l;yd. Includes lawn service. $1295
* 95121 Mackinas Circle - 41tt/3BIA Imhnaculate home that includes
a spacious Florida room, office or slidy & form tal dining rooe. $1995
* 19311 Highland Drive - 31:Bi/2BA custoll built homi u in great neigh-
lorIood10. u'ii 1(1niII withi tirtplace, open gournlet kitlhell with
\\i' L00iooler, iao ih t' ounteLnC top. $1400
* 1613 Canlterburyt Lane -I4BR/21BA I hoe has formal living ;nd din-
ing t10it witl addiitonal lamiily t-ootll. Includeis lawn care. $1150
* 19 Marsh Bay Court - 3BR/21BA Beautiful home located in cul-de-
sac, solid su face counter tops in kitchen and baths. Lovely lanai.
* 1311 Broome Street -:3BR/21A Lovely home with hardwood floors,
laige fenced in yard with screened in garage fiu extra entertaining.
Close to Historic downtown Ferliandina Ieacb, $1150
* 2123 Ciera Lane (Arbours) - 3BR/2BA Rear fenced in yard, new
A/C system, and water softener. $1100
* 415 Georgia Ave - 3B1 /21A IHom e has fireplace in finily room,
scir-lned i patio, secCll iiy system alndt two car garage RIenit includes
lawn and pest control. $1495

* 96398 Otter Run'Dr. - 3BR/2BA IlHoee has a fireplace in tlhe living
ooml, new carpelt & paint. Two car garage. $1250
* 86648 Cartesian Point - :BR/2BA great home with rear fenced
yard, in wall netwoi k, and garage. Rent includes pest control. $1300
* 86257 Springmeadow - 3BR/2BA home sits on 3/4 acre lot. Tiled
floors thru out except in bedrooms. Includes bonus room and twvo car
garage. $1050
* 76407 Long Leaf Loop (Timber Creek) - 4BR/3 1/2BA Large
home in new neighborhood with community pool, and clubhouse.
* 86550 Cartesian Point Drive (Cartesian Point) - 3BR/2BA Great
home in very nice area. Close tojax. $1200

* IN 4th Street Apt. C - 1BR/1BA Located in historic district. $650
* 883-B Mary Street - 2B1i/1.BA Only 2 blocks front ocean, one car
garage. $950

* 1829 Perimeter Park (Amelia Park) - 2BR/2BA Enjoy the beauty
of Amelia Island and the convenience of Amelia Park in this down-
slairs honee. IIoome includes two master baths. $1295
* 1582 Park Lane - Gianny flat with mini kitchen. $600 .
S1593 Park Ave. (Amelia Park) - 4BR/3.5BA Walking distance to
the Y.M.C.A. and centrally located near shopping centers. $1800
S2999 1st Ave. B - 3B1/3.58A. 2 car garage. Ocean views, Screened
porch & short walk to beach. $1695
* 2840-A S. Fletcher up and downstairs - 2BR/IBA, newly reno-
vated with new appliances. Oceanfront. Great views. $1250
* 966 Chad Street - 3BR/2BA very well kept townhome, Airy floor
plan. $1100 Reduced to $995
* 2483-A First Ave. - 2BR/2BA townhome central location. Only one
block from beach. $750
* 4750 Westwind Court (Colony) - 28R/2BA large two car garage.
Unit includes fireplace, whirlpool tub, and jennaire grill in kitchen.
Community pool and tennis courts. $900
* 404A Mizell (Amelia.Woods) - 2BR/2BA condo located one block
from beach. Rent includes water, garbage, sewer and lawn service.
* 95046 Springtide Lane - 3BR/413A. This is a beautiful town home
located in a gated community off A1A off of the Intercoastal water-
way. Rent includes water, garbage, sewer and lawn service. $2475
* 2700 Mizell 504-A - 3BR/2BA enjoy summer days in the commu-
nity pool. Iater, garage, sewer, lawn and pest control included. $995
* 95096 5-B Barclay Place - 3BR/2BA Townhome located in gated
community. Enjoy luxury living in this'up-stairs unit with elevator in
garage. $1450

* 2483B First Ave. - 2BR/2BA located only one block from beach,
fully furnished. $800
* 6353 Fernandina Shores - 2BR/1 1/2 BA Great condo located on
Tarpon Ave., furnished. $1050
* 2734 South Fletcher 5BR/2BA looking for a wonderful get away
for the winter then come take a look at this wonderful home on the
ocean with 2 bedrooms upstairs and 3 bedrooms downstairs. Wood
floors, modern bathrooms, casual furnishings, and windows every-
where.The upper level deck has stairs that take you right to the beach.
Home is completely furnished and ready for your enjoyment. $2250
* 2700 Mizell 401-B - 3BR/2BA Fully furnished. All appliances and
cookware. Three bedrooms full of furniture. $1100

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612 Musical Instruments

STEINWAY GRAND - Refinished &
restored, walnut finish, with matching
bench. Beautiful sounding piano. (9(4)

616 Storage/Warehouses
for storage. 753-2262

625 Free Items
Used. Approx. 350 sq. ft. Randor
lengths. Pick up at 2000 Beech St.
8"-10" diameter, 100-125 ft. tall. Fre
to qualified logger. Call 583-0058.

701 Boats & Trailers

CYCLE TRAILER - 7X16 V-Nose, with
rear ramp, side door, roof vent, electric
brakes, dual axle. $3,900/OBO; (904)
261-7168, leave message.

802 Mobile Homes

3BR/2BA - in Nassauville on 1/2 acre.
Appraised value at $93,000. for sale at
$80,000/OBO. (904)583-2009

804 Amelia Island Homes

ON ISLAND - 3BR/26A plus office.
Special financing. $259,500. Jean
Hable, C-21, John T. Ferreira (904)
sq. ft. ocean view home. Annual taxes
$10,386. Price $479,000. (904)321-
RENT TO OWN - On Island, 3BR/2BA,
Pine Dr. $5000 down, $950/mo. 753-
2BR/2BA - Lg living room, stove, ref.
New W/D, roof & air. Near elem.
school. 1528 Penbrook Dr., on island.
$160,000/OBO. (904)556-2595
location for your custom home or
investment. Sacrifice price of only
$50,000. (904)477-2679

805 Beaches
RESERVE - off Old Bluff onto 95053
HOMES. Each 4/2/2 in your charming,
exclusive, walled cul-de-sac -neighbor-
hood/river view on approach/lush
grass/perfect mix of shade and
sun/across from. THE PLANTATION
SHOPS. One for your family and one
for "?" next door/each $359,000 after
$10,000 cash rebate.. Details from
owner @ 1-703-623-7031.

Visit www.OceanfrontAmelia.com for a
complete list, or call Bob Gedeon at
Oceanfront Realty (904)261-8870.

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806 Waterfront
Waterfront Homes & Lots - Call
(904)261-4066 for'information. C.H.
Lasserre, Realtor.
loved this 1BR Sandcastles Condo at
Amelia Island Plantation for 15 yrs!
Stunning view of ocean; walk out the
door to the beach. Spectacular
sunrises. Priced to allow you to
rdecorater n to your personal taste Avo

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807 Condominiums www.fbnewsleader.com
BY OWNER - Completely renovated A2 I Read the -news. e-mail the staff, check the
story . club villa on Amelia Island clssifieds or sbscbe to
Plantation. 2 master bedrooms each w/ lassifieds, or subscribe to
full bath, & 1/2 bath down. $409,900. Florida's Oldest Weekly Newspaper!
By aooointment. (904)491-5906.

CONDO - 2BR/2BA furnished, plus
garage. FHA financing. $139,900. Jean
Hable, Century 21, Ferreira. (904)753-

listing price of Sandcastles 1BR condos ' H
is $514,000. Our price is $432,000. CURTISS H.
Call. Marilyn Andrews (352)371-1001. ASSERRE
it Owner/Broker.L SSI

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*2BR/2BA Colony Condo unfurn.,w/ 2
car garage + utilities, pool & tennis
included. $950/mo.
*2BR/I.5BA on Kentucky Ave
$850/mo+ util.
*2BR/2.5BA w/ garage at Marsh Lakes
Reduced to $ 1,00/mo + until. unfurn.
Pet friendly.
*2801 Elizabeth St - 3/2 upstairs Apt.
$ 1,000/mo. + util.
*First Ave. 2BR/I.5BA Unfurn w/
garage. Short distance to beach. $875.
*3BR/2.5BA at Amelia Woods, short
distance to beach, pool, tennis. Will
do lease purchase $1,250/mo. + util.
-3BR/1.5BA at 428 S. 14th Street
$975/mo. + until, $1,500 sec. dep.
*2BR/IBA oceanfront Gar. Apt., 2822
S. Fletcher $1,150/mo. + until
*2BR/2BA at the Cottages at Stoney
Creek. Just off island, very nice
upgrades $1,000/mo + until
* 1521 Franklin St. 3/2, very nice.
$1,200/mo. inc. yard maint.
-551 S. Fletcher Ave. - 2BR/IBA
$850/mo. plus utilities..
2BR/I BA Oceanview. 487 S. Fletcher.
Call for more information
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*1539 S. 8th St. I room office &bath,
private ent. $300/mo. + tax.
*Office/Retail -212 S. 8th St. Flexible
space, close to Centre St.
*Approx 850 s.f by Fastenal and
Peacock 'Electric in O'Neil, good
exposure 'on AIA. Great for show
room or office space $1350/mo + tax
-Approx 1,800 s.f Retail Bldg * 1839 S.
8th St Lease by Huddle House
$2,250/mo + tax or may purchase.'
2400 SF Great for Retail, Office,
Industrial or light manufacturing locat-
ed at Industrial Park by airport. Roll,
up doors and easy access. Rare zoning
allows many uses. $2,500/mo + tax +
-DEER WALK - 1,250 s.f. retail/office
space. Units range from $1,750 to
$2,000 /mo includes CAM, tax, water,
sewer, garbage.
*Amelia Park Office Suites 900 s.f.+/-
Fronting 14th Street $1,685.mo
includes all other fees/costs except
utilities. One mo. FREE rent w/ signed
*Approx 1,650 s.f. +/- at 13 N. 3rd St.,
just off of Centre St. Lots of parking in
area and good walking traffic.
$3,100/mo.+ until & tax
* Corner of Centre and 4th St. High vis-
ible location next to O'Kane's and
across from the Post Office. Five pri-
vate parking spaces. Call for details.
* Five Point Village 2250 S 8th St. Old
West Marine space. 2,900 HSF, ample
parking, AIA exposure. Great for
retail or large office space. $12 per sf
+ tax.

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Countryside Apartments
Mon & Wed 8am - 5pm, Fri 1pm - 5pm
1105 S. 13th Street, Fernandina Beach
(904) 277-2103

Yulee Villas

Tues & Thurs 8am - 5pm, Fri 8am - 12pm
850766 US Hwy 17 South, Yulee
(904) 225-5810

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Surfside Properties, Inc. Rltoor

* 210 S. 10th Street, 2/1, $600
* 205 S. 9th Street 3/1, Neat small home $725/mo.
* 340-A Tarpon Ave 2/22 blocks from the beach $750/mo.
includes water
* 806 S. 9th Street 3/1, older home, near downtown
* 535-B Ocean Ave 2/1, $830/mo, includes water.
* 463313 SR 200 2/1 Block home w/fenced yard.
$650 /mo.
* 85399 Brooke St. Well-maintained, nice 3/2 on an acre

1925 S. 140" St., Suite 4
Amelia Island, FL
Sales (904)277-9700
Property Management

* 75161 Edwards Rd 2/1 with 1/1 on the water. Boat slip, 3
car garage, large deck, dock gated. $1,200/mo.
* 23701 Flora Park Blvd. Well maintained home, fireplace,
covered porch, large fenced in back yard. $1,250/mo.
* 1939 S. 8TH Street 4 Office unit available, NOW $400/mo
each +tax. Located directly across from Burger King.
* Commercial Land Lease Approx 30,000@1.25 Sq. Ft. Road
frontage over 300 Ft. Central location.
* Office space at 1925 5. 14th St. Suite 4. 3 Individual
Offices + 10x15 open area. $900 a month includes
* 531 5. 8th St. Recently refurbished, new floors, sinks, coun-
ters. $950/mo. + tax

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516 South 10th Street, Suite 205 Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
.(904) 321-2000 * info@cisnassau.org * www.cisnassau.org


Close to the Middle & High Sch
10 Minutes to 1-95
TerrlTenille Fenced Back Yard
904-415-1002 MLS#47168 $204,900

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Central Location
Convenient to Schools
Close to Downtown San
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Gated Community, , Spacious Kitchen, Separate Office
Carolyn Cherry 6-Car Garage + Workshop carolyn Cherry Screened Porch
904-583-0607 MLS#47535 $1,699,000 904-583-0607 MLS#47862 $299,900

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807 Condominiums

LUXURY CONDO - $329,000. Just
reduced $70,000. Seller pays 1 yr
Assoc. fee. Ocean view. Upscale furn-
ishings included. 1425 sq. ft. (478)

08 Off Island/Yuleg

- Immaculate. 2700 sq. ft./4000 +
total. Many upgrades. Now $330,000.
Details meadowwoodhome@aol.com.
(904) 548-0195. No closing costs.
NORTH HAMPTON - Marsh front
estate home. 4000+ sq. ft., 5BR/4BA.
Offered at $750,000. Call owner

809 Lots

LARGE LOT - near Kingsley Plantation
& Big Talbot area. Borders state park.
Reduced for quick sale. $149,000.
1 ACRE - on Christopher Creek, Holly
Point. Very private, beautiful Views.
Electric, well, septic. Ready to build.
Nice neighborhood. (912)496-4771

817 Other Areas
2 acre homesites, wood, views. Start-
ing at $59,900. TN River & Nick-a-Jack
view tracts now available. Retirement
guide rates this area #2 in US places
to retire. Low cost of living, no impact
fee. (330)699-2741 or (866)550-5263.
Ask about mini vacation. ANF
& coastal estates up to $80,000 OFF!
Prices from $29,900. Asheville & Boone
area properties. (800)455-1981 ext
103. www.landsteals.com. ANF
MID TN MTNS. - By owner, 5 acres,
perfect mountaintop cabin-site w,
woods. Small stream in back of
property. A must see! $26,900. Owner
financing. (931)445-3611. ANF


851 Roommate Wanted

ED- to share a clean 3BR/2BA house
close to beach. $525/mo. includes
utilities and DSL. (904)557-4785
MATURE FEMALE - seeking pleasant,
peaceful, affordable house share on
Amelia Island. Quiet, responsible,
respectful with great references. (802)

ROOMMATE - to share home. Full
privileges. References. Responsible.
$350/mo. Call (904)556-6920.
Dr. $450/mo. + utilities. Call 753-2081
or 277-4743. Background check

852 Mobile Homes

or monthly. In a campground. (904)
2BR/2BA MOBILE HOME - across
from Lowes. Private location, new
paint. $650/mo. + deposit. Call (904)
BLACKROCK AREA - 2 trailers for rent
in small trailer park. $600 for one,
$550 for other. $500 deposit. Call
NICE 2BR - unfurnished, $480/mo.
BEAUTIFUL 3BR - furnished, $990/
mo. (904)225-5151

854 Rooms

$150/wk. Service animals only. (904)
ROOM - Furn or unfurn. Quiet
neighborhood. Deadbolt locks. Privacy.
52" HDTV avail in family rm. All
DirecTV channels avail in room.
$400/mo. Incl utilities,. kitchen &
laundry privileges. Call Glenn (904)

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855 Apartments

2BR/1BA Furnished Oceanfront
Duplex - for rent at 830 N Fletcher.
Master bedroom & living room that
opens onto a covered oceanfront deck.
CH&A and washer/dryer. Rent is $1000
downstairs with $700 deposit. $100
off 2nd months rent with minimum 6
month lease. All utilities included.
No smoking. Service animals only.
Good credit & references required.
Please call 277-3317 or email

856 Apartments

Bank Foreclosures - 4BR $25,000
only $225/mo. 3BR $12,500 only
$199/mo. 5% down 15 years @ 8%
apr. For listings (800)366-9783 ext
5669. ANF

OCEAN VIEW 2BR - No lease. Service
animals only. $800/mo. + security
deposit. Call (904)261-7750 after 6pm.

AMELIA LAKES - 1BR/1BA upstairs
unit, lots of amenities, gated, 'W/D
hookup. $700-$800/mb. + deposit.
1/2 off 1st month. (904)716-0579
OCEANVIEW- Upstairs duplex. 2BR/
1BA, A/C, hardwood floors, ceiling
fans. $950/mo. 57 S. Fletcher. (904)
3rd St. Cleanrand bright. 1 bedroom.
$595/mo. plus util. 261-6846
ON ISLAND'- in mobile home park. 2
& 3BR very nice remodeled SWMH
starting at $175/wk./$695/mo. + dep.
Utils avail. Furn Or unfurn. 261-5034
THREE CHOICES! - Ocean side
duplex, 2BR/1BA upstairs for $795 OR
2BR/1BA downstairs for $695 OR entire
house for $1,350 + utilities. Decks,
CH&A, fresh paint, family neighbor-
hood, year round lease, deposit,
references. (904)261-7168
2BR/1BA Unfurnished ,Beachside
Duplex , for rent at 832 N Fletcher-
less than 200 feet to the beach. Living
rooms open on to covered oceanview
decks. Completely remodeled through-
out with new paint, flooring &
appliances. Each unit has CH&A &
washer/dryer. Rent is $975 upstairs
with 6 month lease & $700 deposit---
$100.00 off 2nd months rent with
minimum 6 month lease---All utilities
included except telephone. Service
animals only. No smoking. Good credit
& references required. Call 277-3317
or email rlemmond(bcomcast.net.

Yulee US 17/A1A
1,200 sf @ $650/mo.

Tyler Plaza Yulee
Retail/Office 1,275-4,455 sf

Retail - 1214 Beech St.
3,500 sf $285,000 Sale
$1,500 Lease

High Visibility Stand Alone
Bldg. 7,468 sf. 8th St,
$4,500/mo. NNN

Smoothie Franchise for Sale
Turnkey. $60,000 O.B.O.

Warehouse - 4,368 sf

Hair Salon- Mid Island
Turnkey. $35,000

www.acrfl.com * 904.261.2770

l A Amelia Coastal Realty
| a 608 S. f1 St.
A0ux.llau Feimnina Beadi FL 32034
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856 Apartments

BEACH APT. - 1BR/1BA, A/C, dish-
washer, W/D. $650/mo. + dep. & year
lease. Water, sewer, garbage included.
Pets allowed. Call (904)261-0695.
2BR/2BA - 1400 sq. ft., next to Super
Wal-Mart, all appliances, community
pool. $875/mo. + dep. (904)753-1522
OCEAN VIEW - 1BR/1BA with patios.
Carpeted. Sewer, water, & garbage
included. 337 N. Fletcher. $650/mo. +
$750 dep. Yrly lease. (904)556-5722
2BR/1.5BA - top fir of duplex, 1 blk
from ocean, new hdwd firs, W/D.
Water/sewer/garbage. furn. Also 3BR/-
2BA avail. $975 lease/dep. 583-0095

2BR/1.5BA TOWNHOUSE - near
beach. Renovated. Patio, W/D, new
appliances. $1100/mo. 833A Tarpon
Ave. (904)206-0817
rent starting at $625. 2 & 3 BED-
ROOM CONDOS - for rent starting at
$675. Call (904)261-0791 or visit our
site at www.atcdevelooment.com.

857 Condos-Furnishe

2BR/1BA FOREST RIDGE - 1/2 block
from beach. Small pets considered. No
smoking. $1000/mo. (904)415-6078.
Available Januery 2009.

858 Condos-Unfurnished
2BR/2BA FLAT - at Amelia Woods,
pool, tennis and near beach. Available\
now. $850/mo. Darlington Realty, Inc.
AMELIA LAKES -' 1BR/1BA upstairs
unit, lots of amenities, gated, W/D
hookup. $700-$800/mo. + deposit.
1/2 off 1st month. (904)716-0579
3/2 * $950/mo. 2/2 = $850/mo. All
these units have all the upgrades you
need! Pool, jacuzzi, and it's a gated
community! Call today (904)401-6612.
3BR/2BA CONDO - in gated comm-
unity, close to shopping & school.
$1000/mo. (904)583-2009
NEW - 1700 sq. ft., 2/2.5 w/loft &
garage near ocean. $1,000/mo. plus
get $250 cash bonus for lease signed
by Jan 1st. Call Nathan for details
.(904) 753-2083.

HOUSE - gated, pool & fitness center,
garage, never occupied, washer/dryer
included. Available now $1200/mo.
Darlington Realty, Inc. (904)261-8030.
HOUSE - gated community with pool
& fitness center, garage, many custom
features. Available now. $1500/mo.
Darlington Realty, Inc. (904)261-8030.


BestAddress in Fernandina Beach

1, 2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms

/ Pool
/ Fitness Center
V Business Center
/ Gated Community.

Call for Specials 0)
(904)277-2500 ,


858 Condos-UnfurnishedI

2BR/1.5BA CONDO - 1.5 blocks from
beach. Completely renovated! Ameni-
ties included. $890/mo. Call (912)269-
ceilings. New SS appliances, flooring &
paint. Gated. Spa. Pool. Move-in
special, RTO. $1000/mo. (904)251-

860 Homes-Unfurnished

ISLAND HOUSE - 3BR/1BA, sunroom,
front porch, big patio, carport, shed,
W/D, renovated, near main beach.
Open now. $890/mo. (703)406-0647
3BR/1BA - $640/mo. + $500 sec.
dep., + utilities. On Date St. (847)
3BR/2BA Foreclosure! - $11,000.
Only.$199/mo. 5% down 15 years @
8% apr. Buy 4BR $259/mo. For listings
(800)366-9783 ext 5798. ANF
oak floors, deck, privacy fence, yard
svc. $1150/mo. More info and pics:
www.wallyandeva.webs.com (912)
3BR/2BA - brand new house for rent.
Very beautiful. 2 min. from Historical
District. For information call 12-5pm,
2200SF HOME - 4BR/3.5BA. Walking
distance to beach, 1000sf garage
attached, 1 yr min. lease req. $1450/-
mo. 2815-A Ocean Dr. (904)753-2230
TIMBER CREEK - 3000 sq. ft.
concrete block waterfront . home.
4BR/3BA with large bonus gourmet
kitchen, screened porch, 2-car garage.
$1195/mo. (904)860-5564
3BR/2BA - in Ocean. View Estates,
close to beach, 1700sf. 1 year lease.
$1550/mo. Call (904)885-1356.
1501 INVERNESS - in Lakewood
subd. 4BR/2BA w/fenced backyard.
Close to schools & shopping. $1300/
mo. + $1300 dep. (904)753-4559
SUMMER BEACH - Quiet, gated,
charming, 3 newly carpeted BR's/
3BA's, study/office, great room w/
built-ins & FP, Ig screened .porch,. 2-car
garage, alarm, fresh paint thru-out,
high ceilings w/fans, corner lot. Includ-
ed in rent aie Association fee/lawn
maiht/garbage pickup, community
pool. Reference required. For directions
or questions call (904)491-8020.

2BR/1BA - Newly painted, carpeting,
downtown, 403 N 4th St. $795/mo.

860 Homes-Unfurnished

HOUSE FOR RENT - 434-B Tarpon
Ave. Ocean view 3BR/2BA, 1550sf,
spacious rooms & garage. $1200/mo.
Call (270) 933-2953.

3BR/1BA - w/2 car garage. Min 1 yr.
lease. $925/mo. 1 month security dep.
required. 627 Donnie Lane. (904)

$1325/mo. AMERICAN BEACH - 38R/
2BA, $1400/mo. Call Don Brown Realty
at 225-5510 or 571-7177.
2BR/1.5BA - w/den in historic Old
Town on San Carlos Plaza with
wonderful river views. For .photos &
details see Craigs List. $995/mo.

861 Vacation Rentals

Call (904)261-4066, C.H. Lasserre,
Realtor, for special rates.

863 Office

SEVERAL OFFICES - from $225 to
$650 monthly, incl. utilities. 3 above
Palace Saloon and 1 next to Amelia
Insurance, Sadler Road. Call George
sq. ft. available. Call 753-2018 for
more information.
OFFICE SPACE - Zoned MU1. 500 sq.
ft. Primo location. Available January.
Quiet, private, 1 room on Sadler Rd.
$500. Call Michael (904)415-6699.
town & 14th Street. 150sf to 1500sf.
Galphin R/E Svc. (904)277-6597

864 Commercial/Retail

SADLER ROAD - Office/Warehouse
space. Over 3000 sq. ft. (1100 sq. ft.
central air/office space). 2 overhead
doors. Plenty of parking. Great
location. Available Sept. '08. Call Tony
'DEERWALK - Prime high visibility
location on A1A in O'Neal. 1250sf
units. Curtiss Lasserre Real Estate
1525 SQ. FT; - Zoned residential
commercial. Has been restaurant
space. 316-D Centre St. (904)261-
8460 or 556-3219
for rent. $550 includes all utilities.
326 S. 9th St. (904)321-3404

3BR/2BA - Meadowfield Bluff subd. __..____.. ___
$1150/mo. First & last month: Call FOR LEASE - 1250 sq. ft. office
(904)335-0333. warehouse. High traffic area. Two roll
S-up bays. (904)753-2178
CAL I AHAN - 45758 Pickett St Beaulli-

ful 2 acres, 3BR/2BA house w/hard-
wood floors, pool, playground, & 2-car
garage. $1700/mo. (904)225-5005,
(904)626-0363 or (904)838-4257
- 3BR/2BA custom home, 2-car garage.
$1400/mo. AMELIA RENTALS (904)


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Newer 3BR/2BA home in Heron Isles,
96033 Sunfish Ln. CH&A, FP Free
cable. $895/mo. (916)300-3039
3BR/2BA HOME - in town: 1 yr. old.
For rent or sale option. Rent credit.
ON ISLAND - 3BR/2.5BA energy
efficient home, 1882 sq. ft., fenced
yard. $1200/mb. Amelia Coastal Realty
3BR/1BA HOUSE - on island.
Convenient location, secluded, recent
remodel, dishwasher, W/D hookup,
refrig. $850/mo., deposit, lease,
references required! (904)753-11,16
SINGLEWIDE MH - for rent on 1/2
acre, fenced, $750/mo. 2-3BR/2BA
HOME - on 2.5 acres, fenced, $950/
mo.. (904)556-2353
3BR/1BA -'large fenced yard, screen-
ed porch, patio, near schools. 206 S.
18th St..$895/mo. (904)400-1303
FOR RENT - 3BR/2BA in' Riverside
subdivision off Barnwell Rd. Large
fenced backyard. Lease option
possible. $'1300/mo. (904)583-0683
3BR/3BA HOUSE - on large lot on
Piney Island with huge fenced
backyard. Fireplace, gas grill & .oven.
Large screened back porch. $14Q0/mo.
or' lease option. Negotiable. Amelia
Island Properties 415-1053.
SEASIDE - Wonderful family home,
close to beach, 4BR/2BA w/screen
porches & fenced yard. $1,650/mo.,
Available immediately. (904)206-0817

COMMERCIAL RENTAL - 2000 sq. ft.,
1438 E. Oak St. High storage, bay.
Office spaces. $1800/mo. Call (904)
277-4743, 753-2081.

High Traffic and Visibility
across from Wal-Mart
924 T.J. Courson
'Fernandina Beach
Showroom, offices and warehouse
with large overhead doors.

866 Wanted to Rent

WANTED - furnished Summer Beach
home, 3BR/3BA, plus garage, 5/09
thru 5/10. (603)765-1860

901 Automobiles

Police Impounds For Sale .- '94
Honda Civic $600. '92 Acura Integra
$700. '96 Toyota Camry $850. For
listings call (800)366-9813 ext 9275.
MUST SELL - '90 Cadi Classic 2-door,
'01 Daew S/W, Geo Tracker. Cash/
make pymts/finance., All running.
$500-$3500. Call fdr details 261-5034.

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902 Trucks

1985 CHEVY SILVERADO - V8, new
radiator, good condition. $600. Please
call (904)261-2036, leave message.

904 Motorcycles

DIRT BIKE -'Clean, fast bike: $2800/
OBO. (904)321-6819


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