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Southern Paranormal Research Society case manager Irene Carlile,
left, goes over a floor plan ofthe Florida House Inn with technicians
David Boehnke and Cheryl Labao.


is it paranormal

RYAN SMITH investigating ghost sightings at the
Nebis-Leader Florida House Inn.


I get the e-mail in the afternoon,
just about the time I start thinking
about what I'm going to have for din-
ner. "Since you're on the paranormal
beat," my editor has written, refer-
ring to a haunted house story I
wrote around Halloween. Below this
quip he has appended a message
from the Kingsland, Ga.-based
Southern Paranormal Research
Society. On Dec. 13, it says, the
SPRS will be spending the night


My editor wants a story. "Great,"
I think. "Looks like I'll be pulling an
all-nighter."
Ghostbusters
Flash forward to Saturday. I've
spent all day driving around taking
pictures of various holiday happen-
ings. Now it looks like I'll be spend-
ing'all night at the Florida House, a
151-year-old hotel that is, according
to local lore, home to around 30
ghosts. This is the second time in as


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Whatever it is just
wants to be here.'
DIANE WARWICK. OWNER
FLORIDA HOUSE INN

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the night in a haunted house. This
time, however, at least I won't be
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sculpting cakes


ANGELA DAUGHTRY
News Leader
It all started when Robin Litrico
was a senior in high school, in Dover,
Del. She had a choice of two elec-
tives: home economics or cake dec-
orating. Luckily for her - and for her
friends and family - she chose the
latter.
Cake decorating, it turned out,
was something Litrico excelled at
immediately, like a. duck takes to
water. Before she knew it, the staff at
her high school was requesting her to
make cakes for them.
That was more than 20 years ago,
and Litrico has been honing her cake
decorating skills ever since, with a
brief interval while she attended col-
lege at Jacksonville University and
the University of Central Florida,
majoring in legal studies.
Although she has yet to charge
anyone for one of her exceptional


cakes, she says she would like to start
a cake decorating business some day.
So far, she has only made her cakes
for friends and family, and relies on
her reputation for being able to cre-
ate any design the heart desires.
Litrico, who is married and the
mother of two sons,, ages 3 and 22
months, especially takes pleasure in
making cakes for children's birthday
parties. She has made only two wed-
ding cakes, she says, and does not
enjoy making them because they are
too labor-intensive. She also prefers
the creative process of cartoon cakes
to making flowers, leaves and
rosettes.
Litrico says the materials to make
sculpted cakes have improved sig-
nificantly over the past 20 years.
When she first started out, marzipan
and butter cream frosting were the
only materials available to decorate


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Robin Litrico made an "Elmo and Dora" cake, top left, for her son's
graduation from preschool. Edible pigs wallow in the mud for a
birthday cake that replicates a Playskool farm, a favorite toy of
Litrico's son, above. Other cakes Litrico has made include, clock-
wise, Ruby the Dinosaur, Sponge Bob playing basketball and a ten-
nis racquet cake with a tennis ball made from Rice Krispie Treats.,
Bottom left, Litrico shows off her two latest cakes: a cup of cocoa
with marshmallows and a cake for a baby shower. ,


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disputed
RYAN SMITH
News-Leader
The purchase of - new firetr-uck
-.. stirred debate ait _Monday's meeting" �
of the Nassau County Commission.
The truck, which would replace the
'county fire department's Engine 50 at
the Callahan station, will cost the coun-
ty $390,000 - a figure already budget-
ed in the county's capital improvement
program.
Commissioner Danny Leeper, how-
ever, was wary about
spending the money
all at once. Leeper, a
former Fernandina
Beach fire chief, sug-
gested buying the
trick through a
lease program to
spread the expense
out. . deeper
Commissioner
Mike Boyle. dis-
agreed. '"The previous board putithis
in the CIP, and I'd like to see it stay
there," he said. "If we where trying to
scrape together the money that would
be one thing, but we're not."
* "I think we can get more for our


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50 YEARS AGO

City ad valorem tax col-
lections totaled $260,993 in
November.
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25 YEARS AGO

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pulled suspect pancake
mixes, flour, grits and other
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champagne corks will pop,
1983 bubbly will flow and resolu-
tions will be made. As usual,
many New Year's resolutions -. .
will involve goals for improved Z -
diet, exercise, and weight loss.
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ppos- January, a multitude of the silence the good
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counting the glasses of water
sipped daily, calculating the
number of calories burned
while exercising, and so
on. A written record is particu-
larly helpful to check later,
when a memory boost is
needed.
7. Focus on the horizon.
Measure the progress
made, which scientists call the
"horizon effect." It's encourag-
ing to see progress - motiva-
tion grows when the goal is in
sight. Repeat winning tech-
niques for more success.
8. Take it one choice and
one day at a time.
Don't worry about forever.
Any change is more manage-
able and less overwhelming in.
smaller doses.
9. Find someone who's.
accomplishing weight loss
and imitate them.
When it comes to eating
right and exercising, observe
and copy a successful person
to see what they're doing to
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OBITUARY

Mamie Jane Worley


Mamie Jane Worley, 92, a
resident of Amelia Island,
passed away on Dec. 21,2008.
. Mrs. Worley was born in
Perry on April 23, 1916 to the
late Mr. Lloyd Bishop Clark
Sr. and the late former Mrs.
Sallie Porter. Mrs. Worley had
lived in Homestead for the
past 60 years before moving
to Amelia Island four years
ago. She graduated from
Perry High School, and
attended Florida State College
for Women in Tallahassee. She
was a member of St John's
Episcopal Church. in
Homestead, where she had
actively served in years past
A prize-winning artist, she
had won several prizes during
the years.'
A wonderful, loving and
caring mother, grandmother,
and great- grandmother, Mrs.
Worley enjoyed traveling,
painting, stitchery, arts and
crafts, reading, yard work and
gardening.
Her husband, Paul Lytle
1%) ely,,$r.,,two .brothers,
Wivamr ."Bill" Clark and


Bishop Clark Jr., and two sis-
ters, Betty Parker and Sarah
Bullen, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son,
Paul Lytle Worley Jr. and wife
Jean of Amelia Island; three
daughters, Elizabeth Jane
(John) Ryan of Fernandina
Beach, Rebecca (Tom)
Raymond of Beaverton, Ore.,
and Amanda (Dale) Evans of
the Cayman Islands; seven
grandchildren and nine great-
Sgrandchildren.
The family will receive
friends at St James Episcopal
Church in Perry at 10 a.m.
Saturday. The funeral service
.will begin at 11 a.m. with
Father Hansen officiating.
Interment will follow at
Woodlawn Cemetery immedi-
ately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made. to St John's
Episcopal Church, 145 N.E.
10th Street, Homestead, FL
33030, or St James Episcopal
Church, 1100 W. Green Street,
Perry, FL 32347.
Joe P Burs Funeral Home
Perry


Booksigning
Author Mary Ann Robles
will sign copies of her first
book, From Perils to Pearls,
at 11 am. Dec. 27 at Books
Plus, 107 Centre St
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 alife of
triumph. ..
The book is available at
any bookstore nationwide or
.can be ordered through the
publisher at www.tatepublish-
ing.com/bookstore, or by
visiting barnesandnoble.com,
amazon.com or targetcom.
An audio version of the book
also is available from the
publisher.
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 wel-
come. Upcoming discussions
include Jan. 8, Lolita by
Vladimir Nabokov.

One Book
One Community
What was the fate of
Louis-Charles, the lost son of
Marie Antoinette and King
Louis XVI? This is the prem-
ise of the One Book, One
Community selection, The
Black Tower, by Louis
Bayard.
Professor Chris Twiggs
will moderate a discussion
with the author on Jan. 15 at


6 p.m. at the Florida House
Inn, 22 S. Third St. The pro-
gram is free. Appetizers, din-
ner and cash bar will be avail-
able for order. The event is
sponsored by the Friends of
the Library.
The One Book, One
Community idea is for people
of all.ages to read the same
book and then discuss it, any-
where and everywhere: on
the golf course, in line at the
grocery store, over the
phone, at neighborhood cof-
fees, et c.
Persons with disabilities
requiring special accommo-
dations, call the library at
277-7365 or Florida Relay
Service at 1-800-955-8771 at
least five days prior to the
program date.
utter free program
The Nassau Women's
Information Exchange pres-
ents "Becoming Clutter Free:
Conquering Your Paper .
Piles" as its next Women's
Information Exchange
brown-bag luncheon event
Jan. 15 from noon-1 p.m. at
the Fernandina Beach City
Hall commission chambers,
204 Ash St.
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
prepaid 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 Fernandina Beach
branch at 277- 7365.


Courtsclosed
The Nassau County Court-
house in downtown Fernan-
dina Beach and the Nassau
County Judicial Annex in
Yulee areclosed today. Busi-
ness willresume on Dec. 29.
Libraries closed
Nassau County Libraries
are closed today and on Jan. 1.
The book drops will remain
open and no fines will be
assessed those days.
Blood drive
The Blood Alliance will
host a blood drive at the
Chick-fil-A in Yulee from 11
a.m.-2 p.m. today.
Tobacco cessation
Quit Smoking Now!
brought to you by the Nassau
County Health Department
and AHEC, is a five-week class
designed to help you beat the
addiction to tobacco. Classes
begin on Jan. 5 (Monday
lunch sessions) from noon to
1:30 p.m. and Jan. 6 from 6-
7:30 p.m. (Tuesday evening
sessions) in lunc:hroom #2 at
Baptist Medical Center, 1250
South 18th St. Also, on
Wednesday, Jan. 7, cessation
classes' illbe starting at the
Callahan Health Department
Clinic from 2-3:30 p.m. For
more information or to regis-
ter call Jennifer Emmons, 548&
1867, or e-mail jehnifer_em
mons@doh.statefl.us.

Instrument
Zoovolunteers
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 orchestral
instruments.
.ARIAS schedulers organize
visits to schools in Fernandina
Beach, Callahan, Yulee,
Hilliard and Bryceville. If you
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
Einma Love Hardee
Elementary.
Diabetes classes
The Nassau County Health'
Department is offering a'
series of four, two-hourdia-
betes self-management educa-:
tion classes:on Thursdays Jan.
8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6-8 p.m.
at the Yulee Full-Service
School, 86207 Felmor Road.
Registration fee is $20 and $10
for Nassau County School
District employees. Plan on
attending all four classes. For
questions or to register con-
tact Jen Nicholson, RD, LD/N,
at 548-1853.
Genealogycourse
The Amelia Island
Genealogical Society will con-
duct a beginner genealogy
course for those interested in
researching their family histo-
ry. Four of the five sessions
will be held at the First
Presbyterian Church Fellow-
ship Hall on Saturdays from
10 a.m. to noon: Jan. 10, 17, 31
and Feb. 7. The fifth session
will be held at the FCCJ
Nassau County campus
Computer Lab on a week-
night; 7-9 p.m. (date to be
determined).


Topics include Census and
Civil Vital Records; Church
and Cemetery Records;
Courthouse, Military,
Immigration and
Naturalization Records; effec-
tive use of libraries and
archives; organizational tech-
niques; and Internet research.
The fee for the full course is
$30/person (includes one-year
single AIGS membership) or
$45/couple includess a one-
year AIGS family member-
ship). Register at any Nassau
County library or call Marie at
321-3460.
Cell phone recycling
The Nassau County
Volunteer Center is collecting
used and about-to-be discard-
ed cell phones for redeploy-
ment nationwide and in devel-
oping countries to improve the
quality of life through better
comrmtunication. If the phone
cannotbe reused, it will be
recycled according to EPA
standards.
Phones may be dropped of
at the Volunteer Center, 1001
Atlantic Ave;, Suite B,
Ferqandina Beach or dropped
in the mail slot after hours.
For more information call
261-2771 or e-mail
ncvdfb@aol.com;
Medalswanted
Medals4Mettle.org, a non-
profit, is collecting half-
marathon, marathon and
triathlon medals to donate to
local people battling illnesses.
If you have a medal that
Syou would like to donate to a
child or adult, please place it
in the collection box at T&A
Sports, Red Otter Outfitters or
any 1st Place Sports store. For
more 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 mission of promot-
ing optimal health for African-
American women, engage in
empowering conversation
about personal health and well
being within the context of.
social and cultural influences,
expand networks of young.
women interested in advanc-
ing the health of African-
American women, and develop
strategies for improving com-
munity health through shared
learning, social support andr
resources. For information e-
mail womensbusinessctr
@yahoo.com or call 556-5200.
Electricbillhelp
The Low Income Home.
Energy Assistance Program
has funds available to assist
low-income residents of
Nassau County on a first
come, first served basis.
To schedule an appoint-
Sment (no walk-ins) call the
Northeast Florida Community
Action Agency at 261-0801 on
Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, 9 am.-4 p.m.
Newhours
Nassau County Animal.
Services is open to the public
Tuesday through Friday, 11
a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for adoptions,
county tags, animal surren-
ders/pickups, volunteer assis-
tance, donations and other ani-
mal services.
The shelter is closed to the
public on Sundays and Mon-
days. Contact.the shelter by
phone Monday through Satur-
day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call
491-7440, 491-7441, 491-7442
or 491-7444 or visit the shelter
at 86078 License Road, Yulee.


choices are duplicated, then
results quite possibly can be
duplicated, too.
10. React kindly to mis-
takes.
Everyone makes mistakes.
When that happens, avoid
falling into the traps of shame
and guilt.
TOPS Club, Inc., the
nation's oldest, non-profit
weight-loss education and sup-
port organization, is celebrat-
ing 60 years of weight-loss
support and success in 2008.
Founded and headquartered
in Milwaukee, TOPS pro-
motes successful weight man-
agement with a philosophy
that combines healthy eating,
regular exercise, wellness
. education and support from
others at weekly chapter,
meetings. .
Visitors are welcome to
attend their first TOPS meet-
ing free of charge. To find a
local chapter, visit
www.tops.org or call (800)
932-8677 for more informa-
tion.


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alone. Not that I expect any-
thing to happen; I'm riot a dis-
believer, exactly, but every
old building on this island
seems to have a ghost.
Usually, I believe, it's a mar-
keting decision - ghosts
make places more interest-
ing. So I head to the Florida
House expecting nothing
more than a long night of sit-
ting around.
The researchers haven't
arrived when I get there, so I
sit in the bar and talk to
owner Diane Warwick. She
seems pretty sure her hotel
harbors some unregistered
guests. "We have lots of crazy
stuff going on we just can't
explain - things flying off
shelves. I've had guests
who've had sightings of -
apparitions, I guess you'd call
it," Warwick says. "Guests
hearing things at night, or
their belongings would be
relocated throughout the
room.
"I bought the Florida
House almost six years ago,
and from what I understand it
was going on before that,"
she continues. "The former
owners didn't like talking
about it, but I don't mind.
This place has been here 151
years, so if something's here I
don't expect it to leave. I think
we're all just coexisting
together. Whatever is here is
never threatening. It's not
mean-spirited. Whatever it is
- or they are - just wants to
be here."
Even though Warwick has
spent six years filing guest
comment cards that read,
"Our room is haunted," she
didn't contact the SPRS - they
called her. She was happy to
let them study the hotel, she
says - within certain restric-
tions. "I wanted them to know
I have a very strong faith, and
the Lord lives in this house,"
she says. "I wasn't going to
open up the doors to Ouija
boards or craziness like that,
because there's no room for
that here. And they assured
me they'd be very profession-
al."
Aboutthat time, the SPRS
research team arrives.
Warwick needn't have wor-
ried - there's not a Ouija
board in sight. There is, how-
ever, enough electronic equip-
ment to launch the space
shuttle. Low-light video cam-
eras are set up in several
rooms, electromagnetic field
detectors and digital :
recorder-. Aip e pi odua:cd,; and':'
audiovisual cable is strung
along hallways, snaked down
staircases and tossed over
balcony railings. A "command
center" is set up in the foyer;
from here, a team member
can monitor four rooms
simultaneously.
What strikes me about the
researchers is their scientific,
almost hardheaded attitude.
They definitely believe in
ghosts, but they also do their
best to debunk anything even
remotely explainable.
"The goal is to find out for
the client what type of activity
they've got going on here - if
it's paranormal, if it's not para-
normal, and what they can do
about it," says Rita Strugala,
SPRS director. .
The SPRS takes each case
with a grain of salt, Strugala
says - especially if the client
seems to be seeking publicity.
"I get real skeptical when one
of the first things they ask is,
'Can you bring the news?'"
she says. "But that's not the
case here."
In fact, I'm here because
the SPRS - not Warwick -
contacted the News-Leader."
The researchers hope the
exposure will help people .
understand what they do .
And what they do requires
a lot of hardware and a 'ot of
coordination. "We split up
into teams," technician David
Boehnke tells me. "We usual-'
ly do one-hour sessions (in '
each room), then swap out.
That way we can see if differ-
ent people provoke different
things in different rooms."
The audio recorders, cam-
eras and electromagnetic field
detectors are critical to the
work, Boehnke says. "You can
be in a room getting nothing,
but when you look at your
(tapes) you'll see things you
didn't see with your own eyes,
hear things you couldn't hear


with your own ears. What's
best is when you do see
something and then you have
the evidence to back that up."
Strugala plays me some of
the evidence: audio record-
ings the SPRS made at other
sites. Often, she says, voices
that are inaudible to the
researchers will be audible on
tape. She's not kidding, The
examples she plays for me
range from harsh whispers -
faint, but definitely there and
definitely words - to, most
disconcertingly, the clear,
high voice of a child, picked
up perfectly by a digital
recorder. "The magic of tech-


RYAN SMITH/NEWS-LEADIER
Florida House Inn owner Diane Warwick monitors guest
rooms Saturday for signs of ghostly activity at a "com-
mand center" set up by the Southern Paranormal
Research Society.


nology," I think, shivering
slightly.
The SPRS does have one
secret weapon that is decided-
ly not technological: case
manager Irene Carlile.
Carlile, the team's resident
"sensitive" - they don't use
the term "psychic" - occa-
sionally gets ... feelings.
Feelings about people, feel-
ings about places - feelings
she says she's had, to some
extent, all her life.
However, they really
kicked into high gear after a
1983 motorcycle accident ren-
dered her clinically dead. She
was resuscitated, of course,
but something was different.
"Since '83, when I died, it's
gotten really extreme," she
tells me. "I could just pick up
things about people. I'm not a
fortune-teller - it just comes
to me. Things will pop into
my head, and they're usually
right. "
Strugala says Carlile does '
have an uncanny knack for
sensing the paranormal.
However, the whole team,
Carlile included, prefers to
bring back tangible evidence.
"She's a good indicator of
where to start, but we don't
base an investigation just on
that," Strugala tells me. "We
like a little hard data to back
it up."
The 'ower cables are get--

beginning to feel in the way. I
walk out to the back patio and
sit on at a barstool. The televi-
sion above the bar is still on,
playing a rerun of an old *
Doors concert. Jim Morrison
leans into the microphone,
growling out "Love Me Two
Times." I smile; the research
hasn't even begun, and I've
already seen a ghost. Soon
afterward, Strugala lets me
know they're nearly ready to
start.
The researchers assemble
in the dining room. Strugala
divides everyone into two-
and three-person teams. Each
team will take an area of the
hotel: the kitchen, where
plates occasionally fly off the
shelves; Room 15, where
guests' belongings have been
scattered across the floor;
Room 1, where a guest
reported seeing a full-body
apparition. After an hour, the
teams will rotate. One team
member will be at the com-
mand center at all times, mon-
itoring video feeds and main-


training radi.., cioni(act with tle
other researchers.' ,
"You want to come with
me?" Strugala asks me. I fol-
low her and investigator
Ramona Keays out the door
and across the street to 17 S.
Third St., an unassuming two-.
story Victorian Warwick pur-
chased to house overflow
guests during the busy sea-
son. "Miss Diahe says there
haven't really been any
reports from here, but we
may as well check it out,"
Strugala says; She uses
Warwick's master key to open
the door and we step across
the threshold.
Contact .
We go through each of the
rooms, starting upstairs.
Light is kept to a 'minimum,
and voices are kept low. The
investigators are methodical.
Each room is swept with an
electromagnetic field detec-
tor, taking care to pote electri-
cal devices that might skew
the meter's readings.
Ambient temperature is meas-
ured with a laser thermome-
ter. Strugala turns on a digital
audio recorder and asks a
series of questions in a con-
versational tone: "Is there
anyone here? Did you live in
this house? What year is it?"
,ny time one of us makes an
iriadv rent noils., she intes it
foi thet recorder, to avoid false
alarms when the tape is tran-
scribed.
We end up in a downstairs
bedroom, a cozy space with a
big brass bed and a comfort-
able chair. Strugala wanders
around, getting a feel for the
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the bed, and I park myself on
the chair.
BANG! I am about two sec-
onds from becoming a ghost
myself when Strugala says,
"That was me." She bumped
into the door, slamming it
against a table.
Strugala begins asking her
questions while I try to get
my heart started again. "Is
there anyone here?" she asks
the room. "Do you like the
people who own the house
now? Can you let us know if
you're here - maybe knock
on the wall or even slam the
door like I just did?"
No answer is forthcoming,
so the three of us fall into con-
versation. "So where are you
from?" Strugala asks me.
"Kentucky," I say. I open
my mouth to say more when-
BANG!
The door has just
slammed against the table
again. Only this time, none of
us was anywhere near it.
S Strugala immediately
starts talking - rather too
calmly, in my estimation. "Is
that you? Is there anything we
can do for you? Can you let us
know if that was you?"
The ensuing silence gives
me time to notice something.
"Is it just me, or is it cold in
here?" I ask.
It is indeed. In the 10 min-
utes we've been here, the
room's ambient temperature
has dropped from 68 to 53,
Keays informs us. There is no
draft; and the air conditioner .
is off. There are three of us -
three of us visible, anyway -
in a small room. The place
should be heating up, not
cooling down. Nonetheless,
Keays says, the temperature
is still dropping. Strugala con-
,tinues asking questions as
Keays quietly reads off the
temperature like a mantra.
"Is there any message
you'd like us to deliver to
someone?"
"Fifty degrees."
"Is there anything that's
bothering you that we can
fix?"
"Forty-eight"
"Do you know what year it
is?"
"Forty-three."
The temperature bottoms
out at 41 degrees - a drop of
27 degrees in about 20 min-
Sutes - and stays there. My fin-
gers and toes are numb.
Everything below my knees
feels like it's been dipped in
ice water. My mind is racing.
"So, have we made a believer
out of you yet?" Strigala' ?V
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situation. Then again, I guess
she's used to this type of
thing.
"This is absolutely the
most bizarre thing I've ever
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tle freaked out, but I always
say, 'Remember, they're just
people.'" Sure. People who
can freeze a room just by
thinking about it.
Strugala's radio squawks
that our hour is up. We leave
the room and head outside,
where the first thing I notice
is that it's warm. Yes, it's
December, yes, it's 1 a.m., but
the air feels positively steamy
compared to the chill in the
house. That's nothing, Keays
tells me; she's been at sites
where the temperature
dropped so low she could see
her breath - during the sum-
mer.
Back at the command cen-
ter, Keays takes over for
Boehnke, who joins Ramona
and I in looking over some of
the hotel rooms. The next
hour is uneventful - there's
another unexplained tempera-
ture drop in one room, but
that's old hat to me now.
'They're gonna have to do
better than that," I tell myself.
Famous last words.
Room
Room 1 is a well-appointed
little chamber with a high,
soft bed and an antique wash-
stand against one wall. It's
also where guests have
reported seeing a Union sol-
dier with long brown hair,
sometimes in the company of
a small boy. We find places to
-sit and Strugala turns on her
digital recorder. She notes the
time and date, our names and
the room number, then starts
the usual litany of questions.
Nothing much seems to be
happening. Well, there is
something, something regis-
tering at the very edge of my
consciousness...
Click.
I realize it's the third time
I've heard the sound. I can
even source it: it's coming
from the washstand, less than
10 feet from where I'm sitting.
Boehnke has heard it too. He
flicks on his flashlight and
says, "Over there. Sounds like
someone's flicking paper or
something."


He's nearly right. There's
a cellophane soap wrapper
lying on the washstand. He
notes the information for the
benefit of the tape and turns
the light off.
"Can you make a noise for
us?" Strugala asks. Click. "Is
that you?" Click. "Is there
anything we can do for you?"
Silence.
"Do you want us to leave?"
Strugala asks.
Click.
That's good enough for
me, by gum. Strugala and
Boehnke too - they always
respect a request to leave,
Strugala says. Before we go,
however, I just have to try
something. I want to hear the
sound I make when I flick
that cellophane wrapper.
Click. No doubt about it -
the sound we heard, appar-
ently in direct response to
questions, was identical to the
sound I just made by flicking
that cellophane wrapper.
We head back down to the
command center, where we
meet Carlile's team, just back
from across the way at 17 S.
Third St. Carlile is pretty sure
what happened to us there
earlier wasn't a fluke;
moments after her team
entered the downstairs bed-
room, every battery-powered
device they had.stopped
working.
Strugala decides they've
collected more than enough
information, so it looks like
the hunt is over. I'm almost
glad; I seem to have contract-
ed a severe case of the willies,
as well as sudden-onset hee-
bie-jeebies, neither of which
is covered by my health plan.
I make my goodbyes and
head out the door, steeling
myself for the hike back to
the News-Leader parking lot.
Seconds after I hit the side-
walk, something low and
quick darts in front of me.
After the moment it takes
me to process the informa-
tion, I smile. A black cat has
just crossed my path.
"Perfect," I say aloud, and
wander off into the night.
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rollable frosting that "tastes
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Modeling chocolate is
another decorating material
that she has yet to try. "You
can mold it and carve details
into it that you can't get with
other decorating mediums,"
says Litrico. That's my next
decorating endeavor."
Litrico says she will not use
anything on her cakes that is
not edible. "I'm kind of a
purist," she says. "I try to keep
it that way."
The reality TV show "Aces
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inspiration. Litrico learned
from the show to bake a reg-
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shapes to use in her designs.
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sculpted cakes, such as the
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Tis the season to be deco-
rative. The twinkle of festive
lights, the smell of mulling
spices, the evergreen, the cin-
namon, the extra baked
goods. Martha Stewart's time
to shine, riot mine. The plan-
ning of it, the overall "wow"
appeal, the pop, the impact.
The lights are so beautiful
and uplifting, the sparkle can
move even the biggest of
humbugs into the Christmas
spirit
As I write this, we have not
decorated a thing. Except for
the Nativity picture, Caleb,
our youngest, made at school.
The date is Dec. 16. Our deco-
rations are all in storage and
we haven't gotten there yet.
I'm not proud, it's just the way
it is this year.
In the past, we decorated
around Thanksgiving. Our
family grew, still, sometimes
it happened early. One year
when the boys were babies, I
was overwhelmed with the
daily happenings of life. We


put the tree
Stp in our
' study, away
From little
, hands. It was
iall I could do
,' to get the
; lights on it.
No orna-
UNNY ments.
-SUNNY My hus-
SIDE UP band David
and I got vio-
lently ill. The
Jennifer boys too.
Emmons Time crept
by in painful-
ly slow motion. Our own per-
sonal plague. Miraculously,
Santa made it. Thank good-
ness for the magic, otherwise,
he might have passed us by.
Barely making it to the
kitchen on Christmas day, the
boys had grilled cheese and
, we called it the feast. It was
all I could do to not vomit
while preparing the unglam-
orous holiday meal.,
Even though we weren't


able to celebrate in our tradi-
tional way, it didn't take away
our spirit. Sometimes our best
isn't quite what we expect it to
be. We need to give ourselves
a break. The only one scarred
from the year of no decora-
tions and sandwiches was me.
Christmas is such a won-
derful, joyful time of year..
Everyone is jamming so
many things into 24 hours
that the glory of the season is
dampened with stress, sched-
ules, must do's and haven't
dones. That's not what it's
supposed to be about.
Those of us who are not
the awesome decorators and
planners cannot measure our-
selves up against those who
are. It doesn't mean they have
better gifts, just different
ones. Isn't it wonderful to be


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able to appreciate the beauty
of their talents and enjoy the
season even more because of
their great efforts? The
depth, detailed precision
and passion in which makes
many beautiful a decoration
happen.
Thank you to all those who
light our world with the won-
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FRIDAY. December 26,2008 NEWS News-Leader


County may streamline land use


RYAN SMITH
News-Leader

A task force charged with
studying Nassau County's land
use policy presented its find-
ings to the Board of County
Commissioners at a workshop
Dec. 17.
The Nassau County Land
Use Permitting Task Force,
sponsored by the Nassau
County Economic Develop-
ment Board, the Amelia Island-
Fernandina 'Beach-Yulee
Chamber of Commerce and
the Greater Nassau Chamber
of Commerce, was initiated by
the county commission in 2004
to study the county's land
development policy and rec-
ommend improvements.
"We're all trying to institute
better processes to better serve
our public," said task force
member Ron Flick. 'We spent
about 2,000-plus man hours
conducting interviews and
gathering data to bring these.
recommendations to you, but
more important is that the pub-.
lic understands.... We've gath-
ered the public's input and staff
input, and tried to distill it down


ll I hear is how difficult it is to
do business in Nassau County.'
BARRY HOLLOWAY. CHAIR
NASSAU COUNTY COMMISSION

into recommendations for you." they're cons
Flick said the public's view And you s
of Nassau County's land use restart the
policy is extremely negative. because you
Many people, both inside and which doi
outside Nassau County, view design intei
the county as a place where a The bigj
broken policy makes starting.a the county'
business more trouble than it's policy, Flic
worth. too inform
Flick said the land use pol- process wc
icy needed to be streamlined, officials to
eliminating redundancies and projects in t
becoming more predictable to ard recom
the customer. 'We think quali- changes bel
ty process will bring about qual- ground. "V
ity product," he said. "If it's not commitmer
value-added, as they say in busi- site plan, th
ness, then why are you spend- trol by ord
ing money on it? "...The first d
"The most significant of plans, the
process problem is site plan ceptual site I
review," Flick added. "Develop- know all yc
ers and owners cannot rely on guess what,
the review standards because out of that b(


.




stantly changing...
shouldn't have to
revieww) process
Shave modifications
n't'change your
nt."
gest problem with
s site plan review
k said, is that it's
al. A formalized
�uld allow county
approve or deny
heir earlier stages,
mend necessary
ore shovels hit the
When we make a
ht on a conceptual
hat's what we con-
inance," he said.
lay you turn in a set
ere's already a con-
plan agreed on. You
our setbacks. And
owner - if you go
ox, that's your prob-


lem.
"What have we really
changed? We've formalized the
conceptual planning process,"
he said. "... That way we're not
paying an engineer to redo
something we didn't concep-
tually agree with."
Growth Management
Director Walter Fufidio con-
curred with the task force's rec-
ommendations. "This study's
been going on since 2004,
before I got here, and I'd like to
thank the committee for accept-
ing me as a latecomer," he said.
"If anybody expected to see me
defend the current status quo,
I'm sorry to disappoint you, but
I'm just not going to do it. This
system was probably adopted
lock, stock and barrel from
another county, without
thought to its application."
Fufidio said streamlining
the county's land use policy
would make life easier for
both county staff and develop-
ers. "It is my experience that
developers don't balk at hav-
ing to put in 100 trees. Its when
they're told they have to put in
50 trees, then another 25, then
another 25. We need a process


policies

thats predictable and time-cer-
tain."
"This is something that's
needed to be done for a long
time, and I appreciate all your
hard work," Commissioner
Walter Bgatright told Flick.
"I feel like we need to move
forward with this," said
Commission Chairman Barry
Holloway. "I've had an oppor-
tunity to travel to different con-
ventions, and all I hear is how
difficult it is to do business in
Nassau County."
Since Flick only presented
the task force's findings and
not a finished ordinance, he
said he wasn't looking for any
specific action from the board
that day. "We're just looking for
your commitment to the sup-
port of this philosophy," he
said.
"So basically what's hap-
pening is you're asking us to
approve the conceptual plan?"
Boatright asked.
The board instructed coun-
ty staff to work with the task
force to shape its recommen-
dations into a new ordinance
within 90 days.
rsynith@fbnewsleader.com


County eyes future parkland purchases


RYAN SMITH
News-Leader

The Nassau County
Commission considered a
report on conservation at its
Dec. 17 meeting. The report
was compiled by the Nature
Conservancy, an organization
that helps communities buy
land for conservation, and high-
lighted areas the commission
should consider for conversion
to parkland or preservation
areas..
If county bought property
from willing sellers to convert
to parkland, the purchase could
be funded in part by state and
federal grants. Buying proper-
ty for conservation and park-
land would help fulfill the
requirements of the county's
capital improvement plan.
Currently, the county does not
have enough parkland to meet
the requirements of the plan.
"(Nassau County) is really
blessed with a lot of natural
resources ... and two of your
largest industries rely heavily
on those resources," ,aid Trish


Gramajo-St. John, community
relations manager for the
Nature Conservancy. One of
those industries is timber, and
the other is tourism, she added.
"Nassau County is definitely a
destination site, and your natu-
ral resources obviously figure
heavily in that."
Gramajo-St. John said tak-
ing steps now to conserve land
is better than trying to restore,
that land in the future. "Having
a long-term vision of how you
plan out your communities is
actually cheaper in the long
run," she said.
Some commissioners, how-
ever, worried that programs like
Florida Forever, which awards
grants for land conservation,
may be first under the budget
ax as the state tightens spend-
ing. "Knowing Tallahassee, this
may be one of those areas
where they pull the rug out
from under us," Commission-
Chairman Barry Holloway said.
Commissioner Mike Boyle
pointed out that the slumping
economy might have an upside
for conservation efforts. "With


the economy being what it is,
one silver lining is that there
might be some good deals on
purchasing conservation land."
Dr. Richard Hilsenbeck,
associate director of protection
for the Nature Conservancy's
Florida branch, Said Nassau
County was already ahead of
the power curve in conserva-
tion because so much of its land
remains undeveloped. "Your
land use is very good," he said.
"... Your natural resource base
hasn't changed, but it's going to
change. You're going to con-
tinue to grow."
However, he said, that
growth doesn't necessarily pre-
clude land conservation.
S'You've got about 5 percent of
your county (currently) in con-
servation lands," he said. "Dade
County has 53 percent of its
land in conservation.... So you
can have big growth and still
set aside lots of land for con-
servation."
Hilsrnbeck pointed out
areas he felt the county should
consider for conservation. "To'
put a project together, you've


got to get down on ground level,
work with willing landowners
and set some definite bound-
aries," he said. "We're not advo-
cating you protect everything
everywhere; that's just not pos-
sible. There's not enough state
funding. There's not enough
federal funding."
Hilsenbeck said the county
should consider making land
purchases around the St Johns
River, White Oak Plantation,'
the Amelia River and the Crane
Island area, among others.
The Nature Conservancy's'
report was merely a recom-
mendation, and did not commit
the county in anyway. However,
several county residents
expressed their support for the
Nature Conservancy's findings.
"We arevery supportive of
this study and its recommen-
dations," said Bob Weintraub
of the Nassau County Sierra
Club. "There are some people,
I'm sure, who will object
because this will require some
spending of tax dollars eventu-
ally. But this is a first step. This
provides the resources to move


forward."
'Growth Management
Director Walter Fufidio said the
report was a good tool to use in
planning future growth in the
county. "It's a great data
source," he said. "... I think it's
important to have these facts
to help you make decisions."
Boyle stressed that the
county was eventually going to
have to take action on the
Nature Conservancy's recom-
mendations. "Parkland is' cer-
tainly not a luxury - its a
required component of our cap-
ital improvement plan," he said.
"Over a hundred years ago,
the United States acquired, for
a few million dollars, a piece of
property called Alaska," Boyle
added. "For years, it was
known for years as Seward's.
Folly, after (Secretary of State)
William Seward, who made the
purchase. Now, in 2008, I don't
think anyone thinks Alaska was
a mistake. If we mo:,e forward
on this, ~thre will be people
who will criticize us, but we
need to look to the future like
Mr. Seward."


'd hate to think
anybody got laid
off at the end ofthe
year because we
bought a truck now.'
DANNY LEEPER
NASSAU COUNTY
COMMISSIONER




FIRE Continued from 1A

money if we do a lease pur-
chase," Leeper said. "I know it
was in the capital improvement
plan, but conditions change. I'm
not willing to spend $400,000
right now on a truck."
"I've always found it's better
to pay as you go when you can,"
Commission Chairman Barry
Holloway said. "Otherwise a
$400,000 truck might end up
costing you $450,000."
"I'd hate to think anybody
got laid off at the end of the
year because we bought a truck
now," Leeper said.
"How can we get a.better
deal by spreading it out and pay-
ing more?" Holloway asked.
Leeper said the current eco-
nomic conditions demanded
caution when making large pur-
chases. "I just think we need to
be very conservative," he said.
Boyle, however, said that
leasing rather than buying out-
right could hurt the county in
the long run. "The ad valorem
tax situation is only going to get
worse. It's not going to go up -
and (a lease) would be a recur-
ring expense," he said. "I agree
with the chairman that it would
be better not tohave this hang-
ing over our shoulders."
Nassau County Fire Chief
Chuck Cooper said Tuesday
that the new current truck def-
initely needs to be replaced.
"(The current) Engine 50 will
either become a reserve engine
or go to a station that's not as
high-activity as the current one
is," he said. "It's doing any-
where between 170 and 200
calls a month. It's-pretty much
a centrally located engine.
"We're also upgrading the
pump capacity," Cooper added.
"The new engine will have a
1,500 gallon per minute capaci-
ty, where the current engine
carries 1,250 gallons per
minute."-
-The board voted 4-1 Mondiay
to purchase the new truck, with
Leeper voting nay.
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FRIDAY. December 26.2008 NEWS News-Leader


Abused children may get millions from state


SIAN PERRY
News-Leader

A federal appeals.court ruling could pave the
way for compensation in the "double-digit mil-
lions" for three children who say they were sex-
ually abused repeatedly while in foster care in
Fernandina Beach nearly 10 years ago.
The ruling lets stand a civil rights lawsuit
filed in 2005 by the adoptive parents of the chil-
dren - two girls and one boy now age 13,15 and
17 - alleging their 14th amendment rights to
physical safety were violated when three state
Department of Children and Families workers
placed them in a local home despite evidence
another foster child there was a sexual predator
and the parents lacked the ability to properly
supervise them.
Two of the children lived at the home from
March 1999 to May 2000. The third child lived
there in January 1999, but even after moving
was returned for unsupervised after-school care
by the foster parents' adopted son and another
foster child "both identified as sexually aggres-


sive children," the suit says.
The plaintiffs were 3, 5 and 8 at
the time.
. , In its ruling the U.S. 11th
" Circuit Court of Appeals wrote,
. ' "... We conclude that Defendants
knowingly subjected the chil-
dren to a substantial risk ofseri-
Cabrey ous harm and exhibited delib-
erate indifference to the known
risk: conduct already clearly
established as unconstitutional."
"Hopefully it will be the foundation for real
change - it affects notjust our case, because it has
precedental value," said Brian Cabrey, attorney
for the children and vice president of the advocacy
group Florida's Children First "It's a.very adverse
decision for DCF and DCF employees."
The foster parents are defendants, along with
others, in a separate state negligence claim sched-
uled to be heard here by Circuit Court Judge
Brian Davis in September, said Cabrey.
The federal appeals court ruling was handed
down Dec. 15, the same day as a draft DCF inter-


nal review that found the agency's lawyers
stonewalled the children in their request for
records, claiming they were "missing or nonex-
istent" when they were not.
"We are heartened the (DCF) Inspector
General agreed with us," said Cabrey of the inter-
nal review. "We ran into one obstruction or anoth- .
er at every turn. There was an exceeding amount
of delay ... a shell game going on with records. We
hope it will be an impetus to bring changes to doc-
ument retention compliance. Not only is the 11th
Circuit ruling vindication, but on the state side this
is further vindication that we weren't making
these things up."
Cabrey said the children were repeatedly
denied their records and "all the while DCF had
given the original records, unredacted, to an out-
side lawyer" representing the workers. "If that
doesn't stink I don't know what does."
As for the appeals court ruling, Cabrey is
hopeful it will finally lead to a financial settle-
ment after years of legal wrangling with the state,
which argued its workers have "qualified immu-
nity."


"We are guardedly optimistic that we 'will be
able to reach a resolution," said Cabrey. Mediation
talks have begun and "the damages number in the
millions, and cumulatively we are talking double-
digit millions," he said.
'"The big issues with these kids are educa-
tional needs.... They all have.issues - depression,
anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder. Private
insurance only goes so far," he said, and the gov-
ernment MediPass system does not address
them at all.
'We are trying to prevail upon all involved,
'Let's just come to our senses and come to a
meeting of the minds as to how we can help
these kids right now - provide them with what
they have to have,"' said Cabrey.
Any money awarded as a result of the lawsuit
would go into a "special needs trust" and can be
spent only on specific services such as education
and highly specialized therapy, not just a "doc in
the box," said Cabrey. Lawyers' fees are limited
in such cases, as are the parents' access to any of
the money, he noted.
sperry@fbnewsleader.com


City to


resurface


tennis


courts

ANGELA DAUGHTRY
News Leader

Fernandina Beach Com-
missioners voted 3-2 at their
Dec. 16 meeting to spend
$22,667 to resurface the tennis
courts in Central Park on
Atlantic Avenue. Commission-
ers Ron Sapp and Susan Steger
voted against the resurfacing
project.
SThe city received.two bids
for the job - one fromTRC Inc.,
ofJacksonville, for $27,500, and.
one - from Southeastern
Surfaces & Equipment Inc., of
New Smyrna Beach, which
won the bid.
Steger said that although it
was clear the tennis courts
needed to be resurfaced, she
believed it was something the
city could put off until a later
date.
Cit Manager. Michael,
Czymbor F,.)td dwt und'sf':r
the resurfacing were not a
direct cost from the general
fund, but had already been bud-
geted. He told commissioners
it was up to them to decide if
resurfacing the courts was a
"want" or a "need."
Vice Mayor Ken Walker,
after voting to.approve the proj-
ect, said he had the same con-
cerns about the economy as
anyone else, but also noted the
project would mean employ-
ment for someone, at least for
a few days.
"I still think it's good for.
whoever gets the bid ... (the
money) trickles down through


ANGELA DAUGIHTIY/NEWh-LEAUDEL
A crane and a bulldozer from Hashman Construction begin preliminary work on the
$1.2 million Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center expansion. A new teen center, an
;iaquatcs..ejnter and ia qje ationj., pavilion are to be added to the facility., ;


the city," said Walker. "I realize
these are tough times."
According to Recreation
Director Nan Voit, the four ten-
nis courts have not been.resur-
faced for six or seven years.
The courts, said Voit, are
heavily used because tennis
has become quite popular, and
the back of the courts have
especially been worn down
because of heavy play. The
court lines have also faded and
there is some cracking of the
surface from tree roots com-
ing through.
Voit said that in many cities,


the tennis courts are in poorer
condition, but residents of
Fernandina Beach have "high-
er expectations" of city servic-
es.
"We like to keep up the
appearance that citizens
expect," said Voit.,
Voit said the work in the
courts has already begun. The
job will consist of first cleaning
the surface with a high-pres-
sure wash. Cracks will then be
..treated, roots will be ground
and net post footers will be
cleaned and painted, if neces-
sary. Four coats of acrylic coat-


ing will be applied and lines
will be drawn with a striping
machine.
Voit said anyone can use
the -tennis courts by putting
down a $5 deposit for a key
that gives one access to the
courts. At nnis pro is also con-
tracted by. the city for tennis
instruction.
Voit said that, although
there are tennis courts at the
high school that may be open
for public use, she did not
know of any other public
courts in the county.
adaughtry@fbnewsleadercom


City law change


would help hotels


near beach expand


ANGELA DAUGHTRY
.News Leader


A new change in the city's
Land Development Code will
help commercial property own-
ers close to the beach expand
their businesses.
Local attorney Wesley Poole,
who represented South Fletcher
business owners Lowell Hall
and David Caples, said the new
zoning was "an approach that
is very limited in scope," and is
meant to.help.resort and tourist-
type businesses close to the
beach. He noted that city staff
would be monitoring the change
to make sure the Comprehen-
sive Plan is not violated.
Caples, owner of Elizabeth
Pointe Lodge bed and break-
fast, near the intersection with
Atlantic Avenue, has plans to
expand. Lowell Hall, owner of
Hall's Beach Store, Hammer-
head and Island Barbecue, near
the Sadler Road intersection,
sid he has been working on
gz- turng thlw code changed since
2005 so he could develop his
property as a hotel.
City commissioners at a Dec.
16 meeting approved a floor
area ratio of 1.5 for properties
located 800 feet from the
ocean's high water mark, up
from a former FAR of only 0.50.
Floor area ratio means the floor
area of a building's ratio to the
size of the lotwhere the building
is located.
The code change means cer-
Stain commercial properties will
be able to expand their struc-
tures upward. In comparison,
the downtown commercial dis-
trict has floor area ratio of 2.0.
* , � � 'iq


City commissioners changed
the FAR to 0.50 for general com-
mercial properties in 2004, says
Hall, not knowing how the
change would affect property
owners with a limited amount of
land.
The former designation, said
Hall, meant that he could have
only 20,000 square feet of build-
ing on his property, essentially
making it impossible to develop
further. Hall said he has been
wanting to develop a boutique-
type hotel on his property using
the old Keystone Hotel design,
as an inspiration. The Keystone
Hotel at Centre and South
Eighth streets was demolished'
in the late 1960s.
Hall said at the meeting that
fighting the FAR zoning code
has been "a real experience for
me."
"I have come to an under-
standing of the bureaucratic
process and land development.
codes," said Hall. "They can
become a ;rl that is almost
impossible to get. out ,.i "
Hall, who also has his pri-
mary residence at the property,
said he has been looking for
someone to enter into a devel-
opment agreement for the hotel,
but interested parties either
don't have the funding or want
the property at a drastically
reduced price. "Now that I've
got the land development issue
resolved, I'm looking at a dead
economy," said,Hall.
The city's Planning and
Advisory Board approved the
FAR text amendment in the
SComprehensive Plan and Code
at its Oct 15 meeting.
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Here are

"People who contract the flu
virus will quickly begin to expe-
rience symptoms, including a
fever, chills, headache, and mus-
cle aches," said Dr. Nathan
Newman, chief medical officer
of Solantic, which offers walk-in
urgent care in Yulee.
"Treatment should begin as
soon as someone notices flu
symptoms to help shorten the
duration of the illness."
He offered five tips to care
for someone with the flu:
* Encourage a person with
flu symptoms to see a doctor
"Most people with the flu can
be cared, for at home," said
Newman. "However, a doctor
may be able to prescribe antivi-
ral medications to shorten the
duration and reduce the severi-
ty of the flu. The sick person


5 tips to cope with

should consult a doctor within "It is vital to make sure peo-
48 hours of the onset of symp- ple with the flu take in lots of
toms. After 48 hours, antiviral liquids. Fevers can cause people
medications are not as effective to lose a lot of fluids, so hydra-
against the flu. A physician can tion is important," said Newman.
also treat the symptoms of the "Nutrition is also important, pro-
flu, making the patient more viding the body with much-need-
comfortable." ed fuel to help with recovery."
* Watch the body's temper-; * Encourage the flu-sufferer
nature - to get adequate sleep
"A fever is .a sign that the 'The .body needs rest to
body is fighting off an infection recover. Someone with the flu
and should be watched close- who overexerts themselves can
ly," said Newman, "Children experience complications from
should see a pediatrician if they the virus."
have a fever exceeding 101 * Watch for complications
degrees. Adults should consult "If someone with the flu has
a physician if their fever exceeds difficulty breathing,. bluish col-
103 degrees or lasts more than oring on their skin or.lips,
three days." coughs up blood, shows signs of
* Ensure a person with the dehydration, appears confused
flu drinks lots of liquids and eats or complains of pressure in their
nutritious foods . chest, you should call a physi-


the flu

cian," said Newman. 'These
could be signs of complications."
"The flu spreads easily when
someone with the virus coughs
or sneezes. Other people inhale
the virus and contract influen-
za," said Newman. "It is impor-
tant that people caring for some-
one with the flu protect
themselves." He encourages
caretakers to wash their hands
frequently, ensure utensils and
dishes used are cleaned thor-
oughly and\use bleach or anti-
bacterial cleansers to disinfect
surfaces, including ddor han-
dles and remote controls.
"The best line of defense
against the flu is vaccination,"
said Newman. "Because flu sea-
son peaks in February and last
through May, itis not too late to
get a flu vaccination."


x'2l,, N OIVUif, I C. Th-l.flIV
Wal-Mart cashier Josie Goodson gets a flu shot Saturday
from nurse Priscilla Duffy, a volunteer for Barnabas
Center, and paramedic Bryon Pierce of Amelia Urgent
Care, at the Fernandina Beach Wal-Mart. Patients could
get the shots for $5 and five cans of food for the
Barnabas Center pantry.


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COMMUNITY THANKS


Go Pirates!
On behalf of the Quarterback Club, parents
of the players and coaching staff, I would like
to say thank you to everyone that had a part
in our team's success this year.
The Fighting Pirate football team had
another winning season this year and their
first back to back winning seasons since 1986!
Go Pirates!
Neither the Quarterback Club nor the foot-
ball team could accomplish what we do with-
out the backing of our local businesses and'
their tremendous support, especially in these
tough economic times. We recognized this
year at our banquet Mickey and Gale Ulmer
of Sonny's, Roy Byrd of State Farm, Dave and
Paula Crow of Domino's Pizza in Yulee and Jeff
Douglas of Subway. ..
I Trough their time and effort, these fine
folks, as well as many others have played an
integral part in not just our football team but
in our players' lives as well.
The Quarterback Club will be having its
first meeting of the New Year on Jan. 26 in the
Fernandina Beach High School media room
at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in Pirate football
is encouraged to attend.
Todd Willis, President
FBHS Quarterback Club


Todd Willis of the
Quarterback Club
with, top, Mickey
and Gayle Ulmer
of Sonny's, above,
Dave and Paula
Crow of Domino's
Yulee and Roy
Byrd of State
Farm, and right,
manager Antron
Stacks represent-
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Cityleadership
Several weeks ago I read an article about the
city manager and his new vehicle ("Who's buy-
ing new cars? City Hall, that's who," Nov. 12), and
then his subsequent editorial response ("City
spends car dollars wisely," Nov. 26).
I am not sure whether I am more disturbed by
the wasteful insistence on having a new, hybrid,
four-wheel drive SUV, or the complete capitula-
tion on fiscal subjects. Frankly, I just do not under-
stand. With both sides presented, it seems to
me that we are hearing lots of excuses and pre-
cious few reasons.
This is what I mean: If you did not notice, the
issue of the paper that first reported the story on
our city manager and his new vehicle also carried
legal notices for the week. Those notices in that
one issue advertise:
a. More than 15 tax deed sales because the
property owners cannQt pay their taxes or redeem
the outstanding tax certificates;
b. More than 35 foreclosure sales because
the property owners cannot pay their mortgages;
c. Almost a dozen forced sales of vehicles and
personal property for people who cannot pay var-
ious liens.
Every one of the legal notices represents
someone, a family or a business that is not mak-
ing it financially. If you miss the connection, I
will make it easy - while local government wastes
money on the perks of position, real people in our
communities are losing their businesses, their
homes and their property.
Let's put these matters in an even broader
context:
* The University of Florida is facing budget
cuts of 7-8 percent and proposed tuition increas-
es of approximately 15 percent;
* The educational budget of the Levy County
system was so tight they could not fund a prin-
cipal's position for Williston High School.
* The Tampa Red Cross has been forced to lay
off 22 workers, approximately one-half of their
staff;
* The stock price of a major local employer,
JSSC, has declined from $11.05 per share to
$0.27.
Finally, in the same paper that carried the
city manager's editorial excuse, we have ap arti-
cle that describes our state revenue shortfalls in
the billions due to a precipitous decline in sales
taxes.
Is there anyone who really thinks that we are
immune, that our local government will not expe-
rience what others experience? Our city has a
very small window within which to act. It is time
to act, but it will take strength, character and
real leadership. Are there any leaders out there?
Clyde W. Davis
Fernandina Beach

Wildbunch
In ("City invests $150,000 (plus) for lobby-
ing," Dec. 19), the question of legality was raised.
It is comforting that lawyers research and review
codes to make sure no law is broken. But after
reading reasons given in support of the lobbyist
at the Dec. 16 meeting, a different question aris-
es, one of ethics.
' One I'l.urnissiioner stated that-"The city
' should belly' up to the pork barrel, and take advan-
tage of the $1.4 trillion being handed out by the
incoming administration." Nice. If cash is slopped
into the trough, why not dive in, even if it means
acting like pigs? Are we really no better than
that? Such greed is one reason this country faces
such an obscene fiscal crisis.
Another commissioner pointed out that "the
city needed to join other municipalities who have
their hands out" If everyone else is doing it, why
don't we?,Ah, the logic of petulant children. If oth-
ers are begging, why can't we? Besides, techni-
cally speaking, it won't be our palms that get
dirty: we are hiring someone else to standout on
the corner for us, $150,000 cup in hand.
This reminds me of a scene from the movie
"The Wild Bunch," where a reluctantly reformed
robber turns to the railroad official who hired
him, bitterly asking:: "How does it feel - getting
paid for it - getting paid to sit back and hire your
killings, with the law's arms around you?"
Back at the Dec. 16 meeting, a resident gave
qualified support to hiring the lobbyist because
it "has the potential to do the city great good."
Even after stating some of the negatives, this
same resident admitted: "If we can get $40 million,
I'm in bed with a lobbyist." Sadly, that sounds a


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bit like prostitution. It wasn't meant literally, but
what kind of message does it send?
I'm not attacking the individuals making these
statements. Their intentions, I'm sure, lie with
what is best for the city and county. And because
of these difficult economic times, many others are
making a money grab. Surely, that makes us no
worse than them. Yes, but couldn't we be better?
What kind of message are we sending to our
children? In order to secure a'bucket of taxpay-
er cash, it is all right to act like beggars, pigs and
prostitutes. Or better yet: with funds taken from
others, hire someone to do it for you. In the end,
we may get the money, but at what cost? Hey kids,
we sold our souls for you, but look what you
have gained: a county paved over, decorated with
strip malls, high-rise condos and heavy indus-
try- and debt you can pass on to your grandkids.
One commissioner couldn't wait to begin
spending money the lobbyist should bring, speak-
ing of bold new items and projects that may do
"great good." .
The question asked of the railroad official in
The Wild Bunch concluded: "How does it feel to
be so - right?"
"Good," the official responded, confidently.
Jim Johnston
Fernandina Beach

Gay-Straight A iance
Although I was born and raised in Fernandina,
I now live out of town and read the News-Leader
online. I apparently missed a week because I did-
n't read Coleman Langshaw's column in reference'
to the Gay-Straight Alliance at FBHS (Dec. 12).
However, I have just read several letters (Dec. 19)'
regarding said article. Since I missed that
original bit of crucial information, I can only
assume that there is a conttiversy a bihtrtAtrting
a GSA.
I'm going to plead ignorance here. Why is
this even an issue? When I went to FBHS, I was
a member of a club called Teens For Christ We
were a group of kids with like thoughts and
beliefs. How is a GSA more threatening or "legal-
ly questionable?" Clubs are just that dubs. They
are not classes and therefore should not be under
the legal jurisdiction of state-mandated curricu-
la.
If there had been a Gay-Straight Alliance when
I was a.student at FBHS (Class of 1982), maybe
my experience with accepting my own orientation
would have been much less traumatic. You see,
back then people like me got beaten up and were
generally regarded as deviant, even sub-human.
A GSA could have allowed my peers to see that
I was really no different than they, that my ori-
entation has no more bearing on my character
than my brown hair or blue eyes.
I am fortunate to have kept in touch with
many of my classmates over the years and now
that theyknow the truth, it does not appear to be
an issue with any of them. In fact, I attended my
20-year class reunion with my husband (we are
now legally married) and we were accepted as just
as much a couple as any other. Imagine how


much easier it could be for current students if
given the opportunity to have an open, honest dia-
logue with their peers in a safe, non-threatening
environment.
Eddie Giddens
St. Johns

Homeowner associations
Due to the ongoing privatization of local gov-
ernment through the creation of homeowner
associations and condominiums, the owner-oper-
ators of these entities are facing unprecedented
financial stress. Homeowners who bought
between 2002 and 2005 paid top dollar for their
homes, and those owners now face job loss, ero-
sion of values, and the result is delinquent asso-
ciation payments. Unlike local governments who
can look to government for a bailout, bond proj-
ects for infrastructure or hire lobbyists to seek
pork barrel projects, these associations are essen-
tially on their own to cope with the crisis.
Despite the bleak picture painted in a recent
article ("Homeowner associations battle deficits
,in face of foreclosures," Dec. 19), it has been my
experience that associations that take an aggres-
sive stance toward delinquent owners have:a
much better chance of avoiding or at least mini-
mizing the effects of the recession. Boards and
managers need to understand the collection
process, and take action as required, as soon as
reasonably possible to protect the interests of
the community.
Associations should not sit back thinking they
have little or no recourse, when the reality is
that their position is equivalent to a "super pri-
ority".second mortgage. They can sue, foreclose,
take possession and rent the property for what-
ever they can get pending, first mortgage fore-
" 'cit66i~"~;W is w - tict be called a "race to
the courthouse ste-'pr" aid b~at'the leader'
to possession. In fact, I'm sure that many people
will be surprised to learn that the association
has no.legal obligation to pay the lender, or pay
taxes!
Everitually there will be a foreclosure or a tax
deed will be applied for, but that is usually long -
after the time frame associations care about The
key to minimizing losses is to find competent
aggressive counsel who can guide thecommunity
through the process, get tough with delinquent
owners and move aggressively to enforce pay-
ment. Lenders frequently drag their actions on for
months, knowing that they will eventually have
to pay some past due assessments, and taxes,
insurance, etc. That is when the association can
act quickly and protect its interests.
Sitting back, filing liens or obtaining non-col-
lectable money judgments against owners is a
sure way to result in a debacle. Until the financial
tsunami recedes, associations and their direc-
tors need to get information, good advice and
move ahead, as there is no alternative.
Bob Tankel
Fernandina Beach
Editor's note: Bob Tankel is an attorney for
condominium and homeowner associations.


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to keep running with it.
I wrote last about the Nassau
County School Board and the revi-
sion to Policy 5.86 and intent of the revision.
First, it was important to expose the collateral
damage that could or will happen as a result of
their actions, but I firmly believe that I must
now follow up about the specific issue, the
motivating homophobia, as it goes to such a
deeper concern.
There was not, of course, any controversy
with school clubs or organizations at the high
schools until.the word "gay" appeared. Then a
lightning bolt struck and motivated righteous
indignation from some of the "holier than
thou" zealots of the most intolerant fringes of
our society. Preachers obdurately espousing
their hateful views, and inciting like-minded
followers to morally attack children, and to
scorn them as pariahs; in their distorted and
pinhole vision of the world, no means to
accomplish their end is out of bounds.
The irony of it all is that at the Yulee High
'School, a student wanted to establish a Gay-
Straight ALLIANCE. So even to the most hard-
ened homophobe, if they even took the slight-'
est moment to let a ray of intelligence sink in,
they would see that this club was not about
promoting being gay, but simply about making
people aware about gay issues, and working
with both gays and straight people, about mak-


ing life better through dia-
logue and understanding.
But no, deliberate igno-
rance has no place for com-
mon sense, nor does it care,
that it is wrong, inappropriate
- and out of step with the world
today.
S I have asked before and
SI'llask again. If you're a
OPINIONS homophobe stuck in a fox-
FROM THE hole with a gay person, and
GOLDFISH it's the two of you against
Many enemies, and your
survival depends on both of
Coleman you fighting side by side to
Lansha survive, are you going to run
ansha 'out of that foxhole and either
surrender or be killed? If the answer is yes,
then I can give you a list of psychiatrists to
call.
I have also asked before, if the person sav-
ing your life in a terrible car wreck is gay, do
you want him or her to walk away and let you
die, because you are afraid you might catch
the "gay virus"? Again, if the answer is yes,
please see the above referral.
You know, I know, that I really prefer
women, and in spite of hanging out with gay
friends and relatives (yes, we have them in our
family, but so do you!), I still love to be with
women, in fact I chose to marry one. Even


more important to consider is this, with such
intolerant knuckleheads out there, why would'
Anyone "choose" to be gay, knowing that it can
and will make their life a living hell much of
the time? The point being, it isn't a choice, it's'
something natural inside, something God cre-
ated, because as I understand what religious
people say, God created everything. So if I
were religious, I wouldn't question homosexu-
ality, as it would seem blasphemous to do so.
Anyway, getting back to the point, if you
ask kids today, they don't see the whole gay-
straight topic as an issue anymore, except
when their dinosaur-minded parents make it
that way.
I think the'School Board and.the superin-
tendent (if he tries to enforce the intent of the
policy) are so out there in la-la land,'that our
community needs to let them know it loud and
clear. I have heard from many people already,
and not just from "liberals" but bona fde con-
servatives, that are appalled and disgusted
with this clearly ignorant mindset miring our
school system. Most people can't believe that
a branch of government still actually believes
that they can still legislate morality, and that
they actually listen to a minority fringe and
consider it mainstream.
As I said in my last column, this is not only
outrageous, it's embarrassing!
Coleman Langshaw writes regularly fo the
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26.2008 / NEWS-LEADER


We should all.keep Christ in Christmas


The very first Christmas gift came
down from heaven up above, wrapped
not in fancy paper but in our father's
love.
Go tell it on the mountain, over the
hill and everywhere that Jesus Christ is
born. Happy birthday, Jesus!
When we celebrate our birthday, we
have a party, celebrating when we were
born with cake and ice cream, wanting
lots of people to come and bring us gifts.
Then comes Jesus' birthday. We still
have a party. Santa Claus comes bring-
ing lost of toys and presents and some
of us never mention the name of Christ
in our homes, not even to our children.
The celebration of Christmas is Jesus
Christ's birthday. That's why it's spelled
"Christmas," putting Christ first and not
xmas, x-ing him out. Happy birthday,
Jesus. If we keep Christ in Christmas
and celebrate his birthday, we would
have more money in our pockets and
less bills to pay after Christmas. With
Santa Claus making the delivery in


some cases, it will take
until the next Christ-
Smas to pay them off.
Then we start again,
S* doing the same thing
Over and over again.
- " As we celebrate
. Jesus' birthday with
Santa Claus and the
Christmas tree, let us
NOWAND put a gift for Jesus
THEN under our tree, keep-
ing the tree always in
our hearts with a gift of
Maybelle love; caring, sharing,
Kirkland forgiveness, thanksgiv-
ing and remembrance.
God put his gift not beneath a tree,
trimmed in red and gold; he just laid
him in a manger in a stable outside in
the cold.
He loved this world of ours. His only
son he gave, that through this precious
gift, those of us who believe in him can
be saved. Let us not measure a present's


worth by the money that was spent, but
by the thought and spirit in which the
gift was sent.
So I pray you had a Merry Christmas
and lifted your praise above, for the
greatest gift you'll.ever get was sent
from God with his love. Happy birthday,
Jesus.
The families of the late William
Green, O'Neil community, and Benjamin
Alderman, Lessie community, thank
you, their family and friends, for all acts
of kindness shown to them during their
hours of bereavement and ask that you
keep them in your prayers.
Birthday wishes to John Johnson Jr.,
Charlie Jones Jr., Jamie Johnson, Nittaya
Johnson, Da'Angalo Rainey, Garron
Howard, Catherine Ray, Prudence
Raysor, Johnnie King, Lillie Melton,
Clyde Benjamin, Mother Genevie Stays,
James White, Trinity Marshall, Dario
Alderman, Ryan Amey and Stephanie
Bacon-Martin.
Happy New Year.


* Fernandina Beach Lions Club
meets at noon the first and third
Tuesday at Florida House Inn, 22 S.
Third St. Call Paul Booton at 491-1814.
* Fernandina Beach Shrine Club
meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of
each month (except July and August) at
the Yulee Lions Club, 894 N US
Highway 17. Contact president Bill
Stotzner at 261-8063.
* Fernandina Beach Shrine Ladies
Auxiliary is a service organization that
meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday.
Call Carol Stotzner for meeting location.
i* First Coast Koi Club meets third
Sunday to share news of the pond, koi
and water garden hobby. Contact Teresa
Lawrence at (904) 287-0059 or visit first
coastkoiclub.com
* Florida A&M University Alumni
Association meets at 6 p.m. the third
Monday at Peck Center. Call 261-7906.
* Friends of the Library, Fernandina
Beach welcomes all to support the value
and joy of literacy and advocate for the'
public library in our community.
Membership forms are available at the
library at 25 N. Fourth St. Call 277-7365
or visit Read.nassau.lib.fl.us.
* Gerri's Corner is a resource center
for women with cancer, answering ques-
tions and spreading hope. It is open
Monday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. in
Maxwell Hall at Memorial United
Methodist Church on North Sixth
Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.
For information call 277-0099.
* GFWC Woman's Club of
Fernandina Beach is a volunteer service
organization which meets at 10:30 a.m.
the first Wednesday of each month at
201 Jean Lafitte Blvd. (behind the
Atlantic Ave, Rec. Center). Call Kathy
Shipman, membership chairman at 277-
3668.
* The Historical Recovery
Association of North Florida is an inde-
pendent metal detecting club that meets
at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each
month at the Piccadilly Restaurant on
Monument Road near Regency Square
Mall in Jacksonville. Everyone is wel-
come, particularly children. There is an
annual low country shrimp boil and
treasure hunt in Fernandina the week
after the Shrimp Festival. Contact Shelly
Simpson at 261-4655 or e-mail
shelly.simpson@bayercropscience.com.
*, Just Friends, singles over age 55,
meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. -to walk and
get acquainted at the Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center parking lot. Call 321-
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Call Jeff Shipman, President at 277-3668.
' * Men's Newcomer Club of Amelia
Island is a social organization that meets
at 11:30 am. the third Thursday of most
months at the Fernandina Beach Golf
Club clubhouse. Call Richard Rothrock
at 491-6868 or Bob Keane at 277-4590.
* Military Officers Association of
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serving active duty and retired military
officers meets at 6:30 p.m. the second
Thursday of some months, other
months for Sunday brunch at Ocean
Breeze Conference Center at Mayport
Naval Station. Call president Rob Judas
at (904) 249-1475.
* The Modelers' Club for modelers
interested in cars, planes, ships and
trains meets from 7-9 p.m. the fourth
Monday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church,
801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach.
Call Hal Mather at 261-6420.
,* Moms Group for Stay-at-home-
Moms, moms offering moms support,
meets with the kids at kid-friendly loca-
tions. CallAmy at261-0554 or e-mail
amarasco@bellsouth.net to receive a list
of the next meet-ups.
* Nassau Challenger Bowling
League for the physically and mentally
challenged meets from 3-5 p.m. the sec-
ond Saturday at the bowling alley on US
17 in Yulee. Call Melinda Willaford at
, 2,6-3136. . , .
* N6a-;au C'nrmy Bolv' &'Girls'Cluh
after-sc ho.:il agenda oilers programs for
youths ages 6-17 at its new, state-of-the-
art Miller Club located one mile south
of A1A on CR 107 (Old Nassauville
Road). The hours are from 2-8 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Staff and volun-
Steers will provide homework help, com-
puter classes, arts and crafts, music and
drama, sports and games, teen pro-
grams, gardening, health and fitness,
cooking and life skills classes. Call the
Club office at 261-1075 after 2 p.m.
weekdays for information and enroll-
ment details.
* Nassau Civitan Club service organ-
ization meets at noon the second and
fourth Thursdays at Slider's. Call
Norma Norris at 491-9996 or Joyce
Menz at 321-2526.
* Nassau County 4-H is open to
youth ages 5-18 and adult volunteers:
who are excited to learn more about
leadership, citizenship and life skills.
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1019 or online at Nassau.ifas.ufl.edu.
* Nassau County Group of the Sierra
Club is an environmental organization
that meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday
at the Council on Aging building, 1367
South 18th St., Fernandina Beach. Call
Joan Altman at 277-2274.
* Nassau County Home Educators
Support Group for home-schooling par-
ents meets the third Thursday at 7 p.m.
Call 225-9160 for location or visit web-
site at geocities.com/nassaucounty-
homeeducators.
* Nassau County Master Gardener
volunteers are trained by Courty
Horticultural Extension agents and are
required to serve 75 volfinteerhiidrs
year one of their accredititon and 50
volunteer hours annually in all subse-
quent years to maintain their certifica-
tion as Master Gardeners. For informa-
tion, contact Becky Jordi, horticultural.
extension agent, at 548-1116 or rljor-
di@ufl.edu.
* Nassau County Motorcycle
Association meets at 7 p.m. the third
Wednesday of each month at Murray's
Grille in Yulee. Social/dinner hour is 6-7
p.m. Call Ken Bowers at 261-7954.
* Nassau County NAACP civil rights
organization meets at 6 p.m. for the
executive committee meeting and 7 p.m.
for the branch meeting the second
Monday at the Peck Center, Fernandina
Beach. Call president Courtney Tyson-
Shelby at 491-3419.
,*, Nassau County NAACP Youth
Council meets at 5 p.m. the first .1 ';
SMonday at the Peck Center, Fernandina
Beach. Call 321-4031.
* Nassau County Democratic Party
meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday at
party headquarters, 401 Eighth St,
Fernandina Beach, and the third
Tuesday at St Peter's Episcopal
Church. Call 261-3364 or visit
Nassaudemocrats.tripod.com.
* Nassau County Republican Party
meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday at
the County Commission Building in
Yulee. Call 261-5104 or visit www.nas,
saugop.org.
* Nassau County Retired Educators
Association meets the third Tuesday of
each month from September to May at
various locations. For information, con-,
tact Stanley Lofton at 225-9365 or
Stephanie Manwell at (912) 7294173.
* Nassau County Writers and Poets
Society for people who enjoy writing
meets the third Saturday. Times and
locations vary. Contact Cara at
wordsmythe@net-magic.net


GIVE YOURSELF PEP TALK

While in high school and college, it is quite common to attend a sports pep
Sally prior to a big game or event in order to show support and build up
confidence for our favorite team. Also, many athletes today often
confidently proclaim that they will win some special event, or at the risk of
sounding egotistical, still others may even declare that they are the greatest'
at what they do, These athletes are giving themselves a pep talk and are
actually building up self-confidence in their own ability. God wants us all
to be the best in whatever we do, and having confidence and believing in
ucijrih. i:. n imp:rLanti factor
Sn being ,i',r. ~tnd happy
in our lie;i Giving cur:elve; a pep
rijl$,n o.,~moJljar 1m.r. and


WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

. J. ,i Bryson
Curtis and Pat Bryson of
. , -Blackshear, Ga., are celebrat-
ing their 50th wedding
anniversary Dec. 27 at The
Ivey House in Waycross, Ga.
The Brysons were married
Dec. 27, 1958, in Waycross,
Ga., with George Robinson
officiating. She is the former
Pat Robinson.
Their children are Jimmy
and Vicky Bryson of
Thomasville, Ga., Sissy and
SKevin Drake of Goldsboro,
N.C., and Bruce and Denita
Bryson of Nahunta, Ga.
They have seven grand-
Mr. and Mrs. Bryson children.


MILITARY NEWS


* Marine Corps 2nd Lt.
Dustin A. Pratico, son of
Dorothy L and Alfred Pratico
of Yulee, recently received his
commission.as an officer in
the Marine Corps after com-
pleting Officer Candidate
School in Quantico, Va.
During the 10-week-long
training program, Pratico
received extensive instruction
on a variety of specialized
subjects including Marine
Corps history, tactics, opera-
tions and organization, land
navigation and other military
subjects. Pratico also complet-
ed.a demanding daily physical
fitness program that involved
running, pullups, obstacle


and endurance courses and
calisthenics.
In addition, Pratico and fel-
low OCS graduates received
leadership training and ...
instruction on the importance
of the Marine Corps core val-
ues -honor, courage and
commitment; and how their
meaning impacts the personal
and professional conduct of
men and women serving in
the Marine Corps'around the
world.
Pratico is a 2001 graduate
of Bishop Kenny High School
of Jacksonville. He is a 2006
graduate of Florida State
University, Tallahassee, with
a BA degree.


CAMPUS NOTES

* Bryan Robert Palmer Coliseum on the Clemson
graduated from Clemson campus.
University with a bachelor of Palmer is a 2004 graduate.
science degree in industrial of Fernandina Beach High
management during corn- School. He is the son of Gary
mencement exercises Dec. and Mary Palmer of
18, 2008, at Littlejohn Fernandina Beach.


HELPERS


* Florida KidCare offers
low-cost health insurance to
children withoutinsurance
and parents whose children
meet the income guidelines.
Eligible families can obtain
health insurance for children
agqs birth i8_ at $15 o ,less
p-:1 houels,-hI1d p- rn mnnth, ,i;./
depending on income. The
insurance covers doctor vis-
its, prescriptions, checkups,
vision and hearing care, hos-
pital care, dental visits and
mental health care. Call 1-888-
540-5437 or visit www.florida
kidcare.org.
* Communities In Schools
of Nassau County helps kids
succeed.in school, graduate
and prepare for a productive
life. CIS programs are held at
middle and high schools
across the county and provide
tutoring, after-school academ-
ic programs, workforce readi-
ness skills, career exploration
and individual mentoring and
coaching services. Services
are currently provided at
Fernandina Beach Middle,
Fernandina Beach High,
SCallahan Middle, West
Nassau High and Hilliard
Middle-Senior High schools.
Contact Susan Milana, execu-
tive director, at 516 South
10th St, Suite 205,
Fernandina-Beach,'FL 32034,
call 321-2000 or e-mail
info@cisnassau.org. Visit:
www.clsnassau.org.
* Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida needs vol-
unteers on a weekly, monthly
and as needed basis for.
Nassau County residences,
long-term care facilities,
Community Hospice's inpa-
tient centers and Community..
Hospice's Yulee office at
96084 Victoria's Pjace.
Community Hospice vol-
unteers help improve the
quality of life for patients and
families and provide compas-
sionate guidance at the end of
life. Volunteer opportunities
range from administrative
tasks such as greeting visi-
tors at inpatient facilities to
direct patient care services
like visiting patients and pro-
viding respite for caregivers.
Call (904) 407-7064 for infor-
mation.
* The Council on Aging of
Nassau County provides serv-
ices to the elderly in Fernan-
dina Beach and the West
Side. Director is Dr. Al Rizer.
The Eastside Senior Center is
located at 1367 S. 18th St.,
Fernandina Beach, 261-0701,
fax 261-0704. The Westside
Senior Center is located at
37002 Ingham Road, Hilliard,
845-3331, fax 845-4491. For
transportation services, call
261-0700 or 1-800-298-9122.
Services include Adult
Day Healthcare, nutrition pro-
grams, Meals-On-Wheels,
recreation and education pro-
grams, art, music and craft


activities, utility payment
assistance, countywide trans-
portation by appointment,
medical screenings, in-home
. services to include home-
making and personal care,
volunteer services and semi-
nars. Lunch is served daily at
the centers.foip.articpants., -;
* Guardian Ad Litem is in
critical need of volunteers to
become part of a court pro-
gram to represent the best
interests of innocent children.
Call Linda at (904) 630-1200
or visit www.guardianad
litem.org.
* First Coast residents
may apply online for econom-
ic assistance (food stamps,
temporary cash and
Medicaid) from the Florida
Department of Children and
Families at www.myflorida.
com/accessflorida. Call 1-866-
76-ACCES or 1-866-762-2237.
* ElderSdurce, your Aging
Resource Center,'and the
Florida Department of Elder
Affairs invite volunteers to
join the SHINE (Serving
Health Insurance Needs of
Elders) program, which helps
elders make informed deci-
sions about Medicare and
health insurance. -
SHINE volunteers provide
individual counseling and
assistance to elders and their
caregivers about Medicare,
Medicaid, plan choices, long-
term care and other health
insurance issues. Volunteers
also make educational presen-
-tations and participate in out-
reach events. Call 1-888-242-
4464 or (904) 777-2106.
* Gerri's Corner, a
resource center for women
with cancer, answering ques-
tions and spreading hope, is .
open Monday-Friday from
noon to 4 p.m. in Maxwell :
Hall at Memorial United
Methodist Church on North
SSixth Street in downtown
Fernandina Beach. Call 277-
S0099.
SNassau Habitat for
I. Huiianity's recycling pro-
Sgram includes cellphones.
They may be taken to North
Nassau Recycling at Lime and
South Eighth streets in
Fernandina Beach.
Recycling is an important
part of Nassau Habitat's fund-
ing. It has aluminum can bins
located atmany places on the
island, or.they may be left at
North Nassau Recycling.
To volunteer call 277-0600
or e-mail nhfh@net-magic.net.
* Healing Balm of
Northeast Florida Inc,-1303
Jasmine St, Fernandina
Beach, offers free confidential
HIV/AIDS testing and other
health related services. Office
hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Mondaythrough Friday.
Appointments available and
walk-ins are welcome. For
more information or HIV test-
ing call 548-0055.


CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS


Welcome to

Q ods House


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FRIDAY, December 26,2008/News-Leader


RELIGION


A Christmas


"I'm not going to do it," I
argued with God. "It's too
risky." Somehow my disagree-
ment didn't seem to matter.
The overwhelming feeling of
what God wanted me to do
wouldn't leave. As r stared at
the object sitting on the small
wooden table, the struggle
only got worse.
The year was 1994 and I
was in Sawgrass, a gated com-
munity in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Actually, as I think about it,
the whole thing seems a bit'
funny, but back then it sure
was a stretching time. Let me
explain.
I had met the woman that I
would one day marry, and for
those of you who know her,
you know that I really married


PULPIT
NOTES

Pastor
Rob Goyette


up. The
truth is I
was feeling
bit insecu
Not only
was she a
very beau
fulwoman
living in a
really nice
.neighbor-
hood, but
was living
with some
friends an
driving a l
tie red Isu


pickup truck. Every time I
drove through the'guard ga
to see her, I got the feeling
that they thought I was a pa
Sof the maintenance crew cot


wrapped

- ing to fix someone's house., in no
SAnyway, that particular anyth
g a night something special was intent
re. about to happen and I was marr
totally unprepared. As I stood ing ab
in the foyer of her home star- me, I
iti- ing at the flimsy piece of metal up rea
S . that someone had placed on the st
the small entry table, every find tl
e, bit of my pride was on the impor
altar. "Not like this God," I I h
I wrestled, but somehow I was h
knew it was His will. ommr
S There sitting all by itself, planni
d .and at this point almost glow- future
it- ing, was a child's bubblegum happe
izu ring with two hearts on it. God.
Yep, you got it; unexpectedly ty obv
ite to me, God wanted me to ask acle ir
her to marry me that night equal
rt with that ring. Now just to set has us
m- the record straight, God was our liv


in

way forcing
ing. Actual
led to ask (
y me and h
bout how ar
had wanted*
ally big. Yo
age; get thf
he right spi
rtant stuff.
ave to tell
uge and I
end it to an
ing to prop
Sbride, but
rned to be t
Now the ou
ious; she s
Sand of its(
interest is
sed the wh
res. You se


simplicity
g me to do we both realized that the foun-
ly, I had fully dation God wanted to build
Christie to our marriage on had nothing
ad been pray- to do with all the stuff that
nd when. To money could buy but rather
d to do it all on love and on being in the
u know, set will of God.
e fancy ring, That being said, this article
ot; do all the comes as a gentle reminder of
But now this. what Christmas is all about; at
you, the risk least from where I'm sitting:
wouldn't rec- Though God loves to bless us
yone who's and to see us prosper, at the
ose to a end of the day the outward
for me, it just stuff is never the thing that
the will of really satisfies.
outcome is pret- I often think about the little
said yes, a mir- bubblegum ring when
elf, but of Christmas rolls around each
how the Lord year and I remember the babe
ole thing in wrapped in swaddling clothes,
e, that night lying in a manger. How sim-


ple. How pure. How unclut-
tered. How accessible to
everyone, rich and'poor alike.
For me that's what it's all
about, the love of a faithful
God reaching down to save. us
all.
Beyond even the incredi-
ble relationship that I now
have with my wife is the rela-
tionship I enjoy with such a
loving and faithful savior.
From our household to yours,
it's our prayer that your
Christmas holiday and New
Year be wrapped with the sim-
plicity and pleasure of know-
ing Him.
Robert L. Goyette is pastor
of Living Waters World
Outreach Center
rgoy@livingwatersoutreach.org.


'RELIGION NOTES


Prayer breakfast
All are welcome to a
monthly continental.Prayer
Breakfast at 8 a.m. Dec. 27 at
the County Building, 86026
Pages Dairy Road, Yulee.
Participants will pray over
2009 and beyond. This-is a
ministry outreach of Impact
Your World Church and
Pastor Kalvin Russell
Thompson.
NewYears service
The community is invited
to join Solid Rock Church of
God by Faith, 86138 Palm
Tree Drive in Yulee, for its
New Year's Eve service at 10
p.m. on Dec. 31. Call the
church at 225-5388.

Plantation
Chapel music
Musician Jerry Borshard
Jr. will perform the second
and third movements of Rach-
ma-ninoffs Piano Concerto
#2, Opus 18; as prelude and
postlude at the Amelia
Plantation Chapel's 9 a.m.
service oh Jan; 11. He offers
the music in honor of his par-
ents, well-dkiioWlothl artist" '.!
Mary Borshard and the late
musician Jerry Borshard Sr.
As part of his BA in music
from Drew University,
Borshard Jr. studied for a year
at the Northwest German
Music Academy in Detmold,
Germany, and later spent
three years in graduate stud-
ies at the School of Music at
North Texas State University.
His first musical training at
age 3 was received from his
father, a versatile musician


whose extensive professional
career had begun with a fea-
tured role in his own family's
vaudeville presentations.
MLKevents
The MLK Breakfast will be
held at St. Peter's Episcopal
Church oh Jan. 17 at 8.a.m.
For more information, contact
Courtney Tyson-Shelby at
491-3419.
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.
Musical celebration
The I Can Academy will
celebrate the life of Dr. 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 communi-
ty-wide production'is open to
all children in grades pre-Kto
sixth grade. The public per-
formance will begin at 6:30
p.m. Jan. 19 at the First
Assembly of Gdd' 302'South'
14th St Re'Llearhal; 'cbunven'e at
4:30 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:
Men'sgroup
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


CHRISTMAS CANTATA


PHOTOS BY BIILLBRUMUND/FORTHE NEWS-LEADER-
A full congregation enjoyed the cantata, "Holy Night of Miracles," presented by the
combined choirs of Providence Presbyterian Church and Arlington Presbyterian
Church on Dec. 17. Deanna Phelps accompanied the choir that was directed by Mary
Williams. Visit the website to hear the complete cantata, www.providenceyulee.com.
For information about the church, call the Rev. Bob Phelps at (904) 432-8118.


the word of God. For informa-
tion call 261-6448 and as for
Pastor Ed.
Bread ofLif
The new Bread of life
Baptist Church located in the
Florida Baptist Association
Building on US 17 in Yulee
next to the Lion's Club invites
the community to worship at
10:30 a.m. Sunday. All are wel-
Scome, CMA and all bikers.
For information call Pastor
Bruce Freeman at 261-6537.
Parenting course
Pastor Edwin Shick of First
Assembly of God, 302 South


14 St, is offering counseling South 14th St. If your vehicle
and classes on parenting stra- is in need of a facelift and a
tegies for children ages 3-19 wash, call (904) 430-7781. Ask
with abusive and 1nxious fo yoly ones, A portion of
Se'aiaors m the nome ck ', the proceedswigo to a wr-
has 30 years' experience and thy cause.
has studied the psychology of Lifeline foodbank
human resistance to authority
and responsibility. If you are Afood bank sponsored by
interested in help call 261- Lifeline Ministries, 1438 E.
6448 for information. Ask for Oak St, Suite A., Fernandina
Pastor Ed or Miss Kim. Beach, is open from 10:30
'NeverForsaken a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and
Never -Forsak.Th d FlnU.-� f ir m idArmn


The First Assembly of God
hosts "Never Forsaken" vehi-
cle reconditioning and:detail-
ing Monday through Saturday.
from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 302


s Ulnluaysu . l'or more I u I orma-u1l
tion call 491-5401.
SalvationArmy
The Salvation Army Hope
House at410 S. Ninth St.,


Fernandina Beach, offers a
spiritually uplifting Christian
service every Tuesday start-
ing at 11:30 a.m., with a meal
provided immediately follow-
ing. There are 'special speak-
ers weekly and everyone'is
invited. For more information
call 321-0435.
Mom'sgroup
First Presbyterian Church,
9 N, Sixth St., hosts the free
"MOMME" playgroup each
Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m.
Call the church office at 261-
3837 to reserve a space for
you and your baby/toddler.
Lifeline Ministries
Lifeline Ministries
Evangelical Church welcomes
those looking for answers.
Join members on Sundays at
10:30 a.m. at the BestWestern
Inn, 2707 Sadler Road.
Saturday Mass
St. Michael Catholic
Church holds a Saturday
Mass at Yulee United
Methodist Church on A1A at
4 p.m. The 4 p.m. and 5:30
p.m. masses continue on
Saturday at St. Michael

'Celebrate Recovery
First Baptist Church spol-
sors Celebrate Recovery
every Friday night from 6-9:30
p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a
Christ centered, Biblically
based program for individuals
and their family members
who are dealing with addic-
tions, compulsions, past hurts
and potentially destructive
behaviors. Childcare is avail-
able. Call 261-3617.


'Worship this week


at thieyCace


of your choice"


Jackie Hayes,
Pastor

Baplb st Church
Sunday School................................ 9:30 am
Sunday Worship .................................10:45 am
Wednesday AWANA ............................6:15 pm
Wednesday Bible Study ........................6:30 pm'
941017 Old Nassauville Road ' County Rd-107 South
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
261-4741
www.sprinPhillbaptistfb.org


Rev. Ray Ramsburg, Pastor


- Every Sunday -
Traditional Worship: 8AM & 11AM
Contemporary Praise: 9:30AM
Children's Sunday School: 9:30AM
Nursery provided at all services
- First Sunday Each Month -
Healing Prayer: 6PM
Across from Fort Clinch State Park
261-6306
www.poplcamella.org


J1/-/ ( L'1 Ll/l/C1
Li


oPrrm ufenice .. .. . .
P estfytenan -"

Everyone is welcome
F,.. F.. Fcr rl-r F,:


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Impact Your World.
Church
"The Church Where the BIBLE
Comes to LIFE",
Pastor: Kalvin R. Thompson
o1 am Bible Study
11 am Family Worship Service
Location
86207 Felmor Road, Yulee, FjL
. (ust offAlA & Felmor Road)
904-261-9072


* O CHURCH
'9 N. 6th St. * 261-38371
Worship Services 8:30,& 1lamn
Sunday School 9:45 am'
Come Worship God In One of
Florida's.Oldest Sanctuaries!
Just offCentrSt. - Dr L Holton Sikgling, Jr Pastor


BLACKRQCK BAPTIST
CHURCH
96362 Blackrock Rd., Yulee
261-6220
Interim Pastor Rev. Kenneth Westbrook
Sunday Morning Worship Services
10:30am
. Sunday School 9:15am
Friday 6:45 - 9:00 Awana
Worship Service 10:30 (Childrens Church)
. Sunday p.m. Service 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Sbrvice 7:00 p.m.
SNursery Provided
www.blackrqckbaptist.com,


4 I. 4


SYULEE UNITED
METHODIST
CHURCH
Please join us for
SUNDAY SERVICES:
Church School 9:30AM Worship 11AM
Wednesday Study 6:30PM
A1 A & Christian Way, Yulee
225-5381 * Rev. Mark Stiles


An rfIte rdr1'" om'rnd I ii'101 I i. 'L1' nt7 trlri Lr i v l. Ii
SUNDAY WORSHIP
9:15 a.m.
i N l.r er', Pr..,. i. di
Adull Educalion Cla..,s S:flinm & lI3l:0am
, I ,i t i r rI - Le0 'L q rtl,.4 i . ! , i J I , f . r f.[ ( i i ll ijtti i i


New Website!
www.ameliachapel.com


Everyone Welcome
A 1928 Prayer Book Parish
The Rev J Michael Bownay Rector
Come Gronw WA/n us


Amelia bland Plantation
Outside the Main Gate
19041 277-4414


Holy Trinity Anglican Church
in Amelia Park
1830 Lake Park Drive
(across from the I'MCA)
Sunday worship times
8 00 a m
10 00 a m (with music

90wv - holylri r n.ic n 1 r'
wwos I',,lytrinitr an'lh(c n crro


"Discover the Difference" at
Amelia Baptist
Church
Pastor: Dr. H, Nleil Helton
Sunday Worship'Service - 10:30am
Bible Study-9am '
Nursery provided for all services
Sminall group studies-Adults 6pm
Wednesday - Prayer Service 6:30pm
Preschool and Children Activities
961167 BUCCANEER TRAIL
Comer of Buccaneer Tr. & Gerbing Road, Femandina Bch.
For More Information Call: 261-9527


First Baptist Church
FrctllMtrlin:i L'cili




FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
K., ifir tffrl.'liiI Sr Pacthr
rnds iWor-'hip l' ) 15 AM
Liiti Groupt q AM.
L.rinrrig w':r'hrp riFli Pt.
!'. i:.lr ' -.jj - cr. i S O3 PM,
261-3617
w .I.lbfirs.nel
IMrliI S,,urlh lth Sirtl * Firnandinj BacM h


Saturday 4pmiMass at Yulee United Methodist Church
Sunday Masses: 8:00 & 10:00am & 12 Noon
f3lIv M.i': 8 .lii . - M..rn lr.l ilrur. & f-,
i. rC]:,, Tu ,:illn
H ,l .ll lliJ , W.l ll . , l. ll f i I l Hl.,l ll.i , li i lr jifill
i. "i '. . " , '. ilijr~ii,, u I, ,i , 1, Jf l:,(i" ,,' tyi ilt . l)
Telephone Numbers
Parish Office. 904-261-3472; Fax 904-321-1901
Emergency Number. 904-277-6566,
alCn rall and.9T7.nr5n


FIVE POINTS BAPTIST
"MORE THAN A CHURCH,WE'RE FAMILY"


Sunday School ........ ... ...9:4SA.M.
Worship Service .... ........ 10:SSA.M.
Discipleship Training .......... 6:OOP.M.
Evening Worship............. 6:00P.M.
Wednesday Fellowship Supper .... 6:00P.M.
Wednesday Prayer Service ....... 7:OOP,M
736 Bbinlevlew Road (across from Sadlr Rd.)
904-261-4615 (church office)
.EVERYONE WELCOME
Nursery provided


Living Waters
world outreach
Contemporary Worship
ESUN 9:30am
. WED 7:00pm

Children's Ministries
321-2117
Rob& ChrlstlesGoyette 3 - ' 2 .
senior pastors OnuAAIlmile west A me/iaISand
www.LivingWatersOutreach.ore


Gathering for worship 10:45am
at YuleeElem. School
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.tj I I 1 � .ui',i' r4,)rT ,9 6 t ulir, , . , Luirt b ll[lit
.,uin a.u,5, r..ji W 11 '-sQ i. . ' .8 H,�fi f .lh

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,JULEE
'DIAPTIST i
1f-PHURCH--0
Sunday School 9:30 am
Morning Worship 8:15amand 11:00 am
Sunday Evening 7:00 phi . '
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm
Wednesday Team Kid 6:15 pm
. Wednesday 1-79 Youth 6:30 pm
Classes For All Age Groups Including Youth
Nursery Provided For All Services .
www.Yuleebaptistchurch.com
85971 Harts Rd., West' 904'225*51.28
Yulee, FL 32097 Fax 225-0809


FIRSTMISSIONARYBAPTIST
CHURCH
20 South Ninth Street 261-490'
Rev. Darien R. Bolden Sr., Pastor
The Churchin the
Heart ofthe City
With the Desire to being the
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Farmers market
The number of farmers markets in the
United States continues to grow, reports
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service
(AMS), reaching a total of 4,685 in August
2008. This represents a 6.8 percent increase
since mid-August 2006, when AMS reported
4,385 farmers markets nationwide.
"More and more consumers are discover-
ing the wide array of fresh, locally grown pro-
duce available at farmers markets," said AMS
Administrator Lloyd Day. "Another reason for
their popularity is food buyers like the oppor-
tunity to interact with the producers." Since
1994, when AMS began to track farmers mar-
kets, the number of farmers markets nation-
wide has grown by nearly 3,000, he added.
The Fernandina Farmers Market is open
every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and fea-
tures farm fresh produce as well as a variety
of organic products and specialty foods..
SDiscover gourmet baked goods from crusty
breads to delectable desserts and prepared
foods such as jellies, relishes and marinades.
The market is also the perfect location to


choose from a wide variety of specialty tropi-
cal plants and landscaping plants, including
orchids, herbs, and garden flowers. The mar-
ket is located downtown at Seventh and
Centre streets. Call 491-4872 or visit www.fer-
nandinafarmersmarket.com.

FCCJ classes
Florida Community College is offering
spring term classes leading towards technical
certificates in the Air Condition, Refrigeration
and Heating Systems Technician program
and the Carpentry Management program.
The classes will be offered at the Louis "Red"
Bean Technical Career Center. All classes
began the week of Jan. 5 and continue until
May 1.
Paid tuition and books, at the in-state
tuition rate, are available for all registered
students. The program is funded by the U.S.
Department of Labor. First-time FCCJ stu- *
dents will be assessed an additional $15 mem-
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Beware when moving plants


Q I cut this structure off a
. tree in South Florida.
Can you tell me the name of
the tree? LS
A I. am not familiar with
J. many of the plants
grown in South Florida so I
asked the help of a few of the
local Extension agents in this
area.
Ray Zerba, the Horticul-
ture Extension agent in Clay
County, used to work in South
Florida and he recognized the
fruit immediately as belonging
to the screw-pine tree,
Pandanus utilis. Screw-pine is
really not a pine tree at all but
more closely related to palms
and grasses. It is capable of
reaching 60 feet in height but.
is not usually seen over 25 feet
in USDA hardiness zone 10
and 11, with a spread of 15
feet. This means it should not
be planted in
your cold har-
diness zone of
8b.
,cScrew -
pines art
dioecious,
which means
i the male and
t female flow-
GARDEN ers are pro-
TAK duced on sep-
arate plants
(similar to
Becky]ordi hollies). The"
female plant
is the one producing the large
fruiting body in the photo-
graph. Growth rate is slow to
moderate, depending upon
fertilization and watering
schedules, and screw-pine is
very popular for use as a spec-
imen or grown in containers.
It is important to remem-
ber to be careful about trans-
porting seeds and plants from
one part of the country to
another. There always exists a
possibility for these plants to
become a pest or nuisance
when transplanted. In addi-
tioi, we have seen so many
examples of insects and dis-
eases being spread simply by
humans, moving plants from
one site to another.
When you are curious
about a plant, consider taking
a photograph of it, research it
S(or call your Extension agent),
and then determine whether
to plant it. But remember,
sometimes diseases and
insects are difficult to detect,
therefore purchasing plants'
from a reputable nursery is
always the preferred method
of obtaining specimens for
your landscape.
.Q I ~eep seeing the dark
Q .blue berries on the
Indian Hawthorn shrubs. Do
they attract birds? I see these,
plants all over commercial
,areas but I never see any
birds eating them. DJ
A.Indian Hawthorn,.
S .Raphiolepis indica, is an
evergreen shrub that pro-
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duces an abundance of fruit
during the fall and winter
months, which indeed attracts
birds.
The reason you may see
few birds may have something
to do with heavy foot and auto-
mobile traffic at these com-
mercial sites, although I have
no scientific research to back
up that hypothesis. Indian
Hawthorn shrubs are
extremely hardy, they can
handle most any type of light
condition, are highly salt toler-
ant and moderately drought.
tolerant, which is the reason
they are used so often at com-
mercial sites.
They grow at fairly slow
rates, reaching mature
heights around 6-8 feet but
can spread up to 15 feet.
Several cultivars exist which
may be better choices for
home or commercial sites
such as "Ballerina," which
only reaches 1-2 feet in height;
"Jack Evans," with double
pink flowers; or "Snow
White," which produces white
flowers with a spreading
growth habit For other culti-
var suggestions and more
information on this plant see
the University of Florida/IFAS
website developed by Dr. Ed
Gilman: http://hort.ufl.edu/
shrubs/RAPINDA.PDF
S .In my neighborhood I
.have noticed some
lawns are already totally
brown and dead while others
are still green. All of the lawns
are St.'Augustinegrass so how
do you account for the differ-
ences? DC
A .First, simply because the
-.grass blade is brown,
does not necessarily mean the
grass is totally dead. It is
important for the stolon,
which is the above-ground
stem, and roots to be kept
alive during the winter
months.
If the stolon is still green
and the roots are healthy, your
lawn should come back once
the spring returns, which is
usually March. We would rec-
ommend cutting back on
watering during the cooler
months to once every 10-14.
days to ensure the roots
Sreeive, ample water:-Of O.. : -,
course, cut back on irrigation
if it rains. Do not be tempted
to keep the same watering
schedule as.during the grow-
ing spring and summer,
months because this can con-
tribute to disease issues.
Winter is also not the time
of year to apply nitrogen to
the lawn - allow your lawn to
go dormant from October
through February here in the
Northeast part of Florida. I
know some of you from colder
climates are thinking this is
not winter at all. Well, this
grass is a warm seasofi grass
and as far as it is concerned -
this is cold!


SUBMITTED
The Indian Hawthorn is an
evergreen shrub that pro-
duces an abundance of
fruit during the fall and
winter months that attracts
birds.


There are many different
cultivars of St. Augustine
grass - some are more toler-
ant to the cold than others,
which means some may turn
brown earlier than others.
However, taking care of any
St. Augustinegrass properly at
all times of the year absolutely
determines how well it is able
to tolerate stresses such as
drought or cold. If you are
concerned about your grass,
please call the Yulee satellite
office (548-1116). for a grass
"check-up" appointment. In a
nutshell the following are the
proper care instructions:
* Mow at the highest
height for the cultivar
* Irrigate evenly from 6-10
a.m., once every 3-7 days in
the summer, once every 10-14
days in the winter, calibrate
your irrigation system
SUse 15-0-15 slow release
fertilizers March, May and
September
* Avoid broadcasting
insecticides, herbicides and
fungicides annually but
instead spot treat once a firm
* diagnosis has be given
* Call your local County
Extension agent for more spe-
cific information regarding
appropriate care oflawngrass
and specific fertilizer and irri-
gation ordinances.
Rebecca Jordi, UF/IFAS
Nassau County Horticultural
Extension Agent, is a
University of Florida faculty
Inember Extension locations
are the satellite office at the
County Building in Yulee and
the main Extension Office in
Callahan. The UF/IFAS
Nassau County Demonstration
Garden is located at the James
S. Page Governmental
Complex and demonstrates best
management practices for
Northeast Florida. Mail ques-
tions to Garden Talk, c/o
Rebecca Jordi, Nassau County
Extension, 543350 US 1,
Callahan, FL 32011. Visit
http://nassau. ifas. ufl.edu.
rljordi@ufl.edu


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The Pirate hoopsters are collecting hardware to go along with their 12 wins this season. Fernandina Beach High
School basketball players, from left, Patrick Garvin, Jake Brogdon and Carlos Holcey show off the team trophy
and individual awards the Pirates collected during a three-day tournament in Port Charlotte over the weekend.
The Pirates are 12-0.



12-0 Pirates tournament champs


BETH JONES
News-Leader

The 1965 Pirate basketball
team boasted a 15-0 record.
heading into the season finale
with Santa Fe.
It was a heartbreaking two-
point loss, but the Pirates
rebounded to avenge the loss
and beat Santa Fe by nine to
clinch the Keystone Confe-
rence title. The team lost by a
basket in the district champi-
onship game and finished with
an 18-2 overall record.
* The 2008-9 Pirates are well
aware of that 1965 team. They
learned of the squad from Ron
Sapp;' 'tehri6Fa'9Ferdiapffif
Beach High School who was
on that winning team 44years
ago.
"Of course, it's a different
era, a different style of play,"
Sapp said. 'This group does-
n't have a lot of height, but they
play really great defense.
They're really focused and you
can tell they're well coached.
When you have that combina-
tion and a lot of athleticism,
then you're going to have a
really good team.
"There is a lot of energy out
there. All of them know what
their respective role is on the
team. They all play that role
reallywell. They're a lot of fun
to watch."
Sapp sad he sees similari-
ties between the 1965 team and
the current lineup of Pirates.
"We had a lot of team chem-
istry," Sapp said. "We kind of
knew pretty much where
everybody was going to be all
the time. We worked well as a
team together. We had height,
we could shoot really well, we
played fine, fine defense and
we had a wonderfulcoach."
'This is big," said Patrick
Garvin, a junior forward for
FBHS. "We're looking forward
to turning it into a history-mak-
ing season."
"I feel like I'm making his-
tory at the high school," said
guard Jake Brogdon, one of
two seniors on the team and a
student in Sapp's advanced
placement psychology class.'


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The Fernandin'aBeach High School varsityWboys basketball team celebrates-'its toui'-4'
nament championship win over Desoto Saturday night in Port Charlotte. Pictured,
front row from left, are Zach Rocheleau, Terin Dallas, Tai Alford, Jake Brogdon,
Carlos Holcey; back row, Coach Jon Anderson, Patrick Garvin, Billy Hunt, Andrew
Vrancic Stacey Lynch, James Russell, Chris Keffer and Coach Matt Schreiber.


The Pirates are off to a sim-
ilar star, sporting a 12-0 record
and coming off a tournament
sweep in Port Charlotte.
The Pirates, who have net-
ted many of their wins by 30
points or more, advanced to
the title game with little resist-
ance. But they faced a formi-
dable foe in the final.
'That last team was pretty
good," said Brogdon, who
earned most valuable player
honors for the eight-team,
three-day tournament. They
were strong, big, fast. They
couldn't stop us though."
It came.down to the final
seconds.
"We were down by one and
they gave me the ball in a
clutch situation and I handled
it," said Carlos Holcey, a junior
who was named to the all-tour-
nament team along with
Garvin.
Holcey hit a layup off the
glass in the waning seconds of
the game to seal the win.
"With two seconds left, they
called a timeout, threw an in-
bound passand Tai Alford
intercepted it," Brogdon said.
The Pirates'edged Desoto
County 59-58. Holcey, Garvin
and Brogdon were all in double
figures in the scoring column.
The Pirates are idle until


Monday when they take on
Creekside at 6 p.m. in the first
round of a two-day tournament
at Bishop Snyder. They'll face
the winner of the matchup
between the tournament host
and Middleburg on Tuesday.
Then, it's on to Ribault for
one of three remaining district
opponents the Pirates have yet
to face. FBHS is 4-0 in district
play.
'We're hoping to come out
of that tournament 14-0 and
going to Ribault like that,"
Garvin said.
Even their coach admits the
schedule has leant itself to
allow his team to be 12-0 at this
point in the season.
"I looked at the schedule
and it was pretty easy," Holcey
said. "We had the same teams
from last year."
"Bishop Kenny has been
our toughest test besides
Desoto County," Garvin said.
And the Pirates are deep.
"Other teams, they'll get up
by 20 and put their subs in and
the game will get close again,"
Garvin said. "We get up by 20
and it looks like we're trying to
blow teams out because we're
still going strong. There's not
much of a falloff."
Won't be next season either.
The Pirates lose just two sen-


iors and return nine juniors.
Chemistry also plays a role
on the court for the Pirates.
"We've been with each
other for so long," Holcey said.
''We've all been friends for a
long time."
"Outside of school, always
hanging out," Brogdon said.
'The camp we go to -over the
summer helps us out a lot. We
play like.a team."
But with the depth, many
of the players can log plenty
.of time on the bench.
S"It's good that we can do
that," Brogdon said. "We're not
worried about our stats."
S"They'll be there in the big
games," Garvin said.
The Pirates were district
runners-up last season and lost
in the first round of the state
playoffs.
The 2008-9 Pirates have
their sights set not only on a
district crown but on an even
bigger prize.
"State championship," said
Brogdon.
The Pirates play Tuesday
at Ribault at 7:30 p.m. and
return home Jan. 9 to host the
West Nassau Warriors. They
'take on Bolles on the road Jan.
10 and their last district
matchup (for seeding) is Jan.
23 at home with Episcopal.


Rhett, Davis 2008


inductees for Gator


Bowl Hall of Fame


The Konica Minolta Gator
Bowl has announced members
of the Hall of Fame Class. This
year's induction class includes
University of Florida's famed
running back Errict Rhett and
LSU acclaimed wide receiver
Wendell Davis.
The Gator Bowl Coaches
Luncheon and Hall of Fame
Induction will take place at
noon Dec. 31 at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel.
In addition to the induction
ceremony, Nebraska Head
Coach Bo Pelini and Clemson
Head Coach Dabo Swinney will
also be featured speakers.
Emcee for this event will be
Tim Brando, the host of CBS
Sports College Football Today.
Rhett was born in
Pembroke Pines and attended
the University of Florida, where
he became Florida's all-time
leading rusher with 4,163
career yards, which ranks
fourth highest in SEC history.
He also caught 153 passes in
his career, the top total in UF
history for a running back.
Rhett was the first player in
NCAA Division I-A history to
rush for more than 4,100 yards
and catch more than 140 pass-
es in a career. He led the SEC
in rushing in 1991 and 1993.
Rhett and Emmitt Smith are
the only UF players to have
multiple 1,000 yard rushing sea-
sons.
Rhett enjoyed a seven-year
career in the NFL. He was.
selected by the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers in the second
round of the 1994 NFL draft.
He -also played for ;the
Baltimore Ravens and the
Cleveland Browns.
Rhett played in the 1992
Gator Bowl, %kh er'e shed
' f6l182 yards i fPsi~mc-
tory over North Carolina State
27-10.He was named most valu-
able player of this game for his
outstanding performance. .
Davis was born and raised
in Shreveport, La., and started'
participating in sports at a
young age. He was named a
High School Blue Chip All-
American in football as a wide


receiver and accepted an ath-
letic scholarship to Louisiana
State University.
Davis played four years of
college football at LSU and was
named All-American as a junior
and senior and became LSU's
all-time leading receiver in
yardage and receiving
In 1988 Davis became a first
round pick of the Chicago
Bears. He played six years with
the Bears and was the team-
leading receiver two years
straight He is currently ranked
13th on the Bears' all-time
receivers list. He also played
one year with the Indianapolis
Colts.
Davis was named the most
valuable player of the 1987
Gator .Bowl, where he scored
three touchdowns for LSU in
their victory over South
Carolina 30-13.
The University of Nebraska
will take on Clemson University
Jan. 1 in' the 2009 Konica
Minolta Gator Bowl in
Jacksonville.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers
are the Big 12 Conference rep-
resentatives. They finished the
Regular season on a three-game
winning streak and with an
overall record of 8-4. This is
Nebraska's first appearance in
the Gator Bowl.
The Clemson Tigers (7-5)
represent the Atlantic Coast
Conference. They won four of
their last five games. This will
be Clemson's ninth showing in
the Gator Bowl, more than any
other school, but its first
appearance since the Jan. 1,
2001, contest when the Tigers
lost to Virginia Tech 41-20.
Clemson is 4-4 in the Gator
Bowl.
This'will be th first time
NebPrska abd Clemsotf'haV4
played since the 1982 Orange
Bowl, which Clemson won 22-
15 to win its only national
championship. .
Kickoff foi the 64th annual
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl is1
p.m. at Jacksonville Municipal
, Stadium.
For tckets and information,
visit www.gatorbowl.com.


Norman hat will be raffled

during rubgy event Jan.17


The Jacksonville Axemen
have partnered with the Jack
Del Rio Foundation and will
hold a raffle during the Jan. 17
Champions Stampede 2009
Challenge match at the Univer-
sity of North Florida in Jack-
sonville. Visit ,wwwv.jaxaxe.com.
After golfer Greg Norman's
appearance last January at the
Australia Day Challenge, the
Jacksonville Axemen asked if
he would donate an item,that
could be used this January to.
help raise moneyfor a local
charity, and he did.
An autographed wide-:
brimmed hat from his Greg
Norman Collection has been.
added as one of the headline
prizes for. the raffle. Visit
www.shark.com to see the hat.
Money raised benefits the Jack
Del Rio Foundation.
Norman played Rugby as a


.child and was born in the
Outback town of Mt. Isa,which
is known for its passion of the
sport and has produced some
of the legends of the game:.
"For a bloke like Greg to
donate a prize for us to use like
thIisisincredible," said Spinner
Howland of the Jacksonville-
Axemen, host for the event
between the Leeds Rhinos and
the Salford City Reds. "He is
known globally not only as a
golfer but also for his wines and
so many other successful ven-
tures. He appeals to more than
just the Rugby fan and that will
help us raise more money for
Jack's foundation."
Raffle tickets will be on sale
at the:venue on game day and
the drawing will take place on
the field at halftime. Afull list of
prizes will be released soon and
will be on display at the venue.


C JAGUAR UPDATE:

Finale Sunday
UP NEXT: The Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10)
close out the regular season Sunday in
.Baltimore. They take on the Ravens at 4:15
p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. The Jaguars
could be a spoiler for the Rave0s. If the
Ravens win, they're in the playoffs as a wild
card.
LAST GAME: The Jaguars let the lead slip
away Dec. 18 as the Indianapolis Colts pre-
vailed 31-24. The Jaguars scored on their
first two drives.
TOP STATS: Maurice Jones-Drew had 91
yards rushing and 71 receiving. Quarterback
David Garrard completed 28 passes for 141
yards and scored a rushing touchdown on a
two-yard run. Dennis Northcutt had eight
receptions for 101 yards and scored on a
28-yard pass from Garrard. Mike Peterson
led the defense with seven tackles. Gerald
Sensabaugh has a career-high 78 tackles
for the Jaguar defense.
TELEVISION/RADIO: The game will be tel-
evised on CBS. Games are broadcast on
local stations WOKV AM and FM (690,
106.5) and the Jaguars Radio Network.


Treatment conservativeor Severs syndrome


Q My 10-year-old daughter
* recently- started running
cross country for her school.
Lately she has begun to have pain
at the back of her heel. Should I
expect this to 'go away or should I
get it checked out?
A. Based on the history of new
* onset of activity, no history
of injury and the age of ypur
daughter, I would deduct that
mostly likely your daughter has
developed what is known medical-
ly as calcaneal apophysitis but typ-
ically referred to as "Sever's syn-
drome."
Adolescent athletes are subject
to foot pain, specifically where the
Achilles tendon attaches onto the
back of the heel bone. The force-
ful yanking and tugging of the
tendon on the immature growth
center at the back of the heel,
leads to this pain. It is truly the
bone that is sore from this trac-
tion force applied to it.
Sever's syndrome is very simi-


Solar to other types
of bone pain
seen in adoles-
cent athletes; An
` example, of this
would be
Osgopd-
Schlatter's syn-
drome, felt
specifically
where the patella
SPORTS tendon crosses
the knee joint
MEDICINE and attaches to.
GRG the top of your.
tibia (shin).
SMITH, M.D. Sever's syn-
- drome most
commonly
affects children between the ages
of 5 and 11 who participate in
sports. It is typically those sports
which demand repetitive stopping
and starting, sttch as basketball or
soccer, or those that require
repetitive jumping such as volley-
ball.
A physical examination nor-


mally reveals localized heel pain,
.usually without any signs of
swelling. The Achilles tendon
may be a little tight, which leads
to additional stretching forces
across the bone. X-rays are typi-
cally performed to rule out such
things as a stress fracture or bone
cyst, and will usually show some
increased density or whiteness of
the heel. The heel growth plate
itself appears normal.
I had one such athlete recently
who had lingering heel pain.
Given his exam and physical'find-
ings, an MRI was ordered and
confirmed that he did indeed have
a stress fracture of his heel. So to
answer your question specifically,
yes, you should get it checked out
to confirm the diagnosis.
For typical Sever's syndrome,
treatment is conservative. Heel
cups to cushion the stress can
help and calf and Achilles stretch-
es may reduce some of the pull
across the bone. An oral anti-
inflammatory may be prescribed


to further help reduce pain.
Defendant on the level of symp-
toms, athletes may continue to
participate in their activity. If,
however; the symptoms-are too
limiting, then a period df a couple
of weeks' rest usually will lead to
a significant reduction in symp-
toms. This may be something
your child battles from time to
time until she reaches skeletal
maturity.

This column is written to dis-
cuss issues regarding sports, niedi-
cine and safety. It is not intended to
serve as a replacementfor treat-
ment by a doctor It is only designed
to offer guidelines on' the preven-
tion, recognition and care of
injuries and illness. Specific con-
cerns should be discussed with a
physician. Mail questions to
Gregory Smith, M.D., 1250 S.
18th St., Suite 204, Fernandina
Beach, FL 32034. Call 261-8787
or visit. www.gsmithmd.com for
information.


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FRIDAY. DECEMBER 26,2008
EWS-LEADER / FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA










FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26.2008 SPORTS News-Leader


SPORTS SHORTS


Boston butt sale
The Pirate Dugout Club will be selling
slow-cooked hickory smoked seven- to eight-
pound pork roast for the New Year's holiday
to benefit the Fernandina Beach High School
baseball team. The cost of a "butt" is $25 and
can be purchased from any team member or
Dugout Club member.
Phone orders can be taken by calling 261-
6240, ext. 2625. Butts may be picked up Dec.
31 between 9 a.m. and noon at the Pirate
baseball field on Hickory Street.

First Coast Fire tryouts
First Coast Fire girls fast pitch softball sign-
ups will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 3 and
10 and tryouts are scheduled from 2-5 p.m.
Jan. 11 and 18 at Yulee High School. For
information, e-mail wdenter@bellsouth.net.

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 .
753-0602.

Yulee Little Leaguesign-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-
31. .
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
Femandina Beach Babe Ruth is holding
registration for the spring season for baseball
and softball. Register players online at
www.leaguelineup/femandiria or at the ball-
park.
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 Femandina Beach.

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

Zumbaclasses
* 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.
* Anytime Fitness, 463646 SR 200 Suite 4
in.Yulee. Call 225-8400 or visit www.anytime
fitness.com.
* 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.
* Anytime 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.
com. FitKidz for ages 4-11 is also offered. Call
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.clubl 4fitness.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


FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
Boys Basketball
Dec. 29-30 at Bishop Snyder tourney TBA
Jan. 6 at Ribault' 6/730
Jan. 9 WEST NASSAU 6/730
Jan. 10 at Bolles' 6/730
Jan. 16 at Yulee 6/730
Jan. 20 atTrinity 6/730
Jan. 23 .EPISCOPAL' 6/730
Jan. 24 at Hilliard 6/730
Jan. 27 BOLLES 6/7230
Jan.30-31 JOHNNYT. SMITH (county)
Feb. 9-14 DISTRICTTOURNAMENT TBA
'District 4-3A games to determine seeding
YULEE HIGH SCHOOL
Boys Basketball
Jan. 2-3 at Menendez tournament
Jan. 5 PONTE VEDRA 6/730
Jan. 9 at Baldwin 6/730
Jan. 13 EPISCOPAL' 6/730
Jan. 15 TRINITYCHRISTIAN 6/730
Jan. 16 FERNANDINABEACH 6/7:30
Jan. 20 BOLLES 6/730
Jan. 23 at West Nassau 6/7230
Jan.30-31 JohnnyT. Smith (FBHS)
Feb. 3 TRINITY CATHOLIC 530/7
YULEE HIGH SCHOOL
.Girls Basketball
Jan. 6 at Baldwin 6:00
Jan. 8 EPISCOPAL 6.00
Jan. 9 at Trinity Christian 6:00
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. 23 FERNANDINA BEACH 6:00
Jan. 27 HILLIARD 6.00
Jan. 30- District TBA


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.

Yoga classes
Y~a-
* 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 415-9642.
* 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
domehealingcenter.com.
* Kinderstudios, 528 S. Eighth St., offers
yoga for adults. Call 321-2864.
* Anytime Fitness, 463646 SR 200 Suite 4
in Yulee. Call 225-8400 lorvisit www.anytime
fitness.com.
* Personal Best Sports. Visit www.
PersonalBestSports.net or.call Deborah
Dunham, (904) 624-0027.
* Island Rejuvacations offers yoga and
lunch at Nassau Health Foods, 833 T.J.
Courson Road. Call 415-3036 or 277-3158.

Umpires needed
SBaseball 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 Melirida Willaford at 261-3136 for
information.

SallngQubmeets
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
information.

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.

Ice,sportsplexopen
'Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex is open. The
existing rink and the Metro Square Office Park
ownership group have decided to bring both
the existing ice and sports facility together to
offer 100,000 square feet of sports and meet-
ing space to Jacksonville..
The new combined entity will continue to
oer hW'dkf9 And figUre stind g programs, and
will expand to offer sports programming'as
well as a variety of camps. It offers over
20,000 continuous square feet of meeting
space. Currently the facility is negotiating part-
nerships for event planning, team building,
catering,and specialty programming. Public
skating continues daily. Ice skating and hock-
ey classes begin new sessions in January.
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex is located at
3605 Philips Highway. Visit www.jaxiceand
sportsplex.com or call (904) 399-3223.

RugbymatchatUNF
World Champions Leeds Rhinos are head-
ing back to the U.S. for their pre-season train-
ing camp and will take on Super League new-
comers Salford City Reds in the Champions
Stampede 2009 Challenge match Jan. 17 at.
the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
The Rhinos, who played Australian outfit
South Sydney Rabbitohs at Hodges Stadium
in Jacksonville last year, will return to the
Sunshine State for a 10-day training camp,
culminating' in the challenge match against
Salford City Reds. Salford will return to the
top flight of European rugby league after
being awarded one of just 14 franchises to
compete in the Super League competition.
Tickets are available on the Jacksonville
Axemen's website, www.jaxaxe.com. Children
10 and under will be admitted free.
'A media press conference will be held Jan.
16 at the Outback Steakhouse on Poirt
Meadows Way near 9A and Baymeadows
from 11:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Both teams
and officials will be on hand. The conference
is open to the general public for played auto-
graphs and pictures.
A post-game event will be held at
Mavericks at the Jacksonville Landing.
Tickets are limited to the first 1,000 fans.
Players will be available for autographs and
photographs. The event is for those 18 years
old and up. Tickets are $5.

To submit an item for this column, contact
Beth Jones at 261-3696 or e-mail
bjones@fbnewsleader.com.


Jan. 9 TERRY PARKER
Jan. 12 at Providence
Jan. 13 WEST NASSAU
Jan. 16 MIDDLEBURG
Jan. 20 at:Ridgeview
Jan. 22 at:Wolfson
Jan. 26-30 District at Episcopal
*Disrict 4-3A


5:30/7:20
5:30/7:20
720
5:30/720
530/720
5:30/7:20
TBA


FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
Girls Soccer
Jan. 6 BISHOP KENNY 6:00
Jan. 8 YULEE 520
Jan. 9 at Trinity 6:00
Jan. 13 WEST NASSAU 5:30
Jan. 15 EPISCOPAL 6:00
Jan. 20-23 District atBolles TBA
*District 4-3A
FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL
Soccer
Jan. 8 Division playoffs (North bye)
Jan. 10 Conference championships TBD
YULEE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Basketball
Jan. 8 CALLAHAN 5/630
Jan. 13 BAKER COUNTY 5/630
Jan. 15 at Femandina 2/3:45
Jan.17 County at FBMS
Note: Girls play first except Jan. 15
FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL
Basketball
Jan. 7 at Callahan 5/6:15
Jan. 9 YULEE 2/3:45
Jan.13 COUNTYSEMIFINALS 4-730
Jan. 15 COUNTYCHAMP. 5/6:15
Jan. 20 Conference semifinal
Jan. 22 Conference finals


ITP.Ii LAO-O,,- 4F' ALU
Fishing has been excellent at the mouth of Sawpit Creek for sea trout weighing to five
pounds. Anchor your fishing boat up tide of the bridge supports during an incoming
tide while drifting live shrimp deep under a trout float.



Fish Alligator Creek for sea trout


S ea trout fishing has been red hot during
the past few days at the southern end of
Amelia Island. Some of the best sea
trout action has been coming from
Alligator Creek during the last of the incoming
and the first of the falling tides.
Simpson's Creek is also giving up nice
catches of sea trout during the flood tide. Look
for some of the better sea trout to come while
fishing with live finger mullet under a small
float.
Sea trout will be off limits during the
upcoming month of January. Current sea trout
regulations allow fishermen to keep five sea
trout per day with one of the specks measur-
ing over the 20-inch mark. The minimum size
limit on sea trout is 15 inches.
Redfish are schooling in the backwater dur-
ing both the flood and low tide periods. Look
for schools of 10-50 redfish holding on the
mud flats during the last hour of the flood and
the first hour of falling tides. Some of the best
high-water redfish\waters include all of the
west shoreline just south of the Shave Bridge.
During low tide periods, look for redfish to
hold close to and under deep-water boat
docks.
High tide on Saturday will arrive at 8:37
a.m. at Cumberland Sound. Low tide wilL .


arrive at 2:41 p.m.
Big catches of black sea
bass are coming from off-
shore fish havens in recent
days and should continue to
highlight this weekend's off-
shore fishing scene. Better
offshore fish havens for
these delicious eating sea
bass are KBY and FA fish
ON THE havens.
Red snapper fishing has
WATER been excellent at HH fish
TERRY haven during recent days as
SLACO well.
LACOss . Bull whiting have been
n " running along the beaches
'and at both the Nassau and Cumberland
sounds during the last of the flood tide. Some
of the whiting have been weighing to over two
pounds. Fish dead on the bottom with fresh
local shrimp.

The News-Leader encourages local anglers to
submit photographs of their catches. E-mail pho-
tos to bjones@fbnews leader, corn, mail them to
PO. Box 766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 or
drop them by 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach.
Call Beth Jones at 261-3696.


Bassmasters meet
Nassau Bassmasters, associated with the
BASS National Federation and the Florida
BASS Federation, meets the third Thursday
each month in Yulee. Membership is open to
anyone at least 16 years old. Call Bob Schlag
at (912) 729-2282 or Billy Kittrell at 225-0267.

NSFAmeets
The Nassau Sport Fishing Association
meets the second Wednesday of each month
at 7:30 p.m. and the fourth Wednesday at 7
p.m. at the Ten Acres Kraft Athletic Club.
Membership is open to the public. Call 261-
'9481 or visit www.fishnsfa.com.

Join the auxilary
SThe United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
needs volunteers. It is composed of uniformed
non-military volunteerS who assist the Coast
Guard in all of its varied missions, except for
military and direct law enforcement.
These men and women can be found on the
nation's waterways, in the air, in classrooms,
and on the dock.
Training opportunities, most of which are
free, include boat crew and coxswain (small


The city of Fernandina
Beach Recreation Depart-
ment (visit city website,
www.fbfl.,us) is offering the fol-
lowing activities:
*,Adult volleyball is from 7-
9 p.m. Tuesday and Fridays
and from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at
Peck Gym. Cost is $1 per day
for city residents ($3 noricity).
* Open basketball is Mon-
days, Wednesdays and
Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7T
p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. at Peck Gym, based on
availability. Fee is $1 for city
residents, $3 non-city. Stu-
dents free with identification.
* Peck Gym weight room is
open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday and
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur-
days. Cost is $3 a day or $25
a month for city residents ($30
non-city). Personal training is
available. Fee is $30 per ses-
sion, $75 per week (three ses-
sions) or $200 a month (two
sessions per week for four
weeks). Monthly packages
come with dietary analysis
and food program. Call Jay at
277-7364 for a free introduc-
tory appointment.
* Register for the Fernan-
dina Beach SKATE League
by Jan. 13. Weekly games,
two-person teams, three-
month season. Fee is $10.
Call Russ Johnson, 277-7350.


boat operator) vessel examiner, boating safety
class instructor, public affairs, marine visitor
and others.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least
17 years old and pass a basic background
check. There are no upper age limits or height
or weight standards (although boat crew must
perform certain tasks). There are no mini-
mum service hours..
Flotilla 14-01 meets at the Amelia Island
Lighthouse facility once a month.

4-H shooting sports
The Nassau County 4-H Safety and
Education in Shooting Sports club meets at 6
p.m. Monday. Locations alternate between
the shooting range and the multi-purpose
building located next to the extension office at
the fairgrounds in Callahan.
The program provides provides a positive
experience for youth and promotes the safety
arid ethical use of firearms. Enrollment in 4-H
is required, but simple and free. Youth must
be at least 10 years'old.
For information, call Allison Haga at (904)
765-7158.
E-mail information for this column to
bjones@fbnews leadercom or call 261-3696.


* Swim/snorkel with mana-
tees in Crystal River Feb. 21.
Ages 10 and up. Fee is $60
and includes IManatee
Experience, transportation to
and from Crystal River and
snorkeling gear, if needed.
Tentative agenda available at
the Atlantic Ceiter or e-mail'
Kathy Russell at krussell@
fbfl.org. Register at the Atlan-
tic Avenue Recreation Center.
* Flag football tournament
Jan. 3 at the Fernandina
Beach Athletic Complex on
Bailey Road. Formal is four-
on-four with Let-It-Fly rules.
Men's and coed divisions
(coed requires at least one
female). Round robin or pool
play followed by single or dou-
ble elimination. Team fee of
$75 is due Dec. 30. Regi-ster
at Atlantic Recreation Center.
Pre-toumament rules meeting
is at 8 a.m. the: ay of tourna-
ment. Games begin at 9 a.m.
Call Jay at 277-7364 (Orobert
son@fbfl.org) or Jason at
277-7256 (jbiown@fbfl.org).
* Winter Challenge co-ed
softball tournament Jan. 24 at
the Ybor Alvarez softball fields
is open to all city league
teams and prospective teams
for spring season. Round
robin play is followed by single
elimination for the top three
teams. Teams must supply
their own 11-inch and 12-inch
.44cor/375 compression soft-
balls and have matching uni-


form shirts. Team fee is $110
and due Jan. 19. First-place
team wins T-shirts and half-
price spring team fee ($200).
Runner-up prize will also be
,awarded. Register at the
Atlantic Avenue Recreation
Center., Contact Jason at 277-
7256 or jbrown@fbfl.org.
* Register for the adult win-
ter basketball league through
Feb. 6 at the Atlantic Center.
Team fee is $350 and due
Feb. 6. Captain's meeting
Feb.:;11 at Peck Gym. Games
played Monday and Thprsday
nights at Peck Gym beginning
Feb. 16. Call Jay at 277-7364
or e-mail jrobertson@fbfl.org.
S Coed exercise is from
6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday at'MLK Center.
Fee is $2 per class for city
residents, $3' non-city.
: Shotokan karate classes
for ages 6 and up with in-
structor Jerry Williamson are
offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Monday and Wednesdays at
the Atlantic Recreation Cen-
ter. Fee is $40 monthly for city
residents ($45 for non-city).
Register at the Atlantic
Avenue Recreation Center.
* Fitness classes are
Monday and Thursdays from
6-7 p.m. at Peck Gym. It is a
full body workout, involving
free weights, cardio, stretch-
ing:and abdominal work. Fee
is $5. Call Jay at 277-7364 or
e-mail jrobertson@fbfl.org.


OUTDOOR BRIEFS


RECREATION ROUNDUP


2008-9 SCHEDULES


FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
Wrestling
Jan. 7 at Fletcher 5:00
Jan. 9-10 Clay tournament 1200
Jan. 15 FIRST COAST 6.00
Jan. 21 SANDALWOOD 500
Jan. 23-24 Terry PrkerJV dual 300
Feb. 7 District3-1A TBA
Feb. 13-16 Region 1-1AatStarke TBA
Feb. 19-21 Stateatt Lakeland 1000
FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
Grls Basketball
Jan. 8 at Baldwin 600
Jan. 12 EPISCOPAL' 6:00
Jan. 15 at West Nassau 6:00
Jan. 16 . BOLLES 600
Jan. 22 TRINITY 6:00
Jan. 23 at Yulee 600
Jan. 24 at Hilard 600
Jan. 27 at Baker County 6:00
Feb. 2-7 District 4-3A at Baldwin TBA
District 4-3A
YULEE HIGH SCHOOL
Gils Soccer
Jan. 8 at Fernandina Beach 530
Jan. 13 atTrinity Christian 530
Jan. 15 at West Nassau 530
YULEE HIGH SCHOOL
Boys Soccer
Jan. 3 at Mandarin Christian. '11am
Jan. 8 at Fernandlna Beach 720
Jan. 13 at Trinity Christian 720
Jan. 15 at West Nassau 730
FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
Boys Soccer
Jan. 7 at Clay 530/7:20
Jan. 8 YULEE 7:20


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OUT AND ABOUT
Music LISTINGS
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CLASSIFIED


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26,2008
NEWS-LEADER / FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA


Welcome to the


Artist drawn to scavenged marble


Chris Dillon, center, has
made numerous collages from
leftover marble at her home
and antique store on South
Ninth Street.
Top right, sht added an
inset mirror to a marble col-
lage in a bathroom. Top left is
a tropical scene featuring one
of Dillon's trademark mer-
maids.
Above, the Dillons paid
875 for this clawfoot tub,
which they reglazed and
'installed inwo bathroom.
Even the sign in front of
the Dillons' Swamp Art
antique store is made with
scavenged pieces of marble,
right.


':ANGELA DAUGHTRY
News-Leader
Shristine Dillon has for many
S years been making funky
C � =wooden art pieces from
Unusual materials like bones
petrified wood and driftwood. But it's
only since 2007 that she's expanded
her creative talents into the wonder-
ful world of scavenged marble.
Christine and her husband,
SChristopher Dillon, moved to
Fernandina Beach about nine years
ago. They opened their Swamp Art
store on South 9th Streetin the
Southside neighborhood about five
years ago, selling antiques and
Christine's popular art pieces. They
.later bought two more cottages on
the same.streeet, ing in one, using
the second one for the store, and
SLEADER renting out the third.
In 2007, however, the Dillons
decided to purchase a large ware-
house-like building on the same
street with the hope of "flipping" it to
make a quick profit Dillon says the
expansive one-story structure was
built in the 1930s and has contained
an assortment of businesses includ-
... ing a dance/pool hall, restaurant,
,- beauty salon and TV studio.
Though the asking price was
- around $280,000, the Dillons bought.
S the 4,000-square-foot building for just
$125,000, hoping to sell it for about
$140,000.
But the bottom dropped out of the
real estate market and the couple
were suddenly stuck with a large
building, plus three other cottages
on the same street
To make the best of the situation,
the Dillons moved their Swamp Art
store into the front of the new build-


ing and rented out their former store
space. They also renovated the back
of the new concrete-block building,
-making it into a large, comfortable
living space.
Dillon says she didn't want to live
,in the warehouse-like space at first,
but now admits that she loves it. It
took a while to renovate the back ;
area, she said, which was at one time
a pool hall and held six 400-potnd
pool tables, There were also several
1,000-pound stoves to be moved.
Dillon says she got the idea to use
leftover marble when she saw'it used
in a restaurant on Beech Street "I
figured, if he could do it, I could do
it," she says.
She figured right. Nearly every
room in the building has a least one
wail with collage-like sectiuos of mar-
ble in every color and size, some
with fanciful figures like mermaids.
But the best part is that Christine
doesn't pay a cent for the marble
pieces. Rather, she scavenges them
from local tile dealers.
Dillon says-that initially she cov-
ered a wall with leftover marble as an
excuse not to drywall, and started
her first marble project in the front
room. At first, she tried to put the
pieces together like a puzzle. Later,
she realized she could make murals
with the different shapes and colors.
t i Dillon said the only materials she
uses to create her marble collages
are Liquid Nails adhesive and grout
Luckily, the building is of concrete
block construction and concrete
floors that are able to support the
weight of the marble.
Asked if she would eventually
cover a particular wall with marble,
ART Continued on 2B


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DOG P14RK PP. d iEWf
Dog lovers are invit-
ed to an open house at
the Nassau Humane
Society Dog Park from 1-
4 p.m. on Dec. 28.
Owners may tour the
park and discuss the various membership oppor-
tunities before the park opens at 10 a.m. Jan. 5.
(Dogs must be members to enter the park) The
parkis located beside the NHS Shelter directly
across the street from the Fernandina Beach air-
port. For information call the shelter at 3211647.

'li 401NAG OI 0 t }EP5'i
The Imagination Movers sing about messy
rooms, healthy snacks, sibling
rivalry and other topics that
relate to being a little kid at
1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan.2 at the
Florida Theatre in Jacksonville.
The Movers - Rich, Scott,
Dave and Smitty - began in
New Orleans in 2003 and now
are fast-rising stars on the
national kids' music scene. For tickets call the box
office at (904) 335-2787 or purchase online at
Ticketmaster.


SThe I Can Academy will cele-
brate 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
Crocker. The community-wide production is
open to all children in grades pre-K to sixth grade.
The public performance will begin at 630 p.m.
Jan. 19 at First Assembly of God, 302 South 14th
St. in Fernan~dina Beach. Rehearsals convene at
430 p.m. at O'Neal Memorial Baptist Church,
474257 SR 200 East, on Mondays and Fridays.
until the performance. For information, call 277-
2606 or 277-2704.

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Eight Island Art Association members show
their self-portraits and other recent works in a
group exhibition of oil paintings at the IAA Art
Gallery on North Second Street in downtown
Fernandina Beach. The public is invited to a
"Meet The Artists Reception" to be held Jan. 9
from 5-8 p.m.
The Oil Painter's Group was formed three
years ago, meeting on Wednesday afternoons, to


explore and develop techniques in oil paint and
to develop individual expressionrin that media.
The current exhibit is high- IsLAND Am rASSOCIlO
lighted by self-portraits of
each artist produced dur-
ing the past year. ,
The group of eight consists of Melba Craven,
Mikolean Longacre. Louise Malone. Paul
Massing. Karen McFadyen. EmyleeMcBrearty.
Georganna Mullis and Barbara Noden.

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: The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the
best of atime-hnorored tradi-
tion that began more than 25
centuries ago. Recognized
throughout the United
States and abroad as the pre-
miere Chineseacrobatic
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 1-888-860-BWAY or visit
www.artistseries.fccj.org.
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OUT AND ABOUT
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SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

Join the YMCAs of
Nassau County for a joumey.
back in time during retro
Christmas camp Dec. 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. Hope to see
you for the fun!
Locations are Atlantic
Elementary (Femandina),
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.
* * *
The Nassau County
NAACP Youth Council
Talent Contest will be held
Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Peck
Center Auditorium. The
event is divided into two cate-
gories, the Junior Division,
age 12 and under, and the
Senior Division, age 13-19.
For information contact
Vemetta Spaulding, youth
advisor, at (904) 583-1569 or
e-mail vernettal21 @bell-
south.net, or Maybelle
Kirkland Brown, co-advisor, at
277-3285.

Join a park ranger on
Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. for a discus-
sion on the different types of
shark teeth that can be found
on the area's beaches. The
program will take place at
pavilion one on Little Talbot .
Island. No reservations are
necessary and the program is
free with regular park,admis-
sion.
For information call the
Talbot Islands Ranger Station
at (904) 251-2320. Visit
www.FloridaStateParks.org.

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 Merganser, two
species of loons, Northern
Gannets and Bonaparte
Gulls.
There is a $5 entry fee per
car with a maximum of eight
people. An annual individual
state park pass is $42.80 and
a family pass is $85. They are
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
carolinewy@aol.com.

The Amelia Island
Genealogical Society will
conduct a beginner genealo-
gy course for those interest-
ed in researching their family
history. Four of the five ses-
sions will be held at the First
Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall on Saturdays
from 10 a.m. to noon: Jan. 10,
17, 31 and Feb. 7. The fifth
session will be held at the
FCCJ Nassau County.cam-
pus Computer Lab on a week-
night, 7-9 p.m. (date to be
determined).
Topics include Census and
Civil Vital Records; Church
and Cemetery Records;
Courthouse, Military,'
Immigration and Naturaliza-
tion Records; effective use of
libraries and archives; organi-
zational techniques; and
Intemet research. The fee for
the full course is $30/person
(includes one-year single
AIGS membership) or
$45/couple (includes a one-
year AIGS family member-
ship). Register at any Nassau
County library or call Marie at
321-3460.

The Amelia Arts
Academy will present its
next Sunday Musicale on
.Jan. 11 atlMlrsh Point on
Amelia Island Plantation. The
concert will feature the.
Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra's Concert Master
Philip Pan.
Tickets are $40. Due to the
intimate nature of these per-
formances, seating is very
limited. Call the academy for
reservations at 277-1225.


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The Instant Groove Band plays every
Thursday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the lobby
lounge at The Ritz-Cariton, Amelia Island.
Call (904) 556-6772 or e-mail
TIGBand@aol.com.

Applebees, 2006 S. Eighth St., D.J. Roc
and karaoke 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Monday.
Call 206-4300

Beech Street Grill. 801 Beech St., John
Spnnger 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-
moonl3@comcast.net.
* * *
Falcon's Nest, Amelia Island Plantation,
DJ Friday and Saturdays from 10 p.m.-2
a.m.

Frisky Mermaid Bar & Grille, 22 South
Third St., bluegrass night Mondays; song-
wnting contest Wednesdays 7 p.m.-midnighl;
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, free 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.

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


The Men's Newcomers
Club of Amelia Island will
hold its luncheon meeting at
the Fernandina Beach Golf
Club at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15.
Speaker will be Becky Jordi,
UF/IFAS,




agent, will .
talk about
what plants,
shrubs and trees are the best
for Northeast Florida.
Landscaping pointers will also
be reviewed. Members are
encouraged tobring in a prob-
lem plant for a diagnosis. All
men are invited. Tickets are
$15 in advance and $17 at
the door. For reservations, call
Bob Keane at 277-4590.

The Nassau Women's
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ents "Becoming Clutter.
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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.

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
491-3849.

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-
2300.

Slider's Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher
Ave. Live entertainment. 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-
3827.

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


Paper Piles" as its next
Women's Information
Exchange brown-bag lunch-
eon event Jan. 15 from
noon-1 p.m. at the
Fernandina Beach City Hall
commission chambers, 204
Ash' St.,; Femandina Beach.
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 retums 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 prepaid at any
branch library by noon Jan. 9.
Make checks payable to
FCCJ. No refunds giveri.
The Nassau WIE is a part-
nership between the FCCJ
Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center, the FCCJ
Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.
and the Nassau County
Library System.
For information call the
Yulee branch library/FCCJ.
Nassau Center at 548-4467
or the Fernandina Beach
branch at 277- 7365.
.* * * '
The Nassau County
Writers and Poets Society
welcomes you to the new writ-
ing year and invites you to join
the first meeting of the new
season. The society will
meeet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at
the Fernandina Beach
Municipal Airport. All writers
and poets in the county are.
invited; bring two double-
spaced pages of your original


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prose or two to three of your
poems. Be prepared to read
and discuss your work. For
more information, contact
Cara at
www.wordsmythe @ net-
magic.riet.

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. It is free and open to
the public. For information,
call 321-3460.

A three-day scrapbdok-
ing retreat hosted by local
Creative Memories
Consultant, Amy Jo Marasco
will be held at Honey Creek
Conference Center in
Waverly, Ga., Jan. 30-Feb, 1.
Cost of $210 includes accom-
modations, meals, work
space, attendance gift and
assistance. Only four spaces
are left and registration closes
Jan. 12. Call 261-0554 or e-
mail amarasco @bellsouth.net
for more information.
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Steve Kaufman will pon-
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
more information call 261-
3300 or e-mail innkeepers@
floridahouseinn.coni.

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

FILM/THEATER


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


MUSIC LISTINGS


Strayhom, Dizzy Gillespie,
Benny Goodman and more.
.For information or to pur-
chase single tickets, visit
www.unf.edu/fineartscenter or
call the UNF Ticket Box Office
at (904) 620-2878.


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Fred Flintstone look."
The Dillons have three
children and also own a
small house in Costa Rica,
where they like to spend
about two months out of the


year. Their store is located at
505 S. Ninth St. Hours are
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m-
5 p.m.
The store is closed
between 1 and 3 p.m. For an
appointment to visit the store,
call 321-3404.
adaughtry@yfnewsleadercom


888-860-BWAY or visit
www.artistseries.fccj.org.

On Jan. 10 from 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 Fernandina
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.

ART/GALLERIES

Registration is now open
for acrylic painting classes
with Kathy Hardin through the
Amelia Arts Academy.
Classes begin Jan. 8. Space
is limited. Call Hardin at 261-
8276 to register.
Advanced watercolor
classes with William Maurer
will continue in January. He
also holds plein air sketching
on Thursday mornings in
downtown Fernandina Beach.
Call Maurer at 261-8276 for
information.

The Island Art
Association, 18 N. Second
St., Fernandina Beach, offers
children's art education the
last Saturday of each month
from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Children are asked to pre-reg-
ister by calling the gallery 261
7020.

Studio Art hosts Saturday
Fundays the first and third
Saturday of every month.
Participants will create a vari-
ety of fun and engaging art
projects with varying themes
and media. All ages welcome;
children under three must be
accompanied by a'caregiver.
Register early or just pop in
unannounced. For more.irnfor-
mation-call 556-3804.
* * *
Art and Soul at the
Women's Center of
Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord
Ave., opens the "Primary
Colors" exhibit - including
Femandina Beach artists -
on Jan. 15, with a reception
from 6-8 p.m. In connection
with this show artist Diane
Fraser will present a studio
lecture and demonstration on
Feb. 28 from 10 a.m;-2 p.m.
at her Riverside studio, where
she Will complete a primary
color still life with focus on the
elements of texture, shape,
value' and color. Open to
artists and non-artists alike,
reservations are being taken
now. Participation is limited to
20 and a catered lunch will be
provided. Cost is $35. Call the
Women's Center at 722-3000,
ext. 227. Visit www.women-
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MUSIC OFF TpE ISLAND

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
SSpringfield), Jacksonville.
Admission is $15 in
advance and $20 at the door.
Call (904) 626-2812 or (904)
536-1745 or visit www.noktur-
nalescape.com.

The Glenn Miller
Orchestra, under the direc-
tion of Larry O'Brien, retums
to the Wilson Center for the
.( Arts for the fifth consecutive
year on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
for one performance only..
To order by phone call the
FCCJ Artist Series Box Office
at 1-888-860-BWAY. Tickets
' are also available online at
www.artistseries.fccj.org.
* * *
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


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THE NEWS-LEADER SERVICE DIRECTORY IS BELOW


102 Lost & Found
FOUND RING - in parking lot at Wal-
Mart in Fernandina. Please call and
identify (904)261-8632.
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.
LOST BOSTON TERRIER - on Mon.
night, 12/22 from Blackrock/Freeman
Rd. area. Male, bilk & white. Family pet.
If found, pls make a child's Christmas
better & call 277-8043 or 556-9663.

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EARLY CLASSIFIED
DEADLINES
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Friday, January 2nd edition has
been changed to Tuesday,
December 30th at 5pm.


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All Real Estate advertised herein
is subject to the Federal Fair
Housing Act, which makes it
illegal to advertise any prefer-
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based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status or
national origin, or the intention to
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The News-Leader will not
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If you believe that you may have
been discriminated against in
connection with the sale, rental or
financing' of housing, call the
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KITCHEN PREP - Espressos Cafe,
Amelia Island Upscale Tuscan Style
Cafe. Fax resume to (904)491-9810.
The following positions are opened
at AMELIA ISLAND CARE CENTER:
-Director of Nursing - this position is
responsible for the supervision of
nursing staff. Must be licensed RN with
no restrictions. Three (3) years of
experience and 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
check.
LPN's - Part-time day and evening
shifts for ICF/MR facility. Must have
Florida Nursing License.
Fax resume to (904)261-5517.


NOW HIRING
Companies desperately need employ-
ees to assemble products at home. No
selling, any hours. $500 wkly potential.
Info 1-985-646-1700 DEPT. FL-1380.
PT, MSW, OT, SPEECH THERAPIST,
RN, CNA - needed for Home Health
Care visits in Fernandina and surround-
ing area. Flexible Hours, Part Time.
Apply online at www.nfhsonline.cpm.
NOW AVAILABLE! - 2009 Post Office
jobs. $18-$20/hr. No experience. Paid
training. Fed. benefits. Vacations. Call
(800)910-9941 today! Ref#FLO8. ANF
TRAINERS WANTED - 50 yr old
distribution company looking for online
trainers. Teach over the internet.
Flexible hours, work from home.
www.FutureFreedom.net. ANF

204 Work Wanted
CONCRETE WORK - All types slabs,
driveways, sidewalks, patios, etc. No
job, too big or too small. Licensed &
insured. (904)491-4383
REMODEL WORK - Licensed & insured
contractor. Home repairs/mobile home
repairs, demolition work, home maint.,
decks, yard cleanup & debris removal,
window & door replacements, &
everything in between. (904)491-4383
PRIVATE CARE NURSING ASSIST-
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
TRACTOR WORK AND/OR RENTAL -
Rent tractor, or tractor with operator.
(904)491-4383


ATTENTION RENTAL PROPERTY
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.
SEMI RETIRED ELECTRICIAN -
Small jobs welcomed. (904)277-4777
SEMI-RETIRED - looking for install/
maint/repairwork, home cleanouts,
resld/comm prop, gardens, drive/walk-
ways install/malnt. PT/FT. 261-5261

207 Business
Opportunities
$3000 to $7,000/Wk. Potential -
returning phone calls. Full training &
support 24/7. NO selling. NO products.
NO MLM. www.livericheasy.com. (866)
391-3048. ANF
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earn $800 in a day? 25 local machines
& candy $9,995. (888)629-9968
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Sand Dollar Villas - Best buy in oceanfront condos!
Condo common areas have recently undergone a $2.5
million renovation. Great location, gorgeous views!
SUnit 104 - BR/2BA, $375,000
SUnit 107 - 2BR/2BA, $365,000
nI itn37 - 2RR/2BA $399500


2175 White Sands Way - Lo.el., Cape Sound ro".n-
house overlooking lake warn fountain Upgrades
.include wood floors in upstairs Iv. ing .ireas rie lo]vn-
stairs, granite counterfops. cu't,:on ,: lineIr, s n
stainless steel appliances. $525,000


"'". - 1 AVAILABLE LOTS

. ' . : 7.62 Marshffont acres in Q'Neil area,
i IOil U located near shopping & island.
7: _ - ... ...._ . _:' - _ $325,000
75248 Harvester Drive - Plenty of space inside and
out - 2,800+ sq. ft. and 1 acre! Home features 4. Lots on South end of Amelia from
bedrooms, 3 bath, crown molding, tile, custom $59,000.
cabinetry and granite countertops. $299,000


Vacation Rentals & Long Term Rentals Available!


I SPORTING AUCTION
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Preview 10 AM -Auction 11 AM
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503 Pets/Suppliesi
CKC CHIHUAHUAS - Small. Long/
short hair. Puppies/adults. 1st shots.
$75-$275. Call (904)277-2217 or
(706)331-6511. Fernandina
OLD ENGLISH BULL PUPS - Ready
for Christmas. Only 3 for sale, 2 males,
1 female. $200/ea. (904)624-5166
FREE KITTENS - 9 weeks old. Litter
trained.'2 black & white, 1 tabby &
white. Small, cute & cuddly. (904)261-
0239
FREE DOG - Female, part Chihuahua/
part Shih Tsu, approx. 10 Ibs., long
hair, black & white. Free to good home.
Call (904)415-2715.
TWO FEMALE FERRETS - & cage.
Very sweet. $150/OBO. Call for more
info (904)491-1535 or 753-1826.



601 Garage Sales
FRAN'S SECOND THOUGHTS � We
buy and sell used furniture 'and
household items. 463477 SR200 AlA.
(904)225-0577 or (904)225-9377

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601 Garage Sales
HUGE GARAGE SALE - from 3 homes.
Furniture & kids stuff. For more info
call (904)705-1009. 96261 Ridgewood
Cir., Lofton Pointe. Fri. 12/26, Sat.
12/27, & Sun. 12/28, all day.

602 Articles for Sale
FOR SALE - Used washer & dryer,
$100/each. Upright *piano, $350. Call
Martin, 556-6499.

603 Miscellaneous
Feeling Anxious About The Future?
- Buy & read Dianetics by L. Ron
. Hubbard. Price $20. Order now. Free
shipping. www.DianeticsTampa.org or
call (813)872-0722. ANF
Donate Your Vehicle - Receive $1000
grocery coupon. United Breast Cancer
Foundation. Free mammograms, breast
cancer info www'ubcf.info. Free towing,
tax deductible, non-runners accepted.
(888)468-5964. ANF

610 Air Conditioners
/Heating
HEAT/COOL - Window units & ice
machines, used all sizes w/warranty.
Repairs to central & window AC's,
refrigerators & freezers. Kish's (904)
225-9717.

619 Business Equipment
SALON EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
7 Styling Chairs with Hydraulics -
$200:00 ea., 2 Shampoo Chairs -
$25.00 ea., 3 Wicker Reception Chairs
- $10.00 ea., 2 black Reception Chairs
- $10.00 ea., 7 black Side Cabinets -
$25.00 ea. Call (904)556-1687,for
details


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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/2BA plus office.
Special financing. $259,500. Jean
Hable, C-21, John T. Ferreira (904)
753-0807.
HISTORIC DISTRICT LOT - Great
location for your custom home or
investment. Sacrifice price of only
$50,000. (904)477-2679

805 Beaches
AMELIA ISLAND RETREAT IN THE
RESERVE - off Old Bluff onto 95053
Reserve Court. PERFECT LOCATION
FOR BEACH/GATORS/3AGS/ZOO
FANS. "NEW SIDE BY SIDE"
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.

FSBO-Reduced. 3/2 in beautiful Ocean
Ridge. New roof/kitchen/siding. Across
from comm. pool, 2 scrn'd tiled
porches, hot tub. $359,900. (904)556-
-4500
OCEANFRONT PROPERTY
Visit www.OceanfrontAmelia.com for a
complete list, or call Bob Gedeon at
Oceanfront Realty (904)261-8870.

806 Waterfront

Waterfront Homes. & Lots - Call
(904) 261-4066 for information. ,C.H.
Lasserre, Realtor.

07. Condominiums
LUXURY CONDO - $329,000. Just
reduced $70,000. -Seller ppays 1 yr
Assoc.' fee. Ocean view. Upscale furn-
ishings included. 1425 sq. ft. (478)
256-5563
CONDO - 2BR/2BA furnished, plus
garage. FHA financing, $139,900. Jean
H ble, Century 21, Ferreira. (904)753-
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08 Off Island/Yulee

NORTH HAMPTON - Marsh front
estate home. 4000+ sq. ft., 5BR/4BA.
Offered at $750,000. Call owner
(407)460-2934.

817 Other Areas

MID TENN 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

4BR/2BA HOME - with 3000 sq. ft.
Great location in Moultrie, GA. Has lots
of upgrades. Superb neighborhood.
$269,900. Call Norris Bishop Realty
(229)890-1186. ANF

TENNESSEE LAND RUSH - 1+ acre to
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

NC LAND LIQUIDATION - Mountain
& coastal estates up to $80,000 OFF!
Prices from $29,900. Asheville & Boone
area properties. (800)455-1981 ext
103. www.landsteals.com. ANF






851 Roommate
Wanted

ROOMMATE WANTED - 901 Stanley
Dr. $450/mo. + utilities. Call 753-
2081 dr 277-4743. Background check
required.
MATURE FEMALE - seeking pleasant,
peaceful house share or studio apt. on
Amelia Island. Quiet, responsible,
respectful with great references. (802)
779-5453 (cell).
TO SHARE - Ocean view upper apt.,
3BR/1BA, Ig front deck, W/D, d/w.
-$600/mo., all bills included. Cable &
Internet all rooms. 937 N. Fletcher
Ave. or call (904)310-6817.

852 Mobile Homes
NICE 2BR - unfurnished, $480/mo.
BEAUTIFUL 3BR - furnished, $990/
mo. (904)225-5151
STATIONERY RV FOR RENT - Weekly.
or monthly. In a campground. (904)
225-5577.


852 Mobile Homes
BLACKROCK AREA - 2 trailers for rent
in small trailer park. $600 for one,
$550 for other. $500 deposit. Call
(904)261-6486.

854 Rooms
BEAUTIFUL NEW DECOR - $100-
$150/wk. Service animals only. (904)
225-5151
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)
548-9707.

855 Apartments
Furnished

BEACH FRONT - 2BR/2BA, beautiful
view, 2nd story deck. Available now.
$900/mo. + $500 dep. Call (912)354-
1914.

856 Apartments
Unfurnished

1 & 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS - for
rent starting at $625. 2 & 3 BED-
ROOM CONDOS - for rent starting at
$675. Call (904)261-0791 or visit our
site at www.atcdevelotment.com.
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
2BR/1.5BA TOWNHOUSE - near
beach. Renovated. Patio, W/D, new
appliances. $1100/mo. 833A Tarpon
Ave. (904)206-0817
GARAGE APT DOWNTOWN - 322 N
3rd St. Clean and bright. 1 bedroom.
$595/mo: plus util. 261-6846
OCEANVIEW - Upstairs duplex, 2BR/
1BA. A/C, hardwood floors, dish-
washer, W/D hookup. $850/mo. 57 S.
Fletcher. (904)277-7622
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
CALL ABOUT OUR MOVE-IN
SPECIALS - Up to one month .free.
Gated community. The Palms at Amelia
(904) 277-1983.
OCEAN SIDE 2BR/1BA - Main Beach
area, ocean view, large deck. 12 mo.
lease. $875/mo. + utilities. Call (847)
867-3163.
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


856 Apartments
Unfurnished

OCEAN VIEW 2BR - No lease. Service
animals only. $800/mo. + security
deposit. Call (904)261-7750 after 6pm.
2BR/2BA - 1400 sq. ft., next to Super
Wal-Mart,, all appliances, - community
pool. $875/mo. + dep. (904)753-1522
1BR FURNISHED APT. - with utilities.
$600/mo. Deposit required. (904)261-
0949

857 Condos
Furnished
AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION
Beautifully furnished 2BR/2.5BA. W/D,
pool. $1100/mo. + utilities. No
smoking. (910)695-9935
1BR FULLY FURNISHED CONDO -
Utilities included. $1250/mo. Amelia
Island Plantation. Call Terri at (904)
261-4743.
2BR/1BA FOREST RIDGE - 1/2 block
from beach. Small pets considered. No
smoking. $1000/mo. (904)415-6078.
AvailableJanuary 2009.

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CURTISS H.

LASSERRE
Real Estate, Inc.



* 1539 S. 8th St. I room office & bath,
private ent. $300/mo. + tax.
SOffice/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
+utilities.
* Approx 1,800 s.f. Retail Bldg * 1839 S.
8th St Lease by Huddle House
$2,250/mo + tax or may purchase.
*2385 JAMESTOWN ROAD Approx
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. $2,50Q/mo + tax +
until
*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 $l,685.mo
includes all other fees/costs except'
utilities. One mo. FREE rent w/ signed
Lease.
*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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858 Condos
Unfurnished

3BR/3.5BA CAPE SOUND TOWN-
HOUSE - gated community with pool
& fitness center, garage, many custom
features. Available now. $1500/mo.
Darlington Realty, Inc. (904)261-8030.
CONDOS FOR RENT
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.

2BR/2BA FLAT - at Amelia Woods,
pool, tennis and near beach. Available
now. $850/mo. Darlington Realty, Inc.
(904)261-8030.

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.


858 Condos
Unfurnished

2BR/1.5BA CONDO - 1.5 blocks from
beach. Completely renovated!
Amenities included. $890/mo. Call
(912)269r3960.

2BR/2BA TOWNHOME - with 2-car
garage on south end of Amelia Island.
Newly carpeted/painted and well main-
tained. $895/mo. with 1st mo. rent
free. Security deposit required. Pets
accepted. Call David (904)556-1534.
3BR/2.5BA CAPE SOUND TOWN-
HOUSE - gated, pool & fitness center,
garage, never occupied, washer/dryer
included. Available now $1200/mo.
Darlington Realty, Inc. (904)261-8030.

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


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Marsh Coke Features:
* 2 anid 3 bedrooms
* Prices from $6.5
* Locted on the marsh
* Swimming pool


SOller-et Features:
* I and 2 bedrooms
* Prices from $62.5
* Single story design
* Vaulted ceilings avail.


Both of these communities are less than 2 miles
from the beach and 'ou can walk to the shops and
restaurants at The Gateway to Amelia center!


M t4y! (904) 261-0791
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858 Condos
Unfurnished
3BR/2BA CONDO - in gated
community, close to shopping & school.
$1000/mo. (904)583-2009

859 Homes
Furnished
Summer Beach Village e--i E--
gar., furn, gated comm., pool, mins to
beach. $800/wk. (off season), $2300/
mo. incl util. 261-6204, 206-0035




Yulee JS 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
$375,000-Sale.
$1,800/mo.-Lease
Hair Salon- Mid Island
Turnkey. $35,000

www.acrfl.com ' 904.261.2770

Amelia Coastal Realty
608 S. 8l St.
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Carolyn Cherry
904-583-0607*


Overlooking Pool Area.
Shun SIrell C1' Irih Beac:h
2nd Home or Rental Property
MLS#46863 $439,000


MINUTES WALK TO THE BEACH POPULAR HICKORY VILLAGE
Immaculate Custom Built Close to the Middle & High Schools
SGourmet Kitchen 10 Minutes to 1-95 .
Can Purchase Summer Beach Membership Fenced Back Yard
osil MLS#6956 $645,000 MLS#47168 $204T900
I MLS#46956 $645,000 904415-1002 P ULS#47168 $204,900


DUPLEX LOT
Central Location
Convenient to Schools
Close to Downtown
MLS#47465 $99,900


" AMELIA ISLAND'S LONG POINT
S.Golf Course & Lake Views
Gated Community
Carolyn Cherry 6-Car Garage + Workshop
904-583-0607 MLS#47535 $1,699,000

Call for Mortgage Info Today!

Sue Hicks

� 904-883-0231

904-343-2114

y Compass
Bank


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- Ocean Village At Summer Beach
Wood Floors In Kitchen
Sandy Pearman Extended Master/Offlce
904-415-1589 MLS#47514 $659,000


Carolyn Cherry
904-583-0607


SarINutl-tU LAKt IRHUNIAUt
. Natures Lover's Delight
Spacious Kitchen, Separate Office
Screened Porch
MLS#47862 $299,900


904-261-0347 * 800-262-0347
311 Centre Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034


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HERON ISLES BUILDERS MODEL HOME LAGUNADRIT 04h O~ LAN PARi
Better than new 2005 3BR/2BA Nicelyu upgraded 4BR/2BA Impeccable Amelia Islanid home Lots of living space in this 5/2
has faux wood blinds & all appli- n,. .,, h i: upgrad.cd.: t ir.:: ill i ih lnground pool' io coveted Amelia Island home! Centrally
dances. Great lot with new sod & ,app.iniin; uipgriJed fll.r'ing' .:an Vliew Estates neighbor 'located. fenced yard. all appli-
sprinkler system. You can't build (,in, i . i . r: . : c. : i :, .,sl'i .i ie..39 acre ances: Home Warranty.. Les,
new for thlspdcel , . ,i.,, i .... . than $105 per square foot.
#47867 139,990 #4822 $189.000 4775 $449.500 #47879 '. :$215.000


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


Sandy Pearman
904-415-1589


OCEAN PARK AMELIA ISLAND STARTER NORTH HAMPTON OCEANVIEW DUPLEX:
Developer's own 4th' floor South Great price on this just reduced Outstanding Morrison-built Watch the waves roll onto the
end 3/2 unit has all the- best 3BR/2BA on deep lot. Needs 4/3 has hardwood floors.42" beach'. from this spotless
upgrades & new HVAC'& water some work. but has hewer roof, wood cabinets. 3-car garage Up/Down duplex. New roof.
heater Price includes 3 garages new tile floors, bne-car garage, and oversized fenced yard. updated plumbing, electric.
nd5 sorageuits. 000 storageshed. #4149,90 7799 $370.000 widows & A/C.
#47856 $650.000 #46427 , .$149,900 #47913 $.375.000

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6B FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26,2008 CLASSIFIED News-Leader


CURTISS H.

LASSERRE
Real Estate, Inc.




LONG TERM
S2BR/2BA Colony Condo unfurn., w 2
car garage + utilities, pool & tennis
included. $950/mo.
*2BR/1.5BA -on Kentucky Ave
$850/mo + util.
S2BR/2.5BA w/ garage at Marsh Lakes
Reduced to $1,000/mo + util. 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. + until.
-3BR/l.5BA at 428 S. 14th Street
$975/mo. + util, $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 + util
* 1521 Franklin St. 3/2, very nice.
$ 1,200/mo. incl. yard maint.
*551 S. Fletcher Ave. - 2BR/IBA
$850/mo. plus utilities.
VACATION RENTAL
*AFFORDABLE WEEKLY/MONTHLY
2BR/I BA Oceanview. 487 S. Fletcher.
Call for more information

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860 Homes
Unfurnished

2BR/1BA - Newly painted, carpeting,
downtown, 403 N 4th St. $795/mo.
261-6846

THE PRESERVE AT SUMMER BEACH
- 3BR/2BA custom home, 2-car garage.
$1400/mo. AMELIA RENTALS (904)
261-9129.

1387 FIR ST. - 3BR/2BA 2-story
townhome. Only 3 yrs new, with
garage. $950/mo. First months electric
free. Available now. (904)377-9791


860 Homes
Unfurnished

3BR/2.5BA - like new. 1882 sq. ft.,
fenced yard. $1200/mo. Amelia Coastal
Realty (904)261-2770 or (904)556-
9140.

SEASIDE - Wonderful family home,
close to beach, 4BR/2BA w/screen
porches & fenced yard. $1,650/mo.
Available immediately. (904)206-0817
3BR/2BA - brand new house for rent.
Very beautiful. 2 min..from Historical
District. For information call 12-5pm,
(904)753-1346.

2200SF HOME - 4BR/3.5BA. Walking
distance to beach, 1000sf garage att-
ached, 1 yr min. lease req. $1450/ino.
2815 Ocean Dr. (904)753-2230


32 IMMACULATE home ON ISLAND 3 2 larqe 4BR1.1.5BA t,:..:k r .r OCEAN RONT i : ....,: .:.
in SpanishOaks. Fenced fenced yard. $140,000 island, North 14th, needs TLC. renovatea viys fromsea oeacnt me.
an i Sa00h0 upgra allowance Wonderful views from almost every
back ard. MLS# 48084 MLS# 47004 $5000 upgrade allowance room in the the house. Must see!
back # 4 4 $189,000 MLS# 47266 1,900,000 MLS# 45754
$209,900

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT RENTALS
S ON ISLAND OFF ISLAND
* 210 S. 10th Street, 2/1, $600 * 75161 Edwards Rd 2/1 with 1/1 on the water. Boat slip, 3
* 205 S. 9th Street 3/1, Neat small home $725/mo. . car garage, large deck, dock gated. Reuced $1,200/mo.
* 340-A Tarpon Ave 2/2 2 blocks from the beach $750/mo. * 23701 Flora Park Blvd. 4/2 Well maintained home, fireplace,
includes water covered porch, large fenced in backyard. $1,250/mo.
* 806S. 9th Street 3/1, older home, near downtown COMMERCIAL I
$875/mo. ' . C I --C I
* 535-B Ocean Ave 2/1, $830/mo. includes water. * 1939 S. 8TH Street.4 Office unit available, NOW $400/mo
Oceanfront. ' each +tax. Located directly across from Burger King.
OFF ISLAND I - Commercial Land Lease Approx 30,000@1.25 Sq. Ft. Road
frontage over 300 Ft.-Central location.
* 463313 SR 200 2/1 Block home w/fenced yard. * Office spate at 1925 S. 14th St. Suite 4. 3 Individual
$650 /mo. ' offices + 10x15 open area.'$900 a montn includes
* 85399 Brooke St. Well-maintained, nice 3/2 on an acre utilities
$850/mo. * 531 S. 8th St. Recently refurbished, new floors, sinks, coun-
ters. $950/mo. + tax


860 Homes
Unfurnished

5BR/2BA ISLAND HOME - Great
location. Available immediately. Rent or
lease option. (954)856-1424
FOR RENT - 3BR/2BA in Riverside
subdivision off Barnwell Rd. Large
fenced backyard. Lease option
possible. $1300/mo. (904)583-0683
3BR/1BA - w/2 car garage. Min 1 yr.
lease. $925/mo. 1 month security dep.
required. 627 Donnie Lane. (904)
753-2230
3BR/2BA - Meadowfield Bluff subd.
$1150/mo. First & last month. Call
(904)335-0333.
ISLAND - 3BR/1BA, sunroom, front
porch, carport, big patio, yard, shed,
W/D.' Renovated, .main beach area,
open now. $850/mo. (703)856-8844





Nassau

Club
Apartments
BestAcddress in Fernandina Beach

1, 2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms
'UNLIKE THE REST'

/ Pool
/ Fitness Center
/ Business Center
/ Gated Community

Call for Specials c

(904)277-2500


860 Homes
Unfurnished

BEST DEAL - LEASE/OPT/BUY.
Newer 3BR/2BA home in Heron Isles,
96033 Sunfish Ln. CH&A, FP. Free
cable. $895/mo. (916)300-3039
MARSH LAKES - 4572 Village Dr.
3BR/2.5BA, 1870sf w/loft, lake, pool,
tennis, $1325/mo. AMERICAN BEACH
- 3BR/2BA, 1200sf, $1300/mo.
BEACHES - 1 blk ocean, 4BR/2BA,
1425sf, Ig lot, privacy, $1500/mo. Don
Brown Realty at 225-5510, 571-7177.


861 Vacation Rentals

OCEANVIEW 3BR/2BA and 2BR/1BA.
Call (904)261-4066, C.H. Lasserre,
Realtor, for special rates.

863 Office

AMELIA CONCOURSE AREA - 2000
sq. ft. available. Call 753-2018 for
more information.
OFFICE SPACE - Zoned. MU1. 500 sq.
ft. Primo location. Available January.
(904)277-3809


3BR/2BA - in Ocean View Estates, OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE - Down-
close to .beach, 1700sf. 1 year lease town & 14th Street. 150sf to 1500sf.
$1550/mo. Call (904)885-1356. Galphin R/E Svc. (904)277-6597


3BR/1BA - CH&A, brick, fenced yard,
Blackrock Rd. $850/mo. + $850 dep.
(904)583-3733
PAGE HILL SUBD. - 3BR/2BA,
$1100/mo. Call (904)583-1106.
ON ISLAND - 3BR/3.5BA, inside
laundry, all appliances, 2-car garage,
all wood floors. $1200/mo. + deposit.
Lawn care included.'To see, call Patsy
Windham (904)583-3130.
1501 INVERNESS - in Lakewood
subd. 4BR/2BA w/fenced backyard.
Close to schools & shopping. $1300/
mo. +4 $1300 dep. (904)753-4559
AVAILABLE NOW - 2BR/1BA home on
*island with hardwood floors & all
appliances. $825/mo. Call 415-0303.
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
HOUSE FOR RENT - 434-B Tarpon
Ave. Ocean view 3BR/2BA, 1550sf,
spacious rooms & garage. $1200/mo.
Call (270) 933-2953..
HERON ISLES SUBD. - 3BR/2BA,
$1100/mo. Call (904)583-1106.
CALLAHAN - 45758 Pickett St. Beauti-
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


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SEVERAL OFFICES - from $225 to
$650 monthly, incl. utilities. 3 above
Palace Saloon and 1 next to Amelia
Insurance, Sadler Road. Call George
(904)557-5644
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE -
Quiet, private, 1 room on Sadler Rd.
$500. Call Michael (9043415-6699.


864 Commercial/Retail

FOR LEASE - 1250 sq. ft. office
warehouse. High traffic area. Two roll
up bays. (904)753-2178
COMMERCIAL RENTAL - 2000 sq. ft.,
1438 E. Oak St. High storage bay.
Office spaces. $1800/mo. Call (904)
277-4743, 753-2081.
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
(904)261-0740.


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-* Twenty Minutes to
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Sat./Sun by Appt.


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SINGLE FAMILY HOMES - ON ISLAND
* 16 N. 18th Street - 4BR/2BA two car garage, large deck with
fenced in yard. Includes lawn service. $1295
* 1613 Canterbury Lane - 4BR/2BA home has formal living and
dining room with additional family room. Includes lawn care.
$1150
* 19 Marsh Bay Court - 3BR/2BA Beautiful home located in cul-de-
sac, solid surface counter tops in kitchen and baths. Lovely lanai.
$1400
* 1311 Broome Street - 3BR/2BA Lovely home with hardwood
floors, large fenced in yard'with screened in garage for extra enter-
taining. Close to Historic downtown Fernandina Beach. $1150.
* 2123 Ciera Lane (Arbours) - 3BR/2BA Rear fenced in yard, new
A/C system, and water softener. $1100
* 415 Georgia Ave - 3BR/2BA Home has fireplace in family room,
screened in patio, security system and two car garage. Rent includes
lawn and pest control. $1495
* 95053 Reserve Court - 4BR/2BA Beautiful home with covered
patio and well maintained lawn. Home has separate dining and fire-
place in living room. $1795
* 95069 Reserve Court - 4BR/2BA Beautiful home with covered
patio and well maintained lawn. Home has separate dining and fire-
place in living room. $1795

SINGLE FAMILY OFF ISLAND
* 96398 Otter Run Dr. - 3BR/2BA Home has a fireplace in the liv-
ing room, new carpet & paint. Two car garage. $1250
* 86648 Cartesian Point - 3BR/2BA great home with rear fenced
yard, in wall network, and garage. Rent includes pest control.
$1300
* 7640i Long Leaf Loop (Timber Creek) - 4BR/3 1/2BA Large
home in new neighborhood with community pool, and clubhouse.
$1495
* 86550 Cartesian Point Drive (Cartesian Point) - 3BR/2BA
Great home in very nice area. Close tojax. $1200
* 86016 Cherry Laurel (Hickory Village) - 3BR/2BA Home locat-
ed just off 1-95. Great room opens to a beautiful kitchen with stain-
less steel appliances. $1250.

CONDO/TOWNHOME/APARTMENTS
* IN 4th Street Apt C- 1BR/1BA Located in historic district. $650


CON.UU/TOWir nU I/AAmlr L V' Mi iIcon. I
* 883-B Mary Street - 2BR/1.5BA Only 2 blocks from ocean, one
car garage. $950
* 1582 Park Lane - Granny flat with mini kitchen. $600
* 1593 Park Ave. (Amelia Park) - 4BR/3.5BA Walking distance to
the Y.M.C.A. and centrally located near shopping centers. $1800
* 2999 1st Ave. B - 3BR/3.5BA. 2 car garage. Ocean views. Screened
porch & short walk to beach. $1,695
* 2840-A S. Fletcher up and downstairs - 2BR/1BA, newly reno-
vated with new appliances. Oceanfront. Great views. $1250
* 966 Chad Street - 3BR/2BA very well kept towrihome. Airy floor
plan. $1100 Reduced to $995
* 4750 Westwind Court (Colony) . 2BR/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 lavn
service. $900
* 95046 Springtide Lane - 3BR/4BA. This is a beautiful town
home located in a gated community off A1A off of the Intercoastal
waterway. Rent includes water, garbage, sewer and lawn service.
$2475
* 2700 Mizell 504-A - 3BR/2BA enjoy summer days in the com-
munity pool. Water, 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.
* 1854 Carnation (Amelia Park) - 2BR/2.5BA Beautiful. main-
tained home located across from neighborhood park. Wood floors
throughout lower level of home with carpet upstairs. Includes
courtyard'for relaxing evenings. $1400
FURNISHED - ON ISLAND
* 6353 Fernandina Shores - 2BR/1 1/R 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 enjoy-
ment. $2250
* 2700 Mizel 401-B - 3BR/2BA Fully furnished. All appliances and
cookware. Three bedrooms full of furniture. $1100


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$309,900 - Marsh Bay Ct. - MLS# 47804
3BR/2BA in Village @ Marsh Lakes
Brad Goble-- 261-6166


$1,200,000 - So. 8th Street - MLS# 43189
S1.3ac Out-Parcel - Concurrency, Utilities
Nip Galphin - 277-6597


$725,000 - Fernandina Cay - MLS# 43544 $1,495,000 - S. Fletcher, Ocean Front - MLS# 45265
3BR/3BA - Great Ocean View On two buildable lots. Demo & Rental permitsln place.
Nip Galphin - 277-6597 Brad Goble - 261-6166


$189,900 - MLS# 47177 $585,000 -Starboard Landing- MLS# 43365
Like New 3BR/2BA In Nassau Lakes 48R/3BA - 25785sf: In Seaside Subdivision
Brad Goble - 261-6166 Nip Galphin - 277-6597


$425,000 - S. Fletcher Lot 50'x100'
Ready to build - Plans Available 2700 s.f.
Brad Goble- 261-6166

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$157,000 - The Palms - MLS# 45243
2BR/2BA - Many Upgrades
Irdr 0.nhla R.1-16filIR


$172,000- 1311 Broome- MLS# 47106
1375 s.f. Open Floor Plan
. Brad Goble - 261-6166


*Lanceford Lot * $122,000 Package $321,000 #45603 * Brad Goble - 261-6166
* Barrington Lot * $122,000 Package $321,000 #46502 * Brad Goble - 261-6166
* South 8th Street * Commercial Lot $210,000 #43209 * Nip Galphin - 277-6597
* Beach Street * Commercial Lot $1590nnn #46502 * Brad Gnhle - 261-6166


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\\W ;lr Iur Pr perpun I.isrcd Hcrci Calll ToJda Ffor Free Rental Analrsis.
Full DescriL on s and l Photos , \.i labl at r :wChaplin "i ianmsRcntals.com


DEERWALK - Prime high visibility
location on A1A in O'Neal. 1250sf
units. Curtiss Lasserre Real Estate
(904)261-4066.





901 Automobiles

'98 BUICK LESABRE - 90,000 miles,
loaded. $4850. Make offer. Leave
message (904)261-5647.
MUST SELL - '90 Cadi Classic 2-door,
'01 Daew S/W, Geo Tracker. Cash/
make pymts/finance. All running.
$500-$3500. Call for details 261-5034.


EARLY CLASSIFIED
DEADLINES'

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
5pm.

Police Impounds For Sale - '95
Honda Civic $500..'96 VW Jetta $600.
For listings call (800)366-9813 ext
9271. ANF


902 Trucks

1996 DODGE PU - extended cab,
auto., A/C,. stereo w/remote. "- Good
condition. $3,500/OBO. 31j0.613;

904 Motorcycles
2005 SUZUKI RM250 2-STROKE
DIRT BIKE -,Clean, fast bike. $2800/
OBO. (904)321-6819


COMMERCIAL BUILDING
FOR LEASE
High Traffic and Visibility
across from Wal-Mart
924 T.J. Courson
Fernandina Beach
Showroom, offices and warehouse
with large overhead doors.
(904)753-3616


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