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rffrntbf rffnnftbfffnfn rf r nntnb nnb r f r fff r According to records in the Supervisor of Elections office, more than 7,300 Nassau County residents were registered as Democrats while 190 were registered as Republicans. April 25, 1968 bfrffnftbfrbfnAt a visioning session in January, the Fernandina Beach City Commission developed a set of goals for the upcoming fiscal year and more clearly defined them at a workshop they held on Tuesday. The citys waterfront topped discussion of the citys goals. There are a number of issues that must be addressed in order for the city to move forward with any plans to develop the Amelia River waterfront and reposition the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Those issues include opening the railroad crossing on Alachua Street, determining the viability of the seawall along the waterfront, and repairing the south attenuator dock and fuel dock at the marina. City Manager Dale Martin told commissioners that engineering studies of the seawall as well as the underpinnings of Bretts Waterway Caf should be completed in the next four months. The city owns the property where the restaurant sits and leases it to the owners. Another study, to determine whether, and how, to open Alachua Street to North Front Street, crossing the railroad tracks, is also underway. If the crossing is opened, which way traffic would flow on Front Street, the type of crossing arms that would be installed, and the cost of the project will be determined with the information. That study should be completed in the next few weeks, according to Martin. I really think you are looking at the seawall, the railroad, and thats going to kind of drive those decisions, the development itself, of the waterfront, Vice Mayor Len Kreger said. A big factor affecting the waterfront is the marina and repairs to the southern attenuator dock, which was damaged during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The city is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to have a permit issued so the city can make f ff fnA Fernandina Beach woman who was arrested last August on a suspicion that she stole $354,000 from the Fernandina Beach company where she worked pleaded guilty on April 12 to a charge of grand theft. Elizabeth Renee Thomas, 29, of Fernandina Beach was working at Coastal Building Systems in Fernandina Beach as the owners secretary, according to an email at the time from Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper. On May 20, 2017, Nassau County Sheriffs Office detectives were called to Coastal Building Systems, where the owner told the investigators that Thomas stole $100,000 from the company between January and May 2017. According to Leeper, the owner discovered the theft when his accountant told him he was missing money. After he reviewed his financial books, fnfFloridas Medical Cannabis Registry reached a milestone recently with more than 100,000 patients signed up for treatment. Advocates of cannabis use say that number wouldve been four times as much if it werent for state officials searching for ways to restrict use. Nearly two years after voters approved medical marijuana, Floridas Department of Health has been slow to publish regulations for patients, doctors and suppliers. Regulators are fighting a series of legal challenges about the new law. Christopher Cano, executive director of Central Florida NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said patients are also discouraged by excessive costs. You have dispensaries charging people $700 to buy a vaporizer that could vape those flower-based medicines, Cano said. I mean, the cost is probably the biggest hindrance of why there arent 400,000 patients in the registry right now. Florida law says the state is supposed to be issuing new licenses to growers and entrepreneurs based on the number of patients in the system. However, the department requires each patient to be active, and so far, just over 75,000 registered patients have been issued IDs to receive treatment. According to Cano, the limited number of suppliers in the market is causing prices to stay high. He described Florida as nowhere near being on par compared with other states when it comes to successfully regulating use. All in all, the issues that we see in the Florida medical marijuana system are due to poor regulations, and a poor job by the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, he said, and that really does fall back on the executive branch. The state is appealing a decision by Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers to allow a cancer survivor, Joe Redner, to grow his own marijuana. His doctors argued that juicing marijuana plants was the best source of treatment for his cancer. Gievers also reminded the Department of Health that it has a duty to enable the availability and safe use of medical marijuana by qualifying rffnfStephanie Dianne Hicks, 36, was identified as the deceased woman found Feb. 22 in a ditch along Old Dixie Highway in Callahan. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed Hicks identity through a DNA analysis match, announcing her identity April 19. She had been living in Homeland, Ga. prior to her death, he wrote via email. Her next of kin (mother) has been notified of the positive identification. The cause of Hicks death is still undetermined, pending toxicology results from the medical examiners office, according to Leeper. Hicks body was found in a ditch on Old Dixie Highway just north of Bethel Church Road. When Hicks body was discovered, she was wearing an extralarge T-shirt and multi-colored leggings. She was not wearing any shoes. Anyone with information about Hicks should call (904) 548-4003.FERNANDINA BEACH VICE MAYOR LEN KREGERAccording to an email sent Thursday from Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor Len Kreger, basically, the demobilization is complete for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed beach renourishment project along the citys shoreline, and the associated heavy equipment and pipes have been removed. Kreger said the remaining safety fencing and port-a-potties would be removed either Thursday or Friday. frffff SOURCE: FLORIDA NEWS CONNECTIONFloridas Department of Health has been slow to publish its regulations on medical marijuana use, according to advocates. Regulators are fighting a series of legal challenges about the new law. GUILTY Continued on 3A fnffn ffffffThis waterfront lot between the Fernandina Harbor Marina and 101 N. Front Street (the building seen in the background), is commonly known as the Simmons-OSteen property. The property has a seawall that is in disrepair. City leaders have discussed making repairs then assessing the cost to the owners, though the city has also expressed an interest in buying the property. Commissioner Roy Smith indicated he disagrees with a government forcing property owners to make improvements.JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERWATERFRONT Continued on 5A NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 1 4/26/18 3:23 PM


rfn tbrf nbnnfr ff bnb nbbr fbr tbrbr rff fr William Bill Bartholomae departed this earth April 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. With him were his wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Carol. William was born on June 4, 1928 to Faye and William Rudolph Bartholomae. Bill lived a long and vibrant life! He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City, N.Y. He then went on to earn his masters degree from NYU and served in the Navy for two years as a pharmacist mate. Bill worked for 24 years in New York City for Associated Merchandising Corporation as a vice president of furniture development. In this capac ity he traveled the world, developing furniture designs from across Europe, Asia and even behind the Iron Curtain. He made numerous lifelong friends throughout his travels. He retired from AMC in 1986 and went to North Carolina to work for Henry Link Furniture as an executive vice president. Bill retired from Henry Link in 1989, after which he and Sue moved to their beloved home on Amelia Island, Fla. Bill was a man who enjoyed life. He enjoyed boating, clamming, fishing, and spending time near the ocean. He loved to read, play his favorite music such as Beethoven, Beatles, show tunes, and more, working on his computer, and investing, and he especially enjoyed telling unique and wonderful stories about his family. Most of all, he loved riding his bike which he did until he was 89 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Valleri Moscarelli. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne, and his three children, William Richard Bartholomae, Carol Shina and Barbara Bartholomae, all of whom got to spend quality time with him before he passed. He is also survived by seven grandchil dren, Jarrod, Mariam, and Nicole Shina, Sarah Hall, Erin Matthew and Kerry Bartholomae as well as two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Hall. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the Burgess Chapel of OxleyHeard Funeral Directors with Mr. Jim Mayo offi ciating. The family will receive friends beginning at noon. He will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery. He will be missed by many, especially his loving and devoted wife, Sue, and his children. We will miss you William Bill Pop Bartholomae, husband, father, and friend. Be with the angels and watch over us, and as he would say, many times each day, Sue!!!! Please share your memories and condolences at Ray Hall, 65, passed away Sunday April 22, 2018. He was born in Jacksonville to the late George and Irma Patterson Hall. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be dearly missed by all. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy and Gary Hall. Survivors include his wife, Susan; son, Ronnie Ray Hall II (Barbara Kaleel); brother, Wayne Hall; sister, Joani Wilson; stepfather, Henry Thomas; grandchildren, Ronnie Ray (Trey) Hall III and Devin Hall; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at the graveside on Saturday April 28, 2018 at Green Pine Cemetery in Yulee, Fla. with Pastor Philip Phee Shorb officiat ing. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at Cedar Bay Funeral Home, located at 405 New Berlin Road in Jacksonville.nrtrffCarol Hensley Hastey, 68, of Amelia Island, Fla. and formerly of Atlanta, Ga. and Denver, Colo., peacefully passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The eldest of twin sisters born in Atlanta in October 1949 to Marble John Hensley Sr. and Ruth Collins Hensley, Carol grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn. After attend ing Girls Preparatory School and graduating from Brainerd High School in Chattanooga, Carol went to Auburn University to pursue her passion for design, earning a degree in interior design from the School of Architecture. There at Auburn University she met the man who would become her husband of 46 years, Joe. After they were married in September 1971, Carol and Joe lived and worked in a few differ ent cities in the South before they initially settled on Signal Mountain, Tenn. They would go on to raise their three sons in Atlanta (1984-1996) and then Denver, where they lived until 2014. Their loving partnership lasted the rest of her lifetime. Throughout all the places life led her, Carol made lasting, lifelong friendships. She was a true friend, endlessly giving of her energies when others needed help always reliable to share her gentle heart or be a source of comfort when times were difficult. Carol had a creative mind and great eye for home design, often lending her unique talents to friends and family forever leaving her touch on the places that families cherish most. And although a truly talented interior designer, once she started her own family, Carol devoted herself to being a mother. She was selfless in her love for her children, always possessing the greatest of patience and a playful sense of humor. She adored her grandchildren and was eager to dote on a new baby boy this summer. She lived her life knowing that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Carols life was rich and complete. She simply had the sweetest disposition. As a friend, she was lighthearted and genuine; as a mother, she was patient, selfless and loving; as a wife, she was faithful and caring; and as a grand mother, she was simply our sweet CeCe. To all of us, she is deeply missed. Carol is survived by her husband, Joe Hastey; son, Todd Hastey of Knoxville, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Janet Hastey of Alpharetta, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Allison Hastey of Denver, Colo.; brother, Marble John (Michelle) Hensley Jr. of Smyrna, Ga.; sister, Kathlyn Hensley (Terrance) MacFarlane of Marietta, Ga.; and grandchildren, Sarah Kate, Will, Ellie and Ben Hastey. A memorial for Carol will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, located at 9 N. Sixth St. in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Immediately following this worship ser vice, family and friends are also invited to attend a reception in Jim Thomas Hall at First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, all who wish to remember Carol are invited to make gifts to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or to the childrens ministry of First Presbyterian Church at Fernandina Beach. To sign Mrs. Hasteys online register book and leave condolences, please visit the Green Pine web site at Masters, 77, passed away April 24, 2018 in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She was the widow of Richard S. Masters. They shared 54 lov ing years of adventure and travel. Suzanne, Richard and their girls moved to Park Ridge, Ill. in 1976. From 1976 to 1986, Suzanne was a fifth grade teacher at St. Ferdinand School in Chicago, Ill. Suzanne enjoyed travel, reading, bridge and crossword puz zles. She was quick-witted and a good listener and loved a good joke. She is survived by her daughters, Stephanie (Sean) Corbett and Shannon (Michael) Straughn; grandchildren, Ian and Owen Corbett and Sarah and Megan Straughn. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Fernandina Beach with family and friends attending.rffnDoris Yvonne Lightbody Young, 78, of Yulee, Fla., passed away Wednesday, March, 14, 2018. She was born November 5, 1939, the daughter of Arthur Fredrick Lightbody and Norma Rae Lee Smith. Her love for life was infectious and she enjoyed nothing more than to spend time with family and friends. Always ready to go and experience all that she could, she gave of herself and to others in need on many occasions. She knew no stranger. It made no difference who you were, what color you were or the life you lived. Those things did not mat ter to her. She saw it as an opportunity to share Gods love for them and whatever gift of generosity she could give them. All her accom plishments in life were based on the foundation she and our dad had in their relationship with God. John 3:16 She will be remembered as a loving, kind and giving person, always ready to share her irresist ible smile and humor. Our memories of you are never forgotten but lived through them. We love you, mama (meme). God blessed us with a beautiful and loving mother. Her husband Bobby (Bob L.) Luther Young preceded her in death. She leaves behind her sisters, Norma Jean (Lightbody) Landon (Lawton) and Darlene (Lightbody) Donald (Larry), and her children, Robin Young de Boer (Douwe) and Robby Randall Young (Julie). Her grandchildren include Auriel Weinberg (David), Christopher Young (Natasha), Marcus Young, Savannah Young, and Quest Belcher, together with all her great-grandchildren, Madison, Janna, Jadon, Alisa, Noah, Chloe, Caleb, and Jacob, and all her extended family whom mom (meme) loved as her own, and especially her new additions, Lincoln, Stiner and Baxley. A private memorial was held at Good Samaritan, Dowling Park, Fla., with graveside services held at Concord Primitive Baptist Church in Sparks, Ga. in accord with Boone Funeral Home of Adel, Ga.fMr. Dwight Eldon Wiles, 87, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday April 25, 2018 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. He was born on October 9, 1930 in Zanesville, Ohio to the late Dwight Andrew and Helen Grace (Edgar) Wiles. He grew up in Zanesville and graduated from Zanesville High School. He attend ed Ohio University for 3 years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1949. He mar ried Marlene Robe in 1952 and together they lived on Navy bases all over the world. Mr. Wiles served honorably until his retirement as chief warrant officer in 1981 and they made Fernandina Beach their home. Together they enjoyed travelling and enjoying all that the island had to offer. He leaves behind his sons, Robert B. Wiles of Brunswick, Ga., Barton D. (Ramona) Wiles of Fernandina Beach, and Brady A. (Regina) Wiles of Satsuma, Fla.; his only granddaughter, Nikcole Wiles of Satsuma; siblings, Helen Cooper of Zanesville, Jo Ann Baker of Chandlersville, Ohio and David A. Wiles of Springfield, Ohio. Please share your memories and condolences at N. Bennett, 86, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away April 18, 2018.brttrftWilliam D. Hanzich, 79, of Yulee, Fla., passed away April 22, 2018. No local services are planned at this time.brttrftDwight Kamback, 73, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018.rfRobert E. Powell, 79, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018.rfEdward E. Schneider, 88, of St. Marys, Ga., passed away April 24, 2018. A memorial service will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery at a time yet to be determined.brttrft A f rf f fffff rftrtrr POSTMASTER: NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: SUBSCRIPTION RATES . . NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Letters to the editor: Church Notes: People and Places: ADVERTISING DEADLINES WEDNESDAY NEWS-LEADER FRIDAY NEWS-LEADER Classified Ads: Classified Display: Legal Notices: Retail Advertising: tfb rf


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Expected completion end of April. $443,285 3BR/2BA that lives larger than plan with Great room, two din ing areas, a large island in the Kitchen, a spacious walk through Laundry room and Guest Bath as well as a Drop Zone off the garage, two screened-in porch es and an outdoor Summer Kitchen. This home was custom designed for the lot. $420,000 MATANZAS II is under construction now in scenic and oversized 2 car garage plus to enjoy the outdoor living space. Expected completion in June! $499,900 Kathy NewmanTREVETT & ASSOCIATES REALTY GROUP, INC.C (904) 616-7114 O (904) 849-1042 www.WatermansBluff.netrfrCraig Marsh dedicated his life to the community and provided service in various arenas. The retired Nassau County Schools superintendent died April 18. He was 89 years old. When he and wife Sue moved to Callahan in 1952, Marsh owned a Gulf service station for 17 years. Within a few years, Marshs community impact expanded into politics when he served on the Callahan Town Council from Oct. 3, 1955 until his last meeting Oct. 2, 1961. Before his council exit, thenMayor H.R. Ray presented Marsh with a gold key so that he may always unlock the door to Callahan, Florida, said Susan Mitchell, the towns administrative assistant. By 1969, Marsh returned to education. He held a Master of Administration in Education from the University of Florida. During an interview with the Nassau County Record in 2016, Marsh said, I think everybody ought to have a good education. In 1976, Marsh was elected superintendent, a post he held for 16 years. Former Nassau County School Board Attorney Marshall Wood assisted Marsh for at least 12 of those years. He expressed his admiration for Marsh via email Friday. Aside from being a wonderful and moral person, which he was, Craig was the finest administrator I have ever known, Wood wrote. He was a fair and competent manager of people and he was as knowledgeable about school administration and school law as any person in the state of Florida. I admired him greatly and I have fond memories of working with him. And of course, I always considered him a friend. Retired Superintendent Dr. John Ruis fondly recalled his friendship with Marsh. Ruis succeeded him as superintendent in 1993. Most of us encounter some very good people in our lifetimes to know and work with, he wrote via email Monday. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to be associated with someone great that comes into our lives. For me, Mr. Marsh was that person. I will always hold the utmost respect for him and am blessed to have worked with and been influenced by him. Hilliard Mayor Cris McConnell recalled how Marsh hired him in 1981 to serve initially as maintenance director. The job title was later changed to facilities director. He was the greatest mentor next to my father, he said April 19. If I had not had a father, I would have chosen Mr. Marsh. McConnell served the school district until his retirement in 2008. He recalled how Marsh spearheaded the construction of Callahan Middle School, Yulee Primary School and a new Fernandina Beach High School. He said, Lets go to Tallahassee and get the money, and we did, McConnell recalled. The receipt of state funding was made possible by Marshs diligence. It was because he had done his research, McConnell said. The two friends spoke regularly by telephone and helped each other with building projects through the decades. Im gonna miss those phone calls, McConnell said. Marsh shared a 67-year marriage with wife Sue, who taught at Callahan Elementary School for 36 years. The couple raised two sons, Barry and Ed. Marsh was also an active member of First Baptist Church of Callahan for many years. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lynn Hyatt officiating. Its that wonderfully exciting time of year again. BUDGET PREPARATION! No, I am serious: I enjoy being part of a team that puts together such an exactingly detailed document that charts the path of the community for the next year. It is almost magical getting the numbers to fit like a beautiful puzzle. Ive had the privilege of preparing municipal budgets for over 20 years. Ive had outstanding assistance (like now) and Ive had minimal assistance (he was in prison). Ive had a nice supply of revenues to present to the governing board and Ive faced other boards like a pauper. Weve always made it work, and it really is a beautiful thing. I would encourage all of you to celebrate the start of the new budget season by reviewing (or more likely, look at it for the first time) the current budget. The entire budget document can be found on the citys web site at View/17740. The entire document is approximately 350 pages. The first two-dozen pages present some background information, my budget message, and a variety of statistical data, most of which is not related to the budget. The budget is the most important document produced by the city. A visitor, even slightly versed in municipal finance, should at least be able to grab a copy of the budget and easily read what we are about and where we are headed. The budget includes an organizational chart that shows the relationship and staffing levels of all departments. The chart indicates that the official city staffing includes 188 full-time, 58 part-time, and 74 seasonal employees. These numbers fluctuate throughout the year as employees leave and some are added due to developing needs and services. Nonetheless, next years personnel changes will be correlated to the aforementioned numbers: Even though an employee has worked for the city for several months, if that employee was not part of our Oct. 1 headcount, the employee gets officially added in next years budget. Some personnel changes have already been discussed by the City Commission: an arborist, a conservation manager/environment engineer, and additional police officers (as mandated recently by the state legislature for additional school security). As department directors review and prepare their budgets, I anticipate additional staffing requests. Other data included in the budget document include the miles of streets, miles of storm sewers, and number of streetlights (almost 1,200). We have many recreational amenities: three community/ recreation centers, 18 parks, and nearly 500 acres of park space. We have two fire stations staffed by over 30 fire personnel who responded to nearly 2,700 calls (and an additional 1,300 rescue calls). We have a Police Department with 40 staff. The sworn officers issued over 3,400 citations and answered 23,000 calls for service. That is a critical snapshot of the level of service provided by the citys public safety personnel. The city has over one hundred miles of sanitary sewer lines, servicing 7,200 accounts, and treating 1.7 million gallons of sewage per day (the treatment capacity is 3.5 million gallons). Approximately 125 miles of water lines service 8,000 accounts and pump 3.3 million gallons per day (treatment capacity: 18.2 million gallons). The Stormwater Department maintains over 1,700 drainage structures and the Building Department conducted 7,600 inspections as part of issuing 3,700 permits. All of that information is before the budget starts to present some numbers. A foundational number for the citys budget is the Assessed Valuation: This number reflects the total value of all the property in the city. The citys 2017 Total Valuation was almost $2.441 BILLION. A key facet of that number is that the citys total valuation previously peaked at $2.467 billion in 2008, meaning that the aggregate losses after 2008 will likely be recovered as we move into the next budget. Of the $2.441 billion of assessed valuation, $1.713 billion is due to real property (real estate). When combining the $1.713 billion of real property with the personal property valuation of $300,000,000 the citys budget is based upon a total taxable value of $2 billion dollars. The millage levied has two components operations (6.0000 mills) and voter-approved debt (0.2097). Multiply the $2 billion taxable by the total millage rate of 6.2097 (0.0062097) and you discover that the citys tax base generates approximately $12.5 million for the city. Now were cookin with numbers. As we move through the budget process, Ill provide more information. Remember: View/17740. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach. the owner said he found several more checks that he had not approved. The owner also reportedly told detectives that $90,000 in checks had been transferred from his companys bank to an unauthorized bank account. All of the checks were made out to Thomas. Leeper wrote that investigators determined a total of $354,000 had been stolen through petty cash and checks that had been written to Thomas since early 2015. In addition to pleading guilty, Thomas and her attorney, George T. Fallis, negotiated her sentence to a range of 2 years to 6 years followed by a term of 5 years probation, special conditions of probation would include 1) find gainful employment and set up restitution payment plan based on her income from employment. Court costs $418. Fallis did not respond to the News-Leaders request for comment. Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced by Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Robert Foster on May 10.fntbrntbttnContinued from 1A b tt FBHS YEARBOOK PHOTO NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 3 4/26/18 3:27 PM


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Superintendent Kathy Burns said she was at West Nassau High School when she looked in a classroom and was impressed with the control the substitute had of the class. She said she realized the teacher deserves recognition. She researched the teacher, Audrey Thompson, and found that she has been sub stitute teaching for 50 years, Burns said. In the course of her research, Burns read some comments from teachers for whom Thompson had substi tuted as well as students. All spoke highly of her profession alism and personal connection to students. What we have on her certif icate is that she is smiling, sup portive, a superstar, a substitute for over 50 years, Burns said. She is 90 years young, and still subbing. Curriculum, Instruction and School Improvement Director Mark Durham recognized WNHS Principal Curtis Gaus for the schools 50 years of con tinuous accreditation. Durham read a letter from AdvancED, which, along with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, acknowledged the milestone for the school. The board heard an annual performance brief from WNHSs Air Force JROTC Col. Gregg Kline said that the unit is the only one in the county and that the support of the School Board and the community is integral to its success. Cadet Col. Mary Fine, Cadet Lt. Colonel Seth Blackman and Cadet Maj. Dylan Brandies gave the presentation. Some of the highlights of the programs accomplishments included community projects such as raising $1,600 to con tribute to eight needy families for the holidays through the Adopt-A-Family program and volunteering with the Shrimp Festival. The unit also improved on the grades of cadets and increased the number of cadets involved in after-school activi ties. One service employee addressed the board about a situation she said makes it difficult to perform her job, forcing her to retire this year. Penelope Nighbert is a cus todian at Hilliard Elementary School. She said she works from noon until 8:30 p.m., but that the air conditioning at the school shuts down at 3 p.m. We have no ventilation unless we prop our doors open. I dont think its healthy, and I dont think its very produc tive, Nighbert said. On days that only the custodians are working, theres no air at all. I was told it would not be turned on. I think that its because we are the low man on the totem pole. Were taken advantage of. I feel like I am a very loyal employee and I love my job, and I love my teachers. Id do anything I could for them, but I feel like were getting the shaft and that nobodys taking care of us. So, I plan to retire On April 25, 1934, my mother was born, the daughter of Clarence and Helen Overbaugh. Today would have been her 84th birthday. She passed June 1, 2014. Thinking of a topic today, my mother came to mind. For reasons I cant explain, she was Maude to me. Somehow, Mom or mother just didnt seem to fit. Maude did fit, and she always signed anything to me as Maude. I liked that. It was an honor to eulogize both my parents, my mother twice. Once in Charlotte, and a second time the next day in McSherrystown, Pa., her birthplace, not far from Gettysburg. My Dads eulogy was an abbreviated life story. In a short column, lets learn a little about Maude. She was from a big family eight sisters and six brothers. Fifteen kids in 20 years, the majority one year apart. No twins, one marriage. I never met my mothers father, who died of cancer shortly after the youngest was born. My grandmother, an angel, had a house full of kids, no job, and no drivers license. Somehow, they pulled together and made it through. They always lived in a four-bedroom, one-bath house at 318 Ridge Ave. There was not a bad apple among the 15 Overbaugh kids. Three RNs, three CPAs, and two priests were in the fold. The GI Bill or working saw many of them through college. A number like my parents never attended college. My mother met my father briefly before he graduated high school and headed to Parris Island. He wrote to her as a Korean War Marine. They were pretty much engaged on his return. Dad was always a good salesman. I am the oldest of five kids born in nine years. Comparing my mothers sisters, five children was a little less than average. Grandmother had 55 grandchildren. Several sisters had seven or eight kids. Connie Keffer would have been a good umpire. She called them like she saw them, in an unfiltered manner. You knew candor and frankness were going to come out of her mouth. Like her mother, she went to daily mass all her life. Faith was never to be compromised in her world. The fact that she spent part of a day with Mother Teresa in Charlotte was poetic justice. Every Wednesday for 30 years she went to a modest nursing home to visit those in need of a friend. More than one Christmas, we went with plates of food and our little Keffers to spread a little cheer.   For herself, she wanted little. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in a nearby shopping center were in her wheelhouse. She may have single-handedly propelled the store brand movement in the grocery industry. Tinfoil, mayonnaise, cereal, soda, or any other store brand products were on her shelves. My father became a very prosperous self-made man. It was as if my mother never got the memo, despite a nice home and anything she may have wanted materially. She   simply wanted to give of herself and honor her faith and family. There are some lessons there. I was just with my two broth ers and two sisters in Charlotte the last two days. We were attending to some business in the wake of my fathers passing in September of 2015. I plan on forwarding them all a copy right after the News-Leader. It was great to enjoy a fire on my sisters back porch and be together. Shrimp Festival is next week. Buckle up and get ready. Have a good week. Rick Keffer owns and operates Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Yulee. He invites questions or positive stories about automobile use and ownership.A man was arrested early Wednesday morning after deputies and firefighters responded to a fire at a home in Yulee, accord ing to a news release from Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper. James Earl Davis, 74, 85204 Megan St., was charged with arson and resisting arrest with out violence and booked into the Nassau County Jail, according to the release. At approximately 12:30 AM, NCSO deputies and Nassau County Fire Rescue were notified of a structure fire at 85204 Megan Street in Yulee, the release says. When deputies arrived they observed a large utility shed in the rear of the res idence on fire with flames shooting up 40 feet high, catching a tree on fire endan gering other structures around the residence. There were also propane tanks inside the shed exploding. Deputies quickly made contact with the homeowners to make sure no other individuals were located in the shed area. After securing the scene for fire department personnel, depu ties interviewed both homeowners to determine how the fire started. A female resident stated that the fire was started by her husband, who had consumed around 27 beers during the day and had been depressed lately. When the deputies spoke with the husband they observed his shirt covered in gasoline. Once the suspect was arrested, he became irate and attempted to kick the arresting officers and pointed his finger at them as if he was shooting a gun. rfntbrf n f Davisfntb t NASSAU COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD/SPECIALThe Nassau County School Board recently recognized Audrey Thompson for 50 years of substitute teaching.SUBBING Continued on 5A NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 4 4/26/18 3:29 PM


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I guess thats what they mean when they talk about a learning experience. Yeah, well, my knees still scraped, my latest culinary experiment is still inedible, and my argument just got hammered. 3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self (which is as simple as cleaning up a bit to make a grocery run); Respect for others (please and thank you are a good start); Responsibility for all your actions (I can think of a couple of politicians who need to read this). 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. If the Navy had sent me to New Orleans as my first duty station like I wanted, I would have never met my Adult Supervision. 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. We are not slaves to the rules, remember? They work for us, and we are sometimes allowed to bend them when they dont. 6. Dont let a little dispute injure a great friendship. How many times have you read in the advice columns about people who have not spoken to family members for several years? 7. When you realize youve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. I am appalled by the number of high-profile officials who either offer up an alternate interpretation of the law or claim they were not aware of that law. 8. Spend some time alone every day. Turn off all of your devices and listen to your own thoughts for a few minutes. I am amazed how difficult this is for some people. 9. Open your arms to change, but dont let go of your values. One of my least favorite phrases in this world is weve always done it this way. 10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. Well, duh. Anybody whos been in a relationship more than two weeks knows that. 11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, youll be able to enjoy it a second time. Who wants to be good and honorable when shes 20? Some of the stupid stuff we did when we were young makes us chuckle today. 12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. How many times have your looked around, especially on a dark and stormy night, and smiled at the scene before you? 13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Dont bring up the past. Those advice columnists I mentioned earlier would starve to death if we did that. 14. Share your knowledge. Its a way to achieve immortality. Educators come to mind. I despair when I think that some of them are more concerned with social issues instead of teaching the next generation how to be good and productive citizens. 15. Be gentle with the Earth. Were working on it. We just celebrated Earth Day. We make every day an Earth Day when we throw something in the recycle bin. 16. Once a year, go someplace youve never been before. You dont even have to leave town for that. Make that initial visit to the Amelia Island Museum of History, Fort Clinch, or Old Town and Bosque Bello. Amelia Community Theater and Amelia Musical Playhouse make great first visits, too. 17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. I wonder if this applies to my love affair with ice cream. 18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. Oh, boy. None of us likes to give up anything, so this is a toughie. Ive finally learned that success is not necessarily how much money and toys you have, but how happy you are to wake up on this day and be excited to discover what it holds. I will confess that Ive had these rules sitting in front of me for some time. Even the most simple sentences offer complex concepts, so take your time and reread these rules as often as you can stand it. Peace and love and rock n roll, of course! The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, at their meeting on April 26, 2018, honored Joyce Bradley, according to an email from County Attorney Michael Mullin. Bradley is retiring after 37 years of service to the citizens of Nassau County. Bradley was hired by then Clerk of Court Jerry Greeson in 1981. She started her career as executive secretary for the Clerk of Court and also assisted Mullin, who was then the parttime county attorney. She performed a myriad of duties in her beginning years, including assisting the Board of County Commissioners. From 1995-2007 she was the executive assistant and board administration supervisor for the Clerk of Court. She served three clerks of court and 28 county commissioners. She became the senior executive legal assistant in the county Attorneys office in March 2007. Bradley is the consummate public servant, according to Mullin. Her day usually starts at 7 a.m. or before, and may last well beyond 5 p.m. She is the backbone of the office and is truly amazing and is the example for all employees whether public or private. She not only returns all citizen calls, most of the time she can provide the answers and does it with care and concern for every question or concern. Board Chairman Pat Edwards said, she is one of a kind and she makes every county commissioners job a lot easier. We are all sad but happy for Joyce as she and Peyton, her husband, deserve their retirement and many miles of travel on their Harleys. Every county commissioner echoed those thoughts and more about Bradley. The comments range from amazing, selfless, brilliant, caring and all around thank you, Joyce for all that you have done for the citizens you have served so well but especially for your service to the County Commission and the constitutional officers. The board proclaimed April 26 Joyce Bradley Day. those repairs. Commissioner Chip Ross said he feels the city should move forward with the project based on assurances from Congressman John Rutherford that the permit would indeed be issued within four to six weeks. I would be careful on listening to politicians, Kreger said. Ive been through that before. Hopefully, thats the case. The Corps seems to be moving along. The city will also working to determine the future of the structure at 101 N. Front St., a dilapidated building on what is often referred to as the Vuturo property. The property was purchased by the city in 2016 for $685,000 in anticipation of moving the Fernandina Harbor Marina north. The city also recently asked for an appraisal on the SimmonsOSteen property, a vacant lot on the waterfront that lies between the north end of the citys marina and the Vuturo property. The city is considering purchasing the Simmons-OSteen property in conjunction with the development of the waterfront. Ross said gathering information in the form of studies and appraisals would lay the groundwork for waterfront development. Once you know what the railroad can do, the envelope of development there, once you know what your seawall is and the envelope of development there, and once you know what the opportunities are at the Vuturo property are, and once you know if you are willing to buy the OSteen-Simmons property, and once the storm water systems are solved, I think then is the time to come back (and determine) what were going to do. I think there will be enough information generated that we can make those decisions in the next six to nine months, Ross said. Martin cautioned the commission about spending money for studies that have not been budgeted. He said the citys coffers have been stressed with the addition of police officers to the schools, leaving little for projects not already in the budget for this fiscal year. ...We have essentially used our contingency fund, Martin explained. So, if we want to do projects or studies that werent originally proposed in the budget, we have to decide okay, are we not going to do these other projects or are we going to increase the level of the budget, which means dipping into our reserves. That just needs to be conscious. Going forward, if you say lets get an engineer to study this or study that, we need to figure out where that moneys coming from, for at least the balance of this fiscal year. Kreger said that the OSteenSimmons property is the most flood-prone on Front Street, and that if the owner does not repair the seawall, the city has the legal power to make that improvement and charge the property owner for the work. Commissioner Roy Smith cautioned against what he believes could become an abuse of power by the city at the waterfront, saying he does not believe the voters elected the City Commission to force property owners to make improvements on their properties. The whole city is changing here, Smith said. Were saying were going to assess these people because we think it needs to be done? Were getting away from what Fernandina Beach was. I dont think thats what the people want. Thats peoples property. That seawall has been falling apart for years. Hes losing his land. Thats his problem, but I have a hard time telling people that were going to tell you to replace that seawall and youre going to pay for it. I dont think thats what the people elected us for. Ross said he respectfully disagrees. One of the functions of government is to maintain the public safety, Ross said. We can put all the seawalls we want on city property and, if theres gap there, its going to fail. I think that its a public responsibility to maintain the seawall there. Were not what the original idea of Fernandina Beach was, Smith said. Its almost getting like a communist state where we say, We dont like what youve got. You do this and do that, and you are going to pay for it. Commissioner Phil Chapman said the solution to the lack of progress could be to give the project to a developer who could buy the marina or work in conjunction with the city in a publicprivate partnership. The city deserves a firstclass marina, Chapman said. Im not sure that financially, and in the foreseeable future, the city can produce that. My feeling is we have nothing to lose to find out if there are private parties who would be interested in, either on their own or working with the city, to develop that. It is a jewel and we just keep getting bogged down. I think its something that, hopefully, we will think about in the future. Chapman suggested such an arrangement also be considered for the Vuturo property. My preference would be having somebody other than the city spend the money to develop this, he said. I think it can get done faster. The commission then agreed to enlist Fernandina Beach Main Street to help find interested parties who could develop the Vurturo property, though the consensus was not binding, as the meeting was a workshop. The commission also discussed the citys conservation efforts. Martin suggested reorganizing the citys Community Development Department, creating a Building Department and a Planning and Conservation Department. An environmental officer could take over management of green areas of the city, such as the greenway and parks, Kreger suggested. The commissioners reached no decision on that idea. Commissioners also: Agreed to look at Fire Department facilities and create a master plan for that department; Heard a report that the citys Beach Rangers program will be implemented this year, with a goal date of May 25; Discussed a plan to make specific portions of Sadler Road a two-lane road instead of four lanes, and dedicate the lane taken to parking instead. Martin said the county has agreed to pay for that change; Considered the problem of garbage left on the beach. The idea of removing trash cans, which are often overflowing, from the beach was discussed; Discussed the downtown historic post office building. Martin said that city staff is outgrowing City Hall and that, if the citys goal is not to acquire the building and move into it in the near future, some staff could be relocated to other city properties. The commission also discussed installing a solar panel field at the airport.Continued from 1Ain September. I cant handle it anymore. Burns said that custodians are not the low man on the totem pole and the air conditioning is turned off in order to save energy. Energy use is monitored by Cenergistic, which the board pays to help it maintain costs. Burns said that she had contacted Joey Hearns, the energy specialist with Cenergistic, and that she thought there has been a misunderstanding. I dont think anybodys been taken advantage of, Burns said. We certainly want everybody to be able to work, and do their work successfully. You voted on the contract several years ago. Energy conservation is part of the plan. Weve had this discussion many times in the past. When teachers are working in pre-planning, or after hours, we try to extend the air to them because we know how dedicated our people are. I think this is a situation that can be worked out. Board member Kimberly Fahlgren said that the custodians propping doors open could be a security issue. You need to be secure in a room as you are cleaning, Fahlgren said. We signed the contract. It has evolved since then. We talked about it at School Board meetings. We talked about flexibility and common sense management. I look forward to us working this out so that our custodians have a safe and comfortable work environment, especially as we head into the summer. In other business, the board: Approved an independent contractor agreement with Jane R. Arnold, a former principal at Fernandina Beach High School, to assist the school in preparing its master schedule for the 2018-19 school year at the rate of $42.69 per hour; Approved a contract for Nassau County students to attend Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech; and Approved the renewal of the Seminole County Public Schools data management contract with Nassau County School Board for Medicaid school administrative claiming for the 2018-19 school year.Continued from 4AThe Nassau County Clerk of the Circuit Courts office has issued the following advisory in a news release: Please be aware that a jury scam has resurfaced. Victims are falsely being told they missed jury duty and must pay a fine or face arrest. Callers posing as court employees are aggressively demanding payment of a $400 fine, even though victims never received a jury summons. The caller threatens the potential victim by saying they failed to show up for jury duty, and theyll be arrested and possibly even spend several days in jail if they dont pay money through a pre-paid debit card or credit card. It is extremely important to remember that Clerks Office employees will not call you to request money or your personal information. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately. Please do not give out any personal information. You can contact the Clerk of Courts office for information at (904) 548-4607 and the Nassau County Sheriffs Office at (904) 225-5174 to report an incident. rfnntbtt tnf btbtt nrf tnfb ntn btbtf rfnf tb nbn t CLICK & SAVE Only atfbnewsleader.comFor more information call 904-261-3696. Search Local Businesses at Nassaus newest online directory Print Edition PLUSFREE E-EDITIONContact us Today! 261-3696 SAVE UP TO 62% NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 5 4/26/18 3:37 PM


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For more information, call 261-0801.Kraft Tennis Partners will host a childrens summer tennis camp at the Kraft Athletic Club during the month of June for age groups 4-6, 7-9, and 10-14. Classes will start June 5 and continue for eight sessions held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration will be from noon to 3 p.m. June 1 and 9 a.m. to noon June 2 at the Kraft Athletic Club, located at 961023 Buccaneer Trail in Fernandina Beach. Registration will also be available between 3 and 4 p.m. on the first day of camp. Enrollment is limited. Total cost for all eight sessions is $25 per child and scholarships provided by club members are available for those in need. Volunteer instructors from the club will teach the basic fundamentals of tennis. All equipment will be provided and each child gets a T-shirt, snacks and water. There will be a final day of tennis play with parents attending plus a picnic. For information, visit or call Jerry Kawecki at 415-0217.rfnA nonprofit organization that supports the arts in Nassau County, the Island Art Association is offering a childrens art camp from July 16-20 in its Art Education Building, adjacent to the Gallery at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. The camp is for ages 7 to 14 and will run daily from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $30 for the week and includes art supplies and a daily snack. The camp will offer a variety of exciting experiences including the opportunity to be taught by experienced working artists and teachers, a visit to the Gallery to view and discuss artwork, and many exciting projects to engage and entertain the students. Payment is required with enrollment, which may be made at the Gallery beginning April 30. Jill Hill, CRPS, an autism advocate who works to train and educate educators, parents, families and the community about autism spectrum disorder, will present Autism: A Community Conversation at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Peck Center, according to a news release. Hill is a certified ESE instructor who works for the Partnership for Child Health. Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is sponsoring the program. More than 3.5 million Americans are living with ASD and the number of children born with the disorder continues to increase, according to the release, which noted autism is a lifelong condition that has profound effects on individuals and families in our community. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. The Peck Center is located at 516 S. 10th St. in Fernandina Beach. Light refreshments will be served. Following the keynote presentation, Hill will be joined for a panel discussion by Lisa McKenna, a speech pathologist, and Philip Kinard, a behavioral analyst. Both work with Nassau County School District. Hill started advocating for youth when her son, Maxwell, was diagnosed with autism in 1999. It has become her lifes passion to help parents have their voice heard about the needs for their child. Since then she has worked with families to advocate in school systems, mental health services and disability services across Florida. She believes with training/coaching and Peer-to-Peer support families can receive the knowledge to successful advocate for their child, the release states. Hill serves on the Autism Society of America, Florida board, and has been past chair of the Exceptional Student Education Advisory Council, PTA for ESE and the Jessica Green Foundation for Autism. She regularly appears on TV news and radio to discuss autism and mental health. She was a parent trainer/coach for the state of Floridas Parent Training and Information Center, where she served families in 30 counties. She developed relationships with public schools education systems to become an expert in special education law and at the same time advocating for families in the schools. She is recognized by both schools districts and families as the go to person for special education issues. She has been called to consult with families, school districts, attorneys and public defenders offices, the release says. Hill is a certified Exception Student Education teacher and has worked with emotional behavior disorder students. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida. To register for Autism: A Community Conversation, email or call 225-8280, ext. 428.SUBMITTEDThere was a mutiny of sorts Tuesday at Baptist Medical Center Nassau when the Fernandina Pirates Club abducted the hospitals president, Ed Hubel, as a prisoner and took him for a history lesson in advance of the 2018 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. After donning prisoners clothes, Hubel was handcuffed to a pirate and paraded through the hospitals various departments and Centre Street before being taken to the Maritime Museum, where he learned about the history of Fernandina, shrimping and the Shrimp Festival. U.S. Air Force Airman Jacob T. Boyett has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is a 2017 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School in Fernandina Beach, Fla. U.S. Air Force Airman Quinn Coxwell has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Coxwell is the son of Ashley and Missy Coxwell of Callahan, Fla. He is a 2017 graduate of West Nassau High School in Callahan, Fla. rIf you shop at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market, you dont want to miss the market this Saturday because there will be no farmers market on May 5 due to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This is your last chance for two weeks to pick up fresh seasonal produce, wild caught shrimp, or arts and crafts until Mothers Day weekend! Be sure to pre-order your shrimp from Eddie and Debbie at Chessers Seafood. With Shrimp Festival around the corner they will sell out early. Call 509-3337. Dont forget your four-legged friends. Bark n Bake is a specialty bakery providing the wholesome goodness your dog deserves. They use only human-grade ingredients with no harmful additives or preservatives. Some of the ingredients include chicken breast, organic peanut butter, fresh lavender buds, stone-ground oats, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and coconut oil. Due to the popularity of the freshly baked bunny bread Great Harvest sold at Easter, they will have Teddy bear bread just in time for Mothers Day. This is a funshaped bread made from only five wholesome ingredients 100-percent wholewheat flour, pure honey, filtered water, salt, and yeast. This is Great Harvest Bakerys signature bread. Stop by their booth to pre-order for Mothers Day. The Man Behind the Recipes Ibraham Mahem will be joining his wife, Jen, at their African Love Kitchen booth this Saturday. Chef Ibraham specializes in authentic Tanzanian cuisine. He uses the genuine love for his Tanzanian culture in his creations that will have you feeling his homeland in every single bite. The arts market is also open this Saturday. You will find an additional 25 booths of arts and crafts in the back parking lot of Pineland Bank, located at the corner of Eighth and Centre streets. They will feature woodwork, painted art, pottery, jewelry, apparel, handbags, and more. Mike, who has been specializing in adorable birdhouses, now makes adorable birds to complement this fine art, and our new knife sharpening vendor is back to sharpen your scissors, shovels, and more. This is also the weekend for our communitys favorite peanut and pineapple vendor, Felix Jones, to celebrate his birthday. Wear your Felix T-shirts and help Fernandina Beach celebrate his birthday! Our nonprofit booth will be the Amelia Tree Conservancy. They will be celebrating Arbor Day, one day late, with updates on their current activities to protect the canopy of Amelia Island, both in the city and county. They will also be providing information on our trees and canopy loss. Stop by to find out what theyre up to and to pick up a magnet. Join us on North Seventh Street for a morning of fun, food, and friendship as we enjoy the music of Alain Lelait while shopping under the Spanish moss draped oak trees of historic Fernandina Beach. Both markets are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Washington University in St. Louis has named Sydney Greene of Fernandina Beach, Fla. to its Deans List for the Fall 2017 semester. Nicole Alcalde of Yulee, Fla. graduated with an online MBA in project management from the online institution Grantham University. The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Cassandra Astolis and Erin Joyce, both of Fernandina Beach, Fla., were initiated at Florida State University; Elizabeth Southwick of Fernandina Beach, Fla. was initiated at the University of Florida. Taylor Kinsley of Fernandina Beach, Fla. was recently elected to Furman Universitys chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.fnntbbttbtbt SUBMITTEDAutism advocate Jill Hill will speak at Autism: A Community Conversation on Monday at the Peck Center. rfntfbr tbbb JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERGreat Harvest Bakery will bring Teddy bear bread to Saturdays farmers market. b Boyett Coxwell b NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 6 4/26/18 3:20 PM


Letters must include writers name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers are normally limited to one letter in a 30-day period. No political endorsements the week before an election. No poems will be published. Letters should be typed or printed. Not all letters are published. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035. Email: Visit us online at A Did you notice that Thomas Lickona recently adapted a portion of his book How to Raise Kind Kids into the online Time Magazine article How to Raise Grateful Kids in An Era of Thankless People? My own son Gideon is a gentle, cheerful, kindhearted lad; but I set aside the time to read the essay because I realize he is still a work in progress. Even though Gideon has mostly outgrown the This is the worst day of my life tantrums, he is still prone to swiping my French fries, neglecting thank you notes, delivering perfunctory prayers (Thank you for our food and our beds. Amen), procrastinating about his burdensome chores (which require half a hand of fingers to count) and whining about clothes shopping trips that last longer than unlacing the left shoe. Among the suggestions in Lickonas essay was to take the no-complaints challenge. In this exercise, everyone in the family must agree to go 24 hours without complaining about ANYTHING. Raising the issue of going COLD TURKEY on negative vibes can stir up a storm of discord all by itself. (Did someone say something about cold turkey? Is the microwave busted again? Didnt that thing come from the Pilrgrims yard sale? The neighbors have a new kitchen and a new car and probably Paula Deen and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to manage those necessities for them) Yes, if youre going to PLUNGE into smiley faces and fortitude instead of slowly weaning your family from self-centered habits, you need to find ways to lessen the shock. You might want to set the mood by streaming something like Dont Worry, Be Happy or Man, they said we better accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch onto the affirmative and dont mess with Mr. In-Between. Your little cherubs will probably gush an enthusiastic pronouncement such as, Im so GLAD that Bobby McFerrin and Johnny Mercer arent here to get their feelings hurt when I crank up Black Sabbath to drown out their music! Break out all those uplifting posters, such as If you cant say something nice about suppertime telemarketing calls, the Washington, D.C. swamp, Fluffys hairballs and the creepy neighbor boy with the binoculars, dont say anything at all. Of course, a little common sense is required if a family is to go all-positive. Or when the kids laugh about the 24-hour ordeal afterwards, theyll say something like, Ha! Ha! I wanted to complain about suspicious-looking mosquito crawling up your arm, but I just zipped my lip and went to my happy place. Classmates and teachers will notice a changed attitude in youngsters who have learned to eliminate their egocentric bellyaching. (What do you want to be, Johnny the class president or the captain of the football team? Nah, I wanna be a Stepford Wife.) I just hope that complaint-free days can be the beginning of a lifetime of putting things into perspective. If, instead, they become like Lent, followed by an outpouring of pent-up desire, things could get nasty. Why does the Sun have to come up so early? Why does it have to be 93 million miles away? Why does it have to possess a mass 330,000 times that of Earth? Why does it have be a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, with internal convective motion that generates a magnetic field via a dynamo process?? Copyright 2018 Danny Tyree. Danny welcomes email responses at and visits to his Facebook fan page Tyrees Tyrades. Dannys weekly column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. newspaper syndicate. D rr r ffnf tbrfrfnntbDear School Superintendent Burns, I have two grandchildren attending public school in Fernandina Beach. I am very concerned about a particular aspect of their daily school life that I believe is harmful. The heavy load of books and binders that they lug to and from school daily is excessive to say the least. Frequently, they do not even refer to the books they bring home but tell me that they are supposed to keep them available always. It is known that carrying heavy weight, especially off-center, as kids tend to do, can do irreversible damage to the spine. In growing children, the danger is increased. I am a big fan of books, traditional paper books, but in this digital/elec tronic age, our children need not be beasts of burden for school books... its appalling.   We had lockers when I went to school and we would take home only what we needed for homework that night. I assume they dont have them here.   There has to be a solution to this problem, dont you think? The kids tell me that wheeled bags are not allowed. Why not? Couldnt they be collapsible ones labeled with names and stashed during school hours? There is a solution to every problem and this is a problem. Thank you for giving this your con sideration. Kate Merrick Fernandina BeachnbnbbbA big thank you to everyone who contributed to making the first biannual Cottages and Courtyards Tour a great and happy success. On April 14th streets south of Centre Street thronged with over 850 visitors to the many delightful cottages and courtyards on tour. There was a wining combination of sunshine, welcoming homeowners, and responsible housemothers who recruited a friendly group of volunteers for each cottage and courtyard. Special thanks to these owners who opened their homes and courtyards for this fundraiser: Judy Gulledge, Margaret Birney, Lea Gallardo, Rita Marceron, Harriet Davis, Anne Thomas, Annie Barnhill, Stacy Cruickshank, Becky OHagen, Pam Rea, Robin Jones, and Reha London. The small organizing group consisted of Lee Hamer, Debbie Williams, Dee Torre, Pam Fox, Bobbie Newland, Susan Martin, Robin Jones and Jennifer Harrison. Everyones suggestions and efforts resulted in the opportunity to present Amelia Island Museum of History with a cheque that greatly succeeded all expectations. Jennifer Harrison, chairperson Board of Trustees Amelia Island Museum of HistoryA type of glue has bonded businesses together on the east side of Nassau County for years. A glue that seals business deals like epoxy. That unifies companies into a force to promote a pro-business and pro-economic agenda and message. It is, and has been, the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce. And now the same glue will ironically bond together the Chamber with its west   side sister, the Greater Nassau County Chamber. We have huge news at the Chamber, trumpets Regina Duncan. The true value of this is the fact that our voice is stronger   through   our out reach on both sides of the county. Duncan has been the dynamic president of the Amelia IslandFernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce for a decade. She will now preside over the consolidated body. The board of directors will be expanded to 21 members to include six representatives from the west side (primarily Callahan and Hilliard). The unification   occurs   in con junction with a renovation of the Chambers main office at the Gateway to Amelia office complex. The spiffy new design has   earned raving reviews from members. It is essentially a trendy business center with a hightech conference room, television/ computer monitors and high-speed services that can be used without cost by its members. The two Chamber of Commerce entities have had discussions before about consolidating. These discussions were recently rekindled, says Duncan. The west   side organiza tion   brings some 100 members to the east   side Chamber, raising the total membership to about 800. In a stillrural area, that is a big number. The Chamber   educates   members with timely presentations on successful practices. It tirelessly promotes pro-business legislation. And it provides a networking forum for members, among other membership   advantages. Duncan sees tremendous synergies in the merger. Not only will the outreach to local government bodies be more focused now, it will have   more impact. The unification reflects a trend developing quietly, gradually within the county. There is no longer a divide between the two sides of the county   geographically, Duncan says. If there is a bridge, it is the new Wildlight development near I-95. The Rayonier project will entail 7,000 new homes within a modern, mixed-use neighborhood in the first phase. It will fill in an undeveloped   space between Yulee and Callahan. The reaction on both sides of the county has been very, very positive, Duncan says.   Despite   the transi tion, the factions under the Chamber umbrella will remain intact. The Westside Council will still operate, overseeing events like the teachers breakfast and the Christmas parade in Callahan. As will the Yulee Council and the Island Council, with their respective interests and events. Were keeping the integrity of the different parts of the county intact, Duncan says. Because theyre different. But they are now united, under one roof, held together by a multipurpose glue. The new name sums it up, succinctly: the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. One Chamber. One purpose. One goal. To promote businesses in Nassau County. It was difficult to understand Mary Jo Kopechnes death at Chappaquiddick Island in 1969, but it was also hard to find a local theater showing the new movie about this dark incident. On the opening weekend, none of the   theaters around here   showed the movie about the involvement of Sen. Ted Kennedy in the young womans drowning. Kopechne was a 28-year-old campaign strategist who worked for Kennedy. She drowned when Kennedys car caromed off   a   narrow   wooden bridge   on   Chappaquiddick Island. It was playing at the theater in downtown St. Marys. However, the movie title Chappaquiddick was not displayed on the theaters enormous fluorescent screen along the street. There was a small poster for the movie on   the theater building. Hardly a rousing promotion. Seems like the real story of a controversial period for   the Kennedy family was a bit too controversial for this area.   And the attendance was dismal   that first weekend   at the   St. Marys theater. However, the movie has received mostly favorable reviews by national critics. Since then, the movie is playing at the comfortable confines of the B&B Amelia Island 7 theater in Fernandina Beach. Maybe after the initial splash of controversy, some theaters felt   comfortable showing it. The lower-budget movie was promoted widely on television prior to its release. So you knew when it hit the theaters. Finding it was another story. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser and a chartered retirement planning counselor for a major U.S. firm who lives on Amelia Island. He is also an award-winning columnist. His business columns appear in several newspapers in North Florida and South Georgia, and on his personal website at He has published a book of his favorite columns from the last 20 years, All About Money. The book is available in local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236.fnn r fnO frnt trrb Nrw t nrE rnt nr The News-Leader is published with pride weekly for the people of Nassau County by Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, Georgia. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communi ties Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to the truth, integrity, quality and hard work. fR f PrD n E Arr BO r Rfrt rr D Brt frn Sp E rr fC p E fG CD DbN rSnm t fm tff Cm fntb bbbtbb bb ttbbbt EB fR f rrt PrD n brt Nassau County Commissioners:Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 Pat Edwards, District 3 George V. Spicer, District 4 Justin M. Taylor, District 5 City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners:Mayor: Johnny Miller Vice Mayor: Len Kreger: 432-8398 (home) email: Roy G. Smith Phil Chapman Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell) email: BILL DAY-TALLAHASSEE/CAGLE CARTOONS ADAM ZYGLIS-THE BUFFALO NEWS/CAGLE CARTOONS


A rfL n n n ntb A SUBMITTEDAl and Phyllis Watson, left, captured the Amelia Island Club Mixed Team match play tournament last week by defeating Pam Fox and Jim Raycraft, right, in an exciting final match that needed an extra hole before the overall champions were determined. Al Watson made a par on the first extra hole of sudden death to capture the overall title. The tournament culminated a six-week long bracketed tournament with the teams of Marc and Maureen Nussman and Jack and Diane Lord making the semifinals before being defeated by the final two couples. The Amelia River Womens Golf Association held its annual River Cup tournament on two consecutive Mondays, April 16 and 23. The River Cup is both a gross and net tournament with the scores for the two days combined to determine the final score. Players faced challenging conditions on both days of the tournament, with very windy and cool conditions on the first day and rainy conditions the second day. Melinda McGrath was the overall gross winner with a two-day combined total score of 165. Leslie Geiger was the low net winner with a score of 144. The field was divided into two flights. In the first flight, first place low gross was captured by Ann Rogers; Susan Klotz, second low gross; BJ Murphy first low net; and MJ Smith, second low net. In the second flight, first place low gross went to Laurie Bruner; Beth Andrson, second low gross; and Jean DesBarres, first low net.Test your skills against Sheriff Bill Leeper, fellow law enforcement officers and area leaders while helping to raise money to benefit the community. The Nassau County Sheriffs Office and NCSO Charities are sponsoring the fourth annual Sheriffs Golf Tournament on June 22 at the Golf SUBMITTEDOverall winners were Leslie Geiger, left, low net, and Melinda McGrath, low gross. rfntbClub at North Hampton, Fernandina Beach. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the scramble shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. The event will be followed with an awards ceremony and a meal. Form a four-person team for $500. Sponsorships are also available. Contact Larry Boatwright at 548-4027 or for information on the event. PHOTOS BY AMANDA REAM/COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERSThe season came to a halt Tuesday for the Fernandina Beach High School softball team. The Lady Pirates lost 11-0 to the host West Nassau Lady Warriors in the semifinal round of the district tournament, which culminated Thursday with the championship game between the hosts and Yulee. FBHS host the baseball district tournament next week. ff BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERJoe Lupone, flanked by his parents Ellen and Fritz, signed a national letter of intent to play football at Ohio Wesleyan on April 18. rfntbJoe Lupone will be a Battling Bishop. The Fernandina Beach High School senior signed a national letter of intent last week to play football at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, a NCAA Division III program. The Pirate quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver becomes the fourth FBHS senior committed to play football on the next level. Were real excited for Joe, said John Pate, Lupones football coach at FBHS the last two seasons. Even though the severe knee injury he had is going to preclude him from playing this fall, he will still have four years of eligibility. Lupone was injured just before halftime of the last game of the season. He will redshirt this fall. This was a good place for him to fit in and do what he does, and thats have the ball in his hands, Pate said. Theyre a predominantly pro-style passing offense, so theyre looking at Joe as a wide receiver and defensive back and returner. Hes going to be able to fit it. Ohio Wesleyan has 114-15 players, and over 25 of them are Floridians, so theyve done what a lot of D-III programs have done, and theyve hit Florida hard from coast to coast. Its a great academic school. Its one of the older D-III programs in the country, and it ranks 15th of all the 249 D-III schools in total victories over the years. Its an outstanding combination of academics and athletics. Hell do real, real well. If he can go through this rehab this fall, hell have a really good career. Lupone completed 18 of 35 passes for 285 yards and a trio of touchdowns last fall. On the ground, he had 579 yards on 79 carries and another three scores. At defensive back, he recorded seven tackles and three assists and intercepted a pass. Joe can make things happen. He can catch it, he can make people miss, he can play defensive back. Hes so versatile, Pate said. He was an outstanding player for us, a catalyst for us improving. Lupone said he looked into a couple of schools that were recruiting him before he made his choice. I just thought Ohio Wesleyan was the best school when I went to visit, he said. I got to see the field and talk to the coaches. He plans to study business administration. He wasnt the only FBHS senior to sign a national letter of intent last week. On April 20, three more signed, including baseball player Scotty Rivenbark and basketball players Erica Foote and Kaylan Mitchell. Rivenbark, Pirate third baseman who also played basketball, will attend Piedmont International University, a private Bible college and graduate school in Winston-Salem, N.C. Foote and Mitchell bring the number of girls basketball signees to five for FBHS. All five seniors on the team have penned. Foote will play at Webber International University in Babson Park, Fla., and Foote will attend Warner University, a coeducational, private Christian liberal arts college in Lake Wales. I am so proud of both of these girls, said Jacob Nantz, head girls basketball coach at FBHS. The hard work and dedication they have given has paid off. Both of them are special players but also special people and deserve what they are getting. I have been coaching Erica for six years and am good SUBMITTEDThree signings were held April 20 and included, from left, Scotty Rivenbark (baseball), Erica Foote and Kaylan Mitchell (basketball). The three FBHS seniors are pictured with their families. friends with her mom and dad. I know them well, so I can see the character of her parents has been passed down to her. She has always been loyal, trustworthy and hardworking. Add in the athletic ability and hustle and you have a pretty amazing person and she will do great things at college and in her life. I have coached Kaylan for four years and have seen her grow so much in her basketball abilities. She has always been a solid and aggressive defender and never selfish. She was always looking for her teammates. She has the skills and will be able to contribute greatly to her college team. Warner University is very lucky to have her, and she will do great there. Foote averaged 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 points and shot 41 percent from the freethrow line. Mitchell averaged 4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2 steals. She shot 54 percent from the foul line. We have had all five seniors sign to play college basketball from this season, Nantz said. I have checked around and nobody ever remembers a school in North Florida having five basketball players sign to play college ball off of one team before. Teammate Alexis Schulz, who was just named first team all-First Coast, will attend Belmont Abbey; Sydne Caddy, second team all-First Coast, will play at Evansville; and Anna Arato signed with Emory. Having college offers out of high school is a big deal, and we have had nine players get legitimate offers in the last four years, with six deciding to play at the next level and signing; three decided not to sign and play at the next level and stick to academics only, Nantz said. The coaches have worked hard to make FBHS a place known for excellence in athletics and character, but also a place where colleges come and look for kids to play at the next level. We have a few more coming through that will have the opportunity to sign and play somewhere in the next couple of years. I am very proud of what we have built. NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 4/26/18 3:05 PM


A rThe Fernandina Beach High School boys basketball coach Matt Schreiber will host two camps this summer, a basketball camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 4-7 and an allsports camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 11-14 at the FBHS gym. The all-sports camp includes badminton, basket ball, kickball, ping pong, volley ball and soccer. The camp is open to boys and girls entering third through ninth grades next school year. Camp objectives include improving skill level, enhancing knowledge of rules and strate gies and teaching the impor tance of good sportsmanship. Fee is $100. Register the first day of camp. For information, contact Schreiber at 6352612.fntbThe U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a recre ational boating safety educa tion program. The course is aimed at the new boater. Flotilla 14-1 is offering this course at the Amelia Island Fernandina Beach, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28, May 19 and June 9. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Fee is $10. Attend the course and pass the exam to receive a Florida Boater Education card. To register or for information, contact Harry Tipper at (912) 576-6659 or email htip Island Youth Soccer is holding travel team tryouts. Register by May 4. Tryouts are from 6-7:30 p.m. May 7 and May 9 for U11-13 and from 6-8 p.m. May 8 and May 10 for U14-19. Season includes fall league and spring college showcase tournaments. Interested play ers and licensed coaches should email diradvcomp@ To register, visit www. for Frogmen 5K will be at 8 a.m. May 19 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road. The Tadpole Trot for children 2-6 years old will also be held that morning. Sponsorships starting at $100 are available; each sponsorship comes with a free 10x10 booth. Email ameliais for information. Both the 5K and the Tadpole Trot are hosted by the Navy SEAL Foundation, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the foundation; its mission is to provide immediate and continuing support to Special Welfare community, including spouses and chil dren. Go to www.jogginforfrog men/ameliaislandfl for informa tion and to register. Early reg istrations indicate even more runners will participate in 2018. Packet pickup will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. May 18 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.ntThe Amelia Island Sailing Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Kraft Athletic Club at Ten Acres, located off Buccaneer Trail. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner, business meeting and guest speaker presentation. Guests are welcome. The AISC is a great way to meet new friends who share a love of the water and boat ing. Current boat ownership or sailing skills are not prereq uisites to joining. Club activi ties throughout the year may include day/overnight excur sions by water and/or land, sailboat racing, social activities such as tubing, swimming with manatees, picnics and parties; as well as assisting with local conservation and environ mental efforts in surrounding waters. Contact Commodore Tom Maguire at (703) 298-1714.Amelia Island Nassau County Youth Lacrosse is a developmental youth lacrosse program for youths ages 8-12. Registration is now open for the spring season. There are teaching clinics throughout the year. No prior experience or knowledge of the sport is required. The league is completely volunteer-driven and is looking for adult volunteers, with or without experience. Register at lax. Email aincyouthlacrosse@ or contact organizer Fred McFarlin at (252) 2297033 or 277-6702.fThe Amelia Island Boules Club holds petanque pickup games on the petanque courts at the south end of the down town marina Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and most afternoons on weekdays. Petanque (pay-tonk) is a cousin of both horseshoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call 491-1190.The Nassau Sport Fishing Association holds its monthly business meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The monthly social gettogether is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The location for both meetings is Kraft Ten Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. All are welcome. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association, founded in 1983, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organi zation created to develop and promote saltwater fishing in the Nassau County area while adhering to state, federal and local regulations, to encour age compliance with rules of water safety by club members and the general public, and to promote youth-related com munity and other civic-minded activities. Burke at (256) 453-4744 or email for the all-new Monster Jam Triple Threat Series are on sale for the Sept. 1 tour stop at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Purchase tickets at www. McArthur YMCA offers Walk with Me, a program designed for people to walk with other people. The trail will be Amelia Park. The goal is a 50-minute walk with five min utes of stretching before and after the walk. The program is held at 8 a.m. Mondays. Meet at the McArthur YMCA, 1951 Citrona levels are welcome. Call 2611080 for information.tnThe North Florida Bicycle Club offers several organized bicycle rides each week at various times and locations on Amelia Island and in Nassau County. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome. Helmets and a bicycle in good working con dition are required. Bicycle safety will be emphasized at the start of each ride. Cyclists typically split into groups, depending on pace and skill level, and there are options to cut the ride short. Anyone who joins the group will not be left behind. Lunch is optional. Call 261-5160, or visit www., www. or www. for information.fnttSenior league bowl ing is offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the bowling alley off U.S. 17 in Yulee. The group also meets for Christian league at 6 p.m. Thursdays.U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Amelia Island Flotilla 14-1 meets the first Thursday in the Amelia Island Lighthouse Lane on Lighthouse Circle. Call 261-1889 for information. To submit an item, call 2613696 or email information to SUBMITTED PHOTOSPaks Karate Academy of Fernandina Beach participated in a tournament hosted by Grandmaster Song Ki Pak in Jacksonville on April 7.   Students competed in sparring or forms divisions.   Pictured with their awards are Colin Lipscomb, Zachary Bietenholz, Katherine Dillard, Michael Wilcox, Sam Cox, Chloe Carrero, Owen Bietenholz, Patrick Allgood, Emma Godek, Caleb Roberts, Anayah Gilroy, Gunner Herbert, Vincent Gilsenan, Kaleb Strauder, Matthew Crane, Zoe Parker, Connor McBeth, Emma Dillard, Konnor Blankenberg, Trent Wilburn, Ashton Eslinger, Carson Grimm, Cooper Sines and Mackenzie Gentz. NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 4/26/18 2:59 PM


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It made for great comradery and great competition. rfffrntbfrnrrnrffr SUBMITTED PHOTOSMember-Member winners Ama Corbett and Doc Johnson are pictured with FBMGA tournament director Lee Murray, left. Right, Larry McCorkle, second from left, won the Knockout Matchplay Tournament title. Chuck Himmelheber, second from right, was a finalist. They are pictured with Murray, far right, and Jon Berk, president of the FBMGA, far left. Everyone is looking forward to next January and the next Knockout. Congratulations to our 84-year-old champion, who was once a scratch golfer. He still has what it takes to win. For information on the FBMGA, contact Jon Berk, president, at (630) 991-3588. as the 2017 Northern Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year by his peers. The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recProfessional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership. This award is based on a professionals overall performance in teaching, innovative and special teaching programs implemented as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed. The Northern Chapter is part of the North Florida Section of the PGA and encompasses a variety of facilities from St. Augustine, Gainesville, Tallahassee and all of Jacksonville, including Amelia Island. Bowe has been the director of instruction at The Amelia Island Club since September of 2016 and is a certified Golf Channel Academy Coach. He has spent a lifetime teaching and coaching players around the world in an effort to better enjoy this great game. crowned Fernandina Beach Womens Golf Association Handicap champion for the 2018-19 season, taking the Handicap Tournament title with a net score of 133 for the twoday event. Winners for flight A were BJ Murphy, first; Denise Buse, second; and Nancy Meadows, third. Winners in the B flight included Nancy Inboden, first; Sharon Sheets-Long, second; and Carol Mulumphy, third. Carol Anderson took first place in flight C; second was Glenda Babin; and there was a threeway tie for third place between Pat Gibbs, Helen Hirsch and Joyce Tonti. Golf Tournament, a scholarship fundraiser set for May 12 at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road. A 10 a.m. shotgun start is set for the four-person scramble event, and the public is invited to participate. Entry fee will be $80 per person. Hole sponsorships opportunities may be viewed online. Visit com, call the festival hotline at 504-4772 or event chairperson Steve Murphy at 310-3178. Best Value on Amelia Island $495,000 Compare to $600,000 Homes200 River Oaks Drive, Fernandina Beach Immaculate move-in condition, perfect for an active family with kids and pets. Come see this home Sunday, April 29th, 11am-4pm. 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rfntbrn br trrr rf rrntrb rr rrrrr rt r rt rr rn tttttrr tttttrrttrr rnnrftttr rnnrrr rrntt rtntnr rt rn tt rrt tn tr rtntrtrtnr rrrrrf tnrtrtrt frrtfn nrrtrrttrf rntrrtf rbrttnr tttr frt nrnt rttrnrt r rft ttnnftnr rttrtnn ftrrrrrr trrbt ft rtttrn bb b r SPOTLIGHT On Nassau Gardens rfntbSandra and Gary Jaques have lived in Bryceville for 45 years. Sandra is a retired nurse and Gary retired from his job as a union pipe fitter. When they arrived on their property, it had very few plants and only a small cluster of trees in one corner. It was mostly an open field. Sandra and Gary looked at this challenge as a blank canvas and were excited to build their house, dig a recreation pond and plant dozens and dozens of trees and flowers. The one building on the site was an old barn that they used for their horses and storage of hay. While the barn would eventually be transformed into their current home, they lived in a trailer. They now have a real vegetable garden with a pond and a landscape full of native plants and trees. Many hours have been spent on the dock overlooking their pond. One special palm tree that they brought from Amelia Island was planted across the pond. Gary, who loves to tinker and design things, made the weather vane on the house. The white spirea bridal wreath shrub is strategically planted between two large pines that make the scene look just like a picture frame. A large, white native azalea is very striking among dozens of other native flame, pink, and coral azaleas. The large, white flowers of the Cherokee rose vine show off every spring. Growing all along the banks of the pond are stunning native purple iris. One of the loveliest areas is the grassy section of the property located in the front yard that is full of azaleas and a dogwood tree. One other eye-catching tree is the native fringe tree often called Old Mans Beard. The couple purposely planted a cold-hardy citrus called a calamondin. This citrus is prized for its ornamental tree structure and the sour fruit is often used in ethnic cooking. Peeking out of the flower beds is a special terrestrial orchid called the nuns orchid but it needs to be protected if temperatures drop near freezing. The photo of Sandra and Gary is in front of the flame azalea. They have enjoyed designing and maintaining their beautiful garden and yard. Spotlight on Nassau Gardens is a monthly recognition program of the UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Service and features gardens and plants grown by Nassau County residents. To be considered for recognition, send a digital photo with a description of your spotlight along with your name, address, and phone number to For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6353. rfntbtntffttPHOTOS BY LIBBY WILKES/SPECIAL NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 13 4/26/18 9:24 AM


A Amelia Lifelong Learning is hosting a Basic Spanish for Busy People class as part of its spring schedule. The classes offer adults the oppor tunity to explore new subjects in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, with no pres sure, no papers, and no tests. Classes are still available at Amelia Island Plantation and at Amelia Community Theatre. The Spanish class will be taught by Berta Arias and is a fast, fun, and affordable way to learn the Spanish you need for travel abroad and for practical use at home. The class will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Amelia Island Plantation through May 24. The class fee is $50. For full information on classes and to register, visit the ALL website at ameliale Returning to Amelia Island after her sold-out 2017 concert, Irish singer and original Celtic Woman Chlo Agnew will perform with Dermot Kiernan at 7 p.m. today at Amelia Community Theatre, located at 207 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students; a pre show meet and greet oppor tunity is available at 6:15 p.m. for $20. Call 261-6749 or visit for tickets and information. Ballroom On Amelia offers Latin in Motion fitness class at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. A dance work shop is offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wednesday and Thursday classes are $10 per person. A Friday Night Dance Party will be held 8-10 p.m. April 27; doors will open at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $10 cash at the door. For information, call 624-0886 or visit or the Ballroom on Amelia Facebook page. The Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz Trio with Bonnie Eisele will Swing Into Spring with performances at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Highway on Amelia Island. The group is scheduled to perform 6 to 9 p.m. April 27-28 and May 4-5 and 25-26. For reservations, call 3212430. $15 music charge. The Fernandina Beach High School Foundation will hold a trivia night fun draiser at 7 p.m. April 27 in the auditorium at the Atlantic Recreation Center. The Foundation funds vital supplies to the high school that Nassau County cannot provide. Visit for more information or contact FBHSFoundationtrivia@gmail. com. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a recreational boating safety course aimed at new boaters, including teens. Flotilla 14-1 will conduct the course at the Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28, May 19, and June 9. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. and costs $10. If you pass an exam, you will receive a Florida Boater Education card.The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next Brown Bag Lunch at noon Wednesday, May 2. Special guest Dr. Kent Nielson will present The Impact of Florida (Geologically Speaking). Florida is perhaps the most distinctively shaped state in the U.S. Yet, the cur rent land above sea level reveals only about half of the actual continental fragment that is Florida. This presen tation will describe the full extent of Florida, the origin of that landmass, the path way followed to unite with North America, and the effect of Florida upon its arrival on the scene. Nielson is a retired professor of geology from the University of Texas at Dallas, member of the American Geophysical Union, and senior fellow of the Geological Society of American. He and Nannette, his wife of 39 years, are fairly recent additions to Amelia Island, and to Florida. They are working hard to understand this place they now call home. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come/firstserved. For more information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or gray@ameliamuseum. org. Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. The Plantation Guild & Gallery will hold a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 4 to introduce a Kaleidoscope. Osprey Village will be sponsoring the event and serving light refreshments. The charity will be the Humane Society. The guest artist for Baker Hinton. She will have for sale some of her latest work Gallery artists will also be present. The Gallery is located in the Omni Spa & Shops, 94 Amelia Village Circle on Amelia Island. For more infor mation, call 432-1750 or visit Friends of the Library Book Club will meet Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Episcopal Church to discuss The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier. The program is free, and open to the public. Future meeting dates and books to be discussed are June 14, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo rA fo r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, November 1 Solution Ishiguro; July 12, by Geraldine Brooks; Aug. 9, by Jesmyn Ward; Sept. 13, by Marjane Satrapi; Oct. 11, by Arundhati Roy; Nov. 8, by Atul Gawande; Dec. 13, by Henry James; Jan. 10, by Amor Towles; Feb. 14, by Julian Barnes. The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next 3rd on 3rd Street presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18. Special guest Medardo Monzon will present The Genealogy of Genes. For centuries, genealogists have based their studies on ancient records and oral affida vits to establish line of descent. Fifty years after the discovery of DNA, the age of genealogi cal DNA testing was launched, providing us with scientific methods to prove relation ships. But how were DNA and genes discovered? What are their lines of descent? This entertaining presentation will focus on describing the thrills, intrigue and espionage associated with the amazing race to solve the puzzle of this remarkable molecule by three competing scientific teams. Monzon will also describe the different types of DNA genetic testing, and will show how his own DNA test results encapsu late the story of human migra tion. Monzon began his career as an entrepreneur in his native Colombia, moving to the United States in 1981, where he worked for Dow Chemical, Equistar (now Lyondell) and International Paper. He obtained a chemistry degree from the National University of Colombia and a master degree in chemistry from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Mahler Advanced Management Skills Program and is certified in neuro-linguistic programming and several personality diag nostics. Monzon is retired and a resident of Amelia Island. His hereditary material shows links to points across the globe: Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Americas. This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Seating is firstcome, first-served. For more information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or gray@ Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. Amelia Community Theatre will present The Phantom Tollbooth a play for young audiences and their families based on the classic novel by Norton Juster, at 7 p.m. May 18-19 and 24-26 as well as at 2 p.m. May 20 and 26 in Studio 209, located at 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. The show is recommended for ages 5 and up; children under 12 must be accom panied by an adult. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and students. Call 261-6749 or visit ameliacom for tickets and information. The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold a Brown Bag Lunch at noon Wednesday, June 6. Special guest Chip Kirkpatrick will deliver a presentation entitled Metal Detecting: Finding Buried Treasure on Amelia Island. Kirkpatrick will recount the fascinating history of the first metal detector, which was made by Alexander Graham Bell in an attempt to save the life of President James Garfield. He will then discuss metal detecting and tell us about some of his most interesting finds, including a silver medallion found by Kirkpatrick last January, which is believed to be of Scottish origin and may have a compelling con nection to local history. Join us as we learn about metal detecting and the artifacts that provide a link between past and present. Kirkpatrick and his wife, Grace, are lifelong residents of Northeast Florida. Retired after 32 years with Bellsouth/AT&T, Kirkpatrick was an avid fisherman until a friend got him interested in metal detecting. He has sold his three boats and most of his fishing gear and now does dirt fishing. His wife says he still gets as dirty as before but occasionally smells better at the end of the day. An avowed history buff, he despairs that so much of our history is rusting and rotting away, in the ground beneath our feet. He is dedicated to recovering as much as possible, restoring it and finding places for it in schools, museums and librar ies. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or gray@ameliamuseum. org. Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. 3rd St. in Fernadnina Beach.Resin epoxy, dirty pour art classes are being held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Clay Times Art Center, located at 112 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. All materials are provided for you to create your own 12-by12-inch piece of art, which can be picked up the next day when it has cured to a glasslike finish. Cost is $45. To register, contact Julie Delfs at 518-322-7937. Four six-week adult beginning guitar classes are being offered by the Nassau County Adult Education Department beginning in June. Two classes will be held in the old middle school in Yulee at 850935 U.S. 17 in room 16-01 and will run on Tuesdays from June 12 to July 24 (no class July 3). The first class will run from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The second class will run from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The two other classes will be held in Fernandina Beach at the Nassau County School District administra tion building at 1201 Atlantic Ave. in the Team Center on Thursdays from June 14 to July 26 (no class July 5). The first class will run from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The second class will run from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The class limit for all classes is six. The cost for a class is $80 for instruction and materials. Call Michelle at 650-823-1767 to register or for more informa tion. The Plantation Artists Guild & Gallery show themed, Hearts & Flowers, will be on view through April. A different artist will be on duty each day, and you will be able to view a variety of artwork by local artists. The gallery is open daily and located at 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Spa & Shops. For information, call 432-1750 or go online to The Amelia Knitting Club meets from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the BuyGO store on South Eighth Street. Kings Bay RC Modelers, established in 1989, is located Bluff Road and Oakwell Road in Kingsland, Georgia. We are a small Club with excellent facilities, consisting of friendly people passionate about our hobby. We welcome pilots of all levels. To learn more please visit ACBL Duplicate Bridge, Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Duplicate Bridge Club hosts the only sanctioned ACBL duplicate bridge games on the island. Monday, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. For information, contact fredstokes50@ or (770) 616-7664. Bingo is played every Thursday at American Legion Post 54, 626 S. Third St. The public is invited to play in the meeting hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:05 p.m. Regular session, which consists of nine games for $20, begins at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes, and proceeds are donated to help veterans and the community. You must be 18 to be in the hall during play. Call 261-7900. Lions Club bingo, every Thursday and Sunday, Yulee Lions Club Bingo Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., warm-ups at 5:15 p.m. Early birds play at 5:45 p.m. with the regular program at 6:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old; minimum purchase $15. Information, 708-2591. Living With Loss is a support group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for any one who has lost a loved one and needs a safe place for comfort and support. Meetings are Mondays from 4-5 p.m. at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Cost is $10 per meeting. Call 2773699 or email supportgroups@ for information. Contract bridge, Monday and Thursday, except the first Monday of each month, 12:303:30 p.m., Peck Community Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Dust off your drum sticks, oil your valves or wet your reed to join the Nassau Community Band! The ensemble meets weekly at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information, visit www.nas is open every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and every Thursday, 1-4 p.m., Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine St., Fernandina Beach. It is a Nonprofit resource center for women with can cer, answers questions in a confidential setting, provides support group information and more. For an appointment call 261-7000. Guests on the Ghost Tour will learn Amelia Island ghost stories while they tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the footsteps of a bygone era as the past comes alive through the storytelling of your guide. This tour begins at 6 p.m. every Friday. Meet your guide in the cemetery behind St. 801 Atlantic Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the Amelia Island Museum of History for $10/adults and $5/students, or before the tour with check or cash only. Living in Recovery is a support group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for anyone who recovering from any type of addiction. The goal of this group is to harbor a safe, confiden tial environment where one can gain support and skills to be successful in recov ery. Meetings are Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Cost is $10 per meeting. Call 277-3699 or email supportgroups@nacdac. com for information. Overeaters Anonymous meets in the parlor at St. 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Contact Ilona at 261-9361. Submit event announcements/briefs to Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696.SUBMITTEDWhen you send your child to White Oak Conservation Summer Camp, youre sending them on an experience they will never forget! Occupying more than 17,000 acres, White Oak is a unique place for the conservation of wildlife, history, culture and learning. Your child will participate in our STEM summer camp in a living laboratory like none other. As an education guest, your child will learn from leading experts in diverse life sciences and engage in stimulat ing programs that infuse core scientific and conservation principles. Rather than seeing imperiled animals on a screen or reading theory in a book, students touch, smell, and truly experience wildlife and habitats while learning about the threats they face and the work necessary to ensure their survival. The curriculum combines academic work, fun, and experiential learning. Throughout the week, students will participate in the White Oak Conservation Curriculum that incorporates science, social studies, the arts and much more to foster a sense of place in the worldwide ecosystem and conservation ethic. The White Oak experience includes swimming, river tours, sports, and the famous Gilman Hall (complete with a bowling alley). Summer camp tuition of $1,100 is inclusive of all activities, materials, curriculum, food and transportation. For complete information on ages and dates, visit NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 14 4/26/18 10:59 AM


Dining Out Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Dining Out at your favorite local spots CALL 261-3696 TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR RESTAURANT CAN BECOME A PART OF OUR WEEKLY DINING OUT FEATURE PAGE. On Amelia Island at the base of the A1A bridge From 11:00 am daily Weekend breakfast from 8:00 AM960030 Gateway Blvd. 904-277-3700 Also recognized by USA Today as one of Jacksonvilles 10 Best Homestyle Restaurants for 2016Barbara Jeans was selected for Five Winners in the Elegant Island Living Magazines Best of 2017 Crab Cakes, Bread & Rolls, Soup, Vegetable Plate Selection and Southern CookingBarbara Jeans w on2017in the Best All Around Restaurant category!Florida Times Unions WINNER 2017 BOLD CITY BEST CRAB CAKES Best Best of the Wild Amelia has announced that the final Wild Nite of the 2017-18 series of nine monthly lectures will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Peck Center auditorium, located at 516 S. 10th St, in Fernandina Beach. The speaker will be Discover This Co. Inc. owner Lauri deGaris, who grew up in North Florida and currently lives with her family on Amelia Island. She will discuss the interrelationship of history and nature in Northeast Florida in a presentation titled, The Historical Use of Natural Resources in Northeast Florida. deGaris studied marine science and spent close to a decade working for Dr. Quinton White, director of the Marine Science Research Institute at Jacksonville University. She said, I learned so much at Jacksonville University about the natural world. Then I got interested in the history. It was not long before I understood that every period in our history is supported by natural resources. For almost three decades, deGaris has been studying and speaking about the history and nature of coastal communities. For the last 17 years, her company, Discover This, has offered history and nature tours from Maine to the Caribbean. She said, I have visited about every port on the eastern seaboard. All of these years of study and travel helped me to understand that history is the tapestry of our life, woven out of nature. This final Wild Nite is being offered just a few days before the 12th Wild Amelia Nature Festival set for May 18-20 at venues on and around Amelia Island. Visit for Festival details.SUBMITTED PHOTOSMemorial United Methodist Church held a beach cleanup Saturday morning at Main Beach in honor of Earth Day celebrations. In about an hour, the group of more than 50 youth, children, and adults collected more than 2,000 pieces of trash that included 960 cigarette butts, 96 pieces of cardboard or paper, and 242 fragments of plastic and foam. Below left, The Georgia Sea Turtle Center sent AmeriCorps Marine Debris member Sera Brown to the event to talk about the problems of marine debris and why picking up trash along the beach is important for the environment. The Marine Debris group maintains records of the amounts of trash collected at beach cleanups to help better combat water pollution in the future. Below right, Nola Scruggs reacts to one of the 960 cigarette butts she helped remove from the beach. SUBMITTEDA recent free concert by The Grascals as part of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival at The Boys & Girls Clubs Roberts Learning and Achievement Center in Fernandina Beach was also an interactive musical experience for the more than 100 members who attended. Daylee Abilar, a member of the Roberts Center, steps up to learn how to play the violin from one of The Grascals. Everybody had a chance to play one of the instruments, said Danielle Albert, a Club member. And the band played each instrument separately so we could hear what each one sounded like. It was a lot of fun. I feel like I learned a lot! The Clubs have similar experiences planned for the summer at their Summery Academies. For information about activities at the Roberts Center on Lime Street, call David Bryan at 491-9102. To learn about activities at the Miller Freedom Center on Old Nassauville Road, call Sherryl Smith at 261-1075. The AICMFs Closing Gala for its current season will take place Sunday. See On & Off The Island on 1B for more information about the concert. rf ffrVilla Villekulla Toys is encouraging families to unplug April 30 to May 6 and join in Screen-Free Week, an international event sponsored by Campaign for a CommercialFree Childhood and celebrated by schools, families, and other civic and community groups each year, according to a news release. During Screen-Free Week, millions of children and adults pledge to spend seven days screen-free. Instead of watching TV or playing video games, they tend to read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family, the release states. We know that play is an integral part of a childs development and helps adults to be healthy. The mission of ScreenFree Week supports our dedication to ensuring local children and adults have access to quality play that improves critical thinking, creativity, physical fitness, and social awareness, Theresa Duncan, co-owner of Villa Villekulla Toys, said in the release. Studies show that children who watch less television are more likely to read well and to be physically fit, according to the release, which notes that turning off screens also allows for more family time. Each week, American children spend more time in front of a screen than they do in school! Screen-Free Week is a way to jump-start kids into more reading, learning, and active play. Its also a lot of fun, the release states. To kick off Screen-Free Week, Villa Villekulla will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover today to support the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Children are invited to bring a stuffed animal for craft time and a bedtime story. Then, the stuffed animals can stay for a slumber party, snacks, play time in the toy store, exploration of the downtown area and probably staying up very late. Space is very limited and advanced reservations are required. Families who turn in a completed Screen-Free pledge and activity log to Villa Villekulla after May 6 will receive a free gift for participating. Villa Villekulla Toy Store is a family-owned, independent toy store located at 5 S. Second St. in downtown Fernandina Beach. Visit for more information. rf fnntf deGaris NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 15 4/26/18 9:27 AM


Come join us and dive in deeper to touch the heart of God. We invite you to come worship the Lord with us through fellowship, digging into the book of Ephesians, discussing and applying the timeless lessons to our lives. Dont miss this opportunity to worship, study and fellowship with other believers every Tuesday at noon. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.rfJim Wood, a nationally known speaker and educator, will deliver the keynote address for the 2018 observance of the National Day of Prayer in Nassau County. The local leadership team for the National Day of Prayer has announced that Wood will speak on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. New Zion is the venue for the 22nd observance of the National Day of Prayer in our community. The National Day of Prayer theme for this year is Pray for America-Unity. The New Zion Missionary Baptist Church is located in the historic district at 10 S. 10th St. and Atlantic Avenue. There is no admission charge for the National Day of Prayer service and the community is invited to attend. For more information, contact Lennon at regular multi-faith inspirational afternoon is on the second Sunday of each month. The next one will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Springer Controls, located at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. This will be an open, discussion/conference-style meeting. Bring your own ideas, thoughts, writings, book, etc. All are welcome for a casual couple of hours, hospitality, friends and fellowship. The current Bah month is Glory. The month of Beauty begins April 28. For more information, call 566-5437 or 432-8845. fThe Salvation Army Hope Houses Food Pantry was laid bare this week and clients food stamps have run out! We are in great need of virtually all types of non-perishable food and toilet paper. Most needed are jelly, condensed and readyto-eat soup, canned meals and meats like beanie-weenies, raviolios, beef stew, spam, tuna, and chicken, dried beans and peas, pasta and spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, helper meals, ramen noodles, canned fruit and cereal. Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is the only Lutheran church in Nassau County and offers two worship services on Sunday mornings. The 9 a.m. service is a traditional liturgical service, while the 10:45 a.m. service is a more casual one. In months that have five Sundays, the final Sunday will have ONE combined service at 10 a.m. followed by a fellowship meal and community service project. Children are welcome and encouraged to be present at all worship services; however, a nursery area is available for children five years old and younger. Childrens Sunday School is at 10:15 a.m. Holy communion is offered at all worship services and is open to all baptized believers in Jesus Christ. Lutheranism is Bible-based and utilizes the Common Lectionary of scripture readings. Prince of Peace is located on Amelia Island at 2600 Atlantic Ave., next to the Atlantic Recreational Center and across from the main entrance to Fort Clinch State Park.Amelia Baptist Church hosts the Bible Study for College Age group at 7 p.m. each Sunday. For information and directions, call Adam Page at 261-9527.The Bahs of Nassau County hold prayers and meditations for peace, amity, concord and harmony every Saturday morning from dawn to sunrise on the beach at Seaside Park (east end of Sadler Road). For more information, call 7040568. Franklintown United Methodist Church will serve a meal at 4 p.m. and host a Bible study at 5 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in its Gabriel Means Fellowship Hall. The dinners and Bible studies will be open to the public. The church is located at 1415 Lewis St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, call 277-2726 or 261-5354 or email Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696. r Worship this wee kat the place of your choice... Doug Sides, Senior Pastor Morning Services 8:15 and 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday Children 6:30 pm Nursery Provided For All ServicesYulee, FL 3209785971 Harts Rd. 9042255128 Y BC ULEE Y BCAPTISTVisitors Always Welcome! HURCH rf rfntbrfntb nbt nn 904-261-4293 7:30AM Rite 1 Service 8:15AM Breakfast 9:00AM Rite 2 Service 10:10AM Fellowship 11:00AM Rite 2 6:00PM 2nd Sunday Beach ServiceMain Beach 4th Sunday Celtic ServiceWelcomes You!Located at the corner of 8th &AtlanticSt. Peters Episcopal Church B LACKROCK B APTISTCHURCH96362 Blackrock Rd., Yulee261-6220 John Kasper, PASTORSunday Morning Worship Service 10:30 amSunday School 9:15 am Sunday Evening Worship Service 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 7:00 pm Awana Wednesday 6:45 pm 8:15 pm Nursery Provided 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Nursery/Childrens church provided Located near Yulee Winn-Dixie 96038 Lofton Square Court 904-491-0363 F o c u s e d o n J e s u s C h r i s t F a i t h f u l t o G o d s W o r d O v e r f l o w i n g w i t h G o d s l o v e r fntbnnb b t bbbbnn bbnn bnn bbb brnn b 904 491 6082 8:00 AM Holy Communion ( aid) 9:15 AM Sunday Bible College 10:30 AM Holy Communion ( ung) The Church with the RED DOORS In Amelia Park by the YMCA 1830 Lake Park Drive Anglican Province of America TRINIT Y CHURCH HOL Y FIVE POINTS BAPTISTMORE THAN A CHURCH, WERE FAMILYCome Experience the Joy of Worship & Service Psalm 100Rev. FRANK CAMAROTTI, Pastor Sunday School ........................................ 10:00am Worship Service ..................................... 11:00am Evening Worship ......................................5:00pm Young Adult Bible Study ........................... 7:00pm Wednesday Encounter Youth Group .......... 7:00pm Children in Action .................................... 7:00pm Wednesday Prayer Service ........................ 7:00pm736 Bonnieview Road 904-261-4615 Nursery provided WorshipInJoy.comFind us on Facebook: Five Points Baptist Encounter Youth Sunday Service at 10am American Beach Community Center 1600 Julia Street UnityIsleofLight www. u nity i sleof l ight.comAll are welcome. Positive Path for Spiritual Living Sunday Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. ( 904 ) 277-4414 Amelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Ted Schroder You Are Welcome Here! rfntb rf ftbrrb trrt rrffbt nrnrbrrfnttbbrrnrf Teaching and Living a Changed Life in Jesus Christ LEGACY BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery and childrens church provided Wednesday Night Meal at 5:15pm, Bible study all ages 5:45pm, Prayer service 7:00pm Nursery provided.941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery provided Wednesday Night Service 6pm Nursery provided 941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Pastor Bill Yeldell rf rfntbrfntb nbt nn Weekend Masses:Sat Mass 4 p.m. (7:00pm Spanish) Sun Mass 8 a.m. (9:30am Family) Rev. Rafal 86000 St. Francis WayIntersection of SR200 & Gene Lasserre Blvd. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission Church ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI Catholic Mission Advertise Your Church Here!To advertise in the Church Directory; Call the News-Leader at 261-3696 Advertise Your Church Here!To advertise in the Church Directory; Call the News-Leader at 261-3696 A speaker once asked a roomful of conference goers, Who wants to go to heaven? Hands flew up everywhere. He then asked, Who wants to go now? We have strange and conflicting ideas about heaven. On one hand, Christians speak rapturously of our ultimate destination; on the other hand, we live our day-to-day lives as if its not really there. We are runners who fear the finish line, says writer Nathan Bierma. We go through life with little sense of what heaven will be like, and less sense of why we want to live there. Were fixed on the here and now, he continues, oblivious to the there and then. If Biermas right, and I think he is, thats strange. After all, if heaven is glorious beyond our imagining, and if eternity is infinite stretching before us forever and ever and then long past that youd think we would daydream about it; youd think we would let our imaginations run wild picturing it, talking about it, speculating blissfully about what we might do there. But sadly, C.S. Lewis was right: We are like a child who would rather play in a sandbox than dream of the beach. Christian author Philip Yancey challenges readers to think of heaven in terms of the sheer math: If we assume that 99.999 percent of our existence will take place in heaven (and of course such numbers dont actually apply), isnt it strange that we live as if it isnt doesnt matter? Wed be happier if thought about heaven more. In the Bible, God holds out the promise of heaven so that we can place our lives today, in Fernandina Beach in proper context. He graciously dangles heaven before us so that we can live here with a truer and more inspiring purpose than our flimsy society can offer. Still, we typically live as if heaven has nothing to do with our daily lives. Thats why fewer people seem content. Its why few people are inspired by anything of substance; its why they live without a compelling sense of eternal destiny. We work, tend gardens, and play golf without much thought about why were here. Yet, these are the things that comprise our lifes stories; they reveal our highest values and sense of purpose. Regrettably, they also demonstrate that few us actively and intentionally weave our stories into Gods larger, eternal story. Consequently, we always hope for something more. We may crave good food, sex even lively conversation. We may love the Gators, join the Pirates Club, or be involved in a worthwhile cause. And from time to time, we live in great anticipation of a trip, a house, or playing a new golf course. But such things, we know, pale in comparison to the fact that Christ will one day fully and finally triumph over evil; that we will, therefore, live forever happy, healthy, more productive and more creative than weve ever been bursting with gratitude and satisfaction. Thats why the prophet Jeremiah comforted ancient Israel, telling them, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Its why the Apostle Paul wrote, Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12). Its why, three chapters later, he said, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13). Eternal hope is to be the driving force of our lives of our work, recreation, retirement, and closest relationships. A scarcity of such hope reveals our failure to grasp the breadth of Gods promise; it reveals an inability to link biblical hope with this lifes purpose. And as theologian Lewis Smedes said, The person without hope is inwardly dead. Unfortunately, we tend to overassociate going to heaven with death. When we talk about heaven, were usually comforting those whove lost a loved one. Which means we use the word primarily to console, not to inspire. And so, Bierma says, We fail to stay in a constant state of anticipation, the trance of the fascinating idea that this world is only a brief prologue to the one to come. As a result, hope is not our constant context. It would be healthy for us, our city, and American culture if we reimagined the world to come, lived in eager anticipation of it, and conveyed that hope to our hopeless neighbors. Richard Doster lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife Sally. Hes the editor of byFaith, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, and attends Grace Community Church in Yulee. Reach him at ddoster@icloud. com.rfrnfnt NL/PSANASSAU COUNTY OBSERVANCE, THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 NEW ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Gracias Thank YouTaste the Latin American Traditional FoodLa Tierra Prometida (The Promised Land)Will Host a Dinner Featuring an Array of Hispanic dishesSaturday, April 2 8th, 201 8 5:00 8:00PM416 Alachua Street Fernandina Beach, FL (the old Baptist Church)Ph. (904) 349-2595 We Will Have Food From:No Charge for Admission, though donations will happily be acceptedAll Donations will go to the Building Fund for the Spanish Ministry The Promised LandMEXICO EL SALVADOR HONDURAS PUERTO RICO URUGUAY NL 6 col. Fri. 04.27.indd 16 4/26/18 9:31 AM


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