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The news-leader
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News-leader (Fernandina Beach, Fla.)
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rfnt rffnnftbfffnfn b rrfrn rtrb n b f b The Ocean Highway and Port Authority took the first step in floating a $42 million bond to build facilities next to the Container Coporation of America Fernandina Beach mill.May 9, 1968 rffnftbfrfb The National Association of Letter Carriers is conducting its annual food drive this Saturday, May 12. They ask that local residents fill a bag and help feed families. Please bag non-perishable boxed foods like pasta, cereal, oatmeal, canola oil, and peanut butter, and canned foods like beans, fruit, vegetables, soup, tuna, meat, and sauces. Please avoid glass containers. Place the bag near your mailbox by Saturday morning so your letter carrier can deliver it to a local food bank or pantry. Go to for more information. nAmelia Island has some spectacular plant life, which is one of the things that makes it special, but some of the plants that love it here may not be loved in return, especially if they are growing in the wrong place. One of the major headaches for property owners here on Amelia Island can be the Virginia creeper vine, which many people admire for its ability to cover fences, walls, and trellises with brilliant autumn leaves. A quick Google search brings up a nursery advertising Red Wall Virginia creeper for sale, touting it as growing super-fast and healthy in almost any soil and any garden condition. ... It will quickly cover an area 30 feet tall and 10 feet wide. ... Youll want to choose your location wisely. Red Wall can engulf a house or a tree before you know it and can be a challenge to remove! There is the issue: It grows and spreads easily, widely, and destructively. As spelled out on a fact sheet, In order to protect the entire ecosystem, the vines need to be managed in a way that protects the (tree) canopy without destroying the vines root system. Without management through pruning, the rampant vines can kill any healthy tree that hosts it, and crowd and choke other plants, according to a United States Department of Agriculture plant guide. Once established, it can be very difficult to remove. Its a tricky situation, to say the least. Many island residents battle the familiar vine in their backyards, but a 3.5-mile stretch each way along A1A (seven miles total) around the Amelia Island Plantation is perhaps one of the best examples of the species going wild and in so doing, threatening everything around it. Virginia creeper vines love the sun. When a wide swath of land was cleared in that area, it gave the vines just what they needed to go into super growth rfntrb nffrfnf Premiere EditionJune 20 & 21, 2018 Enrichment Classes Paint a Multigenerational Portrait The Gilbert Lindsey Family JULY SEPTEMBER 2018Inside:Healthy Aging Activity Calendars Helpful Resources Instructor Lamar Miles ADVERTISING DEADLINE: Friday, May 25, 2018Call to advertise today!News-Leader: 261-3696 Nassau County Record: 879-2727 seniors publication produced, printed and distributed by the Nassau County Council On Aging, the News-Leader and Nassau County Record. CREEPER Continued on 3ABOB SCHMONSEES/SPECIALThe work by the Amelia Island Plantation Foundation to remove the invasive Virginia creeper vines along the right-of-way abutting the Amelia Island Plantation began in April. ff The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has been awarded a $3,356,900 Passenger Ferry Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Transit Administration, according to a news release. The funds will be used to make improvements to the St. Johns River Ferry, including providing critical elements related to public safety and state of good repair for the ferry slips, the vessel, and the ferry terminal. We have made a lot of improvements since JTA assumed ownership and operations of the ferry on March 31, 2016, said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. in the release. Ridership continues to grow, and improvements to the ferrys infrastructure will continue thanks to grant awards that the JTA has received from the FTA. With this recent award, the JTA will continue to strengthen the ferrys infrastructure, and give our riders a safe and reliable service.FILE PHOTO nA third, independent engineering study of the supporting structure underneath Bretts Waterway Caf has concluded that the deterioration of the restaurants foundation is repairable, but those repairs will be expensive. The building holding the waterfront restaurant is safe for continued occupation at this time, in the opinion of engineering firm Pi-Tech, Inc. The City of Fernandina Beach ordered the study after two previous ones, by RGM Engineering and Baker Klein, offered contradictory opinions and conclusions as to the integrity of the pier-based structure beneath the building, the site of the old octagon-shaped state of Florida Marine Welcome Station. The welcome station was demolished in the 1980s and the current building was built on the existing substructure. The building, situated in the center of the Fernandina Harbor Marina, is owned by the city and leased to Bryan Simpsons Centre Street Restaurant Group, which subleases it to Brett Carter and Robert Fisher, owners of the restaurant. Last December, City Manager Dale Martin said the city has previously received two engineering reports on the foundation underneath Bretts. One performed by Baker Klein in August 2015 documented concern regarding the structural integrity of the foundation, while the latter report by RGM Engineering, made after Hurricane Matthew in September 2015, said that the foundation is safe, Martin said. The RGM report was based on evaluations made between 2012 and 2015. The Baker Klein report says that the restaurants foundation has reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced. The report by RGM Engineering says that previous repairs to the foundation are performing satisfactorily and that remaining deterioration could be repaired. The most recent report from Pi-Tech used information from the previous reports as well as a full independent visual survey and condition assessment of the subject structure. The city received the $8,500 report in April. The Pi-Tech engineering study agreed with RGM. It explained that the lowest level of the structure under the restaurant, installed in 1962 when the structure was first built, do(es) not provide any significant structural contribution to the superstructure, which comprises the floor, walls and roof. That ROBERT FIEGE/NEWS-LEADERThe foundation under Bretts Waterway Caf has been deemed safe by a third engineering study, after two previous studies came to conflicting conclusions.BRETTS Continued on 3A NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 1 5/10/18 4:27 PM


rf NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, Noon Letters to the editor: Monday, 5 p.m., Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: Wednesday, 3 p.m. AD DEADLINES . .................. WEDNESDAY EDITION . ........ FRIDAY EDITION Classified Ads: .................. Monday, 5:00 p.m.* . ................ Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Classified Display: ............ Friday, 3 p.m. . ......................... Tuesday, 5 p.m. Legal Notices: . ................... Friday, noon . ........................... N/A Retail Advertising: . ............ Friday, 3 p.m. . ......................... Tuesday, 3 p.m. Monday holidays the Classified deadline will be Friday at 5 p.m. MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Nassau County: $41.99 Out of Nassau County: $71.99rrfrntbt btbt ff rnrf ntbrbThe News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina Beach, Fla. (USPS 189-900) ISSN# 0163-4011. Reproductions of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographi cal errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprinted. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The News-Leader reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete any objectionable wording or reject the advertisement in its entirety at any time prior to scheduled publication if it is determined that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the general standard of advertising acceptance. fr Nella Faye Kirkland Boyett, 91, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, May 5, 2018, in the loving care of Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. A native of Waycross, Ga., she was the daughter of Repperd and Mamie Kirkland. Following the loss of her father at age 10, Nella helped her mother raise herself as well as her two sisters and two younger brothers. Though life was difficult, the family of five endured, and in so doing, such experience bonded them together as lifelong friends. Following her graduation from high school, and upon his return from World War II, Nella mar ried her wartime sweetheart, Milford, at The First Church of the Nazarene in Waycross. After three children and having lived several years in Jacksonville, Fla., Milford and Nella in the early 1950s relocated to Fernandina, a sleepy little fish ing village and mill town, which they so came to love. There they begin to build a life. Mom and Dad were followed to Fernandina by Milfords brothers and sisters-in-law, Winston and Iris and Willis (Pap) and Betty. For many years the three families lived next door to one another. The men all began careers with the Container Corporation of America, while the moms per formed the myriad of familial duties necessary to nurture and care for the 13 cousins to follow, all of whom grew up with enduring memories of the love and many kindnesses shown them by their aunts and uncles who comprised their one large extended family. Though her responsibilities were many, and her time and resources limited, Nella was always ready to help others in need. More than once, she took the children of others into her home and cared for them for extended periods, bittersweetly return ing them when the time of crisis for the family in need had passed. Nella shared Milfords love of travel and explo ration. Together they treated their children to numerous escapades of discovery over most of the lower 48 states, as well as many of the provinces of Canada. In so doing, they instilled within their children a passion for travel and adventure. Mother and father continued their passion for travel well into their 80s, continuing in their motor home their adventures across America. Nella was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Shirley Lynn Boyett; sisters, Lataine Smith and Norma Jean Minchew; brother, Howard Kirkland; and husband of 72 years, Milford. Mother leaves behind her eldest daughters son, Seth Adam Boyett (Michelle) of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter Dee B. Stoudemire (Richard) of Jacksonville; son, Repperd Milford Boyett (Kathy) of Yulee, Fla.; son, Herbert F. Boyett of Jacksonville; her daughter-in-law of 35 years, Mary Gwen Boyett of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; granddaughter, Jane M. Stoudemire of Charleston, S.C.; and great-grandsons Kyle and Sean Boyett of Atlanta. Nella also leaves behind her remaining sibling, Dalton Kirkland of West Virginia, and her lifelong friend and sister-in-law, Betty Boyett of Fernandina. The family wishes to thank those extended fam ily members and friends who lovingly made themselves available to help Aunt Nella and Uncle Milford over the past several years. We especially appreciate all your love and support over the past year, as Mom departed just two days shy of Dads passing last year. The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, within the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard, with services following immediately at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Rick Lee officiating. Nella will be laid to rest next to Shirley and Milford at Bosque Bello Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memo rial contributions be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla., 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257, or online at Please share your memories and condolences at K. Duncan, 76, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2017 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Ledra Berry Rausch. She and her husband, Ervin, had lived in Fernandina Beach for 30 years. She worked at Walmart for many years and retired from there. She made many friends and acquaintances while there. Her jovial nature will be remembered as a big part of who she was. After retirement she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. In addition to her husband, Ervin, her surviv ing family includes two daughters, Heidi Brown and Holly Edenfield; a son, Mit Duncan; a sister, Judy Breckenridge; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. There will be no local services. Her family will gather later in May to celebrate and remember her life in the mountains of north Georgia. Please share your memories and condolences at frfAlberta Faye Tinsley Estes Leslie passed away peacefully at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Faye basically grew up and lived her whole life in Nassau County. She learned responsibility early in life as her mother died when she was only 14, and she became a mother to her younger sister, Joyce. Faye was a police dispatcher with the Nassau County Sheriffs Department and the city of Fernandina Beach Police Department for over 20 years. She was a dedicated dispatcher who will always be remembered not only as a great friend but a mama to the officers who wouldnt hesitate to scold them when she felt they needed it. She was known for her honesty, feistiness and willingness to listen and give advice. She told it like it was and was respected for that. Faye loved the outdoors and was an avid bird watcher. She never met a stranger and loved to talk and laugh with anyone. She dearly loved her family and no matter what was going on, they knew she would always be there for them. And her family included her beloved little dog, Checkers. Fayes mother and father preceded her in death, as well as her grandson, Christopher McKendree, who was 35 when he passed away. Faye is survived by her husband, Homer Leslie, of 15 years. She is also survived by her daughter, Linda (Lynn) Strickland (John Dale); her sister, Brenda Joyce Maryea; her twin brother, Albert Ray Tinsley (Jo); her stepdaughter, Pat Leslie (BJ); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial celebration of Fayes life will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Community Baptist Church, located at 85326 Winona Bayview Road in Yulee, Fla. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Make A Wish Foundation or to your favorite charity in Fayes memory would be appreciated.Mr. Adam Vorraso, 94, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.btr rfnnrtbtbr Can you help people adapt to a hearingimpaired world? Nassau County Volunteer Center is looking for a hearing loss support group facilitator. This unique individual will schedule meetings and speakers, update social media, and participate in traditional marketing techniques. This person would have a social work, facilitation, hearing or audiology back ground. If you fit the bill, go to volunteernassau. org and volunteer.tfntrrThe next meeting of the Federated Republican Women of Nassau is scheduled for today, when state Rep. Cord Byrd will 2018 scholarship award will be announced. The meeting will be at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club and begin at 11:30 a.m. Reserve your place for lunch and the meeting by calling 491-5544 or emailing Reservations are $15.fffrThe UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Service is offering weekly individual consul tations at the Barnabas Center, located at 1303 Jasmine St. in Fernandina Beach, for Medicare beneficiaries. If you will be new to Medicare, have questions about Medicare or want to know if you qualify to save money on your Medicare drug costs, Medicare monthly premium, deductibles and copays, call Meg McAlpine at 530-6359 to schedule your private appointment. Appointments are being sched uled on Fridays, beginning today and continu ing through June 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Extension information and services are available to all individuals regardless of race, color, sex or national origin.nfnfrTherapeutic Solutions of Amelia will present Anxiety and Stress: The Journey of Roots and Remedies, a program about discovering your ability to build an eclectic toolbox to address anxiety and stress in a sometimes hectic envi ronment, at 10 a.m. Saturday at 905 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach. The cost is $60 for two hours and includes light snacks and bev erages. Previous participants can attend for half-off. As a team participants will learn how to decrease anxiety and stress moving through the journey of life, using a person-centered approach with a focus on discovering solu tions together. Workshop facilitator Marsha J. Reynolds is a licensed clinical social worker and has experience in many areas of social work, life experiences and worn many hats in her career. She is an embedded behavioral health consultant for the Department of the Navy. For more information, call 310-6951.fftffnThe Pink Ribbon Ladies, a Nassau County support group for survivors of breast and other female cancers, will meet at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Ackerman Cancer Center, located in Suite 103 at 1340 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach. a board-certified radiation oncologist, will speak with the group about managing side effects post-treatment, including lymphedema, neu ropathy, and fatigue. The Pink Ribbon Ladies offers support and education for women with breast, ovarian, cervical, and other female can cers in Nassau County. For more information, contact Anne Showalter at 321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at 321-2057.tttrffnThe Westside Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Mickler Street county building in Callahan. Guest speakers will be Nassau County School Board candidates Lissa Braddock and Robin Lentz. Dinner and a brief business meeting will follow their presen tations. The meeting is open to the public.tfnfrbtrbThe Partnership for a Healthier Nassau will hold two separate Forces of Change commu nity forums: May 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach; and May 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Pig Restaurant, 450102 FL-200, Callahan. The Partnership for a Healthier Nassau facil Health Improvement Plan. The CHIP is a countywide plan for community health systems partners and resource providers that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of its resi dents. The forum will brainstorm on trends, events and factors affecting the health and quality of life in Nassau County to create the Community Health Improvement Plan for 20192021. For information, call Mary at 557-9133.rnfrfnCaregivers are invited to attend an on-going support group scheduled to meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, for a support session and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. for a program with Lisa Fetts, professional liaison for Haven Hospice. She will speak about advanced directives and the specifics of the offerings at Haven Hospice. The meeting will be held at Nassau County Council on Aging, located at 1367 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach (across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau). It is free and open to the pub the third Thursday of each month. The overall goal of the group is to offer support and educa tion for caregivers. For information, call Debra Dombkowski, LPN, CDP, at 261-0701, ext. 113.fbtrnrtbfnA diabetes support group for those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes meets every Thursday at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the MCCI build ing located at 449621 U.S. 301 in Callahan. Varying topics are presented with informal sup port and discussion. A registered dietitian and a mental health counselor will facilitate some ses sions. On May 18, participants will prepare a healthy meal to take home and cook. For more information and to register, contact Melanie Hadden at 507-2692.There is no cost to attend.The Fernandina Beach Group of Narcotics Anonymous will hold Beach Bash! May 18-20 at Burney Park beach on Amelia Island. The schedule is as follows: Friday, May 18, 5 to 9 p.m. music and fish fry at 5 p.m.; shrimp and crab boil at 8 p.m.; speaker and meeting. Saturday, May 19, 12 to 9 p.m. cookout, volleyball, speaker and meeting at 3 p.m.; horse shoes, bonfire, speaker and meeting at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, noon meeting. For more information, call 759-0240.rtttbrThreads of Love Northeast Florida Chapter needs volunteers for a charity sew-in support ing UF Health Jacksonville on May 19. UF approximately 80 infant deaths per year. This event is open to the community. Participants will be sewing bereavement gowns and blan kets. If you machine or hand sew, iron, or can pin and cut, the event can use your skills! The Threads of Love project will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2800 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Jane Harbour at 615804-2377 or for details of what to bring with you.rrfttbtrThe next meeting in Family Support Series will focus on The Importance of Fatherhood from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 96016 Lofton Square Court in Yulee. Jack Johnson, program director of P.R.I.D.E., will be the guest speaker. According to FSS, studies indicate that children with actively involved mothers and fathers are less likely to drop out of school, become pregnant or get involved in illegal activity. The goal of P.R.I.D.E. is to show the significance of the paternal relationship and to improve the father-child bond. A continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. will be avail able. For more information or to register, call 255-5347 or email Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach, in cooperation with OneBlood, will host its third blood drive for 2018 on Wednesday, May 23. With the approach of summer vacations donors, but the need for blood is constant. Each simple gift helps up to three people in need in our community. The mobile donation unit will be parked in front of the Florida House Conference Center, directly across South Fourth Street from Espana Restaurant, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 23. After donating, join the Rotary Club for lunch in the Conference you, call John Howard at 738-0310.nfThe Westside Republican Club will hold its 4th annual Reagan Day BBQ on June 2 from 12 to 3 p.m. with Congressman and Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis as key note speaker in the multipurpose building at the Northeast Florida Fair Grounds, located at 543378 U.S. 1 in Callahan. Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship, barbecue fare, door prizes and blugrass music with fellow Republicans and candidates for local, state and federal office in Nassau County. Individual tickets are $15 and a table of 8 may be purchased for $120. To pur chase tickets, visit free support group for survivors of sexual assault meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Family Support Services in Yulee. For more information, contact Lori Armstrong at 716-5390 or larm Hearts is a local support group for those who have lost a spouse. The group meets twice a month on the second Monday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Marina Restaurant and again on the fourth Monday at 6 p.m. for dinner at the Marina Restaurant. For more information, contact Mary Mercer at 415-1881 or Joni Reid at 556-6767.rtbttfntThe Nassau Volunteer Center has a new service for volunteers. Go to volunteernas and click on Volunteer or Get Connected. This simple to use free tool allows you to tell agencies what skills and interests you have while allowing the agencies to find suitable volunteers. This one stop registers you for dozens of agencies in Nassau County. For information, call 261-2771.frftftfDo you ever have the need to visit the Nassau County School District administra tion office located at 1201 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach? Do you find yourself driv ing 20 plus miles to get there? Is it a trip that takes you more than an hour these days? The Nassau County School District now has two satellite offices. The westside location is at 45021 Third Ave. in Callahan and the Yulee location is at 86207 Felmore Road in Yulee. The offices will provide a place for parent meet ings, employee meetings, staff meetings, and support. If you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting,call 491-9900.rttbfnA documentary film maker has put out a call for Vietnam-era POWs. Thuy Diem, whose father was in the South Vietnamese Army, is producing The Unforgotten. Her father was captured and escaped during the war before finally coming to the United States. Veterans who would like to share their wartime POW experience can contact Diem at aspotbellypig@ W. Belson Associates holds basic with defensive tactics courses, concealed-weapon license courses and close-quarter defensive tbrThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) now posts its weekly lane closure report online at With major work underway on A1A and other projects in Nassau County, you can stay up-to-date on which roads will have lane closures. Commuters traveling into Duval County can also get the latest on Jacksonville lane closures. The report is updated every Friday. UPDATE Continued on 9A NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 2 5/10/18 4:22 PM


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Watson Realty Corp. is offering a 63 hour, 7 day course which meets the State of Florida Division of Real Estate requirements to prepare you for the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Licensing Exam. Call 844.448.7495 to speak with one of our Training representatives. mode lots and lots of direct sunlight. Besides being pernicious, Virginia creeper berries are also highly toxic to humans and may be fatal if eaten. Its sap can also cause skin irritation in some people, according to the USDA plant guide. Enter Bob Schmonsees, a member of the Amelia Island Plantation Foundation. Schmonsees and his wife were surveying the state for a possible retirement home 10 years ago and nothing appealed to them until they drove onto Amelia Island from Heckscher Drive. Upon seeing the gorgeous tree canopy along A1A, his wife proclaimed, this is it. The Amelia Island Plantation is an organization separate and distinct from the Amelia Island Plantation Owners Association. The AIPOA is responsible for all things within the boundaries of the upscale community. The AIPF is responsible for all things outside the traditional boundaries, including the private property along that stretch of A1A, the road that divides the community between the oceanfront and marsh front owners. Technically, the right-of-way along A1A leading out to Heckscher Drive is the property of the state of Florida. According to FDOT spokeswoman Odette Struys, their roadside maintenance budget is primarily for removing vegetation based on safety concerns to motorists and pedestrians, but Schmonsees sees the boundary land as something that needs to be preserved, protected and promoted, so his group decided to act now before the growing problem of the vines got even further out of hand. In just a few short weeks Schmonsees raised the $25,000 to $35,000 needed for a multi-year mitigation project. It took much longer to get the necessary permits from the state. We have a foundation here that needs protecting. We span from the marsh to the ocean, said Schmonsees. The work began in April. Managed by Martex, under the supervision of arborist Jon Korman, the first phase involved cutting the vines at the base of the trees and six feet above. To simply pull out the vine at the root would damage the soil and the roots of the trees that provide strength during high winds. It can take up to 1.5 years for the vines to wither and die enough for a mere mortal to pull them down. If they cant be pulled down, a bucket truck is needed. In surveying the damage done by the vines, about a half-dozen trees were identified as being in distress. Consequently, they may need to be sacrificed. Schmonsees points out that the AIPF project is not just about removing the invading and destructive Virginia Creeper from the trees and understory, but also about allowing the good stuff to thrive.structure was constructed on a newer layer of precast double tees that were not directly on the original perimeter pile caps, which, Pi-Tech said, the Baker Klein evaluation did not consider. While the lower layer of precast double tees is in very poor condition at least one panel has failed as of our most recent site visit, and will likely fall into the river soon the newer upper layers of panels appear to be in sound condition, having been protected by the lower tees, Pi-Tech said. Repairs to the structure done in 2006 and 2013 are performing as expected, the report said, but are starting to crack, and will eventually require supplemental repairs. It is our overall opinion that the deterioration evident in the concrete substructure is extensive, but repairable, the report said. We should note, however, that the repair methods available to address these deficiencies are relatively expensive, and will not result in a permanent solution. Pi-Tech recommended those repairs be made within 10 to 12 years. The city and other related partners will need to determine whether the continued cost of regular inspections and repairs to the aging structure will be outweighed by the cost and advantages of new construction, the report said. Martin said the city is reviewing the report in order to determine appropriate actions. The matter is not on the agenda for the May 15 meeting of the City Commission.Dignitaries from all over the state of Florida and a large crowd of local residents attended the official opening of the state of Florida Marine Welcome Station in January 1963. Below is the waterfront when the shrimping and boat building industries were the main businesses along the waterfront. The U.S. Coast Guard also had an office located on the property.COURTESY FLORIDA STATE ARCHIVES AND NEWS-LEADER FILE PHOTOS BOB SCHMONSEES/SPECIALManaged by Martex, under the supervision of arborist Jon Korman, the first phase of removing the huge swath of Virginia creeper along A1A involved cutting the vines at the base of the trees and six feet above. Continued from 1A Continued from 1A NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 3 5/10/18 4:30 PM


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This means great savings and selection for customers. Turner Ace also can special order from 100,000 items from its parent company and receives two Ace trucks per week for quick delivery. All major credit cards are accepted and Ace Hardware credit and gift cards are now available. Check out our website: www.shopsaltybreeze.comTurner Ace HardwareTurner Ace Hardware2990 S. Eighth Street Fernandina Beach904-261-5270Hours: 8 a.m. 7 p.m., Mondays Saturdays, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Sundays The helpful placerIts been two years in the making, but the south end of Amelia Island is scheduled to have a brand new restaurant at which to wine and dine on Tuesday, May 15. Brought to you by the owners of Amelia Island Tavern, Pogos Kitchen defines itself as both refined dining and handmade southern cuisine. General Manager Chris Woodard has returned to Amelia Island for the gig, having worked at Bretts Waterway Caf and Plae when he was just cutting his teeth in the hospitality industry. Born in Selma, Ala., Woodward has long since honed his skills as a sommelier, having worked with Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits. He is responsible for Pogos impressive wine wall and a signature drink, soon to be unveiled, which will be known as the Ultimate Martini. Woodward describes the menu offerings as much like one might find in Charleston, North Carolina. When asked about the dcor, he describes it as one invoking texture and warmth. Earthy tones of browns and grays are punctuated by black and white photographs, all featuring images from the Great Okefenokee Swamp. Alan Heckman is the executive chef at Pogos Kitchen. Taking on the role of head chef is not something Heckman finds at all daunting and instead says that one is only as good as their last service. Heckmans father was a Navy man from Kings Bay and as a result, the son traveled the world and developed a taste and appreciation for all cuisines and spices. Ive been all over, lived all over, worked all over, and have done the whole gamut from casual buffets to fine dining, Heckman said. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York City, Heckman brought his right-hand man with him from Philadelphia, Anthony DEmedio, who will serve as sous chef. Heckmans challenge in developing the menu has been to elevate comfort food, and he is trying to source all food items locally. He said that while attending a birthday party with his young daughter, he met a gentleman who raises beef in Georgia. The menu, affectionately described by top staff as handmade southern cuisine, has been in the making for months. It features traditional southern favorites including boiled peanuts, but this time the peanuts are a part of a secret ingredient in a unique hummus recipe. There are also lobster hush puppies, blackened catfish, grilled sun shrimp and roasted baby beets. In addition to frequent specials, other menu dishes will include seared snapper, a low country boil, fried chicken with a sweet-chili glaze, mojo roasted quail, a roasted tomato grilled cheese with red onion, goat cheese and pesto, and chargrilled octopus. The restaurant will be open six days a week for lunch and dinner and Sunday will be dedicated to a southern-style brunch. The dining rooms can seat up to 90 individuals. In addition, there is a special meeting room for private gatherings that will also be suitable for corporate training. Woodward is anxious to raise the bar for hospitality employees in and around the region. At Pogos the training has been intense. Heckmans goal is for the restaurant to become the industry standard, the best and the brightest. When asked about the greatest challenge facing a general manager of a restaurant, Woodard says it is playing the role of the peacemaker between the front and back of house staff. One perk that should help keep the peace and help keep staff is offering free meals to his workers everyday. Woodard recognizes that for some employees, hospitality work is their second job or one built around hectic family schedules and obligations. Consequently, many staffers dont take the time to eat. At Pogos, a free family meal will be offered each day, providing a great opportunity not just for food but for fellowship. This practice, while an added expense, helps to create an esprit de corps, he said. When asked about the owners, Dr. Robert and Wendy Hogan, who also own Amelia Tavern, Emily Hall, Pogos marketing and events manager, said, They are a lovely couple kind beyond words, compassionate and caring about the community. And what about the name? Many of a certain age are familiar with a long-running cartoon strip by artist Walt Kelly that starred a humble possum named Pogo, who lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. This amiable character was smart, witty and funny, and was able to tackle tough issues in an unassuming and lovable way. The strip ran for many years, and its cast of characters endeared themselves to the Hogans and millions of other Americans. The setting for the strip was simply southern, but with a twist, just like the restaurant. Pogos Kitchen is at 1408 Lewis Street, next to Fire station 20 on First Coast Highway.rfntbbb bbbbbb PHOTOS BY CINDY JACKSON/THE NEWS LEADERPogos, a new restaurant located at 1408 Lewis St. on the south end of Amelia Island, will host its grand opening May 15. Pogos will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and will offer a special brunch on Sunday. The team at Pogos includes; back row, left to right: Chris Woodard, general manager; Alan Heckman, executive chef; Anthony DEmedio, sous chef; Ed Howell, chief operating officer; front row, left to right: Carol Prescott, front of the house manager; Emily Hall, marketing and events manager; and Danielle Fueglestad, front of the house manager. NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 4 5/10/18 3:39 PM


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CALL 261-3696 AND ASK FOR AN AD-VISOR TO PUT THIS SPACE TO WORK FOR YOU. Steve Johnson Automotive1505 S. 14th StreetFernandina Beach, FL904-277-9719Proudly Supporting Our Community 904-261-6956542057 US HWY 1. Callahan FL BUICK GMC CHEVROLET 464054 SR 200, Yulee (904) 261-6821 Welcome to Gods House Scout Master William Anno of Boy Scout Troop 152 in Yulee, of the North Florida Council, was recently awarded the Silver Beaver Award, which is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Upon nomination by the local Scout council and with the approval of the National Court of Honor, recipients of this award must be a registered adult leader who has made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it and are nominated without their notification. Anno has been an active Scout leader and merit badge counselor since 2004 and a founding member of Troop 152. He served the last five years as the Baden-Powell district commissioner and has served on summer camp staff as well as security staff for the Boy Scout National Jamboree. Last month, Nassau County 4-H members participated in the District Events competition. This competition is held each year and includes public speaking, demonstrations and share-the-fun divisions. 4-H members must qualify at the county level in order to move on and compete at this event alongside youth from Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam counties. This year Nassau County sent eight youth to compete at the event held at Buddy Taylor Middle School in Flagler County. Three youth Eli Hatton, Lillian Peeples and Katie Gates competed in the public speaking competition. Hatton and Peeples competed in the junior division, where the former taught the audience how to Save Your Brain by wearing a helmet when riding horses and the latter shared her experience with the Youth Emergency Team and What You Can Do. Both received red ribbons. Gates competed in the senior division and taught about the Benefits of Barley when finishing a cow before a show. She received a blue ribbon for her speech. Five Nassau County youth participated in the demonstration and illustrated talk competition, teaching audiences about their topics using either props or slideshow presentations. Allie Mizell and Jackson Norstrem competed in the junior division. Mizell demonstrated how to turn grocery store flowers into bouquets and Nostrem showed the audience how to saddle your horse. Mizell received a blue ribbon and Norstrem received a red ribbon. In the intermediate division, Reagan Nelson taught about embryology, Charlie Norstrem explained how to change the shocks on your car, and Emma Norstrem shared about famous horses through history. All three received blue ribbons for their presentations. Fernandina Beach Christian Academy has named Dr. John Ackermann as its new principal. Ackermann brings over 35 years of expertise and experience as a teacher and administrator in middle-level education, according to FBCA. His history includes STEM education, and he is known as an instructional leader and an advocate for students. Ackermann and his wife, Betsy, recently relocated to the greater Amelia Island area from Pennsylvania. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach. The Fernandina Beach Christian Academy also recently announced that it is adding eighth grade, beginning in the fall. FBCA is a community Christian school located on the campus of First Baptist Church at 1600 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach. rKombucha is coming to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market on Saturday. Brought to you by Moonbooch, they brew with wild, native Yopaun tea and work with local farms and purveyors to ensure the freshest ingredients in their tasty selection of kombucha. They also reduce waste with their reusable glass program. One of the markets newest vendors, Fulford Gardens, is thriving on Saturday mornings with their reusable food wrap. Perfect as a gift for Mothers Day, these cotton fabrics are infused with beeswax, pine rosin, and jojoba oil. They are ideal for wrapping cheese, bread, a sandwich, or a leftover half of a lime. Simply wrap the food and the warmth of your hands will conform the wrap to the desired shape. Washable and reusable, you can now keep foods fresh and help save the environment. Mention this article for a market special. Great Harvest Bread Company is bringing its adorable Bear Bread for Mothers Day. Get there early to get your own because they will sell out early. Other great gift ideas are available at Scents Amelias soy candles, Jaxma Orchids potted orchids, and colorful flower baskets from Sevenblooms Nursery. There will also be nearly 30 vendors of arts and crafts, located adjacent to the farmers market, where you will surely find that perfect gift. The farmers market is located in downtown Fernandina Beach, on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre streets. The markets are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. For more information, visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace. com. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation has named Chris Martin as its new executive director to lead community outreach and fundraising for the organization, according to a news release. Martin will be working closely with Jamie Thompson, area director, who is responsible for club operations and programming. The foundation provides funding for the operations of two local clubs. We are delighted to have Chris lead our community outreach and expand our fundraising capabilities to meet the needs of our growing community, Clara Miller, president of the Nassau County Foundation board, said in the release. As a seasoned Boys & Girls Clubs senior executive, Chris brings the experience needed to expand and strengthen our community ties, while growing the fundraising base needed to provide a top-quality Club experience for 500 youngsters of Nassau County. A native of Charleston, S.C. and a graduate of Charleston Southern University, Martin credits the work he has done with Boys & Girls Clubs as the organization that got my life on the right path. He has spent the last 18 years working for Boys & Girls Clubs, most recently serving as president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana in Louisiana for 9 years. He also served as president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Middle Georgia Region and unit director for three years for Boys & Girls Clubs in Columbus, Ga. He is married to Jan Reese Martin and they have three children. I look forward to working with the Foundations board to increase community support for our vital programming, said Martin in the release. This organization has played a critical role in helping young people in the area pursue positive futures. Im excited about expanding our reach, and to becoming involved in the local community both professionally and as a volunteer.fntbb n JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERGreat Harvest Bread Company will be selling its Bear Bread for Mothers Day at Saturdays farmers market. bb fnn b Martin The National Association of Letter Carriers will collect food donations Saturday in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger, according to a news release. Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, is the nations largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993. The nations 180,000 postal letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations. The need for donations has increased from previous years. The timing of this food drive is crucial as the Barnabas Food Pantry supplies were very low after the holiday season and the beginning of the year. Residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items at or in their mailbox early on Saturday. Letter carriers will collect the donations as they deliver the mail. A few food items that are always needed include canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, pasta, rice, 100-percent juice, peanut butter, pasta or spaghetti sauce, canned or dry beans, macaroni and cheese, and canned protein such as tuna, chicken or turkey. The need for food assistance continues to exist throughout Nassau County. Over 13 percent, or almost 10,000 residents, are rarely sure how theyll get enough to eat in the next few days, according to the release, and over 3,000 of them are children. Each month, Barnabas distributes food to over 600 households in need through the food pantry. Without such help, these families often go hungry. Barnabas Center operates the largest food pantry in east Nassau County, providing emergency food to individuals and families who often do not know where their next meal is coming from. Through generous donations, the organization has been able to expand its programs to include fresh and frozen foods, nutritional education, and a teaching kitchen. For more information about Barnabas Food Pantry programs, visit BarnabasNassau. org.rrrrffnr rfnfttffbfbftffttnSUBMITTED SUBMITTEDNassau County 4-H members recently participated in a district competition and brought home a number of ribbons. Ackerman NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 6 5/10/18 4:37 PM


O rf nw f ttE rbn n 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. R P tD E Rbr D C p E Ann n n BO rff Bbrn n Sp E n nG CfD EfB f R rf P tD ntbrf Dn n nSm r Trm f Cfm r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program just completed the 2017 tax year providing free tax assistance to lowand moderate-income taxpayers in Nassau County. There are two VITA sites, the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach and WorkSource Nassau in Yulee, and between the two sites, we processed almost 900 returns and helped well over 1,000 taxpayers. $750,000 in refunds were returned to Nassau County residents at no cost to the taxpayer. This long standing United Way Program program is sup ported locally by the City of Fernandina Beach Recreation Department, Nassau County Public Library System, State of Florida WorkSource program, and over a dozen dedicated volunteers. Id like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners and our volunteers for a great tax season and we look forward to serving the community next year. Genece Minshew ARC VITA Site CoordinatorrfntbI was baffled and saddened to read the article in the May 2 News-Leader regarding a Nassau County Dog Park volun teers suit against a dog owner, presumably seeking money damages, for a leg she broke after getting herself in the mix of dogs running around the Dog Park. Note: Dog parks have developed in the last several years as a safe space for dogs to run leash-free with other dogs. Many, including Nassau Countys, have ponds and other amenities for dogs to frolic leash-free. Thats the purpose a dog park. So, you adopt a dog, pay money to the Dog Park so that you have a place for your dog to run, leash-free with other dogs. Instinctive pack animals, dogs love running together. Just for the joy of it. It energizes them. It is pure exuberance. Its an everyday occurrence at the Dog Park. Not only do the dogs love it, but dog owners love to see the dogs running joyfully together. Happy times. And then after years of doing this at the Dog Park with your dog, you get sued by a Dog Park volunteer who somehow got into the mix of this dog exuberance and ends up with a broken leg. A very unhappy and very unfortunate occurrence, without a doubt. But, the dogs were doing exactly what the Dog Park intended them to do, indeed, invited them to do, run around together off-leash. And for which the dog owner paid the Dog Park a fee. Now you, the dog owner, get sued. By a Dog Park volunteer huh? I was also baffled by the report in the article about a courts finding that the Dog Parks signage was insufficient to be bad dog warning signage which that court felt was needed. Huh? What about dogs running off-leash makes them bad dogs? Particularly in an environment created by the Dog Park for that precise purpose. Now if the injury was, say, a dog bite, thats a different story. But thats not the injury here. Lastly, I note that the article reports that when the vol unteer filed suit, the Dog Park and the dog owner were both named defendants (persons from whom the volunteer seeks money damages for her injury). However, recent court documents show that the Dog Park is no longer a party to this suit, for reasons unknown. Just the dog owner is the sole defendant. The dog owner did nothing other than accept the invitation of the Dog Park to bring her dog to run offleash with other dogs, and paid the Dog Park a fee for that right. Sad. I thank God he sent a rescue cat my way before I adopted a dog, which I was considering. Otherwise, in addition to being baffled and saddened, I might be worried. Worried about being sued for some injury that might occur at the Dog Park while my dog is simply running off-leash, as so invited by the Dog Park. Mary Berger Nassau CountyIn Northeast Florida and Georgia there are two types of marinas. Those that are being dredged and those that are going to need to be dredged. The question of dredging to maintain a useable marina is not if the marina will need dredging, but how often and how much will be need to be dredged. Mud currently engulfs the city of Fernandina Beach marina. Two previous decisions primarily caused this predicament. The first decision occurred in the late 1980s. The marina was built with slips and walkways perpendicular to the flow of the river. These barriers to the water flow caused the water to slow and sediment to settle out and accumulate similar to snow fences causing snow drifts. Although debated for years, no City Commission ever corrected the design error. Secondly, two years ago, the City Commission decided not to do maintenance dredging after Hurricane Matthew. The destruction of the attenuator (the wave breaker and outer dock) drove the decision. As the water in the marina became shallower, the rate of siltation accelerated. Because no dredging has been done in four years, the marina is now inundated with mud with a limited amount of usable slips. Five basic options exist to resolve the problem. 1. Sell the marina and let the buyer fix the problem. 2. Do nothing. 3. Dredge the current marina at a cost of approximately $1 million. The mud will likely reaccumulate in approximately two years. 4. Abandon the southern part of the marina and build new piers to the north. 5. Remove most of the existing docks, dredge, and then reconfigure the southern marina to correct the original design flaw, to decrease the frequency and amount of dredging. Although advocated by some, I believe options 1 and 2 are unacceptable. The marina is a key component of the economic and recreational hub of the historic downtown. The marina creates a busy waterfront with a lively ambiance delighting thousands of residents and visitors year-round. Dredging, option 3, without changing the marina design simply repeats the past. The definition of psychosis is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. I do not support this option. Extending the piers to the north and abandoning the south (option 4) has been advocated in the past. The grant funding for the northern expansion depends on providing transient slips only and would eliminate local use. Additionally, many of the grants that were obtained to build the southern docks were dependent on agreeing to continue the use of the southern marina. Some of those grants would likely need to repaid. I do not believe this to be a viable option. I believe the way forward is to: 1. Repair the attenuator dock as is currently planned. This should be finished by the end of the year. 2. Move the current long-term slip holders to the repaired attenuator dock. 3. Remove the current docks that are perpendicular to the flow of water. Nassau County school officials passed the first test when they met several weeks ago with local law enforcement over protecting our students from gun violence. It was an initial step of response. More must be done. The echo will fade from the gunshots in the recent shooting in South Florida, but we cannot ignore it, or forget it. When two government agencies meet, costs and responsibilities are the paramount issues as to which one will bear these burdens. Fortunately, both the school district and the sheriffs department have significant tax dollars and resources right now. We have been blessed to be in a wealthy county with valuable assets. And we are fortunate to live in the most financially sound state in the U.S. So funds are also available for school protection from the $400 million bill passed by state lawmakers. Local school officials need to tap into these state funds. There are strings attached to the state funding. However, these are minor conditions. We can comply with them. Outside funds in conjunction with local monies will go a long way. And the sheriffs department as well as the Fernandina Beach Police Department should be willing to lend a hand, both with manpower and money. After all, these agencies are funded by tax dollars to protect us, and this certainly applies to students and teachers and administrators. Especially when they are in a precious school setting. In their defense, county deputies and city police officers are obviously willing participants. It just comes down to who pays for and provides additional security. Everyone has budget and staffing constraints. Here is an idea. Lets have sheriffs deputies and city police regularly drive through the parking lots of county/city schools, or stop in the office and ask if anything unusual is happening. They are out patrolling anyway. And they are already doing some of this, in conjunction with school resource officers. In return, schools can post big signs declaring that the grounds are patrolled by city police or sheriffs deputies. And unwelcomed intruders will be severely punished. Signs matter. And these signs cannot hurt, and would come with little cost. If you are driving your car, dont you notice the speed limit signs? And dont you react when the speed limits are raised or lowered along the way? Of course you do. Signs are everywhere in our lives, and we follow them. If school shootings continue, more drastic measures might be needed. Like security fences and metal detectors and searches before entering the school grounds. Not much different than an airport. This is unfortunate, but it may get to that (and has already in some inner-city schools). But our county is safe and free of violent crime. We live here because we like it this way. Why cant we also have more cameras at local schools? Like we have at our houses. Cameras that are monitored by city police and county deputies. Like with signs, cameras will not stop an incident, but they definitely can deter it. There are other law enforcement measures available, certainly. Having brainstorming sessions like the one recently held between the school superintendent and the sheriff are an ideal way to start the process. Weve passed our initial test with flying colors. We have responded quickly. And there are more steps ahead before our schools can be as safe as possible. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser and a chartered retirement planning counselor with a major U.S. firm. He is also an award-winning columnist. His business columns appear in several newspapers in North Florida and South Georgia and on his website at He has published a book of his columns, All About Money, which is available in local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236.nttffnf C mm n n C tR n n n n n n B b rrtrrt (Estimated cost: $130,000 +/-). 4. Dredge the marina. The amount of mud is estimated at 30,000 cubic yards, which would cost approximately $1 million. 5. Reconstruct the marina using the 8-foot wide walkways that were removed, to form a 770-foot-long floating pier that would run parallel to the existing attenuator. This design would not substantially block the flow of water and should result in less frequent dredging needs. (Estimated cost: $650,000 +/-.) This plan has been vetted by ATM, an engineering firm hired by the city to recommend a solution. The total estimated cost would be approximately $1.78 million. The Florida Inland Navigational District will likely award the city $380,000 for dredging. The city would need to contribute $1,400,000. This money would need to be borrowed and paid back over time. For years, the City Commission has talked about providing a functional marina. All five current city commissioners have previously promised to fix the marina. If followed, option five could be completed by next spring (2019). This topic has been put on the May 15 City Commission meeting as a discussion item. The time has come to stop talking and fix the marina.b FILE PHOTO n t NATE BEELER-THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH/CAGLE CARTOONS Nassau County Commissioners: Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 277-3948 (h), 556-0241 (cell), email: Pat Edwards, District 3-Yulee, 335-0260 (cell), email: George V. Spicer, District 4 Hilliard, Bryceville, Boulogne, Kings Ferry, 568-3409 (cell), email: Justin M. Taylor, District 5 -Callahan, West Yulee, 625-5624 (cell), email: City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners: Mayor: Johnny Miller : 556-3299 (cell), email: Vice Mayor: Len Kreger: 432-8389 (home), email: Roy G. Smith : 556-0951 (cell), email: Phil Chapman : 624-5590 (cell), email: NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 7 5/10/18 3:40 PM


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The farm will also have zucchini, squash, bean, peas, okra and sweet corn at different times. A visit to the farms Facebook page will find days and hours of operation, which can also be obtained by calling 904-583-2821. Merck Farms on Clarks Bluff Road in Kingsland, Ga., has strawberries now, but will have squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, hot peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon and other crops available later this season. Regular hours will be set as crops come in. Strawberry plants are being picked clean, so owner Bob Merck asks customers to check the farms Facebook page or call 912-6740197 to check for hours and availability. Morning Belle Farms at 762 Pine Drive in Woodbine, Ga. is already open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They have blueberries and three rows of blackberries. For more information, call 912-222-4801 or visit them on Facebook. The Blueberry Ranch north of Yulee has seven varieties of Rabbit Eye blueberries, which grow wild in the foothills of Georgia. The berries are a bit slow to ripen, so the farm will not open until June 8. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The farm is located at 852042 U.S. 17, north of S.R. 200/A1A. It is one-half mile past the state weigh station. If you reach I-95, you have gone too far. For more information, call 904-415-0337 or check the farms Facebook page. Williams Blueberry Farm at 2595 Stratton Road in Jacksonville will open Saturday, May 26, with weekend hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can call 904-8662647 to check for availability. Congaree and Penn Farm & Mills at 11830 Old Kings Road in Jacksonville will open to pickers in June with you-pick blackberries through July, muscadine grapes in August and September and pumpkins in October. In June, the farm will be open for picking from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those hours may expand during the season. Guests can also shop in the farm store and enjoy rice bowls prepared by chef Ryan Randolph for $10. You can contact Congaree and Penn at hello@congareeandpenn. com, or call 904-527-1945. They are also on Facebook. Kents Blueberry Farm at 14959 Thomas Mill Road East in Jacksonville sets its hours by determining when berries will be ripe. The farm usually opens the third week of May, but it could be June. They will open to pickers by appointment. Call 904-768-3484 for more information. For more information on you-pick farms, visit WILLIAMS BLUEBERRY FARM/SPECIALThe berries are almost ready to pick at Williams Blueberry Farm in Jacksonville, one of many that can be found close to Amelia Island. Merck Farms on Clarks Bluff Road in Kingsland, Ga., has strawberries now, but will have squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, hot peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon and other crops available later this season. NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 8 5/10/18 4:07 PM


A good friend had a close family member pass away unexpectedly last weekend. The loss was stunning because of all of the future plans previously being set in motion that are now forever disrupted. Family and friends will never have another chance to visit. In todays environment, both professionally and personally, we often miss those moments. Lisas father, Bob, was a great community leader. A former school administrator, he donated money (substantial) and time (more substantial) to acquire a key piece of land to add to a local park in Michigan. He was also an avid baseball fan. While we were living in Connecticut, we planned an outing to Yankee Stadium (sadly, not the original) to watch his beloved Detroit Tigers tangle with the hated Yankees. A few weeks before the scheduled trip, some health issues arose and the visit to Connecticut and New York didnt happen. The issue wasnt necessarily debilitating, but the thought was, Well come later. Bob never returned to Connecticut, passing away the following summer. Shortly after relocating to Fernandina Beach, my father developed health issues. All of the prognoses were positive after some routine treatments, his health would be stabilized and he would return to his normal lifestyle (although the ravages of age were otherwise affecting him as well). My parents would visit our wonderful new community after his treatments. Well come later. Five months later I was away at a training conference when I got an early morning call from my mother that Dad had passed away. He never got to see Fernandina Beach. Later never came. We get consumed by life rather than consuming life. Life can end in a slow inexorable otherwise nature journey that can be somewhat managed or it can end with stunning unexpectedness. In either case, later will never come. We likely all have family and friends that complain that we live too far away to visit, so they dont. I also know, however, that we also have family and friends mere miles away that we rarely visit. Distance is an easy crutch. Modern communication, while instantaneous, has become increasingly impersonal. We talk to family and friends through social media and text messages. It is so much simpler. I joke with my daughters that I at least know my friends on Facebook; they were friends long before the meaning was usurped. Our family phone plan recorded approximately 7,700 text messages last month. One of my daughters attributed for nearly 5,500 of those messages, explaining, Dad, thats how I talk to my friends. I have always contended that the most ordinary symbol that illustrates that we are by nature a trusting species is the simple four-inch wide, fractions-of-an-inch high yellow stripe in the middle of a road. We simply assume that that massive impenetrable barrier will always protect us from oncoming traffic. Tens of thousands are killed every year in motor vehicle accidents, many of which are through no fault of the victims. We get in the car to drive to work or to the grocery store or to visit, and something goes wrong. Studies indicate that these routine trips are now more dangerous because of distracted driving. Dont take these little drives for granted any more later may never come. Stories with these tragic endings roil our community much too frequently. Consume life with your family and friends. Several years ago I had an employee whose home life was struggling because of external pressures she felt at work: She was constantly and mercilessly chided, ridiculed, and belittled by several members of the community. The harassment was completely unwarranted and I couldnt shield her enough. I told her that while I would no doubt be able to find a replacement for her at work, no one could replace her as a wife and mother at home, so I encouraged her to find a different and better work environment. This is Mothers Day weekend. While Mom should receive the appropriate amount of attention, take the time to reflect on all of your family and friend relationships. Make the time to visit or talk (real talk); schedule those conversations as you would a business meeting to make them happen. The likelihood of convenient gatherings is unlikelywe are consumed by life. Make later happen. Make later now. Happy Mothers Day. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach. With targeted advertising in our full color, glossy... The premiere edition of Senior Life will be distributed in the News-Leader June 20, 2018 and Nassau County Record June 21, 2018. 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Nassau County Record Proud To Be YOUR Hometown Newspaper Since 1930 Since1854511 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL(904) 261-3696fbnewsleader.com617317 Brandies Ave., Callahan, FL (904) in our full color, glossy... in our full color, glossy... in our full color, glossy... in our full color, glossy... CELEBRATING HAPPY, HEALTHY LIVES BEACH FACT FINDING COMMITTEE Based on the passage of HB 631 (Beach Bill), the Board of County Commissioners has formed a Fact Finding Committee consisting of Michael S. Mullin, County Attorney, Shanea Jones, County Manager, and Taco Pope, Director of Planning and Economic Development, to receive testimony and documentary evidence as to the customary and historic beach use, including dry sand areas, in the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island, of the dry sand areas of the beach. e public is invited to participate and provide testimony and documen tary evidence as to the customary beach use. e Fact Finding Committee will meet in the Commission Chambers, located at the James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida on the following dates and times: May 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. May 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. May 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. May 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Any member of the public can submit documents via electronic mail to For any questions or additional informa tion, please call Sabrina Robertson at (904) 530-6010.ATTEST: BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA /s/ JOHN A. CRAWFORD BY:/s/ PAT EDWARDS Its: Ex-Ocio Clerk Its: ChairmanIndividuals with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Oce of the E x-Ocio Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners at least two days prior to the proceeding at (904) 548-4660, or, if the hearing impaired, Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770 (v) or 1-800-955-8771(TDD). (904) 365-5565 Homes from the low $200s Almost on Amelia Island Located on Woodbridge Pkwy. Excellent school district Spacious community park Best value in Nassau County No CDD fees Spring Sale-A-ThonUp to $18,000 *In Savings When You Build NowMay 1May 27 SEDA Construction Company-CGC020880 *See agent for details-$18,000 special offer applies to homes to be built in Woodbrier only and does not apply to spec/ inventory homes. *SEDA pays up to $8,000 toward total Closing Costs and up to $2,000 in Prepaids with SEDA approved lender. Buyer receives $8,000 in free options which must be used toward free options and can not be taken off of the sales price and can not be used toward closings costs. Applies to full priced contracts only written between 5/1/18-5/27/18. This offer is for a limited time only & cannot be combined with any other specials. Price & availability subject to change without notice. Bill W. Ponder, Ph.D., of Fernandina Beach, was recently honored at the American Chemical Societys annual meeting for his 60 years in the field of chemistry. According to the American Chemical Society, Ponder received his doctorate from Iowa State University. He served three years with the Air Force Research Labs at WrightPatterson Air Force Base in Ohio and then joined the faculty at the University of Alabama, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate organic chemistry and directed the research activities of numerous graduate students. While there, Ponder was awarded an Outstanding Scholar Fellowship with the College of Arts and Sciences and was recognized by the Alabama National Alumni Association as an Outstanding Teacher. His tenure at Alabama included chairing the Medical Careers Committee. He retired from Alabama as an emeritus professor after 27 years. Ponder then accepted the position of professor and department chair at Georgia Southern University. During his 11-year tenure at Georgia Southern, Ponder was the co-principal investigator on a facilities upgrade grant of $1 million from the National Science Foundation and was instrumental in overseeing the construction of a new $25 million chemistry building. He retired from Georgia Southern as emeritus professor and department chair. Ponder was recently honored by Louisiana Tech with the Outstanding Chemistry Graduate award. Ponders American Chemical Society activities include serving as section chair and councilor of the Alabama Section and at Georgia Southern serving as councilor of the Coastal Empire Section. Ponder has two grown children, Dr. Kenneth Ponder, an internal medicine practitioner in Niceville, Fla. and Dr. Elizabeth P. McGraw, a pediatric radiologist in Jacksonville. SUBMITTEDBill W. Ponder, Ph.D., of Fernandina Beach, was recently honored by the American Chemical Society. From left, Josh Melko, past-chair of the Jacksonville Section of the ACS, Dr. Hannah Malcolm, the current chair, and Ponder. rfContinued from 2Atactics courses. For information and more class dates, contact Gary Belson at 491-8358 or 476-2037, or gbelson@bellsouth. net, or visit TOPS weight loss group meets at 3:45 p.m. Thursdays in the county building at 86026 Pages Dairy Road in Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, at 1 p.m. Thursdays. There is also a meeting at the Alachua Club, 32 N. Third St. at 6 p.m. Mondays. For more information, contact Lorrie at 343-4771.NHS Second Chance Resale Store and its sister clothing store, NHS Second Chance Closet, are looking to grow their team of volunteers in all areas. If you have a few hours a week to spare and enjoy meeting and working with other animal lovers in a fun atmosphere, pick up a volunteer application at Second Chance, located in the Eight Flags Shopping Center on South 14th Street or go online to and click on Volunteer. For information, call 321-0022. NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 9 5/10/18 4:20 PM


rfn n n ntlr b A BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERSix Yulee High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to compete in their respective sports on the next level, including, seated from right, Christian Sweat, Brannon Beverly and Brandon Kline, pictured with their teammates during a signing celebration May 2. More photos, 11A. Six more Yulee High School seniors will be competing in their respective sports on the college level. The six signed national letters of intent on May 2. Two basketball players signed. Will Ferguson is heading to South Georgia State College, and teammate Sam Jackson will play at Florida State College at Jacksonville. On and off the court, they are model student-athletes, YHS boys basketball coach Patrick McKie said. I wish them the best on the journey. Im very proud of these guys. Were excited to get Will, said Cory Baldwin, mens basketball coach at South Georgia State College. His upside is through the roof. We think hes big and athletic, has a bright future. Such a good rebounder. A very good student too. That made us real excited. While Ferguson and Jackson will no longer be teammates, they will meet again, playing twice during the regular season. Well play each other twice a year, Jackson said. It will be pretty weird. Jackson has been on varsity since his sophomore season. Its been a long, long ride, He said. Its been really interesting. A lots of ups and downs, particularly due to injuries. Im a different person completely because of it, and its been a really great experience. Haylie Wallace will be swimming at Indian River State College. Haylie has been on the team since the ninth grade, YHS swim coach Tamsen Wheat said. Not long after she arrived in my classroom, I saw her leadership potential and the talent she was bringing to our team. She holds four individual team records and is part of the three relays that hold team records. Haylie was our first female swimmer in school history to advance to the regional level when she was just a freshman. She was part of the first girls relay team to advance to the state meet. Haylie has advanced in the state series every year that she has swam. Her senior season, Wallace placed sixth in the in the 100yard backstroke, 14th in the 100-yard butterfly and was part of the relay that placed 10th in the 200-yard medley at the state meet in Stuart. After all of her hard work and determination, she has committed to swim at Indian River State College. They have a very competitive team, Wheat said. Yulee baseball has two players moving on to the next level. Brannon Beverly will play baseball and football at Tiffin University, and Christian Sweat will play at Thomas University. Just had a chance to be around them this year, said PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERThe Hornets hosted the Bulldogs Tuesday in a Region 1-5A quarterfinal matchup. The Yulee High School baseball teams 2018 campaign came to an end with a 6-4 extra-inning loss to Bolles, the two-time defending state champs. We had a chance against a very, very good team, said Fred Matricardi, who steered the Hornets to 20 wins in his first season at Yulee. We were up 2-0 and had a chance to extend and couldnt execute a few plays. We made a few errors to let them back in it. We competed hard and kept it a 2-2 game. We were right where we wanted to be in the bottom of the seventh. Runner on second and no outs. We just couldnt get the big hit to win it. Nick Love battled on the mound and gave us a chance. David Alexander (above center) had a big two-run double. Im very proud of my guys. They accomplished a lot in a short period of time. This one hurts because we had the two-time defending state champ on the ropes versus a very good pitcher that is a high draft pick. I feel we let one slip away. But give credit to Bolles. They never quit and battled also. I think their playoff experience was big for them. We gained some valuable experience last night. Our kids executed our game plan. We just didnt finish. Love tags a Bolles runner out at home plate, top left, and on the mound, above left. Yulee was the District 4-5 champion, beating Bishop Kenny in the title game. Christian Sweat, poised to score from third base, top right. Catcher Austin LaFavor chases a Bulldog back to third base, above right. first-year baseball coach Fred Matricardi. Both of them really work hard, buy into what were doing. I wish them nothing but the best. These guys are a big part of our 19 wins weve accumulated this year. Big, good leaders on and off the field for us. We look forward to them going on in their education and playing and hope they stay and finish four years. Thats the goal. We want to send them out where they dont come home and they stick it out and get their degree and wherever it takes them. That makes four collegebound baseball players for Yulee. Brandon Kline will play foot-rfSIGN Continued on 11A rfn NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 5/10/18 2:33 PM


rfnThe 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 May 19 and June 9. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Fee is $10. Attend the course and pass the exam Education card. To register or for informa(912) 576-6659 or email htip 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 sponsorship comes with a free 10x10 booth. Email ameliais 100 percent of the proceeds and continuing support to Special Welfare community, including spouses and chil dren. Visit www.jogginforfrogmen/ ameliaislandfl for information and to register. Packet pickup will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. May 18 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.nrnThe Amelia Island Boules Club holds petanque pickup games on the petanque courts at Central Park, corner of 11th Street, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and most afternoons on weekdays. Petanque (paytonk) is a cousin of both horse shoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call 4911190 for information. rnnnn 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 all-sports camp from 9 a.m. to noon The all-sports camp includes badminton, basket leyball and soccer. The camp is open to boys and girls entering third through ninth grades next enhancing knowledge of rules and strategies and teach ing the importance of good sportsmanship. The fee is $100. Register the first day of camp. For information on either camp, contact Schreiber at 6352612.nnrfnn camp to teach young, aspir ing players to pass, set, hit, the fundamentals with fun, emphasize teamwork. The camp is open to students in entering fourth a.m. to noon June 4-6 in the Cost is $50. Pre-register by mail. Send mail and pay 85375 Miner Road, Yulee, FL 32097. Bring knee pads, water, snack and athletic shoes. For information, email donna.jackson@nassau.k12. or call 225-8641, ext. 5697.rrnr School will host a cheer camp Gym, behind the middle school. The camp is open to ages 3-12. Preschoolers attend from 9-11 a.m., and the cost is $75. Kindergartners through sixth graders attend from 9 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $100. Cash only pay ments will be accepted. Register the first day, starting at 8:30 a.m. Campers should wear shorts, shirts, athletic shoes. A water fountain is on-site. Parents are not allowed to stay. Registration will be in July. There are free teams that will compete during the school year. More information will be future editions of the NewsLeader PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERYulee High School had six student-athletes sign national letters of intent to compete in their respective sports during a ceremony May 2 at the school. Basketball players Sam Jackson and Will Ferguson and swimmer Haylie Wallace are pictured with their families, above left, and their coaches, below left. Jackson will attend Florida State College at Jacksonville; Ferguson will play at South Georgia State College, and Wallace is heading to Indian River State College. Brandon Kline, Brannon Beverly and Christian Sweat are pictured with their families, above right, and their coaches, below right. Kline will play football at Huntington University, Sweat will play baseball at Thomas University, and Beverly will play both sports at Tiffin University. ball at Huntington University. Brandon was a two-year starter for us at quarterback, football coach Josh Burch said. He accumulated over half of our offensive production this year, with 750 yards in the air and 380 yards on the ground. He was a weapon for us. He was one of four team captains. He was our 2017 coachs award winner. Just a pleasure to coach. Huntington has been conference champions three straight seasons. So, hes going to a great school, Burch said. Brannon was also a twoyear varsity starter for us at inside linebacker. For two seasons in a row, he was our leading tackler. His senior year, he accumulated 85 tackles and had one interception, four tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. He was a force to be reckoned with in the middle, and he was also one of our team captains. Beverly was Yulees 2016 defensive most valuable player.From 10A NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 5/10/18 2:33 PM


Long Point at the Amelia Island Club held its annual three-day mens MemberMember tournament May 2-5. Eighty participants played in the match play format, which featured five nine-hole matches over the course of the event. In the first flight, the winners were William McCarter and Brian Tennyson, with a total of 26 points. The second flight winners were Chris Peters and Bill Kettunen, with a team total of 27 points. In the third flight, the winners were Bill Filbert and Ralph Karlovec, with a total of 28 points. In the fourth flight, Bob Valick and Jeff Murphy became the winners with a total of 30.5 points. The fifth flight was captured by Al Salerno and Pete LePorin, with a total of 30 points. Flight six was won by the team of Jack Lord and Frank Barbera, with a total of 27 points. The seventh and final flight was captured by Ross Griffin and Bob Adelman, with a total of 27.5 points. After the flight winners were determined, all assembled immediately for a five-hole shootout, which featured a Stableford format. Joining each flight winner were the two wild card teams of Rich Barrett and his partner Frank Barbera and partners Steve Ardia and Al Watson. The shootout had plenty of great golf action as teams were eliminated on a hole-by-hole basis until three teams were left playing the final hole. The final three twosomes played the last hole twice before the team of Barret and Nussman was eliminated. On the third time playing the hole, Ardia drained a ninefoot putt to deliver the overall title for himself and Watson over runners-up McCarter and Tennyson. The third-place team for the overall tournament included Nussman and Barrett.rThe Amelia River Womens Golf Association held the final Queen of Clubs monthly tournament on Monday. Laurie Bruner was the winner, with a net score of 63. She will compete with eight other monthly Queen of Clubs winners in the shootout next week.   In the non-Queen competition, the low net winners were       Jean DesBarres, first place, 61; Sharon Badenoch, second, net 62; and Susan Kelly, third, net 65.fntrbTest 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 Club 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.nbntnfThe Amelia Island Jazz Festival will combine golf, jazz, SUBMITTEDSteve Ardia and Al Watson celebrate their Member-Member title with the golf staff at The Amelia Island Club.bnfrrtr Bruner fun prizes and lunch for its first-ever Swingin With Jazz 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. Players may enter as a foursome team or will be grouped into teams at the golf club. Included in the entry fee will be 18 holes of golf, a cart and range balls, lunch and four chances to win a golf trip to Las Vegas; Kauai, Hawaii; Treetops Resort, Mich.; or French Lick, Ind. An array of additional prizes will be raffled off, and mulligans will also be available for purchase. Following play, there will be an awards luncheon featuring live jazz in the clubs dining area. Several of the festivals longtime popular musicians will be teeing off in the tournament, including J.B. Scott, trumpet, former leader of New Orleans Dukes of Dixieland; Dave Steinmeyer, trombone, former leader of the Airmen of Note, U.S. Air Force Band; and Lisa Kelly, jazz vocalist in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame. Entry fee will be $80 per person. Hole sponsorships for $100 per hole and more sponsorship opportunities may be viewed online. For information or to register for the event, visit www., contact the festival hotline at 504-4772 or call event chairperson Steve Murphy at 310-3178. Proceeds from the Swingin With Jazz tournament will help support the Amelia Island Jazz Festivals scholarship, Jazz for Seniors and Jazz in the Schools programs.rThe third annual Blake Bortles Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will return to the World Golf Village for the annual event this June. The event will kick off with a concert and pairings party held at the Renaissance Resort Hotel Convention Center on June 24. The golf tournament will return to the King & Bear Golf Course on June 25. The Blake Bortles Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is a two-day event that combines music, golf, local flavors and a first-class good time. The tournament and concert were created in 2016 as a main fundraising platform for the Blake Bortles Foundation. For more information about this event or to purchase tickets and register for the tournament visit or contact info@blakebortlesfoundation. com. But you can choose proton therapy.You didnt choose cancer. Choose the UF Health Physicians and staff with more than 10 years of proton therapy experience, offering research advances and compassionate care to help you beat cancer and live life to the fullest. Contact us today at fpt287698_FBNL-NovAd-10.625x10_rsg.indd 1 10/31/17 2:48 PM FERNANDINA BEACH PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT RECREATION ROUNDUP Visit for information on any of these programs or activities. SPORTS/FITNESS SOCCER MADE IN AMERICA SUMMER SOCCER CAMP from 9 a.m. to noon June 18-22 at Hickory Street Park. Ages 4-17. Nationally-renowned training program with professional coaches. Participants will improve their technical and tactical knowledge of soc cer, with emphasis on proper body mechanics. Each player should bring a soccer ball, shin guards and water bottle. Fees are $160 for the first family member, $150 second family mem ber. Register at the Atlantic Center. on Elm Street. Team registration fee of $350 is due at registration. Twelve-person roster limit per team. Teams must have matching uni form shirts with numbers on backs. Ten-game Season begins June 7. For information, con tact John Coverdell at 310-3351 or jcoverdell@ game $72 refundable forfeit fee due June 1. USA Softball rules. 6/4 male-to-female ratio. ASA-approved bats allowed, all bats must have league-issued decals to be allowed for use. Eight games per team regular season and single elimination tournament. Season begins June 4 at the Ybor Alvarez Softball Fields. Visit or contact NEW Sports Fri.indd 3 5/10/18 3:58 PM


Island Art Association at 18 N. Second St. will continue its current Nouveau Show and Sale themed People through May. Unusual mixed media and portraits are featured from 50 local artists. Artist of the month is Amanda Pearl, who works with acrylics to produce pieces with bright, cheerful colors and soothing themes. For more information about IAA, how to participate in Nouveau Art, classes and workshops, and ways to support the organizations charitable mission, visit rfntrbbbb tr nr rfnntbtr rfffnftbrfff nfn n b fn n b bb nbtrbfnttbfnffffrfff fnbn b ffrrrfff btrb nnb rffb fbff trbnb ffffnb bbbfnb nffbtrnttrbbnffnffff bbbtb t ffbb nn n f f bbnff b t r nnbffff ntnrrrff nfnfffb bbfnfnn brbnff nr nbfrfffrnfnfnf bbfb brrfffr Local abstract artist Casey Matthews will hold an open house and studio tour from 4 to 8 p.m. to present new artwork during Saturdays Artwalk. Casey Matthews Fine Art is located on 813 S. Eighth St. in the Pelican Palms Shopping Center. Regular hours are by appointment. For more information, call 556-1119.CASEY MATTHEWS/CASEY MATTHEWS FINE ART POLLY BEACH/CLAY TIMES ART CENTERtNewly opened at 112 S. 3rd St. across from Bright Mornings cafe, Clay Times Art Center is a newcomer to Artwalk and is downtown Fernandina Beachs first full-service clay studio and mixed media arts cooperative, according to a news release. Housed in the former Early Impressions day care center, the more than 4500-square-foot facility boasts two large pottery studios equipped with eight potters wheels, two slab rollers, an extruder (like a commercial PlayDoh machine), lots of handbuilding moulds and tools, plus three electric kilns, a store featuring clay tools and supplies, and classes/workshops for clay enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. You can even book paint-your-own pottery parties, fundraisers, and special events. Clay Times Art Center is also home to a beautiful fine arts gallery featuring 100-percent handmade works, mostly made by the local artists who share studio space at the center. They include Susi Sax, a multimedia artist who also teaches classes in alcohol ink, mosaics, and stained glass; hot glass artist John Mateer; clay artist Robin Bruck-Tanner; Julie Delfs, who teaches dirty pour and epoxy resin classes; jeweler Renee Martin; painter Sue Almand; painter Kendall Porter; and Director Polly Beach, whose full-time job is editor and publisher of Clay Times magazine. She founded the center to provide locals and visitors with the opportunity to learn the clay and glass arts that can only be made with specialized, costly equipment. Clay Times Art Center will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. for Artwalk. To view class listings and learn more, visit, call 624-5824, or follow Clay Times Art Center on Facebook and Twitter. nnAMANDA PEARL/ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION NED FLEMMING/2ND STORY GALLERY & STUDIOSFor the May Artwalk, 2nd Story Gallery & Studios is featuring two artists who work in oil Ned Flemming and Ana Companion. Photographer Pam Vieser and acrylic artists Lois Grunder, Craig Impink, Cindy Kurth, Lorraine Kilmer, Ron Chabot, and Jane Reese also have new work on display this month. Misty Shrimper Dinghy Reflections Ned Flemmings works in oil offer a wide variety of subjects, many of which are inspired by Amelia Island. He especially enjoys painting boat scenes. When you see his painting of a boat, you see a painting of mystery and romance. Neds still lifes, with strong strokes of oil paint, are equally enticing with their use of vivid color. Low Tide. Ana Companion is a new addition to 2nd Story Gallery & Studios. Anas use of oil brings her spectacular beach scenes to life and reflects the beauty of the area. She clearly spends time outside every day and recreates the beauty around her in her paintings. Glass artists Frances Rodgers and Denise Murphy and jewelry artists Patti Saunderson and Renee Martin complete the list of artists exhibiting their work for the May Artwalk.ANA COMPANION/2ND STORY GALLERY & STUDIOSBird Retreat NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 13 5/10/18 10:30 AM


The American Legion Auxiliary, located at 626 Gum St., will have dinner available from 5 to 7 p.m. Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting The Fernandina Beach Branch Library will screen a free movie for teens Mission Impossible: Rogue Xandu, The Musical will open at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next 3rd on 3rd Street presentation A o r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, May 9 Solution Amelia Community Theatre will present The Phantom Tollbooth Auto Legends Amelia Cars and Conversation The American Legion Riders steak dinner rThe Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz Trio with Bonnie Eisele will Swing Into Spring The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold a Brown Bag Lunch at noon Wednesday, June 6. The kick-off event for the One Book, One Community program Worldwide Knit in Public Day will be observed from The Friends of the Library Book Club will meet Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. Never Let Me Go Crossing Sing, Unburied, Sing Persepolis The God of Small Things Being Mortal Daisy Miller A Gentleman in Moscow The Noise of Time The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next 3rd on 3rd Street presentation The Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1978 is planning its 40-year reunion. rrResin epoxy, dirty pour art classes Four six-week adult beginning guitar classes are The Amelia Knitting Club Kings Bay RC Modelers ACBL Duplicate Bridge, Bingo is played every Thursday Lions Club bingo, Living With Loss Contract bridge, Dust off your drum sticks, Guests on the Ghost Tour Living in Recovery Overeaters Anonymous meets Submit event announcements/briefs to Calendar Listing c/o 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696. 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 Lighthouse on OHagan Drive in Fernandina Beach, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 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.FILE PHOTO


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All of our seafood and regular entrees come with a choice of two veggies and your selection homemade breads and rolls. 2017 Elegant Island Living Magazines Best Crab Cakes2017 News-Leader BEST of the BestFlorida Times Unions 2017 BOLD CITY BEST CRAB CAKES 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 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.In an effort to bring more Book Festival events to Fernandina Beachs historic downtown area, the Amelia Island Book Festival has announced that in partnership with The Book Loft and Art on Centre Gallery a conversation, special reception and book signing with New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 23 to celebrate the release of the authors newest book, Beach House Reunion, according to a news release. The event will be held at the Art on Centre Gallery, located at 503 Centre St. in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for the event are $50 and include hors doeuvres, wine and a copy of the book. Monroe is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summers End, Last Light Over Carolina, Time Is a River, Sweet Grass, Skyward, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons, The Book Club, and Beach House for Rent. Her books have received numerous awards and she is recipient of RT Lifetime Achievement Award and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the low country of South Carolina. We are thrilled to have Mary Alice return to Amelia Island. Her books are special to Amelia islanders as they often deal with the healing powers of nature sea turtles, birds and species found here, AIBF President John Ruis said in the release. As a downtown cultural business, we are thrilled to be partnering with the Amelia Island Book Festival and The Book Loft to help bring meaningful programs to this area, and we hope that those attending will enjoy note only this wonderful author and support Authors in Schools, but also the vast array of artists that we are fortunate to represent in our gallery, said Debbie Lehman, gallery co-owner. We are especially pleased that our friends from the local Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch will be with us at this fun and thought-provoking event, Book Loft owner Sue Nelson said. The event benefits the AIBFs Authors in Schools Literacy Program. Tickets are available online at ameliaislandbookfestival. org. Former hedge fund manager Steve Sjuggerud will discuss his favorite 2018 investment opportunities as guest speaker at the Mens Newcomers Club luncheon on May 17 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road in Fernandina Beach. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a social halfhour. Sjuggerud co-founded Stansberry Research in 1999 and authors an investment newsletter with a focus on contrarian investment opportunities. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida and has lived in Fernandina Beach with his wife and two children for 18 years. Reservations for the luncheon must be made by email to or by phone to 310-9055 by Saturday. Cost of the luncheon is $15 when reservations are made in advance. The cost of the luncheon will be $20 for those without reservations. The $15 lunch checks can be mailed to the MNC, P.O. Box 16291, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 to arrive by May 12. Non-members, attending a meeting for the first time, will be charged $15, which will be applied to the clubs membership fee if the individual joins MNC that day. Information about the Mens Newcomers Club can be found online at mensnewcomersclub. org. Community Yoga + Wellness is sponsoring a community screening of Kedi a story about the hundreds of thousands of cats that freely roam the streets of Istanbul, Turkey at 7:15 p.m. June 2 to benefit Cats Angels and the Community Yoga Scholarship Fund, according to a news release. Kedi means cat in the Turkish language. For thousands of years theyve wandered in and out of peoples lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could, the release explains. Ceyda Torun, who was born in Istanbul and directed the film, said in the release, In the end, I hope this film makes you feel like you just had a cat snuggle up on your lap unexpectedly, and purr fervently for a good long time, while allowing you to stroke it gently along its back, forcing you, simply because you cant move without letting go of that softness and warmth, to think about things that you may not have given yourself time to think about in the busy life you lead, to discuss them with a group of new friends, friends from Istanbul who tell you what the city is really like. The screening is free and will take place at 210 Beach St. in Fernandina Beach. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door. Donations benefitting Cats Angels will go toward the organizations spay/neuter and TNVR programs. The Nassau County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Nassau ARES) will present a two-Saturday course in June on radio theory and practices necessary to become a Technician Class ham radio operator, according to a news release. The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9 and 16. Immediately following the second class, interested participants will be able to take the Technician Class FCC exam. There is no cost for the course but a $29 fee covers a textbook and computer-based training disk, which will be available on the first day of class. In addition, the technician test costs $15 for materials and requires two forms of ID, one which has a photo and another that confirms the individuals address. Students will only need one form of ID, which could be a drivers license or school ID card. The course is self-paced and designed to take someone with no electrical or radio theory knowledge through the skills and information necessary to earn a Technician Class FCC license. The course materials come with a computer program that has all of the test questions with answers and suggestions for remembering the answers. The course begins with basic radio and electronics theory, goes into ham allocated frequencies and FCC rules and finishes with radio safety. Very little math skill is required, and there are no longer any Morse code requirements for ham radio licenses. The FCC technicians test itself is 35 multiple-choice questions and requires a 75 percent score to pass. According to the release, Nassau ARES has had a number of 12 to 15 year olds pass the test on the first try. No preregistration is required; however, if you want to purchase the book on the first day of class, send your name and phone number to Bud Sinor at The course will be held at the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center, located at 77150 Citizens Circle in Yulee. rfntbnbb nnn Sjuggerud rfr nrtbrbrtCEYDA TORUN/SPECIALMeet Sari The Hustler, one of the many cats profiled in Kedi, a film about the cats of Istanbul, Turkey that will be screened on June 2. Sari lives at the base of Galata Tower, one of the oldest and best-known landmarks in Istanbul. Shes a hustler who begs, steals, forages and gets what she needs for herself and her new kittens. nnb bbn MELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORYA two-week morning camp for children going into grades two through six, Camp Clamshell will highlight 10 different areas of history, art and the environment. The class is designed to involve and excite the inquisitive and resourceful child about Amelia Island, Florida and the world. The camp will run June 18-22 and 25-29. The cost is $50 per week or $75 for both weeks. Registration information is available at the Amelia Island Museum of History, located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach, and online at The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next 3rd on 3rd Street presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, June 15, with special guest Dr. Michael Butler, who will present State, Local, and National Campaigns: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida. The idea that race relations in Florida did not experience the tumult that other Deep South states did during the civil rights movement dominates popular perception. This presentation examines the concept of Florida exceptionalism in relation to the black freedom struggle and places the Sunshine State into its proper regional and national perspective. Butler is an associate professor of history at Flagler College, where he has taught since August 2008. He received both his master and doctorate degrees in history from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern history with an emphasis on the civil rights movement. Butler co-authored Victory After the Fall: The Memories of Civil Rights Activist H. K. Matthews and has published numerous essays in various academic journals. His latest manuscript is titled Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-2000. This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. 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. Third St. in Fernandina Beach.rf ntbr Butler rfn ttbttt tttbbrtt bttt nt f NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 15 5/10/18 10:32 AM


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 rThe 5th annual King of the Hill Surf Fest hosted by Neptune Baptist Church will return to Neptune Beach Saturday and feature a pro/am surfing contest and surf fishing contest. The Surf Fest will take place between the Cherry and Walnut streets beach accesses. There will be free parking at Neptune Baptist Church, located at 407 Third St. Neptune Baptist Church is partnering with dozens of local business, nonprofits, and volunteers to bring this event to Neptune Beach. All proceeds will benefit the local charity, Mission House, which provides services to the Beaches homeless community. The surf fishing contest will run from 7 a.m. to noon. The surfing contest will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the various division levels and age groups for both the surfing and fishing contests. From 6 to 8 p.m. today the church will also host a fishing seminar featuring local fishing legend Larry Finch, along with more food, prizes, and fun. For registration and information, visit or call 249-2307.fntbfrrfThe 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. The theme for the afternoon will be Keys to Community. 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 Beauty. The month of Grandeur begins May 17. For more information, call 5665437 or 432-8845.rrCome join us on Tuesday, May 15, as we worship, pray, study the Word of God and encourage each other with our testimonies of the Lords mighty intervention in our lives. Dont miss this opportunity to worship, study and fellowship with other believers every Tuesday at noon. The Salvation Army Hope House is at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.frrThank you so much for responding so quickly to our cry for help to fill the Salvation Army Hope Houses Emergency Food pantry in the last 2 weeks. We now know why the Emergency Food Pantry was so bare with us giving out 325 bags of food in April. You provided just what we needed and even more. Now we have a good base with only a few missing items. If you can help, we now need jelly, grits, boxed helper meals, condensed soup, canned meats, canned fruit, toilet paper and insect repellant. Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.ffPrince 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.frAmelia 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.fThe 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 556-5437.fffrFranklintown 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 The Allegiance Youth Choir will present its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Amelia Baptist Church. The community is invited to attend. No admission will be charged; however, a love offering will be received to defray the costs of the choirs tour and mission project to South Florida slated for June 9-15. Allegiance will be traveling to Broward County, working with the Iglesia Real community by conducting a free Fine Arts Camp for children and families. They will be presenting concerts throughout the area, according to Pam Helton, minster of music at Amelia Baptist Church. Pictured from left are, first row, Skye Dinkins, Madelyn Campbell, Sarah Myers, Victoria Harper, Abigail Gluntz, and Rachel Harper; second row, Daisy Adams, Melinda Harper, Piper Tsairis, Annaleise Gluntz, Bridgett Dinkins, Allie Cunningham, Elisabeth Gluntz, and Samantha Harper; and third row, Drake Ware, Daniel Laster, Noah Laster, and Andrew Harper.KRISTEN CAMPBELL/SPECIALIn his book Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, Nathan Bierma explains that, Midway through the 20th century, the United States created a new kind of heaven: We called it retirement. Until then, he says, people worked as long they could many on farms and most Americans died in their own homes. Gradually, work shifted from agriculture to manufacturing, the population migrated from farms to factories, and youth and speed became more valuable than age and wisdom. At the same time, there were advances in medicine, technology, and nutrition. People lived longer, and by the 1930s, as the country plunged into the Great Depression, there was an oversupply of older workers. In response, the federal government created Social Security. By paying older workers not to work, the government coaxed them out of the workforce in order to slide younger unemployed workers into it. Thus, retirement was born. Today, we romanticize the golden years, especially in places like Fernandina Beach. We cant wait to play golf whenever we want, to travel on a whim, and check adventures off our bucket lists. Retirement, we muse, is a taste of heaven on earth. But heres the theological problem: Theres actually no correlation between heaven and a life of leisure. Consequently, the concept of golden years of endless golf and non-stop travel distorts our view of heaven because it perverts our thinking about work. The more we idolize leisure, the more likely we are to view things like work, responsibility, and purpose as a bother; the stuff we have do for 40 some-odd years in order to reach the promised land of retirement. Thus, our lives are split in two: the time when were on the clock and always on deadline, and the time of carefree, deadline-free, stress-free ease. This, Bierma says, is a new perspective. Prior to the early 1900s, nobody viewed life and the world this way. It is counterintuitive to the way were created to make culture on earth. If were to live with a vibrant, magnetic vision of heaven, we must first have a biblical view of work. We must understand that our work paid or unpaid is the way we create, change, and influence culture, which is the way we prepare and provide a foretaste of life in the world to come. In 1 Peter 3:15 the Apostle Peter tells us to eagerly and thoroughly defend our hope for eternity. We must first reveal that hope by creating a world where through business, education, families, and politics our city thrives. We demonstrate our hope for heaven when we care for the plants, animals, and natural resources as their Creator intended us to. Its our activity not our leisure that reveals the hope of heaven. Its by being engaged not disengaged that we close the gap between the way things are and the way God intends them to be. God has made each of us to fill a void, to as Frederick Buechner put it find the intersection where the worlds deep hunger and your deep gladness meet. When we live this way and not for the shallow hope of a leisurely life we reveal an active faith in the worlds redemption. In this grand vision, all kinds of activity are a calling from God. So, lets get past the notion that some vocations preacher, teacher, or missionary are higher callings. The fact is, whenever we make culture on Earth in the hope of the new Earth, we respond to Gods high calling the calling hes issued to 99.9 percent of his people. Its when we exercise creativity, solve problems, cooperate with others, and find satisfaction in what we do that were engaged in what Bierma calls the godly processes. This is how we bear Gods image. Its how our creative energy becomes tied to Gods creative energy. Its how we experience momentum and add vitality to our lives. Its what makes us eager to get about the work Gods given us. One of the great things about Fernandina Beach is the civic spirit of our retired population. Citizens in their 60s, 70s, and 80s volunteer at the library, history museum, Boys & Girls Clubs, Hope House, Barnabas, and churches. Theyre smart and involved. And I suspect theyre the driving force that keeps our city beautiful, charming, and environmentally conscious. They may have retired from a job, but they havent retreated from the Cultural Mandate God gave us. God bless them and add to their number. 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 rfntb rfn trfrbr nn bb NL 6 col. Fri. 05.11.indd 16 5/10/18 10:34 AM


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