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The news-leader
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rrfnr 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 typographical 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. rfnntbrA benefit for the children of Joleen Cummings will take place 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at VFW Post 4351 in Fernandina Beach. The Post is located underneath the west end of the Shave Bridge. The event will include a silent auction, live entertainment, food, drinks and a bake sale. For more information or to donate items, contact Toni Ferraro at 557-0882 or Shelly Moriarty at 5100270.Ayurveda and the Art of Dinacharya: Creating a Mindful Daily Routine will be presented by certified Ayurvedic practitioner Shannon Kelly between 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Centred on Yoga, 212B Centre St. in Fernandina Beach. A strong daily routine enhances immunity, calms the nervous system, increases metabolism and allows you to be truly present in your life. Sign up online at or call 323-2530. Cost is $30. For information email Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission at 86000 St. Francis Way in Yulee will be holding a blood drive between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. All donors will receive a free OneBlood beach towel and a wellness checkup that includes blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screenings. All donors also receive a coupon for BOGO admission to the Jacksonville Zoo. Sign up online at and use sponsor code . Walk-in are also welcome.fbbrtThe Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1958 will hold a luncheon and social to celebrate its 60-year reunion from 1 to 3 p.m. and Grill, located at 96008 Wade Place, which is at the base of the west end of the Shave Bridge. Those attending will be able to order from the menu, and a cash bar will be available. For additional information, call Henry Jake Jacobs at 277-0754 (leave a message) or Tony Ferreira at 261-4283.rbThe Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1088, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Ark of Nassau, 86051 Hamilton St., Yulee. The guest speaker will be Jannie Everet, who will discuss the 1971 Thiokol Plant explosion. The plant was involved in the making of ordinance for the Vietnam War effort. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments. Guests and new members are welcome. For information, call 432-7006.brrnt Vision Support Group will meet between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 1367 S. 18th St. (across the street from Baptist Medical Center Nassau) in Fernandina Beach. This support group provides its members with ongoing support as well as coping strategies for those with impaired vision. The guest speaker will be Carolyn Wiltse, a vision rehabilitation specialist from Vision Education Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville. Wiltse will discuss adjustment to blindness, assistive technology and the importance of independent living skills. During each meeting, members share how they cope with low vision and updates are provided on Google Home, talking books and voice activated computer screen readers. Caregivers are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome. For more information, call NCCOA Volunteer Coordinator Frances Bartelt at 2610701, ext. 102.bbrbtbtNassau Friends, a new social group for young adults (19-30) with high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, and social anxiety living in Nassau County, will hold its first outing at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 29. in the conference room of the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Clubhouse, located at 2800 Bill Melton Road in Fernandina Beach. Participants should have an interest in belonging to a group and making friends and must be high-functioning, emotionally stable, and have their own transportation. Friends, family, and supporters are welcome to be involved helping to organize and run be yourself with no judgement or pressure, according to group organizer William Graham. To register for the group, visit Nassau-Friends-Young-Adult-Social-Group. For information, contact Graham at Yulee branch of the Nassau County Public Library System will host homebuyer seminars from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5 and 19. The seminars are open to the public. If you are planning the purchase of great advice from experts.rbbtr fun-filled morning of crafts and arts focused on literacy between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will feature storybook readings, face painting, snacks and more. Celebrity guests will include The Cat in the Hat and Curious George. This book and school Services. For a list of needed books and supplies, visit You can make your donation online or at St. rrbrbrtrnThe Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center is offering the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at no charge 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 21 at 37002 Ingram Road in Hilliard. The program offers low-impact physical activity proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. Sessions will include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. To pre-register, contact Northeast Florida AHEC at 482 0189.rbbKeep Nassau Beautiful and Nassau County Solid Waste Management will hold a household hazardous waste collection event for residents on Sept. 8 from 7 a.m. to noon. County residents are encouraged to bring pesticides, paint thinners, radiator fluid, used oil and lubricants, oil filters, pool chemicals, solvents, insecticides, gasoline and fuels, fluorescent bulbs, electronics, computers, TVs, paints, batteries fertilizers, household cleaners, corrosives, propane tanks, medications, aerosol cans and used cooking oil to the Northeast Florida Fairgrounds at 543378 U.S. 1 in Callahan for disposal. Collection is free of charge for residents. For more information, visit County Council on Aging, in partnership with Baptist Health, will present the sixth annual Senior Expo & Health Fair on Fri., Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center auditorium, 2500 Atlantic Ave. More than 50 health service providers, state and local government agencies, and other senior service organizations and businesses are expected to participate in this & Health Fair is free and open to the public. Call NCCOA at 904-261-0701 for more information.tnThe Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will hold its next EmpowHER! luncheon Monday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Clubhouse. The program will feature guest speaker Retired Command Sergeant Major Teresa King. After serving 28 years in the U.S. Army, King has a long list of accomplishments to her name. Most notably, she became the first female commandant of the Drill Sergeant School in Fort Jackson, S.C. in 2009. work that enhances personal and professional growth of businesswomen in Nassau County. Luncheons include guided roundtable discussions on trending topics, an inspiring speaker and both mentoring and partnership opportunities that will drive careers. Tickets for the luncheon are $20 per person for members. To attend this event, you must pre-register at For more information, contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at 261-3248.brbrbThe Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life Protection Task Force is seeking volunteers to remove litter from area beaches before it is ingested by animals. Volunteers will work one or two evenings a week, through August, for one to two hours between 5:30 and 8 p.m. For information, email charmontaskforce@gmail. com or UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Service is offering weekly individual consultations 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 scheduled Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. bbrtrA 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 building located at 449621 U.S. 301 in Callahan. Varying topics are presented with informal support and discussion. A registered dietitian and a mental health counselor will facilitate some sessions. Today, participants will prepare a healthy meal to take home and cook. To register, contact Melanie Hadden at 5072692.There is no cost to attend.fMr. Peter F. Albi, 95, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Osprey Village after a lengthy illness. Born in Denver, Colo., he was a son of the late Fred P. and Michelina Cortese Albi. Educated in the schools of Denver, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served his country during World War II and was discharged in 1946 after the wars end. Shortly after the end of the war, Peter married his longtime sweetheart, Barbara Ruth Bishop. They had known each other since their kindergarten years and would spend their lives together until Barbaras passing in 1993. After the war years, Mr. Albi began a long and successful career with the Gillette Company. Starting as a salesman in the Colorado area, he would work his way through the ranks. His last position was as president of Gillettes overseas division in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following his retirement from Gillette, Mr. Albi would find a new opportunity and pursuit. He became vice president of the El Mundo Media Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He would completely retire in 1985. In retirement, he and his wife moved to Jacksonville, Fla. and made their home in the Mission Hills area. They would live there until 1993. After Barbaras passing, Peter moved to Osprey Village on Amelia Island. He was a devout Catholic and member of St. Michaels Parrish. He was active in the Knights of Columbus Council at St. Michaels and served in various capacities. His faith was paramount in his life. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband and father who provided a warm and special home life for his wife and children. In addition to his wife and parents, Peter was predeceased by his son, Daniel F. Albi, in 2008. He leaves behind to mourn his loss a daughter, Helen Cathy Albi of Esparto, Calif.; a brother, Fred Albi and his wife, Kathy, of Post Falls, Idaho; as well as several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 with Fr. Jose Kallukalam, Celebrant. Peter will be laid to rest with his wife, Barbara, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo. at a later date. Please share your memories and condolences at Tarver Averett Jr. was born February 8, 1940 and died August 14, 2018 at the age of 78 after an extended illness (myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS). Tarver Averett enjoyed a life improving his community. A native of Sandersville, Ga., he graduated from Sandersville High School in 1958. He was a proud alumnus of both North Georgia College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and English in 1962, and Georgia Southern, where he earned his Ed.S. degree in Leadership and Administration. He served in the military as an airborne infantry officer for five years, during which time he served in Korea. He was Scoutmaster for Troop 74 and a member of the Rotary Club for 20 years. Tarvers first love was his family and second was public education. Tarver taught at DD Crawford Primary School in Sandersville, then became principal at Sandersville Elementary School for more than two years before he was elected superintendent in 1976. He was superintendent for 20 years, during which time he served as president of the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) and helped administer the building of T. J. Elder Middle School and renovation of the high school in Washington County. In 2009, he moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla., where he quickly became a friend of the community and continued his activism for equality and fairness with everyone he met. He loved meeting with his friends every morning at the Amelia Island Coffee shop to discuss politics, always referring to himself as a yellow-dog democrat. His hobbies included playing with his dogs and watching MSNBC. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach and served in the Chancel Choir. As a member of the North Georgia College baseball team, he often proudly remembered getting a hit while playing the University of Tennessee. Later, he fondly remembered being at Fulton County Stadium to witness Hank Aaron break Babe Ruths home-run record. He is survived by his wife, Joan Harrell Averett; his three children, Laura Averett Morris (Kevin), Edward Tarver Averett III (Tori), and MaeLee Corinna Averett; his grandchildren, Charles Edward Morris, Ethan Scott Morris, and Ellis Tarver Averett; his sister, Mary Grace Kay (Billy); sisterin-law, Jane Payne; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Angela Scarborough Harrell; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Harrell Sirmans (Tim). He was predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tarver Averett; his brother, Lloyd Adrian Payne; and father-in-law, John Harrell. Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla. and at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Sandersville United Methodist Church in Sandersville, Ga. A scholarship in his honor is given each year to Washington County High School students planning to attend North Georgia College and Georgia Southern University the Following in Tarvers Tracks Scholarship. Contributions to this scholarship can be made at Washington County High School in Sandersville or at FollowinTarversTracks. com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his memory to either the Following in Tarvers Tracks Scholarship fund or to Trinity United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach.Thomas F. Dougherty passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 75. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Fredric and Marion Dougherty. He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Victoria; his in-laws, Wilbert and Lorraine Haase; sisters, Marilyn (John) Walker and Suzanne Dougherty (Bobbi Blair); daughters, Colleen (Paul) Collins and Kristen (Tim) Healy; and loving grandchildren, William, Zachary, and Ryan Collins and Lorraine Elizabeth, Olivia, and Roarke Healy, along with Molly, his beloved yellow lab. Tom was born June 15, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Shaker Heights High School and graduated from Ripon College in Wisconsin as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Tom earned an MBA from Emory University and served in the United States Air Force, being awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War. Upon completion of his service in the USAF, Tom returned to Cleveland and spent 16 years at the Big and Friendly, National City Bank, starting as a teller and rising to positions of increasing responsibility in management. After his time at NCB, Tom founded his own private equity firm and embarked on a new chapter as an investor and entrepreneur. Work was one of his passions and he remained active in many businesses, served on numerous boards and, most important to him, mentored, counseled and advised many in the Cleveland business community. Tom was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed spending time at his home in Amelia Island, Fla. and loved to golf. He had a lifelong love of flying, maintained his pilot license and was an avid historian with great pride and love for this country. Tom was also an ardent Cleveland sports fan, especially reveling in the success of the Cleveland Indians. He took the utmost pride in following all his grandchildrens endeavors. He was a fiercely independent individual and his unique qualities will forever live in our hearts. Toms life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Mayfield Country Club, 1545 Sheridan Road, South Euclid, Ohio. Donations in his name may be made to Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland at 2507 E. 22nd St., Cleveland, Ohio 44115, and Patriot Paws (service dogs for veterans ) at Snead, 69, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Friday, August 10, 2018. Annette enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, watched stock car racing, and was a huge Florida Gators fan. Some may remember her for having worked for many years at Bo & Mikes in Fernandina Beach. To her family, she was the life of the party and made every family get-together memorable. She was preceded in death by her parents, James F. Snead and Nannie Mae LeBlanc Snead Moody, as well as her sister, Barbara Snead Harris Cartwright. Also preceding her was her lifelong partner, Raymond Lucas. She is survived by her siblings, Johnny (Becky) Snead, Joey Snead, Mike (Tina) Snead, and Betty Jo Moody, all of Yulee, Fla., Patricia Moody of Fernandina Beach, and her twin sister, Jeannette Shelton of Richmond, Ky. She is also survived by her aunt, Betty Lou Shetters of Yulee, and uncle, Loadice LeBlanc of Abbeville, La.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Annette requested to be cremated and her ashes taken home with her twin sister. She did not want to have a formal service but instead asked that the family come together as they usually do to eat, drink, laugh and remember her life. We know she would want her friends to do the same.fBradley E. Holland, 61, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.btrMr. Lazaro Moran, 85, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018.btrMr. John William Reeves, 94, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018.btr 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101 Fernandina Beach, FL The food pantry needs donations of non-perishable food items all year round.For more information, Call: 261 -7000NL/PSA rnntrnt Interim County Manager Mike Mullin will be holding regularly scheduled meetings from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month to make himself available for anyone to ask countyrelated questions and/or address county issues. The meetings will take place in the Commission Chambers, located in the James S. Page Governmental Complex at 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee. NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 2 8/16/18 4:59 PM


AMELIA ISLANDS OF SUMMER S hrimp D aysBeat the end-of-summer blues by celebrating Amelia Island's Shrimp Days of Summer. Take advantage of special offers on mouth-watering shrimp dishes at 13 participating restaurants from August 15th to September 30th. Participating RestaurantsExplore special oers | Oceanside Sabbia The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill The Surf Restaurant and Beach Motel Verandah Wicked BAO 29 South Cafe Karibo Amelia Tavern Coast Crab Trap Gilberts Underground Kitchen Horizons C elebrate Serving locally-caught shrimp LISSABRADDOCKFORSCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5VOTEINVESTED & EXPERIENCED47 years Nassau County Resident 34 year Veteran Nassau County School Teacher All Children & Grandchildren Educated in Nassau County Public Schools Current Nassau County Port Authority Commissioner District 5VOTELissaBraddockPOLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR BY LISSA BRADDOCK FOR SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5 Political advertisement paid for and approved by Dawn Hagel, Republican for County Commissioner District 2 A NEW DAWN in Nassau CountyVOTE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER District 2REMEMBER TOAUGUST 28TH DAWNHAGELStruck by the advertisement about Miami, Lore is interested in starting his own ad campaign that would capture the feel and laidback way of life in historic Fernandina Beach. He would like to use pictures taken by local photographers along with a consistent message: This is Fernandina. Citizens for Restoration Fernandina Harbor Marina is also organizing a concert, Music for the Marina, on Aug. 25 from 1-5 p.m., in the name of raising awareness. The group has signs for sale to supporters, but Lore says the group makes no profit as the signs are sold at cost. Quite a few have been popping up around the island and the tagline reads, Our Island, Our Marina, Our Home. This is serious grassroots organizing, Lore said, and his list of support among elected officials, downtown businesses, friends and neighbors is getting bigger all the time. To connect with Citizens for Restoration Fernandina Harbor Marina or to find out more about the upcoming concert and other activities, visit the organizations Facebook page at groups/642338342781560.determined it was too dense to be an explosive device. Bishop said JSO then removed the object and took it to its Jacksonville range, where they will dispose of it. The object has not yet been identified. We always respond to these types of situations with an abundance of caution, Police Chief James Hurley said. We get the experts in, they deal with it, and then we move on. Bishop said in addition to FBPD and JSO, an FBI special agent went to the scene.FERNANDINA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT/SPECIALThis object was uncovered by utility workers in Fernandina Beachs Old Town. It was x-rayed and determined to pose no threat before it was transported to Jacksonville for disposal. Paul Lore has started a new organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the public waterfront in Fernandina Beach. Its called Citizens for Restoration Fernandina Harbor Marina. Signs refer to ICW 716, the marker along the Intracoastal Waterway that designates Fernandina Beach.CINDY JACKSON/ NEWS-LEADER Continued from 1A Continued from 1A NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 3 8/16/18 5:03 PM


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A true hands on owner Deonas man ages the day to day operations and meets personally with every client and their families. I believe in know ing each of our clients on a personal level to provide them with the very best of care that will benefit them the most. Our clients want to remain living independently and safely in the comfort of their own homes said Deonas and our delightful compan ions provide just that. Services we offer: Companionship, light house keeping, meal preparation, laundry and changing of bed clothes, shop ping, running errands and schedul ing of appointments. One service that is wildly popular is transportation to doctors appoint ments, hair and nail salons, lunch outings or just a ride through town and the beaches. So many of our cli ents just want to get out and about and we are happy to accommodate. Our business model allows us to serve a wide range of clients regard less of your situation. To learn more about Best Friends Companion Care or to set a time for a free in home assessment give us a call 904-277-0006 www.mybfcc.comAHCA Registration 232156 Congressman John Rutherford, who represents Floridas 4th Congressional District, visited Fernandina Beach resident Eleanore Simon on Tuesday and gave her an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol plus a copy of a statement he included in the Congressional Record in recognition of Simons 107th birthday in July, according to a news release from his office.OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN RUTHERFORDrfProtecting the dunes that protect Amelia Island is one of the issues surrounding beach traffic, and residents and authorities are working to ensure vehicles driving on the citys beaches do not endanger the primary dune system. Parking and driving on the beach became a controversial subject after the length of the area open to vehicular traffic at Sadler Road was changed following Hurricane Irma. Christine Harmon, who heads The Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life Protection Task Force, says vehicles are now driving next to the dunes near Sadler Road and South Fletcher Avenue and causing considerable damage. Frank Hopf is an Amelia Island resident and a retired professional civil engineer with a Ph.D. earned from studies of coastal geomorphology. In a letter to Mayor Johnny Miller, Vice Mayor Len Kreger and Commissioner Chip Ross earlier this year, Hopf said the dunes are critical to protecting the island. The dunes provide the reserve sand to handle the high energy waves from storms, Hopf said. Storm waves attack the dunes which provide sand to extend the surf zone. They also provide additional elevation to stop overwash. The more height and volume in the dune system, the larger and longer the storm that can be managed without inland damage. Hopf said vehicles driving on the beach at the Sadler Road access are especially egregious as to the issue of the dunes. The irony is that the beach itself can take the beating of Hummers driving across them all day and all night, Hopf said. But the dunes and dune forming vegetation are extremely fragile. Fernandina Beach Police Chief James Hurley told the News-Leader that laws governing driving on the beach conflicted with what is practical and have been adjusted. According to the current ordinance, the distance (where vehicles are allowed to drive) is 25 feet from the dune toe, which created numerous practical logistical problems after you consider the need for a traffic lane, parked vehicles, and sunbathers, Hurley said. There simply is not enough room for that equation to work. Parking and driving are two very different things and these I was at Harris Teeter and talked with Bernie, a reader of Keffers Corner. In our conversation, I learned that Bernie had been to all 50 states. That led to a review of states I have visited, not counting airport transfers. The number is 18. On our travel list, the US of A needs top billing. Alaska and Hawaii would seem low hanging fruit, but are on the list. Sorry also to Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Ten of the last 16 really interest me. You will never know the six that do not. For some reason, on the way to Atlanta last Friday, I started tossing out state nicknames for Hollie to name the state. It led to a quiz of the state capitals, which were more front of mind in the seventh grade. Search the list and make it some entertainment on your next drive or a slow night at home. We may be easily entertained, but it was fun and we learned something. Starting with the 13 colonial states, identities were formed and remain today. I maintain our state pride exceeds most of the worlds countries. Canada gets a nod for their 10 provinces. Mexico has 31 states and a federal district. Germany has 16 states, France 18 regions, China 22 provinces, and Brazil 5 regions. Most all countries have divisions, but our state identities are a source of great pride to most. Increasingly, stickers on vehicles highlight the fact that the owner is a native of their state. While I am not a native Floridian, I like their pride on display. The same stickers can be seen in North Carolina, now a hotbed for relocation. It exhibits identity, even if a secondary message is there. Nowhere have I seen more identity in my 32 states visited than Texas. Texas and California have the land mass, population, and economies to be their own countries. Texans wear their states pride in dress and state flags flown. You would not want to ask them about going it alone. California is a land of abundant resources and need. It is the second most unique state I have been to after Texas. We will leave it at that. We Americans love our states and should. They are 50 gems on a priceless necklace. Take a trip back to school and study what is there. You need not go further than your phone. I will let you know if I whittle down the list of 16 to visit. Rick 2.0 is almost two weeks old. Adjusting and planning is underway. Have a good week.ntbbbb rfntbn nnbnnbSUBMITTEDThese poles have been erected by the Fernandina Beach Police Department in order to keep vehicles 10 feet away from the dunes, but some residents want that buffer zone increased. DUNES Continued on 12A NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 4 8/16/18 5:10 PM


The Florida Department of Health in Nassau County issued a news release Thursday to warn Nassau County residents that mosquito-borne disease activity is ongoing and continues to be detected in surveillance systems here. Throughout the year, DOHNassau partners with the Nassau County Volunteer Fire Department, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners and the Amelia Island Mosquito Control District to maintain sentinel chicken flocks in the county to monitor for West Nile virus, and other similar mosquito borne illnesses, called arbovi ruses. The sentinel chickens are regularly tested for four arbovi ruses that can affect humans and animals: Eastern equine enceph alitis virus (EEEV), West Nile virus (WNV), Highlands J virus (HJV), and St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV). Most human infections with EEEV, WNV, and SLEV are asymptomatic or may result in a nonspecific flu-like syn drome with fever and headache. Infection may, however, lead to encephalitis, with a fatal outcome or permanent neurologic sequel ae. Fortunately, only a small proportion of infected people progress to having encephalitis. Exposure to HJV has not been associated with human illnesses. So far in 2018, there have been four cases of EEEV infec tion in horses in Nassau County and one outbreak of EEEV reported in emus, according to the release. Ten sentinel chick ens have tested positive for EEEV in Nassau County this year, one has tested positive for HJV, and 17 have tested positive for WNV. There has been an increase in sentinel chicken WNV activ ity throughout the county in recent weeks, according to the release. It is coinciding with the peak period of WNV transmis sion in Florida from July through September. DOH-Nassau urges residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take pre cautions to help limit exposure. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, remember to Drain and Cover: DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiply ing. Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flow erpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected. Discard old tires, drums, bot tles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that arent being used. Empty and clean birdbaths and pets water bowls at least once or twice a week. Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that dont accumulate water. Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swim ming pools when not in use. COVER skin with clothing or repellent. Clothing Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present. Repellent Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and cloth ing. Always use repellents accord ing to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old. COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios. Tips on repellent use: Always read label direc tions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children. Products with concentrations of up to 30-percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local phar macies. Look for active ingredi ents to be listed on the product label. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents con taining oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old. Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then trans fer it to the childs skin and cloth ing. If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your cloth ing. Again, always follow the manufacturers directions. For more information on what repellent is right for you, con sider using the Environmental Protection Agencys search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products: cfpub.epa. gov/oppref/insect/#searchform. The Department continues to conduct statewide surveil lance for mosquito-borne ill nesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encepha litis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions website: bird/default.asp. For more infor mation, visit DOHs website at grow, the governor said. I dont know any business people who say they want a smaller com pany. They want to continue to grow. They want to grow more revenues and hire more people. Scott did take some ques tions from reporters invited to the meet and greet. One of those questions con cerned contributions made to a super PAC that is backing Scotts campaign for the U.S. Senate. The GEO Group is the largest private prison company in the U.S. and operates federal pris ons. According to, GEO Acquisition II Inc., a sub sidiary of the Boca Raton-based company, donated $125,000 to New Republican PAC, which supports Scotts campaign. According to the Federal Election Commission, It shall be unlawful for a Federal contrac tor to make, either directly or indirectly, any contribution or expenditure of money or other thing of value to any political party, committee, or candidate for Federal office or to any per son for any political purpose or use. Asked about the contribu tions, Scott said that during his tenure as governor the number of people in the prison system has gone down and that he is focused on how we make sure people, when they finish, they get a job. As to the contributions influ ence, Scott said the money has no effect on him. Everybody who contributes to my campaign, they know what I stand for, he said. Special interests dont control how I do things. Scott did not address whether the contributions violated federal law. On the local level, Scott was asked how he could help the Port of Fernandina, which has recent ly changed operators. Worldwide Terminals Fernandina, the new operator, and its CEO, Chris Ragucci, have been working to bring new business to the port, which is running at a 40-percent capacity. The governor did not address any plans or monies to be obtained in support of the port, but rather talked about Floridas ports in general and the invest ments made in them while he has been governor. I think weve got to keep investing in our ports, Scott said. Weve invested, since I got elected, over $1.4 billion in our 15 seaports in the state. As a result, weve seen a lot of trade jobs. Weve seen an increase I think its over 300,000 trade jobs in the state. Many of our ports are the fastest-growing ports in the country, so we need to invest in our ports. Its an advantage we have, with our 15 seaports and our proximity. We still have so much opportunity because so many things that we buy in this state are not shipped into a Florida port. I think we are going to continue to see growth as long as the federal, state and local governments continue to invest. Scott used the opportunity of other Florida issues red tides that have decimated marine life along the Gulf Coast and nox ious blue-green algae clogging other waterways on both sides of the state to take a swipe at his opponent in the coming elec tion, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson. The red tide caused Scott to declare a state of emer gency Monday for Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas coun ties. Red tides been around since the 1840s, Scott said. Its something that, unfortunately, hits our coast every so often. Weve been working with our local communities to deal with red tide. The state of emergency will accelerate things. We also have over 30 biologists working on the issue around our coasts. He went on to say Nelson has not helped with the situ ation on the east coast of the state, where blue-green algae blooms have caused millions of dollars in losses to tourism and seafood industries around the St. Lucie River and its estuary. The toxin microcystin was found in a sample taken Aug. 2. It is harm ful to people and marine life. That outbreak is being blamed on contamination flowing out of Lake Okeechobee. That outflow water is high in nutrients from the areas agriculture, which feeds the cyanobacteria. The Caloosahatchee River on the southwest side of the state has also been contaminated. One thing Im frustrated about is my opponent, Bill Nelson, who has not been a partner, not helped us. The dike at Lake Okeechobee he didnt work to do anything to get it funded, Scott claimed. I put up, our legislature put up state money ($100 million). Its a 100-percent ($1.3 billion) federal project. The last administration would have given us money to fix the dike. The Trump administra tion has committed the money now to fix the dike. It will get done by my goal is 2022. My opponent has done nothing to try to help deal with the algae issues we are dealing with in the Indian River lagoon and the Caloosahatchee. Nelsons office responded to Scotts accusations with a news release stating that Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio have both asked Senate leaders to pass legislation aimed at mitigation of the algae blooms. According to the release, Nelson and Rubio have urged the leader to bring this years Water Resources Development Act, which includes funding for a massive reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee designed to store and clean some of the water being release from the lake before it going into the nearby waterways, to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as possible. Right now, in Florida, we are facing a massive environmental and economic crisis, Nelsons statement said. If we dont act soon, Im afraid there wont be much of an environment in South Florida left to save. I urge the majority leader to schedule a vote on the WRDA bill as soon as possible, and I urge my col leagues to support the water resources bill when it comes to the floor of the Senate. The House of Representatives has passed its own version of the WRDA bill. Scotts previous campaign stop in Nassau County was July 12, when he spoke with sup porters at Sliders Seaside Grill. At that appearance, residents voiced concerns regarding HB 631, which attempts to define how the private and public areas of Floridas beaches are decided for the purposes of allowing or restricting public access above the mean high tide mark known as the dry sand. The new law created a huge public backlash in Nassau County and around the state. Scott has since signed an exec utive order urging counties to protect public beach access, and enlisting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to assist in those efforts. Both the City Commission of Fernandina Beach and the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners passed customary use ordi nances in an attempt to assert the continuous, historic right of the public to access and use the beaches here. Responsible Growth at Pays For Itself Balance e Budget Full Time, Accessible and Responsive Successfully Self-Emplyed for over 47 years Owner of Franklin Mini Storage in Hilliard & Callahan Combat Military Veteran 1969-1970, US Army South Vietnam, Mekong Delta Married Wife Judy, 2 Sons Garret & Gregory Resident of Hilliard since 1958Primary Election August 28 General Election Nov. 6, 2018 VOTE CARROL FRANKLIN for PORT AUTHORITY District 4 Nassau County Friends and Neighbors of Nassau County, My name is Thomas Ford and I am seeking election for Nassau County Commissioner District Four. I am a fourth generation, life-long resident of Nassau County. Growing up in Bryceville on our family farm, I have first hand experience with hard work, conservative values and leaving a legacy; just has my family has done for me. I see the need for and benefits of, having economic growth and I believe that can be done with a conservative approach while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Its time for New Leadership that is rooted in the great values of our community with a loyalty to the taxpayers. We can pass down to our children a community they can be proud of! I am asking for your support on August 28th. Vote Thomas Ford, Republican for County Commissioner, District 4. Thank you, Thomas Friends and Neighbors of Nassau County, My name is Thomas Ford and I am seeking election for Nassau County Commissioner District Four. I am a fourth generation, life-long resident of Nassau County. Growing up in Bryceville on our family farm, I have first hand experience with hard work, conservative values and leaving a legacy; just has my family has done for me. I see the need for and benefits of, having economic growth and I believe that can be done with a conservative approach while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Its time for New Leadership that is rooted in the great values of our community with a loyalty to the taxpayers. We can pass down to our children a community they can be proud of! I am asking for your support on August 28th. Vote Thomas Ford, Republican for County Commissioner, District 4. Thank you, Thomas Continued from 1A rfntnbn NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 5 8/16/18 5:05 PM


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The campers were even able to witness both a farrier and equine dentistry demonstration. Through the support of the Florida Horse Ranch, 11 4-H campers were able to be paired with an individual horse throughout the entire camp. If you are interested in learning more about fun, hands-on learning opportunities available to your children or the youth you work with, contact Nassau County 4-H at 530-6353. rIt will feel like a family reunion Saturday at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market with the return of three of our most popular vendors. Lizzie is returning with her delicious Lizzies Cheese Straws, a delicate, cracker-like snack available in four delicious flavors. Stop by and taste the parmesan-cheddar with oregano and sun-dried tomato. This savory straw is made from an Italian-inspired blend. They will also have samples of their white cheddar and rosemary, an elegant blend with just a hint of ginger, and their classic cheddar, a rich cheddar cheese-flavored straw with a subtle buttery taste and a touch of peppery spice. They will probably sell out of my favorite, cheddar habanero. This is where rich cheddar cheese is combined with habanero and red peppers, resulting in a fiery flavor. Lizzies Cheese Straws contain no preservatives, hydrogenated oil, or trans fat. Anke is back with Lulus at the Thompson House, so stop by and pick up your fresh crab cakes and pimento cheese dips that they have sold at the farmers market for nearly six years. JD Beef is also returning this week with their fresh-fromthe-farm cuts of tender and flavorful beef. No hormones and no antibiotics are ever given to their happy herd of cattle. Lydia is returning with her adorable pots of succulents, and Wynne is back with her healing salves. Two newer vendors are also returning this Saturday. Hairy Farmpit Girls are bringing goat soaps and body products. They make about 50 pounds of soap every day and this week theyve made an amazing variety of lavender-scented soaps. Gannas Pecans, which debuted last week, are adding new flavors to their line of pecans, and they will have freshly boiled peanuts as well as pecan oil. Entertainment will be provided by the toe-tapping and family-friendly Bruce Beville and Laid Back Band, and Tyson Graham will be showing off his juggling skills. The farmers market is located on North Seventh Street between Centre and Alachua streets in historic Fernandina Beach. The market opens at 9 a.m., but you can now come for breakfast and coffee at 8 a.m. and help us welcome back Jack and Dianes Diner. This longtime supporter of the farmers market is now open across from the farmers market on Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast and lunch. The farmers market is open every Saturday of the year between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., rain or shine. Students who attended camp at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center this summer will return to school with more than school supplies. The students completed a life skills program that equipped them with the tools to be able to be in any environment and be comfortable, said evangelist Karen Allen, CEO and founder of the Dr. William B. Allen Center for Empowerment Inc., a local nonprofit organization located at 910 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach. You will sit with presidents and CEOs, Allen told the campers, and these skills will come back to you. It will become a part of your consciousness. On Thursday, Aug.3, Allens organization, in partnership with Anita Richo Ministries, presented each student with a new backpack filled with school supplies to culminate the program. Allen also presented each student with a certificate of completion. The life skills workshop, an initiative of WBACEs Send One ministry, focused on age-appropriate group topics for learning and preparing for a successful upcoming school term and life growth. The workshops taught practical life skills, learning to express gratitude and promoting a nonviolent environment as factors essential for successful living. Students, ages seven through 15, learned through eight weeks of hands-on and interactive exercises and activities how to demonstrate responsibility, manners, kindness, teamwork and sharing with emphasis on conflict resolution. The program introduced the fundamentals of formal dining and table etiquette by establishing a mock restaurant and assigning students staff positions such as house manager. In another exercise Allen used puzzle pieces to introduce negotiation skills to the children. To receive the puzzle pieces from the opposing team needed to complete their puzzle, students had to negotiate with the student who had their missing puzzle piece. Negotiation also included conflict resolution or empowering students to identify the physical and emotional triggers leading to anger before they get out of control. Allen, who has more than 25 years of experience working with community-based organizations, wanted to provide an intervention and resiliency strategy for individuals seeking change. Her agency believes that the empowerment approach process of personal, spiritual and socioeconomic power allows individuals to act positively in their environment/communities. We planted some seeds, she said about the students. This is life. Its a patience thing. You cant just rush it to grow. She emphasizes that her mission is to help children and other individuals to strive today for a better tomorrow. Everything you learned is not just for summer but for life, Allen said. There is a future. There is a destiny for all of you. For more information about the Centers programs, write JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERPlants like this can be found in the Seven Trees Nursery booth. rfnttb fntnb Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center camp students and staff pose during the culminating awards program for the life skills workshops presented by the Send One initiative of the WBACE. Karen Allen helps a student select a backpack filled with schools supplies donated by ministry partner Anita Richo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS Campers in the 4-H Love A Horse program participated in a number of activities, including equine dentistry, above. Nassau County 4-H offered a second level to its horse camp this year to enable more youth to participate, left. Earlier this month, five of the Nassau County Youth Emergency Team (YET) graduates helped lead a massive service learning project at the 2018 4-H University in Gainesville. These five YETies are considered experts in their training and were personally requested by the 4-H University planning committee. This event led over 400 teenage 4-H members to be proactive about disaster preparedness and community outreach. At the completion of this event, 1,000 starter preparedness kits were created to be distributed throughout the state of Florida to families in need. Funding and donations for the bags were provided by the University of Florida IFAS and 4-H, the University of Floridas EDEN, and the United Way. Guest speakers also included representation from Volunteer Florida, Nassau County Emergency Management, and Dr. Forrest Masters. The youth led a one-hour workshop with their peers to discuss the fundamentals of emergency planning and conducted the bag creations. The service learning experience lasted for three hours and encouraged youth to return home to their counties and initiate relevant activities such as Teen CERT groups, YET groups, post disaster clean-ups, and community education. The Youth Emergency Team will host another class starting Sept. 13. If your family is interested in joining this program, call 530-6353 or 548-0900 for more information. An overview meeting will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 the Emergency Operations Center. RSVP is not required, but appreciated. rf ntbnSUBMITTED SUBMITTED PHOTOS NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 6 8/16/18 5:44 PM


rf rnt b n b 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 r r b b rff r b r b f f f r r rf ntbrf b tb r nrr f r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf K atie Edwards-Walpole, the state representative from southern Broward County, stated in her Viewpoint (Aug. 8): Until the law HB 631 was passed, a government entity of a handful of people, like local county commission ers, could unilaterally decide to declare a right of use over private property for public use. The Citizens for Public Beaches strongly disagree with Representative Walpole, and believe that local govern ments should have the right to recog nize, regulate and protect the publics recreational use of the dry sand beach. In 1973, Amelia Island develop ers attempted to privatize the south end beaches by creating a Nassau County ordinance. The first ordinance reading passed 5-0. Citizens for the Preservation of Public Beaches was formed and rallied. The second ordi nance reading failed 5-0. The message was heard loud and clear. In 1989, the developers made another attempt to privatize the beach at the state level. This time they cre ated and passed state law HB 161.58. A Fernandina Beach lawyer wrote the bill and its passage was quietly lobbied in Tallahassee. When an investigative reporter for the Florida Times-Union exposed the underhanded endeavor, one person said, We sought help at the state level, and did it quietly with low profile, because there had been no help from the leadership of the county commission. The Citizens for Public Beaches joined with the county commission to stand against this unconstitutional state law. In 2018, the state legislature passed HB 631, but this time supposedly to help protect the public access to the dry sand beach. Ask Walton County if it has protected them! Thanks, but no thanks, Tallahassee. We will stand with the 2017 United States District Court, Northern District of Florida Pensacola Division: Floridas beaches are used inherently differently from other Florida lands and require sepa rate consideration from other lands with respect to the elements and con sequences of title. The court declares the interest and rights of the public to the full use of the beaches should be protected and recognize that they have served as a thoroughfare and haven for fisherman and bathers, as well as a place of recreation for the public. If these elements are present, a private property owner may make use of his property which is consistent with the public use so long as the publics right is not revoked and the private owners use does not interfere with the exer cise of the right of the public to enjoy the dry sand area as a recreational adjunct to the wet sand or foreshore area. We do not want or need HB 631 to protect our dry sand, or have it used as a tool to privatize it. Representatives and senators, you had your chance to speak for the people, and you have failed them by either incompetence or intent. We will stand together and do what weve done in the past. We do not need help from Tallahassee and its special interest politicians and attorneys. The Citizens for Public Beaches have been protecting the publics customary use of our islands dry sand beach for 50 years, and unlike 60 per cent of Florida we are going to keep it. We know a land grab when we see one; we will repeal HB 631. rfntf In July, the Fernandina Beach City Commission unani mously approved Ordinance 2018-13, establishing the Fernandina Beach Land Conservation Program and Trust Fund. Now, they are in the process of finalizing the fis cal year 2018-19 budget, but have failed to allocate any significant funds for land acquisition. It is important for Fernandina Beach city voters to be informed on this issue and to express their concerns to City Commissioners because they now seem to question the amount of support in the City for this program. Amelia Tree Conservancy (ATC) has requested that Commissioners allocate a significant portion of and Recreation impact fees for this program. However, at the budget workshop Monday, August 13, Commissioners reversed their previous statements, saying that these fees could not be utilized for this purpose because they had to be used for infrastructure impacted by growth. In the letter below sent in response, ATC asserts that land conservation addresses infrastructure limitations brought on by growth: August 14, 2018 Dear Mr. Miller, Mr. Kreger, Mr. Smith, Mr. Chapman, Dr. Ross, Mr. Martin, Ms. Bach: Last night in the budget workshop you told the citi zens of Fernandina Beach that impact fees could not be used for land conservation because they could only be used for infrastructure needs necessitated by growth, and that land conservation does not relate to this. The need for land conservation most directly relates to these requirements. Our undeveloped land and the trees on it are the most fundamental elements of our infrastructure. The roots of the trees and understory plants lit erally hold our island in place. That is infrastructure. Without these root systems, our island would become eroded and would be breached in multiple places by storms, as has happened to multiple other barrier islands with less canopy. The trees on Amelia Island manage our storm water. The leaves hold as much as a third of the rain that falls on them and the root systems absorb much of the rest, releasing the water gradually. This prevents erosion. This saves us the huge expense of constructing mas sive engineered storm water systems far beyond what is done on individual parcels. This storm water management should be obvious now that Fernandina Beach has had to install some engineered storm water management in parts of the island that have few trees left. The cost of this on a massive scale would dwarf the cost of the marina. The storm water management function of our canopy is clearly infrastructure. The protection of our manmade structures by the canopy is also an example of infrastructure. The canopy dissipates the wind and ushers it over our homes and busi nesses, preventing it from slamming directly into our homes and businesses. This is a type of infrastructure that protects our community. The management of our temperature to prevent heat island effect and extreme temperatures in summer and winter is yet another example of an infrastructure function of our canopy. This saves us all a tremendous amount of money for air conditioning and heat. On the scale of the city of Fernandina Beach, this constitutes infra structure. Our canopy removes our vehicular and industrial pollutants and carbon dioxide from our air and ensures that we have good air quality in Fernandina Beach. This is infrastructure. We have on a number of occasions submitted i-Tree studies indicating the value and amount of the contribution of our trees to our community. Recent examples are the study conducted on the parcel that would have been impact ed by the opening of 1st Ave. and the one submitted to the county regarding the impact of tree removal on the 2246 Sadler Rd. parcel. These studies are always eye-openers. They are conducted using software developed by the USDA Forest Service, together with the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of Municipal Arborists, Davey Tree Expert Company, and Casey Tree. This software has been developed through extensive scientific research that has documented and quantified the many infrastructure functions of our canopy. Because two important segments of our economy, tourism and the retirement community, are attracted by our environment and our canopy, we can consider them to be infrastructure that supports these sources of economic stability. The need for land conservation is a direct result of growth. Population growth has necessitated the build ing of homes, businesses, roads and services to sup port this growth. All of this means removing canopy to construct these homes, hotels, businesses, etc. The result is that over the past forty years, Fernandina Beach has experienced a dramatic loss of canopy. We can see this is looking at a historical view of the island on Google Earth. In order to secure adequate infrastructure benefits from our canopy and ecology, we need to compensate for this loss. Land conservation is the most effective and far-reaching tool the City has at its disposal to compen sate for this growth. This is the reason you all voted to establish the land conservation program. Hiring an arborist to improve our management of existing canopy is another tool, but in no way does it compensate for land conservation. Our level of urgency is such that we need to utilize many tools to insure we have sufficient canopy. Land conservation is also one of the few mecha nisms the City has at its disposal to manage this growth, and growth management has become a major concern of the vast majority of Fernandina Beach voters, regard less of political perspective. Excessive growth will result in low quality of life and subsequently economic decline. We have seen many examples in coastal US cities and towns. Land conservation does relate directly to infrastructure and growth. So, why cant we use Parks & Rec impact fees for land conservation? As the leadership of this city, you are responsible for finding ways to support the land conservation program you voted for in a substantial and meaningful way, in a way that can make a dramatic difference over the next few years. Your community needs and wants you to do this. Sincerely, Arthur Herman, Diana Herman, Margaret Kirkland, Mary Libby, Lyn Pannone & Rebecca Raymond Amelia Tree Conservancy Board of Directors rbnn Aarons unique business experience, growing a success ful business in Yulee, makes him supremely qualified to represent us in county government. He has a comprehen sive grasp of the important issues in our community. For example, he knows we need new roads to alleviate traffic for the projected 40,000 new residents who are expected to move in along the A1A corridor in the next ten years. We will also need to expand emergency services. His business experience has shown him how to fund these infrastructure and service improvements by using growth to pay for itself rather than through new taxes. More people mean more tax revenues in the near future, even at the current tax rates. Why not use those new revenues to fund the investments we need to support the growing population without raising tax rates? Aaron Bell is a humble family man with valuable, modern-day financial experience. All registered voters in Nassau County can and should vote on August 28. Lets give Aaron the opportunity to help serve us as a county commissioner. Aldo Morell Fernandina Beach L ocal officials are regularly criticized for their failures, but not always praised for their successes. So lets change the scales and take a stroll down history lane, handing out kudos like candy for certain jobs well done. Our community has benefited from these forwardthinking decisions. Here are a few of the best: Decision One: Creating the Tourist Development Council and implement ing a bed tax to fund it. User taxes are preferable over other taxes because only the users pay them, mostly tour ists in this case. Levied on overnight hotel stays on Amelia Island, the bed tax has generated millions in revenues for beach renourishment and fostering future tourism. The newly instituted sand tax, which squarely impacts residents and businesses, is not as appealing. Decision Two: Speaking of beaches, local officials have been proactive in protecting them with recent and past actions. Every inch of our 13 miles of pristine beach is extremely valuable. Recently, city and county officials took steps to ensure the entire beach is available to the public (in response to state action pertaining to the dry sand). In past years, the enactment of beachaccess points in both the city and county portions of Amelia Island have provided even more accessibility. Our area is unique to have so much access, not to mention our seaside parks like the one on the south end of Amelia Island. It is a jewel. Decision Three: Our recreational parks are an integral part of the qual ity of life here. Fernandina Beach has parks for both sports and for relax ation, and Fort Clinch State Park as well as the Egans Creek Greenway are nothing short of spectacular. Decision Four: Within downtown Fernandina Beach, nothing eclipsed the bold decision by business own ers and city officials to revitalize and restore Centre Street. The final prod uct is what you see today charming, quaint, historic. The idea to construct a marina happened around that same time. Even though the marina has a checkered past, it is a prime asset. After a 1951 refer endum to merge the city of Fernandina with the village of Fernandina Beach, city officials also decided to change the name of the city from Fernandina to Fernandina Beach for tourist appeal, obviously. Its worked ideally. Decision Five: County officials must be complimented for allowing the Amelia Island Plantation as well as The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island hotel to move in here. It was a rocky path to approval, especially for the Ritz in the late 1980s. The recently approved Crane Island development will also become a premier community. And in Yulee, Wildlight and the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park are economic gamechangers. Decision Six: Preserving the industrial component here without infringing on tourism. The two mills in downtown are important sources of jobs, taxes and economic prosperity, as is the Port of Fernandina. The new LignoTech plant is a monumental addi tion for similar reasons. So lets salute local officials for ini tiating and completing these lifestyleimproving decisions. And heres to many more like these, from current and future community leaders. The path to success and prosperity has been cleared and marked for us to follow. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser and a chartered retirement planning counselor for a regional U.S. firm who lives on Amelia Island. He is also an award-winning columnist. His busi ness columns regularly appear in several newspapers in North Florida and on his website He has published a book of his favorite columns from the last 20 years, All About Money. The book is available in local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236. nttffnf r t r n b r r br b r nr DAVE GRANLUND-POLITICALCARTOONS(DOT)COM-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: Chip Ross : 410-394-0220 (cell) email: Letters must include writers name, address and telephone number for verifica tion. Writers are normally limited to one letter in a 30-day period. No political endorsements the week before an election. No poems will be published. Letters should be typed or printed. Not all letters are published. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035 Email: Visit us online at NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 7 8/16/18 4:47 PM


Each Sunday this summer, First Presbyterian is hosting a variety of presen tations focused on cherishing Gods cre ation here on our beautiful island. They are free to the public. Please come for coffee at 9:30 a.m. and stay for the presentation that begins at 9:50 a.m. and last approximately 50 minutes. Aug. 19 Appreciating our Wetlands with Ray Hetchka, Kayak Amelia Aug. 26 St. Johns Riverkeeper with Executive Director Jimmy Orth The church is located at 9 N. Sixth St. in Fernandina Beach with special needs park ing space available in the FPC lot on North Fifth Street. For more information, contact 261-3837 or or visit first-presbyterian-church-32034. org. rf A concert by the Winston Miller Family is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Legacy Baptist Church, located at 941328 Old Nassauville Road in Fernandina Beach. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit legacy ntb Amelia Plantation Chapel will welcome guest speaker Robert Morris at both Aug. 19 worship services, while Jackie Hayes will speak at both Aug. 26 services. Services are open to all. For more information, call the Chapel office at 277-4414. nt Where did the saying the writings on the wall come from? Come hear the backstory, find out how it applies in our day and worship the God of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Daniel with us. Join us at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, to worship, study and fellowship with other believers. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach. bnf Springhill Baptist Church is again offer ing Awana Clubs for children this year, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. At this first meeting, children in pre-K through sixth grades will register and par ents will be offered an orientation session. A meal will be available each Wednesday night for all families for $4 for adults and $2 for children. For more information call the church office at 261-4741. Springhill Baptist Church is located at 941017 Old Nassauville Road in Fernandina Beach. tnn The regular multi-faith inspirational afternoon is on the second Sunday of each month. The next one will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Springer Controls, locat ed at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. This will be an open, discussion/conferencestyle meeting. Bring your own ideas, thoughts, writ ings, book, etc. All are welcome for a casual couple of hours, hospitality, friends and fellowship. The current Bah month is Perfection. The month of Names begins Aug. 20. For more information, call 5665437 or 432-8845. fb Five Points Baptist Church will hold a Homecoming celebration on Sunday, Sept. 16. Music will begin at 10 a.m. with Reign Down; Jimmy Bryson will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m. Dinner will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Five Points Baptist Church is located at 736 Bonnieview Road in Fernandina Beach. Call 261-4615 for information. bb Franklintown Community Church of Amelia Island will serve a meal at 4 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in its Gabriel Means Fellowship Hall. The dinner is open to the public and all are wel come. The church is located at 1415 Lewis St. in American Beach. For more informa tion call 277-2726 or 261-5354. b nbbf When you see a BOGO food or house hold product, please think of us at The Salvation Army Hope House and pick up two one for you and one for someone in rf 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 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 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 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 Living Word Church Meeting at: 910 South 14th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Pastor Dan and Teresa Sawyer Service times Sunday @ 10:00amWorship service. Coming soon...Thursday night Bible Study 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 Christ Fellowship Church850987 U.S. 1 North, Yulee Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:30am Wednesday Evening 6:30pm Messed up people, Saved by Christ, and Loved by God. Pastor J.J. Bradleywww.christfellowshipn .org Sunday Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. (904)277-4414www.ameliachapel.comAmelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Ted SchroderYou 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 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 In the Heart of Fernandina 9 N. 6th StreetDr. Wain Wesberry, PastorRev. Julie JensenAssociate Pastor FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Nursery Children Youth Adults 261-3837 FREE Christian Comedy Show COMEDY with a CAUSE Sunday August 19th 7:00PM Memorial United MethodistChurch E verybody wants to be free. The idea is magnetic. It offers hope and spawns a yearning for some mystical state that billions of people can only imagine. The longing for freedom is hardwired into all who bear Gods image, which is why, I suspect, that President George W. Bush struck a chord when he observed, The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true. We can be sure that freedom is central to Gods purpose, that it is an indelible part of his plan, because its a recurring theme throughout his Word. The Old Testament talks at length about freedom from slavery. In Exodus 21 and Deuteronomy 15, for instance, we see that the law required slaves to be freed every seven years. Whats more, slave owners were required to help financially, to ensure that the next chapter of their slaves lives got off to a promising start. Genesis and Exodus provide a detailed account of the Hebrews lib eration from Egypt. Exodus 9:1 suc cinctly captures the spirit of this story when God instructs Moses, Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, Let my people go. But notice Gods purpose. He wasnt merely freeing the Hebrews from Egyptian captivity; he was freeing them that they may serve [him]. God freed the Hebrews from the Egyptians in order that they might worship, obey, and enter into a covenant with him. By that relationship, they would become free to flourish in a land that over flowed with milk and honey. The prophets talked about freedom too, and it was by design and for a pur pose that Jesus, when he first revealed his mission, reached back to Isaiah 61:1. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anoint ed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the cap tives. Jesus was clear from the start: Liberty was essential to his message and ministry, and therefore inextricable from the good news of the gospel. Later, Jesus talked more about freedom. In John 8:31-32, he explains to a gathering of new believers, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. They were understandably confused. They explained to Jesus that they were Abrahams offspring and that no one had ever imposed their will or values on them. They were, then, free. What was Jesus talking about? And what did he have to do with their freedom? Look again at Jesus words. In his view, what is it that sets men free? The truth. Therefore, what enslaves them? It has to be lies. The fact is that from the first moment of mankinds fall weve been ensnared by lies. From that instant, weve been incapable or unwilling to see ourselves honestly and to view the world as it truly is (Romans 1:20-25). We have, then, willingly exchang[ed] the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25). We deceive ourselves daily about sex, marriage, money, and power. But the truth, Jesus says, shows us where weve gone wrong. The truth reveals why were dissatisfied, covetous, and resentful. Ultimately, he explains, the truth reveals our slavery to sin. But, by Gods grace, it also points us to forgiveness. The truth that sets us free, Jesus says, empowers us to live in the reality of a fallen world, to see ourselves as we are, and by his grace and mercy to become more of what God intended us to be. Some may ask: How is that free dom? If we serve God, were still ser vants. The answer, author Art Lindsay points out, is counterintuitive, but not complicated. We recognize that were designed for a purpose and that we are precisely crafted to represent and reflect God throughout his creation. To fulfill that purpose, we, like a sophis ticated engine, have to be fine-tuned. And thats the purpose of Christs com mands. They arent random; theyre simply whats required for us to run well, according to our design, so that we might fully thrive. Gods character, his Word, and our nature are meant to mesh with one another, says Lindsay. And its when theyre in synch that we are free indeed. Richard Doster lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife Sally. Hes the editor of byFaith the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, and attends Grace Community Church in Yulee. Reach him at ddoster@icloud. com. rfntrtnt btb After more than 50 years in the min istry in the U.K., New England, Texas and Florida, the Rev. Ted Schroder preached his final sermon as the pas tor of Amelia Plantation Chapel last Sunday, Aug. 12. Using Romans 8:38 as his foundation, Schroder said, For I am convinced that neither life nor death, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to sepa rate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Schroders next life chapter will be writing a book about his mentor, the Rev. John Stott. Schroder Miller nf For the past nine years, the St. Michael Taiz ensemble has provided a time for reflection and prayer. A small group of musicians and singers lead the participants in repetitive simple songs of prayer. God speaks to us through these prayers and helps us to calm our minds and open our souls. A short scripture reading, prayers of intercessions, and a period of silence enable us to leave the world behind and reflect on Gods good ness. Taiz started in France during World War II to help persons displaced by the war and continues to this day with over 100,000 visitors annually coming togeth er to pray in song and silence. As summer winds down, youre invited to take a 35-minute break and come meet our Lord and feel the power of His love in communal song. Our next Taiz service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at St. Michael Catholic Church at Fourth and Broome streets in Fernandina Beach. Please come for the service and bring a friend. All are welcome. NOTES Continued on 9A NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 8 8/16/18 4:44 PM


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The items we need most right now to help fill Emergency Food Bags are jelly, pasta sauce, boxed prepared meals, cereal, canned fruit, canned soup and canned meat. Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach, between 10 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m.rfAmelia 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.nrtbtnThe 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.tbttr tnbtbPrince 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 service. If you are coming or going from the beach and have shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops on, you are welcome. All children present are invited to join in the sending song by picking out a percussion instrument to add to the joy of our worship time together. On the fifth Sunday of each month there is one combined service at 10 a.m., following by a fellowship meal and community service project. Children are welcome and encouraged to be present at either worship service; however, a nursery area is available for children five years old and younger. Holy Communion is offered at all worship services, 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. To learn more, visit Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034; editor2@; or 261-3696.Continued from 8A When we are younger, most everything is good. We have made it out of high school and many of us went on to college, trade school, the military, the work force and maybe even hitchhiking across the country. Many of us married the special someone in our lives and settled down to perhaps buy a home and raise a family. Many moved far away from home, while others chose to stay nearby or in our hometown, close to family. We were young and inexperienced, and most had not yet encountered disappointment, sorrow, disease, loss of job, career changes, the birth of our own children, the trials of life and the loss of someone close to us, someone we loved dearly. We were gullible and really believed that life would always be happy and mostly carefree. We really thought we knew most of the answers before we had the opportunity to live out the questions. But everyone who lives long enough will eventually experience difficulties in the Chapters of Their Lives that are not easy to understand, and at those times, the pieces simply will not fit. Even to believers, God simply wont make sense. Most of us are inclined to think at those moments, Why Me? Why Now? The Why Question is often left unanswered to many for years or perhaps for a lifetime. I have always thought of milestone events and crossroads in my life as Chapters in My Book of Life. Sounds like a daytime serial, doesnt it? But I am confident that the chronology of our lives is best described wrapped and woven together as a Book of Life that spells out the reality of our travels in compartmentalized organization. Some of these Chapters are briefly mentioned, and there are many that span a lifetime of continuous memories. Even to those of us that are Believers, being entangled in lifes crises, it is common to feel great frustration many times with God. We become unable to figure out what HE is doing and most of all why. We keep asking the Why Question over and over. Even Jesus asked it, from the cross! Whether we are believers or not, many of us feel a profound sense of abandonment and even possibly betrayal when things go wrong and we just dont understand. We ask why instead of trusting in Gods Word and direction for our lives and everyone and everything in it. When the hurt is deep enough, as in losing a loved one, we are often told and many taught to believe, that it was Gods willor they are in a better place. Many of us will nod our heads yes, as if we understand, but the better place for our loved one is by our side in our minds and hearts. We want Gods will to not have taken them from us! We may have known that one day that wonderful chapter of our life would come to a close, but never wanted to think about it. Now that the time had come, and to many of us, that time was much too soon. There are many chapters of our lives that have happy endings when we close them and go on to write the next one, including good friends, family, marriage to the love of our life, the birth of our children, vocations with fulfillment, being lauded by our piers, acts of kindness and benevolence, serving our fellow man and woman, loving them as we love ourselves and making Jesus Christ our best friend. There are also other chapters, those that will inevitably not have a happy ending. These pages will close with sadness, sorrow, guilt and grief, some beyond our wildest imagination. They may include issues like failure in school, job success, loss or change of vocation, a special needs child, injury or disability, serious or terminal disease, a broken marriage or loss of a child, spouse or parent. Many of us find it easy to deal with the successes of life, but most of us have a very difficult time dealing with lifes disappointments and tragedies. Even those of us of faith and belief are many times left with confusion, disillusionment, non-understanding sorrow and difficulties. I encourage each and every one of you to consider that every Chapter of Your Life may be totally different than the next person, but know this, that the Why Me? Why Now? questions will always arise and many when we least expect. I can tell you for sure and certain that the journey through your personal Book of Life can have no greater meaning, accomplishment or success on the mountaintop and comfort through the valleys of times that will try the hearts of every mortal person without the love of Christ in your life! It is that blessing of His Love that will let Him walk with you by your side through lifes successes or carry you when you are devastated and in the valleys that are part of the Chapters of Our Lives. It is by His Word we live, and by His Grace we are saved! KIRSTEN CAMPBELL/SPECIALAllegiance, a four-part harmony touring youth group, is welcoming new members starting Sunday, Aug. 19. Allegiance performs locally at community events, the Florida Baptist Childrens Home, assisted living facilities, and other area churches and also hosts the annual Amelias Got Talent fundraiser dinner and talent show. In addition, each year the Allegiance students and their families participate in a mission and choir tour. In the past, Allegiance has performed in California, West Virginia, New York, Washington, D.C., Florida, Colorado, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia. Their music selections vary from spirituals, classical and contemporary Christian styles. There is no cost for this program. This musical group currently has students in grades 6-12 from five area churches. Allegiance rehearses between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. each Sunday, beginning Aug. 19. Rehearsals are in the Youth Room at Amelia Baptist Church on the corner of Gerbing Road and Buccaneer Trail. Call the church office at 261-9527 with any questions. Situated about 30 miles east of Gainesville, Fla., Lake Swan Camp, where Billy Graham first started his preaching ministry, will honor Americas Preacher and Evangelist at its 2018 Homecoming Reunion and Vision 2027 Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 25, according to a news release. During three days of fun, food, and fellowship Aug. 24-26, partners, individual attendees and friends will be able to attend the following events: Dedication of the Billy Graham Chapel in Minder Hall, the camps main meeting hall with Grahams daughter, Gigi, keynoting and local, regional and state officials and church leaders in attendance; and The second annual Vision 2027 Banquet for Lake Swan Camps renewal campaign in anticipation of 2027 centennial anniversary. Open to the public, the days festivities on Saturday, Aug. 25, will begin at 10 a.m. Guests must register at The schedule for the day includes: 11 a.m., Gatorland Ski Show Team (preliminaries at 10), reminiscent of the many skiers at LSC Noon, Picnic at the beach 3 p.m., Dedication of The Billy Graham Chapel in Minder Hall, Keynote speaker Gigi Graham Wilson 6 p.m., Vision 2027 Banquet Special lunch and parking and valet transportation will be provided in anticipation of hundreds of guests and visitors, including the following state officials: Ted Yoho, U.S. Congressman, 3rd Congressional District of Florida Keith Perry, state Senator, 8th District, state of Florida Bobby Paine, state Representative, 19th District, state of Florida Ken Cornell, county commissioner, Alachua County Larry Harvey, county commissioner, Putnam County Gavin Rollins, county commissioner, Clay County The following ministry and church leaders will also be in attendance: Mark OFarrell, president, Trinity College of Florida (Grahams alma mater), Trinity, Fla. Chuck Hughes, district superintendent, Alliance Southeast, Christian & Missionary Alliance Dr. Paul Alford, friend of Billy Graham, former vice president of C&MA and president of Toccoa Falls College Dr. John Minder founded Lake Swan Camp in 1927. Minder first announced that young Billy Graham would preach his first sermon at Bostwick Baptist Church in Palatka, speaking there because he was at Lake Swan Camp. From these humble beginnings God brought about the start of the preaching career that reached more people faceto-face than any other in history, the release says. John Minders contribution to my own early ministry is incalculable. I spent several thrilling summers at the Lake Swan Bible Conference, both as a dishwasher, janitor, lifeguard and eventually, speaker, Graham has said in the past, according to the release. In September 1972, Graham returned to Lake Swan Camp to honor his mentor as keynote speaker at the dedication of Minder Hall. At that same Minder Hall, on Aug. 25, Grahams oldest child, Gigi, will be the keynote speaker, dedicating and re-naming the Chapel in Minder Hall as the Billy Graham Chapel in Minder Hall. rfrfntAmelia Island Community Bible Study classes are now taking registrations for the 2018-19 class year beginning in September. So what exactly is Community Bible Study and who is it for? CBS is made up of groups of men or women seeking to find out what the Bible teaches. This year well be diving into the books of 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Daniel, and Colossians. Each member will receive study guides with homework to be completed each week by class day. The lesson will be discussed in small groups called Core Groups. Then a teaching summary is given. The Core Groups are non-threatening as no one is called upon to answer or pray. Speaking out is totally up to the individual. Within the Core Groups, deep, authentic relationships develop and applying Gods Word to our lives takes on meaning. It is a safe place to ask questions. So who is CBS for? If you have been wondering what all this Bible talk is about, or if you want something more meaningful and powerful in your life, or if you just feel something is missing, or if you are looking for close-knit friendships that are not superficial or judgmental but deep and caring, CBS may be the place for you. CBS welcomes all, from those never having studied the Bible to the most seasoned believers. CBS is a nondenominational international ministry with Amelia Baptist Church graciously hosting the Amelia Island classes. To learn more about the ministry, please view a short video at Adult classes: Womens Day meeting Wednesday mornings 9:4511:45 a.m. beginning Sept. 5. A childrens program is available for babies through high school. You may register online at or contact Kathleen Minor at 561-704-4871 or Womens Evening meeting on Monday nights 7-8:30 p.m. with a kick-off dinner Monday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Contact Nancie Waldron at 261-8507 or Barbara Tucker at 206-0303 or Mens Evening meeting on Monday nights 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. Contact Mike Baxter at 556-2719 or Don Hill at 415-0035 or The groups will meet for 30 weeks within the Nassau County school ntbtb tb rftn DONT LITTERSP SP A A Y ~ NEUTER Y ~ NEUTER A Public Service Announcement by The News-Leader rr NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 9 8/16/18 4:45 PM


rfnrrtr brn PHOTOS BY BRITTA HARRIS/SPECIAL The Team Fernandina Stingrays, below left, competed in the River City Swim League Championships at the end of July, placing 10th of the 15 teams. The Stingrays had more than 50 heat winners during the event, which was spread out over three days with 91 total events. Cora Tilton, above, competes in the butterfly in the 100-yard individual medley. Right, Evan Carroll in the 100-yard breaststroke. It was his last meet as a Stingray. Carroll is now swimming for Point University in West Point, Ga. For results from the championships, visit Brooklyn Martinez swims in the 50-yard freestyle, above. At left, the 11 and up Stingrays at the River City Swim League Championships. Jackson Gower, left, competes in the breaststroke in the 100-yard individual medley. Right, the 10-and-under Stingrays. In the over-the-hill relay, coaches and parents participate in fun relay events at the end of championships, left. Maili Harris, center, competes in the 100-yard breaststroke. Right, Katie McAbee in the breast stroke in the 100-yard individual medley. FERNANDINA BEACH PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT RECREATION ROUNDUP Visit for information on any of the programs or activities. AQUATICS AQUA 1 and DEEP WATER AEROBICS at Atlantic pool. Aqua 1 (shallow water) classes are MondayFriday from 10-10:55 a.m. Aqua Gym (combination of shallow and deep water) classes are at the MLK Jr. pool on Elm Street Monday and Wednesday from 4-4:55 p.m. and 5:15-6:10 p.m. Deep Water classes (aqua fitness belts required) are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11-11:55 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9:55 a.m. Monthly, one class/day, $50 city residents, $63 non-city residents; monthly, two classes/day, $65 city residents, $81 non-city; $5/day for one class, city residents, $6 noncity; $10/day for two classes, city resident, $12 non-city. Aqua Gym monthly fees are $30 city residents, $38 non-city. Water Aerobics/ Fitness combination passes avail able (includes use of Atlantic Fitness Room). Inquire at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. SCUBA CLASSES oneto two-hour introductory experi ence that consists of a short class room session and trying scuba in our pool with a certified scuba diving instructor or divemaster. Ages 8 and up, $50/person city residents, $62 non-city; $80/couple city residents, $100 non-city; $150/group city resi dents (up to six people), $188 noncity. Scheduled at your convenience. group instruction available.Standard course: $275 (additional check-out dive fee). eLearner course: $205. Participants must provide their own masks, snorkels, fins, booties, and weight belts. Ages 10 and up. Information and training schedule for available at Atlantic Center. BEACH WHEELCHAIRS can be reserved at the Atlantic Center by paying a refundable $50 deposit. Call 310-3350 for availability. Peck Gym 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Informal games on two courts. Teams selected each night. Ages 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must have parental consent form signed by parents and notarized). Fees are $2/day city resident, $5 non-city. Peck Gym Tuesdays and Fridays 3-6 p.m. for school and club teams. Play-ers must have adult coach or adult supervision. Call at 24 hours in advance to reserve courts, 3103353. Fee is $2/day city resident, $5 non-city. SOCCER at Peck Gym Wednesdays 5:30-8 p.m. Informal team games. Ages 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must have parental consent form signed by parents and notarized before participating). Fees are $2 city residents, $5 non-city residents. Gym Monday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (court closes at 5:30 p.m. for adult leagues in winter and sum mer); Wednesday 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Tuesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., based on court avail ability. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by adults age 18 or older. Photo identification required. PICKLEBALL at the Central Park multipurpose court 3 p.m. Sunday, beginner and social play; 5 p.m. Sunday, intermediate and advanced play; 9 a.m. Monday, intermediate and advanced play; 10 a.m. Tuesday, social play; 11 a.m. Tuesday, beginner play and lessons; 3 p.m Wednesday, intermediate and advanced play; 8 a.m. Thursday, social play; 11 a.m. Friday, beginner play and lessons. Email dcultice@ 8/16/18 4:17 PM


r After many days with rain, sunny dry weather enabled great course conditions for the Golf Club of Amelia Island August Tournament. Eighteen teams were divided into three flights for a twoman, one best ball tourna ment. Flight 1 was won by the team of Mark Sobolewski and Henry Cruz, who posted a net 57. The second place spot was held by Rich Myslinski and Tom Nicholson, who posted a net 58. The closestto-the-pin winner for this flight was Jim Lauerman. Flight 2 was won by Jim Kotopka and Brian Boyer, who posted a net 60. There was a tie for second place between team Gary Skura and Jefry Bohn and team Rick Haskew and Tony Jarzyna, with both teams posting a net 64. Bohn was closest to the pin. In flight 3 there was a tie for first place between Bruce Purpura and Steve Scavotto and Durand Childers and John McClure, with both teams posting a net 61. Closest to the pin was Ray Whitehead. fntfbrr The Nassau Sport Fishing Association will host its second annual Fishy Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Kraft Athletic Club on Amelia Island a regular old neigh borhood garage sale, moving day or swap meet get-togeth er. The public is welcome. r The Friends of Fernandina Skate Park will hold the third annual Terry Kelly Skate Jam from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Main Beach. There will be competi tions for cash and prizes, live music, booths and food. Kelly was a father who came to see his son, Fernando, compete at the Back to School Skate Jam in 2016 and suffered a life-end ing heart attack, never getting to see his son compete. rb Pro wrestling returns to West Nassau High School on Aug. 25, with a 7:30 p.m. bell time. Continental Championship Wrestling presents Wrestlebash 2018, and on this exciting card, champion Jamie McKinnon puts his title on the line against Kikeno Polamalu; legendary Chris Turner takes on Shooter McGee in a street fight for the southern states title; Landon Crews and Toxic face off in a four-way scramble for the alternative championship. See the induction of Samantha Steel into the Hall of Honor, and a host of other CCW superstars. WNHS foot ball and wrestling coach Fred Avery comes out of retirement to climb back into the ring after three years. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance, and can be purchased at WNHS. Portions of the proceeds go to the Warrior wrestling team. For information, visit www.ccwres rnrbb Fernandina Beach Babe Ruth will hold annual board elections at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Buccaneer Field club house, 1201 Beech St. Fall baseball registration is open through Sept. 9. Tryouts for all divisions are Sept. 10-13. Opening day is Oct. 6. The season runs through Nov. 23. Visit nn The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is gathering pub lic input on shore-based shark fishing. Share your thoughts on the future management of this fishery by attending a public workshop at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Jacksonville University, J. Henry Gooding Building, Swisher Auditorium, 2800 University Blvd. N. If you cannot attend an inperson meeting, submit com ments online at www.MyFWC. com/SaltwaterComments. FWC staff is working on an advance copy of the presenta tion and a virtual workshop that should be available online soon. Additional details and updates will be posted at www. SUBMITTED PHOTOS The third annual Jim Snyder Memorial Basketball Tournament was held over the weekend at the McArthur Family YMCA in Fernandina Beach. Winning the middle school division were, from left, Jack Reilly, Cameron Good, Dillon Bates, Jaxon Palmer and Brayden OQuinn, above left. Runners-up were Anthony Fancher, Joey Roberts, Jesse Basse and Brycen Rowland. Quintin Burgess, Kristian Wilson and Jake Jackson, above right, captured the high school divi sion. Jake Jackson, Sam Jackson, Makaleb McInnis and Brian Absher, below right, won the adult division. Jeremy Schreiber, sports director for the Y, below left, presents a flower to Jane Snyder, widow of Jim Snyder, whose legacy was honored by the event. FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Football Aug. 17 KO Classic at Episcopal 7:00 Aug. 24 KEYSTONE HEIGHTS 7:00 Aug. 31 at Hilliard 7:30 Sept. 7 Open Sept. 14 WOLFSON* 7:00 Sept. 21 at Stanton (homecoming) 7:00 Sept. 28 at Zephyrhills Christian 7:00 Oct. 5 at Paxon 7:00 Oct. 12 WEST NASSAU* 7:00 Oct. 19 SATELLITE BEACH 7:00 Oct. 26 at North Fl. Edu. Institute 7:00 Nov. 2 at Yulee 7:00 *District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Football Aug. 17 Kickoff Classic at Nease 7:00 Aug. 24 at Palatka 7:30 Aug. 31 Open Sept. 7 at Menendez 7:00 Sept. 14 PAXON* 7:00 Sept. 21 at West Nassau 7:00 Sept. 28 NEW SMYRNA BEACH 7:00 Oct. 5 BISHOP KENNY** 7:00 Oct. 12 at Stanton* 7:00 Oct. 19 SUWANNEE* 7:00 Oct. 26 at Ribault* 7:00 Nov. 2 FERNANDINA BEACH 7:00 *District ** Homecoming FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Junior Varsity Football Aug. 30 at West Nassau 6:00 Sept. 6 HILLIARD 6:00 Sept. 13 at Bishop Kenny 6:00 Sept. 27 STANTON 6:00 Oct. 14 YULEE 6:00 Oct. 11 at Ridgeview 6:00 Oct. 18 at Bolles 6:00 Oct. 25 at Episcopal 6:00 YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Junior Varsity Football Aug. 17 Kickoff Classic at Nease 7:00 Aug. 23 PALATKA 6:00 Aug. 30 at Oakleaf 6:00 Sept. 6 Open Sept. 13 SANDALWOOD 6:00 Sept. 20 WEST NASSAU 6:00 Sept. 27 BISHOP KENNY 6:00 Oct. 4 at Fernandina Beach 6:00 FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Cross Country Aug. 26 Time trial, Greenway 8:00 Sept. 2 at Jekyll Invite 8:00 Sept. 16 at Ponte Vedra Invite 7:30 Sept. 23 at UF Mt. Dew Invite 2:00 Sept. 30 at Alligator Lake Invite 8:10 Oct. 14 AMELIA ISLAND INVITE 8:00 Oct. 28 DISTRICT 8/8:35 Nov. 4 Regional at Alligator Lake Park Nov. 11 State FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Volleyball Aug. 21 WEST NASSAU* 5:30/6:30 Aug. 22 WOLFSON 5:30/6:30 Aug. 23 EPISCOPAL* 5:30/6:30 Aug. 27 at Yulee 5:30/6:30 Aug. 28 HILLIARD 5:30/6:30 Aug. 29 at Fletcher 5:30/6:30 Aug. 30 at Atlantic Coast 5:30/6:30 Sept. 4 at Florida D&B 6/7:00 Sept. 6 at First Coast 5:30/6:30 Sept. 10 FIRST COAST 5:30/6:30 Sept. 11 BOLLES* 5:30/6:30 Sept. 13 at Baldwin* 5:30/6:30 Sept. 14-15 at JJVA River City Classic Sept. 27 at West Nassau 5:30/6:30 Oct. 1 PAXON 5:30/6:30 Oct. 4 at Duval Charter 6/7:00 Oct. 6 JJVA JV tourney Oct. 9 UNIVERSITY (srs.) 5:30/6:30 Oct. 15-16 District at Episcopal *District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Volleyball Aug. 16-17 Preseason at Wolfson Aug. 23 PAXON 5:30/6:30 Aug. 27 FERNANDINA 5:30/6:30 Aug. 28 at Baker County 6/7:00 Aug. 30 at Bishop Kenny 6/7:00 Sept. 4 at Orange Park 6/7:00 Sept. 11 RIBAULT 5:30/6:30 Sept. 13 HILLIARD 6/7:00 Sept. 14-15 at River City Classic Sept. 17 at Ridgeview 6/7:00 Sept. 18 WEST NASSAU 5:30/6:30 Sept. 20 TERRY PARKER 5:30/6:30 Sept. 24 CAMDEN COUNTY 5:30/6:30 Sept. 25 at Fernandina 6/7:00 Sept. 27 at Stanton 6/7:00 Oct. 2 at Paxon 6/7:00 Oct. 4 at West Nassau 6/7:00 Oct. 6 JJVA JV tourney Oct. 8 at Hilliard 6/7:00 Oct. 9 BAKER COUNTY 6/7:00 Oct. 15-19 district tournament FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Swimming Aug. 30 PROVIDENCE/HILLIARD 5:00 Sept. 6 BISHOP KENNY 5:00 Sept. 11 YULEE 5:00 Sept. 25 BISHOP SNYDER 5:00 Oct. 2 at Clay/Ridgeview 4:00 Oct. 4 FLORIDA D&B 5:00 Oct. 9 COUNTY 5:00 FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Girls Golf Aug. 27 YULEE 4:00 Aug. 30 at Providence/Episcopal 4:00 Sept. 4 at Bishop Kenny 4:00 Sept. 6 at Yulee 4:00 Sept. 17 at Ponte Vedra 4:00 Sept. 29 PONTE VEDRA 4:00 Sept. 26 BISHOP KENNY 4:00 Sept. 27 BOLLES 4:00 Oct. 2 at Episcopal 4:00 Oct. 9 at Bolles 4:00 Oct. 11 WEST NASSAU 4:00 Oct. 15 DISTRICT 8:00 Oct. 22, 23 or 24 Regional Nov. 1-3 State FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Boys Golf Aug. 23 at Yulee 4:00 Aug. 28 at Bolles 4:00 Aug. 29 BISHOP KENNY 4:00 Sept. 5 at Ponte Vedra 2:25 Sept. 10 YULEE 4:00 Sept. 13 at West Nassau 4:00 Sept. 18 NEASE 4:00 Sept. 24 at Episcopal 4:15 Sept. 25 BOLLES 4:00 Sept. 28 STANTON 4:00 Oct. 1 at Bishop Kenny 4:00 Oct. 4 WEST NASSAU 4:00 Oct. 15 DISTRICT 8:00 Oct. 22, 23 or 24 Regional Nov. 1-3 State at Mission Inn YULEE MIDDLE SCHOOL Football Aug. 22 at Callahan 6:00 Aug. 28 at Charlton 5:00 Sept. 4 Open Sept. 11 LAKE CITY 6:00 Sept. 18 BOLLES 5:00 Sept. 25 TRINITY CHRISTIAN 5:00 Oct. 3 ST. MARYS 5:00 Oct. 9 Open Oct. 16 at Camden 5:00 Oct. 23 at Ferandina Beach 6:00 YULEE MIDDLE SCHOOL Volleyball Aug. 22 CALLAHAN 5:30/6:30 Aug. 23 FERNANDINA 5:30/6:30 Aug. 28 at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Aug. 29 at Episcopal 5:30/6:30 Aug. 30 at Fernandina 5:30/6:30 Sept. 4 HILLIARD 5:30/6:30 Sept. 5 EPISCOPAL 5:00/6:00 Sept. 6 at Callahan 5:30/6:30 Sept. 11 HILLIARD 5:30/6:30 Sept. 17 at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Sept. 20 at Trinity 4:00/5:00 Sept. 21 BOLLES 5/6:30 Sept. 24 B semis at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Sept. 25 A semis at FBMS 5:30/6:30 Sept. 27 Finals at Callahan 5:30/6:30 FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Football Aug. 28 CAMDEN COUNTY 6:00 Sept. 4 at Episcopal 6:00 Sept. 11 at St. Marys Sept. 18 at Callahan 6:00 Sept. 25 CHARLTON COUNTY 6:00 Oct. 2 TRINITY 6:00 Oct. 9 Open Oct. 16 at Bolles Oct. 23 YULEE* 6:00 *Homecoming FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Volleyball Aug. 20 HILLIARD 5:30/6:30 Aug. 23 at Yulee 5:30/6:30 Aug. 28 at Callahan 5:30/6:30 Aug. 30 YULEE 5:30/6:30 Sept. 6 at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Sept. 7 at Bolles 5:30/6:30 Sept. 10 CALLAHAN 5:30/6:30 Sept. 14 at Lakeside 5:30/6:30 Sept. 20 BOLLES 5:30/6:30 Sept. 24 JV semis at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Sept. 25 V semis at FBMS 5:30/6:30 Sept. 27 Finals at Callahan 5:30/6:30 NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 8/16/18 4:17 PM


University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville ranks among the nations best in six specialties in the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey released Wednesday, ranking highest in Florida in pulmonology and in neurology and neurosurgery, according to a news release. UF Health Shands ranked No. 2 overall among Florida hospitals. No other Florida hospital has more than six specialties ranked in the nations top 50. And for the fourth year in a row, UF Health Shands ranked in more adult and pediatric specialties than any other hospital in the state a total of 12, factoring in pediatric rankings released in June. UF Health Shands highestranked specialty nationally is pulmonology at 22nd. Also ranked are nephrology (27th), geriatrics (32nd), neurology and neurosurgery (32nd), diabetes and endocrinology (39th) and gastroenterology and GI surgery (46th). We take great pride in our UF Health Shands team and the unwavering skill and commitment they bring to patient care, and these rankings are a reflection of their dedication, said David R. Nelson, M.D., interim senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. Our patients expect the best from us. And we do everything we can to ensure we are deserving of the trust they place in UF Health. Four additional specialties are rated as high performing, meaning they ranked in the top 10 percent of the hospitals surveyed by U.S. News. Those are cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, orthopaedics and urology. Pulmonology jumped 12 spots in the rankings, up from last years 34th. The division has a highly regarded lung transplant program and was recently designated as a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundations Care Center Network. Medical centers in the network the division is one of 60 nationwide have the highest level of expertise and resources for the treatment of interstitial lung disease. U.S. News also evaluated treatment involving common procedures and conditions at UF Health and rated five as high performing. Those are abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colon cancer surgery, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The Best Hospitals rankings are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, patient volume, patient experience and safety, and quality of nursing, among several metrics, according to U.S. News. U.S. News evaluated about 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Only 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. 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Carter Plush Accolade Euro TopQUEEN SET .................. $299 TWIN SET ...................... $199 FULL SET ...................... $249 KING SET ...................... $499 QUEEN SET .................. $499 TWIN SET ...................... $399 FULL SET ...................... $449 KING SET ...................... $799 Chapman said with increases in population and traffic, as well as increased air traffic at the citys airport predicted as a result of the new terminal there, updated fire equipment is needed. Make the people feel safe, Chapman said. Replacing city vehicles is done on a rotational basis, and the fire department is not scheduled to get a new truck in the 2018-19 fiscal year. After discussion, the commissioners agreed to use the Alachua Street Crossing money for a list of capital improvement projects including resurfacing the playgrounds at city parks, equipment at the Atlantic Recreation Center, improvements to the Peck Center and maintenance of the Egans Creek Greenway. There were some speakers who asked the City Commission for funding, among them Nassau County Economic Development Board Executive Director Laura DiBella. DiBella claimed that the NCEDB is responsible for $161 million in capital improvements in the city and 267 jobs. DiBella asked the commission for $25,000. The NCEDB received a $5,000 contribution last year. Commissioner Roy Smith said NCEDB was not responsible for much development in the city, and not directly responsible for some of the projects DiBella listed. Most of the development in the county isnt here, Smith said. I see development out there (in the county). LignoTech, you didnt really get that here. I dont think you brought the Baptist operating suites here. I think Baptist was going to do that anyway. Im not in favor of increasing it. The commission agreed to contribute the same amount, $5,000, in the fiscal year 201819 budget as it did in the 2017-18 budget. The commission also agreed to support the development of a water taxi between Fernandina Beach and St. Marys, Ga. Phil Scanlan, the CEO of Friends of Amelia Island Trail, Inc., spoke to the commission about the project, as did Amelia River Cruises owner Captain Kevin McCarthy, who operated a water taxi between the cities from 2008 until 2011. McCarthy said the recession caused the business to close, but believes it could be a profitable enterprise if it has support from both cities. The commission agreed to contribute $10,000 toward the project. The commission also agreed to contribute to some nonprofits: Episcopal Childrens Services, $2,500 Starting Point, $10,000 Micahs Place, $3,000 Barnabas, $6,500 Family Support Services, $1,500 Americas Youth, $2,500 Salvation Army, $5,000 Trinity AME Church, $1,500 Boys and Girls Club, $1,000 A second budget workshop had been planned for Tuesday, Aug. 14 but was cancelled as the commission deemed it unnecessary. Continued from 1A COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS: Homes from the lower $200s Close to Amelia Island on Old Nassauville Rd. in Fernandina 5.1 miles to the beach Great schools No CDD fees (904) 365-5565 NEW HOME READY NOW IN WOODBRIER The Crestview D lot 1-4 1,881 sq. ft. 3 bd, 2 ba, study 3rd car garage Large kitchen island Spacious lanai $259,900 rfrCharter officers: City Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $127,926 City Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $137,949 City Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $66,916 Department heads: Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $109,946 Comptroller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $105,000 Police Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $101,842 Human Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . $89,124 Fire Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $88,454 Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . $82,481 IT Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $82,058 Streets & Parks Maintenance . . . . . . . . . $80,375 Building Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . $78,778 Planning Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . $77,000 Airport Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $68,000 Grants Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . $68,000 Maintenance Director, Fleet . . . . . . . . . $66,781SOURCE: CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH DiBella terms need to be expressly defined in the ordinances to help people understand the intent of design plan, Hurley said in an email sent to both Harmon and the News-Leader. So, while driving is now allowable within this new travel lane, nobody is driving on the dune and nobody is parking within 25 30 feet of the dune. To do otherwise, say put the pole signs at 25 feet east of the dune, would create a safety concern because those trying to park would be encroaching on those sunbathing, setting up beach chairs and umbrellas, etc. There simply is not enough room on the beach for such a wide buffer zone. Creating the travel lane after the 25 ft buffer zone would mean that vehicles would have to park almost 50 ft from the dune, which did not seem like a practical solution, especially during periods of high tide. Hurley said driving too close to the dunes has not been officially settled by the City Commission, and residents, such as Harmon, still hope that the buffer zones around the dunes where vehicles are prohibited will be increased. The problem has been resolved in the short term, with the exception being those that dont wish to settle for a 10-foot buffer zone, Hurley said. The issue will be brought to the commission by the city manager in September (or October) for review (and) direction.nContinued from 4A rfn rrtbrrf NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 12 8/16/18 5:14 PM


rfnrrtrbrnb frrrrn nr rfntbnf ntbt tbbbb bbbbnn nnbnbnbbf bnbnbnrbtn bnnfb tbt nbfnbnbb rtbbbtrn ttnn tbnnnbnnn ntbbb btnb bfbb rntbbnbbtnbt tbbnnffn tbnnbn bbffb nnbbbnnbfntbb bbtb nbnnnnt bnnn bnbnrtnb bfnfn tbtnnbnnb nbbnfftnfnnbn btbbtfntb nn bb b nrtt bn tnbb tbnbbb bbnbnnrr nbnnrtntn ftnnbbnnb fbbbbrn tbrn rnn nbbnnbbnnnn nbbbf r n frfPete and Barbara Smith live in a lovely mid-century modern home on Amelia Island and their backyard abuts the thick and wild natural area that is part of Egans Creek and the Greenway. Barbara has 10 4-by-8-foot raised vegetable garden beds, and Pete enjoys tending his bees as they make their delicious honey. The vegetable gardens support rotating crops of basil, lettuce, squash, turnips, kale and more. The couple has wonderful compost piles near the back of their property. The compost uses leaves from pine, magnolia and coastal oaks. The compost maintains a constant 130-140 degrees most days, encouraging the material to break down quickly. This means the Smiths have a constant supply of homemade, rich soil to add to their vegetable garden. Pete first heard about beekeeping in Boy Scouts. Then he learned how good the local Florida environment is for keeping bees and how the native plants provide plenty of nectar for the bees, enabling them to produce delicious honey. In the spring, the local honey is produced primarily from native holly and in the summer the bees use palmetto plants. Other bee-friendly native plants blooming in July and August are the more common nectar sources. Those plants are elderberry, loblolly bay, Mexican clover and many local wildflowers. Bees collect pollen, which is a protein, to raise their young. They also collect nectar and consume the honey as their food supply. If there is not enough honey stored in their bee hives, beekeepers must leave the honey in the hive. This spring was a wonderful time for bees to make honey, so there also are many delicious bottles of honey available to sell. So how can you keep your own yard bee friendly? First, you should never prune or trim anything while it is in bloom. A good time for pruning is in February and March. You can also reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in your landscape. Remember to always follow label instructions. Planting indigenous plants such as cabbage palm, saw palmetto, yaupon holly, gallberry, wax myrtle and redbay would be a good start. Pete and Barbara are very happy together with their vibrant interests and their enthusiasm for bees and native plants is inspiring If youre interested in learning more about beekeeping or buying local honey, you can contact Pete at or (904) 624-1115. Spotlight on Nassau Gardens is a monthly recognition program of the UF/ IFAS Nassau Extension Service and features gardens and plants grown by Nassau County residents. To be considered for recognition, send a digital photo with a description of your spotlight along with your name, address, and phone number to For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6353. SPOTLIGHT On Nassau Gardens Island couples trifecta: bees, gardens, compost nntb nn NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 13 8/16/18 10:38 AM


The Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music which includes the song Send in the Clowns, opens its run tonight at Amelia Musical Playhouse in Fernandina Beach. Set in Sweden in 1900, the musical is based on Smiles of a Summer Night an Ingmar Bergman film from the 1950s. With clever lyrics and lush waltz-like music, the show takes audiences on a jour ney into a hilariously tangled web of intrigue, romance, and heartbreak while wait ing for a magical night for the moon to smile three times. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday, and Aug. 23-25, with one 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and available online at ameliamusicalplay or through the box office at 277-3455. Amelia Musical Playhouse is located at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach. The Addams Family Musical at Amelia with performances at 8 p.m. tongiht through Saturday, and Aug. 22-25 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at 207 Cedar St. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students through college, available at 261-6749 and is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Legacy Baptist Church, located at 941328 Old Nassauville Road in Fernandina Beach. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit legacy Please note that the date and time has changed from previous reports. conduct a plant clinic between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 20. All county residents may bring plant samples showing landscape problems to the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road for problems to be identified and solutions offered for correction. There is no fee for this service. For information call 530-6353. and acclaimed silhouette will be at Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. A limited number of appoint ments will be available to have a keepsake silhouette created by Rice. He will also be sign ing copies of his best-selling book, The Lonely Shadow Each profile silhouette takes Rice about one minute and he estimates that in his 32-year career, he has cut more than 900,000 silhouettes. His work has been featured in Country Living The Washington Times The Atlanta Constitution and Cookie Magazine and has appeared in the CBS series Army Wives illustrations are sought after by collectors worldwide and his work is on permanent display at the South Carolina State Museum. To make an appointment for your own Rice Silhouette, call Villa Villekulla Toys at 432-8291, visit, or sign up online at signupgenius. com/go/10c0c45abab28a5ff2clay101. hold an open house 4:307 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Callahan Extension Office, located at 543350 U.S. 1, for families to learn about the organization and sign up students. 4-H is avail able to all Nassau County youth ages 5-18 as of Sept. 1 and participation only costs $20 per youth for the year. Joining 4-H allows your youth to have opportunities to learn about a variety of subjects, make new friends, join a safe community program, and learn life skills such as com munication, teamwork, and leadership. Representatives from 4-H clubs and community programs will be available to answer any questions and assist you in getting started. There will be a petting zoo, Kona Ice, games, and more. For more information, contact 530-6353. between 7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 23, at the Golf Club of North Hampton. All alumni, friends and fam ily of the University of Florida are invited. The cost is $10 for members of the Gator Club. All others are $15. Desserts and snacks will be provided. Beverages are on your own. The program is a Gator gear swap. RSVP to gatorsnas August paint-your-own pot tery fundraiser to benefit the Nassau Humane Society between 12 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Clay Times is located at 112 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. Participants will be able to create unique, personalized dinnerware for their special four-pawed friends, and $30 of each $45 registration fee will go to NHS. Cat lovers will be able to paint feline bowls from 12 to 2 p.m., while dog owners can decorate between 3 and 5 p.m. Alternatively, you may paint anytime between 12 and 5 p.m. but allow two hours to complete your project. you may sign up to decorate one or more bowls, and then donate them to the NHS for r f r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr fr Wednesday, August 15 Solution use at the animal shelter. To guarantee your reservation, register online at claytimesart and be sure to mark your calendar for Aug. 26. Groups of three or more who register in advance will save $5 per person. You may also register by phone at 624-5824 or in person at Clay Times Art Center between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. More information can be found at the NHS Dog Park by the Fernandina Municipal Airport, or the NHS Second Chance store at Eight Flags Shopping Center on South 14th Street. End Days between 6 and 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at 209 Cedar St. Three males and two females are needed for the cast of this quirky dark comedy that explores a lovestruck high school science nerd, dressed like Elvis, attempting to patch together a family affected by 9/11. The show is directed by Matt Tompkins, with perfor Studio 209 Theatre. For char acter descriptions and age ranges, visit the audition page at AmeliaCommunityTheatre. org or call 261-6749. Crash Course on North Florida Gardening, on consecutive Thursdays Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and 13 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Yulee county building (next door to the Yulee Extension office). The program will cover topics on proper landscape practices and plants for the Northeast Florida area with different information being presented each day. Notebooks, refresh ments and plenty of garden material will be given away to participants. Classes will contain information on Floridafriendly plants, annuals, peren nials, attracting wildlife, trees, shrubs, lawngrass, palms and citrus. Appropriate water ing and fertilization methods will be discussed. The cost is $50 per person or $75 per couple. Deadline for regis tration is at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Registration must be completed online at http://bit. ly/2Kmxipc. For information, contact the Extension office at 530-6351 or A meet and greet will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Sandbar & Kitchen at Main Beach (no charge). Dinner and dancing will take place 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at son). For information, contact Johnny at 321-7875, Brenda at 753-0235 or Kim at 415-3243, or visit the FBHS Class of 1978 page on Facebook. Amelia will continue at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Kraft Athletic Club, located at 961023 Buccaneer Trail. BYOB responsibly. Tickets can be purchased for $20 online at or for $25 at the door. will begin Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Amelia Baptist Church. Pam Helton, music minister at Amelia Baptist Church, is welcoming singers from throughout Northeast Florida to be a part of the 22nd edition of An Evening in December. The program of music and drama will be performed on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and twice on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 and 7 p.m. Rehearsals will be held each Sunday afternoon at Amelia Baptist Church from 4:30 to 6 p.m. starting Sept. 23. Singers are invited to come and find out more about An Evening in December start ing Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m. Amelia Baptist Church is located at the roundabout near Harris Teeter. Call Helton at 261-9527 or Allen Lennon at 261-8799 to reserve music or to arrange for childcare during rehearsals. The West Nassau on Saturday, autumn celebration is an allday event held in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed. The arts and crafts and food ven dors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The car show portion is a judged contest in several categories and is presented by Callahan Cruisers, and AB&B Auto Parts. It is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The a.m. with a bouncy house and youth-oriented games. For information on becom ing a vendor, car show par ticipant, volunteer, or sponsor to the 2018 Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show, visit www.wnhsfl. org or call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 879-3406. Joel Pace Music students will hold a hands-on instru ments session on the front platform of the 137-year old station. The Historical Society will honor veterans at 11 a.m. Local live entertainment will perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the history museum, 1881 depot, tur pentine artifact exhibit, and 1940s-era caboose will also be conducted. Inside the train depot museum the Historical Society will host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The national display will be augmented with local quilters showing their works inside the depot annex along with the Historical model train layout. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make this fundraising event a success. For informa tion on becoming a vendor, car show participant, volunteer, or sponsor, visit www.wnhsfl. org or call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 879-3406. themed Drip, Drizzle & Splash, will continue through September. Chair for this show is Barb Wylie, and Jacksonville artist, Pablo Rivera was the judge. The Featured Artist for the month of August is Linda M. Jones. The Gallery is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit themed Summer Reigns through August. The guest art ist for the month is Fernandina Beach resident Dante Deflorio, who paints in a variety of media including pastel, oil and acrylic. The Gallery is located in the Omni Spa & Shops. For more information, visit artame or call 432-1750. at The Green Beer & Wine Garden. Cost is $20 per canvas with several designs from which to choose. All supplies are provided. The Green Turtle Tavern, 14 S. Third St., Tuesdays 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21 and Sept. 4 and 18. Garden, 12 S. Second St., Thursdays 1-4:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and Sept. 6 and 20. with West Coast Swing at 7 p.m. followed by Tango at 8 p.m. Tuesday classes are $10 per person or both for $15. A dance workshop is offered 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays for $10 per person. Please note that NO classes will be held July 30 to Aug. 3; classes will resume Aug. 7. Ballroom On Amelia is at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. Neither a partner nor a reser vation is required. The usual Friday night dance parties are on hold while Ballroom with Amelia partners with Crescendo Amelia for the Summer Dance Series, which is held the second Friday each month through October. For information, call 624-0886 or visit or the Ballroom on Amelia Facebook page. Usually scheduled for Fridays, this months 3rd on 3rd Street Program at the Amelia Island Museum of History will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in support of the Museums latest exhibit, the Smithsonians traveling Hometown Teams, which examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Saturdays pro gram will include the Fernandina Beach High School Mighty Marching Pirate Band, cheerleaders and football players and will feature remarks from special guest speaker Coach Jude Swearingen. For more information, contact Joshua Whitfield, curator at the Museum, at joshua@ and 261-7378, ext. 102, or Alex Buell, Florida Humanities Council, at abuell@flahum. org and 727-873-2001. MUSEUMONMAINSTREET.ORG/ rfrntbrtrbtb The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, will kick off the 2018-19 Broadway in Jacksonville season with its 20th Annual Open House at the Times-Union Center at 300 Water St. in Jacksonville, according to a news release. Doors will open to the public at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Artist Series Kick Off event will be an evening for families and theater lovers in Northeast Florida to enjoy door prizes, a complimentary wine tasting, a cash bar, and live music from The Chris Thomas Band during the event. In addi tion, attendees will get an extra special sneak peek at the upcoming season with a special performance from Rodgers & Hammersteins The King & I. The theater will also be open to the public to allow attendees to test drive seats available for subscription for the upcoming season. The FSCJ Artist Series will have staff on hand to answer any questions about subscrib ing or the shows in the season. Attendees will also be able to purchase any available seat for subscription during the event. Current Broadway season subscribers will be able to pick up their season tickets, exchange their tickets, buy single tickets FSCJ ARTIST SERIES/SPECIAL Waitress is one of the shows that will be part of the FSCJ Artist Series 2018-19 Broadway season. for family and friends, and test drive their seats during the event. Complimentary parking for the first 100 attendees of the Broadway Season Kick Off will be provided by LAZ at the Enterprise Parking Garage. Attendees can park in the garage and stop by the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office to receive a parking ticket before leaving the Times-Union Center. The FSCJ Artist Series 201819 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, features Rodgers & Hammersteins The King & I (Nov. 13-18), Les Miserables (Jan. 22-27, 2019), Waitress (March 12-17, 2019) and Andrew Lloyd Webbers School of Rock (April 16-20, 2019). Four-show season subscrip tions are on sale now starting at just $159. Subscription prices vary depending on the show time, day of the week, and seat ing location. By subscribing to the 2018-19 season, subscrib ers will have the opportunity to THEATER Continued on 4B NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 14 8/16/18 11:03 AM


Amelia Community Theatre will host a Teen Theatre Lock-In from Friday evening, Aug. 31, to Saturday morning, Sept. 1, in its Main Stage theater at 207 Cedar St. in Fernandina, according to a news release. The lock-in is open to teens from age 13 through seniors in high school and costs $10. During the lock-in, theater professionals will teach workshops on musical theater, improvisation, dance, and auditioning. A pizza party will also be part of the night. Aaron and Erik Decicco will head the musical theater workshop. Aaron has been the vocal director for the FSCJ Summer Musical Theatre Experience for three years, and she runs her own vocal coaching studio. Erik is an assistant professor of theater for the College of Fine Arts at Jacksonville University and is a member of Actors Equity Association. Gary Baker, an actor, producer, writer, and theater instructor, will teach the improvisation workshop. He has a degree in theater performance and also studied at The Second City and The iO theaters in Chicago, both known for improv and sketch comedy. Jocelyn Geronimo will lead the dance workshop. She is the owner and artistic director at Set Studios, a childrens theater in Atlantic Beach, where she teaches acting, musical theatre, dance, voice, and piano. Matthew Eldridge-Bratsch will conduct a workshop called How to Have a Great Audition. He is the director of the Pirate Players drama programs at Fernandina Beach Middle and High schools. Teens must pre-register for the lock-in by Aug. 28 and may sign up online at Drop off for the lock begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, and pick-up will be at 7 a.m. Sept. 1. 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MOSH Mondays: MOSH is the First Coasts go-to destination for fun every Monday. Experience the totality of MOSHs exhibits, plus interactive programming, hands-on activities and special discounts. MOSH Mondays promotions include buy-oneget-one-half-off admission for adults; a 10-percent discount on MOSH merchandise, memberships and birthday packages; and programming that rotates every week, such as behind-the-scenes collection tours, artist-in-residence workshops, hands-on activities to incorporate into your Museum visit, scavenger hunts, interactive sessions with MOSH educators and pop-up activity stations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit themosh. org/MOSHMondays. Cosmic Concerts: The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at MOSH rocks the First Friday of every month. Experience the collision of laser lights and images with 35,000 watts of digital power. First Friday Cosmic Concerts are $5 per person for MOSH members and $10 per person for non-members; laser glasses are $1. Please note that planetarium shows, laser shows and light effects may cause seizures in certain individuals. If you have any concerns or questions about the shows content or nature, ask the operator/ educator before the program begins. Little Learners: Bring your little ones to MOSH the second Wednesday of every month for exclusive programming for preschool-aged children and their caregivers. This program is extremely popular so be sure to pre-register. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., a half-hour before MOSH opens to the general public. Programs start at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Admission is $5 per person with no charge for children age 2 and under. Science & History River Tours: Ahoy Jacksonville! MOSH has teamed up with the St. Johns River Taxi to host Science & History River Tours every Saturday afternoon. Learn all about the history of Jacksonville and the significance the river has played in the community over time. Boat leaves at 4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children. Campo del Cielo (Field of the Sky) meteorite: The newest object on display from the MOSH collections is the Campo del Cielo (Field of the Sky) meteorite, which was part of a much larger body that broke up during entry into Earths atmosphere. When this rock was formed, the solar system was in its early development. This rock avoided being pulled in by the gravity of growing planets until about 4,500 years ago, when it finally fell to Earth and landed in northern Argentina. The impact created a strewn field that spans two-miles wide by 12-miles long and contains at least 26 craters, the largest being 320-feet wide. Over 100 tons of meteorites from the Campo del Cielo impact area have been recovered. MOSH guests can have an up close and personal experience with this object from space. Heres a list of current and upcoming MOSH exhibits. Through Sept. 9: National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers is a traveling exhibition that uses immersive environments and augmented reality to take visitors to the wildest places on Earth to discover the amazing animals and plants that thrive in such extreme environments as the poles, rainforests, oceans, savannahs, and mountains and caves. Clevenger Creations, a musical theater studio owned by Devin and Elizabeth Clevenger, has announced two main stage productions for the fall as well as a number of new classes for students of all ages. Auditions for the first musical, Once on This Island, are open to students in seventh through 12th grades and will take place between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Parents must register their children to audition by visiting The theater is located at 96537 Parliament Dr. in Fernandina Beach. Students can also participate in music theory and improv classes available at the studio. The second show, aimed at younger students in first through sixth grades, will be Junie B. Jones Jr. the Musical. Participation in the show takes place through a series of classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and no auditions are needed. Complete information is available on the studios website. In addition, Clevenger is offering a Broadway Babies class for students from four years old through first grade. The latter class begins Tuesday, Aug. 21, and continues through November.rfSUBMITTEDA number of local live performance instructors will teach workshops during a teen lock-in at the end of August at Amelia Community Theatre. CLEVENGER CREATIONS/SPECIAL rfrn rtbbbfr r MOSH Continued on 4B NL 6 col. Fri. 08.17.indd 15 8/16/18 10:40 AM


SUBMITTED Looking ahead to September, St. Marys Little Theatre will premiere its eighth season opener, An Evening with the Stars Sept. 14 at Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys, Ga. The original musical production will be staged like a variety show with guest celebrity per formances that include some of the entertainment worlds most popular stars. Lookand sound-alikes from the theaters pool of talent will take the stage performing their most popular hits. Twenty-eight stars will perform for each show including The Blues Brother, Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, Miss Piggy, Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga and Cher, among oth ers. Performances of An Evening with the Stars will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 14-15 and 21-22 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets can be purchased online at or in downtown St. Marys at Once Upon a Bookseller. Call 912-729-1103 for more information. We all know Florida has spe cialty license plates available, but do you know what happens to the additional $15 to $25 the state charges for each specialty plate? Each specialty license plate has an authorized recipient. The state of Florida keeps $5 of each specialty plate purchased and then passes the balance of the surcharge on to the authorized recipient. The Florida TimesUnion compiled a list of the top 10 authorized recipients based on dollar receipts from the specialty license plates from 2012 through 2017. At the top of the list is the University of Florida with the recipient goal of benefitting academic enhancement. In the last five years the University of Florida has received over $13 million from the license plate fund. The recipient in 10th place is the United States Marine Corps scholarship fund, which received over $3 million in the last five years. I am sure we would all agree that these recipients and their goals are worthy but not one of the top 10 recipients benefits the people in the local community where the purchase originated. However, did you know that there is a specialty license plate that returns the money directly to the community where the purchase originated? If you pur chase a State of the Arts specialty license, which supports art and culture in the state of Florida, in Nassau County, the funds are returned directly to Nassau County. The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners des ignated Arts & Culture Nassau as the organization to manage these funds for the benefit of all of Nassau County. While the Nassau County license plate fund receipts of $18,000 over the last five years pales in comparison to the University of Florida fund receipts of over $13 million, it is money that is available to directly benefit Nassau County residents. Currently, however, there are only 71 active State of the Arts license plates in Nassau County. Even with that limited number, Arts & Culture Nassau has been able to make a local impact. This year Arts & Culture Nassau instituted a grant pro gram to support nonprofit orga nizations in Nassau County with youth programs in the area of arts and culture. They have also con tinued with an updated brochure promoting nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Nassau County to both residents and visi tors. Arts & Culture Nassau also hosts an annual community forum for arts and culture organizations in Nassau County as a forum for these organizations to interact with the Nassau County com munity. This year the forum will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Peck Center auditorium, located at 516 S. 10th St. in Fernandina Beach. All organizations in Nassau County with youth pro grams related to arts or culture are invited to come and set up an informational table and activities for children. The organizations are also welcome to do a 5to 10-minute presentation featuring their youth programs. An RSVP to Liz Taylor at liz@ameliamu or 261-7378, ext. 100, is required by Sept. 3. The event is free and open to the public, which can attend to peruse the various youth programs and the opportu nities available for their children or grandchildren. Imagine what could be done if more Nassau County residents requested a State of the Arts license plate. Marge Powell is chairwoman of Arts & Culture Nassau. rfn tnbn It was done in haste. It was to be an alluring delivery system to introduce Jaguars brilliant new XK engine intended to power the substantial Jaguar Mk VII luxury sedan. However, the Mk VII wasnt ready, so Jaguar Chief William Lyons and his men created a quick solution: They shaped it on a shortened Mk VII chassis, paint ed it bronze, named it the Open Two-Seat Super Sports and took it to the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show just to show off their new XK engine. Yet the elegant new engine that brimmed with twin-cam competition-bred sophistication played a supporting role when Jaguars Open Two-Seat Super Sports took to the Earls Court stage and stole the show. This year marks the 70th anni versary of the speed record and the first race victory that set the Jaguar XK120s course and gave it its immortal name. On a super highway in Belgium, the new Jaguar with full windshield and top erected recorded a top speed of 126.448 mph. With the windshield and top removed, it was timed at 132.6 mph. The XK120 became the fastest production car in the world eclipsing the existing record by over 22 mph. Perhaps the XK120s most impressive number was the price tag: For 1,000 Pounds Sterling one could own the fastest produc tion car in the world. The XK120 had no equal on the road or in the showroom, standing alone atop a short list of aspirational cars. No one was immune to the XK120s charms. Clark Gable got the first one to arrive in the United States. Then Gable had the legendary George Barris customize his second XK120 so he could drive in greater comfort. Gables Barris-customized XK120 will be the Hollywood Star of the 2019 Amelia Island Concours dElegance Jaguar XK120 class. The display will commemorate the 70th anniver sary of the XK120s coronation as the record-setting fastest pro duction car in the world. The XK120s competition record is as eclectic as it is deep. The record-setting XK120 was converted to right-hand drive. The car then raced to the types first victory, winning the Silverstone One-Hour Production Car Race. Future World Champion Phil Hill won the first Pebble Beach Cup with an XK120 in 1950. Jaguar XK-power won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times in seven years from 1951 through 1957. In 1954, Al Kellers XK120 coupe won the NASCAR road race at the Linden, NJ airport! Jaguars XK120 is a land mark car. It was the first sports car I ever rode in, said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours dElegance. I was just a kid but the smell of the leather and the wood has stayed with me. The XK120 is simply unforgettable. Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours dElegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, The Amelia draws more than 300 rare vehi cles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. The 24th annual Amelia Island Concours dElegance is sched uled for March 8-10, 2019. For more information, visit www. or call (904) 636-0027. rfntbrttnnbtftnrbbn STATE OF FLORIDA/SPECIAL Fees from Floridas State of the Arts specialty license plates purchased in Nassau County are returned to the countys Arts & Culture Nassau organization, which has instituted a grant program to support local nonprofits with your programs in the area of arts and culture. rr DAVID BURGHARDT/SPECIAL Both Amelia Community Theatre and Amelia Musical Playhouse have productions in full swing this weekend. At ACT, The Addams Family will continue its run through Sunday. The musical comedy is based on the ABC television series of the same name, which itself was developed with characters created by Charles Addams for The New Yorker magazine. The show will be on stage at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and next weekend, Aug. 22-25, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The theater is located at 207 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available by going online to and by calling 261-6749. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. SUBMITTED The Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music, which includes the song Send in the Clowns, opens its run tonight at Amelia Musical Playhouse in Fernandina Beach. Set in Sweden in 1900, the musical is based on Smiles of a Summer Night, an Ingmar Bergman film from the 1950s. With clever lyrics and lush waltz-like music, the show takes audi ences on a journey into a hilariously tangled web of intrigue, romance, and heartbreak while waiting for a magical night for the moon to smile three times. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday, and Aug. 23-25, with one 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and available online at ameliamusical or through the box office at 277-3455. Amelia Musical Playhouse is located at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach. Through Sept. 30: Native Networks: Cultural Interactions Within and Beyond Northeast Florida is a traveling exhibition that features artifacts recovered from local archaeo logical sites by the University of North Florida and informational posters that showcase the var ious ways in which Native Americans interacted with both local groups and more distant regions of the United States. Through Dec. 31: In the Mission : Jax Genius exhibit, MOSH has discovered a time machine that will enable you to find and recruit Jacksonville makers of the past to help build a new future. Your mission is to use the time machine to select and locate 12 of these Jax Geniuses, including songwriter Charlie Hoss Singleton, choreographer Frankie Manning, sculptor Augusta Savage, architect Henrietta Dozier, tech pioneer Don Estridge, boat design er Frank Huckins and Hollywood makeup artist William Tuttle. Are you up for the mission? Beginning Sept. 1 and continuing through Sept. 6, 2019: Neighborhoods is a signature exhibition that marks the 50th anniversary of Jacksonville consolidation, focus ing on the development and sustainability of Jacksonvilles many neighborhoods urban, suburban and rural. Beginning Sept. 22 and continuing through Jan. 6, 2019: Hall of Heroes is a traveling exhibi tion that allows visitors to enter the world of superheroes, crime-fighters and gadgets to dis cover their super powers in themed, immersive environments, interactive stations and displays of movie props, replicas and rare artifacts from major motion pictures and television shows. Here are special programs scheduled through the end of August. Saturday, Aug. 18, Boy Scout Workshop: Citizenship in the Community: Scouts will discover what it takes to be a good citizen in their communities. They will learn the rights, duties and obligations of citizenship and how they can demonstrate good citizenship in their community. The program runs 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and cost is $30 per Scout. Scout leaders are free. All other attendees pay regular admission prices. Register at Monday, Aug. 20, Family Yoga with Grow Family: Join a MOSH Monday fam ily yoga class with Grow Family. Children of all ages will practice breathing and relaxation techniques, strengthening and stretching poses, and using music and game in a dance-filled envi ronment. Parents can join the fun too. The yoga session with Grow Family will teach children to focus while having fun. After the program ends, attendees can explore the Museum for the remaining time MOSH is open. The program runs 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and cost is $5 for MOSH members and $10 for non-members. Register at Wednesday, Aug. 22, MOSH Homeschool Days: Bring your Homeschoolers to MOSH the third or fourth Wednesday of every month during the school year for amazing fun. Homeschool Days feature STEAM-based activities, such as hands-on experiments, computer coding, building struc tures and much more. Be a Scientist (ages 5-8): Learn what it takes to be a scientist. Practice the scientific method by doing hands-on experi ments, asking questions, forming hypotheses, and more, all while using MOSHs unique sci entific equipment and seeing how our educators bring science to life in the JEA Science Theater. Citizen Science (ages 9-14): Ever wondered what it takes to be a scientist? Its simpler than you might think. Hear from MOSHs educators about the power of inquiry as a learning tool in the sciences and other fields. Practice inquirybased learning yourself as you try hands-on experiments, chemical reactions, and more in the JEA Science Theater. Program time is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and cost is $12 for MOSH mem bers, $15 for non-members, and $5 for parents. Pre-register at Thursday, Aug. 30, MOSH After Dark: Tabletop Gaming 101 These arent your average board games. Join Video Game Rescue and GAAM for a night of tabletop gam ing. Learn about game strategy and game theory and how technology has changed the way people interact with others through games. Guests will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and create their own quest. This is an event for guests 21 and over. The program runs 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $20 for MOSH members and $25 for non-members. Admission includes two drink tickets. Register at tnbbnb Continued from 3B renew their seats for the 201920 season next year, featuring Hamilton New subscribers can order a subscription by visiting or by call ing (904) 632-5000 or toll-free at 1-888-860-BWAY (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Season subscriber benefits include savings off day-of-show pricing on individual tickets, premium seat locations, prior ity access to tickets for friends and family before the general public, discounted exchanges, access to other FSCJ Artist Series events, and lost ticket replacement. V IP seating is available to contributors to the FSCJ Artist Series at five levels: Angel, Producer, Benefactor, Patron, and Donor. Call (904) 632-5000 to learn more about the VIP Theater Club. Performances for Broadway shows in the subscription pack age are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please note, there is no Sunday evening performance for Waitress and there are no Sunday performances for School of Rock. All times are subject to change. An American S ign Language interpreted performance for the deaf is available for the Sunday evening performance of each presenta tion. Tickets to individual shows in the FSCJ Artist Series 201819 Broadway in Jacksonville sea son will go on sale this fall and winter, but season subscribers have access to tickets for any show in the series now before they go on sale to the public. Attendees will also be able to purchase tickets to other FSCJ Artist Series events, including Broadway Specials, Concert and Variety, Dance, Opera, and Family shows at the Kick Off event. The FSCJ Artist Series is Jacksonvilles major pre senter of national and inter national touring productions. Celebrating its 53rd season in 2018-19, the FSCJ Artist Series enhances the entertainment scene in Northeast Florida with Broadway productions, con certs, ballets, operas, dance pro ductions, school performances, and variety shows. Serving as a fundraising arm of Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation, Inc., the FSCJ Artist Series supports the performing arts projects of the Series and Foundation. 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