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The news-leader
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Chapter 2273 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Pig Bar-B-Q at 450102 S.R. 200 in Callahan. The main speaker will be Dawn Bostwick, library director for Nassau County. Bostwick will discuss services provided by the library. In addition, there will be a representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield to explain changes in their federal plan during open season. All active and retired federal and postal employees and their families are welcome to attend. Attendees start arriving after 11 a.m. The program will start around noon. Chapter 2273 has regular luncheon meetings the third Tuesday of the month, except in December. For quarterly blood drive has changed location this year. The next drive, in cooperation with OneBlood and Nassau Health Foods, will Road in Fernandina Beach. The drive will start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Come by and roll up your sleeve, and then join the Rotary Club for lunch at its new meeting location, the Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, located just two blocks east on Park Avenue.ntbThe Florida Department of Health in Nassau is reminding all Floridians to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season and will be offering free flu vaccinations to the first 300 people who visit a drive thru pointof-dispensing event planned for 9:30-11:30 at 95707 Amelia Concourse in Fernandina Beach. Participants will be able to remain in their vehicles while receiving immunizations. Anyone receiving the vaccine must be over the age of 13. For more information about influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida, visit or Amelia is sponsoring a road cleanup on Sunday, Dec. 2, along South Fletcher Avenue. Anyone interested in a brisk morning walk while picking up litter on a 2.6-mile stretch of roadway should meet in the Peters hours to complete the task, depending on the number of volunteers participating. Disposable gloves, orange safety vests and litter bags will be provided. You may want to bring mediumweight garden gloves, hat, sunglasses, water and closed-toed shoes. It is a requirement that everyone who participates in the event view the safety video on the following website: dot.state. Follow the site to Offices, Maintenance, Adopt-A-Highway, Safety Video. For more information, email Katie Caples Foundation will hold its third annual Keep Giving Silent Auction 6-9 p.m. Beach. The event is free and open to the public. One hundred percent of the proceeds assist the Foundation, which has delivered the message of organ donation to individuals in the northeast Florida area since 2005. Items include vacations, area restaurant gift cards and certificates, fishing excursions and sailing, massages and sporting goods, along with jewelry and wine. Golf outings will also be available, in addition to a five-night stay at Pinehurst, N.C. For more nrThe Pink Ribbon Ladies, a Nassau County support group for survivors of breast and other female cancers, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Ackerman Cancer Center, Ladies offers support and education for women with breast, ovarian, cervical, and other female cancers in Nassau County. For information, contact Anne Showalter at 321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at 321-2057.Agustin (Gus) C. Hernandez passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Sherman, Texas. Agustin was born in Shafter, Texas to Nicolas Hernandez and Eliza Chavarria on March 20, 1940. He married Alicia Ortiz. Agustin was preceded in death by his parents, Nicolas Hernandez and Eliza Chavarria; sister, Juana Hernandez; and brother, Albert Hernandez. Agustin is survived by his wife, Alicia Ortiz Hernandez; his children, Marie Belinda Perez (Oscar), Ismael O. Hernandez (Belen), Raymundo O. Hernandez, Elisa Lindeman (Eddie), Vaudelia Jimenez (Juan), David Augustine (Kellye), and Corina Castillo (John); grandchildren, Alexander, Virginia, Isabel, Stefani, Jessica, Gabriel, Jennifer, Johnny, Ashley, Thomas Daniel, Justin, Analicia, and Adam, along with 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Nicky Hernandez and David Hernandez; nieces, Maria, Isabel, Delores, and Martina; and nephew, Larry. Rosary was at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. The family of Agustin C. Hernandez wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center of Sherman, Texas and to those that have contributed floral arrangements and catering services. To send family condolences please sign his guestbook at Russell Stivers, 75, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Born August 27, 1943 in Louisville, Ky., he moved in 1965 to Fernandina Beach, where he was employed at Container Corporation until he went to work at the Fernandina Beach Fire Department in June 1969. He retired from the fire department in June 1997 after 28 years of service. Kenneth was an avid University of Kentucky sports fan, loved and served his family well, and loved volunteering at the Journey Church food outreach center. He also enjoyed camping and spending time with his Sun Wheeler friends. He was preceded in death by his father, James Russell Stivers; his mother, Helen M. Dunaway; and his brother, Lee William Stivers. Kenneth is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Brenda Graves Stivers; his children, Dawn S. Williams and her husband, Keith Williams, of Marianna, Fla., Van H. Stivers of Fernandina Beach, and Daniel O. Stivers and his wife, Stephanie Tiliakos Stivers, of Yulee, Fla.; his grandchildren, Andrew Williams, Aaron Williams, Adam Williams, Sarah Williams, Justin Stivers, Hunter Stivers and Baylee Stivers; brothers, David Stivers and Larry Stivers; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Journey Church on the Amelia Concourse in Fernandina Beach. Family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Journey Church Food Ministry, 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, or to Community Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.tbNancy A. Swaney of Fernandina Beach, Fla. passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She was born April 12, 1933 in Ford City, Pa. to the late Grace Ross. She was a graduate of Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa. and was a teacher and administrator in southwest Pennsylvania schools and member of Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Swaney, who passed away October 10, 1980, and her brother, Donald Reeb. She is survived by her children, Wade Swaney of Plant City, Fla., Wesley and Marie Swaney of San Diego, Calif., and Bruce and Pamela Swaney of Yulee, Fla.; sisters Lois Rae Fennessey of North Carolina and Ginny Litzel of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 30610 Forest Parke Drive, Fernaninda Beach. Interment of her cremated remains will be in Pittsburgh, Pa. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.rnftbnrfffnbtGerald V. Drumm, 92, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.rnftbnrfffThomas Derrick Frye, 37, of Yulee, Fla. and formerly of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in the care of his friends home.rnftbnrfffKimberly Lee Hinson, 52, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.rnftbnrfffBelinda N. Kennedy, 55, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, October 13, 2018 in the care of Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.rnftbnrfffMr. Alfred Phillips, 92, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018.rfMarilyn Shottafer, 87, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018.rfSandra Vinson, 74, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully October 24, 2018 in the care of Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.rnftbnrfffPedro Pete Ybarra, 72, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Thursday, November 1, 2018 in the care of Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.rnftbnrfffSheila Diane Yoder, 73, of Yulee, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the care of Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.rnftbnrfff f r t fntb t 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 As a reminder, Interim County Manager Mike Mullin will be holding two meetings per month to make himself available to anyone wishing to ask county-related questions or address countyrelated issues. These meetings are typically held 3-4 p.m. on the second Tuesday and the fourth Thursday of each month; however, dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances. Residents are urged to check for current meeting information. Meetings are held in the Commission Chambers located at the James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee. Below is the tentative meeting schedule for the remainder of this calendar year. Thursday, Nov. 29 (moved from Nov. 22 due to holiday) Tuesday, Dec. 11 Thursday, Dec. 27 If you have any questions, contact the county managers office at 530-6010. The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Librarys annual Fall Book Sale will be open to the public 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gym at the Peck Center, located at 516 S. 10th St. in Fernandina Beach. Books are organized for easy browsing in dozens of categories, including fiction, biographies, art, history, childrens books, sports, cooking, audio books and more. The sale will have a large selection CDs, DVDs, records, and puzzles as well. All proceeds from the sale support the Fernandina Beach Library. Visit for more information or to make a donation.b ffb rfnrnrrThe 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 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. SUBSCRIPTION RATESMail in Nassau County ........................................ $41.99 Mail out of Nassau County .................................. $71.99 fFour voters in Nassau County with their voteby-mail ballot signatures in doubt for the Nov. 6 general election have until 5 p.m. Saturday to clear up the matter with the Nassau County supervisor of elections, according to a federal judges ruling Thursday. A lawsuit against the state of Florida was brought by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson over ballots being thrown out because of mismatched signatures. According to Fox News, the chief judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Judge Mark Walker, said in a preliminary injunction on Thursday that the risk of unconstitutionally depriving eligible voters of their right to vote and have that vote counted outweighs the defenses argument that additional procedures to ensure legal votes are counted will unduly burden the election as well as erode public confidence in the electoral process. The law provides for a cure to the signature matching issue only if a mailed ballot is delivered by 5 p.m. the day before Election Day. Walker said the precise issue before him is whether the Florida law allowing a ballot to be rejected when a signature on it does not match another official record passes constitutional muster. ... The answer is simple. It does not, Walker wrote, calling the process an illusory process to cure with no standards. Supervisor of Elections Vicki Cannon said Thursday afternoon that all four voters in Nassau County have been contacted about curing their ballots, but she was still waiting on a directive from Secretary of State Ken Detzner on how to proceed. Voters can contact Cannons office at (904) 4917500 for more information. Cannon was preparing Thursday for a possible manual recount on Friday afternoon of votes in the super-tight races for U.S. Senator and Florida Agricultural Commissioner. That recount could start as early as 1 p.m. Friday if election supervisors across Florida are directed to start manual recounts by Detzer. The public is allowed to observe the recount, which will take place at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee if it is directed by the Florida Secretary of State. The statutory deadline for all counties to report all official returns to the state is noon Sunday, Nov. 18.ffrn Sponsored by: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 8:00AM TILLSHOP LOCALLY!Downtown Merchants will be offering special discounts and many will have food and drinks to enjoy while you shop.PAJAMA CONTEST!Enter the Pajama Contest. Prizes will be awarded. NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 2


New hotel properties proposed or under construction could add 471 new guest rooms on Amelia Island by the end of 2020. The largest announced project is a 239-room Marriott dual-brand SpringHill Suites/ Courtyard by Marriott property and the smallest a 17-room Amelia Schoolhouse Inn, both on Atlantic Avenue. Another newly proposed hotel is a 93-room Holiday Inn Express for 960108 Gateway Blvd., next to the Cantina Louie restaurant. Two properties are currently under construction on Sadler Road, a 103-room Home2 Suites by Hilton and the Sea Cottages of Amelia with a total of 19 guest accommodations. Construction could begin at the end of the year or early in 2019 on the dual-brand Marriott at 2700 Atlantic Ave., which is across the street from the entrance to Fort Clinch State Park and just east of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The old Amelia Island Care Center building on the property was demolished in December 2016. The 4.5-story, 37,251-squarefoot hotel building will have a 105room Courtyard by Marriott and 134-room SpringHill Suites under one roof and will have the citys first secured parking garage for guests and visitors, according to Compass Group, Inc. President Ron Flick Sr., the developer of the property. While dual-branded hotel properties have become popular in recent years, Flick explained, This is a little different mix because Amelia Island is more of a family destination and the property is targeting that market as well as couples and millennials. Both are uniquely marketed. SpringHill Suites is more family and couples focused, two to six people, and is one of the more successful brands, he added. Each of the properties will have some balcony exposure suites, Flick said. SpringHill will offer its guests free breakfast in the lobby area, while Courtyard will have a more upscale fullservice restaurant that will front on Atlantic Avenue and will be mainly for guests but will also be open for the public. Flick also pointed out that the property will include 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space with break-out capabilities to smaller spaces, which he said will fill a big need on the island for mid-size business meetings, weddings and receptions and other events that require less space than The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offer. There will be 2,000 to 2,200 square feet of commercial retail space along Atlantic Avenue, which Flick said is designed for small shops that are complementary to the guest experience and the Main Beach area. A bicycle rental shop is on the list, he added. The two properties will have independent lobbies with different experiences. Courtyard will have a more formal lobby and reception area. However, Flick said the two hotel brands will share certain amenities as well, such as the walk-in swimming pool and poolside bar. We are creating a beach theme for the Courtyard, Flick explained. One property will focus on the environment and the other one on beach activity. The 4.7-acre site is owned by GF/Amelia Island Properties of Atlanta. The Atlanta company, which will continue to be the land holder for the property, operates several adult care centers in Nassau County. Fernandina Beach-headquartered Compass Group, which has an extensive development portfolio of hotel properties for many different brands, was hired to redevelop the Atlantic Avenue site for GF/Amelia Island Properties. Amelia Island needs more Marriott brand presence. It does well here, Flick concluded. Marriott reportedly also plans to renovate and rebrand The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island property as part of a $600 million program involving five properties in the next three years.Although Compass Group and Ron Flick are not involved in the development of the proposed 93-room Holiday Express Hotel within the Gateway to Amelia mixed-use business park on the east side of the Shave Bridge, Compass Group paved the way for the hotels development almost two decades ago. As part of the initial development of Gateway to Amelia by Compass Group, Flick said, We had that property (at 960180 Gateway Blvd.) pre-approved for a 100-room Holiday Inn in 2001. Now it appears a hotel is destined to be built there. A couple of months ago, Marcus DiPascal and Kurt Wimpee of Alliance Engineering of Jacksonville made a very preliminary presentation to the citys Technical Review Committee about the proposed Holiday Inn Express hotel their client was planning to build on the site. They refused to identify their client to the News-Leader, but a check into property records showed that Fernandina Beach orthodontist David Tod Garner deeded the property to Kapil Bavabhai on Nov. 14, 2017. Bavabhai is the principal of KB Hospitality of Jacksonville, which reportedly also owns the Comfort Suites Hotel at 2801 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach and another hotel property in Jacksonville. According to newly promoted city Planning Manager Kelly Gibson, no one has come back to the city with more final plans since that initial meeting. The group was told they needed a biological survey of the previously undisturbed site, which Gibson said she understands has been completed. Landscape regulations also require that the city arborist review plans for the heavily wooded site. The 93-room hotel will not have a restaurant, but will have 96 parking spaces on site. Gibson said she would like to see all the parking hidden behind the building and consulted with the engineers regarding preserving trees on the site. Gibson said she would like to see them use some of the other parking available near the site for guests to reduce parking on the site. There is no indication at this time as to when construction will begin, but the owner told the TRC he would like to have the hotel open in 2019.rfnFernandinas historic red brick Schoolhouse No. 1, which opened in 1886 at 914 Atlantic Ave., is about to open, possibly the weekend of Dec. 14, as Amelia Schoolhouse Inn. The 17-room boutique inn will be the first of the new properties that will debut in the city. The old schoolhouse which last students in 1926 and since has been used for a public library and then business offices has been remodeled and restored into 17 hotel rooms with private baths. 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The 4.5-story, 37,251-square-foot hotel building will have a 105room Courtyard by Marriott and 134-room SpringHill Suites under one roof and will have the citys first secured parking garage for guests and visitors, according to Compass Group, Inc. President Ron Flick Sr., the developer of the property.COMPASS GROUP, INC./SPECIAL NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 3 11/15/18 4:30 PM


Thanks to my son Christopher, a 2014 Clemson alumnus, I spent a long weekend in Beantown. Clemson had a big game against the Eagles of Boston College. More about that later. Boston is a great city. The family went there for Christophers graduation four years ago. At that time, Harvard was closed for the summer. My first request of Christopher was to tour Harvard and MIT. On a chilly Friday morning, a very perky second-year young lady from Cleveland took us on a great tour of Harvard. Alex was nicely dressed, exuding a very buttoned-down appearance. She had absorbed five Bs at a large public high school but achieved a 2,220 SAT and got in. She started a nonprofit and was super involved in other extra-curriculars in high school. She was a very good representative of her famous university. She is a philosophy major aiming for law school and to be a class action litigant against big companies. Idealism that I do not totally relate to. A great kid, though. Tons of information filled a 70-minute walking tour, with a group from India, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and a few Americans among the 20 of us. There are 4,000 undergrads and 16,000 grad students attending Harvard. The undergrad acceptance rate was 4.8 percent this year, making it a very narrow funnel. As most of us know, many famous colleges have huge financial capacity and admit anyone who qualifies. The age and history of Harvard are staggering in scope. It was very hard not to be impressed with it all. The gift shop allowed my purchase of a 3-monthold sized crimson T-shirt with Harvard on it. It will be saved for a baby gift for grandchild number one, not currently on deck. Our MIT guide was Austin from Austin, Texas. He was dressed in cargo pants with a clip-on water bottle, which he played with most of the time. He had a shaggy beard and long hair rubber-banded together. He had been there six years, and will probably never leave. He analyzes astronomical waves in some form as a post-graduate exercise. The 4,000 MIT students operate in rare air: Only 7.8 percent of applicants were accepted this year. Our tour took us into the hallways of an active campus. They use numeric names for the buildings in lieu of the many donor names that apply. It is a quirky group. For fun every year, they fill a couple of tons of pumpkins with liquid nitrogen and throw them off a 10-story building to splat and explode. They delight in putting pirated items together on their 200-foot dome every year. In fairness, Harvard and Yale prank each other at a high level. Donor histories dominated a discussion. The Eastman Kodak founder built a building. A mother memorialized her son with a famous Harvard library in the early 1900s. The Koch brothers were MIT grads and pour money into the school. Also, Harvard dropout Bill Gates is a big MIT donor. Thank goodness both these schools, a couple miles apart, exist. They have shaped and will continue to shape our countrys history and daily lives. Universities in our country contribute in so many ways. It is an advantage we have. Students from the world over come to MIT and Harvard to find their edge. On a very cold evening in Chestnut Hill (Boston Colleges location), Clemson won the football game 27-7 against a nationally ranked Eagles team in an iconic venue seating 44,500. What a great atmosphere at a storied institution. The fans were hospitable and knew they had their hands full with Clemson. Thousands of Clemson fans made the trip to one of Americas great cities. Everyone loves a winner and soaks it in while it lasts. It is Monday, and a day to get back on track. No lobster role for lunch today, with onion rings and slaw. Time to shed some pounds before Thanksgiving. Oh my ... I want to take this chance to wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving. There is so much for Americans to be appreciative of. A belated Veterans Day thank you to all, including my father-in-law in Army intelligence and my deceased father, a Korean War veteran. The saying freedom isnt free needs to always be front of mind. Headed to North Carolina for almost two weeks. No article next week. Hug someone you dont usually hug this Thanksgiving. Have a good week. r The helpful place .Turner Ace Hardware2990 S. 8th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 261-5270 Shop us online at:*Ace Rewards card Instance Savings amount is available as mail-in-savings for non-Ace Rewards member (see store for details). Where applicable by law, tax is charged on the sale price before application of Instant Savings or mail-in savings. You must present Ace Rewards card to receive Instant Savings in store. You cannot redeem Instant Savings and mail-in savings on the same purchase. 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We can evaluate, with owners, their individual needs and available options. Additionally, Domestic Designs partners with a certified solar technology and installation firm to provide energy efficient roofing solutions that reduce your carbon footprint and utility expense. We are excited about the unlimited opportunities we now offer in alternative energy resources and costs savings, said Boyd. To discuss your roofing needs or to simply learn more about potential roofing modifications, related to insurance savings or energy efficient roofing solutions, call Buddy Boyd at 904-3210626 or 904-753-1438. They look forward to working with you. rfntt porches on both levels as well as a screened porch with an outdoor fireplace on the side of the home. The heart of the home is the living and gathering areas, where the kitchen and living room merge and spill into the rear and screened porches, said Chris Wood, vice president at Riverside Homes, in the release. Throughout the design process, we thought of our own families and how we spend time together. This multigenerational home will be a place for parents, grandparents and children to enjoy at various stages of life. Hillegas, a former style director for Southern Living, will help to interpret this vision for the 2019 Southern Living Idea House. Southern Living is thrilled to have Heather Chadduck Hillegas as the interior decorator for the 2019 Southern Living Idea House on Crane Island, said Nicole Hendrick at Southern Living, in the release. Her impeccable taste perfectly complements the design perspectives of Historical Concepts and Riverside Homes. We cant wait to see the completed project this spring. Historical Concepts has participated in the development of more than 14 houses for Southern Living and its sister publications including Coastal Living and Cottage Living throughout the past 20 years. The 2019 rendition of the Southern Living Idea House is particularly special to me because of its location and high pedigree of design talents that are collaborating for this hallmark home on Crane Island, said Jim Strickland, founder of Historical Concepts, in the release. I fondly remember visiting Amelia Island as a young man, and its an honor to be back in this role, designing a home that reflects the unique culture and history of the region. The 2019 Southern Living Idea House is currently available for sale by Crane Island Real Estate, LLC. Custom homes at Crane Island range from the $800,000s to more than $3 million.Continued from 1A ing the sexual abuse of children, some as young as two years of age. The FBI Jacksonville Division is committed to protecting children in this community, said Carlton L. Peeples, assistant special agent in charge, in the release. This case is just one example of our tireless efforts to identify predators and seek justice for their innocent victims. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown. It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, go to from 1A language in state legislation HB 1075, the bill that created the Stewardship District last year as the basis for their expectations. In a letter of objection to the creation of the MSTU dated Oct. 8, Rayonier advised the BOCC, There are no recreational facilities and no services being rendered with the proposed MSTU and none will be needed within its boundaries for the foreseeable future. As the owner of the vast majority of the ENCPA land, Raydient is already legally obligated as a condition to residential development to make substantial contributions to ENCPA recreational facilities through the donation of land and the payment of recreational impact fees. This is the only legally appropriate and equitable method of funding prospective recreational facilities within the currently largely undeveloped ENCPA lands. Both Rayonier and the BOCC claim to have reached out to the other side to resolve the differences. The BOCCs efforts at outreach have been directed to the Stewardship District board. Rayonier has consistently run interference for the Stewardship District at BOCC meetings insisting any such meetings between the two entities would be on their terms, which include the use of a public facilitator. Mike Hahaj, Dan Roach, Rob Fancher, Max Hord and Bob Rhodes were elected to the Stewardship Districts five member board of supervisors in August 2017. Hahaj serves as chairman. According to Alejandro Barbero, director of strategic development and communications for Rayonier, Hord, Roach, Hahaj and Fancher are employed by Rayonier or its subsidiaries. Bob Rhodes is not an employee. In an online response to Raydient/Rayoniers position, the BOCCs website states, Impact fees and taxes cannot fund the total number of public parks in a 24,000+ acre development. Initially the public/private partnership understood that and planned ways to address that. The Stewardship District was to be a major part of the funding of the public parks plus developers, contributions, including Raydient/Rayonier, Inc., county impact fees both within and outside the ENCPA) and grant funds. In a phone interview with the News-Leader, Barbero pointed out that development at Wildlight will take place in stages and it will possibly take decades for all the land in the ENCPA to be developed. Therefore, he does not see how Wildlight is different from any other development. I would turn the question back to the county, said Barbero. Why is it that impact fees and taxes are insufficient? Are we talking about parks in the present or in the future? Why is it the county cannot fulfill their duty? The Raydient/Rayonier lawsuit accuses the county government of trying to make up for its past shortfalls in recreational development, saying: Because of the countys existing shortfalls in public facilities, the county sought to shirk its required funding obligations in the hopes it could coerce Raydient and the Stewardship District to serve as a bailout for other recreation deficiencies countywide. While neither County Attorney and Interim County Manager Mike Mullin nor BOCC Chairman Pat Edwards were available for comment on Wednesday, the county has acknowledged its past deficits in recreational development in recent board meetings, but insists they are not trying to make them up now. The county has had impact fees since 2004 but did not collect impact fees during the recession from 2008 to 2013. The county resumed assessing and collecting these fees on development in 2014. According to Mullin in a recent BOCC meeting, If impact fees had been collected during that time, the total dollar amount (based on 1,687 building permits issued during that time) would have been $983,521 or less than the projected cost of one baseball field.btfContinued from 1A NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 4 11/15/18 4:26 PM


dens. The hotel will not have a restaurant. The schoolhouse property, along with the adjacent former Beach Beauty Salon at 9 S. 10th St., was purchased by two Jacksonville entrepreneurs, Spencer Romine and Sam van Voorhis, who also own a boutique hotel property in Sedona, Ariz. This will not be a typical bed-and-breakfast, according to Romine, because it wont serve full breakfasts. We dont categorize our properties as B&Bs. We categorize ourselves as operating boutique inns. Romine told the New-Leader, We hope to have our certificate of occupancy by Dec. 1, if the city inspections all go well, and then be able to open to the public the weekend of Dec. 14-16. We think we have done a good job with the restoration of the property and dont expect any problems, but we cant put the furniture in the rooms until after it passes inspections. Fernandina Beach architect Jose Miranda, who designed the inn and has considerable experience working on projects involving historic properties, said, With the acquisition of the hair salon property, we were able to increase the number of hotel rooms from 15 to 17, add parking and add the swimming pool. There is also a golf putting green in the lounge courtyard. Miranda said, The biggest challenge has been to retain the old schools charm and historic structural elements while transforming it into an efficient hotel. He said, The hotel rooms are fairly easy. The rooms are relatively small in size, but large in volume, due to the high ceilings on both floors of the building. An elevator has been added in the middle of the building next to the registration desk, but we are keeping the original central staircase, which is in good condition, he said. The original hardwood floors have been kept. Meanwhile, construction has resumed on a four-story, 103room Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel on more than three acres at 2246 Sadler Road, after a stopwork order halted progress for a couple of months because of unauthorized tree removal on the property. The case has since been resolved; however, the hotel opening might now be delayed until late 2019 or early 2020. The developer of the hotel is IMIC Hotels of Columbia, S.C., which also owns the Hampton Inn hotel almost directly across the street at 2549 Sadler Road. Interstate Management & Investment Corporation, which operates under the name IMIC Hotels, opened the Hampton Inn in 1997. Five trees were removed at the 2246 Sadler Road property without authorization, resulting in a loss of 103.75 inches DBH (Diameter at Breast Height) credited toward the tree protection requirements of the site. The developer has agreed to replace the illegally removed trees with 23 six-inch magnolia or oak trees, and has agreed to pay fines assessed by the county. IMIC President Bert Pooser III said this is the first Home2 Suites by Hilton the company has developed, although it does have other Hilton products in its portfolio of 14 hotels, suites, and inns covering the southeast. Home2 Suites by Hilton is a mid-tier, all-suite extended-stay hotel concept featuring contemporary accommodations and customizable guest room design, according to its website. The hotel brand targets both business and leisure travelers. Launched in January 2009, Home2 Suites by Hilton was the first new brand introduced by Hilton Worldwide in 20 years. Home2 Suites hotels are 100-percent franchised. Pooser explained that the allsuites hotel offers kitchenettes in all 103 rooms, along with separate sleeping, seating and work desk areas. He said the amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, outside lounge area, large public space and a guest laundry. They do a free breakfast in the morning and have sort of a bistro area where guests can grab a sandwich to go for later in the day, he added. The hotel site presently is located in Nassau County and not the city of Fernandina Beach. However, the hotel property will be annexed into the city in the future because it will be using the citys water and sewer system as well as police and fire services. Also under construction a few hundred feet east at 2528 Sadler Road, are the Sea Cottages of Amelia a total of 12 Mediterranean-style cottages with 19 total rental suites that will be strategically placed within a natural oak tree canopy in order to retain the natural feel of the island. There will be seven duplex cottages, each with two 18-by20-square-foot studio suites, and five 20-by-20-square-foot single cottages with one-bedroom suites. All of the suites will include outside decks and kitchenettes. There will also be an onsite laundry and vending machines. Kayaks, bikes and scooters will be available for rent. Sea Cottages will be for people who want more than a typical hotel room. They are like oversized hotel studio suites, said Phillip Griffin, Amelia Coastal Realty broker/principal, who is a partner in the development. The other partners are Glenn Bewan and his wife, Emily, and Griffins wife, Janet. Bewan said the plan has always been to make this development eco-friendly. We didnt want to tear down any of the trees, and only removed one of the mature oaks that had been struck by lighting and was hollow in the middle. The front of the property along Sadler Road will have the lobby/laundry building with all the parking immediately behind it. In line with being eco-friendly, the parking lot will be crushed rock. Everything the buildings and walkways will be raised above the ground, Bewan explained. Griffin and Bewan had hoped to have Sea Cottages completed and open for business in November, but that has been delayed by waiting for the city to issue permits. The request for building permits was submitted July 6, Griffin said. We have not had a Building Department person out to deal with the permitting. He said the pilings are in and waiting for the buildings. Griffin explained that construction can go rather quickly because steel-formed kits of each cottage are being manufactured in a warehouse in Valdosta, Georgia. Bewan added, They will go up like an Erector Set basically screw together the parts. The barrel-type roofs are made of stone encrusted metal but look like clay tiles. r r f Friends of the LibraryBOOK SALEPECK CENTER GYM516 S. 10th St. Fernandina BeachThousands of books in dozens of categories cds, dvds, All proceeds support the Fernandina Beach LibraryFRIDAY November 16, 9:30am SATURDAY November 17, 9:30amIn this brief interlude between election excitement and commercial craziness (except, unfortunately, in Florida where the elections apparently do not end), the special American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated. The time to celebrate Thanksgiving gets more and more compressed every year. Christmas merchandising begins immediately after Halloween and is at full throttle the day after Thanksgiving. Who has time to be thankful or time to reflect on our blessings when the line at Best Buy or Walmart queues before the leftovers make it to the refrigerator? We can be thankful that no significant storms affected us in 2018. After two successive years of tropical storms and hurricanes, we can continue our recovery somewhat unimpeded (except by FEMA paperwork). Over the course of the next few days and weeks, activity will markedly increase at the marina as two projects commence the replacement of the attenuator (breakwater) and the dredging of the southern basin. We can be hopeful for our families and friends in Mexico Beach and other Panhandle communities that suffered substantially more as a result of Hurricane Michael than we did from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. Disasters have a way of captivating us as they happen, but fade from the consciousness in proportion to the distance from the event. The rest of the country and world simply move on, waiting to witness the next disaster, as people, families, and communities struggle to regain some sense of normalcy. Are you aware of the fires in California that have killed dozens and destroyed hundreds of homes? Meanwhile, we play ptanque, prepare for the downtown Pajama Party on Black Friday, and Dickens on Centre. Its normal. Life, on the surface and to outside observers, is good. Our community still has many in need. If we didnt, the area support agencies wouldnt be as busy or engaged as they are. Those agencies need additional support. Barnabas just conducted its annual Empty Bowls luncheon to raise awareness and funds to combat local hunger issues. The Council on Aging, in the midst of its transition to its new facility, held its annual gala benefit last month. The Friends of the Library is conducting a book sale this weekend. The Nassau County Boys and Girls Club has announced their annual benefit Feb. 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Other organizations and local churches conduct similar campaigns to provide a necessary and steady stream of funding to support their constituents, our neighbors. Support for these agencies doesnt need to be financial. Nearly every one of the organizations described above has approached me at City Hall to plead for assistance in finding volunteers. An apparent great need is actually for organizational leadership. The governing boards of those agencies are losing longtime members and struggling to fill those vacancies. Would you be willing to serve in such a capacity? Do you have an interest or passion that might be channeled into meaningful support for community organizations? The city needs volunteers, too, to make our many boards and commissions function, but, in all honesty, government will grind on. Its what we do. The community agencies do not have the resources to grind on. The desire and will to help others in need simply cannot put shoes on bare feet, food on bare tables, or hope in bare souls. Those organizations need leaders to provide direction and visibility and need other volunteers to fulfill their mission. Look around and look inward. I have been incredibly blessed to have been called to this community, and many of you have shared with me that you feel similarly blessed to live, work, and play in such a beautiful place. City Commissioner Phillip Chapman struggles emotionally at many meetings to share and reinforce his belief that it is the people that make this community special. The many people that I have met over the past three years support that belief; the many people that I have not met means that we still have work to do. I encourage you, as part of the graciousness of Thanksgiving and the joy of Christmas, to consider the talents and wealth that you might offer to elevate this community to an even higher quality. Blessings and happiness to all of you next week and next year. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach.r nntContinued from 3A border and the Gulf of Siam and Thun An, Beamer said. I saw a lot. After Vietnam, Beamer traveled to Connecticut, Hawaii and San Diego. His experience as a supply officer was valuable when he worked on storage ships in Japan supporting relief efforts in Guam after hurricanes. While in the Navy, Beamer went to graduate school and then on to combat school. Beamers career includes a varied list of experiences, from running the program that supplied silver services, such as tea and coffee sets, to operating logistics for the 6th Fleet. While on sub duty at Kings Bay, Ga., he found Fernandina Beach, he said, and fell in love with the area. He bought a home here in 1983. After he attended the U.S. Navy War College in Newport, R.I., Beamer served two tours of duty in the Philippines, one in ship repair and one in logistics for the 7th Fleet. In 1990, he moved to a supply support center in San Diego, where he stayed until he retired to his home in Fernandina Beach in 1993. He said he would encourage any young person to join the military. It gives you self discipline and confidence, Beamer said. After I retired to Fernandina Beach, I got involved with the Amelia Community Theatre. I had never acted or sang onstage before, but my experience in the Navy gave me the confidence to sing in Oklahoma. The best part of the Navy, the discipline, is one side of a coin, and the worst part is the other side of that coin, regimentation, which, while necessary, stifles innovation, Beamer believes. But, it gave me an appreciation of how big our country is, Beamer said. I got to serve with people from all over the country, and learn about all different kinds of people. I would absolutely tell everyone to join the military. I think it would be good for everybody. Pierre Muentnich, 71, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. I was one of the original boat people, he said. We went over on a ship. Muentnich was studying at the University of Pisa in Italy and not doing so well in college when he enlisted in the Army at Camp Darby, in Tuscany. From there he went to Fort Dix for basic training, then to Fort Benning for Ranger School, and then to Vietnam. We fought in the jungle, he said of his time spent there. Muentnich said he was set to become an officer but was wounded in a battle with a 44-percent casualty rate and did not return to active duty. Instead, he attended college and pursued a career in the senior management at a cosmetics company. However, he did spend 25 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, and retired from both his civilian and Army career at the same time. Muentnich said he did not realize the social and racial unrest that was affecting America in 1965 while he was overseas in the Army. When I was at Fort Benning, I had a friend who I went through training with, he recalls. When we were assigned to barracks, I told him, You take this bunk. Ill take that one. But, one of the other privates said, We wont have any (epithet) here. We got in a fight, but my buddy stayed with me. Regardless of his experiences in Vietnam, Muentnich said he did gain an awareness of other cultures and ways of life in the Army. I would recommend it to anyone, he said. Joe Brown, 65, of Ocala, Fla., joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old, serving from 1971 to 1977 in the Mediterranean and South Caribbean seas. A third-generation member veteran, Brown said he always knew he wanted to serve. Asked why he went into the Navy, he simply said, I didnt want to be in the Army. Brown served one tour as a machinists mate in nuclear propulsion. He said he would recommend joining the military. I would definitely tell anyone to join, he said. It builds character, helps discipline and makes you appreciate your life. I saw a lot of the world.rfbContinued from 1A Muentnich Brown NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 5 11/15/18 4:34 PM


r fn fntbf b n ntfn r 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. f n t f ff f rff t n f f f f rf n ntbrf nt tb f r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf I magine, just for one moment, everything Donald Trump has said during his time in the White House is absolutely true. I raise this possibility because it is more terrifying than the thought of having someone who cannot or consciously chooses not to distinguish fact from fiction sitting in the Oval Office. Lets start with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general following the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions. In Trumps latest example of the buck stops somewhere else, he told reporters, I dont know Matt Whitaker. Forget the Fox News interview just last month when Trump said, I can tell you Matt Whitakers a great guy. I mean, I know Matt Whitaker. Forget Whitaker attended almost every White House meeting between Trump and Sessions since becoming the latters chief of staff. If what Trump claims is true, he is confessing several less than comforting alternatives. Trump wanted to replace Sessions from the day the attorney general rightfully recused himself from overseeing an investigation of the Trump 2016 campaign in which he was an active participant. So, either Trump had 18 months to select a successor and ensure a smooth transition and did not, or, at the last minute, he randomly picked someone he did not know to be the acting head of the Justice Department. Or, as he told his supporters at a Nov. 2 Huntington, W.V., rally in response to the possibility of a blue wave over taking the midterm elections, My whole life, you know what I say? Dont worry about it, Ill just figure it out. Does that make sense? Ill just figure it out. Fast-forward to Saturday, Nov. 10, to see how well that approach works. As part of the com memoration (which Trump called a celebration) of the 100th anniversary of the World War I armi stice, the White House had scheduled a trip to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, 55 miles outside of Paris, to lay a wreath honoring veter ans of WWI and especially the 1,800 U.S. soldiers interred there who died during the Battle of Belleau Wood. But, as they say, The best laid plans It rained, and the secret service advised against using the helicopter in bad weather (a reason able decision). So, how did Mr. Not Be Prepared figure it out? He cancelled the visit and spent the afternoon watching television at the U.S. ambassadors residence. Somehow, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunforth managed to assemble a motorcade to make the trip from Paris to the Marne Valley. Other world leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron braved the ele ments to lay wreaths at sites where their coun tries respective war casualties are buried. This is just one more example of Trump being an embarrassment in front of an international audience and an affront to American veterans. However, the question we should be asking today is, How much confidence should we have in a leader who cant figure out how to get from downtown Paris to a national cemetery 60 min utes away by car? If he doesnt go to Plan B for something for which there was weeks of advance planning, what can we expect when he is expect ed to respond to a national emergency without any warning? Every time Trump says, I dont know this person or I knew nothing about this, I care less about the fact he is lying than the scarier prospect he believes every crisis can be resolved on the spur of the moment or, as he claims now about global climate change, that it will take care of itself eventually. On Memorial Day 2005, our family had the honor to be in Normandy, France. We had planned several stops including Omaha Beach and the American cemetery in the nearby village of Collevile-sur-Mer. It was a less-than-perfect day, unusually cool for May and rainy. Despite the weather, there was no way we were going to forego this historic reminder of how America emerged as the leader of the free world. The reward was worth the effort. At each marker Christian cross, Star of David and Islam star and crescent was placed both an American and French flag, a reminder of the trans-Atlantic partnership which defeated Nazi Germany. The same partnership that has been responsible for preventing a similar conflagration for the past 73 years. We figured it out. To combat the cold, we all bought sweatshirts at the gift shop in the information center at Omaha Beach. Too bad Trump could not have followed his own advice and figured it out, realizing a little rain was nothing compared to the hardship and sacrifice endured by those who rest at Aisne-Marne and every member of the armed forces before and after. On this Veterans Day, they deserved more from the commander-in-chief. n rrnr rfntrb On behalf of the West Nassau Historical Society, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making our 2018 Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes a success. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and our main purposes are to high light our countys rich history and to maintain the Callahan Train Depot. We rely heavily on donations and monies raised from events such as Hobos to achieve both goals and we are extremely grateful for area businesses, groups and citizens who helped us put on this day of celebration. First, we would like to thank all our veterans who are the true Heroes who keep our country safe and free. Special thanks to our guest speaker, Lt. Col. Cara Curtin, retired Kings Bay Sub Base. We would like to thank Callahan Cruisers, AB&B Auto Parts, and Cochranes Collision Center for sponsoring a great car show and for all the clas sic car enthusiasts who entered the show and our nonprofit group. We also would like to thank Schwend Insurance, Greg Franklin Equipment, Florida Power and Light, George Spicer, and Advanced Disposal for their continuing support of our group and our history. Thanks to the children and parents who participated in our Hobo Scavenger Hunt. Our children are the future caretakers of our history. Thanks to the Country Star Quilt Guild, Amelia Island Quilters, Billie McCray, and others who showcase their sew ing talents as part of our Smithsonian Institute Crossroads Rural American exhibit. Monies raised from events like Hobos help us bring such shows to western Nassau County. The nationally renowned exhibit is on display inside the his toric Callahan Train Depot until Dec. 8 so we hope everyone comes and checks out this fabulous display. We also thank entertainment director Jerry Peterson and the performers who gave their time and talents to entertain the crowd and to all of the vendors who displayed their arts and crafts. Lastly, we would like to thank each and every member of the West Nassau Historical Society who went above and beyond what was asked of them to ensure that we put on a safe and enjoyable event. You all continue to show that by working together, all things are possible. The Historical Society is always looking for new members to join us in plan ning future projects. We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Callahan train depot. Please come and join us. Sincerely, John Hendricks and Emily Baumgartner, Co Chairs 2018 Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show West Nassau Historical Society P O Box 1758 Callahan Florida 904-879-3406 O ne of the simplest arithmetic processes is addition, except in two of the 67 Florida counties. There, it is appar ently more complex. Once again, the counties of Broward (primary culprit) and Palm Beach (secondary culprit) have com plicated the basic addition, or count ing, of votes in the latest election. It has caused yet another firestorm of complication for our state. And it simply doesnt add up. Here in Nassau County, veteran Supervisor of Elections Vicki Cannon makes it look easy, ethical, transpar ent. The votes are cast, tallied, and winners are proclaimed. No contro versy, no difficulty. Not so in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The election pro cess in these counties is impaired by either a lack of oversight or a presence of impropriety. And the instances have been countless. Once again, these two counties are the fulcrum for the ongoing elections of the governor and the U.S. senator for Florida. A machine recount of both races has been ordered because both are so close. But this is where it gets muddled. Assertions of false/uncountable votes are flying, and bags of unde clared ballots are arriving, according to reports. Hysteria and paranoia abound. The machine recounts were supposed to be completed by the end of this week, around the state. Cannon had already finished her por tion of the recount. I think it went extremely well, said Cannon. More than 70 percent of Nassau County voters supported the Republican can didates up and down the ballot. Granted, we have fewer vot ers than Broward. But election machines do most of the counting. So you would have more machines in Broward than here, for instance. Broward is an especially large county, with a population of about 2 million. It has the second-highest population among counties in Florida, ranking among the top 15 counties in the country. But the excuses stop there. Even Politico, considered a neu trally political pub lication, spoke out on Nov. 13 about liberal Broward County. This time, the object of scorn is the countys perennially troubled elections department, which was under fire for missing deadlines, mishandling ballots, and mismanag ing elections even before its slow and erratic vote-counting after last weeks midterms, they wrote. But a year before Broward Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes became a target for national ridicule, a similarly harsh spotlight fell on the countys sheriff, Scott Israel, over his depart ments botched response to the mas sacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Hardly the type of attention we want. Let us count the ways not to do it. 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 awardwinning columnist. His business columns regularly appear in several newspapers in North Florida and in South Georgia and on his web site 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. fn I noted the ad that appeared in the News-Leader (Nov. 2, page 14A) before the election entitled, An America We Can Be Proud Of. It was endorsed by several dozen local citizens. Congratulations to the signatories for a clear statement of values. Partisanship aside, one might think that most people, regardless of party affiliation, could agree with their premise and a majority of their 16 points if not their conclusion. In any event, its a model for a standard of responsible political expression that is sorely needed today. Richard Scribner Fernandina Beach t bb t t City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners: Roy G. Smith : 556-0951 (cell), email: Mayor: Johnny Miller : 556-3299 (cell), email: Phil Chapman : 624-5590 (cell), email: Vice Mayor: Len Kreger : 432-8389 (home), email: Chip Ross : 410-394-0220 (cell), email: Nassau County Commissioners: Danny Leeper, District 1 -Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 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 t Letters must include writers name, address and tele phone number for verification. Writers are normally limited to one letter in a 30-day period. No political endorsements the week before an elec tion. 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 DAVE GRANLUND OF POLITICALCARTOONS(DOT)COM BILL DAY, TALLAHASSEE CAGLE CARTOONS NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 6 11/15/18 4:20 PM


r The city of Fernandina Beach ping pong recreation schedule, through Dec. 19, includes Mondays from 5-7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, with the exception of Dec.12. Beginning to advanced players are welcome. Four tables, ping pong balls and loaner paddles for those who do not own a paddle are provided. Player donations maintain the tables/ nets, loaner paddles and the supply of balls. Contact the City Recreation Department at 310-3350 or Don Hughes at 415-0667 for information or to add your contact information to the ping pong notification list.rfrnt Trot 5K will start and finish once again at Osprey Village Wellness Center and meander through the historic American Beach commumile Youth Fun Run will be held immediately after the 5K is finished, so pint-size junior family members can join in the fun. This race will be chip-timed by Milestone Race Authority. The course will begin and end at the Osprey Village Wellness Center, 48 istration is from 6:45-7:30 a.m. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the Youth Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. Awards will be given out to the top overall male and female and the top three male and female winners in the 14 age categories. All ing. Registration forms are available at the Osprey Village Wellness Center and Current Running or register by mail. Register directly online at Call 415-1429. Cost is $25 per adult; $15 per child 12 and cash only will be accepted. All pre-registered participants will receive a goody bag, which will include one race T-shirt. of The Barnabas Food Pantry of Nassau County.brAnyone 13 years old and up may learn to umpire games. A clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Elm Street Little League, 1200 Elm St., Fernandina Beach. There is no registration fee. Email elmstlittleleague@gmail. com or call 910-0893. The clinic is sponsored by Little League Florida District 11.trThe Fernandina Beach Kiwanis Club will hold the 33rd annual Charity Golf Tournament on Dec. 12 at the Golf Club of Amelia Island. The field is limited to the first 80 players. Shotgun start is at noon. Cost is $100 per person and includes golf cart, greens fees, prizes for all players and a buffet dinner after play. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Entry deadline is Dec. 10. For information, contact Rich Billings at 699-4026 or rrbmsb@ Marsh Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Kiwanis Club.r to benefit Shop with Cops on Dec. 7 at Registration is at 9 a.m.; shooting begins at 10 a.m.; and lunch and awards ceremony are at noon. Cost is $600 for four-person teams and $350 for two-person teams. Deadline to enter is Nov. 27. Cost is $605 for four-man teams after the deadline. Send entries and payments to NCSO Charities, Inc., attn: Larry Boatwright, 77151 Citizens Circle, Yulee, FL 32097.The Fernandina Beach High School baseball team is holding its annual poinsettia funNov. 28. order, call Raquel at 753-0602.trr annual charity golf tournament will be held Nov. include team and individual awards along with a silent auction and raffle for various prizes. Registration and pre-tournament warm-up begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start person team scramble format. The entry fee is $150 and includes postjust the awards ceremony, the cost is $35 per person. All tournament golfers are also entitled to play a pre-tournament and post-tournament reduced rate of $50. This annual event is the local Knights The proceeds from this tournament benefit numerous charities in Nassau County. For information and to register for the event, call Tom Smeeton at 321-4139 or Bob Gerth at 491-0368 or email BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Girls Soccer Nov. 19 at West Nassau 5:30 Nov. 27 at Ribault 5:30 Nov. 29 at Providence 5:30 Dec. 4 at Yulee 7:20 Dec. 11 RIBAULT 5:30 Dec. 13 WEST NASSAU 7:20 Jan. 8 at Raines 5:30 Jan. 10 YULEE 5:30 Jan. 11 BISHOP KENNY 6:00 Jan. 15 PROVIDENCE 7:20 Jan. 16 at Westside 5:30 Jan. 17 EPISCOPAL 5:30 Jan. 22 at Nease 5:30 Jan. 24, 28, 31 District at Providence FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Nov. 23 at UC Shootout (DeLand) 6:00 Nov. 24 at UC Shootout (N. Marion) 2:30 Nov. 27 LEE 6/7:30 Nov. 30 WEST NASSAU 6/7:30 Dec. 4 BOLLES 6/7:30 Dec. 7 at Episcopal 6/7:30 Dec. 10 at Raines 6/7:30 Dec. 13 TERRY PARKER 6:00 Dec. 14 at Baldwin 6:00 Dec. 17 at Hilliard (JV) 5:30 Dec. 18 at Hilliard 6:00 Dec. 20 at Paxon 6/7:30 Dec. 27-29 Holiday tourney at Father Lopez Jan. 3 FIRST COAST 6/7:30 Jan. 8 ANDREW JACKSON 6:00 Jan. 10 at West Nassau 6/7:30 Jan. 14 YULEE 6/7:30 Jan. 16 UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN 6:00 Jan. 18 MIDDLEBURG 6:00 Jan. 21 BISHOP SNYDER 6:00 Jan. 28 HILLIARD (JV) 5:30 Jan. 28 PAXON (varsity) 7:00 Jan. 29 HILLIARD (seniors) 6:00 Feb. 4, 6, 8 District at Bolles YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Wrestling Nov. 27 at Brantley County 4:00 Nov. 29 Camden JV round robin 4:00 Dec. 6 Camden JV round robin 4:00 Dec. 7-8 Cam Brown Seminole Classic Dec. 11 at Glynn Academy 3:30 Dec. 12 BAKER, RAINES 3:30 Dec. 13 Camden JV round robin 4:00 Dec. 14-15 Ridgeview Duals 8:00 Dec. 15 Commander Brawl (JV) 8:00 Dec. 19 COUNTY 3:30 Dec. 21-22 YULEE DUALS Jan. 3 District duals Jan. 5 at Devil Dog ITB 9:00 Jan. 10 Camden JV round robin 4:00 Jan. 11-12 BATTLE OF THE BORDER 1:00 Jan. 16 FSDB, WEST NASSAU 3:30 Jan. 18-19 regional duals Jan. 25-26 at North Metro Feb. 2 at Westside round robin 8:30 Feb. 8-9 at Sandalwood IBT 1:00 Feb. 15-16 at JV state invitational March 8-9 Sate at Kissimmee FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Nov. 19-20 Preseason at Seacoast Nov. 29 CORNERSTONE 6/7:30 Nov. 30 at West Nassau 6/7:30 Dec. 4 at Yulee 6/7:30 Dec. 6 EPISCOPAL 6/7:30 Dec. 13 at Baldwin 5:30/7 Dec. 14 RIDGEVIEW 6/7:30 Dec. 18 at Hilliard 4:30/7:30 Dec. 20 CAMDEN (JV) 4:15 Dec. 20-21 JOHNNY T. SMITH Dec. 27-29 at Bronson Holiday Tournament Jan. 8 at Raines 5:30/7 Jan. 11 WEST NASSAU 6/7:30 Jan. 18 MIDDLEBURG homecoming 7:30 Jan. 22 BOLLES 6/7:30 Jan. 24 at Ridgeview 6/7:30 Jan. 25 BALDWIN 6/7:30 Jan. 29 HILLIARD 4:30/7:30 Jan. 31 JV at Camden 5:00 Feb. 1 YULEE 6/7:30 Feb. 4 UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN 6/7:30 Feb. 7 at Bishop Snyder 5:30/7 Feb. 8 at St. Joseph 5/7:30 YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Boys Soccer Nov. 19 at Ribault 7:20 Nov. 30 BOLLES 6:00 Dec. 4 FERNANDINA BEACH 5:30 Dec. 7 at Bishop Snyder 7:00 Dec. 10 at Episcopal 7:00 Dec. 11 WEST NASSAU 7:20 Dec. 14 RIBAULT 5:30 Dec. 21 RAINES 6:00 Jan. 7 at West Nassau 5:20 Jan. 8 PROVIDENCE 6:00 Jan. 10 at Fernandina Beach 7:20 Jan. 12 at Palm Coast 11:00 Jan. 14 at Raines 6:00 Jan. 18 at Raines 6:00 Jan. 18 BISHOP SNYDER 7:00 Jan. 21-25 District at Providence YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Girls Weightlifting Nov. 27 at Mandarin 4:00 Nov. 29 ORANGE PARK 6:00 Dec. 11 RIDGEVIEW, FBHS 5:00 Dec. 18 at Fernandina, Stanton 4:30 Dec. 20 CREEKSIDE 4:30 Jan. 19 District Jan. 26 Region YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Nov. 19 at Ribault* 5:30/7 Nov. 21 at RCSA 6:00 Nov. 29 at Paxon* 5:30/7 Nov. 30 ENGLEWOOD 6:00 Dec. 1 HILLIARD 6:00 Dec. 3 BISHOP SNYDER 5:30/7 Dec. 5 EPISCOPAL (JV) 6:00 Dec. 10 TERRY PARKER* 5:30/7 Dec. 12 at Stanton* 5:30/7 Dec. 18 at West Nassau 5:30/7 Dec. 19 at Mandarin 5:30/7 Jan. 5 at Hilliard 6:00 Jan. 8 RIDGEVIEW 6:00 Jan. 10 ANDREW JACKSON 6:00 Jan. 11 at Bishop Snyder 5:30/7 Jan. 14 at Fernandina Beach 7:00 Jan. 15 BISHOP KENNY* 5:30/7 Jan. 17 BALDWIN 6:00 Jan. 22 at Ridgeview 6:00 Jan. 25 at Episcopal 6:00 Jan. 29 RCSA 6:00 Jan. 30 WEST NASSAU 5:30/7 Jan. 31 at Ed White 7:00 Feb. 4, 6, 8 District District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Nov. 20-21 at Sea Coast Christian Classic Nov. 27 at RCSA 4:30/7:30 Nov. 30 ENGLEWOOD 4:30/7:30 Dec. 1 HILLIARD 4:30/7:30 Dec. 4 FERNANDINA BEACH 6/7:30 Dec. 6 at Ribault* 4:30/7:30 Dec. 12 WEST NASSAU 5:30/7 Dec. 14 PAXON* 6/7:30 Dec. 15 at Lee 5:30/7 Dec. 20-21 at JT Smith at FBHS 6/7:30 Jan. 5 at Hilliard 4:30/7:30 Jan. 7 CORNERSTONE 6/7:30 Jan. 9 STANTON* 6/7:30 Jan. 11 CRESCENT CITY 6/7:30 Jan. 12 ST. JOSEPH 6/7:30 Jan. 18 at West Nassau 6/7:30 Jan. 22 at Bishop Kenny* 5:30/7:30 Jan. 23 MENENDEZ 6/7:30 Jan. 25 at Episcopal 4:30/7:30 Jan. 29 RCSA 4:30/7:30 Feb. 1 at Fernandina Beach 6/7:30 Feb. 4 RIDGEVIEW (seniors) 6/7:30 Feb. 5 at Menendez 6/7:30 Feb. 9 at Crescent City 6/7:30 District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Girls Soccer Nov. 16 at Ed White 5:30 Nov. 19 at Ribault 5:30 Nov. 30 at Providence 5:30 Dec. 4 FERNANDINA BEACH 7:20 Dec. 6 at Sandalwood 5:30 Dec. 7 PALATKA 5:30 Dec. 11 WEST NASSAU 5:30 Dec. 14 RIBAULT 7:20 Dec. 19 ED WHITE 6:00 Dec. 21 RAINES 7:20 Jan. 7 at West Nassau 7:20 Jan. 10 at Fernandina Beach 5:30 Jan. 11 at Suwannee 6:30 Jan. 15 at Bishop Kenny 6:00 FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Nov. 29 at Callahan 5:30/6:30 Dec. 3 at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Dec. 5 CALLAHAN 5:30/6:30 Dec. 6 YULEE 5:30/6:30 Dec. 11 at Callahan 5:30/6:30 Dec. 18 B team semis at FBMS 5:30/6:30 Dec. 20 B team finals at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Jan. 10 CALLAHAN 5:30/6:30 Jan. 15 Varsity semis at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Jan. 17 Varsity finals 5:30/6:30 FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Nov. 29 at Callahan 5:30/6:30 Dec. 3 HILLIARD 5:30/6:30 Dec. 5 CALLAHAN 5:30/6:30 Dec. 6 at Yulee 5:30/6:30 Dec. 11 at Callahan 5:30/6:30 Dec. 18 B team semis at CMS 5:30/6:30 Dec. 20 B team finals at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Jan. 10 CALLAHAN 5:30/6:30 Jan. 15 Varsity semis 5:30/6:30 Jan. 17 Varsity finals 5:30/6:30 FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Soccer Nov. 19 CALLAHAN 5:30/6:30 Nov. 29 at Yulee 5:30/6:30 Dec. 10 Semifinals at FBMS 5:30/6:30 Dec. 13 Finals at FBMS 5:30/6:30 b SUBMITTEDPeter Johnson, left, from the Merida, Mexico, Tennis Club, a past president and founding father of Kraft Tennis Club, presents a Mexican painting, Song of the Shell, to Rich Restiano, current president of KTC, in appreciation of the fourth annual friendly tennis match between KTC and the Merida Tennis Club. The presentation was made Sunday at the annual KTC member barbecue. KTC is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The club has 200 members and seven clay courts on 10 beautiful, tree-covered acres along the Amelia River off of Buccaneer Trail. Johnson and his wife, Alicia, moved to Mexico five years ago. The annual tennis match alternates between the two countries. The Southeastern Christian Conference cross country championship was held at Southside Christian School in Waycross, Ga., on Oct. 27. Faith Christian Academy boys took second place overall as a team and the girls placed third. Pictured above, standing from left, are Coach James Hay, Nick Cribbs, Jeremiah Bowlin, Ethan Solomon, Jesse Souza, Shyla Barlow, Quinn Ortiz, Amanda Boatright, Xavier Landry, Katie Wehrung, David Bowlin, Logan Baker, Evan Weatherholtz, Zachary Yale; kneeling, Addie Hay, Aaliyah Powers, Makayla Hay, Landon Benoit and Jacob Lester. Not pictured: Ty Anders. Makayla Hay was third for the girls, and Zach Yale placed fourth for the boys. Both teams were awarded the Most Christ-like Attitude awards. The SECC flag football tournament was held on Nov. 2 at Northside Christian Academy in Starke. FCA came up short, when Victory Christian Academy scored in the last minute to win 14-12. Quarterback Ethan Sawyer, right, was named first team all-conference. The SECC also recognized Lelani Powers as first team allconference for girls volleyball.SUBMITTED PHOTOS in Pirate history at the state meet. He finishes his career as the overall school record holder with his 15:51 time at the Cecil Field New World 5K course. In addition to the boys team, freshman Sydnee Calder competed as an individual qualifier and had a history-making day. Calder, a welcome surprise to the island when her family moved over the summer from South Florida, finished 28th in 19:26. This was the second best time in school history behind Strasser. Both head girls coach Mark Durr and volunteer coach Katie Combs agreed when they discussed Sydnee, saying, The skys the limit for Syndee thanks to both her incredible natural talent. We believe she has a real shot to get Stephanies record. The boys success can also be partially attributed to a surprise transfer. Sophomore Caden Kwiatkowski joined the team after a year at Yulee. All season, he provided unexpected depth. Kwiatowski and senior Riley Dean pushed each other in meet after meet in the third and fourth spots as they backed up sophomore Steven Durr. On Saturday, Durr ran an outstanding race behind Sorensen, placing 30th in 16:55. Dean was third in 17:14, just 22 seconds off his personal record time on the much faster course at the regional. Kwiatowski was next in 18:00, closely followed by sophomore Tom Gray in 18:03. Senior Riley Salmon finished strongly in 18:33, and rookie sophomore Gabe Moyes ran 19:17 as non-scorers for the Pirates. Next year, the search for a place in Pirate history will continue as the four sophomores Durr, Kwiatkowski, Gray and Moyes urgently start looking in the student body for that all-important fifth man. Its all about having the coaches develop a running culture, said Roy Benson, recently retired volunteer coach since 2009. Instead of griping about how far they have to run, the kids have to ask How far do we get to run today? Then you wait for the Great Coach in the Sky to send the natural talent in sufficient numbers. So, I guess the history of Pirate cross country will continue to get better and better in the near future.bFrom 8A NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 11/15/18 3:50 PM


r fntb t r The Pirates boys cross country team made school history Saturday with its outstanding sev enth-place finish. Led by John Sorensens ninth place out of 182 runners, Fernandina Beach High School bested the 2002 teams 15th-place effort. Through the elimination process of district and regional championships, just 24 teams out of 597 schools in the state qualify each year for the state championships. After our first couple meets this season, we knew that this team could be extra special, Coach Bill Beaumont said. On paper, we had expected seven seniors to return, and we knew we had two talented freshmen on last years team. So, our hopes that this could be our year were proving true. Fernandina Beach High School started field ing cross country teams in the 1990s, but not with much success. We beat them regularly when I was coach ing at Hilliard, said Matt Schrieber, now the Pirates head boys basketball coach. However, by 2000, Rick Patterson, a recent graduate of Auburn University, was teaching English and coaching the cross country teams. His cross country and track experience at Auburn helped him take the Pirate boys to their first-ever trip to the state championships. They placed 22nd out of 24 teams. Matt Altman was the top Pirate finisher in a time of 17:25 for the 5,000-meter distance. By 2002, Patterson had moved on. Schrieber was by then teaching at FBHS and coaching the cross country teams. That year he took the boys to their second state championships. The Pirates improved to a 15th-place finish, with Kyle Townsend lowering the schools best time at a state meet to 17:05. Then followed a dry spell of five years. At the 2008 state meet on an equestrian steeplechase track at Little Everglades Ranch outside Dade City, the Lady Pirates, coached now by Mark Durr, qualified for their first appearance. Stephanie Strassers third place in a national quality time of 18:17 put FBHS on the map that day. Shelby Kitrell, now teaching and coaching at Yulee High School, finished 12th in 19:01 and helped lead the team to 14th place. The 2009 season was the third time for boys team to advance to the state meet. FBHS was 22nd out of the 24 schools. However, Landen Kovalick in 54th place, set a new a school record for the best state championship time with a 16:58. During this period the state championships were held at different sites around the state. Each course offered widely differing types of terrain. Without comparability, there cant be official school record times in cross country. But the runners were getting faster. For example, the 2009 meet was again at Little Everglades Ranch. Strasser, qualifying without a team as an individual, lowered her best-ever to 18:02 as runner-up on the very slow course. The state championships finally found what appears to be a permanent home in 2012. The meet is now at the Apalachee Regional Park cross country course outside of Tallahassee. Acres and acres of former farm and pasture land have been converted into a facility large and challenging enough to not only comfortably host the roughly 1,400 high school competitors, but in 2021, will also be the site of the NCAA National Championships. Sorensens 2017 18th place in 16:23 was the previous best individual finish in school his tory. This years time of 16:01 is also the best rf ntbtnt A pair of sisters will be com peting Saturday in the 2A state swim meet in Stuart. Isabel Dupee, a senior at Yulee High School, is a fourtime state qualifier in swim ming. She qualified in her final season as a Hornet swimmer at the regional meet. Isabel Dupee was the eighth seed in the 100yard breaststroke and placed second in the region. Little sister, Sofy, qualified for state in the 100-yard back stroke. Its the sophomores return trip to state. We are good at different strokes, Sofy Dupee said. Shes good at breaststroke and freestyle, and Im better at but terfly and backstroke. Shes so much better than me in backstroke and fly. I think I need to learn from her, Isabel Dupee said. The siblings started swim ming at the McArthur Family YMCA in Fernandina Beach, where they caught the eye of a lifeguard. One of the lifeguards rec ommended us to the coach, Sofy Dupee said. Isabel Dupee is looking forward to her fourth shot at a state title. Last year was my best year because I made the champion ship final, so I medaled, she said. This year, Im hoping for a podium spot; top three is the goal. The senior swimmer is a contender for the 2019 vale dictorian at Yulee. She plans to study biomedical engineering after high school. With what I want to do in college, it would be just too rig orous to swim, Isabel Dupee said. James Oakes, the third Hornet swimmer to qualify for state, does see a future in swimming at the next level. Ive always been in the water, he said. Ive grown up around it. This is the one sport Ive really enjoyed and really want to stick with. Ive had a few colleges contact me, try ing me to get in the water with them. I can really see me swim ming in college. Its something I love to do. Oakes, a junior, qualified in the 500-yard freestyle. Ive been swimming for about five years now, he said. I left my year-round team. I just want to show them I can still do well without them. Last year, I was only half a second faster and seeded six ranks higher. It just depends on the year. All three Yulee swimmers qualified for state last season. Only one of them got a second swim, so our goal was to have them all get second swims this time, Coach Bill Stewart said. We wanted to see if we could score a couple more swims. We came within four-tenths of James getting a second swim on his 200 free. He got in on the 500 free. Sofy dropped her time in her 100 fly. Theyre accomplished. But theyre hard-working and dedi cated. The trio all swim yearround. When you get to the state level, most of the kids compet ing in that meet are year-round swimmers, Stewart said. They have fun doing other sports, but pretty much, they train year round. All three were county champions in two events. We had a very good season overall as a team, Stewart said. BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADER Isabel Dupee, James Oakes and Sofy Dupee, from left, will compete individually Saturday in the 2A state swim meet in Stuart. All three qualified last season. Isabel Dupee, a senior who is seeded sixth, is a four-time state qualifier. rf PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE NICHOLS/SPECIAL The First Coast District of the Eastern Surfing Association held contest No. 4 at Peters Point on Saturday. Conditions were surpris ingly fun for competitors, with glassy, 2to 3-foot waves. Cole Poteat, top, won the U14 longboard division. Ivy Bradley, above left, won both girls U14 and U16 divisions. John Addington, above right, had an amazing day of surfing, winning boys U12, U14 and U16 divisions. Dylan Jenkins, below left, won both junior mens U18 and open mens divisions. Kai Nichols, below right, won the push-in division. The last contest of the season is scheduled for Dec. 1. RUN Continued on 7A NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 11/15/18 3:51 PM


rfntbt ft t r rfn fn tb n n t rr rbfr tnn rrnnrnfr n nrnrr ftnrn nrntr n r r rn ff nnr nrrnr rfrnrrrfrnrrn rnn nn nffr rrrrr nrrr nrrrrn nrr brn rrr rntntn t ntbnbnHoliday Home Tour Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the following locations: Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., 261-7378, ext. 100. Amelia Island Welcome Center (The Depot), 102 Centre St., 277-0717. Peterbrooke Chocolatier, 1427 Sadler Road, 277-0162. The Plantation Shop, 4828 First Coast Highway, 261-2030. Cape House, (Cash or credit only) 4810 First Coast Highway, 844-2384. All locations accept cash and checks only, except for the Museum, which also accepts credit cards, and the Cape House, which accepts cash and credit cards only. Tickets are $25 if purchased before Nov. 30. Tickets on days of the tour will be $30 and available only at the Museum. Discounted tickets of $20 for parties of 10 or more are available only at the Museum. For information, call 261-7378, ext. 105. On the days of the tour, tickets will only be available at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Hands-On Holiday Workshop One of the designers who will help decoBrooke Raulerson, AIFD, CFD, FSMD, of Revelation Design, will host holiday design workshops at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, and Tuesday, Nov. 27, at her shop, located at 2383 Jamestown Road in Fernandina Beach. The cost of fresh-cut flowers and all other needed materials for the classes will be $50, with profits donated to the Museum. To sign up for the workshop or for more information, call 261-5546. ttThe Amelia Island Museum of History is hosting the 12th annual Holiday Home Tour in Fernandina Beach on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Traditionally the tour has featured homes in the historic district, but this year visitors will have the opportunity to walk through five multi-level beach view homes on Fletcher Avenue. Several are within walking distance of one another. Vans and minibuses will run continuously from free parking at Peters Point and Main Beach. Parking will be limited on Fletcher Avenue. While Vicki Harnage and her family lived on Wolff Street near Egans Creek in the 1970s, her parents purchased a rental house on North Fletcher Avenue. Following college at FSU, she returned home to Fernandina Beach and chose to live in the upstairs unit for a time. Meanwhile Tom Whittemore had grown up in Tampa, graduated from the University of Georgia and moved to Jacksonville, where the two met. Vicki and Tom were married in 2012 right here on the island at Memorial United Methodist Church. In 2014, they began construction on their new home after demolishing the rental house. They were pleased to use John Dodd as their architect and Young American as their builder. Now they are generously opening their happy beach home to ticket holders of this years Holiday Home Tour, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for our local museum. The three-story home at 1231 N. Fletcher Ave. faces the sand, ocean, dunes and sea oats of North Beach Park, so the owners have a front row seat not only to each mornings sunrise but also to dolphins, submarines and the varied activities of locals and tourists who drive, jog and walk to this particular beach access. To the back of the home is the unspoiled natural beauty of Fort Clinch property. Vicki mentioned once seeing 18 deer walk a path from behind their home all the way up and over the dunes. Upon entering the ground floor entrance that happens to be on the side of the house, guests will climb 17 steps to the second level. Much of the home has soft trade wind blue walls and engineered oak flooring. An inviting guest room is blue with white wicker. The adjoining room that Vicki calls her office is full of memorabilia from her extended family that is special to her. Her comfortable recliner just happens to be facing their beloved ocean. The foyer has two walls of enlarged photographs from her many overseas journeys before she was married. See how many you can recognize. Norway, Russia, China and Italy are a few hints. Also within view are some precious family memories and a collection of Waterford clocks. Next is Toms gray-walled office with blue and white accents. As a bird lover, he spots many through his park view window including cardinals and mockingbirds. Lucky for the birds that he enjoys refilling the feeding stations with raisins and other treats that bring them back day after day. Please enjoy their spectacular and private view of Fort Clinch from the master bedroom. Two framed papyrus pieces and an angel adorn the walls. The spacious gray bathroom with porcelain white flooring has music and lighting features as well as two sandpiper sculptures that were used as a part of their wedding decor. The adjoining walk-in closet was designed around two antique dressers that belonged to Vickis great-aunt. Since the aunt and her grandmother both lived over 100 years, it bodes well for Vicki to be able to enjoy their happy house for many years to come. Visitors will ascend another set of 18 steps to the third floor that includes the kitchen, dining and living areas. The views in every direction are breathtaking. From the back window visitors may locate the top of our islands lighthouse. Over the stairs is a wall sculpture by Emily Wilson featuring a variety nbbnbbnt Tom and Vicki Harnage Whittemore have created a multi-level home with spectacular views in every direction. Visitors to their North Fletcher Avenue home will marvel at the panoramic sights of beach, dunes, ocean and unspoiled Fort Clinch.ELIZABETH WILKES PHOTOGRAPHY/SPECIALbArts Alive is now in full swing! All of our programs are moving along rapidly with half of the semester already gone. I thought for this article I would focus on three of the instrumental classes Appalachian dulcimer, violin and drumline so I asked each of the teachers, Robyn Nemes, Shelby Trevor and Les DeMerle, to comment briefly on their classes. Robyn Nemes, one of our first teachers, had this to say: I have 10 dulcimer students at Hilliard Elementary and 10 at Yulee Elementary. At Yulee Elementary, I have four peer tutors from last year in addition to the 10 new students this year. I am teaching the basics of playing the mountain dulcimer at both schools, including basic things such as how to hold the dulcimer securely on the lap, how to hold a pick, how to strum, and how to create and play with chords. In addition to the basics of dulcimer playing, the Yulee Elementary class provides leadership opportunities for the four peer tutors. In fact, I have the class divided up into four groups, each with a peer tutor. Those peer tutors help with tuning the dulcimers, fingering patterns, and basic instructions during class. As we progress in classes at both schools, we will plan programs to present within the community. All students are given an opportunity to participate by introducing tunes, acknowledging individuals with gratitude, and by offering welcoming and concluding comments. These responsibilities are given in the hope that students grow in selfconfidence and public speaking abilities through these tasks and opportunities. Shelby Trevor, who helped us develop the first string program, commented that his violin class at Wildlight Elementary School, sponsored by Arts Alive Nassau, consists of 12 students and meets weekly throughout the school year. The students are third, fourth, and fifth graders. In the class, the students learn about the violin and the bow, how to take care of and respect the delicate instrument, how to hold and move properly while performing and practicing on the instrument, as well as rudimentary concepts of music theory and note reading. Students are also exposed to various musical cultures, including classical and folk music from all around the world, through demonstrations, recordings and class discussion. Students are expected to practice throughout the week at home and are given assignments to practice each week. They track their practicing, and when they hand in their practice chart, they receive a sticker as a reward. At the end of the year, the students have a final performance during which they get a chance to showcase what they have learned. Les DeMerle, jazz drummer extraordinaire and founder and director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, had this to say: My current weekly class at Yulee Elementary School has 21 young drummers learning the basics of drumming. My focus is teaching them to hold the drum sticks correctly, play steady rhythm, read music, plus counting all of their rhythms and fourway coordination. My teachers were some of the worlds greatest drummers Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson and Bob Livingston. I pass on this legacy and knowledge to the kids SUBMITTEDLes DeMerle, center, poses with his students from his Arts Alive Nassau drumming class at Yulee Elementary School. rrfntbARTS Continued on 2B TOUR Continued on 2B r NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 11 11/15/18 10:48 AM


r The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next 3rd on 3rd Street program at 6 p.m. today. The program will be presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Museum. Special guest Dr. Gary Mormino will give a presentation entitled, Foods That Define Florida. From caldo gallego to key lime pie and from the origins of the Cuban sandwich to whether Florida has its own style of BBQ, Mormino will take attendees on a delicious culinary heritage. This is a program that is sure to satisfy the pickiest of eaters. This program is free to the public with a suggested donation of $5 for non-mem bers. The event is handicap accessible. Seating is firstcome, first-served. After the event attendees will be asked to fill out a two-question survey online. For more information con tact Joshua Whitfield at 2617378, ext. 102, or joshua@ The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. Amelia Community Theatre will present the sketch comedy troupe Awkward Silence Jax at 8 p.m. today at 209 Cedar St. The group will present its new show, Jokes ... or Something. Due to adult content, the comedy show is recommended for ages 18 and up. Tickets are $15 and avail able at ameliacommunitythe and 261-6749. Auto Legends Amelia Cars and Conversation will meet 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ocean Air Coating, 924 T. J. Courson Road, Fernandina Beach (across the street from Walmart and Nassau Health Food). This event is open to anyone who enjoys cars. Unique and legendary autos will be on display and owners will be available to answer questions. The American Legion Riders Steak Dinner will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. For $12, you receive a N.Y. strip cooked to order with a baked potato, salad, corn, and a roll. Dinners are open to the public (membership in the American Legion not required) at 626 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. The Eight Flags Chapter of the American Business host its annual fundraising event to benefit the Shop with Cops program. Hosted as an auction offering gifts for every member on your Christmas list, this event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will support the local youth of Fernandina Beach. A cash bar will also be available. Inspired by Don Monahan sev eral years ago, the Shop with Cops program facilitates chil dren spending time with a local police officer, sharing in holi day spirit and fun, while foster ing mutual respect among the child, the family and our local police force. All children who participate in the Shop with Cops program enjoy a night of empower ment, choosing not only their Christmas gift(s), but gift(s) for others as well, including their parents, siblings and maybe even a pet. To enjoy an evening of and holiday cheer, RSVP to 233-8810 or 261-2114. UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director Rebecca Jordi will conduct a plant clinic 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. All county residents are invited to bring plant samples showing land scape problems to the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road. Problems will be identified and solutions offered for correction. There is no fee for this service. For information call 5306353. Master Gardeners are on duty 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at 530-6350; press for Yulee office. The Nassau County Public Library System will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in obser vance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The book drops will remain open for the conve nience of the public. Are you a tween? Are your dreams bigger than you? Los Angeles-based author Kirtstin Leigh will be at The Book Loft 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, to debut her book, Believe for middle school students. series and revolves around an abandoned church, a bunch of bored kids, a town full of lost dreamers, and two 12-yearold girls who are going to stir also have her best-selling book for adults, Change Your Story available. The Santa Express departs Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Each ride lasts about an hour and 15 minutes and takes guests through scenic woodlands and marshlands to Santa Village, where it makes a turnaround. Children will meet Santa, his elves, Frosty and more along the way. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children. Children two and under ride free on laps. Get Santa Express tickets at stmarys f f r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr fr Wednesday, October 24 Solution or call 912-2005235. r Captain John Ansett of Department will present a program on crime scene investigation procedures at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. Ansett is an accomplished law enforcement management professional with an extensive background in the criminal investigations division, with 19 years of law enforcement experience with Office. This is a One Book, One Community program based on the book, The by bestselling author Steve Berry. A Commercial Advanced Training session will be con ducted 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at the Yulee county build ing. Registrations received by 5 p.m. Dec. 7 will receive the early bird price of $30 per person. Price at the door is $40. The instructors are Duval Extension Agent Erin Harlow and Nassau County Extension Director Rebecca Jordi. Topics include pesticide spill with onsite activity, reading a pesticide label, and advanced weed identification with hands-on activities. Seating is limited to 30 people. The class is eligible for earning four CEUs after attending the entire session. Registration for the session is at rr The Nassau County Council on Aging and have partnered for Coffee and Giving, a weekly event every Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the restaurant, 1408 Lewis St. in Fernandina Beach. Regular coffee is free, and any donations and specialty coffee proceeds are donated to COA to benefit local seniors. Coffee and Giving will con tinue through the end of the year. The Nassau Community Band has announced the season. fall 2018 schedule includes the following dates: Nov. 24, Fernandina Beach Christmas tree lighting Dec. 6, Savannah Grand Christmas concert Dec. 9, Dickens on Centre Christmas concert Led by Dr. Marc Dickman, the band meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Yulee Middle School, located at 85439 Miner Road in Yulee and is currently auditioning for woodwind, brass, and per cussion members. For more information, email nassaucom or visit nassaucommunityband. The latest Nouveau Art Show, themed Patterns, will run through November at the Island Art Association Gallery. The Gallery is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit Local artist Lisa Inglis will host painting parties at The Green Turtle Tavern and Cost is $20 per canvas with several designs from which to choose. Supplies are provided. The Green Turtle Tavern, 14 S. Third St., 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20, and Dec. 4 and 18. Garden, 12 S. Second St., 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 20. Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Rumba at 7 p.m. followed by Salsa 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. Ballroom On Amelia is at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. Neither a partner nor a reser vation is required. Call 624-0886 or visit or the Ballroom on Amelia Facebook page. Resin epoxy, dirty pour art classes are being held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays in the Artisan Village, 2188 Sadler Road. All materials are provided. Cost is $45. To register, contact Julie at 518-322-7937. Overeaters Anonymous meets in the parlor at St. 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Contact Ilona at 261-9361. Contract bridge, Monday and Thursday, except the first Monday of each month, 12:303:30 p.m., Peck Community Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. More than 40 classes are available at the Nassau new location at 1901 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach. Go tonassaucounty to register and find out more. For ques tions call 261-0701. the classes being offered: Wellness, Health & Fitness Beginning Guitar, A Matter of Balance Managing Concerns About Falls, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Gentle Yoga, Mindful Meditation; Music & Dancing Beginning Guitar, Line Dancing, Beginning Belly Dancing, Happy Tappy Tap Dancing; Arts & Crafts Needlepoint Jewelry Basics for Beginners, Handcrafted Greeting Cards; Technology Making Social Media Work for You Getting Started/ Your Social Media Current How to Use an iPhone and/ or iPad, Simplified Basic Excel; Community, Security & Safety Protect Yourself in this EverChanging World, Protect Your Money $$$, Options to Maximize Senior Living, AARP Driver Improvement. You can also join NCCOA to learn and save at the same time. Discount memberships are available until Dec. 31. Contact Melody Dawkins, at mdawkins@nassaucountycoa. org or 261-0701, ext. 117. The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape will be on view through Feb. 3, 2019. This presentation will feature more than 30 prints celebrating modern cities and the timeless charms of the country. Visitors can admire how artists have aptly captured the changing land scape of burgeoning cities like Chicago and New York, with its iconic Brooklyn Bridge, busy streets, workers, and harbors. In contrast to such images, the stillness and serenity of the countryside with its wide open spaces, fields, and lakes offer a wel come respite from the often chaotic urban life. Kings Bay RC Modelers established in 1989, is located Bluff Road and Oakwell Road a small club with excellent facilities, consisting of friendly people passionate about our hobby. We welcome pilots of all levels. To learn more please visit Bingo is played every Thursday at American Legion Post 54, 626 S. Third St. The public is invited to play. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:05 p.m. Regular session, nine games for $20, begins at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes, and proceeds are donated to help veterans and the community. You must be 18 to be in the hall during play. Call 261-7900. Lions Club bingo, every Thursday and Sunday, Yulee Lions Club Bingo Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., warm-ups at 5:15 p.m. Early birds play at 5:45 p.m. with the regular program at 6:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old; minimum purchase $15. Information, 708-2591. ACBL Duplicate Bridge, Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Duplicate Bridge Club hosts the only sanctioned ACBL duplicate bridge games on the island. Monday, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. For information, contact or (770) 616-7664. Living With Loss is a sup port group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for any one who has lost a loved one and needs a safe place for comfort and support. Meetings are Mondays from 4-5 p.m. at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Cost is $10 per meeting. Call 277-3699 or email sup for information. Dust off your drum sticks, oil your valves or wet your reed to join the Nassau ensemble meets weekly at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information, visit www.nassaucommunityband. com. Located at Barnabas Corner is a nonprofit resource center for women with cancer, answers questions in a confidential setting, provides support group information and more. For an appoint ment, call 261-7000. Guests on the Ghost Tour will learn Amelia Island ghost stories while they tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the footsteps of a bygone era as the past comes alive through the storytelling of your guide. This tour begins at 6 p.m. every Friday. Meet your guide in the cemetery behind St. 801 Atlantic Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the Amelia Island Museum of History for $10/adults and $5/students, or before the tour with check or cash only. Living in Recovery is a support group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for anyone who recovering from any type of addiction. The goal of this group is to harbor a safe, confidential environment where one can gain support and skills to be successful in recovery. Meetings are Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Cost is $10 per meeting. Call 277-3699 or email supportgroups@nacdac. com for information. Overeaters Anonymous meets in the parlor at St. 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Contact Ilona at 261-9361. Submit event announce ments/briefs to Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034; editor2@fbnews; or 261-3696. of colorful birds. A vibrant painting by a Savannah artist started with sheet music covering the canvas. Colors were added and the resulting scene reminds the owner of the view of Egans Creek from her child hood home. The dining alcove holds a round table and rug as well as the homes best sunrise views. Note the pickled ceil ing above. The pewter with winter glaze kitchen has a basket weave design made of stone behind the gas stove along with stain less steel appliances and both wooden and glass cupboard doors. Windows abound and the outside is pulled into every section of this level. A second guest room holds a sweet bird headboard and a brightly colored quilt made by Toms sister. Be sure to note the two designs spring on one side and fall on the other. Also on this floor are an inviting deck facing the ocean and a storm deck on the back to watch approaching weather from the west. The Museum extends sincere thanks to both the Whittemores for opening their delightful home to guests and to Brooke Raulerson, AIFD, CFD, FSMD of Revelation Design for her holiday dcor expertise. Tickets are now available for purchase and will remain $25 until the day of the tour. Dont miss the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful home on North Fletcher Avenue along with four other beach view homes on South Fletcher Avenue. Tour guests will be invited to participate in a raffle of high-end items donated by local merchants and friends of the museum as well as to purchase a commemorative holiday ornament to enjoy for years to come. Another way to support the Museum and participate in holiday festivities is to attend one of Brooke Raulersons HandsOn Holiday Workshops at 6 p.m. Monday or Tuesday, Nov. 26 or 27. Under Brookes guidance, participants will create a unique, live centerpiece to take home. Tickets are available only at Revelation Design (261-5546). Invite some friends and renew or begin a festive holiday tradition on Amelia Island. f Continued from 1B and they get it because they can feel it when I demonstrate and coach them on these techniques. Its in the magic of the beat, the spaces in the grooves, the picture that it paints, the sweat on a drumstick after a good 45-minute workout with my students for Arts Alive Nassau. I feel that all of the sessions with our kids are totally rewarding in so many ways. Its all about good drumming and passing it on to our youth. I love playing drums and I have been blessed to have played jazz drums with some of the best. The students are inspired and they gain more confidence at every session. We appreciate being given the opportunity to pay it forward. Lets all keep the groove and inspire the world to be better musicians, with a strong backbeat. As you can tell from reading these com ments, Arts Alive Nassau has some out standing teachers who truly care about the children they teach each week. Its exciting keeping the Arts Alive in Nassau County. Jane Lindberg is the president of Arts Alive Nassau. f Continued from 1B FILE PHOTO The Island Art Association will present the film Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, as part of its new Sundays on Second Street series. This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn is provided. The Island Art Education Center is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 12 11/15/18 10:50 AM


Call 261-3696 to find out how your restaurant can become a part of our new weeklyDining Out feature page. Dining Out Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Dining Out at your favorite local spots r Two $1,000 Scobee scholarships, created in honor of Space Shuttle Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, are awarded annually by the Florida Association for the Gifted to an eligible male and female gifted student interested in pursuing studies in the areas of math, science and technology. This year, Fernandina Beach High School senior and gifted student Brody Mandelbaum became a Scobee Scholarship winner, according to a news release. Brody Mandelbaum is passionate about food production and making sure that food is both affordable and ethical. This is evident in the stories he told in his submission essay about growing avocados in both his grandmas and his kitchen. He has multiple avocado trees, but his first tree is his favorite and is named Robert, the release states. While speaking at a FLAG conference, Mandelbaum reminded educators that gifted students need support in a myriad of ways. By supporting students and making sure they have the accommodations they need, students can reach their goals and feel valued in our schools as well as our global community, the release says. Mandelbaum is the national director of financial education for Future Business Leaders of America and the Florida state vice president of Region Two. He is also the president of Key Club at FBHS. Mandelbaum will be attending college to pursue a career in finance. CHRISTOPHER COLLINS/SPECIALrFernandina Beach Christian Academy, located at First Baptist Church on Amelia Island held its annual Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 8. Students performed patriotic songs, displayed artwork, presented poetry and read a number of scripture verses from the Bible. Service members from all branches of the military were honored. Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1088 Color Guard also performed. This years theme commemorated the 100th signing of the armistice that ended World War I. Color Guard Commander Mr. David Roeser was the keynote speaker and he discussed the origin of Veterans Day and the historic details of the Great War known as World War I.SUBMITTED PHOTOSThe Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach distributed over 980 dictionaries to third graders in 11 elementary schools in Nassau County at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The dictionary project, started by the club in 2012, included dictionaries for teachers in the newly opened Wildlight Elementary School and for a student requiring a Braille dictionary. Pictured above at the distribution at Callahan Elementary School are, left to right, Rotary Club member Roy Benson, third-grade teacher Sarah Palmer, and Club members Larry Melnick, Denny Pendergrass and Rick Keffer. Pictured at the distribution to Hilliard Elementary School students are, left to right, Club member Rick Campana, teacher Anna Rose, member Frank Gagnier, Principal Lee Ann Jackson, member Pierre Guite and teacher Leigh Ann Brubaker.SUBMITTEDFernandina Beach Middle School teachers selected Geri Janzen, center, as their Teacher of the Year. She appears with Assistant Principal Kate Benson, left, and Principal Ed Brown, right. fn tbbILYSSE FLODENFernandina Beach High School student Brody Mandelbaum received the Scobee Scholarship from the Florida Association for the Gifted. NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 13 11/15/18 10:07 AM


r f 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 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. Discover the Difference at Amelia Baptist Church Sunday Service at 10amat American Beach Community Center 1600 Julia Street Call 904-518-8987 for more information All are invited & children are welcomed Unity. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living 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 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. 17 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 Conrad SharpsYou 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 Advertise Your Church Here!To advertise in the Church Directory; Call the News-Leader at 261-3696 In the Heart of Fernandina 9 N. 6th StreetDr. Wain Wesberry, PastorRev. Julie JensenAssociate Pastor FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Nursery Children Youth Adults 261-3837 rf R epentance is a common theme throughout the New Testament and central to the gospel message. John the Baptist was the first to declare, Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand! (Matthew 3:2). Jesus echoed this charge in Matthew 4:17. In Mark 6:12, Jesus sent out the disciples to preach that people should repent. Jesus sums up the gospel in Luke 24:46: and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations. After Jesus ascension, Peter preached repentance in his first and second sermons (Acts 2:38, 3:19) and wrote in 2 Peter 3:9 of Gods desire that all should come to repen tance. Paul also taught that (God) commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). Jesus teaching in Luke 13:2-5 illustrates the life or death importance of repentance in the gospel message. Speaking about the death of a certain people: Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suf fered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. So it is that repentance is not only an integral part of the gospel message but an absolutely necessary step in the salvation process. But what does repentance really mean? During Jesus ministry, he often battled with the pious Pharisees who placed the cleanliness of the outside of the cup above that of the inside. When He pronounced in Matthew 9:13 that He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repen tance, Jesus makes it crystal clear that he is not interested in religion but, rather, he is interested in the heart. When I was a child and I got my hand caught in the proverbial cookie jar, I could be very apologetic and I could be truly sorry for the disappointment or embarrassment that my action caused and the conse quence that it led to. In actuality, I was sorry for being caught. And I say that because my heart wasnt truly turned away from myself and my own will and desires toward a heart of obedience to my parents. That kind of sorrow does not lead to genuine, permanent change. Rather, it reeks of self-interest, and it was never very long before my true colors made another appearance, proving my human nature remained in control. Believing that Jesus is God and even admitting that I have offend ed Him with my sin is not enough. There must be a change of mind and heart. James 2:19 says, You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble. True, godly repentance is the humble admission before a holy God that I have sinned and that I am personally responsible for that sin; that Christ died for my sin and that He wants to rule my life; and that I am willing to submit to His authority. This recognition produces sorrow and shame in the truly penitent heart and brings about a change of direction, a turning away from your sin and a turning toward God and his righteous nature. This process of surrender begins at salvation but is really a lifelong pro cess of confession. Surrendering to Christ doesnt mean you become sin less but it does mean that you dont indulge the behavior when you fall. Rather you recognize it as sin, grieve your weakness and disobedience and return to the Lord. In the gospel of Matthew (3:8) we are admonished to bear fruits worthy of repentance. What are the fruits worthy of repen tance? A changed life true repen tance results in action. To contact or read more poems and articles by Stephen Kimball, visit http:// r St. Michael Catholic Church will host A Question of Compassion, a workshop to discuss the ethical and medical questions regarding health care decisions and the threat of assist ed suicide legislation, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17. Panelists will include Rev. Leonard Chuwa, A.J., BCC., Ph.D., system director of Formation and Ethics at St. Vincents Hospital, and Mariann Hughes, former associate director of Advocacy at the Maryland Catholic Conference. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. To RSVP or for more information, contact May Oliver at 262-3200, ext. 159, or The Church is located at 202 N. Fourth St. in Fernandina Beach. fntb Pastor Jeremiah and Cynthia Robinson and the New Zion Church family will be celebrating their annual Homecoming with the theme Home Sweet Home (God House), start ing Saturday, Nov. 17, with a picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continuing Sunday, Nov. 18, with prayer at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., a Homecoming parade and service and 11 a.m. and a Homecoming close out service at 4 p.m. The community is welcome to join in the celebration. tb The congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach will celebrate the churchs 160th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a total campus tour and a 10:30 a.m. worship service that will be followed by a tradi tional southern Homecoming dinner on the grounds. Former pastors and church and community members are invited to join the celebration. For more information, call 261-3837. tt Join us at noon Tuesday, Nov. 20, as we worship our King and finish reading Jesus words of prophecy and encouragement in Matthew 24. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach. First Missionary Baptist Church, located at 20 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach, will launch a clothes giveaway ministry Saturday, Nov. 10, at the churchs Emma B. Delaney Fellowship Hall. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome to take part in this free event that is expected to con tinue on the second Saturday of every month. Refreshments will be served. For questions call 583-3437. Franklintown Community Church of Amelia Island Bible Study has changed to 2 p.m. every Wednesday. A meal will be served every second Wednesday of the month in its Gabriel Means Fellowship Hall. All are wel come. The Church is at 1415 Lewis St. in American Beach. For more informa tion, call 277-2726 or 261-5354. Amelia Baptist Church hosts the Bible Study for College Age group at 7 p.m. each Sunday. For information and directions, call Adam Page at 2619527. Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696. O ne of my favorite restaurants downtown has a tip jar at the cash register. A handscribbled sign attached to the front of it urges patrons to be generous, reminding them, Money is the root of all evil. On occasion, I mention to the cashier, just in passing, that money, really, isnt the root of evil; that the verse actually says, For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Timothy 6 10). The fact is that money accomplishes a world of good. And it occurred to me last week sitting in this delightful restaurant, on a beautiful day, in the worlds most pleasant downtown that our wealth includes so much more than money. In Fernandina Beach, our wealth includes a choice of great restaurants from upscale to fast food. We have bookstores, a newspaper, delight ful shops, and $10 prime rib at Harris Teeter every Thursday. All this constitutes the great wealth weve been given. We have 110 things we take for granted, including reliable power, a dependable sewer system, cell service, and garbage pick-up. There are doctors, nurses, and dentists just five minutes away. There are schools and nearby universities; we have scientists and engineers, artists and writers. Theologian Joe Rigney writes that its all this not money that makes us wealthy. If you think otherwise, imagine you had Jeff Bezos billions for the weekend and you could spend it any way you want, but you have to do it in Kabezi, Burundi, one of the worlds poorest places. How much fun could you possibly buy? When the Bible talks about wealth, its talking about the things that make life full. Which means that wealth, far from being evil, is a blessing. Look at Deuteronomy 8:18: for it is [God] who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers. Psalm 112:1, 3 similarly declares, Blessed is the man who fears the Lord wealth and riches are in his house and his righteousness endures forever. Ecclesiastes 5:19 likewise tells us that it is God who gives wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them. The list could go on. The point is that wealth is Gods gift and an extraordinary blessing. But it is also dangerous. Just as we need to food to survive, too much and the wrong kinds causes high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. And just as we need authority to keep order, power is often used to oppress and demean others. Good things, pursued for the wrong reasons, cease to be good. So, lets go back to the 1 Timothy passage. In verse 9 were told, Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many sense less and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. In verse 10, the Apostle Paul adds, It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. In Mark 10, we listen in on Jesus talk with the rich young ruler. After some back and forth, Jesus tells him to sell his possessions, give to the poor, and follow him. Hearing this, the young man went away sorrowful, for he had great posses sions. Jesus then turned to his disciples and said, How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God. Which is why, I suspect, the author of Hebrews is so direct: Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. I like the way Richard Baxter, the 17th centu ry Puritan leader, helps ease the tension. Baxter wrote, We need to guard our lives against the love of riches and worldly cares. All love for earthly goods, however, is not a sin. Their sweet ness is a drop of [Gods] love and they have his goodness imprinted on them. They kindle our love for him as love tokens from our dearest friend. Loving them is a duty, not a sin. The Apostle Paul, still writing to Timothy, complements Baxters idea, pointing out that the wealthy arent to set their hopes on riches, but on God, who provides us with everything to enjoy. He goes on to explain that out of gratitude, the rich are to be generous and ready to share. And heres the payoff, the character of our gift-giving God revealed by doing so, we store up treasure for ourselves, for our eternal future. Richard Doster lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife Sally. Hes the editor of byFaith the maga zine of the Presbyterian Church in America, and attends Grace Community Church in Yulee. 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To accomplish this objective, a fundraising kick off will be unveiled at the event. The fund raiser will support the USCSF, which has as one of its primary purposes the education of Nassau County high school students about the countrys heritage, Founding Fathers and Constitution. In addition, the USCSF awards college scholarships annually to those University of US students that meet the organiza tions scholarship criteria. This past school year the U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships to five winners of the U.S. Constitution Essay Competition. This year, it is antici pated a minimum of five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to participating students. There is no charge for attending The Ritz-Carlton event; however, it is an invi tation-only event. If you are interested in attending and not only seeing Lou Holtz but also learning more about the USCSF and its scholarship program, send an email to info@ with your name and contact infor mation to receive an invitation and reserve a seat. Seating is limited. Relay For Life of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is hosting a fund raiser Saturday for the American Cancer Society, according to a news release. The fourth annual Crawl for a Cure will kick off at 6 p.m. at The Crab Trap, located at 31 N. Second St. in downtown Fernandina Beach. This popular event lets you join in the fight against cancer while having a wildly good time. Dust off those old bridesmaid dresses and three-piece suits (because) this years theme (is) a Red Carpet Affair, the release states. It is overwhelming to think that millions of people are diag nosed with cancer each year. Cancers reach is so wide it affects each and every one of us is some way. Crawl for a Cure inspires hope by raising funds and awareness to help those fighting the disease. This is your opportunity to honor the cancer survivors in your life, remem ber friends and family we have lost, and help raise funds for the American Cancer Societys lifesaving mission, the release explains.a All proceeds from this event will go to Relay For Life of Fernandina Beach/Yulee and the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event, which is being hosted by eight of Fernandina Beachs finest local drinking and dining estab lishments. The walking route begins at The Crab Trap and, in no particular order, includes The Salty Pelican, Green Turtle Tavern, The Secret Alley, Amelia Tavern Restaurant and Prewpub, Peppers Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar, PJDs Beer and Wine Garden, and ends at the famous Palace Saloon. Tickets are available at any of the participating venues and on the lawn next to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will also be prize drawings and souvenir T-shirts available for purchase. Dress for the affair or come as you are, but either way please join us as team members, spon sors, and attendees work togeth er to create a world where cancer no longer threatens our loved ones, the release concludes. For more information, visit or call Erica Watts at (706) 380-1362. r If you have relatives com ing in for Thanksgiving, the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is a great place to bring them before or after the holiday but tomor row will be the last Saturday before Thanksgiving to pick up groceries at the market for your traditional holiday dinner. Fresh breads, seasonal vegetables, and amazing des serts are all handcrafted and available at the Market Place. You will find fresh rolls, pas tries, and breads from Rudy at Marias Bakery as well as Erald with Great Harvest Bread Company. If you are looking for gluten-free breads, Dee with Something Good will have sweet breads, white breads, and homemade biscuits. Fresh lima beans, peas, corn, and yard eggs are avail able at the Boatright Farms booth, and strawberries, blackberries and fresh Georgia peaches can be found at Kings Kountry Produce. Both of these farmers will also have sweet potatoes, white potatoes and pumpkins. Cabbage Creek Farms will be bringing rad ishes, cut flowers, and a variety of squash, and Bacons Select Produce will have hydroponi cally grown lettuce, kale, and European seedless cucumbers. In addition to our farm ers, you will find an amaz ing selection of sweets like Topsys Toffee, baby cakes and brownies from Bite Sized Confections, and flavor packs from Simply Savory that you can use to make your own sweet or savory dips, appetiz ers and desserts. If you want to make your own pies, check out Lady Bug Gourmet Foods and her pie fillings before they sell out. Michael and Michelle will have cherry, caramel apple, strawberry, peach, blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry rhubarb. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will also be open Saturday with about 30 booths of arts and crafts. There are no imported or resale items in this market. One of our newest artists is J. Thompson Knives. This is a custom knife maker from Yulee. For 15 years he has been crafting one-of-a-kind knives using stainless steel. He grinds and finishes the blades and installs handles using an assortment of stabilized woods, Micarta, bone, horn, and resins. Hardware is usually nickel sil fnt The fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for Barnabas Center on Nov. 9 was a sold out affair, according to Executive Director Wanda Lanier. We sold out (of seating) in September this year, she reported. The goal for this years event, the char itys only fundraiser, was to raise $100,000 toward addressing hun ger and food insecurity in Nassau County. The Barnabas Center is the countys largest food bank, pro viding 377,748 pounds of food each year to families living pay check to paycheck and whose personal resources are stretched to the limit. Barnabas health clinic also offers dental and medical care to an estimated ten thousand local residents without health care insurance. This years emcee was Lewis Turner of First Coast News. The guest speaker was Connecticut resident Matthew Dicks sto ryteller, educator and author who shared with attendees his personal experience with hunger growing up in a family of five sib lings. There was always food on the table, but just not enough. That hungry kid is always with you. Dicks has a radio program called The Moth on National Public Radio and is a seven-time winner of the New York story telling competition. He teaches fifth grade. Among his novels is Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Presenting sponsors for this years event were The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island and Baptist Medical Center Nassau along with many other corpora tions. The Barnabas Center is locat ed at 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101, in Fernandina Beach. For more information visit BarnbasNassau. org. rf b This years guest speak er was Connecticut resident Matthew Dicks storyteller, educa tor and author who shared with attendees his personal experience with hunger growing up in a family of five siblings. PHOTOS BY PAMELA BUSHNELL/ NEWS-LEADER Volunteers Tom Caul and Barb Kent pitched raffle tick ets at the fifth annual Empty Bowls 2018 fundraiser for the Barnabas Center. Local students, senior citizens and artists donated their time and talent to create original handcrafted bowls for the event. rfn SUBMITTED Lou Holtz will speak Dec. 5 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island as part of the U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation second anniversary cel ebration. tbr r MARKET Continued on 6B tt NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 15 11/15/18 9:42 AM


NAMI Nassau County, Fl(National Alliance on Mental Illness) Annual Shoe DriveOn December 8th, 2018 NAMI Nassau will be hosting the annual Christmas shoe party for 120 residents of our county with chronic mental illness. In addition to providing a pair of athletic shoes, we also provide socks, undergarments and basic toiletries. In order to assist with the costs we are urging members of the community to help with the cost of the shoes. Please complete this form if you are willing to fund a pair of shoe(s) for residents in our community that have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness.______ I would like to fund the cost of one pair of shoes for $20. ______ I would like to fund the cost of three pairs of shoes for $60. $100. ______ I would like to fund the cost of seven pairs of shoes for $140. ______ I would like to fund the cost of ten pair of shoes for $200. ______ I would like to donate another amount. Please mail your donations to: NAMI Nassau County, Fl, PO Box 16712, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32035.For more information please write us at the address listed above or email You may also call for more information at (904) 277-1886. We would also appreciate donations of toiletries for the pantry. PSA f: joytothechildrennassau Volunteer: 904-557-0206 DONATE Make a difference! Make a difference! Make a difference! Help Santa provide a Christmas Day celebration for Nassau County families in need by oering your dollars, time, and love.Joy to the Children, Inc. PO Box 16404 Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 What is JOY? An all volunteer eort to provide: A Christmas Day party Christmas dinner provided by local restaurants Santa and Mrs. Claus Crafts and games Your gift provides: New clothing Toiletries Toys A backpack & school supplies New books Sheets, a blanket and a pillow Visit our website for more information: NL/PSAver, stainless or naval brass. It takes John about 25 hours to make a basic knife. He also does his own leatherwork and makes a personalized sheath for each of his knives. While completely functional, these knives are works of art to be used and enjoyed, and they make an exceptional gift. Both markets are located in downtown Fernandina Beach, between Eighth, Alachua, and Centre streets. These outdoor markets are open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you. The farmers market is a huge fan of shop local movements and this weeks Booth With a Cause will be the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce promoting next weeks Small Business Saturday, a nationwide American Express promotion that supports and encourages shopping your small and local businesses. Music will be provided by Tallahassee musician Lucas Merren. On the lawn, the Shrimp Festival will be selling discounted T-shirts, and Relay For Life will have Crawl for a Cure tickets available. For more information, please find either market on Facebook or visit from 5B JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERCabbage Creek Farm will be bringing freshly harvested radishes to Saturdays farmers market in downtown Fernandina Beach. r SUBMITTEDThe Surf Restaurant, Bar & Beach Motel will host the best of the best chilis from North Florida at the the first annual Toys for Tots Amelia Island Chili Cookoff set for Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m., according to a news release. The event will feature live music, karaoke, interactive games for children, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, a fire engine and a special appearance by Fernandina Beach Fire Department mascot Sparky. Santa Claus will also be available for complimentary pictures after he arrives on the TraumaOne helicopter. Judges will award prizes, trophies and bragging rights to the top three winners. Find the Surf on Instagram and Facebook for more information. Pep Fuller, who served as a senior executive in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was a principal EPA negotiator for two global environmental treaties, headlined the annual business meeting of the Amelia Tree Conservancy last Thursday, according to a news release. Fuller spoke about the importance of maintaining and expanding the islands canopy in the context of global warming and sea level rise. Also during the meeting, ATC members reviewed a number of the organizations successes in 2018: Effective July 1, ATC became incorporated as a notfor-profit in Florida and achieved 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. The changes allow ATC to operate independently of the North Florida Land Trust going forward, though the two organization will continue to partner on efforts to conserve land. ATC completed its fifth year in its efforts to conserve the maritime forest canopy on Amelia Island. ATC completed its first video The Secret Life of Trees featuring Dr. Munsell McPhillips presenting a post-Irma analysis of Amelia Islands unique maritime forest environment. McPhillips is a biomedical engineer with a specialization in biomaterials and has analyzed and repaired ecological systems around the world. The film will be posted soon at, and live showings hosted by McPhillips and videographer Chris Hestand will be scheduled in the near future. Finally, ATC celebrated the individuals and organizations that have contributed to preserving the areas tree canopy over the past year. This year, the ATC Award for extraordinary service to the canopy or the organization was awarded to Taco Pope, director of the Nassau County Department of Planning and Economic Opportunity, for his efforts to protect the canopy and improve the sustainability of Nassau County; Mike Manzie of Manzie & Drake for that companys story map of extraordinary trees on and near Amelia Island and tree contest; Harry Weisenborn for his GIS work that laid a foundation for the ATC recommendations for land conservation in Fernandina Beach; and Samantha Hoskins for creating and managing ATCs Instagram account and feed for the gallery on the organizations website. In addition, The Voice of the Island Award for speaking out for the environment of the island orally, in writing or through photography was presented to Julie Ferreira for her many years of work promoting a safe and sustainable environment; Betsie Huben for her support of canopy preservation, land conservation and responsible, sustainable development; and Steve Leimberg, whose photography has sensitized the community to the beauty, complexity and character of the birds and trees in the local environment.rfrrnfrt SUBMITTED PHOTOSClockwise, Pep Fuller, left, was the featured speaker at Amelia Tree Conservancys annual business meeting last week and appears with Nassau County Commissioner-elect Aaron Bell, right. Nassau County Sierra Club President Julie Ferreira received the ATCs Voice of the Island Award. Betsie Huben, right, a realtor with Keller Williams, also received a Voice of the Island Award and appears with ATC board member Diana Herman, left. Board members of the East Coast Greenway and other bicyclists are in the eighth year of a nine-year planned ride of the entire 3,000-mile ECG trail from Maine to the Florida Keys. Each year they ride a roughly 200mile segment of the trail, and this year they rode from Savannah, Ga. to St. Augustine. After staying overnight in St. Marys, Ga., the group came to Fernandina Beach on Wednesday morning via the new water taxi being supported in part by the two cities. The water taxis regular schedule is expected to launch in April 2019. Phil Scanlan and Mike Pikula, Friends of Amelia Trails leaders, along with several other Fernandina cyclists, welcomed the ECG riders at the Fernandina Beach Marina. After visiting in Fernandina Beach, the ECG riders bicycled another 68 miles to St. Augustine, where a reception for the group was held Wednesday evening at the Ripleys Believe It or Not! Museum. rffnrtbrPictured are Paul Haydt, ECG Florida coordinator, followed by Kevin McCarthy, owner of Amelia River Cruises, operator of the water taxi.SUBMITTED PHOTOS NL 6 col. Fri. 11.16.indd 16 11/15/18 9:50 AM


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