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r Celebrating .....

our 10th year!

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Volume 10, Issue 5

Visit our online edition at www.thecreekline.com

May 2010

Creekside seniors and juniors witness tragic scene Bartram Trail celebrates

The Party's Over staged at CHS first 10 years
By Karl Kennell

On Thursday, April 29 all
600 members of the senior and
junior classes of Creekside High
School were witness to a horrific
tragedy. The blessing was it was but
a reenactment. It may have been
only make-believe; however, the
impact it would have on the lives
and thoughts of those students was
To loud foreboding music
the students filed one by one into
Creekside's Freedom Field. They
were silent. A sense of thought-
ful anticipation radiated from the
group. Silent anticipation was
the tone as they took up their
seats. There was a little buzz as
they recognized classmates frozen

in position on the field awaiting
the beginning scene. The crowd's
mood eased a bit as they watched
a "parent hosted drinking party"
unfold in scene one.
However, when the three
principal characters of the story
were departing the party the mood
swung back to fearful anticipation
and on to shock. Dialogue played
over the speakers as the characters
reenacted driving home for the
party. That dialogue caused the at-
tention of the gathered students to
shift dramatically. The words they
heard ended in the horrific sounds
of a crash. When a blood red tarp
was pulled away from the accident
scene there was a unified gasp of

shock from the bleachers.
St. Johns County Sheriff
Department (SJCSD) patrol cars
raced around the track, sirens
blaring. These officers, who were
performing as actors doing a task
which is too often an activity of
their real daily duties, arrived at
the scene. The officers contribut-
ing their expertise that day to the
play included Sgt. Bill Werle, Dep.
Greg Suchy, Dep. Brad Bechler,
Dep. Robert Kennedy, Dep. Terry
Sherley, Dep. Keith Schiffer, Dep.
John Blalock and Dep. Charles
Mason. As the students intensely
watched and listened, members of
Fire Station 17, located on County
Road 210, arrived. The members
of St. Johns County Fire and
Rescue (SJCFR) who participated
that day were Battalion Chief Kurt
Kaunath, Lt. Robert McQuaig,
Eng. Mike Dietrich, Eng. Brian
Poag, Steven Shafer and Marc Sam-
melman-all demonstrating an
expertise too frequently practiced.
Silence grasped the crowd as
the scene before them unfolded.
The narration describing the scene
held everyone's attention, particu-
larly as the rescuers removed the
"dead" girl from the car and placed
her on the ground then fully cov-
Party's Over cont. on page 29

By Contributing Writer Belinda Smith, Public Relations Coordinator,
Bartram Trail High School

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Jim Springfield, Dr. Joseph Joyner and Tim Forson
celebrate BTHS's 10th anniversary.
Ten years ago, Bartram Trail
High School (BTHS) opened its come in an
doors to NW St Johns County. On a school cul
April 7, 2010, Dr. Joseph Joyner, instrument
Jim Springfield and Tim Forson construction
joined with the current administra- ings, the em
tion, faculty and staff of Bartram name, masc
Trail High School to celebrate and introdu
this milestone. Each principal was community.
recognized for his contributions of what is n
to Bartram over the last decade Trail High
and were awarded a special "Bear" BTHS celeb

was the pioneer-
Sing spirit and
first principal
of Bartram Trail
SHigh School.
SHe opened the
School on August
28, 2000 with
1150 students
and 50 teachers.
The graduating
class in 2000
was a mere 150
seniors. At the
S time, Springfield
was quoted say-
ing he was "most
excited about
the chance to
Build traditions and
ture." Springfield was
1 in supervising the
i, selecting the furnish-
ployees, the school
ot, the school crest
cing Bartram to the
He oversaw all aspects
ow known as Bartram
rates cont. on page 28


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FCMS cheerleaders are back to back

national champions!

The Fruit Cove
Middle School Cheer-
leaders have done it
again! For the second
year in a row, the
FCMS Flyer squad
took home a cham-
pionship trophy and
On Saturday,
March 6 the squad trav-
eled to Orlando where
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Earning a score of 94.2,
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talented girls consists of Co-cap-
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Fox and Co-captain
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Community Happenings

St. Johns County Chamber ext. 225
of Commerce will host a Cham- stjohns.
ber mixer on Thursday, May 20
from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Th
at Taps Bar and Grill, located land wi
on County Road 210 West. No Thursd
RSVP is required; just show up dish lur
and meet and mingle with other to anyo
local business owners. The cost is For add
$5 for members or $25 for non you are
members, payable in cash at the membe
door. On Thursday, May 27, the
Northwest Business Council will Th
hold their monthly Power Net- Trail is
working Luncheon beginning at second
11:30 a.m. at Dave's Brick Pit tobe
BBQ, located in the Food Lion
Center on State Road 13 in Fruitatt
Cove. RSVP and pre-payment of starting
$20 is required. For more infor- ryis
nation on either event, please proceed
our con
visit www.sjcchamber.com. would 1
guests v
Liberty Pines Academy is ings. Th
planning its annual Liberty Pa- new me
rade and Celebration for June 9. Thursd
Our school works hard at teaching minster
the importance of our freedom for brea
and instilling patriotism to our Rotary:
students. At this celebration we are inte
will be honoring our local veter- come se
ans. If you are a St. Johns County Please v
resident and a veteran, we would bartram
like to invite you to our celebra-
tion! Please contact Kim Sexton Pl
at 547-7900 or sextonk@stjohns. Trail Li
kl2.fl.us for an invitation.
to answ
Campers, enroll in BeatPAC question
(Bartram Trail High School and Sat
performing arts summer camp)! a.m. to
You can attend a one week session tram Tr
or both weeks (June 28 through at 60 D
July 2 or July 5 through July 9 to Julin
from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. will acc
each day). Children participate in your veg
acting, singing, dancing or tech areas fo
theatre and receive two snacks and
a lunch everyday. Space is limited. Co
For further information, please volunte
call Ava Fixel, theatre director at Rough
Bartram Trail High School and final
BeatPAC director at 547-8340;

season (
11:00 a
the perf
where r
homes i
of rescu
farm is
to meet
about tl
life has
in this e
about S
your su

Do you have community or club news you would
like included in The CreeekLine?
Then contact Martie Thompson at:
editor@thecreekline.com or 886-4919.

574 or email her at fixela@ sion. Food, drink and gift items
kl2.fl.us. will be available. A $10 donation
per car is requested. Visit www.
e Garden Club of Switzer- DRFarm.org for more informa-
11 meet at 11:00 a.m. on tion or call the Farm at 347-6542.
ay, May 13 for a covered

icheon. The club is opened
ne interested in gardening.
itional information or if
interested in becoming a
r, please call 287-0483.

e Rotary Club of Bartram
proud to announce their
annual poker tournament
Ald on Saturday, June 5
t. Johns Greyhound Park
at 4:00 p.m. The cost of
$150. A portion of the
is will benefit projects in
imunity. The Rotary Club
ike to thank all of the
who have visited our meet-
le club is actively seeking
embers and meets every
ay at 7:30 a.m. at West-
Woods on State Road 13
kfast and fellowship. If
sounds like something you
rested in, we invite you to
e what we are all about.
isit our website at www.

nt Clinic at the Bartram
brary! St. Johns County
gardeners will be on hand
er your plant and lawn
ns on Thursday, May 20
urday, May 22 from 10:00
12:00 noon at the Bar-
ail Branch Library, located
avis Pond at the entrance
gton Creek Plantation. We
ept small soil samples from
getable, lawn or shrub
r free pH testing.

me join the horses and
ers of Diamonds in the
Farm as we celebrate our
pen House of the spring
on Saturday, May 15 from
.m. until 3:00 p.m. It's
fect time to visit DRFarm,
retired horses are given
for life and horses in need
e get a second chance. The
not regularly open to the
so don't miss this chance
the residents and hear
he amazing path each one's
taken. By participating
event, you can learn more
t. Johns County's only
welfare charity and show
pport for the farm's mis-

The Northwest St. Johns
County Community Coalition
(NWSJCCC) meets the fourth
Thursday of every month begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bartram
Trail Branch Library, located at
60 Davis Pond Boulevard near
the entrance to Julington Creek
Plantation. All are welcome to at-
tend these important, informative
meetings. For additional informa-
tion, please contact NWSJCCC
president Phyllis Abbatiello at

Volunteers are needed at
Trout Creek Park Pavilion! First,
Meals-on-Wheels volunteer
drivers are needed for a Fruit
Cove route on alternate Monday
mornings and also for a Route
13 South route on Wednesday
mornings. Additionally, a volun-
teer Tai Chi instructor is needed
at the Trout Creek Pavilion on
Wednesday or Friday from 10:30
a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to lead aTail
Chi class. The Trout Creek Park
Pavilion is located at 6795 Collier
Road in Orangedale. To volunteer

or for more information, please
call Ginny Draper at 209-3686 or
email gdraper@stjohnscoa.com.

The World GolfVillage
Toastmasters Club meets on the
first and third Tuesdays of each
month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. at Hancock Bank, located at
1950 County Road 210. For addi-
tional information, please visit our
website at http://worldgolfvillage.

Please join us to learn more
about Fair Tax. If this law is
enacted it will affect everybody.
Do away with the IRS, no more
filing tax forms. The next free
monthly meeting program will
be presented by Paul Livingston
on "The Embedded Tax." in St.
Augustine on Saturday, May 15 at
10:15 a.m. at Gander Mountain,
located at 550 Prime Outlet Mall,
in St. Augustine.

The Bartram Trail Branch
Library will host a computer
class, Introduction to Gmail, on
Tuesday, May 25 beginning at
6:00 p.m. Here we'll get you set
up with a brand new gmail email
account, show you the basics and
set up a contact list. Please contact
the Bartram Trail Reference Desk
at 827-6960 for registration infor-

United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 meets the
first Thursday of every month
7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine

Yacht Club near the St. Augustine
Lighthouse. However, for the
month of May, the meeting will
be held on the second Thursday,
May 13. The flotilla is always
looking for new members, par-
ticularly those who own aircraft,
boats and have radio equipment
and skills. If you are interested,
please contact Vic Aquino at 460-

TOPS (Take Off Pounds
Sensibly) FL#493, St. Augustine
has a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m.
on Wednesday at the Old Colee
Cove Volunteer Fire Station,
located at 9105 County Road
13 North (south of Buddy Boys
Grocery Store). Weigh in starts
at 8:30 a.m. We are a National
Weight Loss Organization, fees
are low and we have lots of fun,
contests and inspiring programs.
All are welcome; come and join
us! On Saturday, May 22 we will
have a garage/plant sale at the Old
Volunteer Fire Station, located at
9105 County Road 13 North. It
will be from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m. For more information, please
contact Sara Weaver at 940-7528
or Bobbi Culbreth at 824-2466.

The NW St. Johns County
Republican Club meets on the
fourth Tuesday of each month at
6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County
Northwest Annex multipurpose
room located at Flora Branch
Boulevard and Race Track Road.
This month's meeting will be held
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District Journal

By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough,
Chariman, St. Johns County School Board

Sometimes the good guys win.
As you have probably heard, Senate
Bill 6 has caused quite an uproar
among teachers, parents and many
other related parties. It would
have required that 50 percent of
a teacher's evaluation be based on
either the FCAT or end of course
exams of her students-one test
on one day. In addition, it required
that school districts set aside five
percent of their total funding
to provide merit pay for teach-
ers and to develop end of course
exams. For St. Johns County, that
amounts to $10 million per year
with no additional funding from
the state.
Even though legislators said
that no teacher would lose his/her
job and no teacher would have a
reduction in pay because of the
bill, our district could not cap-
ture that much recurring money
without restructuring our salary
schedule, since 85 percent of our
budget is tied up in salaries and
benefits. Another aspect of the bill
that caused consternation to teach-
ers was the provision that elimi-
nated tenure to all teachers new to
the districts.
The bill was formulated with-
out any input for the education

community. No superintendent,
school board member or teacher
was part of the crafting of the
bill. It was filed with no warning
to the education community. It
progressed through both the House
and Senate in only three weeks
time, receiving support at every
committee stop and in both bodies
of the Legislature, mostly on party
lines. This happened despite a bar-
rage of public input to senators and
House members. Teachers, parents,
administrators and students all
cited the unfairness of the bill.
When it arrived on Governor
Crist's desk, his office was overrun
with phone calls, faxes, e-mails and
visits by people who were deeply
concerned about the tenets of the
bill. After receiving nearly 40,000
messages asking him to veto the
measure, he did so on April 15. I
applaud his courage in the face of
opposition from the leadership of
his party.
Even though there was much
concern about the bill, the basis
of it was sound. The problems
came in the punitive ways that
the goals were to be reached. Now
we begin the hard work of col-
laborating within the education
community to craft a bill that will

BTHS Character Counts Award winnersfor 2009-2010

Each year, a select group of juniors and seniors who embody
the six pillars of character (Respect, Responsibility,
Fairness, Caring, Trustworthiness and Citizenship) are
chosen to receive the Character Counts award.

This year's recipients are Peter Coggeshall, Tyler Ford, Gianna
Morelli, Kyle Pepper, Aubrey Asplen, Lesleigh Craddock,
D'Vontai Crowder, Libby Crowe, Edward Pottenger,
Lindsey Baroch, Cassidy Langford, Taylor Brantley, Jared
Griffis, James Mancino and Mac Culkeen.

Congratulations to these AYCA recipients from
Bartram Trail High School!

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Jachsoville eteran

meet the goals of Senate Bill 6 in
a way that is fair to teachers and
school districts. Governor Crist has
said that he will call together all
the stakeholders in the measure to
thoughtfully formulate meaningful
education reform. I am confident
that the final product will allow for
the changes we need while preserv-
ing the respect that our hardwork-
ing teachers deserve.
The education budget for
next year looks like it will contain
few, if any, reductions. This is due
in large part to the fact that the
Legislature must maintain a certain
level of funding for education in
order to receive the second round
of stimulus dollars from the federal
government. If they fail to uphold
the funding, the new money will
not come and they will be required
to pay back the money that was
received this year. Because of this
requirement, education funding is
being supported while other parts
of governmental funding are suffer-
ing. When the budget is formulat-
ed for the 2011-2012 budget year,
the stimulus funds will no longer
be there. Since education funding
has been supported for the last two
years, I am concerned that we may
experience large cuts in the 2011-
12 budget. The hope was that the
economy would have sufficiently
recovered by the time the stimulus
dollars were spent to support the
needs of the state. That does not
appear to be the case, since recov-
ery is progressing so slowly. We
will have to keep a wary eye on the
budget process going forward.
Graduation season is upon us.
All the fun activities that honor our
young people will fill our days in
the coming weeks. I am extremely
proud of the accomplishments of
our students and wish them every
success as they take the next step in
their lives, whether it be to further
their formal education, to serve
our country in the military or to
begin their careers. Each of them
has worked hard to accomplish the
major goal of high school gradua-
tion. Please join me in congratu-
lating our young people for a job
well done.
As always, thank you for your
commitment to public education.
If I may serve you in any way,
please contact me at

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The Northwest St Johns
County Democratic Club will
hold its May meeting on Tuesday,
May 13 at Hancock Bank on
County Road 210. The meeting
will begin at 7:00 p.m. The guest
speaker will be Jean Moeller who
is running for re-election for a seat
on the Mosquito Control Board.
For additional information, please
call Don Parry at 287-7720.

The Newcomers of North
St. Johns will host their last
luncheon/meeting of the year on
Tuesday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m.
at the University Club. Join us
as we head "Off to the Races"
in our Kentucky Derby themed
luncheon and installation of new
officers for the next year. A buffet
luncheon will be served for $25
and each person will receive an
authentic 2010 Kentucky Derby
Mint Julep glass. There will be
prizes awarded for the Kentucky
Derby style hats worn and Bingo
will be played as well. This will be
a wonderful event to say goodbye

to the current board of directors
and welcome in the new board.
Reservations must be received by
May 13. For reservation informa-
tion, please contact Lee Granato
at 217-0873.

Adults and teens age 14 and
older are invited to attend the
Project Lap Blanket crochet
group from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00
p.m. on Monday, May 17 and
Monday, May 24 at the Bartram
Trail Branch Library. We'll be
crocheting squares to sew into
blankets to donate to cancer
patients at the Mayo Clinic
located in Jacksonville. All skill
levels welcome! No registration is
required. Can't attend? Feel free
to donate yarn or to pick up the
crochet pattern at the Reference
Desk to complete on your own
time and then bring the squares
back to the library. For additional
information, please call the Refer-
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V The Sheriff

� , Reports
By Contributing Writer David B. Shoar,
St. Johns County Sheriff

Your Sheriff's Office is charged ditures, capital outlay (fixed assets
with providing primary law en- over $1,000) and debt services.
forcement services for the residents, The budget is submitted to the
visitors and businesses of St. Johns county on June 1 and is presented
County. During these critical times formally at a county board meet-
of economic woes, I would like to ing in June, round-tabled in July
assure you that we will continue and adopted in September. Your
to uphold the highest standards Sheriff's Office is extremely proud
of your protection by doing more to be partners with the county and
with less. The majority of the has never disagreed over budgetary
Sheriff's Office budget is funded matters.
through the county's general fund The St. Johns County Sher-
by way of ad valorem taxes. Ad- iff's Office works year round on
ditional supplemental funding is making quality improvements to
received from state and federal achieve efficiency gains through-
grants as well as the Municipal out the budget year. Our agency
Services District (MSD) in Ponte adapted to the current economic
Vedra Beach, the St. Johns County times by initiating a zero-based
School Board and revenue from budgeting process which began in
beach tolls. the 2007-2008 fiscal year. We have
The Sheriff's Office budget is perpetuated that zero-based budget
comprised of three legally separate philosophy and presented the
components: law enforcement, cor- current budget with the following
reactions and bailiff. The budget is reductions from the previous fiscal
also divided into four components: year. Personal services was reduced
personal services, operating expen- by 4 percent, operating costs re-


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Collector's Internet Tax Certifi-
cate sale is scheduled for June 1,
beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will
continue to June 2, if necessary.
Investors will bid on the interest
they earn for individual certifi-
cates starting at 18 percent and
bidding down. The lower the bid,
the less money it will take the
owner to redeem the property.
"The internet increases the
competition and enlarges the
bidder base substantially," said
St. Johns County Tax Collec-
tor Dennis W. Hollingsworth,
CFC. "The liability potential on
disputed bids is lessened because
the internet records the timing
of bids to the millisecond. The
primary benefit to the property
owner, however, is more bidders
will bid lower interest rates on the
The certificate process also
allows property owners the op-
portunity to retain their prop-
erty while securing revenue to
the local governing authority to
continue services and meet their
proposed budgets. The certificate
process also provides property
owners an additional two years
after their taxes become delin-
quent, to provide adequate time
to budget tax repayment, while
the certificate holder earns inter-
est on the owed amount until it is
Hollingsworth retained
Indianapolis-based SRI, Inc., to
provide the website and support

for the sale. The website www.
sri-auctionsonline.com will con-
tain all registration materials and
instructions and will also link to
important property information.
The Tax Collector and
staff will conduct a tax certifi-
cate seminar beginning at 7:00
p.m. Thursday, May 13 in the
St. Johns County Auditorium,
located at 500 San Sebastian View
in St. Augustine. This will allow
interested bidders to view the
internet system firsthand, hear
the rules of the sale and obtain
registration information. Anyone
interested in participating in the
tax sale is strongly encouraged to
attend this seminar.
The internet tax certificate
process is fast-paced and can
bewilder the novice. To make the
process comfortable and familiar
to inexperienced bidders, there
will also be opportunities to
practice with seven "mock sales"
scheduled during May. This will
give bidders the experience to
register and engage in hands on
practice bidding prior to the ac-
tual sale. These "mock sales" will
be held as follows: May 13, 10:00
a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; May 18,
10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; May
21, 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and
May 22 at 10:00 a.m. The intent
of this schedule is to offer any
interested bidders ample opportu-
nity for practice.
For additional information,
please visit www.sjctax.us or call

duced by 6 percent, capital outlay
costs was reduced by a whopping
63 percent and the debt service
costs was reduced by 27 percent.
Despite the unprecedented
economic turmoil affecting all
facets of government, our budget
for the current fiscal year is quite
manageable and it is the goal of
each of us at your Sheriff's Office
to continue all cost saving mea-
sures while serving the best interest
of the citizens and visitors of our
We are also looking into vari-
ous ways that would add revenue
to our agency which includes fees
for false alarm calls for service, an
inmate sustenance fee, the possibil-
ity of charging outside agencies to
house their inmates at our facil-
ity to reduce over crowding, and
implementing fingerprint charges
at all field offices as well as the
bailiff's office.
Remember your Sheriff's Of-
fice responds to calls for service 24
hours a day, seven days a week, 52
weeks per year and I am commit-
ted to continue the service and
professionalism you have come to
expect from us. Although the next
budget submitted may present
some challenges to manage, I am
committed in demonstrating that
we can share the burden in this
critical time.

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I would also like to remind
our residents that there are several
ways you can reach me. In addi-
tion to contacting me by phone
or appointment at the Sheriff's
Office, you can reach me by e-mail

at dshoar@sjso.org. And for ad-
ditional information on the many
programs we offer at the Sheriff's
Office, please go by our website at

Learn how to save water and money at free
Waterwise Expo
By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management District

The St. Johns River Water
Management District and Lowe's
are teaming up for a "Waterwise
Expo" on May 22 to help hom-
eowners learn ways to save water
and money. From 10:00 a.m. until
2:00 p.m., district staff and Lowe's
employees will be on hand at the
Lenox Avenue store in Jacksonville
to help consumers choose water-
conserving fixtures, appliances and
landscape items for their homes
and businesses.
Volunteers with the District's

Watershed Action Volunteer Pro-
gram, JEA staff and Duval County
Extension Service master gardeners
will also assist at booths teaching
homeowners how to set their ir-
rigation timers, make rain barrels,
fix leaky toilets, repair broken
sprinkler heads and understand
water-efficiency product labeling.
Consumers also can learn how to
choose the right plants for their
landscapes, the right fertilizer
and how to use it correctly and
the right bathroom and kitchen

fixtures for their homes.
The store is located at 5155
Lenox Avenue and the event is free.
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From the



By Contributing Writer Cyndi Stevenson,
County Commissioner, District 1

St. Johns County celebrated
the 40th anniversary of Earth Day
by accepting more items to be recy-
cled curbside in St. Johns County.
The items that will now be ac-
cepted include: plastic bottles and
jugs labeled #1 through #7; empty
pill bottles; water bottles; green,
brown and clear glass bottles;
metal and aluminum cans; cereal
boxes (with the inserts discarded);
newspapers and inserts; junk mail;
magazines; catalogs; telephone
books; brown paper bags; corru-
gated cardboard (cut into two foot
by three foot sheets); office and
copy paper; shredded paper in a
closed paper bag; file folders; file
or packing boxes; and brown or
gray fiber packages. Items that will
not be collected are plastic bags,
milk cartons, juice boxes, motor oil
containers, pool chemical bottles,
pesticide or fertilizer bottles and
loose shredded paper.
This increased curbside recy-
cling was done at no additional
cost to taxpayers during a contract
Plan to attend an important
budget Town Hall meeting to be
held the third and fourth weeks of
June. The administrator's news-

letter will include notice of this
meeting. If you do not subscribe,
please do so at www.sjcfl.us. This
website has so much information
about your county's efforts by
department including Frequently
Asked Questions. The newsletter
will keep you up with county news
by department,
Thank you for your efforts
on the 2010 Census. This area has
already a great return rate of over
80 percent! Door to door canvass-
ers will be in our neighborhoods
soon looking to get us closer to our
complete county goal.
A natural gas pipeline is being
routed in our area to connect to
a new electric plant planned in
southern Jacksonville. The line is
being brought under the St. Johns
River from Clay County near the
Shands Bridge.
St. Johns County has recently
completed the Tourism Destina-
tion Master Plan. This has been a
major initiative, begun in 2007. It
sets out a roadmap for a major eco-
nomic driver for St. Johns County
and may be of interest to businesses
and residents. The 450th celebra-
tion for St. Augustine and the
500th anniversary of the founding

of Florida will bring much focus to T ff f
our historic and natural resources. The Law O offices of
Need some small business an- Elizabeth M. Oakes, P.A.
swers? Marge Cirillo, Florida Small Zale. O akes, 1 .A.
Business Development Center Cer-
tified Business Analyst, is providing Employment Law * Discrimination
small business support from a satel- Retaliation * Harassment * Wages * Severance
lite office in St. Johns County. If
you need some fresh ideas for your Non-Compete * Wrongful Termination
new or existing business, please Professional License Defense
contact m.cirillo@unf.edu.
A small businesses financing 1637 Race Track Road, Suite 211, Jacksonville, FL 32259
workshop, sponsored by the Small Near the intersection of Race Track Road and SR 13
Business Development Council, St. (904) 436-6211 * www.eoakeslaw.com
Johns County, UNF and Borrego The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you
decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.
Springs Bank, will be held on May
11. Please RSVP at 1-800-450- Bailey, Al and Phyllis Abbatiello, Cheerleaders cont. from page 1
4624 or www.sbdc.unf.edu if you Rob Fitzgerald, Frank Baltes, Don FCMS cheerleaders embody school
would like to attend. Beattie, Donald Dunham, Noble spirit by performing at all home
No Cost-Prescription Drug Enge, Dick Hanley, Daniel and basketball and volleyball games.
discount cards are now available Myrtice Holmes, Karen Roumillat, The team is also active in Relay for
for St. Johns County residents. For Louise Thrower, Ellen Whitmer, Life, both in terms of raising money
additional information, please visit Janet Young, Todd Smith, Carl and and helping set up on the day of the
www.sjcfl.us/cards. Janice Pearce, Howard Solomon, event. In addition, the girls provide
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Congratulations to the Wil-
liam Bartram Scenic Highway
commission! After many years of
hard work they have completed the
William Bartram Scenic Highway
Master Plan. This has been a tire-
less effort that spanned many years.
Thank you and congratulations!
This designation celebrates
the heritage and natural beauty
of Fruit Cove, Switzerland and
Orangedale. This effort helps
keep our rapidly growing commu-
nity grounded in history and our
heritage stories alive. Volunteers
and supporters, some who have
not survived to see this mission
accomplished, include: Mary L.
Cornwell, Commissioner Sarah

Lonna Lagano, LeDDie winaom,
Julie Fitzpatrick, Beverly Fleming,
Donna Gallagher, Vickie Renna
and Governor Bob Martinez.
It is a pleasure to serve as your
District 1 Commissioner. Please
call if I may be of assistance at 209-
0300 to arrange a meeting or to
speak to your group or homeown-
ers association. Or you can send
me an email at bccdl@sjcfl.us.

breakfast to the teachers during
Teacher Appreciation week at Fruit
Cove, serve as guides during student
orientation and provide concessions
during the eighth grade formal
dance at Creekside High School.
The team is coached by FCMS
teachers Patty Ottenstein, Bar-
bara Farbo and Debbie Doemel.
Congratulations girls for a job well
done! Go Flyers!

The St. Augustine Beach Civic
Association is sponsoring the fifth
annual "Taste of the Beach" on
Sunday, May 16 at the St. Augus-
tine Pier and Pavilion from 1:00
p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Local restaurants
within the beach community will
be featured.
Participating restaurants,
including Amici's, Barnacle Bill's,
Cafe Eleven, Dune's Cracker
Restaurant, Iggy's, Mango Mangos,
Napoli's, Panama Hatties, Pizza
Garden and Pastabilities, Purple
Olive, Seafood Kitchen, South
Beach Grille, Sunset Grill and
Wildflower Cafe', will be serving
in the pavilion at St. Augustine
Beach. Tickets are sold for $1 and
guests will use these to purchase
taste-sized portions. Each restau-
rant will individually decide on
pricing per taste (between $2 and
$5) and there will be a wide variety
of "tastes" on display for guests.
In addition, Kenyon Dye and
his online interactive Piano Bar,
will entertain from 12:30 p.m. un-
til 4:30 p.m. Sodas, water, beer and
wine will also be available for sale.
Celebrity judges will decide
which restaurant has the Best
Appetizer; Best Dessert and Best
Entree. Of course, the restaurant
to be named the "Judges Choice"
will also be decided by our celeb-
rity judges. The winners will be
awarded their trophies near the
end of the event. The five celebrity

judges are St. Augustine Beach City
Attorney Doug Burnett, St. Johns
County Commissioner Ken Bryan,
President of the South Beaches
Area Council of SJCC Mike Cun-
ningham, Executive Director of
Girls Inc., Beth Hughes-Clark and
St. Augustine Beach Police Chief,
Richard Hedges.
For further information, please
contact the St. Augustine Beach
Civic Association at 347-8007 or
471-1686 or visit www.thecivicas-
A portion of the proceeds
from the event will go to support
Betty Griffin House. As a private,
nonprofit agency, Betty Griffin
House provides emergency shelter
to abused women, men and their
minor children. Other support
services available to shelter resi-
dents and non residents include a
24-hour crisis hotline, individual
and group counseling, forensic /
medical rape exams and legal as-
sistance. Confidential individual
and group counseling are available
in all parts of St. Johns County
including, Hastings, Ponte Vedra
Beach, St. Johns, St. Augustine and
St. Augustine Beach.
For more information or to
make a donation, visit their website
at www.bettygriffinhouse.org. If
you or someone you know is being
abused, please call our hotline at

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Taste of the Beach is back!

FDOT Report

for NW St. Johns County
* Upgrading traffic signals at County Road 210
intersections with Cimarrone Boulevard/South
Hampton Club Way, Cartwheel Bay, County Road
2209, Leo Maguire Parkway, Leo Magure Road and
the ramp with 1-95.
* Upgrading traffic signals at Racetrack Road
intersections with State Road 13, Durbin Creek
Boulevard, Flora Branch Boulevard, Durbin Creek
Boulevard/Bishop Estates Road, County Road 233
and Russell Sampson Road.

American Lighting and Signalization Inc.,
began March 16, 2010 and should finish in 120 days
(Summer of 2010) at a cost of $198,206.
This is a federal economic stimulus project.


www.thecreekline.corn � May 2010 - The CreekLine, Page 7

STaxing Issues

By Contributing Writer Dennis W. Hollingsworth,
CFC, St. Johns County Tax Collector

2009 tax collection rate remains

Despite difficult economic
times throughout our state and
nation, St. Johns County's tax
collection rates remain strong. As
of March 31, the last day 2009
tax bills were due, your St. Johns
County Tax Collector's Office
achieved a 92 percent collec-
tion rate with revenue totaling
$349,173,396.95. This represents
the same rate of collection as the
same time last year.
Just 6 percent or
$22,193,529.28 of the total tax
roll of $378,832,002.91 remains
uncollected as of April 21. Of that
6 percent, many of those proper-
ties are in litigation or bankruptcy.
Litigations total $42,458.16,
while bankruptcies account for
$1,338,976.19. Although bank-

Pokemon Tournament
Saturday, May 22
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Do you like Pokemon?
Like to play?
Then you won't want to miss
this tournament
$5.00 entry fee.
Tournament rules will be
posted at the tournament.
Proceeds to benefit the
Creekside Anime Club and
the Bartram Trail
Friends of the Library.

ruptcies as a whole are up in St.
Johns County, 89 debtors are
responsible for the bankruptcies
We are pleased to have col-
lection rates maintained at the
level of our 2008 tax bills, which
reflects not only the diligent efforts
of the staff at the Tax Collector's
office, but also the strength of the
economy in St. Johns County.
The delinquent tax list will be
available online at www.sjctax.us
on May 11 and bidder registration
will open May 3. The annual De-
linquent Tax Seminar will be held
in the County Auditorium, located
at 500 San Sebastian View, at 7:00
p.m. on Thursday, May 13. This
seminar is free and open to anyone
interested in learning about the Tax
Sale process.
The 2010 Tax Certificate Sale
will be conducted on the internet
again this year, beginning at 8:00
a.m. on Tuesday, June 1 and will
continue on June 2, if needed. The
St. Johns County Tax Collector's
Office actively works with investors
in the sale of tax certificates in an
effort to ensure an overall collec-
tion rate of 98 percent or higher.
Information regarding the sale,
registration and calendar of events
are posted on our web site, www.
sjctax.us and will be updated as the
Tax Sale approaches.
For additional information,
please contact the St. Johns County
Tax Collector's office at 209-2250.

William Bartram Scenic and
Historic Highway update
By Contributing Writer Al Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.net

Mission accomplished! The
William Bartram Scenic High-
way Master Plan was presented
to the St. Johns Board of County
Commissioners on April 20 and
unanimously accepted by the com-
missioners. Now the hard work of
implementing the plan begins. I'll
provide more on this subject at a
later date. A hint of what I'll be
presenting is the subject of volun-
teers and why you're needed.
Our regular meeting of April
8 included a spirited discussion on
the subject of a concrete sidewalk
planned by FDOT as part of a
federal program designed for the
safety of school children living
less than two miles from their
school. The sidewalk will be built
on the east side of State Road 13
from Remington Forest sub-divi-
sion to Greenbriar Road - a 0.4
mile stretch of pavement costing
anywhere between $250,000 and
This project request was initi-
ated by the School Board Transpor-
tation Department (based on feder-
al guidelines and to free up seats on
school buses. At present, children
living less than two miles from a
school can be bused to school if
safe walking/cycling routes are not
available; in this case no sidewalks
exist on State Road 13, therefore
the children can be bused but the
school board doesn't get paid for
transporting these children.
When the sidewalk project is
completed the affected children
can "walk or ride bikes" to school
and the seats they formerly oc-
cupied can then be filled by other
students living farther than two
miles from school. Assuming this
project goes forward it's expected
to be completed early 2011.

Whether or not parents living
in the Remington Forest subdivi-
sion have ever been consulted on
this project is unknown by me,
but I would guess parents should
have some concern considering the
fact State Road 13 runs parallel to
the sidewalk. Concerned citizens
can call the School Board Trans-
portation Manager or FDOT for
answers to questions.
Another subject discussed at
our meeting was the implemen-
tation of a viewshed and height
proposal analysis along the Scenic
and Historic Corridor along State
Road 13 to the Riverdale area.
This analysis is very important
to us and St. Johns County as a
means to help protect any and all
scenic venues from development.
This study is being paid for by the
William Bartram Scenic Highway
group using grant money previ-
ously awarded.
Final planning for the Bar-
tram Bash held on April 17 was
conducted and the Bash went
off as planned. The crowds had a
great time enjoying free food, soft
drinks, cake and amusements too
- where were you? We missed you!
We're already looking forward
to our seventh annual Bash in
2011 and you're invited.
As in earlier articles please take
a look at our Master Plan on the
website: www.glatting.com/wil-
liambartram/index.htm. You will
be impressed.
Our planned, new website is
now on final approach and will
likely be announced in the early
July time frame.
Our next meeting is Thurs-
day, May 13, 2010, at the County
Service Center located at 725 Flora
Branch Boulevard.

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As of Thursday, April 22, all St.
Johns County residents will be able
to place even more recyclables by
the curb for weekly collection. The
Solid Waste Management Division
has announced that in celebration
of the 40th anniversary of Earth
Day, it will be accepting 27 items
for recycle. Additionally, a new 14-
gallon recycling bin will be deliv-
ered to each household.
The county contracts with
two franchised haulers, Advanced
Disposal in the southern portion
and Seaboard Waste Systems in
northern St. Johns County, to col-
lect residential household garbage
and recycling. Both haulers are
partnering with St. Johns County in
this effort.
The items that will now be
accepted include: plastic bottles
and jugs labeled #1 through #7;
empty pill bottles; water bottles;
green, brown and clear glass bottles;
metal and aluminum cans; cereal
boxes (with the inserts discarded);
newspapers and inserts; junk mail;
magazines; catalogs; telephone

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books; brown paper bags; corrugat-
ed cardboard (cut into two foot by
three foot sheets); office and copy
paper; shredded paper in a closed
paper bag; file folders; file or pack-
ing boxes; and brown or gray fiber
packages. Items that will not be col-
lected are plastic bags, milk cartons,
juice boxes, motor oil containers,
pool chemical bottles, pesticide or

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Estate planning: don't forget the long term care
portion of your plan
By Contributing Writer Robert M. Morgan, Robert M. Morgan & Associates, P.A.

When individuals seek an
attorney's advice to obtain estate
planning information, they are
typically worried about creating a
will or a trust and obtaining pow-
ers of attorney and other docu-
ments to ensure their affairs are
in order while they are alive. Also,
depending on the value of the
estate, some of the estate planning
advice is centered on tax issues,
including available deductions.
However, a long term care com-
ponent is lacking in most people's
estate planning.
Statistically, a majority of
Florida residents do not have
a will. This is a huge mistake.
Without a will, the state of
Florida determines who obtains
your property. In Florida, if you
pass away without a will, your
probatable assets are split be-
tween your surviving spouse and
children. Although most estate
planners would typically say that
individuals generally want their
property going in its entirety
to their spouse and only to the
children after both spouses have
deceased, that can not be effectu-
ated without a will. If you pass
away without a will, your wife
is now an "involuntary" partner
with your children and, potential-
ly, those children's spouses, which

could be devastating and difficult
for a surviving spouse.
Once it is determined
whether a will or a trust is the
proper document to be utilized
in your overall estate planning,
your "lifetime" documents are
extremely important. Most people
are worried about what happens
when they pass away; our office is
also concerned about what may
happen while you are alive. The
necessary documents include
a durable power of attorney,
designation of pre-need guardian,
health care surrogate designation,
living will and designation of pre-
need guardian of a minor (if you
have minor children).
It is important that these
documents contain planning
for long term care benefits. As
the population ages and people
become ill and disabled, it is likely
that benefits may be needed to
provide for care whether it be in
home care, in an assisted living
facility or in a nursing facility. To
prevent a complete liquidation of
all of your assets and/or the sale
or loss of all your property to help
take care of these costs (which
can average between $5,000 to
$12,000 per month depending on
your condition and the neces-
sary medications and treatment

required) there are very simple
planning techniques available.
These techniques comply with
both federal and state law to
ensure you not only receive your
long term care benefits, but that
the courts do not interfere in your
affairs in the event you do become
ill or disabled.
These techniques include
ensuring that your power of
attorney is compliant with the
federal and state deficit reduction
act ("DRA"). Further, your will or
trust should have a specific special
needs trust to ensure that you can
leave your property to a surviv-
ing spouse so that it will not be
wasted or lost paying for costs the
government pays for from your
tax dollars. Florida's public policy
and law favor an inheritance to
be left the surviving spouse and
children, including the primary
residence. However, failure to
properly plan could cause a loss of pn
all of these assets simply because
of an unforeseen illness.
It is important that you seek
advice of an attorney, especially an
elder law attorney, regarding your
estate planning to guarantee that __
both your long term care planning '~
and estate planning, are up-to-
date and in compliance with
Florida Law.

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SJSO is now on Facebook

The St. Johns County Sheriff's
Office has implemented a new
public information tool to
foster better communication and
connectivity to the communities
we serve.
The Sheriff's Office has added
the Facebook utility, a networking
site designed to connect friends
and other who work, study and
live around them, into our daily
operations. With Facebook, we will

have the availability to send written
community safety messages, video
PSAs and other important infor-
mation to our visitors, citizens and
Those who are interested
in joining the St. Johns County
Sheriff's Office Facebook page
can find a link at www.sjso.org or
simply search St. Johns County
Sheriff's Office while logged into
their Facebook account.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 25

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Sea Turtle season began May 1
Seasonal beach driving and
lighting rules are now in effect

The Sea Turtles are on their
way back to nest on the beaches
of St. Johns County as the official
nesting season began on Saturday,
May 1. To ensure compliance with
the St. Johns County Habitat Con-
servation Plan and Incidental Take
Permit, which protect five species of
sea turtles and the native Anastasia
Island Beach Mouse, beach driving
and lighting restrictions also went
into effect on May 1.
Between May 1 and October
31, vehicular traffic on the beach is
allowed between the hours of 8:00
a.m. and 7:30 p.m. After 7:30 p.m.
no vehicles are allowed to enter the
beach until the gates are opened the
following morning at 8:00 a.m. Ad-
ditionally, all beachfront properties
are required to reduce the impacts
their lights have on the beaches
and eliminate all non-compliant
interior and exterior lights.
St. Johns County is home to
several species of endangered or
threatened sea turtles that arrive
every spring and summer to nest
along our beaches. In 2009 St.
Johns County had 262 nests (236
loggerhead, six green sea turtle and
a record 20 leatherbacks) deposited
along 41 miles of shoreline. County
residents and visitors have a special
opportunity and responsibility to
protect these magnificent creatures
and their vulnerable nest and feed-
ing grounds.
St. Johns County Beach Ser-
vices and Environmental Division
encourages beach visitors to protect
sea turtle nesting habitat while
enjoying a diversity of activities
including beach driving, horseback
riding, recreational fishing and
commercial fishing. In addition to
following the regulated beach driv-

ing hours and lighting restrictions,
residents and visitors are encour-
aged to follow these guidelines:
* Use trash and recycling recep-
tacles at the beach
* Remove ruts and fill in holes
left by vehicles and sand castle
* Do not leave chairs, umbrellas
or canopies on the beach over
night (they will be removed by
county staff)
* Flashlights, fireworks and open
fires are strictly prohibited
* All pedestrian activities (sitting,
standing, storing personal prop-
erty, driving, horseback riding,
etc.) are prohibited in the sand
dunes and the Conservation
Zone (15 feet seaward of the
dune line)
* Please refrain from using bal-
loons for events, as they fall into
the ocean and can harm marine
* Leave only your footprints,
providing the turtles with a safe
and clean habitat in which to
* Do not disturb or handle any
sea turtles, their eggs or nests.
Endangered species are protect-
ed by county, state and federal
laws with fines up to $20,000.
* If you encounter an injured, sick
or dead sea turtle, please call
the St. Johns County Coastal
Wildlife pager at 227-0023.
St. Johns County thanks
residents and visitors for support-
ing habitat conservation efforts and
keeping our beaches beautiful.
For more information, please
contact St. Johns County Habitat
Conservation and Beach Manage-
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A trip down memory lane!
The UPS Store celebrates
10 years in St. Johns
By Contributing Writer Doug Nunnery, The UPS Store

May marks 10 years that The
UPS Store� on State Road 13
has been doing business in NW
St. Johns County. We just want to
say "thank you" for your faithful
support throughout this time and
hope that you will continue to al-
low us to serve you.
We came along and opened
in the Publix shopping center at
a time when the community was
on the cusp of explosive growth.
Although we were by no means
pioneers to the area, we remember
* Bartram Trail High School was
still under construction;
* Fruit Cove Diner and Crackers
BBQwere the favorite eating
* Creekside Christian, Faith
Community and Cross Creek
Presbyterian Churches were
still meeting in our elementary
* Our business was named
"Mailboxes Etc." (Until we
re-branded as The UPS Store�
in 2003);


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* Land clearing and home con-
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Plantation was constant and
* Roberts was still a dirt road;
* The CreekLine was only 16
* There was just one athletic as-
sociation in the community;
* Our neighbor and friendly
competitor across the street,
The Fruit Cove Mailbox, had
already celebrated 10 years in
business...may God bless you,
Throughout these 10 years
we've had the pleasure of handling
your packaging, shipping, printing
and assorted other business services
needs. We like to think we are a
valued community partner as we
continue to sponsor and/or sup-
port many of our local school and

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athletic programs as well as various In keeping with balancing the
ministries in the area. budget every month and taking
Again, we are truly grateful for care of pets, our family continues
your business and strive each day to most enjoy our "staycation" days
to continue to earn it. Happy An- and weekends. May is particularly
niversary to us! busy on the First Coast with lots
of things to do around town and
enjoy where you live!
The first event scheduled for
the Saturday before Mother's Day
is the annual Herb Fest out at
Maggie's Herb Farm. This year will
celebrate the 27th year of the farm's
existence. Many vendors partici-
pate in the festival selling plants,
homemade herb foods and spices
even handmade soaps and oint-
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and a herbal lunch is available;
the festival hours are from 10:00
a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Simply take a
S0 beautiful drive down State Road 13
for a great day at Maggie's.
Of course the biggy holiday
T REQUIRED! for May is Memorial Day week-
Serv e end. This three-day weekend is a
"beach weekend" for many, but
SIMowing there are lots of other things on the
agenda around town. Our favorite
Trimming thing to do is to cross the Shands
washing & Bridge and visit our friends over in
Green Cove Springs. The city puts
:es Available on quite a day called "Riverfest."
The kickoff of the event features
ed & Insured Free Estim ates Memorial Day service in Spring
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have served in our armed forces.
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with a military band playing in
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holiday marks the beginning of
the concert season in the Plaza and
it's free! The concert season starts
with an afternoon performance on
Memorial Day and continues all
summer long on Thursdays at 7:00
p.m., ending on Labor Day after-
noon with their final concert of the
season. This is a great weeknight
thing to do; we load up our lounge
chairs and pack a picnic dinner and
head down and enjoy the music.
As you know, lots of very talented
folks have retired and moved to the
area so the music is phenomenal!
Along that line, the City of St.
Augustine Beach also has a "Music
by the Sea" concert series. You can
hear live music performances at the
St. Augustine Pier Pavilion every
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. through-
out the summer. This is a great

family thing to do that can include
a swim too!
Speaking of picnics, the good
old summertime calls for a good
cold drink of something to be in-
cluded. Being from the South, my
family requests that sweet tea be
served. My No-fail Ice Tea recipe
says to steep 12 tea bags in a quart
of water for 10 minutes. Then add
two more quarts of water and 1 12
cups of sugar to make a three quart
pitcher of tea. My standard pitcher
of lemonade goes like this: juice six
lemons and add juice to six cups of
water and one cup of sugar.
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at my husband's cousin's wedding
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Online pet pharmacies: protect yourself and your pet
By Contributing Writer Dr. Anna Maxwell, Murabella Animal Hospital

If you've ever searched online
for prescription pet medicine, you
have no doubt seen eye catching,
attention grabbing claims. They
sound convincing in their promises
of convenience and lower prices, but
are these claims really true?
Internet pharmacies that sell pet
drugs can be reputable pharmacies.
However, others are fronts for busi-
nesses, breaking federal, state and
sometimes international laws. Illegal
online pharmacies may sell medi-
cines that are counterfeit, outdated,
mislabeled, incorrectly formulated or
improperly stored. These medicines
may not contain the actual drug and
may contain contaminants. In ad-
dition these drugs may not work as
well due to age or inaccurate storage
conditions. If you are dissatisfied
with ordered products, illegal online
pharmacies may fraudulently leave
you with no way to get your money
back. In the end you may find
buying prescription pet medicines
online costly to your pet's health and
your wallet.
Whenever your pet needs pre-
scription medicines, your veterinar-
ian is your best, most reliable source,
because your veterinarian:
* Physically examined your pet and
knows your pet's medical and
treatment history
* Knows which medicines are safest
* Educates you about potential side
* Shows you how to properly use
the medicines
* Stores prescription medicines ac-
cording to labeled directions
* Uses current, unexpired medi-
If you still want to purchase
your pet's prescription medicines on-
line, remember there is no fool-proof
way to tell if an online pharmacy
is legal. However, you can protect
yourself by doing homework and be-
ing online pharmacy A.WA.R.E.
A - Ask your veterinarian.
Before your purchase on line talk to
your veterinarian! Your veterinarian
supports you and wants what is best
for both you and your pet. Ask ques-
tions like, "Do you trust the internet
pharmacy site? Have other clients
used the site? If so, what were their
W-Watch for red flags. When
buying from online pharmacies, be
wary if:
* The site does not require a valid
veterinary prescription for pre-
scription drug orders; websites
that sell prescription veterinary
medicines without a valid pre-
scription are breaking the law.
Under the Federal Food Drug
and Cosmetic Act, a pharmacy
can't sell you a veterinary drug
without a valid prescription

or other type of order from a
licensed veterinarian. Online
questionnaires or consultants do
not take the place of valid vet-
erinarian prescription. Sites that
practice unlawfully rob both you
and your pet of the protection
provided by a veterinary physical
* The site has no licensed pharma-
cist available to answer questions.
* The site does not list a physical
business address, phone number
or other contact information. If
something goes wrong can you
contact them?
* The site is not based in the
United States.
* The site is not licensed by the
state Board of Pharmacy where
the business is based. If the site
operates in the United States,
check the National Association
of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
website (www.nabp.net) to see if
the pharmacy is properly licensed
* The site does not protect your
personal information
* The site prices are dramatically
lower than your veterinarian or
other web site prices. If it seems
too good to be true, it probably

* The site ships you medicine you
did not order or looks different
from what your pet normally
takes. Do not give these meds to
your pet. Contact the site im-
A-Always check for site ac-
creditation. In 2009, the National
Association of Boards of Pharmacy
(NABP) created a voluntary accredi-
tation program called Vet-VIPPS
(veterinary -Verified Internet Phar-
macy Practice Sites), modeled after
the human program. This program
can help you identify sites that are
legally selling veterinary prescription
products. These accredited inter-
net pharmacies are appropriately
licensed in each stated where they
ship drugs, are operating legally and
have completed a 19 point criteria
review and accreditation.
In addition to complying with
federal and state licensing and
inspection requirements, Vet-VIPPS
accredited pharmacies must also
meet other strict criteria, including
protecting patient confidentiality,
quality assurance and valid prescrip-
tion orders.
R-Report problems and suspi-

cious online pharmacies. If your pet
has a problem with the medication
purchased on line contact the medi-
cine manufacture. To report adverse
drug events directly to the FDA
center for veterinary medicine call
1-800-FDA-VETS. For more infor-
mation on how to report problems,
visit the following website: www.fda.
Protect yourself, your pets and
others! Don't fall victim to illegal
online pharmacies. Report suspi-
cious online pharmacy sites to FDA
and NABA at: www.fda.gov/safety/
reportaproblem/ucm059315.htm or
E-Educate. The best defense
you have against illegal online
pharmacies is education. Do your
home work and be online pharmacy
A.WA.R.E. before you purchase
your pet's medicine online. An
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Third annual kids triathlon Just Tri It! is just two months away

In partnership with St. Johns
County and the YMCA of Florida's
First Coast, the Children's Museum
of St. Johns (CMSJ) will host the
third annual Just Tri It! A Kids
Triathlon 2010, a non-competi-
tive triathlon for children ages five
through 12. The event will take
place on Saturday, June 12 and will
consist of a swim, a bike ride and
a run, with distances adjusted for
each age group.
The fun and safe race course
will be located at the Solomon
Calhoun Center in West St. Au-
gustine. All participants of Just Tri

It! will be awarded medals for their
achievement, regardless of their
finishing times.
"The Just Tri It! Triathlon
offers young athletes the chance
to sample a triathlon experience
through a challenging but fun
race," explained Susan Connor,
president of the Children's Muse-
um of St. Johns. "With an em-
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New option for affordable ways
to look good and feel better!

Residents of NW St Johns
County should gear up for a new
kind of medical spa that is open-
ing this month on County Road
210. Spa Me will have its Grand
Opening open house weekend on
Friday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.
until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday,
May 22 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00
p.m. All are welcome to stop by
and see what this new addition to
our community is all about!
Owner and medical director,
Dr. Richard Townsend of Baptist
Primary Care, has done his re-
search to bring us a high end med
spa with a twist. Membership will
offer clients a way to experience
many services and products at af-
fordable prices on a regular basis.
Services will include massage,

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clinical skin care, microdermabra-
sion, chemical peels, IPL treat-
ments, photobiostimulation, laser
hair removal and of course Botox
and dermal fillers. Memberships
will be offered for massage and
skin care which will allow cli-
ents to have monthly treatments
at discounted prices. Members
will also receive many additional
benefits such as reduced pricing
on all other services and products
as well as access to private events
and specials.
With money being tight these
days, many people are searching
for affordable ways to look good
and feel better. Minor cosmetic
procedures and massage have
become increasingly more popular
as we all wish to fight stress and
combat the signs of aging. Spa
Me is committed to providing
a serene environment for local
residents to relax, but even more
importantly, see results. The goal
is for clients to truly experience a
transformation in how they look
and feel. The staff is well trained
and ready to offer everyone a
place to belong and get that much
needed "me time."
Dr. Townsend and the staff
of Spa Me look forward to seeing
you at the Grand Opening on
May 21 and 22!

our community and laying the
foundation for a future perma-
nent home by creating a "museum
without walls." Although the
museum may not have a physical
location yet, that hasn't stopped
the organization from bringing
quality programming to St. Johns
County families. All proceeds from
the Triathlon will benefit CMSJ,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organiza-
tion, as it moves towards its goal of
opening its physical doors by the
end of 2012.
In addition to the triathlon for
kids ages five through 12, the event
will also feature a 200-yard Fun
Run for kids ages four and five and
a 100-yard Tot Trot for kids ages
three and under. Pre-registration is
not required for these free events,
although donations are always
welcome; participants will receive
a ribbon.

Prior to and following the
event, there will be plenty of festiv-
ities to entertain race participants
and their families, including games
and interactive booths highlighting
healthy food choices and how the
body works.
Registration for Just Tri It! A
Kids Triathlon 2010 is now open.
Because space is limited, pre-regis-
tration is strongly encouraged. An
early registration fee of $20 (each
additional child from the same
family is $10) covers the cost of
tee shirts, medals and other event
materials. After May 12, the regis-
tration fee increases to $30 for the
first child. Reserve your spot online
at www.explorecmsj.eventbrite.
com, then download a registration
form at www.explorecmsj.org and
mail it in with your payment.
A training clinic will be held
May 23, 2010, at the Solomon

Calhoun Center in order to famil-
iarize parents and athletes with the
course and other logistics of the
triathlon. Parents and athletes are
strongly encouraged to attend.
Want to volunteer or become a
sponsor? Those interested in volun-
teering at the event will be subject
to the St. Johns County back-
ground check process and must
have submitted their volunteer
paperwork by June 4. A volunteer
training session will be held May
16 at the Solomon Calhoun Cen-
ter. Sponsorship opportunities for
local businesses and organizations
are available at various sponsorship
levels for the event and are greatly
appreciated. Participants and their
families will be able to learn more
about sponsoring companies as
they visit sponsor tables at the
triathlon. Sponsorship deadline is
May 17, 2010.

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What is MOCA?
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

The Museum of Contempo-
rary Art (MOCA), lists as a part
of its Mission Statement: "enrich-
ing the cultural life of northeast
Florida by providing excellence
in the visual arts." It certainly is
succeeding in doing this through
its many and varied programs.
Although driving into downtown
may deter some, I highly recom-
mend the trip. Parking is available
in a garage around the corner and
an excellent lunch can be had on
the premises at Cafe Nola.
Founded in 1924 as the
Jacksonville Fine Art Society, it was
the first organization in the area
devoted to the visual arts. In 1948
it was incorporated as the Jack-
sonville Art Museum. During this
period, many of you may remem-
ber it for the magnificent Ramses
II Exhibit. In 1999 it changed its
focus to Contemporary Art and
became the Jacksonville Museum
of Modern Art. After several moves
from its original home on Riverside
Drive, it relocated at its present

venue on North Laura Street where
it was able to accommodate rapid
growth in the size of its permanent
collection. In 2006, the museum
further refined its focus on con-
temporary art to more accurately
reflect its holdings. At this time it
also changed its name once again,
to the Museum of Contemporary
Art (MOCA).
In addition to its permanent
collection, MOCA presents three
major special exhibitions each year.
They feature photography, sculp-
ture and painting. It also provides
many educational programs for
both children and adults.
In May of 2009, MOCA
became a direct supporting organi-
zation of the University of North
Florida, establishing a partnership
which benefits both. One of the
major advantages is the ability to
offer classes, programs and lectures
taught by notable UNF faculty.
MOCA has just concluded an
unusual and very successful special
exhibit, "Life as a Legend, Marilyn

SYesIerda'ys Treasures

By Jay Moore

Q. My pair of pitchers is blue
and white with gold trim. They
are marked with a beehive and the
initials "D.B. & Co." I believe they
were made after 1870 by Davenport
& (?) in England. What are they
worth? - C.R., South Hampton

A. The pitchers were made
around the turn of the century
by Dunn Bennett & Co. (Ltd) in
Burslem, England. Variations of the
company's beehive mark were used
from 1875 to 1907. Dunn Bennett
later became a division of Royal
Doulton. Since you did not supply

the dimensions, I am assuming that
they are milk or water pitchers. If
they are in great shape, the pair
would retail for around $45.

Q. I own a figurine made by
Florence Ceramics of Pasadena,
CA. Her name "Shirley" is marked
on the base [along with the factory
mark.]. She is in mint condition. I
have researched her on the inter-
net, but cannot find any informa-
tion. I wonder if she is named after
Shirley Temple. I would like to
know more about her, including
the value. - D.S., St. Augustine

A. Florence Ward founded
Florence Ceramics Company in
Pasadena, California in 1939. The
pottery specialized in figurines,
mostly of women in period dress.
The pieces were sold at gift shops
around the country. It closed in the

Monroe," which visually celebrated
the life of the woman behind one
of the world's most recognizable
For those of you who missed
the above, mark your calendars for
the next major exhibit, "Tradition
Redefined, the Larry and Brenda
Thompson Collection of African
American Art." It will run from
April 23 to August 29. An amaz-
ing collection, it includes 72 works
by African American artists such
as Ratcliffe Bailey, Romare Bear-
don, David Driskell and Mildred
Thompson, whose approach will
offer a broad understanding of
African American Art. On May 13
at 6:30 p.m., you are invited to at-
tend lectures on African American
art presented by Debra Murphy-
Livingston. Two other exciting
presentations related to "Traditions
Redefined" are MOCA Com-
munity Fun Day on May 23 from
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., which
includes experiences for the whole
family and "A Journey of Sight and
Sound," an exciting production on
June 17 at 7:00 p.m.
For additional information on
these and any and all of the excit-
ing activities MOCA has to offer,
you can call 366-6911.

1960s. Florence figurines are very
popular with collectors. Shirley
is pretty cute (is she single?). She
was made in the 1950s and would
retail for around $200. There are
numerous sources for the figurines,
including www.Replacements.com.
There is no
to the fa-
mous child
star, Shirley

Have a
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at least one sharp photograph;
scans are fine as long as they are
clear. Note that photographs will
not be returned so no S.A.S.E. is
required. Large mail volume and
research may mean a delay of
several months for answers to be
published. Write to Jay Moore c/o
The CreekLine, 12443 San Jose Bou-
levard, Suite 403, Jacksonville, FL
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School District aims to save
money over the summer

The St. Johns County School
District will implement the fol-
lowing operational strategies to
save money during the upcoming
summer months. These strategies
helped produce energy savings of
more than $850,000 during the
summer of 2009.
Four-day workweek: Begin-
ning on Monday, June 14, the
school district will operate a
four-day workweek, Monday
through Thursday. All facilities
will function in an energy con-
servation mode Friday through
Sunday. All summer activities
will be designed within the Mon-
day through Thursday workweek
and all summer programs will be
completed by July 29. The final
week of the four-day schedule
will be August 2 through 5.
One-week shutdown: All
schools and district offices will be
closed during the week of July 19
through 22 and will reopen on
Monday, July 26.
School consolidation: Begin-
ning on Monday, June 22, the
school district will operate from

high schools serving as regional
centers. All other facilities will
function in an energy conserva-
tion mode except during the
time the facility is being cleaned
and prepared for the new school
Each regional high school
will serve as the operation center
for the schools that have been
assigned to that site. School
administrative teams will work
in designated areas of the high
school. Maintenance managers
and custodial staff will work at
the schools in their region on a
rotating basis. District commu-
nication with school staff will be
done at the regional site for that
Summer academic programs,
camps and extended school year
services will be planned, devel-
oped and communicated by each
school. Camps and other activi-
ties will operate at the regional
high school and will be coordi-
nated by administrators at all
schools in the region.


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Knights of Columbus Switzerland Council
No. 12664 celebrates 10th anniversary

enced over the last decade. It was
a very popular display along with
the 10 Star Council Awards also
displayed. The Switzerland Council
has received this very exclusive
designation in every year since
2000. It is recognition of how the
council has grown each and every
year from the original 32 founding
members to over 217 members this

Ten years of growth and
charity were celebrated April 9 by
Knights of Columbus Switzerland
Council No. 12664 at the Mary-
wood Conference Center adjacent
to San Juan Del Rio Church on
the St. Johns River. Grand Knight
Carlos Irene welcomed over 60
guests and dignitaries to the cel-
ebration, a celebration made extra
special by including every Grand
Knight who has served the council
since 2000. The council's very first
Grand Knight Tim Claiborne trav-
eled over 400 miles to join in the
celebration. The council began in
2000 when Father Ed Booth asked
members of the San Juan Del Rio
men's club to form a chapter of
the Knights of Columbus for the
District Deputy Reggie DuBay
and his wife Cindy attended. It
was his efforts that overcame some
initial obstacles to forming a new
council in what some at the time
considered a parish too small to
support an independent council.
He proudly reflects on that
time by saying, "It is a very spe-
cial council, which I will always
remember as my first council to
Dewey Marshall, FSS, Florida
Knights of Columbus charities

The CreekLine
is your

director came and read a letter
from the state district thanking the
council for their virtuous efforts
over the last 10 years in support-
ing all the charitable efforts of the
Knights of Columbus.
District Deputy Dan Mc-
Intyre, a founding member of the
council, created and displayed a
flip book depicting the history and
milestones the council has experi-

year. Eight of the original members
attended and joined in the celebra-
tion with two founders' wives at-
tending to represent their deceased
Pastor Reverend John Tetlow
gave the blessing with Rever-
end Tony Ike and Deacon Larry
Geinosky also attending. All of
them are members of the Knights
of Columbus as well as the council.
The banquet was a well de-
served reward for 10 years of char-
ity, unity and fraternity doing the
work of helping others, the church
and the community. It was thor-
oughly enjoyed by all, who now
are looking forward to the next 10
years-all of them not only proud,
but ready to expand on the good
works of Switzerland Council No.

Randy Johnson, interim
principal at Creekside High School
(CHS), has been selected by
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner
to be the permanent principal. His
nomination will be presented to
the School Board at their May 11
Johnson has been employed
by the St. Johns County School
District since 1982 and has served
as a teacher, coach and adminis-
trator. He began his career as a
social studies curriculum writer,
social studies teacher and depart-
ment chairman. In 1993 he was
promoted to assistant principal
at R. B. Hunt Elementary School
and a year later transferred to St.
Augustine High School as assistant
In 1999 Johnson was promot-
ed to serve as principal of Gamble
Rogers Middle School (GRMS).
While there he was honored as the
recipient of the 2003 Commis-
sioner's Middle School Principal
Achievement Award for Outstand-
ing Leadership for Region 2. He
remained at GRMS until July

2006 when he was transferred to
Sebastian Middle School to fill a
In 2007 he was selected as
the school district's Director of
Staff Development, a position he
held until he was transferred to
Creekside to fill the vacancy cre-
ated by Paul Abbatinozzi's request
to transfer back to the district
"I have a great deal of respect
for Mr. Johnson's leadership and
am confident he will be an out-
standing principal at Creekside,"
said Superintendent Dr. Joseph
Joyner. "His combination of
experience, high energy and love
for the community will continue
to foster a culture of excellence at
the school."
Johnson earned his under-
graduate degree from Tuskegee
University and his master's degree
from Nova University. He is a
member of the Leadership St.
Johns Class of 2000.
"I am excited, enthused and
ready for the challenge," said



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Your money. Your life.

Your annual financial check-up
By Contributing Writers David and Pat Watkins

April may well have been
your financial reckoning; you've
done your taxes and have all the
numbers. You know how last year
stacks up to this year, but is that
really enough? Unless you use the
information, which is now at your
fingertips, you may very well lose
this opportunity to assess your
financial health.
To do this, begin with your net
worth. Quite simply subtract your
liabilities (what you owe) from
your assets (what you own). This
is a gauge of your financial health.
Even if your assets are not growing,
your net worth will improve if you
are paying down your debts. There
are free sites on the internet, which
will help you with this; www.Mint.
com is one of our favorites. This
site offers to manage your money
and can be linked to most of your
accounts; it will also provide real
time updates. Another one, http://

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njaes.rutgers.edu/money/, is all
about personal finance including
spread sheets, work sheets, a tool to
create a spending or savings plan,
an investment risk tolerance quiz
and much more. Finally, http://
is the University of Florida site that
has financial calculators, which
include credit card minimum pay-
ments, cost of debt, an auto loan
calculator and much more.
Whether you've found out
that your financial health is better
or worse that you thought, you
have the power to continue or to
change. Even incremental changes
over time lead to monumental
gains (or losses).
We are pleased to present a
regular feature of this column and
one of the most perfect Spring
Lamb Recipes ever, from our favor-
ite Chef, Robert Tulko. We are so
very grateful for enriching our lives

Osso Bucco with Lamb
6 lamb cutlets
12 cup seasoned flour
12 cup vegetable oil
1 turnip root chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
1 onion thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 dozen cherry tomatoes
12 cup tomato paste
12 bottle red wine
2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon rosemary
salt and pepper

Heat half the oil in a large
oven safe stockpot and preheat the
oven to 325 degrees. Brown the
lamb and set aside. Heat the rest of
the oil and saute the turnip, celery,
onion, garlic and tomatoes until
slightly brown. Stir in the tomato
paste, stock and wine. Season
with rosemary, salt and pepper.
Cover and place in the oven for
1-1/2 hours, stirring often or until
meat is tender. Remove the meat,
keep warm. Put the liquid and the
vegetables in a food processor and
puree into a thick sauce. Serve with
the cooked lamb.

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Book Review

Alex Cross's Trial
Written by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo. 380 pages.
Published by Little Brown and Company, August 2009.

Review byT.G. Stanton
From Washington D.C. to
Eudora, Mississippi in the early
1900s, the times they are a chang-
ing...or at least President Roos-
evelt intends for them to begin
the change process. Ben Corbett
is a Washington attorney who was
in the army, serving with Teddy
Roosevelt. This young lawyer is
well known for cases that serve
those who cannot help themselves.
He is also from Eudora, where
there have been many reports of
hangings in this sleepy little town.
These occurrences are increasing in
frequency across the country, but
here is a chance for changes to hap-
pen and Ben is sent to investigate
by his previous commander and
now President.
Estranged from his father and
returning home bring challenges
to Ben. He is sent to find out if the
black community is truly plagued
by those who harass, torture and
lynch. Here Ben meets Alex Cross's
great-uncle, Abraham and his
granddaughter Moody. These folks
will change Ben's world. Moody
teaches him that truth and justice
do not always go hand-in-hand
and Abraham guides him through

one of the most meaningful situa-
tions of his life.
His family situations are
strained as he takes on yet an-
other crisis. The knight-in-shining
armor mantel he has worn through
much of his career will be tested
and beliefs re-examined. Eudora
is proving to be a place where old
friends are now members of the
Klan or not to be trusted and new
friends are supportive in dangerous
situations. The discoveries made
by Ben lead him to find the true
meaning of being lynched and how
trials in small towns can be ma-
nipulated and still present a chance
for change.
James Patterson is writing
many novels now, guiding new
novelists through the various genres
of novels he writes. This book has
much less personality than many
other Cross novels and moves
slowly. The characters have some
charm and believability for today,
but are hard to place in the early
1900s. Though there were hints of
Patterson's normal Cross novels,
this new writer should maybe try
another path.

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By Contributing Writer Jackie Valyou
Helping Hands of St. Johns
County will meet on Friday, May
28 at 12:00 noon at Faith Commu-
nity Church on County Road 210.
The group will be decorating flower
pots and planting them with plants
donated by local nurseries and
garden clubs. The flower pots will
be donated to the Moultrie Creek
Nursing Home.
Helping Hands recently com-
pleted a room "makeover" for a one
year old disabled baby girl and her
13 year old sister in St. Augustine.
The money was raised through
a garage sale the group held in
March. Not only was the group
able to decorate the rooms, but
a washer and dryer were donated
and Wal-Mart gift cards and toys
suggested by the younger child's
physical and occupational thera-
pists were also bought. The family

is very appreciative.
On April 25, several members
hosted an afternoon bingo party for
organ transplant survivors and their
families at Mayo Clinic, via the
Nielsen Organ Transplant Program.
Helping Hands meets the last
Friday of the month at 12:00 noon
at Faith Community Church Com-
munity Center on County Road
210 next to Cimarrone. The group
is non-denominational and meets
in friendship and fellowship to
better the lives of those in the area.
Numbering over 150, members are
free to come when they can and do
what they can. There are no dues,
officers or stress. The group relies
solely on donations of goods and
services from the community. New
members are always welcome.
For more information, please
contact jacqphil@aol.com.

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BTHS Happenings
Bartram Trail DECA receives
donations from companies
By Tyler Shine, BTHS Student

This year, Bartram Trail High
School DECA had six of their
members do well enough competi-
tively to secure a place to com-
pete at the International Career
Development Conference. Four
other club members will attend
the conference as voting delegates
and enrollees in the Leadership
Development Academy. The
competition tested various things,
such as elementary marketing and
financial knowledge, application
of entrepreneurial concepts and
interpersonal skills. 2010 ICDC
will be held in Louisville, Ken-
tucky, from April 24 through 28.
BTHS DECA and the VyStar
Academy of Business and Finance
have sustained a proud tradition of
not only competitive but educa-
tional excellence. The academy
currently services 160 students
ranging from grades nine through
12 in elective-format classes.
Students have the opportunity to
learn practical and pragmatic skills
such as business technology, web
design, use of accounting pro-
grams and banking simulations.
Such a curriculum allows gradu-
ates of the VyStar Academy to be
significantly more prepared for
college and their future careers.
Attendance of the ICDC
is important to many of our
members, who have been driven
enough to increase their com-
petitive aptitudes and reach this
point. It would have been impos-
sible, however, for several of the
students to attend (because of the
necessary vast financial commit-
ment) and thereby bring their
hard work to fruition. Bartram
Trail High School DECA and the
VyStar Academy of Business and
Finance would like to take this

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opportunity to thank a few of our
key sponsors.
Oldcastle (a concrete manu-
facturing and installation com-
pany), the former Turn 4 Wings
on County Road 210, Portofino
Pools, Ossi Orthodontics on
County Road 210 and Indulge
(a hair salon located on County
Road 210) were generous enough
to donate substantial amounts
of funds to the VyStar Academy
of Business and Finance for the
reasons stated above. The funds
were used for various things be-
sides making travel to the interna-
tional competition a reality. This
includes the process of recruiting
new members, purchasing stoles
for graduating academy seniors
and helping to act as start-up
capital for some of the many
fundraisers that DECA students
participate in year-round.
For their kindness, the spon-
sors of the club receive many
attractive benefits. Other than
being mentioned at the intro-
duction of several academy and
DECA functions as key cogs in a
machine, the companies receive
marketing and advertising benefits
through the students. Those who
are fortunate enough to attend the
state and international conferences
wear t-shirts both to and from
the conference with the logos of
said companies emblazoned. The
academy feels that such an act is
the least in can do for repayment
of unforeseen kindness.
Once again, the VyStar Acad-
emy of Business and Finance and
the DECA Chapter at Bartram
Trail High School would like to
thank Oldcastle, Turn 4 Wings,
Portofino Pools, Ossi Orthodon-
tics and Indulge for their donation
and work with the group. We look
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Spay/neuter is good for pets, owners and
our community
By Contributing Writer Sherrie Keshner, Project Coordinator, St. Augustine Humane Society

Pet overpopulation is a huge
problem in our community. Each
day, hundreds of unwanted puppies
and kittens are born and many who
cannot find homes are euthanized.
You as a pet owner can help reduce
this tragedy by having your pets
spayed or neutered before their six-
month birthdays.
Spaying or neutering is good
for pets, for pet owners and for the
community. Besides preventing
unwanted litters, spaying or neuter-
ing helps dogs and cats live longer,
healthier lives and reduces a number
of costly health problems.
Spaying or neutering saves
you money on veterinary care and
makes pets better, more affection-
ate companions who have fewer
behavior problems. Neutered cats

are less likely to spray and females
lose their troublesome heat cycles.
Both neutered cats and dogs are less
likely to act aggressively, roam or
run away.
Spaying or neutering is also
good for our community. St. Johns
County spends thousands of dollars
housing unwanted animals that are
the result of irresponsible breeding.
If every county pet owner would
spay or neuter, the number of
unwanted pets and likelihood of eu-
thanasia would be greatly reduced.
Spaying or neutering carries a
one-time cost that is relatively small
when one considers its benefits. It's
a small price to pay for the health of
your pet and the prevention of more
unwanted animals. Please act re-
sponsibly; you personally can make

Sports in Brief
The Nease Spring Classic
Football game will be held at Pan-
ther Stadium on Thursday, May 27
at 7:00 p.m. against Fleming Island.
Enjoy the Nease Panther Pride
Band, food, snow cones and the
2010 Nease Panther football team.
Ford Motor Company and Bozard
Ford will be partnering to help raise
money in support of Nease High
School Touchdown Club as part
of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School
program. Ford Motor Company will
donate $20 for every person from
a unique household who test drives
a 2010 Mustang, Taurus, Fusion
Hybrid, Mercury Milan or Lincoln
MKT between 12:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Switzerland Point Middle
School will be hosting its annual
Summer Basketball Camp for boys
and girls ages six through 14. The
camp will have two sessions: June
14 through 17 and July 5 through
8. This is a fun-filled camp where
"Teaching Never Stops." Also, we
are seeking donations or prizes for
the students (such as gift certificates,
T-shirts, coupons or candy). If any
area business can contribute it will
be greatly appreciated. Please check
your child's school for a brochure
or view Terrance Singleton's website
at Switzerland Point Middle School
(www-raider.stjohns.kl2.fl.us) For
additional information, please call
Coach Singleton at 287-2626 or
547-8650 or email him at singlet@

a difference by spaying or neutering
your pet.
The St. Augustine Humane
Society (SAHS) Spay Shuttle pro-
vides a convenient and inexpensive
spay/neuter opportunity for your
pet. The cost for cats is $50 and
dogs $75, which includes a rabies
vaccination. Additional services are
also available at reduced rates. Feral
cats are sterilized for $30 which
includes rabies and distemper vac-
cinations, ear tipping and ear mite
and flea treatment. Humane traps
for feral cats are available for loan
for a $50 deposit. The low-cost fee
includes free transport to and from
FCNMHP in Jacksonville for same-
day surgery. The next Spay Shuttles
launch on May 20 and June 20.
Room in the Spay Shuttles is
limited, so reservations must be
made in advance. To prepay and
preregister, visit SAHS at 1665 Old
Moultrie Road on a Thursday, Fri-
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"In the Garden" is the look for
Spring 2010. Trellises of flowers and
other garden-inspired elements are
everywhere. Sundresses in poplins,
sheer silks, Swiss dots and chintz
prints are the ticket. Hues are
spring-themed too, like geranium,
azalea and blue sky. Flowers are
pinned at the neck and in the hair.
A handbag, shoes or necklace with
a flower motif is the frou-frou detail
of the year.
Flirty skirts with feminine
details are some of the other
lady-like silhouettes around. The
hemlines range from uneven to bell
to handkerchief. The good news
here is that hem length is all over
the place from short-short to bo-ho
long, over the knee, at the knee or
below the knee-so what's good for
you works! Keeping the lines at the
top simple and to the minimum is a
must with the decorative skirt.

Accessories are over the top;
multiple chains in a mixture of met-
als and layered with pearls make for
the bold neck you will see this year.
The arm candy of choice is brightly
painted enamel bangles worn lay-
ered as well. Lucite cuff bracelets are
layered as well for more icy drama.
Shoes paired with spring
"things" are teetering leather wrap-
up sandals made up in a sophisticat-
ed package. Natural elements make
up the footwear like fringe, wood
and snake. Jeweled sandals with
beads or rhinestones bring back the
reminiscent "Jelly" style footwear.
Handcrafted interesting tops
with one-of-a-kind details are up-
dating our closet. I purchased one
complete with a straw sunflower in
the center...hope laundering is not
a nightmare! Origami folds, pleats
and ruffles added to tops make
things interesting too. A soft cotton

blouse with a ruffled cap sleeve
sporting a little bow in robin's egg
blue was quite a knock-out at the
last fashion show I viewed.
Drapey jersey dresses in solids
and geometric prints are in all kinds
of shapes like sheath, kimono,
wrap-front and bandeau. The prints
come in seashore colors like coral,
sand, white, pearl and gray. But
black and white still gets the nod
for Spring 2010. One runway gal
I spotted this spring glammed up
her black and white knee skimming
knit shift with a hot to trot pair of
Kelly green elastic sandals. Wow!
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matchy with shoes and bags and
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outfits...try mocha, gray or beige,
even yellow. Your handbag could
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Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

FCMS Happenings
By Contributing Writer Ashlyn Cooper, FCMS Student

Fruit Cove just can't seem to
stop! We are on a one-way flight
to awesome activities, super sports
teams, and fantastic field trips! To
start off, congratulations to the
2010-2011 FCMS cheerleaders for
their National Championship win.
Fruit Cove has also recently held
tryouts for cheerleaders and foot-
ball (tackle for the boys and flag for
the girls.). They will make us very
proud during the football season
next year. Our varsity and junior
varsity baseball teams are doing
well this first season, as have our
softball teams. Volleyball intramu-
rals began on April 22. Come to
the gym Thursdays after school at
3:15 to watch them play. Unfortu-
nately due to budget cuts, track has
been cut this year.
In the "awesome events or ac-
tivities" category we have a bunch
of activities. On April 23, Student
Council hosted a Sadie Hawkins
dance. On April 27, the fifth grad-
ers from Julington Creek as well
as Hickory Creek visited FCMS.
HOPS (hands on problem solv-
ing) for the Pre-IB/PACE classes
took place on April 28 and 29. The
following day, fifth graders from

Durbin and Cunningham Creek
visited FCMS. All grades have out
of town field trips planned, as well
as the band, chorus and National
Junior Honor Society.
The third annual Arts Cafe
was held on Thursday, May 6 from
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Many
students and parents came out and
enjoyed artwork by the students
of FCMS in addition to playing
games, participating in a silent auc-
tion, drinking yummy frappachi-
nos and much, much more!
If any rising seventh graders
are interested in Pre-AP (advanced
placement) classes, one should lis-
ten to the morning announcements
each day. Any rising eighth graders
already enrolled in the program
will be mailed letters. Beginning on
May 10, forms to apply for Pre-AP
will be available in the office. These
forms are due no later than May
It looks like FCMS rounds out
the year by trying to help the stu-
dents make memories. With all the
fun events and cool fieldtrips, we
know we are going to have memo-
ries that will last forever!

Pillow cases, teddy bears and
tissue bags lined the hallway of
Betty Griffin House, after the Busy
Bees 4-H Sewing Club donated
these colorful sewn items. Each
new resident at Betty Griffin House
will feel a little more at home with
a brand new pillow case, and each
child will have a new teddy bear to
hold tight at night.
A big thanks to Patty Girvan,
who is one of several club leaders
that helped to make this project
possible. The 4-H Sewing Club
meets the second Saturday of every
month at the Agricultural Center
in St. Augustine and they work
on different sewing projects, while
learning new techniques.
As a private, nonprofit agency,
Betty Griffin House provides emer-

agency shelter to abused women,
men, their minor children. Other
support services available to shelter
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and group counseling, forensic
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Nease IB juniors' pond
metamorphosis project workday
By Contributing Writer Donna Mancini, Nease IB Booster Club

The afternoon work group after a job well done!

The Pond Metamorphosis
Project workday on Saturday,
April 17 enhanced the outdoor
science classroom at South Woods
Elementary School, which is
located in the Southwest corner of
St. Johns County in Elkton. Last
year's seniors (Class of 2009) in the
Nease International Baccalaureate
(IB) program collaborated with
South Woods Elementary to enrich
its campus and classroom curricu-
lum by installing an on-site pond
ecosystem. This year, the Nease
IB juniors, led by IB Coordinator
Kim Hollis, transformed the pond
area by adding a butterfly house
and garden, pond fountain, land-
scape rock and plants to beautify
the pond perimeter.
Four teams led by student
leaders were formed in January
that researched, developed plans
and negotiated prices for supplies
from local businesses to transform
the pond area. Sixty-eight students
and several parents led the charge
to makeover the South Woods
Elementary outdoor classroom
pond and surrounding areas. The
workday was split into morning
and afternoon shifts. The bulk of
the morning crew worked hard
rinsing and hauling two tons of
landscape rock around the perim-
eter of the pond. It was amazing
what the students did in a matter
of a few hours to cover the pond
perimeter with landscape rock and
erect an elaborate fountain that
now anchors the pond.
Another group worked
together to assemble the butterfly
house that will serve as a wonder-
ful habitat for butterflies, bees
and other insects. The design and
positioning of the butterfly house
will allow students to walk into
the habitat and enjoy nature or
sit and read if they wish. Another
team cleared the interior of the
pond pruning back water plants to

regenerate the living plants inside
after the hard winter freezes. A
tadpole garden was designed out of
gravel to serve as a nursery and safe
haven. Additional water lilies and
plants were added to the pond.
The afternoon crew came in
with their gorgeous plants, flowers
and trees. They were ready with
their shovels and gloves to perform
a wonderful beautification of the
pond perimeter and the butterfly
house area. It was truly a student
driven makeover similar to what
you see on HGTV! The students
worked continually during their
shifts with a couple working
double shifts.
The kids were treated to
a Chick-Fil-A lunch by Brian
McElhone, the principal of South
Woods Elementary, who has been
a strong supporter of the collabo-
ration that has been established
with Nease IB. McElhone and the
maintenance coordinator, Bennie
Witt were on hand all day to work
and assist the various teams with all
the enhancements.
The project is funded by a
Horizon Grant from the St. Johns
Public Education Foundation with
additional funds provided by the
Nease IB seniors last year and the
Nease IB Booster Club. The IB
junior leadership teams reached
out to the community and received
tremendous support from Stone
Plus, Palm Coast; Holly's Nursery,
St. Augustine; and Earth Works in
Jacksonville; which provided both
the expertise and discounted prices
for the equipment and supplies.
The IB junior leadership
teams will return to South Woods
Elementary at the end of May to
release a few fish and bring some
butterflies. The team leaders will
interact with the fifth graders at
South Woods which will be an ex-
cellent opportunity for both groups
to share experiences.

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Wilcox and Dr. Patricia Falaney, enjoyed a day of golf.

"A perfect day almost always
includes golf," said Tim Conlan,
Durbin Creek Elementary dad and
chair of the 2010 DCE Golf Clas-
sic, "and helping Durbin Creek
raise money for education while
playing golf is icing on the cake."
After teaming up with
other parents and local businesses,
Durbin Creek Elementary was
able to bring together 96 golf-
ers to play at St. Johns Golf and

vent, educate and protect
Caroline Simes, DC
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Elementary is a wonder
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opportunity for socialize
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Not other donations to help Durbin
Afraid, Creek raise money.
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nization nesses enough for supporting us
dedi- and for giving our school extra
cated to educational resources that provide
providing our students with an enriched
programs school experience," said Reisha
that pre- Rust, DCE PTO president and
ct. co-chair of the golf committee.
ZE par- Principal Dr. Patricia Falaney
rare Not was a participant along with Assis-
reek tant Principal Matt James, book-
ful asset keeper Lori Wilcox and mainte-
ommunity nance coordinator Todd Ponce.
r Aware Golfers enjoyed lunch from
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so a great and the day ended with a dinner
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Twelfth grader Enshera Badu-
Tweneboah has been very busy-
she worked with Superintendent
of Schools Dr. Joseph Joyner and
Bartram Trail Principal Brennan
Asplen to see her dream of educat-
ing the community about Black
History Month and African Ameri-
can culture become a reality. For
two years, Badu-Tweneboah served
as the student organizer of Black
History Month for Bartram Trail
High School. She gathered black
history facts for the morning stu-
dent news announcements, worked
with the school's media centers to
decorate with items recognizing
African American leaders, authors
and celebri-
ties, organized
a poetry contest l
and finally, intro- rr
duced the idea of
an art contest for
the students. r '
In March,
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students were
recognized as
BTHS' Black
History Month
art winners. Each
winner entered
their original
graphite drawing
into the contest. Bartram Trail Higl
The drawing and Enshera Badi
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depicted important contributions
of African American leaders to
the advancement of civil rights in
America. Skylar Wynn was selected
as the first place winner and Janel
Smiley and Nathan Pavich each
placed second in the contest.
Badu-Tweneboah's dedica-
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community is deeply rooted. She
participated in the Girl Scouts
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By Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti Bay Middle School

What an exciting month
April was for Pacetti Bay Middle
School. First of all in celebration
of School Library Media Month
and National Library Week we
had the author, Rick Yancey speak
to our students. We collaborated
with the St. Johns County Public
Library's Bookmobile services
in celebrating the first National
Bookmobile Day. Yancey is the
author of the Extraordinary Adven-
tures ofAlfredKropp series. In ad-
dition he wrote Monstrumologist,
a 2010 Printz Honor book. As we
enjoyed our lunch with Yancey,
students began to ask questions
about the books and he calmly
informed us that we did not want
to hear about the book while we
were eating our lunch! Students
raved about his presentation. They
found him entertaining, humor-
ous and excellent at storytelling.
The very next night we had a
poetry reading in the media center
as part of our Evening of the Arts
sponsored by PTSO. Rene Jones
did an amazing job of persuading
students to do group readings and
monologues. Some of the mono-
logues had us in stitches. This will
definitely be a Pacetti Bay tradi-
The absolute highlight of the
month was our Sunshine State
Young Readers Book Battle. Mem-
bers of the team were Amanda
and Jessica Greggs, Sloane Haines,
Emma Conrad and Devon

PBMS Book Club with author RickYancey

Crawford. Crawford was our team
captain. This is the third year for
Amanda Greggs, Jessica Greggs
and Crawford. Using the CPS
system clickerss) was a big change
for the team. The teams were
very close to almost the end. Just
before time was called Swiss Point
missed a question which brought
us to a tie with them. Four min-
utes of nerve wracking question-
ing and Pacetti Bay won by one
point. Each of the girls was an ex-
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books. They were amazing!
Lazy days are on their way
and everyone needs a good book.
A recent choice of mine was a
total surprise, Heist Society by
Ally Carter. This is the story

of an extended family that has
been thieves for generations. The
unexpected twists and turns kept
me turning the pages in spite of
a million other things I should
have been doing. I thought 39
Clues' Viper's Nest would be it for
awhile when Shawn Ryan came
in to ask me if I had purchased
Book 8: The Emperor's Code. Off
to the bookstore I flew. Now I
understand book 9 will be out in
June and Book 10 is due out in

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competition event on March 27,
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ties were met as a Creekside dance
team member, a select group of
eight dancers dedicated countless
hours, after school, over weekends
and school holidays to train and
learn a newly created routine by
local choreographer Judy Thomas.
The girls would practice for three
to four hour sessions anywhere and
anytime they could find the time
to be together.
As the competition day ap-
proached, final alterations and
enhancements were being made
to their costumes and the team
continued to work on their

technique and synchronization of
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May 1, 2010.
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Residents' WWII memorabilia
makes impressive display
By Contributing Writer Penny Levy

Dan Giannini and Marti Kendall with their WWII display.

St. Johns resident Marti
Kendall has a passion-she and her
husband, Dan Giannini, collect
World War II military memo-
rabilia. In addition to their two
WWII military jeeps, they have a
storage unit filled with items that
the average soldier in WWII would
have used.
The most unique items in the
collection make up their Camp
Blanding PX display. In it are store
cases and racks that are filled with
such diverse items as sweetheart
pillowcases (pillow shams that a
soldier might have sent to a family
member or sweetheart), handker-
chiefs, razor blades, post cards,
matchbooks, bobby pins and sou-
venirs - all in their original 1940s
As background, Camp Bland-
ing is a Florida National Guard
base located off of State Road 16
just a few miles east of Starke. The
camp was established in 1939 and
became a major federal train-
ing base during WWII. Infantry,
cavalry, tank destroyer units, field
artillery, engineers, medical (which
included nurses) and other special-
ist troops all trained there. It was
also the site of a German prisoner
of war camp.
Giannini began collecting
WWII military items in the mid-
1980s. When he and Kendall met
in 1997, he already had an exten-
sive collection. Giannini infected
Kendall with the bug.
"Within a year of our first
meeting, Marti had more stuff than
I did," says Giannini. Kendall's
and Giannini's collection brings
the WWII history of north Florida
to life. It is also dear to Kendall's

heart as her
father, an
uncle and
an aunt all
served in
the mili-
tary during
years ago,
and Kendall
set up their
PX display
in the Cas-
tillo de San
Marcos in
St. Augus-

Ranger Jeffrey Edel said, "Dan and
Marti's PX is an incredibly detailed
display, from cigarettes to candy
to novelties. All it needed was the
smell of shoe polish, hair tonic and
peppermint. It took me back to
my days as a military kid, going to
the PX in the '60s. It was certainly
impressive especially because they
know the background of just about
everything they have on display."
Kendall and Giannini serve on
the board of directors at Ft. Clinch
State Park in Fernandina where
they often display their collec-
tion at special events. Fort Clinch,
which is a masonry fort construct-
ed in the mid-1800s, was used as a
communications and security post
during WWII.
This Memorial weekend, May
29 and 30, Kendall and Giannini
will be setting up a display at Ft.
Clinch. Also, on June 5, they will
be displaying much of their col-
lection at the Military Museum
of North Florida in Green Cove
Springs, which is commemorating
the 66th anniversary of the land-
ing of Allied troops in France on
D-Day, the event that marked the
beginning of the end of WWII in
Europe. The Museum is located off
of State Road 16 just east of Green
Cove Springs.

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On April 17, the parishioners
of San Juan Del Rio Catholic
Church on had a special opportu-
nity to be very proud. Knights of
Columbus Switzerland Council
No. 12664, which represents some
of the most dedicated and in-
volved men in the parish, reached
a mile stone-that day 16 of the
council's members moved up to
the highest membership degree in
the Knights of Columbus. They
attended the 4th Degree Exem-
plification on that Saturday. Not
only was it a big accomplishment
for those members, the day was
also significant for the 4th Degree

Ava Maria Assembly, for their
members were chosen to furnish
their Color Corps to be the Color
Guard for the ceremony.
Ava Maria Assembly is com-
posed exclusively of 4th Degree
members of the Knights of Co-
lumbus Switzerland Council No.
12664. They spent weeks drilling
under the command of Color
Corps Commander Joe Bishop to
present the colors at the exemplifi-
cation ceremony. At first they were
a bit rusty in marching together in
unison, carrying flags and saluting
with their sabers. Many practices
and a lot of dedication resulted in

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a sharp performing Color Guard.
Finally, dressed in full regalia
the Color Corps, composed of
Commander Joe Bishop, Mike
Le Blanc, Dan McIntyre, Carlos
Irene Greg Webster, Rich Baracz,
Paul Soriano, Bill Tarleton and
Curt Baker, performed their du-
ties with crisp military precision.
Underlying their gained expertise
at marching together was a sincere
appreciation for the honor it was
to be chosen for the mission. Plus,
watching practice and then finally
marching down the aisle carrying
the flags, you couldn't help but
think they were actually having
It was the first time since
2001 that a 4th Degree Exempli-
fication had been held in Jackson-
ville. That day 290 gentlemen of
the Knights of Columbus gathered
at the Southpoint Marriott, all
dressed sharply in tuxedos, which
is the uniform for members of
the 4th Degree. Patriotism is the
cornerstone of the 4th Degree.
Members of the Knights of
Columbus begin their journey
as a Brother Knight with the
First Degree which is anchored
by charity. The Second Degree
brings a Brother Knight forward
in Unity. Fraternity is the foun-
dation of being a Third Degree
Knight. By obtaining the Fourth
Degree a member pledges patrio-
tism. Becoming Sir Knights of
the Fourth degree that day were
Jorge Blanco, Ben Cosio, Francis
Durnin, Michael Fiorentino, John
Hess, Karl Kennell, David Koenig,
Kevin Mason, Ronald Morin, Rev.
Lawrence, Miguel Ortiz-Vega, Pat-
rick Pollizzi, Alan Ramos, Thomas
Stanko, Michael Trull and Steven
During the Mass in the
afternoon after the Exemplifica-
tion and also at the banquet that
night, wives, family and friends
joined in the celebratory activi-
ties. A very special observation was
made. When hymns were sung
and prayers said, particularly when
the Star Spangled Banner was
sung, not a voice was left unheard.
It was an amazing experience to
hear the sincere and deep-felt
spirit resonate throughout the hall
during the ceremonies.
The members of San Juan Del
Rio Parrish surely have the right
to feel extremely proud of these
gentlemen. Switzerland Council
has only 217 members and now
65 of those members compose the
Ava Maria Assembly. An impres-
sive expression of dedicated these
gentlemen are. Not just because
they represent the parish so well,
but because they surely represent
the backbone of support, charity
and faith of the church.

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seniors in the International Bac-
calaureate (IB) program completed
their class level community service
project volunteering with the
Emergency Services and Home-
less Coalition of St. Johns County
(ESHC). Last spring as juniors the
students started working with the
ESHC by doing needed mainte-

nance work around the campus.
This year the project focused solely
on the resident children.
Students of all age groups
reside at the ESHC for up to 24
months while their families make
the transition back into permanent
housing. The Nease seniors helped
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the Nease and resident teenagers
played a fun and active game of
"fantasy basketball." A nutritious
lunch was delivered and served by
the Nease students and enjoyed
by both groups together. The day
culminated with a flag football
game among all the teenagers that
showcased some impressive passes.
In addition, Nease IB students
collected donations that pro-
vided food, clothing, toys, books,
household items and furniture
for the ESHC. These donations
are needed on the St. Augustine
campus, as the ESHC provides all
the necessary resources for their
residents, from child and student
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als or the households in a circum-
stance of emergency. The Nease
IB Booster Club and the Nease IB
seniors will also be supporting the
ESHC through a fundraiser later in
the spring.
This service project is all part
of the IB curriculum in which
the students must perform both
personal and group service projects
in order to receive the IB Diploma.
The aim of the IB curriculum is "to
develop inquiring, knowledgeable

and caring young people who help
to create a better and more peace-
ful world through intercultural
understanding and respect."
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agreed that students of all ages
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imagination that will always unite
them. The Nease IB seniors united
and served their community at the
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the Viking Patrol finished in two
minutes and 48 seconds.
"It's gratifying to see the
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ming for finals and the AP review
sessions, there's a lot of activity.
The Hispanic Honor Society
academic team competed in the
Florida State Spanish Conference
in April. The team traveled to Or-
lando for three days and competed
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ing, declamations (poems), theater
performance and scrapbook. In to-
tal, the group received six sobresa-
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for next year.
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Monday, April 19 and was greeted
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than 400 students from different
schools around Jacksonville. The
concert included inspirational
songs about peace, happiness and

following your dreams. Lamas
made sure to thank all of the Span-
ish teachers for their hard work and
even invited some students onto
the stage to sing and dance with
him. After the performance, Lamas
spent time with the students in the
lobby, taking pictures and signing
The voices of CHS students
were tested on April 16 with the
very first "Creekside Idol," a fun
and entertaining performance by
the school's most talented singers.
Congratulations to Brittany Law-
rence for winning the competition.
Creekside boasts a large
amount of creative and artistic stu-
dents. This was evident on Friday,
April 23, when select artwork from
CHS students went on display
in the courtyard! The art show
featured works of pottery, photog-
raphy, mixed media and paintings.
The show lasted throughout all
three lunch periods and musical
entertainment was provided by the
Creekside jazz band. It was a relax-
ing and enjoyable way to spend a
beautiful afternoon.
As you can see, while the
students at Creekside High School
yearn for the freedom of summer,
there are certainly many ways to
pass the time until then!

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Nease Happenings

IB students look forward to annual New York trip
By Kristie Yang, Nease Student

For high school students
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May is synonymous with never-
ending exam testing. At Nease, the
student body feverishly prepares
to embrace number two pencils,
scantrons, sweat pants and granola
bars for the next three weeks. As
for the International Baccalaureate
(IB) seniors, the May IB exams
are the last hurdle before the
final reward of completing the IB
diploma program and before the
final IB New York City trip.
Each year, the IB senior class
joins the thousands of tourist
groups in NYC for four days
to celebrate the closure of their
participation in IB program. The

senior class, along with IB Coor-
dinator Kim Hollis and five other
teacher chaperones, will explore
the Big Apple from May 27
through May 30.
Although the students will
arrive around noon on Thurs-
day, planned activities will begin
immediately. The first destina-
tion is Times Square, followed
by the Brooklyn Bridge, where
as tradition holds, the senior IB
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ing cruise so that students can see
NYC from the water.
Throughout the trip, stu-
dents will have pockets of free
time so that they can do what
they like, such as visit a baseball
game, see another Broadway play,
eat specialty foods and shop.
Traditionally, IB English teacher
Nancy Williams, an avid runner,
has taken a group of students on
an early morning run through
Central Park; she plans to do so
this year.
In the past, the trip was
scheduled for late January, in
which case the students had the
opportunity to ice-skate at the
Rockefeller Center. The change
of scheduling the trip for May
brought mixed feelings.
"At first I was a little disap-
pointed since I wanted to wear
the few pieces of winter clothing
that I own, but now I'm excited.
Now, we'll be done with exams, so
we don't have to worry about all
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had a very busy spring! Following
is a brief update on some of our
Two of our board mem-
bers, Michelle Clark and Su-
sanna Vance were instrumental in
holding the first NCAA 101: A
Student/Athletes Roadmap which
was held in mid-April for all
St. Johns County freshmen and
sophomores who intend to play
sports in college. They brought
in Sheri Holt, director of compli-
ance at Flagler College, for the
over school work.
"I am looking forward to be-
ing finished with testing and hav-
ing a great time with my wonder-
ful seniors. Also, I am excited to
eat the foods and see the shows,"
said IB Coordinator Hollis.
Seniors in the IB program
have been classmates since fresh-

event which reviewed eligibility,
timelines, recruiting protocol and
NCAA requirements. The event
was sponsored by CKABC.
The boys' varsity lacrosse
team won the district in only
their second year. The boys'
varsity tennis team also won their
district while the girls' varsity ten-
nis team came in third place. The
girls' softball and boys' baseball
teams are completing their dis-
trict play. Creekside High School
will have its Senior Day on May
21 to honor our senior athletes!

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must go their own way, all are still
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What's lurking in your lunch?
Tips for packing safer lunches

(ARA) - You do everything
you can think of to ensure your
kids eat a healthful lunch. But do
you also consider the safety of the
food you pack in their lunch bags
each day?
"Packing your child's school
lunch not only helps you know
they're eating healthful fare, it
can also save money - an impor-
tant consideration in the current
economy," says food safety expert
Dr. Don Schaffner of the Institute
of Food Technologists and Rutgers
University. "Parents also need to
keep in mind, however, the im-
portance of safe handling practices
when preparing food for their
children's lunch boxes."
The United States Department
of Agriculture offers a few safety
tips to keep in mind when pack-
ing school lunches for kids or your
own lunch for work:
Keep it clean. Hand washing
is an important part of ensuring
food safety. Washing your hands
can stop bacteria from spreading.
Before beginning food preparation,
wash your hands with soap and
warm water for 20 seconds. Wash
them again before eating.
Wash cutting boards, dishes,
utensils and countertops with hot,
soapy water after preparing each
food item.
Start with safe food. Keep
perishable foods like prepackaged
lunch combinations - like the
kind that include lunch meats with
crackers, cheese and condiments
- cold by using freezer gel packs

or a frozen juice carton. Insulated,
soft-sided lunch boxes or bags are
best for keeping food cold. If you
use a paper bag, be sure to create
insulating layers by double bag-
Pack light. Don't pack more
than your kids are likely to eat.
That way, you won't have to worry
if leftovers they bring home have
been kept at safe temperatures
throughout the day and on the
commute home. Consider pre-
paring food the night before and
storing it in the refrigerator. Then
pack your lunch bag in the morn-
ing. This will help food stay cold
Avoid cross-contamination.
Never reuse packaging materials
such as paper or plastic bags, food
wraps and aluminum foil; this
can lead to cross-contamination.
Throw away all food packaging
after you eat lunch and discard
perishable leftovers unless you can
safely chill them immediately after
lunch and upon returning home.
Keep hot foods hot, cold foods
cold. Use an insulated container
like a thermos for hot foods like
chili, soup and stew. Before using
the container, fill it with boil-
ing water, let it stand for a few
minutes, empty it and then pour
in the piping hot food. Keep the
container closed until lunchtime,
which will help minimize bacterial
contamination and growth. Harm-
ful bacteria multiply rapidly in the
"danger zone" of temperatures be-
tween 40 and 140 degrees. Trans-

port cold food with an ice source
and refrigerate it immediately once
you reach your destination.
The right way to reheat. If
you reheat food in the microwave,
cover the food to hold in the mois-
ture and promote safe, even heat-
ing. Reheat leftovers to at least 165
degrees. Food should come out of
the microwave steaming hot. Cook
frozen convenience meals accord-
ing to the package instructions.
"Following these simple steps
can help you and your family enjoy
a packed lunch at school or work,
while reducing the risk of food-
borne illness," Schaffner says.
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Getting outdoors with your

(ARA) - As the weather
warms and families come out to
play, moms and dads often won-
der how they can keep their tod-
dler busy outdoors while spending
quality time together. There's no
need to stock up on hundreds
of dollars worth of toys or fancy
games. Just a few strategic play-
things powered by children and
their imaginations are all parents
need to get outdoors with their
"Unstructured play and
simple games are really great ways
to engage young children" says
Robert Pasin, father of three and
Chief Wagon Officer at Radio
Flyer, makers of wagons and
ride-on toys for children. "Parents
seeking quality ways for them to
be active should know you don't
have to break the bank to have fun
with your kids."
The play experts at Radio Fly-
er offer their top tips for parents to
get outdoors with their toddler.
Blow Bubbles: Bubbles are
a simple and timeless outdoor
activity for children. Encourage
kids to count the bubbles they pop
as a fun way to work on count-
ing skills. For a change of pace
that will delight the little ones, let
them blow the bubbles while mom
and dad chase and pop them.
Cruise the Block: A favorite
activity of the Pasin family is to
take a nature "drive" around the
neighborhood. The Sport Coupe
from Radio Flyer lets kids have a
stylish, retro car of their own. Tod-
dlers can use their feet to move the
car, or use the stow-away footrest
and telescoping handle to let mom

or dad push. Point out foliage and
wildlife along the way and encour-
age toddlers to honk the horn and
wave to the neighbors.
Flutterby: Organize a but-
terfly chase in the yard or at a
nearby park. Take the opportunity
to explain how butterflies were
once caterpillars, show kids how to
watch the delicate critters quietly,
and try to get them to land on
their outstretched fingers. Make
sure to take the time to enjoy the
flowers, trees and sunshine.
Three Wheels and Four Legs:
"Many families, mine included,
have an older child as well as a
toddler," says Pasin. "Younger sib-
lings don't like to be left behind,
so it's important for families to
find 'me too' activities." A tra-
ditional older sibling activity is
taking the family dog for a walk.
Help toddlers keep up with their
very own set of wheels, like My
First Scooter from Radio Flyer.
The three-wheeled scooter looks
just like a big kids' ride but has an
extra wide base with two wheels
in front for stability. Fido will
be happy he doesn't have to slow
down for the kids and the little
ones will be delighted to speed
Sprinkler Sprint: Set up the
sprinkler in the yard, put on the
swimsuits and run, run, run! Kids
(and adults) of all ages love to cool
off by running through sprinklers.
When it comes to getting
outdoors with toddlers, the only
limit is your imagination. Now get
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(NewsUSA) - Cold weather is
in the rear-view mirror and families
across the country are gearing up
to get active outdoors. With the
threat of cabin fever waning, now
is the time to get familiar with a
few helpful tips to ensure a safe
and stress-free season for the entire
* Avoid insect and tick bites. Bug
bites can be dangerous, so take
precautions, such as wearing
insect repellent, tucking pants
into socks or shoes when hik-
ing in the woods and staying
in the middle of trails to avoid
overhanging branches. Avoid
scented soaps and lotions that
can attract bugs.
* Always wear sunblock. Limit
exposure to the sun, especially
between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,



when sun rays are at their stron-
gest. Use sunblock that offers
UVA and UVB protection with
an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply
sunblock 15 to 30 minutes
before going out in the sun and
reapply it every two hours or
after swimming, sweating or
* Avoid heat stress and heat
stroke. It's easy to get caught up
in the fun of outdoor activities,
but in extreme heat condi-
tions it's important to not push
beyond your physical limits.
Drink plenty of water to avoid
dehydration and be on alert
for symptoms of heat stress
and heat stroke, such as thirst,
cramps, fatigue, dizziness, nau-
sea, vomiting and fever.
* Get your physical. If children

are planning on participat-
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summer, it's important that
they have a physical exam to
ensure they're physically ready
to be active. A sports or camp
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Theatre Society) Festival on April
6 through 11 in Tampa, Florida.
Theatre students competed in all
aspects of theatre competition
which included singing, danc-
ing, and acting. The scores range
from poor to superior along with
number points awarded in the
Bartram Trail scored the fol-
Daniel Perez: superior for mono-
logue with a perfect score
Jake Rothman: superior for solo
musical with a perfect score
Jake Rothman and Ashley Pinck-
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with a perfect score
Melanie Johnson: excellent for
Dan Alexander and Mat Tomp-
kins: excellent for duet acting
Bartram Trail High School
Troupe 6174 also performed their
one act called Tracks scoring a
superior .To perform a one act
at state, troupes compete in one
act competition and are chosen
by the judges to represent the
district. The District 2 One Act
competition was held in January
where BTHS received a perfect

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to perform at state receiving a
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In 2002, Springfield was
promoted to Associate Superin-
tendent, Human Resources for
St. Johns County Schools. At that
point, Forson was selected to be
Bartram's second principal. Dur-
ing Forson's tenure at BTHS, he
observed many changes across the
Bartram campus, particularly a
rapidly growing student body and
teacher population as well as the
formation of the ninth grade acad-
emy. Bartram continued to excel
in both academics and extra-cur-
ricular activities. Bartram touched
United States history by being
one of a few places in America to
have an actual piece of the World
Trade Center incorporated into
its campus. Former Governor
Jeb Bush visited the campus for a
special memorial ceremony for the
victims of the 9/11 tragedy. During
Forson's tenure, BTHS hosted the
New England Patriots who played
in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jackson-
In 2006, Dr. Joyner appointed
Forson to the district office to
be the Associate Superintendent,
School Operations. Brennan
Asplen was chosen to become the
third principal of BTHS. Since
2006, Asplen has been witness
to the continuation of change at
BTHS and added his own vi-
sion for BTHS' future. In 2008,
Bartram Trail High School was
the largest high school in St. Johns
County, with approximately 3000
students, faculty and staff on cam-
pus. The landscape of Bartram's
campus incorporated 56 portables
until September 2007 when the
permanent ninth grade building
was completed. The same year,
Bartram's Business and Finance
Academy opened a credit union on
Bartram's campus in conjunction
with VyStar Credit Union.
In the fall of 2008, Bartram
experienced another big change
with the opening of Creekside

High School. Approximately half
of Bartram's population was redi-
rected to the new high school.
Despite all of the changes over
the last 10 years, BTHS main-
tained a high level of academic ex-
cellence. Bartram has consistently
received an "A" rating and in 2009,
Bartram received the coveted Five
Star School Award for total com-
munity involvement given by the
Florida Department of Education,
one of the first two high schools
in St. Johns County to receive
that prestigious award. Newsweek
magazine recognized Bartram Trail
High School as 425th out of the
Top 1000 High Schools in the
nation. Outside the classroom,
Bartram students have risen to
achieve various district, state or
national level championships in all
facets of sports, music, theater, de-
bate, AFJROTC and dance. Most
recently, Bartram's Dance Team
became the first in National Dance
Association history to achieve the
national title in Large Hip Hop for
three consecutive years.
Bartram continues its quest
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Looking for a fun-filled educa-
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not visit a museum? Before you
go, you might want to think about
your visit so that all family mem-
bers get the most out of the experi-
ence. Here are some suggestions
from the Art Institute of Chicago
for introducing your children to a
* Allow your children to enjoy the
museum at their own pace.
* Tune in to what excites your
children and help them discover
things about the objects they are
interested in.
* Don't try to see everything in
one visit. Stay only as long as
your child remains engaged.
Young children can become
overwhelmed by seeing too
many things at one time. Keep
in mind that 30 minutes to an
hour in the galleries may be the

point when they reach their lim-
its-depending on the child.
* Discuss the "no touch" rule with
your children. Explain to them
that the art needs to be kept as
perfect as possible and touching
can damage the pieces.
* Read the labels on pieces chil-
dren show interest in and pass
along pertinent information.
* Relate objects in the museum to
your child's world. For instance,
if you're looking at knight's
armor, you can discuss that its
purpose was to keep the wearer
safe-like a catcher's mask or
bicycle helmet.
* Choose a painting and ask your
child to write a story about what
is happening in it with you.
* Bring a sketch pad and let your
child sketch his or her own copy
of a masterpiece.

* Buy some postcards for your
own exhibition at home to
keep the artwork in your child's
* Play "I spy." Have children se-
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to other family members for
* Have your child seek out art-
works that have particular char-
acteristics, for instance, if your
child's favorite color is red, have
him or her seek out paintings
that have a lot of red in them.
* When you get home encourage
your child to write, draw or talk
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Secrets of smart summer snacking

(ARA) - As you head outdoors
to take advantage of the warmer
weather, there are a number of easy
ways to jump-start a healthy, active
lifestyle and kick the couch potato
While it's great that you're
getting more exercise, don't forget
to incorporate smart eating habits
along with increased activity. Fuel-
ing your body with healthy snack
choices helps keep energy levels
high. But many snacks we consider
as sources of energy and nutrition
are actually loaded with sugar and
preservatives. Another common
pitfall is to avoid snacking alto-
gether, and rely on two to three big
meals to provide all the nutrients
and sustainable energy you need
for the day.
"Smart snacking is a very
important part of our daily diet,"
says registered dietitian and health
educator Allegra Burton, MPH,
RD. "By eating small portions
balanced with protein and complex
carbohydrates throughout the day,
we continually fuel our bodies
with the nutrients we need to stay
healthy and energized."
Burton says picking the right
snacks can be challenging, espe-
cially when you're hungry or on the
go. She shares five easy tips to carry
through your next trip or outdoor
* Plan ahead. Before you head
to the lake for the weekend or
a family road trip, plan on a
variety of snacking options to
satisfy everyone. Burton recom-
mends fresh fruit, a mixture of
nuts and dried fruit, low-fat
string cheese and plenty of
bottled water.
* Snack small and snack often.
Whether you're going to the
gym, on a walk, or to the
amusement park or beach,
throw some treats in the car or
your backpack.
* Mix it up. There are many
smart snacking options to

choose from every day. One day
you could have fruit and nuts,
the next day yogurt or veggies
with a low fat bean dip. Variety
will keep your taste buds from
getting bored and will encour-
age you to keep reaching for
healthier snacks.
* Give in, not up. It's hard to
resist a cold, sweet treat on a
warm day at the beach or family
barbecue. Rather than avoiding
moderate indulgences, flex your
snack smarts. Choose low-fat
frozen yogurt and lean toward
dark chocolate over milk or
white chocolate since it has
antioxidants that are good for
your heart. And remember, it's

all about portion control - a
little goes a long way!
* Match snack with activity.
Make sure to pack snacks ap-
propriate for your activity. For
example, perishable or bulky
foods don't make sense if you're
embarking on a hike. Instead
pack all-natural snacks placed
in baggies such as trail mix,
and cut-up veggies that are
easy to carry and stash in your
backpack. Conversely, if you are
going to be at the park or on a
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ered her with a blanket. There was
a hushed gasp. The mood was only
broken when the helicopter ar-
rived. When the helicopter revved
its rotors to depart, wind whipped
through the stadium; though warm
it left a chill over the audience.
Ending the reenactment was
a mock sentencing of the father
who hosted the party, played by
volunteer Woody Shugart and
the drunken driving student. It
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sentences out way too often.
Special recognition should be
sent out to the 18 drama students
of teacher Brad Segal's class for
providing very convincing portray-
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day was Leslie Shugart, committee
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the entire production. Of course
a special mention should be of
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Parenting is going to talk about the
most important relationship within
the family-your marriage.
Maintaining a meaningful
marriage is difficult between work's
demands, children's needs and the
many other things that constantly
grab for your attention. Divorces
in Florida have risen above 40
percent. Dave Harvey expounds on
the root of many separations in his
book When Sinners Say IDo: "It's
not the presence of differences, but
the absence of mercy that makes
marriages irreconcilable."
Are you extending mercy to
your spouse in small things (shoes
on the floor, dishes on the counter)
as well as big (late coming home
without calling, forgetting anni-
versaries)? "Be kind to one an-
other, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, as God in Christ forgave
you." -Ephesians 4:32

A healthy marriage is worth
the hard work! Former Notre
Dame President Theodore Hes-
burgh notes, "The most important
thing a father can do for his chil-
dren is to love their mother." Start
by making time for your spouse.
Just like dropping everything to
tie a four-year-old's shoe, give your
honey your full attention when he
needs you and watch your relation-
ship bloom!
With five (soon to be six!)
children sharing our home and our
lives, Chris and I have learned we
have to be intentional about setting
aside time for just the two of us.
Date Nights Out: Once or
twice a month we plan a "date
night" where the only priority is
to enjoy each other. We've worked
out a swap with some friends so
we can use our money for fun,
not a sitter. Some recent favorites
include an evening out on the boat
(just the two of us!), dinner at The
Tasting Room in St Augustine or
Palm Valley Fish Camp in Ponte
Vedra and a sunset picnic at the
beach, Washington Oaks Gardens,
the green in front of the Castillo
or on the St. Johns River at Alpine
Groves Park. St. Johns County is
full of romantic destinations; enjoy
exploring the area and making
memories with your spouse!
Date Nights In: We love
special nights out on the town but
know we have to make our mar-
riage a priority every day. Squeeze
in a special evening by laying the

f Etiquette by Elizabeth

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Call for an appointment or to receive information

Landscape design class offered

One of the best investments
you can make in your home is
landscaping. Unlike other home
improvement projects, a landscape
tends to appreciate with time as
opposed to depreciating like a new
Learn to create a landscape
design for your home by attending
our three session class. You must
attend all three sessions for this
class to benefit you. For each week
we build on the previous informa-
tion and by the end of the third
session you can have a completed

design. By attending the three
classes it also entitles you to a site
visit for an evaluation of your plan.
The class will be three consec-
utive Wednesdays: May 19, 26 and
June 2. The class times are 9:30
a.m. until 12:00 noon each day.
The cost of the course is $30 and
class size is limited to 15 projects.
This class will be held at the
Wind Mitigation Building, located
at 3111 Agriculture Center Drive
in St. Augustine. To register for the
class or for additional information,
please call 209-0430.

Dear Elizabeth,
I am having a surprise birth-
day party for my husband. I have
invited over 30 people. Invitations
went out two weeks ago and I
have only heard from five people. I
gave several numbers for people to
R.S.V.P. What should I do?
Fruit Cove

Dear Lauren,
If you were planning a sit
down dinner, you might want to
follow up with a phone call. If
you were planning a buffet type of
party then go ahead and plan for
20-25 people. I have addressed this
in my column before: No matter
what...you should always respond
to an invitation. You do not neces-
sarily have to give a reason for your
Good Luck!

Dear Elizabeth,
My friend who lives in a differ
ent city just had a baby. How long
do I have to get a gift to her?
Julington Creel

Dear Stacey,
You really should try to get
a gift off to her no later than two
months after the birth of the new
baby. Now, if you are going to see
her in person within three months
then it would be all right to wait
and give it to her then.
Good Luck!

Please send etiquette questions
to AskElizabethNow@Bellsouth.
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question in an upcoming issue of
The CreekLine. Sorry, no personal

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2. Don't tailgate: Unexpected
stops frequently occur in work
3. Don't speed: Note the
posted speed limits in and
around the work zone.
4. Don't change lanes in the
work zone: The time saved just
isn't worth the chance.
5. Minimize distractions:
Avoid changing radio stations
and using cellular phones
while driving in the work zone.
6. Expect the unexpected:
Keep an eye out for workers
and their equipment.

BTHS Character Counts Award winners for 2009-2010

Each year, a select group of juniors and seniors who embody
the six pillars of character (Respect, Responsibility,
Fairness, Caring, Trustworthiness and Citizenship) are
chosen to receive the Character Counts award.

This year's recipients are Peter Coggeshall, Tyler Ford, Gianna
Morelli, Kyle Pepper, Aubrey Asplen, Lesleigh Craddock,
D'Vontai Crowder, Libby Crowe, Edward Pottenger,
Lindsey Baroch, Cassidy Langford, Taylor Brantley, Jared
Griffis, James Mancino and Mac Culkeen.

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kids down early and enjoy a home-
made dinner by candlelight for an
unexpected weeknight date. After
dinner another night, you could
put in some popcorn and a movie
for the older children and then slip
away to enjoy coffee and dessert in
a TV-free room with your honey.
Utilize the Net: The computer
is always available for local fun
ideas and new restaurant reviews.
Discounts, like those available
through www.restaurant.com,
make special meals out affordable.
I'm learning to use social network-
ing for another purpose-for
encouragement in my marriage! A
friend recommended the Facebook
group "The Romantic Vineyard"
for encouraging posts to keep my
marriage at the forefront of my
mind. The website www.SimplyM-
odernMom.com has a challenge
to do an in-house date night every
week of the year (Project 52) and
she blogs what they've tried; you
may find a new idea! Stop wasting
time surfing and use the internet to
boost your marriage, then tell your
friends what you find so they can
grow with you!
Marriage is a commitment
that requires hard work. Tears from
deep within, mountaintop mo-
ments and everyday hugs all mingle
as we live out "for better or for
worse, 'til death do us part." My
hubby and I have (almost) 12 years
behind us and are looking forward
to a lifetime of memories, of every
kind, as we live out life in love.

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Taiti and7Worship


Celebration Church ofJax S Campus
Services at Bartram Trail H.S.
Phone: (904)-737-1121
Celebration Lutheran Church
810 Roberts Road
Phone: 230-2496
Christ Church UMC
Services at Mill Creek Elem. School
Phone: 669-8766
Christ the Redeemer Church - WGV
Services at Renaissance Resort &
Convention Center
Phone: (904) 940-0943
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Services at Comfort Suites WGV
Phone: 803-2287
Creekside Christian Church
92 Lifespring Way
Phone: 287-2777
Cross Creek Church, PCA
401 Greenbriar Rd.
CrossPoint Church
Services at Mill Creek Elem.
Phone: 230-0316
Edgewater Church
Services @ Pacetti Bay Middle School
Faith Community Church
3450 CR210
Phone: 287-3223
Fruit Cove Baptist Church
501 State Road 13 North
Phone: 287-0996

Geneva Presbyterian Church
1755 State Road 13
Phone: 287-4865
Julington Creek Church of Christ
1630 State Road 13 North
Phone: (904) 230-3332
Liberty Baptist Church
1295 Roberts Road
Mill Creek Baptist Church
6019 State Road 16
Phone: 940-3130
New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
7211 County Road 208
Phone: 827-1600
Orangedale Baptist Church
6320 State Road 13 N
Orangedale, FL 32092
Our Lady Good Counsel
Catholic Church
5950 SR 16
Phone: 940-1023
Point of Grace Church
Services at Fruit Cove M.S.
Phone: 568-7642
Providence Bible Church
Services at Outback Crab Shack
Phone: 333-5852
Providence Community Church
Services at Creekside High School
Phone: 891-3633
Radiant Family Church
1515 CR-210, Suite 105
(904) 230-7789
Resurrection PEC BCP1928
163 PalenciaVillage Dr., Ste. 104
Phone: 657-8316

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Faith Corner

A joint effort between several
area church congregations, local
organizations and Angel Food
Ministries is currently getting
started for residents in the Fruit
Cove/Switzerland/Mandarin areas
to provide food relief for area fami-
lies. A family in need will be able
to order a box of food for $30 per
unit that will provide one family of
four a whole week's worth of food.
The box of food consists of both
fresh and frozen items with an
average retail value of around $60.
The food consists of the very same
high quality/brand name items that
could be purchased at a grocery
Currently, Reverend Jeff
Smith at First Christian Church in
Mandarin has applied and received
approval to become a designated
order pick up location for families
that have ordered boxes of food.
The on-line process is currently
only set up for credit/debit cards,
but plans are under way to accept
food stamps and cash in the future.
This program isn't new to the Jack-
sonville area, but in the past there
have been no locations closer than
Orange Park or St. Augustine that
distribute the orders for our area
and hopefully more people will be
reached with this new location at
the church on San Jose Boulevard.
To find out more about this
program or order on-line, please go
to www.angelfoodministries.com.
The entire process and displays

River of Life UMC
2600 Race Track Road
Phone: 230-2955
Riverdale Community United
Methodist Church
1028 CR 13 South
(904) 824-4050
San Juan Del Rio
Catholic Church
1714 State Road 13
Phone: 287-0519
St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church
895 Palm Valley Road (CR210)
Phone: 543-0112
St. Patricks Episcopal Church
1221 State Road 13
Phone: 287-2807
St. Johns Community Church
Services at: Fruit Cove Middle Sch.
St. Johns Vineyard
Services at Timberlin Creek Eem.
555 Pine Tree Lane
Phone: 284-3326
Swiss Cove Christian Church
1965 State Road 13
Phone: 287-5795
Switzerland Community Church
2179 State Road 13
Phone: 287-0330
Unity Church for Creative Living
2777 Race Track Road
The Village Church of WGV
4229 Pacetti Road
Phone: 940-6768
Wards Creek Baptist Church
7730 County Road 13 North
Phone: 522-0128

of what an actual box of food
contains are shown at the website.
For pick up at First Christian
Church, located at 11924 San Jose
Boulevard, the ordering time frame
is May 1 through May 14, with a
designated delivery day of May 22
at the church between 10:00 a.m.
and 11:00 a.m.
Additional information is
also available by contacting First
Christian Church at 262-1662 or
mailing firstchristianjax@clear-

Editor's Note: Faith Corner is a new
monthly feature at The CreekLine.
We invite worship leaders of all
NW St. Johns County area places
of worship to submit an article for
a future issue. Please email editor@
thecreekline.com if you would like
to participate!


St Francis
Episcopal Church
895 Palm Valley Rd (1 mile east of US1)
Sunday Services
Christian Formation
10:00 am
Holy Eucharist & Children's Chapel Ages 3 & Up
Nursery Available

St. Francis in-the-Field Epis-
copal Church is offering a parents'
Morning Out program for the
2010 - 2011 school year. If your
children) are between the ages of
12 months and four years, they
can be enrolled in our program.
The program runs on Wednesdays
from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
The children are taught different
prayers, bible verses and do this
while having lots of fun. The goal
of the program is to help de-
velop and increase their Christian
beliefs while giving parents a few
children-free hours. The staff has
been highly trained and many of
them belong to St. Francis. Please

consider having your little one(s)
participate in what we believe is
a great program. Please contact
the church at 615-2130 for more

Join newcomers and friends
from St. Johns, World Golf Village,
St. Augustine, Palm Coast and
Jacksonville for a wine tasting on
Sunday, June 6 from 5:00 p.m.
until 6:30 p.m. at the Gifted Cork,
located at 64-A Hypolita Street
in St. Augustine. This popular
wine and gift store stretches the
imagination and pleases the palette
while giving you the experience

Stamp out foot problems!

Take special care to protect
your feet at work. An injured
foot, or any foot-related problem,
can cause discomfort, pain and
fatigue-and when you're tired,
you're more prone to accidents.
So take these "safety steps" toward
healthy feet:
* Know the hazards. Differ-
ent workspaces have different
hazards. Make sure you know
where the danger zones are-
from cords that run across the
office floor to other objects you
could trip over.
* Use shock-absorbing insoles.
This is especially important
if you do a lot of walking or
standing on hard floors at work.
* Wear the right shoes. When it
comes to feet, choose comfort
over fashion. Safe shoes have an
inner side that's straight from
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toe. They should grip the heel
firmly, allow you to move your
toes and have a low, wide-based
SBuy with care. At the store,
measure both your feet, as
they're frequently different siz-
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of a winery. Because everyone's
palette is so different, owner and
host Jeanne Maron will be offering
six different wines that will tingle
your taste buds. Cheese, fruit and
noshes will compliment the wine
tasting, courtesy of Federation's
Shalom Jacksonville. The cost is
$8 per person and includes a wine
glass as a souvenir of your evening
in St. Augustine. Mail checks by
June 1, payable to the Jacksonville
Jewish Federation, 8505 San Jose
Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217. For
more information, please contact
Isabel Balotin, 448-5000 x 206 or
shalomjax@j ewishjacksonville.org.

foot. Try on and buy shoes late
in the afternoon when your feet
will be their largest, especially
if you've stood on or walked
on them throughout the day.
And buy a shoe that really
fits-don't assume a tight shoe
will stretch in time.

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VFA moves to all-inclusive tackle football

"Step up on this scale for me
son.... I'm sorry, but you are just
too big to play football in our
"Son, at your weight, you can't
play football with your friends your
age, you are going to have to play
with the older kids this year."
These are just a sample of
words that have been spoken
numerous times by youth football
associations at football registrations
in the past. In many cases, it leads
to a child that really wants to play
competitive football being denied
the opportunity to do so complete-
ly. In other cases, it leads to a child
being placed into a no-win situa-
tion trying to compete with kids
two, three and sometimes even four
years older than them. More times
than not, this leads to a child that
no longer has the desire to play the
game of football. No more.
This off-season, the Villages
Football Association (VFA) board
spent many hours researching a
competitive youth football oppor-
tunity that would not require them
to turn any child away or place
them in an unfair position. Safety
is at the forefront of all the deci-
sions made by the board, so strong
emphasis was placed on researching
safety in youth football.

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What VFA found was that one
of the most important factors in
safety in youth football is age, not
size. VFA also consulted with USA
Football, the Official Youth Foot-
ball Development Partner of the
NFL and NFLPA. Further assur-
ance of the safety of a grade-based
system was provided by USA Foot-
ball. VFA reached out to American
Youth Football (the largest youth
football and cheer organization
on earth) for a solution. AYF's
All-American competition struc-
ture is a grade-based / all inclusive
structure that allows associations
to form teams by grade. This was
the answer that VFA was looking
for and thus their decision to join
the North Florida Youth Football
and Cheer Conference, an AYF
affiliate offering the All-American
grade based competition structure
in the Jacksonville area. A competi-
tive cheerleading program was also
a priority for VFA and American
Youth Cheer provides that opportu-
nity as well.
VFA's long term goals are to
provide a football opportunity that
works for every child and family
that is interested in participating in
youth football. To the VFA board,
this means having the ability to
expand and offering not only a
competitive program, and a flag
football program but also a future
Junior Developmental League
program (similar to the program of-
fered in Ponte Vedra). VFA offered
a competitive program last fall and
a flag football program over the
winter. As the association continues
to grow in numbers of participants
and volunteers, the VFA board will
look to add a Junior Developmen-
tal program in cooperation with
JDL Football Inc.
VFA is also very happy that
the Saint Johns Middle School
Athletic Association is bringing
middle school football back to St.
Johns County. This program is
also grade-based with no weight

limit and will also be affiliating
with American Youth Football.
This provides a great opportunity
for VFA to work with the middle
school football program at Pacetti
Bay Middle School and with Nease
High School to create an excellent
football development path to pre-
pare kids for high school football
and beyond.
VFA is very excited about the
upcoming fall football and cheer
season. The registration response to
date has been phenomenal having
nearly equaled 2009 registration
numbers by the end of March.
VFA football and cheer
registration will remain open as
long as there are spots available on
a team. However, those open spots
are filling up very quickly. You can
register your child online at www.
vfapanthers.org. Registration fees
for both football and cheer are $195
per registrant. A sibling discount is
provided when registering multiple
children. The registration fee for
each additional registrant is $175.

Some well-known products
and inventions weren't the result
of careful research and planning.
They were accidents that someone
with a creative mind spotted some
potential in. Imagine your life
without ...
* Potato chips. In 1853, a chef
named George Crum in Sara-
toga Springs, New York, grew
frustrated by a diner who kept
sending his potato crisps back,
complaining they were soft
and soggy. Crum sliced some
potatoes as thin as he could,
fried them in oil and sent
them out. The customer loved
them-and a new snack food
was born.
* The Slinky. A naval engineer
named Richard James was
looking for a way to hold
navigation instruments steady

National Safe Boating Week
will take place from Saturday,
May 22 through Friday, May 28.
The United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary urges boaters to be
responsible and always wear a life
jacket when aboard. "Boat smart.
Boat safe. Wear it!" The focus for
this year's National Safe Boating
Week campaign continues to be on
life jacket wear. For National Safe
Boating Week, Coast Guard Aux-
iliary Flotilla 14-7 will be sponsor-
ing the following additional Vessel
Safety Checks (VSCs) and a Safety
Expo at the following locations on
Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 a.m.
until 2:00 pm:

while a ship was in motion.
He began experimenting with
springs, hoping to use them
as shock absorbers, but when
he saw one of his prototypes
drop gracefully from a shelf
onto a table, he had a differ-
ent idea. Introduced as a toy
in 1945, the Slinky (named
by James' wife) became a best-
SCorn flakes. The Kellogg
brothers were searching for
healthy foods to feed patients
at the Battle Creek Sanitarium
in Michigan. They inadver-
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on the stove for a few days,
but decided to try putting the
stale remains through roll-
ers to make dough. It turned
into flakes instead, and they
decided to try toasting them.

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* Trout Creek Marina (VSCs)
* Vilano Boat Ramp (VSCs)
* West Marine in St. Augustine
(Expo and VSCs)
These VSCs be in addition to
those regularly scheduled on the
second Sunday of each month at
the Vilano Boat Ramp starting at
For more information, visit
http://www.safetyseal.net/, a web-
site devoted exclusively to the Ves-
sel Safety Check (VSC) program,
co-sponsored by the United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary and the
United States Power Squadrons.

f some well

After a bit of development,
they came up with a tasty food
that patients enjoyed and in
1906 one of the brothers, Will
Keith Kellogg, founded the
Kellogg's food company.

For potentially life-saving
information, along with how to
boat more safely, you may wish
to consider attending one of the
instructional sessions to be offered
at the St. Johns River Community
College St. Augustine Campus on
State Road 16. The United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary provides
instruction to boaters at all levels,
from the fundamental to the
advanced. This instruction is pro-
vided by experienced and knowl-
edgeable instructors committed to
the highest standards of the United
States Coast Guard. About Boating
Safely sessions are typically held on
Saturday from 7:45 a.m. until ap-
proximately 5:00 p.m. A $25 reg-
istration fee includes a workbook.
A second family member can be
added for only $5. To register for
one of these sessions, please contact
Vic Aquino at 460-0243. The fol-
lowing are the currently scheduled
remaining sessions for 2010:
* June 5
* August 7
* October 2
* December 4

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I often watch folks picking out
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most always choose those with the
most flowers or fruit and are happy
when they find a plant bursting
with open blooms. Undoubtedly,
these are the most attractive ones,
but they are not necessarily the best
ones. The plant with all the open
flowers may be at the end of its
bloom, whereas a plant just starting
to form buds will put on a much
longer show.
Also, did you know smaller
plants transplant better than larger
ones? They suffer less shock from
being moved and recover faster.
Smaller flowering annuals and
perennials that are moved into a
bigger pot or into a garden catch
up to and surpass larger ones.
If you are buying a tomato
plant, pass up those with fruit and
flowers. I know you want the tall
one with the little green tomato,
but you will have a better plant if
you choose the stockiest one, sans
fruit, with good green color. A to-
mato, by the way, is the only thing
we plant deeply when we trans-

plant it, up to the first true leaves.
It will grow roots along the buried
stem. Other plants do not do this
and should be planted at the same
level as they are in the pot.
When shopping for plants,
try to buy fresh ones that have
just arrived. Ask an employee how
long they have been there, and
when new stock will be coming
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or roots growing out the bottom.
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or tiny white flies around them.
Bringing them into your house or
yard can infect other plants. And
never leave your purchased plants
sitting around in tiny pots. They
will quickly become the weedy,
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the nursery.
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and annuals do well this way.
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much larger variety to choose from
and many things can be planted
directly into the garden. Once they
are up, they grow quickly and pro-
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or faster, than transplants.
On the subject of veggies, you
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if you avoid heirloom varieties.
They are very fashionable right
now but lack the disease and pest
resistance of modern hybrids. If
you must have an heirloom, plant
a hybrid as well so you will have
something to harvest if the heir-
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My last piece of advice is to
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season crops such as tomatoes,
peppers, squash and beans can be
grown March through June, so it is
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By Grant Piper, CHS Student

Districts in St. Johns County
are always competitive but no dis-
trict tournament is ever as intense
as the track and field competition.
Only the top four athletes per
event from each school are allowed
to attend, making the talent pool
highly concentrated and extremely
cutthroat. Despite this high level
of competitiveness Creekside still
managed to hold its own against
larger and faster teams in the area.
The Lady Knights track and
field team took second place out
of eight teams to secure their spot
as district runners up. The girls
had a fantastic night, scoring a
whopping 118 points, only three
points behind the district champi-
ons Gainesville High School who
scored 121. A plethora of CHS
girls performed well enough to
move onto the regional meet. Only
the top four from each event in the
district meet move onto regionals.

The boys' track and field team
also had a good night placing
fourth out of eight teams in the
district. The boys' team scored 83
points beating the fifth place team
Gainesville by a mere three points.
Fewer boys are going to regionals
than the girls, but there are still a
good number, most of them field
event participants.
Creekside has a strong field
team. Erika Hinel is one of the best
jumpers in the district. She placed
fifth in triple jump and fourth in
long jump, securing her a spot in
the regional competition. Mike
Epps placed first in the pole vault
after clearing 12'3. CHS also has
three long jumpers who can jump
over 20 feet!
After only two years, CHS has
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Most of the team is done but to
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By Haven Lucas, BTHS Student
As the school year at Bartram
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going strong. The Bartram Trail
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First, the Bears took on Orange
Park High School and won with a
score of 1 to 0. Next, the softball
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to 0. However, no team is perfect
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the middle schools! Boys' base-
ball and girls' softball hasn't been
played at the eight county middle
schools since the early 90s - but
now is up and running! All eight
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teams to represent their schools
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their particular mascot!
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bringing football and cheer on line
for the fall semester. Tackle football
tryouts were conducted the week of
April 12 with football team rosters
being finalized. Cheer tryouts were
conducted the weeks of April 12
through May 7. Approximately
600 students tried out for football
and over 400 for cheer. Both tackle
football and cheer squads will con-
duct summer camps.
Numbers for girls' flag football
are still a bit shy in a couple of the
middle schools. But the board feels
confident since the registrations
are growing every week that there
will likely be tryouts for girls' flag
football at the beginning of the fall
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Creekside boys' lacrosse (13-5)
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rival Bartram Trail (10-8) by a score
of 10-6 in a battle between two
top St. Johns area schools. It was
the first district championship for
Creekside since the district's new
alignment and was against a very
competitive Bartram team.
The game quickly started off in
Creekside's favor when they scored
three quick goals and took a 4-1
first period lead. A crowd pleasing
play was a full court clear by mid-
die Wes Shutters to senior attack
Eric Bielefeldt who boxed out the
defender and scored on an exciting
one and one with the goalie. The
second period increased the lead
with quick goals lead by Bielefeldt
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Creekside to take a 6-1 advantage
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scrappy contest.
In the third quarter, Bartram
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standing play from senior attack
Mike Pradella and goalie Christian
Giovanniello. The action was very
gritty and competitive as both
teams played strong defense with
good solid hits all night long. Ryan
Elliott, Mike Sweeny and Shut-
ters lead the way on defense for
Creekside, with Mark Ragland and
Chris Reinschmidt playing well for
Bartram. Creekside finally pulled
away in the fourth quarter with
key goals by Matt Dean and Mike
Walker and several key stops by
goalie Elliott.

As the clock wound down,
the Creekside players stormed the
field and celebrated after a long and
well-fought contest. Both Bartram
and Creekside had extra special
motivation for the game as the two
schools split last year and many of
the boys were former teammates-
growing up together and playing on
travel teams together.
Said an excited Creekside
coach Joe Byrns, "Wow... our first
district championship-this is a
special moment for everyone! I
would really like to congratulate the
boys on a great achievement and
all their hard work. Also a special
thank you to the very supportive
parents and my excellent coaching
staff who made it all possible."
Said an upbeat Bartram coach
Barth Derryberry, "What a great
game-I'm proud of all the boys.
They really played their hearts
out...especially coming back and
never giving up. It's been a wonder-
ful season."
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The St Augustine Kiwanis recognized Bartram Trail's Anjali Shah
during its April meeting held at the Village Inn restaurant in St
Augustine. Shah has been a BTHS Key Club member for the last
three years and is currently serving as the president. She is very
involved in other several extra-curricular activities such as the
Senior Women and the National Science Honor Society. She placed
highly for Bartram in the Science Olympiad. Key Club sponsor Lisa
Lasseter remarked,"Anjali is surely one of the bright shining stars
here at Bartram and it is an honor to have her represent our school
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Congratulations Christi Leonard!

Miss Bartram Trail 2011 crowned

Christi Leonard Miss Bartram Irail 201 I
"A Runway Affair" was the
theme Saturday, March 27 when
Christi Leonard was crowned
Miss Bartram Trail 2011. She is
the daughter of Bob and Donna
Leonard of St. Johns.
Leonard is involved in Na-
tional Honor Society, National
Art Honor Society, Secretary
for National Beta, The United
States Achievement Academy
and has participated on Bartram
Trail's cross country and basket-
ball teams as well. Leonard is a
district, city and state contender
for the National Federation of
Music, receiving superior marks
for her piano performances. She M

was also recently nominat-
ed for the 2010 Character
Counts American Youth
Character Award.
Leonard's interests
include snowboarding, jet
skiing, painting, drawing
and spending time with
family and friends. She
is an active member of
San Juan del Rio Catholic
Church and enjoys volun-
teering her time and talent
at Westminster Woods.
This summer she will be
traveling to Essen, Germa-
ny as part of Rotary Youth
Exchange of Florida. Her
future plans include study-
ing abroad and majoring in
engineering and/or music.
Congratulations also
goes out to the following
contestants who partici-
pated: Amanda Alexander,
Aubrey Asplen, Lindsey
Baroch, Molly Bruns, Paige

Daughrity, Ashton Dumdei,
Gabrielle Froeba, Cassidy Lang-
ford, Maria Moeakiola, Rachel
Perry, Rachel Reich and Danielle
The top five finalists in-
cluded First Runner Up, Cassidy
Langford; Second Runner Up,
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Runner Up, Ashton Dumdei.
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Director's Award: Gabrielle
Miss Congenial: Rachel Perry
Most Academic: Lindsey Baroch
Best Evening Wear, Most
Photogenic and Best Stage
Presence: Aubrey Asplen
Best Interview: Cassidy Lang-
Most Talented: Christi Leonard.
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