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Volume 4, Issue 10

Visit our online edition @ www.mandarinnewsline.com

July 2010

Many thanks to Roger O'Connor

Special Court of Honor held for

retiring scoutmaster
By Karl Kennell

Loretto meets the Begley

Bookworm Challenge
By Contributing Writer Ann Gipalo, Editor, Loretto Elementary
PTA Newsletter

Kevin Parker, Roger O'Connor and William Morrow

"Mr. O'Connor knows how to
use his words in a way that makes
myself and the other scouts strive
in everything that we do in life
and the scouts," said Eagle Scout
Justin Stroble when asked how
Scoutmaster Roger O'Connor had
influenced his life. This was one
of many accolades bestowed on
Scoutmaster O'Connor when he
was given a traditional Boy Scout
Court of Honor on Saturday, June
The Court of Honor was in

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celebration of his retiring from
being a Scoutmaster after a dis-
tinguished career. It is a career in
which he helped found, bring forth
and shepherd Boy Scout Troop 101
for 12 years. During those years
Troop 101 has become recognized
as a model troop within the North
Florida Council, Riverbend Dis-
trict. Having served as Cub Scout
Leader of Pack 101 in 1998, he
persuaded then Mandarin Chris-
tian Church to start a Boy Scout

Christian School
students on both
the boys' and
girls' tennis teams
finished in the
top 10 in their
class for the Flor-
ida High School
Athletic Associ-
ation's Academic
Team Champion
Awards Program
during the 2009-
2010 season.
"We place a
high emphasis not
only on our ath-
letes' performance
on the court but
also on their perfo
classroom," said W
who coaches the b
oversees the varsit)

"We started with only six
scouts and now I have proudly
worked with over 242 of them be-
coming Eagle Scouts," commented
His outstanding service over
the years has earned him the Silver
Beaver Award, Silver Fox Award,
Scouter Award of Merit and
Scouter's Key Award.
On June 5, 190 attendees
gathered in the Mandarin Chris-
tian School's gym for a large pot-
luck and to celebrate Scoutmaster
Roger O'Connor's contributions
to their lives as scouts and with
parents grateful for his mentor-
ing their sons. Thirty-two of the
42 troop's Eagle Scouts joined
in the celebration. It was a night
of unexpected fanfare as the new
Troop 101 Scoutmaster Walter
Carter led the newly formed troop
concert band in performing the
"Star Spangled Banner" and the
appropriately titled "Success."
The performance was great for the
recently formed 15 piece band,
particularly considering they barely

Scoutmaster cont. on pg. 10

MCS boys' and girls' tennis teams: Bradley Pierce, Andrew Miller,
Presley Douglas, Adam Lamb, Michael Petrone, Matthew Petrone,
Eddie Manno, Ryan Prescott, Nicole Driskell, Jamison Behrens,
Malorie Carter, Coach Sidney Behrens, Christian Bailey, Annie Kate
Smith, Lauren Riley, Coach Wally Bowden, Charlsie Montgomery,
Maggie Smith, Lindsay Edmonds, Anita Feltman. Not Pictured: Chel-
sea Kasper and Bailey Ellis.
year had a very
romance in the at Mandarin Christian School. varsity team witl
Mally Bowden, "We were proud this year to be grades six throut
oys' team and ranked fifth out of 22 schools for played above exi
y tennis program the girls' team cumulative grade much individual

Coach Eric Dubisky pours the bucket of worms on Principal
Christopher Begley.

They did it! Loretto students,
staff and faculty reached their goal
of reading at least 135,000 books
this school year. In fact, they went
way over-by more than 38,000
books! The total number of books
read was 173,921. What an accom-
To celebrate their achievement,
a school-wide assembly was held

Wednesday, May 19 and Principal
Christopher Begley got a bucket
full of worms and dirt poured over
his head. He even ate a few of the
The worm bath for Mr. Begley
was just one of the highlights of a
whole week full of reading activi-

Bookworm cont. on pg. 21

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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 The Sheriff Reports
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 Remember When?
Page 7 Nearby Getaways!
Page 9 Summer pet tips
Page 11 Loretto PTA award
Page 12 MCC tree dedication
Page 13 Hurricane guide
Page 17 Mandarin Women's Club
Page 18 Dogwood Circle
Page 19 Faith News
Purposeful Parenting
Page 20 Cheaponomics
Page 21 Koi Joy
Page 22 Organic Lifestyles
Page 24 Gardening
Page 25 Yard of the Month
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point aver-
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rin Christian
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coached by
Sidney Behrens,
posted a cumu-
lative GPA of
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Community Happenings

The Third Thursday Lecture support
Series presented by the Mandarin part-tin
Museum and Historical Society in zip co
and the Mandarin Community you will
Club (MCC) will continue in for you
July with a presentation by the the day
Orange Park Historical Soci- support
ety. All programs are held at the includes
MCC Building, located at 12447 monthly'
Mandarin Road and start with field tri]
refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed ums. Fc
by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. The please e
public is invited; programs are free yahoo.c
of charge. For more information,
please contact Andy Morrow at The
268-0784 or the Mandarin Com- Italian
munity Club at 268-1622. of the P
the Coc
Shuffleboard is played on was a bi
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Manda- also pro
rin Park (south end of Mandarin June 22
Road) next to the tennis courts at and aga
the park entrance. Beginners are is for ch
welcome. Just show up, unless it with spi
rains, much n
The July General Meeting of charities
the All Star Quilters Guild will be this ver
held on Monday, July 19 at 9:30 is also h
a.m. in the First Christian Church niversar
of Jacksonville, located at 11924 26 in h(
San Jose Boulevard. The program who ha,
will be presented by Group 3 of years or
the members on "Our Florida- big 4th
Sea, Sand and Water." Visitors inform
are always welcome! For more website
information, please contact Dot com or
Butler at 642-6574 or visit our 2882 ar
website at www.orgsites.com/fl/all-
starquiltguild. The
will hos
The MOMS Club of Jack- County
sonville/Mandarin-SE offers earth fri

day, Jun
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to atten
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from 12
at Walte

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

for stay at home and
ne working moms living
ode 32258. With the club
1 have enriching activities
and your children, during
when you need the most
. A sample of activities
s park days, beach days,
y socials, playgroups and
ps to the zoo and muse-
or additional information,
mail semandarinmoms@

e dinner prepared by the
American Club in honor
priestss of St. Joseph's held at
ly Center for 450 people
g success. The club was
oud to serve dinner on
for Camp I Am Special
in on July 21. This camp
lildren and young adults
ecial needs and provides a
needed vacation for these
i. Various churches and
s help by volunteering for
y worthy cause. The club
hosting its annual An-
y Dinner Dance on June
honor of our Life Members
ve been in our club for 20
more. We will also have a
of July BBQ. For further
nation, please check out our
at www.iacof]acksonville.
phone the club at 268-
id leave a message.

e Mandarin Garden Club
t a workshop by the Duval
Extension Office about
iendly roses, money saving
pe tips and summer land-
arden chores on Wednes-
le 30 from 9:30 a.m. at the
-in Garden Club, located
Loretto Road. The cost
d is $5. To register or for
nal information, please call
t 387-8850.

e South Jacksonville
ican Club will be hav-
nnual picnic on July 17
2:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.
er Jones Park, located at

11964 Mandarin Road. This
picnic celebrates the Republican
Party and our club members, as
well as local and national Republi-
can leaders in their efforts direct-
ing this city and country. The
club will provide the food and
drinks. Games will be available
for the children. If you would like
to know more about our event,
please contact Millie McLean,
club president, at 880-8815.

Grab a glass and toast the
First Coast's furriest friends
at the Jacksonville Humane
Society's 12th annual Toast to
the Animals on Friday, August
13 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
Enjoy more than 100 variet-
ies of wine, beer, gourmet hours
d'oeuvres and desserts at the
fundraiser. Silent and live auctions
will feature fabulous items. Tick-
ets are $40 per person or $35 per
person for people under 35 years
of age. Tickets are available at
www.jaxhumane.org or by calling
725-8766. (Tickets for designated
drivers are $30 per person. VIP
Preview tickets are available for
$65 to taste premium wines from
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

charity awards
The Meninak Club of Jack-
sonville is accepting applications
for its annual Charity Project
Award. The $30,000 grant will be
awarded to a charity organization
in the First Coast area that serves
underprivileged or handicapped
children and must be used for a
capital improvement. The deadline
for submitting an application is
Wednesday, July 15, 2010. Appli-
cations can be obtained by contact-
ing the Meninak office at 745-
3393 or meninak@comcast.net.
Over one million dollars has
been distributed to charity orga-
nizations through fund raising
projects and the Meninak Char-
ity Foundation. Past recipients
include Safe Harbor Home for
Boys, Baptist Home for Children,
Pace Center for Girls and Boys and
Girls Clubs of Jacksonville.
Following is the timeline for
the application and award process:
July 15: Application deadline
July 26: Review and investigate
August 16: Select three finalists
August 30: Finalists presentations
Select recipient
September 27: Winner an-
Since 1919, the Meninak Club
of Jacksonville has carved a unique
role for itself in the community.
Attracting top business, profes-
sional, military and civic leaders
to its ranks, Meninak has long

been a catalyst for strengthening
bonds among influential people
and for helping shape the future
of the community. Unlike other
civic clubs, Meninak is uniquely
Jacksonville's. The club has no ties
or obligations to national organiza-
tions, nor allegiance to affiliations
outside the region. The Meninak
Club of Jacksonville is recognized
as a beacon of hope for many area
youth-oriented charities and orga-
nizations. For additional informa-
tion, please visit www.meninak.org.

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By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford,
Duval County sheriff

The 2011 budget*

As many of you know, the
City of Jacksonville is facing tre-
mendous shortfalls in revenue and
as result of the financial crisis. Here
at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
(JSO) we've been committed to op-
erating lean for several years now,
achieving significant operational
efficiencies through continuous im-
provement. (One good example of
this is our ability to delay building
a new jail, by using inmate labor
to expand our capacity by adding
a third bunk to existing cells.) I
applaud the mayor and the city
council for starting the budget
cycle and discussions earlier.
As the seriousness of our fiscal
situation has been recognized, we
must have thoughtful discussions
combined with a more delibera-
tive process. That is happening this
year. Even though the situation
is quite serious the mayor, the
council and this agency are engag-
ing in intelligent debate, as we
work to make these tough, tough
decisions about where to make cuts
and achieve the greatest efficien-
cies. My goal is to prevent any
erosion of the gains we've made in
public safety.
The request from the mayor is
for JSO to cut $10 million dollars
from a $360,000,000 budget. Here
is what I am proposing, but first,
as with any budget, some assump-
tions must be made:
If we have one or more se-
vere storms or any hurricanes, this
will impact our fiscal position and
impact the bottom line.
It assumes a 3 percent
reduction in salaries and associated
benefits now under negotiation. (I
don't negotiate police and correc-
tions contracts. That is the city and
the union. This is the assumption
that my proposed 2011 budget is
built upon, but if not approved,
the JSO budget will increase com-
mensurately.) We are also assuming
no increases of any kind for other
payroll categories driven by con-
tract negotiations.
There can be no increases

in city-derived allocations outside
those already included in internal
services figures. If there is a service
out there we are getting and paying
for now, it can't be cut next year
leaving us to replace it at our cost.
To achieve a $10 million
savings, the Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office proposes to:
* Forego the hiring of 53 sworn
police officers. (Forty-three
as proposed in the long range
staffing plan-also referred to
as the Jacksonville Journey and
resulting from recommenda-
tions of the Matrix operational
audit-and postpone hiring the
last 10 of the COPS grant.)
Unfund 21 civilian positions.
This will be done through
realignment and attrition.
Achieve another $3.2 million in
combined, smaller, efficiencies
from throughout the agency.
Dollars add up and whether it's
a membership in a police trade
association or travel for profes-
sional development, or even the
printing of materials that can
be moved online...we are all
tightening our belts.
We are reducing overtime by an
additional 3 percent.
Here is the rationale for these
proposed cuts and reductions:
Crime is down.
We received the COPS federal
grant and are on track with
those new hires (40 in 2010
and possibly 10 in 2012).
Additionally, there will be 45
officers coming back to sworn
police positions. These are the
officers that used to be assigned
as School Resource Officers.
They will be filling existing
positions and vacancies. (20 in
2011 and 25 in 2012). Ulti-
mately, those positions will be
cut from our head count and
funding will be reduced.
Increased community involve-
ment with JSO, along with
strong prosecution, is resulting
in greater-than-national-av-
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Our intelligence-led policing
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community problem solving, is
having the desired affect in the
I prevailed against the union
in a court decision to expand
the duties of the Community
Service Officers. This allows
us to free up the "guns and
badges" to address serious crime
and focus on their community
problem solving activities.
Online police reporting of
certain property crimes that
have no suspect helps us achieve
greater efficiencies, too. (Go to
www.jaxsheriff.org and click on
Report Crime).
Implementing our strategies
for hiring and deploying, even
under severe budget constraints,
is being accomplished. Our
goal all along has been to
create "pro-activity time" for
the police officers, rather than
running from call to call, as we
have done for years.
This proposal is fluid, discus-
sions are ongoing and nothing has
been approved or voted on yet.
I wanted to share this first pro-
posal with you all, so you could see
the gravity of situation and how
diligently we are working on the
budget. I am confident that for
this next year, we can sustain the
great strides we have made and still
do our part to make some cuts. In
different circumstances I would
tell you that now is not the time
to slow down our long range plan
for improving the police to citizen
ratio. But, the situation demands
compromise and concessions,
along with the continued thrift and
constant scrutiny of our spend-
ing, which is part of our operating
Because of the excellent team
work of the men and women of
this great agency-and the resolve
and talent ofJSO's leadership
team-we will not only persevere,
we will exceed our goal to continue
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District Journal

By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri,
School Board Representative, District 7

End of the school year: As
we wind down for the school
year, I want to extend a very
warm thank you to the students,
teachers, administrators and staff
of all of our schools for all of
their hard work during this past
year. We have faced many chal-
lenges, with the budget shortfall
being one of the most challeng-
ing. Despite these obstacles, our
schools have continued to make
academic gains and our gradua-
tion rate has increased by more
than 7 percent over the past 10
We are still waiting for the
final word from Department
of Education regarding school
grades; however, it appears that
we will have a significant number
of schools potentially improv-
ing their letter grades and school
gains. Commissioner of Educa-
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to District Superintendents
apologizing for the delay in the
FCAT score results this year and
promises to impose significant fi-
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hired to score the tests and will
work to make sure this does not
happen again next year.
To all of our Mandarin
Schools, thank you for all of your
hard work and I wish you a very
safe and enjoyable summer.
Special wishes: Crown
Point Elementary, another of
Mandarin's "A" schools, is losing
its principal to retirement. Cathy
Cooley is retiring after 31 years
with the Duval County School
District. Cooley's last day of work
was June 15. The new principal
had not been appointed when
this article went to press. The
Mandarin community wishes Ms.
Colley a very happy and healthy
retirement and we thank her for
her many years of service to the
school district.
Congratulations to Mandarin
High School's class of 2010. A
beautiful graduation was held at
5:00 p.m. on June 10, 2010 at
the Veteran's Memorial Arena,
where over 650 Mandarin High
seniors received their diplomas.
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mencement for Mandarin High
School and its largest graduating
class. Many cheers go out to the
Mandarin High School family for
the hard work put into making
the graduation ceremony both
memorable and successful.
Graduates are to be com-
mended for a job well done and
I want to also offer a warm thank
you and appreciation to all of
our parents for their involve-
ment in their school and in their
children's lives. Principal Donna
Richardson and her very capable
staff again showed why the Mus-
tangs remain tireless and relent-
less as the Mandarin High family
continues on the trail to more
and even greater successes.
I would like to take a mo-
ment to congratulate Mandarin
High's salutatorian, Angela Ard-
ian, on achieving a 4.82 GPA.
The student speakers at com-
mencement included Jackie
Oboikovitz, senior class historian,
who gave the senior message;
Angela Ardian, who gave the sa-
lutatorian address; and Courtney
Hassan, who gave the commence-
ment address. Ryan Bass, the
senior class president, provided
the president's remarks. All did
a marvelous job, as is evident by
the quiet attention given by their
fellow graduates.
Congratulations must go
to the Mandarin High Band
and Chorus, led by Band Direc-
tor Pamela Chaffin and Cho-
ral Director Phillip Stockton,
respectively for their outstanding
The 650 plus graduates
were most impressive this year as
these young people earned over
$4,882,000 in academic scholar-
ships to post-secondary institu-
tions around the world. They also
compiled over 14,000 hours of
community service.
Useful summer information:
Please visit our website at www.
duvalschools.org for informa-
tion on recovery programs;
enrichment programs, suggested
summer reading lists and other
useful information. There are
also several programs to assist in
keeping students engaged over
the summer break. Please visit the
websites listed by each section or
call the number listed if one is
provided. They include:
* DCSP Community Educa-
tion Summer Camp Program
www.duvalschools.org or
call 858-6080
Jacksonville Public Library
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Day Camps www.jackson-
Museum visits www.cum-
mer.org or www.mocajackson-
JaxParks Summer Activities
Summer Learning at Home

Important dates:
July 5: Independence Day holi-
day Offices closed
July 6: Duval County School
Board, Regular Board Meeting
August 4: Dedication of Atlan-
tic Coast High School

Thought for the Day:
"Dare to change, hoping for a
better world."
-Ryan Bass, Mandarin High
School senior class president, in
his charge to the Mandarin High
School graduation class, quoting
the late President John Ken-

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Nearby Getaways: Amelia Island

By Molly McKinney

Amelia Island has enough at- Association, Inc. Co-op Gl ry
traction to tempt every taste bud. can be found as well. This museum
While being an area of relaxation, displays the rich art and culture of
quiet beaches and cool ocean Amelia Island.
breezes, there still is plenty to do for The Silk Stocking District is a
the adventurer in the family. Some good place to find interesting lodg-
of the most well known attractions ing: most of the inns or bed and
are Fort Clinch State Park and breakfasts are located in renovated
Amelia Island Museum of History. Victorian mansions, including
Each has its own claim to fame and Florida's oldest hotel, the Florida
both are worth visiting. House Inn.
Fort Clinch State Park offers Fernandina Beach is the only
a piece of Florida frozen forever town to be found on Amelia Island
in the past. It boasts an amazingly and it is saturated in Victorian-era
preserved historic fort, the construc- construction. It was the first resort
tion of which continued from 1847 town in Florida, but never devel-
through the Civil War. Its design oped into the glittering beach resort
and brick fortifications made it im- areas that line much of the rest of
pervious to cannons and gunpow- Florida's coast. Amelia Island itself
der, but after 1898 and the Spanish- was never built upon much, as the
American War, it was abandoned railroads carried visitors to the more
until the 1930s. Even the park southern areas of Florida. For this
rangers don Union army uniform reason it has retained its old-world
replicas from the Civil War. Every aura and appeal more thoroughly
day they perform the tasks of an than anywhere from Cape May to
1864 soldier and a couple of times Key West.

a year they stage reenactments with
volunteers. The park is open to all
kinds of activities, anywhere from
taking a walk through the trees or
taking a backpacking trip. For the
animal-lover, plenty of wildlife can
be studied here, from alligators to
herons. Fort Clinch State Park is
like stepping 150 years into the past
and is an exciting outing for the
whole family.
The Amelia Island Museum of
History offers tours and lectures,
but is also open to simple meander-
ers. It offers an educational glimpse
into Florida's past and displays
the 4000 years of Amelia Island's
history expertly within its walls.
Amelia Island was named for the
daughter of King George II and is
the only region in Florida to ever
fly eight different national flags.
Another museum, the Island Art

The first major tourism started
as late as 1990 with the first build-
ing of a Ritz-Carlton hotel and
people discovered its quiet atmo-
sphere to be delightfully relaxing.
Most tourists enjoy simply wander-
ing the store-lined streets with the
state's oldest saloon and only oral
history museum. Many people love
the fact that Amelia Island offers
as much shrimp as you can eat
and holds a Shrimp Festival every
May, while others come to hear the
history lectures in the museum or
backpack through the state park
while photographing animals.
Whether you are an adventurer
or a relaxer, Amelia Island has an
attraction for you.
If you go: Visit www.floridastate-
parks.org/fortclinch and www.
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Rotarians recognize stellar
community members
By Contributing Writer Gary Saltsgiver, Rotary Club of Mandarin

during t o o their regular
Tuesday morning meetings over
the ast onth, the Rotar lub
o andarin has taken ti e to
honor the Jacksonville Sheri 's
O fice district Three Police O fi-
cers o the Year and the andarin
area schools Teachers o the Year.
orrie Felder, club resident,
stated "...these are t o o our
ost valuable local assets... or the
protection and the education o
our area citizens. s andarin
residents, e need to sho our
continual gratitude and su ort
or having such dedicated civic
e lo ees in our dail lives. s
andarin Rotarians this is our
a o sa ing 'thank ou.'"
JSO O ficer a s, the
reci lent o the andarin area
O ficer o the Year, as recognized
or his outstanding ork ethic and
co assion or his ello citizens.
One e a le o his ork as
given involving a ho e invasion
which he as able to solve in less
than a da.
Ho icide elective Pat
Bodine received the elective o
the Year ard ro the anda-

rin Rotar lub. He as singled
out or solving the urder o a
1 ear old Pana a Park resident
in just t oda s, all the while
dealing ith uncoo erative it-
Teachers o the Year included
Kath esselrode, a language
skills instructor at andarin High
School, Patricia eballos ho
teaches kindergarten at ro n
Point le entar Patti iracle
ho also teaches kindergarten at
Loretto le entar and Shira
Salt an, a third grade teacher at
Greenland Pines le entar Iso
recognized, although not resent,
as atherine Fenner, an instruc-
tor at andarin iddle School.
The uval ount Teacher
o the Year, achar ha agne,
as also recognized as the Teacher
o the Year at andarin Oaks
le entar ha agne is one
o five finalists or the State o
Florida Teacher o the Year.
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By Joy Hartley
Jul 4th is on a Sunda this
ear- making it a long holiday
weekend or all! House parties, a
beach weekend or just a da tri to
our favorite ater s ot is certain
in order. This could be the er ect
ti e to visit our favorite watering
hole, Wakulla S ring State Park.
The cr stal clear 4 degree ater is
er ect or s i ing and snorkel-
ing and the state o the art concrete
and steel to er akes or so e
not-so- aint-at-heart diving e eri-
ences. For ore in or ation, go to
the ebsite or all the Florida State
Parks at .floridastate arks.org.
Locall Fourth o Jul cel-
ebrations are all tea ed u ith
fire orks dis la s at dusk. Fernan-
dina 4th and Fa ilies Festival goes
on all da do nto n, St. ugustine
celebrates ith fire orks on the
ba ront, iddleburg and Palatka
begins their da ith arades and
end u ith fire orks and o course
etro olitan Park has the First
oast's largest fire orks dis la over
the St. Johns River. So e have a
ultitude o choices or our end o
the da celebration.
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an long ti e residents o northeast Florida have ond, child-
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Where has all the music gone?
By Betty Swenson Bergark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

Here we are in the summer
months again, when many arts
activities, especially music are
suspending activities until fall. It
cannot be because Jacksonville is
a seasonal community where, like
many others further south, resi-
dents go north for the summer.
Perhaps it is a carry over from the
days before air conditioning! I
wonder however why now, those
of us who thrive on the arts, are
denied our entertainment and
activities for two to three months!
Yes, the beaches are beautiful and
it's great to be outdoors, (when
it's not too hot!) but even outdoor
entertainment like the wonderful
production of "Cross and Sword,"
which was presented for many
years in St. Augustine's amphi-
theatre and which attracted full
houses every evening for several
weeks, is no longer offered.
But wait! There is one music
organization that focuses on a
"Summer Festival of Concerts."
The Chamber Music Society of
Good Shepherd is in its seventh
season and plays to packed audi-
ences at 6:00 p.m. on the third
Sunday of each month from May
through October. Concerts are
presented in the Church of the
Good Shepherd's Craig Hall.
Originating in the living
room of Henson Markham,
seven years ago, it became so
popular that Henson turned to
David Bowen, choirmaster at the
Church of the Good Shepherd,
to see if arrangements could be
made for the use of Craig Hall.
This is a perfect facility for music,

with excellent acoustics. It had
been rehabilitated in the '80s and
resembles an English Refectory,
with two walk in fireplaces and
beautiful candelabra. It accom-
modates 150 people (plus 28
more upstairs when needed).
The programs, which in the
words of Henson Markham are
a "mixed grill, very varied and
never including less than three
musicians," have continued there
under his guidance for seven sum-
Remaining concerts for this
summer will include:
July 18 will feature a
Schumann Piano Trio and
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes
and August 15 music by Vivaldi
and Bach. The program for the
September 19 concert is yet to be
announced, but the final concert
of the season on Octobel8 will
be a Brass and Organ Spectacular
featuring the UNF Brass En-
semble and the beautiful organ in
the church, where the concert will
be held.
The Chamber Music Society
is a community service of the
Church of the Good Shepherd,
which is located on Stockton
Street in Riverside. Admission to
all events is free and open to the
public. For additional informa-
tion you can call 387 5691
or check their website at www.
I hope this will fill in some of
the gaps in your musical enter-
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Nearby Getaways: Ichetucknee
By Molly McKinney

Yet more awaits the earnest ad-
venturer in the Ichetucknee Springs
State Park in central
Florida. A river runs through
it and amid the bustle of flourish-
ing streets and shops, this remains
a place that few can pronounce
without practice.
The Ichetucknee River is a
great spot for your next trip, if you
don't mind a few goosebumps. It
certainly demands the stout heart
of a fearless explorer, for the water
stays in the low 70s all year-round.
The park charges only a small fee
for parking and it's not hard to
find. Inner tube rental stations
line the route, offering a drier and
warmer alternative to going down
the river in a wetsuit or swimming
trunks. All along the sides of streets
stands are erected to advertise the
inner tubes available for rent that
will guide you toward the river.
Most are pretty inexpensive and
the renters will tie inner tubes or
even large rafts to your car for you.
It's a great time challenging
the chill as you bravely prepare to
jump into the water!
The river is fed by various
springs spawning from Florida's
extensive aquifer and has a gentle
continuous current, so once the
rafts are on the water you will be
carried at a smooth pace around

turns and through nature unique
only to this part of Florida. The
water itself is completely transpar-
ent and offers a beautiful panoram-
ic window view down the whole
seven feet to the bottom, deeper in
some places.
Full-river and half-river trips
are offered with ample time in
between the trolley times that
carry you and your rafts to the
river to take a picnic lunch. A large
lunch-table area under the shade of
large trees is available or for larger
parties, whole picnic areas further
from the river can be reserved. It's
quite a tiring experience to do the
whole river, so if you have little
kids, be sure to rent a raft that they
can climb into and rest for a while
en route.
To get to the Ichetucknee
Springs State Park, take Interstate
10 west to the US Highway 90
exit and follow that to Lake City.
Then, take Route 41 to State Road
47 south and simply follow the
road signs and inner tube stations
from there. For more information,
the website www.floridastateparks.
org/ichetuckneesprings is more
than helpful or you can the park
office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m. Monday through Friday at
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sustainability of products, processes
or services to actually be measured
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Jacksonville has some of the
loveliest beaches in the South;
however, drive a little over an hour
north and discover a major differ-
ence. The coastal barrier islands
of Georgia, known as the Golden
Isles, have the highest tides on the
Eastern seaboard of the United
States. The oceanfront on islands
like St. Simons, Jekyll, Cumberland
and Sapelo run very wide at low
tide with lots of sandbars and then
almost disappears at high tide. The
repetition of the ebb and flow pro-
duces prolific breeding grounds for
shrimp and other marsh breeders.
Until recently, I'd never been
on a shrimp boat or watched
fishermen trawl- except in scenes of
Bubba shrimpin' in the movie Forest
Gump. I was fortunate to board
The Lady Jane in Brunswick (near
St. Simons) for a two hour outing
that not only let me see the opera-
tion up-close, but taste it, too. And,
there was even an on-board marine
Wal-Mart recently made news
for beginning to develop a "sustain-
ability index" for the products it
sells. The program has a lofty goal
indeed: they plan to rate every prod-
uct they sell in four categories- en-
ergy and climate, material efficiency,
natural resources, and people and
community. The ranking system will
theoretically make it easier to allow
its customers to take the sustainabil-
ity of a product into account when
making purchasing decisions. Wal-
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panies from which it deigns to buy
products to disclose its carbon foot-
print. In order for Wal-Mart to stock
a product, a 15 question assessment
will have to be submitted which
details their environmental practices.
After the required information has
been submitted, a gaggle of consul-
tants, academics and scientists will
crunch the data and the numbers.
Then the retailer plans to analyze the
findings and create a ranking system
that must be displayed prominently
on each product. So in the hopefully
near future, every Wal-Mart shopper
will be able to determine how green
each product is as compared to
similar products.
These new business practices
could have a huge impact in terms
of the way companies do business.
Greenwashing (meaning the act of
misleading consumers regarding the
environmental practices of a compa-
ny or the environmental benefits of a
product or service) will no longer be
so easy to do because numbers don't
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biologist to explain all the sea-life
that came up in the catch.
I watched as Captain Larry
Credle lowered the nets and com-
manded the boat at a slow pace,
approximately three miles-per-hour.
The real fun started when the crew
pulled in the harvest and emptied
it on deck. Along with jumbo sized
opaque shrimp, the haul included
string rays, horseshoe crabs, puffer
fish, amberjack, Crocker, blue crab,
skate, baby octopus, some anchovies
and jellies. Not to worry, all crea-
tures except the shrimp were quickly
released back into the water.
Our first grab also brought up
a baby Loggerhead turtle. According
to marine biologist Paul Christina
from the University of Georgia, they
only snatch about eight sea turtles
each year, so we were very lucky
to see one. Captain Credle quickly
snapped a photo, took some mea-
surements and filled out a form for
a state project following the turtle
population. Little Loggerhead was
then returned to the marshy water
where I hope he continues to grow.
True to Captain Credle's word,
we got to taste some shrimp and
they really don't get any fresher. A
plate of beautiful boiled Georgia
shrimp were served with a side of
crackers and delicious cocktail sauce.
Most Georgia shrimp are consumed
within the state because of the
popularity of the local delicacy.
An excursion aboard the 60-
foot United States Coast Guard
certified 49 passenger steel-hull boat
couldn't make a better family out-
ing. Adults and kids will be fascinat-
ed with this unique experience. The
boat leaves from Spanky's Marshside
Marina where you can park your
car. The decks are safe and wide, the
cabin is air conditioned and bath-
room facilities are available. Don't
forget to bring your camera.
Now like Bubba said in the
movie, "Shrimp is the fruit of the
sea. You can barbecue it, boil it,
broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh,
shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole,
shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep
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shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut
soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad,
shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger,
shrimp sandwich. That- that's about
it." Well said.

If you go:
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Golden Isles, is an easy drive via
Interstate 95 to US Highwayl 7.
Cross the dramatic 480-foot tall
Sidney Laner cable-stayed bridge,
similar to our Dames Point beauty,
onto the Torras Causeway and
escape to an unhurried lifestyle.
The Village center, a throw back
to Main Street USA, is lined with
stately live oak trees, charming
boutique shops, non-chain restau-
rants, a fishing pier and lighthouse.
Within easy walking distance
stands the legendary King and
Prince Resort celebrating ts 75th
anniversary. During World War II,
the hotel served as a Coast Guard
radar station and training facility.
The property returned to usage as
a vacation getaway in 1947. In
2005, it was named to the Na-
tional Register of Historic Places.
For shrimp boat information, visit
Hopefully other companies
will follow suit in making this very
important effort. Wal-Mar is the
world's largest employer and retailer
and they have a great opportunity
as well as responsibility to make the
world greener.

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to protect pets from the summer
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lems in dogs and cats that can lead
to organ damage or even death."
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By Molly McKinney

Near to the other well-known
getaways such as the Fort Caroline
National Memorial, Okefenokee
Swamp and various Georgia State
Parks lies the small, once-vacation
spot of the very wealthy Carnegie
family: Cumberland Island. While
the island used to be open only
to the rich, now it is a preserve of
wildlife plus a great spot for family
excursions or a weekend constitu-
Permits can be obtained for
both camping and sea camping all
year round. Camping is definitely
for the more rugged explorer. The
campsites do not include any facili-
ties, the campers must treat their
own water and campfires are not
allowed. There are four backcoun-
try sites from the main dock, from
three and a half to nearly 11 miles
away. Sea Camping is on developed

campground, which includes facili-
ties, picnic tables, a grill, a fire ring
and a food cage. Reservations are
required for both types of camping
and there is a limit of a seven-night
There are many other activities
to do, though, if camping's not re-
ally your cup of tea. The Ice House
Museum is open for visits, display-
ing artifacts and photos of the
island's history (Native Americans
to the Carnegie era) and the main-
land Visitor Center focuses on the
people of the island, including Na-
tive Americans, African Americans,
the Carnegies and others. Also the
Sea Camp Ranger Station, while
providing interpretive programs
for new visitors, proudly displays
exhibits and includes dockside
All in all, there's something
for everyone: backpacking, bird
watching, boating, camping, fish-
ing, hiking, interpretive programs,
kayaking, nature walks, stargaz-
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viewing. If you've got a book nut
in your group, there's even an ex-
tensive bookstore to suit their taste.
There are also tours of the Plum
Orchard Mansion on the second
and fourth Sunday of each month.
Cumberland Island is located
seven miles east ofSt. Marys, Geor-
gia and is only accessible by water.
A concession operated passenger
ferry departs from St. Marys. Res-
ervations are recommended. Fees
are very small on the island; the
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other fees vary by activity, usually
only from $2 to $6. If you're hav-
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Warning signs of abuse

By Contributing Writer Vicky Krook,
Does your partner ever tell you
how to behave, decide what type
of clothing you wear, restrict your
resources and incomes, choose who
you are allowed to see, threaten to
commit suicide if you leave, criticize
and humiliate you or in any other
way try to belittle you and control
your behaviors? If you feel like you
have to walk on eggshells around
your partner, constantly watch-
ing what you say and do in order
to avoid a blow-up, chances are
your relationship is unhealthy and
If you take a look at the women
around you, one in every four of
them will experience some sort of
domestic violence in her lifetime.
Many people, however, do not
realize they are being abused. Do-
mestic violence can take on many
forms, including physical abuse,
sexual abuse, emotional abuse and
economic or financial abuse. Just
because you are not battered and
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act of violence that may physi-
cally injure the victim. Even if the
incidence is a minor violent act or
if it only occurred once or twice, it
is still abuse. Although the physical
violence may stop if the victim goes
into a passive mode, the abuse is still
present, but has shifted from physi-
cal to psychological abuse.
Emotional abuse is often
minimized and overlooked and may
be hard to recognize. Yet, it is more
common than people think and can
be carried out in several different
ways; verbal attacks, isolation from
friends and family, intimidation to
cause obedience, controlling behav-
iors, threats of physical violence,
dominance, and humiliation are
among the most common forms.
The perpetrator may also deny and
blame the victim for the abusive
An abuser's goal is to control
his or her victim and many times he
or she uses money to do so. Eco-
nomic or financial abuse is a subtle
Scoutmaster cont from page 1

s fear of one's partner. The fear is had a chance to tune-up and prac-
iften derived from physical and/or twice together beforehand. Adding
exual abuse, involving punches, a little bit of entertainment, Andy
laps, kicks, forced sex or any other Sabol and Roberta Richardson told
scouting stories and spoke about the
A Eagle Scout rank.
Ay The real moment of honor for
Scoutmaster O'Connor came when
he was awarded with a Scoutmaster
Emeritus of Troop 101 Award. Presi-
Your Complete Paint & dent of the North Florida Council
Drywall Solution. William Morrow, Troop Chairman
Kevin Parker and new Scoutmas-
SInterior & ter Walter Carter presented the
Exterior Painting award. It is an award signifying that
Pressure Washing Scoutmaster Roger O'Connor is an
S Honorary Scoutmaster of Troop 101
Drywall & Texturing for life. Morrow said in presenting
Stucco Maintenance the award, "He is an outstanding
scoutmaster and the true face of
& Crack Repair scouting."
Specialist Calling this event Roger
FREE O'Connor's retirement may be just a
bit of an overstatement, for given his
ESTIM ATES immediate and future plans his re-
tirement sounds to be pretty active.
219 5765 He is currently serving as the North
2 -57Florida Council leading scoutmaster
aldrywallandpafor its contingent for the National
aldwallndpat t.nt Jamboree. He will be leading 144
local scouts to the 2010 National
Jamboree in AP Fort Hill, Virginia
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form of emotional abuse where the
abuser often attempts to restrict the
victim's income and expenses. This
is often done by stealing or with-
holding the victim's money or credit
cards, sabotaging the victim's job,
preventing him or her from working
outside the home or in any other
way controlling the victim's finances.
Domestic abuse is a cyclic
behavior in which the abuser goes
through different stages, all build-
ing up to the violent act. After the
abusive incident has occurred, the
relationship goes back to "normal,"
just to start the cycle all over again.
What many people do not know is
that victims who leave an abusive
relationship run a higher risk of
being killed by their abuser, than
victims who stay in the relationship.
However, the dangers of staying in
this kind of relationships without
seeking help are very real.
If you witness any warning
signs of abuse in your own relation-
ship or in a friend, family member
or co-worker, take them very seri-
ously. People who are being abused
may go along with everything their
partner say or do; talk about their

future Eagle Scouts of Troop 101
and the Riverbend District.
"I still cannot believe that some
of my scouts are married, fathers
with children of their own and
some are even serving in the Armed
Forces. It seems like only yesterday I
was taking them camping," Scout-
master O'Connor thoughtfully
Congratulations, Roger
O'Connor from the neighborhood
on a wonderful career helping our
young men to become gentlemen
and scouts.

partner's temper, jealousy, or pos-
sessiveness; have frequent injuries,
with the excuse of "accidents"; dress
in covering clothes; rarely appear
in public without their partner;
and show signs of depression,
anxiety, low self-esteem and suicidal
thoughts. These are only a few ex-
amples of the behaviors a domestic
violence victim may suffer from.
Warning signs of abusive
Physical abuse
* Slapping, hitting, choking, kick-
ing, shoving, shaking, punching
Throwing objects
Threats of violence
Physical restraint
Threatening to commit suicide
Sexual abuse
Forcing sexual acts
Forcing overly aggressive or
violent sexual acts
Coerced sex through manipula-
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Harassing emails or other com-
munication containing sexual
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Emotional abuse
Name calling, insults, verbal
Destroying keepsakes
Harming pets
Making the partner feel guilty
for the abuse
Making her or him feel bad
about themselves
Extreme jealousy
Playing mind games
Economic abuse
Not allowing a partner to work
Financial isolation by limiting
access to money
Controlling financial decisions
without partner's consent
Forcing partner to use money for
the abuser's needs while neglect-
ing other family and victim's
No one should live in fear of
the one they love. If you or someone
you know is affected by domestic
violence, Hubbard House can help.
Please call the Hubbard House
domestic violence hotline at 1-800-
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Loretto awarded PTA of the Year
By Contributing Writer Catherine Sanneman, President, Loretto Elementary PTA

What a wonderful surprise
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dents' and Principals' Luncheon
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We at Loretto know what a
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Mandarin Rotary Club honors
Business Persons of 2010

Rotary Club member Max Zahn, Ro
President Dorrie Felder, award recir
Gainey and District Chief Andy Wh
On Tuesday, June 8, Scot Acker-
man, M.D., Captain Robin Gainey
of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
Department and Publisher Rebecca
Taus of R.T. Publishing, Inc. were
awarded the annual Business Person
of the Year Award for 2010 from the
Mandarin Rotary Club.
Taus, publisher of Mandarin
NewsLine, said of the award, "I'm
so thrilled that our dedication to
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ness community and neighborhood
charities with Mandarin NewsLine
is being recognized by that very
same community."
Also receiving a Business
Person of the Year Award was Scot
Ackerman, M.D., of First Coast
Oncology. He was being recog-

nized for his
dedication to his
S patients and the
community. As
part of his mis-
sion in life, he
created the First
Coast Cancer
Foundation five
years ago. Its
mission is to help
ease the financial
burden of cancer
patients in our
To date
over 100 cancer
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the spirit of contributing within
the youth of our community,"
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Hurricane season began on June 1

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This means it is important for your
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Mandarin Women's Club members learn about floral design

By Contributing Writer Sharon Wee
The last luncheon for the Man-
darin Women's Club before they go
on summer hiatus was a festive oc-
casion held on Thursday, May 27 at
the Ramada Inn in Mandarin. The
56 members present were enter-
tained with a presentation presented
by Bobby Huebl, one of the top 13
floral designers in Florida. Huebl,
who hails from Wisconsin, has been
a designer for 20 years. He spent
some time in Nashville, Tennessee

where he was affiliated with Whole
Foods, but also had his own design
business. When the Whole Foods
store in Mandarin opened about
a year and a half ago, he moved to
Florida to be their floral designer.
We learned that they will deliver
flower arrangements and that you
can bring in your own vase and get
flowers to arrange yourself or he will
arrange something for you. He an-
nounced that come September, he

Vallencourt Scholarship awarded

will be having floral design classes
at the store at no charge! The only
requirement is that you bring your
own vase.
Some tips we learned about flo-
ral design are to leave approximately
an inch of the oasis above the lip of
the vase and be sure it's thoroughly
soaked with water. This makes it
easier to insert the greenery around
the bottom of the arrangement.
Also use clippers with a serrated
cutting edge and take the leaves off
the stems of flowers-except for
roses! Roses will absorb more water
if you leave a few leaves just under
the blossom. Also, when making
your arrangement, put in lots of
greenery, place the large flowers first
and then fill in with smaller flowers.
Huebl brought many, many
lovely flowers that he used in

making several
floral arrange-
ments, which
some lucky
members took
home! But one
special dona-
tion by Whole
Foods was a pot
containing two
beautiful white
Orchids, which
was won by Su-
san Rezsonya.
Betty Morse took home some
tulips in a funky little "Vazu" vase
which was flat until Huebl opened
it up! They will soon be available at
Whole Foods in all colors at a cost
of around $4. Other winners of the
arrangements Huebl made were

Geri Marchiafava, Pat Morganroth,
Sharon Scott, Dolly Smothers, Di-
ane Limongelli, Barbara Ivose and
Harolyn Deck.
For more information about
the Mandarin Women's Club, please
call Kay at 521-2524.

Uave vviineim, onna vvinelm, i/vattnew vvWlnelm, Katny valencourt,
Mike Vallencourt, Samantha Propper, Maria Propper, Bishop John Sny-
der, Michael Vallencourt, Jr. and Deacon David Yazdiya

There are plenty of scholarships
for academic achievement and ath-
letic excellence, but at Bishop John
J. Snyder (BJS) High School, two
students were recently rewarded for
their superior efforts and hard work.
On Monday, May 10, Matthew
Wilhelm and Samantha Propper
were selected as recipients of the
2010 Francis and Barbara Vallen-
court Scholarship. All members of
the junior class were invited to apply
for the scholarship. A committee
of faculty members met to review
the applications and choose two
students who best live the virtues of
Mr. and Mrs. Vallencourt.
Matthew Wilhelm is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. David Wilhelm of
Mandarin. He is a member of the
BJS wrestling team and was selected
as a member of Youth Leadership
Jacksonville. Samantha Propper
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Propper of Middleburg.
The one-year, $2,500 scholar-
ships were awarded to these students
who have tirelessly used their God-
given talents fully.
"We often admire athletes,
who, thanks to pure grit, rise to the

challenge," said Michael Vallen-
court. "We should give the same
recognition to students whose
unsurpassed energy and drive have
nurtured and grown their talents
into something extraordinary.
The scholarship is named in
honor of longtime Orange Park,
Florida residents Francis and Bar-
bara Vallencourt, whose own hard
work inspired the creation of the
awards and the fullness of the lives
enjoyed by their children, grandchil-
dren and great-grandchildren. Mem-
bers of the Vallencourt family were
present for the award ceremony.
The scholarship was endowed
by the Vallencourt family in 2006.
Francis Vallencourt passed away in
2008 and was honored by many
friends both personal and profes-
sional who made gifts to the scholar-
ship in his memory. Contributions,
including from religious, secular or
corporate sources are encouraged to
continue the growth of this im-
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should be made to the school, on
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Dogwood Circle update
By Contributing Writer Tess Hart-Ross

We have moved to our new office!

Our new office is located at
14540 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 2201 (32258)
and new physicians have been added to meet the
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Brandon J. Kambach, MD Gregory C.

Talk about a love/hate rela-
tionship with Mother Nature! The
Dogwood Circle of the Mandarin
Garden Club was scheduled to
meet at the home of Tess Hart-
Ross for a chapter meeting, lun-
cheon and garden tour on Tuesday,
May 18.
On May 17, the gardens
reflected weeks of work revitalizing
them after one of our worst win-
ters. The alstromeria, cleome, roses,
flowering maple shrubs, lorepeta-
lum, salvias, jacobinia, impatiens,
daylilies, amaryllis, Easter, oriental,
kaffir and gloriosa lilies as well as
scores of other blooming flowers
were all standing tall and ready for
inspection. The cordyline, variegat-
ed hydrangeas, caladiums, gingers,
crotons and coleus were all show-
ing their bright colors. The variety
of shrubs and trees covering the
third of an acre site were all filled
out in their fresh spring foliage.
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the arrival time, tables and chairs
were set up on the patio, food and
drinks were prepared and ready
for the crowd. And then the rains
came! After weeks of near-drought
conditions, the clouds opened up.
The rain gauge had to be emptied
twice and by nightfall, a total of
10.5 inches had fallen.
Water was ankle deep in the
backyard, flowers were lying on
their faces, leaves were drooping,
the pool was overflowing and the
next day's festivities appeared to be
a washed-out affair. Will Mother
Nature ever learn to ration?
To the surprise of the hostess,
the morning of May 18 dawned
bright and clear. The gardens had
recuperated and looked splendid.
The standing water had soaked in,
the pool level had been lowered
and the tables and chairs toweled
off. Bring on the crowd!
It was hot and humid and all
the ladies were certainly "dewy"

but the day was a total success.
The bottle tree, the talking parrot
in the aviary, the garden "art," the
unique color-themed gardens, the
crocc" plant and the desserts were
a hit with everyone. The Dogwood
Circle members left with some
fresh ideas for their own gardens
and a whole summer to put them
into practice.
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the Mandarin Garden Club, please
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"En Lolita's Pupuseria disfru-
tara de una variedad de pupusas."
This is the promise you find on
the front of the menu of the new
restaurant addition to the neigh-
borhood. Lolita's Pupuseria is lo-
cated in the Winn-Dixie Shopping
Center at the corner of San Jose
Boulevard and Loretto Road. There
they promise "Authentic Latin
Cuisine" and they do deliver on
that promise as well as the promise
of "At Lolita's Pupuseria you will
enjoy our variety of pupusas."
Before we explain exactly what
a pupusas is, let us tell you of our
dining experience. Thoroughly
having a fondness for Latin flavors
we couldn't pass-up the opportu-
nity to sample the menu at Lolitas.
The dining experience began with
an experience which today is not
necessarily found too often-we
were greeted immediately by a
young man sincerely and warmly
welcoming us to his restaurant.
When asked lightly, "How is
your food here?" He quickly and
cheerfully replied, "Our food is
fabulous! Come in and enjoy."
He introduced himself as Eder
After escorting us to our table
and introducing us to Marian our
waitress he stayed to outline the
menu for us making his recom-
mendations and explaining what
some of the dishes were. This was
a good thing since there definitely
were items which upon sampling
were absolutely unexpected and
Beginning with the namesake
dish of Lolita's, the pupusas, we
tried upon Eder's recommenda-
tion a tasty Queso con loroco. This
finally answered what a pupusas
actually is. It is a thick hand-made
stuffed corn tortilla griddled, not
fried. It is an indigenous Salva-
doran food. Ours was filled with
cheese and loroco. Loroco is an ed-
ible vine flower bud from Central
America. Our main course was
Carne de Puerco Adaboda which
is seasoned and grilled pork. It was
simply delicious. You wanted to
keep eating it.
Lolita's is a traditional style
Latin America restaurant specializ-
ing in Salvadorian food. As part of
their authentic Salvadorian foods
are fresh baked good imported
from El Salvador and Salvadoran
sour cream and fresco cheese,
which if you haven't tried is a

must on your visit to
It is little wonder
that Eder Quezada is
such a gracious host.
He the son of Efrain
Quezada, owner of
Don Juan's Mexican
Restaurant, which as
we all know has be-
come a highlight for
dining here in Man-
darin. Efrain Quezada
opened Lolita's
Pupuseria in the old
location of Don Juan's
to honor his mother.
He says, though she is
long passed, she was
the source for all the blessings he
has had and that he can still feel
her energy passing through him.
Efrain Quezada is known not
only for his restaurant but also for
the way he has created an extended
family at the restaurants. It is an
atmosphere which over the years
has helped many to become more
involved in their lives and the com-
This is the atmosphere in
which Eder Quezada grew up
and which honed the young man
who now manages and hosts the

namesake restaurant of his grand-
mother. Eder Quezada graduated
from Mandarin High School and
started working for his father at
Don Juan's in 2004. His father
has entrusted him with what is
undoubtedly a special tribute to
Lolita, Efrain's mother and Eder's
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All Souls Anglican Faith Baptist Church of
Church Mandarin
4042 Hartley Road 2955 Orange Picker Rd
904-268-4600 262-6944
www.allsoulsjax.org www.faithbcm.org
Beth Shalom First Baptist Church of
Congregation Mandarin
4072 Sunbeam Rd 3990 Loretto Rd
268-0404 268-2422
www.bethshalomiax.org www.fbcofmandarin.org
Bible Believers Baptist First Christian Church
Church 11924 San Jose Blvd.
3857 Hartley Rd. 262-1662
260-8370 http://firstchristianjax.
www.BibleBelieversBap- clearwire.net
First Conservative
Buckman Bridge Baptist Church
Unitarian Universalist 12021 St. Augustine Rd.
Society 262-7777
12447 Mandarin Road www.conservative.edu
www.bbuus.org Freedom Christian
Christ Church PCA 3423 Loretto Road
9791 St. Augustine Rd 268-2244
262-5588 www.fcfiax.org
www.christchurch-pca.com Grace Bible Study
Christ's Church Mandarin Community Club
6045 Greenland Rd. 12447 Mandarin Road
268-2500 422-8541
Grace Chapel Christian
Christian Family Chapel Fellowship
10365 St. Augustine Rd 2960 Plummer Cove Rd.
262-3000 288-8808
www.christianfamilychapel.com www.gracechapeliax.com
Congregation Ahavath Guardian Lutheran
Chesed The Temple Church
8727 San Jose Boulevard 4911 Losco Road
733-7078 268-5816
www.thetemplejacksonville.org www.guardianlutheran.com
CrossView Church Jacksonville Jewish
10679 Old St. Aug. Rd. Center
904-236-4110 3662 Crown Point Road
www.crossview.org 292-1000
Crown Point Baptist
Church Mandarin Baptist Church
10153 Old St. Augustine Rd. 11244 San Jose Blvd.
262-9743 262-6322
www.crownpointbaptist- www.mbc-jax.org
Mandarin Church
Episcopal Church of Our of Christ
Saviour 12791 St. Augustine Rd.
12236 Mandarin Road 268-5683
268-9457 www.mandarincc.com
Mandarin First Church
www.coos.org of God
Etz Chaim Synagogue 4319 Barkoskie Road
10167 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, Fl 32258
262-3565 (904)-292-4498

Mandarin Lutheran
Church ELCA
11900 San Jose Blvd.
Mandarin Presbyterian
11844 Mandarin Road
Mandarin Seventh Day
Adventist Church
10911 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Mandarin United
Methodist Church
11270 San Jose Blvd.
Philip R. Cousin AME
2625 Orange Picker Road
St. Augustine Road
Baptist Church
13233 St. Augustine Rd.
St. Joseph's Catholic
11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
St. Justin the Martyr
Orthodox Church
12460 St. Augustine Rd
Shepherd of the Woods
Lutheran Church
6595 Columbia Park CT,
Solid Rock Church of
12855 Old St. Augustine Rd.
The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day
11951 St Augustine Rd.
(904) 268-5428

Hanukkah in July

Jewish Family and Communi-
ty Services will partner once again
with Body and Soul, the Art of
Healing, the award winning non-
profit organization which blends
the resources of the Jacksonville
art community with the needs
of specific healthcare venues, by
presenting a musical program,
"Hanukkah in July: a Tribute to
the Jewish American Songwriters."
The play-list will include patriotic
themes such as "Yankee Doodle
Dandy," "It's a Grand Old Flag,"
"God Bless America" and more.
Because Jewish seniors living
in non-sectarian residential set-
tings often feel disconnected from
other Jews and Jewish experiences,
JFCS began a Jewish Culture Club
in six different senior residential
facilities throughout the area.
The series kicked off this past

December with the "Eight Notes
of Hanukkah," also collaborating
with Body and Soul. In keeping
with its mission to provide services
that address the physical, emo-
tional, social and spiritual needs of
the Jewish community, the Jewish
Services Department at JFCS is
grateful for the support of the Ben
Gottlieb Family and the coopera-
tion of the Body and Soul artisans.
"Hanukkah in July" promises
to be another toe tapping experi-
ence guaranteed to lift the spirits
of the senior residents and their
families who attend.
Hanukkah in July will be held
at the following facilities: July 6:
Augustine Landing; July 7: The
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Wednesday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. and Hope. Tempe Brown who is an
continue for seven weeks meet- author, painter and singer will close
ing on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. the luncheon with an inspirational
The class will consist of showing talk on how she found answers to
The American Heritage Series with life in a hotel room and how that
historian David Barton presented day changed her life forever. Feel
on DVDs followed by discussion. free to dress in patriotic colors as
Freedom Christian Fellowship is we celebrate freedom. The lunch
located at 3423 Loretto Road in buffet costs $15. Reservations and
Mandarin. For more details, please cancellations for lunch and com-
call 268-2244. plimentary nursery are essential by
Friday, July 9. Please call Cande at
The health ministry of Philip 908-5609 or email mandarincwc@
R. Cousin AME Church will host yahoo.com or sweetleespoiled@
a free Community Health Fair on comcast.net.
Saturday, July 10 from 9:00 a.m.
until 1:00 p.m. at the church, lo- Ladies, come join us for a study
cated at 2625 Orange Picker Road. of Daniel, I and II Peter and I and
There will be a blood drive spon- II Thessalonians. Registration is
scored by The Blood Alliance as well now underway for this fall Bible
as blood pressure checks, glucose study. CBS (Community Bible
checks and full cholesterol screen- Study) meets Thursday mornings
ings by Shands of Jacksonville. at Christ Church PCA, located at
For additional information, please 9790 Old St. Augustine Road from
contact the church at 262-3083. 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while
Duval/St. Johns County schools are
Mandarin Christian Women's in session. Childcare and children's
Connection will be having a lun- classes are available. All are wel-
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12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at and $10 for children. For additional
the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 information, please contact Sandy
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Purposeful Parenting

By Allie Olsen
"Knock Knock."
"Who's there?"
"Your neighbor!"
When's the last time you
enjoyed some chill-out time with
the neighbors? Fourth of July is just
around the corner and provides a
great opportunity for some good,
old-fashioned, neighborly fun!
No extra cleaning required, no
fancy meal to set on the table-this
is picnic season! Heat up the grill
and consider having everyone bring
their own meat and a side to share
to simply make this a memorable
evening for everyone.
Timothy, our five-year old,
insists that the best part of the fourth
is water balloons. (The Dollar Store
recently had packs of balloons with
a filler-nozzle included for easier fill-
ing.) You can make it into a game by
pairing up and tossing balloons back
and forth or the kids can divide into
teams for an everyone-wins water-
balloon war!
Sidewalk chalk, bubbles and
other outdoor classics are perfect to
keep little ones occupied while you
chat with friends. How many stars
are on our flag? Why? Can the kid-
dos work together to draw all fifty?
Portraits of friends may be a new
twist on an old fave; have them lie
down on the driveway and outline
their bodies first and then fill in each
other's features!
"I like watching the fireworks
all together with our glowsticks,"
reminisces eight year old Lauren. "It
represents when we won the war for
our freedom."
No Fourth of July celebration
would be complete without acknowl-
edging our gift of freedom! If you're
blessed with an elderly neighbor,
he may share some stories with the
group. The children could make
cards for soldiers serving now or
you may share the story of how our
National Anthem was penned. If

"simplify" is your mantra, you may
simply thank God for our freedom
and pray for those who don't have
this blessing before fireworks and
It was harder for Ben, age 11,
to nail down a favorite memory.
"Popcorn race, no, fireworks... Oh! I

remember! We always play hide-and-
seek in the dark with glow sticks! Yes,
that's my favorite."
Too many memories to choose
one favorite makes a successful
fourth! Have fun celebrating freedom
and making memories with your
family this year.

Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.,
10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon
Spanish Mass
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Historic Church
Traditional Latin Mass
1st & 3rd Sunday -
11:00 a.m. Historic Church
Polish Mass
2nd & 4th Sunday -
11:00 a.m. Historic Church
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday Thursday
8:00 a.m. Historic Church
Friday 8:15 a.m.
Main Church
11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, Florida
Mandarin Christian will host a
boys' basketball mini-camp, which
is open to students entering grades
four through nine. The camp will
be held from July 14 16 from
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and the
fee is $50. To register, please contact
the camp office at 268 5353 or for
any questions, please contact Coach
Shepherd at jaxnets@yahoo.com.


Junior Achievement of North Florida's
Mandarin Council Scholarship winner is

Wendy Zhang

Wendy plans to study accounting at the
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No job? No problem. Make your own job

passed the
point of
2010, a
year with
slow to
no job
Catherine Hagen mists
jobs are the lagging indicator of a
recovering economy; this is of little
solace if you are unemployed. The
Duval County unemployment rate
is 11.6 percent, while the Florida
rate is 12 percent. Ifyou're ap-
palled at our rate, Flagler County
has the worst rate in the state at
15.6 percent.
So, there are no jobs, what are
you supposed to do? Make your
own; statistically, this is the time!
According to the Kauffman Index
of Entrepreneurial Activity, 2009
"...might be remembered as the
year business start-ups reached
their highest level in 14 years..."
Perhaps another word for entrepre-
neurial is unemployed? Shockingly
those beginning their own business
are 35-44 year olds, followed by
55-64 year olds and more start-ups
are begun by minorities.
We had the opportunity to sit
down with the guru of small busi-
ness, the director of the Small Busi-
ness Development Center of UNF,

Catherine Hagen. She suggests
that when you're considering this,
consider what you know and what
you like. If you don't like painting
or cleaning, these might not be the
new businesses for you! And you
have to have a product or service
that people need. "Even if you like
baking lemon meringue pies, if
people don't need them..." Which
opens another can of worms, so to
speak. You must be aware of health
regulations and city and state li-
censing regarding small businesses.
You can't make that pie in the
same kitchen you make your kids'
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
and expect to sell it!
How do you avoid the pitfalls?
The center has a great workshop,
"How to Start Your Own Busi-
ness" and it's available to all. Call
620-2476 or go to www.sbdc.unf.
edu. Hagen suggests you first start
with a business plan and the center
can help you with that. Biggest
challenge? Funding. Banks are just
not lending to small start-ups, so
you must find alternate sources.
Perhaps you've received a severance
package from a previous employer?
Consider buying a business. You'd
be "buying yourself a job." Before
you take this step, you must make
sure that what you're buying has
value. Not only SBDC, but a
great accountant needs to be on
board! There are opportunities that
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pet services, etc. Just make sure
you have the proper permits and
When asked the biggest
misconceptions about starting and
running your own business, Hagen
stated, "...that you don't have to
work as hard and that the reward is
instantaneous." You'll work twice
as hard and may actually make less
money than you're used to-short
term pain and long term gain. At
the end of the day you'll have the
freedom to chart your own destiny.
The sky's the limit!
And as a regular feature of this
column, our favorite chef, Robert
Tulko, presents the very best of
summer (very inexpensive and
ooooh soooo easy):

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three minutes. Add a tablespoon of
sugar and a dash of soy sauce. Cook
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and technical theatre. As such, the
Summer Musical Theatre Experi-
ence came to fruition. Its goal is to
provide an opportunity for local
area high school students to work
hands-on with some of the highest
recognized local theatre profession-
als. This program is also presented
by the Artist Series. Past summer
musicals have included: Guys
and Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress,
Damn Yankees! and Beauty and the
Beast. But this summer, hold on to
your robes, because Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is
coming to town!
Director of this year's summer
musical will be Kristin Livingston,
who has been the assistant direc-
tor during the last two summer
"When I was asked to direct, I
was very excited." she said. In the
quest to choose the perfect play,
at first "a committee chose five or
six plays-read it and listened to it
and picked a show," she continued
and added: "One more factor in
choosing a show is if another the-
ater had done or would be doing
the same one."
The cast is excited as well.
Cait May, a senior at Bartram Trail
High School and ensemble mem-
ber of the cast decided to audition
for the musical because "a bunch
of my friends were in the previous
shows and it sounded like fun...
[Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat] is also one of my favor-
ite shows."
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Lisa Kidder, a junior at
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts who will play Potiphar's wife,
as well as be a lead dancer in the
production, tells the story of how
she became involved with the
program. "My brother and I were
always involved. Him first, then
me when I was old enough. It is
sort of a tradition." Kidder says she
continues because I love meeting
new people from different schools
and just being in musicals." She
also encourages other students to
audition for future shows.
Sam Smid, who holds the title
of "Assistant-Assistant Director,"
participated in the first two Sum-
mer Musical Theatre Experiences.
"They were the best two sum-
mers of my life."
The award winning show of
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat, written by renowned
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim
Rice, will be performed July 30 and
31 at 8:00 p.m., August 1 at 2:00
p.m., August 6 and 7 at 8:00 p.m.
and August 8 at 2:00 p.m. Adult
tickets are $20, military/seniors/
non-FSCJ student tickets are $15,
tickets for children under twelve
are $12 and FSCJ staff/ student
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The box office, which is
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Koi Joy The pleasures of water gardening

By Contributing Writer Dale Whale
All our columns have been
directed toward the maintenance
and development of your pond
and water garden with the objec-
tive of developing a backyard
paradise for maximum enjoyment
with minimum maintenance. My
husband and I started out with the
emphasis on the gardening aspect
that gradually morphed into Koi
keeping because of the personali-
ties of the fish. However, it took us
over a decade before we would fully
appreciate the virtues of maintain-
ing a quarantine tank. Before you
make the same mistake I thought
I would explain the benefits of
maintaining a smaller separate
The most obvious use of the
quarantine tank is to isolate and
treat sick fish. But an equally
important use is to isolate and
treat newly purchased fish before
introducing them into the main
pond. Sick and new fish are already
stressed, so every effort made
to provide a stress free environ-
ment goes a long way to towards
the healing process. These efforts
should include a method to pro-
vide hiding places for the fish, such
as a clean ceramic pot turned on its
side, floating a piece of Styrofoam
on the surface or a water lily or
any floating plant. In addition to
providing shade and hiding places,
as with the main water garden,
the addition of aquatic plants help
with the overall balance of the
Fish are community crea-
tures so always make sure there's
a buddy. I haven't looked up the

exact definition but I'm pretty sure
it takes more than one fish to make
a school. So when isolating a fish
for treatment, grab a buddy fish
too. At our house we have a couple
of fish that live in our quarantine
tank all the time to keep the tank
balanced and serve as buddy fish
when needed. When using your
quarantine tank for new fish, plan
on them being there for six to 12
weeks if not longer. During this
time you will be treating for a
variety of parasites to make sure

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ties at Loretto:
One morning, 66 volunteer
readers visited classes to read aloud
to students. Readers could bring
their own favorite book to read
or choose from an assortment on
display in the theater.
Local children's author Jane
Wood visited Loretto and spoke to
our fourth and fifth grade students
about how to be a good writer.
She has written and published four
books so far, all of which take place
in the Jacksonville/south Georgia
area. Students were given an op-
portunity to purchase paperback
copies of her books at a discount.
On Friday, students were
encouraged to dress up as their fa-
vorite book character and bring the
corresponding book to school.
You can check out the video of
our fifth graders performing a flash
mob dance to "Gotta Keep Read-
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main pond.
The first treatment is always
a salt treatment. Add non-iodized,
non treated salt slowly till you
reach 0.3 percent. That is three
pounds per 100 gallons of water.
Remember to buffer the water by
adding baking soda. I also add a
mesh bag filled with well rinsed
plain non-scented all clay kitty lit-
ter. It is great way to raise the hard-
ness and to clarify the water. Then
treat for parasites and bacterial

retto, click on News and Events,
then Reading Celebration Week
Photos and the highlighted link to
videos. Many parents and teachers
alike said it was the coolest thing
they'd ever seen at Loretto!
Third grade teacher Sharon
Rosenblum, chairperson of the
Reading VLC which planned and
coordinated all of the Reading
Week events, said it best though
when she reminded students:
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activity over the next few weeks.
When setting up a quarantine
tank you want to have a minimum
of 150 gallons. Of course if you
have large fish you will need to
make it bigger. Our quarantine
tank is rectangular in shape, four
feet by six feet by two feet deep and
contains 360 gallons of water. It
serves us very well and, as the name
implies, it is a separate and complete
Please feel free to email me with
questions Dale@DWhaley.com.

read. Don't ever be bored be-
cause books can take you on an
adventure, help you solve a mystery
or help you learn about people and
places. Make yourself a promise:
That you will never stop opening
books and reading them. Set a goal
today for how many books you will
read this summer. Ask your parent
to have a day each week that they
will take you to the library. Keep
your reading log up to date dur-
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reading books is like getting gold.
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By Molly McKinney

In the past several months,
hopefully you have opened your
mind somewhat to different organ-
ic ideas. Or, if you've already been
implementing them, perhaps you
found some new tips and commu-
nities to augment your current life-
style. Gardening and composting
and using Tupperware all go hand
in hand and this month's article
comments on a way to make your
summer vegetables even better.
There's a large debate that's
been going on for some time now
on chemical versus organic fertil-
izers. Organic fertilizers contain
carbon-based byproducts of organ-
isms, the most commonly known
being manure. They contain nitro-
gen, phosphorus and potassium,
released as microorganisms break
down the fertilizer, to help veg-
etables grow to their full potential.
Chemical or synthetic fertilizer has
all those nutrients all ready to go,
no microorganisms needed. How-
ever, they also contain acids that
can actually harm plant growth.
The long and short of the
argument is that organic fertilizers

are cheaper and provide more nu-
trients while building up the soil,
but cannot provide nutrients right
away since they need time to be
broken down. You can make your
own fertilizer through composting
manure, instead of buying in from
the store like synthetic fertilizer
and it also comes with the peace
of mind that you're not putting
more dangerous chemicals into the
Ever wonder why that lake
in your backyard is so green? Did
you think it was healthy because
of it? If your lake has algae blooms
and plant growth on the surface
of the water, it's actually in danger
and the culprit is usually fertil-
izer runoff. Middle school biology
teaches us that when the algae in a
water body comes in contact with
a heavily concentrated nutrient
source such as synthetic fertilizer,
it explodes in life. Far from being a
good thing, it sucks all the oxy-
gen out of the water so that other
animals and plants cannot utilize
it and chokes its own self out by
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from the sun.
Perhaps the best answer is to
use a combination. If you gar-
den is looking wilty, then maybe
sprinkle some chemicals on it to
improve the way it looks within a
few days. Do this in all conscious-
ness that this can sometimes cause
weaker plants because it causes
an explosive type of growth (i.e.:
algae blooms). After you get your
plants looking how you want them,
start to feed them with something
organic in order to provide them
with long-term nutrition and also
preserve the integrity of the soil.
Earthworms are essential to aerate
the soil and they live better in the
less acidic environment organic
fertilizers provide. If you don't
know where to get organic fertil-
izer, look it up online. You don't
have to make your own and you
don't always have to deal with
stinky poo. Most organic fertil-
izers have been broken down and
composted so thoroughly you can't
even tell that it once came out of
the back end of an animal. If you're
truly gung-ho, you can try human
manure composting. But we're not
going to go into that here.
Sometimes you have to com-
promise a little with all the techno-
logical advances we've come across.
It's true that they have done good
things for the environment and
for humanity. The trick is to find
some balance. Remember that not
only is everything good in modera-
tion, but experience has taught us
that the way nature has done it
for millennia is often still the best
way to do things. Find your own
way to balance the two and good
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The Mandarin Community
Club will be collecting worn, aged
and weathered American flags for
proper and respectful disposal at
a Flag Retirement Ceremony on
Saturday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m.
The Community Club will host
the ceremony in conjunction
with the SAR (Sons of American
Revolution), DAR (Daughters of
American Revolution and CAR
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on the grounds of the historic club
During the ceremony, the his-
tory of the American flag and the
importance of proper disposal are
A collection box will be located
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Mandarin Road, during the week
beginning Monday, August 2 until
the ceremony on Saturday, August 7.

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and interesting history with many
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What's a flower lover to do?
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension,
University of Florida/IFAS

Perhaps you love flowers
but are tired of the usual nursery
pansies and petunias. Maybe you
would also like to spend more time
enjoying your yard and less time
replacing faded plants.
A great many flowering plants
are classified as annuals, mean-
ing they grow, bloom and die in
less than a year, usually within a
single season. Pansies for example
are annuals. Plant them when the
weather is cool; pull them out
when it heats up. Another class of
plants, perennials, lives for years
but many of these are plain-Jane
plants most of the year with a short
bloom season. Leave town on vaca-
tion and you might miss the show
So what's a flower lover to do?
If you are willing to search them
out, there are tough plants that live
a long time and bloom almost year
round. Some may be killed back
by freezing weather, but most grow
back quickly in spring if mulched
well to protect their root systems.
Plant these and they will win your
heart with their non-stop flowers.
Bush Daisy: This easy plant
blooms continuously until frost.
Flowers are daisy-like and bright
yellow. Prune lightly to control size
if they get too tall.
Hibiscus: A familiar southern
plant with huge, beautiful blooms
in an astonishing range of flower
colors. Hibiscus needs sun to
bloom well. Plants are hardy to
about 30 degrees, lower if given
overhead protection from tree
limbs or a porch overhang.

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of white impatiens. Officially
impatiens is an annual, but plants
reseed and naturalize. You only
need to plant a few to get them
started. If they get leggy cut them
back to six inches and they will

re-grow. Impatiens needs shade and
Lantana: These plants love
heat and sun. Trailing and mound-
ing types are available in many
colors. Check on mature size
before buying as some types grow
into large shrubs.

Plumbago: If you love blue,
this one's for you. A shrubby,
mounding plant, it blooms
continuously bearing clusters of
delicate flowers in shades of pure
white through deep blue. Purchase
a plant in bloom if you want to
be sure of flower color. Prune in
late winter to control size. If not
pruned, plumbago will grow into
a large shrub. Plant in full to part
Porterweed: So easy to grow
they call it a weed. Blooms con-
tinuously if given full to part sun
and the showy spikes of flowers in
pink or blue attract butterflies and
hummingbirds as well as humans.
Porterweed is killed by freezing
temperatures but usually self-sows
itself and new plants come up in
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friends on the Fourth of July
while waiting for the hot dogs
to cook on the grill:
* Three presidents died on
July Fourth: Thomas Jefferson
and John Adams in 1826,
and James Monroe, in 1831.
Calvin Coolidge was the only
president born on July Fourth,
in 1872.
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as a state celebration, in 1781.
* The first recorded use of the
name "Independence Day" oc-
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lished Independence Day as
an unpaid holiday for federal
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Mandarin Garden Club's Yard
of the Month
By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Club

Congratulations to Debbie
Peterfreund, recipient of the June
Yard of the Month award. Her
scenic riverside residence is located
in Beauclerc. Although macular
degeneration has greatly impaired
Peterfreund's vision, her deep appre-
ciation of the beauty that surrounds
her is undiminished. As a lover of
art, she is acutely aware of color
and speaks of selecting plants and
flowering bushes that contrast or
harmonize with the grey stone that
covers the front of the house she
and her husband built.
As we walk outside, she men-
tions the bushes of red knockout
roses and plants of cordyline with
tall red foliage newly planted in
close proximity to the grey stone.
She gestures toward the abundance
of hydrangea bushes planted for
color in mature beds of evergreens,
grasses and flowering vines which
long ago become part of the natural
setting. Some of the beds are
established underneath the trees
and some are enhanced with new
plantings blended with the varie-
gated groundcover that meanders
and spreads alongside the walkway
to the front entrance.
Peterfreund turns to walk
inside and lingers to gently touch
the beautiful large split leaf philo-
dendrons structured tall and wide
on both sides of the rich brown
double door entrance. She inquires

about the
blooms of the
camellia bushes
before finally
going inside....
edly thinking of
more color.
freund's artistic
vision seems as
enduring as the
l majestic oaks
and magnolia
trees that shade
a deep spacious
lawn and circle the home above
hibiscus bushes and alongside shady
brick pathways framed with jasmine
covered fences, bottle brush trees
and manicured evergreen hedges.
All lead to more jasmine inter-
twined with tall backyard landscap-
ing adjacent to the swimming pool.
A view of the river awaits but
not before the image of a truly mag-
nificent oak emerges. The tree, dec-
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of dense moss, stands perfectly
balanced by its massive branches
in a lush circle of thick ferns. The
back yard opens up to a freshly cut
lawn that extends like a thick carpet
beyond the tree as it follows the
slope toward the river. The upward
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Fitness Together Jacksonville owner Wes Greer, Dr. Phil, Lori Eboli
and Erin Stehl
Three months, countless ness program.
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Amazed by Stehl's progress in
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"America saw a whole new
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Swimming Safari Swim School
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monies from the USA Swimming
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So far, Swimming Safari Swim
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swim in 2010. While the school
has been teaching children to swim
for years, they have been incorpo-
rated since 2006 and the program
has been a local partner since 2009.
Since then, 1,000 children have
gone through the program and are
now more water safe.
"Our Make a Splash Local
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the Make a Splash mission," said
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With the grant, the school will
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Community Connection summer
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children's families are unable to pay
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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary update
The eyes of the Coast Guard
By Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8

In addition to publicizing the
volunteer services of the United
States Coast Guard Auxiliary, some
articles introduce readers to your
neighbors who perform those ser-
vices. They are people from all walks
of life who offer some of their time
to help make boating safer. Of the
auxiliary's various functions, Opera-
tions is the one that sends crew onto
the water for multi-mission marine
patrols. Locally, these patrols per-
form safety, rescue, surveillance and
environmental activities in support
of boaters, commercial interests and
government programs. Each patrol
has a coxswain in charge of the
boat, one or more crew and a boat
supplied by one of the members.
A banner identifies the boat as a
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
craft. The crew represents an official
United States Coast Guard presence
in all regards except for military and
law enforcement actions and carries
the necessary gear for communica-
tions and assistance.
Each flotilla appoints an
Operations Officer who coordinates
patrols and is responsible for most of
its marine activity. For the Manda-
rin-based flotilla, the Operations
role is currently assigned to Whit
Vick. Vick came to us from Rome,
Georgia where he began his aux-
iliary association in 1996 on Lake
Allatoona, a large impoundment for
Atlanta. Raised in Virginia and a
boater since he was eight years old,
Vick is married with two sons and
is a radiologist at the Jacksonville
Veteran's Administration outpatient
clinic. That he gained his occupa-
tion through attendance at Emory
University, Harvard and Yale hints at
the focus, intelligence and aware-
ness he brings to the operations task.
Preparatory to this leadership role,
Vick became crew qualified in 2005
and a coxswain in 2006. In Vick's
own words, he prefers operations
due to his love of boats, opportuni-
ties to learn and teach, being on the
water, meeting others interested in
boating, and being part of an organi-
zation that promotes boating safety.
Indicative of his commitment to
those interests, he also acquired his
Masters Captain license in 2003 to
drive a Rome city charter boat and
works part time for both Towboat
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Jekyll Island, Georgia.
If you would like to join Vick
on the St. Johns River, contact
Charles Smith at 541-1660 and he
will guide you through membership.
Since part of that process includes
completion of the Auxiliary Boating
Safety Training Program, you may
first want to check us out and also
get your Florida Boater's ID card.
Flotilla 14-8's program occurs every
Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the
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at 2900 Hartley Road. The cost is
$20 per participant. Please call Bob
at 721-1346 for specifics and to
With the arrival of hurricane
season, various auxiliary func-
tions engage in precautionary
preparations. One of those activities
involves our Marine Dealer contact
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money where it belongs in your new home. We have

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Northeast Florida can become a member. So get the home you've

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We never forget that it's your money. A

To apply, call 904-777-6000,stop by a VyStar Branch Hours: Mandarin Branch 11343 San Jose Blvd.
branch or visit our website at www.vystarcu.org. Lobby: Mon-Thurs 9a-5p, Fri 9a-6p, Sat 9a-3p Julington Creek Branch 101 Bartram Oaks Walk
Drive Thru: Mon-Thurs 7:30a-5p, Fri 7:30a-6p, Sat 9a-3p (at the corner of Race Track Rd. and State Rd. 13)

LESNER BYNCUA Alachua Baker Bradford Clay Columbia Duval Flagler Gilchrist Hamilton Levy Putnam Marion Nassau St. Johns Suwannee Union Volusia
*Certain restrictions and limitations apply. All loans are subject to credit approval. No Closing Costs offer available only when obtaining a VyStar Credit Union First Mortgage Loan and is not available on VA, FHA & Reverse Mortgages. Available for purchase or
refinance. VyStar will pay borrower closing costs up to a maximum amount of $5,000 excluding origination fee, discount points, private mortgage insurance, prepaid interest or funds to establish the member's escrow account. If the borrower pays off the mortgage
within the first 36 months, they will be required to reimburse VyStar for a portion of the closing costs paid by VyStar Offer available for a limited time and subject to change without notice.


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