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Tires in the Gulf to tires in the Atlantic Ocean
Coast to Coast 2010
By Contributing Writer Scott Jones, Eighth Grade Student
Tires in the Atlantic at Mickler's Landing Beach at the conclusion of the ride.
This event was "rite of passage" from middle school to high school. Our back tires touched the Gulf of Mexico's salty water; the salt in the air mingled with a soft breeze. There were maybe a thousand thoughts between the 10 bike riders and the two SAG (supplies and gear) team members. Ready, set, go! Roughly 150 miles of road set before us, split up into two days
of pedaling the assortment of road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrids (a cross between mountain and road bikes). We would conquer Florida that weekend!
On Saturday, May 1, we had to ride 79 miles. Our ride started from Cedar Key, a small oceanfront town on the Gulf of Mexico. If all went as planned we would end up in Starke around two in the
afternoon. We met up with our SAG team for a break every 10 to 20 miles. Well it didn't go according to plan. We had a few flat tires, a hard time getting started and a hard time in general riding a bike for more than a couple of hours at a time.
During the last 20 miles it was up to the stronger peddlers to encourage and push the weaker ones up those last hills to the lake house of one of our team. It was an awesome sight to see the whole group going around 19 miles per an hour for the whole of the last eight miles. We kept that speed until we needed to turn and go across the interstate to get on the dirt road leading to the house.
That night we would eat at a steak house and spend some time in the Word of God with our junior high pastor, the man leading the trip teaching us some lessons and giving us some knowledge on living our life for God as we step up into high school.
Saturday would define Sunday, May 2. We had 70 miles to reach Mickler's Landing, including some climbing up the "not-so-steep-but-feels-like-the-incline-of-cliffs," otherwise known as the hills of Penney Farms. Then over the two lane Shands Bridge and then over Palm Valley Bridge�I hit around
Coast to Coast cont. on pg. 4
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On April 20 the publisher of the Mandarin NewsLine, Rebecca Taus, took her attention away from the news of the neighborhood and got involved in making some of her own. She and 14 other members of the Southside Business Men's Club took a day away from their businesses and became teachers at Southside Middle School. There they spent the full school day
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Each year, Mandarin High School honors one student with a Volunteer of the Year award. The 2010 recipient of this award was Brooke Caster, a vivacious senior at Mandarin High who devotes her time to the AICE program, an academic magnet program, the dance team and volunteering. Caster also placed first runner up in the 2010 Miss Mandarin pageant, so she has helped organize the 2011 pageant. However, Caster's favorite cause to volunteer for is diabetes, because she is a juvenile diabetic.
"Brooke does a lot of things for diabetes. She is involved with a charity and she invites all her
friends to the events. She really feels like it is her responsibility to help diabetics like herself and inform people about the cause," said
Unfortunately, there are approximately three million Americans like Caster who suffer from juvenile diabetes, which means that every day, 40 children are diagnosed with the disease. The risks associated with diabetes are many and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Insulin injections treat the disease, but there is no cure�yet.
"It's good that Brooke wants people to be aware of the facts when it comes to diabetes because it's sort of an 'under the table' charity and nobody really donates to it, so I
Brooke Caster cont. on pg. 12
teaching the entire 376 students of the seventh grade.
The Southside Business Men's Club volunteer teachers partnered with Junior Achievement in the day's lessons. They used the Junior Achievement Program, |A Economics for Success, which are interactive lessons designed to
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The Third Thursday Lecture Series, sponsored by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society and the Mandarin Community Club, announces the following upcoming programs: June 17, Florida Public Archaeology Network; and July 15, Orange Park Historical Society. All programs take place at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. with the program/lecture starting at 7:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Andrew Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Florida Acoustic Neuroma Support Group will meet on Saturday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please call 287-8132 or 284-6192 for additional information.
The Mandarin Community Club (MCC) will honor Dr. Bill Bosworth at a tree planting and dedication ceremony on Saturday June 19. A life member of the of the MCC, Dr. Bosworth retired from the governing board this year after several years of service including a term as president in 2002. The ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Billard Commemorative Park on Brady Road. For further information visit www. mandarincommunityclub.org or call 268-1622.
The June General Meeting of the All Star Quitters Guild will be held on Monday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program, entitled "Entering Your Quilt in Quiltfest...the Hows and Whys of It" will be presented by Elaine
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The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society will host its June-boree fundraiser on Saturday June 12, starting at 5:00 p.m. The country/western themed event will be held at the Needmore Land and Cattle Company, located at 2202 Bishop Estates Road in NW St. Johns County. The event will feature country food, silent auction and music by Grandpa's Cough Medicine. Tickets are $100 for couples ($75 per couple for museum members) and $65 for single tickets ($50 for members). For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society at 268-0784 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandarin Toastmasters meet at the South Mandarin Regional Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard, on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. People who get ahead in life are those who can communicate effectively. Wouldn't you like to develop this priceless skill? Now you can. Toastmasters will show you how to listen effectively, think on your feet and speak confidently. You will
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Tickets for the Year of the Priest dinner at St. Josephs Church are sold out for June 6. The Italian American Club will provide a delicious dinner for over 300 people for this special occasion. There will be a '50s dinner dance at the club in June which is open to all who wish to attend. For further details, please call the club at 268-2882.
The MOMS Club of Jackson-ville/Mandarin-SE offers support for stay at home and part-time working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities include park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and field trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email email@example.com.
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By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri, School Board Representative, District 7
Zachary Champagne, a fourth grade math/science teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School, has been named Duval County's 2010 Teacher of the Year. Champagne was among 160 Teachers of the Year selected by each school in the district. He has been teaching for 11 years, the last eight years being at Mandarin Oaks. He received the highest honor for teachers of mathematics in 2007 when he was presented with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Champagne is also president of the Duval Elementary Math Council, a board member of the Florida Council of Leaders of Mathematics and an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida.
Our Mandarin schools Teachers of the Year for 2010 are:
� Elizabeth Dix - Bartram Springs Elementary School
� Patricia Ceballos - Crown Point
� Shira Saltman - Greenland Pines Elementary School
� Patricia Miracle - Loretto Elementary School
� Zachary Champagne � Mandarin Oaks Elementary School
� Catherine Allison-Fenner
- Mandarin Middle School
� Katherine Nesselrode - Mandarin High School
Congratulations to these excellent teachers, their principals and fellow teachers in their selection. Every year our district selects teachers from every school. But know that all of us appreciate every teacher, their professionalism and the great work they do for their students.
Now, a very special congratulations to Zach Champagne, again, as he has now been selected as one of the five finalists for the 2010 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year. The state's
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Now that the legislature has concluded its 2010 legislative session, the board can finally put its budget together. While Duval County will face a $65 million shortfall from last year's legislative funding, we are fast but deliberate, at work hammering out our 2010-11 budget. The superintendent has his directive from the board: at least try to maintain our programs at last year's level and continue to prioritize reading, art, music and PE.
This year will take another miracle and that being with budget dollars the legislature continues to undermine. That doesn't just include our district, but every district (67 total) in the state.
The superintendent's community meetings held this spring (the last one at Mandarin High School), coupled with community, teachers and staff input, will help guide the board and superintendent as we continue preparing for our children's future.
Graduations are just around the corner. Mandarin High School will hold its graduation ceremony on June 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Arena. Over 600 of our Mandarin High seniors will graduate.
On the last day of school, June 11, 2010, dismissal times for students who walk or ride the bus to Mandarin area schools are listed below:
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Since April 12, customers who bring their own shopping bags to Whole Foods Market in Mandarin receive 10 cents per bag or can choose to donate the refund to one of two charities. At store registers, cashiers ask customers if they would like to donate the funds to the Whole Planet Foundation or North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) until July 4, 2010.
"We are thrilled that this national, well-known natural food grocery chain would honor us by being a corporate sponsor," says Michael Langton, president of NFLT.
The mission of the North Florida Land Trust is to preserve and protect natural areas and lands adjacent to our watersheds in Northeast Florida. Preservation benefits our community by adding to quality of life values for the residents of our community, preserving precious habitat and the rural character of Northeast Florida for future generations. The Jacksonville-based group works in seven counties in Northeast Florida and its efforts have made sure that
over 1,100 acres will be conserved permanently.
Langton says this is an excellent time to form this partnership as the group is working against a tight deadline to create a northern access to the Guana preserve, located in Ponte Vedra at the old Oar House Restaurant property. The facility will provide outdoor recreational support and an eco-educa-tional center for the community.
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Coast to Coast cont. from pg. 1
28 mph going down. We had a few more accidents than the day before and we were all tired. Today we had to trust in God's strength.
As we rode through Nocatee towards Mickler's Beach, it was very encouraging to hear the car horns of all our friends and family who were driving to watch us as we put our front tires into the Atlantic Ocean. When we got to the beach, everyone had made two lines for us to walk our bikes through to the
water. I think we all felt the same way, like we were celebrities. There were signs with all of our names. It was one of the best feelings I have ever had.
A special thanks to Greg Friend and Keith Jones, our SAG team and Bill Winton and Chris Graves for leading the ride. Thanks also to Tommy Rutt, T.J Jakebows-ki, Sean Mangum, Timothy How-aid, Jack Sather, Chris Dingfield and Jamin Pope.
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From the City Council Member's Desk
By Contributing Writer Jack Webb, City Council Member, District 6
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Greetings District 6:
First off, I would like to apologize for not making a submission to Mandarin NewsLine last month and the month before. As the velocity of life accelerates, deadlines have a habit of creeping up and slipping by rather quickly.
Many of you may have seen the recent media coverage regarding the budget shortfall we will experience for the remainder of this fiscal year. When we passed the budget in September 2009 for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, it was anticipated that during the course of the year we would be able to bring closure to the negotiations with all of the city unions and that we would realize the savings from the 3 percent across the board wage cuts that the city put on the bargaining table. The negotiations resulted in impasse with the majority of the unions and that will require the City Council to act as the final arbiter of the wage issues. However, that will not occur until sometime over the summer.
As such, we have a $ 12 million dollar hole that needs to be addressed now. What we are looking at are temporary reductions of library hours, pulling back on public works projects and reducing general maintenance in our city parks. Again these cuts are temporary but paint a clear picture of where we will be next year if we are not successful at the bargaining table. As I said earlier, final resolution will be the task of the City Council sometime during the summer, roughly the same time frame for working through the budget for 2010-2011. It certainly looks like it is going to be an extra hot summer.
Speaking of the budget, I would like to thank the large group of people who attended the budget town hall meeting we conducted at the Mandarin Community Club last month. If anything, I hope that I was able to convey the complexity of the budget process and identify some, if not all, of the moving parts involved. As I said at the meeting, given the decline in revenue, whether from ad valorem property taxes, sales taxes or gas taxes and the increase in employee related expenses, we have no good options at this point. The deficit we face for the last quarter of this year and the real cuts in services will be the new reality next year if we do not, once and for all, address these incessantly increasing costs.
Much was reported recently over the nomination of Dr. Parvez Ahmed to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and the fact that I did not support his nomination. It was inaccurately reported that my opposition to Dr. Ahmed somehow had something to do with his religion. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that I had concerns about Dr. Ahmed's leadership of The Council on American- Islam Relations, CAIR.
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I apologize for the length of this month's submission. As you can see from the matters addressed this month, neither my passion for this job nor my willingness to address thorny issues has diminished. As always, thank you for the privilege of serving as your representative on Jacksonville City Council.
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By Contributing Writer Ash ley Johnson, Hubbard House, Inc.
Father's Day is a time to celebrate and honor men who are fathers or serve as father figures. As a father or father figure you have the opportunity to serve as a positive male role model to children and young adults. Through this role you will help form the behaviors and opinions they will carry with them through adulthood; this includes the way they feel about domestic violence.
Domestic violence is often viewed as a women's issue and many men feel they should not get involved. However, domestic violence is everyone's issue. It does not discriminate against ethnicity, gender, economic level or zip code. A sobering statistic states that one out of every four women will be affected by domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. The women affected by this violence could be your mother, your sister, your daughter, a coworker, a friend or neighbor.
Men are critical to violence prevention efforts because males are more likely to listen to other males when it comes to the perpetration of domestic violence. This kind of leadership and mentorship is imperative to having a strong, healthy, and productive community.
Hubbard House, the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties ask in honor of Father's Day for men to take an active role in helping to end domestic violence in our community.
Here are just a few ways men can help make a difference in ending domestic violence:
� Take a stance and speak out against domestic violence and set an example by choosing non-violent means of conflict resolution.
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community and civic leaders must reinforce the message that domestic violence is unacceptable.
� Help other men by being a listening ear or lending a helping hand in times of high stress when domestic violence is more likely to happen.
� Act as a positive role model to youth by teaching young males how to treat and respect women and by teaching young females how they should be treated and respected.
� Educate youth about sex and violence in popular culture and mainstream media and set a very clear standard about respect.
� Emphasize the importance of communicating without abusive actions or words.
So to all who are fathers or father figures, as you are celebrated on this Father's Day by those whose lives you've influenced, remember the vital roles you will continue to play in the lives of the ones you love.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House Domestic Violence Hotline at 354-3114 or 1 (800) 500-1119.
About Hubbard House: Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult ana youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers' intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.
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The weather is warming up, the school year is coming to a close and now is a perfect time to review some important summertime tips to prevent crimes of opportunity:
"Garaging" - It's a beautiful day and you've decided to get some lawn and garden work done... maybe clear out the garage and get ready for a yard sale....halfway through the project you go in the house for a cold drink and to rest awhile...and you've left the garage door wide open for "just a few minutes." This is a perfect opportunity for thieves to grab those garden tools and that edger and mower and before you can put your empty lemonade glass in the sink...they've got your stuff and are taking off to go sell it or even go into "business" using your lawn equipment! That's what is called "garaging." Opportunity knocks for a thief cruising a neighborhood who notices an open garage door and no one in sight. What is just a dangerous? Leaving the door from the garage into the house unlocked... where even more valuables are kept. These home burglaries can also occur when you "run out for just a few minutes" and leave a window or door to the house or apartment open/unlocked.
Auto burglaries - During the summer months we're more inclined to leave a sunroof or car
window open to help keep the vehicle cool. In a flash, the opportunistic crook has your CDs, navigation device, access to the trunk and if they check out the glove compartment, probably some documents with your home address or, even worse, your bank account. Keep the vehicle closed and locked, even when parked in your own driveway.
Vehicles and pets � These are a very dangerous combination in the summer. It takes only a few minutes for temperatures to exceed 110 degrees inside a car on a day that's not even really hot. That can be deadly for animals and humans, alike. Don't leave any valuables in an unattended car.
Social networking on the internet - As summer heats up so do kids' activities. They are texting friends or communicating via social networking sites such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, etc. Please remind your children about the "rules" for safe internet use: no chatrooms that the parents haven't approved. No releasing of personal information. Absolutely no information should be posted on the internet that tells where you live, the family's vacation plans or new purchases for the home, such as a flat screen television, etc.
This and much more information can be located on our website
at www.jaxsheriff.org and lots of free brochures and pamphlets, all that are in a reprintable format, are available for you to download. And you can follow the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Facebook and Twitter (JSOPIO) for news and information about noteworthy arrests, crime alerts and other important information.
Finally, summer is a perfect time to join a Sheriff's Advisory Council and a Neighborhood/Business Watch group. These groups are very welcoming and have a special program in August, with the National Night Out event. This is one night were neighbors band together to show their solidarity against crime and their pledge to let the police know about it. Many groups have cook outs and covered dish suppers. It's a great way to get to know your neighbor and work with the JSO to create the community engagement that has been so successful in driving down the crime rate in 20091
Again, the details for all this and much more, are available on our website at www.jaxsheriff.org or you can call the Community Affairs Division at 630-2160 to learn more about these topics or to request a crime prevention speaker at your next meeting or event.
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A new physician-supervised weight loss clinic will be opening within Doctors Sekine, Rasner and Brocks office on San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin in June. Medi-Weightloss Clinics� offers a physician-supervised three-phase weight management program. The medical staff is trained to guide each personalized plan that helps patients reach their weight goal and maintain it. Programs are specifically designed for men, women and adolescents.
The program was developed based on the five keys to wellness:
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Doctors Sekine, Rasner and Brock invite you to visit with their operations manager. She will show you that unlike many other weight loss programs, Medi-Weightloss Clinics includes an extensive program to help patients regain healthy living. The staff is committed to teaching people how to improve their quality of life!
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How to have a safe and fun summer road trip
(ARA) - Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and discover new back roads in your state or drive cross-country. A summer road trip is a great opportunity for those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and a great way to make memories with your friends and family. A little planning and preparation will make your road trip even better. Here are some tips that can be essential to summer road trip success.
Plan your route. One of the most exciting parts of a summer road trip is the planning stage. By getting everyone involved, you can ensure that everyone gets to visit the stops they want to see along the way. The most important part of planning your summer road trip is mapping out your route. Numerous online resources can help you plan your pit stops along the way. If you're looking to see places off the beaten path, try one of the scenic byways listed on www. byways.org or if you like to visit more oddball attractions, try www. roadsideamerica.com. State tourism websites are also a great place to find summer road trip ideas and most offer online tools to help you plan your trip.
Book reservations for your accommodations. If you're not able to stay with friends and family along your route, it is recommended you make hotel or campground reservations in advance. Also, research what each company's policy is for late check-ins or canceled reservations in case you get delayed by weather or road construction.
Perform maintenance on your vehicle. Have your vehicle, RV or travel trailer well inspected and serviced before you leave. Check fluid levels, belts, fans, hoses, filters, tires and brakes. Make sure your spare tire is usable and if you'll be traveling over a lot of rough, gravel roads consider taking along more than one spare tire.
Pack the vehicle for safety and fun. While a summer road trip can be a lot of fun, there will also be times when being in the vehicle for several hours together could get tiresome. To ensure everyone stays in good spirits, pack a few items for entertainment and travel-friendly snacks like pretzels, animal crackers, raisins, cereal, fruit, granola bars and trail mix. Stop at grocery stores along the way and stock up on bottled drinks, sandwich supplies and ice.
Keep trip expenses in check. Fuel for your vehicle will be one of your biggest expenses during your summer road trip, but there are a few things you can do to reduce costs. You could bring one or more friends or family members with you and split the cost of the fuel or visit www.gasbuddy.com to find the lowest fuel prices available in each area you visit. You can even get prices sent to your iPhone or other mobile device as you travel.
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Nearby Getaways: Princess Place Preserve
By Molly McKinney
Princess Place Preserve not only has an intriguing history, it is the site for Flagler County's oldest standing structure. This preserve, originally named Cherokee Grove, began as a land grant to Francisco Pellicer from the King of Spain in 1791. In 1886 it became home to the state's first ever orange grove and Henry Cutting added to its fame that year by building an Adirondack camp style hunting lodge. This style was mostly found in states like New York and never Florida, so its uniqueness gave Cherokee Grove a lasting impression on those who came by.
After Cutting died, his now-widowed wife married an ex-Russian prince, Boris Scherbatow and they made Cherokee Grove a popular entertainment spot for travelers from abroad and from the eastern United States. Thus, Cherokee Grove became known as Princess Place. It passed through several other sets of hands up until the 1990s, when it was purchased by the state of Florida to be preserved and rehabilitated. Today, the name Princess Place Preserve can be found in the National Register of Historic Places.
Princess Place Preserve is perfect for recreation and education. Its location at the meeting of Pellicer Creek and the Matanzas River allows it to have several varying ecosystems all contained in its large expanse. There can be found everything from saltwater marshes to
oak hammocks, both natural and man-made. Recently the presence of the Preserve drew the attention of the National Estuarine Research Reserve of the United States and thereby the Matanzas River became the 23rd reserve of this organization. Pellicer Creek has been selected as an Outstanding Florida Water and a State Canoe Trail.
Today, Princess Place Preserve with its rich history and 1,500 pristine acres attracts nature enthusiasts from near and far. Visitors can take in the environment on one of the many hiking trails, spend time fishing in the salt marshes along the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek or camp out under the stars. The preserve is a popular spot for equestrian enthusiasts. With an equestrian campsite and plenty of riding trails it is easy to embrace nature while enjoying a ride. The picnic area at the lodge may be re-
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If you go: Princess Place Preserve is located at 2500 Princess Place Road in Palm Coast, Florida, just off Old Kings Road in north Flagler County. Visit www.flaglercounty. org and select Parks and Preserves for more information.
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Nearby Getaways: Okefenokee Swamp
By Molly McKinney
In the area of southern Georgia and northern Florida lies a green-tinted jewel of wildlife. Since 1937, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has stood as a preservation of Florida's disappearing marshlands, rare swamp life and a glimpse into the wilder part of the state that many call home.
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of other reptiles such as alligators, turtles and lizards.
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2500 B.C. However, once de Soto arrived and raided Georgia, the Indian cultures and tribes
to be completely under water. The were either destroyed or forced
Okefenokee Swamp is very old, inhabiting an area that used to be an approximately 950 square mile depression in the ocean floor. Essentially it is a peat bog, but actually is so much more than that. The Okefenokee Swamp houses wildlife from black bear to white ibis all year long, has Indian history as deep as the tree roots and offers exciting activities for all levels of adventurers.
Native Americans named the area "Okefenokee" meaning "Land of the Trembling Earth" since peat deposits, up to 15 feet thick, cover much of the swamp floor. These deposits are so unstable in spots that trees and surrounding bushes tremble by
that Indians had inhabited it since in between deep and shallow peat
lakes. The plants are the life of the swamp: as they decay, they form the peat that accumulates and creates this oasis of swamp life in northern Florida. The Native Americans who had mastered living in the swamp aided explorers and settlers strange to the environment in directing them to the plants that would yield medicine and food.
into the swamp. The last Indian tribe to leave the swamp was the Seminoles. In 1937, a large piece of the swamp was set aside as the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and remains to this day as a tribute to untouched beauty.
Canoeing and kayaking trips as well as guided boat tours through cypress forests, historic canals and open prairies are available through local tour operators. Additionally, studying animals and plant life can be fascinating, since winding boardwalks and trails lead through unique habitats to observation towers and viewing platforms. Many species of venomous snakes can be found in the swamp, not to mention all kinds
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moles that are growing or changing, or for any unusual marks that could be a sign of skin cancer. A skin self-examination consists of looking over your entire body, including the back, scalp, soles, between the toes and on the palms. To do a thorough
looks like�every inch of it�so that skin exam, find a well-lit location if a suspicious lesion appears or a and use both full-length and hand-mole starts to change, you can make held mirrors so it is possible to see
an appointment with a dermatologist to be checked for skin cancer.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has two tools available to ensure that you get to know your skin: instructions for skin self-exams and a free skin cancer screening program.
"Substantially more than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed each year," said dermatologist Dr. William D. James, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Fortunately, when detected in its earliest stages, skin cancer�including melanoma, the deadliest form�is highly curable. Skin self-exams and skin cancer screenings are important ways to detect the early warning signs of skin cancer and when necessary, seek treatment from a dermatologist."
It is vital for everyone to perform regular self-exams to look for
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In addition, the AAD's National Skin Cancer Screening Program provides free skin cancer screenings in local communities and teaches people how to conduct skin self-examinations. Since 1985, dermatologists have screened more than two million people at no cost and detected more than 188,000 suspicious lesions, including approximately 21,500 suspected melanomas.
Since sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, the AAD recommends that everyone "Be Sun Smart" by following these tips:
� Generously apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days and after swimming or sweating.
� Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.
� Seek shade when appropriate, when the sun's rays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
� Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.
� Protect children from sun exposure. Be sure to play in the shade, use protective clothing and apply sunscreen.
� Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements. Don't seek the sun.
� Avoid tanning beds.
To get instructions on how to perform a skin self-examination or to find a free screening, visit www.melanomamonday.org. The website also includes the AAD's free Body Mole Map, a tool individuals can use to track their moles to determine any changes over time, and more information about skin cancer.
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Nearby Getaways: Devil's Millhopper
By Molly McKinney
Located in Gainesville, a great preserve is Devil's Millhopper, a 500-foot wide, 120-foot deep sinkhole that was created when an underground cavern roof collapsed nearly 14,000 years ago. Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is a beautiful preserve of nature, made accessible by convenient boardwalks and trails. A set of 232 wooden steps lead to the bottom of the sinkhole and what appears to be a miniature rain forest. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground and lush vegetation thrives in the shade of the walls even in dry summers.
The preserve is a National Natural Landmark that gets its name from the way the cavern collapsed in a funnel shape that resembles the "hopper" farmers used to use to grind grain on in the 1800s and there is a legend that the millhopper fed bodies to the devil. Since the floor of the sinkhole was literally littered with fossils and bones, early explorers named it Devil's Millhopper.
The plants and animals that live there are the same kind as those that live in Appalachia,
bringing a bit of the north to our tropical state. The great amount of fossils has provided researchers and geologists with invaluable information pertaining to Florida's past.
Guided tours are available on Saturdays, but the park is also open to those who wish to peruse its boundaries freely. The park itself is 63 acres and a full half-mile of nature trails guide hikers along the rim of the sinkhole and the boardwalk can be followed all the way to the bottom. There's also a visitor's center that offers a mass of education about the nature and history of Devil's Millhopper.
The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday; however, they are closed Monday and Tuesday. To get there, take 1-75 to County Road 222 (Milepost Exit 390, Old Exit 77) and drive east 7.8 miles. At 43rd Street, turn left. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Millhopper Road and the park entrance is about 1,000 feet beyond that on the right. There is a small parking fee. For more information, please visit www.floridastate-parks.org/ devilsmillhopper.
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Six-out-of-ten Americans say they can't wait to fire up the grill and kick off the peak outdoor cooking season, according to a new poll conducted by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). In fact, nearly 90 percent say they plan to enjoy grilled food in their own backyard during the warmer months, indicating that Americans are ready to shake off the winter blues and get a taste of summer.
"After an especially brutal winter nationwide, people are ready to cook outside and enjoy the outdoors," said Leslie Wheeler, HPBA's director of communications. "While we are seeing an increase in grilling year round, it still remains the quintessential summer pastime. The warmer months bring people together around the grill for outdoor entertainment and delicious food with the benefits of ease and affordability."
While grilling is a shared pastime, HPBA's 2010 National Barbecue Month poll reveals that flavor preferences and grilling styles vary as widely as the people who use them. The nationwide poll shows America's grilling profile and consumer taste preferences:
Dress up or strip down? When it comes to enjoying a meal from the grill, 65 percent of Americans like to "dress it up" with a sauce, marinade or seasoning and 21 percent prefer to "strip it down" and enjoy grilled food au natural.
Some like it hot! Men more than women say they like to turn up the heat with spicy sauce or steak sauce on their grilled meats (42 percent vs. 31 percent).
When it comes to grill-side manner, most adults report that they are "all about the meat" (29 percent) or "all natural" (24 percent), followed by "spicy or saucy" (19 percent), adventurous (16
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cheese, please!" Overall, 74 percent of Americans add lettuce, onion and/or tomato. Women lean towards the veggies more than men (80 percent of respondents vs. 68 percent). Seventy percent of adults say they are all about the buns and prefer a traditional bun to complete their grilled sandwiches. No matter the preference for mustard or ketchup, bun or none, Americans agree that grilling provides an easy, cost-effective way to get out of the house and enjoy better tasting food during the warmer months. Specifically, Americans say the top pay-offs of grilling versus eating out or oven cooked meals include:
More flavorful food (81 percent of respondents)
Inexpensive compared to eating out (76 percent of respondents)
Easier clean up (67 percent of respondents)
Healthier (64 percent of respondents)
Less cooking time (53 percent of respondents)
"Now with more accessories and products for grilling on the go, people are taking the benefits of outdoor cooking beyond the backyard and making any event into a special meal," adds Wheeler.
The new poll reports that most adults plan to enjoy barbecuing outside of the home this summer:
74 percent plan to enjoy grilled food at a friend of relative's house, 42 percent while picnicking, 39 percent while camping and 20 percent while tailgating.
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Daytona Beach lies just 90 miles to our south, so a summertime day trip works well for a family. Known as the Birthplace of Speed, the Daytona 500 auto race will be held on July 3 this year. But, the interactive race-themed attraction, the
Daytona 500 Experience is open daily to lure visitors with personal thrills.
Now, I admit I'm not into NASCAR, but that doesn't matter. Just about anyone would find the action-packed place fun. Admission includes a Speedway Tour via a tram that rolls along the upper rim and lower edge of the asphalt course. The banked 31-degree turns are so steep that cars traveling under 80 miles per hour will slip off. The dramatic incline, as seen from the field, looks much more alarming than what you see on TV You get a racer's view of the two and a half mile tri-oval NASCAR course and the 3.56 mile road course used by Grand-Am sports cars and motorcycles. The tour includes the pit area and Victory Lane where kids seemed to love posing with their arms up.
To get a true feel for racing try Acceleration Alley, a head-to-head simulated race that puts you in the driver's seat. Eight cars are lined up in front of a video screen. Each person gets into their racer, adjust seats for height and distance to the pedals, clicks on a seat belt which
closes and locks the doors, then waits to hear the announcer say, "Gentlemen, start your engines."
I flipped a switch and floored it. Except, dumb me, forgot about following the pace car. I rammed into its rear, causing me to flip and roll! Well, not really, but the simulation was amazing. Once my car righted, I re-entered the track and let it rip. I zoomed around slower cars, but nearly smacked into the wall. I tried to remember everything racing champion Hurley Haywood had taught me when I attended Porsche Driving School. I could hear his warning to not over-steer, especially when trying to avoid an obstacle. I held my line steady and nudged past another car, three of us just inches apart on the track. Whew! The experience feels authentic and is totally captivating and intense. When the eight lap race is over printed results are distributed.
Now, if that's not thrilling enough there's another option, but a very expensive one. The Richard Petty Driving Experience lets you take command of the wheel and actually maneuver a NASCAR-
style stock car on the track. Some crave speed but prefer not to drive so choose to ride shotgun with a professional driver.
Plan to spend a half a day, including a challenge where visitors attempt to beat the clock on a tire change. You'll see the winning Daytona 500 car in the exact condition it crossed the finish line, full of confetti, bumps, scrapes and scratches. You can stroll through the history displays and try a few lesser intense simulators or the IMAX movie. The place was so charged up; I'd really love to go back again.
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Congratulations to the new officers of the Mandarin Women's Club: Susan Rezsonya - Treasurer; Mimi Grenville - Secretary; Dolly Smothers - Fourth Vice President, Activities; Tamara McKay - President; Laura Czaplicki - Third Vice President, Luncheon Arrangements; Sandy Reynolds - Second Vice President, Programs; Kay Galluzzo, First Vice President, Membership. Absent is Sylvia Barrett - Parliamentarian. For more information about the Mandarin Women's Club, please call Kay Galluzzo at 521-2524.
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To help find a cure, Caster has become an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association's goals include finding a cure, supporting diabetics and informing the public about the disease. For the past four years, Caster has volunteered at a special outreach of the American Diabetes Association, Camp Jada, a camp for children with diabetes.
"I kept going back to Camp
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Through her efforts at the American Diabetes Association and other charitable pursuits, Caster has spent over 600 hours volunteering in high school. However, more than the quantity of hours she has invested in the community, it is her determination to fight diabetes and her big heart that qualify her to be the volunteer of the year.
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Nearby Getaways: St. Augustine forts
By Martie Thompson
Certainly a list of "one tank of gas" getaways has to include a trip to the Nation's Oldest City, located a brief car trip to our south. You've probably explored the historic district of St. Georges Street (well worth a trip) and maybe even the beautiful beaches located over the Bridge of Lions. But how about a trip back in history to the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas?
Castillo de San Marcos is located on the shores of the Matanzas River in the heart of the historic district. After the city of St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish in 1565, the city was defended by nine wooden forts in its first 100 years. But after an attack in 1668 by the English pirate Robert Searle, it was decided by Mariana, Queen Regent of Spain, that a masonry fortification needed to be constructed to protect the city. In October 1672 construction began on the fort that would become the Castillo de San Marcos. The Castillo is a masonry star fort made of a stone called coquina, literally "little shells," made of ancient shells that have bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. Construction lasted 23 years and was completed in 1695.
Today, the Castillo comes alive for visitors hoping to learn about our history through a wide range of programs which include historical reenactments, Ranger talks, museum exhibits, historical weapons
demonstrations and special events.
Approximately 12 miles south on the Matanzas River lies the smaller Fort Matanzas National Monument. Built as part of the outer defenses to St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas offers both historical insights and natural barrier island beauty. Back in 1740, Governor James Oglethorpe of Georgia used the inlet to blockade St. Augustine and launch a 39 day siege. St. Augustine endured the siege but the Spanish realized the need to protect the inlet. Thus, Fort Matanzas was constructed on Rattlesnake Island with a commanding position over Matanzas Inlet in 1742.
Today, the National Park Service offers ferry rides across the Matanzas River to the fort as well as fort tours, history talks and nature walks.
If you go: The Castillo de San Marcos is open to the public from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. every day of the year except December 25. (The ticket booth closes at 4:45 p.m.) The Park grounds are closed from midnight until 5:30 a.m. The Castillo de San Marcos is located at 1 South Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Fort Matanzas National Monument is open every day of the year except December 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located at 8635 Al A South in St. Augustine. For additional information about both forts, visit www.nps.gov
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Savannah's historic district is divided into a grid. Walk or hop on a tour bus to review her past and visit expensive antique shops, quirky boutiques or art museums. Fans of John Berendt s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will enjoy touring sites from the book, including the Mercer Williams House and serene Bonaventure
Make sure to dine at Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons Restaurant, probably the most sought out reservation in town or Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a former boarding-house that dishes a lunch that lasts all day. Another favorite, The Pink House, serves elegant southern cuisine. If you want to splurge check into The Mansion on Forsyth Park or consider numerous bed-and-breakfast inns at www.historicins-sofsavannah.com.
Cross the causeway and let your hair down. Tybee Island boasts Fort Pulaski and Tybee Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Georgia. Sign on for deep-sea fishing charters, perhaps a dolphin cruise, rent a bike or kayak, bird-watch, surf or simply rest on her shores. The beach is perfect for dribble sandcastles and many couples choose to wed along the five miles of sandy dunes.
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From Washington D.C to Eudora, Mississippi in the early 1900s, the times they are a changing. . .or at least President Roosevelt intends for them to begin the change process. Ben Corbett is a Washington attorney who was in the army, serving with Teddy Roosevelt. This young lawyer is well known for cases that serve those who cannot help themselves. He is also from Eudora, where there have been many reports of hangings in this sleepy little town. These occurrences are increasing in frequency across the country, but here is a chance for changes to happen and Ben is sent to investigate by his previous commander and now President.
Estranged from his father and returning home bring challenges to Ben. He is sent to find out if the black community is truly plagued by those who harass, torture and lynch. Here Ben meets Alex Cross's
great-uncle, Abraham and his granddaughter Moody. These folks will change Ben's world. Moody teaches him that truth and justice do not always go hand-in-hand and Abraham guides him through one of the most meaningful situations of his life.
His family situations are strained as he takes on yet another crisis. The knight-in-shining armor mantel he has worn through much of his career will be tested and beliefs re-examined. Eudora is proving to be a place where old friends are now members of the Klan or not to be trusted and new friends are supportive in dangerous situations. The discoveries made by Ben lead him to find the true meaning of being lynched and how trials in small towns can be manipulated and still present a chance for change.
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Mandarin Christian School celebrates 15 years, kicks off capital campaign
By Contributing Writer Chantelle Kammerdiener
Denny Thompson, football coach at MCS; Dawn Lemasters, director of development; and parents and campaign co-chairs Erik and Carman Kasper unveil MCS' expansion plans at Mandarin Christian School's capital campaign kickoff.
The corner Old St. Augustine and Livingston roads has been a bustling site in the community since Mandarin Christian School opened its doors in 1995 and on the evening of April 16, it was especially busy with festivities celebrating the school's first 15 years. The evening featured a fine arts gala with performances from the Orff ensemble, All Kids Chorus, band, dance team and drama program as well as exhibits of the students' artwork.
"Our Fine Arts Department made sure that every students talents were showcased at the gala," said Mary Sterett Schurz, interim head of Mandarin Christian School. "We have an exceptional fine arts program and our students really shined as we celebrated 15 years of Mandarin Christian School."
Schurz was head of school when
it first opened at what was then Mandarin Christian Church. Now known as Christ's Church, Mandarin, the church has since moved to another location on Greenland Road, but the school continues to be one of its outreach ministries.
"When we first talked about starting a school, we wanted to be good stewards of our property," said Dennis Bratton, retired pastor of Christ's Church, Mandarin. "We set out to provide the Mandarin community with a school that offered high-quality academics and taught Christian values and we have been amazed watching the growth of Mandarin Christian School these past 15 years."
Mandarin Christian School now has 580 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Grades were added throughout the years, with the
high school starting in 2005. Last fall, the football team played its first season on the school's new home field on Livingston Road. In addition to its growing sports program, Mandarin Christian School students at all levels are earning fine arts and academic honors with 100 percent of the 2010 senior class earning college acceptances and more than $500,000 in scholarships.
"I remember that first day of school in 1995," Schurz said. "We were all so anxious, but now I can see how God has worked through this school over the years. We are excited about what we have accomplished with His help, but we also recognize the work we have ahead of us. We very much want to expand this ministry so that we can accommodate 1,000 students as we grow and educate tomorrow's community leaders."
Mandarin Christian School's expansion plans include the need for additional facilities, and the 15 th anniversary celebration also kicked off the school's capital campaign with the theme "Prepare 4 Rain." Officials have been in negotiations with the Jacksonville Seventh Day Adventist Academy for the possible purchase of those facilities, which would broaden Mandarin Christian Schools campus across Livingston Road, but officials are also considering other sites and opportunities that might meet the school's expansion needs.
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The Duval County School Police Department (DCSPD) is currently hiring qualified Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers to serve as patrol officers, school resource officers (SROs) and investigative personnel. Duval County Public Schools currently partners with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) to provide SROs at schools, with the exception of two K-8 schools and three of the five Alternative to Out of School Suspension Centers. These officers will be certified law enforcement officers in the state of Florida and the district is planning to recruit individuals who have previously served with sheriff offices or school police departments throughout the state.
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Relax! No one's asking you to fill the shoes of a mythical giant, but your neighbors here on the big blue planet are asking that you make an effort to reduce the size of your carbon footprint. It's not as difficult as you might think. There are a lot of little things you can do to become a towering figure in your green-minded community and the first big step is posting this short list of energy-saving tips for everyone to see.
Tip #1: Replace all of your incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs. Believe it or not, this simple act can save you somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,000 over the life of the bulb ($56/per bulb). Speaking of light, this should shed some on a raging debate: What's more reprehensible�leaving the lights on in a room that's unoccupied or switching them on and off every time you enter or leave a room? As a general rule of thumb�albeit a green one�you should turn off the lights if you're going to be away more than 15 minutes.
Tip # 2: Turn off appliances and electronics not in use. Seems obvious enough, but there's a catch. Off doesn't necessarily mean it's off. As long as it's plugged directly into a wall outlet, it continues to draw energy. In fact, 75 percent of the energy consumed by these products takes place when they're not in use. So use a power strip and make liberal use of the on/off switch. Keep in mind that a laptop computer is more energy-efficient than a desktop and a screen saver isn't an energy saver.
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Tip # 4: Landscape your yard. Planting trees and shrubs around your home doesn't just increase curbside appeal. It can also decrease your energy bills significantly during the summer and winter months. Saplings typically provide window shade within the first year and a roof canopy within five to 10 years, whereas shrubs planted a foot from your home offer a thick layer of insulation. For more details, visit www.energy.gov/land-scaping.htm.
Tip # 5: Schedule a furnace and air conditioning tune-up twice a year. In roughly an hour's time, a certified heating and cooling expert can help lower your monthly energy bill up to 30 percent, extend the life of your system and eliminate costly repairs. Installing a programmable thermostat can save you an additional $200 a year.
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(ARA) - The pleasures of summer�its warm temperatures, its long days, its holidays and its bounty of fresh foods�make it an infinitely lovable season. It's no wonder we look forward to it throughout the rest of the year. Many people plant fruits and vegetables in late spring, after the last danger of frost has passed, but the wait to harvest those treats can be long. Luckily, a bounty of fruit is ready at the start of summer, in the form of sweet Bing cherries.
One of the easiest summer treats�requiring no more prep than a good rinsing�is to sit down with a big bowl of cherries and simply enjoy them in their natural form. But these fruits have far more versatility than that and they make even simple recipes shine. Even the most dedicated cooks often look for simplified recipes in the summer, to avoid standing by a hot oven or stove top. But whether you're a beginner or an astute foodie, you can easily put together dishes�from the main course to fresh Bing cherry pie for dessert�that will impress family and friends.
Main dish: Don't be afraid to try out cherries in unexpected ways. A dressed-up salad can be a perfect summer evening meal. While greens and grilled chicken are a well-loved pairing, tossing in some chopped cherries adds a new
dimension. Try adding toasted walnuts and crumbles of a mild bleu cheese to the mix as well.
Drink it in: Skip the boring beverages; you can make your own drinks that will really be a hit. After pitting, put Bing cherries in your blender and liquefy. Then, strain the liquid into pre-made lemonade for a memorable cherry lemonade. For a more grown-up approach, add sliced cherries to red wine for a sweet take on sangria.
Sweet side: Get creative with fruit salad to accompany your main dishes. Melon and grape mixes are a bit overdone�be inspired by colors and flavors and don't be afraid to try something new. Grab a cherry pitter to make the prep work a little easier and combine California Bing cherries with other dark fruits, like blackberries, plums and black grapes; or use their rich color as a counterpoint to lighter
fruits. For a little zing, add grated ginger or slivered mint to taste.
Just desserts: Pie can be an intimidating dish, partially because it is often an involved process that yields a dessert only after hours of complicated labor. But the baking-phobic who love the dessert can breathe a sigh of relief: there is such a thing as an easy cherry pie recipe. The California Cherry Advisory Board's "Easy as Bing Cherry Pie" is as simple as it gets�with foolproof, delicious results.
Getting summer off to a great start is easy. California cherry season kicks off around Memorial Day, which is the perfect time to invite friends over for a party to celebrate the season. Go to www. calcherry.com for more Bing cherry recipes and step-by-step instructions that shows you how to make the "Easy as Bing Cherry Pie."
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Where the lines of art, education and entertainment meet: Welcome to MOSH
By Contributing Writer Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University
Many consider the soothing sounds of the ocean crashing against the shore, the rain tinkling down or even the ethereal song of the whale to be the most restful. But for a group of students at Pine Forest Elementary, the notes of stringed instruments, such as the violin, viola, cello and bass are the most captivating. As one of the few schools with a strings program, Pine Forest will be showcasing its department through a concert called Strings Across the Ages.
To be performed at Jacksonville University in the Terry Concert Hall at 7:00 p.m. on June 3 (adult tickets are $10, while child tickets are $7.50), students from not only Pine Forest, but also from the strings program at Lake Forest Elementary will be playing in this concert. Alumni of the Pine Forest Strings program currently attending high school and college will perform as well. Philip Pan, concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, will be a guest artist at the concert. As a
special treat, he will showcase his electric Viper violin.
"The purpose of the Strings Across the Ages concert is to showcase the performers of the elementary schools, as well to cast a vision of who the students are and not only where they are, but where they can continue," says Ralph Coleman, head of the strings program at Pine Forest and organizer of the concert.
The name Strings Across the Ages was chosen because it was "a name that would generate a bridge between music, that ties to current music as well as music that is performed by students as young as eight to people in their fifties" according to Coleman. A new program implemented by Coleman is a course for the parents of students in the Pine Forest strings program who want to learn to play; these musicians will also play in the concert.
The music to be performed will be an eclectic blend�classical, rock, folk, and blue grass at the least. However the program will not be a heavy classical program; "It will be everything but."
You walk in the door of MOSH and are immediately confronted with beautiful art work - abstract canvases as well as works depicting areas of nature by Jim Draper, Princess Rashid and David Montgomery. Is this a Museum of Science and History? Walk a bit further and you will soon be involved in outstanding exhibits featuring the Florida Naturalist's Center, both indoors and out and the joy of learning for visitors of all ages in science, astronomy and the history of our region.
At times it is almost too overwhelming to take it all in. This just gives you an excuse to return and absorb some more of the superb exhibits at a future time. The whole program is family oriented, and certainly not just for children as was indicated in one of its former titles - The Jacksonville Children's Museum.
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Of the many special programs MOSH offers, one of the most exciting is their Intern Program, where 70 -80 students, sophomores and up, contribute to and learn about the wide range of offerings. For other young people ages five to 18, there is "Become a Junior Naturalist," an exciting behind the scenes instructional program, involving care of MOSH's "scaly, feathered, and furry friends." You can even plan a birthday party at MOSH! And for the older folk, there is "Senior Day" once a month at 10:30 a.m., featuring a welcome reception, planetarium show, brown bag lunch and program. This is just one of the many lecture series for all ages.
If the above isn't enough to tempt you to plan a visit to MOSH, starting on May 15 and continuing through the summer until September 12, a very special presentation will be offered: "The Chronicles of Narnia."
"Based on the blockbuster film series and OS. Lewis' beloved fictional books, the 5000- square foot, state-of-the-art entertain-
ment and educational exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to tour scenes from the famed literary fantasy world of Narnia. MOSH is excited to bring an exhibit of this stature to the First Coast," said Maria Hane, executive director of the Museum of Science and History. "MOSH is dedicated to providing visitors with a fresh experience on each and every visit."
For more information about any of these and many other offerings, you can visit www.themosh. org or call 396 - MOSH.
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(NewsUSA) - Today's technol- turn to technology for fulfillment, ogy allows us to stay in touch with Do you feel like you are
extended networks of people, but it automatically turning on whatever comes with a downside. The more electronic medium soothes you? time we spend surfing the web, This may be a sign that you have tweeting or updating Facebook, succumbed to what is known as the the less time we spend with those "iago trance"�a naturally occur-closest to us. Among the thousands ring state of mind that lulls you of people I've taught, I often hear into unconsciousness, people complain they have a hard Huna, the ancient Hawai-
time connecting with their spouses ian svstem of consciousness that I and kids. Yet, I'll bet many of them teacn practice, gives us tools are well connected in internet chat t0 stay connected with the mo-groups, ment and the world around us. If
It is important to recognize technology is interfering with your whether technology is keeping you real-world relationships, cut out away from your family and friends, screen time and do activities that If you really have a problem regu- keep you out of the trance. Here lating your use of technology, it are some tips: helps to understand why you might � Ask yourself whether technol-
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I'd rather tell my wife good morning than tell the people on Facebook I just woke up. How about you?
According to the marketing firm TerraChoice, green washing means the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. One of the most egregious examples of green washing I have personally witnessed was during a recent stay in a New York hotel that is part of a major international chain of luxury hotels. Even more shocking than the 500 milliliter bottle of water being offered for sale in my room for $6, was the paper tag hanging around the neck of the bottle. It claimed the water was "carbon neutral" and that "Every Drop Is Green"- even though the water had been bottled and then shipped more than 8000 miles from its source!
The term "green washing" was first used by the environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1986. He coined the pejorative term to describe hotels that were placing notices in their guest rooms to encourage the reuse of towels during a guest's stay. It turned out that the only goal of the practice was to save the hotels money, as the hotels were hypocritically not making any other efforts to benefit the environment by reducing, reusing, recycling or cutting back on energy use in any other ways.
A study was recently conducted which concluded that 99 percent of 1,018 common consumer products randomly surveyed were guilty of green washing. A total of 1,753 environmental claims had been made by these products, with some products having made more than one claim. Out of the 1,018 products studied, only one was found not guilty of making a false or misleading green marketing claim.
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Green Washing:
Hidden Trade-Offs: Touting electronics as "energy efficient" when they contain deadly hazardous materials. This sin was committed by 998 products and in 57 percent of all environmental claims.
No Proof: Many shampoos claim to be "certified organic," without providing verifiable certification. Four hundred fifty four products and 26 percent of environmental claims committed this sin.
Vagueness: Products claim to be 100 percent natural when many naturally-occurring substances are hazardous, like arsenic and formaldehyde. This sin was seen in 196 products or 11 percent of environmental claims.
Irrelevance: Some products claim to be chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) free�even though CFC was banned more than 20 years ago.
Fibbing: Products falsely claiming to be certified by an internationally recognized environmental standard such as EcoLogo, Energy Star or Green Seal. This sin was found being committed by almost 10 products/or nearly 1 percent of the products sampled.
Lesser Of Two Evils: Products such as "organic" cigarettes or "environmentally friendly" pesticides. This occurred in 17 products or 1 percent of environmental claims.
Worshiping False Labels: Product, through either words or images, gives the impression of third-party endorsement where no such endorsement actually exists; fake labels, in other words.
I hope this article has helped to make you more aware of these disgusting practices and to make better and more informed choices when shopping. Next month I will discuss what one of the largest companies in the world is doing to try to quantify the costs and benefits of the products they sell using "Life Cycle Assessment" (LCA).
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Congratulations to Zachary Champagne
Mandarin Oaks teacher selected as Teacher of the Year
Zachary Champagne, a fourth-grade math/science teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School, has been selected as the 2010 Duval County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by a colleague and coach of Champagne's, Robert Schoen, who is the associate director for research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and formerly the mathematics specialist in the Office of Math and Science at the Florida Department of Education. The event, held on Thursday, April 29 at the Hyatt Regency, was hosted by the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.
"The Duval County Teacher of the Year program honors a dedicated and highly skilled representative of all the wonderful teachers in our district and I congratulate Zachary on this well-deserved recognition," said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "He is preparing his students for success and has a dedication to teaching that is second to none."
Champagne has been teaching for 11 years, teaching first at West Jacksonville Elementary for eight years before switching to Mandarin Oaks Elementary. He received the highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science in 2007 when he was presented with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Champagne is also president of the Duval Elementary Math Council, a board member of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics and an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida.
In one of the essays in his application, Champagne said, "I feel that my role as a teacher is to expect excellence from each and every one of my students. This expectation will allow each student to reach his or her greatest potential. I also believe that it is not only
my responsibility to educate every student that I have the pleasure of teaching, but also to inspire them to become productive members of society. I believe that it is the inspiration and dedication that encourages all of my students to reach their fullest potential."
Champagne will now go on to compete for the state-wide title of Florida Teacher of the Year. The selection process began with 159 school representatives throughout the district who were selected as their school's Teacher of the Year. The 159 were narrowed by the District Selection Committee to 15 semi-finalists and then five finalists.
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(ARA) - The summer season is filled with many enjoyable activities, many of which take place in or around water. As people head to beaches and neighborhood swimming pools, water safety becomes increasingly important. Drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related death among children ages one to 14.
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE offers the following tips for parents and children to ensure safe play in water:
� Never leave a child unsupervised around water in or outside the home. It takes only a few seconds and one inch of water for a child to drown.
� Pools should have a fence that is at least four feet tall with a high
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Keep rescue equipment, a telephone and a list of emergency numbers at the poolside. Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use, as children can be tempted by floating pool toys. Secure, lock or remove ladders to above ground pools when they are not being used. Use only Coast Guard approved life preservers or life jackets. Air-filled flotation devices such as "water wings" or "tubes" actually increase chances of drowning.
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On Saturday May 1, three local Mandarin girls (and their mothers) put on a garage sale for charity. All proceeds were donated to the Smile Train, an organization that repairs cleft palates for young children around the world. Over $450 was raised! The sale was held at the Chow residence in the Creekside subdivision in Mandarin. The three young girls who held the event were Sara Fitzpatrick (age 9), Emma Tippins (age 10) and Joanna Chow (age 1 1), pictured with Theresa Tippins.
Tips for inexpensive outdoor entertaining
(NewsUSA) - Celebrate the warmer days by hosting an outdoor summertime party or barbecue. It's easy to add pizzazz to an outdoor party and stay on budget, with accessories and color. Here are some inexpensive ways to add character to your outdoor get-togethers:
1. Make it colorful. For a fast way to give your party a sense of style, color-coordinate your bowls, plates and cups in attention grabbing colors. These items are inexpensive enough to buy in multiples, so if you plan on hosting several
parties, you can use one color per occasion then invite guests to your "pink party" or "orange party."
2. Pep up your decor with peppers. Add a memorable touch by serving condiments or finger foods in hollowed-out green, red and yellow peppers. Simply cut the stems and fill the peppers with ketchup, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce or any other condiment. Depending on the peppers' colors, you may be able to coordinate them with the
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A distant relative of recycle is precycle�before the fact. Although you won't get a monetary reward, the benefits are "priceless." And if you think junk mail is the bane of your existence, but believe it's too toxic to recycle, think again. Perhaps a service offered through www.planetgreen.com is worth your consideration? With www. tonic.com, for $36 you can stop that pesky junk mail for three years and as a bonus receive a reusable Chico Bag that weighs in at 1.5 ounces, fits into a three inch by four inch pouch and has a 25 pound hauling capacity and two compact fluorescent bulbs! Amazing. This is the deal of the month!
So, now that you're flush with cash and have streamlined your life, you may want to help out a less fortunate "creature." Consider Pets Meals on Wheels. In conjunction with Duval County Animal Care and Protective Services, Meals on Wheels will be providing pet food
as well as their regular services. You can do your part by donating one gallon sized zip lock bags and unopened dog and cat food to 2020 Forest Street in Jacksonville.
And as a regular feature of this column, our famous chef Robert Tulko presents a fabulous addition to any summer meal � and one specific to Jacksonville. Any plain, lackluster dinner would be an event with this salsa type salad! This is one of the most colorful additions imaginable:
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3. Create a field of dreams. Silk flowers can create a beautiful centerpiece or be used in smaller arrangements around the table. Add a whimsical touch by purchasing a variety of silk flowers and planting them upright in the ground. Use them to mark paths
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4. Find unique ways to deter bugs. Certain herbs and flowers repel insects. For instance, sprigs of parsley or tansy may help keep ants at bay, while lavender or mint could drive flies away. Set up decorative bowls of herbs in various spots near the guests' seating. A larger bowl can be the striking centerpiece of a table. Keep your food safe from unwanted company with mesh food covers.
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(ARA) - After years of studying, new graduates must find something else to do. And while most grads know how to dress appropriately, have their resume in order, and have solid experience, most are nervous about the initial steps when meeting interviewers.
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Some other pointers for the interview:
� Be on time: Even one minute late is too late. Travel to the site of the interview the day before so you know how long it takes to get there and then add ten or twenty extra minutes.
� Be prepared: Read up on the company (go to the Internet or request the company's latest annual report), know your own strengths and weaknesses, know your resume by heart and do something no one likes to do ... practice. Ask yourself the questions you are likely to be asked and respond out loud. You'll be surprised how different answers sound when spoken aloud.
� Dress appropriately: Research the company, know what the
dress code is and then dress one notch up.
� Names: Introduce yourself to the receptionist and your interviewers. Remember your interviewers' names and use them.
� Handshakes: Make sure you give a firm handshake: no limp fish or bone-crushers.
� Say "Thanks": At the end of the interview, stand, thank the interviewer for her time, look her in the eye and shake her hand. A short note of thanks is also a must.
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River City Women's Club present checks to area charities
On April 21, Hilda Bryson, chairman of the charity fundraising committee of the River City Women's Club, the original Mandarin women's club formed in 1985, presented $ 1000 checks to each of the following charities: Safe Harbor Boys Home, Duval County Council of PTAs Eyeglass Fund and First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Pictured are Nardine Koester, River City Women's Club president; Robbie W. Smith, executive director of Safe Harbor Boys Home; Annette Worth-en, president of DCC of PTAs Eyeglass Fund; Chris Buckley, River City Women's Club first vice president; and Ellen Bilney of First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
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Camp Safe Haven to help children cope with loss in a unique way
Sadness, anger, confusion� these are some of the feelings people experience when dealing with grief. However, children and adults do not grieve in the same way, so a different counseling approach is needed.
Haven Hospice's Healing Hearts program will host Camp Safe Haven for teens on Friday, May 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church and School's Lakeshore location, 6595 Colum-
bia Park Court. The day camp is designed for kids ages six to 12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The camp activities will provide an opportunity for them to have a fun time among their peers as well as sharing experiences.
"Camp Safe Haven is designed to educate, encourage and empower young people to experience their grief in a healthy and safe environment. Pain is a real, natural emotional response to loss and kids are not immune. The goal is for
the kids to have some fun while learning some tools to help them through the pain," said Vonceil Levine, bereavement specialist for Haven Hospice.
The camp is free and open to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. Lunch and snacks will be provided. For more information or to register for Camp Safe Haven, please contact Vonceil Levine, MSW, at (352) 692-5105 or (800) 727-1889.
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Etiquette by Elizabeth
I am having a surprise birthday party for my husband. I have invited over 30 people. Invitations went out two weeks ago and I have only heard from five people. I gave several numbers for people to R.S.V.P. What should I do?
If you were planning a sit down dinner, you might want to follow up with a phone call. If you were planning a buffet type of party then go ahead and plan for
20-25 people. I have addressed this in my column before: No matter what.. .you should always respond to an invitation. You do not necessarily have to give a reason for your regret.
My friend who lives in a different city just had a baby. How long do I have to get a gift to her?
You really should try to get a gift off to her no later than two months after the birth of the new baby. Now, if you are going to see her in person within three months then it would be all right to wait and give it to her then.
Please send etiquette questions to AskElizabethNow@Bellsouth. net. Elizabeth will answer your question in an upcoming issue of Mandarin NewsLine. Sorry, no personal replies.
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It has been said that we write the story of our lives one moment at a time. This stands in stark opposition to the "quality time is more important than quantity time" myth. Sure, special trips and game nights are important, but relationships are developed and memories made one little act at a time. Parents show love when we stop to kiss a boo-boo, help with homework or lend a listening ear.
This month, Purposeful Parenting is going to talk about the most important relationship within the family�your marriage.
Maintaining a meaningful marriage is difficult between work's demands, children's needs and the many other things that constantly grab for your attention. Divorces in Florida have risen above 40 percent. Dave Harvey expounds on the root of many separations in his book When Sinners Say I Do: "It's not the presence of differences, but the absence of mercy that makes marriages irreconcilable."
Are you extending mercy to your spouse in small things (shoes on the floor, dishes on the counter) as well as big (late coming home without calling, forgetting anniversaries)? "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." -Ephesians 4:32
A healthy marriage is worth the hard work! Former Notre Dame President Theodore Hes-burgh notes, "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." Start by making time for your spouse. Just like dropping everything to tie a four-year-old's shoe, give your honey your full attention when he needs you and watch your relationship bloom!
With five (soon to be six!) children sharing our home and our lives, Chris and I have learned we have to be intentional about setting aside time for just the two of us.
Date Nights Out: Once or twice a month we plan a "date night" where the only priority is to enjoy each other. We've worked out a swap with some friends so we can use our money for fun,
not a sitter. Some recent favorites include an evening out on the boat (just the two of us!), dinner at The Tasting Room in St Augustine or Palm Valley Fish Camp in Ponte Vedra and a sunset picnic at the beach, Washington Oaks Gardens, the green in front of the Castillo or on the St. Johns River at Alpine Groves Park. St. Johns County is full of romantic destinations; enjoy exploring the area and making memories with your spouse!
Date Nights In: We love special nights out on the town but know we have to make our marriage a priority every day. Squeeze in a special evening by laying the kids down early and enjoy a homemade dinner by candlelight for an unexpected weeknight date. After dinner another night, you could put in some popcorn and a movie for the older children and then slip away to enjoy coffee and dessert in a TV-free room with your honey.
Utilize the Net: The computer is always available for local fun ideas and new restaurant reviews. Discounts, like those available through www.restaurant.com, make special meals out affordable. I'm learning to use social networking for another purpose�for encouragement in my marriage! A friend recommended the Facebook group "The Romantic Vineyard" for encouraging posts to keep my marriage at the forefront of my mind. The website www.SimplyM-odernMom.com has a challenge to do an in-house date night every week of the year (Project 52) and she blogs what they've tried; you may find a new idea! Stop wasting time surfing and use the internet to boost your marriage, then tell your friends what you find so they can grow with you!
Marriage is a commitment that requires hard work. Tears from deep within, mountaintop moments and everyday hugs all mingle as we live out "for better or for worse, 'til death do us part." My hubby and I have (almost) 12 years behind us and are looking forward to a lifetime of memories, of every kind, as we live out life in love.
Duval County Extension offers gardening series
Camp Florida Friendly will be soon be offered by the Duval County Extension. Adults can attend this four session in-depth gardening training on the following subjects:
Session 1: Wednesday, June 9 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Secrets of a Florida Friendly Yard: Invaders to Know and Hate; Natives to Know and Love; and New and Unusual Trees. Cost is $5.
Session 2: Friday, June 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Best Landscape Practices; Irrigation Tune-Up Tips; How to Reduce Runoff; and Make and Take Rain Barrel. Cost of class is $5. To make a rain barrel, additional cost is $30.
Session 3: Wednesday, June 16 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Rght Plant, Right Place: Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Grasses; Citrus 101; and Compost and Vermicompost. Cost of class is $5. To make a worm bin, additional
cost is $10.
Session 4: Friday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Design a Landscape for Specific Needs� Wildlife, Energy, Vegetables, Curb Appeal and More. Cost is $5.
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Faith and Worship DIRECTORY
All Souls Anglican Church
4042 Hartley Road 904-268-4600 www. allsoulsjax.org
Beth Shalom Congregation
4072 Sunbeam Rd 268-0404
Bible Believers Baptist Church
3857 Hartley Rd. 260-8370
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Society
1 2447 Mandarin Road
Christ Church PCA
9791 St. Augustine Rd 262-5588
6045 Greenland Rd. 268-2500
Christian Family Chapel
10365 St. Augustine Rd 262-3000
Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple
8727 San Jose Boulevard 733-7078
10679 Old St. Aug. Rd.
Crown Point Baptist Church
10153 Old St. Augustine Rd. 262-9743
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Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
1 2236 Mandarin Road
Etz Chaim Synagogue
101 67 San Jose Blvd.
Faith Baptist Church of Mandarin
2955 Orange Picker Rd
First Baptist Church of Mandarin
3990 Loretto Rd 268-2422
First Christian Church
11924 San Jose Blvd. 262-1662
First Conservative Baptist Church
12021 St. Augustine Rd. 262-7777
Freedom Christian Fellowship
3423 Loretto Road
Grace Bible Study
Mandarin Community Club 12447 Mandarin Road 422-8541
Grace Chapel Christian Fellowship
2960 Plummer Cove Rd. 288-8808
Guardian Lutheran Church
4911 Losco Road 268-5816
Jacksonville Jewish Center
3662 Crown Point Road 292-1000
Mandarin Baptist Church
11244 San Jose Blvd.
Mandarin Church of Christ
12791 St. Augustine Rd. 268-5683
www.mandarincc.com Mandarin First Church of God
4319 Barkoskie Road Jacksonville, Fl 32258 (904)-292-4498
Mandarin Lutheran Church ELCA
11900 San Jose Blvd. 268-4591
Mandarin Presbyterian Church
11 844 Mandarin Road 680-9944
Mandarin Seventh Day Adventist Church
1 0911 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-7476
Mandarin United Methodist Church
11270 San Jose Blvd. 268-5549
Philip R. Cousin AME Church
2625 Orange Picker Road
St. Augustine Road Baptist Church
13233 St. Augustine Rd. 268-6246
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
1 1 730 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-5422
St. Justin the Martyr Orthodox Church
12460 St. Augustine Rd 880-7671
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church
6595 Columbia Park CT,
Solid Rock Church of Mandarin
12855 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-8895
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
11951 St Augustine Rd. (904) 268-5428 www.lds.org
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Church celebrates anniversary
By Contributing Writer Jackie Hudson, Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Churcn
Ahoy, mateys! Freedom Christian Fellowship invites you to this year's High Seas Expedition Vacation Bible School, to be held June 14 through 18 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The VBS is for children ages four through those entering sixth grade in the fall. Please come early Monday night to register for our free VBS. Also, we invite families to our Father's Day service on Sunday, June 20 at 10:15 a.m. If you have any questions about either event above, please call our church office at 268-2244 or visit www.fcfjax.org.
Community Bible Study
is currently registering for their study of the books of Daniel to be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 beginning on September 9 at Christ Church PCA, located at 9790 Old Saint Augustine Road. The 30 week interdenominational study welcomes women from all backgrounds and levels of bible knowledge. Nursery, preschool and home school and teen programs are also available. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Please contact Sandy at 731-7452 or sandy647@ comcast.net to register or for more information.
The health ministry of Philip R. Cousin AME Church will host a free Community Health Fair on
Saturday, July 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church, located at 2625 Orange Picker Road. There will be a blood drive sponsored by The Blood Alliance as well as blood pressure checks, glucose checks and full cholesterol screenings by Shands of Jacksonville. For additional information, please contact the church at 262-3083.
Mandarin Christian Women's Connection will be having a luncheon on Tuesday, June 8 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church and School is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month! They have gone from a small gathering of folks that began meeting in 1980 at St. Johns Country Day School to a small 3000 square foot building on Southside Boulevard and now their ministries are located on two campuses including a 40-acre tract near Greenland Road and Phillips Highway.
Along the way they have added a preschool and elementary school and currently serve more than 300 families from Duval and St. Johns counties. Word and sacrament is offered each week through 5 different services, three of which are traditional and two are contemporary.
Shepherd of the Woods strongly supports the belief that they, as a church, are to serve those in their local, national and international communities. They share their beautiful facilities and property with many non-profit groups that need meeting space and they also support ministries
through Lutheran Social Services, the Sulzbacher Center, Clara White Mission, Lutheran World Relief, Jacksonville's Paint the Town, the Florida-Georgia Blood Alliance, Mission House, Meals-on-Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and Lutheran Disaster Recovery.
Each year a team supports a mission trip to Alabama to continue ongoing rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina and every summer a team pays their own way to travel to Lima, Peru and then on to Tarma where the church has established a Social Service organization to serve needy children and elderly clients. Whether internationally or right here in Jacksonville, this community church is serving others in many wonderful ways.
the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road. The guest feature will be Patrick Walley from Publix Apron's Cooking School. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cook, the renowned chefs of Publix make the culinary arts accessible and fun. Bobbie Angstrom from Naples will close the luncheon with an inspirational talk about "Unsure Footing in Sure Places." The cost of the lunch buffet is $15. Reservations and cancellations for lunch and complimentary nursery are essential by Friday, June 4. Please call Cande at 908-5609 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve your space.
Mandarin United Methodist Church will present the production "Broadway Nites" on June 11, 12 and 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Family Life Center Worship Center at the church located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Come and enjoy a cast of over 180 singing and dancing to some of your favorite Broadway tunes. Adult tickets cost $ 6 and tickets for children under 12 cost $3. For additional information, please contact the church office at 268-5549.
A Community Tailgate Sale
will be held the fourth Saturday of every month at First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. In order to assist our community we are offering our parking lot the fourth Saturday every month for this sale. We advertise; all you need to do is bring your unwanted items, clothing, household, plants, jewelry.. .anything. Also be sure to bring your own table, chair and canopy. We do not have electricity. Set up is from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. and the sale is from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Don't have items to sell? Come and shop!
Have a stress-free family vacation
Summer's here and that usually means it's time to hit the road for a vacation. Whether your idea of relaxation involves rock climbing or lounging by the pool, you can enjoy a stress-free trip (or at least minimize the hassles) with some basic planning:
� Involve your children. Whether you're traveling with toddlers or teenagers, get them engaged in the preparations. Asking them what they want to see and do and incorporating their wishes as much as possible, will lead to a smoother experience.
� Pick your time. Flight delays and crowded airplanes rarely improve the quality of your trip. When flying, your best bet is to travel Monday through Wednesday, early in the day. Fly direct if possible to cut the chances
of your luggage getting lost (or having to drag your carry-ons
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� Pack some snacks. Kids and adults get cranky when they're hungry. Carry along something healthy to eat: granola bars, raisins or other dried fruit, peanut butter crackers, and treats for when you or your kids need something special.
� Schedule some downtime. Don't try to cram too many activities into the day. Rushing through one museum to get to the next one and the one after that will quickly grow exhausting. Allow some time to relax, watch TV, read or take a leisurely stroll.
� Keep some routine. For small children specially, maintaining some elements of a regular routine will keep things running smoothly. Bedtimes, regular meals and normal rules of behavior provide a comforting sense of structure.
� Be flexible. Expect delays, so they don't stress you out. Break the schedule when something more interesting comes up. If you want to spend more time in a museum that intrigues you, do it. You may not have the chance again.
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
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Looking stylish for spring
By Donna Keathley, dkeathley designs
"In the Garden" is the look for Spring 2010. Trellises of flowers and other garden-inspired elements are everywhere. Sundresses in poplins, sheer silks, Swiss dots and chintz prints are the ticket. Hues are spring-themed too, like geranium, azalea and blue sky. Flowers are pinned at the neck and in the hair. A handbag, shoes or necklace with a flower motif is the frou-frou detail of the year.
Flirty skirts with feminine details are some of the other lady-like silhouettes around. The hemlines range from uneven to bell to handkerchief. The good news here is that hem length is all over the place from short-short to bo-ho long, over the knee, at the knee or below the knee�so what's good for you works! Keeping the lines at the top simple and to the minimum is a must with the decorative skirt.
Accessories are over the top; multiple chains in a mixture of metals and layered with pearls make for the bold neck you will see this year. The arm candy of choice
is brightly painted enamel bangles worn layered as well. Lucite cuff bracelets are layered as well for more icy drama.
Shoes paired with spring "things" are teetering leather wrap-up sandals made up in a sophisticated package. Natural elements make up the footwear like fringe, wood and snake. Jeweled sandals with beads or rhinestones bring back the reminiscent "Jelly" style footwear.
Handcrafted interesting tops with one-of-a-kind details are updating our closet. I purchased one complete with a straw sunflower in the center.. .hope laundering is not a nightmare! Origami folds, pleats and ruffles added to tops make things interesting too. A soft cotton blouse with a ruffled cap sleeve sporting a little bow in robin's egg blue was quite a knock-out at the last fashion show I viewed.
Drapey jersey dresses in solids and geometric prints are in all kinds of shapes like sheath, kimono, wrap-front and bandeau. The
prints come in seashore colors like coral, sand, white, pearl and gray. But black and white still gets the nod for Spring 2010. One runway gal I spotted this spring glammed up her black and white knee skimming knit shift with a hot to trot pair of Kelly green elastic sandals. Wow!
A little note here from my younger (Fashionable Florida Friends) FFFs: no more matchy-matchy with shoes and bags and outfits. This is very OL ("old lady"). No more black shoes with black outfits.. .try mocha, gray or beige, even yellow. Your handbag could be that pop of color for spring�go ahead and try it!
A little info to add to our ongoing "Thinner by Tonight" series: match your shoe color to your leg. When you coordinate tones to elongate your leg it really works in making you look slimmer and taller! Use winter white, bone, caramel or buff shoes with high heels to achieve this trick. Try it out in your mirror today!
UNF students honored for service at spring commencement
The University of North Florida honored two students with an outstanding record of volunteer-ism when it handed out close to 1,500 degrees on Friday, April 30, during spring commencement at
the UNF Arena on campus.
Mandarin resident Lianne Bronzo, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a 3.98 GPA, was recognized as the recipient of the Senior Service Award, while UNF senior
Noel San Antonio, an electrical engineering major who lives on the Southside, was recognized as the recipient of the Albert D. Ernest Jr. Caring Award.
The UNF Alumni Association presents the Senior Service Award to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University or community. The Caring Award recognizes a student who demonstrates the spirit of caring, humanitarianism and volunteerism exemplified by Albert Ernest. The Caring Award was presented during the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, while the Senior Service Award was presented during the 4:00 p.m. ceremony.
Bronzo's contributions to the university community are many. A student committed suicide during her freshman year, which affected her deeply. She realized that many people aren't aware of
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She held several key positions, serving as the organization's president this past year and was recognized by the national organization for her contributions, with UNF receiving its first 5 Star Chapter Award for outstanding performance in the areas of administration, communication, leadership, meetings/events and outreach.
Bronzo has also made significant contributions through the UNF Honors Program, where she became involved in undergraduate research. She was selected from several applicants to join a prestigious interdisciplinary research team and was selected as the Advanced Research Intern for the Honors Program, where she served as a guest lecturer, mentor and editor.
She also became a volunteer peer mentor to other undergraduates pursuing research in the social sciences, providing feedback on drafts and conference presentations, mentoring as many as eight team members at a time. She did this while completing her own undergraduate Honors thesis and working with UNF's On Campus Transition Program, providing
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San Antonio's commitment to humanitarianism began in his village in the Philippines. Coming from a small village where opportunities were limited, he realized that education would be the key to his success. It was a long journey from his home to UNF but this instilled in him the motivation to return to his village and build a school for the children.
The first school building was constructed in 2006 and St. Anthony's school opened to 60 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Last summer, San Antonio and five UNF students returned to build a second building for first- and second-grade children, allowing 80 more children to attend school. Through his hard work, as well as through the generosity of many volunteers, these Philippine students not only receive a free education but also free uniforms and books. San Antonio's dream is to one day expand the school to grade 12.
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An evidence-based approach to getting fit and healthy
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Even with the best of intentions, change is difficult because your environment is designed to support your current choices. From work to home, you can begin to tally why successful change is a rare occurrence. The pizza your family has delivered, the birthday cakes and treats at the office, limited options for lunch, elevators in every building to surfing the net or hundreds of TV stations etc. This lifestyle design is why change is so tough�if not nearly impossible if you look
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On May 17, the fifth awards ceremony was held at Bishop John J. Snyder High School and on Thursday, May 20, 100 students graduated at the Thrasher Home Center for the Performing Arts in Orange Park.These 100 students qualified for $1,956,197 dollars in scholarship money from colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Highlights of the award ceremony are as follows: Nico Waler, Valedictorian, St. Joseph Catholic School (Mandarin) Megan Baker, Salutatorian , Annunciation Catholic School (Middleburg)
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Athletically, the school had a great year in 09-10. Garrett Naughton and Kara Joseph were FHSAA All-State Team Nominees. Garrett Naughton was recognized as the WJXT VyStar High School All-Star Athlete, Subway Athlete of the Week, All First Coast Basketball Honorable Mention, Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee, North Side Rotary Club All Academic First Team and is committed to play basketball for FSCJ. Kate Wenzel signed the first letter of intent, for the school's volleyball program, to play at Brevard Community College. Chris Thompson signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Seminole State College. Kara Joseph and Jonny Barton were named the Cardinal Athlete Scholars. (Students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, nominated by their varsity coach, community service
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Bishop John J. Snyder High School opened in 2002 with an inaugural class of 78 freshman. Today the school has nearly 500 students in grades nine through 12 with graduates accepted to many prestigious colleges and universities throughout the United States.
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By Phillip Heilman, MHS Student
With the year quickly coming to a close, it is time for the last sports article of the season. However, some of the most exciting times of the year have been found in the month of May.
From a winning percentage perspective, the Mustangs flag football team was arguably the
in the final weekend.
May was not all about flag football, however. The Mustangs baseball team also is making a push to bring home the first state championship Mandarin High has ever seen. Behind continued solid pitching by Tony Mollica and Colby Sims, the Mustangs beat
most successful team the school has Deltona in the regional quarterfi-ever had to offer. Blasting through nals by a score of 6 to 2. This led the competition, the Mustangs did them to the regional semifinals not lose a regular season game. Led against Sandalwood High School, by seniors Ally Lee, Ashley Bennett Only a few games earlier, Sandal-
and Nia Thomas, the Mustangs faced little resistance from local schools all year long. During the conference tournament, the Mustangs defense pitched a shut out in each game, resulting in the team becoming conference champions. Continuing from there, the girls stayed perfect throughout districts and became district champions shortly after. Their amazing run propelled them into the final four against Seminole Ridge.
The Mustangs defense once again played a strong game, limiting their opposition to only 13
wood topped the Mustangs in the district championship game. The Mustangs were able to avenge the loss of the district championship game, beating Sandalwood for to two. From there, the Mustangs were scheduled to host Timber Creek in the regional finals.
The Softball team had an unkind send off to four year varsity player Lindsay Kelly, losing to Fletcher in the district playoffs. The girls had high hopes in making a run deep into the playoffs like the baseball team was able to do, but could not get past rival Fletcher.
points. Unfortunately, the powerful Hopefully, the disappointing loss offense that had gashed teams all will have the returning players even year long was nowhere to be found, hungrier to be a contender next The Mustangs were only able to year.
put six points on the board and fell As this is the last article of the in the state final four. Even with year, I would like to say congratu-the loss, a trip to the state final four ktions to all of the athletes who is one of the most successful runs participated in athletics this year, by any team in the history of Man- From football to basketball to darin. Congratulations to all of the softball and baseball, it has been girls who worked hard to put in another successful year at Manda-such a strong effort and best wishes rin. Go Mustangs! go to Ally Lee, who broke her nose
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By Contributing Writer Dr. Ann Silverness, DVM, Mandarin Landing Animal Hospital and Pet Resort
Dental disease hurts despite your pet's inability to tell you. They won't stop eating and they may not give you any obvious signs, but it hurts!'Some pets become aggressive near their face or ears out of dental pain. Some pets chew on one side or don't chew their food at all. Some pets sneeze more than they should which may be a tooth infection. Not only does it seriously hurt, but bacteria get into the bloodstream and start to invade every other organ in their bodies. Some pets even end up breaking their jaws before something gets done.
Periodontal and endodontal disease is hands down the most common yet under-assessed and undertreated condition our pets face. There are a lot of factors that contribute to dental disease including breed issues like crowded teeth and poor air flow across teeth. Many pets also carry specific species of extremely destructive bacteria. There are internal illnesses that cause gingivitis and there are some dietary factors that adversely affect teeth as well. Humans typically brush regularly, yet we still get plaque, calculus, cavities, gum loss etc. Why would we think pets don't?
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enamel is weaker than humans? It sure is and that is why they break their teeth all the time. Do you know if your pet has a broken tooth right now? It just may. Dental disease is serious business. A rotten tooth is as detrimental on the body as a gangrenous foot is. Their breath is really telling you something is not right.
Another misnomer is having a tooth "pulled." Frankly if a tooth can be removed by simply pulling on it, then it was rotten to the point of severe and extensive bone loss. This is when x-rays are absolutely necessary to make sure the pet's jaw is not already broken before you even touch the tooth. There are also a lot of tooth roots that have a nice little hook shape to the end of them. These roots cannot be removed without x-rays and careful surgical removal of bone on the side of the root to lift it out sideways. If root tips are left in the jaw, they love to abscess even further and cause further bone loss, infection and pain.
When we go to the dentist it is routine to have your gums probed for pockets and your teeth x-rayed to look for disease under the gum line. This is where the real problems are. Your veterinary office should be doing the same. Just
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Koi Joy: The pleasures of water gardening
By Contributing Writer Dale Whaley
If you have a koi pond with at least a male and female that are eight inches long you most likely have had some spawning. While the dictionary definition of spawn is the mass of eggs deposited by aquatic animals such as fish, I think Todd McFarlane was more on track naming his comic book crime fighter reincarnated from hell as Spawn.
Spawning usually occurs in the spring when water temperatures rise to 63 to 68 degrees. It begins in the morning, lasting four to six hours and generally goes unnoticed by the pond owner. If you do happen to catch the spawning it is wise to observe the fish periodically to check for injuries.
As the spawning begins the males chase the females using their snouts to bump her into the sides of the pond forcing her to release her eggs. Multiple males will sandwich the female between them in an effort to get her to release the eggs. Once the eggs are released, all the males then release their spermatozoa all over the surrounding area. At our house we call this the "drive by shooting." The releasing and fertilizing of the eggs causes such turbulence the eggs are sent flying, sticking to anything and everything they touch.
When the spawning is finished your pond is stirred up, cloudy, has an unusual smell and tapioca looking fish eggs everywhere. The fish will eat some of them but if you have large fish the number of eggs spawned is unbelievable. After the fish have settled down it is impor-
tant to perform up to a 50 percent water change depending on the situation. For the next few days you will want pay special attention to your skimmers and filters to be sure they stay clean.
We had quite a spawn this year. Our fish have gotten large and we were not as prepared as we should have been. We experienced five full days of spawning and in spite of our efforts we couldn't keep up. There were eggs everywhere. Also, we did not put in any type of spawning mat or brushes. This can be a commercially available spawning mat from an aquatic store or a new non-chemically treated mop head. Adding these to your pond helps cut down on injuries by providing a soft surface on which to lay their eggs. This I will do next year just to assist in the egg removal process. My females laid so many eggs I experienced water quality problems. Professional estimates establish koi can lay 45,000 eggs per pound of fish or in my case five females equals 2,250,000 eggs. After several days of intense work, I did manage to remove them and correct the water quality problem. I was completely unprepared this year but have learned to not let it get out of hand in the future.
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Is there ever enough thyme?
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/I FAS
It is very rewarding to nurture something from seed to dinner plate and a great way to experience this is to grow summer herbs. Many grow easily from seed, but starter plants are also available in garden centers, often costing less than a single package of fresh herbs from the supermarket. Plus, herbs growing in your yard will supply you for several months and some, like rosemary, can be maintained year round.
The herbs I find most useful in my kitchen are basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme and more basil. As you may have noticed, basil is a favorite. When my thoughts turn to herbs, visions of yummy pesto and tomato-basil bruschet-ta dance in my head. Grow an abundance of basil to insure a good supply for yourself and friends, who will be delighted to share your herbal bounty.
Plant basil in full sun. It loves to be warm and it needs to be watered regularly. There are several varieties that show up in garden centers. Plant different kinds if you like, but be sure to plant some traditional Italian basil for its incomparable flavor.
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The secret to full, bushy plants is to harvest basil regularly, cutting off the top of stems and leaving one or two sets of leaves. If you don't do this regularly you will have single-stemmed, skinny plants and few leaves. Also remove any buds. Basil stops growing big leaves when it flowers.
Parsley is one of the easiest herbs to grow. Tolerant of sun and
sand or clay, it grows just about anywhere. Flat-leaved parsley is preferred by most, but the curly stuff is good too. Be warned that you may find your plants cut down to the ground by striped caterpillars. These caterpillars later turn into beautiful Eastern Swallowtail butterflies. They love parsley and will eat it until it's gone. You can hope they don't find all of it or let
the future butterflies feed and buy your parsley at the store.
Rosemary needs perfect drainage and grows best in a big clay pot with large drainage holes. Grow it in the sun in warm weather, but shelter it when the weather turns very cold. My potted rosemary survives winter resting under a citrus tree in my back yard.
Gardeners will tell you "there is never enough thyme." It is a play on words, but also meant literally, as thyme plants are small and the leaves are tiny. Thyme is susceptible to disease if kept too wet and heavy rains can do it in. Pot-grown plants usually out perform plants in f the ground. Harvest only one ? or two stems at a time from any one plant. Over winter, place your pot of thyme under a leafy tree next to the rosemary.
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Mandarin Garden Club news
By Contributing Writer Yvonne Corbett, Mandarin Garden Club
The Mandarin Garden Club would like to thank the community for the support of our annual plant sale held on Saturday, April 24. Our event was like a charming small town festival from a time gone by. Attendees were shopping for plants, strolling the grounds, catching up with friends and neighbors and enjoying a leisurely lunch outside. Your response to support our sale and our vendors was outstanding. As a result of your kindness and response to helping others, 43 pairs of glasses were collected for the Lions club, four cell phones are on the way to the Duval County 4-H and delivery of your donations was made to the Mandarin Food Bank.
Upcoming events for the
Mandarin Garden Club will be a $1.00 Clothing Sale on August 13 and 14 and a Trash to Treasure Sale on October 2. In conjunction with the upcoming 65th anniversary of the Mandarin Garden Club in the fall, there will be a 65th year anniversary cookbook for sale later this year with recipes from our members. These make great gifts for all occasions.
The Mandarin Garden Club looks forward to continuing in their tradition of being a part of the Mandarin community. Our gardens are open for your enjoyment, and membership is open to all. Thank you again for your continued support of our club and your generous donations.
Pickwick Park Civic Association installs new sign!
Betty Wolfe, president of the Pickwick Park Civic Association (PPCA), stands at their new subdivision sign. Fund raising and work on the sign was done by neighborhood volunteers. The PPCA is a long-standing homeowners association in the Mandarin area and holds events year-round including a Holiday Hayride in December.
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Mandarin NewsLine bids farwell to senior high school writers
With Duval County high schools' graduation ceremonies upon us, we at Mandarin News-Line find that it is time to say farewell to a truly talented trio of senior writers who have penned articles for us for the past couple of years. It has been a pleasure working with these aspiring journalists who have displayed professionalism and a grasp of editorial knowledge well beyond their years.
We hope that they have learned and expanded their writing talents as a result of their association with Mandarin NewsLine and wish them all the best in their future endeavors!
Phillip Heilman: MHS sports writer
Heilman has written the MHS Sports Roundup column monthly since 2008. At Manda-
rin High, he was enrolled in the academically rigorous AICE Program. Heilman was president of the Sixth Man Club for his senior year. After graduation, he will attend the University of Florida and plans to major in journalism.
Chelsea Kelley: MHS features writer
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Amy Olsen: Youth Scene writer
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Kelley has written the MHS Happenings column monthly since 2008. While at Mandarin High, she was enrolled in the academically rigorous AICE Program and placed on the A/B Honor Roll. She was a member of the school's yearbook and newspaper staffs. Kelley won a Duval County JADA competition for designing a bumper sticker for speaking out against drinking and driving and she was also the third runner up for the national Princeton University summer
Olsen has written the Youth Scene column, covering youth events from all over the Mandarin community, since 2009. She is graduating from Mandarin High School, where she was enrolled in the academically rigorous AICE Program. She served as editor-in-chief of the MHS yearbook in addition to playing on the basketball and volleyball teams. Olsen will attend Auburn University in the fall on an academic scholarship. She plans to major in public relations. When she "grows up" she hopes to be employed as a public relations officer by a
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