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r r n r r rr r r rn n rn r  r n n r   r  ­€‚‚ƒ„…n†nrnnrr €‚r  ‡ ˆ‰r‚ Joe Biden Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris V. Presidential Candidate Donna Deegan US Congressional Candidate Joshua Hicks State House Candidate authorized by and paid for by the Nassau County Democratic Party We Can Fix This Go Vote October 19th  Judge James Daniel has decided Kimberly Kessler is still mentally com-petent to stand trial for the murder of Joleen Cummings. At a hearing held Thursday morning, Daniel refused to appoint a new attorney for her and set a date for jury selection. Kessler was charged in September 2018 with the first-degree murder of Cummings, with whom she had worked at the now-closed Tangles Hair Salon. Cummings’ body has not been found, though prosecutors say evidence was discovered at the salon and at a Georgia landfill. After reviewing evidence and expert testimony from forensic psychologists, Daniel ruled in March of this year that Kessler was competent to proceed with her trial. Since then, Kessler has been on a hunger strike that’s resulted in a dramatic weight loss. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper filed a civil peti-tion earlier this month that would have allowed Kessler to be force-fed, but Judge Steven M. Fahlgren denied it. At an Oct. 5 hearing, state prosecutor Donna Thurston emphasized that Kessler was determined to be com-petent in March, and said that ruling should stand. Defense attorneys Teresa Sopp and Jordan Beard said Kessler does not display one of the six indications that a defendant is competent to stand trial – the ability to participate in their own legal defense. The Oct. 5 hearing was conducted via the internet. When Kessler came on the screen to talk to Daniel, she became disruptive, cursing the Public Defender’s Office and shouting to the point that Daniel ordered her to be taken back to her cell, where, according to jail staff, she defecated and smeared feces on the window. At the Oct. 15 hearing, Kessler asked for a new attorney. She appeared calm and did not shout until Daniel denied her request, at which point she was taken JOHN SCHAFFNER/FOR THE NEWS-LEADER Fourth Congressional District Rep. John Rutherford visited the Port of Fernandina Thursday to be briefed on the work done so far this year to dredge the turning basin there. From left, Armand Riehl, senior project manager with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company; Ocean Highway and Port Authority Vice Chairman Mike Cole; Port of Fernandina Director Christopher Ragucci, who is also CEO of Worldwide Terminal Fernandina; Rutherford; Ocean Highway and Port Authority Chairman Danny Fullwood, Port of Fernandina Terminal Manager Roy E. Nelson; Beau Corbett, a project manager with the Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville Office. The $4,317,000 dredging project was approved and funded in Fiscal Year 2020, on Sept.16, and will be completed in the first quarter of the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2021, in about 30 days or mid-November. Corbett said, “This a really fine port. The only problem was the depth of the turning area, which this dredging will correct. First time this has been done in 20 years.” Fullwood added it was in the planning stage in 2000. There are a total of 15 judges on the Florida First District Court of Appeals, six of whom are on the Nov. 3 ballot because their current term ends Jan, 5, 2021. Voters will decide whether these six judges should be retained past that date.  nr­€ The First District Court of Appeals covers 32 counties, including Nassau and Duval. It includes judicial circuits 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 14. Newly appointed judges go on the ballot for the first time within two years after appointment. If the voters retain them, they then go on the ballot again every six years. ‚n€ Šr Joseph Lewis assumed office in 2001. Lewis was retained to the First District Court of Appeal with 64.4% of the vote on Nov. 4, 2014. The Florida Bar conducted a poll of its members regarding the appellate judges up for retention in 2014, and 90% of respondents recommended Lewis for retention. In 2020, 84% recommended retaining him. In a noteworthy case and despite acknowledging that the result is harsh, Lewis nonetheless wrote in a 2-1 major-ity opinion in 2014 that state law is clear: the qualifying fee to be on the ballot must be paid before the end of the qualifying period. The fact that the candidate’s bank admitted it erred in returning her check did not sway the court. Before becoming a judge on the appeals court, he worked in the Office of the Attorney General, as bureau chief, Employment Litigation/Civil Litigation Section, as senior attorney, General Civil Litigation Section, as an assistant public defender, 2nd Florida Judicial Circuit, and as a judicial research aide, Florida Industrial Relations Commission. Lewis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in 1974 and earned his J.D. from Florida State University in 1977. †‹ Scott D. Makar assumed office in 2012. Makar was retained to the First District Court of Appeal with 63.8% of the vote on Nov. 4, 2014. ƒ„…†‡ˆ‰Š‚‰‹Š ŠˆŒˆŽ„‡„Š‘ PHOTO COURTESY BRUCE BROWN This majestic American bald eagle, with prey clutched in its talons, was perched on the roof of a home on Gregg Street at American Beach Tuesday. ‡„ˆ†‡Ž‡…’‰Š‰ŠŽ‡ Œn A smiling Kimberly Kessler talked to Judge James Daniel via Zoom videoconferencing at a hearing Thursday, asking him for a new lawyer. Daniel denied the request and also declared Kessler men-tally competent to stand trial. Kessler is accused of murdering Joleen Cummings. Jury selec-tion for the trial could start next May. NASSAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TRIAL Continued on page 5 rnrnrrnrr LewisMakar NordbyOsterhaus RobertsTanenbaum Every two years, the Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee oversees a statewide merit retention poll that asks in-state Florida Bar members to rate judges and justices who are up for retention votes and of whom they have direct – whether “considerable” or “limited” – knowledge. The poll results may be useful to Florida voters. The results for the 2020 retention survey are:Name Have Considerable Knowledge Have Limited Knowledge Grand Total Retain Not Retain Retain Not Retain Retain Not RetainJoseph Lewis, Jr. 84% 16% 84% 16% 84% 16%Scott Makar 80% 20% 80% 20% 80% 20%Rachel Nordby 68% 32% 73% 27% 71% 29%Tim Osterhaus 74% 26% 77% 23% 76% 24%Clay Roberts 80% 20% 80% 20% 80% 20%Adam S. Tanenbaum 69% 31% 78% 22% 74% 26% JUDGES Continued on page 5 NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 1 10/15/20 7:04 PM


The Fernandina Beach High School ESE Department is taking orders for a new crop of mammoth pecan halves ($11 per pound), chocolate-covered pecans ($8 per 12 ounces), pecan caramel clusters ($8 per 8 ounces), and cinnamon-glazed pecans ($8 per 10 ounces). The last date to place orders is Oct. 31; deliv-eries should take place before Thanksgiving. Place orders by contacting Pamela Nobles at (904) 583-8592, (904) 261-5713, ext. 2622, or, Angela Green at (904) 261-5713, ext. 2694, or Valarie Pikula at (904) 261-5713.rrElderSource, the Aging and Disability Resource Center and Area Agency on Aging for Northeast Florida, has announced meet-ings of several of its committees in October. Advisory Council at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, to discuss general business. To partic-ipate, go online to or call (929) 436-2866 and enter 402-600-129 followed by #. Program and Planning Committee at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, to discuss general business. To participate, go online to or call (929) 436-2866 and enter 402-600-129 followed by #. AAA Finance Committee at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, to discuss general business. To par-ticipate, go online to For more information about any of the meetings or other questions, call (904) 391-6670.nrrIn partnership with SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), the Nassau County Council on Aging is hosting three pre-sentations about Medicare via Zoom over the next few months, with the first event scheduled IRUWRGD\+HUH·VWKHIXOOVFKHGXOHDQGLQIRUPDtion to participate in the Zoom meetings: Today at 2 p.m. Visit and use “849 0000 1197” as the Meeting ID and “Shine” as the Passcode. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. Visit and use “895 5488 0452” as the Meeting ID and “Shine” as the Passcode. Nassau County SHINE/SMP Liaison Carrie Fortuny-Gonzalez will be the presenter. For more information or to schedule a phone appointment, contact COA at (904) 261-0701.The University of Florida/IFAS is offering free, unbiased Medicare consultations via tele-phone and video conferencing. During open enrollment (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7), you can change how you will receive your Medicare health and drug coverage for 2021. Whether you will be new to Medicare and need to enroll or are seeking information on changes you can make to your current Medicare Health and Drug Plans for 2021, this is your chance to receive knowledgeable, no-cost, unbiased information about your choices. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Meg McAlpine with the UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Service at (904) 570-5713. rrSt. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission at 86000 St. Francis Way in Yulee will hold a blood drive 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. All donors will receive a free OneBlood Halloween T-shirt plus a wellness checkup that includes a COVID-19 antibody test and blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screenings. Sign up online and use sponsor code “34851.”nrrrrrThe Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County will resume in-person meetings this month with Nassau County Commissioner -XVWLQ7D\ORUZKRDOVRVHUYHVRQWKHFRXQW\·VEssential Housing Committee. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6W3HWHU·V(SLVFRSDO&KXUFKORFDWHGDWAtlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach.nrThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking public feedback through the end of November on draft rules related to high-risk nonnative reptiles. Invasive species management is a high priority for the FWC because these animals negatively impact native fish and wildlife, cause damage that is costly to repair, and can pose a threat to human health and safety. The proposed rule changes to Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. specifi-cally address pythons, tegus, green iguanas and other high-risk nonnative snakes and lizards and include reporting requirements for permittees, biosecurity requirements to limit escape of these high-risk species, and some additional clarifying language. FWC staff members are holding 10 online workshops to present proposed rule changes and col-lect public comment on this topic. Staff will use this information to help improve the final rule language, which will be brought before the Commission at a future meeting. You can also take part in an online survey, which will help staff determine what topics to cover. To learn more about upcoming workshops, take part in the online survey or view the draft rules visit and click on the “Learn More” button in the middle of the page.rrCounty health departments in Florida are urging residents to contact their health care provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Vaccinations take about two weeks before they begin offering protection. Getting the flu shot each year is important but reducing ill-ness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will con-tinue to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses. The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vac-cine supply against COVID-19, the way to prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now. Additionally, there will be less spread of the flu and COVID-19 if everyone continues to: Stay home if sick; Covers coughs and sneezes; Washes hands frequently and thoroughly; and Wears a face covering when around othHUVRULIVRFLDOGLVWDQFLQJLVQ·WSRVVLEOHrrrrrAs coronavirus cases surge, OneBlood says the need for convalescent plasma is reaching extraordinary levels. “OneBlood is experiencing more than a 500% increase in hospital orders for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. We are urging people who have recovered from the coronavi-rus to step forward and donate their plasma. They are urgently needed,” Susan Forbes, senior vice president of corporate communica-tions for OneBlood, said in a news release. Plasma can be donated every 28 days. People who have recovered from the coronavirus are urged to visit to see if they meet the eligibility requirements to be a convalescent plasma donor. Appointments are required. In addition to meeting all FDA donor eligibility to be a blood donor, COVID-19 conva-lescent plasma donors must have complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation and provide one of the following: Provide prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test or a letter from a hospital confirming a COVID-19 diagnosis; or, provide a positive serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. OneBlood is also testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The anti-body test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the GRQRU·VLPPXQHV\VWHPKDVSURGXFHGDQWLbodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Donors will be able to see their results approximately two to five days after donating by logging into their donor portal at Donors who test posi-tive for the antibody will be eligible to become COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors.rIf you are interested in maritime history, shipwrecks, pirates or French and Spanish treasure fleets, make sure you visit the Maritime Museum of Amelia Island, 115 S. Second St., Fernandina Beach. Now open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.rThe Fernandina Beach Branch of the Nassau County Public Library System has resumed processing passports by appointment only. New safety measures are in place which include only those needed for the application may be present, and all present must wear a facemask and gloves.The desk and all equip-ment will be sanitized after each visit. Passport applications must be completed before the appointment, and applicants should bring a pen with black ink. Applicants will enter through the library main entrance at the des-ignated appointment time. For appointments, visit the library website at nassaureads, and click on the Passport tab or call (904) 530-6508. Walk-ins are not being accepted at this time. Due to the challenges created by COVID19, NassauTRANSIT is changing its reserva-tion policy for registered paratransit passen-gers. Paratransit clients throughout Nassau County may now contact NassauTRANSIT and schedule same-day, door-to-door ser-vice, depending on available resources. 1DVVDX75$16,7·V3DUDWUDQVLW3URJUDPSURvides transit services for the elderly, disabled, economically disadvantaged, children at risk and individuals who have no other means of transportation. To register for the program, visit To schedule a ride, call 261-0700. ­rrStarting Point Behavioral Healthcare remains is scheduling online telehealth ses-sions for all medication management, individu-al and group therapy services. Current patients are being contacted by their therapist, case manager, or sup-port staff member to begin using Zoom for appointments. If a patient has an appointment scheduled but has not yet been contacted, call 225-8280 to speak with a registration clerk. A counselor is available 24/7. For children or adolescents, call 580-0529. For adults, call 206-1756.rSeniors, disabled adults and their caregivers can get free, live help from trained customer service specialists and information about local programs and services through (OGHU6RXUFH·V+HOS/LQH(OGHU6RXUFHVSHFLDOLVWVDUHWUDLQHGWROLVWHQWRFDOOHUV·FRQFHUQVand to help them access local agencies, services and programs, according to Linda Levin, CEO of ElderSource, a local non-profit organization designated by the state as the Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center for Northeast Florida. The agency provides information and referral resources for caregivers and seniors in Northeast Florida. ElderSource HelpLine counselors work with callers to explain what resources are avail-able and to help them enroll in the programs for which they are eligible. The service is part of the federal Aging and Disability Resource Centers program, which addresses the frustra-tions many older adults, people with disabili-ties, and family members experience when trying to learn about and access service pro-grams and support. An additional program that ElderSource offers helps area seniors under-stand their Medicare benefits that cover €  ‚ƒ„‚ LA FLORA MISSIONCREMATORIUMFernandina Beach, Florida 32034 (904) 261-3644 Nassau County’s Only Crematorium The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is offering grants to non-profit Nassau County organizations experiencing economic hard-ships related to the COVID-19 pandemic, accord-ing to a news release. The foundation’s Respond/Adapt/Recover Fund will assist eligible non-profit organizations with reimbursement for re-opening costs and/or expenses associated with safely maintaining operations during the pandemic according to health guidelines. “We know that agencies were suddenly faced with buying face masks, cleaning supplies, Plexiglas panels, Zoom subscriptions, audiovisual equipment and a host of other expenses when COVID-19 threatened our community,” Kathleen Shaw, vice president of programs, said in the release. “It’s been a double whammy for them since many have had challenges with fundraising and traditional revenue sources. This Fund is an attempt to help them recover at least some of their out-of-pocket costs so that they may continue their good work serving clients.” Agencies must be an IRS-registered 501(c) (3) based in and providing services in Northeast Florida. Eligible organizations of any size may apply. Awards will be impacted by the demonstrated need of the organization, support already received, size of organization and numbers served. The maxi-mum award available for each organization will be based on its 2019 gross revenues. It is expected that the average grant award would be between $5,000 and $25,000. Applications will be taken until Nov. 2. Costs must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and Nov. 1, 2020, as well as future expected expenses in these same categories that are expect-ed to be incurred in November and December of this year. All expenses must have occurred by Dec. 31, 2020. Additional details about the the application is available at Funding for the Respond/Adapt/Recover Fund is made possible by generous donations from the Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust, The Community Foundation’s discretionary funds and individual donors. r Vivian Carole Shape, 72, passed away peacefully at the Fernandina Beach Rehab Nursing Center on September 14, 2020. She was born April 3, 1948, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to William and Della Powers. She eloped in March of 1966 to Clintwood, Va., where she married her true love, Joseph S. Shape Jr. Early on, they settled in Huntington, Ind. Carole welcomed all that came with being a wife and mother, for years devoting herself to building a home and good life for those she loved most. During those years, she also helped her husband with the family’s vending business. When she was no longer needed full-time at home, she began managing convenient stores, earning many manager-of-the-year awards. In 1991, Carole and her husband moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla. There she worked at Hamilton Press before starting her own cleaning business, “The Girls,” with her best friend, Regina Brantley. Carole has always had a servant’s heart, boundless energy and a zest for life. She always put the needs of others before her own. She was the rock and the glue of her family. The one who everyone turned to for help or advice, a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on. When the time came that her aging parents needed daily assistance, she, without hesitation, began to care for them too. She would call her grandchildren and son most everyday. She had to hear their voices and know that everyone was OK. They called her Omie, and looked forward to each call and care package that she sent. In July of 2011, Carole had a terrible accident. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, which required her to receive long-term care. One week before the accident, she took her grandchildren to Disney one last time. During the visit, it began to rain. Everyone ran for shelter. Not Omie. She took her granddaughter’s hand and ran into the rain, danced and sang, and made sure to jump in every puddle. Completely soaked and with the biggest smile. This is how she is remembered. That says it all, as that is who she was. Someone who greatly loved her family, friends and customers. Someone who was loved greatly and will be greatly missed. Carole is survived by her son, Joseph Shape III (Danielle) Shape of Roanoke, Ind.; brothers Gordon Powers and Dan Powers of Yulee, Fla., and Paul Powers of Woodbine, Ga.; and three grandchildren, William Shape, Elizabeth Shape and Maxton Shape of Roanoke, Ind. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph Shape Jr., par-ents, William and Della Powers, and sister, Betty Jo Powers. A memorial service will be held at New Life Baptist Church, 464069 SR 200 in Yulee, Fla., at 10 a.m. Friday, October 23. Burial will take place at a later date at Mount Calvary in Huntington, Ind., so she can be close to her family. n Henry Howard “Hank” Walters Jr., a loving husband and father, left this world unexpectedly on Monday, October 12, 2020, at the age of 58. Hank was the eldest son of Henry H. and Betty Jane Walters. He was born and raised in Jackson, Miss., where he also attended col-lege. Hank and his wife, Charlotte, moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla., in March of 1986, and he became a longtime employee of Gilman Building Products, now West Fraser Building Products. Hank was a running enthusiast and enjoyed hiking and spending time outdoors. He was an avid gamer and had a passion for rock music. He taught himself the ukulele, which he mastered. However, his favorite pastime was spending time with his wife and son. He leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Charlotte Beavers Walters of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; son, Dillon Howard Walters; parents, Henry H. and Betty Jane Walters of Jackson, Miss.; and brothers, Ande Walters (Melissa) and Scott Walters (Kay). He also leaves behind six nieces and one nephew. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home. His family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the hour of ser-vice. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Friends of Fort Clinch, Inc., 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, or Cats Angels, P.O. Box 16072, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. Please share your memories and condolences at r rr  ­€€ €‚€€ ƒ „…†‡…„† nrrrnrn The News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 1235 S. 10th Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina Beach, Fla. (USPS 189-900) ISSN# 0163-4011. Reproductions of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director.NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprinted. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The News-Leader reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete any objectionable wording or reject the advertisement in its entirety at any time prior to scheduled publication if it is determined that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the general standard of advertising acceptance.SUBSCRIPTION RATES Mail in Nassau County ........................................ $44.99 Mail out of Nassau County .................................. $74.99 © Copyright 2020 The …  . No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without specific written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101 Fernandina Beach, FL NLP\SA The food pantry needs donations of non-perishable food items all year round. For more information, C all: 261 7000 ˆ„……‰ r n  Offered by reservation only, the Amelia Island Museum of History is offering its famous Ghost Tour during the spooky sea-son leading up to Halloween. Groups of 10 or fewer will be led on a fascinating trip to the historic places around Fernandina Beach where things have defi-nitely gone bump in the night, or so they say. Make a reservation for the AIMH Ghost Tour by call-ing (904) 261-7378, ext. 105. The available dates are today, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, as well as Oct. 23, 24, 30, and on Halloween, Oct. 31.METRO NEWSPAPER SERVICES NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 2 10/15/20 7:13 PM


This is a political Ad paid for and approved by Stephan R. Leimberg as a lesson in constitutional civics to my grandchildren. DEMOCRACY AT THE PRECIPICE “Mr. President, Will You Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power After the November Election?” In every sense imaginable, the fact that a sitting president would even be asked that question is highly disconcerting! That he would not strongly and clearly answer “YES” to this question is utterly shocking! That he did not, signals nothing less than the type of threat to democracy you would expect from a banana republic despot. (Yes, it will be free of violence but only if I’m the winner!) The President’s unwillingness to make a strong affirmative commitment to a peaceful transition is a blatant violation of the presidential oath of office to PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES 20th Amendment, Section 1: The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3rd day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ra tified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin . What is it about “the terms of their successors shall then begin” do President Trump and Vice President Pence – who was asked the same question and gave the same evasive non-committal answer not understand? The implications of an alternative to a peaceful succession of office are too terrible to contemplate! How can Trump and Pence play games with words or waffle or even imply that those sacred principles do not – for any reason apply to them ? How dare they express refusal or inability to vigorously endorse that bedrock tenant of American democracy? N OTE: This is not a disagreement about national priorities, policies or programs. Rather, it is nothing less than a choice between full and complete allegiance to the words and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and a deliberate choice by a sitting president and vice president to ignore it! That’s what they have done by their public refusal to speak loudly, unequivocally, without misdirection, avoidance, or qualification, the words,“Of course we will assure the orderly and peaceful turnover to the winner of the presidential contes – whoever that may be. That is our sworn duty! There can be no question that we will do everything in our power to comply! A peaceful turnover of office follows the very principles on which this Nation was founded.” ----------------------------------------P.S.Ask yourself this: How can you vote for a sitting president and vice president who both , when asked directly in a presidential and vice-presidential debate in front of millions of viewers if they would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if they lose the 2020 election, demurred and declined to say simply, YES! Of Course! And if you are angry at me for asking this question, ask yourself how would you have answered and reacted if President Obama had refused to assure the American people of a peaceful turnover? WE CANNOT AVOID THE ABYSS WE REFUSE TO SEE! For a copy of THE LITTLE RED BOOK: NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 3 10/15/20 10:06 AM


The helpful plac e.Turner Ace Hardware 2990 S. 8th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 261-5270 Monday-Saturday 8 AM -7 PM , Sunday 9 AM -6 PM Non-tipping Can Coolers Shrimp Cleaners Crab Cutters Hats Shirts Many More AHCA Registration 23 2156In Home Care For A Loved One Our job is to help seniors with whatever needs they may have. Companionship Incidental Transportation Laundry Light Housekeeping Bill Paying Grocery Shopping Meal Preparation & Planning Medication Reminders Shopping and Errands Assist with moving Veterans Services Best Friends Companion Care provides the kind of trusted in home care for adults of all ages that helps them maintain full and independent lives, right in the comfort of their own home. Licensed Insured Bonded Affordable Hourly Rates! Call for a Free Home Assessment 904.277.0006 Fax 904.277.0017 9 North 14 Street Fernandina Beach, Florida DOMESTIC DESIGNSCINDY CROW BUDDY BOYD Buddy Boyd and Cindy Crow opened Domestic Designs Roofing, Inc. (“Domestic Designs”) in Fernandina Beach in early 2001 fo l lowing careers in the construction and legal industries. Growing up in Texas, Buddy began building custom homes in 1984 while Cindy practiced law. Following his custom home building in Texas, Buddy extended his construction experience through jobs in civil engineering, production and custom home construction and com mercial and residential roofing sales. Cindy practiced litigation with an emphasis in construction and insurance law. In 2001, they opened Domestic Designs Roofing, Inc. to concentrate solely on residential and commercial roofing and have never looked back. Buddy holds licenses from the state of Florida as both a Certified Roofing Contractor and a General Contractor and is OSHA certi fied. The company is licensed and insured. Since 2001, Domestic Designs has met the roofing needs for new and existing homeowners and commercial businesses in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Baker counties. The company’s 5 crews install shingle, metal, tile and flat roofs as well as provide inspection, repair, additional installation and cleaning servic es for both residential and commercial customers. A full service company, Domestic Designs works with home owners and builders everyday to provide the highest quality, warranted roofing services at the lowest costs and least incon venience. “Everyone’s needs are different. I enjoy working with individual homeowners and builders to solve their specific prob lems and meet their needs. I understand that any type of home or business construction can be challenging so it is our goal to provide every client with the most cost effective and least intru sive solutions. In today’s fast-paced and economically challengin g environment, you cannot expect anything less,” said Boyd. The company offers a wide variety of products including GAF/ Elk, CertainTeed, Owens-Corning, Monier, Hanson and American Tile, all of whom offer a complete line of warranties. With recent changes to the state of Florida’s wind mitigation roofing requirements, there are many new savings opportunities for residential and commercial owners. “We offer clients seve ral roofing options to save money on their homeowners’ and wind insurance policies,” said Boyd. “We work closely with local insur ance agents and have seen that many owners today are unaware of the savings opportunities available to them through policy discounts related to roofing modifications. We can evaluate, with owners, their individual needs and available options”. 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The state’s Department of Emergency Management will submit its recom-mendation to FEMA officials, who have ninety days to respond to the appeal. Again, thank you to Congressman John Rutherford and his staff for con-tinuing support for this effort. The principal work at the marina has been completed: The attenuator, both south and north) has been installed, the southern basin dredged, and the interior docks realigned. Some “punch list” items remain, however, to be completed, mainly address-ing some sporadic electrical issues and attending to cosmetic issues on the pilings. The fuel system continues to be evaluated and tested before being able to return to service. At this time, this issue is the top priority of the marina effort. Discussions with Oasis Marinas officials have nearly completed a draft operating agreement to manage the marina. The proposed agreement will be provided to the Marina Advisory Board for review at the end of this month before being for-mally considered by the City Commission on Nov. 4 (please note the November 4 date: due to Election Day activities, the City Commission meeting has moved to Wednesday, Nov. 4). Oasis officials have also been consulted for assistance with the fuel sys-tem challenges. Finally, the city is preparing to move forward with the installation of several mooring balls. This project is in the final design and permitting stages, with the project, funded in part through a grant from the Florida Inland Navigation District, slated to be published for bids soon. At the golf course, the reconstruction of several North Course greens is nearly completed. The greens on the North Course, what was the original course, had never been re-built since first construct-ed over sixty years ago (the West and South Course greens have been reconstructed). The re-grading of the driving range and practice area has been completed. The re-grading will pro-vide for the construction of the expanded practice area (putting green and bunker) and alleviate driving range drainage issues. The driving range project is closely associated with the Toptracer project. Toptracer is a rapidly growing component of modern golf, making signifi-cant use of computers and simulators to enhance the playability at the driving range. The city awarded the bid to construct the Toptracer facility to Johnson Home Builders, and, with the necessary permits issued, construction will begin shortly. If the sched-ule is maintained, the Toptracer facility should be opened and available for use by the end of the calendar year. As with the marina, as well as the airport, the city has had traditional and lengthy relation-ships with management and engineering consultants to pro-vide additional assistance. The city currently has a management agreement with Billy Casper Golf, a national golf course man-agement consultant and advisor. The agreement between the city and BCG (to be re-branded as Antares) expires at the end of this year. The city recently exam-ined the consultant relationships at the airport and the marina, and I anticipate a simi-lar examination at the golf course, with an emphasis on operations and finances (especially given the current debt associated with the golf Course). City staff will likely make a recommendation to the City Commission next month. The airport continues to thrive: it is the only of the three operations discussed in this article that requires no property tax support from city residents. The Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and city staff oper-ate from the terminal building. The terminal build-ing conference room hosts several local meetings (although greatly limited due to pandemic restric-tions, the allowable capacity is gradually increasing). The airport’s primary runway is being resurfaced – a $2.4 million project funded entirely through federal and state grants. The fuel farm is being improved (construction slightly delayed due to the pandemic). Competitive proposals for an underused bulk hangar are being solicited. Additional T-hangars are being designed and prepared for construction to meet the growing demand: the waiting list for hangars is over seventy and adds more each week. An aviation museum is considering constructing a facility at the Airport (although the location of the possible site is apparently being discussed on social media, the potential site has yet to be determined). Finally, design efforts continue for the construction of the new fire station at the Airport, with construc-tion planned to start in approximately one year. The city continues to support the efforts and use of the marina, the golf course, and the airport. Those assets, although markedly different, contribute greatly to the appeal and successful of our commu-nity. If you haven’t visited those facilities recently, I encourage you to take the time and see what is hap-pening firsthand. Finally, I’d like to thank Ms. Peg Davis for her service as the editor of the News-Leader. She has provided me the forum to share these thoughts with you for five years. I have enjoyed, and will very much miss, our (too infrequent) off-the-record lunches during which we shared our differences, our frustrations, and our hopes for our community. Best wishes to you, Peg. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach. Now, let’s go to Capital Hill. We need to compare our highest-level political representation and their ages. Our Congress (435 members) has 61 members 70-79 and 8 members over 80. That is 15.8% versus of 11% of our population. In the Senate, 24 members of 100 are 70+. Age 70-79 comprises 19 senators and 80+ numbers 5. Let’s look at average age and a party breakdown. The 116th House averages 57.6 years old (Republicans 53 years and Democrats 58 years old. The average senator is 62.9 years old (Republicans 57 years old and Democrats 71 years old). Let me say that I believe along with consideration of term limits, age caps should be on the table. Nothing exhibits that more than our 2020 presidential candi-dates. To qualify to run for Congress, one must be only 25 years old. For the Senate, 30 years is the qualifier. Is 65to 70-years-old a reasonable number to exit public service? From my corner, I say yes. Look at the numbers around the globe on mandatory or allowable retire-ment dates from pub-lic service and you will be taken back. Why allow career politi-cians? The seasoned senators I watched today were not doing their states any favors. I recognize that I am getting out on a limb here. In two months, I will be 65, and am preaching to the mir-ror. Could I handle a 2/4/6 year term in Washington? Not while being at my best. Articles chronicling the advancing ages in Washington are not hard to find. Do we accept lifers, or attract and mandate fresh blood? One dramatic comparison was discovered. Today’s Congress is 17.8% military veterans. In 1981-82 it was 64% veterans. In 1971-72, it was 73%. Granted, men were a bigger percentage of Congress. However, it is glaring to see that veter-ans have seemingly been squeezed out by lawyers and others seeking a “career” in Washington. Another pearl. Fifty percent of senators were in Congress before running for the Senate. It is a stepping stone for the career type mentioned above. Bottom line from my corner: No one over 65 should be able to run for Congress and 12 years should be the limit regarding years of ser-vice. The president is limited to 8 years, and many states limit representation. Seems like time to look at what has evolved the last 50 years.Too hot for October-need a cool down. Have a good week. Rick Keffer owned and operated Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram from 1997 through 2018. Current involve-ments include Fernandina Beach Rotary and Nassau County Council on Aging. He is the past board chair-man of Baptist Nassau and Communities in Schools. Feedback is welcome at Watching the confirmation hearings of Judge Barrett brought up a subject explored before in this column. It led to searching our 116th Congress to get some facts. The data confirmed my suspicions. Our 116th Congress does not represent our population in age. For context, here is 7/1/2019 data of our general population:Above 70 Males Females Total PercentageAge 70-74 6.5 million 7.53 million 14.03 million 4.27%Age 75-79 4.32 million 5.33 million 9.65 million 2.94% Age 80-84 2.68 million 3.64 million 5.72 million 1.74% Age 85+ 2.38 million 4.23 million 6.61 million 2.01% Grand Total: 36.01 million 10.97% These numbers were versus a total 2019 U.S. population of 328.8 million. 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The Florida Bar conducted a poll of its members regarding the appellate judges up for retention in 2014, and 82% of respondents recommended Makar for reten-tion. In 2020, 80% recommended his retention. Makar earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Mercer University. His J.D. is from the University of Florida, in addition to having a doctorate in economics. Before becoming a judge on the appeals court, he was the solicitor gen-eral of Florida, an assistant general counsel for the city of Jacksonville, and an associate and capital partner at Holland and Knight, LLP. In a noteworthy case on Oct. 1, 2014, the First District Court refused to take up a case chal-lenging the constitutionality of Florida’s congressional districts. Instead, the case was sent direct-ly to the Florida Supreme Court. Makar wrote a dissent to the majority opinion. Rachel Nordby assumed office in 2019 after being appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Before joining the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal in 2019, Nordby was a partner at the law firm of Shutts & Bowen LLP. She previously served as senior deputy solicitor general in the office of the attorney general of Florida. The Florida Bar conducted a poll of its members regarding the appellate judges up for retention in 2020 and 71% recommended her retention. Nordby obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. During her legal studies, she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.rn Timothy D. Osterhaus assumed office on May 20, 2013. Before becoming a judge on the appeals court, he was solicitor general for the state of Florida from 2012-13. Before that, he was the deputy solicitor gener-al. He also served two years as assistant general counsel, Florida Department of Education. From 2004-05, he was a sole practitio-ner. From 1998-04, he was an associate attorney at Arent Fox and Howrey & Simon. He served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp. Osterhaus was retained to the First District Court of Appeal with 63.4% of the vote on Nov. 4, 2014. The Florida Bar conducted a poll of its members regarding the appellate judges up for retention in 2014, and 83% of respon-dents recommended Osterhaus for retention. In 2020, 76% rec-ommended his retention. Osterhaus received his undergraduate degree from King College in 1993 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1997.r L. Clayton Roberts assumed office on Jan, 18, 2007. Roberts was a staff attorney for the Committee on Executive Business, Ethics & Elections on the Florida Senate from 1995 to 1997. He then became the staff director of the Committee on Election Reform. In 1998, he moved to the House of Representatives, working as a council attorney on the Public Responsibility Council. From 1999 to 2002, he was the director of the Florida Division of Elections. After this, he worked as general counsel for the Florida Department of State. He became an executive deputy attorney general in 2003 and a deputy attorney general in 2006. He held this position until his appoint-ment to the Court of Appeals. Roberts was retained to the First District Court of Appeal with 64.2% of the vote on Nov. 4, 2014. The Florida Bar conducted a poll of its members regarding the appellate judges up for retention in 2014, and 85% of respondents recommended Roberts for reten-tion. In 2020, 80% recommended retention. Roberts earned a B.S. in military history from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1987. He earned his J.D. from Florida State University in 1991. n Adam Tanenbaum assumed office in 2019 after being appoint-ed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Before joining the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal in 2019, Tanenbaum was the general counsel to the Florida House of Representatives. He previously served as general counsel for the Florida Department of State and as chief deputy solicitor general in the office of the attorney gen-eral of Florida. He was also an assistant public defender. The Florida Bar conducted a poll of its members regarding the appellate judges up for retention in 2020 and 74% recommended his retention. Tanenbaum obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Georgetown University.Continued from page 1  Amelia Island & Nassau County’s #1 Property Management Company! ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS AND INVESTORSWe presently have major demand for potential tenants seeking housing on Amelia Island & Nassau County. This is an opportunity to sign leases with quality tenants at top rental rates! CALL US WE CAN HELP! 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In his Oct. 12 competency ruling, Daniel said that, while competency is not a static condi-tion, “the updated testimony and evidence presented to the court has not overcome the presump-tion that the defendant remains competent to stand trial at this time.” Daniel said that while Kessler’s behavior has increased in intensity, it is no different than when she was arrested in 2018, noting that before her first com-petency hearing in March, she consistently refused to eat for periods of time, for various rea-sons. Before the Oct. 5 hearing, Kessler had binged on sand-wiches, which Daniel said she does when she is taken to the hospital to address her medical condition. He cited a case that found “neither low intelligence, mental deficiency nor bizarre, volatile and irrational behavior can be equated with mental com-petence to stand trial.” “The most persuasive evidence presented to the court to date is that her refusal to eat and volatile behavior, like her refusal to cooperate with defense coun-sel, are volitional in nature and the result of a personality dis-order rather than a diagnosed mental illness,” Daniel said. His ruling also said the court could not order Kessler to be force-fed: “(P)reventing defendant from starving herself and causing death or serious internal damage would depend on administering appropriate treatment for her personality disorder and Rule 3.212(c) does not authorize placement in a facility such as the Florida State Hospital to accom-plish this purpose,” he wrote. At the Oct. 15 hearing, a smiling Kessler alleged one of her public defender attorneys, Jordan Beard, is related to Cummings, the murder victim. She also claimed Beard had presented misinformation at an earlier hear-ing. Sopp said that is “factually inaccurate,” and Daniel denied the request for new counsel. Sopp pointed out that Kessler’s accusation is another example of delusion, but Daniel said the hearing was not an appropriate time for that subject, since he had already ruled on the matter. Daniel also spoke to Sopp and Thurston about setting a trial date. He said the case has been delayed due to circumstances beyond the control of the attor-neys, including the coronavirus pandemic, but that there is a backlog of trials to be scheduled and he wants to go forward. Sopp said the Public Defender’s Office could be ready in April or May of next year, and Daniel said he was “penciling in” a jury selec-tion date for May 2021. Kelly White, who released a statement from Cummings’ mother, Anne Johnson, after the Oct. 5 hearing, said in an email she was told Johnson would not be releasing a statement on Daniel’s latest ruling that Kessler is competent to stand trial. Continued from page 1 r r Ocean Highway and Port Authority commissioners were nothing less than enraged at a letter sent by the city of Fernandina Beach requesting a house on port property holding the offices of U.S. Customs be preserved, and saying that state Sen. Aaron Bean and state Rep. Cord Byrd have been asked to sponsor legislation in the next session that would change the port’s charter – changes meant to ensure the port adheres to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code. Earlier this year, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency determined the current customs house needs thousands of dollars in improvements in order to remain an office for that branch. No definite plans were made to upgrade the facility and the port has not yet determined where CBP will be located. The Port of Fernandina is in the downtown Historic District of the city, and at the Oct. 14 OHPA meeting, OHPA attorney Jeb Branham told commission-ers about the letter from City Attorney Tammi Bach regarding the preservation of the customs house as an historic structure. Branham brought a non-binding resolution to OHPA commission-ers that said OHPA will “make reasonable efforts to preserve the customs house after CBP vacates it,” and that if the port does not have “practical ability” to preserve it, the city would be given the opportunity to remove the structure from port property. OHPA Commissioner Carrol Franklin called out the city attor-ney regarding the matter. “I find it very offensive that the city’s attorney writes us a letter telling us about our cus-toms house, when we were just discussing it,” Franklin said. “We have not made no plans or anything to destroy this house or take it down, build a new one, or whatever. When it comes time, let’s face that problem then and do what’s right with the city historic committee and all. Right now, I think this is a waste of time for the city to even be attacking us for something like that. It’s senseless, in my opin-ion. I know exactly where it’s coming from. We do everything we can to preserve it.” Referring to the resolution presented by Branham, Franklin continued, “I think we ought to take this piece of paper and throw it in the trashcan.” Branham also presented a resolution that cut to the mat-ter of a proposed warehouse that port operator Worldwide Terminals Fernandina CEO Chris Ragucci wants to install. The building is made of fabric, like a big tent. Ragucci says he needs it, as the site on the property cannot support a tra-ditional building. The city of Fernandina Beach said Ragucci needs to obtain a building permit and requires impact fees to be paid before the fabric warehouse can be erected, which would cost $25,000. However, the OHPA has determined that, under the port’s charter, it does not have to get the city’s approval before erecting the temporary build-ing. Ragucci refused to pay, and Branham said that he and Bach came to an understanding that the OHPA is not responsible for the impact fees, but would pay n PEG DAVIS/NEWS-LEADER The city of Fernandina Beach has requested that the Ocean Highway and Port Authority preserve a house on port property holding the offices of U.S. Customs. The property is in the downtown Historic District JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADER OHPA Commissioner Mike Cole said efforts by the city of Fernandina Beach to have the port’s charter changed were “extortion” and “manipulative.” He said the charter had gone through a major rewrite, which had been approved in Tallahassee and that he would fight any changes. Commissioner Carrol Franklin said the city was trying to control OHPA, despite the port’s efforts to create a posi-tive relationship. OHPA Continued on page 6 NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 5 10/15/20 7:07 PM


the building fee permit of $2,000. The resolution Branham pre sented this week says that, and also that the OHPA would enter into an interlocal agreement with the city for OHPA to obtain build ing permits through the city in the future. The commissioners unani mously passed the resolution regarding the building permit fee, and passed the resolution regard ing the customs house 5-1, with Franklin casting the dissenting vote. They noted it is important to be able to show Bean and Byrd that they are making an effort to improve their relationship with the city. “This resolution gives us more ammunition,” OHPA Chairman Danny Fullwood said. “It doesn’t seem like the city wants to work with us. They just want to throw things at us. They talk about we don’t have good relations, then they throw crap like this at us.” The OHPA also wants to end the city’s effort to get the port’s charter changed to require it to adhere to regula tions within the city limits such as zoning and permitting. Those efforts are one of the matters the Fernandina Beach City Commission has made a legis lative priority, meaning the city has asked Bean and Byrd to take action in the next legislative ses sion in Tallahassee, which begins in March. The OHPA did not receive a port director’s report, a ton nage report, or a port operator’s report, as Ragucci, the port’s director, did not attend the meeting. No reason was given. He texted Branham during the meeting to say he would be late, but he did not come at all. Branham said he had spoken with the president of the Florida Ports Council, Doug Wheeler, who said Ragucci could not act as port director nor attend meet ings of the FPC, as he is also the CEO of the company contracted to operate the port, Worldwide Terminals Fernandina. Branham said Wheeler suggested Branham attend the next FPC meeting in December to represent the port until the OHPA replaces Ragucci as port director, which was approved. NOTICE OF CERTIFICATION OF TAX ROLLS Pursuant to section 193.122(2), Florida Statute, notice is hereby given to all taxpayers and owners of both real and personal property that the 2020 Nassau County Tax Rolls have been extended to show the tax attributable to all taxable property and that said tax rolls were certied for collection to the Tax Collector on October 12, 2020.A. 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The District will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments authorized by section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, on November 9, 2020 in the Nassau County Commission Chambers, at the Nassau County Government Complex located at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida. The Nassau County Commission serves as the governing body for the District. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property subject to the levy, are on file at the office of the Nassau County Clerk of Court, located at 76347 Veterans Way, Yulee, Florida. 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On Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m., the nonprofit land conservation organization and the committee will be pre senting their plan to the public. You can register for free at tualevent/. The virtual event will take attendees on a tour of Amelia Island’s wildlands through vid eography and photography, showcasing what the campaign hopes to preserve and protect. Plans for what needs to be done to protect other vital lands on Amelia Island that are still in need of preservation will also be discussed. “One of the best things about Amelia Island is its beauti ful natural spaces but we need to act now to conserve those lands before they are lost for ever,” Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT, said in the release. “The investment you make in your community now will ensure the next generation can also enjoy the beauty that is Amelia Island. We hope you will join us on Oct. 20 to learn more about the Amelia Forever Campaign and how you can make a difference for the future of the Island.” A $100,000 match for the Amelia Forever Campaign was issued in September by lead donors to the campaign to save a 3.1-acre property that buffers Egans Creek Greenway to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. They still need more than $60,000 to meet the match. Preservation of the property will prevent two large homes from being built along the greenway and will protect the habitats for wading birds, gopher tortoises, bobcats and other wildlife. The Amelia Forever Campaign is focused on rais ing money for conservation on Amelia Island. The campaign has raised $610,835 since its inception in 2019 and has helped to preserve three prop erties in partnership with the city of Fernandina Beach; 3.3 acres along Citrona Drive, 5.9 acres on North 11th Street and 1.58 acres also on North 11th Street. Donations can be made to the Amelia Forever Campaign by sending a check with Amelia Forever in the memo line. Checks can be sent to NFLT to 843 W. Monroe St., Jacksonville FL 32202. Donors can also give online at forever or contact Genevieve Fletcher at or (904) 479-1962. In other NFLT news, Heather Nagy has joined the nonprofit land conservation organization as a real estate coordinator. Nagy will work with the director of real estate and community conserva tion to coordinate land transac tions, manage the real estate database and research potential real estate projects. Over the past 30 years, the Nassau County Tax Collector’s Office has undergone a lot of changes. One thing that has remained constant is Bonnie Green, according to a news release from Tax Collector John Drew. “Nassau County citizens have had the pleasure of hav ing Bonnie serve them since 1990 when she started as a Tag and Title Clerk in the Callahan office,” Drew said in the release. “Over the past 15 years, her leadership experi ence has blossomed. She has been the Callahan Branch Manager, the Hilliard Branch Manager, the Tax Manager and is currently serving as the Manager of Branch Services (overseeing the Callahan, Fernandina and Hilliard offices). “In 2016, Bonnie was one of the first five Tax Collector employees in the state to receive her Certificate of Firearms Proficiency to hold a Statewide Firearm License. After 160 hours of intense train ing by the Florida Department of Revenue, Bonnie also earned the statewide designation of “Certified Florida Collector Assistant” in 2018.” “I am most happy to report that Bonnie IS NOT retiring! She plans to continue serving our community for several more years,” Drew continued. “I know that I made the right decision to promote Bonnie into a leadership position shortly after I was elected. She has not let me down and even more importantly, she has not let the Nassau County taxpayers down. Her customer service comes from a place deep within her as a genuine desire to help her community.” Whether you have original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, be prepared for possible increases in premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. The actual 2021 costs have not yet been determined by the Federal Government, but you can expect they will increase in 2021. Medicare costs are adjusted by the gov ernment annually and can affect premiums, deductibles, and other cost-sharing aspects of Medicare. While each of the changes may not involve large dollar amounts, it’s important to plan for how any increases will affect your household budget. Your tax return from two years earlier is used to determine whether you will pay a higher Part B and Part D monthly premi ums. For 2021, it will be your 2019 return. For 2021, these thresholds are projected to increase to $88,000 for a single person and $176,000 for a married couple. To request a reduction in that income-related amount due to a life-changing event such as retire ment, the Social Security Administration’s SSA-44 Form (Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount Life Changing Event) can be filed. Estimates for the 2021 Part B premium, which is adjusted each year, will be tricky due to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on health care services. It is still uncertain what the standard premium will be for 2021. The standard 2021 Part B pre mium could rise to $153.30 in 2021 from $144.60 in 2020. The Part B deductible is $198 in 2020 (up from $185 in 2019, and $183 in 2017 and 2018). The Part B deductible for 2021 has not been issued, but the numbers from previous years give us reason for an estimate of $210. Part A deductible has a generally increases each year. In 2019 it was $1,364. It increased to $1,408 in 2020. And it’s projected to be $1,452 in 2021 The Part A deduct ible covers the enrollee’s first 60 inpatient days during a benefit period. If an enrollee needs addi tional inpatient coverage during that same benefit period, there’s a daily coinsurance charge. In 2020, it’s $352 per day for the 61st through 90th day of inpatient care, and that is projected to increase to $363 per day in 2021. The coinsurance for lifetime reserve days is $704 per day in 2020, and is projected to increase to $726 per day in 2021. For care received in skilled nursing facilities, the first 20 days are covered Medicare only covers skilled nursing facil ity care if the patient had an inpatient hos pital stay of at least three days before being transferred to a skilled nursing facility. After 20 days, there is a coinsurance that applies to days 21 through 100. For 2020, it is $176 per day, and in 2021 it’s projected to be $181.50 per day. 2021 prescription drug costs that include annual deductibles, copays and catastrophic coverage has been published. For stand-alone Part D prescription drug plans, the maximum allowable deductible for standard Part D plans will be $445.00. Catastrophic coverage begins at $6,550. The copay amounts for enrollees who reach the catastrophic coverage level io $3.70 for generics and $9.20 for brand-name drugs. r Medicare Advantage plans are required to cap enrollees’ out-of-pocket costs for Part A and Part B services (unlike Original Medicare, which does not have a cap on out-of-pocket costs). The cap does not include the cost of prescription drugs since those are covered under Medicare Part D (even when it is integrated with a Medicare Advantage plan). For the last several years, the cap has been $6,700, although most plans have had out-of-pocket caps below that level. For 2021, the maximum out-of-pocket limit for Medicare Advantage plans is increas ing to $7,550 (plus out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs). Most plans will likely continue to have out-of-pocket caps below the $7,550 amount. For an unbiased, no-cost review and explanation of your 2021 Medicare choices, contact your University of Florida, Nassau County’s Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Meg McAlpine at (904) 570-5713. If you currently have Medicare, you can make changes to your prescription drug plan, and your medical and hospital plans for 2021 during Medicare’s Open Enrollment from now until Dec. 7. Extension information and services are available to all individuals regardless of race, color, sex or national origin. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommoda tions to participate in any activity should contact us at (255-7450) within a minimum of 7 days prior to the event so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Hearing impaired persons can access the foregoing telephone number by contacting the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). nrn rnr SUBMITTED Bonnie Green. rnnn r NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 6 10/15/20 7:08 PM


r n The News-Leader is published with pride weekly for the people of Nassau County by Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, Georgia. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communi ties – “Newspapers get things done!” Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to the truth, integrity, quality and hard work.  r   r   nr n r r nnnnnnnnn W hat can Edward Gibbon, author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, tell us about our own tumul tuous moment in history? Probably a lot. Writing two-and-a-half centuries ago, Gibbon could not have foreseen any similarities that might exist between his subject and the America we know today; but as I worked my way through his impressive history from Augustus to Constantine XI, I was struck by numerous passages that could just as easily describe our present time. Supposing that many lack the time or the inclination to read a lengthy narrative crowded with strange names like Elagabalus and Phrygia, I determined to con sult Mr. Gibbon to find out if we might distill his six volumes into a few useful insights to help the U.S. avoid Rome’s unhappy fate. Me: Greetings! Ancient Rome was a republic, the same form of government we have in the U.S., for nearly 500 years before its long decline and eventual collapse as an empire. I’m curious whether there may be other parallels. With that in mind, what eventually undermined Rome’s strong foundation? EG: The subjects of Justinian were dissatisfied with the times, and with the government. Me: That sounds familiar. Was their dissatisfac tion justified? EG: There exists in human nature a strong propensity to depreciate the advantages, and to magnify the evils, of the present times. Me: In other words, things often aren’t as bad as they seem. Maybe the U.S. is just going through a rough patch? EG: A people soured by discontent is seldom qualified to form a just estimate of their actual situation. The subjects of Constantine were inca pable of discerning the decline of genius and manly virtue, which so far degraded them below the dig nity of their ancestors. Me: So perhaps it’s not the calamities and politi cal battles of the moment, but a gradual deteriora tion of our national character that we should worry about. What were the signs of Rome’s deterioration? EG: Fashion was the only law, pleasure the only pursuit. The arts of luxury were honoured; the serious and manly virtues were the subject of ridicule; and the contempt for female modesty, and reverent age, announced the universal cor ruption. Me: So superficiality, immodesty, and contempt for traditional values. And they didn’t even have social media. But seriously, one might make the case that the standard of living in America today is far above what it has been at any time in the past. EG: In the last moments of her decay, (Rome) was doubtless more opulent and populous than Athens at her most flourishing era. But each of these (Athenians) was a freeman, who dared to assert the liberty of his thoughts, words, and actions. Me: Ah, so material wealth and freedom are often at odds. Sounds like the Romans, unlike their Athenian predecessors, may have sacrificed the latter in pursuit of the former? EG: The people of Rome demanded only bread and public shows; and were supplied with both by the liberal hand of Augustus. The rich and polite Italians enjoyed the present blessings of ease and tranquility, and suffered not the pleasing dream to be interrupted by the memory of their old tumul tuous freedom. Me: Duly noted. Okay, let’s pivot to another topic: our current president. Any examples of Roman rul ers who were similarly polarizing, or who were so thoroughly vilified by their adversaries? EG: The secret historian represents only the vices of Justinian, and those vices are darkened by his malevolent pencil. Ambiguous actions are imputed to the worst motives: error is confounded with guilt, accident with design, and laws with abuses: the emperor alone is made responsible for the faults of his officers, the disorders of the times; and even the calamities of nature, plagues, earthquakes, and inundations. Me: So it’s possible the president isn’t quite as bad as he’s made out to be? EG: The want of discipline, or virtue, was not supplied by the personal character of the monarch. Me: No argument there, he’s pretty obnoxious. So what happened when the morale of the Romans was corroded by contempt for their leader? EG: Disorder and disobedience were the com mon malady of the times. Me: Sounds a lot like America in 2020. What kind of disobedience exactly? EG: In almost every province of the Roman world, an army of fanatics, without authority and without discipline, invaded the peaceful inhabit ants. Fire was employed to facilitate the attack or to conceal the crimes of these factious rioters. The dissolute youth of Constantinople adopted the blue livery of disorder; the laws were silent, and the bonds of society were relaxed. Me: Wow, the dissolute youth seem to be trouble makers during every age. I wonder, though, why the responsible citizens, even if they agree with the sentiments of these “factious rioters,” don’t do more to discourage their destructive and antisocial behav ior? EG: Whenever the spirit of fanaticism, at once so credulous and so crafty, has insinuated itself into a noble mind, it insensibly corrodes the vital principles of virtue and veracity. Me: So increasingly partisan political views can cloud people’s reason and moral clarity. And what happens when society acquiesces to the demands of a mob? EG: Under a democratical government, the citizens exercise the powers of sovereignty; and those powers will be first abased, and afterwards lost, if they are committed to an unwieldy multi tude. Me: One of your contemporaries, Edmund Burke, has a famous expression about those who don’t learn from history being destined to repeat it. Do you think America might escape Rome‘s fate if we’re able to learn from her mistakes? EG: The experience of past faults, which may sometimes correct the mature age of an individual, is seldom profitable to the successive generations of mankind. Me: I was hoping for something more optimistic. Any wisdom you can share about what sustained the Roman republic at its peak that might help America get back on the right track? EG: The fidelity of the citizens to each other, and to the state, was confirmed by the habits of education. Honour as well as virtue, was the prin ciple of the republic. The ardour of Roman youth was kindled into active emulation, as often as they beheld the domestic images of their ancestors. Me: I guess we should reconsider replacing civics with STEM classes. Well, they say history doesn’t repeat but it often rhymes: I hope my contemporaries will heed your words of wisdom so that when our own story is written, it will be one of restoration rather than desolation. Thank you for your time, Mr. Gibbon; it has been an honor and a privilege. r “What have I got to lose?” is the question this election.Well, the current administration has paused the payroll tax. Payroll tax is the funding mechanism for Social Security and Medicare. They plan to curtail it entirely if re-elected, and the fund would run out in about 2.5 years. For most seniors this is their primary income and if it disappeared, they would become reliant on their family for both home and health. Are you prepared to take over their care? It would probably be like having additional headstrong teenagers who don’t think you have a right to control them. Even if you mastered them living with you, the healthcare cost would add quite a burden. With Medicare, I pay an addi tional $200 a month for supplemental healthcare insurance. That brings my total healthcare insurance to about $400 a month. Without Medicare driving down the cost, it would be even more. Are you prepared to pay that for each of your elderly relatives? Forget senior living facilities … most of their funding comes from Social Security and Medicare. Do I think the current administration cares about the implication for our families? No, what the president cares about is paying the employer portion. I think the president thinks about his portion … period! As long as I am discussing socialistic programs, do you really want to give up your socialistic benefits? You do realize that anything that has the word “public” in front of it falls in this category. Examples: public schools, public parks, public rest areas on the public highways and roads and don’t forget public boat ramps. Then there are veterans’ benefits, the fire department, the police department and all the other tax funded services. Oh, you only want to curtail those social programs for those “Others.” Many have said they might leave the country and move abroad. Well, right now your passport is virtually useless unless you use it as identification to vote. Good idea! Vote, and think before you do! Carla Voisard Yulee rrn Recent News-Leader editions served to highlight incon sistencies in city policies. Despoiling of a maritime forest on Simmons Road has started now despite loud citizen and commissioner objections. Meanwhile, the city reportedly is pursuing financial partnership with North Florida Land Trust to purchase same-kind conservation land. This contradiction raises warning flags as demands for more tax revenue come annually despite swelling of property tax revenues. At least a city desire of a referendum for still more tax money to purchase such land is shelved (for now). The city manager recently asked county commission ers to help pay for sustaining our existing parks, already burdened with maintenance backlogs. Lots of luck! County officials aren’t inclined to help with services county residents enjoy free. As for the Simmons Road park, county residents nearby are as likely to benefit as are the city taxpayers. One can take solace that some concerned folks who opposed the Simmons park have offered expertise to elicit some compromise and limit damage done by the project. But sadly, horse already out of barn! T.J. Robertson Fernandina Beach r I am not voting for a man. I am voting for the principles for which this country has stood since its founding. I am voting for the Constitutional government. I am voting for the right to keep and bear arms. I am voting for a strong and viable military. I am voting for a vibrant economy. I am voting for the freedom to worship. I am voting for a national recognition of the founding of our nation on biblical prin ciples. I am voting for the ability for anyone to rise above their circumstances and become successful. I am voting for my children and grandchildren to be able to choose their own path in life, including how and where their children are educated. I am voting for our borders to be open to everyone who enters under our law and closed to everyone who would circumvent or ignore the law. I am voting for the Electoral College to remain in place so that a few heavily populated liberal centers do not control the election. I am voting for a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution rather than rewrite it. I am voting to teach history, with all its warts, not to erase it or revise it. I am voting for the sanctity of life from conception to birth and after. I am 72 years old and know Biden and his do-noth ing history. Soon it will be over. The U.S. presidential election, I mean; not the end of the world, but maybe the end of our nation as we have known it. No, I won’t be voting for Biden. Pat Henderson Fernandina Beach K en Timmerman tells fictional stories that convey real-world truths. It’s a subtle technique the conservative author uses in his latest work of fiction, The Election Heist. The book lulls readers into an entertaining political plot with likable characters, but then jars you with real-life implications about how elections are stolen. “I like to call it fiction, but it’s not fantasy,” says Timmerman. “It’s entertainment, based upon a tremen dous amount of real-world research as well as real-world experience.” The renowned author, who now lives in Nassau County, knows the subject of tainted elections. He observed it as a journalist, lived it as a political candidate, and he precisely timed the release of his book to this monumentally important U.S. election. Timmerman saw improprieties firsthand when he ran for a U.S. Congress seat in Maryland in 2012. They were “simply mindboggling,” he says. Like within inner-city precincts, where candidates reaped 140 percent of the vote. In other words, people voted for them more than once. “Our election systems put us at the level of a banana republic – they are pathetic,” Timmerman said. Other countries ensure election integrity with drastic measures, like having voters dip their fingers into indelible ink to vote, and it doesn’t rub off for a week. Voter-identification cards are the simplest and best defense against fraud. However, some states contend ID cards are discriminatory and hurt voter turnout. “The only reason you can be against voter ID is so you can leave the door open to voter fraud,” Timmerman says. “There’s not any other justification to be against it.” Timmerman has written both fic tion and non-fiction books in his illus trious career. He spent 35 years as an international investigative reporter/war correspondent, earning a Nobel Peace Prize nomination along with John Bolton in 2006. He relies on this experience to craft his books. Timmerman worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, serving on the National Security and Foreign Policy Advisory Board. He even attended the infamous meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak – which blossomed into the “Russia Collusion” conspiracy. Many pundits dismiss election fraud as “just anecdotal.” Timmerman hardly sees it that way. “Voter fraud is a strategy that has been in place for decades,” he said. Timmerman delves into this matter creatively in his book. However, he has been blunter in pro moting his book on television and in newspapers. He just wrote an opinion piece, “Planning the Perfect Election Storm,” in The Epoch Times. “We’re witnessing the most brazen attempt to steal an election since the Chicago mob delivered Illinois for JFK in 1960,” he wrote. The underhanded voting tactics are many. Hacking electronic machines. Voting under fictitious names. Forging signatures on intercepted mail-in bal lots. Machines with touch screens are particularly ripe for fraud. “These machines can be hijacked in less than a minute by a professional, two minutes by someone not so professional,” he said. Most Florida counties are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide electronic voting machines for anyone with a dis ability. For instance, this would include Hispanic voters who cannot read/write/ speak English. “The ADA is a wide-open door to just about anything,” according to Timmerman. “There is no number we can put on it,” Timmerman said about fraudulent votes. “What you can do is identify the vulnerabilities.” The main political character in Timmerman’s book is not modeled after him, but the character was an inspiration “from what I saw as a can didate,” he said. Sprinkling in a local flavor, the fictional Nassau County supervisor of elections is one of the heroes of his book. “Because she fig ured it out.” In real life, the ever-important swing states are prime targets for voter manipulation. And no other state swings politically more than Florida. As a precaution, Nassau County (and other counties) hired a graphologist to confirm signatures on ballots. Another reason the swing states are targeted is because their votes are projected to be close, within a “margin of error” of polls. In this way, there is less suspicion: “If you’re going to cheat, you’re going to cheat in a way that’s plausible, that attracts the least amount of attention,” Timmerman says. “And that could swing the whole (election).” The prime swing states include Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida. Some are employing wide spread mail-in ballots, which may be sent to un-cleansed voter rolls. Some recipients may have even died or moved away. “I wrote this book to give voters a way of understanding voter fraud at a visceral level,” Timmerman says, “so they could actually see how it hap pens.” The optimal way to do this was through an entertaining, easy-reading novel. Timmerman foresees much trou ble: “I think this election is going to be chaotic.” He anticipates fiery protests and marches in places like Tallahassee if counts are challenged. Some, or much, of the blame belongs to a highly partisan national media. “The national media has become the communications department of the Democratic National Committee,” according to Timmerman. It’s gotten so bad that Timmerman has changed how he iden tifies himself when he speaks. “Five years ago, I would have introduced myself as an investigative reporter,” he says. “But there are none of them left in the United States.” Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser for a major brokerage firm who lives and works on Amelia Island. He is also an award-winning columnist. His columns appear regularly in several newspapers in North Florida and South Georgia, and on his website at He has also published a book, “All About Money,” consisting of his favorite col umns over the past 20 years. The book is available at local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236 or  rrr  n    rr DAVE GRANLUND-POLITICALCARTOONS(DOT)COM-CAGLE CARTOONS Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035 Email: Visit us online at NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 7 10/15/20 4:38 PM


r n n r n n n T he Amelia Community Theatre is a staple for art and entertainment here in Fernandina Beach. Chartered in 1981 as a nonprofit organization to be operated as a community ben efit, for 39 years that’s exactly what it has done. Since neither the high school nor the middle school has a theater program, ACT has been one of the com munity’s only outlets for theater in Fernandina Beach. Having been a part of a few productions myself, I was able to meet so many incredible people involved with the organization and I real ized that the people involved weren’t just part of a commu nity, but were part of a family. The head of that family is its executive director, Tener Wade. “It doesn’t matter what your background is,” said Wade, “If you love putting on a show and want to be part of a little fam ily for about 3 months this is a great place.” Wade took over as executive director for ACT just last year when the previous director, Linda McClain, retired after 22 years. In only his second year at the position, he has had to face the toughest year ACT has ever seen. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Wade, and many others in the entertainment business, to play the guessing game. He has had to make some hard decisions about upcoming shows and was not able to keep all the originally planned pro ductions on the new schedule. “Before finding directors, before finding volunteers, and before even finding shows the very first thing I do every sea son is look at the calendar and pick dates for performances,” said Wade, “Now with the pan demic I look at the calendar and all those dates are gone.” Part of what makes the ACT so special is that it is made up of hundreds of volunteers. The average production has about 10 volunteers on stage and 10 off stage. On top of that there are an additional 20-30 volunteers working the box office, front of house, bar tending, and usher ing. Last year ACT saw a total of 400 individual active volun teers. “Our mission statement here is ‘creating theatre through participation and presentation,’” said Wade, “ACT is not only theater created for the commu nity, but theater that’s created by the community.” For a theater so focused on bringing the community togeth er, it has been extremely hard to find ways to do that through the pandemic. Many of the volunteers working at ACT are somewhat older and therefore at greater risk, so Wade and ACT have had to be extremely cau tious in reopening the theater. Some major changes they’ve made include limiting the capac ity of people from 170 to just 40, doing shows with smaller casts, and even changing what some of the shows are about. “We had to change our focus on what the shows were actual ly about,” said Wade, “Because The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise is planning a “2020 Lobster Fest To Go Fundraiser.” This inaugural unique event will benefit the Barnabas Meal Pack pro gram. Lobsters can be purchased online and picked up Friday, Nov. 6 between 1-6 p.m. at a drive-thru area that will be set up at the West Side Parking Lot of Central Park in Fernandina Beach. Go to http://ameliaislan to order your Maine lob sters. The club hopes to fly in hun dreds of Maine lobsters. The more lobsters they sell, the more children will be helped through the Barnabas program. rrrnrrrnnnr PHOTOS BY DILLON BASSE/SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-LEADER ACT Executive Director Tener Wade in front of the ACT main stage. “ACT is not only theater created for the commu-nity, but theater that’s created by the community, Wade said. Discover the beauty of the Timucuan parks and preserves with a virtual tour of the “Timucuan Parks Foundation: Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks” 20th Anniversary Exhibition, hosted by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library in partnership with the Timucuan Parks Foundation. This exhibi tion follows its presenta tion at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History and runs through Dec. 31. The multimedia exhibition includes four park paintings by Kathy Stark, video drone footage captured by Tom Schifanella, and still images taken by photographer Will Dickey. It also features panels that highlight the Timucuan Parks Foundation accomplishments of the last 20 years as well as their current resiliency, health, engagement, and park development initiatives. The exhibit is on display through the end of the year. Viewing is offered in-person by appointment or by virtual tour. For in-person viewing, the same safety procedures are in effect as when visiting Library for library materials. Go to and select the green box for Timucuan Exhibit. Then select the blue box to schedule an appointment. Virtual tours are always available at or You can also call the library to reserve your visit. Special arrangements can be made if a private viewing is requested. Call (904) 321-6529 or email A new virtual tour has recently been added for American Beach. This can be viewed by going to rn W nn of the state of the world right now we’ve tried to put on more shows that incorporate laughter, positivity, and love.” Another way in which ACT has had to adapt is through technology: it now livestreams all of its shows. Though it’s not the same as seeing it in per son, Wade explained that the livestreaming is not prerecord ed and still provides that “live” feeling to the viewer. That way, people who might not be com fortable going out in public yet can still experience the show as it’s happening. He also empha sized that livestreaming has also allowed for many new oppor tunities that weren’t possible before. For instance, family of cast members who don’t live in Fernandina Beach can now watch performances from across the country or even across the world if they want to. “Folks have been coming to ACT to see great theater for 39 years,” said Wade, “The least I could do in our 40th season is make it easy for the theater to come to you.” For other theaters and for anyone else in the entertain ment, tourism, or even food businesses trying to open back up Wade advises them to put people first. “As always, people come first,” he said, “It can be hard to remember sometimes because everyone is stressed right now but we must continuously remember that there’s more to the situation than the pay check.” Wade and the rest of the staff at ACT want to thank the com munity for supporting the arts and supporting the theater for the last 40 years. If you would like to support ACT, they have some very exciting events hap pening this fall. Editor’s note: Dillon Basse will perform Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the ACT Acoustic Session with Tom Leon and Brittany Maroney. See page 9 for more information, or go to Other upcoming shows include the romantic comedy ‘2 Across’ on Oct. 16 and 17 and the Amelia Island Dance Festival on Nov. 20 and 21. ACT is located at 207 & 209 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Call (904) 261-6749. It has been a hard decision, but ACT has reduced the number of tickets sold to allow its audience to spread out and stay safe. Audio and video equipment is ready for the next show to be produced and streamed to the ACT audience at home. Watching live productions via the internet can be exciting, intimate, and relaxing at the same time for theater lovers who want to remain home but who also want to support the arts. NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 8 10/15/20 3:04 PM


Amelia Island Museum RI+LVWRU\·VUGRQUGprogram is tonight, Friday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. “The Life of Stetson Kennedy” by Peggy Bulger. In the 1940s, a Jacksonville-based folklorist and civil rights activist named Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in cooperation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. After gathering LQIRUPDWLRQRQWKHJURXS·Vsecret meetings and rituals, Kennedy exposed them to the public at large and helped gather information about white supremacists groups. Since then, there has been a great GHDORIGHEDWHRYHU.HQQHG\·Vlife and times. The program is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, when folklorist Peggy Bulger will help separate fact from fiction. Bulger is the author of Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore & Cultural Advocacy (2017) and South Florida Folklife (1994) with Stetson Kennedy and Tina Bukavalas. From 1999-2012, Bulger served as director of the American Folklife Center. More recently, she has served on the boards of the Florida Folklife Council, the Florida Humanities, the National Council for Traditional Arts and Florida Humanities, and the Amelia Island Museum of History. Attendance is free for museum members with a sug gested $5 donation for non members. Seating is limited to 30 people and is wheelchair accessible. This program will also stream live on the PXVHXP·V7ZLWFKFKDQQHODW and will be available on Facebook after the event ends. Amelia Community 7KHDWUH·VRSHQLQJSURGXF tion for its 40th season ²-HUU\0D\HU·VURPDQWLFcomedy 2 Across , – will fin ish its run with shows at 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday RQWKHWKHDWHU·V0DLQ6WDJHlocated at 207 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. For two strangers on a train, falling in love may be as easy or as dif ficult as solving a crossword puzzle before they reach their final destination. Tickets for in-person attendance are $25 for adults and $10 for students, with the theatre following guidelines for capacity limits, masks, and social distancing. The performances will also be livestreamed, and tickets are $15 for an individual, $30 for a household of 2-4 people, and $90 for a group of 5-9. Visit the website at or call the box office at (904) 261-6749 for tickets and information. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The show is rated PG-13. Eight virtual performanc HVRI7KHDWUH-DFNVRQYLOOH·VThe Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye , a parody of an old-fashioned radio drama complete with mistaken identity, betrayal, a good guy detective, evil bad guys and dangerous dames, will run from Friday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Nov. 1, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The performances are includ HGLQ7KHDWUH-DFNVRQYLOOH·V$OOAccess Season Membership and cost $20 for non-mem bers. For more information and to purchase a membership or tickets, visit or call (904) 396-4425. The Book Loft, a long time fixture in downtown Fernandina Beach, has a busy month of author events in October. Below are the dates and names, but for com plete information about the DXWKRUVYLVLWWKHERRNVWRUH·Vevents page at Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kenneth Timmerman. Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m. Mandy Haynes. Sunday, Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m. Chris Tidball. Saturday, Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m. Amy West. Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-4 p.m. LaShawn Toomer. Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-4 p.m. Jack Wyatt. For five nights only, Oct. DQGIURPWRSPHDFKQLJKW , 1RUWK)ORULGD·VQHZHVWVFDUL est outdoor haunted experi ence will open its gates to the Fear Trails, situated on a 35-acre active timber farm ZKHUH\RX·OOZDONWKURXJKWKHdarkness on a worn dirt path winding through the pine trees. Legend has it these wood lands and pine trees, milled by old man Peabody, are haunted and come alive with the sounds of long-dead logg gers and the screams of the tortured. Individual tickets can be purchased at and start at $25 each, with group and corporate rates available for parties over 12. Fear Trails is located at 86300 Hot Shot Trail in Yulee. 7KH3ODQWDWLRQ$UWLVWV· Guild & Gallery, also known as PAGG, announced recently that its October show, “Let the Light Shine,” is open for in-person viewing. Also on exhibit this month in WKHJDOOHU\·V&RUQHUVKRZDUHthe works of PAGG member Nancy Bartmess. Later this month, PAGG intends to host a virtual tour of the gallery so WKDWWKHJDOOHU\·VDUWFDQEHviewed from anywhere. Details of that tour will be announced soon. PAGG is located at 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops on Amelia Island. Gallery hours, which have changed due to the COVID-19 virus, are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday 1-5. The gallery is closed on Monday. Registration is now open for Amelia Lifelong /HDUQLQJ·VIDOOFODVVHV which offer adults the oppor tunity to explore “interesting new subjects in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with no pressure, no papers, and no tests.” Most classes begin next week and con tinue through mid-November. Because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, only five classes will be offered, with a hybrid mix of onsite and online Zoom classes. Onsite classes will be held at St. 3HWHU·V(SLVFRSDO&KXUFKDQGAmelia Community Theatre, both in Fernandina Beach. Masks and social distancing will be observed and class sizes will be limited. Topics include “Glimpses of Times Past and Times to Come,” “The Tradition of Southern )RON0HGLFLQHµ´7KH3OD\·VWKH7KLQJ²¶2XU7RZQ·µ´(DVWAsia and the Coronavirus Pandemic,” and “World War II in the Pacific and Its Aftermath.” For more informa tion and to register, visit ame Amelia Community Theatre will present Acoustic Sessions at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at 207 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. Formerly on Mondays LQ$&7·VVWXGLRWKHDWHUWKHconcert series has moved to $&7·V0DLQ6WDJHZLWKOLP ited in-person seating and a livestreamed performance. This show will feature Dillon Basse (guitar/vocals), Brittany Maroney (cello), and musi cal coordinator Tom Leon (guitar/vocals). Tickets are $25 for in-person seating, with livestreamed tickets $15 for an individual, $30 for a household up to four people, and $90 for a group up to 10. Purchase tickets at or call (904) 261-6749. Florida State College at Jacksonville will host “College and COVID-19: Teaching and Learning Through Crisis,” a virtual town hall with a guided dis cussion from a panel of local college and university presi dents, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Register to attend by visiting fscjtownhall.event After launching a primarily virtual fall term, -DFNVRQYLOOH·VFROOHJHDQGuniversity presidents will reflect on what have they learned thus far. Amelia Musical Playhouse will present a staged reading of George 2UZHOO·V Animal Farm at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24, on its “Theatre Under the Stars” outdoor stage. 2UZHOO·VIDEOHRSHQVRQDMR\ RXVQRWHDVWKHIDUP·VDQLPDOVcelebrate their self-emancipa tion from “cruel” human own ers but they find themselves caught in a nightmare under the rule of even more ruth less autocrats – the greedy, cunning pigs. Intermingling humor and drama, Animal Farm wrings the emotions of its listeners, leaving audi ences shaken with the tale of a tragedy that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but that could happen in their own backyard. With no reservations or tickets required, audience members should bring a chair or blanket and pay what they can at the gate. If the weather looks inclement, call (904) 277-3455 at 7 p.m. to find out if the show will be canceled. The Exchange Club of Nassau County will host a fall “Musical Fun(d) Raiser” bluegrass show and lun cheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club to raise money for area youth in need. Brothers and Friends will be performing. In-person attendance will be limited to 50 people due to social distancing but a livestream of the event will be available. Tickets are $25 per person or $10 for the livestream and can be purchased at Sponsorships are also available at the link. Beer, wine, and a cash bar will be available at the luncheon as well as a 50/50 drawing. For more information or ques tions, contact Brue Doueck at or Dawn Tiura at The Rocky Horror Show will take over Amelia Musical 3OD\KRXVH·V´7KHDWUH8QGHUthe Stars” outdoor stage for two nights in October. $03·VDQQXDOKRPDJHWR kitschy science fiction tells the story of a naive couple seek ing shelter from a storm in the home of a mad, transsexual scientist who happens to be unveiling his new creation – a lusty muscle man named Rocky Horror. Audience participation is key to the show so feel free to shout out your favorite one-liners to the actors and come dressed up as your favorite character. Performances will take place at 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. With no reservations or tickets required, audience members should bring a chair or blanket and pay what they can. If the weather looks as if it may be inclement, call (904) 277-3455 at 7 p.m. to find out if the show will be canceled. Crescendo Amelia will SUHVHQWD´0XVLF8QGHUWKHStars” concert outside on )ULGD\1RYIURP9 p.m. at Amelia Musical Playhouse. Along with the band, there will be special guests and a food truck on site. Limited, socially distant seating, tickets available at – event image attached if you need it, and here is the link for more info: https://www.event Ticket sales benefit both AMP and Crescendo Amelia. AMP is located at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach. Call (904) 277-3455. The 15th annual Railroad Day Festival will be held Nov. 7 in combination with the Hobos, Hot Rods and Heroes Festival. The West Nassau Historical Society hosts the annual events in and around the historic Callahan Depot between Brandies and Dixie avenues. The events include activi ties for children, arts and crafts vendors, food, live entertain ment, a car show and entry into the West Nassau Museum of History. Vendors who were already committed to Railroad Day have spaces guaranteed on the Nov. 7 date. Call 879-3406. Leave a message. Award-winning local author Annette McCollough Myers will sign her first chil GUHQ·VERRNRQ6DWXUGD\Nov. 7. 0\HUV·ERRNHQWLWOHG 'HODQH\·V$GYHQWXUHVZLWK)ULHQGV , was co-written with her 10-year-old granddaugh ter, Delaney Ann Myers. Delaney is a fourth-grade stu dent in Savannah, Ga. Published by Giro di Mondo Publishing of Fernandina Beach, the book will be released Oct. 25. The colorful book is aimed at young to middle-school-aged children. Children are forever exploring and gearing up for new adventures. Each experience from birth helps shape who they become and helps them build a strong foun dation and character. The authors beautifully illustrate, through stories and SLFWXUHV'HODQH\·VPHPR rable adventures with family, friends, and community. A list of “Questions to help you cre ate your own Adventures” will inspire and motivate young readers to hold on to their keepsakes and write and pub lish their own life experience stories. The Book Loft, on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, wll host both authors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book will be available in area book stores, as well as in all online book outlets. Other books by Myers are 7KH6KULQNLQJ 6DQGVRIDQ$IULFDQ$PHULFDQ%HDFK²VWDQGQG(GLWLRQV7KH%LJ6DQG'XQHDQG7KH%HDFK/DG\ and 3(&. +LJK6FKRRO²*ROGHQ

r Worship this wee k Doug Sides, Senior Pastor Morning Services 8:15 and 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday Children 6:30 pm :HGQHVGD\¶2YHUIORZ·Y[]ZggchY_]& Nursery Children Youth Adults 261-3837 1F&.l`Klj]]l In the Heart of Fernandinaat the place of your choice... P RINCE C HAPEL A.M.E. C HURCHGrowing in God’s Grace by Faith Reverend Dr. Helen D. Jackson, Pastor Bible Exploration: Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Bible Discovery Hour: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. 95189 Hendricks Road Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 A community church. All are Welcome in Jesus’ Name! The tragic loss of life. The devastation to our economy. The loss of freedoms we took for granted. And the isolation. Each has taken its toll. Yet, perhaps hardest of all, has been the loss of comfort and peace provided by joining with others to worship together, comfort one another, and pray for the healing of our land. In the middle of the hardest year many can recall, a lot of people wish they could just go to church. That’s why one local church took bold steps to restore this cherished tradition. As you drive along State Road 200 a little more than a mile west of the Thomas J. Shave Jr. Bridge in Fernandina Beach, you’ll note a change at Living Waters World Outreach Center, located next to Amelia Urgent Care at 96282 Brady Point Road. What used to be a grass-covered lot has now been converted to an outdoor sanctuary for all those who wish for a safe way to return to church. Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, “drive-in church” officially kicks off for anyone who wants to get back to church. “We aren’t looking to recruit members from other churches,” says Rob Goyette, senior pastor of Living Waters. “We just want to provide a safe place for people who miss going to church to come together and worship Jesus from the safety of their vehicle.” Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy live music, a short message, and good fel lowship with other Christians. People can enjoy a low-key church service from the comfort of their own cars while listening on their radios, or they bring a lawn chair and sit on the turf. At this kickoff event, food trucks and free snow cones will be available. If you’re one of the people who wants to go to church but can’t because of the COVID pandemic, Saturday night drive-in church may be just the thing for you. Michael Hearne is a member of the con gregation at Living Waters World Outreach Center. A t the end of the day, when our minds are set free to wander, where do they go? Do we revel in thoughts of God’s goodness? Or delight in his power? Or bask in the truth of his unbreakable promise to love and forgive us? We want to say yes because we know “the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6); and because we’ve been told to “Set (our) minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). But the truth is, our minds more naturally drift to baseball, football, and politics. They’re prone to worry about kids and grandkids, and to picture the distant places we’d like to see some day. Which makes us wonder: Should we feel guilty about that? Does this mean we need to think better? How, practically speaking, can we set our minds on the things above? Let’s start with Charles Simeon, a 17th-century English pastor who encouraged his read ers to “enjoy God in everything and everything in God.” Simeon was argu ing that we ought to follow the pattern set by Adam before the fall. In the earli est days of Eden, Simeon says, Adam loved God with all his heart, soul, and mind, so of course he loved the fruits and flowers that adorned his new garden. He loved God, so he delighted in the zebras and rhinos and was awestruck by the sun, moon, and stars, and when he first laid eyes on Eve, he couldn’t help but exclaim, “At last!” It was because Adam and Eve loved God that they gleefully plunged into their work of filling, subduing, and rul ing the Earth. God’s gifts, including so many things “on earth,” enchanted them. They understood intuitively and innately that everything – food, work, and the natural world – flowed from the abundance of his grace; that they were, in the words of theologian Joe Rigney, “beams of glory that we chase back to the source.” So, when the apostle Paul warns us about the lure of temporal things, he’s telling us “don’t let your thoughts stop there. Keep thinking. Go all the way to the source.” Proverbs 24:13–14 shows us how this works: “My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the hon eycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul.” The writer plainly says “eat honey” – and think deeply about how good it is. He tells us to savor every drop of it, and then to reflect on how that sweetness points to the wisdom of God. Every time we taste honey, the author says, we should “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). There is a direct connection between the goodness of honey and the goodness of God. And we must use our physical senses to see (or taste) it. We love the sweetness of honey and then think to ourselves, “God is like this. He’s much more than this, of course. But he is like this.” We don’t “set” our minds on the honey, but it is – and is meant to be – a starting point. As Rigney points out, Proverbs 24:13-14 describes a two-step process: (1) eat honey, and then (2) know that wisdom is such to your soul. If we want to know and understand and wallow around in the full spiritual effect of honey, we must first enjoy its sweetness. We have to savor the honey as honey, Rigney says, before it can transport our minds and hearts to the wisdom and glory of God. Said another way, if we long to “know that wisdom is such to your soul,” we must first “eat honey because it’s good.” C. S. Lewis brings added perspec tive. In Letters to Malcolm, Lewis made the point that every bush is a burning bush, “could we but perceive it.” The moonrise over the ocean, a perfectly thrown touchdown pass, a statue-still heron, a faithful and loving spouse – these are all a summons from God, enticing us to come closer. “He’s calling us to plunge headlong into the ocean of his gifts,” Rigney writes, “and then, as we come up for air, to sing like we’ve never sung before.” When our minds wander to the things at hand: a colorful tree, a loyal dog, the smell of a favorite dinner – take it all in. Love it. Absorb it. Go back for seconds. Then think one more thought. Chase each delight back to its source. Then your mind will be set right where it belongs. Richard Doster lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife Sally. He’s the editor of byFaith, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, and attends Grace Community Church in Yulee. Reach him at Springhill Baptist Church is having a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. All visitors are asked to stay in their cars and drive through the Trunk or Treat area. Trunks will be decorated in Bible themes and children who come will be given candy and prizes. Springhill Baptist Church is located at 941017 Old Nassauville Road in Fernandina Beach. For more information or questions, call (904) 261-4741.rn Yulee Baptist Church will host a “Trunks & Treats” Fall Festival featuring free candy, food and family fun on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is a walk-through event, and guests are asked to remain socially distanced and not congregate. The church is located at 85971 N. Harts Road in Yulee. For more information, call (904) 225-5128.r The pumpkin patch at Trinity United Methodist Church is open and ready for anyone looking to pick up fall decorations or find just the right pumpkin for a homemade pie. In addition, the pumpkins, hay bales, scarecrows, and plants have been arranged to be back drops for your fall family photos. Sales from this annual fundraiser help the Trinity congregation support their various outreach missions: feeding the hungry at Hope House, the Saturday morn ing youth mentoring program, Farm Share free food distribution program, prayer shawl ministry, bringing worship to local nursing homes, and the Taizé worship service. You have less than a week before the Oct. 23 application dead line to sign up if you are or know a low-income Nassau County resident who will be 60 years old by the end of the year and needs a little help this Christmas. Please call (904) 321-0435 or come to the center, located at 410 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach, from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to apply.r The prophet Amos said a famine would come one day, and it would not be of food but rather the Word of God. Join us at noon Tuesday as we again gather to worship and thank God for the free dom we have in the USA! We’ll pick up reading and discussing the jewels found in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10 – rejoining Jesus as the 70 disciples He sent out ahead of Him report back marvel ing at the power they saw and had! Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information or if you need prayer or help, call (904) 321-0435. That’s right. We have all that we need at the Salvation Army Hope House. Because of you, our jelly jar overflows. Thank you for answering our cry! Right now, we need just a few items for our Emergency Food Pantry, including canned fruit, pasta sauce, deodorant, travel sized shampoo, feminine products, and diapers for the growing little ones – sizes 3, 4 and 5 specifically. Please bringing your donations to 410 S. Ninth St. between 10 a.m. and noon or 1 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. rn  ­ €€ rrnn Living Waters World Outreach Center, located about a mile west of the Thomas J. Shave Jr. Bridge in Fernandina Beach, begins outdoor drive-in services on Saturday.SUBMITTED PHOTOS n ­ The “Dickens at St. Francis” Holiday Craft Boutique is available online. Do your local holiday shopping via the St. Francis Gift Shop. All crafts are hand-made by the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission. Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts from the comfort and safety of your home. Baby quilts, aprons, jewelry, wreaths, wine racks, hats, cards and much more. All purchases must be picked up at the Parish Pavilion. Shipping is not avail-able. You can visit the boutique at www. As Tiny Tim said, “God Bless us, every one!”SUBMITTED PHOTOS NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 10 10/15/20 3:30 PM


rr rnnn Waas Drug Store Y OUR H EALTH I S O UR C ONCERN 1551 S OUTH 14 TH S TREET F ERNANDINA B EACH , FL 904-261-3171 Rev. Dr. Karl Kling,Interim Pastor Head of StaffRev. Julie Higbee,Associate PastorRev. Forrest Foxworth,Parish Associate9am Virtual Worship from our Facebook page. 9042613837 9 N. 6th St., Fernandina Steve Johnson Automotive 1505 S. 14th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 904-277-9719 Proudly Supporting Our Community BUICK GMC CHEVROLET 464054 SR 200, Yulee (904) 261-6821 Welcome to God’s House 904-261-6956542057 US HWY 1. Callahan , FL The helpful place T URNER A CE H ARDWARE 2990 S OUTH 8 TH S TREET F ERNANDINA B EACH , FL 32034 904-261-5270 Conveniently located in the 8 Flags Shppping Center COASTAL HOME FURNISHINGS AMELIA 1112 South 14th Street 904-261-5556 Your Print & Copy Center 2019 Sales Service Repair 904-321-14221619 North 14th St. Amelia Island, Florida 32034North Florida’s ONLY Certified Mercury Verado, Optimax, Yamaha, Suzuki Outboard dealership. (904) 261-7803 2398 Sadler Rd., Fernandina Beach T HIS SPACE AVAILABLE . C ALL 261-3696 AND ASK FOR AN ADVISOR TO PUT THIS SPACE TO WORK FOR YOU . rn   ­­€r ‚­ƒƒ­­„  … †n„‡„ˆ ­ ­ „‰NL/PSA The American Legion Post 54 and its staff donated 60 meals to serve the needs of the Salvation Army’s Hope House affiliate “The Interfaith Dinner Network” to feed those in need in our communities, according to a news release. The Hope House is part of the Salvation Army and its purpose in the Nassau County Communities, is to meet human needs through support of basic needs, food, clothing, Non=Denominal faith based weekly on site church services , necessities and care along with supports services through its affili ates such as the donated dinners to be served by the “Interfaith Dinner Network”, with the meals donated by American Legion Post 54 and other organizations. The mission of the Hope House is “to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination”. American Legion Post 54 was chartered here in 1919 as a first year Charter Post and is located in Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, and serves all beterans and families, of all conflicts through its organization of members, Sons of Legion members. Post 54 Riders and Auxiliary programs. Post 54 Commander,Donald Lyons can be reach at (904) 261-7900. The post headquarters is located at 626 South 3rd St., Fernandina Beach. Ron Kurtz, who has had a long career in Theatre Arts as a producer, director, stage man ager, and actor, continues his popular series exploring how “words on the page” become “words on the stage.” The play this time is Our Town , by American playwright Thornton Wilder. Our Town first appeared on Broadway in 1938 and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. From the very beginning, Our Town has been produced throughout the world. It is sometimes said that on any given day there is a production of Our Town somewhere in the world. The play explores the universal human experience by asking timeless questions about the meaning of love, life, and death. Class members will enjoy an inside view of the stagecraft and the people who prepare and stage the play. Reading and seeing a film of the play will provide the basis for group discussion. The class, to be held at Amelia Community Theatre on Thursdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 12, 3-5 p.m., is a partnership between Amelia Lifelong Learning and Amelia Community Theatre. Masks and social distancing will be observed. Class size is limited to 10 and the fee is $40. Students must purchase the Our Town script, acting edition. Available at Concord (formerly Samuel French) and at Amazon. ISBN # 9780573701504. For more information and to register, go to E-Z-GO Carts is coming to Amelia Island Nov. 17-19 for a “lifestyle shoot” according to a news release from the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, and they want to use locals for the project. “We are wanting to use real people, locals, community mem bers, families from around the area. The shoot is for a large golf cart company – but it’s not about golfing only – it’s about the life style around owning and driving a golf cart for everyday needs, going to the park, store, beach or just out for dinner with your family. We’re wanting to create real scenarios with real people doing them to experience the golf carts to their max,” according to the release. The casting call is for fami lies of four to six members: “a couple with kids ... the mix of the family of 6 can be a variety of cousins, aunts/uncles, grand parents or close friends the main point being that these folks would all have to be comfortable riding in a golf cart together on some sort of ‘family outing,’” the release says. The call is also for couples from their late 20s to late 60s in age. The company producing the “lifestyle shoot” needs: A few simple photos (“noth ing too fancy, just so we can see who you are”) One headshot and one full-body, casual; Your name and how to con tact you / phone, email; Your availability the week of Nov.16, “but we can work around schedules that week as you would only be needed one out of the days that week. (i.e., if you were available the 16th & 17th but not the 18th/ problem!),” the release says. You will need to be com fortable being on camera and will be asked to sign a talent wavier saying you know you are on camera and give permissions. This is a paid gig: “Each per son who comes out (would be paid) a day rate for joining us and shooting with us. Hours would be anywhere between 5 hours to 8/9 hours if it was a full day,” accord ing to the release. Email all information to Elizabeth at or call Jaime Fallon, the director of Events & Trade at the AICVB at (904) 432-2231 for more information. r Saturday will see both the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market open on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets in historic downtown. The cooler weather of the fall has us welcoming back our seasonal vendors to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers mar ket and you can help us welcome back Steephill Design and their authentic Vermont maple syrup. They are continuing their bottle return program and bicycle delivery of market orders placed person to person. Preorders are encouraged at to allow individual packaging. “The World’s Best Guacamole” has returned from Miami and the novelty of watching this fresh partner to the tortilla chip being made at the mar ket is a must see, especially for the kids. Also back this week is Bark N Bake and their popular dog treats, holiday specialties, and chicken feet. The Arts Market is alive with jewelers, paint ers, hand crafted knives, meet the Authors and book signings, apparel, and so much more. There is no better time to start shopping local for the holidays than Saturday mornings in the open air. Both markets are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and your well-behaved leashed pets are welcome, too. Please remember to social distance and if you are feeling ill, please wait until next Saturday to venture out. Music is being performed by Alix and Eden and the Amelia Island Tree Conservancy in our Booth with a Cause. For more information, find either market on Facebook. Hilda Herman celebrated her 100th birthday at Savannah Grand on Oct. 13. Ms. Herman was born in Macon, Ga., and she and her parents moved from Macon to Miami in the mid 1930s, during the Great Depression. She grad-uated from high school in Miami and married about three years later, according to her daugh-ter, Sandra Carr. She moved to Fernandina Beach in 2002. The Thomas family in Fernandina Beach have been lifelong friends. She went to high school in Macon with Jim Thomas and Ann Walters Thomas. She has lived at Savannah Grand for 15 years. rn nn SUBMITTED PHOTOS nn SUBMITTED  SUBMITTED From left, Tim Peak, staff director, Hope House; Mary Moore, director of Hope House; and Donald Lyons, commander of American Legion Post 54. METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION NL Friday 10.16.20.indd 11 10/15/20 3:28 PM


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PHOTOS BY PATTY SORENSEN AND CAROL MOSES Under the continual threat of rain showers, the Fernandina Beach Pickleball Pirates hosted a “skirmish” on Saturday. Players in levels 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 competed within their level in a format that moved teams up and down the four courts depending upon whether they won or lost each game, and at each move, the team split to play with new partners. Shelly and Bruce Duncan organized the event, and Barb Amergian, Anne Foos, Jim Last and Carol Moses were the scorekeepers. Level 3.0 winner Allen Davis in action, above left. Level 3.0 players, from left, Cyndi Teitelbaum, Dana Hess, Melanie Nobis and Ken Baker.Scheduled play at the pickleball courts at Central Park in Fernandina Beach has resumed. Beginner play (levels 1.0-2.5) is 3-4 p.m. Sunday; social play (3.0 plus with challenge court) is from 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Women’s open play (all levels) on courts 1-4 is from 8-10 a.m. Monday, and level 3.5 on courts 1, 5 and 6 from 4-6 p.m. Monday, with rating level 4.0 plus on courts 2-4. Levels 3.0 and 3.5 plus play from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, and levels 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 from 10 a.m. to noon. Levels 3.0 and 3.5 plus with challenge court is from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday. Men’s open play (all levels) on courts 1-3 is from 8-10 a.m. Nighttime social play (all levels) is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Levels 3.0 and 3.5 plus is from 8-10 a.m. Friday, and levels 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 from 10 a.m. to noon. On Saturday, nighttime social play (all levels) is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit, Fernandina Beach Pickleball Pirates on Facebook or email Level 3.0 players on the courts, left. Level 3.5 players, from left, Keith Letcher, Charles Spooner, Rich Reily and Lisa Sala in action, right. Left, level 3.0 players, from left, Susan Bonnett, Karen Reilly, Geof McKisson and Robin Gasparini. Above, level 3.5 players, from left, Nan Stolpinski, Cindy Bailey, Anne Calhoun and Charles Spooner. Above, level 4.0 players, from left, Bob Langert, Scott Mikelson, Diane Langert, Jay Robertson, Stephen Joyce and Honey Deacon. Right, level 4.0 winner Peter Keeley rest-ing with Seamus and Maggie after a hard match. Left, level 4 players, on near court from left, Jay Robertson, Peter Keeley, Justin Goodwin and Diane Langert. Right, level 3.5 winner Robert Peters with USAPA Ambassador Shelly Duncan. Available now! Only at NASSAU MARKETPLACE Print Edition PLUS FREE E-EDITION Contact us Today! 261-3696 SAVE UP TO 62% NEW Sports Fri.indd 3 10/15/20 3:56 PM


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r n n The Pirate cross country teams raced at the New World Fall Spectacular at Cecil Field on Saturday. The Fernandina Beach High School boys team placed eighth out of 19 teams with 204 points, just 11 points behind Bolles and 60 points ahead of rival Bishop Kenny, which fin ished ninth. There were 179 harriers in the varsity race. Steven Durr placed sixth with a time of 16:18. Caden Kwiatkowski had a personal record 16:25 to take ninth. Tom Gray (18:45) placed 85th. Also running for the Pirates were Henry Colwell (18:55), Will Coria (18:59), Logan Tribou (20:17) and Jonathan Ligeikis (25:14 in the junior varsity race). “It’s hard to believe but the trio of Durr, Kwiatkowski and Gray are now our senior lead ers and are doing just that,” FBHS Coach Bill Beaumont said. “These three continue to lead the way for Pirate cross country. “Steven and Caden are each other’s most valuable training partner, and their 5K times have been just about identical in our regular sea son meets. These two are most certainly going to be our anchors as we try to make our third straight trip to the state meet in Tallahassee in November as a team. Their work ethics at practice are showing our younger runners what it takes to consistently reach our team goals, and those begin and end with our annual trip to Tallahassee. “We have been pleased and pleasantly sur prised by the progress of our newest Pirate, Henry Colwell. Henry is our freshman phenom this year who is making tremendous progress every week and has cut his 5K time down tre mendously since the beginning of the year. We are going to need those times of our middle-pack guys to hover around that 18-minute average, and with 17 days to go before districts, we like our odds of doing that. The practice efforts of Henry, Will, Logan and Adam Wilking — who had a little injury this week so didn’t run — tell us on a daily basis that these guys get it and are doing what it’s going to take for us to reach our team goals. “Our district and regional race will be right back at the New World course, which is great with us.” Lauren Quinn (22:14), Camryn Olson (29:16) and Emma Kate Beard (29:24) represented the FBHS girls cross country team on Saturday. “We have been blessed with our fabulous freshman newcomer, Lauren Quinn,” Coach Mark Durr said. “Lauren just might be the hard est working athlete that we have had in the program in a long time. There is no workout that Lauren doesn’t just crush, and most impor tantly, she loves doing it. It’s so much fun to see a young person working so hard at something she is so passionate about and, at the same time, she has the best attitude. Lauren is extremely coachable and is going to do great things for and with Lady Pirate cross country in the next four years.” The Lady Pirates were without senior Katie Rogers, who was taking on the ACT on Saturday. “Our team is led by a four-year varsity captain, Katie Rogers. Katie is our rock and is showing the younger girls that a leader is what a leader does, and for Katie it is come to practice everyday with a great attitude and ready to go to work. “We have all had our COVID-19 adversities to deal with this season, as the protocols have limited some of the team building activities that we enjoy. However, these girls have shown that what’s important is being and working together for the common goals of getting faster for the team. “Emma Kate Beard is the epitome of this team spirit, and we have been blessed with the blending of the personalities and work habits of she and our captain, Katie. “We have had some injuries that have cut our squad down, but we are hoping to get back another super freshman, Aislinn Bell, for our district push. Aislinn, Lauren and our other awe some freshman, Cammie Olson, have us looking ahead to the future of Lady Pirate cross country. “Our district has been cut down in numbers a great deal because of COVID-19 protocols. However, this gives us an even better oppor tunity to get the job done at districts on Oct. 27 and move on to the regional meet Nov. 7.” SPECIAL PHOTOS The Fernandina Beach High School girls cross country team includes, from left, Camryn Olson, Edie Sadler, Ilyssa Mendelson, Samantha Reffner, Hanna Garner, Emma Kate Beard and Katie Rogers. Not pictured: Amelia Shurter, Lauren Quinn and Aislinn Bell. Pirate harriers include Tom Gray, Henry Colwell and Will Coria, middle left; Lauren Quinn, middle right; Caden Kwiatkowski and Steven Durr, above right; and Aislinn Bell, above left. rnn The Fernandina Beach Middle School football team lost 24-12 to the host Callahan Ramblers Tuesday. Brodie Clemens was 6-of-17 for 137 passing yards and a touchdown for FBMS. Hunter Johns went 1-of-1 for nine passing yards and rushed twice for 30 yards and a TD. Dante Simms reeled in three catches for 26 yards, and on defense, had five tackles. Alex Pulwicz had three catches for 106 yards and a TD and recorded four tackles and a quarterback sack on defense. Hampton Walker had 10 tackles and forced a fumble. Ryan Roettger had eight stops. Devin Murray had six tackles. Jose Diaz Rodriguez had five tackles. Anthony Fancher recorded five tackles and had a fumble recovery. Jayden Carter had five tackles and a sack. “We played hard, just missed some opportu nities,” Coach Raleigh Green said. “Proud of our effort against the very physical, tough team that Callahan has. The guys are looking forward to getting back out there next week at Yulee.” FBMS closes the season Tuesday night at Yulee. Kickoff at 6 p.m. The host Yulee High School girls volleyball team defeated Fernandina Beach 24-26, 25-13, 25-14, 25-13 Tuesday in the District 3-4A semifinal round. Christina Jackson recorded 29 kills for the YHS Lady Hornets; Ashley Hall had four aces and 10 digs; Emma Cook had four blocks; Kaylee Manning had 39 assists and 10 digs; and Caroline Brackens had 15 digs and five aces. Yulee played Baker County Thursday in the championship game. Yulee beat Bradford County Monday night in the quarterfinal round, right. BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADER W r r NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 10/15/20 3:53 PM