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June 2010

Local schools help each other Girls' fast pitch softball and boys' baseball

Theatrical tradition lives complete inaugural season

on here in St. Johns First ever middle school district
By Karl Kennell championships held

By Contributing Writer Kim Kendall, St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association

"Its a Jungle Out I here" performed at I imberlin Creek Elementary using
sets borrowed from SPMS.

There is an old theatrical tradi-
tion which lives on today among
our neighborhood schools. Theatre
troops have always lived with a
"Mother Hubbard's cupboard is
bare" existence. This is the fact of
life for actors and performers who
have helped develop a sharing tradi-
tion. Props, costumes and scenery
have always been exchanged between
troops. It is amazing what a stitch
here or a coat of fresh paint can do
to transform a prop, costume or set
into a new life.
Christine Leeviraphan, mother
of a second grader at Timberlin


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Creek Elementary was so impressed
with how the teachers of the many
schools here in our neighborhood
have pooled resources together that
she thought you should hear about
it. These teachers are not only car-
rying on a theatrical tradition, they
are helping their students to learn
a valuable lesson-one that poet
Robert Fulgham penned in his poem
"Everything I Ever Needed to Know
I Learned in Kindergarten." The
poem is a simple list of rules to live
by and is topped by the word "shar-
ing." That is exactly what the teach-
Theatrical tradition cont. on pg. 4

Girls' softball and boys' base-
ball teams from all eight St. Johns
County middle schools competed
in the first ever District Champion-
ship Tournaments the week of May
10 through 15. The middle school
girls' fast pitch softball champion-
ship game was played on Thursday,
May 14. Fruit Cove Middle School
(FCMS) and Swiss Point Middle
School (SPMS) competed for the
coveted district girls fast pitch soft-
ball school trophy. Representative
Mike Weinstein started the game
by throwing the first pitch.
It was a fight to the finish, but
in the end, FCMS rallied after be-
ing down 2-0 by scoring five runs
in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Kelsey Chisholm hit a home run in
the seventh inning and then SPMS
had the tying runs on base before
they hit into a spectacular double
play to end the game.
FCMS Sports Director John
Aggas was very proud of the FCMS
softball coaching staff, headed by
Mark Dullum. Aggas, beaming
over the tremendous achievement
of the softball team said, "It was
a great game by both teams; it

innings and two and a half hours
to win 3-2 and beat R. J. Murray
Middle School (MMS) in the final
championship game 15-0.
LMS used four pitchers for
the playoffs-eighth graders Max
Miller and Ben Ohno and sev-
enth graders Michael Williams
and Austin Sizemore. LMS had
an undefeated season coached by
Chris Stubbs, Tony Russo and Kirk

Flyers pitcher Slammin'Sami Hays
was too bad one team had to lose.
Everyone should be very proud of
the ladies and the dedication they
showed us all season 1. .ng''
Taking the mound on Friday,
May 14, Senator John Thrasher
threw in the first pitch to begin the
middle school boys' baseball tour-
nament which was held on May 14
and 15. Alice B. Landrum Middle
School (LMS) won overall, beating
SPMS on Friday 20-0. On Satur-
day, LMS played FCMS for eight

Girl Scouts bridge to a higher level
By Karl Kennell

On May 16, over
90 girls gathered at a
park in Julington Creek
to participate in a Girl
Scout multi-level Bridg-
ing Ceremony. It is one
of the most anticipated
ceremonies in a Girl
Scout's life as it is time
when they proudly
move to the next level
of being a scout. It is
a right of passage. On
that day girls from
troops 16, 88, 155, 183,
641, 935 and 1165
bridged from being a
Daisy to being a full- These sc
fledged Brownie. level!
Brian Ward, father
of Daisy Sarah described it as, "A
beautiful day. I was beaming with
pride as Sarah joined so many
other Daisies in moving up to

1337 bridged during
the day up to Juniors
and troops 804 and 909
watched as their girls
made the step of bridg-
ing to Cadettes.
Cadette Girl Scout
Emily Daclouche com-
mented, "It was fun
having so many girls
participate and to have
some girls of all ages
together. To see their
faces as their names
were called was really
Bridging step one
outs are excited about their bridging to the next for these Girl Scouts was
"Pass It On!" where they
With seven Daisy troops mov- shared their talents and skills by
ing their scouts up into Brownies, teaching younger Girl Scouts. They
one can only imagine just how are tasked with sharing something
excited all those young girls were. they have learned while being a

Scouts from troops 204 and

We Deliver!

Girls Scouts cont. on pg. 5

#4 John Cassala and #12 Michalsi at
second base
Championships cont. on pg. 31

What's Inside
Page 3 What's New
Page 4 The Sheriff Reports
Page 5 From the Commissioner
Page 6 School District Journal
Page 9 Town Hall meetings
Page 10 FCMS Happenings
Page 12 JCB Red Sox
Page 14 Road Trips!
Page 16 Nease STAR students
Page 17 BT Women's Club
Page 19 SPMS Dreams Come True
Page 20 Fashion Update
Page 21 Encore!
Page 23 Book Review
Page 25 Helping Hands
Page 26 BTHS Happenings
Page 27 Faith News
Page 30 JCP women's tennis
Page 31 Gardening
Page 32 BTHS & CHS sports
Page 35 Farewell senior writers

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Community Happenings

The June Chamber Mixer will
be held on Thursday, June 17 from Adi
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the older ar
Nocatee Welcome Center, located Project
at 245 Little River Road in Ponte from 6:1
Vedra. No RSVP is required and on Mon
the cost is $5 for members or $25 day, Jun
for non members (payable in cash Branch
only at the door.) For additional ing squad
information, please visit www.sjc- to dona
chamber.com. Mayo C
ville. Al
Julington Creek Elementary registrat
(JCE) will hold an evening kinder- attend?
garten "Round-up and Registra- to pick
tion" on Tuesday, June 15 from the Refe
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to assist your ow
working parents with registering squares
their kindergarten age children ditional
for school next year. Please spread Referen
the word in your neighborhood
to families with young children. The
If they miss that night then visit County
the local high schools to contact hold its
the appropriate elementary school day, Jun
during the summer hours, since the County
week of June 14 is the last week the will beg
JCE administrative office will be speaker
open on campus. On June 21, JCE is runni
staff will relocate for the summer on the 1
to Creekside High School. The For add
office staff will return to JCE on call Doi
Monday, August 2.
Applications are being ac- (Bartrai
cepted for the 2010 St. Johns perform
County Master Gardener class. You can
The Master Gardener program or both
recruits volunteers for horticultural July 2 o
activities of the Extension Service. from 9:1
In exchange for 50 hours ofinten- each day
sive horticultural education, the acting, s
volunteer commits to donating 75 theatre
hours of volunteer time to Exten- a lunch
sion Service projects. Examples of For furt
volunteer projects are arboretum call Ava
care, demonstration vegetable Bartram
garden, phone desk, plant clinics BeatPA(
and educational outreach, to name ext. 225
a few. If you are interested in the stjohns.
program, please call 209-0430 for
application forms. The deadline for The
applications is July 2, 2010. Cllncil

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

ults and teens age 14 and
e invited to attend the
Lap Blanket crochet group
00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
iday, June 14 and Mon-
ne 21 at the Bartram Trail
Library. We'll be crochet-
ares to sew into blankets
te to cancer patients at the
:linic located in Jackson-
1 skill levels welcome! No
:ion is required. Can't
Feel free to donate yarn or
up the crochet pattern at
erence Desk to complete on
Tn time and then bring the
back to the library. For ad-
information, please call the
ce Desk at 827-6960.

e Northwest St Johns
Democratic Club will
June meeting on Wednes-
e 9 at Hancock Bank on
Road 210. The meeting
in at 7:00 p.m. The guest
will be Jean Moeller who
ng for re-election for a seat
Mosquito Control Board.
itional information, please
n Parry at 287-7720.

mpers, enroll in BeatPAC
n Trail High School
ring arts summer camp)!
attend a one week session
weeks (June 28 through
r July 5 through July 9
00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
y). Children participate in
singing, dancing or tech
and receive two snacks and
everyday. Space is limited.
her information, please
Fixel, theatre director at
i Trail High School and
C director at 547-8340;
574 or email her at fixela@

e Northwest Business
I of the St. Johns County
er of Commerce will
ir monthly luncheonon
ay, June 24 beginning at
.m. at Genki Sushi & Grill.
aker will be Albert Syeles
topic will be Romanza.
required at www.sjcchamber.
WBC and prepayment of
of$15 is also required.

e Northwest St. Johns
Community Coalition
CCC) meets the fourth

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

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

Please join us to learn more
about Fair Tax. If this law is en-
acted it will affect everybody. Do
away with the IRS, no more filing
tax forms. The next free monthly
meeting program will held in St.
Augustine on Saturday, June 19 at
10:15 a.m. at Gander Mountain,
located at 550 Prime Outlet Mall,
in St. Augustine.

United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 meets the
first Thursday of every month 7:30
p.m. at the St. Augustine Yacht
Club near the St. Augustine Light-
house. However, for the month of
May, the meeting will be held on
the second Thursday, May 13. The
flotilla is always looking for new
members, particularly those who
own aircraft, boats and have radio
equipment and skills. If you are in-
terested, please contact Vic Aquino
at 460-0243.

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a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on
Wednesday at the Old Colee Cove
Volunteer Fire Station, located
at 9105 County Road 13 North
(south of Buddy Boys Grocery
Store). Weigh in starts at 8:30 a.m.
We are a National Weight Loss
Organization, fees are low and we
have lots of fun, contests and in-
spiring programs. All are welcome;
come and join us! For more infor-
mation, please contact Sara Weaver
at 940-7528 or Bobbi Culbreth at

The NW St. Johns County
Republican Club meets on the
fourth Tuesday of each month at
6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County
Northwest Annex multipurpose
room located at Flora Branch Bou-
levard and Race Track Road. This
month's meeting will be held on
Tuesday, June 22. All are invited.
For more information, please call
Brian lannucci, president, at 708-

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dedication, hard work, and
an unremitting devotion
to the things
you want to see happen.

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While Bartram Trail High
School did open in August
of 2000, the first graduating
class graduated in May, 2001.
Because of a reporting error,
this information was not ac-
curate in the Bartram Trail
celebrates 10 years article
which appeared in the May
2010 issue. We apologize for
any inconvenience.

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f' "The Sheriff


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

New alarm ordinance

The St. Johns County Com-
mission enacted a new alarm
ordinance that went into effect in
early April of this year. There were
several reasons for this ordinance
that I would like to tell you about
this month as well as information
concerning this ordinance.
Last year the Sheriff's Office re-
sponded to over 10,000 false alarm
calls. Assuming that these false
alarms could take a deputy away
from other calls for up to an hour
for each call would equate to almost
five full time deputies handling
nothing but false alarm calls for the
year. Most of these were caused by
faulty equipment or user error. In
addition, the prior ordinance was
over 30 years old and contained no
remedy for correcting repeated false
alarms. The intent of the new ordi-
nance is to shift the cost to the users
of alarm systems and ultimately
reduce the number of false alarms
coming into the Sheriff's Office.
Currently it is estimated that
24,000 alarm systems may exist
in the county and registration was

Theatrical tradition cont. from
pg. 1
ers ofTimberlin Creek Elementary,
Cunningham Creek Elementary,
Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek
Elementary and now Switzerland
Point Middle School are reinforcing
in their young theatrical charges.
Timberlin Creek Elementary
music teacher Jeni West shared
with us a lot about how the cadre
of teachers and parents have come
together, joining in by sharing les-
son ideas, program ideas and songs,
props, sets costumes and all those
other items which make for a fabu-

not mandatory and no fees were
collected in the past. The new
ordinance requires all alarm systems
to be registered within ten days of
installation and requires all existing
unregistered alarms to be registered
prior to 30 September 2010. The
initial registration fee and yearly
renewal is $25 per alarm; however,
renewal fees will be reduced by 50
percent if there were no false alarms
during the preceding year.
False alarm calls per location
would be monitored annually. The
first false alarm would result in a
notification letter and the second
would require a minimal training
effort in lieu of a fine. Afterwards,
the third through eighth false alarm
would result in fines ranging from
$50 to $100 each. The ninth false
alarm would require the user to
have the alarm inspected plus a
fine of $125. A 10th false alarm
would result in permit revocation.
Failure to pay any of the mentioned
fines would result in suspension
of response by the Sheriff's Office
which would resume when the fines

lous performance. She herself has
borrowed a cardboard jukebox from
Cunningham Creek and recently
borrowed some "Body Sox" from the
music teacher at Wards Creek for a
fifth grade production.
Kathy McDonald, parent at
Timberlin Creek and local artist,
has become deeply involved in this
sharing of theatrical materials. She
has been volunteering her time and
talent to design and produce sets and
scenery. Those are the very wonder-
ful sets that parents have been seeing
their children learn of becoming a
performer in front of. She recently
teamed up for the play "It's a Jungle


are paid and/or the system cor-
rected. There are procedures in the
ordinance to allow for false alarms
caused by acts of nature or power
interruption as well as an appeals
process is included.
An alarm user in the county
shall ensure that their alarm system
is registered with the Sheriff's Office
and has a current registration decal
displayed. They shall maintain a set
of written operating instructions for
the alarm system as well as contact
information at each alarm station.
The user shall maintain the alarm
site and alarm system in a man-
ner that will assist in reducing and
preventing false alarms. The alarm
user shall not activate their system
for any reason other than an occur-
rence of an event that the system
was intended to report. Also, the
user shall take all reasonable steps to
ensure that a registered responder is
at the alarm site within 30 minutes
after a request is issued.
If you need any additional
information concerning this new
alarm ordinance, please contact Su-
san Biesiada in alarms at 209-3119.
I thank you in advance for comply-
ing with this new ordinance.
I would also like to remind our
residents that there are several ways
you can reach me. In addition to
contacting me by phone or appoint-
ment at the Sheriff's Office, you can
reach me by e-mail at dshoar@sjso.
org. And for additional information
on the many programs we offer at
the Sheriff's Office, please go by our
website at www.sjso.org.

Out There" with Pam Coleman,
a mother at Switzerland Point, to
bring the sets together.
She said, "Visions of trees, trees
and more trees danced in my head
for weeks."
She then met Coleman, whose
team of volunteers had recently fin-
ished decorating a "Survivor Bash"
FCAT celebration party for the
middle school.
McDonald said, with a hint of
relief, "Meeting Pam, my fears were
quickly replaced with a feeling of
Carrying on in the tradition
of theatre troops heralding back to
Shakespeare, our local teachers and
parents have created this camara-
derie of teamwork for those young
performers learning in our neighbor-
hood schools.
As West put it, "The stars of the
show are the kids. We work really
hard to allow every student the op-
portunity to shine on stage."
We want to suggest whether
you still have a child in school or if
they have left the nest that you take
in one of the great performances
these kids put on throughout the
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County Commissioner, District 2

It was once written that
"attitude is more valuable than
money." I believe this to be very
true. A good attitude will bring
you success and in turn the money.
Everyone has the capacity to be
positive under almost any circum-
stance. A positive attitude is the
key to success in any problem-solv-
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but to find ways to continue to do
so with dwindling resources. As
part of the cost saving measures,
staff are taking a one week unpaid
furlough this year and have been
asked to continue to take on new
responsibilities as vacant positions
go unfilled. This requires commit-
ment to the organization and the
citizens we serve.
This commitment was evident
at this year's Employee Service
Awards ceremony celebrated in
April. The county recognizes
service milestones annually and
this year over 150 employees

As commissioner and now were honored for achieving five
chairman of the board, I can tell or more years of service. Ninety
you that our staff at the county has employees hit five years of service
maintained an excellent attitude and 40 reached a decade of service
during some very bad times. That Together these two categories of
is how we have made it through employees reflect 12 percent of ou
this outrageous period. full time workforce; the percent-
Like many organizations fac- age is much higher when factoring
ing our current economic real- in the many employees with six or
ity, St. Johns County has had to more years. Two dozen employees
respond to decreasing revenues were honored for 15 to 25 years
while the demand for services in- of service with an additional four
creases. The County Commission recognized for 30 years of service.
must balance provision of essential
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As our financial reality con-
tinues to challenge us to find ways
to deliver services more efficiently,
the County Commission will
continue to rely on staff to be flex-
ible, creative and dedicated. The
staff in turn relies on citizens for

support through suggestions and
feedback and through volunteer
hours. Our positive thinking staff,
citizens and volunteers remain
crucial to the successful delivery of
programs and services throughout
our county.

questions can help you pursue your goals
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feel frustrated over events you can't
influence, such as the up-and-
down movements of the financial
markets. Yet there is much you can
control once you determine the
answers to just five key questions.
Where am I today? Take stock
of all your assets your IRA,
401(k) and other savings and
investment accounts. Then, do the
same for your debts, such as your
mortgage and any other financial
obligations. On your financial
journey through life, it's essential
that you know your starting point.
Where would I like to be?
Once you've established where you
are today, you'll need to identify
where you'd like to be tomorrow.
How much will you need to pay
for the retirement lifestyle you've
envisioned? Will you be able to
help pay for your children's or
grandchildren's college education?
Will you need to support any other
family members? At this stage,
you'll want to write down all your
goals and put a price tag on each
Can I get there? After you've
identified your goals, determine
if they are, in fact, achievable. By
considering a variety of factors
- including your likely future
income stream and your family

situation you should be able to
determine if you can attain your
goals or if you need to modify
them in some way.
How do I get there? Now it's
time to put a strategy into action.
Specifically, you need to choose
those investments that can help
you pursue the goals you've select-
ed. Your ideal portfolio will depend
on your risk tolerance and time
horizon, but in general, you'll want
a diversified mix of quality invest-
ments. While diversification, by
itself, cannot guarantee a profit or
protect against loss, it can help re-
duce the effects of volatility. As you
put together your holdings, make
sure you understand what you can
expect from your investments. For
example, growth stocks may offer
the highest potential returns, but
they also carry the greatest risk. On
the other hand, investment-grade
bonds can offer a steady income
stream and barring the default of
the issuer, will repay your principal
when they mature.
How can I stay on track?
Once you've built your investment
portfolio, you'll need to review it
regularly at least once a year
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your needs. After all, many things
can and will change in your life,

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goals, your employment and your
risk tolerance. To address these
changes, you'll need to adjust your
portfolio over time.
As you can see, answering all
these questions will take both work
and expertise. That's why you may
want to work with a professional fi-
nancial advisor to help you identify
your goals and create a strategy for
pursuing them.
In any case, though, start ask-
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It's easier to reach your financial
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Girls Scouts cont. from pg. 1
Brownie, Junior or Cadette. The
second bridging step is appropri-
ately titled "Look Ahead!" which in
name alone describes the task the
Girl Scouts are to do.
While helping her fellow Girl
Scouts realize the fulfillment of
those bridging steps, Cadette Girl
Scout Madison Warner said, "I
enjoyed helping the younger girls
advance. Everything was fun."
Coordinator of the event Pat
Guilford reflected upon the excit-
ing day for the girls and shared,
"This is an important right of
passage in a girls' scouting partici-
pation in the Girl Scouts. All these
girls get excited about obtaining
the next level."
If you are fortunate to know
one of these young Girl Scouts be
sure to take the time to congratu-
late them on such a memorable
moment in their career as a Girl
Scout. If you are interested in in-
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District Journal

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

Graduation season is always
such fun! All the ceremonies hon-
oring our students and the celebra-
tions at every school culminate in
the graduation ceremonies them-
selves. It is my favorite time of year
because it gives opportunity to re-
flect on what a fine job our teach-
ers are doing each day, preparing
our children for their next steps.
I cannot commend them enough
- they are the frontline when it
comes to excellence in our schools.
Congratulations to every graduate
and kudos to every teacher who
helped him/her along the way. Of
course, we can never overlook the
first teachers our fine parents.
Because of your involvement in
your child's education, you give
him/her the best opportunity for
a successful life. Thank you for all
you do as well.
With the legislative season
behind us for another year, we turn
our eyes to the election and all the
Constitutional amendment ques-
tions that will be up for votes. The
one of most interest to the school
district is Number 8 modifica-
tion of the class size amendment.
As I am sure you know, current
law sets the maximum number
of students per class in grades
kindergarten through three at 18,
grades four through eight at 22 and
25 students per class at the high
school level. Beginning this fall,
the requirement applies to each
individual classroom, meaning
that if the 19th child enrolls in a
kindergarten classroom, the school

is required to provide an additional
teacher and space. The class would
be split and those students who
move will have to adjust to a new
setting and a new teacher. In ad-
dition, at the high school level we
will see fewer academic electives as
we are required to provide enough
core subject teachers so that the
class size requirements can be met.
The proposal on the ballot
would allow the class sizes to be
calculated at the school average,
giving much more flexibility. If
one primary class has 16 stu-
dents, another might have 19, still
preserving the school average at
18. In addition to the flexibility of
school averages, the Constitutional
question provides caps so that no
kindergarten through third grade
class would be allowed to have
more than 21 students, no fourth
through eighth grade class more
than 27 and no core academic high
school class more than 30. A yes
vote on this amendment would
allow districts to maintain small
classes but would provide flexibility
so that the impact of new students
is not so great, either financially
to the district or emotionally on
the children whose classes might
have to be divided. I urge everyone
to study the issue and be sure to
express your opinion on Election
On August 5, eight of our
northwest schools, Bartram Trail
and Creekside High Schools,
Fruit Cove and Switzerland Point
Middle Schools and Cunningham

Creek, Hickory Creek, Juling-
ton Creek and Timberlin Creek
Elementaries will hold a joint golf
tournament as a fund raiser for
all eight schools. The Champions Esbe Flm nt Will Tmsts
Club at Julington Creek Planta-
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Web page offers tips for hurricane preparation

With early predictions calling
for a more active-than-normal hur-
ricane season, which began June 1,
the St. Johns River Water Manage-
ment District has key information
available on its website (floridaswa-
ter.com/storm) to help residents,
local governments and elected
officials prepare for and deal with
severe storms.
The district's storm pages
include links to information such
as flood statements and warn-
ings, river stage and flooding data,
and local government emergency
contacts. Also included are links
to the National Weather Service,
Florida Division of Emergency
Management and the United States
Geological Survey's interactive map
of current conditions in the state.
"This storm site allows for
quick access to numerous flooding
resources," said Jeff Cole, director

of the district's office of communi-
cations and governmental affairs.
"The links to the National Weather
Service's real-time river stage and
flooding maps are particularly
helpful following a storm and with
an active hurricane season predict-
ed, this information could prove to
be a valuable asset."
Local governments are the
primary entities responsible for
implementing state-of-emergency
declarations, evacuations and
rescue efforts during flood-related
disasters. The district works closely
with local governments year round
to develop improved flood manage-
ment plans, and to help com-
munities establish and implement
strategies to deal with floods once
they occur.
In the event of a storm, the
district assists local governments by
issuing emergency orders that allow

Youth horse ranch adds director
Haven Horse Ranch, a non- sions-helping children and horses.
profit, youth horse ranch in St. I look forward to being a part and
Augustine, welcomes Annie Marks, to doing what I can to help further
founder and CEO of MAY Man- the work of this fine organization."
agement Services, Inc. to its board Haven Horse Ranch is a
of directors.
"We are thrilled that Annie
has joined our board of directors.
Her background in local business
coupled with her board experi- -
ence with other youth programs
will bring additional professional
diversification to our board," said
Ric Lehman, executive director
of Haven Horse Ranch. "Having
served St. Johns County in property
management since 1988 also means
Annie is well acquainted with the
community and its residents and is
well poised to help with our mission
to serve the area's youth." (904) 610-1489.
MAY Management has been
active with a number of local
charities and organizations for C H
many years including The Salvation
Army, The Children's Home Society
of Florida, Northeast Florida Com-
munity Hospice and Autism Speaks
of Florida.
Marks stated, "Giving back to _
our local community is a mission
that MAY Management Ser- O
vices Inc. takes seriously both as a
humanitarian mission to help our
neighbors but also with a grander oe$
vision to strengthen our community
from within. Haven Horse Ranch
combines two of my personal pas-


for the pumping of water to allevi-
ate flooding when public health
and safety are at risk. The district
also issues emergency orders to
authorize repair, replacement or
restoration of public and private
To prepare for hurricane
season, which runs through No-
vember 30, individuals can protect
themselves and their property by:
Keeping debris out of storm
drains and ditches.
Reporting clogged ditches to
local governments.
Cleaning out gutters and
extending downspouts at least
four feet from the home.
Building up the ground around
the home to promote drainage
away from the foundation.
Obtaining flood insurance
through the National Flood
Insurance Program

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Jan and Pete Peaver are honored for their act of heroism.

It was a gorgeous spring night
to be out on the water-warm
with a gentle breeze. Jan and Pete
Peaver, local residents of Mandarin
and members of the Freedom Boat
Club, were cruising Durbin Creek
in a 20 ft Hurricane Deck Boat
owned by the boat club, relaxing
after a busy day.
Soon, their attention was
drawn to a group of youth who
were gathered near a very popular
rope swing. The relaxing evening
on the water quickly took on a
frightening urgency. Ryan Benton,
one of the youngsters playing on
the swing, had hit his head on
the trunk of the tree as he swung
backwards and was unconscious.
His friends were nervous and not
sure what to do.
"I was worried for his life and
felt like we needed to act quickly,"
said Jan Peaver.
The Peavers called 911, but
there was a problem. The operator
told them she needed an address
to send an emergency crew. So the

couple drove the boat to a house
on Bishop Estates Road, found
an address and waited for the 911
crew. Then the Peavers waited for
the EMS team and brought them
to the injured Benton.
Pete said, "The EMS team was
worried since he was non-respon-
sive and were grateful we acted so
fast. We drove them back to the
house and they were taking him
to the hospital, unsure if he would
have to be put on life flight."
Benton ultimately made a full
recovery, with only three broken
"We are so grateful to have
members like the Peavers who
would take the time to rescue and
help a stranger," said Lisa Almeida,
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In recognition of the Peavers'
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Envy yields to generosity at local massage clinics

Six Massage Envy clinics in True. These children and their
the Jacksonville area took on a families are tackling an indescrib-
challenge in the month of May. able challenge and if we can help
Together, they pledged to donate a just a little bit and bring some
portion of proceeds from each ap- smiles to their face, then we will
pointment to Dreams Come True, have accomplished our dream. Our
the only locally based nonprofit customers have been extremely
organization dedicated to fulfilling generous and supportive of these
the dreams of local children with efforts," says Sue Kowalewski, re-
life-threatening illnesses. Our hope gional developer of the six Massage
was to raise at least $5000, which is Envy Clinics.
just a little bit over the average cost Special events such as Cinco de
of a dream. By mid-May it became Mayo celebrations, silent auctions
apparent that not only would we and raffles helped increase dona-
be able to reach $5,000 but we tions and provided opportunities
may even be able to reach $10,000. for other local businesses to help
By the end of the challenge, Mas- too. Massage Envy collaborated
sage Envy was delighted to raise with local radio station Lite 96.1 to
over $12,000 for Dreams Come provide music for special fundrais-
True. ing events and to create awareness
Staff at all six Massage Envy of the campaign. Chick-fil-A and
locations, Fleming Island, Ortega, Subway contributed to the cause
Bartram Park, Southside, Harbour by generously donating coupons
Village and Jacksonville Beach and food during fun events.
launched into action. Clients were In a time when many non-
informed of the campaign and profit organizations are experienc-
word of mouth spread like wildfire. ing worrisome drops in donations,
"Our entire staff was extremely the resounding success of the six
excited to have the privilege of Massage Envy locations participat-
partnering with Dreams Come ing in the May challenge is espe-
cially encouraging.
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For Dreams Come True, an
organization completely reliant
on local donations, this campaign
represents more than a double
achievement. It represents the abil-
ity to replace the pain and fear of
a child with laughter and joy. For
that, there is no measure.

Early June is the anticipated
opening date for G.O.A.L.S., an
indoor sports field house located
adjacent to Nease High School in
northern St. Johns County. This
summer, athletes of all ages and
skill levels can enjoy lacrosse and
soccer in an air-conditioned and
bug-free building that also pro-
vides shelter from afternoon thun-
dershowers. As fall and winter
return, area athletes will no longer
be affected by early darkness, cold
weather or fields crowded with
school events.
G.O.A.L.S. stands for
Growing Outstanding Athletes
in Lacrosse and Soccer. Owner
David Ott, who is also the head
coach of the boys' varsity lacrosse
team at Nease High School, plans
to introduce lacrosse to new play-
ers, challenge current players and
have fun competing with all levels
of players in camps, clinics and
tournaments. Soccer instruction
will be led by the experienced
team from PURE FC Soccer.
PURE FC has years of experience
coaching and building athletes in

soccer. They represent thousands
of players, coaches and parents
nationwide and are based right
here in North Florida.
The facility is not limited to
these two sports. G.O.A.L.S. will
also be hosting camps, leagues and
tournaments in dodge ball, kick-
ball, flag football and wiffleball.
Camps begin meeting the week
of June 14. These are for children
in third through eighth grades.
There are camps just for lacrosse
and camps that feature all of the
sports offered at G.O.A.L.S.
Kids are not the only ones
that get to have fun. Adult wiffle-
ball leagues and adult dodge ball
tournaments are now forming.
Future plans include a high school
level "boot camp" in lacrosse,
sports specific training sessions
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State of St. Johns County Town Hall meetings to
be held in June

St. Johns County Adminis-
trator Michael Wanchick invites
all St. Johns County residents to
attend a local Town Hall meet-
ing in June. Wanchick will give
a presentation on the State of St.
Johns County, focusing on the
Fiscal Year 2011 budget. He will
also discuss challenges facing the
county over the next several years,
including funding options and
quality of life considerations.
The goal of the Town Hall
meetings is not only to present
information to citizens, but more

importantly to hear back from the
community regarding their desires
for St. Johns County. A strong
community dialogue began with
last year's Town Hall meetings
and Wanchick believes it is crucial
to continue that dialogue as the
County Commission faces more
difficult decisions in the future.
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the Town Hall meetings, or they
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important. The input received
during last year's Town Hall meet-
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final adopted budget. Next year's
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should reflect the desires of our
Following are the remaining
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Monday, June 14, 9:00 a.m.:
St. Johns County Auditorium
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Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.:
Fruit Cove Middle School,
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children's families are unable to pay
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Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. Fruit Cove Middle School
Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. SJC Convention Center, WGV
County Administrator Michael Wanchick will give a presenta-
tion on the State of St.Johns County, focusing on fiscal year
2011's budget. He will also discuss challenges facing the county
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William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway update
By Contributing Writer Al Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.net

The Master Plan presentation
to the County Commissioners on
April 20 is now available. Go to
index.htm and click on the Board of
County Commissioners link. This
beautiful presentation ended with
the commissioners' acceptance of
the plan. We later learned the entire
Master Plan was submitted to a
statewide landscape architect orga-
nization for a possible award we'll
give an update next month.
With County Commission
"approval," the management council
must now begin prioritizing the
various projects in the plan and of
course, determine costs and funding
potentials. We must also create com-
mittees to work on various segments
of the plan. Come join us we can
use your expertise and urge you to
be part of our team of community
volunteers. As stated before, our
goal is to keep our Scenic Highway,
State Road 13, scenic and historic.
We are on a roll! We have a
dynamic plan, an enthusiastic man-
agement council and lots of energy
created from our recent successes.
In our May 13 meeting we
discussed the potential of hosting

a "book signing" event for a local
writer and the potential for raising
funds for our work. We need to tie
this into a local community event
in NW St. Johns County and are
looking for ideas and opportunities.
Volunteers, anyone? There will be
more on this topic soon. This gener-
ated enthusiastic ideas for other
potential fund raising events. Ideas
abound with action to follow.
The website discussed in previ-
ous articles is ongoing and is being
"tweaked" for a "live" presentation
by Jan Hanak, designer for our
web consultant, on June 15 at the
Bartram Trail Branch Library. Join
us if you can from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00
We already have local business-
es asking if they can advertise on the
website. This would be a big plus to
our organization considering we are
an authorized 501(C) (3) non-profit
and any income would help finance
the projects being planned.
The management council has
also authorized adding nine more
oral histories to the 25 already
completed. Some of these 34 oral
histories will be featured in an oral
history video to be produced by a

local firm. The contracted firm will
make a presentation on this topic at
our June 10 meeting and we're sure
to have a lively discussion after-
ward. You are welcome to listen and
Beverly Fleming gave an update
on the results of our April Bartram
Bash and we were pleased to learn
how well the "party" was received
by participating organizations and
neighbors. There will be some or-
ganization "tweaks" for our seventh
annual Bash next year-specifically,
a committee of volunteers to assist
Fleming in putting on the event in
Our prior chairman and current
historian, Mary Cornwell, made an
impassioned plea to include Francis
P. Fatio in our Scenic Highway story
(Cornwell is a passionate devotee of
Fatio). Fatio was an early St. Johns
County settler who hosted our
namesake, William Bartram, during
his travels to St. Johns County. Yes,
Fatio will be part of our story.
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at 6:30 p.m. at the County Service
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As the 2009-2010 school year
came to a close, FCMS spaced out
our activities and added things to
our school making it better by far.
In some cases that could be bad,
but every rule has its exception.
The exception here happens to be
Fruit Cove! Mr. V and Fruit Cove
Cares started a Fruit Cove fruit
grove and planted orange trees
around the school grounds.
On May 25, the eighth grade
took finals in their language arts
and science courses. This was also
the day of our beginning bands'
and wind ensembles' spring con-
cert. On May 27, our band and
chorus members took a field trip
to Disney World. The next day,
eighth grade students took their
end of the year exams for social
studies and elective classes. We
had a holiday on May 31, due to
Memorial Day; this meant... no
Moving into the last few days
of school we had more fun ac-
tivities. But first, eighth grade had
their math finals on June 1. The
next day, seventh and eighth grad-
ers got to do what they have been
waiting 180 days to do... get rid
of those big bothersome textbooks.
Later, sixth grade followed suit.
Then the fun began! The sev-
enth graders went to Sea World on
June 4 and the eighth graders had

a formal dance at Creekside High
School. The eighth grade had their
awards ceremony on June 7 in the
FCMS gym. The seventh graders
had their ceremony on June 8 in
the gym and sixth grade awards
were on June 9. June 8 was also
the day of the eighth grade field
trip, as well as sixth grade Fun Day.
There was also yearbook signing
parties for all! To do any of the fun
activities or fieldtrips, all fines had
to be paid or books returned.
Our last day of school (finally!)
was on Wednesday, June 9. "Noth-
ing gold can stay," as Robert Frost
wrote (thanks to Mrs. Zamparelli
for helping me remember the
author). That "gold" happens to be
our school year. After June 9, the
Flyers (and incoming Knights) can
kick back and relax. After all of the
activities and events, the summer
of 2010 hopes to be nice and relax-
ing. But don't forget those summer
reading assignments!
This is the last FCMS current
events article for the year. So before
I go I want to say a few things.
Congratulations to our eighth
graders for graduating! Finally a
gigantic thanks (and shout out) to
the staff, faculty and teachers who
made the year "golden." Let's hope
that the 2010-2011 school year is
just as much fun!

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FCMS has an a-May-zing May
and is jumping for June
By Contributing Writer Ashlyn Cooper, FCMS Student


Get ready for flag football and

Upward Flag Football and
Cheerleading is registering
participants for the fall season at
Fruit Cove Baptist Church. The
co-ed league is for children in first
through eighth grade (entering fall
2010); cheerleading is for children
in kindergarten through fifth
grade (fall 2010).
Flag football players are
grouped by grade levels and equal
playing time in a positive environ-
ment is offered to all. Football
evaluations, uniform sizing, prac-
tices and games will be at the Fruit
Cove Baptist ball field at the back
of the Fruit Cove Baptist Church
campus located at 501 State Road
13 (behind the church parking
lot). Jerseys, shorts, flags and belts
and other items are included in
the $70 fee; after July 26, the cost
is $90. Cheer top, skorts, pom
poms and megaphone are pro-
vided for cheerleaders. Orienta-
tion/Evaluation/Sizing (attend any
one event) will be held on Thurs-
day, August 5 (6:00 p.m. to 7:30

p.m.), Saturday, August 7 (time to
be determined) or Tuesday, August
10 (6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
Cheerleading sizing will be at the
same times, in Building B. Have
your player wear a t-shirt, shorts
and tennis shoes (cleats are even
better for football).
Practices are early evenings,
usually Monday, Tuesday, or
Thursday, beginning September 7.
Games are usually on Saturdays,
from October 2 through Novem-
ber 20. Each team has a one-hour
practice per week and a one-hour
game per week.
Register and pay securely
online at www.fruitcove.com/min-
istries/sportslife.asp. Payments
by cash or check are also options;
scholarships are possible. You must
have your child registered, evalu-
ated and paid for by August 10
to secure a spot on a team. Please
contact Lisa Sheffield at 287-0996
or email lsheffield@fruitcove.com
with any questions.

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your neighborhood
By Contributing Writer Bob Hardie, General Manager,
Air Engineers Service Experts

Relax! No one's asking you to
fill the shoes of a mythical giant,
but your neighbors here on the
big blue planet are asking that
you make an effort to reduce the
size of your carbon footprint.
It's not as difficult as you might
think. There are a lot of little
things you can do to become a
towering figure in your green-
minded community and the first
big step is posting this short list
of energy-saving tips for everyone
to see.
Tip #1: Replace all of your
incandescent bulbs with compact
florescent bulbs. Believe it or
not, this simple act can save you
somewhere in the neighborhood
of $2,000 over the life of the bulb
($56/per bulb). Speaking of light,
this should shed some on a raging
debate: What's more reprehen-
sible-leaving the lights on in a
room that's unoccupied or switch-
ing them on and off every time
you enter or leave a room? As a
general rule of thumb-albeit a
green one-you should turn off
the lights if you're going to be
away more than 15 minutes.
Tip # 2: Turn off appliances
and electronics not in use. Seems
obvious enough, but there's
a catch. Off doesn't necessar-
ily mean it's off. As long as it's
plugged directly into a wall out-
let, it continues to draw energy.
In fact, 75 percent of the energy
consumed by these products takes
place when they're not in use. So
use a power strip and make liberal
use of the on/off switch. Keep
in mind that a laptop computer
is more energy-efficient than a
desktop and a screen saver isn't an
energy saver.

Tip # 3: Lower the thermo-
stat on your hot water heater.
Some units arrive from the
factory with high temperature
settings. Lowering them as little
as 10F can reduce your energy
bill by 3 percent to 5 percent.
Properly insulating your hot
water tank and pipes can raise the
water temperature as much as 4F
and result in additional savings.
Draining a quart of water from
your tank every three months will
also remove the sediment that
obstructs the transfer of heat and
overall efficiency.
Tip # 4: Landscape your
yard. Planting trees and shrubs
around your home doesn't just
increase curbside appeal. It can
also decrease your energy bills sig-
nificantly during the summer and
winter months. Saplings typically
provide window shade within
the first year and a roof canopy
within five to 10 years, whereas
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twice a year. In roughly an hour's
time, a certified heating and
cooling expert can help lower
your monthly energy bill up to
30 percent, extend the life of
your system and eliminate costly
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Fast paced Daytona
By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander

Daytona Beach lies just 90
miles to our south, so a sum-
mertime day trip works well for a
family. Known as the Birthplace
of Speed, the Daytona 500 auto
race will be held on July 3 this year.
But, the interactive race-themed at-
traction, the Daytona 500 Experi-
ence is open daily to lure visitors
with personal thrills.
Now, I admit I'm not into
NASCAR, but that doesn't matter.
Just about anyone would find the
action-packed place fun. Admis-

sion includes a Speedway Tour via
a tram that rolls along the upper
rim and lower edge of the asphalt
course. The banked 31-degree
turns are so steep that cars traveling
under 80 miles per hour will slip
off. The dramatic incline, as seen
from the field, looks much more
alarming than what you see on TV.
You get a racer's view of the two
and a half mile tri-oval NASCAR
course and the 3.56 mile road
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posing with their arms up.
To get a true feel for racing try
Acceleration Alley, a head-to-head
simulated race that puts you in the
driver's seat. Eight cars are lined
up in front of a video screen. Each
person gets into their racer, adjust
seats for height and distance to the
pedals, clicks on a seat belt which
closes and locks the doors, then
waits to hear the announcer say,
"Gentlemen, start your engines."
I flipped a switch and floored
it. Except, dumb me, forgot about
following the pace car. I rammed
into its rear, causing me to flip
and roll! Well, not really, but the
simulation was amazing. Once my
car righted, I re-entered the track
and let it rip. I zoomed around
slower cars, but nearly smacked
into the wall. I tried to remember
everything racing champion Hur-
ley Haywood had taught me when
I attended Porsche Driving School.
I could hear his warning to not
over-steer, especially when trying
to avoid an obstacle. I held my line
steady and nudged past another
car, three of us just inches apart
on the track. Whew! The experi-
ence feels authentic and is totally
captivating and intense. When the
eight lap race is over printed results
are distributed.
Now, if that's not thrilling
enough there's another option, but
a very expensive one. The Richard
Petty Driving Experience lets you
take command of the wheel and
actually maneuver a NASCAR-
style stock car on the track. Some
crave speed but prefer not to drive
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professional driver.
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tire change. You'll see the win-
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condition it crossed the finish line,
full of confetti, bumps, scrapes and
scratches. You can stroll through
the history displays and try a few
lesser intense simulators or the
IMAX movie. The place was so
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back again.
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bat with the entire championship
resting on this clutch hit. With a
base hit, the runner on third scores
and Suchy gets the game winning
RBI. The Red Sox win 10-9 against
the 8U Phillies! The Phillies were
a great opponent and the Red Sox
team pulled together for an out-
standing game.

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FCMS assistant principal earns honor

Emily Harrison, assistant
principal at Fruit Cove Middle
School (FCMS), was chosen as the
district's nominee for the Out-
standing Assistant Principal Award.
Superintendent Joseph Joyner vis-
ited FCMS to make the announce-
ment in front of Harrison's staff.
Additionally, Wayne King,
principal of Landrum Middle
School (LMS), has been selected
as the St. Johns County School
District's nominee for the 2010
Commissioner's Principal Achieve-
ment Award for Outstanding
These programs honor prin-
cipals and assistant principals who
have spearheaded initiatives and
used teamwork and leadership
skills to increase student perfor-
mance, promote safe learning en-

vironments and establish partner-
ships with parents and community
Harrison has been employed
in her present position since 2006.
While at FCMS she initiated a
Middle School Best Practices Sym-
posium for the district and also
organized the school's Veterans Day
assembly honoring local members
of the armed forces.
During the 2005-2006 school
year, Harrison worked as a gifted
teacher at Cunningham Creek
Elementary School. Prior to that,
she served as a substitute teacher
for the school district and volun-
teered at Julington Creek Elemen-
tary School while completing her
master's degree. She also has six
years of elementary school teaching
experience in Florida and Georgia.

Nearby Getaways: Okefenokee i
By Molly McKinney
In the area of southern Geor- adventurers.
gia and northern Florida lies a Native Americans named the
green-tinted jewel of wildlife. Since area "Okefenokee" meaning "Land
1937, the Okefenokee National of the Trembling Earth" since peat
Wildlife Refuge has stood as a pres- deposits, up to 15 feet thick, cover
ervation of Florida's disappearing much of the swamp floor. These
marshlands, rare swamp life and a deposits are so unstable in spots
glimpse into the wilder part of the that trees and surrounding bushes
state that many call home. tremble by stomping the surface.
As many know, Florida used Several groups of Native
to be completely under water. The Americans probably inhabited
Okefenokee Swamp is very old, the area around the swamp before
inhabiting an area that used to Hernando de Soto came in the late
be an approximately 950 square 1500s, but not much is known
mile depression in the ocean floor, about them. It is possible that
Essentially it is a peat bog, but Indians had inhabited it since
actually is so much more than that. 2500 B.C. However, once de Soto
The Okefenokee Swamp houses arrived and raided Georgia, the
wildlife from black bear to white Indian cultures and tribes were
ibis all year long, has Indian history either destroyed or forced into the
as deep as the tree roots and offers swamp. The last Indian tribe to
exciting activities for all levels of leave the swamp was the Semi-


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"Emily is an outstanding as-
sistant principal with strengths in
all areas of leadership," said Dr.
Joyner. "I have watched her work
for the past several years and can
tell you that she is one of the fin-
est assistant principals I have ever
encountered. We are very fortunate
to have her at Fruit Cove."
Harrison also holds a bache-
lor's degree from Florida Atlantic
University and a master's degree
from the University of North
These two St. Johns County
nominations will be forwarded to
the state where they will compete
at the regional level. The statewide
winner in each category will be an-
nounced this fall.


noles. In 1937, a large piece of the
swamp was set aside as the Oke-
fenokee National Wildlife Refuge
and remains to this day as a tribute
to untouched beauty.
Canoeing and kayaking
trips as well as guided boat tours
through cypress forests, historic
canals and open prairies are avail-
able through local tour operators.
Additionally, studying animals and
plant life can be fascinating, since
winding boardwalks and trails lead
through unique habitats to obser-
vation towers and viewing plat-
forms. Many species of venomous

St. Johns County has secured
a statewide competitive energy
conservation grant that will pro-
vide $437,902 for two projects. St.
Johns County is proud to be one
of only 14 applicants in the state
to receive this funding, which is
a result of the federal American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA) of 2009.
The first portion of the grant
will be used to re-synchronize traf-
fic signals to improve traffic flow
along five major road segments, in-
cluding two segments on US High-
way 1 South and one each on State
Roads 13, 207 and A1A South.
There are 23 total traffic signals
planned to be synchronized, result-
ing in lower fuel consumption in
vehicles, reduced greenhouse gas
emissions through shorter travel
times, increased travel speed, less
stops and less delays for travel-
ers on these roads. The estimated
annual impact is anticipated to be
728,894 gallons of gasoline saved
and a reduction of 6,768 metric
tons of carbon.

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not to mention all kinds of other
reptiles such as alligators, turtles
and lizards.
Over 600 species of plants
can be found in the Okefenokee
Swamp. Cypress forests to flooded
prairies offer a never-ending,
ever-varying landscape weaving
in between deep and shallow peat
lakes. The plants are the life of
the swamp: as they decay, they
form the peat that accumulates
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Americans who had mastered living
in the swamp aided explorers and
settlers strange to the environment
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The second portion of the
grant funds will be used by the
county building department to
develop a proactive energy pro-
gram, which will include technical
assistance and training workshops
on energy efficient building tech-
niques. A total of 90 workshops
are planned over a two-year period
that will reach out to a diverse
industry base, anticipating over
1,600 attendees. The technical
assistance component will facili-
tate availability of county staff to
address specific questions from
building applicants to provide the
most appropriate information on
energy savings.
Based on the State Energy Pro-
gram Calculator, St. Johns County
anticipates the average annual
savings of these combined pro-
grams to be more than $3 million
in reduced fuel usage and energy
The grant application was
a group process including the
engineering and building depart-
ments, as well as the environmental

division. The scoring for the grant
included an overall energy effi-
ciency strategy, the development of
a well thought out project plan, a
defined experienced project team,
identification of matching/leverag-
ing funds (which are "in kind" by
providing hours of existing staff
time), identification of job creation
or retention, calculating the energy
savings and renewable energy
production, and identifying the
greenhouse gas reduction.
The Florida Energy and
Climate Commission (FECC)
within the Executive Office of
the Governor will administer
the United States Department of
Energy (DOE) program funds as
part of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Nearby Getaways: Princess
Place Preserve
By Molly McKinney

Princess Place Preserve not
only has an intriguing history, it is
the site for Flagler County's oldest
standing structure. This preserve,
originally named Cherokee Grove,
began as a land grant to Francisco
Pellicer from the King of Spain in
1791. In 1886 it became home to
the state's first ever orange grove
and Henry Cutting added to its
fame that year by building an
Adirondack camp style hunting
lodge. This style was mostly found
in states like New York and never
Florida, so its uniqueness gave
Cherokee Grove a lasting impres-
sion on those who came by.
After Cutting died, his now-
widowed wife married an ex-Rus-
sian prince, Boris Scherbatow
and they made Cherokee Grove
a popular entertainment spot for
travelers from abroad and from
the eastern United States. Thus,
Cherokee Grove became known as
Princess Place. It passed through
several other sets of hands up until
the 1990s, when it was purchased
by the state of Florida to be pre-
served and rehabilitated. Today, the
name Princess Place Preserve can
be found in the National Register
of Historic Places.
Princess Place Preserve is per-
fect for recreation and education.
Its location at the meeting of Pel-
licer Creek and the Matanzas River
allows it to have several varying
ecosystems all contained in its large
expanse. There can be found ev-
erything from saltwater marshes to


oak hammocks, both natural and
man-made. Recently the presence
of the Preserve drew the attention
of the National Estuarine Research
Reserve of the United States and
thereby the Matanzas River became
the 23rd reserve of this organi-
zation. Pellicer Creek has been
selected as an Outstanding Florida
Water and a State Canoe Trail.
Today, Princess Place Preserve
with its rich history and 1,500 pris-
tine acres attracts nature enthusi-
asts from near and far. Visitors can
take in the environment on one of
the many hiking trails, spend time
fishing in the salt marshes along
the Matanzas River and Pellicer
Creek or camp out under the stars.
The preserve is a popular spot for
equestrian enthusiasts. With an
equestrian campsite and plenty of
riding trails it is easy to embrace
nature while enjoying a ride. The
picnic area at the lodge may be re-
served. Please call (386) 313-4020
for more information.

If you go: Princess Place Preserve is
located at 2500 Princess Place Road
in Palm Coast, Florida,just off Old
Kings Road in north Flagler County.
Visit www.flaglercounty.org and
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By Molly McKinney
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preserve is Devil's Millhopper,
a 500-foot wide, 120-foot deep
sinkhole that was created when an
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Millhopper Geological State Park
is a beautiful preserve of nature,
made accessible by convenient
boardwalks and trails. A set of 232
wooden steps lead to the bottom
of the sinkhole and what appears
to be a miniature rain forest. Small
streams trickle down the steep
slopes of the limestone sinkhole,
disappearing through crevices in
the ground and lush vegetation
thrives in the shade of the walls
even in dry summers.
The preserve is a National
Natural Landmark that gets its
name from the way the cavern
collapsed in a funnel shape that
resembles the "hopper" farmers
used to use to grind grain on in the
1800s and there is a legend that the
millhopper fed bodies to the devil.
Since the floor of the sinkhole was
literally littered with fossils and
bones, early explorers named it
Devil's Millhopper.
The plants and animals that
live there are the same kind as
those that live in Appalachia,
bringing a bit of the north to our
tropical state. The great amount of

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geologists with invaluable informa-
tion pertaining to Florida's past.
Guided tours are available on
Saturday, but the park is also open
to those who wish to peruse its
boundaries freely. The park itself
is 63 acres and a full half-mile of
nature trails guide hikers along the
rim of the sinkhole and the board-
walk can be followed all the way to
the bottom. There's also a visitor's
center that offers a mass of educa-
tion about the nature and history
of Devil's Millhopper.
The park is open from 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to
Sunday; however, they are closed
Monday and Tuesday. To get there,
take 1-75 to County Road 222
(Milepost Exit 390, Old Exit 77)
and drive east 7.8 miles. At 43rd
Street, turn left. At the next traffic
light, turn left onto Millhopper
Road and the park entrance is
about 1,000 feet beyond that on
the right. There is a small park-
ing fee. For more information,
please visit www.floridastateparks.


NW Town Hall Meetings

Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. Fruit Cove Middle School
Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. SJC Convention Center, WGV

County Administrator Michael Wanchick will give a presenta-
tion on the State of St.Johns County, focusing on fiscal year
2011's budget. He will also discuss challenges facing the county
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MCE Student Council's
philanthropic year
By Contributing Writer Kate Dowdie, TechnologyTeacher, Mill Creek
Elementary School

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appearing in our July issue!
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Mill Creek Elementary School Student Council members raised money
through the annual Pennies for Patients campaign.

Mill Creek Elementary
School's Student Council is
finishing up an eventful year!
Among their achievements:
* They raised $2,975.11 for The
Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society through the Pennies
for Patients campaign
They spearheaded the annual
Goodwill Bag It Up drive,
helping the school earn a Ra-
dio Disney Party for accruing
77 percent participation
They held a food drive for the

St. Francis House shelter prior
to Thanksgiving
Through December candy
cane sales, they raised $604.80
for the St. Augustine Record's
Empty Stocking Fund.
Wow, if they can achieve
these kinds of results in elemen-
tary school, we can't wait to see
what these stellar fifth grade
students can do when they get
to middle school next year!
Excellent work!

Springtime in the gardens of Savannah and
nearby Tybee Island
By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander

Seductive Savannah, Georgia's
first city, beckons with stature: iron
fences and balconies adorn stately
antebellum mansions; renovated
townhouses abut cobblestone
streets; green squares blossom and
aged live oaks drip with Spanish
moss. She flaunts mystery with
tales of murder and ghosts. Neigh-
boring Tybee Island, a 20-minute
drive, bespeaks an altogether
different aura, tempting visitors
with tiny raised cottages, marsh
grass, tidal beaches and sea breezes.
Where Savannah displays Southern
charm and elegance, Tybee prefers
laid back relaxation. Both vacation
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the Garden of Good and Evil will
enjoy touring sites from the book,
including the Mercer Williams
House and serene Bonaventure
Make sure to dine at Paula
Deen's The Lady and Sons Restau-
rant, probably the most sought out
reservation in town or Mrs. Wilkes
Dining Room, a former boarding-
house that dishes a lunch that lasts
all day. Another favorite, The Pink
House, serves elegant southern cui-
sine. If you want to splurge check
into The Mansion on Forsyth Park
or consider numerous bed-and-
breakfast inns at www.historicins-
Cross the causeway and let
your hair down. Tybee Island
boasts Fort Pulaski and Tybee
Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse
in Georgia. Sign on for deep-sea
fishing charters, perhaps a dol-
phin cruise, rent a bike or kayak,
bird-watch, surf or simply rest on
her shores. The beach is perfect
for dribble sandcastles and many
couples choose to wed along the
five miles of sandy dunes.
Island shopping offers beach-
themed kitsch, bait and tackle
shops and art exhibits. The Savan-
nah Beach Inn on Tybee offers
lodging in a restored 1898 Victo-
rian house. The owners prepare a
luscious gourmet breakfast, featur-
ing Bananas Foster French Toast,
host daily wine and cheese recep-
tions and leave bedtime milk and
cookies. For dinner try the Crab
Shack's seafood low-country boil
or catch a sunset meal at a local's
favorite, A.J's Dockside Restaurant.
Give yourself a nearby fling in
one of America's loveliest cities or
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Nearby Getaways:
St. Augustine forts
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gas" getaways has to include a trip
to the Nation's Oldest City, located
FECT a brief car trip to our south. You've
probably explored the historic
district of St. Georges Street (well
SJUNE 20TH worth a trip) and maybe even the
r beautiful beaches located over the
Bridge of Lions. But how about a
trip back in history to the Castillo de
RAM PARK San Marcos and Fort Matanzas?
0 St. Augustine Road Castillo de San Marcos is
#157 located on the shores of the Matan-
262-5585 zas River in the heart of the historic
district. After the city of St. Augus-
tine was founded by the Spanish in
1565, the city was defended by nine
wooden forts in its first 100 years.
But after an attack in 1668 by the
English pirate Robert Searle, it was
Convenient HourS decided by Mariana, Queen Regent
Oam-6pmr of Spain, that a masonry fortification
needed to be constructed to protect
the city. In October 1672 construc-
tion began on the fort that would
become the Castillo de San Marcos.
SThe Castillo is a masonry star fort
made of a stone called coquina, liter-
ally "little shells," made of ancient
shells that have bonded together to
form a type of stone similar to lime-
stone. Construction lasted 23 years
and was completed in 1695.
",. -- Today, the Castillo comes alive
iflor visitors hoping to learn about
,our history through a wide range of
S | SUM MI-,tDWzP programs which include historical
Jl I u YL reenactments, Ranger talks, museum

stations and special events.
Approximately 12 miles south
on the Matanzas River lies the
smaller Fort Matanzas National
Monument. Built as part of the
outer defenses to St. Augustine,
Fort Matanzas offers both historical
insights and natural barrier island
beauty. Back in 1740, Governor
James Oglethorpe of Georgia used
the inlet to blockade St. Augus-
tine and launch a 39 day siege. St.
Augustine endured the siege but the
Spanish realized the need to protect
the inlet. Thus, Fort Matanzas was
constructed on Rattlesnake Island
with a commanding position over
Matanzas Inlet in 1742.
Today, the National Park
Service offers ferry rides across the
Matanzas River to the fort as well as
fort tours, talks and nature walks.

If you go: The Castillo de San Marcos
is open to the public from 8:45 a.m.
to 5:15 p.m. every day of the year ex-
cept December 25. (The ticket booth
closes at 4:45 p.m.)The Park grounds
are closed from midnight until 5:30
a.m. The Castillo de San Marcos is
located at 1 South Castillo Drive in
St. Augustine. Fort Matanzas National
Monument is open every day of the
year except December 25 from 9:00
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located at
8635 A1A South in St. Augustine. For
additional information about both
forts, visit www.nps.gov

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St. Johns County Schools' best and
brightest were honored at the 15th
annual STAR (Students Taking
Academic Responsibility) awards
banquet held at World Golf Village.
The STAR Awards recognize
the top three percent of graduat-
ing seniors from each high school
in the county. Eleven students
from Bartram Trail High School,
nine from Creekside High School,
12 from Pedro Menendez High
School, nine from Nease High
School, eight from Ponte Vedra
High School, 14 from St. Augus-
tine High School and four from St.
Joseph Academy received com-
mendation for their outstanding
academic performance.
During the recognition cer-
emony, the high school principals
introduced each of their students,
along with a special teacher selected

by the student. The STAR students
shared their plans for the future
and their reason for choosing their
honored teacher. In addition to
making top grades, these students
are involved in athletics, perform-
ing groups, school clubs and com-
munity service.
The nine outstanding STAR
students in the Nease International
Baccalaureate program and where
they plan to attend college (pic-
tured left to right) are: Lexie Cegel-
ski, University of Florida; Conor
Hanney, University of Notre Dame;
Lauren Donnangelo, University
of Florida (Lombardi Scholar);
Utkarsh Pandey, Georgia Institute
of Technology; Nick Hosseini,
Cornell University; Zach Chizmar,
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Cornell University; Kristie Yang,
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Fundraising and "funraising" with the Bartram Trail Newcomers and Women's Club
By Karl Kennell

Wow! This group of ladies is
just plain having fun. Twenty-five
years ago a handful of ladies who
were new to our neighborhood
formed the Bartram Trail Newcom-
ers and Women's Club. They found
themselves having come from all
over the United States and not
knowing anybody in the neighbor-
hood. They were not shy about
introducing themselves though.
Today the group has grown to 149
As outgoing President Doro-
thy Burns put it, "We are all
She went on to explain, "You
don't have to know anyone. Just
come visit with us. You will find
you are immediately welcomed in."
Member Kathy Cosnotti
introduced us to the group during
the recent Symphony Designer
Showhouse, where the club joined
together with the Jacksonville Sym-
phony Guild for a benefit. Incom-
ing co-presidents for the upcoming
year, Donna Prouse and Debby
Brown, joined Burns and Cosnotti

for our chat.
They both
described their posi-
tions of co-presidents
as necessary because
Burns has left such
a dynamic legacy as
president it requires
two to keep up the
pace. This club enjoys
focusing on chari-
table activities that
benefit the neighbor-
hood-activities such
as the recent baby
shower and Bingo
for the benefit of
unwed mothers. The
ladies described the
enthusiasm of the Debby Bro\
Bartram Tra
participants as being Bartram
really grand. Many
members no longer have children
at home and throwing a baby
shower is something they all miss.
It was a day when they could bring
all kinds of items to the shower for
which they had the added pleasure
of shopping for. There were even

wn, Dorothy Burns and Donna Prouse
il Newcomers and Women's Club.

brand new strollers. The ladies said
that the unwed mothers were over-
joyed with the wonderful gifts and
the outpouring of loving care. The
Nuns supporting the shelter were
also overwhelmed by the sincere
outpouring of love.

Another charity close
to the heart of the club is
Christ's Cupboard Food
Bank at Celebration Lu-
theran Church. They con-
duct ongoing food drives,
plus recently they held a
clothing drive for not only
adult clothing but espe-
cially children's clothing.
The ladies bring food items
and clothing to each meet-
ing. There they also place
a little piggybank at each
table. You will find the
members at the beginning
of each meeting rummag-
ing in the bottom of their
purses for loose change to
of the drop into the piggy bank.
Be not mistaken
though! Fundraising is
not the only thing these ladies get
themselves involved in. "Funrais-
ing" is absolutely imperative.
Two book clubs, daytime Bunko,
bowling, golf-day, mahjong, bridge
pennies day and night, lunch and a
matinee, recipe exchange, evening

fun golf and of course a ladies
evening out add that element of
ongoing fun that makes this club a
very special gathering place for the
ladies in our neighborhood.
There is even a 50/50 draw-
ing at each meeting. We are told
though that the competition is
tough, with the club's oldest mem-
ber at 94 winning quite a few of
those 50/50s. She is one very lucky
lady indeed.
Come on down to visit with
the ladies of the Bartram Trail
Newcomers and Women's Club on
the second Tuesday of each month
at 9:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn
Mandarin. Or pick up the phone
and give Co-Presidents Donna
Prouse (287-5364) or Debby
Brown (838-0168) a ring. You
surely don't want to miss out on
being a Parrothead at the end of
the year Jimmy Buffet beach party
on Saturday, June 19.

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Dear Elizabeth,
My husband and I both work
and have not had a vacation in a
long time. We have promised each
other that we would take the time
this summer and go on a fam-
ily vacation. The problem is that
when my sister hears that were are
planning something she will want
her family to go too. We see her
and her family all the time and
really do not want to vacation with
them. She ends up taking over
and running the show and we are
miserable. How can I go on vaca-
tion without including my sister's
Julington Creek

Dear Leslie,
You have no obligation to
include your sister's family in your
plans. You need to go ahead with
your vacation and if she asks about
going just let her know that this
year, your family is going alone.
She should respect your wishes.
You may need to reminder her of
that you are doing what is best
for your family. It might be fun to
plan a fun activity for your families
to do together.
Good Luck!

Dear Elizabeth,
My daughter is getting mar-
ried next year. I would like to send

out "Save the Date" cards. How
early should I send these before the
actual wedding invitation is sent?
Fruit Cove

Dear Cindy,
Save the Date cards are gener-
ally sent at least four to six months
prior to the wedding, but if you are
planning a destination wedding,
for example Hawaii, it is strongly
recommended that you send them
12 months in advance if not lon-
ger. You want to give your guests
plenty of time to make travel ar-
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Good Luck!

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Summer's busiest holiday season
By Joy Hartley

Wow, when I overview my
Daytimer for the next few weeks
I am overwhelmed! It almost feels
like the Thanksgiving/Christmas
swing of events.
Sunday, June 20 is Fathers
Day. How do you celebrate?
Church and a big family dinner; a
picnic at a fantastic park; or a road
trip to see your dad? However you
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way. They offer dads a complimen-
tary admission to the Hall of Fame
museum, plus contests are con-
ducted throughout the day on the
challenge hole, the golf simulator
and indoor putting surface.
Then comes July 4th which
is on a Sunday this year-making
it a long holiday weekend for all!
House parties, a beach weekend or
just a day trip to your favorite wa-
ter spot is certainly in order. This
could be the perfect time to visit
our favorite watering hole, Wakulla
Spring State Park. The crystal clear
74 degree water is perfect for swim-
ming and snorkeling and the state
of the art concrete and steel tower
makes for some not-so-faint-at-
heart diving experiences. For more
information, go to the website for
all the Florida State Parks at www.
Locally, Fourth of July celebra-
tions are all teamed up with fire-
works displays at dusk. Fernandina
4th and Families Festival goes on
all day downtown, St. Augustine
celebrates with fireworks on the
bay front, Middleburg and Palatka
begins their day with parades
and end up with fireworks and of
course Metropolitan Park has the
First Coast's largest fireworks dis-
play over the St. Johns River. So we
have a multitude of choices for our
end of the day celebration.

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crushed corn flakes
4 cups chopped cabbage
1 small onion, chopped
1 can water chestnuts
14 cup chopped celery
1 can celery soup
1 cup milk
/2 cup mayonnaise
sharp cheese (grated)
Melt margarine in a deep
casserole bowl, put crushed corn
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Nease student becomes
published author
Contributed by Donna Mancini, Vice President, Nease IB Booster Club
create something so mesmer-
izing that it takes you away
from everything, makes you
forget your life and where
you are. All you see and feel is
the story, like you're a part of
it." She hopes that her novel
achieves that goal with all her
S.~ L. readers.

Jennifer Catania, a Nease
High School junior, achieved her
dream of becoming a published
author this spring when her novel
The Dream was printed and made
available to readers. The book,
written during her freshman year,
describes the story of a teenager,
much like Catania, who reads a
school library book and travels to
a mysterious place of her dreams.
The goal of her book, as she shares
in the "Author's Note," was "to

Besides being a published
author, Catania is also a
S talented vocalist and musi-
cian. Among her many other
accomplishments, she recently
placed as a finalist in the talent
portion of the Miss Nease
Scholarship Pageant, where
she sang "The Point of No
Return" from Phantom of the
Opera. In addition to pursu-
ing her interests, she maintains a
challenging academic schedule in
Nease's International Baccalaureate
(IB) program.
Catania would like to extend
her gratitude to her parents, three
sisters and all of her friends who
supported her during the writing
and publication of the novel. She
is also indebted to Lauryn King,
a fellow Nease IB student, for de-
signing the book's beautiful cover.

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J)Fashion updacte

How to "do" those spring and summer
special occasions
By Donna Keathley, dkeathley designs

CHS Happenings
By Rachel Buff, CHS Student

The three Youth Leadership St. Johns students who are representing


It's official summer is finally
here. After frantic weeks of AP tests
and final exams, no one can hide
their relief and excitement.
Advanced Placement (AP) ex-
ams took place during the weeks of
May 3 through May 14. Students
were tested in English literature,
Spanish, human geography, United
States history, English language,
world history, economics, United
States Government, calculus and
many more. Kudos to the guidance
department and the nine students
who were unable to participate in
the AP world history exam on the
selected day, due to a College Board
mistake and a shortage of tests.
Guidance counselors calmly han-
dled the situation and the students
were able to make up the exam a
week later. Everyone deserves a pat
on the back for a job well done!
In addition to academics,
the end of the year includes more
activities than there are dates on the
On Friday, April 30, a new
Miss Creekside 2010-2011 was
crowned. Congratulations to Kim-
berly Triplett for winning the title!
Students from all over St.
Johns County put their creativ-
ity on display at the third annual
Art Attack! The event was held at
the St. Augustine Amphitheater
on May 1 and featured pottery,
paintings, photography and even
a theater performance from the
Creekside cast of Grease!
Saturday, May 15 was filled
with love and enchantment at
Creekside's first ever prom! The
event, which was held at the
Sawgrass Marriott, was themed "A
Night in the Spotlight." Hundreds

of students arrived in gorgeous
dresses, tuxedos and limousines.
The night was certainly "the
bomb," in the words of Principal
Randy Johnson.
Many clubs and honor societ-
ies elected new presidents for the
2010-2011 school year. Congratu-
lations to all new officers!
Three sophomore students
were selected from each of the
county high schools to participate
in Youth Leadership St. Johns, af-
filiated with the St. Johns County
Chamber of Commerce. Represent-
ing Creekside are Kimberly Glass,
Jane Bunn and Rachel Buff. The
program teaches students about
the inner-workings of the county
including arts and culture, govern-
ment, health care, business, social
services and environmental aware-
ness. Congratulations for being ac-
cepted into the year-long program!
The Hispanic Honor Society
inducted 80 new students on May
19. The ceremony included instal-
lation of new officers and recogni-
tion of senior members.
Congratulations to the first-
ever graduating class of Creekside
High School! Seniors will be missed
by all underclassmen. Make us
At last, we made it through the
school year. Now all that awaits is a
summer of relaxation!

The CreekLine


Just the other day I was lolling
about in my favorite store for an
afternoon shift of "work" if you
want to call it that. I play dress up
with my friends and customers as
a profession and as my little friend
Danielle said, "Donna comes up
with some way left ideas some-
times but they work!" So when a
distraught lady headed straight to
me and handed me a shopping bag
with a long shiny peasant skirt in
it, mumbling something about this
Saturday night I went into special
occasion mode!
After wandering around the
aisles of my shopping Mecca we
teamed the pewter hued BoHo
skirt up with a shrug top and a
matching cami in an ivory color
that had a little gold sheen in the
fabric. She came out of the dress-
ing room looking Fab! I told her
we now had to go to the accessory
counter to pull it all together. We
went straight to the pearl display
and I started pulling long strands
of assorted pearls and chains off the
racks, after laying three over her
head I could see her eyes rolling.
"Don't faint!" I told her. "Wait
till you see the total look in the full
length mirror."
As we walked back to the mir-
ror, total strangers shopping in the
store said, "Wow! She looks ,ii r''
And she did!
So...my Fashionable Florida
Friends (FFFs), once again you will
hear my mantra, Go Shopping in
your Closet!
I have seen many things go
from my customers' closets to the
fanciest places in town with just a
little tweaking, like adding a new
top or accessory to the basics. Wide
legged silky pants are back and they
are great for special events; add a
fitted top or jacket in a comple-

mentary color and walla a great
evening suit! You younger FFFs can
go buy one of these new silky peas-
ant-looking halter tops and show
your stuff with this pant too!
Silk capris topped with a fancy
cami and shrug type sweaters can
go to daytime brunches or lun-
cheons (see accessory ideas below).
Also great for these daytime get-to-
gethers is the new long "patio" dress
in pretty printed fabrics. Don't
forget to wear matching little flat
shoes or sandals to complete the
"put together" look.
I once took a black linen
shirtwaist dress and tied a new sash
at the waist in taffeta plaid print
to make it a special occasion thing!
Another little secret is these new
lazier cut out sheer tops; layered
over a matching cami they make
a good looking "set" when worn

with dressy pants. Love the dress
but don't want to go strapless? A
short trip to the fabric store can
fix that quandary...buy matching
solid color silk fabric and add some
straps or make a halter strap to tie
around your neck. Get creative!
Ok my FFFs, don't miss the
boat-by merely adding some of
the new accessories that are out
there this year to your great looking
basics, you can have a "party" look.
Those silk flowers pinned on your
collar or in your hair go a long way
in turning something tailored into
a wow outfit. Also dangly drop
earrings say dressy, along with shiny
bangle bracelets (wear more than
one)! My newest favorite thing is
Lucite! Shoes, bracelets, earrings,
anything Lucite adds sparkle and is
a great friend to "Florida" fashions,
like our little bright printed cotton
shifts or sun dresses.
Anything looks better when
it's accessorized with multi-strands
of pearls in different lengths; go
into your closet and throw on all
your pearls and wear them in good
Happy Summer Parties, my

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top to bottom are pictured: Brian Nichol, Bryan Martin, Dylan Mc-
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with reproductions of the original
marks, actually are quite valuable in
their own right.

Have a question about antiques?
Send a detailed description and at
least one sharp photograph; scans
are fine as long as they are clear
and sharp. Note that photographs
will not be returned so no S.A.S.E.
is required. Large mail volume and
research may mean a delay of several
months for answers to be published.
Write to Jay Moore c/oThe
CreekLine, 12443 San Jose Boulevard,
Suite 403, Jacksonville, FL 32223.
Sorry, no personal replies.

By Jay Moore
Q. My uncle gave us two plates
he said date from around 1800.
They are decorated with blue flowers
and are unmarked. We would like
to know if they are valuable. They
are in good condition. A.F, World
Golf Village

A. Your plates are early flow
blue in the Morning Glory pattern
made around 1845 in Staffordshire,
England. The blue decoration flows
(appears smudged) after material was
added to the kiln during firing. Flow
blue was manufactured between
approximately 1840 and 1900. The
wares were hand-painted or transfer
decorated. Early pieces sometimes
have additional colors and gold or
luster decoration. The plates would
retail for around $60 each.

Q. I was given a metal lamp
that is probably brass or bronze and
I cannot find any information about
it. There is a small sticker under
the donkey that states "Japan" and
"TOYO." I have been told it is valu-
able. Can you identify the lamp and
tell me its value? G.H.E, Durbin

A. It is a modern lamp made
to look like an ancient bronze,
complete with a patina that makes
it appear to have been dug up. I
cannot identify the metal but it
probably is not bronze. It has no
antique value. Ancient bronzes have
been reproduced for hundreds of
years, especially in China. Some of
the finest reproductions, complete

On April 30, Fruit Cove Cares, a community service club at Fruit Cove
Middle School sponsored by Richard Villadoniga, along with the FCMS
National Junior Honor Society, visited Dee Fortus'first grade classroom
at Crookshank Elementary. The middle school students shared a lunch,
a good book and a much needed recess.

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Where the lines of art, education and
entertainment meet: MOSH
By Contributing Writer Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus,

Jacksonville University
You walk in the door of MOSH
and are immediately confronted
with beautiful art work abstract
canvases as well as works depicting
areas of nature by Jim Draper, Prin-
cess Rashid and David Montgom-
ery. Is this a Museum of Science and
History? Walk a bit further and you
will soon be involved in outstanding
exhibits featuring the Florida Natu-
ralist's Center, both indoors and out
and the joy of learning for visitors
of all ages in science, astronomy and
the history of our region.
At times it is almost too over-
whelming to take it all in. This just
gives you an excuse to return and
absorb some more of the superb
exhibits at a future time. The whole
program is family oriented, and
certainly not just for children as
was indicated in one of its former
titles The Jacksonville Children's
Originally located in the
Riverside Avondale area, it has gone
through several phases and several
titles. Renamed The Museum of
Science and History in 1988, the
facility we know now was designed
by William Morgan and built on the
Southside by the river on Museum
Circle. It ideally houses the varied
exhibits and one can wander from
one world to another with ease and
Of the many special programs
MOSH offers, one of the most ex-
citing is their Intern Program, where
70 -80 students, sophomores and
up, contribute to and learn about
the wide range of offerings. For
other young people ages five to 18,
there is "Become a Junior Natural-
ist," an exciting behind the scenes
instructional program, involving
care of MOSH's "scaly, feathered,
and furry friends." You can even
plan a birthday party at MOSH!
And for the older folk, there is

"Senior Day" once a month at 10:30
a.m., featuring a welcome reception,
planetarium show, brown bag lunch
and program. This is just one of the
many lecture series for all ages.
If the above isn't enough to
tempt you to plan a visit to MOSH,
starting on May 15 and continuing
through the summer until Septem-
ber 12, a very special presentation
will be offered: "The Chronicles of
"Based on the blockbuster
film series and C.S. Lewis' beloved
fictional books, the 5000- square
foot, state-of-the-art entertainment
and educational exhibition will
offer visitors the opportunity to
tour scenes from the famed literary
fantasy world of Narnia. MOSH is
excited to bring an exhibit of this
stature to the First Coast," said
Maria Hane, executive director of
the Museum of Science and History.
"MOSH is dedicated to providing
visitors with a fresh experience on
each and every visit."
For more information about
any of these and many other offer-
ings, you can visit www.themosh.org
or call 396 MOSH.

to the
Class of 2010!
from your friends at
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summer heat heads our way, things the families at JCE to send in any
are different in Chile. Winter is warm clothing or blankets which
closing in on them and many would then be sent to Chile.
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5) Book Review


Written by Diana Palmer. 298 pages.
May 2008.
Review byT.G. Stanton

Texas, land of wide-open
spaces with oilrigs and cattle,
is home for Gracie Marsh. Her
stepfather adopted her after her
mother's death, growing up with
his son and a soon to be new
stepsister. Even luxury cannot cure
all ills. After her adopted father
passes, his son Jason Pendelton
sees to it that both girls want for
nothing and continues to provide
for them as needed. Jason went
his own way in developing his
Texas fortune, cattle being just
one area of his growing corporate
business. He frequently returns
home, where Gracie hosts his par-
ties and keeps his home running
Gracie suffered some trauma
as a young girl, leaving her with
insecurities, fears and doubts
about relationships. Physical issues
aside, Gracie has seldom depend-
ed on her own abilities. One night
a steamy kiss with Jason not only

Published by Harlequin Books,

sets her ablaze but also rekindles
unspoken fears. This leads Jason
to make assumptions that lead
him into the arms of a very differ-
ent woman who turns his world
upside down. Soon after she
demolishes his well-ordered life,
Gracie is kidnapped. This event
brings home to Jason just what is
important in life and that those he
has lost need to be brought back
home. After a rescue and other tri-
als and tribulations, surprises and
secrets are revealed and relation-
ships and romances bloom.
Diana Palmer is a romance
novelist who frequently bases
her novels in the western genre.
Though this book is short, the
characters are enjoyable and well
developed. The story follows fairly
typical romance lines, but the
kidnapping is an unusual, though
predictable twist. But as for those
who enjoy romances, this novel is
a pleasurable and easy read.

This was drawn by a local ten year old artist. Sivada's Cupcakery
in Bartram Walk displayed 36 pieces of Hunter's drawings dur-
ing the month of April 2010. He has been drawing since before
the age of five. He likes to draw creatures and Manga, a Japa-
nese style of drawing. Also, he enjoys Origami (the Japanese art
of paper folding) and sculpting. Finally, you might see another
one of his art shows around town!

Pacetti Bay PTSO Update
By Contributing Writer Mindy Gooden, Pacetti Bay Middle School PTSO

Pacetti Bay Middle School
PTSO is wrapping up another
busy and successful year. It has
been an honor to serve the Wildcat
students, faculty and commu-
nity through various fundraising,
volunteer and service projects.
The year has resulted in numerous
volunteer hours, the provision of
much needed supplies and services
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clude the purchase of the classroom
mobile iPod cart, the author visit,
two student dances, another won-
derful Evening of the Arts event,
book fairs, spirit wear and teacher
appreciation events.
We just concluded our last
fundraising spirit night at Outback
Crab Shack and we are wrapping
up the year with school supply sales
so students will have their pre-or-
dered school supplies on the first
day of school next year.
The PTSO would like to
thank all of our members for con-
tributing their time and financial
support to our efforts. We would
also like to extend our sincere
appreciation to the many business
partners and families who have
partnered with us by providing
either dollars or supplies for events.
The PBMS Business Partners for
the 2010 school year include:
Advanced Auto Parts, Alena's Pho-
tography, Bank of St. Augustine,
Barnes and Noble, the Blount fam-
ily, the Burka family, Chick-fil-A,
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Helping Hands members with their Mother's Day bags for Betty Griffin
House residents.

Helping Hands of St. Johns
County recently presented 50
Mother's Day tote bags to the ladies
in Betty Griffin House. Betty Grif-
fin provides shelter to abused and
battered women and their children
in St. Johns County. With the help
of the community, club members
and Winn Dixie, each woman
received new clothing, cosmetics,
health and beauty needs and jewel-
ry. The brightly patterned recyclable
bags were filled by the members at
their last meeting. Many thanks to
project coordinator Sue Tiberio!
The group also decorated and
donated pots of plants and flowers
to local nursing homes in May. The
group will be coordinating a Fathers
day barbeque at Trout Creek Senior
Center on June 18 for our local
The next meeting of Helping
Hands will take place on Friday,
June 25 at 12:00 noon at Faith
Community Church on County
Road 210 next to Cimarrone. Help-
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Flop Friday. Members and anyone

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members are asked to bring a cov-
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last Friday of the month at Faith
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with the family can become a dif-
ficult experience if your pet suffers
from car sickness. Dogs and cats can
vocalize, drool, vomit, urinate and
defecate if they are uncomfortable in
a moving car.
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neighbors Fourth of July is just are on our flag? Why? Can the kid-
neighbor? Forth of Jy i jus dos work together to draw all fifty?
around the corner and provides a Portraits of friends may be a new
great opportunity for some good, twist on an old fave; have them lie
old-fashioned, neighborly fun! down on the driveway and outline
down on the driveway and outline
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fancy meal to set on the table-this each other's features!
is picnic season! Heat up the grill "I like watching the fireworks
and consider having everyone bring all together with our glowsticks,"
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If you're blessed with an elderly
neighbor, he may share some sto-
ries with the group. The children
could make cards for soldiers
serving now or you may share the
story of how our National Anthem
was penned. If "simplify" is your
mantra, you may simply thank
God for our freedom and pray for
those who don't have this blessing
before fireworks and dessert.
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I remember! We always play hide-
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When I first began writing for
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sophomore year, I had no expecta-
tions as to what the experience
would do for me or how it would
open my eyes. In all honesty, I
wasn't sure if my articles would
even be read or if my words would
be as enlightening and poignant as
I had intended them to be. Besides
building numerous communication
and interpersonal skills, writing
for The CreekLine has allowed me
an opportunity to help make NW
St. Johns County a more informed
area that has revitalized the process
of civic engagement.
I remember the day that I
realized what kind of impact that I
could have on my local community
through The CreekLine. It was
early on a Sunday morning and I
was walking into Walgreens for my
usual shift. A few days earlier, one
of my articles concerning the merits
of part-time work had been print-
ed. I had made the public-relations
flaw of noting that my manager
(who was no longer with the store)
was "a little OCD at times" but
knowing that the manager lived in
Orange Park and probably would
not see the publication, I chose to
opt for the quick and dirty humor.
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heard as I walked in the doors to
Walgreens that morning were, "So
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recognized me by name. Never
having served or even seen them
before, I asked them (in kinder
words) how they knew of me.
Again, the connection was made
through The CreekLine, as these
two women had taken the time to
read my articles while absorbing
and understanding their signifi-
Writing for this paper was an
unmatchable opportunity in so
many ways. In a simple sense, it
looked good on my college applica-
tions and helped me to become a
better writer. From a broader stand-
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on many issues that otherwise may
never have been brought to atten-
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Throughout my two years, I
met many people telling me that
they had read my articles, without
even knowing the scope and scale
that they were circulated. Thank
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Celebration Church ofJax S Campus
Services at Bartram Trail H.S.
Phone: (904)-737-1121
Celebration Lutheran Church
810 Roberts Road
Phone: 230-2496
Christ Church UMC
Services at Mill Creek Elem. School
Phone: 669-8766
Christ the Redeemer Church WGV
Services at Renaissance Resort &
Convention Center
Phone: (904) 940-0943
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Services at Comfort Suites WGV
Phone: 803-2287
Creekside Christian Church
92 Lifespring Way
Phone: 287-2777
Cross Creek Church, PCA
401 Greenbriar Rd.
CrossPoint Church
Services at Mill Creek Elem.
Phone: 230-0316
Edgewater Church
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Faith Community Church
3450 CR210
Phone: 287-3223
Fruit Cove Baptist Church
501 State Road 13 North
Phone: 287-0996

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

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

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niles long, it is Gabby Gator's fishing tip: Get a
rivers in the fishing license!
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Geneva Presbyterian Church,
located at 1755 State Road 13, will
be hosting its third annual "We
Honor America" flag raising and
patriotic service at 9:30 a.m. on
Sunday, July 4. The flag raising cer-
emony will be conducted by Boy
Scout Troop 225, under the direc-
tion of Tony Pionessa, scout leader.
Patriotic songs will be sung and
small flags will be distributed. A
special prayer for our country will
be offered by Pastor Jesse Alexan-
der. The public is cordially invited
to attend as well as members of the
VFW and American Legion. For
more information, call 287-4865.

Faith Corner
By Contributing Writer Rev. Dale William Kaster,
Celebration Lutheran Church

Things have been hopping at
Celebration Lutheran and a big
part of it is because of you! On
behalf of Christ's Cupboard Food
Bank ministry, we want to thank
the generosity of the 32259 zip
code who donated 14,000 pounds
of food that have found their way
onto the pantry shelves here at
church. On Saturday, May 8, the
United States Postal Service's food
collection drive filled our needy
shelves with all manner of canned
goods, dried goods and ready to
eat meals. It took us six days to
sort through it all, but we did it
and now we have excited to have
so much to offer those who are
less fortunate who come to collect
food. To all of you who donated:
Thank you so much and we pray
that God will measure back bless-
ings to you.
Our first round of Stephen
Ministry training is a little over half
done and we're excited about what
that has to offer. Stephen Ministry
is a distinctively Christian, lay min-
istry meant to give love, encourage-
ment and a listening ear to people
who are going through life's chal-
lenges. Our Stephen Ministers will
be commission on Sunday, June
27 and will be available for anyone
who has needs not merely from
our congregation. In fact, we see it
as an opportunity to piggy-back on
the ministry of Christ's Cupboard,
finding a listening ear to those who
come to us hurting and in need of
As I write, we are two days
from our annual trip to aid a
Lutheran congregation in the Zulu
village of Ntshongweni in South
Africa. I will write more about
the trip in the next issue of The
CreekLine but if you are interested,
just check out celebrationlutheran-
jax.blogspot.com. We'll post daily
photos and comments from the
work there.

At a time when vacations
are being planned and executed,
we encourage you never to take a
vacation from the gifts that God
has to share in His Church. Join
us throughout the summer at 9:00
a.m. as we gather around His gifts
and celebrate the fellowship of be-
lievers. Thank God (literally) that
God never takes a vacation! Have
a most blessed, safe and enjoyable

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

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
is gearing up at Celebration
Lutheran Church. This year our
theme is "Planet Zoom." Using a
bee theme, we will encourage the
youth who come to "zip" into VBS
each day and to "zap" into God's
Word. Through crafts, Bible stories
and other activities they will learn
to "zoom" out to share the love of
Jesus to the world. The dates are
June 21 through 25 from 9:00 a.m.
until 12:00 noon. If you would
like to make a donation, it is sug-
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St. Johns County is only one
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school kids playing sports and he
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By Haven Lucas
With the school year coming
to a close, the Bartram Trail Bears
look back and reminisce about
all that has happened over these
past nine months. The school has
had many highlights over the year
involving many different sports.
Bartram Trail has a large sports
program totaling 35 different
teams! The Bartram Trail Bears had
very competitive seasons this year
and the teams' players constantly
put all their energy and effort into
their games.
"I would always concen-
trate on the game ahead and just
envision myself doing well," states
Cathryn Gauger, a team member
of the Lady Bears lacrosse and
basketball teams.
"We'd practice everyday after
school for at least two hours," says
Michael Larson, a member of the
boys' varsity soccer team, when
questioned on just how much time
and effort has to go into preparing
for their matches.
When it comes to sports, the

Bartram Trail Bears do not fool
around and all their victories show
that working hard truly does pay
Bartram Trail High School is
part of the St. Johns River Athletic
Conference. This is a group of 11
schools, including Bartram, which
competes over the season in dif-
ferent sports. The conference also
will total up points to see which
school holds the top spot overall
and Bartram was very happy to
have finished second out of all
the schools. However, the school
would not have done so well over
all if the individual teams were not
able to hold own. Two of Bartram
Trail's sports teams advanced to
the final four, but they didn't stop
there; they continued to move on
and become champions. Congratu-
lations to the Lady Bears softball
and soccer teams!
The Bartram Trail girls' soccer
and softball teams were also district
champions along with many of
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Lady Bears basketball played a
tough season and finished off
strong as district champions along
with girls' lacrosse. Overall, the
girls' teams seemed to dominate
over all the other schools; however,
there were two boys' teams that
stood out among the rest. The
Bartram Trail Bears boys' track and
cross country teams finished off
their seasons as district champi-
ons as well, showing that the men
could pull off this difficult chal-
You don't need to be able to
pass a ball or score a goal to be
considered a talented sports player.
One team at Bartram Trail has an
outstanding reputation and any
opponent they face always quiv-
ers in their shoes. The Bartram
Trail dance team has not earned
the title once, not even twice, but
three times of national champions!
Their coach, Patty Adams, showed
so much excitement, enthusiasm
and pride for her team when asked
about nationals. Those girls may
not know how to score a touch-
down, but they can sure bust a
All of Bartram Trail's teams
have had amazing seasons and they
encourage all who wish to try out
to please come and give it a shot-
because when you make the team,
it may start out as just any team,
but you end up with a family.
To find out information about
try outs for teams, please check
Bartram's website: www.bths.


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Trevor Knowles
Gianna Morelli
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CHS Sports Roundup
By Grant Piper

It's going, going, going, gone
and that's that ballgame folks,
something every baseball fan wants
to hear as long as it's your ball
that's soon to be gone. Luckily for
Creekside fans these words have
been uttered more than a few times
this year. Once again the Knights
varsity boys' baseball team has
come out swinging for the fences,
literally. Creekside finished off
their season with an incredible 18-
7 record, a win rate of 72 percent.
The Knights even managed to hit
off a handful of homers or dingers
as they're called in the hallways.
This year the Knights won
and won and won some more and
when the Knights win, man do
they win! Many of their games
ended in a difference of five runs
or more. Five! That is no small
number to be losing by, especially
in baseball. But the concept of
winning isn't new to the baseball
Knights as they finished last year's
season with an 11-7 record, a win
rate of 61 percent and out of all
of the Knights sports, baseball has
done the best most consistently.
Hitting is another Knight
consistency. This season Creekside
scored 141 runs for while only

allowing 91 runs against. They
scored 50 more runs than they gave
up; it's no wonder that they won as
often as they did.
The best thing about this
season however is the marked
improvement in all areas of the
game by the Knights. At the end
of last year's season the Knights
were ranked 153rd overall in the
state and 1878th in the nation.
These were amazing stats for a first
year school but compared to this
year those numbers are history. In
the 2010 spring season Creekside
managed to pull themselves up to
an impressive 55th overall in the
state and an amazing 526th in the
nation overall. We upped our runs
from 109 runs for in 2009 to 141
runs for in 2010. Yes the Knights
have done well, they've done
great-but best of all, they've done
We can always hope they'll do
better next year and the year after
that but for right now we are all
happy with how our school takes
place in America's favorite pastime.
We'd all love to see us take number
one in the state but for now we'll
settle for 55th. It has only been
two years after all. Go Knights!

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Creeks Clash U12 Girls White team
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The St. Johns Golf and Country Club B Gold team are the First Coast
Tennis Association B Gold Champions! Pictured are (I-r) Kelli Bushman,
Julie Martin (Captain), Dana Vaccaro, Kristi Arns, Kim Aguayo, Donna
Hale (Co-Captain), Missy Nevin and Caroline Windholz. Not pictured
are Tracy Yuro, Cathy French, Jessie Ceccorulli, Min McClintock

Henry Wrightman, a
sophomore at Bartram
Trail High School and
a level eight gymnast,
placed second at the
regional men's gym-
nastics meet in Chat-
tanooga, Tennessee on
Saturday, April 10, 2010.
He placed first in vault
and parallel bars, second
place in the high bar,
and third in pommel
horse. When Wrightman
is not being a glorious
student or eating, he is
typically found at First
Coast Gymnastics.

The girls had a great weekend and went undefeated in the Palm Bay
tournament held May 1-2, 2010. They easily won the early round
with 8-0 and 4-1 wins. They won the semifinals match 3-2 and had
to come back from an early 2-0 deficit in the finals to win the cham-
pionship 3-2. Mei Mei Van Housen had a hat trick to secure the win.
Another great accomplishment for a first year team, which went
undefeated its first season together. Pictured are Assistant Coach
Steve Zador, Autumn Brown, Chloe Zador, Katie Watson, Sydney
Amici, Cassidy Schell, Raquel Holness, Head Coach Gairy Chin, Mei
Mei Van Housen, Ellie Clark, Jaelyn Stepter, Madison Delaney, Kyla :
Jacobs. Missing is Kristine Galang.

Creeks 10U All-star girls softball team
wins The Greatest Show on Dirt i,.

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Congratulations to the Creeks 10U All-star girls softball team, who
were undefeated in a tournament at Cecil Field in May.The tourna-
ment was"The Greatest Show on Dirt"They have an upcoming
tournament, the Creeks Shoot Out, at their home fields in Aberdeen
on June 11-13. Front: Ansley Herring, Claire Scribner, Brittany French,
Nelia Marichal, Jessie McCullough, Faythe Reilly, Avery Buchanan.
Middle: Julia Williams, Baily Olguin, Amanda Haltiwanger, Lauren
Stanford, Rachael Sadowski, Madison Donnelly. Back: Coach Todd
Williams, Manager Greg Stanford, Coach Bryan Donnelly.

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The first weekend of May was
an exciting time for the Creeks
Clash Girls U10 Blue team, as
they played in the Palm Bay Spring
Challenge soccer tournament and
came up just short of the champi-

team played
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time wound
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pushed forward, a flurry of Clash
shots could not find the net. The
game would be decided by penalty
kicks. The girls gave it their best
effort, but fell short 1-2 in the PKs.

was the result of an amazing team
effort in their three tournament
games, including a strong defensive
stand against Treasure Coast and
a tremendous offensive explo-
sion against First Coast. When
the coaches broke the news to the
team that they would be playing
in the championship game, the
girls screamed, jumped around and
hugged each other and the parents
joined in on the celebration too.
This was the first tournament
for this group of girls playing
together as a team and they played
extremely well and had fun. The
future is bright for this team. The
girls gave their best effort during
the entire tournament and they
showed their competitiveness, skill
and class. The parents, families
and coaches are extremely proud of

The team's championship run these young ladies.

The St. Augustine Wild
Reserve was invited to St. Johns
Technical College for their endan-
gered species/global issues event
(school-wide literacy project) on
Wednesday, April 14. The Alliga-
tor Farm was also in attendance
with an alligator and other exotic
animals. We brought our two baby
tigers, Seze and Toruk, who de-
lighted the students with their kit-
tenish antics, playing with stuffed
toys and drinking from their baby
bottles for the crowd.
The students prepared won-
derful visual presentations describ-
ing the plight of many endangered
species, including tigers, snow
leopards, wolves and more.

The Cyclones from the 13 year old
division of the Julington Creek Ath-
letic Association won their cham-
pionship game. The score was 8 to
2 with the opposing team in the
lead during the second inning. But
our boys came back with a score
of 8 to 8! With the bases loaded,
two boys out, the coaches and fans
began biting their nails. Then John
Arena came up and hit an amazing
line drive to the center of the field
brining Albert and Kyle home. Hats
off to the team for a 10 to 8 champi-
onship win as well as an awesome

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Wishing this talented group all the best!
The CreekLine's senior high school writers graduate

By Martie Thompson
With St. Johns County's high
school graduation ceremonies
completed, we at The CreekLine
find that it is time to say farewell
to a truly talented trio of senior
writers who have penned articles
for us for the past couple of years.
It has been a pleasure working with
these aspiring journalists who have
displayed professionalism and a
grasp of editorial knowledge well
beyond their years.
We hope that they have
learned and expanded their writing
talents as a result of their associa-
tion with The CreekLine and wish
them all the best in their future

school later. She plans to major in
childhood education with a minor
in creative writing. During her
time at BTHS, she was involved
with winter guard, chorus, musi-
cal theatre, The Oracle (literary
magazine), Interact Club, Senior
Women, French Club and Book
Lucas shares, "When I grow
up I want to be a teacher for kin-

Tyler Shine
BTHS Happenings

Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho
Kappa, Hispanic Honor Society
and the Interact Club. During the
summer, Shine volunteered as a
basketball coach at the Switzerland
Point Middle School basketball
camp, teaching fundamentals to
six to 13 year old campers. He also
held a summer internship as an as-
sistant project manager with Elkins
Constructors in addition to a part
time job at Walgreens throughout
the school year. Shine was honored
with an American Youth Character
Counts Award in 2009, recogniz-
ing him for outstanding leadership
and demonstration of character
throughout the community.

Kristie Yang
Nease Happenings

Yang graduated second in her
class from the International Bac-
calaureate program at Nease High
School and plans to attend Duke
University, currently under the
major of biomedical engineering.
She will pursue a degree related to
the sciences and intends to follow
the pre-med track, as she hopes
to attend medical school after her
undergraduate studies. While at
Nease, she was a member of the
National Honor Society, National
French Honor Society and Sci-
ence National Honor Society as
well as the High Q and Future
Problem Solvers teams. She has
studied piano for 12 years and is
an accomplished violinist as well,
performing with the Jacksonville
Symphony Youth Orchestra for
all of her high school years. Yang

r\ i tiIe ly iNeda ndapp ll yng
spent the summer before her senior
year as a volunteer in Taiwan,
teaching English to children in
disadvantaged areas.
Yang shares, "When I grow up,
I want to be a doctor, but when
I'm well established, I want to open
my own bakery. I want to bake
and decorate cakes and treats for
humans and dogs."

Best wishes from all of us at
The CreekLine to these graduating
Editor's Note: As we say goodbye
to this year's senior writers, we now
have a few student writer positions
available for underclassmen. Please
contact us at editor@thecreekline.
cor if you are interested in becom-
ing one of our student writers for
next year!

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