Title: CreekLine
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Place of Publication: Jacksonville, FL
Publication Date: July 2010
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September 2010

summer with a bachelor's degree
from the University of Florida, will
play for the UHB for eight and a
half months and began training
with the team on September 6. She
worked out with Gator strength
coach Steve Orris this summer.
"The president of the club
made it very clear that they work
really hard in the preseason and
that players come in really good
shape so I have been working out
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really hard, Sorensen said.
Sorensen had a stellar two- ear
career at UF, making an immediate
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voted team captain her senior sea-
son (2009-10). She graduated with
the highest three-point percentage
in a career (37.3 percent, 161-
432), second-most three-pointers
in a season (83 in 2009-10) and 32
double-figure scoring games. In ad
edition, she was a 2010 Southeast
ern Conference Academic Honor
Roll member and a 2010 SEC
Community Service Team member.
Playing for Coach (Amanda)
Butler was a once in a hfetime op
portunity, Sorensen said. "It w"
my dream to play for Florida and
it was a dream come true. I have so
much pride in this school and that
is something that I will always take
with me anywhere I go."

performance was by Landrum sixth
grader Sara Anthony, who sang the
National Anthem accompanied
by softball, baseball and football
Then all eight middle school
cheer squads performed a uni-
fied dance/cheer routine to Miley
Cyrus' "Hoedown, Throwdown.
Afterwards the 200+ cheerleaders
lined up and each acknowledged
the sponsors and supporters which
helped to make middle school
sports a reality.
When asked what it was like
to perform as a group with all eight
middle schools in front of such a
large crowd, Liberty Pines cheer-
leader Emma Shoemaker respond-
ed, "It was a blast! It so much fun
to cheer for our school and get the
crowd excited along with you!"
Radio station 99.9 Gator
Country's Eden Kendall was on
hand to host the event and brought
out celebrities NFL Jaguars Jason
Craft and Todd Philcox, Chicago
Cubs Rick Wilkins, Senator John
Thrasher, Representative Mike
Weinstein and Superintendent Dr.
Joe Joyner to execute the baseball
d fo tball
an o demonstration.
Immediately following the

Countrywide Kickoff cont.on pg 4

What's Inside
Page 3 What's New
Page 4 From the Commissioner
Page 5 The Sheriff Reports
Page 6 School District Journal
Page 8 Amendment 4: Pro
Page 9 Amendment 4: Con
Page 12 BTHS Happenings
Nease Happenings

Middle school athletes compete at the Countywide Kickoff

Noon on Saturday, August
14 brought large crowds to Ponte
Vedra High School. St. Johns
Middle School Athletic Association
(SJMSAA) held its big County-
wide Kickoff event to celebrate
its inaugural year! Since the mid
'90s, St. Johns County has not had
traditional sports, like baseball,
football and soccer at its middle
schools until now. SJMSAA is
a United Way agency volunteer
board that is privately funded to
bring sports back into the county's
middle schools.
Last season SJMSAA success-
fully fielded 24 boys' baseball and
girls' fast-pitch softball teams. The
winners in the district competi-

tion were Landrum Middle School
for boys' baseball and Fruit Cove
Middle School for girls' softball.
This fall SJMSAA is focused on
bringing football and cheer fol
lowed by soccer in the winter to
the middle schools.
On August 14, a crowd of
over 2,000 gathered to watch the
Opening Ceremonies kick off
with a bang! The St. Augustine
High School JROTC presented
colors and captains from the win
ning softball and baseball teams
- Fruit Cove Middle School's Sami
Hays and Ali French along with
Landrum Middle School's Max
Ohno and Austin Sizemore led
the Pledge of Allegiance. The next

Former University of Florida
women's basketball standout and
Bartram Trail High School gradu
ate Steffi Sorensen has signed a
contract to play professional bas
ketball in France's Union Hainout
Basketball (UHB) league.
"I never imagined being able
to do this, but I am certainly
excited," Sorensen said. "This is a
once in a lifetime opportunity. Ev
eryone I have talked to is so excited
and really happy for me and I feel
blessed to be in this position where
I can keep playing basketball and
make money for it.
Sorensen, who graduated this

By Dakota Potts
To be a rock star
is sometimes con-
sidered one of the
ultimate dream jobs.
For local band The
Pinz, it may soon be
a reality. Just after
fishing high school,
they've recorded two
studio albums and are
ranked number 1 on
the Alternative Charts
for Jacksonville.
Punk Rock Trio.
The Pinz is made
up of Walt Clough
(age 18, lead guitar
and lead vocals)
Clayton Block (age 18, drums and
vocals) and Wyatt Clough (age 15,
bass and vocals). Block and Clough
originally formed the band, nam-
ing it the Pinz after Russian slang
for knives. This wording is found

they were able to start
Just as the band
and the sound were
developing, Block
was hit with bad
news: His family
was moving away to
California. He was
forced to make a
choice then. He could
cross the country and
stay with his fam
ily or he could help
continue the band.
Together, they made
a decision-they
would enter in the
Nease High School Battle of the
Bands. Winning meant they would
continue playing as a band. Losing
meant Block would leave for good
and the band might not be able to
Local band cont.on pg 4

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The Lifestyle Guru
Welcome Home!
Toast of St. Johns
Back to School section
CHS Happenings
Book Review
Purposeful Parenting
Faith News
Gabby Gator
USTA tennis
JC Crushers softball
Local football schedule

in the book A Clockwork Orange,
a favorite of Clough's. After going
through a lot of members, they
decided to bring in Clough's little
brother, Wyatt, to play bass. This
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County Road 210 corridor to see
what all the excitement is about!
We meet once a month to plan
our activities for the month ahead
and our meetings and activities
are during the day, when at-home
mothers need support most. Of
course, children are welcome at
all of our meetings and activities.
Activities are scheduled for almost
every weekday of the month and
moms may attend as few or as
many activities as they like. Some
of the activities we have planned
are trips to the zoo, beach and pool
days, story time at the library and
playgroups at members homes
and local parks. If you have any
questions or would like to get more
Information to join, please e-mail
Holly at sanmoms@gmail.com or
check out our website at website at

The Rotary Club of Bartram
Trail will be hosting their second
annual Fruit Cove Pub Crawl on
Saturday, October 23. The cost
is $30. To purchase tickets or to
request further information, please
contact Jamie Mackey at 535-
8411. The club continues to meet
every Thursday morning at 7:30 at
Westminster Woods on Julington
Creek. We encourage you to come
and join us for breakfast and fel

The NW St. Johns County
Republican Club meets on the
fourth Thesday of each month at
6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County
Northwest Annex multipurpose
room located at Flora Branch Bou

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

It is with great regret that
I report the closing of one of
NW St. Johns County's most
philanthropic companies. Beau
Monde Spalon closed its doors
on Saturday, August 28, 2010.
Owners Carl Slack and Reggie
Stephens have been a fixture in
Fruit Cove since the fall of 2000
where they opened their first salon
in Julington Village on State Road
13. Later in 2005 they expanded
and relocated to Plantation Plaza
on the corner of Race Track Road
and Flora Branch Boulevard.
Throughout the years, they
generously supported our area
schools in many ways, from being
the title sponsor of the Bartram
Trail High School Athletic Boost-
er Club's major fundraiser, the
Bear Affair in 2001 and for several
years thereafter and most recently
as the title sponsor of the Creek-
side High School Athletic Booster
Club's A Knight to Remember.
They also gave tirelessly and gen-
erously to the Relay for Life that

levard and Race Track Road. This
month's meeting will be held on
Tuesday, September 28. All are in-
vited. For more information, please
call Brian lannucci, president, at

The St. Johns County Cham_
ber of Commerce will hold their
county-wide Power Networking
Luncheon, for Chamber members
only, at 11:30 a.m. on Thesday,
September 14 at The Reef restau
rant, located at 4100 Coastal High-
way in St. Augustine. The cost of
the luncheon is $20 and RSVP
is required at www.sjcchamber.

The Northwest St. Johns
County Community Coalition
(NWSJCCC) meets the fourth
Thursday of every month begin
ning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bartram
Trail Branch Library, located at
60 Davis Pond Boulevard near
the entrance to Julington Creek
Plantation. All are welcome to at-
tend these important, informative
meetings. For additional informa-
tion, please contact NWSJCCC
president Phyllis Abbatiello at
703 9142.

is held each year at Bartram Trail
High School, raising many dollars
for fighting cancer. In addition,
they and their stylists gave gener-
ously to Locks for Love. Beau
Monde Spalon relished being a
part of our community and they
were always happy to give back.
It has been a rough two to
three years for so many of our
local businesses. It is critical at
this time that we as community
members continue to support our
local merchants; remember, they
are community members and our
neighbors too!
Beau Monde Spalon was
one of our original advertisers
in The CreekLine and we are so
appreciative to them for trusting
us with their advertising business
for so many years. To Reggie and
Carl, we wish you the best in your
future endeavors and please know
that you will be missed.

Rebecca laus

Plant Clinic at the Bartram
Trail Library! St. Johns County
Master gardeners will be on hand
to answer your plant and lawn
questions on Thursday, September
16 and Saturday, September 25
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at
the Bartram Trial Library located
at 60 Davis Pond at the entrance
to Julington Creek Plantation. We
will accept small soil samples from
your vegetable, lawn or shrub areas
for free pH testing.

The United States Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7
meets the first Thursday of every
month 7:30 p.m. at the St. Au-
gustine Yacht Club near the St.
Augustine Lighthouse. The flotilla
is always looking for new members,
particularly those who own aircraft,
boats and have radio equipment
and skills. If you are interested,
please contact Vic Aquino at

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen-
sibly) FL#493, St. Augustine has
a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on
Wednesday at the Old Colee Cove
Volunteer Fire Station, located

What's New continued on page 9

oming 50th anniversary
ion and look forward to
e's ideas. We are collecting
al food bank again this year
be accepting donations.
itional information, please
key Fraser at 342-0359.

rthwest Business Council
t. Johns County Cham
commerce will hold their
y lunch meeting beginning
a.m. on Thursday, Sep
23 at a location to be deter
The cost of the luncheon
For additional information
RSVP, please visit www.sjc

e MOMS Club of St. Au-
North invites moms and
ildren living in the 32092
5 zip codes including the

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Community Happenings

The NW St. Johns County our upc
Democratic Club will be meeting celebrate
at 7:00 p.m. on Thesday, Septem- everyone
ber 14 at Hancock Bank, located for a loc
on County Road 210. Joseph May- and will
hew, former candidate for the St. For add
Johns County Commission, will call Mic
be the guest speaker. For questions,
please call Don Parry at 287-7720. No
of the S
The Garden Club of Swit- ber of C
zerland will have their monthly monthly
meeting on Thursday, September at 11:30
9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bartram member
Trail Library in the Manatee room. mined.
Anyone interested in gardening in is $15.
our community or sharing their and to
insights is welcome. We are looking chamber
forward to an exciting year with
presentations about the Bartram Th
Trail Highway, planting for mos gustine
quito control, identifying good their ch
and bad bugs, bluebirds and much or 3209
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Durbin, Sampson, Cunningham,
Kendall, Trout, Wards, Six Mile,
Tocol, McCullough, Moccasin and
Deep Creek. These creeks origi-
nate in swamps and wetlands, one
of the most notable being Twelve
Mile Swamp east of World Golf
Village. The St. Johns River and
its tributaries serve as the front
porch to many graceful homes and
communities in St. Johns County
including Fruit Cove, Julington
Creek, Switzerland, Sampson,
Orangedale, World Golf Village,
Elkton, Flagler Estates, Bakersville,
Picolata, Riverdale and Hastings.
Two treasured scenic roads, the
William Bartram Scenic Highway
and Nine Mile Scenic Roadway
owe their graceful oaks, lush tree
canopy and scenic views to the St.
Johns River and its tributaries,
The River is home to mana
tees, alligators, spotted gar, blue
crabs, eel and countless game fish.
The St. Johns River is an American
Heritage River and best described
as a River of Lakes. Its slow flow
gives it little flushing ability so
nutrients and pollution tend to
build up in the river over time and
nutrient levels spike after heavy
rain events because of run off from
our yards, parking lots, roads and
It is easy to see why the St.
Johns River is important to our
communities. If managed well it
can remain a refuge from the hustle
and bustle of modern life and fulfill
many of the functions we depend
on it to provide.
For information and to make
reservations for the Summit, please
visit the website www.stjohnsriv
ersummit.com. St. Johns River
Alliance is hosting this event and
its website can be accessed by click-

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the St. Johns River is posted.
Thank you to The CreekLine
for providing community news
right too he ndbo ersesofdthosusands
allowing direct communication
from our local elected representa-
tives. Please do not hesitate to
contact me at 209-0301 or bccdl@
Thank you for the opportunity
to serve this community. I hope to
see you at the Summit!

It is an honor for North
Florida to host the 2010 St. Johns
River Summit at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center in Jacksonville
on September 15 and 16. The St.
Johns River provides transporta-
tion, water supply for agriculture,
industry and pubhc supply, food,
Jobs and recreational opportunities
to communities from as far south
as Indian River County just north
of Lake Okeechobee to Nassau
County at the Florida-Georgia
Border. Its inland reach is as far
west as Alachua County. It is the
longest river in Florida; it stretches
310 miles in length and its waters
flow through 15 of Florida's 67
Few grasp the history, beauty
and economic significance of the
St. Johns River. Its history is bold

Countrywide Kickoff cont.from pg 1
Opening Ceremonies the cheer
squads and football teams held
their competitions and award cer-
emonies. Organized and headed by
Cheer Commissioner Tracy Wells,
the results for the cheer competi-
tion overall were first place: Lan-
drum Middle School and second
place: Fruit Cove Middle School.
The Punt, Pass, Kick and Run
competition headed by Marty

p acri g su and r tC 1siddle
School placing second.
Flores was asked why he felt

and it covers a large portion of our
great state. Even those who have
spent a lifetime studying the St.
Johns River say they are stil11earn-
ing. The health of the river has a
major impact on our state and St.
Johns County's economy and qual-
ity of life.
The Summit will be a unique
opportunity to get the latest infor-
mation about this shared resource.
If you have questions from foam
on the river to fish kills, if you care
about the health of Florida's waters,
our river and its future, please plan
to attend this summit. There will
be a special segment about trails
and blue ways opportunities for
recreational business and tourism.
St. Johns County feeds the
river with drainage flows from its
many creeks including Julington,

so moved to help with the middle
school sports initiative and he said,
"Playing middle school sports is
something every child should have
an opportunity to do. It gives them
a sense of pride for themselves and
their school."
The day also included music,
concessions, bounce houses, spon-
sor tables and tours of the Sheriff
Department's Mobile Command

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Dear Editor,
On July 29, 2010, lightning
struck the roof of our home in St.
Johns Golf and Country Club and
caused a fire in the attic. Luckily,
my mother was home and able
to call 911 as soon as she realized
there was a problem and the smoke
alarm went off. Fire and Rescue
came out within 10 minutes.
Amidst this horrible situation,
everyone we worked with that
evening was wonderful. We had
about five different fire trucks out
and I wish I knew all the firefight
ers' names so I could personally
thank each one of them. I realize
they had an emergency situation

that they had to control, but they
still took the time to roll back the
oriental rugs and cover some of the
furniture. While we were in a panic
of concern and disbelief, they took
the time to explain what was going
on and why they had to do the
things they were doing. And while
we were left with a mess at the end,
including damaged possessions
and water all over the wood floors,
walls and furniture, people like our
Fire Inspector Rob Dowling still
walked us through what to do next
and what to expect in the weeks
ahead. Although the firefighters
had to leave about three hours
later, Rohbestaye withhelu)s untilct

ing deadline to get the album done
before Block's family moved to
California. This album is available
at www.thepinzrock.com and their
next album, Lucky, will be released
in spring of 2011.
In addition to this list of
accomplishments, according to
reverbnation.com, they are leading
the charts for Alternative Music
in Jacksonville. Guitarist Clough
thanks all of his fans for this.

in a non-profit company to tarp
the roof and guided us while we
hired a wonderful company to
begin a restoration process of ap-
proximately two months.
At a time when we felt com-
pletely out of control and losing
everything that we owned, some
wonderful people who work for
St. Johns County Fire and Rescue
made us feel at ease, helped us save
everything we could and helped us
figure out quickly how to rebuild
our life.

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St. Augustine, FL

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continue without him.
The night of Battle of the
Bands, they were a premier event.
Many came just to see them. At
the end of the night, they held
applause for over a minute, along
them the winners. They received
some free time in a recording stu-
dio which they used to record their
Grst album, Short On Time. The
name was inspired by their increas-

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arrives. Here are some safety rules

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stop at least five minutes early and
stand at least 10 feet away from
the roadway. Be sure to wait until
the bus stops, the door opens and
the bus driver says it's all right to
enter before stepping onto the bus.
Be careful that the clothing with
drawstrings and book bags with
straps or dangling objects do not
get caught in the handrail or door
when exiting the bus. Walk in front
of the bus; never behind the bus.
Re mb 'f he b
-me er 1 you cant see t us
driver, the bus driver cannot see
s3pehragetung ff th sechoolTd
ways are crossing.
you were to drop something beside
the bus, make sure to you tell the
driver before attempting to pick it
Students who walk to school
should do so on a sidewalk if it is
available. If there is no sidewalk,
students should walk against the

flow of traffic and be sure to cross
at marked crosswalks. Those who

a bticycle should member to
follow all traffic signs and signals.
Remember students should also
wear a bicycle helmet. Now that
schools are open for another year,
please take the extra time needed
and watch out for our most pre-
cious resource, our children.
As I close this month, I would
like to remind you that there is a

wealth of information that you can
obtain by visiting our website at
www.sjs org. Also, feel free toncson-

questions about your Sheriff's Of-
fice. My email address is dshoar@
sjso.org. I look forward to hearing
from you and it is the hope of all
of the men and women who are
part of your Sheriff's Office that
Our children and teachers have a
successful school year!

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The St. Johns County Tax
Collector's Project Buckle Up
program is urging parents and
caregivers to make sure their child
safety seats are properly installed
during National Child Passenger
Safety Week. As part of Child Pas-
senger Safety Week (September 19
through 25, 2010) Project Buckle
Up will have certified technicians
available to provide free hands-on
child safety seat inspections and ed-
ucation on Thesday, September 21
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the
St. Johns County Service Center
Tax Collector's Office in Julington
Creek located at 725 Flora Branch

"It's the responsibility of every
single parent and caregiver out
there to make sure their children
are safely restrained every trip,
every time," said Dennis Hol
lingsworth, St. Johns County Tax
Collector. "We are urging every
one to get their child safety seats
inspected. When it comes to the
safety of a child, there is no room
for mistakes."
According to the United States
Department of Transportation's
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) research,
8,959 lives have been saved from

1975 to 2008 by the proper use of
child restraints. In 2008, among
children under age five in pas-
senger vehicles, an estimated 244
lives were saved by child restraint
use (child safety seats and adult
seat belts). Research shows that
child restraints provide the best
protection for all children up to
age eight.
For maximum child passenger
safety, parents and caregivers can
visit their local inspection stations
and refer to the following 4 Steps
for Kids guidelines that determine
which restraint system is best
suited to protect children based on
age and size:
1. For the best possible pro-
tection keep infants in the back
seat, in rear-facing child safety
seats, as long as possible up to
the height or weight limit of the
particular seat. At a minimum,
keep infants rear-facing until a
minimum of age one and at least
20 pounds.
2. When children out-
grow their rear-facing seats (at a
minimum age one and at least
20 pounds) they should ride in
forward-facing child safety seats,
in the back seat, until they reach

the upper weight or height limit of
the particular seat (usually around
age four and 40 pounds).
3. Once children outgrow
their forward-facing seats (usually
around age four and 40 pounds),
they should ride in booster seats,
in the back seat, until the vehicle
seat belts fit properly. Seat belts
fit properly when the lap belt lays
across the upper thighs and the
shoulder belt fits across the chest
(usually at age eight or when they
are 4'9" tall).
4. When children outgrow
their booster seats, (usually at age
eight or when they are 4'9" tall)
they can use the adult seat belt in
the back seat, ifit fits properly (lap
belt lays across the upper thighs
and the shoulder belt fits across the
Remember: All children
younger than 13 should ride in the
back seat.
For more information on Proj-
ect Buckle Up and to find the child
seat inspection station nearest you,
please visit www.sjctax.us/Buck-
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NJROTC cadets continued their
tradition of community service
through the summer. July alone saw
the cadets log in over 232 hours of
giving to their community.
It all started with the Stone-
bridge Community Annual 4th of
July neighborhood parade. March-
ing approximately two miles, be-
hind a vintage Model T, the cadets
carried our nation's colors proudly.
On July 8 they helped launch
the Babe Ruth state baseball
championships at Davis Park with
the opening color guard and Pledge
of Allegiance. On Saturday, July
10, the Beaches Fine Arts Society
hosted their annual triathlon. Nease
NJROTC cadets were there to
help register the participants, guide
them through the transitions and
hand out water along the route. It
was a warm day, but one that was
filled with inspiration.

Geneva Presbyterian Church
held their annual Vacation Bible
School the week ofJuly 12, culmi-
nating in a celebration on Friday
July 16. Nease NJROTC cadets
were there to help with the set-up,
manning various fun activities and
clean up. As a reward for all this
service, the cadets then enjoyed two
nights and three days camping and
swimming along the Ichetucknee
The month culminated with
the upper class cadets welcom-
ing 50 new cadets to the program
in a six day Basic Cadet Training
(BCT), where they taught the
basics of NJROTC. The new cadets
showed their family and friends
how well they had learned the ba
sics of marching and performance
of color guard in a graduation
ceremony held in the Performing
Arts Center of Nease High School
On Tuesday, August 2.

The She r if f

R.e ports
By Contributing Writer David B.5hoar,
St. Johns County Sheriff

Back to school safety fines are doubled if they occur in a
school zone. Deputies will also be
As always during this time of in unmarked vehicles seeking any
the year, I would like to remind motorists who pass stopped school
all of our citizens as well as visitors buses while loading and unload
that St. Johns County schools are ing students. Remember all traffic
now back in session which means in both directions must come to
that our children are going to and a complete stop for school buses

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extremely careful in school zones the 0 osite direction are exe t
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and follow the speed limit in feet wide. These infractions will be
School Zones. Deputies will be at strictly enforced
school zones throughout the coun M al ded
otorists are so remin to
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Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 21

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Our School Board voted at the
August meeting to place a refer-
endum on the November ballot,
asking voters to restore the 0.5 mils
that the Legislature has moved from
our capital outlay millage. Because
we are still growing at a rapid rate,
our requirements for facilities
continue to grow. We also need to
protect the $750,000,000 invest-
ment we have in our current facili-
ties. All this requires funding. There
is a solid wall of separation between
instruction operation dollars and
money that can be spent on new fa-
cilities and maintenance. Because of
this, we could not utilize classroom
funds for facilities, even if we were
willing to make that sacrifice.
Because the Legislature moved
0.5 mils from the capital outlay
village and because other sources
of facilities money have dried up,
Our capital budget has fallen do
percent since 2007. There is a very
high cost of low maintenance. If
we fall behind on taking care of
our schools and other facilities,
the cost to catch up later is much
greater. Dr. Joyner will hold several
town hall meetings this fall to help
people understand why our School
Board is asking voters to restore the
0.5 mils. I hope you will take the
opportunity to attend one of the
meetings and that you will help us
protect our investment in children
by supporting the referendum.
I would like to brag just a
little. For the second year in a row,
St. Johns County School District
is number 1 in the state in terms
of performance on the FCAT. I
am so proud of the very hard work
of our teachers and children and
the strong parental support that
allows us to be ranked at the very
top. I expect this year to be just as
productive in terms of learning as
we have experienced recently. Our
fine teachers work extremely hard
to meet the needs of each child so
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gun! I was able to visit all 18 of the
north county schools on the first
day and found everything going
smoothly. Some schools were ex-
periencing stress from the require-
ments of the class size amendment,
having to balance classes, collapse
some and expand others. As you
will remember, we are required to
adhere to a class by class compli-
ance this year. That means that all
core academic classes in high school
are limited to no more than 25 stu-
dents. In grades four through eight,
the limit is 22 students per class
and only 18 students are allowed
per class in grades kindergarten
through three. Our new model of
utilizing associate teachers (certified
teachers who have less responsibil-
ity and less pay) is working very
well, especially in the elementary
grades. When a class reaches the
limit and another student arrives,
we are then placing an associate

teacher in that classroom to share
the instructional duties with the
lead teacher. Associate teachers are
also in place in middle and high
schools. Many of them travel from
classroom to classroom to meet the
requirements in various courses.
The associate teachers are certified
in the areas in which they serve.
Our district developed the model,
and we are receiving inquiries from
other school systems who would
like to use it as well.
Enrollment continues to
expand. On the first day, even with
out all the kindergarten students
(we stagger the start of our young-
est students over the entire first
week to allow teachers to assess
each one and to help the students
acclimate to school), our growth
rate was 2.7 percent, which is 0.7
percent above our projections. We
are excited to welcome all our new
students. We expect about 30,000
students in total this year.

highest potential. The volunteer As always, thank you for your
base that we enjoy also contributes commitment to public education.
heavily to our success. I am grateful If I may serve you in anyway, please
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The St. Johns River Water
Management District's Governing
Board recently approved $5.7 mil-
hon in cost-share funding for St.
Johns County Utility Department
for reclaimed water infrastructure
to meet the state's nutrient reduc-
tion standards for the St. Johns
River and to reduce the use of fresh
groundwater. Reuse and treatment
projects provide significant water
quality improvements to water-
ways, and using treated wastewater
to meet non-drinking water needs
also can extend the fresh ground-
water supply.
The board approved a cost-
share contract with St. Johns
County Utility Department for $3
million to construct approximately
6.5 miles of reclaimed water trans-
mission line from the intersection

of International Golf Parkway and
proposed County Road 2209 to
the Palencia golf course.
The county utility will begin
construction next year on a new
state-of-the-art advanced wastewa
ter treatment plant along County
Road 2209, about a mile north
of International Golf Parkway.
The facility is designed to provide
100 percent reclaimed water. The
total cost of the treatment and
reuse components of the project is
$44 milhon and the reuse related
project costs are estimated at $8.3
million. When completed in 2014,
the project will supply 0.75 mil-
lion gallons a day (mgd) of new
reclaimed water. It is expected that
the project will produce and reuse
an estimated 1 mgd by fall 2020
and 2 mgd by fall 2025.

"Reuse is a critical component
of our water supply plans for the
future," says District Executive
Director Kirby B. Green. 'St.
Johns County Utilities' project not
only will reduce the use of Floridan
aquifer groundwater by 0.5 mgd by
the end of 2020, it also translates
into an estimated reduction of
10,000 pounds per year of excess
nitrogen discharged to the St.
Johns River.
The proposed project allows
St. Johns County to further en-
hance reclaimed water transmission
to new customers and also to limit
discharges to the St. Johns River
well below the amount called for
in the state's Basin Management
Action Plan for the Lower St. Johns
River Basin.

The student count for St.
Johns County public schools on
opening day, August 23, 2010, was
27,578, an increase of 726 students
or 2.7 percent over last year's first
day enrollment figure of26,852.
During the past five years when
many districts have seen enrollment
declines, St. Johns County has
continued to be one of the fastest
growing counties in the state.
High school enrollment was
8,721, with 1,580 students at
Bartram Trail High School, 1,534
at Creekside High School, 1,115
at Pedro Menendez High School,

other first day enrollment figures
were Landrum Middle School with
1,156, Murray Middle School with
626, Pacetti Bay Middle School
with 845, Rogers Middle School
with 839 and Switzerland Point
Middle School with 965. Liberty
Pines Academy, the district's only
permanent K-8 school, had a first
day headcount of 1,013.
The elementary school popula-
tion totaled 11,048; however, this
count includes less than 25 percent
of the kindergarten population
since schools stagger the kindergar-
ten start date over a five-day period.

1,450 at Nease High School,
1,438 at Ponte Vedra High School
and 1,604 at St. Augustine High
School. There were also 230 stu
dents enrolled at St. Johns Techni
cal High School (SJTHS). SJTHS
is located on the campus of First
Coast Technical College and offers
students academic studies com
bined with career and vocational
Middle school enrollment
totaled 6,378, with student
headcounts ranging from 599 at
Sebastian Middle School to 1,348
at Fruit Cove Middle School. The

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School grades released in
August show the St. Johns County
School District has maintained its
ranking as the number one district
in the state. St. Johns County
Schools had 21 "A" schools and 3
"B" schools. Thirteen elementary
schools, all seven middle schools
and the district's only K-8 school
all received the grade of "A" this
R. B. Hunt Elementary im-
proved from a "B" to an "A." Ket-
terhnus Elementary and Timberhn
Creek Elementary both went from
an "A" to a "B" based on learning
gains of the bottom quartile, which
are still in question around the
state. Crookshank Elementary re-
mained a solid "B." ABLE charter
school went from an "A" to a "C."
Even though we traditionally
rank among the top performing

school districts in Florida, we are
disappointed that the state has
still not addressed the discrepancy
in statewide learning gains to our
satisfaction," said Superintendent
Dr. Joseph Joyner. "Reforms in
Florida, such as performance pay
for teachers, won't work until we
are confident that the data on stu-
dent learning gains is valid."
Twelve other elementary
schools retained their "A" status,
including Cunmngham Creek El-
ementary, Durbin Creek Elemen-
tary, Hartley Elementary, Hickory
Creek Elementary, Julington Creek
Elementary, Mason Elementary,
Mill Creek Elementary, Ocean
Palms Elementary, Osceola
Elementary, Ponte Vedra-Palm Val-
ley/ Rawlings Elementary, South
Woods Elementary and Wards
Creek Elementary. The grade for

The Webster School is pending but
they are expected to make an "A."
"I'm very proud of the out
standing work done by both our
teachers and students this past
year," added Dr. Joyner. "We really
are blessed with exceptional teach
ers, administrators and support
staff and, of course, incredible par-
ent support.
The high school grading
system has changed this year and
includes several new categories,
such as graduation rate, and
participation and performance in
accelerated programs. High school
grades are expected to be released
in November.



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County Board
Rocky S. Agbunag, of County
n and the St. Johns Commission-
ers. ers. The award
was given for
the department's vision, leader-
ship, hard work and innovative use
of ESRI's Geographic Informa-
tion System (GIS) technology. St.
Johns County was selected from
more than 350,000 organizations
In 2005, the Public Works
Department, led by staff member
Rocky Agbunag, began implement-
ing a Computerized Maintenance
Management System (CMMS) to
increase productivity and better
manage the county's drainage and
transportation assets. The depart-
ment's main goals were the ability
to create and track service requests
and work orders, effectively locate
the assets associated with the activ-
ity and account for the costs by
activity. The other goal was to use
a single system for both financial
management and asset manage-
ment, which improves financial
accountability and operational
The new system currently lists
the condition, age, exact location

and real financial cost of close to
30,000 culverts and 40,000 signs
throughout St. Johns County,
information that was previously
scattered and incomplete. The
unprecedented ability to use a
single system to coordinate all
these components sets St. Johns
County apart from other agencies
and resulted in the special achieve-
ment award. In the first full year
of implementation (2006-07), the
system helped increase productivity

monsth:m n3.30percern,0saving
Savings in subsequent years are
on track to reduce costs by more
the $1 million each year through
improved efficiency.
Public Works Director Joe
Stephenson says, "The system St.
Johns County now has in place is
a tremendous tool that allows us
to locate, track and manage our
assets within a performance based
budgeting process. Our efficient
system, created by Rocky Agbunag
and the Public Works team, is now
being modeled by other local gov-
ernments in the United States and
potentially throughout the world."
Out of over 350,000 organiza-
tions worldwide, only 1/10 of 1
percent receive an ESRI Special
Achievement in GIS Award. St.
Johns County was one of only
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Amendment 4 is a constitu-
tional amendment that will be on
your ballot on November 2, 2010.
Amendment 4 Florida Hometown
Democracy is a non-partisan citi-
zen's initiative that will give voters a
chance to veto or approve changes
to comprehensive land use plan.
This amendment to the state
constitution simply gives voters a
seat at the table (a vote) on land use
changes affecting our quality of life,
overdevelopment, traffic conges-
tion and higher taxes caused by the
need to build new roads, water and
sewer systems, schools, public build
ings and to provide fire and pohce
We're already required to vote
on sales tax increases and other tax
issues so why should we be denied a
vote on land use changes that affect
these same tax issues? Since we wind
up paying the bills for overdevelop-
ment we should be able to vote on
comprehensive land use changes

before being forced to pay.
Imagine having the opportunity
to say "yes" to good land use plans
and "no" to bad land use plans. In
the 12 years I've lived in St. Johns
County, I can attest to seeing our
county commission approve many
bad land use plan changes Amend-
ment 4 can end this frustrating
Amendment 4 is the oppor
tunity for citizens to prevent the
abuses ofoverdevelopment that have
hurt St. Johns County and Florida.
Comprehensive land use plans
or changes/amendments require ap
proval of local government (county
commission or city council) before
going into effect. While we expect
public officials to always vote in
the public interest it seems they are
more often concerned with "pleas
ing" the development industry while
ignoring the public interest. The
usual developer ploy is to threaten
a lawsuit upon which the local gov-

ernment gives in to special interests.
This threat was used so often in St.
Johns County one could predict
when the developer's attorney would
play this card at a public hearing.
Those against Amendment
4 want to continue the pres-
ent, "failed," system that's greatly
influenced by developers' and their
campaign contributions that elect
pro-growth politicians. "Money
talks" and too often our elected of-
ficials "have listened."
Anti-Amendment 4 sources
claim very dire results if citizens
have a vote on comprehensive plan
land use changes; however, the direst
result is the fact they'll need to con-
vince voters of the merits of their
development plans and benefits to
the community. No longer will they
need only three out of five votes
from St. Johns County Commis-
sioners to approve development the
community doesn't want.
The present system is broken
and the surest way to fix it is to give
voters the opportunity to accept or
reject development that is not in
the best interests of the commu-
nity. When Amendment 4 passes,
elected officials, planners and the
development industry will be forced
to make better land use decisions
because the final vote to accept or
reject a plan will be with the voting
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Amendment 4, also known as
"Florida Hometown Democracy,"
is one of the most pressing issues
on the ballot this general election.
This amendment will create a ma-
jor burden on the electoral system
of Florida because it requires that
any change to a city or county
comprehensive plan be brought
before the voters for approval.
The costs that will be in
- -
curred with this amendment will
have a devastating impact on our
economy. According to the Depart
ment of Community Affairs Sunset
Review, there were almost 6,500
changes to local comprehensive
plans in fiscal year 2006-2007. If
Amendment 4 had been in place
at this time all of these minor and
technical changes would have
had to be placed on ballots across
Florida. To hold these elections
would have cost taxpayers millions
of dollars and would also create a
bloated ballot with countless ques-
Supporters of this amendment
contend that Amendment 4 would
not require voter approval on
every land-use change. However,
on March 17, 2005, the Florida
Supreme Court ruled that Amend-
ment 4 would trigger the need
for voter approval on all land-use
changes, as well as every change in
a local government's comprehen-

sive plan. Citing Florida Statute,
the court stated that voter approval
would be required for, among
Other things:
* future land-use elements,
* traffic circulation elements,
* a sanitary sewer,
* solid waste, drainage,
* potable water,
* conservation elements'
* recreation and open space ele-
coastal management,
airport master plan changes,
public buildings,
community design plans,
*safety changes, and
historical preservation.
All of these unnecessary ballot
questions will bog down the system
and create less responsive govern
ment. This will make even the
simplest changes to local govern
ment difficult and costly.
Amendment 4 would also have
a major impact on the local and
state economy. A study conducted
by the Washington Economics
Group states that Amendment 4
would likely cost Florida 267,247
jobs. At a time when unemploy-
ment in Florida is hovering around
12 percent, this is a very unwel-
come consequence. The combina-

Lesley Blackner, a Palm Beach
attorney and founder of Florida
Hometown Democracy. (Con-
tributed over $800,000)
*Several environmentalist and
conservation groups such as the
Audubon Society and the Sierra
Club who seek to limit growth
and development in Florida.
Amendment 4 poses a serious
threat to our community and our
state. I encourage you to vote "no
this November.

tion of higher property taxes to
cover the costs of elections and
increased unemployment could be
enough to bankrupt several coun-
ties in Florida.
This concept was tried at
the local level in St. Pete Beach,
Florida. The mess it created was
unparalleled. According to the
Florida Times-Union, St. Pete
Beach was inundated with develop
ers and community leaders that
advocated problematic changes
to the city comprehensive plan.
To date there have been a dozen

lawsuits filed against the county
that have cost taxpayers hundreds
of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
This proves that Amendment 4 is
quite costly and ineffective.
Supporters of Amendment 4
* Joe Redner, the owner of Mons
Venus Strip Club in Tampa.
(Contributed over $35,000)
Joyce Tarnow, executive director
of Floridians for Sustainable
Growth, a population control
group against even legal im
migration. (Contributed over


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(south of Buddy Boys Grocery
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We are a National Weight Loss
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have lots of fun, contests and in
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Vessel Safety Checks are
offered at the Vilano Boat Ramp
starting at 12:00 noon on the
second Sunday of each month.
For more information, please
visit www.safetyseal.net, a website
devoted exclusively to the Ves-
sel Safety Check (VSC) program,
co-sponsored by the United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary and the
United States Power Squadrons.

The University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricul-
tural Sciences Florida Master
Naturalist Program Freshwater
Wetlands Module sponsored by
the St. Johns County Recreation
and Parks and Duval County
Extension will be offered October
10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26, 2010.
Classroom sessions will be held at
Trout Creek Park, located at 6795
Collier Road in Orangedale. This
program is for adults who want to
learn more about Florida's environ
ment. Teachers may receive up to

40 hours continuing education
credits. Topics include ecosystems
(swamps, marshes, and permanent
wetlands), key plants and wildlife,
and the role of humans in shaping
the environment. Each module
includes classroom presentations,
videos, field trips and practical
interpretation. Advance registration
is required. Course fee is $225.
Course instructors are Beverly
Fleming and Carol Wyninger. For
registration and program infor-
mation, please visit the website
www.masternaturalist.org. For
further questions, please contact
Carol Wyninger at 220-0232 or
wyninger@comcast.net or Beverly
Fleming at 284- 9488.

Habitat for Humanity of
St. Johns County is seeking
volunteers for its Family Support
Committee. A Family Support
Committee member and advocate
encourages, supports, nurtures and
commumcates with future Habitat
homeowners or Partner Famthes
throughout the process of becom-
ing a successful Habitat homeown-
er and thriving community mem-
ber. Family Support Committee
members are currently needed to
work with Partner Famthes as they
navigate the process of buying their
Grst homes. Volunteering on this
committee requires approximately
one to two hours per month. For
additional information, please
contact 826-3252.

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Arts education, exhibition and outreach:
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
By Betty Swenson Berg mark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

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William Bartram Scenic ancI Historic

Highway update
By Contributing Writer AI Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.net

Where did the summer go?
When the William Bartram Scenic
Highway group organization last
met in June we looked forward to a
summer vacation" and September
seemed to be a long way off. But
gee whiz it's September already and
we have to go back to work. We
didn't have a July or August meeting
but planning to make the next year
interesting and memorable has never
ended and we have a new, exciting
event planned for November 6,
2010 at Alpine Groves Park!
We're going to have an Old
Settlers Reunion, the first ofwhat is
planned to be an annual event. The
idea behind an Old Settlers Reunion
is simply to have an old fashioned
social event for a community to
celebrate the coming together of its

settlers and sharing in good music,
good food, games and a warm wel-
come to all who attend the "party."
In 2010 we may not have the "good
food" for our celebration but we will
have everything else.
We'll have a beard growing
contest for the men of the commu
nity, a corn grinding demonstration,
horse shoe throwing, blacksmithing
demonstration, checkers, hopscotch,
sack races, dominoes, a scarecrow
building contest, b....nd..._._1in._ and
whip cracking demonstration, soap
making and a pumpkin rolling con-
test. There will be some great, live
country and folk music to enjoy and
tap your toes to while sipping some
sour orangeade and pine needle tea.
If possible, we may also have a cake
and pie walk.

sponsor an annual Bartram Bash in
the spring (the seventh annual Bash
comes in April 2010) and having an
Old Settlers Reunion as an au-
tumn celebration promises to make
NW St. Johns County a "cultural"
destination for citizens of St. Johns
When you can, go to the library
reference department or visit www.
htm to see our recently completed
(99 percent) Master Plan. Our goal
is to preserve, protect, maintain and
enhance the scenic highway's intrin-
sic (historic, archeological, scenic,
natural, recreational and cultural)
resources along this designated
scenic highway. You are welcome to
join our group and enjoy making
the dream come true.
Last month we announced our
new and exciting website and hope
you've had the chance to visit ww.
bartramscenichighway.com for a re-
warding experience if you haven't
visited the site and signed up for
our monthly newsletter, please do it
soon. Thanks!
See you at our next meeting
on October 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the
County Annex on Flora Branch

In other words we're gonna'
have a very good time and you're in-
.. vited! The date is Saturday, Novem-
"' ber 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
so mark your calendar and look for
ER future announcements. We will an-
C E S ounce the whisker growing contest
soon after the end of August.
St. Johns County Parks Depart-
ment and the William Bartram
Scenic and Historic Highway Cor-
ridor Management Council already

. Place recyclable items in the
recycling bins provided by your
, service provider by 6 am on the
scheduled collection day.
Recyclable materials mclude
the following:
Newspapers, magazines,
catalogs, & telephone books

$ Jun mail & inssel dded paper
(shredded paper must be bagged)
Aluminum & metal cans
File folders, file or packing boxes

We are indeed fortunate to
have the Cultural Center at Ponte
Vedra Beach in our community.
I had known of it over the years
and had even participated in some
of its classes and other events, but
until my recent visit, I knew little
of its background and tended to
take it for granted. Like many good
things, it takes enthusiasm, work
and money to keep such a treasure
Founded in 1994, its mission
was to bring the arts to the com-
mumty with exhibits featuring lo-
cal, regional and nationally known
artists and to offer classes and
workshops for children and adults.
But it has gone beyond that. With
nearly a thousand patrons, mem-
bers and supporters it serves more
than 8000 participants annually.
In addition to its daily classes, it
provides a series of professional
development programs providing
resources for artists to increase their
marketability and career growth.
Another very special program is its
outreach into the area of special
needs children suffering from
autism and Down syndrome etc.
This includes not only visual art,
but music therapy as well. It also
participates in drug and alcohol
rehabilitation for teens and funds
many arts education programs
within schools and organizations
for children that need but do not
have access to the arts.
So what is there for the rest of

us? There are eight art exhibitions
throughout the year. These feature

well known artists. Coming up in
September the works of Mary Lou
Gibson and Thomas Glover will
be featured. The community is
invited to an opening reception on
September 24 where there will be
an opportunity to meet the artists
and enjoy light refreshments.
On October 24, The Cul-
tural Center will present one of
its "Beaches Unplugged Concert
Series." These are presented four
times a year and are free com-
munity concerts produced by VIP
Productions. Each concert features
up to 20 of the very best local
musicians performing a variety of
music live on stage.
Also starting again in October
and offered on the first Monday of
each month, there will be infor-
mative one hour lectures on such
subjects as "what to look for in
buying art," "how to protect art
and demonstrations by well known
artists. All this is in addition to the
regular schedule of classes in all
media for all ages, by outstanding
And don't forget to check out
The Players Benefit for the Arts on
October 15. The Cultural Center
partners with The Players and the
Jacksonville Symphony for this
very prestigious extravaganza held
at the beautiful TPC Clubhouse.
The Center is located at 50
Executive Way in Ponte Vedra. For
information on the above and any
other activities call 280-0614 or
search the web at www.ccpvb.org.

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News from Pacetti Bay PTSO
By Contributing Writer Cheryl Kerekes, Pacetti Bay Middle School PTSO
Welcome back to school As you can see, September
everyone! It's amazing how quickly will be a busy month. Be sure to
summer flew by. While many of us be on the lookout for our deli-
were lounging at the beach or tak- cious cookie dough fundraiser in
ing fantastic vacations, the PBMS October and another dance in
PTSO has been busy planning March. This year we will also be
some exciting events for the up- collaborating with Mill Creek and
coming school year. Here is a brief Wards Creek Elementary Schools
list of upcoming PTSO dates to to put on an Evening of the Arts.
add to your calendar that are sure It will be a night filled with music
to make the start of your school and art and will also include a din-
year even better. ner and auction. The location is yet
September 24: First dance! to be determined, but the date is
This will be a "sports" theme. Tick set for April 25; more information
ets will be $5 and will be sold at all to follow.
student lunch periods the week of The PTSO is looking forward
the dance. More information will to another great year with the
be available at school. PBMS students, families, teach-
September 28: Five Guys ers, staff and administration. Don't
Burger and Fries Family Night will forget, our general board meetings
take place at the Five Guys location are held the first Wednesday of
in St. Augustine. PBMS PTSO will each month at PBMS in the Media
receive 10 percent of all sales dur Center at 3:00 and are open to all!
ing the day and 20 percent of all For more information, refer to the
sales between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 PBMS website: www-pbm.stjohns.
pm. Come by and support your kl2.fl.us.
school by enjoying one of the best Have a great 2010-2011
burgers around! school year! Go Wildcats!

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an additional dance. We can't wait
to see how happy the girls look
with their fathers," said prest-
dent and CEO of Girls Inc. Beth

HughG 1 nc is looking forward
to hosting approximately 500 dads
and daughters. The event is $80 for
each daddy-daughter couple and
an additional $30 for any addi-
tional daughters. The festivities will
include a delicious dinner, music
from Radio Disney, professional
photographs, a silent auction and
raffle prizes that will make for an
exciting night.

SprinGi saldn ug ehoDtath ir
on February 5, 2011 at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfront Hotel, down
town Jacksonville from 6:00 p.m.
until 10:00 p.m. Girls Inc. invites
dads and daughters to attend either
dance or both!
Girls Inc. is a nonprofit or-
ganization that empowers all girls
to be Strong, Smart and Bold. All
proceeds from this dance will be
pGu 1 .ii sth n omnhlayee
round. Girls Inc. programming
includes after school, summer and
outreach programs in NE Florida.
For more information on
the Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter
Dances, visit www.girlsinciax.org
or call 731-9933. To register for
either or both dances, visit www

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To our newest student
writers for the 2010-
2011 school year:

Brittany Dirks, Nease
Ray Tuenge, BTHS
David Varga, Nease
Sports Roundup

They join ongoing
student writers:

Rachel Buff, CHS
Grant Piper, CHS
Sports Roundup
Dakota Potts'
Youth Scene
We are still looking for a
BTHS student to write our
BTHS Sports Roundup
column! Email
editors thecreekline.com

started long before that is the
Class Size Reduction Amend-
ment. In 2002, the state ap-
proved the amendment that
permits only 25 students per
core class (math, English, etc)
for grades nine through 12. This
took away block classes at Nease
and has added a great amount of
weight to students' backpacks.
They now have twice the books
to haul around or stuff in a locker
that is too small. However, the
smaller classes offer a more per-
sonal touch to teaching and less
stress for teachers. There are pros

and Icooons- it's just a matter of how

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While the end of summer can
be sad, there's much to be excited
about for students at Bartram Trail
High School as the new school year
From a freshman's perspec-
tive, entering high school for the
first time is both exciting and a bit
intimidating. Incoming freshman
Ainsley Durnin has been dream-
ing of becoming a member of the
Spirit of Bartram Marching Band
since her older brother was a mem-
ber seven years ago.
"Now I am, playing on the
drum line!" she shares.
From a returning student's
perspective, falling back into the
high school routine is a little easier,
but many still have concerns about

all the studying and activities that
high school involves.
For senior Michael Glass, time
management is a major issue. "I'm
worried that I might not have the
time to do all of the extracurricular
activities due to my part time job,"
said Glass.
The administration and teach
ers at Bartram have planned several
events to ensure students adjust
quickly to the new school year and
are well-informed of all the oppor
tunities available for extracurricular
activities. During Bartram Blitz on
August 27 information was dis
tribute to students. During lunch
time on September 10, the Club
Fair will give students a chance to
talk to club members and faculty

sponsors to find out more about
all of the many clubs and other ex-
tracurricular activities at Bartram.
At Open House on September 14,
parents can learn about student life
at BTHS as well as be informed
their own important role as Bar-
tram parents.
There are also big sports and
social events happening early in the
school year. Bartram will play its
first football game in Bartram Sta
dium against Palatka on September
3, not a minute too soon for fresh
man Durnin: "I can't wait for our
first football game so I can finally
march on the field during halftime
and do an amazing show!"
Senior Glass plans to attend
more sports events this year, hope-
fully during homecoming week,
October 18 through 23.
But extracurricular activities,
sports and social events are not
the primary purpose of attending
Bartram. As it has for 10 years,

Bartram will continue to strive for
academic excellence. Students can
expect the teachers to make clear
the first day what is expected of
them academically. Perhaps the
most notable academic change
at Bartram this year is the daily
schedule. Unlike the previous year,
90-minute fourth and fifth period
classes will alternate daily. Wednes-
days will remain shortened days
and all periods besides the fourth
and fifth periods will be 45 min-
utes long.
Durnin is worried about the
homework load. "I heard from
some of my friends that there is
going to be a lot of homework and
Glass hopes to salvage pieces
of work and notes from last yea
to help him out this year. Still, he's
worried about his physics class.
"I really hope it's nothing like
chemistry!" he says.

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The lines of cars move slowly
as parents drop off their Nease
underclassmen, while the upper-
classmen pull into new spots in
the Green and Gold parking lots.
The top 30 academically inclined
seniors appreciate the short walk
in the humid air after leaving
their cars behind in Red lot, the
closest spots available.
The fresh air is slightly
tinged with dust, because con
destruction is once again being
done on Nease High School. The
outdoor hallways used to hold
grass and memorial trees, but the

:ass b ncoo wkh d di ch
grassland" has now been covered
with bricks and become a court-
yard (still bearing the memorials).
The students have mixed feelings
about these new additions; some
enjoyed the natural feel the bare
ground provided, yet others dis-
liked the trouble of crossing dirt
and rocks to cut the time of walk-
ing to their next class. Despite
how anyone feels, the courtyards
are here to stay. That is until they
decide to do more construction!
There are more than just
appearance changes at Nease; our
staff has, too. Nease's old teach-
ers have mostly gone off to Ponte
Vedra High School or retired. In
their place are teachers fresh out
of college that most students are
still trying to figure out. How
ever, some student favorites are
still around: Dean Bernie Blue,
Diane Frere, Craig Binns and
Joe Tusing. The friendly face of
familiarity is a nice dose of happy
memories as new ones are made
with the incoming changes.
Though school has only
barely begun, football, volleyball,
baske all and tohrekim arching and

the summer. Their seasons begin
soon and as the band plays its
music, the football team plays its
game. Stands tunes and dances
pump up the crowd as they cheer
on their favorite team mem-
ber or just the team in general.
When half time rolls around, the
Panther Pride Marching Band
takes the field for an entertaining
show called "Nevermore" that
they've been putting together and
rehearsing all summer. The two
week camp before school started
was from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. It was as
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Organic Lifestyles

By Molly McKinney
In the last 10 years or so, I've the inner cities where plumbing
found myself asking the seemingly not readily accessible or extremely
obvious question of, what happened rural areas where people share w
to the water? It used to be, back in sources with farm animals. In m
the day, you could play in the pud- suburban areas, it's the law for w
dles in your backyard without fear- to have high standards for purity
ing repercussion and people drank (meaning the amount of foreign
the stuff directly from their kitchen material per squared inch) and
taps. If you wanted water while you chemical makeup (meaning whic
were outside, you drank from the atoms are present besides H-2 an
hose or a water fountain. But now, O). Many cities add fluoride or
everything's changed. Water's got other useful elements to the wate
a bad rap ifit's not filtered, puri- to aid in peoples' dental health.
fied or fortified. People claim water Filters do purify the water further
from fountains tastes terrible or is and are useful in some cases, like
diity and in icataulants only oldel you have hard water. But in mos
pitchers that have been strained scenarios, the water that comes o
through microscopic meshes. of your tap is perfectly fine. You
Zephyrhills led the way in put it in a BPA-free water bottle
killing the market for bottled water and call it a day!
by offering to bring you gallons of The other reason not to spe
the stuff, pre-bottled, to your home. money on water with additives is
The rest followed loyally, offer- that you probably get the amoun
ing better, purer versions all for a of electrolytes and chemicals tha
nominal cost. But the cost to the you need every day from either y
environment has been deadly. Mter diet or a multivitamin, if you tak
Italy, the United States is second one. So adding a bunch of vitam
highest in the world for consump- and minerals through fancy wate
tion of bottled water and most of just buying yourself really expense
the bottles don't get recycled. Lately, urine. Now, if you exercise for an
companies have been improving hour every day, you may benefit
efforts to reduce the amount of from something with electrolytes
plastic used in the bottles, but we're And lots of food. But in general,
far away from common sense at this Americans really don't need all
point. those extras.
Is there any reason to pur- The only break I'll give here
chase bottled water or water with to SmartWater, for no other reas
electrolytes, like SmartWater and than it's just cool. The scientists
Propel? Probably only if you're have thought of a way to make ti
visiting Mexico. The long and short little clouds that trickle water int
of it is that the United States keeps the bottles. Fascinating! Better th
its water very clean in most of the regular water? Probably not. But
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Liberty Pines Academy will
kick off one of its largest fundrais-
ers on September 11, 2010. The
school's PTO will host the third
annual Liberty Golf Ball and
Silent Auction at St. Johns and
Country Club from 7:00 p.m.
until 12:00 midnight. There will
be a live auction with Dan Hicken
as host auctioneer. Live music will
be provided by Seize the Day and
this year there will be a glow in
the dark golf ball contest.
Please come out and enjoy
some fabulous food and drinks,
while helping our school. Last
year, we raised $15,000 with the
Liberty Ball and Golf Tourna-
ment. This year we are hoping to

raise even more. The mone
y raised budget cuts," explains Lori Mc-

will go toward purchasing some
"big ticket" items for Liberty
Pines Academy students. Principal
Randy Kelley has requested items
such as iPod Touches and cart,
geometry sketchpad, Discovery
Streaming Science, blue tooth
SMART boards and flip cam-
eras. These items will help LPA
students increase their technology
skills and further their education.
"I'm very excited to be part
of LPA. It's only our third year
and so far, the school has shined
academically. Being part of PTO
makes that possible by provid-
ing for the teachers and students
when the school system suffers

Ginnis, PTO president.
By contacting Tina
Townsend, Golf Ball chair, you
can purchase tickets to the third
annual Liberty Golf Ball. She can
be reached by email at vpdoc@
bellsouth.net. Tickets are $35 per
person and the event is cocktail
Many outstanding donations
have been received and are ready
to be auctioned off by our special
guest auctioneer, Dan Hicken.
Included in these donations will
be golf for four with Ernest Wil-
ford. Please come and join the fun
while helping support our school,
Liberty Pines Academy.

By Contributing Writer Jackie Valyou
Helping Hands ofSt. Johns
County recently cut, sorted and
donated $15,000 worth of grocery
coupons to the First Coast News
Coups for Troops program. This
worthwhile project allows military
families overseas to use manufac-
turers' coupons at the base to save
money. Debbie Alison of Helping
Hands was featured on a segment
about the program. Helping Hands
also wishes to thank the communi-
ty for the pet food, towels, blankets
and toys that were donated to St.

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The group will meet on
Friday, September 24 at Faith

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Center at 12:00 noon to decorate
small Christmas trees that will be
given to Hospice patients and area
nursing homes. Anyone wishing
to donate a small 24 inch tree or
decorations may contact jacqphil@
aol.com. The center is located next
to Cimarrone on County Road
Membership is always open
and if you wish to join you may
contact jacqphil@aol.com. There
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Q. I would like to know do n
the age and value of my antique can
sofa. It is carved and has metal us s
a tag on the back that reads S.
Karpen Furniture, Guaranteed,
Upholstered, Chicago." One leg
has some damage. B.B., Wil
St. Johns pan
A. This sofa may have been the
part of a parlor suite that include vari
ed at least two large chairs and you
perhaps a matching sofa. It was 1900, Karpen was one of the largest and
made around the turn of the cen makers of upholstered furniture in 77"
tury. The carving was done to high the country. Schnadig Corp. bought mar
degree. It was not machine-carved. Karpen in 1952. part
German emigrants Solomon and The poor sofa needs work, in- leys
Oscar Karpen established a furni clouding repair to the carving on one
ture factory in Chicago in 1880. By
g el (broken toes) refinishing and of rese

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By Joy Hartley
Fall "stuff" to clo!

Even though the heat is still
- with us I am ready for fall. Falling
leaves, wearing sweaters and plant-
ing mums are a habit for me this
time of year...so I have created
Florida fall traditions.
I love to go buy those hand-
some crotons with their pretty
stripes in all the fall hues of
burgundy, orange and brown.
When we pot these in containers
throughout the landscaping areas,
they instantly say fall is in the air.
Now it's time to change the
TOnt door decoration. I am always
amaZed at how much dirt and de
cay gathers on my front entrance
between my seasonal wreath
changes. We all are accustomed
to entering the house through the
garage and forget our formal en-
trances, so some fall cleaning is in
order. Now the "leaf wreath" can
go up and our front curb appeal is
freshened up for fall.
Out on the horizon of fun
things to do are the fall fairs in
the area, along with the many arts
and crafts events. Put your radar
out for some of the great out of
town day trip events around NE
Florida. Dont miss my Octo-
ber column in The CreekLine
for specifics on the two best fall
parties around, The Micanopy
Fall Harvest Festival (go to ww.
micanopyfallfestival.org) and
The Hay Days celebration in St.
Marys, Georgia.
I am certainly ready to change

oiur ametnhusme IsI af rriT1aedd rgers,
meats and salads. I have a wonder
ful new recipe to try so I can't wait
for that first cool day. This new

"dish" has a great story behind it
I just returned from the wed
ding of the year-no it wasn't
Chelsea's! Our dear friends in the
mountains of Tennessee just mar-
ried off their only daughter and it
was quite an affair. The wedding
day was quite formal but the bride
and groom planned a low key
week going into "their" day. They
choose a "cook-out" theme for the
rehearsal dinner complete with a
horseshoe throwing competition.
The little local "grill" was perfect
for the event; it had doors that
opened up to a patio area and
garden...the owners just rolled in
a biggy grill and walla! A cook-out
was thrown!
The menu was burgers and
chicken and potato salad but
hands down the hit was the baked
beans! The bride's late grandmoth-
er was known throughout the
county as a fabulous cook so it was
apropos that her killer baked beans
recipe was shared with the caterer
and served up to the wedding

party. I asked if it was ok to pass it
on to my friends at The CreekLine
and they were thrilled...so here
it is!

MiMi's Baked Beans
3 cans pork 'n beans
1 lb. sausage
1 small onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
M c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. dry mustard
Mix beans, onion, garlic,
sugar and mustard. In a covered
casserole dish or Dutch oven,
pour 1/3 of the bean mixture in
the bottom. Layer 1/3 crumbled
sausage on top; repeat two more
layers then top with catsup. Bake
at 200 degrees for four hours.
(Short cut brown the sausage
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A. William Adderley founded
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in 1906, but continued to use
mark showing a sailing ship and
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r pieces was used between 1886
1926. The pattern name "Spray
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k. Adderleys eventually became
of Royal Doulton. The Adder-
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Cups and saucers that are
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sitting business
Bob and Donna Keathley, 10
year residents of Cimarrone, have
opened a new pet sitting service in
NW St. Johns County. The business
has been appropriately named HRH
(His Royal Hiney), as that's the nick
name of their 13 year old terrier, Gus.
Bob Keathley retired five years
ago from a 30 year career in the alu-
minum industry, ending with tenure
as vice president of Hydro Aluminum
in St. Augustine. Since retiring, he
has been pet sitting for friends and

. ,
neighbors and has decided its great'
so the couple is going into the hobby
full time.
They will provide seven day a
week pet care including all holidays.
This service includes all feeding and
medication as needed, with house
sitting favors too! Also offered is mid
day daycare to working or traveling
professionals. The business is licensed
and approved by the state of Florida
and personal references are provided
upon request.

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is. I suggest not reupholstering it if
you plan to sell it.

Q. My mother inherited a tea
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During the drive, 50 units
were collected for the San Juan Del
Rio blood account at The Blood
Alliance. The blood drive spon-
sored by the Knights of Columbus
Switzerland Council No. 12664
took place on Sunday July 25 in
the church hall.
There were 49 appointments.
Fifty six people showed up-12
people could not give and were
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prestigious honor very few students
can hope to attain. In fact, the
Academy recognizes fewer than 10
percent of all American high school
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Geddings will appear in the United
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Local riders represent St. Johns
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Congratulations to
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in Tampa in July. Each rider
was allowed to compete in five
classes at the state show. Both
riders placed or were selected
for the final call backs in every
class. Competition was tough
and both Harris and Ander
son did a great job represent-
ing St. Johns County at the
State 4-H Horse Show.
Harris and her American
Quarter Horse named Leagers
Bay Lady "Ellie" placed in
Hunter type mares, over 14.2,
receiving sixth place out of 21
horses. In Hunter Jr/Int showm:
ship 13 and under, she received
third place out of 62 contestants
In Jr/Int Hunter Under Saddle,
over 14.2 she placed fifth out of
contestants. She also placed 11ti
Jr/Int dressage.
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placed eighth in Western Show-
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creating an atmosphere for learning
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Welcome home to
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Fruit Covel Russell, a
United States Navy
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the Marines, returned
home from Afghani-
stan on August 12. This
was his second tour of
duty in the Middle East,
having been previously
deployed to Iraq. Rus-
sell, a 2003 Bartram Trail
graduate and his wife
Amber are the proud
parents of a two year
old daughter, Colbi.
He is the son of Carol

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Fruit Cove.

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My favorite item, the vest,
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being in fur whether it be real or
faux. They also come in menswear
herringbones, tweed and leather-
such a good layering item for us
Stylish coats worn like dresses
are in vogue this season. Pull down
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longer lengths below the knee
are all the fashion. Leopard print
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whether it be a scarf or a handbag
or a shoe, procure something in
leopard to be a fashionable maven.
This is the perfect thing to go with
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When the holidays come
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also in our favorite black. So start
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St. Johns Middle School
Athletic Association (SJMSAA)
held their inaugural middle school
sports fundraiser dinner at the
Sawgrass Marriott on August 14.
The event was not only a financial
success, but also a fun night filled
with tons of laughter,
Keynote speaker and Olym-
pic gold medalist Shannon Miller
spoke about the importance of
sports and fitness in lives ofchil-
dren today, especially in the age-
range of middle schoolers. Miller's
company Shannon Miller Lifestyle
promotes health and fitness for
women and family.
When asked why she feels so
strongly about getting children
back into fitness, she responded, "I
am passionate about getting kids
active, not only for the physical as
pect, but also for the many life les
sons they learn through sport like
good sportsmanship, responsibility
and the benefits of hard work."
The man of the hour was
Senator John Thrasher. SJMSAA
acknowledged his standout help
with the sports initiative from
day one... literally his first meet
ing he took as a Senator was with

two board
members in
reference to
middle school
has been
an army of
and prayer to
get this initia-
tive done,
said SJM-
SAA board
member Kim
Kendall, "but
there is one
stand out...
and that's
Senator John
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Mac Craft (assistant football coach at SPMS), Keith Martin
(president of SJMSAA and football commissioner) and
Jason Craft (head football coach at SPMS and former NFL
player) at the SJMSAA dinner,

many meetings and been a propo-
nent for us and opened doors for
us and guided us... the hours and
hours he's put into this is unbe-
lievable. And we are so incredibly
grateful to him!"
What motivated Thrasher to
help in such a big way with this
initiative? In response, Thrasher
said, "It's about giving kids an

opportunity to enjoy and excel in
sport at a critical time in their de-
velopment. Sports provide life skills
that carry over into adulthood.
Let's get them involved in positive
sports related activities!"
One of the funniest parts of
the program was when a nine ques-
tion and answer video appeared on
the screen behind Thrasher. It was
his good friend former Governor
Jeb Bush doing his best impression
of a game show host. Thrasher did
surprisingly well with the difficult
questions -- and only missed one
- giving him a B" for the evening
and sparing him from wearing the
dreaded Gator hat the rest of the
The raffle and live auction
were a great success as well. Items
ranged from trips to Italy, sailboat
rides, personal child portraits, Chef
Medure cooking for eight and
much more. The evening was a
tremendous success and helped ob-
tain the needed finances for capital
equipment for football coming this
fall to the county's eight middle
For more information about
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OK my blonde Fashionable
Florida Friends (FFFs), this is your
year! The colors of the season are
camel, khaki, tobacco, mocha, cof
fee or toffee. Any way you look at
it the classically chic camel is domi
noting the fall collections and you
fair haired gals wear it best! Camel
is a sophisticated blank canvas
- warmer than black or white.
The rest of us are going to
have to put some other hues
against our face to keep from
turning green (not just from envy).
Whether it be a fur scarf or a pop
of primary color on top that's the
way the other half of us can carry
off the basic of beige.
Shoes, shoes, shoes are hot
in every shape and color. Girly
flats are ultra cute and amazingly
comfortable, yeah! Mary Janes are
back; remember these? Stilettos
are bowing down to mid-height
work heels for daytime elegance.
And...my all time favorite, the kit
ten heel shng-back pump has again
resurfaced...it's a comfortable do-
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plan to dig my Bass Weejuns out of
the top of my closet now! Boots are
a biggy! From sleek heeled booties
to chunky ankle attitude ones, go
buy a pair of boots! Opaque legs go
with all this footwear so purchase
your Hanes now.
Embellished sweaters with
flowers or ruffles are hot! Bring
out your old cardigan and add an
animal print flower to update the
look. Pantsuits are back; go into
your back closet and pull them out.
Remember the bow tie blouse? It's
back too, along with soft romantic

Micidle school sports inaugural clinner a blast!

that to the fact that
I think that science
..11. is amazing-that
pretty much set me on
-0; demonstrations." says
.. intern Stern.
.. Intern Souder
agrees: "I chose dem
onstrations because I
did theatre [at school]
for six years and I
thought that it would
be similar to putting
on a show.
For intern Frank-
lin Alzate, "Interacting
with a large crowd is
my favorite part-and
seeing them smile. It's an amazing
The Science Show is "a total
performance" according to Jake
Thttle, one of the Science Educa
tors or "Mad Scientists.
c. .
Thttle opines, Science does
speak for itself, but you need to
have energy to get the audience en-
gaged and you have to get yourself

u e oond
Soused on a certain age range. The
show is geared toward whoever
is in the audience. We adjust the
show to fit the needs. There is no
formula for a good show. There is
1 f it aviation involved,
Aside from being entertaining,
the show teaches participants a lot
of skills. As the shows are spon
sored by JEA, many of the experi-
mentsincaudeeectricif rmerSci

ence Educator Savan Dave, "We
take the experiments and make the
information they learn relatable to
real life. Like experiments we do
with static electricity can be related
to lightening safety. Hydrogen
explosions translate to the power of
sound, which in turn directs us to
thunder. The stuff we teach is basic
knowledge, just more entertaining
for the pubhc.
But the shows do more than
teach about basic science. They
also show us how much more we
have to learn about the world and

the eirtn urt concludes,
"Little kids like asking questions

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By Danielle Wirsansky

Laughs abounded at The Toast
of St. Johns County Toastmasters
Club #9551 as members used
their wits and wit in the club-level
Humorous Speech Contest.
Patsy Heiss, Advanced Com
municator Gold, won first place
with her western spin on the Bible
story of Adam and Eve. Sandy
Murphree, Advanced Communica
tor Silver, took second place with
her tale of an elite corps of secret
service cats and Charity Riley,
Competent Communicator, placed
third with her funny stories about
her nieces and ne hews.
Area 62 Governor Jimmy Mil
hollin was present at the contest
and participated in the judging.
The top two competitors
advance to the area-level compete
tion, which will be held at 11:00
a.m. on Saturday, September 11 at
the St. Augustine South Improve
ment Association Clubhouse,
located at 709 Ro al Road. The
top two competitors from each of

the area's clubs
will be competing
for the chance to
represent the area
at the division
contest to be held
on October 22.
The winner of 6
the division will .7
face competitors
from throughout
District 84 from
Orlando to Talla-
hassee at the fall
conference, to be Patsy Heiss, Cha
held at the World
Golf Village on November 12.
All competitions are open to
the public. Admission to the St.
Augustine competition is $5 and
includes a light lunch.
The club's evaluation con-
test will be held at 12:00 noon
Wednesday, Sept. 8 during its regu
lar meeting time and the pubhc is
invited to attend. The Toast of St.
Johns County meets the second,

rity Riley and Sandy Murphree

fourth and fifth Wednesday of
each month at the Merrill Lynch
Conference Room, Suite 203, in
the three-story office building next
door to Outback Steakhouse off
State Road 312.
For more information,
- please visit The Toast of St. Johns
County's website, http://stjohns.
freetoasthost.or r8-

The author at MOSH.

First you would feel the sharp
sting of a shock from the Van de
Graaf electrostatic generator. Next
you would taste the acrid smoke
as a cloud is formed on the second
floor at the air pressure cart. Then
on smell the distinctly fish smell
7 7 7
of plankton and krill emanating
from the Atlantic Tails room. The
shriek of an owl reverberates from
ist Center. And last but

he dM es
has it all.
The Museum of Science and
History endeavors to strengthen
the knowledge and understanding
of both the unique natural ecosys-
tems and history of Jacksonville
and Northeast Florida. The mu-
seum wants to bring about aware-

naeds a oa heactia olnaroo sc eannc
motivate learning in all visitors. In

ns ct hd SHo r ti sp
Program and the various science
shows offered at MOSH give a
helping hand to promote an excite
ment about discovering.
The demonstration interns run
the gamut of grades nine through
12 and come from many different
schools. Interns Esha Patel and
Logan Stern attend Allen D. Nease
High School, while intern Emily
Souder attends Douglas Anderson.
Intern Alyssa Arroyo, who is
home schooled, said, "The main
reason I chose [the demonstrations
branch] was because that is one
ofthemostinteratcive.Ia y ner-

esting people, that is was an oppor
unity that I couldn't pass up.
The main duty of the demon-
stration interns is to perform dif-
ferent experiments for audiences.

ThheVe xdp r ments include usi each
about static electricity and operat-
ing a vacuum pump to explain
air pressure. They also lecture and
teach museum-goers about the
Timucuan Native Americans that
used to live in the Jacksonville area
and talk about marine life in the
Atlantic Ocean.
For most interns, the perform-
ing aspect was the biggest draw.
"I have always loved public
speaking and teaching people. Add

- .
Bob & Marion Diefendorf

Local youth learn all kinds of Club members win humorous speech contest,
interesting things at MOSH advance to area competition


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The CreekLine invites you
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neighborhood businesses! Please
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Established in 1980, Mark
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quality dance classes for students
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character, jazz, hip hop, tap,
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Huntington Learning Center
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area for over 2() years. I am a certi-
fied mathematics teacher as well
as a substitute teacher in St. Johns

County. I worked as a computer
systems analyst for over 2() years
and also worked as a lead instruct
tor for a company that teaches
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At Swimming Safari Swim
School, we teach our students
how to love and respect the water,
always keeping safety a priority.
Swimming Safari Swim School
not only offers swim lessons in the
summer but all year long as well!
We have two indoor heated (9()
degrees) pools in Jacksonville, so
that the swimming season does
not have to end. Keep practicing
whether it's to get ready for a swim
team for next spring or just to
have your child keep working and
not lose the skills he gained this
past summer. Do you want some-
thing fun to do with your baby
(6 months and up) this fall? Join
Our "Baby and Me" classes, a fun,
learning to stay safe experience
for both mom (or dad) and baby.
For additional information, please
contact JoMaskell@comcast.net.

Primrose Schools is the
leader in early childhood care and

education, serving children from
six weeks through private kinder-
garten as well as before and after
school care. Primrose Schools are
fully accredited through the pres-
tigious SACS-CITA national and
international accrediting bodies
and provide an advanced propri-
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classrooms blended with character
development. The Primrose phi
losophy is based upon a partner
ship with parents, children and
staff to ensure children flourish
with active minds, healthy bodies
and happy hearts. Come visit
the Primrose School of Julington
Creek or the Primrose School at
St. Johns Forest, serving breakfast,
lunch and three snacks daily. For
additional information, visit us
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Tiger Martial Arts' goal is
to round each student as a whole
with traditional values: honor, in-
tegrity, perseverance, self control,
courtesy, indomitable spirit. Not
only is Taekwondo a great way
to learn self defense, it also has
helped hundreds of children with
ADD/ADHD to focus and raise
their grades. Master Woodall and
his team of instructors have been
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for the past 2() years. They offer
traditional Taekwondo and Brazil-
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They have no registration fees and
no contracts. Visit us on the web
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Merry Pats Preschool is a
private preschool located in NW
St. Johns County Merry Pats
Preschool offers part time and full
time programs for children ages
six weeks to five years old. We are
excited to announce the addition
of our part-time toddler program!
Our school offers a curriculum-
based program that includes art
activities and sign language and
Spanish. Our classrooms are
friendly and promote learning and
exploration. Part time programs
are two, three or five day morn-
ings. Full time programs include
full days. Merry Pats Preschool is
a Florida Gold Seal School. For
more information, visit us on the
web at www.merrypats.com.

Student athletes know that the start

schedule those sports physical!

A sports physical is not just a formality. It can
provide a lot of necessary information about your
Child," says Dr. Ross Osborn, M.D., of Julington
Creek's new Center for Health and Sports
Medicine, which is both a family and sports
medicine practice.
I do about 35() Pop Warner sports physical
each year," says Dr. Osborn. "Each year I find
about ten to 15 issues that could lead to an
injury down the road for the athlete." By finding
a potential problem early, Dr. Osborn can then
determine a way for the athlete to play his or her
sport safely
The big positives to having a sports physical
include screening for diseases, finding a
predisposition to certain physical problems, and
discovering if your child is engaging in unsafe

Injury prevention studies also provide insight.
"From studies, we know that hamstring weakness
and inflexibility in girls can lead to ACL problems
and tears," explains Dr. Osborn. "That can lead
to arthritis down the road, but knowing of the
weakness early allows it to be managed by doing
some fairly simple things" says Dr. Osborn.
As a doctor who used to be a tennis athlete, Dr.
Osborn knows the importance of seeking medical
care. "I ignored a shoulder injury for too long and
it cost me a year in college when I couldn't play
tennis," he says.
So, schedule that physical. "The sooner the
better," says Dr. Osborn. "We can hopefully take
care of most problems before school and the
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Congratulations to the Creeks Clash White U-15 girls'team, who
were finalists in the second annual GISA Jekyll Cup held Au-
gust 21-22, 2010. Pictured are (Front): Chelsea Claverie, Madison
Austad, Catherine Hurley, Kendra Middleton, Kaylee Clements.
(Back): Coach Ekle Small, Hanna Tidwell, Madeline Leiben, Heather
Perez, Morgan Ruehling, Mackenzie Lary, Haley Mardant, Caroline
Romero, Madison Malone, Krystle Matos, Brittany Byrd, Coach Mike
Holzemer. Not shown: Hanna Crist and Zoe Hitzeman.


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Finding the right pediatrician

ust got easier.

aund ie yPediatries offers c re for your child -
adolescence. And because we are affiliated with
Wolfson Children's Hospital, you have access to the
area's only hospital ust for kids should you need it.

Services include:
jerry A. Bridgham, MD
Newborn through adolescence Robin P johnson, ARNP
Sports and school physical Gary G. Soud, MD
Well child exams and immunizations je fr N. Keen MD
Monthly Open House with physicians for Ginny G. Black, MD
expecting parents
Separate entrances, check-in, check-out and
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Same-day sick appointments

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Be safe while riding the
school bus! The following rules
are provided by the St. Johns
County School District's Depart-
ment of Transportation:
* Stand off roadway while await-
ing the bus.
Students must be on time; the
bus will not wait for those who
are tardy.
Students must board and
leave the bus at their regular
stop location (unless written

permission from the parent or
principal has been received by
the bus driver.)
* Walk 10 feet in front of the
bus. Wait for the driver's signal
before crossing the road.
* The driver is in full charge of
the bus and students. Students
must obey the driver.
* The driver has the right to
assign seats. Students must sit
three to a seat from window to

* Keep your seat at all times
when the bus is moving.
* Keep arms and heads inside of
windows. No object shall be
thrown from windows or at
* Unnecessary conversation with
the driver is dangerous.
* Outside of ordinary conversa-
tion, classroom conduct is to
be observed.
* Students must refrain from
fighting, pushing and tripping
while boarding, riding and
leaving a bus.
* Students must not use any
abusive or profane language to
others students or the driver.
* Absolute silence is required at
all railroad crossings.
* No eating, drinking or use of
tobacco is allowed on a bus.
* No animals (dead or alive),
glass or glass containers, sharp
objects, ball bats, cutting in-
struments, baton and drum-
sticks will be allowed on the
bus without prior permission
of the driver.
* Large objects, including band
instruments which will inter
fere with seating and safety of
others, will not be permitted
on the bus.
Consequences for student violat-
ing bus rules will be as follows:
1st offense: Principal judgment
and parent notification
2nd offense: May suspend one
to two days from school bus
and parent conference with
principal/designee and bus

3rd offense: May suspend two to
five days from school bus.
4th offense: May suspend five to
10 days from the school bus.
5th offense: May result in long
term suspension from the bus

including withdrawal of bus
privileges for a period between
11 days and the balance of the
school year upon a recommen-
dation to the School Board.

The PV U85torm girls'soccer team won irst place at the Challenge
Sports 3v3 National Championships held at ESPN Wide World
of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort July 30 through August 1,
2010. The girls, Tatum Loveless, Tori Grambo, Delaney Tauzel, Julie
Arciprete and Ashlyn Kane, all reside in NW St. Johns County and
are coached by Trey and Kathy Clark. The Storm was ranked irst
out of I8 teams in their division going into the tournament.The
girls were excited to play in the championship bracket. They were
undefeated in all six games, scoring 47 goals and only allowing
four goals. For two years in a rowTatum, Tori and Delaney have
won the Nationals championship.The team is looking forward to
Worlds tournament at Disney in January.

School bus riding rules

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Basketball: K-6th Grade
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CHS Happenings

Class Size Amenciment impacts
new school year
By Rachel Buff, CHS Student

With the enactment of the
Florida class size amendment,
things are going to be differ-
ent this year at Creekside High
School. In 2002, Florida citizens
voted in favor of class size limits
as a part ofAmendment 9, which
stated that the maximum student
requirements be met by fall 2010.
Specifically, core academic high
school classes (math, science, social
studies, English and world lan-
guage) could contain no more than
25 students. In recent years, the
class size limits have been based on
the average number of students per
classroom schoolwide. This year,
there is a formal cap" on all class
size numbers.
Here's what the basis of the
new amendment looks like:
No more than 25 students are
allowed in a high school core class-
room per one teacher, per one class
period. No exceptions. None. To
some t is idea mig t sound appea -
ing; ewer students certain y creates
a more intense learning environ-
ment, right? Wrong. In fact, a Har-
d d I d
var University stu yl re ease in
May 2010 stated that the amend-
ment had "no discernable effect on
student achievement."
As it turns out, the amend-
d h h
ment may a more arm t an
good. Smaller class sizes coupled
with the ever-growing student
b h f
ody means te requirement

more teachers. But with recent
budget cuts, schools are finding
it harder and harder to acquire
the funds necessary to hire more
instructors. In this case, some
schools are having currently-em-
played instructors teach in fields
other than their own. This means
that, theoretically, the P.E. instruc-
tor could be teaching math and the
history teacher could be teaching
While schools in St. Johns
County haven't resorted to that
situation just yet, they have felt
it necessary to remove certain
academic electives (such as journal-
ism and creative writing) to create
more core academic classes (such
as English). This translates to fewer
options for the students.
So when the students arrived
at Creekside High School on ori-
entation day, many found that the
courses they had requested simply
didnt exist anymore. Frustration
followed as guidance counsel-
ors and parents rearranged and
shuffled schedules, to no avail, as
they found that most classes were
full. Frazzled administrators had no
choice but to stick some students
into whatever classes were open.
Now, with the fall semester
rolling, more problems are arising
concerning the class size amend-
ment. Some students are being
pulled out of crowded classes and

ost pnces Accepted
students per classroom, to ensure
more intimate learning environ-
ments? Or is it better to allow stu-
dents to take the courses they want,
when they want, at no expense to
th du ?
eir e cation
Well, the choice is yours. On
November 2, 2010, voters will have
the ability to change the policy
back to what it was average class
size limits, rather than maximum
class size limits. The measure,
Amendment 8, must be approved
by 60 percent of voters in order to
pass. I urge you to educate yourself
on the facts and make a decision
that you feel is the best for our

1. http://www.hks.harvard.
du/runw-epe ts/srunw/press-re-

What type of an education are the
students getting when half of their
classes are onhne? That certainly
can't be the true high school experi-
Advanced Placement (AP)
classes are especially affected by
this, as there are a limited number
of instructors qualified to teach
these courses. Students forced to
take AP classes onhne will certainly
obtain a different level of learn-
ing come time for testing in May.
It seems absurd to have to juggle
schedules across the board, all be-
cause there are a few extra kids in a
"'"Tit."ld onknrobw hose
positively to class discussions and
create a more constructive atmo-
sphere for everyone.

bett a his raises a nestion: I it

asked to take the course online,
with a "study hall" replacing the
time slot. The number of study hall
classes is increasing; some students
are even takin more than one of
these "independent study" classes.
The situation is hard on teachers,
too, as many have to give up plan-
ning periods in order to supervise
study hall classes. Is this fair to the
students, many of whom spent
countless hours completing sum-
mer assignments for the very classes
of which they are being taken out?


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Written by Janet Evanovich.320 pages. Published by St. Martin's Press,
June 2010.
Review by TG. Stanton

The U-14 Creeks Crush are
champions of the 2010 *
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sioner's Cup.The Crush
competed for the DC Cup
throughout the season
with 19 North Florida soc-
cer teams.The semlinals
and championship game
were held at Veterans Park.
They beat a strong JYS
team in the inal to win
2-1.The team finishes an
outstanding season with
a record of 11-1, which
included 8 shutouts. Last
year the team won the DC
Cup while competing in
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Coaches: John Hollon and Robert Lewis.

Carol Lokietek lost 50 Ibs. and
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third week ofJanuary. I have lost 50 pounds and gone from a size 18 plus
to a size 10. I am a nurse and I see the price people pay every day for their
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The Nease Swim and Dive team held a car wash at the Food Lion
near Palencia on Saturday, August 21. Nease High School thanks
Food Lion for their generosity to allow our team to use their facility.
To all the patrons who generously donated to our team we thank
you for your contributions.

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New pet clinic i
Palencia Pet Clinic has
opened its doors next to Star-
bucks at Palencia's Mercado
Walk at the intersection of US
Highway 1 and International
Golf Drive. The chnic offers
state-of -the-art medical care,
dentistry and surgery for cats,
dogs and pocket pets. Their
family-oriented team is commit-
ted to providing you with state

of the art veterinary care while
maintaining a warm, friendly,
attentive atmosphere of respect,
support and continuing educa-
Dr. Peter Veling directs the
clinic and comes to St. Augus-
tine with more than 25 years of
veterinary experience. A graduate
of Purdue University's School of
Veterinary Medicine, he is expe-

rienced in both canine and feline
medicine and surgery. He and
his wife, Jane, owned and oper-
ated Caring Hands Pet Hospital
in Indianapolis for 21 years.
Palencia Pet Clinic offers
appointments Monday through
Saturday and welcomes pet own-
ers to stop in to meet Dr. Veling
and the staff and to take a tour
of the new facility.

Trenton, New Jersey, a hot bed
of crime? Who would have thought
it? Stephanie Plum is back to work
chasing down bail jumpers. She
is a local bounty hunter and has a
stack of people to round up and
take back in to reset court appoint-
ments. This is how she tries to gain
the cooperation of those who have
skipped on their bail. Through all
of this, her boss and cousin, Vin-
nie, has disappeared. Connie runs
the office and Lula does the filing
since she gave up her previous
career of being a "ho." A ransom
demand soon arrives and no local
police for these girls, especially
since Stephanie's on-again/off-again
relationship with detective Joe Mo-
relli is currently off. Brainstorming
for these women is like watching
a train wreck in slow motion; yet,
they devise a plan and try various
avenues to free Vinnie. Sometimes
Lula's past and Stephanie's dumb
luck pave the way to bits of success,
but will Vinnie ever be rescued?
Another piece of the puzzle
is Stephanie's friend and mentor,
Ranger. He runs his own security

agency and someone is messing
with his clients. Stephanie some
times works for him and does so
again. He is just another bone
of contention in her relationship
with Joe as Ranger seriously flirts
but will probably never commit.
He does seem to have a never
ending supply of transportation,
a lucky benefit for Ms. Plum, as
she seems to have an aversion to
keeping vehicles drivable. Every
now and then, her grandmother
comes along for the ride, adding
to the confusion and excitement.
Stephanie also has to deal with her
nemesis in relationships and the
bounty hunter business while try-
ing to save Vinnie, in addition to
helping Ranger solve his mystery.
Janet Evanovich has written
this series of Stephanie Plum novels
and each book is laugh out loud
funny in the characters and situa
tions in which they get involved.
No need to start at the beginning,
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will go back for more. There is
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Upward basketball and cheerleading are
coming soon.

Upward basketball and
cheerleading will be hosted at
two separate locations in NW St.
Johns County this year. Creekside
Christian Church, located at 92
Lifespring Way (off Race Track
Road) in Fruit Cove, is accept-
ing registrations for kindergarten
through sixth grade for both
basketball and cheerleading. Fruit
Cove Baptist Church, located at
501 State Road 13 in Fruit Cove,
is accepting registrations for first
through eighth grades for basket
ball and kindergarten through fifth
grade for cheerleading. Players
participate in (separate) girls and

(separate) boys divisions, divided
by grade levels. Space is limited in
each age bracket.
This is a league which pro
motes character, self-esteem, player
skills and teamwork. Each par-
ticipant enjoys equal playing time,
fair teams, positive coaching and
officiating, reasonable practice and
game schedules and a lot of fun!
The cost per participant is
$80 if paid by September 27. After
September 27, the cost is $100.
Each player receives a uniform,
individual award after each game
and several other items. Practices
begin during the week of Decem

ber 6, with a one-hour practice per
week. Games will be played from
the weekend of January 7, 2011,
through the weekend of February
25, 2011.
Evaluations for Creekside
Christian will be held at the
Creekside facility on October 4
and 11 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30
p.m. Fruit Cove Baptist will hold
their evaluations in the Fruit Cove
Baptist ROC Gym on Monday,
October 4 for middle school only.
Tuesday, October 5 and Thursday,
October 7 will be for grades one
through five. All three nights will
be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Each participant and parents)
must attend one of the evaluation
sessioC ekside will accept registra-

tions at the Creekside church office
off Race Track Road. You can visit
their website at www.creekside-
christian.com. For questions about
Upward at Creekside Christian,
please call 207-8169 or email up-
Fruit Cove Baptist will ac-
cept registrations online at www

online. Forms will also be available
at the Fruit Cove Baptist Church
office. For questions about Up-
ward at Fruit Cove Baptist, please
contact Lisa Sheffield at 1sheffield@
fruitcove.com or call her at 904
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for next year. It began with tryouts
back in April, where the largest
group of dancers in NFA history
tried out for the team.
The NFA family is proud to
announce our 2010-2011 Youth
Hip Hop and Junior Hip Hop
dance team members! They are:
Emily Allen, Morgan Andreoni,
Jamie Bielski, Caroline Bryant,
Renae Burr, Peyton Carnley, Whit-
ney Garland, Kendall Gast, Jennie
Gordon, Kameron Guest, Maggie
Hale, Lexi Hall, Jack Hollon, Lind-
say Jolly, Ashlyn Kinnett, Mikayla
Lindenfeld, Alex Machols, Lainey
Miller, Allison Navarro, Mackenzie
Putala, Reagan Rees, Charlotte Ri-
ley, Olivia Ross, Sophie Sorensen,
Delaney Tauzel, Kennedy Wind-
holtz and Reesa Zaifert.
Many of the NFA dancers
began their training for the season
at the UDA camp in St. Peters-
burg. At the camp, the dancers
were trained in multiple dance
disciphnes, techmques and skills
by highly trained master choreog
raphers. The finale for the week
end was where the dancers were
evaluated on two of the routines
they learned throughout camp.
NFA dancers were awarded with a
superior award trophy.
Next up was technique camp,
where the team came together to
work on team building and hip


The final camp of the summer
was choreography camp. This is
perhaps the toughest but the most
exciting camp. This is where NFA
learned their competitive routines
for next season. From here on out,
the dancers will be working hard
breaking down and practicing these
routines at Mark Spivak's Dance
Institute and Extension.

NFA will begin its com-
petitive season at the State Cheer
and Dance in Daytona Beach in
January. Coaches Laura Parrish,
Brittany Putala and Brooke Putala
are very excited for the upcoming
season. For more information on
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Reading stimulates
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fostering a closer emotion-
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grows older, get him or her
involved. Ask them what
they think will hap-
pen next, or why a
character behaved
that way. You'll
start teaching some
basic critical think-
ing skills and you'll
make the experience more
* Read every day. Make reading a
regular activity. Don't just limit
it to bedtime. Bring a book with
you to doctor's appointments
wnh Ithe st e so you can read

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national champion Bartram Trail
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with our dancers at the camp. It
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Dear Mommy, Ilove you very
much. Thank you for being a very
goodMommy. Hear is a sertificet for
me to hold Clara wile you tak a nap.
Love, Lauren

I found this note on the lunch
table with a purple drawing of me
and Lauren at the bottom. Lauren
had been using her spare moments
during school that morning to
write it and she slipped it into my
spot before I sat down to eat. I dis
cover thoughtful notes like this on
my pillow, at the school table and
On my desk regularly- it's Lauren's
special way of saying, "I love you!"
School is back in session and
most of our lives get busier as we
add assignments, sports, clubs and
Other activities to our schedules.
Don't let these things crowd out
what is most important! Every day,
make a point to tell your children
and your spouse how much they
mean to you.,

old, t isnthel 1101]you"1never gets
says, we need to communicate with
more than words. I love to take my
young children in my arms and
look carefully in their eyes before
telling them, "I'm so glad the Lord
put you in our family!" Our sixth

grader is a bit big to sit in my lap,
though and so I'm broadening my
methods of showing my love. This
month, I thought I'd share 14 ways
to say (and show!) "I love you"
1. Write a note! Leave on a pillow,
in a lunchbox, at the table, in
the car...
2. Pick up a special treat that will
make them smile. (Stickers,
tic tacs, silly bandz, candy bar,
flowers, balloons...)
3. Stop everything you're doing,
look into your child's eyes and
tell them how much they mean
to you!
4. Fill their closet with balloons
while there sleeping for an
early morning surprise!
5. Write a note on the mirror
with a dry erase marker or
6. Look in their eyes and smile.
Wear that smile all day.
7. Have a family party for no rea-
son. Public has adorable mini
cakes for around $10; I picked
up the rubber ducky one, pizza

me7dnao i r di tninto a
great memory. e your ome
a fun place to be.
8. Stop and really listen when

eysre talkmg tody u. Ask ques

to show you're really listening.
(Even if it's about Star Wars.
9. Proclaim a chore-free day!
10. Make a favorite meal. Or a
special meal. Or serve breakfast
on china. Add candles!
11. Say only nice things to and
about your children all day.
12. Take a family walk, bike ride,
swim or all kick the soccer ball
13. Pick up one child for a spe-
cial, surprise, lunch together!
14. Cook together.
Really, the best way to show
your child you love them is to
really know them. I know Timo-
thy loves to be hugged, kissed,
hold hands, picked up and spun
in circles... so I do those things.
Ben loves to dream and talk and
create. I can show my love for him
by listening, not being too critical
and encouraging his dreams and
September is "Back to School"
for your children and for you! Your

intinuin educanon ssign nt
Brainstorm your own creative ways
to show your love! Then, every day,
choose from your enhanced list a
special way to show I Love You!

The University of Florida
Cooperative Extension Fam-
ily and Consumer Sciences will
present a program on storm
preparedness from a culinary
point of view at the St. Johns
County Extension Service Wind
Mitigation and Resource Conser-
vation Building, located at 3111
Agricultural Center Drive in St.
Augustine on Sunday, October

3 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
The presentation will be part
of the Home and Garden Show
that will be held at the St. Johns
County Agricultural Center on
October 2 and 3.
Too often, in preparing for a
storm, we end up with a pantry
full of unrelated items that do
not lend themselves to creat-
ing meals. Attendees will learn

the planning techniques to eat
well without electricity and will
sample dehcious and easy recipes.
Even learn how to make a solar
oven out of a copier box! The
cost of the class is $7.
The registration deadline
is Friday, October 1. Please call
209-0430 to schedule your reser.
ovation. Class size is limited.

The number one reason people
start exercising is to be healthy,
right? I have spent 12 years helping
people get healthy and live hap-
pier lives. Over the course of these
years, I have personally trained over
8000 training sessions and con-
ducted over 1500 fitness consulta-
tions. At our three Fitness Together
locations in Jacksonville, we have
helped over 2200 individuals get
healthy. Oh and incidentally, we
also helped these people look better
in the process. We will call that a
nice "bi-product" of exercising and
eating right.
About 70 percent of the
people who visit our private train-
ing studios say their primary goal
is to lose weight, tone and tighten,
get rid of the jiggle, put on muscle
or the like and we hel them do
just that. There is absolutely noth-
ing wrong with this frame of mind.
The other 30 percent come to
Fitness To ether to et healthy, lose
weight, gain energy, lower blood
pressure or cholesterol, be able to
run a marathon, etc. These are the
people who show the most benefit
from exercise and healthy eating>
because the alternative would be
much worse
Looking good is important
and our society reminds us about
As a fitness professional I see the

importance of both looking good
and being healthy, but also know
the long term impact of both. It
doesn't matter how good you look
if you are at risk to die prematurely
from heart disease or obesity.
Fitness Together Jacksonville
client and RN Carol Lokietek ex
plains how Fitness Together helped
change (and most likely extend)
her life:
"January 2010 clicked by and
I made myself the same promise I
do every year. This is the year I am
really going to loose weight...
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My first Fitness Together ses-
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January. I have lost 50 pounds and
gone from a size 18 plus to a size
10. I am a nurse and I see the price
people pay every day for their un
healthy lifestyle. I realized that you
can invest in your health now or
pay later for medications, surgeries
and the like. I know I made the
right decision; I feel better than I
have in 30 years and I never want
to turn back."
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- Eating well during and after the storm"

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1755 State Road 13, just south of
Roberts Road. For more informa-
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odist Church will hold a fall Arts
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on Saturday, October 9 from
11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at
1028 County Road 13 South in
Riverdale. The event will feature
a variety of arts and crafts, plants,
herbs and baked goods for sale, a
silent auction, games for children
and good food. Mark your calen-
dars, tell your friends and join us at
the river for a great day! Additional
information is available from Susan
at 692-2491 or Carol at 819-1598.
Vendors interested in participat-
ing can contact Susan or Carol for
details and to reserve space.

St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church is offering a
parents' mornmg out program
for the 2010 2011 school year.
If your children) are between 12
months and five years old they
can be enrolled in our program.
The program runs on Wednesdays
from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
The children are taught different
prayers, bible verses and do this
while having lots of fun. The goal
of the program is to help develop
and increase their Christian beliefs

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and their standards of care.
Please consider having your lit-
t1e one(s) participate in this terrific
program! Please contact the church
at 615-2130 for more information.

San Juan del Rio Catholic
Church and School will host their
fourth annual Fall Festival on Fri-
day, Saturday and Sunday, Novem-
ber 5, 6 and 7 at the church, lo-
cated on State Road 13, three miles
south of Race Track Road. The
community is invited to attend and
enjoy a variety of entertainment
all three days, food, refreshments,
$7,500 in cash rizes, the Cafi San
Juan, a country store and a reverse
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Are you getting ready for the
"Back to School" rush?
Don't forget to get back into WORSHIP!
"Fall" into your routine and
we'llsee you in church!
We can't wait for you to gather at the River!
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Things are heating up again at
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church on
State Road 13. After a wildly suc-
cessful Vacation Bible School and
a great trip to the Suns' game, we
have refocused on our fall activi-
ties. Our playground has taken the
spotlight! It has been moved to
the front lawn of the church, been
given a new fence and benches.
We now have a safe, visible area
for our children to enjoy their own
fellowship. On September 12, we
welcome home our parishioners
with a Luau and Ministry Fair.
Then on September 19, we begin
our Christian formation classes for
all, from nine months old to 99
years! For additional information,
please visit www.stpatricksepisco

Our Lady of Good Counsel
Catholic Church will be holding
a Garage Sale on Saturday and
Sunday, September 10 and 11
from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The church is located at 5950
State Road 16 in the World Golf
Village area. Come on out and find
a treasure!

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23 at 6:00 p.m. the Nicaragua
Mission Project team is hosting
a Trivia Night to raise funds to
continue the work with Young Life
(Vida Joven) building relationships
and sharing the Good News with
youth in the city of Estalli. As the
date is close to Halloween, come
dressed in your favorite costume.
Team prizes will be awarded for
best themed table. Tickets may be
purchased for a table of eight team
members or individually. Din-
ner will be available for purchase.
Items for silent auction will also be
displayed for bidding. The event
will be held at Geneva Presbyterian
Church Fellowship Hall, located at
1755 State Road 13. For questions,
please call Kent or Kris Wehm-
eier at 230-3653 or email Kris at

st. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church will hold its
annual jumblelyard sale on Friday
October 1 from 7:00 a.m. until
4:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 2
from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.;
and Sunday, October 3 from 11:30
a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Parish
Hall. There will be specials on Sun
day including a "Bag Sale" from
1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. There is
something for everyone including
a bake sale! The church is located
at 895 Palm Valley Road, next to

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that empowers and teaches how to
make the right money decisions,
will be held this fall at Geneva
Presbyterian Church. The pro-
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is for anyone who wants to live a
debt-free life. Ramsey formed The
Lampo Group in 1988 as a faith-
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The classes are conducted by
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They include practical lessons on
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the financially secure to the finan
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be held Wednesday, September 15
at 6:30 p.m.; childcare and age ap
propriate youth groups will also be
available. It is highly recommended

that you attend the class with
your spouse and work through
these steps together. Membership
kits can be ordered directly from
Geneva for $100 or you may order
them online directly from Dave
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in the evening.
All of our neighbors are most
welcomed to these events. For fur-
ther information, call the church
office (824-8688) and also visit our
website at OLGC-Church.org.
If you are a Catholic looking
for a home and wish for an
adult commitment for yourself or
your household we invite you to
come celebrate the Eucharist, com-
mit to discipleship with us and
have a little fun, too.

The CreekLine publishes places of worship located in the 32259, 32092and 32095
zip codes as a courtesy. If your church is located outside this area, please contact
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vendors who can provide informa-
tion on their specific goods and
There is no charge to attend
the event and a complimentary
lunch is included. Space is lim-
ited however, so reservations are
necessary. Please call COA Program
Coordinator Linley Harriss at
209-3646 for more information.
"Prepare Today, Protect Tomor-
row" is sponsored by Humana, The
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For more information or dinner tickets
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By Contributing Writer Rev. Guy F. Noonan, Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

Our Lady of Good Counsel
(OLGC) is a Roman Catholic
Church community situated at
5950 State Roadl6, on the west
side of World Golf Village Parkway
and Pacetti Road. On this site we
are pleased to be forming a faith
community in the midst of World
Golf Village and its environs. We
are the newest Catholic Church
community in the Diocese, only
formally established in the fall of
2008. Until then we were a "mis-
sion" parish of Saint Ambrose in
OLGC now boasts about 1500
members in 450 households. We
have been growing over 30 percent
per year and it is foreseen that

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St. Augustine.
The mission of OLGC is
Simple: We commit "to become
fdi ~ le alk
community o scip s, w
ing the Way of Christ Jesus in our
households, church and society."
As such, we call for intentional
adult commitment to the Church
and its mission, rather than simply
a culturally adapted periodic at-
tendance at events which entails no
commitment of self with others.
(No one is attracted to a least
common denominator!) We also
offer religious education to all our
children in first through eighth
grade and high school and started
a Vacation Bible/Faith School this
past summer.
There are a number of other
neighboring churches also in the
same area of State Road 16: Mill
Creek Baptist, a yet to be built
Methodist church just to the east
of OLGC and the Village Church
on Pacetti Road. It is my hope that
the pastors and varied leaders of
these church communities will be
able to come together sometime in
the future to investigate possible
common initiatives. That would be
consistent with OLGC's mission to
bring discipleship in Christ's Spirit
into the community.
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wh an xcell spTrit) of hospi-

drinkin' something to celebrate
some occasion or to highlight the
works of one or another of the par
ish ministries. -
Coming up soon amidst our
celebrations are a whole host of
events: a garage sale on Friday and

Saturday, September 10 and 11;
Harvest Festival on Sunday, Octo-
ber 24 (with pumpkin patch sales
from October 9 to 31); a really fun
golf tournament and dinner/bar on
Saturday, November 6.
We also plan varied dinners
throughout the year, the first one
being Sunday, October 24, start-
ing at 4:30 p.m. This year, as an
honor and service to veterans, we
are planning a special liturgy and
dinner on Thursday, November 11

Celebration Church,
st. Johns Campus
Celebration Lutheran
0 Robe6rts Road
Christ Church UMC
Services at Mill Creek
Elem. School

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Services at Renaissance
Resort & Convention
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Covenant Presbyterian
Services at Comfort Suites
Creekside Christian
92 Lifespring Way
Cross Creek Church, PCA
401 Greenbriar Rd.
CrossPoint Church
Services at Mill Creek
Edgewater Church
Services @ Pacetti Bay
Middle School
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ith Community
3450 CR210
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Fruit Cove Baptist
501SR13 N

Geneva Presbyterian
SR153 N
Julington Creek Church
6C d 3 N
Liberty Baptist Church
1295 Roberts Road
Mill Creek Baptist
1 R 16
Mt. Olive Baptist
Ch R13 N
New Mt. Pleasant
Baptist Church
7211 CR208
Orangedale Baptist
Ch R13 N
Our Lady Good Counsel
Catholic Church
5950 SR 16
Providence Bible
Services at Outback Crab
Providence Community
Services at Creekside
High School
Radiant Family Church
1515 CR-210, Suite 105
7r 9antfamilychurch.
Resurrection Church
163 Palencia Village Dr.,
Ste. 104
River of Life UMC
2600 Race Track Road
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Riverdale Community
Methodist Church
San Juan Del Rio
('atholic Church
St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church
895 Palm Valley Road
St. Patricks Episcopal
1221 SR 13
.2t 7ricksepiscopal.org
St. Johns Vineyard
Services at Timberlin
Creek Elem.
555 Pine Tree Lane
S s Cove Christian
1965 SR 13
Switzerland Community
2179 SR 13
Unity Church for
Creative Living
2777 Race Track Road
The Church of Jesus
Christ of
Latter-day Samts
5490 CR 210 w
The Village Church of
6 cetti Road
Wards Creek Baptist
7730 CR13 N

Dear Elizabeth
I have been asked to join a
dinner club ba friend at work.
The problem is that my husband
travels with his ob and will not
participate every month. I feel
uncomfortable going out to dinner
with other couples without him.
In the past when I explain this,
people just say to come anyway
without him. How do I let people
know that I do not want to go out
without my husband and have my
friends understand this?
Fruit Cove

Dear Kelly,
think on should continue
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also firm. Let them know that you
would love to join them but it does
not work for your husband's sched-
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couple who can join them.

Good Luck!

Dear Elizabeth'
When someone goes into
the has ital multiple times over a
several month period for different
reasons should you send flowers
each time? I have a friend who has
been very ill and I have already sent
her get well flowers once. She just
went into the hospital again for
the third time. Do I need to send

Dear Nicole'
You should send flowers the
first time a person is in the hospi-
tal. After that, you can send a card
or short note each of the following
times just to let she know you are
thinking of her!
Good Luck!

Please send etiquette questions to

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CreekLine. Sorry, no personal replies.

David Bowie sang about them,
we've all been through them and
for most of us, there are many
more on the way. While some of
the changes we will face will be
unexpected, there are some that
can be anticipated and for which
we can plan! It's true! There are
strategies to help us cope with and
even prepare for the majority of
life's changes that really do change
our lives! And the COA and River
House are here to help you do just
"Prepare Today, Protect
Tomorrow will help community
residents make informed decisions
on how to successfully manage
their life changes-before they .
happen! This one-day seminar will
take place on September 15 from
10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and
will feature a series of speakers who
are experts in their particular life
management fields. Among those
scheduled are: Judge Patti Chris-
tensen; attorney Megan Wall; COA
Executive Director Cathy Brown
and St. Johns County Veterans Ser-
vice Officer Joseph "Mac" McDer
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and take relevant corrective actions.
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on several occasions where we de-
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Only to discover once again that
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At our house our routine
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test kits on the market. Some such
as a pH and salinity have conve-
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consists of test strips that can be
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water which serves as a buffer and
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If you're on city water you will
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1) Manatees (also known as sea
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Hey Gabby Gator Fans,
Yes, the shrimp are still here!
Maybe this should go in the books
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green with blue tints on their back,
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Strokes am the leading cause of disability in the United States
and the third-leading cause of death. Pampt tmatment can
limit the damage and save lives. If you suspect someone near
you is suffering fam a stroke, remember the acanym FAST:
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smile. If one side of the person's face droops, it's possible that
a stroke is coming on.
A Arms. Can the person raise both arms above his head?
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challenging veggie to grow here in
Florida. Plus they are often grown
at the wrong time, not watered
enough or put in pots that are too
small. This results in problems
with insects, diseases and nutrient
Forget tomatoes. Buy them
at the local farmer's market and
grow easier stuff. If you must have
tomatoes, plant cherry or grape to-
matoes which are much easier, but
wait until next March, the begin-
ning of our warm growing season,
Easy veggies to plant now,
in September, are beans, beets,
broccoli, lettuce, spinach, Swiss
chard and radishes. Tend a small
veggie garden and it will be the
focal point in your landscape, get-
ting plenty of oohs and aahs from
friends and neighbors.
For real drama grow grape
vines on an overhead trellis. It is
awesome when the fruit is ripen-
ing and hanging down in clusters,
like a little bit of Titscany in your
backyard. I especially like the dark
purple Noble muscadine grape if
you can find it.
Pineapple Guava is a shrub
with pretty silvery leaves, stunning
flowers and tasty fruit. It is a whole
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Perhaps my favorite edible
with the most personality is the
tree. ig sassy eaves, massive
amounts of tasty fruits, interesting
gnarly branches and easy to grow
_ what's not to like?
There are many more hand-
some, edible plants. I'm not sug-
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although I know many folks who
would like to. I am suggesting that
if you have room for a lawn and
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I love having herbs growing
in my yard. Mexican tarragon
and parsley are part ofmy flower
garden; rosemary and sage grow in
large pots next to the patio; and my
favorite, basil, grows right outside
my porch door. My herbs are not
gathered in one place but scattered
around as part of my landscape.
When I suggest growing
edibles such as herbs, fruit trees
and veggies I am often told there
is no room in the yard to grow
them and no free time available to
tend them. I'm sorry to be the one
to shatter this illusion but lawns
are a big part of most yards and
yet grass is the most demanding
of all. If you don't regularly water
your lawn, fertilize it, mow it, ap-
ply insecticides and herbicides, it
may die. Of course, you could do
all of that and your lawn may die
anyway, from a number of causes.
Compared to that scenario, caring
for a loquat tree, a pot of herbs and
a couple of squash plants is a walk
in the park.
. The trees in my landscape
Include citrus, pecan and loquat,
also known as Japanese plum. All
of these are attractive trees that
require little if any special atten
tion. Some citrus trees need cold
protection when young, but they

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League Section Tennis Champion-
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15, 2010 in Daytona Beach at the
Florida Tennis Center.
The Womens 3.5 team,
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The road to nationals is a
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in January 2010 and finishing in
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playoffs, 3-0 in regional competi-
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The 2010 6U"A"Julington Creek Crusher AI| Stars won the 2010 City
Championship hosted by Orange Park Athletic Associations. The team
had a 7 1 tournament record and beat a great Normandy team in a
second game to become champions.The Crushers had an 18 5 re-
cord during the AI| Star season, placed irst in the MAA Invitational and
qualifed for the regional tournament in ManassasVirginia. Congratu-
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Greg GrantTim Frazier; (Middle): Ryan Lawton, Cameron Mesh, Gavin
Grant, Jae Williams, Justin Nadeau, Rian Mahalaris; (Bottom): Grant
Johnson, Matthew Howell, Matthew Guzie, Jack Frazier, Max Williams

TDDG are sectional champs

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courts of play.
The team is comprised of
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Bancroft, Polly Curole, Paulette
Dupont, Kim Duncan, Kim Besser,
Darlene Day, Cyndi Cox, Mary
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USTA Sections across the United
States and each section qualifies
one team in each NTRP division
for the USTA Adult League Na-
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one to keep on the radar. They have
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"Up, up on your feet! Mighty
Crushers can't be beat!" This was
just one of the many cheers the
parents and fans were shouting on
Sunday, July 25 from the fields at
Merrill Park in Altamonte Springs.
The 8 and under Julington Creek
CTUShers girls softball team made
it to the regional championship
game-the highest honor for this
division of girls' softball.
The opponent Fairview from
North Carolina. Known for their
power hitting and fielding, Creeks
knew this would be a challenge.
Creeks took the lead early scoring
5 to 1 at the end of the first inning.
By the end of the second inning
Greeks were up 8 to 2. This early
lead gave the girls the boost they
needed to seal their fate and domi-
nate. By the middle of the third,
Fairview was coming back, scoring
four runs to Creeks' two. By the
end of the fourth it was a close: 10
to 8. Creeks were still ahead but it
became any teams victory.
By the middle of the fifth, Fair-
view took the lead for the first time,
scoring four more runs making it
10 to 12. However, Creeks wasn't
going to give up. The Crushers
scored 9 runs in the bottom of the

fifth making it 19 to 12. Entering
the sixth and final inning, Fairview
came up to bat. They hit and scored
three more times but it wasn't
enough. Creeks won 19 to 15.
This is a moment the girls will
surely never forget. The girls were
good sports on and off the field.
Each of them never hesitated to
help another player, whether on
their team or the opposing team.
Creeks coaches worked hard as well
to make sure their girls were ready
for a strong team like Fairview. The
camaraderie within the players,
coaches and parents was memo-
rable. They became like a family
ready to help the others anytime
assistance was needed. This is the
second regional championship for
the 8 and under Creeks Crushers
in 3 years. They were 35-0 regional
champions in 2008.
In addition to SU winning,
Creeks girls' softball 10U and 12U
girls are winners as well. The 10U
girls are state runners-up and came
in third at Regionals. The 12U girls
are state runners-up and came in
second at Regionals. We would like
to congratulate all of our Creeks
girls' softball teams on all of their

Although summer has been in
full swing and school has merely
started, many sports teams have
been hard at work preparing for
the new season. Nease has been as
busy as a beehive over the past few
months with football players hard at
work conditioning for the next sea
son and putting together new and
improved tactics to help increase
their chances for success.
Along the lines of success the
volleyball team has been preparing
for their own season. Most of the
girls who play for Nease also play
on a summer league that went all
the way to nationals and brought
home a gold medal. Many girls
on the team believe this can be a
repeat season from a couple years
back when they were crowned state

Many competitors on this
year's cross country team also have
high standards.
One in particular, Chris Roach,
a senior this year stated, "I want to
win states this year, and as long as I
stay healthy and injury free there is
no reason why I shouldn't.
The boys' golf team is looking
to rebound this year from a disap
pointing season and move forward.
The players have been hard at work
over the summer trying to perfect
their games for the upcoming
season. The team has had a lot of
new talent come in and the players
are very excited about how far they
can get and hopefully bring home
another state championship to add
to the collection.

well as a large turnout at regionals.
According to Pearce Yarborough,
the senior boys' captain, the team
has high aspirations of going to
states again this year.
He stated, "They came really
close last year and they can only
build on that success, so this year
they are going for it all!"
The Nease athletic program has
a very long history of success which
it plans to uphold. Every player on
every team has been working hard
to make this season one to remem-
ber and also one for the record
books. Everyone believes they are
going to have a great season and just
need the support of the loving fans.
So all of you fans out there, come
on out to support your Panthers!

them because
they are big,"
says Scott Davis,
president of
The deci
sion has proven
to be very
popular. Villages
Football Asso
1 citation football
and cheerleader
registration numbers are above and
beyond the numbers from the in-
augural 2009 season. This growth
is in spite of the fact that the St.
Johns Middle School Athletic As-
sociation offered fall
football and cheer to
boys and girls from the
sixth grade through
eighth grade this season
and the majority of the
kids of that age have
chosen to participate in
that program.
Villages Football
Association is primar-
ily servicing children

through the sixth grade this season,
There is a significant number of
kids participating in the program
this year who have never had the
opportunity to play competitive,
travel football before due to age
and weight restrictions. Many oth-
ers are able to participate with kids
of their same age for the first time.
Parents of these children are elated
that this opportunity now exists for
their children.
Practices are being held at
Palencia Park this season with Sat-
urday games at Pacetti Bay Middle
School. The regular season began
on August 28.

On July 26, the Villages
Football Association (VFA) began
practice for fall youth football and
cheer. This is the first year that the
organization is participating in the
North Florida Youth Football and
Cheer Conference, an American
Youth Football affiliate.
"The driving factor in moving
Villages Football Association to
American Youth Football was the
ability to offer football to kids of
all shapes and sizes. The program
is all inclusive. We no longer have
to turn kids away that are too large
to fit into weight requirements or
force kids to play with other kids

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