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November 2010

Creekside High School girls' golf in

full swing this year
By Karl Kennell

TCE Carnival provides

fun and supplies for clinic
By Contributing Writer Patti Machols

The CHS girls'golf team
This fall, Creekside High
School experienced another first
with the Creekside girls' golf team.
It started when the girls of the
team played their hearts out at the
high school district tournament at
The Champions Club at Juling-
ton Creek. That day, Coach Mary
Hafeman watched as two of her girls
advanced as individuals for the first
time to the regional tournament
being held in Ormond Beach at
the Oceanside Golf Course. Team
members Emily Robbins and Des-
tinee Campbell faced the challenge
of taming this special course built in
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S-... team has learned, developed and had
-- : fun while improving their golf skills
far -t under the tutelage of Coach Hafe-
sad apman. A 1980 University of Florida t
SC graduate, Hafeman was captain and
most valuable player as a member of =
the Gators women's golf team. She
was elected to the UF Athletic Hall
of Fame in 1998. She has competed
in many tournaments as a profes-
sional in the LPGA, as well as serv-
ing in high level positions for the i
professional organization. Her golf
credentials are numerous and attest
to the good fortune of CHS to have
her coaching potential future LPGA
golfers from the school.
fairways that are well protected with Coach Hafeman is sure to
sand and water. remind you that the primary focus
"It's a great test of gI is for all the girls on the team is to
how Coach Hafeman described the learn, develop their games and most
course experience. importantly have fun.
CHS junior Robbins and soph- The CHS girls' golf team was TCE students and NFA dancers Regar
more Campbell were presented the composed of 10 members this year. Alex Machols, and Mikayla Lindenfelc
day of the regional tournament not The six starting players are Destinee NFA dancer Lindsay Jolly with suppliE
only with a challenging course, but Campbell, Emily Robbins, Amelia Ketterlinus's new clinic.
also heavy wind conditions. Camp- Kiewitt, captain and senior Ansley The sixth annual Timber-
bell shot a 102 and Robbins placed Savaria, Kat King and Carly Lange. lin Creek Carnival was held on
fourth in the individual category by The additional team members Friday, October 1, 2010 and was
shooting a 93. Brianna Burnham, Brittany Cook, a tremendous success! Students
Coach Hafeman said of the Chelsey Haselden and Brittany and their families got to climb
girls' experience, "They both learned Cook each participated in an event and jump on multiple inflatables,
a lot and improved their games." play games, eat hot dogs and
Throughout the year the girls' CHS golf continued on page 2

Mark your calendar for December 4

Christmas spirit to light up the creek
By Karl Kennell

At sunset on
Saturday, Decem-
ber 4, the spirit of
Christmas will set
aglow Julington
Creek and Bulls
Bay. At 7:00 p.m.
that evening,
members of the
Julington Creek
Prop Club will
gather their boats
in a festively
decorated and
illuminated fleet.
The reflections
of red, green,
blue and white
from the lights
shimmer across One of the fe
the water of Bulls
Bay as the more than 30 boats
begin a parade under the bridge
and on down the creek. This an-

stive boats in tne Juiington creeK Llgnt ra
nual "Christmas On The Creek"
illuminated boat parade is a highly
anticipated special event which

starts the holiday
season in the
As Decem-
ber approaches
i you can see the
boats moored at
the marinas on
both sides of the
Julington Creek
Bridge being
decked out in
holiday finery,
each becoming a
vessel of holi-
day spirit. That
holiday spirit also
flows on down
and along the
rade shores of Bulls
Bay and Juling-
ton Creek onto the docks along the

Christmas spirit cont. on page 6

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hamburgers cooked by
our volunteer parents, all
while the DJ blasted mu-
sic for dancing and fun!
There was a performance
ofTimberlin Creek
Elementary's own chorus
and a visit from Patches
the Gator Bowl Gator.
The weather was perfect
and the turnout was one
of the best the carnival
has ever seen.
Upon entering the
event and before the
families began their fun,
Timberlin Creek El-
ementary (TCE) part-
nered with a local dance
team, the North Florida
Allstars to help TCE's
sister school, Ketterli-
SRees, nus Elementary, raise
d and supplies for their newly
es for formed in-house clinic.
Timberlin Creek's PTO
jumped at the chance
to incorporate this fundraiser
into their own event and TCE
students benefited by receiving
special game tickets they could
then use at the carnival for mak-

TCE Carnival cont. on page 4

What's Inside
Page 3 What's New
Page 4 Taxing Issues

Page 5
Page 6
Page 8
Page 9
Page 11
Page 13
Page 16
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Page 18
Page 19
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School District Journal
From the Commissioner
Food for Fines
Drive fore Education
CHS debate club
Panther Pride Band
FCMS Happenings
Yesterday's Treasures
BTHS Happenings
SJ Grammar School
Fashion Update
Book Review
Faith News
Purposeful Parenting
Job Finder
BTHS & CHS sports
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SPMS Raiders are football champions
By Karl Kennell

This year, organized sports
competition returned to the middle
schools of St. Johns County. On
Thursday, October 28 the inau-
gural season of St. Johns Middle
Schools Athletic Association
(SJMSAA) football came to a spec-
tacular close with the first annual
Bowl Bash held at Plantation Park.
Games started at 4:40 p.m. among
the teams and were played based
on their regular season rankings.
The big event of the day though
was the Baker's Championship
Bowl at 8:00 p.m.
The Baker's Championship
Bowl was not simply a great game
between two local favorites. It
e was a spectacular event. The game
was attended by an enthusiastic
crowd estimated by one observer
to be over 2,000 parents, friends
id and fans of the competitors. The
game was filled with fanfare as the
number one ranked Switzerland
ions Point Middle School Raiders took
tion on their cross neighborhood rivals,
second ranked Fruit Cove Middle
School Flyers in the championship
game. To kick off the festivities, the
SPMS Raiders arrived at Plantation
Park in a bus escorted by a police
car with flashing lights and siren.
The Raiders were ready for the
night's challenge by having com-

CHS golf continued from page 1
and worked diligently on their
games this season.
The team will be saying good-
bye to this year to senior Ansley
Savaria, who has done a great job
improving her game from scoring
averages in the mid 60s to an aver-
age of 57. The top two players are
Campbell and Robbins with scoring

pleted an 8-0 season. Coached
by volunteer head coach Jason
Craft (a former player with the
NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars),
coach Mack Craft and a team
of volunteer coaches, the team
was prepared to extend their
winning season to one more
The Raiders' team coordi-
nator Carrie Bedard reported
that both teams were ready and
excited to demonstrate their
football skills in front of the
gathered parents and friends.
Raiders quarterback Au-
brey Thompson led a masterful
game plan, ending the game
as the highest scoring player as Fo
well as for the season. Angel SP
Toyens of the Raiders also won SJI
the honor of offensive player of
the game.
The cross neighborhood rivals
played their hearts out to the fin-
ish. The Switzerland Point Middle
School Raiders held off a deter-
mined Fruit Cove Middle School
Flyers squad to become champions
in a 21-6 finish. The win made
the Raiders' first season a fantastic
success by going 9-0 and being the
undefeated team. The culmination
of the undefeated season and the
excitement of the Baker's Champi-

averages of 49.00 and 49.3 respec-
The whole team improved
their scores, polished their swing
development and worked on their
short game and course management.
Volunteer coaches Fran Kinney and
LPGA Duramed players Susan Nam
and Jae Oh help Coach Hafeman.
The team's home course is The

rmer Jaguars player and current
MS Raiders coach Jason Craft at the
VISAA Kickoff

onship Bowl are sure to be remem-
bered by the team, school and
neighborhood for a long time.
The challenge now for the
Raiders is to take that "perfect"
season into the North vs. South
game to end the middle school
football season in mid-November.
We look forward to following our
middle school football stars in what
promises to be many more years
of spirited competition around the
Champions Course at Julington
Coach Hafeman's focus is to
develop the girls' skill level and help
them learn the game of golf as a
lifetime sport. Girls interested in
golf who are or will be attending
Creekside High School are encour-
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Community Happenings

The second annual St. Johns Band C
County community Salute to our NovemI
Veterans will be held on Wednes- will peri
day, November 10 from 5:00 p.m. show en
until 9:00 p.m. at Veterans Park was higl
on Veterans Parkway between Race competi
Track Road and County Road 210. Nease B
Scheduled are performances by the in fund
Liberty Pines Academy Chorus, the pay for
Fruit Cove Middle School Band a camp
and the Creekside Drill Team in Taken?"
addition to the very meaningful of $49 w
Veterans' Ceremony. Also enjoy bus for
hamburgers and hot dogs and area bus
music by Smoke and Mirrors. This tax dedu
is a St. Johns Parks and Recreation visit the
supported event at Veterans Park in org to d
the heart of NW St. Johns County. booster
Don't miss it! Susan C

The Nease High School Pan- On
their Pride Band has qualified to Fore Ed
attend the FMBC State Marching will tak

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

competition on Saturday,
ber 20 in Tampa. The band
form their competition
titled Nevermore, which
hly scored at two regional
itions in October. The
'and Boosters are engaged
raising activities to help
the trip and have launched
lign entitled "Is This Seat
A tax deductible donation
will reserve one seat on the
a student. Individuals or
sinesses wishing to make a
uctible contribution may
website www.neaseband.
onate online or contact
club fundraising chairman
;ummick at 304-4900.

December 12, the Drive
ucation golf tournament
e place at The Champions

Club in Julington Creek. This is
a competition among eight NW
St. Johns County schools: Hickory
Creek Elementary, Julington Creek
Elementary, Timberlin Creek
Elementary, Cunningham Creek
Elementary, Swiss Point Middle
School, Fruit Cove Middle School,
Creekside High School and
Bartram Trail High School. Each
school is responsible for bringing
four foursomes to the tourna-
ment who will play golf to help
the schools. Prizes will be given to
first, second and third places and a
trophy will go to the school of the
winning foursome. This is a great
opportunity to show your school
colors and help raise funds to sup-
port educational needs at this time!
To join the tournament as a golfer,
please contact bthsptso@msn.com
or call one of the eight schools

Do you want to improve
your speaking skills? Do you find
yourself a "deer in headlights"
when your boss asks you a question
on the spot? If you answered yes
to either of those questions then
Toastmasters is the club for you!
Toastmasters helps improve your
speaking and communication skills
in addition to providing a support-
ive environment. We all want to
see you succeed. The World Golf
Village Toastmasters club meets
at a new location: Radiant Fam-
ily Church, located off of exit 329
(County Road 210) and Interstate
95. The meetings start promptly
at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome

Letters to the
Editor policy
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welcome Letters to the Editor.
We request they be no more
than 250 words. All letters must
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anytime! For additional informa-
tion, please email the club at wgv-
toastmasters@gmail.com or visit us
online at http://worldgolfvillage.

JCP CARES will be helping to
restock the shelves of food pantries
at Celebration Lutheran Church,
St. Francis House and the Council
on Aging. Drop off non-perish-
able food items at The Champions
Club at Julington Creek Plantation
on Saturday, November 13 from
10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For
additional information, please visit

The Northwest Business
Council of the St. Johns County
Chamber of Commerce will
hold their monthly luncheon on
Thursday, November 18 beginning
at 11:30 a.m. at Blackstone Grill.
This event is open to St. Johns
County Chamber members only.
Please RSVP at www.sjcchamber.
com/nwbc; prepayment of $15 is

The holiday season is musi-
cally underscored in St. Augustine
by the glorious annual Christmas
Concert held at the magnificent
Cathedral Basilica, located at 38
Cathedral Place in downtown St.
Augustine. The two performances
are on Saturday, December 11 at
8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December
12 at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets at
$15 each may be ordered by going
to the website at www.staugustine-
communitychorus.org to obtain
the order form. Student and child
tickets are $5 each. Tickets at the
door are $20.

The Garden Club of Switzer-
land will hold their monthly meet-
ing on Thursday, November 11
at 10:00 a.m. at the Bartram Trail
Branch Library. Kenneth Clark
from the Florida Department of
Transportation will speak about the
guidelines for wildflowers on high-
ways. Anyone interested in learning
about gardening in our community
or sharing their insights is wel-
come! For additional information,
please call 287-3924.

The Bartram Trail Newcom-
er's and Women's Club meets the
second Tuesday of every month at
9:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn. Our

club is a Newcomer's Club as well
as a Women's Club. We put no
time limits on how long you can be
a member with us. You're welcome
to visit three events/activities and
then we ask that you pay your
membership dues and join as a
member. In addition to the month-
ly meetings, the club has a wide
variety of interest groups. There
are various card groups (Bridge
and Canasta), bowling, golf, recipe
exchange, special event outings,
game day, Bunko, Mah Jongg,
book clubs, movie and lunch and
community volunteer projects.
For membership information or to
receive a newsletter, please contact
Vice President of Membership El-
len Brenner at 287-2676 or email
her at ebbjc@bellsouth.net.

You're invited to join your
neighbors for a Medicare infor-
mational meeting at the Bartram
Trail Branch Library on Tuesdays,
November 30, December 7 and
December 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the
Manatee room. This is your chance
to ask questions and learn about
the Medicare options available in
your area. The library is located at
60 Davis Pond Boulevard at the
State Road 13 entrance to Juling-
ton Creek Plantation.

The National Commemora-
tive Candle Lighting 2010 will
be held on Sunday, November 14
beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Wynd-
ham Lakes, located at 10660 Old
St. Augustine Road in Mandarin.
At this initiative of the Alzheimer's
Foundation of America, remem-
ber and honor those who had and
have Alzheimer's disease and their
families at this candle lighting cer-
emony. For additional information,
please call 262-4600.

The MOMS Club of St. Au-
gustine North invites moms and
their children living in the 32092
or 32095 zip codes including the
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
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Taxing Issues

By Contributing Writer Dennis W. Hollingsworth,
CFC, St. Johns County Tax Collector

Beginning the first week of
November, St. Johns County
property owners found their tax
bills in the mailbox as the 2010
tax season began. This included
bills for real estate, tangible per-
sonal property, railroad and non
ad-valorem assessments. Although
all tax bills become due November
1, 2010, they are payable through
March 31, 2011 without incur-
ring a penalty.
Property owners have the
opportunity to pay their tax bills
over the next several months, but
the greatest savings can be realized
by those who opt to pay their bills
in November when they can get a
4 percent discount. The amount
of the discount decreases by 1
percent every month until March
2011 when bills must be paid and
no discount is applied, per Florida
Statute 197.
Due to recent legislative
changes, the format of the tax
bill has been altered slightly in a
manner that should prove more
convenient and be more infor-
mative. An insert explaining the
different sections and changes will
be included with the tax bill, but
please feel free to call the St. Johns
County Tax Collector's office at
209-2250 if you have any ques-

There are various meth-
ods of payment available to St.
Johns County property owners.
The most popular method is
the United States mail. There is
also an online payment option
to property owners with internet
service and a credit card. Access
the St. Johns County Tax Collec-
tor website at www.sjctax.us and
follow the prompts for payment.
Please note that a convenience fee
set by the credit card companies
is associated with this service;
however, the Tax Collector's office
does not retain any portion of this
Florida Statute Chapter 197
allows taxpayers to prepay their
taxes via an installment payment
plan for each tax notice with taxes
estimated to be more than $100.
Participants enrolled in the 2010
installment plan will receive their
third quarterly installment tax
bill in December. This option is
no longer available for the 2010
taxes unless already enrolled in the
installment plan. Application for
the 2011 tax year must be made
with the Tax Collector's office
prior to May 1, 2011, with the
first payment due no later than
June 30, 2011.

If you have an escrow ac-
count, you should be receiving
an "information only" notice
detailing your tax status and
stating, "This is not a bill-do not
pay- your bill has been forwarded
to your escrow agent.
The Tax Collector's office is
responsible for collecting, invest-
ing and distributing tax revenue.
Any questions regarding home-
stead exemptions and assessment
disputes should be addressed to
the Property Appraiser. Any ques-
tions regarding the individual tax-
ing authorities' millage rates listed
on your bill should be addressed
to those individual authorities.
If you have questions, com-
ments or suggestions regarding the
operation of the St. Johns County
Tax Collector's office, please do
not hesitate to contact me at

TCE Carnival cont. from page 1
ing a donation.
The North Florida Allstars
had already collected from their
dancers some of the requested
supplies for Ketterlinus, but
when TCE's PTO approached
them with this unique opportu-
nity to do more, they jumped at
the chance. Some of the dancers
and their parents volunteered to
collect clinic items and had out
tickets. It was a win for everyone!
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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 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

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 460-

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
at 9105 County Road 13 North
(south of Buddy Boys Grocery
Store). Weigh in starts at 8:30 a.m.

We are a National Weight Loss
Organization, fees are low and we
have lots of fun, contests and in-
spiring programs. All are welcome;
come and join us! For more infor-
mation, please contact Sara Weaver
at 940-7528 or Bobbi Culbreth at

The St Augustine Commu-
nity Orchestra is currently seeking
new musicians in the following
sections: strings, woodwinds, brass
and percussion. The orchestra,
founded in 1961, is one of the
longest running cultural entities in
St. Augustine. It currently numbers
about 50 members, all of whom
perform on a voluntary basis. The
orchestra gives the community
of St. Augustine their best musi-
cal efforts to packed houses at
each concert. Musicians from the
Jacksonville and Palm Coast areas
can participate and even college
students. If interested, please call
John Reardon at 982-2210 or Ash-
ley Wood at 347-8716 for more
information or visit our website at

The Student/Farmworker Al-
liance will host a Florida Modern-
Day Slavery Museum on Monday,
November 15 from 10:00 a.m.
until 6:00 p.m. at Switzerland
Community Church, located at
2179 State Road 13. For additional
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District Journal

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

I am happy to announce that
after complete focus and extremely
hard work (not to mention $5
million from our reserve fund),
St. Johns County met class size on
the class by class hard cap basis. I
have to say that I strongly feel that
meeting class size at that level is
not in the best interest of children.
Our principals have had to place
new children in classes based on
numbers instead of being able to
match student/teacher on the basis
of children's learning styles. None-
theless, I am grateful that we made
it and do not face the draconian
fines that accompany non-compli-
A bit of a buzz is being gener-
ated by the movie, "Waiting for
Superman" that depicts the journey
of three students in high urban
areas in California, New York and
Washington, DC. Although the
movie portrays public education as
a failure, I would submit that that
view is narrow and focused on very
specific urban areas that are the
victims of very high poverty. Public
education is not the failure that
this movie and pundits portray it
to be. Especially here in St. Johns
County, our students are excelling
and are being prepared more than
adequately for their next steps,
whether at the university level or in
the world of work. As this rhetoric
increases, please examine our local
schools. You will see highly success-
ful programs meeting the learning
needs of children. Further, you will
see highly successful students being

prepared to meet the needs of our
community. Superman is here in
the form of our excellent teachers
who empty themselves daily to as-
sure the success of their students.
St. Johns County School
District has 18 National Merit
semi-finalists this year, the high-
est number we have ever enjoyed.
These students scored in the top
1 percent of the country on the
PSAT taken in their junior year.
The semifinalists are Lesleigh
Craddock, Ashton Dumdei and
Dylan Moring from Bartram Trail
High School; Julianna Betbeze
from Creekside High School; Ajay
Loferski, Brian Bell, Gabe Padilla,
Andrew Yurko, Lizzie Darden,
Brad Roche, Meredith Robinson
and Katie Bottenhorn from Nease
High School; Sean Buchanan,
Austin DeRoziere, Ryan Hus-
sin, Lydia Lichlyter and William
Meadow from Ponte Vedra High
School; and Tobias Merkle from
St. Augustine High School. We are
very proud of the accomplishments
of these students. They go on to
compete to be National Merit
St. Johns County schools
continue to set the pace in in-
novation, with remarkable results.
Our cost avoidance system for
saving on our utilities has resulted
in $7.6 million over the past two
years. Our electric bills are down
40 percent, even though we have
added two high schools and a K-8.
Simple things like making sure "if
it glows, it goes" when leaving a

room or building and consolidat-
ing our schools in the summer
months have helped us realize these
remarkable savings. I am grate-
ful to Al Crutchfield, our energy
manager, for his efforts in reducing
our costs.
Our health care clinic has also
experienced great success. Located
on the Mill Creek Elementary
campus, the clinic provides our
employees and their dependents
with free medical care and a
limited number of free prescrip-
tions. The facility is staffed with
doctors and nurses and includes a
lab and limited drug dispensary. I
utilize the facility and have been
very pleased with the medical care
I have received. In the next few
weeks, we will open two more
clinics on the campuses of Nease
and Menendez High Schools.
These new clinics will also include
digital x-ray equipment. Statistics
show that we are saving $1 million
per year in reduced claims to our
health plan as a result of the clinic.
The first annual Drive Fore
Education will take place on De-
cember 12 at The Champions Club
in Julington Creek Plantation. The
golf tournament will benefit eight
of our northwest schools: Bartram
Trail and Creekside High Schools,
Fruit Cove and Switzerland Point
Middle Schools, Cunningham
Creek, Hickory Creek, Juling-
ton Creek and Timberlin Creek
Elementary Schools. The cost to
participate is $125 per player or
$400 per foursome and includes
both snack lunch and full din-
ner. A unique feature of the event
is a charity ball drop. Numbered
golf balls will be dropped from a
cherry picker. The one first in the
hole or closest to it is the winner

of a 50/50 split of the sales of the
golf balls. Each school is selling
the balls for $10 per ball or three
for $25. You may also obtain them
from me or at Curly Willow Florist
at the corner of Race Track Road
and State Road 13. Please support
this great event. If you would like
to play in the tournament, contact
any of the participating schools. I
would like to extend special thanks
to Jim Lear of The Champions
Club for donating his facility for
the event.
As always, thank you for your

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limited to no more than one day a
week across the 18 counties of the
St. Johns River Water Manage-
ment District. November 7 was
the day that daylight saving time
ended and Eastern Standard Time
began. This marked the second
year of the district-wide one-day-
per-week watering restrictions
during Eastern Standard Time.
Typically, more than half of
residential water is used on lawns
and landscapes. Watering restric-
tions are in place to ensure that
water used for irrigation is used
efficiently. By conserving water to-
day, Floridians can delay the time
when more costly and controver-
sial alternative water sources will
be needed.
Because lawns need signifi-
cantly less water in Florida's win-
ter months, landscape irrigation is
limited to no more than one day
a week on the following schedule
when Eastern Standard Time is in
* Saturday at addresses that end
in an odd number or have no
Sunday at addresses that end in
an even number
Tuesday at nonresidential ad-
No irrigation is allowed
between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00
In addition, irrigation is
limited to three quarters of an
inch of water per irrigation zone
and to no more than one hour per
irrigation zone.
The restrictions apply to
water withdrawn from ground
or surface water, from a private
well or pump or from a public

or private water utility. Irrigation
limitations apply to all landscape
irrigation not currently regulated
by a consumptive use permit,
which typically includes residen-
tial, commercial and industrial es-
tablishments. Golf courses, plant
nurseries, agricultural crops and
sports recreational areas generally
have consumptive use permits
that specify their irrigation limita-
The District encourages local
governments to enact ordinances
that allow them to enforce the
restrictions within their bound-
aries, and 51 of the 118 local
governments within the District
have enacted ordinances. The Dis-
trict also enforces the restrictions
throughout its 18-county area.
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By Contributing Writer Cyndi Stevenson,
County Commissioner, District 1

At Thanksgiving more than
ever, our thoughts turn gratefully
to those who have made St. Johns
County such a wonderful place to
live. In this spirit we say, simply
but sincerely, "Thank you and best
wishes for a Happy Thanksgiv-
As a Commissioner, resident
and taxpayer, here are a few things
I am thankful for:
1) Four years of decreased
budget and belt tightening at the
county allowing some relief to
taxpayers without gutting county
services. The 2011 budget, with
no increase in millage rate, will
operate with $14 million less in
property tax revenues, an 11.5
percent decrease and will utilize
rainy day funds to sustain services
as planned in 2010.
2) Improved access for resi-
dents and business through the
county website and administrator's
e-newsletter. To view and sign up,
go to www.sjcfl.us.
3) No unfunded pension
debt for St. Johns County, unlike
many others in the state and na-
4) No lurking liabilities for
unfunded healthcare benefit for
retirees. These have been reformed
to bring them in line and we are
on a pay as you go system in St.
Johns County.
5) Increased market activity
in non-residential construction to
help stabilize our local economy,
diversify our tax base and build

complete communities.
6) County staff, which pro-
vide valued services to our grow-
ing county and work to deliver
services cost effectively. Many have
gone several years with no raises,
seen increased healthcare contribu-
tion and furlough days and have
worked hard to serve our county
when we need them most.
7) County Road 210 and
Interstate 95 interchange improve-
ments. Thank you Congressman
Mica, FDOT and county staff
who worked so hard to bring this
project to completion.
8) State Road 9B Phase 1
Extension is under construction
to be completed in the next two
years. Thank you MPO, Congress-
man Mica and FDOT!
9) Miles of new county roads
constructed with sidewalks and
bike paths built by developers be-
fore new homes were constructed
are being enjoyed by drivers, bik-
ers and pedestrians.
10) Expanded park network
has relieved overflowing ball fields
and ensure beach and river access
are being enjoyed by our commu-
nity, especially during this eco-
nomic downturn.
11) Community volunteers.
Whether it is mentoring and
youth sports or libraries and senior
services, volunteers are the heart of
our community.
St. Johns County has many
miles of coast along the St. Johns
River, Atlantic Ocean and the

Intracoastal Waterway. The county
land is low in many places and
laced with beautiful creeks and
streams that lead to our water-
ways. During better times, the
State of Florida was able to desig-
nate funds to assure the public had
a foothold along these waterways
to assure access for our growing
state to provide recreation oppor-
tunities for residents and visitors
to enjoy. Many of the parks and
boat ramp accesses acquired over
the last 10 years took advantage
of those funds in a competitive
grant process. As a Floridian, I
am grateful that my children and
grandchildren will have ways to
access Florida's waterways.
Your county is not without
challenges. With revenues from
all sources declining, we face
mandates to improve public safety
communication; clean water man-
dates from the 1980s and trans-
portation costs that are funded
with outdated and insufficient
revenue sources.
County stewardship is not
perfect, but we have made real
progress to improve the finan-
cial stewardship during difficult
economic time. We are fortunate
to have cut spending early and
increased reserves during better
times. This is not a typical down-
turn, but St. Johns County is in
better shape than most counties in
our state and with much infra-
structure in place, we are prepared
for a solid recovery. For this I am
very grateful.
Thank you for the privilege
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We met again on October
14 and had another lively and
informative discussion. Beverly
Fleming gave us an update on the
Old Pioneers Reunion scheduled
for November 6 at Alpine Groves
Park. We're on track for a wonder-
ful event.
We also learned that the
oral histories we approved many
months ago are almost complete
and will certainly be done by the
end of this year. These oral histories
from long time residents of NW St.
Johns County will give us a greater
understanding of the early history
of Fruit Cove, Switzerland and
Orangedale and St. Johns County.
Learning the trials and tribulations
of our early settlers will be educa-
tional for young and old.
These oral histories will be the
foundation for the education pro-
gram within our Master Plan for
presentation to schools and others
throughout St. Johns County. We're

Christmas spirit cont. from page 1
way. Homeowners along the shore
get right into the spirit of the pa-
rade by decorating their docks and
throwing their Christmas parties
during the parade.
Hundreds gather along the
bridge and shore each year to watch
the festive flotilla parade along the
creek. The captains of these craft
are filled with holiday spirit as the
crowds cheer them from shore,
particularly as they see children on
docks cheering on their favorites
during the parade
There is a lot of planning and
preparation that occurs prior to the
holiday fleet setting sail including
taking into account the tides. About

planning a speaker's bureau to
make presentations to our schools,
libraries and business organizations.
Stay tuned as this program moves
forward. We can use volunteers
for this and welcome you and/or
friends into our organization.
Claire Fioriti and Fleming gave
a presentation on the wildflower
symposium they attended in Octo-
ber. We learned more about plant-
ing and caring for wildflowers that
beautify many areas of Florida. This
information will certainly benefit
our scenic highway beautification
program, over time.
Vickie Renna, our county
scenic highway coordinator talked
about the new grant cycle starting
in December. Grants are important
as we move to implement our long
term plans and strategies. She also
gave us information on promo-
tional items being considered
- including tri-panel posters to be
used at all William Bartram Scenic

one third of the boats participat-
ing hail from the Prop Club while
others come from all over the area.
Boats range in size from 19 feet to
50 feet in length. Some are so large
that they make special adjustments
to the decorations for taking them
down and putting them back up so
that they can glide easily under the
Though all the work is done
for the fun of the holidays, it does
have its rewards beyond pride.
Upon completion of the parade,
all the boaters return to Julington
Creek Marina for a little recogni-
tion for the pleasure and joy they
have brought to others that night.
There are cash prizes for the deco-
rated boats and their captains of

Highway events and by our speak-
ers whenever making an education-
al presentation. This poster is being
designed to include a brief, pictorial
history of the scenic highway.
Fleming also told us about a
craft fair coming to Trout Creek
Park on November 17, 19, and 22
from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.
This event is offered by the Council
on Aging as a means to fund
recreation activities by our elder
citizens. Please try to make this
event there are many wonderful
creations offered by our seniors that
will definitely enhance your life.
Our William Bartram Scenic
and Historic Highway Manage-
ment Council members are in-
volved in many community activi-
ties and welcome your involvement
in our activities. Come to our next
meeting or contact me at alabbat@
bellsouth.net to learn more!

first place $300, second place $200
and $100 for third place. Of course
all those homeowners who took the
holiday spirit to heart and decked
out their docks in holiday cheer
have a chance to receive a prize
for "best decorated dock," first or
second place.
Each year for the last 27 years
the members of the Julington Creek
Prop Club have shared their holiday
spirit. Each year "Christmas on the
Creek" gets better and brighter. It
is an event that brings great joy and
pleasure to all. Be sure to mark Sat-
urday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. on
your calendar and come early to get
a good spot to see the festive fleet
begin the holiday season. Make it a
holiday tradition for the family!

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Your money. Your life.

Your financial tune-up: How to get more
mileage from your money, part 2
By Contributing Writers David and Pat Watkins

Laura Lancaster, vice president, Mand
branch, VyStar Credit Union

For Part 1 of our two part se-
ries go to www.mandarinnewsline.
com where it can be retrieved in
the October issue. We're exploring
ways in which you, the consumer
in northeast Florida, have the
power to increase your financial
health and wealth through local
A couple of years ago Web-
ster chose for its Word of the Year
"locavore": a person who attempts
to eat only food grown locally.
Since that time there has been a
movement afoot to take advantage
of other goods and services avail-
able locally. Within our reach with
branches in every community is
VyStar, a financial institution that
is local and was once known as Jax
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some services available
to all in the community
(explored last month) and
other services available to
members only; it requires
only a $5 fee to become a
member and $5 to open
an account!
Laura Lancaster,
vice president of the
Mandarin branch of
VyStar Credit Union, has
given freely of her time to
explain just a few of the
member services available
at all branches and online
at www.vystarcu.org:
1. The "Money
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you create and implement
your own financial plan.
It takes you through goal setting,
the evaluation of your spending
habits, budgeting, and, finally,
implementing your plan. Remem-
ber, this requires perseverance and
working towards the objectives
you've previously set. No pain,
no gain as they say. Of course, as
a member, your VyStar financial
counselor is always available to as-
sist you every step of the way.
2. "Balance Track": Covers
important financial topics rang-
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tax planning to identity theft
to repaying student loans and
more. All are designed to provide
you with enough knowledge to
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informed decision on your finan-
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of financial calculators on their
web site, www.vystarcu.org located
in the Internet and e-Services
Center, which cover home financ-
ing, leasing, personal financing
and retirement. Each has a variety
of calculators associated with each
topic. And you're not required to
be a member to use this service!
4. Dental Insurance: Through
Delta Dental Insurance Company,
provides two plans and cost varies.
Check with your local branch or
go to the web site.
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ance, owned by credit unions and
their members, provides Long
Term Care Insurance. Although
pricing is unavailable on the web
site there are a number of ways
to reduce your premium costs!
Again, check online or at the local
6. Members' auto, homeown-
ers and rental insurance is avail-
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website or at your local branch.
7. Identity Theft 911: Pro-
vides victims advocacy and educa-
tion as well as a service to support
you if your identity is stolen. This
includes services for victims of
natural disasters.
Well, now it's time for you
to take control and check out the
services, free for members, avail-
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The 17th annual edition of St.
Augustine's famed Nights of Lights
will sparkle to life at 6:30 p.m. on
Saturday, November 20 when the
flick of a switch will illuminate the
oldest city's historic district with
the gentle glow of more than two
million tiny, white lights. Selected
last year by AAA as one of the 12
best places in the United States and
Canada to experience holiday cheer
and named this year as one of the
top 100 events in the United States
by the American Bus Association,
the Nights of Lights provides a
luminous setting for an exciting
agenda of holiday events and fun
through January 31.

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District board cuts budget,
reduces tax bills by 10 percent
By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water
Management District

In late September, the St.
Johns River Water Manage-
ment District's Governing Board
adopted its budget for fiscal year
2010-2011 that began October 1,
maintaining the current 0.4158
millage rate for the fourth year
in a row. Under a 0.4158 mill-
age rate 41.58 cents for every
$1,000 of assessed property value
- the owner of a $200,000 house
with a $50,000 homestead exemp-
tion will pay $62.37 in property
taxes to the District.
The District's total budget for
fiscal year 2010-2011 is $254.69
million, which is $58.5 million
- or 18.7 percent less than
the current year's budget. The
decrease is a result of reductions
in property tax revenues and
reductions in state, federal and
other funding sources, resulting
in reduced expenditures in most
District programs.
As a result of an overall de-
cline in assessed property values,
maintaining the current millage
rate will result in a 9.9 percent
reduction a drop of about $12
million in property tax revenue
to the District. That reduction
translates into a tax decrease for
many property owners.

"As revenues have declined,
the District has critically reviewed
its core mission and priorities,"
said Governing Board Chairman
W Leonard Wood of Fernan-
dina Beach. "Continued revenue
reductions will mean that we have
less funding available for contrac-
tual services and for cost-share
programs. This budget will not
allow us to pursue new water
resource projects and will mean a
reduction in some services. How-
ever, it will allow us to continue
our highest priority projects."
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straints, the board approved a
balanced budget that reduces
expenditures by:
* Reducing the baseline budget
by $9.321 million (8.2 percent
Reducing contractual ser-
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percent reduction), includ-
ing a reduction of contingent
worker expenditures of $2.09
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the beginning of October, there
is still much to look forward to.
Starting November 5 and running
until November 20, Players by the
Sea will proudly present "Gem
of the Ocean," a powerful drama
laced with mischievous humor.
It was written by August Wilson,
who is considered to be one of the
most important playwrights of his
generation. The play, which takes
place in 1904 in Pittsburgh, centers
around Aunt Esther, a matriarch
whose healing powers are legend-
ary. When Citizen Barlow arrives
at her house seeking to get his soul
washed, she takes him on a spiri-
tual journey to the mythical City
of Bones, where he finds redemp-
tion as he comes to understand the
story of his ancestors.

Just to prove the versatility of
this group, it will present "Ain't
Misbehavin"' with music by Fats
Waller in January, with a special
New Year's Eve performance. It will
be followed by Shakespeare's "Mer-
chant of Venice" in March!
Another facet of Players by the
Sea's contribution to the commu-
nity is its very special School of the
Arts, directed by talented and car-
ing Barbara Colaciello. Intended to
develop imagination and intuition,
build confidence and stimulate cre-
ativity among other things, it offers
a year long program for all ages,
as well as 10 week workshops in
acting and musical theatre. It also
offers special programs focusing
on technical theatre.
As I drove up to the building
which houses Players by the Sea.
I was a little disappointed by its
exterior. I understand however, that
a new frontage, the design of which
will incorporate the new logo, is in
the works! It will be a great asset
not only for Players by the Sea, but
for the Beaches community.
For additional information
about the offerings described above
and in the future, please call 249-
0289 or visit

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Take part in the school year
calendar survey

The St. Johns County School
District is asking for your help in
creating the 2011-2012 school
A survey link is now available
on the school district website for
community members to give their
input on the two draft calendars
for the 2011-2012 school year.
Each calendar proposal can be
downloaded and printed.
Variations in the two versions
include school start date, Thanks-
giving break, spring break, teacher

planning days and the last day of
school for students.
The survey link can be ac-
cessed at www.stjohns.kl2.fl.us/
calendar or by clicking under the
appropriate heading under "What's
New" on the school district home
page. Individuals are encouraged
to submit any ideas, suggestions
or concerns about the proposed
calendars. Input will be gathered
through November 15. The final
proposed calendar must be ap-
proved by the School Board.

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The holidays spell parades!
By Joy Hartley

I guess it comes from all the
years of marching in the high
school band carrying my flute and
wearing white buck shoes thick
with white shoe polish...I still love
parades! It's not just watching the
great Macy's Thanksgiving Day
lalapoolsa event...it's the going to
the parade thing that makes the
This is the prime season for
parades, so our SUV is loaded
down with the standard stuff for
attending a parade this time of
year: folding chairs, small cooler
with sodas and water and some
great popcorn. We leave the vehicle
packed in parade mode until New
Year's Day after attending the last
parade of the season (see schedule
below). So I suggest you load up
the kids and grandkids and go
inspect the troops!
The "parade season" starts with
the Veterans Day celebration which
is just upon us. The City of Jack-
sonville has a very impressive event
held downtown. There is a huge
turnout of both parade participants
and audience to this event due to
the military influence in our area.
Since my husband is a veteran and
my father in-law was a pilot and a
three-year POW survivor in WWII
we find this parade to be a very
moving patriotic experience. For
exact dates and times of this event
visit www.coj.net.
The Christmas parades in the
area sometimes have conflicting
schedules, vying to be on a Satur-
day right after Thanksgiving....that

being said, I would not miss the
St. Augustine one! I love the small
town effect of this parade; it is not
precision bands and floats-it's
local kids and their parents pulling
off a great family holiday event.
It's also nice to be in downtown St.
Augustine wearing a coat!
As you know, my family is a
member of the Julington Creek
Navy! We boat owners go nuts for
the holidays! We start in August
with visions of sugar plums danc-
ing in our heads of how to one-up
each other in our boat decorating
themes. Since money is on the
table (cash prizes to the best deco-
rated boat) this is serious business.
The Julington Creek Prop Club's
famous boat parade is Saturday,
December 4 at 7:00 p.m. Be up
there on the bridge and see this
Christmas Parade of Lights unfold
before your very eyes.
The boaters in downtown
Jacksonville will shine their holiday
lights on Saturday, November
27. Their event travels down the
St. Johns River rolling past The
Landing and attached riverfront
areas; for more information, again
visit the above City of Jacksonville
December 31 is Jacksonville's
most sparkling happening...the Ga-
tor Bowl Parade! This is just part
of the hubbub circulating around
town during this great SEC/Big
10 event. The parade is at 3:00
p.m. on New Year's Eve and it's
packed with corporate sponsors
sporting floats and entertainment.

ow::) -FItico,

But nothing beats the bands; these
sometimes 300 member strong
college bands that represent the
teams playing in the bowl game are
fabulous! They march down Water
Street decked out in their finest
making it look like a real "Macy's
Parade" moment!
Speaking of entertainment...
sometime during the holidays try
this fun recipe with your little ones!

Cinnamon Snails
4 slices whole wheat bread
14 cup soft cream cheese
14 cup margarine melted

Trim crusts from bread, spread
with cream cheese. Roll up slices
with cream cheese inside. Cut roll
into thirds, dip each roll into but-
ter. Dip each roll into mixture of
1 12 teaspoons of cinnamon and 3
tablespoons of sugar. (Do not dip
bottom of the rolls in mixture.)
Place seam side down on ungreased
baking sheet and bake at 350 de-
grees for 12 minutes.

Etiquette by Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth,
My best friend is having her
first baby and I would like to do
something special for her. She
already has four baby showers
planned. I feel that I need to do
something, but I don't think I
should have another shower. Any
Julington Creek

Dear Candace,
It is wonderful that you
want to do something special for
your friend. You can plan a girls'
weekend at a spa where she can
get pampered. Many offer prenatal
massages and pampering especially
designed for pregnant women. An-
other idea is to have a couples' get-

together and help the new parents
put together any furniture in the
nursery, paint and decorate. While
the men are getting things put
together the ladies can be washing
and folding all the new clothes and
getting them put away. Just think,
in one night the baby's nursery is
completely painted, decorated and
Good Luck!

Dear Elizabeth,
I have been hit up at least five
times in the last two weeks to buy
something for a fundraiser. I have
no problem supporting my own
children and my relatives' children.
The problem is that my friends,
neighbors and co-workers are hit-

ting me up to buy also. It seems
that the fundraising is non-stop.
Is there a polite way to tell these
people that I am not interested? I
just can't afford to support all these
Fruit Cove

Dear Susie,
I can understand where you
are coming from. Especially with
the economy these days, it is hard
for someone to participate in all
the fundraisers. I think you should
be honest with anyone who asks
you to buy. Just tell them that it
is not a good time financially and
you are unable to participate. If
you can't participate in the future,
try not to lead them on to think

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Third annual "Food for Fines"
at the St. Johns County Library

The St. Johns County Pub-
lic Library System has kicked off
its third annual "Food for Fines"
program. Food for Fines permits
patrons to bring one sealed, non-
expired, non-perishable food item
to the library in exchange for each
$1 in overdue fines. The program
will run through December 22,
2010. Last year, more than 10,000
food items were collected, surpass-
ing the 8,000 items collected in
All food collected during
Food for Fines will be given to
the Health and Human Services
food pantry for local distribution
to those in need. While Food for
Fines is a great way for overdue
offenders to balance their accounts,
the food drive is not limited. The
general public is also encouraged

that if another fund raiser where to
come up that you will contribute.
Being straight forward about this
will make it easier in the future.
Good Luck!

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November at Liberty Pines
By Contributing Writer Stephanie Bradford, Liberty Pines PTO

Teacher of the Year, Rookie
Teacher of the Year and Employee
of the Year were recently an-
nounced at LPA. Congratulations
to Lisa Haas, Teacher of the Year
and Kristin Harrington, Rookie
Teacher of the Year! Mr. Combs
has been selected as Employee of
the year. Liberty Pines Academy is
so fortunate to have such dedicated
individuals on our team!
Looking for some family fun?
Winter Wonderland is back again
at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,
from November 19, 2010 through
January 2, 2011. LPA night will
be Sunday, November 28 from
6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Please
attend that night and make sure to
ice skate. Every ticket sold for ice
skating during LPA night will earn
$2 for our school.
With the cooler months ap-
proaching, remember to order your
long sleeved LPA spirit wear. All
orders placed by November 19 will
be delivered before Winter Break.
These are the last spirit wear orders
that will be placed this school year.

If you have any questions, please
contact lpaspiritwear@earthlink.net
Time to renew your magazine
subscriptions or looking to order
a new magazine? You can help our
school by purchasing or renew-
ing your magazine subscriptions
online. Go to www.gafundraising.
com, click on "Online Store Open
24 Hours" and enter school ID#
1291277. Liberty Pines will receive
40 percent profit from your order.
Ever wonder how the fundrais-
ers at LPA benefit our students?
Recently the LPA PTO was able
to purchase new guided reading
books. More than 900 books have
just been received to create more
than 150 guided reading book
sets. Thank you LPA PTO and
families for helping our younger
learners become better readers!
LPA PTO purchased new cameras
for technology resources. With the
use of the new cameras, students
were able to go on a scavenger hunt
trying to take pictures of symbols
throughout our campus. You can
visit the LPA website (www-lpa.

The second annual Ortho-
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Golf Tournament was held on
Tuesday, October 5 at the St.
Johns Golf and Country Club.
The tournament, which welcomed
a full course of 140 golfers, raised
more than $26,000 to benefit The

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Please remember to keep send-
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she and her team have processed
almost 6000 box tops this month
resulting in $600 for LPA. Look
for Box Tops when shopping as
many items have Bonus Box Tops!
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will be performing. A night of
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On Sunday, December 5,
2010, the Garden Club of St.
Augustine will hold its 42nd an-
nual Tour of Homes. The homes
will open beginning at 12:00 noon.
This traditional home tour will
include eight private homes, some
dating from the 1700s. The homes
on this year's tour are located along
the Bayfront, as well as on Marine,
Tremerton and St. George Streets.
The Tea and Boutique will
be held in the Trinity Episcopal
Church Hall, located on Artillery
Lane, beginning at 1:00 p.m. All
materials used are live and support
the decor of the particular home
they grace.
In addition to these spectacu-

lar displays, there is a hand made
craft boutique and holiday tea. The
Red Train provides complimen-
tary transport for visitors between
homes and the parking facility;
those who choose may walk the
Tickets cost $20 for early pur-
chase or $25 if purchased on the
day of the tour.
For more detail please visit our
website at www.gardenclubofstau-
gustine.org or call Peggy at 826-
0024 or Suzanne at 230-2108. For
mail orders, please make checks
payable to GCSA Tour of Homes
and mail to GCSA Tour of Homes,
c/o 265 Moses Creek Blvd., St.
Augustine, FL 32086.

St. Johns County Tax Col-
lector Dennis W Hollingsworth,
CFC, presented the St. Johns
County Board of County Com-
missioners and taxing authorities
$5,028,426.34 at its regular meet-
ing on Tuesday, October 19. The
total revenue earned by the Tax
Collector's office is $5,264,847.30.
This is the 21st year that the St
Johns County Tax Collector's of-
fice has maintained this level of
This $5.028 million represents
unused revenue the Tax Collector's
office earned for the taxpayers of
St. Johns County that was not
expended or used in the opera-
tion of the local tax, tag and driver
license offices. The Tax Collector's
office is self-sustaining, operating
from monies regulated by Florida
Statutes on commissions from the
collection of taxes and fees for the
mandated State functions of several
agencies. These agencies include:
the Department of Revenue; the
Division of Motor Vehicles; and
the Florida Fish and Wildlife

Conservation Commission. The
excess revenues also include interest
earned from investments, as well
as revenue from additional tag and
title business the Tax Collector
seeks through acquisition of fleet
accounts such as UPS and Ring
The unused revenue Holling-
sworth has collected over the past
year is a result of the tax and tag
offices operating with frugality and
efficiency. Hollingsworth said he
is honored to serve the taxpayers
of St. Johns County by managing
their Tax Collector's office in a fis-
cally responsible manner.
"Despite continuing uncer-
tainty in our economy, I want to
assure the taxpayers of St. Johns
County that I am determined to
stretch every penny in the op-
eration of their Tax Collector's
offices," Hollingsworth said.
"Increasing efficiency con-
tinues to be an annual goal for
operation of the Tax Collector's

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Eight NW St. Johns County schools come
together to raise money

Eight NW St Johns County
schools are holding their first an-
nual golf tournament on Sunday,
December 12 at 1:00 p.m. The
Drive Fore Education Golf Tourna-
ment will be held at the Julington
Creek Plantation Champions
Club golf course and is open to all
golfers. The schools participating
are Bartram Trail High School,
Creekside High School, Switzer-
land Point Middle School, Fruit
Cove Middle School, Julington
Creek Elementary School, Hickory
Creek Elementary School, Timber-
lin Creek Elementary School and
Cunningham Creek Elementary
School. The principals and PTOs
of each school are working together
to provide our area businesses the
opportunity to support all eight
schools at one time.
The tournament is already
well supported by many busi-
ness partners. Our golfers will be
treated to door prizes ranging from
auto maintenance and repair to
discounts at local restaurants, gift
bags, food stations that will be lo-
cated at various tees and a barbecue
The Bartram Trail High
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drive" events. BTHS state cham-
pion and University of Florida
signee Thomas Stewart will hit
an extra drive for each group on a
designated hole.
Each participating school is
providing volunteers and selling
four foursomes. The school with
the winning foursome will bring
home a trophy engraved with the
names of the winners. The trophy
will travel from winning school to
winning school each year.
Even if you don't like to golf
you can help sponsor the event or

purchase tickets for the Charity
Ball Drop. The Charity Ball Drop
will be held prior to the start of the
event. Golf balls will be numbered
and dropped onto one of the
greens. The golf ball first in the
hole or closest to the hole will be
the winner. You can purchase one
ticket for $10 or three for $25.
To join the tournament as a
golfer, please contact bthsptso@
msn.com and we will put you in
touch with the contact at your
school or you can call any of the
eight schools directly.

SOrganic Lifestyles

By Molly McKinney

Many people in NW St. Johns
County who are trying to become
greener and follow an organic
lifestyle are up against a very large,
very conspicuous brick wall in this
area: supermarkets. In previous
articles, I've given you as many tips
as I can find on how to get more
local foods, find the best organic
products and avoid unnecessary
packaging from places like Publix
and even natural food stores.
Nothing, however, beats eating
straight from farm to fork and it
can be challenging to find resources
in Northeast Florida. Some restau-
rants are beginning the trend, such
as Chipotle, which uses no freez-
ers and makes all their food from
scratch (they'll even give you a tour
of the back to prove it. Seriously.)
How can you, as someone who
likes to cook your own food most
of the time, do the same?
It can take some work to find
them, but when you do, farms like
cooperatives and those belonging
to the Community Supported Ag-
riculture group are well worth the
search. These farms are becoming
popular in a lot of other states, such
as California, Ohio and New York,
but are facing challenges in Florida
because of the harsh weather. Basi-
cally, what you do is sign up to be
a member of the farm, usually one
that is local to you to mitigate ship-
ping costs. There's a monthly fee
that goes to the production of the
food: seeds, soil, water, labor, etc.
Some invite you to come do the
gardening and planting yourself,
others hire workers and pay them
fair wages, unlike the supermarket-
funded farms which hire usually
illegal immigrants and pay them
severely reduced wages to keep their
profits up. At the end of the month
or season or whenever a crop comes
in, the goods are harvested and ei-
ther available for pickup or shipped
to your home and voila! Fresh
food in your kitchen, skipping the
middle man known as the store.
And since you know where it's
coming from, you know that there
are no growth hormones, chemicals
or antibiotics lurking around your
food and getting into your kids'
Where are these farms, you
ask? There are some just down the
road, literally, from Julington Creek
Plantation and others as far away as
Gainesville and Starke that will still
ship to Jacksonville. The Whole
Foods Farmers' Market features
some of these farmers, as do the
ones in Atlantic Beach, Orange
Park and the Town Center. You'll
find farmers here that may not
necessarily be online and also get
to meet them in person and sample

their products before committing
to them. If you want to surf online
before heading out to the markets,
try www.localharvest.org to look up
farms in your area or Google search
Community Supported Agricul-
ture. Some other links that can
hook you up to some local grow-
ers in your area are www.kyvfarm.
and www.palmettoorganics.com.
You can also look up Green
Meadows Farm, who have been
featured in the Riverside Arts
Market and the Florida Native
Plant Society, which can help you
differentiate between what's local
and what's not. The International
Co-Operative Alliance (ICA) can
provide information about different
types of cooperatives locally and
around the world. You can even be
a part of an organization that funds
farms in Third World countries
and sustains people that otherwise
might not have a chance at making
a decent living.
The opportunities really are
endless, if you can realize that NW
St. Johns County's brick wall, while
solid, isn't all that very high. Per-
haps you can't break through it, but
you can climb over it. Good luck!

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Office," Hollingsworth said. "To
this end, we strive to be judicious
in our budget and strategic plan-
ning, maximize our workforce
through cross-training and flexible
schedules and reduce operating
costs so as to maximize the amount
of unused revenue we collect and
distributing it proportionally to
local taxing authorities.
"This is the first time in more
than 20 years we have neither
matched nor increased the rev-
enue distributed to the taxing
authorities," Hollingsworth added.
"However, despite the challenging
economy the difference between
last year and this year is a reduction
of just $512,155.11 or 8 percent."
The single greatest reduction
in revenue is seen in the interest
earned on investments. The total
earned revenue from interest on in-
vestments for the taxing authorities
for 2009-2010 is $3,622.56, repre-
senting a decrease of $267,697.76
or 98 percent from last year's
earned interest of $271,320.32.
The total amount distributed
is an estimate because more monies
are generated by the office and
received throughout the year from
other state agencies, such as mobile
home revenues received from the
Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles and revenues

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* Reorganized their management
structure reduced four senior
management positions.
Reduced three exempt positions
in addition to the one reduced
in 2008-2009.
Currently have a total of six
part-time positions.
These are just a few of the
adjustments your Tax Collector's
office has made; however, they
continue to expand their customer
services to the citizens of St. Johns
County, including the following
recent additions:
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at Dupont Center, Julington
Creek and Ponte Vedra
Driver education partnerships
with First Coast Technical Col-
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in. I headed straight
back through the
theme park, past
Seuss Landing, to the
20-acre complex of
The snow capped
Victorian village feels
exactly like stepping
into the pages of J.K.
Rowling's famous
books. The place is
enchanting, even with
throngs of tourists;
you feel the author's
dreams and imagina-
tion come to life.
HoneyDukes candy
shoppe is a luscious
allure of sweets, the
florists shop window
contains screaming
mandrake plants and
the owl post of-
fice sends mail with
Hogsmeade stamps.
I didn't tarry in town, rather
high-tailed it to Hogswarts Castle
for "the ride." Signage noted a
waiting time of 75 minutes, but I
entered the singles line which cut
the queue to about 35 minutes.
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visitors are entertained by talking
portraits, holograms and the ubiq-
uitous sorting hat.
Finally, I sat down to ride
my broomstick on the Forbidden
Journey. Off I flew, up and down
swooping to great heights and
through narrow alley ways and
castle towers. I followed Harry on
his adventures, playing Quidditch,
escaping from the Whomping
Willow tree and immense spiders
dangling down to my knees. A fire-
spewing dragon roared hot breath
at my face; I was squirted by plants
and saw apparitions. The fast mov-
ing thrill was the best amusement
park ride I've ever ridden: a mix of
Disney's Space Mountain, Haunted
House and 3-D Star Wars effects.
Just lovely.
I exited and stopped for a
Butterbeer-a frozen drink to cool
down from the overwhelming heat.
Yum! Tastes of sweet caramel like a
cream soda with a frothy head of a
I spent about 25 minutes
standing outside Olivander's wand
shop. Upon entering, the costumed
shop owner selects one lucky lad to
find a wand. The first two offering
are failures, certainly not meant for
him, but the third attempt unites
the wizard and spell caster. Very
well done.
I ate dinner at The Three
Boomsticks restaurant, choosing
the combo plate of chicken, ribs,
roasted potatoes and corn on the
cob instead of the more English
fish and chips. Far better than
anticipated for theme park food. I
completed the meal with a Hogs
Head brew, a Sam Adam's like beer.
Total cost of the meal and drink
was $19.95. The quantity proved
way more than I could eat.
I had a delightful ride on the
Hippogriff, a roller coaster which
passes by Hagrid's cottage. Perfect
for youngsters or those who wish
a tamer experience. When I was
nearing The Dragon Challenge,
lightening crackled and the out-
door attractions closed. I mean-
dered through the village, stopping
to shop as I made my way out of
the park.
In three and a half hours I had
pretty well covered the Wizard-
ing World but must confess I
saw nothing else in Universal's
huge arena. That's okay with me;
this muggle wanted to step into
Hermione's shoes and couldn't have
danced through a happier eve.

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victims of domestic violence

A crowd of concerned com-
munity members, along with
friends and family members of
recent domestic homicide victims
gathered in honor of those alive
and in remembrance of those who
lost their life to domestic violence,
at the main Library on Thursday
night, October 21 for a candlelight
vigil. Most people were wearing
purple to honor the survivors, since
purple is the national color for
domestic violence awareness month
(October). Everyone in attendance
was feeling the emotional impact
of the recent domestic homicides
here in St. Johns County, with
most of them occurring in recent
The crowd stood and listened
as executive director for Betty
Griffin House, Joyce Mahr read the
names of all the domestic violence
victims from St. Johns County dat-
ing back to 1985. Other speakers
included SJCSO Chief of Staff,
Joel Bolante; outreach director
for Betty Griffin House, Kelly
Franklin; community awareness
coordinator, Kim Brumfield; and

survivor, Marie Hobbs.
Hobbs spoke of the struggles
she faced in leaving her husband,
who abused her for years. "It wasn't
easy," said Hobbs, but now she
is safe, happy and confident. She
told her story in hopes that other
women will seek help as she did.
Throughout the vigil, speakers
stressed the importance of domes-
tic violence not being a private
matter; it affects many, many more
than just the victim. This vigil
will become an annual event held
each October, which is Domestic
Violence Awareness Month.
Betty Griffin House, now in
its 21st year of providing services
to victims of domestic violence
and working to eliminate domes-
tic violence in our community is
the resource for all of St. Johns
County. For more information
or to make an investment in our
future generation for prevention,
please visit their website at www.
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is being abused, please call our
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A great debate is satisfying
By Rachel Buff

Debate Club sponsor Joseph Herskovitz

topic a week
in advance
and are asked
to gather
ing both
sides. As
the students
arrive, they
are randomly
assigned to
either side.
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allows both
sides to
be equally
in order to
prevent a bi-

are similar to the logical steps
needed to work out complex math
problems or the scientific methods
needed to prove a hypothesis."
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between an argument and a debate
is clear.
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titude and ultimate goal. An argu-
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shouting match where combatants
show little respect for and try to
belittle and demean their adver-
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exercise in logic, much like a chess
In the end, though, a great
debate ends with satisfaction.
"I think that in a good debate
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like they've had every opportunity
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develop the skill of arguing. Or
perhaps it's just giving them a
place to vent.
Debate Club, formerly known
as Political Collision and Political
Debate Club, is just beginning
its third year at Creekside High
School. The club, which follows
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rather than misguided political
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topic and intelligently working out
an argument based on researched
positions rather than polarizing
Herskovitz is very passionate
about the value of debating skills.
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Bay Middle School (16 percent),
Ponte Vedra High School (13 per-
cent), Durbin Creek Elementary
School (9.9 percent), Fruit Cove
Middle School (7.6 percent),
Timberlin Creek Elementary
School (7.1 percent) and Liberty
Pines Academy (6.5 percent). In
addition there are 115 St. Johns
Virtual School students, 82 en-
rolled in high school courses and
33 in kindergarten through eighth
grade classes.
"The percentage increase in
our student population is slightly
higher than last year," said Su-
perintendent Joseph Joyner. "In
an effort to meet the Class Size
Amendment and growth require-
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larger elementary schools in the
northwest and are now in the pro-
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in the northwest and one in the
southwest. We are also continually
revising our future building plans
based on growth projections."
Part of the increase in student
growth rate may be attributed
to the economy, the district's
academic reputation and the wide
variety of educational options
available to students in St. Johns
County. The school district offers
several academies at each of the
high schools that are open to all
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in the crowded gymnasium for a
festive afternoon of music, dancing
and fun. Students were decked out
in their favorite team attire, which
included a mixture of NFL, college
and even some local sports teams.
Sixth grader Caroline King
really liked the dance. "I had a lot
of fun danc-
ing with my
friends," she
said. "There
was a great
variety of mu-
sic and lots of
good snacks."
PTSO sold
more than
500 tickets
and volun-
teers offered Students sported tl

concessions, a
photo booth, and fun for all. There
will be a spring dance as well.
Who doesn't love a good
burger? Many of our Pacetti Bay
families made their way out to Five
Guys Burgers and Fries on Mon-
day, September 27. It was a very
rainy night, but the mood was any-
thing but gloomy inside this burger
eatery. Students and their families
were able to enjoy a wonderful
dinner and Five Guys generously
donated a portion of profits to
PBMS. Thanks, Five Guys!
On October 4, the PTSO
kicked off its Gourmet fundraiser.

All of the yummy treats and reus-
able shopping bags will be ready
for pick up on Tuesday, November
16 in the PBMS multi-purpose
room. We hope you ordered
enough for the holiday season!
During this season of thanks,
the PBMS
ful for
the many
who have
made all
of these
ful events
out the
generosity of time and talent from
a large and diverse group of people,
none of the above would be pos-
sible. There are also many other
daily activities that our volunteers
help out with, including assistance
with the Great Leaps reading pro-
gram, helping in the Media Center,

heir team's attire at the dance.

and supporting classroom teachers
in a myriad of ways. Thank you
volunteers! In addition, we would
like to thank our business and
community partners who help sup-
port our school. We couldn't do it
without you! Thank you!
Remember, our meetings are
always held on the first Wednesday
of the month at 3:00 p.m. in the
PBMS Media Center and are al-
ways open to the public. For more
information about what is happen-
ing at Pacetti Bay Middle School,
please visit the website www-pbm.
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By Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti Bay Middle School

Recently I spent a whole after-
noon sitting on the beach reading.
It is hard to find time in our busy
lives to just slow down and enjoy
the moment. I recommend it to
everyone! The weather has been
absolutely perfect for reading out-

doors. One of the best books I have
read this fall is Bystander by James
Preller. He has been writing quite a
bit for younger readers. This is his
second book with middle school
as the targeted audience and it is
a must read. I am off to purchase

Forge by Anderson and I know I
will be up late reading it.
I am actually reading two
books right now, Killer Pizza by
Greg Taylor and The Wish Stealers
by Tracy Trivas. Neither books are
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Pizza is sci-fi and Wish Stealers is
low key fantasy. The book I am
hearing about from the students
that I intend to read next is Tunnels
by Roderick Gordon and Brian
Williams. Apparently there is a
fourth book in the series that is
only available in the United King-
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it are raving about it. I have gone
f-.om having four copies sitting on
rhe shelf, to none in just a matter
. days.
Our Wildcat Reading Chal-
k. ge has made for some reading
I, cords at Pacetti Bay. In the two
, weeks that our students have been
.% working on this competition, they
h.ve scored a total of 55 touch-
d,.wns. That translates into 5,500
Accelerated Reader points which
!I an amazing amount of reading.
The amazing part of this competi-
r!nn is that the eighth grade has
.-ored the most touchdowns and it
I- usually the reverse. Instead of our
rvpical homeroom competition or
Lrade level competition, each grade
h vel has two teams and the two
r. ims are competing to win.
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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie
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here is someone in the movie that
.' ery adult can relate to as well
t- children. It is a great laugh out
I. ,ud entertainment. I remember so
. ell our first book club at PBMS. I
i!-vited 15 students to read The Di-
: y ofa Wimpy Kid, thinking that
v..:e needed weeks to read the book.
The students were back the next
d iy with so many stories! They
Sr iyed up reading with a flash light
or they were late to school because
they were trying to read a few more
pages. When asked what they liked
about the book their immediate
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Canaday, Tenderfoot; David Malcolm, First Class; Connor McClure,
First Class; Zachary Ferguson, Tenderfoot; and Dawson Goldman,
Tenderfoot. These five scouts were presented with their new rank
at a Court of Honor ceremony held on September 13. In addition
to the rank advancements, 22 scouts qualified for a total of 70 merit
badges ranging from first aid, horsemanship, sales and marketing to
rifle and shotgun shooting. Boy Scout Troop 225 meets each Mon-
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By Martie Thompson

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petition, the Nease High School
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qualified to compete in the Florida
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held on November 20, 2010 at
the Tropicana Dome in Tampa,
Florida. The band's fourth place
finish in finals competition, with
an overall score of 80.22, assured
them of a "block" score heading
into the state semi-finals.
Not resting on their laurels,
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ing their show. They competed
again on Saturday, October 30 at
the Sante Fe Southern Showcase
of Champions. Once again, the
band's preliminary performance
score earned them a spot in the
finals competition, which they
entered in eighth place. The band's
finals performance was improved
enough to earn them a four point
jump in their score from their pre-
liminary score and a final ordinal
finish of fourth place.
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director Michael Johnson, this year
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paired with skilled individual and
ensemble marching maneuvers, the
show features the highly accom-
plished Nease Color Guard with
their flags, rifles and sabres as they
add visual interest and pizzazz to
the show.
"I am so impressed at the level
of commitment and performance
from my students. They show up
at every practice and work long
days-many of them through in-
clement weather-never complain-
ing. Most will come early and stay
late to be sure they perform at their
highest level," said Johnson.
Fundraising efforts are cur-
rently underway for the trip to the
Tropicana Dome. The Nease Band
Booster Club is heading up a cam-
paign entitled "Is this Seat Taken?"
whereby area businesses are asked
to donate the cost of a single seat
on the bus, which is $49. In return,
the business will receive acknowl-
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While there, he made a surprise
announcement to one of the third
grade classes that he is donating an
Apple iPod Touch, one for each of

the students in
the class to use
for the remain-
der of the school
year. In addition,
he is donating
six Apple iPads,
a MacBook
and a dock-
cart to recharge,
reboot and store
all iTouches and
iPads. Willich's
donation totals
over $13,000.
A monthly
allocation also
comes with the
donation for
the school to
purchase apps
for their new

educational tools.
The program called "TIP,"
(Touch-Screen Interactive Pro-
gram), is being implemented in two
other designated classrooms in St.
Johns County-one at Ketterlinus
Elementary and the other at Crook-
shank Elementary School.
MDI implemented the Touch-
Screen Interactive Program at
Ketterlinus Elementary School on
October 26. Two classes of fourth
graders received 28 iTouches, eight

iPads, a MacBook and a charging/
syncing cart. As with TCE, MDI
will also be donating $500 per
month to purchase applications and
books for the educational devices.
TIP's goal is for this technology
to enhance the students' learning
abilities and improve their academ-
ic performance.
MDI will be providing initial
set up and training for each class-
room teacher. Each school will have
continuous contact with Willich
to report on each student's read-
ing progress using their new tools.
Through this donation program, it
is believed that using this technol-
ogy will get more students engaged
in reading and will improve their
reading skills through hands on
learning. Their new learning tools
will also be used in other subject
areas to reinforce newly learned
skills using educational apps.

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FCMS Happenings
By Contributing Writer Natalie Liptak, Creative Writing Club, Fruit Cove
Middle School

It seems that school has just
started, but time is flying for the
students and teachers at Fruit Cove
Middle School. The first quarter
ended on October 21. The end
of the quarter was followed by a
hard earned four-day weekend for
On November 10, in honor
of Veterans Day, an assembly took

New club atJCE
Students in the fourth grade
at Julington Creek Elemen-
tary School have started a
new club KFC, Kids For
Character. Each month they
participate in a different
service project.
In September a represen-
tative from the Ronald
McDonald House came to
the school and spoke to the
students. Students learned
what the House does and
how it helps families in their
time of need. During the
month students collected
hundreds of items needed by
the house.
This month the KFC Club
is collecting items for the
Humane Society.


place. It included student speeches,
a performance by FCMS's chorus
and band and a media presenta-
tion. November 11 is a holiday
for both teachers and students in
celebration of Veterans Day.
Fruit Cove Middle School
has had a very successful season
in sports. The basketball season
has recently ended, with a record
of 7-3 for the boys' team and the
girls' team was successful as well!
For this school year, the girls' team
MVP is Jenn Miller and the boys'
MVP is Cody Comernisky. Each of
these students had a terrific season!
At press time, the boys' football
team had a record of 5-2, with one
more game to play. If they win that
game, they will play in the champi-
onship at Plantation Park.
FCMS offers a wide range of
activities for the sports enthusiast.
Sports throughout the year, in ad-
dition to football and basketball,
include cheerleading, cross-coun-
try and volleyball. In the spring,
baseball, softball and golf will also
be available for students. There
are numerous after-school clubs in
which students can also take part.
Yearbook, drama, art, Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, Student Coun-
cil, National Junior Honor Society
and creative writing are all offered.
Keep reading for more FCMS
happenings as the school year

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years ago. It was popular through-
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Bartram teacher Mary Mullen honored with
2010 Excel Award
By RayTuenge, BTHS Student

Mary Mullen celebrates her award w
Governor Jeb Bush and former DisnE
of the Year Award winner and best s
thor Ron Clark.

Mary Mullen, who teaches
Honors English at Bartram Trail
High School, has herself been
honored by winning the 2010
Excel Award, which is given to the
teachers in Florida whose students
made the biggest gains in reading
and math over the last three years.
Each year, the Excel Award is
presented by the Foundation for
Excellence in Education to up to
100 exceptional educators whose

in reading and math
as measured by the
Florida Comprehen-
sive Assessment Test or
FCAT. For 2010, there
are 76 winners of the
prestigious award from
throughout Florida.
Mullen won the award
for achieving the
greatest gains on the
FCAT with students
S who are below grade
Mullen learned
she won the Excel
Award when Brennan
Asplen, principal of
BTHS, brought the
announcement to her
'ith former classroom while she
eyTeacher was teaching. She said
selling au- she is pleased that the
methods she has used
with her students have
helped them to be so successful.
"I know at the heart of this
success is my love for writing
and all things creative. I strive to
help my students rediscover their
imagination, their creativity, their
unique voice. And hopefully to
find writing a joyful experience,"
she shared.
Mullen joined the other 75
winners of the 2010 Excel Award

"Celebration of Teaching." She
participated in focus groups led by
the University of Florida Lastinger
Center for Learning to share tech-
niques and strategies for effective
teaching. Administrators and prin-
cipals of the award winning teach-
ers also participated in a policy
roundtable with state officials to
share their experience and expertise
on effective teaching. Former gov-
ernor Jeb Bush hosted an evening
reception and dinner and presented
the 2010 Excel Awards.
A teacher at Bartram since its
opening year, Mullen is a graduate
of Eastern Michigan University
with a bachelor of arts in English
and Secondary Education. She
teaches English and Creative Writ-
ing. She is also the editor-in-chief
of Bartram's literary magazine, The
Mullen fervently believes that
the arts, including creative writing,
are a vital part of every high school
curriculum. "I sincerely hope that
winning this award generates sup-
port for these programs."

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Child development center opens

The Academy at Julington Creek celebrated its grand opening and rib-
bon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 29. The Academy is Julington
Creek's latest state-of-the-art child development center that supports
infants up to VPK and extended-day programs in St. Johns County. Brock
Martin from Atlantic Coast Bank and Jay Weaver from Weaver Construc-
tion helped Lucinda Chapin, owner and Marcia Pozin, executive director,
celebrate this special event!

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"Friendship Square" memorial
dedication held

By Belinda Smith, Bartram Trail High S
Tears, smiles and laughter
filled Bartram's courtyard on
Tuesday, September 28 as the
BTHS family and friends gathered
to remember, exchange stories and
celebrate the lives of 13 students
who departed from our lives much
too early.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brant-
ley spearheaded a project that will
leave a legacy of remembrance and
tribute to the students who once
graced our campus. The "Friend-
ship Square," flanked by flowering
crepe myrtles and benches, offers
current and future students, teach-
ers and visitors, as Mrs. Brantley
says, "A place to look back, share a

tear, a memory and then move on
with their day."
As the families, friends, stu-
dents, teachers and school admin-
istrators joined together in tribute,
the message conveyed by many in
attendance was that life is precious
and fragile and that everyone will
remember to be always be care-

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ful and strive to avoid senseless
In the center of the walkway,
the "Friendship Square" plaque
displays the simple statement: "In
honor of the students who were
once here, a place to reflect and
remember your friendships so
dear." Surrounding the plaque are
individual engraved bricks bearing
the names, dates and nicknames of
the students who were memorial-
ized: Lauren Blomberg (junior,
2000-2001); Charles "Trey" Brant-
ley, III( senior, 2008-2009); Taylor
Brennan (senior, 2008-2009);
Matthew Brzozowksi (senior,
2006-2007); Christopher Davis
(senior, 2005-2006);
Bennet Geiger, Jr.
(senior, 2007-2008);
Brooke LaDue
(senior, 2004-2005);
Anthony Lewis
(senior, 2008-2009);
William Benjamin
Pollinger-Van Horne
(senior, 2002-2003);
John Ramage (soph-
omore, 2006-2007);
Laura Rosenthal
(junior, 2006-2007);
Jonathan Ruben
(junior, 2006-2007);
and Amy Warshaw
(junior, 2004-2005).
Special thanks
is extended to Pedro
Menendez High
School's Architectural and Build-
ing Sciences Academy for donat-
ing materials and laying the brick
memorial walkway, the St. Johns
Sheriff's Office and VyStar Credit
Union for assisting the Brantleys in
setting up the Charles ("Trey") O.
Brantley, III Memorial Fund.

PACT Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County
installs new executive committee

PACT Prevention Coalition of
St. Johns County recently installed
its new executive committee to
the Board of Directors during
its annual meeting. Community
members, coalition supporters and
board members were on hand to
welcome the new slate of officers
and to celebrate the coalition's suc-
cesses over the past year.
Past president Beverly Slough,
St. Johns County School District
board member and PACT board
member for five years, installed the
new executive committee.
Col. Art May, St. Johns
County Sheriff's Office, is the
new president of PACT's board of
directors. May has been a PACT
board member for three years. Bert
Watson, chairman of US Financial
Assets, is vice president. Watson
has been a board member for three
years. Patti Greenough, CEO of

PACT Prevention Coalition Vice President Bert Watson, Immediate Past
President Robin Burchfield, President Col. Art May, Secretary/Treasurer
Patti Greenough, Former Immediate Past President Beverly Slough.

EPIC Community Services, is the
secretary and treasurer. She has
been a board member for five years.
Robin Burchfield stepped down

Bartram Trail High School proudly presents its Florida State
ITS (International Thespian Society) Mainstage Entry:
By Sarah Ruhl
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Based on the Greek tragedy.
Join us for this modern .... -'.., ofthe classic Greek myth.
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Local school learns during Fire S
By Contributing Writer Neehal Amin, St. Johns Grammar School student

Saint Johns Grammar School
recognized Fire Safety Week with a
great celebration.

Thanks to the State Farm
Neigh-bear, our lower school
learned how and when to call 911.

as president and was installed as
immediate past president. She has
been a board member for five years.
PACT Prevention Coalition
board of directors also includes:
Kelly Barrera, Anne Borngesser,
Ann Breidenstein, Mark Bre-
idenstein, Drew Clukey, Barbara
Goldberg, Nickie Gorce, Rev.
Kerry Hinkley, Dr. Joseph Joyner,
Kris Phillips, Dr. Guillermo Pier-
luisi, Commissioner Ron Sanchez,
Sheriff David Shoar, Leslie Shugart
and Dwala Willis.
For more information about
PACT Prevention Coalition of St.
Johns County, please call 829-6261
or visit www.pactprevention.org.

afety Week

State Farm brought a specialized
telephone that allows the children
to practice calling 911 and answer
real life questions from an operator
on the other end.
The morning continued with
lessons of stop drop and roll and
how to get out of a house safely.
The entire celebration culminated
when Engine 17 drove up to our
school parking lot. The entire lower
school got to sit down and see how
a firemen looks with and without
the suit on. They also learned that
even though they look different
with the suit on, they're still the
same person on the inside.
It was a wonderful way to cel-
ebrate Fire Safety Week at St. Johns
Grammar School.


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Nease Happenings

Playing, working and the end
of a quarter
By Brittany Dirks, Nease Student

All work and no play? That's
not healthy! Nease kids know how
to balance the two fairly well. Be-
tween homecoming and extracur-
ricular activities, there are plenty of
outlets to relieve the stress of SATs,
report cards and nerve-wracking
college applications.
It's that time of year again-
time for college applications for
seniors and college research for ju-
niors. The fifth annual college fair
was hosted in the gym, attracting
upperclassmen and underclassmen
alike. A wide variety of colleges
near and far were present, includ-
ing ones as distant as University
of Arizona and as close to home
as Jacksonville University. With
all the options, juniors (and some
indecisive seniors) are frazzled and
wishing there was a simple answer.
With the end of the quarter
looming, students are nickel-and-
diming their teachers for each
point they can to boost their
grades. Though the first nine
weeks' grade doesn't affect the
GPA, insufficient grades make a
grounded-or-not-grounded dif-
ference in the parents' eyes. And
with small homework assignments
missing, kids are begging for late
Grades may be the main worry
of most students, but for some, one
more stressful thing to add to the
pile of worn out to-do lists is the

SAT. Prep courses, PSATs and mul-
tiple other practice tests never seem
to be enough when it comes down
to it. The halls of Nease seemed
quiet as the PSAT was about to
begin, but in small breezeways and
courtyards, some underclassmen
were wandering about, attempting
to find their new homeroom (some
more difficult to find than others).
The ironic thing is that the
actual SAT was held four days
prior to the PSAT, the day of the
marching band's first competition.
This was potentially problematic,
seeing as all members needed to be
present to perform their march-
ing show. Luckily, SATs were early
in the morning and the perfor-
mance time set was 4:30 p.m.
The "SAT-ers," as those taking it
were dubbed, met the band at the
competition where they proceeded
to place fourth in finals with an
overall score of 80.2, a new record.
The Nease Panther Pride Marching
Band has never broken 80 points
at their first competition. It was a
long day for everyone and because
of their hard work, they will be
attending the state competition in
late November.
With all the stress, people are
looking towards Thanksgiving
break with hope for a delicious
feast and a tryptophan-induced
deep sleep. Here's to a light home-
work load for the short vacation!

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"You can save time and aggra-
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not meet industry standards in your
vehicle may impact fuel economy
and engine performance."
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apply to millions of cars. Pennzoil
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can lead to costly engine repairs or
could ultimately void the vehicle's
warranty. An informative web-
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Following this simple check-
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vehicle running longer, safer and
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Pump high-quality gasoline.
Not all gasolines are the same and
no matter what grade of fuel a ve-
hicle requires, it's important to use
a high-quality gasoline. Industry re-
search confirms that a clean engine
can result in better fuel efficiency,
reduced emissions and overall op-
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performance-robbing "gunk" helps
it perform better. It's as easy as
choosing the right gasoline.
Don't lose your grip. Tires are
a car's only connection to the road,
so making sure they are in good
shape and properly inflated is essen-
tial for automotive safety, optimum
driving performance and potential
cost savings, including better fuel
mileage. Tires should be inflated to
the vehicle manufacturer's recom-
mendations printed on the vehicle
door placard or in the owner's
manual. Properly inflated tires can
improve gas mileage by around 3.3
percent, according to the United
States Department of Energy.
Let the car breathe free. Check
that the air filter isn't clogged.
According to the Department of
Transportation, replacing a clogged
air filter on cars with fuel-injected,
computer-controlled gasoline
engines can improve acceleration
time by six to 11 percent. This kind
of engine is prevalent on most gaso-

line cars manufactured from the
early 1980s onward. Tests suggest
that replacing a clogged air filter
on an older car with a carbureted
engine may help to maximize fuel
economy two to six percent under
normal replacement conditions or
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clogged that it significantly affects
You can't avoid what you don't
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and replace them with a quality
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Regular tune-ups pay off over
the long term. Before taking a long
trip, visit a trusted professional
and make sure your car is properly
tuned. Depending on the kind of
repair and how well it is performed,
regular vehicle maintenance can
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of four percent, according to the
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Congratulations Creeks Clash U12 boys!

The Creeks Clash Boys U12 White team traveled to Palm Bay Regional
Park in Brevard County on Columbus Day weekend to defend their
title. Being returning champions from last year's tournament, Coach
Emile Therrien moved the team up a division to give the boys a
challenge. The Clash was most definitely prepared for the challenge.
After a sluggish start, this band of brothers regrouped, combining a
relentless offensive attack with an impenetrable defense and goal-
keeper. The Clash gained control of the division, ultimately shutting
out a tough opponent from Port St. John in the championship game
2-0. This is the second tournament win for the Creeks Clash Boys U 12
White team so far this season. They were also champions of the Labor
Day Shootout at Patton Park in September. Pictured are Coaches
Fernando Duffoo and Emile Therrien, Joshua Kroetz, Matthew Neeley,
Kyle Griffith, CotyTuggle, Tyler Long, Alex Lorne, Gabriel Negron,
Wolfie Hiler, Emile Therrien, CaseyWhite and Arya Salehi.


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Helping Hands update

By Contributing Writer Jackie Valyou
Helping Hands of St. Johns
County recently coordinated a
Halloween Party for residents of
Westminster Woods. Members
made favors and than several cos-
tumed members went and played
Bingo and decorated pumpkins
with the residents.
In November, Helping
Hands will be having their annual
Thanksgiving dinner basket project
for the food bank. Anyone wish-
ing to donate items for the baskets,
like canned items or peanut butter,
macaroni and cheese or traditional
Thanksgiving food, may contact
jacqphil@aol.com or drop it off
at 1180 Stonehedge Trail in St.
Johns Golf and Country Club. The
group is fortunate in having 30 tur-
key gift cards donated so families
can pick up their own turkey. They
are most grateful to this anony-
mous benefactor. Gift baskets will
be made up on November 19 at
12:00 noon at Faith Community
on County Road 210.
The group will also be taking
part in the Holiday Vendor Fair
on November 16 at St. Johns Golf
and Country Club. This event will
be from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
at the Clubhouse. There will be
wrapped shoeboxes for anyone to
take and fill for those in need. This

year's focus for the holidays will be
a Shoebox Christmas. Shoeboxes
will be filled with mittens, hats,
small toys, toiletries, socks and
other appropriate items. People
who take them will be encour-
aged to fill a box for a child, senior
citizen, homeless person or veteran
of their choice (any age or gender)
and return it by December 6 to
St. Johns Golf and Country Club.
Boxes should be marked for whom
they are intended, such as a 10 year
old boy or a homeless man etc.
Anyone taking a box will be given
a raffle ticket at the Holiday Fair
for fabulous prizes. These shoe-
boxes will be going to St. Francis
House, Sulzbacher Center, the
new Veterans Home on State Road
16 and the Homeless Coalition
in St. Augustine. Please contact
soccyl998@yahoo.com for more
Helping Hands is a non-de-
nominational group that meets
the last Friday of the month (with
the exception of November and
December) to do a small project to
benefit the community. Meetings
are held at the Faith Community
Church Community Center at
12:00 noon. Anyone is welcome
and the group numbers over 150.
There are no dues, officers or stress.

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Habitat for Humanity prepares
for annual fundraiser

Please plan to join Habitat for
Humanity for the annual Holiday
Gala for Humanity, the highly
anticipated event that kicks off
the holiday season each year in St.
Augustine. Habitat for Humanity's
"Gala for Humanity" will be held
on Friday, December 10 from 6:00
p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
There will be several changes
taking place for this year's event. In
its 16th year, the Gala will be held
at a new location, the River House
and will be offering hors d'oeuvres
and dinner with wine pairings for
each course. Silent and live auc-
tions, live music and dancing will
all be part of the night's festivities.
"We are very excited about
helping out a fellow United Way
agency and having our Gala at the
River House. This brand new facil-
ity provides stunning waterfront
views and unique St. Augustine
charm and will make a wonder-
ful setting for our event," says
Diane Quick, executive director of
Habitat for Humanity.
If you are interested in mak-

ing a donation or becoming an
event sponsor, please call Aubrey
Mulligan, event coordinator, at
687-7694. Habitat for Humanity
is also looking for additional event
planning volunteers and should
contact Aubrey if you're interested.
The ticket cost is $55 per person or
$100 per couple. Reservations are
limited. Please call the Habitat for
Humanity office at 826-3252 to
reserve your spot.
About Habitat for Humanity
of St. Johns County: Habitat for
Humanity of St. Johns County, a
Christian based organization, has
helped 81 families locally and 20
internationally escape the cycle
of poverty housing since 1993.
Habitat for Humanity is a volun-
teer-driven organization, welcom-
ing people from all walks of life to
help build simple, decent, afford-
able houses in partnership with
God and families in need. Work-
ing side-by-side with the future
homeowner, Habitat volunteers
experience the joy of helping that
family realize their dream of

Nease NJROTC helps Habitat
for Humanity
By Contributing Writer Carol Zapala, Public Relations, Nease NJROTC

NJROTC cadets framing a room
For the cadets ofNease's
NJROTC, there is no community
service too small or too large.
A perfect example was seen on
Saturday, October 16 when 14
cadets partnered with Habitat for
Humanity in St. Augustine. Dur-
ing their seven hours at the job
site, they measured and cut 2 x 4s
and fiber board, framed windows
and framed-in rooms. Working
closely with the coordinators
of Habitat for Humanity, these
young teens learned more than
the art of measuring, cutting and
putting together.
"It was hard work, but it
was really fun," shared Cadet

James Zapala.
They experienced the feeling
of accomplishment that teamwork
brings. They also observed how
coming together for a common
goal resulted in providing a home
for a needy family, and the pride
that comes from giving.
"I really enjoyed working
on the house. I look forward to
joining the Habitat for Humanity
Club at Nease soon," stated Cadet
Jillian Hoxie.
For the cadets, it was a Sat-
urday spent building a house. For
a family, it was a Saturday when
they saw their dreams of a home
come true.

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Fashi)okn Upidte

By Donna Keathley
Fall's smorgasbord

The other day I went wander-
ing through our local shopping
mecca to try to get an overview
of fall for my Fashionable Florida
Friends (FFFs). In a short sentence
- I saw a little drama layered over
tailored clean silhouettes...thus my
mantra once again is apropos: "Go
shopping in your closet!"
The tops were all over the
place, including cropped ones in
color-blocked tiers, sequined pat-
terns and abstract prints. These can
easily be popped over your well
fitting slim bottoms already in your
inventory. It's all about proportion
for fall, so watch your mirror-it
will tell you what works for you.
All the fashion mavens work-
ing in the stores were wearing the
"in" gear, which was layers! Starting
with slim bottoms again, longer
sleeveless tops or dresses were
popped over long sleeve tissue thin
tees. The dresses were belted; if
that is something you can do, it's a
very edgy look for Fall '10. Loose
fitting sweaters and sweater coats
also covered slim body lines. One
of my favorite things out there on
the fashion horizon again is the
poncho; this works well for lots of
figures (and their flaws)!
Shoulders are back Yeah! We
short gals think we look taller with
shoulders and some high heeled

shoes. The shoulder area is ac-
cented on jackets, tees and dresses.
I think "Michael Jackson" when
I look at the embellishment of a
shoulder. The word epaulet is cor-
rect when doing the military look
to a shoulder of a jacket...but the
fashion industry has now done this
look a step further on long sleeved
long tailed tees. My own fashion-
able niece, Julia, broke out for
school in a gray long sleeve tissue
tee with lots of rhinestone activ-
ity going on the shoulder blades
topped over her darker gray jeans.
Who says we older FFFs can't do
the same with our great fitting slim
pants (as was discussed in Octo-
ber's issue of The CreekLine).
More on that shoulder thing-
dresses and evening wear for the
holidays continue the one-shoul-
der look from our summertime
sundresses. It's very dramatic even
when done in simple fabrics like
wool crepe and remember, just a
simple earring is all you need for
this statement piece of clothing.
Another dramatic look is the "off
center" v-neckline that is show-
ing up on tops and sheath dresses;
again, remember to keep the
jewelry simple.
Speaking of holiday wear, I
noticed lots of silver and gray out
there for dressy occasions....it sure

shows off those pieces of diamond
jewelry we have been collecting for
Faux fur is everywhere: in
vests, hats, even purses! This is an
inexpensive way to add an updated
piece to your wardrobe. Another
idea is to pop a piece of leopard on
a neutral ensemble; whether it be
a scarf, purse or pin, the leopard
print thing says Fall '10.
To close my piece, I have to
go back to my high school home
ec days...learning how to properly
install a zipper. Never in my imagi-
nation would a zipper do what
it's doing today. It's now a major
embellishment. A zipper is no
longer hidden perfectly behind that
seam allowance, not that mine ever
was! Zippers are everywhere, on
jackets sometimes even four or six
are sewn abstractly across the front
for decor. I saw a simple jumper in
gray with a four inch silver zipper
running up the back. Purses have
them sewn all across the exterior,
curling around the entire shape of
the bag; even shoes have tiny fancy
zippers going up the heels. Zip-
pers have certainly come out of the
closet so to speak!
So my FFFs, try a chic new
piece from the smorgasbord of
fashion out there and create your
own distinct look for Fall '10.

SJSO to participate in Beards for Babies

For the next several months
you may see some deputy sheriff's
sporting stubble on their faces.
This isn't a new fad, but a fund-
raiser within the Sheriff's Office
for the March of Dimes. For the
fourth year in a row, St. Johns
County Sheriff David Shoar has
allowed employees to sport beards
with a donation of $50 each to the
March of Dimes. The fundraiser
will go through January 31, 2011.
Last year 51 deputies and
civilians grew beards raising $2,550
for the March of Dimes. So far
this year, 110 folks have signed up
raising $5,500 for the campaign
with more signing up every day.
The only requirement established

for the beards is that they shall be
neatly trimmed.
The March of Dimes WalkA-
merica campaign has been re-
named to March for Babies.
"Our mission is working
towards the day when every baby
is born healthy," said Sheriff Shoar,
the March for Babies Chair Emeri-
tus. "We hope to bring many more
people on board to help make that
day a reality."
"It's important to me that all
babies get a healthy start. Please
join me and be one of the hun-
dreds of compassionate people who
participate in March for Babies ev-
ery year. With our support, there's
hope." Sheriff Shoar added.

In St. Johns County, the
March for Babies took place this
Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the
Florida School for the Deaf and
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How to carve your turkey

A good Thanksgiving dinner
is usually about the turkey. You
don't have to be a surgeon to carve
one correctly, but proper carving
and slicing techniques will ensure
you get the most meat from your
bird and enable you to present an
attractive meal to your family and
Follow these simple techniques
for successfully carving your holi-
day turkey:
* Let your 10-pound-or-bigger
turkey stand at room tempera-
ture for 10 to 20 minutes after
cooking and before slicing. This
allows the juices to distribute
evenly throughout the
turkey. Netting and cook-
ing bags are also easier to a
remove after waiting.
Slice or carve the turkey on
a sanitized cutting surface.
Knives, pans and covers should
be sanitized, too. Resanitize
boards and knives every 30
minutes. Wear disposable food-
handling gloves while carving
or frequently wash your hands
Immediately after the 10 to 20
minutes holding time, carve the

turkey into major sections (i.e.,
breasts, thighs, drumsticks and
* To serve turkey hot, place sec-
tions in pans. Cover with foil
or plastic film to retain heat
and moisture and to minimize
the possibility of contamina-
tion. Hold at 140 degrees or
higher in a hot holding device
(a cabinet, steam table or bain-
arie). Your
turkey -

should be at least 140 degrees
when placed in the holding
pans. The heating device will
only maintain temperature. A
maximum holding time of 20
to 30 minutes is recommended.
Slice the sections into serving
pieces, arrange them on a plate
and add garnish. Enjoy!

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From Memphis to Colorado
and many areas beyond and in
between, a young girl, Amy Harper
Bellafonte, may be the only answer
to a horrible problem. A military
program to develop the invincible
soldier turns into a nightmare.
They begin with 12 convicts and
an abandoned little girl. Car-
ing sisters take in Amy, yet the
government somehow sees in her
the chance to alter their process.
The plan to have super soldiers
erupts into an apocalypse, leaving
a world with many dead and very
divided. Those that fly the night
are ferocious predators and those
who live by day are seen as prey.
After several decades, one area has
maintained a chance for survival,
the Colony.
Some 90 years later, Amy still
seems to be little older than a teen-
ager. She shows up at the Colony,
where not only are the batteries dy-
ing but the predators, also known
as virals, dracs, flyers and many
other names; are now becoming

more and more bold, even to the
point of attacking during the day.
These are the future vampires; they
are vicious and bloodthirsty and
those they do not kill, they infect
and spread what is now seen as a
virus. Amy proves to have some
control over the virals. The Colony
has its own problems and their
leadership is failing. Through mis-
matched alliances and other deep-
ening relationships, several leave to
begin a journey to find the place
that Amy needs to be, where it all
started. The search is for answers
and survival, though even more
relationships develop, in addition

to true hopes for the future.
Justin Cronin develops the
characters slowly after the initial
speedy introduction to Amy and
those that keep her safe. Safe as
they can in the midst of a military
process. The Colony development
and their challenges and problems
progress very slowly over many
pages. Then it is back to action in
the search for a means to survival.
By then, I was only mildly inter-
ested in what was going to happen
next to the few characters that I
had invested in. It was a very slow
read in places and I frequently hesi-
tated to pick this novel back up.

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each year.
Identity thieves steal credit
cards and wallets or use machines
to store numbers at ATMs. Thieves
pose as companies on the phone
or through e-mail, tricking people
into revealing personal informa-
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information from pre-approved
credit cards and financial state-
Identity-theft victims can lose
money and good credit ratings.
They find themselves charged for
apartments they don't rent, prod-
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they didn't commit. Straightening
out an identity theft can take years
and leave innocents unable to get

jobs or loans.
People protect their homes.
Likewise, they need to protect their
People should shred per-
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personal identification via phone
or e-mail and avoid using pass-
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mother's maiden name or the last
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YLD NW St. Johns County
and Young Families committee's
Food, Football and Fall Fun will
be held on Sunday, November
21, at 145 South Durbin Parkway
(North Clubhouse, Durbin Cross-
ing Development) from 1:00 p.m.
until 4:00 p.m. Join others from
across the community for the first
Young Families event of the year
as they celebrate the new football
season with some outdoor fun.
Bring a perishable item for the
JFCS FANN program for families
in-need during Thanksgiving.
There is no fee to attend this event.
Please RSVP to Adam Bronstone at
Adamb@Jewishjacksonville.org no
later than November 18.

Our Lady of Good Counsel
Catholic Church, located on State
Road 16 near World Golf Vil-
lage, announces their third annual

Have you ever wondered if
you were born in the wrong time?
I think I may have been. Don't get
me wrong, the conveniences of
modern life are great. I breathe a
prayer of thanks every time I load
my super-capacity washing ma-
chine, fill the dishwasher or run my
vacuum. And I can't even imagine
life without air conditioning! But
on a perfect fall day, when a cool-
ing breeze gently shifts the curtains
and the taste of cider is fresh on my
lips... when the abundance of my
garden beckons and the children
fall, exhausted, into bed after a
wonderfully full day of play out-
doors... on days like today, I think
I should've lived decades ago.
I love pioneer life. Well, really,
I love the romanticized idea of
pioneer life. I imagine the pleasure
of hand-selecting herbs and veggies
from my garden and recently cured
meats from the smokehouse, then
gathering four generations around
the family table to say a prayer of
thanks before enjoying our hard-
earned meal. And I long for the
opportunities contentedly piecing
a quilt with my girls would present
for sharing stories of family and
faith. (I conveniently omit mosqui-
toes, lean harvests and extra work
from my fantasy.)
We just returned from the Pio-

Open Hearts
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The People of the
United Methodist Church
Worship Time
Contemporary- 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church,
Middle and High School
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
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Christmas Boutique, to be open
on Friday, December 3 from 4:00
p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday,
December 4 from 5:00 p.m. until
7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December
5 from one hour following each
mass. In addition to the Boutique,
there will also be OLGC's famous
fish and shrimp dinner on Friday
only from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church is offering a
parents' morning 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
while giving parents a few chil-
dren-free hours. The staff has been
highly trained and this program is
accredited with the state of Florida
and their standards of care.
Please consider having your lit-
tle one(s) participate in this terrific
program! Please contact the church
at 615-2130 for more information.

Creekside Christian Church,
located at 92 Lifespring Way
off Race Track Road, is hosting
a Festival of Praise on Sunday,
November 21 at 6:00 p.m. Please
join us for an evening of praise,
worship, thanksgiving and special
music from area churches. Refresh-
ments will follow the service. For
more information, please contact
Creekside Christian Church at
287-2777 or visit

neer Museum in Dade City. The
children's great-grandma was our
personal tour guide. She shared
memories of washboards and using
three extra tubs to rinse clothes
perfectly clean and of cooking on
a woodstove. I realized the pioneer
life wasn't at all easy-but it was
simple. Almost everything we saw
was related to family or food.
I think this is what I love
about those days and the big
family gatherings we have now.
Simplicity. Any woman who's
spent the better part of two days
preparing Thanksgiving dinner
can attest to this strange contradic-
tion that brings so much pleasure.
We may work hard and worry
over seemingly small things-like
which vegetables to serve to please
a cousin-but at the same time
find so much joy in these holidays!
In both the old days and daily
life now, what was simple? For
me, it's the enjoyment of family
together. It's focusing my all on a
little instead of spreading myself
out a little bit at a time over many
demands. I don't long for a life of
ease but I think we would all do
well with more simplicity.
Last month, my pioneer
fantasy became reality. Our fam-
ily of eight spent three weeks in
a one bedroom cabin in central
Florida. We did have AC (and
granite counters) but no televi-
sion, telephone, computer, sports
or music lessons or homeschool
co-ops competed for my time.

The simplicity of life out there was
so peaceful. It allowed me-even
forced me-to focus on the truly
We ate meals with grandpar-
ents, my really great grandma, aun-
ties and uncles and cousins. Many
nights found us gathered around
a fire, sometimes with s'mores,
reading stories together. Chris and
I focused on the children's behavior
and our whole family grew closer
as we made memories and worked
through challenges together.
These weeks got me think-
ing... Why can't I have it all? Why
can't my normal life be marked by
the simplicity of my grandma's day?
We have so many conveniences
she didn't dream of; shouldn't they
afford me more time for what is
The realization dawned: I
wasn't born in the wrong era-I
was placed here for this purpose!
You and I live with a choice be-
tween two lifestyles daily. Busyness
or focusing on the important. Faith
and family, which never pass away
or maintaining a facade to people
who don't know you? Why can't we
have time for reading stories and
teaching Truth and living out a life
of love?
I hope you have a truly happy
Thanksgiving in 2010 and that
you choose to love the life you live!
"Choose this day whom you will
serve... As for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord." -Joshua

Thank-you to all of our neighbors who joined us and
made our annual Family Fall Festival a HUGE success!
River of Life is a collection site for non-perishable food items.
If you are able to donate, please drop off food items at the church.
These items will be donated to a food bank here in
St. Johns County. Thank-you.

We wish all ofyou a Blessed Thanksgiving.

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Live animals, music, and refreshments
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Every Sunday Christmas Eve
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memorable for me was that our
extended family would often gather
at one of my aunts' houses. The
adults would squeeze together
around the dining room table and
the kids would sit together at a
smaller table on folding chairs. To
this day I wonder just how every-
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k l -eoate on the good dishes, one of
my uncles would always carve the
turkey, and we kids always tried to
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mashed potatoes. Sound familiar?
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1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup Libby's 100% Pure
1 cup walnuts, chopped (op-

1 package (8 ounces) cream
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vanilla extract in small mixer bowl
until smooth. Carefully unroll
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plastic wrap and refrigerate at least
one hour. Sprinkle with powdered
sugar before serving, if desired.
(Tip: Be sure to put enough
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Nutrition Information per
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Victory! Right? Creekside
came to play in weeks five and six,
after suffering from four consecu-
tive losses to start the season, rally-
ing for two decisive wins in a row.
The wins were welcomed by every-
one connected to the Knights as
they showed the fans, the coaches
and the boosters that they actually
can play and they can win.
Week five pitted the Knights
against the Matanzas Pirates. The
school held its breath, moaned and
groaned during the week preceding
the game. To the students at Creek-
side this game was a sort of marker,
win here or be condemned to a
reputation of shame and awfulness.
To the Knights, who are regularly
paired up against teams such as
the Bartram Bears and the Nease
Panthers, the Pirates looked like an
easy victory or at least they did un-
til Creekside showed up with a 0-4
record. Thankfully the team came
to play and won a comfortable vic-
tory of 27-7. Hope was not lost.

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to their first district championship
in school history with high hopes
of going to districts. The Knights'

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BTHS football fighting for first
By Jared Freitas, BTHS Student

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Football, like an automobile,
requires every one of its plentiful
moving parts to work as a cohe-
sive unit in order to operate. All
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must function in order for the car
to move. When one of the parts
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CHS Sports Roundup

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"A sense of urgency has some-
thing to do with it," said junior
and starting quarterback, Nathan
Peterman. "Although this year we
have learned from our mistakes
and don't want to experience the
losses from last season again, so
this year we are more prepared and
more driven."
This new motivation has led
to greater success for Bartram this
season, as they won five of their
first six games and would have
been undefeated if not for a fourth
quarter come-back by St. Augus-
tine in week two.
The bane of many successful
teams is a tendency for them to
become complacent and not work
as hard because of the previous
victories they have accumulated. It
has happened all too often in pro-
fessional sports and Bartram Trail is
looking to avoid this calamity.
Cole Leininger, junior and
starting kicker commented on this,
saying, "I have always been told to
treat every opponent like they're
a champion and to think the next
game is going to be the hardest.
This thinking has kept practice
intense and made us better."
Head Coach Darrell Suther-
land also stresses this fact, "Our
philosophy has always been based
upon the phrase semper virtus,
which means excellence in all
things. So every week, in every-
thing we do, we always try to
follow this philosophy, which will
keep us from being complacent."

This year has been defined by
a marked increase in offense and
tighter defense from the Bears,
who lost a number of close games
last year. However many, especially
Peterman, think that they have
put together a much stronger unit,
which has caused them to win
games against Bishop Kenny and
Middleburg, which were losses a
year ago.
"This year we have a much
more balanced set of players,
especially on the offensive side of
ball, instead of having just one
superstar, Derrick Taylor, that we
had last year. With Jared Crump,
Bobby Walker, Gabe Johnson,
Matt Arnwine and Will Roberts,
anyone can make plays this year,"
Peterman said.
One of the key elements to
success is adaptability and constant
improvement. Bartram Trail has
adhered to this maxim by ignoring
the status quo and learning from
their mistakes. Junior and starting
tight end Arnwine commented
about what the team does to pre-
pare for Fridays.
"Every Monday we watch
game film from Friday and
everyday we watch film about
the upcoming opponent. We also
add new plays and formations
each week to show the opponent
something that they haven't seen
on film."
With this preparation and
experience the Bears just need
to execute on the field to make a
run into the playoffs. Peterman
summed up what they have to
do to win saying, "We just need
to hold our heads high and keep
playing as a team."

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By Contributing Writer Dale Whaley

Nease Sports Roundup
Fall sports closing out the season

By David Varga, Nease Student
The Nease Panthers have had
a lot of success in multiple sports
over the course of this year's fall
season. It has been a disappointing
year for few and an unbelievable
journey for others. The Nease
crews have had high expectations
of their seasons. Although teams
may have failed, certain individuals
nonetheless found a way to fulfill
their season's goals and further
the school's reputation as a sports
The golf team had a very
disappointing season and did not
even advance past district; how-
ever, David Varga advanced as an
The cross country team has a
distinct talent this year and looks
to take advantage of that as their
season winds down this November.
They look to run over the competi-
tion at their district tournament.
The runners are enthusiastic for
this climatic event coming up,
hoping to advance many individu-
als into the second round of the
post season.
Along those same lines the
boys' and girls' swim teams look
to progress into the post season.
A certain Grace Hoffman is very
enthusiastic of this opportunity
seeing that she captured the state
championship last year and hopes
to accomplish that same feat this

The Nease football team is

feeling the pressure of crunch time
as their district quarterfinals ap-
proach. It is that time of the year
when everything needs to click
and about that time that they have
to win some games. The team has
very high hopes and they look to
re-establish themselves as a pow-
erhouse in the football world. To
back up that fact are four seniors
ranked by ESPN as college-bound
players. Although they have had
some difficulty over the course of
the season they are ready to look
past that and win it all this year.
Lastly the success of the girls'
volleyball team at Nease has been
the talk of the school the past few
years and they intend to keep it
that way for at least the remainder
of this year. With the state cham-
pionship right around the corner,
the girls look to capitalize on the
success of their season thus far. The
girls are very enthusiastic in trying
to capture their second state title
in merely three years. They have
accepted the misfortune of the
previous year and will most defi-
nitely take advantage of this year's
With winter sports beginning
their workouts and tryouts it marks
the end of many fall seasons. They
have been successful and very note-
worthy. The last thing left to do is
to finish of the season in style and
bring home a few state champion-

Fall is my favorite time of
the year. When juxtaposed to
spring where things are sprout-
ing and you're working diligently
to persuade things to grow, in the
fall you get to sit and watch your
backyard paradise getting ready for
its winter nap. You get to sit and
watch the baseball playoffs and the
World Series. You get to sit and
watch your favorite television show
with all new episodes and of course
you get to sit and watch the annual
Jacksonville Air Show where our
most talented military pilots get to
show off their skills.
If you noticed how often the
phrase sit and watch appeared it
becomes readily apparent why fall
is my favorite time of year! Fall also
marks the beginning for a great
number of things. In addition to

the Jaguars,
the Gators
and Semi-
noles starting

SI would be
remiss if I
didn't talk
about the
flurry of koi
First Coast
Koi and Water Garden Club held
their eighth annual Koi Extrava-
ganza on September 25 and 26
at the Masonic Lodge on Loretto
Road here in Mandarin and mem-
bers of that club were doing every-
thing except sitting and watching.
For those of you that aren't familiar
with koi shows, you should know
that fish owners are as serious
about the competition in koi shows
as dog owners are at dog shows and
winning is everything. Most ev-
eryone is familiar with the intense
competition of dog shows, hence
the analogy. For the members of
the club, in addition to showing
their fish and being involved with
the competition, it was months of
intense background activity that all
came together to produce one of

the club's most successful shows.
I hope you were able to
stop by and see some of the best
specimens of koi in north Florida.
While the fish were the main at-
traction, there were vendors on
hand for every aspect of water
gardening. Plant vendors, fish
vendors, pond supply vendors and
pond builders were all available
and anxious to answer any ques-
tions you have about the hobby.
And of course there are always
club members who are more than
willing to share their knowledge
with you and give you a fistful of
literature to help you with your
In the September 2009 col-
umn we wrote about the reasons
to attend a koi show, so I won't
repeat it here except to say it's a
great way of learning more about
the hobby. Asking lots of questions
is far easier than personal research
plus you get to sit and watch other
people and how they interact. At-
tending a club meeting is another
way to enhance your knowledge. If
you can't check out the archives of
Mandarin NewsLine, the column is
posted in the newsletter section of
the FCKC website, along with this
year's award winners, sponsors and

vendors, along with the date and
time of our next monthly meeting.
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Regional Championships taking place Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando.
The team includes: Christie Glavin, Amy Watson, Alissa Webb, Sierra Jones,
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Nease IB students share experiences from IB
World Student Conference in Oregon

Nease High School IB representatives Liam Rawson,
Matt Krepp, Dagan Pielstick and Lauren Blumberg,
on the Oregon State University campus for the IB
World Student Conference.

In a presentation at Nease
High School on September 30,
four students from the Nease High
School International Baccalaureate
(IB) Program, Lauren Blumberg,
Matt Krepp, Dagan Pielstick and
Liam Rawson, shared their experi-
ences from the IB World Student
Conference in Corvallis, Oregon
at the Oregon State University
campus this past August. The
conference's theme centered on
"Creating a Better and More Peace-
ful World" with activities aimed
at fostering cultural awareness and
communication, celebrating global
citizenship and empowering youth
to make decisions for a just and
sustainable world.
These students and their
chaperone, Nease English teacher
Sandra Strauss, met other IB
students and faculty from around
the world with approximately 300
students representing 10 coun-
tries, including the United States,
Canada, Venezuela, Germany and
Columbia. These students are
from IB programs varying widely
in size and type of school, but all
are based on the same underlying
curriculum, chartered by the Inter-

national Baccalau-
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(IBO) in Geneva,
Switzerland. The
IB curriculum is
an academically
challenging and
balanced educa-
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prepares students
for life in college
and beyond. All IB
students through-
out the world
study courses and
take internation-
ally graded tests in
six different areas,
analyze the theory
of knowledge,
produce an original
research essay and

fulfill required cre-
ativity, action and service (CAS)
hours in order to receive an IB
Students were welcomed to
the conference by the Oregon
State University President, Dr. Ed
Ray, the Governor of the State of
Oregon, Ted Kulongoski and IB
Americas Head of the Vancouver
Office, Bob Poole. Then keynote
speaker Michael Furdyk, Co-
Founder and Director of Technolo-
gy of Taking IT Global introduced
how IB students and other young
people around the world can be
connected to service opportunities,
share their expressions on global
issues, take action on these issues
and collaborate in their commu-
nity. Students learned how to use
Taking IT Global, a social network
for global change, creates a hub for
volunteerism and social projects in
local communities and worldwide.
Inspired by Furdyk, Global Ac-
tion Teams of around 20 students
each focused on development of
international "CAS" projects based
upon the IB community theme of
"Sharing Our Humanity." These
teams worked to develop "CAS"

projects to take back to their school
and community throughout the
Students also experienced the
host campus' world-class science
facilities and the nearby spectacu-
lar Oregon Coast and heard from
keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Pauly,
a French born marine biologist,
about his work studying human
impacts on global fisheries. They
visited a variety of facilities at
Oregon State University includ-
ing the Tsunami Wave Lab, the
Veterinarian Hospital, the Green
Technology Lab and the College
of Engineering, and the Linus Carl
Pauling Nobel Peace Prize Collec-
tion. At the Oregon Coast, they
explored the Mark O. Hatfield
Marine Science Center and the
Newport Aquarium and took a
boat tour of the Newport Harbor.
They visited the cold and cloudy
local beach, which was not at all
the kind of beach that these Florid-
ian students are used to. The Nease
students were amazed that many of
the IB Conference participants had
never seen a beach before.
Students also attended presen-
tations from a variety of inter-
national charitable organizations
on the six topics relating to the
"Sharing our Humanity" theme:
Global poverty, peace and conflict,
education for all, global infectious
diseases, the digital divide and di-
sasters and emergencies. Presenters
included Doctors without Borders,
Habitat for Humanity, Mercy
Corps, Pennies for Peace, Engi-
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other organizations.
The students wrapped up their
conference with a presentation of
the different global service projects
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and is sometimes espaliered.
Pineapple guava (Feijoa sellow-
iana) is an evergreen shrub that
keeps on giving. Normally a large
plant 20 feet tall or taller, it can
be pruned and shaped as a screen,
vith hedge, small tree or espalier. Leaves
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foundation. The shrubs are often
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tough plants, fine for a foundation
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If you would like to add a
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it is pest free
and toler-
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can be pruned
smaller and are
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patio tree.
Beautyberry (Callicarpa
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one beautiful shrub. Small summer
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stems of striking violet berries.
The foliage is coarse, with large
leaves and thick stems. Shrubs can
grow up to 10 feet tall, but can be
pruned back in late winter. The
leaves drop for winter and plants
may freeze to the ground in severe
weather, but they come back in
Viburnums are best known as
evergreen screens and hedges, but
there is one type that is a loved for
its beautiful ball-shaped flowers.
Commonly known as snowball
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months later small fruits form, tast-
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Prune right after blooms fade.
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re-grow in spring. The one down
side-it does not appear to be salt
Fall is a good time to plant
new shrubs. The roots have time
to settle in and the plant is ready
to go when spring hits. Dig wide
holes, not deep ones and plant
at the same level as in the pot or
even an inch or so higher to allow
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