Humane Society Book and Plant Sale

Humane Society Book and Plant Sale

Humane Society Book and Plant Sale

The Nassau Humane Society Paw Prints Books and Plant Sale will be held on Friday, August 20th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, August 21st, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The sale will be held at the Fernandina Beach Airport. Please drop off your unwanted books, CDs, DVDs, artwork or other items at the Nassau Humane Society Dog Park located at 641 Airport Road. All donations are tax deductible. Contact Gail 206-4092 or Sandra 321-2319 with questions.

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Back to School Luncheon and Fashion Show

Back to School Luncheon and Fashion Show

Back to School Luncheon and Fashion Show

There is a back to school luncheon and fashion show that benefits Communities in Schools. On Saturday, August 14th, Nassau County teachers and students will be modeling the latest fashionable attire for the 2010-2011 school season.

Communities in Schools is a dropout prevention organization that surrounds students with support and encouragement to keep them focused and enrolled in school.

St. Peters Episcopal Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue in historic Fernandina Beach is home to this exciting event that begins at noon. Tickets are only $20.00 per adult and $10.00 for those under 12 years of age. This event will sell out, so get your tickets soon at any of these great locations:

    -YYoga, Gateway to Amelia
    -Red Otter, 1012 Atlantic Avenue
    -The Book Loft, 214 Centre Street
    -Vystar Credit Union, 1900 S. 14th Street
    -Southeastern Bank, Highway 1, Callahan, Yulee, CR 108 Hilliard
    -Walmart Supercenter, State Road 200 in Yulee on August 7th

For more information and tickets call (904) 261-0011.

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Communities in Schools Luncheon

There is a back to school luncheon and fashion show that benefits Communities in Schools on Saturday, August 14th. Come enjoy lunch while Nassau County teachers and students model the latest fashionable attire for the 2010-2011 school season.

Tickets are only $20.00 per adult and $10.00 for those under 12 years of age.

For more information and tickets call (904) 261-0011.

Free Dine In Burger at Whataburger on Tuesday

Free Dine In Burger at Whataburger on Tuesday

Free Dine In Burger at Whataburger on Tuesday

San Antonio, TX – Sixty years ago, Texas entrepreneur Harmon Dobson opened a small burger stand in Corpus Christi and called it Whataburger because he believed that’s what customers would say when they took a bite of his big, fresh, made-to-order burgers.

On August 3, Whataburger celebrates its 60th anniversary as a southern burger icon and as one of the nation’s largest burger chains, with more than 700 locations in 10 states. To mark the occasion and to thank its millions of loyal fans, the company will host “Orange Night Out” at most of its restaurants on Tuesday, August 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Every dine-in customer who comes dressed in the company’s signature orange will receive a free Whataburger.

“Whataburger has been blessed with 60 years of success thanks to the loyalty of our customers, the hard work of our employees and the commitment of our Franchisees,” said Whataburger Chairman and CEO Tom Dobson. “In 1950, when our Dad opened the first Whataburger in Corpus Christi, he served over 400 customers that first day. Here we are, sixty years later, and on any given day, we serve over 460,000 customers. We are thankful for the success our family-owned company has achieved and eager to continue serving our customers for many more years.”

Because Whataburger has inspired generations of fanatical fans, the company will also search for its biggest Whataburger fan with an online contest that begins August 4. Customers can submit pictures and essays or videos to show their love for Whataburger for a chance to win 60 years of free Whataburgers, a trip to the Whataburger convention in Dallas, TX and other cool prizes.

The famous Whataburger that has earned all the love is exactly the same today as it was in 1950 – an all American fresh beef patty with four dill pickle slices, three fresh tomatoes, crisp lettuce and mustard, served on a freshly baked 5-inch bun. Customers can customize their burgers with cheese, jalapenos, bacon, extra patties and much more – in fact, there are more than 36,864 possible combinations. In addition to lunch and dinner, the restaurants are a destination for late night dining and breakfast, and most locations are open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year.

Family-owned Whataburger has restaurants in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma. In 2001, Whataburger was officially recognized as a “Texas Treasure” by the Texas Legislature.

ABOUT WHATABURGER SERVES:

“Orange Night Out” is part of Whataburger Serves. The long term initiative includes events to build employee team spirit and morale, customer appreciation initiatives with fun moments and free food offers, and community initiatives that will support groups in need. To learn more about Whataburger Serves and coming plans, visit www.whataburger.com/whataburger_serves.

ABOUT WHATABURGER:

Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, all-American beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 700 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $1 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information on the company.

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Dating Advice for Baby Boomers

Dating Advice for Baby Boomers

Dating Advice for Baby Boomers

It is not uncommon for Baby Boomers to find themselves on the dating scene for the first time in many years due to divorce or the loss of a partner. There are only a few drive-in movie theaters left in business and finding a Friday night sock-hop is nearly impossible, so where do you go for a date? Where do you even find a date? If you are divorced, your mutual friends are usually divided like property during the settlement so your social circle may not be as broad for friends to play matchmaker. Have no fear! There are plenty of ways to meet members of the opposite sex, even if you are over 50.

When you think you may be ready to start dating again, you should never turn down a social invitation. Whether it is with friends, business, church or the local Chamber of Commerce, you have to get out of your house or you will never meet anyone new. Dating services are discreet and I personally know several couples, young couples in fact, who met and then married after meeting through a service. Your community may have social nights for single adults, but if bringing a covered dish for an evening of bingo is not your style, you could take up golf, find a new church or join a gym. Ask your grown children to play matchmaker, they likely have friends whose parents are also single. These are all safe places to meet new people.

Once you are ready to show someone you are interested, ask them to lunch, dinner or a movie. It is perfectly fine, though awkward at first, to be a woman and invite a man to join you for lunch. It is even okay to pick up the tab if you are a woman and you did the asking. Odds are, the man won’t let you pay his way, but you are a modern woman, right?

When on your date, be fun and friendly. DO NOT complain about your ex, your kids or your neighbors. No one likes to be around unhappy, whining, complainers! Laugh often and smile! Even if the date is not working out mutually, they may just know your soul mate, so be a pleasant companion.

Now let us turn to the uncomfortabe conversation about sex. People are sexually active well into their 70s, so kissing and petting should come up sooner or later. As we age, our desire for companionship and intimacy does not have to diminish. You need to ask yourself what it is you are seeking in a new relationship. As you well know from previous relationships, they take nurturing and time to develop into something long lasting. You can make your own rules and set your boundaries with great confidence. There is a great benefit to finding a new partner later in life. Now that you are older, you both can afford to have sex for the first time somewhere other than in the back seat of a car!

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Hot Shark Fishing Action near Amelia Island

Hot Shark Fishing Action near Amelia Island

Hot Shark Fishing Action near Amelia Island

Hot is the word! Hot water, hot air and some hot shark fishing is everywhere. Inshore, offshore and at the jetties, too, they may even be at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center’s pool.

The VHF radio was alive with enthusiastic captains bragging about their shark fishing success. Sharks were even eating my blue Crabs fished on the bottom for Redfish at the end of the south jetty rocks, as well as large mullet floated on the surface for Tarpon. Tarpon were rolling in my chum-slick, but unable to get to the Mullet ahead of the sharks! I say we have a shark tournament with the prizes being awarded for the most sharks brought in.

Last week we did eventually manage to find some small ledges offshore that produced no sharks and limited out on Seabass and Grouper. The Grouper were eating large Mullet pinned to a five ounce chartreuse Grouper Jig stuck in a rod holder so it would bounce up and down just over the bottom. We also had lots of fun on a stiff spinning outfit.

Things will probably stay about the same unless we start getting seabreezes again in the afternoon. Sometimes a small change in the weather or wind can shake things up. Redfish have been showing up in fair numbers at the jetties during the low incoming tide phase. Live finger mullet or live Pogies fished on the bottom are providing good action between shark bites.

Call me for a charter booking if your arms are strong enough to battle lots of sharks and some tasty local Grouper.

Captain Jim Wormhoudt
CleanSweep Charters
(904) 753-0882

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Sheriff Joe we are here and we will not live in fear

The Face of Arizona Immigration Enforcement

Since I detect an increasing promotional presence from Florida’s Republican contender for the Governor position Rick Scott, to adopt the Arizona approved state immigration law for Florida, I feel the need to follow the debate closely, mainly because Florida’s illegal immigrant problem in my opinion, is of different proportions and character than Arizona.

Yesterday was D-Day for the new Arizona Law and modern day John Wayne, Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, had a field day. The 78 year old former drug enforcer turned “sweetheart of immigration enforcement” based his Wednesday afternoon sweeps with 200 deputies on two state laws, after federal district  judge Susan Bolton (ordered no doubt by the White House) ruled on Wednesday earlier in the day that the most compromising parts of the new Arizona Law be put on hold. A legal victory for the White House but probably a political victory for republicans, in an early analysis.

Even though that in itself this temporary injunction forecasts rough weather on the horizon for Washington’s position and November elections, it was the starting sign for Arpaio in Phoenix to show what is in store for Arizona, while Washington and Phoenix battle it out in court. Many states have laws on the books to fight illegal immigration and they will continue to do so. Arizona however has a special problem and thought it was time for the federal government to develop and enforce a nationwide policy, something Washington is not willing to do, considering the potential fall-out for a nation already battling a major economic crisis.

With demonstrations around the country yesterday, the whole issue now is moving into the courtrooms of legal cock fighting, all because there are so many more issues at stake than just the Arizona – Mexico border, issue that no government, right or left leaning, has dared to address.

In Phoenix the issue yesterday focused more on Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose vigilante approach is protected by the state laws and rejected by the federales. Executive director of the pro-immigrant Immigration Policy Center ben Johnson says: “There’s no way to deny that Arpaio and others are trying to make a name for themselves in terms of the intensity of the efforts they’re using and a lot of people are getting caught up in these efforts.”

Arpaio’s powers to make federal immigration arrests got stripped after a Justice Department investigation into his sweeps 17 months ago. Instead the sheriff now relies on a 5 year old state law that prohibits immigrant smuggling and another state law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

I think it would be wise for Rick Scott to get a copy of these laws and study them, because for the time being, and that could be another 30 months, Arizona’s new immigration law will be an issue for the legal community with little consideration for the diversity of the problem and the human aspects involved. It will be a lot like starting to pull on a thread and the whole fabric comes apart.

Oyster Bay Harbour is paving road to the Yachtclub

A quiet road through nature

Today I would like to welcome a new sponsor in our Search Amelia family. I have been sparring with Marc Footlik, managing partner at Oyster Bay Harbour and Yachtclub for several years on the marketing approach for this magnificent development, that once was a southern plantation with the exceptional advantage of being a water and marsh front property as well.

From the time I first set foot on Amelia Island in the mid 1990s and got introduced by Vera Boner, Ed Boner’s mother, to this resort sitting at the end of Barnwell Road, I fell in love with the opportunities of this 900 acre paradise. Vera sold my friend who was looking to move here a lot on the Municipal Golf Course however and I didn’t get re-acquainted with Oyster Bay until I had moved to Amelia Island from the Caribbean in 2006.

With a solid involvement in resort communities and residential developments across the globe since 1973, I have experienced only a handful of properties in the class of Oyster Bay Harbour. And even though I have heard some people say it’s too far or too quiet or too wooded or too elaborate, they all miss the true diversity that the marshes offer. Having a home in a marina may sound attractive when you’re 30 without children, but with children and a daily routine it becomes a huge hassle. Having a house in the suburbs with a 30 ft. Bay Cruiser for weekend fishing sitting in the driveway, is a nuisance that ultimately leads to getting rid of the “toy”.
Oyster Bay Harbour has the perfect scale and distance to live majestically and have the boat in the river on a moment’s notice. That’s life, without being charged extra.

What I personally admire in the OBH siteplan is the way the residences are built around nature. When you move into a newly built home, nature is fully intact because trees, bushes and brushes have been spared wherever possible. Most developments start out with moving bulldozers in. Not here.

As Marc’s overall view to preserve nature was a mission in itself, it took project supervisor Shaun Harrell to make sure it could actually work inside of the financial parameters.
I had the opportunity recently to spend a weekend in Marc’s glorious villa next to the yachtclub facilities. What was intended to be a Friday night and Saturday, stretched easily into late Sunday evening before we hit the road back home across the bridge and up to the beach. We actually didn’t miss the beach that weekend. If you’re interested in our bike trips, fishing from the docks, lazying around the pool, enjoying a Clubhouse wedding with Cajun tunes or just gazing over the marshes in a painter’s palette sunset, check out some stories on www.oysterbayharbour.com.

A story I could never tell or write however, is the one that deals with the invisible (and sometimes visible) quality of a meticulous execution of the master plan.
As Oyster Bay Harbour is getting ready to add several dozens of Island Cottages between the villa area Waterway Oaks and the Yachtclub, the traffic structure was recently laid out and paved in a way that saved nature almost entirely. The impact of all pieces of heavy equipment was so “remote” that even the famed “Bird Sanctuary” and the Roseate Spoonbills that have made OBH their home, never felt threatened.

The execution was done so underhanded and unpretentious, that the next night, when we had our monthly European American Business Club meeting at the Yachtclub, none of the 40 or so members, had a notion that roads were just paved a day earlier. Nature was literally undisturbed, and no matter if you have a conscious notion of these balances or not, it takes pure artistry to pull that off.
Reason why I asked Shaun Harrell to outline the process and execution, more for my own satisfaction that the reader, no doubt.

Here is Shaun’s story on what it takes to put a road through Oyster Bay Harbour:

1) Subgrade: The roads at OB are mostly built on a sandy soil. However, in some places we had to remove a layer of “organic soils” to find the sand layer. You cannot compact organic soil so it has to be removed and replaced with “structural grade fill’. Soil samples are sent to a lab to determine the maximum level of compaction the soil can yield. Heavy vibratory rollers are used to compact the soil and it is tested to be certain it meets or exceeds the lab specifications. All of our tests exceeded the specifications.

2) Base: County specifications for road base requires six-inches of limerock. Limerock is a fine sandy material that contains lime (calcium carbonate) that can be compacted to higher levels than subgrade soils. A lab will specify the compaction requirement as an LBR (Limerock Bearing Ratio). One of the problems with limerock is it can loose some of its compaction if it becomes wet. Since Oyster Bay is in the marsh, the natural level of the ground water is only a couple of feet below the surface. During the summer rainy season or during a tropical cyclone there is a good chance that ground water levels will saturate the limerock. It could loose compaction, creating potential problems with the roads. We asked the County to allow us to use crushed-up concrete, known as crushcrete, as a substitute. We worked with W.R. Townsend in Jacksonville and used crushcrete made with 6,000 psi concrete. Instead of the meeting the County’s minimum of six-inches we installed eight to ten inches of crushcrete. The crushcrete is compacted with heavy vibratory rollers until it meets or exceeds 98% of maximum LBR. All of our LBR tests exceeded the lab specifications. In fact, the base was so compacted; in some cases the lab’s testing rod would not penetrate the base.

3) Pavement: The County’s specification is for 1½ inches of asphalt pavement. I consider this a minimum standard. Prior to authorizing the paving, I confirm that the height between the top of the road base to the top of the curbs about two-inches. When the paving crews spread the hot asphalt they use the top of the curb as a guide. Roads that are built properly (subgrade & base) seldom have problems in the center of the road. However, if roads are built to the minimum County standards, over time the edge of the pavement near the curb can degrade. Increasing the depth of the pavement to at least two-inches at the curb helps prevent the problem. When the 305º to 325ºF asphalt is spread on the roads it is left about a half-inch higher than the curbs. Soon after, rollers compress it down to the finished grade. The section that Duval Asphalt paved last week used ten-tons more asphalt than would be expected on a road built just to County standards. This construction is more typical of State highways designed for heavy use like construction, logging and military vehicles.

4) Curbs: Concrete curbs are not required in Nassau County road specifications. Next time you are driving around study the County’s roads; except in the City areas you will not see curbs. Over time the outside edge of the asphalt cracks and breaks away (very obvious on SR 200 from the heavy logging trucks.) Since the homeowners association will maintain our private roads, every effort is made to build them correctly. Curbs are expensive costing about $16 to $20 per foot and are installed on both sides of the road. Once installed, the asphalt is locked between the curbs preventing the cracking and breaking at the edge. The reason asphalt is used is that it is a flexible surface: over time (especially on hot summer days) it will mold and bend. A good subgrade and concrete curbs keep it in place.

5) Drainage: To prevent the obvious risks of driving through standing water, the roads must be built to channel several inches of rain off of the roads. Preserving the ancient live oaks and working with a relatively flat ground are especially challenging for stormwater drainage. Once the subgrade is compacted, curbs are installed. All of the drainage flows are “set in concrete” when the curbs are installed. Our curbs were set with vertical tolerances of less than one-half inch. Most of curbs in the new section are called ribbon curbs; water is designed to flow off of the flat surface. The other curb we use is called “high-back” which, as the name implies, has a six-inch tall back. Water is designed to spill out of the curb (not flow over.) Compass Point Circle has a fourteen-foot wide pavement that allows for one-way traffic only. We used high-back curb on the inside (driver’s side) and ribbon curb on the outside. The circular road tilts several inches toward the outside, channeling rain to runoff the flat curb into wide, shallow basins in the woods. Several parts of Bay View Drive have ribbon curb on both sides of the road. In these sections the road is higher in the center, or crowned, and sheds rain off on both sides. When the roads are near obstructions or higher than the natural ground levels, we use the high-back curbs to prevent cars from driving off the road. The real art is to smoothly transition from a crowned road to high-back curb and back.

6) Design vs. field modification: Most roads in Nassau County are two-way roads that have a minimum width of 20 feet. Working with a survey of the exiting trees, the roads at Oyster Bay were snaked around the trees. Adding the curb on both sides of the roads makes our roads 23-feet wide. To maximize safety, the turns use a radius of 100-feet at the center of the road. Landscape islands were used to preserve specimen trees. In some cases using a 14-foot wide one-way road offered more opportunity to save trees than the wider two-way road. This was used on Compass Point Circle.

In closing: There are always things that look good on paper that look different in the field. For example, when we started building the intersection of the one-way road and Bay View Drive, there were three nice live oaks in the way. We redesigned the “T” intersection into a “Y” intersection. The designs were discussed with Nassau County and received support from Rodger Henderson with the fire rescue department. (A lot of the road standards are to facilitate access for emergency vehicles.)  We were able to save all three trees by splitting the road into two 14-foot wide lanes. There was another opportunity to save a live oak. The original plans showed the 20-foot road going between two trees. The faces of the trees were exactly 22 feet apart – our road was 23-feet wide with the curbs. Our choice was to remove either of the trees and shift the road. We decided to stop the curbs a few feet short of the trees and install a section of pavers between the trees. This meets the County’s 20-foot wide driving surface (curbs are optional) requirements, hopefully saved the trees and the pavers will give the tree’s roots the needed flexibility.

Publisher’s Note: It’s this invisible quality that is appreciated by the user and criticized by the penny pinchers. Oyster Bay Harbour continuous to build on vision and vision embraces the longer term.

Slow Down in Georgia

Slow Down in Georgia

Slow Down in Georgia

For those of us that venture across the border, north into Georgia from time to time, the Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that beginning August 1, there will be even more reasons to slow down and keep your foot light on the gas pedal. Georgia is planning a 30 day speeding ticket frenzy. Fifty state troopers will be on duty at all times of the day. They are expected to pull over a car every 10 to 20 minutes and people driving over 5 mph over the posted speed limit should expect to be targeted. 30 brand new unmarked Dodge Charger Police cruisers have been issued as well.

Georgia expects that $9 million will be generated in speeding fines. One million of this money will pay the state trooper’s overtime and the remainder will be used toward budget deficits. The troopers will be focused on patrolling the seven main intersections and highways in Georgia.

They are:
I-20 east and west

I-75 north and south

I-85 north and south

I-675 north and south

GA-985 north and south

GA-316 east and west

GA-400 north and south

Although none of these are close to the border, it is usual to see Camden County Sheriff’s cars lining I-95 clocking the speed of the cars and pulling them over. Expect this to become more common as government agencies need to raise money for their bottom line. If you don’t want to contribute, be sure to slow down.

Voluntourism Combines Your Vacation with Service to Humanity

Voluntourism Combines Your Vacation with Service to Humanity

Combine Your Vacation with Service to Humanity

Voluntourism is a way to combine your vacation with service to humanity and this is one of the ways the travel industry is growing. Imagine the possiblity of exploring new lands and cultures to satisfy your passion for travel, while interacting with your destination by planting trees in a blighted area, visit patients in a children’s hospital or helping scientists with research.

Several cruise lines offer excursions that allow passengers to participate in service projects. Celebrity, Holland America and Royal Caribbean all offer voluntourism excursions in places like Alaska, Mexico, South America and Africa.

Most voluntourism shore excursions carry a fee, like other excursions.

Interested in staying closer to home? Check out the Take Pride in America program. You can find a calendar of upcoming events on the TakePride.gov website and find an event to volunteer for in your backyard or across the United States. Combine an event that fits your family’s personality with your next domestic vacation and you have just created a personalized voluntourism vacation of your own.

How to Earn Your Degree from Pirate University

How to Earn Your Degree from Pirate University

How to Earn Your Degree from Pirate University

St. Augustine Pirate University is a fun web site where you can earn your degree and finally get the recognition you deserve. This is the place to refresh your pirate knowledge with course studies, take the exam and earn your diploma.

Pirateology covers a variety of topics whether you are a Pirate, Privateer or Buccaneer. Associate, baccalaureate and master degrees are available. Students from all around the world log on from the convenience of their quarters to study on-line. There is no financial assistance available as any good pirate knows how to pillage and plunder enough doubloons for tuition.

Classes like Pirates 101, Pirate Management and Organization, and English Laws Regarding Piracy are just a few of the nearly 30 courses they offer.

Visit their campus bookstore to proudly show off your alma mater by wearing a Pirate University t-shirt when you go out for a night on the town.

Once you have successfully completed the course of study, Pirate University will affirm your knowledge with the granting of a diploma in your chosen field of Pirateology.

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Cynde Covington Appointed New Rotary District Governor

Cynde Covington Appointed New Rotary District Governor

Cynde Covington Appointed New Rotary District Governor

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Cynde Covington, a charter member and past President of the Rotary Club of Southpoint, Jacksonville, was chosen as District Governor 2010-2011, a volunteer position representing Rotary International.

The main objective of Rotary International is service in the community and throughout the world. As volunteers, Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standard in all vocations. There are some 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs in 200 countries.

Cynde is one of 531 Rotarians worldwide serving as a District Governor this Rotary year (July 2010 to June 2011). Cynde will be responsible for organizing new Rotary clubs and strengthening existing ones. As Governor, she will oversee the 62 clubs in the northeast Florida area representing District 6970.

Cynde is married to Barry Covington (Past President of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville). Both are active in their church, their community, and Rotary. They traveled to India as part of a Polio National Immunization Day team and will be leading a team in 2011. In addition to Rotary, Cynde served on the Institutional Review Board for Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and is a graduate of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2001. Cynde brings a wealth of experience and compassion in her new role as District Governor.

Area Rotary clubs are involved in many local and international service activities that provide clean water, basic education and literacy, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health care, economic and community development, peace and conflict resolution, youth exchange and development programs, ambassadorial scholarships, and disaster relief, to name just a few. To learn more, please visit www.rotary6970.org or www.rotaryfoundation6970.org.

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Two Book Signings on Saturday at Books Plus on Amelia Island

Books Plus on Amelia Island

Books Plus on Amelia Island

Books Plus on Amelia Island frequently hosts book signings by local and national authors. This Saturday, July 31, there will be two authors to meet and greet in this historic Fernandina Beach bookstore from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Come meet local author Annette Myers. She wrote The Big Sand Dune, a finalist in the Indie Excellence book award.

Annette was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida. She is a retired educator and community activist. Her career has included teaching school, high school guidance counselor, grant writing, consulting, and journalism.

The Big Sand Dune

The Big Sand Dune

“The Shrinking Sands of an African American Beach” is her first published book.

Your second author on hand for the afternoon will be Pamela Bauer Mueller, author of Splendid Isolation.

This Georgia Author of the Year, was raised in the Northwest and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She worked as a flight attendant for Pan American Airlines before moving to Mexico City, where she lived for eighteen years.

Pamela is bicultural as well as bilingual. She has worked as a commercial model, actress, and an English and Spanish language instructor during her years in Mexico. After returning to the United States, Pamela worked for twelve years as a U.S. Customs inspector.

After serving six years in San Diego, California, she was selected to work a foreign assignment in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Pamela took an early retirement from U.S. Customs to follow her husband, Michael, who received an instructor position at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia.

Pamela Bauer Mueller

Pamela Bauer Mueller

They reside on Jekyll Island, Georgia, with their cats, Jasper and Sukey Spice. Pamela completed The Kiska Trilogy, Hello, Goodbye, I Love You, Neptune’s Honor, An Angry Drum Echoed and the recently released Aloha Crossing in Georgia.

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An Evening of Story and Song with Beth Nielsen Chapman

An Evening of Story and Song with Beth Nielsen Chapman

An Evening of Story and Song with Beth Nielsen Chapman

You may not be familiar with her name, but you’ll certainly recognize the hit songs Beth Nielsen Chapman has written for mega-stars like Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Faith Hill and so many others.

Beth’s life, like her music, is a testament to triumph over tragedy. Visit her website to get to know her, and you’ll realize what a special night this will be.

The concert will be at Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish at the corner of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue, in historic Fernandina Beach on July 31st. The wine bar opens at 7:15 pm and this wonderful show starts at 8:00 PM.

If tickets are still available, you can purchase them for $15.00 at First Coast Community Bank.

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Artistic Florist has Award Winning Designers

Artistic Florist has Award Winning Designers

Artistic Florist has Award Winning Designers

Artistic Florist is located in the heart of Amelia Island and carries a large selection of green and blooming plants, fine gift items and Heritage leaded crystal made in Waterford, Ireland. They carry beautiful arrangements and designer silks. They are wedding consultants and design fresh floral arrangements daily. If you need fresh bouquets or exotic flowers sent around the corner or around the world, let their award winning team handle the details for you.

The business is owned and operated by Stephen and Brooke Grubbs Raulerson. Their wedding consultants can help you with your floral arrangements whether it’s a quaint private wedding on the beach or a grand affair in one of the many ballrooms Amelia Island has to offer. Artistic Florist handles about 150 weddings per year as well as parties and events. They also have a large inventory of party rental supplies. As the exclusive florist for Amelia Island Plantation, you know they offer top notch quality!

Brooke’s artistic talent with florals doesn’t go unnoticed. She was hand picked to join the Design 358 team. Design 358 represents a team of creative minds and unparalleled technical expertise in floral construction. The designers were selected for their exceptional ability, personality and professional efficiency.

Artistic Talent

Artistic Talent

Brooke has followed in her mother’s footsteps, who has over 30 years experience in accredited floral design. Brooke purchased the family business in 2005. She is a Florida State Master Designer and is accredited by the Florida State Florist Association. In addition to her floral art expertise, she has assisted builders with designing home interiors and operated as the photo shoot stylist. Brooke is experienced in visual merchandising, interior design, marketing and is an active educator.

Brooke has traveled to Los Angeles, California, to design arrangements and bouquets for David Tutera’s My Fair Weddings on WE television. She is also the number one designer in Florida based on four, best of the best, designer timed competitions. Artistic Florist has been family owned for 15 years. “God gave me every talent,” says Brooke, “But, its gotta be groomed.”

Katherines Collection

Katherines Collection

Other popular gift items carried in stock include Katherine’s Collection of career and lifestyle fish, mermaids and frog ornaments, Jacksonville’s own 3 Sisters Chocolate, Gund and Paula Deen Gourmet items. Without hesitation, Brooke told me the item they carry that surprises most of their customers is balloons!

Whatever gift you are in search of, Artistic Florist will be able to help. They are located in a surprisingly large showroom at 1875-B S. 14th Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Their numbers are (904) 261-5546 or toll free at (888) 261-5546.

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