More Vendors Join Farmer’s Market in Fernandina

More Vendors Join Farmer's Market in FernandinaAmelia Island Market Place begins November with their largest number of vendors to date.

In downtown Fernandina Beach, the Amelia Island Market Place features nearly 40 exhibit booths, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Saturday on N. 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Selections at the market include fresh farm produce, eggs, honey, cheese, pasture-raised meats, jams, flowers, fresh bread, organic dog treats, tasty jerkies and other goodies. Two returning vendors this week include Reed’s Groves and Olive My Pickle.

Olive My Pickle is a farmer’s market favorite all over NE Florida and they return to historic Fernandina every other Saturday! Their black bean hummus is ideal for holiday parties, and you can find olives stuffed with garlic, lemon, hot peppers, blue cheese, anchovies and more. A family company, Shai and his wife Charlotte, love to hear your stories of travel and especially those childhood memories of your first sour pickle, buttery olives or taste of kimchi.

Reed’s Groves has a variety of citrus for every season. The family moved from Maine to Lake Weir, Florida in the late 1800’s after reading a Florida newpaper article describing how homesteading land was free for the taking. Advertisements were running up and down the East Coast that read, “Move to sunny, tropical Florida and get rich growing Oranges.”

The Reeds still grow, pick, pack and ship their tasty, delicious citrus that is now available on Amelia Island, and according to their website, ReedsGroves.com, they are still trying to get rich growing oranges, too.

The Barnabas Center, a local non-profit that provides food, medical, dental and rent assistance to residents of Nassau County will be our highlighted community organization of the week.

While your senses are tasting, smelling and touching the market’s delights, your ears will be seduced by outstanding Guitarist Larry LeMier and an exciting demonstration of Jazzercise, lead by local resident Jennifer Bradsher, will keep you warm this first weekend of November.

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Second Annual Women of Power 5K

Second Annual Women of Power 5KIt is time to register now for the Second Annual Women of Power 5K being held November 10th! All proceeds from this event will benefit Cedar Haven, a project of Women of Power.

This event is for runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels. Strollers are allowed, as well as well-behaved leashed dogs.

Cedar Haven is a local transitional home for women facing homelessness in Fernandina Beach. Cedar Haven was founded in March 2011 by LaVerne Mitchell and Valerie Baker as a project of Women of Power. Laverne Mitchell, was selected by the Florida Times-Union as one of “Ten Who Care” for her work on Cedar Haven.

This transitional house provides housing, clothing, life and job skills training, employment assistance, professional counseling services, and many other programs that work together to holistically assist homeless women in their transition to a maintainable, stable lifestyle.

Registration is only $20.00 and is available online at www.active.com/running/fernandina-beach-fl/women-of-power-5k-2012 and will be open through November 3rd. Day-of-event registration will be available for $25.00.

Registration is also available at The Bridge Family Worship Center on HWY 17 in Yulee, www.thebridgeflorida.com AND at Current Running on 8th Street in Fernandina Beach.

CLUB 14 FITNESS will lead a warm-up starting at 8:15am.

Check-in and day-of-race registration will be held at Main Beach starting at 7:30am. Please support our local sponsors: North Florida Appraisals, Inc. The Bridge Family Worship Center, FiFi’s Fine Resale and Retail Therapy.

Cedar Haven gets NO MONEY from the government, it is 100% privately funded.

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Spaghetti Dinner Reminder for Humane Society

Spaghetti Dinner Reminder for Humane SocietyI believe the photo credit goes to: REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

Here is your pet friendly reminder about the Eighth Annual Pasta for Paws Spaghetti Dinner Saturday November 3, from 4:30-7:30PM at the Atlantic Recreation Center.

Tickets are only $12.00 for a fabulous dinner that includes salad, spaghetti, meatballs, bread, beverage and dessert. Additional desserts can be had for only $2.00, and takeout is available, too.

Children 6 and under eat free.

There will be live music by Frankie’s Friends and a huge silent auction.

Tickets are on sale at the Nassau Humane Society Dog Park, the Second Chance Store on the east side of 8th Street, and online at www.nassauhumanesociety.com.

All proceeds benefit homeless animals at the shelter. Please phone Penny Landregan 277-1152 for more information.

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Deb Cottle on D-Talks Radio

Deb Cottle on D-Talks RadioLocal Author and Speaker Deb Cottle will be talking on D-Talks Radio with Denise Brown and Danielle Pierre Thursday, November 1st at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PT.

Learn How to Stay Motivated for More Than a Day! Using the 4STEP GUTS FORMULA which teaches us how to incorporate easy techniques to enhance business and personal relationships, overcome negativity, and create a more fulfilling and balanced lifestyle.

Deb is focused on enhancing people’s lives through inspirational seminars, workshops, coaching, products, and professional speaking. With her proven 4STEP GUTS FORMULA, Deb has successfully motivated individuals and groups in major corporations, associations, and non-profit organizations to exceed personal and professional expections.

Do you have the GUTS to move forward? We all have the opportunity to create our environment and experiences and to be able to change what we can change, in order to make our lives work better! Some experiences can’t be changed, but most can be adjusted, or enhanced with either the power of the mind, and how we look at our situation. We also can ask more questions that would provide answers to lead to solutions!

The first step in the GUTS formula is GAIN KNOWLEDGE – representing the “G” in her proven 4Step GUTS FORMULA.

Each of us can take responsibility for deepening our knowledge in our jobs, hobbies, or personal life in order to learn and grow. In our chosen field of work it’s extremely important that we find ways to become an expert in our field, or at least become more knowledgeable.

This is good for two reasons: First, it boosts our own confidence level when we know more about a particular subject or profession. Second, it gives us a competitive edge. When prospects are making a choice among various vendors and salespeople, they typically choose to do business with those who are leaders in their field. Anyone can become a leader by earning additional credentials and/or designations and taking more classes or seminars in his or her industry.

Make a plan in 2013 to GAIN KNOWLEDGE and you will realize positive results and a huge boost in your confidence level!

Learn more about the GUTS FORMULA techniques that will help you move forward from Deb Cottle at WorldonaStringProductions.com.

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2012 Book Sale Begins November 1st

2012 Book Sale Begins November 2ndFernandina Beach, FL – One of the most eagerly anticipated weekends for book lovers of all ages is coming up this weekend and the Friends of the Library volunteers have been accepting book donations for weeks to make it the biggest, most successful sale ever.

If you love books and bargains this is THE place to be. Thousands of books donated by local readers will be sold at bargain basement prices November 1 – 3, at the Peck Center Gym, 516 S. 10th Street on Amelia Island, to support library operations and programming.

Most are priced just $.50 to $3.00.

If you have donations DO NOT WAIT any longer because dontions need to be sorted, alphabetized and showcased for the sale!

The sale will feature a broad assorment of thousands of books – fiction and non-fiction books in dozens of categories as well as hundreds of CDs and DVDs. Children’s books are always very popular and will be greatly appreciated.

If you have just a few items to donate, leave them in the teal colored collection box under the covered walkway in front of Peck Head Start at 511 S. 11th St. A collection area for larger donations is in the Peck School 516 South 10th Street. Go in the front entrance (Fir Street between S. 10th and S. 11th Streets), turn right and look for the Friends of the Library sign on your left, next to the stairwell.

With most items are priced at $2.00 or less, past sales have generated approximately $15,000 annually in support of our Library. For first choice among the thousands of volumes, plan to attend the Friends of the Library Members Only preview sale on Thursday, November 1 from 5 – 7pm. If you aren’t a member, you can join at the door. Dues are $15 for students; $35 for single membership, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.

The sale is open to the public on Friday, 9:30 a.m.– 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. with fire-sale markdowns early Saturday afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Fernandina Beach Library so you’ll be getting great deals and supporting your library.

Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation consisting of local citizens whose mission is to promote literacy and life-long learning and to advocate and raise funds for the library for the benefit of the community.

For information on membership or events, send an email to fernandinalibfriends@gmail.com or visit www.nassaureads.com and click on Friends of the Library.

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David’s Restaurant Grand Opening

David's Restaurant Grand OpeningFernandina Beach, FL – The Grand Opening of David’s Restaurant will be on November 2, 2012 bringing classic fine dining to Amelia Island. Co-owners Myrta Defendini & Deborah Gold, owners of the Hoyt House, have begun a new adventure and created a unique dining experience just steps away from the Hoyt House.

The bar has been set to a high standard of excellence with exemplary service staff, high quality food with a gourmet presentation and a keen sense of attention to detail.

Executive Chef Robert Camp formally of PLaE has taken his almost 20 years of experience and created a spectacular Steakhouse and Seafood Menu. A Prix Fixe Menu is offered 7 days a week from 5:00 to 6:30 featuring a three course dinner for $35.00 per person.

The comfortable roomy lounge opens at 4:00 pm offering a Bar Menu and special Martinis. Dinner, dedicated to prime steaks & unique seafood featuring items such as Filet Oscar, New York Strip Steak, double bone-in Rib Eye all grilled to your liking and dressed with a variety of greens and starches, will be served from 5:00 to 10:00 pm.

The Seafood side of the menu offers Dover Sole, Chilean Sea Bass, Maine Lobster and other delicacies from around the world as well as local Shrimp and items from local organic growers.

The wine room can accommodate up to 14 guests for private dining, wine tastings and a signature Chef’s Table. The Banquet room can hold up to sixty guests for private events, business meetings and luncheons.

Open 7 days a week for dinner, including all Holidays. Make your reservations early for Thanksgiving Eve and Day dinner, offering a buffet both evenings with all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving Celebration. For reservations or special events please call (904) 310-6049.

The Hoyt House does offer overnight guests special dining privileges at David’s. Call the Hoyt House at 904-277-4300 and ask for Myrta for more information.

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I Just Caught a glimpse of the Future of Journalism

Storm Surge floods Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan

Storm Surge floods Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan

As the TV Networks reprogrammed their line up for the evening with repeats instead of wasting original programming on the rest of the country, Yahoo News quickly mounted a live blog allowing tens of thousands to communicate updates from the worst impacted areas of Superstorm Sandy. Official emergency organizations, government agencies and individuals from Virginia to Vermont dispersed on the ground updates, information and advice in a manner I have never seen before. Worried parents, traveling spouses, college going children, in growing frustration and worry about not being able to reach their children, spouses or parents, were put at ease, for as much as that is possible until you hear from the loved one personally, in a matter of minutes, by complete strangers exchanging “on the ground- on the spot” hard information.

For example
at 9:51 Kait asked : Can’t I please get some info on Philladelphia,PA, or Deleware?
At 9:54 Lee answered: Kait, just heard from son in Philly. Still have power and although lots of wind and rain they are fine.
At 9:55 Kait said: Comment From Kait
Thank you for finally getting me to info, guys! Needed that. Feeling better.
You want Another One?

10:25pm Comment From WORRIED GRANDMA

I NEED INFORMATION ON VA MY GRANDDAUGHTER AND DAUGHTER IN LAW LIVE ABOUT 45 MIN FROM DC AND HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET A HOLD OF THEM PLEASE ANY INFORMATION WE WOULD BE GREAT FULL

10:26pm Comment From Becky from OH
Worried Grandma: I have friends in DC/VA and they seem to fine. No reports from any of them that things got nearly as bad as DC so I’m sure they’re ok.

10:30pm Comment From Sam in Warrenton, VA @ Worried Grandma We have lots of wind and rain and trees coming down. Aside from that power’s good.

10:31pm Comment From WORRIED GRANDMA
THANK YOU

It happened dozens and dozens of times in the 2 hours my attention was focussed on the constant updates.

At 9:54 pm Weather Underground reported that the Storm tide at Manhattan’s Downtown Battery Park finally had started to recede, breaking the previous record with more than 3 feet at 13.88 ft.

Pictures from floating cars, flooded subway stations, homes and office buildings, crumbled building facades and so much more destruction that comes with a major storm, appeared in minutes via Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and other internet sites. It was exactly like one commenter said: Yahoo changed Journalism forever tonight: By the people for the people without any slants. . . wow. Prayers and well wishes came from around the world.

At one point there were more than 40,000 people actively contributing to provide information and clarity in what is usually a very frightening, chaotic and confusing ordeal!

At 9:58 Mayor Bloomberg asked anyone who had contact to the internet or WIFI not to call 911 with non emergency requests and to NOT drive. That the worst of the rains were almost passed and that the storm surge was expected to recede by midnight.

Jason Sickles, a staff writer at Yahoo opened up the blog site for all the live coverage and it was simply magical and incredible to hear from those in the storm’s path, and hearing from people around the world with prayers and well wishes. This was so much more than any news network could report as the news can’t be everywhere like tens of thousands of people blogging on this site.

Yahoo News introduced the latest in the live-blog player earlier in the day, with dispatches from its reporters and editors in New York City, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. They also pulled in tweets from forecasters, storm chasers and others and welcomed Yahoo readers to join the blog and let everyone know what was happening in their neighborhood.

Personally I think Yahoo opened a new page in getting information out to people all across the country when disaster strikes.

Millions of people are without power and services, no doubt we will suffer billions of dollars of damage, but few casualties so far. Yes Atlantic City’s Boardwalk seems to have fallen victim to the storm, as did the Ferris wheel and the pier on Coney Island. This storm, its destruction and the date it happened will go into the memory of many millions of people who were players in it, but for me it also gave me a glimpse of hope for the future of humanity as an immensely powerful “weapon of truth” saw daylight. Yes it was a great night for humanity and unbiased, un-massaged, unsalted journalism (information).

Thanks Jason Sickles and Yahoo, great job.

Fifi’s Celebrates Expansion with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Fifi's Celebrates Expansion with Ribbon Cutting CeremonyFernandina Beach, FL – Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island, Florida invites you to attend the Expansion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, November 1 at 5:00 pm.

“This community has shown amazing support to Fifi’s over the years, and we are thrilled to be able to provide you a more spacious, well-displayed, organized shopping experience with the completion of our expansion,” Jessica Miller, Owner of Fifi’s exclaimed. “Surprises are planned throughout the day, so don’t wait until 5 pm to show up,” Miller continued.

The shop has been a part of Fernandina Beach’s retail scene for over twenty years. The store strives to satisfy the varied needs of residents and tourists, offering everything from new jewelry and accessories to designer handbags and Chico’s items.

Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel is a nationally recognized resale store that offers quality merchandise at great prices with exceptional service to the local community. Fifi’s Fine Resale is celebrating being a part of this community for over 20 years, and supports several non-profit organizations and are members of the Amelia Island Chamber of Commerce, Women in Nassau helping Women in Need (WIN WIN), and the National Association of Resale Professionals (NARTS).

For information about resale shopping or guidelines on buy-outright or consignment, please contact Jessica Miller, Owner, at (904) 277-4430 or fifis.amelia@gmail.com.

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2012 Fall Barbecue at Fernandina Middle School

2012 Fall Barbecue at Fernandina Middle SchoolThe Annual Fall Barbecue at Fernandina Beach Middle School will be held November 2, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00.

The barbecue comes from Callahan’s Barbecue and the dinners include ribs, chicken, baked beans, Cole slaw, roll and tea. The dinners are $10.00.

You can come into the cafeteria and pick up your dinner or drive thru service is provided as well.

Tickets are available through the front office at FBMS or through one of the students at FBMS.

Entertainment for the evening includes Drama, the FBMS Band, the Chorus and the Cheerleaders.

Other foods being sold are baked goods, popcorn, sodas, pizza, and sno-cones.

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Smart Financial Tips for Single People

A single Red rose personifies careful financial planning for singles

A Red Rose to personify careful financial planning for singles

Single people face unique challenges when it comes to financial planning. It is important to consider retirement planning, parenthood, insurance, health care planning, and housing issues when managing your finances at all stages of life.

Living the single life no longer is an anomaly: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 45% of households nationwide are maintained by a single person. Being single affects many areas of financial planning, including retirement, financing health care later in life, and other key issues.

If you are single, recently widowed, or expect to become single as a result of a pending divorce, consider the following as you plan your finances.

Retirement

An increasing percentage of pre-retirees are planning for retirement on their own. What steps should solo planners take to shore up their finances for a comfortable retirement?

• Set long-term retirement savings goals. If you have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, contribute as much as you can afford. For 2012, the maximum employee contribution is $17,000, and workers aged 50 and older can contribute an additional $5,000 catch-up contribution. The maximum contribution goes up a bit in 2013 to $17,500.

• Consider funding an IRA. For 2012, the maximum contribution is $5,000, and investors aged 50 and older can contribute an additional $1,000.

• Invest as much as you can. Investing as much as you can afford for retirement over the long term is beneficial because you will not have the luxury of falling back on a partner’s pension. In addition, your household will have one Social Security check to fund retirement expenses.

Parenting

• Fund for your children, but don’t forget yourself. If you have children, your financial planning could be especially challenging because you may be required to fund tuition, child care, and other costs on one salary. As you raise your family, be sure not to shortchange your needs. Put away something for retirement, even if it is only a small amount each week. Over time, this amount may compound and serve as the basis of your retirement nest egg. Be sure to appoint a guardian for your children in the event that you are not able to care for them.

Insurance and Health Care

• Review your options for disability insurance and long-term care insurance. It is critical to purchase these types of insurance while you are healthy and the premiums are affordable. These insurance purchases increase the chances that you will have adequate cash flow if you are not able to work because of a disability, or if you require assistance with activities of daily living later in life.

• Prepare for health care expenses. You may need to direct a lawyer to draft a health care proxy in which you designate a loved one to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are not able to do so yourself.

Housing

• Think carefully about the type of housing situation that suits your needs. Carrying a single-family home, especially in an expensive housing market, frequently is difficult on one income. Be sure that your home is affordable enough to permit you to invest for retirement and other financial goals.

Your situation may present additional considerations, but the suggestions mentioned here may help you manage your finances successfully. When in doubt, talk it out. Look for a Certified Financial Planner™ professional in your area who provides free initial consultations to chat about your specific concerns.

Frankenstorm Forces Election Campaigns to Florida

The last time the New York Stock Exchange’s Trading Floor was shut down, was on September 11, 2001. And as New York and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard from Virginia to Vermont is shutting down in anticipation of the arrival of  Frankenstorm, the presidential political campaigns are quickly re-focusing their course of impact.

Long before the storm even gets close to the 50 to 60 million people that are potentially are going to be impacted, Virginia has already 20,000 homes without power. The Romney Ryan campaign had to do some last minute shuffling, cancelling New Hampshire and Virginia events and as the election caravans moved out of the danger zone, Florida became a focus point.

As a result we can now welcome Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan here on our own Main Beach on Amelia Island on Monday, October 29 at 2pm.

The Romney / Ryan campaign had been working diligently with the City of Fernandina Beach last Friday and Saturday and confirmed on Saturday that Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan will speak at a rally on Monday at approximately 2:00 PM at Wolf Park (Main Beach) at 20 North Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

Tickets for this event are available at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4708592527/efblike There is no charge, but be forewarned that all attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.

The campaign has published a contact number for local media at 269-501-6077.

Underlining that all this was part of a last minute change of campaigning plans due to the severe weather predictions, was the Saturday afternoon email from Mandy Borvan, an advance organizer at MittRomney.com announcing a sign painting party today at 5pm. Unfortunately the local media didn’t get this announcement until noon today, with little time to give exposure to the event that is promoted as “A Victory Rally with Paul Ryan and the Republican Team.”

Planning versus Crisis Management

Hurricane Sandy passes Coca Beach to our South 300 miles out

Hurricane Sandy passes Coca Beach to our South 300 miles out

Mixed in to the prognostications of where exactly Hurricane Sandy and the pre-season winter storm coming east will meet to give birth to a potentially devastating Frankenstorm next week, there is another conversation brewing about weather satellites soon reaching the end of their life cycles and we may be without guidance on weather systems in the near future.

Now we have all learned on dozens if not hundreds of occasions in recent decades that “authorities” can only claim and execute the powers that go hand in hand with words like “officials” and authorities”, after a crisis emergency of some order has been declared.

In other words, long term responsible planning is not a strength of short term politics. Besides the continued warnings we receive about our 100 year old plus water distribution system that leaks more potable water than we consume and a potential power grid collapse that even worries the smarter tier of politicians, nothing will change the culture that prefers short term crisis over long term planning.

But wait…there is more. Not only are we ignoring our weather satellites, water distribution systems and power grids, we have also abandoned the space shuttle program that would allow us to install, repair, monitor the satellites that we depend on for communication, defense and weather. How exceptionally stupid are we to let politicians spend $2 Billion for irritating campaign ads this year, but spending for infrastructure is a major neglect… a surefire way back to third world status.

Planned management instead of crisis management makes the important priority distinctions. In the case of the weather satellites, fine tuning weather forecasting beyond an already adequate base is fine, if sufficient means are available. If not, than I would like to see someone seriously tackle the problem of electrical outages caused by the slightest windstorm. I would like to see funding allocated to put a new power structure underground. Yes it is costly, but not as costly as ignoring the problem over the long haul. Millions of people are affected by this problem on the Eastern Seaboard and having a satellite tell me it’s about to happen is no substitute for it not happening.

Instead of eliminating the power outage and surge issues we experience on a far too regular basis here on Amelia Island, we get a letter from the power company inviting us to sign up for a Surge Shield protection service to protect our appliances and computers at a cost of $9.95 a month. What a racket! Before moving to the island I lived on the Caribbean Island of St.Martin, which had all powerlines above ground as here. After Hurricane Luis hit in 1995 and wiped out power for 6 weeks, the Dutch (the island is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) came in and put all power underground. Yes it was expensive, but now 17 years later the island is the first one to welcome tourists after a hurricane hits the area, while all the other destinations still scramble weeks or months later. A power grid underground is an economic investment not a wasteful expense that adds to the national debt.

Here in the US we have been so focused on threats from terrorism since 9/11, that we’ve forgotten to look after ourselves in much more fundamental ways. Electrical grid in the northeast? Bailing wire and chewing gum. Roads, bridges, sewer systems, internet, educational system, our own government? We’d rather send troops, bombs, and drones to pursue desperate people in third world countries than take care of business here at home.

And before I’m getting a mile long stretch of comments that would like to politicize this story, let me warn you, this has nothing to do with Republicans vs Democrats. Almost every government project ends up like this, it’s the Washington culture. The military’s satellite acquisition program is a god-awful mess of fraud, waste, abuse, and horrific project management, and they have nearly limitless resources. I’d suggest outsourcing, but Congress would just give the program to Boeing or Lockheed and we’d be in the same position.

This is also not a discussion about expenses that increase the National Debt, this is a discussion about strategically investing in economic growth and national security with a longterm plan.

Of course, when push really comes to shove we can do without microchips, computers, cell phones, computer systems for automobiles and other vehicles; not to mention household appliances, climate control systems, security systems, etc. I know, I have been through the aftermath of 7 major hurricanes (Cat 4 and 5). None of the above matters in the destruction created by a major hurricane.

Is there anyone who cares if the Sahara desert gets hit by massive storms without adequate warning? or icebergs the size of Delaware are breaking loose from the Arctics? or, if terrorist activities go undetected until it is too late to prepare. Many “conveniences” and life saving treatments these days are the result of this so-called useless space technology. Many call it a wasteful expense…that is, until you need it.

Self Reliance Please!

As a lifelong sailor I know that long before meteorologists had sophisticated technology and satellites to help them predict the weather, people made forecasts based on historic observations of the sky, animals, and nature, just like before we were spoiled by GPS systems, we navigated the oceans by Polaris, the Pole Star in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Cross in the Southern Hemisphere. Don’t get me wrong. I love the ease brought on by science and technology, but I also know that it is a gift, not an entitlement. That’s why I don’t forget that many of the traditional weather observations used are accurate. Maybe if all else fails, we may need go back to them, even if it’s only temporary.

1. The higher the clouds, the finer the weather. If you spot wispy, thin clouds up where jets fly, expect pleasant weather. Keep an eye, however, on the smaller puff clouds (cumulus), especially if it’s in the morning or early afternoon. If the rounded tops of these clouds, which have flat bases, grow higher than the one cloud’s width, then there’s a chance of a thunderstorm forming.

2. When clouds appear like towers, the Earth is refreshed by frequent showers.
When you see large, white clouds that look like cauliflower or castles in the sky, there is probably lots of dynamic weather going on inside. Innocent clouds look like billowy cotton, not towers. If the clouds start to swell and take on a gray tint, they’re probably turn into thunderstorms.

3. Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. 
A reddish sunset means that the air is dusty and dry. Since weather in North American latitudes usually moves from west to east, a red sky at sunset means dry weather—good for sailing—is moving east. Conversely, a reddish sunrise means that dry air from the west has already passed over us on their way easy, clearing the way for a storm to move in.

I could be me, but I’d rather be prepared and plan for what is ahead of me, than depend on any government’s crisis management storybook or track record.

Changing Diapers is an Act of Love

Diaper change is an act of love

Diaper change is an act of love

Having been enriched with another grand child this week, my wife and I had a conversation one morning that I found enlightening in terms of mother appreciation. My wife went up to take care of the 19 month old grandson while his mother, our daughter, was focusing on bringing a new grand daughter into this world. At one point my wife told me that she had to change diapers of the grandson at least 5 times during the day alone. As an economist I naturally gravitate to numbers, so my brain started quickly crunching diaper sales numbers using various options and ages between newborn and 30 months old.

A little research revealed that a newborn on average soils 6,840 diapers between being born and 30 months old, at a total cost that hovers around $2,100 for disposable diapers and wipes. That equates to $70 per month on average, which I thought was quite reasonable. Doing the research however I also noticed that the price for diapers has almost doubled in the last 4 years and that is at least a bit alarming. Check here for the best pricing.

But then another thought struck me as much more relevant than just the cost of 6840 diapers!

So I asked my wife, who bore six children, how much time on average it takes to change a diaper and together we came up with about 10 minutes from fetching the new diaper to discarding the dirty diaper and all the smelly steps in between. To be truthful, I have never changed a diaper and never had the ambition to learn either, but I have witnessed close up and personal in recent years that a brand-new mother has no time to herself, and looking at spending 1140 hours changing diapers, 90 hours in the first 3 months alone, is a tremedous act of LOVE in my book.

Turning to my wife I smiled and said: “Do you realize that you spent 6840 hours of your life, or 285 days, changing diapers, raising 6 children?” That’s more than the duration of a full pregnancy, or if compared to a normal work year of 2,000 hours (50 weeks x 5 days x 8 hours) you were a diaper changer for almost 3.5 years! And that is only if you use disposable diapers. Imagine how many more hours my own mom spent on the “diaper issue” sixty years ago, when diapers were made of cotton cloth and needed to be attached with safety pins.

Well I don’t know about you guys out there, but that is an Act of Love I’d be honored to do a ‘Tebowing’ for if he hadn’t trademarked the move recently .

Rotary Walk a Thon Benefits Council on Aging

Rotary Walk a Thon Benefits Council on AgingCaption: Tom Moss, (L), Executive Director of the Council on Aging of Nassau County graciously accepts a check from Christal Fish, President of Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

Photo by Caroline Blochlinger – StudioCBPhotography.com.

Fernandina Beach, FL – The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise presented a check for five thousand dollars to the Executive Director of the Council on Aging of Nassau (COA), Tom Moss in a short ceremony last Friday. The check represented the proceeds from the first annual COA Walk-a-Thon to honor grandparents, held on September 8, 2012. The event was a fundraiser for services the Council on Aging offers to seniors and caregivers in our Adult Day Healthcare Center.

“The Walk-A-Thon to raise money for the Council on Aging’s Adult Day Healthcare Center was a tremendous collaborative effort that yielded exactly the results we were looking for. By pooling our resources with Sunrise Rotary, we were able to accomplish much more than either organization could have by itself. We are deeply indebted to the Rotary for all its help and hope to make this an annual event.”

Nearly 65 participants walked in the event which began and ended at the COA’s Transportation Center located on N. 13th Street.

“The COA is grateful to Sunrise Rotary for their efforts in producing this Walk-A-Thon”, said COA Executive Director Tom Moss. “We will continue to reach out to the local community seeking willing individuals and businesses that are able to offer their support, while also actively seeking grants from government organizations and foundations that support senior projects.”

The Council on Aging is a 501-c-3 non-profit agency. We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two senior recreation centers. We are partially funded by government grants and donations from private individuals.

More information is available on our website www.coanassau.com

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Eileen Corse is Featured Painter

Eileen Corse is Featured PainterMouth of Amelia has invited us all to a free demonstration presented by The Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery featuring Eileen Corse, a painter.

WHEN: MONDAY OCTOBER 29, 2012 AT 2 P.M.

WHERE: THE PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD AND GALLERY IS LOCATED IN THE OMNI SPA AND SHOPS SHOPPING VILLAGE AT 94 AMELIA VILLAGE CIRCLE, AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA 32034

WHAT: THE PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD AND GALLERY IS PLEASED TO HOST NATIONALLY KNOWN ARTIST AND JACKSONVILLE GALLERY OWNER, EILEEN CORSE, WHO WILL BE PRESENTING A FREE DEMONSTRATION AT THE GALLERY ON MONDAY OCTOBER 29, 2012 AT 2 P.M. EILEEN’S BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS ARE DONE IN OIL AND SHE WILL DEMONSTRATE HER SPECIAL TECHNIQUE OF USING BRUSHES AND PALETTE KNIVES.

WHO: EILEEN CORSE HAS BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF SEVERAL AWARDS AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF TWELVE OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA’S EMERGING ARTISTS TO WATCH. SHE RECENTLY SPONSORED THE WOMEN PAINTERS OF THE SE MEMBERS’ SHOW WITH $6000 IN PRIZE MONEY FROM LEADING ART MAGAZINES. IN PAST YEARS SHE HAS HELD MAJOR SHOWS REPRESENTING ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. EILEEN ALSO PRESENTS A FULL SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, FEATURING TEACHER/ARTISTS USING VARIOUS MEDIA. THE CORSE GALLERY FEATURES MANY WELL-KNOW SOUTH- EAST ARTISTS.

COST: This demonstration is free and open to the public. However, please RSVP TO THE GALLERY AT 904-432-1750 if you plan to attend.

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