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Las Vegas: Age and Skill Usually Beats Youthful Arrogance

Boomer Humor delivered by deNiro,Douglas,Morgan and Kline

I actually often think that I’m a 25 year old mind trapped in a 63 year old body. And the line coming from Michael Douglas in the feelgood funny movie Las Vegas sounded something like: “I went to bed last night and was 19 and woke up 70 this morning.”

If you’re a boomer and haven’t seen the movie yet with co-stars Robert de Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and amazingly well voiced Mary Steenburgen, you should rent it. Not because it’s so amazingly acted, or the aging topics at hand have not been covered a thousand times before, but because it is a feel good movie for baby boomers who are getting squeezed into society’s collection bin of “used to be”. That’s why I smiled when the following dog tale crossed my screen as a lesson I would like to share with you.

Smart Old Dog Tale

One day an old German Shepherd forgetting his age, started chasing rabbits and before long, discovered he was lost. Wandering about, he became aware of a young panther heading rapidly in his direction with the clear intention of having lunch.
The old German Shepherd thought, “Uh oh! I’m in deep trouble now!”

Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settled down to chew on them with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther was about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaimed, “Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the young panther halted his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror came over him, and he rapidly slunk away into the trees.
“Whew!” said the panther, “That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!”

Meanwhile, a squirrel, who had watched the whole scene from a nearby tree, figured he could put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he went to spill the beans and strike a deal. The young panther was furious at being made a fool of and said, “Here, squirrel, hop on my back and watch what I do to that conniving canine!”

Once again, the old German Shepherd saw the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thought, “Oh shit, what am I going to do now?” Yet instead of running, the dog sat down with his back to his attacker and pretended he hadn’t seen them yet. And when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd said…

“Where the hell is that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!”

Don’t mess with the old dogs! Age and skill for now will still overcome youth.

2014 Pirates on the Run!

2014 Pirates on the Run!The Pirates Are Coming! … and they’re bringing you the pirate booty. This is one of Northeast Florida’s most colorful races, and a great bargain!

Presented annually by the Amelia Island Runners http://www.ameliarunners.com/club. the 2014 Ned Tyson Memorial Pirates on the Run 5K/10K is Saturday, February 8th, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Both the 5K and 10K courses feature cross-country segments through the unpaved Egans Creek nature trail; it is a hard packed trail, but it may be muddy in places if it has been raining.

Pirates in full regalia will cheer you on and reward finishers with Mardi Gras beads! Registration is as low as $15 for members of the running club and $20 for non-members, and the first 500 registered runners and walkers receive a short-sleeve technical t-shirt, and all registered runners and walkers get a free pancake breakfast after the race ($5 for non-running or walking guests). It’s tons of pirate fun, and a great deal!

“It’s one of the best bargains that runners and walkers will find in our community,” said volunteer Race Director Toby Lentz.

Scoring will be done with Champion Chip timing, and runners must wear a chip on their shoe to be timed in the race results. Disposable chips will be used, so they don’t need to be returned after the race. You can pick up your chip at the same time you get your race packet, and if you have your own chip, you can preregister with your chip number and deduct $2 from your entry fee. (Personal chips can’t be used if you sign up on race day.)

Strollers and dogs aren’t allowed on the race course, and headphones are discouraged. The Greenway surface is especially non-conducive to strollers.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pirates on the Run, which is run and walked in memory of Ned Tyson, who come up with the idea for the event.

“The first race was run in 2004, and it was scheduled in February because it was a quiet time on the island and we hoped to grow it into a regional event, when families might spend a night or two and visit the downtown area,” said Fernandina Beach City Manager Joe Gerrity. Tyson, Gerrity and Steve Nicklas organized the inaugural 10K run, with “help from many volunteers,” Gerrity said.

“The next year Ned wanted us to have a Super Bowl-sanctioned event” in conjunction with the Super Bowl being held in Jacksonville, Gerrity said. “The process was very difficult, since each event had to get approval from the Super Bowl committee,” which was an involved process. “We finally did get approval and the Super Bowl emblem appeared on the t shirt that year.”

“As the race grew, it really became too much for us to handle since we all worked full time, so we asked Amelia Island Runners if they would be interested in sponsoring the run. I guess the rest is known history!,” Gerrity said. The event has grown into a 5K/10K with hundreds of runners and walkers.

Ned Tyson died in 2010, and the race was subsequently named in his honor.

Awards will go to the overall male and female winners, masters (age 40 and up) and grandmasters (age 50 and up), and to the top three male and female finishers in 15 age groups. There won’t be duplicate awards.

Registration is $20 per person through Jan. 22, and $25 per person from Jan. 23 through race day. Members of Amelia Island Runners get a $5 discount (not available with online registration). Proceeds will benefit Amelia Island Runners’ youth scholarships and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church mission trips.

Entry forms also available at Current Running, 815 S. 8th St., the McArthur Family YMCA on Citrona Drive, and CLUB 14 FITNESS on South 14th St. You can drop off entry forms at Current Running as well.

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Florida’s Assessment Cap Set for 2014

Florida's Assessment Cap is Set for 2014Nassau County, FL – According to Nassau County Property Appraiser Mike Hickox, if the county’s market value increases this year, homeowners will be protected by the Florida Constitution’s assessment limitation.

Save Our Homes, which took effect in 1994, states the assessed value on a homestead property could increase no more than 3% per year, or the percentage of change in the Consumer Price Index, whichever is lower. In a memo released by the Department of Revenue last week, the 2014 cap rate will be 1.5%, down slightly from last year.

The 2013 just value increased by more than 7% from 2012. “The market is still improving”, said Hickox. “No matter how much the just value increases, property owners are still protected by the cap.”

The assessment limitation applies to all homestead properties with the cap being applied for the first time during the second year of receiving the exemption. Non-homestead properties are protected by a 10% assessment cap.

Homesteaded properties can lose the Save Our Homes cap following a change in ownership. This includes any sale, foreclosure, or transfer of legal title.

For more information regarding the 2014 assessment limitation, contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at 491-7300.

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Florida Farmers Markets and Cottage Food Laws

Florida Farmers Markets and Cottage Food LawsFirst I should say, after the cold we’ve had this week, it is hard to believe we are expecting highs in the upper 60s for the downtown farmers market on Saturday, February 1st.

Now, for some interesting news about farmers’ markets: In 2011, the state of Florida began allowing individuals to sell, make and store certain products, now known as “Cottage Foods”, in an unlicensed, home kitchen. This made room for local farmers’ markets to grow – and grow they did!

Items like bread, cakes, cookies, candies, jellies and jams are all included in the new law. Which, when compared with other states, does have some restrictions.

-In Florida, as a cottage food operation you can not exceed $15,000 gross sales for your annual total.
-You must sell directly to the consumer, not by the internet or by mail order.
-Specific labeling applies.

Cottage food laws only apply to human food, so items like dog treats falls under the Feed Inspection Program.

At the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, we have a combination of Cottage Food booths, as well as booths that are run by local restaurants or others who have more requirements to fill when serving up delicious treats.

Items like jerky, canned relish, salsas, pickles and hummus cannot be manufactured under the Cottage Food guidelines. Fish, meat, dairy, Foccaccia-style breads, oils and dips are all regulated by other organizations such as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Join us each and every Saturday, on Amelia Island, for small town charm and super friendly vendors at the farmers market in Fernandina Beach where you’ll find fruits and seasonal vegetables, as well as local homemade goodies, all set to the soundtrack of local musicians who perform weekly at the Market Place. We ARE the place to be on Saturday mornings!

We are open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, rain or shine. For more information, please visit our website at FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, or call (904) 557-8229.

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Everyone is Afraid of Something

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What is your biggest Fear?

We all fear something, even though sometimes exactly what we’re afraid of, stays in hiding, because we live in a society that manages to paint over the emotions of fear. We also seem to fear the anticipation of the unknown, like the current snow weather alert here in North Florida, that keeps thousands in house because of fear to drive.

Look at that apparently self-assured man in a nice suit going to work.  And see that mom struggling to keep her four kids nearby so they don’t get lost?  And this may surprise you, but the same fears that you felt fall upon you this morning as you were getting dressed are the same fears inside these people about to face the challenges of the day.

We are all afraid of something, and most of the time, it is something that hides in the dark crevices of our mind of which we normally never reveal. But the fact is, most of us are afraid daily of many things. People you may meet on a daily basis are far more afraid of life and its personal dangers than what you would presume, and you would be very surprised if you knew what it was that plagues them. Would you be surprised to know that the greatest fear is Public Speaking? And that most everybody is afraid of the dark?

We all have things we fear. And when that fear takes over, it is demoralizing, paralyzing, and waiting for us to fail. Fear has kept us from so many of our successes, and to this day causes many to not see what they could enjoy if they were not afraid. And usually their greatest fear is failure. So many dreams and plans have been spoiled or not even ventured simply because we are afraid to get out there and find or even build whatever it takes to make our dreams come true. It destroys our own security and distinctly refuses to allow us the experience of going into newfound places and/or the meeting of new people with ideas different from our own.

Fantastic opportunities available to all of us get destroyed or even ignored simply because we have developed a fear, sometimes because of our experience, or our disappointment, or because we have been lied to, cheated, or just ignored.

Fear paralyzes our movement, and certainly kills our desire to try something new. And what is even worse, somebody takes the opportunity that you had offered to you because you refused to go into that area and try it yourself because you were afraid. But the problem of your fear doesn’t just fade with the loss of opportunity. It leaves residuals that you have not been prepared to deal with, like rejection and anger and bitterness. You are mad at yourself, and sometimes you even turn that anger on to the rest of the world, making you angry with the world and the way it has treated you. Or sometimes you will turn everything inward, angry and bitter, and refusing to leave the house or venture in a new opportunity that just might bring you more happiness, you instead sit in your anger and disappointment, and it shows in your future endeavors. You refuse it because it’s risky, or might hurt you in some way. You would rather stay safe and rejected, often that very rejection coming from yourself.

Often this path is the path that we most choose, a life without risk, a path of security. You hate the job, but you will stay there for 40 years because they offer a retirement plan that you can use in your final years, if you reach that stage. You never meet the man or woman of your dreams because you refuse to experience the rejection of talking to some one new. The levels of happiness you reach are slight, but at least you ponder they are without risk. So what does it take to overcome such fear and to make yourself a success?

Well, one suggestion would be to search your inner heart, the being in the part of you that no one else knows, and you learn whatever it is that you dream and really want. And if the dream is healthy and meaningful, and could make you happy, then you make it come true, no matter what the risk. You move in directions that only appear when you bring your dream into existence, and you follow those road maps within you until you get some kind of success.

Afraid to take the steps? Then start with some small ones. You don’t have to do everything all at once. Ask for advice as you carefully try to get closer to whatever dreams you have. And when you have finally accomplished what you want, when you have finally seen some success, whether it be in a significant relationship, or the way you raise your kids, or your dream job, or even just your dream vacation, you will find that a small success burns into your life a bigger one, and the bigger they get, the more success you will experience. Don’t let fear paralyze you.

Dream, and then make it happen. The risk will be worth it. And remember, you’re not the only one that is afraid: We all are afraid.

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Ronnie Cox is Coming to Amelia Island

Ronnie Cox is Coming to Amelia IslandRonnie Cox is coming to Amelia Island. Who is Ronnie Cox? Well, most people know Ronny Cox from his acting career. You’ve seen him on the big screen in Deliverance, Beverly Hills Cop, Bound for Glory, and dozens more, and on television in St. Elsewhere, StarTrek: The Next Generation, and Stargate SG1.

But not many know of his life-long love and dedication to music. As an actor, he’s played nasty villains and corporate snakes. But as a singer-songwriter, he’s easy-going, amiable, and downright charming.

Actor/Singer/Songwriter Ronny Cox will share his many talents on Saturday, February 1st, at “An Evening of Story & Song,” the popular concert series hosted by Mark & Donna Paz Kaufman and presented by First Coast Community Bank.

Cox will perform at 8 pm in Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, located at 9th and Atlantic. A $15 donation, 100% of which goes to the artist, is suggested.

Doors open at 7:15 pm for general seating. For preferred seating, call 415-1388 for reservations.

Only in the last 10 years has the world seen him evolve from being an “actor who sings” into knowing him as a “singer who happens to have a pretty fair career acting.”

Just like the man himself, Ronny’s songs are eclectic, funny, touching, insightful and compelling.

To learn more about Ronny Cox’s many talents, check out his website at www.ronnycox.com.

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Fernandina Little Theatre Presents All in the Timing

Fernandina Little Theatre Presents All in the TimingFernandina Little Theatre presents All in the Timing, David Ives’ wacky, laugh-out-loud collection of short comedies, which has been likened to “Mad Magazine visits The Twilight Zone”.

The all-star cast features Karen Antworth, Arva Butler, Amy Dawkins, Steve France, Diana Herman, Gill Johnston, Ruthellen Mulberg, Joe Parker, Steve Rawls and Jackie Taylor; the production is directed by Frank O’Donnell.

Performances are February 1, 4, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30pm and Feb. 2 at 2:30pm.

Tickets for all performances are $16.50; a limited number of 2 for $30.00 tickets are available for the Tuesday, February 4th performance.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at The UPS Store in the Fernandina Beach Publix shopping center.

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Extended Deadline for 2014 Shrimp Festival Arts and Crafts

Extended Deadline for 2014 Shrimp Festival Arts and CraftsThe deadline to submit your application for a booth at the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival has been extended until January 31, 2014.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to have your artwork viewed by potentially thousands!

Go to the Island Art Association’s website for the application link.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held May 2, 3 & 4, 2014, with the Pirate Parade on May 1, 2014 at 6 pm, all events take place in historic downtown Fernandina Beach.

Further Shrimp Festival information can be found at www.shrimpfestival.com or keep up with the current conversations on facebook.

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Council on Aging Fix It Volunteers at Your Service

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COA Volunteers Suggest Calling them long before this occurs

Here on Amelia Island and Nassau County Florida, we all know of the 5 outreach programs offered to the senior community by the Council on Aging. From transportation services and meals on wheels to Adult Day Healthcare, in-home services and 2 senior centers, COA serves the needs of seniors in this county for more than 40 years.

The Fix It Volunteers is a “new” service that assist seniors with repair issues in their homeplace.

One of Nassau County’s many charms is the sense of rustic Florida with all the nature that comes with it. Sometimes the natural world gets a bit too close, however. Homeowners all over Nassau County are all too familiar with raccoons and possums, and the occasional loud bump as tree limbs or heavy branches hit the roof during storms. But what happens when you’re an elderly person, living alone, and a heavy tree branch lands on the roof?   Unfortunately, there are often no immediate symptoms and soon it’s forgotten.  Time and weather may then become the enemy.

Seniors throughout the county have this happen to their homes regularly.  If there’s no damage to the roof, the branch is just a nuisance. However, if the limb or branch rips a shingle or punctures the roof underlayment, this leads to a cascading deterioration of the home.

Bart Cormier, a Council on Aging of Nassau County (COA) Fix it volunteer, says little roof problems will grow into large expensive roof problems over time.
“The cost of replacing a few shingles or even a small segment of a roof pales in comparison to the many thousands it would take to re-roof a home and perform interior restoration.” he says.

“When I get a call to an elderly person’s home where there is a complaint of water leaks from the roof, I hope to make a small roof repair, but too often the problem has festered far too long, and there’s severe water damage manifested in wood rot and interior mold.  That’s when the WHOLE roof needs to be replaced along with an interior restoration!” he explains. “I went to one seniors’ home and the roof was literally rotted all the way through with extensive damage to both the attic area and the interior ceilings due to repeated rain storms and animal infestations,” Cormier explained, “It severely limits our ability to help them”.

The Council on Aging wants to spread the word that if you are a senior who needs help in any number of areas, give them a call (904) 261-0701. The agency has lots of volunteers with different skill-sets who want to help out in a variety of ways.  Most importantly, the COA asks that you become vigilant of things that happen during storms affecting your roof.  Also, be sure to alert your neighbors if you see something they might have missed, such as a large fallen limb.

The COA Fix it volunteers continue to reach out and assist as many seniors as time and budgets allow.  Unfortunately, the scope of the repairs that the COA Fix-it volunteers can do is mostly limited to common handyman skills, as volunteers may have no professional repair skills beyond the basics, limited tools, and general capabilities of typical Do-It-Yourself (DIY) homeowners.

However, they are driven with a willingness to make a difference, and a sincere desire to keep the seniors living in a safe dwelling.
“Your day isn’t close to perfect unless you can help someone that you know cannot pay you back. I really subscribe to that,” Cormier says.

Apply for Homestead Exemption before March 1, 2014

Apply for Homestead Exemption before March 1, 2014Nassau County, FL – Property Appraiser Mike Hickox would like to remind new property owners to file for their 2014 exemptions by March 1st.

If you own property in Nassau County and it is your primary residence, you may qualify for an exemption of up to $50,000 off your assessed value. In order to qualify you must bring the necessary documents to the Property Appraiser’s Office and make application prior to March 1st.

“We encourage all new homeowners to apply”, said Hickox. “The reduction in value will save hundreds of dollars off their annual taxes.” Based on current millage rates, if the assessed value is $100,000, the tax savings could be as much as $800 for Fernandina City residents, $500 for County and Hilliard residents, and $600 for Callahan residents.

If an owner previously had homestead exemption on another property in Florida within the past two years, they may be eligible for the Save Our Homes benefit from their previous property.

Save Our Homes, which took effect in 1994, states that assessed values on homestead properties could increase no more than 3% per year or the percentage of change in the Consumer Price Index, whichever is lower. Essentially, a homeowner may transfer their Save Our Homes benefit, or a portion thereof up to $500,000, to a new homestead anywhere in Florida.

Senior citizens may be eligible for a property tax break in addition to their homestead exemption. Those individuals who are 65 years or older and meet the state mandated household income requirement for that tax year may qualify for the senior exemption, allowing $50,000 off their assessed value. The adjusted gross household income requirement for exemption in 2014 is $27,994.

Other property tax breaks include, Disabled Veterans Exemption, Agriculture Exemption, and Disability Exemption. 2014 is also the first year that qualified individuals can take advantage of the new senior exemption, allowing a permanent tax break for those who meet requirements. Seniors who are 65 and older, have a household income of approximately less than $28,000, own a home with a market value less than $250,000, and have lived in the home for more than 25 years are eligible for the new exemption.

Information on what is needed to qualify can be found on the Property Appraiser’s website at www.nassauflpa.com, under the Exemptions tab. Please call the Property Appraiser’s Office at 904-491-7300 for more information.

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Silver and Fashion Jewelry Hospital Auxiliary Sale

Silver and Fashion Jewelry Hospital Auxiliary SaleThe Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary’s Fine Silver and Fashion Jewelry Sale will be at the hospital January 31, 2014.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the hospital Auxiliary is bringing you another jewelry sale! This time, items cost a bit more than $5 but we’re talking sterling silver and upgraded fashion jewels! A further enticement is a 20% discount on sterling silver pieces!

Come and support the Auxiliary which in turn supports the hospital! The date is Friday, January 31st from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the jewelry will be on display in the Board Room just off the Main Lobby.

Cash, personal checks and major credit cards are accepted for payment. Any questions? Call the Auxiliary Office at 321-3818.

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More Details About Spring’s Lifelong Learning Classes

More Details About Spring's Lifelong Learning ClassesWe have been sent a few more details about the Center for Lifelong Learning Classes offered at Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. Registration for the spring term Center for Lifelong Learning Classes is still open. Classes are held at the Amelia Island Plantation, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

Seats are still available in the following classes:

Amelia Island Plantation Classes
Let’s Go to the Opera!, with Keith Thompson, will meet Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM, February 20 through March 6.
This popular opera, set in Spain, tells the story of a love triangle with a Gypsy girl, a soldier and a bull fighter that ends in murder. Bizet’s music is renowned for its expression of extreme human emotions. The $60 cost of the class includes a ticket to attend the Artist Series sponsored Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s performance of Carmen by on March 7 at 8PM. An additional ticket may be purchased by enrolled students for $15.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Classes
American Voices, with Marilyn Wesley, will meet Mondays, 1:30-3:30PM, February 3 through March 24.
What really matters? Modern American poets have typically found answers to the abiding question in everyday language and ordinary experience. In this class, students will learn and practice techniques for reading the poems of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes. The fee for this course is $50.

Monsters and Heroes, with Nancy Dickson, will meet Thursdays, 10AM-Noon, February 6 through March 27.
Monsters and heroes, epic battles between good and evil, and the nature of human existence as defined in old and modern English literature will be the focus of this course. Students will read the Anglo-Saxon poem “Beowulf,” and John Gardner’s modern retelling of these events to examine the nature of monsters, the definition (ancient and modern) of good and evil, and explore the boundaries between human and ‘other.’ The fee for this course is $50.

The American Civil War, with Tony Daniels, will meet on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM, February 4 through March 25.
This is a reading, discussion and hands-on class about the Civil War. The instructor has been a Civil War re-enactor since 1982 and will provide genuine and authentic reproductions of arms, uniforms and equipment for students to examine. Students will study causes of the conflict, the conflict itself and the outcomes that affect us still. Emphasis will be given to eastern and western campaigns and battles of importance as well as diplomatic efforts by both the North and South. The fee for this class is $50.

Florida State College Nassau Center Classes
China Minor Arts, with Jim Kemp, will meet Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30PM, February 18 through March 4.
Chinese woodblock printing, Chinese seal making, and Chinese stone rubbings will be discussed in this class. Original Chinese art works will be displayed in class for direct observation. Students will print from woodblocks and seals in class to create their own prints. Students will also learn how to get original works from China on eBay. The fee for this class is $40.

I Turned on the Computer… Now What? with Mike Hendrix, will meet on Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00PM, February 5 through March 12.
This is an introductory class to help students better understand their computers. Students will learn basic computer functions: how to use the Internet, how to set up and use an e-mail account, how to post pictures on the Internet, how to use Facebook and how to navigate online banking and shopping. The instructor will also give tips on how to keep personal information safe. The fee for this class is $50.

How to use a Digital Camera, with Wayne Howard, will meet on Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30PM, February 4 through February 18.
This course is a basic introduction to the digital camera. Students will be taught how to use the camera’s controls and built-in features to produce better digital photographs. The class also includes instruction on how to download, print and email images. This course does not require any particular computer skills and is not part of the separate “Image Editing” course. The fee for this class is $40.

Image Editing for Digital Photographers, with Wayne Howard, will meet on Tuesdays, 3-4:30PM, February 4 through March 11.
Powerful image editing software has made the “digital darkroom” available to everyone with tools for enhancing colors, creating collages and amazing visual effects, retouching photographs and much more. Students will learn these image manipulation techniques with real hands-on experience using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Version 4 installed on the classroom computers. While image-editing experience is not required, students should have basic computing skills and be able to navigate through file browsers. The fee for this class is $50.

The Center for Lifelong Learning program has offered 210 classes with 3,061 registrations since the fall of 2000. Costs of materials (books, etc.) vary by class. Please contact the Nassau Center at 548-4432 for registration assistance or for further information. The Betty P. Cook Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Boulevard, Yulee, Florida.

Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate and associate degree.

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Beach Access and Greenway are Getting New Signs

Beach Access and Greenway are Getting New SignsFernandina Beach, FL – In the coming months, City residents and visitors can expect to see new signs at our beach access locations and along the Egans Creek Greenway. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Coastal Partnership Initiative Grant has partnered with the City to fund the new signs. New regulatory signs will replace the old signs at all of the City’s beach access points. The updated design is more user friendly and resource conscious. It includes identification of some of our wildlife with the “leave only your footprints” slogan added.

On the beach side, new 8 foot tall poles are being placed with the beach access number signs angled so that these numbers are visible from the water and both sides of the nearest access point. These signs serve to help beachgoers quickly identify their location in the event of an emergency situation. New informational bulletin boards are being added at each of our beach parks (North Beach, Main Beach, and Seaside). The new boards will highlight seasonal historic, cultural, and coastal resources in Fernandina Beach and tell the public how they can help protect them.

In addition to providing for an updated signage and educational scheme at beach access locations, the City is in the process of designing a way-finding system in its Egans Creek Greenway.

The Greenway contains over 300 acres with roughly three miles of dedicated walking and biking trails and over two miles of navigable waterway with paddling trails for kayaks and canoes. Due to lack of any signage for the trails and the Greenway, the City has witnessed a rising number of complaints from tourists and citizens who are getting lost.

CPI Beach Access Sign Final Proof (17 Jan 2014)The trails are also lacking any environmental resource informational signs or placards within the Greenway to help educate tourists and citizens of the wildlife surrounding them. Look for these signs to be installed by spring 2014.

Last summer, City installed Gopher Tortoise protection signs at ten locations to educate citizens that this endangered species is nearby as part of the same grant. These signs help to keep people from disturbing areas where a gopher tortoise has been identified.

It is anticipated that the signs may move from time to time depending on the location of the tortoises.

For more information on the Coastal Partnership Initiative Grant please go to www.dep.state.fl.us/cmp/grants/. If you have any questions for the City, please contact Kelly Gibson at KGibson@fbfl.org.

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Second Annual Amelia Island International Wine and Food Tasting

Second Annual Amelia Island International Wine and Food TastingFernandina Beach, FL – Join the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise on March 1, 2014 for the Second Annual Amelia Island International Wine and Food Tasting to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital for Nassau County children. International wines and craft beers will be served as well as delicious samplings from some of our favorite restaurants, including BarZin, Crab Trap, Espana, Horizons, Gourmet Gourmet, Salty Pelican, Sonny’s, Great Harvest Bread Company, and others.

The VIP Tasting will be from 6 -7:30 p.m., tickets are $100.00 and also includes the Main Event.

The Main Event will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $65.00.

Black tie optional. Both tastings will satisfy the palate of connoisseurs and the novice alike. The event will feature a live and silent auction offering tempting items from our local establishments and artists as well as wonderful vacations.

Please join us at the Amelia Island Museum of History and ACT for this great event that will likely sell out. Tickets are already limited. You can purchase tickets at www.ameliarotary.eventbrite.com.

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Grandparent, as Defined by Eight Year Olds

Grandparent, as Defined by Eight Year Olds
The following was passed on to me and it was suggested these definitions of grandparent were written by eight year old students.

I know I am blessed to have known all four of my natural grandparents, and I am especially blessed to have a grandmother who will be 94 in March, so of course, I couldn’t help but delight in these comments.

It is a light read for your Sunday and we hope it makes you smile; we did!

-Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people’s.
-A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!
-Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them
-They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run.
-It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money
-When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
-They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’
-They don’t say, “Hurry up.”
-Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
-They wear glasses and funny underwear.
-They can take their teeth and gums out.
-Grandparents don’t have to be smart.
-They have to answer questions like “Why isn’t God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”
-When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
-Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
-They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.
-It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog.

and finally – Grandma is the smartest woman on Earth. She teaches me good things, but I don’t get to see her enough to get as smart as her.

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