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Five Star Quick Lube Uses Castrol Exclusively

Five Star Quick Lube Uses Castrol ExclusivelyFernandina Beach’s Five Star Quick Lube is offering exclusive Castrol products. Managed by Eric Childers, and with popular mechanic Dale Hair taking car of your vehicle, you can rest assured it is in very capable hands.

Whether running an on-road fleet or off-road equipment, Tection Extra’s Maximum Protection 12 formulation is a multi-benefit solution that provides 12 ways to protect your engine from the stress and strain of a harsh operating environment. It exceeds the demands of OEM specifications for Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Mack and Volvo, as well as the toughest industry standards for wear protection and soot management.

Castrol® Tection™ Extra is engineered to deliver 12 benefits in 1 formulation.

Take advantage of 12 benefits in one solution:

1. Reduced Piston Deposits – Keeps engine performance at peak level and reduces oil consumption
2. Decreased Corrosion – Protects engine surfaces
3. Improved Soot Management and Low-Ash Technology – Reduces soot-related oil thickening and helps reduce engine wear.
4. Reduced Valve Train Wear – Protects the life and power of an engine.
5. Increased Ring-Wear Protection – Reduces oil consumption and protects an engine’s performance and compression.
6. Decreased Oil Consumption Diminishes the need for top-up and reduces emissions.
7. Superior Shear Stability – Protects against excessive viscosity loss.
8. Improved Deposit Protection – Fights deposit formation to maintain a clean engine.
9. Enhanced Protection from Filter Plugging— Reduces the chance of long-term particulate engine damage.
10. Outstanding Cold Pumpability – Protects engines during start-up in cold weather.
11. Advanced Oxidation Control – Counters deposit build-up and increases oil life.
12. Increased Aeration Protection— Ensures optimum engine performance.

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Fernandina City Commissioner Agenda for December 2, 2014

 Fernandina City Commissioner Agenda for December 2, 2014Here is the modified agenda for the regular meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission schedule for December 2, 2014.

The meeting will be held at 6:00 PM in Commissioner’s Chambers, located at 204 Ash Street, on Amelia Island, FL.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Reverend Wardell Avant of Kingdom Ministries Church.

4. CONSENT AGENDA
4.1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Regular Meeting – October 7, 2014; Special Meeting – October 21, 2014; Regular Meeting – October 21, 2014; Special Meeting – October 28, 2014; Regular Meeting – November 5, 2014.

4.2. ADDITIONAL SEWER AND REFUSE EXEMPTION FOR FY 2014/2015
ADDITIONAL SEWER AND REFUSE EXEMPTION FOR FY 2014/2015 – RESOLUTION 2014–166 APPROVING ONE (1) ADDITIONAL APPLICATION FOR CITY SEWER AND REFUSE EXEMPTION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves one (1) additional application for exemption of payment for City Sewer and Refuse costs for the months of December 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.

4.3. FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – DRIVING DYNAMICS, INC.
FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – DRIVING DYNAMICS, INC. – RESOLUTION 2014-167 APPROVING A FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT WITH DRIVING DYNAMICS, INC. TO USE AIRPORT PROPERTY TO CONDUCT CORPORATE DRIVER TRAINING ON FEBRUARY 17, 2015; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves a Facilities Use Agreement with Driving Dynamics, Inc. for corporate drivers training on February 17, 2015.

5. PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA

6. RESOLUTIONS
6.1. SEISMIC AIR GUN TESTING
SEISMIC AIR GUN TESTING – RESOLUTION 2014-168 OPPOSING SEISMIC AIR-GUN TESTING IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Opposes seismic air-gun testing and urges President Obama’s Administration to stop this process and focus on ensuring the vitality of vulnerable local economies along the Atlantic Coast. Ms. Erin Handy of Oceana will provide a brief presentation regarding the effects of seismic air gun testing.

6.2. VEHICLE PURCHASES – POLICE DEPARTMENT
VEHICLE PURCHASES – POLICE DEPARTMENT – RESOLUTION 2014-169 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF FOUR (4) VEHICLES FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THROUGH THE FLORIDA SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION VEHICLE BID AWARD; PROVIDING FOR EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the purchase of four (4) vehicles for the Police Department through the Florida Sheriff’s Association Vehicle Bid Award #14-22-0904.

6.3. CHANGE ORDER APPROVAL – MARAND BUILDERS
CHANGE ORDER APPROVAL – MARAND BUILDERS – RESOLUTION 2014-170 AUTHORIZING CHANGE ORDER NO. 1 WITH MARAND BUILDERS, INC. TO INCREASE THE CONTRACT AMOUNT BY $4,512.34 TO COMPLETE THE RENOVATION AND REHABILITATION OF THE CITY BUILDING AT 25 N. 4TH ST.; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves Change Order No. 1 to the contract with Marand Builders, Inc. for an increase of $4,512.34 to complete the renovation and rehabilitation project at the City building at 25 N. 4th St.

7. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
7.1. FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT – DADE STREET & NORTH 3RD STREET
FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT – DADE STREET & NORTH 3RD STREET – ORDINANCE 2014-26 CHANGING THE CITY’S FUTURE LAND USE MAP TO ASSIGN A CITY FUTURE LAND USE MAP CATEGORY OF PUBLIC AND INSTITUTIONAL (PI), FOR PARCELS TOTALING 0.61 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT DADE STREET AND NORTH THIRD STREET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Assigns a Future Land Use Map Designation of Public & Institutional (PI) to 0.61 acres located at Dade Street and North 3rd Street.

7.2. ZONING CHANGE – DADE STREET & NORTH 3RD STREET
ZONING CHANGE – DADE STREET & NORTH 3RD STREET – ORDINANCE 2014-27 CHANGING THE CITY’S ZONING MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (R-2) TO PUBLIC & INSTITUTIONAL (PI-1), FOR PARCELS TOTALING 0.61 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT DADE STREET AND NORTH THIRD STREET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Assigns a Zoning Category of Public & Institutional (PI-1) to 0.61 acres located at Dade Street and North 3rd Street.

8. ORDINANCE – SECOND READING
8.1. VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION – 1505 SOUTH 14TH STREET
VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION – 1505 SOUTH 14TH STREET – ORDINANCE 2014-31 ANNEXING 1.30 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1505 S. 14TH STREET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Annexes 1.30 acres located at 1505 South 14th Street.

8.2. FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT – 1505 SOUTH 14TH STREET
FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT – 1505 SOUTH 14TH STREET – ORDINANCE 2014-32 CHANGING THE NASSAU COUNTY FUTURE LAND USE MAP TO ASSIGN A CITY FUTURE LAND USE MAP CATEGORY OF GENERAL COMMERCIAL (GC), FOR A PARCEL TOTALING 1.30 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1505 S. 14TH STREET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Assigns a Future Land Use Map Designation of General Commercial (GC) to 1.30 acres located at 1505 South 14th Street.

8.3. QUASI-JUDICIAL – ZONING CHANGE – 1505 SOUTH 14TH STREET
Quasi-judicial – ZONING CHANGE – 1505 SOUTH 14TH STREET – ORDINANCE 2014-33 CHANGING THE NASSAU COUNTY ZONING MAP TO ASSIGN A CITY ZONING MAP CATEGORY OF C-2 GENERAL COMMERCIAL, FOR A PARCEL TOTALING 1.30 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1505 S. 14TH STREET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Assigns a Zoning Category of C-2 General Commercial to 1.30 acres located at 1505 South 14th Street.

9. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
10. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
11. CITY CLERK REPORTS
12. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
13. ADJOURNMENT

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Secret Santa Needed for Dayspring Village

Secret Santa Needed for Dayspring VillageWe would like to invite you to help us in bringing the gift of Christmas to the mentally ill residents who call our community home.

Dayspring Village, Inc. is a licensed 116-bed limited mental health assisted living facility that specializes in serving the needs of adults with schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorders.

The mission is simple, it’s all about redirection.

This is achieved through the collective impact of a targeted array of community-based services aimed at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.

The needs of the residents are often simple and inexpensive. They include radios, sodas, undergarments, caps, jackets and socks. We have a list of the Christmas wishes for the residents and are now ready for “adoption” by a Secret Santa. Your help in rounding up homemade baked goods bring extra joy to the season.

All these efforts have an impact and help create a sense of well being which promotes recovery.

Truly the gift of Christmas is the gift of the giver. Please call Michele Holbrook at 904-583-1900, Kristin Huben at (630 )618-7687, or email the program at DayspringVillageSecretSanta@gmail.com and sign up as a Secret Santa.

There are many different ways to help this season!

– We are able to assign you as many gifts/giftees as you feel you are able to sponsor
– If you would like to make a cash donation towards the purchase of items, we will do the shopping for you
– If you would like to do your shopping online you can have your Amazon or other web packages shipped to us and we will take care to wrap them. (Please do not use wrapping services, contact Kristin Huben at (630 )618-7687 for more information.
– If you would like to do the shopping yourself our team of elves can take care to wrap the packages
– If you would like to shop and wrap your gifts, our team of elves can pick them up from you.
– If you would like more information on how to additionally help our efforts by joining our team of elves please contact us via email at

Thank you for your support of these people who suffer the burden of mental illness. Your gift truly reflects the meaning of Christmas in that it tells each of us there is greater joy in giving than receiving.

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Know the Difference Between a Cold, the Flu or an Allergy

Know the Difference Between a Cold, the Flu or an AllergyYou’re feeling pretty lousy. You’ve got sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu, or allergies? It can be hard to tell them apart because they share so many symptoms. But understanding the differences will help you choose the best treatment.

“If you know what you have, you won’t take medications that you don’t need, that aren’t effective, or that might even make your symptoms worse,” says NIH’s Dr. Teresa Hauguel, an expert on infectious diseases that affect breathing.

Cold, flu, and allergy all affect your respiratory system, which can make it hard to breathe. Each condition has key symptoms that set them apart.

Colds and flu are caused by different viruses. “As a rule of thumb, the symptoms associated with the flu are more severe,” says Hauguel. Both illnesses can lead to a runny, stuffy nose; congestion; cough; and sore throat. But the flu can also cause high fever that lasts for 3-4 days, along with a headache, fatigue, and general aches and pain. These symptoms are less common when you have a cold.

“Allergies are a little different, because they aren’t caused by a virus,” Hauguel explains. “Instead, it’s your body’s immune system reacting to a trigger, or allergen, which is something you’re allergic to.” If you have allergies and breathe in things like pollen or pet dander, the immune cells in your nose and airways may overreact to these harmless substances. Your delicate respiratory tissues may then swell, and your nose may become stuffed up or runny.

“Allergies can also cause itchy, watery eyes, which you don’t normally have with a cold or flu,” Hauguel adds.

Allergy symptoms usually last as long as you’re exposed to the allergen, which may be about 6 weeks during pollen seasons in the spring, summer, or fall. Colds and flu rarely last beyond 2 weeks.

Most people with a cold or flu recover on their own without medical care. But check with a health care provider if symptoms last beyond 10 days or if symptoms aren’t relieved by over-the-counter medicines.

To treat colds or flu, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. If you have the flu, pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen can reduce fever or aches. Allergies can be treated with antihistamines or decongestants.

Be careful to avoid “drug overlap” when taking medicines that list 2 or more active ingredients on the label. For example, if you take 2 different drugs that contain acetaminophen—one for a stuffy nose and the other for headache—you may be getting too much acetaminophen.

“Read medicine labels carefully – the warnings, side effects, dosages. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you have children who are sick,” Hauguel says. “You don’t want to overmedicate, and you don’t want to risk taking a medication that may interact with another.”

Cold, Flu, or Allergy? Tips and Treatments

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Airborne Allergy

Fever

Rare

Usual, high (100-102 °F), sometimes higher, especially in young children); lasts 3-4 days

Never

Headache

Uncommon

Common

Uncommon

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

Never

Fatigue, Weakness

Sometimes

Usual, can last up to 3 weeks

Sometimes

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Usual, at the beginning of the illness

Never

Stuffy, Runny Nose

Common

Sometimes

Common

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Usual

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Sometimes

Cough

Common

Common, can become severe

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort

Mild to moderate

Common

Rare, except for those with allergic asthma

Treatment

Get plenty of rest.
Stay hydrated. (Drink plenty of fluids.)
Decongestants
Aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for aches and pains

Get plenty of rest.
Stay hydrated.
Aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for aches, pains, and fever
Antiviral medicines (see your doctor)

Avoid allergens (things that you are allergic to)
Antihistamines
Nasal steroids
Decongestants

Prevention

Wash your hands often.
Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold.

Get the flu vaccine each year.
Wash your hands often.
Avoid close contact with anyone who has the flu.

Avoid allergens, such as pollen, house dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches.

Complications

Sinus infection middle ear infection, asthma

Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening

Sinus infection, middle ear infection, asthma

Written by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Managing Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), and Carol Torgan.

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Council on Aging Receives 10K Grant from Bi-Lo Holdings

Council on Aging Receives 10K Grant from Bi-Lo HoldingsPictured: From L to R: Winn-Dixie Service Area Manager Katelyn Finsness, NCCOA Director Janice Ancrum and Store Director Mark Giddens award a display check to NCCOA. These funds will be used by NCCOA to help offset homebound senior hunger and malnutrition in Nassau County.

Nassau County, FL – Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) is pleased to announce they were selected to receive a ten thousand dollar grant from Bi-Lo Holdings/Winn Dixie Foundation. The mission of the Bi-Lo Holdings/Winn-Dixie Foundation is to help launch or facilitate sustainable programs that alleviate hunger directly or enhance hunger-related education or Health initiatives.

NCCOA received this grant through its Aging Senior Veteran’s Hunger Initiative program which aspires to reduce hunger and malnutrition among seniors, and disabled home-bound veterans in Nassau County through the delivery of nutritionally balanced meals to their homes.

The Aging Senior Veterans Hunger Initiative came about after the organization, Feed our Vets, reported hunger among the nation’s 1.2 million vets over 60 years of age had reached critical levels. While this initiative targets senior veterans, it will NOT exclude eligible non-veteran seniors from being served by NCCOA’s Home Delivered Meals program. Some of these awarded funds will be used for the Senior Veteran’s Hunger Initiative which will free up other funding sources, allowing NCCOA to feed additional homebound seniors.

“We are so thankful to receive this grant from the Bi-Lo Holdings/Winn-Dixie Foundation,” said Janice Ancrum, NCCOA’s Executive Director. “We strive to feed as many homebound seniors as our funding will allow, but sadly, there are those who still go hungry on a regular basis. This grant will definitely help to alleviate this problem,” she added.

In its 40th year serving the needs of Nassau County seniors, The Nassau County Council on Aging is a 501(3)(c) not for profit agency. We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors through five outreach programs: Home Health Services, Transportation Services, Meals on Wheels, and Adult Day Healthcare while operating Two Senior Centers. The COA is partially funded by local and federal grants and donations from local individuals and businesses.

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After Thanksgiving Farmers Market

After Thanksgiving Farmers MarketThe weekend after Thanksgiving is indeed a busy weekend, but after all of that gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie, you may want to plan a trip to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market. Not only will you get in a nice walk, but you also have the opportunity to pick up some fresh, seasonal produce, too!

One of our newest vendors, Something Good, brings gluten free products to the farmers market. Her seasonal specialties include gingerbread, lemon walnut, and pumpkin breads.

Percy’s Spice Pantry has introduced her pie flavors in mini-pie versions, but they have done so well, she is now offering full sized, homemade pies for only $10.00. Whether you like apple, pecan, pumpkin or a four berry pie loaded with strawberries, black berries, blue berrries and raspberries, she is sure to have a pie you will love!

Poinsettias and Christmas cactus are now in stock at the Seven Trees booth, and if you want to pick up collard greens from Cabbage Creek or Boatright Farms, you’ll need to get to the Market Place early!

Open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, musical entertainment on November 29th will be provided by Bruce Beville. Open rain or shine, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina.

For more information please find us on facebook, visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Turning Sixty Four on Thanksgiving

Gratitude crosses  species and time.

Gratitude crosses all species, boundaries and time.

Turning Sixty Four on Thanksgiving Day is in my very personal opinion an invitation to clamor back into the annals of a very busy life and come up with a million reasons to be thankful.

I was born a blue baby and as medical insiders know, that was almost as serious as a death sentence especially in 1950. My 80 cm umbilical cord had wrapped itself 3 times around my neck like a boa constrictor on a Paleo Diet. No wonder that the midwife upon seeing this immediately opened the window to my mother’s room and called in the gardener to serve as the male witness to my emergency baptizing. I’m not sure if there was a divine correlation between that urgent sacrament action, that was supposed to give me protection from evil on my imminent journey to heaven, and the fact that I desperately fought for my life from that moment on. It was a long fight of almost 6 years in and out of hospitals, before I finally seem to get a grip on life. I’m thankful for everyone who saved me on that first day and played a part in that healing process.

At age six it became time to grow stronger, or else my frequently returning bouts with pneumonia and asthma would still get the better of me, so my mom and dad sent me to Sensei Dreu, who taught Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Karaté and Tai Chi. I became a ‘fanatic’ follower of his arts and I am thankful for that as it has guided and saved me on many occasions since. The fact that so many years later I still remember Sensei’s name points at gratitude for his lessons.

I’m grateful for the family I grew up in and the fabric of value that was installed. My family believed in travel, languages, compassion and lack of judgement without knowing the facts. This has helped me greatly to become a better person and understand or at least tolerate many human idiosyncrasies. I’m forever grateful for the many dinner table discussions we had as a family, as they have guided me like a laser beam in the process of understanding myself.

Paul McCartney wrote “When I’m Sixty Four” and the Beatles put it on Sgt. Pepper and we all sang it for a week or two. We never caught the meaning nor the message, it was something to just sing along with until something came along. It was 1966 or so and Kennedy had been murdered and the Cuban Missile crisis was fresh in our memories, Vietnam was an ugly enigma and Berlin had a brick wall through its heart. Turning 64 seemed a galaxy away. I’m grateful I didn’t catch the message either, because it kind of meant that my early teenage years were uncomplicated. The Who sang “Hope I die before I get old” in their hit song My Generation and Elton John sang the eternally beautiful “Sixty Years On” and we were all young and innocently oblivious of the facts and realities.

As a teenager who entered adulthood in the late sixties, music and flower power walked hand in hand as we preached to love each other while storming the barricades of perceived oppression with angry slogans and molotov cocktails. In hindsight it was all a matter of helpless frustration with the manipulations and machinations of power. I’m not particularly fond of the fact that this has not changed since those days, but I’m extremely grateful that I survived the following dozen years, often tarnished with darkness, violence and pain. I am grateful that I was allowed to shake the bad memories and embrace the good ones as they have helped me become a much better person.

I am grateful to the 3 women who courageously tried to stay at my side during those years, probably knowing or at least sensing that one day I would move on in a continued search for my true soul.  And I’m extremely grateful that in my sliding door life of a thousand changes, my true soul came to find me ten years ago, when she traveled to a land she had never even heard of and found me against all, even abnormal, odds. The stars were aligned then and have been guiding us ever since. And to boot, she came with an instant family of great children that now light up our Holidays and our lives.

Yep I’m grateful to be sixty four today, even if that means having outlived my all time favorite four legged Scootertje and my brother and pal Thom. I’m grateful for having had them in my life and I say thanks for the many blessings, family and friends that have come my way over all these years.

Happy Thanksgiving

When I’m Sixty Four – Paul McCartney

When I get older losing my hair, many years from now


Will you still be sending me a valentine, Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?


If I’d been out til quarter to three, Would you lock the door?


Will you still need me, Will you still feed me
, When I’m sixty-four?


Aflac Duck loves the Ford F150 from Lilliston Ford

Aflac Duck loves the Ford F150 from Lilliston FordSubmitted by Nancy Dervaes.

Aflac Duck had so much fun at Lilliston Ford! He jumped from car to car and finally landed in a beautiful Ford F150, dual cab, pick-up truck with Eco Boost! Aflac Duck fell in love!

The staff at Lilliston Ford is so friendly and helpful and quickly put a plate on the truck so Aflac Duck could take it for a test drive!

Lilliston Ford offers a large selection of new and used vehicles ready to take home and enjoy!

Located in Kingsland, GA, Lilliston Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in the area. From the moment you walk into our showroom, you’ll know their commitment to customer service is second to none. They strive to make your experience with Lilliston Ford a good one – for the life of your vehicle. Whether you need to purchase, finance, or service a new or pre-wwned Ford, you’ve come to the right place. Call (888) 467-5410 for your no-obligation internet price quote from their internet department.

Lilliston Ford is located at 2030 Hwy 40 E, Kingsland, Georgia 31548.

Lilliston Ford is proud to offer Aflac to their employees and staff!

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Grand Opening of Fernandina Beach Shrimping Museum

Grand Opening of Fernandina Beach Shrimping MuseumCome celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Fernandina Beach Shrimping Museum and Welcome Station at noon, on Friday, November 28th

The Amelia Island Museum of History has stated that the Shrimping Museum, which will be located at 17 S. Front Street in Fernandina Beach. Following the ribbon cutting, there will be a net making demonstration.

Visitors will learn about the rich history of shrimping on Amelia Island, also known as the “Birthplace of the Modern Day Shrimping Industry.”

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Man Receives 40 Years After Guilty Plea to Child Sexual Battery

Man Receives 40 Years After Guilty Plea to Child Sexual BatteryPress release submitted by Chief James T. Hurley, Fernandina Beach Police Department.

The Fernandina Beach Police Department is currently investigating a claim by a thirteen year old girl that she was the victim of sexual molestation on several occasions, when she was only eleven years old, and again in April 2013, after she was left in the care and custody of a local man.

The victim revealed to her parents that she was molested during a three week period, sometimes three times a day, when she was eleven years of age. These heinous crimes reportedly occurred while on a boat docked at the Fernandina Harbor Marina, and at another location in unincorporated Nassau County. The girls’ father brought her to the Fernandina Beach Police Department and she was interviewed by detectives and by the First Coast Child Protection Team.

The alleged offender, Jeremiah Potter, 31 years of age, was arrested on June 4th on an outstanding, but unrelated warrant. He was additionally charged with a single count of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child under 12 Years of Age, and a single count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on a Child under 12 Years of Age.

The second victim, now eleven years of age, was described as a former step-daughter of the offender. She was interviewed by detectives and by the First Coast Child Protection Team on June 6th and alleged that she has been repeatedly molested by the offender since she was four years of age.

Detectives conducted a search warrant last Friday afternoon at the suspect’s residence, located at 1418 North 14th Street, Fernandina Beach.

Potter was additionally charged by FBPD detectives on June 6th with three more counts of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child under 12 Years of Age.

Additional charges are pending investigative results by the NCSO, while Potter remains in the Nassau County Jail without bond.

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Wine and Art Are Telling the Future

Silk screens that went for $82m and $70m each.

Silk screens that went for $82m and $70m each.

Signs that global warning is real are revealed by the top vineyards of the world. Signs that another financial crash is imminent are particularly revealing in the art world. And no…I’m not going to expand on potential telltale conclusions of what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri after last night’s Grand Jury decision. Even as I’m writing these observations of impending doom, I now know that today’s harsh news is tomorrow’s defiance. Austrian school economists can clarify perfectly why we’re financially doomed and Keynesian economists with Nobel Prize Awards will contradict that picture by giving more credit to happy spending consumers – Money for nothing and chicks for free! Just ride the roller coaster of life.

Vineyards and Climate Change

Important wine producers all over the world are looking into the longterm of their business and conclude that climate change may force them to relocate their vineyards 200 to 300 miles north or south of the current locations, depending on northern and southern hemisphere. Wine grapes, especially the fine ones, are finicky when it comes to heat, cold and rain. It has to be perfect, to create a great wine and the current locations around the globe see big problems in the next 20-30 years. Traditional vineyards are increasingly experiencing problems and big producers are buying vineyards in new climate zones. The Brown Brothers, one of the oldest and largest wine producers in Australia bought a vineyard 300 miles to the south of their current one on the island of Tasmania, because their current locations in Victoria are increasingly experiencing summer temperatures above 100°F. Argentinian and South African producers are also looking for alternative locations, while Oregon is becoming a more attractive alternative for California wineries. The 3 big ones in the the wine business, France, Italy and Spain are looking inside their own borders to move certain grapes such as Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot and others to test climate change impact. The Merlot grape might be doing better in the Normandy in twenty years, than in its current Bordeaux region. Agricultural production of various sorts is eying the wine industry as the proverbial Canary in the coal mine to gauge their future.

Art Insanity

Predicting the timing of a financial crash has become almost impossible since currencies have abandoned the gold standard in 1971, allowing central banks around the world to print money at their politically inspired whim, but there are telltales of excessive behavior, that can quite accurately gauge when a crash is imminent.
Contemporary art collection is one of those telltales. Collectors are insatiable and bordering on insane. Christie’s International in New York made auction once again history last week when it sold $853 million of contemporary art in two and a half hours. Christie’s beat its own $745 million record from last May , which in turn had beaten the $691 million record from last November. The Curve of Insanity continues as insiders obviously call it a very strong market.
To watch insanity unfold as people with too much money bid on crap for the sake of putting their excess money somewhere is almost criminal, but it also shows that we maybe getting closer to the edge of a reset.

Imagine Andy Warhol’s 7 foot silkscreen of a triple Elvis in a cowboy outfit (see Picture) fetching $81.9 million dollars and his “Four Marlons” (Brando) bringing in another $69.6 million and you know deep down inside that you’re looking at exploding insanity far beyond the decapitation of Louis XV in the French revolution. It’s almost like currency inflation stepping on a landmine ahead of the societal breakdown.

The auction house also reset records for artists like Ed Ruscha, Peter Doig, Georg Baselitz, Cindy Sherman and Cy Twombly. This last one completely escapes the realm of my sanity as his untitled, lasso-like cursived scribbles atop a blackboard-gray canvas sold for $70 million. Yes $70 million!!! And the winning bid came from Europe.

As always I try to find sanity in something, anything that at first seems unworldly, ungodly. So I research and found this essay on Cy Twombley the artist. After reading it I would understand a $10 million dollar bid in a competitive show off environment, but the other $60 million would still be senseless INFLATION in capitals. Let me know what you think, if anything.

So who were the bidders? American hedge-fund managers, bankers and broker/traders, European energy tycoons and bankers and Asian internet entrepreneurs raised their paddles for almost everything on the auction block— as invited guests of lesser means let out gasps of disbelief. Yup the Federal Reserves of the World’s insane monetary expansion has surely ended up in the hands of those who needed it most.

Whimsical Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K

Whimsical Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5KThe Whimsical Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K, Kids 1 mile, 1/2 mile and 100yd dash is a selection of fun races and activities for the entire family.

There will be musical Christmas entertainment on the route, and a Kids Zone with free arts and crafts and bounces houses. For the adults there will be a Beer Garden, and there will be Chocolate milk and holiday cookies and treats for all participants.

The half marathon starts at Main beach park goes north through a residential area and returns to Main Beach, then into Fort Clinch, down to historic Fernandina Beach, and back through the Fort with the finish on the beach.

The 5K route is the same route going through the residential area.

Half Marathon/5K Awards: Overall and age group

There will be a special reindeer bib lottery, a Christmas costume contest, and a new hoofs drawing (shoes).

A unique medal will be awarded to all half marathon finishers.

Walkers are welcome and must complete the course in 3.5 hours.

Official race rules: No headphones, animals with the exception of service animals, bicycles, or strollers on course.

Tech T-shirts for half marathoners/cotton shirts for 5K runners. No shirts for kids races. $5 registration fee for kids runs or instead, bring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots!

Kids Awards and Activities: 1 and 1/2-mile fun runs (12 and under) with Santa along with a tiny reindeer run 100 yard dash (1 to 4 years). Prizes to all finishers. Best Christmas costume.

Proceeds benefit: The Healthy Families Program, Friends of Ft. Clinch and Amelia Island Runners Youth Running Program and our Featured Charity Girl Power 2 Cure. The Power of Girls to Cure Rett Syndrome. To learn more go to www.girlpower2cure.org

Amelia Island Runners is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Register here: http://www.ameliarunners.com/#!reindeer-run/c10e8

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Fernandina Library Closing Soon

Fernandina Library Closing SoonFernandina Beach, FL – The Fernandina Beach Branch Library will be OPEN a little longer before moving into its new home!

The Library will be OPEN Monday-Wednesday, November 24-26 from 10 am-6pm. Regular hours will resume from Monday, December 1 through Tuesday, December 9th.

Then CLOSE on Wednesday, December 10th until Friday, December 26th. The Library will then OPEN on Saturday, December 27 and resume regular hours of operation until Phase II is complete in early February 2015.

The new Children’s Corner, Meeting Room, and Browsing Area will temporarily house half of the library’s collection. The existing 6,000 sq. ft. of collection space will be reduced to only 2,500 sq. ft. during this phase of the project. Over 35,000 items will need to go to good foster homes; or be stored until the existing building is renovated.

Fernandina Beach Library materials will continue to be checked out for three months until opening on December 27th! The best part-no late fines will accrue during this time.

Passports will not be processed during the time the library is closed.

Internet access will be limited to 6 public computers. Wireless access will be available during this time.

We sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience. We are working as quickly as possible to open our doors! We appreciate your patience during this time.

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Life is a Fleeting Fantasy

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Stories lost in the background universe of Fantasy

What you see in the picture dear reader is a screenshot of one of my 30 inch monitors filled with stories I intended to publish on Searchamelia over time. Mostly true, mostly cynical, mostly infuriating, increasingly defeatist.
Stories about global warming’s effect on wine production, stories about self serving economists/authors like Krugman, Gruber and Friedman who sold out their professional integrity to the highest bidder, stories about how we are losing the republic to the empire, stories about the growing militarization of law enforcement, stories about Bin Laden’s legacy and the crippling price of security, stories about abuse, corruption and simple ignorance, individual tragedy stories such as the one of Orville (Lee) Wollard who is serving a 20 year mandatory minimum sentence for protecting his family against a violent individual in his Florida home by firing a warning shot.  Nobody was injured or hit. But unless Governor Rick Scott grants him clemency, Lee will be in prison until he’s 73, stories about elections and why on the state and federal level elections don’t mean a thing, stories on politicians, bureaucratic choke holds, taxation without representation, the Raisin War, special interest corruption, Big Pharma, Military Industrial Complex and the precious media who sold out critical observation years ago. And more stories about piss poor education results, security requirements in high schools and the size of a required nest egg for retirement.

I realized that none of it really matters when I checked out of the Supermarket the other day when the conversation landed on fuel prices and a short discussion on why and for how long they would stay this low and right then and there I realized that I knew the reasons and answers, but nobody would want to stand there in the check out line for 30 minutes to learn the real why. Life is a Fleeting Fantasy. At that moment my alarm clock went off and I woke up from a nasty dream that began when I was ‘enlisted’ into an experiment what years later became officially known as the Marshmallow Experiment, and was the only one in my group who saw the benefit of delayed gratification. Maybe a story for later.

In the meantime stock markets go up and down, Presidents and heads of State behave as divine rulers with the right to tell people what to do and people believe ever since antiquity that their leaders were (are) divinely appointed – which is really a step up from the believe that they were Gods before.
Today most people believe that God has nothing to do with it. Voters elect their leaders, who do what the public wants them to do.
Or so we think, because we all like to live in a world of Fantasy. And that realization made me wipe my monitor screen clean.

We all play our roles in the big Fantasy: rulers, advisors and recipients.

From the Egyptian Pharaos to Montezuma and Genghis Kahn, from Caesar to Caligula to Charlemagne, from Louis The XIV to Napolean and from George W to Obama, they all played their role in the fantasy. Contrary to previous beliefs I now have to admit that the typical voter is probably no dumber than the typical person he votes for. Voters have better things to do than to study the rampant folderol of the legislative process. It would be time wasted, anyway, because he can do little to nothing about it.

Besides, he is just doing what he should do: playing his role in the fantasy.

French king Louis XIV reportedly believed God gave him his job assignment. The king was supposed to rule; the population of France was supposed to submit to his rule. Each had a role to play.

Likewise in today’s America, the elite who control the workings of the government are supposed to pretend they are acting on behalf of the voters. Voters are supposed to believe it.
Voters could perfectly well understand what is going on if they invested the time and energy to look at it closely.

But what would be the point?

The system depends on the cooperation of the connivers as well as the goobers. Both must work together to make a more corrupt world.
USA Today helped elucidate the mechanics of the fantasy in an article on “dark money” last week.

Big Pharma sets up “advocacy groups” that pretend to be genuine public interest outfits, but whose real purpose is to push drugs.

The nuclear power industry operates a “Clean and Safe Energy Coalition.” It sounds like a citizens’ lobby; in reality it is an extension of the industry’s lobbying efforts.

And the Center for Consumer Freedom is a front for the junk-food industry, says USA Today.

Why do I wanna do something to stop it?

Like an alarm clock going off at 4 a.m., it disturbs the dream.

World Changers Comes to Rotary

World Changers Comes to RotaryDr. Susan Rodeffer has been a volunteer with World Changers for several years and this year she has managed to have the organization come work its magic in Nassau County!

Susan updated the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise at its weekly meeting about the organization, which sends teams of youth volunteers from churches all over the country to different locations each summer to help with several projects. World Changers will be here with 225 students the week of July 13th – July 18th to take on approximately 20 of these projects.

World Changers, Barnabas, and the Council on Aging collaborate to determine the need and urgency in picking the projects. The focus will be on substandard housing issues mainly affecting seniors.

Funding for World Changers comes from private donations and the student participants pay their own way for the week of work.

This year will be the first time World Changers has come into Nassau County.

For information on how you can assist in this event, contact Wanda Lanier at Barnabas, Janice Ancrum at the Council on Aging, or Dr. Susan Rodeffer at her orthodontics office on 14th Street.

Dr. Rodeffer is pictured here with Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

About the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise
The group meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

You can also find them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ameliaislandrotary) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/airotary).

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