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3rd on 3rd Street with Jonathon Bryant

3rd on 3rd Street with Jonathon BryantThe Amelia Island Museum of History presents: “Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope” on June 19th at 6:00 pm. This is the latest book by Professor Jonathon Bryant.

In 1820, a suspicious vessel was spotted lingering off the coast of northern Florida, the Spanish slave ship Antelope. Since the United States had outlawed its own participation in the international slave trade more than a decade before, the ship’s almost 300 African captives were considered illegal cargo under American laws. But with slavery still a critical part of the American economy, it would eventually fall to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not they were slaves at all, and if so, what should be done with them. The stakes of the Antelope case hinged on nothing less than the central American conflict of the nineteenth century. Both disquieting and enlightening, Dark Places of the Earth restores the Antelope to its rightful place as one of the most tragic, influential, and unjustly forgotten episodes in American legal history.

This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5.00 for non-members.

Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 South 3rd Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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Edward Jones Moves Up on the FORTUNE 500 List

Edward Jones Moves Up on the FORTUNE 500 ListFinancial services firm makes the prestigious list for third consecutive year.

Financial services firm Edward Jones moves up on the annual FORTUNE 500 list, as published by FORTUNE magazine, in its third appearance in three years, according to the three financial advisors in Fernandina Beach.

FORTUNE magazine’s annual listing ranks the largest U.S. companies by revenue. Edward Jones moved up 18 spots to No. 426 on this year’s list, with more than $6.3 billion in revenue for 2014.

“Our success comes from making a significant difference in our clients’ lives,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “Being a FORTUNE 500 firm is the result of helping meet more of our clients’ financial needs as we deliver an experience our clients need and value.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis.

FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.

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Native American Art Collection Up At Bonhams In Fall 2015

Native American Art Collection Up At Bonhams In Fall 2015San Francisco – Bonhams is pleased to announce it will offer 125 lots of important American Indian Art from the collection of world-renowned horse trainer Mario Luraschi of Paris, France, on September 14 in San Francisco.

Luraschi’s horses have appeared in Western films for decades. During time he spent filming in the United States, he frequented Santa Fe, New Mexico, and other centers for Native American art, turning his love for the Old West into a remarkable collection from which Bonhams is pleased to offer a selection of the very finest pieces.

Plains, Woodlands and Plateau material including pipes, tomahawks, beadwork and quillwork of every sort will be on offer with exceptional examples ranging from throughout the 19th century and into the early 1900s.

nez-beaded-shirtPerhaps the best and most desirable highlight of the sale is an upper Missouri River war shirt. With painted, pony-beaded and quilled decoration, it carries an estimate of $250,000-350,000. There will also be superb shirts from the Ute, Mandan and Plateau areas.

Accoutrements of both war and peace inspired the collection, and up for sale will be time-honored examples such as a Crow pipe tomahawk with a beaded drop (est. $50,000-70,000) and perhaps the best of many pipes to be sold – a true Great Lakes or Woodlands calumet that is over three feet long.

Not surprisingly, there will also be plentiful horse-related gear, such as a Crow beaded martingale (est. $8,000-12,000), a Navajo silver headstall with provenance connected to the famous leader Manuelito (est. $6,000-9,000) and a Cayuse horse mask (est. $5,000-8,000).

Bonhams is also pleased to note the results of its $1.2 million Native American Art auction that took place this month in San Francisco. A Haida gold bracelet by famed artist Bill Reid shared top billing with a Nez Perce beaded shirt, which each separately achieved $62,500. Beadwork and Plains material sold well, setting expectations for success in September’s sale: an Upper Missouri River man’s coat brought $50,000 and a Lakota Sioux boy’s beaded shirt achieved $42,500.

For further information about the September sale, please visit www.bonhams.com/auctions/23165.

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Join Amelia Community Theatre On the Green

Join Amelia Community Theatre On the GreenFox on the Fairway is playing at the Amelia Community Theatre, and you are invited to stop by their lobby putting green for a chance to win a round of golf for your favorite foursome. Work on your swing pre-show at the hitting station outside; representatives from the Fernandina Beach Golf Club (FBGC) will be on hand!

Prizes at each performance and everyone gets a gift bag, compliments of ACT & FBGC.

Lobby doors open one hour before curtain.

Wild & Crazy Golf Outfit Contest
Wear your wildest and craziest golfing attire to the matinee on Father’s Day. Dress for golfing success and you may win a round of golf for four!

Father’s Day is June 21, 2015; curtain is at 2:00pm, and there will be complimentary Arnold Palmers to quench your thirst!

“Golf is easy. The first thing you do is buy clothes that don’t match.”

The Lend Me a Tenor playwright sets this modern-day farce at a country club during a golf tournament between clubs with a longstanding bitter rivalry. Besides golf, there are “three love affairs, a missing diamond, objectionable golf sweaters, and an exploding vase” in this fast-paced comedy.

Tickets are still available for all of the following dates:
8:00pm June 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, and 2:00pm June 21, Father’s Day
Adults – $20.00
Students – $10.00

Special thanks to Josh O’Brien and Fernandina Beach Golf Club (FBGC) for donating a golf lesson and rounds of golf as prizes, as well as bringing staff to every performance and of course, the gift bags for all!

FBGC is “a true gem of Northern Florida,” offering 27-Holes of fantastic golf and a full service restaurant and clubhouse. Best of all, they are a wonderful community partner and supporter.

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TDC Announces Grand Reopening of Amelia Island Welcome Center

TDC Announces Grand Reopening of Amelia Island Welcome CenterPainting by William Maurer
Amelia Island, FL – After nearly two years of extensive restoration, the historic Fernandina Beach Railroad Depot will reopen on Monday, June 8 at 10 a.m.. As the location of the Amelia Island Welcome Center, the building is a focal point of the community – one worthy of the over $300,000 in renovation costs. Located at 102 Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach, the depot, which is included in the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey, has been restored to boast its original historic charm and combine contemporary technology to welcome the visitors from around the world who arrive to Amelia Island.

“We’re very proud of this Welcome Center and the outstanding dedication and hard work of all those who collaborated on this project,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island CVB. “Visitors can now fully appreciate the historic significance of the building and enjoy the modern resources for trip planning it will provide for years to come.”

Funding for the project was provided by Nassau County Board of County Commissioners through the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, the City of Fernandina Beach, and the Restoration Foundation. Local businesses provided pro bono materials and labor including lumber, landscaping, architecture, and project management. The Old Florida Railroad Train Depot has been an icon on Fernandina Beach’s waterfront for more than 115 years and has been updated and restored to better serve visitors to the island. The Welcome Center now integrates new technology through interactive kiosks where visitors can find out about area restaurants, activities and lodging. Wall monitors display photos and videos highlighting unique aspects of Amelia Island, along with weather forecasts and social media information.

The Amelia Island Welcome Center will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 904-277-0717.

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Nassau County Property Values Projected to Increase

Nassau County Property Values Projected to IncreaseNassau County, FL – The Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office released this week the 2015 estimated preliminary tax roll with the initial numbers showing an increase as expected.

According to Property Appraiser Mike Hickox, this is great news as it points to a steady recovery from the economic downturn experienced the past several years. “The county-wide market value is slowly starting to get back to the values of 2009,” said Hickox.

New construction played a role in the increase as over 500 new homes were added to this year’s tax roll with a total value of over $141 million. That brings the total market value for Nassau County to over $10.3 billion, up almost 6% from the previous year. The market value includes all property before any exemptions, classifications, or capped assessments.

Hickox presented the 2015 estimated values to the taxing authorities on May 29th so they can begin their budget process. They will use the values to help determine the tax rate for the property owners in Nassau County.

Taxable values have increased as well; however, property owners are protected by the Save Our Homes amendment which caps the amount the assessed value can increase. “Homestead properties can increase no more than 3%, or the consumer price index (CPI), whichever is lower,” said Chief Deputy Kevin Lilly. “Based on the CPI used for 2015, homesteaded properties will increase no more than 0.8%.” Non-homesteaded properties are capped at 10%.

In 2015, Nassau County’s taxable value is estimated to be about $6.8 billion, up over 5% compared to last year.

The City of Fernandina is projected to see an increase of over 5%, bringing their taxable value to almost 1.7 billion.

The Town of Callahan is estimated to have an increase in their taxable value to over $71 million, up by almost 3 percent from last year.

The Town of Hilliard is expected to see an increase of over 3 percent, bringing their taxable value to $76 million.

The official preliminary tax roll is expected to be released to the taxing authorities and the Department of Revenue by July 1st. Property owners are encouraged to visit the property appraisers website, www.nassauflpa.com, to view their values in mid-July.

For more information, please contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at (904) 491-7300.

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10 Ways to Sleep Better at Night

10 Ways to Sleep Better at NightI started having issues sleeping after I had my second child. I would have lie awake in bed for hours and wake up feeling no more refreshed than when I went to bed. I decided that enough was enough and started experimenting with various ways to sleep better at night. Here are the most helpful tips I have come across:

Journal before Bed

It didn’t help that I was having emotional issues and constantly worrying about various things. I found that the best way to get these out of the way before sleep is to write everything down – writing is soothing, much more than trying to talk it out. I would write everything down and resolve to deal with the issues the next day.

Listen to Audiobooks

When I was young, listening to a bedtime story was how I always fell asleep. You can replicate this as an adult by listening to audiobooks. They have a soothing and calming effect that makes you fall asleep.

Quit Smoking

Cigarettes contain nicotine, a stimulant that will make it difficult for you to fall asleep. Quitting smoking is easier said than done, but well worth the effort.

Get Enough Sunlight and Fresh Air

It can be hard when you work in the office all day, but getting sunlight is extremely important. Fresh air and sunlight during the day regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle which will result in a regular sleeping pattern. Sunlight helps your body’s natural production of melatonin at night and helps improve your sleep quality.

Complete Darkness

Bright lights keep you and your brain awake. Try to sleep in a room that is completely dark. Turn off any light generated from gadgets or computers. Close your windows or pull down your curtains to prevent outdoor light from shining through. If necessary, wear an eye mask. People who are very light sensitive should definitely wear this.

Wear Comfortable Clothes

Some people love to wear their oldest shirts with holes on it while other prefer sleeping naked. It does not matter what you are wearing as long as they are comfortable and loose.

Get an Air Purifier for the Bedroom

Although you may not notice this, the air quality in your bedroom is directly related to your sleep quality. Get an air purifier with high CADR ratings to get rid of common air contaminants in your bedroom. Depending on your personal preferences, you might prefer an air purifier that generates some white noise – this can also help you fall asleep more easily.

Avoid Alcohol/ Recreational Drugs

I had a drinking problem that was interfering with my sleep. There are ingredients in alcohol and recreational drugs that keep you awake. Never engage in a drinking spree at night. You may be sleeping but your body is wide awake trying to process and metabolize the alcohol, making it difficult for you to sleep restfully.

Avoid Drinking Too Much Fluids

Drinking too much water, juices, tea and soda leads to frequent bathroom visits which will make you awake at night. Also, remember to cut off caffeine four to six hours before your bedtime.

Take a Warm Bath or Shower

Taking a warm bath helps in relaxing and calming your body. Doing this two hours before bedtime helps enormously with improving sleep quality.

janet-miller-2When I fully implemented the above, I finally began to be able to sleep restfully. This is an amazing gift that I would not trade for any other. Do you have any other tips on how to sleep better you would like to share? Please leave a comment below.

Byline: Janet Miller is a health practitioner, yogi and nutritionist. She specializes in holistic health and enjoys helping others discover the simple joys in life.

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Visitors Enjoy New Daily Trolley Service on Amelia Island

Visitors Enjoy New Daily Trolley Service on Amelia IslandAmelia Island, FL – The Amelia Island Transportation & Trolley Company is offering new daily service on the island. The new Island Trolley will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from May 30 through Labor Day, offering visitors affordable and convenient access to Amelia Island’s most popular beaches, shopping, dining, historic downtown and more.

“The Amelia Island trolley will always be a favorite option for tours and private events, but the new Island Trolley meets a longtime demand for our visitors,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The daily trolley route connects several of our attractions and beaches, making it easier for vacationers to explore Amelia’s many treasures.”

Since 2012, the Amelia Island Transportation & Trolley Company has offered a variety of historic tours and service for weddings and other private events. The company will continue to offer tours and private rentals, adding the new Island Trolley to provide more convenient transportation and sightseeing options for passengers. With 17 stops along the route, the new daily service takes riders to Fort Clinch State Park, Main Beach, Seaside Park, the Amelia Island Museum and several other hotspots.

Island Trolley tickets are $3 per ride or $10 for a daily pass. Service starts on Centre Street before crossing Fletcher Avenue. Trolleys then head down Sadler Road and back to the downtown area, making several stops along the way.

For more information, visit www.AmeliaIslandTrolleys.com.

1. Front Street & Centre Street
2. Centre Street & 7th Street
3. Atlantic Ave (Bench) – Central Park
4. Atlantic Ave & 14th Street
5. Atlantic Ave (Bench) – Egans Creek
6. Atlantic Ave Recreation Center
7. Atlantic Ave & Fletcher Road (drop off just past Putt-Putt)
8. Fletcher Road & New York
9. Fletcher Road & Jasmine Street
10. Fletcher Road & Sadler Road
11. Sadler Road/Amelia Trace
12. Residence Inn/Hampton Inn
13. Sadler Road & Citrona Drive
14. Sadler Road/Publix
15. Sadler Road & 8th St.(bench)
16. 8th Street (Winn Dixie shopping area)
17. 8th Street & Beech
18. 3rd Street & Ash Street

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NYT Best Selling Author Mary Alice Monroe Luncheon

NYT Best Selling Author Mary Alice Monroe LuncheonThe Amelia Island Book Festival is presenting a Book Festival Luncheon, in partnership with the Book Loft, featuring New York Times best-selling Author Mary Alice Monroe on Tuesday, June 2, from 11:30 to 1:30.

The luncheon takes place at the Amelia Island Plantation’s Ocean Club where Mary Alice Monroe will unveil her new book, The Summer’s End, part three in her Low-country Summer Trilogy.

Ticket holders will enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting, have an opportunity to hear and visit with this hugely popular author, and receive an autographed copy of her new book, all for price of $42.95 per person.

The bestselling author of nearly two dozen novels, several non-fiction titles, and children’s books, Monroe’s body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. She is a featured speaker at both literary and conservation events. Her books, which are sold worldwide, have achieved several bestseller lists, including the New York Times, SIBA, and USA Today. Monroe was awarded the South Carolina Center Book Award for Fiction and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. In May 2014, she was awarded the Career Achievement Award for mainstream fiction by RT Book Reviews, Southwest Florida’s Distinguished Author Award, and the South Carolina Book Festival Literary Excellence Award.

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Green Home Designs and Green Design Benefits

Green Home Designs and Green Design BenefitsWe’ve heard of it numerous times as it often gets mentioned in the TV or in magazines, Green Home Designs are the newest “in” thing when it comes to interior designing – and for good reason. Green Home Design has plenty of benefits when done to your home and it is actually quite easy to do.

Some of the benefits include:

Easier to Breathe
Know more about how to design your house so that it has proper ventilation. According to the EPA, the typical American home is twice more polluted inside the home than compared to the outside. This is largely caused by urea formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds coming from paint, furniture finishes, cooktops, and gas heaters. Keep the air circulating in the home as well as put in some exhaust vents and open windows to let the air in and out.

Stay Warm in Winter
During winter season, one of the biggest problems is, as expected, the temperature. That is why most houses have heating systems to keep the house warm. However, you can simply install stone, ceramic, or concrete floors as this can significantly lower your heating bill. This is a design technique known as passive solar since the stone floor traps the sun’s heat during the day and releases it slowly at night. This means that your heater won’t have to work as hard to keep the house warm. This is perfect for home owners that want to save on heating bills.

green-home-design-2Save Money
Aside from the above mentioned strategy, you can also save money by replacing the incandescent lights in the house. While it is true these old bulbs are being phased out, these bulbs are relatively cheap and you need to replace them more often. The newer, more efficent options include a compact florescent lamp (CFL) that lasts ten times longer, and the more expensive LED lights can last up to 50 times longer than the the typical incandescent light bulb.

Energy Savings
An energy-efficient home uses less energy and will actually help you lower those utility bills. There are a couple of ways to do this and one is by making sure that there is minimal heat loss inside the house during winter. Sealing off the air leakage in the house and choosing low-emissivity windows can also help.

Water Savings
This is especially useful for areas that are dry or suffer from water shortages. This can be done both indoors and outdoors. Using high-efficiency appliances is one such improvement. Dishwashers and washing machines that use just enough water can drastically reduce a household’s water consumption. Better landscape and irrigation systems for the lawn can decrease the water expenditure outdoors. Or consider xeriscaping, landscape design that uses little or no watering.

Better Mood
There is a positive correlation to sunlight and a person’s mood, and a lot of studies have actually proven this fact. Green house designs prioritize natural light as opposed to artificial ones and this improves your mood, too!

Green home design is the use of good interior designing that takes health, functionality, and aesthetics all into account.

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Fitness Training Courses to Motivate Clients

Fitness Training Courses to Motivate ClientsAs a gym manager or a personal trainer, the first things you would need to explain to your client are the advantages of exercise. Weight management is just the beginning, as frequent physical activity reduces the body’s chances of catching a number of diseases, improves the heart rate and generally keeps them healthy. You will need to possess good vocational skills and soft skills too, and the academy where you take your courses should be training you with these. This is one of the things you need to keep in mind while choosing the fitness academy to get your certification.

What’s going wrong?
The main issue with modern life is that it has become sedentary. Most people get there work done faster thanks to technology, and this makes lives easier too, just not necessarily better. People spend too much time glued to their smartphones or slouched up in front of a television or computer screen. Walking is obsolete, thanks to modern transportation; clothes are washed by machines now.

Most chores are done much more easily thanks to new technology, and this makes us all the lazier. We put in much less physical activity than we used to, and now it has begun taking a toll on our health. We are spending over seven hours a day sitting or lying down, and people over 65 years of age spend over ten hours doing the same. This lifestyle is a silent killer as it lets your health deteriorate slowly, and then, suddenly.

How Can We Stop This?
The simple thing you need to tell your client is that daily activity goes a long way in preventing chronic diseases, and keeping you healthy. If they can clock in 150 minutes of exercise a week, whether at a gym or integrated into their lifestyle, there is nothing better for their health. For most of your clients, it will be easiest to adapt their lifestyle by introducing simple physical activity into their schedule.

From walking, hiking and cycling to working out or playing sports, all types of activities can benefit your health if performed properly. This means you have to perform exercises vigorously enough to breathe faster, increase heart rate and feel warmer. This is called moderate intensity, and can be tested by the fact that you can talk properly but not sing a song out loud. The next step is vigorous intensity exercise which brings even better results. A quite simple test of vigorous exercise is that a person will not be able to say more than a few words before gasping for breath.

What Illnesses are averted by Exercise?
Heart Disease: Exercise strengthens heart muscle, improves heart rate and the capability of your heart to pump blood. It also raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL, also called good cholesterol) levels and cuts down on low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol levels). Each of these things is very beneficial to the heart and ensures that Peripheral Vascular Disease, strokes and infractions do not take place.
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes: Thanks to regular physical activity, the blood pressure is kept normal, and reduced for patients with high BP. It also cuts down on extraneous fat which controls high blood pressure and also keeps noninsulin-dependent diabetes in check.
Back Pain and Osteoporosis: Exercise increases muscle strength and flexibility and improves endurance. It helps correcting posture and hence prevents back pain. It also promotes bone formation, thus keeping osteoporosis and arthritis at an arm’s length.
Obesity and Weight Gain: Possibly the most important point here is that exercise keeps a person’s weight in check. It burns any excess calories, and if combined with balanced nutrition, obesity will not be a problem anymore, and neither will any of the pitfalls and risks related to it.
Mental Instability: Exercise has a number of psychological effects alongside the physical ones. It improves your mood, stimulates the pleasure center of the brain, reduces anxiety and depression as well, and also lets one cope with stress.
Disability: Any aerobic exercise is great for muscles and bones and hence keeps disabilities and impairments away in senior citizens.

These are the basic things which you should be learning alongside your usual courses at any academy or college. To know more about a career as a trainer or gym manager, read this recent study by recruitingblogs.com on starting career as a sports nutritionist.

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Learn About Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams

Learn About Comprehensive Dilated Eye ExamsPeople of all ages should have their eyesight tested to keep their vision at its best. Children usually have vision screening in school or at their pediatrician’s office. Adults, however, may require more than vision screening.

Even if your vision seems fine, the only way to know for sure that your eyes are healthy is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. When you should start getting such exams depends on many factors, including your age, race, and overall health.

Growing older puts you at risk for glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy — the most common cause of vision loss from diabetes. These eye diseases tend to arise without any warning at their earliest stages. By the time you notice vision loss, it usually can’t be reversed. Timely treatment may let you keep more of your vision longer.

“Yearly comprehensive dilated eye exams starting at age 60 are the most effective and thorough way to detect eye diseases while we can still minimize vision loss,” says Dr. Paul A. Sieving, director of NIH’s National Eye Institute.

If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease, you may need yearly comprehensive dilated eye exams earlier. African Americans have a higher risk and an earlier average onset of glaucoma compared to whites, and so are advised to have comprehensive dilated eye exams every 1 to 2 years starting at age 40.

A visual field test gauges the scope of what you’re able to see. Looking straight ahead and with alternating eyes covered, you’ll respond each time you see a light or the examiner’s hand held at the periphery of your vision. A screen or apparatus might also be used. Loss of peripheral vision may be a sign of glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve responsible for carrying visual messages from the eye to the brain.

A visual acuity test detects how well you see at various distances. Looking at an eye chart about 20 feet away, you’ll read aloud the smallest letters you see, first with one eye covered, then the other. The results can help assess disease progression or response to treatment, and may reveal a need for low-vision aids.

Next, the eyes are dilated by placing drops in each eye to widen the pupil, which allows more light to enter the eye. A magnifying lens is used to examine the tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina (light-sensitive tissue), the macula (the central region of the retina required for straight-ahead vision), and the optic nerve. Damage to these areas may be a sign of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration.

Tonometry measures the eye’s interior pressure by sending a quick puff of air onto its surface. High intraocular pressure is a risk factor for the optic nerve damage associated with glaucoma… and that’s it. You’re good to go.

-Know your family’s eye health history. Learn if any eye conditions affect your family members.
-Eat right. Fruits and vegetables (especially dark leafy greens like spinach or kale) and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon or tuna) may help your eyes.
-Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight raises your risk for diabetes and other conditions that can harm vision.
-Wear protective eyewear. Wear eye protection specially designed for sports, home improvement projects, and other activities.
-Wear sunglasses. To protect your eyes from sun damage, choose glasses that block at least 99% of both UV-A and UV-B rays.
-Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is linked to an increased risk for several eye diseases.
-Clean your hands and your contact lenses. Avoid infection by washing your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out contact lenses. Disinfect and replace lenses as instructed.

Article written by NIH News in Health NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), and Kathryn DeMott

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June 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

June 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Here is what is coming up in June at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 am • Island Council • Fernandina Beach Golf Club • 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free but requires registration through www.islandchamber.com

Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 am • Florida Main Street Presentation • Fernandina Beach Golf Club • 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free but requires registration through www.islandchamber.com

Tuesday, June 9, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • The Golf Club at North Hampton • 22680 N. Hampton Club Way • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Tuesday, June 16, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Community Hospice Foundation of Northeast Florida • 96084 Victoria’s Place, Yulee, FL 32097 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 am • Government Affairs Committee • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL

Thursday, June 18, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours • Island Art Association • 18 North Second Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Friday, June 26, 8:30 am-11:00 am • First Coast CPR training for Chamber members • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL • Free for Chamber members, limited to 10 per class • Register through www.islandchamber.com

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Rotary Gets An Update on Micah’s Place

Rotary Gets An Update on Micah's PlaceOn Friday, May 15, 2015, Lauren Goode of Micah’s Place gave an overview presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, providing a whole new perspective about the organization.

Members learned of the various services that Micah’s Place provides to victims of domestic violence, including shelter, a help hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and community outreach services.

The Sunrise Rotary Club designated Micah’s place as the recipient of this quarter’s morning meeting fundraising efforts.

Pictured here is Lauren Goode with Mark Cutshaw, club president.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise 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.

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Amelia’s Book Festival Brings Author Mary Alice Monroe to Town

Amelia's Book Festival Brings Author Mary Alice Monroe to TownThe Amelia Island Book Festival, in partnership with The Book Loft, welcomes Mary Alice Monroe for a special luncheon, speaking, and signing event celebrating the release of her new novel The Summer’s End.

Monroe will be in Fernandina Beach Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the Ocean Clubhouse at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

Charleston, SC – Nature is the lifeblood of Mary Alice Monroe novels, and fans of her bestselling Lowcountry Summer Trilogy will soon enjoy reading the powerful conclusion, The Summer’s End, now on sale (Gallery Books).

Rooted in the charming seaside town of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, summer is ending and Mamaw’s beloved family estate, Sea Breeze, must be sold. It’s an emotional season as Mamaw and the three half-sisters each face loss and struggle to find a fresh start in life. Harper, the youngest sister, who lived under the narcissistic abuse of her wealthy and influential mother, has no home or career after breaking free of her mother’s tyranny. With summer’s end fast approaching, Harper must find the courage to release her insecurities, recognize her strengths and accept love fully to save her family and her future.

Each book in the trilogy focuses on one of the three estranged half-sisters (Harper, Carson, and Eudora) spending a final summer at their grandmother’s seaside home. A wild dolphin they name Delphine serves as the trilogy’s keystone and all of their lives are changed by this creature. Throughout the series, Monroe expertly raises awareness about the threats facing bottlenose dolphins, while engaging readers with a story that explores contemporary human and moral issues.

Described as “the canary in the coal mine,” the New York Times bestselling author’s conservation convictions add richness and meaning to her novels. Monroe’s modus operandi before writing a novel involves hands-on research. For this trilogy, Monroe worked with researchers through The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) in Charleston, SC and volunteered at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL.

This book release kicks off a 31-city summer tour and celebrates twenty years for Monroe as a published novelist.

For more information, call (904) 624-1665, or purchase your ticket online at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Visit www.maryalicemonroe.com for tour dates and book information.

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