Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese Print

Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese PrintFriends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) invites the entire community to a Meet and Greet reception to view the new exquisite art exhibition titled “The Art of the Japanese Print” at the Fernandina Beach Branch of the Nassau County Library. The reception, which offers coffee and refreshments, will be held from 10 am to 12 pm, September 10th in the new Community Room at the Library, located at 25 North 4th Street.

Christine and Paul Meehan are graciously loaning a portion of their collection of contemporary Japanese prints to Friends of the Library for an exhibition from September 1st to December 30th as part of the Library’s new revolving quarterly community art exhibits.

The Meehan collection, initiated in 1975, was previously exhibited at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, and exemplifies all the major printmaking techniques in use today including woodblock, intaglio, planographic/lithography and stencil/silkscreen, providing a wonderful opportunity for residents and students in our area.

During the reception, FOL will acknowledge a most generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. The group raised funds during its Fourth Annual Wine & Food Tasting. The proceeds of which will benefit computer literacy through its strong support for the new Technology Center at the Fernandina Beach Library Branch.

For more information regarding the Friends of the Library or to make a donation, please visit www.FernandinaFOL.org.

Mark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman Present to Rotary

Mark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman Present to RotaryMark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman were recent guests of The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise and gave a presentation on the future of retail bookstores.

Their company, Paz and Associates – The Bookstore Training Group, helps booksellers develop knowledge and skills to successfully operate profitable, independent bookstores.

In addition to helping them in their operations, they can help with store design, layout, lighting and all aspects of effective marketing. They also have expertise in cafe operations, which is becoming a common feature of bookstores.

Mark and Donna stated that the independent bookstore industry is healthy and growing. Rotarians found the presentation interesting and informative.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30 a.m.

Voting, Politicians, and the Salaries they Get Paid

Voting, Politicians, and the Salaries they Get PaidYou know it is election time because everywhere you look it is shoved in your face. From yard signs and bumper stickers, to billboards and television commercials, you just can’t escape the “noise”.

I vote, I have always voted, and God willing, I will always be capable of voting – it is my right and I choose to believe my vote counts!

Sorting out the options to select a candidate takes a little research on my part. I want to be confident that I’m selecting the names that best reflect my views. When I choose a candidate, I hope to select a leader – not someone who hops on this bandwagon, or that bandwagon, I am voting for “leaders” to help “lead” MY country in the best direction.

I will be voting in person, at my precinct, on August 30th, so I don’t have a lot of time to finish making my decisions.

Typically, I do not vote for the professional politicians. If you live the lifestyle of a politician for too long, how can you still relate to the “common” folk?

According to a document found on senate.gov, “The most recent pay adjustment for Members of Congress was in January 2009. Since then, the compensation for most Senators, Representatives, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico has been $174,000.” The salary for a few others, Speaker of the House and House Leaders, for example, is higher. Representatives also receive a Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA) to support their official duties such as $944,671 for personnel, a variable amount of official office expenses, and official mail. “The 2014 allowances ranged from $1,195,554 to $1,370,009, with an average MRA of $1,255,909.” The same document stated.

When we vote, we often times are electing someone to receive one hell of a paycheck!

Local level politicians are paid using a state mandated formula, based on the relevant population of their district, to calculate salaries. Florida’s elected officials and full-time members of commissions have set salaries ranging from $45,000 for Public Employees Relations Commission Commissioners, to $130,000 for the Governor.

Take a look at this chart… (click on the image to enlarge it) no wonder we have professional politicians! (Some salary figures may not reflect any special qualification salary available or performance salary incentives. That research is above MY pay-grade.)

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When I am selecting candidates to vote for on a local level, I find it amusing to look at the relationships between the politicians; past, present and potentially future. Some connections are obvious like Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper and his brother Danny Leeper who is running for County Commission. Others, are not so obvious, but maybe I’ll save that for another article.

Please vote on August 30, 2016, but take the time to learn about each candidate before you cast your ballot; I know I will!

Learn How to Participate in Dickens on Centre 2016

Santa Claus vacationed on Amelia Island this year and has plans to return for the 2nd Annual Dickens on Centre. Check out his vacation video by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in participating in Dickens on Centre this year, please mark your calendar and come to the Historic Fernandina Business Association’s Dickens on Centre Merchant Meeting on Friday, August 26th at 10:30 a.m, in the City Hall commission chambers.

After the success of the inaugural Dickens on Centre festival, the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Board is diligently making plans for the second annual Victorian holiday festival in downtown Fernandina. Attend on August 26th to learn more about this year’s plans and how you can get involved in this festive community event.

The event is already already promoting the holidays on Amelia Island throughout the southeast with some extra help of a special visitor:

Save the Date for Dickens on Centre 2016
· Kicks off Thursday, December 8th with America’s Youth annual lighted Christmas parade
· Festival held Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11 (Just one weekend this year)

Join us at the merchant meeting to learn more about:
· Site plan, street closures and event schedule
· Vendor opportunities
· Décor, lighting and entertainment plans
· Ways for your business to get involved
· Promotional plans for Dickens on Centre and Amelia Island holiday events

As we may not have contact information for everyone that may be interested, please feel free to invite other businesses that may have an interest in this informative meeting about Dickens on Centre.

Carvalho’s Journey Presented at Fernandina Library

Carvalho’s Journey
The year was 1853 when famed explorer John Fremont organized his fifth, and final, expedition across the American West. Solomon Carvalho, a portrait painter who had never saddled his own horse, a Sephardic Jew and one of Americas first photographers, signed on for the gueling journey. He traveled with mountian men, pioneers, Native Americans, and Mormons, on this 2400 mile trip into the American West that would take more than a year to complete.

The entire crew faced many disasters, including waist high snow in mountains of Utah, sudden wild fires and starvation. Yet many of the beautiful vistas and images we know of the West are due to Carvalho’s photography.

Watch the film and be a part of the journey. The screening will be held August 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library Community Room. An optional dinner will follow at 7:45 pm at Café Karibo.

Free tickets for the film, and dinner reservations, are now available at the Library. For further information please visit www.nassaureads.com or call (904) 277-7365.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library.

Clean Eating at the Farmers Market

Clean Eating at the Farmers MarketEating clean means eating good, local, and seasonal foods that nourish a healthy body. We’ve recently seen a variety of food movements including “The Paleo Diet”, “Farm to Table”, and “Field to Fork”, and while they have different details, they all have one common message inviting us to get back to eating foods the way nature intended.

Foods that are environmentally sustainable, natural, and grown in ways that treat animals and workers well, are gaining in popularity as more and more folks are demanding greater transparency from agricultural corporations to learn what we really are putting into our bodies.

We are learning that the soy and corn fields of yesterday introduced a plethora of new foods, boxed products, fast and convenient foods, processed foods, sweetened beverages, and meats infused with growth hormones and antibiotics. This way of feeding the masses became the “norm” and along with it we’ve seen a strong correlation to health problems such as obesity, type II diabetes, and high blood pressure. There have also been scandals such as mad cow disease and E.coli outbreaks that encouraged us to question how our food is being prepared.

Seasonal foods are grown naturally and require less interference. Land and labor are cheaper in foreign countries, making the price of an out of season product attractive, but purchasing off-season foods not only hurt the environment by using more fuel in shipping, but it also hurts the local economy by not purchasing from your neighbors. Farmers markets are a great way to get back to the basics. Local foods, grown in your backyard, your community, your state or your region, leave a smaller footprint on the environment.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market, open every Saturday on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, offers a wide variety of locally grown, or prepared foods. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables are readily available, but they may look a little different than their grocery store counterparts. You won’t find the waxed cucumbers or the gassed oranges you may see in the big box stores where produce is mass distributed, and you may even find a bug or two instead of a thin coating of pesticides.

In Florida (and California), we have the majority of the “native-to-the-Americas” fruits and vegetables and our produce vendors have a nice supply of seasonal foods, year-round. Much of the produce is harvested on Fridays, right before the market. Our bakers are baking within hours of the market’s opening. The local shrimp is caught wild, and even the dog treat vendor offers the freshest possible treats for your best friend.

When you come to the farmers market, we invite you to look at the labels and ask open ended questions to learn more about the processes our producers and growers use. Our exhibitors love to talk about their products and they are a wealth of information; you may even learn your next favorite recipe!

We are open from 9:00 to 1:00, rain or shine. For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

Rotary Sunrise Has Been Very Busy this Summer

Rotary Sunrise Has Been Very Busy this SummerThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed four new members.

Pictured (first image) from left to right are Dan and Regan Westra and Dr. Peter Williams along with club president Stan Fishburn. Dan was active in Rotary in North Carolina and Regan is starting a retail business here. Peter is a retired cardiologist.

Carolyn Byrd, who works with Amelia Urgent Care is pictured first, left to right, with Sandy Rogers of the Rotary District, Carolyn Byrd, Vicki Beaudry club membership chair and Stan Fishburn, in the second picture.

Another recent Rotary club of Amelia Island Sunrise activity was when Kim Bynum, with Operation New Uniform, recently gave a presentation on the non-profit organization. The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed four new members. It was started two years ago in Jacksonville when Justin Justice and several others recognized the need for a program to help military veterans and their families transition to civilian life and work.

Veterans are taught skills to help them grow within an organization. Their training program helps them with resumes, interviewing, job search, networking and related activities in job transitioning, and they literally get a new business suit “uniform” upon graduation. Operation New UniformOperation New Uniform enjoys a job placement success of over 90%. Rotarians found the presentation interesting and informative. Rotary is an international service organization with clubs in over 200 countries. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Learn More About Candidate Jonathan Petree

Learn More About Candidate Jonathan PetreeJonathan Petree, who is running for the Nassau County School Board from District 5, is in a tightly contested race and needs your vote. His election is an open election meaning that all registered Republicans/Democrats/Independents can vote for him.

Jonathan is the owner of Atlantic Warriors, a martial arts company in Jacksonville. Over the years he has come to Amelia Island and given classes to women only for self-defense. He is truly dedicated to doing the best possible job in this position, and with four children will be involved in our school system, for many years to come.

Jonathan, who comes from a family of educators, is a Nassau County native and married to Jessica Petree. He is focused on college readiness, supports vocational education, and believes in parents rights.

Early voting in Nassau County for Florida’s August 30 primary will be 10 am to 6 pm August 19-27. Registered voters may vote at any of four sites: Callahan County Building, 45401 Mickler St.; Hilliard Community Center, 37177 Pecan St.; James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee; and MLK/Elm Street Recreation Center, 1200 Elm St., Fernandina Beach.

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2016 Fall Community Yard Sale

There is a “Fall Community Yard Sale” on October 1st, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Recreation Center
Auditorium and in the parking lot.

If you didn’t get to your “spring cleaning” – now is your chance! Clean out those closets, attics and the garage, and put the good stuff up for sale.

Indoor and outdoor booth spaces available for rental:
10 indoor spaces available – $40 each. Includes two 8′ banquet tables and five chairs.
35 outdoor spaces available – $15 each. Tables and chairs not included.

Visit the Atlantic Recreation Center to reserve booth space(s). Set-up will be from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis - Patches of Itchy, Sore SkinYou may have heard of psoriasis, but do you know what it is? Psoriasis is a long-term, or chronic, skin disorder that affects more than 6.7 million U.S. adults. Symptoms can vary, but it’s usually recognized by itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. There’s currently no cure, but treatment often helps.

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells quickly rise to the surface of the skin and build up into thick patches, or plaques. Ordinarily, skin cells mature as they rise from their origins below the surface of the skin. In psoriasis, these cells pile up before they’ve had a chance to properly mature.

Psoriasis actually begins in the immune system, which normally protects the body against infection and disease. In psoriasis, the immune system becomes misdirected and overactive. This can cause redness and swelling (inflammation) and lead to the rapid buildup of skin cells.

Plaques are most often found on the elbows, knees, or scalp. But they can also affect the face, fingernails, toenails, soft tissues of the genitals, or any skin-covered region.

“Patients can have a lot of symptoms like itching, cracking, and bleeding that can disrupt their sleep and their social relationships,” says Dr. Joel Gelfand, a skin specialist (dermatologist) at the University of Pennsylvania. People with moderate to severe psoriasis may feel self-conscious or have a poor self-image, which can lead to depression or social isolation.

Some people with psoriasis also experience joint inflammation that produces arthritis-like pain. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis. Gelfand and other NIH-supported researchers have found that psoriasis, especially severe psoriasis, is linked to certain other disorders as well, such as heart conditions, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Psoriasis can occur at any age, but it typically first appears in young adulthood. Many people with psoriasis have a family history of the disorder. Researchers have been able to identify certain genes linked to the disease, but they still don’t fully understand the disease process. They do know that it isn’t contagious. You can’t “catch” psoriasis by touching someone who has it.

Psoriasis can be hard to diagnose, because it can look like other skin diseases. Your doctor might need to look at a small skin sample under a microscope. It’s often best to make an appointment with a primary care doctor or a dermatologist to get an accurate diagnosis.

There are many approaches for treating psoriasis. Safe and proven treatment options include creams, light therapy, and medications given as pills or a shot.

“Treatment decisions in psoriasis need to be highly individualized and tailored toward the patient’s clinical condition and underlying health status, as well as their preferences and goals,” Gelfand says. Be sure to ask your doctor about the best treatment options for you.

Psoriasis symptoms may briefly worsen, or flare. These flares can arise when people are stressed or experience a traumatic event like the death of a family member or friend. Smoking, heavy alcohol use, and being overweight can also aggravate psoriasis.

Gelfand and other NIH-funded researchers have been working to develop better therapies. “It’s a great time to be hopeful and optimistic about this disease,” Gelfand says. “Most of the therapies coming out now seem to be well-tolerated and have impressive effectiveness.”

Article by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Claire Donnelly, and Tianna Hicklin.

Farmers Market School Lunches and After School Snacks Ideas

Farmers Market School Lunches and After School Snacks IdeasSchool recently started in Nassau County, and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market has some great ideas for making fresh and tasty lunches and after-school snacks.

Rudy brings amazing fresh baked breads from his family business, Maria’s Bakery. Top your favorite with spicy pimento cheese spread from Lulu’s and a thick slice of tomato from King’s Kountry Produce, or try the salmon spread from Upstream Salmon and a slice of Vidalia onion from Boatright’s Farm for a sandwich loaded with flavor.

Looking for gluten-free? Dee, with Something Good, whips up fresh baked breads, sweet breads, and desserts twice a month to bring to the farmers market that are so good, your kids will never guess they are eating healthy.

Mix up egg salad or shrimp salad with yard eggs from Boatright’s, Natural Springs, and King’s, and dice up some wild caught shrimp from Chesser Seafood and you’ll have a ready-to-go, healthy sandwich spread for those hectic school mornings.

Blue Planet Organic has several nut butters and flat breads to pair up for a truly organic lunch, and her flavored sunflower seeds, and dried fruits make tasty, healthy snacks, too.

Mix and match your own vegetable and dip selections from seasonal veggies of all varieties that are available from our produce vendors and Simply Savory’s variety of dips packets to make your favorite dip flavor, fresh at home.

For another healthy addition to lunch, try the Amish popcorn, now available weekly at the Market Place. And Joy of Garlic now brings amazing, low sodium tortilla chips to pair with their all natural salsas. Their new spicy mango salsa is my favorite!

Another after school snack idea could include crostinis from Bottega by Liz Catering lightly smothered with any of the authentic hummus flavors from Olive My Pickle. Try their Cilantro lemon, jalapeno garlic, and sun-dried tomato. They also offer a black bean hummus, and an original tahini hummus made without chick peas.

Desserts are in abundance at the farmers market, too, with Tucker’s homemade Topsy Toffee, cupcakes and cookies from Nana Teresa’s Bakery, and of course, watermelon, blackberries, peaches, cantaloupes, and other fresh fruits available from the four produce vendors.

August 13th also marks the return of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. This is a unique offering of about 20 local arts and craft booths manned by talented members of our community. The Arts Market is only open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and are located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

Music is provided by the talented Spanish guitarist Dennis Fermin, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are always welcome.

Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise has New Officers

Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise has New OfficersThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently hosted its annual officer installation. The club looks forward to another year as they continue their projects throughout the community and internationally. The club recognized its outgoing officers and introduced new officers for the coming year. Shown below from left to right are new officers John Kublbock, Larry Ogilvie, Barbi Coyne, Stan Fishburn, Jim Weaver and Mickey Ulmer. Incoming president Stan Fishburn shared his vision for the coming year to continue the club’s many projects and to work closely with other Rotary clubs.

Rotary is an international civic organization with over 1,200,000 members world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Waymore Return to Evening of Story and Song August 13th

The Waymores (waymores.net) return to Amelia Island, and if you aren’t leaving town to beat the Florida heat, check them out on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, and Don Henry are three of Nashville’s finest singer/songwriters; quite successful as solo artists with more than a dozen albums between them and songs recorded by Linda Rondstadt, Johhny Cash, Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert and many others… who realized that they could make way more music and have way more fun by performing together.

If you haven’t already made your reservations, please email: eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com.

For a sneak preview, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lZh61Iiqfw to see The Waymores on Nashville Public Radio’s “Live in Studio C.”

Doors will open (along with the wine bar) at 6:45 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm. A $20 donation at the door (100% goes to the artist) is requested and very much appreciated!

Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 pm
Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish
(9th & Atlantic in Fernandina Beach)

“An Evening of Story & Song” is made possible thanks to the generous support of First Coast Community Bank and the Community Outreach program at St. Peter’s.

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