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Tony Crawford Reflects on Lomi Lomi Massage

Tony Crawford Reflect on Lomi Lomi MassageOver my 20 years as an L.M.T., I have come across many therapists who aren’t familiar with the art of Lomi Lomi Massage. It is not a well known modality, and it is taught in very few schools throughout the country. I had never heard of it in my first ten years of practice. Then, I discovered a Lomi Lomi workshop.

Other than having the courage to initially sign up for massage school, taking that workshop was the second most important career choice I have made. It was a true game changer. This work has changed the way I think about Massage. It has helped my client’s well-being tremendously. It has increased my business, and, more importantly, it has changed the way I think as I proceed with my life’s journey.

Lomi is performed using your forearms much more so than in Swedish Massage. It is using your body weight to your advantage. This allows long flowing motions that will relax both your body and your mind.

What is Lomi?
If you think of massage as a powerful form of healing, then Lomi must be considered one of the most profound forms of massage. These are bold words, but true. Lomi Lomi loosely translated means to knead, or to rub. It is an ancient form of Hawaiian bodywork that was considered by some to be a rite of passage for the villagers, performed by kahunas and elders. Each community had its own style and form of Lomi. At the end of the day it was still about healing, healing the body, healing the mind, and healing the spirit. I have found it to be a form of cleansing, and through your work and your presence, you can facilitate healing, allowing your client to let go of both physical pain, as well as emotional pain.

We have all learned in school the typical sequence of Swedish massage. Most therapists been trained to work from body part to body part. We finish the back then move on to an arm or leg, rarely going back to the part already worked. Your client can “guess” what’s next, when it is time to turn over, and when you are done. This keeps their conscious mind working in a logical pattern, following your moves and keeping track of your work. It feels great, but are they really relaxing and letting go? Is any emotional healing taking place?

Lomi works on a different and deeper level. Lomi works the whole body as one and not just as individual parts. Lomi is best described as a “rhythmic dance around the body.” It works from the neck, down the back, and down the legs, then back up and over to the other side. This sequence is repeated as needed stopping along the way and concentrating on a leg, a back or arm as the practitioner feels is needed, then going back to the “dance.”

The great part about Lomi is that as you work the muscle structure becomes warm and loose and deep work becomes so much easier on you and less painful to your client. An example I often use with my students is that a muscle is like a stick of butter. Take a stick of butter out of the refrigerator. Try putting your finger in it, you can’t. Rub that butter for a few minutes and your finger goes deeper and deeper. Massage, any massage, is no different than that stick of butter. Lomi has a special way of warming and caring for each muscle so deeper work can be performed easily, painlessly, and as needed.

Lomi is performed on a clean table using no sheet on the table itself. I have heard gasps of astonishment from some therapists when they heard of this practice. The reason, however, is rather simple. While your client is in the supine position you have complete and easy access to working their back without interference of a sheet. A “run” can be performed by going up the body from the feet, continuing to the hip, and transversing under the back. Or, while standing at your client’s head, you can place your hands under the shoulders and work down to the sacrum area and “lift” and pull your hands back towards the head along the vertebral groove. These are some of the most appreciated runs by my clients. Often as you work a back in this manner you will hear them release pent up emotions. The power of this work is astonishing.

There is a powerful healing process that is inherent in Lomi. A very wise lady told me once that “when you are born, your life is like an empty bowl. As we age and go through life that bowl gets full of stones, issues if you will: life experiences, loves, losses, hurts, and sorrows, all of the common emotions we share as humans. Lomi facilitates a way of throwing some of the stones out of that bowl. It can help clear the body and mind of some negative experiences as well as help to remember a joyous time or person who has touched us in a special way”.

As I said earlier, standard Swedish massage engages the conscious mind. The dance of Lomi and the unpredictability of where the practitioner is going next shuts down the conscious mind and allows the subconscious to surface. I have found this to be one of the more intriguing parts of the work. Once a client relaxes and stops thinking about what you are going to work on next two things usually occur: total relaxation and, more importantly, deep healing can be experienced.

Our bodies are memory banks of past emotions and experiences. We hold these thoughts in our muscles, in our cells, and right down to our DNA. In many ways we are our past, and we are our ancestors to whom we share a common bond. Lomi provides a safe and healing space, should the client allow for these emotions to surface. You, as a practitioner, are creating and holding a safe and caring space for your client, being totally present and supporting them in their healing process. —Powerful and meaningful work.

I have been an L.M.T. since 1996. I was graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage and have been practicing in Florida for the past 17 years. I have studied and advanced my Lomi training through Sacred Lomi. I have taught and practiced Lomi throughout the United States and abroad. I am currently associated with the Massage program at FSCJ in Jacksonville and work and live on Amelia Island. If I can be of any assistance with information concerning Lomi, please contact me at craw2240@bellsouth.net, or by calling my cell at: (904) 557-8350.

Tony Crawford L.M.T.
Florida License #MA 0027867

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Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalAll images are courtesy of Ms Rosa Adams.

In November, 1963, a well-educated woman from Kentucky, Rosa Adams, the full-time supervisor of the Marina Welcome Center located in Fernandina Beach, was invited to attend a meeting where shrimp boat owners felt they could create something larger than a simple shrimp boat race. With her experience in public relations, that idea has grown into an annual festival with over 150,000 visitors expected in 2015. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, celebrates its 52nd annual event May 1 – 3, 2015.

The original founders of the Shrimp Boat Festival were Chairman Melvin Dougherty, Co-chair Billy Burbank, Photographer Karl Holland, and Publicity Chairman Rosa B. Adams.

This year, the Shrimp Festival Committee, along with the community, will show Rosa Adams their heartfelt appreciation by recognizing her as the 2015 Grand Marshall. The festivities begin when she takes her place at 6:00 PM, riding in the Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th, the traditional kick-off to this amazing weekend in Northeast Florida.

Having served on and off of the Shrimp Festival Committee for over 20 years, listening to Miss Rosa reminisce of the earliest days of the Festival took me back in history. At the time of the inaugural Shrimp Festival you could purchase a man’s short sleeved dress shirt for only $2.99 at Partin’s on Atlantic Avenue, and a one pound can of Maxwell House coffee was just 48 cents at Food Fair.

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The teepee shaped Marina Welcome Station was a joint venture of the Florida Development Commission and the City of Fernandina Beach. The only state-staffed and maintained marina welcome station in the world, at the time, this was the first marina stop in the state if you were heading south. Employed by the Florida Development Commission, she welcomed the mariners with clean showers, tourism brochures, up-to-date maps of the waterways, and samples of Florida’s famous orange juice. This was a time when electronic communications consisted of the teletype machine, and NOAA weather reports came from the Jacksonville airport weather office at Imeson Field.

Hugh Stone of Standard Oil would tell people, “Stop at the welcome center in Fernandina Beach and ask for Rosa Adams and you’ll get the best information.”

1972-award-rosa-adamsBefore Adams involvement in what was locally known as the “Shrimp Boat Festival”, Fernandina Beach was virtually unknown, except for a few business leaders in Jacksonville. Ruth Brown, executive secretary of the Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce once wrote, “We feel most fortunate to have a lady of Mrs. Adams caliber to work with in our joint endeavors to promote tourism in the Fernandina Beach area and in the State of Florida as we feel that she is symbolic of public relations in its best form.”

Once she began promoting the area and it’s Championship Shrimp Boat Races on television, radio, and print media, both nationally and internationally, wealthy developers, and businessmen in Tallahassee, began to take notice of Fernandina Beach… “And the rest”, they say, “Is history.”

In 1972, Miss Rosa received a plaque, shaped like the state of Florida that read, “Presented with deep appreciation to Rosa B. Adams for untiring effort and outstanding contributions to Eight Flags Shrimp Boat Races by Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce.” Mrs. Adams’ professional and personal contributions have been recognized widely by a variety of civic organizations and clubs in Florida and the U. S.

Married to the late Don Adams, Miss Rosa’s most important duty was that of wife and mother. The couple raised three children working shoulder to shoulder with the most highly respected people, locally and around the world. Taught as children to treat all people in a fair and equal tone, the couple retired in 1995.

Of herself she wrote, “Ms. Rosa Adams, the writer, was born during the Great Depression in the foothills of Kentucky, crying, naked, wet and hungry.”

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News Wrecker Parody Newspaper Pokes Fun At Amelia’s Sacred Cows

News Wrecker Parody Newspaper Pokes Fun At Amelia's Sacred CowsFernandina Beach, FL – Tree huggers gone wild, wave-top strip mining, and Ft. Clinch re-enactors firing on a US nuclear armed submarine, are just a few of the “news” stories covered in the inaugural edition of the Amelia Island News Wrecker, a satirical tabloid newspaper that is being distributed on Amelia Island this week.

The free 20-page tabloid News-Wrecker can be picked up in island pubs, restaurants, businesses and selected shops, establishments that were “carefully selected as those that wouldn’t toss me and my newspaper bundles out the door,” says publisher and editor Dave Scott, a Fernandina Beach resident who also writes the davescottblog.com. An online version of the News Wrecker will be available Friday, May 1.

The tag line for the paper is “Amelia Island’s sacred cows make the best burgers” and according to Scott: “Its purpose is to generate laughs without resorting to obscenities and vulgarity. However, it will probably be criticized by some for what they may perceive as ‘bad taste.’ But, I’m taking the high road and a mature approach to the paper’s critics with a well thought out and carefully crafted “OH YEH!” response,” says Scott.

The newspaper idea was motivated by Scott’s devotion to Mad Magazine and the National Lampoon along with inspiration from the Onion, a national print and online satirical publication. The inaugural issue includes a front page story on how the Fernandina Beach City Commission has decreed that the daily sunset will now alternate between the east and west sides of Amelia Island and the town’s shabby South 8th Street has been declared a “scenic highway for the vision impaired.”

Stories inside the paper range from how “tree huggers” are squeezing the life out of the island’s century oaks and an illegal immigrant Powerball jackpot winner moving next door to resident author John Grisham.

“From the feedback I’ve received the self-deprecating ads are generating as many guffaws as the absurd stories,” claims Scott. “So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. However, if you’re sitting next to someone in a pub who thinks the stories in the News Wrecker are authentic, then you’ll probably want to move down a couple of stools.”

Advertisers range from the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites and the Amelia Island Hospitality Group to A Taste of Wine by Steve and Amelia River Cruises, among others. Free copies of the paper can be picked up at the advertiser’s locations which also include T-Ray’s, Amelia Island Boat Club, Pajama Life, Hola!, Buy Gones, Cafe Karibo, Crab Trap, The Green Turtle, Second Amendment Outfitters, Salty Pelican, The Palace Saloon Dog Star, Amelia River Gold Club, Hammerhead, The Surf, Emerald Goat and Sheffield’s.

“The News Wrecker tabloid parody pokes harmless fun at our small but vocal liberal and far right wing populations, local governing bodies, the Shrimp Festival, local news gathering organizations, and other area sacred cows,” he says. Inside page headlines read “Trident Submarine Fired On From Ft. Clinch” and “T-Ray’s Unveils Hamburger for Left-Handed Folks.”

“Joining me in producing the paper was a very patient and talented Kathy Warner, who currently spends the majority of her time volunteering for the Nassau Humane Society and Nassau County Extension. Without this brilliant and very tolerant lady’s help I’d still be puzzling over how to assemble the paper. She also created the paper’s website which unlike the print version will be in color and will be announced next week.

Scott said that if the parody newspaper proves successful he’ll publish another one during next year’s Shrimp Festival. “Folks have already begun sending me suggestions for future stories and it has been fun grinding island sacred cows into hamburger,” adds Scott.

Folks interested in advertising, who have story ideas, or are seeking editorial abuse can contact Scott at dave@amelianewswrecker.com.

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Micah’s Place Hires New Chief Executive Officer

Micah's Place Hires New Chief Executive OfficerMicah’s Place, the only nonprofit and Certified Domestic Violence Center in Nassau County, Florida, has announced the selection of Heather Woody Jones as its new Chief Executive Officer. She is replacing Executive Director Shandra Riffey, who departed in November.

Ms. Jones has served the organization for the last seven years in several ways, including Director of Finance and Interim Executive Director; she brings experience in non-profit management and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Her passion for her work is evident. She strongly believes that everyone has the right to a safe, healthy, happy home and is honored to be selected to lead Micah’s Place and continue to engage the community to end domestic violence.

Commenting on Ms. Jones’ selection, Board of Director President Robert Fisher said, “Micah’s Place is fortunate to have someone of Heather Jones’ energy, skill and dedication leading the organization. She has a deep sense of commitment and compassion to the participants we serve. The Board is excited to have someone of her caliber leading the outstanding staff at Micah’s Place.”

Micah’s Place is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Our mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence; and to provide education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. We offer safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All of our services are free and confidential.

If you are currently experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, economical, verbal, or any other kind of abuse, we can help you. Please call (800) 500-1119 or (904) 225-9979.

For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at (904) 491-6364.

If you would like to donate gently used items to our Purple Dove Resale Center, please call (904) 261-5227.

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Police Captain David Bishop Graduates from FBI in Quantico

Police Captain David Bishop Graduates from FBI in QuanticoFernandina Beach, FL – Police Captain David Bishop Graduates from Prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA

Among the two-hundred-twenty (220) law enforcement officers that graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on March 20th, Fernandina Beach Police Captain David Bishop became the first city officer to complete the program in more than a decade. The 259th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from across the United States, and also included members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 24 international countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced operational, investigative, management, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals in leadership roles within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Joshua Lamb, Sergeant First Class with the Georgia Department of Public Safety, in Atlanta, Georgia. A total number of 48,118 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 16,683 are still active in law enforcement. FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

Captain Bishop has served the City of Fernandina Beach Police Department since 1990. He was the department officer of the year in both 1993 and 2003. While at the FBI Academy he took a full educational load, in addition to the many group activities, and earned 17 college credits from the University of Virginia. He cites the many evening lectures and the powerful relationship opportunities as “impactful and beneficial,” and looks forward to applying these lessons learned to his routine duties now that he has completed this important training.

Captain Bishop also earned his “yellow brick” for successfully completing the Yellow Brick Road Physical Challenge.

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Amelia Island’s Mark of a Man has been Published

Amelia Island's Mark of a Man has been PublishedFernandina Beach, FLAmelia Island’s Mark of a Man is the much anticipated third novel in The Goodbye Lie, a historical romance series. Set in the bustling Victorian seaside town of Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida, author Jane Marie Malcolm, wife of former mayor Bruce Malcolm, once again awakens the beloved Dunnigan family characters to tease and treat readers. “Where ‘Little House on the Prairie’ meets ‘Gone With The Wind’” is the phrase often used to describe TheGoodbye Lie and Amelia Island’s Velvet Undertow, the first two books of this trilogy.

Amelia Island’s Mark of a Man lives up to that description, as well. The time is 1898. Amidst the Spanish American War and a devastating hurricane, the Dunnigans struggle to salvage their once wonderful island existence, now dripping with danger. Hero or heel, Pat Dunnigan lives hard and loves wild. His sister, Marie, is a magnet for trouble. Will she forgive the unforgettable? Will Pat’s demons become hers? Sprinkled throughout are Grandmother Peeper and Aunt Noreen, who continue their hilarious squabbling.

“Intense drama, passion and laughter satisfy every emotion. With an assortment of realistic characters, convincing dialogue and slap-you-silly moments, Amelia Island’s Mark of a Man will delight and charm,” Kate Brown, author of The Rose Legends, points out.

AmeliaIsland’s Mark of a Man is part of a trilogy comprised of individual sagas focusing on the suspenseful entanglements of each of the grown Dunnigan children from the Isle of Eight Flags, called Amelia Island. Packed with mystery, humor and insight, it illuminates how romance and family love never go out of style, encouraging readers to cherish their own families and to realize that with understanding, comes forgiveness.

Amelia Island’s Markof a Man, is by Jane Marie Malcolm. You can contact the author be email at: GraciousJaneMarie@yahoo.com

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book sources everywhere.

About the Author
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Jane Marie Harkins Malcolm is also known to her readers as Gracious Jane Marie. Shec elebrates heart and home every day with roses, recipes, and romance at www.GraciousJaneMarie.blogspot.com, her family friendly blog, which includes The Goodbye Lie Diaries. Former first lady of Fernandina Beach, Florida, by virtue of marriage to former mayor Bruce Malcolm, she makes her home on Amelia Island, Florida with their cat, Button, and Abby, the singing Chihuahua. An avid handbell ringer and artisan, she is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 54, the Amelia Island Museum of History, and the General Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society of Amelia Island.

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Watts-Taylor Engagement Announced

Watts-Taylor Engagement AnnouncedAmanda Watts and Jonathan (JT) Taylor have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lawrence and Judie Mackie (Fernandina Beach, FL), and Mark Watts (Charlestown, IN). She is a graduate of Brown Mackie College and employed as a Medical Assistant at University Surgical Associates.

The groom-to-be is the son of Herbert and Kathy Taylor (Lake Jackson, TX), and Stephanie Coleman (Hilliard, FL). Mr. Taylor is an associate on the Safety Team at Amazon.

The couple currently reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee, however the future bride and groom originally met when they attended Fernandina Beach High School.

The wedding will be held on June 12, 2015, with Kelley McCrimmon officiating. A reception at Pate’ Sucree on North Second Street will follow the ceremony, with a head-banging, rock performance by the band, Blistur.

Save the Date announcements will be mailed to family and friends before Valentine’s Day, with formal invitations to follow.

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Council on Aging Hires Grant Writer

Council on Aging Hires Grant WriterSue Keith joins Nassau County Council on Aging as the Grants and Development Officer. She brings more than 14 years of experience to the organization which relies on grants and funding from a variety of sources.
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FERNANDINA BEACH, FL — The Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) has announced the appointment of Sue Keith as Grants & Development Officer. She assumed her responsibilities on Monday, November 3, 2014. Janice Ancrum, NCCOA’s Executive Director is excited about this newly created position for securing the critical funding which helps underwrite the services provided to senior citizens throughout Nassau County.

Sue has been a grant writer and development specialist for more than fourteen years and has experience with diverse funding sources, including government grants, foundation grants, and corporate contributions. She developed a love for serving seniors and their caregivers after spending six years caring for her parents, especially her father who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

“I am honored and grateful to be a part of this incredible team of people,” She said. “I am combining a love of nonprofit development work and also, helping an organization whose mission is dear to my heart – the Nassau County Council on Aging.”

NCCOA’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with a special focus on those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. This mission is accomplished through local and state grants and financial support from the Nassau County community. NCCOA’s programs include Adult Day Healthcare; Senior Centers in both Fernandina Beach and Hilliard; Transportation Service; Meals on Wheels; and Home Health Services.

“We are so happy to have Sue join us,” said Janice Ancrum, NCCOA Executive Director. “This new position will allow us to conduct up-to-date research on senior initiatives and competitively apply for funding to further our mission and vision.”

“We are especially grateful to Baptist Health’s Social and Responsibility Committee who awarded NCCOA the funding for this grant writer/development position,” 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.. The COA is partially funded by local, state and federal grants and donations from local individuals and businesses.

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Jamie Deonas Swearing-In Ceremony

Jamie Deonas Swearing-In CeremonyYulee, FL – Newly elected School Board Member for district 3, Jamie Deonas, will host a swearing-in ceremony on Monday, November 17th at 6:00pm on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in Fernandina. Judge Robert Foster will do the honors and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Deonas, who won his election unopposed in August, is a 19-year veteran of the Nassau County Fire Department and owns Best Friends Home Health & Companion Care, a licensed home health agency providing skilled nursing and in-home companion services.

Deonas ran on the platform of bringing a common sense business approach to the board.

For more information on Jamie Deonas, you can visit his website at www.VoteJamieDeonas.com.

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VIP Dog Salon Grooms Aflac Duck

 VIP Dog Salon Grooms Aflac DuckThe Aflac Duck had a great time being groomed at the VIP Dog Salon this morning. He was a little messy from playing out in the duck pond but that didn’t deter Jennifer! Jennifer had The Aflac Duck looking spiffy in a flash!

Jennifer is the owner and Senior Groomer at VIP Dog Salon and NOW boarding! She was born and raised in Bristol, CT and started working with dogs when she was 8 years old. Jennifer was even a Jr. Handler in AKC shows until she was 17. At 18, Jennifer started working at Petco as a dog bather and was quickly asked if she would like to attend training as a groomer. Jennifer worked as a groomer for Petco for a little over a year before being offered a position in West Harford, CT in a private salon with a master groomer who mentored Jennifer and taught her so much. Jennifer spent 5 years with this master groomer while growing in her field attending trade shows and seminars.

Jennifer takes great pride in her education as a groomer as well as studying animal behavior and pack mentality as well as basic health, anatomy, CPR and first aid. After completing an extensive course, Jennifer worked as an intern with some of the best veterinarian’s in the CT area. Jennifer was offered jobs in veterinary medicine but refused the offers because grooming is her passion.

Jennifer is truly passionate about grooming. She really enjoys training puppies to stand on the table and become a dog that loves grooming. Jennifer takes pride in the fact that her clients love her and really like to come back and greet her with big wet kisses. Aflac Duck waited his turn for a smooch too after his grooming! VIP Dog Salon is one the newest businesses in Fernandina Beach to offer Aflac to their staff! Congratulations Jennifer on choosing Aflac for your voluntary benefits!

VIP Dog Salon is excited to announce that they are now offering boarding! Be sure to stop in or call Jennifer at VIP Dog Salon, 1559 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or (904) 628-1847.

Article contributed by Nancy Dervaes.

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American Ninja Warrior Amputee Contestant Visits Rotary

American Ninja Warrior Amputee Contestant Visits Rotary
American Ninja Warrior’s first amputee contestant, Stephen France, visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise on September 19th, as their guest speaker.

France is a 33-year-old amputee who was involved in a crushing accident at a truss plant in 2006. Earlier this year he made Ninja history by being the first amputee to compete on American Ninja Warrior.

(You can watch the full episode on NBC.com, season 6 episode 4).

Stephen’s lifelong belief has always been to be a champion. Even after losing his left leg below his knee, his goal never changed and he found a new way to pursue it. And now he has turned that goal into a quest: dedication, discipline, determination, and a parkour gym.

Parkour is getting from point A to point B as fluid and fast as possible through a series of obstacles.

Stephen France’s goal is to raise money for a facility for kids, teens and adults that will contain an interchangeable obstacle course and classes for future ninjas that strengthen mind, body, and spirit to confront and defeat any strenuous obstacle one may face in life.

If interested in learning more about Stephen and his journey, email him at smf0630@yahoo.com.

Stephen is pictured here with Rotary Club president, Mark Cutshaw.

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Megabite Set to Interview Remote Data Backup’s Daniel Dugal

Megabite Set to Interview Remote Data Backup's Daniel DugalLocal Entreprenuer Deryck Burnett, owner of Megabite in Fernandina Beach, has an interview scheduled with Daniel Dugal, the CEO and founder of Remote Data Backups, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

The show can be found by using this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1IvOO9HWhu3OsLpDqenc1Q and you can click now to set a “reminder”.

Remote Data Backups, Inc. has been a leader in business-class cloud backup since 1999. The company is a HP partner and provides data backup solutions to small to mid-sized businesses. Remote Data Backups offers a cost-effective, convenient and secure way to automatically back up your critical data using HP cloud technology.

Megabite is a computer repair company on Amelia Island. They service both PC and Macs, and Deryck has quickly earned a reputation for his expertise in managed IT servies and tech support for business owners. Your data, whether personal photos, business tax documents or original art, is the most important thing on your computer. Deryck understands the serious side effects associated with lost data and can help your small to medium business prepare a disaster recovery plan.

“There have been a number of bargain basement services entering the market with a barrage of advertising.” Deryck said. “We understand that some people simply make business decisions based on price alone, but when it comes to vital needs like secure data, cheaper is NOT better! That’s like buying the cheapest parachute, life insurance or eye surgery!”

When you lose your data, you can lose your business. Remote Data Backups protects data for banks, hospitals, financial institutions, government offices, commercial businesses, mobile salespeople, home users and anyone else with important data.

What sets Remote Data Backups (RDB) apart from cheaper backup solutions?

RDB is for Business, bargain-basement backups are for home users. “Bargain” backup services are targeted toward the average home user and never claim to be suitable or adequate for protecting valuable business data.

Remote Data Backups has had a stellar history of protecting data for business clients, including over 200 recognizable franchise brands, in dozens of countries globally over the last decade.

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Most cut-rate backup services popping up recently are owned by speculative venture capital funding companies ill-equipped to handle the volume of customers brought in by expensive national marketing campaigns. And while the introductory pricing structure may seem too low to resist, once the initial round of funding expires the providers are forced to make a price hike (for example, one major provider raised their rates by 5x this spring).

24/7 Support
When clients are in a panic and need to restore data, it is essential they can call an experienced, technically-knowlegeable support person to help them through it. With a non-business backup service, support is extremely limited. It can be a major challenge not only to speak with a live person by phone — in a reasonable time frame, who is helpful and technically competent — or even access useful documentation online. It’s like booking a convention center with bargain rates for cramming 10,000 business tycoons into a room made for 100 — you may save a few bucks, but the results are bound to be disastrous.

The support staff at Remote Data Backups is readily available by phone, toll-free 24/7, with little or no hold time. Each of their technicians has been with the company for at least 3 years and came to them with over a decade of prior hands-on IT experience.

Bandwidth and Performance
Bandwidth is one major commodity backup companies need to account for. When you give unlimited space for a few bucks a month, you are forced to govern bandwidth.

Remote Data Backups provides redundant bandwidth using multiple telecom providers via world-class connections. That way they can provide nearly limitless up-and-downstream for unparalleled transfer speed and performance.

Successful, Timely Data Restores
When clients need to restore a lost file, they don’t have time to wait. A backup service is only as valuable as the reliability and timeliness of a restore.

While to the novice observer backups may seem like simple, straightforward file transfers, the complexity of restoring incremental file changes can cause problems with less-tested software. RDB can say definitively they have never lost a client’s backup data.

World-Class Data Centers and Security
Another area where low-rate backup services cut corners is the equipment and infrastructure used to store and manage your data. Outdated technologies, overloaded servers, lack of security, monitoring and redundancy can be major signs of concern.

Remote Data Backups uses the world’s most secure data centers, located in ultra-secure private limestone mines located 100-200 feet below ground and separate by 1,100 miles. All data received by either hardened Data Center is immediately replicated to its mirror – connected by point-to-point, high-speed WAN links. Data received by either Data Center is immediately replicated to the other, so an unlikely outage or disaster at one location will not affect your data availability or service performance.

Each facility uses high-performance HP Servers with fail over and redundancy, continuous server monitoring and performance tuning, assuring that storage capacity is never exceeded. We maintain best practices networking and best-of-breed routers, switches, firewalls, servers, facilities infrastructure, power grids and telecommunications circuits are all deployed with backup components to maximize fail over and redundancy.

Other physical security features include:
-Redundant power supply using backup generators with full power for up to 7 days
-Redundant completely independent electrical systems, power train, commercial power feeds, cooling system, UPS systems, dedicated A/C units, generator systems and fuel system
-Environment and climate controlled facilities, resistant to seismic activity and other natural disasters, with Class A vaults with OSHA certified fire suppression and EPA certified water treatment plants and clean air fire extinguishing systems (CAFES)
-Level 4 (highest) security rating, 24/7 armed security, maintenance & service operation
-Finger scanners for physical access, motion detectors, CCTV monitoring & camera tracking
-Failed account access attempts are logged and reviewed to prevent unauthorized access
-Privacy and Security of your Data

With such low rates, a lot companies provide cheap data storage for alterior motives – data mining. That’s right, it says right in their User Agreement that they are free to use your own “private” data for their own marketing purposes. If that doesn’t bother you, be sure to check the regulatory compliance laws that affect your industry. If you use a data backup company that mines your data, you won’t pass an audit and can face serious fines and penalties for compromising the privacy and security of your clients’ private data.

With Remote Data Backups, you set your own private encryption key, which they never have access to. Your data is encrypted before leaving your computer, in transit and stored at their data centers, using bank-level 128-bit AES encryption, so without the key it cannot be accessed.

Bottom Line:
How valuable is your clients’ data, and your reputation? Can you risk your clients’ data, and your reputation, on an unproven, cut-rate backup service just to save a few bucks?

Dugal is excited to announce, “All HP StoreEasy storage devices sold will have Remote Data Backup’s LiveVault hands-free-trial displayed as an option during setup. Links on the StoreEasy desktop and start-up menu will also point to www.remotedatabackups.com/livevault.”

There are a variety of external hard drives and flash drives available to backup your data, but they all have disadvantages, which I shared in an article earlier this summer: Disadvatages of External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Backups.

Listening in on Daniel and Deryck’s conversation promises to be much more than an education in backing up your important data.

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Visit Florida Visits Amelia Island to Fish

 Visit Florida Visits Amelia Island to FishVisit Florida is the state’s official tourism marketing company and it provides a ton of information to those visiting Florida. Tourism is one of Amelia Island’s biggest sectors, and many of the state’s attractions invest as Partners in advertising campaigns to generate more traffic for the industry.

Local resident and Charter Fishing Captain Russell Tharin took Visit Florida writer Terry Gibson on a dynamic and productive trip through the uncrowded salt marshes and shallow waters surrounding one of the best kept secrets in Northeast Florida, Fernandina Beach.

Check out the wonderful video produced when Terry went fishing with Captain Russ:

http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/videos/2014/Insider-Amelia-Island-Offers-Some-of-Floridas-Best-Fishing.html

Just another reason to love Amelia Island, Florida!

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3rd on 3rd St with Nick Deonas

3rd on 3rd St with Nick DeonasJuly 18th at 6:00 PM, the Amelia Island Museum of History presents 3rd on 3rd with a Presentation by Nick Deonas.

This 3rd Friday of the month, on 3rd Street, has invited special guest Nick Deonas to deliver a presentation on boatbuilding.

Nick is the son of Jimmy Deonas and the grandson of Mike Tiliakos, skilled Greek craftsmen who helped establish the tradition of world-class boatbuilding in Fernandina.

This program is free for members with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. Seating is first-come, first-served.

For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org

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Brian Henning of Edward Jones Wins Award

Brian Henning of Edward Jones Wins Award Pictured L to R are Crystal and Brian Henning, and Steve Jones

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Wins Award for Outstanding Year

Brian Henning of the financial services firm Edward Jones recently won the firm’s coveted Ted Jones Prospecting Award, which recognizes financial advisors who achieve high levels of success early in their careers. Brian was one of only 629 of the firm’s more than 13,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

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 13,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals, from college savings to retirement, and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio, diversified portfolio. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Edward Jones ranked No. 4 overall in FORTUNE magazine’s 2014 100 Best Companies to Work For ranking.

Visit our website at www.edwardjones.com and our recruiting website at www.careers.edwardjones.com. Follow us on Twitter @EdwardJones. Member SIPC. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse Edward Jones products or services.

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