Nassau County Council on Aging to host new low vision support group

Nassau County Council on Aging Press Release Submitted by Jeff McDowell Marketing Manager October 21, 2014 7:32 a.m.

Among the many challenges that people face as they age is a loss of vision. Known as Age Related Macular Degeneration or AMG, this condition is the number one cause of blindness among senior citizens. While all age-related vision loss isn’t due to AMG, it can impact the severity of normal age-related vision loss.

Local senior Norma Butler has suffered from AMD for seven years and she doesn’t let the condition slow her down. She helped form the Low Vision Support Group to help other seniors with the condition to live full and independent lives while adapting coping strategies.

To learn all the facts about, and coping strategies to deal with AMG, the public is Continue reading

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Vote YES on Fernandina Beach City Charter change: An Opinion

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Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
October 20, 2014 11:09 a.m.

city_charterDuring a Special Meeting held on August 25, 2014, an affirmative vote of 4 Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (Commissioner Johnny Miller was absent), approved a modified Ordinance 2014-28 on second reading to place a binding referendum question on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot:

Should the City Charter be amended to provide that City Commissioners shall serve four (4) year terms instead of three (3) year terms and City elections held every two (2) years in conjunction with county, state and federal elections?

There has been little to no public discussion in this topic subsequent to that special meeting. City Commission candidates have not been campaigning in support for this change, despite their vote of support for taking it to the voters.  There has been no education campaign launched by the city to explain why the idea deserves public support. Here’s why I think such a change is a good idea. Continue reading

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Fernandina Beach City Commission Candidate Forum: Differences Emerge

Submitted by Adam Kaufman
Legal Analyst
Filling in for Suanne Z. Thamm

October 19, 2014 12:30 a.m.

Incumbent Charlie Corbett, Tim Poynter, Robin Lentz, Roy G. Smith, and Incumbent Sarah Pelican.

The candidates for the two seats on the City Commission to be filled this November appeared in City Hall Chambers at the invitation of the Fernandina Observer on October 16, 2014.

During the 90 minute forum incumbent Sarah Pelican and her opponent Robin Lentz and incumbent Charlie Corbett and his opponents Tim Poynter and Roy G. Smith addressed questions formulated by the Observer. It is the third consecutive year the Observer has hosted a City Commission candidate forum.

Larry Myers, Moderator

Fundamental differences in direction and approach to maintaining a viable City were clearly evident as the incumbents and challengers responded to the questions posed by Larry Myers, the moderator. Myers is a former Fernandina Beach City Manager, interim County Administrator and legislative aide to state legislator Aaron Bean.

Absent from the questions and the candidates’ responses were discussion of the role of a Commissioner and the City Manager in Fernandina Beach’s City Manager/Commission form of government. The City Manager serves as chief advisor to the Commission. While the City Commission sets broad policy and has power to pass ordinances and adopt regulations Commission members are to rely on the City Continue reading

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Carollee Adams
October 19, 2014 1:00 a.m.

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“House Sparrows Feeding on Sea Oats”
Photo courtesy of Carollee Adams

Carolee Adams PhotoEditor’s Note: Carollee Adams moved to Fernandina Beach from Naples, Florida in 1991. She was a member of the opening team when the Ritz Carlton came to Amelia Island. Three years ago, Carollee retired from the Ritz after 28 years as a massage therapist. She now spends her retirement years honing her skills as a photographer, a poetry writer, and painter. We thank Carollee for her contributions to the Fernandina Observer.

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Don Parker’s “Food for Thought” – A Culinary Adventure

Submitted by Emily Carmain
October 18, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Don Parker 1What do you do with 60 years worth of great recipes gathered from all over the country and abroad? If you’re a writer as well as a chef, you put the best of them together into a cookbook with stories to go along with them.

That’s what Don Parker did this summer, and the end result is his new book, Food for Thought: Recipes and Writings to Chew On.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” says Don, 86, a longtime resident of Fernandina Beach. “My wife, Andrea, shared the same dream, and was deeply involved with the compilation, decisions on recipes and the publishing. I’m so thankful that it was finished in time for her to see the printed books.”

Andrea Parker passed away September 20th, after struggling with ill health for the past Continue reading

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Get Festive on Amelia Island with Santa, Snow, Cookies, More

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Submitted by Katharina Lane

Hayworth Public Relations
October 18, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Amelia Island Tourist Development
Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island allows visitors to get festive with a season of delightful events in November, December and January. Guests can enjoy unique sporting events and enchanting holiday experiences, such as historic home tours and snow at Santa’s workshop. The small barrier island combines appealing events with its outstanding dining and attractions to offer a memorable winter getaway this holiday season. Upcoming events on Amelia Island include:

Georgia vs. Florida Football Weekend (October 31-November 2)

Each year Amelia Island celebrates the longstanding rivalry between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and University of Florida Gators. On November 1, the Bulldogs and Gators will once again go head-to-head at Jacksonville Everbank Field, just 45 minutes from Amelia Island. The island has long been a popular home base for rival fans looking for a place to stay for the annual football match-up. The island’s numerous lodging partners are happy to house fans of both teams. Visit for a list of packages available for game weekend.

History of the American Soldier (November 8)

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort Clinch on Amelia Island offers a full day of U.S. military history as they honor the United States Armed Forces. Guests can review military displays Continue reading

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Open House at FSCJ’s Betty P. Cook Nassau Center

Submitted Press Release
October 17, 2014 5:00 p.m.

nassau_1__hero-shortFlorida State College at Jacksonville is hosting an open house at the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center in the Lewis “Red” Bean Technical Center.  Attendees will learn about the Air Traffic Control, Cardiovascular Technology, Culinary, Emergency Medical Technician and other programs.  Nassau Center tours will be offered and light refreshments will be available.  To learn more, please call enrollment services at (904) 548-4432.

COST:            Free

WHO:             Public

WHEN:          Monday, October 27, 2014 -  6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:        Betty P. Cook Nassau Center,  76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL

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Local Sierra Club endorses Crist

Submitted Press Release
Julie Ferreira Chairperson
Nassau County Sierra Club

October 17, 2014 11:37 a.m.

Sierra logo v4The Florida Sierra Club is engaged in an independent campaign to urge members and environmental supporters of Florida to vote for Charlie Crist. In doing so, Sierra does not coordinate strategies, activities, or messaging with Crist or his campaign staff. This is purely an independent effort.

Through our local Fernandina Group we have never endorsed a candidate before because we strongly feel that we are a bi-partisan group and want to remain that way. However the fact that Rick Scott has had such a miserable environmental record since being in office has changed our thinking about endorsements.

Four years ago, Rick Scott began attacking the Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) which was a growth management agency that Continue reading

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Littleberry Farm is not a berry farm

Submitted by Gerry Clare
Roving Reporter

October 16, 2014 5:05 p.m.

Editor’s Note:  The Friends of the Library will be hosting a fundraising event at Littleberry Farms on October 25 at 5:00 p.m.  There will be music by the O.C. Band, barbeque, indoor and outdoor seating, music, and dancing  For ticket purchase visit click on donate now, and scroll to Littlberry.

Littleberry 2 CropLittleberry Farm began as raw land, pasture and forest which the Broussard family purchased in 2000. However, prior to that time lots of farmers lived in the area of Nassauville just west of the Thomas Shave bridge over the intracoastal waterway. The Broussards built their house, cleared 18 acres for horse paddocks, and left 20 acres for wooded trails. Now what about the berries?

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Gate on Clements Road

Littleberry Zetterower was 12 years old when his father, James and family moved to the Nassauville area from the Savannah area to work for the Florida Railroad. His family actually owned this parcel behind the present Otter Run subdivision and all the way from Barnwell Road to the bridge as well, hence the name, Littleberry Road and Littleberry Farm. (See “Yesterday”s Reflections II” by Jan H Johannes, Sr. for more history on this area.)

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Our stars, Tinker and Junior, award winning champion Paints. (Upper Left)
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Terry and Seward Broussard and grandaughter.

There are now 20 horses in residence, many state champions and Tinker, a world champion. Terry and her daughter, Summer, have worked the barn and horses, while Seaward became and is still a local builder. Now this beautiful piece of property is open to the public for events and weddings.

Littleberry Farm not only houses horses and provides trail rides and lessons, but has become a destination.

Littleberry Farms 1With a large spring fed lake as a backdrop, weddings and events can be held outside. Not many venues have trees with chandeliers, also a plus for a party. But the clubhouse has modern kitchen facilities and a long front porch for a fun barbeque event or private meeting. It is a great location for a family reunion or getaway to discuss next year’s corporate objectives…maybe just to celebrate last year’s performance.

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Paisley playing in the almost firepit

The Broussard’s granddaughter, Paisley, is pictured in the firepit and oyster roast area which is also being added to the property.

You can preview the property by contacting or calling her at 904-321-7827. For more information you can also see on Facebook. Another option is to attend the upcoming Friends of the Library fundraiser, called Pony Up and Party on Saturday, October 25th.

The gate on Clements Road south of A1A behind Urgent Care off Pine Grove Road will open at 4:45 pm. There will be a barbeque, indoor and outdoor seating, music, dancing, and a silent auction type of event that should be lots of fun. The show ring will feature lots of horsemanship, including “Joey,” the horseback riding border collie and all will exit through the Littleberry Road gates when the event is concluded. Contact the Fernandina Beach Library or go to their website to order tickets at $75 each.

Gerry Clare.jpg 2Editor’s Note: Gerry began free lance writing for fun and is the author of a published book (available on Amazon and at Books Plus) about funny real estate experiences. Gerry is a longtime member of our local American Business Women’s Chapter, a volunteer cancer driver and church deacon who loves to read, travel and meet interesting people.

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