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Restored century-old Harley-Davidson makes goodwill tour

Restored century-old Harley-Davidson makes goodwill tour

On June 30, 1564, French Huguenot Captain Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere founded Fort Caroline on the banks of the St. Johns River. He probably didn’t imagine that four and a half centuries later his direct descendent, Christophe de Goulaine, would tour the fort at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The visit was just one item […]

Manatee improving at zoo critical care center

Manatee improving at zoo critical care center

Thanks to the quick thinking of several St. Nicholas neighbors, who helped save him from a chilly death in the mud of Millers Creek in March, Miller the manatee, is slowly gaining weight at the new Manatee Critical Care Center at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Named for the creek where he nearly met his Maker, […]

Local bartender takes creative cocktail to Scotland

Local bartender takes creative cocktail to Scotland

A local man mixed the perfect cocktail and won a trip to Scotland. The backstory about Ben Golden, a bartender/mixologist at Bellwether, is that he entered a global competition run by Glenfiddich, the Scotch whisky producer, to be named the World’s Most Experimental Bartender. The competition, now in its fourth year, challenges bartenders to create […]

Gathering at the river, local pastor baptizes by immersion

Gathering at the river, local pastor baptizes by immersion

In keeping with biblical scripture and historical practices, Father Matthew Rusch of Holy Trinity Anglican Church waded into the chilly waters of the Ortega River at Seminole Park on the Saturday morning before Easter to perform the sacrament of baptism for Michael Martin. Around 50 church members, neighbors and passersby gathered to celebrate the event […]

Wings of Freedom brings warcraft to Cecil Field

Wings of Freedom brings warcraft to Cecil Field

Venetia resident George Stallings, Jr., who will be 100 years old in May, spent an afternoon with the last flightworthy B-24 Liberator, similar to the bomber he flew during World War II. Stallings, a captain in the Army Air Corps, also served as flight instructor to American and British cadets. The opportunity to view the […]

‘Love Boone Park Day’ brings community together

‘Love Boone Park Day’ brings community together

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Boone Park South and Greenscape, 20 trees representing five varieties, were planted at the annual Love Boone Park South Day, Feb. 10. Eighteen individuals and families sponsored the trees, provided by Greenscape, also picked up trash and fallen limbs. “Our goal is to plant 20 trees every year,” said Pamela […]

For the love of children

For the love of children

There’s no doubt Tanya and Andy Hardaker love children. Their hearts are big enough, in fact, to open them to double the size of their biological family (one son and two daughters) with another son and two more daughters – a sibling set of three. If six youngsters were not enough to love, the Fishweir […]

Ortega River Run celebrates 40th anniversary

Ortega River Run celebrates 40th anniversary

With the learning curve well behind them, what’s left for four of the six masterminds behind the annual Ortega River Run are chuckles about early mishaps and a sense of pride about the beloved local 5-mile run, the fourth oldest in Jacksonville. Back in 1978, seven months after the Gate 15K River Run began, Wirt […]

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