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Threatening weather doesn’t stop concert in the park

Threatening weather doesn’t stop concert in the park

After rainy weather during the Memorial Day weekend forced a reschedule of a concert and picnic in Memorial Park, the threat of similar weather over Labor Day weekend almost conspired to do the same. Fortunately, the skies cleared up long enough for families and supporters of Memorial Park to spread out on the lawn and […]

In Memoriam: Vincent J. Kerr, DVM – December 2, 1937 to August 6, 2018

In Memoriam: Vincent J. Kerr, DVM – December 2, 1937 to August 6, 2018

Vincent J. Kerr, a longtime Jacksonville veterinarian and a pioneer in the field passed away August 6, 2018, in hospice care at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside. Dr. Kerr grew up in New Jersey, where he worked in greenhouses during high school before entering Cornell University to earn a Bachelor of Science in agriculture. “At […]

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 […]

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