Hugs Across the County assists students living in poverty

Hugs Across the County assists students living in poverty

Hugs Across the County aims to work with school counselors to identify and provide for the basic unmet needs of students — all over St. Johns County. More »

Oldest dance studio glides through time in Switzerland and beyond

Oldest dance studio glides through time in Switzerland and beyond

After enrolling 10 – 15 students by word of mouth, \"Miss Janice\" opened Switzerland Dance School in the back room of the Switzerland Volunteer Fire Department in 1975. More »

Music therapy organization for special needs children expands to Mandarin

Music therapy organization for special needs children expands to Mandarin

By forming Connecting Thru Music, Karen Demuth said her goal is to bring music therapy to as many of the 60 schools Duval County that have dedicated classrooms for children with special needs as possible. More »

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

The Losco brand attracted customers from all over to come get a taste of the “Pure Scuppernong Grape Wine,” aged finely in wood More »

 

Community invited to Library Visioning Sessions

By NewsLine Staff
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What direction do you see your community and your library following over the next 10 years? The St. Johns County Public Library System needs to hear from you and hopes you can join them as they create a new strategic plan for the future of the library.

Kilwins Ice Cream Run: Sweet race for a good cause

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Enlightening the community about Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education and raising funds for Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech are at the heart of the Kilwins Ice Cream Run. Founded in 2013 by the family of one of the first students of the Mandarin Clarke School, the race ends at Kilwins Jacksonville in the St. Johns Town Center. This Kilwins location is owned by the Stallings family, and daughter Haley is a successful graduate of Clarke.

Get to Know …  Holly Donohoe

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Holly Donohoe hails from Ottawa, Canada, but loves living and being a business owner in Mandarin. Her path to the present was circuitous, but all of her life experiences built upon each other to bring her where she is today. She earned a PhD in geography from the University of Ottawa and moved to Gainesville to become a professor of tourism and leisure management and marketing at the University of Florida. She was well qualified for this position, having already travelled the world (“every continent except Antarctica”) with her international marketing company and giving lectures to large audiences about leisure development and destination marketing. At one point she worked with the Chinese government, developing their leisure industry.

Music therapy organization for special needs children expands to Mandarin

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Karen Demuth’s son Dante inspired her to form Connecting Thru Music, a program committed to bringing music therapy to children with special needs in the Duval County Public School System. Dante was born with Down syndrome and without an esophagus, leaving him non-verbal with hearing and visual deficits, but a great love for music.

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

By Brett Nolan
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Citrus fruit is what comes to the minds of many when asked about Mandarin. It was the staple industry for the community during much of the 19th Century and the reason the area was given its name in 1830; however, nestled in the Walter Jones Historical Park is a classic example of a frontier-style log cabin that uncorks another side to Mandarin’s unique history.