SOUPer Bowl unites community to help those in need

SOUPer Bowl unites community to help those in need

Nease High School students are using the football theme at the Jan. 30 fundraiser from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., hosted at Nease, to raise money and awareness about student hunger in St. Johns County. More »

Italian American Club upholds culture and traditions

Italian American Club upholds culture and traditions

The Italian-American Club of today was officially founded in 1951, but its roots as a social club celebrating arts, family, tradition, music and food — everything Italian — actually go back to the early 1920s. More »

Creekside engineering students take unexpected trip to 1944 during building project

Creekside engineering students take unexpected trip to 1944 during building project

As part of an ongoing program in collaboration with St. Johns Housing Partnership, students visit the homes of elderly or recently disabled people to build accessibility ramps and help with other tasks. More »

Palm Valley Academy students celebrate the Grand People in their lives

Palm Valley Academy students celebrate the Grand People in their lives

Students in Diane Buckner’s third grade class at Palm Valley Academy recently put on a very special experience for a “Grand” group of people at Buckner’s annual “Grandperson Celebration.” More »

 

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Get to Know  … Violet Keels

By Martie Thompson
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Violet Keels, age 97, was way ahead of her time when, as an adventurous young woman, she left her comfortable life in the Midwest to see the world as a volunteer with the American Red Cross during World War II. An only child, she grew up in Indianapolis before traveling to Langley Air Force Base for training to become a “Doughnut Dolly” assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. She and three other girls traveled with the division and were assigned the task of setting up recreation clubs in each stationed city. The clubs were basically lounges for enlisted servicemen, where they could come to relax, have some doughnuts and coffee, write letters home and find a friendly face. Keels said she lived with the three other girls in small apartments and set up clubs in Paris, Belgium, Holland and three other places in France before the war ended and she returned to the United States with the 82nd Airborne Division. Keels recalled that they were treated to a ticker tape parade in New York City and a delicious dinner at the Waldorf Astoria.

St. Johns County Memorial Day weekend beach update

By NewsLine Staff
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The upcoming holiday weekend is one of the busiest times on St. Johns County Beaches. This Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27), St. Johns County staff is taking extra precautions to educate the public regarding safe beach driving rules and regulations, temporary closures to vehicle access, and free shuttle services to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier.

Travel | Highlights of the Lowcountry

By Debi Lander
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Charleston and Savannah rank among the top tourist destinations in the United States and fortunately, they are within driving distance from Jacksonville. Visit these Southern gems if you’ve never been, but unfortunately, they are pricey. It is possible to find some less costly but equally fabulous cities and Lowcountry attractions nearby.

Pantry Raiders | Potatoes perfect for the holiday breakfast table

By NewsLine Staff
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Holiday dinners may get all the glory, but those who host friends and family each holiday season know that time spent with loved ones at the breakfast table can be just as enjoyable as breaking bread in the evening. A home cooked meal first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, and hosts who want to serve up something familiar with a little extra flavor can try the following recipe for “Skillet-Roasted Potatoes with Mushrooms and Pancetta” from Betty Rosbottom’s “Sunday Brunch” (Chronicle Books).