Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

The Heartillery Group has sent 3.5 million holiday cards to military service members all over the world. More »

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will host its 20th annual Winter Celebration in Walter Jones Historical Park on Dec. 7. More »

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

The annual Julington Creek Boat Parade known as “Christmas on the Creek” returns Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to delight spectators with festive lights and holiday cheer. More »

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

During the month of October, the Nease Band won two class championships, and was named a top 10 finalist at a major national regional held in Orlando. More »

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

The Mandarin Community Club is “a direct link to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the educational, religious and cultural life of early Mandarin.” More »

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Both the Fruit Cove Middle School XC boys and girls teams won first place in the Florida Youth Championship in Lake City. More »

 

First Coast NewsLine

Get to Know  … Violet Keels

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

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
mail@floridanewsline.com

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
mail@floridanewsline.com

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.

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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).