Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

St. Johns County plans to open its newest fire station — Station 19 on Veterans Parkway near the corner of Race Track Road. More »

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

The Arpens\\\\\\\' recent trip to France included three stops that were strongly connected to Mandarin\\\\\\\'s history. More »

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Hippotherapy uses a horse’s movements as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment. More »

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Donald Bowden, sometimes better known as Mandarin’s Frog Man, is the originator of the concrete frogs that are all over Mandarin — and in many other states and countries now as well. More »

 

Mandarin NewsLine

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

By Sandy Arpen
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In May, my husband Tracey Arpen and I were fortunate to make a three week journey to France. We included three stops that were strongly connected to Mandarin’s history.

Back in Time with Brett | Mandarin Cemetery

By Brett Nolan
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It’s hard to imagine what life was like back in old Mandarin, but if there is anything that connects us to those who were here before us, it would be our own mortality. Like taxes, death is inevitable and something we all have to face. There is no better link to our past than walking through the gates of Mandarin Cemetery. The aging oaks, towering with their festoons of moss dancing in the wind, watch as they did over a century ago when the land was first consecrated — it was 1836.

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

By Martie Thompson
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As someone who can trace his ancestors back to Massachusetts in 1675 and whose family has lived in Mandarin since the Spanish Land Grant in 1783, Donald Bowden has plenty of stories to tell. In fact, many streets and roads in Mandarin are named after his family through the years: Bowden Road, Hartley Road, Flynn Road and Plummers Cove Road just to name a few. Bowden has lived his whole life in Mandarin and went to Loretto Elementary School, DuPont Middle School and Wolfson High School. He worked at the old Julington Creek Restaurant that was located where the marina is now near the Julington Creek Bridge before working for Winn Dixie and becoming an assistant store manager of the company’s busy Cedar Hills store at age 22.

Captain David’s Fishing Report 

By Captain David Lifka
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It’s been a few years since we’ve had a decent shrimping season. With a decent shrimping season comes some prime time fall fishing. Reds, trout, flounder, and sheepshead become the biggest targets of local anglers, with a nice variety of other species out there to still add to the cooler.

Gardening | I could always do better…  

By Master Gardener Volunteer Lesley Arrandale
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Having tried in spring to grow pole beans — Kentucky Wonder — with minimal success, I resolve to do better. As well as sowing the seeds a bit late in the season, one problem may have been that my yard had too few flowering plants to encourage the bumblebees that I’ve learned are largely responsible for fertilizing bean flowers. I discovered the connection when reading “Sting in the Tale” by a British entomologist, Dr. Dave Goulson. (Also by the same author, “A Buzz in the Meadow”; both books are available at the public library. They may be a little science-heavy at times, but are definitely informative, engaging, and humorously written.)