The CreekLine commences 18th year

The CreekLine commences 18th year

The CreekLine, NW St. Johns County’s original community newspaper, is delivered to every mailbox in the area, just as it has been for the past 17 years. More »

Mandarin Museum plans much needed expansion

Mandarin Museum plans much needed expansion

Mandarin Museum has outgrown its building primarily as a result of the popularity of the Maple Leaf exhibit, which in 2014 celebrated the 150th anniversary of the steamship’s sinking off Mandarin Point. More »

Riverwood Poker Club and United States Marine Corps Reserve collaborate on fifth annual toy drive

Riverwood Poker Club and United States Marine Corps Reserve collaborate on fifth annual toy drive

The Del Webb community of Nocatee has become the largest non-corporate donor to Toys for Tots in both St. Johns and Putnam counties. More »

Local dental group helps with oral health in Haiti

Local dental group helps with oral health in Haiti

Narducci Dental Group recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti to assist with providing basic dental care to Haitian families who otherwise don’t have such resources. More »

St. Augustine welcomes Venardos Circus

St. Augustine welcomes Venardos Circus

The Venardos Circus is coming to town on Jan. 24, 2018, with proceeds from ticket sales of the first performance benefiting St. Augustine’s own St. Francis House. More »

 

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Capt. David’s Fishing Report

St. Johns River Fishing Tips

By Captain David Lifka
mail@floridanewsline.com

Once again it’s the time of year to find the perfect gift for the fishing people in your life this holiday season. When shopping there is always that little bit of uncertainty as to whether the gifts you buy are actually something they need or will even use. Your goal is to find the perfect gift, but your confidence to do so just isn’t quite there. Here are a few ideas that will hopefully make this year’s shopping a little easier:

Pantry Raiders | Host a delicious holiday brunch

Holiday dinners may garner the bulk of hosts’ attention, but overnight guests need to eat breakfast and lunch as well. Brunch can save hosts some work and give families a great opportunity to break bread without some of the formalities that may accompany holiday dinners. This holiday season, consider serving this ideal brunch recipe for “Farfalle with Crabmeat, Asparagus, Scrambled Eggs, Garlic, and Herbs” from Norman Kolpas’ “Buongiorno! Breakfast and Brunch, Italian Style” (Contemporary Books).

Travel | Finding the jewels of Jordan

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Americans generally don’t include the Middle East on their bucket list, but I’d like to change your mind about Jordan. The Hashemite Kingdom, Jordan’s official name, is the safest country in the region and extremely welcoming to tourists. Jordan offers incredible historic sites, attractions, and adventures for luxury to budget travelers.

Golf Tips from T Shot Ranch

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“Doo Bee” a better golfer

By Janie C. Farina
mail@floridanewsline.com

“Doo Bee Doo Bee Doo …you make me feel so happy”… Aka Snuggle Bunny/Schnuffel

Growing up on the golf course, hitting balls was a challenge, since Nick Stoner Golf Course was minus a driving range. Summers we lived in an apartment above the pro shop.

Maple Leaf shipwreck divers continue historical awareness efforts at Mandarin Museum

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Jacksonville native Dr. Keith Holland’s passion for history has always been prevalent, but his interest in underwater shipwrecks was piqued when his brother-in-law made trips to Florida to dive in the springs. In 1980, Holland began his research and began checking off shipwrecks that had been documented and found in the area — but one ship in particular, the Maple Leaf, sank off Mandarin Point more than a century ago and had never been found. Even retrieving official records with information on the vessel proved extremely difficult. With persistence, Holland eventually found the one-inch Maple Leaf file, and he began speaking with others to gain his own conclusion that the Maple Leaf did indeed still remain at the bottom of the St. Johns River.