The Ark Wildlife Rescue assists animals in need

The Ark Wildlife Rescue assists animals in need

Serving St. Johns and all surrounding counties, The Ark Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation rescued, rehabilitated and released 20,000 local wildlife since the non-profit formed in late 1999. More »

Lend an Ear Outreach strives to give the gift of hearing

Lend an Ear Outreach strives to give the gift of hearing

Outreach is truly the key for making something happen, including giving and receiving the gift of hearing. More »

Bartram Springs Elementary provides musical theatre opportunities

Bartram Springs Elementary provides musical theatre opportunities

The musical theatre program at Bartram Springs Elementary has became a standout opportunity offered for students to shine. More »

Have you heard about OLLI?

Have you heard about OLLI?

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of North Florida is known as OLLI. It is a community of learners with the vision “Live well, learn forever.” More »

Saltwater Fishing: North Florida angling with Capt. Kirk Waltz

Saltwater Fishing: North Florida angling with Capt. Kirk Waltz

Current North Florida weather gives us all that perfect window of opportunity to try out new stuff we received over the holidays. More »

 

Ponte Vedra NewsLine

This ‘n That: If you tickle rats, they are happy campers

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By Mims Cushing
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An article about rats was in the Nov. 11, 2016 edition of The New York Times on page A12, a research piece by James Gorman that jumped out at me. It was titled, “When Tickled, Rats Giggle and Leap, Researchers Find.” It was accompanied by a photograph of a researcher in Berlin, scratching the belly of a rat, with the rat’s head leaning against the researcher’s hand.

Pantry Raiders: Celebrate Irish culture on St. Patrick’s Day

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By Melissa Cooper
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St. Patrick’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate Irish culture — and these celebrations are not truly complete without some traditional Irish food. Try this recipe for Irish Soda Bread to accompany your favorite Irish fare.

Travel: Visit Ocala horse farms

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By Debi Lander
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Ocala, in central Florida, bills itself as the “Horse Capital of the World.” I always figured that title belonged to Kentucky, but I discovered I was wrong. The Ocala/Marion region leads all other counties in total number of horses and ponies in residence, with more than 70,000 acres of thoroughbred breeding and training farms.

Capt. David’s Fishing Report

St. Johns River Fishing Tips

By David Lifka
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It’s hard to believe, but there are shrimp in the river right now. Unfortunately in Duval and St. Johns counties, the months of March and April are closed to shrimping. Winter shrimp in our area of the river is not unheard of, but it is somewhat of a rare occurrence. With a milder than normal winter, and a shortage of rainfall occurring, conditions have been right for shrimp to be much farther up the river than usual for this time of year.

Gardening: Another spring

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By Lesley Arrandale
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The seasons roll around, and before we know it the robins will have passed through and our overwintering birds will have left for their more northerly nesting grounds. Depending on temperatures, lawns will soon be greening up, we will be planting our summer vegetables and perhaps seeking new shrubs and perennials to fill in gaps that winter may have left behind.