Annual Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

Annual Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

The “Holiday on the Creek” boat parade will again be presented by the Julington Creek Prop Club on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. More »

Small feet leave big footprints in Uganda, Africa

Small feet leave big footprints in Uganda, Africa

Tyler Workman grew up in Palm Valley, but always knew he wanted to open an orphanage … which he finally did 10 years ago with Okoa Refuge. More »

Battle for the best chili at 22nd annual Mandarin Fall Festival

Battle for the best chili at 22nd annual Mandarin Fall Festival

Held on a crisp and cool fall Saturday, Nov. 17 at RiverPlace, the 22nd annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off exceeded attendance expectations. More »

Back in Time with Brett: The Webb Farmhouse

Back in Time with Brett: The Webb Farmhouse

Let’s go back in time to when a local house museum was once home to one of the largest citrus farms in Mandarin. More »

 

Travel | Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular shines

By Debi Lander
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Most folks think of cowboy hats when they hear the name Stetson, but founder John B. Stetson made a fortune selling all kinds of hats, manufactured in his Philadelphia plant. He discovered DeLand, located north of Orlando and west of Daytona Beach, on a trip to Florida and fell in love with the area. He had his DeLand mansion built in 1886, and also established a college — now Stetson University, home to some beautiful Victorian brick buildings and 3,000 students.

Gardening I Is winter coming?

By Lesley Arrandale
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As of early November, temperatures are beginning to moderate, which is a relief. We are also entering a generally drier season, which means that any newly installed plants need your attention if they are going to establish a strong root system before spring. Cooler, drier air can dehydrate a plant more quickly than you may imagine, and if the rains are sparse you may need to irrigate established citrus and shrubs every three weeks or so — but don’t do so without making sure it’s really necessary.

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).

Ocean of Sound proves it’s not a one-season wonder

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The Ponte Vedra High School Ocean of Sound marching band wrapped up its regular season on a high note as they head for the FMBC state competition in Tampa on Nov. 17. The band earned its highest ever competition score of 89.25 for their finals performance at the Echoes of Excellence Regional Competition on Nov. 3, where they featured their eye-popping 2018 show, “The Mistress of All Evil,” based on Maleficent and the classic Sleeping Beauty fairytale. The band placed second, just behind class 5A band Fleming Island High School which scored 89.7. The band also took home finals trophies for Best in Class Visual and Best in Class Music. During preliminary competition, drum majors Holly Anderson, Camilo Victoria and Riley Jett earned the Distinguished Drum Major award. The awards kept coming with Superior ratings in all remaining categories: Visuals, Music, General Effect, Percussion, Color Guard, and Overall Band Performance.

American Heritage Girls participate in National Day of Service

By Kristin Markham
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Temperatures peaked at 97 degrees on Mickler’s Landing beach Saturday, Sept. 15, but that didn’t stop American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop FL1512 from participating in their annual National Day of Service. More than two dozen girls and adult leaders donning hats and gloves toted oversized garbage bags in a collective effort to beautify their community.