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From Palatka, Florida to Guanaja, Honduras

From Palatka, Florida to Guanaja, Honduras

Getting to the village of Savannah Bight in Guanaja, Honduras is not an easy thing to do, but well worth the effort.  It's a place like most of us cannot imagine.  No malls or grocery stores, no mail carriers to fill your mailbox.  My TV had one channel, ESPN.

First, let me tell you I am not from Palatka, I live in Fleming Island. But, Palatka was very important to the success of the trip.

Meet the 2011 Deputy Sheriff of the Year

Meet the 2011 Deputy Sheriff of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association today announced that Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy, Con Kelley, has been selected as the “2011 Deputy Sheriff of the Year.” Kelley is being recognized today at the FSA Summer Conference in Daytona Beach for his dedication to law enforcement and his oath to serve and protect the public.

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

 

The American Heart Association-First Coast Market has named local business and community leader Joyce Kramzer as the chair for the 2011- 2012 Go Red For Women (GRFW) Mission.

Joyce Kramzer is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s (BCBSF) Senior Vice President, Health Business Operations.  In this role, Kramzer has primary accountability for the business strategies and operations of delivery system, service, senior markets, and IT. In her dual role as the GRFW chair and AHA-First Coast Market Board of Directors Chair, Kramzer brings excellent businesses acumen and a sense of social responsibility.  
 

The following will strategically support Kramzer in furthering the GRFW mission of educating women of their unique and clearly defined risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke:

St. Vincent’s HealthCare to Break Ground on New Clay County Facility

St. Vincent’s HealthCare to Break Ground on New Clay County Facility

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is growing its ministry and expanding into Clay County. The public is invited to attend the official ground breaking of our new Ambulatory Pavilion and Hospital at the corner of Blanding Boulevard and Branan Field Road in Orange Park on June 23 at 10 a.m.

“St. Vincent’s is thrilled to be expanding into Clay County. The community has welcomed us with open arms, sharing their excitement about the construction of our new campus,” said Moody Chisholm, CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “The need for increased access to healthcare has grown substantially in Clay County. This facility will expand the options available and enhance access to the quality care the citizens there want and deserve.”

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

St. Augustine, Fla.-- A memorial service will be held on Saturday for retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson, who died on Tuesday morning.

He was a native of St. Augustine and served as a circuit judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1996. 

Judge Watson was appointed to the bench in 1977 to replace Judge Howell Melton. He was twice elected by his fellow judges as the chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, and he also served as the administrative judge for St. Johns County for approximately 20 years. He continued to serve as a senior circuit judge from 1996 to his death.

In 2008, the St. Johns County Courthouse was renamed in his honor. The memorial service will take place at the courthouse beginning at 9 a.m. 

Judge Watson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Pope Watson and three children.