Community Spirit

Clay County Board of County Commissioners Presents "Key to the County" to Diena Thompson

The Board of County Commissioners, at their meeting on March 22, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., will present to Diena Thompson, mother of Somer Thompson, a “Key to the County” for the Somer Thompson Foundation as well as a Proclamation declaring April 5th as Somer Thompson Day in Clay County, and declaring the month of October as S.T.O.P. The Offenders and Predators Month in memory of Somer Thompson.

IHOP’S Free Pancake Giveaway Returns March 1, 2011

Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia families can be a part of pancake history as IHOP serves up FREE pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day on March 1, 2011!  From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at IHOP restaurants across the country, families and friends can enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes, and in turn, make a donation to IHOP’s national charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  All of the funds raised locally will benefit the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, both of which are Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

Fleming Island Baptist Church Youth Department Builds City on Church Grounds

The Fleming Island Baptist Church youth department began construction on a cardboard city in the church parking lot this past Friday February 18.The youth was given an hour to construct the city and followed construction with a 30 hour fasting period that stretched from 2:00 p.m. Friday to 8:00 p.m. Saturday. The construction of the cardboard city and fast were part of an effort by the youth department to raise awareness in the community for the needs of the homeless and the needy.

The Fleming Island Baptist Church youth department will be accepting any donations the community is willing to offer. All money raised will go towards the Heart for the Homeless Foundation. Any food donations will go towards a can food drive to donate to the Green Cove Springs food pantry.

The Fleming Island Baptist Church youth department is also looking for the following items to make little kits to give to the heart for the homeless as well: 

Stolen Bicycle Replacements Donated

Stolen Bicycle Replacements Donated

Clay County Fire Rescue along with the Clay County School Board employees responded to the needs of three children from Doctors Inlet Elementary School recently. The children’s bicycles had been stolen which they used to ride to school. Ms. Katherine Loader who is the school Social Worker sent out a request to get bicycles donated for the children. Bicycles, helmets and locks were donated by the school board employees and Clay County Fire Rescue. The bicycles were delivered to the children at their home by the local fire station members assigned to Engine 17. The children were delighted to receive the bicycles.

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land for conservation in seven counties, will hold a memorable charity event on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the J.Johnson Gallery, 177 4th Ave. in Jacksonville Beach Fla.

The Eco-Safari themed evening will feature a live auction for an African Safari for two and other great prizes. Catering by Liz Grenamyer, a full bar, silent auction, live music and lots of fun and surprises all for a great cause.

February Story Ideas for Your Neighborhood

February Story Ideas for Your Neighborhood

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How Many Birds Can You Count?

Chilly weather throughout Florida has kept residents inside and close to their heaters, under blankets and in their sweats, long sleeves and socks during December and January. However, spring is just around the corner and there is wildlife to discover in your backyard!

Get your binoculars ready, because starting Feb. 18, the largest bird count in North America begins. The Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Feb. 21, is a wonderful chance to add to your Bird Detective checklist and help scientists monitor birds across America. If you do not have a checklist, download it from MyFWC.com/Learning. In the left-hand menu, click “Fun Stuff.” From there, look on the right side of the page under “Educator Links” for “Jr. Birder Program.”