Neighbor to Neighbor newspaper July 2013 : Page 1

l LOCAL NEWS l CROSSWORD l SUDOKU l HOROSCOPES l COMMUNITY CALENDAR l SCHOOL NEWS l GARDENING 904-278-7256 NEIGHBOR State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living The Neighbor to FREE July MMXIII Vol 14 Issue 7 Proudly Serving Orange Park, Argyle/OakLeaf, Fleming Island, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Penney Farms & Keystone Heights Since January 2000 God Bless America!!! We Know How To Celebrate!!! Nick Thompson -Staff Another 4th of July festival has come and gone to Orange Park's 75-acre retirement community, Moosehaven, an annual event held there for the past 13 years. And like the twelve preceding celebrations, thousands of patriotic Americans wore their red and white striped T-shirts, with white stars on a blue background, drank good ol' American Budweiser beer, enjoyed listening to several amazing country music artists, and despite the rain, were entertained with anonther great fireworks display that has become the norm for this wonderful Clay County community. The gates opened at promptly 11:00 AM, and all surrounding parking lots in the vacinity of Roosevelt Blvd. and Kingsley Avenue filled to capacity by the time the first firework rushed upward in the darkened sky. Within a few minutes, 14-year old singer-songwriter-pianist Linzey Turner, an Orange Park native, took the giant stage. A relatively new artist, Linzey still belted out several country favorites. During the next two hours, several other local acts followed: the Jacksonville Praise Singers, Regina Futch, and Second Tyme Around -a classic-rock cover band. Up next, Cherie Brennan, a Christian/Country singer-songwriter, opened with a tribute to the veterans of our armed forces. Ms. Brennan's latest single -"You Be The Light" -from her new album, "He Loves You a Lot", is currently a top ten hit on the Inspirational Country Music Charts. Pretty 17-year old Nalani Quintello, a singer-songwriter in her own rite, and the most recent winner of Jacksonville's Got Talent, performed an excellent version of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" and also put a fresh take on Justin Beiber's "Baby Baby Baby Oh". Nalani is originally from Hawaii, but is currently enrolled as a senior at Orange Park High School. Still another good-looking 17-year old aspiring country singer, Steffanie Renee, performed an outstanding version of country superstar Martina McBride's "Independence Day", followed by Jim Brickman's "Til I See You Again". But the night belonged to rising country music star Jerrod Niemann, even if the pouring rain came down during the night's feature artist's set. He did not disappoint. The soon to be 24-year old singer-songwriter from Liberal, Kansas, proudly wearing his baseball cap backwards, and sporting his standard three-day old beard stubble, belted out his first number one hit "Lover, Lover" from the CD Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, released in July, 2010. He also sang his other top ten hit from that CD, "What Do You Want". His follow-up album, "Free The Music", released in October 2012, has produced a top 20 hit "Shinin' On Me". The jewel of the night was his stunning performance of his ballad, "Only God Could Love You More". Improbable as it may seem, not everybody likes country music, but everyone does loves food, and the 13th annual American Pride festival provided a variety of delicious items from $1.00 bags of potato chips to a $7.00 plate of pulled pork, smoked turkey leg, or 1/3 pound burger. Bottled water, soda, and funnel cakes were also on the menu for the hungry. At least 60 vendors were on hand to serve food and drink, or to showcase other arts and crafts. Despite the downpour, the evening's biggest attraction, the firework's show on the St. Johns River, provided the expected "oohs" and "aahs" from the estimated 5,000 plus crowd who either entered the Moosehaven retirement property, or who lined along the western bank for a less obstructed view of the fireworks. And once again, even the oldest among us became a kid again at the sight of those multi-colored expanding blumes of light in the night sky, accompanied by the awesome sound of man-made thunder. Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns Middleburg Loses a Friend Check out the 4th of July parade photos inside! Slim Whitman Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. (January 20, 1923 – June 19, 2013), born in Tampa, known professionally as Slim Whitman, was an American country music and western music singer/songwriter and instrumentalist known for his yodeling abilities and his smooth high octave falsetto. He claimed to have sold in excess of 120 million records. His 1955 hit single “Rose Marie” held the Guinness World Record for the longest time at number 1 Continued on page 8 y Music Countr Star Niemann Jerrod A & L Irrigation, LLC  FREE BENNETT BUILDINGS OF ORANGE PARK Estimates on New Systems  Service & Repair on Existing Systems  Pump Service & Repair  Trouble Shooting  Licensed & Insured ABLES PORT CARPORTS Call us for your system check before your yard looks like this! WE CAN HELP! 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