Neighbor to Neighbor newspaper June 2014 : Page 1

l LOCAL NEWS l CROSSWORD l SUDOKU l HOROSCOPES l COMMUNITY CALENDAR l SCHOOL NEWS l GARDENING State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living Proudly Serving All Of Clay County Since January 2000 or June 2014 Vol 15 Issue 6 N EIGHBOR NEIGHBOR TO Dedication Ceremony for New Florida Historical Marker Nick Thompson Staff Writer FREE Re-Elect Scott Boyer plays "Taps" in remembrance to all fallen soldiers. 2014 Riverfest page 5 13*/5*/(t$01:*/(t(3"1)*$4 Chairman, Board of County Commissioners Wendell Davis; County Commissioner Diane Hutchings; State Senator Rob Bradley; Keynote Speaker Kevin Hooper; (newly retired) Interim Town Manager John Bowles; and the Honorable Steve Howard, Mayor of Orange Park. You've seen them everywhere. Every large city and almost every little town across the United States boasts at least one of these posts, either along a busy city street or an isolated section on a curvy stretch of country road. They are called state historical markers, and near the intersection of Kingsley Avenue and US Highway 17 in Orange Park, the newest Florida Historical Marker was unveiled on Saturday morning, May 17th. This latest marker was authored by Clay County resident Cindy Cheatwood who also led the way to have this informational plaque erected next to the Orange Park Town Hall. In it she cites the importance of the history of this small but growing community, at first starting out as a small cotton and citrus plantation, "Laurel Grove", developed by William and Rebecca Pengree in the latter 1700's, it's sale to Zephaniah Kingsley, who expanded it in 1803, and later the formation of the Town of Orange Park in 1877 by the Florida Winter Home and Improvement Company, whose developer, Gano Benedict, lured northern buyers to purchase property in this newly formed township by offering inexpensive 5-acre cleared and fenced parcels of land with 250 orange trees. Shortly after the unveiling of the marker, Ms. Cheatwood read its text aloud to those in attendance including newly elected Mayor, Steve Howard; Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Wendell Davis; Florida State Senator Rob Bradley; and the Reverend William Randall, who read the Invocation and the Benediction. Dr. Cynthia Stone gave a brief history and relevance of historical markers while Mr. Kevin Hooper was the Keynote Speaker of the event. The 1848 hymn "Simple Gifts" was performed by Inspirations, of the Orange Park Methodist Church, under the direction of Ms. Diane Comb. More than 170 members of the Clay County Firefighters Local No. 3362 raised $46,193 during the annual Fill the Boot drive on May 23-25 to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Clay County area. 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN ORANGE PARK No Job Too Big or Too Small! t'MZFSTt/FXTMFUUFSTt.BOVBMTt#PPLT t%PDUPST3Y'PSNTt1BETt*OTFSUT t&OWFMPQFTt#VTJOFTT$BSETt*OWPJDFT Can I get help paying for my health insurance? SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Orange Park Printing & Graphics 997 Blanding Blvd -Orange Park 100 Yards South of College Dr. in “Palmer Plaza” The Aaron Group 2569 County Road 220, Ste. 202 Middleburg, FL 32068 Find out by calling: 644-7158 276-9088 Ask For Fred or Ralph! In the pursuit of health Florida Blue is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. 77952-0713/73854-0712 Agt. It’s not too early to Hurricane season is upon us. State Farm® can help before as well as after it strikes. Contact me today to learn how to prepare or visit® . PREPARE FOR THE SEASON. SHOES DESIGNED FOR LIVING Orange Park, 2176 Park Ave. #101, 269-1100 | Certified Pedorthist on Staff Almeta Monroe, Agent Almeta L. Monroe Ins Agcy Inc 3521 U S Hwy 17, Unit A Orange Park, FL 32003 (904) 269-5200 Fax: 904-269-5111

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