Neighbor to Neighbor newspaper January 2015 : Page 1

l LOCAL NEWS l CROSSWORD l SUDOKU l HOROSCOPES l COMMUNITY CALENDAR l SCHOOL NEWS l GARDENING Safe & a Have Prosperous New Year January 2015 Vol 16 Issue 1 Fulfill all your New Year’s Resolutions at N EIGHBOR NEIGHBOR TO or State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living Since 2000 Widely Observed New Year Symbols and Traditions FREE FARMERS & FLEA MARKET  Eat Healthier  Get fresh produce  Get Rid of Clutter  Have a Garage Sale  Make More $$  Start your own business  Save $$ Bargains Galore on Jewels to Tools  Go Green / Recycle -Buy Used or Re-Purpose WALDO Ringing in 2015 with Resolve! Ann Williamson Staff Writer “Father of the Clay County Agricultural Fair” Hwy 301  Waldo  Every Sat & Sun Can I get help paying for my health insurance? The Aaron Group 2569 County Road 220, Ste. 202 Middleburg, FL 32068 Find out by calling: 276-9088 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. Happy 2015 It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions, and in many cases, people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year. In keeping with the tradition of New Year’s resolutions, The Neighbor to Neighbor contacted a few elected officials, department heads and area business leaders for their resolutions for 2015. Sen. Rob Bradley (Florida Senate District 7, which includes Alachua, Bradford and Clay Counties): “Spend more time unplugged from mobile devices, email, social media and TV.” Green Cove Springs Mayor Felecia Hampshire: “ As Mayor my resolution for 2015 is to continue building on the successes of the city by bringing new businesses to Green Cove Springs and retaining the ones we have. I most definitely plan to work on bringing a new grocery store to Green Cove. More than anything, I would like to find a way to help our children succeed in the educational realm and help those who have been released from prison find their way back to becoming productive citizens in society. I know that’s a lot, but those are the things on my mind that I would like to see accomplished. In about a year in a half, after I leave office after nine years (three consecutive terms), I will finish my degree, and perhaps consider running for another elected position.” Green Cove Springs Police Chief Robert Musco: said that as a New Year’s resolution he is sponsoring a fitness challenge to members of the police department during the first few months of 2015 (see separate article, this issue). Board of County Commission Chairman Diane Hutchings (Clay County/District 3): “I resolve to be intentional at putting the interests of others ahead of my own while looking for opportunities to help them achieve their goals.” Cathy Lowry -HairHouse: “Be more accessible and introduce new hair services to customers.” Garrett Bryan, Paradise Church: “ My New Years resolution is to let Jesus shine throughout our community in 2015!” Tasha Hyder, Orange Park Town Hall: “My resolution is to learn something new this year…like how to play a guitar!” Wynema Lovell: That I always remember..”all good men are the same tribe” Native America Proverb. Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs: “That we as a organization, always see our clients as one of God’s children.” Hair By Lee & Friends-Clay County’s Board Certified Haircolorist: “We resolve to increase our level of continuing professional education and our level of community support.” Susan Hendry -Hendry Farms: Rather than resolving to lose weight (hopeless!) or to give up carbs (pointless!) I am instead resolving to ADD something to my new year. I want to try to daily add a compliment to a salesperson, a stranger, or someone I’ve not seen for awhile. Thinking and acting in a positive way is beneficial to one’s health, and in these days of stress-filled media info, I resolve not to be overwhelmed by the negative. Neighbor to Neighbor, you are one fine and friendly publication. Keep up the superior work in this new year! Continued on page 6 Clay County Mourns Loss of Claude Kelly Ann Williamson Staff Writer Claude Dean Kelly, died on Sunday, December 14, 2014 following a lengthy illness. He was born on January 25, 1916 in Evergreen, Alabama. Besides being a proud veteran of World War II, Kelly became known locally for his association with the dairy industry and Reinhold Corporation. He witnessed, and was a part of, sweeping changes in the 1950s/60s to the dairy industry and milk processing. In later years he became known for his unselfish benevolence towards many educational, social and philanthropic projects. Most dear to his heart was the creation of the Clay County Fair Association, and was designated the “Father of the Clay County Agricultural Fair” which began in 1987. His attended his last fair luncheon in March of 2014 and told a few close friends that day that he felt that this would be his last one, based on health issues he was experiencing. 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