Neighbor to Neighbor newspaper January 2018 : Page 1

l LOCAL NEWS l CROSSWORD l SUDOKU l HOROSCOPES l COMMUNITY 12 Months Of Happiness 52 Weeks Of Fun 365 Days Of Laughter 8,760 Hours Of Good Luck 525,600 Minutes Of Joy 31,536,000 Seconds Of Success We Wish You Love, Happiness, Health & Success in 2018 January 2018 Vol 19 Issue 1 Weather Brings a Chill to Hometown Holiday in Park Nick Thompson Staff writer/photographer N EIGHBOR NEIGHBOR TO CALENDAR l SCHOOL NEWS l GARDENING Read us on-line for FREE at FREE TAKE ONE State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living Since January 2000 Mrs. Carolyn Clark gives a history lesson on Orange Park to 13-year old Emily Sommers of OPJHS. The first day of the two-night 5th Annual Hometown Holiday in the Park had to be cancelled due to day-long rains all over Northeast Florida while the second day brought temperatures to the 40 degree mark by the end of the night. Unconcerned with the colder temps, hundreds of people attended the abridged holiday at Clarke Park on Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park from 6:00 PM -9:00 PM and took advantage of several vendors' hot meals, while others roughed it with cold drinks and ice cream. Tours of the old Clarke House were available and visitors were treated to stories of Orange Park during the 19th century and even a cookie or two from Mrs. Carolyn Clarke, clothed in a traditional 1800's black dress. The living room was adorned with a beautifully decorated Christmas pine tree and visitors were asked to sign a log of their visit. Cindy Cheatwood, Chairman Historical Society of Orange Park, was dressed as Ms. Cathy Hayes who, with her husband Keith in the late 1940's and early 1950's, experimented in 'ape language' with a chimpanzee named Viki at the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology, then located in Orange Park. Ms. Cheatwood invited several students from Orange Park Junior High School to also portray distinguished Orange Park residents, no longer among the living, to tell their stories to guests of the park while dressed in clothing of their time period. Guests were given a 'Past-Port' to record signatures from all nine characters from the past after they had told a 3-5 minute story of themselves. When a visitor's Past-Port was full, they could show it to the ladies at the Clarke House who treated them with a sticker and a delicious cupcake. Continued on page 3 If you have some news or ideas... Call 904-278-7256 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 Battalion Chief Tom Rodgers began his career with Clay County in March of 1988 after serving in the United States Armed Forces, and has announced his retirement effective the end of January 2018. While Clay County wishes Chief Rogers well in his retirement, his mark on the Department will be known long past his tenure. Thank you Chief Rogers for your dedication to the Fire Service and your many years of Public Service. 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. Combine Home & Auto. Save big. Almeta Monroe, Agent Monroe Insurance Agency, Inc. 3521 U S Hwy 17, Unit A Orange Park, FL 32003 Bus: (904) 269-5200 Good things happen when you combine your home and auto insurance with State Farm®. Like saving an average of $894.* Plus, you’ll have a good neighbor like me to help life go right. CALL ME TODAY. * Average annual household savings based on national survey of 2016 new policyholders who reported savings by switching to State Farm.

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