St. Johns River Celebration volunteer cleanup is on Saturday
CLAY COUNTY – The one-day St. Johns River Celebration volunteer cleanup will be on Saturday at three different locations in Clay County.
Residents may check in at the Knight’s Boat Ramp at 1472 River Lane at the Black Creek Bridge at U.S. 17 in Green Cove Springs or at Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 County Road 220 on Fleming Island from 8 a.m. until noon. Anyone wanting to clean up the area around the Main Street Boat Ramp should email county coordinator Tania Jolley at Tania.email@example.com in advance.
The cleanup efforts include the shoreline of the St. Johns and the river’s entire watershed. The Celebration helps people understand how the river system is interconnected. What everyone does in one part of the watershed, which is the 12,400-square-mile area from which the river drains into its surrounding ecosystems, affects the entire river.
Throughout the watershed and all along the St. Johns River, people work at cleanup sites and help raise awareness of river issues to foster a year-round appreciation of Florida’s longest river.
Volunteers younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult, while anyone between 17-18 should be with an adult. Throughout the past 21 years, 10,503 volunteers have removed more than 298,431 pounds of trash and debris from Clay County waterways and roadways.
Jolley said trash bags will be supplied, but volunteers should bring rakes, trash sticks, gloves, old clothes, protective footwear and sunscreen.
Volunteers also are asked to donate canned goods for the Green Cove Springs Food Pantry and children’s books for the VIA Women’s Club GCS’s children’s reading program.
Clay Electric offering credits ahead of board of trustee voting
Clay Electric members are eligible to win one of 34 credits on their bills if they vote by mail to fill three members to the board of trustees ahead of the co-op’s annual meeting on March 28.
Members can get a ballot by calling (800) 239-2385 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ballots must be submitted be requested by March 19 and submitted by March 25.
Prizes in the random drawing include credits ranging from $1,200 to $25.
Clay Electric serves the majority of county residents.
The annual meeting will be on County Road 100 in Keystone Heights. It starts in the morning with music, community information and energy-related booths and a chance to win the door prize – a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
Middleburg’s Gabe Bullard wins gig for Suwannee River Jam
LIVE OAK – The duo of Gabe Bullard and singer/songwriter Stephen Quinn of Jacksonville were selected as performers for the upcoming Suwannee River Jam.
The guitarist from Middleburg joined a handful of artists who were selected as one of 10 artists/groups that will perform at one of the largest country music and camping festivals in the Southeast on May 1-4.
Others selected to perform include: solo singers Nolan Hamm of Bushnell, Sarah Trimm of Bronson, Macey Mac of Ocala, Brandon Adams of Saint Augustine and Godiva of Jacksonville. Bullard and Quinn were the only duo picked, while Jacksonville’s Austin Park Band, Gainesville’s Southern Burn, Tampa’s Fat Tractor Band and Odessa’s Southbound 75 Band also will be featured on First Street Music Stage and Amphitheater during the four-day festival.
All winners will have official credentials for the Suwannee River Jam and their names printed on the back of festival T-shirts with the national-touring acts scheduled to appear like Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Chase Rice, Clint Black, Gretchen Wilson, Craig Campbell, Frankie Ballard, A Thousand Horses, Uncle Kracker and Brian Callihan.
Tickets and camping reservations are available at (386) 364-1683 or at www.suwanneeriverjam.com/tickets.
Middleburg Main Street Boat ramp, CR. 220 to be paved next week
The Main Street Boat Ramp and Park at 3788 Main St. in Middleburg will be closed for resurfacing from Sunday through March 23, according to Kimberly Morgan, Director of Tourism and Film Development for the Clay County Board of County Commissioners.
Also, work will start on Monday on the outside lane of County Road 220 near the Angora Bay subdivision. Construction in that area is expected to last through early June.
Clay County Tobacco Free Partnership to discuss youth-related topics
Youth E-cigarette epidemic and initiative to educate, tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21, marketing at the point of sale and sponsorships at the Clay County Agriculture Fair will be discussed next Thursday at the Town of Orange Park Chamber at 2042 Park Ave. at 11:30 a.m.
Please join us for our next meeting and learn how you can help reduce youth access and exposure to all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes,” said Candace Osteen, Clay County Community Health Advocate/QuitDoc Foundation.