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Community Briefs 3/23/23

For Clay Today
Posted 3/23/23

Clay Humane needs donations for severely injured dog

ORANGE PARK – Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Orange Park, is asking for donations to care for Trevor, an injured Border Collie …

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Community Briefs 3/23/23


Clay Humane needs donations for severely injured dog

ORANGE PARK – Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Orange Park, is asking for donations to care for Trevor, an injured Border Collie mix found by Clay County Animal Services on Jan. 21.
“Clay County Animal Services transferred Trevor to us. He came in lame on his left hind leg with a deep laceration in his neck, more than likely from an embedded collar,” explained Clay Humane Executive Director Linda Welzant. “He had little fur and a severe skin infection affecting the entire body due to malnutrition and neglect.”
Trevor is recovering from a cranial cruciate ligament repair. With the help of heavy antibiotics, antiparasitic medications, pain management, medicinal bathing and quality nourishment, he is healing nicely from all his conditions. While officials don’t know the exact circumstances of Trevor’s situation, they suspect neglect. Although he has multiple fractures in his tail, they don’t believe he was involved in dogfighting.
“Trevor has an exceptional disposition and is good around other animals,” said Welzant. “He is a calm and sweet boy who learns quickly and wants to be with you, preferably in your lap.”
Trevor is between 5-8 years old and weighs about 60 pounds. He has several potential adopters and will go into a forever home following his recovery over the next few months. The total cost of Trevor’s rehabilitation so far is approximately $4,000.
To donate to Trevor’s Fund, visit or call (904) 276-7729.

Active and Retired Federal Employees meet monthly

ORANGE PARK – As the only organization dedicated to the general welfare of all federal workers and retirees, the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees delivers valuable guidance, timely resources and powerful advocacy.
Clay County Chapter 141 meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Orange Park Library at 2054 Plainfield Ave. at 12:30 p.m. Each gathering consists of a short business meeting and a presentation.
Since NARFE’s founding in 1921, the association’s mission has been to defend and advance America’s civil servants’ earned pay and benefits. Today, NARFE’S team of professional lobbyists continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the federal community. Supported by grassroots advocates, NARFE is a leading voice in Washington and across the country, although often unknown to our local civil servants, both active and retired, along with postal personnel.
Federal benefits and retirement plans are unique, complex and subject to change. NARFE provides federal workers and retirees with the precise, reliable and accessible counsel they need to make critical decisions and gain confidence in a secure future.

Hogs for Dogs to raise money for Clay Humane

ORANGE PARK – Riders are encouraged to meet at Adamec Harley-Davidson on Wells Road on March 25 for the start of a poker run to raise money for Clay Humane.
The ride starts at Adamic and ends at Whitey’s Fish Camp on Fleming Island, with stops at Crossroads Saloon in Palatka, Howlin Wolf Bar in Melrose, Watering Hole at Smith Lake in Keystone Heights and Saloon 17 in Green Cove Springs.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and costs $30 a person. Those who preregister by March 16 will receive a gift bag containing T-shirt and goodies.
Dinner will be served at Whitey’s Fish Camp at 3:45 p.m.
The ride also includes food, music, 50/50 raffle and prizes for the highest and lowest dice roll.
For more information, visit or call (904) 276-7729.

Orange Park Chorale coming to Penney Farms, Orange Park Presbyterian

PENNEY PARK – The Orange Park Chorale invites the public to enjoy community voices joined together in song as the group presents its free spring vocal concerts, “Amazing Love” in two performances.
On Saturday, March 25, at 4 p.m., the chorale will perform at the Penney Memorial Church, 4465 Poling Blvd. The second concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. at the Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave,
Both concerts are free. Donations will be accepted.
Under the direction of Artistic Director David Holladay, “Amazing Love” concert selections will include sacred music such as Dan Forrest’s “And Can It Be,” Moses Hogan’s “Ride on, King Jesus” and “You Say,” arranged by Heather Sorenson and co-written by contemporary Christian performer Lauren Daigle.
Secular music includes a traditional Zambian song “Bonse Aba” arranged by Andrew Fischer and Thomas Morley’s “Now Is the Month of Maying!”
The Orange Park Chorale, founded in 1992, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The group’s mission is “to provide opportunities for community participation in the area of choral music, by providing excellence in the choral arts; performing the works of living American composers; and enhancing the cultural life of communities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.”
Throughout its history, the members of The Orange Park Chorale have been committed to maintaining the group’s core values of: musical excellence, fellowship, mutual respect, character and dedication.
For more information about the Orange Park Chorale or the group’s upcoming spring concerts, please contact Board Chair Harolyn Sharpe at (904) 553-8487 or visit

Mission of the Dirt Road offering free showers

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Adults can sign up for free showers on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Mission of the Dirt Road, 7790 State Road 100.
Adults can utilize the services from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Families with children can get free showers on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. Showers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Residents are required to sign up during the day of the shower. To make a reservation, call or text (601) 568-3473.

Thrasher-Horne: Show memorabilia on sale to fund future shows

ORANGE PARK –Signed posters, flyers and banners from recent acts at the Thrasher-Horne Center are on sale at the center’s box office at 483 College Dr. in Orange Park.
The money will go to the Thrasher-Horne Center Annual Fund to provide financial assistance for future programs.
Included in the items are items from the shows by Rumours, Always Patsy, Elvis, Craig Morgan, comedian Bill Engvall, Diamond Rio, Electric Light Orchestra Experience, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pete the Cat, Ricky Nelson Remembered, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Young Irelanders and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Items range from $5 to $50, and they can only be picked up at the center.
The center also is selling tickets and gift certificates for upcoming shows
For more information, call (904) 276-6815 or visit

Shred For Good: Challenge Enterprises offers shredding drop-off

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Shred for Good hosts Residential Shred Drop-Off events for the benefit of individuals that don’t have an ongoing need for regular shredding service. During the drop-off events every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, participants may deposit their sensitive documents in secure and locked bins at 3530 Enterprise Way in Green Cove Springs. The bins are then securely transported to the Shred for Good facility, where it is destroyed.
After a six-month shutdown for the pandemic, Shred for Good rolled out a rebooted Residential Shred Drop Off Program in October 2020. On the first day, 92 households were able to destroy 5,116 pounds of sensitive materials in just two hours. Each one of these events is focused on convenience for the consumer and streamlined processes for the staff.
Residential consumers now follow the signs to the drop zone, complete a short form, donate and drive away without ever having to leave their vehicle. Both the form and donation have been made available online in advance to save time.
The average household drops off about 55 pounds and donates $14 a visit. Considering that most drop-off shred sites charge more than $.50 a pound, the Shred for Good’s Residential Shred Drop-Off Program at $.26/pound is a cost-effective alternative for the community it serves.
Business and Commercial Customers please call (904) 252-9786 to schedule a pickup using one of our secure bins.