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Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter

Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter

The National MS Society North Florida Chapter announces Grace Hoffman of Ponte Vedra and Joshua Dopson of Jacksonville as two of its 2011 scholarship recipients.

The annual MS Scholarship Program helps students affected by Multiple Sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. The program is open to students living with MS, students with parents living with MS, and anyone living with MS that has not received a post-secondary education.

LeAnn Rimes Performs Benefit Concert in Ponte Vedra

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Music star LeAnn Rimes performed for fans in Ponte Vedra Sunday night for a concert benefiting the tornado victims in Joplin, Mo.

"I said the only date I have open is the fifth and I know that only gives you 10 days to put a show together, but he totally did and I'm here," Rimes said.

The singing sensation described the whirlwind week and a half to put the show together, after the event organizer tweeted her on Twitter asking if she could get involved.

"It just shows you when people put their hearts and minds to something, that in 10 days, you can come up with a show like this and hopefully enough man power to help these people out," she said.

The singer took the stage in front of hundreds of fans who came out to show support at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Rimes said she has survived three tornadoes herself and felt compelled to help out.

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

St. Augustine, Fla.-- A memorial service will be held on Saturday for retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson, who died on Tuesday morning.

He was a native of St. Augustine and served as a circuit judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1996. 

Judge Watson was appointed to the bench in 1977 to replace Judge Howell Melton. He was twice elected by his fellow judges as the chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, and he also served as the administrative judge for St. Johns County for approximately 20 years. He continued to serve as a senior circuit judge from 1996 to his death.

In 2008, the St. Johns County Courthouse was renamed in his honor. The memorial service will take place at the courthouse beginning at 9 a.m. 

Judge Watson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Pope Watson and three children.

The St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Valued Donors at Reception

The St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Valued Donors at Reception
The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) held their 2nd Annual Donor Reception on May 26th at A1A Ale Works.  The event honored valued donors who have worked with the SJCEF to fund and volunteer for numerous projects that directly benefit St. Johns County’s quality of living through its educational system.   

 

Present at the reception were mentors from the Take Stock in Children program, tutors from the Supplemental Educational Services program, Beth Upchurch, the Teacher of the Year, Megan Miller, the Rookie Teacher of the Year, SJCEF Board members and local donors, such as The Bailey Group, Hydro Aluminum and Regions Bank.

 

Megan Miller, who was awarded the Rookie Teacher of the Year by the SJCEF, noted that this ongoing philanthropy is a civic lesson she did not have to find on the Internet.  It is a real world example with local significance.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

Veterans to be Honored During Memorial Day Ceremony in St. Augustine

Veterans to be Honored During Memorial Day Ceremony in St. Augustine

The Florida National Guard, in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America, Ancient City Chapter and veterans' organizations of St. Johns County, is hosting its annual Memorial Day Ceremony May 30 at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine National Cemetery, 104 Marine Street.The ceremony honors all veterans who died during our nation's wars, and special recognition will also be given to St. Johns County veterans who have died since Veterans Day 2010. Some highlights of the event include:

-The Honorable Henri F. 'Rik' Erkelens as the guest speaker, (Retired U.S. Army Colonel).

-"Massing of the Colors" conducted by more than 25 local military, police and civic organizations.

-Echo Taps performed by Lieutenant John W. Donlon and Deputy Sheldon York of the St.