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Pride in vets shown at area schools

Students at Macclenny Elementary.Westside and Macclenny Elementary Schools and the PreK-Kindergarten Center sponsored programs last Thursday to celebrate and pay tribute to local veterans who have served or are actively serving in the military.

The programs included music and recognition of past and present veterans.

According to Pre-K Center principal Bonnie Jones, this year’s salute to Veterans Day was a bit more ceremonious than in past years.

It was part due to special guest Winton Stokley. The 89-year-old Navy veteran from Macclenny was part of the Normandy Invasion in France in 1944 during World War II.

“He was there,” said Ms. Jones. “He flew over Normandy on D-Day.”

The children got into the spirit by making patriotic banners to celebrate the occasion and to welcome and thank veterans for their service. Particularly striking was a special three-dimensional flag.

Children traced their hands on colored construction paper, then cut out the shapes with scissors. The cutouts were used to create the red and white stripes and the blue field with stars. The curled fingers of the cutouts gave the impression of movement, as if the flag were waving in the breeze.

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Christmas giving suggested by ‘Birth of a New Tradition’ Internet posting

This columnist normally shies away from re-printing stuff coming over the Internet. Let’s make an exception in this case — a piece popping up on e-mail in-boxes across the country as we gear up for the Christmas holiday. It’s titled “Birth of a New Tradition” and its authorship is a bit murky, so apologies to whoever wrote it. Your thoughts are appreciated. My thanks to Frances Bryant of Sanderson.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different.

This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.

Yes there is!

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Veteran’s Day salute: Navy vet’s notes from Afghanistan

Navy Veteran Bobbi Croft while in Afghanistan in 2006.In the early 1990s, Olustee native Bobbi Croft was busy completing requirements for an associate degree from Lake City Community College.

She knew she wanted to continue with her education beyond that, but paying for it was going to be a challenge.

“I wanted to be a writer or something in communications,” she said. “That I knew for sure. I also knew I needed more school, but the money wasn’t there.”

So the enterprising Bobbi started looking for a way to pay for the completion of her education. Entering the military seemed the logical route.

It would be the Naval Technical Scholarship Program in advanced electronics that would make more education possible and help the young woman find her niche in communications.

In August 1991, with an associate’s degree under her belt, Ms. Croft reported to Naval Recruit Training Command Orlando for boot camp. The following November she graduated from electronics technician school.

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Phyllis Shelton, 59, of Bostwick, dies

Phyllis Barnes Shelton, 59, of Bostwick, FL died November 4, 2011.

She was born in Baton Rouge to Glynn R. Barnes Sr. and the late Annie Laura Wells Barnes. She was a resident of Florida since 1968 after moving from Nashville, TN. Phyllis was self employed as a Mary Kay director for 31 years and attended Celebration Church of Orange Park. She enjoyed sewing, reading, volunteering and cooking. 

Survivors other than her father of Fruit Cove include her loving husband of 38 years S. Richard Shelton of Bostwick; children Matthew Shelton of Savannah, Lauren (Eric) Cole of Green Cove Springs, Marshall Shelton of Orange Park, Whitney (Christopher) Stephens of Hawaii; brother Glynn R. (Lynn) Barnes Jr; grandchildren Brandon Bihn, Lillian Cole, Morgan Shelton, Shelbey Cole and lifelong friend Sydney Ferreira of Macclenny.

The funeral service was held on Sunday November 6 with Dr. Vincent Ferreira officiating. Interment followed in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery in Green Cove Springs. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Mary Kay Foundation (TMKF) in Ms. Shelton’s honor at P.O. Box 799044 Dallas, TX 75379.

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