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Vets praise MES students for patriotic program

Students Noah Ray, Ian Doyle, Trey Dugger, Connor Altman, Colby Hapgood and Easton Stevens recreate the iconic image of US Marines planting a flag after the Battle of Iwo Jima.Second and third graders at Macclenny Elementary saluted veterans with a 45-minute program the morning of November 9 featuring patriotic songs and re-enactments of iconic moments in American history.

The event was a first for Dwayne Norman, one of many current and retired service men and women in the audience.

The medically retired Navy veteran’s daughter attends the north Macclenny school. “It was a great program,” said Mr. Norman. “It meant a lot to me and a lot of other people; more than words can say.”

Third graders packed the stage and flanked both sides, occasionally mounting a stage set up in front of the crowd to perform historic scenes like the Marines raising the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Second graders, meanwhile, sat with the audience and helped sing along to tunes, including God Bless America by Lee Greenwood, the show’s finale.

“I always teach the second graders the music, because it makes the sound fill the room, but I cannot fit that many kids on the stage,” said Macclenny Elementary music teacher Kinita Bishop, who orchestrated the program. “It gives them something to look forward to next year.”

Also in the audience was Clay Green of Macclenny, who’s spent the last 19 years in the Air Force and visits the school each year for the veterans program.

He said this year’s show — with students acting out scenes that also included first responders on 9-11 and the Fallen Soldier combat memorial — was “the greatest one yet.”

“It was awesome,” he said while holding his 4-year-old daughter Carlie in his arms.

After he and other vets in the cafeteria were asked to stand in recognition, the students, led by Tiffany Thomas, not only sang the words to You Are Our Heroes, they signed them, too.

“The students practiced singing and memorizing music in music class only, which is 25 minutes every six school days,” explained Ms. Bishop, who tutors students in other subjects as well.

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WES tributes veterans with songs, poems

Westside Elementary School students sing patriotic songs.A throng of students at Westside Elementary paid tribute to veterans with a host of songs and poems performed under blue skies and sunshine on the Glen St. Mary campus the morning and afternoon of November 9.

Dozens of people, some of them veterans, gathered at the school to watch the performances, one at 10 am and another at 1 pm, and both led by Westside faculty.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office presented colors to begin the 30-minute program.

Nathan L. Baker of Glen dies at 80

Nathan L. Baker, 80, of Glen St. Mary died Monday, November 5, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville following an extended illness. He was born in Chipley, FL and lived in Tampa and Baldwin before moving to Glen St. Mary in 1967. He was the son of the late George H. and Rosie Belle Womble Baker and the widower of Pansy B. Baker. He was a refrigeration mechanic with Fruit Growers Express in Baldwin for over 27 years until retirement.

Mr. Baker was a member of the First Baptist Church of Macclenny, an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a former volunteer with the Baldwin Fire Department who enjoyed wood working, flying model airplanes and visiting craft shows.

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‘Cubby’ Carroll, a former resident

Warren B. “Cubby” Carroll, 88, of Glenford, Ohio, formerly of Grafton, WV, and Macclenny, died on Monday, November 12, 2012 at Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus, OH.

Cubby was born December 3, 1923 in Grafton, the son of the late Willie B. and Mary Elizabeth Jane Poe Carroll. He was a World War II Army veteran, and  retired after 29½ years from Kaiser Aluminum in Newark, OH. He was a member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church, and a former member of the Glenford Lions Club.

Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dortha Lane Carroll; daughters Angelia (Alex) Masters and Evelyn (Richard) Gothard, both of Newark; sons Michael (Vicki) Carroll and Larry (Cindy) Carroll, both of Glenford; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Brady (Louise) Carroll of Grafton.

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