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Open houses: earlier, later in day

By Jessica Prevatt

I just returned from the first of two open houses I have to attend two days before the start of school. As a working mother I am having to take off twice and eat lunch at my desk to get my children to their appointed schools for open house. I consider myself lucky because unlike parents who work in Jacksonville, I work in Macclenny and am able to take off to attend events such as this.

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Y director’s first foreign foray at Prague forum

Baker County YMCA executive director Ryder Leary (center left above) recently returned from a summit in Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic, as one of 30 U.S. delegates at the YMCA Europe Festival Love 2 Live.

There some 5000 young people from across the globe gathered “to celebrate life, celebrate culture, celebrate diversity and celebrate all that is inspiring about being young in Europe and the wider world,” according to the event’s website.

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Amie Hodges, 78, of Macclenny dies on August 16

Hodges.jpegAmie Louise Hodges, 78, of Macclenny died on Friday, August 16 at  Frank Wells Nursing Home in Macclenny following an extended illness. She was born in Baxter and resided in Baker County all of her life.

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