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Independence Day Celebration in Macclenny Park

After the annual Independence Day celebration at Northeast Florida State Hospital was canned due to state budget cuts, local officials with the Chamber of Commerce, City of Macclenny and Baker County Commission organized a new festival at the city park on West Boulevard the evening of June 30. The event concluded with fireworks and featured more than 30 food, arts and crafts and entertainment vendors. Pictured are some of the many people and sites from that day. See more photos and order prints here.

Faith (left) and Vanessa Yale sing with their mother Marlayna Yale during karaoke.A blooming onion and many other fried foods were available to attendees.BBQ chef Robert Parker.

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Teen volunteers at nursing home during summer break

The Press will be profiling young volunteers in our community donating their time this summer to benefit others. At the end of the summer, we’ll also select the most dedicated volunteer and award them a prize. The first volunteer in the series is Keltni Davis, 15, of Macclenny. She’s the daughter of Felicia Hodges and Williams Davis.

Keltni Davis gives resident Alvin Melton a manicure.Keltni Davis hopes to study nursing one day, but she’s getting a head start this summer by volunteering at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab.

Her mother works there, so Ms. Davis often tags along to spend time with patients. She reads to them, paints the nails of female residents, tidies up their rooms or serves refreshments and movies for them to keep them entertained.

“I really enjoy listening to their stories. They’re the absolute best story tellers,” said Ms. Davis, a soon-to-be 10th grader at Baker County High school, by e-mail last week.

She began volunteering at the facility at the request of her mother, but was enthusiastic about it nonetheless.

“Most teens wouldn’t want to spend their time volunteering, especially their summer vacation!” Ms. Davis wrote. “However, I enjoy volunteering at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab.”

When she’s not volunteering, the youth enjoys spending time with family and friends and “soaking up the sun’s rays at the beach.”

After high school, Ms. Davis plans to study nursing in college and pursue a career in pediatrics.

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New vets council forming

A new group — the Baker County Veterans Council — is forming to help support local veterans and their families.

Tony Esterling, director of the Baker County Veterans Affairs office, said the council aims to recruit veterans and their families to join forces and assist other area veterans in any way they can, whether it’s financial help, mowing a widow’s lawn or guiding a veteran to employment or housing.

The council recently raised money to help a disabled veteran who lost his job and was in danger of losing his home, Mr. Esterling said.

The council is seeking nonprofit status through the Internal Revenue Service, which among other benefits will allow donors to write-off their charitable gifts and reduce their federal tax liability.

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‘Charmer’ Mabel Brazil at 90

Mabel Grazil on the porch of her historic College Street home.Mabel Brazil loves to chat.

At 89 years old, and about to mark her 90th birthday on June 20, the Macclenny resident for the last 42 years has many stories to tell.

There’s how she met her husband of 65 years, the late Dallas Brazil, at 16 years old in the Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville while roller skating around big rose garden.

“Him and his brother-in-law were sitting on a park bench just doing nothing,” she remembers. “We struck up a conversation and went from there. From there all the way to here.”

Then there’s the 10 years Ms. Brazil spent in a dance troupe, “The Charmers,” performing 1920s-era-flapper shows for woman’s clubs and other groups both here and in Georgia during the 1990s.

“One time we had back-to-back shows for five days,” she recalled.

Or how she and her husband moved to Baker County in 1970 following his retirement from the railroad. They later bought the College Street house where Ms. Brazil still resides, an historic structure built in 1901 and restored by her husband.

“He was a good husband, a good provider, a good moral person,” she said of Mr. Brazil. “He had a good reputation. He never did things like drinking and gambling that a lot of people do now. He was a good man.”

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