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Veterans assist one of their own with second vehicle donation

Disabled Navy veteran Richard Mahler of Glen St. Mary was handed the keys to a used 2002 Buick Regal last week courtesy of the Baker County Veterans Council.

The council is a non-profit group dedicated to helping veterans in need. The Buick is the second vehicle the veterans council has donated in recent months.

So where was Mr. Mahler going first in his new car?

“I’m heading into town to do some grocery shopping. Then after that my wife has a doctor’s appointment that’s real important to take care of in Orange Park,” he said before a brief ceremony with council members at his home the morning of June 25.

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Free lunch for CNAs at food truck roundup

Northeast Florida Community Hospice teamed up with a number of Jacksonville-based food trucks to serve free lunches to nursing assistants across the region on June 19 for the “Great Food Truck Round-up” in honor of the 36th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week.

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Mining firm helps tidy up Little St. Mary’s park

Volunteers at last Saturday’s cleanup of Little St. Mary’s River Park on the north side of US 90 just west of Macclenny collected about a dozen trash bags of litter and another usual item — a vehicle seat found in the woods that surround the park.

The seat and a large tire were hauled off to the dump by Douglas Moore, a local landowner and proponent of Oldcastle Southern Group’s mining plans in the southeastern county.

The mining company sponsored the lunch that followed the morning cleanup on June 15. It was held in partnership with the county’s recently launched anti-litter program dubbed “Keep Baker Beautiful.”

The program offers cleanup supplies like vests and garbage bags to volunteers who wish to help keep areas of the county free of garbage and debris.

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Organic farm in Baxter hosts open house

Farm owners Jennifer and Joe Asbury.

Farm owners Jennifer and Joe Asbury.

Over the last two years Joe and Jennifer Asbury of Baxter have been slowly turning their 18-acre tract on CR 127 into an organic farm with vegetable and melon gardens, chickens, rabbits, geese and ducks.

They opened their homestead, Sunrise Jubilee Farms, on Saturday, June 15 to the public and hosted a number of craft and food vendors, a mix of Christian bands and a potluck dinner with cake. Visitors walked the garden as children played with the chickens or splashed down an inflatable water slide.

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