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St. Johns County Announces April Energy Efficiency Education Series Dates

St. Johns County continues its series of FREE Energy Efficiency workshops in April to teach commercial contractors and homeowners how to build more efficiently and save money.

The weekly workshops are from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursday’s at the wind mitigation building at the University of Florida IFAS Extension, located at 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092.

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Orientation

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Orientation

Habitat for Humanity will host a homeownership orientation on Saturday March 26, 2011 at 10:30 am at the Habitat office located at 7 Hopkins Street, St. Augustine.  If you or someone you know has a need for safe, decent, affordable housing, has lived or worked in St. Johns County for at least one year, has the ability to pay an affordable monthly mortgage payment, and is willing to partner with Habitat, including fulfilling 400 hours of sweat equity building Habitat homes, then you may be eligible for a 0% interest mortgage on a new Habitat for Humanity home.  Please RSVP to Kathy Dougherty, Habitat’s Family Services Coordinator, at 826-3252 ext. 2005 or kdoughertyhabitat@bellsouth.net if you are interested in attending this homeownership orientation. 

St. Johns County Announces Energy Efficiency Education Series

St. Johns County is launching the Energy Efficiency Education Series, a group of five workshops to be offered throughout March on energy efficient building practices.

The education series is specifically designed to meet the needs of builders, developers and design professionals involved in commercial and residential construction. Although tailored for the commercial sector, the workshops also will be relevant and open to all members of St. Johns County. By attending all five workshops, individuals will be recognized as a St. Johns County Energy Efficiency Ambassador and provided a certificate of completion for prominent display at their place of business.

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Special Discount for Spaying and Neutering Cats for Spay Day

In honor of Spay Day, the St. Augustine Humane Society is offering a special discount on spaying and neutering cats. The promotion is held in conjunction with the annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.

Termite Swarms Spotted in Florida

According to McCall Service, termite swarms have been spotted in Jacksonville and people need to take warning. The annual cost of termite damage is greater than that of fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Termites typically go unseen and sneak into your home. They can go undetected for months and if left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your Florida home.

If you think your home may be infested by termites, look for these signs: swarming termites or insects, dead termites, small holes in wood, damage to drywall, structural weakness and mud tubes. These wood destroying insects are very destructive to Florida homes as they damage the overall structure.


Snowbirds Flock to First Coast Early, Stay Late

Snowbirds Flock to First Coast Early, Stay Late

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- The phones were ringing non-stop today at Coastal Realty.

Employees could barely finish one conversation before another line would light up. "It's snowbird season," one woman explained to a caller.

Devon Sherno, Coastal Realty rental manager, said many people wanted to check-in early or extend their vacations because of the constant barrage of snowstorms in the Northeast and Midwest.

The company had some vacancies left, but many of its vacation units were booked well in advance. "The Feb. 1 check-ins were scrambling to get down here early," Sherno said.

"As soon as the snow flies up there, the phones start ringing, 'Oh, what do you have? I gotta get down there. I gotta get out of the snow,'" said Sherno.

Visitors Boris and Pat Homenock extended their vacation today after learning conditions between St. Augustine and their home in Illinois were not ideal for a return trip.

Winn-Dixie Introduces Smartphone 'App'

Winn-Dixie Introduces Smartphone 'App'

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. announced it launched a smartphone application that will help customers find their closest Winn-Dixie, allow them to view the weekly circular and sales for that specific store, and create and manage shopping lists that both sync with computers and can be shared with other users. The easy-to-use app for Apple’s iPhone and Android smart phones is available as a free download through Apple Inc.’s iTunes, the Android Market or through links on Winn-Dixie’s website at http://www.winndixie.com/Mobile/apps.