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Flagler seeking nominations for Veteran of the Year
Flagler County’s Veterans Services Office is asking for nominations for its Veteran of the Year award, which will be presented on Veterans Day.

The award will be presented to a living Flagler County veteran who has not only served his or her country with honor, but has used the leadership skills and abilities learned in the military to improve the Flagler County community through selfless volunteer service.

“There are a number of veterans who continue to serve their fellow veterans and the community, said Sal Rutigliano, Flagler County Veterans Services Officer. “They deserve to be recognized.”
Nominations will be accepted from through Sept. 30.

Nomination requirements
The Veteran of the Year Committee, a subcommittee of the Flagler County Veterans Appreciation Day Committee, will review all nominations and select the Veteran of the Year.

The award will be presented at an expanded Veterans Day ceremony held at the Flagler Executive Airport – which is hosting the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall for the long weekend.

The nominee must be a resident of Flagler County; be a living veteran of one of the five Armed Forces of the United States, including Reserve or National Guard, or a United States Merchant Marine; have demonstrated outstanding patriotism, leadership and service as a veteran and a volunteer in the community or civic service; and be awarded for a single act or for continuous service. Previous recipients of the award will not be considered.

Nominations must be postmarked no later than Sept. 30 and may not exceed three typewritten pages.

Resume needed
The nomination must include a resume of no more than two pages with a minimum font size of 11 points that includes: periods of military service and branch of one of the five Armed Services or USMM; military awards and decoration; membership in nationally recognized veterans’ organizations; membership in community or civic organizations; community or civic organization awards or special recognition; and the nominee’s address, telephone number and email if available.

A one-page typewritten nomination statement, maximum 250 words, that describes why the individual being nominated should be selected as the Flagler County Veteran of the Year should be provided along with the resume.

Proof of military services is also required through either a DD214 or verification by a nationally recognized veteran’s organization.

“It’s an honor for us to be able recognize the men and women who have served our country and continue to serve our community,” said County Commissioner George Hanns.

Mail nominations to Flagler County Veteran’s Service Office, Attn: Veteran of the Year, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. – Building 2, Bunnell, FL 32110.

DeLand church’s Music Makers seeking students for Nativity show  
Trinity United Methodist Church of DeLand’s popular Music Makers, a musical performance group open to students in second through fifth grade, will be performing “All About That Baby!” for the 2016 fall-Christmas season.

The musical tells the traditional Nativity story but with a fun twist. Incorporating both speaking, singing and rapping parts, the story line follows Nathaniel, an absent-minded shepherd who, with his sheep, winds up witnessing the holy birth.

Weekly rehearsals will begin Monday, Sept. 12 and will run through Nov. 28 with an additional dress rehearsal prior to the performance on Dec. 4. The musical will be performed twice for the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services in the church’s sanctuary.

Registration required
Rehearsal time is from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.

Registration is required in advance and includes snacks, crafts, storybook with practice CD, plus a cast party at the dress rehearsal. Music Makers follows the Volusia County school calendar, so if school is cancelled due to a holiday or unexpected event, then rehearsal is cancelled for that day.

Register your child today by visiting the church website located at and clicking on the All About That Baby link. An early bird registration fee of $30 is due by Sept. 1. After that, the fee will be $40. Scholarships are available.

To learn more, contact Conya Hartman, director at 386-734-4425, ext. 14 or email her at

Allen Chapel men to host fellowship breakfast
The Men’s Fellowship (Sons of Allen) of Allen Chapel AME Church will host a free community breakfast Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is located at 580 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

The theme is “What Does It Mean to Be a Godly Man?

Thaddeus L. Collins will be the facilitator. He is a retired educator with Volusia County
Schools and served as an adjunct instructor at several institutions of higher learning in Mississippi and Florida.

Collins is involved in the community through civic, religious and fraternal organizations.

For more information, call the church office at 386-255-1195.

Small business training scheduled in Deltona
The Small Business Development Center at Daytona State College will offer a training on social media, “Learn to Leverage Social Media for Your Small Business,” from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 at Deltona City Hall, Room 150A, 2345 Providence Blvd.

The training will focus on:
• How small businesses can leverage social media to help them grow
• Learn to identify which social media platforms are right for your business
• Uncover how to develop meaningful content for higher reach and engagement
• Understanding tools to help you measure your social media activity
• The advantage of social media advertising tools “boosting posts”

Cost for the training is $20. Businesses may register by calling 386-506-4723.

Church to host Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
St. James Missionary Baptist Church will host its annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. The church is at 609 S. State St., Bunnell.

Flagler County law enforcement officers, community leaders and political candidates are asked to attend along with are asked to participate.

Tokens of appreciation will be given and a fellowship dinner will be served.

Officials and candidates who want to participate are asked to email or call 386-795-6327 by Aug. 24.

Palm Coast VFW plans spaghetti dinner
The Palm Coast VFW will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Aug.  27. The address is 47 Old Kings Road N.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and food will be served until 7.

Live entertainment will be provided by Zig Zag. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
For more information, call 386-446-8696.

Church hosting men’s conference and health fair
A free Man Up Men’s Conference and Health Fair 2016 will be held on Aug. 27 and 28 at Daytona Deliverance Church of God, 600 W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

160818_dt_community02On Aug. 27, the health fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. It will include a free lunch, seminars, a blood drive and a CPR class (10 spaces for $10). Registration is urged for the seminars and blood drive.

A worship service is scheduled on Aug. 28 at 10:45 a.m. with Bishop William A. Lee Jr., senior pastor of Daytona Deliverance Church of God, as the speaker.

For more information, call 386-253-2612 or visit



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