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Volume 9, Issue 2
The sound of a fly-fishing rod snap
back as it gains momentum can be
an addictive one and that perfect
catch on a fly rod is even more
Mature Matters spent the afternoon
with Captain Larry Miniard and
Dr. Raleigh Thompson in one of
Jacksonville’s most scenic areas, the
Intracoastal Waterway. From casting
to tying a fly, Miniard gives us the
ins and outs of what makes a great
fly fisherman.
By Roxie Lute
Every new fly fisherman should do his or her
homework. Practice casting in your front yard
with a ribbon acting as your fly. Don’t try to learn
the fundamentals on the boat.
When choosing a rod, keep note that quality
really does make a difference.
One of the biggest mistakes a fly-fisherman can
make is attempting to cast far. It’s better to accu-
rately cast 30 feet than to shoot for an 80-foot
cast. You only have one or two chances to catch
a fish so accuracy is paramount.
The best times to fish are the last couple of
hours of an outgoing tide and the first couple
hours of an incoming tide.
Clockwise from top: Dr. Raleigh
Thompson (left) and Captain Larry
Miniard; fish; to keep the waters
quiet, Captain Miniard uses a pole
to maneuver the boat instead of the
motor; a hand-made “finger fly” that
Captain Miniard made named for the
artificial nail he uses.
4 2 MA T U R E MA T T E R S MA G A Z I N E
Captain Larry Miniard
Illustrates the Art of Fly Fishing
Captain Miniard
As a Kentucky native,
Miniard found that fishing
was a whole new ballgame
in Jacksonville when
he moved here in 1961.
Miniard spent a lot of
time in the water himself
as a professional surfer
representing the United
States in multiple world
competitions. He guided
many offshore anglers in
search of king fish and
tarpon in order to afford
fuel, supporting his habit of
fishing. After gaining interest
in light tackle, Miniard
started experimenting in
inshore charters and fly-
fishing. After hooking his
first red fish on a fly, he
knew inshore was the place
for him. Soon enough, he
became sponsored by Orvis
and fly-fishing became about
40 percent of his business.
Captain Miniard guides
longing anglers inshore
throughout North Florida’s
Intracoastal Waterway.
You can contact
him at 904-285-5373
or visit his website at
Don’t false cast too much. To avoid this, simply
pull out more line. Remember, the rod does all
the work for you.
All casting strokes are divided into two parts: a
long motion where the rod is accelerated and
an ending motion with a faster speed-up-and-
stop of the tip. The shorter the distance the rod
tip travels during the speed-up-and-stop, the
tighter the loop will be. The tighter the loop,
the more powerful the cast.
If you feel the load in your forearm, you’re doing
it right. You shouldn’t feel any pressure in your
To gain more power in your cast, experiment
with double hauling, especially when fishing
saltwater which may have much windier
Watch Captain Miniard teach how to
double haul at
When casting your line, let it fall in the water
rather than trying to jerk it straight.
Keep the rod tip low for the most effective
Different stripping techniques can attract dif-
ferent types of fish. For example, short strips
mimic the movement of crustaceans attracting
When a fish bites, strike to set the line by pulling
the line with your hand.
In the winter, fish can be very lethargic so
search near the mudflats. Many fish like to
enjoy the warmth of shallow water in cold
When you see a mud puff when searching for
fish that usually means that you just spooked a
fish. Cast near by and hope you catch its eye.
Using a trolling motor might disrupt the fish so
having someone using a pole to maneuver the
boat is an option.
No one wants to lose their dream fish
because of a loose knot. Miniard suggests
using a blood knot to tie leaders, which is
the end made of monofilaments of different
diameters joining the line with the fly. Rapala
knots or loop knots should be used to tie on
your fly. You know you’ve tied the perfect
know when it looks like a “T”.
Dr. Thompson
demonstrates how to use
the 10 and 2 rule when
false casting, casting to
lengthen or shorten your
line or change direction.
Pull back and aim to hit 10
o’clock with the tip of your
rod then aim for 2 o’clock
when false casting.
After casting keep the
fly on the bottom just
stripping, taking in
the line with your hand
instead of reeling, enough
to kick up a little bit of
mud. Striping creates the
movement of the fly.
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Valencia Condominiums sits just footsteps from the
Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in a
vibrant community. And, with only eight homes left in
Building II, Valencia is ready to award new homeowners
with an unbeatable closeout special.
Buyers can receive up to $10,000 in extra incentives
including paid Homeowners Association fees for one full
year, 2-percent closing costs, charming plantation shut-
ters and designer tumbled tile kitchen backsplash.
In addition to pricing from $180,000, Valencia is one
of only a few new-construction condominium com-
munities in the Jacksonville Beach area eligible for FHA
mortgages, which means only 8.ö percent down. Valencia
is also approved for conventional Fannie Mae financing.
This offers qualified buyers a low down payment and
fixed-rate mortgages at competitive rates.
ºOur success at Valencia is attributed to the amazing
value that this community offers," said Michelle Graves,
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also be useful and livable.
ºThere's no point having a beauti-
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designer Francine Gardner, owner of the
New York home store Interieurs. ºEvery
room should be alive, and every object
should be selected with care and love.
ºOften, combining function and form
is best. What I also like to do is add a
simple luxury when needed," Gardner

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Everybody likes the idea of the latest cut-
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cluding the latest 8-D models. The larger
ones allow users to also access apps like
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Netflix and
If you don't want your TV on the wall,
Samsung also makes one you can hide
in a chrome table with a built-in mir-
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the mirror converts to a öö-inch LED
television. That will set you back about
And, of course, there are a host of
audio manufacturers who masquerade
weatherproof stereo speakers as every-
thing from landscape rocks to planters.
That way you can enjoy music the next
time you're grilling or going for a swim
without sacrificing the feel of an outdoor

Bringing the outdoors in, and vice
versa, has been a hot trend in home
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Special to @home
Valencia Condomini-
ums sits near Jackson-
ville’s Beaches, acting as
an elegant coastal escape.
From the community's
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of lush, formal gardens,
charming courtyards,
European-style plazas and
verdant landscaping to the
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the decadently outfitted
clubhouse, amenities at
Valencia have been care-
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Valencia was designed
with elegantly appointed
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Homes include 10-foot
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Within the gated com-
munity, residents enjoy
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pool and lounge, covered
parking and a fitness
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also a new community
park with a croquet lawn,
a fenced-in dog park and
gardening area just steps
from the Atlantic Ocean
and Intracoastal Water-
While there’s no top-
ping the features within
Valencia, there’s plenty
to capture your attention
throughout the dynamic
coastal lifestyle of South
Jacksonville Beach, one
of Northeast Florida’s
most vibrant neighbor-
hoods that’s known for its
many popular shopping
and dining destinations
and beautiful white sand
beaches. The community’s
prime location makes it
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for individuals desiring
residential proximity to
invigorating ocean breezes
and the diverse culture
Jacksonville offers.
Valencia was created for
comfort but is priced for
peace of mind. It has never
been easier to live in North
Florida’s prime coastal
setting with unbeatable
prices starting as low as
$189,000. Now is a great
time to purchase a home in
Valencia Condominiums,
as it offers an unbelievable
Building II closeout spe-
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receive up to $16,000 in
extra incentives including
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2 percent closing costs,
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ters and designer tumbled
tile kitchen backsplash.
To experience the lifestyle
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Photos special to @home
Valencia’s residents enjoy a resort-style clubhouse, pool and lounge, covered parking, a fitness center with sauna, a
new community park with a croquet lawn, a fenced-in dog park and a gardening area.
With designs ranging in size from 1,356 to 1,868 square
feet, Valencia’s homes include 10-foot ceilings, arched
walkways, spacious walk-in closets, granite kitchen
counter tops, 42-inch upper cabinets and a gourmet
eat-in kitchen with an island and breakfast bar.
Special to @home
CornerStone Homes wants area homebuyers to enjoy
the comfort and luxury of a new home oasis. For a
limited time, the Jacksonville-area homebuilder is of-
fering a choice of three oasis incentives in its Northeast
Florida communities.
“Today’s homeowners want a retreat from hectic,
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choices, we tailor to the needs of each client.
“Our backyard oasis offers outdoor features to create
an incredible sanctuary. Modern conveniences as eye-
catching as they are functional are free in our kitchen
oasis package. And another great option is our closing
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Choice of incentives
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Through Dec. 31, CornerStone Homes is offering its
“Claim Your Oasis” incentive, valued at $10,000, in its
Northeast Florida communities.
Dean Willis started donating like
most other folks – a family member
needed blood. After donating for the
first time for his father-in-law’s 1975
heart bypass surgery, Willis doesn’t
really recall why he went back to
give more but he knew it was the
right thing to do. Willis continued
multiple times to donate quarter-
pints of platelets, specialized blood cells that help control blood clotting.
The donated platelets are provided to patients undergoing chemotherapy
or organ transplants. According to the American Red Cross, a single
platelet donation can provide enough platelets for a full therapeutic dose
for a patient in need. Willis considered stopping donations after giving
hundreds of platelets, until he received a special call.
l i f e s t y l e G i V i n G b a c k
t was the Blood Alliance asking
Willis to donate earlier than his
scheduled appointment, specifically
for a local child that receives blood on
a frequent basis. The child had begun
rejecting transfused platelets and Willis
held the closest match in the region.
Willis donated to the child at least two
more times. Each time, a representative
from the hospital was waiting nearby to
take the product directly to the patient
for an immediate transfusion.
“I determined that a power greater
than me was trying to tell me that
what I was doing was bigger than my
personal interests and comfort,” said
Willis. “It was then that I decided to
continue donating on a regular basis
as long as my health made it possible.
Here I am 100 gallons later.”

By Roxie Lute
The gift of blood is the gift of life.
somebody’s type
Dean Willis
30 f l or i d a doc t or
j a n u a r y 2013
The Story of corbyn
The Blood Alliance (TBA) provides
blood to more than 40 hospitals and
medical facilities in Florida, Georgia
and South Carolina. Its safe and
adequate blood supply has supported
the millions of people, like 4-year-old
Corbyn Cammilleri, whose lives depend
on blood transfusions, for the seven
decades of the TBA’s existence. The
organization celebrated 70 years this
past October.
At 14-months-old, Lynzie Cammilleri
knew her son wasn’t feeling well
when he began taking excessive
naps and seemed a bit pale. After
visiting the doctor, his pediatrician
discovered that his hemoglobin, which
is the protein found in red blood cells
that carries oxygen from respiratory
organs to the rest of the body, was
found undetectable. Corbyn was
immediately rushed to the emergency
room. For hours doctors questioned
diagnoses similar to leukemia but no
evidence proved certain, preventing an
immediate blood transfusion. If Corbyn
was transfused with blood, his test
results would have been manipulated
and therefore a diagnosis and treatment
could not be determined with accuracy.
The next day after much discussion,
Corbyn received his first blood
The Cammilleri family followed up
at Nemours Children’s Clinic to begin
testing on the blood that was taken
from Corbyn before his transfusion.
After testing both parents and Corbyn’s
blood, doctors ruled out leukemia
and many types of anemia, but found
that both of Corbyn’s parents had
presentations of Beta Thalassemia,
a blood disorder that reduces the
production of hemoglobin, giving
Corbyn a 50 percent chance of carrying
Beta Thalassemia Major. This diagnosis
would require Corbyn to receive at least
12 blood transfusions per year. Without
blood transfusions, the result could
be death. Corbyn is the only child at
Nemours who has been diagnosed with
the disease.
Corbyn gets one transfusion every
three weeks for the rest of his life. The
procedure lasts three to four hours –
which seems like a lifetime for a child.
Transfusion-reliant patients, such as
Corbyn, are at risk of iron overload and
require chelation therapy to remove
the excess iron which could potentially
damage vital organs. To monitor the
iron count in the heart and liver, Corbyn
annually receives a MRI scan. Within
the last four years, technology has
made major improvements in regards
to chelation therapy. Patients typically
had to utilize a blood IV for at least
eight hours while sleeping several times
throughout the week. Some patients are
now able to take a tablet each morning
to manage iron levels instead. Corbyn is
one such patient.
Since diagnosis, Corbyn has had 48
blood transfusions. The only treatment
possible is a bone marrow transplant
from a matching sibling which still has
a high death risk associated with the
procedure. Corbyn’s sister, Callie, who
has been tested as well, is not a match.
“It’s been a short four years but it
has been an incredibly long journey,”
said Lynzie Cammilleri. “We are so
fortunate to have access to blood and
the clean practice measures of The
Blood Alliance. They’ve been taking
extra care of Corbyn since day one.”
The Cammilleri family knows that
Corbyn’s journey is just beginning.
They’ve already started planning on
finding a college near a transfusion
center and a hospital nearby. The
family’s support system continues to
grow and strengthen. They continue to
hold fundraisers, such as blood drives,
for Corbyn.
“We have to rely on the only
treatment possible for our son to live,”
said Cammilleri. “We rely on people for
our son’s life.”
Read more about the Blood
Alliance including the story of
Dean Willis, a 100-gallon donor,
whose actions save lives.
To donate blood, call
The Blood Alliance at
or visit
a little time makes a Big difference
One person needs blood every two seconds. In 2011, more than 50,500 donors gave blood, helping patients like Corbyn live life to his or her
fullest. Millions of lives have been enriched and saved since 1942, thanks to The Blood Alliance and its pool of generous volunteer donors who
give the gift of life generously, and regularly. Become a blood donor and encourage your patients to do the same. All it takes is a little time.
4-year-old Corbyn Cammilleri needs one
blood transfusion every three weeks for the
rest of his life. “We are so fortunate to have
access to blood and the clean practice mea-
sures of The Blood Alliance,” says his mom
Lynzie. “They’ve been taking extra care of
Corbyn since day one.”
The Blood Alliance celebrated 70 years this
past October and has grown its mobile strat-
egy of reaching donors from one mobile unit
in 1975 to 12 bloodmobiles in 2012.
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January 2013 I FREE
a t a g l a n c e • • • •
HeArt Hero HAppY Hour
local children fighting heart disease enjoyed the
christmas spirit thanks to the american Heart
association’s Heart Hero Happy Hour. Guests
gathered on the patio of cantina laredo in the st.
John’s town center on november 20th and were
entertained by the music of stephen carey, all in
support of children and families dealing with the
effects of congenital heart disease. Guests that
brought a children’s toy received a free drink courtesy
of cantina laredo. the american Heart association
ultimately gathered more than 130 gifts for children-
in-need from Winn-dixie, cantina laredo and
individual donors.
the american Heart Heroes program provides
assistance to families who have children suffering
from heart disease. It is a free program that brings
families together and provides resources to help with
the daily challenges of living with the disease.
1. Young professionals enjoy a night out to support children
suffering from heart disease.
2. Donated gifts flled the outside patio at Cantina Laredo.
3. Children with congenital heart disease enjoy the holiday
spirit thanks to the American Heart Association.
14—HealtHSource J anuary 2013
1. Jacksonville Symphony Chorus in Holiday Pops.
2. First Coast Nutcracker “Snowfakes” – photo by
Mike Erdelyi
3. Yumelia Garcia and Ogulcan Borova, from
the Joffrey Ballet, are featured in the First Coast
Nutcracker - photo by Mike Erdelyi
4. Michael Butterman leads the Jacksonville
Symphony in “Holiday Pops.”
5. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and
Chorus perform Handel’s Messiah.
wAlk to Stop DiABeteS
during diabetes awareness month, the Walk to stop diabetes celebrated its
20th anniversary. In support of the american diabetes association, almost
1,300 participants gathered at the Riverside arts Market on november 10th.
the annual charity walk raises money for diabetes research and this year
raised over $285,000. the event helps the more the 26 million people in the
united states that live with diabetes.
the Jacksonville symphony orchestra
opened a month-long celebration of holiday
events, with a variety for all audiences to
enjoy. they featured seven different events,
13 performances from nov. 30 through
new year’s eve. they also hosted a free
concert by the Jacksonville symphony youth
orchestra and two school performances of
First coast nutcracker.
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Holly Lindemann, age 15, has type 1 diabetes and is a youth ambassador for the
American Diabetes Association
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b o d y , b e a u t y , b a l a n c e • • • •
To stretch or not to stretch? That is the question.
Scientific research now suggests that stretching before you run doesn’t necessarily improve per-
formance or prevent injury. In fact, stretching before you run might even reduce your strength
as much as 30 percent. Studies also show that stretching prior to activity can decrease your
acceleration potential and reduce your power production for squatting and jumping. However,
it is still recommended you stretch for 15 minutes immediately following your run.
So what should you do before you run?
• Warm up!
• Perform a brisk three to five minute walk to increase circulation to your working
• Follow this with a run at two to three minutes faster than your regular pace for
three quarters to one mile.
• Then begin your planned run.
And after?
• Cool down with five minutes of a light jog.
• Then talk a walk for five minutes to return your body to its resting state.
• Stretching after a run is a great way to maintain flexibility and range
of motion.
Static stretches should be held for 30 seconds and repeated three to four times. Move into each
stretch slowly and in a controlled manner. Target major muscles groups like your hamstring,
quadriceps and hip flexors. Here are some recommended stretches to do after your run:
each month in HealthSource we feature an exercise of the month.
This month’s exercise focuses on marathon training.
By Roxie Lute
An inside look on marathon training with Brooks Rehab
You should train within one
to two miles of the final
race total, but some recom-
mend going up to the final
You should not increase
your mileage more than 10
percent each week.
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calf Stretch
Lean against a solid surface with one
foot in front of the other, both feet
facing straight forward. Bend your
front knee while keeping your back knee straight and your heel
on the ground until you feel a stretch in the back of your calf.
Modify this stretch by bending your back leg also; this will tar-
get a slightly different calf muscle.
Hamstring Stretch
Sit on the ground with one leg straight in front of you.
Lean forward from the hips, trying to keep your back
straight until you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh.
Glute Stretch
Lie face up on the floor with your left leg extended and
your right leg bent. Clasp your hands around your right
knee and gently pull your right knee towards your left
shoulder until you feel a stretch in your right buttocks.
Repeat using opposite leg.
Quadriceps and Hip Flexor Stretch
Assume a half kneeling position. Grab around the ankle of
your back leg so that you can bend your knee. Lean your
hips forward to increase the stretch in the front of your
hips while bending your back knee to increase the stretch
in your quad.
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