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Most offices closed Thursday for holiday Most non-emergency Northeast Florida government offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Only Express Mail will be delivered. There will be no regular home delivery. Jacksonville Transportation Authority buses will operate on a normal Sunday schedule. Financial markets, banks and credit unions will be closed Thursday. Public libraries in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties will be closed Thursday and Friday. St. Johns, Baker and Putnam County libraries will be closed Thursday through Saturday, reopening on Monday. The Jacksonville zoo will be open on Thursday. The Museum of Science and History and the Maritime Museum will be closed Thursday. The Ritz Theatre & Museum will be closed Thursday and Friday, reopening Saturday. Duval County will reschedule Thursday?s solid-waste collection for Saturday. Appliances will not be collected Thursday or Friday in Duval County. Orange Park will reschedule Thursdays trash collection for Friday. Clay County will reschedule Thursday?s trash pick-up for Friday and Friday?s pick-up will be Saturday. If you plan to visit a government office not listed here, call ahead. 2 more West Nile cases confirmed in Duval A 66-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman have become the 27th and 28th confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Duval County this year, according to the county Health Department. There has also been one reported death associated with a confirmed case of the mosquito-borne illness in the county. About one in 150 people infected with the virus will develop severe illness, with symptoms including high fever, headache and muscle weakness. Symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent, according to the Health Department. The public should drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying, cover skin with clothing or repellent and cover doors and windows. Calendar raises funds for Humane Society The Jacksonville Humane Society is now selling copies of its 2013 calendar to raise money to care for homeless pets. The Portraits and Paw Prints calendar has photos of dogs and cats submitted by their owners. Society supporters paid $1 a vote for their favorites; the photos that raised the most money are in the calendar. Calendars are $15 each or $25 for two. To purchase or get more information, go to jaxhumane.org. Also, calendars are available at society?s boutique or animal hospital at 8464 Beach Blvd., or the society?s Thrift Store at 8328 Beach Blvd. From homeless to veterans? honoree The Allied Veterans Center held a graduation ceremony Tuesday for First Class Petty Officer Randy Wolffis, a former Army veteran who recently completed the center?s reintegration program. As part of the event, Wolffis, who went from being homeless to completing the center?s ?Passport to Independence? program, received the keys to a newly renovated transitional home in Jacksonville. For more, visit www.alliedvetscenter.org.

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