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Local boomers use gardening to stay social, healthy

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Jackie Musiol works on her rented garden, which is part of a raised garden plot at Satellite Beach’s community garden at DeSoto Park.

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Give gardening a try to keep busy this spring The leaves on many of the trees already are bright green, the flowers are blooming and summer is just around the corner. At least, it has felt that way on the Space Coast for some time now. It also might be an ideal time to start a garden. So, because of this we bring you two gardening stories in this issue of Senior Life. If you haven’t thought of gardening as a good way to stay active, don’t miss these stories. But of course, there are many other benefits to gardening. There is nothing like beautiful flowers you can grow or spices and vegetables you can use in your kitchen. I realize that gardening is not for everyone, but maybe reading about it will move you to think of other activities that will benefit you in more ways than one. This is only one of the many topics we bring you in this issue that we hope will inspire you. You might read about useful information on how to help someone with dementia give up driving for safety reasons, or about how to better cope with diabetes. We, on the other hand, were pleased with the participation of our readers, exhibitors and sponsors in Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Expo held March 9. And, of course, we are always listening to you. We hear your suggestions and continue to give you the stories with information you can use, that inspires you and helps you live a better and more productive life on the Space Coast. SL

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The Center for the Visually Impaired’s “Dining in the Dark” event takes the concept of walking in someone else’s shoes a step further. The signature fundraiser, slated for April 21 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, allows guests the opportunity to experience life as a blind person. “It was originally developed in the Northeast, but it is such a great idea to let people experience first-hand the loss of sight that we also adopted it,” said Sid Mickle, director of development for the Central Florida nonprofit that has since 1988 provided services to enhance the lives of those who have lost their sight or are in the process of losing their sight, be they children or adults. The agency offers free independent living, assistive technology, mobility and vocational training to residents of Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and Putnam counties. Guests begin the evening with a lighted cocktail reception and silent auction, before being served a gourmet dinner served in complete darkness. “It’s pitch dark when they’re eating, so we tell people to wear washable clothes, because there will be spills,” added Mickle. When Mickle says it will be pitch

dark, he means it, for even the exit signs in the banquet room are covered. Officers from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will wear night vision goggles so they can lead guests to their seats. Guests place their hand on the shoulder of the person ahead of them and progress slowly to their table. Once seated, they will have to navigate the dinner, and the beverages, without the sense of sight to help. The chef at the Hilton has been tasked to create a menu with a full-flavor spectrum to compensate for the lack of visual stimulus. Guests can choose from meat or vegetarian options. The banquet even includes music played in the dark. At the conclusion of the meal, the lights return. “It is an incredible experience that gives you a good picture of the challenges our clients face on a daily basis,” Mickle said. Registration for “Dining in the Dark” begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place at 200 Rialto Place. Tickets are $100 per guest and can be purchased online at cvicentralflorida. org/dining-in-the-dark-brevard-tickets. html. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. SL

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most of the time because I was old enough to be the mother of most of them,” Kocourek told USA Today. She found herself while in her 50s giving sage advice to those students younger than herself, and realized the best thing about being older. ”I have more compassion than I did in my 20s,.” she said. Kocourek lived in student housing, 90 minutes away, getting home on weekends. When she had doubts and questioned her goal, often exhausted and nearly quitting during her third year, she would call her friends and her husband for support. Now, at 66 as a family practice physician in Pewaukee, Wis., she recommends not attempting such a life change alone. “Don’t isolate yourself,” she told USA Today. “I’m also proof that change is possible at any age.” SL

Genevie Kocourek, rock climber and IT director, was wet and cold in a tent in the wilderness. “It was 38 degrees and raining,” she told, “and I was having the time of my life.” She was participating in a wilderness first responder course, learning to care for injured climbers. She began thinking about changing careers, from information technology director to nursing. According to USA Today, when she approached her husband with the idea, he was more optimistic and suggested she attend medical school to become a doctor. Her high school dream was to become a doctor, but a guidance counselor had talked her out of it, saying it wasn’t “appropriate” for a woman. With guidance from a financial advisor, she and her husband decided she would keep working while in pre-med school. She managed to attend classes at night and during lunch breaks. “I started with just one class,” she told reporter Roxanna Font of Kocourek’s advice to those interested in going back to school, “Make sure you can handle the material before you really By Attorney commit.” Within four years, TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH she retired from 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL her IT job, took out a loan and began For A Complimentary Copy the next four years Phone 321 267 — 4770 of medical school at the University of Wisconsin. “It was pretty weird



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Even in this age of Google maps, no one seems to know how many waterways crisscross Alaska. There are more than 12,000 rivers, but the definition of river is, shall we say, fluid. It doesn’t include small streams or even, in some cases, large tributaries. It’s no surprise that the Alaska Marine Highway is three times longer than Alaska’s section of the Federal Interstate Highway System. In short, unless you have a boat or a plane, it’s not easy to travel in Alaska. For example, Juneau, the state capital, is wedged between one river and two mountains, none of which can be crossed by car. While this has a certain attraction — such as penning the state’s politicians on an inconvenient island — it poses challenges for the traveler. It’s much easier to simply stay in Juneau, where in the space of four or five days you can get an authentic Alaskan experience. My husband and I begin our visit by taking the six-minute tram ride to the near top of Mount Roberts. There, some 1,800 feet below us, is the city of Juneau. Mountains are to the right, the river to the left, the buildings and cruise ships in between. The tram deposits us at Mountain House, a small attraction where there are informative films, a gift shop and a man in native garb who’s singing and telling stories. “The view is even better farther up,” he said. “Hike. Be Alaskan.” There are a variety of trails, ranging

Juneau is the state capital and tied for the title of Alaska’s second largest city. from a short paved path to a sevenmile killer climb. After about an hour, we find ourselves in a true alpine environment. We don’t see bears, although a sign warns us that we may, but two bald eagles soar overhead. Later, I learn that Juneau has more eagles than people. The next morning, determined to “be Alaskan,” we take the bus to Mendenhall Glacier, which is only 12 miles from downtown. After all, to folks from “the lower 48,” glaciers, of which Alaska has an estimated 100,000, symbolize the “upper 49th.” Mendenhall is a real glacier — defined as “a large mass of ice that moves slowly down slopes and across land,” — but also a very touristfriendly one. People who just want to see the glacier need only walk for a few minutes, while masochists like us can hike two miles to the waterfalls or tackle a more challenging 3.4-mile path into Tongass National Forest. But it’s not until the next day that

Juneau, which is wedged between mountains and water, can only be reached by boat or plane. we begin to grasp the full magnitude and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Looking out the window of a 10-passenger floatplane, we see five glaciers threaded between hills that are still green with forests. They’re a small part of the Juneau Icefield, which is the fifth-largest icefield in the Western Hemisphere. The plane glides to a stop on a river in front of Taku Glacier Lodge. The building dates back to the early 1920s when it was one of the first hunting and fishing camps in the Territory of Alaska. There we see bear and eat grilled salmon that were swimming in the Taku River only a few hours earlier. For novices like us, salmon fishing would require a day-long guided excursion, so we opt instead to go whale watching. This also requires a fair amount of time, but it offers a higher chance of success. Whales are so omnipresent in Alaskan waters that most guides refund the price of the excursion if they can’t find some

whales. Our guide gets to keep his money. As if by magic, he smoothly steers his ship to a spot where there are pods of orcas and several humpbacks. A giant whale obligingly flips his tail, thus earning cheers from all the passengers. Then, sporting a nice Alaskan suntan, we spend a day in downtown Juneau, where we visit the Alaska State Museum (impressive), devour some crab cakes at Tracy’s King Crab Shack (delicious) and ogle a baleen basket at a small gallery (expensive). Off on a side street, we spot a striking wood building fronted with a bright-red carving. We’ve stumbled across the Sealaska Heritage Institute, a Native-owned outfit that’s a combination museum, educational center, research institution and gift shop. It’s here, surrounded by the work of many of the state’s most respected Native artists, that we most strongly feel the drumbeat of the state’s indigenous people. Finally, we go through the swinging doors of the Red Dog Saloon, an old drinking hole that replicates those of Alaska’s gold-mining days. There’s sawdust on the floor, a moosehead on the wall and a giant halibut hanging from the ceiling. There’s also ragtime music, lots of beer and a long, very long, line of people waiting to make merry in a historic landmark. Wildlife, wilderness, history, art and now, food and beer. In the space of few days, we’ve experienced most of Alaska’s must-sees — all without leaving Juneau. SL For more travel adventures, go to

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It’s crucial to make a plan for tomorrow and beyond BY FLORA REIGADA

Maria worked hard for more than 50 years. She retired at 65 with considerable savings. Selling vacation timeshares added to her nest egg. But in her 80s, Maria began to fall and break bones. With no legal planning, she wound up in a nursing home, on Medicaid and with her finances drained. “The costs of institutional care are astonishing,” William A. Johnson, a Brevard County attorney who specializes in elder law, wrote on his website. “Nationally, it is roughly $96,000 annually. In the Brevard County area, it can be up to $10,000 per month.” Johnson stresses the importance of planning ahead for the legal, financial and practical considerations of growing older. “We provide compassionate guidance for elders and their loved ones,” he said. “Our firm can assist with

the countless legal issues that affect seniors.” Johnson offers resources such as a book he wrote, “The Florida Long Term Care & Nursing Home Answer Book.” It can be downloaded from his website or a copy can be picked up at his office. Melanie Fulbright, a paralegal with Johnson’s firm, cited an example of how the book has been helpful to the community. “A local clinical social worker who routinely helps seniors remarked that the book answered questions and provided information she has been otherwise unable to find,” Fulbright said. With some legal guidance, things can work out differently than they did for Maria. SL William A. Johnson’s office is at 140 Interlachen Road Suite B, in Melbourne. For information, call 321-426-1865 or go to the website

You may notice something different about Wuesthoff Health System hospitals in Rockledge and Melbourne, and it’s all in the name. Wuesthoff Medical Center Rockledge has evolved into Rockledge Regional Medical Center and, in Melbourne, the former Wuesthoff Medical Center now is Melbourne Regional Medical Center. Both now are part of the Steward family of hospitals. The name change is part of the hospital system’s integration into the patient-centered Steward Health Care System, the largest private hospital operator in the United States with 36 community hospitals nationwide. The Steward network also includes more than 26 urgent care centers and 42 preferred skilled nursing facilities. The Brevard hospitals, which became Steward family hospitals in May of last year, still are in the process of replacing signage to reflect the new branding. “This is about much more than just updating hospital titles,” said Josh Putter, central division president of Steward Health Care. Putter notes that the hospital’s connection with Steward ensures a continuum of services for patients, plus more. “Our service availability and our physicians’ network will also grow regionally in Florida as they have in other states,” he said. “That will mean better access,

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higher quality and more coordinated care for patients.” One of the first major investments being implemented at the Rockledge and Melbourne Medical Centers is an advanced electronic health record system for patients. The system offers care coordination that connects every point of patient care anywhere within the spectrum of healthcare. The technology is expected to go live in Rockledge and Melbourne this summer. SL



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Gardening bolsters quality of life for seniors BY KATIE PARSONS Staying active while aging can improve longevity and quality of life. For some seniors, that means keeping up social activities or a fitness regimen. For senior gardeners, both the social and fitness aspects are possible. A Kansas State University study found that gardening for older adults led to a wealth of benefits, from improved flexibility to calorie burning to higher-hand function and a better grip. The study concluded that seniors who gardened tended to live a more physically active lifestyle and have more satisfaction in life. Jackie Musiol of Satellite Beach has been a gardener for decades and it is an activity she’s been able to pursue in variations through the years. Musiol is one of 20 Brevardians who rent raised garden plots at Satellite Beach’s community garden. Less than a year old, the initiative is part of the city’s sustainability action plan to connect residents with the environment. “Up north, I gardened all the time and actually managed three garden centers. This garden has been such an excellent opportunity to get back to that,” said Musiol, who originally is from New England. Her plot houses tomatoes, beets, carrots and herbs. She also has an assortment of palm trees and baskets of flowers surrounding her space. “It keeps me busy and happy,” she said. Satellite Beach’s Environmental Program coordinator Nick Sanzone says that the community garden was


Gardens can effectively grow a variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs.

One of the local gardeners grows purple broccoli. built with all age groups in mind, including senior citizens and children. “We built the beds two feet off the ground so no one has to bend too far down. We wanted to make gardening accessible to all,” Sanzone said.


The rental period for the beds is one year and then a new group of planters takes over. The gardeners pay $50 per year for the space and have freedom with what they plant, as long as no pesticides are used. SL

Get started gardening with local clubs Looking for a way to incorporate gardening into your life? Check out one of these local gardening clubs or community gardens. Satellite Beach Community Garden — go to or contact Nicholas at nsanzone@ for more information. Wickham Park Community Garden is managed by the UF/IFAS Extension and Brevard County — go to to learn more. Cape Canaveral Community Garden is located on the north end of Patriots Park at 200 Long Point Road. Go to garden for more information. Ethos Community Garden is at the Florida Institute of Technology. Go to for details. Blue Sky Community Garden is located at Suntree Methodist Church. All food grown is donated to those less fortunate who need access to healthy foods. Go to pg/blueskycommunitygarden. Eau Gallie Arts District Community Garden and Urban Farm, maintained by the Verdi Eco School. Volunteer hours are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Go to garden for more details. Melbourne Beach Gardeners — learn more about the club by going to In-har-bee Garden Club — call 321-242-0094 for more information. Spade & Trowel Garden Club — call 321-459-0518 for details. Suntree Garden Club — call 321255-4404 for details. Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club — call 786-258-4388 for details. SL

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insulin can be delivered with a syringe or EpiPen. If self-treatment is insufficient for controlling your diabetes, your physician can tailor a plan to your specific medical needs.

Cells deprived of glucose Complex chemistry takes place after a healthy person consumes sugars in his or her diet. The body’s insulin — a hormone produced in the pancreas — helps this sugar enter the cells where it becomes fuel. But a diabetic does not produce enough insulin to perform this function. The cells, therefore, become deprived of glucose.

Get regular checkups It is vital that diabetic patients get regular checkups by a physician who treats the condition. Areas that need regular examination include teeth, gums, feet and eyes. A diabetic should also have his or her lipids, blood pressure and weight checked regularly.

If left untreated, diabetes can cause a range of serious health problems that include kidney failure, blindness, cardiac issues (including congestive heart failure), loss of a foot or leg from gangrene, and many others. Type 1 and Type 2

Obesity in America has reached historic levels that show no signs of diminishing in the near future. A report released in October from the Centers for Disease Control reveals a shocking reality: Nearly 40 percent of adults in the United States are obese, 20 percent of adolescents. Those rates are the highest ever recorded in this country. While obesity contributes negatively to a person’s health in so many ways, one of the most serious consequences is a tendency to develop diabetes. The high rates of obesity mean that diabetes is now an all-toocommon condition in the United States. A patient with diabetes has blood glucose levels that are too high. The reason for the excess of glucose, or sugar, in the bloodstream is the diabetic’s inability to transfer this important energy source into the body’s cells. Consequently, it stays in the blood.


The most common type of diabetes by far is type 2. Anywhere from 90 to 95 percent of patients afflicted with the disease have type 2 diabetes, which usually occurs in adulthood.

with glucose meters. This includes both selfmonitoring and laboratory testing.

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minutes per week) and vigorous activity (90 minutes per week). Unfortunately, diet and physical activity aren’t always enough and the patient may require drug therapy. Antidiabetic agents are available orally, and several forms of

And of course, all people — not just diabetic patients – should keep their weight under control and avoid smoking. A healthy lifestyle can help keep this oftendebilitating disease at bay for many people — so, take care of yourself. If you do have diabetes, be meticulous in exercising control over it. You can make all the difference.

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Before you place it in the ground, know what you are planting BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER When planting shrubs and flowers in the garden, around the yard and near the home’s foundation, get the right plant for the right place, advises Sally Scalera, urban horticulture agent and master gardener coordinator for the UF/ IFAS Extension Brevard County. “If you want a bougainvillea, the height and the spread should be looked up and checked,” Scalera said. “And also, you want to check the sunlight. How much light does the plant need so you don’t put a shade plant in the sun and the reverse.

“When they go to the nursery, the plants are small because it is a nursery,” Scalera said. “Then they plant them and discover that it is too large and tall and gee, that is not going to work next to my front door.” Scalera suggests to first figure out the size and spread needed for the planting location, then go to the nursery and look around or even get the names of plants and their scientific names and then go home and do some research. That way you discover all about it … the problems, requirements, height and spread and what fits in the space. “If going to buy, the space may only


lantana, passion flower or native blue porterweed attract butterflies. “It is better when people get natives in their yards for they are good for pollinators,” Scalara said. The horticulturist recommends having a high diversity of items in the landscape. Even if making a hedge row, she suggests the gardener should have two or three kinds of shrubs in case one kind dies and the whole hedge does not. For more information, contact the Extension on facebook. com/#!UFIFASmybrevardyard or call 321-633-1702. SL

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Buena Vida residents’ entertainment is a cut above the rest. New York Carnegie Hall concert pianist Fred Moyer has been performing during the spring and fall for the past four years. Joe Wiegand performs a repertoire on Teddy Roosevelt, and Bob Marx, author and maritime historian, comes to Buena Vida monthly to talk about his adventures. Rick Rakauskas presents American history and just finished a series on the United States Constitution. “We provide our residents a high level and variety of entertainment for them to enjoy,” said Doreen Boudreau, director of marketing for Buena Vida. “We are a 65-and-older community and have partnered with the Florida Institute of Technology that brings over its Lifelong Scholar Society that is professors giving lectures. On March 15, we had “Mariners Musings on the Sea” by Dr. George Paul, oceanography engineer. March 19 was a presentation on China and America by Wanfa Zhang, associate professor, discussing “China and America, the New Geopolitical Equation.” The FIT programs also are open and free to the public, Boudreau added. “Besides having music and fine arts, we have mentally stimulating lectures for the residents to engage in,” Boudreau said. “Every Monday morning, we have a professor come in

Melbourne’s Lamplighter Village has enough activities and events, it seems, to interest all residents. Every month the Cal-Am properties, owners of the residential park, hold one big event that draws crowds. One such event is the last of the season, the Black and White Gala set for April. “The Black and White Gala is held every year before the snowbirds go home,” said Jean Miller, activities director at Lamplighter. “A formal event, it will have a catered dinner, butler-served hors d’oeuvres, a saxophone player providing music during dinner, and from 7 to 10 p.m. the group TAABU will provide dance music. “Every month, Cal-Am Properties does one big event,” Miller said. “The activities group does something at least twice a month. We have had a chili cook-off, a Motown night and a ‘take me out to the ballgame’ evening is planned. We even have a Greek night coming up. “We call it a lifestyle, living at Lamplighter Village,” Miller said. Other amenities for the 1,100 residents in the 646 units of the 55-plus community include three clubhouses with such rooms as a fitness and weight room, billiard room, ceramics studio, ballroom and tiki bar for happy hours. With all the daily and monthly activities, residents




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Debbie Williams, left, and Doreen Boudreau of Buena Vida attended Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Expo.

to teach residents to write biographies and stories. The age 65 and older haven’t stopped thinking and learning and want to keep stimulated and young in mind and young in heart.” Buena Vida, now 15 years established, has 190 independent residents and 162 apartment homes in a retirement community that only accepts people while they still can live independently. They do provide other levels of care, but only for the contracted residents. The residential staff is proud of its longevity since most have worked there for 15 years. SL For a tour of the community, call 321-724-0060 or for more information go to

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Jim Trysniky, left, and Phyllis McBryan of Lamplighter Village gave out free water to people who attended Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Expo.

have plenty to do. Miller says the park offers eight pickleball courts, eight bocce courts, eight shuffleboard courts, 18-hole Key West miniature golf, heated pool and spa, computer and business center, aquacise and water aerobics, yoga classes, line dancing classes, casino night, drama club and active veterans and social clubs. Even the pups have entertainment in a dog park and obstacle course. SL For more information, call the office at 321-254-0303.






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Talented seniors entertain crowd at Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Expo BY JEFF NAVIN For a few minutes, Elaine Terranova felt like the legendary Mae West. Most of the audience at Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Expo was in agreement. Terranova, an 81-year-old resident of Viera, performed her seductive routine in the Brevard Seniors Got Talent show on March 9 at The Avenue Viera. More than 1,000 people attended the Boomer Guide Expo, where the annual Boomer Guide is distributed each year. “The harder they clap, the more I’ll give,’’ said Terranova, who won the Ms. Florida Senior America Pageant in 2008 and competed in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City that same year. Terranova loved the addition of the Brevard Seniors Got Talent show to the eighth annual event, which had a theme promoting the Power of Age. “Women of age are not as secure of themselves as they should be,’’ said Terranova, who grew up in Buffalo before moving to Florida. “Women are the backbone of this country. We are all beautiful, and we should stand tall and proud to be a woman. Anthony “Tally” Mattesi turned 99 back in November, and he still loves to sing. “Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Engelbert Humperdinck — that was music,’’ said Mattesi, who grew up in the Bronx and watched New York Yankees baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio as a child and young adult.

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Anthony ‘Tally’ Mattesi sang beautiful songs of the past at Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Expo.

“They knew how to entertain. It wasn’t yelling; you could enjoy the lyrics.’’ Mattesi still performs four times a month at Grand Villa in Melbourne. Robert Rodrigues, a native of Hawaii who served 31 years in the Air Force, also sang in the talent show. “I’ve had an aneurysm, one open heart surgery and two heart attacks,’’ said Rodrigues, who has lived in Florida for nearly 20 years. “I’m here for something. I’m here to make people smile and be happy.’’ Retirement for Klaus Kolb, 83, contrasts sharply with his youth in Nazi Germany. Kolb entertained the crowd with his skillful ability on the accordion. “It’s invigorating and I like to show off my talent,’’ said Kolb, who has

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Steven Lincoln loves to sing with his wife, Jeannette Banta, who joined him on stage for the talent show. “She’s a little shy, but she does it for me,’’ said Lincoln, who worked on sub-sea remotely operated vehicles as an engineer before retiring. Other performers in the talent show included master puppeteer Howard Gordon, Stanley Leavitt as One Night Stan, the Razzle Dazzle Dancers of North Brevard Senior Center, burlesque entertainer Penny Starr, ballet star Joyce Reilly Clautice, flamenco guitarist Eric Duncan, the Martin Andersen Senior Center Tappers, singer Marvin Sherman, the Indian River Colony Club Line Dancers, singers Kathy Cushman and Mike Norton, and the Indian River Colony Club Hawaiian Dance Group. SL

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Space Coast Warbird AirShow offers three days of fun BY FLORA REIGADA

The skies above Titusville will soon come alive with the sights and sounds of vintage aircraft. That will happen when the 41st Space Coast Warbird AirShow takes off for three days of family-oriented activities, including a carnival area for children. The show takes place Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 at Space Coast Regional Airport at 355 Golden Knights Blvd. with access to the show and parking area off Golden Knights Blvd. or Grissom Parkway. Gates open at noon Friday. “That day’s afternoon and evening shows conclude with an enormous fireworks display,” said Norman Daniels, commander of Valiant Air Command. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. A vendors will be there.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Valiant Air Command

The Space Coast Warbird AirShow includes lots of action, noise and excitement. Come ready for all-day fun on the grounds and lots of demonstration teams, complete with air-to air “combat” and amazing aerial feats. “Each day, a Tora! Tora! Tora! show will feature a flying display of events that led the United States of America to enter World War II,” Daniels said. “The air show


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SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Valiant Air Command

Vintage warbirds perform amazing aerial feats at the Space Coast Warbird AirShow.

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Rolling Thunder won’t forget POW/MIAs

When you see POW/MIA flags flying in Brevard County, chances are the flags were provided by Rolling Thunder, Chapter 1 of Florida, a local group of strong advocates for those troops still unaccounted for from wars. Rolling Thunder members are men and women who advocate for full accountability of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action by reminding the government, the news media and the public that “We Will Not Forget.” I have long known some of these patriots who are fierce in their support of POW/MIAs. They will do whatever it takes to get the word out. But not only are they advocates for those who still might be held or otherwise unaccounted for, they also do a lot to help other veterans in the community. James “JJ” Justice, president of Chapter 1 of Florida, said that 99 percent of money spent by the group to help veterans is spent in Brevard County. “If someone needs us and we find out about it, you can count on us being there,” he said. “We have a great chapter here in Brevard County.” While the roar of their motorcycles might sound somewhat like rolling thunder, it is not a biker group. Many members are veterans and non-veterans who ride motorcycles. “Rolling Thunder started out as an advocate for POW/MIAs back in the 1980s,” said Justice, a retired Army sergeant first class. “You don’t have to be a veteran. All you have to do is support

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our cause of full accountability of our veterans.” It also is not necessary to be a motorcycle rider to be a member of Rolling Thunder. Perhaps only family could be stronger advocates for those who have not come home from wars. “We leave no man behind,” Justice said. “We believe that there are some that are still alive in Southeast Asia.” Justice can recite the number of those still missing — 78,243 from World War II, 7,703 from the Korean War and 1,609 from the Vietnam War, and so on. About 82,000 still are missing from all wars. Everyone must be reminded. Chapters from around the country converge in Washington, D.C. on their motorcycles each year in a demonstration to get their voices heard before government officials. Rolling Thunder meetings are open to the public. The Chapter 1 of Florida meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Sunday of every month at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center at 4000 Sykes Creek Pkwy. on Merritt Island. SL Call us to simplify finding the right senior living option for your budget, care and location needs.

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Albert Therriault, left, Robert “Bobby” Patry, Sam DiBlasio, Dean Schaaf and Donn Weaver gather to display the donation by the Military Officers Association of America toward the restoration of the Brevard Veterans Cemetery. BY FLORA REIGADA On the grounds of Brevard Veterans Cemetery, the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC) recently presented the Friends of the Cemetery with a $1,500 donation. It will be applied to the cemetery restoration. “We are planning to purchase a historical marker for the cemetery,” said Sam DiBlasio, instrumental in the restoration. “This donation will help with the cost.” The final resting place of 126 veterans, including a World War I veteran and three women veterans, the Brevard Veterans Cemetery is located at 1143 Day Street in Titusville. DiBlasio explained that the cemetery was found neglected a few years ago. “It was Titusville’s best kept secret,” he said. “Many did not even know it existed. The small cemetery was so overgrown that the gravestones could not be seen.” A fundraising vehicle, Friends of the Cemetery was formed by DiBlasio, Robert Patry, Tom Stewart and Albert Therriault. Individuals and organizations rose to the cause. Organizations include the

Alpha Friends of Indian River City United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4228, the American Legion Posts 1 and 359, the Pilot Club and Boy Scouts Troop 488 of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church. Overgrowth was cleared, shrubs were trimmed and gravestones cleaned, some even scrubbed with a toothbrush. DiBlasio credits the Boy Scouts for cleaning the gravestones. “Everyone involved in the restoration is honoring our veterans while uniting the community,” he said. Progress has been made, such as the installation of six flagpoles with six service flags. But the restoration is ongoing and donations are needed. “Right now, we are planting trees and redoing the cremated grave locations by removing weeds, rocks and installing colored stones and a border. Then we need sod and shrubs, DiBlasio said.” Those wishing to contribute, can write checks for the cemetery restoration to VFW Post #4228. Mail to Friends of the Cemetery, 777 Peachtree St. Titusville, FL 32780. Donors will receive a letter of confirmation from the VFW. SL For additional information, call DiBlasio at 321-222-8738 or email him at

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International Development in Vietnam at age 19 was for Keith just the next chapter in a life already spent mostly abroad, thanks to her globe-trotting military family. Both of her parents were World War II veterans. One day at lunch, Col. Ray Nash approached her and said “you look like a weather girl.” Nash was interviewing women for the job, so Keith went along with the interviews. She was surprised she landed the volunteer job of delivering the weather report on Armed Forces Vietnam Network evening news broadcasts. Keith didn’t stop with the weather. Instead, she would frequently visit the troops, making hundreds of trips to the front lines and even delivering mail to the guys there. The First Cavalry made her an honorary member as did the Blue Max Battalion. The Navy invited her to the USS Enterprise for a Fourth of July weekend. She often was the only girl among a thousand men, but she never felt vulnerable. “They were all gentlemen,” she said. During the Tet Offensive, Keith met the war head-on at the doorstep of her hotel in downtown Saigon. She couldn’t go to work for weeks, but she and her girlfriends would pack box lunches to take to the troops. The Viet Cong took pot shots at her on several occasions. Her country did not forget her service. In 2008, she received the Vietnam Veterans of America’s President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Disillusioned by the death and destruction of the war, she left


continued from page 17 includes vintage warbirds, a parachute team, simulated bombings, military reenactments and lots of fire, smoke and noise.” More than 40 aircraft will be at the show, some on display only. Twenty flying aircraft and aircraft teams will be part of the action. “One special World War II aircraft appearing at the show will be the famous Memphis Belle B-17,” Daniels said. The restored aircraft inspired two movies, a 1944 documentary film,

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Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Keith, who was Bobbie the Weather Girl during the Vietnam War, went on to have a 30-year career with the U.S. State Department. Vietnam in 1969 on what she calls a “sanity sabbatical.” “I gave myself five years to decompress, and it took me five years to get back to my own country,” she said. The perky blue-eyed blonde might have reminded the men of the girls they left back home or of girlfriends they wished they had, but Keith was never the stay-at-home sweetie. The Army brat was born with a thirst for travel that took her around the world in a three-decade career with the State Department. Before settling down for a career, she enjoyed bouts of wanderlust that led her to Nepal, Israel, Turkey and

India, among other places. With her late sister Jo-Ann, she hitchhiked through Yugoslavia. She worked as a protocol officer at the White House, serving former first lady Barbara Bush. “You get all the first-hand gossip,” Keith said. Now 70, Keith is retired in Suntree, but she still travels, albeit closer to home in exploratory journeys around Florida. Keith keeps her options open, because it’s never too late for a weather girl to wander. “There are places I would like to return to and places I haven’t seen,” she said. SL

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Tough conversations highlight Alzheimer’s discussion BY MUFFY BERLYN Talking to loved ones about giving up driving because of dementia, takes patience, gentleness and words of comfort. Tanya Thompson, an assistant director of community outreach with the National Alzheimer’s Association, recently gave a presentation on “Dementia Conversations” at the Wickham Park Senior Center in Melbourne. The talk covered getting a diagnosis, talking with a loved one when it is necessary for them to stop driving, and talking to them about legal and financial planning. “We hold these sessions to inform caregivers and the community, to bring out awareness of Alzheimer’s and also educate them and help them along this journey because being a caregiver is hard,” Thompson said. Thompson said a “tip sheet” explains “when someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk.” “Dementia is the broad category of diseases that impact a person’s memory and behavior, and Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia,” she said.

The Alzheimer’s Association advises that talking and taking action is better done sooner rather than later. Don’t wait for a crisis. Develop a plan to gently position the discussion for a positive outcome. Take notes about the changes you see in the person’s behavior and practice in advance. Conversation tips for the caregivers to get the dementia sufferer to a doctor: Use words that are most comfortable, suggest Medicare’s free Annual Wellness visit, and pair an enjoyable outing with the doctor’s visit. If the loved one still is reluctant to go, try using a “therapeutic fib” such as “the doctor needs to see you before he can renew your prescriptions.” It can be difficult to give up driving. “Some will give up driving because they realize they aren’t able to drive anymore and they don’t want to become a risk to somebody else,” Thompson said. “Most of the time it’s very difficult for a person to stop, especially due to dementia, because a lot of them are in denial and don’t think anything is wrong. They may get into a disagreement with someone

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Tanya Thompson of the National Alzheimer’s Association gives advice and tips on important discussions to have with a loved one suffering from dementia. who’s telling them, ‘Yes, you do need to stop driving.’ You’re taking away their independence, so they get offended by that and are unable to reason and understand why.” Some suggestions for the caregiver are to plan ahead before an accident occurs, express your concern about

specific changes you’ve noticed, appeal to the person’s sense of responsibility and concern for others, offer alternate plans for transportation, incorporate the voice of an esteemed professional and have empathy. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline is 800-272-3900. SL

Patients rest in peace with Hospice of St. Francis’ Pet Pledge program BY JEFF NAVIN Dogs and cats help people live longer, but not long enough in too many cases. The Hospice of St. Francis is trying to help through its Pet Pledge program. The Hospice of St. Francis will find homes for the dogs and cats of its patients either before or after they die. It works with Friends for Animals Sanctuary, a Brevard County animal rescue group. “We had several patients prior to our program who lived by themselves and had a pet as a constant companion,’’ said Mary Larson, who is the director of community relations for the Hospice of St. Francis. “As they became more sick, they were unable to care for their pets and they needed help.’’ All states have elderly people, but Florida is the retirement capital of the United States. This is a situation that will never be eliminated since some have family members in other states and some have no family at all. “The patients became very anxious and were worried about what would happen to their pets,’’ Larson said.

“This clearly was something that was a heavy burden on their hearts.’’ The Hospice of St. Francis tries to give its patients a peaceful and comfortable death when the time comes. Worrying about their cat or dog being euthanized at a shelter was a problem. “There’s such a thing as a good death,’’ Larson said. “A patient is physically comfortable and not in pain. They’re emotionally and spiritually at peace. If there’s anything wrong, we try to address the issue.’’ Chaplains are provided for religious and spiritual needs, but this didn’t fall into an easy category. “This was one of the things where we didn’t have an official way of dealing with a pet or the resources,’’ Larson said. Two particular cases at St. Francis where the dying women had cats were heartbreaking for the staff and led to the creation of the program. “They held on longer than they might have because they were worried about what would happen to their cats,’’ Larson said. “Sometimes a patient will hang on longer if something is

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The Hospice of St. Francis helps terminally ill patients find homes for their cats and dogs. unresolved or they’re fretting about it.’’ place for a lifetime of care.’’ Unofficially, homes were found Unless the transition to a new for both cats. One of the women died home is taken care of while the patient peacefully within an hour or two after is alive, the process can become learning that her beloved pet had a new complicated. Pets are considered home. personal property and part of the estate “Joe Killian (the CEO and president after a person dies. of the Hospice of St. Francis) and I The executor of the will is legally talked about how we needed to start obligated to follow a specific course a program to help with this,’’ Larson PET PLEDGE said. “He asked me to lead the effort continued on page 23 and look at what we needed to put in

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Dear Reader: This “Ask Lance” opus will be my last. Since September 2013, I have been privileged to answer your Medicare questions in 56 monthly columns. It is time to turn the task over to another SHINE counselor. I am passionate about the SHINE program and will continue to counsel SHINE clients and contribute in other ways. I hope that you have gained from reading these columns. I have been stimulated by writing them and am grateful to Senior Life for publishing them. Dear Lance, Last year, I came close to falling into the donut hole with my Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. My doctor recently prescribed an additional expensive medication that will probably cause me to go into the donut hole this year. I have a limited income and am afraid that I will not be able to afford my medications once I am in the coverage gap. What can I do? Very Concerned

Dear Very Concerned, Your dilemma is a common one for Medicare beneficiaries who take one or more expensive medications. In 2018, you will enter the donut hole or coverage gap when the retail value of your medications reaches $3,750. If the retail value of your medications is more than $300 per month in 2018, you will fall into the donut hole. The good news is that in 2018 your drug costs will be heavily discounted if and when you do enter this stage. You will pay only 35 percent of the retail cost of brand-name drugs and 44 percent for generics.


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I am often surprised that my SHINE clients have been too awkward to discuss the high cost of medications with their physician, but will do so with me. Often, there are less expensive alternatives to the medications prescribed that can help you to avoid entering the donut hole. But, you must ask your doctor to consider other less expensive options.

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If you meet the income and asset requirements, this program, which usually is called Extra Help, can save you substantial costs on your medications. Offered through Social Security, Extra Help provides a reduced- or nocost prescription drug plan as well as low cost prescriptions and there is no donut hole. Medication co-payments are as low as $3.30 for generics and $8.25 for brand-name medications. In 2018, individuals with a monthly

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Discount Prescription Cards Many doctors offices and pharmacies have displays that contain drug discount cards. These can save significant costs compared to the usual retail price. Also, Florida residents can obtain a free card that entitles you to discounts on prescriptions at most pharmacies. It also can be used to get a discount on medications that are not covered by your prescription drug plan formulary. To print your own card, go to or request a card by calling 1-866-3418894. There is a $1.50 fee for printing and mailing.

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of action. Too often, if the heirs do not want the pet, the dog or cat could end up in a kill shelter where euthanization is too quick to be utilized. “We need to have the paperwork — it’s a legal thing,’’ Larson said. “We work with a lawyer and the patients fill out the paperwork on who will adopt the pet in advance. It’s important to put the documents into place. All of us should do this in our wills. If you have pets, you don’t know what will happen.’’ The Pet Pledge program knows how to get this completed. “Our social workers see the patients and talk with them,’’ Larson said. “It’s a necessity to put the paperwork into place. That’s the most compelling part that we promise.’’ Most of the staff at the Hospice of St. Francis loves animals. Several have participated in the adoption program and added soon-to-be homeless pets to their homes. “If there’s nobody else, we will work with them to rehome their pet,’’ Larson said. “It won’t go to a shelter to be euthanized.’’ The partnership with Friends for Animals Sanctuary has been pivotal. “They will help us if we have a pet that is not placeable due to old age or health conditions,’’ Larson said. “They have agreed to house these animals. They also help us to publicize animals through their networks if we need a foster.’’ The Hospice of St. Francis also will send its employees to hospice homes to walk dogs if the owner is too frail or take dogs and cats to the veterinarian

for their annual checkup. “Our goal is to keep the patient and pet together until the very end,’’ Larson said. “Or they can meet the person who adopts the pet. This gives the patient a peace of mind.’’ The Hospice of St. Francis will celebrate its 40-year anniversary this year. It is the only independent nonprofit hospice in Brevard County. Its corporate office is located at 1250-B Grumman Place in Titusville. The Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center is located at the same address. The hospice also has an office in Melbourne at 4875 Wickham Road, Suite 107. “I remember we had two cats who had been together for seven or eight years,’’ said Terry Stone, the community outreach coordinator for the Hospice of St. Francis. “First, they lose their beloved human. It would have been traumatic to separate them after that. Animals are such pretty, precious little things.’’ The Pet Pledge program tries to limit itself to dogs and cats, but it did find homes for two cockatiels. That type of bird became famous years ago for its role in the popular television series “Baretta.” Larson hopes the community can help the Hospice of St. Francis by volunteering to foster dogs and cats if they are unable to adopt. She can be contacted at 321-269-4240. “Our staff really supports this program, especially our CEO and president Joe Killian,’’ Larson said. “He’s an animal lover himself. He’s the driving force. He said, ‘We need to do this.’ People should not have to worry. They need comfort that their animal will be taken care of at the end.’’ SL

Local theater bolsters area with quality performances conventions to the film’s unruly spirit. Start looking at the bright side of life from April 27 to May 13. In Melbourne, the Henegar Center stages the play “Ugly Lies the Bone” in its upstairs black box theater. After three tours in Afghanistan, Jess finally returns to Florida. Experimenting with a pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself. This emotional journey runs from April 12 to 22. Cocoa Beach’s Surfside Playhouse lightens the mood with the humorous “who-done-it” play “The Games Afoot.” It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow castmembers to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Catch this wild ride for two weekends, April 27 to May 6. The richness and quality of productions has risen to unimaginable heights. These communities have brought gut-busting laughter alongside sorrow-filled tears. This month is no different. Support your local theater, see spectacular shows and leave changed. SL

BY KYLE MCDONALD During the past five years, there has been something transformative happening to Brevard’s theater scene. Steven Heron, the artistic director of the Titusville Playhouse, has rebuilt his theater from the ground up because he knows the value of quality theater for the community. “Theater exposes our communities to situations that make us laugh, love, but most of all, think,” he said. “Theater should, at some point, make the audience feel uncomfortable and through those awkward moments open the patron to feelings and thoughts they would not have been expecting to receive.” With the variety of shows that open this month, the theaters of Brevard are bringing a little something for everyone. The Titusville Playhouse is staging the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” This musical is based on the Victor Hugo novel and includes songs from the Disney animated feature. A sweeping score, 40-person choir and powerful story makes this musical a don’t miss, instant classic. Hunchback runs from April 6 to 29. The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is taking Monty Python from the screen to the stage with “Spamalot.” Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot” adds swipes of Vegas glitz and Broadway


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Ever noticed how in the spring the entire world seems to shift on its axis? Duh, I mean I know it really does shift on its axis, but I’m talking about your world. For the past few months, we’ve been cold, colorless and bored. The weather gave new meaning to the words — chill out. The freezes we had were like turning off the color knob on the TV because the grass turned brown, the flowers died and the normally bright blue skies with the glowing yellow ball ended up being a depressing gray. We were stuck in the house with nothing to do but scour through about 4,000 channels on the TV or access the total combined knowledge of the universe through the world wide web. How did they do it about 50 years ago when there were three channels and no computers? Oh, they talked, joked and laughed with other humans, but this is much better right? So, for the past few months, everything has been the same. Then, boom — spring arrives. It’s like God gave everyone in heaven a crayon and said go color something. We switch from coats to Coppertone. We turn off the TVs and turn on the jet skis, RVs and margarita blenders. Also, sports fans who only like football and baseball have been in depression and withdrawal for almost two months now. But, baseball season

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is starting and all is right with the world again. You switch from drinking Jack Daniels for depression to Bud Light to watch the games. And, don’t forget, you gotta get that beach body back in shape now. Oh and look at the highways. Snowbirds migrating north while spring breakers are migrating south. Funny thing is … the snowbirds going north are all over 50 years old and it looks like you left the VCR on slow mo. And, if you look at the spring breakers heading south, it looks like everyone’s under 25 years old and the VCR is stuck in fast forward. Man they’re moving. This time of year reminds me of that scene from “Ten Commandments’’ where one day you’re looking across the barren desert and then the next day about a million people are all out there going somewhere. Winter is over, so turn off the heater, lose the parka and get out there. The world has shifted and you need to spring ahead! SL

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Energy savings can be as easy as changing a light bulb

Energy consumption is on the rise. Projections by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that “the world-wide energy consumption will on average continue to increase by 2 percent per year.” According to EPA, because approximately 67 percent of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels (mostly coal and natural gas), electricity production generates the largest share (29 percent in 2015) of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. The longer they stay in the atmosphere, the higher their impact on long-term temperatures we experience on Earth and the greater threat they pose to a balanced environment. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is such a greenhouse gas that remains in the atmosphere for a very long time. Since energy production is a major generator of CO2 emission, lowering energy consumption will be paramount for the health of our planet and the future of our younger generation. One simple way of reducing energy consumption is by using LED lights. The U.S. Dept. of Energy states that “light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. [It] uses at least 75 percent less energy, is much cooler, and lasts 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.” Knowing that, the Brevard Public Schools Energy/Resource Conservation Department launched a project to replace existing BPS lighting systems district wide with LED lighting with the goal of increasing efficiency and reducing both energy and maintenance costs. The two-phased plan as described

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by Joseph Montemurno, an energy/ resource conservation department specialist, will save BPS between $500,000 and 600,000 or more a year. “Phase 1 will replace our most predominant lighting — approximately 250,000-plus 4-foot tubular lamps. Phase 2 will address our high and predominate outside lighting, converting the existing fixtures to LED to achieve an approximate 50 percent plus energy savings.” With those changes, BPS expects not only to have an impact on energy costs but also on helping “lower performing elementary schools to support improving their learning environment.” “With stretched custodial resources in those schools,” adds Energy/ Resource Conservation Manager Bruce Lindsay, “custodians are very excited about the 70,000-hour light bulbs. It means that they will never have to replace a bulb again before they retire!” The project, scheduled to start this March with early adopters Southwest Middle School, Eau Gallie High School and Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, should be completed in about five years and has an estimated simple

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Friends of the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library members will conduct a book sale April 13, April 14 and April 15 at the library located at 308 Forrest Avenue in Cocoa. Besides books, CDs and DVDs also will be sold. Audio books and textbooks also will be available. A free preview sale will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 12 for Friends of the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library members. To become a member, pay $5 at the library’s circulation desk prior to the sale or in the lobby during the sale. There will be no admission charge for the public sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. The sale will conclude from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.


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SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Space Coast Flute Orchestra

Flute orchestras today are similar to what string orchestras were 150 years ago. String orchestras include basses, cellos, violas and violins. Flute orchestras include piccolos, e-flat flutes, altos, basses, contrabasses and double contrabass flutes.

Space Coast Flute Orchestra performs with 40 flutists from all walks of life

BY MUFFY BERLYN The Space Coast Flute Orchestra (SCFO), performing since its inception as a flute choir in 1983, has grown from 12 members to the current 40 flutists. “It is one of the largest, regularly rehearsed flute orchestras in the world,” according to the SCFO website and Nancy Clew Eller, 82, Founder and Director Emeritus of SCFO, who studied flute with British flutists Geoffrey Gilbert and Peter Lloyd. Eller taught at Brevard Community College (BCC is now Eastern Florida State College) for 41 years. She also has taught private lessons. Ellert started SCFO “because many of my former students were back in Brevard after going away to college and they were interested in forming a small flute group to keep up their flute skills and enjoy making music.” Eller will perform C-flute in the SCFO’s Spring Concert. Cindy Bruce, 58, conductor of the Space Coast Flute Orchestra, grew up in Melbourne. Bruce received an associate degree from BCC and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University.

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Cindy Bruce, conductor of SCFO for the past year, has served as executive director of the Florida Flute Association since 2007 and is an active member of the National Flute Association. “I’ve always been a musician and a private flute teacher,” she said, and I was “interested in music as a young child.” She took private flute lessons from Eller. Bruce officially became the conductor of SCFO in the summer of 2017, replacing Eller who retired as conductor. Bart Lipofsky, 76, alto flute for

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SCFO, was a science professor at BCC. The flute choir started in conjunction with courses at BCC, Lipofsky said. “It was wonderful to have a chance to perform.” Lipofsky said. I “learned to love music listening to the piano,” which his mother played. Since retiring, he’s been active in SCFO. “Everyone volunteers their time, and it is made up of people who work full time or are retired from all walks of life,” Bruce said. She has been planning the music for the Spring Concert. “I’ve come up with the theme of ‘Dances’ so the pieces will include Blue Danube Waltz, Joplin’s Ragtime Dance, Russian Sailor Dance. I think it will be an entertaining crowd pleaser,” she said. The SCFO will perform its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. April 29 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 106 N. Riverside Drive in Indialantic. The concert is free. Readers can listen to the SCFO recordings online at its website, SL

The Suntree/Viera Library also will conduct a book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 27. For real bargain-basement prices, come on Saturday April 28 for the bag sale. All patrons can fill their bag for $5, and all bag sizes pass muster. SL

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Come to a Travelogue Presentation on April 5 at the Pelican Park Clubhouse in Satellite Beach at 1495 A1A from 9:45am to 10:40am

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Morikami Japanese Gardens Hatsume Festival 4/21 The Yalaha German Bakery and Withlacoochee River Cruise 4/22 Cedar Key and National Wildlife Refuge Boat ride 4/28 Mount Dora Blueberry Festival 4/29

EPCOT Flower Festival with Don Felder of the EAGLES Mother’s Day 5/13 The Cemetery Club Comedy Show at New Smyrna Beach Theater 5-27 Ain’t Retirement Grand Musical Dinner Theater 6/21 St. John’s Paddlewheeler River Luncheon Cruise 6/27

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Kingsley Plantation offers unique perspective on troubled time

In the past, I have written a number of informational stories about places to visit in the northeast corner of Florida for Senior Life and here is one more gem. Your visit to the Kingsley Plantation will give you a dramatic insight into the lives of wealthy plantation owners and the harsh living conditions of their slaves hundreds of years ago. Turn the clock back in time as you walk through the spacious grounds of this historic sight that has been completely restored and now administered by the U.S. National Park Service. Your self-guided tour starts at the entrance of this 60-acre lavish plantation that is located directly on the beautiful Fort George River. At your first stop, view and enter the ruins of more than two dozen tiny original slave quarters that were built more than 250 years ago. You’ll be drained by the horrible living conditions provided for these poor families. There were more than 60 to 80 enslaved men, women and children

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payback of less than five years. “Brevard Schools consume $11.3 million in electricity each year — 60 percent for air conditioning, 25 percent for lighting and 15 percent for plug loads. At the end of the five-year project, we should be shaving $2 million from our electric bill,” forecasts Lindsay.

occupying these slave quarters. Each home had a fireplace for a kitchen and dining area plus a small adjoining room where they all slept. They worked in the fields and the lucky ones did chores such as housework, carpentry, gardening, blacksmith work and construction work to build shelters. Your next stop is the restored barn used as storage, housing for animals and, sadly, housing for slaves. Adjacent to the barn, livestock was raised for food for the slaves and their owners. The restored interpretive garden provides you with a look at the plantation’s cash crops such as cotton, indigo and sugarcane. Fruit and vegetables were grown here for

consumption. The spacious plantation owner’s house faces the Fort George River. Most plantation SENIOR LIFE Shutterstock homes in those Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville was built in 1797 or 1798 times faced and named after owner, shipping magnate and slave trader rivers to provide Zephaniah Kingsley. the cheapest and easiest way of Palmetto Avenue in Jacksonville. For transportation for crops, supplies and information, call 904-251-3537. people. The house was built in 1798 Driving to the Kingsley Plantation and is the oldest plantation house still on Fort George Island is a three-hour standing in Florida. The two-story drive from Brevard County. Kingsley House is completely restored Take I-95 North to exit 337. This is and features a full basement and a I-295. Go northeast on I-295 to exit 42, widow’s walk on the roof. Route 105. There is a neat gift shop in a 1920s Route 105 East is a scenic road and building adjacent to the Plantation you will pass the famous St. Mary’s buildings. Ferry. The Kingsley Plantation, part of The entrance for the Kingsley the Indian Timucuan Preserve, is open Plantation is on your left. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a As a treat, share and enjoy this week. There is no admission fee. It is educational day trip with your family closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and and dear friends. SL New Year’s Day. It is located at 11676

And more savings are anticipated with what is planned for the lamps that will be removed. “During Phase 1, we will be removing 250,000-plus mostly functional T8 fluorescent lamps and stocking them in our warehouse where they will be available for free to our schools that have not yet been retrofitted to LED. Thus, schools will save money by not having to purchase

additional T8 fluorescent lamps prior to their switch over to LEDs. BPS plans to auction off any of the removed T8 fluorescent lamps that we are unable to store or that remain at the end of the project to avoid the cost of material disposal,” shared Montemurno. This is an incredible initiative and the perfect example of the kind of impact that using LED lighting might have on energy consumption and

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savings. This project sheds a light on how positive this type of change might be and it is an inspiration for anyone to start converting their system, too. LED bulbs might be a bit expensive, but in the long run they are better for the environment and will translate into much lower running costs. If you are looking for an impactful Earth Day project to start at home, this will be the perfect one! SL

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Distractions evolve as technology improves How are you distracted? Every minute, day and change of seasons brings distractions. As we live longer, we are challenged by a variety of new distractions. In our youth, distractions involved play time, sports, hobbies, classroom activities and not paying attention. Our teachers may have written: “John tends to daydream; he is easily distracted.” As a child in church in the 1940s, I can remember not listening to the pastor’s message. The lady in the seat in front of me was wearing a fox tail fur. It was fun to play with the dead critters hanging around her neck. Easter Sunday was a big show. Easter bonnets were a distraction and diversion from the message of the “risen Lord.” As a teenager, we lost track of important things and focused on sports, dates, parties and attraction to the opposite sex. Parents and teachers worked hard to keep us on task — to be focused. Then it was off to college, work, military and marriage. Each path involved distractions along the way. Time management became critical as we juggled multiple tasks, challenges and responsibilities. As we traveled through life, we were distracted by the little box with the black and white picture. Three channels provided distractions to staying on task doing homework. Color television gave way to the high definition and flat screen with hundreds of channels every minute of the day. The telephone was a challenge particularly if the family had a party line or a limited calls per month plan. Fifty years ago, advertising research showed consumers received as many as 1,500 messages from various sources in a day. Billboards, signage, commercials on radio and television, flyers, brochures and balloons carried messages that encourage the purchase of products and services. Today, our computer and iPhone screens are loaded with internet messages — advertising distractions. Television screens often are surrounded by multiple challenging distractions. Today, everyone is connected by mobile telephones with texting, streaming, Bluetooth access in our vehicles and many applications designed to communicate rather than distract. Have you ever noticed young couples on a date having dinner at a restaurant working on their iPhones instead of having a pleasant romantic conversation? Yes, seniors are doing the same. Distractions stifle relationships. We are connected more than ever before, but more distracted than ever before. Stay focused, not distracted! SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at




‘Walk Away Renee’ — The Left Banke, October 1966 BY RANDALL HILL

Was there ever a real Renee from “Walk Away Renee,” and was the sad story true about her devastated lover sending her home? Renee did exist, but the rest of the tale? Sadly, it was simply the figment of a forlorn 16-year-old’s imagination. Renee Fladen was an aspiring teenage ballerina whose boyfriend, Tom Finn, played guitar in a New York City rock band called the Left Banke. One night, Finn brought Fladen to a rehearsal. Michael Brown, the group’s keyboardist/songwriter, fell instantly in (puppy) love with the tall, striking blonde. In agony from his unrequited crush, the highly strung, emotional wordsmith started writing love songs about Fladen. Brown would later confess to Bob Shannon in “Behind the Hits’’ that “I was just sort of mythologically in love.” When he wrote his band’s future million-seller, Brown wanted to set his fantasy-crush story in a real place. As a boy in Brooklyn, he had sometimes hunted praying mantises in a vacant lot at the corner of Falmouth and Hampton Avenues. It was there that

Brown pictured Renee and himself standing together in the rain below a ONE WAY sign on Falmouth: And when I see the sign that points one way The lot we used to pass by every day Just walk away Renee You won’t see me follow you back home Brown’s violinist father was Harry Lookofsky (Michael Brown’s real surname). Lookofsky co-owned New York’s tiny World United Studios, where Brown and his pals often hung out after school. The Left Banke members weren’t skilled instrumentalists, but the elder Lookofsky realized that they could harmonize well and in the style of the then-popular British Invasion groups. Harry Lookofsky had the quartet tape a couple of songs to see how they’d sound on a record, but nothing worked until the night Renee Fladen sauntered into World United Studios. For the 1966 recording of the tear-soaked, minor-key lament “Walk Away Renee,” Brown’s father brought in a string quartet to create a moody, “baroque rock” atmosphere. He also added a lilting flute solo inspired by the Mamas and Papas’ “California

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Dreamin.’ ” The elder Lookofsky then hit the streets to pitch the unusual song that featured reedy lead vocals by band member Steve Martin Cano. Smash Records liked the tune, released it that fall, and watched in amazement as “Walk Away Renee” catapulted to No. 5 on Billboard’s singles chart. Two years later, the Four Tops took a soulful Motown remake to the Top 20. The Left Banke hit big once more with Brown’s second Fladen-inspired composition, the hauntingly ethereal “Pretty Ballerina,” which continued Brown’s infatuation with the blonde beauty: Her hair so brilliant that it hurt my eyes And Renee, that unintentional heartbreaker? As Renee FladenKamm, she gave up ballet to eventually become a highly respected classical singer and vocal coach in the San Francisco Bay area. Undoubtedly to her chagrin, though, she will be forever linked to the tune that, during the 1980s, was certified as one of history’s few pop songs to ever receive more than one million radio airplays. SL

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April Fools Day Easter Sunday Easter Brunch

1:30 p.m. An extensive buffet featuring omelet station, fresh salads and dessert choices. Tradewinds at Duran 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera 321-504-7771



National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Brevard Federated West Melbourne PAL’s Republican Women Food Truck Tuesday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monthly luncheon meeting Speaker Congressman Bill Posey Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera 321-727-1212

Festival of the Arts

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. An outdoor art festival Downtown Melbourne East New Haven Ave. Melbourne 561-746-6615



5 – 9 p.m. Bring your family and friends for an evening of great food, fun and music. A variety of different foods will be available as well as crafts and vendors. Veterans Memorial Complex 2285 Minton Road W. Melbourne 321-837-7781




2 – 4:30 p.m. Presents jazz vocalist Michelle Mailhot Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022

5 – 8:30 p.m. Features 10 food trucks. Titusville Welcome Center 419 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville 321-607-651

2 p.m. “The Leisure Seeker” AMC Avenue 16 2241 Town Center Ave. Viera, RSVP 814-461-5614

Space Coast Jazz Society

Titusville Food Truck

National Sibling Day

Free Movie For Seniors

Coin and Stamp Show






Hug a Newsman Day “The History of Pirates and AARP Safe Driving Course 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Privateers” 2 p.m. Lecture series with historian Robert Marx Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060


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4 – 7 p.m. Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, 1001 S. Riverside Drive, Indialantic 321-728-4009

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mondays Members $2, non-members $3 Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach RSVP: 321-783-9505

2 p.m. Lower Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, Arthur Arnold Jr., MD Solaris Senior Living 535 Crockett Boulevard Merritt Island 321-454-2363

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9 a.m. Improving Digestive Health, 2:30 p.m. Murali Krishna, MD Rick Rakauskas, Buena Vida Estates, 2129 W. New Solaris Senior Living Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 535 Crockett Boulevard Merritt Island 321-724-0060 321-454-2363

Spring Concert – Songs of Earth, Sea and Sky 3:30 p.m. Indialantic Chamber Singers, Eastminster Presbyterian Church 106 N. Riverside Drive Indialantic, 321-426-0360


Earth Day

Rockledge High School’s Third annual Car & Bike Show 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Live music, door prizes, 50/50, silent auctions, food and more. Rockledge High School 220 Raider Road Rockledge 321-514-6603


Central Florida Chamber Winds

3 p.m. An afternoon of Chamber Music Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-432-3049


23 Pinochle

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mondays Members $2, non-members $3 Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach RSVP: 321-783-9505


AARP Driver Safety Class

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Designed to help individuals retain their driving competencies. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera 321-698-2311

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FUNctional Fitness

9 – 10 a.m. Wickham Park Senior Center 2785 Leisure Drive Melbourne, 321-9171976

Easter Bonnet Tea and Tour Pritchard House 424 S. Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-607-0203

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“Love Your Heart” Health Singles/Couples Ballroom 7 – 10 p.m.Doors open 6:30 Fair

Music by Janice and Rene, free snacks, BYOB Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge 321-631-7556

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island 321-452-1233

Living Well Lecture “Treating Your Diabetes”

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2 p.m. Arturo Castro, MD One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera 800-522-6363

8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cape Kennedy Corvette Club’s 17th annual Car Show The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. #113 Viera, 321-634-5390





2 p.m. “Yankee Batboy, The Luckiest Kid in New York” Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060

1:15 p.m. Monthly lecture, “China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation” with Dr. Wanfa Zhang Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060

Help with license, ID cards and more. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 386-334-5358

6 – 9 p.m. Benefits Aging Matters in Brevard, Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral 321-806-3767

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7:30 p.m. A fundraiser to help grow the theatre’s endowment and support the arts on the Space Coast for many years to come. King Center 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-242-2219

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. An intimate luncheon to honor the giving spirit of women and the special roles we play caring for each other, as we care for others in our lives. Special guest Kay Frances. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge 321-360-3456

The King Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

7 – 10:30 p.m. Lesson at 7:00 p.m., dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Rec Center 321 Ramp Road Cocoa Beach, 321-427-3587

Administrative Professionals Day

The Purple Iris annual Luncheon

FIT, Lifelong Scholar Society


Audubon Day

Parkinson’s Health, Hope and Happiness

National Day of Silence Florida Licensing on Wheels Passport to Wines Around 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. the World Fundraiser

Bourbon, Cars & Cigars

7 – 10 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, open bar, live music. Benefits the Womens Center, Porsche Of Melbourne, 509 E. Nasa Blvd. Melbourne 321-514-8642


Arbor Day

Fiesta Brevard

5 – 8 p.m. Delicious food, exciting games, valuable prizes, live entertainment, Fiesta hat contest, “Best Salsa in Brevard” Contest, (Judges’ Medicaid Planning Seminar and People’s Choice!) Learn 10 a.m. to salsa dance! William A. Johnson, P.A. Riverfront Park Understanding Medicaid 401 Riveredge Blvd. and its eligibility requirements. Cocoa One Senior Place 321-459-2200 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera 321-253-1667 4 – 6 p.m. Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne 321-253-1667

Dining in the Dark

5 – 9:30 p.m Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne 386-253-8879, ext. 105


Kiss Your Mate Day 18 Holes Fore 18 Kids

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Golf Tournament supporting The Children’s Hunger Project, Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-610-1900

“Rogers & Hammerstein” The History of Music 2 p.m. Lecture-Rick Rakauskas Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060


April 21 & 22

Guided Tours, Exhibitors, Food, Photography Workshops, Entertainment, Vendors & More!

Boomer Buffet!

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Sunset in Tuscany

Tax Day

10 a.m. “Birds & Eggs” please bring an item for discussion. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-254-5831



Cocoa Beach Contra Dance

Vintage Warbirds, WWII Parachute Team, reenactments, and more. Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, 6600 Tico Road, Titusville 321-268-1941

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission, free appraisals, buy, sell, trade. Azan Shriner Center 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne 332-428-5850



National Walk to Work Day Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club

Warbird Air Show (April 6 to April 8)

Great Decision Global Health: Progress and Challenges

5:30 – 7:45 p.m. FIT Lifelong Scholar Society Moderated by Dr. Dave Weldon. Chamber of Commerce Conference Center, The Avenue Viera Viera, 321-674-8382, option 2



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North Brevard Titusville Welcome Center helps both tourists, locals BY FLORA REIGADA For tourists and locals, the Titusville Welcome Center at 419 S. Hopkins Ave. in the historic downtown district offers a wealth of information about the city and surrounding area. This includes trail information, nature and wildlife stops, kayak and boat launch areas, rocket launch viewing areas, Port Canaveral cruise information and tips on adventures waiting to be had. Tips on shopping and dining will help stretch dollars. Pamphlets and maps are abundant for the taking. Visitors will be greeted by Welcome Center manager Nicole Hall and Carrie Overfelt, who owns the Coast to Coast Bicycle shop operating out of the Welcome Center. The shop offers bicycle rentals, repairs and purchases. “The bicycle shop was included because three nature trails converge in the city,” Hall said. “They are the Coast to Coast Trail, St. Johns River to Sea Loop and East Coast Greenway.” Hall spoke of improvements coming to the downtown area. “Extra lighting is being planned for the Julia Street parking lot outside the Welcome Center,” she said. “Repaving and shade structures along the Julia

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River and U.S.1, but you also get a clear view of the famous Kennedy Space Center launch pads. This is a favorite viewing site on SpaceX launch dates. One of the busiest sea ports in the United States, Port Canaveral offers a lot on a launch day. The port is a great place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the view from the various restaurant outdoor porches. Grab some lunch and watch a launch. Playalinda Beach is not only known for its beautiful beaches, but it is a great place to view trips to space. You can enjoy the calming sounds of the ocean while you wait for the roar of a rocket launch. There are five launches scheduled for this month from SpaceX and United Launch Alliance: April 2..............Falcon 9..........SpaceX April 5..............Falcon 9..........SpaceX April 12/13.......Atlas 5............ULA April 16............Falcon 9..........SpaceX April 30............Falcon 9..........SpaceX No matter where you decide to watch the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center, seeing the future of space exploration happening so close to home is too incredible to miss. SL

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