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Historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse offers tours

Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary cares for all critters Page 12

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse still beams with pride still beams with pride

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Seniors change lives with computers

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SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of U.S. Air Force/Tony Gray

A Delta II carrying NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) launched at 9:08 a.m. Sept. 10, 2011 from Space Launch Complex 17, with Eastern Range support from the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. The Air Force’s Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is pictured at left. GRAIL includes two spacecraft to study the moon’s interior and thermal evolution. SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Mysteries abound while gazing at the sea and the iconic lighthouses that make it easier to soak in the ocean depths. Tours at Cape Canaveral Lighthouse have resumed after a hiatus that could be blamed on budget cuts and height-

ened security following 9/11. Through Sunward Tours and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, it’s once again possible to see a gem that dates back to the 1800s. Tours are $27 per person. Reservations need to be made at least 48 hours in advance for security reasons since all names have to be approved for the tours.

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Summer continues despite start of school year We’ll begin to see students headed back to Brevard County schools on Aug. 10. This does not mean the end of summer or the possibility of a vacation or short weekend summer trips right here on the Space Coast. Did you know that there is a working lighthouse on the Space Coast? It could be a unique summer day outing. Check out our story on pages 18 and 19 . This summer, I vacationed on the east and west side of South Dakota, the home of the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. This Dances with Wolves wild-west location is amazing, especially in July. It’s good to be back in Brevard with the sand and the sea. We listened to you, our readers, about the features you want to see in Senior Life. In this edition, we bring you Computers Advancing Education, a group of volunteers who work in Titusville to build computers from mostly used spare parts. The computers are then donated to students and others who need but cannot afford one. We plan to bring you more stories about how you also can volunteer with different organizations in Brevard County. So, whether it is enjoying an outing on the Space Coast or across our state, or volunteering with a local organization, I pledge to continue to bring you information that will be useful to you, our readers. SL Jill Blue-Gaines jill@myseniorlife.com Senior Life Fla

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Tablet tested and designed for ‘Super Seniors’ made from act of love the whole board and CEO willing to give him two to three hours of their time. Ultimately, Acer invested in grandPad, and created the hardware, as well, which now can be purchased through the grandPad website at grandpad.net. SL

BY MUFFY BERLYN Scott Lien, 52, CEO of grandPad Inc., was inspired by technology since the fourth grade when he scraped and saved to buy his first computer, a TRS-80. Lien, who has held leadership positions with companies such as Bank of America, Best Buy and Target, has launched an innovative tablet that was designed from scratch specifically for seniors 75 and older. Lien explained that by the age of 75 most seniors begin to have physical limitation problems, such as hearing, and being able to touch and grasp because of arthritis. The possible beginning of dementia can increase the inability to understand complex concepts such as hooking up a computer. The grandPad addresses age-related user issues. The devotion to his family, fifth generation Norwegian dairy farmers with deep roots in Decorah, Iowa, is reflected in Lien’s attitude toward business. He fondly calls the age group that helped him test the product, from 75 to the oldest tester at age 114, Super Seniors. The germination for the product was inspired by an act of love from his son, Isaac Lien, 22, who took after his dad, pursuing an interest in technology. Isaac Lien wanted to solve the difficulties his grandmother was having with her computer. Father and son worked on the grandPad product concept together at the son’s college, Chapman University in Orange, Calif., knowing they wanted to make staying in touch with

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The grandPad keeps your digital memories safe as well as ensuring contact with loved ones. family easier for the elderly. What was birthed from that inception was a working pad, a computer device, to “bridge the digital chasm that exists between senior citizens and their families,” helping seniors get video calls, emails and photos from family members. The pad supports other features such as playing the favorite music of the user, pre-selected by the user’s caregiver if necessary. Lien told the story of one adult daughter putting 10 of her mother’s favorite spiritual hymns on a repeat loop. Every detail is well thought out — like packaging for the pad that a 90-year-old could physically unpack on his own. The user can then

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comprehend and make the grandPad operational without the additional steps it currently takes to make an iPad, the competition, operational from unpacking to use. The user can send voice email and video chat, enjoy family photos and videos, music and games, and check the weather on the tablet. How did Lien get Acer, a successful Taiwanese hardware firm, involved? “It was very serendipitous,” he said, “divine providence.” Before the product could be birthed, Lien went to Taipei, Taiwan to get the hardware, the physical body for their concept started and developed. Lien, who had pursued Acer heavily, was willing to fly halfway around the world for what he thought would a be 10-minute opportunity to talk with a couple of employees. Before the meeting, he drank several cups of coffee and prepped himself. He walked into the boardroom to find

The grandPad is only available from the website: grandpad.net. The grandPad is both a product — the actual pad — and a service. It has a touch screen and large icons and is easy to hold and use. It comes pre-loaded. Everything is pre-configured for seniors’ use, which includes room for their photos, music and contacts. It has no micro USB cable to plug in. The grandPad is charged in its dock. According to Acer, most seniors have no access to internet in their homes. The grandPad supports Wi-Fi connectivity. If the user does not have WiFi in their home, grandPad offers cellular internet connectivity (4G LTE connectivity) as part of its $65.50 a month package. A pad comes as part of the service, but is not owned by the user. If the pad breaks or has any problems, a new one is sent as part of the service. The user has around-the-clock access to customer service with a button on the grandPad to connect them, They may ask any question at any time if they get flustered.

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Already retired, some seniors continue to work for the fun of it

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BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

Almost 23 percent of Brevard County’s population is 65 or older, according to county statistics from July 2015. Of that group, many continue to work part-time jobs either out of need or just for the desire to keep working. Carl Coppola, 74, works with a nonprofit food pantry and helps with homeless housing and a thrift store. “I lived in Atlanta in the restaurant business for a while and did a lot of various businesses and made some bad investments,” Coppola said. “I moved to Florida in 2009 and rented a room from my ex-wife to share expenses.” He began working at the Sharing Center in Brevard County. Volunteering for a short while, Coppola was hired to run the thrift store “which was beneficial to help my financial situation a lot. I have been with them ever since” now working from full time to three days a week. Coppola also uses some of his free time to make money by buying and selling on eBay. Bill Fisk, 63, works full time for Career Source Brevard in Palm Bay. A former funeral director, not yet at full retirement age, he looks forward to now helping people find jobs. “I am doing exactly what I want to do in the future from year to year,” Fisk said. “If I lose this contract job, I will hunt for another one and keep

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Carl Coppola works for the nonprofit food pantry and homeless housing and thrift store at the Sharing Center in Melbourne. doing that until I can’t do it anymore. I love what I am doing.” Fisk spends some of his spare time hiking and enjoying birdwatching. Denny Brader of Melbourne is a driver who picks up and delivers cars for Enterprise Holdings. It is “the most fun job I have ever had,” he said. “It is part-time. When I was laid off in insurance due to

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downsizing, I had to have a job to help pay the bills. But if I didn’t have the need, I would still be doing this because I would be bored if I didn’t have something to do.” Brader fills his spare time enjoying his Ford Mustang and car shows. Hobbies and other activities fill the other hours for many of the retirees. SL

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Senior Living Wild animals entertain, educate Market Street crowd BY JULIE STURGEON Residents of Market Street Memory Care Residence had a wild visit in June when a group of native Florida animals stopped by. Hosted by the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, the animals provided an hour of education and enjoyment. A red-shouldered hawk named Quinn, along with a gopher tortoise named Lt. Dan and other indigenous species entertained residents during the visit. All the animals reside at the Florida Wildlife Hospital, home to injured and orphaned native animals. “We have a small team of volunteers who travel with some of our resident animals (animals unable to be released) to summer camps, libraries, nursing facilities,” said Chelsea Hohlweg, volunteer coordinator for Florida Wildlife Hospital. “It’s part of our Ambassador Program.” While most animals are released back into their habitat, some cannot be safely returned to their former homes. So, like the residents at Market Street, they become part of another family. As she introduced Copper, a red rat snake, volunteer Linda Perry fielded a few questions from residents and told stories about the animals. Bella, a kestrel, had been kept as a pet.

“Bella likes being around people because she imprinted on people at a very young age,” said Perry, noting that a kestrel is a small falcon. “It is illegal to have a native Florida bird as a pet.” Clearly the volunteers at Florida Wildlife Hospital love SENIOR LIFE Julie Sturgeon SENIOR LIFE Julie Sturgeon what they do Volunteer Josie Quiroz shows off Volunteer Barb Stewart introduces Copper, a red rat snake, to and have a Quinn the red-shouldered hawk. Market Street residents. passion for native animals and their welfare. “This is the best job I ever had and I am a volunteer,” said Perry, who handled each animal with ease. “Most of our staff are volunteers.” “We require all volunteers to complete an orientation and pay a $20 fee,” said Hohlweg. “After orientation, they can sign up for shifts.” The Florida Wildlife Hospital & SENIOR LIFE Julie Sturgeon Sanctuary, located at 4560 N. U.S. Josie Quiroz, Chelsea Hohlweg and Linda Perry are volunteers at the Florida 1 Highway, operates primarily from Wildlife Hospital. donations and membership funds. SL

Wildlife Hospital helps critters great and small BY MARIA SONNENBERG Brother, can you spare a mealworm? Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, which cares for injured and orphaned wild critters great and small, could use mealworms, thanks to the voracious appetite of songbirds, which are frequent patients at the nonprofit Palm Shores wildlife rehabilitation facility at this time of year. “Songbirds eat a lot of live insects,” director Tracy Frampton said. “We could really use gift certificates for our mealworm supplier: Donations for that need are very helpful. Each order is about 100,000 mealworms!” It’s always some sort of baby season at the hospital, where approximately 5,000 mammals, birds and reptiles

are admitted each year. Patient count already will soon surpass 3,000 patients this year and baby squirrel season — a time when as many as 100 of the little guys need the hospital’s help on any given day — is just around the corner. A large volunteer corps helps the small staff perform the daunting task of feeding and caring for everything from baby woodpeckers to gopher tortoises. “We have a great volunteer program,” Frampton said. The hospital’s eclectic wish list, in addition to meal worms and volunteers, includes wild bird seed, a new or used self-propelled lawn mower, 33-gallon or larger trash bags and laundry bleach and soap for the never-ending cleaning that is part of the hospital’s day. The hospital receives no government

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SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Florida Wildlife Hospital

A fledgling gets TLC until he is old enough to be returned to the wild. As baby bird season ends, the baby squirrels begin to arrive.

funding, so individual and corporate donations of time, talent and treasure are critical for its existence. Patients are admitted for various reasons. Many end up on the losing side of an encounter with a dog, cat or car. Pelicans run afoul of fishing lines and hooks. Would-be Good Samaritans sometimes make the job harder when they scoop perfectly healthy baby animals and whisk them to the hospital. In most of these cases, the babies and their parents were doing just what Mother Nature intended, but when people intervene, the circle of care is broken and the hospital must then become surrogate parents to the babies until they’re old enough to be released into the wild. Frampton and her staff are on a mission to raise awareness of the issue, and it seems to be working. “We are seeing a decline in the number of patients coming to the hospital that would have been better off left alone, such as fledgling songbirds and baby rabbits,” Frampton said.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Florida Wildlife Hospital

Baby bunnies are common patients at the Florida Wildlife Hospital. Stress often kills the little hoppers, so staff and volunteers are extra careful.

“We are really trying to share this message about when to intervene and when to leave them be.” However, when a native wild creature is injured or truly orphaned, the hospital is quick to step in with help. “We are here 24/7 to help native wildlife,” Frampton said. Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, 4560 N. U.S. Highway 1, Palm Shores, welcomes donations. The sanctuary is in special need of gift certificates for its mealworm supplier (see rainbowmealworms.net/ giftcertificates.php). Financial contributions also are welcome. All gifts are tax-deductible. SL For more information, call 321-2548843 or go to floridawildlifehospital.org.

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Plan ahead to find a home you’ll love for the rest of your life and never want to leave. Share fun activities and interests with friends who have shared points of reference. Enjoy delicious food you don’t have to prepare for yourself (unless you want to). You’ve worked hard, now put your feet up and let your hair down in one of our local communities that are the best in the nation!

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Sentiments

What was your favorite toy or activity growing up? Photos by Walter Kiely

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“My favorite toys were dolls. I dressed them up. If I got bored, I dressed up my cats and dogs.

“My favorite activity was swimming. I would swim wherever and whenever I got the chance, no matter the water temperature. My future goal is to do the polar-bear swim in the ice-cold water.’’

“I used to have a 2-foot tall doll that I would love to dress up with my younger sister’s clothes.’’

“I played checkers. It was easy to play with my younger brothers.’’

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RiverView Senior Resort honors veterans RiverView Senior Resort honored its veteran residents with the unveiling of a Wall of Honor during a July 3 ceremony. The Wall includes a patriotic mural painted by local artist Amy McIntosh, images of residents who have served in the United States military and a framed American flag. The ceremony included the presentation of colors by the American Legion Post 117 Honor Guard and a speech by RiverView Memory Care Coordinator and retired Air Force Airman First Class Heather Dawson. Veteran’s benefits attorney Amy B. Van Fossen offered advice to veterans looking to maximize their VA benefits. “Part of our mission at RiverView is to celebrate the lives and contributions of our residents, including military service,” said Tracy Woodburn, RiverView Senior Resort executive director. “What better way to celebrate our veterans than to have a permanent tribute to those who served in the United States military.” In addition to honoring its residents, RiverView Seniors Resort

has offered discounts to veterans, retired first responders and retired law enforcement. For information, call 321-312-4555. SL SENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler

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RiverView’s Keri Ciancio stands with a resident veteran and his wife to show his Wall of Honor Plaque. SENIOR LIFE photo

A veteran and his wife pose in front of his plaque at RiverView’s Wall of Honor.

The Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral awarded several $3,000 scholarships during a ceremony July 18 at Indian River Colony Club’s Colony Hall. Madeline Dale, a Viera High graduate, will attend the University of South Florida and study medical technology. Her sponsor was Capt. Robert Dale. Taylor Krystkowiak of Patrick Air Force Base will attend Harvard University and study economics and finance. His sponsor was Col. Eric Krystkowiak. Dana Lobmeyer, a Melbourne High graduate, will attend the University of Florida and study biomedical engineering. Her sponsor was Lt. Cmdr. Albert Nolan. Lindsey Griffin, a Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High graduate, will attend the University of South Florida and study industrial engineering. Her sponsor was Master Sgt. Alvin Griffin. Becca Bower, a Merritt Island High graduate, will attend the Florida Institute of Technology and study math science. Her sponsor was Lt. Col. John Bower. Caroline Reeg, a Merritt Island High graduate, will attend the University of Florida and study agriculture education. Her sponsor was Cmdr. Fred Reeg. Four award winners were unable to attend the ceremony. Carolina Cleland and Will Cleland were sponsored by Maj. Gen. John Cleland. Connor Dale was sponsored by Capt. Robert Dale, and Grace Marie Dunn was sponsored by Lt. Col. Mike Dunn.

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Get Back to Work Full-Time

Veterans organization seeks help for homeless BY R. NORMAN MOODY

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Volunteers of America of Florida continues to help homeless veterans in Brevard and throughout the state I’ve said many times before that there is a lot that we can do to help homeless veterans. A way to be of assistance is by helping those who help veterans. There are many organizations in Brevard County doing just that. One such organization is VOA Florida, a faith-based human services organization that serves people across the state, including in Brevard. “We are a homeless veteran supportive services and housing assistance,” said Michelle Auclair, program manager for VOA Florida. “Our job is to work with the most vulnerable.” The Brevard branch of the organization based in Cocoa, operates Veterans Village, a complex of 40 transitional apartments that is a temporary home to about 80 people. Presently, among the residents, are five families, two with children. The veterans live at the apartments in Cocoa and receive counseling, classes and support services to help them transition into permanent homes. About 15 move into the transitional housing complex or leave for permanent housing each month. If you are looking for a way to help, the organization can use your assistance. Each time veterans leave for a permanent home, VOA allows them to take bed sheets and towels to help

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them in their transition. They must then replace sheets, towels and washcloths for the other veterans moving into Veterans Village. VOA is asking for donations of twin-size sheets, towels and washcloths. The non-profit organization also accepts cash. Donations can be dropped off at VOA at 906 Peachtree Street in Cocoa. Potential donors also can call VOA at 321-252-4367. I have written about other organizations that assist veterans and particularly those helping homeless veterans. Those who assist homeless veterans will tell you that Brevard residents care. They pitch in to help those organizations. Many of the organizations depend on the public for volunteers, financial and material help. Auclair said there has been a decrease in homelessness in Brevard in recent months. There are about 150 veterans in transitional homes and another 45 who are not in homes. Some of those homeless won’t accept leaving their wooded camps, though there is help available for them through VOA and other organizations. “There is no reason a veteran should be homeless in Brevard,” she said. SL

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Chef credits Uncle Sam for her culinary prowess BY MARIA SONNENBERG If you’ve sampled some of the many delights at the deli of Downtown Produce, you know about Dawn Gallia’s culinary handiwork. Gallia, head chef at the Melbourne gourmet market, thanks Uncle Sam for the valuable experience she received in the food industry. The Jersey girl enlisted in the U.S. Army after a couple of years of community college in part to follow a family tradition. “Both of my grandfathers had served in WWII,” she said. “I wanted to serve my country and to prove to myself and family I had the strength and discipline to do so.” After basic training, Gallia became a food service specialist to a field artillery unit. “Most of our time was spent in the field, moving and setting up testing for intermediate range nuclear missiles,” explained Gallia. The job took her to White Sands, N.M., Fort Chaffe, Ark. and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. “After my discharge, I spent a few years in Austin, Texas, before returning home to work in my family’s flower and gift basket shop,’’ Gallia said. “But, after six years, my love of cooking hit me and I started a long, hot career in the restaurant business.’’ The many get-togethers of her large, extended family often revolved around eating. “Our Polish background usually

involved food,” she said. “This included the family gathering around to make homemade pierogis weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays. We would gather around the family table, break into the oplatek (Christmas wafers), then feast on the pierogis, fish, mushrooms, gravy and celebrate. This is where my love for cooking truly began.” In order to garner experience, she worked her way up from prep/line cook, working long hours nights and weekends without much monetary compensation. After moving to Brevard in 2002 to be with her partner, Gallia began a stint at the Melbourne International Airport cafeteria before moving on to the Rialto Hilton and later to the Pineda Crossing kitchen. To better follow her dream, Gallia decided to enroll in culinary school, becoming part of the initial classes of Keiser University’s culinary program in Melbourne. “Working full time and attending school was a tough job for this old gal, but with the help of my family, friends and partner, I graduated in 2006,” she said. It was at Keiser that Gallia was asked to join the Downtown Produce team. “I was intrigued,” she said. “To start a new adventure with an already established business excited me.” A dozen years later, Gallia is still part of the adventure. The Melbourne resident and her life partner share

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Dawn Gallia is the head chef at Downtown Produce. life with three dogs and, as she puts it, “too many cats.” Her spare time is spent fishing or spending time with her family, friends and pets, but Downtown Produce remains a huge part of her life. “I thank owners Jill, Gaylord, Ian and Russell Aker for giving me

the creative latitude to serve our customers,” Gallia said. “My greatest joy is seeing repeat customers coming into the store every day, and providing them with fresh, homemade cooking that would make my Grandma proud.” SL

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Cape Canaveral Lighthouse still beams with pride BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

SENIOR LIFE R. Norman Moody

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is the only fully operational lighthouse that is owned by the United States Air Force. Ownership of the lighthouse was transferred from the Coast Guard to the U.S. Air Force in 2000.

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Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, the only lighthouse owned and operated by the U.S. Air Force, has stood as a guide for mariners on the Brevard County coast for more than 150 years. Still operating, the light comes on every night to shine out 22 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. It protects passing ships from dangerous shoals. “This is the second lighthouse at the Cape,” said Ron Ecker, lighthouse docent and member of both the Florida Lighthouse Association and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation on which he serves. “The first lighthouse, built in 1848, was 60-feet high and the light showed for 10 miles into the ocean. Then they discovered there were dangerous shoals farther out. So in 1858, a cast iron lighthouse was built in New York State. But production stopped when the Civil War started because the company had to build cannons. Construction began again on the lighthouse after the war. Assembly was completed in 1868 and it stood a few yards from the original. For a while, two lighthouses were on the Cape.” The government decided to move the lighthouse to the point of the older lighthouse and it proceeded to demolish the original lighthouse. Then, it used the original concrete and foundation to relocate the new lighthouse about a mile in shore where it is now, according to Ecker. “It took months to reassemble and get the light lighted,” Ecker said. “To put the lighthouse back together, every piece inside was numbered in Roman numerals and outside pieces marked in Arabic numbers. Still standing where it was placed in July 1884, the light was automated in 1933 with two modern optic lenses now used.” In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard took over all lighthouses. After World War II, (1947 or 1948) the Cape Canaveral site received 900 acres of land from the lighthouse to the ocean since the U.S. government was looking for a place to launch rockets, according to Ecker.

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Mills Burnham was the second appointed lighthouse keeper of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse who served from July 1853 until his death on April 17, 1886. He was buried in the family cemetery in Cape Canaveral. Hanger C, right next to the lighthouse, was where the German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun launched rockets after the war, viewing the rocket launches from the lighthouse. Two communities — one called DeSoto — existed on the Cape in the 1950s, Ecker said. Every time there was a rocket launch, the government moved the residents to the hotel on the coast. The communities originally were built in and around lighthouse keepers’ cottages and a school. In 1967, the cottages were destroyed. In 2000, the Coast Guard turned the lighthouse over to the U.S. Air Force, making it the only operational lighthouse owned by the U.S. Air Force and owned by the 45th Space Wing based at Patrick Air Force Base, Ecker said. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, founded to help preserve the light, is trying to raise $2 million to rebuild lighthouse keepers’ cottages near the lighthouse. The group has an ongoing fundraising effort through which anyone can purchase a brick for the walkway surrounding the lighthouse. The brick, at a cost of $150 each with five characters per line of inscription, can be used to memorialize or honor someone. The Lobster Fest fundraiser, which was not held this year, will be restarted once again in 2018. Other events at the

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SENIOR LIFE R. Norman Moody /INSET: Courtesy of State of Florida

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse stands out on a bright sunny April morning before the arrival of visitors. Visitors have access to the lighthouse, which is at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, through guided bus tours. INSET: The old brick lighthouse tower, left, and the newer, right, iron lighthouse tower of Cape Canaveral stood together before the latter was moved 1.5 miles inland in 1893.

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The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is the only fully operational lighthouse that is owned by the United States Air Force. Ownership of the lighthouse was transferred from the Coast Guard to the U.S. Air Force in 2000.

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There is a lot to see at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Visitors climb a spiral stair to the living quarters inside the lighthouse and exit via a stairs on the outside. lighthouse are in the planning stages. Sunward Tours offers Cape Canaveral Lighthouse tours. Earlier tours operated by the Air Force were stopped after budget cuts. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation was instrumental in getting the tours resumed with the tour company. Tours are for $27 per person, leaving from Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. Fees include a tour of Exploration Tower. Reservations are required. Call 321-4533994 at least 48 hours prior to the tour date. SL For more information on the lighthouse, go to canaverallight.org.

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Stay hydrated and mindful of the summer heat BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Sip a frosty lemonade to stay cool on a hot summer day in Florida. Staying hydrated is some of the best advice offered by physicians as seniors battle the summer heat. “The elderly deserve to enjoy the summer season, to enjoy parks, gardens and beaches, driving, those who do gardening or take pets out and go golfing,” said Dr. Manuel Jain, who practices geriatric medicine in Central Florida. “At the same time, it puts them at risk because of what they are. Age is not an illness, but sometimes it is an impediment to what they want to do and a lot of restrictions are put on them. They should do what they want to do, but should note the risks involved.” Seniors should be aware of their exposure to extreme temperatures. “The brain can’t adjust like a young person,” Jain said. “When cold, they (elderly) are already too cold or there is a delay in feeling that cold. So, they take a sweater to a party outside when it is 90 degrees. The body can be too hot to sweat or to cool down. So, they

don’t perspire that much.” The summer heat is dangerous to seniors and the elderly because it could lead to heat stroke, a condition that can be fatal, said Dr. Theophilus Sai, chief medical officer Humana, Inc. for Central Florida and assistant professor of medicine at the University of South Florida. “Heat stroke is a medical emergency that needs to be treated quickly,” Sai said. “It is a medical condition that occurs when a person’s body gets too hot. This typically occurs when any person exercises in very hot weather and humidity without drinking enough water or other hydrating fluids. Heat stroke also can affect people not exercising, especially the elderly or anyone with health problems.” “Elderly hyperthermia can occur when they are not doing anything but sitting and get a 104-degree temperature and become dehydrated,” Jain said. In heat stroke, the skin is dry, not perspiring, with the heat leading to sleepiness and death, he said.

“Chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and small strokes affect the body’s ability to control temperature,” Sai said. “Severe arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease can physically limit an individual’s ability to remove themselves from an area of excessive temperature or to getting fluids. Certain medications affect it as water pills (diuretics). Beta blockers slow the heat down and could affect a response. Some medications can affect the ability of the sweat glands to produce sweat in response to heat as in antihistamines, some antidepressants and sleeping pills.” Be safe and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat stroke: Body temperature of 104 degrees or higher (40 degrees Celsius or higher); brain/ mental symptoms of confusion or inability to think clearly, headaches, decreased alertness, hallucinations, sleepiness or drowsiness, passing out or fainting; cardiac symptoms of fast heartbeat and skipped heartbeat; fast or labored breathing; vomiting or diarrhea, skin redness and warmth and cramping or weakness of muscles. SL

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very limited number of muscles and bones repetitively. Doing this an appreciable time and distance every day will often lead to overuse injuries. It is best to alternate activities such as walking, stretching, core strengthening, light weightlifting and swimming. 4. Remember, we are not exercising to train for the Olympics or to set world records. Although exercise might not necessarily be “fun” for everyone, it should never be painful – especially for seniors. Listen to your body. If it hurts, stop and rest. If it continues to hurt, “please consult your physician. Pushing through pain at this stage of life very rarely ends well, and often ends up with an individual not able to do much of anything physically — which is exactly what we are trying to prevent. Martin Lenoci, DPM* Friday, August 11 at 2pm One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, FL 32940 Please register online at wuesthoffmelbourne.org or by calling (800)522-6363. *Member of the medical staff at Wuesthoff Medical Center—Melbourne.

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Can I lower the cost of my prescription medications? Dear Lance, I simply cannot afford the medications that my doctors prescribe even though I have a Part D prescription drug plan. I am tempted to cut pills in half or take them every other day to make the prescription last longer like some of my friends do. I know that doing this endangers my health, but at this time I can see no other choice. My question is a simple one: what, if anything, can I do to lower the costs of my prescription medications? Joan in Clearwater Dear Joan, Prescription drug costs have become an increasing financial burden for many Medicare beneficiaries. This is true whether they have prescription coverage through a Medicare Advantage Plan or a separate Part D Prescription Drug Plan. Let me share with you some actions you can take to minimize the costs of your medications.

• Y  our first step should be to discuss your financial situation with your doctor(s) just as you have described it to me. There might be a lessexpensive branded medication or a generic that they can prescribe for you. Most physicians would rather try to find a less-expensive alternative

Ask Lance Lance P. Jarvis SHINE than have you jeopardize your health by cutting your pills in half to save money. • Doctors may not know what medications are covered under each prescription plan or what the copayments will be. Each year, you receive a booklet from your plan that contains its drug formulary. Always bring your drug plan’s formulary with you to doctor visits. The formulary lists the medications that are covered under your plan as well as the copayment amount. Show this to your doctors so they can try to find the lowest-cost medication that meets your need and avoid prescribing medications that are not covered by your plan. • Use pharmacies that are in your plan’s network. These are normally shown in your booklet that contains the plan’s formulary. You’ll usually have the lowest copayments if you

do this. If your plan has Preferred Network Pharmacies, you also might save money by using them. Using the plan’s mail-order pharmacy service might be advantageous by reducing or eliminating drug copayments.

• A federal program called Extra Help assists with prescription drug costs, deductibles and drug-plan premiums. If your total monthly income is less than $1,508 ($2,030 for couples) and your financial resources are less than $13,830 ($27,600 for couples), you might be eligible for this program. To apply for Extra Help, you can obtain an application from your nearest Social Security office or apply online at ssa.gov. Many SHINE offices also have the paper application that they can give you. • Many drug manufacturers have Patient Assistance Programs for their branded medications. Although these programs are primarily intended for people without insurance, some will consider applications from those who have Part D prescription drug coverage either through a Medicare Advantage Plan or a separate Part D Prescription Drug Plan. If you qualify, you may be able to get their medication at no cost. A SHINE counselor can assist you by searching for Patient Assistance Programs that cover your expensive medications. You also might go to needymeds.org to do your own search. • Each Prescription Drug Plan covers different medications and the

copayments for the same medication can vary substantially by plan each year. Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period is from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. I strongly encourage you to contact a SHINE counselor during this period so they can do a search using your medications to determine which plan will have the lowest total annual costs for you in the coming year. I encourage everyone to do this annually because plans change and prescription medications may have changed. SL About SHINE SHINE is an award-winning statewide volunteer program that provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling and information for people on Medicare, their families and caregivers. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is administered in partnership with the state’s 11 Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). In Brevard County, our ADRC is the Senior Resource Alliance, located in Orlando. To contact a SHINE volunteer counselor for confidential and unbiased assistance, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-963-5337 or call 321-752-8080 locally. SHINE has counseling locations throughout Brevard County. Counselors can assist you by telephone or in person. To find a SHINE counseling site near you, go to floridaSHINE.org or call the telephone numbers listed above.

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Renewable energy is the future that we should choose

Who would think that a polluted world is better to live in than a clean one? That water with floating dead fish is better than water safe to fish and swim in? That breathing smog is better than clean air? Who would think that destroying natural sites, killing everything in and around it and compromising resources we depend on is a good idea? If I had to guess, I would say no one. Unfortunately, in states such as Texas, air-polluting companies seem to be getting away with constant violation of air permits. Texas Tribune reported that in a single event in 2015, “more than 300,000 pounds of 1,3-butadiene — a highly explosive chemical and known human carcinogen used to manufacture rubber — escaped into the atmosphere” and “in less than an hour, the plant spewed 258 times more butadiene into the atmosphere than allowed by state law.” In 2016, that same company was responsible for a “2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico,” causing “a 2-mile by 13-mile (about 3 kilometers by 21 kilometers) sheen [to be] visible in the sea about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast,” reported the Huffington Post. And these are the events we hear about. “According to records obtained by The Associated Press, [300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years in North Dakota alone, which is the second oil-producing state behind Texas], are among some 750 ‘oil field incidents’ that have occurred since January 2012 without public

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notification,” according to an October 2013 story in USA Today. What are we doing to our people, our home? How much longer will decision makers pretend that those things do not have a great effect on life and the balance of the environment? Fortunately, many leaders are pushing changes and creating policies that will greatly improve this situation, eliminating risks of incidents like those, and avoiding disasters like the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, recognized as the worst oil spill in U.S. history. They are pushing for the use of renewable energy. Unlike fossil fuels such as coal, oils and natural gas, which draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle and become too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, renewable energy uses [natural] resources such as wind and solar energy that are constantly replenished and will never run out. The United States currently relies heavily on fossil fuels, but there are

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area. France just announced a major shift to end the sales of gas and diesel cars by 2040. Other countries such as Norway and India have set even more aggressive targets. According to The New York Times, “Norway plans to sell only electric cars starting in 2025, and India plans to do so in 2030.” Car manufacturers are ready for the switch. On July 5, The New York Times added “Volvo said that all of its new models beginning in 2019 would be either battery-powered cars or hybrids that combined electric motors with diesel or gasoline engines.” Other car manufacturers like Renault, which started selling battery-powered cars in 2011, and the PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroën cars, have been preparing for this for a while. Now it is up to us to decide which side of history we would like to be on. SL Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@3RsAndBeyond.org.

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Start of school year rings in with added pleasure You’ve heard a lot about Christmas in July, but what you haven’t heard is it’s a Happy New Year in August. Yes, all seniors are about to experience a happiness usually reserved for January 1. Very soon in this month of August if you are older than 55 or retired, your blood pressure will drop significantly without taking any medication. Soon, your mood swings of the past couple of months will stabilize without having to take a single drink or Valium. In the next few weeks, you will be able to back your car out of the driveway and not worry about being broadsided by a vehicle attempting to attain warp speed. In this New Year if you’re awake past 11 p.m., you will be able to hear your own TV without being drowned out by the pounding-down beat of the latest foul lyric rap hits from cars driving down your street. Before you start thinking I’m sniffing stuff that looks like it fell off the top of a donut, let me explain. All of this will happen because of just one simple, mostly ignored annual senior holiday known as “Back To School.’’ Oh yeah. It’s a New Year, new school year that is. There will once again be peace in the valley when the local high school opens up for business in a few days. I look forward to this holiday more than New Year’s Eve because this joyous occasion lasts nine months or

Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad 180 days to be exact, by law. Oh, the streets will be safe again for us until around 3 p.m. every afternoon. You won’t have to feel like you need to dodge the NASCAR field every time you want to go for a ride. Chances are you won’t see the single finger salute for driving the speed limit for about three-quarters of a year. I understand the teens need seven or eight hours of sleep each night in order to maintain their mastery of the total knowledge of the universe. This keeps those of us with five-plus decades of life experience as the dunces of the world. So, in bed by 11 p.m. you guys. Thankfully, those boom boxes of tunes by their idols and mentors such as Eminem, Snoop Dog and Tupac won’t be blasting late into the night until next June. Yes, put your summer pills and alcohol away and everybody just calm down. You’ve heard of Christmas in July? Well, welcome to the New Year of August. School year that is! SL Dr. Sammy

Just being a friend often is enough What is your purpose? In an “Everyone Loves Raymond” rerun, the parents were posed with questions from their daughter Allie. Raymond suspects she wants to learn about where babies come from. He buys several books to be prepared. When he goes to Allie’s room, he says: “I hear you want to know about…” She responds: “Not really, why are we here? What’s our purpose?” Raymond was not prepared, but gave rationale answers. A week later while having dinner with friends, one retiree commented: “I’ve been retired almost as long as I have worked. What have I accomplished? What’s the purpose?” I began to think about how we measure results after our active work years. In my mind, I reflected on his service to his community, teaching sailing to youth, representing organizations and being a friend. I pulled my copy of Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life,” that has the lead question: “What on Earth am I here for?” The 40 chapters provide a spiritual journey that applies to people of all ages regardless of religion or spiritual inclination. It answers the question: “What does God want from me?” Service to God and others is a key purpose. In the Boy Scout oath, a youth recites “to help other people at all times” (a daily good turn). In school, students are expected to perform community service. Even judges sentence people to community service hours.

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski Being retired is often a calling — to do something or to be someone — as a parent, grandparent, volunteer, a teacher, a coach, a neighbor and a friend. With age, comes wisdom and knowledge to share. We can invent, innovate, design and create. We get the chance to reflect, to share memories and lessons learned, to pray, to meditate and to reflect. What differences do we make in the lives of others? We get to be an example. Purpose involves having a reason to exist, a new focus, revised goals and even a bucket list. We can share our legacy by writing about our life experiences, sending letters to the editor, writing our legislators and being a positive force for good. Purpose includes: Being enamored of the world of God’s creation; living a joyful, full life in this world while keeping our hearts set on heaven. Your purpose is being something bigger than yourself. SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbournebased education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at topicsed@aol.com.

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Astor, Barberville offer hidden treasures This is a day trip from Brevard County that is wallet-friendly, educational and a delightful treat for the entire family. There will be two stops. In the morning, you will visit the Pioneer Settlement in Barberville. After lunch, you will enjoy a delightful afternoon informative cruise on the St. Johns River that departs from the nearby historic town of Astor. The Pioneer Settlement Museum and Cultural Education Center focuses on the lives of the early settlers and residents of rural Florida. This site has evolved into an outstanding village of 17 historic structures. The centerpiece of the campus is the original Central High School of Barberville (c. 1919), a National Register of Historic Places site. Other historical buildings and artifacts that would otherwise have

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been destroyed have been relocated to the inviting grounds. Others are reproductions of 1900era buildings, which house excellent educational collections. The Settlement maintains a growing historical collection of more than 10,000 objects and features two exhibition and educational venues, six annual festivals, daily tours and frequent educational programs and workshops. The settlement is on 30 acres in rural Northwest Volusia County adjacent to Lake George State Forest. Pack a lunch and enjoy the meal on the lovely grounds. The Pioneer Settlement is at 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville. For information, call 386-749-2959 or go to info@ PioneerSettlement. org. It is open from SENIOR LIFE Creative Commons 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pioneer Art Settlement in Barberville is a fun place to Monday through Saturday. The visit.

Astor Bridge sits on the St. Johns River. admission fees are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children ranging in age from 5 to 12. It is fairly easy and fast to get to the Pioneer Settlement from Brevard County. Take I-95 North to exit 268. Then, take Route 40 West for 20 miles to the village of Barberville. The Pioneer Settlement is located just west of junction U.S. 17 and Route 40 in Barberville. The St. Johns River Tour departs at 2:30 p.m. from the Blackwater Inn in Astor. Astor is just eight miles west of Barberville on Route 40. The Blackwater Inn is located on the west side of the St. Johns River on Route 40. For reservations, call 866-3490674. It is closed Mondays. The tour costs $25 for adults. Rates for seniors and children might be cheaper.

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This informative two-hour pontoon boat tour goes through Blue Creek in the Ocala National Forest. Blue Creek is a unique habitat and, in the warmer months, is a prime feeding area for manatees. The boat tour then goes to Lake George, Florida’s second-largest body of water. The eco tour features alligators, bald eagles, manatees and all types of trees and plant life. After the boat tour, an early dinner at the Blackwater Inn is enticing along with its view of the beautiful St. Johns River. It has a great salad bar, fresh fish, beef and chicken. It opens for dinner at 4:30 p.m. For information, call 888-533-3422. This is a great, stress-less day exploring nearby Central Florida on a budget from Brevard. Enjoy, John A. Trieste

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Dick Tillman, a member of the United States Sailing Team at the 1976 Summer Olympics, now 80, still sails as a member of the Melbourne Yacht Club (MYC). The only thing that kept him from sailing temporarily was a double knee replacement. He said the Melbourne area’s waterways are perfect for him. “I think of it as utopia,” Tillman said. “ I’ve sailed all around the world and I don’t think I’ve ever found anything nicer than our area. It’s protected, doesn’t get too rough, there are no tides or currents and the wind is almost always ideal.” Of the races and activities put on by the MYC, Tillman said, “They are very relaxed races and afterward we all go into the club and enjoy a drink and some food and talk about what happened in the water.” Prospective members of the MYC do not have to own a boat. “Everybody is welcome to come and try it out,” Tillman said. “When a person comes down and they have an interest in sailing, someone will take them out on their boat.” The MYC has children as young as 12 sailing with their families and learning in classes. Seniors range in

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or are exploring their bucket list after raising families.” The sailing lifestyle can be addictive, according to Parker. She said a retired couple from Canada, who came to Florida, learned to sail, bought a 25-foot boat and then upgraded to a 40-foot boat. They now spend the winter on their boat in Florida and the summer in Canada. Parker has a favorite club activity. “One of my favorites is the seafood raft up, and that’s where the biggest boat throws out the big anchor, and the next-to-smallest boats get on,’’ Parker

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3 to 6 p.m. A great way of preplanning healthy meals for the week. Bring five wide mouth 32-ounce mason jars, one box of greens, two to three salad toppings and favorite dressing. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, RSVP 321-253-6324

7:10 a.m. Get help applying for jobs, downloading books and audiobooks to your computer or mobile device (phone or tablet), and using social media. Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-1104 Melbourne 321-254-0073

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6:45 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne 321-724-0060

Suzy Park & Her Trio Jazz Concert

National Lighthouse Day

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Brevard Federated Republican Women Monthly Luncheon

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speaker: Scott Ellis Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212

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“The Greatest Sea Battles of the 16th Century” 2 p.m. Maritime Historian Robert Marx Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne 321-724-0060

We Love Summer Pops Melbourne Municipal Band Concert

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National Book Lovers Day AARP Driving Course Brevard Republican 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Executive Committee Refresh your driving skills & General Meeting

Association Seminar

American History Class

7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-242-6230

2:30 p.m. The Constitution Part II with Rick Rakauskas Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

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12 p.m. Lunch and Learn Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

1:30 p.m. Connect, create and collaborate with other professional women. Eau Gallie Yacht Club 100 Datura Drive, IHB 800-928-6928

First Friday by the Bay

Jamaica’s 55th Independence Day Celebration

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6 - 9:30 p.m. Cocktails, live entertainment and dinner. BCASCA Development Center 2174 Harris Ave., Palm Bay 321-557-2968

5 - 10 p.m. Family friendly event 4600 Dixie Highway Palm Bay, 321-952-3443

National Garage Sale Day Ballroom Dance

Free Friday Movies - You Can’t Beat the Classics

3 p.m. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. Movie: “Shane” Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave., CB 321-868-1104

7 to- 10 p.m. Music provided by Janice and Rene. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.Free snacks, BYOB Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556

& Ice Cream Social Tech Class with Hamie Cox TGIF Seaside Piecemakers Bingo 6 to 9 p.m. 2 p.m. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cash prizes, 50/50 raffle, ice cream provided by The Fat Donkey. Freedom 7 Senior Center Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

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2 to 3 p.m. Join in these meetings for stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required; all are welcome. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-1104

12 p.m. Lunch and Learn Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach 321-783-9505

1 p.m. New Member Social - RSVP by Aug. 10 Heritage Isle Clubhouse 6800 Legacy Blvd., Viera gfwcvierawc@gmail.com

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free event to educate people of all ages about honey bees. UF/IFAS Brevard Extension 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa

2 p.m. Presented by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra This fun, family-friendly, event will feature live music from BSO musicians and the opportunity to meet music director and principal conductor Christopher Confessore. Free. Barnes & Noble 1955 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne

11:30 a.m. Discussion and social group Temple Israel 7350 Lake Andrew Drive Viera, 321-254-5143

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wear your tackiest tie and win a prize. Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. 321-452-1233

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Build upon a foundation in drawing, the framework of all visual arts, or enjoy trying a variety of media from paint to fabric. All lessons will be centered around a particular theme. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave., CB 321-544-1153

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8 a.m. Malibu Restaurant Barton Blvd. Rockledge 321-453-5562

Baby Boomers Recognition Day Stroke: Signs & Symptoms GFWC Viera Woman’s Club

Lifelong Scholar Lecture

National Honey Bee Day

Golf To End Alzheimer’s Bast Ball Tournament

MAC Partners & Patriots Bowl-A-Thon

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10 a.m. Medicaid Planing Seminar presented by Attorney William Johnson One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667

5 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne 321-724-0060

“Absinthe-The Green Fairy- Separating Fact From Fiction” 1:15 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

11:30 a.m. The Majors Golf Club 3425 Bayside Lakes Blvd. Palm Bay

1 to 5 p.m. Fundraiser for our Troops Shore Lanes 600 N. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-459-2200

National Banana Split Day “Mom Couldn’t Remember Buena Vida’s 35th Takin’ It to the Streets 3 to 8:30 p.m. How To Get Home” Anniversary Celebration

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12 to 2p.m. Learn to line dance or brush up on your skills Titusville Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville 321-264-5026

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Merritt Island Library 1195 N. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island 321-266-0984

National Matchmaker Day Instructional Line Dancing Spanish Lessons

Road Rally-style scavenger hunt as well as vintage and modern cars on display. The rally ends with a checkered flag finish and celebration that includes food, libations SHINE Medicare/insurance and a silent auction. counseling Rockledge Country Club 1 p.m. 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge Free one-on-one Medicare & 321-632-8610 insurance counseling Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave.

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Grief Therapy Support Group

10 a.m. know the new rules of For those who have lost a 6:30 to 9 p.m. the road. Food and beverage available loved one and would like or Cocoa Beach Public Library in lounge from 5 to 6:30 p.m. need support of others. 550 N. Brevard Ave. Advent Lutheran Church Suntree Country Club 321-635-9189 1 Country Club Dr., Suntree 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree 321-426-9378 Space Coast Golf & Turf

National Senior Citizens Day Radio Day Sunday with the Symphony Senior Talkers Tacky Tuesday Open House Draw N’ Art Space

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2 - 4:30 p.m. Space Coast Jazz Society Cocoa Beach Country Club Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-960-4897

Accordion Club Meeting

We Love Summer Pops Melbourne Municipal Band Concert

Local artist Susan Blakeslee will help you create your own watercolor. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

Have You and Your Family Prepared Your Estate Plan & Helath Care Directives?

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Fremont “Freebie” Bassett said. To date, the organization has supplied those tools to more than 34,000 students. It also has set up computer labs in 25 Brevard County schools.

“When she was told the computers were free, the mom was amazed.” — Bobbi Lasher

Many of these young recipients have shown their appreciation with thank-you notes, crowded onto a “bragging wall.” Bassett said businesses and individuals who donate the equipment make it possible, along with ample space generously provided by the school district. Bassett traced the organization’s beginnings to 1997, when he was recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. His son made an observation, “Dad, you look bored.” To alleviate this, the father and son teamed up for a project at their kitchen table. From spare parts, they built a computer for a young student whose father was working in Egypt.

“We gave it to him for Christmas, so he could communicate with his father,” Bassett said. At the time, his wife Linda was working for the Brevard County school system. Word spread among teachers who needed computers for their classrooms and the operation moved into Bassett’s garage, then to a spacious auditorium at its present location. Volunteer Bobbi Lasher recalled a mom who came in with two middle-school age daughters. “She asked if this was the place where she could get computers and how much they would cost,” Lasher said. “When she was told the computers were free, the mom was amazed, saying she couldn’t believe it and that no one does anything for free.” That story is but one of thousands that inspire volunteers such as Charles Chieppa. “We are a tight, eclectic family. What we do is fulfilling,” he said. Computers Advancing Education meets from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at 800 Lane Ave. (Whispering Hills Elementary School) in Titusville. Volunteers are welcome. SL For information, call 321-252-5519 or go to computersadvancing education.org.

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North Brevard North Brevard pastors unite in prayer and purpose BY FLORA REIGADA “The Church is One in North Brevard,” read the signs on the lawns of many churches in Titusville and the northern section of the county. It expresses the church’s involvement in the organization. Organizers said The Church is One in North Brevard consists of about 50 pastors and ministry leaders who meet weekly to ask God’s blessing on the community. Participating churches represent many denominations including Assembly of God, Baptist, Episcopal, Independent, Methodist and Presbyterian. They set aside whatever difference they may have in order to unite. “We gathered around this whole thought of unity,” said Sandy Robertson, one of the group’s leaders and pastor of New Covenant Fellowship in Titusville. The organization began several years ago with five pastors, concerned about the closing of the shuttle program and its effect on the community’s families, businesses and churches. “We prayed for those workers and their families and about how we could help them,” Robertson said. One result was the Joseph Fund, which helped laid-off workers bridge the gap with mortgage payments. The pastors’ group continues to fold their hands in prayer and extend them in service to others. Some of the churches contribute to a food pantry at Hope Community Fellowship. Young people in participating congregations take part in the Titusville Project, utilizing

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During the recent “Lives on the Line” rally organized by “The Church is One in North Brevard,” Pastors Ira Lightsey (St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church) and Sandy Robertson (New Covenant Fellowship) pray for the Titusville Police Department.

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In front of Titusville’s New Covenant Fellowship church, this sign procaims its participation in “The Church is One in North Brevard.” their spring break to assist the elderly with painting or home repairs, or to perform other community services. The organization also initiated “40 Days of Generosity,” a project during which churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals performed acts of kindness in the community. The campaign helped raise more than $200,000 by partners and individuals toward the construction of the recently opened splash pad at Sandpoint Park and $42,000 for the

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During the recent “Lives on the Line” rally organized by “The Church is One in North Brevard,” members of the Titusville Police Department demonstrate how they protect and serve citizens of all ages. Salvation Army Homeless Shelter. Recently, the group organized a “Lives on the Line” rally, during which the community honored and prayed for law enforcement officers, firefighters and first-responders. The Church is One in North Brevard regularly prays for these

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North Brevard Senior Center

909 Lane Ave., Titusville 321-268-2333 Mondays • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Smartphone and Tablet Class Call Jim Cheal for an appointment at 321-258-1936. $2 members/$3 non-members.

Tuesdays • 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Beginner Line Dancing $3 members/$4 non-members.

games. Bring your favorite game and lunch or a snack.

Every Tuesday • Noon - 3 p.m. Every Wednesday • Noon - 4 p.m. SHINE Insurance Counseling A second day of health insurace counseling is available. Call for an appointment time, 321-222-7981.

Every Friday • 2 - 4 p.m.

Yarn Club Knit, crochet and needle arts. All ages and abilities welcome.

Every Saturday • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays • 10 - 11 a.m.

Overeaters Anonymous Join others who are becoming victorious over bad eating habits.

Thursdays • 7 p.m.

Titusville Public Library

Senior Fitness $3 members/$4 non-members. Tai Chi $7 members/$8 non-members.

Port St. John Public Library

6500 Carole Ave., Port St. John 321-633-1867 Every Monday • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Yarning for a Cause Knitters and crocheters are welcome to join the group and make items to be donated to charities.

Every Tuesday • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Senior Games Join other seniors for a variety of

CareerSource Brevard in Titusville connects employers with job seekers

2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville 321-264-5026 Every Tuesday • 10 - 11 a.m.

Master Gardener’s Clinic Our master gardener will answer your plant questions. Bring samples.

Every Tuesday • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga Bring a yoga mat and water. $5 cost.

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Thanks to an expanding economy and more job opportunities, CareerSource Brevard has reopened its full access career center in Titusville. FLORA REIGADA By connecting employees with employers, CareerSource Brevard (CSB) has done its part to help North Brevard’s economic resurgence. The upswing, combined with projected growth of businesses and jobs, created the need for CSB to reopen its full access career center at 3880 S. Washington Ave., Suite 214 in Titusville, its former site from 2011 to 2016. The organization had an interim location at, 2323 S. Washington Ave. “Currently there are more than 2,100 businesses in Titusville, representing 25,457 employees and a residential population of more than 45,000. CSB plans on providing assistance to these companies through recruiting events, job fairs and training assistance to upskill the current and future workforce,” the organization said in a written statement. CareerSource Brevard helps transitioning workers find employment, gain skills and start new careers. They assist military spouses in finding work and they help disabled workers get promoted in jobs. It helps employers find qualified workers.

CSB President Marci Murphy is excited about the move and North Brevard’s future. “It is projected that 2,600 new jobs will impact the Titusville area over the next three years,” she said. Outgoing Board Chairman Robert L. Jordan Jr. views CareerSource Brevard as a vital community service. “It has been my vision that we take care of the citizens of North Brevard with an operation that will support not only the needs of potential employees, but the greater need of existing and future employers that are investing in North Brevard,” he said. “They deserve only the best from our organization.” As one now happily employed woman put it: “Within one week, I got a job. It changed my life.” Other CSB career centers are in Rockledge, Palm Bay and at Patrick Air Force Base for spouses and family members of active duty military. The Titusville office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday. SL For more information, call 321-504-7600 or go to careersourcebrevard.com/careercenters/titusville-career-center

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I ♥ my pet Meet Rosco

Meet Blizzard

Blizzard is a 3-month-old shih tzu and chihuahua mix. He has one beautiful blue eye and one dark brown eye. He’s a tiny little guy with the strut of a Husky. He enjoys fetching his toys as much as lounging. Owner: Lauren in Melbourne

Meet Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach is a 12-year-old golden retriever mix and rescue dog. She got her name because she loves the beach. Sandy enjoys chicken nuggets and getting dirty. She is an excellent herding dog and is super smart. She also snores.

Rosco, a bichon frise, is almost 10 years old. He loves to chase lizards — until he catches one. He enjoys walks and loves to meet female dogs. He puffs out his chest and curls his tail way-up high to show the ladies what a good prospect he is. Owner: Sharon Beers Merritt Island

Owners: Kim and Roxie Edmondson, Melbourne

Do you have the cutest pet in your neighborhood? Does your pet have a funny habit, a favorite toy? Include your pet in Senior Life’s I Love My Pet gallery. Email a photo of your pet with its name and most endearing qualities along with your name and address to media@bluewatercreativegroup.com.

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said. “We can have 30 boats rafted together hanging off one anchor. It takes place the first full moon in May and we have an evening of eating crab and shrimp and seafood dip at 6 p.m., with the sun setting and the moon coming up. We stay until 11 p.m.” Parker said the club has many other activities. “There’s all kinds of on-thewater activities, whether or not it’s a cruise to Marker 21, and an island party, picnic on the island,” she said. “Then, we have racing. We race every other Friday night in the

summertime and then on alternate weekends. That’s what we call our wet boat Sundays, and that means instead of being on a bigger 25foot boat, you’re on a dinghy. Like a sunfish or laser, or a 420. Small boats, you get wet when sailing on those.” The club has a waiting list for boat slips, at $6 per foot. The club has a building, according to Parker, with the ability to have parties for 120 to 150 people. Upstairs, “we call it our ballroom, with big tile floors, we do dancing,” she said. “We have our bar area which accommodates about 50 people or so. We’re very, very friendly. A close knit group of people.”

When asked what she enjoyed most about sailing, Parker said, “I enjoy being out in nature in the sun and wind. I also enjoy that it is a thinking person’s sport. You harness the energy from the wind and make it go without an engine.” “We’re an open club — it’s not hard to get in,” Parker noted. “People come off the street, or find us through the web. It’s more a matter now of helping you find a sponsor to help acclimate you into the club to educate and get acquainted. SL For people who’d like to join, go to melbourneyachtclub.com and to the find us page. For more information, call 321-768-9921.

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Three Americans, Max Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman, completed the first transatlantic balloon trip from Maine to France. The Double Eagle II traveled more than 3,000 miles and landed near Paris 137 hours after leaving Maine.

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The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

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