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Skydiving Santas jump into the holiday season at Cocoa Beach Pier
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Dozens of Skydiving Santas will bring entertainment and holiday cheer to the Cocoa Beach Pier. BY R. NORMAN MOODY Santa Claus is coming to town a little early this year. Well, that is 65 parachutists dressed as Santas, who will kick off the holiday season when they skydive onto the sand at Cocoa Beach Pier. Skydiving Santas at Cocoa Beach will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the pier. “Fellow jumpers are coming from Canada, California and all over the United States,” Skydiving Santas organizer Bob Edmiston said. “We have a large inflatable Santa chair that each Santa will attempt to land on. It’s not easy.” The professional skydivers also will attempt to land on an inflatable sleigh, will jump with flags and will
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Skydiving Santas will jump from Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum’s Tico Belle, an aircraft that was part of the invasion of Normandy during World War II. do formations after jumping out of the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum’s Tico Belle, a C-47 aircraft that was part of the 82nd Airborne Division during D-Day in Normandy. “The jumpers will interact with
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It’s a wonderful time of year Holiday cheer makes this one of my favorite times of the year as we get together for parties and reunions with family and friends. At Senior Life, we wish you, our readers and advertisers, a safe, cheerful and fun-filled holiday season to be followed by a New Year of peace, unity and prosperity. That mutual respect was reflected in a story in our November issue as three diverse religious groups came together for a celebration of unity. Our wish is for that spirit of peace and unity to be spread throughout our communities, cities and the nation. On Nov. 9, we conducted our Boomer Bash & Senior Expo at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. The beautiful and talented Gracie and Lacy performed many songs from yesteryear to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary as part of a Roaring 20s Gatsby-era theme. We hope to continue these successful and popular expos well into the future. In this issue, you will read about that Christmas spirit through an organization that has come together with volunteers to bring gifts for seniors and about a motorcycle group that shows its community spirit by doing volunteer work without looking for something in return. Also, check out the story on Judith Kelly, who remains young on her 10-acre Asher-Dell Farm in Malabar as she plays with her Border Collies, sheep and ducks. Then, there are all the parades and Skydiving Santas to provide happiness and cheer for the holiday season. Jill Blue Gaines firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bikers and their gleaming machines are decked out in holiday garb for the Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade.
Brevard parades march to the beat of the Christmas season BY FLORA REIGADA
Brevard County is on parade this Christmas season. The Viera Light Up Parade was the first to begin the holiday season on Nov. 25. The 33rd Mims Christmas Parade celebration includes a barbecue and craft bazaar hosted by the Mims Volunteer Fire Department. It takes place Saturday, Dec. 2. The craft bazaar starts at 8 a.m. at the station at 2476 Taylor Street. The barbecue starts at 10:30 a.m., also at the station. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Mims Elementary School. Its theme is “Unity in our Country.” For information, call 321-267-9652. The Merritt Island Holiday Parade, hosted by the Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation, begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 at Merritt Island High School. It proceeds to Edgewood Junior/Senior High School. The theme is “Holiday by the Shore.” For information, call 321-633-1874. The annual Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade, presented by the City of Palm Bay, starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Palm Bay campus of Eastern Florida State College, turns north to San Filippo Drive, then west to Malabar Road before concluding at City Hall. The theme is, “Light up the Night in Palm Bay Holiday Spirit.” For information, go to palmbayflorida.org/government/ departments/parks-and-recreation/ events/holiday-parade The 55th Titusville Christmas Parade, coordinated by the Kiwanis Club, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Titusville High School and continues on U.S.1 to Downtown Titusville. The theme is “Christmas in Space.” For information, go to nbbd.com/npr/ kiwanis/index.html. The 25th Melbourne Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the intersection of NASA and Airport Boulevards. Its theme is “Lighting the Season With Compassion.” Spectators are asked to bring either a non-perishable food item, a new unwrapped toy or a bag of dog or cat food. Volunteers walking alongside the first float will receive these items. For information, go to melbournelightparade.org The Cocoa/Rockledge Holiday Parade, hosted by the Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation,
begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Rockledge High School and ends at Lee Warner Park. The theme is “Holiday by the Shore.” For information, call 321-633-1874. The 28th Port St. John Christmas Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and goes east along Fay Boulevard from Waterloo Avenue to Carole Avenue. The sponsor is Parrish Medical Center and the theme is “The Reason for the Season.” For information, call 321-633-7499.
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12th annual Barefoot Bay Christmas Parade 5:30 p.m. The starting point is Barefoot Bay Golf Course and the ending point is the Community Center’s Building A. The lighting ceremony follows the parade with entertainment inside Building A. For information, call 772631-2365.
SATURDAY, DEC. 9 Pritchard House Christmas Parade Porch Party 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Upstairs 10 seats, $50 donation; Downstairs 12 seats, $25 donation. Reservations required; festive snacks and drinks served. AHS choral entertainment. Best seats in town for viewing the Titusville parade. 424 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, 321-607-0203 Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade 6 p.m. The Cocoa Beach Rotary parade starts at Marker 101 and runs south through the residential canals. Best places to watch: Sunset Café – 530 and Banana River Wildlife Watersports – 129 Manatee Lane End of S. Banana River Boulevard Cove Park – 540 McNabb Parkway (just west of the end of 3rd Street North). Melbourne Light Parade 6 – 9 p.m. “Lighting the Season with Compassion”
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At the Titusville Christmas Parade, Christmas trees are decorated in festive holiday colors.
continued from page 2 Parade starts at the intersection of NASA Boulevard and Airport Boulevard and heads south on Airport Boulevard to Hibiscus Boulevard, and turns right on to Hibiscus Boulevard and heads west to Gateway Drive. Spectators are invited to join in the spirit of giving. Bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped toy or dog or cat food to the parade. Volunteers walking alongside the first float will pick up donated items. For more information, call 321-544-1777. Third annual Golf Cart Parade and Decorating Contest 5:30 p.m. Parade starts behind Golf Carts Unlimited at The Avenue Viera 2271 Town Center Ave. #105 Viera. For information, call 321-610-7011. Cocoa Beach Christmas Street Parade 2 – 4 p.m. Get festive and celebrate the season in Downtown Cocoa Beach. This event includes lots of fun for the kids. Plus, Surfing Santa will be in the parade.
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Jumpers will pose for pictures with fans after their jumps. “It’s just a big giant show that will put a smile on your face,” he said. Larry Melton never gets tired of jumping and was looking forward to the Santa Skydive. Melton said that as a young boy his grandparents would take him out to see skydiving on Sunday afternoons after church. As soon as he turned 18, he started skydiving. “I do this for the entertainment,” said Melton, 46, of Sebastian. “I do it for the kids. I love it.” SL
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Moments from the 2017 Boomer Bash
SENIOR LIFE PHOTOS by Cory Davis, Darrell Woehler and Linda Holmgren
Senior Life celebrated its 20-year anniversary at the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo on Nov. 9.
Gracie and Lacy entertained the crowd.
Vendors had exhibits inside the main hangar around the old warbirds.
Vendors got in the Roaring 20s spirit dressed from head-to-toe Gatsby style.
Photographs taken at the expo will grace the pages of the 2018 Boomer Guide.
Men and Women arrived in costume for the Roaring 20s costume contest.
Members of the First Baptist of Melbourne Church posed with Gracie and Lacy after the show.
Astronaut High School JROTC members participated in the festivities.
Attendees enjoyed visiting a variety of vendor booths.
Graie and Lacy sang songs from yesteryear.
Vendor activities created magical Gatsby moments.
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View additional photos at myseniorlife.com Our next EXPO is scheduled for March 9, 2018 in Viera.
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Border Collies keep Malabar resident young BY MARIA SONNENBERG At a time when many folks are content with a rousing game of bingo or chasing a little white ball around a golf course, Judith Kelly prefers to care for six highly energetic Border Collies … plus the 60 sheep and 30 ducks that also reside at her 10acre Asher-Dell Farm in Malabar. The 78-yearold Kelly is a well-known figure among herding dog trials. She has spent decades Judy Kelly has a 10-acre farm in Malabar where she takes care of sheep and Border Collies. training the highly intelligent herding Christmas and come back home in she started training and breeding a line dogs. late March after racing in Wisconsin, of dogs that descend from the best of Every Saturday, owners of these Minnesota, Michigan, New England the International Sheep Dog Society smart but demanding canines travel and Canada,” she said. “Key Dog” stud books. from throughout Florida to spend the “I raced sled dogs for 30 years. At Kelly and her dogs have been day at Kelly’s farm, where she will the time, sled dog racing was a man’s featured in books, magazines and help their dogs reach their full herding sport. I was an oddity.” calendars and have starred on the potential … and burn off some of their While on the racing circuit, she Disney Channel, National Geographic boundless energy. came upon Kim, a high-energy and Channel and Animal Planet. Twenty “Training at the farm channels their unforgettable Border Collie that proved years ago, she started the Central natural abilities,” Kelly said. to be a natural at sled dog racing. Florida Herding Club, registered with Kelly began her life with dogs “I said to myself that I would own the American Kennel Club to promote when her Canadian-born first husband a dog like Kim someday,” she said. the sport. got her into sled dog racing. The She made good on her promise, As with sled dog racing, Kelly was couple traveled throughout North moving to Brevard in 1989 with her at first a woman in a man’s world. America with their teams of huskies. second husband, Jim. Soon afterward, Despite the prejudice she initially “We would leave the day after
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Trailblazing scientist still curious about brain at 99 BY MUFFY BERLYN According to the May 15, 2017 issue of The New York Times, Dr. Brenda Milner, now 99, a neuropsychologist from England and Canada, has been credited with discovering “the seat of memory” during her lifetime and where memory is located (in the hippocampus). It now is considered the foundation of cognitive neuroscience. Milner tests subjects on how the left and right brain function together as seen in “subtle quirks of human behavior … linking them to brain function.” When asked by AARP Bulletin whether she ever considers retiring, Milner was quoted in the October
2017 issue as saying, “No. I’m very grateful that I don’t have to. That’s wonderful! Years and years ago, you had to retire at 65. Now, age is not a criterion.” In a nearly 70-year career, she has been a pioneer in the study of the brain, starting out as a young woman attending Cambridge University and beginning her studies in mathematics. She decided she lacked “spatial ability” (a right-brain function) for math and so switched to experimental psychology. In the meantime, she married and moved to Canada where she still resides. She advised others to “Play to your strengths — something that challenges you a bit,” in order to keep one’s brain healthy.
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Melbourne Municipal Band offers two holiday concerts SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) will ring in the season with two holiday performances of “Jingle All the Way” with the Swingtimers Vocal Trio as featured performers. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at the Melbourne Auditorium at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. There is no charge and tickets are not required. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Concert attendees are asked to bring a new toy (not gift wrapped) or a non-perishable food item to be donated to the South Brevard Sharing Center. “Our band and audience members look forward to this concert each year,” said Staci Rosbury Cleveland, the conductor. “This is MMB’s holiday gift to our community, and we invite everyone to participate in this evening of great music and fun.” The concert also features pre-show entertainment by the Sunshine Brass Quintet. Santa also might make an appearance as well. The MMB was one of only 10 bands in the country selected by the Association of Concert Bands to perform at the organization’s annual convention this past May in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets also are available for Swingtime’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance scheduled
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Senior Living Aging Matters continues gift-giving effort for Christmas BY MARIA SONNENBERG Cindy Flachmeier is adept at purchasing gifts for seniors. As CEO of Aging Matters in Brevard, she oversees gift giving for 1,600-plus seniors in the county. This will be the fifth year the agency has orchestrated a holiday gift program for seniors. Flachmeier’s agency depends on an abundance of volunteers willing to purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to local seniors who might otherwise not have much of a holiday. Donations by the community make the purchases possible. “We target those seniors who don’t have anyone in the world or who may have family scattered around the country,” Flachmeier said. “In many cases, these seniors may get a call from a family member and nothing else.” Volunteers get in the spirit of the season to make holidays brighter for these elderly residents. For example, Michael Cadore, associate provost at Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa, enlists his whole family in delivering presents to the seniors. “His siblings, his mom and his kids get dressed up in Christmas regalia and go from house to house delivering gifts,” Flachmeier said. When selecting gifts, Aging Matters staff and volunteers depend on input from their clients.
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Aging Matters volunteers help to purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to local seniors. Pillows and pillowcases also are in demand. “Pillows are bulky items and seniors who are homebound cannot get them easily,” Flachmeier said. To keep minds active, Aging Matters also purchases a supply of word puzzles and coloring books for adults. For a touch of the outdoors without the upkeep, the agency sometimes purchases artificial plants as gifts. For the best deals, Flachmeier heads to Walmart, Marshall’s or Ross, averaging $15 to $20 on each recipient. Flachmeier encourages the
“They don’t ask for frivolous things,” Flachmeier said. “They want traditional things, like what we used to get as kids for Christmas.” High on the wanted list are pajamas, robes, slippers, shirts, house dresses … and tea towels. “They ask for tea towels frequently,” Flachmeier said.
community to join in the gift-giving effort with a monetary donation or actual gifts. Gifts should not be wrapped because agency staff need to inventory them to deliver them to the most appropriate recipient. Gifts for seniors can be dropped off at Aging Matters’ headquarters at 3600 W. King St., Cocoa and at Sunflower House at Merritt Square Mall. Volunteers are needed to purchase, wrap and deliver gifts. The project is particularly suited to large groups such as women’s or garden clubs. SL For more information, call 321-639-1236.
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Heralds of the holiday season can thrive all year BY MARIA SONNENBERG Poinsettias, bright flowery heralds of the holiday season, have a reputation for a short shelf life. Many consumers consider them one-season ornamentals to be later discarded. Indigenous to Mexico, poinsettias, aka Euphorbia pulcherrima, are small tropical shrubs that were introduced to the United States in 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, ambassador to Mexico and a passionate botanist. The poinsettia flowers aren’t flowers at all, but rather bracts, or modified leaves designed to attract insects to its tiny yellow flowers in the center of the plants. While it is true that poinsettias don’t stand much of a chance for a long life in colder climates, they can thrive in Florida.
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Poinsettia plants will keep their color longer if kept at temperatures around 65 to 75 degrees, It’s all in the water. “Although these traditional beauties aren’t difficult to maintain, watering poinsettia plants can be tricky,” said Paul Cook, green goods buyer at Rockledge Gardens. “Too much is just as bad as too little.” Mention this ad. The top of the potting soil is the Expires Dec. 31, 2017 key to determining if the plant needs Over 30 years of home maintenance, watering. If the top is moist and cool, repair and remodeling experience. leave the plant alone. But, if it feels dry, add water. The pot should not feel light Central Brevard when picked up. If it does, the soil is too dry. Poinsettias don’t like wet feet, so too much water can be deadly. When purchasing a plant, check the bottom of its pot. “If the pot doesn’t have at least one drainage hole, it’s critical to poke a hole as soon as possible or the roots may rot fairly quickly,” Cook said. The decorative foil that often accompanies the plants should be removed since it tends to hold water than can rot the plant. To water a poinsettia, place the plant in the kitchen sink and saturate it slowly
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until water drips through the drainage holes. Leave the pot in the sink to drain, but don’t allow it to stand in water. The color will remain on the plant the longest if you keep poinsettias at temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Should your plant make it until the next holiday, it still might not bloom in time for Christmas unless you give it a push. Nurseries have an advantage against home gardeners in getting poinsettias to bloom for the holidays because they have the know-how to force the plants to bloom. The plants crave at least six to eight hours of sun per day, but keep the plants away from heat and air conditioning vents, because poinsettias hate drafts. Outdoors, the plants can quickly turn into 10-foot giants given the right conditions. Choose a sunny corner protected from wind. The soil should be slightly acidic and with good drainage. Don’t rush out to plant outdoors immediately after Christmas. Wait until the cold days of January and February have passed to plant them safely in Brevard. It might be best to keep the plants in a pot because for it to rebloom the following year the plant must literally be kept in the dark from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. October through November. Poinsettias need 14 to 16 hours of complete darkness daily for at least 10 weeks to promote the color change in the bracts. The plant still need some sunlight during the day and watering when the soil is dry to the touch. During the summer, the plants must also be cut back to about 4 inches in May and pinched an inch in July to discourage spindliness. Yes, poinsettias can be bloom year after year, but they are needy plants, so be prepared to work for that gorgeous color … or just buy a new poinsettia. SL
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Lions Club brings toys to Sharing Center of Brevard BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with dolls that can talk and go for a walk, and footballs and games for the boys as the Viera Lions Club members continue their tradition of donating Christmas toys to the Sharing Center of Brevard. “Beginning in October, I take a letter of introduction to area businesses that explains what we do to collect toys,” said Judy Blakney, a member of the Lions Club who has been the shopper for the Lions project for the past three years. “We donated 200 toys last year. This year, we are having more than that as members have not only stepped up to the plate but have gone beyond that.” Six area businesses have helped with discounts or gift cards. From what the Lions members raised and gave for donations and adding in-store discounts, Blakney shops until all the money is gone. The deadline is Dec. 8 when “we
have several of our members take their biggest vehicles and pack up all the toys taking them to Dave Brubaker, executive director/CEO of Brevard Sharing Center, where the items are unloaded,’’ Blakney said. “They have a need for more toys for girls than boys this year,” Blakney said. “We collect for infants through age 13. It made me feel like a little girl again to buy more dolls this year. “I buy toys and then some games, not anything like guns and I do not buy anything that requires batteries,” Blakney said. “I do buy some educational toys and limit my price for all toys to $25 or under. I go to all the area stores and know what the prices are. I do some ordering online. This is a lot of fun. I don’t have any grandchildren, and I enjoy doing this and look forward to it every year.” “She is in charge of the toy shopping, knows all about it and loves it,” said Angela Coffman, a Lions Club member. SL
Brevard County TRIAD is working on the 18th annual Senior Santa Project. The goal of the Senior Santa project is to provide the elderly in nursing homes and hospice settings with a personal gift around the holidays. Recipients of these gifts are residents who have little or no support in the area and would not otherwise receive a special gift when family and friends usually gather. For 2017, TRIAD has adopted nearly 1,700 senior Brevard County residents to receive gifts. To accomplish this, they need assistance from the community. Santa face ornaments with specific items these seniors want or need have been placed on Senior Santa trees located at the Schechter Community Center in Satellite Beach; One Senior Place on Spyglass Hill Road, Viera; Parrish Senior Solutions office on Century Medical Drive, Titusville; the Titusville Police Department on John Glenn Boulevard in Titusville and the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce office on U.S. 1 in Palm Bay. Check at the Senior Santa tree location for a list of gift drop-off locations or go to brevardtriad.org for details. All gifts purchased must be received by Dec. 5. TRIAD asks that all gifts be returned unwrapped in a shopping bag with the Santa face
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Library comes to the reader with unique Brevard program BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Visiting the mailbox can open a whole world of resources to those who can’t easily or physically get to any Brevard County library building. But now, they don’t have to. Because of Talking Books and Homebound Services, the county library’s resources can come to anyone, free of charge. “Talking Books and Homebound Services merged in the 1980s,” said Debra Martin, Librarian I for Brevard County Library’s Talking Books and Homebound Services. “The Talking Books part includes the audio books and the players available through the National Library for the Blind service. We are the librarians for that service. Homebound Services is the part we serve with the regular library largeprint books, CDs and others. We have access to all the libraries in the county and get the books to send out to the patrons.” Talking Books/Homebound Services provides library materials to residents with visual and physical impairments and to those with limitations associated with age. A special collection of Talking Books is provided by the National Library for the Blind for the visually impaired
and physically disabled population and provides unabridged books and magazines on four-track tapes as well as the machines to play them. The library also houses a collection of descriptive videos that have been specially enhanced for those with visual impairments. All materials are sent postage-free to and from the patron. For the programs, patrons must fill out a special application for participation. The programs are basically run strictly by volunteers who come weekly and do the services, Martin said. “There are a couple of ways to order the books once registered,” Martin said. “They can call Homebound Services if they want to order or go online (online is ordering from the library listings). All materials are sent postage-free to and from the patron. “We get a list of authors or genre they like in books, CD and ebooks and are then able to keep track of what they have had,” Martin said. “But if they hear of a book or author they can always call and request it. I try to do a large print list for the library’s largeprint books every six months. With the Talking Books, they have a catalogue. “We are serving their needs and are their eyes at the library,” Martin said.
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Julia Singleton, a volunteer for the Talking Books/Homebound Services program, bags a book for a patron.
“The telephone number is directly to the department. If they have a list of authors or titles they have heard of, they can either email it or call it to us. We try to make it as easy as we can for them.” To sign up, call 321-633-1810 or email Martin at dmartin@brev. org and the library will send out an application. Once the application
is returned, the fun begins. Patrons usually are given a month for the books, Martin said. When signing up for Talking Books, the participant automatically gets the player and headphones to listen to the books. Volunteer AT&T workers have been helping since 1988 to keep the players going. SL
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Parrot Heads will head to Latitude Margaritaville BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Grabbing the day and relaxing it away will be the feeling personified in the Latitude Margaritaville community planned in Daytona Beach. If it sounds like songwriter, singer and bestselling author Jimmy Buffett might be involved, that is so right. Minto Communities USA, a 39year Florida-based company with parent company Minto Communities in Canada for 60 years, has formed a partnership with Jimmy Buffett of the Margaritaville Holdings company to form the community. “Back in 2016 Minto was introduced, through a mutual business partner, to the Margaritaville Holdings Company that was looking to expand restaurants in the Daytona Beach area,” said William Bullock, senior vice president of Minto Communities USA. “We met with the holdings company in October 2016 and they had a vested interest in getting involved in the residential 55 and better crowd. Jimmy Buffet is 70 years old and that is his generation. Minto has been a homebuilding and activity lifestyle so joining the Margaritaville Holdings Buffett lifestyle is the same active lifestyle.” The Buffett and Margaritaville conception was launched in February of this year with another launched last month at Hilton Head, Bullock said. “We are excited to partner with Minto and believe this relationship will redefine lifestyle destination living in Daytona Beach,” said John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville. “With Minto’s expertise in creating master planned developments and Margaritaville’s inherent ability to deliver fun and escapism, Latitude Margaritaville has the exact coordinates for those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up.” So “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” highlights the party Buffett theme with the 55 and older population. “A segment of the residential market focuses on age restriction,” Bullock said. “We had a data base of over 70,000 people who have registered online indicating interest in such a residential market. We know the right locations, color of their homes, validation and confirmation and are really dialing in to meet the needs of the consumer.” Locating the community on LPGA Boulevard and Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach, a little away from the beach, an acre of beach access was purchased at Ormond Beach with plans of a shuttle — trolley or bus — that will take residents to the beach. The beach site will have a pool shower, restrooms, a kitchen area for a cooler and refrigerator and beach service umbrellas and areas to get out of the sun. “We look for where active adults want to be and have five criteria — access to Interstate 95, Daytona International Airport, Orlando and Jacksonville International Airports so you can get around the country, look for medical and you have multiple hospitals in Daytona, shopping and dining for the mature market
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Minto Communities USA, a Florida-based company with parent company Minto Communities in Canada for 60 years, has formed a partnership with Jimmy Buffett of the Margaritaville Holdings company to form the Latitude Margaritaville community. and for the 55 and better crowd, a desire for higher education.” Like trying to find a “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” finding this kind of property is harder than one would think. Daytona is ideal with its proximity to the coast, Bullock said. Minto homes will be 1,500 to 2,500 square feet available in the lower $200,000 to mid $250,000s with minimum two-car garages, some threecar garages, three bedrooms with a den, open floor plans, great rooms and outdoor living including patios. “Everything is geared to enjoying the Florida lifestyle and entertainment,”
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of 2018. We will start the amenities in the very beginning of 2018 and they will take about a year to construct. The Town Green will be built in 2018.” Retail parcels are planned by the builder to feature neighborhood services in 200,000 square feet, all golf cart accessible to the community. There will be concerts on the green, a Buffett Margaritaville restaurant at the amenities center, fitness and club activities there and a social hall and sports court. “The Town Green will be over 30,000 square feet under air,” Bullock said. SL
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Roseate Spoonbill thrives on the Space Coast BY MUFFY BERLYN I am a backyard birdwatcher aiming to become more of a birder. A birder, according to an online dictionary, is a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats.’’ Birders generally travel to specifically see birds where they live. The distinction is important to clarify from the start. According to a writer with The New Yorker, “Crudely put, bird watchers look at birds; birders look for them.” For me, watching birds is about celebrating the huge diversity of bird life, more than 9,000 bird species, on our planet. Granted, birders are more serious than birdwatchers but, as I see it, Florida has a plethora of bird life and the Space Coast has an incredible number at 330 species. Located on the Eastern Continental Flyway, a major bird migration corridor, our region provides prime stopover habitat for many migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and passerines. It is one of the premier birding locations on our planet, so let’s start in our own backyard. Jim Eager overlaps his duties with the Brevard Nature Alliance and the annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville with his own birding business, Obsessive Compulsive Birding. “I guide folks that want to get out, I do central Florida all the way to the west coast. I primarily stay around east central Florida. Will go to the
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Four Roseate Spoonbill birds relax at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville. west coast … I enjoy getting out showing people not from this area, the different habitats.” Eager is keen on the Life Lists birders keep. “When I get somebody new to area, I aim for the most Life birds I can.” According to backyardnature.net, “Most serious birders compile a Life List. It’s a list of all the bird species they’ve identified with absolute certainty during their whole lifetime of serious birding.” If you’ve ever spotted a Roseate Spoonbill, you’ll know my enthusiasm for this especially beautiful bird that Eager says is the most popular on Life Lists for Florida. When I caught sight of my first
Roseate Spoonbill, I was in awe. It was on a small canal directly on the bank across from my backyard, at the southernmost edge of Brevard County. I sat at my desk with my small but powerful Nikon binoculars and noted the beautiful dark and light pink wings and tail feathers, long reddish pink legs, white neck, and flattened bill for sluicing crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish from the water and muck. It swings its bill from side to side feeding as it walks through the water. It also uses the spoon-shaped bill in courtship dances to make clapping sounds. More easily sighted at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the
lone spoonbill was a rare sight to me, many miles south of the refuge. A wading bird, it inhabits estuaries, marshes and mangrove swamps along coastal areas in the Gulf such as Texas and Louisiana. In Florida, the species is found in three locations — Florida Bay, Tampa Bay and lucky us, Brevard County. Its distinctive pink color, sometimes causing birders to mistake it for a Flamingo, grows darker as the bird ages and is caused from the algae pigments present in the food it eats. It’s a large bird, reaching a height of 2½ feet with a wingspan up to 4 feet. Their mating season is March through June when they have their ritual courtship displays of exchange of nest material, dancing and bill clapping. To find a Roseate Spoonbill at the Merritt Island National Refuge, it is possible to observe without leaving the car along the 7-mile, one-way Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. Waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and raptors can be seen as well. The drive time is 40 minutes. The fee per vehicle for a day pass is $10 or a yearly pass can be purchased for $25 at the Visitor Information Center. The Visitor Information Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Nov. 1 to March 31. From April 1 through Oct. 31, the Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed most federal holidays. SL For information, call 321861-0669 or contact Eager of Obsessive Compulsive Birding at obsessivecompulsivebirding.com. Advertisement
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Volunteers plant 660 flags in front of the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island to represent the number of military veteran suicides that occur each month.
‘Flags for Forgotten Soldiers’ draws attention to suicide among veterans BY R. NORMAN MOODY In a field in front of the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, stand 660 small American flags planted in the ground. The “Flags for Forgotten Soldiers” represent the number of American military veterans who commit suicide each month. An average of 22 veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder take their own lives each day. Started by Howard Berry of Cincinnati, whose son staff Sgt. Joshua Berry died by suicide in 2013, “Flags for Forgotten Soldiers” is spreading across the nation. The idea to bring it to Brevard County was from Robin Kiepert of Merritt Island, whose son Army Specialist Terrence “Terry” O’Hearn died at his own hands Feb, 5, 2016. Kiepert was joined by Viera High JROTC cadets, representatives of Space Coast Honor Flight, Cape Canaveral Ladies, Brevard County Property Appraiser Dana Blickley, her husband Brian, employees from her office and others to plant the flags. The flags will remain for 30 days, until Dec. 19. Kiepert said it is to
honor her son and all those veterans who served, then died at their own hands. She said that while her son suffered from PTSD his family did all they knew to help him. “We didn’t know where to go,” she said. “We didn’t know who to ask. We knew Terry was angry, and we thought he was angry at us.” Then Blickley, whose son Jared Blickley will soon leave for officer training school in the Air Force, said troops leave to serve without any guarantee they will return.
“We support the families,” Dana Blickley said. “Here Terry’s sacrifice will be remembered. His loss will save lives.” Kiepert said she wants other families to know that they need to educate themselves about PTSD. She wants to draw awareness so other families won’t suffer the tragedy her family has endured. Keipert said the Department of Veterans Affairs generally won’t share findings with families because of medical privacy laws, which often leaves families without knowing
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Members of Astronaut High School’s JROTC present the colors during the Veterans Muster at the 2017 Senior Life Boomer Bash & Senior Expo at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. Retired Navy LCDR William Hilbert, Jr., right, sang the National Anthem.
how to help a loved one. Her daughter, Megan McIvor, said people need to know that there is help. They just need to know how to find those organizations that can help them. Some families that have been through the same are often willing to share information. Veterans organizations also may be of help in referring a family. “We want people to know that they are not alone,” McIvor said. “There are so many agencies out there.” SL
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Weaver’s support of veterans never wavers through time I’ve asked this question before, but I want to ask again: What do you do or have done to support our military veterans who have served this nation so well? I ask that question in response to some of the stickers we sometimes see such as “Support our veterans.” That’s because I often wonder what does the individual who has the sticker on his vehicle do to back up that statement. But then I think of Brevard and so many people I have met through the years as a journalist, and I find that the support here for our military and veterans is very good. Then, there are those individuals who seem to always be advocating for veterans, whether on their own or through organizations. One of those outstanding individuals is Donn Weaver. Weaver, who resides in Cocoa Beach, served in the Army from 1968 to 1972. Then, he went on in civilian life to be a foreign service officer before retiring after 40 years. Now, he serves veterans through the different organizations to which he belongs. He is a past president of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, where he now heads the organization’s Good Deed Foundation. “It’s my calling,” he said. The Good Deed Foundation is involved in many endeavors that honor and serve veterans and their families through Brevard Veterans Court, Wreaths Across America and other efforts.
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Weaver, a Gold Star father whose son Army 1st. Lt. Todd Weaver was killed in Afghanistan, is often seen at the Brevard Veterans Museum on Merritt Island, where he served as president and as chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council. He was chairman of the center’s expansion committee that a year ago completed a major expansion of the museum. “It’s about how I can rise above the worst tragedy a parent can experience and to do something meaningful for the legacy of our veterans.” During the recent Veterans Day week, he was the guest speaker at Senior Life’s Boomer Bash Senior Expo and Veterans Muster held at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. He left there right after his speech, so he could be at Sabal Elementary School in Melbourne to speak to school children about veterans and Veterans Day. So now, when you see a sticker or hear someone talk about supporting veterans, you will know that Weaver is one of those individuals in Brevard County who puts those words into action. SL
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Patriotism flourishes in local business BY MARIA SONNENBERG Cubicle walls are the colors of the Old Glory and on it hang flags, copies of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Pledge of Allegiance and miscellaneous patriotic artwork. On countertops and desks is more patriotic paraphernalia, including presidential bobbleheads. The word is out that if it is patriotic, Glenn Sandler of GI Tax wants it for his office, which he said is a magnet for veterans. Although not a veteran, Sandler said he appreciates the connection vets have with each other. “There are no better persons to support than active military and vets,” said Sandler, whose father served in the Army. “We have vets who love to hang out, drink coffee and swap war stories,” Sandler said. A CPA since 1982, Sandler once owned House of Power, at the time the largest motorcycle dealership east of the Mississippi. Life had been going swimmingly for the New York transplant until the recession hit. “I decided to go back to my CPA roots and start a new business,” said the Suntree resident. Sandler started GI Tax at 3600 N. Wickham Road in 2011 and expects to open a second office soon. He said GI Tax donates $10 from every tax return to military charities. “We also do a lot of free returns, because it is about caring for the community,” he said. SL
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Col. Steven M. Gorski, left, the commander of the Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base; Antonio Cunha of the U.S. State Department; Capt. Jason Wartell; and Col. Gigi Simko, the commander of the 45th Medical Unit at PAFB gather after the the ceremony. SENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler
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Health & Wellness Calendar
Joint Replacement: An Option to Reduce Knee and Hip Pain 12 - 1 p.m. Dr. John Perry will discuss conditions for all types of joint replacements as well as an overview of what you can expect post-surgery. Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place 200 Rialto Place Melbourne, 855-892-9003
Tools to Feel Less Stressed and Master Inner Resilience 6 - 7:30 p.m. Psychotherapist Diane Winters presents tips and tools for dealing with stress. Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104
Mental Health Education Series 6:30 - 8 p.m. Every third Thursday of each month Rockledge Regional Medical Center cafeteria 110 Longwood Ave. Rockledge, 321-636-2211
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Holiday meals too often can pack on the pounds BY FLORA REIGADA
During the holiday season, mouthwatering mounds of turkey, ham, buttery potatoes and desserts tempt our palates. These goodies can go straight to our waists and impact our health. How can we enjoy a tasty holiday without packing on the pounds? Leah Haley RD, LD/N, the clinical nutrition manager at Parrish Medical Center, offers some tips. • Portion control: Smaller portions, smaller plates and putting the fork down between bites helps keep us from overindulging. • Alter the recipe: Make a lighter version by substituting plain or Greek yogurt for sour cream or mayonnaise. Cheese, sugar and butter in recipes can be decreased by about one-third without sacrificing taste. • Keep hydrated: Drinking water is a cornerstone of any healthy living plan. Drink at least eight glasses a day to prevent overeating. • Stay active: Make healthy use of
time off work by playing sports, going to the gym or taking a family walk. • Practice moderation: It’s important not to deny yourself the enjoyment of a cookie, slice of pie or glass of eggnog. Don’t feel guilty about having a treat now and then. • Be safe: Parties and events make the holiday festive, but stay safe while having fun. Don’t drink and drive, wear seat belts and take weather into account when traveling. • Eat slowly: Avoid rushing through meals. According to the Centers for Disease Control, take about 20 minutes to eat, the time your brain needs to think it’s full. • Alcohol consumption: It is recommended that women consume no more than one serving daily and men no more than two. A serving is one 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine or 1½ ounces of spirits.
• Vegetarians and vegans: Include high-protein foods such as legumes, lentils, soy products and nuts. Eggs and dairy products are good sources of protein for vegetarians who are not vegan. • Chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or Crohn’s disease don’t go away during the holidays. Plan ahead. Stick with a prescribed meal plan as much as possible. SL A cardiac/low sodium diabetic menu PDF can be downloaded at parrishmed.com/programsservices/parrish-medical-center/ cardiovascular-programs/default.aspx
LIVING WELL sponsored by Ways Rehabilitation Can Help Cancer Survivors By Susan Allen, OTR-L, CLT-LANA As a cancer survivor, you may have endured round after round of chemotherapy, radiation and, perhaps, even surgery. Unfortunately, these life-preserving treatments can at times cause undesirable side effects. Side effects can vary from patient to patient, even among those receiving the identical treatments. The type and frequency of treatments, as well as the patient’s age and other health issues, also factor into side effects. Cancer rehabilitation is a growing area in medicine due to the increase in cancer survivorship. Because of advances in medical technology, treatment and early detection, more and more individuals are beating cancer. As the number of cancer survivors increases, there will be a growing need for recovery strategies. The cancer rehabilitation team is a group of therapists that can include occupational, physical and speech therapists. This team helps patients return to doing the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations), functional mobility, overall body strengthening, endurance activities, and softtissue mobilization. Rehabilitation enables people to live life to its fullest by helping them restore function, decrease pain and cope with their illnesses. People who reach their goals and improve their function can often achieve an increase in quality of life.
Decreased range of motion: After surgery, an individual may experience a decreased ability to move a specific part of the body as freely as he or she once did. In addition, people may experience pain as they try to achieve normal movement. Axillary web syndrome (also called “cording”), shoulder impingements and repetitive-use injuries may be side effects of cancer treatment. Stretching and massage may increase movement and a home exercise program the individual continues upon discharge from rehabilitation may also help. Fatigue, endurance and deconditioning: Some cancer treatments take months, sometimes years. Medications and treatment techniques often make the person feel nauseated, tired, run down and lacking energy. This may lead to weakness and decreased stamina. Therapists establish a regimen of exercise, progressive strengthening and reconditioning to improve physical strength and stamina. Lymphedema: During cancer treatment, the surgeon may remove lymph nodes, or the patient may require radiation therapy. If the lymphatic system is involved, the lymph fluid may not drain properly. It can build up in the tissues and cause swelling of the extremities or the face. In such cases, a manual lymph drainage by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) can help. This special massage reroutes the fluid to lymph nodes that accommodate it. Coupled with banding techniques and other compression strategies, the procedure can reduce swelling. It can also reduce discomfort, risk of recurrent infections (cellulitis) and other symptoms from the buildup of fluid in the extremities. Pelvic floor dysfunction: The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the pelvic region. Just like any other muscle in the body,
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therapies and radiation therapy to the brain can cause these problems as well. Memory strategies and cognitive retraining assist cancer survivors with their day-to-day functions. Emotional support and quality-of-life issues: Depression, fear of the cancer returning, financial stressors and physical limitations are long-term effects of cancer treatment. Cancer rehabilitation can give cancer survivors hope by helping them return to jobs and leisure activities. Physical activity releases chemicals in the brain that can help a person feel happier and sleep better.
the pelvic floor can weaken as a result of medication, surgeries, radiation and other cancer treatments. Strengthening pelvic floor muscles will help reduce incontinence and dyspareunia, the pain associated with sexual intercourse. It can decrease generalized pain and improve quality of life. Scar reduction: The initial surgery, as well as reconstructive follow-up surgeries, can lead to scar adhesions. When scar adhesions and radiation fibrosis occur, cancer survivors may have increased pain and muscle spasms. Scar mobilization techniques, myofascial releases – followed by manual lymph drainage – can prevent adhesions and greatly reduce postsurgical pain. Memory or concentration problems: Treatments such as chemotherapy may cause difficulty with thinking, concentration and memory loss. Some types of biological
During an individualized evaluation, members of the rehabilitation team will determine appropriate goals and customize a plan to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach desired outcomes. Ongoing assessments by the cancer rehab team help ensure that the goals are being met and, if not, what changes to the intervention plan may be necessary.
I’m A Cancer Survivor, Now What? Speaker: Susan Allen, OTR-L, CLT-LANA Date & Time: Friday, December 8 at 2 p.m. Location: One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera, FL 32940 Please register online at: Rockledgeregional.org or by calling 800-522-6363
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Sunflower House offers Alzheimer’s presentation SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Tanya Thompson, the assistant director of community outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association, will conduct a presentation and discussion about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the Sunflower House. The Sunflower House, a service of Aging Matters in Brevard, is located at 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Suite 201, on Merritt Island. For information, call 321-452-4341. Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and maintain independence and maximize quality of life for the citizens of Brevard County, particularly the elderly and disabled. Aging Matters in Brevard
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging as the Lead Agency for senior services in Brevard County. Aging Matters in Brevard services are funded by federal, state and local grants (eligibility requirements may apply). Private pay services are also available. Aging Matters in Brevard offers a wide variety of services to enable seniors to live safely and independently in their own homes. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this presentation should contact the Sunflower House at 321452-4341 at least seven days prior to the meeting. SL
A Fully Escorted Mini Bus Tour including transportation, tours, entrances, sunset dinner, taxes, and accommodations in Naples $810 per person double occupancy or $1035 for a single occupancy room. Come to a Travelogue Presentation on December 7th in the Pelican Park Clubhouse in Satellite Beach at 1495 A1A 10am
Join us January 18th at 5:30pm for a presentation in conjunction with Collette Vacations on the Canadian Rockies by Train at the Cocoa Beach Country Club RSVP at 321-259-6300
UPCOMING “DAYAWAYS” Mount Dora Holiday Lights and Home Tour 12/2 Ice featuring Christmas From Around the World and Cirque Dreams plus Disney Village 12/3 Bok Tower and the Decorated Pinewood Estate 12/6 St. Augustine Nights of Lights and Downton Abbey exhibit TBA Stetson Mansion Holiday 12/12
Amelia Island Victorian Christmas 12/16 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Palm Beach including Flagler’s Whitehall (The Taj Mahal of Florida) 12/27 The Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation 01/06 The Scottish Highland Games 01/13 Blue Springs Manatee Festival 01/28 High Tea at the Grand Floridian and Holiday Decorations 12/29
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Make your presence known during the holidays
Presence is a gift — a present. Be there! Participate! As we grow older, we make excuses for being absent. Accept the invitation. RSVP! Be visible; be involved; show up! During the holiday period, there are special events with family, friends and neighbors. There are church services, pageants, musical presentations, tree lightings and festivities of all types. Our presence builds memories for ourselves and others. As the years move on, we need to be there for life cycle events. From beginning to the end — births, baptisms, confirmations, the mitzvahs, school programs, graduations, marriages, neighborhood potlucks, club outings and association meeting attendance demonstrates presence. Teenagers can be a challenge for seniors. Their music, connectivity by texting, attire, hobbies and special interests can expand our world. Be there on their media. Ask questions and save your comments and opinions until you digest what they share. Remember when you were a teen? Second marriages call for presence regardless of your feelings, religious beliefs or loyalties. Stepchildren and step grandchildren should not pose a challenge. Accept them with love. When our son married for the second time, his two daughters and his second wife’s two daughters “married” each other as sisters. Our extended family in Wisconsin has added
Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski many blessings. We continue to be involved in most of their events. On the not-so-pleasant side is your presence in hospital visits, shutin visits, hospice contacts and other life-ending events. And, yes … the funerals. People comment about wakes and funerals: “I won’t know what to say.” No words are required. Your support is shown with a hug, a hand held or a tear in your eye. You show that the life mattered. Your presence is a great gift. Friendship matters. Neighbors matter. A greeting goes so far. You recognize their presence. Be remembered as the pleasant lady or man down the street instead of the grumpy old people at the end of the block. You might not be able to be a crossing guard near the school, but watching the children walk by after school is a valued presence. Your smile, wave or greeting is a gift. The famous Mr. Anonymous shares with us: “When you look back over life, you’re sure to have regrets. See that you regret the things you did, not the things you didn’t do. Err on the side of action.” SL
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Can a Part D Drug Plan suddenly refuse to pay for a medication? Dear Lance, In September, I went to fill a prescription that had been covered all year by my prescription drug plan. The pharmacist said that my plan would no longer cover this medication. I thought that the plan’s formulary couldn’t be changed for the entire calendar year. Are they allowed to do this? Upset Dear Upset, I can understand how this situation is distressing to you. It is difficult for me to answer the question as to why your medication is no longer covered by your plan without more information. During the year, a Part D plan might make changes to its formulary (list of covered medications) — dropping some from coverage or adding some it hasn’t covered before — according to Medicare regulations. If the change involves a drug you’re currently taking, the plan must take one of two actions:
• Send you a written notice at least 60 days before the change takes effect; or • At the time you request a refill, notify you of the change in writing and provide a 60-day transition supply of the drug under the same terms as before. Changes to the formulary must be approved by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Your plan cannot stop covering a medication that the plan has been providing to you except in the following circumstances: • The medication has been declared to be unsafe and the Food and Drug Administration has changed its approval of the medication or has
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• The manufacturer has stopped producing it; or • The brand name medication that you have been using has been replaced with a generic equivalent. If any of the following changes affect a drug you are taking, the change will not affect you until January 1 of the next year if you stay in your current plan: • Your drug has been moved to a higher cost-sharing tier; • New usage restrictions such as quantity limits or prior authorization are added on the use of your drug; or • Your drug is removed from the formulary but not because of a sudden recall or because a new generic drug has replaced it. Your Medicare Part D rights If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan, you have the right to: • Receive “coverage determination” – a written explanation from your plan about your benefits; including whether a particular drug will be covered, your costs for drugs; any coverage requirements (such as drugs that require the plan’s prior authorization); and requirements for
making coverage exceptions; • Ask for exceptions to drugs not covered by your plan’s formulary; • Ask for exceptions to waive plan coverage rules (like prior authorization or quantity limits); and • Ask for a lower copayment for highercost drugs if you or your prescriber believe you cannot take any of the lower-cost drugs for the same condition. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance
Needs of Elders) 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. SL
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Christmas spirit adapts to changing modern world ’Twas the Week Before Christmas And all through the mall No creatures were stirring You see no one at all. That’s because in this year Since you’re running out of time, You chose to do your shopping Not at the mall but online. There’s holiday parties to attend And good cheer to display And a trip to the mall Could take the whole day. Since you’re really too busy To stop and to shop You just get on your iPad And to Amazon you hop.
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So you click on your order And away you can go Nothing can slow you down now You’re in Florida, there’s no snow. Ah past are the days When you jammed in the stores It was wall-to-wall people And finding anything was a chore.
Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad And even if you found stuff In a very short time You’d still be there for hours Standing in checkout lines. How many times did you seek out That one perfect gift Only to get there to find It’s on a backorder list. Yeah back in those days The only phones were at home If you wanted to call someone You’d have to stop at a pay phone. Imagine millennials Trying to live in those days When if they wanted to chat It would be face to face. Now they can do all their shopping While driving their cars On the way to their work Or to restaurants or bars. So now holiday shopping Is quick, neat and clean But where’s the festive Christmas spirit Welcome to Christmas 2017. SL
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“Baby Boomers like us, are now retiring at a rate of 60,000/ day for the next 10+ years and are looking for a good quality retirement community. Why we selected Buena Vida Estates… because of the sound of laughter coming from the residents and staff and endless smiles. There are no strangers here. Truly a place where the residents are happy and enjoying life and each other. We felt like we had found a home. It feels like we are on a cruise ship without getting seasick—meaning many activities, live entertainment, a bistro bar, wonderful food selection, several dining arrangements, a heated pool, housekeeping and good security. We like the idea that we can just turn the key to our apartment and leave to travel. The days of owning a house are now over, so no more worries about house and security, maintenance and upkeep of housekeeping. If you want to remain ‘young at heart’ Buena Vida Estates will certainly make that possible!” —Jim & Sandy
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Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival draws fans from all over the world BY MUFFY BERLYN Barb Eager, the executive director for the Brevard Nature Alliance, went to school in tiny Clewiston, near Lake Okeechobee, and graduated in a class of 77 students. Through a long circuitous route, both she and her husband Jim met in Florida, married, had children and now have grandchildren. Her husband is a birder, bird expert and field guide. Eleven years ago, she and her husband moved to Cape Canaveral and their lives merged professionally a little more than a year ago. The merger came through Jim Eager’s work with the Nature Alliance and his involvement in the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival that the BNA organizes each January in Titusville. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, recognized as one of the largest such events in the United States, is a premier destination for birding and wildlife watching. It will be held January 24 through 29. The festival, which includes field trips, a boat tour, workshops and presentations, attracts participants from across the United States and beyond. With a shared interest in environmental concerns, Barb Eager said her husband was enthusiastic about her joining the BNA team. She is not a birder by the technical definition, but she loves watching birds. She just won’t “stand around getting warbler’s neck” for hours like many birders do. “He is the reason I got involved,” she said. Her husband recommended to the BNA “that they talk to me.”
Barb Eager’s background in the community and with the environment in organizations such as the North American Association for Environmental Education, as deputy director of administration SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Roy Thoman conference and Birders from around the world convened in Titusville for a core services; world class birding festival experience at the Tosohatchee Space Coast River Wildlife Management Area. Tours; and Dolphin Girl Cruises and Eco Tours was the goal is, we will become involved in right match for other community events which will be executive director. determined.’’ “I took the position a year ago, At 70, nothing is slowing down May,” she said. Jim Eager as he takes those who sign She now brings a fresh perspective up at the festival on field trips to spot to the BNA. the large wonderment of bird life that “When I came on board, I decided thrives in Florida. The winter is a we would take the proceeds from special time when a multitude of birds a silent auction and give back to migrate to the state when the festival conservation programs,” Barb Eager is held. He’s been a trip leader for 10 said. “Last year, we raised over $4,000 years and this will be the 21st year for for the Spoil Island Restoration project. the festival. This year, the BNA voted on “It has world-class keynote Friends of the Enchanted Forest to be speakers,” he said. “They also are used the recipient. Another beneficiary was as guest guides on various field trips.” the Young Birder Scholarship, which Birders and birdwatchers can get was done in honor of a past executive “up close and personal with the best director, Neta Harris, and as a joint birders” who Eager says are “very collaboration with the Birdwatcher’s approachable, very nice, very helpful.” Digest and the BNA. A 36-page 2018 Festival Guide was “It will specifically target middle created for the six-day SCBWF. school science kids,’’ Barb Eager Barb Eager, “lines up the speakers said. “It will be an opportunity to get and any social event. The things I love them out to the festival and field trips the most are the opening, welcome and and listen to keynote speakers. The
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Cheers for a more sustainable holiday season
The holiday season is approaching and an estimated 164 million people took advantage of Black Friday deals to save a lot of money. This is the time of the year when sales increase and might make up as much as 30 percent of annual sales for retail stores, according to the National Retail Federation reports. Unfortunately, this period also is the time of the year when the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases by 25 percent, which corresponds to about 1 million extra tons of waste. Sadly, almost 70 percent of that waste ends up in landfills according to the EPA. Landfills take up space — a lot of space. Brevard’s landfill in Cocoa, for example, grew its site from the original 285 acres to a site that totals 957 acres today (brevardfl.gov/SolidWaste/ TourFacility). That site is expected to reach capacity in about 25 years. With that in mind and knowing that household waste generated in the United States has been increasing since 1960 (EPA), now would be a good time to think twice and find ways to beat that trend. So here are some suggestions to make this year’s holiday season a more sustainable one: Give experiences, not things! How about camping, skydiving, or a guitar or yoga lesson? Surprise everyone with something personal and meaningful. You can find very cool ideas at SoKindRegistry.org Make your gifts. Cakes, cookies, candles, soaps, personalized ornaments or kitchen towels you sewed are sweet
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gifts that will warm anyone’s heart. Choose natural, organic ingredients whenever possible. Make gifts from recycled materials. How about a candle holder from a wine bottle or a coaster from used corks? Get creative and have fun while making gifts! Buy recycled. Many new products — from furniture to accessories to artwork — can be made from recycled materials. If it is an option, buy second-hand. You might find just the perfect gift in a thrift store and, if the thrift store is in support of a cause, like Brevard Humane Society’s Molly Mutt stores, your purchase will be a gift to a cause, too. When buying new, favor sustainable products from trusted sources. Invest a moment to do some research before buying. Mobile apps such as GoodGuide, Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping and DoneGood might help you get started. Make the gift wrap part of the gift. Trays, bowls, clay pots, reusable bags, ornamental baskets, vases or fabric would make beautiful gift wraps. You may also add some character to the gift if you use newspaper, maps, blueprints or posters
instead of wrapping paper. Donate, don’t waste! Ordered too much? Received a duplicate? Consider donating to sharing centers and animal shelters, or sharing with family, friends and neighbors. Also, the old that was replaced with a new can be of use for someone else. Recycle. Electronics can be taken to Best Buy stores; rechargeable batteries to Batteries Plus; all sorts of plastic wrapping (plasticfilmrecycling. org) and styrofoam to special bins at grocery stores. Reuse tissue paper, wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and gift bags. Take toys and reusable items to Recycle Brevard (RecycleBrevard.org) in Rockledge. Check what can be put in your recycle bin (wm.com/thinkgreen/whatcan-i-recycle.jsp). Do not place ceramics, artificial Christmas trees, Christmas lights, ornaments or bubble wrap in the recycle bin. When in doubt, the best option is to put it in the trash; otherwise, you may contaminate a good load of recyclables and end up seeing it all go to the landfills. This holiday season, any steps you choose to take as a way to help reduce the waste will make a difference. That’s the best gift you can give to all of us and to our planet. So why not go for more sustainable practices and try to finish the year off with a cheer? Happy holidays and until the next year! SL Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@3RsAndBeyond.org.
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6 - 9 p.m. Caroling, hayrides, tree lighting will be at 8 p.m. Lipscomb Comm. Center 3316 S. Monroe St. Melbourne, 321-674-5725
Suntree/Viera Public Library 10 a.m. 902 Jordan Blass Drive One Senior Place Suntree, 321-255-4404 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667 AARP Safe Driving
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1 -3 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-0619
5 - 8 p.m. Bid on wreaths to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital The Avenue Viera 261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390
7 - 10 p.m. Singles/couples Music by Janice and Rene Martin Andersen Sr. Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556
Can You hear Me Now? Citizen’s Climate Lobby 12 - 2 p.m. Lunch and Learn 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310
Worried about climate change and want to know what you can do about it? Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555
6 - 9 p.m. Fundraiser benefiting 2nd Harvest Food Bank Rockledge Gardens 2153 U.S. Highway 1 Rockledge, 321-636-7662
7 - 9 p.m. Free Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 855-252-7276
The Nutcracker Ballet
Habits for Brain Movie in the Park Brvd. Fed. Repub. Women Int’l. Plastic Model Society Memory Support Group Healthy 11 a.m.
1 p.m. and 6 p.m Eau Gallie High School Performing Arts Center 1400 Commodore Blvd. Melbourne, 321-622-4713
Melb. Muni. Band Concert Annual Fashion Show
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monthly meeting Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monthly luncheon meeting Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212
6 - 7:45 p.m. Club bus. and show and tell Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of month Market St. Residence 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771
7 - 9 p.m. Lower chances of dementia “Wonder Woman” , Freedom 7 Senior Canaveral City Park Community Center 7920 Orange Ave., Cape 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd Canaveral, 321-868-1220 Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505
2 - 5 p.m. Monthly meeting Elks Lodge #1532 315 Florida Ave. Cocoa, 866-455-2322
6 - 8 p.m. Discussion: government, historic and current events Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
Accordion Club Meeting New Millennium
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2 p.m. Spontaneous Improv Show performed by various local actors and improvisers. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104
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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tradewinds at Duran 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7771
Brunch at Pizza Gallery
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera
Friends of the Suntree/ Writer’s Workshop 1 - 3 p.m. Viera Library 3 - 5 p.m. Monthly meeting Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
1 - 3 p.m. Monthly meeting Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
Brunch at Pizza Gallery
Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-0619 Sit-n-Stitch Group 1 - 3 p.m. Bring your current project Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
National Fruit Cake Day
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Get help applying for jobs online, downloading books and using social media Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104
Investor’s Ed. Group
10 - 11:30 a.m. Support group for getting through loss during holidays. Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
Indian River Lagoon Coalition
Thanks & Giving Stroll
Holiday Big Cup Tournament
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Meet and discuss stock Duran Golf Club market investing 7032 Stadium Parkway Suntree/Viera Public Library Viera, 321-504-7776 902 Jordan Blass Drive Brevard Ballet Academy Suntree, 321-255-4404
Grief on the Holidays
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
One-on-One Computer Help
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
Beginner’s Acrylic Painting Class
Wednesday Art Group meeting
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Many vendors and food concessions, baked goods and holiday gift wrapping Faith Fellowship Church 2820 Business Center Blvd. Suntree, 321-259-7200
Christmas in the Park
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10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Make 2 beautiful greeting cards, using high quality papers, inks, stamps, etc. Supplies included for $10 Art Gallery of Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-773-0095
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Buena Vida Estates Palm Shores Bistro 2129 W. New Haven Ave. 5060 US-1 W. Melbourne, Palm Shores, 321-752-5222 321-724-0060
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Homeless Heart Concert TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Medicaid Planning Sit-n-Stitch Group 3 p.m. Program for Survivors Seminar with Elder Law 1 - 3 p.m. Christmas concert featuring 6 - 7:45 p.m. Attorney W. A. Johnson Bring your current project Maureen McGovern. Fundraiser at The Scott Center at Holy Trinity 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 321-208-8911
Neighbors Book Club
2 - 4 p.m. Will discuss “Magic Strings for Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404
2 p.m. Lecture with Ed Baranowski Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060
2 - 4 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060
Calvary Chapel Viera Hosted by Viera Pizza benefiting Calvary Chapel Viera’s 412 Youth Missions 2852 Fellowship Place Viera, 321-412-1830
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10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Saturday admission every fourth Saturday American Space Museum 308 Pine Street Titusville, 321-264-0434
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8 p.m. - 1 a.m. (Sunday) Swingtime Big Band Holiday Inn Viera 8298 Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-339-7705
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Dec. 8 Can You hear Me Now? Lunch and Learn 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera 321-253-6310 Dec. 10 40th annual Holiday Hoedown: Kiwanis Island Park 2 to 4:30 p.m. Live music, entertainment, dancing, food and a special guest appearance by Santa. Kiwanis Island Park 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road Merritt Island, 321-633-1074 Dec. 11 JT’s Bluegrass Titusville Food Truck Monday 5 to 8:30 p.m. Titusville Welcome Center lot 419 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville 321-607-6512 Dec. 17 Breakfast with Santa 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wonderful Sunday Brunch menu, great photos with Santa for the family. Kids 5 to 12 eat for $12.95 and 4 and younger eat for free. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge 321-636-6022
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News for Titusville, Mims & Port St. John
North Brevard Motorcycle group brings outreach ministry to Titusville BY FLORA REIGADA Riding motorcycles and driving cars, members of the Salvation Saloon ministry recently roared into the Park Avenue Baptist Church Retreat Center in Titusville. They hail from Palm Harbor, where the ministry, which is an outreach to bikers, is based in a one-time bar. There, they can kick back and be comfortable. The pastor, Paul White, rides a Harley or a 2014 Indian. “The Salvation Saloon is not just a church. It’s an experience,” the organization’s website states. “We’re Sunday morning’s greatest happy hour.” The group brings that happiness to other communities by investing their labor, prayers and love. They recently brought these blessings to Titusville. Called the Bronson Project, the annual effort is based on an old television series, “Then Came Bronson,” which aired on NBC in 1969 and 1970. “It featured a biker traveling from
town to town, helping people,” said the pastor’s wife, Suzanne White, who is the Bronson Project manager. “We go where the spirit leads to help those in need,” she said. “This may involve going to a gas station and watching for people who need help paying. We encourage people through prayer, paying for groceries or performing physical labor.” These things and more were done in Titusville. The group’s efforts included helping with a crisis hot line and assisting Hope For North Brevard prepare for its Lights of Hope outdoor Christmas Lights Festival. Up to $10,000 was invested in Titusville during the outreach and the city is richer in many ways. An example is the Hope for North Brevard’s Lights of Hope Christmas Lights Festival. It will open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Lights of Hope Park at 416 Pine Street in Titusville. The festival will continue Dec. 10, 15, 17, 21, 22 and 24. Admission is $6. Children 3 and younger are not charged.
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A member of the Salvation Saloon ministry, based in Palm Harbor, gets ready to roar into Titusville for an “invasion” of help and love. “Snow Day” festivities will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23. Admission is $10 for everyone 4 and older. SL
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Celebrate the holidays with dancing, jazz and holiday music by multi-talented pianist, composer, producer, arranger, conductor and vocalist JD Daniel SENIOR LIFE photo SENIOR LIFE photo at 2 p.m. Sunday, JD Daniel Charlie DeChant Dec. 10 at Rockledge Country Club. years old. He formed his own group Charlie DeChant, founding in Tucson, Ariz. when he was 19. The member of the popular band Hall group featured Schurr, who became a & Oates, will back up Daniel on Grammy-winning jazz vocalist. the saxophone. Chuck Archard, an Daniel went on to live in Los artist-in-residence of jazz studies at Angeles for several years, working Rollins College, will be on bass along as an in-demand recording session with professional drummer and music musician. He has toured the world teacher Richie Mola. with several well-known artists. He Daniel has recorded and performed also has performed, arranged and around the world with dozens of composed for virtually all types internationally acclaimed artists. of media, film, television, video, “JD is a brilliant musician, both documentaries, web content, live as a classical player as well as new shows and video games. age innovations,’’ said Diane Schurr, Today, Daniel arranges and records a legendary jazz vocalist. I really custom keyboard parts online for enjoyed working with him, and I clients around the world. Some of have very fond memories of our work the high-profile jazz artists include together in different studios.” Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Daniel was born in Seattle and Elliott, Alphonse Mouzon, Ronnie began classical training when he was 6 Laws, Schuur, Brian Bromberg,
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Michael Cleveland Concert is a ‘Fiddler’s Dream’ Bluegrass performer Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are in concert at Faith City Church in Titusville on Friday, Nov. 24. For reserved seats for the 10-time Fiddle Player of the Year, call 321-222-7797.
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Dec. 5, 12, 19 “Get Moving at the Seashore” 9 a.m. Walk the boardwalks and the beach for enjoyment and post-holiday exercise. Bring water, sunscreen and your walking shoes. It lasts for 45 to 60 minutes. Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 3 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville 321-264-1110
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Dec. 7 and 28 “Shoreline Seashell Hunt” 10 a.m. Explore the seashore beach rack line for treasures with a ranger. Bring water and sunscreen. It lasts for one hour Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 4 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville 321-264-1110 Dec. 8 City of Titusville annual Tree Lighting Ceremony 6 p.m. Barbara McGillicuddy will perform and help the mayor officiate the Lighting of the annual City Hall Tree. The Sculptor Charter School Chorus will also perform. Titusville City Hall 555 S. Washington Ave., Titusville 321-383-5775
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Dec. 6, 1865 The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified to abolish slavery.
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