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Joy encircles a family, but it is even more joyous when that unit includes five generations. Charlotte Newman, a 103-year-old Melbourne resident, joined her family in celebrating the birth of David Oliver Flook on May 18, completing the family ‘s fifth generation circle. Charlotte Newman, who arrived in Melbourne 53 years ago to retire, remains active in her home she shares with her son. She loves game shows

like “Family Feud” with “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” not to be missed each evening. Knitting keeps her busy, but it is the puzzles of any size, shape or kind that keep her reading and going strong selecting word puzzles, cryptograms and scrambles, “she does them all, and jigsaw puzzles,” said Hilda Petruncola, Newman’s daughter. “We go out to dinner every night,” Petruncola said. “UNO’s on Wickham is her favorite restaurant, but we go to many other places.”

The new addition making the family a fifth generation is the son of David and Samantha Flook of Southbury, Conn. The little fellow received his wings for taking his first flight, awarded to him by the pilot upon his plane landing in Orlando when recently coming to visit the family. Little David Flook will continue his flying by traveling with his parents to England for a wedding, said Petruncola. And great, great, grandmother Newman looks forward to her next birthday on Nov. 22. SL

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Marilyn Arbuckle displays the June 1997 inaugural cover of Senior Life, featuring her late husband Andy Arbuckle. BY LINDA WIGGINS It is entirely appropriate that the 20th anniversary issue of Senior Life newspaper showcases the importance of volunteerism. The Viera/Suntree-based publication targets boomers, seniors and their families across Brevard and is a sister paper to the Viera Voice.

The inaugural June 1997 issue featured Brevard Zoo docent Andy Arbuckle on the cover taking questions from preschoolers exploring the Petting Zoo area of the top attraction. The accompanying front-page story outlined the many reasons to volunteer in terms of health of community and individual, and the

inside pages showcased the zoo docent program in detail. “Andy was very active in retirement. He left nothing undone that he wanted to do,” said Marilyn Arbuckle, his wife of 66 years until his passing in 2015. “He never cared

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BY LINDA WIGGINS A 12-month celebration of Senior Life’s 20th anniversary kicked off June 16 at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Information Fair at the Melbourne Auditorium with an ice cream social. Senior Life publisher Jill Blue-Gaines currently serves on the Brevard County Commission on Aging, which is spotlighting elder abuse prevention this year. “It’s great to focus on living our best life ever as boomers and seniors, but this can’t happen unless we first focus on the protection of the most vulnerable among us,” Blue-Gaines said. Plans for the year’s events include special guests and attractions at the fall and spring annual events of Senior Life’s across the Space Coast,” District 8 Bluewater Creative Group marketing U.S. Congressman Bill Posey said. and expo firm, the Senior Life Boomer “Senior Life has been an important Bash and Veterans Salute slated partner in serving our community for Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Valiant and ensuring that senior citizens stay Air Command Warbird Museum in connected. Publisher Jill Blue-Gaines Titusville and the Boomer Guide Expo has been a tireless advocate for issues in February that is a release party for that affect seniors and I salute her the popular annual guide. efforts and those of her staff.” A close examination of the Blue-Gaines launched the paper as inaugural June 1997 issue of Senior a one-woman band, spending precious Life from 20 years ago reveals a little time in her tiny rented office constant that has not wavered. The in favor of her car as she met with issues that matter to boomers and community groups for news leads and seniors then and now are the same: issues, visited potential advertisers, exploring and living one’s best life at designed the pages to be printed and any age, physical safety and economic then traversed Brevard County’s security, veterans issues, volunteerism daunting 72-mile length delivering the and giveback to the community, final product. and just plain having a good time One of the first communitywherever it can be found in Brevard. development efforts Blue-Gaines For longtime reader Betty Hinds, took part in was the creation of the articles on fun things to do are TRIAD, the elder-safety effort made great, but she shyly rated her top feature. “The puzzles. What can I say? continued to page 4 I look forward to working them each month. They keep my mind sharp.” Community leaders sounded off on the value to seniors and the community overall that Senior Life has provided during the past two decades, as well as the individual contributions of Blue-Gaines, whose efforts have grown through the years to include the annual Boomer Guide, Viera Voice newspaper, the Charlie Corbeil Viera Wetlands Birding By Attorney Guide and a number of popular senior TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH expos and other 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL community events throughout the year. For A Complimentary Copy “Congratulations to Senior Life Phone 321 267 — 4770 newspaper for 20 years of faithfully informing residents

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BAF since it split off from the Alzheimer’s Association nearly 20 years ago and continues to raise funds for both. “When we go to one of her events, it’s going to be well organized, she appeals to a large audience of seniors, and it’s always as promised,” Steiner said. “They know when they leave they are leaving with something valuable that they are going to use tomorrow, in six months or six years. “Jill is there for the events of others as well,” Steiner continued. “She is always willing to do her share in the fundraising, not just for us, but for any organization that benefits seniors. She ‘s always willing to step up to the plate and do her part for its success. That’s very unusual. A lot of publishers and editors never move from behind the desk.” Veterans get their say in a Senior Life section devoted to them called Stripes. “When a veteran is able to tell his or her story, it helps them to heal. Senior Life has done this for years,” said veteran and Gold Star father Donn Weaver, president of the Good Deeds Foundation and past president of the Veterans Memorial Center of Brevard on Merritt Island. A charity under the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter, of which Weaver is immediate past president, Good Deeds raises money to help veterans and active military. “Senior Life also has a veterans salute at their expos each year, and it provides the rare opportunity for the community to express their appreciation, rather than just veterans groups hosting the events. This is hugely important,” Weaver said. He credited Senior Life with sending active military and veteran members to MOAA-CC, the largest chapter in the country. For Blue-Gaines, it is personal. Her parents are members of the Greatest Generation, her father a World War II veteran. She herself is a boomer, raising a young son, which puts her squarely in the center of the Sandwich Generation. “I can’t really tell you why when I asked myself all those years ago what I wanted to do and where, that the answer was starting a senior publication in Brevard,” Blue-Gaines said. “I certainly have an affinity for the subject. We as a community need to make sure our elders are safe and live the most fulfilling days possible. No matter what our age, that will be us one day. SL

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Softball set aside leads to a life as a missionary in Africa BY R. NORMAN MOODY A one-year stint in Africa to cover another family’s furlough turned into 32 years of Christian mission work in South Africa and Malawi for Cocoa resident Estelle Nelson. With the family’s belongings packed into barrels for the trip, Estelle, her late husband Gordon Nelson and children Gregg, Marsha and Jim headed to South Africa, where daughter Liza later was born. “After we got there, we saw that going over for a year was not practical,” Estelle Nelson said. “We had eight barrels and three kids.” “It was unusual and different, but we were all just kids,” Nelson’s daughter Marsha Enos said. “I think one of the hardest things was that we didn’t have family, we didn’t have grandparents around.” Although there were some hardships, the family came home to the United States periodically on furloughs. Enos said it was an overall good experience growing up in Africa. “I think we have a rather unique perspective on the world,” Enos said. It was a time when South Africa grappled with the often tense and sometimes violent era of racial segregation. “We were there during apartheid, which was very difficult,” said Nelson, 84. “Thank goodness that is over with.” Gordon Nelson preached at various churches, some of them in remote areas, to where it sometimes was not safe to travel. Estelle taught women’s Bible classes as Gordon helped to plant churches and trained pastors who

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Estelle Nelson, fifth from left, sings with a group of women from a church in South Africa, where she and her late husband Gordon Nelson were missionaries.

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Estelle Nelson, her late husband Gordon Nelson and their children Gregg, Marsha and Jim lived in Africa for many years. Another daughter, Liza, later was born in South Africa.

then went out and started dozens of churches through the years. More than two dozen churches were established during eight years of work in Malawi. “When we left after eight years, there were 27 churches,” she said. The Nelsons met in Rockford, Ill., where Gordon went to Westside High School and Estelle attended Eastside High. There she was involved in softball, even going on to being selected for a women’s professional team. “We met at a basketball game,” she said. After the game, the whole group

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Estelle Nelson and her late husband Gordon Nelson were missionaries in South Africa and Malawi for more than 30 years.

In Africa, there was little time for sports because a lot of it was spent ministering in townships and traveling in the “bush.” During the times of political and racial unrest, church members would help to keep them safe. “They would tell us it is not safe even to come to church this Sunday,” Nelson said. “We didn’t go to certain places.” At one time in Malawi, fighting factions were shooting at each other across the river as new converts were being baptized in the same river. The family left Malawi and continued their work in South Africa after both Estelle and Gordon became very ill with malaria. “We had some interesting times in Africa,” she said. SL

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Neighbors Grandparents raising grandchildren not uncommon in Brevard BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER One in 12 school children in Brevard County lives with a relative other than their parents. More than 8,500 children are living in relativecare families in Brevard, according to Mary Ann Sterling, who is the director of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, Inc. (GRG). “The number one reason grandparents are raising grandchildren is the (grandparents’) children have drug and alcohol problems,” Sterling said. “Some of the children are in jail or because of a death of a parent. Most grandparents are between the ages of 32 and 86 on fixed incomes. Average ages of grandchildren are 1 to 8 years old.” GRG, which started in 1994, “ensures permanent placement with relatives in lieu of foster care; addresses special needs of children being raised by relative caregivers; is an advocate for relative caregivers and raises awareness for their needs,” Sterling said. Children are offered counseling because some children have been neglected, abused or abandoned, Sterling said. The organization has six support groups, legal consultations, parenting classes, a newsletter, access partners that help them get online funds from Florida, summer and Christmas outings for the children and assist with school supplies. “We consider it a privilege and tell the children so because we have the advantage that we can give them all the things that children should have,” said Paulette Lynn Crider of Brevard County who is

raising her grandchildren, a boy and a girl. “We offer the basics of a home, food and clothing, medical and all the things I am listing they didn’t usually have. It is a privilege of teaching and getting them ready to lead a productive adult life.” Delores Collins has custody of three grandchildren now ages 13, 12 and 9 but has had the children since infancy — four weeks old, 10 months and a month and a half. Retired, Collins was planning to visit every state in the union when she was summoned back to Florida for childcare. “I didn’t know what to do but I called GRG right away, from day one. Because at that point, I was in the courts so much I didn’t know what to do,” Collins said. “There is no other stimulant in this world as this. I know they are safe, and I know I SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Delores Collins am giving them the best I ever had. It has Delores Collins, front, is a grandmother who is raising her three been very hard for me financially.” grandchildren in Brevard County. Trenesha, left, 13; Tavarious, 9; But taking care of the grandchildren and Trevor, 12, came to live with their grandmother shortly after definitely has its advantages. their births. “I think it keeps you young,” Sterling said. “You see movies that you would lives,” Crider said of her grandchildren ages 12 not see and get involved with children’s activities and 17.” not done in a while, seeing the child is eating three “Happy times are always here,” Collins said. “We meals a day, giving the child the most normal living go to a restaurant, a walk on the beach, fishing or go situation you can.” for ice cream.” “We have seen scholastics improve, they’re GRG can be reached at 123 Barton Blvd., learning musical instruments and leading productive Rockledge, or by calling 321-631-7776. SL

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time machine In July...

July 13, 1930

July 2, 1964

Johnson signs Civil Rights Act

July 24, 1911

This day in history saw the adoption of a landmark piece of legislation in American history. It banned discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It essentially ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public.

Machu Picchu is discovered

On this day, American archaeologist Hiram Bingham caught his first glimpse of this famed Inca village. Believed to be used as a summer retreat for the Inca leaders, it was most likely abandoned when the majority of the Incas were wiped out by the Spanish in the 16th century. Today, the landmark in Peru still remains as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

The first World Cup takes place in Uruguay

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France defeated Mexico 4-1 The U.S. Men’s National Team finished and the U.S. defeated Belgium 3-0 in the start to the inaugural World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay. Soccer had been dropped from the upcoming 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, so FIFA decided to host its own international tournament. On July 30, Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in the first World Cup final. The U.S. topped Paraguay to place third, its best overall finish. It fell to Argentina 6-1 in the semifinals.

July 29, 1953 NASA is formed

This day saw the formation of a civilian agency responsible for the coordination of America’s missions and activities in space. With the launching of the Soviet’s Sputnik I and Sputnik II, the U.S. felt the urgent need to quickly steal back the spotlight in the space race. Following a successful Explorer I launch, the U.S. government proceeded with the formation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Judy Johnson “I was enjoying the heck out of my grandchildren. I was loving life.’’

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Navy provided a lifetime of world travel for Grant resident BY MARIA SONNENBERG

“Join the Navy to see the world” goes the old recruitment slogan. For Grant resident A.B. Amis, the Navy did indeed provide the impetus for a lifetime of world travel, but the trips took place long after he left the service. “I signed up for a two-year hitch in the Navy right out of high school in 1946 to avoid the draft, which was still hanging over my head, even though WWII had ended the previous August,” Amis said. “At the time, the Navy was very short of electronic technicians, so I was able to take a test guaranteeing that I would spend most of my two years receiving electronics training.” As it turned out, between boot camp, 12 months in training schools and a couple of weeks off for shore leave, it was 14 months before Amis first was assigned to a destroyer … and then the Navy ran out of money and discharged him two months before his enlistment was to end.

“(The Navy) doubtless helped shape my life positively, as well as launched me on an electronics career path.” — A.B. Amis Amis’ military service was not long, but the eight months he served as electronic technician’s mate second class were to serve him well later in life. “It doubtless helped shape my life positively, as well as launched me on an electronics career path, thanks to the training I’d received and then later the GI Bill.” With the help of the GI Bill, a working wife and college credits for some of the Navy training, Amis finished Georgia Tech in three years. After what he calls a “one-year misadventure up in Yankee land,” the Mississippi native moved to Florida to work for tiny startup Radiation, the precursor of today’s Harris Corporation. “The entire population of Melbourne at the time we moved here was probably less than 3,000,” he said. “Being a part of a team of outstanding and dedicated engineers, and having a part in helping little Radiation win job after job against big company competitors have been the real highlights of my working career.” Sandwiched in between 33 years with Radiation and Harris, Amis owned a motorhome rental venture at the very inauspicious time of the Arab Oil Embargo in 1973. Let’s just say the venture did not go well. Amis’ corporate jobs entailed plenty of travel, exciting at first, but soon a drudgery that lasted until he retired as director of market development for

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As a young man, A.B. Amis served in the Navy. Harris Controls in 1989. “It tended to become more and more just a grind of long airplane flights, having to go through tedious security and customs at the airport, a cab ride through slums to your hotel, another cab ride through more slums to wherever you were to do business, and then a repeat until you were back home again with a suitcase full of wrinkled clothes and a few more pages stamped in your international travel visa,” he said. He estimates that work duties took him to 20 different foreign countries. “Of those 20, Greece would have been the most scenic and the most fun, and Yugoslavia and Peru would probably tie for the most depressing and least fun,” he said. “What with travel and security conditions today, I certainly am glad that I’m not having to travel anymore!” Give him an RV anytime over a plane. “RV-ing became a near obsession following retirement, taking us on wonderful adventures spanning all 48 (contiguous) states over the years and introducing us to a “gourding” hobby that both my wife and I could share in until her death from Alzheimer’s in 2009, just days short of our 60th wedding anniversary,” he said. Amis’ art gourds, night and day from the simple birdhouses many associate with the craft, are intricately carved and beautifully finished with textures that resemble the sensual feel of fine leather. Amis subsequently remarried a very long-time friend and still dabbles in gourding but, at age 89, he is mostly content trying to keep his five-acre spread in Grant and sharing memories of “the good old days.” SL

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A.B. Amis makes award-winning gourds at his home in Grant.

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Brevard recognizes Lau’s passion as Veterans Advocate of the Year Brevard Constitutional Officers chose Vanessa Lau — who has a passion for seeking out homeless veterans to offer them help — as Veterans Advocate of the Year. The constitutional officers — Property Appraiser Dana Blickley, Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis, Tax Collector Lisa Cullen and Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott — chose Lau, a longtime volunteer with National Veterans Homeless Support. The constitutional officers, joined by State Attorney Phil Archer and Public Defender Blaise Trettis, held

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American Legion, Legion Riders and Sons of American Legion are part of the post that goes above and beyond to serve veterans and youth. “They have programs to step up and help our veterans,” Taylor said. Lau certainly does that. Blickley said the group tries to find someone that does something unique to advocate for veterans and that Lau fit the bill. “She just has a passion about her,” she said. This is the third year the event has been held. Last year, the group chose Robert Rose, CEO and president of Bansbach EasyLift. He hires veterans, many of them struggling to readjust into civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rose assists those employees, some with visible and invisible wounds, to adjust. As I mentioned, I am familiar with the work of the constitutional officers on behalf of veterans, especially the homeless, because I have written about the homeless many times during the past 12 years. The group felt that some of my stories made a difference for veterans, including the homeless. In 2015, I was surprised at the fundraising dinner with the Veterans Advocate of the Year award. It was quite an honor, though was I simply trying to write stories that made a difference. SL

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MOAACC President Capt. R. Scott Robinson; sea cadets from the David McCampbell Battalion Sea Cadet Corps Isaiah Christian Lopez, Olivia Troisi, Rickey Ria Philips, John Wright; and Eva Rey participated in the Military Officers Association of America awards ceremony.

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The MOAA Florida Council of Chapters presented awards to members of the Cape Canaveral Chapter for their work organizing a cruise and activities. The work by MOAACC members was for the 40th annual convention of the Florida Council of Chapters held in April.

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Historic Florida hotels BY JOHN TRIESTE

Florida has many historic hotels that offer wonderful learning experiences. You should stay overnight or at least tour some of these hotels. These elegant hotels/mansions were all built in the late 19th or early 20th century. Many have been fully restored and most still are in full operation to delight their guests.

Apalachicola

1.) Gibson Inn — 51 Avenue. C, 32320, 850-653-2191 Built in 1907, this traditional grand hotel in the center of town is a Floridastyle building with a widow’s walk, a cupola and a tin roof. It is a pleasant 4-minute walk from the Apalachicola Maritime Museum. There’s a wraparound porch with sitting areas, plus a bar, a casual restaurant and three meeting rooms. The inn also hosts murder-mystery weekends. Breakfast and parking are complimentary.

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The Don Cesar Hotel is in Saint Petersburg Beach. It was built in 1928. It also has been called the Pink Palace.

Inn, it is a mission-revival style historic hotel built in the early 1920s.

Avon Park

Jacksonville Beach

2.) Jacaranda Hotel — 19 East Main Street, 33825, 863-453-2211 Opened in 1926 and now listed on the National Historic Register, it is one of Highlands County’s oldest operating hotels. The Jacaranda now is owned by South Florida State College. The college uses the hotel as its Culinary Arts School and the food is excellent. We had lunch in the elegant Citrus Room and the meal consisted of a seasonal buffet featuring Southern-fried chicken, three different seafood items and regional cuisine. There were many specialty sample dishes created by college students. During its winter season, the Jacaranda serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. On Sunday, the student’s culinary team rolls out its grand buffet. There is a summer menu, May through September. The hotel radiates elegance through its high ceiling, quiet hallways, spacious guest rooms and the sprawling veranda overlooking lovely Main Street. The room rates are inexpensive.

Boca Grande

3.) Gasparilla Inn — 500 Palm Ave., 33921, 941-964-4500 It has been a premier destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast since 1913. It is the center of village life on Gasparilla Island. Catering to the rich and famous, the directly on the beach resort is one of the most lavish facilities in the United States. 4.) Tarpon Lodge — 13771 Waterfront Drive, Pineland 239-283-3999 It was built in 1926 as a private home and it has been an inn for decades. President Jimmy Carter and family members once vacationed here. The lodge has been completely renovated and it has an upscale restaurant. It is located on Pine Island, which is near near Coral Gables and Fort Myers.

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5.) Boca Raton Resort & Club — 501 E. Camino Real, 33432, 561-447-3000 This elegantly restored 1920s resort on 365 waterfront acres is 2.6 miles from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. It has a private beach club, seven pools, a spa and a marina. There also are two golf courses, 30 tennis courts and several dining

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11.) Casa Marina Hotel — 691 1st St. N., 32250, 904-270-0025 Opened in 1925, it has been a landmark and a yearly destination for winter residents. The lavish hotel features a Spanish-Mediterranean design of white stucco, concrete and tile. It is located directly on the water.

Lakeland

12.) Terrace Hotel — 329 E. Main St., 33801, 863-688-0800 It opened in 1924 as one of the state’s first year-round hotels. It overlooks Mirror Lake in the center of Lakeland.

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The Biltmore Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. options. Designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner, it has reigned as an icon of elegance for more than 80 years. Today, the resort remains faithful to its glamorous past and is a jewel.

Cedar Key

6.) Island Hotel — 373 2nd St., 32625, 352-543-5111 Built in 1859, it was originally known as the Parsons and Hale’s General Store. It also at times held a post office, customs house and other commercial businesses. The hotel is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Today it is family owned and operated as an upscale bed and breakfast with an excellent restaurant. The hotel is in the Cedar Key center.

Coral Gables

7.) Biltmore Coral Gables — 1200 Anastasia Ave., 855-311-6903 This luxury hotel was built in 1926 and was and still is one of the most lavish in the country. The Biltmore caters to the rich and famous, presidents, movie stars and international guests.

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8.) Clewiston Inn — 108 Royal Palm Ave., 33440, 863-983-8151

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Southern charm and hospitality will greet you. It is located on the shores of Lake Okeechobee and was built in 1926. The building survived the great 1926 and 1928 hurricanes, but was destroyed by a fire in 1937. Then, the classical revival style structure was rebuilt with modern features in 1938. The lounge and bar inside has a 360-degree wildlife mural featuring the flora and fauna of the nearby Florida Everglades.

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9.) Florida House Inn — 22 South 3rd St., 32034, 904-491-3322 Built in 1857 and set in the Fernandina Beach Historic District, it was originally built as a boarding house by David Yulee, who was attempting to build a railroad from Fernandina Beach to Cedar Key. This lovely and well maintained Victorian inn is a 4-minute walk from the Amelia Island Museum of History and three miles from historic Fort Clinch State Park.

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10.) Seminole Inn — 15885 SW Warfield Blvd., 34956 772-597-3777 Also known as the Seminole Country

13.) Chalet Suzanne, 3800 Chalet Suzanne Drive, 863-676-6011 The property includes a lovely inn, upscale restaurant, its own successful private label soup cannery, an airstrip for visiting guests, small golf course and more than 100 rolling acres of citrus groves. On NASA‘s 1970s Apollo 15 and 16 flights to the moon, Chalet Suzanne‘s Romaine soup (moon soup) went with the astronauts as part of their meals. Opened in 1931 by Bertha Hinshaw, the property has always been in the family. In 2014 after 83 years, the descendents of Hinshaw decided to retire and the property closed. The owners are seeking someone to buy the inn.

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14.) Cadillac Hotel — 3925 Collins Ave., 33140, 305-538-3373 It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It currently is called the Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach/ Oceanfront. The oceanfront hotel is a stunning boutique Art Deco hotel that has graced Collins Avenue and the shores of Miami Beach for almost seven decades. 15.) Fontainbleau Hotel — 4441 Collins Ave., 33140, 305-538-2000 It is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels in Miami Beach. Opened in 1954 and designed by Morris Lapidus, it was arguably the most luxurious hotel in Miami Beach. The 1,504-room resort is situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row. 16.) Ocean Spray Hotel — 4130 Collins Ave., 33140 305-535-5300 This small hotel was built in 1936.

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It has been completely redone, and is a perfect example of a high-end, art-deco building.

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17.) 1872 John Denham House — 555 W. Palmer Mill Road, 32344 850-997-4568 It is an authentic elegant circa 19th century restoration. This 13-room early Victorian mansion was built by a Scottish immigrant cotton trader in 1872. It has eight fireplaces, many period antiques, an acre of restored grounds and a cupola on top. The award-winning mansion is listed on the National Register. The property is only a 20-minute drive from Tallahassee.

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18.) Lakeside Inn — 100 Alexander St., 32757, 352-383-4101 Overlooking Lake Dora, it opened in 1883. Tt is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Florida. It features 87 guest rooms and suites. The Beauclaire Room and Tremain’s Tavern are excellent restaurants.

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19.) The Breakers Palm Beach — 1 South County Road, 33480 561-655-6611 First known as The Palm Beach Inn, it was opened on Jan. 16, 1896 by oil, real estate and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to accommodate travelers on his Florida East Coast Railway. It occupies the beachfront portion of the grounds of the Royal Poinciana Hotel, which Flagler had opened beside Lake Worth Lagoon facing the inland waterway in 1894. Guests began requesting rooms “over by the breakers,” so Flagler renamed it The Breakers Hotel in 1901. The wooden hotel burned on June 9, 1903 and was rebuilt, opening on Feb. 1, 1904. Rooms started at $4 a night, including three meals a day. Because Flagler forbade motorized vehicles on the property, patrons were delivered between the two hotels in wheeled chairs powered by employees. The grounds have a nine-hole golf course. 20.) The Chesterfield Hotel — 363 Coconut Row, 33480 561-659-5800 Built in 1926, the hotel was completely renovated in 1937 and it has undergone annual refurbishments.

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21.) Casa Monica — 95 Cordova St., 32084, 904-827-1888

Located in the center of downtown, this grand Moroccan-themed hotel was built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. It has an ornate lobby with frescos, fountains and chandeliers. Their elegant rooms include custom-designed interiors with classical furnishings featuring gold accents. There’s a high-end restaurant, a casual cafe and lounge, roof-top pool and sundeck. Flagler also built the Ponce de Leon Hotel that today is Flagler College. Tours of Flagler College highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. Escorted tours are conducted at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. daily. Flagler also owned the Alcazar Hotel that now houses the Lightner Museum. The museum houses a collection of 19th century art.

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22.) Kenilworth Lodge 1610 Lakeview Drive, 33870, 863-385-0111 Built in 1916 for George E. Sebring, the developer of the town of Sebring, it has been continuously in use as a hotel since. A fire in 2016 closed the hotel. It is close to reopening. 23.) Santa Rosa Inn — 509 North Ridgewood Drive, 33870 It was built in 1924 and sold in early 2017 to a Virginia-based developer who now plans to make apartments out of the hotel.

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24.) The Don Cesar Hotel — 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Petersburg Beach 727-360-1881 Built in 1928 and called the Pink Palace, it is located directly on the beautiful Gulf Beach. It is one of the most complete and lavish properties in Florida. 25.) The Ponce De Leon Hotel — 95 Central Ave., 33701, 727-550-9300 The mission-revival building is a historic landmark. Built in the early 20th century, the hotel is completely refurbished and is a local St. Pete gem. 26.) The Vinoy Renaissance — 501 5th Ave. NE, 727-894-1000 The historic Mediterranean revivalstyle hotel is on the Bayfront area of downtown. It was built in 1925 and has a long history of elegance.

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27.) The Governors Inn — 209 South Adams St., 850-681-6855 The 41-room boutique hotel is located just steps from Florida’s Capitol. It opened

in the early 20th century in what was originally a livery stable.

Three “Tarzan” movies were filmed here plus the 1954 classic “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

28.) Floridian Inn Palace Hotel— 905 North Florida Ave., 33602, 813-225-1700 This 19-story hotel built in 1926 has been brought back to its original grandeur.

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29.) Wakulla Spring Lodge — 550 Wakulla Park Drive, 32327 850-421-2000 Surrounded by 6,000 acres of pristine forest, it is North Florida’s castle. Built in 1937 by industrialist Edward Ball, it is one of the most beautiful buildings of its period. The 27 rooms overlook one of the country’s largest springs. You can enjoy the Glass Bottom Boat Tour. This interesting guided-boat tour will take you along the spring and Wakulla River.

30.) Edgewater Hotel — 99 West Plant St., 34787, 407-654-6921 Step back in time in this bed and breakfast located on the second floor of the historic Edgewater Hotel in greater Orlando. The hotel originally opened in 1927 as one of the most technologically advanced hotels of its day. From the antique sinks and fixtures to the original 1926 Otis elevator, it is a bed and breakfast experience unlike any other in Orlando.

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31.) Park Plaza Hotel — 307 S. Park Ave., 32789, 407-647-1072 Built in 1922, the lobby is still elegant. It is the only hotel on Winter Park‘s famed Park Avenue.

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32.) Desert Inn — 5570 South Kenansville Road, next to State Road 60, 772-240-2267 Built in 1889, it was a bar and brothel for cowboys and lumber workers. It didn’t install full-service drinking water and electricity until 1978. It has been a trading post, gas station and dance hall. In 1994, after being added to the National Register of Historic Places, the unused rooms around the restaurant were converted into a modest museum. It’s a popular stop for travelers who enjoy their excellent food.

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Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine opened in 1888. It is one of the oldest hotels in the United States.

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33.) Driftwood Inn, 3150 Ocean Drive, 32963, 772-231-0550 Built in 1935 of driftwood taken from the Atlantic Ocean, these sprawling buildings today are well maintained. Have a drink or meal at Waldo’s on its oceanfront deck. SL To access more than 140 of my previously published Florida travel articles go to myseniorlife.com.

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Health & Wellness Senior Life

Health & Wellness Calendar July 5

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Health First Virtual Clinic delivers medical care via technology BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Think how wonderful it would be if you didn’t have to deal with traffic to visit the doctor and if you didn’t need to sift through old and tattered magazines while waiting to be seen. Nice fantasy, right? Actually, it is a reality in Brevard thanks to the Health First Virtual Clinic, which harnesses technology to deliver care for minor medical issues. SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Also known as TeleHealth, Health First the service provides patients Dr. Michael Shapiro is the with an alternative to visiting medical director for Health the doctor’s office for colds, First Now Urgent Care and rashes, pink eye, minor he heads the Virtual Clinic. infections and other small-scale medical issues that might have otherwise necessitated a trip to the doctor’s office. Health First launched the service to provide additional treatment options to patients with minor ailments. “This clinic in ‘The Cloud’ is an extension of urgent care,” said Dr. Michael Shapiro, medical director for Health First Now Urgent Care.

Anyone with a home computer, tablet or smartphone can access Virtual Clinic to be “seen” by a doctor via a service similar to Skype or FaceTime … without getting out of bed. “The cameras we use are so good that they allow us to clearly examine a patient’s throat or eye to see what the problem is,” Shapiro said. To get started, patients log in at HFnow.org to register for a same-day consultation and choose a time for a callback. The coordinator confirms the patient’s identity and eligibility, processes payment and updates medication and allergy information. Patients can schedule a face-to-face virtual visit with physicians and nurse practitioners from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Appointments are typically available within an hour. If medication is needed, the prescription is sent electronically to the patient’s pharmacy of choice. Should the patient need diagnostics such as blood and urine testing, these also can be scheduled electronically. Experts see telemedicine as an additional way to better connect patients and physicians. “It’s a huge trend,” said Shapiro, noting that up to seven million of these clinics are expected to pop up in the United States by 2018, up from 350,000 in 2013. Health First Virtual Clinic won’t eliminate all visits to bricks-and-mortar medical offices, but through the use of technology it can make it much more convenient to treat routine maladies that pester people. SL

LIVING WELL sponsored by Current Options in the Diagnosis and Management of Breast Cancer Paul Thompson, MD Robotic and General Surgeon

Next to skin cancer, it’s the most common cancer that afflicts women. Statistically, one in eight women will get the unwelcome diagnosis at some point in life: breast cancer. The initial discovery of the cancer may vary. Women sometimes find a lump themselves. Other times, it will show up on a mammogram. Regardless, it’s important to realize that abnormalities discovered in the breasts usually are not cancerous. However, the high number of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer makes it imperative that you follow up on any anomaly and have it reviewed by a qualified physician.

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your physician as soon as possible if you discover a lump or any discharge containing blood. Mammography is an effective means of detecting an abnormality. Women ages 40 and older should get regular screenings. As in all cancers, the key is to catch it in the early stages. During a mammogram, each breast is compressed between two plates to enable the low-level X-rays to pass through the tissue. If a lump has the appearance of a tumor, a physician will often perform a biopsy — the insertion of a fine needle to extract cells for examination under a microscope.

A self-exam is advisable for women ages 20 and older. Standing in front of a mirror, a woman should check for any changes in the shape and contours of each breast, any dimpling of the skin. While in the shower, apply pressure with your fingers to explore for any lumps, both near the skin or deeper. It’s also Treatment for breast cancer important to check the region around Almost all breast cancer the nipples for discharge. Contact treatments involve some type of

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operation. The patient and the surgeon will have to decide which operation is best. Many patients can be treated adequately by removal of the cancer itself, while some will require a mastectomy or removal of the entire breast. This operation no longer requires removal of the chest wall muscles as in the distant past. Some individuals choose bilateral or double mastectomies to prevent the development of a cancer in the other breast. Most breast cancer operations involve removing some or all of the lymph nodes under that arm. Usually, special techniques make it possible to remove only a few nodes, rather than the prior need to remove them all. This lessens the risk of nerve injury and of arm swelling or lymphedema. If just the cancer is removed rather than the entire breast, it is usually necessary to treat the remainder of that breast with radiation therapy.

Depending on the size of the cancer, the presence of involved lymph nodes and the biologic details of the cancer, a recommendation may be made for either intravenous chemotherapy or long-term oral anti-hormone medications. If the tumor is large, pre-operative chemotherapy may be recommended. Finally, women who chose either single or bilateral mastectomy will be able to choose from several types of reconstructive surgery to replace the removed tissue and recreate the former appearance of the breasts.

Catch it early!

As mentioned before, early detection of breast cancer is critical. Be vigilant. diagnoses, treatment or living with the disease, call you physician. Paul Thompson, MD* Friday, July 14 • 2pm One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, FL 32940 Please register online at WuesthoffRockledge.org or by calling 800-522-6363. *Member of the medical staff at Wuesthoff Medical Center—Rockledge.

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sources of energy and contain protein, carbohydrates and fat. · Cashews, peanuts or pistachios can provide an energy boost before physical activity. · Eating too much fat can be a problem but in moderation nuts can add to a well-balanced diet that may also help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. · Nuts are naturally cholesterol free · May contain a trace of sodium naturally so choose carefully. · The high fiber content of nuts helps lower cholesterol and may protect against certain diseases and cancers.” SL Elizabeth Shepherd of the University of Florida’s Extension Service contributed to this report.

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Medicare enrollment questions

Dear Lance, I am still working and have group health insurance through my employer. I plan to continue working. I will soon turn 65 and was told that I must enroll in Medicare to avoid a late enrollment penalty when I sign up later. Is this true? I have good coverage through my group health insurance and do not wish to enroll in Medicare now. Already Insured Dear Already Insured, You are not required to enroll in Medicare at 65, but it will be to your advantage to enroll in Part A (hospital insurance) — which has no monthly premium — if you have paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years. Then, if you are hospitalized, payment will be coordinated between Medicare and your group plan. You are not required to enroll in Part B (medical insurance) and pay the premium because you have group health insurance through your current employer. When you do retire, you will have eight months to enroll in Medicare Part B without a penalty for late enrollment. If you are currently receiving Social Security benefits, you will receive your Medicare card automatically, which will include instructions on how to decline Part B. If you are not receiving Social

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Ask Lance Lance P. Jarvis SHINE Security benefits, you can enroll in Medicare online by going to ssa.gov, visiting your local Social Security Administration office or by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. Dear Lance, When I turned 65, I sold my small business, retired and enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. My wife has mostly stayed at home, raised our children, volunteered in our community and only worked a few part-time jobs. She will turn 65 next year, but has not paid Medicare taxes for the 10 years. I have been told she needs to qualify for enrollment in Medicare. At present, she has an individual health insurance policy through my previous insurer, but the premium has become almost unaffordable. Is there any other health insurance option for my wife when she turns 65? Looking Ahead Dear Looking Ahead, I commend you for beginning now to plan for your wife’s health insurance

coverage when she turns 65. The good news is that since you qualified for Medicare because you paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years, she also will be eligible for free Part A (hospital insurance) at 65. She also will be eligible for Part B (medical insurance) if she chooses to get this benefit and pays a monthly premium. I am confident that there will be a considerable monthly premium savings by enrolling in Medicare compared to the individual policy she presently uses. I encourage your wife to apply for enrollment in Medicare during her seven-month Initial Enrollment Period, which includes the three months prior to her 65th birthday month, the month of her 65th birthday and the three months following her 65th birthday month. I suggest that she apply during the three months prior to her birthday month so that her benefits will start in the month she turns 65. This can be done online at ssa.gov, by visiting your local Social Security Office or by calling Social Security at 1-800-7721213.

For answers to your questions about Medicare or for assistance in selecting Medicare plans, contact SHINE. 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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Let’s make the necessary changes to save fish, our environment

According to a World Economy Forum report of January 2016, plastic production has increased during the past 50 years from 15 million tons in 1964 to 311 million tons in 2014. It is expected to double again during the next 20 years. The recycling rate for plastics in general is less than 14 percent worldwide. “Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. […] The best research currently available estimates that there are over 150 million tons of plastics in the ocean today. In a business-asusual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish.” The only real way out of this mess is to reduce the amount of plastic used for things where more sustainable alternatives exist. This idea is catching on. Quite a few businesses are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment by optimizing their operation while still offering customers quality products and services. Fortunately for us, we have examples right here in Brevard. Cocoa Beach residents Moises Correa and Kelly Lieneke opened The Tiny Turtle (thetinyturtle.com), a Caribbean fusion restaurant, in 2013. Cooking fresh food is his passion and drove the couple to start their business, but their concern with plastic

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waste was a deciding factor for them to, after three years into running a successful establishment, jump into more sustainable practices. “It’s not a difficult change,’’ Lieneke said. “You just work costs in and do it.” Without having to raise prices or compromise the quality of their food, The Tiny Turtle is phasing out petroleum-based materials and replacing them with plant-based ones. They started with straws, then plastic bags and now they are eliminating polystyrene containers and plastic utensils. To make the switch viable, staff training has been crucial. “Instead of automatically adding straws to drinks, we’ll only give them out to customers who ask for them. And the same goes for our paper bags,” Lieneke said. Since adopting that policy, they have seen a drop in the volume of material utilized. “That compensates for the higher cost of the sustainable materials, leaving our final cost about the same,” she added. Melanie’s Salon (melaniessalon.

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com) in Viera also chose to make a move toward more sustainable options. The salon offers the Davines brand of products for coloring, styling and general hair care. The products use all natural ingredients and packaging is eco-friendly. It uses a minimum amount of plastic and composite materials and a maximum amount of recyclable materials. Hair stylist Dawn Elden brought the idea to salon owner Melanie Webb who didn’t hesitate. “Natural ingredients are good for our customers and ecofriendly packaging is good for the environment,’’ Webb said. The salon operates based on that principle, so adding Davines line of products was an easy choice. More and more, businesses are making the switch. They understand that sustainability is a daily practice SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Melanie’s Salon and we all need to pitch in. It will Melane Webb and Dawn Elden try to use be better for customers, businesses, eco-friendly options at Melanie’s Salon communities and the environment. in Florida. The City of Satellite Beach understands that. Their changes in your life, too. Bring your Sustainability Board has been own bag to stores; ask stores to tackling from building a community reduce the use of plastic; suggest the garden to banning balloons at City use of sustainable containers; and parks to eliminating the use of polystyrene containers by the City and when eating out, say “no” to straws. No matter the change, big or small, City events. Satellite Beach is making moving toward sustainability is the strides, leading the county in the answer. We don’t want to have plastic sustainability department. All those for dinner; we want to keep the fish efforts are important and appreciated. SL Thank you City Manager Courtney Email Marcia Booth at Barker for your leadership! Marcia@3RsAndBeyond.org. Join the trend and implement

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Nothing to love about lovebugs There is nothing to love about lovebugs. They’re tiny and cute, connected at the hip (sorry not gonna describe the anatomical connection because this is a family column), they don’t bite and they only live for a few days. What’s not to love? The answer depends on whether you drive a car or a motorcycle. Motorcyclists don’t love them because it’s like riding through a black snowstorm that splats on your face shield or in your face and they don’t taste like chicken! Car drivers don’t love them because from the second they splat on your car their remains begin to eat your paint away. Not to mention the fact that when they hit your windshield they don’t make a single mark, but rather a smear. Please don’t turn on the wipers to clear them away. Talk about a total loss of visual. The worst is when you drive through a cloud of lovebugs for the first time, turn on your wipers (called wipers for a reason) which wipe and smear the goop across your window. This totally blocks your view and then your wiper fluid low warning light pops on. Now, that’s a bad day! Practically speaking though, lovebugs are not unlike the typical human couples. They go everywhere together, they’re inseparable and they live and die for each other. Despite the fact that they do everything together, they’re

Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad constantly trying to go in different directions. Ever notice how one of them is always flying off in one direction, while the other tries to go the other way but ends up just hanging on for dear life. The pilot must be a male because he’s not listening to directions from the other while always flying the two of them into walls, doors and, of course, cars. He is so stubborn that he will fly the couple into the path of a speeding car or truck just to get his way. Those that don’t kill themselves still perish pretty quick. The female only lives three or four days (probably dying from frustration), while the male lives a few days longer. If the males could talk to each other, they probably call their females “the old ball and chain” not realizing she’s been dead a couple days and that’s why he feels like he’s dragging her everywhere. Yes, lovebugs bug me, but I love when they bug out until next season. SL Dr. Sammy

On a sunny day as a young boy driving on the outskirts of Milwaukee with my father in his 1935 black Chevrolet, I would see an old house on a hill with lots of gray-haired people in rocking chairs on the porch. As an inquiring 6-year old, I asked “what’s that place?” He would respond “that’s a Rest Home.” I followed, “what are they resting for?” As I child, I learned that these are places where old people go who have no families. Later, I was exposed to the County Home for poor old people without families. Sometimes we would be driving out in the country and found an asylum for “demented” people. That was defined as people who were senile and lost their memories. We have come a long way in 70 years. Housing choices as we age include low-cost government subsidized housing to the latest concepts of continuing care communities such as Buena Vida. New in Brevard County is RiverView Senior Resort on the Indian River. The new retirement communities have independent living, assisted living and memory care provided in a resorttype atmosphere. When you enter the facility, there is no medicinal smell. An active community atmosphere is displayed with game rooms, exercise rooms, gourmet dining and even a hospitality center with a cocktail hour and dancing. You might think you are on a cruise ship. There are some seniors who have arranged to cruise almost continually. With multiple week discounts, they

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski have found it less expense to be cruising than to live in their own home or in a retirement community. At Captain’s Circle receptions on cruise ships, I have met people who have cruised hundreds of weeks. Do the math, consider health care and other components when making this choice. Challenged by the costs of living as a senior on a low income? Check out various county services to include subsidized housing, home energy assistance and home improvements. Local service clubs also provide help. Your own home can continue to be your resort. Many seniors are contracting for home care services. In our communities, we have for example: Home Instead Senior Care, Care-America, Comforts of Home Care, Kindred At Home, Seniors Helping Seniors, and American InHome Care. Many other services are available to make your personal home restful, pleasant and comfortable. SL Ed Baranowski is President of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at topicsed@aol.com

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For Lauren Curley of Viera and his grandson Jaxon, it’s the perfect intergenerational activity. “He loves rocks, I love having great photos to post. It’s a win-win,” Curley said. How did this fun, free outdoor pastime of painting and hiding colorful rocks come to be? Well, when the electricity goes off during a hurricane, there’s not a lot to do. “Hurricane Matthew was coming this way and I was stressed out, trying to find a way to keep calm,” said Jen Justiniano, founder of Brevard Rocks. “I sat down and painted some small rocks for a few hours and it helped take my mind off the storm.” Justiniano, who has two children, found that rock painting was more than a way to soothe her nerves during last October’s hurricane. When the storm passed, she continued painting rocks because it made her feel peaceful and happy. She did some research and found that there are online rock painting groups throughout Canada, with accompanying Facebook sites. Since Brevard County did not have a group, Justiniano started a local movement in November 2016. So just how does this rock movement here in Brevard work? Rocks are placed throughout the county in public venues, including parks, libraries and shopping areas such as The Avenue Viera, which is literally overrun by hiders and seekers to the tune of Pokémon Go. If you find a rock, you can place it somewhere else or replace it by painting your own rock. If the a rock is meaningful to you, keep it for a while. You can place your rocks wherever you want.

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“I tell people to use acrylic paint painted rock and smile broadly as he and seal their rocks,” Justiniano said. walked off with it. “You can decorate the rocks however “It was so unexpected for me to see you want. You don’t have to be the happiness on his face,” she said. artistic. You can write a message on For her family, Justiniano said rock your rock.” painting has provided a way to spend She tells followers they can buy time together and meet new friends. rocks at local craft and gardening “It’s also a great way to get stores. kids away from their electronics,” Laleh Castano says her favorite Justiniano added. “My son loves part of the family activity that has hiding them.” become a grassroots craze is knowing Justiniano is excited about Brevard she will put a smile on the finder’s Rocks and its positive impact on the face. It’s an inexpensive, creative county. way to bond at home as well the great Paint a rock. Hide a rock. Be happy. outdoors. Her daughters, Liliana, 9, SL and Liara, 7, are enjoying the activity To learn more about Brevard during the summer months before Rocks, check out Brevard Rocks FL returning to Viera Charter School. on Facebook. According to Justiniano, the rock painting movement has touched more than 26,000 Brevard residents, helping people come closer as a community while providing a source of fun with a little adventure mixed in. An unexpected result is the therapeutic benefits that rock painting provides. “What makes me the happiest about Brevard Rocks is how it has helped people find a way to deal with anxiety, depression, even post traumatic stress disorder,” Justiniano said. The Facebook following is diverse, including families with young children, teens and grandparents. Justiniano described her surprise when SENIOR LIFE Julie Sturgeon she witnessed a male Jill Justiniano and her children show off a few of motorcyclist pick up a their rocks at The Avenue Viera. 

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Ouweleen loves camaraderie in the world of running BY KATIE PARSONS You could say that John Ouweleen hit his stride with running later in life than most. He took an interest in running at the age of 66 after the loss of his wife, to cope and get in better shape. That journey started with a visit to local fitness retailer Running Zone, where Ouweleen signed up for a training program to prepare for the upcoming Space Coast Marathon. He won the race for his age group just 15 weeks later. Since that first taste of victory, the Sebastian resident has completed 30 full marathons and 10 half-marathons. The retired New Jersey State Police Officer turns 77 this month and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. By the end of 2017, he’ll finish two more marathons. When Ouweleen is not training for a race, he runs around 50 miles per week. As he prepares for races, he bumps up that mileage to 65 or more miles each week. He’s a member of several local running groups, including Space Coast Runners, Treasure Coast Runners, Sunrunners of Vero Beach and Sebastian Running Club. “I have completed all six World Majors marathons, but the Boston Marathon has got to be my overall favorite. I have completed Boston 10 times and it is my favorite because it brings out the best in the world,” Ouweleen said. Saying that he has simply “run” the six world major marathons is a bit of an

Senior discounts offer perks for a certain age BY MARIA SONNENBERG

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John Ouweleen is a top masters runner in the area.

understatement. Ouweleen has placed first in his age group in Boston and Chicago, and third in his age group in New York City. He’s crossed the finish line in Berlin, London and Tokyo, too. He’ll return to Berlin in September to run the marathon and has hopes for a first-place finish. “I enjoy running first and foremost because of the competitive spirit the sport embraces. That, supported by my personal desire to excel, makes it totally amazing,” he said. “The camaraderie of my peers is another reason. Runners are a super class of their own.” Ouweleen is doing his part to keep that super class reputation at its peak – and he’ll continue to do so for as far as his feet will take him. SL

While reaching a certain age invariably carries aches and pains, it also offers certain benefits such as senior privileges. Senior discounts can be nobrainers, but sometimes they’re not much of a benefit at all. Let’s start with the good stuff. One of the most wondrous senior deals comes to you via Uncle Sam, who will sell you a Senior Pass good for lifetime access to more than 2,000 gorgeous national parks and federal recreational sites for a mere $10. Senior Pass may be obtained at federal recreation sites. You must show proof of age 62 or older and documentation of citizenship or permanent residence. Through the mail there is an additional $10 charge for processing. You’re never too old to learn and universities often graciously open their classrooms to older students for little or no cost. At Florida Tech, for example, the senior citizen program allows individuals age 65 and older to enroll in courses for credit or audit without charge. There is no charge for the courses, which cost thousands to younger students. Joining the American Association of Retired Persons is inexpensive, and the discounts could easily pay for the cost. AARP membership provides discounts on a wide variety of products and service, including

dining. Locally, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Chart House, Denny’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Outback Steakhouse participate in the discount dining. OK, so these are great perks. Now come the sometimes iffy discounts. While most hotel chains offer special rates for seniors, it is best to compare these with other offers the hotel might have. The same goes for retail stores, which might tout golden age discounts on different days, but also might offer sales that make for a better deal on other days. “I think it’s always good to be skeptical,” said Don Kramer, founder and CEO of One Senior Place, Brevard’s one-stop shop for senior services. While Kramer is cautious about discounts, he admits that for many businesses, such as travel, dining and investments, the 55-plus sector is a demographic worth courting with true discounts. “Senior discounts can be extremely aggressive,” he said. “Do your homework, then go for it.” If you do follow the path of senior discounts, keep in mind that even a significant discount is not really a discount if you didn’t need or want the item or service in the first place. It’s easy for anyone to fall prey to the charms of discounts, adds Kramer. “I know I do sometimes,” he said. SL

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SUNDAY

Fourth of July Car & Bike Show and School Supply Drive 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Space Coast Harley-Davidson 1440 Sportsman Ln. NE Palm Bay, 321-948-7553

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Republican Liberty Caucus Red, White and Boom of Central East FL over North Brevard 6 p.m. Speaker Debbie Mayfield Memaws BBQ 600 E. Eau Gallie Boulevard Melbourne 321-254-0073

Fireworks at Fischer Park

7 - 10 p.m. Sandpoint Park 101 N Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-567-3775

July 4th Symphony Under The Stars

8 p.m. 8:30 - 10 p.m. Cocoa Riverfront Park Lori Wilson Park will also be 321-242-2024 4 - 10:30 p.m. open for free parking and The fireworks display will 4th of July Fireworks viewing purposes. begin once the sun sets Celebration Fischer Park on the beach following food trucks, 9 p.m. Cocoa Beach music and family fun. Front Street Park The Cove at Port Canaveral 321-868-3252 Melbourne, 321-243-3314 321-783-7831

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B3 Organ Jazz with Ron Teixeira

4:30 p.m. Presented by Space Coast Jazz Society 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach 321-453- 4191

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“How to list or cite your sources”

9:30 a.m. Learn how to correctly record and document your research. Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-633-1792

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2:30 - 4 p.m. Solo and ensemble concert Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Rd. 321-385-7236

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Brevard Republican Executive Committee General Meeting

6:30 - 9 p.m. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-254-0073

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National Mutt Day

AARP Driver Safety Class

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Strawberry Sundae Day

Beautiful Skin Fridays

Dermatology & Plastic Surgery 6559 N Wickham Road, Suite C-105 Melbourne, 321-395-3298

EGAD First Friday

AARP Safe Driving Class (en Español)

National Hot Dog Day

Gentle Yoga

5 p.m. Celebration Square 4600 Dixie Highway Palm Bay

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7 - 8 p.m., $15, Tuesdays Improve your balance, endurance, flexibility and muscle tone. Wickham Park 2815 Leisure Way Melbourne, 321-608-7490

Boomer Buffet

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays - Thursdays Pizza Gallery & Grill The Avenue Viera 321-633-0397

6:30 p.m., July 19, 20 Swingtime Band Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724- 0555

1 p.m. 2373 Oak Street Melbourne, 321-951-0812

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Provost Park 400 Varr Ave. Cocoa, 321-458-7690

12 Year Anniversary Celebration

Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

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Thirsty Third Thursday 5 - 8 p.m. The Avenue Viera 321-634-5390

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1 - 4 p.m. Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa RSVP 321-633-1792

10 a.m. - noon, Saturdays $25 per class or $85 for four classes. Art Gallery of Viera The Avenue Viera 321-749-1153

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3 p.m. “12 Angry Men” (NR) Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

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9:30 - 11 a.m., $5 Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa RSVP 321-633-1792

9:30 p.m. - close Thursdays - Saturdays Pizza Gallery & Grill The Avenue Viera 321-633-0397

6 p.m., $20 Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

Uptown After Hours

7 p.m. Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Scott Center at Holy Trinity 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, 855-252-7276

Buffalo Soldiers Day

Friday Night Dance Party

Christmas in July Sip & Stroll 5 - 9 p.m. In addition to our normal offering of wine sampling and snacks, our merchants are offering beer tasting. Historic Cocoa Village 1 Oleander Street Cocoa, 321-749-3407

Socrates Café

Summer Pops Concert

6:30 p.m., August 2, 3 Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724- 0555

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National Watermelon Day

Drop-in Tennis

7 - 8 p.m. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

National Cowboy Day

Pastel Painting

Classic Cinema

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $20; $15 for AARP members One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-698-2311

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2 - 4 p.m., Wednesdays Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

National I Love Horses Day

Summer Seafood Festival

Melbourne Auditorium 6 - 9 p.m. 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Downtown Titusville Melbourne, 321-724- 0555 US 1 Downtown Titusville 321-267-8563

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Android phones and tablet class

July 8-9 Nance Park 201 N Miramar Ave. Indialantic, 561-746-6615

Rock the Porch Jam

Summer Youth Band Concert Friday Nite Live: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Red White and Pie

Courtenay Springs Tropical A Tribute to Sammy Nestico Concert Party Open House 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sponsored by BonWorth 1200 S. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

16th annual Indialantic Craft Festival

8 - 10:30 a.m., $12 Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road Titusville RSVP 321-268-1941

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6 - 10 p.m. 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. # 103 Melbourne 321-574-2737

Open Tastings

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $15 members/ $20 others Coast Guard Boating Bldg. 1455 Main Street N. E. Palm Bay, 321-698-2311

1 p.m., Mondays, $5 Fitness class with Polly Helm 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cocoa Beach Library Find the area’s leading contractors, suppliers and 550 N. Brevard Ave. home and garden products 321-868-1104 to assist your with your Women’s Self Defense Class home projects as well as 7 p.m., Mondays special “show only” sales, $30 per month deals and giveaways. Wickham Park Melbourne Auditorium Community Center 625 E Hibiscus Blvd 2815 Leisure Way Melbourne Melbourne 321-733-8816 321-608-7490

Space Coast Flute Orchestra Concert

9:30 a.m. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

11 a.m., Wednesdays Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach 321-783-9505

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Watercolor Group

VNA Wellness Clinic

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Noon - 5 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

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1 - 4 p.m. This social, non-instructive painting group is open to anyone with an interest in watercolors. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

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Pickleball

Brevard Home & Garden Expo

8 a.m. Keep Brevard Beautiful will provide grabbers, buckets, gloves and trash bags. Lori Wilson Park 1500 N Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-631-0501, ext. 211

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11 a.m., Mondays, $6 Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach 321-783-9505

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1 p.m. Discussing “The Prince of Tides” by Pat Conroy. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

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5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The Grand Manor 1450 Sarno Road Melbourne RSVP 321-504-0641

Beginners Tai Chi

National Parents’ Day

Beach Readers Book Club

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Brevard Federated Republican Women

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., $20 Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212

National Ice Cream Day

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National 7-11 Day

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This exhibit will be aimed at a portion of all sales going to the Central Brevard Humane Society. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery 1470 Highland Avenue Melbourne, 321-259-8261

1:30 - 4 p.m. A basic requirement for volunteers who are handling turtles. No cost. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404

“Best in Show” Art Exhibit Sea Turtle Preservation 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Society Presents Turtle Talk

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Cocoa Beach Contra Dance 7 - 10:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Rec Center 321 Ramp Road Cocoa Beach, 321-868-3252 Farm and Friends Market 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Rockledge Gardens 2153 US1 Rockledge, 321-636-7662

July 2

Freedom Ride & Bar-B-Q Meat 10 a.m. Hummingbird Pantry 4266 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-567-3476 Independence Day Celebration 4 - 9 p.m. Eastern Florida State College 250 Community College Pkwy SE Palm Bay, 321-952-3443 Suntree Stars & Stripes 4:30 p.m. Food, music, games and activities. Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-242-2585

July 4

Firecracker 5K 7 a.m. Front Street Civic Center 2205 Front Street Melbourne, 321-751-88900

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Sebastian’s July 4th Celebration 8 a.m. - All day Entertainment, food and fireworks. Riverview Park Sebastian, 772-228-7054 Red, White and You! 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Titusville Elks Lodge 2955 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-268-2111 Lifting Up God and Country 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-773-1489

July 7

The Stripes Run Through Us 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Meet artist Babz Lupoli at the opening of her art display. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery 1470 Highland Avenue Melbourne, 321-259-8261

July 15

2017 Apollo 11 Gala 8 - 10 p.m. Spend the night celebrating the historic launch and landing of Apollo 11 with legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Kennedy Space Center State Road 405 Titusville, 321-259-8261

July 22

Rock the Porch Jam 1 - 3 p.m. Musicians, beginners to pros, come out and join community members in the heart of Melbourne. Old Town History Center 2373 Oak Street Melbourne, 321-952-7322

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North Brevard Long-awaited Splash Park opens at Sandpoint Park BY FLORA REIGADA The beach now has some competition in Titusville for summer fun. We have heard the adage, “it takes a village,” but it took Titusville and the generosity of many organizations and individuals to bring about the muchanticipated splash pad at Sandpoint Park. The 2,500 squarefoot, $513,000 pad comes complete with water jets and seating areas. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony recently took place, with the Titusville City Council and pleased SENIOR LIFE Walter Kiely community members in Splash Park is a safe place for families. attendance. Following the ceremony, the pad project. Other donors included local was opened for the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. There also public’s enjoyment. were large donations from the Severs It is the fulfillment of a project family and area businesses. The first proposed in 2001, but delayed community did its part, raising about due to a struggling economy and $217,000. The city of Titusville made a lack of funding in the Parks and up the difference. Recreation Department budget. “This project is a great example More than a decade later, residents of public-private partnership launched a fundraising effort, and a wonderful amenity for the involving many civic organizations, community,” a City of Titusville press businesses, churches, school clubs release states. “The Splash Park will and individuals. be open during daylight hours and is Forty Days of Generosity, a project free of charge to the public.” that gives back to the community Sandpoint Park is at 101 N. through service to others, adopted Washington Ave. SL the cause, raising $74,000 for the

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Titusville Mayor Walt Johnson cuts the ribbon officially opening Splash Park.

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Titusville’s new welcome center at 419 S. Hopkins Ave. in the Julia Street parking lot is ready to provide information about area activities and restaurants, hotels, natural resources and more.

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

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

Wednesdays • 10 - 11 a.m.

Senior Fitness $3 members/$4 non-members.

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Tai Chi $7 members/$8 non-members.

Monday, July 17 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free Craft Day Share and experience projects with other crafters. Lunch available for $3.

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Every Tuesday • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Senior Games Join other seniors for a variety of games. Bring your favorite game and lunch or a snack.

Every Tuesday • Noon - 3 p.m. SHINE Insurance Counseling Counselors assist seniors and the disabled with Medicare and Medicaid questions. Call for an appointment time, 321-222-7981.

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.

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Saturday, July 1 • 2 - 3 p.m.

Upcycle Book Pages Repurpose old book pages! The class is free — all supplies provided. Sign up at the reference desk.

Friday, July 7 • 2 p.m.

“Keeping Track of Your Money” Learn simple money management techniques with this United Way Financial Management Seminar.

Tuesday, July 11 • 2 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 12 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cards with Ree New projects are designed for each class. Instruction/materials provided. Cost: $10. Pre-register with Ree 321-961–2350.

Thursday, July 13 • 2 - 3 p.m.

Afternoon Book Club Please call the reference department for this month’s selection.

Saturday, July 15 • 2 - 3 p.m. Spanish Club Casual Spanish conversation for adults, for fun and learning.

Wednesday, July 19 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Bead Ladies Jewelry Design The class includes all materials, tools and instruction. Cost is $15. Call Normandie for details and reservations at 321-225-1394.

Thursday, July 20 • 2 p.m. Adult Coloring Club All supplies are provided. Sign up in reference.

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

Saturday, July 22 • 10 - 11 a.m.

Wednesday, July 5 • 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Adult Coloring Group Relax and join other adults and teens who enjoy coloring. Supplies included.

Wednesday, July 19 • 1 - 3 p.m.

Bookworms Adult Discussion Group Meet other readers who will discuss the book of the month, available at the reference desk.

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Monday, July 28 • 2 p.m.

Local Author Jay Heavner Discussing his new book. “Death at Windover. “

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Happy trails in Titusville BY FLORA REIGADA

An abandoned rail corridor in north Titusville has been given new life as part of the East Central Regional Rail Trail. Where trains once chugged and whistled, hikers and bicyclists now exercise in nature’s beauty. When complete, the segment will extend 12.8 miles from downtown Titusville to the Volusia County line, where it will connect with another portion of the regional trail. The trail is part of the larger Coast to Coast Connector, a 250-mile, scenic “sunsational” multi-use trail that will extend from the Canaveral National Seashore to St. Petersburg. Anticipated completion of the Brevard to Volusia section will be late this summer. The entire trail across the state could be completed in the next four years. “The project is moving forward,” said Sarah Kraum, multi-modal program specialist with the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. “Along the LaGrange to Burkholm Road segment, people can see that much of it looks complete with pavement. However, areas have not yet been released from the project and remain active construction sites. We discourage people from using them.” Mark Sturgill of Titusville is one of many who regularly rides his bicycle along the trail, which continues across the Garden Street Bicycle-Pedestrian overpass. “I appreciate the safe passage the overpass provides over heavy traffic on Garden Street,” he said. The Space Coast Loop Trail is part of the network. It encompasses Titusville and will continue to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. The trails are expected to bring bicyclists and tourists to the city. Kraum touted downtown Titusville’s variety of restaurants, new welcome center with a bicycle shop, parks near the trail and historic sites, such as the

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Mark Sturgill of Titusville pauses on the new Garden Street Bicycle Pedestrian Overpass while riding his bicycle along the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail.

Pritchard House. The city’s Maxwell C. Brewer Bridge is another point of interest along the loop. “People can stroll on a scenic walkway over the Indian River Lagoon for a bird’s-eye view of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and the Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building,” Kraum said. Restrooms are available at various locations, such as Chain of Lakes Park, Sandpoint Park and the welcome center. In addition to trails providing fun and fitness, Transportation Program Specialist Georganna Gillette cited a benefit to homeowners. “Trails add value to an area,” she said. “Studies have shown that they increase residential property values.” SL For information, go to traillink.com/ trail/east-central-regionalrail-trail/

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I ♥ my pet Meet June Meet Francisco Francisco is a 4-year-old funloving corgi. He enjoys running around the backyard playing ball. When he’s not playing, he always can be found on the couch waiting for a good back rub. He likes to steal food when you aren’t looking. Owners: Sanchez family Viera

Meet Mikey Van Gogh Mikey Van Gogh is our guardian cat. He will follow us throughout the yard and guard us from the racing lizards. When his job is finished, he will lounge around the house doing yoga or surveying his lands.

June is a 6-year-old black labrador. She loves spending time in the pool swimming, fetching and battling the waterfall. Owners: Brianna and Cory Gowin

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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.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day featured at community fair

Photos by Jill Blue-Gaines

Theresa Russell was the 2017 WEAAD planning committee chairman.

Vendors provided up-todate information on a vast array of local services. Everyone was welcome at the well-attended event.

Cindy Short, contract administrator for the Brevard County Housing & Human Services, chats with students running the cell phone clinic.

Marc Rhodes of Senior Life serves ice cream toppings at Senior Life’s Ice Cream Social.

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Senior Life travel writer John Trieste talks to colleagues Cory Davis and Marc Rhodes.

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Two volunteers gave an impressive demonstration of Tai Chi.

Volunteers helped to serve a free lunch at World Elder Helping Seniors of Brevard is conducting a yearAbuse Awareness Day. long drawing to give away a 1951 Ford Victoria.

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BY FLORA REIGADA A July 4 “Red, White and Boom” celebration will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sandpoint Park at 101 N. Washington Ave. in Titusville. The event will feature live music, vendors and family activities. It will conclude with a “fabulous fireworks” show launched from Marina Park at 9:15 p.m. The event is sponsored by the City of Titusville and the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 321-567-3775 or 321-267-3036 or go to nbbd.com/ events/ Titusville’s Friday Nite Live “Red, White & Pie” street party, hosted by the Downtown Titusville Merchants Association, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 14. In addition to classic cars, street vendors and shops open late, it will feature a pie eating contest. Sponsored by the Village Inn restaurant, the contest pits the Titusville City Council (Team City) against Pat Fisher Nissan (Team Nismo), and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department (Team Top Cops) against Apollo Elementary School Teachers (Team Apollo 3.14.) The party will take place along U.S. Highway 1 in Downtown Titusville. Music will be provided by the band Seeds. For information, go to downtowntitusville.org. Take a break from the kitchen and please your palate at Titusville’s Food Truck Night from 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 17 at the Welcome Center (Julia Street) parking lot in Downtown Titusville. Food Truck Night takes place every third Monday at the same time and location. SL

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