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Gatsby Era comes back to life at Roaring 20s-themed expo BY MARIA SONNENBERG When they were children, Emily “Gracie” Miller and her sister, Lacy, were fortunate to witness musical performances on the old Goldenrod showboat in St. Charles, Mo. It was love at first sight and sound. The siblings returned to St. Louis determined to replicate the wonderful show they had experienced. “We rented as many old movies as we could and learned all the songs, and we got bedsheets to use as curtains on our garage door and we put on a show on the driveway,” Gracie Miller said. “We called it ‘Broadway on the Driveway.’ It was so successful that the mayor eventually encouraged us to get off the driveway because so many people were stopping and disrupting traffic.” The girls shifted venues to arts centers and assembled a full orchestra and cast of as many as 90 young performers, until more and more requests started pouring in for their sister act. Twenty years ago, they went full time with “Gracie and Lacy,” which offers a variety of family-friendly themed shows that pay homage to the good old days. From their home base in Charleston, S.C., the duo travel up and down the East Coast to delight audiences with their tight harmony, retro costumes, tap dancing and the immortal music of the Great American Songbook. Gracie and Lacy will headline

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Gracie, left, and Lacy will perform in the Boomer Bash & Senior Expo and Veterans’ Salute on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville.

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Irma, we certainly won’t forget you anytime soon Irma came knocking at the peak of hurricane season, which means that we are on the home stretch and fall is here. We can begin to look forward to the end of hurricane season Nov. 30 and taking down all the storm shutters and putting them away until next year. And fall, which began Sept. 21, means a whole lot of different activities, fall festivals, art festivals and outdoor activities in a little cooler weather. We have a lot to share with you in this edition, including the Roaring 20s-themed seventh annual Boomer Bash & Senior Expo and Veterans’ Salute coming Nov. 9 at Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville, which you won’t want to miss. You also will want to read the feature stories you have come to expect and information that we hope makes life better for you. So, despite the occasional storm that comes in and disrupts the flow of things for us, we want to continue informing you and reminding you through our feature stories of some of the reasons why we chose to be an integral part of the Space Coast community. It is among the best places to work, retire and play. SL

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Senior Life will continue celebrating its 20th anniversary at one of Brevard County’s secrets during the Roaring 1920s-theme seventh annual Boomer Bash & Senior Expo and Veterans Salute from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. The expo will be held at SENIOR LIFE photo Valiant Air Command Warbird The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum is Museum at TICO Airport in in Titusville at TICO Airport. Titusville. Bob Boswell, the executive director on the board for seniors. The museum is open seven directors of the museum, is days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is excited for those visiting the museum only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas for the first time. and New Year’s Day. “We have 47 restored aircrafts on “I love sharing stories about the display of all brands of American service history of the aircrafts with others,’’ and military aviation,’’ said Boswell, Boswell said. “Our strong Air Force who had an aviation career spanning 45 has helped protect our troops on the years. “We have planes from France, ground. Ever since World War I, it has Germany and Russia. For anyone with helped us win the majority of our battles. an interest in aviation history, this is a Through our museum, we would like must see.’’ to encourage more men and women to There is no cost to attend the expo. consider a career in aviation.’’. SL Normally, it costs $20 for adults and $18

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Artists descend on Eau Gallie for unique annual festival BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Plans are underway for the 21st annual ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival with the return of approximately 80 professional artists selected for this November presentation. Each artist creates a unique treasure as well as selling their wares, making this show the only festival of its kind in Florida. “ArtWorks was founded in 1996 by Link Johnsten, an Eau Gallie florist, who was its president until his passing in 2015,” said Sharon Dwyer, president of ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Inc. and a member of the artworks committee since 2002. “Johnsten wanted an art show where the public could see art being created. Artists create new works of art in their booths and display and sell finished art. Artworks is the only art festival of its kind in Brevard County and I believe in Florida.” Most of the participating artists live in Brevard County, but others arrive from across Florida and other states. This year, the festival welcomes high school artists from Brevard schools.

“We have some artists coming that attended the original show in 1996,” Dwyer said. “Locals attend over and over, and one lady has been since 2002. Off the top of my head, I know we have other artists who have been in this show for at least 10 years.” For those who visit and buy from the same artists each year, an art show program will include the listing of all artists and their booth numbers as a handy reference. A variety of items are created for sale including paintings, ceramics, digital art, photography, watercolors, jewelry, mixed media and sculpture. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19. It always is the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday. It is in Melbourne’s Eau Gallie Arts District, along Highland Avenue from Eau Gallie Boulevard to St. Paul’s Church and on St. Clair Street. Public parking is available in the surrounding area as off-street and on-street free parking. Food vendors will be in Eau Gallie Square, at the corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Highland Avenue, with musical entertainment presented by

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Left: Artist Julie Murphy of Satellite Beach works on a stained glass creation. Right: Gretchen Ten Eyck Hunt of Satellite Beach gives an oil painting demonstration.

both individuals and small groups held in the square both days. The Brevard Ballet Academy will perform on Saturday of the event. “ArtWorks is primarily funded by contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations through

the sponsor program,” Dwyer said. “Sponsors are provided with vouchers to purchase artwork during the show, encouraging the purchase of art. To learn more about the sponsorships, go to the website artworksofeaugallie. org.” SL

Last words of those on Flight 93 leave no dry eyes BY LARRY JOHNSTON I am walking on a long black sidewalk which marks the path of United Airlines Flight 93 in its final seconds of flight on Sept. 11, 2001. The sidewalk reaches a dead end precipitously at the crash site in a field near Shanksville, Pa. What was once a simple field will now and forever be a national landmark. Flight 93 began its journey into history at 8:42 a.m. with 40 innocent souls having just 1 hour and 21 minutes more to live. The other four aboard were hijackers and died as they lived — in hate. All would die when the aircraft aimed nose down at a 45-degree angle and impacted the earth at 563 mph. What was once a proud 154foot long airliner knifed into the soil and shattered into small shards in microseconds. Of the four crashes that day, it would be the only flight data recorder recovered. With decidedly mixed emotions, I entered the visitors’ center, knowing

that what I was about to see and hear would be heart-wrenching. I was not wrong. I listened to the recorded messages Cee Cee Lyles, Linda Gronlund and Lauren Grandcolas left behind. The phrases I remember from their last desperate moments include, “We have a little problem” to “Our flight has been hijacked” to “It looks like they are going to take this one down, too.” And most importantly, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” There was a foreboding knowledge in their voices, too. For example, one of the women told her family where her safe was and the combination to enter it. Where are the tissues when you need them? I saw fragments of the aircraft, remnants of people’s lives and video reenactments of the doomed flight. I learned about Todd Beamer whose heroic words, “Let’s roll” is now part of American lore. He and several other passengers stormed into the cockpit and saved our country from most

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An unidentified man looks through a window at the Flight 93 National Memorial visitors’ center near Shanksville, Pa. The window overlooks the impact site. certainly losing the Capitol building. We should be forever grateful. Lastly, I walked closer to the crash site where the names of those lost are inscribed. On the wall beside Grandcolas’ name were the faint and small shaded words, “... and unborn

child.” Another private loss comes to light. With this revelation and so many more, we all echo the agony of the last recorded English word from the cockpit of Flight 93: “Nooooo!” If only words could have helped. SL

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a i v i r T 20s

19 1. In 1920, ______ was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees. 2. “Dewdroppers” were: A.) Bootleggers B.) Slackers C.) Attractive Women

6. A wedding ring was called a: A.) Manacle B.) Square nickel C.) Cop 7. The 19th Amendment was ratified to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. What did it do?

3. In what year was “The Great Gatsby” published by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

8. M  oney was called ________ A.) Pebbles, B.) Kale, C.) Arrow

5. In 1921, Ellis Island was quarantined after an outbreak of what disease?

12. Which of these is NOT a good thing? A.) Bum’s rush B.) Cat’s meow C.) Eel’s hips D.) Monkey’s eyebrows 13. Which popular cartoon character was created by Elzie Chrisler Segar in 1929?

9. I n 1928, Penicillin was discovered by whom?

4. A “Rock of Ages” was a: A.) Broken down car B.) Place to make out C.) Woman over 30

11. In 1926, U.S. Route 66 was created and it ran between which two cities?

10. Which was NOT a term for being drunk? A.) Tired like an iron B.) Burning with a blue flame C.) Ossified D.) Boiled as an owl

Answer key: 1. Babe Ruth; 2. B; 3. 1925; 4. C; 5. Typhus; 6. A; 7. Gave women the right to vote; 8. B; 9. Alexander Fleming; 10. A; 11. Chicago and Los Angeles; 12. A; 13. Popeye

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Larry Boudrie, right, relinquishes the shepherd’s staff to Tony Armes to signify the new change of leadership for Shepherd’s Center-Beachside at Ascension Lutheran Church in Indian Harbour Beach.

during the past couple of terms. Armes is gradually introducing social media such as Facebook into the mix of communication avenues for teachers, prospective students and staff. This could attract the next generation of interested seniors. He also has enhanced the organization’s website to include online registration that has proven to be effective. “Our goal is to continue enriching the lives of our seniors by giving them a forum for further learning, physical activity and making new acquaintances,” Armes said. SL

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SPCA conducts dramatic pet rescue during aftermath of Hurricane Irma BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER As Hurricane Irma flood waters rose to a foot inside a home on Ranch Road in Cocoa on Sept. 12, eight boxer and boxer-pug mix dogs and nine cats, all wet, shaken and traumatized, were rescued by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after an urgent plea for help. The pet owners lost everything, but they were determined to help get their animals to safety. “This was hip-deep water and, even with the jacked-up truck we had, it was not enough to get to the home,” said Sharon Naylor, public relations coordinator for the SPCA of Brevard, Inc. “The family owning the animals refused to leave their animals in the flood water in the house. The pets were perched on top of furniture.” SPCA staffers and Angie Friers, executive director, went to the flooded home. And then the rescue began. Shane Rivard, a neighbor, saw their plight and offered his higher truck to drive in and get the dogs. “Rivard drove close to the porch, so we could get in and get out, bringing two dogs at a time, taking them to the SPCA bus,” Naylor said. “We tried to walk in as far as we could, but it smelled so bad from sewage in the water,” Friers said. “Rivard drove us to the house and back to my pickup with the dogs. The owners handed us the animals, and it took about five trips ,at least, in and out. Going into the house of eight dogs, not knowing us, it was good the family was there.” “The animals were really freaked out and scared, and the family followed us out to get them relaxed for the night. Some (animals) are still scared and some are still freaked out, but they are really warming up to the staff and will be ready for adoption,” Naylor said. Two of the dogs will return to the family after the family finds new living quarters. All the animals have been checked by veterinarians. One dog is heartworm positive, another needs surgery for a leg tumor and a kitten with an injured eye already has recovered, according to Friers. “We are happy to say that eight dogs and nine cats were all saved that night,” Naylor said. “After two days of living in flood waters, they are safe and dry with the SPCA of Brevard.” The SPCA also rescued 32 animals from Texas. The medical cost for all the rescued dogs will be $6,000 for heartworm and medical treatments, Friers said. Those wishing to donate, can go SPCABrevard.com, to the shelter on 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville or at to any SPCA thrift store. SL

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Moffett’s art depicts pain, repercussions of Vietnam War BY MARIA SONNENBERG

For 15 years, Moffett ran a bronze foundry in Cocoa Beach. He remains devoted to the town, with a gallery and studio that pays homage in its name to the original foundry. Folks who walk by The Foundry gallery can’t help themselves but stop, mesmerized by Moffett’s works, and that is just the way Moffett wants it. To view Moffett’s art, visit his gallery and studio at 71 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach or moffettart.com. SL

The Vietnam War is forever ingrained in the psyche of soldiers who served in the controversial conflict. In Michael Moffett’s case, it also is an integral part of his art. Moffett, who specializes in ultra-realistic sculptures, has distilled the war experience into mind-jarring large scale pieces such as “Portable War Memorial,” a two-part sculpture Moffett created two years ago. In the sculpture, an aging veteran in a wheelchair stares at a sculpture within the sculpture, a torso of a veteran on a tank, hand with gun pointing to his temple. Moffett served as the model for both figures. It is eerily realistic because Moffett favors pliable plastics as a medium and includes every detail, including hair in the nostrils. “When people look at the sculpture, they think the veteran in the wheelchair is a real person,” he said. “Portable War Memorial,” often found at The Foundry, Moffett’s studio in Cocoa Beach, has traveled, along with Moffett’s other works, to the Bishop Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. for a show that runs through Oct. 6. Moffett takes pride in creating art that is not comfortable. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t help but look at it and SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Michael Moffett ponder. Michael Moffett wants fans of his art to think, especially when they SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Michael Moffett “I call it aggressive look at his painting “Portable War Memorial.’’ Serving in Vietnam has influenced Michael Moffett’s work. cerebralism,” he said. The artist enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967 and, after boot camp at Parris Island and infantry training at Camp Lejeune, he was sent off to San Diego for communications radio school. “I went to the Mediterranean for war games and then spent the whole of 1969 in Vietnam,” he said. Vietnam in 1969 was, to put it nicely, not the greatest of places in which to be and Moffett was serving in the most war-torn area of the country. “I spent all my time in the jungle west of Da Nang on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Dodge City area, just southwest of Da Nang,” he said. The infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail in 1969 was the site of the largest number of casualties in the conflict, but luck was on Moffett’s side and he was never wounded. With an Instamatic camera on hand, he recorded his experience as a field radio operator. The images that emerged are a sobering testament of the infinite sadness and waste of war. In his photo titled “Marines Going Home, Da Nang, Vietnam,” a helicopter circles on its way to pick up two soldiers, now wrapped bodies awaiting the final transport home. Moffett’s works, including the images he took while in Vietnam, will be featured this fall on local PBS station WUCF.

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Patrick Air Force Base’s 920th Rescue Wing lives up to motto When the call comes to make a rescue for anyone, whether at war, far out in the Atlantic Ocean or in a hurricane-devastated area, the men and women of the 920th Rescue Wing always are ready and eager to go and save a life. They truly live up to the essence of their motto: “That others may live.” I know of many stories of airmen from the unit who went back again and again to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan for combat rescue missions as well as deploying to the Horn of Africa. Many civilians have become familiar with the unit because it also answers the calls to rescue people in the United States from difficult and life-threatening

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situations. We saw that with the people they saved in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They also were ready for more rescues following Hurricane Irma even after they had to relocate their aircrafts because of the latest hurricane at the time. Maj. Cathleen Snow, a spokeswoman for the unit, which is headquartered at

Patrick Air Force Base, said they saved 235 people and 26 pets in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey. They remained on standby to respond in Florida after Irma. “They were called for Irma as soon as they came back (from Texas),” Snow said. “They never got off alert. That way, they were ready.” The combat rescue unit canvassed South Florida and the Florida Keys looking for those that needed rescue. They did not find anyone needing air rescue. “Some of these guys are (traditional) reservists and they had to get their employers to work with them.” Snow said. “And they had to secure their own homes.”

In addition to wars and hurricanes, they have rescued people stranded at sea, on mountains and anywhere else they are called upon to make a difficult rescue. Some of these citizen airmen also have jumped in to save others while off duty. They have come to the rescue of people in accidents, pulled people from rip currents and saved some from drowning. I am talking about an elite unit of airmen who are not just highly trained, but totally dedicated to their craft of doing whatever it takes to save a life. They are among the best in the U.S. military. SL

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A reunion to remember A-10 Warthog pilots honor lone surviving Flying Tiger BY R. NORMAN MOODY

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Andrew Murrell, left, and Swabo Largomarsino, right, were happy to meet World War II Flying Tiger Frank Losonsky.

The last of the Flying Tigers and descendants of American Volunteer Group of World War II, known as the Flying Tigers that flew under the command of Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault in China, recently held its 76th annual reunion at Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. Frank Losonsky, the lone surviving member from the World War II unit, was honored. The 23 Flying Tigers Association members and two A-10 Warthog fighter aircraft pilots, headquartered at Moody Air Force Base, attended the reunion. The A-10s were on display during the reunion Sept. 21 at the museum in Titusville. Losonsky, 97, served with the unit in 1941 in China. Flying Tigers, pilots from the United States Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps, were recruited under presidential authority and commanded by Chennault. SENIOR LIFE Walter Kiley

Left: A reunion was held Sept. 21 at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville to honor the Flying Tigers, a group of American volunteers who executed several patriotic missions during World War II. Only one Flying Tiger from World War II is still alive.

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Michelle Clouthier’s late father was one of the original Flying Tigers. She is the president of the AVG Flying Tigers Association.

The shark nose art of the Flying Tigers is one of the most recognizable images of combat aircraft or a unit of World War II. The Flying Tigers were a unit comprised of three squadrons, whose purpose was to aid the Chinese against the Japanese. Originally, the Flying Tigers group was comprised of about 100 pilots and a support crew of 200. Their first combat came in December 1941. “We’re here keeping the AVG legacy going forever and ever,” said Michelle Clouthier, the president of the AVG Flying Tigers Association, whose father was one of the original Flying Tigers. SL For more information, go to flyingtigersavg.com.

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Veterans remembered in unique ceremony BY R. NORMAN MOODY While many were dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Eagle Scouts Joshua Katz and Alan Radcliff, First-Class Scout Jason Hernandez and others did not let the natural disaster keep them from paying their respects to veterans and their families. They would not let the hurricane cancel any of Katz’s POW-MIA Outdoor Remembrance Educational Event. Shortly after the hurricane, the scouts placed custom challenge coins on the grave markers of every veteran interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, at South Florida National Cemetery and at St. Augustine National Cemetery. The “No Soldier Should Ever Be Forgotten” successfully completed its fourth annual event at the South Florida National Cemetery and its second at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. This was the first event at St. Augustine National Cemetery, the nation’s oldest national cemetery. Katz is enlisting others to help with the project to honor the veterans interred at national cemeteries in Florida. He hopes the movement will spread to other states. “He’s recruiting other Scout units, military youth groups such as Young Marines, to live-read the names of every veteran and place the coins,”

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Joshua Katz has led efforts to honor veterans at national cemeteries in Florida. Katz’s father, David Katz said. “It has grown into a movement.” POW-MIA OREE will make its next planned stop at Jacksonville National Cemetery on Veterans Day, before moving down the west coast of Florida within the next few months to include all national cemeteries in Florida. This is the only event in which the names of everyone interred at a national cemetery are read aloud and a challenge coin left for the family members to keep, knowing that their loved one has not been forgotten. In addition to his work on the “No Soldier Should Ever Be Forgotten,” Katz, who is 15, is involved in other service projects. “I couldn’t be more proud,” his father said. “He helps support other military projects.” SL

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weVenture offers free workshops for potential entrepreneurs SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE weVenture, in coordination with the AARP Foundation, will host a free Work for Yourself workshop at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at its office on 3011 S. Babcock St. The Central Florida-based organization was launched at the Florida Institute of Technology and it focuses on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs. Val Williams, a work-based training specialist at CareerSource Brevard, will be in charge of the workshop. In late 2016, weVENTURE was awarded a grant from the AARP Foundation, allowing the organization to conduct free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops to interested attendees in Brevard County. This program provides the knowledge, support and resources needed to make informed decisions about successful self-employment. During this workshop, Work for Yourself@50+ breaks the choices down for adults in five steps: • A careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks of working for yourself. • Exercises to help develop the selfemployment idea. • A realistic overview of what it takes to pursue a self-employment opportunity. • Guidance to help avoid pitfalls and scams. • Ways to find trustworthy support and services in the community. “After more than six months of Work for Yourself@50+ workshops, we are thrilled to see the number of budding entrepreneurs and those who are looking to be self-employed in our community,” said Erica Lemp, a weVENTURE executive director. “The need for these type of workshops and programs are promising for our economy and show the caliber and climate of business on the Space Coast.” This national grant initiative is designed to help older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, build skills and connect with resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves. To learn more about the Work for Yourself@50+ initiative, go to aarpfoundation.org/workforyourself or call 1-888-339-5617 to register for the Oct. 13 workshop and receive a free toolkit and sign up for a local workshop. To obtain more information about weVENTURE program offerings, call 321-674-7007. SL

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Brevard County Libraries will host the inaugural Memory Café at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library. The Memory Café is an opportunity for dementia sufferers and their friends, families and caregivers to come and socialize and enjoy guest speakers, games, refreshments and music. The Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library is located at 6475 Minton Road SW in Palm Bay. For information, call 321-952-6317.

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Yoga master still sharing her wisdom at 99 BY MUFFY BERLYN

At 99, her girlish smile lights up a room. “In my head I’m still in my 20s, and I have no intention of ever growing up,” proclaims Tao Porchon-Lynch, a yoga master and author. She began her yoga studies at the age of 8 while living in India. SENIOR LIFE Public domain At age 93, she was Tao Porchon-Lynch still teaches and practices yoga given the title of the at 99. World’s Oldest Yoga Instructor by Guinness vegetarian and is a fan of high-heel World Records. shoes (even hiking in them). Porchon-Lynch has been a With more than 70 years of yoga publisher, film producer, actress, practice and more than 45 years model and television executive. Her of teaching yoga to students in mantra is: There is Nothing You India, France and the United States, Cannot Do. Porchon-Lynch teaches how to “tap Her autobiography “Dancing into the primal spark of energy that all Light,’’ details her encounters with of us receive from the universe,” with many famous people, including the philosophy of “there is nothing politicians, writers, actors and fashion we cannot do if we harness the power designers. She has undergone three hip-replacement surgeries, is a within us.” SL

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LIVING WELL sponsored by Cardiac Arrest: How Disco Can Save Lives By Amit Sharma, MD Interventional Cardiologist Cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function associated with cessation of breathing and consciousness. It usually results from an electrical disturbance in the heart that disrupts its pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of the body. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 450,000 Americans die suddenly of cardiac arrest each year. More people die of cardiac arrest each year than patients dying of lung cancer, breast cancer and stroke combined. This makes sudden cardiac arrest the numberone killer in the United States. The average age of adults dying of cardiac arrest is mid-60s. Symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest are typically immediate and include sudden collapse with loss of consciousness. Many times, patients may experience shortness of breath, chest pain and fatigue prior to arrest. These are known symptoms of underlying coronary artery disease

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(CAD) – blocked heart arteries. One must suspect sudden cardiac arrest in someone who has collapsed or is found unresponsive. In the absence of blood supply, permanent brain damage can occur within five to seven minutes. Time, therefore, is critical when trying to help a victim. Evidence from recent studies has shown that with prompt and effective chest compressions performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, you can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. If you encounter a patient with suspected cardiac arrest, call 911 immediately. If the person appears unconscious, tap or shake his or her shoulder. If the person doesn’t respond, start chest compressions. Rescue breathing or mouth-tomouth resuscitation is no longer routinely recommended. “Hands-only CPR” is the new mantra to save lives. Use your upper body weight (not just your arms) as you push straight down on (compress) the chest at least 2 inches. Push hard and fast to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive,” which corresponds to a rate of 100 to 120 compressions a minute. Use a portable defibrillator if one is available. If you’re not trained to

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use a portable defibrillator, a 911 operator may be able to guide you in its use. Since the most common cause of cardiac arrest is CAD – blockage of heart vessels with cholesterol – preventative measures aimed at CAD can reduce risk of dying from cardiac arrest. Some of these hearthealthy measures include eating a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise, cessation of smoking, etc. Chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizzy spells and swelling of legs are some of the symptoms that suggest underlying coronary artery disease. These symptoms should not be ignored. They are red flags to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

There are over 900 Americans who die every day from sudden cardiac arrest. About 90 percent of these deaths occur outside the hospital, mostly at home. Learning how chest compressions save lives with CPR could save the life of a loved one. Lecture Topic: Cardiac Arrest: How Disco Can Save Lives Speaker: Dr. Amit Sharma Date & Time: Friday, October 13 at 2 p.m. Location: One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera, FL 32940 Please register online at WuesthoffRockledge.org or by calling (800)522-6363.

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Florida Tech’s ‘Eye of a Horse’ works wonders for all resting place for many of the cattle and horses that have died on the property. “Some clients think it is creepy,’’ Witek said. “Others use it as an opportunity to discuss the cycle of life and death.’’ Horses have long been used in the therapeutic programs for individuals with physical disabilities, but the noble animals can be just as valuable in psychotherapy. Because they are

BY MARIA SONNENBERG Horses and humans can share a special bond, according to Florida Tech doctoral psychology student Caroline Witek. Witek, who is in her third year in Florida Tech’s doctoral program in psychology, helps clients discover themselves through the “Eye of a Horse.” The unique equineassisted psychotherapy program was created by Dr. Sandra Wise, a 1995 graduate of Florida Tech’s School of Psychology. “Eye of a Horse” serves as a practicum site for students such as Witek. “The horse becomes the metaphor in the program, which is based on experiential therapy,” Witek said. “It is therapy by doing, which is different from traditional thought therapies.” “Eye of a Horse” is based out of Forever Florida, the 4,700-acre conservation ranch and wildlife sanctuary that Brevard ophthalmologist Dr. William Broussard and his wife, Margaret, created in memory of their late son, Allen. Clients include young adults on the autism spectrum, veterans with PTSD, substance abuse groups and teens who are runaways or have been abused. “We alter activities based on the group,” Witek said. One thing never changes among the groups. The horses are never ridden. Clients often head out into the wide-open fields of Forever Florida, where they begin building trust with the wild horses. They also might interact with the animals in corrals and the training ring. The horses’

prey animals, they are extremely sensitive to their surroundings. They respect and trust you, if you give them half a chance. Horses never hide their emotions and, in their response to humans, people can learn a lot about themselves and their relationships with others. “You need to experience it for yourself,” Witek said. SL For information, go to eyeofahorse.com.

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Dr. Sandra Wise, a 1995 graduate of Florida Tech’s School of Psychology, created the “Eye of a Horse,” a unique equine-assisted psychotherapy program. response to the clients forms part of the program, opening the door for additional conversation. Witek often guides clients to see the pregnant mares and the colts on the property. Some visit The Boneyard, which is the peaceful field in Forever Florida that is the last

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Water therapy has once again proven to be a powerful tool in defying Father Time. A member of the Suntree YMCA since 2000, Belva Schoff has been faithfully attending water aerobics classes six days a week. Previously, she was accustomed to working out on the exercise machines, but she took the plunge into water exercise three years ago when she was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a disease which makes it difficult for her to walk without the aid of a cane or “tea cart” walker, as she calls it. “Water has improved my walking abilities,” she said. “I am a different person in the water.” Being so active day in and day out has not only resulted in health benefits for Schoff, but also for her many friends. That’s why on Labor Day, Suntree YMCA staff and members made it a point to honor Schoff by celebrating her 99th birthday milestone. The celebration started when her water aerobics workout buddies baked cupcakes to share after class. Then, she was surprised with a lovely bouquet of two dozen yellow roses and a delicious birthday cake in the Y’s lobby. For the occasion, Schoff wore a pink crown and sash that said “birthday princess.” It was a gift from her friends in her bridge club. “I’ve never been to a place like

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Suntree YMCA helped Belva Schoff celebrate her 99th birthday.

this,” Schoff said enthusiastically about the Suntree YMCA. “It’s a great place to come. Everyone makes you feel OK.” SL

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Don’t pass up this opportunity to review various plans Dear Lance, During last year’s Medicare Open Enrollment Period, I was assisted by a SHINE volunteer counselor. She was extremely helpful and showed me plan options that could save me a considerable amount of money. I am very happy with the choice I made among these options. I know that this year’s Open Enrollment is soon but, since I am satisfied with my present plan, is it necessary to see a SHINE counselor again? —A happy SHINE client

Dear Happy SHINE Client, I am glad that you received such helpful assistance from a SHINE volunteer counselor last year, but I am not surprised. These fine folks are well-trained to assist Medicare beneficiaries with their questions and plan selections. Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP) will again be from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. This is the one time each year when you can do the following: • Change Medicare Advantage Plans or stand-alone Part D Prescription Drug Plans, • Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan or vice-versa, or • Add a Part D Prescription Drug Plan to your coverage. Any changes made during this period become effective on Jan. 1, 2018. Regarding whether it is necessary to see a SHINE counselor again, I will answer with a resounding “YES!” I

Ask Lance Lance P. Jarvis SHINE encourage all my clients to see me annually during OEP, and most find that it has been worthwhile to do so. Here are some reasons why: Medicare Advantage Plans might change their monthly premium (if any), prescription drug deductible, covered medications and copayments for medical services. Prescription drug plans change their monthly premiums, deductibles and list of covered medications each year as well as the copayment tiers for these medications. Your health insurance needs might have changed, your medical situation and medications might be different, and your financial situation might have changed, resulting in the need for a close look at your health insurance coverage. These changes are described in the Annual Notice of Change or Evidence of Coverage that is sent to you by your current insurance plan in late September. It shows the premium, benefits and copayments that will be in place for 2018. Even if you are satisfied with your current Medicare Advantage or Part D plan, you should see whether there is another plan that will offer you

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better health and/or drug coverage at a lower cost. SHINE counselors have the resources and skills to help you do this. Just as Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans pay for an Annual Wellness Visit, it makes sense to do an annual insurance review each year during OEP as well. The bottom line is this: You shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to speak to a SHINE counselor to help you with a health insurance review during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period. SL 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. 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.

Free service helps review Medicare plan options for 2018 SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) to make changes to Medicare Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage plans runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this time, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors will be available to help everyone with questions. Everyone should review their benefits and evaluate their health care options each year. For information, call 1-800-9635337 or go to floridashine.org. SL

Free caregiver classes offered in Palm Bay SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Hospice of St. Francis will offer caregiving education and resource classes for current and future caregivers, their family and friend helpers. All classes were developed nationally in response to the issues caregivers, themselves, identified. Church of Our Savior, located at 1000 Jersey Lane NE in Palm Bay, will host this series of classes. The program consists of six 90-minute classes that will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each Monday and Thursday, Oct. 16, 19, 23, 30 and Nov. 2. For more information, call 321269-4240, ext. 3452. SL

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Dogs live up to reputation as seniors’ best friend Dogs have been identified as man’s best friend, but they are even a better friend for seniors. Pets help make life more enjoyable, but dogs make a big difference. They return affection, love and companionship. When I have been at the Riverview Resort retirement facility in Palm Bay facilitating art classes for memory care residents, behaviors change when volunteers arrive with their dogs. Dogs have been categorized to help people of all ages with their health challenges. We were first introduced to the seeing-eye dogs to assist the visually impaired and blind. These specially trained animals make a big difference in the lives of those who use a red-and-white cane. The companion dog helps the senior to maintain a comfortable life and mental health. These animals are specially trained to reduce anxiety, fears and other insecurities by being a constant companion. The dog has needs and the senior has needs. They work together to satisfy each other. Service dogs are trained to be of service. They can fetch objects, retrieve dropped items, listen, alert and protect the assigned senior. In addition to being of service, the dog provides invaluable companionship. Therapy dogs provide a variety of benefits to physically or mentally challenged seniors. The animals are trained to be sensitive to behaviors and moods. They are selected by breeds to have special qualities. Some dogs have been able to alert medical practitioners about health challenges such as disease, tumors and other changes, including

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski the signal of imminent death. Overall, dogs have health benefits for sick, injured, older and challenged individuals. Dogs provide companionship, friendship, a sense of security and improve health. Studies have shown that dog owners often have reduced blood pressure (10 points or more) due to the activity of the dog. Owners become programmed to get up and out to take their dog for a walk several times each day — exercise. Dogs ask for attention that is a valued stimulation. Petting and grooming a dog keeps the mind and body moving and involved. Benefits come with responsibilities. Dogs need food, exercise, trips for comfort, shots, vet care and conformance with condo, homeowner association and local ordinances. The American Disabilities Act provides for “reasonable accommodations” to allow dogs when property covenants might prevent their presence. Dogs are up to the challenge. Are you? SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached topicsed@aol.com

Mack touched lives as only an old dog is able BY WILLIAM MCDONALD When I am old, give me a dog. A dog that understands I may have lost a step or two and slows its own pace to stay by my side. A dog that lets me relive the same old memories over and over but listens like it’s never heard any of it before. A dog that will make me feel young on days when I feel old and a dog that will let me feel old on days when I feel like feeling old. A dog. A good ol’ dog. A dog like Mack. This is for every senior who has spent a lifetime with a pet that stole their heart. What is it about an old dog that can make an old woman cry? Mack was an old dog. An old black dog with a short tail and a set of teeth that looked more like a picket fence with whiskers wrapped around it. He was here yesterday and the house was full. He’s not here today and the house is empty. Mack was Donna’s dog. Mack was Rachel’s dog. Mack was Rebekah’s dog. Mack was everybody’s dog. Except Fred. Mack was not Fred’s dog, but that’s another story. Yesterday, Donna could feel Mack everywhere she went. Today, he wasn’t anywhere she went and if Mack couldn’t be in the house, Donna didn’t want to be in it either. Rachel told her to remember the good things about Mack, like the way he always made her laugh by eating cheeseburgers without chewing and then

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grinning his picket-fence grin like he was the only dog in the world that could do that with a cheeseburger. Mack made Donna laugh. But she couldn’t think about that right now. All she could think about was that Mack was not in the house. And without him in it, the house was empty. What is it about an old dog that can make an old woman cry? Donna’s brother told her to remember Mack chasing fly balls and catching them like he was Willie Mays. Donna didn’t know who Willie Mays was and even when her brother told her he was a famous baseball player, it didn’t mean anything to her. What did mean something was the bubbly feeling she felt inside watching Mack run and catch the ball. She liked that. But she couldn’t think about that right now. All she could think about was that Mack was not in the house. And without him in it, the house was empty. What is it about an old dog that can make an old woman cry? Donna wished she could fly. If she could, she would fly straight to heaven and find Mack and throw him a ball and give him a cheeseburger and make him grin his picket-fence grin. And Donna could laugh again. But she couldn’t fly. She wondered if dogs got wings and if they were allowed to fly anywhere they wanted to because she was sure that if that were true, Mack would fly home. And the house wouldn’t be empty anymore. Rebekah told her to remember Mack from the nights he would sit and stare at everyone and his eyes would go as soft as a feather and he would smile. It was like he was saying, “I love you too, kiddo.” Rebekah said that memory of Mack would keep her going when she missed him most. But Donna couldn’t think about that right now. All she could think about was that Mack was not in the house. And without him in it, the house was empty. It wasn’t until a few days after Mack left that Donna went back into the house. She picked up Mack’s bowl. Filled it with tears. She picked up Mack’s blanket. Held it up to her nose. Picked up an old picture of the two of them. Her and Mack. Mack was grinning. Like a picket fence. Donna smiled. She found Mack’s ball and threw it across the room and closed her eyes and there he was — chasing it and catching it like Willie Mays, whoever that was, and eating a cheeseburger and grinning and winking and saying, “I love you too, kiddo.” And she heard herself laugh out loud. What is it about an old dog that can make an old woman cry? Love. Unconditional, don’t you wish we could all love like that and wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could? Thank you, Mack. SL For more information, go to amazon. com to find more of William McDonald’s books at William McDonald/Author/Old Friends (Endless Love).

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Space Coast Wine Guild appreciates a fine glass of wine BY MUFFY BERLYN Before leaving Virginia as a postal worker for a move to Florida, Mark Stephens, 59, had read about the health benefits of elderberry wine and started looking for some. Early in 2006 after moving to Brevard County, Stephens read a story about the Space Coast Wine Guild and how members make wine and enter their wine in contests. One member of the guild won a gold medal for elderberry wine. Stephens saved the article because he wanted to buy some elderberry wine from her. When he called Betty Nettles, the cofounder of the club, she recruited him to join the guild. Later, he met the woman in the club who made the elderberry wine and asked to buy some. She said, “we share them and give them away,” and so she gave him some of the wine. Later, he invited Betty and Donnie Nettles over for grilled steaks. Donnie looked around Stephens’ back yard and said, “you know, you’ve got elderberry growing here.” Stephens has since made his own elderberry wine, as well as mango wine, grapefruit wine, star fruit wine and lime wine as a member of the Space Coast Wine Guild. He likes to give away his wine for holidays and birthdays, designing and printing his own labels from his computer with birthday wishes

and the recipient’s name on it. Betty and Donnie Nettles incorporated the Space Coast Wine Guild in 2002 and recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. The couple had started making wine in Ohio as members of a northern Ohio wine guild with concord grapes. They were members for six years in Ohio before moving to Brevard County, where Donnie Nettles wished there was a wine club. They soon started one. “It used to be we were trying to encourage winemaking,” Betty Nettles said. “Through the years, we noticed people wanted to join who didn’t want to make wine, but wanted to come and learn about wines. So now we have some who make wines, and some who don’t.” Any of the 50 members can buy wine kits for $150, and make their own at home with fruit like the Stephens often do. “A lot of members are excellent wine makers. However, I don’t make wine. I enjoy wine,” explained Art Zyskowski, the club’s vice president. “The club is for people interested in wine, whether making it or simply enjoying it. Members bring wine, some homemade, some commercial, and appetizers, when the club meets socially to enjoy a small meal. “We have different topics every month.’’ Zyskowski said. “In January,

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Members of the Space Coast Wine Guild enter wines at the Florida State Fair. we had a blind tasting for red wine. Basically, the board members brought in red wine, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, crazy reds varietals, mixes. We kind of hide the bottle and we each have tastings and try to guess the particular varietal, whether it’s a merlot, etc. It’s difficult to tell when not looking at the bottle.” The club members enjoy topics presented like the process of growing grapes, irrigation, topics like Sangria September, and for October an Octoberfest with German foods and wine. The club hosts activities such as the annual picnic in April, the Christmas party and charter boat trips as well as competing in the South Florida Fair. “A lot of members compete for medals,’’ Zyskowski said. “The biggest competition is the South Florida Fair,

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Mark and Sue Stephens prepare to crush some grapes for a new batch of wine.

where Donnie and Betty (Nettles), and Mark and Sue (Stephens) have won a number of gold medals at the fair. Their wines are excellent. Members enter their particular homemade wines into the fair and some do real well.” SL The wine guild meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Schechter Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive in Satellite Beach. For information, call 321-956-1894 or email spacecoastwineguild@gmail.com.

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Haunted places still frighten everyone

BY JOHN TRIESTE

There are claims that right here in our backyard there are many interesting homes, hotels and historic places that are haunted. After investigating these claims, here is my humble and pedestrian clarification on why they have gained this vaulted status. Ashley’s Restaurant, Rockledge Ashley’s Restaurant was opened in early 1933 and, at that time, the restaurant was called Jack’s Tavern. Through these many years, it has changed ownership and names. In 1934, the murdered body of young Ethel Allen was found nearby. Allen was a regular at Jack’s Tavern and was to be engaged to their head chef Morris Anthony. Rumors are that a very jealous rival suitor in a fit of rage murdered Allen. Allen’s ghost has taken up residence in the kitchen at Ashley’s Restaurant to be near Anthony and her presence has been outstanding. She is the one that makes sure that the quality of food, service and value is up to Anthony’s standards. Have a meal at Ashley’s and see why it is one of the best restaurants in Brevard County. Melbourne Railroad Bridge, Melbourne These are the train tracks and bridge built by Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway to south Florida back in the late 19th century. Through these many years, there have been adults and children who want to experience walking on this narrow

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A fire linked to housekeeper Avila Beth Irving is the premise for why the Green Gables House in Melbourne is believed to be haunted. bridge. Many have been killed when they didn’t hear the warning blasts from rapidly moving trains. Legend has it that Henry Flagler, when traveling south on his private railway train, was standing on the rear outside observation deck looking at his pocket watch for the time. His gold watch slipped out of his hand and it fell into the Eau Gallie River below. Flagler still is looking for his watch with a haunted perseverance. My message for Senior Life readers is don’t let your grandchildren walk over any bridge. Have a homecooking lesson for them on how to make matzo ball soup.

The Henegar Center, Melbourne The Henegar Center, located at 625 East New Haven Avenue, was built in 1919 as a school and today is called The Henegar Center for the Arts. The restored building contains a 500-seat live theatre that features local productions and on-going live Broadway shows. The Henegar Center got its reputation as a haunted building when a dear little old lady named Molly Nook Perkins attended a theatre musical. She was a little confused since she actually had a ticket for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show being held in

West Melbourne. She was looking for her nephew, the famous Ringling clown Bello Nock. The Henegar management gently told Perkins that she was in the wrong arena. While leaving the Henegar Center, she was heard to say, “You’ll not hear the end of this. I’ll haunt this place.” During intermission times, if you listen carefully, you’ll hear Perkins calling gently, “Bello where are you, kind, sweet, dear Bello, it’s your loving Aunt Molly.“ The Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Now called The 1900 Building, it is on the corner of New Haven and U.S. 1. This building was built in 1924 and opened as the elegant Melbourne Hotel. It had more than 100 sleeping rooms, a fine restaurant and bar, a telegraph office and it faced Melbourne’s first traffic light. The building was converted to offices in the late 1980s. There are many versions of stories of ghosts haunting this building, and that they only come out at night. The version that I love is the “White Sheets and Pillow Case” story. It seems that during the Flapper Age of the 1920s, the hotel management decided to keep up with the times and changed all the bed linen to Flapper Red, White and Blue colors. Bedding now was made of linen, silk, rayon and who knows what else.

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The Green Gables House, Melbourne This historic home at 1501 South Harbor Drive on the corner of Riverview and U.S. 1 was built in 1886 for the prominent local businessman William Wells. It is a perfect example of the Queen Anne style architecture typical of the 19th century. Today, the building is in very bad condition. It had a fire and it has extensive water damage. Speculation is that the ghost of Avila Beth Irving, the longtime loyal Wells housekeeper, was the culprit. Just before she passed away, she told the family that she would remain in the house forever. It is assumed that while sleeping her lit candle fell over and set a destructive fire. Irving has learned her lesson and now she uses an F.D. safetyapproved kerosene lamp. The organization savegreengables.org is trying to obtain the needed funds to restore and save this grand historic residence.

The Strawberry Mansion, Melbourne Now called the Mansion, it is located at 1218 East New Haven in Melbourne. This magnificent Queen Anne wood building was built in the very early 1900s. The Lee family of Albion, New York built the house. The Lee’s adopted daughter Nannie Lee then inherited the house in 1929. The house was then called The Nannie Lee House and then, when converted to a restaurant in 1981, The Strawberry Mansion. Legend has it that this home is now haunted by the mother of a tipsy and disgruntled diner over the quality of a dessert. It seems that George P. Harrington, a regular diner at the Strawberry Mansion, wanted to try their famous strawberry shortcake. After a few bites, Harrington asked for the owner and complained vehemently that the strawberry shortcake was nothing like his dear mother made at home. The owner, backed by the maître d’, responded, “Well, that’s why your mother doesn’t work here.” Harrington, in tears, said, “I’m going to tell my sweet mother and she will forever haunt this building.” Today, in the Mansion’s

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4 - 7 p.m. Stand up to crime! Free 2 p.m. Personal computer support food and tons of activities 3 - 4:30 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Suntree United Methodist group meeting Offers the basics of learning Latter-day Saints Church Windows-based computers 1801 S. Fiske Blvd. 7400 N. Wickham Road Rockledge, 321-636-6187 One Senior Place Suntree, 321-405-2359 8085 Spyglass Hill Road UFOs: Fact or Fiction First Responders Breakfast Viera, 321-751-6771 3 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - Noon Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 Travel Desk Titusville Elks Lodge Cocoa Beach Public Library 11 a.m. - Noon 2955 Columbia Blvd. 550 N. Brevard Ave. Talk with Lee Rosenkranz Titusville, 321-269-7673 Cocoa Beach about day trips. 321-868-1104 Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

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2017 Parkinson’s Care Fair St. Vincent de Paul 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Area Needy Melbourne Hilton Rialto Place 200 Rialto Place Melbourne RSVP 321-622-5845

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Penny Social Our Lady of Grace 300 Malabar Road, Palm Bay 321-795-7230

Oktoberfest

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Various businesses in Viera, Suntree, Rockledge Pick up your ballot and map to start the stroll or go to vieravoice.com 7630 N. Wickham Road, # 105 Suntree, 321-242-1235

SKYWARN Basic Training

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner, music 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wickham Park Senior Free weather spotter Center training 2785 Leisure Way Titusville City Hall’s- Council Melbourne, 321-255-4494 Chamber 555 South Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-567-3775

Elks Lodge #2113 presents “The Central Florida Rat Pack” Door opens at 5:30 p.m., Showtime is at 7 p.m. Elks Lodge #2113 2955 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-2682113

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9:30 a.m. Southeastern tribal influence on the war Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-633-1792

4:14 - 5:30 p.m. Indian River Colony Club 1936 Freedom Drive Viera, 321-751-6771

Oct. 11 & 12 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

5 - 8 p.m. Sample chili, beer, network and have fun. HBCA Auditorium 1500 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., A-2 Melbourne, 321-254-3700

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fundraiser for Serene Harbor Hilton Rialto 200 Rialto Place Melbourne, 321-726-0402

201 N. Miramar Ave. Indialantic, 321-751-8890

An Evening with Tim Tebow Brevard Genealogical 7:30 p.m. Society Meeting

IRCC Parkinson’s Support Group

HealingStrong! Support group for those healing If a burglar wants to break from cancer or other into your home, how can disease. you stop them? Advent Lutheran Church

“Join Us For a Drink” Free Swingtime concert

American History, The Constitution - Part IV

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Mon., Wed., Fri. Viera Reg. Community Center 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

1:30 p.m. Subject: Travel Souvenirs Melbourne Beach Library 324 Ocean Ave. Melbourne Beach 321-777-1374

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Documentary film screening Brevard County Health Department Bill Posey Conference Center 2555 Judge F. Jamieson Way Viera, 321-253-0032

10 - 11 p.m. Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice 8060 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-2222

Improv at the Library

Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club

2 p.m. Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

Spanish class- Beginning 1 - 2 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-61-7549

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa 321-633-1810

2017 Havenly Affair

3 - 7 p.m. Fundraiser for The Haven for Children Sterling Stables 6450 Highway 520 Cocoa, 321-615-4932

2 - 3 p.m. Presentation by Aging Matters Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Merritt Island RSVP 321-452-4341

5:30 p.m. Multi-part seminar on the use of solar energy in Florida Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-1104

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Designed to help individuals retain their driving competencies. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-698-2311

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free seminar One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-698-2311

Sprint for Shade 5K/1 Miler Sixth annual Vision Fair

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-821-7881

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri. Viera Rec. Center 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

Pizza Gallery & Grill

10 a.m. Atty. William Johnson One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667

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9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-61-7549

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2:30 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 5 - 8 p.m. 2129 West New Haven Ave. The Avenue Viera West Melbourne Viera, 321-459-2200 321-724-0060

2 - 3 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

Swingtime Dance “Sunday Senior Game Room 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Afternoon Special”

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Fall Craft Fail

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ascension Catholic Church 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, 321-254-1595

Suntree Silent Cinema film “The Cameraman” 5:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social 6:30 p.m. Silent Movie Suntree United Methodist 321-242-2585

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Decades in Revue Lip Sync Battle

Victoria Landing 6 - 10 p.m. 1279 Houston Street Benefiting Brevard Family Melbourne, 321-622-6730 Partnership Melbourne Hilton Rialto Haunted Jail Train 2017 200 Rialto Place 7 10 p.m. FIT Lifelong Scholar Society Melbourne, 321-752-4650 Oct. 20 to 29 Lecture Series, “Why Brevard County Jail Harvest Festival Dolphins are Canaries” 860 Camp Road 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 1:15 p.m. Cocoa, 321-690-1500 Bid on Scarecrows, Pumpkin Buena Vida Estates decorating, Bluegrass band 2129 West New Haven Ave. The Avenue Viera W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060 Viera, 321-242-1235

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7 - 11:30 p.m. Fundraiser for The Parker 6 - 9 p.m. Foundation Elegant affair recognizing Suntree Country Club some of those who generosity help make our Mom Couldn’t Remember 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-242-6230 community a great place to How to get Home, call home. Fourth annual Taste of the Medicaid Planning Rockledge Country Club 10 a.m. Coast 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Atty. William Johnson 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Rockledge, 321-360-3456 One Senior Place Cocoa Beach Country Club 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Cocoa Beach Viera, 321-253-1667 321-459-2200

7 a.m. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-253-0361

The Great Tastes at Suntree 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Suntree Rotary Club Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-242-6230

The Brevard Federated Republican Women announce the 2017 Veterans and Military Dinner and Fundraising Auction

For a full list Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 — Doors open 5:00 p.m. of Brevard Melbourne Hilton Rialto at 200 Rialto Place Melbourne Keynote Speaker:  Retired Capt.  Winston Scott USN Astronaut events, visit Presentation by Capt. Franck H. Kaiser USA (FMR), Auctioneer:  Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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OCT. 4 Lifelong Scholar Society Tech Talks: Cyberbullying 5 - 8:30 p.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

OCT. 19 Painting for a Purpose 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Discovery Village at Melbourne 3260 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne RSVP by Oct. 17 321-775-9159

OCT. 6 Oktoberfest 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner, music Wickham Park Senior Center 2785 Leisure Way Melbourne, 321-255-4494 321-752-2742

OCT. 21 Space Coast Boy Scouts annual Golf Tournament 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Indian River Colony Club 1963 Freedom Drive Melbourne, 321-576-7556

OCT. 9 Brevard Federated Republican Women 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Duran Gold Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212 OCT. 10 Florida Eye Associates 50th-year anniversary 5 - 6 p.m Florida Eye Associates. 502 E. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 321-727-2020 OCT. 14 & 15 Craft Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Avenue Viera, 561-746-6615

Space Coast Feline Network’s Autumn Gala Dinner 5:30 p.m. Fundraiser Space Coast Convention Center 301 Tucker Lane Cocoa, 321-960-8812 Lecture Series with Ed Baranowski 2 p.m. “All Things Considered” Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Haven Ave. West Melbourne, 321-724-0060 OCT. 24 Harvest Time Open House 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Courtenay Springs 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy., Merritt Island 321-452-1233

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North Brevard In its 56th year, St. Teresa Fair still anticipated by many add to the fun. “We have 17 to 20 Fall is here and it’s time for the St. rides each year,” she Teresa Fair in Titusville. said. “They combine What started with just a few kiddie rides with booths 56 years ago has grown into intermediate rides the largest church fair on Florida’s and super rides.” east coast and is a tradition many Games include the anticipate each year. cakewalk, balloon The fair takes place Thursday darts, duck pond, through Sunday, Oct. 12 to 15 on the basketball toss and a school and church grounds at 207 goldfish booth, where Ojibway Ave. Proceeds benefit St. actual goldfish may Teresa Catholic School. be won. School Principal Jacqueline Zackel enjoys Zackel has attended many of the fairs the camaraderie the through the years. fair brings to the “It started out with a couple of community. booths put together by parents,” “I love seeing she said. people having fun Food at early fairs had an ethnic and children running flair. Zackel recalls the Cuban and around playing in a Italian foods. safe environment,” SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of St. Teresa Catholic School Today’s menu includes she said. St. Teresa Catholic School principal Jacqueline Zackel and her husband P.J. have helped to make hamburgers, hot dogs, subs, Lisa Biegler has the St. Teresa Fair an annual success for both children and adults. barbecue, curly fries, bloomin’ onion, been attending the fair fried Oreos, funnel cake and more. since 1964 when she carousel and bumper cars. are free. An unlimited rides oneZackel said she looks forward to was a student at St. Teresa School. More recently, her favorite rides are day armband can be purchased in those treats each day during the fair. Biegler said that during those the Himalaya and the merry mixer. advance for $20. The cost increases Carnival rides, games and prizes early days she enjoyed riding the “The fair and food are fantastic,” to $25 at the site. A four-day “mega she said, citing the bloomin’ onion as pack” is $60, increasing to $75 a favorite carnival treat. at the site. One memory holds special Tickets can be purchased at the meaning. corner of Ojibway and Hopkins “When I was in the eighth Avenue or at St. Teresa Catholic PREVENTATIVE & DIAGNOSTIC MEDICINE grade, we could take children with School. SL disabilities on the rides. That touched For information, call 321-267Our patients receive a Concierge Level me deeply,” she said. 1643 or go to teresa-titusville.org/ of Care at no additional charge Fair parking and admission annual-fair. BY FLORA REIGADA

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North Brevard Events

Oct. 7 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ninth annual Mims Mullet Festival Smoked and fried mullet dinners, craft vendors, classic car show, live music and more Mims United Methodist Church 3302 Greet Street Mims, 321-267-6202

Tuesdays • 9:30 - 11 a.m. Beginner Line Dancing $3 members/$4 non-members.

Oct. 28 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pet CPR and First Aid Certification class Titusville Civic and Youth Center 4220 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321- 383-0254

Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville 321-264-5026

Oct. 28 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Saturday – American Space Museum American Space Museum 308 Pine Street Titusville, 321-264-0434

North Brevard Senior Center 909 Lane Ave., Titusville 321-268-2333

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Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave., Port St. John 321-633-1867 Oct. 21, 10 a.m. - Noon Fall Festival Sponsored by the Friends of the Library Every Monday • 2 - 4 p.m. Master Gardener Bring problem plant sample

Every Tuesday • 10 - 11 a.m. Master Gardener’s Clinic Our master gardener will answer your plant questions. Bring samples. Every Tuesday • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga Bring a yoga mat and water. $5 cost. Every Wednesday • Noon - 2 p.m. Instructional Line Dancing Learn to make the most of your exercise experience. $4/$2 seniors 321-615-2326.

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A member of the choir puts her heart and soul into a song during a rehearsal of “Sister Act,” which was performed at the Titusville Playhouse.

Humor, horror coming to Titusville Playhouse

Show follows innocent couple Brad and Janet as they seek shelter at a mysterious old castle during a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter, his “perfect” creation Rocky and an assortment of other crazy creatures.” In the fourth year of a $1.5 million remodeling, the Titusville Playhouse offers wide, open seating, an assortment of drinks and more, all within a refurbished and relaxed environment. As General Manager Steven J. Heron often says with a welcoming smile, “I’ll see you at the theatre.”SL The Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St. in historic Downtown Titusville. For information about tickets and performance times, call 321-268-1125 or go to titusvilleplayhouse.com/home.

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A quirky family with a spooky nightmare, plus a dark and stormy night, are coming to the Titusville Playhouse. These situations are contained in two shows — “The Addams Family” and “The Rocky Horror Show” — scheduled for October. Both will be main stage events. “The Addams Family” (rated PG) is a musical comedy that opens Sept. 22 and continues through Oct. 15. As stated on the Playhouse website: “In the kooky, upside down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams.” It has been that way for centuries. Yet this eccentric family faces the “spookiest nightmare” familiar to many — the Addams kids are growing up. Characters include patriarch and matriarch Gomez and Morticia and their beloved, but macabre, daughter, Wednesday. Now 18, she falls in love with a normal boy from a normal family. Get ready for laughs when they join the Addams for a fateful dinner, when secrets are revealed and the Addams family must face something they’ve avoided for generations — change. “The Rocky Horror Show” (rated R) will be performed from Oct. 20 to 29. It combines comedy with music and horror. As stated on the Titusville Playhouse website. “The Rocky Horror

As the Jimmy Buffett song says, I’m “Tryin’ to Reason With Hurricane Season.” Have you ever seen a storm like the one that blew through on September 11? Not only did I find out what a hurricane can do to my town, but I learned so much. For example, I learned that putting up hurricane shutters and boards was a great new way to injure myself without really trying. The aluminum shutters I helped my son put up came with razor-sharp edges. Is that meant to minimize the damage by slicing rain drops into tiny water droplets? And why are the shutters themselves a jagged design? Weren’t the sharp edges scary enough? The good news is if you run out of razor blades you can always get a closer shave with your storm shutters. At my house, we installed boards over the windows with handy little metal clips with jagged metal edges. Come on. What’s up with jagged edges in hurricane protection? Now you’ve made your house safe to occupy, but after injuring yourself you end up spending the hurricane in the hospital. Of course if you don’t want to ride it out, you can ride on out and hit the highway to escape. But this hurricane was like a Tom and Jerry cartoon, with us as the mouse. Every direction people went, Irma seemed to be chasing us. The track kept moving west during every

Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad update, and people who went to the west coast looked like the roadrunner when he got to the edge of the cliff. Now where do I go? Jump in the Gulf and swim for it? Nah. It’ll probably follow us out there. Maybe it was the lack of sleep, or maybe the stress of our lives about to change. But, whatever it was, I started believing that if I just stopped watching the news the track would stop changing and I would know where to run to. Some people ran all the way to Tennessee, and where did Irma go? Yep. All the way to Tennessee and farther. Some friends trying to sell their houses before the storm relisted as waterfront property because the flood in their street looked like a lake and neighbors were catching catfish! I hope everyone reading this is back to normal — or close — and can look forward to the soothing words of another Buffett song about happy hour because it’s always “Five O’Clock Somewhere.” SL —Dr. Sammy

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The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France commemorating the FrenchAmerican alliance during the American Revolutionary War, was dedicated.

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