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Katherine Harris is proud of her 7-year-old granddaughter Alannah Arrieta, who is donating proceeds from a raffle of her painting from a Brevard Schools art program to the Veterans Memorial Center. BY R. NORMAN MOODY Seven-year-old Alannah Arrieta is determined to help the “Army men.” That’s what she said when asked what she wanted to do with money she could make from selling a picture she painted for a Brevard Schools art program. It all started when her grandmother, Katherine Harris, showed the child’s painting to a friend who owns Perfectly Polished Boutique, and she offered to hang the picture in her shop on Merritt Island. It already had been displayed at the Cape Canaveral Public Library after it was selected in the school’s art program. When Harris asked Alannah, a second grader at the Robert Louis

Stevenson School of the Arts, if she would agree to sell the picture and what she would do with the money, she wasn’t too surprised by the response. “‘I would like to give it to the Veterans Memorial Center,’ ” Harris said the child told her. “I asked her why and she said, ‘Because grandpa Jack and other Army men fight for us so we should help them.’ ” Alannah’s 91-year-old great grandfather, John William Harris, is a Navy veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His portrait hangs in the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, where his account of WWII was recorded for inclusion in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Harris said Alannah is selling

raffle tickets for $1 each and will hold a drawing September 9 for the watercolor painting. The money collected will be donated to the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center. Donating to a worthy cause is not new to Alannah. Instead of presents for her sixth birthday, she asked to donate cat and dog food to the Brevard County Humane Society. Alannah’s mother, Christina Arrieta, said her daughter drew the picture with a pencil and then painted it in watercolor while she was in kindergarten. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at Perfectly Polished Boutique, 1070 N. Courtenay Parkway on Merritt Island, where the painting is displayed. SL

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When people come together to help, a community benefits greatly. That’s just some of what you will see in this edition of Senior Life and what I like to see happening in our community. Seven-year-old Alannah Arrieta wanted to do something for the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center because veterans there honored her great grandfather, John William Harris, a Navy veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. She is raffling a painting she did and plans to donate the money collected to the Veterans Memorial Center. In addition to Alannah’s inspiring story about helping others, golfers have come together to assist in fighting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and some adventurous men will participate in a unique fundraiser to help the Women’s Center. I hope that some of these stories move you to action, whether it is volunteering for an organization that needs help or to stay active and healthy. If walking is part of your daily exercise routine, maybe a stroll along the historic districts of Melbourne and Eau Gallie would be a welcome alternative route. You will find columnist John Trieste’s guide to these hidden treasures helpful. SL Jill Blue Gaines Senior Life Fla

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Milo Zonka will transform from mild-mannered senior director of finance and administration at the Brevard County Property Appraiser’s Office into super diva Barbra Streisand on Friday, Sept. 8. There’s a method to Zonka’s apparent madness since he is one of the 11 men channeling their inner ladies this year for “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” the Women’s Center signature fundraiser. The guys will try their hand at impersonating everyone from Mary Lou Retton to Minnie Pearl. To help them get the look just right, Donovan Productions of Titusville is again stepping in to provide makeup, hairstyling and runway protocol. It’s not enough that the men must abandon their dignity in front of an audience, but each participant agrees to raise at least $5,000 for the Women’s Center and many raise much more. When all the checks are written, “Dude” brings in $200,000 to help the nonprofit Women’s Center and its programs. “I think it is an impossible challenge, but I think the audience will be able to appreciate my lame attempt at improvisation,” Zonka said.

“I want people to laugh with me.” The fellows can blame Sheriff Wayne Ivey for the existence of the fundraiser. Five years ago, Ivey came up with this lark of an idea of men dressing up as famous females to show their support for the Women’s Center. The money they raise with these shenanigans goes to a very serious cause. More than 10,000 women and their children seek out the Women’s Center each year for services that range from housing for victims of domestic violence to counseling to help women become self-sufficient. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women are abused. In a fun way, the men of “Dude Looks Like a Lady” are taking their stand against violence. “Any good-spirited dude should do this,” Zonka said. “Dude Looks Like a Lady” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at the Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral. Individual tickets are $75, and sponsorship opportunities still are available. For information or to purchase tickets, go to SL

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Woods said. “I went and observed patients and fell in love with it. After graduating from college, I did biochemical research, which was interesting, but I knew I wanted to interact with patients. I love the people component.” Woods praises Pefkaros, who has been voted as a top ophthalmologist by the Consumer Research Council. Woods mentioned that Pefkaros once flew in on a moment’s notice to assist a patient on Christmas Eve. In addition to his personal touch, Pefkaros offers comprehensive eye care and eye surgery. “When I saw his work, I knew I wanted to work with him,” Woods said. “He is compassionate and caring, and (we both) try to approach medicine from a non-business vantage point.” With two daughters in college, Woods continues to be all about family. And that includes her patients. “My patients become like family to me,” Woods said. “In today’s world, medicine is definitely a business. Medicine is more healing when you connect on a spiritual level.” In her spare time, Woods is an avid exercise enthusiast, doing marathons and cross fit training. She also enjoys yoga and traveling with her husband and daughters. Space Coast Ophthalmology strives for patient satisfaction, brief wait times and offers same-day care. It is located at 1832 Garden Street in Titusville. SL

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Erdman Automotive Group is on the move, breaking ground on a new dealership site along the west side of Interstate 95 and north of State Road 520 in Cocoa. The completion date is expected to be early 2018. A large crowd of political and business leaders, news media representatives, employees and guests braved the heat on Aug. 4 at the new site to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony. Moving from their Merritt Island locations will be Erdman Toyota, Erdman Nissan and Mike Erdman PreOwned onto the new 35-acre site that will include a total of 160,000 square feet of buildings. Mike Erdman Cadillac will remain on Merritt Island and will expand into the current Erdman Toyota area. The body shop will expand, and the express lane will remain. According to Mike Erdman, this new location has been in the planning stages for quite some time and took a while for all the pieces to fall into place. He also stated that all his dealerships are built on relationships and partnerships with customers for the long term. He added that this will be a state-of-theart, destination facility for purchasing vehicles. This dealership move is expected to generate a boost in the tax base for the City of Cocoa and also accelerate the general business growth for this area of I-95, SR-520 and SR-524. A Flying J Travel Center and a large Walmart distribution center also are slated for this newly developing commercial area. VV


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Neighbors Couple renew vows for 65th wedding anniversary BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER A strong commitment in their beliefs and love for one another prompted Norman and Marilyn Hayes of Indian Harbor Beach to renew their wedding vows of 65 years in the South Patrick Chapel at Patrick Air Force Base on Aug. 5. Michael Direnzo, retired U.S. Air Force chaplain, officiated. The couple’s anniversary is Aug. 23 and they wed at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Clementis Church in St. Bernard, Ohio in 1952. “We met each other when we were 14 (years old) at the Fenwick Catholic Society where we were having an opportunity to dance together,” retired Lt. Col. Norman Hayes said. “We started going together at 16 and married when we were both 20 and I went to college. In October of 1954, I entered the U.S. Army where I spent 29 years before being medically discharged in May 1983 when stationed in Saudi Arabia.” They moved from location to location for the U.S. Army while he served as an artillery officer and ordnance officer. Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees, and his wife is a registered nurse.

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Norman and Marilyn Hayes along with family and friends celebrate the renewing of their wedding vows after 65 years of marriage.

The couple have 10 children. They also have 44 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. “Anytime anyone has a baby, we try to be there,” Norman Hayes said. “Even with the grandchildren

and great grandchildren.” They renewed their vows at their 50th anniversary. “We believe faith is very important to us and it is a chance for the children to see we practice what we preach,” Hayes said. “Religion is important. Both my wife and I participate in Catholic services. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured, and this is a good opportunity for the children to see our devotion.” The couple will continue to enjoy life with a 40-day trip to Europe and the Caribbean in the fall. SL

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Goats are an inspiration for yoga enthusiasts in the area. enthusiasm, delight in the road trips. Once in the classroom, the goats take it all in stride, mingling with the class members, sniffing the toes and hair of the folks around them or just chewing their cud quietly next to the humans. “We bring the goats to you,” said Raina Hammond, an occupational therapist. “Our goats love going on trips.” Hammond will transport several members of the herd of nine goats that live at her Luna Sage Acres farm to yoga studios around the county. Boredom is never an issue when practicing goat yoga, because the animals always do something to transform what was once routine into something extraordinary. At the end of the session, Hammond presents participants with a bar of goat milk soap that Corey

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Daugherty excited to make transition from Air Force to art gallery BY MARIA SONNENBERG When Roy C. Daugherty III retires from the Air Force in a few months, he will sharpen the right side of the brain at Chameleon Soul, the newest gallery in downtown Melbourne. Daugherty and his wife, Mary, opened the eclectic upcycled art gallery in August. It’s a new career for this Texas boy from El Paso. Operating an art gallery in Brevard is a long jump for Daugherty, who grew up in the Lone Star State with thoughts of the Air Force always in his mind. “I joined the Air Force under the delayed entry program in November of 1979, making my commitment to the Air Force even before my official graduation from high school,” said the 55-year-old Daugherty. His military career launched at home in Texas, at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, to be exact. He entered basic training as an aircrew life support technician. Tech school in Chanute, Ill. followed. He moved to his first active duty base in September 1980, joining the 301st Wild Hare Fighter Squadron at Florida’s Homestead Air Force Base. That’s where he maintained active duty status until September 1983 when he then transitioned into the Air Force Reserve Technician Program (ART) with the same duty title. The ART Program offers individuals such as Daugherty the

unique opportunity to serve both as a civilian and as a reservist. While at Homestead, Daugherty maintained F-4 aircrew flight gear and aircraft equipment for the 93rd Mako Squadron, which later transitioned to flying F-16s. Everything was going well until August 1992, when the perfect storm named Hurricane Andrew arrived in town. “Due to the devastation, the base was closed and my team served primarily at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Daugherty would return to Homestead in 1993, but the base was no longer an active duty station. It only hosted Air Force Reserve service members. While at Homestead, he received the rank of staff sergeant and participated in several training missions throughout the United States. He connected with the Space Coast in 1996, when he was assigned to Patrick Air Force Base and where he will be based until his retirement next July. Now a Master Sergeant and Aircrew Flight Equipment Craftsman, Daugherty serves with the 920th Operational Support Squadron and its HH-60 helicopters and HC130 aircraft, used for combat and civilian rescue. During his time at Patrick, he has participated in training throughout the United States and has been deployed to Kuwait, Turkey, Iraq,

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With apologies to Grant Wood, Roy and Mary Daugherty strike an “American Gothic” pose in front of their new gallery, Chameleon Soul in Melbourne. Afghanistan and most recently Djibouti, Africa. Running an art gallery will seem tame. The military will always hold a special place in Daugherty’s heart. “Joining the Air Force changed my whole life and provided me with opportunities that I would not have had otherwise,” he said. “I love what I do each and every day, knowing that I am part of a

success team of skilled and dedicated airman who serve so that others may live.” Say hello to Roy and Mary Daugherty at their new gallery, Chameleon Soul at 822 Palmetto Ave. in Melbourne. Roy and Mary’s gallery features upcycled, repurposed furnishings and art classes. For information, call 321-831-3399 or go to SL


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Veterans group to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day BY R. NORMAN MOODY The Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard continues to try to raise awareness of the number of service members who never made it home from wars. The organization will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day with a ceremony at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The public is invited. The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition will be held at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. behind the Merritt Square Mall on Merritt Island. “We’d like to have people come out and show their support,’ said Donna Rogers, secretary for the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually to honor missing service members and those who were prisoners of war. “There are so many out there still missing,” Rogers said. “We need to bring them home.” More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War, according to the Department of Defense. Civilians and military men and women are dedicated to the

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mission of bringing missing personnel home. Roger said the organization wants to get more people aware and involved so that more can be done to get the missing in action brought home. Speakers for the Sept. 15 event at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center include former County Commission candidate Karen Andreas, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Floyd Merkle, past president of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard and Bob Reed, the current president. SL

Military officers, even in retirement, truly never stop serving Brevard County BY R. NORMAN MOODY A group of men and women, most of whom already served a career in the defense of our nation, continue to serve fellow veterans and their families and others in the community. I have long known of some of the work of these retired and former officers of the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter. MOAACC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to a strong national defense and to seeing that the commitment to military and veterans is maintained. They are dedicated to service. In fact, the organization’s motto is “Never Stop Serving.” I have had the opportunity on several occasions to ask different members of the organization why they do what they do to serve. The answer is always similar. “A lot of our members feel a duty to serve,” MOAACC First vice president Gary Eppler said. MOAACC donates $5,000 a year to the First Sergeants Association at Patrick Air Force Base. The sergeants help with the yearly fundraising. The money goes for urgent help to young airmen who may find themselves in need. “We’ve done that for a lot of years,” Eppler said. The organization also awards about $30,000 a year to college students

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who usually are related to members. They honor Brevard students who are appointed to military academies and Reserve Officer Training college scholarships. The organization’s members are about to start a new mentoring program for sophomores at Viera High School. Members worked with the Brevard 2-11 system to establish the Brevard Veterans Resource Network to help direct veterans to services they may need. It helps to avoid duplication of the locally available services. “We are a pool of experienced leaders who have become accustomed to providing counseling,” Eppler said. The work of MOAACC is through its Good Deed Foundation. MOAA Cape Canaveral chapter, with its 1,400 members, is the largest chapter. It meets regularly at Indian River Colony Club in Viera. Eppler said members are always willing to help fellow veterans and their families and in the community. “You think, ‘hey, I can contribute,’ ” he said. SL

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Group to continue restoration and maintenance of long-neglected veterans cemetery BY FLORA REIGADA Taps will echo among the tombstones in Titusville’s Brevard Veterans Cemetery where 126 veterans have been laid to rest. Their tribute has been a long time coming. Dedicated on Veterans Day 1978, the cemetery at 1143 Day St. had become neglected and in need of major upgrades. Learning of its plight, Sam DiBlasio and Alpha Friends, the group he leads at Indian River City United Methodist Church, began placing flags on the graves during patriotic holidays and plan to continue with restoration and maintenance of the cemetery. “The cemetery is Titusville’s hidden treasure,” DiBlasio said. “Its veterans served in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.” On Nov. 10, 1978, Walter Smith Jr., who served in U.S. Coast Guard, was the first to be buried there. On Jan. 18, 1999, Jack N. Hornberg, who served in the U.S Navy, was the last. To finance much-needed repairs, DiBlasio, Albert Therriault, Robert “Bobby” Patry and Tom Stewart have organized a fundraising effort, “Friends of the Cemetery.” “By working with government organizations and raising funds from local businesses and concerned citizens, we can restore the cemetery to an honorable resting place for our veterans,


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Members of Alpha Friends of Indian River City United Methodist Church in Titusville pause from placing flags on graves at the Brevard Veterans Cemetery. Group leader Sam DiBlasio is part of an effort to raise funds for the cemetery’s restoration. of which the community can be proud,” DiBlasio wrote. He cited an estimated budget of $12,000 to $15,000. Although Friends of the Cemetery is not a non-profit organization, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4228 is participating by accepting and overseeing donations. “They are a 501(c)(3) and wonderful to work with,” DiBlasio said. Participants will receive a thank-you letter and a receipt that can be used for tax purposes. “Together we can reach our goal to honor our deserving veterans,”

DiBlasio said. The community is invited to attend Veterans Day ceremonies at the cemetery. Starting 9 a.m. Nov. 11, it will include the posting of the colors, singing the National Anthem, a 21-gun salute and speakers. The bugle will sound with the playing of taps as a reminder to our heroes and their families that they are never forgotten. SL Checks may be made out to: VFW Post 4228 (with Friends of the Cemetery noted on the check.) Send to: Friends of the Cemetery, 777 Peachtree St., Titusville FL 32780

Some members of the military might not know it, but active duty military members earn credits toward Social Security retirement benefits. Wounded Warriors can receive expedited handling of their claims to receive disability benefits. Survivor benefits for young children and spouses of veterans who have died also are available. For information on how Social Security helps veterans, go to Social Security’s newest initiative, Journey to Success: Employment Tools for Veterans with Disabilities, is a five-part online guide that helps certain disabled veterans return to fulfilling employment in the American workforce. The guide highlights resources such as career counseling, job training, employment services and more. To read Journey to Success, go to Some veterans have suffered injuries so severe they cannot return to their previous work. However, for those veterans who are interested in testing their ability to find and maintain gainful employment, these resources can help. SL To learn more about programs and benefits, go to

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Melbourne’s Historic District The Ice Plant, almost directly across the street from the Green Gables House at 1604 South Harbor City Boulevard, is the old Florida Power and Light Company Ice Plant built in 1926. This building made cakes and cubes

Plant and all ice plants in the country ceased. The Melbourne Ice Plant ceased operation in 1977 and now is an active office building. I can remember as a boy having to rise at 6 a.m. every morning to remove the pan of melted ice water from the bottom of our kitchen icebox. Iceboxes in homes in the early 20th century were non-mechanical. A quarter block or a half a block of ice

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The Melbourne Ice Plant, built in the 1920s, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is in the 1600 block of S. Harbor City Blvd. BY JOHN TRIESTE Let me introduce you to a number of interesting and historic sights you might have missed as you drive by right here in downtown Melbourne. This is an educational walking tour of many buildings that in a small downtown area you and your family can leisurely explore. The Green Gables House is at 1501 South Harbor Drive on the corner of Riverview and U.S. 1. This historic home was built in 1886 for the prominent local businessman William Wells. It is the 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 has extensive water damage. The organization today is trying to obtain the needed funds to restore and save this grand historic residence. View SENIOR LIFE R. Norman Moody the building from the street A city employee picks up trash at Crane Creek Promenade in Downtown Melbourne. and see how the restoration is progressing. Walk south on Riverview was placed in a compartment in the of ice for homes, businesses and the and view the many old homes that top of the icebox. Cold air circulated fishing industries consumption for overlook the Indian River Lagoon. down and around the box in the lower many years until the introduction of Stop and view the 1899 home at section and kept food from spoiling. refrigeration in the early 1930s. With the introduction of home and business 1513 U.S. 1. The building, now a Ice delivery men, wearing leather refrigeration, the need for this Ice medical office, is lavishly restored. vests to keep dry, arrived in horse drawn and later motorized vans to deliver ice daily to homes and businesses. Believe me these were not the good old days. The 1900 Building, on the corner of New Haven and U.S. 1., was built in 1924 and opened as the Melbourne Hotel. It had more than 100 sleeping rooms, a fine restaurant and bar, and a telegraph office. It faced Melbourne’s first traffic light. Today, it is called the 1900 Building and it is an active office building. Park in its spacious parking lot and walk into the main entrance to view the elegant lobby, staircase and halls. Walk west on New Haven Avenue to go to the center of Historic Downtown Melbourne. Here you have all types of shops, restaurants and restored buildings. The Henegar Center, located at 625 East New Haven Ave., was built in 1919 as a school and today is called We accept your The Henegar Center for the Arts. The restored building contains a 500-seat MEDICAL insurance live theatre that features ongoing live Broadway shows. Stop in and You do not need vision view the theatre, the main ballroom, insurance to see the doctors reception room, Courtyard Garden Room, a mirrored dance studio and meeting spaces. Contact Lens Exams • Glaucoma • Diabetes The public spaces contain rotating • Macular Degeneration Laser Surgery exhibitions of work by local talented and creative artists. • Dry Eye Specialist Pediatric Once again, this walking tour of Historic Downtown Melbourne meets my criteria that it be inexpensive, educational and can be enjoyed by the entire family and out-of-town guests. SL


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Eau Gallie’s Historic District BY JOHN TRIESTE Let’s take a walking tour, with family and friends, of the historic district of Eau Gallie. Here you’ll be introduced to one of the finest revitalized communities in Brevard. Start by visiting the Eau Gallie Library located on Pineapple Avenue, just north of Eau Gallie Boulevard. This well-equipped library, with free computer use for the public, enjoys a fantastic view of the Indian River Lagoon. Behind the library, stroll on the newly built Eau Gallie Pier. On one side of the library is the accommodating Pineapple Park, a haven for all ages, and on the other side is the very popular restaurant Squid Lips. This historic building is located on the Lagoon and it is well worth going in to view the interior and enjoy a seafood meal. Go north on Pineapple Street and view many restored homes on both sides of the street. At Pineapple Avenue and Law Street is the very attractive restored lodging of William H. Gleason, the founder of the Eau Gallie area. This historic home was built in 1884. The house now is a private home and is an outstanding example of Queen Anne style architecture. The lovely home is on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places. Then walk one block west on Law, and at the corner of Highland Avenue are four interesting buildings. Three of the one-story buildings have been completely restored. These are

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With a museum history dating back to 1978 when it opened as The Brevard Art Center and Museum, the Foosaner Art Museum has gained a reputation as the “Arts Center” in Brevard County and the Space Coast. In 2011, it became a part of the Florida Institute of Technology. award-winning renovations. All three buildings originally were built in the early 20th century. The three-story brick building on the southeast side of the avenue was built by the Gleason family, also in the early 20th century. It is now an apartment house. Now walk slowly south on Highland and view the many restored buildings and churches all from the 19th and early 20th century. Don’t miss the Old Eau Gallie Post Office building and the adjacent area. Other highlights on Highland Avenue are the Advent Christian Church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1926 Ginter Building, the Karrick Building (now a florist), the outstanding home of the Winchester Symphony Orchestra, the

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This currently blue-colored house was constructed in 1928. With its delicate architecture, it has earned a spot on The Brevard Historical Council’s Register of Historical Buildings. Located at 1664 Highland Avenue, this home is within walking distance of most of old town Eau Gallie.

Civic Center and the newly built park on the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard. For sweets, try Joan’s Perfect Pies. The Renee Foosaner Education Center and the Foosaner Art Museum now have merged with the Florida Institute of Technology. This fine museum houses works of international, national and local artists and rotates exhibits on a regular basis. It is open Wednesday through Saturday. Go south and on Highland and also between Eau Gallie and Montreal you have a variety of excellent shops and restaurants, including Ace Hardware, Mathers’ Cake Shop, Ralph’s Art Supply, The Horn Section, Chef

Mario’s and the new Intracoastal Brewery Company among others. Crossing Montreal Avenue on Highland, visit the historic Rossetter House Museum and the Rouesh House. Both are on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places. Last but not least, walk south on Houston Street toward the Eau Gallie River and Houston Street Park. At 1911 Houston St., you will find the original, restored Eau Gallie Yacht Club building. It now is a private residence. There is much more to do and see in Historic Eau Gallie. You will return many times to discover more gems in this outstanding restored and very livable family neighborhood. SL



Because we are the ONLY Retirement Community in Brevard County licensed to offer you a TRUE continuum of care. Insights into why we moved to Buena Vida Estates — “We visited Buena Vida for lunch as members of the Pennsylvania School Retirees organization. After coming back for a personal tour, each of our children visited separately and we had many conversations about Buena Vida. We then decided to get on the waitlist. Getting on the waitlist gave us the opportunity to become more familiar with Buena Vida, enjoy some very good meals and join residents for various parties. At one of the parties, a resident whispered, ‘Don’t wait too long.’ With that wise warning and getting to know some obviously satisfied residents better, we decided to make the move. We have lived here for seven months and find that we are already immersed in a big new family. Friday afternoon music continues to let us enjoy our new friendships. We’ve danced more in the past six months than in the previous six years. We feel the acceptance and relaxation of knowing we were home. Our family continues to grow as new residents arrive. Although we are in our 70’s and in good health, we did not want to be a future burden on our children, so it just made sense to move now! Buena Vida Estates fulfills its promise to seniors, being here is the ‘Good Life’. ” —Larry & Peggy

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BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Walking is great exercise. But doing the chore in a climate-controlled location makes it a pleasure. Linked to the 55 and Over Club in Satellite Beach, members of the Indoor Walking Group (for adults and seniors) go to the gymnasium at the David R. Schechter Community Center on S. Patrick Drive from 8 to 9 a.m. during the fall and winter and from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. during the summer months. There is no charge and anyone can join the group. “It gives you a lot of energy because when I come home and have breakfast, I then work in my yard,” said Myrna Jenkins, 78, a volunteer facilitator of the Indoor Walking Group. “Usually we have 16 to 20 walkers in the regular season and in the summer about 10 or 11 each time. It is air conditioned and it has a nice floor so you don’t pound pavement as if walking outside. Twenty times around the gym is a mile.” Jenkins, who has returned from a walking hiatus to volunteer to open the door in the morning, provides a clock for those who want to walk a

certain amount of time. She also provides music so they can walk to a beat. A pleasant group, they are friends who share doctor recommendations, news, restaurants and recipes as they gather. The people are from all walks of life. SENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler Walking for 10 Anne Kelly, Judy Antilla, Lloyd Ville and Pearl Ville walk indoors years since retiring, regularly for exercise at the David R. Schechter Community Center. Judy Anttila of Satellite Beach before the mall officially opens. Not walks because it is convenient. an organized or sponsored walking “You are walking in air group, the mall is open to anyone conditioning on a rubberized surface interested in walking, said Lesli and the music forces you to walk to Smith, director of mall marketing. The the beat. It is non-competitive, you mall welcomes “all ages and walking walk at your own pace.” abilities in a safe, climate-controlled An additional benefit is the talking environment with a smooth even with the walking. And you had better walking surface. arrive every day or those there will “All doors are open for access want to know why you were absent. and the mall security is here,” Smith Many Brevard walkers visit the said. “We have about 100 walkers Melbourne Square Mall on West New with mothers with strollers observed Haven that opens at 9 a.m., an hour walking throughout the day.” SL

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Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Estimated U.S. deaths from the disease during 2017 are nearly 160,000 – the population of a mid-sized city. It’s a devastating illness. As is the case with all cancers, lung cancer entails the out-of-control growth of cells. It has the potential of spreading to other parts of the body, depending on the type of cancer. Such prolific, unchecked growth often prevents bodily organs from functioning properly, eventually leading to death. The spread of cancer is sometimes slow, other times, very fast. Because the lungs are so vital to life – delivering oxygen to the heart – a disease that befalls them can have the most serious of consequences.


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Giving up tobacco is an act of courage, but one that is essential to a person’s well-being. The reason for the difficulty is that cigarettes contain nicotine, an addictive drug. More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than any other drug. People approach smoking cessation in a number of ways: “cold turkey,” a nicotine patch, prescription medication and more natural remedies. If you’re thinking about quitting, please talk to your physician about which options are likely to deliver you the best results.

The Diagnosis

A patient diagnosed with lung cancer usually visits the doctor with such symptoms as chest pain, a persistent cough, the coughing up of blood, hoarseness, weight loss, extreme fatigue. Various tests can determine whether these are the result of lung cancer. Chest X-rays, CT and/or PET Scans and laboratory analyses of mucus


can all reveal the disease. A physician who suspects cancer in a lung will often recommend a biopsy, which involves the extraction of cells through a CT guided biopsy or diagnostic bronchoscopy. Once the diagnosis of lung cancer comes back, the doctor and patient must then consider treatment.

Treating Lung Cancer

The treatments for lung cancer patients are varied. In some cases, a surgeon will remove the cancerous tumor from the lung. If the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body, this can be an effective course of action. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells in the body. In some cases, the doctor will use beams of radiation to destroy the cells. The treatments a physician will recommend depend on the type of cancer, whether it has metastasized or spread, and whether

the cancer is fast-growing small-cell variety. Immunotherapy and DNA treatment of tumors has come to the forefront in recent years for non-small cell lung cancer. The strategy behind these drugs is to bolster the body’s own defenses – particularly the T-cells, which fight cancer naturally. Thankfully, medical technology is always moving forward. New treatments offer new hope to patients afflicted with this disease. Many survivors of lung cancer go on to live normal lives thanks to these innovations. If you’ve been diagnosed, talk to your physician about the latest available treatment options. If you haven’t, be sure to practice the healthy lifestyle that can keep it at bay.

*Giuseppe Palermo, MD is an independent member of the medical staff at Wuesthoff Medical Center—Rockledge.

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Losing independence often triggers depression BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the community and seniors who lose the ability to be independent are at a higher risk, according to Dr. Laurie Paquette of Baytree Behavioral Health in Brevard County. “Depression symptoms vary per individual,” Paquette said. “The lack of motivation, not doing activities, not going out with friends as often and some are as severe as suicide as they don’t want to live anymore. There is definitely a range in depression.” Changes in a loved one’s life as in moving to assisted living or a nursing home can trigger depression. Professionals can recognize the signs of depression. Caregivers and family members should note feelings of sadness, hopelessness, a pessimistic attitude, loss of interest in having lunch with friends, not exercising anymore or losing interest in activities they used to enjoy. “Irritability is another common sign of depression,” Paquette said. “Feeling the lack of energy and neglecting your own care, not showering as often or not doing

daily hygiene needs. It can affect concentration and memory as well as inability to sustain your attention or is this a good thing to do?” Paquette cautions that physical symptoms, aches and pains, having digestion problems, heart and breathing problems can affect everybody in different ways. Family and friends and caregivers recognize depression. It is a gradual progression, and you are losing friends, your independence. Death of a spouse or something happening can trigger it. Help is available. Some go to their primary care physician or psychiatrist for medications. Others who don’t want medications can be attentive to a routine with something to look forward to … lunch with friends, bingo every Wednesday, having tasks to complete. “They need to make sure their mind and their body stay active as in daily exercise and accomplishing a to-do list,” Paquette said. “Those in a wheelchair are less active but can play activities like cards, bingo, games, dining out once a week and getting involved with their community and other people. They need to look forward for something to do.”

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Dr. Laurie Paquette of Baytree Behavioral Health says that depression is a common mental health issue.

Prevention also includes six to eight hours of sleep. Even going to a therapist once a week is an event that gets them out, Paquette said. It is important to check on the seniors and elderly on a regular basis. “It is not helpful for them if no one sees them for days or weeks on end,” Paquette said. “They will get further into their depression.” SL

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An Extra Help prescription plan won’t cover my medication Dear Lance, I applied for Extra Help with prescription drugs through the Social Security Administration. The letter I received from them said that generic medications would have a copayment of $3.30, and for brand name medications it would be $8.25. Social Security enrolled me in a prescription drug plan, and I received a card from the insurance company to present to the pharmacy when I fill prescriptions. When I went to pick up my medications, one of them that was a brand name drug cost me $226! This is several times more than the copayment of the same medication when I had a different drug plan prior to receiving Extra Help. The pharmacist said that this medication is not covered by my plan. How can this happen? I am very upset. Dear Upset, I certainly understand why you are distressed. Let me explain what is happening here and what you can do about the situation. Extra Help (sometimes called the Low Income Subsidy) is a program through Social Security that provides a prescription drug plan premium and copayment assistance to individuals who have limited income and financial assets. There are several levels of Extra Help benefits depending on income and financial assets. Your benefit level provides a drug plan with no monthly premium for you (for plans that have a monthly premium up to $29.13 in 2017) and copayments of

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odern cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States, with about 3 million cases performed each year. Fortunately, cataract surgery has a very high success rate — about 98% of patients will have a good outcome. In order to help increase your chances of a successful surgery there are several simple things you can do: 1.



Wait until you are having problems with your vision that bother you and that cannot be corrected with new glasses. A cataract itself is not usually harmful to the health of the eye, so surgeons like myself perform surgery when the patient needs and wants to see better. There is no shame in putting off surgery until you are really bothered. Choose a surgeon who has the skill and experience to do your surgery and will talk personally with you about when to do the surgery and what type of implant or refractive result you would do best with. Talk at length with your surgeon and your surgical counselor about which intraocular lens (IOL) will be best for you. Every patient has unique visual needs which must be taken into account. Understand your options when it comes to preserving your near vision after cataract surgery. These include monovision, which people often do with contact lenses (one eye for far and one eye for near), multifocal intraocular lenses (ReSTOR®,


Tecnis Multifocal®, Symfony®) that can provide distance vision and near vision, or simply remaining nearsighted and wearing glasses for distance vision. 4.

Let your surgeon know about your special needs or worries. You may be terrified of surgery because your mother or sister had a bad problem with their surgery; you may be allergic to certain anesthetics or medications; you may have claustrophobia or a problem putting in eyedrops. Knowing these things will help your surgeon make your surgery experience more pleasant and successful.


If you have blepharitis (granulated, crusty eyelashes) it is important to treat this before your cataract surgery. Usually this involves the surgeon doing a quick cleaning of your eyelashes in the office and you using some type of eyelash cleaning pad or foam (SteriLid® or Ocusoft Plus®) for a week or two before surgery. This will lower the chances of irritation or even an infection after your surgery.


Take preemptive action to treat dry eyes before your surgery. Dry eyes are often further aggravated after cataract surgery, mainly due to the antibiotic and steroid drops that must be used after surgery. Sometimes, before surgery, the surgeon can place punctal plugs to make the eye more moist. It is extremely easy, takes about a minute, and is totally painless. For patients with extreme dry eyes, the

patient may be started on prescription drops like Restasis® or Xiidra® to treat the dry eyes for a few months before surgery. 7.

If you have a retinal problem like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or prior detached retina, it will be important for your surgeon to coordinate with your retinal specialist. For example, with patients who are getting Avastin or Lucentis for macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, we will try to do cataract surgery about 3 weeks after an injection of these drugs to maximize their protective effect after the cataract surgery.


Take a good look at your postoperative drop prescriptions and make sure there are no contraindications or allergies that you may have. This is the job of the surgeon, but it never hurts to take a look at the drops yourself as well.

Dr. Michael Kutryb is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has served Brevard County for 19 years and has performed over 20,000 cataract and laser procedures. Dr. Kutryb can be reached at Kutryb Eye Institute (321) 267-2020



Is plant-based plastic the answer to the world’s plastic problem?

Everything works best at a balance. The universe, our planet, the world around us as well as the world inside us rely on balance to keep functioning well. In a perfect world, that balance would never be disturbed. In the real world, however, changes occur and sustainable solutions, which take into account people, the economy and the environment, are necessary to avoid, or at least minimize, the disturbance of that balance. Since perfect balance is not always easy to achieve, settling for a good compromise — a better option instead of the best option — is an honorable goal, especially when trying to tackle wicked problems such as the world’s plastic problem. “It is estimated that up to 129 million tons (43 percent) of the plastic used per year is disposed of by landfill or incineration, and approximately 10 to 20 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean.” [Source: Packaging Digest]. Despite those numbers, Tom Szaky from TerraCycle writes, “manufacturers and consumers alike are now accustomed to products and packaging made lighter, less costly and more convenient by plastic” so there is resistance in moving away from plastic. Like any wicked problem, the battle to reduce plastic is no different of a challenge. Then, how can we compromise and still use some material similar to plastic, but with lower negative impact on the environment? To replace or reduce the use of petroleum-based plastic, manufacturers created a plant-based plastic, or

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bioplastic, that uses biomass such as corn or sugarcane. Given that from all oil consumed in the U.S. about 10 percent is used to produce plastic, this type of change would help reduce our reliance on fossil fuel. Besides that, this change incorporates the positive aspect of using more natural, non-toxic (BPAfree) ingredients which derive from renewable resources and require less energy to produce, release less greenhouse gases in the process and, under the right conditions, might be biodegradable or compostable. Those are all positive aspects, but if we look at what it takes to produce plant-based plastics we might find that they might not be as environmentally friendly as one would think. Since it is sourced from plant material, as demand increases, more land will be needed to grow crops and more crops will be needed to satisfy demand. That might result in an increase in deforestation and a negative impact in actual food production. In addition, because of its low melting point, the use of plant-based plastic is limited — “some plant-based plastics turn into puddles just from being left

Day at the beach poses different obstacles You’ve heard the saying, “It’s a day at the beach” which is supposed to mean something is going to be easy, or fun or relaxing. Well, a day at the beach is relaxing — when you’re young. But, when you become a senior all sorts of little pesky peculiarities come into play. For example, when you’re young any spot on the beach will do. The closer to other people the better because you can show off your beach body, meet new friends and maybe even coax them to slip you a refreshment that you may have forgotten in your haste. Ever notice the older you get the farther you want those strangers to stay away? If only we lived in the “Star Trek” era where we can raise the shields and anyone trying to get into our zone would bounce off the invisible wall. Wouldn’t that be hilarious if the group that already had drank too much and is toting a blaring boom box coming toward you suddenly hit your shields and went flying? How many times do you find yourself thinking, “I was here first.” There are 12,383 miles of beach in the United States, 663 miles in Florida alone. And, they have to sit right next to me. There are other considerations for beachgoing when you get older. For instance, when you’re young your suit has a little less material than my hankie (not complaining about that ladies) and


Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad you don’t wear sunscreen. Hey, at 21 you’re invincible. And, since for the previous eight years you’ve possessed all the knowledge the world has to offer, you know you’ll be just fine without it. Then, that evening you take a shower and while drying those large bright red areas of your body, you feel like someone’s hitting you with the branding iron from the Ponderosa. Uh oh. Welcome to adult life. Next time you’ll wear SPF 15. Yeah, that’ll help. When you get to 30 years old, you kick it up to SPF 30. Then, at 40 you use SPF 40. At age 50, you use SPF 50 and an umbrella. At my age, I use SPF 50, keep my shirt and hat on and still stay under the umbrella. So, somebody tell me why I’m leaving my air-conditioned house, with cold beer in the fridge, and a huge HD TV that has the Travel Channel showing the Top 10 Beaches in Florida where I can see everything without having to goop up my body. Oh, it’ll be fun. It’s just a Day at the Beach! SL Dr. Sammy


in a car on a sunny day.” [Source: HowStuffWorks], and because of its different composition, plant-based plastic cannot be recycled — unless it is the durable kind which is part plant- and part petroleumbased. These are the tradeoffs we face for trying to keep using singleSENIOR LIFE photo use disposable Disposing of plastic is a worldwide problem. plastic. To curb those issues, a that created biodegradable, edible sixfew companies pack rings. Located in Delray Beach, went a little further to offer innovative the company makes rings from a byalternatives to single-use: instead of product of the beer-making process that disposable, edible. can be chewed off and eaten. The goal Bakeys (, an Indian is to avoid harming marine life if the company founded in 2010 by rings end up in waterways. Narayana Peesapaty, supplies edible Both companies realized that plantcutlery and chopsticks made from based plastic falls short as a solution natural ingredients. Designed out of to combating the negative impacts that Peesapaty’s concerns about shortage plastic has on the environment but, in water supplies, unsustainable even though eliminating plastic all agricultural processes, and the growth together would be best, switching to of single-use plastic discards, the plant-based plastic still sounds like a product line follows a “from dirt to good compromise. SL dirt” principal and, if not eaten, it will Email Marcia Booth at easily decompose. As an example closer to home we have Saltwater Brewery (, the company

Some scoff at fourth quarter of life with a fifth quarter, or overtime

T. Boone Pickens, a prominent business tycoon, recently suffered a series of health challenges. He said he continues to be mentally strong at age 89 and, as far as life goes, “I clearly am in the fourth quarter.” This football analogy applies to many of us as we play the game of life. What is your perspective? What quarter are you playing? In a recent Pew survey, it appears that people would prefer to have more years in their 20s than in their 80s. Jo Ann Jenkins in her book “Disrupt Aging” shows the way to a bold new path to living your best life at every age. Coaches revive a losing team with pep talks and innovative plays to win. Remember, there is a “life span” and a “health span.” Healthy well-trained and disciplined teams have a better chance of winning than teams with injuries and discipline problems. In a Mayo Clinic Health Letter, the editor pointed out that astronaut John Glenn returned to space at age 77, Frank Lloyd Wright was designing and building at age 91; and President Ronald Reagan was elected to a second term as president of the United States at age 73. What quarter did they have the best performance? What about overtime? The fifth quarter? According to researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, age 115 appears to be the current maximum human lifespan. Currently, 117-year old Violet Mosses Brown of Jamaica holds the title of the world’s oldest living person.

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski Robert Merchand set a new world record for his age group by bicycling nearly 17 miles in one hour at age 102. With good diet, exercise and all the secrets shared by centenarians, medical people and psychologists, a long life is worth the effort. Aging research is being funded by Silicon Valley companies according to Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor. He explains in his book “The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself” that aging is a disease and new treatments extend life. By encouraging the release of anti-aging drugs faster, more of us will have a chance at living longer. The ball is in your hands. Remember, you are not alone. There is a team out there helping you to overcome the challenges. What quarter are you playing? SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached



Bob Jones, a cowboy born and raised on a ranch “50 miles from Boot Hill,” “danced with the tornadoes” as a trained tornado spotter at the Dodge City Weather Service in Kansas. As president of the Brevard Amateur Radio Society (BARS) in Titusville, he is a Skywarn weather spotter for the National Weather Service in Melbourne and runs doppler radar from his house. Jones, a 77-year-old resident of Mims, is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is trained for emergency communications in severe weather such as hurricanes in Florida, and also in case of a terrorist attacks. Amateur Radio, known colloquially as ham radio, is a popular hobby and an important service that brings people significant information before, during and after severe weather. In Florida, ham radio operators provide help to the Red Cross and others during hurricanes. “Cell phones go down during a hurricane,” Jones explained. “We go to shelters and set up radio equipment.” Jones said the Red Cross in Rockledge “wants a tally of people every hour on the hour. They also want to know how much food is available and if water supplies are needed, and if persons

on medication need help. For example, we get insulin for diabetics. “I’m one of the active people during a storm,” he said. Jones was recruited by the National Weather Service when he moved to Florida because of his ability to identify wall clouds in severe weather. “I train people at meetings and I also use Teamviewer and can train 12 people using my computer connected to the Internet,” he said. “I train amateur radio operators to operate the hurricane shelters when we have hurricanes.” To get on the air, you need a license and must know the rules to operate legally. U.S. licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government. In the U.S. there are three license classes — Technician, General and Extra. Jones encourages newcomers to join the Brevard Amateur Radio Society. “If people come to the club and they are not an Amateur (status), we offer classes, and I give them exams to get them certified and licensed,”Jones said. Members are a mix of beginners, intermediate and advanced ham radio operators, women as well as men. There is “no equipment needed to join, you buy equipment after you get your license.” Dan McDonald, 48, the BARS






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Bob Jones, president of the Brevard Amateur Radio Society in Titusville, sits in front of his ham radio equipment at his home in Mims. The equipment is used for relaying important information during hurricanes. treasurer, has been a member for one year. “Bob helped train me to get my license,” he said of Jones. “Once I got it, I trained myself on the ham radio. The software on the computer makes it fairly easy.” The software, called CHIRP, is a free, open-source tool for programming an amateur radio and supports a large number of manufacturers and models. McDonald said. After members get their license from the FCC, the club give them a 6-watt, hand-held radio. “I was one who helped with the last hurricane we had. I helped a little bit,” he said. “I was needed to monitor a

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repeater — a two-way radio, always listening to a certain frequency, sort of like a relay, one radio to another one at a different location.” Ham radio operators can talk across town, around the world and even into space without the Internet or cell phones. Amateur Radio can be fun and educational as well as social while providing a community service. Jones said of prospective members, “You don’t even have to come to the club or classes, you can sit in front of your computer and I can give the class that way.” The BARS meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave. in Titusville. Contact Jones at 321-362-5037 or at n6usp@bellsouth. net. For information on the club, go to For other radio clubs in the area, use Google to look up Amateur Radio in Brevard County. SL

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Centenarian sets various world records in track and field BY MUFFY BERLYN We are living longer and healthier lives, and there are seniors everywhere who are proving it’s never too late to succeed at new goals and reach new heights. Amazing senior Don Pellmann, now retired at 102 and caring for his wife in Santa Clara, Calif., competed at the age of 100 for world records as the most senior athlete in the San Diego Senior Olympics in 2015 where he set five world records. He beat the record in the 100-meter dash, and became the first centenarian to clear an official height in the high jump. He set records in the long jump, the discus throw and the shot put.

Fellow competitors at the Senior Olympics sought him out for selfies, including Robert Silva, 57, who said, “You see people that are 100 run, but to see someone that age pole vault or long jump, that’s another galaxy.” Awed by Pellmann’s fitness level, students from San Diego State’s nursing program and Mesa College’s track team expressed their admiration. “He’s very, very steady on his feet, and his posture’s very erect, said nursing student Sarah Provencher. “He doesn’t have as much bone and muscle degeneration as others in his age group. You can see he has really maintained his muscles.” Pellmann’s gymnast and high jumper days of his youth in college

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SAVE THE DATE Thursday, November 9 Boomer Bash & Senior Expo Senior Life celebrates 20 years with a Roaring 20s-themed expo












Eau Gallie First Friday

19th annual Caribbean Music & Food Festival

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Art demonstrations, refreshments, area artists and live music. Eau Gallie Downtown 321-575-2737

Sept. 2 & 3 - Noon to 10 p.m. Live entertainment, games and more Space Coast Harley Davidson Palm Bay Road & I-95 Palm Bay, 321-557-2968

Cape Canaveral Friday Fest

6 - 10 p.m. Food vendors, an assortment of novelty & craft vendors, bounce houses and live entertainment Taylor & Poinsetta Avenue Cape Canaveral 321-868-1220

“Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”


Brevard Caribbean Fest 2017


Labor Day

Labor Day Scramble

Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera 321-504-7776, ext. 7340

1 - 10 p.m. Live Reggae bands, games, bounce houses, prizes and more. Brevard Labor Day Lori Wilson Park Veterans Fundraiser 1500 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-600-1234 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Complimentary food and Strangers Fest refreshments 12 - 6 p.m. Wickham Park, Pavilion 4 F. Burton Smith Regional 2500 Parkway Drive Park Melbourne, 321-255-4307 7575 W. King St. Cocoa, 321-633-1874


10 a.m. Important information that will help you make informed choices regarding your benefits. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6323

9:30 a.m. Every Monday & Wednesday Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

12:30 - 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays $3, proceeds go to the Vets Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island 321-452-2387

2 - 4 p.m. Courtenay Springs 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island RSVP, 321-452-1233

10 - 1 p.m. Patriotic concert Scott Center 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne Tickets required 855-252-7276

Medicare “101”

Brevard Users Group (BUG Club)

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

Zumba Gold: Over 50

Senior Sing Along

2 - 4 p.m. First and third Wednesdays 477 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island 321-600-1234

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 386-860-0092

11 a.m. Drop in, no partner needed Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, $2 Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

7:30 p.m. Melbourne Community Orchestra Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-285-6724


Wife Appreciation Day

Fall in Love Bridal Show

1 - 5 p.m. Wedding vendors, lush floral designs, elegant wedding venues, decor and more. Live entertainment, delicious samples and a high-energy fashion show. Melbourne Auditorium 625 Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-733-8816


Blue Knights annual Charity Event

1 p.m. To benefit Harmony Farms Equine Assisted Therapy Lou’s Blues, 3191 A1A Indialantic, 321-292-1515

The Steve Mazzi Trio

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

U.S. Air Force Established 1947

Seniors in Motion - Rock Painting

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Crafts and activities to keep seniors engaged. Home Instead Senior Care 849 Sarno Road Melbourne 321-751-1003 to RSVP


5 - 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Center 400 Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island, 321-453-1152


Family Day

AARP Driver Safety Class

Table Tennis

6 - 10 p.m. Veterans Memorial Center 400 Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island 321-453-1152

Pizza Gallery & Grill

Overture Escapades

American History with Rick Rakauskas


Talk Like a Pirate Day

Living Healthy with Diabetes Workshop

1 - 3:30 p.m. Free 6-week workshop. Satellite Beach Fire Department 1390 South Patrick Drive Satellite Beach 321-806-3741


9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Veterans Memorial Center 400 Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island, 321-453-1152



Pepperoni Pizza Day

“Let Us Light Your Fire”

Melbourne Municipal Band’s 53rd concert season 7:30 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

Seniors in Motion - Rock Painting

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Crafts and activities Home Instead Senior Care 849 Sarno Road Melbourne RSVP 321-751-1003


Ancestor Appreciation Day

Noon Expert will speak on older adults struggling with mood or psychological conditions that interferes with their quality of life. Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach 321-783-9505 to RSVP

Current Perspectives on Health Care Access and Delivery 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-622-4071

Fall Fashion Show

Every Day Is Veterans Day

Dude Looks Like a Lady

6:30 p.m. Fundraiser for the Women’s Center Bone Builders 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Radisson Resort at the Port Veterans Memorial Center 8701 Astronaut Blvd. 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway Cape Canaveral 321-242-3110, ext. 2128 Merritt Island 321-806-3752 to RSVP

2017 Vicky Hurst Holy Trinity Golf Tournament




The Women’s Center 1425 Aurora Road Melbourne, 321-242-1526

Overture Escapades

5 p.m. Church of Our Saviour 5301 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-7775



8th annual Walk in my Shoes Walk

POW/MIA Recognition Day

Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced Fundraiser for Lauren’s Kids (SSWD)

7:30 p.m. Melbourne Community Orchestra 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of “The Constitution - Part III” Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Merritt Island Buena Vida Estates Melbourne, 321-285-6724 140 Magnolia Ave. 2129 W. New Haven Ave. Merritt Island, 321-453-2144 W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

Health First’s Senior 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Behavioral Wellness Lunch Four-hour class designed to & Learn help individuals retain their driving competencies. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-698-2311

Positive Thinking Day

Party Bridge

International Peace Day 5th annual Nan’s House Building Fund Banquet

5:30 - 8 p.m. Crowne Plaza MelbourneOceanfront 2605 North A1A Melbourne Beach 321-724-5111, ext. 3


Senior Safety Day

1:30 - 4 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne 321-724-0060

American Legion Day

Fall Central Florida Car Show Historic Cocoa Village Noon to 3 p.m. Historic Cocoa Village 321-631-9075

Wild About Nature

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A fun-filled family day to learn about our natural 7:30 - 11 p.m. resources, visit with native Live band and caller. animals to our region. 1205 Eddie Allen Road The Avenue Viera Melbourne, 321-427-3587 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

Tropical Haven Pirate Dance


Fall Begins

Fall Kickoff Dance

7 p.m. Melbourne Municipal Band Melbourne Auditorium 625 Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-339-7705

4th annual Taste of the Coast

5th annual Bras for a Cause 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 6 - 9 p.m. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-720-5473

11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-723-8323

Sample foods from a variety establishments Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-459-


Ballroom Dance

7 - 10 p.m. Music by Janice and Rene Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra “An American Paris”

7 p.m. Scott Center 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 855-252-7276


PAD (Peripheral Artery Blessing of the Animals Disease) Wuesthoff Living 10 a.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Well Lecture Series

2 - 3 p.m. Vascular Surgeon Dr. Esemuede will present “Mom Couldn’t Remember information on an often diagnosed disease. How to Get Home” Senior Place Medicaid Planning Seminar One 8085 Spyglass Hill Road 10 a.m. Viera, 800-522-6363 Atty. William A. Johnson One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1657

Myrt Tharpe Square (Gazebo) Cocoa Village 321-305-4584

4th annual SUMC Golf Tournament

12:30 p.m. Shotgun Indian River Colony Club 1936 Freedom Drive Viera, 305-978-2920

Boomer Buffet!

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Strength & Balance Class

Brevard Genealogy Society Brevard Seniors Free Monthly Meeting Monthly Luncheon 9:30 a.m.

Bring your canine, outside doggie beer garden, and more Dirt Oar Beer Company 329 King St. Cocoa Village, 321-301-4306



3 p.m. Central Brevard Library Merritt Island High School 308 Forrest Ave. 100 Mustang Way Cocoa, 321-633-1792 Merritt Island, 321-338-6210

Fundraiser for “God’s Greyts Greyhound Group”



Community Band of Brevard “Passport to Europe - A Musical Tour”

5 - 7 p.m.



No News is Good News Party Bridge Mondays

Bark Brew Fest



Grandparents Day 5th annual Christmas in September Craft Fair


Gourmet Pizzas, Garlic Knots, Salads, Soups, Desserts & More

Monday - Thursday 3:30-5:30pm Happy Hour Pricing on Cocktails, Wine & Beer 3-6pm In the Avenue Viera 321.633.0397


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Senior Life

News for Titusville, Mims & Port St. John

North Brevard Brevard pastor sails the Great Loop in trip of a lifetime BY FLORA REIGADA In addition to being the pastor of First Baptist Church in Rockledge, Dennis Phillips is an official “Looper.” This means that the Titusville resident has completed a journey of the Great Loop, a collection of interconnecting waterways around the eastern United States. It can range from 5,000 to 7,500 miles depending on route variation. Phillips’ interest in the Great Loop motivated him to take his first trip in 2007. His second voyage, taken recently, had a different motivation. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about six months ago,” he said. “I wanted to take the trip again, while I was still able.” He set out from Titusville’s Kennedy Point Marina on May 1. Alone in a 17-foot sport boat with a 150-horsepower inboard engine, he waved goodbye to family and friends. Intracoastal waterways brought him north to Norfolk, Va. and to the Chesapeake Bay waterways in

New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson River. Other points of interest included Troy, N.Y. and the Erie Canal. From there, he continued to Lake St. Claire north of Detroit, then Lake Huron and Lake Michigan to Chicago. Inland rivers, lakes and canals took him through the continental United States to Mobile, Ala. and eastward, back to Titusville. Along the way, he visited communities and churches. This epic journey was not without its challenges. “The water was smooth when I began crossing the Neuse River in North Carolina, but then the wind shifted and 3- to 4-foot waves were crashing against the boat,” he said. Phillips also battled through twoand-a-half hours of dense fog in Lake Michigan. Otherwise, the beautiful scenery was worth it. “Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River north of Detroit were absolutely gorgeous with crystal clear water and nice homes surrounded by evergreens along the water’s edge,” he said.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Brett Annand

At Titusville’s Kennedy Point Marina, Dennis Phillips is ready to begin his three-month journey around the Great Loop, a continuous waterway that allows boaters to explore the eastern United States.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Dennis Phillips

Dennis Phillips gazes at the 84-foot Bay Springs Lock and Dam in Tishomingo County, Miss.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Brett Annand

Family and friends gather for a parting prayer at Titusville’s Kennedy Point Marina as Dennis Phillips prepares to leave on a boat trip through the Great Loop, a continuous waterway that allows boaters to explore the eastern United States.

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By late July, Phillips was nearing home. In August, family and friends gathered at Kennedy Point Park to welcome him. He described his journey in a Facebook blog, In the Loop.

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North Brevard Calendar & Events

North Brevard Senior Center

909 Lane Ave., Titusville 321-268-2333 Tuesdays • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Every Friday • 2 - 4 p.m.

Tuesdays • 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Every Saturday • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays • 10 - 11 a.m.

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


Red Canyon banks on old building for future success BY FLORA REIGADA

It’s liftoff for Red Canyon Software’s Launch Now project, expected to bring jobs and more to Brevard County. The aerospace engineering and software company, based in Denver, Colo., has announced plans to open its first regional office in Downtown Titusville. “The company will spearhead a rejuvenation project for the historic Walker Bank and Apartment building at 300 S. Washington Ave.,” a City of Titusville press release states. This will create 20 jobs with an average annual wage of $55,000. According to the press release: “Revitalization plans include 20 to 24 boutique-style apartments, which will provide housing for the company’s employees, as well as a collaborative workspace for the development of new software and other technologies for the aerospace industry.” Barry Hamilton, founder and CEO of Red Canyon Software, expressed his vision for Titusville. “We believe Titusville is uniquely positioned to become the Silicon Valley of Space 2.0. We are exhilarated with the opportunity to revitalize a historic building of this

grandeur into vibrant spaces fueled by innovative technology.” The former Bank of Titusville and Trust Company Building and former Walker Hotel, where the organization will set up shop, have long been fixtures in Downtown Titusville. Both were built in 1924 and occupy nearly an entire city block. Built in classical beaux arts style, with a grand stairway and trademark outdoor clock, the bank has been inactive since 1985. Through the years it has served other functions, such as a Christmas shop and most recently, a real estate office. The Walker Hotel’s Spanish Mission style construction was popular in the 1920s. Tourists would dine in a second-floor restaurant and lounge on a spacious upstairs balcony. Launch Now’s development team will reactivate that historic balcony for parade viewing. They also will renovate a rear balcony, an elegant old clubroom and transform the hotel’s entrance and front staircase to its “historic magnificence.” Titusville Mayor Walt Johnson said, “Red Canyon is showing that growth will not diminish Titusville’s rich history, but help preserve parts of our past as we look forward to the future.” SL

SHINE Insurance Counseling A second day of health insurace counseling is available. Call for an appointment time, 321-222-7981.

Computer Class 321-268-2333 $2 members/$3 non-members

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

The arcade at the historic Walker Bank and Apartment Building stands out. Red Canyon Software will revitalize the buildings for its first regional office.

Every Tuesday • Noon - 3 p.m. Every Wednesday • Noon - 4 p.m.

Thursdays • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bingo 321-268-2333 $2 members/$3 non-members

Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave., Port St. John 321-633-1867 Every Monday • 2 – 4 p.m. Master Gardener Bring problem plant sample

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.

Yarn Club Knit, crochet and needle arts. All ages and abilities welcome. Overeaters Anonymous Join others who are becoming victorious over bad eating habits.

Titusville Public Library

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

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

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

Every Wednesday • Noon - 2 p.m. Instructional Line Dancing Learn to make the most of your exercise experience. $4/$2 seniors 321-615-2326.


The elegant lobby of the former Bank of Titusville and Trust Company will soon be part of Red Canyon Software’s first regional office.


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September 21 AMA Waterways River Cruising October 4 Royal Caribbean Alaska Night

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I ♥ my pet Meet Rebel

Meet Casper

Casper is a 2-year-old Weimaraner, who loves his neighborhood friends. He is very energetic and social. He loves to fish with the kids and he likes long walks. He loves his parents and sticks to them like velcro.

Meet Niko

Niko is a 13-week-old shih tzu, who is so loving and a little daredevil. He loves to jump off the couch and on the backs of his brother and sister. Emmi is a 2½-year-old shih tzu and Bentley is a 2½-year-old silky yorkie.

Rebel, a yorkie and terrier mix, is almost 3 years old. He loves snuggles and belly rubs. He loves to play with his human siblings Isaiah, Jayden, Olivia and Isaac. He has quite a toy collection and loves to spread them all over the house. Owners: The Holston family Rockledge

Owner: Lisa Smoak Owners: Bruce and Anita Erhardt Melbourne Viera 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

Hospice of St. Francis offers free caregiver education classes


Hospice of St. Francis will offer Caregiving Education and Resource classes for current and future caregivers, their family and friends. All classes were developed nationally in response to the issues caregivers themselves identified. Each class focuses on different issues a caregiver will face. Hospice of St. Francis’ programs and training classes are offered free of charge to Brevard County residents.

Sunflower House, located in Merritt Square Mall on Merritt Island, will host a series of classes. The program consists of six 90-minute classes that will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The dates for the education program are Sept. 26 and 28, and Oct. 3, 5, 10 and 12. To register, contact Barbara Borman at 321-269-4240, ext. 3452 or at 866-269-4240. She also can be reached at caregiving@hospiceofstfrancis. com. Hospice of St. Francis was

founded in 1977 and serves all of Brevard County with offices in Titusville and Melbourne. It is an independent, nonprofit hospice serving the pain relief and symptom management needs of patients. Hospice of St. Francis provides support programs to assist with the many needs of families with terminally ill loved ones. For information about patient services and support programs, call 321-269-4240 or 866-269-4240. Their website is SL

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time machine In September... Sept. 25, 1789 The first U.S. Congress proposed 12 Amendments to the Constitution. Ten were ratified to become the Bill of Rights.

Sept. 2, 1945 President Harry Truman declared V-J Day (Victory against Japan Day) commemorating Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formal surrender to the Allies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Sept. 13, 1788 New York City was named the Capitol of the United States.

Sept. 26, 1789

Sept. 18, 1947 The U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military service.

The U.S. Postal Service was founded.

Sept. 11, 2001 The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred as four large passenger jets were hijacked and then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 people. Four separate teams of terrorists from the Middle East, operating from inside the U.S., boarded the morning flights posing as passengers. They forcibly commandeered the planes.

Sept. 23 Autumn (Sept. 23 to Dec. 21) begins in the Northern Hemisphere with the autumnal equinox at 1:37 a.m. EDT. In the Southern Hemisphere, Sept. 23 is the beginning of spring.

Sept. 13, 1814 While aboard a ship, Francis Scott Key observed the Battle of Fort Henry in Baltimore Harbor. He watched the British attack during the night and, at dawn, he saw the American flag still flying above the fort. His verses, which later were coupled with a popular drinking song, became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.

Sept. 29, 1789 Congress created the United States Army, consisting of 1,000 enlisted men and officers.

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Senior Life September 2017  

Award winning newspaper of Brevard County Florida. Celebrating 20 Years.

Senior Life September 2017  

Award winning newspaper of Brevard County Florida. Celebrating 20 Years.