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Volume 20 Issue 8


January 2018

Family history comes alive Geneaologists help Brevardians piece together story of their past See page 8

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This was the first bridge in Melbourne used to cross the Indian River

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Let’s hope 2018 is an inspirational year

Allow me to be among the first to wish you all a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to 2018 as an opportunity to again be able to tell your unique stories, including those that inspire you to live healthier, happier and more productive lives. We pledge to also continue bringing you stories that inform and entertain you. This past year, we brought you stories about living well, about amazing seniors and about our veterans. We wrote about the importance of volunteerism and about things to do around the Space Coast like seeing the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, in its 150th year. It was good telling you about 103-year-old Charlotte Newman joining other family members in celebrating the birth of David Oliver Flook, as the fifth generation of this Brevard family. Then there were the stories that featured Gracie and Lacy and their Roaring 20s show at the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. The year’s final issue of Senior Life brought the entertaining Skydiving Santas diving into the holiday season, Christmas parades and holiday entertainment. With the close of the year, we also concluded the year-long celebration of our 20th year of bringing you the stories you expect from our award-winning publication Senior Life. Thank you for a successful year and for being a faithful reader and advertiser of Senior Life. We appreciate the trust that you have placed in us. SL

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Kimiko Nishimoto, an 89-year-old grandmother, holds a camera remote in her hand while strung on a clothesline to snap a humorous selfie. Her work is being shown in a Tokyo gallery this month.

Japanese grandmother fascinates public with self portraits BY MUFFY BERLYN

Kimiko Nishimoto’s love of photography came from a beginner’s photography workshop she took from her son. She was 72, a Japanese grandmother who had never used a camera in her life and was certainly not aware that her photos would later be shared worldwide and seen in art shows. At 82, according to Japan Inside, she had her first solo exhibit in a local museum in her hometown of Kumamoto. According to, she “furthered her skills by taking courses

on digital editing to manipulate her images.” Now 89, Nishimoto’s current exhibit which features previously unseen, humorous self portraits at Tokyo’s Epson Imaging Gallery is titled “Asobokane” or “Let’s Play.” It started Dec. 15 and runs until Jan. 18. Although she takes photos of flowers, it’s her self portraits, some in costumes and outfits, arranged in a humorous way, that have sparked the public’s interest in her, with numerous stories about Nishimoto in Japan and on Bored Panda and Konbini websites worldwide. SL

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Suze Orman, a well-known financial advisor to the general public, wants people to wait until the age of 70 to retire.

70 is the new retirement age BY MUFFY BERLYN

Social Security. Will probably still work part time after I retire. Both my parents lived to over 95, so knowing that I could have another 30 years the money has to go a long way … 70 is kinda like 60 now. People are living longer and with healthier lifestyles they are able to continue to work.” Mary Weller, 69, currently is an adjunct instructor of Developmental Reading at Eastern Florida State College. “It’s really up to each person to decide whether they want to work until age 70,’’ Weller said. “I love what I do; I’m at the top of my game, and I don’t see an end in sight anymore. Teaching is a fulfilling career no matter the challenges. And I tell my friends, ‘As long as there is hair dye and stylish shoes with good support, I’ll keep teaching.’ ” SL

Suze Orman, the famed financial guru from “Oprah,” strongly advised in her column published online in the Oct. 23 edition of Money that “Seventy is the new retirement age — not a month or year before.” “Healthy people in their 60s today have about a 50 percent chance of living into their 90s,’’ Orman wrote. Another reason Orman is bullish on 70 is because “Wait until 70 [to take Social Security] and your annual benefit will be 76 percent higher than what you’re eligible for at 62. That higher payment can be a huge help in supporting you through a long life.” Three savvy women had different opinions on retiring at 70. Gwenne Gray is a 75-yearold Florida resident who works at fulfilling mail orders for a small business. “Even though I took Social Security at 67, it was not because I wanted to,’’ Gray said. “I was forced by my situation. I would have much rather waited until 70. I have continued to work, though it’s part time. Many seniors can’t really retire at 70 as both the cost of living and medications are quite high.” Maryellen Cantera is a 65-year-old resident of Florida, By Attorney who works in real estate. TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH “I’m working full 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL time now,’’’ Cantera said. “And, I’d like For A Complimentary Copy to be able to save Phone 321 267 — 4770 enough money so that by the time I’m 70 I have enough money to retire on



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His Place Ministries is the only cold weather shelter in the area. BY JULIE STURGEON When the temperature plummets to below 45 degrees in Melbourne, His Place Ministries opens its doors up to folks who need a warm place to sleep. “We are the only cold weather shelter in the area,” said Terry Morris, the pastor of His Place Ministries. “We average about 70 people a night when we’re open.” His Place Ministries is somewhat of a landmark, located at the intersection of U.S.1 and U.S. Highway 192. The church mission is simple: To help the needy and provide a helping hand to make the world a better place.

“We just put a sign out when we’re going to be open,” Morris said. “It’s pretty simple and it works.” Volunteers are crucial to helping the cold weather shelter run smoothly. When open, the shelter has two- to three-hour shifts for volunteers to sign up. Homemade soup is served when the shelter is open, thanks to local volunteers. “We have the most delicious soup,” Morris said. “We also serve a weekly meal on Sunday afternoon.” When folks leave the shelter, the church often sends a few things with them. Donations of canned protein, sleeping bags and tents are in high demand for this purpose.

His Place Ministries has an unusual name, and Morris had a story about how the name came about. “When I was talking about a name for this church with other pastors, I said, ‘this is his place, not mine,’ ” Morris said. “Someone said that was a great idea for a name.” For information on His Place Ministries, go to facebook. com/His-Place-MinistriesCenter-for-CommunityOutreach-113405078688650/ The hours of operation for the cold-weather shelter are 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. The shelter is located at 1824 S. Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne. SL

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Write your family story with help of Genealogical Society of South Brevard BY JULIE STURGEON Discovering the secrets of your family’s history can be full of unexpected surprises. Douglas Burnett, an engineer-turned history buff, has traveled into his past. Now, he wants you to join him and others on your own exciting journey to uncover the clues to your family’s story. For $25 a year, the Genealogical Society of South Brevard (GSSB) offers unlimited assistance in helping you create your family tree. “I worked at Cape Canaveral for 40 years,” said Burnett, the publicity chair of the GSSB. “I SENIOR LIFE Julie Sturgeon SENIOR LIFE Julie Sturgeon thought historians and English The world of family stories can be Volunteers assist with family searches using a database. majors were using up my good intriguing as you find clues and discover oxygen. Since retiring and secrets. You will only need the names of your discovering genealogy, I have Cocoa reference collections and get parents and your grandparents as the done a 180.” assistance from friendly members of first step. Volunteers will then help historians such as Diane Rice Young, The GSSB will get you started the society. They also have access to you begin or extend your family tree president of GSSB. on weaving your way through the the 5,000-book collection housed at through a database. “You start associating with people winding road of how you got here. the Melbourne library. “DNA is taking genealogy by with like interests,” Rice Young Burnett says the hobby has been a “With the online databases, there storm,” Burnett said. “Unfortunately, said. “We acquaint people in the turnaround for his interest in life. is no one resource that is best; they many people think it is the answer. community with some of the joys of “I love history, finding out what my usually cover different areas,” Burnett But, it is just one piece of information. the process. We know how to assist family did and didn’t do, debunking said, adding that GSSB can provide The best guess is that only about 20 with filling out generation charts; family stories from over the years,” the hands-on assistance even with percent of the information you need we have members who can help Burnett said. “To me, the history obtaining documentation for fellow is online. Eventually, you’re going to (newcomers) check on ancestry.” of the development of my family, members. have to get your hands dirty and visit To get started, there are two sets along with the development of the The GSSB club will help you the courthouse, the historical society of classes a year. Family stories can southeastern area of the U.S., which is with your family search. Prospective and the library.” then be debunked or enriched when where my family stayed since 1635, is members can go to the website to see Because Brevard is such an you start sleuthing into your own (fascinating). Fortunately, my wife is all the programs. extensive linear county, there are a family’s mysteries. If you have no idea just as enthused about it as I am.” For more information, go to gssb. few genealogical societies. Members where to start, just show up at the next One of the advantages of belonging net and stop by the library located in of any of the societies can access meeting with a few key family names, to the GSSB is that members enlist the Fee Avenue library. SL databases, use the Melbourne and and a web search will be conducted. the help of more experienced family




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Brevard Memorial Park emphasizes the importance of prearrangement BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Specializing in personalizing and celebrating a life well lived is the creed for the Brevard Memorial Park, part of the Dignity Memorial. The funeral home was a SENIOR LIFE Cory Davis sponsor of the Boomer Bash Brevard Memorial Park was a sponsor for the Senior Life Expo held Nov. 9 Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo at the Valiant at the Valiant Air Command Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. Warbird Museum in Titusville. “I wanted to be involved in Hugoboom said. the Boomer Bash because we focus on “As part of Dignity Memorial, protecting families before their time of we set the standard for the industry need, as well as meeting families who in value, deliver value by listening do not have any prearrangements,” to our customers’ wants and needs said Aimee Hugoboom, funeral and providing an experience that director and spokesperson for Brevard exceeds expectations,” Hugoboom Memorial Park. “I have seen how added. “We educate consumers on important it is to try to reach as many the options available and the value of families before the time comes to remembrance, memorialization and protect them from making the difficult the celebration of life.” decisions during one of the most The staff prides itself in utilizing difficult moments of their life, losing a technology to enhance relationships loved one. with customers and to simplify their “We offer prearrangement experience. presentations any time someone has “We set the standard for the questions, and being involved in industry in value and deliver value by the expo was a way to help educate listening to our customers’ wants and our community on the importance needs and providing an experience of prearranging and answering that exceeds expectation,” Hugoboom any questions in a pressure-free said. environment. We are committed to Aimee Hugoboom, the funeral being here for families before, during director and spokesperson for Dignity and after the loss of a loved one.” Memorial at Brevard Memorial Park In business for 47 years, the and Funeral Home, was a sponsor for business specializes in personalizing the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo. and celebrating a life well lived, SL


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“It’s a New Year and a new me. I am going to surround myself with happiness and add more adventure to my life.’’

Adrienne SnairThrothier “I will try to smile more and make other people smile more.’’

“I’m going to keep all my thoughts positive and be happy. I want to spread good to all of my friends and everyone I meet.’’

Jeff Trothier “I will enjoy my retirement traveling to as many national parks as possible and hiking with my wife.’’

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Senior Living Buena Vida residents stay busy with daily activities BY MARIA SONNENBERG The Rev. Nancy Lee can’t imagine how she once found enough time to go to a paying job. The Buena Vida resident is kept hopping with all the activities available at this continuum-of-care community in West Melbourne. “There are not enough hours in the day to do all the things I’d like to do,” Lee said. “Don’t let anyone tell you retirement is boring.” Buena Vida offers a lifelong wellness program formatted to prolong residents’ active lifestyles by promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being throughout the aging process. Lee discovered Buena Vida while working as a local SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Buena Vida Estates bereavement volunteer for hospice. Bob Linder is the volunteer manager of “I moved to Buena Vida on Buena Vida’s Country Store. Dec. 19, 2013 and I haven’t looked she said. back,” she said. “I love it, love it “I have the Sun Room with a here.” fireplace as my formal living room.” Lee’s greatest passion is creating While living independently, Lee elegant quilted jackets and door doesn’t have to worry about routine hangings, so her private living room is chores that can subtract from her “fun” devoted to her sewing requirements. time. Giving up her living room to her “I have no household worries and hobby does not mean Lee has to give meals are prepared,” she said. up on socializing. “I also have more activities, classes “My home at Buena Vida provides and entertainment than time allows.” me with various comfortable areas to The senior community offers sit and socialize with other residents,”

Committees, Kispert is a decision-maker who helps the Foundation with its goal of improving the quality of life for Buena Vida residents and employees. The Foundation funds capital improvements and employee education scholarships, and also supports charitable organizations in Brevard and beyond. Kispert’s fellow “Buena Vidan” Bob Linder manages the Country Store, Buena Vida’s convenience store. Like Linder, 15 other resident volunteers help to operate the store, which offers sundries, candies, cleaning products and free food to feed the fish and turtles that live in the facility’s pond. The store stocks SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Buena Vida Estates products most requested by The Rev. Nancy Lee creates quilted jackets at residents and sells them at cost. Buena Vida Estates. Linder put his technical skills to use at the Country Store by everything from traditional activities implementing a point of sale, or POS, such as canasta and bingo to computerized system to keep track of educational opportunities, concerts, inventory and sales history. sunset cocktail parties, surprise trips, With so many diverse opportunities dinner dances, sports, painting and to enjoy the extra free time afforded by drama classes, among others. retirement, the golden years are indeed There also are plenty of outlets for gold at Buena Vida Estates. volunteerism. Buena Vida resident Buena Vida Estates is at 2129 W. John Kispert is resident representative New Haven Ave. in West Melbourne. for the Buena Vida Foundation. For information, call 321-351-3730 or As a member of the Foundation’s go to SL Fundraiser, Scholarship and Finance

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New Year’s resolutions date back to ancient rulers BY DARRELL WOEHLER When you think of New Year’s resolutions, you probably don’t think of Julius Caesar. Yet, he is the one that moved the first day of the year to Jan. 1 to honor the Roman God, Janus. Going back a little further, the ancient Babylonians (who made promises to their gods) and Egyptians around 4,000 years ago celebrated their new calendar with various celebrations. Next year will somehow be different. So, you are in good company and continuing a long tradition by trying to do at least one thing differently and better during the upcoming New Year. Resolutions are as varied as the people who make them. With the Earth’s population at approximately 7.6 billion, there is bound to be some overlap. Health-related resolutions such as exercising more, eating better and losing weight are the most popular.

Other resolutions could be learning a new skill or hobby, spending more time with the family, drinking less alcohol and giving up smoking. Keeping the resolution can be difficult. Day 1 usually is easy, but it gets difficult from there. Share the resolution with others to make it more accountable and to relieve some of the stress. Social media also can force people to honor their resolutions. Sooner or later, people will tend to make excuses on not keeping a resolution. Sickness is a common excuse. Moral support helps just like it helps in attaining other goals in life. A year might seem like a long time, but time is relative according to Albert Einstein. A few seconds here and there, minutes, days and months. Take it all slowly and the year will be complete. If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution, now is the time to start. SL

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New Year’s resolut ions Tiffany Walters “I want to lose 10 pounds. I usually eat too much during the holidays.’’

Jerryan McClure “I want to go see all 11 of my great grandchildren in various parts of the United States. This is doing my part to help create good family values.’’

Bill Hostler

Robert Barkin

“I want to increase my exercise program. I want to be toned and trim where needed.’’

“Try to keep living a good life. And survive and stay healthy.’’

Peggy Brocato

David Greenhaus

Bobbie Misuraca

“I want to be healthy enough to live to be 100. I’m only 98 now, and I am getting close.’’

“I want to try to stay out of trouble. It seems that if there is any around, it seems to stick on my back.’’

“I want to learn to accept the things I cannot change. It seems like a good philosophy for the coming year.’’

Nancy Maxwell

Frank Hetzler

Jackie Spilker

Bob Morril

“I’m going to try to be wonderful and behave myself during the New Year.’’

“Get rid of my arthritis by doing a lot of walking and various exercises.’’

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Mary Demmings

“I want to have a happy life and help others to have one, too. Maybe even play a little more bingo.’’

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“Usually, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. But to be a good husband and a good friend to my friends, I also spread goodness around and look on the positive side of life.’’

“I want to spend more time doing things for myself. I still work full time and it seems like I need more personal time.’’

Buddy Richardson “I want to live to be 100. I’m only 80 now. I want to eat right and exercise, and stay away from drugs, except what the doctor prescribes.’’

“To get my house back in order. It was struck by lightning the day before Hurricane Irma and destroyed down to frame and studs. It looks like at least five more months of work.

Mary Misuraca “I want to continue making good decisions in life in order to live a good and honest life.’’



Hospice of St. Francis bolsters Brevard with grief support groups BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Grief support groups are a great part of how Hospice of St. Francis helps Brevard County. The North Star, the child grief support program, is designed for children ranging in age from 4 to 18. It includes all members of the family, but it focuses on the children, according to Terry Stone, the community outreach coordinator. “The children meet in groups with others their own age and are overseen by licensed clinical social workers, Stone said.” Adult grief support groups meet regularly throughout the month on different days, times and locations. A list of North and South Brevard County meetings for adult support groups and adult social activities is listed online at hospiceofstfrancis. com. Contact one of the adult bereavement coordinators or the North Star coordinator at 321-2694240 or toll free at 866-269-4240 before attending any group or activity. “The holidays are a difficult time of the year for any individual

or family who is experiencing the holidays for the first time without their family member or a close friend,” Stone said. “Since the largest majority of our patients are seniors, we participate in most senior expos and health fairs in the community,” Stone said. “We participate in all of Senior Life’s senior expo events. The Senior Expo in November and the Boomer Guide Expo are two of the most popular senior events in Brevard County. We always experience contact with a high volume of attendees. The locations where they are held are popular with our seniors and the festivities and entertainment are top notch. We sponsored this event to help Senior Life with their efforts to educate the seniors in our community about the services and programs available in Brevard County. They have always been a strong supporter of our organization and the services we provide.” Hospice of St. Francis, celebrating its 40th anniversary, was a major sponsor of the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo on Nov. 9 at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. SL

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Everyone feels at home at Cedar Creek Assisted Living what we would want for our own loved ones. If it is not something we want for our parents or family, then it is not for our residents.” The facility, although not looking to expand, is in the process of modernizing the community, customizing each unit to the potential resident’s liking, Rodriguez said. The activities director chats with each new resident SENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler to help them discover social times and activities Cedar Creek provided complimentary root beer that entertain or pique floats at the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo. their interest. There are crafts, games and plenty of BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER entertainment. Recently, the Merritt Island High School Marching Band Cedar Creek Assisted Living in and cheerleaders performed for the Brevard County knows what makes residents. Transportation is provided seniors happy — being pet friendly. to visit area restaurants, high school If a new resident has a beloved dog or musicals and plays because many cat, then that pet is welcome into the of the residents are local and have fold. grandchildren in the high school. A car “In existence since 2004, we are show is planned for the spring as well a 78-bed assisted living and full as a carnival health fair. assisted living facility and we do Cedar Creek participates in Senior promote independent living,” said Life’s various expos during the year Jason Rodriguez, the executive as a sponsor and it provided root beer director. “Each single unit is set up as floats during the most recent event — an apartment with its own kitchenette the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo on and bathroom. We have a phenomenal Nov. 9 in Titusville. management team with most having “It is a phenomenal organization been here five- and 10-plus years. We and event and they always need help, are proud of the longevity in years of so we plan to be at the event. We plan the employees. Our biggest standpoint on participating in the Senior Life is we operate like family, focusing on Boomer Guide Expo in February.” SL

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weVenture offers free workshop at Florida Tech SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE weVENTURE, a Central Florida-based organization launched at the Florida Institute of Technology that focuses on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs, will host a free Work for Yourself@50+ workshop in coordination with the AARP Foundation. The free workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Florida Tech’s weVENTURE offices at 3011 S. Babcock St., Conference Room 305, in Melbourne. Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez, the program director of business services, will be the workshop facilitator. In late 2016, weVENTURE was awarded a grant from the AARP Foundation which allowed the organization to conduct free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops 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 an approachable way through five steps: 1. A careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks of working for yourself.

2. Exercises to help develop the selfemployment idea. 3. A realistic overview of what it takes to pursue a self-employment opportunity.

4. Guidance to help avoid pitfalls and scams. 5. Ways to find trustworthy support and services in the community.

“To date, we’ve had dozens of local entrepreneurs participate in these free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops,’’ said Erica Lemp, a weVENTURE executive director. “We are thrilled to see that number growing. Becoming self-employed is a big step and being able to provide the skills needed to get started on a smart path toward entrepreneurship will only enhance the Space Coast economy.” This national grant initiative is designed to help older adults assess opportunities for selfemployment, 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 workforyourself. To obtain more information about weVENTURE program offerings, call 321-6747007 or email weVENTURE@fit. edu SL


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Festival celebrates 150th year of Cape Canaveral Lighthouse BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

SENIOR LIFE R. Norman Moody

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

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is celebrating its 150th anniversary and is well on its way to rebuilding one of the keeper’s cottages that once stood next to the lighthouse. It is part of the work of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, established in 2002. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 to help raise some of the funds for rebuilding the cottage. The festival will be on the grounds of the lighthouse, according to James Underwood, a retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral, who is vice president of the lighthouse foundation and chairman of the festival committee. “Those attending will have an opportunity to tour the lighthouse, a 29foot fast response vessel from the Coast Guard, and view para-rescue jumpers’ equipment and talk to the guys,” Underwood said. “We will have groups from a symphony orchestra providing music at various locations.” Right on the ocean, several kinds of local seafood will be served. A silent auction of decorated filled baskets will be offered. There will be a raffle and attendees can visit the gift shop. A full tour of the lighthouse is planned. The foundation’s mission is to promote access to the lighthouse and to provide the public with the knowledge and history of one of the unique lighthouses in the United States. Restoring the keeper’s cottages has been a goal of the foundation since its inception.

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

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse stands out on a bright sunny morning before the arrival of visitors. Visitors have access to the lighthouse, which is at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, through guided bus tours. Inset: The old brick lighthouse tower, left, and the newer, right, iron lighthouse tower of Cape Canaveral stood together before the latter was moved 1.5 miles inland in 1893. The first of the planned keeper’s cottages will be used as a museum, gift shop, classroom and restroom. On Oct. 10, 2017, the Brevard County Commissioners approved the Tourism Development Council recommendation to fund $500,000 for construction of the first keeper’s cottage for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Proceeds from the Lighthouse Festival also will help fund the building of the cottage. Festival attendees will park in the cove at Port Canaveral, board buses for the ride and pass through Air Force

Security to the lighthouse. Tickets will be $75 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. A children’s menu will be available. Sponsorships still are available online at, according to Underwood. “Our mission (for the lighthouse foundation) is to support the 45th Space Wing to promote and keep the lighthouse grounds looking good, facilitate tours with docents and have something out there that’s meaningful,” Underwood said. SL

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SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of William Hillberg

William Hillberg Jr.’s family was happy to attend his retirement ceremony.

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William Hillberg Jr. enjoys his retirement ceremony. He still is pondering hs future caeer.

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During his 24 years in the Navy, William Hillberg Jr. spent less than two years aboard a ship and the rest on dry land. The reason for Hillberg’s preference for terra firma was simple — he served as a Seabee, as the sailors of the United States Naval Construction Battalions are known. This is the nickname and heterographic spelling of the first initials of Construction Battalion. Seabees are sailors — make no mistake about it. Like the rest of the military, they are trained and ready to defend their country at a moment’s notice. They also are skilled in the art of construction, whether it be roads or buildings. “We build and we fight,” Hillberg said. “In combat, we’re right behind the Marines.” As a Seabee, Hillberg saw the world primarily from dry land with construction projects in South Korea, Guam, Haiti, India, Spain and Puerto Rico as well as other locales. The State Department selected him to do construction work at embassies around the world, and he also was part of a disaster relief team after Hurricane Katrina. That team helped to clean up fallen trees and buildings destroyed by the storm. “Each place presents its own challenges, but Seabees enjoy challenges,” Hillberg said. One of his hardest assignments


was in Haiti where Hillberg witnessed the aftermath of Haitian-on-Haitian violence, which resulted in several deaths. Hillberg and his fellow Seabees were not allowed to touch the dead bodies because the corpses fell under the jurisdiction of the Haitian government. The bodies lingered for days near the project Hillberg was working on as the stench of death grew. A native of Virginia, Hillberg is a Navy brat whose dad, William Hillberg Sr., was a musician and conductor for the Navy. After retirement, the elder Hillberg launched a second career as a mail carrier on Merritt Island, where both he and his son now live. After the divorce of his parents, the younger Hillberg grew up in Winter Park and attended Johnson University, then known as Florida Christian College, in Kissimmee. After college, he lived with his father on Merritt Island until he joined the Navy in 1993. His first assignment was as an undesignated seaman on the amphibious ship Whidby Island out of Little Creek, Va. “I quickly realized I didn’t want to be aboard a ship,” he said. “I wanted to be out doing construction, so I applied to become a Seabee.” Hillberg, whose last active duty day was Aug. 31, 2017, still is exploring what his post-Navy workdays will entail. “I’m working with the VA to transition, but I’m not sure what I

want to do yet,” he said. “My desire is to continue serving people.” As he ponders the future, this retired chief petty officer and builder has tapped into the musical talent he must have inherited from his father. Hillberg’s forte is singing, and there is one particular song he prefers: the National Anthem. “I’ve sang the National Anthem


throughout my career at formal military balls and I sang for the Ambassador to India at a big Fourth of July ceremony there,” he said. Anyone who attended the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo in November at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville heard Hillberg, who sang the National Anthem at that event. SL



Coast Guard Auxiliary crew honored for rescue at Port Canaveral BY R. NORMAN MOODY Four U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from Flotilla 17-6 received one of the highest awards ever given to the auxiliary in Brevard County. The honor was the U.S. Coast Guard’s distinguished Award of Operational Merit for a successful lifesaving rescue at Port Canaveral

that occurred in May. Auxiliary members from Flotilla 17-6 Rick Bloom, John Holmes, Robert Caldo and Robert DiCicco received the award last month for the rescue of boaters who were in the path of a cargo ship that had no time to change its course. A large tanker assisted by two tugboats was on a collision course with a recreational boat that had

stalled in its path in mid channel as the ship entered Port Canaveral. When it could not stop in time, the tanker sounded five short blasts on their ship’s horn. The alarm caught the attention of the Coast Guard Auxiliary crew on patrol in the port. Within two minutes, the Auxiliary Patrol Boat Dream On was alongside the stranded bowrider with two boaters onboard. The stalled boat quickly was towed out of harm’s

way to the Jetty Park boat ramp. “We train constantly for various emergency scenarios,” said Robert DiCiccio, the patrol’s commander and the auxiliary coxswain. “The port in particular is a very complex environment. The danger is always present, especially when you mix commercial vessels and recreational boats on a busy Saturday afternoon.” SL

Volunteers bolster important work of Flotilla 17-6

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Bill Cox,t Flotilla 17-6

Flotilla members Roger Bonnett, left, Greg Hendricks and Bob Caldo conduct maritime observation patrol on Newfound Harbor near Merritt Island.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Bill Cox, Flotilla 17-6

Two patrol boats practice side towing during training operations. Towing and other rescue and life-saving skills are routinely practiced — always to U.S. Coast Guard standards — by Auxiliary boat crews throughout the Indian River Lagoon estuary system.

During the past year, I have written about people who served in the military and continue to serve with veteran organizations. The men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 17-6, numbering 84 members, perform close to 20,000 hours of serving others each year by assisting this branch of the military. These are professionally trained volunteers, 60 percent of whom already already served on active duty in the military. Members of the Auxiliary are part of the uniformed civilian component of the Coast Guard. They are from Brevard, Indian River and Orange counties. “The rest are people who wished they’d served in the military,” said Bill Cox, public affairs officer for the flotilla. “We’re all part of team Coast Guard.” These members relish what they do. Not all serve on the water. Some serve on land, assisting with different duties at Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral, but they all get that sense of serving their community. Flotilla members operate nine boats and an airplane for marine and air patrols, search and rescue, and aid to navigation with U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral. Environmental and ecological patrol and response also is part of their duties as volunteers. Boater education also includes boating safety courses available at no-cost to all Brevard County high school Junior ROTC and Civil Air Patrol Cadets. “We spend a lot of time in the air and on the water,” Cox said. “Most

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of our people are interested in the maritime aspect.” These are people who should be commended for the service they provide. They are the additional eyes and ears for the Coast Guard and perform many of the same duties as the active duty Coast Guard members. And they do it well. Just recently an auxiliary boat crew received the Coast Guard’s Award of Operational Merit for the lifesaving rescue of two boaters whose small vessel stalled and was in the direct path of a cargo ship in the channel at Port Canaveral. The incident occurred last summer. Rick Bloom, John Holmes, Robert Caldo and Robert DiCicco were on patrol when they heard the five short blasts from the ship’s horn and responded within two minutes. They were able to tow the boat out of the ship’s path in time. This is just one award. I’ve observed auxiliary members out on patrol. I know there is much more that they do that is extremely valuable in assisting the Coast Guard in keeping the Space Coast waterways safer. SL For more information about Coast Guard Auxiliary, go to

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Civilian from Patrick Air Force Base helps St. Croix victims BY MARIA SONNENBERG Claudette Wells spent six weeks aboard a cruise ship and didn’t have to pay a nickel. However, she did work, and very hard, for the pleasure. Wells was part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Surge Capacity Force, which provided disaster relief in St. Croix after Hurricane Maria. The hurricane was considered by the National Hurricane Center to be the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. Wells spent the time aboard the 2,056-passenger Fascination, a ship that Carnival Cruise Lines provided to help rescue workers. “It was a bit surreal to spend my days witnessing the abject conditions the people of St. Croix had to endure, then turn around and return to a luxury cruise liner with great food, air conditioning, running water

“I worked with folks with vision, hearing, mobility or cognitive disabilities.” — Claudette Wells and electricity,” Wells said. “It made me realize just how fortunate I was.” Wells, an acquisition program manager for the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, jumped at the chance to help the residents of the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory. The Department of Homeland Security invited civilian federal employees to volunteer in the relief efforts. Making it easier to say yes was the fact her employer not only allowed her to take time off, but actually kept sending her a paycheck. “Why wouldn’t I want to help?” said Wells, a retired U.S. Navy officer. She received a condensed emergency response training course in Anniston, Ala., so she could effectively address the needs of folks affected by the

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Claudette Wells

Hurricane Maria caused millions of dollars of damage in St. Croix.

disaster. From Alabama, Wells was off to St. Croix, where she joined other FEMA disaster relief workers. Her focus was individuals with disabilities. “I worked with folks with vision, hearing, mobility or cognitive disabilities,” said Wells, who helped them connect with service agencies, including those that distributed the medical equipment these persons desperately needed. “Some of what we saw was so horrible.” When she couldn’t connect with the affected via phone, Wells would go door-to-door to check on residents and register them with FEMA. Back at the ship, Wells would upload these forms to FEMA’s database. The experience is one Wells will never forget. “They have no power, no running water, limited transportation, little food and the damage is unimaginable,” she said. “They weren’t out there looting or complaining or rioting. They seemed genuinely grateful for the SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Claudette Wells presence of FEMA. Just about everyone I came in Claudette Wells points out extensive damage to trees in contact with thanked us for being there.” SL St. Croix.

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Avocados bolster breakfast in many ways SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

Breakfast has long been considered the most important meal of the day, but hectic morning routines can sometimes get in the way of starting the day with a wholesome meal. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, eating a nutrient-dense breakfast can help with weight maintenance, calorie balance and improved nutrient intake. Nutrient-dense foods provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and relatively few calories. With nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and 50 calories per serving (one-fifth of a medium avocado), California avocados are a nutrition powerhouse choice for breakfast. In addition to helping the mind and body get started in the morning, studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have a higher intake of vitamins and minerals than breakfast skippers. California avocados can be a topping for eggs with creamy slices of the fruit serving as a fat substitute for traditional baking ingredients such as butter or shortening in breakfast

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the California Avocado Commission

Avocado Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips and Almonds is delicious. breads and muffins. By substituting avocado, the nutritional value of baked goods is increased with the fruit’s contribution of nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, along with “good fats” (poly and monounsaturated fats). Avocados also are a delicious and creamy alternative to other fat-laden breakfast spreads Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian and the author of “Read It Before You Eat It,” partnered with the California Avocado Commission to create two satisfying breakfast dishes

featuring avocados. Her new recipes include a make-ahead breakfast recipe, Eggs-traordinary California Avocado Breakfast Muffins, a hungerquenching breakfast option for busy mornings, and California Avocado Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips and Almonds. “Avocados are one of the most versatile and flavorful fruits, which is why I recommend them to my clients looking for quick, easy and filling breakfast ideas,” Taub-Dix said. SL

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But the more desirable course is preventing a stroke from happening in the first place. There are several behaviors a person can adopt to minimize the risk. Smokers should quit their habit, immediately, because they are much more susceptible to stroke than nonsmokers.

Stroke is the number-one cause of adult disability in the United States and the fifthleading cause of death, ending about 140,000 lives each year. It’s important, therefore, that we understand stroke – its risk factors, symptoms and how to improve the odds against it. About 795,000 people suffer the ravages of stroke in any given year. The overwhelming majority of these 600,000 or so are first-time attacks. Stroke can occur when there is a blockage in a blood vessel to the brain. The brain cells then begin to die off if you do not seek medical treatment immediately. If you wait, you are putting the person at serious risk of death or permanent disability. Who is most at risk? There are multiple risk factors associated with stroke. Knowing these can help you decrease your chances of having one. High blood pressure is one of the leading risks; fortunately, it’s one that a person can control with medication, diet and exercise. Obesity is another prominent risk factor. Having too much cholesterol – which can coat the walls of the blood vessels, harden and sometimes breakoff – can also cause a stroke. This risk factor is very controllable. Other risk factors include diabetes, a family history of stroke and, most importantly, being a smoker. Demographics can play a


Healthy eating also lowers a person’s risk. For example, replacing eggs, red meat and other high-cholesterol foods with plantbased fare, nuts and seafood can have a pronounced impact. Limiting sugar, solid fat, sodium and alcohol intake also are important preventatives. Make sure regular exercise is a part of your life habits, too. role: Women tend to suffer strokes more often than men, and African-Americans have them at a greater rate than Caucasians. Age is another factor. The chance of having a stroke doubles for every 10 years a person lives after age 55.

door into treatment, or “door to needle.” A recent Joint Commission survey revealed that Rockledge Regional beats the national average by a wide margin. The national goal is 60 minutes (soon to become 45 minutes), and Rockledge Regional in September Individuals who have atrial fibrillation are had the time down to just 41 minutes – a also at higher risk for stroke than the general testimony to the staff’s teamwork. population. Treatments in emergency and beyond Know the symptoms of stroke

It is important to recognize the symptoms of a stroke so you or loved one can seek immediate medical attention. Indicators include facial droop, slurred speech, numbness on one side of the body, vision difficulties, confusion and exceptionally painful, out-of-nowhere headaches. A person experiencing such symptoms should get to an emergency room as soon as possible. Rockledge Regional Medical Center continually works to reduce the time it takes to get the patient from the hospital


A stroke victim who arrives in the hospital’s emergency room can expect to be treated as a high priority. The patient will undergo a battery of tests and scans to determine the nature of the attack. These can include X-rays and CT scans, as well as a list of oral questions about symptoms and risk factors. Immediate treatments for stroke patients in emergency include aspirin and “clot buster” medications administered intravenously. After a person is discharged from the hospital, his or her physician may prescribe various medications to stave off a second stroke.

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Start day right with eggs-traordinary Avocado Breakfast Muffins SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE California avocados, in season now, are the perfect fruit and an important part of a nourishing breakfast solution for any busy morning schedule. Serving: Yields: 15 mini muffins Serves: 5 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Ingredients • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, chopped • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped • 1 ripe Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced • Salt, to taste

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• 1 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Spray a standard-sized non-stick mini muffin tin with cooking spray. 3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine tomatoes, spinach, avocado, salt, pepper and optional chipotle seasoning. 4. Spoon two tablespoons of vegetable and avocado mixture into each mini muffin cup.

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5. Beat eggs and egg whites together in a separate bowl.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 90; Total Fat 7 g (Sat 1.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1 g, Mono 4 g); Cholesterol 75 mg; Sodium 140 mg; Potassium 270 mg; Total Carbohydrates 4 g; Dietary Fiber 2 g;

6. Pour eggs over the vegetables — a little more than three-quarters full. 7. Sprinkle egg muffin mixture with cheese.

Total Sugars <1 g; Protein 4 g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 4%; Iron 4% *Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Recipe approved by USDA. SL

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Rockledge Regional Medical Center continues strong tradition BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Rockledge Regional Medical Center, previously known as Wuesthoff Medical Center, is a full acute care hospital and network of affiliates including rehabilitation services, wound care, laboratory services and assisted living. The medical center, in existence for more than 75 years, is part of Steward Health Care, a fullySENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler integrated national healthcare Rockledge Regional Medical Center was organization providing quality care one of the sponsors for the Boomer Bash in communities where their patients Senior Life Expo. live, said Eileen Bentley, marketing manager. Bash Senior Life Expo. “A proud supporter of many “Andy Romine, president of community events, we pride ourselves in Rockledge Regional Medical Center, reaching out in the communities where is to be the chairman of the 2018 our patients live and work,” Bentley said. Brevard County Health Walk that takes “The Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo place in February,” Bentley said. “The (held Nov. 9 at Valiant Air Command heart walk brings awareness to heart Warbird Museum in Titusville) provides disease, focuses on healthy eating and the opportunity to connect with the the services and programs offered by attendees, many of whom are patients of Rockledge Regional Medical Center our health system. The health-focused such as its state-of-the-art catheterization environment promotes action on lab and cardiac rehabilitation program.” preventative care and wellness and that The medical center also plays is very important to our mission.” host to its own annual February heart Since there are always community event, “Paint the Night Red.” The events and fundraisers in which to event will feature lectures, a team of participate, the medical center staff puts heart specialists, as well as promoting a lot of thought into which sponsorships heart-healthy foods, complimentary and fundraisers they want to participate health screenings and more. The in and in selecting those most important complimentary event is scheduled for to the mission of promoting health and Feb. 22 at the medical center. Go to wellness. The medical center sponsored to register to the photo booth for the Nov. 9 Boomer attend. SL

Billing for mammogram depends on screening or diagnostic examination

Dear Lance, I have Original Medicare. I recently had a mammogram and was billed by the radiologist for 20 percent Part B coinsurance. A friend told me that when she had her mammogram there was no amount due to the radiology facility. I don’t understand why she paid nothing and I got a bill. Can you explain the difference? Confused Dear Confused, I can certainly understand your confusion and will try to explain what I think are the differences in these two situations. First, please look carefully at what you received from the radiologist to be certain that you are actually being asked to pay or whether it is just a statement for the service you received that is being billed to Medicare. If it is a bill you are being asked to pay, we must look for the reason. Medicare covers a substantial number of preventive or screening services to keep you healthy. Many of them are provided at no cost and do not require that the Medicare Part B deductible ($183 in 2017 and 2018) be met. Among these many preventive services is breast cancer screening (mammograms). Medicare covers screening mammograms once every 12 months for all women who are 40 and older. You pay nothing for this preventive service if provided by a qualified healthcare provider who accepts Medicare assignment. The Part B deductible does not apply. I believe that this explains why your friend was not billed for the 20 percent Part B coinsurance. An entirely different situation occurs if (1) you have a history of breast cancer, (2) during a manual breast exam your doctor feels a lump or sees another abnormality, or (3) the radiologist is reading your mammogram and sees something suspicious and does additional radiology studies. In this case, the mammogram is not a screening examination but is a diagnostic one to

Ask Lance Lance P. Jarvis SHINE determine the nature or severity of a particular abnormality. When it is necessary that a diagnostic mammogram be done, a 20 percent co-insurance applies as does the Part B deductible. I suspect that this situation applies to you and is the reason that you received a bill from the radiologist. You might wish to discuss with your doctor whether they ordered a screening or a diagnostic mammogram. If they ordered a screening exam but a diagnostic one was done, have them ask the radiologist the reason. Many Medicare beneficiaries are unaware of the wide range of preventive services available to them. I strongly recommend the following Medicare website to learn of these services: Publication 10110, “Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services,” also can be ordered at no cost from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. The amount you pay for preventive services varies on whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO). If you get your health care coverage through a Medicare Advantage Plan, call your plan for more information. SL To contact a SHINE volunteer counselor for confidential and unbiased assistance, call the Elder Helpline tollfree at 1-800-963-5337 or call 321-7528080 locally. SHINE has 12 counseling locations throughout Brevard County. Counselors can assist you by telephone or in person. To find a SHINE counseling site near you, go to or call the telephone numbers listed above.

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Helpful hints make resolutions easier to reach during 2018 A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. That’s a quote and usually it is true. I used to make resolutions every year, and I used to track my progress. Lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day, call a friend I haven’t talked to in at least a decade, or read more. As the next New Year’s Eve approached, I would look back to see how I did. The problem is — since I passed 60 years old — I can’t remember what my resolutions were 12 months ago. So, this year as a public service, I’ve decided my only New Year’s resolution would be to help you with your resolutions. My first piece of advice to ensure total success in this endeavor is to recommend you make a resolution to break all your New Year’s resolutions. This guarantees success no matter what you do. My second piece of advice is don’t resolve to lose weight, but rather to look slimmer in your circle of friends by March 1. To make sure this happens, go out and buy each of those friends the nicest box of rich, dark chocolate truffles you can find for Valentine’s Day. Fourteen days later on March 1, take a picture with them. You’ll be the skinny one with the devilish grin. Third, resolve to read more. No, don’t go out and buy “War and Peace.” Instead, turn your TV’s closed caption button on. Resolution achieved, and you never had to


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Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad leave your lounge chair. My fourth recommendation is don’t resolve to learn more about the explosion of technology around you. Instead, offer to babysit those elementary school grandkids a little bit more. Buy them tablets for Christmas and then watch how they do it. Oh, you can go to a tech blog, authored by tech geeks and written at the level to teach other geeks. No. At our age, it’s best to keep things simple. Let the grandkids teach you. You’ll look like “Grandparents of the Year” while passing your own kids in techno savvy since they don’t think they can learn anything from elementary school kids. Our decades of experience have taught us better. So, my last piece of advice is if you have to make a resolution for 2018 make it something that you can definitely achieve. Resolve to give up underwater bungee jumping. That’s a guaranteed success. With all those resolutions solved, you undoubtedly can have a Happy New Year! SL

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Among the many programs sponsored by the Kindred At Home Care in Brevard County, the Safe Strides is one of the most popular. “Our Safe Strides program is one of the most commonly used programs or requested because as we age we lose balance,” said Bridget Brown, senior clinical and home health specialist and nurse for Kindred at Home Care. “Where vertigo is at issue with either inner ear or issues of vision (or other causes), we help to find what is causing the problem and then we work to fix that. It is usually an eight-week treatment plan, but it varies from patient to patient. As long as there is a skilled need, the patient is accomplishing progress and there is a goal in mind, we can continue the program. But, we have to be progressing to that goal. “The memory care program works with the patient and the caregiver because the caregiver is the one really in the trenches,” Brown said. “We help them to know what to expect, how to cope, understand behaviors and medications and guide them through the course of the illness, offering resources in the community. The caregivers need the most help for they are the soldiers in battle.” Kindred At Home Care is medical certified home care, providing nurses and occupational therapists for several programs such as cardiac, safe strides, orthopedic, memory care and care after surgeries. “We are proud of what we can provide for the community taking care of the caregiver and their families and doing it at home where they can do it best,” Brown said. Kindred Care has participated in various Boomer Bash Senior Life Expos for several years because “this is an opportunity for us to educate boomers and seniors who are going to be using our services and what is available for them. It is a great opportunity to educate.” Kindred At Home Care was the grand prize sponsor for the Nov. 9 Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo held at Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. SL

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Michele Huntington, first vice president of the Central Brevard Rock & Gem Club (CBRGC), which has 80 members, said the club’s upcoming gem show will be held in February, “There will be 25 vendors and lapidarists. We will have rocks, fossils, specimens, handmade jewelry, finished jewelry, jewelry parts and beads,”

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A couple browses gem trees by Jerri Heer of Nature’s Art at a Central Brevard Rock and Gem Club show. SENIOR LIFE Michele Huntington

Rock specimens at Jim Mahar’s booth at a previous Central Brevard Rock and Gem Club Show were interesting to gaze at.

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Botswana agate cabochons in the center were cut by James Ming. Huntington said, naming examples of the booths’ wares. After retiring to Florida, Huntington and her husband attended a CBRGC show, then decided to take a class. “It was just fun. If you like rocks, you become a lover of rocks.” said Huntington, who has gone from rockhounding in Arizona to crystal hunting in Arkansas. “Your family thinks you’re nuts when you look at rocks on vacation and bring home rocks.” The club offers members these ongoing classes: Beading, cabbing, casting, cold connections, faceting, filigree, gem trees, glass fusing, Kumihimo, opals, wax carving, beginner wire and wire advanced wrap. “We teach cutting rocks and making jewelry,” Huntington said. “Cutting cabochons is one of the primary things we start people with.” Matthew Castor, who retired from the Army, is an instructor in classes for the CBRGC. Castor suffered a traumatic brain injury in the military and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress


Disorder. He said he must keep his mind active and finds lapidary work to be the right activity for him. “I take the rock and beautify it and turn it into a piece of jewelry,” Castor said. “There’s science of the rock, then there’s the technical side, cutting, and the artistic side, how to beautify that stone, setting it. “It’s a nice learning skill you can use as a hobby, and turn into a business if you’re really good at it.” Castor said the club has been good for him to socialize and have a sense of belonging. “I feel like a part of things like in the military,” he said. “There are quite a few vets in the club.” The club’s upcoming show will be held at the Kiwanis Island Recreation Center at 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road on Merritt Island. The show runs two days — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. For information on the club and gem show, call 321-799-8536 or go to SL

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Florida’s largest city offers underrated fun for all the family Jacksonville often is underrated for quick trips and excursions. While Miami, St. Petersburg, Orlando and West Palm Beach draw all the attention, Florida’s largest city has many outstanding and diversified sightseeing destinations. It is just a little more than a two-hour ride from Brevard County. Jacksonville can be an interesting day trip that introduces you and your family to an exhilarating experience. I recommend that your first stop in the city be the Festival Mall at Jacksonville Landing. This two-level complex is located on the north bank of the majestic St. Johns River. The Landing has more than 65 stores, as well as full-service restaurants and a food court. It boasts weekly live music that is performed in an open, brick courtyard. Parking is located to the immediate east of the Landing next to the Main Street Bridge. Your first stop at the Landing should be the Jacksonville Visitors Information Center. Inquire about these following top attractions: Top to Bottom Walking Tour, Jax Sports Complex, Foxy Lady Cruises, The Museum of Science and History, The Ritz Theatre, The Museum of Contemporary Art and, last but not least, the Brooklyn Station Plaza. Fabulous public transportation makes it easy to leave the car parked while enjoying the city’s downtown. Use the Skyway, which is free. This new train serves riders to points of interest on both sides of the St. Johns River. It operates from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday

Touring the Town John Trieste through Friday. For a change, try the St. Johns River Water Taxi that provides transportation from the Jacksonville Landing to many interesting stops on both sides of the St. Johns River. There is a modest fee. Take the one-hour narrated water cruise tour of the St. Johns River and downtown Jacksonville. Before the trip, call 904-860-8294 for times and complete details of St. Johns River Tours or go to It’s a great way to learn about Jacksonville, its history, many landmarks and the St. Johns River. There is a lot to see and do in Jacksonville, making a return trip a sure thing when time permits. The Hampton Inn and the Doubletree Hotel are located in downtown Jacksonville on the south side of the St. Johns River. Both offer top-notch accommodations. Getting to Jacksonville from Brevard County by auto is direct. Take Interstate-95 North to Exit 350A. Then, follow signs to the Main Street Bridge that crosses the St. Johns River to Jacksonville Landing. SL

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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.

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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.


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.


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Seniors ponder decision to celebrate or disappear Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski How will you celebrate your 100th birthday? At a recent AARP Chapter meeting, I extended special wishes to Charlotte Mann who was enjoying her 99th birthday. I told her I would have a special cake for the occasion next year. She responded: “I’m not going to celebrate!” A piece of artwork by local artist Nancy Strange-Seib in the Florida Institute of Technology Foosaner Art Museum featured a weathered window frame with six panes. In five of the panes is the same photograph of an old woman sitting in a rocker by the window. In the sixth pane, the rocker is empty. As a docent at the museum, I asked people what they saw. The responses were similar: “she died, she got up to welcome a man friend, she went to the bathroom or she went to greet her grandchildren.” In the eighth week of the exhibit, one woman responded: “she climbed out the window and disappeared.” I was amazed. “How did you come to that conclusion?” The visitor shared a book “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” The story by Jonas Jonasson explores the adventures of Allan Karlsson. Karlsson lives in a retirement home in Sweden. The staff is preparing to celebrate his 100th birthday within the hour. Karlsson had a life full of adventure and experiences. He opened the ground-floor window of his apartment, climbed out and disappeared. He is gone! The adventures of his life continue anew along with the memories of his long life. It is fun to read; it is a mystery. The book gives us hope, joy and anticipation. Ideally, we should celebrate every day. Karlsson is a role model for all of us. A passage from Isaiah (65:20-21) summarizes the challenge for all of us: “an old man who does not round out his full lifetime; He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years, and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed. They shall live in the houses they built, and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.” In SAIL magazine, Leland Kuhn, a senior single-handing sailor commented: “Life’s too short to just sit on the dock.” St. Edmund Rich commented about celebration: “Learn as if to live forever; live as if to die tomorrow.” Let the celebration begin! It’s a new year. SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at


Green events should be a New Year’s resolution

While separating recyclables from trash after collecting for a local event, I wondered how much more we could have avoided burying in our landfills. Even though I was processing recycle bins, 83 percent of the content in the bins was either non-recyclable items or had to be thrown away because it was soiled and could not be recycled. That was a disheartening experience, but it prompted me to think that we can do better. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a California study found that the average participant at a public event generates 2.5 pounds of waste per day. Considering the number of events that are put on every week throughout the year, waste generated at events has a significant impact on communities and the environment. With that in mind, Brevard Zoo Conservation Manager Amy Reaume decided to invest time and resources to make one of the biggest Brevard Zoo’s events, Jazzoo, a zero-waste event. She knew she had a challenge. The event typically has 1,700 attendees and generates about 6,000 pounds of garbage — an average of 3.5 pounds per person. Only 20 percent of that volume is recycled. Reaume found a vendor, Bay Mulch Inc. in Plant City (baymulchinc. com), to take that garbage and transform it into organic fertilizer and soil. “We diverted more than a ton of compost from the landfill and more than 76,000 plastic items were replaced with Eco-Products

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compostable equivalents at Jazzoo 2017,” Reaume said. “Including vendors, who were encouraged to enjoy the event and visit other vendors to sample food and beverages as well, attendance was over 2,000 people.” That means more than 7,000 pounds of waste was saved from the landfills. What a great feat and an impressive example to be followed. It shows that big events can be successful and friendly to the earth at the same time. Putting on such events and being environmentally conscious should be the goal of any organization, especially groups whose mission is to protect and preserve the environment. The cost involved in the zoo’s effort might be prohibitive to most, but that should not stop every single event organizer from making improvements and taking steps toward creating more sustainable events. In that case, baby steps could be the best approach. Take the example of Daytona State College’s ShORE (SHaring Our Research with Everyone) annual research symposium for students, scientists and the community. In 2016, Dr. Debra W. Woodall of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies and the ShORE organizer, hoped to

reduce the waste generated at the symposium and implement some green initiatives. Woodall sent empty chip bags to TerraCycle, used compostable plates instead of regular plastic ones and encouraged participants to view the agenda online instead of printing it. She promoted the use of individual water bottles and prevented hundreds of cups from being sent to the landfills. She made a sign to alert everyone about what was being done to reduce the event’s footprint. “We are working to make all of our public events green,” Woodall said. For Woodall’s deeds, ShORE 2016 was awarded a green event certificate through the 3Rs and Beyond Green Event Certification Program (, a program that offers a guideline on how to make events more sustainable. The program, whose goal is to recognize events that hit the mark, is available to any event organizer. It is free. No matter the change, big leaps or baby steps have one thing in common — commitment. Starting with the event organizer, it can extend to vendors, volunteers and attendees. The degree of earth-friendliness that is achieved will depend on other factors, too. But, if there is no commitment, all bets are off. So if you are an event organizer, add to your 2018 resolutions to commit to more sustainable events. Making all events green is the responsibility for all of us. Happy New Year! SL Email Marcia Booth at

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7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Swingtime and Melbourne Community Orchestra. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-285-6724

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2 p.m. Image protection, scams, computer safety. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771


Dress Up Your Pet Day


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Trumpeter & Retired Card Making Classes Astronaut Winston Scott 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m. Space Coast Jazz Society Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rocklege, 321-636-6022

Big Band Favorites Concert

Tropical Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m. Tropical music and dancers Ascension Catholic Church Beuscher Center 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, 321-254-1595

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8 a.m. “Fighting Pet Obesity, Saving Homeless Pets” K9 Friendly Palm Bay Animal Clinic 3970 Dixie Highway NE Palm Bay, 321-725-4609


Accordion Club Meeting

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771


Brevard Antiques & Collectibles Group



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

3 p.m. “Mr. Holmes” Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jan. 8, 22, 29 $2 per day Viera Community Center 2300 J. Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891


5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 22, 29 Viera Community Center 2300 J. Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-258-1054


10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Topic: Advertising Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

National Pharmacist Day

Free Friday Movies: From Page to Screen


Singles/Couples Ballroom Dance

7 - 10 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center Doors open at 6:30 p.m., free snacks, BYOB 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556

Victim of scam or fraud? Stroke Awareness: 11 p.m. Think F.A.S.T.

Seventh annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival

2 - 3 p.m. Rockledge Regional Medical Center will host One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, RSVP 800-522-636





10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Florida Institute of Technology Food, handcrafted soaps, jewelry, fresh herbs, breads 150 University Blvd. Melbourne, 321-759-3713

5:30 p.m. Traveling with a travel group Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-259-6300

6 - 10 p.m. Live music, street performers & more Cocoa Beach Main Street Minutemen Causeway Cocoa Beach, 321-613-0072

Jan. 20 to Feb. 4 Artisans amd craftspeople Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-458-3515

Candlelight Yin Yoga

6:15 p.m. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

Winnie The Pooh Day

Travelogue Slide Show

10 a.m. - 6 p.m “Florida Family Fun” Veterans Memorial Park 400 Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island, 321-385-9600

Main Street Festival

National Cheese Lovers Day

Brevard Renaissance Fair

Lifelong Scholar Society monthly lecture series Volunteer Orientation

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Grove” by Gilbert King. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free health screenings, door prizes, healthy snacks Jan. 24 to Jan 30 Eastern Florida State College and guest speakers Solaris Senior Living 1311 N. US 1 535 Crockett Blvd. Titusville, 321-268-5224 Merritt Island, 321-454-2363

Nonfiction Book Club

1 - 3 p.m. For those who are writing or interested in writing Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

National Peanut Butter Day

21st anniversary Space 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Coast Birding and Discussion on “Devil in the Wildlife Festival

Courtenay Springs Village Open House

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Slice of pie for “National Pie Day ” and tour Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

1:15 p.m. “Google’s Free Tools” with Jared Campbell Buena Vida Estates 2129 West new Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

Community Health Fair

Freedom 7 Senior Center New Book Club

2 p.m. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505


It Don’t Mean a Thing Concert with Swingtime Jazz Band


7:30 p.m. The Melbourne Community Orchestra has Swingtime Jazz musicians join the stage for a collaboration of favorite jazzy orchestral pieces during the second half of the program. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-285-6724

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 19, 23, 26 Hospice of St. Francis 1250-B Grumman Place Titusville, 321-269-4240


2 p.m. “Wisdom Circles: Celebrate or Disappear?” Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

National Spouse Day

Swingtime Dance “Sweethearts Dance”

7 - 10 p.m. BYOB: snacks, soft drinks and ice available for purchase Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-608-7420

Chocolate Cake Day Singles/Couples Ballroom Dance

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7th annual The Big Chill Ride TGIF Seaside Piecemakers 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A quilters group meeting Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Photographic scavenger hunt $10 & $5 for passenger. American Legion Riders 1795 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, 321-525-2668



5 - 9 p.m. Chef and restaurant competition with celebrity judges, live entertainment, silent auction, and new this year, a craft beer garden Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1 9050 Discovery Road Port Canaveral, 321-784-6444

2 p.m. Roadway Our Way – annual POPS concert with melodies from the Great White Way. Guest vocalist Michelle Amato sings popular selections from Wicked to West Side Story King Center 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-242-2024

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7 – 10:30 p.m. Live band and caller. Each dance is taught and a partner not needed. Lesson at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Rec. Center 321 Ramp Road Cocoa Beach, 321-427-3587

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Cocoa Beach Contra Dance

Pathfinders Travel Club

10 a.m. Joanne Cotterman with Royal Caribbean Front Street Civic Center 2205 S. Front Street Melbourne, 321-355-7566

Senior Board Games

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

Presentation about your rights as a consumer Freedom 7 Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

Medicaid Planning Seminar Market Day at FIT

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3:30 - 7 p.m. Melbourne Municipal Band Riverside Presbyterian 3400 N. Atlantic Ave, Coca Beach, 321-525-7825


I am Rock Steady, Parkinson’s Support Group

Cuddle Up Day Best of Broadway

12:30 p.m. Longhorn Steakhouse 770 E. Merritt Island Causeway Merritt Island, 321-868-7775

1 - 3 p.m. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404



National Trivia Day AARP Safe Driving Course The Single, Separated, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Widowed & Divorced Register with Lou Castro if (SSWD) Group Lunch

Music on a Sunday Ten Meals in 10 Minutes “Jazz with Strings Attached” Alzheimer’s & Dementia Hospice of St. Francis Jan 9 and Jan 10 Afternoon: Gemini Band 6 p.m. Support Group Grief Support

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Calendar Jan. 3 Art Group Meeting 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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Parrish Center, Church of Our Savior 5301 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-7775 AARP Driving Course 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For drivers age 50 and older. Florida driver’s license is required Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Jan. 5 Poetic Visions Jan. 5 to Jan. 27 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All work will be inspired by either a poem or a song. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery 1470 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-259-8261 Jan. 8 Investors Business Group 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Investor’s meet for discussions about stock market investing Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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TGIF Seaside Piecemakers 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A quilters group meeting Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Jan. 19 The Single, Separated, Widowed & Divorced (SSWD) Card Bingo Night 5 p.m.

Jan. 27 Inaugural Viera Art Festival Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 9 a.m. Fine arts festival. Food and fun for everyone. Free. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-722-7295 Night Sounds Concert Series 7 – 9 p.m. Concert will showcase “Souljam”, a five-piece band that plays extended versions of rock n roll jam music. Sebastian Inlet State Park, Pavilions on Coconut Point 9700 South A1A Melbourne Beach, 321-987-4852 The History of Music 2 p.m. “Sammy Davis, Jr.” Buena Vida Estates 2129 West new Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

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The walk is easy at a little more than one-hour long. Historical photographs will be shown along the way. It ends with a tour of the 125-year-old Community Chapel. A reception will be held across the street in the Community Center. For information, call Thomas at 723-2655.

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Calling all art lovers, computer wizards and anyone interested in three days of creativity and family fun. The Playalinda Festival of the Arts will feature multiple venues where visitors can experience juried art shows, interactive technology, live performances and independent films. “It is a collaborative effort between several established organizations,” said Dr. Michael John Foster, who is chairman of the event. “The Greater Titusville Renaissance, of which I am a part, is providing infrastructure and organization, while partners such as FabLab and The North Brevard Art League are providing engaging experiencing for our guests.” The festival will be held February 2 to 4 at Titus Landing Lifestyle Center at U.S.1 and Harrison Street in Titusville. Admission is free, except for the films. “The festival encourages attendance and engagement for artists of all ages, with activities for children sponsored by area artists,” according to the Greater Titusville Renaissance. Visitors can look forward to a talented lineup that will include: • World-class musicians such as Jared Burnett from Cirque du Soleil or Rodney Ailen from Matchbox 20.

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Titusville Food Truck Monday 5 – 8:30 p.m. Featuring 10 food trucks Welcome Center Parking Lot 419 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-607-6512

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Space Race 2 Mile & 4 Mile 7 p.m. The inaugural Space Race is a two- and four-mile walk/run throughout Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex that

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Jan. 13

Downtown Titusville Street Party 6 – 10 p.m. Live music, local food vendors, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, an antique car show and more. Downtown Titusville & Julia Street Parking Lot Titusville, 321-267-8563

Jan. 20

Fly Fish 5K 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Casting for Recovery of Florida Knight Enterprises 701 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-607-9900

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21st anniversary Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival Jan. 24 to Jan. 30 Eastern Florida State College 1311 N. US 1 Titusville, 321-268-5224

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Solution on page 32 ACROSS 1. “No way” partner 6. Lending letters 9. Basketball star Nowitzki 13. “Love,” ‡ Paris 14. ____ date 15. Kind of chisel 16. Infamous Ford model 17. Stuff in a tray? 18. Romanov’s edict 19. Bony chest plate 21. *It makes the heart grow fonder 23. * You can’t make an omelet without breaking one 24. Border 25. Prune 28. Block of granite, e.g. 30. Whacko one 35. Eye layer 37. Author Murdoch 39. Paparazzo’s quest 40. Common allergens 41. *Sure sign of fire 43. Like nay-sayers 44. Rid of obstructions 46. Done to trouble 47. Asian weight unit 48. Cold sore, e.g. 50. Object of worship 52. 9 to 5, e.g. 53. Not of the cloth 55. Famous frat house 57. *Louder than words 61. *They can’t be choosers 65. Allocated quantity 66. Famous T-Rex 68. Cereal killer 69. Prodded 70. *”No ____ crying over spilt milk” 71. Recycle, in a way 72. H or O in H2O, e.g. 73. * ”You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ____” 74. Make tea, e.g.


DOWN 1. Midday slumbers 2. Fail to mention 3. Use a whetstone 4. Grossly unconventional 5. *Two of these do not make a right 6. Genesis man 7. Pimple fluid 8. ____ center for help 9. Home of Blue Devils 10. Ali Khamenei’s domain 11. CISC alternative 12. Genuflecting joint 15. Serious quarrel 20. Tangerine-grapefruit hybrid, pl. 22. Ballerina’s do 24. Non-living 25. *No such thing as a free one 26. Egg cell 27. ____ Cottontail 29. Picture on a coat? 31. Not this 32. Actor Hill 33. Weasel’s aquatic cousin 34. *A watched pot never does this 36. Hurry up! 38. Row of vagrants 42. With a jagged margin 45. Follows aim and shoot 49. ____ Diego 51. They’re usually golden or amber 54. Question in dispute 56. White heron 57. Caribbean color 58. Like a short reply 59. Burkina Faso neighbor 60. Big-ticket ____ 61. Duff in Springfield, e.g. 62. Flu symptom 63. Kate Winslet in “Titanic” 64. *Beginning of a thousand mile journey 67. “This land is your land...”

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I ♥ my pet Meet Biscuit and Butters Biscuit, left, is a 3-year-old female long-haired Dachshund. She is an easy-going dog, who is content to watch her sister play Chuckit! Butters is a 7-year-old female Dorgi — a Dachshund and Corgi mix. Owners: Karen and Willie Montes Merritt Island

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Black wingtips are a unique feature of the American White Pelican.

American White Pelican highlights Birding and Wildlife Festival BY MUFFY BERLYN

Nearly 30 American White Pelicans lined up on a small pier at Sebastian Inlet just off the Indian River Lagoon. Even a non-birder who is not from where these birds are common and who is driving by might be inclined to pull over to take a closer look. Unlike other birds, the White Pelican is distinguished by its beak or bill. Its bill is large with a slight pouch of skin below its beak for catching fish. They winter along coasts in Florida and as far south as South America. They prefer estuaries and lakes to the open seashore. The American White Pelican is one of the hundreds of species of birds that birders participating in the 21st Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, scheduled from Jan. 24 to 29 in part at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville, might see. Hundreds of fans from around the globe are expected for the festival held

each year in Brevard County. Jim Eager of Obsessive Compulsive Birding in Titusville said that one of the most noteworthy characteristics and traits of American White Pelicans is their wingspan, which can reach 9 feet. “They have the largest wingspan of any bird in North America, tied with the California Condor — twice the size of a Brown Pelican. As a group, they herd fish into shallow water to feed rather than dive into the water like the Brown Pelican.” Eager takes birders who want to see the American White Pelican to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Eager said the American White Pelican is “a very elegant bird and quite impressive and beautiful when you observe a large flock take to wing. They are all white with black wingtips.” Short of throwing a rock to startle them into flight to see their dramatic wingspan, it is enough to see them in a group on the pier. SL

Meet Ginger Ginger is a female puppy St. Bernard, who was born in September on a farm just outside of Charlotte, N.C. She is playful, bites a little too much as puppies often do, likes to play with her many toys and is settling in as a lap dog. She adores her older sister, Orange Blossom, who also is a female St. Bernard. Owners: Suzy and Gary Dillon Melbourne

Meet Marbles Marbles is a 15-week-old blue Weimaraner whose favorite trick is sitting to wait for meals. Frequently. He loves people and wants to be a lap dog. That might not be possible in the future. Owners: Linda and Mike Gaffey Suntree

Do you have the cutest pet in your neighborhood? Does your pet have a funny habit, a favorite toy? Include your pet in Senior Life’s I Love My Pet gallery. Email a photo of your pet with its name and most endearing qualities along with your name and address to media@ The American White Pelican has a 9-foot wingspan.


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Jan. 15, 1929

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born. In 1955, King Jr. began to promote civil disobedience and non-violent resistance to segregation.

Jan. 24, 1848 Jan. 5, 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a bill authorizing $5.5 million in funding to develop a space shuttle. NASA launched Columbia, the first space shuttle, in 1981.

Jan. 14, 1954 Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe and former baseball star Joe DiMaggio got married. It wasn’t long before the couple began to experience problems.

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Health First Caregiving for Seniors Annual Conference Two for the Road: Giving Care and Taking Care

Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place OUR 2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:


Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, which provides education and support for those dealing with dementia. She has a radio show and webinar series dedicated to dementia.

Please join us for our 14th Annual Caregiving for Seniors Conference, tailored to family caregivers providing care and support for their loved ones. This day will be filled with information and community connections to help you continue to provide quality care and find support. This day is for you…Relax, Enjoy, Learn and Connect.

After launching the first Memory Café in the nation in Roseville, Minnesota, La Bey sparked the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States in 2013 in Watertown, Wisconsin. In 2016, she helped develop the Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative.


As a Platinum Sponsor in 2015, La Bey helped launch the film “His Neighbor Phil,” showing the emotions families struggle with while caring for someone with dementia. Her project in 2017 was a 7-Day Dementia Friendly Symposium and Caribbean Cruise for those with early to mid-memory loss, as well as families and friends.

Afternoon Session: “Planning for the Caregiving Journey” — Visa Srinivasan, MD, Medical Director of Health First Aging Services will moderate a Panel of Experts to help guide you on the different stages of your caregiving journey. Our panel will include a Social Worker, Nurse Case Manager, Elder Law Attorney and representatives from Health First Private Duty Home Care and Hospice of Health First.

La Bey is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer and advocate for new delivery systems toward those living and dealing with dementia. In 2013, she was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the Purple Angel Project, the new global symbol for dementia. La Bey is driven to provide a variety of 24/7 access to FREE RESOURCES to connect family, friends, professionals, advocates and those just interested in learning how to live positive and purpose-filled lives despite dementia.

Keynote: “Hanging by a Thread - Saving Yourself While Caring for Others” — Lori La Bey Second Session: “Family Gatherings and Traveling with Dementia; Driving and How to Address Challenges” — Lori La Bey

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If you need care for your loved one in order to attend the conference, please call SarahCare at 321.676.3460 after you register for our conference. They will kindly provide respite for your loved one for a nominal fee.

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