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June 2018

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Senior encouraged to engage in community Page 6

New law puts senior safety first Page 3

SENIOR LIFE Jill Blue Gaines

Andrew “Andy” Aldrin shows a mold of a foot print made by the boots worn by his father, Buzz, on the moon. See story, page 4

A cappella group remains active Page 25

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Enjoy getting involved in community You’re 75 or 80. So, what are you going to do now? Doing nothing is not be an option. You have many choices. According to the National Institute on Aging you should be engaged in activities that enrich your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. There are plenty of opportunities to share your lifetime of experience while engaging in your community. We tell you in this issue of Senior Life just a few of the ways you can engage. I would also like to encourage you to get out and walk. Now that we’re in the hot days of summer, find yourself an indoor or shaded space where you can walk to get in your daily exercise. Try a shopping mall or other large public building. Our story on the subject suggests finding walking partners to help keep each other motivated to walk, stay fit and healthy. There is a lot to do around Brevard County, Central Florida and even on day trips across the state. This month you can read about DeLeon Springs. It is just one of many similar articles we bring to you each month about activities and outings. While I emphasized stories about active life, there are plenty of other articles in this edition about health issues and about our military veterans. While you go out and become engaged, active in outings and involved in your community, I want to remind you that school is out. We often talk about driving cautiously when school is in session, but summer vacation also means that there are lots of children out and about in their neighborhoods. Drive with caution. We listen to you to bring you the kind of stories that inform, entertain and inspire you. We hope that you get as much out of the stories in this edition of Senior Life as the enjoyment and satisfaction we get from bringing them to you. Stay healthy, stay safe and enjoy getting involved at any age. SL R. Norman Moody

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Ornamental concrete is a combination of art and skill. It entails the process of pouring concrete into mold creations, and sometimes painting or adding further detail. BY JULIE STURGEON Brevard Ornamental Studios owner Roy Kirby has a passion for creating interesting, concrete art objects. The process is tedious and difficult. But, Kirby does not mind. Kirby, a Jamaican immigrant, came to the United States to work hard and make a better life for his family. After settling in Brevard, Kirby worked in the construction and masonry business for several years. Then, on a trip to New York City, Kirby became inspired by the Statue of Liberty and the city’s rows of many columned buildings, Corinthian caps, and other architectural details. After his New York City excursion, he returned home excited to embark on a new venture in the ornamental concrete industry. His experience in working with concrete, along with his creative flare, gave Kirby the zest to try the new business. Ornamental concrete is a combination of art and skill. It entails the process of pouring concrete into mold creations, and sometimes painting or adding further detail. “We are unique because we manufacture most of the products and we stand behind our workmanship,” Kirby said. “Quality is very important in the production of our ornamental concrete products.”

When his concrete explorations outgrew his home and garage rental 22 years ago, Kirby moved to his current location on U.S. 1. Kirby has been honing his artistic skills in creating unusual concrete lawn ornamental products for more than 30 years. Kirby’s ornamental figurines are primarily unpainted, allowing the white aging process to provide a pleasant contrast to outdoor landscapes. The concrete sculptures and objects provide focal points to gardens and other outdoor areas. Brightly painted pelicans, parrots, and all-white lighthouses are among the tropicalthemed sculptures in the studio. There are hundreds of sculptures to choose from, including fountains, garden gnomes, birdbaths, nautical and zoological art. There is even a replica of the Statue of Liberty. “I am the only one in the area doing all the surface work, the detail,” Kirby. “I’m always keeping up with changes in the ornamental concrete industry.” Prices for the concrete ornaments range from $30 to more than $10,000. The concrete is virtually indestructible. There is a oneyear guarantee for the fountain workmanship.

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Andrew “Andy” Aldrin shows a mold of a print made by the moon boots worn by his father, Buzz Aldrin. BY KATIE PARSONS

Now an associate professor at FIT, Aldrin’s office has memorabilia from Dr. Andrew “Andy” Aldrin’s path his father’s space feats, including a to space expertise has always been mold of a print created from his dad’s intertwined with entrepreneurship. moon boots. Photos on the walls His recognizable last name conjures document space firsts alongside up images of his famous father, Buzz family trips to the Galapagos Islands. Aldrin, but Andy’s space path has Aldrin is a driving force behind been more grounded. In the 1980s, a new space entrepreneurship he traveled to the then-Soviet Union program that will come to the Space as a graduate student Coast in the summer to study the behindof 2019. “I believe very the- scenes factors that The Buzz Aldrin strongly that Florida Space Institute boosted that nation in the “space race.” for Florida Tech’s will be one of the He says the lessons he graduate-level learned then influenced key places for space summer study how he looks at is designed entrepreneurship.” program American advancement to give up-and-coming in space, including in space entrepreneurs —Andrew Aldrin entrepreneurship. the right footing to “I believe very strongly get their ideas off the that Florida will be one of the key ground. The six-week program will places for space entrepreneurship,” be open to graduate students in all Aldrin said. “You have to go through fields of study, but Aldrin expects Florida to get to space.” that most students will have an He will present a lecture on space engineering or business management entrepreneurship July 12 at FIT’s background. Center for Aviation and Innovation “The goal of that program is to located at 1050 West NASA Blvd. in create dynamic leaders for the Melbourne. companies already here and to also The presentation is part of the turn new space ideas into business,” Florida Institute of Technology’s Aldrin said. Lifelong Scholar Society lecture For those interested in hearing Dr. series. Throughout the year, 18 Aldrin’s July 12 lecture, The Lifelong different lectures take place on select Scholar Society costs $40 for a year’s Thursday nights, followed by an open membership and includes occasional discussion on the topic at hand. Other dinner celebrations. For more topics in the series include virtual information on joining the society, reality technology, hurricane science visit forecasts and how human factors society or call 321-674-8382, affect safety. option 2. SL

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Neighbors Senior Festival encourages participating at any age BY JULIE STURGEON You are never too old to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. That’s the message the Brevard Commission on Aging wants to spread throughout the Space Coast. This year’s theme for seniors is “Engage at Any Age.” According to the National Institute on Aging, engaging at any age means participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness. It’s also about offering your wisdom and experience to others, with elders providing mentorship to younger generations.

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And, the time to start is now — regardless of how old you are. “A nation wide theme is put out every year from the National Institute on Aging,” said Cindy Short, the contract administrator with housing and human services. “The Brevard Commission on Aging adopts the national theme and promotes it in the community.” Dr. John H. Potomski is the current chairman of the Brevard Commission on Aging, through which he has advocated for seniors’ rights in Tallahassee. He has been awarded the Medical Director of the Year Award for the Southeastern United States SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Cindy Short in 2017 and the Space Coast Public Service Dr. John Potomski, second from right, received the Older Award, among other achievements. Americans Month resolution from the Brevard County Board of About 31 percent of Brevard County’s County Commissioners. Randy Hunt, left, Barb Grassel, Terry total population is 60 years or older, so Stone, District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith, Theresa Russell and Potomski and Short want to get the word Phil Koechlein join Potomski at the award ceremony. out. Seniors have a lifetime of experience to share with the community. abuse awareness and prevention. Short said that “We are trying to stress the point that you can unfortunately, elder abuse is all too common. engage at any age no matter if you are 50 or 95,” “Mostly what we advocate for is elder abuse Short said. “We also try to encourage people to awareness and health and wellness,” Short said. volunteer their time, sit with a senior, let it take a life “These are the main drivers for the BCOA. Elder of its own.” abuse identity theft is a multi-billion-dollar industry.” Engaging with elders can be anything from sitting Preventative measures entail educating the and keeping someone company to reading or taking community and awareness, Short said. One example a walk. It can be visiting a senior activity center with an elder, such as the Wickham Park Senior Center or ENGAGE calling Meals on Wheels for the housebound. continued on page 14 A main focal point of the commission is elder



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Local theaters offer vibrant summer programs for children BY KYLE McDONALD School is out for the summer, but theatre keeps the learning and performing going by offering a variety of summer programs. The Titusville Playhouse has a variety of programs for children ranging from first grade to recently graduated seniors. During the past few years, Titusville Playhouse has grown dramatically. With Niko Stamos at the helm of the TPI Rising Stars and Steps to Broadway children’s program, it has done the same. “Rising Stars strives to empower our students with confidence, creative thinking, teamwork and performance skills” Stamos said. “Throughout the program, students can discover their talents or take their talents to a new level.” This summer, the Rising Stars program offers three musicals for all school children. There are three offerings for children ranging from first to eighth grades. The first is “The Little Mermaid Jr.” This Disney classic has been tailored for young performers, but still packs in all the classic tunes

from the movie. The second offering is a musical review called “The Magic of Broadway.” This Broadway review takes audiences on a journey through the history of musical theatre. It ranges from the golden age of musicals to today’s contemporary hits. The third offering is “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure.” This show is based on the DreamWorks motion picture “Madagascar.” “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be performed June 3; “The Magic of Broadway” is scheduled for June 23; and “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure” will be performed July 7. For older students in seventh through 12th grades, Steps to Broadway will perform “Carrie: The Musical.” Based on the classic cult horror flick, it will be a feast for the eyes and ears as the students of Brevard work hard to bring this show to life. This show will close the summer program with performances from July 19 to July 22. These summer programs — as well as others around the county — should help young actors as they grow and learn as students. They will continue the tradition of fine theater in the years to come. SL

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John Goodenough, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, which he began developing at the age of 57, has filed a patent for a new super-efficient battery. Goodenough is 95. BY MUFFY BERLYN John Goodenough is an amazing senior. At 95, he leads a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also is a professor. Together he and his team have applied for a patent that will revolutionize the electric car industry with a super-efficient battery. This battery provides much shorter charging times (10 minutes), is cheaper to produce, and will reduce the price of the vehicle. Batteries are not new to Goodenough. He co-invented the lithium-ion battery decades ago that is now used in devices, computers and cars. This invention has touched billions of lives. Goodenough grew up on a Connecticut farm where his parents stressed a good education. At age 12, he earned a scholarship to a private academy. “I was dyslexic as a child and I couldn’t read very well,” he told Chuck Murray, editor of the online publication Design News in January 2018. “I wasn’t going to major in history or English. So I did mathematics.” When he first arrived at age 25 at the University of Chicago, he was

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chastised by his professor. “Don’t you know that anyone who has ever done anything significant in physics had already done it by the time he was your age. And you want to begin?” Now, at the age of 95, forging his own path from math to physics to engineering, with a string of successes under his belt, he is not slowing down. Asked if Goodenough still works an eight-hour day, his assistant, Melissa Truitt-Green, told Murray, “Not always. Sometimes he works 10 hours.” Automakers are eyeing him and his team. “Now I’m having the fun of realizing that there’s a whole new area of electrochemistry ahead of me,” Goodenough explained to Murray. “We’re working to make the battery that will take the internal combustion engine off the road.” At his advanced age, he is racing to get a completed battery in an automaker’s vehicle rolling off production lines. Though not yet, Goodenough said he’s optimistic it will happen. “I’m 95, but I think we can get it done in five years,” he told Design News. “I’m not folding up my tent.” SL

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BY KYLE McDONALD “You’re a grand old flag You’re a high-flying flag And forever in peace may you wave You’re the emblem of The land I love The home of the free and the brave” — Lyrics to “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag” Our national symbol of freedom and bravery is proudly displayed across our country every day. We wear it on our clothes, hang it from flagpoles outside of homes and public buildings and pledge allegiance to it every day as school children. The American flag has become a symbol synonymous with American values across the globe, and on June 14 we celebrate the flag we love for Flag Day. There are many traditions around Brevard County to highlight this holiday, but one that has a rich history and legacy is the Satellite Beach tradition of the 21-Day Flag Salute. This tradition begins with Brevard’s own Kathleen “Scotty” Culp. This flag salute started 31 years ago and continues today at The Scotty Culp Municipal Complex. Volunteers raise the flags every day starting on Flag Day and ending on Independence Day as 47 flags join the three permanently placed flags on the property to represent all 50 states. At 7:30 each morning, volunteers raise all 47 flags of the salute and retire them at 5:30 p.m. This process

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There are many traditions around Brevard County to highlight this Flag Day, but one that has a rich history and legacy is the Satellite Beach tradition of the 21-Day Flag Salute. takes about 15 minutes and at least six volunteers are involved. The first Flag Salute was conducted in 1987, but it is only one of the many ventures Culp achieved during her years of service to the beach community. Culp was a crossing guard for Satellite Beach Elementary School and a member of the Beautification Board for 25 years. In 1996, she carried the Olympic torch along A1A. She also was a U.S. Navy veteran. She achieved all of this before passing at the age of 91 in 2013. Due to her tremendous efforts in Satellite Beach, she was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2017. Her son, Ron, accepted the award on her behalf. In an article for the Beachcaster, Ron Culp wrote this about his mother,

“Scotty passed away in 2013 and has been dearly missed, but will never be forgotten. To learn more about Scotty and read about her many endeavors, come to City Hall and see the displays inside the lobby dedicated to her.” So on June 14 not only do we pay our respects to our Grand Ol’ Flag, but we can use this time to remember those who have worked tirelessly to build community changing programs like Culp did during her lifetime. Learn more about this tradition and to see the beautiful display running from June 14 to July 4, by visiting Satellite Beach City Hall at The Scotty Culp Municipal Complex. SL





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It’s a good thing that retired Air Force Col. Gary Eppler believes in a “never stop serving” philosophy. As the latest president of the Military Officers’ Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC), Eppler has a lot of working days to look forward to in the future. With approximately 1,400 members, the chapter is the largest in the country. It is an extremely active organization, with plenty of community projects and advocacy programs. Eppler relishes the challenges of the job. “The best part of MOAACC is that it keeps you busy for many very good causes and projects. And, you are always meeting new people,” said Eppler, who moved to Indian River Colony Club in 2015. Bred, born and raised in Kansas, Eppler was an all-around student who excelled at everything he did, be it class president, football captain, yearbook photographer, and Honor Society member. When the time came to seek employment, Eppler didn’t hesitate from tackling a variety of jobs while attending Pratt Junior

College thanks to a football scholarship. He sold and serviced office machines, worked in a mortuary, was a roughneck in the oil fields, and even custom cut wheat one year. During his two years at Washburn University, Eppler continued with a turbo-charged work ethic that had him holding three jobs — bartending, janitorial service and dishwashing — at once. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he took a position as comptroller trainee for three Sears stores and later became a traveling auditor for Sears throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. Eppler joined the United States Air Force in 1966 and served America’s flying service until he retired in 1992. He took over the MOAACC reins in January of this year and has been a member of the national association since 1992.


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Retired Air Force Col. Gary Eppler is president of the Military Officers’ Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter.

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Down the Road Thrift is not Veterans Resource Network your ordinary store arms vets with knowledge It has a seemingly unassuming name – “Down the Road Thrift.” Look further and you will see that it also proclaims: “A veteran for Veterans.” Down the Road Thrift is no ordinary thrift store. It is one dedicated to helping veterans. It provides “clothing and basic necessities to any and all veterans that are in need.” It is a non-profit charity benefiting veterans and their families. Some of the proceeds from the store goes to help veterans by providing them with clothes and household items they may need when transitioning from homelessness to a home. Jerry Vaughan, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Bobbie Warner found themselves out of jobs after working for city governments in Brevard. “We wanted to work for ourselves and do some good,” Warner said. “Jerry wanted to gear things towards helping veterans.” They opened the store in December at Peddlers Village Mall at 4657 S. U.S. 1 in Rockledge. Warner said that since then they have helped to furnish 18 homes of former homeless veterans and others in need. “They know they can come in here and wash their clothes and get some supplies,” she said. “Whenever they get their apartment they can come to us.” I say the name “Down the Road Thrift” seems unassuming because the store has apparently not made waves

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about the charity work it does, but quietly goes about helping veterans in need. But it has done plenty, enough for its work to be noticed by the residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera, which is a patriotic neighborhood of mostly military veterans. The residents recently presented a check for $2,000 to Down the Road Thrift to assist the store with its mission of helping veterans. The money donated by IRCC will go to help purchase household items for veterans in need and helping the homeless veterans transition to housing. “IRCC has maintained a patriotic culture centered on service to others from our very beginning in 1986,” IRCC Foundation chairman Skip Taylor said. “Through the generosity of the IRCC community, our foundation will continue to support veterans causes, to help our brothers and sisters in need.” Customers patronizing Down the Road Thrift also are helping to support veterans through their purchases. SL


If knowledge is power, then the Brevard Veterans Resource Network is one of the most powerful organizations in Brevard County. This coalition of groups provides information, resources, and support to veterans and active-duty military and their families. “One shocking discovery was that some of our veterans in need don’t even consider themselves veterans,’’ said 2-1-1 Brevard communications manager Belinda Stewart. “Perhaps, maybe they didn’t serve overseas or in combat or didn’t serve in wartime, and don’t realize that they may be eligible for help through the Department of Veterans Affairs.’’ Accessing the wealth of information is thankfully easy, since a web portal in the 2-1-1 Brevard website features an exhaustive database of community organizations serving veterans. 2-1-1 Brevard also offers the free help of a veterans’ response team specialist who can offer information, support, and coordination of services via telephone or text. The service is well-used. “In 2017, the BVRN specialist and other 2-1-1 helpline staff logged almost 2,200 calls with veterans, family, and active-duty military in Brevard,” Stewart said. Additionally, the Resource Network operates a Facebook page that offers the latest news from Resource Network members, including changes in resources, promotion of fundraising events, and volunteer opportunities.

Resource Network members include representatives from government, nonprofit and business entities, as well as private individuals and community leaders. “Another key impact of the BRVN has come through quarterly forums in which veteran-related nonprofits and other entities can share information and learn about the myriad of resources for veterans on the Space Coast,’’ Stewart said. “Sometimes, agencies are so busy helping that they don’t have time to learn about all the other help that may be available to the people they serve.’’ The Brevard Veterans Resource Network owes its existence to the Community Blueprint-Brevard, an initiative that was co-led by the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter, the Community Foundation of Brevard and the LEAD Brevard’s Class of 2016. “This effort initially started as a way to help veterans who were transitioning from military to civilian life and their families,’’ Stewart said. “But in reality, what we’ve seen is that veterans of all ages in our community experience some of the same basic needs and that we’re able to provide them with the option of care coordination in which we can provide more personal and ongoing support.’’ For more on the Brevard Veterans Resource Network, go to or BrevardVRN. SL

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continued from page 17 His military service focused on aircraft maintenance, supply, transportation and logistics during assignments that took him from the Pentagon to Europe. With four overseas tours and 13 U.S. tours under his belt, Eppler was twice selected as a commander. Always the earnest worker, he also earned his master’s degree in international relations while stationed in Europe. He developed the Air Force Aircraft Battle Damage Repair general technical order for all Air Force and Navy aircraft and also managed a foreign military sales program with Saudi Arabia. In 1989, Gary and wife, Alice, bought Hockridge Florist. To better serve the community, he became a certified FTD Master Florist Manager. The couple owned the shop until 1998, when they decided to move to Pratt, Kan., where he had been raised and where friends and family beckoned. Throughout his career, Eppler has been a joiner. He has served with the Optimist Club, the Elks and the Rotarians, among others. He served in the Air Force, but his hobbies are more attuned to the ocean. During the little spare time he can muster, Eppler enjoys swimming, doing water aerobics, scuba diving and cruising. Now at the helm of MOAACC, Eppler will continue to “never stop serving.” SL

BY R. NORMAN MOODY Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter recognized Brevard County students who this year received appointments to military academies and ROTC college scholarships. Seventeen ROTC students from around the county were honored at a luncheon held by MOAACC on May 15 at the Indian River Colony Club in Viera. The students, were praised by MOAACC officials as future leaders. Seven of the students were from Viera High School, where retired Army Lt. Col. Tim Thomas is the senior instructor in the JROTC program. “We’re very proud of them,” Thomas said. “I’m very proud of their accomplishments, as we are for all of the cadets, all 17 cadets that were here. Even though they might have not been from our school, we’re proud of their accomplishments, and we thank MOAACC for sponsoring this event.” Students are headed to the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as colleges with Reserve Officer Training Corps. The students will major in studies, such as aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, premedical and veterinary medicine. SL

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Space Coast High scholarship earner: Logan Lawhorn – Air Force ROTC, University of Central Florida

Rockledge High School scholarship earner: Carlos Penrod — Army ROTC, Stetson University

Viera High School scholarship earners: Drake Vaske, Army ROTC — University of San Francisco Aniya Cosby — Air Force Academy Prep School Andrew Scougall — Air Force ROTC, University of Florida Lexi Ewing — Army ROTC, University of Florida Joseph Avery-Dipolito — Army ROTC, University of Florida Brandon Mays —

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Merritt Island High School scholarship earners honored: Nick Hensley— Army ROTC, ERAU Darren Higgins — Army ROTC, ERAU Jordan Krueger — Army ROTC, Stetson University Shania Rodriquez — Army ROTC, Georgia Military College Laryssa Mellendez — Army ROTC, Georgia Military College Charlie Meholic — Army ROTC, ERAU Morgan Scott — Air Force ROTC, University of Florida Kyle Dentmon — Air Force Academy

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ALS Foundation continues fight against mysterious debilitating disease

choking. The tongue, as a muscle, is affected so they can’t talk so they start spelling ALS (amyotrophic lateral words by blinking their eyes to sclerosis), often referred to an established system.” as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a “Patients prepare for the fatal neurodegenerative disease disease and adapt to the new that progressively paralyzes its normal,” said Patricia Stanco, victims. director of public policy and The disease attacks nerve advocacy for the ALS chapter. cells and pathways in the brain “There becomes several or spinal cord, says the ALS new normals. It is constantly Foundation Florida Association challenging people with a chapter. There is no known series of losses. A lot of grief cure as patients are robbed of SENIOR LIFE photo and it would be weird if they the ability to walk, eat, speak There is no known cure for ALS. didn’t grieve for the loss of and eventually breathe. Upon earlier instead of later.” their abilities. They try to diagnosis, patients are given just two ALS is a muscular disease power through that and get to the other to five years to live. ALS can strike affecting all muscles, including the side. They try to do things they like, anyone at any time. diaphragm, making patients short but maybe in different ways to bring “In Florida, we have 1,300 to 1,800 joy or meaning and purpose.’’ of breath because they can’t exhale clients that we serve that fluctuates “If veterans, they are twice as likely carbon dioxide, Salgado said. with the snowbirds,” said Marixa to contract the disease than a non“Some people never lose the Salgado, regional program director veteran,” Salgado said. “It is recognized ability to walk but lose the ability of East Central Florida ALS. “I don’t to swallow,” Salgado added. “Using know if it (disease) is increasing or a feeding tube and liquids in a tube not, but there is more awareness as continued to page 21 more people are being diagnosed makes for danger of aspiration and BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER



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continued from page 20 as a service-associated illness so anyone who is a veteran diagnosed with the disease can get full benefits from VA.” Riluzole is a pill that is taken and shown in clinical studies to extend life two to three months, according to Stanco. “Now, there is a new drug since May 2017, Radicava administered infusion therapy,” Stanco said. “It is a complicated regimen and can be a taxing process to go to an infusion center every day. But some people experience more energy with it, and it seems to slow the progression by 30 percent. ALS is not one disease, but a family of related diseases.” There is an ALS support group in Melbourne for Brevard County held from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at 4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. #280. ALS Foundation offers consultations for patient autonomy to make informed decisions on what they want and don’t want, has strategies to offer to maintain high quality of life, and even offers an equipment loan program to borrow everything at no charge, to keep as long as needed. Small grants are also available for home or vehicle modifications. “I see courage and the grace for which these people approach this disease,” Stanco said. “And they find a way to find joy, purpose and meaning to their lives.” SL To offer donations or for more information, contact the ALS Association Florida Chapter, Inc., Tampa at 888-257-1717 or at

BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Once the only mode of getting from point A to point B, walking fell out of favor as humans moved to modern modes of transportation through the years. Today, walking is returning as a benefit to health and seniors have taken up the exercise. “The benefits of walking, the top five or so, are benefits to muscles and prevents sarcopenia which is muscle loss and improves balance that decreases the risk of falling,” said Dr. Robert Potomski, who practices geriatric medicine in Melbourne. “People who have fallen and fractured a hip, who are older, will not be with us in a year’s time. “Walking and weight bearing strengthens the bones and prevents osteoporosis as well as keeps the joints more flexible,” Potomski said. “Additionally, you maintain a healthy body weight. It also lowers the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Water walking is a good routine and has resistance (from the water) and helps build up your muscle mass. What you have to watch is the muscle mass as people get older. Walking also reduces depression, anxiety and the onset of dementia. What is healthy for the heart is healthy for the brain.” If people walk for 30 minutes daily or even four times a week, the body will benefit. “Walking is good exercise for seniors because you can do it at your own pace,” said Paula Schroeder, Aging

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Linda Crawford, left, Sheila Murphy, Marilyn Clark, Diane Katz and Barbara Jones walk to get their morning exercise to build healthy bones and increase stamina inside the Merritt Square Mall. Matters of Brevard coordinator of living healthy classes. “It is for people in a lot of pain or not exercisers in the past. You can do it. It is not how far or fast you go, but it is the moving. Just by moving you are lubricating your joints, flexing joints and your cardiovascular is doing better. “Ideally, you want 30 minutes of activity,” Schroeder said. “Walking is an activity. Go to the shopping mall, beach or all kinds of different places. You can walk and get that benefit of being active. If you aren’t accustomed to walking outside, sit in a chair and do knee rises. That is going to work your lift muscles. I have people that just walk in their house or around


their room. Walk any place you feel comfortable walking.” Some people like to exercise with a group. Other groups walk on the beach. Having that group for support is really helpful. Schroeder suggests making walking a routine so that is something you do in the morning when you get up, or before or after dinner. Just walk at the same time every day if you can. Try making yourself an assignment like walking three days for 20 minutes at a certain location and then you will follow through. SL To join a walking group, call 321-806-3741 to register or go to

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Running races with her walker, Osterly takes home medals BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Her racing bib number, 83, reveals her age but that has not slowed down Roberta Osterly. The Satellite beach woman has been participating in races since she first took up the sport in March 2005 at age 70. Race trophies fill a room in her Satellite Beach home, collecting medals and trophies from each run. “I used to go to the Calvary Chapel on Minton Road and they sponsored a race (to raise funds) for tsunami (victims),” said Osterly, who decided to participate. “Two bachelor friends of mine in their 40s didn’t place, but I got a first-place trophy and walked.” So, the racing and walking began for Osterly. “Every time you go to a race you get a plastic bag filled with more running locations and I just started filling them out and going to the races. You meet some really nice people.” The running walker says she only supports the races in which the raised funds stay in Brevard County. “Sunday (May 6) we gave $20,000 to the sports programs at Viera High School. At the same race, we raised funds for Special Olympics and another organization — three places the money went.”

Osterly is a member of the Space Coast Runners Club. She also runs for a team supported by the Running Zone.

“I don’t care if I am the last person in the chute, as long as I finish.” —Roberta Osterly “The Running Zone asked me if I wanted to join the team. I hesitated, but I did. I don’t run — I walk. It took me an hour and 30 minutes this last race. I used to be able to do it in one hour or less, but that was 13 years ago. I am older and those three years over 80 make a difference.” Using a walker now, she didn’t need a walker when she first started participating. “In the last seven or eight months, I have used the walker. I fell in August 2017 in a race — the first race of the season for the Space Coast Runners. I used to run in a race every weekend, but since my fall I have cut way back. I have some medical problems, so I need to take it easy. I will probably do the

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Roberta Osterly, left, is a member of the Space Coast Runners Club. She is also on a team supported by the Running Zone.

one mile and two-mile races. The 3K and 5K races are more than I want to do anymore. Race trophies fill a room in her home in Satellite Beach, collecting medals and trophies from each run. The running walker competes in a series with the Running Zone where she racks up points for every race successfully completed. Points are

awarded by age groups. Those who participate in all the Running Zone races of the season earn a special medal at the end of the season. “I will race as long as I can do the one and two miles as long as I am physically able,” Osterly said. “I don’t care if I am the last person in the chute, as long as I finish. I need to satisfy myself that I am still capable.” SL

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“Getting involved with and learning photography; learning how to do videotape on various assignments that he had.”

“When I was about 5 years old, he took me down to a bus station he had founded to see bus that had caught fire. I could definitely see the safety that was needed.

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Circle of life’s more than stumbling and bumbling You know how everyone talks about how life comes full circle? Well, they’re right. In the beginning, you babble a lot, dribble a lot, drop food all over yourself, take a half hour just to eat a little bowl of food, don’t realize you’re soiling your clothes and need an adult to take you for a walk. As you grow, you figure out how to walk by yourself, the babbling gets invaded with an occasional word, the dribbling turns to nibbling, and you learn that the toilet is infinitely better than just letting go on the run and having to clean up later. As you enter adolescent life, you still take a long time to eat. But, that’s because you’re busy whining about what’s on your plate, if it isn’t ice cream or chocolate cake. At least you’ve mastered the fine art of getting food from the plate to your mouth. You also learn the value of language but seem to focus on that word “no.” That’s probably because you hear it every time you reach for something. Hallelujah! You no longer soil the inside of your clothes but find great delight in soiling the outside of your clothes. Then, there’s that little matter of what happens when your school friends teach you the dark side of our language. When you try it at home, you find your parents aren’t laughing like the kids in school. And hey, why is your mother

Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad shoving that bar of soap in your mouth. Do mothers still do that? Then comes the teen years. The language gets worse, but since you can outrun mom you don’t have to deal with the soap anymore. Now, you don’t have time to eat because the gang is waiting for you to help them set the land speed record. You just got your driver’s license and you no longer need help from any adult because they know so much less than you. As you enter your adult years, you reverse everything you did in your teen years by eating a lot more, driving a lot slower, and cleaning up that language except when driving on the highway. Then, when you enter your twilight years, you’re back to babbling, dribbling, dropping food on yourself, soiling the inside of your clothes and needing an adult to take you for a walk. Don’t worry if your head is spinning. You’ve just made a trip around the circle of life. SL

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Swingtime, a 22-piece Big Band ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band, will celebrate the start of summer with its annual June Moon Dance at 7 p.m. June 22, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd. Dance tickets are $7 in advance at various outlets, or $10 at the door or online. Conductor Art Martin will lead the band in a variety of big band, jazz and other arrangements from masters such as Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Les Brown, and some Frank Sinatra tunes. Popular local vocalist Len Fallen will perform. The event is BYOB and the auditorium will have a concession area with hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks, soft drinks, bottled water and ice for sale. Tables can be reserved in advance for eight or more people by calling 321339-7705. Advance tickets may be purchased in Melbourne at WMMB Radio and Genesis House Boutique, Marion Music in Palm Bay, Brass and Reed Music Center in Merritt Island and the Art Gallery of Viera. Laura Beers offers lessons to those who would like to brush up on their dancing skills. Lessons are held from 6 to 7 p.m. The fee for lessons is $5, payable to the instructor. For more information, call 321-339-7705 or go to SL

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Space Coast Chorus takes its barbershop harmony to audiences throughout Brevard BY MUFFY BERLYN

a lot of tools, including sheet music and audio learning tracks.” Bob New, the 77-year-old chapter president who sings lead, is originally from North Carolina. When he moved to Florida, he became involved in the Space Coast Chorus. “When I finally went, I experienced something unique to barbershop,” New said. “When a chord is sung in four-part harmony and everyone is singing the right notes, the interaction of the four voices produces overtones, notes not actually being sung. That phenomenon literally causes the hairs to stand up on the back of your neck. It was a watershed moment for me.” New said of the group dynamics, “camaraderie is an important part of

The name is a mouthful — the Space Coast Chorus of the Greater Canaveral Chapter of the Barbershop what we do. We do it for the joy of Harmony Society. But what comes out singing and being together.” of the mouths of this singing group is Their next performance will be the heavenly harmony. June 10 orientation for Space Coast With 25 members ranging in age from 40 to 80, the a cappella group Honor Flight at Wickham Park Senior was chartered in October 1960. It is Center, 2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne. the longest standing, continuously The chorus meets year-round at performing musical group in Brevard 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Choral County. Their venues include Room in Building 4 at Eastern schools, libraries, senior centers and Florida State College’s campus at auditoriums. 1519 Clearlake Road in Cocoa. For The parent organization — the information, call 321-636-0900 or Barbershop Harmony Society — 321-777-0406. SL operates in the U.S. and Canada with affiliates around the world. Ted Beerman, 57, from northern Indiana, is the director of the local Space Coast Chorus. Beerman has directed choirs and bands through the years. He said the most enjoyable aspect of directing is “watching their faces, the expressions, when they can hear they’ve accomplished something.” The Space Coast Chorus is open to new members. No auditions are required. SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Space Coast Chorus “We try to help everybody,” Members of the Space Coast Chorus, a barbershop group that has been active for 58 Beerman said. “Some read music, some have never read music. We use years in Brevard County, sing a cappella music.

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Roy Kirby works on a concrete ornament.


continued from page 2 Imagine a picnic tables and bench set that lasts for decades. Kirby, who arrives at his studio at 4 a.m. and leaves around 4 p.m., is not afraid of hard work. He sculpts, paints, delivers and assists customers during his 12-hour days. The sculpted ornaments are carefully loaded and delivered throughout Brevard County, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Orlando. Kirby currently is putting the final touches on a lion for a customer, inserting tubing for the fountain portion of the sculpture which cascades in four tubes from the lion’s mouth. Kirby invites customers to explore ideas using his knowledge of concrete art. “I take pride in establishing a strong bond with my customers with immediate attention and quality assurance,” Kirby said. Kirby said he has many repeat customers and is always eager to show new folks around his studio garden. The address is 4270 South U.S. 1 in Rockledge. For information, go to



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1. We use extensive calculations to determine if a Toric IOL will be best for you. I prefer the Barrett Toric Calculator which uses a proprietary averaging of three different measuring systems to predict the best possible Toric IOL power and its proper axis of placement.

Today about 40% of people that undergo cataract surgery have a significant amount of astigmatism. Currently we treat astigmatism with Toric intraocular lens implants (Toric IOLs) in about 25% of our cataract surgery cases. Toric IOLs require special skills and more attention to detail compared to standard lens implants. The good news is that excellent results are definitely within grasp and I have found that our Toric IOLs patients as a group, generally have the sharpest uncorrected distance vision (without glasses) of all our surgical patients. So here are some bits of advice and useful information about Toric IOLs.


2. Graham Barrett, MD from Perth, Australia has generously released his calculation software to surgeons around the world. Since Toric IOL’s are covered by the government insurance in Australia, they have the most extensive experience. 3. I was an early adopter of ORA or OPTIWAVE REFRACTIVE ANALYSIS during cataract to help maximize the selection and positioning of Toric IOLs. I call the ORA system a bit of an unfair advantage because I get real-time positioning feedback as I am placing a Toric IOL. The ORA will give me the “NRR” signal (No Rotation Recommended) when I have placed the Toric IOL in the very best possible position. 4. There is generally no serious downside to using a Toric IOL, compared to a standard IOL, as long as used in the proper cases. About 2-3% of Toric IOL cases might need repositioning of the IOL in order to gain the best possible vision. 5. Soft contact lens wearers need to be out of their contacts at least 2 weeks prior to their preoperative measurements for cataract surgery. Hard contact lens wearers need to be out of their contacts a minimum of 3 weeks and sometimes longer before their measurements.

6. I often treat patients with dry eyes with Restasis or Xiidra prescription drops for a month or two before cataract surgery. Punctum plugs for dry eyes can also be placed before surgery to maximize the preoperative measurements and post-op results. 7. My favorite Toric IOL is the Acrysof Toric because of its remarkable and unmatched resistance to rotation. 8. Some patients have irregular or unstable astigmatism due to problems such as previous trauma, keratoconus, prior LASIK, PRK, or RK surgery. In these cases the astigmatism can be quite difficult to treat but an extremely thorough exam should help us decide if TORIC IOL could be a reasonable option. It’s important to “do no harm” so I usually have a long discussion with the patient about the pros and cons. The ORA can be extremely valuable for these cases. Dr. Michael Kutryb is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of St. Louis University and a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Missouri-School of Medicine where he completed a research fellowship at the Mason Institute of Ophthalmology and received the Outstanding Ophthalmology Student Award. He completed his Ophthalmology training at the Ochsner Clinic, where he served as Chief Resident. Since being in practice he has received the Secretariat Award and the LEO Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. His research on Multifocal Lens Implants has appeared in EyeWord and the Journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.



Experience “Old Florida” at De Leon Springs State Park Once you reach the city, head north on Route 17 for seven miles to the park entrance on your left. There

BY JOHN TRIESTE This month, let me introduce you to a wonderful day trip to De Leon Springs State Park. The 625-acre De Leon Springs State Park features a 72 degree, spring-fed swimming area that produces 19-million gallons of water a day! Area residents once called it the fountain of youth! The park’s visitor center features the park’s 6,000-year history, from the Native American Mayaca mound builders, to Spanish missions, plantations, slavery, the Civil War, skirmishes with the Seminole Indians, to the heydey of the 1960s attractions era and the famous water skiing elephant! It has hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, and a children’s educational area. Wildlife viewing is plentiful and can be easily observed from an outdoor walkway: Otters, alligators, manatees, osprey, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and even a swimming black bear have been spotted. Take the Fountain of Youth Echo History Boat Tour and let Captain Frank fill you in on the history, and flora and fauna of the area. Tour boat excursions are available for a fee every day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. except on Sunday. Call Captain Frank at 386-837-5537 or go to for more information. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and tubing are favorite activities at the park. Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boat rentals are available year round. Paddle boats can be rented for 30 or 60 minutes. Canoes and kayaks are available by the hour,

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is a modest park entry fee of $6 per vehicle, with a limit of eight people per car. SL

John Trieste half-day and full day. Fishing and boating are popular as well. The Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail, a four-mile loop, can be enjoyed by hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers. Bring your sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and register with the Park Ranger before hiking to make sure that the trail isn’t underwater. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House, “a 100-year-old replica of the original 1830s sugar mill”, according to the Florida State Parks website, is located inside the De Leon Springs State Park recreation area. Here, you can cook your own “Early American Pancakes” right at your own table! Add blueberries, applesauce, peanut butter, pecans, chocolate chips, bananas or apples, then pour the batter, and flip your pancakes. The restaurant also has full breakfast and lunch menu, too. The restaurant is open seven days a week, but closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. For reservations call 386-985-5644. De Leon Springs State Park is an easy 95-minute drive from Brevard County. Take Interstate 95 North to exit 249, DeLand/New Smyrna Beach. Then, take Route 44 West, and continue 20 miles to the city of DeLand.

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The spring-fed swimming area at De Leon Springs State Park remains a cool 72 degrees year round. Long ago, locals renamed it the Fountain of Youth to attract visitors.

The famous Sugar Mill in De Leon Springs, Florida.

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Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski

Distractions challenge us throughout the day

How are you distracted? Every minute, day and change of seasons brings distractions. As we live longer, we are challenged by a variety of new distractions. In our youth, distractions involved play time, sports, hobbies, classroom activities and not paying attention. Our teachers might have written: “John tends to daydream; he is easily distracted.” As a child in church in the 1940s, I can remember not listening to the pastor’s message. The lady in the seat in front of me was wearing a fox tail fur. It was fun to play with the dead critters hanging around her neck. Easter Sunday was a big show. Easter bonnets were a distraction and diversion from the message of the “risen Lord.” As a teenager, we lost track of important things and focused on sports, dates, parties, and the attraction to the opposite sex. Parents and teachers worked hard to keep us on task — to be focused. Then it was off to college, work, military and marriage. Each path involved distractions along the way. Time management became critical as we juggled multiple tasks, challenges and responsibilities. As we traveled through life, we were distracted by the little box with the black and white picture. Three channels provided distractions to staying on task doing homework. Color television gave way to the high definition and flat screen with hundreds of channels every minute of the day. The telephone was a challenge particularly if the family had a party line or a limited calls per month plan. Fifty years ago, advertising research showed consumers received as many as 1,500 messages from various sources in a day. Billboards, signage, commercials on radio and television, fliers, brochures and balloons carried messages that encouraged the purchase of products and services. Today, our computer and iPhone screens are loaded with Internet messages — advertising distractions. Television screens often are surrounded by multiple challenging distractions. Today, everyone is connected by mobile telephones with texting, streaming, Bluetooth access in our vehicles and many applications designed to communicate rather than distract. Have you ever noticed young couples on a date having dinner at a restaurant working on their iPhones instead of having a pleasant romantic conversation? Yes, seniors are doing the same. Distractions stifle relationships. We are connected more than ever, but are more distracted than ever. Stay focused, not distracted! SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at


Behind the



‘Angel of the Morning’

Merilee “Rush & the Turnabouts, June 1968 By 1967, songwriter Chip Taylor had one hit tune to his credit — the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” from the previous year. Now he was summoning his muse again in hopes of hitting paydirt for a second time. In “Behind the Hits,” Taylor explains: “The day I wrote ‘Angel,’ I was fooling around with some chords for three or four hours. Then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, came:‘There’ll be no strings to bind your hands, not if my love can’t bind your heart.’ I said, ‘That is Beautiful!’… Within 10 minutes, I’d written the whole song, including the chorus.” Then, there was the matter of what followed those opening lines. Sex had to be soft-pedaled during rock’s early days; “Angel of the Morning” changed all that. As its story unfolded, listeners heard such eyebrow-lifting lyrics as “I see no need to take me home/I’m old enough to face the dawn,’’ as well as “If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned/Well, it was what I wanted now.’’ Wow. But, after all, this was the progressive 1960s.

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Taylor and a partner recorded the song — which featured a simple “Louie Louie” chord progression — with a young singer named Evie Sands. Released on Cameo Records, “Angel” quickly caught fire and won airplay in several key radio markets. But two weeks after Sands’ 45 was released, Cameo unexpectedly went bankrupt, and Evie’s rising star fizzled out. Later, Taylor received a phone call from Seattle that another artist, Merilee Rush & the Turnabouts, had cut his song. “I was looking forward to hearing it,’’ Taylor said. “It came out and I had a copy sent to me. But I took one listen and said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think so.’ ” Taylor spoke too soon; Rush’s disc went Top Five in Seattle, then spread rapidly across the country. Rush began her life as Merrilee Gunst in Seattle in 1944. At 16, she became the lead singer of a local rock outfit called the Amazing Aztecs. She eventually married the band’s sax player, Tom Rush, and the two formed Merrilee and Her Men, which later disbanded.


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For a while, the Rushes worked in an integrated Seattle rhythm-and-blues collective called Tiny Tony and the Statics (Tony being a 300-pound soul belter). In 1965, the Rushes created Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts, a rock and roll B group that soon became a top draw on the local club circuit. In time, they signed on as the opening act for Paul Revere and the Raiders’ 1967 tour. While in Memphis, Raiders lead singer Mark Lindsay introduced Rush to record producer Chips Moman, who had recorded the Box Tops’ megahit of “The Letter.” Moman had Rush cut a breathy rendition of “Angel of the Morning,” a haunting future Top Ten winner. Released on Bell Records, in June 1968, Rush’s version became a millionseller and even earned her a Grammy nomination. In 1981, country singer Juice Newton breathed new life into Rush’s song that some rock historians now cite as being a forerunner of the women’s liberation movement. SL

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2018 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 9th Annual W.E.A.A.D. Friday, June 15th

Community Information Fair MELBOURNE AUDITORIUM

625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne

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10 - 1p.m.

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Doors open at 1 p.m. First race at 2 p.m. Prize for the “Craziest Hat”. $12 admission. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For drivers age 50 and older. Suntree Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Cancer Survivor’s Day Horse Races & Crazy Hats! AARP Driving Course

Central Florida Chamber

3 p.m. Music of Bernstein and Gershwin Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-405-2359


Trumpeter John Depaola 1 p.m. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge 321-636-6022

Indialantic Chamber Singers

3:30 - 5 p.m. Summer concert Eastminster Presbyterian Church 106 N. Riverside Drive Indialantic, 321-426-0360


Father’s Day

Father’s Day Brunch

Reservations required. Tradewinds at Duran 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 504-7776


Accordion Club Meeting

2 -5 p.m. Members and guests are invited to play accordions or other instruments Elks Lodge #1532 315 Florida Ave. Cocoa, 866-455-2322

3 p.m. “Vertigo” rated PG, 128 minutes Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-1104

6 - 9 p.m. Fundraiser Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-676-5588

2 p.m. With licensed physical therapist Janice Moia Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060

6:30 p.m. June 13 - 14 Pack your favorite picnic dinner and help us honor today’s Military members and Veterans with some of the best patriotic music. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-285-6724

SHINE - Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders

4 - 6 p.m. Traditional Celtic tunes Melbourne Public Library 540 E. Fee Ave. Melbourne, 321-604-1439

noon - 3:00 p.m. Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave, Cocoa 321- 222-7981



1 p.m. Come join the ladies and make a unique piece of jewelry. Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-255-1394

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island 321-452-1233

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Designed to help individuals retain their driving competencies. Cost is $20 per person or $15 for members of AARP. One Senior Place America’s Heroes: Space 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Coast Symphony Orchestra Viera, 321-698-2311 3 p.m. Patriotic concert Riverside Presbyterian Church 3400 N. A1A, Cocoa Beach 855-252-7276

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come out and find businesses and organizations that can help you be better prepared. Melbourne Square Mall 1700 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 321-727-2000

10:30 a.m. - noon West Melbourne Public Library 2755 Wingate Blvd. W. Melbourne, 321-952-4508

5:30 p.m. Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave, Cocoa (321) 633-1867

AARP Driver Safety Class

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Knit, crochet, and needle arts. Sit, talk and create. All ages and abilities welcome. Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave, Cocoa 321-222-7981

June 6 to June 7 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy this free evening of entertainment. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555



2018 Hurricane Preparedness Expo

6:15 p.m. Learn about Social Security benefits retirement income security. Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104


11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Satellite Beach Civic Center 565 Cassia Blvd. Satellite Beach 321-773-3160

Yarn Club


Maximizing Social Security Melbourne Municipal Benefits Band Concert “Encore!”

Port St. John Public Library “Rock Steady” Seminar for Melbourne Community Advisory Board meeting Parkinson’s disease Orchestra


7:30 - 11 p.m. Live band and caller. The lesson is at 7 p.m., the dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Rec Center 321 Ramp Road Cocoa Beach, 321-427-3587



The Bead Ladies Jewelry Making Class

Cocoa Beach Contra Dance


Trad Celtic Music Session

7:30 p.m. The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Picket, The Association, Mark Lindsay and The Cowsills King Center 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-242-2219

3 - 4 p.m. Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy Merritt Island 321-452-1233



Professional circus actors and their nine poodles. Melbourne Beach Library 324 Ocean Ave. Melbourne Beach 321-953-5642

Happy Together Tour

Veteran’s Aid & Attendance Benefits and Long Term Insurance



Brevard School Foundation’s 22nd Annual Menestrelli Dogs 3 - 4 p.m. Golf Invitational 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Proceeds directly benefit Foundation programs. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776




Vanilla Milkshake Day

Courtnay Springs Open House

Space Coast 50+ Coloring Club

Casino Night

5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Casino games, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, dancing, and raffles. HBCA Auditorium 1500 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, 321-254-3700


Flag Day

Grief and Loss Seminar 10 a.m. Guidance on coping. Solaris Senior Living 535 Crockett Blvd. Merritt Island 321-454-2363

Aviation Tour

6 – 7:30 p.m. The Lifelong Scholar Society will tour the facility and the flight line. See the FIT planes and Pilot Training program Center for Aeronautics and Innovation 1050 W. Nasa Blvd. Melbourne, 321-674-8742

Best Friend’s Day Free Friday Movies: Thrilling Tales

Hope Ministries 8th annual dinner and auction

City of Rockledge Employee Golf Tournament Indialantic Chamber Singers Charity 7 a.m. Registration, 8 a.m. 7:30 - 9 p.m. Summer concert Advent Lutheran Church 7750 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-426-0360

Turtle Creek Golf Club 1278 Admiralty Blvd. Rockledge, 321-221-7540 ext. 103



10 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE breakfast & lunch. All ages welcome Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibsicus Blvd. Melbourne

8 p.m. The world’s greatest albums recreated live on stage King Center 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-242-2219

Can You Hear Me Now?, Lunch and Learn

American History with Rick Rakauskas

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day WEAAD Community Queen, A Night at the Information Fair Opera

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn new advances in hearing aids and devices One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310

2 p.m. “Reconstruction” Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060





1 - 3 p.m. Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave, Cocoa 321-633-1867

1:15 p.m. “The Indian River Lagoon Restoration Project” with Dr. John Windsor Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. We. Melbourne 321-724-0060

Tickets $10 at the door and online, or $7 in advance. BYOB. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

7 p.m. Patriotic concert The Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, 855-252-7276

Bookworms Adult Book Discussion Group

SHINE - Serving Health Joy Without Joint Pain Insurance Needs of Elders 6 p.m.

Lifelong Scholar Society Monthly Lecture Series

Swingtime June Moon Dance America’s Heroes: Space 7 - 10 p.m. Coast Symphony Orchestra

Courtenay Springs Village Singles/Couples Ballroom Luau Dance 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

noon - 3:00 p.m. Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave, Cocoa 321-222-7981

Kenneth Sands gives a free community presentation. Melbourne Regional Center 250 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne 321-752-1314

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noon - 3:00 p.m. Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave, Cocoa (321) 222-7981

5 – 8 p.m. West Melbourne Library 2755 Wingate Blvd. W. Melbourne, 321-9524508

3:30 p.m. Port St. John Public Library 6500 Carole Ave, Cocoa 321-633-1867

Shortness of Breath Stopping you in your Tracks? One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 800-522-6363

American Numismatic Association


2 p.m. Lecture Series with Rick Rakauskas Buena Vida Estate 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne 321-724-0060

SHINE - Serving Health Just One More Row Insurance Needs of Elders Crochet Group

5:30 – 8 p.m. Coin Talk Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Suntree, 321-255-4404

9 - 11 a.m. Sewing club Merritt Island Library 1195 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island 321-452-6679

10 a.m. Lowering Stress Solaris Senior Living 535 Crockett Blvd. Merritt Island 321-454-2363

Live music with Ali Adams, BBQ, games and prizes. Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy Merritt Island 321-452-1233

7 - 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music provided by Janice and Renee. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556

Ice Cream Soda Day

Gopher Tortoise presentation Living Well Lecture Series The History of Music “Buck by 2 p.m. Susan Boorse. Owens”

Medicaid Planning Seminar 10 a.m. Elder Law Attorney William Johnson P.A. will help you understand Medicaid. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667

Free Friday Movies: Thrilling Tales

3 p.m. “Agatha”, rated PG Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-1104

Calendar JUNE 8 and 9

8th annual Sea Turtle Festival Children’s art competition, local art and photography, Canaveral National Sea Shore educational activities, Turtle watch at Playalinda Beach and the popular Turtle Crawl. Titusville, 321-264-0777


“Telling Your Story: Memoirs and other Legacies” 2 p.m. Lecture series with Ed Baranowski Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060 Green Gables Yoga 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. We’ll be flowing on the front lawn. All benefits go to Green Gables. Green Gables, 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, 321-961-3818


Indialantic Chamber Singers Summer Concert 3:30 - 5 p.m. Eastminster Presbyterian Church 106 N. Riverside Drive Indialantic, 321-426-0360


Lifelong Scholar Society Monthly Lecture Series 1:15 p.m.

Please call to confirm the event times

“The Indian River Lagoon Restoration Project” with Dr. John Windsor Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060


Swingtime June Moon Dance 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door and online, or $7 in advance. BYOB. Snacks, soft drinks and ice available for purchase. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne 321-724-0555


Singles/Couples Ballroom Dance 7 - 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music provided by Janice and Renee. Free snacks, BYOB Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge 321-631-7556


Free Friday Movies: Thrilling Tales 3 p.m. “Agatha,” rated PG, 105 minutes Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-1104

SHORTNESS OF BREATH STOPPING YOU IN YOUR TRACKS? LIVING WELL LECTURE SERIES: Are you experiencing shortness of breath or having difficulty catching your breath? Are normal chores taking a toll on you? Your symptoms may be a sign of something more serious as you may be suffering from heart valve disease. You are cordially invited to join Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, José Montalvo, MD, as he host an interactive lecture on the symptoms and treatment options for heart valve disease.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 AT 2PM One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, FL 32940 Register online at or by calling (800) 522-6363. José Montalvo, MD Rockledge Regional Medical Center

Welcome to Westminster Asbury! Touching Lives Through Service Since 1954

Our rental retirement community is located in a serene, park-like setting close to the ocean as well as shopping, medical services, churches and Brevard Community College. We provide efficiencies and one-bedroom apartments to low-income older adults. We have ample parking and are on city bus lines. An active resident council keeps you as busy as you want to be!

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North Brevard American Space Museum boasts something for everyone BY FLORA REIGADA Looking for something fun and educational to do this summer? Take off for the American Space Museum at 308 Pine St. in downtown Titusville. It showcases and preserves space history. Tours are conducted by retired space workers. “The museum contains many oneof-a-kind pieces,” said Karan Conklin, executive director of the American Space Museum and Walk of Fame.

“It grew like rock soup. Artifacts were brought in by people who loved what they did.” — Karan Conklin Today’s museum evolved from the foundation’s original mission. “It was to build monuments to honor the space workers, astronauts and program,” she said. These monuments can be seen at the Space Walk of Fame Park, along the Indian River in Downtown Titusville. It includes monuments to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions, as well as handprints of astronauts from those missions. The museum began with memorabilia contributed by space workers, which was first displayed in a storefront window. “It grew like rock soup,” Conklin said. “Artifacts were brought by people who loved what they did.” Among its exhibits are X-rays of boots that stood on the moon; the capsule hatch from the unmanned

Mercury Atlas, which blew up July 29, 1960, and the button that launched John Glenn’s inaugural flight Feb. 20, 1962. Shuttle launch consoles are among the hands-on exhibits for space enthusiasts of all ages. Activities include a free exploration experience designed to demonstrate that science and technology are fun. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum on the fourth Saturday of each month. No reservations are required. Steam Saturday (science, technology, engineering, art and math) workshops for students in third grade, fourth and fifth grades are held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The cost is $25 per class. Starry Starry Astronomy Night takes place at the museum parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Monday Moon Gaze takes place in the parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. around the first quarter moon. Astronomy events are free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and members of the military, and $5 for children ages 13 to 18. Children who are 12 and younger are free. For information, call 321-264-0434 or go to SL

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Mike Lombardo, a former Space Center worker, inspires young minds during STEAM Saturday workshops held at the American Space Museum in downtown Titusville.

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Gail Hannas checks out the Cape Canaveral Launch Control exhibit at the American Space Museum in downtown Titusville.

Great Giving On May 4, Wayne Becraft, center, Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 2113 in Titusville, presented $750 checks to Lance Milam, left, of Liberty Lodge, and Jennifer Guarino of the Women’s Center to help their organizations. SENIOR LIFE Walter Kiely

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At the Titusville Elks Lodge 2113, Loyal Knight Catherine Simkins presents Titusville High School senior Destinee Bailey with a $1,000 scholarship.

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At the Titusville Elks Lod ge 2113, Exalted Ruler Doris Becraft presents Astronaut High School senior Savannah Cantrell with a $1,000 scholarship.

Elks honor 2 students, invest in the community BY FLORA REIGADA When Catherine Simkins, Loyal Knight, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) Lodge 2113 in Titusville, wanted to find area youth to nominate for scholarship awards, she knew where to go. She went straight to social media — Facebook to be precise. There would be one recipient from Astronaut and another from Titusville high schools. Each would be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. “It is a rigorous evaluation process at local, state and national levels,” Simkins said. This is part of a larger effort. “Each year, the Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.65 million in scholarships,” the organization’s website states. Simkins posted on local Facebook pages and two applicants were chosen: Savannah Cantrell, a senior at Astronaut High School, and Destinee Bailey, a senior at Titusville High School. A news release reads, “Elks (BPOE) Lodge 2113, presented $1,000 scholarships to two deserving high school seniors at their annual installation of officers, March 31, 2018.” In addition to her full academic schedule, Cantrell’s credentials


include being president of the local Anchor Club, (subsidiary of Pilot Club) organizing trips to the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation and spearheading a clothing drive for homeless children. She has begun courses at the University of Florida to become a pediatric oncologist. Besides her full class schedule, Bailey has varsity letters in orchestra, chorus and the gifted students program. She also has been a volunteer grief counselor at St. Francis Hospice, working with children who are coping with the death of a parent. Bailey plans to attend Florida State University to study for a career in social work. The scholarships highlight the Elks’ emphasis on helping youth. Its other emphasis is on veterans. The Elks Army of Hope assists families with a father or mother called to active duty in the military. There also is the Elks Welcome Home initiative, which reaches out to homeless veterans. “Who are the Elks?” the organization’s website asks. It answers,”They are people who invest in community.” People such as members of Lodge 2113 in Titusville. For more information about the Elks, go to SL

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Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-264-5185 Wednesday, June 6 and13 Instructional Line Dancing Noon - 2 p.m. Titusville Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville 321-264-5026 Saturday, June 16 Sea Rocket Plant Sale 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Sea Rocket chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be holding a native plant sale. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-264-5185 Saturday, June 23 One-on-one iOS Device Session 10 - 11 a.m. Learn basics of the iPad One-on-one Android Device Session 2 - 3 p.m. Learn basics of the Android tablet Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026 Saturday, June 23 Sea Rocket Plant Sale 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Help maintain the butterfly garden. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-264-5185

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Eliminating plastic from your life is a noble quest There is no away. That is a central message in the film “Bag It,” a Reel Thing Productions film documenting the experience of “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. In the documentary, Berrier “discovers that virtually everything in modern society from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants to personal care products is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plasticmaking process,” the film’s synopsis describes. Plastic seems to be everywhere and the statistics are staggering. From the estimated amount of all plastic ever produced which totals 8.3 billion tons — 6.3 billion tons is waste. From that, 9 percent is recycled, 12 percent incinerated and 79 percent accumulated in landfills. Single-use products are a significant contributor to all that waste. Americans use 500,000,000 plastic straws a day and 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes. Around the world, 1,000,000 plastic bottles are bought every minute. Wasteful convenience seems to be driving those numbers, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Being aware of the problem is the most important step to start working toward a solution. The second is to communicate with others — not only sharing information, but also asking for alternatives from the ones with the power to say yes. And the third is to break habits and take action; simply choose a better way. We might say no to single-use straws, shop with our reusable bag, drink from our reusable bottle, refill our coffee cup, carry our own reusable containers for leftovers and buy recycled products — these are all positive and count. However, what can we do about prepackaged products? We can bring our own container, buy in bulk to use fewer containers, look to safely reuse packaging and containers as much as possible, and compost or recycle what we can. At times, a mix of all of the above might be in order. We just need to remember that every little bit we do counts. Knowing that, for Recycle Brevard’s grand-opening event in April, we looked for alternatives for everything we needed. That is what we do as an organization. We chose fabric tablecloths instead of single-use table covers, bought recycled paper napkins, sugarcane bagasse tree-free plates and compostable cups, had drink coolers instead of plastic bottles, and opted for

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finger foods to relinquish the need for cutlery. It was a challenge to keep it sanitary, relatively simple to clean up, environmentally responsible and all at a reasonable cost at the same time. But we did it! We were able to eliminate disposable plastic from everything except for the cupcakes we ordered. Those came in plastic containers that went in our Reuse Room created for discards of that type. That was the decision we made. As The Guardian reported, Londoner Anne Watson went plasticfree for Lent and found out that “food packaging accounts for most of our plastic waste and it’s often completely unnecessary.” Watson found new places to shop and started cooking more. But “it was milk and toilet paper that gave me the biggest problems,” she shared. Yes, in a system set for single-use plastic, it can be trying to find a more sustainable way. In that case, we either compromise, replace or do without. It might be frustrating not to be able to purchase 100 percent plastic-free milk but, as Watson realized, she could not buy a cow for the milk so she decided to go without. Every effort will resonate and have an impact. We have to keep in mind why we are doing what we are doing and never lose sight of the bigger picture when making decisions. There are always going to be people who only see the cupcake containers and miss the rest, or who will complain about not having milk in the refrigerator. In your own quest to rid your life of single-use plastic, make informed decisions and learn to compromise, aiming to always “do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway” — Eleanor Roosevelt. In an effort to assist with this quest, Recycle Brevard will launch a few new programs to help eliminate and recycle more plastic. Stay tuned!

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continued from page 14 fabric, ribbons, craft items, corks, prescription bottles, and other clean, reusable items. Booth also will search for those hard-to-find items for members. “My goal is to make materials available for a project so people have a chance to reuse items,” she said. Beginning in 2018, there’s also a new educational program for adults. A six-week discussion course called, “Hungry for Change, Food, Ethics and Sustainability” from Northwest Earth Institute began May 3 and runs until June 7. Brevard Recycle also has formed a partnership with the UF/IFAS Brevard Extension, to offer a themed field trip along with the course. The next six-week sessions will be offered July-August and OctoberNovember. Recycle Brevard also has initiated its new TerraCycle program. In order to reduce trash that goes into landfills, those “hard to recycle materials that should not go into a recycle bin” will be collected, Monday through Thursday between 3 to 6 p.m., or they can be left in the bin outside of the facility. Items such as toothpaste tubes, dental floss containers, toothbrushes, cereal box liners and wrappers for granola bars will now be accepted. For a more specific list, check the TerraCycle tab on the website Working and non-working computers, monitors and printers can

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also be dropped off, too. “We are partnering with Computers Advancing Education in Titusville, a not-for-profit,” said Booth. “They donate refurbished computers and monitors to teachers, seniors and non-profits. This is a big value for the community as they are reusing all of the components,” said Booth. “Only half percent of what they do not use, such as plastic, is thrown into the trash.” And, according to Booth, Brevard Recycle’s partnership with Black Hole Makers in Melbourne now makes the drop-off of used printers feasible. To contact Booth or Recycle Brevard, email info@RecycleBrevard. org, call 321-220-3379, or go to RecycleBrevard on Facebook. SL

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