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The Viera High School Class of 2017 celebrates at the close of its graduation ceremony on May 19. More photos on page 30 and BY DARRELL WOEHLER

On a warm and very windy night on Friday, May 19 in front of a standingroom-only crowd at Viera High School’s football stadium, there was all the usual pomp and circumstance you would expect. The presentation of colors was performed by by VHS JROTC Color Guard Unit and the National Anthem was sung by the VHS Chorus members of the Class of 2017. Then, it was time for the two Principal’s Scholars as class speakers, Valeria Villanueva and Jacqueline Lamb. Villanueva spoke about the compassion exhibited by fellow students during the past four years and the hope for this to continue into the future. Lamb presented a partial timeline in how she had been told that her senior year in high school would go by in a blink. And, that she was standing before the 521 other graduates to inform them that it did. It’s likely that this also will happen in most of their future endeavors as well. Contemplating these words, along with their other classmates, were

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Heather Chiarillo, who plans to study criminology, and Khadija Motola, who plans to study physical therapy. Both will attend Eastern Florida State College. Akela Bryant wants to study interior design at Seminole State, and Sara Lynch will begin her pre-med studies at Eastern Florida State College. Various other presentations ensued, leading to the VHS Band, under the direction of Dominick Eggen and Maria Presort Std U.S. Postage PAID Orlando, FL Permit No. 1979

Dix, playing and singing the VHS Alma Mater. Then, it was the turning of the tassels, and the obligatory tossing of the caps. Later came the mad rush of family and friends onto the field for congratulations, flowers and tears. This went on well into the night, until it was time to turn out the lights both on the field and on these senior students’ time in high school. VV

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Former Satellite High standout Kelly Kretschman, who starred for the University of Alabama and Team USA in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, will highlight a strong group of players as the USSSA Pride make their debut at Space Coast Stadium in the five-team National Pro Fastpitch League. The Pride, who were founded in 2009 and played in Kissimmee until the United States Specialty Sports Association moved its headquarters to Viera and Space Coast Stadium this spring, won league titles in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Pride will host the Akron Racers on June 8 in the first game of a three-game series to begin play at the renovated facility at Space Coast Stadium. Besides the Pride and the Racers, the other three teams in the NPF are the Scrap Yard Dawgs from Conroe, Texas and the Texas Charger, who are based in San Marcos.

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p u p SPORTSWra Holy Trinity faces daunting quest with rugged 2017 football schedule BY CARL KOTALA

Holy Trinity football coach Nate Hooks Jr. believes his team will be loaded next season. The Tigers’ schedule will be loaded, too. Under the new playoff system adopted by the Florida High School Athletic Association for the 2017 season, the Tigers’ chances of making the playoffs will no longer be decided by how well they do in their district. In fact, district play was eliminated for Classes 4A and lower and a point system will be used instead, rewarding teams for playing


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Hawks add Osceola, Heritage to already tough schedule BY CARL KOTALA

The Viera High football team’s 2017 schedule will feature a number of familiar names … and a few new ones … which should make for another challenging season. After going on the road to face a Vero Beach team that went 11-1 last season in the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 18, the Hawks will open the regular season at home against a Rockledge team that is expected to be much improved in 2017. One of the highlights of the season will come in Week 2 when Viera travels to Washington D.C. to play Gonzaga as part of a homeand-home series the two schools began last season. While the trip should be an incredible experience for the Hawks, they’ll have another tough game waiting for them when they come home. Osceola, which went 10-1 last season, will come to Viera on Sept. 8. Viera will be home again the following week against Merritt Island, before embarking on a string of four consecutive road games — at Cocoa, at Melbourne, at Palm Bay and at Martin County in what figures to be

a game that will once again decide the Class 7A, District 6 champion. Viera will get a week off following the Martin County contest before hosting South Fork and then Heritage on Nov. 3 to close out the regular season. “That schedule, if we get through it healthy, that schedule will have us prepared for the playoffs,” Hawks coach Kevin Mays said. While Viera has never been afraid to schedule tough teams, the additions of Osceola and Heritage to an already challenging list of opponents will definitely take the Hawks’ degree of difficulty up a few notches next season. “One, you want to test yourself,” Mays said. “Plus, we have found out the better you get, the harder it is to make a schedule. Osceola called. They’re a good program. We wanted to test ourselves with that. And then we haven’t played Heritage in a long time. Me and Coach (Mark) Ainsley and (Viera defensive coordinator Derek) Smith went to college together. We figured, let’s play and have a good incounty game.” VV

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Duran women’s golf league enjoys successful season BY CARL KOTALA


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Christian Prep, Seven Rivers and John Carroll. As tough as the schedule will be for the Tigers, there are two potential payoffs. Not only could it help Holy Trinity get into the postseason, it could also help boost some Tigers in the eyes of college

recruiters. “Nothing but positives can come from this schedule,” he said. “ESPN has already contacted me about televising two of the games (against Hewitt-Trussville and Colquitt County). “This is exposure for the players. Every coach wants to win games, but ultimately, my focus is giving the kids a chance to go to college. This schedule does that.” VV

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Viera’s Belaya, Diaz repeat as state doubles champions BY CARL KOTALA

For the second straight year, Viera High’s Sasha Belaya and Izzie Diaz proved to be an unbeatable pair at the Class 3A state tennis tournament. Despite being the defending champions, the duo was seeded second at this year’s state doubles tournament, but ended up beating top seeds April Sanchez and Kendall Nash of Atlantic Coast 7-5, 6-1 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. “We worked together and played really well as a team,” Belaya said. “Izzie’s very solid at the net. When she volleys, she puts it away. With me being stronger on the baseline, in general, I set her up and she’s able to put it away pretty quickly. That makes us difficult to beat. And we’re really close

friends. That connection helps, too.” Belaya and Diaz are the only Viera tennis players to win a state title. They were nearly joined this year by the boys doubles team of senior Nico Fuchs and junior Gabe Diaz. They upset the No. 1 seeds along the way to the title match, before falling in straight sets. “It was definitely a lot better to make it all the way through (to the finals),” Fuchs said. “It was a tough final. We played well, but they just won a couple more games. Overall, it was a fun time.” Although Belaya, unfortunately, was not able to defend her singles title — she lost in the semifinals — she was happy to come away with another state championship. The five-star recruit, recently named an All-

American for the second year in a row, is headed to the University of Illinois next year. As for her time at Viera, Belaya said she thoroughly enjoyed her two years of playing with the Hawks. “I was really hesitant to play high school tennis last year,” Belaya said. “I actually wasn’t going to play and I decided last minute. This year, I didn’t even hesitate to play because I had a really good time last year. “This year, it was just overall a really good experience. Everyone is extremely supportive here. They make it feel really special, so that’s always nice. VV

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Viera High's Izzie Diaz, left, and Sasha Belaya won the Class 3A state doubles championship for the second year in a row.

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The season is coming to an end for the Viera East Men’s Golf Association’s Fall/ Spring Tournaments. The grand finale Viera East Men’s Club Championship was held in late April. The Club Championship also is combined with the VEMA Masters Tournament in which both events are played over two different days. The Masters is a handicapped scoring event, and the Club Championship is based upon gross score during the same two days. In the Masters Championship, Tim Brown won the first flight. Guy Sullivan finished second and Tom Welters placed third. In the second flight, Ted Edlow prevailed and Sam Speziale was second. Warren Powell

finished third. Dick May won the third flight and John Gulla placed second. Fred Baltazar was third. Steve Vasilevich won the fourth flight, Michael Reinhard was second and Richard Blakney finished in third place. Sullivan posted rounds of 75 and 77 to win the VEMA Club Championship. The team of Dennis Lamb, Ben Herrman, Ken Tucker and Martin Gillette won the latest VEMA friendly competition, which was scored as a four-team handicap. It used either the first, second or third best balls on each hole. The team of Welters, John Perino, Jim Donnelly and May placed second. The VEMA league is open to all men 21 and older. For information, contact Viera East Golf Course. The league plays at 8 a.m. each Thursday. VV

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Houser receives educator grant and Teacher of the Year award BY CARL KOTALA

Holy Trinity Lower School students aren’t the only ones who think their librarian, Judy Houser, is pretty special. Earlier this year, the national Air Force Association (AFA) not only gave Houser a $250 Educator Grant, but the AFA Cape Canaveral Chapter named her Teacher of the Year for the third time. Because it was Houser’s third win, the chapter added an additional $500 to her award. “Mrs. Houser is a master teacher and she definitely has a vision for the future,” said Catherine Koos, head of Holy Trinity’s Lower School. “I love how she is always willing to reinvent herself as a teacher to stay up-to-date on education.” The latest AFA grant is the fifth Houser has received since 2011 and the seventh the Lower School has received overall, more than any other school in Brevard County. Educator grants are awarded to teachers for use in projects promoting STEM


Holy Trinity Lower School librarian Judy Houser shows the three littleBits Rule Your Room kits she bought with money from an educator grant to students Gianna Theodoropoulos, left, Emily DeRosier and Mia Rakita. Houser was recently named the AFA Cape Canaveral Chapter Teacher of the Year for the third time.

learning. Houser, who also serves as director of enrichment and teaches TEAM 5 and 6 classes submitted her grant to purchase three littleBits “Rule Your Room” kits for students to invent electronics projects. One student designed his own littleBits-powered fan.

Another made a “Defend Your Domain” room alarm. “I had a student who was using the littleBits and the Makey Makey to make a buzzer sound,” Houser said. “When he would touch both ends of the alligator clip, it would sound. “Well, he laid one clip down and I picked it up and I

touched him on the arm. He saw it buzz, and he looked, and I let go. Then, I touched him again and he realized current, the electronic circuit, was going through both of us and it was only when we connected that the circuit closed and the buzzer would go off. “It was really exciting. Not

only did I see the buzzer go off, but I felt like I saw the light bulb go off above his head.” In addition to the littleBits equipment, the Lower School library is also equipped with a Makerspace area thanks to a $10,000 donation by the Harris Corporation. It features a 3D printer and, thanks to another donation by the parents association, a laser cutter. Now, the library has become a popular destination. “I thought my circulation might drop,” Houser said. “My circulation has increased because kids love to be in here.” Koos said she has also observed a high level of engagement from the students, including children who go to the library for recess to work on projects. “I think the biggest thing with Judy is she wants the library to be a real hub for the children, so everybody wants to be there, wants to be learning,” Koos said. V V

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Viera High's Ocean Bowl team places ninth at nationals BY CARL KOTALA

Getting a chance to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals proved to be both educational and eye-opening for a group of Viera High students. Not only did Viera’s Ocean Bowl team finish ninth in the country out of a pool of 25 teams, but the students who made the trip to Oregon State’s campus also got a

chance to see what life is like on the other side of the United States. “It was cool because I’ve never been to the West Coast,” Viera senior Alex Krestan said. “It was a new experience, eye-opening to a different way to live there … how the houses are different; the infrastructure. “They have trees there. Like, actual trees, not the little shrubby trees we have here.”

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Krestan, team captain Griffin Pharmer, Eric Beck, Hannah Howe and Mitchell Necessary qualified for the trip by winning the Manatee Bowl, which was held at Florida Atlantic in February. In addition to the game show-style competition, where contestants hit buzzers to answer questions, the group got to see the Pacific Ocean and learn about the different organisms that live there. They also visited tide pools and attended a career fair. Morgan Woodard, who teaches marine sciences at Viera and served as the team’s coach along with her mother, Debbie Tweedie, and Viera High alumus Oscar Sang, said each student had to represent a stakeholder as part of the brief. For example, one student took the role of a stakeholder for the Coast Guard and offered recommendations regarding the safety of boaters around a site where wave energy is

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being harnessed. “You had to be a lot faster in nationals than you had to be in regionals,” Pharmer said. “In regionals, if you didn’t know the question, you could kind of wait for the other to get an answer and you’d have better chances of getting the right answer. “But in this one, you had to get in first.”

Viera won eight games to reach the semifinals, and its ninth-place finish was the best by a team from their region in 10 years. Next year’s national competition will be in Boulder, Colo. and with three juniors (Howe, Necessary and Alyssa Hofmann) and two sophomores (Danie Dowgiallo and Mason Watts). VV

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Viera High students praise prestigious AP Capstone program BY CARL KOTALA

A group of Viera High students are about to become the first from the school to receive an AP Capstone diploma. How many won’t be known until the AP scores are revealed in July, but 45 Viera students took part in the twoyear program that required them to take two specific advanced placement classes along with four other AP courses of their choosing. “This program is multicurricular,” said Kate Howick, who teaches AP Capstone at Viera along with Gary Draves.

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“We learn other research skills, different ways of citing resources, and getting deeper into looking into different data bases and actually talking to experts in our fields.” Instead of a final exam, the students must give a 15- to 20-minute speech to a college board about their project. Howick noted that by the end of the year, the students had such a depth of knowledge about their subject, a 15-minute speech didn’t seem daunting. It seemed like a short amount of time. Still, knowing your presentation will decide whether you will get your AP Capstone diploma can create nervousness. “You’re technically presenting to college boards, to professionals, and you get asked questions about your topic,” said Turakhia, whose topic was on the


viability and feasibility of bioprinted organs in lieu of using transplanted organs for surgery since there’s an organ shortage. “It’s nerve-racking at the beginning, but AP Capstone teaches you how to deal with that, how to be professional about it. It’s a good skill to have.” Turakhia and Reddick both lauded the benefits of the AP Capstone program, which was introduced nationally in 2014. “AP Capstone is not like any other course that you’ll take in high school,” Turakhia said. “Although there are high school classes that have structure — there’s this material you have to cover — AP Capstone lets you choose what you want to do and ride with it. “So you’re learning more about something you already love.” VV



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Husband, wife duo share passion for teaching students BY JULIE STURGEON

Viera High School teachers James Brand and Amy O’Reilly-Brand share more than a marriage. They share a love of teaching. The husband and wife teachers are passionate about their chosen subjects, and they are passionate about their students. O’Reilly-Brand teaches reading, while James Brand teaches U.S. History.

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“I’ve always chosen to work with struggling students, O’Reilly-Brand said. “I find it very rewarding. We have graduating seniors right now who have worked very hard.” She said that standardized testing has changed teaching and it can be a struggle for many students. “Reading for enjoyment tends to decrease among high school students. I really try to get my kids to love reading.” On certain days, she allows students to read a book of their choice with the goal of enhancing their enjoyment of reading. Many of the students in O’Reilly-Brand’s ninth-grade classes move on to husband Brand’s class for 10th-grade U.S. History at Viera High School. “I love being able to teach history in a perspective students can understand,” Brand said. “A lot of kids coming into my class don’t know much about U.S. History. They want to know what’s going on right

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Brand served as a Marine prior to teaching, then retired in 2003. That’s when he decided to become a teacher. Fortunately, his schooling was paid for due to his service. O’Reilly-Brand has been teaching at Viera High since the school opened. She began her teaching career 20 years ago. Although the Brands are separated by just one classroom, they rarely see each other during the school day due to their busy teaching schedules. Life after school is hectic for the couple also. Brand is a coach for the VHS wrestling team and his seventhgrade daughter’s Viera Soccer Club team. VV

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Landi leaves a legacy at Holy Trinity BY CARL KOTALA

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Viera’s McDermott going to Girls State Viera High’s Arrabella McDermott is about to embark on a trip that could change her life. The junior will be in Tallahassee June 7 to 15 to take part in Girls State, a hands-on educational workshop sponsored by the Florida American Legion Auxiliary designed to help high school juniors learn about government, politics and Americanism. If all goes well, McDermott’s ultimate Viera Voice photo career plan could Arrabella McDermott will participate eventually take a turn in Girls State this summer. toward politics. As part of the workshop, “I’m ecstatic,” McDermott said. “I’ve always students will be selected to help create a mythical state looked at going into the law of Seminole, which is divided process. For a long time, I into 12 cities and six counties really wanted to be a lawyer. But now that I’m doing this, I with the citizens assigned to the Nationalist or Federalist think it would be really cool Party. They will take part in to go into the house or the political campaigns, debates senate. “I’m super excited for this whole thing. It’s going to be a McDermott continued to page 16 super experience.”

Viera High graduate wins Pen Women Writing Scholarship SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

Taylor Martin, who graduated from Viera High School on May 19, is the recipient of the 2017 Writing Scholarship awarded by the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. At the May 13 luncheon meeting of the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, Martin, who plans to attend the University of Florida, read an excerpt from her novel in progress. Her parents, Carrie and Scott Martin, accompanied her to the award luncheon at Indian River Colony Club. The Cape Canaveral Branch of NLAPW was founded in 1969 by author and composer Dr. Elaine Murray Stone. The branch has supported and promoted the arts on the Space Coast for 48 years, awarding a scholarship each year in one of the League's disciplines of art, letters or music. NLAPW, founded in 1897 by 17 women, celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2017. Today, this organization of professional women in the arts, has thousands of members — journalists,

painters, choreographers, sculptors, illustrators, songwriters and poets — in all areas of the United States. Its headquarters are located in the historic Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in DuPont Circle, Washington, D.C. Famous women who have been members of NLAPW include Grandma Moses, Georgia O’Keefe, Pearl S. Buck, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelo, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosalyn Carter and Hillary Clinton. The mission of the nonprofit League is to encourage, recognize and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in art, letters and music, and through outreach activities provide educational, creative and professional support to members and non-members in these disciplines. The core values of the NLAPW are respect, knowledge, creation and preservation of the arts. VV For information on the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, contact president Marion Coste at 321-338-7413 or by email at

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continued from page 14 and present bills that they have written at home. Some bills written at either Girls or Boys State have actually been adopted into law. McDermott said she has had several ideas for her bill, but settled on one that could help the homeless. “A lot of restaurants want to give the extra food they have to homeless shelters, but there’s a lot of limitations

campus, in the classrooms and in the community. I know Suntree has strong and successful relationships with all of these groups and I look forward to being a part of that.” Being a part of the community is not only in the job description, she has spent many hours on the sidelines watching her children play sports. Passionate about sports, her family particularly loves baseball. She and her husband, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Barry Tressler, named all five of their children after famous ball players: Brett, 26; Brooke, 25; Bari, 22; Chance, 13; and Casey, 11. Tressler said she loves children and she loves to learn as well as travel, spending her down-time touring universities across on that,” she said. “I want to propose a permit that restaurants can get so that they can give their extra food to these homeless shelters and there aren’t any limitations on it for them.” Coming up with a way to help others isn’t just a way for McDermott to get elected to a position at Girls State. Put simply, it’s what she does. She and her mother volunteer at the Disney Marathon. She’s also a leader in her youth group and is

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The Suntree-based Brianna Marie Foundation announced April 25 a grant in the amount of $50,000 will go toward fetal surgery research, to be awarded this fall. Created by Suntree residents Aran and Patrick Hissam in memory of their infant daughter Brianna Marie — who died in 2012 just 15 hours after her March 12 birth — the nonprofit foundation now has raised $250,000 for research, development and awareness of fetal therapies and surgeries. “I love that we are able to offer hope to parents through

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Suntree Elementary School alumna Kiley Dwenger helps with the butterfly release station at the March 11 Brianna Marie Foundation 5K Run/Walk to celebrate the brief life of the infant, who would have attended the school alongside her brothers.

fetal abnormality before surgery. Another grant went to the University College of London Institute for Women’s Health, where the lead investigator is studying how to prevent congenital diaphragmatic hernia, an anomaly that disturbs fetal lung development. The Hissams also have invested in Dr. Quintero’s research and in a study for a patch to be used in utero on fetuses with spina bifida. Another benefit of the


Suntree mom Aran Hissam, left, and fetal surgeon Dr. Ruben Quintero of Miami shared awareness of fetal surgery advancements at the March 11 Brianna Marie Foundation 5K Run/ Walk, from which $50,000 will be awarded for fetal surgery research this fall.

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Vascular Vein Center opens first location in Brevard County BY JEFF NAVIN

Dr. Hai H. Kenney and his wife Kimberly have loved Brevard County since moving to the area in 2007. Now, there’s even more of a reason to stay. Kenney, who has worked for Health First Holmes Regional Center since coming to the area, now will channel most of his energy to the first Vascular Vein Center facility to be opened in Brevard County. Vascular Vein Center has six centers in the Orlando

area. The new facility will be located at Riverview Tower at Suntree, which is located at 6525 Third Street, Suite 208. Dr. Samuel Martin, who owns the other six VVC centers, will be his partner Shana Crovo, ARNP, will be the nurse. An open house will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Kenney will meet and greet the public from noon to 1 p.m. “When I left West Palm Beach, they had four new positions at Holmes,’’ said the




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MargaritaFest on May 13 at Jack Mahon Park in Suntree was a chance to leave the children at home and have grown-up fun.

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6 - 9 p.m., $6 Thursdays Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-474-8205

Space Coast Farmers Market

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays Larry Schultz Park (formerly Levitt Park) 2560 Fiske Blvd. Rockledge 321-961-2732

Celebrating the Power of Pentecost and Shavout 3 p.m. Wickham Park 2815 Leisure Way Melbourne 321-614-0099


Pack Your Bag Event with Motherhood Maternity 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Light refreshments The Avenue Viera 321-634-5390

Zoo Summer Camp

Entering 7th to 9th Grade 5 Day Camp 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Campers will connect with nature, experience outdoor exploration. Date July 11-15. Register online at



Father’s Day Brunch

11 a.m. Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera 321-504-7776, ext. 7370



Wickham Park Community Center 2815 Leisure Way Melbourne 321-608-7490

Your original artwork must be submitted by midnight. Art Gallery of Viera The Avenue Viera 321-504-4343

Women’s Self-Defense Class Deadline for Earth Alive: 7 - 8 p.m., $30/four classes Call for Art


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

7:55 - 9 a.m. RSVP 321-242-1235

All levels of quilters welcome. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404

6 p.m. Break out the Western bling. Sheriff Ivey will emcee the wild horse race. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive 321-631-9433

Viera Means Business 3-Day Sale Special Event

6:30 p.m. Expedia Cruise Ship Center 6375 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-233-1400

Parents Night Out

6 - 10 p.m., $8 per child June 9, 16 USSSA Opening Week For ages 6 - 11 years old. 7:05 p.m., June 8 - 10, $10 Wickham Park USSSA Pride vs. Akron Racers Community Center Space Coast Stadium 2815 Leisure Way 5800 Stadium Pkwy. Melbourne Viera 321-608-7490 321-697-3635

attending events. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404




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

2 - 3 p.m. A kinetic jumping, joking, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. juggling show. Wednesdays and Saturdays Meet & Greet Providers Suntree/Viera Library Rockledge Gardens Noon - 1 p.m. 902 Jordan Blass Drive 2153 US1, Rockledge Vascular Vein Center 321-505-4066 6525 Third Street, Suite 208 321-255-4404 Suntree World Elder Abuse 877-244-8558 Awareness Day

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Speaker is Frank DiBello Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212

Books are ALWAYS Better Book Club

Boomer Buffet

S.A.L.T. - Single Adults Living Triumphantly

6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404

6 p.m. Grace Fellowship Church 3420 Murrell Road Rockledge 321-636-3051



Giving USA Reports: Pop Trivia Who is Giving to Charities? 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays Pizza Gallery and Grill The Avenue Viera 321-633-0397




Entering 1st to 6th Grade 5 Day Camp 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Starts: June 27 - July 1 Create animal sculptures and other nature based art with local artists. Register online at

4 - 5 p.m., $5 Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa RSVP 321-633-1792

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

Conversational Spanish

Disney Destinations Sessions

National Flag Day

The Market at Rockledge Gardens

Tap Dancing

Vascular Vein Center Open House

Thirsty 3rd Thursday 5 - 8 p.m. The Avenue Viera 321-634-5390


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Android phones and tablet class

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

6:30 p.m. Expedia Cruise Ship Center 6375 N. Wickham Road Suntree 321-233-1400

Orange Blossom Day



Hospice of St. Francis Bereavement Support Group

5:30 - 7 p.m. Hospice of St. Francis 4875 N. Wickham Road Suite 104, Melbourne 321-269-4240



Father/Son Outing

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

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra

7 p.m., $20 “Broadway Showstoppers” Information Fair Favorite songs of the stage 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Scott Center for the Melbourne Auditorium Performing Arts 625 E. Hibisicus Blvd. 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, 321-633-2076 Melbourne, 855-252-7276


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Dance Party

Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera 321-504-7776, ext. 7370

“Shrek” free movie in the Park



A hands-on exploration of how each of us affects the Indian River Lagoon. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404

3 - 6 p.m., Thursdays Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne 321-505-4066

2 - 3 p.m. A program of magic, laughter and lots of audience participation. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404

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

5:30 - 8 p.m. Art Gallery of Viera The Avenue Viera 321-504-4343

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Drop-in Tennis

“The Earth Alive” opening art reception

National Flip Flop Day

6:30 - 11 p.m. Food trucks and fun Wickham Park Pavilion 3745 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-255-4400

‘Tween Program: Blue Life Brevard County 2 - 4 p.m. Farmers Market

National Iced Tea Day

TGIF Seaside Piecemakers Harmony Farm’s 9 - 10 a.m. Buckaroo Ball

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Brevard Federated Republican Women

Beam Dedication Ceremony


Zoo Camp 5th - 6th graders June 6 - July 22 Jr. Zookeepers: Earn “Book Bucks” for tracking your reading and Life as an Animal

9:30 - 11:30 a.m., $25 Registration fee includes handouts and a chance to have your questions answered by a national fundraising expert. Brevard Zoo Nyami Nyami Lodge 8225 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-254-9453

Zoo Art Camp

Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center 6559 N. Wickham Road Suite C105 Suntree, 321-395-3298



Summer Reading Program

National Children’s Day

3 9/11 Memorial

Beautiful Skin Friday


Ice Cream will be served after lunch from 12:15 - 1 p.m.



National Doughnut Day

5 p.m. Riverview Tower, Suite 106 6525 3rd Street Suntree/Melbourne 321-307-9400

Healthy Minors Grand Opening Open House

Melbourne Auditorium, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.




10 a.m. The Avenue Viera is the new home to the seven-foot Seventh annual Historic long, one-ton steel beam Cocoa Village BBQ & Blues that was recovered from June 2, 5 - 9:30 p.m. the rubble of the World June 3, 11 a.m. - 9:15 p.m. Trade Center. Fantastic food, awesome The Avenue Viera music. Free to the public. 321-634-5390 Riverfront Park Cocoa Village 321-631-9075

Come to the SENIOR LIFE booth at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Information Fair

Cancer Survivors Day




Singles/Couples Dance

7 - 10 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556

Space Coast Symphony Winds & Chorus

“America the Beautiful” A musical salute to America 7 p.m. Scott Center for the Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, 855-252-7276

Big Idea Magic Show with Keith Tusing

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MOAACC honors local graduates during annual luncheon Tessa Harvey – ROTC Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Matt Lake – ROTC Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Erin McCarthy – U.S. Military Academy Heather Miller – U.S. Coast Guard Academy Josh Ordonez – U.S. Coast Guard Academy Kevin Taylor – ROTC Florida Institute of Technology

Bill White – ROTC Norwich University Satellite High Eric Witherspoon – ROTC Florida State University Sophronia Eckenrode – ROTC University of Miami Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High Cameron Ferreira – ROTC Norwich University VV

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Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School’s Army JROTC prepares to present the colors at a MOAACC luncheon honoring Brevard students who were appointed to military academies or received ROTC college scholarships. BY R. NORMAN MOODY

When Ken Willoughby first visited the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was sure it was where he wanted to start his military career following graduation from Astronaut High. “As soon as I first stepped on the campus, I knew I belonged there,” said Willoughby, who will play football for the Black Knights. The Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral chapter, during a luncheon May 16, honored Willoughby and 23 other Brevard graduating high school seniors who were appointed to military academies or received Reserve Officer Training Corps college scholarships. “It’s definitely an honor,” said Willoughby, who plans to major in civil engineering. “It’s awesome that they take care of their own.” For years, MOAACC members have honored students headed to military careers during the luncheons at the Colony Hall in the Indian River Colony Club community in Viera. Ivanska Rosich, who graduated from Florida Preparatory Academy and is headed to the Air Force Academy to study biology, said it was an encouragement to the students as they leave to begin their military careers. “It’s more like an honor,” she said. “It’s a big deal.” MOAACC first vice president

Gary Eppler said that those appointed to the academies and selected for ROTC scholarships are all well rounded and mature students. “It’s inspiring,” he said before the students were presented to an audience of about 100. “They are not the typical high school kids.” Merritt Island High graduate Miles Butler said he was appreciative that the veterans have an interest in seeing the students following in their footsteps and succeeding in their military careers. The other students are: Viera High Kyle Crocker – Marion Military Institute

Brandon Turney – ROTC Marion Military Institute Nicole Sjoden – ROTC EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University Ferris Thrower – ROTC Marion Military Institute Shahana Gray – Air Force Academy Prep School Nicholas Hibbs – ROTC Marion Military Institute Logan Ewing – ROTC University of Central Florida Jack Adams – ROTC University of Florida. Merritt Island High Casey Bass – ROTC Stetson University Curtis Batchelor – ROTC University of North Georgia Sami Dunlap – ROTC Stetson University






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Throughout Florida, wild hogs (feral hogs or swine) Charlotte’s abound. Florida has no free-ranging pure Eurasian Webwild boars. There are feral Spinning domestic pigs and hybrids Tales (domestic pig and Eurasian wild boar). Charlotte A. Corbeil Domestication of pigs Feed may include corn, occurred thousands of years soybeans and slop, which is a ago. Eventually, explorers mixture of grain and produce relocated pigs. For example, leftovers. Garbage (swill, Columbus released eight hogwash) should be boiled. hogs in the West Indies on Pigs root their pen to uncover his second voyage in 1493. more food. However, many Supposedly, descendants experts claim they generally (13 sows) from Cuba were do not overeat. They savor introduced by de Soto to food and pace themselves. Tampa Bay in 1539. Within Understandably, piglets do 11 months, the population increased to 300. Owners, including Native Americans, practiced free ranging, and pigs were rounded when needed. Released or VIERA VOICE Shutterstock escaped, they Wild hogs are prevalent in Florida. became wild hogs which now number hundreds of “pig-out.” thousands in Florida — a Weight ranges from 110 thriving habitat encounters to 770 pounds. According one hog per 32 acres. Yielded to Guinness, the biggest pig yearly are possibly two litters, weighed 2,552 pounds. Big with up to 13 piglets each. Bill from Tennessee, the runt Family groups (sounders) of the litter, died in 1933. exist, but large boars (males) Despite wallowing, pigs are generally solitary except basically are clean. If space is when breeding. Boars provided, they keep their pen become difficult to control or clean (not like a pigsty) and hunt, and may run as fast as delegate a section for waste. 30 miles per hour. Sows build nests in wallows These opportunistic and may birth up to 12 piglets omnivores can weigh from twice a year. The largest 150 to more than 250 reported litter produced 37 pounds. Grass, leaves, fruits, piglets; 33 survived. roots, bugs, poultry, baby In some areas, domestic turtles or fawns may be pigs contentedly forage in the consumed. woods and are watched by It is impossible to “sweat swineherd. They are social like a pig.” Wild and and huddle. Regrettably, domesticated pigs (close some are raised in factory relatives) do not have farms. Subsequently, there functional sweat glands, so they root (dig with snouts) to now is a demand for pastureraised pork. form wallows (depressions) According to Winston in mud and water to cool off. Churchill, pigs see us as Mud also provides sunscreen equals. Actually, they are and deters parasites. intelligent. Communication Unfortunately, wild hogs includes 20 vocalizations. are detrimental. Wallows They can be trained to use hurt water quality. Rooting a litter box or manipulate for food promotes erosion. Foraging in agricultural fields video-game joysticks. As pets, some are ridden bareback or and forest plantations ruins walked on a leash. harvests. Trees, frequently Pigs are beneficial. Wild pine, lose bark from hogs damage, yet spread fruit “tusking.” Likewise harmful seeds and till the soil for new is rubbing (scratching) plants. Domestic pigs provide against trees. Plus, wild hogs pigskin for seat covers or transmit disease. Fortunately, apparel; bristles become predators such as humans brushes. Their acute sense and Florida panthers curb the of smell detects drugs, land problematic population. mines or truffles. And they Basically, the word hog are foremost candidates for applies to one raised to organ donation to humans. produce meat, like many of Pharmaceuticals and our domestic pigs. They are medicines are derived from abundant — there are more pigs in Denmark than people. pig co-products. Obviously, we are indebted to these Daily, these omnivores eat animals! VV steadily for several hours.

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It is entirely appropriate that the 20th anniversary issue of Senior Life newspaper showcases the importance of volunteerism. The Viera/ Suntree-based publication targets boomer, seniors and their families across Brevard and is a sister paper to the Viera Voice. The inaugural June 1997 issue featured Brevard Zoo docent Andy Arbuckle on the cover taking questions from preschoolers exploring the Petting Zoo area of the top attraction. The accompanying front-page story outlined the many reasons to volunteer in terms of health of community and

individual, and the inside pages showcased the zoo docent program in detail. “Andy was very active in retirement. He left nothing undone that he wanted to do,” said Marilyn Arbuckle, his wife of 66 years until his passing in 2015. “He never cared to have commendations for his good works because he said he always got the most out of the bargain.” Showcasing good works spurs volunteers to do more, and gets others into the act, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said. "Senior Life has been a vital resource to the community by consistently showcasing the missions of charities

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that make our community an even better place to live, as we lift up those less fortunate," said Ivey, who himself leads or supports charities from animal welfare to children's causes and beyond. He is the starter each year for runners and walkers in the Color Me Healthy 5K of the Bluewater Foundation, which Senior Life/Viera Voice publisher Jill Blue-Gaines founded in 2015 to amplify the good done by local charities. "By spotlighting these entities, Blue-Gaines has helped put many of them on the map and has kept them on our minds and hearts during the past two decades, not to mention engaging seniors who have the time, talent and treasures to help them grow. This is actually a great service to the health and lives of boomers and seniors who become

involved.” The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast commended Senior Life for its support of an event founded by Blue-Gaines that is hosted by Viera Voice, the Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards, created in memory of Suntree/Viera volunteer Charlie Corbeil to reward volunteers and experts to further the cause of conservation. Corbeil, a Florida Master Naturalist and renowned photographer, was a champion of the Viera Wetlands at the west end of Wickham Road. “We are an all-volunteer organization, so we know what a powerhouse volunteers provide,” said LWVSC co-president Marilynn Collins. “We congratulate Senior Life on its 20th anniversary for all it has done for the community over the years and in particular

Jill Blue-Gaines for creating The Charlie Awards, which the League has supported from its inception.” For Blue-Gaines, the Senior Life focus on volunteerism was merely one more way to encourage seniors to live their best life possible at any age, the publication's underlying mantra. “This is an awesome time in life because we finally have the opportunity to explore what we really want to do now that our major financial obligations are behind us,” Blue-Gaines said. “It's time to set aside fear and explore. Many seniors have volunteered their way into rewarding encore careers. The last thing we want to leave behind is our potential. We want to use that up.” To view the June 1997 issue of Senior Life, go tovieravoice. com/Senior-Life/. VV


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Isabella was the most popular name for girls born in Florida in 2016, while Liam topped the list for boys born in Florida in 2016 according to the Social Security Administration. Olivia, Emma, Sophia and Mia rounded out the list for girls’ names. Besides Liam, the top names for boys were Noah, Jacob, Lucas and Elijah. According to Nancy A. Berryhill, the acting commissioner of Social Security, Noah was the most popular name for boys born in 2016 throughout the country. Emma was the top name for girls nationwide born in 2016. Check out the Social Security’s website at to see what names were popular in all 50 states. VV

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