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Memorial Day has always been significant for Donn Weaver, special projects coordinator for the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center. “As a son of a World War II veteran, an Army veteran myself and father of four, Memorial Day was important to me growing up in Brevard and during my professional life,” he said. On Memorial Day mornings, Weaver would take his family to ceremonies at veterans’ cemeteries so his children would learn about the high cost of freedom. In the afternoons, a family picnic rounded out the special day. After Sept. 9, 2010,

however, Memorial Day changed dramatically for the Weavers. That day, his youngest son, United States Army First Lt. Todd Weaver, was killed in combat in Afghanistan. “From that date, it becomes for me and our family a time to make sure other Americans understand the price of freedom and remember all the fallen who have given their full measure to our country,” Weaver said. Memorial Day has unfortunately for many become just another holiday to go visit theme parks or relax at the beach or pool, but the holiday has always had a somber meaning since its inception three years

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Children show off talents in Business Fair Expo BY JILL BLUE GAINES

Some children around Brevard County don’t want to wait until the age of 16 to work. This entrepreneur spirit was apparent at the inaugural Brevard Children’s Business Fair Expo held at The Avenue Viera on March 31. Ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old, 25 vendors showed off their business acumen. The criteria was to make or build a product to sell without any interference or help from parents. It included transactions from selling to handling electronic payments. “We plan on having it next year with 50 booths,’’ said Nora McFarland, the organizer of the expo. “Next year, participants don’t have to do the same business as this year.’’ Kibo Manning might only be 8 years old, but he has some bold ideas. His White Tiger Comics won the competition for the most original business idea. “I make comics and bookmarks, pictures and pencils to sell,’’ Manning said. “One of my comics is called “Senior Man Bun,” and it's only $3. This is our best seller so far, and we made another

book called “Mad Dad.” It’s inspired off of my favorite book called “Calvin and the Hobbs.’’ Well, this one hasn't been bought too much — only like five times. But, it's still a good book to read.’’ Nimrit Doad, a 15-year-old VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Gaines VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Gaines student from Dylan Geiger chats with a family about Kibo Manning, the owner of White Tiger Comics, displays his comic books for sale. Cocoa Beach paddleboarding. Junior/Senior High School, dermatologist after community. And then, I also from Viera High School, hopes used knowledge gained from college. have decals and popsockets. to help younger students use the school’s International “I was 13 when I started and I also make custom cups that their time wisely this summer. Baccalaureate (IB) program to I had bad acne,’’ Doad said. have different designs — “We are doing a Crafting become the CEO of Skin Care “Any chemical cleansers or inspiring, funny, religious.’’ Education Academy,’’ said Plush. Doad sells all-natural facials would burn my skin Dylan Geiger, 15-year-old Kerner, who won the bath bombs and all-natural or make my acne worse. So, freshman at Satellite High award for Highest Business acne oils. I started getting into natural School, started the perfect Potential. “It's a STEM “The bath bombs are oils. It took about six months business to enjoy the beautiful nonprofit educational charity. coconut oil infused and they of research to find the right outdoors of Brevard County. What we do is teach a bunch are lightly pigmented colors,’’ recipe.’’ “My business is providing of different programs. We Doad said. “That way, when Abigail Perez, a student kids and adults with the do MinecrafdtEdu, Roblox, you wash it off in the tub, you at Palm Bay Magnet High opportunity to get on the 3D printing, virtual reality, won't have any stains left. The School, started her AP Design water and paddle,’’ Geiger robotics — everything oils have antibacterial and company about a year ago. said. “I'm instructing them you can imagine. We do antifungal qualities, so it’s a “I started my design on the proper ways to paddle summer break camps, spring quick addition to a nightly because I am really into properly and safely. I’m also break camps, after-school routine. It’s quick and it’s easy making statements in the promoting the importance of programs.’’ and it really works. You see a city I'm around,’’ Perez said. keeping our waterways safe Junky to Funky won the difference within just a week. ’ “So, I make shirts to make and clean.’’ award for Best Presentation/ Doad hopes to become a statements around the Slayde Kerner, a student Creativity. VV

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Usually, the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera are a quiet and solitary place to enjoy some of Brevard County’s wildlife. It’s one of the hidden gems in the county at the west end of North Wickham Road on 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way in Viera. On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, the Wetlands weren’t so quiet and solitary as a large crowd gathered for the ninth annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival hosted by Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department. Organizers of the two-day event hope to ensure the longevity of the Wetlands’ experience for generations to come. Flight of the Raptor presented a weekend of birds of prey as it talked about the importance of the birds and their connection with the environment.

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Trip of a lifetime delivers message of hope for Ugandan children BY JULIE STURGEON

During a trip to Egypt in 2007, Marty L. Ward lay in a marble sarcophagus, meditating and imagining herself in a white flowing gown with a thousand children at her feet. The image perplexed Ward, a former teacher and social worker, because she did not work with children at the time. Four years later in 2011, Ward read a story that rattled her bones. A 10-yearold girl named Ashlyn Conner committed suicide one morning rather than face another day of being tormented by bullies at her school. Right then, Ward knew that she needed to do something to help the victims of bullying. According to Ward, Connor represents one of about 4,600 kids who take their own lives every year in the United States. Ward got busy and started a business — Confidence Eliminates Bullying. The business hopes to create confident, emotionally intelligent children and adults who believe in themselves rather than the mean words of a bully. She also wrote a book, “Get Clear Get Confident Get Going,’’ which was discovered by Buni Alex, a missionary in Uganda in 2015. “Since then, his life began to change from using the information in the book,” Ward said. “He wanted more.” During the next several years, Ward and Alex became friends and business associates with a common

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goal of helping bully victims. Last month, Alex arranged for Ward to travel to Uganda to teach the Confidence Eliminates Bullying principles. The image of the white dress and 1,000 children became reality. Ward then realized the significance of the dream. “What I accomplished was beyond my wildest

imagination,” Ward said. “I was amazed that I could have that much of an impact as quickly as I did.” Ward’s philosophy of teaching is simple but successful. Her TAG method stands for Talents, Abilities and Gifts, which are unique to each child. In a recent trip to Uganda, Ward used her TAG method to create change. In Uganda, beating children

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youngsters. “Parents, teachers and pastors stopped bullying,” Ward said. “They learned to respect children for who they are.” Ward now wants to expand her anti-bullying program in the United States. Teaching confidence may not stop bullies, she said, but it can help kids accept themselves and their flaws so they can deflect bullies’ comments. “If kids don’t believe the bully, they can’t be hurt,” Ward said. “They accept themselves for who they are and say to the bully, ‘what’s your point?’ ” Join Ward from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 for a presentation at the Red Ginger at 1700 W. New Haven Avenue in Melbourne. Ward will share stories from her trip and discuss what she wants to do in Brevard County to deal with bullying. V V

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Women’s Baseball World Cup coming to Viera BY CARL KOTALA

A major baseball tournament will be coming to the USSSA Space Coast Complex in August. And the world will be watching. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced that Viera will be the site of the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup, which will take place Aug. 22 to 31. It will mark the first time a baseball world cup has been played in the United States. “It’s a really big deal for us, and for the community,” said Jami Lobpries, Vice President of Marketing for the USSSA. “You’re going to have 11 countries, plus the United States (team) coming in, so it’s good exposure. “But I think one of the biggest things for us is the long-term relationship that we want to build with the WBSC. This could definitely lead to more opportunities for international events, where you have Olympic qualifiers, different world cups. “We’re hoping to put on a good show, expose the WBSC to Brevard County and this community and (have it) lead to more events with them.”

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VIERA HIGH BASEBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Complex May 3 – Class 7A, District 6 Tournament finals, 7 p.m. May 8 – Class 5A regional quarterfinals, site TBA, 4 or 7 p.m. May 15 – Class 5A regional semifinals, site TBA, 4 or 7 p.m. May 22 – Class 5A regional finals, site TBA, 4 or 7 p.m. May 30 – Class 7A State Semifinals at Centurylink Sports Complex — Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. May 31 — Class 7A state finals at Centurylink Sports Complex — Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, 7:35 p.m.

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The USSSA Space Coast Complex will host the Women's Baseball World Classic in August. With players from 12 teams from around the world, plus coaches and support staff, families and fans coming to Brevard County, the impact on local businesses could be huge.

(unranked). The potential short and long-term financial impact for Brevard County could be huge. “Of all the possible locations in the United States, the WBSC chose Viera on Florida’s Space Coast to host this important event,” Eric Garvey, Executive Director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism wrote in an email. “With a worldwide audience, this event will put Viera on the map and showcase the beauty of our area!” The tourism office, local Chambers of Commerce, the Viera Co., the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Brevard County Public Schools are among those who are all part of the plan to help make the tournament a big success. “The community has already been hugely involved,” said Emily Moak, Director, Space Coast Complex Operations and

Event Planning. “We’ve been out and about to local areas and they’ve been very supportive of helping us. … At least we have experience running tournaments, so that helps. “But definitely, we’ll be leaning on the community for help with different events — opening ceremonies, volunteers, all kinds of things.” And if all goes well, this could be just the beginning. “Of course, we’re excited to bring it here,” Lobpries said. “We’re a big part of this community. We’ll be here for at least 20 years. We want people to come out. We want sponsors to be a part of it. We want to show the WBSC that this is a great location, that they should make this their U.S. home. “That’s our goal. This isn’t just going to be a one-off event. We want this to be a long-term partnership.” V V

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Viera’s Schaneville named to All-State Academic team BY CARL KOTALA

Trey Schaneville has scored … again. The Viera High senior, who is the all-time scoring leader in both football and basketball, is one of 24 student-athletes from throughout the state to be named by the FHSAA to the Florida Dairy Farmers 2018 All-State Academic team. Schaneville is only the second Viera student-athlete to receive the honor. The other was Alexander Liles, who played golf and lacrosse for the Hawks in 2014. The 24 honorees will be recognized at a banquet on June 11 in Gainesville. Each student will receive a $1,700 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. “This is really cool,” Schaneville said. “To be chosen as one of the 24 students is a huge honor ... it’s just great to have all my hard work recognized and to be able to help my parents out with paying for college.” In addition to scoring 1,210 points in basketball and 267 points in football, Schaneville also has served as his school’s representative for the

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my education is, which has always motivated me to do the best I can in the classroom. “So, while my parents used to push me when I was younger, I’m the one who’s pushing myself mainly now because I understand how important my education is and how important getting good grades is.” Schaneville VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala will attend Viera High senior Trey Schaneville has been named by the FHSAA to the Florida Dairy Florida Tech Farmers All-State Academic team. Schaneville, the school's all-time leading scorer in in the fall football and basketball, is only the second Viera student-athlete to receive the honor. where he plans to play both Throughout it all, he Cape Coast Conference football and basketball has maintained a 4.0 Leadership Council. He also while studying business and unweighted grade-point has been a counselor at average with a weighted GPA sports management. various youth sports camps “I’m not completely sure of 4.7. and volunteered with the what I want to do when I “My parents expect good Viera-Suntree Little League graduate college, but being grades and have always Challenger division that a sports agent sounds cool, stressed it,” Schaneville provides children with and hopefully, eventually said. “And I give credit to physical and developmental becoming a general manager them for always making me disabilities the chance to understand how important of some pro team.” V V take part in athletic events.

Continued from page 6 May 11 – Class 1A state semifinals at Boca Raton High, 5 and 7 p.m. May 12 – Class 1A State Championship game at Boca Raton High, 8 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE May 3 — Class 1A regional final, site TBA, 7 p.m. May 10 — Class 1A State Semifinals at Boca Raton High, 6 and 8 p.m. May 11 — Class 1A State Championship game at Boca Raton High, 9 p.m. SOFTBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Complex May 2 – Class 7A regional quarterfinals, site TBA, 4 or 7 p.m. May 8 – Class 7A regional semifinals, site TBA, 4 or 7 p.m. May 11 – Class 7A regional finals, site TBA, 4 or 7 p.m. May 16-19 – Class 7A State Final Four at Dodgertown, Vero Beach, game times and exact dates TBA VARSITY BOYS TENNIS April 30 to May 2 – Class 3A State Tournament at Red Bug Lake Park and Sylvan Lake Park VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS April 30 to May 2 – Class 3A State Tournament at Red Bug Lake Park and Sylvan Lake Park TRACK & FIELD May 4-5 – Class 1A State Championship meet at the University of North Florida

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Faculty Challenge softball game brings Viera community together BY CARL KOTALA

It’s the kind of event that brings the entire Viera community together for a night of fun … and softball. And after a year’s hiatus, it’s back. The 14th annual Faculty Softball Challenge will return May 22 at the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Space Coast Complex with a pair of new matchups and a whole lot of excitement. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. when Ralph Williams Elementary plays Viera Charter, followed at 7:15 by Manatee vs. Quest. Tickets are $2 at each school and $3 at the gate on the day of the game. Though the event is not designated as a fundraiser, proceeds will benefit all four schools. “There were thoughts it might be dead, but I think it’s going to be as alive and kicking as it’s ever been,” said Todd Zgonc of Manatee Elementary School, and the game’s organizer. “We have new opponents this year … USSSA has done a phenomenal job working out the details, getting us in here and supporting this event.”

played a role in previous games, but this will be his first chance to get to participate. “I’ve witnessed it a couple of times,” he said. “I’ve umpired it. Now, I’m actually going to be a part of it. I can’t wait.” All VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala presale The Faculty Challenge softball game is back for its 14th year. Pictured are Mike Newman of Ralph tickets Williams Elementary School, left; Todd Zgonc of Manatee; Tom Armstrong from Viera Charter; and sold at the Josh Allen from Quest. Last year's game wasn't played in part due to the work being done at the USSSA school will Space Coast Complex. come with a coupon Viera Charter School started back up,” Armstrong for a free breakfast entrée athletic director Tom said. “The last time we had at Chick-fil-A. The first 800 Armstrong praised Zgonc for it, it brought a lot of spirit to Manatee fans who show up at helping to bring the game the school. And we’re excited the game will receive a rally back and is excited about the about playing Ralph Williams, towel from Cruisin’ Gold. prospect of playing a different somebody different than Other game sponsors opponent. Manatee.” include Perry Fiberglass “We’re excited that it’s Josh Allen of Quest has Products, Inc. and Ellingson

Properties. As usual, all four schools will be doing something special to help promote the game. Manatee and Viera Charter will have baseball cards with the teacher’s pictures on them. Quest will be selling pom-poms and foam fingers. There will also be T-shirts for sale to build excitement for the game. “We talk it up. At least I talk it up, because I see all the kids,” said Mike Newman of Ralph Williams. “I’ll say, ‘Are you going to come tonight? What do you want me to do? Hit a home run? OK, I’ll do it for you.’ “I’ll usually see them in the stands and I’ll point them out, ‘All right, this one’s for you.’ They get really excited. Especially when we do something good, they go crazy. It’s fun.” Zgonc is expecting a big crowd. “I anticipate every bit of 3,200, 3,500 (fans) because we don’t have a lot of things we have to compete against that day,” he said. “People are going to want to come out and see what this is all about again.” V V

Viera High School will host three volleyball camps in June BY CARL KOTAL A

If you’re looking to help improve your child’s volleyball skills, Viera High will be the site for

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During those same dates — but in the evening — there will also be Specialty Volleyball Clinics for incoming players in grades 6 to 12. Clinics will be held on defense, hitting, serving, setting and blocking. The cost of the clinics are $30 per session. The third camp is called the All-Skills Volleyball Camp and will take place June 11 to 14. It is geared toward students who will be coming into grades 7 to 12 with at least one year of club or school experience. The players must be able to overhand serve. This camp will be run by Cape Coast 15, 16 and

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Duran Men’s Golf Association sees increase in numbers, excitement BY CARL KOTALA

League play in the Duran Men’s Golf Association continues to grow in not only the number of players taking part, but in the excitement of the competition. The league began play in October with as many as 80 players on the course each week. The top 48 qualified for the Chase for the Cup. The two-week event concluded at the end of March, with prize money provided by sponsors HD Dental and Golf Carts Unlimited.

“It’s definitely grown each year, I would say by an average of eight, 10 guys,” Duran Head Golf Professional Matt Morrison said of the league. “We’re reaching our capacity. “Having all the prize money and the exciting finish down the stretch creates excitement. Weekly attendance is good because they don’t want to miss getting their points. It always comes down to a half a point between 48th and 49th (place), so literally, a halfa-point can cost someone hundreds of dollars in

prize money.” This year’s league featured five flights, including the newly created Red Flight for players over 75. Jeff Henning shot 79 with a handicap of nine for an overall score total of 70 to win Flight A. He was followed by Steve Ochs and there was a three-way tie for third between Robbie Rosenberger, John Creighton and Joe Lentini. Flight B went to Howard Heidel, followed by Tom Bartlett, Steve Parlefsky and Bruce Miller. In Flight C, the winner was

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Heather Cooney of sponsor HD Dental, left, poses with the top finishers from the Duran Men's Golf Association league's Chase for the Cup event. Pictured are Howard Heidel, left, Mike Mitchell, Ed Facas, Robbie Rosenberger and Jeff Henning.

Jim Lloyd. Joe Tully came in second, with Fred Lipe and Bill Bjork tying for third place. Jim Cravens finished fifth. The Red Flight title went to Mike Mitchell. John Lynaugh was second, Howard Dunn was third and Jack Purvis finished fourth. For at least the second consecutive year, one of the flights required a few

extra holes to determine the winner. In Flight D, Ed Farcas and John Tomcsik both finished with 63 after their handicaps were included. Farcas eventually won on the third playoff hole. Rich DiPatri was third and Augie Velten took fourth. “Talk about coming down to the end,” Morrison said. “It was a good finish.” VV

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Hole-in-one pays off for Viera East Men's Golf Association member BY DAVID D. HORST

Mike Piccininni will remember Saturday, April 7 for the rest of his life. The Viera resident and a member of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association recorded a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Indian River Colony Club during the annual Alzheimer’s Foundation Tournament. He earned $10,000 for the shot. Murphy Cadillac in Melbourne sponsored the prize, which was the largest in the 22-year history of the tournament. The Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation helps Brevard residents, who suffer from dementia diseases. Bob David won the VEMA Masters Jacket after winning the VEMA Masters Championship on April 12. It was the final event of the VEMA calendar. Red Stanley placed second, Peter Maloney finished third and Duck Milne placed fourth. Each of the four won qualifying flights to earn the right to play with PGA professional and VEMA rules official Lane Burney in the championship match.

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy have reached an agreement to enhance the safety of the school’s students and faculty for the 2018-19 school year. Although the school has partnered with the BCSO previously to use off-duty officers to be on campus for more than a year, Holy Trinity is the first private school in Brevard County to sign a formal agreement to have a deputy assigned full-time as a school resource officer. The announcement was made last month by Holy Trinity President Katherine Cobb and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey after the contract was officially signed. “The deputies that are doing it on a contractual basis are awesome,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said. “They put their heart and passion into protecting the students here, and our faculty. But when you have someone that is permanently assigned to a school, there’s a seamless delivery of services. “They know everybody on

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Members of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, including Sheriff Wayne Ivey, center, pose with Holy Trinity President Katherine Cobb, second from left in front, and other members of the school's administration. Holy Trinity has reached an agreement with the BCSO to have a deputy sheriff serve as a full-time resource officer at the school. Holy Trinity is the first private school in the county to have such a contract.

the campus. If somebody is here that’s not supposed to be, they know it. They know all the nuances of the campus and everything else. It just furthers that already existing partnership and does it in a time that, right now, none of us thought we would ever see, but it unfortunately is a very troubling trend throughout our country.” There are currently 38 school resource officers

in Brevard County, which has 98 schools (including charter schools). Ivey said the sheriff’s office is now in negotiations with Brevard County Public Schools on a formal agreement of their own. Cobb, meanwhile, was the first to contact the sheriff about getting a permanent school resource officer assigned to the campus. “Our students deserve it

and our parents desire it,” Cobb said. “I wanted to make sure we were quick to react on this, not only because of the environment, but because we know (Sheriff Ivey’s) resources are limited. By coming in first, we know we’ll be secured with a deputy on Aug. 1 when school begins.” Cobb believes having an officer with a close relationship to the school

can only be beneficial. “We’re obviously excited about this opportunity, but we’re really looking forward to having this school resource officer assimilate into our community here,” she said. “… This individual will get to know our students by name, and our faculty, and that way we’ll work toward preventing any problems before they occur because of that relationship.” With the number of school shootings on the rise in the United States — including February’s deadly incident that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland — the importance of school security has never been more imperative. “I think the importance of today, with what this school has done, is taking that step and saying we’re going to protect every person that sets foot on this campus, and we’re going to do it in great partnership with the sheriff’s office,” Ivey said. The sheriff stressed there is “no more important mission than protecting our community and our schools within that community.” VV

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The HawkThon Club raised more than $25,000 for the Children's Miracle Network this year. Members of the executive board include Viera High students Lauren Dempsey, left, Claire Mitchell, Miriam Akram, Sydney Patterson, Dani Mordas, Kallee Holland and Daphne Furman. Taylor Conway is not pictured.

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HawkThon Club raises more than $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network BY CARL KOTALA

They didn’t just meet their goal. They exceeded it … and then some. Viera High’s HawkThon Club held its annual dance marathon in late March to culminate a year of raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, and more specifically, Arnold Palmer Hospital and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. When it was all said and done, the eight members of the student-run executive committee were happy to announce that instead of their goal of $20,000 (which was doubled from last year), they raised $25,258.07. “Basically, all of our money and our year-round work goes to an amazing cause,” club president and Viera High senior Sydney Patterson said. The executive board of the club, which included Patterson, Claire Mitchell, Lauren Dempsey, Miriam Akram, Dani Mordas, Kallee Holland, Daphne Furman and

Taylor Conway worked hard throughout the year to help reach their fundraising goal. Each member of the board had specific assignments throughout the year. “Basically, we’re a studentrun club, but we fundraise all year,” Patterson said. “We start our fundraising, basically a year before our fundraising event. Throughout the year, we fundraise through car washes, through bucket drops, through student events at school — like, we did a dodgeball tournament — stuff like that. That’s how we get to the final point. “… The night of (the dance marathon) kind of tops it off. It’s the celebration and our last push to reach that final amount.” The event, which is run more like a festival with games, activities and performers, drew between 30 and 50 people last year. That number jumped considerably this year after a lot of hard work by the executive committee. There were an estimated 200 people

at this year’s event, helping the group to raise $10,000 in the final week of fundraising. “We really pushed trying to advertise to the students, getting the word out,” said Mitchell, who was the eventnight coordinator. “A lot of kids, just talking with them, they don’t know what it’s about. The name ‘dance marathon’ doesn’t mean anything to them. They think we’re a dancing club or something. “So, it was just talking to the students. We all went into classrooms and made presentations, talked to kids at lunch, just really spread the word. Everyone was like, ‘Oh, this is for a good cause,’ and they came out. I think this year, advertising helped us the most, just telling people what we’re about.” V V

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Nearly 100 Boy Scouts from 25 troops across Central Florida traveled to Patrick Air Force Base on March 31 to earn the muchsought-after Nuclear Science Merit Badge. Airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center helped the Boy Scouts. Capt. Sky Thai, this year’s project officer and a physicist at AFTAC’s radiochemistry laboratory, coordinated a full day of events VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Susan Romano for the scouts that Larry Edgecombe, an eighth grader at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy and a included classroom member of Boy Scout Troop #355, opens the door of a gamma ray detector instruction, hands-on as Staff Sgt. Nicholas Jarvis, a radiochemistry lab technician, observes and projects and visual explains how the detector works. experiments and said Troy Porter, AFTAC’s to improve the program — displays. equipment maintenance from better, more interactive “When we first started technician and Scoutmaster briefings to increased access hosting the troops, we for Troop #314 in West to our lab and its equipment.’’ wanted to give the boys the Melbourne. “We’ve continued VV best possible experience,”

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Caitlyn Boritzki, a freshman at Viera High School, has been nominated for the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. A workshop will be held from June 29 to July 1 in Lowell, Mass. The Congress is an honors only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists to stay true to their dream. The Congress hopes to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal. Boritzki was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Mather is the science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists at Viera High School. Boritzki will represent Viera High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology. During the three-day Congress, Boritzki will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading scientific research; be given advice

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It’s an academic event that Viera High School students had never competed in before this year. And now Viera senior Pritom “Peter” Karmaker is Brevard County’s last person standing. Karmaker placed second in the Dental Terminology division last month at the state level of the Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, (HOSA) competition. That means he has qualified to take part in the 41st HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas June 27 to 30, where he will compete with students from around the country, and the world. Karmaker is the only Brevard County student to qualify for the event. Although there were a number of different categories to compete in, Karmaker said he chose Dental Terminology — which consisted of a 100-question, hand-written test with 20 tiebreaker questions — because of Viera teacher Frances Johnston, who also is the Viera HOSA Club’s advisor.

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Members of Viera High's HOSA club pose following the state competition held at the University of Central Florida last month. Pritom "Peter" Karmaker (center, with medal) placed second in the Dental Terminology category. Karmaker is the only Brevard County student who qualified for the international event.

“Honestly, I felt pretty confident about the test because it was stuff that I’ve learned,” Karmaker said. “I’ve had Mrs. Johnston as my dental teacher. I had her for three years and during those three years, we’ve learned a lot of stuff about dentistry. “That’s why I entered that event in the first place. I felt like I could do pretty well.” This was the first year Viera’s HOSA Club team has competed. The school sent 14 students to the regional event

and in a stunning debut, 14 of them placed. That included Karmaker, who took first in his category. Questions at the state-level competition ranged from pathophysiology to anatomy of the head and neck, procedures a dentist would perform and medial law. “It’s definitely not the easiest test, but I would say there was a good 80, 85 percent of the questions, I definitely knew,” Karmaker said. “The other 15 (percent)

or so, maybe I was a little bit iffy because I’d never seen them before and there was no practice test I was able to take. “In all honesty, I could have studied a bit more beforehand … but I didn’t do that. If I did, maybe I could have gotten first. But I feel like it’s a good thing I got second because I’m going to take it more seriously when I go to the internationals.” While he may be competing in dental terminology,

Karmaker wants to become a cardiologist. He will attend the University of Central Florida in the fall. “Peter is academically gifted,” Johnston wrote in an email. “He has always strived to be the best he could be. I also believe he will achieve his greatest dream of becoming a cardiologist in the future. “I know, I would hire him as my cardiologist when my time comes to need a good one!” V V

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Winshape Foundation camp returns for a fifth year BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

Learning the techniques to become proficient in a selection of skills is a portion of the immense fun and attraction to participating in the WinShape Camps for Communities in June in Viera. To create experiences that transform is the mission of WinShape Foundation ministries. The camp will return June 18 to 22 for its fifth year at the Calvary Chapel in Viera. The Calvary Chapel, as host, could not make the event happen without the help of the entire community, according to Mary Farrier, the camp host and communication spokeswoman from the church for the project. “The kids love it and have a blast and there is something to do for everybody,” Farrier said. “Ages accepted are

completed first grade through completed ninth grade for one week from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a cost of $214. Each camper selects three skills to learn for the week. “WinShape Foundation trains and pays college students to learn skills and then transports them in numbers to camp locations during the summer,” Farrier said. “Twenty-nine college students will arrive this year in Viera to teach the skills of archery, basketball, cheerleading, crafts, dance, fast food (cooking), flag football, girl world (which is stuff for girls like polishing nails); gymnastics, lacrosse, Man land (that is teaching men to be gentlemen), soccer, wacky science, yard games and under construction.” Established in 1985 in Georgia by the Chick-fil-A

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owners Truett and Jeannette Cathy, the camp enables participants to sharpen their characters, deepen their Christian faiths and grow in their relationships with others. The chapel can host 545 children. Last year, 539 children attended the camp which made it one of the largest camps for

communities in the nation according to Farrier. The current camp session is 77 percent filled at this time. During the last day of camp, the children will show their families and parents what they learned during a day-long picnic catered by the Viera Chick-Fil-A. “There is so much energy,” Farrier said about the

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The senior class and Student Government Association (SGA) at Viera High School held officer elections for the school on April 13. Students throughout the school voted during their lunch period in the SGA classroom, using voting machines supplied by the supervisor of elections. SGA elections were open to all students except the VIERA VOICE photo senior class, while only juniors voted in the senior In order to vote, students had to bring their ID and cast a ballot between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 13. class elections. VHS seniors Daniela Mordas, president, and this way,” Torres said. “We Council of Merit Awards. Emily Bodi, secretary, have a total of 35 candidates Students also participated helped organize and run the running for office.” in the Children’s Miracle elections. Jackie Zumsteg, Another plus for this year, Network fundraising event, vice president, and Julia in addition to the voting for which more than $25,000 Sivco, treasurer, completed machines, is that all students was raised, and a school the SGA student government 16 and older could register beautification day. for this year. to vote in the general On the state level, SGA Gabriel Torres, a Viera elections. members worked for school High history teacher, “We’ve had a lot of improvements including a supervises SGA students. students registering,” Torres resolution passed this year “It’s been very said. “Seniors weren’t able to to have all classroom as well competitive,” Mordas said. vote in the school election, as exterior doors locked. “Last week they started so we wanted to have this Mordas spoke in Tallahassee advertising, putting up opportunity for them to for legislation on mental campaign signs starting at register.” health assistance in high 7:30 a.m. Monday.” Student government is schools. Posters, banners, T-shirts involved in both school and “It’s been a great and buttons, were used community events during experience,” Bodi said. for advertising this year, the school year. Among the Student government resulting in an increase of current SGA achievements is members participate in students voting. winning the Gold Medallion biweekly meetings, where “If they’re smart, they’re Council award of the year they follow an agenda in the cafeteria right now for the Florida Association and use parliamentary trying to get people to come of Student Councils and the procedure. V V

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how to carefully assist the chick back to the rooftop. But more stewards are needed to participate in a Least Tern bird watch, according to Hicks. “People are now being trained to train others. We will need volunteers all the way through August.” Volunteers learn how to watch over the Least Terns and assist with placing the chicks, that might have fallen, back onto the roof using a “Chick-A-Boom” elevator pole. Volunteers will learn how to handle the birds, and to survey and report what they find every week. Participants in the program are needed all around Brevard County. Four sites already with nesting Terns are Publix at 7777 N. Wickham in Suntree; Healthplex, 6300 N. Wickham, Suntree; Bealls in Rockledge and Health First, 3300 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge. To become a volunteer, call Hicks at 919-928-1690 or email her at HelpingBirdsofBrevardCounty@gmail. com. V V

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floats entered by local businesses and organizations. It also will showcase the various law enforcement and fire rescue resources from agencies throughout Brevard County. After the parade, the team of First Responders from throughout the area will take on the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for the Battle of the Badges trophy. Those who attend the event will vote on the best barbecue, chili and cupcakes prepared by the various teams. The competition will conclude at 3 p.m. V V

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On Valentine’s Day of this year, Michael Sanchez gave himself the gift of a restaurant. The third restaurant in Sanchez’s current portfolio of eateries, the new El Leoncito in Viera was not an easy feat to accomplish. “We started working on it three years ago,” Sanchez said. The stand-alone restaurant

features a menu similar to its sister restaurant of the same name in Titusville. Sanchez also owns El Chaparral Mexican Grill in Cocoa. Sanchez’s father, Miguel, and his mother, Bertha, started the first El Leoncito in Whittier, Calif. “They later opened a restaurant in La Habra and Brea, Calif. before coming to Titusville,” said Sanchez, who started his restaurant career as a 12-year-old busboy at

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his parent’s Golden State restaurant. His father migrated from Havana, Cuba at age 17, just ahead of the Castro regime. “He later joined the Army and fought in the Bay of Pigs invasion to liberate Cuba,” Sanchez said. Sanchez’s mother is from Texas and of Mexican heritage, which explains the easy blend of Cuban and Mexican dishes that can be seen in the restaurant’s menu. Mexican favorites such as Chile Verde ($10.95) exist in harmony with Cuban staples that include Ropa Vieja, also $10.95. The Sanchez family moved to Titusville in 1992 and the North Brevard restaurant continues strong. Sanchez saw an opportunity in the rapidly developing Vieraarea market and decided El Leoncito needed a baby sister there. He hasn’t had much time to sleep lately, but he is delighted with the welcome his latest restaurant has received. With 215 seats, the new El Leoncito is not much smaller than the 225-seat original in Titusville. By the way, for the Spanish-challenged, El

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Stephanie Kelly is the manager and Michael Sanchez is the owner of the new El Leoncito in Viera. Leoncito means “little lion.” To celebrate the opening of his third restaurant, Sanchez is planning an all-out party for Cinco de Mayo. Festivities begin at noon and run until 11 p.m., with live bands, including mariachi and salsa, an outside taco bar, a mechanical bull just waiting to be conquered, giveaways and children’s activities. A disc jockey will fill in with

music when the bands are ataking a break. Sanchez is at press time busy concocting margaritas to showcase at the party. He expects the celebration will spill out into the parking area of the shopping center, so grab the sombrero and get ready for the fiesta. V V For more information, call 321-349-3494 or go to elleoncito.com.

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Dr. Frank G. Ditz describes his new medical building, soon to open this month, as “a center of medical excellence.” He has yet to name the new facility. The facility, tucked away in Suntree Place adjacent to Suntree Country Club, will be “a very personal practice.” Ditz’s family medical practice will continue its focus on medical excellence, wellness and preventative health, while providing a homeVIERA VOICE away-from-home Dr. Frank G. Ditz is proud of his new medical facility, which will be tucked away in Suntree Place and adjacent to atmosphere for Suntree Country Club. patients. “Opening this Second �loor hosting medical talks and medical facility has been a State-of-the-art medical gatherings. “Opening this dream of mine since I was 4 technology such as plateletThe building was designed years old,” Ditz said. medical facility has by Dave Nagrodsky rich plasma and stem cell Hidden from the hustle and therapies will be available Associates, Architect, been a dream of bustle of Wickham Road, the here. The second �loor also and constructed by RUSH facility features the latest mine since I was will serve as a “cash-based, Construction, Inc. in privacy and security. It one-stop shop” offering In keeping with the Space 4 years old.” is equipped with cameras blood tests, eye exams, Coast’s launch tradition on each �loor, magnetic — Dr. Frank G. Ditz CT scans, MRIs and other of “321,” a description of locks, and is constructed diagnostic services. Area each level and the services to withstand a Category 4 The 14,500-square-foot specialists willing to serve as provided therein might give hurricane. Southern plantation-style revolving doctors are invited everyone a feel for the new The property has a gated building exhibits a touch to participate. facility. entrance, as well as a private of Mediterranean �lair. It First �loor Third �loor back entrance. It is accessible proudly displays an old Health and wellness The Family Practice of to patients via St. Andrew’s Chicago brick exterior and ancillary services, or perhaps Suntree will be relocating Boulevard. Suntree and features promontory seconda healthy snack bar, are from 6420 3rd Street, Suite Baytree residents are invited and third-�loor balconies, welcome to submit their 104 in Rockledge to the third to park their golf carts on the accessible only from the �loor. Here, it will continue to proposals for use of the �irst premises, too. �loor. Construction plans for upper-story waiting rooms. offer its concierge services, A health and wellness accommodating their needs Plans also are in the making offering personal care and fair, along with tours of the are �lexible and can be built prevention and lengthier building, will take place from for building a deck on the to suit. appointments ranging from south side of the property 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Even though the property 45 to 90 minutes. May 12. for the unique purpose of

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11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monthly luncheon meeting. Speaker will be Congressman Bill Posey. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212

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Viera High School Rockledge High School May 19 May 18 Viera School Graduation7 - 9:30 6:30High - 9 p.m. Viera School Rockledge High School 6:30 High – 9 p.m. Viera, 321-632-1776 Rockledge, 321-636-3711 Viera High School Stadium Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy 6103 Stadium Parkway May 19, 10 a.m. - Noon, Melbourne Viera, 321-632-1770

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11 - 3 p.m. Fill a special envelope, change and return it for a free small pizza or free brunch on Mother’s Day. Pizza Gallery & Grill Avenue Viera, 321-633-0397

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Annual Scholarship Awards Concert

1 p.m. Space Coast Jazz Society, featuring The Mark Hubrouck Trio Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022

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10 a.m. Sponsored by Footprints 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Travel. Front Street Civic Will discuss “Fahrenheit Center 2205 S. Front Street 451” by Ray Bradbury Suntree/Viera Public Library Melbourne, 321-355-7566 902 Jordan Blass Drive Kitten Shower and Foster Suntree, 321-255-4404

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5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Foster or make donations for orphaned kittens. Brevard County Animal Care Center 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, 321-633-2024

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2 - 4 p.m. Will discuss “The Kind Worth Killing” by Peter Swanson Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

10:39 - 11:30 a.m. Personal Hearing Solutions will showcase new advances in hearing aids. 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310

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2 - 3 p.m. Exercise program designed 10 - 11:30 a.m. Will discuss “Cocoa Beach” especially for those with Parkinson’s Disease. by Beatriz Williams 55 Goodwin Drive Suntree/Viera Public Merritt Island Library 321-368-9307 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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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

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

10 a.m. Attorney William Johnson will help you understand the truth about Medicaid and its eligibility requirements. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera 321-253-1667

11:30 a.m. “The Sacrifice for Freedom” Cape Canaveral National Cemetery 5525 U.S. Highway 1 Scottsmoor, 321-223-5231

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5 - 1 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to be comfortable while watching a movie under the stars! Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4307

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

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Will discuss “Stolen Lives” by Malika Oufkir Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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National Wine Day

10 a.m. - noon Holiday is the theme for May Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Health exhibits and free health screenings Brevard Co. Health Dept. 2555 Judge F. Jamieson Way Viera, 321-735-6492

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2 - 3 p.m. One Senior Place Book discussion and light 6 - 7:45 p.m. 6 - 8 p.m. Support group for military 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Assisted art & craft stations for refreshments Viera, 321-751-6779 families kids to create special Mother’s Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Suntree/Viera Public Library Day gifts for Mom. International Plastic Model Pizza Gallery & Grill Titusville, 321-264-5026 902 Jordan Blass Drive Society Suntree, 321-255-4404 Avenue Viera, 321-633-0397 6 - 7:45 p.m. Science Cafe Discuss club business followed by show and tell 6 p.m. A collaboration between the of models. Suntree/Viera Public Library Zoo and FIT. Free discussion. Tradewinds at Duran 902 Jordan Blass Drive 7032 Stadium Parkway Suntree, 321-255-4404 Viera, 321-254-9453

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Spinning tales about the rattlesnake. From deserts to woodlands, the rattlesnake, native to the Americas, is a feared reptile. Yet, it was symbolic during the revolutionary years — the legendary Gadsden flag displayed a coiled rattlesnake above the warning “DON’T TREAD ON ME.” Characteristic is the diamond-shaped head and thick body. Overlapping keeled (ridged) scales protect from dehydration and trauma, and patterns provide camouflage. The offspring is similar. As a pit viper, the rattlesnake has a heat-sensing pit between each eye and nostril which detects the body heat of prey — rodents, rabbits and birds. Incapacitated with venom, prey is usually ingested headfirst. Adults often feed at two-week intervals. Reproduction generally occurs every three years with up to 12 babies. This snake is ovoviviparous: eggs are hatched inside the female and the young are born live. A newborn is encased in a membrane, which it soon perforates. Longevity spans 15 to 20 years. Absolutely, the rattlesnake prefers retreat to confrontation. When cornered, it warns with simultaneous coiling, rattling and hissing before striking at a speed of half a second. It may strike twice. The victim’s circulatory system is jeopardized. Survival depends on the amount and potency of venom and timely treatment with antivenin (antivenom). Insistent “buzzing” should be heeded on nature trails or rocky surfaces, ideal for this cold-blooded creature to bask. Its rattle features hollow ring segments of keratin, the same material as fingernails. A new segment appears with each shedding — several times yearly for the expanding juvenile and sometimes less than once yearly for the adult. Rattles cannot depict age since some fall off. To avoid indiscriminate slaughter, some snakes supposedly tend not to rattle. Some are evolving with atrophied tail muscles or with no rattles. Nevertheless, yearly roundups slaughter thousands of rattlers. A baby rattler does not have a rattle, just a pre-button. It cannot alert, but its potent venom can harm, especially children. With first shedding around two weeks, a rattle segment appears. Of possibly 36 rattlesnake species, three inhabit Florida. The eastern diamondback, the largest rattlesnake, can reach 8 feet and weigh 10 pounds. Coloration may be brown, tan or yellow and patterned with diamonds. It

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is fast and also swims. The timber rattlesnake inhabits northern Florida, where it often is identified as the canebrake. Length can exceed 6 feet. Coloration is pale grayish brown to pinkish buff, with dark cross bands (chevrons) and a stripe down the back. In northern states, it is called the timber and coloration is darker. (Taxonomists consider the timber and canebrake as the timber species.) This snake hides in piles of rotten “timber.” Similar, the timber and eastern diamondback often are confused. The dusky pigmy rattlesnake averages 1 foot. Coloration is light to dark gray with black blotches. Feisty, it delivers more snakebites than other snakes. Rarely fatal, its painful bite can destroy a finger. Warning is a weak buzzinginsect rattle, but this snake might remain motionless. Ubiquitous, it slithers across a backyard or coils in a potted plant in a garden nursery. A coiled newborn is the size of a quarter. Depending on temperature, rattlesnakes experience brumation or hibernation — experts cannot agree. It is a lethargic period. In Florida, rattlesnakes are active most of the year. During temporary cold periods, the pigmy might just go undercover. The bigger rattlers might choose gopher tortoise burrows, hollow logs or stump holes. In colder climates, a rattlesnake den (hibernaculum), such as a rocky crevice or cave, can entertain a dozen to several hundred snakes. Mixed species might gather — like the timber and the copperhead. The den is commonly reused yearly. Hopefully, the rattlesnake will someday be acknowledged for its benefits. Besides controlling rodents, its venom is used in stroke, cancer and heart disease research. It is another indispensable creature! V V

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During a week surrounded by family, friends, flowers and cakes, Sarah McInnis celebrated her 104th birthday in a style befitting this sweet “young” lady. McInnis’ actual birthday was April 10, but the celebration started with her family and friends at church on Sunday, April 8. It then continued Tuesday with family on her actual birthday. Her daughter Betty Francis and son-in-law took her out to eat at her favorite restaurant — Cracker Barrel. And then, as if to put icing on the cake (which they did), McInnis and her family celebrated again on Wednesday, April 11 with her many friends where she lives at Town Square Assisted Living facility in Viera. The cake had plenty of flowers and cream icing. "Carrot cake is my favorite and has been for a very long time," McInnis said during the celebration. Born in 1914 in Kansas City, Mo. when Woodrow Wilson was president, McInnis was quite active in sports in high school and in college at Hendricks College in Arkansas. She won several ribbons in track and field events. She also loved tennis. This was a time when the opportunity to play sports was not prevalent for women. McInnis has lived at Town Square, a Wuestoff/Steward facility off Murrell Road in Viera, for the past three years. Her late husband had been in the Air Force, and McInnis was able to travel around the world. During her working days, McInnis was a teacher. She also worked for H&R Block and the civil service. She also has a great love for music. McInnis participates in the numerous games and events at Town Square such as balloon hockey and floor volleyball from the comfort of her chair. When asked about the approaching Mother’s Day, her daughter Betty said nothing special has been planned. But, that could change. In her room, McInnis has a painting of her daughter on the wall just above her easy chair. It reminds her of their special bond and relationship. V V

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Johnson has served as the company’s president since 2005. During that time, the master-planned community of Viera grew from an estimated 14,000 residents to more than 23,000 residents today. “I’m extremely proud to have been part of the Viera team over the last 29 years,’’ Johnson said. “It has been a true pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of people on creating such a thriving community and I’m excited to see Todd (Pokrywa) and the rest of the team take it to the next level.” Todd J. Pokrywa, the Senior Vice President of land use planning & development, will become the new president on Sept. 1. As president of The Viera Company, Johnson was repeatedly recognized by the community for his dedication and strong leadership through the years. His involvement with the Home Builder and Contractors Association of Brevard, as an Economic Development Council board member and as an active member of the Civilian Military Council were strengths during his tenure. “Steve is respected in the community, appreciated by our lenders and will be missed by his fellow

employees,’’ said Bart Weeks, the chief operating officer for A. Duda & Sons, Inc., the parent company to The Viera Company. “During his tenure as president, he realized the expansion of our Development of Regional Impact (DRI) to encompass the balance of our Cocoa Ranch, helped us launch Viera Builders, and championed the coving concept in Viera.’’ Johnson also listened to those who worked under him. “He fostered a workplace culture of consensus and collaboration and provided steady leadership during the recession,’’ Weeks said. “In his place, we are pleased to have Todd Pokrywa assume leadership of The Viera Company. Todd is highly capable and proven, with a background in planned communities including Lakewood Ranch and Viera.” During the past four years, Pokrywa has worked closely with Johnson. Pokrywa wrote his thesis on the masterplanned community of Viera. With 23 years in the land planning and development field, including previous experience overseeing long range and strategic planning at the master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch, Pokrywa came to The Viera Company for the purpose of eventually transitioning to president of

the company. As part of the succession plan, Pokrywa has been slowly assuming many of Johnson’s responsibilities through the years in the business, community and with government relations to ensure a smooth transition.

“I have observed Viera grow into the vibrant community it is today from the time I was a student who chose to study the benefits of the plans for the new town as the topic for my thesis while attending Canada’s University of Waterloo in

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“Percy is a European Barn Owl and one of our ambassadors to help us describe to people how important raptors are to our environment,’’ said Sharron Pena, a licensed Falconer and educator for Flight of the Raptor. “(They) keep the numbers of mice and rodents down. They help us so we don’t have to use dangerous pesticides and dangerous poisons. … Percy will do an exhibition for us on how owls hunt mice.’’ The event also featured guided tours of the Wetlands by seasoned volunteers. Raleigh Berry, a senior environmental scientist with Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department, is the current environmental land manager for the Viera Wetlands. He was the organizer for this year’s nature tours and workshops.

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Instead of utilizing county vans which were used last year and in previous Festivals, golf carts were utilized this year. The use of golf carts enabled spectators to hear, see, feel and smell the Wetlands in a more personal way. During the first day of the Festival, the annual Charlie Corbeil Student Art Contest was held onsite. Students that attended the event had the opportunity to draw, paint and write an essay or poem on a nature-related theme. The winners were announced later on the same day and won monetary prizes and art supplies. Hailey Scalia finished first in both the Art and Poetry divisions in the 11-12 age group. Her brother, Joseph Scalia, finished first in Art in the 8-10 group. Riley McLaughlin finished first in Art in the 5-7 age group. Dallen Lopez placed first in Poetry in the 8-10 age group. V V

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teams will advance to the World Finals. The VCS middle school team will be the only team to represent Brevard in the World Finals. “Everybody had tears of joy in their eyes,” said VCS OM faculty sponsor Lynne Boucher, who is also the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education director and Robotics director. VCS is a kindergarten-througheighth grade, STEAMfocused, privately run school of choice that is funded by public education dollars, so there is no cost to attend.

“OM is such a fantastic program for schools to implement. It promotes STEAM education and character development,” Boucher said. OM students must work as a team to address challenges and figure out creative ways to solve them. One of the most beneficial talents students develop from OM are the real-world leadership and project management skills that will help them today and in their future, Boucher added. “Our students are in charge of planning, creating and then implementing everything as a team. The problem the team chose

to solve is a technicalbased problem, which means that they must engineer mechanical devices to perform specific functions and challenges. The team created robotically controlled teleprompters and a device that produced text during their performance. These things were seamlessly placed into a highly artistic performance full of music and expressive acting.” VCS principal Dr. Julie Cady said she is committed to finding the resources to send the team to Iowa. “They worked so hard and did so well, it will be our pleasure to see that they

make it to World’s, whatever it takes. We expected and hoped they would do well, but first place in the entire state? These students are amazing!” The state competition and the awards ceremony that ran late into the night were “nerve racking,” said team member Kaelin Alvarado. “Of course it was also awesome and so much fun, and we are so appreciative

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