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Martin County • November 2011

Getting hot meals to homebound seniors Page 7

Vietnam vets deserve your respect Page 9

Fish, surf, shop in Cocoa Beach Page 8

Taking veterans to the nation’s capitol It’s one man’s honor to get this flight off the ground Page 5



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Sunday, Nov. 6 •Stuart Green Market The best in the market of fresh produce, cut flowers, plants, shrubs and small trees. Take home fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, eggs, cheese, sauces, plants, organic goods and much more. 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. •Rockin River Walk Music Series Every Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., free open air concerts at the River Walk Stage downtown, at the end of SW St. Lucie Ave, Stuart. Enjoy live music, vendors and the waterfront featuring Jazz, rock, reggae and blues music. Visit for more information. •Brother Judah Drum Circle

The theme for January’s Forever Young is “Reinventing yourself.” After turning 50, have you or someone you know decided to do something you’ve never done before? Maybe you’ve retired from your life’s work as an accountant, and decided to take up painting, or write a book. Perhaps you’ve taken on a second career, or taken up a whole new hobby or decided to take a trip around the world. Whatever it is, we want to hear from you. You can send your thoughts and story ideas to The deadline is Nov. 15.

•Veterans Day Parade Annual Veteran’s Day parade, in downtown Stuart along East Ocean Blvd at Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Boulevard from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The route of the parade begins at High School Ave and ends at Flagler Avenue by the court house. Visit and contact the Veterans Service Office at (772)288-5448 for more information. •Dirty Flight Suit and Nighttime Air Show See CALENDAR, Page 3

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The Road to Victory Military Museum’s Dirty Flight Suit Party will be held at Witham Field, Stuart at 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Contact (772)781-4882 or the

Saturday, Nov. 12 •Stuart Air Show Road to Victory Military Museum’s Stuart Air Show at Witham Field, Stuart. The event is from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Contact (772) 781-4882 or for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 •Bible Reading Marathon The 11th Annual bible reading marathon held at the Bandshell in Memorial Park. They read only the



Holy Bible from beginning to end. The event is from Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Noon to Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Contact Gene or Donna Healton (772) 285-7007 for more information.

Friday, Nov. 18 •MusicFest Downtown Stuart Join the party in the streets at the MusicFest in Downtown Stuart. The event is from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at Gazebo Park, 80 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Admission is free and features live music, food, fun, beer, wine, arts, crafts, and family and kid activities. Contact Chris Frambles (772) 5280840 or visit for more information. This is a monthly event that occurs on the third Friday of every month.

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November 2011

By Shelley Koppel Associate News Editor

This month, Forever Young focuses on those who serve their country and their community

Service is important in this month’s salute to “Vets and Volunteers.” In this issue, we honor two important groups in our community for whom service is a byword. Veterans have fought in wars near and far to keep us safe and free. Volunteers serve to improve our communities and the quality of life for many of our neighbors who need a helping hand. In many cases, the volunteers featured are also veterans who still want to give back to their communities. There are many ways to volunteer. Some people, such as those volunteering for Meals on Wheels and the Guardian ad Litem program, work directly with clients. Others work in thrift shops or in the organization office, keeping things going. Their work is just as important. Volunteers need to find that job that meshes with time constraints and comfort levels so that they will want to continue. Many of the volunteers featured in these pages have been volun-

teering for the same organization for more than 10 years. It’s difficult to tell who has benefited more: the organization from their skills and help or the volunteers, from the intangible rewards they find in service. It is fascinating to see the range of volunteer opportunities available in our area. People work with animals, with children, with adults or behindthe-scenes. It doesn’t matter. For each, there is satisfaction in being part of something bigger than themselves, of giving of themselves and of helping others. Some of the veterans profiled volunteered to serve and some were drafted. All, however, consider service to their country an honor. Many had experiences they are reluctant to talk about, but they are not reluctant to discuss duty and responsibility. It was a pleasure and a privilege to interview everyone featured on these pages. They are truly gifts that keep on giving.

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Honor Flight honors veterans enormous undertaking. In addition to the veterans, there are volunteers who pay $400 for the flight. The goal is to have a volunteer for each veteran. Volunteers must be able to push a wheelchair or help a vet stand. It’s a tough job. In addition to those volunteers, there are medical staffers on board. The day begins at about 4 a.m., when the vets and volunteers from this area are loaded onto a bus and taken to the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach. They pick up more vets there and have breakfast. “It’s choreographed,” Mr. Roberts said. “We get to Palm Beach International airport at 6 a.m. and we’re in Washington at 8. It’s amazing.” The Honor Flight hub in Washington greets each flight and sometimes even has a small band. “It’s amazing how well things work for an all volunteer organiza-

“It’s choreographed. We get to Palm Beach International airport at 6 a.m. and we’re in Washington at 8. It’s amazing.” Michael Roberts chairman Honor Flight of Southeast Florida tion,” Mr. Roberts said. The careful schedule continues with a snack on the way to Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknowns. “We have a dispensation at the Tomb to allow buses,” Mr. Roberts said. “They’re not allowed unless it’s an Honor Flight.” The group then goes to the WWII Memorial. They stop for lunch and, if there is time, at memorials to a particular service.

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STUART — Michael Roberts’ father died when his son was only 20, but he left several legacies. One is Special Forces, the construction company his father founded that Mr. Roberts now runs. The other was a respect for the service of veterans. The elder Roberts had served in the 101st Airborne during WW II. Today, Mr. Roberts is chairman of Honor Flight of Southeast Florida, an organization whose mission is to transport veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial dedicated to the war in which they served. Priority is given to the oldest veterans, chiefly from WW II, and those with terminal illnesses.” Honor Flight was begun in 2005. Today, there is a national network

of 93 non-profit organizations, known as hubs. Each all-volunteer organization is run independently. Honor Flight of Southeast Florida began in 2008 and covers counties from Indian River down to the Keys. “It’s important to me that it’s a local organization,” Mr. Roberts said. “When I want to help veterans, I want to make sure it goes to ours. Everything is volunteer and there is no paid staff. Even the volunteers who go with the veterans pay their own way.” There are three Honor Flights a year, each taking between 80-100 veterans. It costs $500 to get a veteran to Washington. In November, 100 will make the trip, thanks to money raised by the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of Martin County. Putting together a flight is an


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Program brings meals, friendship to seniors

Mary Thompson has been working as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for four years.

“I see how important it is for families to know that their mother or father is getting care. I know how much I appreciated it. You have to give back a little.” Volunteering with Meals on Wheels takes a few hours a week, and routes can be shared. Even school groups and businesses can adopt a route and help the community. Krista Kugaraj is the programs Volunteer Coordinator. She has nothing but praise for the volunteers in her program, but had special praise for Ms. Thompson. “All of my volunteers go above and beyond,” she said. “They’re all great. When people call off at the last minute, I can always rely on calling Mary and she’ll always say ‘yes.’ She’s great with the clients, patient and compassionate. When you’re around her, she’s a pleasant spirit who cheers people up. I’m blessed to have her around.”

“It’s a way of keeping people in their home as long as possible,” Ms. Thompson said. “A lot of times they like you to visit. I enjoy that. It’s nice to talk, to make sure they’re OK. It may be their only contact with the outside. You can tell if they need help.” While the clients the volunteers

For information about Meals on Wheels in Martin County, contact Shirley Steeves at the Council on Aging’s Nutrition Services Department. She can be reached at (772) 223-7866 or by e-mail at To volunteer, contact Krista Kugaraj at (772) 223-7829 or by email at

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STUART — The Meals on Wheels program, run by the Council on Aging of Martin County, couldn’t deliver some 250 meals each day without the help of dedicated volunteers. Mary Thompson has been a volunteer with the program for four years. Ms. Thompson decided to volunteer for Meals on Wheels because her mother-in-law in Wisconsin had received the service there. Although the Thompsons lived in Wisconsin at the time, she was not always able to get to her mother-inlaw each day. “It was a good way to make sure she ate a good meal,” she said. “She couldn’t cook for herself and I couldn’t always get there.” Ms. Thompson had another concern. Her mother-in-law used oxygen and she didn’t want her to turn on the stove. Getting a hot meal delivered took care of that worry. “Many people can’t get out to buy food,” Ms. Thompson said. “It’s hard enough to get them to eat when they don’t feel well. With something coming in, it made me feel better, even if I couldn’t get there to cook it. Meals on Wheels is about more than delivering food.

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visit derive a good deal from the visits, so do the volunteers. “It makes you feel good to know that you are helping out,” Ms. Thompson said. “You never know if you might need it. I enjoy visiting with people. One man works on puzzles and I’ve taken puzzles over. You see what they enjoy doing.

Guardians advocate for children By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor

STUART — Maureen Nickel was standing outside the Courthouse in Stuart, talking to a social worker. They both noticed a teenage boy pacing back and forth. “He was in great distress,” Ms. Nickel said. “He asked if one of us was a guardian. He said he needed one badly because his parents were playing ping pong with his life.” The guardian the child was seek-

ing was a Guardian ad Litem, a volunteer, court-appointed advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children caught up in dependency court proceedings. Ms. Nickel is a Guardian ad Litem and she told the boy she could make no promises but would see what she could do. “The case was given to me,” she said. “One day in court, I asked the families to go to separate rooms so I could speak to both. After that, we had a meeting of the minds about

how the boy should be placed. I told them, ‘we’re here for this boy, not you,’ she said. “It finally dawned. They were so wrapped up in their own problems.” Providing a voice for kids has been Ms. Nickel’s role for 11 years. A retired teacher, she knows firsthand how families can hurt. “I was brought up in a severely dysfunctional family,” she said. “I had an emotionally disturbed sister and a brother who committed suicide at age 42. That’s how I found

this to be my niche.” Ms. Nickel is so dedicated that while she lives in St. Lucie West, she travels to Martin County to volunteer. Scarlet fever left her with a slight hearing impairment, and the judge in Port St. Lucie spoke had a low voice she had trouble hearing. Ms. Nickel not only represents children in the courtroom. “I visit foster homes, day cares, schools, even jails,” she said. “I go See GUARDIANS, Page 16




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The quintessential beach town Cocoa Beach conquers all: surfing, dining, fishing, fun By Tammy Roberts Senior Staff Writer

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many things to mind: the NASA space program, a legendary surfing community and the setting for the longrunning TV series, “I Dream of Jeannie.”

Beach has done an excellent job of preserving its historic downtown area. From surf shops and clothing boutiques to gift stores and jewelry venues, it’s easy to make a day out of shopping — whether by bicycle or on foot. Restaurants, such as the longstanding Heidelberg and Mango Tree, or weekend hot spots, such as Coconuts on the Beach and the Chili Pepper Club, cater to crowds of all ages. Another draw to the multi-faceted city is the beautiful wildlife, fishing opportunities and unique plant species found throughout its waterways. Cocoa Beach’s Thousand Islands See COCOA BEACH 16



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ur fathers and mothers came home from World War II hailed by a grateful nation as conquering heroes. The evil empires of Germany, Italy and Japan had been defeated and once the surrender was signed aboard the USS Missouri, a celebration erupted all across America.

That homecoming and the euphoria that followed resulted in more babies being born that at any other time in U. S. history . Unfortunately, when those babies, currently known as baby boomers, grew to be young adults they too had a war to fight. This time however, the lines would not be nearly as defined as in World War II. The tiny Asian country of Vietnam was locked in a bloody civil war. To the north was the Viet Cong who were supplied and supported by the communist in

China and North Korea. In the south the army of The Republic of Vietnam was supported by the countries of the United Nations, but history would show that South Vietnam would become a protectorate of The United States. Thousands upon thousands of the baby boom generation would either volunteer or be drafted for service there. At home in the states our own revolution had begun. The late 1960s and early ’70s would explode in protests. Civil rights for the races, women’s rights, and a strong anti-war sentiment joined the hippie movement to push America closer to an all out civil war than it had been since … well, the Civil War. The young people had experienced about all of the war they could take and were now ready to


LAND LINES DAN SMITH flex their new found muscle. The so-called peaceniks staged massive marches on Washington D.C. and smaller ones all across the nation. Draft cards were burned, kids took just enough college classes to evade military duty, while others beat a steady path north to Canada. The flower power bunch adopted the seemingly benign slogan of “make love not war.” But what of the returning G I’s and those left to fight a thankless war half way around the world? Vietnam would become the most confusing conflict in American history. Each evening domestic TV would show the bombings and give the daily body count while in country the soldiers constantly heard of the growing anti-war


movement at home. Many of the young people in the military had themselves embraced the hippie lifestyle before entering the service. Now they were not sure where they stood and even questioned their own beliefs. Worse yet, they did not know if they now had the support of their own families and friends. The soldiers fighting the war were even confused as to who was the enemy. The Vietnamese people looked and dressed similarly and a clear foe seldom could be identified. Even on their rare down time they could trust no one. Many times when the enemy was engaged they turned out to be no more than children. Deadly children, but children all the same. The American troops were not raised to shoot kids and with the true enemy so difficult to detect they adopted the slogan “shoot them all and let God sort ‘em out.” While that seems a despicable idea it does illustrate the confusion See LANDLINES, Page 21


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Saturday, Nov. 19 •Aaron Vaughn Memorial Walk This is a fundraising event for the Aaron Vaughn family. Aaron was a Navy Seal who was recently killed. The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will lead and monitor the walk. The event is at Flagler Park, 201 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Contact Kara Russell at for more information

Saturday, Nov. 26 •Art in the Park – Broken Mold’s The event is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart on Saturday and Sunday. 25 percent of the proceeds will benefit “Character Counts!” Contact Joan or Dick Barfay

(772)336-0606 for more information.

Ongoing Events •House seeks Volunteers Molly’s House is looking for volunteers to work at the front desk, answer phones, check guests in or out and greet guests. For more information visit or call (772) 223-6659. •Yoga classes The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department and instructor, JoAnn Greco host Yoga 4 You. Classes will take place every Monday and Wednesday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Hobe Sound Community Center located at 8980 S.E. Olympus St. Cost for the class is $9 or $32 per four class session. All that is required is comfortable clothes, bare feet, a sticky mat, props, beach towel and strap or belt. For more information about the


classes or the Instructor, call (772) 546-0312 •Get a free lunch Global heart provides free lunch and live music in Langford Park every first Sunday of every month at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call (772) 332-0074. •Breast, cervical cancer initiative Women ages 50-64 can sign up for free or reduced cost cancer screenings. Some eligibility requirements must be met. For more information, call (954762-3649. •Join photography group High-school students and adults are welcome at the Treasure Coast Photography Group, which meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart from 6:30-8 p.m. Kevin Boldenow, professional photographer and past president of the Lighthouse Gallery Photography Club, is leading the group and


has high hopes for the doors it will open for its members. The group is supported by a grant from Women Supporting the Arts and is a project of the Arts Foundation of Martin County. For more information, e-mail •Tennis, for the health of it Cardio tennis is great for all levels of play. Participants enjoy an hour of energetic, heart- pounding activity, while practicing tennis skills. It is a great way to meet others, have fun and work off calories. For more information, call (772) 485-8013. •Group seeks members Singletarian Society of Martin and St. Lucie counties are looking for new members. Members must be widows, widowers or divorced. Meets second Thursday of every month. Call (772) 398-2345 for more information. •Free mammograms offered See CALENDAR, Page 12





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Soroptimist International of Stuart is offering free mammograms to those who qualify. To qualify, a woman must be a Martin County resident, have no insurance or other means to pay and have a physician’s order for a screening mammogram. Through its Save Our Selves, Save Our Sisters program, Soroptimist International of Stuart provides education on breast health and assistance to women in need. For more information or to participate in the free mammogram program, call (772) 220-0115 and leave a message in the mammogram program mailbox. • Camping at Phipps Park, located along the Okeechobee Waterway. The campground is near the Florida Turnpike and is easily accessible via Interstate-95. Enjoy fresh and/or saltwater fishing. Campers also


FOREVER YOUNG appreciate the waterfront view that many of our sites provide. For more information, visit the Martin County Parks and Recreation website at or call (772) 2876565. •Jensen Bookwalk: noon-6 p.m. every Tuesday at Historic Downtown Jensen Beach. Sponsored by Jensen Beach Village Mainstreet and Treasure Coast Writer’s Guild. • Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center nature trail adventures: The daily, 90-minute guided walks start at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the center, 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Free with paid admission to the center. Admission to the center is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. For information, call (772) 2250505 or visit • House of Refuge museum is at 301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd., Hutchinson Island, Stuart. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children

ages 6-12. For information, call (772) 225-1875. • Maritime and Yachting Museum features classic and antique boats, ship models, nautical artifacts and tools, paintings and books. The museum is at 1707 Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. For information, call (772) 692-1234. • Stuart Community Band meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Stuart recreation center. New members with some musical experience are welcome. For more information, call (772) 220-1744. • Stuart Heritage Museum: The museum, 161 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For information, call (772) 220-4600. • Sunset cruise: A two-hour sunset cruise through the Indian River Lagoon to Bird Island on Thursdays. Light refreshments are available.

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Check-in is at 3:30 p.m. at Finz Waterfront Grille, 4290 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Morning tours are scheduled daily at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $16 for children. Not recommended for children under 6. For information, call (772) 219-0148. • Stuart Green Market is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round in front of Stuart’s City Hall, 121 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart. Fresh produce, bromeliads, shrubs and small trees, local growers, seafood, baked goods, boiled peanuts, honey, conch, crepes, barbeque, breakfast and lunch items, beautiful jewelry, soaps, candles, sundresses, local authors and artists, Highwaymen paintings, great live music and more. For information call (772) 528-8900. • Open “pick-up” tennis: Saturday, starting between 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Halpatiokee regional tennis courts on Lost River Road. Everyone See CALENDAR, Page 13

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is invited. There is no cost, but occasionally bringing a can of balls is suggested.

Clubs and Organizations •A+ Friendship Group: Nondenominational group for age 50 and older, meets Mondays and Fridays, (except holidays), from 6:30-9 p.m. for cards and games. Snacks are provided, with a $1 donation accepted. Meeting place is at the Vince Bocchino Community Center at Langford Park, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 334-1964. • ABC Book Discussion Group at the Cummings Library: The group meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the DiTerlizzi Room. For more information, call (772) 221-1403.

FOREVER YOUNG •Alzheimer’s Care Support Group for caregivers of a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or for those who have been recently diagnosed with the disease. Emeritus at Jensen Beach hosts this group. There is no cost to attend this group. Everyone who is living with a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s is encouraged to attend. Support group meetings are second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Emeritus at Jensen Beach located at 1700 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information (772) 225-1355. • American Legion and Auxiliary, No. 62: Meetings for this Stuart and Palm City group are held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the VFW and American Legion Post, just west of the police complex on Monterey Road in Stuart. New members are welcome. For more information, call (772) 2882757. • Annie’s Book Club: The club meets in the Chason Conference

Room at the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. For more information, call (772) 221-1403. • Chess Club of Martin County: Two meetings each week, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays at Ocean Palms in Stuart. Annual membership is $10. Applications for membership are open to all ages. For more information, call (772) 223-8042 or (772) 215-6202. • Coconut Republic Parrot Head Club: Monthly social is the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Conchy Joe’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar, 3445 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. For more information, visit: • Council on Aging of Martin County: Offers luncheons, classes and card clubs during the month. Meet at the Log Cabin Senior Activity Center, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 334 -2926.



• The Daughters of the British Empire: Any woman of British ancestry, parents to great-grandparents, including those from British Commonwealth nations, are welcome. For more information, call (772) 221-3829 or (772) 286-2724. • Florida Trail Association: Meets the second Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. For more information, call (772) 219-4955. • French Rendez-Vous: For those interested in French language, culture and cuisine. For more information, call (772) 285-1297 or (772) 221-2459. • The Friends’ Book Depot, a collaborative effort of all six Friends Groups of the Martin County Library System is open from 9 a.m.2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in Building H, No. 15, at the B & A Flea Market, 2885 S. Federal Highway, in Stuart. The Book Depot offers rare, antiquarian books, children’s’ books and audio-visual material. DonaSee CALENDAR, Page 18


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Honor Flight Volunteers push veterans during a parade following an Honor Flight trip to Washington DC. Honor Flight Networks goal is to transport 25,000 veterans from across the United States to the World War II Memorial.

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They don’t return to Florida until midnight. “It’s a long day,” Mr. Roberts said. It’s amazing how excited they are. It’s like they’re going to summer camp. I’m zonked out and they’re’ chattering away.” Denise Belizar of Jensen Beach was a volunteer for one of the flights. “I can truly say it was one of the best, and most memorable, days of my life,” she said. ‘Honor Flight’ is well named, because it is truly an honor to accompany these vets to see their memorial. My father was a WWII vet, and unfortunately he didn’t live to see the memorial, so I was glad I was able to help others make the trip. “Many things struck me that day: the overwhelming support of the Treasure Coast community for our ‘send-off,’ the continued accolades for the vets as we journeyed to D.C., the greetings along the way, including from active service members who met the vets at the memorial and so much more. I was so impressed with the excellent organization of the entire day by the Honor Flight members who work so hard to make it a great experience for the vets. They think of everything and take such

great care of everyone. “Through it all, the vets were humble, overwhelmed with the attention, and protesting that they didn’t deserve it. They were extremely touched by the entire experience.” For Mr. Roberts, working with Honor Flight has introduced him to a different type of veteran. “They don’t all go the American Legion or the VFW,” he said. “A lot are not involved in activities. These are vets who have put it behind them. My father didn’t talk about it either. “I just got a letter from a vet. His family sent it. He hadn’t talked about the war or gathered with vets since WWII. Some tell me it’s the best experience they ever had, that they didn’t realize how much people cared about what they did.” Each veteran receives a videotape of the day’s events. Mr. Roberts hears from family members that the tapes are played over and over. For Mr. Roberts, these flights are a tribute to all veterans. “I appreciate their service,” he said. “I hope if I couldn’t do it, someone else would do it for my dad.” For more information about Honor Flight of Southeast Florida, visit the website or call (772) 781-2212. Applications for





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function as a “learning laboratory” for those eager to explore the mazes of mosquito canals and local ecology, according to the Thousand Island’s Web site, At any one time, kayakers can observe pelicans, bottle-nosed dolphin, manatee, river otter, rabbit and various species of fish throughout their island journey. Just around the corner is another hot spot, known to house a different type of species — dogs. Opened in March 2007, the Lori Wilson Off-Leash Dog Park is a 32,000square-foot paradise for pups and their owners. Equipped with benches, dog toys and obstacles for both large and small doggies, the park serves regular attendees, as well as one-time visitors. While all of these activities are significant to the city, it is the sport of surfing that has helped shape Cocoa Beach.


For starters, Ron Jon Surf Shop, which was opened in the early 1960s, is a four-level surf emporium visited by thousands each year. And with six miles of shoreline, there are a number of places for residents and tourists to take on the surf, one of them being the Cocoa Beach Pier. Many East Coast surfing legends, such as Dick Catri and Kelly Slater, got their start surfing those very waves. More than 80 surfers from every generation have been inducted into the city’s East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, which doubles as a public museum. “We developed a concept years ago that, as surfers, we are a society,” said Rep. Tony Sasso, R-Cocoa Beach, who grew up surfing in the community and helped conceptualize the surf museum. “In recognizing that, we hope to keep the door open for the next generation.” For more information about the city of Cocoa Beach and its many attractions, visit

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anywhere it takes me.” Volunteers for the Guardian ad Litem program receive 30 hours of training and must take six hours of continuing education training each year to be re-certified. Volunteers work with a case manager and are able to consult with program attorneys, as well. For Ms. Nickel, the draw is working oneto-one with a child. “Early on, there was a young lady who cried when I got boots for her for Christmas,” she said. “She was 15 and she had been asking for boots since she was eight years old.” These days, the community helps fill the gaps in clothing, school supplies and Christmas gifts. “We have a ‘wish list’ and we put it out to companies who

donate things,” she said. “It’s amazing in this economy how well they come through.” Ms. Nickel is respected by those at the Guardian ad Litem program. Keri Hughes, volunteer recruiter said that Ms. Nickel always keeps the best interests of the children at the top of her recommendations to the court. Ms. Nickel found out that she provides a vital service. “I guess I realized my importance one day when I asked what would happen if I was not there for a trial. They said they would cancel until I could be there. I realized I count and I make a difference. I do have clout. These are my children.” For more information about the Guardian ad Litem program in the 19th Judicial Circuit, covering Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, call (772) 785-5804 or visit the website



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STUART – Dennis Fadden began thinking about affordable housing when he was stationed in Germany. As an officer, the West Point graduate easily found housing. However, the enlisted men had trouble finding places to live within their means. The notion of affordable housing stayed with him. As a civilian, the company where he worked supported several Habitat for Humanity builds. He was hooked. Today, Mr. Faddden works in real estate for Coldwell Banker in Stuart. A volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, he sits on several committees and is a member of the board. “I’m a firm believer in Habitat,” he said. “I see a direct correlation to my work in real estate. As a member of the Martin County Realtors Association, I encourage fellow realtors to get involved and give back to the community.” Mr. Fadden puts his money where his mouth is. He donates a portion of his commissions to Habitat and he is on a committee to set up a program of planning giving to set cash flow for the future. Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 years in Martin County and recently dedicated its 93rd home. Both volunteers and beneficiaries have a role to play in making the house a reality. “When we come in, the foundation and concrete walls are in,” Mr. Fadden said. “The volunteers put on the roof sheet rock the walls, put in flooring, and do the painting. Electrical and plumbing work is done by volunteer professionals.” Habitat of Martin County works with Lowe’s to offer training session in everything from putting down vinyl flooring to hammering nails correctly, to avoid fingers. If power tools are going to be used, Lowe’s also supplies that training.

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After serving his country in the military, Dennis Fadden continues to serve as a civlian with Habitat for Humanity, helping residents become first-time homeowners. For those hoping to have a new home, there is a Family Selection Committee. Families fill out an application and if they meet income guidelines, they have an interview where their needs are discussed. “If they’re selected, they must put in a certain number of hours constructing other homes,” Mr. Fadden said. “If they can’t do construction, they can work in some other capacity, supporting the construction, like keeping track of paperwork or. It’s tailored to the individual. For families with children, we give them a paintbrush. We’re one big family.”

Habitat has planned several fundraising events, including a Rockathon at Lowe’s in Stuart on Dec. 12. There will be entertainment for kids, raffles, and rockers: people rocking in chairs with sponsors donating money as long as they rock. They also plan a repeat of the successful Stud Finder charity auction, in which men in the community donate services such as tennis lessons and gourmet meals for the audience to bid on. This year’s event, at the new Lyric Flagler Center in downtown Stuart, will be held on Jan. 26. Mr. Fadden hopes that anyone who

wants to volunteer will do so. It’s not necessary to wield a hammer. “If someone wants to get involved, we will find a job for them,” he said. To volunteer for the wide variety of opportunities at Habitat for Humanity in Martin County, call Mary Jones, director of volunteer services, at (772) 223-9940, e-mail her at or visit the website ReStore, Habitat’s shop for recycled building and decorating materials, is located at 2555 S.E. Bonita St., Stuart. To donate or for more information, call (772) 223-8991.


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tions are welcome at the Book Depot from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays or Martin County libraries. For more information, call Eric Buetens at (772) 546-6633. • Games for Martin County seniors: 12:30-4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart. No cost. For more information, call (772) 288-5335. • General Motors Retirement Club: For information about the next meeting, call (772) 878-6003. • Halpatiokee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution: For information, call (772) 288-4306. • Historical Map Club: A club for people interested in historical maps. For more information, call (772) 219-9778. • Hobe Sound Fine Arts League: For information, call (772) 546-

FOREVER YOUNG 2946. • Hobe Sound/Port Salerno Rotary Club: This service-focused organization is dedicated to serving the local community and supports a number of local charities, works on hands-on projects, and supports national and international projects. For more information, call (772) 221-9193. • Hobe Sound Public Library Book Club: For information, call (772) 221-1403. • Hoke Library Book Club: Meet at the library in Jensen Beach. For information, call (772) 221-1403. • Humanity’s Team: For information, call (772) 708-4611. • Jensen Beach Garden Club: For information, call (772) 692-2245. • Kentucky Society of the Treasure Coast: For information, call (772) 692-3715. • LIFT social group for widows and widowers, includes monthly luncheons with guest speakers, informal breakfast gatherings, day trips and extended travel. The sec-

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ond Thursday gathering is a casual breakfast at 10 a.m. at Harry and the Natives restaurant in Hobe Sound. Cost is $11 per person. Call two days in advance to reserve. For more information, call (772) 334-1200 or (561) 746-5124. • Line dancing at Bocchio Center in Jensen Beach, across from Log Cabin, Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $2 per person. For more information, call (772) 283-0619. • Lucie’s Creative Crafters and Vendors: The group holds a craft show and sale most weekends at different locations. Sales benefit the crafters and some local charities. For more information, call (772) 873-2981. • Mariner’s Barbershop Chorus of Martin and St. Lucie County: Weekly meeting is from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 U.S. 1, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 460-2754. • Martin County Democratic Club: The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30

p.m. at the Blake Library in Stuart. For information, call (772) 2861281. • Martin County Genealogical Society: For information on the club, call (772) 334-6331. • Martin County Model Railroaders: The railroad club promotes the hobby of model railroading. The club meets every Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Martin County Fairgrounds, Building E, 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 219-4134 or (772) 692-9705. • Martin County Native Plant Society: Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information, call (772) 2198285 or (772) 287-4930. • Martin County Republican Club: For information, call (772) 692-2239 • Martin County Veterans Services: Information sessions are often held at public library branchSee CALENDAR, Page 20

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“Family Old Guard” (her words) has someone else to pick on. “Just because Fred Flintstone wasn’t our workout buddy doesn’t mean we are not as fit as you all were in your hey day … Which was more than a few years ago, may I add!” Alicia is nine states away from her loving family, depending on cell phone technology to allow just a tad more leniency in her spoken words to her elders. None of the above mentioned vets had the chance to jangle Joe’s chain personally while he was in basic training, but the season for family dinners is fast approaching and we See ROSE, Page 21

es. For more information, call (772) 221-1403. • Military Officers Association of America: Treasure Coast Chapter, Martin and St Lucie counties, meets the third Thursday of the month at the Holiday Inn, on U.S. 1, in Port St Lucie. All active, reserve, retired and former commissioned and warrant officers from all U.S. uniformed services are welcome. For more information, call (772) 6924922 or (772) 240-6880 • Minnesota snowbirds: Couples and singles meet on the third Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for a lunch and social hour. There are no dues. For information, call (772) 335-8268 or (772) 337-3613. • NARFE Chapter 1589: For information, call (772) 879-1566. • Retired educators: Meet on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Blake Library in Stuart.

All retired educators from any school districts are welcome. For more information, call (772) 2864556. • Social bridge for advanced players: Offered weekly throughout the year at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart Thursdays from 12:30-4 p.m. The cost is $1.50 per week. For information, call (772) 288-5335. • Society for Creative Anachronisms: the club aims to recreate the Middle Ages. The local shire meets from 7:15-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-5632. • Sons of Norway, Gulfstream Lodge 3-514: All Scandinavian nationalities, as well as people who have an interest in the culture, are welcome. For reservations, call (772) 466-1275 or visit See CALENDAR, Page 22

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our service people were feeling. When the long war finally ended for the U.S. in late 1973 the returning service people were not greeted as heroes. There was no celebrations or parades. Instead the American public rushed to forget one of the most distasteful episodes in our history. Also forgotten were the fighting men and women and the sacrifices they had made. Often they had to endure derision from the malcontents and draft dodgers who had stayed behind. Many could not wait to take off their uniforms. It was not a pretty time in American history. It would be years before the Vietnam vets would gain the respect they

deserved and take their rightful place alongside past heroes. In recent years the American service people who have fought in the Middle East have greatly benefited from the residual shame of how the ’Nam vets were treated. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are every bit as unpopular as was the war in Vietnam but the American populace has learned their lesson well. Soldiers returning from the Middle East are given the full respect due them. They can partially thank a Vietnam vet for that. They to are every day Americans who have been called upon to serve in an unpopular war. Not knowing who your friends are or who the enemy is makes the job all the more tough. Let’s never aid in confusing our troops again.


achievements. I begin looking for my gavel should the chatter drift toward politics, and with my varied group of veterans this inevitably somehow leads to which branch of the military is the best/worst. Words like “Jarhead,” “Swabby,” “Mud Stomper” and “Fly Person” (used to be “Fly Boy”) are soon thrown around like pillows at a pajama party as lips curl and faces redden. It’s right about now that the chronological ages are staying the same, but the mental ages are swiftly reverting. “You wouldn’t have made it a week at sea!” Roy has an uncanny ability to push just the right buttons. “You USED to be a sailor – I will ALWAYS be a Marine!” Jumping to her feet Cindy narrows in on her brother. “We got there first!” There’s Dad… “By plane!” Alicia is in the Air Force. “Oh yeah?” …It’s like watching a ping pong match… “Yeah!” Further reversion; Cindy is not known for pulling punches, “You keep being a butt head and I’m going


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are all hoping he will be able to join us, albeit for different reasons. To say my family is competitive is akin to declaring the Grand Canyon is a nice little gorge. Monopoly games have been known to last weeks … Our football games require real umpires … Checkers have been known to be a contact sport. But it’s the holidays that bring out the spirit in our happy conglomeration of personalities. Arriving just a few short weeks after Halloween, Veterans Day heralds in the holidays in our world, and that means family dinners. Family dinners means some really great pot luck food and really great together time, which gets scarcer as our third generation grows older and requires chauffeurs and coaches. Playing the role of moderator (referee) I happily join and oversee lengthy converSee ROSE, 26 sations about current events and recent

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p.m. Monday nights at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart. The free group is for musicians of any age who would like to keep musical skills sharp and participate in activities. Rehearsals are open to the public. The group gives free concerts on the first Monday of each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Stuart Recreation Center. For details about the group or for concert dates, call (772) 288-5335. • Stuart Area Miniatures Club: The adult group meets monthly to construct dollhouse miniatures and share expertise and information about collections. $2 per class. Meetings are held from 7-9:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart. For more information, call (772) 288-5335. • Stuart Sailfish Club: For information, call (772) 286-9373 or visit • Stuart Sunrise Rotary Club: Meets Thursday morning at


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•Treasure Coast Toastmasters meet every Monday night 7p.m. except holidays at the Chapman School of Seamanship Stuart, 4343 SE St. Lucie Blvd. (off Dixie) in Stuart. • Woodcarvers group: Meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Log Cabin Senior Center in Langford Park, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 334-2926. • YMCA Reads: The program relies on mentors to read with first- and second-graders. Individuals, church groups and organizations are all needed. Mentors meet at Indiantown Middle School. For more information, call (772) 2601993. • YMCA newcomers and alumni club: Prospective members do not have to be a newcomer to the area to attend meetings or join the club.

FOREVER YOUNG Meetings are at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Indian RiverSide Park, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 221-9607 or (772) 287-5365.

Classes • Adult Learning Institute of Temple Beit HaYam: First six attendees receive $10 in store credit and lunch. For information, call (772) 286-1531. • Aquarium lecture series. Free classes at Aquatic Life in Stuart on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.–noon. Learn more about advanced coral husbandry, water parameters, refugiums and reef tanks. First six attendees receive $10 in store credit and lunch. Register by calling (772) 2877177. • Drawing class is scheduled from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, at the Garden of Goods Galleries, 12330 S.E.

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Catholic Church, 1200 S. 10th St., Stuart. For more information, call (772) 337-5139. • Literacy training and Englishlanguage classes with volunteer tutors can be arranged to fit a learner’s schedule and location. The free sessions are held in public libraries or similar facilities. For details, visit the Literacy Council office on the second floor of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart, or call (772) 219-4960. • Summerville Senior Living health chats are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m., in Langford Hall. Medical topics that are relevant to seniors are presented. This event is free and open to the public. Summerville Senior Living is located at 1700 N.E Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, across from Indian Riverside Park. For more information, please call (772) 225-1355 ext 223. • Log Cabin Senior Center classSee CALENDAR, Page 25

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es: art, Spanish, French, exercise, woodcarving and more at Log Cabin Senior Center, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Langford Park, Jensen Beach. Cost is $8 per lesson; includes materials. For more information, call (772) 334-2926. • Native American dance program is from 7-9 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart. The program includes dances, songs and crafts from several Native American tribes. For adults and children, 10 and older. For more information, call (772) 288-3837. • Pilates mat class for beginners and intermediates: $12 for individual class sessions or $10 per class when signing up for a month. Classes are on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. at Palm

FOREVER YOUNG City Community Center, 2701 S.W. Cornell Ave., Palm City. For information, call (772) 219-4955. • Pottery class is scheduled from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, at Garden of Goods, 12330 S.E. Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound. For more information, call (772) 546-3499. • Free Spanish classes for beginners: From 9-10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at The Place at Stuart assisted living facility, 860 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. For registration, call (772) 337-5139. • Spanish for advanced beginners: Free classes will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Mondays at North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 N. Federal Highway, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 692-1616 or visit the Hispanics in Action Web site, • Spanish for advanced beginners: the free classes will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 623 E.


Ocean Blvd., Stuart. For more information, call (772) 692-1616, (772) 337-5139 or visit the Hispanics in Action Web site, • Tai chi class is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the YMCA, 1700 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Fees are $30 per month for YMCA members or $40 per month for non-members. Free trial classes are available. For more information, call (772) 2864444, Ext. 244. • Yoga at Flagler Parks and Recreation Center, 201 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. Hatha yoga sessions are offered in four-week increments for $36 per session. A low-key yoga class is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and is wheelchairaccessible. For more information, call (772) 288-5338. • Yoga on the beach class is 8:30 am. Tuesday and Thursday. Meets at Hobe Sound Refuge Beach. All levels welcome. Bring towel and a bottle of water. Cost is $5 per hour ses-

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sion. For more information, call (772) 349-2303. • Yoga classes for beginners are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; intermediate classes are from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Fridays. Classes are at the Palm City Civic Center, 770 S.W. 34th St., Palm City. Cost is $8 per class. First class is free. For more information, call (772) 4632511.

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The name’s the same U ntil recent generations, the exact spelling of a name did not matter. Words were just sounds, and most people had never had their name actually written. Literacy did not become widespread until the late 1800’s.

When looking for your family names, let your imagination be your guide. Spelling can vary from person to person, family, generation, document, and also will depend on the person indexing census records. You will almost always find some differences in the spelling of your ancestors’ name, however, the correct spelling is not as important as determining that it is the correct



ancestor. Regional accents and mispronunciations can cause spelling differences. A “B” may be heard as a “P”, or a “V” heard as a “W”. When spoken, a word can be unrecognizable to someone from a different part of the country. Vowels can become anything the writer chooses. An “i” can be an “e”, “ie”, “y”, “ey”, “ee. Consonants also change or become single or double,

“l” or “ll”. Immigration officers often changed difficult foreign names to more familiar English names. Families have often changed their names slightly or entirely, to blend in more with the society into which they are living. Learn to go with your instinct when you see a novel spelling for your ancestor. However, you still must dot all the “i’s” and cross all the “t’s” to prove that it truly is your ancestor, and not just someone with the same name. Brenda Knight Smith Treasure Coast Genealogy Society

Hey, Congress: My future isn’t just a line item


f you happened to be walking around Capitol Hill in Washington this week, you might have been seeing red.

Actually, maybe more than one kind of red. In addition to the frustration many voters feel, AARP Florida volunteers and staff were among hundreds of AARP members in red shirts, hitting Capitol Hill this week to pass along a very clear, forceful message to Congress: We’re not numbers. Our future is not just a line item in your budget. And we’re definitely not pushovers. So hands off our Social Security and Medicare. In Congress, a group of 12 very powerful lawmakers is meeting behind closed doors to plan how to cut $1.5 trillion out of the federal budget over 10 years. This group is definitely considering proposals to stick you with higher health costs under Medicare – while also possibly cutting your Social Security checks. Instead of focusing on cutting waste and tax loopholes, they’re treating seniors like we’re just another budget line-item. Some plans under discussion include: • Cutting Social Security by $112 billion, which could cost seniors thousands of dollars over their lifetime.


• Raising the Medicare eligibility age, which would: • Cut benefits for younger retirees • Increase out-of-pocket spending for 65 and 66-year-olds by an average of $2,000 per year – at a time when many people are already struggling to make ends meet. • Increase premiums for people already in Medicare because it would leave older, more costly people in the system. • Increase health care costs for businesses because workers would stay on employer plans longer. Congress is focused entirely on charts, graphs and numbers – but no one seems to care about these numbers: Some 3.7 million Floridians depend heavily on Social Security. Another 3 million rely on Medicare for health care. Believe me, I know exactly how it feels to rely on Medicare. I am a cancer survivor. I am now doing well, thanks to the top-notch care I received under Medicare. You can multiply my story

by millions . . . and that’s in Florida alone. In Washington, the elites sneer about our “entitlements.” Darn right we’re entitled – we paid in over a lifetime of hard work, so we could count on the benefits when we needed them. And don’t try to tell us these benefits are lavish. Even with these benefits, half of all Americans age 65 and older have an annual income of less than $18,500 per year. On average, each one pays $3,000 each year out of their own pocket for medical expenses. We’re not getting rich on Social Security. On this issue, AARP members are solidly united. Republicans, Democrats and independents all agree that it’s wrong for the “supercommittee” to cut the benefits they've worked for and depend on. Now’s the time for you to raise your voice. Call 1-888-322-1334 to tell your member of Congress that they can start focusing on cutting waste and tax loopholes, or harm 3.7 million Floridians who have worked their entire lives to earn the Medicare and Social Security benefits. And tell them one more thing: We will hold them accountable for making harmful cuts. Doug Heinlen is president of AARP Florida.

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Rose From page 21

to tell Mom where you REALLY were the night of your high school prom when the ballroom was evacuated!” “Oh yeah, I think it’s time Mom found out who REALLY had her car out most of the night when you were too young to have a license, then convinced her she actually did park it in the neighbor’s yard!” … I distinctly remember asking Roy if he knew anything about that incident at the time and being angelically assured he did not… Lest I discover hidden truths that would cause me to have retroactive panic attacks, I do some reverting myself … To a tried-and-true method of snapping my offspring back into adulthood … “I read somewhere that it’s not a crime to step on the American flag…” Heads snap around and chests expand. “What?! Where did you read that?” “People fought and died for that flag!” “And still are!” Roy’s face begins to redden again. Cindy’s eyes flash, “I served my country so everyone can have freedom of speech, not to disrespect our flag!” Alicia chimes in via the cell phone: “Me too!” “Don’t forget me!” Dad’s actually growling. I just love it when a family comes together … Especially if they do so before dinner gets completely cold. Joe, when you enlisted in the military you joined more than one elite group … Welcome … And please pass the mashed potatoes … PS. My favorite bumper sticker reads “If you can read this thank a teacher, if you can read it in English thank a veteran” I think that about says it all, please take a moment this holiday and every day to say a short prayer for all who are serving so we may be free and their families who are struggling without them. Rose Padrick is a Brevard County resident who grew up in Merritt Island. She’s written numerous columns and short stories published in various area newspapers and magazines and is currently awaiting publication of her children’s book, “Sparky’s Adventures.”


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