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Education key to conservation By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor
It was that old philosopher, Kermit the Frog, who said it best: “It’s not easy being green.” Many of us have tried to help the planet by recycling, avoiding toxic products and fighting to keep air and water clean. Sometimes it seems as if the task is overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to see how one person’s effort can make a difference. This month’s Forever Young theme is the environment. Many of us grew up with the environmental movement and remember the first Earth Day, celebrated 42 years ago, in 1970. Today, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year and millions of people around the world try to make the planet a better place. In the 1960, Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring” alerted us to the dangers
of pesticides. The 1960s had several environmental disasters, including an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California and images of the Cuyahoga River on fire from chemical dumping. They inspired Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson to plan a series of teach-ins throughout the country. The goal was to mobilize citizens of political stripes to think about the Earth and what we were doing to it. Millions of people rallied to learn more and send a message that progress did not have to mean pollution. Many environmental laws owe their start to that first Earth Day. In the years since, the air and water have gotten cleaner and we understand the importance of protecting natural habitats and preserving species of all kinds. We are trying to save energy, conserve water and save species as diverse See EDUCATION, Page 16
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CALENDAR Ballroom Dance: from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 1, 8, 22 and 29 at the Shriners Hall, 4600 Oleander Ave. in White City. There will be a mature dance for everyone 50+ that loves the Big Band Style music from the 40s to 70s. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $8. There will be a bar, refreshments and a 50/50 raffle. Make sure to come out for the Easter Dance on April 8. April 1 Ben Hart will be playing April 8 and 29 Marschall will be playing. April 22 Shoemaker will be playing. Attire is dressy casual. No jeans, shorts or sneakers. For more information, call Marie at (772) 785-9034. Buddy Run: at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. No need to join, just show up and run or walk at the Port St. Lucie Civic Cen-
ter’s Buddy Run, held every Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. Runners and walkers have the option of doing 1.25 or 2.5 miles. This is not a competition, but rather a fun way to exercise and make new friends. Located on the southeast corner of U.S. 1 and Walton Road. For more information, contact Vicki Hanna at (772) 204-7101 or via email at email@example.com. Jazz and Blues Night: from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 4 and 18 at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Listen to the wonderful sounds of the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society every other Wednesday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs for this outdoor concert. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the beautiful Nature Center at the Botanical Gardens.
The gardens are open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). General admission is $5 (children 12 and under are admitted for free), unless otherwise noted as in the case of this event. For more information, call (772) 3371959.
Sunrise Theater Events BB King: at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 1. B.B. has one of the world’s most readily identified guitar styles. He borrowed from Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise vocal like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist’s vocabulary. His economy, his every note counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck. B.B.’s technique is com-
plex, featuring delicate filigrees of single string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos, and “bent” notes. Tickets are $75/$65. Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers: 8 p.m. Friday, April 13 at the Black Box Theatre. He’s one of the few blues guitarists who learned firsthand from the masters of the blues, not off a blues record or DVD. Though most associate Jimmy with his 15 years as the co-founder of the Nighthawks, he ended his time with them in 1987. Since then, Jimmy has been on the road as a solo musician for 15 years doing nearly 300 shows a year proving each night that he is still the guitar powerhouse in the blues. Tickets are $30 or the donation of a functioning musical instrument. Proceeds from this show will go benefit the Recycling In The Key of E – Musical Instrument Donation Program. Burn The Floor: at 7 p.m. Wednesday, See CALENDAR, Page 14
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Every small effort makes a big difference By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor
PORT ST. LUCIE — Saving the planet may seem like an overwhelming task for an individual. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that each person’s little effort adds up. Sandra Bogan, environmental education and outreach coordinator for Oxbow Eco-Center wants people to know that every effort counts. Not everybody can make a huge investment in changing their lifestyle,” she said. “Here are some simple steps to be more conscious of your impact on the environment. Once you think that way, you’ll find more ways.” For Ms. Bogan, reducing consumption is the key. “Consumption is the food you consume, the water you use, the energy you use and the amount of garbage you create,” she said. The first step is to look at what you’re buying. “Don’t get more than you need,” she said. “If there are leftovers, make stews or stocks and freeze it. Make smoothies with overripe fruits or vegetables. Waste and purchasing go hand-in-hand. You won’t throw it away if you don’t have it.” The issue of consumption is tied to health as well as the environment. “What’s good for the environment may also be good for the body,” Ms. Bogan said. “I want hormone-and antibiotic-free meat and dairy products. Growth hormones are used to get them to market sooner. Buying organic and hormone-free meat is good for you and the environment.” Buying locally grown goods is another step to help the environment. “If it’s grown locally, it doesn’t have to travel as far and use energy,” Ms. Bogan said. “Why do we need tomatoes from Mexico? You can grow herbs, tomatoes and lettuce
and you don’t need a giant garden. We’ve become removed from the source of our food. Kids today say t h a t f o o d comes from the g r o c e r y store.” Ms. Bogan said that locally grown foods are less likely to have pesticides, and not wrapped in plastic, creating more waste. Buying locally a l s o helps t h e local economy. C o n serving water is something we can think about inside and out. “To reduce watering, reduce turf areas,” Ms. Bogan said. “Have more islands of shrubs and low-growing plants. Choose the right plant for the right place. Native plants don’t need water because they’ve been through drought cycles before. They also attract native pollinators like butterflies.” Even washing your car can be a water-saver. “If you wash your car, park it on the grass so it does double-duty,” Ms. Bogan said. “The soap gets rid of aphids and the water doesn’t just
go down the drain.” Indoors, make sure you have a full load of clothes before doing a wash or use the low w a t e r setting. You can get lowflow shower and faucet heads and low-flush toilets. If you use bottled water, refill the bottle from the tap. “That makes a h u g e i m p a c t ,” M s . Bogan said. “ Yo u c a n put a filter on the s i n k . Bottled water is not better than sink water.” Ms. Bogan calls water bottles that are used once ‘onesers,’ and says it’s a good idea to eliminate them from your life. “Anything you’ll use once and throw away is not good,” she said. “A bottle can be reused. Grocery bags can be used for garbage. Donate things. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. We’re moving beyond recycling to repurposing, giving something a new use.” Finally, conserving energy is not only good for the environment but the pocketbook. “Water heaters are big energy
consumers,” Ms. Bogan said. “Put a blanket around it and turn water down to body temperature. Put a timer on it so it isn’t heating water all day when you don’t need it. St. Lucie County has a model program to provide low-interest loans to retrofit homes to be more energy- efficient. For more information about the program, visit the w e b s i t e www.st.lucieco.gov/ed/empower or call 468-1818. Air conditioning is a big energy user and it’s important to buy one with a good energy rating and to maintain it by changing filters, servicing it once a year and turning up the thermostat when you leave the house. It’s important to remember that appliances and equipment such as computers use energy even when they’re not one. “They’re ‘energy vampires’,” Ms. Bogan said. “If you leave your laptop or phone charger plugged in, it uses energy even if the equipment is not plugged in. Put your electronics like your television and radio on a surge protector and turn them off every day. You’ll be amazed at how much energy you can save. Ms. Bogan said that people don’t always realize how much power they have to effect change in the market place, whether it’s for more fuel efficiency or less packaging or food. “People have power as consumers to change and influence the market,” she said. “Buy food with less packaging and insist on it. Being more aware and more conscious and demanding more helps corporations be responsible and brings prices down. As consumers, we create the market.” The Oxbow Eco-Center is located at 5400 N.E. James Dr., Port St. Lucie. Call (772) 785-5833 or visit the website www.oxboweco.com.
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By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor PORT ST. LUCIE – Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful is working to improve the city one street at a time and one tree at a time. By reducing the amount of litter and adding to the number of trees and other plants, the organization is striving to make the city a better place to live and work. Linda Bagley is Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful’s coordinator. She said that volunteers are critical to that effort. “One of the most popular programs is Adopt-a-Street,” she said. “Businesses, churches, civic organizations, homeowners’ association, schools and individuals are encouraged to pick a stretch of road and clear it of litter. “We encourage businesses and residents to adopt an area where they’re located or someplace they’re passionate about, such as an area of roadway. There are more than 60 streets that have been adopted. We encourage high schools because students have to do community service to get their diplomas. This is a great way to do community service.” When a street is adopted, a sign is put up, telling the community of your commitment. “We ask that you clean at least four times a year,” Ms. Bagley said. “All of our people are diligent. Some are out there every week.” People often forget how unsightly litter can make a neighborhood. Keep Port St. Lucie has a litter hotline to report illegal dumping, littering or even a cigarette butt thrown from a car. “Anyone can call, and we get six to seven calls a week,” Ms. Bagley said. “Get a description and a license plate, if possible. We call the police and they take it from there.” Several programs emphasize the importance of trees. The organization recently distributed 650 saplings to fourth-graders and encouraged them to take the trees home to plant. “Beautification is another side of Keep America Beautiful,” Ms. Bagley said. “Once a year, in September, we give out trees to resi-
dents. We hand out 400-500 native species. Residents wishing to receive a tree listen to short, 15 to 20 minute talks on subjects such as putting the right tree in the right place. If it’s going to grow 40 to 50 feet, you don’t want to plant it under wires.” As part of the Tree City USA program, Keep Port St. Lucie is working on its first big project. “We’re going to beautify and landscape the Green River Parkway,” Ms. Bagley said. “It’s 2.7 miles and we’re in the process of doing the planting. There is a paved walkway, and our mission is to bring in trees and vegetation and incorporate it into the walkway. “The trees are the first step. Then we’ll add solar lighting for the walkways and benches and litter receptacles to make it more attractive and user-friendly. It’s a great place to walk and ride your bike. It’s historic. It’s part of the East Coast Greenway that goes from Maine to Florida.” Residents who don’t want to wait until September can purchase a variety of trees at Natures Keeper in Fort Pierce, a wholesale tree seller with discounted prices through a contract. Port St. Lucie residents can call (772) 467-1230 to find out about specific trees and pricing. Reducing the amount of material that goes into the landfills is another major project of Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful. The familiar green-and-blue recycling bins are available at no charge from the city’s waste management provider, Waste Pro. Blue bins take glass, aluminum, tin and rigid plastic containers, and green bins take newspapers, phone books, magazines, catalogs and cardboard. The city’s Public Works Department sponsors two Hazardous Waste Collections Days a year to take oil-based paints and thinners, household chemicals, herbicides, fluorescent bulbs, lead acid batteries, smoke detectors, pool chemicals and other items and dispose of them properly. The next event is on May 12 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Public Works Compound, located at 450 S.W. Thornhill Drive. On April 19, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful See PROTECTING, Page 13
Protecting the environment in your own backyard
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The Manatee has been hunted to near extinction. The Florida Manatee, though no longer hunted, is still in danger of losing its habitat and faces an even bigger danger when encountering boats and their propellers.
Manatee survival depends on people By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor
FORT PIERCE – There are five species of manatee and most, spread throughout the world, are hunted. One manatee relative, the stellar sea cow, was hunted to extinction within 27 years of its discovery. Its large size and slow movements made it an easy target for hunters. The Florida manatee is protected from hunting, but still remains an endangered species because of loss of habitat, pollution and contact with boats. The Manatee Center in Fort Pierce is trying to educate residents and visitors about these mammals and their preservation. Lesley Vincent-Ryder is education coordinator at the Manatee Center. “Manatees are herbivores, eating only plants,” she said. “They help control aquatic vegetation. There is algae that grow on their backs that fish eat. As they eat vegetation, it gets dispersed, the way birds spread seeds. “Manatees can live in salt and sea water. The Indian River Lagoon is brackish, with salt and fresh water. They like shallow, warm water because they cannot breathe underwater. The lagoon is a great habitat for them.” There are ways to help the manatee, on land and while boating. “On land, stash the trash,” she said. “Put it in receptacles. That’s true to help all marine life. We teach that to school; groups. Even if you live miles from water, and you don’t think that wrapper or plastic will make a difference, the wind can blow it into a canal. The chances
of it ending up in the ocean are high.” Boaters are urged to obey signs for Manatee Zones, and to go slowly, leaving no wake. There are also areas where motorized boats can’t go. “If they’re on the water, they should wear polarized sun glasses,” Ms. Vincent-Ryder said. “There is no glare and they can see in the water to look for signs of manatees. We call it the ‘manatee footprint:’ swirls of circle after circle, one on top of another. It looks like a snowman.” While 60 percent of the manatees killed by boats die from collisions, 40 percent die from cuts made by boat propellers. Propeller guards are one way to alleviate several problems “Propeller guards are a great component of preventing injury to manatees and sea grass,” Ms. Vincent- Ryder said. “Sea grass beds are food and nurseries for many fish. It can take 10 years for sea grasses to recover from a 1 inch scar,” Ms. Vincent-Ryder said. Manatees are migratory creatures, although there are some who stay in our area most of the year. “There’s a local group that stays on the Treasure Coast all year round,” Ms. Vincent-Ryder said. “Many head as far north as West Virginia and as far west as Texas. As the temperatures get cooler, they move farther south. I tell students they’re like snowbirds. Within our general area, we see from 350 to 400. “Manatees don’t like the cold. In 2010, 97 manatees died from cold See MANATEE, Page 12
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Citizens learn to preserve environment FORT PIERCE – For many non-residents, Florida is the land of beaches and palm trees. The reality is far more complex. The St. Lucie County Master Naturalist Program is designed to help residents understand the fragile ecosystem found in our area. The program, a partnership of the University of Florida, St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension and other environmental organizations, has three 40hour modules. Ken Gioeli, natural resources extension agent for St. Lucie County, serves as an instructor. He said that the program is an effort to help people become better guardians of the environment by understanding it. “We have three modules, covering the uplands, coastal areas and freshwater wetlands,” he said. “People need to learn how to live in harmony with the
environment around them. Everyone needs fresh water and a lot of people move here for the environment and recreation. Our lives are intertwined with the environment.” While the waterways are familiar to most of us, the uplands are perhaps less well-known. They consist of pine flatwood communities, hardwood hammocks and prairies. “We’ve got pine flatwood communities with rich biodiversity of plants and mammals,” Mr. Gioeli said. “Properly maintaining them is one way we can conserve our quality of life. We teach people what is invasive and what belong and what doesn’t. When invasive species encroach, they often out-compete native species because they have no natural enemies.” Mr. Gioeli said that the definition of a native species is different, even to many experts. “In my mind, something that is
native predated people,” he said. He cites the example of feral hogs. “They were brought by early settlers,” he said. “They came with DeSoto. They don’t belong here and have no natural predators, other than people, so they run rampant. “Research has shown that the female can give birth twice a year to as many as 13 piglets per litter. One turns into potentially 26. They are well-known for being destructive. They root around and dig up trails. They use their tusks to strip bark off the trees and kill them. When they dig, they change the water flow and open a wound in the environment for invasive plants to take hold.” Mr. Geoli said that invasive plants and animals are more than nuisances. “They wipe out biodiversity and instead of a rich complement of native species, we might have one or two species that are invasive.” In addition to Mr. Gioeli, the other
instructors for the program include Wren Underwood of Wrensong Science and Environmental Education; Lesley VincentRyder of the Manatee Center; Amanda ThompKen Gioeli son of Oxbow EcoCenter; and Heidi Vestrem, a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor. Students participate in class work and field trips, including a recent outing to Kenansville to see a program of gopher tortoise management. They also become involved in the community. Master Naturalists volunteer at local festivals, teaching about the environment. In April 2012, Master Naturalists throughout the Treasure Coast will work See CITIZENS, Page 17
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An old faker turns out to be the real deal It is an undeniable fact that the parents of the post-World War II children demonstrated little concern about littering or the environment. To be fair theirs was a generation of little waste. Very few products were packaged in a manner that would significantly add to the burden of the landfills. A lot of food was put into reusable glass jars and many were not packaged at all. I remember my own mother collecting jelly jars decorated with yellow flowers. Those jars would become the family drinking glasses. Mom also bought flour and rice in pretty print muslin sacks that she turned into pillowcases and such. It is little wonder that when ours became an almost instant throwaway society our parents were poorly
LAND LINES DAN SMITH equipped to deal with it. That burden would settle on our own eagerly waiting shoulders. But what would prompt the baby boomers to accept the responsibility for the care and cleanliness of our planet? I believe that can be traced to the second annual Earth Day celebration of April 22, 1971. That is the day the antilittering commercial with the crying Indian premiered on television. By 1971 TV was no longer the luxury it
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Using Vital Records GENEALOGY BRENDA K. SMITH
name and sometimes his relationship. If you are really lucky, all this information will not only be filled in, but will be correct! But don’t count on it. Often, some data will be missing, or wrong, simply because the informer didn’t know, or in his time of grief was confused. Your next document is a marriage record. Often, there may be more than one marriage. This is where the fun part comes in. Your great-grandfather had 16 children, and the census lists his wife with two or even three different names. What’s with that?? Sometimes it is just one wife listed differently every 10 years. Her name is Mary Ann. She may be
listed as Mary, Ann or “Polly” (a nickname of Mary). This is another quirk in genealogy. You must learn all the common nicknames, in order to keep people straight. Children tended to be born in a family about every two years, starting one to two years after the marriage. So you will start looking for the marriage record about two years before the first child was born, or if you don’t know that, look at the time period when the husband was between 20 to 30 years old. Check the county he lived in and all the surrounding counties. The bride may have lived a distance away, or the nearest county seat may have been in another county. Marriage records, when found, can be anything from a simple line in a book to a full certificate with parents and witnesses listed. Each one will prove the marriage legal. If there is a gap in the children’s ages, it can mean two things. The child in the
middle died, or the mother die, and the husband remarried and resumed having children. Sometimes he needed a mother fast, and it is hard to tell which children belonged to which mother. If you suspect a new wife, start looking for another marriage record. Actually, it doesn’t hurt to look anyway, as I have found unsuspected marriages, and sometimes the new wife has the same name as the old, as there were many common women’s names. Also, look for new marriages in the older people after the children are gone and the spouse dies. They remarried in old age also; we just aren’t expecting to find it. By now, you should have the family group you are working on, fairly well documented. You know the names of the couple and at least their approximate dates of birth, death and marriage. You should have found and traced them See RECORDS, Page 13
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ne of the main goals of the genealogist is to prove the parentage of our ancestors. We can do this with birth, church, marriage, death or Bible records. You must keep in mind that official government documents of these events are often modern records in the U.S. Many states did not require documentation until well into the 1900s. When researching our ancestors, we always work backward. We start at the person’s death and trace backward through his life, which hopefully will lead us to his parents. When we can’t find the parents, we call this our “brick wall.” The state death certificate can be a gold mine of information. It will give the exact date of death and the deceased’s birth date, and sometimes the place of birth. It usually asks for the wife’s maiden name and his parents’ names. It may give the informant’s
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If you’re 50-plus, you may remember your mother’s system to reduce your family’s carbon footprint. She may have thought she was hanging the wash out to dry on a plain ol’ clothesline, rather than employing “solar-powered alternative energy solutions.” But some rope, some clothespins and some sunshine still worked their magic – and there’s no question Mom’s “solar dryer” saved a little money. Those sun-dried bedsheets sure smelled good when we turned in for the night, too. Some of the principles that we used years ago still apply today. Saving energy and keeping the planet sustainable for our great-grandchildren are ideas that quite a few Floridians
50-plus are interested in, especially if they save money. Here are a few ideas that national “green” experts – remember when they were called conservationists? – suggest as a way to save energy, dollars and maybe Mother Earth: • Shed some light. Florescent lighting can be a way to save dollars and reduce energy usage. By now, most of us have become familiar with the Compact Florescent Lamp. These bulbs can save money over the long run, though they are pricier to buy on the front end. LED bulbs can be really pricey, but they last and last. • Get smart. For not much money, you can install “smart” programmable thermostats that help you manage your power load, so you use less energy when you’re not at home. You may already have had a “smart”
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tip is to use heat-generating appliances in the cooler part of the day. If you’ve got baking plans, remember that an oven can heat up the whole kitchen. Start early in the morning. Your air conditioner won’t work so hard to counteract the heat. • Cruise on. With gas prices rising, take a fresh look at how you get from place to place. Hybrid automobiles can be so much pricier than gaspowered buggies that you could spend money on the car that you save on gas. But emissions are lower. Even if you choose a more fuel-efficient gas engine, plan errands to combine several trips into one, or share rides with friends and family. Or take the bus. See DOLLARS Page 17
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water on the Treasure Coast. We lost 5 percent of the population in one month. They also prefer shallow water because the sun can penetrate through and reach them, even on a cold day.” Ms. Ryder-Vincent has a degree in biology and a special interest in marine science, but her interest in the manatees is more than academic. “I fell in love with them and I wanted to make sure my kids and other kids can see them. I want that to go on for generations. It’s sad there used to be so many more. They’re part of Fort Pierce and Florida history.”
had been in the 1950s and every home in America that wanted one could own a television set. I doubt that there is a person of our generation who does not remember that one-minute television spot. It began with a solitary Native American paddling his canoe through water polluted with floating debris. In the background we see the smokestacks of factories belching black plumes toward the heavens. The Indian beaches his boat among the old tires, discarded shoes and paper bags that line the shore. He is a regal figure. Not a typically over dressed Hollywood Indian, he wears simple buckskins and moccasins. Only two braids adorn his head with no war bonnet or any other decorations. He is the real deal. He takes a few steps toward a highway choked with automobiles. See LANDLINES, Page 16 As he stands there surveying what
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Manatees generally stay toward the surface of the water for warmth from the sunlight.
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has become of his beloved land an occupant of a passing car throws out a bag of garbage that breaks open and skids to a halt right at his feet. He stands there in the midst of French fries and hamburger wrappers. The camera pans slowly to his forlorn face where we see a single tear on his cheek. A voiceover says: People start pollution; people can stop it. That ad stopped me dead in my tracks. I don’t think there has ever been a more powerful environmental commercial. At that moment a light went on over the collective heads of young people around the world. The ad was produced by a nonprofit group called Keep America Beautiful. Ironically it was sponsored by some of the country’s worst polluters. Phillip Morris, Anheuser Busch, Coke and Pepsi were but a few of the giant corporations behind the crying Indian. The Indian called
will show its community spirit with its own night at Digital Domain Park. In partnership with the Treasure Coast Food Bank, fans who bring two non-perishable food items receive a free ticket to the St. Lucie Mets game that night. Linda Bagley said that the programs have grown with the city. “When we started the program 10 years ago, Port St. Lucie was a little bedroom community. Then came the construction boom and it brought people here. There are a lot of volunteer opportunities.”
through each U.S. census, assuming they were raising their family before 1930. Census records will give you clues for much vital data for each member of the family. You now need a birth certificate or other proof of birth to find your ancestor’s parents. Knowing his birth date or at least an approximate date, you may be lucky enough to have a locality that kept early records. Check records for your locality and possible baptismal record in the local churches. A source most researchers don’t take advantage of is the Social Security Records. Social Security started in 1935. Anyone with a job, after that, would have a Social Security number. Search he Social Security Death Index at http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/. This will
For more information about Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful, visit the website www.cityofpsl.com/kpslb. Click on Meetings and special events for a complete list of activities, or call (772) 873-6312.
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Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute officially opened in Tradition Saturday, March 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the week and gala on Saturday evening. The research institute is a 100,000-squarefoot facility that focuses on the study of the human immune system to prevent and treat infectious diseases.
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April 18. The international dance sensation “Burn the Floor” visits the Sunrise Theatre direct from its record-breaking run on Broadway! You’ve seen Ballroom dance on shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Now, with “Burn the Floor,” you will feel, live on stage, all the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, “Dazzling!” Tickets are $55/$49. One Night of Queen: at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Over the last decade One Night of Queen has toured non-stop around the world, performing at theatres, arenas and festivals to sell-out crowds in the UK, Germany, France, Holland, USA, New Zealand and South Africa. The show provides two hours of
Queen’s ‘never-to-die’ anthems including: “We Will Rock You”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “A Kind Of Magic,” “I Want To Break Free” and “We Are The Champions” Tickets are $45/$39. The Sunrise Theatre is located at 117 S. 2nd Street, Fort Pierce. For information and ticket sales, call (772) 461-4884.
Sunday, April 1 PrideFest: from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 1 at the Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. Hosted by the Pride of the Treasure Coast. Open to the public, all ages. For more information, contact Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org or (772) 418-3487.
Thursday, April 5 Art Gallyer Exhibit Opening and Artist’s Reception: at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at the Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie.
A new exhibition opens with an artists’ reception that includes live music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. This exhibit will run through Thursday, May 31. There is no admission fee for either the reception or the Art Gallery, and parking is also free. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The gallery is closed Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (772) 8074488.
Saturday April 7 Oyster Festival: from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7 on the waterfront in downtown Fort Pierce. The Oyster Festival is in conjunction with the “Oyster Restoration Project” and they request for those in attendance to save their shells. In conjunction with the “Oyster Festival” there will be a Used Marine Equipment sale or swap from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk grounds between the
Fort Pierce Yacht Club and the Old Community Center on the river. Sell or exchange unwanted stuff with other boaters. For more information call 772-2851646 or go to email@example.com.
Friday, April 13 CityFest: at 5:30 April 13, at the Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. Come out to Martin Health System Village Square at the Civic Center and enjoy this free monthly concert series, with live music, classic car and bike show, arts and crafts, and much more. Bring the whole family out for an enjoyable evening that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, just in time to start your weekend. For more information, contact Kelly Tiger at Ktiger@cityofpsl.com or call (772) 807-4467. See CALENDAR, Page 15
BY Use the numbers provided in the puzzle below to help you fill in the empty squares. When you are finished, every row, every column, and every block of nine puzzle squares should include each of the numbers 1 to 9.
Calendar Saturday, April 14 Plants in the Park Multi-Club Plant Sale: from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Glidden Park, 911 Parkway Dr., Fort Pierce. There will be an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at 11 a.m. There will be plant sales by several non-profit clubs and societies. There will be information booths staffed by horticultural and environmental groups as well as plant experts and master gardeners. Proceeds benefit a variety of community projects. Admission and parking are free. For information and directions, call Barb Dell’Acqua (Garden Club of Fort Pierce) at (772) 581-
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Charlotte and Larry Pelton, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County thank supporters during the gala opening of the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute in Tradition Saturday, March 2. The research institute is a 100,000square-foot facility that focuses on the study of the human immune system to prevent and treat infectious diseases.
Special Needs Red Carpet Dance: at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. The evening’s theme is all about Hollywood and the movies. Music will be provided and refreshments will be served. Those attending are welcome to bring their family members and caregivers. Admission is just $5 per person in advance or $6 per person at the door. The admission price for each caregiver is $1 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Civic Center. For more information, contact Erin Murphy at (772) 807-4469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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as sea turtles and eagles. Still, there is a lot to be done. In this issue, you’ll meet people and organizations who are trying to save their little piece of the planet. Most are volunteers. They do not see their efforts as drops in the bucket, but rather as part of an effort by millions of people to improve the quality of life one person at a time. As always, we invite you to go online to our website www.myhometownnewsol.com and read editions of Forever Young from other counties. There are interesting organizations and people throughout the Treasure and Space coasts. Those of us of a certain age can take pride in the fact that it was our generation, the Boomers, who took the first step back in 1970. There is still much to be done. We hope this is issue will inspire you to get involved in this effort. Happy Earth Day!
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give you the birth and death dates, and Social Security number. Now you can order their original application form. You will receive a form in your ancestors’ handwriting, stating his birth date and place and his parents names, with their signature. Chances are, you are not going to find these records all nice and tidy, agreeing with each other and tied with a bow. You need a “preponderance of evidence.” This is the many pieces of the puzzle we have collected along the way that support each other. If two pieces of evidence disagree, then it is our job to find several more pieces that support one theory over the other. This is the way we prove our case beyond a shadow of a doubt. Brenda Knight Smith Treasure Coast Genealogical Society BrendaKSmith@Prodigy.net
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Iron Eyes Cody was actually no Indian at all. He was an actor from a small town just 10 miles from my own home in Southwest Louisiana. He was born Espera Corti of Sicilian immigrant parents. Although that fact is a bit unsettling I don’t know how the director could have cast a better looking example of a Native American. As a young man Corti had gone to Hollywood and found work as a movie extra. He soon found that he was constantly being cast as an Indian. Since western movies were extremely popular he embraced his role and the culture. He would marry a Native American woman and they would adopt two boys
from the Sioux Nation. Throughout his life, Iron Eyes Cody would work tirelessly to support American Indian causes. Before his death in 1999 he would be honored by them for his efforts. The Keep America Beautiful group would continue to grow and thrives today. By 2010, more than 3.9 million volunteers were involved in cleaning up illegal dumps, removing graffiti, and planting trees and gardens. Thankfully the post-war children would successfully initiate an awareness that grudgingly prodded our citizens into being proper stewards of the planet. There is little doubt that a TV ad featuring a fake Indian with a fake tear (glycerin water) had as much to do with that as any other single event in history.
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with school children to release lady beetles. They will teach the students the use of the beetles and other native predators to manage landscape pests. It is part of an effort to make the next generation good stewards of the planet they inherit. The next Master Naturalist Program is scheduled to begin in April. For more information, including dates, registration and cost, call St. Lucie County Extension at (772) 462-1660 or visit the website www.stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu. For more information about native plants, visit the website of the Florida Native Plant Society, www.fnps.org.
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• Less is mow-er. Even landscaping can be “green” – in the modern sense – if it uses less water and requires less maintenance. Massachusett’s NewBridge on the Charles, a “green” community for older people, uses low-maintenance, low-water-use landscaping. Of course, plants always need some water, so NewBridge has cisterns that capture rainwater, which is then used for irrigation. Even if you don’t have a cistern, a water barrel can capture runoff from a downspout that can be used in the garden or yard. One side benefit of “green landscaping” is that there’s usually less grass to cut. With summer heat and humidity coming to Florida sooner than we’d like, that’s worth doing for its own sake. Doug Heinlen is the AARP Florida state president.
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