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Note from Jill Can you believe it? Here we are with our fourth issue and this one is dedicated to citrus. Getting here has been an amazing ride, to say the very least, one mixed with emotion of every kind—from overwhelming joy to tears of gratitude interspersed with uncontrollable laughter. The one word that has repeatedly come to mind during the production of this issue is serendipity, defined as “the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it”. Each and every day while working to put this issue together, there was a serendipitous moment or event surrounding our efforts. One exciting mini miracle happened right after the next in an astounding crescendo of coincidences. Take this as a sign (you know I have!), a sign of good things to come. I hope as you read through our issue dedicated to The History of Citrus in Indian River County you will see and appreciate the extraordinary, miraculous marvels we encountered. It truly has been a long strange trip, but undoubtedly worth every moment. Enjoy!

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this issue a little more about

I had an idea that we should have a premise for this issue and it did not take long before the citrus issue took shape with all the parts and pieces falling neatly into place. Recycling was on the radar for a story idea, as well, and so the concept for issue IV was born. My personal family history is entrenched in Palm Beach, and Lilly Pulitzer was the first name that came to mind when considering citrus and fashion—my kind of history. My mother was a seamstress for Lilly so I grew up, to my own personal horror, wearing custom made (read: mom-made) Lilly Pulitzer frocks and garments of every type—including underpants! As a child, this was a torture unimaginable, understood only by one who has endured it. The hunt for new and vintage Lilly began and the ideas for a fashion shoot started germinating. We wanted to do an updated version and pay homage to the classic Lilly fashion shoots from the 1970s. We needed models, and Anna Gordon fell into our laps. Upon meeting this radiant beauty, we knew she was the perfect choice. What we could not have scripted was Anna’s connection to citrus. She revealed that her grandfather, George Hamner Sr., was influential in the citrus industry in Indian River County and beyond. It was like the stars were lining up in our favor. Meanwhile, while searching for vintage Lilly, we stumbled upon Ambie Hay: artist, picker, and owner of the hippest vintage store in town, Azaleas. Her chic shop is a recycling venture of a different nature. Not only does Ambie have vintage Lilly for sale in her store, she has a private collection of her own, a connection to the largest collector of vintage Lilly in Palm Beach, and a stylish boyfriend who happens to be a connoisseur of all things vintage and Lilly, as well. We could not help but be absolutely delighted as we pulled all these pieces together in this, our tribute to all things citrus.

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Indian River citrus has a rich history here.

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Lilly Pulitzer has left an indelible mark on history with her bright patterns and bold designs.

History of Citrus in IRC Lilly Then & Now Alternative Exercise Quintessentially Cracker Very Vero Pickers Salute to our Veterans George Hamner Peterson’s Grove Artist Profile Recycling Where it Goes Timeless & Traditional

on the cover: Page 54 – The Hallway


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Combining selfdefense, acrobatics and dance

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24 The cracker-style home is in harmony with the rural setting

Nobis a eos accus magnisti blaborera quisqui qui as sa isinverum

“I usually follow where the wood takes me”.

36 46 50 Where do the recyclables go once they leave a resident’s possession?


Celebrating the multitude of magnificent details throughout.

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What is done in love is done well. – Vincent Van Gogh


Larisa Yerastova

Aric Attas

Mark Sartain

Art Director/Designer

Director of Photography


Andrea Geldres

Cindy M. Leon

Elaine Ryan



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Written by Elaine Ryan

This year we By 1579, orange trees had taken root celebrate the 500th in St. Augustine and citrus was here anniversary of Florida. As such, we thought to stay. Oranges thrived in the it would be appropriate to favorable growing conditions of give citrus fair adulation, as well. We can trace its origins Florida’s climate, so groves were back 20 million years to Southquickly established. As the citrus east Asia, but we credit Columbus with originally bringing industry grew, The Sunshine State citrus to the New World in saw an increase in population, 1493. A handful of years later, Ponce de Leon brought the too, developing beyond the original first citrus seeds to St. settlements of seaport cities like Augustine when he arrived on April 3, St. Augustine and Tampa. 1513 .

By the late nineteenth-century, railways were expanding, stretching ever further, and with them, carrying citrus—tangerines, oranges, lemons, and limes—to other parts of the country. Citrus was well received across the nation and became a prosperous industry, as a result. From the groves to packinghouses and plants, a multitude of workers were necessary to keep pace with America’s demand for Florida’s “golden apples”.

Photographer Elaine Ryan

Despite its radiant beginnings, the business of citrus has seen difficult times. The Great Freeze of 1894-1895 devastated the previously booming industry, killing nearly every tree from North Florida to Orlando. Fruit on the trees froze, $100 million worth of citrus crops damaged, and land values plummeted. It became apparent the crop’s long-term survival was dependent on moving groves from Northern Florida to warmer temperatures. Enter Indian River County and Vero Beach, “Where the tropics begin”. From very early in its formative years, citrus in Indian River County became a leader in the industry. Citrus fruits produced here became the benchmark by which other citrus producers were measured. Fifteen years after The Great Freeze, the citrus industry found a healthy, full recovery as it inched further south in more tropical climate. The forties brought about great change and new advances in technology in citrus, creating new markets and rapid business growth. It was the end of the war, and businesses everywhere were expanding at the

seams, not excluding Indian River County. The advent of frozen orange juice concentrate revolutionized the market for citrus, making juice increasingly tangible for households nationwide. Citrus was seemingly booming, but unfortunately, not forever. While often romanticized as lush groves lined with perfectly manicured trees and the fragrant allure of orange blossoms in spring, citrus production has not been all picturesque. The threat of freeze has been less inherent here, but Indian River County has seen its share of difficulties with citrus, as well. Hurricanes have done severe damage in the past, but we have weathered many storms beyond those of tropical nature. This county has contended with considerable drought, disease like canker, and now the latest menace of citrus greening—a disease carried by the psyllid insect, causing citrus to be green, misshapen, bitter, and unsuitable for sale. Presently, there is no cure for citrus greening and the infected trees usually die within a few years. With these challenges, modern day growers are well aware of the need to revolutionize an industry that has remained relatively true to its most basic roots: harvesting a crop, packing it, selling it, and returning the money to the grower. This process may sound straightforward and simple enough, but given outside, largely uncontrollable influences like unfavorable weather, devastating disease, and an ever-changing economy, cultivating citrus takes far more ingenuity and perseverance than most of us are aware. Conservation and preservation have always been at the forefront of Indian River’s development. The industry of citrus requires a preservation all its own, and its future remains somewhat unknown with threatening contenders. Scientists are rapidly working on ways to combat the bacteria that causes greening. The current survival of Indian River citrus fruits is largely dependent on our continued support of research, as well as our local farms, growers, and their subsequent products. Since the early 1900s, Indian River citrus has set the standard for citrus production everywhere and has a rich history here. Its enduring story, however, continues to unfold in the care of our hands presently. May-June 2013 |


Village Pet Shop & Village Pet Inn

new to town

Susan Olivia

964 12th Street | 772-569-4825 Village Pet Shop Hours: M-F 9:00 – 6:00 | Sat 9:00 – 4:00 Village Pet Inn Hours: M-Sat 8:00 – 5:30 | Sun 12:00 – 1:00 For Pick Up & Drop Off Exceptions Available Upon Request

How long have you lived and been in business in Vero Beach? What brought you here? We came to Vero Beach to look at the Village Pet Shop and the Village Pet Inn, both businesses were for sale. We did purchase them and moved to Vero Beach at the end of December 2012 because we fell in love with the people and town here.

What services do you offer? We offer grooming, boarding for cats, dogs and puppies, as well as doggie daycare.

Photographer Andrea Geldres


We give so much love and attention to each and every animal.


As the new owners of the Village Pet Shop – what can the public find now that is new that the previous owners did not have? Customer Service . . . We strive to please our customers. We offer 100% customer satisfaction, guaranteed. We have lowered all our dog and cat food prices and will match any price on food, just bring in the receipt and we will match it. We also now offer group or individual playtime in our beautiful Boutique Inn. We also offer Royal Spa Grooming and Doggie Daycare.

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In our Boutique Pet Shop we have added lots of new merchandise, from Tuscany leather dog collars, Beautiful Susan Lanci Designs, Collars, Bows and Outfits. Beverly Hills Royal Beds, a large selection of toys, natural body part treats and grain free treats. We also have great toys and holistic food for cats and 5 Star Holistic dog food from Raw Bravo, Nature’s Variety and Primal to 5 star Holistic foods like Natural Balance, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Blue, Fromm, Stella & Chewy’s and more.

Is there anything unique and select to your store? We are meticulously clean and we give so much love and attention to each and every animal.

Name 5 things you cannot live without? God/Faith, My Family (Husband, Children & Grandchildren), Hope, Love, and last but not least my Dogs. For more Q&A with Susan, visit

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K & F European Upholstery

Katalin and Ferenc Tanacs

1027 21st St, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-778-5257

Photographer Aric Attas

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custom Upholstry step by s t ep

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Creative Director Jill Shevlin Photographers Aric Attas and Cindy M. Leon Stylist Cindy M. Leon

In memory of Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau



ove it or hate it, Lilly Pulitzer’s fashions and patterns are undeniably identifiable. Socialiteturned-designer Lilly Pulitzer has left an indelible mark on history with the creation of her bright patterns and bold designs. Initially, she created clothing with the practical purpose of disguising juice stains. As the wife of grove owner Peter Pulitzer, Lilly opened a small stand in the late 1950s to sell fresh squeezed juice on Via Mizner, just off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. It was a messy job, but from chaos brilliance is often born. Quickly the dresses became more popular than the juice and a business that would become iconic emerged. Although the popularity of Lilly Pulitzer clothing waned in the eighties, the company saw resurgence in the nineties and has been growing steadily ever since. Today, vintage Lilly is a rare commodity that is coveted by her fans everywhere, even more so since her passing just a few weeks ago.

Lazy Daisy 919 Azalea Lane Vero Beach, FL 32963 (772) 231-4006

Tusk 925 Azalea Lane Vero Beach, FL 32963 (772) 231-4025

Azaleas 616 21st Street Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 538-2591

Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse 536 Northwood Road West Palm Beach, FL 33497 (561) 308-2220

this page: Shirt - Tusk * Robert Graham Lanai * Green - $188.00 Pants - Personal Collection Dress - Vintage Lilly Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse Little Girl’s Dress - Lazy Daisy * Mini Nicci Dress Everything Nice * New Green - $84.00

opposite page: Dress - Vintage Lilly - Azaleas Shirt - Tusk * Johnnie-O Men’s Polo * White - $65.00 Pants - Personal Collection May-June 2013 |


this page: Women’s Dress - Vintage Lilly - Azaleas Bracelets - Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse & Azaleas Top - Lazy Daisy * Geranium Top Dot Dot Dot * New Green * $148.00 Shorts - Lazy Daisy * Luxury Short * Resort White - $118.00 Bangles - Lazy Daisy * Cute As A Button Bangles * Fiesta Pink, Flutter Blue, Green - $28.00 Each

opposite page: Little Girl’s Dress - Lazy Daisy * Little Lilly Classic Shift Dress Pop * Resort White - $68.00 Little Girl’s Bracelet - Lazy Daisy * Valentine’s Charm Bracelet - $58.00


Women’s Dress - Lazy Daisy * Sandrine Dress Pop * Resort White - $188.00 | May-June 2013


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this page: Tops - Lazy Daisy * Lindy Top * Resort White - $44.00 Each Skirts - Vintage Lilly - Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse Scarves - Stylist’s Personal Collection Jewelry - Vintage - Azaleas & Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse

Lazy Daisy - Murfee Scarf * Resort White & Spring Fling - $118.00 Lazy Daisy - Drew Top * Pretty Pink - $74.00 Lazy Daisy - Buttercup Short * Resort White & Spring Fling - $68.00 Lazy Daisy - Sutton Square Scarf * Flutter Blue & Lucky Charm - $68.00 Lazy Daisy - Drew Top * Resort White - $74.00 Lazy Daisy - Sloane Short * Shorely Blue & Swirly Boucle - $108.00

opposite page: Little Girl’s Dress - Lazy Daisy * Little Lilly Classic Shift Dress Two Tone Truly Petal Lace * New Green - $128.00 Women’s Tunic - Vintage Lilly - Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse


Shirt - Tusk * Robert Graham Bay Shore * Light Pink - $188.00 Tie - Vintage Lilly - Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse Pants - Personal Collection | May-June 2013

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Fabulous Finds at Nancy’s

Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse

Nancy Noonan

536 Nor thwood Road West Palm Beach, FL 33497 561-308-2220

Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse located in the Northwood Village section of West Palm Beach, a hip and exciting enclave of unique shops, restaurants and creative merchants just minutes from Downtown. Nancy’s is a treasure trove of antiques, painted furniture, eclectic home furnishings and the largest selection of vintage Lilly Pulitzer in the area.

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alternative exercise

the art of

Capoeira F i g h t- Da n c e - M u s i c- Ac r o b at i c s - E x e r c i s e

Vero Beach Capoeira Abada


What is Capoeira and who started the Club here in Vero? Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines self-defense, acrobatics and dance with music. Our Instructor Xodo, (Joao Santos) started the club 7 years ago. Xodo is from Rio, Brazil and started training in Capoeira almost 30 years ago.

Can beginners join and or participate? What is the best age to begin practicing? Photographer Andrea Geldres

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Anyone can participate in Capoeira from beginners to advanced, ages 5 to 80 years old. Most children start at age 5.

Instructor Xodo

What are some of the benefits of Capoeira? The fundamental principles taught in Capoeira include a corporal dialogue, the body’s intelligence and ability to react, balance, as well as the notions of space, time and rhythm. Capoeira is a marvelous exercise for the body involving all of the muscle groups and developing a series of physical qualities. In Capoeira a student will learn the basics of Capoeira, acrobatics, dance, to play musical instruments, sing and speak in Portuguese and the history of the sport.

How difficult is Capoeira for say the average person? Capoeira is very easy for everyone. Starting with the basics you can adjust to make it as difficult as you like. There is always something new to learn.

Has Capoeira gone main stream or is it still an undiscovered sport? Capoeira is main stream in most parts of the world except for the US. It is very big in South American and Europe. It also has a pretty good following in New York, but not as much in our area.

How often can one participate? We currently offer at least one class a day.

Facts: One hour of capoeira burns about 500 calories. Stretching and weight training are complementary to capoeira as they improve flexibility.

For more Q&A visit


Capoeira is a marvelous exercise for the body involving all of the muscle groups.


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alternative exercise

Pole fitness: The Ultimate Photographer Elaine Ryan



Roxane Pagliaroli Elite Physique’s Miracle Mile 772-501-4215 Hours: By Appointment

How long have you lived and been in business in Vero Beach and what brought you here? I have lived in Vero for 27 years and in business for 19 years. My Mom moved to Vero and when we visited we realized Vero Beach is paradise and joined her.

How did you get involved with Pole Fitness? How long have you been training? And is there certification for teaching? I first discovered Pole Fitness while visiting my cousins Pole studio in Montreal. I have been training for 19 years and I was certified by XPert Pole Fitness whose training program is accredited by the top fitness certifying organizations across the globe.

Are you involved with any competitive aspect of the sport? I have been competing throughout my fitness career and I am a Tri-fitness champion and Figure champion. If they open a masters division in Pole competition I would compete in that as well.

What is the average cost for a pole fitness lesson? Do you offer group coaching? The price will vary between private or semiprivate lessons from $15 to $25 an hour. I am offering an evening class which incorporates a warm up and circuit training with the pole.

How long does it take an average person to get comfortable working on the pole? Everyone is different, but to understand body mechanics involved with the Pole I would say 3 sessions to get comfortable.

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Pole fitness can become addictive.


What do you incorporate to make the lessons more like traditional exercise? I use the TRX Suspension Trainer, Therabands and leg bands.

What is the most difficult part for the average person to do? Since there are so many variations to the Pole what is difficult for one may not be for another.

How many times working out on the pole would it take to see results? If incorporated with good nutrition and a cardiovascular program 2 to 3 times a week depending on the clients goal and fitness level.

What makes pole fitness different than other traditional forms of exercise? It’s fun! And it’s challenging. Pole fitness can become addictive every learned move leads to another. It’s a great core workout as well as total body workout. For more Q&A with Roxane visit May-June 2013 |


Quintessentially Architect: Mike Beaty

Studio 6 Architecture

Photographer Aric Attas


Stylist Cindy M. Leon | May-June 2013 2855 Ocean Drive, Suite D-5, Vero Beach, Florida 32963 Phone: 772-234-9898


A Fellsmere Home Built with the Homeowners Love of Horses in Mind

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What year was the house built? How long did construction take? The house was completed in October, 2010 and the construction took 10 months.

What was the most difficult decision with regard to planning and building? Photo by Cindy M. Leon

A lot of time went into window selection, which seems like a mundane task, but surprisingly complex if you want to do something a little unique. We wanted a specific look, and that was tough to achieve using the less expensive non-custom brands. Greg Schlitt spent a lot of time finding solutions which achieved the architectural vision at an affordable cost. Caption goes here

What was the easiest decision to make with regard to material selections? The project required 8 slabs of granite in four different colors. There are so many beautiful stone materials out there; we loved them all.

What is your favorite room in the house?

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The kitchen is the center of activity and it was designed with that in mind. We are very happy with the way the house turned out. We also enjoy the outdoor living spaces. The horse lover of the family would be happy to live in the barn (which is an air conditioned office and full bath).


The kitchen is the center of activity and it was designed with that in mind.


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There are so many great details, which would you say is your favorite? The cypress tongue in groove ceilings are a beautiful detail, but the tile work in the master bath is a close second. We also get a lot of compliments on the walnut floors.

What was your design inspiration? We had seen some renderings of cracker-style homes and thought that it would be in harmony with the rural setting we selected. Our architect Mike Beaty took that idea and created a very livable home which respects the historical “old Florida� ranch where it is located.

Is there anything you would change or do differently? I guess if I were to do it again I would open my wallet a bit more and add a few more square feet in certain areas. But the few changes I would make after being in the house for two years speaks to the good design Mike provided us.

For more Q&A visit

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Schlitt Builders

Greg Schlitt & Frank Schlitt 1114 17th Street 772-569-4999 •

Schlitt builders What services does your firm offer? We are a commercial and residential construction company and we work often in Kitchen and Bath renovations. We have been in business for the past 20 years in Vero Beach.

What have you seen as popular trends in renovation today? Photo by Andrea Geldres

Kitchen and bath renovations seem to be very popular at this time. To that we now offer two lines of cabinetry to meet this growing trend. A custom cabinet line as well as a semicustom budget conscious line.

What is your favorite part of the featured home? The trim details really highlight the overall design theme. For more Q&A with Greg and Frank, visit May-June 2013 |


business profile

A Very Vero Pair of Pickers Azaleas

Ambie Hay & Tommy McDonnel 616 21st Street Miracle Mile Plaza 772-538-2591

Name 5 things you cannot live without? 1. My boyfriend Tommy. Picker extraordinaire! 2. Thrift shops and the folks that work there… always ready with a wink and a smile! 3. Our pickup truck to haul our treasures home. 4. A fish taco enjoyed on the beach at the end of the day. 5. Sailor and Scout, our two Westies who make all our executive decisions.

How did you get started “Picking”? I started picking 25 years ago. I opened my first boutique in Nantucket in 1989 filling it with my vintage wares from picking trips throughout New England. Picking has given me the opportunity to combine my love of art and design, with my sense of adventure and curiosity.

Color, form, age and condition are all factors in picking a good piece for resale. What background do you have to recognize a good find? How did you cultivate that skill? A CS degree (common sense degree) goes a long way out in the picking world. Most of the time we are not able to research an item before purchasing, we have learned to use intuition and knowledge. To be a successful picker you must be a bit of a risk taker and have a willingness to go anywhere and everywhere! And then there is the research, research, research! No television for me in the evening. I am always online studying design blogs, antique websites and EBay. Design reference books are another one of my go to sources for good information.

What is your favorite spot, store, area or time of year to pick?

What is the most popular item people purchase from you? Do you search for particular items for clients? CCFB Chairs – Chinese Chippendale Faux Bamboo Chairs hands down! These chairs are a true classic so they’re always in high demand. Yes, clients frequently call me for their special design needs. An interior decorator recently called me looking for a pair of Milo Baughman chairs. I am their secret agent for finding their unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces. For more Q&A with Ambie, visit

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Photographer and Stylist Cindy M. Leon

I try to first shop the local thrifts, auctions, estate and yard sales. Most thrift shops are affiliated with a charity organization so I always walk away knowing my purchase has helped someone. I think Florida is one of the best picking areas in the country.


To be a successful picker you must be a bit of a risk taker and have a willingness to go anywhere and everywhere!


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Written by Elaine Ryan Photographer Andrea Geldres


rossing the Merrill Barber Bridge east toward the Atlantic evokes a sense of both tranquility and gratitude. To the southeast end flies the steadfast American flag, waving faithfully, ever-present and always illuminated after hours from a spoil island. It maintains the patriotic presence of Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary, a gentle reminder in the wind of what this sevenacre parcel of land represents—the ultimate sacrifice servicemen and women of our country have made to safeguard our way of life. After World War II, the Intracostal Waterway was dredged with plans for a modern day drawbridge, the original Merrill P. Barber Bridge. At that time, veteran Alex MacWilliam, Sr. convinced the Federal Government to utilize the dredged materials to build a memorial island adjacent to Riverside Park. The City of Vero Beach purchased the Island in 1947 and in 1964 it was dedicated as Memorial Island Park. In July of 2004, the name of this parcel of land was officially changed to Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary, and a place of preservation and reflection it has remained. The Island serves to honor the men and women of Indian River County who have died in combat.

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This Memorial Day, we can best honor the memory of those who have perished in active duty—and the surviving veterans—by outwardly acknowledging their sacrifices and continuing to share the message of Memorial Day with our children. Here, a small sample of what six courageous servicemen from our county had to say about this day of remembrance.

“The best way for others to remember veterans is to share with their children the sacrifice others have made. We want parents to share these sacrifices that were made before them in order to continue the freedoms we have and honor a legacy of service.” — Tony Young, Colonel U.S. Army, Retired

“However you celebrate Memorial Day, don’t forget all those who have sacrificed their lives before us to get us here.” — Vince Rick, U.S. Army Specialist, Fourth Class during the Vietnam era

“Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have died serving our country. The community should stop to remember those who died in the service of our country and that is the purpose of Memorial Island.” — John Michael Matthews, Marine in Vietnam, past President of the Veteran’s Council of Indian River County, serves on the Memorial Island Sanctuary Committee

“I would like people to remember why we have our freedoms. When we’re standing in a cemetery, like Arlington or Luxembourg, we need to remember the people lying under those crosses. People forget why cemeteries are there—that they even exist. Veterans serve at the pleasure of the President, and while Vietnam didn’t save the world as we hoped it would, we still lost over 58,000 people.” — Marty Zickert, Colonel U.S. Air Force, Retired, President of the Veteran’s Council of Indian River County, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 138

“Memorial Day is a day to keep the awareness of what people have done to allow us the freedoms we have. As simple as that is, I think it’s often forgotten. As veterans, we are proud people. Ex-military people care about their own, which is why we support the organizations we do.” — Craig Waskow, U.S. Army Ranger in Vietnam, served in Florida National Guard

“Memorial Day gives me an opportunity to honor the people I knew personally who died of their wounds in combat. It is a whole day off to reflect on their service and the awkward way they died for their country—the body not recovered but declared dead, the books are closed, but there is no real closure. Memorial Day is a day to count your blessings [as a Veteran] that you came back unscathed.” — Rip Wieler, U.S. Marine Corps, immediate past President of Veteran’s Council of Indian River County

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George Hamner, Sr. a kaleidoscope of a man with many talents and triumphs

Written by Elaine Ryan There are many facets and faces behind the colorful history of citrus in Indian River County. One variegated character whose hand not only directly shaped the history of citrus in our community, but predominately helped to influence the lives of so many, is George Hamner, Sr. It has often been said that courage is the measure of a man, and Hamner demonstrated this time and again in both his professional and personal life. He had the vision, imagination, and integrity to help modernize and impact a rapidly growing citrus industry, but that is a relatively small snapshot of Hamner’s legacy. Beyond the brilliance of a progressive businessman was a true philanthropist and caretaker of this community. Born and raised in the one-light town of Seale, Alabama, “Big” as those closest to George Hamner, Sr. knew him, was larger than life, with a gregarious presence that could command the room. He went to school at Auburn University and graduated with a degree in Engineering. Hamner fought in World War II, but soon after returned to Alabama to design and develop water tanks. He was always a man concerned with structural design and flow; this came to serve him well in the citrus industry years later. Historically a family owned and operated business, citrus is typically handed down generations. This remains true in Indian River County, as well. Ed and Walter Graves arrived in Indian River around 1919 and started Graves Brothers Company. For several years, both sides of their families were involved in its robust operation. In 1946, brothers Robert and Walter Graves split from the original citrus company to begin Indian River Exchange Packers, Inc. It was in the late sixties when Robert Graves, now in his mid- fifties, asked his son-in-law, George Hamner, Sr., to take over Indian River Exchange Packers, Inc.

was instrumental in opening up the Japanese export markets for grapefruit. A true businessman, Hamner understood citrus couldn’t maintain its same domestic-only course. Despite his service in the Pacific during World War II, Hamner put his combat experiences behind him and courted the Japanese. With his tenacity, George, Sr. negotiated tariffs so foreign lands could afford citrus. He was a great salesman and brought extraordinary success to Indian River Exchange Packers. In 1978, George Hamner, Sr. called in his son, George, Jr., to help with the family owned and operated business. By 1985, George Hamner, Jr. was running the company (and continues to do so presently), but his father stayed on as chairman. George, Sr. waged war for causes before, but he fought tirelessly to protect the name of “Indian River Citrus”, when a larger outside corporation wanted to use the distinction. Specific only to the region of production from Palm Beach to Daytona Beach, the coveted “Indian River Citrus” name—especially among grapefruit—is “world famous”, as a result of Hamner’s perseverance. Eventually, George, Sr. went into semi-retirement from citrus but found himself busier than ever. He served on several local boards and became extremely involved in community service. George, Sr. was known for his own personal—often outlandish—adages,

With his vivacious personality and knack with people, Hamner was able to work a business deal on native or foreign soil. He

Photo by Elaine Ryan

The year was 1966. Hamner readily agreed and moved his family from Jacksonville to Vero Beach; he proved to be just the man for the job. With his mechanical engineering background and aptitude for efficiency, Hamner dedicated himself to the “material flow” aspect of the business. George, Sr. made significant productivity changes to the system that improved both the material and cash flow of local citrus.

George Hamner, Jr.

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and was a great conciliator. A recovering alcoholic since 1972, Hamner wasn’t afraid to tackle unpopular humanitarian causes. He was willing to weigh-in on even the most controversial ones, and was broadminded where social issues are concerned. With firsthand knowledge of and a history with addiction, Hamner was instrumental in the AA community for more than 35 years. Especially as his involvement with citrus was winding down, George, Sr. took his resources, resolve, and spirituality to support many local people by serving as chairman of the board of directors for Hanley Hall, a residential chemical dependency facility. He acted as an early sponsor for those in recovery and helped them on their path of sobriety. Hamner was steadfast in his beliefs and stoic when required with the downtrodden, but a great storyteller and effervescent ever the same. For those seeking guidance, Hamner was the perfect balance of unrelenting and relatable. George Hamner, Sr. continued his community presence and involvement in measures great and small. He was the proud owner of one of the largest collections of antique “crate label art”, the original labels used to promote agricultural products; he freely shared his love and expertise on the subject with others. In the early days before cardboard was employed, these labels were glued on the original wooden “bruce boxes” in the citrus shipping houses to designate the grade of fruit. Today, the highly sought retro labels carry a heavy price tag, as well as their own legacy, depicting Old Florida’s cowboys, critters, and bikini-clad women.

George Hamner was a kaleidoscope of a man with his many talents and triumphs. He served as president and chairman of the Indian River Citrus League, in addition to director of Seald Sweet Growers. He received Florida’s Citrus Packers highest honor when he was awarded the “John T. Lesley Award for Excellence” in 1999. He was a decorated war veteran. Hamner believed that we build true character when we come under fire. He emphasized the necessity of overcoming fear in order to survive. He applied this mindset to his dark days in war, as well as when building a successful citrus empire. However, for all of his achievements and accolades, perhaps George Hamner’s greatest legacy is the courage, compassion, and resolution he offered to so many struggling with addiction. Mr. Hamner passed away September 27, 2012. Visit The Citrus Museum to experience citrus artifacts, photographs, and antique crate labels. Located in The Heritage Center in Historic Downtown Vero Beach at 2140 14th Avenue, The Citrus Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm. Admission is free.


With gratitude to George Hamner, Jr. and Anna Gordon for recounting their own personal stories and favorite memories of George Hamner, Sr. | May-June 2013

Written by Elaine Ryan Photographers Elaine Ryan and Aric Attas

Peterson’s Groves

Ed & Fred Peterson

Location for Our Lilly Shoot

3375 66th Ave. 772-562-6900

riginally purchased in 1913, Peterson’s Groves is a word-of-mouth kind of establishment. Unassuming in appearance to the casual passerby along 66th Avenue, this historic property will surprise you with the multitude of animals it hosts, as well as with its citrus trees bearing fruit that boasts “the best juice ever”. Axel T. Peterson, Sr. grew up in Minnesota. He lived in Illinois for several years while working for John Deere. When he finally tired of the snow and bitter cold, Peterson set out South in search of sunshine and found Vero Beach. However, sunshine wasn’t all he stumbled upon. The property Axel purchased in 1913 was “all swamp, alligators, mosquitoes, and rattlesnakes,” according to his son, Ed Peterson. Like so many other Northerners, Axel Peterson wasn’t going to allow the dense vegetation or unfamiliar critters of Florida to derail his long-term plan. He worked the land and began raising vegetables at first. He then grew his business by selling eggs, chickens, ducks, butter, and milk. In 1923, Peterson began growing citrus trees and never looked back. The Petersons raised five children on their property, as well: four boys and one girl. The kids grew up working in the groves and helping with the planting—and they know citrus. Today, brothers Ed and Fred Peterson still run the family business. “We ship all over the United States, with Christmas our busiest season, of course,” said Fred Peterson. “We stay busy with gift baskets for any occasion and handpick each item ourselves. We are also the only grove in the area that specializes in selling citrus trees. People like to buy our trees for their backyards. “ Visitors come to Peterson’s daily to enjoy the peacocks, guinea hens, goats, pigs, and chickens—and they leave with farm fresh eggs and freshly squeezed juice. “You Bag ‘Em” allows patrons to choose their own citrus (“whatever is in season”) from the bins outside. The Honeybells are always a favorite. Harvested in January, Honeybells are a sweet hybrid of grapefruit and tangerine. By early May, the steadfast sunflowers at the property’s edge will beckon you from the road. Stop by Peterson’s and enjoy the grounds with your children and grandchildren before leaving with fresh citrus, eggs, and honey. It’s a fun farm experience that is city-close. May-June 2013 |




Sparkling Citrus Punch Serves 6 3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice 1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 bottle chilled prosecco or champagne Slices of orange, grapefruit or lemon for garnish Combine juices and prosecco, garnish with slices. Enjoy!

Virgin Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

Photographer Aric Attas Styled by Jill Shevlin

2 tablespoons colored sanding sugar 1 lime 6 teaspoons pomegranate syrup or grenadine 1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice Directions: Place sanding sugar in a shallow dish or plate. Slice six thin rounds from the middle of lime; set aside. Rub lime wedge around rims of six glasses; dip each rim in sugar to coat. Pour 1 teaspoon pomegranate syrup into bottom of each glass. Place grapefruit juice and 2 cups ice cubes in a blender. Process on high speed until ice is crushed. Pour frozen mixture into glasses, and stir to combine with syrup. Garnish with reserved lime rounds, and serve immediately.

Flamingo Fizz Mocktail

Grapefruit Ginger Chiller Ice 2 cups 100% pink Florida grapefruit juice 2 cups ginger ale 4 Florida grapefruit slices for garnish, optional Mint sprigs for garnish, optional Directions: Place ice in four tall glasses. Fill each glass half full with grapefruit juice, than add ginger ale. Stir and garnish with grapefruit slice and mint, if desired.

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Rhubarb Syrup 1 cup Rhubarb, chopped 1 cup Water Âź cup Sugar 2 oz Florida grapefruit juice 1 oz Rhubarb Syrup (see step 1) 1 Lime, squeeze 2 oz Club soda, chilled Garnish Florida grapefruit peel twist Rhubarb stick Lime slice Directions: For Rhubarb Syrup: Cook chopped rhubarb, water and sugar by bringing to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Chill and strain. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Combine all ingredients, except club soda, over fresh ice in Mason jar. Top with chilled club soda. Garnish with Florida grapefruit peel twist, rhubarb stick and lime slice.




Clean Eating Celery Salad (Makes 4-5 cups) 1 grapefruit 9 stalks celery 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions: Chop your celery and grapefruit and place in a large mixing bowl. Add walnuts and honey. Add yogurt and lemon juice and toss well. Optional – As a meal add more protein, chopped or baked chicken, vegetarians can add edamame.

Vegetarian Main Meal Orange Herb-Veggie Patties 1 cup cooked chick peas 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, divided 1 cup chopped parsley 1 cup chopped cilantro ¼ cup chopped chives 1 yellow onion, finely diced ½ cup Florida orange juice 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 eggs Salt Pepper Directions: Place chick peas in food processor; cover and pulse 2 to 3 times. Transfer to mixing bowl; add ½ cup breadcrumbs, parsley, cilantro, chives, onion, orange juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil and eggs. Mix well; season with salt and pepper. Form mixture into golf ball-sized balls. If too wet, add more breadcrumbs. If too dry, add more orange juice. Flatten balls slightly. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Cook each burger for 6 to 8 minutes per side. Adjust heat if necessary so burgers do not burn. Serve immediately.


Florida Citrus Hummus 2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained 1 cup 100% Florida orange juice 1 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, optional Directions: In food processor bowl, combine all ingredients except parsley. Process until smooth, stopping and scraping sides of bowl several times. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve with pita chips and assorted fresh vegetables. Pour frozen mixture into glasses, and stir to combine with syrup. Garnish with reserved lime rounds, and serve immediately.

side dish

Citrus Sesame Kale A light, easy Asian-inspired side dish made with kale, fresh orange juice, and sesame seeds. Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 5 minutes 2 tsp. sesame 1 tsp. grated ginger 1 clove garlic, minced 1 bunch kale (about 3/4 lb.), tough stems removed & leaves torn into bite-sized pieces 1 1/2 tsp. soy sauce 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice 2 tsp. sesame seeds Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional) Directions: Heat sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add kale and stir until coated with oil. Stir in soy sauce and orange juice; cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until kale is softened. Stir in sesame seeds and red pepper flakes (if using) and serve.

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restaurant profile

Let joy into your life Photographer Aric Attas

The Joy of Eating

Chef Ned Nichols 772-492-3460 2091 Indian River Boulevard Hours: M-W 11-9 TH-Sat 11-10 Sun 3-9

A delightful new eatery tucked ever so tightly in the back of the Three Avenues Shopping plaza, The Joy of Eating delivers a plethora of unique delicacies to tempt your taste buds. A French crêperie and coffee shop that offers smoothies, sandwiches and delectable deserts as well. The Joy of Eating is a must visit destination for foodies, and families alike. Chef Ned Nichols and his wife Shaivite have created an environment that is reminiscent of an old fashioned ice cream parlor. You will find the menu is part of the décor with several chalk board walls announcing not only their menu items, artwork from visitors and the companies motto “food is our passion, eating is our joy.”

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revealing the hidden beauty of wood Photographer Aric Attas

Madeira Madness Mahogany Woodturning by Paul

Paul Struve 1130 7th Cour t


When did you start in wood work? How many hours do you put into each piece? What is the price range of your pieces? I started in woodworking 40 years ago and wood turning 5 years ago. The time in each piece varies greatly, anywhere from 4 hours to 240 hours so far. Prices range from $65 - $4,500.

Where can people see your work? On my website: www.woodturningbypaul. com and by appointment at my workshop.

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Where do you get the wood? I have collected wood locally over the last 40 years.

How many hours do you spend working on your art a day? Is it therapeutic for you? It is definitely therapeutic and I average 20 hours a week. My wife and I own a local business so I am not retired yet.

Where does your inspiration come from? Does the raw wood determine what the final piece will be or do you start with a piece in mind? I generally have something in mind but during the process of turning most pieces evolve into something slightly different. I work with an open mind while turning that way I have a better opportunity of creating instead of mimicking something or someone else’s designs. I usually follow where the wood takes me. I do experiment most of the time, very rarely will you see two pieces by me made the same. I am always looking for something different and I don’t know exactly where I am going and I don’t have the need to.

Do you have a favorite piece or do you love them all equally? I definitely have favorite pieces for (3) reasons difficulty, quality of workmanship, and the exotic wood itself.

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Think green, live green Understanding the Recycling Stream – Where Does It Go? Written and Photographed by Elaine Ryan


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Most of us are familiar with the saying, “Think Green”, but how many of us truly understand how to aptly implement these words to live as such? For some, saving the earth is synonymous with saving money. We can opt to stretch the gas budget by choosing to ride a bike over driving, thus reducing harmful emissions into the environment. We might decide to eat healthier, thereby being more mindful of the earth’s health, simply by choosing locally grown and organic foods. However, of the many ways we can put into practice earth-saving behaviors, one of the easiest is to recycle.

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As our society becomes increasingly aware of the fragile and limited environmental resources we have left, more Americans are putting “Living Green” into practice. By pitching in and recycling materials that can be reused, merely separating trash that can be repurposed, we are helping reduce the waste that would otherwise be pitched into our ever-growing landfill. Education, of course, has helped propel this green movement, compelling more people to help reduce waste by means of recycling. Specifically, Indian River County has steadily shown growing numbers of households recycling in the last five years alone. With elevated interest in consciously reducing the carbon footprint of our county, we at Vero Home, Life and Design wanted to better understand the recycling stream process. What happens to those materials when they leave our curbside? In an effort to satisfy curiosities and quell quandaries, we decided to follow the paper (and glass, plastic, metal, Styrofoam) trail to learn more about residential recycling in Indian River County. Not only were we pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of this process, we are delighted to report just how user-friendly the system truly is for residents.

The simple act of recycling has a reverberating impact to be felt well into our future generations. It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to raise awareness where affecting change for a healthier planet is concerned. Several groups in our community continue to work tirelessly to educate others about the importance of recycling. Himanshu Mehta, Managing Director of the Solid Waste Disposal District, has been an integral player in bringing this message to the public. “We have a goal of 12,000 tons [of recycling] per year,” says Mehta. “It would be great to get people motivated in helping us achieve or surpass that goal! Overall, we have a robust recycling program in Indian River County and are committed through education, outreach and customer service to increase participation and encourage residents to ‘Think Green, Live Green’.”

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Keep Indian River Beautiful, Inc., or “KIRB” is at the forefront in community outreach and environmental education. By visiting schools, organizing cleanup days, and participating in local events, KIRB continues to promote the message of environmental conservation. With its addition of the Reuse Exchange Center in the Indian River Mall, KIRB is more visible than ever. According to Executive Director, while helping to rid beaches and roadways of over 69,000 pounds of litter. Shawn Frost, founder of The Green Patrol, is an invaluable linchpin in the recycling movement in Indian River County. Fueled by a passion for the planet, Frost volunteers much time and many personal resources to our community. This Sebastian native lends his expertise and manpower to various local events that would otherwise not have recycling available. With a mission to overcome “the challenge to make [recycling] easy for people to do what’s best for the environment and the budget”, The Green Patrol has assumed the role of local environmental ambassador to promote a more sustainable future. Perhaps Frost’s dedication is most clearly illustrated in his own words, ”I knew ‘someone’ had to make it easy and worthwhile to protect this county by cleaning up litter and recycling all that we can to starve the landfill. I’m not the type of person to wait for ‘someone’, so we started the Green Patrol to keep OUR community ‘Clean, Green and Pristine’. We can’t do it without volunteers and the support of our sponsors and the participation of event organizers and our government agencies. Together we are making a difference, in both dollars and sense.”

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The recycling process is really quite straight forward, with two viable options to repurpose your materials. Residents of Indian River may drop off recyclable items at one of five convenience centers in the county, or at the landfill. The other option is to utilize blue recycle bins, which are then collected from your driveway by either Waste Management or Treasure Coast Refuse, depending on jurisdiction. This service is provided at no additional cost, as it is already included in the annual property solid waste assessment. Even if residents are not paying for regular trash collection, curbside recycling is encouraged as it is, in essence, already built in. The county provides residential curbside recycling for all residents; pickup is typically once a week and days vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Blue bins are available free of charge from the following locations: Sebastian City Hall Public Works Department 1225 Main Street Sebastian IRC Utilities Ops Center 4350 41st Street Indian River County Landfill 1325 74th Avenue SW

For residents who prefer to drop off their recycling, the following convenience centers are open 7:00 am until 6:00 pm:

What can be recycled? Our county utilizes a dualstream program, which means recyclable containers constitute one stream, while recyclable fibers compose the other. All plastic containers numbered 1-7, glass containers, aluminum cans, trays and foil, steel cans and aerosol cans go into one bin, while paper goods, such as newspaper, phonebooks, junk mail and envelopes, office paper, shredded paper, magazines, cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard are deposited into the second bin. White Styrofoam and electronics may be taken to convenience centers to be recycled.

Roseland Convenience Center (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) 7860 130th Street

Where do the recyclables go once they leave a resident’s possession? For residents who opt for recycling to be collected, the truck, or hauler, that arrives curbside has two separate compartments for each stream of recyclables. The materials are deposited into their appropriate chambers: containers or fibers. The haulers then bring the materials to the Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF, at the main landfill. The two different streams are loaded separately into larger tractor-trailers and transported by ReCommunity to their processing facility in Sarasota. Once at Recommunity’s plant, the recyclables are sorted by way of conveyors, magnets, optical scanners, and human spotters to create specific bails of individual items like paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastics, and metal. These bails are then sent to manufacturers to be given new life as the various products we use every day.

Oslo Convenience Center (closed Wednesday and Thursday) 950 1st Place

Winter Beach Convenience Center (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) Gifford Convenience Center (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) 4901 41st Street

Fellsmere Convenience Center (closed Wednesday and Thursday) 12510 CR 512 The Indian River County Landfill receives recyclables 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Armed with knowledge and given the tools to make a difference, one might ask the next pertinent question, “How can I do more to help protect our environment?” While the motivation to be more environmentally conscious is largely a personal choice, most of us can agree we are one human family collectively responsible for the overall health of our planet. As a cohesive unit, it is imperative we continue to preserve our earth’s precious resources for our children and beyond.

While the motivation to be more environmentally conscious is largely a personal choice, most of us can agree we are one human family collectively responsible for the overall health of our planet. As a cohesive unit, it is imperative we continue to preserve our earth’s precious resources for our children and beyond. The simple act of recycling has a reverberating impact to be felt well into our future generations. As inhabitants of a shared planet, it is our responsibility to care for and nurture the air, ocean, and soil entrusted to us. As residents of Indian River, we can begin by impacting our immediate community today, one can, box, or bottle at a time. Let’s take ownership.

For more information, visit: Special thanks to Ashima Wild and Todd Westover at Republic Services for their time and corporative efforts in our research for this feature.

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Timeless& Traditional A Windsor Home Renovation Reveals True Beauty Interior Designer: Jill Shevlin, Intrinsic Designs Builder: Barth Construction

Photo by Cindy M. Leon

Photographer Aric Attas Creative direction by Jill Shevlin

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Ten years after originally working with clients Pat and Howard “Skip� Hauser, interior designer Jill Shevlin of Intrinsic Designs had the pleasure of collaborating with them again to spruce up and redecorate their initial project. It was not long after finalizing the house that Jill received a call to preview a new home they were considering purchasing just a few doors down the street.

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Photo by Cindy M. Leon

Soon enough, the sale was final and renovations were underway. The new home originally built in 1999 was formerly decorated in exactly the opposite taste of the new owners. There were many items, without question, that had to immediately go. Yards of gold damask fabric on the windows, a marble Grecian goddess fireplace mantel, and a mock Tiffany stained glass ceiling inset in the dining room just to name a few. There were however just as many exquisite details that had to be celebrated including a stunning black and white marble entry way with finely detailed coin millwork walls, a grand stair hall and a pool room that would easily convert to a theatre room. The renovations began and the home was steadily converted into a simpler version of itself, celebrating the multitude of magnificent details throughout.

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Phil Barth of Barth Construction built the original home, so the Hauser’s selected him for the renovation as well. Having built ten homes during their married life together, the Hauser’s are veterans of the process and as they shared, this particular project has been the most rewarding and seamless of all. “Phil Barth was totally involved and on top of the project on a daily basis. His superintendent, Randall, worked on the original home, as well, and was invaluable during the renovation. Both gentlemen were a pleasure to work with,” recounted Pat.

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Not all decisions associated with the renovation were as easy as choosing the builder, however. Pat revealed that it was difficult to part with and replace costly items in perfect condition, simply because they were not to their taste. The upside to parting with such items, however, is their new home has now exceeded all expectations and has quickly become the favorite house of any in which they have lived. Skip loves the home theatre with its comfortable seating; Pat prefers the breakfast room, with its bright light, a cheery place to read in the morning. The interior furnishings of the home are a simple, traditional mix of dark rich wood tones and textures that accent the original millwork, one of the many original details that remain and were restored during the renovation. “As a designer it is critical to pay close attention to details, while taking into account the client’s desires” says designer Jill Shevlin. Working with someone like Pat, who has a great eye for detail and is able to vocalize her wishes makes the project that much easier and enjoyable.

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The color palate evolved organically while trying to offset the formality especially that of the black and white marble entry. We worked diligently to create a balance by using casual fabrics and slightly bolder colors to compliment. Another major point of consideration on all our decisions was the Hauser’s family. Pat wanted this home to stand up to her growing family which includes four grandchildren, and a few live in and pet visitors. Pat immediately gravitated toward the dining room chair fabric and from there the color scheme for the Living area naturally evolved. “Working with Jill on a previous project definitely helped. She was astutely aware of my likes and dislikes—and quirks! She knew that comfortable family areas are important to us and that we are more casual—rather than formal—people”. Throughout the year long renovation process the house evolved into a home that now greets guests with an inviting courtyard entry with simple elegant fountain. Once concealed by a “bridge” across the front of the home that connected the two carriage houses. Everyone involved would agree that the front façade work created the most impressive change by opening up and revealing the true beauty of the home.

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hot properties 298 Island Creek Drive

161 Terrapin Point

275 Coconut Palm Road

NEWLY RENOVATED KITCHEN! Overlooking breathtaking views of the South Golf Course fairways and lakes, this updated two-story 5BR/6.5BA residence delivers a relaxed sense of elegance and style. Recent updates to this 4654± square foot home make it perfect for entertaining. The renovated, gourmet island kitchen is a chef’s delight. The generous living room with fireplace, dining area and new tile floors showcases the spectacular pool and fairway views.

Exceptional even by John’s Island peerless standards is this truly remarkable 5BR/8.5BA Gem Island riverfront masterpiece. Nestled along the western shore of Gem Island on a quiet cul-de-sac street, this estate’s exceptional English Georgian architecture and worldly design create a relaxed yet sophisticated and timeless feel. Boasting 8000± square feet, quality craftsmanship and detailed finishes are beyond definition.

Beautifully sited along the northern edge of peaceful Lake Reams is this elegant 4BR/4BA & 2 half BA, family retreat. At the heart of this exquisite home is the generous garden room, agreeable for solitary relaxing as it is for entertaining a crowd. The open floor plan boasts 6445± gross square feet and features a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room, center island kitchen with wine storage and cooler, large den, library, en-suite guest bedroom and a newly expanded master suite with luxurious bath.

Asking Price: Company: Contact:

$2,195,000 John’s Island Real Estate 772.231.0900

Exclusively John’s Island

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$9,600,000 John’s Island Real Estate 772.231.0900

Exclusively John’s Island

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$1,740,000 John’s Island Real Estate 772.231.0900

Exclusively John’s Island

226 Ocean Way

1 Sailfish Road

605 Live Oak Road

Fabulous 4BR/5.5BA oceanfront residence potential for 5th bedroom. Two family rooms. Large bonus/media room. Storage. Stunning kitchen, living areas, ocean view master. Luxuriously refinished and ready to move in. Decorator furnishings available separately.

Breathtaking 4BR/5BA Bali-inspired Intracoastal pool home sits on a corner lot and has stunning panoramic river views, 3 pools (infinity, wading and a shaded/covered “kiddie� pool). Detailed and luxurious appointments throughout; walnut, chestnut and marble floors, walk-in closets, Subzero refrigerator/freezers, copper sinks, top-ofthe-line Crestron Home Control System, full house generator, all impact glass, spa, steam shower.

Build in 2009, this riverfront, beautifully finished home is in the heart of Central beach! Offering a wonderful floor plan, high ceilings, fireplace, wind impact windows and doors, covered balcony, fabulous outdoor living with pool and spa. Fish or watch the manatees and dolphins. This 5 bedroom, 4 bath home is near the beach, shopping and restaurants.

Asking Price: Company: Contact:

$3,750,000 Norris & Company 772.231.1270

Asking Price: Company: Contact:

$3,495,000 Norris & Company 772.231.1270

Asking Price: Company: Contact:

$1,695,000 Norris & Company 772.231.1270

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pampered pets Photographer Cindy M. Leon

treats your pets are craving

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Scooter’s Barkery

Janice & Jim Johnston 8802 US1, Wabasso 772-581-1386 Hours: Tues- Fri 10-5; Sat 10-4 Oceanside Famers’ Market: Sat 8-12

Scooter’s Barkery and Pet Boutique is a labor of love for Janice Johnston and her husband Jim. Opening their doors in December of 2003, the Johnstons—along with their beloved dog and official greeter, Scooter—have been creating healthy dog, cat, and horse treats for ten years. These are not your average pet treats—far from it, in fact. Baked on premises from Janice’s own everevolving recipes, all treats are made with human grade ingredients. From local honey to fresh vegetables and US milled flour, each unique treat has a medley of ingredients sure to tantalize even the most discriminating of taste buds. For clients with medical conditions, allergies, or food issues, Janice will customize treats to meet these requirements. Although Janice says every dog’s tastes are different, among some of the favorite treats are the bacon, peanut butter, and honey flavored. Dogs with stomach issues respond well to gingerbread treats. Be sure to stop in and pick up some of Scooter’s Barkery treats for your pet.

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pampered pets Photographer Cindy M. Leon



What led you to start an organic dog food company? I have always been an animal lover and have never had less than two dogs in my house at any time. When I lost one of my beloved pets I started researching the connection between animal nutrition and health. What I learned about commercial dog foods was HORRIFYING. Based on what I learned, I put together a home cooked diet for all of my dogs. Friends who tried my home cooked pet food for their dogs encouraged me to develop a business, with that impetus was born Market Fresh Pet Foods. Now more than five years have passed and Market Fresh Pet Foods has grown beyond what I ever dreamed possible.

What is unique about what you make? Our dog food is made with premium “human grade” fresh ingredients and cooked in a process that maintains the value of fresh whole food nutrition. Our dog food is cooked, mixed and portioned into two ounce meatballs within a 6 hour window, flash frozen and vacuum sealed. This method gives our food a minimum of nine month shelf life. Customers can keep the product frozen, pop off the number of meatballs they wish to serve and warm it in the microwave for “pawsitively delicious and nutritious” canine cuisine.

How did you come up with the recipes? Research, research, research. Our recipes have evolved over the five years we have been in business based on the advice of several veterinarians and the ever growing abundance of information regarding quality animal nutrition. We also have three four-legged taste testers in our house who serve on the quality and taste control committee.

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Market Fresh Pet Foods

Jennifer LaShorne


Have you had any flops? I wouldn’t call it a flop, but we did discontinue a venison formula because it was difficult to find a dependable and year round source for the meat. Plus, I really did not like the smell when I cooked the meat, so I was not unhappy at all to give up that formula.

What are some of your most popular items? Our Turkey Pumpkin & Cranberry Formula, the Fresh Chicken and Vegetable Formula and Beef Roast Medley Formulas are the best sellers, but all of our formulas are popular with the “picky eaters.” Our “Pupcicles” are a popular frozen treat in individual 3 oz. cups made from chicken broth, turkey broth and little bits of poultry meat.

Where can people purchase your products other than in your store? Our products can be purchased at the Village Pet Shop and at the Village Beach Market on the Barrier Island.

For more Q&A with Jennifer, visit


Pawsitively delicious and nutritious canine cuisine.


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Name: Molly Age: 10 Months Breed: Hound mix Sex: Female

Name: Sally Age: 1 Year Breed: Hound mix Sex: Female

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Name: Melvin Age: 1 Year Breed: Walker hound mix Sex: Male

Name: Hamlet Age: 2 Years Breed: Hound/Pointer mix Sex: Male

Name: Moo Age: 1 Year Breed: Manx mix Sex: Female

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run Girls on the

Written by Elaine Ryan

Girls on the Run is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves over 130,000 girls annually. First established in 1996 by Molly Barker in Charlotte, North Carolina, Girls on the Run (GOTR) encourages girls in grades 3-8 to build self-confidence by avenue of health and fitness. Barker’s motivation for founding the organization was to help young females break out of “the girl box”, or the narrow space in which girls believe they have to fall into in order to be beautiful and accepted.

In the year 2000, Girls on the Run went international with their model, inspiring young girls in more than 200 North American cities to tap into their limitless potential. The program utilizes dedicated, certified GOTR coaches to teach participants to embrace their individual strengths. This includes a 24-lesson curriculum taught in two weekly meetings for a total of 12 weeks; the girls connect with coaches in after-school gatherings of eight to fifteen participants.

Jeannie Heran is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of The Treasure Coast. A resident of Vero, Jeannie has been instrumental, along with several other volunteers, in implementing and executing our local chapter from the beginning. “The growth I have seen from the girls, season to season, is amazing. One of the girls came to the very first season very insecure and having a lot of anger and social issues. By midway through the first season, we saw her trying to use the communication ‘tools’ that we were teaching them to express herself better to her peers. In just three seasons, I saw her go from a very scared and lonely girl to a young lady much more confident, comfortable and accepting of herself, and therefore, of others.” Heran went on to share, “After my first season coaching, I thought I was doing something wrong because I felt like I was getting more out of the lessons than I was giving to the girls. This program is the program that I needed when I was growing up. I think this program would have made those ‘adolescent bumps’ easier to negotiate.”

Groups are divided into two different teams by age: third through fifth grade, and a middle school team of grades sixth through eighth, more specifically named “Girls on Track”. The time spent together includes conversationbased lessons and interactive running games, all to increase confidence, self-esteem, and athletic enjoyment. The season culminates with the girls completing a noncompetitive 5K running event.

Several girls begin the season without any running background or experience at all. Some struggle with personal challenges and are in need of a little extra discipline and structure. Others are just looking for a fun way to connect with likeminded girls to get fit. All levels of athletic ability from all walks of life are encouraged to participate, as Girls on the Run is based on a mantra of “can”.

The ultimate purpose and mission of GOTR is to provide a discernible framework for identifying, setting, and pursuing life goals. The program aims to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident, using a fun, experiencebased curriculum which creatively integrates running”, and the success stories speak for themselves.

Here in Vero, we are fortunate enough to have a vibrant community of runners, lending to the overwhelmingly positive response to our local chapter of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track. The elementary age girls currently meet at Liberty Magnet, Imagine, and Osceola Magnet; the middle school girls workout at Imagine. The next season of GOTR will begin in the fall.

If you would like more information on Girls on the Run of the Treasure Coast or to volunteer, please contact Jeannie Heran, Executive Director:

72 | May-June 2013

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