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Teacher turns classroom into jungle for Vietnam experience Candid Vietnam veterans visited for a two-day learning event in Spruce Creek history teacher Chase Tramont’s classroom. PAGE 3

Trending topic: Why so many thefts?

Hawks at new heights

Sheriff Chitwood says unlocked cars are easy targets. PAGE 5 INSIDE SPEAKING OUT

The Hawks celebrate after winning the Class 9A state title over Miami.

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The Spruce Creek girls basketball team rallied to defeat Miami High 44-43 on Saturday, March 3, to claim the program’s first state title in school history. PAGE 9

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Spruce Creek High students hold Unity Walk for safer schools. PAGE 2


Student at Creekside Middle School reported to have said he was going to be the next school shooter. PAGE 2


Assisted living community collecting teddy bears for police officers to hand out to children. PAGE 8

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Cypress Creek Elementary students donate dog food to help animals in need.

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Daytona Beach show featuring Port Orange designer raises funds for Conklin Center.




BRIEFS Sheriff: Student at Creekside Middle said he was going to be the next school shooter A 14-year-old male student at Creekside Middle School was reported to have said he was going to be the next school shooter and that he was going to do it soon, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department.  The student was also said to have jokingly told another student on his school bus that he would shoot him. These comments were made on Feb. 16, but reported to a VCSO deputy on Thursday, March 1.  The student is among three other students who were charged with making threats of violence or false statements about guns at Volusia County schools on Thursday, bringing the number of students facing these types of charges from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office to 15 since the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood announced that the defendants or their families will be held responsible for paying the cost of the Sheriff’s Office response to their cases: at least $1,082.  The other students who were charged on Thursday, and also facing felony charges, include the following:  A 14-year-old female student at Deltona High School who held her hands in a gun gesture, tapped a school employee on the shoulder and said, “bang bang.” A 15-year-old male student at Deltona High School who told a teacher he had a concealed weapon in his backpack. No weapon was found.  A 17-year-old male student at New Smyrna Beach High School who used a piece of paper with a handgun and a bomb drawn on it to pretend to shoot another student during class today. The student told a deputy he was only joking.

Spruce Creek High students hold Unity Walk for safer schools Around 250 students participated in the walk. NICHOLE OSINSKI STAFF WRITER

After the Parkland shooting where 17 people were killed, students across the country have been taking a stand for safer schools. In Port Orange, students from Spruce Creek High School used their lunch break on Thursday, March 1,  to join together for a Unity Walk to support Parkland, remember the victims of the massacre and discuss changes for a safer school environment.  Around 250 students came together holding signs, some promoting love, some unity, others pushing for change.  High-schooler Assil  El-Ghali headed up the walk. She said she knew she wanted to orchestrate something but wasn’t sure of what to do. A couple of students also approached her asking if she could try getting something started. El-Ghali created a committee of students and went to their student governments junior class board and asked for help from anyone interested. There were a handful of passionate students who joined.  On the day of the event, there were  student speakers, teacher speakers and a moment of silence. Participants lined the front of the field with 17 chairs to remember the Parkland victims. Orange ribbon pins were passed around for gun violence awareness as well as slips of paper with contact information of representatives. El-Ghali said they tried to focus on safer schools instead of politics in order to unite everyone in the school in a peaceful manner. A banner was also purchased for students to sign before it is sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to show that the students stand with them.  “[The walk] will go down as one of the highlights of our year, as something we’ll look back on,” Principal Todd Sparger said. “The

students led it and were trying to inspire each other to continue on with the cause.” In the upcoming weeks and months, El-Ghali and other students are planning to attend town hall meetings and are  urging students to contact their representatives. They are also trying to orchestrate an assembly on April 20 in remembrance of all the school shootings that have occurred. El-Ghali said there is also a student who is attending the March for our Lives walk in Washington, D.C., and  will deliver a petition which was spread around Volusia County asking for change. “The unity walk was one event, but that was just the beginning,” El-Ghali said. “This fight will not stop until the result we want is received.” El-Ghali said students would like to see laws that enforce background checks so that students do not have to fear for their lives.

Students set up 17 chairs to remember the 17 Parkland victims.

She added that students are also pushing for weapons to not be as easily accessible and that extensive procedures should be implemented to obtain weapons. “Many view school as a place to receive an education, slim to none have viewed school as a life-threatening setting, but that is what has come out of all of these recent events,” El-Ghali said. “We the students need change, we demand it. The students that were killed had family, friends and had the potential to be anything they wanted, but their lives were tragically taken. Schools need to safe, and that is what we are striving for.” Email

“The unity walk was one event, but that was just the beginning. This fight will not stop until the result we want is received.” ASSIL EL-GHALI, High schooler headed up the walk

Spruce Creek students hold signs during a Unity Walk.

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Welcome to the Jungle Robert Adkins speaks with students.

The visit was part of a two-day learning event at Spruce Creek teacher Chase Tramont’s classroom.

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e were known as baby killers. We were spit on. We were told by our own government not to wear our uniforms, to go home to change clothes, because we were going to get protests.” Robert Adkins, a Vietnam veteran, was speaking to a class of students at Spruce Creek High as part of a two-day visit, from Thursday, March 1, to Wednesday, March 2,  to provide a personal perspective about serving

Chase Tramont speaks with students.

in the war. Adkins, along with four other veterans and a military spouse, had been invited to participate in an annual presentation put on  by U.S. History teacher Chase Tramont.  The classroom had been transformed into a military base in a jungle. Camouflage and bushes lined the walls, bags of sand sat piled in a corner, and Army helmets were placed on some students’ desks.  For the students present, the time with the veterans was meant not only to teach them but also for the students to ask questions on any subject. And the questions poured out.  “How did you deal with people dying around you?” “What was it like coming home to protests?” “Did religion play a part for you in the war?” The veterans didn’t hold back. In addition to describing what it was like coming home to protests, Adkins told the students about the saddest word he has ever heard: Mommy.  Adkins explained that at night he would hear the men around him crying because they were homesick and terrified. He said they didn’t call for their wives or their girlfriends, they called for their mothers. Adkins, who has had to be in therapy once a month, said for years after the war he would be triggered when he heard that word, even hating to be around children when they

would use it.   “It was a sad word,” Adkins said.  Army veteran Kenneth  Kinsler, who was drafted in 1967 and fought in South Vietnam, recalled a phrase that he said many people in the military would use: Don’t mean nothin’. Kinsler said it was a way of putting up a wall when they would see something bad.  “That doesn’t make it go away, and that’s where  PTSD comes from;  you think you can shut it up by just saying that, but you really can’t,” Kinsler said. “You never get used to it, you never get used to people dying, you never get used to suffering.”  Students also got the chance to hear about what it was like waiting for a loved one to come home from Vietnam. Diana Schaack attended Spruce Creek  as a student with her eventual husband, Terry Schaack, who was drafted in 1967. The couple, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, were high school sweethearts who had to change their wedding plans when they realized Terry would soon be drafted.  They married on July 1, and Terry was drafted on July 11. He was in Vietnam by Christmas. Diana would send her husband food, clothing — anything he needed to survive.  “I was one of the lucky ones to go home,” Terry said. The idea for the veteran program started about six years ago. When Tramont was a youth

Chase Tramont, James Drake, Robert Adkins, Bradley Purdom, Kenneth Kinsler, Diana Schaack and Terry Schaack.

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pastor he would have warfare weekends or warfare Wednesday nights where he would decorate according to the theme. When he started teaching about Vietnam, he decided to take the concept to a new level to create an atmosphere he thought would help the students learn best. Tramont borrowed a few items from a friend and started out with one veteran coming to the class to speak. At first the veterans would speak only about Vietnam, but with each year the questions grew, and now, while Vietnam is still the central topic of discussion, the veterans talk about everything, including music and life in the ’60s and ’70s.  “I’m just super glad they’re more open to any questions, even if it was super personal,” high school student Kevon Johnson said.   However, Tramont said that while the special classes help the students, it’s also for the veterans. According to Tramont, some of the veterans hadn’t opened up about their experiences for 50 years. Tramont added that his goal as an educator is to teach history, respect and patriotism — subjects he feels are epitomized by veterans.  It’s also a way to say welcome home to those who never heard those words.  “As long as I teach, the service and sacrifices of these men and women will never be forgotten or marginalized,” Tramont said. “Not on my watch.”






Basilia Brown: from community A life of activism bank teller to vice president STAFF WRITER

Basilia Brown was recently named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders in Volusia and Flagler counties, and the vice president of the Vystar Credit Union Port Orange branch didn’t achieve that honor without hard work. Brown’s journey to vice president began 15 years ago when she first started in banking as a teller at what she describes as a small community in West Virginia. She began working her way up  and eventually joined Vystar in 2011 before switching to the credit union side where she was promoted to management.  According to Brown, reaching that goal meant being flexible and willing to do what was needed while always being open to feedback.  “It  has been challenging at times,” Brown said. “I came into Vystar when everyone was going through the market crash, and I learned so much from the customer service side.” Brown attributes much of what she learned to the mentors she had along the way. Now she is able to use those same experiences to coach her staff and help them

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move into the positions they are working toward. Brown, who has always considered herself knowledgeable when it comes to math, said her job is just another way to assist people who are  struggling financially or guide a younger person who is starting out with credit. “I want to be able to help people with that,” Brown said. “Finance is a huge part of your everyday lifestyle. It doesn’t matter what your age is.” And being flexible with her job has brought Brown to Port Orange. About a year and a half ago, Brown relocated from Jacksonville with her company to build a market  in Port Orange.

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Jeanette Wheeler has been an activist for equality her entire life. In the 1960s, she marched for people of color to be hired in city hall. After retiring in Connecticut, she joined a group that helped mothers on welfare start new lives and get jobs. When she moved to Palm Coast, her passion for civil engagement led her to found the Youth Black History Reality Program in Flagler County through the African American Cultural Society. The program recently celebrated its 15th year of teaching local African American students about their culture and inspiring them. Wheeler said the inaugural program, held in February 2003, filled the AACS Center on U.S. 1 from wall to wall. “It’s hard to explain,” she said about what founding the program means to her. “It just feels like, ‘Ah, I’ve made it. I’ve done something good.’” She’s not slowing down anytime soon. “My life just continues to be doing things one way or another,” Wheeler said.

Ormond Beach City Manager Joyce Shanahan is the only woman sitting up high with the city commissioners every first and third Tuesday of the month.  As one of five female city managers in Volusia County, and with more than 25 years of experience in local government, Shanahan loves what she does. “It is the most wonderful job in the whole world,” Shanahan said. “There’s something different every single day.” In the time she’s been working with the city, two things she said the city is proud of the development of the downtown district and the construction of the Andy Romano Beachfront Park. For Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington, some of Shanahan’s “secrets of her successes” include her focus on transparency and open-door policy for citizens. “She is very competent with the nuts and bolts of city government ... but then she tempers that with a heart,” Partington said. Shanahan said it’s a privilege to be a woman in leadership today.

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She has jumped into her community to become involved as much as possible with the other businesses, organizations and events throughout the city. Brown now sits on the board of directors for the Port Orange South Daytona Chamber and is an  incoming board member for the Port Orange South Daytona Rotary Club through which she has become part of the support for Family Days.  “I see all of the good things that the Rotary and the Chamber and Family Days do locally to give back to the community in  ways that I  couldn’t,” Brown said. “That’s my opportunity to be able to be a part of something that’s bigger than me. With those  groups I’m  able to serve in a different way, not just financially.”  Port Orange is a place Brown has come to love and where she hopes to stay long term to continue growing the business, noting that the “possibilities are endless.” As for her advice to young girls who also want to work their way up the career ladder, Brown has this statement:  “Believe in yourself  and have a few good mentors, people that you can trust for support and rely on for support, encouragement and also feedback.”


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Burglars are targeting unlocked cars, plus front-door kick-ins Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood spoke to Port Orange residents about crime trends.





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kick in the door and take whatever they can. As for the car burglaries, Chitwood gave the same mes-

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sage that the Port Orange Police Department has been pushing — keep doors locked. According to Chitwood, the car burglaries follow a similar pattern as the kick-ins where people will drive in a stolen car and go down the subdivision seeing what cars are open and taking anything that can be quickly turned over.   “There are nights that they tear us apart,” Chitwood said. “There is no boundaries with these guys.” Chitwood added that many of the crimes committed are by people addicted to opioids. Last year, there were more than 100 overdose deaths and more than 800 overdoses in the county, accord-

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things have changed within the last 15 years that I have lived here,” Robins said. “But as I have learned, the only constant is change. With all this change, at the end of the day, we cannot lose sight of why we chose to live here and what it means to be a community.” Chitwood called the Tomoka Farms Village area a “great neighborhood” but pointed out that because of this it can be a target for criminals looking for a rich environment. He also urged the residents to hold monthly meetings and invite elected officials to discuss what is happening in the neighborhood and receive updates on crime.  “As urban sprawl moves in, there’s an opportunity that we could become victims of things we don’t like,” Wallace said. “If we look into the future of what’s going to happen and we preempt those things by involvement, then we’re far ahead of where we would be.”


It was evident from the packed room at Sprue Creek Baptist Church that residents are concerned about crime both in Port Orange and the rest of the county. The crowd gathered at the church on Tuesday, March 6, to get the latest updates about crime trends from Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood. The sheriff told residents that there are two major crimes he has seen going on in the area: burglaries due to cars being unlocked, and kick-in burglaries at homes.  Chitwood said the kick-in burglaries usually follow a similar pattern, where a group of people in a stolen car pull up to a home,








Jeff Walker, Emilia Mattson, Laura Hazen, and club President Nick DiSantis. Photo courtesy of Nancy Schaaf

FINLAND EXCHANGE STUDENT VISITS PORT ORANGE-SOUTH DAYTONA ROTARY CLUB TO SAY THANK YOU Emilia Mattson from Helsinki, Finland, recently visited the Port Orange-South Daytona Rotary Club, her sponsor as an exchange student five years ago. Matron lived with host families Jeff and Pam Walker and Laura and Mark Hazen. She returned to Port Orange to visit with her host families and thank the Rotary Club for her sponsorship. Emilia, a recent college graduate will be working as an assistant to a member of Parliament when she returns to Finland. Also at the meeting, Robin Canady, a registered therapy dog handler, spoke at the Port Orange-South Daytona Rotary Club about the BJ Project, which uses a robotic Hasbro Joy for All Companion Golden Retriever, Bryley Junior, to provide a connection with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The robotic dog barks, moves his head and wags

his tail. Canady has started a mission to raise funds to purchase and donate the stuffed dog to as many care facilities in Volusia County as she can. She recently presented one to Maryjo Allen, Executive Director of Halifax Health Hospice. The meeting also featured Russ Miller presenting a flag pin and certificate to Chad Hazen and Ken Burgman, two members of the Port Orange South Daytona Rotary Club, in recognition of their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Additionally, Miller joined Rotary in 1999 by starting a new club and still maintains perfect attendance. Russ has held several offices in Rotary and currently serves as the District 6970 annual fund chair and assistant regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for all north Florida. Miller is also a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. 

About a year ago, Port Orange resident Bob Davis sat down with about 20 educators and pitched an idea to help local schools. Years ago, Davis participated in a program in which local businesses and community leaders would support a school and its students by supplying whatever the faculty, staff and students needed. Davis wanted to bring this program back. The program was given the green light by Volusia Schools Superintendent Tom Russell, and Davis began asking local business owners. Six Port Orange schools have already been adopted.  Schools have been provided with computers, field trips and even money for new clothes. However, Davis said there are still schools that need to be adopted in order to help more students.  “I’m all about education,” Davis said. “We have to convince parents and PTA that there’s a great life for those children. My heart is in education. We need to educate our students.”

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me to make sure I always have a job I love. That of all the things to do in my life, I should wake up every morning excited to go to work,” Bonjour said. “Every time I don’t feel like studying or getting up early in the mornings, I think about that and it inspires me, pushes

me …. I’ll have the memories we’ve shared in the back of my mind. As I go through adulthood, I’ll remember her, and I know she’ll remember me.”   Allen also has recruited several colleagues to become mentors in the Take Stock in Children program.

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Summer is on its way, and that means the Senior Games are right around the corner. Hosted by the Port Orange Parks and Recreation Department, the event will provide a way for residents, 50 years and older, to compete in a variety of sporting events.  The games take place from March 12 to March 18.  For more information, call 506-5854 or email hmerlo@  

5K TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE A child abuse awareness 5K will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Sunday, April 29. The event, hosted by the Our Children First Foundation, will include food, music and raffles. The race will be held at 1000 City Center Circle.  For more information, call 444-0156 or 588-9285.


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Mary Jo Allen, executive director of Halifax Health Hospice, was named the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools’ Take Stock in Children 2018 Mentor of the Year. Allen was given the honor during the Monday, Feb. 26, FUTURES Foundation Mentor Appreciation celebration where students in all Volusia County public high schools and mentors from all high schools were in attendance.   Allen has served as a mentor with FUTURES since 2016.  For the last two years she has been a mentor to Amelia Bonjour, a sophomore at Spruce Creek High School.  “She told


Women Who Care. The Conklin Center was selected on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the organization’s first quarter meeting.

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Saxophonist Daniel Bennett’s music is coming coming to the Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center Circle, with the release of his CD on Thursday, March 29.  Bennett’s music blends modern jazz, avant-pop and surf rock. The Daniel Bennett Group has been featured in the Boston Globe, NPR, First Coast Living, Yahoo Voices, Timeout New York and the Village Voice.  For more information, call 322-5152.

ART CLASSES COMING TO ARTHAUS ArtHaus, 3840 S. Ridgewood Ave, will be presenting “Adventures in Art,” held on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children 5 and up on March 6, 20, and 27. The cost is $60 with art supplies included. Christophe Cardot will teach his classes on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for ages 8 years and up. The three classes will cost $60 including art supplies and will be held on March 7, 21 and 28. The “Art of Drawing” classes will be taught on Thursdays, March 1, 8, 22 and 29, from 4 p.m to 5 p.m. The fee is $60, including art supplies. To register, call 767-0076 or email


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Spot on: Cypress Creek Elementary students donate dog food The food was given to Sophie’s Circle to later be distributed at a food pantry. NICHOLE OSINSKI STAFF WRITER

Throughout 2017 and this year, students at Cypress Creek Elementary have been collecting dog food to donate to the Sophie’s Circle food pantry. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Cypress Creek teacher Michelle Phelan and 20 of her students loaded bags, cans and more bags

of what they had brought into the back of Sophie’s Circle Founder Kathy Blackman’s car. It was a sizable pile that that took several trips by the students to move.  Through the organization, the donated food will provide assistance to people who don’t have enough money to feed their pets. The food pantry has been running for 10 years.  But the day wasn’t just about

donations. Phelan’s students also had a chance to meet three dogs that had been rescued. The students asked questions and played with the dogs as Blackman and volunteer Mona Dera told them about what the nonprofit does. As for why they wanted to help the organization, Phelan said it was all about “teaching the students the importance of using our life skills by giving back to help others.” To learn more about Sophie’s Circle, visit

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Collecting teddy bears for police officers to hand out to children


The teddy bear drive will run through March 23.

icole Stott, a retired astronaut, came to visit Halifax Hospital on Monday, March 5, to collect pieces for the International Space Station. Nicole Stott started her tour at the center of pediatrics where the children painted fabric to later be sewn onto a flight suit that will be worn by an astronaut. Even the babies had an impact, when Susie Johnson made copies of the baby feet with paint to be used. They are hoping to have collected and be finished with the project on June 10, International Children’s Day. –NICKY KUBIZNE

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while not typically associated with police work, an item such as a stuffed animal can be an invaluable tool. “It is often the case that a police officer is present for some of the most difficult times in a person’s life, and that can be especially true for children,” Doyle said. “Having a stuffed animal to give to an upset, injured or scared child can be the first step in letting a child know that we are there to help and that they are safe.” Donations are being collecting until Friday, March 23.  Visit CountrySide Lakes, 941 Village Trail. 

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For some children, police officers are present when there is a crisis, and a teddy bear can provide comfort. Countryside Lakes Assisted Living Community has been collecting new teddy bears  to help Port Orange police officers have stuffed animals they can hand out.  Director of Sales and Marketing  Kat Eversole said the drive started because someone told her the police officers use their own money to buy teddy bears to give to children. So Eversole and her coworkers started asking residents to donate new teddy bears.  Public Information Officer Evan Doyle explained that

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Spruce Creek rallied to defeat Miami High 44-43 on Saturday, March 3, to claim the program’s first state title in school history. RAY BOONE STAFF WRITER

LAKELAND — Down one point with 9.9 seconds left in the biggest, most important game of her life, Peryonna Sylvester knocked down a pair of free throws to give Spruce Creek a 44-43 lead over Miami High. And when Miami forward Colleen Bucknor’s potential gamewinning layup rolled off the side of the rim as the final buzzer reverberated across the arena at the RP Funding Center, Sylvester sank to the floor. She cried. Tears of joy. Tears of sorrow. This one was for Alexia. Sylvester once made a promise to her friend, Alexia Acree, who died of cancer three years ago at the age of 15: Sylvester was going to win a state championship. On the night of Saturday, March 3, Sylvester’s promise to her childhood friend was fulfilled. “I play for her,” said Sylvester, who still keeps a photo of Acree in her backpack at all times. “I made

Hawks guard Jayla Adams drives to the hoop against Miami.

Hawks guard Peryonna Sylvester breaks down in tears after the Hawks won the state title.

a promise, and I kept it.” Sylvester and guard Jayla Adams led the Hawks (27-5) with 13 points apiece in Spruce Creek’s first Final Four appearance in school history. In addition, it was the first time that a girls basketball team from either Volusia or Flagler County won the title since Father Lopez did so in 2013. The Hawks trailed by as many as 11 points throughout the first half, however, and went into the locker room trailing 27-17 after fouling a Miami player on a shot from half court at the buzzer. The Stingarees led 37-29 with less than seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Hawks coach Kelvin Hamm managed to keep his team calm. They’d been in situations like this before. “He wanted us to keep a positive attitude,” Sylvester said. “No matter what the refs were doing, no matter what the other players were doing, we just have to play

through it.” The Hawks, spurred by a flurry of steals by Adams and Yoke Tassent, who chipped in 10 points of her own in the game, went on an 8-0 run to tie the score at the 3:55 mark. A minute later, Adams assisted Sylvester on a 3-pointer that gave the Hawks their first lead since the opening minute. After Sylvester, who missed five free throws in the first half, swished two in a row in the final 10 seconds, the Stingarees had two chances at a game-winner: The first, a corner 3-pointer by Jeanine Rodriguez, clanked off the front of the rim. Bucknor, who grabbed her 13th rebound of the night, hit the backboard too hard on her put-back attempt to seal the Hawks’ come-from-behind victory. The only thing left to do for this Hawks squad? “Man, we’re going to Disneyland,” Hamm said.

This one was for Alexia. Peryonna Sylvester once made a promise to her friend, Alexia Acree, who died of cancer three years ago at the age of 15: Sylvester was going to win a state championship. On the night of Saturday, March 3, Sylvester’s promise to her childhood friend was fulfilled.

he 2018 Winter Olympic Games came to an end nearly two weeks ago, but the people of the hot and humid Flagler and Volusia counties are still feeling inspired. Nearly a week after the conclusion of the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a local couple walked into the Daytona Ice Rink looking to ice skate, according to arena employee Brandon Galarneau. Galarneau said that the couple, inspired by the majestic and graceful performances of the world’s top ice skaters at the Olympics, wanted to give skating a shot. It was their first time on the ice — ever. “The better we do in the Olympics, the more hype winter sports gets here in the United States,” Galarneau said. The Daytona Ice Arena, located at 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave. in Daytona Beach, held a celebration for the Winter Olympics on Feb. 24. The arena, which is the only available ice rink in both Flagler and Volusia counties, hosted a figure skating event, youth and adult hockey games, speed skating and curling. Hundreds of people filtered into the arena throughout the day. The arena also has a “Learn to Skate” program, which teaches its students the basics of ice skating in a once-per-week, 30-minute group lesson. The program, which sees about 100 total students on most days, has increased by about 20-to-30 students since the conclusion of the Olympics. “I’ve met figure skaters throughout the years who said the only reason they got into it was because they saw people like Michelle Kwan or (Kristi) Yamaguchi or people like that competing in the Olympics,” Galarneau said. “It inspired them to come out and try the sport.” In addition, the arena also offers a “Learn to Curl” program. In its last session, the class saw over 40 people attend — its highest attendance ever. What does all this mean, exactly? Maybe it’s time to put down the surfboard and pick up a pair of ice skates! Email Ray Boone at




Despite huge sixth inning, Hawks fall to rival Bulldogs Spruce Creek scored five runs in the sixth inning but couldn’t overcome errors in its 7-6 loss to FPC on Thursday, March 1, at Spruce Creek High School. RAY BOONE STAFF WRITER

Through five innings against Flagler Palm Coast, Spruce Creek struggled. Outfielders were dropping routine pop-ups. Ground balls were sliding past the open gloves of infielders. The three hurlers who took to the mound for the Hawks struggled with the off-speed pitch. And the Hawks, which had

The Hawks’ Cody Duke rips a ball to the right field wall against FPC.


scored one run before the sixth frame, couldn’t connect with their bats. Hawks coach Johnny Goodrich could feel the tension in the dugout as his ball club fell behind 7-1 to the Bulldogs on the night of Thursday, March 1, at Spruce Creek High School. “I told them to just keep fighting,” Goodrich said. Shortstop Hunter Fornari responded to his coach’s order in the sixth inning, drilling a ball over the right field wall for a home run for the Hawks’ first score since the first inning. Fornari was still getting congratulated in the dugout when right fielder Zac Veen sent another ball flying over the right field wall on the next at-bat. The Hawks’ momentum grew, and the Bulldogs’ lead shrank. Spruce Creek was able to tack on four more runs in the inning, including a two-run triple by third baseman Samuel Grinstead. “The intensity went up, and we started hitting the ball,” Fornari said. “Each guy was hitting the ball and passing the bat to the next hitter.” Goodrich’s words, “just keep fighting,” reverberated through the minds of his players with each at-bat, with each pitch. Heading into the final inning down one

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YOUR NEIGHBORS A new purpose Student Lorie Asher lived out her dream of walking down a runway. JARLEENE ALMENAS STAFF WRITER

In a dress made out of old tires, Conklin Center student Lorie Asher glided down the runway with confidence, ease and poise, at Daytona Beach’s first-ever upcycle fashion show. “I never thought I would get an opportunity like this,” Asher said. “Modeling has been my dream since high school.” It was a dream she never thought she would see come to fruition after an accident changed her life five years ago. At age 18, she got in a car with a couple of friends and was ejected through the windshield after the driver ran a flashing red light and collided with another vehicle. Asher hadn’t been wearing her seatbelt. She was found three yards away from the car and had to be airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. Because of a brain injury, she was induced into a coma. When she woke up, she couldn’t see. Now, Asher has regained some of her vision and is a student at the Conklin Center for the blind, the organization benefitting from the fashion show titled “A New View.” Port Orange resident Debbie Reaney designed Asher’s dress, and she couldn’t have felt more proud of her after the show on Friday, March 2. “She’s a wonderful young lady,” Reaney said with tears in her eyes. The upcycle fashion show was one of the special events of QuiltWeek 2018. The idea for the show

sprouted from a conversation between Bonnie Browning, executive director for the American Quilter’s Society, and Ormond Beach resident Gail Warner, who was driving her down for a Fox News interview in Orlando. The purpose of the show was to benefit the Conklin Center and open the eyes of other creative people. “We’re so habitual when it comes to shopping that you kind of become a zombie, right?” Warner said. “You just grab off the shelf, and you’re really not thinking about what you’re consciously bringing into the house but almost automatically just putting in a bin on a weekly basis and not thinking about the accumulation of that weekly bin.” The designs on the runway were all made of upcycled materials, from mirrors and K cups to baby blue bubble wrap and plastic water bottles. Warner said she hoped people would pause when they see the amount of everyday disposable material used on each design. Catherine Ropp, vice president of marketing for AQS, said the common factor between quilting and upcycling is that both use different pieces to create something beautiful. “To be able to do that with things you are upcycling from the environment, and you know from home and businesses and industries is fantastic,” Ropp said. “So we’ve been very excited about the opportunity.” Conklin Center Development Director Lori McMullin was pleased with the idea for the show, which raised money for the center’s early intervention program. “Not only is it going to raise

“I never thought I would get an opportunity like this. Modeling has been my dream since high school.” LORIE ASHER

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Port Orange resident and designer Debbie Reaney and Lorie Asher hold their hands in the air after winning Fan Favorite at the upcycle fashion show for QuiltWeek2018 at the Hilton Daytona Beach on March 2.

much-needed funding, it’s going to raise visibility and awareness for our organization,” McMullin said. Asher might have been modeling a design called “Dark Beauty,” but her inner light shone enough to be picked fan favorite by the

audience, who didn’t know she was the only student from the Conklin Center in the show. Asher said the whole experience was unbelievable and that she didn’t expect to win. “I feel beautiful,” she said.

Speech! Speech! Michael Shamat wins local Toastmasters contest. NICHOLE OSINSKI STAFF WRITER

The rules were simple: contestants had a little more than a minute to speak about a surprise topic that they were told about only when they came to the front of the room. This was the Toastmasters Club Contest and, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, four contestants had to get creative while presenting their speeches on the evening’s topic, friendship. And while each contestant had their own unique style of speaking to the audience, it was Port Orange resident Michael Shamat, a doctor, who won first place. Shamat will go on to compete in the area contest on Sunday, March 18, and, if he wins again, will have the chance to compete in the division, then district and finally national competition. 

“I’m doing it to improve my ability to speak, communicate effectively with people and listen to them differently and better,” Shamat said. Some competitors, like  Amy Michaelis, who came in third place, have joined Toastmasters as a way to achieve a future goal.  “I read a book about it and  decided to join as a New Year’s resolution,” Michaelis said. Michaelis said she is planning to use what she is learning when she presents research in the fall at the Florida Association of Behavioral Analysts conference. Second-place winner Kirsten Kasper also joined Toastmasters this year. She recently moved into her boss’ role as a project manager at Embry-Riddle. This meant she would be doing more public speaking.  “I was in a bit of a panic,” Kasper said. “I don’t do public speaking;

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Michele Locker, division director, Michael Shamat, Amy Michaelis, Kirsten Kasper and Fred Bergeron.

this isn’t my thing. I thought I had years to work on this. My dad has always tried to convince me to go to Toastmasters, and I  thought I would give it a try ... I absolutely loved it.” For  Lori Summers Wolfe, the Toastmasters organization  provides a way to be involved in a fun and positive group, especially after tragedy. Wolfe’s husband died about three years ago,

and Wolfe found herself retired but wanting an outlet. What she found was Toastmasters, where she formed connections and had a way to enjoy herself in a positive environment. “I’ve had kind of a roller coaster couple of years,” Wolfe said. “I feel like I’m trying to get my self confidence back.”





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A new opportunity for seniors is coming to Port Orange. Seagrass Village will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations. Advertised as a “picturesque community,” the company promises high standards with upscale dining; a full program of recreational and social activities; and health care including wellness programs and emergency response. It will be managed by SRI Management, which specializes in senior care facilities and operates 16 in Florida. “I believe that seniors are valuable and deserve the very best,” said CEO Don Bishop at a groundbreaking March 1. “This will be an exceptional place.” The main feature of the facility is that seniors will have the ability to transition from independent living to assisted living and to memory care. Not having to find a new place to live as they age is appealing to seniors, company officials say. “We try to be a bridge,” said Elizabeth Rambow, sales director. Each level will have its own dining area and activity programming. Nearly five acres of city land at 3875 Yorktowne Blvd. was purchased by Sage Development of Panama City for $1.3 million and it has now been cleared. Construction will now take about 18 months at a cost of about $25 million, and the company is accepting reservations. Sage Development has two similar projects being developed in Florida in Jacksonville and Panama City. They will also be managed by SRI Management. Don Burnette, mayor of Port Orange, said it’s good the city land

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will now be on the tax rolls and the facility will fill a need for seniors. “Port Orange is about quality of life at every stage,” he said. “We’re happy to see it.” He also said it will have low impact on infrastructure or schools and will provide jobs. Bishop said about $2 million per year is expected to be spent on salaries. Employment is expected to be about 70. The 120,000-square-foot, three-story building will have 58 independent living apartments, 32 assisted living apartments and 28 memory care apartments. All units will be on a month-tomonth rental basis. Some other similar facilities around the state require residents to purchase their unit but this will not be the case at Seagrass. Harry Patel, vice president of development for Sage, said the company’s market research shows a need in the area. Existing facilities were built more than 15 years ago and do not have the combined services that Seagrass will offer, he said. The grounds will include a swimming pool and walking trail. There will be three restaurant style dining rooms and two bars which will have happy hour, Bishop said. There will be a 24-hour nurse and physical therapy. Visit Email


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PORT ORANGE Bennetts Hammock Mic and Mary Smith, of Port Orange, sold 1135 Meditation Loop to Stella Russomano, of Port Orange, for $166,000. Built in 1993, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,136 square feet. It sold in 2014 for $112,000. Countryside Stephen and Susan Miller, of Venice, sold 833 Clear Lake Drive to Brad and Ginger Mason, of Port Orange, for $315,000. Built in 1987, the house has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a fireplace, swimming pool and 2,476 square feet. It sold in 1999 for $124,900.

bedrooms, two baths and 990 square feet. It sold in 2012 for $88,500.

Deep Forest Georgia York, individually and as trustee, sold 959 E. Bramble Bush Circle to Christina Murphy, of Daytona Beach, for v$187,500. Built in 1981, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace and 1,518 square feet. It sold in 1999 for $80,000.

Andalina Fisher, of Marionville, Missouri, sold 932 Timberwood Drive to Melissa Aho-Rice, of Strafford, New Hampshire, for $180,000. Built in 1979, the house has two bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace, swimming pool and 1,308 square feet. It sold in 2015 for $144,500. Groves Cornelia Vasile, of Port Orange, sold 3839 Long Grove Lane to Investor Trustee Services LLC, as trustee, for $150,000. Built in 1992, the house has three

Michael and Mary Waudby sold 940 Village Trail, Unit 6-110, to Kathleen Chamberlain, of Port Orange, for $120,000. Built in 2003, the condo has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,006 square feet. It sold in 2015 for $97,500. Nicholas Metakes, of Port Orange, and Alexis Metakes, of Greenwood, Indiana, sold 309 Oak St. to Karin Rauch, of DeLand, for $81,750. Built in 1933, the house has three bedrooms, one bath and 1,008 square feet. It sold in 2001 for $85,000. Potato Patch Katherine and Thomas Shipman, and Daniel and Joan O’Connor, sold 1046 Pocatello Court to William and Dorothy Myers, of Port Orange, for $175,000. Built in 1990, the house has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,166 square feet. It


After working as a clinical social worker at medical facilities, Trish Adams said she took a “leap of faith” three years ago and opened her own practice in Port Orange. It didn’t take long for those seeking mental health therapy to find her. “In six months, I was full,” she said recently. It was hard to turn down patients, Adams said, and last year a colleague suggested they combine practices. So, last October they opened Lakeside Counseling and Wellness Center at 900 N. Swallowtail Drive, Suite 105, Port Orange, where Adams works alongside two other licensed clin-

ical social workers, Jill Sheldon and Kelly Bowles, and a licensed mental health counselor, Brenda Rockwell. “There’s more need for mental health services in our community than what’s currently available,” Adams said. The Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce helped them celebrate with a ribbon cutting on Feb. 22. Adams has 30 years of experience as a social worker and became a licensed clinical social worker in Florida in 2009. Many people do not realize that a clinical social worker can practice mental health therapy, she said. “Social work is one of the most versatile master’s degrees,” she said.

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Summer Trees Carland Kerr, of Port Orange, sold 112 Hilltop Circle to Stephen Cundiff of Port Orange, for $154,000. Built in 1980, the house has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,119 square feet. It sold in 2015 for $114,000.

Robert and Phylis Huntley, of Ormond Beach, sold 10 Summer Trees Road to Helen Sanders, of Port Orange, for $85,900. Built in 1976, the house has one bedroom, one bath and 740 square feet. It sold in 2015 for $64,500.

Orange, for $300,000. Built in 1992, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,146 square feet. It sold in June for $214,900. Sunset Cove Chase Bollig, of Portsmouth, Virginia, sold 3935 Sunset Cove Drive to Paul Smith and Natalie Kortas, of Port Orange, for $212,500. Built in 2010, the house has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,874 square feet. It sold in 2010 for $161,375. Villages of Royal Palm Mary Glynn, of Lusby, Maryland, sold 1333 Coconut Palm Circle to Constance Van Brocklin and Donald Kesling Sr., of Port Orange, for $290,000. Built in 2002, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,060 square feet. It sold in 2002 for $209,000.


Fannie Mae Association, of Dallas, sold 119 Cypress Pond Road to R and J Rehab LLC, of South Daytona, for $80,000. Built in 1978, the house has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,004 square feet. It sold in 1991 for $43,000.

Kevin Mills, of Port Orange, sold 2931 Foxcroft Lane to Luis Sanchez Jr. and Jose Barinas, of South Daytona, for $153,000. Built in 1982, the house has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,320 square feet. It sold in 2013 for $99,000.

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Not in Subdivision Patricia DelCarlo sold 830 Airport Road, Unit 311, to Concepcion Valdespino, of Port Orange, for $134,500. Built in 2002, the condo has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,170 square feet. It sold in 2003 for $116,400.


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Employees representing LabCorp, Cheeriodicals, and Two Men and a Truck delivered 80 gift boxes to the Halifax Health - Betty Jane France Center for Pediatrics on Feb. 28. The “big green boxes of cheer” included age-appropriate magazines and activity books, room decorations, puzzles, stickers and games. Cheeriodicals is a corporate team-building company that conducts philanthropic events benefiting children’s hospitals. 

The United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties has released its first sixmonth report under the new Community Impact model, which places a focus on outcomes: 86 families moved into permanent housing; 4,066 individuals received financial assistance; 97 families maintained or improved employment; 3,842,110 pounds of food was distributed; 355 girls learned skills for educational success and 363 services for crisis were provided.


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a raffle basket fundraiser. Money raised will be used to enroll at-risk children in early learning programs. ELCFV receives a 16:1 match from the State of Florida turning the $860 donation into $14,620.


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Sue Morrison, a Realtor with RE/MAX Property Centre, received the Top Sales Associate Award for 2017 at an awards ceremony in January. Morrison, of Ormond Beach, has worked in real estate for 20 years.

Puzzle One Clue: A equals D

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Recognized for 15 years of service by Florida Hospital HospiceCare are Jay Van Rhee, Tim Klein, Elizabeth Klein and Mary Ellen Keck. Not pictured are Teri Kowalski, Suzy Suring and Maureen Villiotte.

Reverse Mortgage Insight Inc., of Dana Point, California, has compiled its list of the top Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loan originators in the United States, and Holland Mortgage Services Inc. of Ormond Beach, ranked in the top 100 for the month of December of 2017. HECMs, also known as Reverse Mortgage Loans, can provide people, ages 62 and older, with equity from their home, according to a press release. Visit


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Puzzle Two Solution: “From the time I was twelve I was dancing for bread and butter, but in my heart I was always an actress.” – Rita Hayworth

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Palm Coast Little League’s Majors AllStars win a thriller 9 over DeLand. PAGE

School Board continues money talks. Proposal: Laptops for all high 3 school students? PAGE

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Report: Justin Boyles and Danny Massey killed Scott Mullener.

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