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Retiree cheerfully lends hand to local seniors, veterans BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Larry Peters retired, packed up and left his Wisconsin home for Florida in 2015. The Palm Bay Senior Center members couldn’t be happier because Peters is a busy volunteer. “I joined the senior center for something to do and volunteered right away,” Peters said. “I am a supervisor giving tours to new members that come in and then do anything that needs to be done.” That includes everything from handling the trash to setting up tables for different functions. “On Wednesday, I do bingo as a floor worker,” Peters said. “I verify bingos and I take their money and pay the winners. Some games pay $40, some are $200 and up to $1,000 or $1,500 in the progressive pots. That is how we make our money to keep the center operating. It is the No. 1 money maker for the center, and it is open to the public.” Peters volunteers 50 to 80 hours a month, recording his hours in the volunteer book at the center. “I work 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and do

additional hours to fill in for someone if they go on vacation. Or, if I go on vacation and can’t volunteer, someone will fill my hours. I pretty much work every Friday (from) noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday for bingo and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I always work.” But Peters also volunteers for something very special — his fellow veterans. “They call it the Space Coast Honor Flight,” Peters said. “It is for veterans if you are a veteran of World War II, the Korean or Vietnam wars. They will fly the veterans free of charge to Washington, D.C. to see all the memorials and changing of the guard for the unknown soldier’s memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. There is no charge for the veterans’ one-day trip. The guardian doesn’t allow the veteran to carry anything and does and gets anything he needs to honor the veteran. The guardians pay $400 for their flights.” Peters, a Vietnam veteran, planned to go on June 22 for his honor trip, taking his high school graduating grandson as his very special guardian. SL

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Fifty years ago this month, spectators lined the roadways and beaches of the Space Coast to watch the launch of the first mission that would put men on the moon and return them safely. People around the world watched on television as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the lunar surface. In this edition of Senior Life, we reflect on the Apollo 11 mission and the mighty Saturn V rocket that propelled the spacecraft with three astronauts — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins — toward the moon from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A. We’ve asked readers where they were and what they were doing when The Eagle landed on the Sea of Tranquility, the name chosen for the moon landing site. We share the stories of those who had a part in helping to get the mission completed. In this edition, we present to you stories on technology that can be helpful to seniors. Some of the devices are spinoffs from the space program. They are products such as smartphones, smart watches, smoke detectors, satellite television and so much more. On a more pressing note of our time, we look at the opioid crisis around the nation, but also right here in our own community. Drug overdose is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Seniors are not immune to it. An increasing number of seniors have been treated for opioid addiction. It is summer, so we want to remind you that as you go to the beach or participate in other outdoor activities, use sun protection. We give you some tips in our story on protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays. As you have come to expect, we bring you information you can use. We also bring you stories about neighbors and about our military veterans. The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum is right here in Titusville. The organization will soon enhance its mission with an eternal flame to honor all law enforcement officers — past, present and future. The monument is expected to be built next year. SL

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being a secondary offense to the primary reason a citizen is pulled over. “Under the current law, it is difficult for officers to develop probable cause to satisfy the threshold of issuing a citation for texting and driving,” said Sgt. Daniel Desormier of the Melbourne Police Department. “We are still working on our procedures for (enforcing the new law). There are many specifics in the new law to be taken into consideration for enforcement. We will also monitor court decisions and action from the State’s Attorney office as the new law is implemented statewide.” Desormier added that communities will be made aware of the new law and the risks involved with texting and driving. “Texting and driving — distracted driving of any kind — is dangerous,” Desormier said. “The Melbourne Police Department works year round to educate drivers about the dangers of texting and driving as well as on many other driver-safety campaigns. (Some of those include) wearing seatbelts, obeying the speed limit, slowing down around schools, and watching for pedestrians and bicyclists.” For more about the new law on texting and driving, read the bill in full at flsenate.gov/Session/ Bill/2019/00107. SL

As the use of smartphones has become more ubiquitous throughout today’s society, attitudes toward texting and driving have become more critical. According to a 2016 statistical data analysis produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the driver use of electronic devices by 2015 was actually on a decline. There was a notable spike in 2007 and 2008. That decline, however, was not reflected in a different area. In a statistical data chart documenting “Drivers Visibly Manipulating Handheld Devices,’’ the youngest bracket of drivers, 16 to 24 years old (in 2015), was actually on a significant increase from 2013 to the end of the research in 2015. If this trend has continued to the current year of 2019 (which in all likelihood it has, since smartphones and handheld devices have become more available to the average consumer), more drivers than ever on today’s roads might be texting and driving. This might be a frightening conclusion, but the percentages are in fact very low. In 2015, the highest recorded statistic of drivers texting and driving was only 4.9 percent, a 0.1 percent increase from the previous year. If that trend were to continue increasing until 2019, the percent of current distracted drivers might only be 5.3 percent of the drivers on the road today. Prompted by those statistics, Florida lawmakers have decided on a zero-tolerance policy regarding texting and driving. On May 17, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that assures texting and driving to be a primary offense in Florida. This new law goes into effect July 1, By Attorney with a warning TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH phase beginning Oct. 1. Tickets will be 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL issued starting Jan. 1. For A Complimentary Copy Under this new law, drivers can be Phone 321 267 — 4770 pulled over primarily for texting and driving, rather than distracted driving

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Dancers of varying ages step to the latest moves on Merritt Island BY MARIA SONNENBERG

catch up on dance moves and enjoy some camaraderie. “You don’t have to have a partner to participate,” Boyle said. Not only can you come alone, you don’t even need to dance. “Some folks just come in to listen,” she added. While many of the dancers lean to the mature side of the age spectrum, 30-somethings also will join in for an evening of fun. Dancers in their 90s are not uncommon. Participants travel from as far as Melbourne or Titusville for the good times. Do not expect dinner at this party, but there will be coffee, snacks and desserts for $1. “Proceeds beyond the costs go to help the Memorial Center,” Boyle said. A group of regulars, who also do

On July 5, Chris Boyle plans to don her dancing shoes and head to the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island, where she and another 50 to 60 dance aficionados of all ages will swing and waltz the night away. Originally held at the Merritt Island Moose Lodge, the monthly dances segued to the Memorial Center after the lodge was closed to undergo a major renovation. At 6:30 p.m., the dancers start gathering to make sure not to skip a beat when the music begins at 7 p.m. The music flows until 10 p.m. as disc jockeys spin everything from ballroom dancing and Big Band sounds to the Texas Two-Step. However, at 9 p.m., everyone stops for the Pledge of Allegiance and to honor the veterans. “A lot of the dancers are vets,” said Boyle, who with fellow dance fan Doris Hendricks helps to orchestrate the monthly musical affairs. She also ran the Moose dances for years. The Friday night dances are a laidback affair and, at SENIOR LIFE photo $7 for admission, an Ray Norman, right, and his inexpensive way to friend Kay enjoy dancing.

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the rounds of dances at venues such as the Melbourne Auditorium and the Martin Andersen Senior Center in Rockledge, happily welcome newcomers to the fold. “Almost everybody knows everybody, and everyone is very friendly,” Boyle said. Upcoming Friday night dances will be held July 5 (DJ Debbie), July 19 (J&R Entertaiment), Aug. 2 (DJ Susie), Aug. 16 (DJ Debbie) and Aug. 30 (J&R Entertainment). Guests are welcome to BYOB. Admission is $7 at the door. The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center is at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. on Merritt Island. For more information, call 321-453-4253. SL

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Steckler said. “I could see for the military, but not for civilians.” Seeing a need for helping seniors, Steckler began looking around to see what he could do for seniors in Brevard County. Several ideas became realities … a newspaper column, one of which remains in existence every other week locally, a radio program for seniors, and being the founder and first executive director of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Brevard in 1995. The daycare program, still active

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Neighbors Spring Tea Party promotes BCASCA’s goals BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN Elegantly dressed women, accompanied by equally elegantly dressed men and children, donned their hats and gloves to attend the third annual Spring Tea Party hosted by BCASCA (The Brevard Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Association). The gala was resplendent with the accoutrements of a traditional tea party popular in the British Caribbean countries before their independence. For example, scones, a variety of finger sandwiches, including the compulsory cucumber sandwich, and small cakes were served with tea. Several guests participated in the table decorating competition. The event was held at Our Lady of Grace church on Malabar Road in Palm Bay. Proceeds will aid BCASCA’s building fund. The event is one of a number of social and cultural activities organized by BCASCA throughout the year. According to Paul Edwards, BCASCA’s public relations director, “the organization was founded in 1987 by a group of Caribbean Americans, retirees from northeastern states — primarily New York — who

relocated to the Palm Bay and Melbourne areas. The founders felt it was important to keep their Caribbean culture alive and an opportunity to be involved and help build their community.” Although BCASCA is an organization that brings together Brevard County residents of Caribbean origin, membership is not exclusive to Caribbean Americans. All are welcome to join. Through the years as the current 300-member organization evolved, its goals were expanded from promoting social, cultural and sporting activities in the community SENIOR LIFE courtesy of BCASCA to encompassing a broader The third annual Spring Tea Party on April 27 was held by the Brevard Caribbean American perspective. Sports and Cultural Association (BCASCA). That is, “to enhance its members’ interactions with other groups through education, meeting the needs of retirees to BCASCA’s future goal is to build community service and political include younger people. its own development center in which it engagement,” Edwards said. “We aim Financial aid for academic plans to hold a number of after-school excellence is awarded each year classes which will be open to all to keep our people integrated and to to selected students within the residents of Palm Bay. share and expose our culture to the organization. Outside the organization, BCASCA is located at 2174 Harris wider community.” BCASCA donates funds and/or school Avenue in Palm Bay. For information, The emphasis of the organization supplies to two local schools. go to bcascafl.com. SL also has shifted from primarily

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Tech Know Tidbits Streaming devices open up programming for viewers BY JULIE STURGEON Commercial television shows, nowadays, face some tough competition. To plunge into the world of viewing beyond cable or satellite television, streaming is the way to go. There are more programs than ever before, most without commercial interruptions. A streaming media player is a rather basic device that allows users to watch shows or listen to music on a variety of platforms. While a streaming device is the tool used to watch programs, it is the streaming service that provides the shows. Streaming services include Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Netflix. Seth Headley, an IT consultant, has insight into the types of streaming devices currently available. “My personal favorite device for streaming is the Roku,” said Headley, who owns Newstudios, an IT consulting business. “All of the other

streaming devices tend to lose their connection to the internet.” Roku features thousands of channels that can be viewed on a television or other media device. Roku currently has six models of

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streaming devices, but Headley recommends not scrimping too much on the price. “I recommend the more expensive Roku model rather than the lower end, because of their additional features and reliability,” Headley said. While the Roku only has a physical remote, the Google Chromecast requires a smartphone to operate the streaming service. A Chromecast device enables program control through a mobile device. The Chromecast is plugged directly into a TV. Android TVs are compatible with Google Chromecast. Amazon’s Fire TV, another popular streaming device, is predictably Prime friendly. The Amazon Echo speaker and the smart assistant Alexa are companions to the Amazon Fire.

The Fire TV Cube mimics Echo with voice commands, eliminating the need for a remote. Apple TV, which is undergoing changes, is not recommended by Headley. It does not work across multiple platforms since it works only with Apple products. “Roku is in the business of making the streaming box itself,” Headley said. “It is not confusing like some devices.” When choosing a streaming device, buyers should consider the types of TVs that are compatible with it. Some streaming services also feature voice control. Shoppers should also consider bonus features such as voice control, which enables users to select a program without pushing buttons on a remote. SL

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A smartphone is not just for making phone calls, for social media or for quick checks on the Internet. Seniors can do so much more, or it can do more for seniors with the right app or application. There are applications that are useful for entertainment, wellness checks, memory, safety and so many other things. Finding the right app is easy. Go to the app store, which is an app already on the smartphone. Search the internet for apps for seniors to find out more before downloading it. In most cases, the apps cost only a dollar to a few dollars. Best of all, some apps are free. Need a magnifying glass? There is an app that can help. It allows you to hold your phone over a book or paperwork and bingo, you can read it in larger letters. Can’t remember to take your

medication; not a problem. There is an application for that, too. And, don’t worry, forgetfulness is most likely just a normal part of aging. Reminders can be put on a phone for just about anything that needs to be remembered. It could be anything from a doctor’s appointment or to making a call to a friend at a certain time. Chances are, that app is already on a smartphone. The phone can be set so that it sounds an alarm at a specific time to remind you of something. If you want to make it more discreet, you can set it to vibrate instead of sound. Ever forget where you parked your car in a large parking lot or garage? Well, there is an app that can help you find your car quickly. The list of apps that could be helpful to seniors goes on and on. So, it is just a matter of finding a few that will fit everyone’s needs and wants. SL

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could be done through a “biosensing contact lens capable of detecting glucose levels in patients with diabetes.” The lens allows users to measure their blood sugar with just a blink of the eye and doesn’t obstruct the wearer’s view. Wearable technology can improve the quality of life in a variety of ways. For people who have lost or have a deficit in a sense, wearable technology can help to restore their senses by providing sensory input. This process is called sensory substitution and works through neuroplasticity. According to an article by Gershon Dublon and Joseph A. Paradiso, Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to adapt to new stimuli, which is what wearable devices provide. Although the technology still is in its infancy, researchers have been able to create visual prostheses, which could give a blind person the ability to have a visual perception. One technique uses auditory input to substitute the visual sense. One of the biggest fears about having data collected from wearables is if insurance providers were to get ahold of it. Wearable technology could change how health insurance companies perceive their customers in ways that could affect how much people have to pay for insurance. By using data discovered from wearable technology, insurance companies could change their premiums based on how much

patients exercise or if they have high blood pressure. Although personal data being sold might seem like something that purely takes advantage of the users, it does have some benefits. In one case, a GPS-tracking app called Strava, sold its user data to city planners in order to help them determine where they should create new bike lanes. Location data gathered from wearables can be very useful for city planners since they are able to “know where cyclists are on the road, the paths that runners actually use, and how people use public transportation.” In order to combat risks of private information being lost or

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Former Marine helps veterans in many roles Attend any major veterans’ event in Brevard County and there is a good chance you will see H.F. “Chip” Hanson. If a chaplain participates in a veterans’ event, chances are Hanson will be there. So, if you don’t know Hanson, just find the chaplain and you’ve probably found him. I don’t know how he keeps up with it all. He is chaplain for the Brevard Veterans Council, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Rolling Thunder. And that’s just his volunteer work as a chaplain. “Almost every day, I’m called out

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Soldier remains in fast lane long after retirement Austria, after a 50-minute barrage as Rosenfield and other soldiers jumped across a creek, the soldier next to him dropped dead, shot through the head. “Why him, and not me, I cannot know,” he said. Rosenfield did such a great job in Italy that ‘he was volunteered’ for the invasion of Japan. He continued with the Army through the Korean War. He later transferred to the Army Reserves and retired as a major. The second chapter of his life literally took Rosenfield deep into the forest, for he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry, focusing on photogrammetry and photo measurements with companies such as RCA and Raytheon. He retired in 1986 after 18 years with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. He first became acquainted with Brevard in 1957, when he took a job as a senior engineer with the RCA Missile Test Project at Patrick Air Force Base. When retirement time arrived, he headed straight to the Space Coast. Until he was well into his 80s, Rosenfield remained an avid skier.

BY MARIA SONNENBERG There are not enough hours in the day for George Rosenfield — soldier, volunteer, public speaker, ecologist and skier. At age 93, you couldn’t blame the man for wanting to take things easy, but Rosenfield prefers life on the fast track and continues to be a popular speaker for civic groups and nonprofit organizations. And, he makes it a point to attend everything from County Commissioners’ meetings to the Marine Resources Council. The Boston native has plenty to talk about. As a volunteer member of the U.S. Army Ski Troops, he crosscountry skied his way through some pretty hairy situations with the 10th. Mountain Division in Italy. “I was a Browning Automatic rifleman, which in Italy had a combat expectancy of 12 minutes,” the Suntree resident said. Luck was on Rosenfield’s side, even when out of a platoon of 38 men, he was among the only 17 who walked out on their own power after a German attack. At the Brenner Pass to

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“I got hired on. I didn’t even know what a lunar module was. I went home and told my wife, ‘I’m working on something that’s going to the Moon.’ ” —Marty Winkel

It was July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface while Michael Collins orbited the Moon. Launched July 16, the three astronauts returned safely to earth July 24. That first of six landings on the Moon came just eight years after President John F. Kennedy issued the challenge of putting humans on the Moon and returning them safely before the decade was over. That challenge came only 20 days after the first American, Alan Shepard, was launched into space May 5, 1961. Hundreds of thousands of aerospace workers were part of meeting Kennedy’s challenge, designing and building Saturn V, the 6-million-pound, 363-foot long rocket. Today, it remains the largest

and most powerful rocket ever built, at 7.5 million pounds of thrust. Marty Winkel watched the liftoff from atop a 12-foot structure that once stood outside the Vehicle Assembly Building. He was an electronic technician on the lunar module launched with Apollo 11. “I watched the launch from a unique position,” Winkel said. “It’s kind of hard to describe. It was so monumental. You knew it was history being made. We’re going to the Moon.” Winkel worked for the Grumman company at the time. He started working in the space program before the first Saturn V launch until the last Space Shuttle launch in July 2011, completing 42 years in the space industry. It was shortly after returning from Vietnam, where he served with the U.S. Marine Corps between 1964 and 1965, that he went to work in aerospace. “I got hired on,” he said. “I didn’t even know what a lunar module was. I went home and told my wife, ‘I’m working on something that’s going to the Moon.’ ” Through a series of training and certifications, Winkel soon became a lead electronic technician on the lunar module, which is the part that landed on the Moon with Armstrong and Aldrin. It was dubbed the Eagle. Other aerospace workers, like Winkel, still take great pride in the work they did and in having part of history being made. “I don’t think at the time we realized the importance of what we were doing,” said Jack Hoffman, who then was working as a pad leader. At the time of the Apollo 11 launch, Hoffman, of Merritt Island, was working for Chrysler but was on loan to Grumman, working on tests in the altitude chamber. He worked on the processing of Apollo 10, 11, and 12. “We were a bunch of ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” he said.

The official emblem of Apollo 11, the United States’ first scheduled lunar landing mission.

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The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. q

Neil A. Armstrong, left, Commander; Michael Collins, Module Pilot; and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot, were the Apollo 11 astronauts. Armstrong and Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the surface of the Moon.

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The first manned lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969. It safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins, remained in a parking orbit around the Moon, while the LM, named “Eagle,’’ carrying astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin, landed on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. This gold replica of an olive branch, the traditional symbol of peace, was left on the Moon’s surface by Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong. He was in charge of placing the small replica, less than half a foot in length, on the Moon. The gesture represented a fresh wish for peace for all mankind.

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Where were you and what were you doing when Apollo 11 landed on the moon? Photos by Brenda Eggert Brader, Maria Sonnenberg, Jennifer H. Monaghan and Flora Reigada

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“I was in Romania at the time. I was 12 years old. I saw it on TV and was very excited. Everybody was watching. At first, no one believed. But, when they walked, we were in awe. I remember my father started crying. Then, we all cried.”

“My family lived in Titusville during the Apollo 11 launch, but I was in Tallahassee attending summer school. I was disappointed not to see it first hand, but I watched it on television and my sons watched from the roof of the motel where my husband worked.”

Ivanhoe Henry “I was in Jamaica. I don’t remember exactly what I was doing, but I remember people around me saying it was a movie. It was a hoax. I was skeptical then and, to an extent, I still am.”

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“I watched the Apollo 11 launch with a huge crowd along the Indian River. Everyone cheered. It was a very exciting and hopeful time.”

“I was 20 and married then and I was watching the landing on television.”

“I was typing a term paper on cancer when my mother yelled several times to come and watch this important event on TV. I thought it was spectacular.’’

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“I was glued to a television (in high school in Boston) and watching in black and white. Watching it happen was an amazing experience and a tribute to American guts and creativity in action. It probably led to my 35-year career connected to aviation.’’

“In 1969, I was in junior high school. I was probably sitting and watching it on TV, trying to get a space in front with five siblings.”

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Hoffman said there were so many that had a role in the Apollo program. Every part was very important to the success, regardless of what job they held. “We couldn’t get complacent,” he said. “Good enough never is.” Hoffman, 83, who retired in 1996, said that as he reflects, he feels proud about his role. He now volunteers one day a week as a docent at KSC’s Apollo Saturn V Center, answering questions and telling visitors about the Apollo program and the rocket. “I’m not sure we realized how significant it was both historically and technically,’’ he said. Just being a part of the workforce at Kennedy Space Center, even if not directly on the Apollo program at the time, was enough to feel that sense of accomplishment as part of one big NASA team. “You just feel that you are a part of it,” said Paul Quandt, a chemical engineer who was working for Chrysler at KSC. Quandt, who lives in Cocoa, worked at KSC from 1964 until 1996, part of the time on ground hydraulics and the swing arm on the launch pad. “It was like going to work every day, but it was not like work because there were interesting things to do every day,” he said. “You felt that you were a part of it.” Quandt said that being a part of the space program was very satisfying for a young man from Central Illinois, who attended a one-room school in the eighth grade. “I went from farming with horses to launching rockets,” he said. Those Apollo program engineers

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Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. prepares to deploy the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) during the Apollo 11 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong took this picture with a 70mm lunar surface camera. During the flight, the EASEP was stowed in the Lunar Module’s scientific equipment bay. Aldrin removed the EASEP from its stowed position. and technicians said it was indeed a unique experience preparing and launching rockets. Winkel, 74, said his part in the Apollo program was special because he worked on the lunar module. “It was literally the first space vehicle,” he said. He said he would be driving to work and could hear reports on the

radio about what his team had done the day before and what they would be working on that day or coming days. Because so many were following the program, there also would be newspaper reports on the progress. “That to me was so unique,” Winkel said. “On how many jobs can you see a multi-million-dollar craft being launched?” SL

Hello, space cadets! In July, the world — and Brevard in particular — celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Here’s some trivia to add to your space savviness. 1. What was the name of the rocket that carried the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon? 2. Why were the spectators so far away from the launch site? 3. How tiny was Neil Armstrong’s “one small step?” 4. Speaking of one small step, what did Armstrong really say when he stepped on the moon? 5. Which of the three astronauts aboard Apollo 11 did not step on the moon in 1969? 6. Which astronaut had a song written about him? 7. How much did the Apollo program cost? 8. How powerful were the Apollo 11 computers? 9. What was the cuisine like on the moon for Aldrin and Armstrong? 10. How about drinks? 11. Who made the famous flag that was planted on the moon? 12. What is on the plaque Armstrong and Aldrin left on the moon?

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The three Apollo 11 crew members await pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet, the prime recovery ship for the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. The fourth man in the raft is a United States Navy underwater demolition team swimmer. All four men are wearing biological isolation garments. The astronauts splashed down about 812 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii and only 12 nautical miles from the USS Hornet.

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1. The massive Saturn V, a 363-foot-tall beast, was responsible. You can walk under one of them at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex. 2. With enough fuel to throw 100-pound shrapnel 3 miles away, the Saturn V could have done a lot of damage were it to have exploded during the takeoff. NASA thought it best to seat VIP spectators 3½ miles away, just to be safe.

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Pat Collins, left, Jan Armstrong and Joan Aldrin, the wives of the Apollo 11 astronauts, greet their husbands on arrival at Ellington Air Force base near Houston, Texas. The crew still were under a 21 day quarantine in a Mobile Quarantine Facility, which served as their home until they reached the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory.

3. Actually, it was pretty big, because Armstrong was such a good pilot that he landed the lunar module very gently and the shock absorbers that were supposed to compress did not, requiring Armstrong to take a 3½-foot leap for his boots to touch the moon. 4. Neil Armstrong was adamant that he had said “one step for a man,” but many folks didn’t hear that little “a,” which made a big difference. “Certainly the ‘a’ was intended, because that’s the only way the statement makes any sense,” countered the astronaut in a 2006 biography. 5. That would be Michael Collins, who circled the Moon awaiting his colleagues’ return. 6. That would again be Michael Collins, for Jethro Tull penned “For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me” as a musical poem about the loneliness Collins must have felt waiting for the return of Aldrin and Armstrong. 7. It took $24 billion, comparable to $100 billion today, to enlist the 400,000 engineers, scientists and technicians required to put a man on the Moon. 8. They had less processing power than a highend cellphone of today. 9. It certainly was no cruise ship buffet, but the astronauts did have two meal choices: bacon squares and beef stew. 10. Tang to the contrary, drinking water was the beverage of choice. A by-product of the fuel cells, the water was bubbly because the hydrogen gas filters didn’t work during the mission. 11. According to Craig Nelson, author of “Rocket Men,” Sears provided the flag. NASA did not credit the company in order to avoid another “Tang” episode. 12. “Here men from the Planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

Television broadcast of Apollo 11 inspired future astronaut BY WINSTON SCOTT AS TOLD TO MARIA SONNENBERG I know exactly where I was on July 20, 1969. I was in my parent’s living room, at home from college, following my freshman year. I was alone watching the grainy black and white TV pictures of Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descending to the lunar surface. My parents were at work and I cannot remember where my brother was. This event occurred before I ever gave serious thought to pursuing a career in aviation/aerospace and eventually becoming an astronaut! I, at that time, was studying to become a professional musician. I was fascinated by the Moon landing and, I believe, mildly wishing I could do something similar but I gave no serious thought to actually doing it! It is fascinating where fate often takes us. The seed for space flight must have been planted in my mind because I later studied engineering, became a U.S. Naval Aviator and NASA astronaut completing two space flights. The Moon landings are arguably the greatest human accomplishments of all time. I am honored to have participated, as a space shuttle astronaut, in two space flights. Likewise, I am excited about the return of American astronauts to space following launch from U S soil. Unlike that first moon landing, the small steps will be made by many diverse individuals and the giant leaps for mankind will continue with America leading the exploration of space. SL

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Astronaut Winston E. Scott, a mission specialist, logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space during his career. He served on two space shuttle missions in 1996 and 1997.

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More facts about Winston Scott Winston Scott served as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions, STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997. He logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes. From 2003 to 2006, Scott was executive director of the Florida Space Authority, based at Kennedy Space Center. Concurrently, he was a parttime Florida Tech faculty member, teaching aeronautics courses. Scott began his career in the U.S. military.

Following Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California and tactical jet training, Scott was assigned as a fighter pilot to Fighter Squadron Eighty Four flying the F-14 Tomcat fighter. He subsequently served as a test pilot at the Naval Aviation Depot in Jacksonville. He accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flight time and more than 200 shipboard landings. Scott retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain. He currently is special assistant to the president at the Florida Institute of Technology. SL

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overdose deaths. It found that Space Coast residents are 44 percent more likely to die of an opioidrelated overdose than the average American. “We are losing three to four people a week in Brevard County,” said Dr. SENIOR LIFE photo Kanti Bhalani, the The opioid crisis has plagued Brevard County. founder and medical director of the use opioids can be reduced with MAT Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation. and the risk of patient death is cut in half, Drug abuse tends to be associated according to the Substance Abuse and with teenagers and young adults, but Mental Health Services Administration. Bhalani has noticed that the disorder is Social support is critical to a occurring in people ages 20 to 35 and patient’s success, so family members 65 and older. Substance abuse doesn’t are included in the program. Other always begin with experimentation issues also might be addressed such as either. Patients might visit a doctor locating housing for homeless patients. and be given a prescription for opioid Bhalani has seen this method be medication. It can take only two to successful for willing patients. three weeks of use for a patient’s brain “We want to treat the whole human chemistry to change and then he or being,” he said. she can become addicted, he said. Medicare and supplemental Bhalani retired after 35 years as a insurance benefits might provide practicing obstetrician-gynecologist coverage for mental health and in Titusville. Through the course of substance abuse treatment. The his career, he saw more and more Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation helps mothers struggle with substance abuse people with substance abuse disorders disorders. He became the director of find funding, Bhalani said. a methadone clinic and later founded Mike Bargas, a former substance the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation to abuse disorder sufferer and the father help people overcome their disorders of two, recalled living in a halfway and reclaim their lives. house with two men above the age of The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation 55 who were recovering from opioidis on a mission to prevent opioid abuse disorders. The men served in the drug overdoses and suicides. The military and were prescribed opioids organization was founded in 2003 during medical treatment. and has operated a rehabilitation and Opioids were easier to get when research center in Palm Bay for four they were being treated because there years that treats five to six patients weren’t as many restrictions in place, every day. This summer, the Doctors’ Bargas said. Goodwill Foundation will open a new Sadly, both veterans have since treatment center in Titusville. It also passed away, one from an overdose. will begin providing treatment for “You could tell that they never hepatitis C and HIV. meant to get addicted to these things,” Signs of a substance abuse disorder he said. “You become dependent in a senior include loss of appetite, on them and it’s hard to get back to emotional instability, excessive normal. Your serotonin goes so high sleeping, unsteadiness, defensiveness and then when you are off them you and memory lapses. The person might get depressed and crave the feeling of fake illnesses or claim medication being pain free.” was lost or used to get more. It can The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation be hard to spot symptoms because will hold a Shatter the Stigma of the symptoms can overlap normal Addiction & Suicide Gala on Nov. 1 ailments associated with aging or at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites because the person might downplay or Cocoa, which is located at 301 Tucker hide the problem. Lane in Cocoa. Tickets are $125 each Abstinence only works for 15 to and include an Indian dinner. 20 percent of patients with substance Vance Johnson, a former football abuse disorders. Most need medication player for the Denver Broncos and a and therapy. However, there are recovering substance abuse disorder 2.5 million people struggling with sufferer, will be the chief guest at this event. The event will raise funds to addiction and only 2 percent are help uninsured patients. getting any help at all, Bhalani said. “We want the community to be The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation aware of it and also to help to shatter offers a program called Medication the stigma of addiction and suicide,” Assisted Treatment (MAT), which Bhalani said. combines behavior therapy, counseling For more information about the and medications that are Food and Drug Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation, Administration approved for use by call 321-543-1495 or go to patients with opioid-use disorders. Opioid doctorsfoundation.org. SL withdrawal symptoms and the desire to

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Avoid skin cancer from Florida’s powerful sun morning or late afternoon. When you do go outside, seek shade from the direct sun and wear sun-safe clothing. (This includes) a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of densely woven materials, a wide-brimmed hat and UV-filtering sunglasses. Use an SPF 15 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30+, water-resistant sunscreen for extended or intense outdoor exposures such as on the golf course) and reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or heavy sweating.” Along with these tips, Norman recommends the frequent monitoring of one’s skin to check for suspicious spots.

BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL There’s no way to avoid the sunshine in Florida, and that can be both good and bad. With all of that sunshine throughout the year, the dangers of over exposure can be dangerous, especially for seniors. According to Dr. Robert Norman of the Skin Cancer Foundation, as seniors age, the risk for developing skin cancer only increases. “There are many reasons for this,” Norman said. “First, most skin cancers result from sun damage over the course of our lives. Seniors have lived longer; they have had the most sun exposure and sustained the most damage from ultraviolet (UV) light. Both sunburns and suntans damage our skin’s DNA, breaking down the skin’s tissues so that it ages before its time. (This produces) genetic defects that can lead to skin cancer.” Norman explained that suffering five burns throughout one’s life doubles one’s chances of developing melanoma. The upside of having lowered defenses, however, is that skin cancer is preventable through means of various protections. “Fortunately for older people, prevention is not that big a burden,” Norman said. “It just takes some consistent precaution. It’s pretty much a three-pronged program: one, stay out of tanning beds; two, use effective sun protection; and three, check your skin. “Proper sun protection starts with timing,” Norman said. “The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are typically the most UV-intense. So, plan outside adventures for early

“The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends head-to-toe selfexamination once a month and an annual visit to a dermatologist for a professional total-body exam,” Norman said. “Be alert to any growth with an irregular border, multiple colors and increased size or any other notable change. Persistent pain, irritation, itching, bleeding or crusting at any skin site should also be brought to your dermatologist’s attention, as well as any new lesion appearing after age 40.” For more information about skin care protection and prevention, go to skincancer.org/prevention. SL

Scoliosis emerges with wide range of symptoms BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Scoliosis baffles doctors and plagues patients. “Just as there is no known cause for scoliosis, there is no known cure,” said Kathie O’Brien, the executive assistant of the National Scoliosis Foundation headquartered near Boston. “Accurate diagnosis and proper examination and treatment assessment is the first essential step.” No matter what course of treatment is pursued, the foundation recommends consultation with professional medical experts who specialize in the condition, including surgeons from the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS.com) or non-operative clinicians from the Society On Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitative Treatment (sosort.com).

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“Scoliosis is a disorder that causes the spine to abnormally form into a three dimensional C- or S-shaped curve,” O’Brien said. “Scoliosis in children can be caused by several factors, including congenital deformities at birth or in diseases like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Most often the cause is unknown. But adults can have scoliosis also as a result of undetected or untreated scoliosis during youth or from degenerative changes of the spine over time.” Mild cases might result in a shoulder or hip being higher than the other or protruding out or a slight rib hump. Severe cases might cause more postural issues and include chronic pain, trouble walking, numbness in legs or arms, trouble breathing and digestive issues, according to O’Brien.

Treatment depends on how a person is impacted by all the factors. It can range from specific exercises to surgery. Surgery usually is only recommended for severe cases where it is evident the benefits are worth the risk. Bracing is not recommended for adults. Additional treatments include yoga, Pilates, aquatic therapy, acupuncture or chiropractic attention that might help patients manage pain. Traditional medication such as acetaminophen, NSAIDS or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs to opioids and steroid injections are provided for pain. Of course, the National Scoliosis Foundation offers help through its website at scoliosis.org, where people are available to discuss treatment options and where sufferers might find it helpful to talk with other patients. SL

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‘In the Year 2525’ — Zager and Evans, August 1969 When Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first of eight million eventual test-tube babies, was born in England in 1978, news audiences everywhere probably equated the amazing story to a science-fiction movie. Music fans, however, actually had been offered a preview of the milestone event in 1969 in a sciencefiction song. Halfway through the hit “In the Year 2525” are lyric lines predicting life in 6565 — “You’ll pick your sons, pick your daughters too, from the bottom of a long glass tube.” Told in increments of 1,010 years — from 2525 to 9595 — the tune was fraught with post-apocalyptic and nightmarish visions of life dominated by dehumanizing, soul-less technology. Denny Zager, who was born in 1944, and Rick Evans, who was born in 1943, met in 1962 at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln when Evans joined the Eccentrics, Zager’s frat-rock band. The group eventually disbanded. Zager and Evans continued as a folk duo after swapping electric guitars for acoustic models. In 1964, Evans composed in 30 minutes what would become the pair’s lone claim to fame. “In the Year 2525” would probably never have been a

success in a year when the Beatles were innocently shouting “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” Five years later, though, political assassinations, a growing anti-war sentiment and inner-city rioting had created a downbeat mood that cast a pall across the nation. Zager and Evans had become a popular lounge act at a Lincoln motel. One of their most-requested numbers was Evans’ quirky “In the Year 2525.” The pair soon decided that the song could become a hit single and, with a borrowed $500, they recorded “In the Year 2525” on the tiny Truth Records label. Copies were mailed to every major record company; RCA Records, sensing a potential winner, quickly signed the scruffy twosome. In less than a month, “2525” rocketed to No. 1 nationally, where it stayed for six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was No. 1 on the charts the day that Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for a man” on July 20, 1969. By year’s end, “2525” had sold four million singles. Zager and Evans never again cracked the hit charts. This might have been due to “Mr. Turnkey” — their follow-up song. The unfortunate choice told the story of a rapist, who nails his left wrist

July’s scorching weather truly tests Florida’s mettle

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of July. You thought I was going to say the kitchen, didn’t you? Yes, welcome to the hottest and probably the funniest month of the year. It’s the only time of year wind chills are in the triple digits. If the snowbirds really wanted to escape the Florida heat, they should go south. Yes, I said south. They all ran north to escape the heat, but the fact is, in July, it’s hotter in Cleveland than on the Equator. Not joking. The average temperature in Quito, Ecuador on the equator is 67 degrees in July. It’s 81 in Cleveland, Ohio. Looks like they went the wrong way! In July, there’s more hot air in upper Michigan than the House of Representatives. It’s so hot Lucifer was even in Lowe’s buying an air conditioner. If you want to know how hot it is in July, just head to any farm in the Upper Plains. You don’t need to go to KFC to get fried chicken. They’re right there in the hen house and they’re laying fried eggs. It’s so hot in July the cows are giving evaporated milk. Last July, the cornfields of Iowa were harvesting popcorn. Am I sounding a little like Rodney Dangerfield with all the one liners?

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to a jail cell wall to atone for his crime. The subject was hardly Top 40 fare. Three more RCA offerings died, as did 45s on the White Whale and Vanguard labels. The musical pals called it a day in 1974. Zager stayed in Lincoln to teach music and build custom guitars, while Evans wrote more songs (unsuccessfully) before moving to

Santa Fe, New Mexico. Evans then put his guitars in a closet and left the music business altogether. “In the Year 2525” has been recorded in seven languages and has sold 10 million copies. Could Evans have possibly seen at least some of the future correctly in his one-hit wonder? As the old saying goes, only time will tell. SL

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Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad Personally, I love the heat. Yeah, my family thinks there’s something wrong with me because I love the summer. Well, think about it. In the summer, children are happy because they’re out of school. Families are happy because they can escape the boredom of daily life by going on vacation. Theme parks are happy because they have so many people, some days they have to close the doors. You say it’s too hot for you? Hello. You live in Florida. Try the beach. The best way to survive a heat wave is in a beach wave. Funny thing happened last summer when I was at the beach and I overheard one pig saying to another “I’m really bacon.” Sorry, I can’t resist slapstick. Did you know last July it was so hot my car overheated before I turned it on? Hey, it’s only 31 days out of 365. So, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of July. SL

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Old mixes with new to fight pain effectively When we were children, the family doctor suggested one half-crushed aspirin with some sugar and water in a spoon to take care of pain. With falls and scrapes, there was the cold compress or hot cloth to soothe the pain. In high school and college, the remedy was an aspirin. Sports injuries were treated with an ointment much like horse liniment. As young adults settling in a new apartment or house, we experienced the pain of moving. Cortisone shots and various creams gave us relief from the early rigors of adulthood. Now as seniors, we lament “nothing works; it only hurts.” We quickly learn that each body part has its own pain. Some of us even have them all. Chronic pain and inflammation prevail. We learned that a good personal fitness

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program can lead to more pain. We’ve heard “No pain; no gain.” We move, we use good diet and stay away from a lot of medications. Following surgery and other medical procedures, we are introduced to hydrocodone and oxycodone. As pain changes or increases, we are referred to “pain management” medical practices. The number of clinics in Brevard County

continues to grow. Marijuana and CBD (hemp oil) are nature’s oxy. As an endof-life solution, morphine is introduced. Seniors continue to search for options to manage pain. Natural Awakenings magazine has endless proposed solutions. Acupuncture (poking needles in your sore spot) has been practiced for centuries. Former NFL players are finding needle relief after continued pain follows a punishing football career. In the January 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine, “The Future of Medicine” is the cover story. Regardless of progress, herbal treatments and ancient Chinese formulas continue to be used with satisfying results. Massage centers with certified therapists provide a mixture of well being and pain relief. The full body

massage includes special creams or ointments, soothing music, an aromatic environment, low lights and total relaxation. You ask after an hour “what pain?” Meditation, prayer, spiritual rituals, and mind-alerting techniques continue to be used with results. A man in Arizona with continuous back pain is considering a witch doctor or medicine man from a Hopi or Apache Indian tribe. The old is mixing with the new. Scientists are challenged by the old formulas and study to find out which and why they work. SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at topicsed@aol.com

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Expected to outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum in 2016, plastic has become an issue that deserves the world’s attention — and more importantly, action. Understanding the urgency and seriousness of the issue, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Basel Convention has proposed an amendment that is a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste. UNEP was the most comprehensive global environmental treaty on hazardous and other wastes. It was led by Norway, a country whose successful plastic bottle recycling program has reached a 97 percent recycling rate. The framework requires a transparent and traceable system for the export and import of plastic waste to be in place by 2021. Each country will have to come up with its own ways to conform. The United States did not approve the amendment, but 187 other countries (96 percent of all countries in the world) did approve the amendment. Each country will have to monitor and track the movements of plastic waste outside its borders. Even those few countries that did not agree with the accord will have to adjust their way of doing business if they want to export plastic waste to countries that are part of the pact. With the amendment, as The Guardian reported, “exporting countries — including the U.S. — now will have to obtain consent from countries receiving contaminated, mixed or unrecyclable plastic waste. Currently, the U.S. and other countries can send lowerquality plastic waste to private entities in developing countries without getting approval from their governments.” Those changes likely will affect the recycling market. According to the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), the new amendment to the Basel Convention will “force countries to do more to manage their own plastic waste at the point of generation,” and that is a good thing. It means that countries with more robust solid waste management and infrastructure in general will take responsibility for the waste generated at home instead of simply exporting it to countries less prepared to handle that waste.

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President & Founder, Recycle Brevard

It will be a challenge for all countries, including the U.S., the third most populous country in the world. The U.S. generates 4.5 pounds of municipal solid waste per person per day and, as estimated by Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser, more than 275,000 tons of plastic litter at risk of entering rivers and oceans annually, according to ourworldindata.org/ plastic-pollution. Despite the created “administrative burden” as characterized by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), since the goal is to reduce plastic waste affecting the environment worldwide, all countries should chip in and develop ways to best handle the new rules. It is clear that doing business the current way is not effective in controlling plastic waste. Will the amendment to the Basel Convention be the solution? Well, it is a start and it shows commitment and how much countries care about this growing problem. That will still not prevent companies such as Carnival from dumping plastic and other types of waste in the oceans, but it should force countries to find better solutions at home. Hopefully, instead of focusing on how to improve the export of its waste, efforts will shift to reduce plastic waste at the source and create innovative solutions to curb plastic waste all together. To work on that shift at a personal level, I would like to invite you to join our Recycle Brevard 2019 team and participate in the Plastic-Free July Ecochallenge (plasticfree. ecochallenge.org) that starts July 1. The challenge is geared toward reducing plastic used in daily activities. You pick your own actions and commit to them for one month. After that month, you can choose to adopt those actions as new habits and shift toward a more plastic-free lifestyle. Why not give it a try? SL Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@ RecycleBrevard.org.

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Ormond Beach full of treasures just to the north Let me introduce you to a nearby gem of a community that has many truly interesting and diversified places to visit. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Brevard County is the delightful seaside city of Ormond Beach. Your first stop should be the Ormond Beach Historical Society Headquarters located at 38 East Granada Blvd. Here, you can obtain information on walking tours, historical trolley tours, hear interesting lectures on Ormond Beach, see timely displays and pick up many informative publications focusing on Ormond Beach’s diversified history. Obtain information and directions on visiting the nearby Anderson-Price

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Memorial Building. Across the street, see the cupola from the original Hotel Ormond and visit the original Three Chimneys Historical Site. The Historical Society office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday. For information, call 386-677-7005 or go to office@ ormondhistory.org. Following your stop at the Historical Society, go next door to the Rockefeller winter home called The Casements. Its most famous resident, John D. Rockefeller, purchased the home as his winter residence in 1918. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Casements serves as a cultural center for Ormond Beach, with creative experiences for all ages. This includes classes, Boy Scouts exhibits, special events, an excellent gift shop and meeting spaces and many Rockefeller personal items. The Casements is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Donations are accepted. Guided tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through

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The cupola from the original Hotel Ormond sits in Fortunato Park, a 2.6-acre park on the Halifax River in Ormond Beach. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens located at 78 East Granada Blvd. This refreshing botanical garden has a wonderful waterfall, interesting nature trails and many delightful turtle ponds. The gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. It also has a museum that is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There is a modest entrance fee for adults. It is free for those older than 60 and for students. For information, call 386-676-3347. Getting to Ormond Beach from Brevard County is easy. Take Interstate 95 north to exit 268. This is State Road 40 east. Take SR 40 east for 4 miles and go over the Halifax River Bridge. After crossing the bridge, The Historical Society Headquarters will be on the right. SL

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11 a.m. - Noon $5/class Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Board meeting and instruction. Viera, 732-512-8548 Melbourne Library Choral Group 540 E. Fee Ave. 10 a.m. - Noon Melbourne, 240-463-0710 If you like to sing, join us. Super Seniors Tennis Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. Traditional Celtic Music 9 - 10:30 a.m. 1025 Florida Ave. Healthy exercise for seniors. Rockledge, 321-454-3014 Session 4 - 6 p.m. Work on different drills to Play traditional Celtic improve your tennis in a fun Bingo Tuesdays, 1 - 3 p.m. music on traditional atmosphere. Italian American Club instruments. Fee Ave. Tennis Complex Complimentary snacks Melbourne Library 114 E. Fee Ave. 1471 Cypress Ave. 540 E. Fee Ave. Melbourne, 321-608-7440 Melbourne, 321-242-8044 Melbourne, 321-604-1439 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Zumba moves you love at a lower-intensity. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

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Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day

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Space Coast Farmers Market Brevard AWAKE 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Local artists, crafts, fresh produce and much more. Larry Schultz Park 2560 Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-961-2732

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National Mac & Cheese Day

Space Coast Jazz Society

2 p.m. Violinist Char Good “Influences” Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022

50th anniversary of Apollo Discussion Panel

2 p.m. Full day of panel discussions. Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach 3435 N Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-433-4470

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National Ice Cream Day

6 - 8 p.m. Health awareness group dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleeping disorders. Parrish Healthcare 5005 Port St. John Pkwy. Port St. John, 321-268-6408

Dinner & A Movie

Bone Builders

9 a.m., Mon., Wed. & Fri. Martin Andersen Senior Center, Building 3 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-2749

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National Pet Fire Safety Day

Summer Series with Keep Brevard Beautiful

8 a.m. Keep Brevard Beautiful will do another Summer Series. This year will feature four events and some special prizes for those who come to all of the events. Kiwanis Island Park Kiwanis Island Park Rd. Merritt Island, 321-631-0501

Open House

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open to the public Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

The Apollo 50th Gala

5:30 - 10:30 p.m. Celebrate the historic accomplishments of the past. All proceeds go to STEAM Education. Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex Space Commerce Way Merritt Island, 855-433-4210

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12:15 - 3:30 p.m. Mondays & Fridays Come play bridge. Greater Palm Bay Senior Ctr. 1275 Culver Dr. NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

4:30 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. Early Bird 6:30 p.m. Regular games Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Knights of Columbus 3450 Kilmarnoch Lane Titusville, 321-268-2764

Grief Support

Hightower Beach Clean Up 10 a.m. 9 - 10:30 a.m. Help clean up the beach. We go out every other Sunday. Hightower Beach 815 Hwy. A1A Satellite Beach, 321-631-0501

Mondays with Hospice of St. Francis. Free to attend. Palm Bay Library 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. NE Palm Bay, 321-952-6317

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National Parents’ Day

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Free to play, prizes will be awarded. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6774 5 p.m. Every second Tuesday of the month, come enjoy a dinner and a movie. Titusville Adult Social Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-268-2333

Brevard Home & Patio Expo Bridge 12:15 - 3:30 p.m. Find the latest home and patio products and services, deals and giveaways. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-733-8816

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Space Coast Flute Orchestra Overeaters Anonymous Solo and Ensemble Concert 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Gorgeous Grandma Day

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Socrates Café

2 p.m. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

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3 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring boards and decks 2:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Library of cards. All skill levels Enjoy the unique experience 550 N. Brevard Ave. of dozens of flutes. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 welcome. Suntree UMC Palm Bay Library 7400 N. Wickham Road Party Bridge/Rubber Bridge 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. NE Suntree, 321-385-7236 11:15 a.m. Mondays Palm Bay, 321-952-4519 Sign in at 11:15 a.m. to Genius Hour Accordion Club Meeting reserve a spot at the table. 4 - 5 p.m. 2 - 5 p.m. Play begins at 11:30. Unleash your inner creative Members and guests are invited to play accordions Take a break for lunch. and scientific genius. Freedom 7 Senior or other instruments. STEAM for adults Elks Lodge, #1532 Community Center South Mainland Library 315 Florida Ave. 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. 7921 Ron Beatty Blvd. Cocoa, 866-455-2322 Micco, 772-664-4066 Cocoa, 321-783-9505

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Independence Day

8 - 9:45 p.m. This free event will feature fireworks accompanied by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Riverfront Park 401 Riveredge Blvd. Cocoa, 321-639-3500

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All American Pet Photo Day

Summer Youth Concert With Melbourne Municipal Band

6 p.m. Free All are invited. Bring a picnic dinner and friends to enjoy the music in an airconditioned auditorium. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

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Municipal Band concert

Watercolor Group

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. A free concert. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music in air-conditioning. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. “Jazz in Space” Melbourne Melbourne, 321-724-0555 6:30 p.m., July 17 and 18 Bring a picnic dinner. Enjoy music in the airconditioned auditorium. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Non-instructive painting group is open to anyone. Bring your materials and paint with fellow artists. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-187

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8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Wickham Park Senior Center 2785 Leisure Way Melbourne, 321-255-4494

10 a.m. American Queen SteamBoat Tour. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Rd. Viera, 386-235-3443

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“Fly Me to the Moon” Melbourne Municipal Band concert concert Band

From the Earth to the Moon Episodes 1 & 2. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

Friday Night Dance Club

7 - 10 p.m. $7 for the dance, $1 for desserts. All proceeds go to help veterans in need. Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-453-4253

“Jazz in Space”

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come enjoy a game of chess South Mainland Library 7921 Ron Beatty Blvd. Micco, 772-664-4066

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SATURDAY National Hop-a-Park Day

Celebration with Brevard Apollo Movie Celebration Harmony Farms Symphony Volunteer Orientation 3 p.m.

Barefoot Bay Chess Club

1 - 3 p.m. knitters, cross Preventing and Managing Crocheters, stitchers & embroiderers Arthritis welcome. Bring a current 11 a.m. Free Lecture by United Way project. Beginners welcome. Suntree/Viera Library of Brevard. 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Freedom 7 Senior Center Viera, 321-255-4404 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

National Cheesecake Day

THURSDAY

National Hire a Veteran Day

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10 a.m. - Noon Volunteers must be 13 or older. No experience is necessary. Harmony Farms 2205 Pluckebaum Road Cocoa, 321-631-9433

Indialantic Craft Festival

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nance Park 201 N. Miramar Ave. Indialantic, 561-746-6615

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Noon to the Moon

Noon - 9 p.m. 50th anniversary party celebrating the moon landing. Food trucks, vendors, music and more. Downtown Titusville Titusville, 321-362-5581

Astronaut Walking Pub Crawl

6 - 10:30 p.m. Dress in your favorite space outfit and win a prize for the Best Space Dressed. Historic Cocoa Village 1 Oleander St. Cocoa, 407-362-7900

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Brevard Eye Seminar

3 p.m. Round-table conversation with Dr. Rafael Trespalacios. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-984-3200

Astronaut Parade & Street Party

9 - 10 a.m. The parade starts at 4th Street North and south Orlando Ave. and ends at 1st Street South. City of Cocoa Beach 2 S. Orlando Ave Cocoa Beach, 321-868-3200

Bowling for Nana’s House Noon - 3 p.m. Bowling contests, raffle and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Brunswick Harbour Lanes 1099 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-243-8583

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National Moon Day

Apollo 11 Lecture

11 a.m. Jim Meyer will share his experience from the space race. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

Friday Night Dance Club

7 - 10 p.m. $7 for the dance, $1 for desserts. All proceeds go to help veterans in need. Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-453-4253

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Ballroom Dancing

2 - 3 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Rockledge 321-452-1944

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Shuler Auctions

10 a.m. Live, public auction. Cliff Shuler, auctioneer 422 Julia St. Titusville, 321-267-8563

“One Giant Leap” Apollo Movie Celebration A Tribute to Apollo 3 p.m. Apollo 13. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

7 p.m. A space-themed concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Dr. Melbourne, 855-252-7276

10:30 a.m – The Families of Apollo - Brunch & Panel Discussion 1:30 p.m. – Women in Space Panel 3 p.m. – Future of Space Panel

6 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music in the air-conditioned auditorium. Admission is free. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

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What’s happening with the Indian River Lagoon and what can you do to help? The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, a group of nonprofits working to help restore our unique waterways, will share information on the health of the lagoon, fertilizer regulations, lagoon-friendly landscaping, progress of the County restoration plan, places to enjoy the water, and much more. Look for the article on page 33.


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Black mangroves thrive on the banks of a spoil island in the Indian River Lagoon. The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition urges people to treat the Lagoon with care.

Pick up after yourself to help Indian River Lagoon

Swimming, boating, picnics, beach time and gardening fill many summer days. The ocean, Indian River Lagoon, parks and piers provide hundreds of opportunities to enjoy Brevard’s natural places. Help preserve these unique spaces as they are being enjoyed. Follow proper fueling techniques while boating. Don’t empty tanks into canals or the Indian River Lagoon. Use marine pump-out facilities and marineapproved cleaning products. Keep pesticides and pollutants out of waters. Put only clean water down street sewers or drains — no trash, no grass, no oil or soap. Plant a lagoon-friendly lawn. Obey the summer fertilizer ban from June 1 to Sept. 30. Minimize watering and blow grass clippings back on the lawn

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two years, the progress is apparent. More than 130 projects such as converting septic to sewer, upgrading sewage treatment, removing muck, cleaning storm water and

reestablishing natural shorelines have helped the IRL. For more information, go to HelpTheLagoon.org or Facebook.com/ BIRLC. SL

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Eternal Flame monument will honor fallen officers BY FLORA REIGADA

Every day, no matter the situation, weather or hour, law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to ensure everyone’s safety. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice and the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville exists to honor them. This mission will soon be enhanced by an Eternal Flame monument to be built on five acres of adjacent land. “The monument’s purpose is to honor all law enforcement officers — past, present and future,” said Tara Dixon Engle, vice president of training and strategic development. “It will make a statement, showing our support for our law enforcement officers in Florida and throughout the United States.” According to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum, “the United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame will be a 10-story tall infinity symbol burning an adjustable flame up to 20-feet high that blazes from a blue memory rose petal.” It will burn 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Groundbreaking is planned for January 2020. A dedication ceremony is planned for October 2020, which will

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This photo of a rendering of the Eternal Flame sculpture and monument shows that it will be built adjacent to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville as a tribute to law enforcement. be the 60th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. “Police survivor families are excited about a commemorative Walk of Heroes brick pathway that will lead to the flame,” Engle said. “It will be an opportunity for survivors to purchase bricks and honor their loved ones in a visible way.” Individuals and organizations will be able to place brick orders to pay tribute to a fallen hero or to law

enforcement in general. The museum welcomes visitors. Its exhibits explore many aspects of law enforcement. They include a vintage police car and motorcycle display, a hands-on facial reconstruction computer program, a kids’ corner and a walk through law enforcement from the Wild West to modern times. The museum’s centerpiece is a memorial rotunda, honoring officers fallen in the line of duty.

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Sewing classes bring out creativity, confidence BY FLORA REIGADA The North Brevard Senior Center offers a variety of activity and instruction. It includes sewing classes taught by Carol King. King has a degree in fashion design and she has been teaching sewing for 29 years. Her classes are open to men and women of all ages. “Two men are enrolled,” she said. “One is making a shirt and the other a wallet.” All skill levels are allowed to participate. “If someone wants to learn to sew, I will teach them. And, if someone has a work in progress, they can bring it and

I will help,” King said. During a recent class, Paula Chalfant was honing her skills. King’s sewing machine hummed as she demonstrated to Chalfant how to sew “darts” into pants. “Darts make the garment form fitting,” King explained. Because the Senior Center does not provide sewing machines, it is recommended that students bring their own. However, anyone can attend without one. “Sewing is my passion,” King said. “I’ve been sewing since I was 7 years old. In high school, I took every sewing class possible, from basic sewing to tailoring.” During King’s youth, her mother

employed a seamstress to accommodate the child’s tall, thin form. “It fascinated me that she could take the little pieces of paper in a pattern, buy some material and the next thing I knew, I had an outfit,” King said. To King, creating one’s own clothing gives it individuality. She demonstrated this by wearing a selfmade dress to her class. “You don’t look like everyone else on

the corner,” she said. “The clothing also fits better because it is custom made.” There are other benefits. “Sewing taught me confidence,” King said. Sewing lessons are held from 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday at the North Brevard Senior Center at 909 Lane Ave. in Titusville. The cost is $10 per lesson. King also offers personal instruction. For information, call 321-268-2333 or go to nbsc.website/index.html. SL

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North Brevard Events July 9 • 4:45 p.m. Dinner and a movie Plump hot dogs with all the trimmings, homemade potato salad, calico beans, homemade apple crisp and a movie all for $5. Movie: “Yankee Doodle Dandy” Titusville Adult Social Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-268-2333 July 12 • Noon - 9 p.m. Noon to The Moon A 50th anniversary street party celebrating the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Food trucks, vendors, music, historic items. Fun for the whole family! Downtown Titusville 422 Julia St. Titusville, 321-267-8563 July 31 • Noon - 2 p.m. Instructional line dancing Join Cathy and her ladies for two hours of fun and learning. Classes are $4 and $2 for seniors 55 and older. Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026

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A small canister about the size of a cold cream jar can save your life. It doesn’t contain a magic elixir, but it holds vital information when an emergency occurs, and all you need to do is pop it in the fridge. Created by Brevard County Fire Rescue, Brevard County TRIAD, the Brevard County Healthcare Coalition and several other organizations, the Vial of Life initiative revolves around the free distribution of a small white plastic canister that is placed on the door of the refrigerator. The container holds sheets of paper that include the personal information that emergency responders need. Two accompanying stickers alert responders to its existence. “You place one in the door of the refrigerator and the other on the front door, and emergency responders have been trained to recognize these stickers and know you have written down the information necessary for treatment,” said Theresa Russell, the senior human services program specialist for the Department of Children and Families’ Adult Protective Services. Contributions from participating agencies enabled the purchase of more than 10,000 Vials of Life to be distributed throughout the Space Coast. They can be picked up from healthcare providers, fire departments and at many senior healthcare events. The cost — absolutely nothing. “We’re trying to be very proactive and, whenever possible, we help people fill out the information on the spot,” Russell said. The personal information sheet stored inside the vials contains medical history, current medications, blood type, contact information for guardian or family members and the name of physicians and other medical services providers. Even the number of pets in the home and the phone of the pet sitter is included in the details to be shared with the responders. A Vial of Life also can be placed in a vehicle in the case of an accident. Information sheets for all members of a household will fit within the Vial of Life. “It’s not just for seniors, it’s for the entire family,” Russell said. For example, should a medical emergency occur in a household with young children when they are being cared for by a sitter, first responders can garner all vital details on the youngsters by just reaching for the Vial of Life. “The information you provide can mean life or death,” Russell said. For information on Vial of Life, contact the Brevard Fire Rescue community health resources program coordinator Mark Weiss at 321-633-2056 or Theresa Russell at 321-288-6684. SL

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