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MARCH 2022

SENIOR LIFE Megan Sindel

Attendees at the Boomer Guide Expo will have the opportunity to meet David Colston and his parrot, Kosh.

Boomer Expo hooks treasure of information BY MIKE GAFFEY

Gordon England has been an avid fisherman for most of his life.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Robert England

Retiree’s life emulates Hemingway, Buffett BY LINDA JUMP

Gordon England of Cocoa Beach spent his life in search of the perfect island tiki bar and writing about fishing and boating Ernest Hemingway-style.

Hemingway’s books and Jimmy Buffett concerts as a teen impregnated a love of rum, chasing mammoth fish and writing. But, England, 67, also knows the location of every ditch in Brevard County as its stormwater utilities engineer.

“My passion was to save the Indian River,” he said. England installed 70 baffle boxes, large concrete boxed septic tanks, around the county.

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David Colston will be easy to spot at the Boomer Guide Treasure Quest Expo. The 75-year-old Satellite Beach resident will be in full pirate gear, accompanied by his colorful macaw Kosh and a bass boat-sized pirate ship, the LuAnn, during Bluewater Creative Group’s free event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Club 52 at 1100 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne. “I’ve worked very hard to socialize him,” Colston, known as Captain Red Legs when he’s in pirate mode, said of his macaw. “He has literally been held by thousands of people, including children as young as 2. Zillions of people come up and they want to hold the parrot and get their picture taken with the parrot.” Colston also spreads the word about Melbourne Beach-based Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary where he volunteers. Founded by LuAnn Apple, for whom the pirate ship is named, the organization helps place, rehabilitate and provide a home for unwanted exotic birds in a tropical setting. “The big thing is to try to get out and raise money for rescue and explain to people why you need parrot rescues and why you shouldn’t go buy one at a pet store. Just adopt one,” said Colston, a

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For years now, you could order a meal from certain restaurants and have it delivered. Those restaurants were few only two or three years ago. Today, it seems you can order any kind of meal and have it delivered. How about groceries? Want some groceries delivered? No problem. There are several options. One TV commercial shows what appears to be a refrigerated truck delivering groceries from a company whose store I have never seen in our area. In another television commercial, grocery carts appear rolling down the street to deliver orders. Restaurant and grocery store deliveries have increased dramatically in the past two years. Grocery shopping will never be the same again. In this edition of Senior Life, we looked at grocery delivery options available to you. Much has changed in the past two years, yet much has stayed the same. How about the advancements in 3D printing? Billed as the world’s first showroom for 3D printed houses, Apis Cor recently opened its office at The Avenue Viera. Our story will tell you about it and how quickly the company can build a house using its innovative technology. If what remains the same is your staying at home and ordering delivered groceries and restaurant meals instead of going out, that sameness is changing. More and more people are tired of the now waning pandemic and are increasingly venturing out. The North Brevard Historical Museum, which has been closed partly because of COVID, is again opening back up. A nonagenarian who volunteers at the Brevard Zoo was back at work after slowing down a bit during the height of the pandemic. His is an uplifting story you can read about in this edition of Senior Life. Seniors cheerleaders at the Palm Bay Senior Center are having fun and laughing at their funny antics as they try to practice some of what they might have done as teenagers. Come prepared to laugh a lot if you are coming to see them practice, I was told recently. We captured some of those moments in a story and photos. Check out their story of how they are having fun and staying fit. These are just a few of the highlights. There is so much more in Senior Life. Much has changed recently, but our commitment to bring you the best, remains the same. R. Norman Moody

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EXPO continued from page 1 retired state employee. Colston, his pirate ship and Kosh will be available for photos at the expo, where visitors can pick up a copy of the new 2022 Boomer Guide. The popular magazine is an annual senior resource guide for Brevard County, with a comprehensive listing of local support groups, sports, clubs, groups, health and wellness, clubs and organizations, veterans resources, senior living options and business listings. The Treasure Quest Boomer Guide Expo will feature numerous exhibitors specializing in medical, financial, insurance and travel services for boomers and seniors. Guests can pick up free tote bags

while they last, get their blood pressure checked and enjoy a coffee bar in the morning. “This will be fun on the high seas,” said Jill Blue, the publisher of Senior Life. “There won’t be any rum, but there will be a pirate adventure with a treasure trove of useful information and exhibits. Learn how to use a metal detector to find treasure in the sand. There will be a lot of vendors to help boomers and seniors navigate 2022.” The annual event will showcase the Boomer Guide models who will be in attendance. There will be free admission and free parking. For more information, call 321-2421235 or visit SL

Nonagenarian volunteer brings sunshine, smiles to Brevard Zoo


BY MARIA SONNENBERG As a New York City kid, Bob Sunshine relished his weekly trips to the legendary Bronx Zoo. “My friends and I would catch a ride on the back of the trolley because we didn’t have the nickel for the fare,” the Viera resident said. Sunshine has come full circle, back to weekly visits to a zoo that begins with a B, as in Brevard Zoo, where the 91-year-old Sunshine reigns as one of the zoological park’s most beloved volunteers. “Bob brings sunshine to the zoo on the coldest, rainiest days whether it is his positive attitude or the stories of his life,” said Kathleen Nichols, the director of volunteer programs and internships. Nichols knows that if Sunshine says he is volunteering, he will be there, come rain or shine. “I’m always early, never late,” said Sunshine, who attributes his impeccable punctuality to a 20-year Army career that included service in the bitter cold mountains of Korea. Every Wednesday, visitors experience plenty of Sunshine, as in Bob Sunshine, at the zoo, where he can usually be found at the “Lands of Change: Australia and Beyond” section near his furry buddies, the kangaroos. “They’re really very nice animals, very laid-back,” he said. The colorful feathered friends of the aviary at “Lands of Change” also are favorites.

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Sunshine has been a fixture at the zoo for the past 11 years. As a day captain, he roamed around the facility, helping wherever he was needed, all day, every Saturday. With advancing years, he has cut back in hours, but his commitment remains. “I try to help as much as I can,” he said. He and his wife, Carmen, were among the first residents of Viera. “I think our house was the third one in Viera,” he said. The couple had left cold Brooklyn for warm Brevard County, but their life in Florida proved anything but sunny for some time after Carmen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. For years, Bob did not have time to do too much outside the home, since he was Carmen’s fulltime caregiver. She passed away on their 65th anniversary. An artificial knee does not stop Sunshine from his zoo duties. “Getting the operation was the best thing I did,” he said. His balance as of late is a little off, but he compensates with a cane. He drives himself everywhere and still uses the professional-quality riding lawn mower he splurged on some years back. While he couldn’t hitch a ride on a trolley, even if there was one in Brevard County to hitch a ride on, Sunshine is still very much that young kid who loves all kinds of animals. SL


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When it comes to housing amenities, seniors want it all BY MARIA SONNENBERG At the recent International Builders and Kitchen and Bath Industry Shows in Orlando the take-away from extensive discussion on 55-plus housing trends was ultimately simple: when it comes to housing, seniors want it all and they want it now. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which sponsors the massive multi-day event, seniors comprise the strongest growth segment of today’s housing market.

“It is rewarding to see how much homeowners appreciate wellness features.” – Roger Glover

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A dedicated dog wash area is a popular feature in new houses for seniors.

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Featured speaker Carolyn Morrison with Traditions of America, NAHB’s 55+ Builder of the Year, discussed the evolution of today’s retirees. With boomers leading the charge, this group will remain engaged in the workplace, with many working from home. A home office, or flex office, is not just nice, it’s a must. “They are retired but not disconnected from the workforce,” Morrison said. Morrison added that the pandemic served to further emphasize the need for this working space, as well as for the inclusion of a parcel delivery vestibule into home plans.

“You can get your Amazon delivery without contact,” she added. While the aging in place concept still favors one-floor living, secondfloor bonus rooms have become popular with this market. “You don’t have to go up there every day, but it provides additional space for visiting family and friends,” Morrison said. In the kitchen, the push is for restaurant-grade ovens and designer kitchens, such as GE’s new Café Collection’s Bold Ambition, which carries an interesting back story. “The muse for the design is Iris Apfel,” said GE booth representative Allie Holtz. Apfel, the 100-year-old style icon, seems perfectly matched for senior consumers looking for creative and stylish kitchen design. Her career includes a contract with the White House that spanned six presidents, a show of her jewelry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Barbie doll in her image and signing up as a model with IMG Models at age 97. Many of GE’s Cafe appliances are particularly attractive to one and twoperson households. With one large and one small section, a Cafe dishwasher offers smaller households the option of washing a few dishes. “We call it guilt-free wash,” said Lindsay End, who demonstrated the product at the GE booth. Another nifty feature: All you need to do to stop the washer is knock


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Neighbors Popular Indiafest celebrates 25th anniversary BY MIKE GAFFEY Indiafest turns 25 this year, and the annual celebration of Indian culture, history and traditions has special events planned to mark its silver anniversary. Presented by Suntree-based Manav Mandir Hindu Temple, the popular family festival returns Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6 at Wickham Park at 2500 Parkway Drive in Melbourne. The hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. “To celebrate the silver jubilee, we have added more exciting things in what is already an exciting and rewarding festival,” said Nina Gadodia, the Indiafest founder and chairperson. Started in 1996, the unique festival has become one of Brevard County’s most anticipated annual events. Visitors can enjoy traditional Indian cuisine and an Indian cooking demonstration, cultural shows, dance performances,

music, food trucks, vendors, children’s activities, Henna tattoo booths, arts and crafts, bonfires, games, a Yoga presentation and raffle prizes. What sets Indiafest apart from other India festivals is its different annual themes that showcase unique aspects of India, Gadodia said. This year’s theme is “Around India.” To mark the festival’s 25th year, the nonprofit, cultural organization plans several new features, including an experience that recreates a remote desert village in India. The special event will be presented during extended hours from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. “Even when you go to India as a tourist — it’s such a beautiful country and there’s so much to see ‑ that you don’t end up going to the rural areas,” Gadodia said. “So, it will be a treat for all the people here to see the interior of India.” The festival’s team is committed to giving back to the community. Since its beginning, Indiafest has raised $1.14

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Celebrate Indiafest’s 25th year, which will have several new features, including an experience that recreates a remote desert village in India. million for local charities and national and international disaster relief. This year, the Indiafest team hopes to start a $100,000 endowment scholarship with Eastern Florida State College to help deserving students with tuition. “In 2013, we did a $100,000 endowment at Florida Tech,” Gadodia said. “At that time, we thought of

helping Eastern Florida when we could comfortably do so. So we promised them that we’d do that for our 25th anniversary.” Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Children under 5 get in free. For more information, go to SL

New Life celebrates village to help more homeless women and children BY BETTY PORTER New Life Mission, formerly Brevard Rescue Mission, has for years been dedicated to changing the lives of single mothers and their children experiencing homelessness in Brevard County. Now NLM is expanding with the purchase of 25 acres in the heart of Melbourne which will become New Life Village slated to open in May. On Feb. 12, an appreciation event took place on the property at 386 Croton Road for donors who made possible the purchase of the



property from The Children’s Home Society. Donors had dinner from food trucks while enjoying the music by the Elemental Groove band. They were invited to leave your impact by painting a butterfly on one of the buildings and signing their names. The butterfly is the logo for New Life Mission, representing the transformation made by the women and children in the program. Stacia Glavas, the founder and CEO of New Life Mission, told the crowd seated at tables outside: “You have all been advisors, consultants and friends and have made this

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Artists of all ages painted butterflies on a building, which featured a giant, colorful mural of a symbolic butterfly. a reality. Homeless mothers and their children will be housed and nourished physically, emotionally and spiritually here at New Life Village for decades to come through your generosity.” The mission is funded through private donations from individuals, community foundations, churches and area businesses and has already raised $2 million. Ron and Rose Marie Capasso have been making monthly donations for the past two years. “It’s a great organization. The whole mission will make a difference in women’s and kids’ lives,” Ron Capasso said. Rose Marie Capasso also donates her paintings to the mission for them to sell to raise money. “I like what they do, how they help women, they really get them ready for a new life in so many ways, even teaching them how to cook nutritionally.” The New Life Village vision is to provide an education center, a kids club and academy, Bible study

classrooms, family counseling, financial coaching, life skills facilities, a vegetable garden and Transformed Shop warehouse and production center where donated denim and other fabric materials are turned into products such as ball caps and aprons by the women. “This much acreage allows so much room for us to grow. We have the land to add multipurpose space for classes, chapel and dorms. There’s lots of green space for the kids to enjoy,” Glavis said. “The best thing is that his Village will be one physical location providing all of the services plus the spiritual and emotional support needed to carry families from homelessness to selfsufficiency. We are breaking the cycle of homelessness through life skills, education, accountability, love and Christ.” “We are in awe of what God has done to allow us to purchase this property to make an expansion of our


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BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER With an idea based on the movie “Poms,” about members of a retirement community forming a cheerleading squad, a new group has surfaced in Brevard County. Not found in the local schools — this cheerleading squad was formed at the Greater Palm Bay Senior Center. “We had movies every Thursday night at the center, and we all watched the movie, ‘Poms,’ ” said Sylvia Fels, who is first vice president of the senior center. “I thought, wouldn’t it be great to have cheerleaders at the center. That would be fun. So, 12 women and one gentleman signed up and decided to do it as an activity.” They meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the center and so far have only met three times. Nine women and one man meet


regularly and have begun getting in shape for cheers and dancing. “We are rocking to the oldies with Richard Simmons so we could limber up our old bodies and eventually perform at some of our functions and general membership meetings,” Fels said. “And if we get good enough by the end of the year, maybe perform at some nursing homes.” The members wear black pants and red shirts as their costume and have been enjoying themselves, even making pom-poms. “I joined because I wanted to enjoy myself, it would be fun and thought it was good exercise,” said Barbara Godwin-Hazel, a former high school cheerleader. “We are having a blast making our own shirts and pompoms. It is really enjoyable doing the exercises to the oldies and having a

good time.” Only thinking about organizing the group and getting in shape, Fels said with a chuckle that there will be nothing performed on the floor because “we can’t get up.” “Right now, we are all getting coordinated so we look the same and hope to write some cheers or a song like the high schools do. We are all getting together to write something as our song and our cheer,” Fels said. “I am sure that if we write something our music teacher could put some music to it,” Fels added. Members are getting in shape to perhaps cheer for teams in the “Name That Tune” event planned at the center in April, and maybe do an event in March. “It will all come about as we get better at similar events,” Fels said. SL

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Freedom Chairs. Balz, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, first worked at a design firm in 2013 on a track-based wheelchair project, and was named an inventor for that company’s patent. While in college, he entered an internship with Intel, where he helped lead the design of a connected wheelchair device called Internet of Things. It was during this time he founded Kalogon. After accepting a position with SpaceX in 2017, Balz and his wife, Sarah, moved to Viera. “I continued to believe that the eldercare market was grossly underserved, and was determined to find a way to help solve many of the challenges, specifically in pressure sore prevention. I decided to make Kalogon my main focus in the fall of 2020.” Balz and his team began garnering feedback from senior-living facilities, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers to better understand the impact of pressure-induced injuries. “If we can help solve the challenges people using wheelchairs face in partnership with people of all abilities, then we are doing our job correctly — from ideation to manufacturing and


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Smartphone use can become addictive, time consuming BY LINDA JUMP

Last year, nearly two-thirds of Americans age 65 and older owned a smartphone, and 8 to 10 percent are obsessed, checking social media and texts constantly and keeping their phone by their heads while they sleep. On average, Americans check their phones 58 times a day, and are on them 2 1/2 hours a day, according to Family Owned the Pew Research Center. and Operated Owners are giving up their home phone, shopping outings, calendar, GPS device, stationary computer, hefty cameras, video recorder, flashlight, alarm clock, portable music player, books, wristwatch, timer, board games, notepad, phone book, address book, movies, cable TV and SENIOR LIFE Linda Jump even newspapers. Ed Von Koenigseck of Melbourne “Adoption of key technologies checks for messages on his Android by those in the oldest age group has phone. Von Koenigseck said he uses grown markedly since about a decade his cell phone about a half hour daily. ago, and the gap between the oldest and youngest adults has narrowed,” reports Michelle Favario, a research who fear being without working Screen Repair • Flooring Installation • Soffits, Sliding & Fascia analyst at the Pew Research Center. mobile devices. There can be mental Sheetrock Work • Counter Tops & Cabinets • Sewer & Drain Cleaning Still, Favario said, only 8 percent and physical consequences, including Hang Interior Doors • Interior Trim Work • Home Renovations of those 65 and older said they are carpal tunnel syndrome, loss of sleep, HANSEN’S HANDYMAN SERVICES HANSEN’S HANDYMAN SERVICES $ $ “constantly” on their smartphone, poor concentration, eye strain, poor HANSEN’S HANDYMAN SERVICES HANSEN’S HANDYMAN compared with iN 48SERVICES percent of those age Now specializiNg remodels , $ ,posture, Now specializiNg iN remodels Must present HTN coupon Must present HTN $ motor vehicle accidents and 18 to 29. ofRepair social relationships. • Screen • Must Counter Tops & • Screen Repair •present Counter To NwiNdows ow specializiNg iN remodels HTN coupon. Now specializiNg iN remodels , , disruption Must present HTN coupon. , doors , aNd paiNtiNg wiNdows ,Phone doors , aNd paiNtiNg manufacturers target seniors Marsha Humker of Viera uses her • Sewer & Drain • Sewer & D ••Screen Repair • Counter & • Screen Repair • Counter Tops Tops & Cabi Flooring • Flooring Installation with easy-to-use models with large wiNdows , doors , aNd paiNtiNg wiNdows , doors , aNd paiNtiNg FREE ESTIMATES FREE ESTIMATES smartphone atInstallation least four hours day, •aSewer Hang Interior •Drain Hang InterDC • & Drain buttons, voice command, unlimited • Sewer & Clean ••Flooring Installation • Flooring Soffits, Siding •Installation Soffits, Siding texting, phoning, mobile banking, Over 20 years Experience • Liccompatibility /• Ins Over 20data years Experience Lic 19-RC-CT-00009 / Ins 19-RC-CT-00009 FREE ESTIMATES FREE ESTIMATES Interior Trim W • Interior plans and with ••Hang Interior Do • Hang Interior DoorsTri playing Mahjongg, shopping on and Fascia and Fascia • Soffits, Siding • Soffits, Siding • Home Renovati • Home Reno hearing aids. Too much screen time Over 20 years Experience Lic19-RC-CT-00009 / Ins 19-RC-CT-00009 Over 20 years Experience • Lic / •Ins • Interior • Interior Trim Trim WorkWo can result in Nomophobia, a term and and •Fascia & MUCH MOR & MUCH Sheetrock WorkWork • Home •Fascia Sheetrock • Home Renovatio PHONE continued to page 21Renovations coined in 2008 in England for those & MUCH • Sheetrock & MUCH MORE!MORE • Sheetrock WorkWork

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About 50 to 80 volunteers were expected to show up for the first cleanup of the J.S. Stone Memorial Cemetery. Bruce Rothschild, who heads the effort of Veteran Cemetery Restorations, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization, could get watery-eyed knowing that volunteers willingly show up to help. “It makes me cry when I see that,” he said. Rothschild said the volunteers may never know the families of those buried in the cemetery, but still, they are willing to spend several hours working to make sure the gravesites are restored. I had heard of the organization that set out to help maintain two cemeteries where veterans are buried — the J.S. Stone Memorial Cemetery off Grant Street in Melbourne and the J. N. Tucker Memorial Cemetery, also known as the

Shady Oaks Cemetery, at U.S. 1 near Lake Washington Road in Melbourne. I did not know it was an ongoing effort. About once every three months or so, volunteers are out for a workday at the cemeteries, keeping them well maintained. Rothschild, his wife, Joy, and Michael Cheek and his family started the effort, until Cheek moved away because of health issues. Rothschild

continues and has no plans of stopping. He even has his son, Jason, involved. His daughter, Army Capt. Cody Lee, also helps when she is in town visiting. The latest cleaning and maintenance effort was scheduled for February 19, at the J.S. Stone Memorial Cemetery. Through the years, the effort has had the support of American Legion Post 163 and American Legion Post 191. In addition, city officials from Melbourne and Palm Bay, as well as the Viera High School Army JROTC cadets, have all pitched in. When the effort first started, the cemeteries were in poor shape, with crumbling tombs, overgrown bushes and gravesites that were completely hidden by weeds, grass and dirt. The J. N. Tucker Cemetery was established in 1912 for blacks during a

time of segregation. The J. S. Stone Memorial Cemetery was established in 1919 in a predominantly black neighborhood near University Drive. Rothschild, a former NFL fullback for the San Diego Chargers and a local business owner, at times does not wait for donations to help pay for some of the expenses but spends his own money. The effort takes time and money, and residents should be motivated to help with donations. To donate to the cause, send checks to Veteran Cemetery Restorations Inc. at 1700 W. New Haven Ave., Suite 509, Melbourne, FL 32904 or call him at 321-401-7123. Also, check out SL

Veteran shares experience of police reform in ‘The Blue Continuum’ BY MARIA SONNENBERG During his tenure as one of longest serving metropolitan police chiefs in the nation, Robert McNeilly Jr. has

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Robert McNeilly Jr. was the chief of police in Pittsburgh.

questions police actions and calls for strict law-and-order policies. McNeilly is no stranger to disrupting the status quo. In fact, he questioned some practices from the get-go. “When I interviewed for the police chief job, I presented a list of changes I felt were needed,” he said. When the Department of Justice approached Pittsburgh with the need for policy change, McNeilly welcomed it. “To fight it would have been fighting the reforms I wanted to make,” he said. McNeilly did not intend “The Blue Continuum” to be a biography or case study, but rather an operator’s manual for the almost 18,000 state and local law enforcement bureaus in the country. The title refers to a color-coded system McNeilly developed for employee assessment. The continuum ranges from sky blue, the excellent 20 percent responsible for 80 percent of good policing, to the 2 percent who fall under midnight blue, the color used for officers who should never have been hired. “The police agency providing the proper policy training, supervision and discipline will improve the performance of five of the groups and weed out those in the sixth,” McNeilly wrote. SL

Explore present, future of space at KSC’s new Gateway BY MIKE GAFFEY Starting this month, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex visitors can experience the present and future of space exploration. KSC’s newest attraction, Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, is scheduled to open March 21. The 50,000-square-foot, multi-level exhibit will showcase modern-day spacecraft and take guests on four different space journeys in a nearby two-story, 4-D flying theater.

“This will be an experience like no other in the universe.” – Therrin Protze

“Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex will focus on the present and future of collaborative space exploration, enabling guests to experience the interstellar travel of tomorrow while celebrating what is happening right now within the space program,” said Therrin Protze, the chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Visitors entering the Gateway building, with its turquoise and purple exterior walls, can view space-flown artifacts and full-scale models, including an Orion Crew Vehicle that flew on the Exploration Flight Test-1 Mission, SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster 1023, used for two SpaceX launches, a full-scale model of a Boeing CST100 Starliner Crew Vehicle, a fullscale replica of Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser, and scale models of NASA’s Space Launch System and United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V and Delta IV heavy rockets. “We will have one of the most comprehensive collections of modernday spacecraft currently on display,” Protze said. Gateway’s second floor features a 30-foot, floor-to-ceiling Robotic Trail Blazers Wall with interactive, touchscreen displays through which guests can learn about nearly 40 different satellites and space probes. Another station will enable guests to learn about the recently deployed James Webb Space Telescope by manipulating holographic imagery, video and animation through a touchscreen kiosk.

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Gateway is KSC’s newest attraction. The Deep Space Launch Complex is scheduled to open March 21. At nearby Spaceport KSC, guests will experience the sights and sounds of a futuristic spaceport before they board their spaceships for one of four 4D treks: Cosmic Wonders, Daring Explorers, Red Planet and Uncharted Worlds. Gateway’s rooftop will provide a viewing area for rocket launches and landings and a spot for hosting

special events. A Planewave CDK20 Telescope with an Espirit 100mm triplet deep sky APO Refractor and an Altair 125mm solar refractor affixed to the roof will offer celestial images for educational purposes. “This will be an experience like no other in the universe,” Protze said of the new attraction. Gateway: The Deep Space Launch

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Boating and fishing are important parts of Gordon England’s life.

He developed $10 million in stormwater projects that helped remove contaminants, including the construction of a lake in Wickham Park. “It helped, but we couldn’t save the river,” he said. Cindy Lieberman, an environmental program assistant for Brevard, said England was instrumental in providing stormwater protection for the county. “I can’t say enough about all he’s done,” she said. “I see his name on all the permits and projects. When we needed someone to update our stormwater atlas, he was the guy.” Raised in Texas, the selfproclaimed adrenaline junkie raced motorcycles and cars, flew airplanes and in high school rode a unicycle at a Dallas Cowboys halftime show in the Cotton Bowl. “After I came to Cocoa Beach, I rode it in Christmas parades,” he said. “A year ago,

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$250 million in grants to 26 counties for stormwater projects from the state and EPA (federal Environmental Protection Agency). I retired, got bored and went back to work part-time with the county.” In 2008, England began publishing books and short stories. Last fall, he published “Living in the Bahamas.” He’s recorded three Buffett-style songs he wrote and two of his plays were produced at Surfside Playhouse. Retired Texas attorney Janis Hudson met England in the late 1970s when both were students at the University of Texas at Austin. “He had diverse interests even then, and pursued each,” she said. SL

I donated the cycle to Cocoa Beach High School.” At age 50, England, his wife, Annie, and their 21-foot Aquasport fishing boat moved to Jamaica to follow Hemingway and Buffett. England became the only American hired by the government, as its senior drainage engineer. He designed and built that nation’s first channelization, piping and pond project. “Weekends, I chased Jimmy Buffett hard, living the dream,” he said. “We took 15 cruises to Caribbean islands. Each one makes their own rum.” He returned to Brevard in 2006, opened a consulting firm in Cocoa Beach and later joined a private company. “I specialized in getting

Grocery delivery started during the pandemic is here for good BY GEORGE WHITE Grocery deliveries that surged during the pandemic might be around to stay through an increasing number of delivery services and participating stores, officials said. “I do see some of these changes that came about during COVID remaining for the long haul. There are many innovations (grocery delivery) that were forced on people for various reasons and that level of convenience that is provided will remain for many in the marketplace,’’ said Michael Ayers, president and CEO of the Melbourne Regional Chamber. Walmart offers delivery on more than 180,000 items from more than 3,000 stores, reaching 70 percent of the U.S. population and growing. “The pandemic permanently changed how customers shop and we don’t see the use of these services going backward. We’ve seen an incredible increase in the demand for pickup and delivery and have moved quickly to meet the evolving needs of our customers who are relying more and more on these convenient, contact-less services to do their

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‘Heart of Gold’ — Neil Young BY RANDAL C. HILL The Beatles had 20. Elvis Presley had 18. Michael Jackson — with and without his singing brethren—had 17. Had what? The answer is hit singles. And not just any successful releases, but No. 1 winners that crowned the weekly Billboard Hot 100 list. To most recording artists, earning such an achievement would be sublime. But Neil Young has never worried about having any of his 45s race up the sales charts. In fact, he was amazed — and not especially happy — when “Heart of Gold” soared to the top in the spring of 1972. Young was born in Toronto, Canada in November 1945, and he moved to Winnipeg to spend his high school years playing guitar in several rock bands. He dropped out before graduating and returned to Toronto, where he found work in local coffeehouses, singing folk and rock ‘n’ roll tunes in a quavering, melancholy voice. Sometimes, late at night and with the streets deserted, Young trudged through the snow, wondering what to do next. In time, he hooked up with a soon-tofail rock band called the Mynah Birds. In the group were fellow guitarist Bruce Palmer and an African-American bass

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Neil Young has worked with many talented musicians during his career. player named James Johnson Jr., who would achieve stardom later as Motown funk star Rick James. Young and Palmer headed to California in a 1953 Pontiac hearse. In Los Angeles, they fell in with two American musicians they had met in Canada: Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. Along with drummer Dewey Palmer, the quintet found fame, fortune and respect as the folk-rock outfit Buffalo Springfield. The name had

come from an old steamroller they saw parked near their rented house. But each of the talented band members proved mulishly stubborn in their diverse outlooks about the group’s long-term musical direction. They eventually disbanded and went their separate ways, to varying degrees of success. For a while, Young contributed to the musical output of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. As

before, though, internal squabbles drove him away. He later signed as a solo act with Reprise Records, where he was granted artistic control. Young’s million-selling 45 featured backup vocals by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. “Heart of Gold” was culled from Harvest, Young’s fourth studio album. It was a disc that found the Canadian — once described as “the quintessential hippie-cowboy loner” — struggling to accept his frustrations concerning relationships. I want to live, I want to give I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold… In the song, he admits that a lack of openness — and time slipping away — could be important reasons behind his problems. It’s these expressions I never give That keeps me searching for a heart of gold And I’m getting old Young always cringed at the success of “Heart of Gold.” “This song put me in the middle of the road,” he once grumbled. “I’ve seen a few artists who’ve got hung up on the singles market when they’ve really been album people … If you’re wise, you stay with being what you really are.” SL

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In last month’s article, “I am Woman Hear me Roar,” we addressed the intricacies of the online dating scene and the older generation getting their feet wet with singles platforms. Many people in their twilight years are not only enjoying retirement but experiencing renewed passion and riding the dating wave, whether it’s swiping right on Bumble, or communicating on Tinder and Silver Singles. Online dating has become one of the most popular platforms for a meet-up. For some, it could be a casual coffee date and for others it’s the hopeful leadin to a long-lasting relationship. Online dating demographics for mature audiences have risen by 13% in 2021 according to Choice Mutual (, which showcases that even if you’re sporting silver hair, everyone wants to have a partner. Friends and family forewarn us of the pitfalls and dangers that lurk in the dark web and the scammers that are waiting to pounce — for women and men alike. The younger generation believes their older parents should be put out to pasture and little do they know they’re at their peak, ready to enjoy the rest of their years and by no means spend them alone. Not only have seniors earned their stripes, but they’re active and deserve to enjoy themselves and choose their

partner, be it a friend, companion or a romantic entanglement. When someone has experienced a death or divorce, it’s beyond daunting to even consider dating again. But, loneliness sets in and is a huge factor in depression for seniors. Certainly, there are technical challenges to consider, with online dating, even for digital natives. In addition to observing safety factors, not only from two-legged predators but also from COVID, trepidation is understandable. Our gut tells us we should rely on a-typical wisdom, but we aren’t dealing with atypical times, so we need to be alert, but not resort to Defcon-5. However, scammers are very, very good at scamming, so be wary. Never invite a date to pick you up at home or drop you off after a date. That’s a huge safety issue that should never be ignored. Don’t reveal financial or personal information or agree to any monetary transactions. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Americans have been scammed a staggering $210 million in 2019 ( documents/reports/protecting-olderconsumers-2020-2021-report-federaltrade-commission/protecting-olderconsumers-report-508.pdf). Don’t give out your personal number — keep the convos to the app in the beginning Understand what ghosting means

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Caregivers are the true heroes in role that goes unappreciated A caregiver is someone who provides paid or unpaid assistance to another person. With busy lifestyles, caregiving poses special challenges for today’s families. Regardless of these challenges, family and friends account for approximately three-fifths of the caregiving needs of elders. Caregiving is a 24/7 full-time job. Here are examples of caregiving activities: • Personal care: feeding, toileting, bathing, dressing • Physical care: mobility, medications, treatments • Special needs: assistive home modifications • Coordinating care: medical appointments, community support services • Housework: cooking, cleaning, laundry, home repair, maintenance • Shopping: groceries, clothing, medications, supplies, equipment • Yard work: mowing, pruning, trimming • Driving: appointments and other places • Financial: banking, bill paying • Legal: arranging wills, powers of attorney Almost half of caregivers are employed in a job other than full-time caregiving, but one in five of them

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The emotional and physical demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most resilient person. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of the many resources and tools available to help provide care for loved one. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for anyone else. To help manage caregiver stress: Accept help. Be prepared with a list of ways that others can help you, and let the helper choose what he or she would like to do. For instance, a friend could offer to take the person you care for on a walk a couple of times a week. Or a friend or family member could run an errand, pick up groceries or cook. Focus on what you are able to provide. It’s normal to feel guilty sometimes, but understand that no one is a perfect caregiver. Believe that you are doing the best you can and making the best decisions you can at any given time. Set realistic goals. Break large tasks into smaller steps that you can do one at a time. Prioritize, make lists and establish a daily routine. Begin to say no to requests that are draining, such as hosting holiday meals. Get connected. Find out about caregiving resources in your community. Many communities have classes

specifically about the disease your loved one is facing. Caregiving services such as transportation, meal delivery or housekeeping could be available. Join a support group. A support group can provide validation and encouragement, as well as problemsolving strategies for difficult situations. People in support groups understand what you could be going through. A support group can also be a good place to create meaningful friendships. Seek social support. Make the effort to stay well-connected with family and friends who can offer nonjudgmental emotional support. Set aside time each week for connecting, even if it’s just a walk with a friend. Set personal health goals. For example, set goals to establish a good sleep routine, find time to be physically active on most days of the week, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Many caregivers have issues with sleeping. Not getting quality sleep for a long period of time can cause health issues. If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, talk to your doctor. Get recommended vaccinations and screenings. SL Source: Mayo Clinic healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/indepth/caregiver-stress/art-20044784

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After meeting with BAC’s president and CEO Amar Patel, Balz said he quickly learned that the connection could be the perfect match. “We are very excited for this new partnership, and for Kalogon to grow,” Patel said. “We know that the assembly of this innovative product here will create opportunities that will instill pride and showcase the skills of our employees with disabilities, while creating a cushion that is helping injured veterans and other wheelchair users across the country.” Kalogon’s Smart Cushions are custom made to each individual’s specifications and needs, and are priced starting at $2,000. For more information, go to Balz. Reports from Kalogon’s Early Adopter Program studies indicated that

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Historical markers celebrate a black pioneer on Merritt Island BY MARIA SONNENBERG The world could use a lot more people like Dennis Sawyer. Two historical markers were erected last month to honor this good man, who worked hard and cared for his family and his community. Life was never easy for Sawyer, born in 1874 in Nassau. This child of freed slaves worked as a cook’s helper and fisherman before destiny took him to Brevard County, where he met his wife, Rebecca. Within a couple of years, Sawyer had built his bride the Merritt Island house where they would raise a family of five. “When Dennis and Rebecca settled on Merritt Island, there was no church for black families, so he organized and established Mt. Olive AME Church on Tropical Trail in 1908,” noted Titusville historian Roz Foster, who researched church archives and interviewed family friend Mary Williams, who has since passed away. Sawyer’s house was just a few hundred feet from the church known as “the little wooden church too close to the road.” Adept at reinventing himself, Sawyer captained the Mystic, a tug that pulled barges of fruit to Cocoa for loading onto northern-bound rail cars. For extra income, he would also row residents to Cocoa Beach. He later picked citrus and, by the 1930s, struck out on his own as a truck farmer. Although he went to work after the fifth grade, Sawyer was a firm believer in education. “Dennis helped establish one of the first Negro schools on Merritt Island,” Foster wrote. In a 1996 interview, noted Brevard County educator and administrator Ralph Williams Jr., remembered attending the school. Although it had no electricity, no running water and no

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Michael Boonstra, librarian and archivist at the Brevard Historical Commission, left, and Historian Roz Foster look over historical markers dedicated to Dennis Sawyer. bathrooms, the two-room school was an amazing sight. “There were no schools for blacks, nor whites for that matter, in the early years when Merritt Island was being settled,” he said. The school Sawyer helped build was the precursor of Merritt Junior High, which achieved the distinction of exhibiting at the Florida Hall at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, with Sawyer supplying vegetables for the exhibit. Sawyer traveled door-to-door selling produce and sugar cane between Cocoa and Merritt Island from a rickety wagon

— cobbled from discarded pieces of orange crates and baling wire — pulled by his beloved mule, Maude. Maude and Sawyer were a fixture at local parades, with the mule, hitched up to the wagon backwards for fun, pulling a load of Merritt Island produce. On Saturdays, Maude and Sawyer would take island residents to Cocoa for shopping and a movie at the Aladdin, now the Cocoa Village Playhouse. “Dennis and his wife were kindhearted people who helped out friends and neighbors, black and white,” Foster added.

As a Thirty-Third Degree Mason, Sawyer was serious about his role as a mediator of racial conflicts. “He was respected not only in the black community, but also among white folks,” Foster added. Sawyer, who died in 1964, is buried at the little African-American cemetery of the church he helped establish. His resting site is unidentified, but that’s OK, because the new marker honoring his legacy notes he “is remembered for his fine produce, generous nature and excellent character,” an epitaph all should aspire to earn. SL

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History – Then and Now features Space Coast historic landmarks or sites in pictures and what those same areas look like today in photographs.

Then - 1970s

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The shopping complex near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and State Road A1A has been integral to the community of Melbourne Beach.



Now - 2022

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302 Ocean Ave. is part of a popular shopping area in Melbourne Beach.


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Amazon and using the Nextdoor app for her dog-walking business. “I think I’ve had a smartphone since the day they came out,” she said. At the other extreme, Andre Prieto of Viera uses his phone about 10 minutes a day, as a phone. “I don’t text and I don’t use it for anything else,” he said. His wife Marcelo uses hers less than an hour and not when she’s at work as a preschool teacher. “It makes life easier because it’s fast and easy to use.” Ed Von Koenigseck of Melbourne uses his Android 30 minutes a day as a phone, for messaging, checking emails, research, checking the weather, for navigation, as a camera, for memos and news. “I don’t use it for games and I dropped out of social media,” he said. Richard Peoples of Melbourne said, at age 90, texting “is easier than trying to hear with my ears.” Tips to reduce smartphone use: Track use and set aside times for specific tasks. Clear unused apps to keep your home screen minimal. Turn off phone notification in “settings.” Avoid checking your smartphone first thing in the morning and just before bed. SL

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Simple nutrition choices lead to sharp mind, healthy body BY NANETTE HEBDIGE Our brain is major. It’s the voice orchestrating our organs to keep performing as it maintains all our senses operating at full speed. That’s why feeding it, not just with engaging and effective tasks, keeps it active and functional but it’s fundamental to also add brain food and supplements. Consuming certain foods play an integral part in brain health to maintain our memory, cognitive functions and our concentration sharp and dynamic. According to the Health Harvard Journal, healthbeat/foods-linked-to-betterbrainpower, these nourishing foods keep the gray matter healthy and fully engaged. Fatty fish Considering our brain is made of mostly fat, it makes sense that fatty fish is a frontrunner. Omega3’s — EPA and DHA which are considered the good fats — found in salmon, albacore tuna, anchovies and swordfish could slow mental decline and ward off Alzheimer’s. So have some sardines on toast for lunch. Coffee/tea Seriously. A cup of Joe or green matcha tea contains caffeine, antioxidants and it provides increased alertness. It’s a mood enhancer and improves concentration. Matcha has even been found to fight cancer! Berries, mostly blueberries Game changers in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which can deter your brain from aging

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Turmeric — What’s the big Buzz? Yes, that yellow powder we add to curry (active compound curcumin). Four things to take away: improves heart health, may benefit memory, eases depression and helps brain cell development. Dark chocolate Major contender — not only is it yummy and makes you happy, but it’s also packed with antioxidants, caffeine and flavonoids (plant compounds), all brain boosting composites. Flavonoids engage with the brain sector dealing

Broccoli/green leafy veggies Superpower hero in brain food. Packed with vitamin K, lutein and beta carotene, which helps with cognitive decline. Oranges Eat an orange a day and you have all the vitamin C your body needs. Good ol’ eggs They are packed with choline and B vitamins that your body morphs into

chemicals, which affect your memory and moods. Beans – The brain-gut connection Don’t just think TexMex food. Most beans are packed with folate that fights memory loss and forgetfulness. The brain loves glucose, which beans have plenty of. Add their fiber to gut health and it’s the complete package. The foods we consume play an integral part on your alertness, memory and cognitive functions and one key factor is that they could also help fight Alzheimer’s and dementia. So, start adding some of these to your daily dietary regime. SL

Wearable EKG monitors can be a lifesaver if used correctly BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER The portable EKG monitor is a wireless device that records the electrical activity of your heart and can send important data to your smartphone. Some monitors, when placed in a pocket, can skip the smartphone and record in the unit itself. Regardless of your choice of monitor, it can determine if your heart is functioning normally and can detect the most common arrhythmias (including AFib) in just 30 seconds. That data can then be shared with your doctor remotely or stored for the next doctor visit. There are several devices on the market. “Patients bring in the information,” said Dr. Porur Somasundaram, a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at Steward Heart Rhythm Associates. “I encourage patients to do this and bring information in. All have electrical activity that results in mechanical activity that is the pulse. It checks actual electrical activity and what you see is the pulsations. Once they bring


the phone with them, I can scan them rather quickly and can see what is there.” Somasundaram said the units are reasonably accurate, but only as good as the patient uses it. “It is like a blood pressure device. If you have blood pressure issues and take a reading once every six months it’s OK. But, if taken daily, you have a trend of what is going on. So, do it once a week or once a day and we will know better what’s going on. The more information you have the more valuable or powerful it is. I give patients a brochure to see what they are buying. I don’t sell or push anyone, just suggest,” Somasundaram said. “I would say there are a fair amount of people that use the heart monitor, about 30 to 35 percent. The idea is for the older people to use it, unfortunately it is used more by the younger people, under age 50. The disease is higher in older people (older than 75) so that is the population that needs to use monitors. “It is not necessary to have a



Dr. Porur Somasundaram discusses heart monitors with a patient. smartphone. Wearable monitors are becoming important for heart management of patients,” Somasundaram said. “A Swedish study of these found they could

prevent future strokes.” It is especially a valuable item for those with heart disease. Costs for the monitors vary from less than $100 to more than $500. SL

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Carnival Cruise Line will start using a mobile app to verify passengers’ vaccination and testing proof ahead of sailing, following a successful pilot test for guests boarding the Port Canaveralbased Mardi Gras. Carnival teamed with biometrics company Daon, Inc. to launch digital health wallet VeriFLY in order to streamline the cruise line’s embarkation process. Some 85 percent of guests aboard the Mardi Gras’ Jan. 22 cruise from Port Canaveral voluntarily used the free app to upload their proof of vaccination and testing information before sailing, the cruise line said.

“We are committed to using technology to enhance the guest experience and are very pleased with the initial results from the VeriFLY pilot,” Carnival President Christine Duffy said in a statement. “The faster we can make the terminal check-in process, the faster our guests can get to the fun on board.” Carnival now intends to implement VeriFLY across U.S. homeports during the coming weeks. Guests on eligible sailings will be emailed instructions in advance of their cruise. The app already is used by airlines such as American Airlines and British Airways. After booking their cruise, passengers should download the app



An estimated 85 percent of guests aboard the Mardi Gras’ Jan. 22 cruise from Port Canaveral voluntarily used the free VeriFLY app to upload their proof of vaccination and testing information before sailing. for iOS or Android, and register for an account or log in to an existing one. VeriFLY is available through the App Store and Google Play. After completing registration, guests should add their booking number and last name to link to their booking, then follow the directions to complete required pre-cruise embarkation tasks. As each task is verified, the app matches that information with Carnival’s requirements and responds with a pass or fail message, enabling passengers to know whether they meet COVID-19 requirements before cruising. For digital submissions, go to or VeriFLY will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST the day prior to sailing. Guests who have obtained their VeriFLY pass must still complete the online check-in process on

Sudoku puzzle page 6, bring their travel documents, a digital or printed VeriFLY pass, a vaccine card and test results to embarkation. Unvaccinated guests who have received an approved vaccine exemption are unable to use VeriFLY and will have to complete the required pre-embarkation information on and submit the negative results of their COVID-19 test at embarkation. Carnival requires all guests to be vaccinated before boarding, with limited exceptions for children and guests with a doctor’s note verifying they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. Vaccinated passengers also must get tested within two days of embarking. For more information, visit SL

Green Gables supporters hopeful for grant to buy historic home BY LINDA JUMP Supporters of the 1896 Green Gables mansion are keeping fingers crossed that state legislators will give them a second chance to out-maneuver the wrecking ball. “Our contract with the family ends in July. If we don’t buy it then … the historic site will be sold to developers and could become just another gas station or office building,” said Marion Ambrose, the president of the nonprofit Green Gables at Riverview Village. The all-volunteer Melbourne group has in cash and pledges the $497,000 needed to match a historical state grant requested last year, but that budget line was cut to fund COVID projects. “We had to re-apply this year. We ranked and scored high enough, but we’re waiting to see if the Florida Department of Historical Resources will get money,” Ambrose said. If funded, the grant request needs legislative blessing. In the meantime, one or two fundraisers are conducted monthly to raise the $2,000 a month they need to keep the doors open for $10 Saturday tours offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An Easter egg hunt will be on April 16.


Green Gables is at Historic Riverview. Nora and William Wells built the house along the Indian River banks shortly after city incorporation, the first house in the area with an indoor bathroom, wiring for electricity and a neighborhood library. Descendants have offered original furniture and a $260,000 in-kind donation off the



nearly $1 million asking price. The group needs another $1 million in cash, supplies or services for its 10year restoration plan. “Once we own the house, we’ll be eligible for other grants,” Ambrose said. House stabilization will cost about $30,000. Other projects include re-

wiring, piping for downstairs water, air conditioning and heating, a new roof, removing two added-on upstairs rooms, outdoor restrooms, fencing, refinishing original wooden floors, replacing windows with period-correct glass, and period-correct kitchen appliances. “We have a list of volunteers and suppliers to reduce that cost,” Ambrose said. Volunteer Marie Williams of Melbourne joined the cause as a greeter a year ago. “Because of COVID, I was so lonesome, I looked for something social to do. I just showed up one Saturday.” Ann Lind of Melbourne had visited before work and returned last month. “It was a lot worse. I thought it was a lost cause. They’ve done a great job so far.” Ambrose said the outside was painted, downstairs ceilings repaired, roof sealed, porch stabilized, windows covered with plexiglass, gardens added, property cleared, and the Adam B. Cohen Education Center created in the main dining room. That was done with donated work and materials, she said. For information, go to greengables. org SL

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North Brevard Art League in-person show is back after two-year gap BY FLORA REIGADA The North Brevard Art League invites the community to its 57th annual Art Show and Competition. “Due to the pandemic, it will be our first in-person show since 2019,” said League President Renee Stewart. The show will be Friday through Sunday, April 1 to 3 at the Holiday Inn at 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd. in Titusville. Admission and parking are free. The show will include more than $4,000 in awards, an adult and youth show, a silent auction and raffle baskets. Categories are oil and acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, fiber arts and collage, photography and digital art, sculpture and three-dimensional art, colored pencil, graphite, pen and ink, pastels and printmaking. The hours are 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, with an artist mix and mingle 6 to 8 p.m. and ribbons awarded at 7 p.m., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, with a youth reception and awards at 1 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Peoples’ Choice and monetary awards at 3 p.m. Look for more classes at the art league and for members to begin work

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Pottery Director Candi Hauck and Maintenance Director Larry Church, have fun while getting creative at the North Brevard Art League’s Pottery Building. on their building’s mural. “We’re thankful to see things moving forward again,” League Vice-

President Valorie Stanley said. The North Brevard Art League is at 1421 Draa Road in Titusville. For

information about the show and the Art League, call 321-383-7441 or visit SL

Grand reopening planned for Titusville museum after setbacks BY FLORA REIGADA After closing and opening only to close again for several reasons — the pandemic, a death of a volunteer and needed repairs to its storefront — the North Brevard Historical Museum is reopening. The community is invited to the grand reopening of the museum in downtown Titusville at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2. “We will have light refreshments and a short, welcoming speech by museum President Bill Baldwin,” said Margaret Miller Vessels, a docent who chairs the Artifacts Committee. Since it opened in 1989, the museum has been fulfilling its mission of collecting, displaying and presenting the history of North Brevard County. But like much of daily life, the museum was hit hard by the COVID pandemic, which forced it to close in March 2020. It reopened with an abbreviated schedule in May 2021. The museum volunteers and community also grieved the passing of museum secretary, Judy Hunt Davis. “An amazing person and secretary, she was the heart and soul of the museum,” Vessels said. There would be another hurdle to overcome. More recently, the museum remained closed due to water damage above the front entrance. “The overhang is being removed and rebuilt to the city’s Historic Preservation Board’s approval,” Vessels said. The work is progressing and


everything should be ready for the grand reopening. Visitors will notice a new addition to the museum’s collection of military memorabilia, vintage clothing, toys, tools, postcards and more. Recently acquired is an early 1900s spinning wheel, donated by Dexter Beck of Rockledge. “The people at the museum were glad to receive the spinning wheel and I was pleased to donate it,” he said. The spinning wheel belonged to his great-grandparents Homer and Mary Nicholson, who moved from Geneva, Florida to Mims in 1924. The cracker house where they lived and used the spinning wheel still stands at Folsom Road and State Road 46 in Mims. It recently was sold by heirs. Beck’s Brevard County roots run deep. His great uncle, John Nicholson, operated the old Sinclair service station in downtown Titusville. The museum welcomes donations of artifacts historically linked to North Brevard County. The Historical Society of North Brevard which operates the museum was founded in 1966 and established as a not-for-profit in 1982. Funds are obtained through membership dues, donations and fundraisers. The museum is staffed by volunteers. Admission is free, but donations are received. The Museum is at 301 S. Washington Ave. in downtown Titusville. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Call 321-269-3658 or go to godo/history SL


At the North Brevard Historical Museum in Titusville, Dexter Beck and Margaret Miller Vessels, chairperson of the Artifacts Committee, showcase the heirloom spinning wheel Beck donated to the museum.

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Reflect on life with Sage-ing Thriving as a senior involves exploring new areas of interest, traveling and adventure. When the Senior Adventures In Learning (S.A.I.L.) Winter schedule arrived, I was drawn to the topic of Sage-ing for Seniors. I enrolled for a challenge. I was introduced to a mind-awakening experience facilitated by Janet L. Helfand, Ph.D. Whoever heard of a certified sage-ing leader? The journey covered aging to sage-ing (awakening the sage within). In the process, I was able to harvest my own wisdom drawn from life experiences. Using the art of reflection, insights and recollection, I learned to deal with the reality of being a senior. The program covered the tools of journaling, meditation and capturing ideas to share with family — a legacy. Additional benefits included: combating fears of aging, resisting ageism in our culture, facing our mortality and embracing mystery. Most valuable was finding unique paths to grateful and joyful living with a purpose. An inventory exercise dealt with making a list of what we are most grateful for. Wow! I am blessed! How about you? Transmitting my wisdom as a legacy to my grandchildren seems to be a big challenge. Journals drafted in cursive (handwriting) may have to be translated. If the material is not available in a google search, I could be out of luck of having my wisdom considered. I shared a recently completed memoir by a pdf file, but received few comments. A few

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski printed copies could be read by family members in years to come. I checked the Sage-ing (registered) International Facebook page, and for additional information. The organization has a newsletter, seminars and other events. There is a spiritual and ritual practice component to the process. Further, emphasis on mentoring and service is included. They define sage-ing as “viewing life in a renewed way as we grow older.” Checking out other sources, I found “Sage-ing While Aging”, a book written by actress Shirley MacLaine. She began her adventure in sage-ing after purchasing a house on a high hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her final comments are profound: “We are the performers and the audience of our own dramas. And the show must go on!” Being a senior lets you see more of the details. Now is the time for you as a senior to reflect on your place in the universe. SL Ed Baranowski is an awardwinning writer, artist, speaker, and seminar leader. He lives in Melbourne and can be contacted at fast75sr@


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Beautiful Pritchard House continues to host events in historic downtown Titusville A wonderful home to visit in downtown Titusville is the Historic Pritchard House. This original and completely restored Queen Anne style home was built for James Pritchard and his family in 1891. I recently toured the home and was extremely impressed by the complete and factual restoration. This home is a wonderful place to visit and experience how the original Pritchard family and their descendents lived in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century. Today, the home is a house museum. In the late 19th century well-to-do citizens built Queen Anne style homes along South Washington Avenue and North Indian River Avenue. The Pritchard House is the last remaining Queen Anne residence on South Washington Avenue. Don’t miss it. The Pritchard House can be reserved for weddings, meetings, and private functions. Recently it hosted a wedding under a tent erected on the lawn of the spacious and well-manicured Pritchard garden. Special public events take place on the grounds throughout the year, including civil war reenactments. It hosts exclusive seating for the Titusville year-end holiday parade and many parties. Tours of the house are available by reservations. There is a modest fee for the guided tour. The Pritchard House is at 424 South Washington in Titusville. For more information, call 321-607-0203 or visit Lots of major improvements are

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going on in Titusville starting with the revitalization of the entire historic downtown area. Adjacent to the Pritchard House, you can visit the new Titusville Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is a timely place to obtain information on your walking tour of the historic downtown area. If you are so inclined and want some exercise, the center has bicycles for rent. There is a new and attractive, modern mall called Titus Landing. I drove through this shopping complex and it has a design with pastel colored buildings housing shops and restaurants. The anchor store at this time is the popular Hobby Lobby facing U.S. 1 and the Indian River Lagoon. Titusville recently was designated a Florida Trail Town. A Florida Trail Town is a community that is close to long distance non-motorized recreational trails and welcomes hikers, bicyclists, skaters and joggers and has restaurants, shops and lodging along the route. Titusville has three exciting multi-use trails in the area. Learn more about these trails at and–community–2 SL

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services a reality this year. Through our other area campuses, we currently have capacity for 21 families in our program and our board’s longterm vision is to facilitate serving 100 families at a time.” About five of the 25 acres are currently developed. There are three houses — one called Naomi’s house, is designed to house five families and a house mom. The donors tour the home, which will be the first to open. Within the year, Abigail’s house and Ruth’s house will be opened, increasing the capacity to 15 families. “Once New Life Village is established as our main campus, our other campuses will then be used for affordable housing for New Life Mission graduates,” Glavas said. A board member for the past six years, Natasha Spencer also spoke at the ceremony saying: “Women sometimes don’t know they can get out of the situation they find themselves

in, but they can. We offer them a hand up, not a hand out. Spencer introduced the newest graduate of the mission, Natoushia, who spoke of how she and her two children ended up homeless and how after two years being in the program their lives had been transformed. “It took a lot of discipline, but the staff made it easy to make that journey from homeless to success,” she said. Natoushia is now a master nail technician who opened her own private studio and will be expanding into a bigger space with an additional nail artist in the Suntree Business Center. Her daughter and son are enrolled in and are doing exceptionally well in a Christian private school. “The program healed our hearts and our minds,” she said. “A key factor was establishing a true relationship with the Lord.” To learn more about the mission, which began in 2008, or to become a volunteer or donor, visit or call 321-4809100. SL

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Painting: exterior, pool deck, driveway stain, epoxy garage floors, and more! Pressure washing: house, driveway, roofs, and patios. Call or text for free estimates! K&H Painting/Pressure Washing, 321-265-9542 RUN YOUR CLASSIFIED AD! For Sale, For Rent, Senior Services, Real Estate, Garage Sales $35 for 30 words.

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Air Conditioning A/C A/C

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Hea Heating ting Experts! Experts!

FREE Estimates & FREE Service call with any repair

Fri. & Sat. March 18 &19 10 am - 4 pm Check out the Q&L website for class schedule and events. KIMBERBELL’S “NO PLACE LIKE HOME”  WeMachine are an authorized, linet retailer for Baby Lock®, 2-Day Embroideryfull Even

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Koala , Floriani ,® & Anita Goodesign® Please checkBrother® our website for, more details • ® Follow us on and on-site, Service available on site Full-time, factory certified service engineer  Repair We N. try Wickham our best to ‘under-promise and over deliver’ 7720 Rd. Suite 111 Melbourne, FL 32940 321-622-8602

7720 N. Wickham Rd. Suites 111 & 112 & 113 Melbourne, FL 32940

Now Open-2nd location in Sebastian!

M, W, Th, F: 10a,- 5pm. Tues: 10am - 7pm, Sat: 10am - 2 pm. Sun: CLOSED

M,W,Th,F: 10am - 5pm, Tue: 12N - 7pm, Sat: 10am - 2pm, Sun: CLOSED


New Systems &

10% OFF Repairs

(with this ad)

WWW.AIRGAGERS.COM | 321.775.3522

Phone: (321) 622-8602, Fax: (321) 622-8574

1961 Corvette

Tuxedo black with silver cove. It has a 350 engine and four speed manual transmission. David Scarborough, an Air Force veteran from Rockledge, bought the car. He has been working on its restoration since September 2017. He had another 1961 Corvette in 1970.

Owner: David Scarborough



Market Square Antiques

ANTIQUES WANTED TO BUY High prices paid!

Health Insurance

Health Insurance 2021

Proud To Be A Local Medicare Professsional

Buying costume jewelry, flatware sets, coins, old military items, pottery, toys, trains, old paintings, figurines & much more

Sheri Gaul

Call/Text me anytime:

321-749-8445 FREE AT HOME VALUATIONS Over 25 Years’ Experience in Antiques

Independent Agent serving Brevard since 2002



You Deserve Better Hearing

CALL TODAY! FREE Hearing Test including FREE In Office Demo of Latest Technology!


Hair Salon

2850 South Hopkins Ave. Sunday – Thursday: 9am-9pm Friday & Saturday: 9am-10pm


*Offer valid for new customers only

Please mention this ad when making an appointment.


8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera (inside One Senior Place)

Highly Skilled

Experienced Stylist

Walk-ins Welcome!

SERVING ALL OF BREVARD Financing available, Insurance accepted



Call 612-231-0601

2137 N. Courtenay Pkwy. • Merritt Island

Rubbish Removal

Nature’s Market Health Foods Brevard’s Health Food Store

701 S. Apollo Blvd. Melbourne


Senior Care

Enhancing the lives of aging adults and their families.

Specialist in Real Estate Clean Outs

Sanitizing • Fogging • Cleaning Mold Damage • Fire Damage Post Construction Clean Up CERTIFIED IN WATER DAMAGE



DENISE BILDER, SENIOR CONSULTANT INDEPENDENT LIVING • ASSISTED LIVING MEMORY CARE • LONG TERM CARE • RESPITE CARE Direct: 321-403-2366 • Office: 321-209-8686 • 142 N. Orlando Avenue, Ste. 100, Cocoa beach

Wellness March Special


Extraordinary Cruise Opportunities!

Wonder of the Seas from Port Canaveral

Free Immunization Assessment by our Pharmacy Team

FREE All products Must present this ad. Exp. 3/31/22

Skincare • Edibles Hair Care • Vape • Topicals

Make your immunization make a world of difference.


7777 N. Wickham Rd. Suntree Square • 321-242-1235

Shingles, pneumonia, and more available now!

Infused Bakery opening soon!!!! EDUCATED STAFF • CLEAN KITCHEN

Seniors Day is the first Tuesday of each month.

*20% off Regular Price Merchandise with bonus points 55+ with Balance Reward Card

674 Wickham Rd, Melbourne

*Some restrictions apply


Wickham Green Center




Enjoy the benefits of a Medicare plan PLUS access to out-of-network hospitals and specialists in Brevard and Indian River counties! SEE HOW CAREPLUS COMPARES: 2022 BENEFITS

CarePlus Health Plans CareOne PLATINUM (HMO-POS)

Health First Classic Plan (HMO-POS)

5 out of 5

4 out of 5



$3,750 (combined in-network and out-of-network)

$3,750 (in-network) $10,000 (out-of-network)

$20 (in-network) $25 (out-of-network)

$30 (in-network) 20% per visit (out-of-network)

$150 days 1-7 (in-network) $170 days 1-7 (out-of-network)

$180 days 1-7 (in-network) 20% per stay (out-of-network)

Preferred Cost-Sharing Retail Pharmacy (in-network)

Preferred Retail Network Pharmacy (in-network)

Tier 1 - $0 Tier 2 - $10 Tier 3 - $30

Tier 1 - $0 Tier 2 - $10 Tier 3 - $40

50 one-way trips

20 one-way trips


2022 Medicare Star Rating Monthly Plan Premium Maximum Out-of-Pocket Costs Specialist Copay Hospital Stay Copay (Per Day) Prescription Drug Copay (30-Day Supply) Transportation to Approved Locations


Call a licensed CarePlus sales agent:

321-351-7645 (TTY: 711) CarePlusHealthPlans

For a full list of available plans in your area, visit For a full list of benefits available from these plans, refer to each plan’s Summary of Benefits: CarePlus Health Plans: Health First: Space Coast. CarePlus is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in CarePlus depends on contract renewal. Referrals may be required for certain specialists. This plan covers certain services received from out-of-network providers in Brevard and Indian River counties in Florida. Except in emergency or urgent situations, non-contracted providers may deny care. You will pay a higher copay for services received by non-contracted providers. Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. CarePlus Health Plans, Inc. complies with applicable Federal Civil Rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ancestry, marital status, or religion in their programs and activities, including in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, their programs and activities. Any inquiries regarding CarePlus’ non-discrimination policies and/or to file a complaint, also known as a grievance, please contact Member Services at 1-800-794-5907 (TTY: 711). From October 1 - March 31, we are open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. From April 1 - September 30, we are open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You may always leave a voicemail after hours, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and we will return your call within one business day. Español (Spanish): Esta información está disponible de forma gratuita en otros idiomas. Favor de llamar a Servicios para Afiliados al número que aparece anteriormente. Kreyòl Ayisyen (French Creole): Enfòmasyon sa a disponib gratis nan lòt lang. Tanpri rele nimewo Sèvis pou Manm nou yo ki nan lis anwo an. H1019_MKBNDMFNPRsccompare2022_M



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