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February 2020

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Look for Boomer Guide at upcoming expo on Feb. 18 at King Center We often look forward to a new season and wait with eager anticipation for something that lies ahead. If one such thing you have been anticipating is the 2020 Boomer Guide, you can count on us to deliver. Its season is almost here. The newly redesigned 2020 Boomer Guide, a publication of Bluewater Creative Group, the publisher of Senior Life, will debut at the Boomer Guide Expo Feb. 18. Boomer Guide Expo — The Magic of Broadway, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the King Center for Performing Arts in Melbourne. Admission and parking are free. Check out the story about the Boomer Expo in this edition of Senior Life. Sybil Gage, who has been compared to Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey and Janis Joplin, will present three shows during the event. That’s in addition to the demonstrations, exhibits and giveaways. This edition also is packed with a variety of stories. Did you know that the last naval battle of the Revolutionary War took place March 10, 1783 off Cape Canaveral? We bring you that bit of history in this edition. We also tell you in a story and a column about how veterans on the Space Coast are serving and honoring fellow veterans. Community gardens have a way of bringing people together. We tell you about one such garden that has been in existence for more than 20 years. Perhaps others might be inspired to start another. You might be inspired to become involved in one of the many activities you read about here. Some are about seniors involved in uncommon sports, hobbies and activities. Others use their time to volunteer for a worthy cause. Even if you are new to our state, you no doubt know about the Florida citrus industry. I think you will find our series of stories on the citrus industry interesting. And, we don’t forget about those stories you come to expect. We tell you about some of the technological gadgets that might be useful to you but which you have not tried because you knew little about. Health and fitness issues are no doubt important to many of our readers, so we are sure to include those. We aim to make it where you eagerly anticipate picking up the latest copy of Senior Life. SL

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Green turtles, once nearly extinct, have made a suprising comeback.

Green sea turtles thrive while other unique species struggle to survive BY LINDA JUMP

endangered to threatened. But Ehrhart, who has led local species counts for five decades, also warned that while local sea turtles thrive, the area has lost unique species such as the Indigo snake, spotted skunk, round-tailed muskrat, East Wood rat and Florida beach mouse. “We teach our kids to be biased against what we see as vermin and pests,” Ehrhart said. An everincreasing number of beach feral cats has contributed. Not only small mammals and snakes, but also the variety of migratory and song birds and raptors in the 900-acre Archie Carr refuge has shrunk, he said. “The number of these small species that were a natural, normal part of our species diversity are disappearing.” He encouraged residents to preserve habitats for all native animals. “Individuals, organizations, agencies and governments worked together to protect turtles and we need to continue conservation practices,” Ehrhart said. SL

Local nesting green sea turtles, expected in the 1970s to become extinct, are thriving. A record 15,785 nests were recorded statewide last summer. “The Green sea turtle comeback is one of the most important species recoveries in the history of wildlife conservation,” Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart, a Brevard biologist, told nearly 50 members of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Indialantic last month. He said Seminoles and early colonists fed on green turtles and nearly obliterated them. Historical counts were non-existent until the early to mid-1950s because heat and mosquitoes prevented summer studies, when marine turtles nest. “This neglect of sea turtle science and conservation continued well into the third quarter of the 1900s,” Ehrhart said. In the 1970s and 1980s, local conservationists and college students counted “a handful” of greens. In 1989, the first consistent nesting counts on 27 core beaches, including the Archie Carr National Wildlife Preserve in Brevard and Indian River counties began through the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, recording fewer than 300 throughout Florida. In 1994, there were 1,000; in 2000, 2,000; and in 2010, 4,000. “Green turtle nests have By Attorney increased 80-fold since standardized TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH nest counts began,” 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL the web site of the For A Complimentary Copy Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Phone 321 267 — 4770 reports. In 2016, Green turtles were upgraded from


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Neighbors Gardeners plant experience, harvest enough vegetables to share BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN Members of the Green Thumb Garden Club in Barefoot Bay are extremely proud of the wide variety of vegetables they grow in their community gardens. There’s typically enough produce for the gardeners’ own gastronomic pleasures, to share with friends and to donate to local food banks. Walter Fitzgerald has been a Green Thumb member for 18 years and he is a valued resource to other club participants. His master gardening skills range from soil improvement to scaring rabbits away from his garden. A snowbird from New York, Fitzgerald shares his love of gardening. “I do this to keep my weight down,” he said with a chuckle, then added: “I like growing. I’m here every day, four hours each day.” The majority of the gardeners tend their gardens almost daily — watering, weeding and socializing. Mary Smythe, the vice president of the Garden Club, noted that “this is definitely a social gathering, as are our meetings. We get

Walter Fitzgerald loves to share his gardening knowledge. pride in doing this. The first couple of years, I couldn’t grow anything, and with help from fellow gardeners, I got better.”


Dick Bishop, a past president, emphasized the importance of proper garden maintenance in order to sustain quality and personal satisfaction.

“We cover gardens in summer with plastic to kill bugs and keep weeds down, and we regularly monitor the upkeep of all gardens,” he said. Green Thumb, open to Barefoot Bay residents, was started 25 years ago — the founder is now deceased. The primary goal is to grow vegetables for members’ own use. There’s a one-time fee for lifetime access to one plot, of which there are currently 51. Members establish their own rules, and ongoing issues are discussed at their monthly meetings. Garden Club participants enthusiastically share their gardening experiences and eagerly welcome those interested in learning about community gardening. A community garden, as defined by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UFIFAS), is a collaborative greenspace where the participants share in both the maintenance and the rewards. If you would like to join this long tradition of community gardening and form a garden in your community, you can obtain tips from the UF-IFAS website. SL

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Tech Know Tidbits Ebooks provide endless supply of reading material BY CHLOE HO The classic pastime of curling up with a good book is getting even easier with ebooks. Now the struggle of going to the bookstore or library to pick up a book just to find out it’s not available has been completely eliminated. Now, all you need is your smartphone, tablet or computer to pick out a book and get to reading it right then wherever you are. Ebooks also are a great option for travelers or anyone who likes to read in their spare time without having to actually carry around a book. Our own

Brevard Public Library system has ebooks available to borrow and is a great free option for anyone who loves to read electronically. To start, head to brevard.overdrive. com or by downloading the Libby by OverDrive app. According to Kari Scheirer, a librarian at the Suntree/Viera Public Library, “many library systems have OverDrive”, and the Brevard Public library system has a vast collection to choose from. “We have 26,965 ebooks, and 3,999 audio books,” she said. When it comes to picking out a book to rent, Scheirer recommends

heading over to the subjects section of the OverDrive website, “we have historical fiction, drama, fiction.” You can even rent up to five ebooks at a time so you never run out of reading material. The Brevard Public Library’s ebook system is very popular with Brevard’s residents, with more than 2,246,000 checkouts since its founding about six years ago. Ebooks open up tons of options for reading whenever and wherever and the Brevard Public Library has tons of material to get you started. SL


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Costly wireless cellphone earbuds still the choice for many BY JENNIFER TORRES From earphones, headphones and earbuds to AirPods and EarPods, the choices for listening to music are vast — and so is the price range. Professional use aside, everyday consumers can expect to pay

anywhere from $7.99 to well over $300. But when Apple’s iPhone 7 appeared on the market in 2017 — there was something missing — a headphone jack. Instead, this newest creation used wireless earbuds and Apple had them — for a price. Compatible with both IOS and

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Android — they come complete with extended battery life, a wireless charging case, voice activated capabilities and the promise of fast wireless connection. However, the price soured more than a few Apple aficionados with AirPods starting at $159 and the water and sweat-resistant AirPods Pro starting at $249. Hoping to snag a portion of the market resistant to shelling out big bucks for the original, other brands soon came out with their own generic AirPod-style wireless headphones for a fraction of the cost, like the i11 Bluetooth headset and AirSounds2, which both sell for around $40, including a charging case. But even though they might look the same, some insist, they’re not. Rachel Gerow, 20, of Indialantic, says she’s tried generic headphones before, but they just haven’t worked

for her. “For some reason, they just do not fit in my ear the right way. The shape of the Apple AirPod is unfortunately the only thing that fits it my ear,” Gerow said. “I have tried generic ones from Walmart that look to be the same shape, but the sound quality is not as good. And, they end up breaking so much easier, which is a pain and a total killjoy when it happens midworkout. So, I guess, all in all, my reasoning for buying the Apple head phones versus other generic brands, has to do with sound quality, the shape and dependability.” With three children, Tara Rabel said only one insists on using genuine Apple AirPods “For Christmas, my daughter specifically asked for generic-style AirPods,” Rabel said. “She knew there was a big price difference and wanted other big gifts instead.” SL


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Triumphs are now far and few for Sullivan Victory Groves BY MARIA SONNENBERG Among oranges, Indian River citrus has long stood as the best in the state. Orange growers cherish the appellation with the same admiration that California wine makers bestow upon the grapes from Napa Valley. In this crème de la crème part of the citrus industry, the name Sullivan stands among the owners of the top packing houses and citrus groves in Brevard County. Now 83, Frank Sullivan remains deeply committed to the family business, although victories are now far and few for the once prominent Sullivan Victory Groves. In its heyday, the company sold thousands upon thousands of boxes of oranges both commercially to the orange juice plants as well as to the retail customers from around the world who wanted to taste the liquid gold harvested from the hundreds of acres the family owned, primarily on Merritt Island. Those days are long gone. “Gift shipping is the only thing we do these days,” Sullivan said. Cattle now graze on the remaining 20 acres Sullivan owns. The oranges the company ships come from Indian River County, not Brevard, because, well, there are just not that many orange trees left on the Space Coast. The Roberts family still farms a grove up at the northern edge of the county in Scottsmoor, but the other groves are, for the most part, gone. What happened? The death knell for Brevard’s orange industry was first rung by an unlikely source — the United States government. When NASA arrived in Brevard, many of the 9,000 acres the government needed as a buffer for the Kennedy Space Center included some of the best citrus land in the country. “They bought out all the original owners and they let them lease it back for I think three or five years,” said Sullivan, whose family leased back

850 acres to continue growing oranges. When the Department of the Interior eventually took over the grounds, they told growers that only native vegetation would be tolerated on government property. “Citrus only came over in the 1400s, so they told us “we’re going to get rid of this, we don’t want this nonnative plant,” Sullivan said. Among the groves doomed was the old Dummett grove, which had saved the citrus industry with its seeds and cuttings after the 1835 freeze killed off most trees except for Dummett’s, which survived thanks to the warm waters of the Indian River encircling them. “It took about 50 years, but there’s not a tree up there,” Sullivan said. Sullivan’s grandfather, Felix

D’Albora, was a growers’ representative in New York, the liaison between the farmers and the buyers who would bid for oranges in fast-paced auctions. During the summers, when the fruit was ripening, D’Albora would lend the growers money to tie them over until harvest. With the Depression, D’Albora the lender found that many could only pay him in packing houses, which is why he ended up with three of these. “He closed the one in Mims and another one near Sanford and kept the one in Cocoa,” Sullivan said. Sullivan’s uncle, Jack D’Albora, moved to Brevard to work the business and Sullivan’s parents, Frank Jr. and

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Once one of the top citrus packing houses in Brevard County, the Sullivan Victory Groves building now sits abandoned. Molly, followed in 1935. The family later acquired Victory Groves from the Whaley family, and thus the name Sullivan Victory Groves came to be. The business had survived arson, hard times, government intrusion and transportation issues, but it could not survive back-to-back-to-back freezes in 1983, 1985 and 1989, when the temperature dropped to 17 degrees in Brevard. “That was the beginning of the end,” Sullivan said.

Canker, which rendered oranges unusable for eating but still viable for juice, plus greening, which prevented the fruit from ever ripening, added more obstacles. In 1991, Sullivan Groves closed its Brevard packing house and turned to mail order sales. Yet, despite the setbacks, Sullivan still holds hope for orange blossoms to once again fill the air in Brevard with its intoxicating scent. SL

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Cheerleaders rally the fans at their retirement community BY JENNIFER TORRES In a community of retired U.S. military, the members of Indian River Colony Club are proud of their patriotism. Whether Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines, everyone is part of the same team — except maybe in midDecember when the Army vs. Navy game comes on and hundreds assemble in Colony Hall. They come to watch the matchup, sporting their team’s colors, ready to cheer them on to victory. But this year’s game had an extra level of cheer — as the IRCC Rockets Cheer Team kicked off the festivities. The team, which includes Sybil Yocum, Kathy Gaudet, Janet Hall, Ann Dagani, Arlyne Bunin, Cindy Lewandowski and Jack Garfield, is the brainchild of Gaudet. She was inspired after seeing the movie “Poms,” a 2019 movie about a woman who decided to start a cheerleading squad at her retirement community. Gaudet asked her friend, Sybil Yocum, to help her — and she happily agreed. Yocum spent her whole life as a cheerleader — from fifth grade though college — and even as the wife of a Navy officer in her 20s for a Navy football team. In addition to cheer, as a young


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Ann Dagani, left, Kathy Gaudet, Janet Hall, Cindy Lewandowski, Arlyne Bunin and Sybil Yocum are members of the Indian River Colony Club’s Rockets Cheer Team. adult, Yocum was a trained belly dancer with a professional troupe. Now as a 70-something water aerobics instructor and resident of IRCC since 2012, she was excited to take on a new challenge. “It’s funny. I was a cheerleader all my life and, when they asked me to do this, I was used to athletic girls in their 20s,’’ Yocum said. “But all these were girls in their 60s and 70s. You now have issues

with arthritis, knee surgeries and back problems. But they were all gorgeous and in good shape.” A few months prior to the Army vs. Navy game, the group met two or three times each week for a few hours of training and rehearsal — with Yocum serving as the choreographer. When game day finally came around, Gaudet said their performance was met

with enthusiastic applause and support. “The reaction was overwhelming,” she said. The team hopes to continue as a cheer squad in the new year — and is currently planning its next event. “It’s a great bunch of people and it’s fun and exciting,” Yocum said. “It’s the age of elegance for those age 55 and up. We’re not dead yet, honey.” SL



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Event celebrates last naval battle of Revolutionary War BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Think about the American Revolutionary War and images of New England battlefields readily surface. Images of naval battles? Well, not so much. However, there was plenty of marine combat between the colonists and the Crown. The last of these confrontations happened not on the cold waters off Northeastern shores, but right here along the Space Coast. The last naval battle of the Revolutionary War took place March 10, 1783 off Cape Canaveral. So, it is no wonder the Veterans Memorial Center and Museum on Merritt Island takes note of the event. “It has been celebrated in early March on the Space Coast for years,” said Donn Weaver, who is helping to organize the observance that will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Center and Museum at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. on Merritt Island. During the Revolutionary War, the land now known as Brevard


County provided the perfect location for loyalists from Georgia and the Carolinas to establish supply lines for the British. The Seminoles sided with the Brits, making it impossible for the Continental Army to win a single land engagement here. On the water, it was a different story. In March 1783, Continental ships Alliance and Luzerne were wending their way along the coast from Havana, where their holds had been filled with funds headed for Congress to start the new Bank of America. British ships attacked them as they passed the Cape Canaveral area. The Alliance’s commander, Capt. John Barry, defeated the HMS Sybille in the last official naval confrontation of the war. In 2001, Commodore Barry was recognized by the 107th Congress as the first flag officer of the United States Navy for his defeat of the Sybille that March day long ago. You, too, can toast the maritime hero’s achievement and get a fascinating look at our area’s role in the

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Each year, the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center holds a ceremony to commemorate the last naval battle of the Revolutionary War. War of Independence during the free Veterans Center festivity. “This will be the best celebration yet,” Weaver said. Pomp and circumstance will be in abundance with more than 30 organizations marching with flags. Larry Guzy, president general of the Sons of the American Revolution, is


expected to attend, as is the Naval Ordnance Test Unit commander, plus an honor guard and a ceremonial deck team. “Firing the deck guns in salute over Sykes Creek is special,” Weaver said. For more information, call 321-4531152. SL



It’s a red-white-and-blue world for Rosemary Reder over the Capital honoring Reder and the American Flag Society on Veterans’ Day, 2010. Reder believes her community spirit is in her blood. “My family always had big hearts, and we were very patriotic,” said the Long Island native who studied hospitality at Cornell University before combining a career in the hospitality industry with service in the United States Coast Guard. After her father suffered a stroke, Reder took over the family business, which included running several stores, including military surplus outlets. It was here that the Coast Guard connection began. “Because we had so much maritime stuff, members of the Coast Guard became frequent visitors to borrow some items,” Reder said. One particular representative suggested over and over that Reder consider becoming a “Coastie” until Reder eventually agreed. Her service

BY MARIA SONNENBERG If you are thinking of flying a frayed version of Old Glory, think again, because Rosemary Reder might just give a stern admonishment. A recent transplant to Brevard, Reder, the Emily Post of American flag etiquette, has spent her lifetime educating people around the country on the proper way to treat the American flag. “People have to respect the flag,” she said. She founded the American Flag Society to fan the flames of patriotism while simultaneously instructing the public on the rules of flag etiquette. “Ms. Reder spends countless hours volunteering her time to share information about the American flag with her community and communities around the United States,” the 11th architect of the United States Capitol Stephen Ayers said in a statement. Ayers orchestrated flying a flag

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led her to 19 duty stations from the Atlantic to the Pacific. As a logistics expert, she managed property, purchasing and personnel. Eager to see the American flag receive the respect it deserves, Reder began speaking to groups on flag etiquette, programs that took her everywhere from West Point and Walter Reed Hospital to Lord & Taylor in New York City and schools across the country. She would routinely conduct flag patrols around her communities, occasionally with a television station crew in tow, to pinpoint tattered American flags that she would replace for free. Reder also helped during the inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and both Bush father and son. “She is an example that all should follow as citizens of the United States,” Ayers added. For more information, go to americanflagsoc.org. SL

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fellow veterans did not know — I thought maybe there were a few. Then, I began doing research for a story on the subject and was shocked to learn that the numbers were so high. Since January 2007, The Missing in America Project was launched nationwide. It included a unit in Brevard County to locate, identify

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and inter the unclaimed cremains of American veterans. In September 2018, a Brevard team of veterans headed by Donn Weaver and Chip Hanson received their first training from a Missing in America Project coordinator. They soon started their research with a funeral home with multiple locations that had some 3,000 unclaimed cremains. The research would first help determine if there were cremains of veterans among them. Both Weaver and Hanson wear various hats in advocating for and working on behalf of fellow veterans on the Space Coast. The first cremains of veterans were identified, the search for family members was made and interment of the first few took place with military honors at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. There have been three interments of 25 veterans or spouses each time during the past two years at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Dozens of Brevard County veterans attended. “We never left anybody on the battlefield,” said Hanson, a Vietnam veteran who lives in Cocoa Beach. “We made sure they got home with their brothers and sisters.” The Brevard group is getting close to identifying 25 other cremains of veterans or the spouses of veterans. They will then schedule an interment with military honors, likely in March. “We have a full military ceremony,” Hanson said. Weaver said the process of finding, identifying and finally interring the cremains of a veteran takes months of work. “There are thousands and we don’t know how many in Brevard,” he said. Weaver, an Army veteran whose son Lt. Todd Weaver was killed in action in September 2010 in Afghanistan, said he is committed to serving other veterans. “Our motivation is to move forward to do positive things for our community,” he said. SL


Volunteer-organized rides take veterans to VA clinic BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN The Barefoot Bay Veterans Affairs Transport service to the Viera VA Outpatient Clinic is as valuable today as when it was first organized 17 years ago. There is one trip daily, with up to seven passengers, Monday to Friday and sometimes Saturday as needed. Twenty volunteer drivers rotate. “Their only reward is the good feeling,” said Ted Firlein, the transportation coordinator. In 2003, veterans Richard Pearson and David McAllister proposed to the Viera VA that they and a group of their friends who live in Barefoot Bay would volunteer to transport patients from Barefoot Bay to their scheduled VA appointments. That change reduced VA costs by eliminating one round trip for VA drivers and enhanced flexibility for veterans living in Barefoot Bay. The VA was amenable and, upon completion of logistics issues within the Veterans Transportation Service, the Barefoot Bay VA Transport was operational. Firlein, who has been involved since the inception, effectively works with patients, drivers and the VA in a managerial, customer service and supportive role to provide a safe and reliable transportation for veterans, and occasionally caregivers. “It’s sort of, ‘ask not what the VA can do for you, but what can you do for the VA.’ The VA got me through

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Ted Firlein, an Air Force veteran, is the transportation coordinator for a volunteer service that takes fellow veterans to medical appointments at the Viera VA Outpatient Clinic. college, they paid most of it,” Firlein said. “I have been treated medically by them; and I feel it’s something I can do not only for the VA, but for fellow vets. Many don’t have a way to get there.” Firlein left the Air Force as Airman 1st Class after serving five years in Europe and Africa during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Barefoot Bay service is special in that transportation is provided not only

for scheduled appointments, but for walk-ins as well. Moreover, patients can schedule pickup as short as one day in advance. Door-to-door pickup starts at 6 a.m. and returns to the Bay and nearby Sebastian by approximately 1 p.m. Firlein is thankful to Pearson and the original drivers, all deceased, for the legacy they left behind. “We try to do our best,” he said. SL

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Senior Life brings broadway jazz to the Boomer Guide Expo BY ERNEST ARICO If you love the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey and Janis Joplin, then you’re going to love the music and singing of Sybil Gage. Gage is scheduled to perform three live mini-concerts at Senior Life’s free Boomer Guide Senior Expo. The expo, which has a “Magic of Broadway” theme, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Born in New Orleans, Gage is known locally as the Artist-inResidence at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach. She has regularly performed at the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the Thin Man Watts Jazz Festival in DeLand. Some of her favorite shows include The Hub on Canal in New Smyrna Beach, the Cinematique Theatre in Daytona Beach, the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora and the Blue Bamboo Performing Arts Center in Orlando. It was Gage’s performance at the recent Space Coast Arts Festival that caught the attention of Jill Blue, the CEO of the Bluewater Creative Group, the company that publishes Senior Life, Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide. “She’s always in the news and always performs locally,” she said. “I think her jazz singing will fit right in with the theme of this year’s expo — ‘the Magic of Broadway.’ She’s going to sing some Broadway tunes like ‘Hello Dolly.’ It’s going to be fantastic.” Gage graduated in 1976 from John F.


The Boomer Guide Expo always draws a great crowd and a good time. Kennedy High School in New Orleans (now closed because of flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005). She then received her bachelor’s degree in film making from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1983. Following graduation, Gage began her career in radio as an announcer and news director. She worked for several New York City radio stations, including WMJC, WBLI and WBAI. Gage came to Florida in 2002 to care for her father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. She later moved to Sebastian and lives there now with her husband, Bill. The couple have been married for 26 years and have a 34-yearold son who lives in New York. Gage said she’s been singing since getting out of college and her upbringing in New Orleans had a tremendous influence on her. “I love the vocalists,” she said. “I like to hear the words. The words make the song.”

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Gage said she going to perform songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’60s at the expo. “Rag Time, Dixieland, the music of Louie Armstrong, Jelly Roll, Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald, Betsy Smith, Billie Holiday. I love them all,” she said. According to her website — sybilgage.com — Gage is spreading New Orleans music to the rest of the world. Nicknamed the “Little Dynamo,” Gage is slinky in sequins, funky in fishnets and has become the darling of the East Coast from New Orleans (Old U.S. Mint Theater) to New York City (Triad Theater at West 72nd Street and Broadway). Gage plans to bring her unique singing style and her “Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas” to Senior Life’s February expo. Gage and her band will perform in the 250-seat Black Box Studio. Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo live entertainment will be from 11 to 11:40 a.m.; noon to 12:40 p.m. and 1 to 1:40 p.m.

Her stage is decorated with boas and hat boxes. She said they remind her of her days working in the Chris Owens Club on Bourbon Street as a costume valet. Gage has produced four CDs. Her debut CD “Red” (2007) rose to critical acclaim; “NOLA Calling” (2009) was nominated for “Best Self-Produced CD” by the International Blues Competition in Memphis; “Request From the Bar” (2012), and “Sybil Gage from Studio A: WUCF” (2018). In addition to the live entertainment, there will be exhibits, demonstrations, giveaways and a chance to have your drivers’ license renewed and replaced. Those visiting the Art Gallery of Viera’s exhibit booth will be able to watch Brevard’s most talented artists in action. The event is presented by William A. Johnson PA and the event sponsors are Palm Point Behavioral Healthcare and the Art Gallery of Viera. Other sponsors include VNA Home Healthcare, BrightStar Care, ClearCaptions, FROSH, Parrish Medical, All About You Travel and the Melbourne Regional Medical Center. Humana is the main sponsor of the Veterans area. Blue said more than 60 exhibitors will set up in the King Center’s main lobby, rotunda, Black Box Studio and a nearby classroom. The expo also will unveil Senior Life’s annual 2020 Boomer Guide. There will be plenty of free parking for those attending. For more information about the Boomer Guide Expo, call 321-242-1253 or go to boomerseniorexpo.com. SL

Leap year adjusts calendar when leaplings celebrate birthdays BY JENNIFER TORRES As a child, Christine Lightner-Orvis of Port St. John said she was teased by classmates who often called her “a baby” — a situation not helped by the fact that the local newspaper wrote an article headlined: “Christine Celebrated her 8th Birthday Today Even Though She’s only 2.” Born on Feb. 29, Lightner-Orvis is one of approximately 187,000 leaplings in the U.S. today — otherwise known as a leap year baby — born on a day that only comes around once every four years. “Of course, as I moved into adulthood, and then being a parent, it became like a phenomenon to coworkers and my children’s friends and families,” Lightner-Orvis said. “They all thought it was so cool that I was a leap year baby.” Our calendar consists of 365 days, but it takes 365.2421 days for the Earth to orbit the sun. Not far off — but over time those hours add up. If not for the additional day, Farmer’s Almanac says the seasons could be off by 25 days every 100 years — meaning snow in July and beach weather in December. So, in 46 B.C. under the reign of Julius Caesar, the 12-month, 365-day calendar was adjusted to include a leap day every four years on Feb. 29. But even this alteration left an extra 11 minutes each year. So, in 1582, the Gregorian Calendar attempted to make up for the surplus by having a leap day

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Christine Lightner-Orvis of Port St. John is a leapling, who was born on leap day, Feb. 29.

nearly every four years — excluding certain years based on a mathematical equation. The last leap year was in 2016 and the next will be in 2024. Experts say the current calendar is closer to the mark — but still a little off — and might eventually need to be addressed again one day in the future. “I love saying I’ll turn 15 this year,” Lightner-Orvis said. “I like letting friends and coworkers know, I’ll always be younger than you.” Also celebrating that day, Karen Bavis-Pauplis, 56, of Ashland, New Hampshire. “I’ll be turning 14 this year,” she said. “I love the fact that I can say all three of my kids are older than I am.” SL


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Silver Sneakers steps in with e ercise fit for sociali ing seniors BY WENDY SCHEURING Many Brevard County seniors enjoy gathering to exercise and socialize in Silver Sneakers classes. “We average about 30 seniors in the class,” said Lou Manley, the owner of Fitness Club Merritt Island. “We have more during the winter now that we have the snowbirds.” Silver Sneakers instructor Terry Bauer said humans can continue to build muscle well into their 90s. The classes are geared to participants ages 65 and older. However, Bauer has worked with people with Multiple Sclerosis, some using wheelchairs or walkers, or recovering from surgery. “Most of the people in my class are in pretty good condition,” Bauer said. “If someone needs to sit, they can do that. People with wrist or shoulder issues use a lighter weight. We also use resistance bands and these are as effective as the hand-held weights and imitate some of the machines in the gym. We end with guided meditation and deep breathing to bring everyone back down.” “This class gets you moving everything,” said Jean Sullivan, 82, of Merritt Island. “You breathe, sweat and have fun.” “You always learn something new,” said Donna Biondi of Merritt Island.

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“I had cancer and two major surgeries. This class helped me get back in the groove on the inside.” “This class is good for our internal physical problems as well,” said Margaret Kennedy of Merritt Island. “I was recovering from fourth stage cervical cancer. Then, I found Terry, and I’ve been going gangbusters. She encourages us and keeps us laughing.” Bauer has been teaching at Club Fitness Merritt Island for the past eight years. Fifteen years ago, she received a devastating diagnosis of morbid obesity and Type II Diabetes. She saw it as a wake-up call to make a life change. She hired a personal trainer,

Remote monitoring keeps tabs on care for seniors living alone BY GEORGE WHITE Technological advances in remote monitoring, formerly called telemonitoring, have advanced to help seniors age-in longer and helps keep tabs on post-op patients. It ultimately could cut down on hospital admissions and emergency care. Before remote monitoring systems, loved ones would have to call their parents several times a day to make sure they were OK. Now, technology enables family members to have a peace of mind by verifying that their loved ones are properly taking medications, eating at regular intervals and returning home safely after excursions. It also monitors sleep habits, bathroom use, body temperature and whether seniors are entering and leaving the house. In the systems, sensors are placed around the house that detect habits and behaviors. A sensor could be positioned by the bathroom to detect potential slips or falls or placed by the senior’s medications to ensure that the proper dose is taken at the proper time. Sensors can detect motion or sound,


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lost 100 pounds, and reversed her diabetes diagnosis. Then, she decided to become a personal trainer and earned a plethora of fitness training certifications, including Silver Sneakers, yoga, and, interestingly, trauma-sensitive yoga. Bauer said Silver Sneakers is more than an exercise class. It’s also like being with family. “When my husband died, people from my class showed up to help me move,” she said. Silver Sneakers classes are available nationwide. Snowbirds, for example, can take the class in their home state, then maintain their exercise regimen when they visit Florida. In addition, “Silver Sneakers partners with 60 health plans across the nation to offer classes at no additional cost,” according to sil ersnea ers.com. “It’s fun and it helps you. We do cardio, stretching, strength. There’s everything in one program. The exercise is at a level where you’re tired but not dead,” said Frank Merceret of Merritt Island who spoke of a shoulder injury. “The teacher encourages us to do what works for us. It’s a mind-body class. There’s no competition.” Go to sil ersnea ers.com to find a location near you. or more information about classes at Pro Fitness Silver Sneakers, call 321-4552227. SL

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‘Rainy Night in Georgia’ — Brook Benton “Rainy Night in Georgia” was a comeback hit for singer Brook Benton. Born Benjamin Franklin Peay in South Carolina in 1931, Benton cut his gospel chops in the local Methodist church, where his father was the choirmaster. Later, Benton’s deep, mellifluous voice powered nearly two dozen Mercury Records 45s into the Top 40 between 1959 and 1964. Then, overnight, Beatlemania swept many an American artist — including Benton, off the charts. By the late 1960s, he was recording for Cotillion, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. It was there that he cut “Rainy Night in Georgia,” arguably the best-remembered song of his career. When Benton’s producer had played him the original 1968 version by Tony Joe White, Benton thought

that White’s unpolished “Rainy Night in Georgia” was merely a demo (demonstration) record rather than a finished product. enton realized that this was a good song that could become great, if done right. And it was. Released just after the onset of the 1970s, Benton’s haunting, melancholy “Rainy Night in Georgia” became a mainstay on Top 40 radio. It painted a dreary, poignant picture of a man — we assumed he was homeless, both alone and lonely in a train rumbling through a rain-swept night. For a moment of comfort, the man held a lady’s photograph against his chest. Perhaps, in his mind, they were together again, briefly White was never pleased with his own version but, once he heard Benton’s, White knew that the newly released soulful rendition would be

the one to find success. Benton’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” reached No. 4 on the pop charts and No. 1 on the soul lists. Other versions followed by country icons (Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr.) and soul superstars (Ray Charles, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave). Although enton released five Cotillion albums and 14 more singles, he never had another hit. One thing Tony Joe White knew about was about rainy nights. “When I got out of high school, I went to Marietta, Georgia. I had a sister living there,” he said in a 2014 interview with music journalist Ray Sasho. “I drove a dump truck for the highway department. When it would rain, you didn’t have to go to work. You could stay home and play your guitar I spent a lot of rainy nights in Marietta,

Georgia.” White signed with Tennessee’s Monument Records and found one special groove that would bring him some recognition. In his only solo success — “Polk Salad Annie” — the deep-voiced White described a toughas-nails girl named Annie out picking an edible plant called pokeweed, which grows in southern woods and fields. Many thought polk salad was code for something else. “A lot of the hippie festivals, flower children and everybody, they would bring deep bags of grass (marijuana) back to the dressing room or back to my tent,” White recalled, undoubtedly with a chuckle and an eyeroll. “And they said, ‘We brought you a little polk.’ And I was like, ‘That’s not the kind I’m talking about.’ ” SL

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“Love is the heartbeat of all life” says philosopher Paramahasa Yogananda. That can mean a lot of things and present challenges as we go through life. Throughout the year, we are reminded of love — at Valentine’s Day, in Spring, at Mother’s Day and while attending June weddings. As a child, we were taught about love when the teacher told us to make sure every child in class received a valentine. My mother got the cheap ones from Woolworth’s. I cut them out of sheets and glued the envelopes together. Typical rhymes read: “Roses are red, violets are blue .” There was the “I love you!” and “Be my friend!” on Valentine’s Day. Recently, while going through my mother’s trunk — hope chest, I found a small book “A Pair of Red Lips and Other Poems” dated 1913. There were poems from Browning and Wordsworth and a lot of unknown writers. One that hit a cord was “First Love” by Charles Paisley: “Sometimes in solitude I run Back through the years so swiftly spun,

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Indian River Lagoon marks three years of improvement January 2020 marks the third anniversary of the massive voterinitiated effort to restore the Indian River Lagoon. The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan is in place and steady progress is being made. In November 2016, citizens of Brevard County took a bold step, unlike other communities, to vote for a half-cent sales tax to restore the lagoon. This established the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Trust Fund that has collected more than $125 million. Nearly a fourth was contributed by tourists. During the 10-year life of the tax, it is expected to raise more than $400 million.

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reefs. Oysters are beginning to come back for the first time in a half century. Trust Fund projects are reviewed carefully by county staff and an independent Citizens Oversight Committee prior to final approval by the County Commission. Each project requires matching funds to leverage the community’s investment and ensure oversight. A free Lagoon Straight Talk event was held Jan. 22 at Satellite Beach High School. For information, go to elp he agoon.org. Restoration is not a quick process, but every project is progress. SL

bin everything one wishes would be recycled) and not recycling at all will be in everyone’s interest. How to decide what to recycle? The Brevard County Solid Waste Management Deptartment has the power to hire services that will dictate what can be recycled in our area, but they also walk the thin line between doing what they would like to do and doing what they can do. A lot of that is due to costs. For unincorporated Brevard, a new recycling contract is being negotiated. According to Euripides Rodriguez, the director of that department, “There has been no discussion of altering the current level of services” and glass

will continue to be collected. No other services, like composting or recycling in public places, are planned to be added at this time. In terms of cost, Rodriguez said, “This is a stand-alone fund, which does not receive contributions from other sources. So, the cost will be borne by the residents of unincorporated Brevard County.” It would be good if items such as glass could be part of the collection service — not reused or discarded. After all, that is the meaning of recycling, whose symbol’s three arrows represent: 1. Collect recyclables. 2. Process them into a new product. 3. Buy products with recycled content (Project Learning Tree). Perhaps requiring that at least a certain percentage of the collected material be indeed recycled would be something a new contract could stipulate, but that might be tricky in practice. The market (demand and price paid for recyclables greatly influences what ends up being recycled. The more we buy products made of recycled materials, the higher the demand for recyclables is. This, in turn, helps grow the market. The recycling business also is extremely affected by mixedin trash and wishcycling — high contamination rates translate into higher costs and lower profits. That ends up affecting what is recycled, especially in unfavorable periods of low demand and prices. So, to help the curbside recycling program, stick to the basics and place in the bin only items you are sure are accepted in your area. Otherwise, follow the rule — when in doubt, throw it out. If you choose to recycle nothing else but your empty milk/juice jugs and aluminum beverage cans, that is all right. If you want to go a bit further and recycle your detergent/shampoo bottles, water/soda bottles, cardboard boxes and steel cans, that will be super. But don’t quit. Lean recycling is better than no recycling at all. In order to expand the current program, we need to show that we can do the basics first. The more of the right items we put in the bin, the more we will be able to recycle now and in the future. SL

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National Freedom Day

Black History Expo 2020

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A celebration of entrepreneurship, talent, style and fashion. Merritt Square Mall 777 Merritt Island Cswy. E. 321-412-0577

Tennis Shrimp Boil

4 - 9 p.m. Tennis and racquetball play starts at 4 p.m., dinner and socializing at 6 p.m. Kid friendly event. YMCA Tennis & Racquet Center 3050 Satterfield Road Titusville, 321-537-9685


SUNDAY Groundhog Day

Coloring the Causeway

9 a.m. - noon A walk to benefit Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation & SCREW Cancer (Surviving Cancer Requires Eternal Will). Historic Downtown Melbourne 2210 Front St. Melbourne, 321-622-2701



National Thank a Mail Carrier Day Dancing for Parkinson’s

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Master Gardener Clinic

2 - 4 p.m. Got garden questions? UF Extension Services Master Gardeners can help. South Mainland Library 7921 Ron Beatty Blvd. Micco, 772-664-4066

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9:30 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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Noon - 3 p.m. A fun, hands-on educational class where you will learn to make this tasty spinach and feta-filled Greek pastry. The Great Outdoors pavilion 145 Plantation Drive Titusville, 321-268-2380

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Luncheon, fashion show, door prizes, several raffles and bingo. $20 Divine Mercy Catholic Church 1940 N. Courtenay Pkwy Merritt Island, 917-913-8179


Renaissance Fair

Ballroom Dance Lessons

6 - 7 p.m. All levels are welcome. North Brevard Senior Ctr. 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-268-2333






11:30 a.m. VITAS Healthcare will present. RSVP, lunch is provided. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

Every second and fourth Wednesday. North Brevard Senior Ctr. 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-298-2796

Exercise every Thursday Greater Palm Bay Senior Ctr. 1274 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Feb. 1-2 Music, dancing, food, merchants and more. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-458-3515

Annual Immortal Four Chaplains Ceremony

2 - 3 p.m. To honor the WWII chaplain heroes and all military chaplains. Veterans Memorial Center Plaza & Museum 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-613-2403

Tai Chi

11 a.m. Ancient art of movement class. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

The Aging Brain

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7 a.m. Brought to you by Power of Pizza’s Charities. Eau Gallie Civic Center 1551 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-412-1830

Requires doctor permission. Greater Palm Bay Senior Ctr. 1274 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

Presidents Day

Eye of the Dragon 10K and Bone Builders 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Tail of the Lizard 2K

Brevard County Humane Society Mardi Paws

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9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pet parade where pets ride will answer questions about your hearing. in decorated strollers. One Senior Place Riverfront Park 8085 Spyglass Hill Road 401 Riveredge Blvd. Cocoa, 321-321-639-3500 Viera, 321-253-6310


Sixth annual Cycle for Alzheimer’s

7 a.m. The event will feature three routes, 62 miles, 100 miles, and a 10-mile family fun Ride for Gerlinde. Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation 4676 North Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-253-4430

Spring Concert

3 p.m. Adagio Sax Quartet concert. Eastminster Presbyterian Church 106 N. Riverside Drive Indialantic, 321-501-3722

National Make National Giving A Friend Day Hearts Day Hurricane Rug Hooking Joint Movement Ask the Doctor Lunch & 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Learn Series

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AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free tax assistance Professional medium John 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment. Rogers will talk about Guided tours available: the difference between a Wednesday, Thursday and Appointments must be medium and a psychic. made in person on Tuesday. Friday. Cocoa Beach Public Library 5795 U.S. Highway 1 South Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 Grant, 321-544-5727 Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104


Boomer Guide Expo

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Senior Life’s annual expo where the 2020 Boomer Guide is unveiled. Music, exhibits. Free admission, free parking. King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-242-1235


One-on-One Tech Help

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Pre-register for an appointment to get help with your electronic device. Cocoa Beach Library 550 North Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

“Staci’s Top Ten”

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Brevard Antique & Feb. 19-20 Collectibles Club Free Melbourne Municipal 1:30 p.m. The subject will be Sewing Band Concert. Melbourne Auditorium and Stitching. 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. 324 Ocean Ave. Melbourne Beach, 321-795-7363 Melbourne, 321-724-0555



9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-698-2311

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Come bowl on the Wii. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1274 Culver Drive. NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

Fat Tuesday

AARP Drivers Safety Course Will Bowling

Master Gardeners Clinic

10 a.m. - noon Answers all your questions about plants, pests, diseases, especially Florida Native plants. Titusville Library 2121 S. Hopkins Road Titusville, 321-264-5026



National Love Your Pet Day

The Magic of Moths

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Space Coast Audubon Society will take an inside look at the world of moths with Dr. Akito Kawahara. Registration required. Sams House at Pine Island 6195 N. Tropical Trail Merritt Island, 321-449-4720

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Singles Awareness Day Splash of Watercolor-Show

An Elegant Evening of Love and Laughter

Cocoa Mardi Gras

5:30 - 9 p.m. Sybil Gage with her Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas. Reserve spot by Feb. 4. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-960-4897 6 - 9:30 p.m. Gourmet dinner, entertainment, dancing & chocolate. Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community 3050 N. Highway A1A Indialantic, 321-773-6029


National Caregivers Day

Lunch & Learn at The Fountains

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. An overview of how different religious denominations emerged and the principle or aim of promoting unity among them. Please RSVP. The Fountains 4451 Stack Blvd. Melbourne, 321-9841494



10 a.m. Elder Law Attorney William A. Johnson, P.A. will present. Come for this informative talk. 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667

5 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4400

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Paint the Night Red

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Food, health information and more. Wear red in the spirit of the event. Space Coast Health Foundation 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, 321-637-2800

Space Coast Food Festival

Valentine's Day Space Coast Jazz Society

Medicaid Planning Seminar Free Movie in the Park

10 a.m. - noon Free workshop on how to take on your insurance provider. Victoria Landing Assisted Living 1279 Houston St. Melbourne, 321-622-6730

Church-wide rummage sale. Mims United Methodist Church 3302 Green St. Mims, 321-267-6202

6 - 9 p.m. Live entertainment with Hot 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pink, local favorite chefs and Quilt Show by Seaside more. Peacemakers Wickham Park Community Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1 9050 Discovery Road Center Port Canaveral, 321-784-6444 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-255-8374

Ash Wednesday Ashes & Prayer 7 - 9 a.m. & 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Drive-up spiritual event. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-259-8515



National Wear Red Day Greek Spanakopita “Make "Downton Abbey" Fashion Rummage Sale 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Feb. 8 - 9 and Take” Cooking Class Show & Card Party

4 - 6 p.m. Boomer Trivia with Boomer Buffet. Play solo or with teams. Free to play, win great prizes. Every Tuesday. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

11 a.m. Eileen Escalante, director of the Florida Susan B. Anthony List, will be the speaker. Space Coast Convention Ctr. 301 Tucker Lane Cocoa, 321-717-1212


Emerald City 5K

6 p.m. Proceeds benefit Family Promise of Brevard. Church at Viera 9005 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-209-3391

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Painting demos, raffles and more. Feb. 15 - 16 Azan Shrine Temple 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, 321-501-6438 5 - 10 p.m. Family-friendly, city-wide parade with floats. Riverfront Park 401 Riveredge Boulevard Cocoa, 321-639-3500


Winter Music Festival

Noon - 4 p.m. Food trucks, music and more. Unity on the Space Coast 2000 South St. Titusville, 321-383-0195

Party for the Playhouse

5:30 p.m. Dinner, door prizes, auction items fundraiser. Cocoa Beach Hilton 1550 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-3127


Leap Day

Gateway to Space Fun Fest

3 - 7 p.m. A benefit for the American Cancer Society. Food trucks, activities, entertainment and more. Sand Point Park 101 N Washington Ave. Titusville, 800-227-2345

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Enchanted Forest Sanctuary continues to captivate visitors Recently, I escorted a perky Brevard school teacher and group of inquisitive Satellite High School seniors on an educational experience to the nearby Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center. We arrived at the Sanctuary at 10 a.m., right when it opened. The Center’s building houses interpretive educational exhibits, two 25-person capacity classrooms, offices, a fine reference library, restrooms and a creative gift shop. We were greeted by one of the Sanctuary’s talented volunteers. Volunteers guide and inform visitors to the many features and educational activities that are offered. The Sanctuary offers the public at no cost, outstanding opportunities for field trips, research projects, wildlife observation, nature photography, hiking, exploring and top-notch teacher training seminars. Following our visit to the Center, we started walking and enjoying the beauty of the Coquina Trail in this wonderful 470-acre forest. There is an outstanding wealth of diverse plant life along the trail. Wildlife species that can be seen here include the Eastern indigo snake, Florida scrub lizard, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer and bobcat. Of great interest for me and our group were the remains of the Addison Ellis Canal that ran alongside the Coquina Trail. This canal was started in 1912 (108-plus years ago.) The


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reason for digging the canal then was for irrigation use and to connect the St. Johns River on the west to the Indian River Lagoon. Digging east from the St. Johns River in the marshes and sand proved to be no problem for the company. They then ran into stiff resistance in the Enchanted Forest. Here, the coquina rock ridge offered an insurmountable obstacle. Their steam shovels, some say was abandoned French equipment used to build the Panama Canal, could not dig through the very hard coquina rock and broke down. The Addison Canal Company then could not find investors to fund the project and obtain new equipment and the company went bankrupt in 1913. The canal project was never completed. The actual remains of the Ellis Addison Canal runs for miles and stops in the Enchanted Forest. I found this to be a fascinating story. The remains of the canal in the Enchanted Forest are truly a sight to behold. Right here in our backyard, we

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North Brevard North Brevard Events Feb. 8 • 12:30 p.m. Yoga Nidra A mindful meditation practice for Relaxation and Restoration, $5. Bring your yoga mat & bottle of water Titusville Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026 Feb. 12 • 11 a.m. Wuji Wednesday Qigong Balance Chinese Energy Medicine that improves balance, posture and stamina. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 Feb. 18 • 10 a.m. Writers Group New members are welcome. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

The Honey Man participates as a fi ture in itusville events BY FLORA REIGADA Among the vendors at most Titusville events, Lancin Williams, a North Brevard licensed honey processor, can be seen offering his local honey for sale. He does not hawk his wares by calling out to passersby. He displays his product and lets its quality speak for itself. Word of Lancin’s Honey and Alzeta Enterprises (named for Williams’ aunt) has spread. “Lancin is a quiet-mannered man who has become an institution at events here,” said Marcia Gaedcke, the president of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We call him the Honey Man.” Although he recently sold his hives because operating 20 of them became overwhelming, Williams said he will continue offering his honey for sale. In addition to his extensive knowledge of bees and honey, Williams is well-known, liked and respected. Much of this was earned during the years he worked at North


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Share the Love Open House makes pet adoption easy, affordable BY FLORA REIGADA Laska is an 8-year-old mixed breed dog that was destined to be euthanized before she was moved from a Miami animal shelter to the SPCA of Brevard Adoption Center in Titusville. Because the SPCA is a no-kill shelter, Laska likely will soon get a forever home. “It’s best for Laska to be the only dog in the house,” said Veronica Vera, the SPCA director of operations. Laska is among those pets waiting to be adopted during the annual Share the Love Open House at the SPCA Brevard Adoption Center. The community is invited to the event. Complete with food trucks, vendors and adoption specials, it will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the SPCA at 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville. Among other adoptable pets of various breeds and ages is Miss Geek, a 14-year-old kid-friendly black cat. “She was owned by an older couple who could no longer care for her,” Vera said. “Miss Geek needs someone who can give her a loving home for her remaining years.” The SPCA will assist with medical costs.


t the o re ard doption enter in itus ille ommunit utreach oordinator aleb epass and doption ounselor ecca onnor share a tender moment ith as a. “I have a heart for senior pets, who often end up at the SPCA due to family issues or because they were moved from another shelter,” said Susan Naylor, the SPCA media specialist. “Anyone interested in adopting a pet, 7 or older, may name their adoption fee of $5 or more.” Some pets need that special someone to draw out their inner beauty. This was true of Harmony, a 2-year-old mixed breed dog, that Robyn James Copeland’s husband gave her for Christmas in 2018. Being a rescue dog had taken its toll. “We could see the love in her, but it took several months for her to heal,”

said Copeland, a foster coordinator assistant. “Today, Harmony is a pampered princess, who loves her furry siblings and knows she is home.” Eight small Lhasa Apso dogs found neglected and abandoned near the revard County Sheriff’s ffice Animal Services in Melbourne, then cared for at the SPCA in Titusville, have a tail-wagging, happy ending to their story. Many will be adopted by foster families. For information on the SPCA, call 321-567-3615 or go to spcanorthbre ard.com. SL

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Barefoot Bay residents elated a out ne post office BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN Good news for Barefoot Bay residents. Soon, they will have their very own post office. arefoot ay, with a population of approximately 10,000, the majority of whom are older than 65, is the largest manufactured home community in the state of Florida. U.S. Rep. Bill Posey announced the long-awaited facility would be coming soon. “We are at the end of a long process to bring postal operations to residents of Barefoot Bay,” Posey said. “I would like to thank Lenore O’Gorman and other residents

for stressing the need of so many senior citizens to access local postal services. Soon, residents will be able to get their mail here locally instead of traveling miles.” O’Gorman, a 93-year-old longtime Barefoot Bay resident, was very pleased with the result of efforts to get the post office. “I am elated, it’s marvelous,” she said. “Our government is listening to us, to what we need, and we want to use it and have it support itself. I didn’t do it alone. The number of people who called the congressman’s office made a difference. We do it together.” O’Gorman, who is legally blind,

regularly mails packages to her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, who undoubtedly will be relieved to know that the process will be less onerous for their grandmother. Given her personal situation, O’Gorman surmised that there might be other retirees in the Bay that would benefit from having access to postal services locally. Consequently, during a twoyear period, she encouraged her friends and neighbors to call the congressman’s office and express that desire. O’Gorman notes, “we have to support our representatives; and we


should all be involved in helping them do what we want and to listen to what we need. They are there to help the people.” The Barefoot Bay Contract Postal Unit, a satellite postal center, is located at 935 Barefoot Blvd. It’ll be operated by Barefoot Bay Salon and Barber business. George Cecala, Posey’s spokesperson, advised that The U.S. Postal ffice Suncoast Postal District, under which the Barefoot Bay CPU falls, is also very happy to see the opening of a new unit. Posey represents Florida’s 8th Congressional District. SL

BCOA meetings are open to the public and are held the second Thursday of each month at the government center in Viera. For information, contact Cindy Short at 321-633-2076, 321-533-2026, cindy.short@brevardfl.gov, brevardf l.gov/HumanServices/ CommissionOnAging or at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, 8-106, Viera, FL 32940.


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How can we best help our survivors? Prepare an “If I Die” book of information that will guide them to taking care of your estate. Your will and trust do not always have all of the day-to-day relevant information your family and/or friends might need. They are often grieving and sometimes reeling from the emotional toll of their loss. They might even be distant cousins without any knowledge of your life beyond annual Christmas cards. The sections of your book of information should include: • Legal: The name of your attorney and their phone number. Specify the location of the will or trust. • Finances: The name of your financial advisor and their assistant

with their phone numbers. If you do not have a personal advisor, list the accounts, institutions, and phone numbers for your banking relationships. Don’t forget to include retirement accounts, like IRAs and 401k accounts, as well as any annuities. List the payments that are coming out of your checking account automatically each month. Indicate the location of past tax returns and the name and phone number of the accountant who prepares them for you. • Home: If you still have a mortgage, note the account and phone number for the mortgage company. List your home insurance agent and their phone number. • Insurance: List the policies that

you have for health, life, automobile and long-term care. Provide policy numbers, phone numbers and contact names. • Funeral wishes: If there is a plan in place, let your plans be known. List the funeral home and location of the documents for the funeral. If you have written an obituary for yourself, place it here. If you have a minister and church that you attend, list this information. If you have no plan in place, write out your specific wishes. Notifications There might be people that do not live nearby who you would like someone to notify of your passing. A list of those people with their phone numbers would be the way to plan for this. This is also a great place to write a personal

letter to your children and even grandchildren. They will cherish having this from you. There are no rules for preparing your book of information. It seems like common sense, but many true stories abound about the lack of information, which would have been so helpful, if it could have been located. Make sure your book is labeled and keep it with your personal files. Notify your family, attorney, financial advisor or even close friends of its location, so your efforts are not wasted. This act of organization can take away worry and stress now and in the future for you and everyone who cares for you. SL

Every day seniors go homeless in Florida. Their Social Security check is not enough to cover their bills, including rent or mortgages. They have gone beyond their savings. Social Security increase is not able to keep up with inflation nor their changing needs. It is a spiral they cannot escape. They are choosing between food, medicine, or shelter and utility bills. Homelessness does result. Just prior to Christmas, I was

driving through Cocoa and passed a couple living in a tent on a street corner. This problem is accelerating. There is something that you and the legislature can do to begin to correct this situation. Use all the Sadowski state and local housing trust funds for housing. Nonprofits using Sadowski funds have turned motels into low-cost housing. Sadowski funds can even be used for up to 12 months of rental assistance

to help special needs populations, including the homeless and vets. Local governments and missionbased organizations focused on helping seniors want to help, but they need the money that is dedicated for housing to be appropriated by the legislature for housing. Over the years, the legislature has diverted over two billion dollars from Sadowski into the general fund. That diversion of funds has worsened the

housing crisis for seniors. Floridians of every age are facing a crisis in finding affordable housing. This is the year for the Legislature to take action. Regards, Phil Koechlein AARP Brevard Brevard Commission On Aging SL

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