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Junk & Co. antique shop thrives in unique place BY ERNEST ARICO Once upon a time, there was a man named Peter Karas of Greek origin who loved his wife, Calliope, very, very much. Now Calliope was very sick and her husband was worried she would die. He was determined to heal his wife by honoring God. His prayers were answered and his wife recovered. To honor God for healing his wife, in 1992, the husband built a private, family chapel at 5830 North Wickham Road in Melbourne and called it the Chapel of St. Panteleimon. According to many religious scholars, St. Panteleimon is venerated in the Greek Orthodox Church as a

like elements. Three Greek crosses are on the roof tops and dome. However, when the husband died several years ago, the family decided to sell the building. In 2016, Robyn Walley and her husband, Robert Williams, bought the chapel and property and converted it into a unique antique shop called Junk & Co. The couple collaborated on a very special shop full of hand-picked items from all over the world with a French influence. They have transformed the chapel inside and out with Old World finishes, original trompe l’oeil paintings, custom flooring and an incredible collection of some of the finest historic architectural examples in the Southeast.

SENIOR LIFE Ernest Arico The milk truck that is parked next to Junk & Co. is part of the decorative landscape.

task of faux finishing the place to replicate an antique barn. The ancient milk truck that is parked next to the store seems to be real, but here Filipski also did her magic to fool the eye into thinking the vehicle is as old as it looks. It is not. Originally from Boston, Walley moved to Brevard County in 1992 because “the weather was good” and she wanted to be close to her mother in Cocoa Beach. Although she originally studied to be a nurse, Walley abandoned that career to take care of her three children and concentrate on another one of her loves — antiques.

Walley said she remembers driving by the chapel many times and admiring its design and beauty. “I wanted to be as respectful as I could to the Karas family,” she said. “This is a very quiet, very peaceful place. I feel a lot of energy here. This building is full of love and security.” With the aid of numerous pickers from around the world, Walley has amassed a collection that is a designer’s dream. “I love the Victorian Age,” she said. “It was a beautiful period of time. I like to specialize in period pieces.” For more information about Junk & Co., call 321-960-4800. SL

SENIOR LIFE Ernest Arico Junk & Co. thrives in a building that once was the Chapel of St. Panteleimon.

mighty saint, the protector of soldiers. The grand opening was held May This aspect of his veneration is derived 8, 2017. from his first name Pantoleon, which In addition, Walley kept the means a lion in everything. His elaborate stained-glass windows and second name, Panteleimon — given light-filled cupola as a reminder of to him at baptism — means allthe building’s original purpose. But, merciful, which reveals itself in the beyond that, there is little to remind veneration of the great martyr as a visitors of the old chapel. She assigned healer. The connection between these local muralist Jean Filipski with the two patronages of the saint is readily apparent in that soldiers, receiving wounds more frequently than others, are more in need of a physicianhealer. The name of the fourth century healer is invoked in the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick, at the Blessing of Water and in the Prayer for the Sick. For many years, the chapel was used By Attorney by the Karas family TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH for special events such as weddings 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL and baptisms. It was For A Complimentary Copy even used as a school Phone 321 267 — 4770 for Greek children. It has a fairly large blue dome in the middle between two turret-

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Neighbors Seniors learn to paint while taking time for relaxation BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Because of her lifelong love of painting, Karen Gulbransen now shares her talent with classes of 14 to as small as four as she teaches watercolor and acrylics to interested residents at Palm Lake Estates in West Melbourne. “I have been painting all my life,” Gulbransen said. “I can remember

painting in the third grade a picture of a boat and my mother has kept that painting to this day. I took classes in junior and senior high school and as electives in college. I have a degree in business and computer science and, after 30 years, switched over to graphic design. I have always done landscapes and pet portraits for people, sold many paintings in Wisconsin and been a member of art

organizations.” After being involved in the art scene in Wisconsin, Gulbransen moved to Florida and found that on a fixed income it was too expensive. “I used to teach people with disabilities so, combined with that teaching knowledge, I asked around if anyone was interested in attending painting classes.” Now once a month at the clubhouse, Gulbransen teaches watercolor and acrylics. “I explain what good quality in paints and equipment is and what is poor quality — how to mix colors,” Gulbransen said. “I come up with different subjects to paint each time. I bring a sample of a landscape or a photo of something. One time, we SENIOR LIFE Brenda Eggert Brader painted Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Artist Karen Gulbransen teaches a Night.’ In watercolor, we paint watercolor class at Palm Lake Estates flowers. I show how to make flowers, in West Melbourne. and aBehavioral rose. One month, weHealth is to provide The mission at Palmleaves Point made more of a craft thing — tin can class. She also has taught a class in a quality treatment to windchimes children, teens, and older adults we painted. Butadults these nearby community. people are more into learning to paint. “People like doing this not so much whose behavioral health or chemical dependency symptoms In November, the class utilized rubber to learn the art, but to relax and forget cement with alives. templateWe and created a both inpatient and are interfering with their daily offer about everything else that is going on frozen tree resist technique watercolor. now in the world,” Gulbransen said. Many participants purchase the outpatient services tailored to specific needs. “It is really therapeutic.” SL supplies from Gulbransen for each

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Tech Know Tidbits Wear and tear of charging ports affects phone calls BY R. NORMAN MOODY Cell phone users can be left frutrated by a phone that won’t charge properly. There’s often a logical reason. They can sometimes experience problems with charging ports getting worn out and losing contact or with charging cables breaking because of wear. If you have faced these issues with your phone, then a magnetic charging cable might be for you. If you are in and out of your car while charging your phone, you often must plug the cable into your port. This tends to wear out the port that then becomes loose. If you already are driving when you decide to charge your phone, the magnetic cable makes it a lot safer to plug in. You will not have to align the plug with the tiny charging port while keeping your eyes on the road. Get it close and the magnet will do the rest. What’s a magnetic charging cable?

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Well, it says it in the name. It consists of a magnetic charging cable and a tiny interface tip that plugs into your phone and is left plugged in. The interface tip or port cover should fit even with most phone protective covers. How does it work? With a magnetic charging cable, you plug in the tiny port cover or interface piece into your phone. When the cable is plugged into an electrical source and the phone is near enough, it will plug itself and begin charging. No alignment is necessary. The magnetic cable will plug in the right way to start charging. Make sure that the port cover does not come out when you disconnect the cable. It would defeat the purpose of having a magnetic cable if you need to plug into your phone each time. The idea is to keep the charging port from wearing out or becoming loose. Make sure the device is made to fit your iPhone or Android. Prices for magnetic charging cables

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Brevard Archers aim for future growth BY JENNIFER TORRES Shoot straight and have fun — it’s a common greeting among Brevard Archers. Hailing from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and experiences — the members of Brevard Archers Inc. all find common ground in a passion for archery and a dedication to promote and foster the sport they love. “We’re the only club in Brevard County, but there are about 50 clubs in the state,” said Richard Finley, the president of Brevard Archers. Along with the camaraderie and fun is the intense competition that was evident Dec. 14 when the group gathered for a 3D shoot as they do on the second Saturday of each month. Alan Wood, competing in the freestyle category, stared intently on the target as his bowstring pressed gently against the tip of his nose just before his arrow hit the target. The competition — which was delayed for about 30 minutes because of heavy rain — included men, women and children as young as 5 years old. Shortly after the 9:30 a.m. start, the competition went on under bright blue skies and sunny weather. “We postponed it for half an hour and it turned out to be a beautiful day,” Finley said. Nine-year-old Beau Palumbo has been shooting arrows for two years and relishes the competition. He steadily pulled back the bow string, the nock point touching his cheek seconds before releasing an arrow to the target in a wooded area reserved for archers in Wickham Park. He was among 29 shooters competing on 15 targets. Originally known as the Palm Bay Archers, the group started in 1981. Back then, it had just six archers who would gather at each other’s homes to shoot and talk. But as membership grew, the club outgrew the backyards and soon established itself at the Wickham Park Archery Range in Melbourne. Today, the club is flourishing with more than 200 members and an active Facebook group of 420. Each month, the Brevard Archers conduct an array of archery competitions. The competition includes 3D, target and field archery. In field archery, the competition typically occurs in a wooded setting with targets of varying size spanning three rounds; the field round, the hunter round and the animal round, where the target is a paper/cardboard animal. Steven Rasbach, 72, of Melbourne, recently competed in the November Animal Round and said he “had a blast.” “The club works very well to make the contests all-inclusive of archers’ equipment and age levels,” Rasbach said. “Everyone can learn, have fun and support our club. I got to meet a lot of new archers, saw new techniques, laughed a lot. Try it one time, you’ll come back.” According to World Archery, the international governing body for the sport, archery can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age or ability. They also say the health benefits are numerous, including a strong core,

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Nine-year-old Beau Palumbo was among 30 archers who participated in competitions Dec. 14. He placed first in the Cub division. back and shoulders. It’s also a good place to meet new friends and the club is always looking for new members — both experienced archers and beginners. Members receive access to locked target lanes, a parking gate code, enhanced access to the club’s website

and reduced entry fees for events. Single, family and youth memberships are available and range from $50 to $75 a year. A youth membership (younger than 18) is $30 a year. Archery lessons taught by USA Archery certified instructors are

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Veterans group decks Memorial Complex with flags, poles BY DARRELL WOEHLER Officials dedicated five new flag poles last month at the the West Melbourne Veterans Memorial Complex with the flags of the five major U.S. military branches. The dedication was Dec. 5 at the complex at 2285 Minton Road in West Melbourne. The flags of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, and the flag poles project are the result of the collaboration between The Veterans Club of Hollywood Estates,

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and fundraising projects spanning three years, including Toys For Tots. Rose suggested it after seeing the estate’s flag poles and the veterans donated the flags and flag poles to the city for the Veterans Memorial Complex. City workers installed them. “The Hollywood Estates Club is a small organization, but mighty,” Duggan said at the dedication. “We get a lot done.” Duff presented the mayor with a plaque commemorating the dedication and the excellent working relationship between the city and the Veterans

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Club of Hollywood Estates, Inc. A crowd of military veterans, civic leaders and West Melbourne City Council members attended the dedication. Members of the various services stood as songs of each of the military services were played and their flag raised. The flag of the Army, which was the first service to be formed on June 14, 1775, was raised followed by the flags of the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. SL

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Helping veterans is all in the family for Taylor clan BY MARIA SONNENBERG George Taylor Jr. does not remember a time his father was not helping veterans. The elder Taylor, a Vietnam veteran, began informally assisting down-on-their-luck fellow veterans when his son was growing up in Titusville. With his high school diploma hot off the press, George Junior wanted to enlist and follow his father’s military footsteps into the Army, where George Senior had served as a paratrooper with the 173rd Division. Dad had other ideas. “When I came home and said I was going in the Army, he told me that I was going to be Air Force,” said the son. So began a military career that continues after 18 years for 36-yearold George Junior, currently a fulltime reservist for the Air Force 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base. Superintendent of the rescue helicopter unit, he has seen his share of deployments, from Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa to Diego Garcia and Somalia, from where he returned in October. There are more to come since Taylor expects to remain with the military for at least 12 more years before

retiring and pursuing a teaching career. During active duty, the diligent Taylor also managed to earn an undergraduate degree from EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University. Through all the deployments and studies, there has always been his connection with the National Veterans Homeless Support (NVHS), the group founded by his father in 2008. “I work on it pretty much any moment I can spare when I am awake,” said George Jr., the vice president and chief financial officer for NVHS. NVHS is a family affair for the Taylors. Dad George is president, George Jr.’s wife, Jennifer, handles the program director tasks, and his stepmom, Jan, is the housing program manager. The family’s passion for service has paid off big time for local veterans. In 2008, when NVHS was founded, 1,800 veterans were homeless in Brevard. Fast forward to 2018, when Brevard County’s homeless veteran population has been reduced by an amazing 88 percent to just 216. The volunteer organization headed by the Taylors connects with homeless veterans where they live, in the streets,

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George Taylor Jr., left, his wife, Jennifer, and his father George Taylor Sr. have given much of their time to help veterans find a place to live. under the bridges and in the woods. Through the efforts of former State Sen. Mike Haridopolos, the nonprofit received a grant that funded the purchase of four transitional housing units so veterans can have safe, decent housing while they turn their lives around. Continuing help from the state, plus grants, United Way funds and

private donations allow for the group to provide services to get veterans back on their feet. “We are now also focusing on prevention, because there are currently 4,400 veterans living below the HUD Poverty Guidelines and at-risk of homeless,” Taylor said. SL

More veterans granted access to military base shopping, facilities at Patrick Air Force Base More of those who served in the military will now have access to additional privileges at bases such as Patrick Air Force Base. There have been previous efforts to extend the eligibility for more veterans to use base commissaries, exchanges and other facilities. But, until now, there have been few changes. Now, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and veterans with service-connected disability ratings will be among those, who beginning Jan. 1, will be able to shop at the military bases and use recreation facilities. It also includes designated and approved disabled veterans’ primary caregivers. I would have thought that some of these veterans would already have had access to the benefits of shopping on base and using certain facilities. It was only after the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act advocated for more of those who served that things began to change to include more veterans. Before the newly eligible veterans, those who had the privilege of the benefits included active duty military, Guard and Reserve members, military retirees, Medal of Honor recipients and veterans with 100 percent disability rating. The new designation adds millions more veterans who will be eligible to use those base and military installation facilities. The new law gives the veterans

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access to Base Exchange stores, commissary and recreation facilities. In addition to the shopping privileges they also will have access to restaurants, marinas, bowling centers and clubs. The newly eligible veterans will have to make sure they have the proper identification from the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs with the designations such as serviceconnected disability. Everyone granted access to bases must undergo background checks and are subject to random searches of their vehicles. Veterans will no doubt have questions about access and identification needed. My recommendation is to check with the base you intend to use. For PAFB, go to patrick.af.mil/Resources/ Commissary-Exchange-and-MWRAccess-for-Veterans/Know-BeforeYou-Go/. Check with the commissary at commissaries.com/ExpandingAccess and with Base exchange at publicaffairs-sme.com/Community/ veterans. SL

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Grandfather of Heritage Isle resident receives long-overdue medal BY JEFF NAVIN Ron Faessen can’t be blamed if a few tears flow from his eyes whenever he finds the iconic 1957 war movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” on television. Faessen’s grandfather, Louis Hendrik Coppen, died Oct. 15, 1943 of malnutrition in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the village of Chungkai in Thailand. Coppen, a rifleman in the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL), was captured March 9, 1942 by Japanese soldiers while defending the island of Java in Indonesia. Coppen eventually was sent to a POW camp, where the prisoners were forced to work on the construction of the Thai-Burma railroad to India near the River Kwai. On Dec. 11, military representatives from the Netherlands traveled to Viera to present the Mobilization War Cross to Faessen in honor of his grandfather. Faessen is a resident of Heritage Isle in Viera. The presentation was held in Building C of the Brevard County Government Center. “It was just by chance that I found the website theindoproject.org,’’ Faessen said. “Jacq Brijl, a 91-yearold retired Dutch lieutenant colonel,

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Louis Hendrik Coppen, the grandfather of Ron Faessen, died in a Japanese POW camp. was looking for families whose relatives died during the war. He wants to keep alive the history of my Indo-Dutch ancestry and culture.’’ During the Japanese occupation, the Japanese tried to obtain the support of the Indonesian people by promising their independence from the Dutch after World War II. “After the war, there was a large migration to Holland and to the rest of the world,’’ Faessen said. “Some in

Indonesia wanted to remove the Dutch identity. As part of the Marshall Plan, the Dutch had to give up the Dutch East Indies.’’ Faessen’s father Paul, a member of the Indo-Dutch Marines, married Eleonore Coppen, the oldest daughter of Louis Hendrik Coppen. Ron Faessen has submitted a request to the Dutch government for his father to receive the Cross for Order and Peace for his service during the late 1940s. Ironically, Ron Faessen was born March 9, 1948. That was six years to the date that his grandfather was captured. Three months after his birth, Paul Faessen moved his family to Holland to live. In 1952, Faessen’s father moved to the United States and the family soon followed in 1953. Ron Faessen served in the U.S Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Da Nang in South Vietnam. During peace talks in 1972, his unit was transferred to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. While there, his mother told him that her father was buried nearby in Thailand. He was able to visit his father’s grave site near the River Kwai. “Before he was sent to Thailand, my mother was able to see her father

at a POW camp in Java,’’ Faessen said. “The family was able to bring him food and medicine. The last time my mother saw her father he had teeth missing from being beaten.’’ Faessen and his wife Mona wish that Eleonore Faessen had lived long enough to see her father receive the posthumous medal. She died in February 2016 at the age of 89 from complications after hip replacement surgery. “When Ron got that phone call from Sgt. Maj. Oranje from the Netherlands telling him about the medal, it was like Christmas Day for him,’’ Mona Faessen said. “His grandfather is finally getting a reward and acknowledgement for what happened. Ron’s mother would be so thrilled.’’ During the investigation process, Faessen received an email from a previously unknown cousin in Germany. The cousin is named after their heroic grandfather. The cousin’s father is the younger brother of Eleonora Coppen Faessen. “It’s ironic that my family has three generations of military people who fought in Southeast Asia,’’ Faessen said. “In such conflicts, some survive and go on to live their lives. My grandfather didn’t.’’ SL

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canvas or a small amount of clay, it’s an extra $10. You can join instructor Ree Nathan on Tuesdays to learn how to make an original greeting card or paper-crafted gift. Nathan supplies high-quality ink, paper, stamps and the tools to make two beautiful projects. The cost for the class and materials is $11. “One of the things I really love is when they tell me that when people receive them, they keep them. Others say they don’t send them out because they love them,” Nathan said of the creations made in her class. Suzan Brooks, a mixed media and mosaic artist, offers classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. “Anything can be a mosaic. Mirrors, boxes, shoes, lamps, bottles, rocks, flowerpots, back splashes. ... You are only limited by your imagination,” according to her flyer. Students are responsible for supplies in the mosaic class. Kits are for sale from the instructor. Fees are $25 per class if you use Brooks’ tools. If you provide your own tools, the cost is $20 per class. Seating is limited. It’s recommended that you call the instructors for class availability and for sources of supplies and any tools needed. Contact information can be found at artgalleryofviera.com. SL

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Merritt Island pioneer saved citrus Douglas Dummett’s innovations rescued Florida’s orange crops

BY MARIA SONNENBERG Growing up in Brevard County, Michael Boonstra fondly remembers the heady fragrance that often would greet him during family outings. “We would drive along U.S. 1 and I would roll down the windows to smell the orange blossoms, which were everywhere in Rockledge,” said Boonstra, a genealogy librarian/archivist at the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library and the Brevard Historical Commission.

Oranges once ruled Florida, and the sweet, sweet Indian River citrus was the supreme sovereign. Alas, those days of orange blossoms are long gone as the citrus industry, once a critical part of the county’s economy, has fallen prey to disease, development and competition from countries such as Brazil and China. Those two countries now lead the world in orange production. Some of the packing houses still await dejectedly for the bulldozers since the once proud Space Coast orange industry is a shadow of its former self. In 1997, Florida produced more than 340 million boxes of oranges, each weighing a hefty 90 pounds or so. In the 20192020 season, Florida’s orange production is expected to total 72 million boxes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If accurate, it would represent a modest 2 to 3 percent increase from the previous year, but it is still far below the good, old days. In Brevard, production has dropped by almost 90 percent. Things are extremely bad for

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Citrus businesses such as Skelly’s offered a free glass of orange juice to Florida visitors. local groves, but there is some consolation in the fact that growing oranges here never really was that easy, even in the good, old days. Repeated freezes always have been problematic for growers. In 1835, when the temperature reached a low of 11 degrees and killed nearly every orange tree, Douglas Dummett, the “Father of Indian River Citrus,” saved the day with his grove. It was the first in the area and the only grove in the state that remained alive after the freeze. His Merritt Island trees, sheltered by the warmer waters of the Indian River and strengthened by Dummett’s unique grafting techniques, survived the cold weather debacle. Seeds and cuttings from Dummett’s orange trees would be used to revive the orange industry in the rest of the state. According to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Dummett’s contribution to the industry did not stop with seeds and cuttings. He also invented “a new propagation technique by cutting wild sour orange trees down to a few feet from the ground and grafting buds

of sweet orange trees onto the stumps.” The technique accelerated the growing process and increased the hardiness of the trees. Indian River citrus was so desirable that Russian czars ordered boxes of the liquid gold shipped to them. Eventually, growers from throughout Florida began borrowing the name as a marketing ploy. A lengthy legal battle ensued, with the result that the Indian River appellation is now only permitted for citrus grown in the thin 200-mile stretch between Daytona and West Palm Beach. Like the grape growers in France’s champagne region, the Indian River citrus growers contend that the fruit of their labor cannot be found anywhere else. Toward the end of his days, even Dummett seemed to have had his fill of the vagaries of growing citrus. The story goes that he said he “wouldn’t pick a damned orange if you give me two million dollars a minute.” “While he may have been the “Father of Florida Citrus,” he apparently was pretty over it by the end of this life,” Boonstra said. SL

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An old orange tree thrives in the late 19th century at Douglas Dummett’s Merritt Island grove. Dummett, who is considered the “Father of Indian River Citrus,” is credited with saving the industry after the freeze of 1835.

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Victory Groves was a leader in the Brevard County citrus industry.

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Roadside citrus stands were common along major roads in Brevard County.

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education and support groups. We provide care from early detection to care after detection and everything in between with quality of life in mind,” Kosmick added. Joe’s Club, a crucial service with a sliding fee scale, operates in three locations — Melbourne, Titusville and Micco. Fay Barronett continues to have a fulfilling relationship with her daughter at home. Joe’s Club has helped immensely. When her daughter/caregiver became aware of Barronnett’s memory impairment, she felt she could no longer be home alone. “I can’t say how grateful I am to Joe’s Club for providing a safe haven for my mother while I work. The activities and socialization have done wonders for my mother, and I am so thankful for the wonderful work being done there,” Barronett’s daughter said. For more information about the extensive services offered by BAFI, including Joe’s Club, go to brevardalz.org or call 321-253-4430. SL

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Residents of Palm Lakes Estates in West Melbourne enjoy an aerobics class in December.

Water aerobics helps ease back, joint pain mood from swing, 1960s and 1970s American pop, rock and roll, hits from Chicago, the Beach Boys and all in between. Mayer has done yoga, dance classes and worked on Zumba routines. Mayer said that being in the pool has saved her after she sustained a back injury. “I had injections in my spine and left work from the north,” Mayer said. “I felt I had to leave very stressful work at a hospital. When I got here, I came down to the pool every day. Once I started doing aerobics classes, my back was not bothering me anymore.” Other class members, too, have found relief from various back and joint problems. “It is a great joy for me to do it.” SL

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Easy movement in the water makes aerobics swimming exercise a pleasant health benefit. The exercise is effective for people of all ages, but it’s especially beneficial for those 55 and older. One senior group can be found bouncing and bobbing at 9 a.m. six days a week and at 5:30 p.m. three nights a week in the pool at Palm Lakes Estates in West Melbourne. “I have 10 or 11 playlists made up and usually start off with a slower song to warm up, dragging frisbees up the side of the pool wall or warm up directly in the pool,” said Joyce Mayer, an instructor

who has been teaching the classes since May 2018 every day but Sunday. Mayer’s musical selections match the intensity of her workout that might feature the use of foam dumb bells and rubber bands with handles to use in higher intensity exercises. During the winter season, there are 12 in the class. There are fewer during the summer months. “We also use two frisbees in the pool. As you are running with them, you push and pull as performing the cross-country ski exercise,” Mayer said. “We do Pilates. I took yoga for many years. Twenty minutes of the class are yoga moves. The last of the class is yoga relaxation, so it really helps a lot.” A variety of music creates the

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Detecting glaucoma early can help save eyesight BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER More than 3 million Americans suffer from glaucoma, according to the American Glaucoma Society. This number is expected to grow with the changing demographics of the U.S. Glaucoma is the second biggest cause of blindness in the United States and the No. 1 cause among Hispanics. African Americans are 15 times more likely to be visually impaired than whites. “The recommended eye care professional guideline is that you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, especially for people over the age of 60 and people with

high risk factors,” said Dr. Regine Pappas, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon with Pinnacle Eye Center in Melbourne. “People with medical conditions such as diabetes, previous eye injuries, surgery or a family history of glaucoma may need an eye exam more frequently and sooner. The most common form of treatment for glaucoma is medication that can safely be used to control it. For most advanced cases, surgery is another treatment modality including lasers. There have been great advancements in diagnostic testing, medicines and glaucoma surgery the last several years. That gives many people the

hope of saving the vision they have and a chance to keep from going blind.” Laurie Jensen suffers from glaucoma, but she treated it from the outset. “You don’t know that you have it when you get it,’’ Jensen said. “It’s not genetic, but it does run in families. Glaucoma is dark spots that interfere with seeing and affects the optical nerve. There is no cure for it, but you can treat it so it may not get worse.” Jensen places drops in her eyes each day and she will continue this routine for the rest of her life. “It is something you get used to and live with. My grandmother had

it and lost her eyesight. I inherited her glaucoma. ‘OK, I say, enough grandma, don’t need anything else,” Jensen said with a grin. Some symptoms of the disease include sudden blurry vision, seeing rainbows or halos (especially at night which is due to fluid buildup in the front of the eye), loss of side or peripheral vision, severe eye or head pain, nausea or vomiting accompanied by eye pain, physical changes in eye appearance such as red-rimmed, swollen, change of iris color, encrusted eyelids, contact watering or red eyes, or the sudden loss of sight. SL

Take a trip to Titusville to see medicine at its best

Titusville has a lot to offer in the northern part of Brevard County. The first visit to the historic town should include a trip to the awardwinning Parrish Medical Center Complex on north Washington Avenue (U.S. 1 north) in Titusville. In 2002, Parrish Medical Center opened its 371,000 square-foot replacement facility and became the first in the southeast region to have designed and constructed an entire medical center using the principles of evidence-based design to create a healing environment. The architecture and design incorporates each of the seven healing environment elements as recommended by the Center for Health Design. I have seen many medical centers and this, by far, is one of the best. Inside, the ceiling soars more than five stories with plenty of wonderful natural light. You can appreciate and soak in the award-winning design even more while having a light meal served at the medical center’s groundfloor cafeteria. There is no charge to visit this complex.

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Just outside and south of the medical complex on U.S.1 is the new Parrish Health Village. Three of Titusville’s most notable historic homes were moved, extensively refurbished and prominently positioned at the entrance of the Parrish Health Village to create a sense of charm, dignity and grace. The Foundation House shares history and philanthropy. The Village Guest House has been converted for families that need to stay overnight. The third home is Heritage Hall, which is used for educational and community events. Free tours are offered at each of these homes. The Parrish Health Village is being built as a destination dedicated to the

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Heritage Hall is used for educational and community events. needs of seniors. Outpatient healthcare services, medical and assistive e uipment, fitness and wellness training and counseling services can be provided in one delightful and educational location. In the coming years, the Parrish Health Village will extend to the east at the south end of the Brevard County Chain of Lakes waterfront. A series of buildings will be constructed in 19th century period architecture. Connecting this entrance with the Parrish Health Village East will be a beautiful park, complete with a grand pavilion perfect for family and community activities. Parrish Medical Center is located at 951 N. Washington Ave. in Titusville. For information, call 321-268-6111 or go to parrishmed.com. If you find time, there also are other educational stops in Titusville.

• The America Police Hall of Fame & Museum at 6350 Horizon Drive. For information, call 321-264-0911. There is a modest admission charge. • The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. For information, call 321-861-0667. • The North Brevard Historical Museum is located at 301 South Washington Ave. For information, call 321-269-3658. • The Historic Pritchard House is located at 424 South Washington Ave. For information, call 321-607-0203. • The Valiant Air Command Warbird Air Museum is located at 6600 Tico Road. For information, call 321-268-1941. All of my day trips are educational and inexpensive for your family and all of those wonderful out-of-town guests that come down from the north to visit. SL

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‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ — Steam

Did you know that the No. 1 hit “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” was designed to be so terrible that no selfrespecting disc jockey would consider playing it? Does this make sense? Of course not! This is the crazy world of rock ‘n’ roll we’re talking about here! Paul Leka, the production genius behind the Lemon Pipers’ chart-topping “Green Tambourine,” had a talented musician pal named Gary DeCarlo, who had written and taped four commercially viable songs. Leka took DeCarlo’s demo (demonstration) tape to the Manhattan office of Mercury Records, where it was immediately decided that all four tunes were good enough to soon be released as individual singles. Record companies always issued 45s with an A side (the hoped-for hit)

and an inferior B side for the back. After all, why give away two good songs for the price of one? With this in mind, Leka and DeCarlo met at Mercury’s recording studio to cut a poor-quality B side for DeCarlo’s forthcoming debut disc. The ditty chosen was “Kiss Him Goodbye,” an unremarkable blues shuffle that Leka had co-written many years earlier. In the studio, Leka played keyboards after splicing in two previously recorded drum tracks. “Kiss Him Goodbye,” with DeCarlo singing lead, was intended to almost scream “Hey, not this side!” Or, so the pair thought. “I said we should put a chorus to it,” Leka said later in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. “I started writing when I was sitting at the piano, going ‘na na na na na na na na…’ ”

To add to the silliness, DeCarlo threw in a few repetitions of “hey hey hey …” The nonsense syllables were never improved upon. “We agreed it was just a B side and said the hell with it, let’s leave those lyrics in,” Leka explained further. “We fattened it up by singing it a couple more times.” When the musicians left the studio, one of them noticed a thick cloud hissing from a street manhole and said, “Wow, look at all the steam.” In time, this throwaway remark would provide a name for the group that didn’t exist. Surprisingly, the Mercury moguls declared “Kiss Him Goodbye” too good to be a B side and opted to release it as “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” on Mercury’s subsidiary Fontana label.

“It was an embarrassing record,” grumped Leka. “Not that Gary sang it badly, but compared to his four songs, it was an insult.” “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” became a one-off single by Steam on Fontana Records, while DeCarlo’s four individual offerings — issued under his recording name of Garrett Scott — would become Mercury releases. The result? Each of DeCarlo’s four superior discs tanked, while the Steam 45 sold more than six million copies. The oddball novelty lives on to this day. It usually is heard at sports events in arenas and stadiums, as a poke-inthe-eye crowd chant that gleefully proclaims, “you’re outta here!” when someone is forced to take an early exit. SL

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BREVARD COMMISSION ON AGING 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.

Brevard County employees collected, delivered gifts to hundreds of seniors Santa thinks he has a good crew working at the North Pole, but those elves can’t hold a candy cane to county employees. They filled an entire Space Coast Area Transit bus with the hundreds of gifts collected for these special seniors. The seniors are going to have a very happy holiday thanks to all of you. Our office could never make this drive such a success without your generosity. So, thank you so much

to everyone who adopted a special senior this holiday season. We greatly appreciate all of you. Lastly, who needs a sleigh when Santa has a SCAT bus? Thank you so much to Lance Parker and Carmen Baez (aka the transportation elves) for helping us streamline the collection and delivery of the gifts. A huge thank you from County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi and the Commission District 5 office for once again being amazing elves ever. SL

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Turning over a new leaf translates to doing stuff Another new year! Wow! I never thought I would live this long. Want to live longer and enjoy life? Turn over a new leaf! As we reflect on years gone by, we see lots of changes and innovations. Some people embrace them; others are thankful, and yet others complain about how bad things are in the world. Skip the resolutions, goal sheets and bucket lists. It’s time to change. Revitalize your life. Re-imagine. Try new things and change the filter on your life egin with an open mind. Focus on an attitude adjustment — not the one at 5 p.m. somewhere in the world. Don’t consider yourself retired; become refired Regardless of your physical, mental or moral condition, you

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski can turn over a new leaf. Make it your challenge for the new year. Get moving! Walk, run, roll the wheelchair outdoors and check out the neighborhood, swim, play action games or throw a ball. Get physical! Work your brain. You can add and repair brain cells. Play word games, work puzzles, engage in discussions, write a letter to a legislator or call

your grandchildren to learn about what is happening in their world. Try Facebook, email, Google and contact Alexa. If your brain is hurting, it’s working. Socialize! Meet new people. Invite your neighbors for coffee, tea and scones. Connect with people in church. Attend a lecture at a local college or university. Florida Tech has a great Lifelong Scholar Society. You don’t have to be a scholar. Turn over a new leaf; check out fit.edu/lifelongscholar-society. Travel and explore! Check out your neighborhood, your city, state, country and the world. Every destination has accommodations for people of all ages, lifestyles and health conditions. Under every leaf there is a new place to explore. Travel clubs offer

opportunities to experience new places by joining a tour group with other like-minded people. This is the year to do it! Meditate! Connect with your spiritual thoughts. Read the Bible with the help of Daily Walk study guides and devotionals. Take time each day to think good thoughts. Pray — just have a talk with God. You don’t need fancy words. Just say: “God, this is a new year. I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m challenged. Help me appreciate the beauty of the world around me.” SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics nlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at topicsed@aol.com.

Let’s promise to make a substantial impact for 2020 Studies reveal that the most impactful action you can choose to positively affect your own health, the environment and the life of countless animals is to reduce the amount of animal products you consume. According to NutritionFacts.org, “Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet might help prevent, treat or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure”. After watching “The Game Changers,” a revolutionary new

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News Today that nutritionally speaking, we don’t need to eat meat and that a vegan diet can have an extremely positive impact on health. Now how can that benefit the environment? According to the New York Times article “Stop Eating Meat and Save the Planet?,” meat production might affect the environment not only for its “effects on the climate but also because of related issues like deforestation and ensuring secure supplies of water.” According to National Geographic, the side effects of food production include the generation of greenhouse gases, high volume of water and crop use, increased release of nitrogen or phosphorous from fertilizers, and the potential negative effects on local biodiversity as a consequence of changes in the original landscape and habitat for many species. Reducing meat consumption would then decrease demand and, consequently, put less pressure on the environment and on producers to produce more meat and dairy more quickly in order to feed a growing population. That would also have an effect on the animals that are part of this production cycle. As Animal Aid (animalaid.org. uk) explains on its website, “modern factory units exist to produce meat and dairy products as quickly and cheaply as possible, and the animals are given the bare minimum needed to survive. Crammed into stinking sheds, most will never roam freely, nor will they ever breathe fresh air or see natural daylight. Many will die before they even leave the farm, victims of the terrible conditions in which they live.” Those animals would most definitely benefit from a change in our diet. In the new year, why not give this a try and reduce or work toward eliminating animal products from your shopping cart? The key to changing — once you decide to is to find what will work for you. Think long term and allow yourself to transition into new choices. Will it work You define your own success. As long as it is at your own pace, at your own terms, it will work. How much should you change?

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Holiday routine doesn’t fit well with reality I’m having a fit with fitness. I mean the term fitness. What is it actually saying about us? Fit into what? Fit in our clothes? Fit in our cars? Fit in the airline seat? As we close out another holiday season and start with the ritual of making New Year’s resolutions, many of us turn our attention to shedding the pounds we have spent the last month and a half accumulating. Yes, since Thanksgiving, it’s been a non-stop eating and drinking fest. Instead of looking like Jack LaLanne — not Richard Simmons — we instead look like one of those Weebles that when you push it over, it bounces back up. Our waistlines look more like waste lines. Yes, it’s time to pay for all your merriment. Pay being the operative word. You can’t do it on your own. So, maybe a gym membership is a good idea. Or, you can pay for SlimFast or Weightwatchers. Just the amount of cash you’re removing from your wallets will slim you down by a couple of inches. That’s a good start, right? So, why are we working so hard to get fit

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Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad When I find my clothes are tight, I just buy bigger clothes. If I can’t get into my car, I just buy a bigger car. If I can’t get into my airline seat, I just … well, I just don’t fly. So, how can I fit fitness into my life because it’s giving me fits First, I’m trying resistance training by resisting to give up pizza, burgers and beer. Second, I’ve decided the only six pack I’ll have will not be in my waist but in my fridge and it will say Bud Light on the side. Third, the only bars I’ll be pressing will be the ones that overcharge for drinks. In other words, I’m not going to spend hours at the gym, or hundreds of dollars on big-name diet programs. All I need to look good to my friends is a $14.99 bottle of Jose Cuervo Tequila! Now, that’s a plan that fits into my lifestyle. SL

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Space Coast Trail Race #1 7 a.m. Compete in all four races to qualify for the Space Coast Race Series awards, benefiting For the Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. Fox Lake Sanctuary 4400 Fox Lake Road Titusville, 321-652-2675

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Post Holiday Blues

2 - 3:30 p.m. Educational workshop for those struggling with grief after the holidays. Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Merritt Island, 321-269-4240

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Therefore I Create 10:30 a.m. Resident artists will display the best of their current work and compete for awards. Studios of Cocoa Beach 165 Minutemen Cswy. Cocoa Beach, 321-613-3480

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 344’s Auction

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Renaissance Fair

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Jan. 11 - 12, 18 - 20, 25 - 27 & Feb. 1 - 2 Music, dancing, food, merchants and more. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-458-3515

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Stephen Foster Memorial Day

Senior Fitness

1 p.m. Increase stamina, strength, energy and balance. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

Big Band Greatest Hits

3:30 and 7 p.m. Melbourne Municipal Band plays frequently requested favorites. Riverside Presbyterian Church 3400 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-6085

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Space Coast Trail Race #2 7 a.m. Compete in all four races to qualify for the Space Coast Race Series awards, benefiting For the Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. Malabar Scrubs Sanctuary 1501 Malabar Road Malabar, 321-652-2675

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National Spouses Day

Accordion Club Meeting

2 - 5 p.m. Members and guests are invited to play accordions or other instruments. Elks Lodge 1532 315 Florida Ave. Cocoa, 866-455-2322

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Airplane Rides

1 p.m. Jan. 9 - 12 11 a.m. Ride on a 1929 Ford TriDr. Joe Finley, guest speaker Motor aircraft, Tin Goose. and retired FBI agent, will Valiant Air Command speak. RSVP by Jan. 3. Warbird Museum Space Coast Convention Ctr. 6600 Tico Road 301 Tucker Lane Titusville, 877-952-5395 Cocoa, 321-727-1212

Meet astronaut Steve Smith during a live presentation at Astronaut Encounter, included with daily admission. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Space Commerce Way 1-855-433-4210

A Space Coast Symphony Orchestra concert. The Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 855-252-7276

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6 - 9 p.m. Local vendors, merchant specials, holiday music, entertainment and snow flurries. Downtown Titusville Titusville, 321-362-5581

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Caregiver Life Transitions

1:30 - 3 p.m. For individuals who have been caregivers and are now transitioning to life beyond the caregiver years. Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Merritt Island, 321-452-4341

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National Hugging Day

Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club 1:30 p.m. Subject will be “hats, belts & accessories.” Melbourne Beach Library 324 Ocean Ave. Melbourne Beach, 321-795-7363

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Noon - 1 p.m. Learn how to maximize savings and pay off debt after this holiday season. Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Merritt Island, 321-452-4341

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Japa Meditation Noon - 12:30 p.m. Bring awareness and peace to the self and the world. Mala beads are provided. Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Merritt Island, 908-507-7167

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16. A free concert by Swingtime. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., pre-show entertainment, The Clarinetics. Melbourne Auditorium Jukebox hits of the 50s, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Connie’s Creative Card 60s & 70s Melbourne, 321-724-0555 Making 3 - 4 p.m. 11:30 a.m. Performed by Dace DeLuca. Make two greeting cards. Melbourne Beach Library North Brevard Senior Center 324 Ocean Ave. 909 Lane Ave. Melbourne Beach, 321-956-5642 Titusville, 410-598-3755

Martin Luther King Parade and Celebration 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Parade followed by celebration at Isaac Campbell Park. Parade starts at Senior Center parking lot and ends at Isaac Campbell Park. North Brevard Senior Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-600-4855

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National Fig Newton Day

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6 - 10 p.m. Beginners welcome. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m. A workshop filled with an emphasis on personal exploration, Jan. 17 & 18. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave. #105 Viera, 321-745-3710

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Lesson 7 p.m. Dance 7:30 p.m. Join us for loads of fun and smiles. Cocoa Beach Contra Dance 321 Ramp Road Cocoa Beach, 321-427-3587

Human Trafficking Awareness Day Night Sounds Concert 6 p.m. Free bluegrass concert with regular park entry fees. Sebastian Inlet State Park 9700 S. Hwy. A1A Melbourne Beach, 321-984-4852

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EGAD Guided Mural Tour

9:30 a.m. Every third Saturday, tours will start and finish at the Eau Gallie Library. Portion of proceeds go toward future murals. Eau Gallie Library 1521 Pineapple Avenue Melbourne, 321-775-3105

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10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Live music, food and more. Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-385-9600

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7 p.m. Space Coast Symphony concert brings movie music of the greatest films. Satellite High School PAC 300 Scorpion Court Satellite Beach, 855-252-7276

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Hosted by Vascular Vein Centers. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

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9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cost varies on how many cards are played. North Brevard Senior Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-537-5322

7:30 p.m. Melbourne Municipal Band presents an evening of orchestra jazz favorites. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-285-6724

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Fourth annual Space Race 5 p.m. Walk/Run throughout KSCVC to benefit United Way of Brevard. Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex Space Commerce Way Merritt Island, 855-433-4210

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Sock Hop Dance 7 p.m. Melbourne Municipal 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 22 - 27 10 a.m. Features photographers, Beat the rush and sign up Band presents a dance field trips, workshops and for an appointment for tax with music by the Rock & presentations. Roll Revue. help. Eastern Florida State Melbourne Auditorium College Titusville campus Cocoa Beach Library 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. 550 N. Brevard Ave. 1311 U.S. 1 Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 Melbourne, 321-339-7705 Titusville, 321-268-5224

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ature s eauty in uences BY JUDY BERMAN What Laura Kucharyson loves about painting is the ability to build and build. She does that with oils. But she also does that by telling a story through her art. She started oil painting as a student when she was 12. Her teacher, Evelyn Adams in Colorado, was a huge influence on her. Then, with her dad’s encouragement, her love of art flourished when he bought her first art box complete with paint supplies. “I loved the experience of oil because it takes so long for oils to dry and I love taking the time to blend the colors on the canvas and mixing colors. With oils, you can let it dry and paint more.” Like artist Robert Lebron, whom she studied under for 2½ years, Kucharyson often uses a palette knife in lieu of a brush. His influence can be seen in her painting of “Roots Go Deep,” one of her paintings at the Art Gallery of Viera. “I love the look of red leaves piling on the canvas. It’s probably one of my most fun paintings.” In “Winter in Paris,” horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians navigate the snowy streets near the Arc de Triomphe. Linger a bit at this painting. What does the artist divulge and what more of the

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story would you, the viewer, like to know? In her painting, “Autumn in the Mountains,” she captured “the sun shimmering through one spot, illuminating one part of the forest.” The peaceful, solitary setting feels like you’re in church. Her artwork includes a Scripture verse. Some are easier to spot than others, and she urges people to “let the SENIOR LIFE Judy Berman search begin.” Laura Kutcharyson’s paintings are on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Viera. “It is my passion to When she is out in nature, she says she is now “obsessed with the continue painting Kucharyson says she feels like she’s so water. I go to the ocean and take gobs God’s creation and to share this with small. and gobs of pictures.” others,” Kucharyson wrote on her “I look out and can’t imagine That walk inspired her painting of website. someone not knowing that there is “The Wave.” Huge waves were rushing When she lived in Colorado, her a creator. The majesty of the water. up on the rocks and pounding the shore. landscapes were the result of camping, How no wave is the same. Kind of She captured that wave coming up. and being outdoors with her family. Since moving to Melbourne in 2006, like us.”SL “It looked like a tsunami.”

Erna Nixon Park’s Midnight Stroll offers night view of sky BY LINDA JUMP Viewing the stars unobstructed by light is difficult, but on Saturday, Jan. 4, the Erna Nixon Park in West Melbourne will host a bi-annual Moonlight Stroll. “Without lights, you can see the sky clearly. It’s a much different experience walking the boardwalk at night,” said Cheryl Caldwell, the environmental program supervisor for South Area Parks. This year, the stroll begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. to allow more visitors.

Melbourne also walks at Erna Nixon and it is open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk. The county park was named two times a week “to clear my mind.” after a Melbourne Village naturalist. He and his wife have met at the For information, go to brevardfl. pavilion for workday lunches, and his gov/ParksRecreation/South/ daughter’s elementary school comes ParksInWestMelbourne. to the park for field trips to see the Frank Anton, 83, of Eau Gallie small nature center’s exhibits. SL walks through the park three or four times a week. Air Gagers A/C & Heating Inc. “I’ve been coming for Locally-owned & Operated 20 years. When I got out of Proudly serving all of Brevard County the hospital this summer, I returned regularly. Otherwise, I’d be in a wheelchair or in assisted living. It helps my New Ye ar Sp ec ia l! $ overall health, keeps my sugar 60 Maintenance low and I need to lose some Service weight.” (Reg. $120) *Free duct sanitizing!* /2020. A bird enthusiast, he said mention this ad. Expires 1/31 (With any service over $150) in recent months he has ASURE EXTENDED WARRANTY PROVIDER seen an American Red Start, a yellow throated warbler “Advanced Technology, Old-Fashioned Service” and several varieties of woodpeckers. Military & senior discounts Joe Dobie, 43, of

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North Brevard North Brevard Events Jan. 7 • 10 a.m. - Noon Master Gardeners Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026 Jan. 8 • 6:30 p.m. Bookworms Book Club “Stiff” by Mary Roach Port St. John Library 6500 Carole Ave. Titusville, 321-633-1867 Jan. 14 • 10 a.m. Writers Group New members are welcome. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 Jan. 23 • Noon - 4 p.m. Contract Bridge Beginners are welcome. Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026

Titusville street party promises snow BY FLORA REIGADA Snow is in the forecast for Downtown Titusville and so is lots of family fun during the Let it Snow Street Party. The popular event will be hosted by the Downtown Titusville Merchant Association. It will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 in the historic downtown. The community is invited to experience a winter wonderland complete with food trucks, music, vendors, merchant specials, a kids zone and a performance by Kalon Krew of the Kalon Dance Company. “It will be a fun and free family event with stores open late,” said Julie Hilligoss, the vice president of the Downtown Titusville Merchant Association and the owner of the Hotpoint Boutique. For those who want to step back in time and explore area history, the North Brevard Historical Museum also will remain open. Both of its windows will feature antique toys displayed around a Christmas tree. The display includes Tinker Toys, vintage cat-eye marbles, a porcelain doll and railcars from a

“The novelty of having snow fall is a great way of bringing people downtown and continuing the winter holiday spirit of celebration.” — Marcia Gaedcke

Lionel train set on loan from a 90-yearold man whose father owned the set. The Titusville Welcome Center will remain open as well, providing restroom convenience, area information and bicycle rentals. “Christmas lights will still be up, making for a charming, inviting atmosphere,” Hilligoss said. Marcia Gaedcke, the president of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, commended the creative efforts of the Downtown Titusville Merchants Association. “The novelty of having snow fall is a great way of bringing people downtown and continuing the winter holiday spirit of celebration,” she said. “It’s good to have families and the

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Christmas decorations in Downtown Titusville will remain on store windows throughout the Let It Snow Street Party on Jan. 10. community coming together.” For information about this event and others in Downtown Titusville, go to the Downtown Titusville Merchant Association’s facebook page at facebook.com/ Downtown-Titusville-MerchantAssociation-958 9 14 51 115/ SL

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North Brevard County will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Dr. Martin Luther King breakfast will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Gibson Youth Center at 835 Sycamore St. in Titusville. Three speakers, including Rufus Edmonson, will reenact King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Tickets are $20. “We are asking our friends to be a part of this first unity breakfast,” said Jeff Davis, the president of the North Brevard NAACP. On Monday, Jan. 20, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade will start at 11 a.m. on Lane Avenue. At this event, South Street will be dedicated as it becomes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. SL

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Birding Festival draws hundreds of visitors to Space Coast each year BY FLORA REIGADA Would you like to know how woodpeckers can save the world? Or your local woodland? Such is the focus of Steve Shunk’s talk at the 23rd Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Woodpeckers are this year’s festival featured bird. A keynote speaker, Shunk founded Paradise Birding in 1997. The festival will take place Jan. 22 to 27 at Eastern Florida State College’s Titusville’s campus at 1311 North U.S.1. “The event draws hundreds of bird watchers and tourists each year and that benefits area businesses, said Kuimba Boston, the communications specialist for the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Since the festival has notoriety as one of the best in the United States, it gives the Space Coast more visibility.” Forty-five talks will cover naturerelated topics and remarkable places to visit. There also are workshops, presentations and field trips to the region’s best wildlife sites. A manateeviewing trip to Blue Spring State Park will include a boat trip on the St. Johns River. New this year is Space Coast Family Wildlife Adventure Day on

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Many different species of birds can be seen at the Canaveral National Seashore. Jan. 25. Look for more than 70 exhibitors in the exhibit center. In addition to being home to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National Seashore and the Kennedy Space Center, Florida’s Space Coast is located at the convergence of the temperate and tropical zones. This creates a diversity of habitats that make it one of the best birding locations in the nation. Renee Smart and Walter Kiely of Titusville were impressed when they first attended the festival 1 years ago and they have volunteered ever since.

“We loved the exhibits and the people were so knowledgeable and friendly that we kept coming back,” Smart said. Smart especially enjoys exhibits with animals. She and Kiely volunteer with registration and they booth sit, which is watching over an exhibitor’s booth while he or she gives a talk or a presentation. “We have met people from all over the world,” Smart said. For information about activities, scheduling and costs, go to scbwf.org. SL

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BY JENNIFER TORRES Randy Coker has lost his marbles. But only the ones he owned as a child. At the age of 71, his collection surpasses 20,000. Known around his home state of Oklahoma as “The Old Marble Collector,” Coker will soon bring his expertise (and his marbles) to Cocoa Village for a showcase offering locals the opportunity to look, buy, sell — or simply ask questions. During the 1800s, Germany manufactured the first marbles. Soon after, the popularity of marbles moved to another level when American companies mass produced toy marbles that quickly were collected by children everywhere. Coker played with them as a kid, too. But, none of those marbles still are around because, he said, “most got lost or used as slingshot ammo.” In fact, it wasn’t until the mid 1990s that Coker began collecting and researching marbles after finding a large box of them in an attic. During his showcase, Coker will offer free evaluations for people who want to know what kind of marbles they have and how much they’re worth. He’ll also have many from his own collection on display — with

“If grandma left a jar of marbles behind and you’re curious to find out more, bring them by.” — Randy Coker

“Randy came out and did a marble show and had all sorts of people come with bags of marbles for him to identify and find out their worth, Davis said. “Everyone loved it.” Randy Coker, “The Old Marble Collector,” will conduct his showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 and again on Jan. 4 at Stone Street Apothecary and Antique Marketplace. It is located at 17 Stone St. in Cocoa. For more information, call 321-6314959. SL

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January 24, 1895

Hawaii’s monarchy ends as Queen Lili`uokalani is forced to abdicate. Hawaii is annexed by the U.S. and becomes the 50th state in 1959.

January 24, 1972

Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is found on Guam after 28 years of hiding in the jungle not knowing World War II had ended.

January 3, 1959

Alaska is admitted as the 49th .S. state with a land mass almost one-fifth the size of the lower 48.

January 11, 1964

The .S. Surgeon General first declares cigarettes might be hazardous to your health.

January 5, 1972

President Richard Nixon signs a bill approving $5.5 billion spanning six years to build a NASA space shuttle.

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January 12, 1932

Hattie W. Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, is appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill her deceased husband’s term. She later becomes the first woman elected to the Senate.

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Monthly lease payments of $389 per month for 36 months is based on an adjusted capitalized cost of $37,940 (MSRP of $44,145, including destination and handling fee of $995, less $3,000 customer down, $0 security deposit and suggested dealer contribution of $1,205 and $1,000 Lease Credit, $1,0 Conquest Certificate). Actual MSRP may vary. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect your actual lease payment. Cash due at signing includes $3,000 down payment, $389 first month's payment, $925 acquisition fee and $0 security deposit. Lessee responsible for insurance during the lease te wear and tear as defined in the lease contract, $0.25/mile over 22,500 miles and a disposition fee of $350 at lease end. Not all customers will qualify for security deposit waiver. Tax, title, license, registration and dealer fees are additional fees due at signing. Advertised payment does not include applic Purchase option at lease end, excluding tax, title and government fees, is $27,370. Offer valid through July 31, 2019 and may be combined with other offers unless otherwise stated. Models pictured may be shown with metallic paint and/or additional accessories. Visit your authorized BMW Center f details. ©2019 BMW of North America, LLC. The BMW name, model names and logo are registered trademarks.

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