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Graceland’s guest takes home best Senior Life wins Best of Show again at NAMPA’s annual awards banquet Story, page 9

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R. Norman Moody, the editor of Senior Life, holds the trophy that Senior Life won for earning Best of Show in the North American Mature Publishers Association’s contest.

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Your feedback helps us reel in many awards We look for feedback from you, our readers, on whether we are bringing you the stories, columns and information that serve you best. Your reaction the past year has indicated to us that we are doing well. Now, the North American Mature Publishers Association has also recognized our work. For the second year in a row, Senior Life newspaper has garnered Best of Show for 2019 and 15 other awards for stories, columns and editorials that we have brought to you during the past 12 months. Three of us returned from the international association’s convention in Memphis, Tennessee, where we accepted the awards on behalf of the rest of our staff, freelance writers and columnists. My congratulations to all involved. We also extend our appreciation to you, our readers and advertisers, because the winning entries are the type of stories you have indicated to us you want to see in Senior Life. You can read more specifics about the awards in a story in this edition of Senior Life. In this edition, you will read about a more than $4 million expansion to the Brevard Zoo, about events planned for Veterans Day weekend and about how a bee farm is operated. In addition, we tell you what you should know about gluten. And, because we strive to bring you other stories and information that are useful to you, there are many others for you to check out in this edition. Stories on technology, how-to and even one on the Salvation Army and opportunities to volunteer with that organization during the year-end holidays. After coming back from the publishers’ convention with our awards, we resolve to continue doing what we’ve been doing, always looking to do it even better with your feedback. We’re listening, so tell us what else you want to see in your Senior Life.

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Brevard Zoo’s latest expansion set to open this month BY ERNEST ARICO Visitors will get a special treat when the Brevard Zoo’s newest exhibits open Nov. 16. The exhibits are part of the Brevard Zoo’s $4.4 million “Rainforest Revealed” expansion. Officials say it’s the biggest expansion in the zoo’s 25-year history. Workers and volunteers are recreating the South American rain forest in the Space Coast zoo. Officials said Florida has the perfect climate for the recreation, which will include animals that haven’t been featured at the zoo. “Because of our climate, we can do something no one else can really do, and that is we can have a living breathing rain forest here,” Brevard Zoo Executive Director Keith Winsten said. According to information from the zoo’s website, large otters that can grow up to 6 feet long will be featured, and for the first time, the zoo will feature venomous snakes inside a venomous reptile building. The zoo also will feature “River Monsters,” which include large fish, as heavy as 400 pounds, caimans and freshwater stingrays. The expansion also includes three new housing areas for the spider monkeys that have overhead connecting tunnels called “sky trails,” which allow the monkeys to move back and forth and hang in different social groups, just like they do in the wild.

“Spider monkeys are really social primates. They’re the only monkey we know that lives in social groups, much like people,” Winsten said. “It’s called fission fusion: They get together for bigger groups and then break apart like we do for Thanksgiving.” Zoo officials said they have been working on the project for four years. Winding through a lush tropical landscape almost indistinguishable from a true jungle, La Selva has remained a must-see for visitors since the zoo opened in 1994. Its majestic jaguars, playful monkeys and chattering parrots represent the splendid diversity of life found within the rainforests of Latin America and inspire zoo visitors to protect this critical ecosystem. “After 25 years of faithful service, it’s time to give this treasured section of the zoo the makeover it deserves,” the website reported. Using the latest science, conducted both at animal care facilities and in the wild, zoo officials believe “Rainforest Revealed” will forever transform the zoo as you know it. Much of this particular design was done by the zoo’s research partnership with Dr. Darby Proctor and the Florida Institute of Technology. This expanded habitat features a cognition center where Proctor and her students demonstrated the voluntary behavioral research they conduct at the zoo. The smallest animal of “Rainforest Revealed” might have the biggest impact on visitors. The red siskin is an endangered, strikingly plumaged finch


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“Rainforest Revealed,” Brevard Zoo’s $4.4 million expansion, its largest expansion, is expected to open Nov. 16. native to Colombia and Venezuela currently displayed at no other zoo in the country — a fact zoo officials hope will change if its breeding efforts are successful. Visitors can learn about the threats facing the red siskin and how the choices you make at the grocery store could save their lives. The climax of “Rainforest Revealed” is the “Flooded Forest.” This massive complex highlights the importance of water to Latin American ecosystems and draws parallels from the Amazon River to the Indian River Lagoon. The Amazon River is renowned for its extreme variety of fish, and new species are discovered there every year. Visitors will marvel at the mighty arapaima (capable of exceeding 400 pounds in weight), freshwater

stingrays and dwarf caimans (small relatives of the crocodiles) in a 5,300-gallon tank complete with 26 horizontal feet of underwater viewing. Across the way, visitors can peer into a 4,000-square-foot, 20-foot-tall aviary-like structure housing freeflying macaws, roseate spoonbills, Orinoco geese and other colorful rainforest birds. Some of the monkeys will have access to this space via sky trail, and ground-level passages will connect to brand-new, open-air habitats for tapirs, capybaras and giant anteaters. “Every time you come to the exhibit it will look different because you won’t know who is going to be where and where they will spend their time,” Winsten said. For more information about the zoo, go to SL

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Neighbors Salvation Army seeks assistance in helping others in Brevard The majority of donations come from the Christmas season, starting Nov. 23 and running to Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations around the northern half of Brevard. “We always encourage people to ring as much as possible because with an increase in volunteer ringers, we are able to keep our fundraising costs down. This in turn allows us to assist more people throughout the year,” Spencer said. “They will be collecting funds to allow us to help people in need through our emergency social services program, our domestic violence program and our soup kitchen that serves 3,000 meals a month.” Volunteers can register online at, they can select the location they want to volunteer to ring at as well as the time slots that are available. “The most rewarding aspect of working for The Salvation Army is being able to help the many people that come to us each year for help during their time of crisis whether it is for rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency food, domestic violence


As the holiday season approaches, the familiar sound of bells can be heard in public areas and storefronts, ringing out for donations for The Salvation Army. Each year, volunteers for The Salvation Army ring bells beside a traditional iconic red kettle, asking for donations for those in need. This past year, however, has been somewhat difficult for The Salvation Army. Donations are needed more than ever. “Generally, each year during the fall season, we usually have our slump in funding,” said Maj. Jim Spencer, a corps officer for The North Central Brevard County Salvation Army. “(The slump occurs) as people are still on vacation or just don’t think that there is a need any longer. It could be because it is not the Christmas season and we generally are out in the public eye. This year, that slump has just been harder than expected in conjunction with some grant funding that has finished its round and is now no longer available to us.”

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Salvation Army volunteers help sort through donated items from last Christmas. shelter, toys and food for their families at the holidays or assistance with recovering after a time of disaster,” Spencer added. “Most of the time, they only need emergency assistance for a short period of time to get them back on their feet. People who come to us for assistance are very grateful for the help and we hope that by our willingness to help them that they will

then remember that time of assistance when they are asked to help someone else in their life.” The North Central Brevard County Salvation Army is located at 919 Peachtree St. in Cocoa. To assist the Salvation Army in helping others in the community, go to, or call 321-632-6060, ext. 18 for more information. SL

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With the huge range of high-tech devices available today, many seniors are looking to try out smart devices for their homes. One such device is a smart switch, which allows users to activate lights and other electrical switches from their mobile devices. In a nutshell, a smart switch is simply a switch that is connected to a mobile device over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth or WiFi. Using a smart switch is as easy as connecting your device to the switch you’re using — and that’s it. How the connection works depends on the type of connection that the smart switch demands. Many smart light switches also might be used in the same way as standard light switches, via manually switching them on and off. This is an added convenience since users might not always want to use their mobile device if they’re close enough to simply touch the light switch. While most smart switches refer to light switches and other simple on-off

devices, smart appliances, likewise, work in the same fashion. Smart appliances range from refrigerators to washing machines, and there are even vehicles that allow for owners to start them from their phones. There are many options to choose from when looking at a smart light switch. Often, smart switches work in similar ways, but come in a variety of different options. When shopping for a smart switch, first determine how you’re going to be turning the switch on and off. Switches can be paired to your phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, or they also might be paired to popular command devices such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home. Next, determine how you’d ideally like to use the smart switch. Not only are there standard on-off light switches, there also are dimmers, multi-setting switches and switches that connect to ceiling fans. When buying smart appliances, each appliance needs to be looked at individually to see what is the best fit for your lifestyle and your home. For seniors especially, smart appliances and smart switches can help

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Smart switches can be found at local electrical stores, as well as home improvement stores such as Lowe’s. make daily life a bit easier. With all of the technological options to choose from, life can be a bit more fun. For more information on smart switches and smart devices, search online or go to a local electronics store. In the Viera area, there are

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Senior Life again wins Best of Show at NAMPA awards banquet BY ERNEST ARICO For the second consecutive year and the fourth time in five years, Senior Life of Florida, published by Bluewater Creative Group, captured the Best of Show Division B honors during the 2019 North American Mature Publishers Association’s awards banquet held Oct. 14 at The Guest House of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The awards banquet was part of NAMPA’s national convention. It also celebrated NAMPA’s 25th anniversary of its founding. In addition to its Best of Show award, Senior Life won 15 other awards in 34 categories. The competition was divided into four divisions depending on circulation — Division A with 25,000 or less circulation; Division B with circulation between 25,001 and 50,000; Division C with circulation between 50,001 and 100,000, and Division D with circulation of 100,001 or more. The other 15 Senior Life awards were: • Senior Issues: Tied for second place, Ernest Arico, help available if you plan to downsize your house, and Ed Baranowski, life-saving tips on being prepared in case of a medical emergency. • Editorial/Opinion: First place, R. Norman Moody, Tuskegee Airman to finally get full military honors years after his death. • Resource Guide or Directory: First place, Boomer Guide, 2019 edition. • How-to Feature: Third place, Austin Rushnell, you can take great photos with your cellphone. • Feature Writing: Second place, Jeff Navin, “It’s A Colorful Life.” • Topical Issues: First place, Ernest Arico, “Parkinson’s Down for the Count.” • Front Cover (Photo): First place, Boomer Guide, 2019 edition. • Table of Contents: Second place,

Boomer Guide, 2019 edition. • Annual Resource Guide or Directory Design: First place, Boomer Guide, 2019 edition. • Feature Layout: Second place, the presentation of photos on colorful murals is fun to look at and easy to navigate. • Best Overall Use of Photography: Second place, regular sections, such as Senior Living, Neighbors, Senior Life Stripes and Senior Life Health and Wellness are consistently designed and labeled to create a familiar publication. • Self-Promotion (Outside Source): Third place, display advertisement is nicely balanced and uses limited space well. • Self-Promotion (Awards): Second place, outstanding image of the “Best of Show” trophy immediately grabs the reader’s eye. • Best Single Ad (Color): First place, fantastic use of a large space. The ad is bright, colorful, informative, balanced, engaging and fun. • Best Banner: First place, a colorful, almost whimsical banner is bold and attention-grabbing. “I am so proud of our staff, writers, reporters and editors,” said Jill Blue, CEO of the Bluewater Creative Group. “We tried to submit something from everyone in all of the different categories.” There were more than 300 entries submitted from publications for the 2019 NAMPA awards. All total, there were 176 award winners in the four divisions. All award entries were judged by the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Senior Life also won Best of Show awards in 2015, 2016 and 2018. “It gives us recognition for our efforts as we cover stories and topics for the mature market,’’ Blue said. “Our writers are looking for the best article to cover in Brevard County. The Senior Life team deserves to be acknowledged for their hard work and passion for their craft. It’s

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Chateau Madeleine opens, serves gourmet food to public BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL With three gourmet restaurants, Chateau Madeleine Senior Living and Memory Care is a fine dining experience that shouldn’t be missed. Chateau Madeleine’s three restaurants are: the Chef’s Pick Restaurant, Legends Lounge and Around the World Café. All are open to not only the senior residents at Chateau Madeleine, but also to the public. Also new to the dining scene at Chateau Madeleine is Kevin Boulton, the director of dining services. He has a long career of working in fine dining, including resorts in Las Vegas. “I’m looking for a different opportunity, a different (sort of) field (at Chateau Madeleine),” Boulton said. “I’m here to play with some more varied food and have some fun creating food from scratch. So, you can make the kitchen and the menus your own.” Chateau Madeleine offers American dining, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, all in a casual-fine dining experience. Breakfast menus also include specialized items such as eggs benedict, crepes and more. Menus for the Chef’s Pick Restaurant, the Legends Lounge and the Around the World Café can be

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The Legends Lounge at Chateau Madeleine is open to the public on weekdays for happy hour from 4 to 7 p. m. found online at suntreeseniorliving. com. “It’s tough to say (what will be our standout dishes),” Boulton said. “I have my own favorites. We have a beef short-rib dish, which I think is going to be very popular, as well as a pasta with a balsamic reduction and some cheese crumbles, which is popular. “If you like good food, come on in and enjoy it,” Boulton added. “It’s a beautiful facility, and we’re (always) looking forward to serving people.” For more information, go to the Chateau Madeleine Senior Living and Memory Care’s website at or call 321701-8000. Chateau Madeleine is located at 205 Hardoon Lane in Melbourne. SL

Tennis still a way of life for Micco resident

Lyndon Jones and his wife, Lee, own Trevena Bee Farm in Malabar.

Fascination with honey bees grows into sweet, small business in Malabar BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN The importance of honey bees can’t be overstated. “We don’t do it for money; we do it because we like it, and we have been doing it for over 30 years,” Lee Jones said. Her husband agrees. “Beekeeping is so interesting as a hobby, and gratifying as a business,” Lyndon Jones added. The Joneses are honey beekeepers and owners of Trevena Bee Farm in Malabar. “Bees are important. If there were a decline of bees, within four years, we would decline with it. We wouldn’t have enough food to eat and we would starve,” Lyndon Jones said. Every third bite of food eaten by humans is due to pollinators — honey bees are the primary pollinators and support the overall health of the ecosystem. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and

Consumer Services (FDAC), commodity crops in Florida such as blueberries, watermelons, cucumbers and onions would produce little to no fruit if it were not for the honey bee. What started as an enthralling hobby for the Joneses grew into a small business when they relocated to Florida. With 150 hives, each containing 65,000 honey bees, Trevena Bee Farm harvests up to 4,000 pounds of honey each year. The owners are proud of their success in maintaining healthy bees, reducing the risk of parasites and, especially, avoiding the use of any chemicals. Their honey is sold to the public from their farm, with a credit given for returned glass bottles to express customer appreciation as well as to encourage recycling. The Joneses have an infectious admiration for the short life and work of bees.

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BYJENNIFER H. MONAGHAN Tennis, anyone? How about a friendly game? Since 1987, Micco resident Ruth Hujus has had only positive responses to this invitation. She practices on average twice weekly, and she also plays in leagues and tournaments. Hujus never played much before retirement. One day, she began hitting tennis balls against a wall. This led to an invitation from an onlooker to play with his group. Hujus and four friends then began playing doubles on a regular basis. In 1992, that group formally formed The Friendly Tennis Club. Today, the club boasts 175 members. Most are retirees. “Tennis is my life,” Hujus said. “I’ll be 90 in May. I’m blessed. I am here and can still play. I have to keep moving. It’s a fun form of exercise — much more fun than walking on a treadmill by myself.” Tennis also has enriched Hujus’ social life. She has developed friendships beyond the tennis courts. As one ages, “strength wanes, and you have to play with your brain,” Hujus said. Being a successful player requires skill and tactics. “I am not a super player,” she said. “I just like to play the game. I can’t hit the ball the same as younger players, but I try to keep my opponents guessing and moving.” The importance of physical exercise cannot be overemphasized. Its benefits are associated with reduced health risks and also linked to mental health. Additionally, social activity might support brain health.


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Ruth Hujus, right, still plays a lot of tennis at the age of 89.

To play tennis, you only need one other person, or three if you prefer doubles, as Hujus does. “A good partner in playing tennis is essential — good teamwork on the courts as well as in home life in crucial,” Hujus said. Her husband of 69 years, Fred, a former tennis player, agrees. Minimal equipment is required for the sport — a racket and some tennis balls. White tennis outfits still are common attire, although not mandatory. Comfortable clothing is recommended. There are a number of clay courts, hard courts and practice walls in public parks, residential communities and resorts in Brevard County. In Central Florida, the weather is nice enough to play outdoors almost every day. SL

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A piece of history — part of the USS Arizona — arrives in Brevard BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Talk about special delivery. A few weeks ago, FedEx delivered a huge package to the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island. Inside was a piece of major significance in United States military history. The artifact is not particularly pretty. It looks like a rusted piece of metal, and that is indeed what it is. But, this is precious metal from the superstructure of the USS Arizona, the battleship bombed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship exploded and sank, taking

with it the lives of 1,177 officers and crew, approximately half of the men lost in the attack that fateful morning. The 40-inch-by-50-inch piece weighs 250 pounds and required a 300-pound crate, plus $1,600 in shipping fees, to transport it from its former resting place in Hawaii to its new home in Brevard County. Arizona’s surviving superstructure, the part of the ship above the main deck, was scrapped in 1942 and moved to an island Navy yard, where it languished for almost 80 years. Two years ago, Veterans Memorial Center president Dean Schaaf received a message from the Navy that part of

the superstructure was available for the museum. “I requested a piece and they finally agreed,” said Schaaf, who also is the curator of the museum associated with the Veterans Memorial Center. The piece of the Arizona is now on temporary exhibit at the museum’s library, awaiting the renovation of the museum’s elevator. It will be transported upstairs to its permanent home near a model of the ship and a 6-foot map of Pearl Harbor on the morning of the attack. Commissioned in 1916, the Arizona was among the ships that escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the

on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The day morphed into Veterans’ Day in 1954 to honor American veterans from all wars and it is observed Nov. 11, regardless of the day of the week in

which it falls. This year, Veterans’ Day falls on a Monday, which means there should be a full weekend-plus plethora of patriotic activities to attend.

Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War I. Along with the rest of the Pacific Fleet, it was transferred to Pearl Harbor from its home port in California as a deterrent against the Japanese. Many of the other ships sunk or damaged that day were later repaired, but the Arizona was beyond hope. Its wreck lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, below but not touching the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated in 1962 to those who died in the attack. Weather beaten and tired, the new artifact at the Veterans Memorial Center and Museum bears witness to one of the most tragic events in America’s history. SL

Community honors veterans for several days with patriotic events

BY MARIA SONNENBERG One hundred and one years ago, Armistice Day celebrated the end of World War I, the “war to end all wars”

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The activities officially begin at • Saturday, Nov. 2. At 5 p.m., a special Tribute to Veterans and Military Dinner and Gala will be held at the Melbourne Rialto Hilton. Speakers include nationally known figures, as well as Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Lt. Col. Tim Thomas, the JROTC leader at Viera High School and a councilman for the City of Melbourne. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit various veteran groups. Call 321-727-1212 for tickets and more information. • Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 6 and 7. At 7:30 p.m., the Melbourne Municipal Band celebrates veterans with “Let Freedom Ring,” a pair of patriotic concerts at Melbourne Auditorium at 625 Hibiscus Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, call 321-7240555 or go to melbournemunicipalband. org. • Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10. The Valiant Air Command Warbird Air Museum at 6600 Tico Road in Titusville will host an open house from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will feature aircraft fly-bys, static displays with combat pilots, radio-controlled model planes, jungle adventures, a petting zoo, pony rides and many vendors. Admission is free for veterans, active duty military and Florida residents. Go to for more information. • Saturday and Monday, Nov. 9 and 11. Brevard Zoo, at 8225 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, will offer complimentary general admission to active duty military and veterans. In the event a service member is deployed overseas, the zoo will admit their spouse at no charge. Proof of military service is required. For more details, go to • Sunday, Nov. 10. At 8 a.m., the second annual TechRev’s Homestretch 5K for Homeless Vets run will begin at Hell ‘n Blazes Brewery in Downtown

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Retired Col. Nathan Thomas led soldiers at wars overseas and fought for civil rights at home.

and the Vietnam Service Medal, among many others. He was elected into the Court of Honor at Camp Ripley, Minnesota for outstanding heroism, courage and devotion to country. He also has received significant recognition in civilian life, including the NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award, the Pyramid of Excellence Award and Kare 11 (Eleven Who Care) Community Award. President George W. Bush presented Thomas with a Daily Points of Light Award. In 1972, Thomas moved to Minnesota to work at Children’s

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Hospital in St. Paul. After serving in the active duty Air Force and Army for 15 years, he rejoined the military through the Minnesota Army National Guard under a degree program for officers to upgrade their careers. He later was hired by 3M Corporation as an audiovisual manager in photography, winning several awards. He began volunteering by speaking at schools during Black History Month. For 10 years, he took two weeks off from work to teach teens in Selma how to pass college exams. When he moved to Brevard County after 39 years of service in the military, Thomas continued leading by example, as Martin Luther King Jr. did. At Stand Down events, Thomas provides food, clothing and assistance with transportation for homeless veterans. He helped create Welcome Home Vets, which assists veterans of all conflicts. At last count, he has mentored approximately 2,000 JROTC students in high school. With Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Cocoa, Thomas has helped to distribute more than 72 tons of food to struggling individuals and families in Central Brevard. He also traveled to Haiti to deliver supplies and build an orphanage for 180 children there. A soldier’s soldier, an advocate for human rights and an exemplary volunteer, Col. Nathan Thomas has always walked the walk for his fellow human beings since that day at Selma. SL


continued from page 12 Melbourne and end there, too. Proceeds benefit the National Veterans Homeless Support. The entry fees are $30 for adults, $25 for children and $15 for active military and veterans. For information, go to • Sunday, Nov. 10. After the run, veterans and their families can head to the American Muscle Car Museum. See the more than 250 muscle cars on display and snag a special prize if you are lucky. Admission is free for veterans, active duty military and their families. It usually is not open to the general public. For information, go to • Monday, Nov. 11. Observances begin at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Center at 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway on Merritt Island. Special events will be held to focus on supporting area veterans. Stay for lunch, courtesy of Chick-fil-A of Merritt Island, and plan on checking out the museum, its grounds and the vendors on site. For more information, call 321-453-1776 or go to • Monday, Nov. 11. Head to Palm Bay to catch the inaugural Veterans’ Day Parade at 9 a.m. The parade begins at City Hall at 120 Malabar Road and proceeds down Emerson Road to end at American Legion Post 117. Contact the Tony Rosa Center on 321-952-3443 for more information. • Thursday, Nov. 14. The Melbourne Vet Center will host a Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Resource Expo from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Center is at 2098 Sarno Road. Contact Tabitha Miler at 321-2543410 for more details. SL

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Col. Steve Bond, MOAACC second vice president and Army liaison, presents a check to Diana Washington, the administrator of the FIT ROTC general fund.

Good Deeds Foundation supports Army ROTC at Florida Tech SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

The Good Deeds Foundation of the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC) helped to commemorate 50 years of training Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) students to become Army Officers.


The foundation provided funds for the Cadet Panthers to commemorate and celebrate this milestone. These funds were used for refreshments at the 50-year commemoration ceremony and for cadet homecoming tailgate activities when Florida Tech hosted the University of West Florida in football on Oct. 26. SL

Space Coast Woodturners honor veterans with craft

I have said many times before that when it comes to honoring veterans, Brevard County residents step forward, ready to act. They are always finding different ways to pay tribute to those who served in the armed forces. Craftsmen and hobbyists are no exception. They came forward to be a part of that community. The Space Coast Woodturners have put their talents and lathe machines to work for veterans who are taken on Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. The woodturners custom make hardwood and acrylic writing pens that they produce on their lathes for each veteran. “We’ve gotten high compliments,” said Gary Christensen, one of the turners who helps to coordinate the effort. “They’re honoring veterans who’ve served our country.” Christensen suggested that the association make the wooden pens for the 20 veterans traveling on each of the flights with Space Coast Honor Flight. Fellow members asked him to take charge of the effort. The veterans are taken free of charge to visit the monuments in their honor. Volunteers, businesses, organizations and individuals in the community make the trips possible. Space Coast and Treasure Coast woodturners made sure they could use their hobby to help honor the veterans. Another of the turners, Wynn

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Arnold, said members of the association are eager to participate making the pens, which are handed to each of the veterans after they return from the trip. “A lot of our guys are veterans,” Arnold said. The woodturners association are among the many who help to honor the veterans. Even when the veterans leave Brevard on their way to the nation’s capital, they are met by honor guards and strangers at Orlando International Airport who greet and applaud them. They also are met by volunteers when they arrive at the airport in Baltimore to head into Washington. Space Coast Woodturners meet regularly to work on their hobby and share in camaraderie. They also are open to new members and are willing to help get others started in the craft. For more information on their meeting times at the West Melbourne Community Center, go to SL

Baker celebrates 100th birthday at Discovery Village SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Ginny Baker, who lives at Discovery Village at Melbourne, recently celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family members from Missouri, Maryland and Florida. Baker and her late husband, Leo, were married for 72 years. He served in the Air Force for 30 years. Following his retirement from the service, the couple traveled extensively and visited about 100 countries. They had two daughters, Ellen Feeler, who lives in Melbourne, and Victoria Baker, who resides in St. Petersburg. Baker has lived at Discovery Village for about five years. “She really likes it there,” Feeler said. “And it is close to my house.” Feeler said her mother did not work outside their home, but did a lot of volunteer work while her husband served in the Air Force as a pilot. “She enjoyed it,” Feeler said. “She got into genealogy.” Ginny Baker is blessed with good health, she said. She has three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Feeler said her mother really appreciates all the good wishes on her birthday, which was Sept. 12. SL


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Gluten could be source of bloating, abdominal pain BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER It’s a health issue that more often than not is tough to treat. “Gluten is a name for the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Anything made of those has gluten in it and is a component of what we


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typically eat all the time as bread, cake and pasta,” said Dr. George Christophi of the Rockledge and Melbourne Regional Medical Centers. Two problems surface from gluten digestion problems — celiac disease and gluten intolerance. “The inflammatory disease celiac digestion in gluten causes damage to the small intestine,” Christophi said. “About three million people in the country have celiac disease and it has long-term complications. Typically, those patients have an array of problems with symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating. They have mild absorptions problems like absorbing vitamin B12 and other things. It can be pretty significant in many patients.” Patients must have tests to discover if they have the disease. If they have the symptoms or family history, then they might have celiac disease and should be evaluated for it. The easy way would be to get a diagnosis and stay away from gluten, according to Christophi. “On the other side is gluten intolerance, not tolerating gluten,” he added. “If you stay away from gluten, all symptoms improve or go away. In the United States, we have about 20

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Check products for gluten containment when shopping for pastas, cereals and breads. Nutrition education is the key to proper health. million people or more with gluten intolerance. It is very common. The important thing is to keep following up with the doctor to make sure your body is absorbing micro nutrition and iron.” “Gluten sensitivity now is how the wheat is being genetically modified and that is affecting populations,” said Lynde Marwick, a dietician/ nutritionist. “There are many things you can find that are called gluten free.

As a celiac, you need to look for the gluten free symbol on products. Even restaurants are becoming aware of sensitivities and allergies, but it is best to talk directly to the chef if you have questions.” “Education is the key,” Christophi added. “It is important to have a nutritionist in place. Sometimes, we ignore symptoms. But, it is really life changing and can change your life quality.”SL

Space Coast Ophthalmology opens new Viera practice BY MARIA SONNENBERG Space Coast Ophthalmology, a name familiar to Titusville patients seeking state-of-the-art eye care, added a new practice in Viera in early September. The new facility at 2328 Medico Lane offers a comprehensive range of services, including treatment for cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases, pediatric eye exams, ocular nutrition, eye infections and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery). LASIK/PRK surgery also will be offered in the near future. Of course, the practice also performs routine eye exams, as well as exams for contact lenses. Dr. Nicholas Pefkaros, who launched the original Titusville practice, is joined by Dr. Staci Walters, O.D., F.A.A.O. A board-certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pefkaros graduated magna cum laude from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and did his residency training at the highly regarded Wills Eye Hospital, also in the City of Brotherly Love. He served four years as a major in the United States Army, where his mission was to surgically repair eye trauma from soldiers on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Walters is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Oregon. Dry eye, which causes irritation, redness, burning and stinging, is one of the most common complaints these specialists treat. Depending on the severity, treatment commences with artificial lubricating drops, prescription drops (Xiidra, Restasis), punctal occlusion and dry eye


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amniotic membranes. AmbioDisk, a new treatment for dry eye, is about the size of a small contact lens that contains an amniotic membrane with regenerative properties to heal the eye, soothe pain and improve vision. The disk, which is inserted and removed during an office visit, is placed on the cornea and kept in place with a soft contact lens for a five- to seven-day period, during which the nutrients in the disk dissolve into the cornea. The nutrients bring the eye back to normal state, so eyedrops and other treatments can be more effective. In addition to treating dry eye, AmbioDisk also can be used to treat non-healing epithelial corneal defects, corneal erosions caused by dry eyes, acute chemical/thermal burns and eye infections. Another condition commonly treated at Space Coast Ophthalmology are cataracts. Pefkaros is highly trained in the ORA System, a sophisticated device that provides real time measurements of the patient’s eye during cataract surgery in order to provide more precise outcomes. “At any point during cataract surgery, Pefkaros can use the ORA to take measurements, which allows for

more precise lens implant selection,” said Valerie Clark, the director of business development. The technology has been clinically proven to improve outcomes for patients who had prior LASIK, as well as astigmatism patients. Recently, Pefkaros became the first surgeon in Brevard County to implant the PanOptix trifocal intraocular lens (IOL) during cataract surgery. This unique IOL has the ability to achieve distance, near, and intermediate vision after cataract removal. Patients can expect the highest level of care at the new practice. “The most important thing that differentiates us is our personal

approach to every patient,” Pefkaros said. “At SCO, every patient is treated like family and not like a number. Our doctors are always available for our patients, who can be assured of the highest quality care as well as the personalization which we believe is paramount to an excellent medical practice.” Space Coast Ophthalmology’s new Viera practice is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, call 321-267-0008 or go to SpaceCoastOphthalmology. com. SL



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‘Come Together,’ The Beatles, November 1969

It was 1969 and a former Harvard professor turned LSD advocate named Timothy Leary wanted to challenge Ronald Reagan for the governorship of California. Leary had created a catchy campaign slogan — “come together, join the party.” Now if there was just some way to turn that slogan into a song, he would be able to use it at rallies and in commercials. On June 1, 1969, Leary and his wife, Rosemary, were invited by John Lennon and Yoko Ono to meet them at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where the celebrity pair was holed up while promoting a “bed in” for world peace. Once they arrived, the Learys were persuaded to become part of the chorus of Lennon’s clunky but catchy recording of “Give Peace a Chance,” which was taped live in the hotel bedroom. When Lennon asked Leary the following day if there was anything he could do to help with his campaign, Leary seized the opportunity to tell the Beatle how appreciative he would be if Lennon would compose a song utilizing Leary’s campaign slogan. But before “Come Together” came together as a finished work, Leary was charged with marijuana possession and sent to prison.

Lennon restructured “Come Together,” although he later dismissed the new version as being “gobbledygook.” The future No. 1 disc was recorded in the Abbey Road studios for inclusion on the Beatles’ final studio album. The single release of “Come Together” — backed by George Harrison’s masterpiece “Something” — became Abbey Road’s opening track. In “Come Together,” Lennon purposely lifted a couple of lines from an obscure 1956 Chuck Berry song called “You Can’t Catch Me.” Compare: Berry: Here come a flat-top, he was movin’ up with me Lennon: Here come old flat top, he come groovin’ up slowly While Lennon defended his lyrics as being a respectful nod to one of his early rock heroes, Berry’s publisher saw things differently and initiated a lawsuit in 1973. As a result, Lennon agreed to record three tunes held by the publisher when Lennon recorded his nostalgic Rock ‘n’ Roll album, which was released in 1975. His LP selections included Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” as well as Lee Dorsey’s “Ya Ya.” Years later, a bitter Lennon discussed the iconic, million-selling single:

Language continues to keep us smiling, laughing at its twisted best Why don’t we say what we mean and mean what we say? For instance, what we in America call football rarely uses the foot and what we call soccer doesn’t have anything to do with socking anything because they can’t use their hands. You know that guy Webster that wrote the dictionary? I’m convinced he was either a sadistic alcoholic or sniffed lines of stuff that looks like it fell off a powdered donut before he sat down to give us the gigantic book of household words. You know. Stuff like naming the place we park a driveway while calling the place we drive a parkway. Really, Mr. W? We built an entire language that doesn’t make sense off of one book obviously written by someone with issues. For example, how come fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing? Think about this next one. If you drive something by car it’s called a shipment, but if it comes by ship it’s called cargo. Why? And, why do we say your nose runs and your feet smell? Here’s something to lose sleep over. Athletes practice for years to perfect their abilities, right? So, why


“ ‘Come Together’ is me — writing obscurely around an old Chuck Berry thing. I left the line in ‘Here comes old flat-top.’ It is nothing like the Chuck Berry song, but they took me to court because I admitted the influence once years ago.” To Lennon, Leary being sent to prison ended any commitment Lennon might have had to the drug guru.

“Leary attacked me years later, saying I ripped him off … I didn’t rip him off. It’s just that (the song) turned into ‘Come Together.’… It was a funky record. It’s one of my favorite Beatle tracks, let’s say that. It’s funky, it’s bluesy, and I’m singing it pretty well. I like the sound of the record. You can dance to it. I’ll buy it!” SL

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Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad does that surgeon about to slice you open call his business a practice? For those of you in the real estate profession, why do you call those buildings apartments when they’re all stuck together. Another question I have for them is why do they call it a building if it’s already built? And for our friends from the Islands of the Pacific, why do they call the roads in Hawaii Interstate Highways? I also have a question for the ladies. Why do they call it a pair of panties, but there’s only one bra? In the financial world, why is that guy you give all your money to, hoping he makes you richer, called a broker? The funny thing is that our twisted language makes me smile and a smile is just a curve that makes everything straight. Hope I set you straight. SL

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There’s only one museum in the United States dedicated to the birthplace of underwater demolition teams and Navy Frogmen. The National Navy UDT-Seal Museum is located in nearby Fort Pierce. At the museum, learn about the history of Naval Special Warfare, including the beginning of underwater demolition training in Fort Pierce. Their exploits in the Atlantic and Pacific war battle grounds of World War II and the history of the various units are told with photographs and artifacts of the period. In the spring of 2011, a team of highly trained Navy Seals captured and executed the terrorist Osama Bin Laden after finding him in his secret Pakistan compound. The North Gallery tells the stories of the modern era from Korea through Afghanistan. The Frogmen and Seals have operated in almost every environment imaginable from hot and humid jungles to arctic waters and even a space station orbiting the Earth. Declassified stories are told at the museum. Learn about heroism under fire from every conflict from Korea to Desert Storm. The exterior exhibits include Apollo training crafts, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter and unique watercraft and support boats. Some of the last remaining beach obstacles used for training during World War II have been recovered from the ocean depths and now rest on the museum grounds. The museum’s Ship’s Store is stocked with fine gifts, memorabilia and educational materials, clothing,

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Persistence of Pilgrims led to better life What were they thinking? Why didn’t they give up? From early childhood, we heard about the Pilgrims at home, at school and at church at Thanksgiving time. There were pageants and endless stories. Pilgrims were migrants (most likely illegal immigrants). They arrived by boat on the eastern shores of a recently discovered continent. They faced many challenges. They were motivated to begin a new life in a new land away from the persecution of their homelands. Reliable sources state they were members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect) that was not tolerated in England. They focused on their beliefs, goals and benefits. As “God-fearing” people, they gave thanks, made friends with the natives and moved forward while exposed to many risks. Devastated by the death of 46 of the original 102 people who landed at Plymouth, they celebrated with the Indians who helped them survive the first winter. They did not give up. They forged ahead with persistence and perseverance. They had purpose and determination. Today, people who live a long life never give up. These seniors have lived a balanced and God-centered life with the satisfaction of having accomplished their goals and helping others. Ann Sullivan, a teacher and mentor for Helen Keller, commented about her challenged student: “She was able to break from darkness; recognize the presence of God, know the wonders

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski through the sense of smell, through the warmth on her skin and through the vibrations on her fingertips.” Each day was a challenge, but she never gave up. There are thousands of stories about people of all ages who have focused on living a full life while serving others. In the face of opposition, discouragement and outside influences, many of us have moved forward through life as pilgrims, immigrants and outsiders. We landed in Florida with thanks and gratitude among caring and loving people. In our work and retirement, we faced many challenges. We accepted, pressed on, remained on course, focused on a better life, persisted and made things happen. Whether the first Pilgrim story is fact, fiction, fallacy or embellished history, we have hope for the future. Many of us give thanks every day. For others, Thanksgiving Day is that time we make it official. We love, we care, we share, we accept challenges and together with persistence we make life better for everyone. SL

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Online dating is more popular than ever and, according to Pew Research, 60 percent of adults think it’s a good way to meet someone. Unfortunately, scammers think so, too. In 2018, people reported losing $362 million to romance scams — more than any other reported scam. These crooks prey on lonely people looking to connect. The scam can take months to develop and the emotional harm to the victim can be even more painful than the monetary loss. Who’s at risk? Widowed or divorced seniors are frequent victims, especially on Facebook. But anyone seeking a relationship using social media or a dating site is a potential target. The scammers pose as women or men, using fake profiles created to appeal to the group (age, interests or career) they are targeting. Using information posted by their targets, they build a persona to match. Military imposters have become so prevalent that the FBI and the Department of Defense have issued warnings Often more than one scammer is managing a profile, even multiple profiles in an organized ring targeting several victims at once. They even share successful scripts and profiles. Here’s how it works: 1. After contact: Scammers quickly attempt to move the conversation to direct messaging, or email in case their phony profile is identified and shut down. 2. Grooming: The scammer sets their story as to why they aren’t available to meet, usually due to military service, overseas employment or education. They learn about the

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Noon - 4 p.m. Car and Craft Show. Jack Mahon Park 7550 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-242-8960

Nov. 9 - 11, military and veterans are invited to enjoy complimentary general admission to the Zoo. Proof of military service required. Brevard Zoo 8225 North Wickham Road Viera, 321-254-9453

3 p.m. Beethoven Symphony No. 1, Enescu Dixtuor. Suntree UMC 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-405-2359

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National Stress Awareness Day Older Phish

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National World Kindness Day Brevard Republican Lights of Love 6:30 p.m. Executive Committee Ceremony to honor loved General Meeting 6:30 - 9 p.m. Meeting for each of the five districts. Viera Government Center 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-254-0073

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Fly Me to the Boom

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Police Hall of Fame Golf Tournament 11 a.m. Includes lunch & dinner. Indian River Preserve 3950 Walkabout Way Mims, 321-385-2099


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6 p.m. Run among the lights. Wickham Park 2785 Leisure Way Melbourne, 321-720-4109

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Noon - 5 p.m. Raising funds for Brevard Humane Society with beer & food at a pet-friendly event. Exploration Tower 670 Dave Nisbet Drive Cape Canaveral, 321-636-3343

10 a.m. - noon Guest presentations, free admission and parking. Hosted by Join the Fun. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Road Viera, 386-235-3343

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4 - 5 p.m. Free seminar with Dr. Keith Girton, an orthopedic surgeon, on the SI Joint. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-522-4878

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With special events and focus on support to veterans in area. Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy Merritt Island, 321-453-1776

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Marc Dobson — The One Man Band, kids costume contest, Zucchini 500 racing, pumpkin patch and more. The Avenue Viera Next to Melting Pot Viera, 321-242-1235

7 a.m. To benefit Sturge-Weber syndrome. Baytree National Golf Links 8207 National Drive Melbourne, 321-591-9415



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Cocoa Beach Art Show & Music Fest

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Hoot in the Park

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Small Business Saturday

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Paying tribute to the King never gets old at Graceland BY R. NORMAN MOODY Memphis has soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Elvis fans have Graceland. And Graceland is their part of Memphis. After a nearly daylong visit to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley and one of the leading attractions in Memphis, Tennessee, Pam Yale reflected on her visit. Yale, 79, of Portland, Maine, was visiting Graceland with friends. “I didn’t come because I love Elvis,” said the retired nurse. “I came because I wanted to see the mansion.


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Graceland is one of the major attractions in Memphis, Tennessee. at Graceland, to the Elvis Presley Boulevard out front and the EP initials on light fixtures. But even those fans take in more of Memphis. It also is home to the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the site of the Lorraine Motel where civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It also is home to the vibrant and flashy Beale Street, Sun City Studios and blues clubs and restaurants that serve up some of the best barbecue. Amanda Bell came to Memphis mainly for Graceland. Bell wasn’t even born when Elvis Presley died in 1977 at age 42. But that has not prevented the 40 year old from Kemp, Texas from enjoying his music and from visiting Graceland with her 74-year-old mother Betty Bell, the real Elvis fan. “This is my first time here, but my mom came when Elvis was still alive,” she said. Even before the attraction existed, fans would come hoping to get a glimpse of the superstar singer and actor. “At the time, people would come and take pictures of the gate,”

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North Brevard Warbird Museum features free admission for two days BY FLORA REIGADA The Valiant Air Command will thank veterans for their service and residents for their support by showcasing its Warbird Museum during the annual Veterans Day Weekend Open House. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10. During this event, admission will be free for all active and retired military members and Florida residents. Food will be available. “The Valiant Air Command is a volunteer organization,” Commander Norman Daniels said. “We restore aircraft that has usually been in harm’s way and has historical significance.” Visitors can view an impressive collection of 46 vintage aircraft and explore the forward crew compartment of a B-52 Stratofortress. The facility boasts a 30,000 squarefoot hangar with a restoration area. An F-14 Tomcat currently is being restored. A C-47 used in the Normandy invasion, then recently to ferry supplies to the Bahamas following

Hurricane Dorian, is part of the collection. A one-of-a-kind Twin Mustang XP-82 and an English Electric Canberra are as well. But there is much more. The organization’s stated purpose is to honor the past, educate the future and preserve our heritage. “Two memorabilia areas feature exhibits from World War I, World War II, Korea, the Cold War and Vietnam,” Daniels said. “Numerous aviationrelated artifacts are on display.” Among these is a Norden bombsight used by pilots during World War II for pinpoint accuracy during bombing runs. Daniels said that while World War II veterans attending each open house are drawn to aircraft from that era, Korean and Vietnam veterans gravitate to newer jet aircraft. However, they all brought something in common … gratitude. “They all said thank you,” Daniels said. The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum is at Space Coast Regional Airport at 6600 Tico Road in Titusville. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


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Nov. 12 • 10 a.m. Writers Group Meets every Tuesday to read what everyone has written and get input from those who attend. New members are welcome. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 Nov. 27 • 12 - 2 p.m. Instructional Line Dancing Enjoy two hours of fun while learning to dance. Classes are $4 and $2 for seniors 55 and older. Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026

Pritchard House temporarily closed after lightning strike BY FLORA REIGADA

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum

This rendering shows the United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame monument. It will be built adjacent to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville. It will honor all law enforcement figures from the past, present and future.

Everyone at the Titusville Welcome Center jumped when they heard the explosive thunder Aug. 14. Welcome Center Director Nicole Hall and others had just sat down for a meeting when a storm rolled in. “On that otherwise nice day, the storm seemed to come out of nowhere,” Hall said. “Suddenly, there was a crash of thunder and a flash of light. Someone saw lightning strike the chimney at the Pritchard House next door.”

Police Hall of Fame Cup Golf Tournament supports worthy causes BY FLORA REIGADA The community is invited to a day of golfing for a good cause at the fourth annual Police Hall of Fame Cup Golf Tournament, where a holein-one can win you a Harley Davidson motorcycle. It will take place Friday, Nov. 8 at the Indian River Preserve Golf and Country Club at 3950 Clubhouse Drive in Mims. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. “Each year, the tournament supports a different aspect of law enforcement,” said Tara Engle, the Police Hall of Fame vice president of Training and Strategic Development. “Past support has included disabled officers and their families. This year’s proceeds will support the United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame to be built on land adjacent to the museum.” The museum is at 6350 Horizon Drive in Titusville. The eternal flame will be a 10-story tall infinity symbol burning an adjustable flame up to 20 feet high. It will blaze from a blue, memory rose petal 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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“It will honor law enforcement officers past, present and future,” Engle said. The tournament also will support a Walk of Heroes brick walkway leading to the eternal flame. Bricks can be purchased to honor a loved one or law enforcement in general. “Brick orders are coming in, but we would like a thousand before we begin construction on the walkway,” Engle said. She anticipates the pace of orders to quicken as Christmas approaches. The tournament will have a scramble format, range balls, the longest drive for men and women, and closest-to-the-pin for men and women. Lunch and an awards dinner will be served. “Many organizations have donated items for raffles and goodie bags,” Engle said. “Miracle City Harley Davidson is making the motorcycle prize possible.” For tournament questions, registration and information about sponsorship, send an email to Engle at, call 321-264-0911, extension 133 or go to “We will take sponsorships until the last minute,” she said. SL


Titusville’s historic Pritchard House was struck by lightning in August. The chimney was damaged from the lightning strike.

Many in Downtown Titusville heard and witnessed the strike, including firefighters at the station across the street from the historic house. They immediately responded. They discovered that lightning had struck the west chimney, blasting off its copper cap and several bricks, scattering them in the yard. Inside, chimney flues in the kitchen and maid’s room were blown off, spreading mortar and concrete dust. In a child’s bedroom, electrical damage

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A lightning strike to Titusville’s historic Pritchard House left flash marks and burns on outlets and the walls of a child’s room.

left flash burns on the outlets and walls. No one was in the house so there were no injuries; nor was there a fire. However, the house was left with no electrical power or air conditioning. “We had to pack and move all delicate textiles, linens, vintage clothing and files in a file cabinet, to air-conditioned storage provided by the city, which owns the house,” North Brevard Heritage Foundation secretary Sandi Meyers said. Meyers added, “Back in the early days of electricity, Pritchard family members would unplug everything during a storm. But, no one can remember lightning striking the house until now.” The Pritchard House should be repaired and open in time for the yearend holidays. The Queen Anne style home, built in 1891 for Capt. James Pritchard and his family, is at 424 S. Washington Ave. For information about tours and events, call 321-607-0203 or go to SL local, regional senior and boomer publications that meet to share leading edge strategies and marketing tactics. Besides Senior Life, the Bluewater Creative Group publishes the Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide. Its offices are located at 7630 North Wickham Road, Suite 105, in Viera. For more information about the group and its publications and services, call 321-242-1235 or go to 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,, brevardf CommissionOnAging or at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 8-106, Viera, FL 32940.

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Seminole War comes to life during re-enactment BY FLORA REIGADA

Florida’s history will come alive at Fort Christmas Historical Park during its annual militia encampment. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, at the park at 1300 North Christmas Road in Christmas. Admission is free and the park is a short drive from Brevard County. “The militia encampment will reenact what life was like for soldiers during the Second Seminole War from 1835 to 1842,” said Joseph Adams, a recreational specialist. “It will be told by re-enactors in full military uniform.” Musket firing demonstrations will take place at 12:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on both days. “When the army arrived in Central Florida on Christmas Day, 1837, the stockade was aptly christened Fort Christmas,” the park’s website states. “Today’s full-scale replica serves as a museum with exhibits focusing on the Second Seminole War and pioneer life in Florida.” Exhibits include weapons, saddles, cowboy hats and photos of prominent families. The original fort, constructed by U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama

volunteers, was one of more than 200 built during this period. “By building forts, roads and bridges, the soldiers helped open up Florida for settlements,” Adams said. “They made travel easier.” In addition to the fort, seven restored pioneer homes from 1870 to 1930 are furnished with period furniture, kitchen items and hand tools. The Union School, originally a one-room school established in 1906, exhibits the classroom of days-gone-by. “When the settlers arrived, cattle were found roaming wild in the woods. The Spanish had cattle which escaped, then later left behind when the Seminoles were removed,” Adams said. “Settlers would find the cattle and brand them.” Daily life was a struggle for Central Florida’s early settlers. “They had no indoor plumbing and they had to carry their water from a well,” Adams said. “They ate what they grew and some years crops were better than others. It was a hard life, but it was their life. Today, their descendants are proud of their ancestors’ courage and fortitude.” For information, call 407-254-9312, email or go to SL



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senior this year. Gift/donation drop off locations are: • Historic Titusville Courthouse, 506 South Palm Avenue, Titusville • District 5 Office, 490 Centre Lake Drive NE, Suite #175, Palm Bay • County Manager’s Office, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Suite #301, Viera There also is a gift fund for monetary donations to cover the cost of medications, transportation and other harder to find personal items or adaptive equipment. Send checks payable to Aging Solutions, Inc., P.O. Box 561049, Rockledge, FL 32956. For information, go to or contact Aging Solutions, Inc. at 321-768-7997. Wish lists will be available online after Nov. 3. SL

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Nov. 26, 1789

President George Washington proclaims the first American holiday, Thanksgiving Day, a day of prayer and public thanksgiving in gratitude for the successful establishment of the new American republic.

Nov. 22, 1963

At 12:30 p.m. on Elm Street in downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy is shot in the back, then in the head. He is rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where 15 doctors try to save him. At 1 p.m., Kennedy is pronounced dead. Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th president.

Nov. 1, 1848

The first medical school for women opens in Boston. The Boston Female Medical School, founded by Samuel Gregory, merges with the Boston University School of Medicine in 1874.

Nov. 15, 1881

The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada is formed in Pittsburgh. Five years later, it is renamed the American Federation of Labor (AFL).

Nov. 11, 1938

Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” is performed for the first time. He wrote the song especially for radio entertainer Kate Smith and it soon becomes a patriotic favorite of Americans.


Nov. 19, 1978

The biggest mass suicide in history occurs as Rev. Jim Jones leads more than 900 followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana. Members of his Peoples Temple religious cult drink a cyanide-laced fruit drink.



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