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Rodney Smith, left, Darryl Benton, Mike Conneen, Nick Colantonio, Mim Duncan, John Kumiski celebrate at the final stop on the 21-day, 160-mile kayak trek down the Indian River Lagoon to promote habitat education and preservation. By Jeff Navin Darryl Benton is a volunteer kayak guide in the African adventure area of the Brevard Zoo. Last December, he took part in his own interesting adventure. Benton, a 1969 graduate of Cocoa High School, remembers the Indian River Lagoon when it was a pristine place. He grew up in Brevard County, moving to Rockledge on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon when he

was 13 years old. Rockledge High School didnʼt exist back then. Pollution has taken its toll, weakening the ecosystem of a very special place in Florida. When his boss at the zoo showed him a flyer promoting something called the Indian River Lagoon Paddle Adventure, a sense of nostalgia and a little bit of competitive pride piqued Bentonʼs interest. The goal of the160plus mile paddle ride from New Smyrna Beachʼs Marine Discovery

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Serving up the bread of life, and whatever else it takes By Linda Wiggins Lavaughn McClanahan knew what she was getting into when she married Rev. Dr. Leland McClanahan. He had already been ordained for four years, and painted a vision of helping others as his life mission, primarily through greater understanding of the Bible and how to apply it to one’s personal life, but also by giving people in need literal food and anything else it took to help them be whole. Through their 60th anniversary date June 5, the highly revered couple will begin a celebration of that and two other milestones: the pastor’s 64th year in ministry and the 14th anniversary of the Brevard Humanity Center and the People’s Church International Cocoa at 1138 Peachtree Street. The ministry is intentionally planted in one of the most lowincome urban areas of Brevard. They will receive well-wishers at their regularly scheduled Tuesday community luncheons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where anyone in need may break bread over a hot meal, take home groceries including fresh produce, and pick out clothing and other donated items. Grocery stores, other churches and outreach efforts, restaurants and individuals donate the food and volunteers make the rounds to pick up and bring items to the center. “We sit among them because there are so many people who need to be loved,” said Lavaughn McClanahan, who also is ordained clergy.

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Rev. Dr. Leland and Lavaughn McClanahan, with the help of more than a dozen volunteers and community donors, serve up love along with food and clothing at the Brevard Humanity Center at 1138 Peachtree St. in Cocoa, also the site of People’s Church International. “I’m very devoted to God and then my husband, but they are my heart,” she added. “Many of them are veterans who live in the woods and they deserve better. We do all we can for them.” Between 150 and 200 people show up each Tuesday for the outreach. A dozen or more volunteers and church members help the McClananhans dish out that love along with food and clothing. It’s not possible to tell volunteers from

recipients, because many of the recipients have become volunteers, heading up various departments. One diner joked that she was one of the McClanahans’ children and that others were her brothers and sisters, and one by one around the tables people chuckled in agreement. “She’s my adopted mom and he’s my adopted dad,” said Eva Glover, a volunteer who has taken on many of the jobs around the center over the years. Church member Concetta “Connie” Rodriguez said it means a lot to always have a place “where you know you will be wanted and loved.” “I love my church family,” she said. “That is very important, but even more important than that is that it is a place where you can really get to know the Lord.” That is Leland McClanahan’s first priority and life passion. At 83, he still sets regular hours each morning for study and devotion so that he is continually learning even as he teaches. He is writing his 14th book, a study guide on the four gospels of the New Testament. “The most important thing we found out about God is that he’s crazy about us,” he said, flashing

an ever present smile with perfect teeth, smooth skin and sparkling blue eyes that suggest he’s perhaps a decade or two younger. “Beyond that, it’s important to understand what the Bible tells us so we can use it in every area of our lives.” Once the guide is published, it will complete a larger collection of guides focusing on the remaining books in the Bible. Publisher Xlibris claims it will make up the world’s largest Bible outline, 1,146 pages in all. It’s available at booksellers in print and e-book by searching the author’s name. The McClanahans don’t take a salary for their work, living on Social Security in a modest home on Merritt Island. They take up a collection for upkeep on the twostory outreach center and church, often adding to it from their own pockets to make ends meet. “The Lord provides,” McClanahan said, reaching out to squeeze his wife’s hand and receiving a smile in return. For more information on outreach or church services or to donate, call 321-633-7008 or 321-4520135. For more information on the author or his publications, go to SL



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They reminisced about pouring bubble bath in the old, now vanished swimming pool. Of being unable to play in the gymnasium on damp days because its tile flooring would get too slippery. And receiving demerits. Lots of demerits. Mostly, the 20 or so members of Florida Air Academy’s (FAA) first graduating classes of 1964 and 1965 who gathered April 24 and 25 for a 50th reunion celebration talked about friendship, discipline, brotherhood and a love of the private military-style boarding school that helped shape their futures. “This whole place has changed tremendously,” said Ed Rose of Melbourne, a 1965 FAA grad who came to the school at age 15 from New Jersey and never left Florida. “Hard to believe it’s been 50 years.” FAA was founded in 1961 by Jonathan Dwight, an educator and aviation enthusiast from New Jersey, and his wife, Emmy. Jonathan Dwight bought the 1920s-era Belcelona Hotel on New Haven Avenue from original Green Bay Packers owner August Rimer and turned the hotel into a college prep school for young men. Today, the Dwights’ children run the multicultural, 300-student academy for grades six through 12. Son James Dwight is the current president, and Deborah Dwight is vice president. “I remember a lot of them,” Deborah Dwight said of the returning alumni. “They were my babysitters. I was rather small and they were the glamorous high school football and basketball players. Some of them I haven’t seen since then.” Alumni came from as far away as Auckland, New Zealand to reunite with old classmates, tour the 22-acre campus and enjoy a lunch garnished with vegetables and herbs grown in the campus’ new garden. Highranking students in the school’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps joined the alumni at lunch and listened as they shared stories of their times at the school. “It’s a pleasure to see how well the school is doing today,” said 1964 graduate and event By Attorney organizer Tony Scott, who marveled at how TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH quickly a half-century 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL seemed to pass since he For A Complimentary Copy and his classmates were “18 years old and full of Phone 321 267 — 4770 angst and anticipation.”


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Come Feb.1 the poodle skirt, a symbol of the 1950s Americana style and flare, will hit the Space Coast as the annual Boomer Senior Expo kicks off. Guests, stepping into The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville will feel as if they’ve traveled back to the days of “Grease,” “Happy Days” or simply their teenage years. The museum will transform into a 1950s bash where poodle skits will be as abundant as they were in the days when they first adorned the waists of school girls. To fully understand what was considered one of the most iconic fashion pieces of the decade is to first understand its history. The skirt was introduced in 1947 after Juli Lynne Charlot, a young actress and designer, created the stylish bottom at home. She cut a hole in the middle of a large circle of of felt — an excess of fabric that was not popular during World War II or the Great Depression — large enough for her waist, the skirt reaching just below the knee. She wore it to a holiday party in Los Angeles. As time moved forward, so did the skirt. It was first made in bright girly colors, like pink with crinoline, a stiff fabric underneath to support and shape the piece.



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Get out! While you still can May is one of the prettiest months of the year in Florida. We may still have temperate weather, especially toward the beginning of the month. Afterward, we sort of move from the house, to the car, to the workplace, store or place of volunteering, much like our friends do up North in the winter — only in reverse, to escape the heat instead of the cold. Of course, there are folks like George Van Staden who heads out no matter what the weather. Go and visit “his fish” in the lake named for him at the North Brevard Senior Center featured on page 33. Make sure his lake and the surrounding Vern Jansen Park are no longer Titusville’s “best kept secret.” I have a big lump in my throat as I write this because of another outdoor attraction — the Ritch Grissom Memorial Viera Wetlands — that now is even more dearer to me after the two April events. The inaugural Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards Dinner April 25 will make sure the name and contributions of a great man will live on. Charlie was a Florida Master naturalist who lived in Suntree and made sure everyone near and far knew and loved the Viera Wetlands. They are named for another great man whose contributions inside the water treatment plant, at the west end of Wickham Road in Viera, makes a wetlands environment possible. Now, Charlie’s name will be added to the site to highlight his contributions, as the entrance street Charlie Corbeil Way was unveiled the following day at the annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival.

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By George White Brevard Zoo and Brevard county recreation officials used the official opening of the 1.1-mile Brevard Zoo Linear Park trail to announce that funding has been secured for phase two. Dignitaries and zoo supporters gathered for the April 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a group hike south from a new parking lot for trail users. First up was Jack Masson, county parks and recreation director. “Today is an exciting day. I feel like a proud papa of my firstborn,’’ he said. County Commissioner Mary Bolin Lewis praised Masson for his work on the project and also thanked the citizens of Brevard County who voted in 2000 for the Parks and Recreation referendum which provided some of the $3.2 million needed for the first-phase project. “This is just the first phase and there’s more to come,’’ she said. To that end, county officials announced the availability of $3 million for the phase two extension of the trail to the Pineda Extension. Phase three takes the trail south to Turtlemound Road in Melbourne. Zoo executive director Keith Winsten was on the trail after the ceremony. “This day actually represents a culmination of a lot of years of work supporting our mission to connect people with nature. It gets us out in beautiful Florida habitat, right along I-95 of all places. It really gets you out and shows you what’s in your own backyard,’’ he said. “Like many young communities, we don’t have those big connectors. This will be a connector where you can get on your bike in Viera and ride all the way to the beach. For us, that’s awfully exciting,’’ he said. The land for the trail was donated by A. Duda and Sons with a large pond donated by S&S Enterprises. The zoo will maintain the trail, which is constructed from durable recycled plastic planking. As part of the agreement between the zoo and the county, zoo patrons will get the use of the new parking spaces near the trailhead. The zoo also will operate concessions for bike rentals. The trail will be open during the zoo’s normal operating hours. It is open to the public and no zoo entry is required. SL

Flight fans meet EAA Chapter 724 Special to Senior Life The Experimental Aircraft Association monthly meeting is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Clubhouse at Merritt Island Airport. People who are interested in aviation and are happy to share their knowledge and love of flying. Everyone is welcome. The airport is approximately two miles south of State Road 520 on Courtenay Parkway. Turn off Courtenay onto the airport and then bear right; across from the Fire House is the clubhouse with the EAA logo on the end of the building. For more information, call Don White at 321-266-7410 or go to SL


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Jefferson Club moves chapter of American Sewing Guild By Rae Botsford Viera High School’s Jefferson Club got straight to work when the Titusville chapter of the American Sewing Guild (ASG) needed to move. Titusville’s ASG chapter, who sew for fun as well as doing community service projects, had been operating out of the North Area Adult Education Center. Due to budget cuts, the school had to reduce its usable space, which meant ASG had to find somewhere else to go. They were given the option to move to another school, but that school was going to charge them to be there. “To the school board, I understand, but the cost of doing that was tremendous,” said Matthew Susin, teacher and Jefferson Club sponsor at Viera High School. He and the Jefferson Club tried to get the price reduced, but ended up finding the nonprofit a new location at a church. Then they helped them move. “They came and they assessed everything, and then they immediately started to pack the trucks,” said Marcia Barnaby, president of Titusville’s ASG chapter. “Four pickup trucks and two trailers, and they all had smiles and were having fun and took everything and nobody complained.” According to Susin, the crew moved 23 folding tables, seven large bookshelves, a huge cutting board table, various industrialized sewing machines, crate after crate of fabrics, several sewing dummies “and the stuff just kept coming.” The students didn’t mind. Community service is a way of life for the teenagers in the Jefferson Club.

“They loved it,” Susin said. “These kids are involved. It’s what they do.” ASG is now happily situated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mims. “They’ve been very gracious for us and allowed us to use the room there, plus storage,” Barnaby said. Because of ASG’s service projects, particularly its commitment to make more than 600 “wish pillows” per month for Give Kids the World, the Jefferson Club plans to present the American Sewing Guild with a Jefferson Award for Public Service on May 8. For more information about the American Sewing Guild, visit SL


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The Viera Company will host its 20th annual Great American Celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5. The event kicks off with a Brevard Manatees game at Space Coast Stadium, followed by fireworks. Calvary Chapel of Melbourne, adjacent to Space Coast Stadium, will host a free Phil Vassar concert following the game. Tickets to the game are $30 and include VIP seats for the Phil Vassar concert, an all-you-can-eat barbecue and a 20th annual event T-shirt. Only 400 tickets are available and they go on sale May 15 at Families that do not wish to attend the baseball game are invited to bring picnic blankets and chairs to the grounds of Calvary Chapel to enjoy the fireworks that will start approximately at 9 p.m. and the Phil Vassar concert that follows. No tickets are necessary for this option, and it is free. A prize will be awarded for the best picnic setup. People who live outside of Viera

are encouraged to attend, too. “The goal here is to produce a quality event for Viera residents, and also welcome in people outside the community,” said Joane Dowd, the event’s architect. “I really hope to create a synergy for everyone who attends.” Dowd moved to the Viera area nine months ago from Orlando and produced the first-ever Light Up Viera event in November. That event saw 600 local volunteers, mostly Calvary Chapel parishioners, and professional parade floats that kicked off the holiday season in revelry. She is already planning this year’s event that will be held on November 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “We already have a community partner who has donated $150,000 to make Light Up Viera a success this year, and plenty of new ideas this year too,” she said. For more information on the upcoming event, go to SL






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Shredding documents helps guard against identity theft The Suntree Rotary Club will host a document shredding event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 24 in the parking lot of Joe’s Club at Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, 4676 N. Wickham Rd. in Melbourne. The cost is a suggested $10 donation per banker’s box of materials and benefits membership and outreach efforts of the club, which raises money to meet local community needs as well as those supported by Rotary International. “We learned from a recent presentation at our meeting the importance of properly disposing of old paperwork to guard against identity theft or other scams. It’s such a huge, growing problem,” said project chairman Steve Soltesz. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload boxes. For more information on the event, call Soltesz at 814-282-1956. Suntree Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. each Friday at Suntree Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive in Melbourne. For more information on the club, go to SL


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Boomer Senior Sentiments Do you think that Brevard County would benefit from having a convention center? Photos by Bob Parente and Walter Kiley

Ellen Duerr

“I think that Brevard County would definitely benefit from having a convention center as it would bring in more tourists and convention goers right here in our county.”

Mike Zimmardi “Brevard County would definitely benefit from having a convention center here as it would help bring in more money to the economy. I know a couple of organizations that would love to have a convention here.”

Linda Aldridge

“Brevard County probably would not benefit from having a convention center here as we are still having trouble keeping businesses open right here in our county, and if you cannot keep, let's say, a restaurant open, why would we benefit from having a convention center here?”

Jim Proesel “Brevard County definitely would benefit by having a convention center. Rather than having conventions over in Orlando, I think that it would be great to be able to have a convention locally right here in Brevard County.”

Janna Calecchio “Yes, on the beach to bring more traffic to the local small businesses and hotels.”

Liz Calecchio “I think Brevard County could benefit from a stand-alone convention center because it would bring business and tourism to the area, and also small business should be given the opportunity to market there.”


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Funny thing is… The only thing insurance insures is poverty. Insurance, taxes, hemorrhoids, they’re all the same. A major pain in the backside, especially if that’s the pocket you keep your wallet in. I invite you to consider the realities of insurance. Here you are spending a huge portion of your hardearned paycheck each year gambling. Yes, I said gambling. What is insurance anyway? It is you giving a company lots and lots of money every year JUST IN CASE something happens to you or your property. If nothing happens to you during that calendar year, the money is gone with no chance of return. If you put those same thousands of dollars that year in a slot machine, you would be doing the exact same thing, taking a chance that something might happen. Now, if something happens with insurance it’s bad because you either wrecked the car, burned the house down, or did something crazy to your body trying to relive your athletic youth. If something happens with the casino, it must be good because everyone is congratulating you and, for that moment, they wish they were in your shoes. When something happens with insurance, in order to get your

Greater Palm Bay Senior Center celebrates 25 years The Greater Palm Bay Senior Center celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 3. Social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. A silent auction is planned. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Cathy Lawrence of the Christian Culinarian. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Duff Brothers. Advance tickets for the dinner dance are available at $25 per person at the center for members and the public. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, call 321-724-1338. SL

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payout you must first pay more money because of a little glitch called a deductible and even then you only get a percentage of what they say you’re entitled to. When something happens in the casino, you don’t pay anything else. You just walk over to the cashier and they pay you everything you’re entitled to. When something happens with insurance, it depresses you and everyone feels sorry for you. When something happens in the casino, you are happy and you suddenly find yourself buying drinks for people you don’t even know and getting phone calls from friends and relatives you haven’t seen in decades asking for money. So which gamble do you prefer? I’ll bet I know. SL

Strawbridge Art League to exhibit artworks A Strawbridge Art League exhibit will open May 16 and run through June 13, with a reception and awards ceremony planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, at 2011 Melbourne Ct. in Melbourne. The League was formed in 1997 when a group of artists gathered together with a mission to share art with the local community and beyond. For more information, call 321-952-3070 or go to SL

Hippie Fest 2014, Happy Together Tour • Sunday, June 15th - $98. Flo and Eddie from the Turtles are back again with another group of friends including Mark Farner, Chuck Negron, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Enjoy the street festival in the afternoon before going inside for a night of oldies and entertainment. Come sing along with us for our annual flash in the past!! Don't forget your tye dies!! Phantom of the Opera • Thursday, December 4th - $143. We are kicking off our 2014-15 Broadway Across America at the new Dr. Phillips Center in the Walt Disney Theater! We are the only Florida venue for this spectacular show. If you have never seen the Phantom, you are in for an amazing treat. This show will sell out fast, we have premium orchestra seating and will have lunch at the Ale House before the show. Christmas In Key West • Enjoy our annual 3 night trip to Key West. Trip includes accommodations at the Fairfield Inn and Suites located at trolley stop #6, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, admission to Mel Fisher Maritime Museum with a private guided Behind the Scenes Tour, and baggage handling of 1 bag/person. Rate based on double occupancy is $440/person, single occupancy is $641. Nonrefundable deposit of $100/person due by June 1, but don't wait as this trip sells out quickly!

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Guests can play it again for a good cause at ‘A Night in Casablanca’ By Mike Gaffey Mike Hubler is gambling that the South Brevard Sharing Center’s second annual “A Night in Casablanca” casino fundraiser May 10 will help feed lots of students who go hungry during the summer. “I think we’ll sell out ahead of time and be turning away people at the door, frankly, because last year we had a full house,” said Hubler, the center’s executive director. “It was packed and everybody had a blast.” Recently turning 50, the boomer upped the ante this year by telling friends and community leaders to put their money on the line rather than buy him a gift to mark his “AARP milestone.” This year’s event from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, features more and bigger prizes. Participants can play blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and bingo with play money and win chips to buy raffle tickets to enter in drawings for their favorite prizes, Hubler said. Top prizes include a three-year lease on a Toyota Corolla from Toyota of Melbourne and a $10,000 cash raffle. “I think we’re up to $35,000 in prizes,” Hubler said. “So we’re really blessed to be giving away a lot more.” “A Night in Casablanca” supports the nonprofit agency’s Children’s Services Program for summer 2014. Hubler said the event hopes to close the gap on the $100,000 in additional need seen at the center during summer months, when needy South Brevard children usually receiving free or reduced-cost meals at school are on break. Tickets are limited and are sold in general event and high roller package levels. For $50, a general event guest receives 2,500 “Casablanca dollars” to spend at the gaming tables, one gaming raffle ticket, access to Mother’s Day silent auction items, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts

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Mike Hubler, executive director of the South Brevard Sharing Center, took to the airwaves March 31 on the WMEL-AM 1300 “Seeta and Friends” radio show with Seeta Begui that airs at noon Mondays to promote A Night in Casablanca. and one free 1940s-themed cocktail, beer, wine or soda. A $500 high roller ticket package for two includes 50,000 Casablanca dollars, two gaming raffle tickets, an exclusive high roller raffle ticket, a hotel room discount, a complimentary “Casablanca Salon” visit, a professional event photograph, a gift bag and giveaways, exclusive hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks. For an extra $100, a general event guest can take part in the Main Event Poker Tournament, with a grand prize for the winner and raffle ticket payouts for prizes worth up to $5,000. The tournament cost is included for one high roller guest. A $10,000 cash raffle ticket costs an additional $100, and participants

need not be present to win. For those unsure on how to play casino-style games, Hubler said professional dealers will be on hand to instruct guests. The sharing center, founded in 1971 to assist struggling South Brevard families with basic needs, is also seeking sponsorships from organizations to raise funds, said Hubler, who has been with the organization since 2009. “Our (2013) event raised over $35,000, and we plan to more than double that amount this year,” Hubler said. Serving others runs in Hubler’s family. His father worked for the city of Alexandria, Va., and his mother was a nurse.


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Let me introduce you to a trio of educational destinations right here in Cocoa that will more than satisfy all age groups. In one small area bounded by Michigan Avenue, Clearlake Road and Rosentine Street in Cocoa, are a cluster of top– notch family activities. They more than meet my criteria that they are educational, family friendly and inexpensive. On Michigan Avenue you will find the creative and ever changing Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science. This gem of a small museum primarily covers in a diversified fashion the history, culture and sciences of Brevard County. Here you will enjoy learning and viewing the archaeological dig of the 7,000-plus-year-old Windover burial site discovered in nearby Titusville. Youʼll be introduced to our native Ais and Seminole Indian tribes that lived in this area. See the replicas of a local hardware store and a bank. Get to know about Brevard’s eco system of rivers, reefs and saltwater marshes. Don’t miss the butterfly exhibit and the outdoor nature preserve and trails. There is a lot more to see and learn at the museum. Make this your first stop. Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is at 2201 Michigan Ave., Cocoa. For more information, call 321-632-1830. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, There is a modest admission charge.

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Q” on the corner of Clearlake Road and Route 520 (West King Street.) For something different, try Grandpa’s Steakhouse. This unique restaurant is housed in authentic restored railroad cars, at 3660 W. King St., Cocoa. For information, call 321-638- 4379. SL

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Take a peek Right around the corner at 1679 Clearlake Road, visit the Florida Solar Energy Center. This facility is the largest and most active state-supported renewable energy and energy efficiency research organization in the United States. Do take a free educational tour lasting about two hours and then view the 30-minute video entitled “Kilowatt Ours.” Advance tour reservations are a must at 321-638-1015. The center is open for visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge. If time permits on this same day, visit the Eastern Florida State College Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory. The entrance to the planetarium is on Rosentine Street, behind the college campus, just off Clearlake Road. Here, you can enjoy the wonders of an awardwinning planetarium. There, a 70-foot domed theater reproduces the starry sky using a first-of-its-kind dual projection system. The planetariumʼs large format films presented on a

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We are fortunate to live in a geographic area with an older population and many fine medical services. Just like a piece of machinery, the human body ages from use and a long life. Visits to the doctor or hospital present challenges. What tests to consider, what specialists to consider and what medications to use? Enter the hospital with a particular health problem listed. Avoid going there for “observation;” you may not be covered by insurance. When my wife was checking in at a local hospital, the admissions person provided me with a brochure entitled “Medical Advocate.” I studied the contents and applied the principles. As a patient, you should know your body. What is happening? How do I feel? Why am I here? What are they planning to do? Normally, your primary care physician will refer you to the hospital and to a specialist prior to entering the hospital unless you enter by way of the emergency room. Recognize that each hospital has protocols and routines. Ask questions about the doctors who might be involved in the process. Who ordered them? Why are they needed for the “consult”? The heart doctor may order one procedure and the kidney doctor may have other ideas? Who makes the final decision? As an advocate, you become an additional set of eyes and ears for the patient. Make notes about observations and medical instructions. Most people do not have the background to decipher terminology and step-bystep procedures. At another hospital,

giant three-story high screen in stunning surround sound creates a spectacle you won’t forget. Enjoy a host of other educational exhibits. There is an admission charge and show times vary. Call the Planetarium at 321-433-7373 in advance. For meals, I like “Kaye’s Bar-B-

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski the nurse educators provide printed materials in patient information folders. There are easy-to-understand video presentations available on the television in each room as a valued resource. Watch the simple things. Did the person drawing blood wash their hands and use rubber gloves? The nurse may have washed his hands, but did he sanitize his stethoscope? What about the food, beverages and the diabetic diet? Discharge procedures are usually well documented with computer-backed records and handouts. Ask questions, check the medications lists, and note follow-up appointment information. You must be in your “comfort zone.” If you do not feel comfortable about the discharge, state your concerns. Advocates are medical assistants valuable to health of the patient and the providers. Remember that good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting firm. You can reach him at

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The Planetarium’s roof-top observatory is home to one of the largest public telescopes in Florida — a 24-inch RitcheyChretien reflector. Volunteers assist planetarium staff members in the operation of the observatory every weekend, offering the residents of Brevard County amazing views of the heavens. Strapped to the side of the main telescope is a 6-inch diameter refracting telescope. This fine instrument is equipped with a sensitive video camera that captures images for display on a computer monitor. The 6-inch telescope is also equipped with a Hydrogen-alpha filter for spectacular daytime viewing of sunspots and solar prominences.

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Both telescopes are available and the observatory is open to the general public from dusk until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

Do associations need a management company? Deciding whether your association needs a professional management company really boils down to two simple questions. First, we need to know…: What does a management company do? Generally speaking, a management company administers the business affairs of the association. This includes arranging all meetings, taking minutes, creating and implementing the budget, accounting, overseeing vendors and implementing rules and regulations. There are many details to each of these items and each association may want to add or subtract from the list. The management company reports to the board of directors. That leads us to the second question…: Why can’t we do these things ourselves? Associations certainly can and many do. Some associations have residents with the ability who are willing to dedicate the time required. With more than one volunteer, you m ay be able to take advantage of their special interests. For example, some volunteers are knowledgeable in landscaping and enjoy it. Someone else may enjoy accounting or record keeping. Smaller associations may find it more cost effective to manage themselves. Association board members are volunteers. Their incentive to serve is the welfare of the association. They have families, full-time jobs or other

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interests and responsibilities that may keep them from providing the time required. Many retirees quickly decide that retirement does not mean working for the association and that’s not why they’re in sunny Florida. Also, in our area, it is not unusual to find boards made up of snowbirds. A professional property management company alleviates these situations. Hiring an outside company relieves your board of the burdens and rigors of property management. This means peace of mind for the board and residents alike. Choosing the right management company allows you to enjoy your home and maintain the property values of your association. SL It’s important to point out that Kneiser is not an attorney and legal questions should be referred to your attorney. However, a requirement of his community association manager’s license is to stay abreast of the Florida association laws. Contact him with any questions at

Learning, teaching karate a ‘lifelong marathon’ for 10th-degree black belt By Mike Gaffey It’s been a busy spring so far for karate master Robert Scaglione, chief executive officer for Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA. A Viera resident and 10thdegree black belt, Scaglione found time to teach classes at the Viera Regional Park Community Center while preparing for his third trip to Israel to visit ShorinRyu karate clubs there. “It’s always nice to visit with the students,” Scaglione said. “It’s good for them and it’s good for me, too.” Scaglione oversees more than 30 Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu clubs worldwide. Born in 1938 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he founded schools in Viera, Suntree, Merritt Island, Titusville, Cocoa and West Melbourne after moving to Brevard County in 1987 following a 20-year career as a New York City police officer. “I worked high-crime, high-hazard areas of New York City,” said Scaglione, who started Okinawanstyle Shorin-Ryu training as an officer in 1967 to stay in shape and learn self-defense techniques. Scaglione regularly used some of that training to collar crooks and often led the

department in felony arrests. “I used just enough force to neutralize them,” he said. Shorin-Ryu differs from other forms of martial arts in that it emphasizes natural stances and movements, Scaglione said. Founded in 1962 by Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro, Shorin-Ryu offers belt levels starting at white and advancing to green, brown and black, which has 10 additional levels. Scaglione met Ueshiro after Ueshiro settled in Brooklyn, eventually becoming his right-hand man and helping to establish Shorin-Ryu headquarters in New York City in 1977. “It’s very traditional,” Scaglione said of Shorin-Ryu. “We don’t change anything. A lot of styles change, but we keep it meticulously the same as it was done when Ueshiro brought it here.” Students often include doctors, lawyers, military and police officers, business executives, housewives and children. And hundreds of them have become black belts under Scaglione’s tutelage. His four sons have all earned black belts as well. Scaglione also has written two books: “The Shorin-Ryu Karate Question and Answer Book,” which he co-authored with artist Bill Cummins, and


Hanshi Robert Scaglione, left, director of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA, warms up with David Norman of Viera, a brown belt, before a class at Viera Regional Park Community Center. “Building Warrior Spirit.” “It’s a lifelong marathon. That’s the good thing about karate. If it’s done correctly, you don’t injure yourself,” Scaglione said. He noted that ShorinRyu doesn’t offer karate tournaments. “They really don’t have any place in karate because it’s not for sport. It’s for development of one’s body, mind and spirit and keeping the body healthy.” Scaglione, who carries

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the title of “Hanshi” for his expertise, still finds equal pleasure practicing karate and teaching others. “As you teach, you learn,” Scaglione said. “You never really learn something until you show it to somebody else, because you can’t keep it to yourself. You have to give it away in order to keep it. As I teach these people, I’m learning more, and when you stop teaching, you stop learning.” SL

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North American Surveillance Systems (NASS) North American Surveillance Systems (NASS), a manufacturing and engineering design firm, has announced plans to expand and consolidate its fixed and rotarywing aircraft modification division at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. The New York-based firm, which is considered a world leader in the modification of such aircraft, will build a 20,000 squarefoot hangar complex and a twostory, 11,000 square-foot ft. office/ headquarters facility at the airport. The project is expected to create 20 new jobs during the next few years, with an average wage of $75,000. The company also plans a substantial investment in new capital equipment for the operation.

NASS offers design, systems engineering, integration, test, certification and logistics support of aircraft intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance modifications. Its FAA-licensed mechanics are experienced on more than 80 different types of fixed and rotarywing aircraft types. The company was assisted in its location decision by the Economic Development Commission of FloridaĘźs Space Coast, the City of Titusville and the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority, along with financial assistance from the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ). For more information on the company, go to SL

Astrotech, a commercial aerospace company that houses its Space Operations Headquarters in TitusvilleĘźs Spaceport Commerce Park, witnessed the successful launch of its next-generation NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) in January. The spacecraft, designed and assembled by the firm, will function as part of eight inorbit satellites designed to provide continuous information relay contact with orbiting spacecraft, ranging from the International Space Station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope to

the array of scientific observatories located across the globe. The project is another example of the continuing impact of the nationĘźs space program on the local economy. Astrotech, formerly SPACEHAB, Inc., has been a leader in the commercial space field for more than 25 years, providing spacecraft payloads consisting of satellites, cargo and science for governments and industry. The company, which is headquartered in Austin, Texas, is listed on the NASDAQ Index (ASTC). SL


Renzetti and the world of fly fishing The sport of fly fishing — an angling method that uses artificial bait to catch fish, especially stream trout — generates an economic impact of approximately $750 million for the nation, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. And located in Titusville is one of that industryĘźs leading manufacturers of “flyËŽ or lure-making tools and rod building equipment for the fly fishing enthusiast. Started in the 1970s in a Pennsylvania garage, Renzetti, Inc., has been making fly tying hand tools for decades. The company relocated to TitusvilleĘźs Spaceport Commerce Park in the early 1990s. Its founders, Andy and Lily Renzetti, note that the company grew dramatically once the Orvis Company, a national, sports


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Local completes basic training Navy Seaman Erin L. Hickey, daughter of Sheri Kirby of Cocoa, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Hickey completed a variety of training

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Dear Gramma Dear Gramma: We went to an all-you-caneat buffet with our two teenage grandsons and granddaughter. Their parents, our sons Dale and James and their wives joined us. I was appalled to see my grandsons pile up their plates with amounts of food they couldn’t possibly eat. They left much of it on their plate then went back for more with a clean dish. We were disappointed by that, but said nothing. How can we keep this wasteful behavior from recurring? Grandparents

Young Eagles flight scheduled for May 3 Special to Senior Life

Area young people ages 8 to 17 will have a chance to take a free plane ride on Saturday, May 3, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 724 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Merritt Island Airport. Those attending the flight rally are asked to come to the big white building on the south side of the airport starting at 8:30 a.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 9 a.m. with registration closing at noon. A parent or guardian must sign a permission form at the airport. The rides are for youth only. Go to for directions to the airport. The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.8 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries. More than 6,000 Young

Eagles have been flown at Merritt Island Airport “Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Mike Teders, spokesman for the event. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.” Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people. For more information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program, go to or to access the logbook go to SL

Dear Grandparents: The actions of your grandsons are witnessed at many buffets. While there’s a proper etiquette for buffet dining, most families don’t review it with their children. You can find the etiquette online and give copies to your sons, their wives and your grandchildren. If the grandsons’ present buffet behavior persists, you can choose to stop joining them when they go to those restaurants. Gramma

Registration opens for free summer music program for students Special to Senior Life

The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) is will hold its annual Summer Youth Band Music Program from June 16 through July 10. Registration closes May 30. The free music instruction is open to all students enrolled in sixth through 11th grade, who are interested in learning to play a musical instrument, or who already play a wind or percussion instrument. One month’s instrument rental fee and the cost of the lesson book are included for beginning students. Parents or guardians are responsible for the rental after the first month. The program will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday at Church on the Rock, 4028 Babcock St. in Melbourne (across the street from Palm Bay High School). Each student will receive a 50-minute group lesson with a qualified teacher and also will have playing time as part of a band. Nearly 100 students participated in 2013. Students will present a concert to parents and the public on the final day of the program at 6 p.m. on July 10 at the Melbourne Civic Auditorium. The auditorium will be set up with long tables so the audience can bring a box dinner to enjoy during or prior to the concert. Drinks will be available at a nominal cost, with proceeds going to the Summer Youth Band. “This program has grown tremendously in the past six years, and we are very excited to be able to offer it to our area’s youth once again,” said Art Martin, MMB musician and executive administrator, and coordinator of the summer music program. “When young people learn to play


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Teacher inspires students to conservation heights By Carl Kotala It’s Friday in Wes Lovelace’s Field Biology/Ecology Honors Class at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, and his students know what that means: Time to go out and check the tree frog traps. For the past six years, Lovelace’s students have been weighing, measuring and taking the temperature of the tree frogs which can be found in any of the 100 traps set around the wetlands on school grounds. There are invertebrate traps, too. There are scrub jays and ospreys, and all kinds of different plants and trees. Sure, there are textbooks — two, to be exact. But what makes taking Lovelace’s class fun is that he actually takes the classroom out of the class. After all, he pointed out, you can see it and hear about it, but when you actually do it … that’s when you understand it. “I’m going to tell you right now, I’ve seen such a change in some of the kids,” Lovelace said. “You’ll have some students that, No. 1, might have some trouble on a test in regurgitating information, but boy, when they get outside, they see relationships that other students don’t see. “(It’s) the kids that have a lot of the book knowledge, basically, versus the child who gets out there and says, ‘Wait

a minute, that oak is related to this oak because of the leaf size.” Students in Lovelace’s class will get to take the ultimate science exploration trip next year. For the second time, a group of Holy Trinity students will accompany Florida Tech professor Dr. Mark Bush on a trip to the Galapagos Islands. The previous trip came during winter break of the 2012-13 school year when 17 students made the trip. “When we went, it was just unbelievable,” Lovelace said. “We saw so much and did so much … we went to the highlands, we went to the volcanoes, they walked through lava tubes and they got to see the tortoises up in the highlands.” Word of the trip must have spread. Two days after posting a signup sheet for next year’s trip, Lovelace and fellow science teacher Stephanie Hendren already had 39 kids put their names in. Unfortunately, Lovelace said, 17 will likely be the most who can make the trip. Spend a few minutes with Lovelace and it’s easy to see why he says he’s still having fun after 20 years at Holy Trinity. His passion and energy are infectious, and that translates to his students. Brad Weiss, a senior who is taking the Field Biology/

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Holy Trinity science teacher Wes Lovelace, left, and senior Brad Weiss inspect a plant known as a Lady Tress near the wetlands on campus. The eco-friendly teacher will lead a group of students on a trip to the Galapagos Islands next year. Ecology Honors Class, also took an English class from Lovelace several years ago. Weiss described Lovelace as “a great teacher, a great man. I learned a lot from him.” SL

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Holy Trinity senior Brad Weiss checks an invertebrate trap. Weiss is a student in Wes Lovelace’s Field Biology/ Ecology Honors Class.

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Best way to see the Canyonlands By Sara Widness He who hesitates may miss the boat for a 2014 Grand Canyon raft vacation on the Colorado River. There are only a few remaining spots this summer on a handful of departures in July and August. Word has gotten out. “It’s an absolutely inspiring adventure,” said Brandon Lake, marketing director of Western River Expeditions. “But, what many people don’t know is that there is another incredibly amazing canyon hidden just above the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.” Without the name recognition of “Grand Canyon,” Utah’s Cataract Canyon is often overlooked. “This hidden gem is unbelievable,” Lake said. Cataract Canyon splits through the heart of Canyonlands National Park, inviting boaters to experience both whitewater thrills and eye-popping offriver jaunts. Those choosing to raft this stretch of the Colorado River experience signature runs of world-class rapids that rival Grand Canyon counterparts. As for hiking? Canyonlands National Park offers some of the most incredible hikes in the world. However, due to the rugged terrain and inaccessibility of much of the park’s 257,000 acres, one of the best ways to explore Canyonlands National Park is by river. “Many people think a rafting trip involves sitting on a raft for long periods of time,” Lake said. “I like to compare it to a cruise, but with even more stops for shore excursions. Between breakfast on the beach, possible morning and afternoon hikes, a stop for a buffet lunch and allinclusive beach camping each night, it’s the perfect adventure. And the hikes in Cataract Canyon are fantastic.” Instead of traversing overland mile after mile by Jeep, foot or mountain bike to get to desired trails deep inside the park, departing from the river on hiking excursions minimizes the time and effort to reach preferred objectives, Lake notes. Below are his favored trails and off-river destinations: Lathrop Granaries is a short hike revealing petroglyphs (images etched into the sandstone) and pictographs (images painted on the sandstone). A wide delta at the mouth of a side canyon provided an open area where early inhabitants planted grains, beans and squash. Adobe structures known as granaries that stored grains for later consumption and spring planting are visited on this hike. Indian Creek originates in the Abajo Mountains, flows through the Park and eventually into the Colorado River. On early season trips, this is a popular stop for a hike up the creek to a beautiful waterfall and a refreshing swim. More granaries are found where Indian Creek joins the Colorado. The Loop Hike is short but strenuous with a world-class view as the pay off. At this point, the Colorado River bends in a giant, three-mile-long loop. The River circles back on itself. At the point where the river channel flows one direction, it is exactly parallel with the channel flowing back the other direction. There is a notch or saddle in the sandstone cliff here. A trail leads to the top of the saddle and


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The Colorado river flows through the Canyonlands National Park. Bolstered by the Green River, the Colorado River doubles its force and carves a deep 100-mile-long chasm through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Here is where four- and two-day rafting trips are staged. Both two- and four-day expeditions include rafting, optional hiking, catered camping (cots, tents, sleeping bags, chairs and water-resistant bag), all meals between departure and return, transfers from Moab to the river and return transportation (four-day expedition by Cessna and two-day expedition by shuttle). Guests may hike to, among others, ancient Indian ruins, pictographs and a magnificent outlook high above the mighty Colorado. Senior Life Photo

The Sentinel Spire rock formation towers along the cliff wall a few miles from the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers.

back down the other side to the river where boats that have circled around the loop pick up hikers on the other side. The Doll House, or The Sentinels, is a garden of rock pinnacles towering along the top of the cliff wall just a few miles downriver from the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers. It is common to camp near the Doll House on the second night of a fourday Cataract Canyon trip. This allows plenty of time to complete what is the most strenuous hike of the trip. The trail is steep, climbing more than 1,000 feet from the river to the top of the canyon, but certainly beats the 7.5-hour drive from Moab to get to this location. Dark Canyon features a creek that flows through the canyon and into the Colorado. Guides lead hikers about a mile through the bottom of a side canyon to an area of deep pools and small waterfalls. This can be a real oasis in the warm summer months. For the past five decades, whitewater rafting experts have navigated the West’s wildest rivers, enroute recognizing that guests enjoy varying the pace between the rapids and terra firma. On the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon, the company offers two-and four-day rafting programs inclusive of catered camping and guided hiking explorations. Just south of Moab where the Colorado River and Green River meet in a majestic setting called “The Confluence,” Cataract Canyon begins.

The river is a thrilling 100-mile ride through stunning scenery, more than 30 class III-V whitewater rapids including the notorious “Big Drops,” where a raft plunges 30 feet in a matter of minutes, matching the whitewater of the Grand Canyon in power and difficulty. Expeditions depart weekly from late May through late August for Cataract Canyon. Expeditions depart weekly from early May through the July 4 weekend. The trip begins and ends in Moab, with the return transfer by ground shuttle. For more information, go to



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*Vote to End Childhood Hunger Bake Sale Tuesday, May 27

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m Bake Sale and gift basket raffle Hosted by Supervisor of Elections Office

MONDAY History of Cocoa Beach from the 1920s-1960s Tuesday, May 6

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY Courtenay Springs Village Fashion Show & Brunch Saturday, May 10

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Slide Show & Lecture historian Bill Ross Viera- 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson with Freedom 7 Senior Building C, 321-690-6850 Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Melbourne- South Brevard Service Complex, 1515 Sarno Rd. Cocoa Beach 321-255-4455 If you have any stories or photos you’d like to share, Palm Bay- Palm Bay Service please bring them. Complex, 450 Cogan Dr. RSVP to 321-783-9505 321-925-7328 refreshments will be served.


Eat My Crust 5K

7 a.m., $25 for adults, $18 for age 18 & under Help raise money for Viera High School Athletics 5450 Stadium Pkwy, Viera



Suntree Garden Club

9 a.m. - noon, free Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Viera 321-255-4404

Sunday Brunch

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. 321-504-7776

Mother’s Day Celebration 2 - 3 p.m., Harp music Franklin DeGroodt Library 6475 SE Minton Rd. Palm Bay 321-952-6318



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Circle of Friends 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. Quilting Group

Duran Golf Club 9:30 a.m. - noon 7032 Stadium Pkwy., Viera Franklin DeGroodt Library 321-504-7776 6475 SE Minton Rd. Palm Bay 321-952-6318 Mother’s Day Brunch Holiday Inn Viera National Active and 8298 N. Wickham Rd. Retired Federal EmployViera 321-255-0077

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Cocoa Village A Few Good Men Summer Arts & Crafts Fair Showing 5/16- 5/31 Public Auction at Cliff Schuler’s 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 422 Julia St. Titusville 321-267-8563


Accordion Club Meeting 10 a.m - 2 p.m, free Elks Lodge #1532 315 Florida Ave., Cocoa 321-799-2267

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m., $12 Come see the latest fashions from Patchington’s and enjoy a delicious brunch 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy., Merritt Island Please RSVP by May 7 to 321-452-1233

Jazz, Jeans, & Jewels Saturday, May 31

7-9 p.m., $50 A night of fun, food, jazz and jewels! Bling vendor and cash bar. Proceeds benefit The Women’s Center services & safe houses. 321- 567-4217 Order tickets online:

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Caregiver Support

10:30 a.m. - noon, free Gentle conversation and understanding. Hosted by Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation. Loved ones also invited. Heydays Senior Day Program, 210 N. Grove St. Merritt Island Stacy, 321-474-8289

Art Journaling

10 a.m., $5 Cocoa Beach Library Jane von Thron Room 321-868-1104


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Central Brevard

9:30 a.m. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren office 123 Barton Blvd. Rockledge 321-631-7776

Book Discussion

6:30 p.m. “The Storyteller” Franklin DeGroodt Library 6475 SE Minton Rd. Palm Bay 321-952-6318


Vote to End Hunger Bake Sale See box above.*

Moonlight Quilter’s Guild

6:15 p.m., North Brevard Library 2121 South Hopkins Ave. Titusville/321-567-5424

Caregiver Support

10:30 a.m. - noon, free Heydays Senior Day Program, 210 N. Grove St. Merritt Island. RSVP to Stacy, 321-474-8289




“Bone Builders” Osteoporosis Exercise & Health Education Class


The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced (SSWD) group lunch

$49/ 9 lessons every Thursday Register at Reference Desk Franklin DeGroodt Library 6475 SE Minton Rd. Palm Bay 321-952-6318


“The Round House” by Louise Erdrich Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Viera 321-255-4404

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

10 a.m. Club Esteem 33165 S. Monroe St. Melbourne 321-631-7776

Playwrights Workshop May 8-11, $5 Surfside Playhouse RSVP 321-961-1988


League of Women Voters Luncheon


Local Author Ernest Baldini: “A Twentieth Century Argonaut”


Viera/Suntree Toastmasters Club

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Sea Turtle Preservation Society: Sea Turtle Emergency Response


7 p.m. Viera Hospital 8731 N. Wickham Rd. 321-610-8621

6 p.m., Cocoa Beach Public Library Jane Von Thron Room 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104


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1 p.m. Free class by Aging Matters Cocoa Beach Public Library Jane Von Thron Room every Mon. & Wed. 550 N. Brevard Ave. *9 - 10:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Martin Andersen Senior 321-868-1104 Center, Rockledge *9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Strawberry Art League Palm Bay Community Center Show: Nature RSVP 321-631-2749 Available to view in May and June at West Melbourne City Hall 2240 Minton Rd. 321-952-3070



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11:30 a.m., $22 “Impact of Economic Development Commission” Free class by Aging Matters Tuscany Grill every Mon. & Wed. 7640 N. Wickham Rd., Viera *9 - 10:15 a.m. RSVP by May 11 to Martin Andersen Senior Doreen 321-622-4071 Center, Rockledge Grandparents *9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Palm Bay Community Center Raising Grandchildren RSVP 321-631-2749 6:30 p.m., Memaw’s Restaurant 4916 Babcock St. Palm Bay 321-631-7776

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2nd annual Space Coast Prayer Breakfast 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., $25

SHINE Individual Counseling Neighborhood Book Club

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., free Assistance with Medicare & Medicaid questions. Cocoa Beach Public Library We Remember Our Mothers 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 6 - 8 p.m., bring photo Appointment required. One Senior Place, 321-323-9418 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera Brevard Federated RSVP 321-752-2533 Republican Women Meeting Holiday Inn Viera 11 a.m. RSVP by noon May 2. Reservations and information at 321-727-1212 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. $5 Franklin DeGroodt Library 6475 SE Minton Rd. Palm Bay, 321-952-6318


9: 30 a.m. Memaw’s Restaurant 600 Eau Gallie Blvd. Indian Harbour Beach 321-631-7776

Noon, $2 Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach


National Homebrew Day 17th annual AHA Big Brew

Theme is lighting and illumination Suntree/Viera Library 321-255-4404

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Brock’s Hombrew Supply 245 East Dr., W. Melbourne 321-473-3846

All are welcome El Tucan Restaurant 321-868-7775

Kentucky Derby Party 4 - 7 p.m., $25

The Historic Pritchard House

424 S. Washington Ave. Titusville RSVP to Roz 321-267-4480

Stamping Club

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $5 Franklin DeGroodt Library Henegar Center 6475 SE Minton Rd. 321-723-8698/ Palm Bay 321-2-6318

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Woman’s Day Extravaganza

Noon- 4 p.m., free “Aging Brilliantly,” an afternoon of fun & relaxation. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera 321-751-6771

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Footprints in the Sand Kidney Walk

9 a.m., Raise money to fight kidney disease. Cocoa Beach Pier 407-894-7325

Night Sounds Concert

7 - 9 p.m., park entry only Sebastian Inlet State Park 9700 S. A1A Melboune Beach 321-984-4852

9 a.m., 1 p.m. Free for everyone interested in quilting Suntree/Viera Library Courtenay Springs Village 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Viera Fashion Show & Brunch 321-255-4404 321-452-1233




Franklin DeGroodt Library 6475 SE Minton Rd. Palm Bay 321-952-6318

7 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sears Town Mall, Titusville 321-543-1608

Palm Bay Scrabble Club

Space Coast Military 12:30 - 5 p.m., every Friday Appreciation Day

The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced group meeting

5 p.m. All are welcome Parish Center Church of Our Saviour 5301 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-7775

The Italian American Club of So. Brevard Armed Forces Day Celebration Dinner Dance Cocktail Hour: 5 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m. Advance tickets needed… seating limited Members $14, Non-members $16. 321-242-8044


Swingtime Dance “May Flowers Ball”

7 - 10 p.m., $5 advance, $7 at door or online Dance to music of an 18-member Big Band Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne 321-724-0555



Space Coast Inventors Guild

2 - 4:45 p.m., free Eau Gallie Library 1521 Pineapple Ave. Melbourne Angel, 321-768-1234


Sunset Celebration

6 p.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy., Viera 321-504-7776

Indoor Garage Sale

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. North Brevard Senior Center, 909 Lane Ave. Titusville 321-268-2333

Home Instead Open House Critics Wanted: Film Celebrating a Festival Sneak Peek New Location 2 p.m. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 849 Sarno Rd., Melbourne 321-751-1003

Cocoa Beach Public Library 321-868-1104

Jazz, Jeans, & Jewels

7 - 10 p.m., $50 Benefit for the Women’s Center safe houses

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Florida Air Academy's admissions officer Safiyah Dinally photographs members of FAA’s first graduating classes of 1964 and 1965 as they toured the Melbourne campus during the festivities on April 25.


continued from page 3 “We’ve all managed to prosper in some way or another and that is a reflection of our time here,” said Scott, who presented Cadet Col. Dwayne Stanton and class valedictorian Maya Burley with a plaque from the alumni. It included best wishes for Class of 2014 FAA graduates, that they may “live long and prosper,” Mr. Spock’s signature saying from the “Star Trek” television series that since turned into a blockbuster movie franchise. “You guys are pretty young and you may not know who said that,” Scott joked to the cadets. Alumni also honored their favorite teacher, Nick Mascia, who arrived at FAA at age 23 and taught math from 1962 to 1965 after answering an ad in the “New York Times” to come teach in Florida. “The accolades that I’ve received from my students while I was here enabled me to go on and be successful because they took the time to tell me how much I inspired them, and I don’t mean in mathematics,” said Mascia, who was presented by alumni with a copy of the 1964 FAA yearbook that he’d always wanted. “If I can leave the graduating class here and the classes to come with the inspiration that learning inspires to you go on, learn and solve your own problems in life and be successful, then that’s what I’ve received from FAA,” Mascia said. FAA originally was an all-boys school, so the sight of female cadets on campus was a bit disconcerting for some of the older visitors. The school went coed in 2005. “I know you guys were like ‘Oh my God, there are girls here.’ I think that after taking this tour and meeting our valedictorian and meeting the young ladies, you’ll see how good it’s been for this school to go co-ed,” Deborah


Dwight said. “It’s really raised the bar academically and behaviorally.” Class of ’64’s Stuart Epstein of Stuart noted that in his day, FAA was the last chance for misbehaving boys headed for the military, with a 70-30 percent ratio of

focus on military/academics, while today the ratio is 30-70 military/academics. “We were here because we had to be here. We were here for the discipline,” said Epstein, who retired from the Air Force as a colonel. “None of the kids who

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Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards Event honors environmental heroes By linda wiggins The inaugural Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards Dinner April 25 at the Holiday Inn MelbourneViera Convention Center honored the memory and accomplishments of the Florida Master Naturalist, nature photographer and Suntree resident who died last year, as well as the efforts of local conservationists. It was held on the eve of the fifth annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival, which Corbeil helped establish. In addition to posthumous awards for Corbeil and young conservationist and Viera Wetlands fan Justin Mitchell, who died last April, awards went to 10 recipients for their work in preserving the environment and wildlife “from the St. Johns River to the beach and beyond.” The event was sponsored by Viera Voice of Bluewater Creative Group, which also publishes Senior Life and the Viera Wetlands Birding Guide. Honorees included: • Marcia Booth, president and founder of Recycle Brevard. • Justin Mitchell, with his mother, Kim Wright, accepting his award. • Sue Small, director of Florida Wildlife Hospital • Doug Voltolina, Southern Region land manager for the St. Johns River Water Management District. • Tony Sasso, executive director of Keep Brevard Beautiful • A surprise award was given to River Grace, a 14-year-old West Melbourne student who made national headlines recently for his studies of the Madagascar radiated tortoise, a featured speaker at the event who also oversaw separate conservation programming just for youth. • Virginia Barker, Watershed Program manager for the


Picking up awards at the inaugural Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards dinner were Marcia Booth, left, Kim Wright, Sue Small, Doug Voltolina, Tony Sasso, River Grace, Virginia Barker, Jim Angy, Kathleen Hill and Capt. Rodney Smith. Brevard County Natural Resources Department. • Jim Angy for his Viera Wetlands nature photography. • Kathleen Hill, education coordinator for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. • Capt. Rodney Smith, executive director of Anglers for Conservation. • Amy Reaume, conservation coordinator for the Brevard Zoo. Emcee and awards presenter was Vice Lamb, a founder of Preserve Brevard. Dinner keynote speaker was Brevard Zoo executive director Keith Winsten, internationally respected for his conservation efforts. In addition to the Corbeil awards, prizes went to youth in grades K-12 who submitted winning art, photography and 250-word essays with a focus on wildlife in the Viera Wetlands. Winners of a $50 top prize are Ariana Valdiviezo, 10, for art; Tori Baker, 17, for photography; and Eric Vitaliano, 12, for essay/poetry. For more information, call 321-242-1235. SL


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Darryl Benton paddles in the Mosquito Lagoon on the morning of Day 2.

the most famous restaurants in Brevard County. I talked with a crabber who made his living on the lagoon. A space launch capped off the day.

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We passed under Max Brewer Causeway early and the mayor of Titusville joined us briefly as the television cameras rolled. We arrived at Pine Island by 3 p.m., but wild hogs left the camp area torn up so we headed to Manatee Cove Island. We covered around 14 or 15 miles and we were down to five men and two women. Three of the guys had to go back to work.

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Two canoes and four kayaks went to Georgiana Island on the Banana River. On the way, we approached the Barge Canal before heading east toward Sykes Creek. We ate lunch at Kiwanis Island. We must have covered 14 or 15 miles before we stopped for the day. We found a rhythm and things were on auto pilot. met him at the Lagoon House in Melbourne. At the age of 63, the reality of what it would take to paddle for that long almost prompted Benton to change his mind. Benton once paddled a total of 37 miles in two days around Merritt Island. That was then and this is now. In December, it would entail 10 to 12 miles of paddling each day in a packed kayak. Sleeping would be harsh on various spoil islands, while camping on shore. Food would be something created for hikers. How would it taste? Benton had lung in surgery in 2008, losing most of his right lung. A one-lung paddler remembering his days as an Army Ranger wouldnʼt surrender. It was time to find some sponsors. Former Cocoa High classmates were contacted, as well as old buddies from the Army and former classmates from the University of Central Florida. His family also was supportive. It didnʼt take long for Benton to reach his goal of $2,000. While planning what to take in his kayak and then altering those initial thoughts when weight became an issue, Benton received a call from Laurie Downey Arrich, a friend from high school. She wanted to go, too. Arrichʼs kayaking experience was limited, but that didnʼt prevent Benton from loaning her his fishing kayak. Benton then moved his supplies from the fishing kayak to his cruising kayak. Christmas shopping in December would have to wait. The adult children and their children — the grandkids — who would be coming down from Vermont would understand. There was a party the night before that was followed by the equivalent of a slumber party afterward as participants slept at a small hotel.

Day 1's early-morning departure from J.B.ʼs Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach was successful.

As told by Darryl Benton

Day 1

At dawn, the wind was blowing strong out of the northwest as the event began an hour later at J.B.ʼs Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach with five single kayaks; two twoman canoes; and one one-man canoe. The north end of the Mosquito Lagoon is a beautiful place. Mullet were jumping, birds were soaring with the wind and hours went by like minutes as we paddled south on the river. I thought we all should become stewards of this natural habitat to save the lagoon for centuries to come. The upper portion of the Mosquito Lagoon is on government-owned property. We needed special permission to paddle and eventually set up our first overnight camping area. No one caught any fish for the first meal, but someone brought smoke salmon to go with chili, assorted breads and the great stories that were told along the fire.

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This would be an easy paddle to Samsons Island in Satellite Beach. A rainstorm created one, two, then three or four rainbows that we could see from end to end. The pot of gold treasure was at the end — the Indian River Lagoon in all its glory. This would be our first, two-night stay in the same campground. A beach festival was scheduled for Saturday morning at Pelican Park. Slides were shown of the lagoon as and a discussion was held about our adventure. Arrich had to leave since Christmas was only 19 days away. I traded kayaks as Arrich took my cruising kayak home. This would prove to be a mistake. Arrich had paddled more than 60 miles. I would miss her.

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We were about 10 miles into SENIOR LIFE Photo our trip and our next planned Sidney Katz, left, Mim Duncan, Darryl Benton, Mike Conneen, Nick camp would be on an island Colantonio and Maxx Kumiski enjoy a meal. located at the western side of Haulover Canal on the Indian River. There was no real current to help us along. Worrying about Arrich was not warranted as she paddled, took pictures and enjoyed herself. We woke up early to a weather change as we We eventually took a break on a sandy beach on began our pursuit to reach the Lagoon House on the west end of the canal. I fished as she read a the Indian River in south Melbourne. We were book while waiting for the rest to arrive. We later joined by four new paddlers. The wind was howling paddled for another two hours. A tasty red drum in our face as we came out of the canal and into was on the grill when another legal red drum was the Banana River, just north of the Eau Gallie caught. That was the freshest fish I have ever eaten. Causeway. It was a hard paddle to the Melbourne Causeway. My clumsy fishing kayak did not compare with my 17-foot cruiser. My camping It was a sheet of glass as we paddled all the gear became a burden. The folks of the Marine way to Titusville for a fish fry planned by the Resource Center greeted us with food and drinks. owner of Dixie Crossroads. We arrived early Dr. Leesa Souto of the Marine Resource Center and had time to take a quick bath in the river conducted a seminar. I stashed more fruit cocktail before leaving the campsite for dinner at one of cups and a few more freeze-dried energy meals.

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Darryl Benton and the group had Speckled Trout for dinner on Day 11 in Vero Beach.

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We got up early and headed out before light and before the wind picked up. It was a nice glassy paddle alongside U.S. 1 in the dark. We paddled to the east side of the river, with the protection of the beach strip of land keeping the wind at bay and out of our face. We had lunch at Honest JohnĘźs Fish Camp. We then paddled up Mullet Creek out of the wind and it was another fantastic day until Mullet Creek ended. We then had to paddle across three giant open water bays with the southeast wind in our faces to Long Point Campground, just north of Sebastian Inlet. It was another exhausting paddle of 12 or 13 miles. I had a cold beer before I fell asleep.

Day 10

The water clarity around Sebastian Inlet is clear and blue. We had our biggest group as others joined us for the day on our journey to Wabasso Causeway and the Wabasso Marine and Science Center. It was nice to use their shower and laundry

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We headed to Hobe Sound and spent two nights at the same camp site on Boy Scout Island.

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The McMansions along the river as we headed south out of Wabasso are some of most overwhelming houses I have ever seen. At this point, the water starts to get clearer as you head south. Thank goodness, there are some places that have been set aside as preserves to hold wildlife and vegetation. We spent the night on a small spoil island, just south of the Vero Beach Causeway. The fishing was good and we had a nice meal of trout and a big mullet. I later awoke to see my tent practically blowing away and water just inches away.

A boat, driven by the owner of D.O.A. Lures, stopped to give us donuts and coffee. We only had to paddle a short distance to a bluff, where a friend allowed us to camp in his backyard. We had a great dinner with these folks.

Day 18

We arrived in time for a scheduled seminar

and slideshow. We were invited to camp at a marina five miles away. We got back in the water and arrived just before dark to find a beautiful lush grass campsite with a huge fire ring. We stayed up late, watched the full moon and shared stories and laughter about the trip. We had become a family of friends. Through Facebook and our webpage, we had brought awareness and raised more than $14,000.

Day 12

The wind was at our back and our paddles became rudders in an attempt to keep the kayaks straight as waves nearly rolled us over. It was strenuous, but we moved quickly. The two canoes lashed themselves together and put up a small sail. We passed our intended campsite, continued past the Fort Pierce Causeway and eventually covered approximately 19 miles. We camped at Mud Creek, just under the A1A Beach Highway. Raccoons tried to raid our kitchen supplies. In the morning, we discovered that one of our coolers had been dragged halfway into the woods. The little bandits are tenacious.

Day 13

Queen Conch was found in Hobe Sound. It was a rare find that amazed the paddlers.

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facilities. I slept like a baby that night. I had no aches, no pains, no sand, no raccoons, no rats and no dreams. I would have made a hibernating bear jealous after my second cold beer.

Day 19

We passed a nuclear power plant and continued to the Jensen Beach Causeway. It was a struggle to paddle in open water to the Palm Cottages Resort on the western shore, but it proved to be worth it. The owner provided four cottages. We ordered a couple of pizzas and life was good. We were ahead of schedule, giving us time to conduct a seminar at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center during a welcome day off.

After sleeping in, we hit the water around 9 a.m. We had a leisurely paddle past the St. Lucie Lighthouse and to the Loxahatchee River Center. We shared a bottle of champagne. Surrender is not a retirement word. Five of the folks who started this adventure were part of the final group of seven. Three exceeded 60 in age. Another was more than 55 and the fifth was 35 and our technology guru. He did not have his wheelchair or crutches. He could paddle circles around us and talk on the phone at the same time. The second annual Indian River Lagoon Paddle Adventure will be held later this year. For information, check out the website at SL

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Honoring Americaʼs veterans A former Navy nurse, Van Stadenʼs wife, Evelyn, was honored as well. She accompanied her husband on the trip. The couple met at Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he was a patient in a research ward for tropical diseases. “We caught unique diseases,ˮ he said. “When I was offered experimental medicine in return for 30 days extra leave, I accepted the deal. My future wife was a nurse in the ward. It was a hospital romance, and she got me when I was a sick Marine.ˮ Each veteran on the Honor Flight is accompanied by a volunteer escort. While the flight is free for veterans, each escort must pay his or her way. “Pre-arranged people were there to welcome us,ˮ Van Staden said. “From children to seniors,

they thanked us for serving our country. Iʼll never forget that.ˮ When Van Stadenʼs group arrived during cherry blossom season, the weather was cold but sunny. “We saw many memorials and had a wonderful time.ˮ Van Staden said the Honor Flight is the best-organized system of giving veterans credit for their service. He noted, however, that some World War II veterans were in wheelchairs and that “we are running out of these brave men and women.ˮ The Honor Flightʼs mission is best expressed in the words of Will Rogers, displayed on their website. “We canʼt all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.ˮ For more information: go to SL

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World War II veteran George Van Staden sits with the Washington Monument in the background. Van Staden and his wife, Evelyn, were flown to Washington, D.C. along with other veterans by the Honor Flight Network. By Flora Reigada These days, 95-year-old George Van Staden of Titusville displays a Marine Corps emblem on his pith helmet. It harkens back to his military service during World War II, when he was part of the First Marine Division in the Pacific theater. He fought in battles at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu.

Last year, Van Staden was honored for his service, courtesy of the Honor Flight Network. The organization defines its mission on its website. “Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor Americaʼs veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.ˮ SL

Space Coast Military Appreciation Day The Titusville Chamber of Commerce is participating in a signature event for the region. “Space Coast Military Appreciation Day!ˮ will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. It will recognize the contributions of U.S. military members (active, guard & reserve, retired, veterans) military civilian employees and their family members. The day will kick off with a 5K run/ walk and will include marching units, music, food, vendors and exhibits. Chamber officials said they hope North Brevard will open its doors and its hearts to salute the 37 percent of the county that have or now are serving in some capacity with the U.S. military. Race participants — Register in advance on the website and save money:


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Evelyn and George Van Staden pose with the George Washington University volleyball team during their visit to Washington, D.C. The Van Stadens were flown there along with other veterans by the Honor Flight Network.

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Pictured above prior to performing at Viera Manor, an assisted living facility next to the VA Clinic in Viera, are standing left to right, Kopy Katz Jack Graziano, Lee Sommers, Beverly Karns, Arthur Karns, who is presenting the check to Michelle Clough and Sylvester Jones of The Volunteers of America, and Kopy Katz Barbara Gargiulo, Elvie Paulino and Paul Paulino. SENIOR LIFE Linda Wiggins

Some of the Women in the Air Force Chapter 1 members at a recent meeting include Jackie Kroll, front row left, Christy S. Good, Dee House, Kay North and Jane Glenn. Betty Gilb, Margaret C. Clark, Gail Vallee, Barbara Derry, Ailene Picheco, Gloria Makowski and Bettye Ford are sitting in the second row. By Linda Wiggins Members of Women in the Air Force Chapter 1 are looking for a few good women to join them. The group meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at American Legion Post 163, 1795 N. U.S.1 in Melbourne. Associate membership is open to any branch of the military. The May 3 meeting is special, because members instead will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. that Saturday at Beef ʻO’Brady’s on N. Wickham Road at Lake Washington Road to plan an Honor Flight trip for three members. They will visit the famous Washington, D.C. war monuments most meaningful to their service. The regular June 7 meeting back at the Legion Post will be a chance to share stories and tears of joy from the trip with others who await their chance for the experience provided at no charge to them that brings home the country’s appreciation of their service and sacrifice. While the benefits of WAF membership are many, some uniquely specific to the needs of women who have served in the U.S. military, a number of factors have limited the group’s number to 18 active members, many of whom are advancing in years, according to WAF leaders. “We hear stories about women in today’s military, what they experience because they may not be welcomed by some of the men they serve alongside,” said Barbara Derry, WAF chapter president who co-founded the group in 2008 with Dee House and Barbie Wilder. “This has been going on since I was in the Air Force 60 years ago, and it is not until you find other women who have faced that kind

of tough experience that you no longer feel alone. The fellowship is very important,” Derry said. She and fellow member Elsie Tulle will be traveling on the May 31 Honor Flight, which departs the Space Coast at 3 a.m. for the whirlwind trip to the nation’s capital and returns at midnight. Another WAF member, Carol Hurden, also will make the trip but the flight date is not yet confirmed. For WAF members, the monthly meetings and special events are not only about sharing tough times. “Anyone who has been in the military, we’re just different. We’ve had experiences that the general public can’t touch in terms of significance and can’t relate to, but we can relate to each other. Being in the service can be a challenge, but it was a blast, and being with people you served with or who served in general, that excitement just comes flooding back and it’s a blast all over again.” WAF faces the same challenges of other military fellowships, from Vietnam veterans back through the Korean War and World War II survivors, said one female veteran. “How do you recruit younger veterans to fill in the ranks of members who fall away as they age?” asked U.S. Army Capt. Ronda Dening, a veteran of deployment to Afghanistan recently recalled to active duty. “Every veterans group wants to know how to do this. The problem is that when young soldiers go off to war and come back changed, they don’t yet realize the pain they are in and that spending time with others in their shoes will help them cope in life.” For more information on WAF or to attend the meetings, email or call 321-254-7337. SL

Kopy Katz are a group of talented seniors who entertain at various venues wherever seniors gather. They have performed for Seniors at Lunch, senior day care centers and various assisted living facilities, churches and nursing homes. They are happy to go wherever they can put smiles on the faces of their fellow seniors. Every performer in the Kopy Katz group is at least 70 years young. The Kopy Katz are a nonprofit organization. Whenever donations are received, the money is used to

help veterans in various ways. The $200 donation to The Volunteers of America will be used to help support the 40-unit apartment complex in the Cocoa for homeless veterans. For information on this worthwhile endeavor or to learn how you can help, call Michelle Clough at 321-252-4367 at The Volunteers of America for the Veterans Village of Cocoa. For questions or information on the Kopy Katz, how to get involved, or how to schedule a performance, call 321-724-1338. SL


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Historic Homes

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By Flora Reigada Only a few steps from the bustle of Washington Avenue in Titusville, older homes provide a glimpse into the Titusville of a century ago. Two of these along Indian River Avenue are being added to the city

of Titusvilleʼs Register of Historic Places thanks to their owners, the city of Titusville and the Titusville Historic Preservation Board. Once a property receives this distinction, the city marks it with a plaque. Roz Foster, a member of the

River Ave., it too, boasts a welcoming porch. Raymond and Valerie Francis have owned the cottage since 1996 and have lived there since 2005. Both homes are within a short stroll of the Indian River Lagoon. “We love the quiet neighborhood and moved here because of the homeʼs proximity to the river and wildlife, especially the abundance of birds because we are birdwatchers,ˮ Raymond Francis said. “We also enjoy being near downtown Titusville, which was recently upgraded with plants and trees.ˮ Speidel concurs. She cited the importance of preserving a small townʼs architecture. But for her, there is also a personal reason to memorialize the Brady House. “Itʼs home,ˮ she said. For information on the preservation efforts, go to nbbd. com/npr/preservation. SL

Titusville Historic Preservation Board, addressed the importance of preserving Titusvilleʼs diversified history for future generations. “Historic preservation is important because it makes a statement about who we are — the character, or ʻsoulʼ of a community. It provides us with a sense of place, the story of our heritage from the past to the present and the future.ˮ One of the homes receiving historic status is a grand Queen Anne at 602 Indian River Ave., built circa 1884 by Louis Albin Brady. Its wrap-around porch greets one with a warm 19th century welcome. The Brady family was one of Titusvilleʼs earliest and most influential. Jane W. Speidel purchased the home in 1984, from descendents of the original owners. The other home, built circa 1915, was originally owned by Thomas A. Knight, a prominent Titusville citizen. A cozy cottage at 902 Indian


This home, built in 1915 on Indian River Avenue, will be added to the Titusville Register of Historic Places.

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Somethingʼs fishy at the North Brevard Senior Center By Flora Reigada Now that Little George, the resident alligator, has vacated the George Van Staden Lake at the North Brevard Senior Center, 500 new residents have found a home. They are catfish, five of which are albino. “A biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission delivered the young fish on a rainy February day,” said operations manager Barbara Payan. “He acclimated the catfish to the lake by pumping water from it and mixing it with water in which the fish were transported. They were then introduced to their new home.” The park (Vern Jansen Park) and lake resulted from a cooperative effort between the city, county, state and senior center, represented mainly by board member George Van Staden. He was surprised to learn at its opening ceremony in 2012 that the lake had been named for him. He has since wanted to stock it with fish and has worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to reel in the catch. “This year, they had some catfish leftover and asked if we wanted them,ˮ Van Staden said. “I told them weʼd take whatever we can get.ˮ More fish, such as bass and bream, may be added to their numbers. Because the lake is new and is designated as a stormwater retention pond, it does not yet have enough natural food to sustain the catfish.

Volunteers needed at the new Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center

Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers. It needs volunteers to provide assistance at the new Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center, located at 1240 Grumman Place in Titusville. Volunteer opportunities are also available in other capacities. No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants. Volunteer positions are available throughout Brevard County. To qualify for volunteering, you must pre-register and attend all classes. The Titusville training class will be held at the Hospice of St. Francis corporate office located at 1250B Grumman Place in Titusville. Classes will be held on the following dates: Tuesday, May 20; Thursday, May 22 and Monday, June 2. For more information and to register for the volunteer training classes, call Vicky Hamilton, volunteer coordinator, at 321-2694240 or 866-269-4240 (toll free). Hospice of St. Francis is a local, independent, nonprofit organization. Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County’s first hospice. HOSF continues to provide care for terminally ill patients and support for their families. For more information on HOSF programs, call 321-269-4240/866-269-4240 (toll free) or go to SL


North Brevard Senior Center

909 Lane Ave., Titusville 321-268-2333 Saturday, May 3 • 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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From the one-third mile boardwalk, George Van Staden prepares to feed 500 young catfish recently added to the lake bearing his name at the North Brevard Senior Center in Titusville. That means each morning Van Staden tosses them feed from a bridge along the boardwalk surrounding the lake. A half cup is the recommended amount for all 500. In July, when the fish are larger, this will be increased to a cup. “The fish know when they will be fed and they are waiting under the bridge,ˮ Payan said. “When they are older, they will jump up for their food.ˮ

The grounds are open to the community and Van Staden envisions a catch-and-release fishing program when the fish are mature. “The park and lake are Titusvilleʼs best-kept secret,ˮ he said. The North Brevard Senior Center is at 909 Lane Ave. in Titusville. For more information, call 321-268-2333 or go to northbrevardseniorcenter. SL

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Saturday, May 17 • 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Community Dance Music by Janice and Rene Tickets $6/$7 Bingo, Thursdays • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

16 cards for $8, $1 extra games Coffee and snacks provided

Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. 5th Saturday Yard Sale Table rentals $10 (rent two, get third free). Sell or browse in airconditioned comfort. Food available at nominal prices. Register from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 321268-2333 or 321-268-9530.

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Thursday, May 1 • 1:30 All about the Dixie Doughboy Artist Charles Smith will give a presentation on the making of the Dixie Doughboy, a statue created for the Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island.

Thursday, May 15 • 6:30 p.m. Organic Gardening Lucia Chankersingh, Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how to successfully use organic gardening techniques in Florida. Free.

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Basic Computer Classes Beginning Registration is required due to limited space. Class is taught in a series of sessions covering different topics. Fee is $20 for four classes. Call for dates and times. Mondays, 2 - 4 p.m. Master Gardener Bring plant questions and samples.

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Senior Services Holistic Health Center, Dr. Kevin Kilday, PhD, Enclave Assisted Doctor of Natural HealthLiving offers Natural Private residential facility licensed w/ Nutritional Therapies, Vitamins, Herbs, State of Florida, located in Rockledge. Counseling & Testing, Specialties: Cancer & Modern home w/ Video Disease ProvenMonitoring/Alarm, Solutions near hospital w/ home cooked meals. 500 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne Call 321-501-0583. 321-549-0711 HAIRCUTS IN YOUR HOME. Save the stress, and let services me come to you! Mary senior Ann Sommers, licensed cosmetologist, specializes inEnclave senior styles including styling, nails, Assisted Livingcuts, - private residential and misc. grooming. 321-345-8881. facility licensed w/ State of Florida, located in

Rockledge. Modern home w/ Video MonitorWanted ing/Alarm, near hospital w/ home cooked meals. Call 321-501-0583. FISHING AND HUNTING STUFF WANTED WAnted New or Old ..... fishing reels, rods, lures, tackle boxes…duck decoys, shorebirds, artwork, books …whether cleaning STUFF up or need extra FISHING you ANDare HUNTING WANTED money…give me a call. One item or entire New or Old ..... fishing reels, rods, lures, tackle contents .... Bob 321-220-8154 boxes…duck decoys, shorebirds, artwork, books …whether you are cleaning up or need extra Health money…give me a call. One item or entire contents ....Bob 321-220-8154. Holistic Health Center Free Nutrition Test includes 10-minute consultation with Dr. Kevin Kilday, Doctor of Natural Health, Vitamins, Herbs, Proven Studies For Disease & Cancer. 500 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne 321-549-0711

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Warbird Museum presents Memorial Day open house Special to Senior Life The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum will host an open house on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 for all active or retired military. Also, all Florida residents will be admitted free. A Florida ID is required. The hours of the open house will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Food and refreshments will be available. The open house will not extend to Memorial Day, Monday May 26, but will be open under normal operating conditions. Aircraft and memorabilia from WWI to the present will be on display. Aircraft such as the Grumman Wildcat, F-4 Phantom, MiG-15, F-101 Voodoo, C-47 Skytrain, B-25 Mitchell Bomber and many others can be seen along with veteran pilots to answer questions and tell the stories of these great vintage warbirds. Bring a canned good for donation to a local charity, and if you have a classic car that you would like to show on Saturday or Sunday, contact the museum at 321-268-1941. The museum is located at 6600 Tico Rd. at the Space Coast Regional Airport. SL

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Aircraft and memorabilia from World War I to the present are on display at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum.


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