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Veterans, their guardians and volunteers pause at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. during their June 23 Honor Flight. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, far right, and his wife Katie.

Honor Flight builds camaraderie among veterans When you think of reunions, high school, job retirement or even a family reunions come to mind. With the Space Coast Honor Flight, its reunion has a different connotation. Usually, the reunion is 21 to 30 days after an Honor Flight. After that, it’s an ongoing relationship. Space Coast Honor Flight is a rather unique organization. It is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifices of military veterans. Their dedicated mission is to take a group of qualified military veterans on

a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C. to visit most of the war memorials representing the wars in which these veterans served. The veterans are each accompanied by a guardian. Although it is referred to as a reunion of the trip 30 days earlier, Honor Flight is really a reunion of each individual soldier, sailor or airman with events and a war that happened 30 or 50 years ago. It all starts with an orientation at Wickham Park Senior Center in Melbourne two weeks before the trip to Washington D.C. Then, on the day of the trip, this group of 25 and their

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guardians gather at 1:30 a.m. for the beginning of a long and eventful day. The group of veterans and their guardians leave on a bus escorted by motorcyclists and police for the trip to Orlando International Airport for the flight to Washington, D.C. The trip ends very late that same night when the group returns to the Wickham Park Senior Center. Then, there’s the reunion meeting. In this case, that was July 1, when the veterans could share with friends, family, Honor Flight board members, volunteers and fellow veterans what the trip meant to them.

Floyd (Mac) McCarty, an 86-yearold Melbourne resident, served as a medic in a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit in Korea on two tours. He liked visiting the Korean Memorial. “I really was impressed and touched by the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers,” he said. Several of the veterans mentioned this ceremony as one of their favorite events. Michelle Vidal, a registered


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Sister Joan Grace taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rockledge for 42 years.

Sister Joan Grace looks forward to her diamond jubilee BY CHRIS BONANNO A longtime local chaplain and teacher is celebrating her diamond jubilee, or 60th anniversary, of service as a Roman Catholic nun. Sister Joan Grace, 81, currently works as a chaplain with Rockledge Regional Medical Center and Melbourne Regional Medical Center and the longtime nun couldn’t be happier as the anniversary is celebrated. “It’s really awesome — 60 years of commitment to service. The Lord is really wonderful,” Grace said. “I must say it’s all because of the grace of God.” The community will celebrate her diamond jubilee at the 11 a.m. mass on Sunday, Aug. 12 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera. Grace said she has learned a lot about how people in her work as a chaplain handle good and bad news. She also said that she’d like to continue in her role at the two medical centers “as long as the Lord wants me to.” “It’s wonderful to be with people so dedicated, the doctors and nurses,” Grace said. “…. It’s wonderful to see their dedication and their joy in their work. I just enjoy meeting them during the day.” According to a release from Steward Family Hospitals, Grace was born as Juliette Anne Grace in 1937 in Ireland. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and from Stetson

University. At Stetson, she took graduate courses in both counseling and guidance. In 1986, she earned her master’s degree in religious studies from Loyola University. That strong educational background undoubtedly served Grace well in her lengthy career as a teacher. Grace worked as an educator for 45 years, with the final 42 years at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rockledge.

“My favorite memories are seeing the children from year to year achieve, especially when they go on to high school and become wonderful citizens.”

You’ve seen the signs at the pharmacies and your doctor’s office, but we also want to remind you of the importance of getting vaccinations. We bring you a story in this month’s issue, telling you about how to go about getting immunizations against flu, shingles and pneumonia. It certainly reminds me that I will soon need to get my flu shot. It is just one of the stories in this issue of Senior Life that informs you about health and wellness issues. As usual, our goal is to bring you stories that will inform, educate and maybe even inspire you to do some of what you will read about other seniors and boomers doing. Boomers are showing off their antique cars and enjoying camaraderie with other club members. Seniors such as Lynn Ruth Miller are starting second careers. Our story will tell you about how Miller started a new career as a stand-up comedian at age 71. She now travels and performs around the world. You might not want a new career after you already have retired. How about a new pastime or hobby that will keep you active and in touch with others who share similar interests? Each month, we choose stories for your benefit. This month, we bring you several stories about veterans. Did you know that Brevard County has one of the highest percentage of veterans? In recent years, it stood at about 1 in 6 people older than 18. Check out some of the stories in the Stripes section of Senior Life. Remember, we listen to your suggestions. If you ever have a suggestion or idea for a story, drop me a line. You can reach me by email at

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“My favorite memories are seeing the children from year to year achieve, especially when they go on to high school and become wonderful citizens,” Grace said. She also added that a lot has changed since she came to St. Mary’s in 1962. “Watching the whole area grow — it’s really exhilarating,” she added. SL

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Princess Poppy, designed and built by residents, won $500 for finishing first. It won Judges Choice at Viera Voice’s 2017 Scarecrow Stroll and Harvest Festival in Viera.

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Thanks to Princess Poppy, Autumn House has a popcorn maker. And a bubble machine and star projector, too. Last October, the memory care facility at 7999 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera won the $500 grand prize for best scarecrow during the sixth annual Scarecrow Stroll and Harvest Festival at the Avenue Viera. About 25 residents created a 7-foot likeness of Princess Poppy from the 2016 animated film “Trolls.” Autumn House used the Judge’s Choice prize money to purchase a popcorn machine for the facility, a bubble machine for residents who visit an outdoor garden and a solar projector that displays starry images on the ceiling of a sensory room. “We utilize the popcorn machine during our activities or our games such as bowling, or especially for movie nights,” said Joey Durie, activities director at Autumn House. “One evening or so out of the month, we host a movie night, and we put up our big screen TV and we just enjoy some popcorn.” Durie said the bubble machine adds to a positive sensory experience for garden visitors. “Residents love to be outside,” he said. “It’s good for By Attorney them to be outside TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH to get some sun. They sit underneath 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL an awning, and we For A Complimentary Copy provide drinks and play with the bubble Phone 321 267 — 4770 machine.” In Autumn House’s sensory room, the



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Neighbors Author gives publishing tips to Writers’ Guild BY ERNEST ARICO The publishing industry, book reviewing and how to get published will be some of the topics discussed by Gary S. Roen, author, nationally syndicated book critic, writer and consultant, following the Aug. 18 meeting of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild. The free event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Garrett’s Run Condo Association Clubhouse at 7900 Greenboro Drive in West Melbourne. Roen, who has been writing for close to 45 years, is the author of “Journey” and “Slotski’s World,” two collections of science fiction short stories, and two books of poetry, “Look At Me World” and “Made By Man.” He also is the co-author of “Cats, Cats and More Cats” and the author of a satirical play, “Vamp.” Roen’s syndicated reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and periodicals, including Midwest Book Review, Sodo News, Orlando Advocate, St. Cloud in the News, Osceola News-Gazette, Bivouac Magazine, Arrhythmic Souls, Beach Side Reader, Strange New Worlds, City Limits, Florida Card and Comic Trader, Alley Cat Magazine, Crime Book Digest, Eleven Magazine, Backstage Pass and West Orlando News. During the course of his career, Roen was the promotions and sales representative for several publishing houses. He also was a regular on-air radio contributor to WPUL-AM 1590, WBZW-AM 1520 and WOKB-AM 1680; a talk show host for a Rollins College radio station incorporating interviews, reviews and news on current book releases, as well as co-host on a weekly radio talk show on WGT-AM 540. Roen also was a reporter for “The Tourist Breakfast Travel Show” on WOKB-AM 1600. Roen frequently appeared on “The Michelle Valentine Show” on cable television and conducted market research as an independent contractor for numerous companies in

Central Florida. Roen, 67, prefers writing science fiction to other forms of writing because he can take on social issues, such as segregation and integration. “I can remember a time in Orlando when there were separate restrooms and water fountains for blacks and whites,” Roen said. “The beauty of science fiction is that you can tackle those issues and cloud it as fiction.” Roen, who resides in Orlando, credits science fiction authors Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson and Fredric Brown for influencing his writing. He also credits Andre Norton for showing him how to help people, especially with their writing and getting material published.


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“She was so gracious,” he said. “She always gave back to other people by helping people learn how to write.” Norton, who lived in Winter Park, died in March 2005. Roen said his address before the guild will center on some of the pitfalls people face in trying to get published. He said some of the mistakes authors make is that they don’t do enough to promote themselves. “You can’t just use the internet,” he said. “You have to use social media and visit book stores to promote your book.” For more information about the Space Coast Writers’ Guild, go scwg. org. SL


The United States is seeded No. 3 in the Women’s Baseball World Cup. Play will begin Aug. 22 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex.

USSSA Space Coast Complex hosts women’s baseball event BY CARL KOTALA The countdown clock is running. And it won’t be long now. The USSSA Space Coast Complex will host the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup Aug. 22 to 31, marking the first time the sport’s biggest world-wide tournament has been held in the United States. “I think there’s definitely excitement and realization that it’s close,” said Jami Lobpries, vice-president of marketing for the USSSA. “The local community has been amazing. Everyone from all four chambers (of commerce) in the county, the Office of Tourism, the Viera Company, The Avenue and (Brevard County) School Board, they’ve all been incredibly supportive. “They’ve really been helping drive awareness, helping drive volunteers, (getting) feedback from the community. We’ve had some local companies step up and donate meals for the teams. That’s pretty cool.” The 12-team field includes Japan, the five-time defending champion and No. 1-ranked team in the world, along with No. 2 Canada and the third-ranked United States team. In fact, the U.S. will highlight the opening night of the tournament, playing unranked Puerto Rico at 7 p.m. Through an agreement worked out between the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and USSSA, all 50 games of the Women’s

Baseball World Cup will be broadcast internationally to places such as Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Lobpries said the USSSA was finalizing a domestic partner, but that it would most likely be ESPN Plus. As part of the kickoff to generate interest in the tournament, the World Cup Trophy Tour kicked off on May 30 in Rockford, Ill., home of the Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. In addition to making stops at five Major League Baseball stadiums, there will be a local tour for the trophy beginning Aug. 1 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex with the Wednesday Friendsday hosted by the Cocoa Chamber of Commerce. It will also appear at a breakfast hosted by the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 2 before heading to Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Rays on Aug. 3. The trophy also can be seen on Aug. 16 at the Thirsty Thursdays event at The Avenue. The United States will be in Group A along with No. 5 Venezuela, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 7 Korea, No. 8 Netherlands and unranked Puerto Rico, which is making its first appearance since 2010. Group B is stacked with Japan, Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 9 Cuba, No. 10 Hong Kong and unranked Dominican Republic, which is making its World Cup debut. SL


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Dental practice expands to second location BY JULIE STURGEON Dr. Cedric C. Chenet is expanding his practice, adding a second dental office in Melbourne. It is an exciting time for the Chenet family as a younger generation of dentists joins the dental practice. The decision to expand is in part because Chenet’s son, Derek, joined the practice as a full-time associate in July. Also joining the practice is Chenet’s fiancée, Dr. Veronica Yu, as a part-time associate. “We don’t want to just be their dentist,” Chenet said. “We want the entire office (to be) their advocate.” Testimonials from patients attest to Chenet’s unique family practice. During the past 15 years, the Chenet practice has grown and thrived from loyal patients. Chenet clearly enjoys interacting with patients and setting them at ease with his warm smile and reassuring manner. “I never tell a patient what they need before asking them what they want,” Chenet said. The primary focus of the education of patients will continue with the two younger dentists, Chenet said. “Our goal is for patients to maintain optimal oral health,” he said. Chenet said he loves what he does and hopes to continue serving patients for years to come during this new chapter in his professional career. Referring to the new dentists as Dr. Derek (Chenet’s son) and Dr. Veronica, Chenet said they will continue the family style of dentistry. The young dentists joining



Dr. Derek Chenet, left, and his father Dr. Cedric C. Chenet stand in front of a painting of St. Apollonia, the patron saint of dentistry. the practice have very impressive credentials, having graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and completed two very rigorous and challenging post graduate training programs. “I firmly believe we will make an awesome team and will stand out in Brevard County as being the elite dental team,” Chenet said. The younger Chenet stated that his favorite part of dentistry is working with his hands and using new technologies while helping patients improve their oral health and their smile. Yu’s favorite part of dentistry?

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Space Coast Health Foundation opens new center in Rocklege BY CHRIS BONANNO Local non-profit health and wellness organizations had reason to celebrate on July 11 as the Space Coast Health Foundation officially opened its new Center for Health Collaboration off U.S. 1 in Rockledge. The center, built from the shell of the building that was the Space Bowl, will house offices for the Children’s Advocacy Center and the United Way of Brevard in addition to the SCHF. In addition to that, it boasts a large conference room that organizers say will host conferences, trainings and other types of gatherings. “The creation of the foundation was (done) to improve the health and wellness of Brevard County and that’s what we hope to happen,” said Johnette Gindling, president and CEO of the SCHF. “The facility is magnificent and really I think exceeds most people’s expectations. It gives Brevard County a wonderful facility for nonprofits of all sizes and missions to do training, to do professional development, to do cooperative, collaborative types of efforts,” added James Dwight, chairman of the SCHF board and president at Florida Preparatory Academy. The building itself was funded by the SCHF and courtesy of a $1.5 million grant from the state through Rep. Steve Crisafulli that was secured by the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center. The City of Rockledge also contributed a $10,000 beautification grant to the project,

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The Space Coast Health Foundation’s new Center for Health Collaboration is proud of its internal artwork. which they hope will revitalize what is an aging U.S. 1 corridor in parts on the city’s north side. The inside of the building is visually stimulating and colorful. Inside there are three pieces from Indiana artist Audrey Riley, a donor wall filled with many creative mounted “balloons” and multi-colored carpeting in the Children’s Advocacy Center. “We have three very significant pieces of art in the building that really center around collaboration,” Gindling added. “…. You really need to see the art to understand it and visualize what’s happening but they are incredible pieces that really make our vision and our mission come alive.” Organizers also are working toward earning Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification. To that end, it features grass parking lots, bike racks, parking

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Senior Living New CEO embraces technology at Aging Matters BY WENDY SCHEURING Josh Jensen joined Aging Matters in Brevard as its new president and CEO this past February. Since then, Jensen’s focus has been on technology and how it can be used to help the not-for-profit organization run more smoothly while helping Brevard’s senior population remain independent as well. “One of the things I bring to the table of Aging Matters is my belief in technology to embrace, not just the staff, but our clients as well,’’ Jensen said. “There are a lot of ways for seniors to maintain independence and we want to tap into that.” Jensen speaks of his vision of installing telehealth technology in senior apartment housing in Brevard County — similar to a project he once worked on in his previous position in Minnesota through a state grant — designed to help prevent hospital admissions for seniors. Telehealth technology sends seniors simple reminders to take their medications and to do their exercises for rehabilitation through an internet connection. The software is installed into the cable TV box and has a designated telephone number so that a physician, physical therapist or pharmacist can


transmit a photo, video or a written reminder to the senior through a smartphone. “On a smaller scale, we are taking a look at technology organizationwide, such as iPads for our senior dining managers so they can do their jobs better at the site,” Jensen said. “As an organization, we have many opportunities that can move us forward as a staff and also for seniors caring for themselves. We are trying to get away from paper.” Aging Matters in Brevard has two groups of clients that are served, those ages 75 to more than 100 years old, and volunteers in the 55-andolder range, who are physically able to assist and provide support and services. “We’re always looking at our clients, how we may best provide for them and help them maintain their independence. It’s an ongoing process,” Jensen said. On July 23, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will conduct its volunteer fair at the Sunflower House, located in the Merritt Square Mall. There will be 14 volunteer stations, such as the Brevard Community Kitchen, the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, the Hospice of


South Dakota native Josh Jensen joined Aging Matters in Brevard as its new president and CEO in February. St. Francis and the various sharing centers and senior centers, among others. “The greatest need is always delivery drivers for Meals on Wheels, transportation through Senior TranServe, Vets driving Vets, volunteering at sharing centers, senior centers and income tax assistance,” said Sherri Law, the Aging Matters Director of Advancement. The not-for-profit also hosts a

number of classes at the Sunflower House, such as senior housing workshops, grief counseling, health education and has a caregiver education and resource program. “We’re going to be looking, as an organization, at new ways to keep seniors healthy and independent and in their own homes,” Jensen said. For more information, go to or call 321639-8770. SL



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A journalist by trade with a master’s degree from Stanford University, Ohio-born Lynn Ruth Miller, 84, started her comedy career at 71 after enrolling in San Francisco’s Comedy College. She was interested in writing an article on the college. She told the British newspaper, Independent, that she performed a set about having a mammogram for her final exam. “And I brought the house down,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, where can I do this again?’ ” Where she’s doing it again is around the world. She recently responded to questions about upcoming gigs. “I live in London and am in Berlin now,” Miller said. “Next is Paris to do some comedy and research for a documentary, then Glasgow and Edinburgh then back to the (San Francisco) Bay area to remind them of what they missed. October will find me in Manila, Shanghai and Singapore; and January will find me in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore again. What could be bad about that?” When asked where she gets the stamina she replied, “If you love something, you do it.” One of her opening lines for her stand-up show “Granny’s Gone Wild” is, “I’ve got to the age where I’m seriously thinking about what I’ll be when I come back.” Kate Copstick reviewed Miller’s “Granny’s Gone Wild.’’ “She has some great material about cruising at funerals, dating for the

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Lynn Ruth Miller does stand-up comedy around the world with jokes about cruising at funerals, dating the elderly and her two marriages. She is 84 years old. elderly and why she can eat anything she likes,” Copstick said. “This woman is sharp, and in among the fun and schtick there are some killer lines. Ms. Miller is a poster girl for growing old disgracefully and she looks to be enjoying every second.” Miller describes herself on her website as “the world’s oldest comedienne,” with the subtitle of “not dead yet.” When asked for her

perspective on aging, she replied, “I always say aging can be amazing if you let it.” Miller recently hosted London’s Leicester Square Theatre’s “Old Comedian of the Year 2018.” “I cannot recommend stand-up comedy highly enough,” said Miller about her successful second career. “This is the best thing that ever happened to me.”SL

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BY MUFFY BERLYN Henry Rhodes, using the name H. V. Rhodes, has written a Civil War seadrama, based on actual events. What makes him unique for writing this book are his qualifications as a former Navy officer. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Rhodes retired from the Navy and later retired from a civilian position as a safety engineer for the Air Force space program. As a safety engineer for 24 years at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, he conducted “safety reviews of the design of the rockets and spacecraft.” Rhodes, 61, of Cocoa Beach, began writing in the 1980s after leaving active naval duty as a lieutenant. He then served in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a commander 18 years ago. He served in the Navy in roles that included weapons safety and on a nuclear powered submarine. Rhodes said he is fascinated by history. “It’s really a lifetime pursuit, not an easy thing, something I find to be very satisfying but it takes a lot of effort,” he said. “My approach is to look at it as a profession.” He said he was inspired to create. “I like to engage with things that really interest me, having served in the Navy and exposed to military history,


I’m attracted to audacious enterprises,” Rhodes said. “That is what my published novel is about, a true incident that is not especially well known.” “August 1864: A Civil War Naval Adventure” takes place as two parallel stories from the perspective of two fictional characters, one a Caucasian Naval officer for the Confederates and the other, an African-American sailor from the Union who is helping hunt

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for the Confederate ship. “I tried to portray both gentlemen sympathetically,” Rhodes said. “During the Civil War, one out of every four sailors of the U.S. Navy was black,” Rhodes explained. “They were highly motivated to fight for freedom. The U.S. government hadn’t fully recognized their rights as citizens. They were still fighting the prejudice that they had to undergo on

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Henry Rhodes currently writes historical fiction under the pseudonym H. V. Rhodes from his home in Brevard County.

a daily basis.” Rhodes recently visited the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tenn., now a museum to commemorate Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. He spent most of the day there. “History is filled with great people like Dr. King and people who are not as well known, people marching behind him, the mass of humanity affecting real and positive change.”SL

Historic Winchester Symphony House haunts occupants BY CHRIS BONANNO Is a historic and picturesque building in downtown Eau Gallie haunted? Some will tell you that the Winchester Symphony House, located off Highland Avenue in downtown Eau Gallie and home to the Brevard Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years, is just that. The belief that the two-story house, built in 1886, is haunted dates back to a “haunted trail” tour given through downtown Eau Gallie in the 2000s, according to Lesmarie Velez, the BSO marketing director. She says that organizers brought in ghost hunters and a psychic to make readings of the house. “There is a CD that they have recordings overnight of all the different sounds and things like that,” Velez said. Since that point, employees have become convinced of a supernatural presence. “There’s always noise. We blame or attribute so many things to this house, and it’s not just one of us or two of us. It’s everybody that works in this house at some time or another will have a feeling or experience,” said Fran Delisle, BSO executive director. “…. I used to work like at nights or on weekends or whatever and this house made all kinds of noises. What was ever making those noises you don’t know.” The “ghosts” are relegated to their different areas inside the house, Velez added, with one in particular haunting the building’s second floor, which had been home to the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. “That’s the recording that will give you chills. You can actually hear a gentleman going something like ‘help me,’ and he’s playing a violin which is even more serendipitous for us,” Velez said. There’s also reports of a ghost of a little girl who is upstairs as well that can be seen through an upstairs

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Music has always been an integral part of the Winchester Symphony House. window, though there is no record of her living in the house, Velez adds. There’s plenty of activity on the first floor too, she said, with a

psychic stating there’s a husband and wife ghost couple that travel from the library to the kitchen and administrative office. “They’re our mischievous ghosts … things tend to disappear when your back is turned and are misplaced somewhere else,” Velez said. “… one day, I just had my lunch out on the table and I turn around just to get a cutting knife from the block. … I turned around and my lunch was there and my silverware wasn’t.” “Sometimes, papers will be lying places and things like that,” Velez added. But there’s one ghost story that seems to be most convincing to Velez. She tells a story about how she was talking to Eau Gallie floral artist Link Johnsten, who has since passed away, about the ghosts. He relayed a story of how a psychic went to the house and stated that there was the ghost of a woman in the house that was complaining of discomfort in her feet.

Johnsten told Velez that it was at that point his face went white and his jaw dropped, because decades ago, Johnsten said a lady that cleaned the house also had deformities in her feet. “She apparently just roams the backyard up to the steps where Fran’s office is,” Velez added. The supernatural stories are just part of what makes the house so special, with stories that date back well over a century. “We’re (the BSO) part of the cultural history of Brevard County and that’s what this house represents too is cultural history of Brevard County,” Delisle said. The future of the house is undecided at this time as the BSO temporarily moved its operations west to a location off Eau Gallie Boulevard. The BSO, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary, always welcomes donations. Those interested in doing so should go to SL

Wedding gives Palm Bay’s Markle a royal connection BY MARIA SONNENBERG Once Britain’s Prince Harry decided on a bride, Mike Markle discovered people were all of a sudden very interested in his last name. “They would ask me if I was related to Meghan Markle,” Markle said. Meghan Markle, is, of course, the American who caught the longwandering eye of the youngest son of Prince Charles. Her transformation from Hollywood actress to Duchess of Sussex continues to highlight the curiosity strangers have about Mike Markle’s connection with the new royal. “Since the wedding, the name has become so familiar,” said Markle, who lives in Palm Bay. As it turns out, Markle shares more than a last name with Meghan. They share a genealogy connection since the Palm Bay resident is Meghan’s paternal uncle. Markle admits he doesn’t keep up with his famous niece and hasn’t seen her for years. His struggles with


Parkinson’s negated even considering the possibility of attending the royal wedding. Health reasons also kept Meghan’s dad, Thomas Sr., from traveling to the ceremony. He is the oldest of three brothers in the family which hails from Newport, Penn., north of Harrisburg. After high school, Mike’s brother Tom headed to Chicago and then to Los Angeles, where he became a television lighting and photography director for shows such as “Married … with Children” and “General Hospital.” He currently lives in Mexico. Another Markle sibling, Fred, is a bishop in the Eastern Orthodox Church and lives in Orlando. “We three went in completely different directions,” Markle said. Mike Markle joined the Air Force after high school, serving in the military for four years before heading to a career in real estate in California. The service provided Markle with experience in communications, a skill he later parlayed into a career with the government. “When the kids left home, I headed

to another job,” said Markle, referring to the 15 years he spent with the State Department. “I worked at different embassies, including the ones in Sweden, Romania and Canada, and I would

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Program offers chance to meet BSO, conductor, author BY ERNEST ARICO One of the most popular events sponsored by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra is its “Sunday with the Symphony” program. This fun, family-friendly and free event will feature live music, children’s activities, ticket giveaways and interactive discussions. The event also marks the start of the BSO’s annual book fair which raises money for the Orchestra’s H.O.P.E. fund. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, located next to the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College. Three events will be part of the “Sunday with the Symphony” program. They are: • Noon to 2 p.m.: Children’s activities, including instrument petting zoo. • 2 to 4 p.m.: Live music and interactive discussion with BSO Music Director and Principal Conductor Christopher Confessore. • 4 to 5 p.m.: Book signing with author Charlie Harmon. Highlighting the day’s program will be the book-signing event with Harmon. Harmon served as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s greatest conductors. He worked with Bernstein as his social director, gatekeeper, valet, music copyist and itinerant orchestra librarian. Harmon’s book, “On the Road and Off the Record,” celebrates Bernstein’s centenary with an intimate and detailed

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look at the public and private life of the legendary Maestro. It will be available for purchase during the book signing. Bernstein was one of the first classical musicians to “master” television. The “Young People’s Concerts” have existed in the U.S. since 1924, but Bernstein brought them to a new audience in 1958 with the first televised concert of its type. Then, in 1962, the “Young People’s Concerts” became a TV series and Bernstein conducted 53 of them with his usual brand of enthusiasm and energy. Harmon is a music editor and arranger. From 1989 to 1999, he was the music editor for the Bernstein estate, editing the first publications of full scores of “West Side Story” and “Candide,” and piano-vocals of “On the Town” and “Wonderful Town,’’ as well as new editions of “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” and “Mass’’ (all music by Bernstein). He has also worked in the orchestra libraries of the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Now a freelance editor, he lives in Florida. “I’m so excited for our audience members to meet Charlie Harmon,” Confessore wrote in an email. “Charlie worked as Leonard Bernstein’s personal assistant for four years and has an incredible amount of insight into the musical mind of one of our country’s most important musicians. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth this summer, Charlie’s presentation will be another great way for our audience to get closer to the

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Charlie Harmon served as as assistant to Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s greatest conductors. music, which enhances the listening experience in the concert hall.” As a special treat, the orchestra also will give the first 50 guests to its interactive discussion, ages 18 and up, a voucher good for one free ticket to an upcoming BSO concert. On-site registration is required and begins at 1:30 p.m. “I think the ‘up close’ live performance aspect of the event, along with its informal presentation lets young people see our musicians as real people who have worked hard to perfect their craft as professional musicians,” Confessore added. “In past years, some of my favorite interactions with audience members at Sunday with the Symphony have been with inquisitive young people.” In partnership with Barnes & Noble, the BSO also will host a fundraising book fair which begins with each “Sunday with the Symphony” event and runs for five days after. By using the BSO book fair voucher, Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale to the BSO. Vouchers can be found on the BSO’s website at


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BY MARIA SONNENBERG In 2015, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Identification Card Act, which authorized the Veterans Administration to begin issuing a VIC, or Veterans’ Identification Card, to all veterans who had received an honorable discharge. Although the bill authorized the VA to issue the cards as early as at the beginning of 2016, delays pushed the issue date until November 2017. Even then, veterans had to join a mailing list before applying for the VIC. However, as of January 2018, the VA resumed issuing ID cards, although it might take a couple of months before applicants actually receive them. The wait is worth it, for prior to this law, veterans had few options to prove service, unless they were eligible for a VA Health Identification Card, a stateissued drivers’ license with a veteran’s designation or identification cards





issued for veterans with 100 percent disability rating. Veterans who did not fall into any of the above categories often relied for military identification on DD Form 214, which contains sensitive information such as the individual’s Social Security number, a number that is best kept tucked away in a secure place to prevent potential identity theft. “The new Veterans Identification Card, veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain veteran discounts and other services,” said VA secretary Dr. David Shulkin. The new cards prove military service and include a photo of the vet, their name and a non-Social Security identification number. “It is a good idea whose time finally came,” said retired Army captain and Gold Star parent Donn Weaver. The cards can be valuable indeed, for restaurants, stores and theaters and

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continued from page 1 nurse, was Floyd’s guardian. She was unable to attend the reunion. Eugene (Geno) Johnson, a wellknown community military volunteer and a membership of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., also spoke about the tomb ceremony “that it takes place 24 hours a day, every day, in all kinds of weather. Johnson and his wife Ionia are the parents of Reginald E. Johnson, who died in an accident at the United States Military Academy just 20 days before his graduation from West Point in 1980. A scholarship fund was established and more than $5 million has been awarded to approximately 1,600 students during the past 36 years. Reginald E. Johnson was a graduate of DeLaura Middle School and Satellite High School. Eugene Johnson’s trip

escort was Torrence Smith. Smith served for more than 10 years in the Army. Joe Burke, a Navy veteran from Vero Beach, was most impressed by the World War II Memorial and the visit to Arlington National Cemetery. He was escorted by Tom Spellacy, whose son was a member of The Old Ceremonial Guard Detail. Leonard “Len” Coppold, who now volunteers with Honor Flight, served with The Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II and fought in the Battle of Britain. He moved to the United States in 1951. Bill Breyer of Indian Harbour Beach went on the trip in 2015 and now volunteers whenever he can. He served in the 8th Infantry Division in Europe from 1964 to 1966 and during the Cold War. Listening to the veterans give their

thoughts on what they had seen during their trip and the recollections of wars and conflicts was like walking into a military history museum. Some of the veterans said the trip was “way above my expectations.” “I got to say goodbye to my buddies,” one said. Others mentioned that it was “terrific to be there during Memorial Day weekend.” Approximately 1,275 veterans have gone on Honor Flight trips since 2010. On this particular trip, six were older than 90 and the youngest was 68. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Bill Welser is president of the Space Coast Honor Flight. During the recent reunion, Tim and Suzanne Olson, both of whom have been active participants for at least the past eight years, retired from active leadership roles in the organization. The Honor Flight board of directors

presented them with a plaque. The veterans meet for monthly lunch gatherings at 11:15 a.m. at various restaurants on the first Tuesday and Thursday and the third Tuesday and Thursday of each month. Call 888-7502522 for more information. The next Honor Flight is Aug. 18, with the orientation scheduled for Aug. 5. The reunion will be Sept. 9. Space Coast Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization. It depends on donations and fundraisers. A major fundraiser will be Sept. 8 at The American Muscle Car Museum at 3500 Sarno Road in Melbourne. Tickets are $200 for VIP and a private tour at 5 p.m. General admission tickets will be $100 for a gathering at 6:30 p.m. For more information on Space Coast Honor Flight, go to or call 888750-2522. SL

IRCC general manager proves to be excellent fit BY MARIA SONNENBERG The 1,200 residents of Indian River Colony Club depend on John Robinson and he is not about to let them down. As the chief operating officer and general manager of the Viera retirement community, Robinson has his eyes and hands on everything going on at IRCC. He does everything from maintaining the pristine landscapes to assuring residents that the club has their backs should hurricanes arrive. “IRCC is like a well-oiled machine and daily issues are pretty much

handled with ease,” said Robinson, who has been in his position since 2005. He proved to be an excellent choice to manage a community composed primarily of folks with military backgrounds. Johnson’s 22 years in the Navy helped hone his organizational skills. Working at IRCC also carries a bit of déjà vu for Robinson in terms of his colleagues. “Being in the Navy for 22 years, I have had the privilege of working with many dedicated, knowledgeable and professional people. The staff at IRCC ranks right at the top,” he said. The New Philadelphia, Ohio native

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Son Codey already was on the east coast attending Palm Beach Atlantic University. “It put us about an hour closer, which made him happy,” Robinson said. The summer, which brings the hurricanes to Brevard, is the most challenging part of the year for Robinson. “We stop all work at IRCC and go into hurricane mode when it looks like one may threaten our area,” he said. He will fill sandbags with the rest of his staff and do anything else necessary to get the homes ready to face the storm.


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Author, PTSD veteran seeks to help others When Don Pearsall wrote a book explaining post-traumatic stress disorder, his publisher gave him five books to give away to promote his writing. Pearsall, however, has given away more than 120 copies of his book, most to people suffering from PTSD. He has handed out the book “Back from the Front” to veterans he encountered at times when he delivered food to them in wooded camps in Brevard. I talked to Pearsall after recently seeing my late father-in-law’s discharge papers from the U.S. Marine Corps and his letter awarding him a pension for what the Veterans Administration in 1945 called “Nervous Condition.” It also mentions scars on his right thigh. S. Lee Witt was injured three times as he served with the Marine Corps in action against Japanese forces on Tinian and Saipan during World War II. Each time he was treated and sent back to the battlefield. There is very little that he would say about his service, but he left behind papers, photos and memorabilia that helps to paint a picture of his service. I was curious about the “Nervous Condition” designation that gave him a 60 percent disability compensation. I just know that Witt’s children never went to fireworks displays or to anything that would create a sudden explosive noise, because he would be bothered by it. He would react surprised, angered and in a defensive mode if someone walked up behind him and touched him on the back. He also suffered from nightmares. Pearsall suspects Witt suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. “It’s been called many things over the years,” said Pearsall, district commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars for Brevard and Osceola counties. “That’s probably exactly what it was. There are so many types of PTSD.” Pearsall knows. The Vietnam veteran who was a helicopter gunner, was shot down twice. He came home suffering from PTSD. “I noticed I had a lot of PTSD issues,”

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continued from page 18 “In the Navy, this is what we refer to as an “all hands evolution,” he said. When storms do arrive, Robinson and other key staff spend the night in the administration office to ensure they can get out into the community as quickly as possible. This speeds up the process of making sure residents are safe and cleanup and repairs begin. “Though it may take a while to get everything back to normal, we try our best to make a stressful situation a little less stressful,” he said. The efforts of Robinson and his staff do not go unnoticed by IRCC residents. “The members of IRCC treat all of us like family and there is a good deal of respect going both ways,” Robinson said. SL


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NVHS banquet helps to fight veteran homelessness BY CHRIS BONANNO Would you believe that a single organization has been a key in helping to reduce Brevard’s homeless veteran population by 88 percent in the past decade? Indeed, National Veterans Homeless Support says it has done just that, growing since its inception in 2008 under the direction of president and founder George Taylor Sr. to help reduce the number of homeless veterans in the county from 1,800 to 211. According to the NVHS, the state of Florida estimates the cost to taxpayers of each homeless person is more than $31,000 per year in expenses such as medical care, jail and court costs. The reduction of the homeless population by 1,589 means that local governments save an astonishing $49.3 million annually. The NVHS helps veterans find housing through a number of means, including financial assistance to veterans in need. The organization also educates veterans on what resources are available to them and helps to connect them with what is available. “We actually have transitional housing for homeless veterans,” added office manager Kasey Corson. “We have locations throughout Brevard County. We have several different properties.” It takes more than just NVHS to help families in need, Taylor Sr. said. “We need the state attorney, we

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All 73 veterans in attendance were asked to stand and be individually recognized at the National Veterans Homeless Support Rescuing Veterans Lost in America Dinner. need the sheriff, we need the eyes of our police department and we need the eyes of our community, mayors, cities and the chiefs of police and all of us together to make a phone call, give us an opportunity just to have a talk with that veteran,” Taylor Sr. said. “.... It’s all of us together.’’ Given the importance of the organization and the wide swath of agency cooperation needed to make it a success, it should probably come as no

surprise that the organization’s fourth annual Rescuing Veterans Lost in America fundraising dinner held at the Radisson Hotel in Cape Canaveral was attended by a Who’s Who in Brevard County. The elected and appointed officials who attended included Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, State Attorney Phil Archer and Titusville Police Chief John Lau. “We aspire to be a good model for other counties, so they can mimic what

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we’re doing in Brevard,” said Dana Blickley, the Brevard County property appraiser, who also serves on the NVHS board of directors. There were poignant and emotional scenes at the gathering, including a ceremony where an empty table sat at the front of the room to honor those who are either prisoners of war or missing in action. Additionally, a powerful speech was given by Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Vaughn, a member of Navy SEAL Team VI who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. NVHS honored two veterans who have long worked to help homeless veterans. They were recognized during the annual Rescuing Veterans Lost in America Dinner. Sam Samoncik, a 30-year Navy veteran, was named NVHS Veterans Advocate of the Year. Al “Gunner” Dudley, department commander with the American Legion of Florida, was presented the community service award. There also were lighter moments in the evening, including a charity auction where Ivey played the role of auctioneer. “This is about our veterans,” Ivey said. “This is about those that made sure we have every freedom protected, we have every right protected and to see this turnout doesn’t surprise me ’cause that’s what Brevard County’s about.” For information about donating or volunteering, call 321-208-7562 or go to SL


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MOACC gives out generous scholarships BY CHRIS BONANNO Military servicemen and women who already have given so much gathered at the Indian River Colony Club in Viera on July 17 to give even more as the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America gave 10 lucky current and future college students scholarships for $3,500 each. This year’s luncheon marked the continuation of a tradition that dates back to 1984 when MOAACC gave out one scholarship for $1,000, according to retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Gordon “Bat” Masterson, chairman of the MOACC scholarship corporation board of directors. Since then, the program has grown as the organization has helped descendants or wards of personnel that have served in uniformed services of the United States. “Gradually over the 35 years, we got up to 10 scholarships and this year we gave 10 new scholarships and increased it to $3,500,” Masterson said. “(MOACC has given) a total of 253 scholarships over time, a total of $665,000 so far in scholarship awards over our program history.” Candidates are selected from a competitive field of what Masterson said was usually 15-to-25 applicants. “You’d love to give one to every one of them ’cause they’re all so wonderful,” Masterson added. “The

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Jordyn Sheffield, left, Stephen Weaver, Patrick Anderson, Kaylee Cornish, Kyle Gonzalez, Andrew Stewart and Brady Baldree were among the students who received scholarships from the Military Officers of America Cape Canaveral Chapter. ones that do not get a scholarship, we invite back next year.” This year’s recipients of the awards were: • Jordyn Sheffield (who is attending the University of Central Florida) • Kaylee Cornish (Florida Tech) • Kyle Gonzalez (Ohio State) • Leonia Hunt (Florida Tech) • Brady Baldree (Florida) • Andrew Stewart (Rollins) • Joseph Bosco (Yale) • Stephen Weaver (Grove City College) • Joshua Bontrager (Taylor); and • Patrick Anderson (Florida Tech)

really help me with my school.” Kyle Gonzalez also has huge plans at Ohio State, where he is preparing to start dental school. From there, Gonzalez says he’d like to be a dentist with the Air Force. “I was shocked. I knew it was definitely a big relief ’cause with all the out-of-state tuition going to Ohio State, it’s going to be a lot of student loans and everything so finding out over $3,000 was donated to me basically.” Those interested in more information and/or donating to the scholarship fund can go to moaacc. org.SL

Each of the recipients boasted impressive accomplishments in school and seemed to have very lofty goals for their future. Weaver, who attends Grove City College, located just north of Pittsburgh, is studying entrepreneurship and working on a business whose profits support veterans that he calls “Chute,” which turns old military parachutes into outdoor projects such as bags and bandanas, he said. “It’s awesome. I feel very honored,” Weaver said. “(I have) a lot of respect for everyone who’s served in the armed forces. None of us would be here without them. This is going to

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BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Don’t be afraid to get that shot. Vaccines are important for everyone — all ages accepted. Routine vaccines are recommended for adults for three reasons — because as you age, your immune system is not as effective as when you were younger, the immune system is aging and some of the vaccines such as for tetanus are not life-long and need a booster, according to Helen Medlin, the nursing program specialist of epidemiology at the Florida Department of Health Brevard County. “Shingles are at higher risk for an aging immune system,” she added. “Flu vaccine is a yearly vaccine because it needs a booster.” Seniors 55 and older should get their immunizations for basically three reasons says Medlin — the immunity fades, they have an aging immune system and the virus or bacteria alters so a new vaccine is needed. “It is just as important to note that older adults are more likely to die from a vaccine booster disease than children,” Medlin said. “They are like


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saying ‘I never get sick.’ Vaccines are for healthy people and for those who have chronic health conditions as well.” Medlin urges adults to consider the fact that the vaccination not only is protecting yourself, but you are protecting those around you. So, think of it more as protecting a community. “There is a whole range of older age group immunizations as shingles, influenza, pneumococcal vaccines (two of them) and tetanus booster, getting this one every 10 years,” Medlin said. “Whooping cough is recommended to get a one-time booster for parents

around babies. Influenza vaccine is a yearly seasonal vaccine for everyone six months and older.” The important thing for older adults to remember is that getting the flu vaccine, no matter the type of flu that comes in flu season, it is the vaccine that will keep them from hospitalization and getting a severe case. The pneumococcal vaccine is taken against the disease of pneumococcal pneumonia, which is a bacterium and can cause meningitis and pneumonia and has a high death rate. Pharmacies are licensed to give vaccines for shingles, influenza and pneumonia to those who are 18 and older. The health department carries various vaccines and many adult vaccines with no appointment necessary from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your primary care physician also can administer vaccines. “We do a lot of travel vaccines, so people come to us for those who need vaccines.” Medlin said. The human body is exposed to hundreds and thousands of viruses and diseases every day, concluded Medlin. SL

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A healthy diet doesn’t always come Americans are living naturally for Americans, unfortunately. We tend to crave “empty calorie” foods. longer than at any These include sweets — cookies and time in our nation’s doughnuts, for example — as well as history. As an “munchies” like potato chips. They increasing number have a high caloric content but little of people enter their nutrition. Because seniors usually senior years, it’s more require fewer calories than younger Kalpana Gorthi, MD important than ever people, they tend to store this food as to stress the need body fat and face the negative health for “healthy aging.” Many who reach implications of the extra baggage. their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond maintain Many Americans need to consciously good health by paying close attention ween themselves off these types of to nutrition and lifestyle. These are obviously critical factors for those who snacks. It’s all enjoyable to consume, but the health downsides are would live a long, full life. unacceptably high. If you do choose A healthy diet matters … a lot to eat so-called “junk food,” be sure to place limits on your consumption A well-balanced diet is an important ahead of time. It’s all too easy to lose part of keeping disease at bay, particularly for seniors. By eating right, track and overindulge once the bag of chips is open. you can cut the risk of certain cancers, various cardiac issues, high blood Keeping physically active pressure and osteoporosis. Food choice It wasn’t long ago that the elderly makes a tremendous difference, as does simply resigned themselves to a limiting portions to a reasonable size. sedentary life. Getting older meant retiring to the rocking chair on the Seniors, therefore, should be aware of front porch. We now know this is not the nutrients in the food they eat. The conducive to longevity. best foods are those low in trans fats, saturated fats and cholesterol. Trans If you’re a senior and your health fats come from processed foods, such allows it, be sure to incorporate exercise as margarine. Saturated fats are those into your daily routine. Activities found in meat, such as pork or chicken that increase your endurance include with skin. Good substitutes for these aerobic exercises: walking briskly, riding unhealthy foods are fruits, vegetables, a bicycle, jogging and swimming. You nuts, fish, lean meats and poultry should also choose exercises designed without skin. to work your muscles and increase By Kalpana Gorthi, MD



consumption, too. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so only moderately — don’t consume more than one drink daily. The older you get, the more damaging the effects of alcohol can be, so take special care. Having a life full of rewarding and enjoyable activities is also an important part of healthy aging. Make an effort to engage with others socially and take vacations if you can. Volunteer your time: Helping others also helps you in the long run. And as always, follow the recommendations of your doctor. strength. Weights and other exercise Always take the correct dosage of equipment that provides resistance can medication prescribed and be aware of furnish you with this kind of workout. the side effects. In addition, stretching exercises help There are no guarantees in life. But enhance flexibility. by living deliberately — eating right, Remember, however, that if you have staying active and doing the things been inactive for a while, it’s a good idea that tend toward ongoing health — to check with a physician to see how you can greatly increase your odds of strenuous a plan you should adopt and staying healthy for many years to come. how quickly you should up your level of Healthy Aging - The Role of Nutrition and Lifestyle activity. Speaker Other lifestyle considerations Kalpana Gorthi, MD One of the most obvious lifestyle Friday, August 10 at 2pm recommendations is to avoid tobacco One Senior Place products entirely. If you smoke, don’t 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera, FL 32940 waste another day: Get on a smoking cessation program and give up this Register at unhealthy habit. or by calling (800) 522-6363 Be sure to closely monitor any alcohol

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Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral preserves a part of history BY MUFFY BERLYN Dave Strunk went back in time to choose a hobby to enjoy in retirement. The 73-year-old who had a career as an aerospace engineer before becoming an optometrist, decided antique cars would be his hobby. He joined the Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral (AACCC) 15 years ago. Strunk, trained in aerospace engineering at Penn State, was offered a job with NASA and reported to work at the Kennedy Space Center two weeks after graduation. “I came to Brevard County in 1967, worked for the Apollo program for NASA,” he said. When the Apollo program ended in 1972, Strunk made a life-changing decision. “I left (NASA) and went back to Philadelphia, back to school to become an optometrist, then came back to Brevard in 1979,” he said. “I’ve been here ever since.” He joined the Antique Auto Club and purchased his first antique car. The AACCC is a region of the national organization of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). Strunk purchased a 1956 Ford Sunliner, which he still owns. He also owns a 1935 DeSoto Airflow. Airflows

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Walt and Terry Kostrzewa own a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup. They are members of the Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral. The Model A’s styling was originally created by a team led by Henry Ford’s son, Edsel. were built from 1934 to 1936 and, as the name suggests, were designed to let the air flow more easily around them. They were one of the first cars to evolve through the extensive use of wind tunnels. Strunk said the AACCC is diverse in its membership. “We have a really inclusive cross section of people — self-made business people to retired engineers,” he said. “It’s a very diverse cross

section. We’re actually a social club that revolves around automobiles.” Linn Murdoch, 62, a retired program manager for Lockheed Martin and a member of AACCC for 12 years, is the president of the 78member club. Couples often join, he said, as membership includes spouses. “Our membership is open to anyone who wants to join,’’ Murdoch said. “Our perspective is to preserve

the automobile in American history as they were manufactured — the historical preservation.” The club is involved in its own local car show, as well as national car shows. “The national shows sponsored by AACA are judged on their originality down to the nuts and bolts,’’ Murdoch said. The club travels together, in and out of state, and has monthly dinners together. “(We have) a Father’s Day cruise up to New Smyrna Beach, and we drove cars in a caravan to a show and dinner,” Murdoch said. The AACA Reliability Tour will be held from Aug. 20 to 24. Club meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. A social will be held, with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. at the Central Brevard Library at 308 Forrest Ave. in Cocoa. For information and to check the calendar for upcoming events, go to or call 321427-4615. SL

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Thrill of grilling part of Florida’s lore Barbecuing can be a grilling experience. Yes, it’s summertime, which means folks all over the country will wheel out their rusty barbecue grills. They also will try to remember where they stored their grilling utensils and don those fancy aprons with catchy sayings like “Grills are the only thing I can still turn on these days,” or “Kiss the cook but don’t touch the buns.” I have two favorites that my kids will tell you were written just for me, “Burnt to Perfection” and the most accurate is “Rare = 1 Beer, Medium = 2 Beers, Well Done = 3 Beers. So to usher in the season at my house, we renewed what has become an every-five-year tradition known as shopping for a new grill. Yes, believe it or not, there are a couple of things I cannot do very well. One is underwater bungee jumping, two is nuclear propulsion, but the most frustrating is I can’t seem to go five full years without breaking those little sparking buttons that fire up the grill. When I break those sparking buttons, the way I light the grill is to first turn on the gas, open the valves, pull out a pack of matches, stand about 4 feet back and in one motion strike the match while throwing it toward the open grill. Since I have pretty good aim, the result is usually a big flash of fire as the match hits its target. After my last successful grill

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Caution should be taken in disposal of medication

In our family, summer is a time for vacation, house projects and cleaning out. We select an area, review what we have in there and separate in piles what needs to go: donate, recycle, trash. While going through our medicine cabinet, I found some expired medication. I looked for disposal instruction on the packaging. On the label, “dispose after 03/03/2018” was printed; nothing else. I decided to call our local pharmacies to see if they would take back my half-bottle of expired liquid medication. I called a total of eight pharmacies. None of them could take back liquid medication and the most common answer was to call my local fire department or sheriff’s office to check with them. I was just looking for instructions, not more places to call … To each one, I made sure to suggest that they create a list with actual options on what to do in the area where the store was located. They sell medication; they also should take responsibility to inform the public about the appropriate disposal of the medication sold. One of the pharmacies told me that it was against the law to take back medication. I sent them a link to The Disposal Act — deadiversion. disposal_public_06222018.pdf) — that “encourages public and private entities to develop a variety of methods of collection and disposal in a secure, convenient and responsible manner.” It would be a great idea if all pharmacies implemented a collection program in as many locations as possible and were added to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy list

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at dispose-safely. If some day you find yourself in a similar situation, as frustrating as it may be, never flush medication down the toilet or pour it down the drain. We do not want to add more chemicals to our water. Instead, here are some things you should consider: 1. Taking it to a sheriff’s office. This page brevardsheriff. com/home/how-do-i/get-help/ unwanted-expired-drug-turn-in/ has what each location accepts. 2. Dropping it off at Walgreens (Cocoa Beach or Eau Gallie) — they do not accept liquids, inhalers or syringes. 3. Mixing it with either coffee grounds or cat litter in a sealable container for disposal in the regular trash. 4. Purchasing a Deterra pouch for disposal in the regular trash. Walmart sells the medium pouch for $3.98. This simple list should save you time because finding out how to properly dispose of medication should not be a day’s project. Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@ SL

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‘Harper Valley P.T.A.’ — Jeannie C. Riley, August 1968 BY RANDAL HILL In 1967, country artist Margie Singleton recorded a Top 40 country hit with her cover version of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.” A year later, Singleton asked songwriter Tom T. Hall, who had a knack for narrative and a keen eye for detail, to write her a similar tune. Hall, who had once been a disc jockey in Salem, Va., used to spend his free time writing poetry and strumming his $46 guitar. Later, after creating minor country hits for Jimmy Newman and Dave Dudley, he relocated to “Music City” — Nashville, Tenn. Hall honored Singleton’s request, basing his “Harper Valley P.T.A.” melody on “Ode to Billie Joe” and his lyrics on gossip that he had once overheard about a young widow while growing up in Olive Hill, Ky. He later recounted, “I was fascinated by (the widow’s) grit. To see this very insignificant, socially disenfranchised lady — a single mother — who was willing to march down to the local aristocracy and read them the riot act, so to speak, was fascinating.” His inspiration for the song’s title came about one afternoon when he noted the name Harpeth Valley

Elementary School as he drove through the Nashville suburb of Bellevue. Hall’s slice-of-life song involves a raucous confrontation between a young widow and the local powers that be, who object to her mode of dress, her familiarity with the local men and her social drinking. In the story, a junior-high girl brings her mother a note from the local PTA board that berates the lady for her behavior and the bad example she is setting for her daughter. The offended mother — Mrs. Johnson — storms into the afternoon PTA meeting, boldly dressed in a miniskirt and exposes various instances of board-member indiscretion and misbehavior. Her final salvo was: This is just a little Peyton Place, and you’re all Harper Valley hypocrites. Ouch! Jeannie C. Riley was a striking 22-year-old from Stamford, Texas, who in 1966 had moved to Nashville with her husband and infant daughter. Riley worked as a $41-a-week secretary for a music publisher while recording demos (demonstration records) part time. One day, Riley cut a demo — in just one take — of Hall’s “Harper Valley PTA” for newly formed Plantation Records. Upon learning that Singleton already had recorded Hall’s as-yet-unreleased

ditty, the Plantation honchos rushed Riley’s version onto the market in order to beat the competition. It turned out to be a wise business move. Riley’s mini-soap opera caught fire overnight and eventually topped both the country and the pop charts, the first such feat for any female country recording artist. Her song later inspired a 1978 film and, in 1981, a spinoff TV series, both starring

Barbara (“I Dream of Jeannie”) Eden playing put-upon Mrs. Johnson, who now had a first name — Stella. Riley recorded five more Top Ten country hits for Plantation Records but would never again enjoy another pop success, although her now-iconic single proved popular enough to ensure her a place of honor in 1960s music history. SL

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Sounds of day true rhythm of life Noise, racket, sounds, music, quiet and silence represent the rhythm of our day. As we travel through life, we are challenged by the intensity and variety of our environmental sounds. Some are disturbing (sirens and howling storm winds) while others are soothing (rolling waves on the ocean and the call of a bird in the morning). In a big city, you become conditioned to noise that you would not experience in an agricultural area. There are indoor noises and outdoor noises. While sitting on my patio, I heard birds, automobiles, tractors, motorcycles, lawnmowers, air conditioner compressors, pool pumps and children playing. This cacophony of sounds played like an unpracticed symphony without a conductor. Each noise was punctuated by the melody of life. As annoying as the sound of split reed in a clarinet during a concerto, the quiet of life is interrupted by a mix of noise and recurring sounds. Indoors, the concert continues. The Keurig machine groans, a shower hisses, the toilet is flushed, the electric shaver hum is silenced by the hair dryer and television news as background gives way to the iPhone ring sound. The clang of silverware on plates at breakfast is matched with the vibrations of the washing machine, the roar of the clothes dryer and the crunch of the garbage disposal. Aren’t you glad you have a hearing aid? Every time I go to a Senior Health Fair, there are vendors with good information and offers of free


Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski hearing tests. “What did you say?” There are categories of hearing. Women claim their spouses have “selective” hearing. Years ago, my mother asked me to visit with my father about getting a hearing test. When I told dad about my mother’s concerns, he replied “Son, I have heard everything that women had to say in our 60 years together, I tuned her out 5 years ago.” Are you tuned out? Are you looking for silence? Maybe not. The endless sounds of life are exciting. We enjoy summer time in Wisconsin. The sounds of family gatherings, great grandkids playing in the yard and motorboats cruising on the lake tell us the world is alive. Looking for silence and quiet in the future? As Cardinal Robert Sarah commented, “Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine.” The last prayer of the day is “the great silence.” SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at



A U G U S T Calendar



5 p.m. to close

Picnic Concert Series

6:30 - 8 p.m. Melbourne Municpal Band presents “Band to the Bone” Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

$5 Martinis Live music starting 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 21

Pizza Gallery &Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397 American Family Day

“Let’s Get Together!”

1 p.m. Social gathering for new members and those interested in Judaism Temple Israel of Brevard 7350 Lake Andrew Drive Viera, 321-633-6778



11 a.m. Ancient art of movement, certified instructor Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-96505

11:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Wickham Park Senior Center 2785 Leisure Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4494

Tai Chi

Free Sunday Concert

Party/Rubber Bridge



3 - 4 p.m. Vocalist Michael Mirand sing selections Sinatra-style Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-633-1792

National Spirit of ’45 Day

11:30 a.m. Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-96505

Left-Handers Day

National Lighthouse Day


Beginner Line Dance Class

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Meet with representatives One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-431-7452

Cruickshank Sanctuary Hike Brevard Federated 10 a.m. - Noon Republican Women

Accordion Club Meeting

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

Yoga in Nature

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Traditional class for all levels. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-264-5185


National Garage Sale Day

St. Anthony’s Rummage Sale

6 - 8 p.m. Ribbon Cutting event The Avenue Viera In front of theater Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

The History of Music

August at the Movies


for senior employees and volunteers One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup

Aug. 22 to Aug. 31 USSSA Space Coast 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Complex Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Parkway Viera Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

Thirsty Third Thursdays

6:30 p.m. “Phantom Thread” Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive, NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

National Nonprofit Day

Can You Hear Me Now? Lunch and Learn

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions will showcase new advances in hearing aids and assistive listening devices that can enhance your lifestyle and allow you to hear in different environments — from noisy group settings to one-on-one meetings. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310




9 - 3 p.m. Designed to help individuals retain their driving competencies, this class has several key objectives that will help you achieve this goal. Cost is $20 per person or $15 for members of AARP. Call to register One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-698-2311

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Discussion on “Last Train to Paradise” by Les Standiford Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

10:45 a.m. Gentle yoga seated or using a chair Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-96505

6:30 p.m. “Darkest Hour” Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive, NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All levels of fitness welcome, chair assist OK Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-96505

Chair Yoga


National Grief Awareness Day

August at the Movies

Anglers for Conservation Casino Night

6 - 10 p.m. Fundraiser event. Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-759-3585

“Curiosity and Ignorance”

2 p.m. Lecture series with Ed Baranowski Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060


National Whiskey Sour Day The Animal Sanctuary Gala

Spanish Lessons


Sept. 1

6 - 9 p.m. Live entertainment by Rick Brensinger and exceptional buffet cuisine from our culinary artists. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

9 - 10 a.m. Chair aerobics, resistance training and stretching Wickham Park Senior Center 2785 Leisure Drive Melbourne, 321-917-1976

Sunset Celebration

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 9 - 11 a.m. Merritt Island Library Bingo Merritt Island Library 1195 N. Courtenay Parkway 6 p.m. 1195 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, 321-266-0984 Greater Palm Bay Senior Merritt Island, 321-452-6679 Center 1275 Culver Drive, NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

Between Kohl's and Office Depot

National Honey Bee Day

6 - 10 p.m. Step back in time to the Maul. night of fun for the whole 1950s with a nostolgic FIT Center for Aeronautics family. Bring chairs and “Rockin 50s Sock Hop.” and Innovation blankets and watch a Holiday Inn Viera 1050 W. Nasa Blvd. movie under the stars. Viera, 321-514-9344 Melbourne Wickham Park Pavilion 2500 Parkway Drive August at the Movies Melbourne, 321-633-2046 The History of Music 2 p.m. 6:30 p.m. “The Early Beatles” “Life of the Party” Buena Vida Estates Free popcorn and beverage 2129 W. New Haven Ave. Greater Palm Bay Senior W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060 Center 1275 Culver Drive, NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338


Strength and Balance

Music of the Night

5 - 8 p.m. Live entertainment, free drinks, complimentary food. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

The Avenue Viera Pop Jet Fountain

National Rum Day

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Anthony’s Orthodox Christian Church 4031 Aurora Road Melbourne, 321-960-9564

Have You and Your Family Senior Job & Volunteer Fair Hurricane Season 2018 Free Movie in the Park 6 - 7:30 p.m. 5 - 11 p.m. Prepared Your Estate Plan 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Presentation by Dr. George Come out and enjoy a & Health Care Directives? 30+ organizations looking

Nonfiction Book Club



August at the Movies


AARP Driver Safety Class

1 - 4 p.m. Bring your pet and join Florida Dachshund Rescue. Tickets are Eau Gallie First Friday $25 6 p.m. Hosted by Tails at The Barkery Eau Gallie Downtown The Wine Lady Highland Ave. 234 Brevard Ave. Melbourne, 321-428-5040 Cocoa, 321-305-4584




Paws for a Sip



Open House

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hosted by Paws for Veterans Paws for Veterans 63 Ocean Blvd. Satellite Beach, 321-425-4189



10 a.m. Attorney William A. Johnson, P.A. will discuss the basic principles of estate planning One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667

Paws Grand Opening & Ride In

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cedar Creek Assisted Living 4279 Judith Avenue Merritt Island, 321-454-7768

National Radio Day

National Dog Day

5 - 9 p.m. Food trucks form all over Central Florida and local retail vendors. Viera Regional Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, 321-433-4891

National Coast Guard Day

Open House

National Aviation Day

10 a.m. - Noon Knitters and crocheters welcome to make items to be donated to charities or make items at your leisure and bring in to be distributed. Port St. John Library 6500 Carole Ave. Port St. John, 321-633-1867

First Friday Food Truck Fest


10 - 11 a.m. Facebook and messenger Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-633-1792

9 - 10:30 a.m. 7777 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-622-5955

Noon - 5 p.m. Noon - 2 p.m.: Children’s activities including instrument petting zoo 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Live music & interactive discussion with the Maestro 4 p.m - 5 p.m.: Book signing with Charlie Harmon Barnes & Noble 1955 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 321-242-2024

Afternoon Book Club

National Grab Some Nuts Day


6:30 p.m. “Book Club” 5:45 p.m. free pizza and beverage Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive, NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

2:30 p.m. “Engelbert Humperdinck” Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

Yarning for a Cause

National Book Lovers Day



7 p.m. Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s star-studded cast of singers will perform in “Music of the Night”— a tribute to the composer of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita” and many other hits. The Scott Center 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, 855-252-7276

A Cup of Joe with GO at Suntree

Sunday with the Symphony

August at the Movies

2 - 3 p.m. Titusville Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monthly luncheon meeting Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212


8:30 - 4 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-698-2311

2:30 p.m. “Reconstruction” with Rick Rakauskas Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

American History

Bring closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and your binoculars. Cruickshank Sanctuary 360 Barnes Blvd. Rockledge, 321-449-4720

National Senior Citzens Day

AARP Safe Driving Course



1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Free to play, prizes will be awarded. Refreshments will be provided. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-452-4233, ext. 2806



Technology Class

National V-J Day


6:30 p.m. “Victoria & Abdul” Great Decisions Free ice cream and 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. beverage Topic “Cuba” Greater Palm Bay Senior Merritt Island Library Center 1195 N. Courtenay Pkwy. 1275 Culver Drive, NE Merritt Island, 321-543-7293 Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Wickham Park Senior Center 2785 Leisure Drive Melbourne, 321-505-0846

Drummer Ashton Gould & Introducing Chateau Bingo with Courtenay the Cortet Quartet Madeleine, Lunch & Learn Springs 2 p.m. Space Coast Jazz Society Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022


Happy 31 1 National Senior Citizens Day

Tini Thursday 29 30



Between Target & Buffalo Wild Wings


Chair Fitness Class

Guided Walk

10 - 10:45 a.m. Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike. Bring a hat, water and walking shoes. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, 321-264-5185



Eau Gallie First Friday 6 p.m. Stroll historic Highland Avenue and visit old favorites and find new hidden gems by exploring the walkable arts district shops Eau Gallie Downtown Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-428-5040


Dog Days of Summer 4 - 8 p.m. Bring the whole gang and Fido and take in the mayhem we called Dog Days. Featuring food, beer, music and fun for dogs and their humans. Eau Gallie Square, 1450 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-428-5040 Long Doggers Beachside Bash 2018 5 - 10:30 p.m. Featuring Grammy Award winning act Steel Pulse. The night of family fun will include a selection of handpicked food trucks, adult beverages, fire dancers, and of course live music throughout the night. Nancy Park 201 N. Miramar Ave. Indialantic, 321-773-5558


National Honey Bee Day Festival 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event is free to the public and is aimed to educate people of all ages about the importance of honey bees as the world’s most important single species of pollinator. The event will feature demonstrations and lectures by expert beekeepers and Master

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Gardeners. Local honey and hive products and local crafts will be available for purchase. Food, games and activities will be on hand to celebrate everything honey bees. University of Florida Brevard 3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa 321-747-5111. Magic Mike Show Live 7 - 9 p.m. Ladies Night Out. This is the ultimate Las Vegas experience for you and all of your girlfriends. Male models will perform on stage, Fundraiser Viera Elks Lodge #2817 5820 U.S. Highway 1 Rockledgle, 702-741-4896


Texting 9-1-1 during emergencies now possible in Brevard County


AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon cellular phone customers in Brevard County now have the option to text to 9-1-1. The option in emergencies began July 25 following technological upgrades at the county’s 11 public safety answering points that receive 9-1-1 emergency calls. Customers of the four major wireless carriers can now send a text (up to 140 characters) directly to 9-1-1 in an emergency in which a call is not possible or when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger. Also, text-to-9-1-1 provides the deaf, hard of hearing and speechimpaired residents with direct access to 9-1-1 service. “Having the capability of textto-9-1-1 provides invaluable safety and

Sixth annual Giving Hope Gala 6 - 10 p.m. Giving Hope Gala is a night of FREE Hearing Tests glamour and old Hollywood CALL TODAY! excitement, dancing to Brevard’s Swing-time Band. Live and silent Ask about our move-in specials auctions and raffles. All proceeds go to support the Sue M. Pridmore Center for homeless women and women with SERVING children. ALL OF Hilton Rialto Place, 200 Rialto Place BREVARD Melbourne, 321-544-8344 Rock the Porch Jam 1 - 3 p.m. Live music. All are invited to participate and listen. Old Melbourne Beach Town Hall 2372 Oak St., Melbourne Beach 321-952-7322

protection for more Brevard County residents and enhances the ability for someone in danger or distress to reach out for help to first responders in an emergency situation where they can’t place a phone call to 9-1-1,” said Deborah Sands, Brevard County’s 9-11 systems manager. Calls or texts to 9-1-1 are received at various public safety answering points, municipal police departments, county law enforcement and county fire rescue that alert the appropriate rescue agency for response throughout the county. 9-1-1 Administration is a division of Brevard County Emergency Management, which implemented the technology upgrade enabling this advancement. Text-to-9-1-1 was funded through a 40-cent fee paid by customers on their wireless carrier phone bills. SL

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North Brevard Summer reading

‘The Restless Wave — Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations’ By John McCain and Mark Salter


The North Brevard Art League’s building is a canvas in itself, reflecting the creativity of league members.

New name reflects fresh vision for art league BY FLORA REIGADA

The North Brevard Art League, formerly the Titusville Art League, has been a staple in local arts for more than 50 years. Decorated with art-related images, its building reflects the talent that has long benefited the community. But, the league is seeking to expand its horizons. “It is time for renewal,” said Diane DeShong Cannon, the league’s president. “Change is beneficial from time to time and the name change is a good place to start.’’ Renewal is evident on the organization’s website, which has a fresh, new look. In addition to ongoing adult and youth classes, new classes and workshops are being added to the fall schedule. These include art history and figure drawing taught by David Dozier. New acrylic and stained glass classes also are on the roster. Class costs vary. Plans are in the works to give the building and grounds a facelift. Despite the changes, the league’s focus and passion for art remains

In this candid new political memoir from Sen. John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life — and what matters most. “I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here,’’ McCain wrote. “Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.” Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

‘In Faith: A Journey for All’ By Jimmy Carter

unchanged. “Our annual, spring art show has a wonderful reputation,’’ Cannon said. “Our artists have won numerous awards.’’ Artists represent diverse backgrounds, media and focuses. They also represent various skill levels, from beginners to intermediate and experienced. “Some artists would be considered professional, while others paint as a hobby and for their personal enjoyment,” Cannon said. Media include watercolor, acrylic, oils, mixed media, photography and digital arts. There also is stained glass and pottery, with a kiln on the premises. “You are invited to join our fun group of creative souls to explore your own creativity, receive quality instruction and gather in friendship,’’ the website states. The North Brevard Art League is at 1421 Draa Road. For information, call 321-383-7441 or go to SL

President Jimmy Carter has published a new book — “In Faith: A Journey for All’’ — with Simon & Schuster. The 39th president contemplates how his faith has sustained him in happiness and disappointment, and how we may find it in our own lives as it shapes our belief in religious freedom, moral politics and how we relate to one another. “The issue of faith arises in almost every area of human existence,” Carter said. “So it is important to understand its multiple meanings. In this book, my primary goal is to explore the broader meaning of faith, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present and future events in America and around the world.” Alice Mayhew, the vice president and editorial director of the Simon & Schuster imprint, praised the book. “In this important book, at a time of uncertainty,” said Mayhew, “President Jimmy Carter talks about the gift of faith through the great modern theologians, some inspired contemporaries, and his lifelong acceptance of the challenge and reward.”

‘The Wright Brothers’ By David McCullough On a winter day in 1903 in North Carolina, two brothers — bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio — changed history. But, it would take the world some time to believe Orville and Wilbur Wright’s assertion that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot. In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (The Economist), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (The Washington Post) and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished.” (The Wall Street Journal)



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North Brevard Events FRIDAY, AUG. 3

Cape Canaveral Friday Fest 6 - 10 p.m. Craft and retail vendors, food trucks, bounce houses and live music. Taylor and Poinsetta avenues Cape Canaveral, 321-868-1226 Cocoa Beach Friday Fest 6 - 10 p.m. Family-oriented event. 247 Minutemen Causeway Cocoa Beach, 321-868-3200


Paws for a Sip 1 - 4 p.m. Bring your pet and join Florida Dachshund Rescue. Event tickets are $25 and includes a keepsake wine glass. There will be wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. Hosted by Tails at The Barkery. The Wine Lady, 234 Brevard Ave. Cocoa, 321-305-4584 Cocoa Beach Contra Dance 7 - 10:30 p.m. Lesson 7 p.m., Dance 7:30 We have a live band and caller. Each dance is taught and a partner is not needed. Wear non-marking shoes. Cocoa Beach Recreation Center 321 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach 321-427-3587


Photography Club 9 – 11 a.m. All levels of photographers’ welcome.


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View photographs and learn helpful tips. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville 321-264-5185 Country and Western Dance at the Titusville Elks Lodge #2113 Dinner 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m. Dinner choice of baby back ribs or chicken served with baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. Presale tickets are $12 per person and $15 at the door. Dance only is $5 from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. Music by Yesterday’s Wine. Titusville Elks Lodge 2955 Columbia Blvd. 321-268-2113


Party Bridge 12:30 - 3 p.m. Play party bridge to support the Veterans Memorial Center. Five rounds with five hands per round. Veterans Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island 321-452-2387


Yoga in Nature 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Traditional class for all levels. Wear loose fitting clothing and do not eat anything an hour before class. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville 321-264-5185


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1. Dr. Kutryb has been performing cataract and laser surgery for over 20 years and is one of Central Florida’s most experienced Cataract Surgeons having performed over 20,000 procedures. 2. Dr. Kutryb is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. 3. Dr. Kutryb performs the simplest and most complex cataract procedures including referral cases from other doctors across Central Florida. 4. Dr. Kutryb has a special area of emphasis on complex cases, particularly cases with Corneal Dystrophy, glaucoma, previous vitreoretinal surgery, and previous LASIK surgery. 5. Dr. Kutryb is one of a select group of doctors in Central Florida to utilize Alcon’s ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) to optimize intraocular lens selection real-time during cataract surgery. This technology is



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Dr. Michael Kutryb is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of St. Louis University and a Cum Laude graduate of the 6. Dr. Kutryb utilizes both Alcon Acrysof lenses University of Missouri-School of (including the Acrysof Restor and Restor Medicine where he completed a Toric) and Abbott Tecnis lenses (including research fellowship at the Mason the Symfony and Symfony Toric) in order to choose the optimum implant for each patient. Institute of Ophthalmology and received the Outstanding Ophthalmology Student Award. He completed his 7. Dr. Kutryb performs an extremely thorough Ophthalmology training at the Ochsner Clinic, where he preoperative exam on each patient in order served as Chief Resident. Since being in practice he to identify and adapt to the particular special has received the Secretariat Award and the LEO Award conditions or problems that may exist. from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical 8. Dr. Kutryb personally conferences with each patient before surgery to identify which Association. His research on Multifocal Lens Implants has appeared in EyeWord and the Journal of the American intraocular lens would best suit their needs. Academy of Ophthalmology.

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I ♥ my pet Meet Cody Cody is a French bulldog and pit bull mix, who is approximately 3 years old. I guess he is a French bull. He showed up at our house in February in pretty bad shape, and we never were able to find his owner. His goofy personality has helped us to cope with the death of one of our other two dogs due to bone cancer. Owners: The Pague family of Cocoa (Cody is pictured with Tyler Pague)

Meet Tika

BoomerSenior Sentiments

If you could ask your pet two questions, what would you ask? Photos by Walter Kiely

Lois Lacoste

Barbara Fine

“I would ask our golden retriever, ‘Do you know our previous golden retriever? Did our first golden retriever send you to us?’ ’’

“I would ask our cat, ‘Am I a good owner? Are you upset with me now that you are an inside cat?’ ’’

Susan Eppinger

Pat Deen

“I would ask, ‘Who’s your best friend?’ Her answer should be me.’’

“I would ask my dog Midnight, ‘Are you pregnant, yet? And, how many puppies will you have?’ ’’

Tika is an 11-year-old Maltese, who was rescued from a backyard breeder. She weighs 6 pounds. She loves to snuggle and cuddle with the patients at Hospice of St. Francis, where she is a pet therapy dog. Owner: Mary Larson Palm Bay

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Indialantic Rotary honors Babbitt as it celebrates 60 years of service SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

Julia Babbitt, the Rotary District 6930 governor, will be honored at the Rotary Club of Indialantic’s 60th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 7 at the Indian River Colony Club in Viera. Proceeds from this benefit event will be used for Rotary projects and programs. In addition to a delicious meal, there will be a silent auction and entertainment by the Creative Arts musicians. Babbitt is the first woman member of the Rotary Club to become a governor for Rotary International.

As a local insurance executive and business owner, Babbitt has been involved in Rotary service projects for several years. Scholarships, water safety programs, international projects, tree planting, polio eradication and youth exchange will be highlighted in Babbitt’s “Be An Inspiration” message. Reservations can be made by contacting Linda Nelms at 321-7577377. Tickets are $75 per person, with $50 applied to Rotary Charities. Checks should be made payable to the Indialantic Rotary Foundation. SL


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Aug. 31, 1997 Britain’s Princess Diana died at the age of 36 from massive internal injuries suffered in a high-speed car crash, reportedly after being pursued by photographers.

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Anne Frank penned her last entry into her diary. “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if … there weren’t any other people living in the world.”

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Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain ˜ Pinta and Santa with three ships — the Nina, Maria. Seeking a westerly route to the Far East, he instead landed Oct. 12 in the Bahamas, thinking it was an outlying Japanese island.

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The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65.

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