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At the SPCA in Titusville, Fla., on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Ken and Vicki Leichtle pose with their recently adopted dog, Hoover and his portrait, as artist Connie Allen looks on. By Flora reigada With a love for God’s creatures in her heart and a paintbrush in her hand, Connie Allen helps hard-toplace pets at the spCA of north Brevard find homes. Their eyes plead, ‘Take me home,’” the Titusville resident said.

“people adopt cute kittens and puppies, but those older, not-soperfect pets have just as much love to give and maybe more. Many had tough lives.” An award-winning artist, Allen uses her talent creating portraits of animals that have been there longest. portraits are donated to the

shelter and put on display. Whoever adopts the pet gets its portrait free. Mau, a gray tiger kitty, was a perfect candidate. The affectionate stray was found in a neighborhood, then spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. her left ear was also


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hello friends, We are getting more excited, at senior life, as we prepare for our 15th anniversary next month. please make plans to join us for what we hope will be a spectacular day. last year, to celebrate our 14th anniversary, i brought a troupe from the sleuths Mystery Dinner show orlando to Brevard County for what i thought would be a one-time event. The response was overwhelming, so we brought the group back for two more sold-out shows. now, i’ve decided to bring this dinner theater to our county on a quarterly basis. once the details are announced, the shows sell out quickly. if you would like to be placed on our wait list, please visit and fill out the form. We are not taking calls, at this time, for the wait list. if you are a photographer, we hope you will participate in the Viera Wetlands nature Festival and photography Contest. We look forward to meeting all our local photographers as they will be dropping off their photos at our office. There are three categories, so everyone can participate. Take the whole family out to the Viera Wetlands and start snapping.


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You’ve probably seen them. They ride in groups and pass by you along the roads of Brevard County, this motorcycle club is making a difference. in fact, they’re retired and active local police officers, the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. “We’re different than what people think,” said member Mike Connor. “it’s a brotherhood and sisterhood of riders who have come together, and being in law enforcement, the average person doesn’t experience what we do and form the bond that goes outside the job.” Founded locally in the 1980s, the riders are a part of Blue Knights international that was formed in 1974 in Maine and are among more than 20,000 worldwide who range from their early 20s to retirees in their 70s. “The camaraderie is remarkable,” Connor said. “i know if something were to happen to me, they would take care of me and my family. Knowing that is amazing.” The club’s meetings are hosted

throughout the county to support local businesses. An extra attraction of membership is road trips. A big part of the club’s activities is its humanitarian efforts, including donating money to several charities, riding for causes like Fallen heroes and childhood diseases and showcasing motorcycle safety. “We try to ride by example,” said club president Jay Martin, who was a local officer for 31 years. “We want people to learn how to ride safely.” Currently the group is preparing for the Blue Knight international spring conference they’re hosting April 19 through April 22 in Cocoa Beach. “We’re getting prepared for the conference and for members from all over to come and ride with us,” Martin said. “it’s a lot of work. But it’s exciting and i enjoy the background of it so everyone has something and i’ve enjoyed seeing how the chapter has grown.” For information, visit or call 321-212-8476. SL

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The Space Coast Blue Knights Motorcycle Club is made up of retired and current Brevard County law enforcement officers, whose members range from their 20s to their 70s. Cover photo: Retired and current Brevard County law enforcement officers are members of the Space Coast Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:00am – 2:00pm

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GFWC Melbourne Woman’s Club presents Women in suffrage BY roSemary h. lynn

in late February, an exhibit celebrating women’s suffrage was presented by the General Federation Women’s Clubs’ Melbourne Woman’s Club at the liberty Bell Museum in Melbourne across from the Melbourne Auditorium on oak street. This will be a permanent exhibit. Women the world over fought for the right to gain equality with men in many areas of life. American women, after much campaigning and demonstrating, finally gained the right to vote in 1920. The exhibit at the museum honored the women who fought so hard for this right. photos of many of the women

who worked to gain freedoms for other women adorn an entire wall of the museum. This is the first time the museum has had such a display and a presentation to educate citizens about the struggle of those who championed the cause. The exhibit-opening event included refreshments, a welcome by honor America Chairman George Geletko, the invocation by Marion pellicano Ambrose, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Tommy and Maggie Unger, Gemini elementary students, and then the national anthem. After a poetry reading, susan Anderson, museum director, led a tour. The museum houses

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The GFWC Melbourne Woman’s Club presents the American Suffrage exhibit at the Liberty Bell Museum in Melbourne on 2/29. hundreds of historical items dating from the 1700s to the present. Many of the Woman’s Club members were dressed in period clothing, which contributed to the historical feel of the occasion. president Brenda hoffman, decked out in turn-of-the-century finery, explained

that the woman’s club is now 100 years old and they encourage anyone interested in joining, to call her at 321-725-2369. Admission to the museum is free. Tours are available upon request. The museum needs volunteers are as well. Call 321-727-1776 for more information or to set up a tour. SL

liberty Bell Museum and honor America 1601 oak st, Melbourne 321-727-1776 Volunteers are needed to help at the museum Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Funny thing is… but instead, dabbling is that fun stuff you always wanted to do but never had enough time for when you were working. i dabbled with the idea of writing a humor column, taking up golf, singing and DJing, working my real estate brokerage a little harder, doing volunteer touring for nAsA, offering more time to hospice, the church, the kids and now the grandkids. i’m dabbling so much i’m going to need to check into a rest home just to get some sleep. so now i’m retired and all the stuff i used to dabble with has become my new job—or i should say jobs. But the Funny Thing is…i’m not retired, but i am re-tiring myself. in fact, i don’t remember ever working this hard in my life. now i’m dabbling with the idea of going back to work fulltime to get some rest. Dr. sammy SL

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The word retirement is so appropriately named. Retiring from our career jobs was supposed to mean rest, travel, golf or whatever relaxes us. Unfortunately, most of us were somewhere between diligent workers and workaholics. so upon retirement, and while we we’re still healthy enough, we find other things to fill our days. This is why the word re-tire-ment is so perfect. All we’re doing is finding new ways to tire ourselves out. When i retired from nAsA, i wanted to do all the fun stuff i used to dabble with. Dabbling sounds like what you do with your card at a bingo game or the scribbling you do when daydreaming

hoover continued from page 1 tipped, identifying her as a spayed feral. That way, she would not be picked up again after being returned to her territory. But things did not work out and Mau lingered at the spCA. Allen drew Mau as she is, complete with her tipped ear. When her portrait was displayed, she was adopted within a week. Allen also drew Daisy, a shepherd mix brought to the spCA with her head cocked to one side. “it’s as if she is asking, ‘What did you say?’” Allen said. “But Daisy’s head is cocked because someone cruelly twisted her neck.”

soon after Daisy’s portrait was displayed, she too, found a home. so did hoover, who is deaf. To date, Allen has painted 19 portraits, all resulting in adoptions. hoover went home with Ken and Vicki leichtle. “Although he weighs 70 pounds, he loves to sit on Ken’s lap. he’s the sweetest dog we’ve ever had,” Vicki leichtle said. For adoption information, call the spCA of north Brevard at 321-269-0536. Connie Allen is available for freelance work. Call 321-220-4718. SL

Noteworthy Events Sock Hop Courtenay springs Village is hosting their Rockin’ 50’s sock hop on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by J.A.M. Master’s DJ. Build your own sundae bar. Games and contests. photo opportunities. open to the public. Courtenay springs Village is located at 1200 s. Courtenay parkway in Merritt island. RsVp appreciated but not required by April 18, please call Kay Keyser or Debbie Williams at 321-452-1233.

earth Day Festival 2012 The Friends of the enchanted Forest inc. and the environmentally endangered lands program invite you to enchanted Forest sanctuary on saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its annual earth Day Festival 2012. There will be guided tours, live animals, a native plant sale, wildlife rehabilitators, music and a educational book sale. The enchanted Forest sanctuary is located in Titusville at 444 Columbia Blvd. For more information, call 321-264-5185.

Hee Haw Showdown The italian-American Club of s. Brevard is having a “hee haw showdown,” western-theme dinner dance, saturday April 21 at 6 p.m. Menu features BBQ pork and all the trimmins’ plus music by Janice & Reno. only $15 for members and $18 for guests. B.Y.o.B. set-ups. Call 321-952-1693 for tickets, and bring your partner, in your favorite western outfit, for a fun night.

Spring Flute Concert The space Coast Flute orchestra presents its annual spring Concert on sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. at eastminster prebyterian Church, 106 n. Riverside Drive, indialantic, Florida. The flute orchestra will be performing works from composers including Beethoven, Grieg, Faure, Dvorak and Brahms with special conductor and arranger shaul Ben Meir. Just a sampling of what will be performed on the 29th is Pavane by Faure, Slavonic Dances by Dvorak, Andante Moderato by Brahms, Allegro con brio by Beethoven, and Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by edward Grieg. All sCFo concerts are FRee, however donations are gratefully accepted.

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A great place to visit is nearby historic Cocoa Village. in a leisurely walk through this quaint village you will enjoy a pleasurable experience of unique shopping, dining for all pocketbooks, a riverfront park and restored historical buildings. Your walking tour should start at the Cocoa Civic Center at 430 Delannoy Ave., where you can pick up informational material and a great walking map of Riverfront park and the historic area. The building has an outstanding view of Riverfront park and the indian River lagoon and is available for special events. next door is the historic pritchard house, built in 1891 and completely restored in 2005. The pritchard house is available for meetings and private functions. Guided tours of the house are available by reservation, Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Contact Roz Foster, for a tour at 321-267-4480. Be sure to stop and see historic st. Marks’s episcopal Church at 4 Church street and Delannoy Avenue. This lovely church was built in 1886 and now serves as st. Mark’s episcopal Academy and is an active church. Just north of the Civic Center is the s. F. Travis hardware establishment at 300 Delannoy Ave. The business was started in 1885 in this very building. here is an experience for the entire family to view and learn what general merchandise stores were like years ago. Greeting you will be one of the many Travis



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looking back over almost 70 years since i first became a volunteer, it’s been quite an experience. i’ve begun to realize lately that you couldn’t pay me enough to do some of the jobs i’ve done as a volunteer. The satisfaction of helping so many people overcome the negative way volunteers are sometimes treated by “higher ups.” i began to realize there is occasionally a difference between the people who work from the heart and those who work for a paycheck. i first volunteered at the age of 10 because patriotism and helping the war effort was something most Americans did during World War ii. My parents had set examples. My dad was an air raid warden, my mom was the manager of the Russian War Relief store and my grandmother folded bandages for the Red Cross. i gathered friends and neighborhood children to form a salvage club. We went to the apartment houses collecting items needed for the war effort. We collected empty tin cans— and often had to wash them and flatten them ourselves. We also collected cans full of solid cooking fat, the foil from cigarette packages and chewing gum and many other things. As years passed, i saw a need for volunteers and i’d jump in to do what i could. At 18, i became a junior hostess at the Uso and an assistant Brownie leader; eventually, the leader. After my sons were of age, i became a Cub scouts den mother. For years, i worked on the monthly annual fund



drives, going door-to-door collecting money for March of Dimes, The American heart Lucy fund, Muscular Kline Dystrophy, mental health, cancer, etc. in time, i became community chairperson for several of them. As a member of the local Junior Woman’s Club, i became a volunteer at the hospital and other organizations. Years passed, and i became more involved in my own house of worship and ended up wearing five different chairperson hats of different committees or projects. This century, i became volunteer storefront manager for seniors vs. Crime. Then, our local Retired senior Volunteers program, coordinated by Aging Matters in Brevard, discovered me. When i left that position after three years, i became a driver coordinator for senior Transerve, our very worthwhile transportation system for seniors who can’t drive. When the chairperson of Brevard elderlearning begged for a replacement, i finally became that replacement and still am. over the years, i have also been the publicity chairperson for about five different nonprofit agencies. The non-monetary pay i have received from recipients, and from most paid supervisors, is what makes me know just how worthwhile my efforts are and what an important role i am playing in life. Comments always welcome at SL

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As we make our journey through life, we adjust and cope with tasks of living, learning, earning and retiring. As we assume more responsibilities as a student, a marriage partner, a career employee, a parent and a citizen, we are faced with multiple tasks. each task—assigned work, a chore, a duty, a job, or an activity—may trigger priorities. in the process of adjusting to life’s challenges, people learn to juggle a lot of balls when they learn to multi-task. They are able to handle a number of tasks at the same time. i watched an older couple driving to see their grandchildren. The driver was involved in driving, swatting a fly, eating a snack, talking to his spouse and listening to the radio. people who live a long life continue to learn from their experiences and are good at multi-tasking. They may automatically respond, or they may be diligent in handling tasks in priority order while recognizing their benefits and risks. in the book Man Down, by Dan Abrams, he provides proof that women are better in “just about everything.” We see successful career women who are good spouses, parents, volunteers, community leaders and so much more. Behavioral psychologists attribute this ability to how they are wired. Women, single parents and grandmothers raising grandchildren

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implement, communicate, Ed control and evaluate while juggling Baranowski multiple tasks in challenging environments. They can cook a meal, watch the children, sort laundry, watch television and handle a telephone call at the same time. Technology has helped with the ability to multi task. in spite of the innovations, we hear more people say “if only i had more time…” Further, they comment, “if the day was only longer!” Actually, we have added more tasks to our lives. There is the internet, cell phones and the multi-tasking iphones that can keep us chained to an electronic device to link with family, friends and lots of people we do not know. people who continue to live a long life pick and choose the tasks they want to perform. Many have simplified their lives by not adapting to all of the technological changes and accompanying tasks. They have priorities. They manage their task challenges in a positive manner. Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at SL


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some people meet their love by having friends introduce them. others meet their true love by simply finding them out and about. Well, Karen Rothmel happened to meet her love online. Karen Rothmelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cat, A.J., died before Christmas last year, so one day she decided to browse around online at to look for a cat. she found a beautiful tiger cat looking out of a glass cage standing on his back paws by the name of Mountain Dew on the society for prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spCA) website. Mountain Dew coincidentally happens to be her granddaughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite drink; therefore, she hurried on down to the spCA pet adoption center and met the love of her life at first sight.

one look into those big green eyes and her heart melted. she took him home and her granddaughter, Breanna Mace, fell in love, too. When you get a cat from the spCA, it is spayed or neutered before you take it home and sometimes you get lucky because it is already potty trained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The name seems to fit the cat,â&#x20AC;? Rothmel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;it loves to play with its pet mice and other toys. it also loves to play with Breannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair bands. it even helps itself to her hair bands from the basket in her room.â&#x20AC;? The cat is so smitten with Breanna that he sleeps with her every night. he is very rambunctious. Rothmel deduced that the cat had no experience of love, warmth and protection before being adopted. sounds, like aluminum foil being ripped off the roll, as well as Breanna opening her nail polish remover, fill

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Canaveral resident otto Watson, a 1937 graduate of the Tuskegee institute, just missed the chance to become one of the famous World War ii fighter pilots. still, Watson made a difference, rising to the top of transportation unions in new York and helping establish vocational education programs for students of all races. “i’ve been active all my life and i’m looking forward to going back to Tuskegee in March for the 75th anniversary. i’ve gone back every five years for the Founder’s Day celebration. i don’t think i’ve missed even one,’’ he said. Watson said he was a good friend of many instructors and others involved in the Tuskegee experience, which went a long way to integrate the armed forces. African-American airmen, who trained

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Otto Watson, 97, of Cape Canaveral graduated from The Tuskegee Institute just before the creation of the famous Tuskegee Airmen. Watson was a leader in the New York transportation union and helped to create vocational education programs. at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama and served with the 332nd Fighter Group during World War ii, became known as Tuskegee Airmen. Reflecting American society and law at the time, most black soldiers and sailors had been restricted to labor battalions and other support positions. “They said they didn’t have brains enough to fly, but they proved them wrong. i was so hurt that i couldn’t fly with them but they weren’t taking men with children and i was already a dad. even at my age now, i would love to fly. i’m just sorry i couldn’t have been a part of it. Those boys put everything into it,’’ he said. Another unforgettable highlight of his time at Tuskegee was studying under George Washington Carver, in 1933.

“it was during his last year of teaching,’’ he said. Watson, a Brevard resident since 1976, started hosts of Brevard and served as chairman of the Christmas party at MilA elementary (Motivated, independent, lifelong Achievers) for 34 years. M.i.l.A. also stands for Merritt island launch Area, the schools formal name. Before that, he retired as the assistant to the president of the transportation union in new York City. “i’ve been helping people all my life,’’ he said. But he is most proud of his work in getting vocational education offered in public schools. “That has always been my pride and joy. i accomplished more with that than with anything else,’’ he said. SL

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sybil Gage sings with her soul as well as with her heart By roSemary h. lynn

sybil Gage has made a name for herself in Brevard as the jazzy/bluesy singer who draws in crowds of people wherever she performs. A fantastic singer, she holds her own as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diva extraordinaire,â&#x20AC;? her petite figure decked out in gorgeous dresses, colorful feathered boas and art deco-style hats. sybil grew up in new orleans. At the age of 3, her mother left the family and sybilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, a librarian, became a single parent. his love of reading and poetry made sybil long to make her own voice heard. she picked up on his musical cadence and sang along with the poems. Gage learned to write music before she began her singing career. she learned to play piano and guitar but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until she was in her 20s that she realized sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to try to make it as a singer. Moving to new York, she joined the hank edmunds Trio in Jamaica, n.Y. and became an instant success.

she met her second husband, Billy, in new York. he was a local actor who had made a name for himself. she and Billy brought sybilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father from where he had relocated to Chicago, to Florida, where he lived until he passed away in 2005. sybil and her band, the Catahoulas, perform most nights in Brevard County. leon olguin, Carl lewis, Dennis Thompson, Joe â&#x20AC;&#x153;survivalâ&#x20AC;? Caruso and Gage play at a variety of venues and for special events. Gage also hosts a saturday evening radio show called Stormy Monday, writes a column for a Welsh magazine and pens her own music. she also is the proud mom of a 27-year-old son who resides in n.Y. sybil and Billy often take off on little adventures together, but they do not own a TV. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Television interrupts life,â&#x20AC;? Gage said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never get anything important done if i had the TV on!â&#x20AC;? For more information go to SL

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Kenneth eastridge remembers the celebration of the end of World War ii in Times square in new York City on August 14, 1945. he was there and witnessed everyone kissing. it was a time for rejoicing because the war was over. Wine was being passed around. All the saloons were open. The strict Baptist blushed as he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;i kissed seven different women that night.â&#x20AC;? According to eastridge, he had disembarked from the USS Hermitage at the time with several of his friends. The buses had come to the hospital at st. Albams in long island, n.Y., to take them to Times square. otherwise, he may not have experienced the confetti, fireworks, bands, applause, cheers, kisses, ringing church bells and the other excitement. Joining the navy when he was 17 years old, eastridge was the youngest member of the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew. he served from April 17, 1943 through March 11, 1946 when he received an honorable Discharge with a Victory Medal. he had sailed to the panama Canal in the ship Casablanca which was renamed the USS Hermitage after hitler had tried to sink it along with the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary, which were a part of his convoy. eastridge said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;each of these ships held more than 9,000 people and sailed 22 knots, which is approximately 25 miles per hour.â&#x20AC;? During his short military career, eastridge visited new Zealand, Australia, Bora Bora and europe. After leaving the navy, he moved to Florida where he was a welder at Cape Canaveral.

Brevard resident and retired United states Army colonel, Danny McKnight, the author of Streets of Mogadishu: Leadership at its Bestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Political Correctness at its Worst, released his DVD, Leading on the Tough Days that focuses on leadership, commitment, homeland security, patriotism with references to somalia 1993. To order a copy, call 321-631-5758. SL

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hand clapping, feet tapping and smiling faces are standard responses on the days that lynn pinto and Bob Faller walk through the doors at Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, the Brevard Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adult Day Care center in Titusville. pinto visits the center twice a month and Faller is there weekly. They both agree that one of their favorite places to volunteer is Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, visiting with about 40 clients who attend the center each weekday. interesting, fun activities are scheduled by sharon harris, aide and activity director at Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love volunteers!â&#x20AC;? harris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provide most of our activities using generous, loving volunteers and we are so grateful for them. We can never have too many.â&#x20AC;? Faller leads a cappella singa-longs comprised of oldies from the 1930s and 1940s. Faller said he does a lot of singing around north Brevard and st. paddy tunes are among his favorites. he loves classical music and songs made popular by crooners such as Frank sinatra. he also enjoys performing football cheers,

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in october 2011, using the name shari Wannemacher, Renelle West released her first self-published book, Life with a Buckskinner, a collection of humorous stories about her musician husband Whitey, along with a memoir of her years as a night club entertainer in their dual life with their show band and reenacting the Fur Trade era. The book is available through West says she is not qualified to judge her own writing and singing talents. she simply knows that she must go where her heart leads her and be open to inspiration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to get it out, no matter how old you are,â&#x20AC;? West said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music, a book, art; whatever it is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to you to put it out there and see what happens. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough or talented enough. if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in you, you must do it.â&#x20AC;? sitting at her keyboard, West finds inspiration as she composes original music. she promotes her CD titled Spiritland the first Friday of each month at Art and Antique studio Gallery at 1419 highland Ave. in Melbourne. Visit her blog at or email her at SL

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Refuge Manager Layne Hamilton By ellen CommonS-harrell

The Merritt island national Wildlife Refuge is 140,000 acres set aside to preserve the natural resources surrounding the Kennedy space Center. The grounds around the refuge visitor center are finely manicured and immaculate, the pathways are wheelchair or stroller accessible, with benches for people to relax and enjoy the scenery — and possibly view a wild animal or two. scheduled bus tours led by refuge staff or volunteers are available to see the various refuge fauna. To keep that habitat maintained, projects are assigned to people by the refuge manager, someone who has many years of experience in that field of expertise. Born in Fort pierce and now living in Titusville, refuge manager layne hamilton has been at the Merritt island national Refuge since november 2009. The agency she works for is the United states Fish and Wildlife services. she has been employed by that agency for 25 years and has served at national wildlife refuges throughout the southeastern United states. she has worked at several different refuges in Florida, including J.n. “Ding” Darling national Wildlife Refuge in sanibel island, and Florida panther national Wildlife Refuge in naples. she has degrees in wildlife management from both the University of Florida and louisiana state University. she said she enjoys this field of work because she wants “to protect our natural resources by striving to manage habitats that benefit the local wildlife.” she also finds it meaningful working with people, both visitors and partners, on the refuge and in the community. The job is diverse because she has to supervise firefighters, wildlife officers, biologists, maintenance workers and the variety of experts it takes to manage the large area. “it keeps the job interesting and challenging,” hamilton said. she has 150 volunteers without whom she said she cannot do her job. Volunteers help with every aspect of the refuge management programs, including biology, environmental, education, maintenance and visitor services. For more information, call 321-861-0668 or go to SL




hope for north Brevard: a resource for strengthening the community


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Trey Gordon, founder and director of Hope for North Brevard, greets customers at the Hope for North Brevard Thrift Store in Titusville, Fla., on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Funds from sales of donated items are used for community projects.

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Vonda Frenes of Palm Bay created and Sheryl Milner of Melbourne machine-stitched “Amazon Mardi Gras,” which captured the Viewers Choice as voted by attendees at the Timeless Treasures Quilt Show, held at the Melbourne Auditorium on March 9 and 10, 2011.




Linda S. Humphrey hope for north Brevard (hFnB)is the brainchild of Trey Gordon. in 2004 Gordon saw a true need in north Brevard. he enlisted as many young people as possible to help others in the area, mostly elderly and veterans, thereby helping themselves. The result was project Titusville. During the most recent project Titusville, in late March, teens from local middle schools and high schools each donated $50 apiece and gave up their spring breaks to spruce up the homes of needy residents. These teens, according to Gordon, are recruited from the ranks of many places of worship in north Brevard. “instead of one church in isolation trying to do all the work, we partner together and the many churches become resources in the community,” said Gordon, a licensed minister with 15 years experience as a youth pastor. “Right now we partner with the members of more than 30 churches. They support our work in many ways including prayer, thrift store support, with project Titusville, through finances or food and with volunteers to do the work.” Gordon said that volunteers are needed in all areas, including workers at the thrift store, which opened in 2009; concession stands at sporting events, mentors, tutors, graphic designers and other areas that someone with a passion wants to donate time to teach the youth. hFnB operates a gym, a computer lab, a cultural arts center and the thrift store. “if someone likes the arts and is talented, perhaps they could help us write and perform a show. We can always use help with the kids at camps and with back to school projects,” he said. “We will use everyone who is willing to give their resources and time.” The hope for north Brevard Thrift store is located at 2214 Garden st. hope Counseling Center is located at 416 pine st., both in Titusville. For more information, call Gordon at 321-863-6357. SL

Deciding whether your Association needs a professional management company boils down to two simple questions. What does a management company do? Generally, a management company administers the business affairs of the Association. This includes arranging all meetings, taking minutes, creating and implementing budgets, accounting, overseeing vendors and implementing rules and regulations. There are many details to each of these items and each Association may want to add or subtract from the list. The management company reports to the Board of Directors. Why can’t we do these things ourselves? Associations certainly can and many do. some Associations have residents who are willing to dedicate the time required. With more than one volunteer, you may be able to take advantage of their special interests. For example, some volunteers are knowledgeable in landscaping and enjoy it. someone else may enjoy accounting or record keeping. smaller Associations may find it more cost effective to manage themselves. Association Board members are volunteers. Their incentive to serve is the welfare of the Association. They have families, full time jobs or other interests and responsibilities that may keep them from providing the time required. Many retirees quickly decide that retirement does not mean working for the Association it is not unusual to find Boards made up of snowbirds. A professional property management company alleviates these situations. There must be well defined communications and reporting procedures between the Board and management. When this is accomplished and the management company understands its parameters, continuity and synergy are established for the Board. Florida requires property managers be licensed and keep abreast of the latest developments of their profession by taking continuing education courses throughout the year. Therefore, Boards can rely on management companies to provide a broad depth of resources that may not be readily available to the Association. hiring an outside company relieves your Board of the burdens and rigors of property management. This means peace of mind for the Board and residents alike. Choosing the right management company allows you to enjoy your home and maintain the property values of your Association. It’s important to point out that Mr. Kneiser is not an attorney and legal questions should be referred to your attorney. However, a requirement of his community association manager’s license is to stay abreast of the Florida Association laws. Contact him with any questions at SL

stuti Mishra, an eighth-grader at holy Trinity episcopal Academy won the 2012 Brevard County spelling bee on March 7, 2012. The winning word was nosocomial (a disease or infection originating in a hospital).



local to serve as guest conductor in Ukraine BY george White

Financial advisor Richard sabino, who is the founder of the Central Florida Winds, vividly remembers trying his hand as conductor, as a young teen, in front of his family stereo. Fast forward to today, he is thrilled to have been selected to conduct a Ukrainian orchestra in Dnepropetrovsk. The special March 24 concert includes Brahms’ Tragic Overture, stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. A 1969 graduate of Melbourne high school, sabino started playing trumpet and piano at age 6. he received a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from the University of south Florida and a master’s in art administration from the University of illinois, springfield. he later became manager of several orchestras, including the

Florida Gulf Coast symphony orchestra, the Atlanta symphony orchestra and the Wichita symphony orchestra. he was the first salaried manager of the Brevard symphony orchestra. sabino left nonprofit arts management in 1991. he returned to Melbourne and joined the Community Band of Brevard and Melbourne Municipal Band, where he had been a member in 1968-1969 and again in 1974-1975. he founded Central Florida Winds in 1999 and the Central Florida Chamber Winds two years later. More than half the performers commute from out of Brevard County, according to sabino. “i’m pleased that the group has hung together well. if we weren’t doing something right, it wouldn’t have held together,’’ he said.

sabino enjoyed performing and orchestra management, but neither is his true love in terms of music. “i’ve always had an interest in conducting, from the time i was young, conducting in front of the stereo. i’ve always snuck in to watch other conductors to see what they were doing. This is fun and something i’ve always wanted to do. it becomes a passion,’’ he said. in 2008, sabino completed the professional course of the Michael palmer international Conducting Workshop with the new Atlanta philharmonic. in 2010, sabino was guest conductor of the space Coast symphony orchestra. Conducting the Ukrainian orchestra “is going to be a good experience for me. it will definitely be a highlight. This will be the next step for me,’’ he said. SL

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Richard Sabino, who is conductor/music director of Central Florida Winds, has been selected to conduct a Ukrainian orchestra.

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Bob Ross painting classes offered April 28 Certified instructor Barry Traxler will offer Bob Ross painting classes on saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverwalk: A Family park, 5355 Us hwy 1, in Rockledge. The late Bob Ross was host of the public television series The Joy of Painting, which ran from 1983 to 1995 and still appears in reruns in many broadcast areas. During each half-hour segment, Ross would instruct viewers in the art of oil painting using a quick-study oil painting technique that kept colors to a minimum and broke paintings down into simple steps that anyone could follow. The cost is $50 and includes all materials. seating is limited. please contact Riverwalk nature Center at 321-433-4490 or to reserve space. SL

pickleball now offered in Viera sign up for pickleball is underway for players of all ages and skill levels at the Viera Regional Communty Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera. pickleball is a racquet game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The game is played indoors on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center and with a perforated baseball, similar to a wiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles. The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Games and instruction will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Cost is $2. For more information, call 321-433-4891. SL

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Far too many drivers have children and grandchildren endangered because they are improperly fastened in car safety seats. important information on how to get it right is provided by Gayle Whitworth, certified child passenger safety instructor, who teaches classes and also conducts safety checks at the University of Florida Brevard County extension service offices in Cocoa and palm Bay. The palm Bay extension office, which closed in september 2011 because of budget cuts, reopened in January. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The basic design of car seats hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed much over the years, but the safety features have, like additional foam and side-impact testing,â&#x20AC;? Whitworth said. Up to 90 percent of all car seats are misused because of the selection of the seat, its orientation, location in the car or improper installation, according to Whitworth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combination of all four,â&#x20AC;? she said. infants should be rear-facing until they weigh 20 pounds or are 1 year old, but Whitworth said even longer is safer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They need to stay rear-facing as long as possible to avoid head and neck injuries,â&#x20AC;? she said. Whitworth suggests the use of booster seats for children older than four who can fit into a regular seat with regular seat belts hitting

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Gayle Whitworth, certified child passenger safety instructor teaches classes and conducts safety checks at the University of Florida Brevard County Extension Service. them correctly low on the waist and the shoulder strap crossing their collarbones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about how they fit. if they can sit like an adult and stay that way, then they can sit in a regular seat. itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a baby seat, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a booster seat for them to see out betterâ&#x20AC;? as well as fit better in the restraints, she said. safety seats are available for a reduced price for families who come to an hour-long seminar or as determined by need during a car seat check. The reduced prices also are available for grandparents but only if they are the primary caretakers of the child, according to Whitworth. The UF Brevard County extension offices are located at 3695 lake Dr., in Cocoa and at 1455 Treeland Blvd., in palm Bay. For more information, call 321-633-1702. SL

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Home health care has been a key factor for people looking to get the help they need, while staying where they want to be: home. Whether recovering from an operation or an illness, or dealing with generally decreased ability due to aging, most people prefer to recover in their own homes. Each day, thousands throughout the country turn 65, increasing the focus on home healthcare and how important a role it plays in a person’s life—no matter how active he or she may be. While in-home healthcare appears to be a recent trend, it has actually been around since the 1880s. Currently, millions of people receive care in their own homes, in part because of tradition, but also in part because of new technology and its overall cost effectiveness compared to nursing homes and hospitals. “It’s nice because it allows them to stay in their own homes where they’re

comfortable, yet have the same kind of care that they would get if they were in the hospital or at a nursing home,” said Trisha Kramer, a former Brevard County home healthcare nurse. “It’s one-on-one care and focus. It becomes personal, in a way.” In addition to the intimate care, it can also provide families and friends with the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved ones are taken care of, which can be a burden off a family’s shoulders. At the same time, the patients still feel like they are living their own lives on their own terms. “It benefits them because it gives them a sense of freedom to be able to live a somewhat normal life while still getting the care they need,” Kramer said. “A lot of people don’t want to be bound to only one place because that’s taking away their freedom. By them being able to stay home and have nurses come to them, it means a lot.” Choosing the right homecare provider can be a bit challenging. With the help of the new 2012 Boomer Senior Guide, looking for the right fit is just a page away. To receive your copy, call 321-242-1235. SL

Different kinds of dementia First in a series of six by Janet steiner HealtH education director brevard alzHeimers foundation

There are different kinds of dementia, each affecting not only individuals, but their families, for many years. With the help of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, Senior Life will introduce a different kind of dementia each month, to help our readers become more familiar with the symptoms involved with them. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an agerelated, non-reversible brain disorder that develops over a period of years. Initially, people experience memory loss and confusion, which may be mistaken for the kinds of memory changes that are sometimes associated with normal aging. However, the symptoms of AD gradually lead to behavior and personality changes, a decline in cognitive abilities such as decision-making and language skills, and problems recognizing family and friends. AD ultimately leads to a severe loss of mental function. These losses are related to the worsening breakdown of the connections between certain neurons in the brain and their eventual death. AD is one of a group of disorders called dementias that are characterized by cognitive and behavioral problems. It is the most common cause of dementia among people age 65 and older. Next in the series: vascular dementia. SL




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Constance parker Graham said, “Though today may bring some clouds and rain, the horizon holds the promise of change , for a glimpse of sun can help you see how much brighter tomorrow will be.” This quote sustained Brevardian linda Bradley throughout her journey with cancer. in 2005, during an annual physical examination, linda mentioned to her internist her eye was constantly watering. she was told she probably had a blocked tear-duct. not satisfied with the answer, she sought a second opinion from Titusville ophthalmologist Dr. Ronald Ryan, which lead to confirmation of his diagnosis through Dr. l. neal Freeman of Florida eye Associates. Bradley had been diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma of the left eye tear duct, caused by chemicals entering the eye, that morphed into a lymphoma. prior to this incident, Bradley had never experienced any major medical concerns. space Coast Cancer Center partnered with the Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center to begin an aggressive treatment plan of chemotherapy and radiology. Throughout treatment, Bradley remained upbeat, positive and confident that she was in the right place and receiving the best care possible. While at Moffitt, she became a vigorous cancer care advocate, and continues to serve as an officer on the board of space Coast Cancer Foundation and as a member of the volunteer board of Moffitt Cancer Center. Bradley participates in numerous fundraisers and facilitates support groups for both organizations and spends countless volunteer hours helping patients deal with this devastating diagnosis. six years in remission, Bradley said, “Cancer changes your life in more ways than the obvious. “i read that somewhere, and that is how i got

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Dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community, on a national and international basis, the international propeller Club of the United states is a grassroots, non-profit organization, with membership throughout the world. The propeller Club educates legislators and the public regarding the importance of all waterborne commerce. With membership exceeding 10,000 worldwide, the propeller Club was conceived in 1922. in 1927, the propeller Club of the United states, as a national and international organization, was formed, with individual member clubs designated as ports. The club believes the continued health of the U.s. Merchant Marine is enhanced by vibrant international maritime commerce and comprises a cross section of the maritime industry. “propeller” in the name refers to the propulsion of ships, and is symbolic of the driving force required for Americans to appreciate the need for an adequate, privately-owned merchant marine for overseas and domestic commerce. According to local club president, Brendan McMillin, the propeller Club of port Canaveral was formed in 1999 with goals to promote the interests of port Canaveral and the local maritime community, provide educational opportunities and scholarships to local students and foster dialogue among the members of the maritime community, private enterprise and local, state and federal entities. The club adopted a space on the Barge Canal as its Keep Brevard Beautiful area and hopes, with the aid of the port Authority, to turn it into a park. local meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Fishlips in port Canaveral. Membership is open to the public. From April 18 through 20, the propeller Club of port Canaveral will sponsor the south east Regional Conference at the Courtyard Marriott in Cocoa Beach with keynote speaker J. stanley payne, Ceo of port Canaveral. open to the public, registration is $250 for attendees and $100 for spouses or partners. For further information, visit SL

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Dear Money Matters: it is great that you are thinking ahead. This year alone, about nine million Americans will need long-term care (lTC). By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 12 million. Your risk for needing lTC is based on a variety of factors, including your age, marital status, gender, lifestyle, health and family history. look to your parents. how did they age and what problems did they have or are they having? We can get a good picture of how we will age from family history. Additionally, if lTC is needed, what sort of facility would you want to live in? or, do you want to remain in your home? Will your children allow you to move in with them, or do you even want to do that? What will all this cost? now that is a big one. Do i want to purchase lTC insurance or do i have sufficient funds in my portfolio to carry me through the end of life? These are just a few questions you need to consider. As you know, Medicare benefits are only for skilled care, which is health care given when you need skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to manage, observe and evaluate your care. however, most of us will need custodial care to assist with activities of daily living like preparing food, dressing, bathing, or using the bathroom. Medicare does not cover this type of care. shine (serving health insurance needs of elders), the award winning, statewide volunteer-based program that provides free, unbiased counseling and information for people on Medicare, their families, and their caregivers, has developed a long-term care insurance assessment guide that is available at i suggest you view it, as that assessment can help answer your core question, whether or not to purchase lTC insurance. if you don’t have access to the internet, contact the elder helpline on 1-800-963-5337 and a shine counselor will assist you with the assessment. if you have questions about Medicare or if you have a question you would like the Ask lynne column to answer, please write or email lynne at Senior Life and look for a response in one of the next issues. SL

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Harkening back to the real old days of the feuding New York Yankees and the New York Giants (long since moved to San Francisco) are William King (left) and Bob Thornton as they partake of the national pasttime game between the ankees and the Washington Nationals, Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.

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second Wednesday 7 p.m. Brain Injury Support Group Meetings A support group for people dealing with a brain injury and their loved ones. Free 321-268-5103 110 longwood Ave, Rockledge Wuesthoff Medical Center Rockledge (dining room) Third Wednesday 11 a.m Diabetes Support Group Meetings A support group for people working to manage their diabetes. Free Wuesthoff Reference laboratory 6800 spyglass Court, Viera 321-255-8020 Jeanette Thompson, 321-690-6604 second sunday 2 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group A support group for people diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis. Free Central Brevard library Kevin Kelley, 321-636-0235

Third Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m. April 17, 2012 Stroke-Heart Survivors Group This is a combined group for anyone who has had a stroke or is living with congestive heart failure (ChF). Call Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800 for more information and location AARP Driving Safety April 13, 2012 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. This 6-hour AARp Driver safety class is designed to help individuals retain their driving competencies with several key objectives. The cost is $14 per person or $12 for members of AARp. 321-242-9768 to register. JUGGS (Just Us Guys and Gals) Group A support/social group for widows and widowers that meets for lunch at local restaurants. For more information or to make a reservation, call 321-253-2222, ext. 4729.

8th Annual Fiesta Brevard Friday, April 27, 2012 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. International Palms Resort 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach

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Veteran recalls experiences as a poW By linda S. humphrey

World War ii veteran lonnie Johnson recently celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends who crowned him “King for a Day.” Johnson and his wife, edna, live in Cocoa with their little dog Foxy. having lived in many countries during his life, he said there is nowhere in the world he would rather be than “right here.” Johnson, a survivor of 14 months in a 1943 German prison camp, is overcome with emotion as he recalls events and atrocities that most people could only imagine. perhaps that is because his great-grandfather, hartwell Johnson, a Confederate soldier in the Georgia infantry, was captured by the Union army, “the yankees.” After his release, he fought in several major battles and was wounded. he was with Gen. Robert e. lee at the surrender at Appomattox, Va. From there, he walked home to Georgia. lonnie Johnson, a Braxton, Ga. native, comes from hearty stock. he was drafted into the Army in 1942 when he was 20. After a stint in Bizerte, north Africa, in the 45th infantry Division, he was deployed to sicily. After being captured at Anzio he was

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Lonnie and Edna Johnson at their Cocoa, Fla. home on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, where Lonnie displays his many military awards as a result of being a POW and serving 21 years in the U.S. Army. taken to a poW camp. “i remember it well. They fed us a slice of bread made of wheat and sawdust and one cup of water a day,”

recalled Johnson, who went from a weight of 125 pounds to 92 pounds while imprisoned with other American, Russian, French and British soldiers.

he also vividly recalls standing in a line with about 25 others waiting for a firing squad to kill them before the captain stopped the action. on April 27, 1945, he and the others were released. Johnson recovered his health and went to nuremberg as a military police officer during the nazi war crime trials. he guarded hermann Goering who had been appointed by Adolf hitler to be his first successor. Goering, the commander in chief of the German Air Force, was found guilty for crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. “We had a little vindication with the trials,” said Johnson, who retired in 1964 after 21 years in the U.s. Army. “i got a letter saying they wanted me to go to Vietnam, so i retired,” he said, smiling. Johnson appreciates the 10 awards he received for his service, including the Bronze star for Valor. he cherishes every day and finds something positive with every sunrise. he loves writing poetry and is a published author. The father of three also has four stepchildren, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. When asked what he would say to someone who says they are too old to make a difference, he responded, “You are never that old.” SL


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Crazy hats promote fun and funds for the Titusville Garden Club

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The Titusville Garden Club center recently came alive with a potpourri of brightly colored hats for a fundraising luncheon. each attendee was asked to design a hat using a limitless imagination. Dozens responded. The Crazy hat luncheon, attended by more than 60 members and guests, was held at the TGC center in Titusville. Member Georgia Kirby served as chairperson for the event. A fashion show was sponsored by laRu’s Vintage Medley Thrift store, also in Titusville. A great turnout and participation by so many hat designers made the day successful and full of fun, according to member Yvette Boodhoo. Winners of the hat contest were eula Williams, suzanne steidl, edna Willis and Karen Webb. since its organization in 1933, TGC has been active in the community. The center and gardens offer a gardening library, landscape design programs, butterfly garden, quiet garden and wedding garden to inspire greater use of these types of plants locally. Among other annual contributions are clean up campaigns, landscaping of public buildings, floral arrangements honoring space heroes, promoting junior gardeners, maintenance of Centennial park and Florida Arbor Day recognition. in 1965, the club dedicated The Blue star Memorial Marker on Us1.

North Brevard Senior Center April 20 7 - 10 p.m. Spring Fling Line Dance Party $5 includes snacks & beverages. All dances by request. April 21 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Spring Fling Center Dance Music by Visions-Tom hanson $7 members, $8 non-members includes snacks, beverages, & door prizes. BYoB

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L-R: Eula Williams, Suzanne Steidl, Edna Willis and Karen Webb show off the winning hats at the Crazy Hat luncheon sponsored by the Titusville Garden Club at the garden center on Jan. 27, 2012. it is currently located at the intersection of Us1 and harrison street. The public is welcome to attend TGC meetings at 10 a.m. on first Wednesdays and at 7 p.m. on second Mondays of each month at 5275 sisson Road. The center, complete with dance floor and a kitchen, is available to rent for wedding parties, banquets and meetings. For more information, call 321-269-2106. For information about the Titusville Men’s Garden Club, call 321-269-1931. SL

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The 8th Annual Rotary Chili Cook-off was hosted by the Titusville Rotary Club and the Titusville sunrise Rotary Club on Feb. 24. Contestants furnished at least five gallons of chili and their own heat sources; the sponsors provided spoons, bowls, napkins and tables. Table decorations were important and another chance to win a prize. prizes included first, second, third, people’s Choice and others. Thirty individuals and organizations competed for the $1,000 first prize. Many visitors paid $10 for a ticket to eat chili from a variety of recipes. some returned for second servings and a steady stream of people lasted throughout the evening. First prize was awarded to indialantic Rotary Club and to Country Acres Children’s home took home the second place award. The City of Titusville won third place with people’s Choice going to Bristow Air Academy. Judges gave the award for the Best Decorated Table to the north Brevard Funeral home. SL

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L - R: Penny Woolf, Norma Toner, Deana Kelly, Michael Kelly and Len Toner North represent Brevard Funeral Home, which won the award for the best decorated booth on at the Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 in Titusville, Fla.


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explore Brevard in a kayak By martha maSiello

An ecosystem is described as a dynamic complex of plant, animal and micro-organism communities and their non-living environment, interacting as a functional unit. ecosystems serve a variety of important functions in nature, from absorbing pollution to supplying food to conserving genetic resources. it is imperative that we concentrate on efforts to save the natural habitat of our wildlife, and in protecting our ecosystem. pollution and development harm their environment. Kayaking provides an opportunity to explore Brevard mangrove channels and islands with little impact on the environment. observe dolphins, manatees, birds, sea turtles, horseshoe

crabs and more in their natural habitats. paddle around Brevard waterways from Titusville to sebastian. explore the Cocoa Beach Thousand islands area or paddle at a leisurely pace through a mangrove estuary in the indian River lagoon, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the United states and home of the indian River lagoon bottlenose dolphins. some choose to take a tour along the beautiful Mosquito lagoon and indian River lagoon estuaries. The environmentally-conscious Brevard Zoo offers kayaking trips led by trained naturalists. Kayaking tours provide a learning experience, and it is great exercise. Many environmental kayakers bring their cameras. SL

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Brevard County volunteers are recognized for excellent service SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

Aging Matters relies on community volunteers for many of its outreach programs including Meals on Wheels, seniors at lunch, the home improvement program and others. At the 46th annual meeting, held at the Martin Andersen senior Center in Rockledge, the board recognized volunteers, employees and community partners. Among others recognized for outstanding service are those pictured here. For the complete list or for more information, call 321-806-3715. SL

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Jennifer Harken, Bob Eaton, Paula Preston and Cindy Flachmeier. Eaton, who works as a Handyman for the Home Improvement program, is the 2012 Aging Matters Employee of the Year.

Cindy Falchmeier, Kelly Rhodes, Jermaine Curry and Jack Masson. Curry received a Good Community Partner Award. He is a program specialist for Brevard County Parks and Recreation at the Cuyler Center in Mims. Curry helps seniors take field trips and acquire program equipment through Parks and Recreation funding.

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ing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; lane said. Computer chip storage has replaced floppy disc storage, but not before lane benefited greatly from the transition of the technology. printers still need the precision motors. lane also helped develop a motor with no external magnetic field, meaning a disc could record on both sides and could store twice as much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My business went up 1,000 percent,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. lane retired in the 1990s and now owns and flies several airplanes, some of which have helped him set world speed records, including the first aircraft to fly coast-to-coast without refueling. now 75, lane also spends his time racing sailboats and cars. he sold his company and wrote a book entitled First World Flight about a group of American pilots who flew around the world. he still fondly remembers the invention of the personal computer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those were heady days when they moved to the pC. i was sort of the right kid at the right time,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. SL

in essence: in 2003, the Burpo family had a harrowing experience when their youngest child, Colton, became deathly ill with a burst appendix. he was almost 4 at the time. Through much trial and tribulation, they rushed him to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. While on the operating table, he slipped into an unconscious state. in the moments that passed, he claims to have gone to heaven. in the months that followed, Colton, in his childlike frankness, describes what happened in his near-death experience. The family had their doubts about his stories until he talked about meeting family members who had passed away before he was born. he even saw and described God and Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throne as â&#x20AC;&#x153;really, really big.â&#x20AC;? Coltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father tells the story and many times uses Coltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words. scripture abounds in this book. personal opinion: Being raised by devout Christians, Colton has heard the descriptions he used for heaven many times in his young life. The plus side is that the pastor did a fine job teaching his son the Bible. it is a matter hermeneutics, or interpreting of Bible texts. For me it was not convincing. SL


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sea turtle nesting season has begun in Brevard County and will be in effect through oct. 31. leatherback sea turtles begin to come ashore in March and lay their eggs. leatherbacks, the largest living turtles, are typically six to eight feet in length and weigh approximately 1,200 to 1,500 pounds. They are the rarest of the three sea turtle species that nest in Brevard County, and are listed as an endangered species. Brevard County residents and visitors are reminded to shield or turn off beachside lights, limit beach walking at night, avoid using flashlights or flash photography

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on the beach, and stay away from nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or sea turtle nests. lights that shine or reflect onto the beach disrupt the instinctive nesting process. While Brevard County and its municipalities have local lighting ordinances to protect sea turtles, the ordinances do not take effect until May 1 when loggerhead sea turtles begin to nest in large numbers. Green sea turtles follow shortly thereafter, with thousands of nests by the end of the season. For more information about sea turtles or alternative lighting solutions, call the Brevard County natural Resources Management office at 321-633-2016 ext. 52431 SL

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let us preserve your precious Vhs, Beta Tapes, 8 mm, 16mm film, 35mm slides, Reel-to-Reel, 8-Track, phonograph Records and Cassettes over to DVDs or CDs. Quick and Reasonable service. Ken (321-750-1414) Merritt Island

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Apartment for rent low-income housing for seniors 62+. Ascension Manor, 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartments, rental assistance. Accepting applications for waiting list. non-denominational. equal housing opportunity. 321-757-9828. TTY 800-955-8771

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condos for sale or rent Condo for sale or rent. 2 bedroom/2 bath. 2nd floor. Riverfront complex.View KFC. 2 pools. 2 tennis courts. 2 saunas. 2 spas. 2 docks. $90,000 or rent for $800/month. 321-952-0337.

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For sale Merritt island. Beautiful ground floor. one bedroom. lake front condo. 55+ community, newly remodeled and fully furnished. $68,000. 321-544-7777 or 321-453-3669.

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employment wanted Licensed Nurse Licensed nurse needs part-time employment to take care of your loved one. Mornings 8 to 2 or 9 to 2. Good references. Good rates. 321-768-1996 or 321-750-6833.

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SENIOR MEALS (55 or older) Only $4.99!

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BEER & WINE served (extra) A short drive for a great meal!

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senior services elder Care & Transport services. Chauffeuring for errands, shopping, Drs. Visits housekeeping and handyman Tasks Companionship Background Check info. with Free Consultation impeccable References. in Brevard since 1987 321-634-5258 Mention this Ad for a 10% Discount CLeANING Need your house clean! 20 years experience. license # BTR26488. insured. We will make your house shine! Call paula for your appointment, today. 321-215-7795.

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Senior Care of Brevard 234 Willard Street, Cocoa FL 32922 321-631-9014


Carriage House 1832 Country Club Drive, Titusville 321-383-3531

Cedar Creek Assisted Living 4279 Judith Ave., Merritt Island 321-454-7768

The Place at Merritt Island 535 Crockett Blvd., Merritt Island 321-454-2363

Heydays Senior Day Program 210 N. Grove St., Merritt Island 321-474-8289

La Casa Assisted Living & Memory Care 220 N. Grove Street, Merritt Island 321-426-5505



















Magnolia House 103 Yacht Haven Drive, Cocoa Beach 321-613-3029

Magnolia Commons at Poinsett Creek 900 Friday Road, Cocoa 321-684-2255

Horizon House 119 W. Suwannee Lane, Cocoa Beach 321-704-4458

Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy., Merritt Island 321-452-1233

Palm Cottages 3821 Sunnyside Ct., Rockledge 321-633-1819

Charles’ Place 3131 Gatlin Dr., Viera 321-987-7044

Indian River Colony Club 1936 Freedom Drive, Viera 1-877-503-7353

Century Oaks 4001 Stack Blvd., Melbourne 321-722-4440

Glenbrooke at Palm Bay 815 Briar Creek Blvd NE, Palm Bay 888-699-7695

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Are you new to Medicare? In 1965 you were probably more tuned in to your new color TV and high school graduation than the new law Congress passed to create Medicare. Could you even imagine the day Medicare would be an important part of your life? If you’re newly eligible for this valuable benefit, we have a special opportunity you may not know about—our Medicare Advantage health plans. These plans include all of the Medicare Part A and B benefits, and also a lot of extras, like a fitness membership, worldwide urgent and emergency care, and more! We also have plans that include Part D prescription drug coverage. What is Part A, B, and D, and how are they different from your employer-based health plan? Join us for an informational meeting and we’ll explain how our plans work, when you can enroll, and answer all of your questions.

Reserve your seat at a Medicare Advantage seminar today! Join us for a full presentation of our health plan features and benefits at a convenient location near you: Melbourne—Holmes Regional Medical Center (Auditorium A) 1350 S. Hickory St. Tues., April 10 & May 29 at 1 pm Merritt Island—Clarion Hotel 260 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Wed., April 18 & May 16 at 1 pm Viera—One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Tues., April 17 at 5:30 pm Thurs., May 10 at 1:30 pm Palm Bay—Dottie’s 5275 Babcock St. Fri., April 27 & May 25 at 10 am Titusville—Fest Haus 2855 S. Hopkins Ave. Thurs., May 3 at 10 am

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7 days a week, 8 am to 8 pm* A Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive description of benefits. For more information contact the plan. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1, 2013. A sales person will be present with information and applications. HMO and HMO-POS plans will be discussed. For accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings call toll free 1.800.716.7737 (TDD/TTY relay 1.800.955.8771), 7 days a week, 8 am to 8 pm*. *From Feb. 15–Oct. 14 you may receive a messaging service on weekends and holidays. Please leave a message and your call will be returned the next business day. H1099_EL2856 File and Use 12282011

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