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“When I-95 was being about 30 acres. The design also includes a large-scale entrance, built, fill dirt was required which came from borrow pedestrian crosswalks and pits adjacent to the project,” traffic-related improvements. Rey said. “One such pit Construction of the exists on the west side of the roadway network and related I-95 interchange and Viera infrastructure has begun. Boulevard. (This) will be the While the company did not central lake feature of the share specifics about what Borrows West project.” retailers were interested In a news release about the in while establishing a new project, Scott Miller, the presence there, Eva M. Rey, senior vice president of Sales the director of Community and Community Development Management, Amenities and for The Viera Company, said Communications for The the plan for a “vibrant and Viera Company, said its highly accessible corporate office site visible, well-traveled location south of Viera Boulevard” has will provide the access and been in place for 30 years. connectivity that companies “Borrows West represents crave. a culmination of adherence “As with any large-scale to that vision,” Miller said. project, the development of “Borrows West will provide Borrows West will happen a unique gateway feature organically, over time, and at the new Viera Boulevard as the market dictates,” Rey said. “We are currently talking interchange. (It will) offer stakeholders and visitors a to several interested parties unique sense of arrival into our regarding the opportunity to master planned community locate their business in this by showcasing all the critical area.” As for the name — Borrows components of the community in one thoughtfully planned West — Rey said it’s from a and well-executed project.” development term – borrow VV pit. Trip includes 45-minute boat ride with sponge diver, lunch at Mama’s then enjoy the shops of tarpon Springs. Maximum of 49 seats per boat. Sign up by April 1.

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Dorcas schedules annual charitable event March 1 SPECIAL TO IE A OICE The Dorcas Circle Methodist Women’s group will hold its annual spring Attic Treasures and Bake Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14 at Suntree United Methodist Church at 7400 North Wickham Road. The Dorcas Circle is a group of approximately 50 women, who meet monthly for the purpose of doing community service. The group tries to emulate Dorcas, a biblical saint who spent her life helping the poor. Attic Treasures and Bake Sale items include, but are not limited to, small appliances, cookware, glassware, antiques and collectibles, seasonal items, jewelry, bedding, linens, books, toys, sporting goods, pictures, mirrors, silk flowers, s, s, miscellaneous items, and home-baked goods. Proceeds from the sale will go to local charities including: • Daily Bread, a soup kitchen in Melbourne that feeds more than 200 people daily. • Devereux, which provides behavioral, developmental and residential care for children. • Salvation Army Women’s Shelter, which provides assistance for victims of domestic abuse. • Suntree Outreach Missions, which serves the community with child and adult ministries. Items can be donated to Dorcas Circle at Suntree United Methodist Church’s worship center from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13. No old computers, telephones, electronics or clothing are accepted. For information or for items to be picked up, call Merle Gelles at 321-504-9917, Patricia Ryan at 321-751-2742 or Connie McCavour at 321-482-5906. VV

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Given that in the two years Breeden and her father, When it comes to the Joe, have been working Viera High School softball with the Hawks, they have team’s outlook on the season, gone to the state final four the objective never changes. and the regional final it “Every year that I’m here, wouldn’t be a good idea to every year that we have this bet against them. Once again, the Hawks program, our goal is (to get will be led on the mound by to) states,” Hawks coach Alex Breeden said. “This year Karyana Mitchell. The senior, who recently signed with is no different. UNC Charlotte, has been “Saying that is one thing. working hard to make sure Putting action behind it is another. We have the players, her final year of high school softball is her best. we have the character, “I was in the gym four, and we have the talent to five times a week, Mitchell actually put our money said. “After that, I would where our mouth is every be outside, pitching or I’d year.”

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three key newcomers in freshmen pitcher Skylar Wagner and catcher Maddie Ford along with sophomore Sylvia Burroughs. A transfer from North Carolina who has verbally committed to play at the University of Virginia, Burroughs likely will play center field for Viera. “Out of all my four years, this has been the fastest season that people have

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picked up everything that Coach Joe and (Coach Alex) Breeden are telling us,” Mitchell said. “They have picked it up really fast.” The Hawks will once again have a challenging non-conference schedule that includes teams such as Winter Springs, Park Vista and South Fork, plus a spot in the Kissimmee Classic tournament to help prepare the team for challenges it undoubtedly will face in the postseason. During the past three years, Breeden has worked hard to establish a culture at Viera where contending for a state championship is the expectation for everyone in the program. “The coaches communicate it very well — every day,” Mordas said. “Everyone knows the mentality is to work hard every day at practice.” With Mitchell on the mound, and all the young talent behind her, the Hawks would appear to be on their way to another long postseason run. Asked what she expects from her senior pitcher this season, Breeden started her answer with one word: “Domination.” VV

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oly Trinity softball excited about ne district classi cation B CA L OTALA The Holy Trinity Tigers will find themselves playing in a new district and a new classification for softball

this season. And that could really work to their benefit. While Holy Trinity lost nine players from last year’s team, the Tigers have

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he Holy rinity so ball team should be a contender for the district tle and possibly a deep playo run a er changing districts and classi ca ons this season.

Under the FHSAA’s new classification system, the Tigers will drop from Class 5A to Class 2A for the next two years and compete in District 7 along with the Brevard HEAT, Merritt Island Christian, Covenant Christian and the City of Life Christian Academy of Kissimmee. “I really think we’re going to go far this year,” junior Isabella Tomasura said. “Even though we have a young team, it’s going to be good. “These seventh graders are so athletic and some of these girls already play travel ball, so that’s a plus.” Tomasura highlights a list of returners that also includes juniors Shea Dimmer and Claire Jackering; seniors Adiya McDougle, Morgan Bierbrunner, Anaya Lopez and Jordan Blair and eighthgrade pitcher Cali Perillo. Among the seventh graders are pitchers Brooke Samuels and Bebe Stockton who, along with Dimmer, should give the Tigers plenty of arms to get through the season as the younger players continue to develop. “They’re athletic people in general, so I don’t think they’re going to have a hard time picking up how to play the sport well,” McDougle said of the seventh graders.

Tigers coach John Clarson feels his team can be very competitive in its new district as well as its new classification. ith the number of young players, Holy Trinity probably is not going to be known as a power-hitting team. “I think we’re going to end up having to play more small ball, so we’re able to put the ball in play and create opportunities,” he said. Tomasura, who has battled injuries the past two seasons, is not only healthy, but believes that her fielding, and particularly her hitting, have improved since last season. McDougle also believes she will be better at the plate. “I’m making (more) contact and it’s going a lot farther,” she said. “I feel like this year will be good for me.” It could be a good year for all the Tigers if things go as planned and the team comes together as the season goes along. “We’re not going to start off the best,” Tomasura said. “ e’re definitely going to grow together. With the huge age gap, we’re not super close yet. But it will get there, and then that will make us stronger as a team, as a winning team.” V V

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March 5 – Class 6A state semi nals at RP Funding Center Lakeland 6 p.m./8 p.m. March 7 – Class 6A State Championship game at RP Funding Center Lakeland 5 30 p.m.

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A er not being able to hold a 2 lead in the regional nal at eto last season, iera s seniors are highly mo vated to get another shot at reaching the nal four.

iera baseball motivated or another nal our run B CA L OTALA They talked about it on the first day of practice. They were so close six outs away from a trip to the final four before it all fell apart. But while the pain of losing in last season’s regional final still lingers for the Viera High School baseball team, the Hawks aren’t wallowing in it. They’re using it as motivation. “I think the guys know how it felt. I know how it felt,” senior catcher Alan Espinal said. “We do not want to go through that again. It was pretty bad. It wasn’t sad because it’s baseball. Things like that happen. “But it hurts. We were so close, up by two, and then it got out of our hands. I think we’ve matured from that standpoint and we’re going to be better.” With 11 seniors on the roster, the Hawks should not be lacking for leadership this season. Bammer Brait and Connor Leary, who manned the middle infield for the Hawks for four years, have graduated and will be tough to replace. But Viera could have another solid combo up the middle with sophomore Edian Espinal at shortstop and freshman Alex Sosa at second. Junior Ben Schleeper likely will see time at shortstop early in the season while Edian Espinal recovers from an injury. Junior Liam Samuels will man first base with help from senior David Rusnak and senior Zach Taylor.

iera’s outfield already was solid with seniors Declan McDermott in left, J.T. Smith in center and junior Jacob Vermeire in right. The group has benefited greatly from working with new assistant coach Edwin Jimenez. “I’ve noticed the three weeks we’ve had Coach Edwin here, our routes (to the ball), our arms have dramatically increased, just like that,” McDermott said. “We were good before, but now he’s so good. The footwork he’s teaching us to do, it helps us so much.” On the mound, Viera will be led by seniors Tyler Madl, Billy Moser and Jake Moldrem. Senior Ethan Huffman might have the best velocity on the team and seniors Rusnak and Hunter Longtin, along with Samuels, also should see action. “We’ve got a lot of experience back,” Viera coach Bob Doty said. “A lot of innings pitched back. The last couple of years, we’ve always gotten guys to throw strikes, keep the ball down, get us some ground balls and let us pick it up in the field. With a challenging schedule, the Hawks will certainly be tested. But Doty believes this is a team that can compete at a high level. “We’re really motivated,” McDermott said. “We’re all just ready to get this thing started and see how far we can go.” VV

March 6-7 – Class 2A State Championships at Silver Spurs Arena Kissimmee TBD

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All home games at USSSA Red Quad All games at 5 p.m. unless noted * District game March 3 – Eau Gallie March 4 – Melbourne March 5 – Satellite March 10 – Heritage March 12 – Titusville March 24 – at Bayside March 26 – at Heritage March 31 – at Satellite

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* District game All games at 6 p.m. unless noted March 4 – at MCC 5 30 p.m. March 5 – Satellite March 11 – at Eau Gallie March 12 – at Satellite March 25 – at John Carroll March 27 – West Shore March 31 – MCC

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March 2 – at Melbourne 7 p.m. March 4 – Sebastian River 7 p.m. March 6 – Martin County 7 p.m. March 9 – at Satellite Beach 6 p.m. March 11 – at South Fork 7 p.m. March 25 – Cocoa Beach 7 p.m. March 30 – at West Shore 6 p.m.

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Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Complex unless noted March 3 – at Palm Bay 7 p.m. March 5 – Merri Island 7 p.m. March 10 – at Astronaut 7 p.m. March 11 – South Fork 6 p.m. March 12—Bayside at VRP 6 p.m. March 24 – Cocoa Beach at VRP 7 p.m. March 26 – at Cocoa 7 p.m. March 31 – at Eau Gallie 6 p.m.

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All matches start at 4 p.m. March 3 – Harmony March 5 – MCC March 10 – at St. Cloud March 11 – Holy Trinity March 24 – Titusville March 26 – Gateway March 31 – at CCC South vs North

* District game March 5 – at Cocoa 6 p.m. March 6 – at Palm Bay 6 p.m. March 9 -- Master’s Academy 4 p.m. March 10 – Brevard HEAT 5 p.m. March 12 – at Merri Island Christian 4 30 p.m. March 24 – Covenant Christian 5 p.m. March 27 – at Titusville 6 p.m. March 30 – at Master’s Academy 4 p.m. March 31 – City of Life Christian Kissimmee 5 p.m.

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All matches at 4 p.m. March 2 – Florida Prep boys only 4 p.m. March 3 – Cocoa Beach March 10 – at Edgewood March 11 – at Viera March 26 – vs. Satellite boys only at De Soto Park

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* District game March 5 – at Cocoa Beach 6 p.m. March 6 – at Bayside 6 p.m. March 9 – vs. Merri Island Christian at Cocoa Expo 5 p.m. March 10 – at Satellite 6 p.m. March 13 – vs. Palm Bay at SSSA Space Coast Complex 7 p.m. March 24 – MCC 4 30 p.m. March 27 – Satellite 4 30 p.m. March 30 – St. Edward’s 4 30 p.m.

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March 3 – at Melbourne 7 p.m. March 5 – at Sebastian River 6 p.m. March 10 – at Satellite 6 p.m. March 12 – South Fork 7 p.m. March 13 – at Martin County 7 p.m. March 24 – Vero Beach 7 p.m. March 26 – Cocoa Beach 6 p.m. March 31 – at West Shore 7 p.m.

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* District game March 3 – Sebastian River 7 p.m. March 6 – Merri Island 7 p.m. March 10 – at MCC TBD March 13 – at Satellite TBD March 24 – West Shore 6 p.m. March 27 – at Edgewood TBD March 31 – at Rockledge TBD

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March 4 – Class 3A state semi nal at RP Funding Center Lakeland 6 p.m./8 p.m. March 7 Class 3A state championship game at RP Funding Center Lakeland 10 a.m.

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Tigers expect to contend or baseball title B CA L OTALA There is plenty of young talent on the Holy Trinity baseball team this season. And that has the Tigers feeling optimistic.

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edro on ale , a first baseman/pitcher who has signed to play at FAMU, and center fielder Tim Nunno are the two seniors on this year’s Holy Trinity team. They’re eager to see how far they can go after losing in the first round of last year’s district tournament. “We’re looking forward to making it into districts and trying to win it,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got some young guys that are going to step up. It’s up to us as seniors to lead them.” While the Tigers are members of Class 3A, District 9 along with Cocoa Beach, Frostproof, John Carroll, Lake Placid, Lincoln Park and Melbourne Central Catholic, this year’s FHSAA playoff format will be similar to football, where teams will build up points based on their schedule to determine which teams will move on to the

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combine with freshman Cas Werder and sophomore closer Joe Coston to give the Tigers a solid pitching staff. Depending on who is pitching, the Tigers will have either Teply or Gonzalez at first base. The rest of the infield will feature freshman Sal Carlson at second base, freshman Zach Jordan at shortstop and Rethwisch at third. Sophomore Hunter Leech will be in left field, and Nunno will be in center field. Right field will be a platoon among sophomore Ryan Mel, Coston, Werder or Gonzalez. Freshman Luke Iten, who starred on the Viera-Suntree Little League team that went to the World Series last summer, is set to be the catcher. “I’m excited,” Kelce said. “I think we’re going to win some games this year.” V V

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surprise to Miles’ family. “Half of my family didn’t even know I could sing,� the senior said. Theater teacher Mary Carson Meyer, who is directing the show, couldn’t be more pleased with the cast. “I am so blessed to have a cast of this caliber and young people with such a drive and passion for performance,� she said.

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Students have been rehearsing since January. As curtain call approaches, rehearsals have been increased to two hours, three times a week. “It’s definitely time consuming,� said Kimmerling, who dropped varsity softball to give “Beauty and the Beast� her full attention. Carson Meyer adds that all students in the show are highly skilled vocalists, dancers and actors. “Our choreography is rich and vibrant and all-student created,� she said. Kimmerling and Miles’ families will be en masse at the show, which will be performed at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 27 and

28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at Holy Trinity’s Scott Center at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Suntree. The public is invited to the production that is styled as close as possible to the original Broadway live action production. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door. “I promise if you will be our guest for an evening of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ you will be so impressed,� said Carson Meyer, who is assisted in the production by vocal director Lorie Wacaster and musical director Jim McCarl. VV

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iera s Lee nominated to be Presidential Scholar B CA L OTALA As a child, Viera High School senior Shannon Lee used to like to build well, not just houses for all of her stuffed animals. We’re talking mansions. Now, the future architect’s work is really paying off. Lee was informed in anuary that she is one of five Florida high school students the first from revard County according to Viera High School teacher Carrie Humphreys — to be named as a candidate in the 2020 United States Presidential Scholars Program. “It’s amazing,” Lee said. “I never thought I would be able to get this far into it.” Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program spotlights the academic achievement of outstanding graduating high school seniors. In 2015, it was expanded to include students in the career and technical fields ( T . Lee was nominated by Humphreys, Viera High’s CTE Department chair, and went on to win the Brevard County Public Schools and state competitions. Final applications for the national award were due Feb.

cardboard box that came into 25, with the semifinalists my house, I took it. being announced in April. “My mom labeled me as the The 2020 Presidential Tape Monster because we’d Scholars will be named in get scotch tape and I’d be like, May. ‘That’s mine.’ ” Students who receive Despite that interest, it the honor will receive wasn’t until Lee had to do a an expense-paid trip to class project that she began Washington D.C. in June, to settle on architecture as a where they will receive possible career path. their Presidential Scholars “It began in fourth grade,” Medallion at a ceremony she said. “My teacher had sponsored by the White us do one of those cheesy House during the National autobiography flip book type Recognition Program (NRP) things. One of the questions and will attend a series of was, ‘What do you want to events held in their honor. be?’ Before that, I had always Humphreys said it’s her said a doctor or a vet ust understanding Brevard like every other kid. Public Schools has never “But then, I decided to take had a student selected to represent the state of Florida. it a little bit more seriously. My favorite school subjects “She is driven, she has have always been art-related amazing talent and she works hard to reach the goals things and math. I love those two different categories. that she sets,” Humphreys “My teacher and my mom said of Lee. (who is a graphic designer) “She finds something that told me about architecture, she’s interested in and she which I had never heard researches. ‘What can I do about before then.” to do that extra little bit in In addition to taking part order to get there?’ ” Lee’s interest in designing in Odyssey of the Mind and Family, Career Community began at a young age. Leaders of America (FCCLA) “I always built things,” she competitions, Lee spent the said. “I had so many stuffed summer after her sophomore animals and I built homes year attending a design for every single one. I was exploration program at the just obsessed with it. I built University of Florida. mansions. Every single

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iera High School senior Shannon ee is believed to be the rst Brevard ounty Public Schools student to represent the state of Florida as a candidate to become a .S. Presiden al Scholar.

Last year, she took part in a residency program at the Fallingwater Institute in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Now she’s putting together an application for one of the country’s highest honors a high school student can receive.

“The other ones were more so based on what Ms. Humphreys had written,” Lee said. “I didn’t really have any voice in them. “But now this one, I have to write six different essays and really put my voice in it.” VV

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place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at The Avenue Viera. Individuals or teams commit to having their heads

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unlimited horizon. Composition, lighting effects and the image, for many people, tell a story. “Some photos might not have the sharpest image, the best exposure. Yet, it might have strong appeal.” “Photographers need to have a feeling or sixth sense about what might make a good photograph. Some come by it naturally. Others develop it through experience,” Kalupa said. Some subjects require patience to get a few excellent shots. But, Kalupa said, in his travels, he doesn’t have the luxury of time. “I have to take the shot when it’s there.” VV

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There also will be raffle baskets, a silent auction and a Spring announces its isney ticket raffle. Attendees arrival in Brevard County can vote for a People’s Choice with orange blossoms, azalea Award. bushes in bloom and the Last year, Heidi Thamert, North Brevard Art League’s the co-owner of the annual Spring Show and Downtown Art Gallery, was Competition. This show will awarded Best in Show for be the league’s 56th. her photograph, “104 Years It will take place from 5 p.m. of Faith.” Her winning work to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3; from shows the hands of a long10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4; and from 10 a.m. to time family friend. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5 at the “She continued in her faith Holiday Inn at 4715 Helen her entire life, working hard, Hauser Blvd. near Interstate 95 gardening and driving her car and Highway 50 in Titusville. until she was in her late 90s,” An artist Mix and Mingle Thamert said. “She also loved will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. roller-coasters.” Friday, April 3. Artists at the North “Last year, 80 artists Brevard Art League contributed 131 pieces,” said share their talent with Valorie Stanley, the show’s the community through co-chair. “This year, 80 to 100 artists are expected to workshops and classes. Adult participate. More than $4,000 classes include oil painting, in cash awards are given drawing, pen and ink, pastels, annually.” watercolors and pottery. Various categories of Children’s classes are offered artwork by adults and in art and pottery. children will be on exhibit and Children in Stanley’s art available for purchase. The classes made Valentine’s Day categories include: cards for first responders, • Oil and Acrylic nurses, hospital patients and • Watercolor nursing home residents. • Mixed Media, Fiber “The cards were received Arts and Collage with much gratitude and joy,” Stanley said. • Photography and The North Brevard Art Digital Art League is at 1421 Draa Road • Sculpture and in Titusville. 3-Dimensional Art For information, call • Colored Pencil, 321-383-7441 or go to Graphite, Pen and Ink northbrevardartleague.com/ and Pastels VV

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Wetlands Nature Festival scheduled or April B E NEST A ICO The 11th annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday April 4 and 5 at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands. Located at 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way in Viera the festival is a family-friendly two-day event that is a fundraiser with eco-friendly and educational vendors exhibits classes tours and workshops. The event is hosted by the Brevard County Natural Resource Management Development and tility Services. It is sponsored by the Viera Community Institute. Tours and classes will be o ered with donations to support the maintenance of the site. Tours will consist of bird watching nature photography wetlands history function vegetation and wildlife and walking tours. Returning to this year’s festival is the Flight of the Raptor exhibit sponsored by the Viera

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Management is scheduled to conduct some of the tours. From the standpoint of ecotourism this is one of the most popular sites in Brevard County Berry said. This site is amazing and it’s a testament to the volunteers that make this site possible. Sunrise Birding Tours ith Chris oeppel • Sunrise Tour 1 April 4 6 30 to 8 a.m. • Sunrise Tour 2 April 5 6 30 to 8 a.m. • Each tour is limited to 17 a endees. Morning Walking Tours ith Wetland Ranger • Morning Tour 1 April 4 8 to 9 30 a.m. • Morning Tour 2 April 5 8 a.m. to 9 30 a.m. • Each tour is limited to 20 a endees. Wetlands Photography — Basic Photography ith ick Allen • Saturday only

• Intro Photography April 4 9 to 10 a.m. • Class limited to 15 participants. Wetlands Walking Tours ith Wetland angers • Mid-morning Tour 1 April 4 10 to 11 30 a.m. • Mid-morning Tour 2 April 5 10 to 11 30 a.m. • Each tour is limited to 20 a endees. For more information about the festival and to sign up for a class or tour go to vieracommunityins tute.com viera wetlands nature fes val When The Viera Company envisioned Viera in the mid1980s the idea was to create a vibrant community a place people would want to call home. Through its involvement with the community the Viera Community Institute was started to help create the quality of life. The institute is a not-forpro t corporation that was organized to foster the health

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had a dream of starting their room — a bright, spacious own gym. theater-like area with 46 “We work well together,” sleek, shiny cycles. They said Michelle Adams. The locate their reserved cycle, couple prides themselves adjust the seat and clip their on creating an all-inclusive shoes into the pedals. Once atmosphere. the instructor mounts the “The class is for all fitness cycle on the stage, the lights levels,” said Alyssa Counsell, are dimmed in the house. a lead sales representative. Then, it’s lights, music and “From beginner to cyclists ready for action. “I love the dark room,” said professional athlete.” Whether or not the Ericka Haugen of Viera. experience is low-impact The workout experience or more performanceis technologically driven driven is up to the cyclist. with a light show on the The workouts emphasize stage, music that gets full-body exercise, using your body pumping to the weighted bars designed to beat, and bright television work the upper body as well. monitors on the stage that Cycling also is good for post cycling stats during the the knees, according to performance races. Owners Todd and Michelle Michelle Adams. The 32-year-old had once Adams of Viera, a husband been a long-distance runner and wife team, decided to open three CycleBar facilities until she found herself icing her knees after running. in Florida. The home facility That’s when she turned to is in Viera. Before they even cycling as an alternative. met each other, each of them

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Experts seek cure or ailing citrus industry BY MARIA SONNENBERG Korinn Braden, the director of Field Manor, once enjoyed looking at the acres of experimental citrus trees the University of Florida had planted on the Merritt Island homestead of a Brevard County citrus grower. Unfortunately, Braden witnessed the once-promising grove’s decline as another hope to find a cure for an ailing industry wilts. “They were trying to use a rootstock that would be resilient, but the trees are just not thriving,” Braden said.

The historical property by the banks of the Indian River on Merritt Island would have been the perfect showcase for the rebirth of the Brevard citrus industry, which has been languishing since two major diseases, greening and canker, infected the majority of trees. Canker is bad because it blemishes the fruit, but does not affect the flavor, which still can be used in processing. Greening is worse since, as the name implies, the fruit remains green and never reaches maturity. “We tried everything within reason to make those

trees grow,” said Frank Sullivan, a board member with Field Manor. Before canker and before greening, Sullivan Victory Groves was once famous for its luscious Indian River citrus. These days, Sullivan owns only 20 acres, where cattle graze and no oranges grow. Although the future is not rosy for citrus, it is not bleak since growers in the state fight back. A conglomerate of old citrus families in Indian River County have joined forces with Coca-Cola and Japanese investors to develop 1,500 acres of grapefruit, according to Sullivan. “Untold millions are beings spent on research on new varieties that are resistant to greening,” he added. In Polk County, growers are experimenting by growing citrus under screen enclosures.

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Frank Sullivan has not given up on the potential of a citrus rebirth in Brevard County. “They’ve planted 110 acres, with 110 more being prepared and another 110 in the works,” Sullivan said. Dundee Citrus Growers, a cooperative, aims for a million trees on the ground by loaning member growers $10 per tree planted. If the tree

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MARCH SUNDAY

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Wings Art Show

10 a.m. Experience the magic of wings from various guest artists. Running until March 18. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave. Suite 105 Viera, 321-745-3710

Central Florida Winds Concert

3 p.m. CFW 20th Anniversary Concert. Suntree United Methodist 7400 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-405-2359

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MONDAY

Daylight saving time

Dr. Seuss Day

SLAM

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sweat Like a Mother, stroller exercise group. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 386-341-6779

TAPS

6 - 7:45 p.m. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors in Military Families. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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National Napping Day

TUESDAY

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Free Tip Tuesdays

6 - 7 p.m. Free golf tips included with a paid bucket of balls. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

Pizza with a Purpose

WEDNESDAY

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6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Kids eat free with a purchase of an adult entree. Pizza Gallery and Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

10 a.m. For ages 2 and up. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Family Night

FRIDAY

National Hospital Day Storytime

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Tae Kwon Do

10 a.m. The subject will be “The 1950s.” Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-254-5831

Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club

6:30 - 9 p.m. Martial arts class. 7:30 p.m. Viera Regional Join Advent Lutheran Community Center Church for casual spiritual 2300 Judge Fran conversations every Jamieson Way Wednesday during Lent. Viera, 321-474-8205 Fiesta Azteca 6765 N. Wickham Road Suite 100 Suntree, 321-259-8515

5 p.m. Fundraiser night — half off all Take & Bake pizzas. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

The Big Questions

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4:30 p.m. For ages 2 and up. Suntree/Viera Library Suntree, 321-255-4404

6 - 8 p.m. Learn the latest and greatest on Norwegian Cruise Line. Expedia CruiseShip Centers. 6375 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-233-1400

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2 p.m. Jeff Rupert Quartet concert Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-960-4897

Excalibur 10 Miler

7:30 a.m. Part of the Excalibur Distance Festival. Viera Regional Park 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-751-8890

Dragon Slayer 2 Miler

10:30 a.m. Discussion about stock market investing. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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Fencing

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Equipment provided, ages 13 & up. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-258-1054

7:30 a.m. A 2-mile race that’s part of the Excalibur Distance Festival. Complete all three races to receive the Holy Grail Challenge medal. Viera Regional Park 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-751-8890

Douglas Dyer in Recital

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3 p.m. Music from the Beatles to royal coronations. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-0360

12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg 2 Rockledge, 321-636-0568

British Invasion

5 p.m. Fundraiser night — half off all Take & Bake pizzas. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

7:30 p.m. 15-year-old phenom Douglas Dyer on violin. Suntree United Methodist 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-604-0103

ACBL Duplicate Bridge

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6 - 7 p.m. Ages 7-12, traditional Korean Martial Arts. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-604-6327

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8 a.m. March 28-29 36 holes for individual stroke play golf. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Drive Viera, 321-504-7776

Learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-698-2311

St. Patrick's Day

Card Making

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Make beautiful greeting cards with Ree Nathan. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave, 105 Viera, 321-745-3710

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

1 - 3 p.m. If you or a loved one has been affected by pulmonary fibrosis, you are invited to attend our support group. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-323-7325

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Non-Fiction Book Club

3 - 5 p.m. Stop by the reference desk for the book for the month. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Watermedia Class

1 - 4 p.m. A contemporary and abstract painting class exploring watermedia with Pat Bowlds. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave. #105 Viera, 321-745-3710

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Vietnam War Veterans Day Space Coast Men’s AARP Driver Safety Course Morning Exercise 9 a.m. Amateur Golf Tournament 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

“Beauty and the Beast”

2 - 4 p.m. A play put on by Holy Trinity students. Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 321-723-8323

Get stronger while strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7549

Boomer Aerobics

10 - 11 a.m. Low impact, high energy exercise for the active senior. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 732-512-8548

Music Jam

1 - 3 p.m. Get together and sing the songs we know and love. All instruments and music levels are welcome. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Rockledge, 321-544-8998

Expedia & Azamara

5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Free, fun, interactive entertainment on the second Thursday of every month. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-366-0397

Thirsty 3rd Thursday

5- 8 p.m. Live music, complimentary snacks and free drinks. The Avenue Viera Central Park Viera, 321-634-5390

Body, Mind, Spirit

6 - 8 p.m. Learn how you can spend more time in port during your next cruise vacation. Total Wine 2302 Harnett Drive Viera, 321-233-1400

6 - 7 p.m. A dance exercise class. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-258-2089

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Library Book Club

10 - 11:30 a.m. Stop by the reference desk to see what we are reading this month. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-255-4404

Brown Bag Bingo

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Bingo is hosted by Vascular Vein Centers every fourth Wednesday of the month. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

10 a.m. - noon A ride-up blessing for motorcycle riders Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-259-8515

Ladies Night Out

IRCC annual Garage Sale

6:30 - 10 p.m. Fun-filled evening of drinks, dancing, friendships and a buffetstyle dinner. All proceeds benefit Tropical Elementary. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-454-1080

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 40 community vendors, military memorabilia, items from around the world. Indian River Colony Club Maintenance Building 1936 Freedom Drive Viera, 321-255-6000

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9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Quilting group that meets every second and fourth Friday of the month. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Noon - 5 p.m. Raises money for childhood cancer research and spreads awareness and supporting kids who have lost their hair. The Avenue Viera Central Park Viera, 321-634-5390

Kids Night Out

Investors Education Group Pizza with a Purpose

10 a.m. - noon If you like to sing, come join the group. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 2 Rockledge, 321-454-3014

Blessing of the Bikes

Cruise Your Way

Space Coast Jazz Society

10 a.m. Complimentary presentation with Odyssey Travel and Join the Fun. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-301-4041

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National K9 National Pi Day Veterans Day TGIF Seaside Piecemakers St. Baldrick’s Big Shave

Busy Finger Crafts

9 a.m. Crochet, knit, loom, cross stitch, bring whatever craft interest you have to make items to donate. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Rockledge, 321-639-8256

Choral Group

SATURDAY

National Girl Scouts Day Improv Night

Jewelry Making

12:30 - 2 p.m. Learn how to make wirewrapped jewelry with Kathee Jones. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave., 105 Viera, 321-745-3710

Tauck Tours Presentation

THURSDAY

Epilepsy Awareness Day

Writing Workshop

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Write short stories, memoirs, essays and poetry. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 3 Rockledge, 321-636-3493

6 - 10 p.m. Spend the night without parents. Food and fun provided. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

Attic Treasures and Bake Sale

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Watercolor Painting

10 a.m. - noon A class with Linda Neal, covering the basics and beyond of watercolor painting. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave., 105 Viera, 321-745-3710

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Dorcas Circle Methodist women’s group annual sale. Suntree United Methodist 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-504-9917

National Common Courtesy Day Space Coast Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament 8 a.m., March 21-22 36 holes for individual stroke play golf. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. Viera, 321-504-7776

Spring Fashion Show

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Open gym for walking, basketball, pickleball or other activities. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Creative goods and services by young entrepreneurs. The Avenue Viera Central Park Viera, 321-634-5390

2 - 4 p.m. Presented by Courtenay Springs Village. RSVP is required. Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

10 -11:30 a.m. Adapt discipline while learning traditional karate. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-848-3197

Open Pickleball and Gym Third annual Children’s Noon - 4 p.m. Business Fair

Free Movie in the Park

5 p.m. Come out and enjoy a night of fun with the whole family. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4400

Space Coast City Fest

4 p.m. - 9 p.m. March 28-29 Free admission, family fun zone, high action flying sports, games and more. Space Coast Daily Park 6091 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-576-0971

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Adam Palumbo left, and Jill Blue are all smiles after winning a coveted Silver ADDY award.

The Viera Company placed well in the 2020 ADDY Awards Gala.

iera businesses ourish in the 0 0 A SPECIAL TO IE A OICE Bluewater Creative Group, which publishes the Viera Voice, Senior Life and the Boomer Guide, won a Silver ADDY on Feb. 21 at the 2020 ADDY Awards Gala. The annual gathering of the American Advertising Federation — Space Coast was held at the Center for Collaboration in Rockledge. Adam Palumbo, the art director and designer for Bluewater Creative Group, created the outdoor signage and new logo for the Art Gallery of Viera. The American Advertising Federation is the unifying voice of advertising on the Space Coast.

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"The design that Adam created is modern, clean Parade; an ADDY Silver for Editorial Spread or Feature — Launch; and an ADDY Silver for Card, and effective," said Jill Blue, the CEO of Bluewater Invitation or Announcement for Wonders of the Creative Group. "The re-branding of the Art Wetlands. Gallery of Viera showcases a vibrant and new “The Viera Company's marketing team is proud feeling." to have won multiple prestigious awards from the The Viera Company marketing department American Advertising Federation Space Coast,’’ won several awards at the gala. It won Best in said Lauri Duda, the vice president of marketing. Print Design and Publication and Cover Design “Our hard-working creative team is a collection for Viera Vision‘s volume 15 and issue 3 — The of unique talent and we are very proud of all Season; an ADDY Gold for Publication Cover they do for The Viera Company and the entire Design for Viera Vision’s, volume 15 and issue community.’’ 1 for Wetlands Birds; an ADDY Silver for Social For a complete list of the 2020 ADDY Awards Media Single Execution’s Viera Holiday Jokes; an Gala winners, go to vieravoice.comVV ADDY Silver for Event — Light Up Viera Holiday

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Gage brings flamboyant jazz act to Boomer Guide Senior Expo BY JEFF NAVIN

Sybil Gage performed three scintillating mini-musical jazz shows with her Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas to highlight Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo on Feb. 18 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. The free 2020 Boomer Guide, a perennial awardwinning publication in the North American Mature Publishers Association’s annual contest, was unveiled and distributed during the expo. The theme of the expo was “The Magic of Broadway.’’ “I thought the expo was outstanding. I could not have

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Attorney William A. Johnson embraced the broadway theme at the 2020 Boomer Guide Senior Expo. Dunlop said. “It was phenomenal. “The expo has a lot of brochures and stuff on travel. We love to travel. I’ve traveled to Europe multiple times, Alaska and the Caribbean.’’ More than 60 exhibitors were set up in the King Center’s main lobby, rotunda, Black Box Studio and a nearby classroom. John Welch, 81, moved to Brevard County from Connecticut on Nov. 9, the day after his birthday. “I’m enjoying the expo; it’s very informative,’’ Welch said. “I didn’t miss the winter in Connecticut.’’ Michaelene Sinkavitch, a resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been visiting Cocoa Beach for the past two months. “I got certain information from all the brochures that will be very helpful,’’ Sinkavitch said. “I like it that the magazine says Boomer and not Senior. That makes me feel young.’’ Nancy Sauter of Melbourne regularly attends the various expos put on by Jill Blue, the CEO of the Bluewater Creative Group. It is the company that publishes Senior Life, the Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide. “I like all the available resources for seniors and boomers. I always find a table that interests me with subjects that I wanted to know more about. I also like all the friendly people that I meet.’’ The Boomer Guide Senior Expo was presented by William A. Johnson PA and the event sponsors were Palm Point Behavioral Healthcare, Cedar Creek and the Art Gallery of Viera. Other sponsors included VNA Home

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As visitors collected their Boomer Guide, they also entered a raffle for an assortment of prizes. Healthcare, BrightStar Care, ClearCaptions, FROSH Gadabout Travel, AAA, All About You Travel and the Melbourne Regional Medical Center. Humana was the main sponsor of the Veterans area. Claire Steinbock, a native of Massachusetts, has been a resident of Cape Canaveral for the past eight years. “I like the various health information (tables),’’ Steinbock said. “They cover all

the different parts of the body.’’ Bill and Barbara Dubois moved to Palm Bay from Sioux City, Iowa in September. “This expo gives me specific information about products and services,’’ Bill Dubois said. “I find that it’s easier to go from table to table than to look it up on the internet. I have a better idea about what things are all about.” VV

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ick recycling up a notch to make a true di erence However limited it might seem, recycling still is an important practice. Even though reduce and reuse will always come first, recycle, among other things, avoids the accumulation of good material in the landfill and the extraction of new material from nature. Curb recycling is limited to items the collector company is able to process. Those in general are (check with your city for variations): plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and jars; paper; cardboard, and glass bottles and jars. But wait! You can do more! If you are up for it, you can kick your recycling up a notch and increase the diversion of material from the landfill. One very simple way is to recycle plastic film at your grocery stores in the plastic bag bin. That bin is for different sorts of clean and dry plastic film: grocery, produce,

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newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags; Ziploc-type bags; plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, air pillows; plastic wrap from cases of water and soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers and female sanitary products; and any plastic film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle label. Another way is to participate in the various recycling opportunities Recycle Brevard has to offer: • Terracycle programs — from toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes to Gerber and Enfamil packaging.

For the complete list, go to RecycleBrevard.org. • Electronics (no printers or monitors), wired lights and metal. • Alkaline batteries — limit 20 per household/box (leaking batteries should go in the trash). • Plastic rings from soda and beer cans. • Any clean and dry item that can be reused in projects — from yarn and fabric to stickers, jars, buttons, craft paper, ribbons, folders and frames. • Unwanted plastic totes and containers (can cracked or chipped). • Recycling for Events — starting at $30 for three bins to have recyclables collected at your event. Recycle Brevard is a small, independent nonprofit organization that started nine years ago with the purpose of sharing information and

helping our community to reduce, reuse and recycle more. It is 100 percent run on volunteer power and 100 percent funded by donations and sponsorships. Its anniversary is in March and these are some ways you can contribute to continue this community initiative: Eat at Blaze Pizza Viera on the first Tuesday of each month and mention Recycle Brevard at the register. When buying at Amazon, use Smile.Amazon.com and select Recycle Brevard as the charity to support. Book crafting programs for your group or attend scheduled Crafting with Friends programs — check the online calendar at RecycleBrevard.org Join the Recycling Club — individual memberships start at $10 a year. Have your favorite business become a community partner

with an annual contribution (starting at $250). Become a recycling partner and establish a drop-off location for selected items. Sponsor one of the recycling projects such as alkaline battery recycling (starting at $70). Host or organize fundraisers to benefit Recycle Brevard. Share information about Recycle Brevard and its programs. Become a volunteer. Making the 3Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — relevant in our daily lives helps build a healthier community. Recycle Brevard is here as a resource to assist in that process, but it needs each of you to make it happen. How can you help? VV Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@RecycleBrevard.org.

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Plants are essential to life. They contribute in special ways. Even weeds can enrich the soil or prevent erosion. For example, milkweed is an exceptional plant. It is vital to the monarch butterfly, the milkweed butterfly. Its toxic leaves feed the larval bright coloration of orange, stage. One bitter bite of the yellow, black, and white is a wing of an adult monarch can reminder of toxicity. sicken a predator. To deter predation, the butterfly’s In the past, Native

Americans used milkweed’s fiber to weave cloth and construct rope. They ate milkweed for food (boiled to remove poison). Medicinally, they applied its sap to bee stings and ringworms. Settlers soon realized the benefits of milkweed. The milkweed plant was invaluable during World War II. When the kapok supply for floating equipment

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Native Americans used milkweed’s fiber to weave cloth and construct rope. such as life preservers was exhausted, the milkweed seed floss was an excellent substitute. The floss was lightweight, more buoyant than cork, water repellent and it had insulating properties. School children eagerly gathered milkweed pods for the war effort. Another plant in demand was hemp. Its strong and durable fiber was beneficial during the American colonial era, the Revolutionary War and World War II. This plant was vital to Britain’s quest for global power through its navy. Ships needed hemp for sails and rigging. In 1619, Britain imposed a law for hemp to be cultivated in the Jamestown colony. The following year, the Mayflower (a merchant ship also equipped with hemp sailcloth and rope rigging) carried hemp seeds aboard on its renown voyage. Eventually, more colonies were required to cultivate hemp. As colonists engaged in cottage industries, they needed more of the hemp they grew for their own endeavors, including shipbuilding and clothing. They bartered with

hemp — hemp was legal tender even for taxes. The crown imposed more taxes, hoping to restrain colonial industries. This ultimately led to the revolution. During the Revolutionary War, hemp kept the colonial navy afloat. Thomas Jefferson declared, ”Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.” He grew hemp, as did Washington. Historians claim that hemp paper was used for drafts of the Declaration of Independence. The first American flags were made of hemp. Furthermore, Abraham Lincoln’s lamps were lit by hemp seed oil. Supposedly, in World War II, hemp seed oil lubricated parts of President George Bush’s airplane engine. His life-saving parachute displayed hemp webbing. The ship that saved him was equipped with hemp rope and hemp fire hoses. His military shoes were stitched with hemp. Clearly, plants were beneficial in the past. And they continue to contribute. VV

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