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Kate Hagberg of Viera and fellow members of the Charity Chicks civic group are giving Christmas toys and gifts to youngsters in the foster care system — from birth to young adults aging out of foster care — to give them a sense of normalcy at an otherwise tough time. By Rae Botsford

The holiday season stirs generosity in even the Scrooges among us, and this year the community has plenty of opportunity to give. This month Charity Chicks will hold their third annual Festival of Wreaths fundraiser, and the Greek American Association of Brevard (GAAB) will host their second annual toy drive, all to benefit children under

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The children typically come from impoverished backgrounds and are 9:54 AM Pagewith 1 unfamiliar what most Americans take for granted, from visiting Santa to baking Christmas cookies. Gifts bring a sense of normalcy during the holiday season. The Festival of Wreaths hosted by Charity Chicks will be held at One Senior Place, and Devereux will use the money raised to buy the children gifts.

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Chris Stagman, CEO of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, and Richard Rossell, program director of the Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center, hosted an open house Friday evening, Nov. 8 to unveil the new Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center located in One Senior Place in Viera. The center is a program of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation created to provide information related to optimal brain health through intervention and education about Alzheimers disease and related forms of dementia. Monthly events, programs, guest speakers and discussion groups will awaken public awareness to the Alzheimer’s epidemic and strategies to keep the brain in optimal health. Dave Morgan, Ph.D. was the event’s guest speaker. Morgan is CEO of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa and a distinguished professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology “The institute is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease and related

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David Morgan, Ph.D., CEO of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, left of center, was the keynote speaker at the Nov. 8 opening of the Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center at One Senior Place in Viera. He is surrounded by staff and board members of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, which runs the Center: Jennifer Alexander, Bryan Hatfield, Center director Richard Rossell, Foundation CEO Chris Stagman, board chairman Susan Blakeslee, David Slonim, Robert Marchello, Lee Garner, W. Wilson Sims, Sonny Simerly, Rachel Terry and Janice Miller.

disorders. With a stateof-the-art facility and a highly qualified team of researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators, they are in the forefront of Alzheimer’s research and care,” he said. Guests were treated to an array of gourmet foods generously provided by local assisted living facilities that specialize in the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Autumn House, Glenbrooke, Hibiscus Court

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and Sonata received an award thanking them for the service to the residents of their respective facilities. Also, Ruth McCartney and Louise Jones were honored for their longtime support of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation. Baer’s Furniture in Melbourne donated four purple chairs for use in the center. For more information about the Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center, call 321-253-6362 or visit 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. VV

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Through intergenerational play, everything old is new again By Linda Wiggins

Intergenerational play of yore took place at a grandparent’s knee, but what of today’s Florida lifestyle where the majority of grandparents are separated by vast geography? Walter Drew is all about bringing back the benefits

of playing together that help young and old as well as the community in which they live. “I believe, like Friedrich Froebel, the father of early childhood education, that within the child ― within everyone ― there is a divine creative being, a sacred spirit that seeks to express itself in joyful ways,” Drew said at

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the Nov. 16 Recycle Brevard Festival at the Suntree-area POW Park along the Indian River Lagoon. He handed bits and pieces of colorful, repurposed materials to children and older adults and invited them to play together. “I have never lost my awe of what simple, free, open-ended play can mean for children and for the many adults I meet who benefit from getting back to play and all the rewards it brings,” said Drew, representing his nonprofit Institute for Self Active Education at the event. Lost in the moment, he and Tony Sutton of Suntree handed marbles to area youngsters Duncan Kim and Dominick Piscitelli. The overt goal was to see which succession of split foam noodles and other objects would allow the quickest roll to the bottom. The object underneath was to connect all four of them through their inner joy. “My grandkids are past the age of getting down on my knees to play with them, so it was really fun to bring back those days I thought would never end but passed so quickly,” Sutton said. “I don’t know who got more out of it, me or the boys.” Drew, also the director of the popular Reusable Resources Adventure Center that is heavily used by Brevard schools classrooms, founder of the national Reusable Resources Association, and inventor of Dr. Drew’s Discovery Blocks, will bring a similar workshop to Viera Manor assisted living residents and

area children this month. The early childhood development director lives in Melbourne Beach. There are many benefits to this type of intergenerational play for both children and younger to older adults, on cognitive, social, physical and emotional levels, according to books by intergenerational experts D. Fromberg & D. Bergen, Shannon Jarrott, L. Heracleous & C. Jacobs, S. Davis, E. Larkin & S. Graves and more, as well as the

Journal of Psychology and Aging. Older adults reconnect with the expression of feelings that combats depression, review life through integrity versus despair, express empathy by choosing to give love or perish, and imagine new roles for self. Both young and old build self esteem. For more information or to book a play workshop, call 321-984-1018 or go to isaeplay.org. VV

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Teaching intern gives and receives an education By Linda Wiggins

Teaching intern Meagan Hoopingarner’s last day is Dec. 6, but she won’t be leaving empty handed. She’ll leave Christine Fleig’s fifth-grade class armed with office and teaching supplies donated by students for the day when she gets a classroom of her own. “It’s a small gesture for the huge difference she made for our students. With her help, we were both able to spend a lot of one-onone time with them,” Fleig said. Hoopingarner will graduate Dec. 14 from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. What she received in the classroom, however, was some of the best instruction, she said. “The students really taught me how to teach, how to listen, how to connect with them and how to get through to stir a desire and excitement to learn,” Hoopingarner said. “It confirmed my passion to teach students of my own. I think I got more out of the experience than anyone.” VV

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The Neighbors of Suntree (NOS), a social and charitable organization, is planning its holiday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5, at the Suntree Country Club. This is their biggest fundraising event of the year and they are hoping for a large

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New equipment, fire stations pay off for Viera, Suntree and beyond 4th in a 4-part series Viera/Suntree Firefighters By Linda Wiggins

Recent, current and planned improvements to firefighting and emergency response in the Viera/Suntree area could lead to lower insurance rates for homeowners and business owners in the coming years. Property insurance rates depend in large part on a good rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), Inc., which works on behalf of insurance companies and citizens. Brevard County Fire Rescue which serves unincorporated areas such as Viera and Suntree, will undergo an audit in the coming months, something fire departments have every five years. Major recent, current and planned improvements include: • Station 48 in northwest Viera is the newest in the county and allowed BCFR to centralize and provide advancements to its special operations and hazardous materials operations. • Station 80 in Suntree will receive one of the most advanced and capable apparatus in existence this month. Called a “tiller” or hook and ladder, and has a its 100-foot-tall ladder. • Future Station 49 is slated for southwest

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for that area of the county, with the fire departments using and checking them, but not having to maintain or repair them. The ISO rating concerns far more than the financial and physical wellbeing of current residents. It also affects where they will work, shop and play, or economic prosperity overall, as well as how much of the tax burden they will bear for community infrastructure, versus taxes generated by businesses and retail sales. It is a vital factor that companies consider when selecting a community in which to locate their operations. “It definitely makes communities more marketable,” said BCFR Assistant Chief of Operations Mark Lighthill, who oversees the ISO process. It will take about a week for the audit and three months to compile the data to arrive at a new ISO rating. “A big corporation may not locate their operations in an VIERA VOICE LInda Wiggins area where they have to pay Tall fire engine ladders, like the 75-foot ladder at the new Station 48 in exorbitant rates for insurance,” northwest Viera and the 100-foot ladder due this month at Station 80 in Lighthill said. “The rating can Suntree, may improve Brevard County Fire-Rescue’s ISO rating, leading mean hundreds or thousands to lowered property insurance rates for home and business owners. of dollars a year to their bottom line.” While the improvements to and maintenance of gallons per minute. the BCFR system will result hydrants, alternative Much of the aspects under water supply operations, consideration have to do with in better services to Viera and Suntree, the investments also and a careful evaluation utilities that have nothing to of the amount of available do with the fire departments. pay off county wide. Station 48 is a training water compared with For example, hydrants are not FIREFIGHTERS the amount needed to owned by fire departments, continued on page 12 suppress fires up to 3,500 but rather the water utility

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The Melbourne Municipal Band played patriotic music, chaplain Lt. Col. Tom Unrath sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and the Eau Gallie High ROTC presented the flags at the Nov. 8 Veterans Salute at the King Center, which honored hundreds of veterans.

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It was a big month for Holy Trinity cross country runners, from left, Andrew Cacciatore, Daniel Cronin, Trevor Kattenberg, Maleia Storum, Shelby Smith and Julie Wollrath. Both the boys and girls teams won state titles and Wollrath won her third straight individual title.

“I’m so happy,” Wollrath said. “I hadn’t won an individual (championship), and then had my team win as well. It’s normally either one or the other, so it was so nice to win both because everyone could celebrate.” Wollrath finished in 18 minutes, 14.88 seconds while sophomore teammate Shelby Smith took eighth in 18:47.65. Freshman Samantha Folio (18:55.47) and junior Maleia Storum (19:05.25) finished 12th and 13th respectively, while freshman Natalia

By Carl Kotala

Now that’s a three-peat. Not only did the Holy Trinity boys cross country team win its third consecutive Class 1A state championship last month, but junior Julie Wollrath captured her third straight individual girls’ title as well. In fact, the Holy Trinity girls captured the state championship as well, giving them a total of seven since 2002 and matching the boys, who also have seven state titles.

Walcott was 17th (19:25.38). The Tigers’ top five were joined by eighth-grader Chelsea Basford who was 33rd in 19:53.35 and seventhgrader Marie Groppel who was 46th in 20:25.63. The boys were led by junior Andrew Cacciatore, who took second in 15:47.34 and freshman Trevor Kattenberg, who was fifth in 16:11.20. Another pair of freshmen — Egan Kattenberg (16:46.19) and Michael Wilson (16:47.76) — finished 16th and 17th.

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Sophomore Daniel Cronin was 44th in 17:27.69. Also running for the Tigers were freshman John Cacciatore, who was 72nd in 17:57.19 and freshman Bryce-Austin Wahy, who was 77th in 18:01.27. “I feel like I raced pretty well,” Andrew Cacciatore said. “I just tried to stay with the leaders, and then I tried to see if I could catch the guy at the very end, but I wasn’t able to. I was a little disappointed (not to win), but I was still happy finishing second because that’s still really good.” This marks the second time the Holy Trinity boys team has won three straight championships. The Tigers also did it from 2004 to 2006.

That, of course, should give coach Doug Butler’s team plenty of incentive to try to make it four in a row next season. “I think that’s the goal, to get four,” Cacciatore said. Wollrath, meanwhile, has a chance to not only get her fourth straight state championship next season, but she can match former Tiger Kayla Hale, who won four in a row from 2005 to 2008. “It’s definitely always on my mind,” Wollrath said. “Kayla won all four years, so I kind of feel like it’s my job almost to continue the tradition.” VV

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Basketball players Dee Anderson, left, and Ro Hayes, right, sit with Viera head coach Jamie Risberg after the players signed their Division I scholarship offers last month By Carl Kotala

Having one player from your program sign a Division I scholarship is a pretty big deal. So imagine the buzz around the Viera High girls basketball team last month when Dee Anderson and Ro Hayes both signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Division I programs. “A lot of people look at it as like it could never happen, but we just go to show that hard work pays off,” Hayes said. “If you put your mind to it anything can happen.” Anderson signed with the University of Florida, while Hayes signed with Florida Atlantic. Both players had multiple offers, and each chose their school for a specific reason. “I’ve known those coaches (at Florida) for years now,” Anderson said. “They’re familyoriented, which was one of the

biggest things on my list, and they play the style that I play. It was just a perfect fit for me.” The 5-foot-10 Anderson was rated the No. 25 wing player in the country by 2014 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings on ESPNW. She turned down offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Auburn. Anderson, who has 1,265 career points entering her senior season, is part of the 11th-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Hayes, meanwhile, received her first offer from the University of Miami when she was in eighth grade. She picked FAU over offers from the Hurricanes, Virginia Tech, UCF, FIU and Liberty among others, joining what Olson’s report has rated as the No. 2 recruiting class in Conference USA. The 5-7 combo guard, who

topped 1,000 career points last year, is ranked as the No. 188th player in the nation and No. 40th at her position. She chose FAU because she wants to have a big impact. “The rest of them were schools known for basketball, and FAU wasn’t, so I felt like I could go to FAU and turn the program around and make everybody want to go there— especially with the recruiting class that’s coming in with me,” Hayes said. Viera High coach Jamie Risberg couldn’t have been happier for both players. “It’s bittersweet, because we know we’re coming to the end of the road here,” Risberg said. “It’s nice to have their senior leadership. It’s been great over the years to see them develop and watch them grow. We’re looking forward to seeing what this senior year brings for them.” VV

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Viera East Men’s Golf Association (VEMA) is in full swing in the 2013-14 golf season. VEMA has realized a 20 percent growth in membership. A few new members are shown in the picture above while the following members were not available when the picture was taken: Fred Baltazar Jr., Peter Bradt, Mark Buren, Ted Edlow, Bill Goettsche, Bill Hall, Bob Harding, David Hill, Bob Lilienthal, Ed Raleigh, Charlie Royce, Jim Schmidt, Marcus Shalley, Tim Brown and Gary Shiffrin. The 2013 Director’s Cup competition is well on the way with early winners as follows: Flight No. 1: Hill held off Gary Shifrin; Jim Robinson defeated Dale Zeigler; Bob David closed out Fred Baltazar; Jim Benton overcame Marcus Shalley;

Warren Powell outdid Peter Maloney in 19 holes, while Ted Edlow got a first-round bye. Flight No. 2: Tom Walker defeated John Gulla; Jim Tolentino closed out Tony Ferreira; Jim Donnelly closed out Bob Sobeck; Andy Mammay beat Dick May and Bill Gushue triumphed over Marty Gillette. Directors Cup competition will continue through the end of the year, with the flight playoffs scheduled for January. The VEMA Cup, a flighted two-day event, will kick off the VEMA 2014 golf year on Tuesday, Jan. 28. It will be a two-man scramble, while Jan. 30 will sport a two-man Best Ball event. The entry fee for the 2014 opener is $15 and includes refreshments in addition to great golf. For more information, or to sign up for the VEMA Cup, call 321-636-9007. VV

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Viera finishes second at state girls golf tournament

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Sports Schedule BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. unless noted * District game Dec. 3 – at Astronaut Dec. 4 – Rockledge Dec. 6 – Eau Gallie Dec. 10 – at Palm Bay Dec. 14 – at Martin County, 7 p.m.* BOYS JV BASKETBALL 6:15 p.m. unless noted Dec. 3 – at Astronaut Dec. 4 – Rockledge Dec. 6 – Eau Gallie Dec. 10 – at Palm Bay Dec. 14 – at Martin County, 7 p.m.* BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL 5 p.m. unless noted Dec. 3 – at Astronaut Dec. 4 – Rockledge Dec. 6 – Eau Gallie Dec. 10 – at Palm Bay GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL 7 p.m. unless noted * District game Dec. 2 – Bayside Dec. 5 – Palm Bay Dec. 9 – Satellite Dec. 11 – at Rockledge Dec. 13 – at Martin County, 6 p.m.* Dec. 16 – Cocoa Dec. 20 – at Sebastian River, 6 p.m.* Dec. 27-30 – at Queen of Palms Tournament in Ft. Myers, TBA GIRLS JV BASKETBALL 5:30 unless noted Dec. 2 – Bayside Dec. 5 – Palm Bay Dec. 9 – Satellite

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The Viera High girls golf team got a second-place finish … and perhaps a little motivation for next season at the Class 3A state championship tournament. Freshman Samantha from places they have visited. Brimhall led the Hawks with a Gulla owns golf balls from two-day total of 158 (75-83), courses in South Africa, which was good enough to tie Norway, Sweden, Denmark, for 13th place overall. Senior Germany, Belgium, Australia Michelle Hawkins was right and Taiwan. He started his collection after returning from behind her with 159 to finish his tours of duty in Vietnam in in a tie for 16th place and sophomore Taylor Rajeski was 1966-67 and 1970-71, so he has no golf balls from either the tied for 21st with 161. Cypress Bay, which was last Republic of Vietnam or Taipei year’s state runner-up, rallied — two courses he played while in Southeast Asia on active duty. His collection covers a majority of the 50 states and includes Hawaii and Alaska, but he is still shy for a number of them. He uses the email address of golfnut1960@ hotmail.com and asks anyone going on vacation to purchase logo golf balls on his behalf, reimbursing them for their efforts. One of his most cherished golf balls is the one he received from his mother-in-law, Rita E. VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala Chabot. He said the golf Viera High’s Michelle Hawkins hits a tee shot during last month’s district ball has been in outer space tournament at Duran Golf Club. and as a result, holds a The senior fired even-par 72 to earn prominent place on his spare medalist honors as the Hawks won bedroom wall. VV their sixth consecutive district title.

on Day 2 to win the title. “It was a good tournament for us in that we came out and we set the tone early,” Viera coach Greg Ford said. “We had a four-stroke lead after the first day. (Cypress Bay is) a very good team.” Senior Samantha Dahl, who was an alternate on the Hawks’ 2009 state championship team, shot 185. Junior Kaycee Gray shot 196. Though finishing second after leading the first day was a little disappointing, there was still plenty for Viera’s players to be quite proud of. “There are schools all over the state that wish they were in our position, so we can’t sneeze at finishing state runner-up,” Ford said. “We’re very pleased with that. We worked hard to get there and to have that opportunity.” Viera finished second in the 2008 tournament as well, and the players used that to help motivate them to win the state title the following year. Could this team be just as motivated? “No doubt,” Ford said. “We are fairly young. Out of our top five, two of them are seniors, but we’ll be fine because we have a lot of young talent. We’ll be able to fill those spots in pretty well, I think. We’ll hopefully have another opportunity next year.” VV

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HOLY TRINITY FOOTBALL The Tigers (7-4) were the district runner-up and advanced to the first round of the Class 3A playoffs … Quarterback Dan Welch threw for 1,350 yards and nine touchdowns while running back Alex Bouie rushed for 1,053 yards and seven TDs … J’V’On Butler was the top receiver with 39 catches for 519 yards and two scores. He also led the Tigers defensively with 93 tackles, including a whopping 15 sacks … Garrett Heinlen had 84 tackles. HOLY TRINITY BOYS GOLF A first-ever trip to the Class 1A state tournament for Holy Trinity’s boys resulted in a respectable eighth-place finish. While Kerry Sweeney won the individual championship with a two-day total of 136, eighthgrader Calvin Sierota gave a glimpse at things to come, shooting 145 to finish 12th overall … Seniors Matt Allison and Trey Ville closed out their careers with scores of 159 and 172 … Sophomore Zane Vliegenthart shot 90 on the first day. HOLY TRINITY GIRLS GOLF It was a remarkable season for the Tigers, who won their first-ever district championship. Holy Trinity would finish fifth at the Class 1A regionals, which were held at Suntree Country Club, and

did not advance to the state tournament. However, it was still quite a sendoff for seniors Mary Lewis and Kendall Kara. With talented players remaining such as junior Kaley Stirtzinger, freshman Lilly Wall, sophomore Emily Dixon and junior Lindsey Webb, the future certainly looks bright. HOLY TRINITY SWIMMING Sending 14 swimmers and divers to the regionals was quite an accomplishment for such a young team. But that wasn’t all. Three Tigers qualified for the state meet, including senior Robert Morgan, who went into the finals as the eighth seed and finished fourth overall in the boys 1-meter diving event. Two other Holy Trinity divers — sophomore Noel Whitlock and junior Kayla Whitlock — also qualified for the state meet. Noel finished 19th overall, while Kayla was 22nd. HOLY TRINITY VOLLEYBALL In keeping with perhaps the most successful fall sports season in Holy Trinity history, the Tigers won their district championship and reached the Class 4A regional semifinals. Senior Gabby Dixon (190), junior Claudia Poulos (151) and senior Chelsea Pruitt (142) led the team in kills. Junior Lindsay Vaught had a teamhigh 51 blocks and senior Megan Moisand handed out 407 assists. Junior Jenny Ryan led the Tigers (21-5) with 321 digs. Junior Jennifer Hicks served 43 aces.

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both won district titles while Jocelyn Lott (100 butterfly) was second and Maria Torrez was third (500 freestyle, 200 butterfly). VIERA VOLLEYBALL After a runner-up finish in district play, Viera lost in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs and finished the season at 15-12. Senior Alex Bynum (210), junior Alana Shoff (159) and Cailea Gibbs (155) led the team in kills while Shoff (70) and Gibbs (60) were also tops in blocks. Bynum had a team-high 355 digs, followed by Marisol Murray (318). Freshman Nina Alvarez had 449 assists. Sophomore Andrea Pacheaco led Viera with 49 service aces. VV

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Kids having fun … coaching kids By Carl Kotala

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team was managed by D’Arco are happy and having fun, it and Iannacone last spring. makes me feel like I did what Because it went so well, the I was supposed to do as a number is now up to five. coach — make them enjoy “We just like working with the game.” the kids and helping them D’Arco said he likes become better ballplayers,” coaching so much, he might D’Arco said. “… I thought it consider doing even more of would be a lot harder and it down the road. more difficult, but it’s actually “I would love to get into really fun and pretty easy to coaching when I get older, do.” whether it’s my kids or some The teenagers, who receive other organization I can help community service hours out with,” he said. VV for their coaching efforts, are coaching kids at a very important time in their baseball development. “It’s a big move going from T-Ball to machine pitch,” Hewatt said. “It’s either a make-orbreak with the kids. You can either have them enjoy baseball and continue it for the rest of their lives, or you can make it not fun for them. VIERA VOICE Jill Gaines “Considering this Alex Klinger, a baseball player for Viera High School, coaches the Volcanoes of age is all about fun … the Viera Suntree Little League. the fact that my kids

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Sweeney claims state golf title Kerry Sweeney knew there was only one player left on the course who could spoil his chances of winning the Class 1A state individual golf championship. “When he came in and I saw his score, I was in shock,” the Holy Trinity senior said. “I couldn’t believe it. I did shed a tear here and there. To know I actually did that, I beat some of the best players in the state— and in the country— is awesome.” Sweeney, who fired 5-under 67 opening round and 3-under 69 on the second day, finished two strokes ahead of the competition at the Deer Island Golf and Lake Club in Tavares last month to become the first Holy Trinity boys golfer to win a state championship.

Holy Trinity’s boys team finished eighth. While his short game was working particularly well and played a big factor in his victory, Sweeney was also pleased with how smartly he played. “I didn’t try to overpower the course as much as I played as a course should be played, one shot at a time,” he said. “Instead of trying to do things you wouldn’t usually do, I just trusted what I had going, and it really did produce.” The victory has done wonders for Sweeney’s confidence. “I know for a fact now that I know how to win, which is really hard to do for a kid,” he said. “It’s going to take maturity to win in harder conditions, but I know how to win. I know how to get it done. You can build off that.”

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Holy Trinity senior Kerry Sweeney shot rounds of 67 and 69 to win the Class 1A state individual golf championship.

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hen Holy Trinity athletes ael Leary and Jace Hogan ed their national letter of nt papers last month, they also e a little bit of school history. ary, who signed with Adams University (Lamosa, Co.), me the first Holy Trinity sse player to earn a larship. gan, meanwhile, is the first basketball player to sign a ion I scholarship. The 6-footward signed with the U.S. l Academy. lmost lost it,” Hogan said of ig day. “I’m an emotional guy. to try to keep it together. ds can’t express (what I’m ng). It’s just a blessing, really. thank God. That’s all I can y say.” er transferring in from Palm High last season, Hogan e a number of school records ding most points in a single on (651) and scoring average 1) on the way to being named lass 3A District Player of ear. has a chance to become he third Tigers player to ,000 career points, and zingly, he can do it in just years.

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Art bags help celebrate birthdays for kids By George White

Members of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Upper School National Art Honor Society have picked up the “birthday bags” project to encourage the arts for all. Former student Katherine Rodby, now a surgical resident in Chicago, came up with the idea of filling birthday bags with items kids may want or need. The current NAHS members decided to take the idea a step further by filling the bags with art supplies. “This is our first year doing it and we made 50. They’re for kids at the Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood of Melbourne,’’

said Isabela Rovira, president of the NAHS chapter. The bags included a sketch book, watercolor set, sketching set and colored markers. “This was my daughter’s Gold Award project but I was talking with this group last year and they really liked the idea and they wanted to turn it into something that would be more pertinent to the NAHS. That’s when they hit upon doing birthday bags with art supplies. This year we were able to get it going and we ordered art supplies,’’ said Holy Trinity Fine Arts Dept. chair Cathy Rodby, Katherine’s mother. “When one of the kids in their program has a birthday they are going to hand them a bag,’’ she said.

The hope is to inspire a future artist who may not have had the chance, except in school classes which may have just a few supplies. “Giving them the chance to express themselves with art is a good thing. This is something they get to keep at home and they have ownership,’’ Rodby said. The students spent $500 on the 50 bags, with plans to raise more money to add more supplies next year, she said. “We gave them a box full and when they run down we’ll give them another box full. I think it‘s something they will look forward to,’’ she said. To donate to help fill the bags, call 321-723-8323, ext. 336. VV

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Golf suits Taube family to a tee By Jeff Navin

Jim Taube loves to tell stories. Detroit was different when he was a child. Joe Louis was the king of boxing, the city of his youth ruled the flourishing auto industry and a fun day in the winter time included a game of hockey or perhaps just a race on skates. “Joe Louis had a crush on a gal across the street,’’ said Taube, who at 93 years old still plays golf on a regular basis at Viera East Golf Club with his wife Dottie. “Her name was Elsie Roxborough and Joe would come over all the time.

He really wanted to marry Elsie. He was the nicest person you’d ever want to meet. I once had a pair of his championship gloves. I ended up selling them for $10. I wish I had them now.’’ Taube possesses something more valuable than the old gloves — his health. He and his wife have lived in Viera for the past 11 years after moving north from Boynton Beach, where the couple met after both of their divorces. They have been married for the past 41 years. Both have lived in Florida since the 1950s. Dottie, a native of New Jersey, moved to Florida

in 1955 after graduating from Limestone College in South Carolina. Jim already had left Detroit earlier in the decade, taking a transfer from General Motors. He worked in public relations after graduating from the University of Illinois. Before that, he served in the Navy during World War II. Dottie Taube played basketball in high school and started playing golf around 1970. “Four of us girls were bankers and we were allowed to follow the men on Saturday at North Dade Golf Club,’’ Dottie Taube said. “Banking was very hard. You were nobody, and even though you would do what the men were doing, you got nothing. It was a lot of work for very little pay. I did well because I was good, but there definitely was partiality toward men.’’ Besides golf, Jim Taube likes to ride his bike, swim and use the exercise room at Grand Isle. Dottie Taube does all of that plus yoga and pickleball, a variation of tennis, badminton and table tennis. “I still have a martini every night,’’ Jim Taube joked. “I used to have two, but I’ve cut

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it down. I’m not that good a (golfer) anymore. About 12 or 13 years ago, my right eye was burned out and it ruptured. I had to have it removed to stop the bleeding. I’ve learned to adjust. My putting is not as good. I like the people here and I like this golf golf course. It’s

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Groups donate continued from page 1 Starting Dec. 2, people will bid on themed wreaths and other gifts. The festival will finish with the gala on Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 or a gift card donation, and it’s free for children under 12. Guests will enjoy abundant hors d’oeuvres, drinks and desserts, as well as craft vendors and live music. Children can do crafts, have their faces painted and get their photos taken with Santa.

“Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” said Denise Leblanc of Charity Chicks. The toy drive hosted by GAAB will be a “brunch and mimosas” event at the CasaBella Clubhouse on Dec. 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch is free to anyone who brings unwrapped toys. “We were so thrilled and so humbled with the participation [last year],” says Ioanna

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Mallak Hammad and Soula Mitropoulos collect toys donated through the Greek American Association of Brevard.

Hawkins, secretary of GAAB. “This year the children have increased and we decided to do the toy run again.” Community members who can’t make it to the drive but still wish to donate can call GAAB. “The children ask, ‘Where did this come from? Who gave me a gift? They don’t even know me!’” says Hurst. “They’re appreciative that somebody cares.” For more information about the toy drive, or to schedule a toy pickup, call 321-610-6050. For more information about the Festival of Wreaths, call 321-751-6771. To learn more about Devereux, go to devereuxfl.org or call 321-258-1772. VV

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Holiday Brunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N.Wickham Rd. 321-914-9165

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Noon (registration begins at 11:30 a.m.) Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Rd. Please RSVP by Dec. 4 321-751-6984

12 p.m., Free Guest organist David 5:30 p.m. Educational Services Facility Vogeding plays the new 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 2,196-pipe organ. Advent Lutheran Church 321-633-1000 7550 N. Wickham Rd. Suntree, 321-259-8515

Viera Woman’s Club Luncheon Meeting

Brevard County School Board Meeting

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Pipe Organ Concert

Neighbors of Suntree Luncheon Fundraiser 11:30 a.m., $29 Suntree Country Club RSVP, 321-757-6687

Photos with Santa

6 - 8 p.m., Free Uno Chicago Grill 8260 N. Wickham Rd. 321-255-1400

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Space Coast Ballet presents The Nutcracker

To benefit Devereux Florida. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Food, drinks, children’s crafts King Center for the and live holiday music. Performing Arts One Senior Place 321-242-2219 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Breakfast with Santa Viera, 321-751-6771 9 a.m. Sounds of the Season Duran Golf Club, Tradewinds 7:30 p.m., donations 7032 Stadium Pkwy., Viera Indialantic Chamber Singers 321-504-7776, ext. 2 w/ Brevard Childrens Chorus Snow in the Park St. John the Evangelist 5 - 11 p.m., Snow, Ice Catholic Church 5655 Stadium Pkwy., Viera Slides, Snowman Freezer Wickham Park Pavilion 321-960-5000 IndialanticChamberSingers.org tlcentertainments.com

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2 - 4:30 p.m. Will discuss A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4405

5:30 - 10 p.m., $12 The Harbor City Harmonizers Ages 5 - 12 yrs. old 2 p.m., $12 Call to register, space limited Holy Trinity Episcopal Viera Rec. Center Academy Auditorium 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 5625 Holy Trinity Dr. 321-433-4891 321-213-9424 hcharmonizers.com

Neighbors Book Club

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6th Annual Central Florida Metropolitan Opera Messiah Sing-Along 7 p.m., with Space Coast Live Stream: “Falstaff” Symphony Orchestra. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 5655 Stadium Pkwy., Viera 855-252-7276 SpaceCoastSymphony.org

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6 - 8 p.m., Free Uno Chicago Grill 8260 N. Wickham Rd. 321-255-1400

12 p.m., Free Guest organist Michael Rickman plays the new 2,196-pipe organ. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Rd., Suntree, 321-259-8515

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Young Authors Group 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Ages 9-16 Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4405

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Cancer Survivor Dance Class Melbourne Community Festival of Wreaths every Wed., 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Orchestra Holiday Concert 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., $5

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 4 - 5 p.m. Tuesdays Julia Pontones Ordered Duran Golf Club, Tradewinds Mon., Wed., Fri $25/month Chaos Dance Studio 7032 Stadium Pkwy., Viera $10/class or monthly package 321-632-9184 3270 Suntree Blvd., #112 321-504-7776, ext. 2 Viera Rec. Center Shorin Ryu Karate Melbourne, 321-759-1316 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 6 - 7 p.m. Tuesdays ABATE Toy Run Brevard Users Group 712-269-0049 $5/class 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. 321-433-1533 Toy Run at 12 p.m. Computer Users Club Viera Rec. Center Music, food, drinks. Melbourne Library, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne Bring unwrapped gift or $10 entry fee. bugclub.org Merritt Square Mall Holiday Concert with 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Viera Choral Program brevard.abateflorida.com 6 p.m., Duran Golf Club 321-639-1776 7032 Stadium Pkwy., Viera 321-504-7776, ext. 2

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Kids Camp

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Galmont Ballet presents Charles Dickens’ The American Nutcracker A Christmas Carol

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10 a.m. - 3 p.m., through Sun. Gifts given to the animals, Santa & Mrs. Claus visit. Brevard Zoo 321-254-9453 brevardzoo.org

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7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Viera Rec. Center Viera Rec. Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 321-433-4891 321-433-4891

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12/23, 26, & 27 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Viera Rec. Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 321-433-4891

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4 p.m., $5 donation Three musical prodigies emcee & perform. Friendship Fellowship Church of Pineda 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge 321-254-3398 CreativeArtsBrevard.org

7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 8 p.m. (closes 4 p.m. on 31st) Duran Golf Club, Tradewinds Viera Rec. Center 7032 Stadium Pkwy., Viera 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 321-504-7776, ext. 2 321-433-4891 durangolf.com

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New Year’s Eve

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6 p.m. - 10 a.m. Stay up until midnight, hike the Zoo and more. Dinner, snacks and breakfast. Ages 7 - 12 yrs. Swingtime’s New Brevard Zoo Year’s Eve Gala Elegant Dinner and Dancing 321-254-9453 brevardzoo.org 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. $110/person Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N Wickham Rd., Viera 321-724-0555 melbournemunicipalband.org

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Boomer girls laugh through hardship one page at a time By Linda Wiggins

Baby boomers dodged the bullet of hardship that their World War II-era parents endured, allowing them to become the all-about-Me Generation. As they age, however, boomers are now facing the hardest of hard times as their parents grow frail and need care, and at the same time their adult or young children still demand or need care, all while trying VIERA VOICE Linda Wiggins to carve out some sense of Boomer authors of “The Don Quixote Girls,” Mia Crews and Karlene who they are themselves. Conroy hope to share joy gleaned from caring for parents and adult There is hope in the message children with their Thursday, Dec. 5 book talk “Surviving the Sandwich” authors Mia Crews and at the Suntree/Viera Library, which is free and open to the public. Karlene Conroy will bring to the 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 talk, “Surviving the Sandwich,” Generation: friendship. That is what is going at the Suntree/Viera Library. to get you through the hardest of times,” The Sandwich Generation refers to boomers Conroy said. “That, and humor, even in the who are wedged between caring for their most ridiculously bad situations. We laughed parents and their children. “This is supposed to be the time of our lives all through writing this book.” One of the toughest parts of the book’s when we can stop living so much for others and figure out what we really want to do with sweet success is that both Conroy’s and Crews’ our lives,” said Crews, who with Conroy wrote mothers passed away before it was published and they could not read the final product. the recent book “The Don Quixote Girls,” a “That’s just one of the many hardships we fictional tale based on characters who possess many of their own hopes, dreams and failings. shared in common,” Crews said. “We both lost our fathers just before that, the list goes “But as much as we try to pull away, we keep getting pulled back in to the concerns of others.” on. What we realized in talking to others is that we are not alone in what we are They chose the title of the book from the experiencing.” 1605 novel “Don Quixote” by Miguel de They hope to share the sanity-saving wisdom Cervantes Saavedra, from which comes the they have amassed with others who are still in expression “tilting at windmills,” to wage an the process of seeing to the care of parents. idealistic fight with little hope of victory. The event is free and open to the public. The humorous story of four friends is set in an actual area in the Panhandle, but in a town Windmill cookies from a yellow bag and with a fictional name, Paradise, “because their lemonade from the lemons grown near a gazebo in Conroy’s backyard will be lives are anything but.” served, all representing details from “If we could sum up what the book is all the book. For more information, go to about, it would be the same thing that will save your sanity as a member of the Sandwich donquixotegirls.com. VV

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STEMz is not a new place, but it has a whole new direction. Kelly Guion, owner of what used to be A Floral With Flair, now runs the combo florist shop, wine bar and bistro called STEMz. Her husband, Larry Guion, works with her. She pursued her passion for weddings by becoming a florist, but the flower business has changed. People call and place orders online instead of coming inside, so it’s harder to provide personalized service, she added that she had to come up with a twist. “As we were doing more and more weddings, we started doing the wedding planning here and ended up giving people a warmer environment to sit in,” Kelly Guion said. “That’s how the concept started. So, we took the front part which was retail space and converted it into a wine bar .” The couple celebrated the grand opening of STEMz on Nov.1.

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“We have live music a couple times a month, a bistro menu and we continue to be a florist,” she said. They also coordinate weddings. “Obviously, it’s taken off much beyond our expectations,” Guion said. STEMz is already looking at expanding, with more emphasis on live entertainment. Even without much space, they regularly bring in professional singers and chefs who prepare special menus. Patrons often get up and dance. Sometimes they show movies instead, featuring Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or Billy Joel. Larry Guion knows they’re satisfying a different niche. “It’s lady friendly and couple friendly,” he said. “Music comes first and you are not going to see a rowdy sports crowd.”

Kelly Guion added, “The community has been unbelievable in their response. Everybody who’s come has returned and brought someone.” STEMz is located at 7025 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 110, just south of Suntree Blvd. For more information, go to stemzsuntree.com or call 321-622-8210. VV

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Sisters to celebrate fourth anniversary of unique day spa and salon By Rosemary H. Lynn

When sisters Rose Cally and Grace Ruano first opened their salon on U.S. 1 in Melbourne, they were concerned about the economy but were determined to make a go of it. Sorelli, which is Italian for sisters, was the perfect name for their business. They had a total of four employees and wanted to have an inviting, family friendly salon where both women and men could come for full hair salon services as well as other spa amenities. Although times were tough four years ago, they made their little business a warm and friendly place for both men and women to come for salon services. Little did they know that within two years, their business would outgrow that location and they would have to find a larger place to operate. Thus, Sorelli Hair Studio and Day Spa relocated to 400 St.

Andrews Blvd. in Melbourne almost two years ago and they now have over 30 employees who offer full service hair styling, manicures, facials, massage, waxing, make-up and other spa services. In the first six months there, they doubled their clientele. The overall atmosphere is very upbeat and friendly, everyone is smiling and enjoying the services they are receiving. “I feel a kinship with my clientele,” Cally said. “I feel they are my friends and I want them to have the best experience possible when they come into my salon.” Jodi Allen, marketing manager, added “People can spend their money anywhere they like. We want them to enjoy their experience here and tell their friends about it.” Cally is passionate about participating in various fundraising events such as Toys for Tots and recovering cancer patients. For women receiving

chemo who might not want to come into the salon when it is packed, Cally said they offer private after-hours or beforehours services. She explained that these special women often just want someone to talk to and to feel that they are important and beautiful too. “A lot of the cancer patients want head massages, which is important because the experience of touch is healing in itself” she said. Another unique option that Sorelli’s offers is a Blow Dry Workshop held several times a year to teach people how to blow dry their hair properly. The day and time for these events is usually announced on their Facebook page. Sorelli Hair Studio can be reached by calling 321-2530030. They can be found on the internet at sorellihairstudio. com and on Facebook. Walkins are welcome. VV

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Viera continues to grow at a remarkable pace, and popular companies are adding locations to meet the demand. On Nov. 14, Crest Cleaners broke ground on a new building project that will also house Dunkin’ Donuts, Wren Insurance Agency and one to two other businesses. “The biggest thing about this,” said Keith Houston, one of the owners of Crest Cleaners, “is that Dunkin’ was very interested in a drive-thru. The drive-thru is really important to us as well, so we actually shrunk the size of the building and broke it into two pieces.” He and his father, Lang Houston, were present for the ground breaking, as well as Kirk Ball, owner of Wren Insurance Agency, and Keith Johnson, owner of Dunkin’ Donuts. “It felt pretty good,” said Keith Houston, who contended with paperwork and legal requirements to buy the land and plan the building. “There were an awful lot of hoops and it takes a lot longer than you would think, so it was a very good feeling to finally be in the construction phase.”

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Kirk Ball, Wren Insurance Agency, left; Chuck Nelson, Brevard County Commissioner District 2; Linda Webster, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; Keith Houston, Crest Cleaners; Lang Houston, Crest Cleaners; Charine Lewis, JM Real Estate Inc.; Mary Bolin Lewis, Brevard County Commissioner District 4; Keith Johnson, owner of Dunkin Donuts; and Bob Hicks, owner of Hicks construction, break ground on the project.

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Snow Ball chairwoman Judy DeAngelis, Norma McGann, Susan Swanson and Eloise Lynagh plan this year’s Viera Woman’s Club Snow Ball for Saturday, Dec. 8.

The Viera Woman’s Club will host the Snow Ball 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Holiday Inn Viera. The theme for this year’s signature event is Inspiring the Arts. Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and include dancing to live music by the Marney Fletcher Band and drawings for prizes worth up to $1,000. Attendees may purchase a special jewelry box at the Bling Auction and hope to find an emerald and diamond ring or other fabulous trinkets inside. Tickets for the cash drawing or the Win Some Bling drawing are $10 a ticket or four for $20. All proceeds will benefit the many charities sponsored by Viera Woman’s Club. Last year’s Snow Ball generated more than $12,000. The Viera Woman’s Club is part of the General Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs. For more information about joining, to make a donation or for tickets, call 321-751-6984 or visit gfwcvierawomansclub. com. VV

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Holiday tips for Fido By Ian Birkbeck, DVM Island Animal Hospital at Viera

The holidays are coming. Here are some quick pet tips to keep in mind during this busy season:

DON’T forget to plan ahead With all the travel arrangements, gift ideas, and menu planning, don’t forget to schedule boarding, grooming or pet sitting as early as possible. Many boarding facilities become filled to capacity during the holidays and take appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. Securing a spot early could make the difference between a relaxing vacation and a road trip with four cats in tow. Also, don’t forget to keep your pets updated on their vaccines, usually a requirement for boarding or grooming. Your veterinarian can provide you with any needed documentation for the facility. DO give your pet a gift Pamper your pet with a fresh toy or two (giftwrap is optional). Play is an important way for dogs

to exercise. Burning off stored up energy through exercise can improve a dog’s behavior (it’s easier to stay calm and focus on commands when not bouncing off the walls) as well as physical health. Similarly, cats show multiple benefits from stimulation through play. Activity can prevent obesity, a common health problem in cats, as well as decrease stress, found to be a risk factor for Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). DON’T be too quick to give a pet as a gift It may seem like it goes without saying, but owning a pet is a big responsibility. Keeping up with a dog, cat or other animal’s nutritional, behavioral and medical needs is required for pet ownership. Gifting a pet to someone is also gifting them a sizeable time and financial commitment, so don’t do it without asking

enough questions to know that the person is up for the task. Although a child may fully intend to be the primary caretaker for a new pet, parents are frequently the ones who end up doing most of the work.

DON’T let pets near holiday hazards The dog or cat that ate tinsel was once a staple of veterinary practice during the holidays. While that particular item has decreased in popularity, we still see decorations getting swallowed from time to time. Avoid long, stringlike decorations, especially with cats, as they are prone to causing problems if ingested. And watch dogs closely around ornaments, many of which could be confused with their own toys. Keep the holiday menu items to the humans at the party. While a piece of dinner roll is unlikely to cause an issue, a deep fried turkey wing might. Anything outside a pet’s normal diet, especially rich food with high fat content,

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Veterans retirement living is “camaraderie that can’t be explained” By Linda Wiggins

A record number of military veterans are moving into supported retirement living communities, as World War II, Korean War and even Vietnam veterans are now looking for a carefree lifestyle setting that will allow them to age in place. “There is a tremendous need for this housing,” said John Goode, owner of Viera Manor, a retirement community that opened five months ago geared primarily for veterans. Goode, himself a retired military officer, is a rare private owner of an assisted living community. The majority are owned by parent corporations whose holdings may frequently change hands. Goode identified a surplus piece of federal property on the new Breslay Drive in northwest Viera, just down the road from the the VA Clinic. He pursued years of red tape and high hurdles to secure a 50-year lease on the property with rights for extensions. In exchange, he has an agreement with the Veterans Administration that a minimum of 80 percent of the occupants will be veterans. The current rate is 94 percent.

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The demand for units is strong. New assisted living facilities can take years to reach capacity. Viera Manor is at 50 percent capacity in a matter of months, and units are going quickly. Capacity is 86 units and a total of 102 licensed beds. For some veterans, it is a seamless transition in the military communities they already prefer. Will and Ursula Sellers live on Patrick Air Force Base in housing offered to military retirees. Like many potential Viera Manor residents, they

visit a number of places to see if it feels like home. “It’s time we start looking for a place,” said Will Sellers, a veteran of the WWII Pacific theater and the ensuing occupation of Japan. Veterans receive funds toward their living expenses based on their level of VA

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Ursula and Will Sellers visited Viera Manor while shopping for a new home.

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Landon Brassard gets into the intergenerational holiday spirit with Viera Manor resident Joe Ryan. benefits, which translates to up to $6,000 per month in savings at the facility, depending on the level of care needed. Services range from independent living through on-site hospice. While reviews from residents on the accommodations, food and services are generally stellar, there is one aspect of a veterans retirement community that is critically important, said one veteran. “Once you are a veteran, you are always a veteran,”

said James Brassard, marketing director for Viera Manor and retired U.S. Army Ranger who deployed twice to Afghanistan and Iraq on classified missions. “You have experienced things and seen things the average person can’t relate to. There is a camaraderie that can’t be explained,” Brassard said. Joe Ryan, a paratrooper with the Army’s WWII 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles,

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The Junior League of South Brevard (JLSB) kicked off the holiday season with its 29th annual Festival of Trees on Nov. 16 and 17. The fundraiser helps JLSB with its work in the community and usually gets a turnout of 3,000 to 4,000 people. This year, the festival was held at the Viera Regional Community Center. Designers decorated and donated elaborate Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations, and attendees bid on them in a silent auction. The best trees were recognized with awards, and designer Renee Kowalske pulled off a hat trick with Best in Show for tabletop tree, People’s Choice for tree and People’s Choice for a matching wreath. The festival featured more than holiday décor. JLSB also sold baked goods and raffle tickets, and children got to meet Santa and give him their Christmas wishes early. Live entertainment added to the joyful atmosphere, including singers, bands, children and ballroom dancers. “It was a beautiful event and hopefully next year it will be just as great,” said Cindy Parr, president of JLSB. “Next year is our 30th anniversary, so hopefully it will be even bigger and better.” For more information about JLSB, visit jlsb.net or call 321610-8950. VV

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Renee Kowalske won three awards, Best in Show, Table Top tree and People’s Choice for her tree and matching wreath.

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With deep sadness and heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Charlie Corbeil, who passed away in November. Corbeil’s informative column “Parting Shot” in Viera Voice taught readers about the beauty of Brevard County’s wildlife. The Florida naturalist and guide documented the unique ecosystem of the Viera Wetlands through his photography and a monthly column. He picked a bird or animal to focus on each month, and the feature was a pivotal learning device for science teachers, their pupils or anyone who appreciates the small creatures who live beside us in this fragile environment. Corbeil’s wife, Charlotte, helped him write and put together the awardwinning pieces. The Corbeils moved to Brevard County in 2001 and quickly found the Viera Wetlands, which are located west of Viera where Wickham Road ends. Charlie loved shooting photos during sunrise or sunset when the birds were most active, and his favorite season was the fall migration period, also the peak breeding season. Corbeil, whose dream vacation was a trip to the Galapagos Islands and an excursion through the jungles of Ecuador, thought the Viera Wetlands had something for everyone. He was a vital member and advocate for the Friends of the Viera Wetlands. He was a Florida Master Naturalist, conservationist, family man, friend and a true gentleman. VV

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