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Gabrielle Ford of Suntree uses her dogs and her experience with illness and bullying during high school, to help spread the word against bullies at schools and other events nationwide. She wrote “Still Dancing” to explain her challenges and current efforts.

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After being bullied in high school because of her illness, Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford of Viera, now a national anti-bullying spokesperson, had all but given up, for nearly four years shutting herself in and the world out. “I just thought everybody would treat me like those kids in school did. I cut myself off from people really,” she said. That was before she got a long-eared coonhound name Izzy as a reward for starting to get out of her shell. “The only one I even wanted around me all the time was my dog. I love animals so much because they are always there. She didn’t care what I looked like or that I couldn’t do things anymore,’’ she said. Ford, who moved to Viera from Michigan in March, suffers from a rare genetic neuromuscular disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia. “Ataxia means without coordination. My nerves don’t communicate that well with my muscles, my coordination is poor and it’s progressive. I was born with it. I was a dancer, just like most kids. When I was 12, I became symptomatic. I walked wobbly and I couldn’t stand still,’’ she said. Ironically, Izzy later would come down with a similar condition,

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Superheroes raise money to give abused children a “sense of normalcy.” By Linda Wiggins

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton were not superheroes, but the money they appear on is, lessening the horror for children plucked from their homes for their safety, sometimes in the middle of the night, and then trotted through the courts

system. The second annual Guardian Ad Litem Superhero Run will take off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, where adults, children and families can dress up as their favorite superhero and walk or run to raise awareness and money to help GALs serve children’s needs. Organizers hope to top

the $10,000 raised last year. Friends of Children of Brevard is a nonprofit auxiliary group that purchases items and services not included in the Brevard County courts’ budget to create a sense of normalcy for the abused, neglected or abandoned children. Each year, hundreds of Brevard County’s children

are removed from their homes and placed under the Dependency Court as the result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Each child is assigned a volunteer advocate called a Guardian ad Litem (GAL). When these Guardians have a child with an unmet need, they call upon “Friends’” for help with almost anything: a bed, a bike, a pair of shoes or a school uniform. “This helps to bring a sense of normalcy to their disrupted lives,” said Patricia Williams, event coordinator and GAL spokesperson. The real superheroes are the GAL volunteers, none of whom consider themselves such, according to Williams. “They leap tall obstacles in a single bound, cut through red tape with their X-ray vision,


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COMMUNITY Viera East Lady golfers make a joyful noise for charity and more

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The Singing Golfers have a lot of fun as they participate in various charity events and sing for different organizations. They are known for changing the words of their songs to reflect a lighthearted and fun songfest for their audiences. Lyrics are usually changed to golf “lingo” such as “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” words changed to “We Wish you would take some lessons, we wish you would take some lessons, we wish you would take some lessons or quit playing golf!” and so forth. The creativity put forth is amazing and they all have a lot of fun in composing the various songs. Formally known as the Viera East 9-hole Ladies Golf Association, the group recently held its Christmas luncheon at the Black Tulip restaurant in Cocoa Village, which included 11 of the 13 Singing Golfers associated with their club at Viera East Country Club. Instead of exchanging gifts, they collected money totaling $175 to donate to the Autumn House assisted living in Viera. Sue Buttner has a musical background and she formed the Singing Golfers after the March invitational golf event. They needed entertainment organized and she came up with the idea for the lady golfers. Of course, they had to audition to become part of the group because the idea was to make a “joyful” noise, which means the singers needed to be able to do more than just carry a tune. Upcoming performances will be in March, 2013 when they will perform at the closing luncheon after the 9-hole leaguers play at the club. In October 2013, they will perform at a welcome luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Viera. They are also available to sing at other venues. Buttner can be reached at VV



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Girls’ teams bring home state championships Brevard Stealers ’97 16U Fastpitch State Champions Top row, left to right, Team Manager David Jensen; Michaela Thompson, 14, Vero Beach; Coach Jack (Duke) Maggard; Nicole Spaethe, 15, Melbourne; Jordan Maggard, 15,Viera; Zaria Lipford, 14, Palm Bay; Caitlin Meyer, 14, Palm Bay; Coach Greg Loyd; Karen Kelley, 15, Viera; and Coach Jim Kelley. Bottom row, left to right, Madison Brister, 15, Vero Beach; Kaitlyn Jensen, 14, Viera; Alyssa Loyd, 13, Viera; Nikki Abato, 15, Viera; Kiana East, 14, Viera; and Lina Shaver, 12, Suntree. (Not Pictured: Sarah Borges, 15, Merritt Island.)

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Not much was taken. Pat Dengate came home in time to prevent what could have been a more painful experience. Dengate’s Suntree home was robbed earlier this year. “I must have come home when they were in the process of robbing me,” she said. “There were so many other things that they didn’t take.” Dengate decided it was time to buy and learn how to shoot a gun. She’s not alone, as more seniors in Brevard County are buying guns, taking classes and filling the local shooting ranges to practice their new sport. “I just want to feel comfortable and be able to defend myself if it happens again,” said Dengate, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs who has lived in Florida for the past 26 years. “Having my brother and his wife next door to me has given me a false sense of security. The windows could be open and I’d figure if I yelled they’d be able to hear me. But they’re returning up North to be close to their grandchildren.” Rockledge resident June Wright, who commuted from her home in New Hampshire to teach in Boston during her working years, retired here and lives in a fifth-floor condo. She said she feels safe at home, but would like to pack a piece when traveling. “I just recently lost my husband,” she said as she handled different weapons at Red Dot Shooting Range in Rockledge. “If I have to drive back to New Hampshire, I really want to have a handgun in my car.” Both Dengate and Wright have taken courses at Red Dot, which is operated by Rachel and Jonathan Bonham. “I think I was the only one who had never fired a gun before,” Dengate said. The course


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Dengate enrolled in was limited to women. “I think I might have been intimidated if there had been men in the class,” Dengate said. Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker wants women and all seniors who shoot a gun to be comfortable with the weapon they own. “I’ve seen too many seniors bring in a gun given to them by their children where they can’t pull the trigger,” Parker said. “They need to go to a shooting range and try 20 or 25 different types of handguns if they don’t know what to get. Revolvers, Magnums, .45s — the ranges have all of these for rent. Try a 9mm or a .22 to see what fits in your hand. There are pros and cons, but there will be one that feels best.” Improved technology also has altered Parker’s opinions on the subject. “In the old days, I would have discouraged someone from getting a .22,” said Parker, who retires this month when Wayne Ivey is sworn in. “It wasn’t reliable and it would jam frequently. The quality of the new .22s is 10 times better than what it was.” There are other choices. “For most seniors, I’d prefer a

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Intact families with children are one step closer to having a place to call home until they have a home of their own. Family Promise of Brevard announced that they are in talks with the final two of 13 churches needed to set up a housing network, where families will stay at one of the member churches. They then rotate to the next church each week until they are placed in jobs and in homes. They sleep at the churches and then are transported to a Day Center each morning, where they will seek employment and work on getting their lives on track. “We built our church with this in mind. That’s why we have showers in our restrooms,� said Tony Love, a member of both Suntree United Methodist Church, and the Suntree/Viera Association of Churches that come together to help those less fortunate. “We are delighted that through Family Promise we will finally be able to do that. It is the churches that should be in the business of housing people in need.� SUMC’s endowment campaign chair Richard Turner presented Family Promise with a check for

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Gabrielle Ford and her dogs help fight bullying through workshops.

prompting Ford to speak out for all suffering illness — human and animal — and the larger group of children bullied in school. Her 2009 autobiography “Still Dancing” has garnered national media attention, first on Animal Planet’s “A Pet Story” and later a segment on “The Today Show” and articles in Cosmopolitan and Guideposts. “They totally understood one another because they were so connected with diseases that caused the exact same symptoms,’’ said Ford’s mother, Rhonda Hillman. “The last few years of Izzy’s life she traveled by wagon. She had wheels and Gabe had wheels. It was such a coincidence.’’ So the bullied girl once trapped in her room is now a paid keynote and motivational speaker at conferences and

conventions. But her primary interest is her presentations to schools as an anti-bullying advocate. “When they were interviewing for Animal Planet, I told them how much it hurt me when kids made fun of me. A teacher picked up on that and asked me to come to the classroom and tell about my whole experience. That was my first time talking to anybody about that stuff. It was really difficult for me. To my surprise, all the students were receptive and gave positive feedback. That gave me confidence,’’ she said. Ford still uses dogs in her program in honor of Izzy and continues her work as an advocate against school bullying. For more information, call 810-3734043 or visit the website VV


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Hayes says he had contact with Norman Rockwell for quite a few years, as there were many notable artists in the New England area, including Grandma Moses. He remembers when Rockwell signed a contract with the Saturday Evening Post to paint the covers and he also painted many for Life magazine. The picture that Rockwell painted of a young Hayes and the barber was sold to a Massachusetts life insurance company as an advertising poster, as was often the case. Hayes and his wife enjoy Florida life and their Suntree home. They moved here 40 years ago and have two grown sons, one who lives near Orlando and another in Georgia. Hayes keeps young by playing golf and bowling as well as traveling with Carolyn across the globe. He says he has always wanted to paint and he may just start doing that now that he is retired. VV


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Everything about the Holy Trinity girls basketball program is new this season. New coach. New starting a five. New offense and defense. “The key for us definitely is playing together,” firstyear Tigers coach Johnny Collins said. We’re so young, we have to really have good team chemistry and be patient and execute because of the lack of experience. We have no one that’s really been there and done that.” That’s not to say, however, that Holy Trinity doesn’t have a chance to succeed. Though the Tigers have played a number of teams from higher divisions, it has helped prepare them for district play, where they were off to a 3-0 start. “We’re starting to play better as the season progresses,” junior point guard Kendall Kara said. With only one senior on the team — forward/center Munashe Chiyangana — the Tigers have a chance to form a team that can not only compete this season, but be in position to be even better next year. Kara is one of those key players, along with junior forward Joya Collins; sophomore guard McKenzie Kilborne; freshman guard Alisha Pound; eighthgrader Natalia Walcott and sophomore forward Jana Collins. “We have a lot of new, young players, but they’re working hard,” Joya Collins said. “What we lack in experience, we make up

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Because he works nights, Collins can’t always be there to talk with his daughters about what went on at that night’s practice. So he does the next best thing: “Before it gets too late, I’ll call both of them individually, just to talk to them, and I’ll put on my dad hat and we’ll talk about any smoothing over (that needs to be done) and we go from there,” he said. VV

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Viera Voice • January 2013

By Carl Kotala

Sure, the Viera High girls basketball team returns only two starters this year. But when those two starters are guard/forward Dee Anderson and point guard Ro Hayes — two of the best players in the county, who also happen to be juniors — well, that’s not a bad problem to have. “Those are two excellent returners, that’s for sure,” said a laughing Hawks coach Jamie Risberg. As good as Anderson and Hayes are, though, the Hawks are going to need a lot of other players around them to emerge this season if they are going to be successful. “We have a lot of talent, but we are very young,” Risberg said. Sophomore guard Kelsey Muller is the only other returning varsity player from last year’s team, which won the district title and advanced to the Class 7A regional final. Viera received some help in the form of two transfers,

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Viera High coach Jamie Risberg, center, diagrams a play during a recent game against Bayside.

junior guard Shania Brantley from the Panhandle and senior guard Morgan Best from Kansas. The Hawks also have three freshmen on the roster who will get a chance to make a significant impact — forward Daniella Hatcher, guard Alyssa Laudoto and guard Lexi Gordon. With five new players entering the mix, it will be crucial for the Hawks to not only learn their roles, but embrace them. The Hawks hope their high-pressure, fast-paced style will overcome a lack of height. Anderson is Viera’s tallest player at 5-8. “Height will be our Achilles tendon for sure,” Risberg said.

Viera’s certainly got off to a good start, opening with a 9-1 record that included a dominating performance against Bayside in which the Hawks led 38-2 after the first quarter on the way to a 7010 victory. In that game, Anderson had 24 points, with Hayes getting 17 and Hatcher adding 16. Viera also had a good opening to its district play, winning on the road at New Smyrna Beach 55-16, with a road game against its other district foe, University (Orange City), to come in mid-December. “We’ve got the talent, it’s just a matter of if we can pull it together,” Risberg said.VV

Championship that has eluded them the past three seasons. “We’re going to have to have the younger guys step up,” Gentile said. “We know we’re going to get points from (some of our top seniors).” While Waite plans to wrestle at 132, Terrell Hughes will go at 195 and Terrence will hit the mat at 182. The Hughes brothers are one of five sets of brothers on this year’s Viera team.

Other key wrestlers include senior Josh Amos, who tore his ACL as a sophomore, and then again over this past summer. Senior Ruben Darr is a senior co-captain at 138, while Ricky Veloce will wrestle at 145 and Blake Mahl will wrestle at 220 pounds. Junior Johnny Melendez (126), junior Jeremy Meehan (145 or 152) and senior Cameron Delap (160) are among the wrestlers the

Viera wrestling will rely on strong senior class

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With a roster packed full of seniors, including standouts Hunter Waite and Terrell and Terrence Hughes, Viera High wrestling coach Jim Gentile knows who he can count on to score points this season. It’s getting big performances from some of the other guys, however, that will determine if the Hawks can finally capture the Cape Coast Conference

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The Holy Trinity boys basketball team plays a style that doesn’t sit well with most opponents. Mostly because those opponents can’t sit down. And by the second half…they need the rest. “I love it,” senior guard Gibson said. “They see us pressure and they get tired throughout the game. Most a high schools don’t play at that type of pace.” The Tigers’ full-court pressure, up-tempo style can really wear out an opponent when executed properly. The trick this season will be to get the new players on the same page. “We’re coming off a group that we’d had since seventh and eighth grade, so we’re trying to re-teach the system to a lot of new guys,” Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson said. “Our main focus is on defense. We’ve always been a pretty good defensive team. “We try to keep teams under 40 (points) a night, then we try to use our speed and conditioning to get out and push the tempo of the game.” Holy Trinity returns five players from last year’s team,

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Senior guard Will Gibson has been playing varsity basketball for the Holy Trinity Tigers since his freshman year.

along with five transfers and two players up from the JV team. Gibson and sophomore guard Keoni Wallington — an all-state pick as a freshman — set the pace in the backcourt. Other key players this season will be Jace Hogan, a 6-foot-6 junior transfer from Palm Bay and sophomore swingman Julian Gardner, a transfer from Bayside. Junior Zach Ullian, who played a lot of minutes at shooting guard last season, will also have a big role. “We feel like we have all the pieces,” Henderson said. “It’s just about getting better throughout the year.” The Tigers were already showing signs of improvement in mid December, but once again, it will depend on how quickly the new players are able to pick up the defense. “(It’s) pretty difficult,” Gibson said. “It can take you months to actually get used to it, because you get bad habits and you’re used to everything else. It’s a system. It takes a little while to get it, but once you get into it, you’ll know it like nothing else.” VV

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Hawks will count on to have a strong showing this season. Viera finished second in the CCC in 2010, third in 2011 and second again in 2012. As much as Waite wants to help the Hawks get that CCC title, he also has a little unfinished business for his senior season. After finishing sixth in the state as a sophomore, he was well on his way to heading back to the state meet last season when he was

sidelined by a torn oblique muscle. The senior called it “one of the most disappointing things that’s ever happened to me” and is determined to not only get back to the state meet this season, but to finish in the top three. “I’m definitely ready to go,” he said. “… I’ve been working on my shots a lot. I’m trying to get them faster. I used to always work headlocks. I’m trying to be more diverse.”VV


Viera High senior Hunter Waite (top) works out with a teammate during practice. Waite is hoping to finish in the top three in the state this season.

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JV GIRLS BASKETBALL All games at 5:30 p.m. unless noted Jan. 4 – Rockledge Jan. 9 – at Cocoa Beach Jan. 15 – at Eau Gallie Jan. 16 – MCC Jan. 23 – Satellite Jan. 25 – Space Coast JH GIRLS BASKETBALL Jan. 11 – St. Edward’s, 4 p.m. VARSITY BOYS SOCCER All games at 6 p.m. unless noted *District game Jan. 7 – Florida Air* Jan. 9 – at St. Edward’s* Jan. 11 – at Bayside, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 – The Pine School Jan. 22 – District quarterfinals, TBA Jan. 23 – District semifinals at St. Edward’s, TBA Jan. 25 – District finals at St. Edward’s, TBA JV BOYS SOCCER Jan. 11 – at Bayside, 5:30 p.m. VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER All games at 7 p.m. unless noted *District game Jan. 10 – at St. Edward’s* Jan. 15 – District semifinals at St. Edward’s, TBA Jan. 16 – District semifinals at St. Edward’s, TBA Jan. 18 – District finals at St. Edward’s, TBA JV GIRLS SOCCER Jan. 10 – at St. Edward’s, 4 p.m.





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Precious pups spin yarns of adventure By Linda Wiggins

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Manatee Elementary School students Cody Taylor, Cody Smith and Andrew Tyszkiewicz pumped up the rivalry for their teams to generate the most cans of soup collected at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Souper Bowl food drive.

Soup is super gift from football fans to hungry families By Linda Wiggins

Football-fanatic students at Manatee Elementary School are putting their Super Bowl money where their mouth is, or rather the mouths of others. They will run up the score for their favorite teams with donated cans of soup in the third annual Manatee Souper Bowl. The soup will be donated to a local church food pantry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rivalry is huge. These kids are very loyal to their chosen teams, as are our faculty members,â&#x20AC;? said parent volunteer Samantha Guettler, who launched the event and continues to coordinate it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is also fun to see the students check everyday to see if their team is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;winning,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; with them and faculty getting very involved in the collection and rooting for their team to win.â&#x20AC;? By coincidence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the team which has collected the most food each year has won the Super Bowl. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Bowl will be Feb. 3, 2013. It will be in New Orleans, La., which is the first time the championship game will be held in the city since Hurricane Katrina shredded parts of the Louisiana Superdome, home to the Saints. There are 32 NFL teams vying for the two spots in the actual Super Bowl. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canned food total was 1,024 cans; the first year in 2011 was 807 cans. The goal this year is a modest increase to 1,100 cans. The cans will be collected through January and right up until the Super Bowl. Students decorate posters for their favorite teams, and provide logos, jerseys and other sports memorabilia to dress up their team station and encourage participation through rivalries. Cans of food are placed at the station for that team. According to church pantry volunteers, the Souper Bowl could not come at a better time or serve a more unique need. Pantries always get low during the holidays, which is the time of greatest need, the season of eating special meals with visiting friends and family. Also, soup fills a great need in that it is a modest meal in itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get a lot of positive feedback from the pantry we contribute to,â&#x20AC;? said Manatee PTO president Susan Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say it is a good way for them to help stretch the food supplied to families.â&#x20AC;? VV


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Sibling chihuahuas â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bella and Harryâ&#x20AC;? travel the world with their family and learn about different countries and customs. On Feb. 11, they will share what they learn in the entertaining live show at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the Brevard Community College Melbourne campus on North Wickham and Post roads. Entire classes from Viera, Suntree and beyond are expected to attend the 10:30 a.m. show on field trips to enhance their studies in literature, geography, theatre and music. The show targets preschool through third grade age levels. Single tickets are $11. The show brings to life popular characters in a series of six â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bella and Harryâ&#x20AC;? books that will soon grow to 10. Each book travels to different regions of the globe. The London adventure is the third book. Author Lisa Manzione grew to love travel through a parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career with a major airline. Through the comedic and informative adventures of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bella and Harry,â&#x20AC;? Manzione hopes to stimulate childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imaginations and foster a thirst for understanding the world in which they live. The educational value of the series is cleverly disguised amidst pages illustrated by artist Kristine Lucco. Now a mother of two avid junior readers, Luccoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique talent and particular flair for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s themes has evolved quite naturally into the world of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books and illustrations. She is quick to credit her own children for inspiring this phase of her art, as it is often conceived by ''#'&' %($!"'  ')

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Author Lisa Manzione, with chihuahuas â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bella and Harry,â&#x20AC;? teach children about different customs across the globe. seeing the characters and places through their eyes. Costumes are based on her illustrations. Actors for the traveling show performed at the Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival in Viera this past October to promote the show. Their big musical numbers are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Ben Boogie,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea Time for Twoâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stonehenge Rocks!â&#x20AC;? The simple, catchy tunes and alliterated phrases engage the children, who often sing along with the characters.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to disguise education as fun, while introducing children to a lifelong love of the theater,â&#x20AC;? said Karen Wilson, coordinator for the King Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater for Youth and Outreach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The program provides affordable options to expose youth to theater, and also gives families of all incomes the opportunity for their children to perform.â&#x20AC;? For more information or to order tickets, call 321-2422219 or go to KingCenter. com. VV

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Quest brings world to students By Linda Wiggins

Quest Elementary School teacher Jennifer McMahan brings her students to the world in textbook learning, and sometimes she brings the world to them. To cap a recent unit on the Native American culture of long ago, McMahan brought a Delaware Indian dressed in full regalia to show the tools, musical instruments and toys his clan used centuries ago and still today. “It’s amazing the lengths our teachers will go to light up their children with the love of learning, and kindle their natural curiosity to discover more,” said Quest spokeswoman Shauna Sollberger. Jake George is a Rockledge author and writing correspondent focusing on his people’s trials at finding their place in the world, and on his personal trials overcoming diseases common to his ethnic

heritage and those he shares with European-descended Americans. A mix of the Delaware’s Lepane nation and “white blood,” George chronicles the ups and downs of both cultures and medical risk factors in “The Red Man in Me,” a book that includes Native American poetry, short stories and essays. George is active in the winter Pow Wow circuit in Florida and men’s traditional dance. He makes the majority of his own regalia and is a maker and player of Native American flutes. George has made it his mission to visit other countries through his life and interact with the native peoples domestically and abroad, swapping knowledge of culture and heritage so as to keep both alive. As he did with Quest students, George travels the country bringing awareness of the Native American culture to young and old alike.

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His traveling partner is his wife and childhood sweetheart, Jan, his manager and editor. George’s enthusiasm is a hit with children. “Children always respond warmly because of their natural curiosity, and they are drawn to the bright colors and spoken stories,” George said as he showed an artifact to Quest kindergartner Jackson Reyier, who stared in wide-eyed amazement. “But then, I suppose I don’t look and dress like anyone or anything they’ve ever seen in front of them before.” To find out more about Jake and Jan George, go to themysticalindian.comVV

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Bright Star lights dark days for children By Linda Wiggins

A child’s grief is one of humankind’s most difficult pains to accept, and a huge motivating factor among volunteers and donors in making a difference in the world. Suntree Elementary School students collected 73 teddy bears to place in the arms of children who have experienced the loss of a parent or another loved one at the Bright Star Center for Grieving Children. It is an initiative of Health First Hospice and also hosts Camp Bright Star. The project at Suntree was perhaps as helpful to children who donated the teddy bears as it was for the children who received them, according to the project coordinator. “It creates a sense of compassion in children to learn of the suffering of Viera Voice Photo Linda Kelly others like them, and teaches Suntree Elementary School volunteer Pat Giombetti and kindergartner them the importance of doing Mischa Culvert count collected teddy bears for donation to Bright Star what they can to help lessen Center for Grieving Children. that suffering,” said Jennifer Allison, Suntree’s school needed a special type of through art therapy and other counselor. counseling — tailored to their creative methods receptive “For the children who young minds and emotions,” to youth. receive the bears, it lets them said Dr. Leonor Zies. It is The center serves an know another child knows modeled after a similar average of 60 children at and cares about what they are program in Maitland that was a time, with ages ranging going through. It is a unique first created in Oregon. from 3 to 18. Bright Star also form of comfort from a peer.” The program is a one-day serves the school district The teddy bears were given to one-week camp operated upon request to help students to children at the center at under the guidance of a deal with tragedy by sending their annual holiday party in licensed social worker and a grief counselor to a school. December. For many of the certified grief counselor, The Bright Star Center is children, it was their first assisted by dozens of trained located in 2,400 square feet Christmas and New Year’s volunteers. of space in the Health First without their loved one. Afterward, clients can building on Babcock Street The service was the vision continue to receive ongoing in South Brevard. For more of a local pediatrician, now services for as long as the information, go to healthretired. need remains. Children and “I knew that children teens express their grief bright_star.cfm. VV

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Students to school district: don’t cut strings VIERA VOICE Linda Wiggins

Ralph Williams Elementary School fifth grader Mysteri Hewitson receives instruction from strings specialist Diana Williams and models it for the class.

By Linda Wiggins

Brevard County is one of the few school districts in the state to offer instruction on string instruments in all schools, and students want officials to know it’s much more than fun time when considering programs to cut in a tight budget year. Mysteri Hewitson is a fifth grader preparing for her first performance at the 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 Strings Concert Showcase at Ralph Williams Elementary School in Viera. Strings students from Manatee, Andersen and Golfview elementary schools also will perform. “I’m kind of nervous. I’m concerned I may not remember all my music for all the numbers,” said Mysteri, who was influenced

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anecdotal testimony to back that up, with a number stating that strings study inspired them to go above and beyond what is taught in the class to research and experience higher learning in both music and other school subjects, many saying that it turned them into “human sponges.” Gearing up for a performance is vital to building character, discipline and confidence in all areas of life, according to strings specialist Diana Williams, who travels to Viera and Rockledge high schools and their feeder schools, Williams, Manatee, Quest and Anderson elementary schools. Suntree is in another specialist’s cluster. “In their preparations, they get a tangible reward weekly by learning and mastering new things, and then that accomplishment makes them want to do more,” Williams said at the end of a lesson at Williams, demonstrating to students the proper way to put down and hold a violin when done performing, as the stage will be crowded Jan. 28, much like with a full orchestra. “Having them perform in front of their parents, siblings and family friends completes that school-tohome connection, and really gives students the validation they crave,” Williams said. For Mysteri, all of these qualities may not be in the forefront of why she chose to commit her free time to learning and rehearsing the violin. “It’s fun and I love it,” she said. VV

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Kirk Ball works for Wren Insurance Agency with offices in Viera and Palm Bay, but don’t let the name fool you. “It was Skip Wren Insurance for 33 years. He started the agency in 1979 and he’s my father-in-law. I’ve worked for him for seven years and it’s been a planned transition. My wife, Meghan, and I just purchased it in August,’’ Ball said. Ball got a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southeastern University in Lakeland. He worked for a year at a financial services firm doing loans and life insurance. Skip Wren built the Palm Bay location at 1430 Palm Bay Rd., and seven years

ago the firm moved its central Brevard location from Merritt Island to 8255 N. Wickham Rd., near the Brevard Zoo. “There’s no change in operation. We have a sales associate, Serena Ray, that works out of Viera office. We have clients all over the county. I‘ll go up there if it‘s easier for them. I go whatever place people need VIERA VOICE George White me to be,’’ Ball said. Kirk Ball, owner of Wren Insurance Carrying on the family business, in a sense, gives the Ball was raised outside firm stability, Ball said. Chicago and later lived “With the second in Champaign, Ill., where generation of family the University of Illinois is ownership in place, the located. Meghan (Wren) Ball agency looks forward to works as an accountant at serving the community for Wren Insurance. decades to come. We are here For more information, call for you today and we will be 321-255-1117. VV here for you tomorrow,’’ he said.

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December 2 Holiday Inn Viera

Barbara Gorin won the Bling ring!

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Get in the nature guide

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Call now to advertise in the Viera Wetlands Birding Guide It is the most popular tool for Viera Wetlands consumers Birding Guide who enjoy the great outdoors. Being featured in the keepsake guide puts you in the hands of 20,000 nature lovers as they track species of wildlife they have sighted. The guides are given out by Viera Wetland volunteers, Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff and distributed year-round at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands of Viera in a joint project with the Viera Voice newspaper. For more information or to get your ad in on deadline, call 321-242-1235. VV ❑ Bald Eagle

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The Florida box turtle is found in the peninsula. It displays a unique shell with an upper (carapace) and a lower (plastron) structure. The narrow, elongated, highdomed carapace measures 4 to 6.5 inches and flares out in the back; it exhibits a distinctive pattern of radiating yellow lines on a dark background (see photo). The hinged plastron provides movable lobes in the front and back. When approached, this turtle

retracts its head, limbs and tail inside its shell and closes the plastron like a box—thus the name. To ascertain the sex, the eyes are helpful: the male has red irises and the female has yellowish-brown irises. Predominantly terrestrial, this reptile does not enter water of substantial depth. Damp environments are preferable, such as wetlands, marshlands, edges of swamps and hammocks. In these ecosystems, temperature dictates when foraging activity takes place.

When hot, the turtle may rest under a log or crawl into mud; when cold, it sometimes basks in the sun. Until 5 to 6 years of age, the juvenile is primarily carnivorous. The adult is omnivorous; for example, nourishment includes fruits, vegetable matter, fungi, insects and carrion. Sharp claws and a sharp beak provide the means to grasp and feed. This is a solitary creature, except for reproduction. Males may mate with more than one female or practice

monogamy for several years. The female stores sperm and can lay viable eggs for four years after a successful mating; consequently, yearly breeding is unnecessary. Sexual determination is contingent on incubation temperature: 71°F — male, 79°F — mixed ratio, and 88°F — female. A lifespan of 30 to 40 years is commonplace; survival over 100 years occurs. However, amid diminishing habitats, the Florida box turtle is considered threatened. VV

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Kick off the New Year with a 5K! Support one of these Events ... SATURDAY, January 12th Details:

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