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10 Remembering Astronaut Al Worden 16 Voices of Vero: What is something you learned in 2020? 18 Travels by Steven: In Our Own Backyard 21 Chuck’s Review: The Wire 23 Recipes: Orange & Olive Oil Cake

31 Treasure Coast Stylist: 5 Fashion Trends That Will Roll into the New Year!

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Filipino people believe that surrounding themselves with round things (to represent coins) will bring money or fortune. Clothes with polka dots are worn and round food is eaten. To really push “Fortuna,” coins are kept in pockets and constantly jangled, believed to keep the money flowing. Known as the Polar Bear Swim, Canadians jump into the freezing waters of the English Bay on New Year’s Day, a tradition dating back to 1920.

Russians write down a wish, burn it, and throw it in a champagne glass. They must drink it before 12:01. In Switzerland it’s tradition to drop a dollop of cream on the floor to bring luck and a rich year. Danes throw plates against friends’ and neighbors’ front doors. The bigger the pile, the more friends and good luck you’ll have in the coming year. Another Danish custom is jumping off chairs at midnight, symbolizing the leap into the New Year when the clock strikes 12.

In Spain it is tradition to eat 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve to secure good luck for the year ahead. You need to eat one grape with each bell strike at midnight. At midnight, Buddhist temples in Japan ring their bells 108 times, one for each of the human sins in Buddhist belief, to cleanse them from their sins of the previous year. In Romania, there is an old rural tradition on New Year’s Eve where people dress in elaborate bear costumes and dance from house to house to ward off evil spirits. According to folklore, if a bear enters somebody’s house, it brings prosperity, health, and good fortune.

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ello, Alma Lee Loy. Hello, Rhett. How long have you lived in Vero Beach? Since the day I was born, on June 10, 1929.

Through your memory, as an honest-togoodness Vero-ite, which is a rarity in today’s world, can you take us back, please, and we will travel vicariously through you and your words. Well, actually when I was growing up we thought it was wonderful and we all have good memories. As I look back, it still was wonderful. It was small, but it was growing. It was filled with people who wanted to accomplish good things for the community, for themselves, for the churches. Ah, my early years were free. We had so much freedom. It’s hard to believe that we have rules and regulations and things that hamper children today, because we were allowed to go mostly where we wanted to go.

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I hear stories you couldn’t get to the barrier island except by boat going across the river and you used to be able to have fires on the beach. Explain, if you would, what was life here like 80-odd years ago? There was a time when you couldn’t get to the barrier island except by a small boat or barge or whatever you happened to have. That was in the days before Riomar was ever developed, and Riomar was one of the first developments on the island. Pretty soon we managed to get a wooden bridge that had, of course, a draw span. I don’t remember exactly when the bridges were built. I know that as a child there was always a bridge there. But oh, gosh, the early days of Vero Beach, as best as I remember it, were a lot of fun. There weren’t very many people.

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How many? Oh, gosh, Rhett, the only thing I can really zero in on, and know I’m correct, is the year I graduated from Vero Beach High School, 1947, and when I graduated there were 3,000 people in the City of Vero Beach. And that was a good size town. But my father came here in 1926. What brought him here? He was employed by a gentleman from Fort Pierce who had a men’s store in Vero Beach. He had one in Fort Pierce and one in Vero Beach and one up in Cocoa, I.M. Waters, and he used to spend his summers in upper New York State and that’s where Daddy was and he got to know Daddy and talked him into coming to work in Fort Pierce in his men’s store. My father wanted to be an undertaker. So Mr. Waters said, “You come work for me and we’ll get you someplace to live. You save your money and then you can come back and go to embalming school.” Well, that sounded real good, it’s what Daddy wanted: number one, come on to Florida; number two, he loved the weather, the temperature; and number three, he bumped into Mother. Mother was living in Fort Pierce at that time. Now, someone new to Vero may not know that one reason you’re so famous in the area is that you had a very popular store downtown for many years, Alma Lee’s. You used to know everyone because of your shop, and everyone knew it because you sold children’s clothing. I did. I studied merchandising when I went away to college. Because, number one, I loved children, and two, I loved people, and since my family was already in the retail business - we had a men’s clothing store - I ended up with my good partner, Lucy Auxier, and we opened a children’s shop in 1955 and we had it for 42 years. We specialized in clothing and gifts and anything that had to do with children and anything we could do to make them happy and make their mothers and daddies happy. One thing you have to realize is, we were in business and we sold children’s clothes and gifts for children, but we were also in the business of communications. In other words, people didn’t always come in to buy; they came in to talk. It used to be fun because people would come in and say, “When so and so comes in here, tell them to give me a call.” So we made our list and we were the central operator.


omething else came along, a man named Schumann, and the newspaper was only two days a week a few short years ago; right? Who would think it would grow as it did. But you knew the original Mr. Schumann, the one who has long passed away. And I understand, he was a man of noble character, and it certainly wasn’t about the money back then, was it? No, it wasn’t. John Justin Schumann, the J.J. for Mr. Schumann, Sr., and of course we all called him Justin. My mother and dad and Mr. and Mrs. Schumann were good friends. In fact, the Schumanns lived about a block and a half from the Loys at one particular point in time in our life. But John Schumann worked hard. He didn’t just have a newspaper; he invested his money in this community. He was a leader as far as civic things were concerned. He was a postmaster at one time.


idn’t he own the radio station I used to be on? Yes, WTTB, he was one of the owners when they first started. He and two or three other men were really wonderful as far as pooling their resources and getting things started that we needed, like radio stations. You said something about twice a week. When I worked for the Press Journal it was once a week. I never knew you worked for the Press Journal. What did you do? Well, I had a lot of jobs. My official title was Society Editor, but my other job was to gather as much news as possible, be it sports, be it community activities, be it organizations just getting started. Then I was lucky enough to learn how to run a couple machines in the back shop. I learned to operate a machine called a scanagraver, and that was a machine that had a round cylinder and you put a picture on this round cylinder, and then you put a piece of plastic on another round cylinder and then you set the needle, turned on the machine and the needle engraved on the plastic the image from the picture. Those were the pictures we used to use in the paper. The paper was actually printed on a Wednesday night but it carried a Thursday dateline. And the whole time I worked for the paper, which was 1952 to 1955, it came out once a week. And that was a fun job. Why? That’s how I got to know an awful lot of people in town that maybe I didn’t already know. When you’re born and raised here, you know almost everybody. The new people coming into town, it was easy for me to know who they were because they were new. You’ve seen the area grow exponentially. There are a lot of new people here. What would you like the newcomers to know about the history of Vero Beach, Alma Lee Loy? My gracious. I’d like them to know this area was settled by a group of people from all over the country who had a vision, and that vision was to build a community that newcomers would like to come and join in with us, either live here or just participate for the few months they might be here. But we wanted to build something that was different, was attractive. And we’ve done that. When you look around at a community this size that has the specialties that we have, such as the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Riverside Theatre, McKee Botanical Garden, Environmental Learning Center, our hospital, our libraries, these are all exceptional institutions for, again, a community this size. And we’re proud of it. We feel that a number of us were instrumental in helping develop these things and make them become available so that when people came here they would enjoy this area and would stay with us. And then it’s their turn to help us, and in turn, they have. Now, they’ve named the Chamber of Commerce building after you, the 17th Street Bridge. What’s all this fuss? What do you think about all this? That’s right, what is all this fuss? It is very humbling to find that your peers want to reward you for something that you have so thoroughly enjoyed doing and that the people in this community CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 January 2021 / ISSUE 120 / Vero’s Voice


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have been such a big part of it. I’ve never done anything on my own; it always is in cooperation with friends, new friends and old friends that I pushed into service. But, the Chamber, I guess you know my father, my brother and I, all three served on the Chamber of Commerce. During different eras naturally. But I grew up knowing about the Chamber of Commerce, and also from when I was in business. And I really believed in the Chamber and the things they did. Then I was elected to their board back in the 60s, then I became President of the Chamber. So I’ve always been a real champion for the Chamber of Commerce because they do a marvelous job, they have done and they continue to do so.

Alma Lee Loy JUNE 10, 1929 – APRIL 10, 2020

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re you pleased with what’s happened with Vero Beach thus far? And how do we hold fast to that vision for the future? Yes, I’m pleased. There are always things that could be better, but you have to give the city officials a lot of credit for the things they’ve done in the City of Vero Beach. I never served on the City Council, but I served on a number of their committees. The County was a real leader in the height limitations in Indian River County. We’ve had height limitations of three stories back to the late 50s. We had people sitting on the County Commission who had vision and they didn’t feel that the people in this community wanted big high rises and things like that – which were coming. But the nice part is the rules were laid out and the officials who followed along have stuck to them. The City of Vero Beach at one time, you know, was five stories and they’re down to three, which is marvelous. We again are fortunate because between the elected officials and the people who live in this community, they know what they want, and the new ones who come in find out and support us when it’s right and let us know about it when it’s not.

Lifelong member of the Vero Beach Country Club. Was an avid golfer: Club Champion in 1954. Began the Alma Lee Loy Team Challenge, a youth golf tournament.

Wabasso Beach County Park was dedicated in her name for her many efforts in the development of our parks and public beaches.

To what do you attribute your longevity? I have no idea. I’ve always enjoyed sports. I’ve exercised, I watch what I eat. I played a lot of tennis for about 20-25 years.

Chairman and fundraiser for many local organizations including Center for the Arts and Gifford Youth Orchestra.


If you were to give a code of how to live a happier, more fulfilling life, what would it be? The first would be to do as much as you can to help your fellow man. There’s just tremendous satisfaction in that. The other thing is to be honest. Be honest with yourself, be honest with everybody, and treat the other fellow just like you want to be treated. Life is so short and we never know. Do what you need to do as far as your family and friends and do it every day because you never know; tomorrow you may not be here. ­­­ How would you like to be remembered? As someone who was happy, as someone who loved Vero Beach and Indian River County, as somebody who wanted to bring out the best in people. And if I could, be remembered as somebody who wanted to help this area be the kind of place they want to live.

One of the first female sports writers in Florida using the byline “Duffer Dan” at the VB Press Journal. Co-owner of Alma Lee’s Children’s Clothing Center for 42 years with close friend Lucy Auxier. A founding member of the Vero Beach City Recreation Board, Vero Beach Downtown Merchants Association, Indian River County United Way, Center for the Arts (now Vero Beach Museum of Art), Environmental Learning Center, Education Foundation of Indian River County, Indian River Community Foundation.

Member of the First Baptist Church since 1936 and served as Chairman of their 100th Anniversary. From 1968 to 1980 was elected to the IR County Commission. Was the first female on the commission and its first female chairman; one of the first women in Florida to head a county commission. Strongly believed in the necessity of another bridge to the barrier island and was instrumental in getting state approval for the 17th Street Bridge. She cut the ribbon at its opening. It is now the Alma Lee Loy Bridge.

Active in preserving the original 18-acre McKee Botanical Garden; served on the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Committee; Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the Indian River Land Trust; serving two terms as their President. Recipient of Harbor Branch Institute/Florida Atlantic University “Love Your Lagoon” Award for her efforts in ecosystem preservation. Elected to Indian River Medical Center Board of Directors. Was appointed to the Indian River Hospital District, served as Vice Chairman. Awards named in her honor: Indian River County Chamber of Commerce “Alma Lee Loy Community Service Award;” Cultural Council’s “Alma Lee Loy Award;” “Alma Lee Loy Legacy Society” established by Indian River Community Foundation.   Recipient of the “Dan K. Richardson Humanitarian Award” from the Gifford Youth Activity Center. Named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Indian River State College Foundation. Participated in the City’s sale of the Dodgertown parcel to Indian River County; also active in the future of City-owned properties at Indian River Blvd. and 17th Street. At the time of her death, she was serving on the Boards of McKee Botanical Garden and the Indian River State College Foundation. January 2021 / ISSUE 120 / Vero’s Voice


Alfred Merrill Worden February 7, 1932 – March 18, 2020

Our generation was part of the indelible history being made. We were all modernday explorers, like Columbus was in his generation; we were a generation “lost in space!” Why would a superintellectual West Point graduate who beat out 10,000 competitors to become one of only 24 astronauts to go to the moon become a friend of a shoeshine boy from Poughkeepsie, New York? A microphone can open many doors and make for strange fellowship. Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden orbited the moon 74 times. He wrote a nonfiction book about his space exploration, published a book of his poetry, took historic photographs.

71-HC-943 Apollo 15 CMP Alfred M. Worden watches technicians conduct final pressure suit checks prior to launch.

He gave me dignity and friendship. We shared lunches at the Ocean Grill and dinners at Café du Soir with his beautiful wife Jill who preceded him in death. I thank him for multiple visits to my radio studio, live radio events at the theatre, and magazine interviews over the years. It all has gone by way too fast...I loved the guy. – Rhett Palmer

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e’re here with Astronaut Al Worden. I understand you are in the Guinness Book of World Records for being “the most isolated human being ever.”

applied for the Air Force Test Pilot School and I was picked to go as an exchange student to the Empire Test Pilot School in England. So I spent a year there and loved it and I ended up graduating second in my class.

Yes, I have one supposed record for being the most isolated guy in history, which is maybe true, I’m not sure. I’ve got to figure out the mileage some day. And I have the record for making the first deep-space spacewalk, on the way home. That was 200,000 miles away from Earth. Where were you born and raised? I grew up on a small farm in Michigan. We had acres and acres of corn, 30 acres of hay; four cows that I had to milk twice a day. I went to a one-room country school that I went down to every morning and built the fire in the furnace in the wintertime. I decided that there’s no way in heck I was ever going to get stuck on a farm the rest of my life. I was very sincere about getting a college education because that was my one way out. Where did you go to school? I went to the University of Michigan for a year and studied music. While I was there I got my appointment to West Point and graduated in 1955. So how did you become an astronaut? I was in the top 10 percent of my class. How does that lead up to you being picked to become an astronaut? Well, it’s a long story and one thing leads to another, but you know, like the Chinese saying, “A trip of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

What year is this? 1964. I was scheduled to stay two more years at a research center called Bedford. They were doing all the original research on vertical takeoff. The Air Force Test Pilot School came over on a visit, and Chuck Yeager, he was the commandant, told me I was needed back at Edwards. So when NASA had their selection, which was a year later, you look at my record: I had flying time, I was a test pilot, I was teaching at a test pilot school, I had three Masters’ degrees, all with good grades, I was under 35, under 6-foot tall; I was a perfect candidate. NASA had a request for applicants to come into the Space Program. I hadn’t really given it any thought up into that point. And I thought, “You know? What the heck, I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ve got all the tickets they need, all the squares are filled.” So I threw my name in the hat. So I got reassigned to NASA, moved down to Houston, went through a year of classroom instruction, then became like an engineer. I did a lot of work on Apollo 9, and that was successful enough that I went on the back-up crew for Apollo 12, and ended up on the prime crew for Apollo 15. We had a fire at the Cape in 1967 when we lost three guys and I was on the engineering crew that Apollo 15 Astronauts: Commander David R. Scott, Command Module Pilot Alfred M. Worden, rebuilt everything after that fire. We went through it and Lunar Module Pilot James B. Irwin  piece by piece.


Give us the Reader’s Digest version of your background. I went into the Air Force, went through pilot training, and I was a so-so pilot in my basic training until we got to instrument flying, where they put a hood over your head and you’ve got to the fly the whole thing by instruments. And I found out that that was something I could do really, really well. I just took to that like a duck to water.

And what happened next? I learned how to fly a jet airplane and continued with the instrument training. And as a result of that, I went into Fighters in the Air Force, and I elected to go All-Weather Fighter because of my talent for instrument training. I was assigned to an All-Weather Fighter Squadron in Washington, DC, and got involved in the electronic side of the maintenance. Air Defense wanted me to take a staff job where I’d work with all the fighter squadrons around the country, but I didn’t want to do that unless I was going to learn something. I wanted to go back to Michigan and take their astronautical engineering course, which two weeks later I had orders to go. So I spent two and a half years there going through their graduate school and earned three Masters’ degrees. During this time I was also flying, and I

You must have been devastated as a group. I mean, that’s a real kick in the gut. Yes, we were devastated because those three guys were killed. I spent a year and a half working on rebuilding the spacecraft and making it safe. Now, which Apollo flight was it that your friend Tom Hanks made the movie about? That was Apollo 13. I was working on Apollo 9 and Apollo 12 before that, and I worked on Apollo 13. When they had their problem I was there. “Failure is not an option.” Gene Kranz never said that. Well, it made the movie. They’ve got the cups and saucers over in the gift shop here. [Laughter] Gene Kranz I think has made a lifetime out of that, but he’s not the one who said it. Who did say it? One of the guys in the trenches. Gene picked it up and used it afterwards and he has become famous for that. [Continued on page 13] January 2021 / ISSUE 120 / Vero’s Voice


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ou must have felt really good that failure was not an option and you brought those fellows back. Apollo 13 was the flight that was probably the most successful in the program. Why? Because they had a big failure in flight and we got them back. If that had happened on Apollo 8, we would have lost a crew because they didn’t have a lunar module. Apollo 13 used the lunar module to come back home.

The three Apollo 15 prime crew members can be seen inside the Apollo 15 Command Module during simulation training at the Kennedy Space Center. Astronaut David R. Scott, commander, is in the background to the left. Astronaut Alfred M. Worden, center foreground, is the command module pilot. Out of view, to the right background, is astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot. Credit NASA

Explain that. There’s a command module that we live in for the whole flight, and then there’s the lunar module that they use to go down to the Moon’s surface. So there are two different vehicles. Now, if you’ve got a lunar module stuck on your nose on the way to the Moon and you blow out an oxygen tank in the service module, like Apollo 13, you’ve got the lunar module that you can use to get back home. When this all went down, did you really believe they were going to get back safely? A whole bunch of us worked on that night and day until we got it resolved. It’s always a disaster until people come to the realization that it is not a disaster. Okay. So we started training as the back-up crew on Apollo 12 for a year and a half, and then a year and a half of science training for Apollo 15. We were probably the most scientific flight in the program. I had lots of academic background, Dave Scott has double Masters from MIT, and Jim Irwin had a Master’s degree from Michigan. We were all graduate-type guys ready to do research and scientific investigation, and we took it very seriously. So Apollo 15 is launched. Astronauts Scott and Irwin go to the Moon and you’re up there alone, in the command module alone, so that’s why they put you in the Guinness Book of World Records; you are the most isolated human in the history of man, 2,235 miles from your crewmates. That’s true. Did you feel lonely? Oh, no. Lonely? That’s the best time of flight, man. There’s no loneliness up there. It was great. When I was down around the back of the Moon I didn’t have to talk to Houston, either, and that was even better! Did that inspire your poetry? The book of poetry is all about the flight. What is the essence of what happened out there that created the poet in you? It’s kind of dreaming about what’s up there. Have you seen Interstellar, with Matthew McConaughey? No. Go see it, Rhett, because it’s what we’re all about. It’s finding another place to live. And that’s one of the interesting things about the flight is that I had a chance to see the Universe in a way that nobody else has ever seen. There are 200 x 400 billion stars out there that we know of. This is the kind of thing that goes through your head. And you come back and you think about all that and you write some poetry. You talk about launch, and you talk about what it’s like out there, and you talk about looking back at Earth, and you talk about God did it all. You talk about those kind of things.

S71-34286 (May 1971) – The crew of the Apollo 15 lunar landing mission, aboard the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever, talk with the Underwater Demolition Team swimmer for recovery operations of the mission. L-R: U.S. Navy Lieutenant Fred W. Schmidt; Astronauts Al Worden, Jim Irwin, and Dave Scott.

as15-88-11866 (1 August 1971) – Astronaut Jim Irwin gives a military salute while standing beside the deployed United States flag during the Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. The Lunar Module “Falcon” is in the center; on the right is the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Photograph taken by Astronaut Dave Scott. While astronauts Scott and Irwin descended in the Lunar Module to explore the moon, Astronaut Al Worden remained with the Command and Service Modules in lunar orbit.

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o when you get up in space, you’re in the command module. How do the other two astronauts get to the Moon? Did you actually land on the Moon and --

(7 August 1971) –Apollo 15 Splashdown in the Pacific Ocean 333 north of Hawaii. Journal Contributor Joe O’Dea writes, “This picture freezes the dramatic instant of splashdown and reveals the Command Module pounding a textbook-perfect impact crater into the water of the Pacific Ocean.” Scan by Kipp Teague

They did. They went through a tunnel into the lunar module. We undocked, and they were free flying and I was free flying. And then they decelerated and went down to the Moon’s surface. How do you mathematically figure it out, that certain window you’ve got to get back up there, reconnect, and then get through the window of getting into the Earth’s atmosphere? Rhett, we’ve got the systems and the precision - mathematics. We have the sophisticated equipment that would put us between here and the Moon within about four feet. We knew where we were.


And your mission, Apollo 15, was the first flight utilizing the lunar rover vehicle, the first rover-type vehicle to land on the Moon? Yes, correct.

A Navy diver helps a smiling Jim Irwin out of the Command Module into the raft. Scan by Kipp Teague

So it was on the way back from the Moon you became the first astronaut ever to do the deep-space spacewalk? Yes, I was 50,000 miles from the Moon and 200,000 miles from Earth. I retrieved the big film cassettes from two large cameras in the back of the service module. One of them was about 90 pounds and had 1,100 feet of film on it. It must astound you to see the technological progress we’ve made. I’m doing this interview on my iPhone 6. How many products have come out of the space program? Oh, Rhett you’re asking me the $64,000 question. I preach this all the time. If we had not had a space program, we would not have iPhone 6s, I guarantee you. Why? Because the government back in the late ‘50s started a program where they were developing silicon chips that had never been done before. The advent of silicon chips meant that we could make solid-state devices instead of vacuum-tube devices. And things are getting smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller.

s71-42024 Recovery personnel prepare to hoist the Command Module aboard the U.S.S. Okinawa. Scan by J.L. Pickering.

Exponentially. Well, on my flight I had a computer that had a memory of 75k. I’ve got more than that in my Tag Heuer right now. The watch you have on your wrist. And you wait ‘til the next generation of these things gets made. We are already down to the molecular level with these kinds of things. Instead of silicon chips we’re talking about molecular chips. Now they have cameras that can take pictures of molecules within molecules! Well, that’s what I’m saying. You speak at the Astronaut Encounter here at the Space Center. Are there certain things you will be discussing in your talk that you might want to share with us right now? I talk about Kennedy Space Center, which is 140,000 acres. A lot of people don’t understand that. It is a big, big, big place, and only about 20,000 of those acres are used for launching people into space. The rest is all nature preserve. Think of the juxtaposition of a wildlife preserve alongside a space launch complex. They are diametrically opposed things. We’ve got the most natural environment on one side, and we’ve got the most advanced environment on the launch side.

et me ask you this: the rockets now that are landing back on Earth, they come back straight down. They land right out here at the launch pad. Did you ever think you’d live to see that? Oh, I know it’s theoretically possible. I think Blue Origin, the one that Jeff Bezos is involved with, his thing comes back down fairly consistently and lands, but he only goes up about 60 miles. SpaceX with Elon Musk, that first stage puts the spacecraft into orbit and then comes back. That’s unbelievable. The security guard has arrived and it’s time for you to go. Thank you for talking to us. Lovely talking to you today.

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What is something you learned during 2020? Focus on what you can control, accept what you cannot, and always try your best.

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2020 taught me who my real friends are, that family matters, and you only have one life to live—but wear a mask.

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In Our Own


by Steven Eidelberg

Back Yard

Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden


hile major vacations right now are on hold until at least August, that doesn’t mean you need to stay home. We are lucky to live in a state that is a vacation playground, and within a few hours of Vero Beach there are a fantastic number of day-trips to break up the monotony of self-quarantine. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the NY/NJ area where daytrips abound: Historical, Environmental and simply unique and odd (some snowbirds in Vero may know Lucy the Elephant in NJ and know what I mean by a unique and odd day trip). How about starting with a trip to another continent only an hour and a half away? Lion Country Safari located west of Palm Beach is open and ready to welcome you. You can drive through this 600-acre safari park with over 1,000 animals in their natural habitats. It’s a zoo where you are on display and the animals roam free. Taking the time to meander through the safari in the comfort of your own vehicle will help relieve stress, and perhaps give you some ideas to take an actual safari in Africa in the future. More on that in a future article… To the north lies the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex which has reopened for visitors with special protocols in place, such as guests having to wear a mask. But, for those in the know and for those of us in Vero who like special treatment (you know who you are), the Space Center is offering a special expert-led walking tour through Heroes & Legends, Rocket Garden, Nature and Technology, Journey to Mars, NASA Now, Space Shuttle Atlantis and Astronaut Training Experience. It’s worth it to spend the extra money for this limited-time experience to visit the closed areas since the regular tour is currently limited to the Space Shuttle Atlantis, Journey to Mars, and a few other areas (but does include a complimentary return ticket for 2021 when the center is fully open).

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Morakami Museum and Japanese Gardens

If you love the environment, don’t forget about the venues truly in our backyard right here in Vero Beach: McKee Botanical Gardens and the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Both are open with protocols in place, and the ELC is temporarily free for you to visit the campus. Spending a few hours out in nature is the perfect way to brush off the isolation blues… there’s a song in that (hint, hint, Rhett Palmer)!! Want to enjoy the environment and beautiful gardens but trek a little further away? Only an hour and a half due south is The Morakami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach which reopens June 2nd. With one of the most beautiful collections of Bonsai in the country, and gardens that are sure to bring you inner peace, now is the time for a Zen experience to make you dream of a trip to the Far East. More on that in a future article as well… Finally, to support those who sacrifice for us, a good reminder is to take a drive down to Fort Pierce to the National Navy SEAL Museum. I hadn’t been there in years, and it is a fantastic showcase taking you through the years on the development of the SEALs and their influence in keeping us safe, from their inception to current times. The exhibits are interactive and educational, and the only place in the USA to truly delve into Special Forces operations you thought you knew, but didn’t. ravel can be far and exotic or near and dear. I’ve focused this month on the near and dear so we can dare to dream of the far and exotic in the not-so-distant future. As with most venues that are re-opening, please be sure to visit their websites to pre-purchase tickets and understand their admission policies affected by social distancing protocols (maskwearing policy, for example), but that is a small price to pay to remain safe yet enjoy all that our area has to offer for a vacation in our backyard!

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very time I drift towards canceling HBO, I find yet another original series that is fantastic. Rarely do you see a show like this that has so much ambition in what it’s trying to accomplish, and more rarely do you see it succeed like this in its attempt in doing so. Let me introduce you to The Wire, the best TV show put on the small screen. The show that will, after you’ve finished it, leave you empty inside because you’ll never find another TV show that can rival it. With its five seasons, The Wire raised the bar of quality for TV shows, the bar that no TV show to date has managed to reach. The story is set in the city of Baltimore. It’s about its slow fall: the pointlessness of the war on drugs, the bureaucracy and corruption that infest both the police force and drug-dealing gangs, class war against the labor unions, and the city’s dysfunctional public schools system. It’s all shown through the perspective of law enforcement and drug dealers. As the story goes, you’ll encounter well-thought-out plot twists. You’ll see a lot of characters die because, as creator/ writer David Simon said: “We are not selling hope, or audience gratification, or cheap victories with this show. The Wire is making an argument about what institutions—bureaucracies, criminal enterprises, the cultures of addiction, raw capitalism even—do to individuals. It is not designed purely as an entertainment. It is, I’m afraid, a somewhat angry show.” And that makes the show so great, because deaths have meanings and consequences and aren’t just there for the shock factor like in Game of Thrones. It also helps that Simons knows what he’s talking about since he wrote for the Baltimore Sun and saw a lot of things on the streets that are portrayed in the show.

One of the things I really love about The Wire is that the characters aren’t all good or all bad; they’re gray when it comes to their morality. Simon challenges the viewer to like characters. Characters will do bad things, but you’ll probably agree on a lot of them given the situation they’re in. The writing is just great. The Wire has a web of characters and the show spins them well. From McNulty to Stringer Bell, there are complex and well-written characters. But there are also some weaker ones, which is to be expected, because the show has more than 100 characters and you can’t expect that they’ll all be up to the same level of complexity. There is no plot armor in this show. A lot of characters will die and, as I’ve already said, their deaths have consequences and aren’t just meant to be a shock factor.  The acting team consists of familiar HBO actors and real cops and criminals, and they all did a pretty damn good job. Some are weaker, and that is most notable during Seasons 1 and 5, but weak actors aren’t that usual in the show so don’t worry. I’d say the best actor is easily Dominic West as McNulty, who stole the show for me – but since I’m biased towards McNulty, don’t take my word for it.   n the end, The Wire did what little to no TV show could hope to do: it succeeded with its extremely ambitious, and I’d say almost impossible mission to tell a story of Baltimore’s crumble. The social commentary, the writing of the characters, the well-thought-out plot twists, great directing, and David Simon’s expertise on the case made The Wire one of the best television shows ever seen on small screens. Enjoy the ride while it lasts because once it ends, you’ll be left with an empty hole within yourself, because they’ll never be a TV show that could rival The Wire.


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Makes: 1 cake 1½ cups flour (I recommend whole wheat pastry flour, but choose your own adventure) 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 2/3 cup orange juice (fresh is best) 2/3 cup olive oil Parchment paper 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (optional) Chocolate Ganache, optional (recipe follows) STEP-BY-STEP: • Preheat oven to 375 °F. Place a piece of parchment in a 9-inch round cake pan (a springform works well) so the bottom and most of the sides are covered. Lightly coat parchment with a splash of olive oil. • In a large bowl, thoroughly mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. • Crack eggs directly into the flour mixture, breaking the yolks with the spoon. Add orange juice, olive oil, and zest (if using) and mix until there are no more dry bits of flour. • Pour batter into the parchment-lined pan, and bake on the middle rack in the oven for about 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick to be sure the cake is cooked all the way through. There should be no wet batter sticking to the toothpick. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Carefully remove cake from pan. Gently peel away parchment, and let it finish cooling, ideally on a wire rack. For more recipes and food-related news and stories, subscribe to Jackie's weekly newsletter at sunshineandmicrobes.com.


he first time I made this cake, one of the resident artists proclaimed it to be the best cake-eating experience of her life. But so much more importantly than the fact that it is exquisitely delicious, you only need one bowl to make this cake! It’s now become my go-to dessert. I make some variation of it two or three times a month. It’s satisfying, unfussy, and fast. You decide you want cake, and you’re eating it within the hour.” – Jackie Vitale,


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f necessity is the mother of invention, then COVID-19 has been the catalyst. It set many things in motion. For some such as myself it’s been quite devastating and ravishing for our little business. For others it was the best thing ever in that they became “essential” and were able to cash in. Whichever side of the coin you find yourself, know this: while times are tough or maybe great, the only certainty in life is change.  As my father always said, “It’s all about what you do with it, Son.” This new year, let’s look forward to a vaccine available to all who want it and the death of COVID-19 and the pandemic we know. Here’s to reinvention, whatever that may look like for you, whether it’s expansion, closure, or morphing into some new form that you never even imagined. Life is all about learning and rolling with the punches. It’s hard to see clearly sometimes during these cloudy times, but let’s never forget, some things like self care never cease to bring joy and peace and happiness. From all of us here at Mark’s at the Pointe Salon & Boutique, as we reinvent, that is our solemn prayer for all, no matter what side of reinvention you may fall. Love, Stacey & Mark “Ask The Hair Guy” Rodolico

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VOICES A Teen Who Cares: WILSON MURPHY by Dhyana Mishra

Wilson Murphy (in white) rowing “stroke,” the pace-setter of the 8-man boat, during a workout with Indian River Rowing. Photos courtesy Pam Murphy


ake up. Go to school. Row for three-and-a-half hours. Do homework. Sleep. Repeat. Although this schedule may seem tedious or impossible for most of us, it was the routine followed by Wilson Murphy, a 17-year-old from Vero Beach, before COVID-19 restrictions hit. Much changed with the pandemic. Wilson, a junior at Vero Beach High School, now balances his rigorous academic workload as a top AP student with a strict rowing schedule that he has continued “virtually” with a borrowed rowing machine in his garage. But he is also searching for ways to continue his contributions to the Vero Beach community. Before the pandemic, he taught rowing to cancer survivors and to underprivileged kids through Vero Beach Rowing, the club where he’s rowed since seventh grade. As a rower, Wilson holds the most important seat in the boat – the “stroke.” “He sets the rhythm, no matter what’s going on behind him,” said Megan Kuehm, a rowing coach at Vero Beach Rowing. “He’s always looking to improve. He’s also Wilson (third from right), his 8 Vero Beach Rowing teammates, always available to and his coach after receiving their first-place medals after assist others.” winning the Varsity 8 at the Sarasota Invitational Regatta.

“Rowing is about commitment,” says Wilson, who proved his mettle at the Navy Rowing Camp in Annapolis, Maryland, and as a competitor at the famed Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Wilson brings that attitude to his volunteer work as a rowing teacher with Row Beyond Diagnosis (RBD), a partnership between the Vero Beach Rowing and Friends After Diagnosis, a cancer support group. “After every Saturday practice, we’ve rowed with the cancer survivors,” said Wilson. Suzy Stoeckel, a RBD graduate who is on the board of Friends After Diagnosis, says learning to row with volunteers like Wilson is transformational. “There’s nothing like gliding peacefully in the early morning in a scull to adjust your focus to gratitude,” she says, adding that the program “was a lifeline of love, support, and empowerment.” Another graduate adds that rowing with RBD was “the most exhilarating experience of my life. What touched me most was the generosity and compassion of all those involved.” n his remaining “extra” time, Wilson volunteers as a rowing teacher for needy elementary and middle school kids from the Boys and Girls Club. “It’s an eye-opener for many of these kids to get on the river,” says Wilson. “Many fall in love with rowing. But perhaps the biggest change has occurred in me. Rowing has changed my life–and will continue to change me as life returns to normal after this pandemic.”


Dhyana Mishra is 14 years old and attends Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne.

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Free & Always Open!


love books and movies and I am feeling the pain of the library and Vero Beach Book Center being closed. I cannot imagine a life without access to options that help transport me to other places, transform my thoughts, and teach me new skills. Especially now when we are safe at home, the need to expand our worlds outside our four walls is at the top of our minds for many of us. So how do you access books and movies without breaking the bank? Enter three of my favorite apps accessible with just a free library card: Libby, Overdrive and Hoopla. With these apps you can borrow e-books, audiobooks, comic books, music and movies. If you do not have a library card yet, you can apply for one right inside the app. I am still a physical book lover, but right now there aren’t many local options to get books. Barnes & Noble is doing curbside pickup in Melbourne or delivery via their website, and there’s Amazon. But with our book stores and libraries closed, and some fearful that our beloved books can pass on the virus, what’s left is to consider e-books and audiobooks. And if you love movies but don’t want to subscribe and pay for one more streaming service, what are your options? Overdrive was the first app developed that allowed you to connect to your library for ebooks and audiobooks. Libby is the newer version. Either will work. Libby is a bit easier to use than Overdrive which makes sense since it’s the newest version from the same developers. Both apps are available for Apple and Android devices as well as for your computer. Hoopla is the app you will need for movies and TV, and you can also use it for e-books, comic books and audiobooks. Once you have created an account, remember to use a secure password when setting it up. You will need your library card number to access your account. You can add as many libraries as you have cards. I have friends who have two or three cards from different states. The more library cards in your name, the more resources you can access. You can filter your selections, too, and with Libby you can choose to use your Kindle to read instead of the Libby app. I love the curated lists from the librarians. You can filter by new acquisitions as well if you prefer to read the hottest books out today. Hoopla has filters for Release Date, Date Added, User Rating and Language. You can also set filters for children’s titles only. Have fun and explore something different. No charge gives you freedom to try something new. Books are available for 21 days, videos for 72 hours, and music for 7 days. You can check out 6 per month per card. Install the apps on each family member’s device and think of the possibilities! Let me know what book, movie, TV show, or music selection you are downloading. Get lost in a world bigger than you ever imagined – for free – right from inside your safe home!

Overdrive was the first app developed that allowed you to connect to your library for ebooks and audiobooks. Libby is the newer version. Either will work. Hoopla is the app you will need for movies and TV, and you can also use it for e-books, comic books and audiobooks.

Laura Steward is a certified geek, business strategist, international speaker, award-winning author and beach lover. She lives in Sebastian, FL and can be reached at Laura@LauraSteward.com or via phone at 772-202-2138. January 2021 / ISSUE 120 / Vero’s Voice 27

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One Nation Under God

REV’S VERSES by Pastor Rich Ienuso

A Reason for Every Season

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 God has a fixed appointed time and purpose for everything. There are 28 “seasons” mentioned in the Bible. A season is a certain time appointed by God that no human can change. God arranges the moment when everything will happen, and the length of it.

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• Give God the time to work. Be patient with Him. • We have an unchanging God in a changing world. • We have a changeless Christ in every crisis. • He makes everything beautiful in His time. “The Lord has made everything for His purpose” Proverbs 16:4 Trust Him. Blessings, Pastor Rich Pastor Rich Ienuso


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by Pastor Alex Pappas

Pastor Alex Pappas


ur amazing country was established on Godly principles by leaders that wanted us to have a right to worship God freely. In times like this, when there are so many different political points of view, it is critical that the church takes its place praying for our nation.

Firstly, the Lord of our life, and the first order of conducting our lives together with the decisions we make and the things we stand for, has to be scriptural. Keeping that in mind, we may sometimes feel that our leaders are not morally fit, or perhaps we just feel like they are simply bad and inadequate. Lastly, we may feel that God would never choose a person like that to The Bible says: lead a nation, questioning why we should 1 Timothy 2:1–3 (NLT) show any support to them at all. 1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all peoAt this point we need to refer to the ple. Ask God to help them; intercede on their scriptures and we will find all the answers behalf, and give thanks for them. we need. The above scripture taken from 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are Timothy in our Bibles shows us that it is in authority so that we can live peaceful and our mandate to pray for our leaders. quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. We also see in the Old Testament that 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior. God used even the worst kings to fulfill His purpose. We should align ourselves with From the above scripture, it is clear that if we desire to live a quiet and peace- God’s plan, and then pray for our nation ful life, there is a condition that needs to be and for our government based on the will of God. fulfilled: we are to pray for the kings and Never has there been a more vital time for all those in authority. In today’s time, for us as believers in Jesus Christ to put we don’t have many kings, but we do have down our denominational and political prime ministers and presidents that lead nations, and it is the church’s responsibili- opinions. Now is the time to stand and pray to God for healing and restoration of ty and mandate to fulfill that condition. our nation, the United States of America. Then the question arises, how do we One Nation, Under God. put down our political opinions and pray for our leaders if we don’t share their Have a blessed week. political beliefs? Well, the best place to find Blessings, #USApray the answer is the Word of God. Pastor Alex Pappas is Senior Pastor at Oceans Unite Christian Center located in the Indian River Mall. Live broadcasts and podcasts are available at oceansunite.com. Tune in Fridays 11 AM to hear The Supernatural Today on www.verosvoice.com.

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In God We Trust by Beth Walsh Stewart


y husband said it best to me. “Sometimes, my only role is to be a faithful witness.” With our infirm country breaking into warring fragments, there are strong opinions flashing across the internet. I can get overwhelmed by the comments of those I have only known as kind, generous people. Suddenly, I read their venomous, hateful commentary posted as important information designed to inform me about the state of the union. I don’t feel informed. I feel sad and unsettled. Is it the character of the person reporting that has changed, or is it only my interaction with them? Maybe the better question is: Should I even be involved in their quest to be right? Social media has changed our world. Now, everyone has data at their fingertips – whether it’s true or skewed. Reaction and judgment have become sport and disrespectful sarcasm is now considered comedy. I’m choosing to witness and not to absorb. I want my country to be safe and secure. I want my vote to be counted. I want my integrity to be upheld. I want this inferno of criticism, name-calling, and division to pass.

“Sometimes, my only role is to be a faithful witness."


o, for now, I will step back and pray for each individual’s return to God. Maybe that’s how we’ll get there. Instead of praying for my country, maybe I’ll pray for each American individually. It may take a miracle for us to become one nation under God. But I’ve seen miracles. I believe it’s possible. Today, I’ll just pray for each one of us to be under God. Then, maybe we can find our way back to becoming a nation again. Happy Birthday, America!

Beth Walsh Stewart teaches on various topics to help others connect, communicate and thrive. Her direct delivery and humorous analogies encourage others to develop new life skills to become all that God has in mind for them to be. Beth’s uncanny ability of bringing people face-to-face with the natural tendencies that write the scripts of their lives launched a non-profit ministry to help the struggling find health and wholeness. Tune into her radio show on Thursdays from 11am to Noon on 107.9 FM or 1370 AM or check out her website at www.BethWE.com. Beth Walsh Stewart January 2021 / ISSUE 120 / Vero’s Voice 29

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