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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — As approximately 41,000 students in the county’s 42 schools ready their new gear for the first day of class on Monday, they will be greeted by new faces and a few other changes to improve education. “The entire St. Lucie County School District family is eager to begin this new school year with a renewed spirit of moving our community forward,” Interim Superintendent Genelle Yost said in a press release. “We anticipate continuing the work of the district and the upward trend of student achievement, with a sharp focus on providing each child, every day, the tools and skills needed to be successful, lifelong learners.” A new chapter is beginning in Tradition

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ST. LUCIE WEST — In the wake of the wettest start of the rainy season since the late 1960s, industry experts at the St. Lucie West Services District said they are always researching more effective ways to better manage stormwater in its already sufficient system. At its August meeting, the district’s board mulled the proposition of using a pump in one of Lake Forest’s two lakes for faster drainage during a major storm event. The pump could get rid of

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TREASURE COAST — If the dumping of millions of gallons of dirty water a day from Lake Okeechobee into the Indian River Lagoon doesn’t stop soon, the coast’s economy and environment will eventually die. Thousands of protestors formed a human chain from Stuart to Jensen Beach last week to send that message to state and federal officials.

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The reason for the toxic blooms is the freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “It’s a very concerning situation. We’ve had these blooms now six different times since 2004, every time we’ve had these big discharge events,” Perry said. “They’re not necessarily caused by the local runoff like rain and rainfall or septic tanks or other things that people have been bringing up. It’s caused primarily from Lake Okeechobee to here.”

“Come forth and talk to your congressmen,” protestor and Palm City resident Debbie Weber pleaded. “There’s got to be a better way and I know that we’re smart and can make it happen.” Weber’s husband, Terry, had a message of his own to state politicians. “Come out here and look at the people here. Look at the waters,” Terry Weber said. “See what you’re doing with the non-action and just step up and get it done. It’s time.”

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Recent tests by the Department of Environmental Protection have confirmed that a type of bluegreen algae also known as cyanobacteria are present in the St. Lucie River in Martin County. The toxins are very harmful to the liver and should be avoided at all costs, said Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society. “If it’s ingested or if you have long-term exposure to it, you’re vulnerable to get that toxin transmitted to your body,” Perry said. Extended exposure to the algae can cause blood accumulation in the liver and death by hypovolemic shock for both people and animals, Perry said.

Bacteria levels are also elevated in Martin County. A health advisory has been issued by the Martin County Health Department at the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Sandbar. The problem has also spread north. The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County has urged residents to avoid contact with the North Fork of the St. Lucie River from River Park Marina at Prima Vista Boulevard south to Martin County. Testing revealed higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria. The four locations sampled were River Park Marina, Veterans Park, Kitching Cove and waters near

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LAGOON from page 3 Harbour Ridge. Symptoms of exposure for those who ingest or come in contact with the water may include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes, health department officials said in a news release. Although the freshwater plumes can extend six to eight miles offshore and south past Jupiter Island, Perry said beaches have been spared from contamination. “They seem to be satisfactory right now,” the Palm City resident said.

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The economy will be severely impacted if the discharges don’t cease soon, officials said. “I’m not just being an alarmist, (but) we will kill this estuary, which is the most bio-diverse in North America,” Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard said. “And with that goes our biggest economic engine.” The lagoon is an important commercial and recreational fishery and economic resource to Florida. The total estimated annual economic value of the lagoon is $4.5 billion. If the economic engine that is the Indian River Lagoon, dies, the health

and livelihood for thousands, perhaps millions throughout the state would be adversely affected. “Everybody in the community is now suffering quite a bit,” Perry said, referring to the boating and tackle industry, along with waterfront hotels and restaurants. Perry said oyster reefs that purify water are dying at a rapid rate. Last year, big discharges that lasted 60 to 70 days because of Tropical Storm Isaac caused a 40 percent mortality rate in oyster reefs. This year that number spiked, he said. “A week ago Friday, we did surveys that show about 60 to 70 (percent) mortality already,” said Perry, who added reef and sea grass can only tolerate approximately 28 days of freshwater discharges. St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky, who attended the rally, said his arm became infected from the polluted water during an effort to restore oyster beds several weeks ago, leaving it permanently scarred. “Within two hours, my entire arm was one big fester,” Dzadovsky said. “I ended up with three different types of antibiotics to take it down.” The commissioner, who is looking at ways to reduce fer-

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tilizer runoff within the county, said the discharges aren’t just a shame, they’re illegal. “The pollution that is being pushed into our region is killing the rivers. It’s killing our ocean. It’s a bigger picture,” Dzadovsky said. “The Clean Water Act of 1972 is in place for a reason and we’ve been violating it ever since.” The Clean Water Act establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the U.S. and regulates quality standards for surface waters. The act made it unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained.

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The Plan 6 Flow Way Project requires acquisition of approximately 54,000 acres of land at a pre-arranged price of $7,400 an acre. It incorporates 11 percent of Big Sugar corporation land located just south of Lake Okeechobee. That segment is where Lake Okeechobee disconnects from the Everglades. “Water should go south primarily from Lake Okeechobee through very shallow filtration systems known as stormwa-

ter treatment areas, which are shallow marshes that mimic the Everglades,” Perry said. “As the water slowly flows through those marshes from the lake, it would uptake the nutrients, so by the time it got to the Everglades it will be clean water.” “Now is the time if any to make sure we get this plan in place.” This is the plan people need to passionately pitch to politicians, Perry said. “People need to start pushing it now. We’ve got the ear of the political leadership now,” Perry said. “Now it’s time to put the pressure on to say we’ve got to have some change.” “This can’t go on year after year and expect the estuary to bounce back and be resilient, because it’s less and less resilient as time goes by.” In order for Plan 6 to work, Big Sugar companies must be on board to help. “They’ve built their farms within that flood plain that used to be the flood going south from the river grass from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades,” Perry said. “They need to come in and cooperate and try to help come up with a solution to reconnect the lake to the

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s our children are getting ready to head back to school and once again be tempted by all that society has to offer a teenager today, I thought that offering them the opportunity to read about our personal tragedy might get some to stop and think before they do something that could prove to be life-changing. The following is the transcript of a speech my wife gave to a group of returning high school students this past weekend at the Indian River Charter High School as part of a program designed by Dr. Leslie Haatvedt. Dr. Haatvedt designs programs for students of all grades to help them with self-confidence, morals and core values. Make The Right Choice is a foundation started in the memory of our son, Austin Erlanger, and awards two scholarships a year to deserving students to help with their continuing education after graduation. Hello, my name is Elaine Erlanger. Unfortunately I am now a member of the worst club in the world to belong to. We had to bury our son. Until this most unfortunate experience, I had no idea how often parents had to bury or cremate a child. I have come to realize that it happens way too many times. Far, far too many times. No parent should ever have to experience the death of a child. I have also come to realize that most of the time, this death is a preventable accident. Some kid doing something that they know they shouldn’t be doing, but do-

ing it anyway. Some young adult not taking the consequences of their actions into consideration. What could happen, what might happen, what if that happens? I know, I was a teenager. I know the stupid things I did when I was young and invincible. I know I was lucky. I know some of my friends that were lucky, I also know of some that weren’t so lucky. What you need to know now and appreciate forever is that life is fragile, you are not invincible, and the odds are that someone in this room is not going to make it to see their 21st birthday. The only question is, who is it going to be? You? Your friend? Your neighbor? Austin Erlanger was our son. He was a fantastic son. His father and I could not have been more proud of him. He was smart, a straight-A student, though he didn’t always get straight As, he was an incredible athlete. He could ride anything with wheels, one wheel, two wheels, He could surf, dance, climb, took martial arts and boxing and he kicked butt in roller hockey. He could do anything he wanted to do. Yet he was a gentle guy. He would stand up for the kids who would get picked on, he would spend hours playing with the young children of our friends when nobody else would. He had friends of all shapes, sizes and colors. He just saw people’s souls; if they had a good soul, he liked them. Austin also had some of his father and my adventurous nature. His father used to do some really

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Micth Kloorfain/chief photographer Elaine Erlanger was escorted to her seat at her son Matt’s wedding by her younger son, Austin March 2011. outrageous stunts when he was a teenager. From bridge diving to sky diving, from mountain climbing to drag racing. What you all need to come to grips with, is that today ... the consequences of your actions are a hell of a lot worse than when we were young. The margin of error is gone. There are so many more dangerous elements in the world today, that just one mistake could be your last. The thing about doing crazy stuff is that sometimes it seems really fun, really cool. We know that we really shouldn’t be doing this, but ... what the heck ... it sure will be fun ... That reminds me ... What’s the last thing you hear a teenager say, before they go to the hospital? ... “Hey, dude, watch this …” Seriously ... of all the horror stories I have heard by way of being in this “worst club in the world,” 90-95 percent of every freakin’ death was avoidable. IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED. Austin”s death NEVER should have happened. July 5, 2011, at 12:45 in the morning, Austin thought it would be cool to sneak out and go visit a friend down the street. He had a 2006 Honda 125 dirt bike. Wouldn’t that be cool, sneak out the motorcycle and zip on down to my friend’s house. What could go wrong? It’s just a few blocks down the road. A road that at this time of the night won’t have anyone else on it. I guarantee you that he knew

he shouldn’t have been doing that. I know, that he knew, that if he had come to us and ask for permission … ha ... even you guys know the answer to that question, so he knew... Yet… it was cool, seemed like fun, what could happen????? Let me tell you what happened ... at 2:45 in the morning, the only other car within miles and Austin’s motorcycle ... met. Met at an intersection less than a quarter mile from our home. A car going 73 miles per hour, according to police reports, smashed into our son as he crossed the intersection. He died instantly ... yeah …what could happen? That’s what happens .... you die. And then your family dies, not instantly but a little bit every freakin’ day for the rest of their natural lives. Austin didn’t mean for this to happen, we know that. He was far too kind a soul to ever want to hurt us or anyone. Austin just made one very bad decision. He knew it was wrong ... he never would know how wrong it was. But you ... you are here, alive and with the rest of your lives ahead of you. The best times of your lives are ahead of you. Don’t screw it up. Don’t screw up the lives of everyone who loves you. It is simply a matter of Making the Right Choice, every single

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CHOICES from page 6 time. No matter what the temptation, the perceived reward. If you know in your heart, if you know that if you asked permission, it would be denied, then you MUST make the right choice. Guys, if this senseless tragedy can happen to us, just a normal family with an exceptional son, it could happen to anyone. Even you.

LAGOON from page 4 Everglades and that’s going to take having to give up some of their property for that purpose.” U.S. Sugar Corporation, which is headquartered in Clewiston, farms more than 180,000 acres in Hendry, Glades and Palm Beach counties and employs approximately 1,700 people, according to the company’s website. It produces approximately 650,000 to 700,000 tons of cane sugar a year, accounting for nearly 8 percent of the nation’s sugar production. In Palm Beach County, Florida Crystals owns 155,000 acres of land, two sugar mills, a sugar refinery, a rice mill, a packaging and distribution center and a renewable energy facility. The com-

Please don’t let a moment of weakness, a moment of poor judgment, change the lives of everyone you love. Always, always, always … make the right choice. It might not seem like the most fun choice, it might not seem like the most exciting choice, but it will always be ... the right choice ... Elaine Erlanger is the wife of Steve Erlanger, publisher of Your Voice News & Views.

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as one came to an end in Fort Pierce. Renaissance Charter School at Tradition is opening its doors this fall as Garden City Early Learning Academy in Fort Pierce closes. It closed in June as part of the school district’s budget reduction strategies implemented to meet declining revenues, which totaled $11 million for the 2013-2014 school year. Renaissance Charter School at Tradition Principal Stacy Schmit is ecstatic to begin the new year. “I envision a place where we educate the whole student,” she said. Schmit hopes to create culturally aware and well-rounded students. She’s been in contact with various charitable organizations within the community about volunteer opportunities for her students, she said. The school, which is still taking student applications for grades one through six, has a maximum

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•The transportation department page, which includes links to add students to bus stops and an interactive pedestrian safety awareness program. Automated telephone calls with bus stop information were sent to parents on Aug. 11 and again on Aug. 18. The transportation department hot line, (772) 340-4849 was activated on Aug. 12. •The Food Services program page has information on how to apply for free or reduced priced meals and the prices for meals for the 2013-14 school year.

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New principal assignments affecting St. Lucie West and Tradition • Lincoln Park Academy: Pamela Dampier, St. Lucie West K-8 principal, replaces Alan Cox. • St. Lucie West Centennial High: Alan Cox, Lincoln Park Academy principal, replaces Kim Stephanic, who is moving out of the area. • St. Lucie West K-8: Susan Seal, an assistant principal at Fort Pierce Central High, replaces Dampier. • Windmill Point Elementary: LaTricia Woulard, an assistant principal at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, replaces Jonetha Maness, who is going back to the classroom at her request.

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have to improve the system to the extent that it can. I don’t have an exact timetable for that at this point.” Lake Forest was identified as an area that could use more drainage power in the event of serious rainfall. “There’s water in the streets following a major storm event for a period of time as there is in other neighborhoods within St. Lucie West and the city of Port St. Lucie for that matter, or other communities,” Lawson said. South Florida’s soggy July has been the wettest on record since 1968, according to the South Florida Water Management District. District meteorologists also reported the wettest April through July period on record since 1932. “South Florida is saturated, leaving very few places to move water as we work to keep the system prepared for the peak of hurricane season,” said Susan Sylvester, District water control operations bureau chief, in a news release dated Aug. 2. “Our continual challenge with heavy rainfall is balancing flood control for 7.7 million residents while protecting the region’s wildlife and natural system, including the Everglades.”

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No matter how intense or costly the project, little can be done to prevent flooding during major storms, Lawson said. “Nothing that we could do, short of raising the entire site plan a couple of feet, would help keep all the water off the street all the time,” Lawson said. “There’s just not enough storage below the street elevations to control that water.” The ultimate goal is to gather information on the system to present to the SFWMD, with the hope it will allow the St. Lucie West Services District to change operating conditions of its network of gates in anticipation of a large storm event. Significantly lowering lake elevations below control would be ideal, Lawson said. That alone would “instantaneously add storage and reduce the impact of major storm events,” he said. Board Chairman Harvey Cutler wondered aloud during the meeting. “I can’t help always wondering from the first shovel of dirt that was put into St. Lucie West, that we were fighting nature,” Cutler trailed off. Lawson’s response was simple and vast. “Every project is,” Lawson said

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Community Calendar Friday, August 16 Pizza Jam at Minsky Gym. 6-9 p.m. Ages 6 to 12. Participants will play basketball games, have contests and eat pizza. Parents are required to register their children the evening of the event at the door. This is a lock-in program. Doors will be locked at 6:30 p.m. Children will not be allowed to leave until a parent picks them up at 9 p.m. Parents must bring identification when picking up their child. Cost is $7.90 per child. 750 S.W. Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 344-4142. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Meeting on Miami-Dade Nourishment Projects at the St. Lucie County Commission Chambers. 6:30-8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to submitted questions and concerns regarding this meeting and proposed project to Terri Jordan-Sellers with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at (904) 232-1817 or Terri.Jordan-Sellers@ usace.army.mil. 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.

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Saturday, August 17 Community Green Market at the Port St. Lucie City Hall parking lot. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, seafood, fresh baked goods and arts and crafts. Free admission and parking. 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 345-3797. Legacy Dance Team Auditions at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ages 7-11 years old: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ages 12-18 years old: 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dancers cannot turn 19 years old till end of May. Dancers who make the team will start Saturday practices on Aug. 24th. Call to reserve your spot, space is limited. Parents need to sign waiver for child to participate. 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call Dawn Nabors at 561329-6289. End of Summer Pool Party at Ravenswood Pool. 6-8 p.m. St. Lucie County’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities staff will be hosting

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FITNESS from page 17 I know,” Levine said. “In this industry, those are things that aren’t the easiest things to find. He’s humble, down-to-earth and it’s been a pleasure working with him.” Both Levine and Williamson will be competing in the Men’s Physique portion of the competition. While body building focuses on the contestants building bulk, Men’s and Women’s Physique as well as the Women’s Figure and Bikini portions of the event are more so graded on upper body, tone and personality. One of the many women competing in the event is Port St. Lucie resident Toni Karam. The beginning of Karam’s body building coincided with her choosing her college major. “I was majoring in musical theater,” Karam said. “Physique was really important in that industry as well and I never felt confident for auditions. So I know I needed to get in shape so that I had a better chance at the role I was going after. “That career kind of fell to the back burner and I realized I can be just as happy on this stage, while looking great in a bikini. It started as just a hobby, but I’ve lost 40 pounds and I hope to pursue this as a career.” For more information on the competition, please call (772) 204-7101 or email fnappi@cityofpsl.com.

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Port St. Lucie Police and Martin County Sheriff Detectives are asking for your help in identifying a suspect who was caught on several store surveillance videos attempting to break his way into three businesses in Port St. Lucie and one business in Martin County. The latest in a string of business burglary attempts occurred at Radio Shack located at 10770 S.W. Village Parkway in Tradition on Aug. 13 at 5 a.m. The store

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of convenience stores in Fort Walton Beach and then-president and chief operating officer of Ray Distributing Company, a Jacksonville-based gasoline and convenience store chain. From 1991 to 2002, Randy was

surveillance video shows a black male approximately 6 feet tall weighing 210 pounds, wearing a bright orange T-shirt, black and white basketball shorts and light blue Nike sneakers with a white Nike emblem trying to smash his way into the Radio Shack with a sledge hammer. Police believe this suspect also attempted to break into the AT&T Store located at 1095 S.E. Port St. Lucie Boulevard on March 15 at 1:15 a.m. After the burglary attempted, the suspect fled in a newer model dark gray Dodge Charger with tinted windows and aftermarket rims. The other two burglary attempts

occurred on March 28 in Martin County at the AT&T store located at 3108 S.W. Martin Downs Blvd. in Palm City at 1:50 a.m. The second was to another AT&T store located at 10636 S.W. Village Parkway in Tradition at 2:30 a.m. If anyone has any information they should call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 8715001 or the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS.

president, chief executive officer and owner of TS Marketing in Okeechobee and then Port St Lucie. From 2003 to present, Randy has owned and operated TimeSaver Food Stores, a local chain of Town Star convenience stores and Subway restaurants. He has

been a resident of Port St Lucie for 20 years and was an avid pilot and outdoorsman, truly enjoying flying, boating, fishing, hunting and sport shooting. Randy is past chairman of Randall Akins Jones the Okeechobee E c o n o m i c Council, past chairman of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, where he was inducted into the organizations Hall of Fame in 2006. Randy served as chairman of the Board of Trustees, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute for more than 10 years and was a member of the Community Advisory Board for Seacoast National Bank. Randy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Brenda Jones; his brother and sister‐in law Edwin A. “Wynn” Jones Jr. and Melinda Jones of Port St Lucie; his nephews, Edwin J. Jones of Stuart, Evan C. Jones of Port St Lucie, and nieces Helen Wynnette Jones of Los Angeles and Kara Mindy Edwards of Tampa, and his beloved kitty, Snowball. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Jones, in 2000 and his mother, Sara Jones, in 2010. A family visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce at 10:30 a.m. followed by a celebration of Randy’s life and memory at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Randy’s memory to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997 and Hospice of Okeechobee, 11 S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, FL 34974.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — You don’t have to live in Port St. Lucie to join the Port St. Lucie Art League. In fact, many members of art leagues throughout the Treasure Coast join other organizations to get a different perspective. Joan Menis, president of the Port St. Lucie group, belongs to several others, including Palm City Art Associates. “It’s not uncommon for artists to join three or four groups,” she said.

“The longer you’re into it, you get to know one another. It’s knowledge. You never stop learning. I constantly seek art teachers. You can never have enough technique. Every time I take a class, it’s not so much the painting, it’s seeing things in a new way, thinking outside the box.” The Port St. Lucie Art League will begin its new season on Sept. 20. The group meets on the third Friday of the month from 1-4 p.m. at the Port Sr. Lucie Community Center on Airoso Blvd. and has

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members who range in age from the mid- 40s to the 80s. “We have a brief meeting and then a demonstration with different guest artists who comes in,” Menis said. “They do a wonderful demonstration for everyone (that includes) oils, acrylics and mixed media. They’re open to the public and you don’t have to be a member. “We usually have refreshments and after the demonstrations, socializing and talking to other artists. We like to bring in our own work and set it up so people can see what we’re doing. There’s always work on display. We also have a Wall of Art at the Community Cen-

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You want to evolve (as an artist.) There are so many new products. Over the years, people have turned to acrylics as easier to clean up. There are oil crayon pencils. It’s amazing. You think, ‘Why didn’t I think of that’?” Menis said that demonstrations allow other artists to see the technique, touch and feel the works and ask questions of the artist. “You try not to limit the demonstrators,” Menis said. “Everyone is so interested, asking questions. It’s a great way to find out things. We had an encaustic

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pany of performers from the Treasure Coast to perform and direct. “Doing shows like ‘Rocky’ allows us to draw from all over the Treasure Coast’s diverse talent pool, exploring our biggest shows yet,” he said. “We’re excited to begin this season by bringing new people into the ever-expanding Curtain Call family, joining the talented professionals I’ve been proud to call a part of my team.” Sanders noted that the company recently was granted nonprofit status and he has elected not to take a salary as artistic director until the company is financially independent. Performances will be in Martin County, but Sanders is still negotiating contracts for

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