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The Sebastian Sun
December 5, 1997
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  THIS WEEK:          Indian River County
  commissioners authorized county staff to
  buy 89 acres known as the Fischer prop-
  erty, bordering the Sebastian River.
      The long-term future of the pristine
  piece of property outweighed the
  short-term urgency for the county to
  completely pay for the land.
      Risking the possibility of no state re-
  imbursement, the county decided to
  spend $1.49 million up front, using
  land-acquisition bond funds.


        NAME: Carl Learned.
        AGE: 73.
        OCCUPATION: Retired marble
   windowsill installer.
        BIRTHPLACE: Malone, N.Y.
        MOVED HERE: December 1985.
of the Italian-American Club, American
Legion and American Veterans Club, all
in Sebastian.
     HOBBIES: Fishing, boating and
HOOD: I live in the Pelican Pointe sub-
division. It's quiet, peaceful and I have
nice, friendly neighbors.


    Area veterans and residents will join
together to remember those who died
during the Dec. 7, 1 941, attack on Pearl
    In Grant, members and guests of
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4255
will observe the 56th anniversary of
Pearl Harbor with a ceremony begin-
ning at 1 p.m. at the Grant Historical
House, U.S. 1.
    In Sebastian, members and guests of
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10210
and American Legion Post 189 will meet
at the fishing pier off Main Street at 2
p.m. for a similar ceremony.
    The public is invited to attend both

           WHAT DID HE SAY?

"It's been awhile. It's something the city
should do. We're not that poverty-
stricken that we can't afford deco-
                           Walter Barnes

(Barnes, the mayor of Sebastian, made
the comments in connection with City
Council's decision to set aside $6,000
for holiday lighting in the city after some
residents mentioned the lack of holiday
decor to city officials. The city is renting
the street decorations.)
Skateboarders find a home
that keeps them off streets
Of The Sun

   There are more than 100 official clubs
in Barefoot Bay; none are specifically for
teenagers. But there is one group that's
skating it's own way into an impromptu
   Just about any afternoon or early eve-
ning, almost a dozen skateboarders can be
found making their own fun outside the
South Mainland Brevard County Library
in Micco near the entrance to Barefoot
   "We come here pretty much every
other day. There's nothing else to do. And
th older people kicked us out of every-
where else. Even the churches don't let us
skate in their parking lots," said
15-year-old Alex Gomez, one of the skate-
boarders who has opted to focus on the li-
brary parking lot for his skating excite-
   While Gomez laments the fact skate-
boarding is limited to one small parking
lot near the Barefoot Bay complex, he is,
as are his skating buddies, happy to take
advantage of the area.
   "We can hang out here. It's the only
place. Plus, it's got everything for us to
do. We don't cause any damage and we
respect the place," he said while sitting on
his board as dusk set in to the west over
the Barefoot Bay community.
The library parking lot has got every-
thing for skateboarders, they said, because
it's a smooth pavement and they can posi-
tion their so-called "fun box." It's basically
the top of a picnic table lined with metal
or PVC pipe on the edges that allows the
skaters to try some of their more daring
stunts and develop their skills.
   They also have built a "grind rail,' or
single rail of pipe raised about a foot off
the ground that a provides the perfect con-
dition for pulling off railslides, when the
skateboard is sliding down the pipe on its
rail or the side edge.
          The skateboarding group has been steady
       in its numbers for the past year and some
       skaters from outside of Barefoot Bay come
       to join in the skate challenges. Neil
       Chancey, 13, of Grant, travels a couple of
       miles every day to skate with his friends.
       He, too, once skated in a wide variety of
       places before being chased away.
          "It's the only place I can skate and it's
       fairly good. We used to be allowed to
       skate at basketball courts in Grant, but
       they put up signs saying that skate-
       boarding wasn't allowed," he said.
   While the library parking lot is nirvana
for Barefoot Bay skateboarders, the sight
of the teenagers getting into their sport
outside the library has caused some ten-
sion. Dave McMurrin, the library's direc-
tor, said he's received several complaints.
    "They frighten elderly patrons away
sometimes. They shouldn't be out there,
OK? That's the bottom line. But, as long
as they don't leave skate things out there,
that's fine for the most part. I don't want
to sound like I'm down on them. As long
as they respect people around them,"
McMurrin said.
    McMurrin, 33, said he's sympathetic
the skateboarders having nowhere else to
go as he used to be an skateboarder him-
self while growing up in Lake Forest, ID.
    "I feel for them," he said, adding the
teenagers usually are polite about comply-
ing with requests to move their skating ac-
tivities to the south end of the parking lot,
away from the entrance to the library.
    He did say he was angered by the fact that
some of the benches near the library were dam-
aged from the skateboarders doing tricks on
them, but that stopped after he talked to the
    Now, the skateboarders bring their own
equipment that allows them to try tricks. McMur-
rin said he's willing to live and let skate if the
skateboarders keep their distance from the en-
trance and don't scare the patrons anymore.
    Brandon Michelson, 14, has lived in Barefoot
Bay for seven years and is one of the founders of
the library parking lot skateboard group. He said
the ritual of skating at that parking lot has come
to represent a lot more than just skateboarding.
    "This is our sanctuary. I just come down here
to get away from everything, to have fun and
hang out with my friends," Michelson said.
    It's a sanctuary in that Michelson can be with
other young people, whom he said are discrimi-
nated against in Barefoot Bay, a community
largely composed of senior citizens.
    "Everybody seems like they hate us because
other kids have ruined our reputation. There's not
a lot of vandalism (in Barefoot Bay), but there's
enough to ruin it for us," Michelson said.
    Gomez agreed it isn't easy being a teen-ager in
Barefoot Bay.
    "The old people stereotype us as juvenile de-
linquents. I get As and Bs at school and I respect
people. It's tough growing up in Barefoot Bay,
the people discriminate against us," he said.
    Gomez also is aware of the proposal to turn
Barefoot Bay into a 55-and-older community and
that causes his perception of discrimination
against the young to sting even more.
    "That makes us feel as though they really
don't like us and they'll do anything to get rid of
us,' he said.
    Those perceptions make parents of the skate-
boarding group appreciate the fact their children
do have some place to go when they want to
    Charles and Mayta Gomez often take Alex
and his younger brother, Andrew, to the library
parking lot for their skateboard gatherings.
   "It's the only sport they have down here in
South Brevard. They consider it a sport; most
adults without kids don't. They're excellent kids.
They haven't had any trouble with the police. And
the police don't mind them (at the library parking
lot). I'm sure the churches and other places kicked
them out for insurance purposes," Charles Gomez
    More importantly to Mrs. Gomez, she knows
where her children are when they go to the skate-
board gatherings.
   "It's great when they say, 'Mom, I'm going
 skating,' because I know where they are and I
 know what they're doing. I also know most of the
 kids," she said.
     Alex Gomez plans on keeping the skate-
 boarding group going until someone says other-
 wise. He's going to enjoy his sanctuary because he
 doesn't know how long it will last.
     "I plan to continue to skate (at the library
 parking lot) as long as I can. Everybody leaves us
 alone here. We'd like it if more kids would come,"
 he said.
Photo Caption
Neal Chancey doesn't mind coming from his home in Grant to
the librarynear the Barefoot Bay entrance where he can meet
with his skateboarding friends. The library serves as a
gathering point for the teenagers nearly every day as they
have no where else to skate.

Businesses increasing role in holiday event
Of The Sun

   This year's Winter Wonderland
Christmas celebration at Riverview Park
not only will have a man in a red suit listen-
ing to the eager wishes of area children, but
several Sebastian businesses will be at the
park, spreading good cheer, as well.
    Five area businesses will be selling
wares Dec. 5 during the kick-off of Winter
    "The plan is to have the vendors come
in the first night and in return, they come
back another day and provide food or en-
tertainment for free," said Ray Coniglio,
co-chairman of Winter Wonderland and
vice president of the Sebastian River Area
Chamber of Commerce.
    "We wanted to make this a community
event as much as possible. Because they're
businesses in town, it's a way to give back
to the community. We're all part of this
community and we don't always have an
opportunity to say thanks. Now, they can
do it with products," Coniglio said.
    Sharon DiMarco, owner of Subbies
sandwich shop, 957 County Road 512, just
opened her business in April and sees the
chance to participate in Winter Wonderland
as a way to enhance her business.
    Subbies will sell Italian ice on the first
night of Winter Wonderland and then will
return another night, still to be announced,
and give out free samples of the treat.
    "I'm happy to be involved. I think it's a
great idea and it's great to be a part of it,"
DiMarco said.
    "It's getting involved with the commu-
nity and being down there with the kids.
There'll be a lot of families and snowbirds
that haven't seen us. I'm looking at it as ex-
posure. I just hope it's not too cold and
people won't want what we're giving out,"
she said.
    It's that kind of attitude that has cham-
 ber President Ed Moore excited. He said
 chamber and Rotary Club members equally
 pushed for the increased participation of
 businesses in Winter Wonderland this year.
 In the past, the only participation from area
 businesses included the renting of display
 space with a business' name on it, he said.
     "Basically, we went around to the busi-
 nesses and said, 'Give something back to
 the community.' A lot of the businesses
 aren't really displaying their products in
 Winter Wonderland," Moore said. "There's
 not a lot of commercialism in the booths.
 It's not a commercial event.
     "This is the first time we've tried to
change. It's not a money-making event any
more for the chamber. And I was surprised
that as many businesses signed up," Moore
     The businesses that are vending on the
first night won't be the only ones that will
be donating services and concessions. Sev-
eral businesses have agreed to give free con-
cessions and time without selling anything.
     Sebastian River Medical Center will
provide free hot chocolate during Winter
Wonderland. It's the first year the hospital
will do so.
    Daisy Knowles, director of public rela-
tions at SRMC, sees Winter Wonderland
developing into a crucial link for area busi-
    "It's a good way to network with busi-
nesses in the area and that's what we're here
for, to give each other support," Knowles
    "I think the area has to work together.
(Winter Wonderland) is a joint venture and
a good way to give back to the community.
It's a good way to get your name out to the
public," Knowles said.
    The concept that the event is for the
children first is never far away, either,
Knowles said. That's why SPMC chose to
give out hot chocolate.
    "We thought about coffee, but children
don't like coffee. I almost froze to death last
year and there was nothing hot to drink.
So, we decided to go with hot chocolate,"
she said.
   Pulling all the businesses together to
pull off this Winter Wonderland of giving
wasn't easy.
     "It was hard to contact people because
(organizers) were a bunch of people that
work all day," Coniglio said.
     But once the ball was rolling, it was
clear that local businesses would be a cru-
cial element to keeping Winter Wonderland
     "There seems to be a new excitement in
the community. More chamber businesses
are getting involved. There's something
going on and to me, it's a good feeling to
see that type of activity. People don't have
to do that. Christmas is the time for giv-
ing," Coniglio said.
     Beyond businesses, there also are some
individuals who will be at Winter Wonder-
land who will be giving away free items and
some churches that will have choirs there.

Photo Caption
Ed Motyka, left, and Reed Eddy, members of the Polish-
American Club, help add the yuletide trimmings at Riverview
Park in Sebastian in preparation for Winter Wonderland,
which kicks off Dec. 5.

Cosmetologist offers new look
Of The Sun

  Shella Michaels has worked in cos-
metology along the Treasure Coast
for about 15 years, always working
for someone else.
   Now, she's on her own.
   Michaels opened Shella's Hair,
Nails & Faces salon, 14010 U.S. 1
in the Bay Square plaza, Roseland,
for her first venture into owning a
business. She officially took over the
shop Oct. 21.
   "It used to be Celine's Hair,
Nails & Faces. But I came in and
saw the business and it was what
was looking for. It was small, quiet
and up-to-date," Michaels said. She
heard the owner wanted to sell it, so
 Michaels made an offer and pur-
 chased the shop.
    Michaels, a cosmetologist who
 has shopped her talents around to
 several different shops in the area,
 said she's happy to have her own
 business under her own name.
    "I'm extremely happy with it. I
 have to be highly motivated all the
 time, but it's easier when you're
 working for yourself. My hours have
 gone from 40 (per week) to 140 it
 seems, though," she said, laughing.
    "But I think because I've worked
for so many people, I know what to
expect. It's not harder that I ex-
pected. The main responsibility is for
ordering products and upkeep of the
facilities. But I don't have a lot of re-
sponsibifity toward my employees
because they're more like indepen-
dent contractors," she said.
    Michaels, who lives in Sebastian,
is determined to build a reputation
for her shop as a full-service facility,
not just a hair salon. That includes
hair styling and coloring, of course,
in addition to manicures, make-up
and tanning facilities.
    When it comes down to her mo-
tivation for running her own shop,
the 33-year-old said it's all about cre-
    "I'm a very creative person. I en-
joy what I do and I enjoy people.
There's the artistic end and change in
    "Taking a person from their nat-
ural hair color and changing it to
match their skin and eyes. Making
them look natural is a challenge and
they're your canvas. You can take
them and make the change and that's
rewarding every time you see the
happiness you bring to people," Mi-
chaels said.
    She's displayed a wall of pictures
of before-and-after shots of some of
her customers as evidence of the cre-
ations she's made for people.
    "I do a lot (of styles) for proms
and weddings and I was happy to see
that Jessica Gehrke won homecom-
ing queen at Sebastian River High
School. I did her hair, I do all ages
and I have a lot of men, too," Mi-
chaels said.
    Shella's is open Tuesday through
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
there are appointments accepted for
after hours.

Photo Caption
Shelia Michaels works on creating a masterpiece of
hairstyling with customer Betty Mills at Shelia's Hair, Nails
& Faces salon, Roseland.

   Sebastian veterinarian hopes this
   year's Winter Wonderland is best
   By Drew Dixon

      George Jutras Jr. is happy not
   only to be working on Sebastian's
   Winter Wonderland event this year,
   he's running it.
      The local veterinarian says he
   welcomes the chance to provide a
   helping hand in what has become a
   tradition for Sebastian children and
   the community at large.
      Jutras is the co-chairman of the
   Winter Wonderland event at River-
   view Park that runs from Dec. 5
   through Jan. 1. Jutras is a member
   of both the Sebastian River Area
   Chamber of Commerce and the Se-
   bastian Rotary Club, the groups
   that are putting together the event.
   He said John Malek, a past presi-
   dent of the chamber who ran the
   Winter Wonderland event for sev-
   eral years, approached the Rotary
   Club and said help was needed to
   organize the annual event and he
   didn't hesitate to offer assistance.
   There was a real possibility the
   event might not have been held and
   that was enough to force a call to
   action, jutras said.
      "We decided it's something Se-
   bastian should have every year for
   the childrens' sake. Kids grow up
   here expecting Santa in the park ev-
   ery year. It gives people a place to
    go during the holiday season," Ju-
    tras said.
       Keeping Winter Wonderland
    going isn't exactly easy, Jutras said.
    The main thing was organizing the
    five-member Winter Wonderland
    committee meetings every week
    over a two-month period. Then it
    was time to bear down and get busi-
    nesses involved and organizing the
    construction of the Winter Wonder-
    land setting at Riverview Park.
       "It's pretty involved. We had to
    coordinate (Indian River County
    Jail) inmates to put up the boxes
    (that make the Christmas scenes)
that are assembled. And there's a
trailer that was taken over to the
park (with all the Christmas deco-
rations inside). That had to be emp-
tied and none of us knew what was
inside it. It takes more time than I
expected," he said.
  Fortunately, Jutras said, there
were a. lot of other people willing to
help keep Winter Wonderland afive.
  "I think Sebastian is a city of vol-
unteers and there are a lot of people
in this town that are very helpful.
Without their help, this would be
impossible," he said.
     When Jutras isn't helping to keep
Christmas going in Sebastian, he
runs the Highlands Animal Hospital,
433 County Road 512, with his
wife, Lisa, who is also a veterinarian.
     "I think when you're dealing
with animals, it's very rewarding. It's
like being a pediatrician; the patients
can't tell you what's wrong with
them and it's very rewarding to diag-
nose the problem and fix it," he said.
     After living in Sebastian for the
last five years, Jutras said the city has
provided incentive to stay.
     "I'll probably live here the rest of
my life. It's the nicest place I've ever
lived," he said.
     "I live by the water, the quality
of life is good and people wave to
you on the street. That's unheard of."
     Jutrus likes to hike in the area as
well as golf, boating and fishing.
     Birthdate: July 25, 1960.
     Birthplace: Providence, R.I.
     Education: Bachelor of science
in animal science from the University
of Rhode Island and a doctorate de-
gree in veterinary medicine from the
University of Florida.
     Family: Wife of five years, Lisa,
and son, Daniel.
     The best part of my job is:
Working with a good group of en-
thusiastic people.
     What I like the least about my
job is: Hanging Christmas lights.
     The most recent movie I saw
in a theater was: "The Peacemaker."
     The book I'd recommend every-
eryone to read is: "The Book of
Five Rings," by Miyamot Musashi.
     Of everyone in the world, the
person I would most like to meet
is: The queen of England, Queen
   My favorite food is: Mexican.
   If I were going on a trip to the
 moon, I would take along: My
 family and my dogs.
   When I was growing up, I al-
 ways wanted to be: Veterinarian.
   The person I admire the most
 is: My father, George Jutras Sr.
   My proudest moment was: The
 birth of my son.
   My favorite sports team is: The
 University of Florida Gators football.
   On my last vacation, I visited:
 Key Largo.
   The first thing I do when I
 wake up in the morning is: Make a
 pot of coffee.
   If I could do something over
 again, I'd: Have moved to Florida

Photo Caption
George Jutras examines Harry the dog at his Highlands
Animal Hospital in Sebastian. Jutras says it's important
for area businesses to give back to the community by
participating in the annual Winter Wonderland at Riverview
Helping others keeps Bay man on the move
Of The Sun

    Fred Van Wort enjoys being the
 man in charge of keeping people om
 the move in Barefoot Bay.
     Two years ago, Van Wort was
 appointed to be the chairman of the
 transportation committee for the
 Barefoot Bay Homeowners Associa-
     He's the coordinator of the com-
 munity van and the 25 volunteers
 who operate the vehicle that keep
 otherwise homebound residents
 the move.
     "We transport people who are
 homebound to the Senior Nutri-
 tional Lunch program at the Baptist
 Church in Micco on Central Ave nue
 every day. In the afternoon, we take
 citizens shopping," Van Wort said.
    The van rides to the senior-lunch
program are funded by Brevard
County and that pays for the
13-passenger van rental. Not only do
the seniors who attend the program
get a healthy lunch, but they also get
to socialize with other people their
age. The program is open to all se-
niors in Micco.
    The cost of running the van for
shopping trips is paid through nomi-
nal fees charged to those residents
using the van. The shopping excur-
sions are jaunts to stores in Roseland
every weekday except for Tuesday.
That's when the van travels to the
Melbourne Mall for a full day of
shopping there. The shopping excur-
sions cost only $1 for the round trip
to Roseland, $3 for the round trip to
    The Barefoot Bay residents who
use the community van have to be
semimobile, Van Wort said.
   "We can't handle wheelchairs.
But, other than that, there are no re-
strictions. They only have to be resi-
dents of Barefoot Bay," he said.
    The majority of the people who
use the community van are those
who really need it, though.
    "They are all people who would
be homebound otherwise. They have
a physical affliction. For some of
them, it's the only chance at social-
ization," he said.
    "It's also the only way to get
food. When they go shopping, we
take them to Publix or Kmart."
    Van Wort not only sets the driv-
ing schedule for the 25 different Vol-
unteers, he also takes care of the pa-
perwork for the program and is a
substitute driver in addition to his
regular driving shift.
    "None of us gets paid and the
day you (are assigned to) drive, you
spend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You're
with that van all day," he said.
    Despite the commitment it takes
to stay with the program and run it,
Van Wort said he doesn't want to
give it up.
    "It's something that they need
and we're physically able to help
them. It's a good civic project and
we feel proud to be able to do it. I
get satisfaction in just the knowledge
that you're helping your neighbors
to a better lifestyle that they
wouldn't have without our services,"
he said.
     When Van Wort isn't running
 the community van program, he can
 often be found on the community
 golf course, where he hits the links
 about two or three times a week.

Photo Caption
Fred Van Wort says he likes heading up the transportation
committee in Barefoot Bay. His job includes being in
charge of the van that transports otherwise homebound
residents to area stores and social functions.

Art club members go north, tour South
By Margaret Miquelon
      Let's take a trip!
      Dorothy Smith, Pauline Jester
and Sue Ring, all members of the
Sebastian Art Club, did just that and
they had a wonderful time.
      Sue was the designated driver
and the other two were her naviga-
tors. They set off from Sebastian
with the first stop at Patricia Slaugh-
ter's home in Folson, Ga. She is Pau-
line's cousin, and she lives near Pine
      They spent three days with Pat-
ricia visiting Callaway Gardens,
Jimmy Carter's town of Plains, and
Roosevelt's Little White House.
They also visited Andersonville,
which was a prisoner-of-war camp in
the Civil War.
      Dorothy, Pauline and Sue loved
the informality and friendliness of
Plains. When Carter teaches Sunday
School, they issue the invitation
"y'all come," and everybody comes.
      The peanut factory that belongs
to the Carter family is being re-
stored. Tourists are not restrained
from visiting anything. Carter's uncle
has an earthworm store and loves to
chat with everyone. Across the street
is Brother Billy's gas station. Mainly,
restoring the town means they put a
coat of paint on all the old builchngs.
      When they visited Warm Springs
and Roosevelt's Little White House,
it was a moving experience. It is pre-
served, but not fixed up. They ate
"catfish and fixin's," which is fried
catfish with sour pickles and Vidalia
    Our trio went on to Henderson-
ville, N.C., where Joan McAllister
lives. Joan was president of the Se-
bastian Art Club and is a good
friend, who always stays with Doro-
thy when she comes back to Sebas-
    Joan took them to the Biltmore
Mansion in Asheville, N.C. They
went on    a tour of the mansion and
to a wine-tasting there of Biltmore's
own label. Lunch was at the Stables.
Joan took them on a tour of the art
galleries, antique and country stores
and outlets. They spent five days
with Joan.
    They then went to Pisgah Moun-
tain near Edgefield, S.C., which is
loaded with Revolutionary War arti-
facts, and watched them make pot-
tery copied from 18th-century pot-
tery. Then on to Augusta and finally
to Savannah.
    This part of the trip had been
planned in advance. The group had
reserved rooms at the River Street
Inn on Bay Street. As they enjoyed
wine and cheese on their balcony,
they watched tugboats escort the big
vessels up river. There was one big
ship from China that added to the
international flavor.
    They ate at the Pirate's House,
must in Savannah. There they heard
Emma Kelly, who played for hours
in Hannah's East Room at the Pi-
rate's House. Emma Kelly is promi-
nent in John Berendt's best-selling
"nonfiction novel" about a sensa-
tional murder in Savannah, called
"Midnight in the Garden of Good
and Evil." The book has been made
into a movie directed by Clint
    Emma is a lady in her 70s who
has 10 children and 24 grandchil-
dren. She is awesome.
    Sue was so enthusiastic about the
book, especially since they were
going to the very scene, that she
made Dorothy and Pauline read it
before they went on the trip. It is
mostly about Berendt, who went
there on vacation, stayed and fell in
love with the town and the eccentric
people who lived there.
   As all good things must come to
 an end, our traveling artists had to
 come back to their real life in Sebas-
 tian. Their 12-day trip was the first
 trip on their dream list. They will go
 again, they just haven't decided
 where, and what interesting things
 they can luck into as they travel
 "Here & There."
 Photo Caption
 Sebastian Art Club members, from left Dorothy Smith,
 Pauline Jester and Sue Ring recently spent some time
 touring Savannah.

 Area veterans to remember Pearl Harbor
 By Richard Higgins

    "Air raid on Pearl Harbor, this is
 no drill," was the message that came
 from Adm. Husband E. Kimmel,
 commander in chief of the Pacific
 Fleet to all ships in the Hawaiian
 area on that laid-back Sunday morn-
 ing; the message alarmed many an
 Officer of the Deck.
    Less than 36 hours later, Presi-
 dent Franklin D. Roosevelt ad-
 dressed a joint session of the U.S.
 Congress as follows: "Yesterday,
 Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will
 live in infamy - the United States
 America was suddenly and deliber-
 ately attacked by naval and air force
 of the Empire of Japan."
    Congress declared a state of war
 on Japan. In the attack at 7:55 a.m.,
 2,395 were killed and 1,178
 wounded. Battleship Row became
 the final resting place of USS Ari-
 zona, entombing 1,102 sailors.
    Today, a memorial stands sentry
 duty over the silent dead. On Dec. 7,
 at 1:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign
 Wars Post 4425 will remember fallen
 comrades of Pearl Harbor. In an ex-
 tended period of silence, a ceremo-
 nial party, including four survivors
 of the attack, will march to the end
 of the Grant Historical House pier
 and cast a wreath onto the waters of
 the Indian River.
    As the wreath floats seaward,
 Taps will sound, drums will rattle
 and roll and three volleys will be
 fired by the rifle squad.
    All this is in remembrance of the
 valiant soldiers, sailors, airmen and
civilians who lost their lives that fate-
ful day. Remember Pearl Harbor!
The public is invited to observe this
silent exercise. At the conclusion, a
tickets-only luncheon will be served
by the Grant Community Club. All
available tickets have been sold.
    Of late, there has been some con-
cern about the diminishing number
of gravesites available to veterans in
the Arlington National Cemetery
across the Potomac River from
Washington, D.C. Many veterans
prefer to be buried in states other
than Florida, usually the state of
their origin or personal home. For
these veterans, the national cemetery
system may be the burial point of
    The system, administered by the
Veterans Affairs Department, is ex-
periencing steady growth. Tahoma
National Cemetery, about 20 miles
southeast of Seattle, is the 115th
cemetery in the system and it is the
first one in the state of Washington.
Currently, 43 acres of the available
160 have been developed to provide
10,000 gravesites and 4,000 niches
for cremated remains.
    In the Chicago area, a contract
has been awarded for a new ceme-
tery near Joliet. There will be 2
gravesites, including 2,000
crypts, 3,000 columbaria niches and
2,300 garden niches for cremated re-
mains. It is 50 miles from downtown
   For New York, a construction
contract has been awarded to pro-
vide another cemetery less than a
mile from Saratoga National His-
toric Park. This 373-acre site calls for
preparation of 5,000 gravesites, in-
cluding 2,000 lawn crypts, 1,500
columbaria niches and 700 garden
niches for cremated remains.
   A contract has been awarded for
a Dallas-Fort Worth National Ceme-
tery. It will be a 638-acre cemetery
midway between Dallas and Forth
Worth near Mountain Creek Lake.
Plans call for 14,600 gravesites, in-
cluding 2,000 lawn crypts and 2,000
columbaria and garden niches for
cremated remains.
    All veterans with discharges
 other than dishonorable, their
 spouses and dependent children, are
eligible for burial in a national ceme-
tery. Veterans Affairs also provides
grave markers or headstones for the
unmarked graves of eligible veterans
even if they are not buried in a VA
  Information on VA burial benefits
is available from national cemetery
offices and VA regional offices,
which can be reached toll-free
calling 1-800-827-1000 and from lo-
cal veterans service officers.
  The Department of Veterans
fairs marked the international obser-
vance of World AIDS Day on Dec.
with a renewed commitment to car-
ing for HIV-infected persons and a
quest for advances through research.
  Recent research by VA investiga-
tors include the development of new
tests for antiviral drug evaluation and
identifying a connection between the
AIDS-associated virus and the bone
marrow cancer multiple myeloma.
  VA has four specialized centers for
research on AIDS - Atlanta, New
York, San Diego and Durham, N.C.
- and VA scientists across the coun-
try last year received almost $27 mil-
lion to support more than 260 stud-
ies on diagnosis, treatment and
prevention of the disease.

Poetry corner

USS Arizona Memorial

56 years ago
my child-ears heard over
a car radio on the way to visit my
in Brooklyn,
"The Japanese have attacked Pearl

Now I am here.
Now I know.
The Navy tour boat
takes me across the gentle harbor,
the day serene
much like that other one dawned.

The USS Arizona Memorial
quietly waits
surrounded by deep blue Hawaii

The memorial
gleams pure white as it spans
the sunken hull which rests
in 38 feet of water in Pearl Har-

A men's chorus greets my ears,
sounds of a hymn known always
stirs sleepless memories
as I enter this bridge of eternity.

I slowly pass over 1,177
Navy men and Marines,
their rusty coffin visible
8 feet below the water's surface.

At the far end of this memorial
on a large white marble wall
is a list of the honored dead
who reside below forever.

Through veiled eyes,
I scan the names, searching
for the familiar and find
they are all familiar.

Softened footsteps, homage paid
by 750,000 persons every year.
The clicking cameras and
clicking hearts the only sound.

Hawaii, a loyal American territory
on Dec. 7, 1941.
"A day that will live in infamy."
The USS Arizona sank in 9 min-

Our flag gently waves beside the
mounted on the battleship Arizona
as my legs reluctantly take me
to the returning boat.
Eyes strain through
brilliant sun and sky.
I now say adieu to the beginning
and to the end.

                       June C. Fenty

 Musician rises to top at coffee house
 Of The Sun

      The third installment of the North
 Indian River County Library Coffee
 House series will hear the acoustic
 rhythms of Dale Collier Dec. 5.
      A Florida native, Collier said he's
 been perfecting his song-writing and
 acoustic-guitar talents since he
 moved to Sebastian three years ago.
      "The one thing I try not to do is
 make my music too repetitive," he
      Collier plans on playing mostly
 originally music at his performance
 Dec. 6 and his songs cover a wide
      "I do have heavy blues and jazz
 influences," he said. "When I was
 younger, I played in a rock band for
 eight years. So, to put me in a cat-
 egory is kind of hard."
      The Coffee House performance
 is a return, of sorts, for Collier.
 While he was never the featured art-
 ist at the Coffee House last year, he
 did take part in several of the regular
 open-microphone sessions and per-
 formed in the regular jam sessions at
 the end of many of the events.
      "I have a great feeling of accom-
 phshment," he said of being named a
 featured artist this year. "All those
 (previous featured artists) are my
 peers in acoustic music. It's kind of
 an honor, because they don't just ask
 anyone to do it."
      The 37-year-old Collier has been
 working at acoustic guitar music
 since he was 12.
      "I take it very seriously. But, all
 along I've had to keep my day job
 The last two years, I've seriously tried
 to secure more work. I had an exten-
 sive engagement at the Disney Resort
 (in Wabasso)," he said.
      He's also is marketing some of
 the songs he's written. Collier is cur-
 rently in negotiations with a pub-
 lisher in Los Angeles to sell two of
 the songs he's penned.
      "I have someone who's interested
 in the right town," he said.
    Meanwhile, he concentrates on
his day job as a carpenter for Apache
Construction in Sebastian, where he
lives with his wife, Freida and
19-year-old son, Shawn.
    While he waits to see if his music
will prove financially successful, Col-
lier said he'll continue to hone his
musical skills in local performances
and there's nowhere better than the
Library Coffee House.
    "This is not like your normal at-
mosphere. These people come specif-
ically to hear the music. If you're try-
ing to play originals, it's important
that your audience is attentive. We
have everyone from seniors to chil-
dren. It's a real nice, clean gig," he
    It's also the last Coffee House be-
fore Christmas. Collier said he will
provide a holiday tune with some
new twists and the library staff plan
on getting in on the holiday fun, too.
    "This is Christmas time and it's
always a little special,' said Ramona
Wichnan, Coffee House organizer.
    "I have a brown-bag surprise for
Christmas. And probably, a lot of
people will have their own Christmas
songs," she said.
    The North Indian River County
Library Coffee House runs from 7 to
9:30 p.m. at the library at 1001
County Road 512. The event is free.

Photo Caption
Dale Collier brings his acoustic guitar to the North Indian
River County Library Coffee House as the featured artist at
the Dec. 6 performance.
Week In Review

Workers start
police station repairs

    Sebastian Police Department em-
gloyees are holding their breaths,
hoping that crews that started work-
ing on the outside of their building
two weeks ago can clear the air.
    Workers from Hill York Corp.,
West Pahn Beach, started installing a
new chilling unit for the building on
Main Street, City Manager Thomas
Frame said.
    City Council hired the company
in July agreeing to spend $306,100
to fix the building's air-circulation
system. An additional $7,000 for an
independent company to test the sys-
tem once it's renovated also will have
to be spent.
    The company now is putting in
new water lines that will ttake cold
water up to the roof and into the
conditioning system, he said.
    Police Chief Randy White said
workers haven't entered the building
yet, but have been doing work on
the roof.
    "I can see them welding," he
    Once work begins on the inside,
he said, the plan is to have the
work done in quadrants so the entire
building doesn't have to be emptied
at once.
    Frame said when crews work on
part of the building, the air pressure
in that area will be dropped so dust
particles or air won't blow around.
Employees will be moved around to
other parts of the building while
work is done on their section, he
    White said he hasn't seen much
difference in the air yet, and Frame
said employees won't notice any
change for a while.
    "I don't think they'll see much
difference until they near comple-
tion," Frame said. The 120-day pro-
ject is expected to be finished by
mid-March, he said.
    Police Department employees
have complained of eye and respira-
tory problems since moving into the
$860,OOO building in May 1992. In
1993, city officials ordered air-qual-
ty tests after reports of moisture and
mildew problems in the building sur-
faced. A study showed surface molds
were a result of excessive moisture in
the building.
       In January, a 27-page report
compiled by Ralph Hahn and Asso-
ciates Inc. of Orlando recommended
the city install the new outside air
unit to reduce the opportunity for
mold and mildew growth.
       Hahn had been hired to study
the building's heating, ventilation
and air-conditioning systems. Other
suggestions included installing new
exhaust fans, adding access doors for
cleaning and inspecting duct work,
repairing or replacing any existing
duct work and replacing control

Five Bay residents
form opposition party

      Five Barefoot Bay residents have
formed a new political group to chal-
lenge some of the board members
running in the Barefoot Bay Home-
owners Association elections Jan. 13.
      The Unity Group was formed in
early October, after the association's
Nominating Committee announced
its slate for the Jan. 13 elections,
which will be held in Building A.
      Heading the group are Chris
Riesenbeck, the association's third
vice president, and Paula Higgins,
who in the early 1980s served as
chairwoman of a committee formed
by the association to look into the
possibility of acquiring and manag-
ing the park's recreational facilities.
      Riesenbeck and Higgins are run-
ning for president and vice president,
      Also in the group are residents
Norman Turner, who is running for
second vice president; Dick Gee,
third vice president; and Mary How-
ard, who is seeking a position as one
of the board's nine directors.
      The group members were added
to the ballot after they were nomi-
nated by residents during the associ-
ation's general meeting in October.
    Reisenbeck will be facing associ-
afion President Flo Canham, who is
seeking a second one-year term.
      Higgins is challenging associa-
tion director Fred VonWart for the
position currently held by Joe Gener-
      Generazio said he's not seeking
re-election because of health prob-
      Turner, a member of the
Over-60 Softball League who pur-
chased a home in Barefoot Bay a
year ago, will be facing second Vice
President Ed Keeley, who is seeking
a second one-year term.
      Gee, a Barefoot Bay resident for
seven years, is running against direc-
tor Jacque Sahli, who was nomi-
nated for third vice president.
     As for Howard, who works as a
supervisor in the park's Citizen Ob-
server Patrol rogram, she will be
seeking one of three director posi-
tions up for election this year.
     Also running for one of the di-
rector positions are Barefoot Bay res-
ident Robert Smith and directors
Marie Yates and Marion Bellingham.
     One of the main objectives of the
group is to create unity between the
association's board members and
trustees of the Barefoot Bay Home-
owners Association, Riesenbeck said.
     Higgins said the group's other
objectives include having more com-
munity activities in the park, and es-
tablishing a toll-free number resi-
dents can use to call Titusville and
Viera without being charged a
long-distance fee.
     Even though group members
share many of the same goals, not
all, for instance, agree Barefoot Bay
should become a 55-and-older corn-
munity, Higgins said.
     "I'm not in favor of turning
park into a 55-and-older community,
and Chris knows that," Higgins said..
"But I think people should have a
chance to voice their opinion.
Whether it happens or not, that is
something else."
     The group will be hold a series
of rallies in the next few months at
the Barefoot Bay Amphitheater, be-
hind the side of Building A.
     They will be Dec. 15, Dec. 2
and Jan. 12, at the same time and

Veterans officials plan
clinic's groundbreaking

     Department of Veterans Affairs
officials have not yet awarded a con-
tract for the long-awaited clinic in
Brevard County, but the process is
going so smoothly they have already
set a date for groundbreaking.
     U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon,
R-Palm Bay, is scheduled to lead a
ceremony in Viera on Jan. 16, culmi-
 nating what many have said has been
 a fast-track process of getting the
 clinic built.
     "We're not expecting any slip-
 pages," VA Construction Project
 Manager Thomas Briggs said.
     Barring a slip, the contract could
 be awarded before Christinas, and
 construction could begin immedi-
 ately after the ceremony, Briggs said.
     That's about two months earlier
 than rough estimates made about
 four weeks ago.
     Fueling the accelerated schedule
 is high interest in the project, which
 attracted bids from dozens of com-
 panies from Canada to Melbourne.
     While Briggs did not have a final
 count on how many companies sub-
 mitted proposals, he said it was more
 than he and other officials expected.
     "We did get some good re-
 sponses," Briggs said. "We'll have a
 good project at a price that we can
     That price must be within $25
 million, the amount the federal gov-
 ernment has earmarked for the clinic.
     The bids should be less than that
 figure, however, since other periph-
 eral costs, such as subcontracts, must
 come out of that sum.
     The clinic is the result of more
 than a decade of dogged pursuit of
 local health care for veterans in Bre-
 vard County and the surrounding
     Many veterans and elected offi-
 cials lobbied hard for a full VA hos-
 pital in Viera, but it fell to budget
 belt-tightening last year.
     As a consolation, Congress
 granted the money for a new VA
 clinic and also doled out $5 million
 for Brevard County for a one-year
 pilot program where veterans re-
 ferred by doctors for inpatient care
 could receive it at a local civilian hos-
     That program has been touted as
 a possible example for improving
 veterans' care nationwide if it suc-
 ceeds. That pilot program has yet to
 be put into place.
     The nearing of tangible evidence
of the clinic is tantalizing to propo-
nents, they said.
    "We're extremely happy about
it," Weldon spokesman Brian Chase
said. "Combine this with the (pilot
program) and you're basically
looking at full veterans' service in
Central Florida, which people have
been fighting for literally for dec-
    The bid proposals, which are
judged separately by technical merit
and cost, will be evaluated during
the next two weeks, paving the way
for a possible awarding of a contract
before the end of December.

Brevard hires
airport manager
    Brevard County Manager Tom
Jenkins said he has hired a former
municipal-airport director to manage
the Valkaria Airport.
    After weeks of searching for the
perfect person to manage the coun-
ty-owned, general aviation airport,
Jenkins offered the job to Melbourne
resident William Plutt on Nov. 24,
and he has accepted.
    After retiring from the U.S. Air
Force as a colonel in 1993, Plutt, 52,
spent four years as the airport direc-
tor of the Morgantown Municipal
Airport, a small airport owned by
Morgantown, W.Va.
    Plutt said he left that position in
August to retire in Florida. But Plutt
said when he saw an opportunity to
stay in the airport management busi-
ness, he took it.
    He heads the U.S. Air Force Ju-
nior Reserve Officers' Training
Corps program at the private mili-
tary school Florida Air Academy in
    Plutt is expected to start working
Dec. 22. Jenkins said this will give
Plutt some time to make a transition
between his current job and his new
    Plutt will be responsible for
maintenance and day-to-day opera-
tions of the airport. He will be work-
ing between 25 and 40 hours per
week, depending on the workload,
and will be paii $24 an hour, Jen-
kins said.
    Jenkins said it was Plutt's experi-
ence as a small-airport director,
along with good communication
skills, that placed Plutt above the five
finalists for the job.
     "He seems to have the people
 skills that will be required to cooper-
 atively work with pilots at the air-
 port and the residents living around
 Valkaria," he said.
    In September, commissioners
 decided to hire an airport manager
 after exploring different options for
 managing the small airport, which
 had been the center of a long-stand-
 ing dispute between nearby residents
who want to close one of the run-
ways and pilots who want to keep it
   One of those options was to
have the Melbourne Airport Author-
ity run the airport. But in October
the authority's board backed away
from taking over ownership of Val-
karia Airport and the airport's
nearby properties, which are owned
by Brevard County.
    Seeing a new manager at the
helm of Valkaria Airport is good
news to South Brevard County resi-
  "We hope some of the minor
problems will get worked out, that
everybody will work together," said
Mike Cunningham, secretary of the
Micco Homeowners Association.
  Plutt said one of Its first priorities
as the airport's new manager will be
to meet with residents and pilots to
find ways to create a well-main-
tained, safe airport that everyone can
be happy with.

Crime, canals concern
Barefoot Bay residents

  Crime and the water level in the
canals in Barefoot Bay were
the topics raised by park residents
during Barefoot Bay Recreation Dis-
trict's workshop Nov. 25.
  Many of the more than 80 resi-
dents at the meeting wanted to know
why residents were not being in-
formed about the drug problems and
burglaries occurring in Barefoot Bay.
  "A lot of people are not aware of
things that are going on here," said
park resident John Baker.
  Another resident, Pasco Ruggi-
ano, said when his home was broken
into recently, none of his neighbors
knew he had been burglarized.
  Martha Schmitt, head of security
for the park, said the Brevard
County Sheriff's Department had
identified some people involved in a
series of burglaries that occurred be-
tween late December 1996 and early
January, and during this summer.
She said security also is aware there
may be places where drug deals are
going on, and they are being investi-
gated by sheriff's deputies.
As far as informing the commu-
nity about crime, Schmitt said her
office publishes a monthly report in
the Barefoot Tattler that lists the
types of crimes being committed in
the park and where they occur.
    Several residents also complained
about water levels in the canals. They
said the levels are too low, and that
instead of canals they just have
muddy banks behind their homes.
    Trustee Robert Preikschat said he
and county officials earlier this year
explored many options to find a way
of keeping homes from being flood-
ed during the rainy season.
    The least expensive way they
found of doing this was to lower the
water level in the canals, he said.

Photo Caption
was scheduled to be demolished the week of Nov. 30 to make
way for a raw bar, but the manager said the fishermen
selling their catch there are being left in a lurch just
before the holidays. But the owners said the days for the
fish house have been numbered for years and the fishermen
were well aware they would have to find somewhere else to
conduct their business. Sebastian Building Official
George Bonacci said Dec. 1 that only minor points of the
permit to demolish the building had to be worked out. But
Burt Lehman, above, one of six fishermen who formed the
cooperative Seafood Partners that has operated the fish
house for 1 1/2 years, said the company is quickly being
ushered out of the facility at a horrible time, right
before Christmas.

Local briefs

Democratic club
names speaker

   Kay Vocelle will be the guest
 speaker at the Indian River Demo-
 cratic Women's Club monthly lun-
 cheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Dec.
 13 at Ophelia's Restaurant, 2625
 34th Ave., Vero Beach. Her topic
 will be "History Depicted by But-
 tons." AU Democrats are welcome
 and are invited to bring guests.
    The holiday menu will be roast
 turkey with dressing or chef salad for
    Reservations may be made by
 calling Mary Clinton at 569-5624 0r
 Jutta Ostapoff at 234-8983.

 Senior Center
 holding dance

    The Sebastian Senior Center will
hold a Christmas Dance on Dec. 17
from 7-10 p.m. The Sebastian River
Band will provide music. Refresh-
ments and beverages will be served.
    Tickets will be advanced sales
only. Call 388-5889 for information.

Welcome wagon
meeting Dec. 9

    The Welcome Wagon Club of
Sebastian will hold its annual
Christmas luncheon and meeting
11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Grand Harbor
Beach Club, one mile south of Dis-
ney's Vero Beach Resort on State
Road AlA Oceanside.
    The Sebastian Singers will pre-
sent Christmas music at 1:15 p.m.
There will be a drawing for door
prizes. Members are asked to bring
an unwrapped gift ($5 and up) for
the Sebastian firefighters' annual
Toys for Tots drive and a can of fruit
(not fruit cocktail) for the Lord's Ta-
    Newcomers to the Sebastian area
are invited to contact Sandy Garcia
at 388-2165 or Clara Baldwin at

Parke Frankenfield
coming to SRHS

    Big-band music will be coming
to Sebastian River High School this
    Parke Frankenfield's Big Band
Bash will be featured at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 at the SRHS Performing
Arts Center. The band will play mu-
sic from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
    The music will be complemented
by vocalist Melody Lane, who will
sing some of the big-band swing
    The proceeds from the event will
benefit the school's athletic program.
This is the second year for the pro-
    Tickets are $12.50 and can be
purchased by calling 564-4362.
Tickets are for reserved seating only.
There are 1,000 seats available.

Club Italia
meeting Dec. 8

    The Club Italia's Christmas party
will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Se-
bastian Senior Center, 815 Davis St.
    All members are asked to bring
 some finger foods and items that are
 new or in good condition for a
 Chinese auction.
     New members are always wel-
 comed. For information, call

 MI-WI-MN Club
 meeting Dec. 11

     The MI-WI-MN Club's
 Christmas party will begin at 5:30
 p.m. Dec. 11 in Buildings D&E.
     Members are asked to bring hot
 or cold hors d'oeuvres and flatware.
 The club will provide shrimp.
     The club meets monthly on the
 second Thursday of the month.

 Sebastian Elks
 announce celebration
     Sebastian Elks Lodge 2714 will
 hold a New Year's Eve celebration
 Dec. 31. Cocktail hour will begin at
 7 p.m. with a cash bar and dinner at
 8. There will be favors, dancing and
 champagne. The cost is $35 per cou-
 ple. Call the lodge, 589-1516, or
 pick up tickets in the lounge.

 Pinochle Club
 holding luncheon

     The Sebastian Pinochle Club will
 have its annual Christmas potluck
 luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at
 the Senior Center, 815 Davis St.
 Have your dish there at 10.
     Nov. 26 winners were: first, Jack
 Dirheimer, 804; Arnie Bossard, 781;
 and Lee Liguori with 768.
     AU seniors are invited to play.

 Italian American Club
 elects 1998-99 officers

      The Italian American Club held
  its monthly meeting Nov. 23 in
  Building A.
      Elections for 1998-99 officers
  were held.
      The officers are: Ann Marie
  Linn, president; Joan Vance, first
  vice president; Anne Marie Fochi,
  second vice president; Sal Napoli,
  treasurer; Marion Whorell, corre-
  sponding secretary; Linda Vance, re-
  cording secretary; and Paul Linn and
  Pat Ruggiano, sergeant at arms.
    The last day to purchase tickets
for the Dec. 14 Christmas party is
Dec. 8.
    For information or tickets, call
    The party will begin at 6 p.m.
with dinner being served at 7 p.m.
    A cash bar will be featured and
entertainment will be by Jump-
street USA.
    A trip to Las Vegas is planned
for March 9. For information about
the trip, call 664-8694.
Episcopal church
holding bazaar

    St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church,
901 Clearmont St., Sebastian, will
hold a craft bazaar and bake sale
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 in the
Russell Building.
    All types of crafts, holiday items,
angels and baked goods will be of-
fered for sale.
    For more information, call

Legion Auxiliary
meeting Dec. 11

    The Charles L. Futch Unit 189,
American Legion Auxiliary, will
meet at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the
American Legion Hall, 807 Louisi-
ana Ave., Sebastian.
    Barbara Wilder, president, will
preside at the business session during
which members will hear reports
from the recent Mid-Winter Confer-
ence at the Cocoa Beach Hilton.
    At the conference, Unit 189 was
recognized with awards being given
to Elsie Murphy, legislative chair-
man, and to Membership Chairman
Doris Clancy for attaining various
percentages in the annual mem-
bership drive.
    Members who have Christmas
ornaments or decorations to donate
to the organization are urged to
bring them to the meeting.
    Tickets are $4 per person for the
Dec. 13 Christmas party and Dec.
11th is the last day they will be sold.
    The event will feature music by
the Melotones and a steak dinner.
    Unwrapped gifts for a veteran,
(male or female) or a child should be
brought to the party.
    Individuals who are unable to at-
tend the party may bring their un-
wrapped gifts to the meeting.
Sebastian Little League
holds registration

    Sebastian River Little League
will hold registration for officials,
managers and coaches from 6 to
7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 through Dec. 12 at
the Barber Street Sports Complex.
    The League also will accept early
player registration at these times.
    For more information, call
Donna at 589-4267 or Charlotte at

SRHS honors players

    The Sebastian River High
School football team held its annu
awards banquet Dec. 1 at Hurricane
Harbor, Sebastian.
    Players and cheerleaders were
awarded participation certificates,
varsity letters and chevrons and indi-
vidual merit awards.
    Travious Rolle and Jeremy
Hershberger shared Most Valuable
Player honors while Josh Messner
was named the team's unsung hero.
Garrett Heath earned the Most Im-
proved Player award and Terrell Col-
son was honored with a Shark award
for maintaining a 3.5 or better cu-
mulative grade-point average.
   For the cheerleaders, Rose Mor-
gan was named the squad's unsung
hero while Nicole Chiarantona got
the Most Improved award. Kristin
Zaleuke and LaTangella Smith both
maintained 3.5 or better grade-point
average to earn Shark awards.

Christmas mass
to be celebrated Dec. 12

    All Cursillo members up and
down the Space and Treasure coasts,
their families and friends, and any-
one else interested in Cursillo are
invited to the yearly Ultreya
Christmas Mass at St. Helen Church
in Vero Beach at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
    For information, call 388-5695.

Girls softball team
holding tryouts

     The Sebastian Stealers and Se-
bastian Sun Devils will combine to
form a new softball organization
with 16-under, 14-under and
12-under teams.
     Tryouts will be held Dec. 7 and
Dec. 11 at the Roseland field.
     On Dec. 7, tryouts for the
16-and-younger team will be held at
11 a.m. Tryouts for the
14-and-younger team will be held at
1 p.m. Tryouts for the
12-and-younger team will begin at 3
  On Dec. 11, all ages will finish
tryouts at 6 p.m.
  For more information, please call
Beth Murphy at 589-9154.

McCarthy ready for new season
By Bill Valyo

    When you ask Bill McCarthy,
the basketball coach of the Sebastian
River Middle School's girls' team,
how his team will fare in the Trea-
sure Lakes conference this year, he
says with the utmost confidence,
"We should be one of the favorites."
    The seventh-grade teacher of sci-
ence, social studies and math just
brims with that kind of assurance
 when he speaks of his team this year.
 After all, his club has gotten off to a
 good start with victories over Oslo
 and Gifford in the first two games of
 the season.
     After finishing strong with a
 12-8 record last year, SRMS should
 be optimistic about the new season.
 The team has five eighth-grade play-
 ers returning from last year.
     Jera Converse, the second-lead-
 ing scorer last year returns and "will
 lead the team in scoring this year,"
McCarthy said.
    Marquita Ely comes back and
her presence will assure the team
their defense should be top notch.
Marquita goes to the ball like a mos-
quito moves to a bare arm.
    Filling out the top five will be
center Kelly Arens, Nicole Michael
and the team's leading rebounder last
season, Alicia Warren.
    Seventh-graders who will be
plenty of action, according to
McCarthy, will be Jessica Rockwood
and Jessica Eriksen. They will be
joined by Latirise "Doc" Holiday.
    "There are nine teams in the con-
ference this year," said McCarthy,
"and the two teams that will always
give you a battle are Stuart and Indi-
antown. They are always loaded."
    McCarthy has coached basketball
for 10 years at SRMS, five years at
the helm of the girls'team.
    Asked what his goals for this
year's team are he said, "We are
looking for an undefeated season un-
til we lose our first game."
    Undefeated seasons are hard to
come by, but a true test of what this
team is made of will be answered
Dec. 19 and 20 at Holy Trinity of
Melbourne, when the team plays in
the Holiday tournament there.
    Whatever the outcome, McCar-
thy said, "after our games, everyone
will know that we worked harder
than most."

 Sebastian Panthers wrap up season
 with successful bowl competition
 Of The Sun

     All good things must come to an
 end and the Sebastian Panthers
 youth football season finished with
 the second annual Panther Bowl
 Nov. 28 and 29 at the Barber Street
 Sports Complex.
     The Panthers played host to
  teams from West Melbourne, Palm
  Bay and Rockledge in the organiza-
  tion's biggest fund-raiser of the year.
  A large trophy was handed out to
  the victors in the championship
      "We started this last year as a
  fund-raiser,"   Panthers      President
  Mike Luke said, "but it's much more
  than that. It's a nice way to wrap up
  the season."
      Although some organizations
  brought all-star teams, the Panthers
  decided to form senior teams in each
  of the six divisions to give players
  who will move on to the next divi-
  sion next year a last good experience
  with their respective teams.
      It also allowed coaches to play
  some youngsters who might not
  have gotten much game-time during
  the regular season.
      "We had an all-senior flag team,
  for all the last-year players," flag
  Coach Don Jones said. "We tried to
  keep it exclusively for the 7-year-old
  boys, this'll be their last flag game.
  Next year, they'll move up to tackle
  (in the Mighty Mite division)."
      Not only does the bowl generate
  the bulk of the Panthers' revenue
  through refreshment sales, it gives
players, coaches and parents one last
chance to get together as a group in
a fun, nonstressful environment.
    Of course, all the teams want to
play well and win if they can, but the
players see the bowl games as an op-
portunity to go out for one last fun,
rock-'em, sock'em football game.
    "I've been playing with the Pan-
thers for a long time and I'm going
to miss it," senior player Keino Jack-
son said. "So a bowl game is a great
way to end the season."
    All the Panthers teams advance
to the championships held Nov. 29
but they were unable to take the
bowl championship in any division.
    "We did well (on Nov. 28), I
can't pick out just one player," Jones
said. "We beat one of Palm Bay's se-
nior teams and it was just a good
team effort, offense and defense."
   Just as in any football season, the
Panther teams had their ups and
downs this year.
   The senior team, led by coach
Gary Scott, finished 2-6 in the regu-
lar season.
   "It's hard to lose all the time,"
Keino, a 14-year-old fullback, said.
"But I learned a lot that I'll be able
to use when I move up to the high-
school junior-varsity team next year."
   The juniors, coached by Chuck
Skala, had an even regular season
winning four and losing four. Dave
Baer and his Bantam team had a
tough 0-8 regular season, while the
Pee Wees, coached by Tom Hall an
George Zaleuke, had a 4-4 regular
   "We didn't have a perfect season,
but I got to score some touch-
downs," quarterback Sean Wideberg
said. "Plus, it's fun and something to
do every week."
   The Mighty Mites, led by Coach
Mike Rizzo, were one of only two
Panthers teams to make it to the
playoffs with a strong 6-2 regular
season record.
   Both flag teams, coached by Don
Jones and Rob Muir, finished the
regular season 2-6. The Flag I team
made it to the final four in the play-
   "We achieved a lot this year,
Jones said. "I think I saw the team
just come together and grow. We
had a kind of disappointing season,
but they pulled it together at the
end. It was just rewarding to see
them improve, come together and
really just play as a team."

Photo Caption
Bantam quarterback Eric Luke picks up some yardage during
the annual Panther Bowl competition Nov. 28 at the Barber
Street Sports Complex.
Good attitude marks season start for SRMS team
Of The Sun

    At Sebastian River Middle
School, Coach Bill McCarthy runs
more of a college-prep program than
a middle-school girls' basketball
    One of his main objectives is to
prepare the 12- to 14-year-old girls
for the opportunities that may await
them after-high school.
   "We like to (measure the pro-
gram) relative to how many college
prospects we have because that's
what we see as the role of sports,"
McCarthy said. "It's a means to an
end: college. We have kids that have
investigated what it means to be a
(NCAA) Division I athlete. Seeing
the light at the end of the tunnel,
they kind of put up with my abuse a
little more."
    To play, team members must
also have success in the classroom so
McCarthy stresses the correlation be-
tween solid grades and being a solid
college prospect. Besides, in middle
school and high school, athletes
must maintain a 2.5 grade-point av-
erage to be eligible to play.
    Alicia Warren, the team's start-
ing center whom McCarthy de-
scribed as his best all-around athlete,
struggled with grades last year until
she realized that only half ihe battle
to college is won on the court.
    "She's improved herself both in
the classroom and on the basketball
court," McCarthy said. "This year
she's carried over 3.0 (grade-point-a-
verage). So, she's working inside the
classroom and out. We took Alicia
to college night down in Vero
(Beach) and she knows what colleges
are looking for."
    And with Jera Converse, for ex-
ample, McCarthy is playing her in
different roles to discover where her
best talents are.
    "In order to prepare for college,
we're really going to try to expose
(Jera) to all roles and positions,"
McCarthy said. "You take your
chances (in middle school) and don't
  concern yourself with wins and
  losses as much as getting the kids
  one step closer to what they want to
       But McCarthy also is coaching a
  successful middle-school girls basket-
  ball team. Although he and many
  players describe last season as disap-
  pointing, the Cowboys finished with
  a 12-8 record and was runner-up in
  the Treasure Coast Conference tour-
       "At this school, we've had like
  three losses in the (previous) three
  years," Converse said. "So with eight
  losses in one year, we were kind of
       But the team also views this sea-
  son with a lot of optimism.
       "I think we have a lot of good
  players," Converse said. "We just
  need to work hard and pay attention.
  We're off to a good start."
       "I think we will have more suc-
  cess than last year because the play-
  ers have such a good attitude," War-
  ren said.
     Returning as eighth-graders,
  Warren and Converse are expected
  to lead the team both emotionally
  and on the court. And so far, that's
  exactly what they've done.
     Though the first week of the sea-
  son started Nov. 24, the two have
  combined for 70 points in wins over
  Gifford and Oslo.
     "Jera is the most skilled player
  we've had here since Jonethia Daw-
  kins (Sebastian River High School's
  starting guard)," McCarthy said.
  "She's an excellent shooter, funda-
  mentally she's as sound as anybody
  in the program, boys or girls, high
  school or middle school. She never
  met a shot she didn't like."
   "Alicia is probably our best ath-
  lete. Alicia's biggest asset is her speed
  and her athleticism so we're going to
  try to have in our pressure defense
  somewhere where she can make
  things happen."
   As for game strategy, McCarthy
  hasn't changed much in his six years
  as the Cowboys' coach. Although
  the girls often play teams that are
  bigger and better, the Cowboys'
  speed and athleticism in man-to-man
  defense and fast-break offense usually
  wears opponents out by game's end.
   "We basically have a philosophy
  of man-to-man (defense) for a num-
  ber of reasons," McCarthy said.
  "First of all, it's easier to go with
  more players, as far as getting shots
  to go and as far as just getting time.
   "Secondly, we like to think that
  we can control the key factor of a
  game because we've prepared for this
  and worked that much harder. In
  many instances, we play teams that
  are maybe more talented than we
  are, but we're successful because we
  just basically wear them out," he
     Our philosophy offensively is just
  foul out the big man and wear out
  the baH handler and that's basically
  the way we approach everything."
     Fast-paced games also give
  McCarthy a chance to alternate his
  seventh-graders while protecting
  them from stressful situations.
   "If we give (less experienced
players) 30 seconds worth of
full-court press, they feel like they
played a lot of basketball," McCarthy
said. "It's always in the back of my
mind - some of the kids that work
so hard. You have two things: I
never want to put a seventh grad-
er ... in pressure situations. So I try
to shield the seventh graders from
that kind of stuff."
  With two consecutive wins in
their first week of play, the Cowboys
look as though they are off to an-
other successful season.
  "The enthusiasm is absolutely tre-
mendous, we want to kind of build
on that," McCarthy said. "It's a
really nice group of kids and the sev-
enth graders have the attitude that is
absolutely perfect, the best I've ever
Photo Caption
Sebastian River Middle School's Jera Converse practices
free throws before the team's first game against Gifford
Middle School.

Hard work, commitment and faith are key to winning games
By Linda E. Rothstein

    After losing its first four games of the year,
the Sebastian River High School girls' basket-
ball team had a hard time keeping the opti-
mism they voiced during the preseason.
    "I'm real excited to see how they do in a
game," third-year coach Terrie Rogers said a
week before the Sharks' season-opening loss at
New Smyrna Beach.
    But they managed to keep their spirits up,

     After a fourth strai t loss, a 59-43
 thumping by the defending Class 4A, District
 13 champion Rockledge Raiders, Rogers still
 saw the strengths her team displayed in prac-
     "I was real pleased with the defense," Rog-
 ers said. "Rockledge is the team to beat. We're
 starting to get it together, we're starting to
     Starts like that often are hard to overcome.
     But with a talented line up of veterans and
 newcomers, the Sharks put those four losses
 behind them and surged to a four-game win-
 ning streak beginning with a 40-29 victory
 over Fort Pierce Central, Nov. 14, and capped
 off by another pounding of Fort Pierce Cen-
 tral, 54-33, on Nov. 25.
     The first two losses were heartbreakers of
 less than 5 points.
     The next two were 10-point-plus whip-
 pings by some of the best teams in the region.
     But with a 15-11 deficit after the first half
 of the Nov. 14 Fort Pierce Central game, the
 Sharks decided they weren't going to take it
anymore. They outscored the Cobras 29-14 in
the second half for their first victory.
    "We needed to have this win," Rogers
said. "The girls have been playing some good
games. This will give them a taste of winning."
    And with that taste, the Sharks have been
    The next win was a close 64-62 victory
over Cocoa, with sophomore Jonethia Daw-
kins unequivocally asserting herself as the
Sharks' newest star player.
    The point guard had a game-high 25
points and 10 assists and was supported by an-
other team leader, junior Michelle DeBhek,
who had 16 points and a team-high 15 re-
   Despite coming back from a 14-point defi-
cit, Cocoa couldn't hang on against the
win-thirsty Sharks.
    Dawkins and DeBhek, with the help of
teammates Kristin Giteles, Sonja Ealy and ja-
@e Carnevale, continued their winning ways
by pulling ahead from deficits in the next two
    "We've started denying the ball better on
defense," Rogers said. "That created turnovers
and we started shooting better."
    The lesson here is that even in the face of
intimidating odds, such as an 0-4 start or a
halftime deficit, hard work, commitment and
faith are the tools that often will get teams in
the winning direction.
    The Sebastian River football team proved
that earlier this year and the Sebastian
girls' basketball team is proving it again.


             Lee Dooner

     Natalie "Lee" Dooner, 65, 5285
94th Lane, Sebastian, died Nov. 26
1997, at her residence after a pro-
longed illness.
     Mrs. Dooner was born Jan. 31
1932, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved
to Sebastian two years ago from
Sugarloaf Shores.
     She was a member of the Cancer
Survivor Group of Vero Beach, St.
Sebastian Catholic Church and St.
Peter's Catholic Church, Big Pine
      Surviving are her husband of 48
 years, Francis; four daughters, Brid-
 get Marsenison, of Sebastian, Lynn
Mason, of Lillington, N.C., Patricia
Balmer, of Melville, N.Y., and Mich-
elle Schaefer, of Copiague, N.Y.; one
son, Dennis Dooner, of Lindenhurst,
N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and one
great grandchild.
    A memorial Mass was held Nov.
29 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the American Cancer So-
ciety, 6983 N. Wickham Road, Mel-
bourne, Fla. 32940 in Mrs. Dooner's
    Cremation arrangements were
under the direction of East Coast
Cremation, Melbourne.

       Wayne Gaston

    Wayne E. Gaston, 66, of Sebas-
tian, died Nov. 23, 1997, at his resi-
dence after a prolonged illness.
    He was born June 5, 1931, in
Mansfield, Ohio, and moved to Se-
bastian nine years ago from his birth-
    Mr. Gaston was a purchasing
agent for the electrical industry. He
was a member of Christ the King
Lutheran Church, Sebastian.
    Surviving are his wife, Gloria;
one son, Daniel Gaston, of Norwalk,
Ohio; two sisters, Marge Beveridge,
of Mansfield, and Barb Cowgill, of
Huntsville, Ala.; and two grandch-
    A memorial service will be held
p.m. Friday at Christ the King Lu-
theran Church, Sebastian.
    In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
gests donations be made to Christ
the King Lutheran Church, 1301
Fellsmere Road, Sebastian, Fla.
32958, or to VNA Hospice of In-
dian River County, 1111 36th St.,
Vero Beach, Fla. 32960, in Mr. Gas-
ton's memory.

   Thomas Beauford

    Thomas E. Beauford, 63, of
Micco, died Nov. 28, 1997, at his
residence after a prolonged illness.
    He was born Nov. 18, 1934, in
Skowhegan, Maine, and moved to
Micco six years ago from Jupiter.
    Mr. Beauford was a retired secu-
rity guard for Pratt-Whitney Aircraft
in West Palm Beach. He was a mem-
ber of Community Baptist Church in
Roseland, and served on the board
of directors of the Little Hollywood
Homeowners Association. He was a
U.S. Army veteran.
    Surviving are his wife of 42
years, Mary; two sons, Thomas E.
Beauford Jr., of Tallahassee, and Ar-
tie Beauford, of Hobe Sound; one
daughter, Peggy Pescitelli, of Hobe
Sound; his mother and father, Ava
and Wifliam Beauford, of Mobile,
Ala.; one sister, Jean Miller, of Har-
risburg, Pa.; two brothers, John
Beauford, of Corpus Christi, Texas,
and Jim Beauford, of Mobile; and
five grandchildren.
   At the family's request, there will
be no repose or visitation. A memo-
rial service was held Dec. 2 at Com-
munity Baptist Church, Roseland.
    In lieu of flowers, the family
gests donations be made to Holmes
Regional Hospice, 1900 Dairy
Road, West Melbourne, Fla. 32904,
or the Ellen and Robert Oates Min-
istry, care of Community Baptist
Church, 12534 Roseland Road, Se-
bastian, Fla. 32958, in his memory.
    Mr. Beauford was a member of
the Indian River Cremation Society.

     Lester Van Dixon

    Lester Van Dixon, 73, of Bare-
foot Bay, died Nov. 24, 1997, at Se-
bastian River Medical Center.
    He was born Jan. 31, 1924, in
El Dorado, Ark.
    He was a Civil Service supply
clerk, and served in the U.S. Army.
    Surviving are two daughters, Sa-
rah Babinchak, of St. Petersburg,
and Betty L. Love, of Longview,
Texas; one son, Lester Van Dixon
III; five grandchildren; and
    A graveside service was held
Dec. 1 at Evergreen Cemetery, with
the Rev. Joe Bishop officiating.

        Edward McCoy

     Edward Christopher McCoy, 77,
635  N. Seagull Circle, Barefoot Bay,
and  Burlington, Conn., died Nov.
28,  1997, at his residence in Burling-
ton  after a prolonged illness.
     He was born Aug. 6, 1920, in
Hartford, Conn., and was a winter
resident of Barefoot Bay for 11
    Mr. McCoy was a member of
Knights of Columbus, Bishop John
J. Nilan Council No. 2758, Sim-
sbury, Conn.; St. Mary's Church,
Simsbury; and Immaculate Heart of
Mary Church, Harwinton, Conn.
    Surviving are his wife, Ann-Ma-
rie; four sons, Edward C. McCoy Jr.,
of East Norriton, Pa., James J.
McCoy, of Burlington, Kenton C.
McCoy, of Harfford, and Dr. Joseph
P. McCoy, of Huntington, N.Y.;
and one brother, John F. McCoy, of
    A Mass of Christian Burial was
celebrated Dec.1 at St. Mary's
Church, Simsbury. Interment fol-
lowed at Simsbury Cemetery.
    The family suggests donations be
made to Bristol Home Care Agency,
7 N. Washington St., Plainville,
Conn. 06062, or Our Lady of Gua-
dalupe Catholic Church, P.O. Box 9,
Fellsmere, Fla. 32948 in Mr.
McCoy's memory.

      Michael Dunker

    Michael Lee "Doc" Dunker, 49,
of Sebastian, died unexpectedly Nov.
30, 1997, at his residence.
    He was born Aug. 3, 1948, in
Fayetteville, Ark., and moved to Se-
bastian in 1975 from Lexington, Ky.
    Mr. Dunker was the owner and
operator of the Video Doc, Sebas-.
tian, for eight years. He attended
Christ The King Lutheran Church,
    He was a 1976 graduate of the
University of Kentucky, with degrees
in microbiology and medical tech-
nology. He was a medical technolog-
ist at Sebastian River Medical Center
from 1976-78, at Indian River Me-
morial Hospital from 1978-80, at
Holmes Regional Medical Center,
Melbourne, from 1980-85; and was
a supervisor with the Indian River
County Blood Bank, Vero Beach.
    He was a certified medical tech-
nologist with the American Society
of Clinical Pathology. He was a
member of the Sebastian River Area
Chamber of Commerce and was for-
merly active in the Boy Scouts. He
was a member of the Star Trek Ass
    Surviving are his wife of 28
years, Pat; one son, John Dunker,
Sebastian; two daughters, Tricia
Ludlam and Christina Dunker, both
of Sebastian; his father, Maurice
Dunker, of Richardson, Texas; his
mother, LaVonne Johnson, of Alva-
rado, Texas; two sisters, Linda Nar-
ramore, of Plano, Texas, Dianna
Landenberger, of Cisco, Texas; his
stepbrother, Rick Baker, of Rowlett,
Texas; his stepmother, Wilma Jean
Dunker, of Richardson; his step-
father, Johnny Johnson, of Alvarado;
and two grandchildren.
    The Family will receive friends at
their home. A memorial service will
be held at a later date in Cisco.
    In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
gests donations be made to the Hu-
mane Society of Vero Beach, P.0.
Box 644, Vero Beach, Fla. 32061 in
Mr. Dunker's memory.
    Strunk Funeral Home, Sebas-
tian, is in charge of arrangements.

      Marion Heaney

    Marion Rose Morris Heaney,
71, 724 S. Waterway Drive, Bare-
foot Bay, died Nov. 28, 1997, at Se-
  bastian River Medical Center after a
  prolonged illness.
      She was born Oct. 20, 1926,
  Scotia, N.Y., and moved to Barefoot
  Bay 14 years ago from her birth-
      Mrs. Heaney graduated from the
  New York State Cooperative Exten-
  sion Association in the licensed prac-
  tical nurse program in 1977. She
  worked as a licensed practical nurse
  at the Baptist Retirement Home,
  Scotia, from 1977-78, then for the
  Veterans Administration Hospital,
  Albany, N.Y., from 1978-82.
      She was a member of St. Luke's
  Church, Wells, N.Y., St. Joseph's
  Church, Scotia, the Knights of Co-
  lumbus Auxiliary, Barefoot Bay, the
  Irish Club and the New York State
  Club, both of Barefoot Bay.
      Surviving are her husband, Leo;
  sons, John Reaney and Daniel Hea-
  ney, both of Scotia; daughters, Anne
  Kiahula, of Colonie, N.Y., and
  Marie Brooks, of Pattersonville,
  N.Y.; and nine grandchildren.
      A Mass of Christian Burial was
  celebrated Dec. 4 at St. Joseph's Ro-
  man Catholic Church, Scotia, with
  the Rev. Robert Morris officiating.
  Interment will be held at a later date
  at St. Ann's Cemetery, Wells.
      Donations may be made to St.
  Ann's Church, Route 30, Wells,
  N.Y., 12190 in her memory.


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The Sebastian Sun
December 12, 1997
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  THIS WEEK: Sebastian City Council
  unanimously approved an agreement al-
  lowing the county to move 600 feet of
  Barber Street farther north so it aligned
  with the entrance of Pelican Pointe.
     The stretch of Barber Street would
  take the place of a roadway owned by
  developer Nelson Hyatt, who was giv-
  ing his road to the city.
     The road, running through Park
  Place and ending up closer to Gator
  Lumber on the west side of U.S. 1, would
  be rebuilt by Indian River County.


       NAME: Joe Ernst.
       AGE: 62.
       OCCUPATION: Retired security of-
  ficer for Indian River Memorial Hospital.
       BIRTHPLACE: Bayonne, N.J.
       MOVED HERE: September 1986.
  of the Indian River County Sheriff's Aux-
  iliary and the Sebastian Council of the
  Knights of Columbus, 8009.
       HOBBIES: Fishing and hunting.
HOOD: I live in the Sebastian High-
lands. It's a quiet neighborhood and the
people are nice.


    The Sebastian River Art Club will
present an art show and sale from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Riverview Park,
    Art works in oil, acrylic, watercolor,
pastel, charcoal, pencil and pen and ink
will be available for sale or viewing.
            *     *     *
    Grace United Methodist Church will
serve a pancake breakfast from 7:3O to
10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, 8799
50th Ave., Wabasso. The menu includes
pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and
juice at $3 per person.

        WHAT DID HE SAY?

    "My kids didn't believe me, my wife
didn't believe me. But then I took them
outside and found a footprint in an an-
thill about the same size as mine, but
wlth three toes. I told them that wasn't
any story."
                            Mike Patton

(Patton, of Sebastian, had some trouble
Dec. 1 convincing his family he saw an
emu trotting down Joyhaven Drive. The
ostrich-like bird roamed through parts of
Sebastian for a few days before being
captured and turned over to the Humane
Society of Vero Beach and Indian River
County. The Society found it a good

Young and old come together
to stage live Nativity at church
Of The Sun
    A living Nativity performance in Rose-
land is growing in popularity as it heads
into its fifth year.
    About 50 members of the Roseland
United Methodist Church, 12963 Rose-
land Road, are set to take part in the two
performances of the live Nativity at 6 and 7
p.m. Dec. 20. There will be about 20 "ac-
tors," the church choir and a five-piece
brass band to compliment the event.
    About 150 to 200 people are expected
to view the two performances.
    Fred Van Wort, of Barefoot Bay, has
been the only narrator of the live Nativity
since its inception half a decade ago. He's
the only voice beside the choir because the
actors do not speak, they dramatize the
scene as the narrator explains the events.
    It's fitting that Van Wort is the man to
tell the story, for he wrote the script more
than 50 years ago.
    His version of the birth of Jesus Christ
is based upon the Bible and the gospels of
Matthew and Luke.
    But it was in the wake of war when
Van Wort first told his story of heavenly
    "The script was actually written for a
radio broadcast on a ship in the U.S.
Navy," Von Wort said.
    It was Christmas Eve, 1945, when Von
Wort and about 1,000 other U.S. service-
men were aboard the U.S.S. Basilon in the
Pacific. The crew was heading toward Ha-
waii as they were being discharged after
serving in World War II.
    "It was emotional and scary," Von
Wort said of the first time he narrated the
story to his shipmates 52 years ago.
    "It was the first time I had ever done
anything like that. It was Christmas Eve
and Christmas is special to everyone, par-
ticularly to sailors away from their fami-
    Given the utter fear that he had back
then, Von Wort said the narration he does
for the Roseland Nativity is easy.
    "It's not the same feeling I had aboard
the ship. So, I'm not scared. It's telling a
Christmas story that means so much to so
many people," he said.
    It means the most in North Indian
River and South Brevard counties, perhaps,
to those who organize and perform in it.
Linda Desrosier, the church secretary, is
helping to coordinate many of the elements
of the Eve Nativity.
    "This is really exciting for us. I think
it's an important time of year and people
need to remember Jesus is an important
part of Christmas. That's ahy we celebrate
Christmas," Desrosier, of Palm Bay, said.
     The Eve Nativity actually becomes a
family event for many members of the
church's congregation.
     Desrosier's two children, Becky, 10 and
Kyle, 5, are in the cast as shepherds sur-
rounding the birth scene.
     "They really look forward to it and they
begged me to do it. They love to do it.
They think it's fun," she said.
     In fact, many children take part in the
event. Erin Summerfield, 12, is going to be
an angel this year, her first time taking part
in the Eve Nativity.
     "I've heard about it and it sounds like
fun. I wanted to get more involved in
things at the church because I'm in the
youth group. I wanted to be an angel and I
didn't want to be anything else," Summer-
field said.
     It's also an extension of her acting in-
terest. Summerfield has taken part in
plays at Sebastian River Miadle School,
where she's in seventh grade.
    Heather Smith, 16, a sophomore
at Sebastian River High School, will
be the youngest member singing in
the church choir that will accompany
the live Nativity. It's her second year
of involvement in the event.
     "Last year, I was a shepherd. I
think the live Nativity is a very spe-
cial event because it comes once a
year and everybody's up to doing it,"
Smith said.
     "I'm still excited. I think the live
Nativity is a very big part of my
church because it shows what we be-
lieve in and that we truly believe in
Jesus Christ," Smith said.
     Ralph Rivers, the senior minister
of Roseland United Methodist
Church, is particularly thrilled not
only to get interest from his congre-
gation, but from the area residents
that come to view the live Nativity
performance on the front lawn of the
   "I hope it represents a voice out-
side the church. Most things that go
on inside a church go on inside the
walls. When people drive by, they
can see the story. It's an offering to
the community free of charge.
   "People can come and watch and
go away. Maybe, they'll come back
another day," Rivers said.
   While the many residents of the
area come together to see the live
Nativity, Rivers said the event has
special significance for the members
of his church.
   "I think it's something that pulls
the generations together. We have
children, young folks and seniors and
they work together at the Nativity.
   "I think it speaks to the depth of
relationships here and our folks hold
each other in esteem. They love each
other. It impressed me a great deal.
The openness of the congregation is
really nice," Rivers said.

Photo Caption
From left, Whitney Poole and Gregory Fobes play shepherds
who admire Joseph, played by Wayne Decker Pettus, and Mary,
played by Dorene Pettus, while Jenna Fobes plays an angel
that descends to the scene. Baby Jesus is played by the
Pettus' son, Charles. The group is part of a larger
ensemble that will portray a live nativity scene at Roseland
United Methodist Church Dec. 20.

Sound of big-band music returning to SRHS
with performance by Parke Frankenfield
Of The Sun

  Traditional big-band tunes are coming to
the Sebastian River High School Performing
Arts Center in an effort to raise money for
the school's athletic program.
    Parke Frankenfield's musical perfor-
mance series begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17
with a Big Band Bash at the center. He'll re-
rum to the center in January and March.
    "He brings in professional musicians
from around Florida. I tell you, it's just like
listening to Benny Goodman. It's just a great
evening of big-band music," said Michael
Stutzke, the SRHS athletic director and the
person who organized the concert.
    This month's performance by Franken-
field will be followed by additional concerts
on Jan. 28 and March 18.
    The proceeds from the series will be
spent on both boys and girls' athletic pro-
   This is the second year Frankenfield's
band will appear at the high school and
Stutzke hopes this year is just one more year
in what can become a tradition.
    "Some of these fellas are very well
known. They retired from big bands and
played in big bands. It's terrific stuff. I was
ecstatic to get him to come here (again),"
Stutzke said.
    Frankenfield is equally excited to return
to the series at the center with his
15-member band.
    "I'm very happy to do this. I hope it
does become a tradition. I love playing in
the Performing Arts Center because it's a
beautiful theater and it's state of the art.
They've been very gracious to us.
    "There's also a captive audience. It's a
concert and something special. It's a lot dif-
ferent than going out and playing a dance
gig. It's more creative," Frankenfield said.
    In fact, Frankenfield starts preparing for
the series six months in advance, mainly by
rewriting much of the music.
    "I've written most of these arrange-
ments. I've taken songs from the big band
era and written them in my own style. It
gives my band a distinct flavor," he said.
    "Nobody else has these arrangements in
the world. The end result is you have your
own identity and your own band," he said.
    The reconfiguration of many of the
songs is no small order for Frankenfield. He
said he can spend about 30 to 40 hours re-
writing a song that lasts about three to four
    That distinct identity is what makes
Frankenfield's band perfect for the center
and a fund-raiser for the athletic department,
according to Stutzke.
    "There are a lot of people in Indian
River County who have not experienced this
facility," he said.
     A lot of those people are senior citizens
and Frankenfield's band attracts that age
     The last three-show-series by Franken-
field's band raised $5,000 for the athletic
programs at SRHS, Stutzke said.
     He expects that figure to increase this
year because he's increasing advertising in lo-
cal newspapers, radio stations and television.
     In turn, that means more money for the
student athletes without the students doing
the work.
     "We could have students panhandling
candy, I guess. One of the responsibilities I
have is to raise funds and find unique ways
to do that. In a way (with the concert se-
ries), the student athlete doesn't have to sell
     "It's a unique way to raise fimds. (Senior
citizens) are spending their money and that
comes into the coffers to support athletic
programs," he said.
     To help accommodate the se-
niors helping the athletic programs,
students will be on duty the night of
the performances running four golf
carts from the parking lots to the
Performing Arts Center. That makes
it convenient for anyone who may
want a easier trip to the theater,
rather than a long walk, Stutzke said.
     Frankenfield is happy his music
draws senior citizens to the theater
and that, in turn, helps out the stu-
dent athletes. But, he points out,
there are younger fans of his music,
     "Our audience, we sure get a lot
of senior citizens. But we do get
some youngsters. It satisfies the
older crowd and brings to young-
sters a sound in music they don't
hear," he said.
     While this month's concert fea-
tures full big band music, January's
performance will feature more of
Dixieland swing-style of music with
an eight-piece band. Then in March
the 15-piece band returns for more
big-band favorites.
   Tickets are $12.50 for each show
or $30 for all three concerts. Tickets
are available at Spec's Music at Lu-
ria's Plaza in Vero Beach, the SRHS
athletic office or the Sebastian and
Roseland branches of Indian River
National Bank.

Photo Caption
Parke Frankenfield will return to Sebastian River High
School Dec. 17 with his band for a "Big Band Bash"

Business owner enjoys displaying her creativity
Of The Sun

  Teresa Rogers says she has been
able to fulfill her dream of owning
her own retail store in Sebastian after
12 years of working for other people
in the business.
    After stints of working in retail
for the Disney company and the
clothing chain Fashion Barn along
the Space and Treasure coasts, Rog-
ers opened Ms. T's Wardrobe and
Etc. at the Sebastian Square shop-
ping center, 11630 U.S. 1, three
years ago.
    Ms. T's is an upscale conslgn-
ment boutique for new and nearly
new clothes and accessories.
    "I always thought about owning
my own shop. I thought about an-
tiques and collectibles at first," Rog-
ers said.
    But when another wardrobe
shop in Sebastian closed, she quickly
bought all the equipment and went
with a clothing store of her own.
    "I was a little nervous because I
hadn't owned my own business be-
fore. I did it very quickly and set up
shop within a few weeks," Rogers
    Ms. T's is not a thrift shop, Rog-
ers is quick to point out. The clothes
"have to be stylish and fashionable. I
don't want any clothing that looks
like it belongs in a thrift shop. I
don't want to own a thrift shop," she
    That means she'll only accept
clothes on consignment that look
virtually new. At the same time,
Rogers tries to keep prices low to
keep all kinds of customers com-
throug the door.
    "I run the gamut. There are peo-
ple who come in here who are
wealthy and could buy the whole
shop. I have people who don't have
a lot of money that want something
good, young people and old people,"
she said.
    Her clientele comes from far and
      She said many of her customers
come from as far south as Fort
Pierce and as far north as Satellite
Beach and she does have several reg-
      "I've made some very dear
friends just since I opened my shop
and I thank them for the support,"
she said. "(Business) has been fair to
good, considering I'm new and busi-
ness dies here in the summer.
      "There are lots of consignment
shops, but not in the immediate
area. But, people who are into con-
signment shops go to all of them."
      Owning her own shop also has
opened more creative avenues for
Rogers and she said that's her favor-
ite part of owning the business.
      "I like doing displays with cloth-
ing and putting outfits together for
people," she said. "When customers
come in, I like io coordinate ensem-
bles for them.
      "It is a creative outlet as far as
displays and window displays. It's
also very complimentary when peo-
ple come in and ask for advice,"
Rogers said.
      Still, Rogers has to deal with the
realities of running a small business,
since she is the only person who
works in the store.
      "It's very time-consuming and
haven't taken any vacations. A lot of
my people come in to see me and
chat with me and seek advice. I don't
know if anvbody else can do that.
I'm protective of my customers," she
      Rogers has lived in Roseland for
the past six years and prior to open
ing her shop, she spent about three
years as a nursing assistant in area
nursing homes, hospitals and gov-
ernment health agencies.
   But it's Ms. T's that has brought
her the most satisfaction.
      "There's a satisfaction of accom-
plishing it. Maybe it'll get bigger and
you have a goal of expanding. I like
dealing with people too.
      "A lot of businesses have come
and gone (since she opened), but I'm
still here," Roger said.
      Ms. T's is open from 9:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m. every day except Wednes-
days and Sundays, when the store is

Photo Caption
Teresa Rogers, owner of Ms. T's Wardrobe and Etc. at the
Sebastian Square shopping center, says running her own
shop allows her to be more creative with displays.

District treasurer figures computer
can keep residents in touch with news
Drew Dixon

     Adele-Jean Dace says being trea-
surer of the Barefoot Bay Recreation
District is a perfect fit for her love
for numbers.
     Her education is based in math-
ematics and she spent 10 years as a
senior account clerk for the New Ro-
chelle, N.Y., Board of Education. It's
clear her math mania is a driving
force behind her enjoyment and her
approach to fife.
     "Figures are logical. They always
follow the same rules. It's not indefi-
nite science," Dace said.
     Computers are equally compel-
fing for Dace, especially with the ad-
vent of the Internet, which she avidly
uses on her home system.
     "You can do anything and go
anywhere with the computer," she
     Both fascinations are key to her
role as a district trustee. Elected to
the panel by the voters of Barefoot
Bay, she was selected by her fellow
district members to serve as trea-
surer about four years ago and has
maintained that position ever since.
     As treasurer, Dace is the person
responsible for the district's spending
account. The board of trustees' bud-
get is $32,000 a year for operating
expenses, such as travel and office
     "I love it. It's not difficult. Any-
 body that's computer literate can do
 it. It's all about figures and that's the
 way I was born," she said.
     Her love for computers has Dace
 working on a pet project she hopes
 will benefit the entire Barefoot Bay
 community. She would like a World
 Wide Web page for the district to be
 linked to the Brevard County Web
     "In five years, if you're not on a
 computer, you're nothing. You've
 got to do it. There are other districts
 on the Web.
     "We could have minutes and re-
 ports (on the Web site) and E-mail.
 People up north for the summer can
 write us and keep in touch. Shut-ins
 can write to us," she said with enthu-
 siasm as she thought about her com-
 puter vision.
     Meanwhile, Dace continues to
 focus on the issues facing the Bare-
 foot Bay community. "Some of the
 issues are complicated and we have a
 lot of things come to us. Sometimes
 it isn't easy," she said.
     Some of the complicated issues
 she remains concerned about include
 the proposed mulch burning facility
 and a separate borrow pit, both off
 Micco Road, not far from Barefoot
 Bay, although the district cannot
 take any official action for or against
    But the most pressing and con-
cerning issue to Dace is the proposi-
tion to make the community a
55-year-and older park. She hates
the idea.
    "I am definitely against it. It will
not solve our problems. The streets
are public and anyone can come in
here. We have 14 entrances, you
can't gate 14 entrances.
    "It's supposed to solve the crime
problem, which is very small. It
won't do it," she said.
    Dace is hardly satisfied with
involvement in just the Recreation
District. She's very active in several
community organizations, including
the computer, bridge and poker
clubs and the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Auxiliary. She also runs the
computer for the Citizens Obser-
vation Patrol in Barefoot Bay.
    "To me, it's a vibrant, ongoing
community. I don't see it as a place
to retire and do nothing. I see it as a
place to come and get involved," she
    Her attitude is apparently infec-
tious as her husband, James, is also
involved in several organizations.
Most notably, he's the treasurer for
the Barefoot Bay Homeowners As-
    Birthplace: New Rochelle, N.Y.
    Education: Bachelor of arts in
math from Good Counsel College
(now Pace University) in White
Plains, N.Y.,. Masters of arts in tea-
ching from Bridgewater State Uni-
versity in Bridgewater, Mass.
    Family: Husband of 10 years,
James; daughters Sharron Cartier
and Joy Bartnett; five grandchildren.
    The best part of my job is:
Doing figures on the computer.
    What I like the least about my
job is: I can't think of anything.
    The most recent movie I saw
in a theater was: I haven't been to a
movie in years.
    The book I'd recommend ev-
eryone to read is: The Bible.
    My favorite food is: Milk.
    If I were going on a
the moon, I would take along: A
paper and a pencil so I can have rec-
reation with math.
    When I was growing up, I al-
ways wanted to be: A teacher.
  The person I admire the most
is: Neil Armstrong.
  My proudest moment was:
When I got my masters degree.
  My favorite sports team is: New
York Yankees.
  My favorite television show is: I
don't watch television.
  On my last vacation, I visited:
Brewster, N.Y.
  The first thing I do when I
wake up in the morning is: Tai
  The type of music I enjoy the
most is: Big Band.
  If I could do something over
again, I'd: Wish I could have taught
more students and help them enjoy
  People who know me the best
know: I tend to be persevering.
  The most exciting time in my
life was: When I married my current

Photo Caption
Adele-Jean Dace says her love for computers and figures
makes her a perfect fit for the job of treasurer of the
Barefoot Bay Recreation District.

Tight-knit group makes waves as it travels
Of The Sun

  Good friends and nautical travel
can be found in the wake of the
Barefoot Bay Yacht Club.
   While the Barefoot Bay commu-
nity is on the mainland in South Bre-
vard County, the nearly two dozen
boats carrying about 50 members of
the club often cruise up and down
the East Coast.
   "Once a month, we have an out-
ing with all the boats. We frequently
go to local restaurants and have reg-
ular cookouts and parties," said Bob
Pearsall, past Commodore of the
Yacht Club.
   The group of power boats
steaming through the Indian River is
more like a motorcycle gang on wa-
ter, he said.
   "We try to travel in a pack," he
said. "There's safety in numbers. It's
a pretty tight-knit group."
   Pearsall and his wife, Grace, are
the only two remaining charter
members of the club that was
founded in 1980.
   "We're just boat people and we
enjoy everything that goes with it;
the companionship. It's very nice
when you go on a trip and you have
someone with you," said Mrs. Pear-
sall, whose name is embossed on the
couple's 21-foot cabin cuddy, "Am-
azing Grace."
    When the group travels beyond
the riverfront restaurants from Vero
Beach to Melbourne, they often tar-
get spoil islands in the river for
so-called "tie-ups."
    That's when they tie all the boats
together with line and mass for a
    Edith Finch, current Commodore
of the Barefoot Bay Yacht Club, likes
the monthly outings and tie-ups be-
cause that's when the group really
pulls together - literally and figura-
    "Our people, they're very coop-
erative. Anything you need to have
done, you just ask and they'll do it.
It's a very helpful group in every
way," she said.
    Finch, who's been in the group
for four years, was appointed com-
modore after only her second year in
the organization.
    "I'm very happy with it. It's
thrilling since I was only in it for
two years," she said.
    "But it is a small group and ev-
eryone has been an officer (at one
time or another). So, I was new
meat. I took my turn, more or less."
    Finch was introduced to boating
through her husband, Wilfred, who
already had experience in boating.
    But she learned quickly and she
also learned the club is more about
couples who enjoy the water.
    Mrs. Pearsall is convinced that
the "couples aspect" is essential to
the well-being of the Yacht Club.
    "It's husband and wife. It's
mostly couples that belong," she
  And that fact means more women
are on the water and that's comfort-
ing to Mrs. Pearsall.
   "If you didn't have the women,
you wouldn't have the food. With
each outing we bring a dish. The
men aren't going to do it. The
women are," Mrs. Pearsall.
  When not on water, the club
members do get together for regular
meetings on land.
   The regular meetings are held the
second Friday of every month, 7:30
p.m., in Building D & E at the com-
munity golf course on Barefoot
   "We talk about club affairs and we
make arrangements for our next out-
ing," Pearsall said.
   While most of the outings take
place within the Space and Treasure
Coast areas, once or twice a year the
group makes a foray into deeper wa-
ters on major outings that last three
or four days. In the past, the club
has powered to St. Augustine and
Key West, Pearsall said.
    There are only two requirements
to joining the Barefoot Bay Yacht
Club -- members must own a boat
and live in Barefoot Bay. Annual
memberships are $12.

Photo Caption
Edith Finch, left, the Commodore of the Barefoot Bay Yacht
Club with her husband Bill cook up a barbecue, which the
club often enjoys when on outings along the Indian River.
The barbecue recently was held on Grange Island in Grant.
Sebastian winter residents' son
is well known in quilting circles
By Margaret Miquelon

    Anyone who is a quilter goes
into raptures if you mention the
name Joe Cunningham, who is a
quilter, writer and speaker of great
renown among quilters.
    He has had several books pub-
lished and is considered one of the
foremost authorities on quilting. I
had a chance to talk to his mother,
Jan Cunningham, a winter resident
of Sebastian, and here is what I
learned about Joe.
     Joe is the second of four chil-
 dren. He was a smart little boy who
 got into trouble in school because,
 with a photographic memory, he got
 all his work done rapidly and always
 looked for something else to do. He
 would read an assignment and tell
 exactly what it said.
     When he was in college, he
 played guitar and sang in a pub,
 where he met a kindred soul in
 Gwen Marston, who also was per-
 forming there.
     She was a quilter, which in-
 trigued Joe. He read every book she
 had on the subject and literally found
 his niche. He went to Beaver Island,
 Mich., for a winter vacation, fell in
 love with the primitive country,
 bought five acres of land and talked
 Gwen into marrying him and living
 there in a house he would build.
     This was a young man who
 learned how to quilt from reading
 books about it so naturally, he
 learned how to build a house the
 same way. He and Gwen made quilts
 to sell on commission and did work-
 shops and lectures on the art of
     He still loved his music and
 wrote a song about "Beans and
 Rice" and how that was what they
 had to eat.
     His siblings kidded him about
 his lack of building knowledge. Sis-
ter Judy said, "When he buys nails, I
hope he buys twice as many as he
needs, for if the point is toward him,
he'll throw it away." His uncle
added, "Maybe he can remember
nails pointed that way go on the
other side of the house."
    Joe had borrowed books about
building and studied every night for
the next day's work. Finally, with the
help of friends and family, they got
the house closed in and moved into
it in 1983. That year, he and Gwen
rented the Central Michigan Campus
on the island and had their first
quilting seminar. Desperate for
money, Joe wrote a book using Am-
ish Quilt patterns that was published
by Dover Publishing Co. This was
followed by four more books of
quilting patterns.
    Gwen had made a pattern called
"Gwen's Tulip" that they had sold to
the Fairfield Batting Co. to put in
packages of batting. Slowly, with
lectures and workshops, they
achieved their place in the quilting
    But Joe just had to make music!
He moved back to Flint to perform
and compose, but was not successful.
He and Gwen decided to make the
split permanent. She retained the
house and property on the island.
    Joe went to California and got
into computerizing quilt informa-
tion. After a while, he married a
dancer named Carol. A year later,
their son, Jules, was born, a little guy
with many physical problems. Now
he is well, and according to
Grandma Jan, is a "tough little bug-
ger." They live in San Francisco
above a storefront, which Joe (expe-
rienced in building now) remodeled.
    This is their kind of city and
their kind of life. Joe has had eight
or nine books published. The Step-
ping Stone Quilters call them the
"Quilters' Bibles." They contain ev-
erything you need to know about
hand quilting, and are published by
the American Quilters' Society. Joe
gives lectures and workshops all up
 and down the West Coast. He makes
 quilts constantly. Carol teaches danc-
   Recently Joe was featured in
 "Threads" magazine. He has a regular
 column in "Patchwork Quilts" mag-
 azine. And somehow he takes time
 to give guitar lessons, his first love.
   Joe's parents, Jan and Jim Cun-
 ningham, have the best of both
 worlds, for they come here in the
 winter and spend the summers in
 Michigan. Jim is retired from Gen-
 eral Motors Corp. after working al-
 most 32 years for Buick. Jan is a
 member of the Stepping Stone
 Quilters in Sebastian. She too, makes
 beautiful quilts and gives most of
 them to her family and friends.
   She recently made a half quilt for
 Jim. He is always cold and she is al-
 ways hot, hence the half quilt.
    This is an interesting family. Joe,
Carol and baby Jules were here to
visit a couple of years ago and Joe
gave a special lecture and exhibit of
his quilts to the Stepping Stone
Quilters and their friends from all
over the state.
  You can see that this family really
goes here and there.

Former chemist donates time to Blood Bank
Of The Sun

   A background in chemistry gives
Joan Demetri the right mix to be the
coordinator of the Barefoot Bay
Blood Bank.
    Demetri is the person who coor
dinates the dozens of donors who
give blood when the Central Florida
Blood Mobile visits Barefoot Bay the
third Tuesday of every other month.
She also helps schedule transfusions
for Barefoot Bay residents when the
blood is needed.
    Her volunteer work for the
Blood Bank is a return, of sorts, to
her roots.
     Demetri has a degree in chemis-
try from Hunter College in New
York. After she graduated in 1949,
she went to work for the Canada
Dry Ginger Ale company as a chem-
     She kept that job until she met
her husband, Peter, whom she was
married to for 41 years before he
died five years ago. But in her retire-
ment years at Barefoot Bay, she said,
her chemistry background began
calling and that's what led to her get-
ting involved with the Blood Bank
five years ago.
     "They needed volunteers for
blood stripping," a testing procedure
for blood once it's secured in the
customary plastic bag after someone
has donated it, Demetri said. "I got
into it because I was a chemist."
     She also got involved because
she used to be a blood donor herself.
Demetri had to stop giving her
blood because of a low hemoglobin
count in her blood system.
     "I feel I should do something.
It's something I can do and I feel like
I can accomplish something. I just
did it, that's all," she said.
     When the Blood Mobile is
scheduled to stop at the Barefoot
Bay Community Center on its
bimonthly rounds, Demetri is the
person who puts posters around the
complex and calls about one-third of
the nearly 60 donors listed in the
park. Two other people help her
make the remaining calls.
   And when the Blood Mobile ar-
rives, Demetri is there to offer
orange juice or other drinks to help
the donors replenish themselves after
giving blood.
   "I talk with them, I think it
helps. They see a familiar face. We
help make people feel comfortable,"
Demetri said.
   When she's not helping people
donating blood, Demetri is involved
with several activities in Barefoot
Bay. She's an active member of the
swinuning team and the Homemak-
er's, Democratic and Irish clubs.
   "There's a lot of things to do at
Barefoot Bay. It's a nice community
to live in at this age," she said.

Photo Caption
Joan Demetri enjoys being coordinator of the Barefoot Bay
Blood Bank and often calls many on the list of nearly 60
donors in the community.

Garden Club donates
money to community

    Almost 100 members of the
Barefoot Bay Garden Club partici-
pated in the club's annual Thanksgiv-
ing centerpiece workshop.
    Publix Supermarket Produce
Manager Don Driskell and store em-
ployees Barbara Sweigard and Chuck
Blair helped the members make the
centerpieces and demonstrated floral
    In the spirit of the holiday sea-
son, the club's members voted to do-
nate $500 to the Micco Public Li-
brary, $200 to the Barefoot Bay
Community Fund and $200 to the
Micco Fire Rescue Team.
    The awards for the horticultural
show table this month were: Fruit
Tangerines, Judy Nichols-Lange;
Bouquet in a Vase, assorted blooms,
Anne Chase; Potted Plant, Cattleya
orchid, Ethel Fuchs.
    New members will be enrolled
and dues collected at the Jan. 21
meeting. All residents interested in
gardening and related matters, are
invited to join. The meeting will be-
gin at 9 a.m. in Buildipg D&E.

Residents urged to participate in governing Barefoot Bay
By Al Glashauser
    First, may I express my deep ap-
preciation and thanks to all who
voted for me in the recent election.
    I also want to give a special
thanks to those folks who worked
behind the scenes on my behalf and
encouraged others to vote for me.
So, to all thank you very much.
    Now with the election behind us,
mav I invite the Homeowners Asso-
ciation, clubs and individuals to
participate with the district in the-
government of Barefoot Bay.
    Now is the time that we need to
establish projects that need to be ac-
complished and even establish a
wish list of things that would be nice
to have should extra funds become
    It is imperative that we have such
plans and lists available to adequa-
tely prepare future budgets.
    Being a citizen or resident of any
community requires a certain
amount of responsibility, and this is
where and how you can show your
concern by taking part in this pro-
gram and letting the district know
how you feel about things.
    Your suggestions, comments,
problems and possible solutions
should be in writing and addressed
to the Barefoot Bay Recreation Dis-
trict, P.O. Box 779-119, Barefoot
Bay, Fla. 32976, for its review, con-
sideration and possible presentation
at future workshops.
    Acceptable items would then be
assigned a priority rating for later
budgetary consideration.
    Input from all will help rid our
community of ill feeling and give all
a sense of belonging and being
needed in accomplishing the task of
administering to barefoot Bay.
    In a recent letter, a writer stated
all is not peaceful and nice in Bare-
foot Bay.
    He stated the negative things are
not being published.
    While I agree the residents
should know what is going on, I do
not think it appropriate to air our
dirty linen in public. Barefoot Bay
does not need that kind of publicity.
    So it is my aim to get all
involved and encourage your partici-
    Let's have a related dialogue and
arrive at a solution that is amenable
to all.

Prescription plan bitter pill for vets to swallow
By Dave McAllister

    In my opinion, something is
wrong with the VA's pharmacy sys-
    During the past couple of
months I have come in contact with
more than , few veterans com-
plaining about the nonavailability of
some of the expensive medications
through the VA.
    Allow me to tell you about just
one case.
    A 50 percent service-connected
disabled veteran, age 80, appears at
the Orlando VA Medical Center for
evaluation. A complete workup -
blood tests, X-rays, etc.- was done
and a diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease
(a cancerous tumor had developed)
was pronounced and surgery was
    The patient's medical condition,
according to the VA physician,
would not safely allow transporta-
tion to either the VA in Tampa or
Gainesville for the surgery. The pa-
tient elected to have the surgery at
Holmes Regional Medical Center in
Melbourne. The VA physician
agreed that would be best. Follow-
ing the veteran's release from the
hospital, the treating physician, an
oncologist, prescribed medications
that cost the veteran $243.70 every
two weeks. The most expensive of
these medications is one called "Leu-
keran" at $96.59 for a 14-day sup-
    The veteran then appears at the
Palm Bay VA Clinic and the Or-
 lando VA Clinic and is told by offi-
 cials at both they cannot fill a pre-
 scription ordered by a non-VA
 physician. The veteran is told he
 would have to travel to the VA at
 Tampa (165 miles and 3 hours each
 way from Barefoot Bay) to have a
 VA physician (oncologist) examine
 him and prescribe the medication.
     His current health condition will
 not permit the travel. Thus, he is ex-
 periencing heavy medication bills.
     It is difficult for me to believe
 the VA would not accept the pre-
 scriptions ordered by a licensed civil-
 ian oncologist. However, such seems
 to be the case.
     Why is it that prescriptions writ-
 ten by non-VA, nonmilitary physi-
 cians, can be filled for military re-
 tirees at Patrick Air Force Base
pharmacy but not at VA medical
centers or VA clinics? Are we talking
budget limitations? If so, I would
love to take a look at the budget for
medications to see what we are
spending for medications that are
not "lifesaving."
    The national Veterans of Foreign
Wars has created a health-care hot-
line in order to assist all veterans
who are experiencing difficulty re-
ceiving treatment at VA medical
centers/out-patient clinics.
    The information you provide
VFW National will be acted upon
immediately by its staff. You can call
them toll-free at 1-800-839-1899.
    In a recent Quarterly Service Of-
ficer Newsletter, we are advised (in
large, bold print) that "Veterans can-
not enroll by telephone, cannot en-
roll by calling the VA toll-free num-
ber and cannot enroll by mail. They
must do so in person at the nearest
VA medical facility."
    I called the Palm Bay VA Clinic
and asked, "What would be the best
day of the week for me to bring a
van full of veterans to the clinic
for enrollment?" The answer I got
was, "Don't bring them here with
their enrollment forms. Either have
someone drop them off or mail
them." The reason, according to the
office manager, is there are only two
people at the clinic who can process
the enrolhnent papers and they do
that when they are not busy with pa-
tients appearing for scheduled ap-
    So, we will continue to operate
as in the past: get the enrollment
forms filled out, attach a copy of
your DD Form 214 (discharge pa-
per) and either get them to me or
mail them to: VA Medical Clinic, c/
o Health First Palm Bay Community
Hospital, 1425 Malabar Road NE,
Malabar, Fla. 32907.
    That's it for this week. I'll keep
you updated. See you, in a couple of

Sail-in is a success despite weather.
By Wally Kramer

   The 1997 annual Santa Sail-in
Boat Parade was a chilly success, but
boatmen traditionally are a hardy
breed and the chills were secondary
to the warmth of Christmas cheer
this parade brought to the people
fining the shoreline to watch Santa
sail in to Riverview Park.
    My compliments to the rugged
folks, adults and children, who chal-
lenged the weather to watch the
procession. I did notice you brave
souls huddled together for warmth.
Seemed to be just a few isolated
   Ruby and I were part of the rev-
elers on board the decorated "Rogue
Wave" and it was a treat to loudly
sing out "We Wish You a Merry
Christmas" to you watchers on shore
and various docks.
   Only 10 decorated boats were
mustered for this year's parade.
Imagine, just 10 boats out of thou-
sands in the Sebastian area.
   If I were a boat-owning parent
or grandparent, I surely would con-
sider enrolling in the 1998 Santa
Sail-in. Give your children a treat.
Many young children were passen-
gers in this 1997 parade and they
certainly were thrilled, as were their
parents and grandparents.
   There is no registration fee, and
it doesn't take any superhuman ef-
   The Capt. Hiram's Seafarer Boat
Club has organized the sail-in for
five years, but every boatman is wel-
come to participate. Club mem-
bership is not a requirement.
   Boating is great family fun and
our parade is just one more fun
event to add to your boating agenda.
Try it!
   Our efforts in this Christmas sea-
son event were made easier and
more effective through the assis-
tance, guidance and moral support
of the Chamber of Commerce,
George Ricker, Ray Conigilo and
many others.

Week In Review

Thousands welcome
Santa to Sebastian

    It was all in the timing for Alex
    Santa Claus, having just arrived
at the Sebastian Yacht Club during
Santa's Sail-In Dec. 5, was standing
just a few feet away, beginning to
greet the crowd.
    But no one had gotten close
enough to touch the jorly elf, so the
4-year-old showed some initiative.
    In a flash she bolted from the
crowd for Santa's first hug of the
    "I wish I could fly with him,"
Alex said after her mother peeled her
off Santa's leg. "I want to fly in his
    An estimated 2,000 shivering
people swarmed around the Sebas-
fian Yacht Club for the fifth annual
Sail-In and accompanying boat pa-
    The event was organized by
Capt. Hiram's Seafarers boating
group, which recruited 10 festively
decorated vessels to take part, not in-
cluding boats from the Indian River
County Sheriffs Department and Se-
bastian Police Department.
    The atmosphere, made more
holiday-like by a chilly night and
wind blowing in off the water, was
bolstered by the Marching Sharks,
Sebastian River High School's
award-winning band.
    The band played as Santa ar-
rived, then moved on along with the
main attraction to the Winter Won-
derland displays at Riverview Park.
    Drum Major Ricky Brown said
band members relished the opportu-
nity to perform in a community set-
ting for people who may not have
had an opportunity to see them be-
    "The benefit we have here is
we're doing something for the com-
munity outside of school and com-
petition," Brown said.
    While the high-school-aged teens
had fun performing, the sail-in was
clearly for those of the younger vari-
    "I'm here for Santa," said
6-year-old Mikey Krebs, keeping
toasty under a knit cap and sporting
a plastic glow ring around his neck.
"It's fun."
    The crowd buzzed as the twin-
kling fights of the boats appeared up
the Intracoastal Waterway and
crowded close on the Yacht Club's
long dock.
    The vessels pranced show-horse
style past the spectators, with their
colorful lights shining extra brightly
against a dark, moon-obscured
    They were decked out in holiday
finery -- reindeer, candy canes,
blinking lights, a cross made out of
bulbs and faint strains of Christmas
carols flutterine over the water.
    "I think it's really nice," said Mi-
key's mother, Jifl. "It's different, and
I like the boats. There are so many

Illegal parking
to carry $10 fine

    Motorists better think twice
about parking on the west side of In-
dian River Drive, or feel it in their
    Sebastian City Council voted
Dec. 3 to make parking on the city's
right of way on the west side of the
road illegal for the length of the city
limits, with a $10 fine awaiting vio-
    The 3-1 vote, with Councilwo-
man Ruth Sullivan dissenting, came
after debate over an initial proposal
that would have made parking illegal
only on a short segment of the road.
    Vice Mayor Rich Taracka had an
excused absence.
    Attorney Warren Dill argued
against the first proposal, saying it
was obviously aimed at his clients,
Capt. Hiram's and Hurricane Har-
bor restaurants, because they are
    The change to include the entire
city prevented the the city from singling
out those businesses, Dill said.
    "I think we will live with it be-
cause it's fair treatment," Dill said.
"That's all they were asking for."
    Sullivan voted on the issue de-
spite concern raised by Dill and oth-
ers that her business along Indian
River Drive represented a conflict of
     She disagreed, saying the nature
of her business - a residential prop-
erty - made parking in that area a
     "It's a nice political question,"
Sullivan said. "Maybe even a dirty
political question. But it doesn't
involve my property at all."
     The resolution included one ex-
ception, the small piece of land in
front of A Taste of Philly Restau-
rant, just north of Main Street.
      City Manager Tom Frame said
there are several questions about that
area that make it necessary to study
it further, including whether the
land is an easement or a right of
way, where the right-of-way line is
and whether the business had been
promised they could use the area for
      The issue of parking came up
several weeks ago, when Frame
brought up the problem of parking
almost directly on the shoulder of
Indian River Drive as a safety con-
      Dill and Tom Collins, an owner
of Capt. Hiram's, said they agreed
the parking was a problem, but
thought the narrow area from just
north of Jefferson Street to Davis
Street discriminated against the res-
      When the issue first came up
several weeks ago, it applied to the
entire city limits, but then the
Taste of Philly issue came up.
      Frame narrowed the scope to the
stretch he said had the most parking
problems, saying officials should not
have to prove to the two business
owners it was dangerous.
      "If we say we'll wait for a justifi-
able accident, a justifiable accident
could be a vehicular homicide,"
Frame said to Collins. "It's really a
safety issue ... for the benefit of
your customers."

No one comes forward
to claim captured emu

      The great Sebatstian emu mystery
 is over - well, almost.
      Indian River County Animal
 Control officers trapped the animal,
 a huge, flightless, ostrich-like bird,
 Dec. 2 after receiving dozens of calls
 from startled residents, and it is now
 resting peacefully at the Humane So-
 ciety of Vero Beach and Indian
 River County.
  Sebastian police officers had re-
mained on the lookout for the bird
through Dec. 4, however, because
no one notified them the bird had
been caught.
  One puzzle remains - whose
emu flew the coop?
  No one has reported an emu
missing or come forward to claim
the bird, Humane Society Executive
Director Joan Carlson said.
  "We're going to hold it to see if
the owner claims it," Carlson said.
"If no one claims it, we will adopt it
out to someone who would want it
as a companion animal. We would
not adopt it to someone who wants
to sell him or kill him and eat him."
  A good number of people in Se-
bastian, Fellsmere and Roseland
keep the native Australian birds,
Animal Control Officer Jeff West
said, either as farm pets, for breed-
ing or as livestock to be eaten.
  Emus are the largest of all birds,
except ostriches, growing up to 6
feet tall and weighing up to 130
pounds. They are mostly a dun
brown color, with darker coloring
on their heads, necks and the mid-
dle of the back with a blue-gray tint
on featherless parts of their necks.
     Officers thought initially the bird
belonged to Laura LaPorte, who
keeps some animals on a ranch just
south of Sebastian on County Road
     But even though her two emus
were out of their pen over the
Thanksgiving weekend, both were
back behind bars by Nov. 30, and
remained there through the week,
LaPorte said.
     The capture, which required the
use of a tranquilizer, ended a spate
of calls about the bird to Animal
Control, West said.
     Officers responded Dec. 1 and
saw the emu, but could not catch it.
On Dec. 2, when the calls continued
on the south side of the city, a pla-
toon of three officers descended on
the area and found the bird standing
stoically in the middle of Powerline
     Finding the emu was one thing.
Catching it was another.
    "It took all three of us," West
said, noting the bird was about 5 1/2
feet tall and weighed about 75
pounds. "The tranquilizer we gave it
only partially subdued it; it never
knocked it out. It tore up a cast net,
and it tore up the inside of a van."
     The officers managed to subdue
the emu and took it to a veterinar-
ian, who gave it a clean bill of
health, West said, then it went to a
pasture at the Humane Society.
     If no one claims the bird, it will
be adopted out using the same
guidelines the society has for other
animals, including use for compan-
ionship only. Whoever adopts the
emu must live in an agricultural area
that allows them and must have a
fence to confine the bird.

Barefoot Bay
to chip in cart rules

     Brevard County commissioners
are thinking about setting restric-
tions on the use of golf carts on pub-
lic roads and they've asked Barefoot
Bay officials for their input.
     Once the restrictions are set,
they could affect more than 200 park
residents who own and operate golf
carts within the park, said Jim Kor-
mondy, golf operations manager for
the Barefoot Bay golf course.
     Recently, the Brevard County
Sheriff's Department approached
commissioners asking them to set
some guidelines for enforcing the
use of golf carts on public roads
within golf communities, said
George Douglass, commander of the
department's South Precinct.
     He said a year ago, a state law
regulating the use of golf carts on
public roads was changed, leaving it
up to county commissioners to de-
cide whether they can be driven on
public roads.
     As the law reads now, he said,
golf carts cannot be operated on
public roads, unless commissioners
formally designate the use of the
roads for that purpose.
     "County commissioners can re-
strict it to whatever level they want
to," Douglass said.
     Faced with this task, commis-
sioners asked County Manager Tom
Jenkins to come up with recommen-
dations for setting some restrictions.
     Jenkins sent a letter to officials in
Barefoot Bay, one of two golf com-
munities in the county's unincorpo-
rated area, asking for their input on
some of the options the county has
come up with so far.
      Included in the options pre-
 sented by the county are banning
 golf carts on internal roads within
 the development, allowing them to
 operate unrestricted, allowing them
 to operate only between sunrise and
 sunset, or allowing them to operate
 only to and from the golf course.
     The county also is considering
 whether to allow only those with a
 driver's license to operate golf carts,
 or perhaps setting certain age Iimita-
 tions for operators. As the law reads
 now, there are no age limits or
 driver's license requirements for op-
 erating golf carts.
    "Personally, I think (golf cart
 drivers) should be above a certain
 age," Helen Hambro, community
 manager for Barefoot Bay.
    She said during the summer, they
 did have some problems with young

teenagers driving golf carts on the
wrong side of the road. But since
then, Hambro said, they haven't
had any other problems.
   But allowing only those with
driver's licenses to operate golf carts
could not only affect young golf
players, but also some of the elderly
players, Douglass said.
   "Some people are elderly and no
longer have a driver's license. So
this could affect them, too," he said.
   The county has not set a deadline
for the communities to respond.
 Bylaws changes
 would affect vacancies

     Barefoot Bay Homeowners Asso-
  ciation's bylaws and rules booklet
  may read a little different next year.
     Recently, the association's exec-
  utive board approved changes pro-
  posed by the association's Bylaws
  Committee. Some of those changes
  deal with how to fill vacancies on
  the executive board and the selec-
  tion of candidates.
     But it will be up to the park's res-
  idents to give final approval.
     One of the most significant pro-
  posed changes deals with the associ-
  ation's leadership and political
       As it stands now, the associa-
  tion's president also may serve as the
  executive board's chairperson. Under
  the proposed changes, board mem-
bers may elect any member, except
the president, to head the board.
     "We were thinking we should
have a second person sharing the
power instead of just one person,"
said Joe Generazio, chairman of the
     The committee also proposed
changing the time when board can-
didates are announced.
     Instead of announcing candi-
dates at the September and October
meetings, the association's Nominat-
ing Committee would announce the
slate of candidates during the Octo-
ber and November meetings.
     On the first month, the commit-
tee would announce the candidates it
is nominating for board positions.
On the second month, the commit-
tee would announce any changes to
its slate and take nominations from
the floor. Elections are held annually
in January.
     Generazio, who also is on the
Bylaws Conunittee, said the com-
mittee felt there wasn't a need for a
long campaign. He said many winter
residents also don't get back from
their home states before October.
     In addition, the committee is
proposing to change the way vacan-
cies are filled.
     The way the bylaws read now,
vacancies in offices may be filled by
the president, subject to the approval
of the board, until the next annual
elections meeting held in January.
     Those appointed to fill the posi-
tion of a person who died or re-
signed from the board could not stay
there until that person's term runs
out. They have to run for office in
the next election.
     The proposed change would al-
low those appointed to fill the va-
cancies to remain in their positions
until the term ends.
     These changes will be read dur-
ing the association's meetings in Jan-
uary and February, when residents
will vote on whether to approve the
  In order for the changes to be ap-
proved, the association must have at
least 100 property owners present at
the meeting, and have at least
two-thirds of those residents vote in
favor of the changes.
  John Smith, chairman of the By-
laws Committee, said if the changes
are made, it might not be until
March when the new Bylaws and
Rules booklet is printed and distrib-
uted to property owners.

 Volunteers hop on bus
 as shuffle drivers

    Some South Brevard County resi-
 dents had their doubts. But Richard
 Higgins, a member of the South
 Mainland Shuttle Committee, said
 he was confident people would sign
 up as volunteers for a van-pool ser-
 vice that will serve area residents.
    The committee, composed of
 South Brevard County residents, is
 working closely with officials from
 Space Coast Area Transit, the transit
 agency setting up the service.
    Transit officials have offered a
 15-passenger van to be used by resi-
 dents living south of Valkaria Road
corridor, north of the Sebastian
River, and east of Babcock Road, ex-
cept for Deer Run residents.
   But to run the service, the county
needs volunteer drivers.
   Until last week, the committee
had only 13 people sign up as volun-
teer drivers. Transit officials said
they need about 30 volunteers a
month to run the service.
   The probability of reaching that
goal seemed dim until the afternoon
Of Dec. 2, when 17 more people
signed up as volunteers after looking
at the van and talking to transit offi-
cials who were in front of Building
A in Barefoot Bay earlier in the day.
   Even though they're happy with
the response they've received thus
far, Higgins said they would like to
have about 50 volunteers so the van
can run during the daytime and even
during some evening hours.
   Committee members and transit
officials plan to be in front of Build-
ing A by the flag pole between 9
a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 17 to show off
the 1997 Dodge van and recruit
more volunteers, Higgins said.
   The committee is still working on
setting up a schedule for the service,
but the group anticipates that the
van will operate Monday through
   If they have that many drivers,
then it will be easier for people to
take over a scheduled run when
someone is sick or away for the sum-
mer. He also said they don't expect
drivers to drive for more than four
hours a month.
   Transit officials told residents they
won't need a chauffeur's license to
drive the van, he said. However,
they will receive additional training.
    By having volunteers drive the
van, the county would have to pay
only about $575 every month to op-
erate it, not including gasoline, the
agency's Interim Director Jim Lie-
senfelt said earlier.
      He said those costs would be paid
 through a grant provided by the
 Florida Department of Transporta-
tion. The agency has tentatively set a
nominal fee, each way, of $1 for
adults, 50 cents for senior citizens
and 50 cents for students with stu-
dent identification.
 The van will operate door to

Photo Caption
has begun. On Dec. 8, workers from Maxwell Contracting Co.
in Cocoa, Alex Alvarez, (left) and Tim Mauldin assist Bill
Leine, in the trackhoe, as the men use a water pump on
Braddock Street near Dempsey to drain water and lower the
water table to get the ground dry enough to install 48-inch
drainage pipes. The $377,900 project includes cleaning
ditches and swales and putting in new culvert pipes along
Dempsey and Vocelle avenues.

Vets to remember battle

    At 11 a.m. Dec. 16, the Indian
River Chapter of the Veterans of the
Battle of the Bulge will dedicate a
memorial plaque at the Liberty Bell
Museum, Melbourne, to those who
participated in that battle.
    The battle took place in Belgium
and Luxembourg from Dec. 16,
1944 to Jan. 25, 1945, with more
than 600,000 American troops par-
ticipating. More than 19,600 of
those men were killed in action.
   All veterans who earned the Ar-
dennes Campaign Battle Star are
invited to attend and are eligible to
join the veterans group.
    After the dedication, chapter
members and guests will meet for
lunch at the Patrick Air Force Base
NCO Club. The following officers
for 1998 will be installed at the lun-
cheon: Alfred J. Babecki, president;
Edward C. Grieco, first vice presi-
dent; Michael J. Coughlan, second
vice president; Ardith Miles, secre-
tary; and Dominic Casulli, treasurer.
  Interested eligible veterans may
contact Chester Henshaw,
727-8889, or Babecki, 664-0952.

Local beliefs

'Toys For Tots'
program launched

   Bill Hector, commandant, an-
nounces the 50th anniversary of the
Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots
Program will be locally assisted by
Indian River Detachment Marine
Corps League.
   All the toys will be distributed to
needy families in Indian River
County only. Volunteers will collect
the toys from the collection sites
then secure them for later sorting
and distribution.
   All toys must be new and unw-
rapped. The 1997 toy drive will end
Dec. 20. For more information, call
388-9071, 562-4346 or 778-2453.
   Look for a Toys for Tots poster
in the window of the following
drop-off locations: Barnett Banks,
First National Banks, Indian River
County firestations, Coldwell Banker
Real Estate, Deep Six Watersports,
John Michael Matthews Fine Jew-
elry, Walden Books, Riverside
Theatre, Vero Beach Chrysler-Ply-
mouth, Dependable Dodge and Ap-

Kashi Tree Sale
to be Dec. 12-14

   The 12th annual Kashi
Christmas tree sale will be held Dec.
12-14 at Kashi Ashram, 11155
Roseland Road.
   The sale will start at 9 a.m. each
day and continue through the day as
long as the trees are available.
   The trees are Fraser firs cut in
North Carolina. Delivery is available
for a small fee.
   In addition to the trees, hand-
made fir wreaths will be on sale, as
well as baked goods and refresh-
   Portions of the proceeds will go to
local charities.

Board member
updating directory

    It's Roger Svejda's job to find
out when people have died or moved
in Barefoot Bay so that the park's
new telephone directories will be up
to date.
    But Roger Svejda, the Barefoot
Bay Homeowners Association board
member who is in charge of putting
the directories together, said he
doesn't like reading the obituary
page and doesn't know everyone
who moves within the park.
    He said that's why unless people
tell him someone has died or moved,
he won't be able to delete the infor-
mation from the 1998 directories.
    The last date to make any
changes in the directory is Jan. 23.
    He said the association expects
the new directories to be ready to be
distributed by April 1.
    If anyone has information on a
neighbor who died or moved, Svejda
said they can let him know at one of
the association's two monthly meet-
ings, or call him at 664-1315.

Jewish Social Club
meeting Dec. 21

    In November the Barefoot Bay
Jewish Social Club held a Thanksgiv-
ing Dinner-Dance with entertain-
ment by Bobby Kelly.
    The next regular meeting will be
at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in Building
    There will be an election of offi-
cers, followed by bagels, lox, pastries
and games.
    The Jan. 18 meeting will feature
a speaker on the history of flags.
 Fire auxiliary
 holding flea market

     The Grant Volunteer Fire De-
 partment Auxiliary will hold a flea
 market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan.
     Hot dogs, coffee, soda and
 baked goods will be available.
     Tables are available for $7.
     To reserve a table, call

TOPS group
reports meeting

    Take Off Pounds Sensibly 641,
Sebastian, best losers for the week
were Deanie Taylor and Barbara
Popp. The elephant and craft sale
proved a success.
    Marge Alger, Miriam Gleiner and
Ruby Hazzard agreed to serve on
the Good as Gold planning commit-
tee. This committee will plan the
open house celebration to recognize
50 years of TOPS, founded in 1948.
It is the first major weight-control
organization in the world. Lois Dir-
heiiner will chair the committee.
    Members meet at 8:30 a.m.
Thursdays at the Veterans of Foreign
Wars on Louisiana Avenue. Call
664-6126 for more information.

TOPS group
starts program

    Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Se-
bastian Chapter 686, met Nov. 24 at
the United Methodist Church on
Main Street. Twenty-six members at-
tended. Best losers for the week were
Fern Skoog, Ann Marie Tammi,
Mary Smith and Leonore Grube.
Two new members were welcomed,
as were four guests.
    The talk on spices was continued
from last week. Elaine Ellingsworth
said the proper spices are a great way
to keep food from being too bland.
Members told of different spices they
use to eliminate salt from the diet.
    A walking program will be
started with Jack Septak as chairman.
Stanley Jaros will be in charge of be-
fore and after pictures and will be as-
sisted by Jackie Jaros.
    For more information, call
589-1010 or 589-1319.

Lutheran Church
holding concerts

    Christ The King Lutheran
Church will present entertainer,
composer, singer and keyboard
player Paul Todd for Christmas con-
certs at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21.
     Concertgoers will hear every-
 thing from traditional Christmas fa-
 vorites to selections from contempo-
 rary Christian, Broadway, gospel,
 country and pop background.
     Todd is returning to Christ The
 King Lutheran Church for a second
 time. He performed a concert at the
 church in June that benefitted Mid-
 western flood victims.
     He has headlined at Orchestra
 Hall, The Ordway, Trumps' Castle,
 The MGM Grand and The Broad-
 moore International. He has per-
 formed at The Beacon Theatre on
 Broadway in New York and in Am-
 sterdam, Holland, where he played
 for the International Film Expo.
     The donation to attend either
 concert is $5 and all proceeds will go
 toward the church's Building Fund.
 Everyone is invited. The concerts
 will be held at the church at 1301
 Feflsmere Road. Tickets are available
 from members of Christ The King
 Lutheran Church or by calling the
 church office at 589-7117.

 Church women
 meeting Dec. 20

     The Episcopal Church Women's
 monthly meeting will be held at 10
 a.m. Dec. 20 at St. Elizabeth's Epis-
copal Church, 901 Clearmont St.,
    Hostesses Patience Walters and
Mary Prescott ask participants to
bring hors d'oeuvres to share, items
for the food basket and Christmas
gifts for the kitchen supplies.

Deborah Chapter
meeting Dec. 19

     The Deborah Chapter of Bare-
foot Bay will hold its Christmas
party at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 in Building
     New officers will be elected for
1998 and following the meeting
there will be a potluck luncheon pro-
vided by the members. Guests are
     The annual golf tournament,
 open to Barefoot Bay residents and
 their guests, will be held Jan. 31. Lo-
 cal businesses will sponsor the vari-
 ous holes and prizes will be given. A
 luncheon will follow the tourna-
 ment. To register, see Jim at the pro
 shop or call 664-3179.

Welcome Wagon
holding luncheon

   The Welcome Wagon Club of
Sebastian Alumnae will hold its
Christmas luncheon Dec. 17 at
Dodger Pines Country Club.
   Lunch will be served at noon.
   The cost is $12 per person. Mu-
sic will be provided by Bob Holland.
   Members also are reminded
mixed vegetables is the food stuff for
the Lord's Table. Also unwrapped
toys for the children in the area are
being collected.
   This meeting is the last chance
for people to pay their dues before
their names are dropped from the
group. For tickets, call-589-4001.
Santa safely sailed in to open
the Christmas season in Sebastian

Photo Caption
Colorfully decorated boats parade past the docks,
entertaining the crowds of people that were waiting for
Santa to arrive at Riverview Park during Sebastian's
annual Santa Sail-In on Dec. 5.

Photo Caption
Members of the Sebastian River High School flag team
practice before Santa arrives at Riverview Park to
officially open Winter Wonderland.

Photo Caption
Jessica Bretton, 2 1/2, plays with a glow ring while she
and her family wait for Santa's arrival at the docks near
Riverview Park.

Photo Caption
Santa was greeted by many of his smiling and enthusiastic
fans after he got off his vessel at the docks near
Riverview Park.

Sports page provides neat facts
By Bill Valyo

    When you are a sports aficion-
ado such as I am, you can't get
enough of the part of the paper that
gives you what you have to have to
get through each day.
    The sports page is my daily vita-
min. "Knowing the score" to me
means what it is supposed to mean. I
have to know that information each
day just as soon as I can rip through
the rest of the paper. Why editors
put all that other stuff up front has
baffled me throughout the years.
    Down deep in the depths or
most sports pages, you find all the
statistics and goings on each day of
the local athlete.
    Just a few days ago, a name
sprung out of the ink that made me
curious. Out of just 35 golfers who
got their names in the paper because
of good scores in the Monday Morn-
ing League at Sebastian's golf
course, only one female, Ruth Mad-
igan, made the list.
     Looking back at that Monday,
there weren't any events in the area
to keep the women busy with other
things. So I called Ruth Madigan.
     Ruth, a golfer for some 15 years
said she had an exceptionally good
day on the links and there lies the
reason for her name being in the pa-
     Ruth and her husband, Joe, have
owned a home here in Sebastian for
15 years now, but just recently,
came down from Coram, Long Is-
land, to five full-time in paradise.
     That means three or four days of
golf each week on area courses. Hus-
band Joe is getting used to the
landscape around the local golf
course, as well. He fired a
hole-in-one two weeks ago on Sebas-
tian's heartbreaking 17th hole. Ruth
had a hole-in-one a few years ago on
the Breton Woods Country Club in
Long Island.
     How many women play as mem-
bers of the Sebastian's Women's Golf
Association? Between 50 and 60,
said Hilda Wangler, president of the
organizafion. "We play on 'Ladies
Day,' which is Tuesday, but most
members play on the other days,
       Just last week, the members of
the club went over to the Grand
Harbor Clubhouse to enjoy their an-
nual Christmas party. For the second
year in a row, they came up with a
donation to the Hacienda Girls
Ranch in Melbourne, a home for
abused children.
     You get plenty of information
out of that small type in the sports

County winter basketball program
heating up for players at SRMS
By Linda Rothstein
Of The Sun
      As the NBA gets further and
further removed from the game of
basketball, caring more about
money, ratings and egos, the single,
true American game thrives on play-
grounds and school gyms around
the country.
     The Vero Beach/Indian River
County Recreation Department
helps keep this simple game alive
and real every year for more than
150 children in North County.
    The tradition continues this win-
ter, as coaches, parents and children
gathered at the Sebastian River Mid-
dle School gym Dec. 6 for the an-
nual start of the North County Win-
ter Youth Basketball League, one of
three such leagues the recreation de-
partment forms during the spring,
summer and winter.
    Youngsters who will form about
20 10-player teams were divided
into age groups ranging from 5 to
15 years of age, regardless of gender
or skill-level.
     Coaches cerfified by the recre-
 ation department head each team
 and introduce the children to the
 fundamentals of the game such as
 dribbling, shooting and defending.
 They also got lessons in condition-
 ing, game rules and court etiquette.
     Teams will meet for practice one
 or two times each week until late
 February and begin weekly games
 Dec. 26 at the SRMS gym. Practice
 and play will resume in early January
 after a holiday break.
     The current director, Matt Sims,
 has run the program for seven years
 and has seen it grow from one
 league a year to the spring, summer
 and winter leagues held now.
     Sims and the rec department ex-
 panded the program because of the
 positive reaction of parents who
 wanted almost year-round basketball
 for their children.
     This year, Sims is looking for
 players as young as 4.
     "It's grown by a large amount
 since I've been here," Sims said. "We
 used to have 16 teams per winter
 season, now we're up to about 20.
 It's a pleasure just to be here, to look
 around and see these kids' faces. In
 the beginning, it's something new
 for them, but by the time we finish,
 they're in awe of how much they've
     Six-year-old Danny Henry and
 his twin sister, Debbie, are two of
 many youngsters who have joined
 the league for the first time this year.
 Their older brother, Matthew, has
 been participating in the league for a
 number of years
     Their mother, Debbie Henry, is
 so satisfied with the program, she
 spends several hours two to three
 times a week for almost six months
 out of the year, watching and
 cheering as her children learn and
 play basketball.
     "Danny did this over the sum-
 mer," Mrs. Henry said. "And we just
 signed (Debbie) up. I'm very happyry happy
 with the program and they enjoy it
 so much. I also think it's very impor-
 tant for their coordination."
     At almost 5 feet, 8 inches tall,
12-year-old Kathryn Simmons seems
a lock for a spot on next year's Sebas-
tian River Middle School's girls bas-
ketball team.
     But just to make sure, Kathryn is
honing her already considerable skills
as the only girl on coach John
Truckner's 11 to 12-year-old team.
     But she's not the only girl hus-
tling on the court. Ponytails can be
seen on almost every team as girls
fight for a loose ball as fiercely as
their male teammates.
     Kathryn's mom, Tomi Simmons,
looks proudly on as her athletic
daughter almost runs a camp for the
other players in layups and
free-throw shooting.
     "This is her third year to play,"
Mrs. Simmons said. "We moved
from out-of-town and she played in-
tramurals. But she wants to keep it
up so that next year she can still have
her skills as a seventh-grader.
     "She likes the interaction with
others and being in a team sport she
likes very well. And of course, we
like to support her and cheer her on,
enjoy the excitement of the game."
     SRMS girls' basketball Coach
Bill MCCarthy sees the recreation de-
partment's league as an early, impor-
tant step in the Sebastian basketball
learning chain that begins on the
playground and often ends on the
high-school team or possibly a col-
lege team. Especially for players who
wish to play competitively, such as
Kathryn Simmons, he says this
league is the perfect place for chil-
dren to learn the fundamentals of the
game and to decide if and how they
want to participate in it.
     "This is a feeder program for the
middle school and high school,"
Sims, who also is an assistant foot-
ball coach at Sebastian River High
School, said. "The coaches in the
middle school have been an asset to
us. In fact, the whole school system
has. They allow us to come in here
almost anytime we want to and it
works out really well."
    Sporting an Atlanta Braves base-
ball cap, 10-year-old Nick Pecoraro
gets a pick-up game going as his
coach wraps up some paperwork.
    Even when he misses a shot or
turns the ball over to an opponent,
he's all smiles as he plays a game he
loves and shoots toothy grins to his
father, Sal Pecoraro, who watches
from the bleachers.
   "My favorite part of the game is
shooting," Nick, who has been in the
league for three years, said.
    "Basketball is fun, so I wouldn't
mind playing for the middle-school
team in a few years," he said.
    "It's a good activity," Pecoraro
said. "They come like three times a
week. The coaches are usually pretty
good with the kids and Nick has im-
    Until this day, 11-year-old Joshua
Jordan had never really played a
team sport. Before he and his family
moved to Sebastian six months ago
from their home of 10 years on the
Caribbean island of St. Martin,
Joshua had done little more than
shoot around with his father, Jack, in
the backyard of their hillside home.
    "I used to do kick boxing and my
dad wanted me to get back in
shape," Joshua said. "basketball is
fun, plus I grew up with the last
name 'Jordan,' and I decided to start.
Today we worked on layups, drib-
bling, free throws, the ba-
sics. This is my first organized team."
    Despite the dedicated efforts of
rec department workers and volun-
teer coaches and officials, the league
still needs people interested in filling
coaches' and officials' positions.
    Also, for children who might be
interested, the league will continue
to accept players until all of the
teams have full, 10-player rosters.
    For more information, call Sims at
567-2144 or 978-4543. The cost
per player is $20. and for those inter-
ested in sponsoring a team, the cost
is $125.

Photo Caption
John Truckner, who coaches the team of 6- to 8-year-olds,
practices passing with Danny Henry.

Track leads coach down successful path
Of The Sun

     A few weeks ago at the Space
Coast Senior Games held in Bre-
vard County, Barefoot Bay resident
Patrick Carolan reaffirmed his life-
long relationship with the sport of
track and field.
  Since he was a young boy, run-
ning was an important part of his
life that carried him through col-
lege, World War II and a distin-
guished teaching, coaching and offi-
ciating career.
  Winning gold medals in the 50
and 100 meter track events in the
75-to 80-year-old age category of
the Space Coast Senior Games was
just the most recent of a lifetime of
achievements on and around the
    "(The    Space    Coast     Senior
Games) is the most extensive track
and field program for seniors
around here that I've seen," Carolan
said. "They had the 50, the 100, the
200, the 400, the 800 and the
1500-meter runs not to mention a
3-kilometer walk and a variety of
field events, all the jumps and all
the throws."
   Carolan is one of the lucky few
who got to turn his youthful obses-
sion into a fulfilling career that has
sustained him, happy and fit, into his
76th year, despite two open-heart
surgeries in the last 17 years.
    It all started on the James Mon-
roe High School track team on the
outskirts of the Bronx. Because of
the school's location, it was one of
the few schools in the borough to
have a football stadium and a sur-
rounding track. That convenience
helped Carolan and his high-school
team win the New York State
high-school track and field champi-
onship and the national champion-
ships in 1938.
    "Ever since my high-school days,
I was a sprinter and a relay runner,"
Carolan said.
    From there, track took Carolan
first to a small junior college in Mis-
sissippi and then on to a full track
scholarship at the University of
    Because it was wartime, Caro-
lan's team was cut as a "non-com-
bat" sport despite its obvious condi-
tioning and endurance values.
     But Carolan still was able to
 postpone his service long enough to
 earn a degree in physical education
 that kept him stateside as one of Na-
 vy's "Tunney-fish," named for the
 former heavyweight boxing cham-
 pion Gene Tunney, who headed the
 naval fitness program. As an athletic
 specialist, Carolan divided his service
 between training recruits and helping
 rehabilitate the wounded.
    "So that was my service," Caro-
 Ian said. "I never got in combat, so it
 served me well."
    After the war, he ran for the
 New York Athletic Club for several
 years until he became a physical-edu-
 cation professor at New Jersey's Nas-
 sau Community College.
    His time at the track was sacri-
 ficed for time in the classroom until
 he began officiating on a regular ba-
 sis and then took the reins of the
 track team, leading his teams to 113
 wins and 18 losses in 20 years.
     During this time, he also received his mas-
 ter's degree and doctorate from Columbia Uni-
 versity in health education and educational ad-
 ministration, respectively.
    "When I got into teaching, I felt that it was
 payback time," Carolan said. "that I owed some-
 thing to the sport. It was just a question of I en-
 jqyed it and I enjoyed paying back."
    In addition to coaching the Nassau team,
 Carolan coached the State University of New
 York at Cortland track team to the New York
 collegiate track and field championships, where it
 placed second in 1953-54. He also was offered
 the position as coach of the Afghanistan team in
 the Melbourne Olympics.
     But as a 45-year certified track and field and
 cross-country official, the most memorable of all
 his track experiences, Carolan said, was when he
 served as an official at the 1964 Olympic Track
and Field Trials in New York to determine the
athletes who would represent the United States.
    "That was probably the high point of my offi-
ciating career," Carolan said.
    Another high point came in the late sixties
when he and another man wrote and published
one of the first high-school health textbooks to be
used in the New York public high-school curric-
ulum. "The textbook became a school bestseller,
with schools buying 2 million copies.
    "At the time, they were developing a health
curriculum for New York state high schools," Car-
olan said. "Health had become mandatory and I
worked on several committees to develop a curric-
ulum and in the process of doing that, I met this
fellow named Joe Felice and he had been working
on the text and run into dead ends. So we decided
this was a great time to get a high-school textbook
out if they were going to mandate the course."
    While at Nassau, he served as president of the
National Junior College Athletic Association
Track and Field Coaches' Association and the Na-
tional Junior College Athletic Association Cross
Country Coaches' Association. The only person to
hold both those offices at the same time, his exper-
tise culminated in 1971 with the publication of the
first, and according to Carolan, only codified
Track and Field Official's Manual.
    When he and his wife, Dora, moved to Bare-
foot Bay more than 10 years ago, he continued to
keep active by walking and playing tennis.
    But when he heard the Space Coast Senior
Games would feature running events, he knew
he'd enjoy yet another competitive run. And as
long as his body allows him, Carolan is deter-
niined to continued running and competing. It's a
part of his life that he just can't let go.

Photo Caption
Runner, teacher and coach Patrick Carolan reminisces on the
many great memories the sport of track and field has given

Unsportsmanlike conduct sends wrong message to youngsters
By Linda E. Rothstein

     Things have gotten horribly reversed in
basketball these days.
     NBA players throw childish tantrums
with grown-man results, while children have
a hard time remembering that at their time of
life, basketball should be just a game.
     But the pros should be blamed for
both situations. Until Latrell Sprewell actu-
ally threatened to kill his coach, the NBA
usually looked the other way when supposed
professionals threw violent temper tantruns.
     Dennis Rodman simply was fined by the
NBA for kicking a photo journalist on the
court last year and other players have suffered
similar fight sanctions after spitting on fans or
throwing balls into the crowd. Charles Bar-
kley threw a bar patron through a plate glass
window in Orlando just a month or so ago
without any disciplinary actions by the NBA.
When the case was dropped against him last
week, all he had to say was that he wished his
victim was dead.
     The result is that children are beginning to
see things like this as acceptable on the court.
Despite the sincere lessons of recreational
league and middle- and high-school coaches,
young players see million-dollar stars get away
with the ultimate in unsportsmanlike conduct
just to be slapped on the wrist and given re-
newed big-dollar contracts.
     Of course, youngsters sport Magic, Bulls,
Knicks and Rockets jerseys on the court be-
cause they are a symbol of wealth, stardom and
the freedom to get away with just about any-
thing. What real motivation do children have
to play nice?
     And despite the professional basketball
players' considerable skills on the court, their
dedication to the game and their sometimes su-
perhuman feats of skill and strength, players
are getting more selfish to the detriment of
their teams. It's becoming rarer and rarer to see
a player pass the hall when he has even an out-
side chance of making a Sports Center-clip
slam dunk.
     How will children learn basketball is the
ultimate team sport when pros get bonuses for
total individual points and the end-of-the-year
NBA best-of contest lauds players on their
slam-dunk style and how many three-pointers
they can shoot in a minute.
     The real crime however, isn't that pros get
understandable joy from what they can do with
a ball, a court and a net, it's that they take joy
away from children by changing the game for
the worse, by, in fact, making it not really a
game at all.
       Thank goodness for the few remaining
 players who play as team members and with
 dignity and maturity. Thank goodness for the
 players who remember at its core, despite lotte-
 ry-like salaries, basketball is a game and should
 be fun.
     Thank goodness for those players who give
 a considerable amount of their salaries to
 worthy causes, and spend some of their time
 with the children who, in part, sustain the
 players' star status and wealthy lifestyles.
     With stardom comes considerable responsi-
 bility and we, as fans and consumers, should
 demand standards of conduct in professional
 sports, just as we demand standards of conduct
 with teachers, politicians, physicians and innu-
 merable other professions. It's true we don't al-
 ways get the conduct we demand, but we
 should be outraged when we don't.
Sebastian River Middle School scores

Girls basketball (5-0)
Results through Dec. 9

Dec. 8
SRMS defeats
Osceola 42-17
    The Sebastian River Middle School girls bas-
ketball team improved to 5-0 with a 42-17 vic-
tory over Okeechobee-Osceola Dec. 8.
    Jera Converse led the Cowboys with 13
points and Marquita Ely added seven points.
    Alicia Warren led Sebastian with eight re-
bounds and also made five steals.

Boys basketball (5-0)
Results through Dec. 9

Dec 8
SRMS defeats
Osceola 49-32
    After taking a 22-4 first quarter lead, the Se-
bastian Middle School boys basketball
team cruised to a 49-32 victory over Okecho-
bee-Osceola Dec. 8.
    Gale Green led the Cowboys with 12 points
and Roshawn Hehns added 11 - eight coming
in the first quarter.
    Ben Vickers had a game-high eight rebounds.
    Sebastian River Coach Jason Keeler credited
Errol Wilcox and Joe Edmiston with solid de-

 Local softball

              Barefoot Bay
             Over-60 League
 Dec. 6
 Team                           W L     PCT        GB
 Barefoot Bay Lions             7 2    .778        --
 W.T. Shively Ins.              6-3    .667        1
 Abbott Homes                   5-4    .556        2
 Hearndon Const.                4-5    .444        3
 First Union Bank               3-6    .333        4
 Citrus Bank                    2-7    .222        5
        Abbott Homes 11
        Barefoot Bay Lions 1 0
    Hits: AH, Gene Barry 3, Jack Brown 3, Joe
 Santori 3 (HR), Bob Brodie 2, Phil Miller 2,
 Chet Piorkowski 2, Dick Samuelson 2, Lew
 Smith 2. BBL, Ken King 3 (HR), Tony Maselli,
 Miles Oakley 2 (2 Hrs), Clem Riesenbeck 2.

              Hearndon Const. 7
              Citrus Bank 4
  Hits: HC, Frank Ugend 3 (2B), Ben Becker
 2 (2B) Joe Larkin 2, Rene Sigouin 2, Bill
 Shields HR. CB, Roger Desiardins HR.

           First Union Bank 8
           W.T. Shively Ins. 6
    Hits, FUB, Walt Barry 3, Bill Schulz 3, Skip
 Biron 2 (2B), Wayne Enright 2, Len Matyka 2.
 WTSI, Norm Lavoie 3, Bill Bomhoeft 2 (2B),
 Mike Mecanko 2, (HR, 3B), Steve Pupa, Ike
 Winterton 2B.

Sports briefs

Little League
looking for officials

    Sebastian River Area Little
League is looking for coach, manag-
ers, umpires for 1998 season.
   Sign-ups will be held 6-7:30
p.m. Dec. 12 at the Barber Street
Sports Complex.
    Player registration is scheduled
to begin week of Jan. 5.
    For more information on the
league, call Charlotte Tunstill at

Sebastian VFW
holding golf tourney

    VFW Post 10210 Sebastian will
hold its annual golf tournament
Dec. 27 at Vista Plantation.
    All players are welcome and are
welcome to make their own team or
play as a single.
    The cost is $25 for golf, cart,
lunch, beer, soda and cash prizes.
    For more information, call Post
10210 at 589-3405 or Cliff at

Open volleyball
coming to SRMS

     An open gym for volleyball, run
by the Recreation Department of
Vero Beach/Indian River County,
will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at the Sebastian River
Middle School on County Road
     The gym will be open for any-
one, male or female over the age of
16. The cost is $1 per person per
night. Appropriate footwear is re-
quired. Anyone who shows up ready
to play can play.
     For more information, call the
 recreation department at 567-2144.

 Elks Club
 holding hoop shot

   BPOE Lodge 2714 will hold its
 annual "Hoop Shot" Jan. 19 at Se-
 bastian River High School starting
 at 9 a.m.
   Boys and girls between the ages of
 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 are eligible.
   Proof of age is required.
   For more information about the
 contest, call 589-1516.

   Local golf

       Barefoot Bay Ladies
   Nov. 25, best ball: Enid Jones,
 Helen Murphy, Cookie Hanning-
 ton, Harriet Beatty -23; Doris Cat-
 aldi, Sandy Flynn, Mary Rawn,
 Irene Berger -22; Phyllis Harris,
 Geradine Mina, Rose Marie Ellis,
Elsie Emerson -22; Barb Pritchard,
Cathy Newton, Lois Northrup,
Garnetta Russell -22; Helen Harig,
Liz Sanborn, Ann Stapleton, Peg
Coryell -22; Loretta Thorn, Helene
Kraut, Jo Manikowski, Mary Jane
Boyden -20; Ruth Kern, Vi Gro-
husky, Kathy Ellwanger, Lillian
Weschler -18; Marge Litzenburg,
Carol Stanwise, Margaret Hriciga,
Cathy Burt - 18.

     Barefoot Bay Ladies
     18-Hole Golf Assoc.
   Dec. 2, Odd-Even Holes: Mary
Rawn and Dot Blass (54); Irene
Donnelly and Kathleen Ellwanger
(55); Helen Murphy and Gerry Bas-
singer (55); Vi Grohusky and Vir-
ginia Waterman (55); Connie Har-
vey and Elsie Emerson.(55); Dot
Maselli and Sue Brinco (57); Mary
Ann Enrico and Dolly Williamson
(57); Gladys Mannis and Wanda
Hirschbeck (57); Ruth Kern and
Arlene Glashouser (58); Betty Bar-
kowiak and Joyce Lamb (58); Joyce
Giske and Wihna Jeffreys (59);
Snookie Jenkins and Ellen Arienta
(59); Esther Lynch and Trudy
Smith (59); Doris Cataldi and Terry
Melkum, (60); Carmen Sack and
Helen Carr (60); Helen George and
Helen Comer (60); Millie English
and Rose Ellis (60); Mary Jane
Boyden and Blind Partner (60).

        Monday League
        Nov. 24
    A Flight: Low Gross:
Barry Balthaser. Low Net: Joe Mad-
    B Flight: Low Gross: Duane
Croka (83). Low Net: Jack Fredrick
    C Flight: Low Gross: Art Mur-
phy (68).
          Low Net: Phil Roper
    D Flight: Low Gross: Jack Valk
(93). Low Net: Bill Smallridge
    E Flight: Low Gross: Sandy
Thompson (97). Low Net: John
Walsh (68).

     Sebastian Women's
     Golf Association
     Nov. 25
     Modified Scramble:
Sandy Thompson, Dot McGowan,
Claire Whiteman, Kay Hanson
(81); Hilda Wangler, Kay Lom-
bardi, Bea McKinney, Ginny Ferry
(83); Caroline Trillo, Modell La
Conte, Betty Egan ' Lucille Ed-
mondson (83); Bert Jackson, Rita
Tapasak, Ann Vukovich, Sunny
Bowers (84).


       Frances McVey

    Frances D. McVey, 73, of Bare-
foot Bay, died Dec. 8, 1997, at her
residence after a prolonged illness.
    She was bom Oct. 3, 1924, in
Philadelphia, Pa., and moved to
Barefoot Bay in 1989 from her
    Mrs. McVey was a member of
St. Luke's Catholic Church, Barefoot
    Surviving are one daughter, Judy
Useller, of Newtown, Pa.; four sons,
Tom McVey, of Barefoot Bay, Bob
McVey, of Knoxville, Tenn., Mike
McVey, of Key West and Scott
McVey, of Pittsford, Vt.; two sisters,
Rita Lesher and Berenice McNeily,
both of Philadelphia; and four
    A memorial Mass will be held at
10 a.m. Dec. 15 at St. Luke's Catho-
fic Church, Barefoot Bay.
    In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
gests donations be made to Ameri-
can Cancer Society, 401 21st St.,
Vero Beach, Fla. 32960 in Mrs.
McVee's memory.
    Mrs. McVey was a member of
the Indian River Cremation Society.

       Wayne Newton

    Wayne A. Newton, 73, of Sebas-
tian, died Dec. 7, 1997, at Sebastian
River Medical Center after a pro-
longed iulness.
    He was born July 14, 1924, in
Baltimore Township, Mich., and
moved to Sebastian in 1990 from
Houghton Lake, Mich.
    Mr. Newton was a U.S. Army
veteran of World War II. He owned
and operated the former East Side
Lumber Co. in Hastings, Mich.,
from 1954-68.
    He also worked as an insurance
agent in Hastings and Houghton, a
real estate agent in Houghton, con-
struction worker, and at Kellogg's
Corp. in Battle Creek.
    He was a member of Sebastian
and Florida Elks, a life member of
Michigan Elks, a member of Sebas-
tian Moose and Eagles Lodges.
    Surviving are a daughter, Judi
Dean, of Hastings; longtime com-
panion, Mildred Benner, of Has-
tings; and one grandchild.
    A funeral service will be 11 a.m.
Dec. 12, with the Rev. Bradley P.
Kalajainen officiating, at Wren Fu-
neral Home, 1401 Broadway, Has-

     Helen DeArman

    Helen M. DeArman, 83, of Da-
vison, Mich., died Dec. 2, 1997, at
McLaren Regional Medical Center,
Flint, Mich.
    She was born June 13, 1914, in
Piggott, Ark., and moved to Davison
from Barefoot Bay in 1996.
    Mrs. DeArman was a member of
the Barefoot Bay Florida Baptist
    Surviving are one daughter,
Glenda McKeachie, of Davison; one
stepson, James DeArman, of Pincon-
ning, Mich.; two stepdaughters,
Kathleen Alstott, of Fenton, Mich.,
and Linda Murray, of Leapwood,
Tenn; 10 grandchildren; and 10
    A graveside memorial service
was held Dec. 6 at Davison Ceme-
tery, Davison, with the Rev. Randal
Schultz officiating.
    Allen Funeral Home, Davison,
was in charge of arrangements.

     Muriel Edgecomb

    Muriel L. Edgecomb, 85, of Se-
bastian, died Nov. 28, 1997, at In-
dian River Memorial Hospital after a
brief illness.
    She was bom Feb. 9, 1912, in
New Brunswick, Canada, and moved
to Sebastian in 1994 from Cape
Cod, Mass.
    Mrs. Edgecomb was a graduate
of the Henrietta D. Goodall Hospi-
tal School of Nursing, Sanford,
Maine. She was a registered nurse
and supervisor at the former Barre
City Hospital, Barre, Vt., for more
than 30 years.
    She was a member of the Regis-
tered Nursing Association and First
Presbyterian Church, Barre, where
she taught Sunday school.
    Surviving are one son, Terrance
Edgecomb, of Roseland; one
brother, Charles Vandergrift, of
Reno, Nev.; one sister, Lillian
Spencer, of Seattle, Wash.; 11
grandchildren; and four great-grand-
    The funeral was held Dec. 11 at
the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral
Home, Barre, with the Rev. Carl
Hilton-Van Osdall officiating.
    Interment followed at Hope
Cemetery, Barre.

       Everett Gass

   Everett T. Gass, 90, of Sebastian,
died Dec. 4, 1997, at his home after
a prolonged illness.
    He was born Nov. 24, 1907, in
New York, and moved to Sebastian
25 years ago from Middlesex, N.J.
    Mr. Gass was a retired traffic
manager for Johnson and Johnson in
New Jersey.
    He was a member of Roseland
United Methodist Church, Free and
Accepted Masons, Sebastian Civic
Association and Order of the Eastern
Star, in Sebastian, and Azan Shrine
in Melbourne.
    He was past president of the
American Association of Retired
Persons and a member of the Past
President's Shrine Club, both in Se-
    Surviving are his wife of three
years, DeEtta; one daughter, Theresa
Benhardt, of Medford, N.J.; two
grandchildren; and two great-grand-
    At the family's request, there will
be no repose or visitation. No ser-
vices have been scheduled.
    In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
gests donations be made to Roseland
United Methodist Church Building
Fund, P.O. Box 157, Roseland, Fla.
32957, or Azan Shrine Temple
Crippled Chidren's Hospital Fund,
1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Mel-
bourne, Fla. 32935, in Mr. Gass'
    Cremation arrangements are un-
der the direction of Indian River
Cremations Inc., Vero Beach.

   Charles Cleveland

    Charles Alfred Cleveland, 77, of
Sebastian, died Dec. 1, 1997, at his
residence after a brief illness.
    He was born in July 12, 1920, in
Fort Pierce, and moved to Sebastian
25 years ago from his birthplace.
    Mr. Cleveland was a heavy
equipment operator.
    Surviving is his wife of 58 years,
    A graveside service was held
Dec. 4 at Riverview Memorial Park,
Fort Pierce.

         Eric Appleton

    Eric Appleton, 76, of Barefoot
Bay, died unexpectedly Dec. 4,
1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Mil-
waukee, Wis.
    He was born Jan. 29, 1921, in
Nuneaton, England, and moved to
Barefoot Bay in 1984 from Pitts-
burgh, Pa.
    Mr. Appleton was a retiree of
Rolls-Royce Canada and U.S. Air-
ways. He was a Royal Air Force and
Royal Canadian Air Force flight en
gineer veteran of World War II.
    Surviving are his wife, Doreen;
one son, Roger Appleton, of Mark-
ham, Ontario, Canada; one brother,
Fred Appleton, of Hinckley, Leices-
tersere, England; and two grand-
    A memorial service was held
Dec. 11 at Strunk Funeral Home
Chapel, Sebastian, with the Rev.
Ron Barber officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
gests donations be made to the char-
ity of one's choice in Mr. Appleton's

     Oscar Bigwood

    Oscar Bigwood, 71, of Barefoot
Bay, died Nov. 22, 1997, at Mariner
Health of Melbourne, Melbourne,
after a prolonged illness.
    He was born Dec. 18, 1925, in
Nashua, N.H., and moved to Bare-
foot Bay in 1991 from Merrimack,
    Mr. Bigwood was self-employed
in the home-building business, hav-
ing worked for many years prior to
retiring in 1976. He was a Civil
Conservation Corps member during
World War II.
   Surviving are one son, Dennis
Bigwood, of Micco; two daughters,
Bonnie Read of Amhurst, N.H., and
Heidi Maxci, of Boynton Beach; one
brother, David Bigwood, of Sebas-
tian; one sister, Lorraine Cox, of
Merrimack, N.H.; five grandch-
ildren; and one great-grandchild.
    East Coast Cremation, Mel-
bourne, is in charge of arrangements.

       Mary Mormile

     Mary Elizabeth Mormile, 72, of
Barefoot Bay, died Dec. 6, 1997, at
Sebastian River Medical Center after
a brief illness.
     She was born Feb. 17, 1925, in
Northville, N.Y., and moved to
Barefoot Bay 10 years ago from her
     Mrs. Mormile was a receptionist
at River Walk Hearing Center,
Roseland. She attended St. Luke's
Catholic Church, Barefoot Bay.
     She was a member of St. Francis
Catholic Church, Northville and was
a volunteer with the Sebastian River
Medical Center Auxiliary, Roseland.
     Surviving are one daughter, Do-
reen Hornsby, of Barefoot Bay; one
son, Donald Olmstead, of Pompano
Beach; six grandchildren; and five
     Funeral services were held Dec.
11 at the Strunk Funeral Home cha-
pel, Sebastian, with the Rev. Lucien
Duquette officiating.
     Inurnment will be at a later date
in Northville.
   In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
gests donations be made to Al-
co-Hope Inc., 5925 37th St., Vero
Beach, Fla. 32960 in Mrs. Mormile's

        Robert Taylor

   Robert C. Taylor, 76 of Barefoot
Bay, died Dec. 7, 1997, at Sebastian
River Medical Center after a pro-
longed illness.
   He was born Jan. 3, 1921, in
Warren, Pa., and moved to Barefoot
Bay 10 years ago from Williamsville,
    Mr. Taylor was an electronic tech-
  nician at Erie Community College,
  Amherst, N.Y. He was a charter
  member of Sebastian Christian
  Church, Sebastian.
    Surviving are his wife of 34 years,
  Cathy; three sons, Robert "Chip"
  Taylor Jr., of Wasilla, Alaska, Carl
  Calabrese, of Lakewood, N.Y., and
  Dr. John Calabrese, of Richmond,
   Calif.; two daughters, Sandy Kie-
   drowski, of Carpentersville, Ill., and
   Patricia Fashano, of Hamburg,
   N.Y.; one brother, Larry Taylor, of
   Pennsylvania; 14 grandchildren; and
   12 great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service will be an-
   nounced at a later date.
     In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
   gests donations be made to Sebastian
   Christian Church, 130 Day St., Se-
   bastian, Fla. 32958 in Mr. Taylor's
     Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian,
   is in charge of arrangements.


Sebastian Sun Articles
a digital text archive

The Sebastian Sun
December 19, 1997
c 1997 Treasure Coast Publishing Inc.

President: Darryl K. Hicks.
Executive Editor: Larry Reisman.
Editor: Louise Phillipine.
Advertising Manager: Ellen Smith
Account Executive: Doreen Dowell.

(USPS) The Sun is published weekly by Treasure Coast
Publishing Inc., a division of Scripps Howard Inc., 1801 U.S. 1,
Vero Beach, FL 32960. c 1997 Treasure Coast Publishing Inc.
All correspondence, including news copy, should be addressed
to 717 Coolidge St., Sebastian, FL 32958. Phone: (561) 589-
6616; Fax: (561) 978-2386. News deadline, 5 p.m., Friday. All
display advertising should be addressed to 1801 U.S. 1, Vero
Beach, FL 32960. Phone (561) 978-2383; Fax:(561) 978-2297.
Advertising deadline, 1 p.m., Monday.
 AGO THIS WEEK: Disney's Vero Beach
 Resort become one of 39 Florida hotels
 to receive AAA Florida's 1997 Four Di-
 amond Award. AAA annually rates ho-
 tels and restaurants on a scale of one to
 five diamonds. Of the almost 30,00O es-
 tablishments the association rates
 around the United States and Canada
 each year, only about 4 percent receive
 the Four Diamond designation. There
 were 23 Florida restaurants that re-
 ceived the award along with Disney's
 resort at Wabasso Beach.


     NAME: Bob Weston.
     AGE: 69.
     OCCUPATION: Field engineer
 consultant for Graver Water company.
     BIRTHPLACE: Aurora, Ill.
     MOVED HERE: June 1989.
 Little League baseball and is a member
 of the First Presbyterian Church in Vero
     HOBBIES: Flying airplanes.
 HOOD: I live in Roseland. It's a nice
 neighborhood. I have good neighbors. I
 don't even know their names and we get
 along fine.


     The Sebastian Soccer Association
has scheduled tryouts for the under 14
traveling team from 10 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Dec. 20 at the Barber Street Sports
     Eligible players must be born be-
tween Aug. 1, 1983 and July 31, 1 984.
     For more information, contact Paul
Brown at 589-1 696 or Dave Zukowski
at 589-61 32.


     "It's definitely a self-rewording ex-
perience, It wasn't that big a deal for me
until I got to deliver the gifts. "
                         Alexis Forward

     (Forward, president of Sebastian
River High School's student council,
made the comments in connection with a
contest among the school's academies
to raise money for presents and food for
five local families for Christmas. For-
ward said when she saw the faces of the
people getting their presents, it hit her
the students really were helping families.
The academy that raised the most
money was to get a special viewing of
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with
cookies, for a snack.)

 Holiday cheer being spread
 to those who need it most
 Of The Sun

      Sebastian business owners, police offi-
 cers, civic organizations and religious
 leaders are pulling together in various ef-
 forts to give to those in the community
 who might not otherwise have a merry
      One charitable holiday cause has been
 rooted in the community for 15 years.
 The traditional Christmas feast will take
 place at noon Christmas day at the Sebas-
 tian Senior Center, 815 Davis St., when
 about 100 local seniors sit down to dine.
      The dinner is run by seven local
 groups, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church,
 Kashi Church Foundation, Sebastian Ju-
 nior Women's Club, Roseland Volunteer
 Fire Department, Roseland Women's
Club, Sebastian Women's Club and the
River Fund, that all pitch in to organize
the dinner.
     Richard Rosenkranz, media director
for Kashi, is one of the founders of the
     "It's very important to the people
who come, for anybody during the holi-
days. If you're alone, it can be depres-
sing," he said.
     The dinner at the Senior Center is not
meant necessarily for indigent residents or
even homeless people.
     "We started this for the elderly who
are alone. I don't care if anyone has
money or not. We just don't want them
to be alone," Rosenkranz said.
     The Senior Center not only will be
packed with elderly residents who enjoy
each other's company, but also will be
filled with volunteers who prepare the
meal and provide entertainment, includ-
ing Christmas carols. Rosencranz said
about 40 people contribute to organizing
the event.
     In addition to serving dinners to the
seniors who come to the center, Rose-
nkranz said the volunteers deliver about
40 dinners to shut-ins or homebound res-
idents in the area.
     While the Senior Center dinner has
been going on for more than a decade, a
new effort in Sebastian this year has orga-
nizers hoping their attempt at helping the
underprivileged turns into a new tradi-
   Santa's Elves is a coalition of
North Indian River County merchants
who want to help about a half dozen
needy families. Santa's Elves was formed
by a business owner who is as new to the
area as is his charity effort.
     Tom Wilkes opened Past & Present
Interiors, 7952 U.S. 1 in Wabasso, 12
weeks ago. He said business has been so
good he wanted to do something for the
     "I just wanted to give back to the
community. The people that we got to-
gether are people that I've done business
with and their hearts are in the same place
as mine," Wilkes said.
     Publix at the Riverwalk Shopping
Center, Total Print Inc., The Learning
Nest Child Development Center, B.J.'s
Barbecue Restaurani, all in Sebastian and
Smalley Sheds and Grammas Attic, in
Wabasso, agreed to join Wilkes and San-
ta's Elves. It's the first time they've com-
bined forces for this effort.
     The "elves" will deliver Christmas
trees and ornaments to the homes of the
six families Dec. 21 while others will be
shopping for gifts and wrapping presents.
Then at noon on Christmas Eve, the
elves, accompanied by Santa Claus, will
deliver the presents and cooked turkeys to
the homes.
     "Immediate response has been very,
very positive. Everyone thought it was an
excellent idea and they've been cooper-
ative. I feel very fortunate to select to the
people I did," Wilkes said.
     Drop-off boxes have been set up at
the Santa's Elves businesses and Janee
Morchesky, owner of B.J.'s Barbecue, said
early contributions have been overwhehn-
     "A lot of customers have given cash
donations. We've had dozens of stuffed
toys, probably 100 or more," she said.
     With the contributions being more
than expected, Morchesky said, Santa's
Elves may be able to contribute to more
needy families than originally expected.
     Visiting the homes of those in need is
becoming old hat, one they enjoy wear-
ing, to the members of the Sebastian Pol-
lice Officers Association. Police Detective
Joe Dillon organized an effort three years
ago to deliver Christmas dinners to those
who couldn't enjoy Christmas dinner.
     Dillon and his fellow officers visited
 about six families the first year, more
 than 30 last year and he hopes to make
 holiday calls on about 60 families this
     "We try to help the local citizens
 of Sebastian. Someone who might
 not be able to afford dinner. We pro-
 vide dinner to allow them to buy
 presents or gifts for family mem-
 bers," he said.
     The dinners are delivered
 Christmas Eve and an association
 fund that every officer contributes to
 each month goes to pays for the ef-
 fort. The dinners are delivered by of-
ficers and department records per-
sonnel during their off hours and no
police vehicles or equipment are used
during the event.
    "We've extended out toward the
citizens to try to bring a closer con-
tact (with police). Police officers
don't make a lot of money but they
all donate toward this cause.
    "A lot of people see police offi-
cers as bad guys making arrests. But
we have sensitive hearts. We are not
as tough as people think we are.
We're humans inside," Dillon said.
    In Barefoot Bay, Ronald Spencer
has been making sure area residents
don't spend Christmas Day alone.
For seven years, Spencer along with
his wife, Amanda, have been prepar-
ing dinners for what now is some 90
    Spencer is simply a resident who
wanted to help his neighbors.
    "We just enjoy it and it's terrible
that anybody could eat alone on
Christmas," he said.
    While he started the annual
Christmas tradition on his own, he
now has plenty of help from some of
his fellow residents and 20 area busi-
nesses that donate to the cause.
    "It's satisfacting to see that
something's done for the commu-
nity. I remember how it was when I
lived alone. I just didn't cook for
myself," Spencer said.
    With all the different holiday
charitable causes underway in North
Indian River and South Brevard
Counties, Rosenkranz said it's proof
that the area is a giving one.
    "It's certainly an attitude of car-
ing," he said. "There's good things
happening in Sebastian and it's more
caring than when I moved here 20
years ago."

Photo Caption
Janee Morchesky, owner of B.J.'s Barbecue in Sebastian and
one of Santa's Elves, takes inventory of the donations of
gifts and food left at her business. The toys and food
will go to needy families in Sebastian.
New transitional-care unit to help
make life easier for local residents
For The Sun

     Local residents who need nursing care
 but don't belong in a hospital now have
 somewhere to go since Sebastian River
 Medical Center recently opened the area's
 first transitional-care unit.
     A transitional-care unit bridges the gap
 between the hospital and home by provid-
 ing skilled nursing care and therapy after
 discharge for patients who generally do
 not need an extended stay in an acute-care
 facility, such as a hospital.
     For example, patients recovering from
 hip or knee surgery or those recovering
 from a stroke or who need cardiac rehabih-
 tation can benefit from the new facility.
     The average stay in the transition-
 al-care unit is about two weeks, although
 some patients may need to stay longer.
     The new 12-bed unit at SPMC offers
 24-hour nursing care as well as speech,
 physical and occupational therapy. There
 are six private rooms and three semi-pri-
 vate rooms in the unit.
     In addition, an activities director is on
 hand to help patients who want to pursue
 specific hobbies or skills.
     And a social worker is available to as-
 sist patients as they prepare to be dis-
     The new transitional-care unit, under
 the direction of registered nurse and certi-
 fied gerontologist Carol Campbell, re-
cently was certified by the state Agency for
Health Care Administration.
    The unit doesn't have just a hospi-
tal-like setting. Patients can use such facili-
ties as a dining room, a private garden,
beautician services and more.
    Caregivers meet on a weekly basis to
discuss and evaluate each patient's care and
progress. Family members are encouraged
to take part in the patient's care, Ms.
Campbell said.
    "This is quite different from a nursing
home," she said. "Our goal is to get pa-
tients back to their prior lifestyle and activ-
ities as much and as quickly as possible."
    Ms. Campbell said before the unit be-
came a reality, patients had to go many
miles out of the area to receive this kind of
    "It's much more pleasant for a patient
to be able to stay close to their families,
friends and personal doctors," she said.
    The new unit is just one of several ad-
ditions and improvements in the center's
expansion program.
    For example, the center-affiliated Bare-
foot Bay Medical Park on Ron Beatty
Boulevard has been in operation for less
than a year but is attracting patients from
south Brevard and north Indian River
    There are several physicians in the fa-
cility, as well as other tenants, such as the
Monnett Eye Center; Rehab Management
Systems Inc., which provides rehabilitation
and physical-therapy services; Durable
Medical Equipment; and Barefoot Bay Di-
agnostic Imaging, an outpatient radiology
    The center also recently opened a new
outpatient services department for resi-
dents coming in for minor surgery, special
procedures and other services.
    SRMC, owned by Health Manage-
ment Associates, opened in 1974. The
133-bed facility is served by 135 doctors,
170 nurses and a staff of 335.
  It has eight intensive-care unit beds, 28
  progressive-care unit beds, 91 medical/
  surgical beds and six obstetrics beds.
      It has a 24-hour physician-staffed
  emergency department and four operating
      The hospital's therapeutic and diagnos-
  tic facilities include: an inpatient and day
  surgery center with laser services, MRI,
  Philips CT Scan, mammography, nuclear
  medicine, fluoroscopy, radiography and in-
  terventional procedures, non-invasive car-
  diology program, physical therapy, occu-
  pational therapy, speech therapy,
  respiratory therapy, maternity unit with
  birthing rooms, and laboratory and pathol-
  ogy services.

 Photo Caption
Raymond Sullivan, 80, of Barefoot Bay goes through his
morning rehabilitation with occupational therapy assistant
Alicia Cobb in Sebastian River Medical Center's
transitional-care unit.

Salon owner pins hopes on new location
Of The Sun

  Denise Watson is on the move
 with her beauty salon, Denise's
 Bobbi Pin, in hopes of attracting
 more customers and employees.
    After six years of being at 9925
 U.S. 1 in Sebastian, Watson moved
 her shop to 9438 U.S. 1 in the Peli-
 can Shoppes in Wabasso seven weeks
    "I wanted to upgrade. It's a
 plaza, it's better parking and it's a
 nicer building," Watson said.
    The new location has allowed
 her to remodel and improve her
 business. Her former shop was in a
 single building with little room for
 growth, she said.
    "It has brought more customers
 in and I want to get more help in or-
 der to get my business built up," the
 hairstylist said.
    Watson is the only employee at
 her business and can handle
 customers by appointment only. She
 said she's hoping with the eventual
 addition of two or three more em-
 ployees, Denise's Bobbi Pin will be
 able to handle walk-in trade.
      "I'm established and by myself. I
wanted to improve my place, but it's
getting tougher because l'm in a new
location and people just walk in. I
can't do that because I have an estab-
lished clientele. I wanted extended
growth, but I can't grow by myself,"
Watson said.
      While Watson struggles to stabi-
lize her business, she said she can't
see herself doing anything else. She's
been in the hairstyling business for
16 years and, despite having run her
own business for the last six years,
she still loves it.
      "I like the people and interacting
with people. I like making them look
nice and chit-chatting. It's like a sep-
arate family," said the 34-year-old
mother of two who fives in Palm
Bay with her family and husband,
      Since moving into the new loca-
tion in Wabasso, there has been one her business and that's an
independent contractor, , Marsha
Mortimer, a massage therapist. She
gives people massages in a room at
the shop three days a week and part
of her revenue goes back to Watson
for allowing her to operate at the
Wabasso location.
      "I work here and I also work in
Vero Beach. (Denise's Bobbi Pin)
gives me a chance to have more cli-
ents. It's totally different. You have
more elderly clients and I find them
more relaxed and they talk to you
more," Mortimer said.
      Mortimer has been in massage
therapy since 1995 after she received
her massage therapy certificate from
the now defunct Treasure Coast
Massage School in Vero Beach. She
was trained in elements of anatomy,
physiology and massage techniques
before being certified.
      Mortimer said she offers a
soft-sell approach to giving mas-
      "A lot of these people are hesi-
tant. I don't try to push it on them.
But, I say if you want to try it
here," she said.
      "So far I've done very well. The
people here are super nice," Mor-
timer said.
      The addition of the massage
therapist is a step in the right direc-
tion toward expansion, Watson said.
      "I've been successful but I'd like
to grow. It means that you've made
it beyond making it by yourself," she
    Meanwhile, Watson tries to
mind her business carefully while
trying to balance her family hfe. She
admits her family life sometimes suf-
    "I take one vacation every other
year. If I can get someone to work
for me or if I can talk my customers
into coming in on Friday, I can get a
long weekend," she said.
    Her customers come to her shop
from Barefoot Bay south to Vero
Beach and they keep her busy, espe-
ciary during the winter months
when snowbirds are in the area. But
in the summer, when things slow
down, that's when she finds more
time to spend with her family.
    Denise's Bobbi Pin is open from
9 a.m. to "when I'm finished," Tues-
day through Saturday, Watson said.

Photo Caption
Denise Watson, owner of Denise's Bobbi Pin beauty salon in
Wabasso, says she enjoys serving her loyal customers such
as Doris Zaug of Micco.

South Mainland Library director
thinks community is 'exceptional'
Drew Dixon

    David McMurrin has a back-
ground in library and information
sciences and says his job as director
of the Brevard County South
Mainland Library in Micco is a
perfect fit.
    "Doing this kind of work is very
fulfilling. When people talk about
information and libraries, they talk
about it as being abstract. But in-
formation     is   concrete,"      the
33-year-old McMurrin said.
       McMurrin arrived at the library
    in March to replace Camile John-
    son, who went on to become the
    director of the Central Brevard Li-
    brary and Reference Center in Co-
    coa. McMurrin was first hired as
    the interim director for the facility
    in Micco and eventually was hired
    as the permanent director in May.
       It was a move up after serving
    four years in a reference position at
    the North Brevard Library in Ti-
    tusville, where he still lives. But
    with the position developing at the
    library in Micco, he's happy to
    make the one-hour commute.
       "I can't imagine doing anything
    better. I think I'm very fortunate.
    The community around here is
    very exceptional," he said.
       The interest in libraries came rel-
    atively late for McMurrin.
       "If you would have told me I
    would have been a librarian (dur-
    ing college) I would have laughed.
    I was originally planning on being
    a meteorologist," he said.
       Why did he change his mind?
       "Basically, it had to do with a
    shift in thinking on my part to an
    interest in public service," he said.
       "I can help somebody and know
    right away that I helped them. But
    in meteorology, I can give a fore-
    cast and have to wait for the ef-
       McMurrin has always been a big
    reader and his love of books helped
    him develop his appreciation for li-
    brary sciences.
       But his undergraduate degree is
    in French literature, a choice that
    stems from his family's interest in
    France. He went to nursery school
    in France when his mother, Elea-
    nor McMurrin, was getting a mas-
    ter's degree in French education at
    the Sorbonne, a university in Paris.
       McMurrin returned to the
    United States, where his mother
    was a high-school French teacher
    for more than 30 years.
       But his toddler days weren't the
    only ones he spent in France. His
    mother became a chaperone for
    high-school students on field trips
    visiting France and he would go
    along with her. One year, as a
    summer job, he became a coun-
    selor at a summer camp for French
       While he's immersed in his li-
brary position, he realizes there may
be some perceived threats to the use-
fulness of libraries in the future with
the advent and continued popularity
of the Internet with computers. The
Internet essentially provides immedi-
ate access to World Wide Web sites
with all kinds of information avail-
    But McMurrin said that's simply
a perceived threat because the Inter-
net has become part of the library
    "Librarians will always be in the
space between information and peo-
ple. A librarian can tell what's good
and bad (on the Internet). just like
we've done with books, we're doing
with the Internet. It's not a threat,"
he said.
    In fact, McMurrin spends time
himself on the Internet and that al-
lows him to offer advice for people
coming in to use the Internet access
they offer at the South Mainland Li-
    When McMurrin isn't keeping
things in order at the library, he en-
joys reading at his home and is an
avid cook.
    "I often feel I can do a better job
than restaurants and I like creating. I
actually created two Thanksgiving
dinners this year," he said.
    Birthdate: Aug. 28, 1964.
    Birthplace: Lake Forest, 111.
    Education: Bachelor of arts in
French literature from the University
of Wisconsin, Madison. and a masters
degree in library and information sci-
ence from the University of Rhode
Island, Kingston.
    Family: Single.
    The best part of my job is: Us-
ing my knowledge to help other peo-
    What I like the least about my
job is: There's nothing I like least
about my job.
    The most recent movie I saw in
a theater was: "Men In Black."
    The book I'd recommend ev-
eryone to read is: Any book by
Robertson Davies.
    Of everyone in the world, the
 person I would most like to meet
 is: Peter Gabriel, the rock-n-roll art-
     My favorite food is: Bouilla-
    If I were going on a trip to the
moon, I would take along: A book
called "Everyday Zen," by Charlott
Joko Beck.
    When I was growing up, I al-
ways wanted to be: Happy.
    The person I admire the most
is: My father, Richard McMurrin.
    My proudest moment was: Be-
ing asked to return to France to be a
counselor. I was the only non-native
French speaker in the training pro-
    My favorite sports team is: Chi-
cago Bears.
    My favorite television show is:
"Home Improvement."
    On my last vacation, I visited:
    The first thing I do when I
wake up in the morning is: Hit the
snooze bar.
    The type of music I enjoy the
most is: Peter Gabriel.
    If I could do something over
again, I'd: Get more degrees in col-
    People who know me the best
know: My integrity.
    The most exciting time in my
life was: Right now.

   Photo Caption
   David McMurrin, director of the Brevard County South
   Mainland Library in Micco, says his ability to get
   information for people is the biggest satisfaction he
   has in his job.

Club members come from diverse backgrounds
   Of The Sun

   The Italian American Club of Se-
bastian has a membership as diverse
as the melting pot in this country
that Italians have been contributing
to for generations.
   "Most of the members are not
Italian. It became more of a univer-
sal club than just Italians. It's about
70 percent to 80 percent non-Ita-
lian" said Sal Insolera. He's been a
member of the club for 10 years,
producer of the club newsletter and
keeper of the club roster.
    "The Italian American Club of Se-
bastian used to be limited those de-
scended from Italians only, including
their non-Italian spouses. But in the
last five years, that all changed and
anybody was welcomed into the club
if they were willing to pay the $20
annual club dues, Insolera said.
    "It's unbelievable. We're cer-
tainly meeting a lot of people. It's
kind of nice. In a way, we're not so
narrow-minded and insular. We had
a much smaller club and survival
might have been a problem" if num-
bers continued to be limited, he said.
    But since allowing anyone into
the Italian American fold, the club
has flourished. There are now more
than 560 members, said Josephine
Sciarratta, president of the club.
Many of those members turn out to
the regular monthly meeting the
third Monday of each month, 7 p.m.
at the Italian American hall, 250
County Road 512.
    That's when the club takes on its
true new form.
    "It's more than a cultural meet-
ing. It's people meeting people," Sci-
arratta said.
    The addition of new blood in the
membership has also caused a shift
in the demographic makeup of the
club. It's much younger than it used
to be.
    "It's from 21 years old and up.
But the averalye age is 35 to 40. It's a
good age group," Sciarratta said.
    That's also an improvement over
the way the club was run when it
was limited only to Italian Ameri-
cans, Insolera said. He said many of
the older members were steeped in
tradition and that limited diversity in
the club.
    "When you have people with dif-
ferent backgrounds, it allows you to
be more American. It should be
called the American Italian Club,"
Insolera said.
     Even with the club's wide-open
  approach to membership, Sciarratta
  said, it can't be forgotten what
  brought the club into existence, and
  that is heritage.
     "The tradition part of it would
  come under the family part of it. If
  you don't know where you come
  from, how can you know where
  you're going?" she said.
     That thought shouldn't limit
  membership though, Insolera said.
     "What are we afraid of losing?
  Ethnicity is in your heart, not the
  number of people in your club,' he
     And the way to any Italian Ameri-
  can's heart in Sebastian is through
  good food, of course. To help build
  membership and provide a good
  meal, the club offers an all-you-
  can-eat pasta and pizza night every
  Tuesday and a fish fry every Friday.
  Both run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a
  nominal charge. Both dinners are
  held at the club hall.
     There's also a social night at the
  club hall on the first Monday of each
  month beginning at 6 p.m.
     When -the club members aren't
  busy socializing, they often are busy
  raising funds for scholarships to go
  to local high-school students. Sciar-
  ratta said five scholarships are
  awarded to Sebastian Rive@ High
  School students to help pay for
  books in college or other expenses
  while attending college.
     The scholarship recipients do not
  have to be Italian and the decision to
  award the scholarships is made by a
  club committee.

 Photo Caption
 Ken Gregory and Josephine Sciarratta fry up some battered
fish recently before the Italian American Club's weekly
fish fry.

SRHS senior finds niche with Panthers
Of The Sun

    A family steeped in Sebastian
Panther youth football tradition has
Kristin Zaleuke feeling proud she's
helped the cause.
    Zaleuke, a 16-year-old senior at
Sebastian River High School, just
finished her fourth year as a coach of
the Panther youth cheerleading
squad for 10- and 11-year-old girls.
Her volunteer work with the girls
follows the pattern of her father,
George, who's been a Panther boys'
football coach for years and is the
coordinator for the entire youth
football program in Sebastian. Her
10-year-old brother, Michael, plays
on the team.
    "My dad's always been coaching
and I've always been cheering. So, I
wanted to coach," Zaleuke said.
    She started out as a cheerleader
for the youth-footbafl league when
she was in elementary school. She
kept cheering through middle school
and continued to cheer through high
school, where she was the captain of
the varsity football cheerleading
squad at SRHS this year.
    But it was four years ago when
she became a coach for youth-foot-
ball cheerleading. She began as an
assistant coach and quickly worked
her way toward head coach.
    While she enjoys cheering, it's
teaching young girls the techniques
of cheering that excites Zaleuke.
    "I enjoy working with the kids. I
think I've done a lot. They respect
me a lot and when they come to Fri-
day night football games (for the
SRHS Sharks), they see what I'm
teaching them," she said.
    "It's been very rewarding and
  I'm a role model. I guess when you
  first get (the girls), they don't have a
  lot of self-confidence. This is a good
  way to let them open up," Zaleuke
      That confidence helps add to the
  whole football experience for the
  youth team players, too.
      "If the girls aren't at a game, the
  boys ask where they are. It adds to
  the whole excitement of the football
  game," Zaleuke said.
      But the real payoff for her young
  cheerleading squad is competition
with other squads. The 20 cheerlead-
ers for the Panthers competed
against six teams from the surround-
ing area Nov. 16 at Palm Bay High
School in the Youth Football and
Cheerleading Associafion meet. The
Sebastian Panthers cheerleaders took
first place.
    "When they compete and know
they achieve something, that's the
most rewarding. The girls enjoy it,"
she said.
    But competition also can be in-
tense and that's when Zaleuke said
she had to use her coaching skills the
    "It's a lot of pressure because
they set their sights on competition
at the end of the season. You've got
to calm them down. They get
worked up and I try to tell them to
relax and have fun and then, a lot of
them felt confident," she said.
    It seemed to work and Zaleuke
said it was rewarding to get the
first-place trophy for the competition
in her last year of coaching.
    "It felt good to go out that way.
I knew it was my last year coaching
for now," she said.
    It was also a reward for a lot of
hard work. While Zaleuke was cap-
tain of her high-school football
cheerleading squad, she often would
spend two to three hours after her
practice to coach the young girls.
That usually happened three or four
days a week.
    "Sometimes, I wouldn't get
home until 9 o'clock at night," she
    Now that the season is over, Za-
leuke is concentrating on her studies
and getting into college. She's al-
ready applied for admission at Van-
derbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
She hopes to find out if she's been
accepted by the end of the month.
    Meanwhile, she's gearing up for
lacrosse season at SRHS. She's a var-
sity center and the season begins in
January. She's hoping her lacrosse
skills will be utilized at Vanderbilt.
She said she has no plans to cheer in
college for now, but she may return
to coaching someday after she grad-
uates from a university.

Photo Caption
Kristin Zaleuke said as a coach, she always was willing to
help equip the cheerleaders for the Sebastian Panthers
football teams.

Sebastian woman helps others wtach their weight
By Margarte Miquelon

   Trish Rodriguez was personnel
manager at the State University of
New York at Stony Brook. She was
in a fast-paced environment that
seethed to keep her going morning,
noon and night.
     Her husband, John, was super-
visor of the Youth Opportunity Pro-
gram in the Office Of Mental
Health for more than 30 years. They
both retired in 1990, moved to Se-
bastian, built a home and started a
new life here.
     Trish joined clubs, was an offi-
cer in the Welcome Wagon club of
Sebastian, grew plants, became a
member of a craft group, joined the
Sebastian Fishing Club and ate out a
     Trish is a mere 5 feet, 1 inch tall.
She had lost 28 pounds in a group
called Weight Watchers up North.
She thought she could maintain that
loss easily enough by watching what
she ate when she moved down here.
After she had been here a while, she
found that "her jeans had shrunk be-
cause of the humidity in the clos-
      Realization hit that it was all the
cocktail parties, luncheons and so-
cializing with friends and neighbors
that she had "retired to." She was a
lifetime member of WW - not
Welcome Wagon, but Weight
Watchers. On lifetime status, you
need to get to goal weight, which
she had; maintain it for six weeks,
which she had before she move
here; and weigh in once per month.
She didn't have to pay because of
this, so she went back to Weight
Watchers, followed its plan and got
back down to her goal weight.
      After she diligently went to the
meetings for five or six months,
Weight Watchers officials ap-
proached her to see if she would be
interested in being a lecturer at the
meetings at the Sebastia Methodist
Church. She decided to do it, went
to West Palm Beach for extensive
training, and still goes back for
monthly staff meetings.
    She started out with 15 ladies
and now the group has grown to 30.
Trish has developed her own style,
makes her own flip charts and props,
and uses her own ingenuity in pro-
moting weight loss. Her class mem-
bers have become her friends and are
a very close-knit group. She goes to
the toy section at WalMart to buy
kids' plastic vegetables and fruits
props to illustrate her lectures, which
run about 30 minutes. She makes
clever awards for weight losers and
talks about recipes and the new point
system of the Weight Watchers pro-
    Trish practices her cooking on
John and the many guests they have
visiting there much of the time. In
fact, we have accused her of running
a bed and breakfast, for so many
friends and relatives come to see
them. She and John are wonderful
hosts so, of course, people love to
visit them. She experiments with
low-fat meals that are tasty and
shares the recipes with her classes.
Just recently, she started a class in
Barefoot Bay in addition to the one
in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
    I asked her if she has men in her
classes and she said the classes are
definitely open to men and are pro-
grammed to both, as well as children
older than age 10. They will not take
pregnant women in the program.
Anyone who is visiting here is
invited to attend. Trish is assisted by
Doris Robbins, who has been with
the program for six years. She takes
the money, does all the paperwork,
and keeps a store of the books and
scales, etc.
    The new Weight Watchers pro-
gram takes the guesswork and neg-
ativity out of dieting. Every food has
a point value. Every person has a da-
ily point range. A member can focus
on foods she or he likes most. Reci-
pes are formulated to the new
points. And the price has been low-
    Trish loves her work and no
longer has sleepless nights. The
groups laugh and cry together and
share triumphs and failures. Trish, as
leader, must empathize and give sup-
port and direction. She also has to
maintain her weight goal, too. She
has to think fast on her feet and at
times really "wing it." Sometimes
she dresses in special costumes for
special days and sometimes the
members of the classes do too.
    In this day and age, weight is an
important part of our lives. Doctors
emphasize the importance of fat-free
foods and low weights. It is really an
oddity if a person has to gain weight.
But the whole attitude toward
weight loss has changed in the past
few years and it seems more pleasant
and more motivated. It is completely
up to the participant as to how much
and how they lose. But sometimes,
we need the kind of loving care Trish
Rodriguez gives to her students to
be success in taking those pesky
pounds off.

Photo Caption
Trish Rodriguez is a leader in the Weight Watcher programs
in Sebastian and Barefoot Bay.

Van program ready to roll in Micco area
By Richard Higgins

    Thirty-one neighbors living in
Brevard County's South Mainland
area volunteered to drive a county-
supplied 15-passenger van scheduled
to begin running in January or Feb-
    Familiarization drives of the ve-
hicle soon will be provided for all
drivers. The van was on display at
Barefoot Bay Dec. 17. Organizers
plan a pool of 50 drivers and are
urging citizens from throughout the
South Mainland area who can spare
four hours a month and have a nor-
mal driver's license to enroll.
    The dual-purpose program will
provide transportation for veterans
to the Palm Bay Department of Vet-
erans Affairs Clinic and, beginning in
November 1998, to the new VA
Clinic to be built in Viera, just be-
yond left field of Marlins' stadium.
The second purpose is to provide
public transportation for all local res-
idents from collection points in the
area to medical and shopping facili-
    The following names now appear
on the South Mainland Van Drive
Honor Roll:
    Warren Auer, Al Babecki, John
Baker, Keith Blomgren, Frank Ceck-
owski, Willis Haberle, Arline Cow-
er, Ted Darash, Jim Dent, Carlyl
Engel, William Enrico, Ralph Gil-
luzzo, Eleanor Gardner, Eric Gard-
net, Richard Higgins.
    Also, Judy Howard, Bill Hulsart,
John Kavlorkian, Charles Koch, Ray
Kornbrath, Ed Layton, Charles Me-
scrole, Ardith Miles, Tom Miles, Ed
Mitchell, Jack Osborn, Anthony Pri-
ore, Junia Pruden, Peter Rybinski,
Rene Smith and Norman Turner.
    Additional volunteers may enroll
by calling 664-7029 or 664-5502.
    If you get a thrill from hearing
sonic booms, put in your book that
the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will
perform at MacDill Field near
Tampa April 18-19. For 41 years,
the Thunderbirds have been showing
America its Air Force, displaying
their talent in every state and 56
countries around the world. It's all
yours, for free, if you make the
four-hour trip to Tampa.
    For those who retired after at
least 20 years of service in the armed
forces and are eligible for Medicare,
there is news. There is also news for
all other veterans, career or non-ca-
reer, because Congress decided the
Department of Defense should be
first to test the feasibility of Medicare
subvention. Subvention is a coined
term for the use of Medicare funds
to partially pay for medical services
at a Department of Defense Military
Medical Treatment Facility. Depend-
ing on the success of this experiment
with military people, Congress will
probably pass a similar bill, now be-
fore the House of Representatives,
that allows subvention to be applied
to treatment in Veterans Affairs
medical facilities.
    The Secretary of Defense and the
Administrator of the Health Care Fi-
nancing Administration will select
six demonstration sites soon.
    One of the triumphs of the
105th Congress was the passing of a
law requiring Medicare to get started
in preventive medicine. This is ex-
pected to reduce the cost of medical
care for those age 65 and older or
who are for some other reason eli-
gible for Medicare coverage. The
Health Care Financing Administra-
tion, which runs Medicare, just an-
nounced, "Medicare is adding these
benefits, effective Jan. 1, to help you
to stay healthy."
  New benefits for women include
yearly mammograms and pap
smears, including pelvic and breast
examination. No part B deductible
will apply.
  Benefits for people with diabetes
include diabetes glucose monitoring
and diabetes education.
  Everyone eligible for Medicare
will receive the benefits of colorectal
cancer screening, bone mass mea-
surement and flu and pneumococcal
pneumonia shots for which Medicare
pays 100 percent.

Week In Review

Residents may tune in
cable service changes

     Cable services for Sebastian resi-
 dents may begin changing with the
 start of the new year.
     Sebastian City Council is ex-
 pected to hold a workshop next
 month on its proposed telecommu-
 nications ordinance, which may re-
 sult in the document being ap-
 proved in early 1998.
     Once that ordinance is ap-
 proved, City Manager Thomas
 Frame said, city staff can begin fi-
 nalizing a franchise agreement with
 Falcon Cable TV.
     In the meantime, representatives
 from a potential competitor, Cable
 Direct Systems of Altamonte
 Springs, are closing in on financing
 a new cable franchise in Sebastian,
 owner George Shields said. Once
 the financing is in place, representa-
 tives plan to begin surveying resi-
 dents early next year to see what
 kind of cable service they would like
 and at what price.
    The company may set up an of-
fice for residents to visit while others
may be surveyed at their homes, he
    "We're moving progressively
forward," he said.
    Frame said Dec. 11 he planned
to ask council to hold a workshop
Jan. 7 to discuss the ordinance. It
would set requirements for all tele-
communications companies within
the city, including cable and phone
    Also, Frame said he'll ask council
for the ninth 60-day extension of
Falcon's franchise agreement, which
expired Sept. 23, 1996. The currently
extension, granted last month, ex-
pires Jan. 9 and Frame said he
wanted to have the franchise ex-
tended before the workshop.
    Once council dissects the ordi-
nance at the workshop, Frame said
he hopes to bring it to public hear-
ing and get it approved. City staff
hasn't been in any particular rush to
complete the document because offi-
cials wanted to make sure they got
everything right, he said.
    Ken Vickers, Falcon's regional
manager, said the company wanted
to see the ordinance finalized.
    "We're certainly anxious and
we'd like to see it move as quickly as
possible," he said.
    Frame said after listening to resi-
dents of Sebastian air concerns about
cable service, he would be interested
in making sure a timetable was put
in the agreement for Falcon to com-
plete its proposed upgrades.
    He said he also has considered
putting in service requirements and
possibly designating an education
channel for the Indian River County
School District.
    Frame said there also would
have to be discussions about the
length of Falcon's agreement. The
more Falcon invests in the service,
the longer they will want to have a
franchise agreement, he said.

Brevard schools refuse
to touch reserve
  VIERA - A last-ditch effort at
compromise on a contentious tea-
chers' pay battle proposed by Bre-
vard County School Board member
Rich Wilson fell short Dec. 10 as his
colleagues held firm on a 2 percent
increase for this year.
     Wilson, who represents South
Brevard County, proposed upping
the raise to 3 percent, the amount
recommended by an arbitrator and
offered by the School Board, using
money from Brevard County School
District's reserve fund.
     But the other four members of
the board balked, accepting Schools
Superintendent David Sawyer's ad-
vice to reject the arbitrator's decision
and vowing not to touch the reserve
     "I just don't think we have the
money," board member Fran Pickett
     The decision was a devastating
blow to teachers, Brevard Federation
of Teachers President Fran Baer
     "I think this is not a good day
for teachers and children in the
county," she said. "It will affect our
ability to hire and keep the best tea-
     Before the vote, Jesse S. Hogg, a
Coral Gables attorney representing
Sawyer, told board members the
raise issue boils down to the same
factors that govern people's check-
     "It's basically a simple issue -
do you have the money?" Hogg
said. "In layman's terms, if you write
the check, it'll bounce."
     But the amount of extra money
needed for the 3 percent raise is rela-
tively small, $1.4 million, Baer said,
and would send a strong signal of
support to teachers.
     The decision ended
back-and-forth negotiations going
on between the sides since July,
when teachers asked for a 4 percent
raise, but were offered 2 percent.
They squabbled for months, with
the union agreeing to a 2 percent
raise only if it was followed by a
more substantial increase in the sec-
ond year of the two-year contract.
     When the district offered 3 per-
 cent, the issue went to a special mas-
 ter, education's version of an arbitra-
 tor, who resolved 10 of 13 issues.
     The board took up the other
 three, including the raise, a dispute
 over working half-days when stu-
 dents were off and a squabble over
 health-care premiums, on Dec. 10.
     They compromised on the
 half-day issue, which centered
 around the fact teachers are paid for
 full days on days they are in-service
 and are allowed to leave after four
     The board recognized it pays
 teachers for a total of 85 hours a
 year that essentially they do not have
 to work, so it deemed them to be
 used for planning at the teachers'
     The board voted unanimously to
 designate those hours for teacher
 planning, to be used at the teachers'
     In the final issue, the board
 voted 4-1, again with Wilson dis-
 senting, to reject the union's request
 the School District pay the extra cost
 for teachers to join a preferred-pro-
 vider insurance plan instead of the
 district's standard Health Mainte-
 nance Organization.

Micco homeowners
candidates elected

    There were no big surprises dur-
ing the Micco Homeowners Associa-
tion elections Dec. 18.
    All of the candidates nominated
by the Nominating Committee were
accepted as proposed since there
were no other nominations from the
floor that night. Each of the board
members will serve a one-year term.
    Elected for his third term as
president was Ed Arens, who has
been a Micco resident for 27 vears.
    Ann Nelson was elected vice
president. She will replace Wally
Kramer, who did not run for an-
other term. Nelson has served as a
director on the board for the past
two years.
    Re-elected as secretary was Mike
Cunningham. This will be his third
term in office. Cunningham also
chairs the Legislative Committee and
is editor and publisher of the associa-
tion's newsletter, The Chief.
    Ken Black will serve his second
year as treasurer. Before becoming
treasurer, Black served as the associa-
tion's vice president for one year.
    Those elected as board directors
were: Phyllis McCullers, Gene
Gwynn, Ron Beatty, Helen Gustaf-
son and Flo Canham, who is also
president of the Barefoot Bay
Homeowners Association.
    "I think we've accomplished
many things in the last three years,
and we hope to complete many
more," Arens said, referring to work
on the South Mainland Community
Center and van service for South
Brevard County residents, among
other things.
    In other business, Jeanne Os-
borne, chairwoman of the South
Mainland Citizens Advisory Com-
mittee, said County Manager Tom
Jenkins is working with the ar-
chitects of the community center to
make sure the project will come in
under budget. The county has allo-
cated about $508,400 in Commu-
nity Development Block Grant mon-
ey for the project.
    Black mentioned he has been at-
tending Brevard County School
Board meetings to see what can be
done about building a school in the
south end of the county. He said
school officials told him there isn't
any money for a new school, or
enough students to merit building a
new school. But Black said if stu-
dents can be bused to Palm Bay, stu-
dents also could be bused to a school
either in Micco or Grant.
All but two have left
mobile home park

     Almost all the residents of Sebas-
 tian Mobile Home Park have moved
 out several months ahead of sched-
 ule, as its owners continue to try and
sell the location.
    All but two of the residents are
gone, according to Realtor Chuck
Cunningham, who is selling the
riverfront property for Good Guys
Inc., the Vero Beach company that
owns it.
    The mobile homes are slowly be-
ing moved, and by early next year
the land at 516 Indian River Drive
should be vacant, Cunningham said,
but a moratorium on building in the
city's riverfront district - while a
special development plan is finalized,
- is hampering a sale.
    "Obviously, we're still anxious to
sell it," Cunningham said. "We're all
kind of waiting to see what the result
of the moratorium is."
    Good Guys officials ordered all
the residents out by March 1 after
the Indian River County Health De-
partment told them they would have
to pay to fix the septic system servic-
ing the 13 mobile homes in the park
to keep it open.
    While many of the homes are
gone, several empty ones remain be-
cause they were too dilapidated to
move, Cunningham said.
    Good Guys has been buying
most of the mobile homes from their
owners as they moved and had them
hauled away, he said.
    One way the company is at-
tempting to make the property more
attractive to buyers is a permit appli-
cation submitted by Executive Vice
President Luciano Cortese and re-
cently received by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.
    It asks for renewal of an old per-
mit allowing a sweeping renovation
of the park's run-down dock and
boat slips, Cunningham said, and of-
ficials filed the renewal to ensure it
still has the right for that devel-
    "He's just trying to keep the per-
mit alive by resubmitting," Cunning-
ham said.
    If the permit is renewed, it will
allow the owner to double the num-
ber of boat slips to 64, lengthen the
dock to 502 feet and construct a sec-
ond dock to the south 450 feet in
    There are no plans to carry out
the renovation before selling the
property, he said, and Sebastian
building officials have not received
any permit requests for such a pro-
    Cunningham said he receives
about four calls a week about the
property, but buyers have been
squeamish because of the pending
riverfront plan, which is proposed to
limit architecture, landscaping and
other building characteristics.
    While most of the plan, which is
intended to create an Old Florida
fishing-village theme, is not a prob-
lem, debate over building height
may become an issue, Cunningham
    For example, one potential
buyer wanted to put an office build-
ing on the site, but expressed con-
cern the restrictions would limit it to
one story, Cunningham said.
    The evacuation of the park is a
good opportunity to have the prop-
erty developed in a positive way,
Community Development Director
Bob Massarelli said.
    "There's an opportunity now for
whatever goes in there and replaces
it to be consistent with the riverfront
plan," he said.
    Good Guys is asking $660,000
for the property.

TCI plans increase
in Barefoot Bay

    Officials with TCI Cablevision
plan to increase rates in Barefoot
Bay next year.
    Starting Jan. 1, customers in
Barefoot Bay will see an increase in
basic and expanded service rates.
    Residents receiving the basic ser-
vice, which includes channels 2
through 22, will see their monthly
bills increase by 17 cents. Rates will
go from $11.48 to $11.65, a 1.48
percent increase. Not included in the
basic rates are premium channels
HBO, Cinemax, Star Encore and
     For those residents who receive
 the expanded basic service, which in-
 cludes channels 23 through 42, their
 rates will increase by 62 cents from
 $12.77 to $13.39. That's a 4.86 per-
 cent increase. The expanded service
 includes channels such as Lifetime
 and the Disney Channel.
     "This is a pretty modest rate in-
 crease ... It has been held in line as
 much as possible," said James
 Foody, general manager of TCI Ca-
 blevision of the Treasure Coast,
 which covers St. Lucie and Indian
 River counties and Barefoot Bay.
     Residents who get both the basic
 and expanded services will pay 79
 cents more, increasing their bills
 from $24.25 to $25.04, an overall
 increase of 3.62 percent, said Foody.
     Rates for the premium channels
 will not go up.
     An increase in programming
 costs and inflation are among the
 reasons for the rate increase, Foody
     "Programming just keeps getting
 more expensive, and I'm not sure
 where the end is on this," he said.
     The last rate increase for Bare-
 foot Bay residents occurred in Janu-
 ary, when the basic rate went from
 $10.82 to $11.48, and the expanded
 service rate went from $11.87 to
     Foody said the increase in rates
 is in compliance with Federal Com-
 munications Commission rules and
 regulations governing rates.
     Three months ago, TCI an-
 nounced it had signed a letter of in-
 tent with Time Warner to expand
 one of their partnerships and ex-
change TCI's systems in Pasco and
Pinellas counties, Barefoot Bay and
other areas, for Time Warner sys-
tems in Chicago, New Jersey and
    The negotiations look positive,
said Michael Luftman, vice resident
of Time Warner Cable. He said if
and when the exchange occurs, there
won't be any immediate changes.
    However, ultimately, the com-
pany will upgrade its system and add
new services, which also could trans-
late into an increase in rates, Luft-
man said.
  Foody said he doesn't expect the
exchange to occur until the end of
next year.

Judge sets Hodges'
murder trial date

   A circuit judge Dec. 12 set a de-
finitive trial date for accused mur-
deter Choya Hodges and gave his at-
torney permission to hire a private
investigator and a medical examiner
to evaluate Ann Marie Fischer's
cause of death.
   Hodges, who could face the death
penalty if he's convicted of killing his
76-year-old neighbor this spring, is
scheduled for trial May 11.
   Circuit Judge Robert Hawley re-
served a week for the trial and, if
Hodges is convicted, two additional
days for the penalty phase, when ju-
rors would consider whether the
19-year-old should die for the crime.
   The judge put a $2,500 cap on
the amount attorney Bob Stone can
spend on a private investigator to as-
sist in formulating a defense in the
case. Hawley also granted Stone's re-
quest to hire a pathologist to review
the findings of the medical examiner.
   Hodges was eligible for a public
defender, although his family chose
to hire a private attorney. But his in-
digency made him eligible to have
Indian River County pick up the
cost of certain expenses, such as
investigators and experts.
   Sebastian police say Hodges con-
fessed to strangling Fischer, who al-
legedly caught Hodges rummaging
through her purse.
   Hodges was at Fischer's 949
Schumann Drive house to pick up a
package from her for his mother,
who was Fischer's housekeeper, po-
lice said. Hodges, a wrestling stand-
out at Sebastian River High School,
had done odd jobs for Fischer.
   Police said they found Fischer's
jewelry in Hodges' bedroom, and
the teen-ager initially told police that
Fischer fell and he tried to feel for a
pulse on her neck.
   A grand jury indicted Hodges in
June, and state prosecuters the fol-
lowing month announced they
would seek the death penalty if
Hodges were convicted.
   Hawley also scheduled a status
conference in the case for Jan. 30.

     Photo Caption
     NEEDY CHILDREN will be the big recipients of a Toys
     For Tots drive by the Sebastian Elks Lodge 2714.
     At left, Phoebe Ladner, vice president of the lodge's
     EL-DOEs and chairwoman of the lodge's annual Toys for
     Tots drive, and Gladys Manis, EL-DOEs president, look
     at some of the items before thy're delivered to the

Photo Caption
KATHI SUMMERFIELD AND HER SON put the final trimmings on
the Christmas tree on Dec. 14, settling in for a pleasant
yuletide season at their Roseland home before it was
destroyed by a fire that ripped through the house. At
about 3:30 p.m., smoke started billowing from a hallway at
the 7615 130th St. home, she said. The house, which was a
mobile home with an addition, was quickly destroyed. "The
first (fire) engine on the scene reported that about three-
quarters of the house was on fire," said Fire Battalion
Chief Ernest McCloud. "They stopped it where they could,
but it was pretty well demolished." It took seven fire
units to bring the blaze under control in about a half hour,
McCloud said. Crews were on the scene for cleanup and
salvage for several hours. No one was injured in the blaze.
Local briefs

British Heritage Club
to celebrate New Year

     Members of the British Heritage
Club are invited to a New Year's Eve
party Dec. 31 at building D&E,
Barefoot Bay, starting at 8 p.m. A
late supper, live band, prizes, favors
and fun are planned. For seating or
tickets, call 664-1390.

Baptist Church
presenting cantata

     The choir of First Baptist
Church of Barefoot Bay, under the
direction of Kathy Camillo, will pre-
sent its annual Christmas Cantata,
"Christmas -- A Time for Sing-
ing," created and arranged by
Marty Parks, at 7 p.m. Dec-21.
  There is no admission fee. The
church is at 303 Barefoot Blvd.
  For more information, call the
church at 664-1040,

Children's theater
launches fund-raiser

     Riverside Children's Theatre an-
nounces a fund-raising campaign for
the Anne Morton Theatre, the new
addition to the Agnes Wahlstrom
Youth Playhouse scheduled to open
next summer.
     The campaign is offering the op-
portunity to purchase brass chair
plaques in the new state-of-the-art,
300-seat theater and could be used
to honor a former or current RCT
student, special supporter of the arts
or a star in the making.
     The commemorative plaques are
 priced at $350 each.
     "We're interested in contacting
 former participants in our pro-
grams," said Kathy Cigala, chairman
of RCT. "It's a wonderful chance to
recognize children who have been
involved in our classes, summer
camps and local productions."
    The campaign borrowed its
theme from the story of "Goldilocks
and the Three Bears" an encourages
donors to find a seat that's "just
right." Each solid brass plaque pro-
vides two lines of 25 characters each
that will be placed on the uphol-
stered seats of the new Anne Morton
    For more information, call RCT
at 234-8052.

Sebastian Lions
awarding scholarship

    Sebastian Lions Club's board of
directors announce business con-
ducted at its last meeting.
    The club expressed gratitude to
Lions Cindy Anderson, Jerry Os-
mundson, Jerry   Kennett, Jack
Hawkins, Steve Cartwright and John
Ellis for their efforts on behalf of
Santa Claus' Workshop at Winter
Wonderland in Riverview Park.
    A committee of John Ellis, Jean
Crandall and Neal Henderson was
formed to seek the Sebastian River
High School scholarship winner of
1998. The student will receive a
$1,000 scholarship for the college of
her or his choice.
    Jim Sandmeyer will be in charge
of the election of officers for 1998.
    Dot Judah (committee member)
of the Citizens' Advisory Committee
for the Sebastian post office, was
presented $50 for the post office to
continue its "Letter to Santa Claus"
program for children in the Sebas-
tian area.
    The Jan. 2 meeting will be can-
celed due to New Year's. The Feb. 6
meeting will be canceled to enable
members to travel to the Lions Chil-
dren Camp for Handicapped on Feb.
7. The camp will host about 300
members for games. All money col-
 lected goes to the camp's administra-

Chamber gives
awards to sailors

    Top boat decorators in Santa's
Sail-In and best displays for Winter
Wonderland were announced Dec. 9
by the Sebastian Chamber of Com-
    During Santa's Sail-In on Dec. 5,
about 16 boats participated in a
bright parade of lights on the Indian
River escorting Santa Claus to his
chair at Winter Wonderland so he
could hear children's wish lists.
    Winter Wonderland at Riverview
Park continues until after Christmas
and features holiday displays deco-
rated by local businesses using the
"home for the holidays" theme.
    Display winners of Winter Won-
derland were:
    Best overall, Highlands Animal
Hospital; most creative, Sebastian
River Medical Center; best commer-
cial, Tomlinson Tile; and best
theme, 5 Star Pool.
    Judges for the event were stu-
dents from Sebastian Private School.
    Santa Sail-In winners were:
    * Best theme: First place, Craig
Monteleone, owner of boat Playing
Reel Hard; second, Don McKay,
owner of Bonnie Mac Too; and
third, Karl Lazzeri, owner of Rogue
    * Most elaborate: first, Monte-
leone; second, Joann Howard,
owner of River Queen; and third,
    * Most humorous: first, Laz-
zeri; second, Andre Hoh, owner of
All in the Family; and third, Ken
Miller, owner of Joy Sea.
    * Most traditional: first, Sebas-
tian Parasail, owner of Sky's the
Limit; second, Monteleone; and
third, McKay.
    Plaques and award certificates
for winners of both events will be
presented at the chamber's luncheon
Tuesday at Capt. Hiram's Tiffany

Brevard's Sawyer
tops in state

Brevard County Schools Super-
intendant David Sawyer has been
recognized by his peers as the best in
the state this year.
    The four-year head of the district
was named Superintendent of the
Year by the Florida Association of
School Superintendents last week.
    He will move on to vie for the ti-
tle of National Superintendent of the
Year against winners from other
states in a competition sponsored by
the American Association of School
    A winner will be announced at
the end of February.
    The nomination, completed by
School Board Chairman William
Powell and Vice Chairwoman Fran
Pickett, cited Sawyer's accomplish-
ments in efficiency, instructional im-
provements and professional devel-
    It also said he has made impres-
sive strides since taking the helm of a
district "teetering on the brink" fi-
nancially with capital programs "in
complete disarray'in 1994.

Here's list of holiday wishes
By Bill Valyo

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa
    But there are many Santa's help-
ers out there who see to it that the
"big fat man with the long white
beard" doesn't have a nervous break-
down getting presents for everyone
for that one big day.
    Since it will be Christmas on
Thursday, this writer has gotten to-
gether a list of things to be given out
via this column to some of the sports
people in the Sebastian area.
    To the Sebastian River High
School football team, a packed sta-
dium for each home game in 1998.
 A couple of wins early in the sched-
 ule will ensure it.
     To Matt Sims of the Vero Bea-
 ch-Indian River County Recreation
 Department, more help to get all
 those new programs off the ground.
 A time-management book also
 would help.
     To Bill McCarthy, coach of the
 Sebastian River Middle School's
 girls' basketball team, 10 buses full
 of fans to watch his great team win
 the district championship at Stuart
 this season.
     To Dave Underill, the triathlon
 optometrist, a case of shark repellent
 to be used when he enters his next
 race that requires swimming a few
 miles in the ocean.
     To the golfing guru of Monday
 mornings, Tom (Wojo) Wojcie-
 chowski, a new book to read, "Mon-
 day Night Football Highlights," just
 to prove other things do go on that
     To each member of the newly
 formed Sebastian Recreation Com-
 mittee, two new sets of ears and
 plenty of aspirin. That job can be
 ranked right up there with training
 for the Navy Seals.
     To John McManus of the Sebas-
 tian Friendly Tennis Group, a lar-
 ger-than-life scheduling board to be
 used by players when they request
 future times on the courts.
     To the SOB's (Sebastian Old
 Boys) softball players, better playing
 conditions at the ballpark and less
 sun in the eyes. It's tough enough to
 lace up the shoes early each morning.
     To the group of Sebastian golfers
 who play the Vista Plantation course
 each week, boxes of golf balls that
     To all the sports people in and
 around Sebastian, a safe and happy
 holiday and hopes that all your
 sporting activities in 1998 are per-
 sonal record setters.
Sebastian Cyclones soccer team
nets trophy at holiday tournament
Of The Sun

     Everyone who plays soccer plays
for fun. But for some, the fun just
isn't enough.
     That's why early this year, the
Sebastian Soccer Association added
its first competitive team to the pro-
gram: the 13-and-under, coed Sebas-
tian Cyclones.
     Within a year of its creation, the
Cyclones did something no associa-
tion team has ever done - it
brought home a tournament trophy.
     The - Nov. 28-30 Greater Mel-
boume Holiday Challenge offered
the Cyclones one last chance to meet
its arch rival, the Melbourne Jaguars,
to end the fall season on a strong
     The 15-member team met the
challenge, bearing the Jaguars 1-0 to
get to the semifinals and then ad-
vancing to the finals to bring home a
second-place trophy.
     "I was really happy that we got
second place because I didn't think
we were going to get that far, but we
did," starting forward Holly Amato
     At the beginning of this year's
spring season, just 18 children
showed up for tryouts. All made the
team because 18 youngsters were
needed to fill out the roster.
     When this year's summer season
opened, many more players came
out for the team, allowing coaches
Todd Goude, Terry Schwartz and
Paul Sfzarz to pick and choose
among the best of the best.
     This time, the coaches chose a
smaller, more manageable
15-member roster that helped the
Cylones to a 5-4-1 fall season record.
     "(A competition team) was really
hard to get started," head Coach
  Todd Goude said. "When we came
  out, we had 18 kids try out the first
  season and we took 18 kids. This
  year, we had 24 kids try out. They're
  seeing the fun our kids are having
and they're coming and saying, we
want to play.'"
    Practicing two to three times a
week, competing with other Brevard
Youth Soccer League teams from
Vero Beach to Cocoa and traveling
to tournaments every month, has
helped the team improve dramati-
    "We went from playing kickball
to playing soccer," Goude said.
"That's how much they've pro-
    The competitive circuit isn't for
everyone. Practice is intense, condi-
tioning drills are arduous and to get
time on the field during games, play-
ers must prove their worthiness dur-
ing every practice.
    "We do a lot of extra running
and there's no play time here,"
Goude said. "You come here, you're
serious. We do have a good time,
but when they come out here to
practice, they come to practice."
    So the competition team is really
for players who are intent upon play-
ing competitively in middle and high
school. Like many sports today, ath-
letes must play soccer year-round.
    The Cyclones offers youngsters a
chance to continue soccer during the
school soccer off-season.
    Many school coaches encourage
their players to continue playing dur-
ing the off months in order to keep
at the top of their games.
    "When (the Sebastian Soccer As-
sociation) started, our main goal was
to be a feeder group to the schools,"
assistant Coach Terry Schwartz said.
"We took the best of the best out of
the rec division and we formed this
competition team. We provide an
outlet for the kids in rec whose skill
level is getting up there and they
want to excel in soccer. Because we
play at (the competitive) level, I
think it's neat for the other kids in
the rec level to know they have
somewhere to go and something to
better themselves with if they want
       Most team members have pro-
 gressed through the ranks of the rec-
 reational teams, getting into the
 sport when they are just a couple of
 years out of diapers. But by the time
 they reach the older teams, those
 players who are serious about soccer
 find that the level of competition is
 not high enough to challenge their
 skiffs. The Cyclones offer them the
 highest level of competition avail-
       "I just thought (a competition
 team) would be more challenging
 and I would have to work harder to
 be on the team," forward Brad Ol-
 son said. "Because in rec, you have
 to at least play 30 minutes in each
 game. But in (competition), you try
 your hardest and that (determines)
 how long you play. You get more
 into it and you have to put all your
 heart into it. Even when you get
 tired, you have to keep on going and
 going and going."
       Holly became interested in soccer
 because her older brother, Paul, who
 now plays for Sebastian River High
 School, would practice with her in
 the back yard. Growing up scrim-
 maging with her brother was a good
 thing because it prepared her to play
 mostly with and against boys.
     "It's all right," Holly said. "They
 don't treat me like I'm a girl."
   Instead, they treat her like the
 great player she is. She was named
 the team's Most Valuable Player at
 the Melbourne tournament after
 scoring the winning goal in the semi-
 finals. She scored the only goal of
 the game, a dead-on shot in the wan-
 ing minutes of the second half.
       "I was happy, but it wasn't just
 me, it was the whole team, too,"
 Holly said.
       As the youngest player on the
 team, Josh Schwartz may feel like he
 has something to prove to the 12
 and 13 year-olds.
      But with nine years and seven
seasons of rec soccer under his belt,
Josh's skills on the field speak for
themselves. Though he's only 11,
Josh is the team's consensus-best
goalie who earns the start almost ev-
ery game. And when he isn't starting
at goalie, he's helping out on offense.
During the Melbourne tournament,
Josh had shutouts in all three of the
team's wins. But that doesn't mean
he doesn't get a little nervous.
    "I was happy we (placed in) the
tournament," Josh said. "The game
before the finals was really hard be-
cause if I let a goal by, we wouldn't
have been able to on to the finals.
If we tied, we wouldn't be able to go
   There are others, however, such
as Steve Vinski, who never played
soccer before trying out for the Cy-
clones. But natural talent and a crav-
ing for competition gave Steve the
motivation to make, and finally start
for, the competitive team.
   "(Steve) tried out for the team
this season and had never played be-
fore," Goude said. "He came because
his buddies were coming and he
made the team. He became a starter
(at right fullback) halfway through
the season."
 After a brief holiday break, the Se-
bastian Cyclones 13-and-under com-
petitive team will begin practice
again in January for a tournament in
North Florida later in the month.
Then in March, the spring Brevard
Youth Soccer League starts up again.
No wonder they call it year-round

Photo Caption
Eleven-year-old goalie Josh Schwartz makes a stop for the
Sebastian Cyclones 13-and-younger competitive team in the
team's last practice before a holiday break.
Local coaches organize
club volleyball teams
Of The Sun

    Look in any college volleyball
media guide and next to each player
will be listed the high school where
they played volleyball, as well as
their club team.
    Nowadays, to have a chance at a
college scholarship in volleyball, club
play is as important or more impor-
tant than the experience gained on a
high-school team.
    Until now, if local volleyball
players wanted to play on a club
team, they had to go to another
county to try out for a club team,
such as Brevard's Harbor City vol-
leyball club.
    Heather Anderson, the starting
outside hitter at Sebastian River
High School and one of Indian
River County's best players, recently
beat out dozens of others to make
the Harbor City elite team because
the colleges who are recruiting her
consider it essential. But space is lim-
ited and competition for spots is
    So Pat Shepherd, with the help
of SRHS volleyball coaches Mike
and Bonnie McCall, former Taber-
nacle coach Bob White and St. Ed-
ward's Coach Laura Bird, have
started the Indian River Juniors Vol-
leyball Club so local players will have
the opportunity to get club experi-
ence to improve their high school
play and get exposure to college
coaches and recruiters.
    "The more they touch the ball,
the better off they are," McCall said.
"And for our older competitors,
that's part of the college-scouting
scheme. If they're not playing club,
they're not being seen by the college,
and the chances of them getting
scholarships are fewer than they are
without them being seen. So it's ex-
posure for the kids and gives them
the consistency of playing volleyball
all the time."
     Of all the high-school volleyball
 teams, from the 1A to the 6A level,
 that made it to the state final four
 this season, only one wasn't associ-
 ated with a club. John Carroll was
 that team and according to White,
 who will coach them next year, for-
 mer Coach John Toler believed a big
reason they didn't make it to the
championship match was because
most of his players did not play on a
club team.
    "Most area teams can't compete
with club-oriented teams," White
said. "Martin County (who also
went to the final four) for example,
has had a club team for eight years
and it makes a big difference in their
level of play."
    The project has been a long time
        Last year, White encouraged his
  players to play on the Treasure Coast
  Club team in St. Lucie County, but
  logistics were complicated. The
  McCalls have been interested in
  starting a club team for years and
  this time, the school and parent sup-
  port, including director Shepherd,
  has come together to make a club
     The Indian River Juniors Volley-
  ball Club will serve the best players
  in Indian River and north St. Lucie
  counties. Players must compete for
  10 spots on at least four teams: a
  12-and-under, a 14-and-under, a
  16-and-under and an 18-and-under.
  Practice will begin in January, with
  two or more practices a week at
  gyms from Tabernacle to the Jungle
  Club to St. Edward's to Sebastian
  River. The teams will travel all over
  the state competing in about two
  tournaments a month from late Feb-
  ruary to May. From there, if a team
  excels, coaches and players can de-
  cide if they want to continue com-
  peting in additional tournaments.
      SRHS junior Meghan Brogan
  plans to try out for the team because
  although she also plays basketball,
  volleyball is her favorite sport. As an
  International Baccalaureate student
at the top of her class, she's more in-
terested in an academic scholarship,
but knows, club exposure won't hurt
her chances of going to college. She
also knows that playing on a club
team will help her as a high-school
player and perhaps help Sebastian
River to do better, as well.
   "I'm going out for the club team-
because I love volleyball," Meghan
said. "And I had so many injuries
during the season that I'm not over
it yet. And when you're in high
school, you're doing everything you
can to get into college. But that's not
my primary reason for trying out for
club. I just want to play and it's my
favorite sport. I want to get better
and I want to win districts before I
   Krista Shepherd, Pat Shepherd's
daughter, plays for the Vero Beach
varsity team. She also wants to play
on a club team to improve her skills
to help her high-school team next
season. Getting a college scholarship
wouldn't be a bad thing, either.
   "I think being on a club team
will help make us better volleyball
players," Krista said. "It'll be a good
experience to play against a lot of
teams who we also face during the
high-school season. Plus, it does
look better when you're interested in
playing in college because it gives
you extra skills."
   Not only will the Indian River
Juniors club be convenient for play-
ers who would otherwise have to
travel to Brevard, St. Lucie or Mar-
tin counties, as a non-profit corpora-
tion, the fees are considerably less
than other clubs. According to
White, some clubs make plenty of
profit by charging youngsters thou-
sands of dollars to play. The Juniors
club will cost about $350 per player
for the 14-and-under through
18-and-under teams and about half
that for the 12-under team, which
will have a shorter season.
  "Lots of clubs make lots of
money," White said. "But we're run-
ning this as a non-profit organiza-
 tion. We're doing it to increase the
 level of volleyball in Indian River
 and St. Lucie counties and to give
 the players more opportunities to
    Tryouts will be Dec. 17 and 18
and coaches will evaluate each player
and take the 10 best in each age
group. With 58 players already
signed up to try out and many more
expected, the competition will be
very stiff. But that's what coaches
want: to get the very best players in
the county to compete against the
very best players from all over the
  "It's going to be very compet-
itive," McCall said. "There are no
guarantees for anyone. But I've en-
couraged all (Sebastian River play-
ers) to try out if they choose."

 Being a good sport sometimes means keeping score low
 By Linda E. Rothstein

    At every level of sports, coaches must ad-
dress the sticky issue of running up the score at
least a few times in their careers.
    Whether on the giving or receiving end,
accusing or being accused of running up the
score can be a very emotional topic.
    Most coaches would count themselves
lucky if they were so superior to an opponent
that they had to guard against running up the
score. And fortunately, most coaches have the
tact and grace to put in backup players to en-
sure the level of competition remains fair.
    But at the middle-school and high-school
levels, backups practice just as often and hard
as the starters, so to ask them to hold back
when they get a rare shot at playing time is as
hard for coaches as being accused of running
up the score.
    Even if the second or third team in a foot-
ball game, for instance, keeps the ball on the
ground and doesn't take an aggressive offen-
sive stance, how can you keep an eager
teen-ager from scoring a touchdown if he has
the chance? That's ultimately why he is play-
ing, so to take the scoring option away stifles
his basic motivation.
   On the other side, how can you blame a
coach for being upset when the opposing team
already has the game locked up and continues
to score. Losing by 50 points is a lot harder to
take than losing by 20. And it also has a ten-
dency to squelch a team's will to play at all.
   Take for example the Sebastian River High
School football team. The Sharks' 49-0 loss to
Titusville on Sept. 19 was perhaps one of the
toughest losses of the season. With fallen faces,
the players walked off the field with heads
down and egos deflated, knowing they would
have to meet classmates on Monday after an
embarrassing home defeat.
     But Sebastian River head Coach Randy
Bethel did not accuse Titusville Coach Dan
Diesel of running up the score because Diesel
did everything he was supposed to. In the
fourth quarter, he ran the ball with his second-
and third-string players but didn't tell his
youngsters to hold back. They scored just two
of the Terriers' seven touchdowns. When they
get the chance, backups want to play as hard
and competitively as the starters and they
should. Bethel conceded the Terriers just
played a better game.
     This season, Sebastian River Middle
School girls basketball Coach Bill McCarthy
faces the opposite problem. With a 6-0 record
as of Dec. 10, McCarthy has to be careful of
the other team's feelings when he brings his
girls to town. So far, the Cowboys have beaten
their opponents by an average of 22 points per
   So how does a coach balance his team's
talent with an opponent's feelings? McCarthy
said coaches must walk a thin line. He makes
sure all of his players get into the game and
benches his starters as soon as he has a corn-
fortable lead. But most of all, he makes sure to
establish a good relationship with opposing
coaches. If the Cowboys have an enormous
lead at the half, some coaches see it as an op-
portunity to play their first team against Sebas-
tian River's disciplined bench, using the re-
mainder of the game as a drill of sorts, an
intense workout to make their own teams bet-
      McCarthy and Sebastian River High School boys
 Coach Jack Hodge both subscribe to that philosophy.
 They both believe that playing better teams is the only
 way their own teams will improve.
     A good solution to walking that thin line between
letting players play, and being a jerk may be found in
soccer, baseball, and softball. These sports employ a
"mercy" rule which ends the game when one team has a
10-point lead. In soccer, the game ends whenever one
team outscores the opponent by 10 goals. In baseball
and softball, the game ends if one team has a 10-run
lead after five innings. Certainly a 10-point loss is hard
for any team to swallow, but it allows them to end a
game in which they've lost all chance of winning.
      But the best solution of all rests in the hands of
coaches and players. It all just comes down to good

Photo Caption
From left, Alicia Warren, Jessie Brockwood and Chrissy
Schoonmaker grab for a loose ball as Coach Bill McCarthy
watches as the team practices for the Mebourne-Holy Trinity
Christmas Tournament Dec. 19 and 20.

Local softball

                   Barefoot Bay
                 Over-60 League
Team                                     W L    PCT      GB
Barefoot Bay Lions                       7 2   .778       --
W.T. Shively Ins.                        6-3   .667       1
Abbott Homes                             5-4   .556       2
Hearndon Const.                          4-5   .444       3
First Union Bank                         3-6   .333       4
Citrus Bank                              2-7   .222       5

                        Dec. 6

                Abbott Homes 11
              Barefoot Bay Lions 10
   Hits: AH, Gene Barry 3, Jack Brown 3, Joe Santori 3
 (HR), Bob Brodie 2, Phil Miller 2, Chet Piorkowski 2,
 Dick Samuelson 2, Lew Smith 2. BBL, Ken King 3
(HR), Tony Maselli, Miles Oakley 2 (2 Hrs), Clem Rie-
senbeck 2.

            Hearndon Const. 7
                Citrus Bank 4

  Hits: HC, Frank Ugenti 3 (2B), Ben Becker 2 (2B),
Joe Larkin 2, Rene Sigouin 2, Bill Shields HR. CB,
Roger Desjardins HR.
              First Union Bank 8
              W.T. Shively Ins. 6

  Hits, FUB, Walt Barry 3, Bill Schutz 3, Skip Biron 2
(2B), Wayne Enright 2, Len Matyka 2. WTSI, Norm
Lavoie 3, Bill Bomhoeft 2 (2B), Mike Mecanko 2 (HR,
3B), Steve Pupa, Ike Winterton 2B.

 Local golf

     Sebastian Men's Association

     Dec. 10: Two-man team quota.

    Handicap 16-32: Barry Balthasler, Ray Tougas plus
6. Jack Potts, Jack Falke plus 4. Henry Thompson, John
Thompson plus 3. Bob Beebe, Joe Tatro plus 2.
    Handicap 33-69: Ray Merritt, Ralph Wood plus 11.
Clark Drumm, Charlie Sayward plus 9. Don Baker, Ed
Snarski plus 2. John Zwolinski, Tony Zamparello plus
   Handicap 40-47: Bob Mahar, Bill Eyre plus 12.
Tom Casagrande, John Twerdak plus 10. Tom Egan,
W.R. Miller plus 9. Jack Walsh, Ed Cantabene plus 7.
   Handicap 48-60: Al Shanazarian, Dennis McKinney
plus 13. John Waychowski, Joe Scanlan plus 12. Jim
Jordan, Len Lewis plus 11. Bob Parent, Richard Spragg
plus 7.
   Pin shots on No. 2, Bill Smith; on No. 5, Ed Labuz;
on No. 8, Ron Kurtz; on No. 11, John Thompson; on
No. 12, Barry Balthaser; on No. 17, John Twerdak.

  Barefoot Bay Ladies Association

   Dec. 9, Scrambles: Rex Kenney, Helene Kraut, Ar-
deth Barry, Jane Hanrahan and Anne Stapleton
minus-3; Vi Richmond, Enid Jones, Marge Price, Mary
Jane Boyden and Irene Berger, minus-2; Carmen Sack,
Connie Harvey, Rose Burkett, Althea Lundberg and
Dottie Benz, even; Loretta Thorn, Norma Beeson, Do-
ris Hannington, Mary Rahn and Garnetta Russel,
plus-2; Helen George, Pat Dunck,ley, Pat Cooper, Sylvia
VannBerschot and Barba Harnsh, plus-2;, Doris Cataldi,
Kathy Ellwanger, Peg Pinter, Pat Anderson and Edna
Kohn, plus-2; Joyce Lamb, Helen Comer, Ruth Mis-
tron, Dot Blass and Doris Palmatier, plus-2.
   Sebastian Women's Association

 Dec. 9, Low Net In Flights

    Flight A: Eileen Har-
ding, 71; Angela Viveiros, 72; Sandy Thompson, 73;
Hilda Wangler and Caroline Triflo, 74.
    Flight B: Betty O'Connor, 69; Jane Prokopiak and
Jeaninne Maliar, 70;,Bea McKinney and Kay Lombardi,
    Flight C: Ginny Ferry, 70; Betty Zamparella, 71;
Ann Vukovich and Kay Hanson, 73; Claire Whiteman,


         John Pollack

   John H. Pollack Sr., 74, of Se-
bastian, died Dec. 12, 1997, at his
residence after a prolonged illness.
   He was born May 3, 1923, in
Chicago, Ill., and moved to Sebas-
tian in 1993 from Bartlett, Ill.
   Mr. Pollack was a manager for
National Foods and sales manager
for Consolidated Foods in Chicago
for 17 years. He was a member of
St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Se-
bastian. He was founder and former
president of Kiwanis Club and a for-
mer member of Knights of Colum-
bus, both in Bartlett. He was a
trustee and police commissioner for
the village of Bartlett. He was a U.S.
Merchant Marine veteran of World
War II.
   Surviving are his wife of 52
years, Gloria; two daughters, Mari-
anne Pollack, of Roswell, NM., and
Lenore Bless, of Schaumburg, Ill.;
Four sons, John H. Pollack Jr. and
James Pollack, both of Palm Beach
Gardens, Joseph Pollack, of Mel-
bourne Beach, and Jerry Pollack, of
Stuart; two brothers, Francis Pollack
and George Pollack, both of Chi-
cago; and six grandchildren.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was
  celebrated Dec. 15 at St. Sebastian
  Catholic Church, Sebastian.
     Mr. Pollack will be transferred to
  Martin-Bartwood Funeral Home,
  Bartlett, for additional services and
  interment at St. Casimir Cemetery,
     The Strunk Funeral Home, Se-
 bastian, was in charge of local ar-

         Smitty Smith

     John Gilbert "Smitty" Smith Jr.,
 54, of Fellsmere, died Dec. 11,
 1997, at Sebastian River Medical
 Center after a brief illness.
     He was born Dec. 17, 1942, in
 North Carolina, and moved to Fells-
 mere in 1978 from Williamsburg,
     Mr. Smith was a heavy equip-
 ment operator for Saw Mill Ridge,
 and had worked for General Devel-
 opment in Palm Bay and Dickerson
 Corp. in Stuart.
     Surviving are his wife of 16
 years, Lucy; three sons, David Barry
 Smith, of Fellsmere, Chris Smith
 and Tony Smith, both of Williams-
 burg; one daughter, Debbie Smith,
 of Norge, Va.; his mother, Alma
 Smith, of North Beach, Md.; two
 sisters, Barbara Brooks and Gayle
 Turner, both of Newport News,
 Va.; one brother, Glen Smith, of
 North Beach, Md.; and four grand-
     At the family's request, there will
 be no repose or visitation.
     A memorial service will be held
 at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist
 Church of Fellsmere.
     In lieu of flowers, the family sug-
 gests donations be made to the Co-
 alition for the Homeless, 2686 N.
 U.S. 1, Vero Beach, Fla. 32960, in
 Mr. Smith's memory.
     Mr. Snuth was a member of the
Indian River Cremation Society.
         Frank Scarpelli

       Frank Joseph Scarpelli, 70, of
 Pelican Point, Sebastian, died Dec.
 13, 1997, at Sebastian River
 Medical Center after a prolonged ill-
       Mr. Scarpelli was born Feb. 4,
 1927, in Paterson, N.J., and had
 moved to Sebastian in 1986 from
       He was a retired manufacturing
 engineer for General Motors and had
 served in the U.S. Marine Corps
 during World War II. Mr. Scarpelli
 was past president of the Pelican
 Point II Condo Association and was
 a member of the Condo-Homeown-
 ers Association of Indian River
 County. He attended Fairleigh Dick-
 enson College of New Jersey and
 Marquette College of Wisconsin and
 was Catholic.
       Mr. Scarpelli is survived by his
 wife of 48 years, Anna; two daugh-
 ters, Christina Nelson-Tabor of
 Charleston, S.C., and Marcia Diane
 Billingsley of Shrewsbury, Pa.; his
 mother, Julia Scarpeth of Claremont,
 Calif.; one sister, Evelyn Rightmyer
 of Claremont, Calif; one brother,
 Robert Scarpelli of Brunswick,
 Ohio; and six grandchildren.
       At the request of the family there
 will be no services.
       Lowther Cremation Service Inc.,
 Vero Beach, is in charge of arrange-


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   AGO THIS WEEK: The Barefoot Bay
   Recreation District Assigned final bond
   and deed documents with Avatar Prop-
   erties and Barnett Bank of Central Flor-
   ida to officially turn Barefoot Bay's
   recreational facilities over to the home-
   owners. The district bought the facilities,
   including three swimming pools, a com-
   munity center complex and golf course,
   for $8.3 million and would pay another
   $70,500 in closing costs on the deal.
   The deal also included a shopping cen-
   ter on Barefoot Bay Boulevard donated
   by Avatar. The district planned to pay
   back a 20-year loan with money from
   yearly assessments of all property own-
   ers and miscellaneous revenue from the


       NAME: Dock Smith.
       AGE: 62.
       OCCUPATION: Retired dispatcher
   for Johns Manville Roofing in Illinois.
       BIRTHPLACE: Iuka, Miss.
       MOVED HERE: April 1997.
   of the Sebastian Moose Lodge 667.
       HOBBIES: Golf, fishing and gar-
sports magazines.
HOOD: I live in the Sebastian High_
lands. It's beautiful. It's quiet.


    VFW Post 10210 Sebastian will
hold its annual golf tournament Dec. 27
at Vista Plantation. All players are wel-
come and can make their own team or
play as a single.
    The cost is $35 for golf, cart, lunch,
beer, soda and cash prizes. For more in-
formation, call Post 10210 at 589-3405
or 388-5446.


    "It was just heavenly not to have to
wait until someone opened the door.
They're going to help tremendously."
                          - Edra Young

(Mrs. Young, a frequent observer at Se-
bastian City Council meetings, made the
comment after city officials recently in-
stalled electronic doors for council
chambers, City Hall and the Community
Development Department. Mrs. Young,
who used the new doors before the Dec.
17 council meeting, said people who are
not confined to wheelchairs, or in her
case, motor scooters, don't understand
the difficulty of getting into buildings
when the doors are not automated.)

 Sebastian officials paving way
 for coming changes in city in 1998
 Of The Sun

     The new year will bring many changes
  to Sebastian, from better roads to a better
  business environment to the implementa-
  tion of a new plan designed to protect the
  natural environment along the city's river-
       Most notably, the biggest change peo-
  ple will see in Sebastian will be right under
  the feet of most city residents.
       There are many projects set to improve
  the city, but none more encompassing
  than a $3 million resurfacing project of
  about 80 square miles of roads.
       "The citizens want decent roads to
  drive on and it's a source of probably most
  of our complaints," said Pat Brennan, pub-
  lic works director for the city.
       The resurfacing project will lay new as-
  phalt on top of about one third of the
  existing roads in the city.
       "It's an ambitious project," he said.
  "We're hoping we can do it all in one year.
  I wouldn't be surprised if it's spread out
  over two years.
       "In recent times, this is one of the larg-
  est projects" the city has ever undertaken,
  Brennan said.
       The project is expected to receive final
  approval by the Sebastian City Council in
  early January, said Clty Manager Tom
  Frame. It's crucial to get moving on the
  massive resurfacing project as soon as pos-
       "The city is rapidly falling behind. All
  we're doing now is a patching program,"
  he said.
       That means when there's a pothole or
  crack in a road, a city crew simply goes to
  the scene and uses small patches of asphalt
  to fill in the holes for a temporary solu-
       "The intent (of the new resurfacing
  program) is to address the worst roads
  first," Frame said.
       Brennan and many of his staff mem-
  bers have developed a rating system that
  lists which roads need priority resurfacing.
       "I drove down some roads that haven't
been paved since 1988, some haven't been
done since General Development" Corp.
built the roads about 30 years ago, Bren-
nan said.
     Frame pointed out that asphalt is de-
signed to last only 15 years before being
resurfaced and many of the roads in the
city have far exceeded that time limit for
    "We've got roads in all areas of the city
that are in major disrepair," he said.
    The $3 million tab for the resurfacing
 project will be paid with a 15-year bond
 that will be funded by revenues from an al-
 ready existing gas tax to cover the debt,
 Frame said.
     The resurfaced roads will help provide
 a little relief to a problem that won't go
 away - drainage. Frame admitted while
 residents will see the direct effect of the re-
 surfacing project, they'll still have to deal
 with inadequate drainage in the swales on
 the sides of those roads.
     "In an ideal world, we would fix the
 drainage first. But we can't wait for that.
 Adding asphalt will raise the road where
 we won't have the pooling of the water.
     "Resurfacing will force the water off
 the roads. But the bad thing is, once it's
 off the road it's not going anywhere,"
 Frame said.
     As a temporary solution, an industrial
 tool called an "armadillo" will be used to
 cut deeper ditches along the swales.
     The armadillo was discovered by
 Brennan sitting idle in the Public
 Works compound, apparently for
     Brennan decided to put the
 drill-like device to work and it has
 provided some help.
     "It cuts into ditches giving about
 another 9 inches of depth. it's tem-
 porary help where it might be
 months otherwise," Frame said.
     The road resurfacing will come
 on the heels of another major project
 impacting those who drive through
 Sebastian - Indian River County
 and city workers are finishing up
 construction on the Twin Pairs of
 County Road 512.
     That project will alleviate much
 of the congestion of the east- and
 westbound lanes on C.R. 512. Com-
 munity Development Director Bob
 Massarelli recently said he doesn't ex-
 pect the road to ever be as congested
 as it was before and it certainly will
 never be as congested as U.S. 1.
     The project involves some recon-
figuring of the medians on U.S. 1.
Turn lanes in the medians will con-
tinue to allow access for southbound
drivers to side streets along the river-
    But northbound drivers on U.S.
1 no longer will be able to make
U-turns on U.S. 1 between Wash-
ington and Cleveland streets.
    The reconfigured medians are
designed to keep traffic flowing and
reduce obstacles to drivers ap-
proaching C.R. 512 while heading
south on U.S. 1, said Roger Cain,
the county engineer overseeing much
of the construction.
    With the coming of better roads
will be better police protection,
according to Police Chief Randy
    White is looking forward to put-
ting two new officers to work in
    It's the second year in a row that
two new officers have been added to
the force, but in 1996, federal funds
footed the bill.
    "The two new officers will allow
us to keep four officers on duty
around the clock," White said. Cur-
rently, due to attrition of officers
leaving the department for other
jobs, some shifts only have three offi-
cers on duty.
    "These (new) officers are locally
funded to keep up with the city's
growth pattern of 6 percent. We're
trying to keep up with the ratio of
two officers per 1,000 residents.
We're right on that mark" with the
new officers, White said.
    The two new officers aren't ex-
pected to hit the streets until the
early part of 1998, he said.
    Another new addition to the Po-
lice Department that will help the in-
ner workings of the department will
be a refurbished air-conditioning
unit. Since the headquarters on Main
Street was built in 1992, the facility
has been stricken with what's known
as "sick building syndrome."
    Mold spores circulating through-
out the air system have been leading
 to many reported illnesses among
 police administrators and office per-
 sonnel, White said. The refurbishing
 of the air unit should be complete in
 March and should increase work
 productivity "big time," White said.
     A new facility is helping the peo-
 ple that promote the business com-
 munity in Sebastian. The Sebastian
 River Area Chamber of Commerce
 is now in its new headquarters at
 700 Main St., that opened Nov. 4.
     It's already having an impact and
 should continue to spur an improved
 business community in the area in
 1998, said chamber President Ed
     "It's already served a purpose in
getting people to realize there is a
business community here. On
Light-Up Night (Dec. 4) we had
about 250 people visit the new
building," Moore said.
     The new facility will serve as a
good springboard for what appar-
ently will be a busy 1998 for area
businesses, particularly those that
deal with tourists.
     "Seasonal people are coming
back here in 1998. Already for the
tourist season, (hotels) are pretty full
for the next three or four months,"
Moore said.
     "It's going to be a real good year
for visitors to the community," he
     The visitors also often translate
into eventual residents as many peo-
ple who tour the Sebastian area
eventually decide to move here per-
manently, he said.
     "We're now getting about 400 to
500 calls (at the chamber office)
each month with people inquiring
on what it's like to live here," he
     More residents will lead to more
business and a particular point of in-
terest for Moore will be the devel-
opment of a sidewalk for those resi-
dents who want to frequent nearly a
two-mile stretch of riveifront view
along Indian River Drive in Sebas-
     That sidewalk, he said, will be a
major boon to businesses along the
     Sebastian Mayor Walter Barnes
     "The thing I'm looking forward
to myself will be the installing of that
sidewalk. It's very important because
there are many, many people that
can't wait until that sidewalk is there.
Now, there's no way to walk safely
there and it will help a lot of the
smaller businesses.
     "It's such a pretty place. A lot of
people appreciate the riverfront and
a lot of people use that area. The
sidewalk is going to add to the abil-
ity to enjoy the whole riverfront,"
Barnes said.
     Construction on the riverfront
project could start in the spring of
1998, according to city officials, but
the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation doesn't have the project slated
for constructi6n until the fall.
    But the sidewalk will lead
through an area that the city has
been wrangling with regulating for
years. The Riverfront Cortimittee fi-
nalized its recommendations for a
"fishing village" environment along
the riverfront area of the city.
    The City Council will vote on fi-
nalizing the exhaustive plan early in
1998 and theoretically, Barnes said,
the plan should be behind them.
    "Residents won't notice anything
different until new development
comes in. But new development will
have to comply with the standards.
In theory, the riverfront plan will be
complete. But there won't be any
magic wand waved over to change
the area. It will be a period of time,"
Barnes said, although he wouldn't
speculate on how long before the
riverfront plans will actually be seen
impacting the area.
    "The look eventually will be old
fishing village. It will be a look that
you can see in Hurricane Harbor,
Capt. Hiram's and even Windjam-
mer," restaurants already operating
on the riverfront, he said.
    A more immediate impact by fi-
nalizing the riverfront plan in early
1998 will be the freedom of the
council and city departments to start
working on other issues.
    "It's time to move on with our
lives. If we do it right, it will help
the city in the future. But it's been a
lot of work and it's not fun sitting
and going over this thing hour after
hour," Barnes said.
    In 1998, with the riverfront plan
off the agenda for the most part,
Barnes said the city can start focus-
ing on multiple development pro-
jects and finalizing the state required
Comprehensive Land Use plan to
control growth in the city, among
other priority projects.

Photo Caption
Sebastian City Manager Tom Frame overlooks road construction
being done by Indian River County in the city. The county's
paving project in 1997 will be coupled with major road
overhauls slated by city officials for 1998, Frame said.

Class members break sweat without missing beat
Of The Sun

     Don't let the name fool you, the Se-
bastian Communlty Center Senior Aero-
bics class caters to exercisers of all ages
and sweat beads on the brows of everyone
in the place.
     Meeting at 10 a.m. every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, the class draws
about 40 men and women who warm up,
stretch and aerobisize for about 40 to 45
     From exercise fanatics to aerobics be-
ginners, the class offers something for ev-
eryone - a good workout to elevate the
heart rate and a concerned instructor who
takes the time to know the special needs
of each participant. Ample stretching and
warm up begin the class and numerous
heart rates and water breaks are taken
      "You definitely work up a sweat," Da-
 vid West said.
      Have a knee problem? Don't worry.
 Instructor and center Director Kathy Fal-
 zone will teach you how to exercise prop-
 erly without aggravating the injury.
      "I had surgery, I had total knee replace-
 ment," Jean Marra said. "She'll give each
 and every one of us undivided attention.
 She listens."
      The class concentrates on low-impact
 aerobics, which exercise the heart as much
 as full-impact aerobics, but goes easy on the
 joints. But if participants have the energy
 and health to go to full-impact, Falzone can
 show you the proper way to do that, too.
      "You do what you feet you can do and
 if something starts to hurt, you back away
 from it," West said.
      Falzone said there's been dozens of suc-
 cess stories during her 15 years as instruc-
 tor. One she remembers concerned a
 women who could barely make it up the
 center's stairs when she started, but within
 months, was moving to the music with the
 best of them.
      "A lot of people have made major
 changes in their lives," Falzone said.
      Just as so many exercisers, numerous
 class members come to lose a few pounds
 or tighten a few areas. But the benefit to all
 is a stronger heart, better endurance and an
overall sense of well-being, which turns the
aerobics class into something many particl-
pants can't do without.
    "You can just get a good workout in
any class," Dottie Pagcnstecher, a
seven-year class veteran said. "I'd come ev-
erv day if I could. Even if you don't feel so
great before you start, you feel so much
better afterward."
    In addition to the senior class, Falzone
offers "regular classes" every day in the
morning, as well as numerous evening
classes. The regular classes add floor work
and hand weights to the aerobic program.
    But whichever one you pick, it's sure to
be a good time.
    "I've been taking this class for three
years and I come about three times a week,
when I can," regular Karen West, David's
wife, said. "I had never done it before and I
decided I needed it. I feel good and it is a
lot of fun. I have 10 grandchildren and I
can keep up with them."
    Besides good music, the class features
jolly camaraderie among participants and
the occasional inter-exerciser rivalry which
seems to push everyone to work a little
    "We just like the people here, it's a fun
group," West said. "It's friendly, it's close,
it's the right time. The chemistry is there."
    During the last class before a holiday
break Dec. 19, class members donned Santa
hats and jingle bells and exercised to the
sounds of jazzed-up Christmas music. Af-
terward, the class shared goodies they had
brought and conversation about the class
and upcoming holiday festivities.
    The classes are so affordable, some
members come every day of the work week.
One dollar buys seniors a full workout and
$2 covers it for those under 60.
    So instead of joining an expensive
health club with amenities you'll never use
and slim, young bodies in tight spandex to
make you feel guilty, try the Sebastian
Community Center's variety of exercise op-
    "This kind of fills a niche for regular
people who just want to get a good work-
out and have fun," Falzone said. "And you
don't have to spend tons of money or wear
a thong!'

Photo Caption
Participants in the Sebastian Community Center's Senior
Aerobics class come in all shapes, sizes and ages. But they
all agree the class is a fun way to work up to good health.

 Picture this: business offers personal touch
 Of The Sun

    Custom framing, specialized pho-
 tography and paintings flow from
 River Graphix art and frame store in
    River Graphix, 9420 U.S. 1, in
 the Pelican Shoppes plaza, is a family
 business operated by Kim and
 Howie Davis.
   The couple opened the shop al-
most five years ago in hopes of pro-
viding a personal touch for people
who want quality frames for quality
art work.
   "We do all the (frame) work on
the premises. Other companies don't
necessarily chop their own frames.
They're just manufactured that way.
We often work with interior design-
ers to have a really professionally
done frame," Mrs. Davis said.
   When a quality piece of art is
purchased, it's worth the effort to
encase it in a quality, custom frame,
according to the 34-year-old Mrs.
   "You really only do it once. It's
something that you're going to have
for years, so it's worth the value that
you pay for it," she said.
   That approach has apparently
paid off. Mrs. Davis said the cus-
tomer base for the business has been
steadily growing and there is a large
number of regular customers who
travel to River Graphix from Vero
Beach and South Brevard County.
   "We're in a good position to
handle Sebastian customers and bar-
rier island residents," she said of the
geographical location of the shop.
       If you want a custom photo-
graph, her husband can do that, too.
Davis has been a professional pho-
tographer most of his adult life.
       Davis will shoot what he calls
"higher end" photographs for profes-
sional signs or family portraits.
       He also has a portable studio.
       "We've kind of focused on loca-
tion shoots because there's so much
around here," the 46-year-old Davis
       He also sells many of his
landscape portraits at his store, as
       "My concentration is on fine-art
photography," he said. "I found that
I don't care to do weddings any-
more. I got away from it.
       "I like wildlife all up and down
the Indian River," he said.
       That eye for fine wildlife photog-
raphy paid off big for Davis as his
photo of a sun setting over the In-
dian River was selected as the cover
shot for the recently published Talk-
ing Phone Book that was distributed
to residents across Indian River
       When the couple isn't running
the store, they're taking care of four
children at their Sebastian Highlands
home; Michael Back, 7 and Suzie,
11.    The two oldest children, Jessie,
14 and Donnie, 16 help out at the
       With all that, Mrs. Davis said it
takes a delicate balance to keep the
business under control.
       "It's challenging. The most diffi-
cult thing is this area is so seasonal.
It's a challenge to balance everything
out during the year," she said.
       While Davis has been involved in
art and frames most of his adult life,
Mrs. Davis is a relative newcomer to
the business.
       She used to be a military nurse
and was a special-education teacher
in the Indian River County School
District before she began working at
River Graphix.
       "I married into it," she said.
   But she still occasionally substi-
tutes for the School District when
called out to help.
   Her work at the shop, though,
has opened some avenues to her tal-
ents she never knew existed.
   "I have some creativity that I
never knew I had. So I enjoy it,"
Mrs. Davis said.
   River Graphix is open 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and
by appointment only Mondays and

Photo Caption
Howie Davis, left, and his wife, Kim, say they enjoy the
creative outlet they get from owning and operating River
Graphix art gallery and frame store at the Pelican Shoppes
in Wabasso.
 Environmentalist enjoys seeking
 flora and fauna during off hours
 By Drew Dixon

    Brian Poole's job as environmen-
 tal specialist for the Florida Depart-
 ment of Environmental Protection
 extends his family's service in gov-
 ernment work.
    His father, Archie, was a techni-
 cal illustrator for the federal govern-
 ment. In fact, Poole said, his father
 was the second person in history to
 paint and design the Smoky the Bear
 statues greeting people at national
 parks across the country.
    His father always urged Brian to
 seek a career in government.
    "He encouraged me (govern-
 ment work) was a good place to be.
 The stability and benefits" were rea-
 son to go to work for the govern-
 ment, Poole said.
    But his work for the DEP is
 rooted in a personal interest in the
    Poole, who's worked for the de-
 partment for almost 25 years, con-
 siders himself both a technician and

environmentalist. He and his wife,
Mary Ann, live in Micco and their
home has wetlands on the property.
    However, despite his apprecia-
tion of the environment, he also has
to abide by and enforce state envi-
ronmental regulations in the area
throughout South Brevard and In-
dian River counties.
    "I've learned you can't let per-
sonal attitudes get involved with
professional operations. There are a
lot of rules I personally feel may not
protect the environment. But that's
the law of the land," Poole said.
    Poole's job specifically involves
permitting and enforcement of regu-
lations around docks, dredging, ma-
rinas and wetlands. Much devel-
opment around those areas comes
from private land owners that want
to build new homes or additions.
     "If you look back at the history
 of Florida, there were very few (en-
 vironmental) regulations. Then, in
 the 1960s and '70s, people decided
 it was important to protect these re-
     "If we didn't protect them, we
 wouldn't have the things people
 come to Florida for," he said.
     And that sometimes creates a
 conflict between residents who want
 to build and officials protecting the
 environment, Poole said.
     "We're trained to deal with peo-
 ple in a calm, cool and collected
 manner," he said.
     "A homeowner has expectations
 and sometimes they find out they
 need a permit. I tell them there are
 some limitations. I don't hide any-
 thing, and I let them know as much
 as possible. I may not agree with
 that information, but, hey I could
 be on the other side of the regula-
 tions," he said.
     Prior to moving to Micco nearly
 five years ago, Poole lived in Sebas-
 tian briefly and he said he's come to
 love the area.
     "I like the fact that it has that
 small-town feel and you're not all
 crammed together. But you can still
 go shopping," he said.
     When not enforcing environ-
 mental regulations, Poole often en-
 joys the local environment with his
 wife. They frequently kayak the Se-
 bastian River.
    "I've spent most of my life in a
working (power) boat. You set
yourself in a kayak and your rear end
is at or below the water line. It's
neat, you paddle along and watch
birds and fish and there's not much
development. It's relaxing, because
this job can be very stressful," Poole

    Birthdate: Dec, 10 ,1951.
    Birthplace: Cheverly, Md.
    Education: Bachelor of science
in zoology from the Florida Techno-
logical University, class of 1973,
now University of Central Florida in
    Family: Wife, Mary Ann, of six
    The best part of my job is:
Thinking that I am contributing
something to a better quality of life
for the people of Florida.
    What I like the least about my
job is: The paper work, mounds and
mounds of it.
    The most recent movie I saw
in a theater was: "Alien Resur-
    The book I'd recommend ev-
eryone to read is: "The Source," by
James Michener.
    Of everyone in the world, the
person I would most like to meet
is: Steven Hawkings, physicist.
    My favorite food is: Big, thick,
juicy steak.
    If I were going on a trip to
the moon, I would take along: A
lot of oxygen.
    When I was growing up, I al-
ways wanted to be: A professional
baseball player.
  The person I admire the most
is: My father, Archie Poole.
  My proudest moment was:
Graduating from college.
  My favorite sports team is: The
New York Yankees.
  My favorite television show is:
"Babylon Five."
  On my last vacation, I visited:
  The first thing I do when I
wake up in the morning is: I brush
my teeth.
   The type of music I enjoy the:
most is: Classic rock-n-roll.
   If I could do something over
again, I'd: Choose a different pro-
fession. I would become an attorney.
   People who know me the best
know: That I'm a softy.
   The most exciting time in my
life was: When I was in college.

Photo Caption
Brian Poole, an environmental specialist for the state
Department of Environmental Protection, says his job offers
him a chance to protect the area's wildlife and wetlands.

New England Club focuses on fun and entertainment
For The Sun

    If any song epitomizes the driv-
ing force behind the New England
Club of Barefoot Bay it's "Let Me
Entertain You" from the Broadway
hit, "Gypsy."
    Founded in 1976, the club is
made up of 350 members who all
are former residents of the six New
England states. Those members are
entertained virtually every month as
part of the meetings.
    And the performers aren't ama-
teur magicians or residential comics.
These entertainers are for real and
most times are professionals.
    According to club Vice President
Pasco Ruggiano, 65, who is respon-
sible for the entertainment, "our goal
is to keep our members happy." .
    "How else can you enjoy life?"
he said.
    Ruggiano's responsibility is to
seek out entertainers for the meet-
ings, as well as provide two to three
shows a year for the general popula-
tion of Barefoot Bay.
    Working for the most part
 through theatrical agents, Ruggiano
 and his entertainment committee de-
 cide a year in advance who they will
 hire for these shows.
    Since budgets are limited, big
 stars usually don't perform for the
 group, although the stage and televi-
 sion personality Florence Henderson
 did perform recently.
    Typical entertainers include sing-
 ers, professional magicians, musi-
 cians and comedians.
    Sebastian schools provide some
 of the entertainment as well, with
 cheerleaders, baton twirlers, choral
groups, etc., helping to keep mem-
bers happy.
   According to Ruggiano, the
New England Club helps finance ex-
penses, etc., for the school groups.
   Ruggiano said the next major at-
traction sponsored by the club that
will be open to the Barefoot Bay
populace is "Shenanigans," a singing
comedy troupe that has received na-
tionwide attention. The show will be
presented Feb. 7 in Building A.
Tickets are $ 10.
   Proceeds for the shows and
yearly club dues of $4 go to a gen-
eral fund and a percentage of the
money in the fund is allocated to
charities different times of the year.
   Other functions carried on by
club members include outings, lun-
cheons and bus trips - all geared to
be entertaining.
   Ruggiano, formerly a resident of
North Providence, R.I., was a ma-
chinist for almost 40 years. He still
has family roots in Rhode Island,
but he says that his life is in Barefoot
Bay now, and he enjoys every min-
ute of it. He doesn't visit Rhode Is-
land as often as he used to, he said,
because his daughter now lives in
Delray Beach.
   Asked how you can spot a New
Englander, he said most of them
talked like he does and virtually all
are Red Sox and Patriots fans.
   There are 80 different clubs in
Barefoot Bay, each with its own
agenda. The New England Club opts
for entertaitunent and as a by-prod-
uct, charity, as its goal. According to
Ruggiano, you rarely see a club
member with a sour demeanor.
  "When the Sebastian sign talks
about six old grouches, you're not
going to find them here in Barefoot
Bay in the New England Club," he
  The club meets from 1:30 to 4
p.m. the third Monday of the

Photo Caption
The officers of the New England Club of Barefoot Bay know
that providing entertainment at meetings is one of the keys
to keeping members happy.

Spreading the gospel led couple
to work with Billy Graham
By Margaret Miquelon

    It never ceases to amaze me we
have so many residents who have led
such very diversified lives and such
interesting ones.
    I talked with Betty and Lee
Fisher of Sebastian the other day
and here are just a few of the fasci-
nating things I found out about
    Lee Fisher was born in Ko-
komo, Ind., 89 years ago. His father
was an auto mechanic and a travel-
ing preacher. While his father was
driving his old Model T to preach
the gospel in the little towns of Indi-
ana, Lee went with him. He carried
a fishing pole with him and while
his father preached, he fished.
    Lee became proficient on most
musical instruments and had a beau-
tiful singing voice. He attended
many schools during his lifetimee.
He wrote poetry and composed
songs that have been sung all over
the world, so it was natural for him
to follow his father into evangelism.
    Lee and his first wife had two
little girls, Mary Lee and Caroline.
She gave birth to another little girl
who very tragically died with her
mother in childbirth. Lee was dev-
astated by this loss, but continued
the evangelical work he had started,
plus writing, singing and playing the
gospel hymns.
    At one service several years later,
he noticed the smiling face of a
beautiful girl, who was singing in
the choir. After a long-distance
courtship, Lee and Betty were mar-
ried and continued the work that
Lee had been so devoted to.
    Betty adored Lee's two little girls
 and they adored her. She became the
 mother they had lost. Then Betty
 and Lee had their son, Larrv. He
 had bronchitis as a child, so they
 moved to Clearwater and Lee went
 back to preaching.
     One day, he collapsed and
 couldn't speak. His collapse was
 from extreme exhaustion.
     Homer Rodeheaver, a promi-
 nent Methodist, who had been song
 director for the famous preachcr
 Billy Sunday, appealed to Lee and
 Betty to become involved in the
 non-denominational Boys Ranch he
 was building in Palatka. Lee and
 Betty decided this would be a good
 move, so they and Larry, then 11,
 started Boys Ranch for three little
 boys. It rapldly grew to 27 boys.
 They built dormitories for the boys.
 The salary was small, but their hearts
 were in it. They loved the boys and
 the boys loved them.
     Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth,
 were on the board of directors.
     The Grahams and the Fishers
 got acquainted. Billy asked Lee to
 leave the Boys Ranch and come to
 Montreat, N.C., to work with the
 Billy Graham Crusades. Rodeheaver
 knew Billy needed help. He knew
 Lee could write and do so many
 other things, so they left with his
     Lee traveled with Graham for 23
 years and was with him throughout
 all his Special Crusades. Lee was a
 singer, composer, minister, writer
 and he played a mean golf game,
 which he and Billy managed to get
 in two or three times a week.
    Through the Crusades, Billy
Graham and his team preached in 23
different countries to millions of
    The first Billy Graham Crusade
was in England and 700 churches
cooperated. There were huge
crowds. Ruth went along and Betty
moved into the Graham mountain
home to take care of the children.
    This pattern was to be followed
through the many Billy Graham
     While the team was in England,
the publicity people wanted to take
pictures of Billy playing golf. The
first golf course they came to was
swarming with people. There was a
club tournament, no guests al-
lowed. Lee said, "Leave it to me."
   He took them to a course down
the road. But somehow, the golf
clubs got sidetracked and they
wound up with the photographers
taking pictures of the 16 men in the
entourage playing out of one golf
   Betty not only was "Aunt Betty"
to the Graham children and took
care of the children while the Gra-
hams were on the Crusades, but she
entered the ministry on her own and
was a featured speaker at the Wom-
ens' Crusades. She used a puppet
named Ned to tell Bible stories and
was very popular.
   The team moved all around the
world, giving help where they were
needed. In Guatemala, they raised
money to build homes for victims of
the earthquake.
   They spoke before presidents and
they spoke before kings. They
preached that heaven is gigantic and
pleaded with people to remove labels
in religion. They preached that "we
are all one in Christ."
   Lee wrote the song "The Christ of
Every Crisis" and George Beverly
Shay, a popular gospel singer made
it famous. Lee also wrote the poem,
"The Little Fellow Who Follows
   The fact that he is 89 years old has
not dampened his or Betty's wonder-
ful zest for life. The Fishers have cer-
tainly been "Here and There."

Thrill still there on opening day for Richter
Of The Sun
     As one of the rounders of the Se-
 bastian Soccer Association, Cory
 Richter, the president of the associa-
 tion, says he still gets a lot of pride
 out of running the organization for
     "It really gets me on opening
 day. To get the uniforms, get the
 kids registered, to get all the things
 that we need and to watch the kids
 playing, it's a good feeling. When
 you get the parents coming by and
 saying you're doing a good job, that
 helps, too," Richter said.
     The league has grown signifi-
 cantly during its five-year history.
     In 1992, there were about 100
 players. In 1997, there were about
 347 players ranging in age from 4 to
 19 and about 30 different teams.
     "We've been growing by leaps
 and bounds," Richter said. "We al-
 ways had projections of what we ex-
 pected it to be and our projections
 have been pretty darn close to what
 has turned out. Some years we've
 gone over our expectations. It's been
 going where we wanted to take it."
     The toughest thing about keep-
 ing the association going is to keep
 volunteers, such as himself, coming
 out and helping out at the fields at
 the Barber Street Sports Comple
 Richter said.
     "It's a few people doing all the
 jobs usually. It's the same people
 helping out every Saturday. Some-
 times, it's frustrating. But the kids
 are having fun and that's what keeps
 us (parents) coming out," he said.
     Another difficult element to run-
 ning the organization is keeping ex-
 perienced players in the league.
     "The other tough thing is keep-
 ing the older kids to stay with us.
They get jobs and go on to high
school," he said.
    But overall, Richter said, the as-
sociation has had such a great num-
ber of children participating in the
league, the teams don't have to travel
to other cities to play. While that's a
good situation to bein, the local in-
terest has caused some growing
    Because of a lack of fields in Se-
bastian, the soccer teams in the asso-
clation often are forced to play on
the outfields of baseball diamonds,
which may not be big enough for
regulation soccer. And when baseball
season kicks in during winter
months, soccer must take a break be-
cause there are no fields available.
    Richter wants to have soc-
cer-specific fields for use only by soc-
cer teams within the future, although
he couldn't say when that goal might
be scored for the league.
    Richter, 39, is a senior para-
medic for the Indian River County
Fire Department and lives in Sebas-
tian with his wife, Jane, and their
two children, Cory, 14 and Katie,
13. Both children play in the soccer
    While his organizational skills
are appreciated at the soccer associa-
tion, they're also needed at the local
chapter of the International Associa-
tion of Fire Fighters, local 2201,
where he is secretary treasurer.
    Richter is busy, but not too busy
to give up his volunteer work with
young soccer players.
    "I feel like I started it. I just feel
like I've got a stake in it and I want
to see it through. I hope within the
next few years we'll have our own
complex, then maybe I'll step
down," he said.

Photo Caption
Cory Richter, one of the founders of the Sebastian Soccer
Association, said he still gets a thrill on opening day,
watching the youngsters play.

Letters to the Editor

Band association
thanks participants
     The Sebastian River Middle
 School Band Parents Association
 would like to thank the following
 people and businesses for their con-
 tribution towards making the Fourth
 Annual Golf Tournament a success:
   Alan Jackson, State Farm Insur-
 ance; Ando Builders; Ar-Pat's Dry
 Cleaners; Bill's TV; Coldwell
 Banker; Captain Hiram's; Checkers
 Restaurant; Classic Awards and Pro-
 motions; Communications Interna-
 tional; Community Tire & Auto,
 Dole Citrus; Ercildoune Lanes; Fal-
 con Cable; Fellsmere Beautification
 Committee; Fellsmere Hardware &
 Auto Supply; Fellsmere Hibiscus
 Grange; Fellsmere Lion's Club; Flor-
 ida Floor Fashions; Food Bag;
 GFWC-Sebastian Jr. Woman's Club.
     Also, Highlands Animal Hospi-
 tal; Hinzman Construction; Home-
 town Pet Care Center; Hurricane
 Harbour; Indian River Insurance
 Agency; Jerry Smith Tile; King
 Cleaning; KSM Engineering and
 Testing; Lambert Real Estate, Inc.;
 The Landscape Stop; Lois Kennedy
 State Farm Insurance; Manning Fi-
 nancial Group, Inc.; Maxwell
 Plumbing; Melody Music; Mid-State
 Mechanical; Morgan and Eklund,
 Surveyors; The Music Man; Orchid
 Isle Citrus; Paradise Hair Design-
 ers; Professional Realty of Fellsmere;
 Professional Title; Rene Van De
 Voorde, Attorney; Sebastian Ma-
 sonic Lodge; Sebastian Realty Exec-
 utives; Sebastian River Medical Cen-
 ter; Strunk Funeral Home.
    The Grand Prize Donors: Grand
 Harbour Golf and Beach Club, Pat
 Kamrath of Club Me!; Jim High-
 tower of The Whisper Lakes Golf
 Course; Treasure Coast Travel of
 Vero Beach; Windsor Golf Club.
    Prize Donors: AMC Theatres;
 Frank "Sonny' Capo; Captain Hi-
 ram's Restaurant; Classic Golf (Golf
 Outlet); Discount Auto, Discount
 Golf; Domino's Pizza; Goodyear
Tire; Giuseppe's Pizzeria; Hermana's
Mexican Cafe; Indian River National
Bank; Kentucky Fried Chicken;
Lady Dolphin; Lois Kennedy Insur-
ance; Mandarin Gardens; Manning
Financial; Mash Hoagies; Mel Fisher
Treasure Museum; Papa John's
Pizza; Patio Restaurant; Publix Su-
permarket; Sebastian Auto Parts; Se-
bastian Car Wash; Sebastian True
Value; Vic's Pizza; Windjammer
    The Band Parent Association
also wishes to thank Golf Director
Bob Komarinetz, Hank Vroman,
Tracy Quinlan and staff at the Sand-
ridge Golf Club for hosting the tour-
nament; and Mellisa's Gourmet Bak-
ery, Dunkin Donuts, and Hale
Groves for providing the tournament
    A special note of thanks goes to
Cindy Rich of Professional Title.
Danielle Jarratt, Beth Melagrano,
Donna Grzesiak of Southern Star
Communications for their help with
prizes, sponsors, and foursomes in
the tournament.
       SRMS Band Parents Association

Sebastian residents
not anti-business

   A recent Press Journal editorial
again has been guilty of repeating an
old saw of theirs.
    They are compelled to tell us
that they are "pro business." They
don't seem to understand that we
know that businesses purchase ads.
They should also be aware that it is
we who purchase the businesses'
products. We are not anti-business.
   They are compelled to say, "un-
fortunately, we haven't done much
to attract new business." Maybe the
Press Journal is the unfortunate one.
    It continues to opine about Se-
bastian without taking the trouble to
do its homework.
    It might be a good idea if you,
the editor of the Sebastian Sun, get
busy and do some editorializing on
our behalf. Maybe you could be tell-
ing the Press Journal that we have
constantly, as a majority indicated
that we are and want, to be a sleepy
fishing village. Maybe you could be
telling them that there is no "for-
mula" of theirs that they can apply to
us to indicate that we are paying
more than our share of taxes. Maybe
you could be telling them that we
are encouraging new residential con-
struction. Maybe you could invite
Eric Gorman (Press Journal editorial
page editor) to visit here and learn
that all of America is not given to
big business.
 In the least, you would be edito-
rializing the "truth" and wouldn't
that be a feather in your cap!
                     T. T. Connelly

Pilot program to go into effect in January
Bu Dave McAllister

    I attended a very interesting
meeting on Dec. 13 at Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 4206 in Mel-
    The meeting was hosted by the
VFW's District 8 commander, Joe
    In attendance were service offi-
cers and commanders from most
VFW posts in District 8. Also there
were the director of the Tampa VA
Medical Center, the Department of
Florida veterans service officer, and
the Brevard County veterans serlvice
officer. There were plenty of ques-
tions and answers.
    The ones that caught my atten-
tion were:
    * Hearing aids and eyeglasses
from the VA. Veterans rated by the
VA at 10 percent or more disabled,
 for any service-connected condition
 can be eligible for hearing aids and
 eyeglasses if referred for specialty
 evaluation by their VA primary-care
 physician, and if the results of the
 evaluation determine the need for
 hearing aids or eyeglasses.
       * Former Prisoners of War
rated 60 percent or more disabled
and who are determined to be unemploy-
able by the VA, can be upgraded to
100 percent.
     * Medications - I raised the
question of the VA not being able to
fill prescriptions written by non-VA
physicians. The director of the
Tampa VA Medical Center asked me
to get in touch with Dr. Van Bus-
kirk, director of the Orlando VA
Clinic and the Palm Bay VA Clinic. I
     In summary, Van Buskirk stated
he was conducting a conference the
following day at which he will in-
struct the physicians in attendance,
including the head physician at the
Palm Bay VA, to review the medical
files of veterans provided by their
non-VA treating physicians with a
view to rewriting the prescriptions to
be dispensed by a VA pharmacy.
     One of the veterans I have been
working with has been called by the
Palm Bay VA and is to present his
medical file for review in the near fu-
ture. For those medications not in
the VA's program, there is a possi-
bility that a "fee basis" card may be
issued. I'll let vou know more when
I learn more about the issue.
     * The $5 million earmarked for
VA use in East Central Florida
(that's us) is to be used to pay the
cost of hospitalization of veterans,
that is those veterans enrolled at the
Palm Bay VA Clinic that require
hospitalization. To the best of my
knowledge, this will go into effect in
   Tis' the season to be jolly. Please
do and stay healthy. My very best
wishes to all for a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

Dump trash on dry land, not in the ocean
By Jim Krzenski
      Besides our search and rescue
  mission, the Coast Guard Station in
  Fort Pierce is responsible for enforc-
  ing all federal laws and regulations
  on our coastal waters. These regula-
  tions include the interdiction of
  drugs and other illegal contraband,
  as well as enforcing boating safety
  and fishery regulations. Our enforce-
  ment authority also includes federal
  maritime environmental regulations.
      Today I'd like to discuss an im-
  portant environmental regulation.
  This regulation, MARPOL Annex
  V, which is implemented by 33 CFR
  151, is designed to protect the ma-
  rine environment from various types
  of garbage.
      Early in my Coast Guard career,
  some 20 years ago, when plastic
  six-pack rings were common, I can
  remember encountering many ma-
  rine birds with these plastic rings
  wrapped around their necks.
      In one case, the bird had contin-
  ued to grow after getting entangled,
  causing the plastic to cut into the
  bird's neck. Unable to catch and save
  it from its predicament, I'm sure the
  unfortunate animal experienced a
  slow and painful death.
      Today, I and my boat crews con-
  tinue to observe quite a bit of gar-
  bage adrift on our coastal waters.
  We are constantly picking up the
  larger nonbiodegradable pieces. If
  we were to pick up every Styrofoam
  cup that is adrift out there, we
  would not get much else done. Plas-
  tic is a big threat to all marine life.
  There are many species that mistake
  it for food. Animals' digestive tracts
  do not work well when coated with
      The floating trash includes quite
  a variety. In one case, my boat crew
  actually had to haul a refrigerator
  out of the ocean from some 10 miles
  off shore. This was not only a threat
  to the marine environment, but also
  was a hazard to navigation.
     It could have easily sent a
wooden or fiberglass hull to the bot-
tom with its occupants.
      I am very confident that the ma-
jority of us who go down to the sea
in ships respect the marine environ-
ment and keep our trash on board
until back in port.
      Those that don't, need to. Our
sensitive marine environment is a
very precious resource. Please re-
member that we are only visitors to
this beautiful water world. Let's
work together to keep it beautiful
for many generations to come.
      MARPOL Annex V restricts the
discharge of vessel generated garbage
to the following:
      * Plastic: disposal prohibited
into any waters.
      The discharge of all garbage is
prohibited in the navigable waters of
the United States and in all waters
within 3 nautical miles of the nearest
      * Dunnage, lining and packing
materials that float: disposal prohib-
ited less than 25 miles from nearest
land and in U.S. navigable waters.
      * Unground garbage: disposal
prohibited less than 12 miles from
nearest land and in U.S. navigable
      * Garbage ground to less than
one inch: disposal prohibited less
than 3 miles from nearest land and
in U.S. navigable waters.
      U.S. vessels 26 feet or more in
length must display a placard to
make those on board aware of the
above listed information.
   U.S. vessels 40 feet or larger, and
which operate beyond three miles
and have a galley and berthing, or
engage in commerce, must have a
waste-management plan posted and
keep records of garbage discharges
and disposals.
   A person who violates any of the
above requirements is liable for a
civil penalty of up to $25,000, a fine
of up to $50,000, and imprisonment
for up to five years, for each viola-
tion. Note that regional state and
local restrictions on garbage restric-
tions also may apply.
   This being the final Coast Guard
Station, Fort Pierce, monthly article
of 1997, 1 would like to take the op-
portunity to wish all readers a very
safe and happy holiday season.

 Week In Review

 Sebastian may curve
 Indian River Drive

     Sebastian Planning and Zoning
 Commissioners Dec. 18 unani-
 mously approved site plans that in-
 clude moving Indian River Drive
 about 13 feet west to slow down
 traffic near Riverview Park and cre-
 ating 75 spaces for parking at the
 former CAV Corp. property.
     The approved plans will be taken
 to City Council so that city staff can
 get official approval to solicit bids
 for the project. Council has never
 seen a proposal to add a curve to In-
 dian River Drive.
     City officials plan to pay for the
 project with the $600,000 state revi-
 talization grant the city got in 1996
 from the Department of Community
 Affairs' Community Development
 Block Grant project.
     Community Development Direc-
 tor Bob Massarelli recently asked for
 a six-month extension on the grant.
 If council agrees to put the project
 out for bid, it is expected to be done
 by the city's July 4 celebration.
     Plans call for the creation of 57
 parking spaces on the 2.2 acres be-
 tween Fellsmere Road and Coolidge
 Street known as the former CAV
 Corp. property. Cars and boats will
 park on the east half of the property,
 with the west half closest to Sparky's
 Shell Station reserved for overflow
     A second project devised by staff
 and the Citizens Advisory Task
 Force includes moving Indian River
 Drive west by about 13 feet to create
 a slight curve between Riverview
 Park and Coolidge Street. This may
 encourage drivers to slow down in
 this part of Indian River Drive,
 which has a 30 mph speed limit,
 Massarelli said.
     "That slight curve will force peo-
 ple to slow down. Because this is a
 public park area, we definitely want
 to do everything we can to slow traf-
 fic down," he said.
     Since the curve will add space
 east of Indian River Drive, Massa-
 ielli said a paved driveway can be
 built parallel and east of the road.
    An 18-space paved parking lot
has been designed so people could
look out across the river. A
landscaped median about 6 feet wide
will be built between the parking lot
and road to deter people from back-
ing out onto Indian River Drive.
The driveway also will improve
drainage on Indian River Drive near
the park, he said.
    "I think we'll just enhance that
enntire area," he said.
   The larger parking lot on the for-
mer CAV Corp. property will be
kept green but with wheel stops bur-
ied in the grass to designate parking
spaces. Landscaping will be done on
all sides of the property and a side-
walk will be built on the south side
of the property near the park.
   Massarelli said the task force
wants to extend the sidewalk to con-
nect with the one Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation is planning
to build along Indian River Drive.
That would mean the city will have a
sidewalk from the North Indian
River County Library on County
Road 512 to the riverfront, he said.
    "I think that is such a major asset
for the city. It really starts bringing
the city together," he said.
    A bicycle rack also will be added
to the southeast corner of the prop-
erty and street lighting will be added
to Fellsmere Road near the park,
according to the plan.

Ordinance to prohibit
gambling ships sinks

   Sebastian City Councilwoman
Ruth Sullivan's quest to launch an
ordinance prohibiting gambling
boats from docking along the city's
shores sank Dec. 17 when she didn't
get a second to her motion for the
    She said she thought having an
ordinance prohibiting the boats was
important because the riverfront dis-
trict does not have space for larger
parking lots accommodating crowds
of people who may be attracted to
these type of ships.
    "We are trying to keep the river-
front open for the people of this
town," she said.
    But City Attorney Valerie Settles
said council couldn't discriminate
against gambling boats and the ordi-
nance would have to be limited to
prohibiting boats of a certain size.
Mrs. Settles said she would have to
do some research to determine the
average size of a gambling boat.
     Councilwoman Louise Car-
 twright said the whole discussion of
 gambling ships was "insane."
     "I can't believe we're talking
 about this again. I'm tired of it," she
     Discussion turned loud when
 Mrs. Cartwright berated Mrs. Suili-
 van for comments made in a letter to
 the editor in the Press Journal that
 said local developers were consid-
 ering bringing gambling boats to
 their docks.
     In the letter, Mrs. Sullivan said
 there were three developers applying
 for dredging permits to dig deep
 waterways to the ocean through the
 Sebastian Inlet. Mrs. Cartwright said
 she could find no record of those
 permit applications after contacting
 several state agencies, including the
 Department of Environmental Pro-
     "No one knows anything about
 this. It's poppycock," Mrs. Car-
 twright said.
     Mrs. Cartwright said when peo-
ple see a letter from someone signing
their name as a member of council,
they often give more credence to
what is stated. She said Mrs. Sullivan
should have listed herself as a resi-
dent or property owner to give her
opinion and not as a council mem-
    Mrs. Sullivan said she was told
by a DEP representative that three
developers had applied for dredging
permits, and added that she didn't
understand what was wrong with
council passing the ordinance.
    "I don't see what the big (deal)
is, unless you want (gambling ships).
If (gambling ships) are not hanging
over our heads, then what's the harm
(in passing the ordinance)," she said.
    In other action, council voted
3-2 to leave alone the 1995 special
assessment of property owners for a
county waterline and not to reopen
the issue, despite pleas from Oyster
Pointe board President Max Abram.
    Abram asked council in April to
reconsider the assessment after it was
determined that Oyster Pointe had
been over-assessed by about
$14,000. Oyster Pointe was assessed
based on 196,019 square feet instead
of the actual 90,605 square feet of
the property. The resort was billed
$26,229.37 when it should have
been billed $12,315.37.
    Cartwright and Councilman
Larry Paul voted against leaving the
issue alone, saying council had a
moral obligation to correct errors
that were made.
    The three council members
voted to keep the assessment as is af-
ter Mrs. Settles warned reopening
the issue could be very costly to the
city. An attorney who specializes in
special assessment projects would
need to be hired, along with some-
one to do a land survey, she said.
There also would be administrative
costs involved.

Some see red
over green light
     It is supposed to ease the flow of
 traffic going north on U.S. 1 near
 Micco Road, but many South Bre-
 vard County residents said they be-
 lieve the continuous-green light is
 more a hazard than an improvement.
     The U.S. 1 light, which allows
 traffic to flow through the eastern-
 most northbound lane, is causing
 more accidents than preventing
 them, residents said.
     "It's a really dangerous situation.
 It should be removed completely,"
 said Barefoot Bay resident Joseph
     Problems arise, they said, when
 people make a left turn from Micco
 Road and "drift" to the east north-
 bound lane with the continuous traf-
     "Once people make the turn, by
 force of habit, they want to get in
 the right lane. That's the drift factor
 I mentioned. Actually, it's a real dan-
 ger," said Mike Cunningham, Micco
 resident and secretary of Micco
 Homeowners Association.
     For this reason, Cunningham
 said he's contacted Brevard County
 traffic officials to see what can
 done about removing the light.
     "I really feel because of growth
 in the area that it has overshadowed
 the need for a continuous-green
 light," Cunningham said.
     The continuous signal was in-
 stalled on U.S. I in December 1990.
 The idea was to ease the flow of traf-
 fic at the intersection and decrease
 the likelihood of accidents, said
 Larry Wynn, transportation engineer
 for Florida Department of Transpor-
     "When (motorists) tend to slow
down, it increases the likelihood of a
rear-end collision," Wynn said.
     He said historically, they haven't
noticed any major accidents that
have been caused by the green arrow
but that could have changed.
     But Cunningham and other resi-
dents said what the continuous green
arrow is doing is increasing the
chances of people being run off the
     In the past few years, he said,
there have been several accidents
where people have been run off the
road onto the banks of the Indian
River by motorists who suddenly
moved into the east northbound
     One such accident occurred in
July when a van carrying children
and handicapped adults careened
over the bank of the Indian River at
that intersection.
     According to Florida Highway
Patrol Trooper Mark Clark, the acci-
dent occurred when Micco resident
James Hoover turned his vehicle left
to head north on U.S. 1 from Micco
Road and went into the through
lane, hitting the van.
     As a result, three people were in-
jured in the accident, but it could
have been worse.
     There is a posted sign on Micco
Road advising motorists that there is
flow-through traffic on the east lane.
But few people actually pay attention
to the signs, residents said.
     "What is causing the accidents is
that people are not paying attention
to what they are doing. They don't
read the signs," said Barefoot Bay
resident Ed Keeley, who also is sec-
ond vice president for the Barefoot
Bay Homeowners Association.
     Cunningham said he and other
residents also are concerned with the
increase of traffic they'll be getting
from a new development going up
on the west end of Micco Road and
off U.S. 1 by Barefoot Bay.
     In the next few weeks, Wynn
said, his office will be conducting a
study of the traffic patterns on U.S.
1 and Micco Road, and will look at
accident data, to see if they should
remove the continuous-green light
or see what else can be done to re-
lieve the situation.

40 volunteers to take
wheel of transit van
      So far it's been a pretty smooth
  ride for transit officials and South
  Mainland residents who are trying to
  set up a volunteer van service for res-
  identg in the area.
      At a meeting Dec. 18 between
  Space Coast Area Transit officials
  and members of the South Mainland
  Shuttle Committee, transit officials
  learned that about 40 people have
  signed up as volunteer drivers for the
  van service.
      "That's really good news," said
  Jim Liesenfelt, interim director for
  the transit agency.
      By early next year, the transit
  agency hopes to begin running a van
  service in which volunteer drivers
  will use a 15-passenger van to pick
  up South Mainland residents either
  at their homes or at various pickup
  points. The van will then take them
  to locations such as the Veterans Af-
  fairs outpatient clinic in Palm Bay or
  to Roseland in Indian River County
  to go shopping or receive medical at-
      A date has not yet been set when
  the service will start.
      Even though 40 volunteers
  sounds like a good number, Liesen-
  felt said the agency would still like to
  get even more people to sign up be-
  cause some of the residents who have
  signed up may not be in Florida in
  the summer months.
      Liesenfelt said in January the
  agency will train the volunteer driv-
      "The training will be mostly to
  familiarize them with the size of the
  van and how it operates," he said.
      By having volunteer drivers, the
  county only has to pay about $575 per
  month to operate the van, Liesenfelt
  has said. Part of that money will
  come from a grant provided by the
Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, he said.
   Transit officials have tentatively
set a nominal fee, each way, of $1
for adults, and 50 cents for senior
citizens, handicapped citizens and
students with student identification.
   The committee is still working
on setting up a schedule for the set-
vice, but the group is anticipating
the van will operate Monday
through Friday, at least initially.
    Volunteer drivers would pick up
residents living south of Valkaria
  Road, north of the Sebastian River
  and east of Babcock Road, except
  for Deer Run residents.
    Micco resident Mike Canning-
  ham, and Barefoot Bay residents
  Richard Higgins and David McAl-
  lister were selected to coordinate
  the scheduled pickups. They also
  will be distributing information to
  local residents about the proposed
  van service.

 Council reviews
 riverfront plan

   Sebastian City Council plodded
 through its first workshop Dec. 16
 on a proposed ordinance designed
 to guide future development of the
 city's riverfront, trying to balance
 property owners' rights ensuring
 the character of the district is pre-
   Commissioners ended the meet-
 ing about 10:30 p.m., after sitting
 page by page through half of the
 proposed ordinance.
   "This is very tedious," Coun-
 cilwoman Ruth Sullivan said.
   A second workshop was set for
 Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. to finish reviewing
 the 51-page document.
   The ordinance recommends
 changes for future development
 within the district, including restric-
 tions on color, architectural style,
 signs and landscaping. The riverfront
 district includes all property north of
 Sebastian Square shopping center
 and east of the railroad tracks.
   Before council began dissecting
 the ordinance, Indian River Drive
 property owner Willard Siebert
 urged members to be careful about
 setting restrictions that are oppres-
 sive. He said he thought some re-
 strictions may be necessary to pre-
 serve the area, but didn't want
 councilto go too far.
   "I truly recognize the need for
 careful and considerate planning, but
 I have a strong belief in individual
 property owner rights," he said. "In-
 dividual property rights may need to
 be sacrificed if the plan is imple-
 mented as proposed. This may be
 too great a price to pay to create the
 theme of an 'old-Florida Fishing Vil-
 lage,'" he said.
    Discussion shifted from includ-
ing the Indian River in the riverfront
district to allowing glass blocks to be
used in buildings in the district.
    Sullivan opposed the inclusion of
the Indian River as part of the dis-
trict because she said it was not nec-
essary and was concerned there
would be a push for dredging per-
mits in the canals.
    "We have zoning now that con-
trols (development on the river).
You don't have to include the river
as well," she said.
    But Community Development
Director Bob Massarelli said if the
river were not included in the dis-
trict, the clty would have no control
over what could be built over the
  "If you don't include the river,
then the architectural standards in
here will not govern it," he said.
  Council members agreed to in-
clude the river in the description of
the riverfront district.
  Council also decided to prohibit
the use of glass blocks in the con-
struction of buildings unless the
blocks cannot be seen from the road-
way, and to allow businesses to put
their names on benches outside their
buildings for identification purposes.
The proposed ordinance prohibits
advertising on benches or trash re-
ceptacles in the district.

3 councilmen suggest
raise for clerk
   Sebastian City Council members
 gave mostly rave reviews to City
 Clerk Kay O'Halloran for her job
 performance this year.
   Three of the council members -
 Mayor Walter Barnes, Vice Mayor
 Rich Taracka and Councilwoman
 Ruth Sullivan - are recommending
 her salary be increased about 6 1/2
 percent, from $44,116 to $47,000, a
 salary they say is more in line with
 what city clerks in other Florida cit-
 ies similar in size to Sebastian are be-
 ing paid.
   Councilman Larry Paull, recom-
 mended a 2 percent raise, while
 Councilwoman Louise Cartwright
 recommended a 3 percent raise.
   Evaluation forms for Ms. O'Hal-
 loran are similar to those for City
 Manager Thomas Frame, measuring
 10 areas of her job, including organi-
zation, administration and budget,
relationship with the mayor and
council, assignment and supervision
of personnel, communication with
other city departments, public rela-
tions preparation of agenda pack-
ages, elections and seif-improvement.
   Councilmen were asked to rate
Ms. O'Halloran in each area on a
scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being unsatis-
factory and 5 meaning she exceeds
   Most of Ms. O'Halloran's scores
ranged in the "above average" and
"exceeds expectations" range with
little criticism and no scores below
   Paul, who gave the lowest scores,
marked her form with all "satisfac-
tory" scores with just one "above av-
erage" mark for self-improvement,
mentioning her third sustaining
membership in the International In-
stitute of Municipal Clerks.
   Ms. O'Halloran, who has worked
for the city since 1987, refused to
sign Paul's evaluation form.
   Barnes, who gave the highest
marks to Ms. O'Halloran, said, "Kay
and her staff are well-organized and
do an excellent job of car in out
the goals, programs and schedules
associated with her area of responsi-
   Ms. O'Halloran said she didn't
want to comment on the evaluations.
   Councilmen were more timely in
returning Ms. O'Halloran's evalua-
tion forms than they were for Frame,
whose evaluation date was in Au-
gust. The forms for the city clerk
were sent out late November with a
Dec. 8 due date. Councilwoman
Louise Cartwright turned her form
in first on Dec. 6. Barnes was the last
to submit his form on Dec. 18.
   No date has been set to discuss
Frame and O'Halloran's salaries.

   Photo Caption
   finishing touches on a new ramp at Sebastian's Community
   Development Department Dec. 18. The small ramp will enable
   wheelchairs to get to the front door. In addition to the
   ramp, city officials recently installed electronic doors
   for the council chambers, City Hall and Community
   Development Department. City officials spent about $4,942
   to hire Florida Door Control of Orlando to put in the new
   doors and about $150 to get the electrical work done. Regan
   Masonry put in the new ramp for about $75. The city has
   budgeted about $12,000 for handicapped renovations
   throughout the city. City staff is designing plans and
   determining costs to renovate restrooms at the Sebastian
   Community Center and the Yacht Club. The center may get
   its new restrooms within the first six months of the new
   year. Yacht Club renovations still are in the planning

 Local briefs

 Art Club's work
 exhibited locally
       The Sebastian River Art Club an-
 nounces the following schedule of
 members' exhibits through Jan. 14:
       * Shirley Warwick, Sebastian
 City Hall, 1225 Main St.
       * Rosalie Louterback, North
Indian River County Library, 1001
County Road 512.
      * Lillian Giordan, the Press
Journal, 717 Coolidge St.
      * Mary Maxwell, Florida To-
day, 11628 U.S. 1, and Sebastian
Realty, 1329 U.S. 1.

Italian American Club
craft show Jan. 1 1

      The Barefoot Bay Italian Ameri-
can Club held its annual Christmas
party Dec. 14.
      There still are available seats for
the trip to Las Vegas on March 9.
For more information, call
      The Ethnic Festival meeting will
be held at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in Build-
ing C. Workers still are needed for
the booths.
      The club's craft and bake sale
will be held from noon to 5 p.m.,
Jan. 11, in Building A.
      The installation of officers din-
ner will be held Jan. 18. The doors
open at 5 p.m. A cash bar will be
available and dinner will be served
after a short meeting.
      Tickets will be sold from 9 to
10:30 a.m. Jan. 5 and 6 on the patio
of Building A. Tickets are $7 for
members, $8 for house guests. The
last day to purchase tickets will be
Jan. 13.
      For more information, call
      Membership dues can be paid at
the January, February and March
meetings. New members will be ac-
ccpted only after the March meeting,
if any openings are availabIc. Call
664-8000 for information about the
      The club's anniversary dinner
will be held March 22. Ticket sale
dates will be announced in the fu-

Library Coffee House
featuring guitarists
   Brad Keeler and Rich Mermer
are the featured performers for the
next librarv Coffee House sched-
uled for Jan. 2 at the North Indian
River County Library.
   Keeler will play the mandolin
and the guitar, as well as sing blues
and folk-style songs.
  Mermer, who makes many of his
own instruments, will accompany
Keeler on the guitar.
  Admission to the coffee house is
free and open to the public, with do-
nations accepted to defray the cost
of coffee and pastries.
  The doors open at 7 p.m. and an
open mike for poetry reading is
scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The reading
will be followed by Keeler and
Mermer, who then will be joined by
other musicians for a jam session.
  The Library Coffee House is held
on the first Friday of each Month.
from October through April.
  For more information, call the li-
brary at 589-1355.

Up With People
to entertain locally

   An international festival is on its
way to Vero Beach.
   Up With People is bringing 150
international students, ages 17-25,
representing 24 different countries,
to Vero Beach, kicking off the sec-
ond half of the world tour.
   During their four-day stay, the
cast will live with local host families,
explore Vero and perform the
musical, "The Festival," Jan. 10 a
the Riverside Theatre at 2 and 8

Plaques purchase
to help theater

    Riverside Children's Theatre staff
 announces a fund-raising campaign
 for the Anne Morton Theatre, the
new addition to the Agnes Wahls-
trom Youth Playhouse scheduled to
open next summer.
   The campaign is offering the op-
portunity to purchase brass chair
plaques in the new state-of-the-art,
300-seat theater and could be used
to honor a former or current RCT
student, special supporter of the arts
or a star in the making. The com-
memorative plaques are priced at
$350 each.
    The campaign has borrowed its

theme from the story of "Goldilocks
and the Three Bears" and encour-
ages donors to find a seat that's "just
right." Each solid brass plaque pro-
vides two lines of 25 characters each
which will be placed on the uphol-
stered seats of the new Anne Morton
Theatre. For more information on
the program, call RCT at 234-8052.

Brandon to discuss
treasure hunting

   On Jan. 4 at 1:30 p.m., a special
program will be given at the
McLarty Treasure Museum. John
Brandon, a successful treasure
hunter, will relate his experiences in
searching and finding lost Spanish
   Brandon found his first piece of
eight on a Fort Pierce beach at 12
years old, got the treasure-hunting
fever and has been looking ever
since. He has worked for Mel Fisher
for 27 years.
   Brandon has worked off Key
West on the 1622 wrecks of the
Margarita and the Atocha. For the
last 17 years, he has been working
on the Treasure Coast as a diver and
the captain of the MV Endeavor.
   During his years as a treasure
hunter, Brandon has found millions
of dollars worth of gold, silver and
rare artifacts. This season, he found
more than 350 silver coins, nine
gold coins, a half dozen gold rings
and hundreds of artifacts.
   Admission to the museum, which
includes the program, is $1 for
adults; children under 6 are ad-
mitted free.
   The museum is on State Road
A1A, two miles south of Sebastian
Inlet. For further information, call
(407) 589-2147 or 984-4852.

VNA lists
January clinics

     The Visiting Nurse Association
of the Treasure Coast is offering a
free blood-pressure clinic from
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 2 at
Wal-Mart in Sebastian,; 2001 U.S. 1.
     A blood-sugar clinic is scheduled
for 9-11 a.m., Jan. 2, at Walgreens in
Sebastian, 13415 U.S. 1.
     People wanting a blood sugar
test should fast from midnight on
prior to having the test. For more
information, call Meryl Mason at

Baby-sitting class
to begin Jan. 3

     The American Red Cross, a
United Way Agency, in cooperation
with Indian River Memorial Hospi-
tal, is conducting a baby-sitting class.
"The Expert Baby Sitter" will be
held the first and second Saturday of
every month.
  The next class is Jan. 3 and Jan.
10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the
fourth-floor conference room of the
  The class is designed for adoles-
cents 11 years old and up.
   The two-day course is an interac-
tive activity-based program that
provides participants with numer-
ous hands-on experiences. It teaches
responsibilities of a baby sitter, how
to handle an emergency, how to
perform first aid, certification of
infant/child cardiopulmonary resus-
citation, rescue breathing, choking
and more.
     Each participant receives a Red
Cross Baby Sitter's Guide, checklist,
course completion certificate and an
infant/child CPR course completion
     A registration fee is required and
class size is limited.
     For more information or to reg-
ister for class, call Ryan Van Buren
of the American Red Cross at

Coupon books
now on sale

     Pelican Island Preservation So-
cietv will help finance the 95th anni-
versary celebration of Pelican Island
with a "Dine-Around Dollars" res-
taurant coupon book featuring 24
discount coupons for Sebastian and
Micco restaurants.
     Each book costs $10 and is a
  suggested Christmas gift.
     Sale proceeds will be earmarked
  as funds for the anniversary cele-
  bration of Pelican Island scheduled
  March 14 at Riverview Park, Sebas-
     The following participating res-
  taurants will be added to,the list of
  sponsors: The Grill at Riverwalk,
  Giuseppe's Pizzeria and Italian Cui-
  sine, Captain Hiram's, Hurricane
  Harbor, A Taste of Philly, Prima
  Pizza and Pasta, Sebastian Gourmet
  Deli and Restaurant, Stuart's Bistro,
  Vic's Italian Restaurant, Waterway
  Cafe and the Windjammer Restau-
     Call Ruth Davies at 589-3687 to
  obtain a coupon book.
     They also are on sale at the Se-
  bastian Chamber of Commerce.

  British to celebrate
  New Year's

   Members of the British Heritage
  Club are invited to a New Year's Eve
  party Dec. 31 at building D&E,
  Barefoot Bay, starting at 8 a.m. A
  late supper, live band, prizes, favors
 and fun are planned. Tickets are
 available. For seating or tickets, call

 Sebastian Senior Center
 offering dance lessons

   On Jan. 8, the Sebastian Senior
 Center will hold ballroom dance les-
 sons 1-3 p.m. Instructors are Fred
 and Mary Marano, professional in-
 structors from the U.S. Ballroom
 Teachers of America. Call 388-5889
 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily for
 advance registration.

 Mensa group
 plans examinations

     Space Coast Area Mensa, the lo-
 cal chapter of American Mensa Ltd.,
 the high IQ society, will conduct an
 entrance examination session Jan.
 10. SCAM testing coordinator Jon
 Warner will hold the session in Con-
 ference Room C, Cape Canaveral
 Hospital Medical Plaza, Merritt Is-
 land Causeway (State Road 520),
 Cocoa Beach.
     Participants should bring
identification and arrive at 12:30
p.m. The 2 1/2-hour examination lasts
until 3 p.m. There is a $25 fee, pay-
able to American Mensa Ltd., due at
the time of testing.
    Warner encourages walk-ins.
There is no pre-registration for this
session. The minimum age for test-
ing is 14 years.
    Mensa is an international organi-
zation with only one criterion for
membership. Applicants must score
at or above the 98th percentile on a
standard IQ test. Space Coast Area
Mensa serves both Brevard and In-
dian River counties. For more infor-
mation, call Warner at (407)

4-H sewing group
to begin Dec. 10
    Creative youths 10 and up are
invited to participate in a 4-H sew-
ing group 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec.
30 at the County Administration
Annex, 1028 20th Place, Vero
Beach. Through learning to sew,
youths have an opportunity to be
creative, learn hand stitching, how to
use a sewing machine and how to
follow directions.
  This is for beginning sewers. The
first project will be to make
jams-style shorts. To register, call the
County Extension Office at

Losers win
at TOPS 686

   Take Off Pounds Sensibly,
Chapter 686, met recently at United
Methodist Church, 1029 Main St.,
Sebastian. Best losers for the week
were Perina Player and Edith Secor.
   A Christmas tree contest is being
held with Marie Septak in charge.
Elaine Ellingsworth gave a list of
foods needed for the food pantry.
Toys and money were also given to
the Toys for Tots program.
   For more information, call
589-1010 or 589-1319.

Sebastian TOPS

    Take Off Pounds Sensibly 473
Sebastian held the Christmas gift ex-
change party Dec. 9.
    The regular meeting was held
Dec. 16 at the Roseland Fire De-
partment at 7 p.m. Best loser was
Cheryl Kinchen.
    On Dec. 30, members will have
the regular meeting. For more infor-
mation, contact Marion Kutch at
Ladies Auxiliary
holding dinner

    The Ladies Auxiliary of the
Micco Volunteer Fire Department
met Dec. 18 at the firehouse.
    A new member, Hope McGrath,
was welcomed.
    The auxiliary is in need of new
members. Residents living in the
Micco area are asked to consider
joining the group. Members help
with pancake breakfasts and flea
markets and all proceeds go to the

    Make a New Year's Resolution
and join the group at its Jan. 29
meeting. Call 664-2116 for informa-
    Tickets are now available from
firefighters and auxiliary members
for the the annual chicken dinner to
be held Jan. 25, Super Bowl Sunday.
    The next flea market and craft
sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon
Feb. 7 at the firehouse. To reserve
tables, call 664-8416. To donate
items, call 664-2116.
    The auxiliary will hold its annual
card party from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 28
in Building A in Barefoot Bay. Door
prizes, refreshments, table prizes will
be available.
    For tickets, call 664-6709.

Knights of Columbus
holding party

    The Sebastian Knights of Co-
lumbus Council 8009, 7701 Gibson
St., Roseland, will hold a New
Year's Eve party starting at 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 at the headquarters.
   A cash bar and appetizers will be
served at 8 p.m. with a dinner buffet
being served at 9 p.m. A breakfast
buffet will be served at 12:30 a.m.
    The Ace of Diamonds will provide
vide the music.
    Tickets are $15 per person.
    For more information or for
tickets, call Dan Benzing, 388-3350
or Gene Dernbach, 388-2560.

Little League
holding registration

    Sebastian Little League will hold
player registration from 6 to 8:30
p.m. Jan. 5 at the Barber Street
Sports Complex.
    Fees will be $25 per player or
$30 per famlly.
    Proof of age is required for new
    Volunteers are still needed in-
cluding sponsors, umpires, managers
and coaches.
    For more information, call
Randy Snyder at 589-8494 or Char-
lotte Tunstill at 589-6492.

Sebastian Elks
holding hoop shoot

    BPOE Lodge 2714 will hold its
annual "Hoop Shoot" Jan. 10 at Se-
bastian River High School starting
at 9 a.m.
    Boys and girls between the ages
of 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 are eligible.
Proof of age is required.
    For more information, call

IRSA holding
soccer camp

    Gavin Spooner, the Indian River
Soccer Association's director of
coaching, will be hosting IRSA's an-
nual Christmas soccer camp from
Dec. 29-31 at Hobart Soccer Corn-
    The camp is open to boys and
girls ages 4 to 18. New players, rec-
reational and competitive players
from the Sebastian Soccer Associa-
tion and Indian River Soccer Associ-
ation are welcome.
   Cost for the camp is $40 for a
half-day session, which goes from
9-11:30 a.m., and $80 for a full day
which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Full day cost includes lunch.
   To register, call Gavin Spooner
at 234-4467 or mail the registration
by Dec. 20.

Open volleyball
slated for SRMS
   An open gym for volleyball, run
by the Recreation Department of
Vero Beach/Indian River County,
will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at the Sebastian River
Middle School on County Road
   The gym will be open for any-
one, male or female, over the age of
16. The cost is $1 per person per
night. Appropriate footwear is re-
quired. Anyone who shows up ready
to play can play.
   For more information, call the
recreation department at 567-2144.

Tis' the softball season
By Bill Valyo

  Sometimes, the seasons here in
Florida get me mixed up when it
qomes to figuring out what sport
should be taking the field.
  Here it is, the day after
Christmas and the subject is softball.
In other sections of the country,
they're waxing skis and sweeping off
the ice so that it will be smooth for
some skating.
    Beth Murphy doesn't care what's
happening in other parts of the land.
For her the only sport is softball, an
actvity that gets most ofher atten-
tion all year long.
    Murphy is in charge of combin-
ing two of the area's best girls'
softball teams and forming a new or-
ganization that will have 16-under,
14-under and 12-under teams. Last
year, the teams were the Sebastian
Stealers and the Sun Devils.
    Right now, after a few tryout
sessions, Beth said, "We have two
teams filled up, the 14-under and
16-under squads. We are shooting to
complete the 12-under team right at
the present."
   Currently, there are five girls that
have made the squad in the youngest
division. Julie Winterfield and Fay
Hawskes, a couple of headliners in
the Little League competition last
year, head the team.
    Right now, the team is without a
name. After the holidays, the coaches
and players will get together to pick
the moniker that will carry them to
the national championships in Co-
tumbus, Ohio, in 1998.
    Murphy will coach the 14-under
team while Tom Batchellor will
guide the 16-under squad. Jim Bar-
ton will handle the coaching chores
for the 12-and-younger team.
    The teams will compete around
the state each weekend in places such
as Orlando and West Palm Beach. In
order to qualify for the national fi-
nals., they must do well in all the lo-
cal tourneys to be chosen for the fi-
nals in Ohio.
    The weekend trips are quite ex-
pensive and Murphy says they could
run $500-$1,000 per weekend.
    Each player on the squad has
found a sponsor who will contribute
$100 for the season. Of course,
much more is needed to keep the
bottom line in the black. The teams
will be sponsoring a tournament at
the Barber Street complex in late
January or early February. It will be
the big fund-raiser of the year.
    Dedicated plavers such as Shayna
Snyder, Emily Waickowski, Heather
Herndon and Michelle Mitchell will
don their new uniforms to perform
before the local folks.
   This dedication needs plenty of
local fan support.

   SRMS boys get early present,
bring home tournament trophy

Of The Sun

    There were mixed emotions for
Sebastian River Middle School bas-
ketball teams after the Melbourne
Holy Trinity Christmas Classic
tournament Dec. 19 and 20.
   The boys took home the tourna-
ment trophy, while the girls had to
settle for a win in the consolation
   The boys team went undefeated
through three games, beating Gif-
ford, Melbourne, Divine Mercy
and Jefferson Middle School for
the tournament championship. It
was quite a milestone, as the boys
team hadn't played in a tournament
other than the Treasure Coast Con-
ference tournament for quite a few
   "Playing in a tournament, espe-
cially one like this, gives us an op-
portunity to see just how good we
are outside of the teams that we
play normally," Sebastian River
boys Coach Jason Keeler said. "It
feels good to go home with a win
over a team that you've never seen
before that might turn out to be a
very good team from where they're
   The competition proved worthy
for the undefeated Cowboys. Ear-
lier in the season, the boys beat
Gifford by at least 20 points, but
just pulled off the win by three
points, 37-34, in the first-round
game Dec. 19.
   "When we first came out, we put
on a trap and it worked pretty
well," Roshawn Helms said. "Then
after we took it off, it just turned
into a tough game."
   Before the final game against
Jefferson, which also came into the
finals undefeated in the tourna-
ment, the Cowboys' leading scorer
Helms seemed not so concerned
with winning.
   "There's less pressure because if
    we lose, it doesn't go toward our
conference record," Helms said. "So
that makes us feel better if we lose a
game. But we still want to win."
     Afterward, however, Keeler said
he couldn't pry the championship
trophy out of Helms' hands.
     "He held it like he was holding a
child," Keeler said.
     Helms put in yet another impres-
sive performance, leading the team in
the championship game with l2
points. Jarrod Judson flew around
the court for four steals while addding
another six points. Kevin Williams,
Ben Vickers and Brandon Spears all
had strong defensive games.
     In the semi-final game immedi-
ately before the finals, all players got
to play in the 57-19 win over Divine
Mercy. Caleb Geller had two key
three-pointers in the third quarter,
while Williams led the team with 12
     "That game was a great example
of an overall team effort," Keeler
     The girls, on the other hand, who
had won this tournament the only
other time it was held two years ago,
felt confident of their chances of
bringing home another trophy. But a
much improved Gifford team, which
the Cowbovs beat by 15 points in
their scason opener, surprised the
girls with a tough pressure defense,
beating Sebastian River in a heart-
breaker, 30-27.
     Normally the toughest pressureless
defense around, the Cowboys were
surprised to get even better than they
     "It's the first time we've seen
pressure and they handled our pres-
sure better than we handled theirs,"
Sebastian River girls Coach Bill
McCarthy said. "I think it was real
smart on (Gifford's) part."
     Although the team took solace in
the fact the loss doesn't count against
its perfect conference record, the
players reeled from shock and disbe-
lief that they let one slip away.
  Assistant Coach Adam Smith said
it was a wake-up call.
  "We assumed it was going to be
an easy game and it wasn't what we
expected," Jera Converse said. "A lot
of 'ifs' go through your mind,. What
if I would've shot the ball at this
 point or what if I would've passed
 to her?"
   Gifford went on to beat Holy
 Trinity in the finals to earn the
 championship trophy. The SRMS
 girls went on to beat Divine Mercy
 40-16 in the consolation game, with
 all 14 players scoring and getting
 considerable playing time.
   Sheena Taylor, who just joined
 the team this season, ran the court
 very well in all four quarters and led
 the team with six points. McCarthy
 said Mallory Kebbel also looked very
 good on the court as she added three
 points of her own.
   So Dec. 19th's upset win by the
 Gifford Dolphins may prove more
 valuable than a trophy. It should
 help the SRMS girls when they face
 Gifford again in a conference match
 up shortly after the winter break.
   "I won't say we're scared of (Gif-
 ford) now," Converse said. "But we
 will never underestimate a team
   There aren't many middle school
 Christmas tournaments for the Se-
 bastian River teams to participate in,
 so when Holy Trinitv Athletic Direc-
 tor Jo Williams decided to resurrect
 it this year, teams from around the
 area clamored to participate.
   "There seemed to be a lot of inter-
 est," she said. "We talked to a lot of
 different teams and coaches and they
 seemed to want to do it. And we
 wanted to do it, so we did it."
    Six teams from around the Space
 and Treasure coasts - Holy Trinity,
 Sebastian River, Gifford, Merritt Is-
 land, Jefferson and Divine Mercy -
 participated in the two-day, round-ro-
 bin tournament. About a 100 young-
 sters played on Holy Trinity's court
 Dec. 19 and 20 with dozens of
 friends and family members in atten-
     "It takes many hours of work to
 put something like this together,"
 Williams said. "But we've had an ex-
 cellent group of volunteers that have
 helped. And we've had no problems
 whatsoever. I couldn't have asked for
anything better. It's been great aand
verv exciting."
  Win or lose, both coaches agree
Christmas tournament is a great expe-
rience for the young players.
  "It's something to circle on your
calendar when you get your sched-
ule," McCarthy said. "It means your
school is proud enough of their prod-
uct to put it out there and represent
yourself where you don't normally
play. It's like being ambassadors for
your school."
    Williams said she plans to hold a
tournament again next year.

Photo Caption
Sebastian River Middle School basketball player Alicia
Warren takes the ball to the hoop in the consolation game
against Melbourne-Divine Mercy.

SRHS girls' JV squad has winning chemistry
Of The Sun

    Women have made great strides
in athletics lately.
    Professional teams have sprung
up in a variety of women's sports, in-
cluding softball and most notably,
basketball. But it didn't happen over-
night. Girls have been playing these
games quietly in their schools and
communities for years without much
attention or recognition. Only now
is their hard work and dedication
paying off.
    The Sebastian River junior var-
sity girls' basketball team symbolizes
this toiling in anonymity. Often, the
JV team is seen as a practice squad
only concerned with preparing the
girls for varsity membership. And al-
though preparing the players for var-
sity is a big part of the JV experi-
ence, it goes a whole lot deeper than
     With an 11-3 season record as of
Dec. 20, the Sebastian River team
seems to have found the chemistry
for a very successful year.
   "I think we're having an excellent
season," Shannon DeNardo said. "I
think playing on JV has given us
time to get used to playing at the
high-school level - working to-
gether so that when we do get up to
varsity, we'll know the game a lot
     Without the media and fan at-
tention the varsity receives, the ju-
nior-varsity squad members must
find motivation from within to dis-
cipline themselves for a deferred pay-
     "The motivation is they want to
play varsity," JV Coach Gerry Bar-
tsch said. "That's what's most in our
mind and I think that's what they're
looking for - to improve their skills.
But their major motivation right
now is they want to win. And they
want to work together to accomplish
that goal. They hate losing, they hate
     When they do lose, which lately
is rare, the players get together to
discuss what went wrong and how
to fix it.
      "We have a team conference and
we point out what we think was
wrong on the court," Melissa Tavlor
said. "And then the next game, we'll
whup that team."
     Just as junior-varsity teams in
most sports, the team commits as
much time and emotion to the game
as any varsity team. Remember,
these are teen-age girls who must
balance school, work and home life
with a sport that demands about two
hours a day of practice five davs a
week and as many as three games a
week. This year, the team has had
stretches where they must travel for
four games in a row. And to play,
the girls must maintain a 2.5
grade-point-average which requires
regular attendance, completed home-
work and ample study time.
     "If you have the dedication to
basketball and you keep your grades
up, you can make anything happen,"
Taylor said.
   "Having a job and balancing my
grades and school and basketball
makes me feel really in charge and it
shows me I can handle a lot of re-
sponsibilities. It gives you disci-
pline," she said.
     Another challenge is spending so
much time with the same people. Al-
though Sebastian River's JV has a
small roster, just nine girls, being
with the same people day in day out,
especially in pressure situations, can
be trying to anvbody.
     "We always work out our prob-
lems," Taylor said. "We get sick of
each other sometimes. But vou work
it out and come back. You have to
leave that stuff off the court."
     Friendship seems to conquer all
with this team, though. And when
tip-off time comes around, what you
see on the court is a close-knit fam-
     "We're all friends," Antrell Ealy
said. "We're like sisters."
     The junior-varsity team is not a
carbon copy model in miniature of
the varsity squad. Head Coach Ter-
rie Rogers expects both her freshman
and JV coaches to coach according
to the skills of the players, not simply
to imitate what the varsity is doing.
     "I think Terrie wants them to do
a variety of things before they get to
varsity," Bartsch said. "We have our
own plays, we have our own de-
fenses. I like to run stuff that fits the
team I have."
     And for this small, speedy team,
for example, that means pressure,
man-to-man defense instead of the
varsity's controlled zone. But the
JV's major strength is the players'
keen ability to sense their teammates
on the court and to anticipate each
others' moves. That results in a fluid
game with plavers able to make their
own adjustments without constant
prodding by Bartsch.
    "I think their strength is their
ability to adjust," Bartsch said. "You
can have set plays, but what happens
when that breaks down? What I see
in this team is their ability to look at
what's going on on the court and ad-
ust to that."
    The Sebastian River teams get a
well-deserved holiday break but start
up again with a Jan. 7 contest at St.
Edwards. The junior-varsity team
will play at 5:30 p.m.

Photo Caption
Sebastian River High School junior-varsity basketball
players Shannon DeNardo, left, and Michelle Taylor cheer on
the girls varsity team recently.

Title IX requirements put boys and
girls on equal playing field
By Linda E. Rothstein

    Title IX passed in the early '70s in a
landmark decision to ensure that opportuni-
ties for girls in public schools are equal to
those of their male counterparts.
    Lately, the focus has been on equality of
athletics - equal teams, equal facilities.
    The letter of Title IX isn't unreasonable:
the requirement is that schools simply must
make strides toward equalizing opportuni-
ties. It does not require schools to immedi-
ately equalize things to the dollar, although
that is the ideal goal. Schools that over the
years have consistently improved girls oppor-
tunities and facilities' are in very good Title
IX shape right now, even if things aren't 100
percent equal.
    Take, for example, Sebastian River High
    When the scool opened four years ago,
administrators agreed teams and facilities
would be added simultaneously. If new
dugouts were added to the boys' baseball field,
they also were added at the girls' fields. And if
the district didn't have money for both, the
school waited until they could do both.
     This has resulted in an equal number of
boys and girls athletic teams and equal facilities
for both. In fact, Athletic Director Michael
Stutzke said waiting until two facilities can be
built or improved makes sense. Often, schools
plan one facility immediately and the next in
the future. But sometimes, unforeseen budget
cuts can postpone the second facility indefi-
nitely, resulting in one team having better fa-
cilities than the other.
     But not many schools have worked toward
compliance toward Title IX in sports. Recently,
a group of parents in Brevard Countv filed a
class-action lawsuit on behalf of their daugh-
ters, seeking equal sports facilities and opportu-
nitics throughout the county. It's a shame
when the voices of concerned parents are only
heard via the courtroom.
     The first school to feel the effects of the
complaint is Merritt Island High School. The
School Board has taken the classic
blame-the-victim stance concerning the in-
equality of baseball and softball facilities. In-
stead of taking the time to find a viable solu-
tion or to at least work toward bringing the
girls facilities in line, the School Board has pro-
posed disconnecting the scoreboard, closing
the concession stand and roping off a portion
of the bleachers at the boys' field.
     Unfortunately, part of the problem is that a
federal judge demanded equal facilities for the
girls at Merritt Island by Jan. 26, the start of
softball tryouts.
     With the notorious lack of money for
schools, let alone extracurricular activities, the
judge's order is unreasonable. But Merritt Is-
land can't hide behind the money excuse. Re-
gardless of the judge's orders, the school
should do something instead of nothing. Raise
the money in the community, petition the
court for an extension. At the very least, assure
the girls that finding a way to improve their fa-
cilities will become a priority. But don't take
the easy route, copping out by deferring the
blame onto the girls.
     The girls don't want to lose baseball any
more than the boys do. Many girls became in-
terested in softball from throwing the ball with
the boys in the backyard.
     In fact, the decision to neutralize
the boys facilities skirts the whole
valid issue.
     "Do something," the judge said.
     "How 'bout we do nothing?" re-
plied Merritt Islaftd.
     Let's hope the judge recognizes
the School Board's ruse and orders a
better solution.
     In Sebastian, we're lucky. The
high school kept Title IX in mind
during the planning stage. The city,
however, hasn't been quite as suc-
cessful. Although Title IX has
been applied to public schools, the
city, in good conscience, should
strive toward incorporating it into its
own recreational plans.
     For instance, there are no official
softball fields in the city of Sebastian.
Softball fields have different dimen-
sions from baseball, such as shorter
baselines and closer pitching
mounds. Teams such the Sun Devils
must travel to a small facillty in
Roseland or use the Barber Street
Little League fields during the off
season. That's hard because the Sun
Devils are a year-round team. The
city should at least look into what it
would take to build a softball facility
for the girls, to at least make a sin-
cere effort instead of paying lip ser-
vice to concerned parents and chil-
     The bottom line is that it is not
outrageous or unreasonable for girls
to expect and even demand equal op-
portunities and facilities. They've
been patient long enough. Title IX
has been on the books for more than
20 years.


         Silverio Mazzelia

    Silverio Mazzella, 63, of Sebastian, died
 Dec. 19, 1997, at Sebastian River Medical
 Center, Roseland.
    He was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Ponza,
 Italy, and moved to Sebastian seven years
ago from Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
   Surviving are one son, Tony Mazzella, of
Sebastian; one sister, Mary Mazzella, of
Vero Beach; and four grandchildren.
   Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, is in
charge of arrangements.

     George McCullough

   George F. McCullough, 86, of Sebas-
tian, died Dec. 18, 1997, at Sebastian River
Medical Center, Roseland, after a brief ill-
   He was born Aug. 17, 1911, in Roches-
ter, N.Y., and moved to Sebastian 11 years
ago from Port Jervis, N.Y.
   Mr. McCullough was a supervisor for
the U.S. Department of Defense and a for-
mer president of the Port Jervis School
Board. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran
of World War II.
   Surviving are his wife, Gladys; four sons,
George McCullough, of Knoxville, Tenn.,
Robert McCullough, of Cincinnati, Ohio,
Dennis McCullough, of Pond Eddy, N.Y.,
and Roy McCullough, of Hyattsville, Md.;
one sister, Marion Sokolinski, of San Diego,
Calif; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grand
   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
donations be made to Environmental Learn-
ing Center, 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero
Beach, Fla. 32963 in Mr. McCullough's
   Cremation arrangements are under the
direction of Lowther Cremation Service,
Vero Beach.

            Harry Rose

   Harry Hayes Rose Jr., 83, 416 N. Egret
Circle, Barefoot Bay, died Dec. 15, 1997, at
Holmes Regional Medical Center, Mel-
bourne, after a prolonged illness.
   He was born Oct. 20, 1914, in Block Is-
land, R.I., and moved to Barefoot Bay in
1971 from Narragansett, R.I.
   He was a member of Grand Lodge of
Vermont, Free and Accepted Masons; Car-
penter's Local No. 1765; and Sebastian
River Moose Lodge No. 1767, Sebastian.
   Surviving are his wife, Polly; two sons,
Marshall Rose and Irv Rose, both of Bur-
lington, Vt.; one daughter, Jan Larry, of
Barefoot Bay; two stepdaughters, Sandra
Conley, of Springfield, Va., and Sally Steele,
of Narragansett; one stepson, Paul Guite, of
Narragansett; one brother, Harold Rose, of
Barefoot Bay; six grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren;
and two step-great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service was held Dec. 19 at
United Methodist Church, Roseland. Inter-
ment will be at a later date at Block Island.
     The family suggests donations be made
to Micco Volunteer Fire Department, 301
Barefoot Blvd., Barefoot Bay, Fla. 32976.
     East Coast Cremation, Melbourne, in
charge of arrangements.

          Charlie Wallace

     Charlie Wallace, 85, of Sebastian, died
Dec. 19, 1997, at his residence after a brief
     He was born July 19, 1912, in Fort
Payne, Ala., and moved to Sebastian 19
years ago from Hialeah.
     Surviving are his wife, Era; two sons,
Ralph O. Wallace, of Merritt Island and Ed-
ward T. Wallace, of Brandon; and five
     At the famlly's request, there will be no
repose or visitation.
     No services are scheduled.
     In lieu of flowers, the famlly suggests
donations be made to VNA Hospice, 1111
36th St., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960 in Mr.
Wallace's memory.
     Cremation arrangements are under the
direction of Indian River Cremations Inc.,
Vero Beach.

         Edward Birkmire

     Edward L. Birkmire, 81, 620 E. Hya-
cinth Circle, Barefoot Bay, died Dec. 18,
1997, at Integrated Health Services of Vero
Beach after a prolonged illness.
     He was born June 12, 1916, in Philadel-
phia, Pa., and moved to Barefoot Bay 10
years ago from Bellair, Md.
     Mr. Birkmire was a plant supervisor for
the Philadelphia Electric Co.
     He was a member of Lions Club, Toast-
masters, Disabled American Veterans and
American Legion in Maryland.
     Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth; one
daughter, Elizabeth S. Walsh, of Eiverson,
Pa.; two sons, Edward L. Birkmire Jr., of
 Chestertown, Md., and Robert W. Birkmire,
 of Churchville, Md.; one brother, William
 W. Birkmire, of Wilmington, Del.; one sis-
 ter, Elizabeth Wallauer, of Barefoot Bay;
 seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchil-
       A memorial service was held Dec. 22 at
 Fountainhead Mcmorial Funeral Home,
 Palm Bay. Interment will be in Fountain-
 head Memorial Gardens.

            Billy Moorefield

       Billy Moorefield, 65, of Sebastian, died
 unexpectedly Dec. 16, 1997, at Sebastian
 River Medical Center.
       He was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Jenkins,
 Ky., and was a part-time resident of Sebas-
       He was a radar engineer.
       He is survived by a son, Wade Moore-
 field, of Fort Pierce; three brothers, Carl
 Moorefield Jr., Bobby Moorefield and Rich-
 ard Moorefield, all of Ohio; a sister, Janice,
 of Virginia; and one grandchild.
       Funeral services will be held in Kentucky
 at a later date.


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