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Honoring The Past

Honoring The Past

Next season the Vero Beach Theatre Guild will perform “The Claypools of Vero,” Suzan’s play inspired by a chapter in her aunt Dorothy Fitch Penniston’s novel An Island in Time. The play follows Dorothy’s life in the 1920s when she came to Vero Beach with her parents. Dorothy’s parents and Suzan’s grandparents, Winchester and Florence Fitch, built “Orchid Oaks,” one of the first seven houses on the barrier island, and were among the founders of Riomar in 1919.

April 2016
Family, Church and Community

Family, Church and Community

This month, on May 10, Vero Heritage, Inc. honors the Wodtke family at the annual Pioneer Family Recognition Dinner.

May 2014
Law & Order In Indian River County

Law & Order In Indian River County

I had the pleasure of sitting down with several local attorneys in the conference room of Stewart, Evans, Stewart & Emmons, P.A., to discuss a brief history of law in Indian River County.

January 2014
Catching Up With The Past

Catching Up With The Past

“I grew up on my aunt’s stories,” says Ellen Elizabeth Stanley, referring to her Aunt Jeanne Mary Morrell. At that point, young Ellen was already a fourth-generation genealogist in the making.

September 2013
Surprising Finds Of The Super-Sleuths

Surprising Finds Of The Super-Sleuths

Digging up family history is an avid pastime for many people in Indian River County, thanks in part to the unique resources and colorful leadership of the Main Library’s Archive Center and Genealogical Department.

June 2013
Cool It! How A/C Transformed Vero Beach

Cool It! How A/C Transformed Vero Beach

Summers in Florida are not at all like they used to be. Global warming aside, we tolerate August with few of the cooling rituals – mostly sweating and self-fanning – that for decades defined Southern living.

June 2013
When The Jungle Went To War

When The Jungle Went To War

“Vistas of supreme charm. Cool green isles in nature’s own cathedral. Royal Palms.

April 2013
Nurturing Nature At The ELC

Nurturing Nature At The ELC

As many of you already may know, the Environmental Learning Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

April 2013
Bygone Days Of The Beach Buggy

Bygone Days Of The Beach Buggy

For three generations of guys and their gals, a free-spirited weekend of fun in coastal Florida happened aboard a stripped-down and often souped-up beach buggy.

March 2013
When Vero Beach Was “In The Mood”

When Vero Beach Was “In The Mood”

Love is a prominent theme for February, and with that in mind, the next time you drive by or pay a visit to the Heritage Center in downtown Vero Beach, imagine what it must have been like back at the height of World War II when our town was brimming with strapping young sailors.

February 2013