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Veterans of War…and Life

Veterans of War…and Life

In 1986, when the Challenger explosion shocked the world, I was a junior in high school stuck home with the flu. I was annoyed that my one chance to watch cheesy daytime television was interrupted by what I naively thought was a hiccup – a mistake to be corrected with parachutes and a mulligan.

June 2011
A Story Of Three Bills

A Story Of Three Bills

At 6366 20th Street in Vero Beach, there is a century-old safe that has endured two fires, a two-story fall and a 1,300-mile move. The safe sits in the back room of Bill’s TV, and it tells a fraction of the story of the Kaser family, who have been residents of Indian River County for over half a century.

May 2011
A Long Tradition Of Girls In The Garden

A Long Tradition Of Girls In The Garden

With its exotic vegetation and primaeval vistas, McKee Botanical Garden has inspired generations of fashion and landscape photographers.

April 2011
The Extraordinary Legacy Of Roy LoPresti

The Extraordinary Legacy Of Roy LoPresti

Among the 500 million people who watched Neil Armstrong take that first tentative step on the moon on June 20, 1969, was a tall, 40-year-old Italian-American named LeRoy (Roy) LoPresti.

April 2011
The Hidden Treasure In Our Midst

The Hidden Treasure In Our Midst

For the past quarter-century, the Archive Center and Genealogy Department at the Indian River County Main Library, under the leadership of Pamela Cooper, has served as a treasure trove of historical information.

March 2011
More Than One Way To Skin A Cat

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat

Most schools, including those in what is today Indian River County, were one-room shacks built of palmetto logs where a pitcher pump in the yard provided the drinking water, and all subjects, except arithmetic and penmanship, were taught through oral recitation.

February 2011
What Really Happened To Flight 19?

What Really Happened To Flight 19?

Vero Beach has been the scene of several of the most intriguing mysteries discovered in Florida: the bone fragment found by James Kennedy that seems to feature the earliest artwork known in North America; the skeletal remains of an Ice Age man that were unearthed, then lost; the ancient fossilized bones of a gigantic sloth that also roamed the area.

December 2010
See You Later, El Lagarto

See You Later, El Lagarto

I grew up in Miami feeling sorry for people up north who had to wear earmuffs and who weren’t famous for Al Capone, Seminoles and alligators. No one I knew had ever actually seen Al Capone, although my father once claimed that he smoked the same cognac-dipped, bahia-wrapped cigarillos that Scarface smoked.

December 2010
Florida’s Most Beloved Storyteller

Florida’s Most Beloved Storyteller

“My favorite book is A Land Remembered. My name is Saige Osceola and I am a Miccosukee Indian. I am 11 years old and my favorite author is Patrick D. Smith.

November 2010
Crazy About Crackers

Crazy About Crackers

My husband Don and I used to go to an ancient saloon in Sweetwater with a sawdust-covered, beer-washed floor, where a live band played country western music while we nibbled on frog legs – deep fried in sizzling peanut oil – and in between sets, listened to recordings of Eddie Arnold.

November 2010