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The Further Tales Of Father Tim

The Further Tales Of Father Tim

Jan Karon felt that she had wrung just about everything out of her wildly popular Mitford series.

Just in Time for the New Year

Just in Time for the New Year

Perfectly timed to coincide with the season of goodwill, Vero Beach’s Cornerstone Christian Church has received a very special kind of gift. After 11 years of holding their services in the cafeteria at Glendale Elementary School, the 80-strong, non-denominational congregation is putting the finishing touches to its own church on 12th Street, a short distance west of 58th Avenue.

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.

The Legend of Mary And Rosemary

The Legend of Mary And Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis) is a winter-blooming shrub that grows well throughout Florida. That alone makes it a great choice for your garden. But like a talented actor, rosemary plays multiple roles. It brightens your drought-tolerant landscape, adds flavor to your cooking and aroma to your potpourri. Rosemary has been immortalized in song and classic literature, plus it plays a part in a charming legend of Christmas.

Ron Van Sweringen: The Father Of Astroism

Ron Van Sweringen: The Father Of Astroism

“I don’t understand this. I can’t tell you what this is,” Ron Van Sweringen is saying about his abstract paintings. He pronounces his words with the soft vowels of a Southern aristocrat, the emphasis of an old-time revivalist and the rapid delivery of a man with no time to spare. The work in question is a composition of tangled strands and splotches of color that seems to float in the inky blackness of outer space.

Christmas With A Tropical Twist

Christmas With A Tropical Twist

Who needs snow for Christmas when a chilly night on the Indian River Lagoon will do? Local shops have everything you need for a memorable holiday season (without shoveling the driveway).

The Wonderful World Of Southern Desserts

The Wonderful World Of Southern Desserts

The panorama of Southern desserts includes all sorts of pastries, pies, cakes, custards, puddings, cookies and candies. They are made to satisfy the sweet tooth, but also – depending on the occasion – to comfort, cheer, celebrate and impress.

Citrus Goes High Tech

Citrus Goes High Tech

My 6-year-old learned to play the game “Ha!” last week. If it’s been awhile since your last sleepover or kid’s birthday party, children lie on the floor in a stair-step formation, with heads on bellies. One child starts saying “ha” and within moments the laughter is viral and ringing the walls, whether you’re actually playing or not. In an era of micro-blogs and You Tube, it’s an old fashioned game with a resilient lesson – stick together with a common goal and goodwill will blossom.

Kids Helping Kids

Kids Helping Kids

It’s not every day you hear about a teenager who, with his friends, forms an advisory committee to support a non-profit organization, and two years later is honored with a Community Advocate of the Year Award. Yet if you’ve ever met 17-year-old Colby Lufkin you’ll know the depth of his commitment to Guardian ad Litem (GAL), a program that assists children who end up in dependency court. Any hope for a positive future lies in the hands of citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program, acting in the best interests of an assigned child.

Christmastime At Tara

Christmastime At Tara

Merry Christmas! If you’ve never visited Tara Plantation and been greeted by those words, be sure to do so this December. Since 1990, members of the Grall family have invited the public to share in the joy of the Christmas season, and this year promises to be the best ever.

Vero Beach Dances With the Stars

Vero Beach Dances With the Stars

Dance may be the most romantic of sports among the few played in pairs. My observation is that the prospect of meeting someone new rivals doing something new as the top reasons for taking it up.

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.