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Branching Out

Branching Out

Patrick Dougherty has always been captivated by sticks. Yes, you read that right. Sticks. The internationally renowned “stick worker” has created more than 250 sculptures made of “mankind’s first building material,” intertwining truckloads of saplings to make large-scale structures. On January 6, Patrick will install his newest creation at McKee Botanical Garden.

Beautiful But Deadly

Beautiful But Deadly

An invasive species, lionfish have proven to be voracious predators and have been reproducing and spreading, unchecked, throughout the region. They are capable of releasing 30,000 eggs as frequently as every four days; that’s over two million eggs a year. They have huge appetites, can expand their stomachs up to 30 times their original size and can consume prey more than half their own length. On Atlantic coral reefs they’ve been known to gobble up 90 percent of juvenile and small fish.

A Vero Beach Treasure

A Vero Beach Treasure

“What is that out there?” It’s the most commonly asked question of lifeguards at Humiston Beach, and for good reason. About 400 yards offshore, a flag waves conspicuously above the water. Just below the surface is the bow anchor of the Breconshire, a cargo ship that ran aground in Vero Beach more than a century ago. When the tide is low enough, you can see the tip of what’s left of the ship.

Ring In The New

Ring In The New

Fashionable Vero Beach babies take center stage in the new year.

Past, Present, & Future

Past, Present, & Future

For 30 years the Vero Beach Museum of Art has proved it is a living, breathing organism. Pulsing with the rhythms of a community that demands all forms of artistic and cultural enrichment, the museum has undergone three major expansions and renovations as well as the maturation of its education and outreach programs on its way from a small community art center to a premier regional art museum.

The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

The house on Sandpointe Lane was supposed to be Lynn and Jim Odoms’ retirement cottage, a place where they could settle in and savor the slice of sea-inspired heaven Lynn had so carefully created. With three bedrooms and an office, it was the just the right size for two empty nesters.

The Power of 2

The Power of 2

Giffords is a third-generation Arizonan and a self- described moderate Democrat. In 2000, at age 30, she began her political career by serving a single term in the Arizona state house. Just two years later she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona state senate. A year after winning reelection in 2004, she resigned to run for, and subsequently win, a vacated seat in the U.S. House. She was re-elected twice. A champion for border security and comprehensive immigration reform, an advocate for the needs of veterans and military families, and an outspoken supporter of energy independence, Giffords was considered a rising star for the Democrats.

A Glimpse Into Old Florida

A Glimpse Into Old Florida

Tim Glover wasn’t sure what he would find when he went to his first Friends of St. Sebastian River meeting. What he was sure of was his desire to protect the waterway that runs along his property. “I had seen a blurb in the newspaper about the program; and since I live on the river, it was something I was interested in.” Tim grins as he recalls that night 22 years ago. “When I got there, some of the members came up to me and said, ‘You need to be on the board,’ so I got on the board. I’ve been president now for over 10 years.”

One For The Books

One For The Books

Heather didn’t know she would follow in her mother’s footsteps. In fact, being mindful of the environment just seemed natural. She grew up amid cornfields and forests with four brothers keen on exploring. Together, they roamed until the street lights came on – their silent call home.

Lettuce Soup, Anyone?

Lettuce Soup, Anyone?

Osceola Organic Farm is Vero Beach’s only certified organic farm dedicated to growing the healthiest, freshest food possible while adhering to the strict parameters laid out by the United States Department of Agriculture’s organic certification program. O’Dare’s commitment to providing produce grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically engineered ingredients is of paramount importance to him. “I grow the best food in the world and for me to contaminate it would kill me,” he says.