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A Home Run

A Home Run

When the United States decided to field two teams for the Olympics, Les was a natural candidate. He had played well in Japan and the American team would again be picked by Leslie Mann, executive secretary of the United States Baseball Congress.

"Cow" Catchers Converge

"Cow" Catchers Converge

What a delight it is to catch a glimpse of manatees in the Indian River and its canals — lolling in the water, snorting spray from fuzzy snouts.

The Samaritan Center

The Samaritan Center

The goal of the Samaritan Center shelter is to reduce the number of homeless families in Indian River County.

The Return of Buzz Aldrin

The Return of Buzz Aldrin

Of all the billions of people who have inhabited this planet, only 100 or so (most of them U.S. Government employees) have experienced the magnificence of space at first hand.

Don't Cry

Don't Cry

You probably didn’t know that Florida’s sweet onions can give Vidalias a real run for the money.

Your Summer Garden

Your Summer Garden

The month of May in Vero Beach might well be considered the beginning of summer, especially from the gardener’s perspective.

A Labor Of Love

A Labor Of Love

Week after week, they came in droves. There were bank managers and office workers, a horticulturist and a librarian, a circle of 50 friends and staff from Sea Oaks, and winter visitors from New York and Kentucky.

The House of Champions

The House of Champions

Gus Curren, the spunky, 25-year-old owner of The House of Champions, has loved boxing for as long as he can remember. He attended his first fight when he was six to watch an uncle compete in a kick-boxing match.

The Boat People

The Boat People

“So, what exactly do you do on a boat?” There is something about being a live-aboard that makes people look at you a little strangely, and for the first few months the question would put me on the defensive.

The Terrifying Voyage Of The Mary T

The Terrifying Voyage Of The Mary T

When you first meet the Johnston brothers you get the distinct impression that you are in the presence of tremendous competence. They are articulate, polite, good-looking and love their children. They’re the kind of men you’d like to have around in an emergency.

Hunting For The Highwaymen

Hunting For The Highwaymen

Florida in the late 1950s was a very different place from the one we know today: softer, slower, with more time to smell the orange blossoms. Remember, we’re talking pre-I-95 and I-75 — even Mickey didn’t live here in those days.