Author: Patrick Merrell

Ready, Set, Solve

Most of us think of solving crossword puzzles as a leisurely affair. We'll take you behind the scenes of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where the most recent winner completed the final puzzle in three minutes flat. These serious solvers "represent a surprisingly wide range of background and occupations," and they come for the challenge and camaraderie.

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Whatever kind of boat you choose – kayak, canoe or pontoon – the Indian River Lagoon is a beautiful place to explore the outdoors. Manatees, dolphin, mangrove forests and birds are just some of the spectacular sites you’ll see along the way.

Look Up in the Sky

As America entered World War II, the military needed a vehicle for a variety of tasks: communication, hauling small loads, maintaining contact in the field, and for getting around quickly. Several of Cushman’s 30 Series models, already in production, were used at bases, camps and ports around the world, while an entirely new model was developed to be used during the D-Day invasion — the model 53.

Winged Victory

Millions of dollars in undiscovered treasure sits off the coast from Sebastian to Fort Pierce as part of the 1715 fleet of Spanish ships that sunk just offshore. On June 28, 2020, a pair of determined treasure hunters, Capt. Henry Jones and First Mate Tracy Newman, headed out from the Fort Pierce Inlet for another day of searching. What they found was a missing piece of history.

Crowning Achievement

As a second-generation farmer in Sebastian, Mark Dellerman was the first in his family to delve into pineapple farming. “I’m just a dirt farmer,” he says. “I like to provide a good-eating pineapple to the local community. I barely pay my expenses each year, but to be able to wake up and kick the dirt like I did all my life is a blessing … I couldn’t be any more blessed, being a dirt farmer.”

Fly Away Home

With a new year in the not so distant future, the search for inspired intentions and motivating mantras begins. We're shouting "Cher Ami!" in honor of one humble homing pigeon, whose bravery in the face of danger affected the course of a war.

Sail Away

Model sailboats date back to the Valley of the Kings in ancient Egypt. The Indian River Model Sailing Club keeps the tradition alive at Hobart Park in Vero Beach, meeting nearly every day to race boats. According to the club's commodore, "You get all the thrill of sailing without all the work!"