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Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 06.30.2016   



On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States and our subsequent July 4th celebrations.  This is our special patriotic edition in honor of the 4th of July and I would like to dedicate this week's editor's note to my late father, Dr. Jerome Norbert Matthews and my late father-in-law, Dr. Maltby Foxworthy Watkins, pictured here. (Some of you may remember Maltby because for years he was the renowned 'family doctor' in Ft. Pierce and I believe delivered quite a large percentage of Fort Pierce natives. 

The WWII veterans are a special group (as are all veterans), but I specifically love these two men with all my heart! My father-in-law is our family's hero and my husband, son and I were so incredibly fortunate to have joined Maltby on the 8th Airforce reunion in London for the 50th anniversary of VE Day.  It was an experience like no other being back in this incredibly grateful country where 
now older men were once young scared boys in their 20's, forced into adulthood and experiencing life in ways that the majority of us will never have to because of their sacrifice. Maltby was a Right Waist Gunner on a B-24. He flew 30 missions all over Europe. His plane was damaged so severely on one run that they could not land and they all ejected safely. Another time they were shot down and two of the crew were killed. My husband remembers asking his father as a child, "Did you know them well?" Maltby's reply, "I knew them better than I ever knew anybody in my life.'

This photo with the two stars is of the flag that was given to the families with
members serving in the war. The number of stars represent the number of family members serving and this flag hung in the window of my father-in-law's family home and is now framed and hanging in our home. The photo in the preceding paragraph is an actual piece of Maltby's B-24. Mike Savory's family, who owned the property where the plane went down, discovered these remaining remnants when they plowed the field decades later. Mike took it upon himself to locate members of the downed crew and showed up at the hotel where he knew members of the 395 Bombing Group were staying and asked if anyone was there from the Novick Crew. From that point on a strong friendship was formed and the Savorys even visited us in Miami several years later. 

Through no fault of his own, my father's experience was quite different from Malty's and he never made it to the 'heat of the battle'. He joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor and soon after was deployed. His captain liked 'the bottle' and the ship suffered two failed attempts to leave the harbor and that landed them in dry dock in Hawaii for months while they awaited major repairs. 

In preparation for this week's editor's note I pulled out the old war letters that my
Dad saved and that I treasure. This one written to his Dad 
summarizes his time in the Navy. After putting them in chronological order, I spent hours reading through all of the letters. It was like reading a book because I have letters from all of the different 'characters'. There are letters from various mothers, girl friends, fraternity brothers from Indian University who are also serving and were my father's closest friends. I grew up knowing them as Uncle Willard and Uncle Buddy and Buddy's wife was my Aunt Margie. It was fun reading Uncle Buddy's letters to my father telling him that he was going to propose when he got back to the states. The letters reach a
crescendo in December of 1945 when Buddy went missing in action for four months. The letters feared the worst; that he had been killed. But, they hoped and prayed
that he was a prisoner of war. Buddy had been captured in France and was liberated after the Germans surrendered. Buddy returned to Indiana where he was hospitalized for months and faced major surgeries. 

So, to all those who have served...I speak collectively for all of our FLASHERS when I say Thank You! Thank you for sacrificing so much to preserve our country for the last 240 years ... ever since those initial 13 colonies claimed their independence! GOD BLESS AMERICA! :)

Thank you~ 
Valerie Watkins


 4th of july  

Check out the area celebrations. Team FLASH hopes that you find some interesting things to explore and participate in on the 4th of July. If you have a special tradition that you would like to share with our other FLASHERS please feel free to go to our Facebook page and post your comments! We just love it when our community comes together as one and shares fun little tidbits of info. Do you have a favorite spot to watch the fireworks? Do you have a fun recipe? FLASH it on Facebook! Team FLASH wishes all of our FLASHERS a very SAFE AND HAPPY 4th!    

"Vero's 4th of July Fun & Fireworks" 
The fun and festivities will begin at 4:00pm and continue til 9:00pm. Come enjoy Food Frenzy Vendors, Prize Giveaways and more for children.
Live Music from 4:00 PM. to 9:00 PM. Featuring recording stars: "Gregory Darling", "Jolivi", "Genevieve", "The Rua" and "Alex Kawakami" Fireworks will follow starting at 9:00 PM and will last 20 to 25 minutes.
WGYL 93.7 will broadcast a synchronized patriotic music selection.
Beer and Wine will be available for purchase.
Personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages and dogs are not permitted in the park.  (Please note; firecrackers and other fireworks will be confiscated if found in any city park).


4th of July Parade ~ Sponsored by The Lion's Club of Sebastian and the City of Sebastian. This year, the parade will again begin at the Sebastian Community Center and the Sebastian Masonic Lodge at 1805 Jackson Street proceeding East on Davis Street and South of Indian River Drive to Riverview Park. The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Following the parade, there will be festivities in the park. Live entertainment, food, craft booths, vendors, etc. Fireworks at dusk. This is a fun-filled family event!


The 4th of July festivities kick off at 5:00 pm rain or shine, with entertainment by DJ - Jeff Brown from iHeart Media - WAVE 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7.
At 9:00 pm the City of Fort Pierce will present a dazzling FIREWORKS show and finishing up with Wonderama returning to the stage until 10:00 pm.

Apple Users: Click Here            Android Users: Click Here

Some of the discounts on our app include:
10% Discount
10% Discount

Bue 3 glasses of wine get one free

Buy 1 Entree get 1 free
w/ purchase of 2 drinks
10% Discount

Free glass of Wine with Fri. Buffet
Buy 5 Entrees get a
$15 gift card
Purchase 2 entrees
get a free dessert

All of these venues offer live music! Get the live music schedule and featured discounts by downloading the free FLASH App. Go to your App store and type Vero Beach FLASH in the search and simply click install.  Then take your phone into the 'Music Hot Spot' and FLASH your server the FLASH app. That is all that is needed to get the discount.  So, FLASHERS get out there and enjoy life and some incredible live entertainment! 


This is my new favorite breakfast that I have been enjoying lately with the fresh fruit of the season.  All of the yogurts that are flavored with fruit are loaded with sugar! This is fresh, healthy alternative that I have come to love!  Granola is filled with calories, so I substitute a less caloric cereal because I love the crunch! This morning I used Special K.
I received this honey as a Christmas gift and it is delicious! I didn't think honey could taste so different.  It is YUMMY! Add fresh strawberries and blueberries to plain greek yogurt...and crunch of your choice! Enjoy! :)

No need to They can just show up and pay on the day 

Hi I'm Mocha!
I am an active, playful, smart, and a very bossy gal.
I enjoy soaking up the sun and going for walks. 

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H.A.L.O. is Indian River County's only no-kill animal shelter, 
and relies on volunteers and your donations.




I love all of the framed flags in the first image.  That has inspired me for my next collection project and is something I will enjoy hunting for on my travels and flea market adventures. The other images are clickable for how to tutorials. Get creative and flaunt your American pride!

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Water Safety Part 2 of 2 

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it's important to know how to be safe while you're in the water. Below are important swimming safety tips you should be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach:

  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.

 WebMD gives 10 reasons that can cause that puffiness that can make it difficult to zip your pants and  make you feel like you've swallowed a balloon. If this sounds familiar, to learn more, Click here.

"Let Go is a live experience offering a fresh outlook on life. Inspired by the overwhelming reactions of self-defeat, Let Go cracks the human condition wide open, offering the audience a chance to self-reflect. Vero's first ever Dance Theater Production explores with movement, text, and live music."

The movement is expressed through contemporary-modern dance and guided by a motivating poem by Portia Nelson.

Click Here to watch a short video and here to purchase tickets.

*This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Vero Beach Museum of Art. 

As we celebrate the 240th 4th of July it's interesting to think how much has changed since that first one. There were no radios, no TVs, no computers and now more than half of us have smartphones. So, as you celebrate this weekend you might want to check out some   apps that will have information on: fireworks photos, stargazing, and more. Click here.

Previously called "rockets," the term "fireworks" was established until 1777. Later fireworks that made a noise were invented and called "fire crackers". Sparklers were created until 1880.


What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

What dance was very popular in 1776?

What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?
The Fodder of Our Country!

Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!

What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!


We would hate for any of our wonderful FLASHERS to experience a mishap during the festivities. Every year the public is warned about the danger of fireworks, but every year there are injuries and deaths in spite of the warnings. Here are the latest numbers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
  • 30,100 estimated number of fires caused by fireworks each year
  • 7,000 emergency room treated injuries caused by fireworks
  • 1,000 of the above were eye injuries
  • 800 of the injuries were from 'Sparklers' - (thought to be harmless, they aren't, and should not be held by young children!)
  • 7 Fireworks-related deaths
  • $34 million Amount of direct property loss caused by fireworks
  • Purchase fireworks from reliable sources, never discharge homemade or illegal fireworks.
  • Have a responsible adult in charge and never give fireworks to children.
  • Prepare a safe environment outdoors for shooting off fireworks by selecting an area clear of other fireworks, combustible materials like dried wood or grass, buildings, and other people.
  • Have water readily available such as a garden hose and a bucket of water.
  • Always read and follow label directions for the safe discharge of fireworks.  Fireworks users should wear tight clothing to avoid accidental contact with sparks and use eye protection when handling and lighting fireworks.
  • Light fireworks one at a time and wait until it discharges, never attempt to re-light a device that did not discharge the first time.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket; they may ignite due to sparks and cause injury.
  • Do not throw or point fireworks at people or animals.  Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Dispose of spent fireworks properly when you are done by soaking them in water before putting them in a trash can. 


As we celebrate the founding of our country this 4th of July, may we also celebrate those who fought to keep us free. This is a heartwarming video of a great reunion!

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The darker the fish...The better the fishing!
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For a sweet twist on a Fourth of July barbecue favorite kabobs -- try these fruit skewers. They're so simple even the kids can make them. (It may even help their math skills! :)

Thread 4 blueberries, 2 mini-marshmallows and 2 raspberries on each of five 10-inch wooden skewers. On the remaining seven sticks, thread 4 raspberries and 3 marshallows to create this all-American treat.

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At their June luncheon The Original Welcome Wagon Club of Sebastian installed their new Board of Officers for 2016-2017.  After a short business meeting, members enjoyed a delectable lunch served by Italian Grill in Vero Beach.  

The club, a non-profit organization, holds two major fundraisers each year. Proceeds from these events are given to local charities and organizations within the community and for scholarships for Sebastian River High School seniors. The charitable organization recipients for this year were The Source, Ecumenical Food Pantry, Our Lord's Table, Safe Space, The Children's Home Society, and Indian River Charitable Association.  The scholarship recipients were Tatiana Bullard, Eric Bush, Athena Nolan and Karen Mendez.

Pictured in the photo:  
Front Row L-R:  Ashley Ahearn, 2nd Vice President; Sue Doss, Membership; Susan Todd, Corresponding Secretary; Charlotte Jillson, Alternate.  
Second Row L-R:  
Toni Falk, President; Nancy Whitcomb, Treasurer; Gayle Williams, Recording Secretary; Jackie Lapos, 1st Vice President; Sharon Smith, Historian; Connie Wellman, Alternate
Not pictured:  Wilma Kaelin, 1st Vice President

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