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Monthly community newspaper direct mailed to homes and businesses in the 32940 zip code and distributed for pick-up in high traffic locations.

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  • SCHOOLSF U N D R A I S E RB U S I N E S S

    A P R I L 2 0 1 2 VOLUME 5 ISSUE 3

    VIERA VOICE7630 N. Wickham Rd., #105Viera, FL 32940www.vieravoice.com

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    Viera/Suntree Little LeagueChallenger DivisionPage 19

    Brevard County Sheriffs Office K-9 unitPage 24

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    PeaceJam raises funds for HaitiPage 21

    Eat My Crust 5K Run/WalkPage 8

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    Love of birds prompts formation of Young Birders of Brevard

    By GEORGE WHItE Gabe Cenker may be only 9 years old, but he already knows much more about bird watching than most adults on the Space Coast.The home-schooled third grader from Rockledge has personally seen and identified nearly 160 species of birds and has participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count as well as being named the top young birder at a hawk-watching event in the Keys.Now he has formed Young Birders of Brevard to offer trips and tips to other young people in the area who share his love for bird identification.Already a lover of trains, his interest in birding started simply enough.He saw a TV show with a whole thing on Peregrine falcons, which he really liked, so he had to go get all the information he could on them and thats when it all started, said his mother, Jennifer Cenker.Were addicted to it now. Weve always been an outdoor family, but this shows the glory of home-schooling. We have the time to do this but theres not that many kids into it, she said.Gabe mainly does his

    birding at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Titusville and at the Viera Wetlands, often spending several hours at a time collecting new species for his records. He is a member of the Space Coast Audubon Society.He even participated in

    various outings coordinated during the annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival held in Titusville in January.See Young Birders page 7

    VIERA VOICE George WhiteGabe Cenker formed a group for young bird enthusiasts. Photo taken at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands on Friday, March 16, 2012.

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    Viera VoiceVolume 5, Number 32012 BluewaterCreative Group, Inc.All rights reserved

    Address7630 N. Wickham rd.

    Suite 105Viera, FL 32940

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    PublisherBluewater creative Group, inc.

    Managing EditorJill Gaines

    Senior WriterMary Brotherton

    Director of MarketingKatherine Sonn

    Designercindy McKee

    Writers/Reporterscarl Kotala

    rosemary H. LynnMartha Marsiello

    ellen commons-HarrellDenny Meneghelli

    angela SmithGeorge WhiteLinda Wiggins

    Darrell Woehler

    Contributing WritersFrank Kneiser

    charlotte corbeil

    Web SpecialistKaren ragucci

    PhotographerDarrell Woehler

    Contributing Photographercharlie corbeil

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    By LINDA WIGGINS Adopted children whose greatest need is fulfilled to be loved by someone they trust often take after their adoptive parents and become super-givers themselves.I certainly see this with my Kate, said Rose Munzenmayer, who was adopted, and reached out to adopt her only child from China.A senior at Viera High School, Kate Munzenmayer has helped raise money for Harmony Farms, where therapy horses helped her overcome ADHD symptoms. Allergic to cats, she still helps the feline creatures she loves by raising money for organizations that rescue them. Additionally, she has collected 479 pairs of shoes for Haitis poor, so far.I really believe Kate got her drive to help others by being in this household, seeing it in practice every day, Munzenmayer said.The same is true for Joe and Cindy Hurston, of nonprofit Air Mobile Ministries, which delivers purifiers to make water safe to drink. Their two daughters, adopted from Haiti, have committed themselves to helping children whose shoes they once filled.We help others because the Lord commands it, said Joe Hurston, author of the book Run to the Roar, about overcoming adversity and helping others do the

    same. We teach this to our children and they take to it naturally.Whether from China, Haiti, Guatemala or any other country, there are deep emotional needs for self love to be met in adopted children before they can become capable of caring for others, according to Linda Thompson, who, with husband Dennis has adopted three children from foster care.You truly must see it as a mission to give that child the unconditional love they have never had, no matter what, Thompson said.All three children are avid volunteers in school and the community. Their favorite role is as ambassadors at awareness events, encouraging other families to adopt.Generosity must be paired with the right motivation, said Eileen Scharf, a licensed clinical social worker in Suntree who specializes in child psychology.In my practice, I see many children who are always looking to make others happy in an effort to win approval and love, Scharf said. This makes them sad and angry as adults. When childrens need for love is met, then is when they can become genuine givers versus pleasers.For more information on adoption from foster care, go to brevardfp.org and for international adoption, go to adoption.state.gov. VV

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    VIERA VOICE Linda WigginsLinda Thompson, with one of her children adopted from foster care, Nicholas, are avid volunteers. March 15, 2012.

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