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VOL. 2/ISSUE 37 THURSDAY, JULY 17, 201435 cents 1 These guys might not be wearing coveralls and striped hats, but theyre railroaders, all right their trains are just small. Very small. The members of the Treasure Coast Model Rail road Club and Historical Society, Port St. Lucie, take their craft very seriously, but have a lot of fun along the way. Its easy to get drawn into another world when you walk into their clubhouse on Becker Road. From the painted backdrops to the meticulously accuit feels a bit like Alice stepping through the look ing-glass. Mountains tower in the surrounding murals. All manner of trains cross steep gorges on wooden or steel trestles, passing farmlands, towns, the desert Southwest and steel mills. Each club member has his favorite railroad, such whether freight or passenger. Most are vintage, modeled from the 1930s to the 1970s, with the general theme being the 1950s. The attention to detail, even down to wooden boxes or a colliery chute, or a park full of children at play, is aston ishing. Recreating this world takes a lot of time, energy and talent, and the railroaders have all of that in abundance. Theyve been at it since 1975, accord ing to John Scesny, president. Originally, the club formed in Vero Beach, where people would meet in each others houses, he said. After a move to the Port St. Lucie fairgrounds, the club eventually found its current location, a Mayor Bob Minsky, which the club rents from the city. Scesny, whose son served in the Navy, said the club is about 95 percent veterans, with members from all of the services except the Coast Guard. Scesny himself is the son of a farmer, so he could not serve because he was needed at home. My interest in trains goes back to the Long Island (New York) railroad, Scesny said. I used to take pictures. I still do. I got interested in model railroads in my early 20s, about 100 years ago, he joked. Scesnys specialty is painting trains, to the smallest and most accurate detail. Other members specialize in different as pects, like making buildings, trestles and landscaping. Army veteran Neil Nappi, former presi make cactus for his Southwestern display. I thought and I thought, and then it came to me pipe cleaners! he said, pointing out one of the cacti. Sure enough, it is completely realistic, as are all of the There are three main lines running throughout the building Gold, Red and Blue and all of them interconnect, in cluding fully functioning roundhouses and turntables. Everywhere you look, tiny vintage cars All aboard the miniature world of model railroad enthusiasts John Scesny, president of the Treasure Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society, stands next to a sec(W)hen families come in? You should see it when its time to go. The kids just dont want to leave. John Scesny, president Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club and Historical Society Port St. LucieSee RAILROAD page 2 STAFF 1


2 JULY 17, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 2 are driven by tiny people less than an inch tall miniature men load freight cars, while elsewhere small passengers ride through towns and countryside. air. Its an extremely complex and time-consuming hobby. Weve got a lot of talented people, Scesny said. Just the buildings can have 300 to 400 pieces each. Guys go on seminars to learn about these things. Weve had professional modelers come in as well. Newer technology has made the process of streamlining the doz ens of trains to run nearly seam lessly much easier. Yes, the electricity involved is very complicated, Scesny said. About six or seven years ago, we got DCC (digital command control). Each controller sends a signal to each engine, which has a decoder with a number. That way, you have complete control. You can run one train right behind another one or even into another one, he joked. Thats happened a time or two. The club welcomes groups coming in to view the railways at open houses. Weve had Boy Scouts doing merit badges, senior groups, the Harley-Davidson club, an an tique car club lots of different groups, Scesny said. Individuals are welcome, too. A lot of people will come back several times, he said. We get people coming back to see whats new. And when families come in? You should see it when its time to go. The kids just dont want to leave. Dues are $200 per year, which pay for overhead costs like rent and electricity. Otherwise, the members all purchase their own equipment which, not surpris ingly, can cost a fair bit of money. There are three engines that cost $200 apiece, Scesny said, as an example. That doesnt take into account the hundreds of other items like electrical systems and supplies to put the buildings and landscaping together. Overall, Id say everything here is worth at least $20,000. Proba bly more. veteran Rolland Ford, the clubs treasurer, who recreated a World War II-era military freight train, complete with tanks on its cars. Scesny ribbed Ford a bit, joking with the clubs funds, but he was quick to praise the treasurer for keeping everything well, on track. Hes one of the main reasons we can keep going, Scesny said. Nappi, as well, has contributed to keeping spending at a mini mum. Weve had a lot of help from various places, he said. We had a guy paint the place for us, an artist did murals even the bathroom is mostly donated. Whenever I talk with someone, I ask, Whats your job? One guy says Tiles, so I say, Great, come and help! Lowes has donated, and even a councilman gave us shingles. Were all part of the same community. The club atmosphere is relaxed but busy, with various members tinkering with trains, scenes or electric panels. Theyre a congenial bunch, who cooperate to keep things running smoothly. Everyone has their own key, and can come and go as they like, Nappi said. They can bring relatives in, you name it. Its all very diplomatic. We never have any serious disagreements. But, he pointed out, everyone has to take turn at cleanup, in cluding the bathroom. You cant be thin-skinned, he said. Most of the guys are vets, who have been through worse than this. This is great for the guys, Scesny said. Most of us dont play golf. We come here and do our thing instead. A lot of times, we just sit and talk. Club member Ken Greenstein perhaps summed up the whole, complex art of model railroading best: Its just fun. from page 1 2 Rev. Roszon and Vivian Roberts son and daughter-in-lawWe got everything we needed to keep caring fo Dad at home. TREASURING LIFE My dad had Alzheimers disease for years, and Vivian and I took care of him in our home. A friend told me how Treasure Coast Hospice can help. They provided Dads medications, a wheelchair, a shower chair and oxygen. The RN and hospice aide showed us their love and patience as they helped us give Dad all the care he needed. We suggest calling Treasure Coast Hospice as early as possible.Treasure Coast Hospice provides comfort and guidance for any life-limiting illness, including Alzheimers. To learn more, call us at ( 866 ) 999-4550 or visit Serving all, regardless of ability to pay. Licensed since 1982. 2 Treasure Coast Hospice. TCFL-078 4.79x6.3.indd 2 10/9/13 10:02 AM 12289


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JULY 17, 2014 3 3 Fishermen love bonitos. Kit Munroe said. We all cuss them things all year long. one day a year: during the Treasure Coast Bonito Blast thatll be on Aug 23. Munroe co-founded Warriors of South Florida, which is not associated with the Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project. cess, Munroe said. Last year 76 boats entered tourney on the Treasure Coast drew in 2013. Ryan Nehls aboard Big Blue hooked the winning bonito, 16.07 pounds, and $1,500. The tourney organizers gave the more than $20,000. Howard Golin, executive director of Wounded Warriors, said that money helped veterans along the Space and Treasure coasts. (The tourney organizers) didnt expect to make anywhere near that, Golin said. Friday night, they had 13 boats registered. Come Saturday, they had 76. Wounded Warriors of South Florida is a direct-assistance organization. It helps post-9/11 Purple crises, such as looming evictions or utility disconnections. We pay all those bills directly to the vendors, not the veterans, Golin said. We alleviate the stress, and we help that vet. Munroe said that to remain the Treasure Coast, the Bonito Blast will have to attract more boats this year. The electrician aims to beat out the 28th annual Treasure Coast Builders Association Fishing Tournament, May 23 and 24. It had 96 boats. For bragging rights, I want to get at least 97 boats this year, Munroe said. Two bait companies bought the bonitos last year, Munroe said. Joe Howard, the tournaments veterans liaison, said contrary to popular opinion, bonito doesnt have to become marlin bait. He said it can be a culinary delight. They taste good when you smoke them, Howard said. People from up north dont know that, but Im from Miami. You dont cook it like its delicious. The second-place winner at the last Bonito Blast, Jason Phillips, Summers wrapped the top three junior angler was Bently Forester with an 8.52-pound bonito. The entry fee is $100 a boat with up to four anglers. Additional anglers are $25 each. Juniors, 12 and younger, are free. There are $2,500 in prizes. Manatee Island Bar & Grill, Port Salerno, will host the captains meeting on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation at 6 p.m. on Aug. 23. Tournament organizers are looking for sponsors. Sponsorships range from $10 to $5,000. www.treasu, www. FOR VETERAN Kim 3 Indian River Colony Club Call:877-484-6178 The Place Patriots Call Home 55 + Active Retirement Community I n dian River Col ony C lub 1 936 Freedom D r ive Vi era (Mel b ourne), F L 3 2 940Ready to start the next adventure? So many choices, with the time to use them. Golf, tennis, dance, craft, ne dining and over 40 clubs & activities of all kinds! Enjoy the lifestyle you deserve. Single family homes on 453 lush acres in Viera. Initially home to Military Officers, IRCC now takes pride in accommodating all those who served, devoted to the traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces. 12268


4 JULY 17, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 4 Publisher Partner Managing Editor Graphic Designer 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) e Voice of Experience Army veteran Ed Van Horn doesnt have children, but he speaks for them in court. The St. Lucie West man is one of about 250 Guardians ad Litem in the states 19th Judicial Circuit, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. It came out as kind of a strange thing I got called for jury duty, Van Horn said. When he showed up to do his civbunch of paperwork. In the middle of all those stacks of things to like to donate your juror pay? I own my own business, so I didnt really need the money, so I donated it, Van Horn said. About ter of thanks from the guardian program. That letter explained more about what a Guardian ad Litem does, and how to become one. I thought itd be interesting, so I got involved, the 64-year-old said. That was about 14 months ago. Ive done three cases consisting of four children, Van Horn said. So what are Guardians ad Litem? Theyre volunteers appointed by courts to form relationships with children whose families are in dependency courts to speak on their behalf. You get to know the kids, Van Horn said. You get to advocate for the children in court. You go to court, the parents are represented by an attorney. The children dont have a spokesman in the courtroom. Unless theres an appointed Guardian ad Litem. said there are about 600 children involved in dependency court in the judicial circuit. Almost a third dont have guardians yet assigned, because there arent enough. Experience in social work or law is not required, she said in an emailed response to queries. Commitment, desire to help, willingness to learn, compassion, and ability to be objective are key. Van Horn said hes drawn on his Army experience to help him as a guardian. I was a criminal investigator in the Army, he said. While guardians are not part of court investigations, Van Horn said he does have to write reports and knowing how to ask children good questions helps him do that. Hes represented children ages 4 to 14. The circuits guardian program is having open houses on Tuesday, July 22, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Thursday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. Both will be at 584 N.W. University Blvd, Suite 600, Port St. Lucie, across the street from Tradition Field. Training for accepted applicants will be at the same location on Aug. 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.guardianadli, gail. Guardian is childrens angel FOR VETERAN 4


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JULY 17, 2014 5 5 whats known as Sanity Check. With headphones, I can hear the target to be hit and the type of weapon to be used. This is the on the screen. Then, I push the Zak May is a 22-year-old enlisted Navy man, hailing from Port St. Lucie. Growing up near the Atlanhas always loved the ocean. As a boy he excelled in the Boy Scouts, rising to the rank of Eagle Scout. A graduate of Morningside Academy, he joined the military because he had a sense of duty. I wanted to pay my dues, thought that joining the Navy was the right thing to do, and saw enlisting as a way to take care of the ones I love and care about. I chose the Navy over other branches of the military because they provide the best options for translation from military to civil ished. Other young men should consider the Navy. Currently May is stationed at the second largest naval base in the United States San Diego, on the (CG-62) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser in service in the United States Navy. She is named for the Confederate victory over Union forces under Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia. The Chancellorsville runs security for aircraft carriers when they are moved and participates in strike group protection. A part of the Aegis Fire Control program, May was specially trolman. He also is a 400 Hertz technician, which too falls under Aegis. In addition, May takes patrol once a week and acts as a sponse situation. Mays training is being translated into college credits. He is working toward an electrical engineering degree. Training for the Aegis Fire Control program was about one year and 10 months long. Based on his ASVAB scores, May was given career choices by the Navy. He chose Aegis. The Navy May states that he is still considered a booter, Navy slang for one just arriving from boot camp seen as enthusiastic and rather nave. Perhaps a booter, but not without wisdom. When asked about out of a sense of duty FOR VETERAN VOICE See DUTY page 6 5 12286


6 JULY 17, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 6 his own heroism, May quietly and humbly tells of two young men he had befriended during his stint at Great Lakes boot camp. Each had seemed a little down. I connected with them. Later, each one came to me and thanked me. I had helped them by showing them that they werent worthless and that they too had value. Unbeknownst to me, each had been contemplating suicide. They had both gone and sought professional help. spent his young life preparing for this career at sea and has already begun to help save American lives. Truly he is a hometown hero. is the son of Chuck and Jeanna Gorsuch, who reside in Port St. Lucie. To Taste the Oil: The Flavor of Life in the Middle East KellyJadon.comDUTY from page 5 The sixth annual Florida American Legion Fundraiser with the Rays will take place Aug. 16 at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, home of the Tam pa Bay Rays. The Rays will take on the New York Yankees. be thrown at 4:10 p.m. Upper reserved tickets are $20, a portion of which will be donated to the Florida American Legion. Participating Legionnaires and their families can also visit the Ted Williams Museum, participate in interactive games in Left Field Street, and visit the Rays Touch Tank. Posts that purchase 25 or more tickets will be enrolled in the Rays Group Leader Rewards program. At least 20 are required in each group. For information, contact Darcy Calhoun at (727) 8253293, or via email. Individuals wishing to buy tickets should contact Florida American Legion headquarters at (407) 295-2631, or The deadline for ticket purchase is Aug. 4. Space Coast or other area Legionnaires and their families can participate in a bus trip to the game sponsored by American Legion Post 117, Palm Bay. Those interested should contact Dorothy Kiernan Walsh at The cost is $20 per ticket, and approximately $45 for the three-hour trip. The bus will depart Post 117 at 11 a.m., and will leave Tropicana Field at 9 p.m. A bathroom will be on board, and adult beverages will be allowed. Tickets are limited, and a $20 deposit is re quired. The deadline to complete payment is Aug. 1.Trip to annual Florida Legion ballgame fundraiser slated STAFF 6












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