11:51 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The color purple: Citrus man used the hue to make fruit look better

Assorted citrus fruit

Carl Fetzer of Vero Beach painted his packinghouse machinery purple to make his citrus more appealing to prospective buyers.

2:14 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Nine-mile railroad in Indian River County was seen as the start of a cross-Florida rail

Undated photo shows 'motor passenger, baggage, mail railroad vehicle' in Fellsmere.
Florida Photo Archives

But the Sebastian to Fellsmere line never went farther west. Fellsmere Vice Mayor Joel Tyson rode it one time,  in the 1940s.  The train is long gone, but the site is expected to become a hiking and biking trail.


1:57 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Donkeys, monkeys, macaws were welcomed by by Miami's Reno family

Tropical gecko lizard

Janet Reno, attorney general in the Clinton  administration, once tried to save the geckos living inside the house, including a supersized one dubbed Moby Gecko, before it was tented for termites. Her sister, former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, tells the story.

12:23 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Vero native remembers summers before day camps and Disney

Hopscotch and other simple games kept youngsters busy in the summer.
Google Images

When school was out, Marilyn Cato Anderson and other children came up with their own entertainment. She and her sisters played a game they called "J.C. Penney's" in their large grapefruit tree.


9:34 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Woman Says Farm Life Helped Prepare Her for Nursing Career

Melba Campbell says slaughtering pigs taught her not to be afraid of the sight of  blood or "messy things."