Velde Ford giving way to Mullinax

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This Legal Notice appeared in the Jan. 6, 2019 edition of the Press Journal.

It shows Mullinax Ford is getting ready to take over ownership of Velde Ford, which has been in Vero Beach since the 1970s.

Thanks to Jeff Van Dyke, with Billero and Billero Properties, for emailing it to me.

“I still look at the Legal Notices in the Sunday paper,” Jeff said. “You learn something.”

Mullinax currently has four dealerships in Florida, one in Alabama and one in Washington.

Need a job?

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Every so often, you might see a business with a small “Help Wanted” in the window.

Central Window, at 4388 U.S. 1, has decided to advertise its openings with roadside banners.

A key player at the mall

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Along State Road 60, a big sign for the Indian River Mall not only displays the usual suspects (a restaurant and movie theaters) but also a church.

Oceans Unite Christian Centre has had a spike in membership since moving into the mall last April.

For more about the church’s impact on the mall, see this week’s issue.

Sudden closing

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The Wendy’s just east of I-95 (on State Road 60) closed last week.

It’s unknown whether the closing is temporary or permanent.

The woman behind ‘The Faces of Eve’ mural

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Niurka Barroso created a mural featuring the faces of 150 women from Indian River County.

She spent five months working on the display, which is 13 feet wide by 6 feet deep. The women range in age 18 to 93.

“The Faces of Eve” is the centerpiece of the Women by Women exhibit at the Raw Space gallery (1795 Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach.

Barroso was born in Cuba and moved to Canada in 2005. She has lived in Vero Beach for the past year as the artist in residence at Art Concept Alternative.

She’s all about Christmas

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C.J. Cannon’s becomes a winter wonderland in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Lois Cappelen (pictured) and Chuck Cannon spend hours each year decorating the restaurant at the Vero Beach Regional Airport. They are “old school” in that they wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start.

Lois has been doing it for years, and it has never gotten old.

“I love doing it,” she said. “This is Christmas – this is what Christmas is all about.”

Making a statement

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William R. Nager, a sculptor from Lakeland, is in his second week of standing in front of a local business in protest.

He said he anticipates spending two to three days in Vero Beach until he gets paid for a job he did in 2017.

“I will be here until the cows come home,” he said.

End of the line

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Wiley Sifford Sr. is a throwback. His approach to business is straight from the 1950s.

On Dec. 14, Sifford’s Exxon Service Center (1550 U.S. 1 in Vero Beach) will close its doors.

It has been at the same location since 1984. The property was sold recently, and it’s the future home of an unnamed retail store.

Wiley, 82, has been in service-station business since the age of 14, when he ran his father’s gas station in New Jersey.

“It’s all I’ve done,” he said. “It’s my whole life.”

Military museum getting ready to open in Fellsmere

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US Navy Armed Guard & Merchant Marine Museum and Store, Fellsmere, FL

Indian River County is home to more than 16,000 veterans.

So, the U.S. Navy Armed Guard/Merchant Marines Museum is a good fit for this area. It’ll be located in Fellsmere (just to the south of the iconic Marsh Landing restaurant).

You’re invited to attend the grand opening Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

For more about the museum, check out this week’s issue.

Christmas music around the clock

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I’m not a fan of the Hallmark Channel starting with non-stop Christmas movies in late October (my wife is, though), but I’m OK with listening to non-stop Christmas music starting in early November.

Last week, 97.1 FM kicked off its annual “Christmas on The River,” which means you can now listen to Christmas music 24/7.

This is the first time in the 12 years I’ve lived here that 97.1 FM started playing Christmas music before 99.3 FM.