Stephen E. Lasko
Army veteran Nolan Sassard, 90, shows off the Ferris wheel he made after retiring from woodworking in 2007. Sassard served in France and Germany from 1943 through the end of World War II as first scout for the 10th Army Division. He entered Europe at Normandy and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. These days, he enjoys driving his car 100 to 250 miles each day enjoying the scenery and keeping a lookout for deer and turkey.

C.J. Risak


Nolan Sassard has done a lot of traveling in his life, a great deal of it covering the central Florida area. It’s surprising considering his pace has not slackened, even though on July 27 — that’s today — he will turn 90.


“I just don’t like to sit at home,” Sassard said insistently. “I’m not going to sit in the house 24 hours a day.”