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All Children's Hospital receives $10,000 from Greek Children's Fund

A check for $10,000 was presented to All Children's Hospital by members of the Greek Children's Fund to provide support to patients and their families in need of assistance with rent, food, medicine and other miscellaneous non-medical supplies.

The Greek Children's Fund at All Children's Hospital was launched Feb. 27 to support patients and their families served by the hospital. The fund, originally established 26 years ago by Stanley Matthews, also supports non-medical programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital and Schneider Children's Hospital, both in New York City.

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Helen Perry Lindner of Dunedin recently celebrated her 100th birthday in the company of family and friends at Mease Manor.

Mrs. Lindner was born March 7, 1909, in Lakewood, Ohio, to William and Helen Foote Roberts. Her father originated and supervised the manual arts department for the Cleveland school system. In the early 1930s, Mrs. Lindner's parents moved the family to Dunedin, where they purchased a home on Victoria Drive. She has a sister, Lois, and brother, Donald.

At age 19, she and her sister spent a summer biking through Europe. Four years later, she graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin.

On June 3, 1934, in Cleveland, she married Emil O. Lindner. In 1952, upon his retirement from the Army as a colonel, the couple relocated to Dunedin, purchasing Mrs. Lindner's family home on Victoria Avenue after the death of her parents.

In Dunedin, Mrs. Lindner worked as a homemaker while her husband started Pinellas Welding & Supply. Mr. Lindner also served as a Dunedin commissioner from 1962 through 1971, when he was appointed mayor. He would be elected mayor in January 1972 but stepped down that same year in December due to ill health. He died in 1982.

Mrs. Lindner and her husband had no children.

For many years, Mrs. Lindner has played gin rummy weekly with her friend, 95-year-old Louise Fuchs. Other hobbies include writing. Among her memoirs is a chronicle of the European biking trip with her sister and a story about her husband's military experience setting up an Army base in California during World War II.

She attributes her longevity to daily exercise, proper diet and keeping her mind alert through reading. She managed the library at Mease Manor until age 93.

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The Rev. Frank and Ellyn Barcus of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary March 1 at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, where they are members, and later the same day at Cody's Roadhouse Restaurant, both in Tarpon Springs.

Mr. Barcus received his commission as a Navy ensign at Rice University, Houston, on Feb. 28, 1944. He told his wife to be, Ellyn Taylor, that they could be married the next day. Being a leap year, the next day would be Feb. 29, and she refused. So the couple waited a day and married March 1, 1944, at Grace Lutheran Church, Houston.

He is a retired Navy officer and served as a Lutheran pastor for 35 years.

She worked as a counselor and is a member of a quilting club.

They moved here in 1997 from Albion, Ind.

The Barcuses enjoy amateur astronomy, and participating in various church functions and park activities.

The couple adopted two sons and a daughter, and have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Chick-fil-A, Inc. announced that Tarpon Springs resident Joe Tranchetti has been awarded the $1,000 Leadership Scholarship, a program that provides assistance to restaurant employees who want to further their education.

Tranchetti was nominated by Dan Metzger, operator of Chick-fil-A of Palm Harbor DTO.

"The program recognizes employees who have acquired the leadership qualities and skills necessary to be successful in life while providing an additional incentive for our employees to remain dedicated and work hard," said Metzger. "Joe is being recognized for demonstrating abilities and potential to accomplish great things."

Tranchetti also will be eligible for Chick-fil-A's S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award, which provides additional $1,000 scholarships to the top 25 Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship recipients each year.

The total amount of team member scholarships awarded is more than $24 million.

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