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Celebrations welcome pair to centenarian club

Vivian Leota Mingus, a 32-year resident of Dunedin's Mease Manor, was treated to a 100th birthday party April 4 in the facility's Rose Room. Birthday cake was served, and Mrs. Mingus celebrated with friends and residents.

She was born April 4, 1909, the daughter of William Jaeger of Germany and Mabel Jaeger of Chicago.

Mrs. Mingus earned a degree in physical education. She worked for 25 years as an instructor in the field and 10 years in a supervisory position. She also taught classes at the college level.

She married Byron Mingus in 1949. The couple spent 27 years together until his death in 1976.

She retired in 1969 to Stuart and moved to Mease Manor in 1978.

A member of the National Audubon Society most of her life, she is an expert on birds and butterflies. She also enjoys track events, poetry and playing canasta.

"You are never too old to learn," she emphasizes.

Her advice for achieving 100 years or more? "Live a clean life and have your heart open to everyone."

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Anna Olgeaty Tarolli of Clearwater celebrated her 100th birthday at a family lunch March 25 at Macaroni Grill and was honored later that day with cake by the staff and residents of Freedom Inn at Countryside, where she's lived for the past five years.

Mrs. Tarolli was born March 25, 1909, in Solvay, N.Y., to Otto Olgeaty, a stone mason from Switzerland, and Emma Cole Cross of Seneca Falls, N.Y. She had seven siblings, all now deceased.

She married Arthur Tarolli in 1937 in Solvay. He worked in banking and she was a homemaker. She has two daughters, Rosanne Lisi of Wilmington, Del., and Kathryn Jager, of Safety Harbor; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The couple lived in Safety Harbor from the late 1970s to 2004, when Mrs. Tarolli moved to Freedom Inn at Countryside.

Mr. Tarolli passed away in 1982.

The centenarian enjoys knitting for others and spending time with her family.

She sums up her philosophy on living a long life in one simple word: "Relax."

CCC recognizes duo with monthly awards

Clearwater Central Catholic High School and the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency, Inc. have recognized Anna Scalamonga as student of the month, and Kelly Campbell as student-athlete of the month.

Scalamonga, a senior, is an honor student with a 4.43 GPA. She is a member of the National and Spanish honor societies and is the president of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. In addition to being editor of the CCC student newspaper, Central Voice, and of the student literature magazine, Silent Epiphanies, Anna is a graduate of Poynter and Northwestern University High School Journalism programs and was a St. Petersburg Times correspondent last fall covering high school sports. She is a member of the varsity track team and was the captain of the cross-country team.

She plans to study journalism in college.

Anna is the daughter of Nick and Lee Scalamonga of Clearwater.

Campbell, a senior, is an honor student with a 4.7 GPA. She is a member of the National, Spanish and Mu Alpha Theta Math honor societies. A four-year varsity starter, Kelly was captain and most valuable player of the three-time districts and regional champion CCC girls soccer team. She is also a member of the CCC track team and the Environmental Club.

Kelly has signed a national letter of intent to play soccer for the University of South Florida where she will study pre-med.

She is the daughter of James and Nancy Campbell of Largo.

East Lake High event honors 14 students

Fourteen East Lake High School students were honored by principal Clayton Snare at the Principal's Brunch this month sponsored by the Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary Club.

The students, selected by faculty based on academics, service, behavior and citizenship, are Amanda Aufiero, Stephen Berlo, William Byrne, Brittany Costanza, Kristen Haynes, Katherine McMeekin, Sarah Mooren, Zach Noren, Ben Prueitt, Rocco Roefaro, Madison Rudkin, Nicole Schillace, Emily Snyder and Den Wechsler.

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