Hazel L. Pietras of Rio Grande, N.J. and a winter resident of Clearwater celebrated her 100th birthday Dec. 18, 2008, with 18 family members and friends at Atkinson's Restuarant, Cape May Court House, N.J., and was treated to a birthday dinner and dance a month later with 175 family members and friends at Shady Lane Village clubhouse, Clearwater.
Mrs. Pietras was born Dec. 18, 1908, in Ludington, Mich., to dairy farmers William and Vivian Ann Frederick. She had a brother, Myron Frederick, now deceased. After graduating from high school in 1927, the 4-H Club awarded her a four-year sewing scholarship to the University of Michigan.
In 1930, she married Herbert Timm in Ludington. They spent 18 years together until his death in 1948. In 1950, she wed Joseph Pietras in Traverse City, Mich.
Mrs. Pietras had her own interior decorating business for more than 50 years and specialized in custom made drapes, bedspreads, pin-fitted slipcovers, boat covers, and many other custom creations. She retired at the age of 90.
She lived in Tampa for 22 years and in Clearwater for eight. In 1999, she moved to New Jersey but still winters in Clearwater.
She likes to sew, knit, crochet, macrame, tat and cross stitch. She plays the piano and organ, likes to read and travel, and is an avid card player. She's even taken flying lessons.
With no health problems to speak of, Mrs. Pietras can eat and drink anything she wants. She attributes her longevity to hard work, positive thinking and divine love.
Mrs. Pietras has four children, nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and the first great-great-grandchild is expected in March.
Couple celebrates 60 years together
In honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, Russell and Marian Bernd of Clearwater Beach were treated to a Christmas Eve dinner by their three children at Bern's Steak House, Tampa.
The couple married Dec. 24, 1948 in Obelisk, Pa.
They came here about 30 years ago from Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bernd worked as a dentist.
Mrs. Bernd was a homemaker and a partner in her husband's business.
The Bernds and their three children are proud of the fact they are all married to their first spouses for a combined total of 156 years.
Gold medal swimmer joins in at local meet
Garrett Weber-Gale, two -time gold medal winner at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, directed a swim clinic Jan. 15 and participated in the Al Soltis Memorial Swim meet Jan. 16-18 at the Long Center in Clearwater.
Mr. Weber-Gale was the first American to break 48.00 in the 100-meter freestyle and is the current American record holder in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.47.
In Clearwater, he signed autographs and raced in the 12 and older meets with local swimmers.
Four local Girl Scouts honored for service
The members of Girl Scout Troop 676 (Palm Harbor, Gulf Sands Service Unit) recently received recognition for the completion of the Girl Scouts Gold Award at a celebratory dinner at First United Methodist Church in Dunedin.
They are Kimberly Manning, 2008 Palm Harbor University High graduate; Sarah Geisler, a senior at Tarpon Springs High; Ashley Cimillo, 2008 Countryside High graduate; and Stephanie Lewis, a senior at Countryside High.
The young women's project, "Teens Helping Teens," provided assistance to 25 homeless teen girls and 25 homeless teen boys through the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless. Each of the teens received a bag of items that included school supplies, toiletry bag with full-size products, blanket, backpack and a 2G portable hard drive. Each item contained an inspirational message.
Last year, approximately 5,500 of almost 102,000 girls received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.
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