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Clearwater woman celebrates 100th birthday

Thelma Aldene Brocious Heath of Clearwater celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Horizon Bay, where she is a resident.

She was born Jan. 22, 1913, in Reynoldsville, Pa.

Her husband's name was Frank Harvey Heath. After proposing to him in a letter, the two married in Baltimore, and spent the next 61 years together before his death.

Heath attended college with the intention of becoming a nurse, but instead earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She worked as a teacher and librarian. Her husband was employed as a teacher and school principal.

In 2004, she took a trip with family to London. While there, the 91-year-old insisted upon walking everywhere and carrying her own luggage.

Heath has an affinity for art. Adorning the walls of her room are many paintings she did in younger days.

She has a son, Frank Heath Jr., two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

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Two young women from North Pinellas, Kaitlyn Resler of Clearwater Beach and Nadia Azzi of Palm Harbor, recently appeared on an episode of From the Top, a National Public Radio program that features America's best young classical musicians, hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley.

The episode was taped before a live audience Dec. 11 at the Sarasota Opera House and aired nationally the week of Jan. 21. It was also heard Feb. 3 on Classical WSMR-FM 89.1.

Resler, a 17-year-old senior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, has studied the French horn for eight years. She hails from a family of musicians and, as a youngster, began playing her father's trombone for fun. On the broadcast, she performed Nocturno, Op. 7 by Franz Strauss.

Pianist Nadia Azzi performed the first movement from Schumann's Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22. Born in Dunedin, Azzi began playing the piano at age 5 and has been the recipient of top prizes in numerous competitions at the state, national and international levels. The 14-year-old is a student at the precollege division of the Juilliard School, where she studies piano with Veda Kaplinsky.

For the past decade, From the Top has showcased America's best young musicians through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events and educational programs.

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On Feb. 7, the Dunedin City Commission accepted a donation, delivered by the Dunedin Youth Guild, to develop a nature-themed playground at Josiah Cephas Weaver Park, 1249 Bayshore Blvd.

The design features playground pieces inspired by nature and colorful, child-friendly signs that teach children and their families about the environment and complete access for all disabilities.

The project was made possible by Dunedin residents Tom and Nan Moffatt, who donated $200,000 to the Dunedin Youth Guild.

Weaver Park is located just north of downtown Dunedin and bordered by the Pinellas Trail to the east and St. Joseph Sound to the west. Amenities include a fishing pier, bicycle and pedestrian trials, two picnic shelters and soon-to-open restroom facilities.

A grand opening is planned for summer.

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Home Depot volunteers who participated in the national Celebration of Service Feb. 8 made much-needed modifications to the Abilities Guild Veterans Mall, 2735 Whitney Road, Clearwater.

The Abilities Guild Veterans Mall is composed of three storerooms stocked with coffeemakers, toasters, pot and pans, crock pots, linens, blankets and job interview clothing given free to wounded veterans referred from Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

During the events, all three storerooms were painted and new flooring and shelving racks were installed. An exterior shed was also painted by artist Lauren Smith.

Bill and Marsha Uhler, owners of Mr. Bill's Fine Foods, donated food and served lunch to the volunteers.

"We are honored that the Home Depot Foundation has selected the Veterans Mall as the focus of its Tampa Bay area service project," said Abilities Foundation president and CEO Frank De Lucia, who added that the renovation will allow the foundation to enhance its service to the men and women who have served this country.

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Clearwater woman celebrates 100th birthday 02/12/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:26pm]

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