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Clearwater woman turns 100

Erma M. Berry of Clearwater celebrated her 100th birthday with a pre-birthday lunch at Emeritus of Beckett Lake, where she now resides, and a trip to Clearwater Beach on her birthday proper with her daughter and son-in-law, culminating with lunch at the Palm Pavilion.

Erma McKowan was born Oct. 12, 1911, in York, Maine, the second of five siblings.

Berry worked in hospitals as a registered nurse. She retired from her job as an office nurse for a surgeon in Portsmouth, N.H.

She was married June 18, 1938, and is a widow.

She came to Clearwater from Kittery, Maine, in 1967 and lived on Island Estates for more than 20 years. Following that, she resided with her daughter and son-in-law for 13 years. They took many cruises and trips together.

Her daughter, Jan Bickel, lives in Clearwater.

Berry's philosophy on living a long life is a belief in staying active physically and mentally.

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Donald and Arlene Hatton of Palm Harbor recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The couple married Oct. 22, 1961, at St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago.

The following day, Mr. Hatton received his draft notice. After his tour of duty, they lived in Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia and finally retired in Florida in 2000.

He retired as a vice president of technical services with the Consumer Electronics Association, a leading trade association representing all major consumer electronics manufacturers. Under his tutelage, more than 10,000 electronics instructors nationwide received training in the industry's latest technologies. He managed the development of government-funded national skills standards for electronics technicians.

He is an industry volunteer for SkillsUSA, where he has held the position of technical delegate to WorldSkills International for more than 27 years. He has been a member of the WSI board of directors and assumes the responsibility as the jury president for several skills during each of the WorldSkills Competitions. As an industry representative to the consumer electronics industry, he has organized and managed the National Electronics Competition in the United States.

He is active during the tax season as the district coordinator for the IRS/AARP Tax-Aide program, in which he trains and manages more than 80 federal income tax preparers.

She worked for IBM and Xerox and retired as an agent with FedEx, where she managed service centers in the Washington, D.C., and Virginia areas.

She enjoys designing and constructing quilts.

The couple have three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Bob and Gerri Goldman of Dunedin celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with dinner at Cafe Vienna in St. Petersburg.

The couple wed Oct. 13, 1946, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Queens, N.Y.

They came here in 1980 from Long Island, N.Y.

He worked in sales.

She was a teacher's aide.

They like to travel, spend time with family and friends, and do volunteer work.

The Goldmans have two children and two grandchildren.

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On Oct. 20, the Anthony Telesca Foundation and Knology presented school resource Officer John Cavaliere of Countryside High with $1,000 for his work with students to promote teenage safe driving during the 2010-2011 school year. The award was based on a competition among Clearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, East Lake and Largo high schools to encourage the most students to view a teenage safe driving website and complete a safe driving questionnaire. Countryside has won this award two years in a row because of significant student participation.

The Anthony Telesca Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with public safety and law enforcement organizations, high school districts and community business leaders to help educate and encourage teenagers to drive safely.

Clearwater woman turns 100 10/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 5:14pm]
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