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Daughter says 'God has a purpose" for her 104-year-old Dunedin mom

Helen Adams of Dunedin celebrated her 104th birthday at an early afternoon party with many friends at Mease Manor, where she has been a 10-year resident.

She was born July 29, 1905, in Kinsman, Ohio, to dairy farmers Ida and Lee Betts.

Winters were cold there and Mrs. Adams remembers her father taking her two brothers, three sisters and herself to school in a horse-drawn sleigh.

She spent a year at Kent State Normal College before marrying Joe Adams March 3, 1928, in Akron, Ohio.

She initially worked for a telephone company when she first moved to Akron, then for Goodyear Tire in its insurance division.

He worked for the Ohio Edison utility company.

The couple wintered in various Florida cities over a number of years and decided they liked its west coast best.

The couple made the decision to move to New Port Richey in 1966 after his retirement. Later, they relocated to Clearwater, where Mr. Adams passed away in 1976.

The centenarian-plus has always loved sewing and crocheting. She also enjoys the game of bridge, which she played socially until six months ago.

When asked her mother's philosophy on 104 years of living, Mrs. Adams' daughter, Kay Kullman, said: "My mother is convinced that God has a purpose for her and is keeping her around for a reason."

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Adams has three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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In honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, Norbert and Mary Hammill of Largo dined with family and friends at the Wine Cellar on North Redington Beach, and a week later were treated to a celebratory family gathering at their daughter's home in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The couple wed July 25, 1959, at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Kalamazoo.

They came here in 2001 from Vicksburg, Mich.

Mr. Hammill is a four-year Air Force veteran and worked as an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 131.

Mrs. Hammill has been employed as a secretary, receptionist and teacher.

The couple like to take strolls around their neighborhood.

They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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The Tutterow "Stars of Tomorrow" Performance Company based in Largo received 39 gold and six silver medals at the Dance Theater USA National Competition held July 20-24 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The "Stars of Tomorrow" juniors placed first in Solo, Duet and Group; second in Duet, Group and Production; and first overall in Group. The seniors placed first in Group, Line and Production; second in Solo, Duet and Group; and third overall in the Solo, Duet, Group and Line categories.

The Grand Prix Award was given to the Tutterow Dancers for the highest scoring routine of all competing juniors. The dancers also received a $500 prize for their "I Believe" lyrical routine and Tutterow's studio director, Debbie Kennedy, received the honor of best choreography for the routine.

Scholarships for Dance Theater USA were awarded to the following junior dancers: Jessalyn Miller, ballet; Taylor Torres, Amanda Vaughn and Emily Ritz, tap; and Brooke Zelinsky, hip-hop.

Scholarships for Broadway Dance Center in New York were awarded to the following senior dancers: AnnMarie White, ballet; Jaclyn Street and Carson Aho, hip-hop; and Drew Robinson and Michael Brown, tap.

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Frank Williams, lead jazz instructor and coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame during ceremonies Aug. 5 in Indianapolis.

In addition to teaching students and leading the jazz ensemble since 2004, Mr. Williams is also a freelance arranger, clinician and performer. He is a brass arranger and consultant for the Teal Sound Drum Corps, Jacksonville, and a brass consultant for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.

The Drum Corps International Hall of Fame began in 1985 with six inductees; today, 92 people enjoy membership.

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Daughter says 'God has a purpose" for her 104-year-old Dunedin mom 08/18/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 5:37pm]
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