In honor of her 107th birthday, Helen F. Normand was treated to a party at Manor Care Dunedin, where she's been a resident since February 2008. The birthday cake was donated by Publix.
The daughter of John Edward and Ida May Lates was born June 7, 1903, in Naugatuck, Conn. A brother, Ralph Edward Lates, is deceased.
The centenarian-plus married several times and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Normand has lived in Florida for about 50 years.
She has no children. There are a few cousins living on the East Coast and a niece, Dorlene Lates Fillis of La Pine, Ore.
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The Dunedin Committee on Aging recently named the 2010 Senior Hall of Fame winners at an event celebrating Older Americans Month at the Hale Senior Center, 330 Douglas Ave.
Honored inductees must be 75 or older and have lived in Dunedin for 10 years or longer. In addition, they must have demonstrated the art of aging successfully and donated time and abilities to activities serving the community. This year's recipients are Irwin and Syd Entel, Allen Edelman and Betty Ferris.
Since moving to the city, Allen Edelman has worked with community youth and served as a member on the Dunedin Recreation and Parks and Dunedin Arts & Culture committees.
For the past 40 years, Dr. Irwin and Syd Entel have brought the arts to the community through the founding of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.
Betty Ferris has volunteered her time with the Dunedin Public Library, senior center, and other city events and functions. Her humanitarian outreach to the community was lauded.
The event included a luncheon, NJROTC color guard presentation, slide show, and entertainment by local musicians.
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The following students were recently awarded the Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis.
Matthew Daniels, O.D., a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, and Northside Christian School, St. Petersburg. He is the son of Mark and Glenna Daniels of Largo, and the husband of Aston Caccia Daniels of St. Petersburg.
Thunya Tongtharadol, O.D., is a graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Palm Harbor University High. She is the daughter of Kongsak and Siriporn Tongtharadol of Palm Harbor. She will be practicing in Murfreesboro-Nashville, Tenn.
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Kenneth R. Statsick, D.O., son of Kenneth M. Statsick of Clearwater and Loretta "Laura" Statsick of Largo, was recently awarded the Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University, Sarasota.
He also received the Lenny Cherdack Student Legislative Award, presented to the student who exhibits behavior consistent with the high ideals and moral ethics of organized optometry.
Statsick received a degree in microbiology from the University of South Florida and graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic High School.
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The Kiwanis Club of Countryside Clearwater was named Volunteer Group of the Year 2010 by Goodwill Industries during a recognition luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City.
The club was honored for its longtime support of Goodwill's BookWorks program. Members of the club began reading for the program in 2004 and now read weekly to children at all Head Start centers as well as collect books for the BookWorks program.