Helen Bauter of Dunedin celebrated her 107th birthday surrounded by friends, as well as residents and staff of Rosewood House II. Her party included cake and live musical entertainment.
One of eight children, Helen Dillabaugh was born Jan. 12, 1905, in Brasher Falls, N.Y. When the doctor arrived by sleigh to deliver Helen, he was exhausted from tending to the sick and the inebriated throughout the night. Helen's father refused to allow him inside, turned the sleigh around and instructed the horse to take "Doc" home. A midwife brought Helen into the world.
In 1936, she married Lynn Bauter in Watertown, N.Y. In the years that followed, she worked as a hairdresser and he managed country clubs. The couple traveled from New York to Connecticut and eventually arrived in Naples.
After Mr. Bauter's death in 1992, she moved to Golden Crest Mobile Home Park in Dunedin to be near her best friend, Ellen Miller, and recently relocated to Rosewood House II.
In younger days, Bauter liked to bowl, and she played golf until age 89. She still enjoys watching televised sports.
She attributes her longevity to eating oatmeal for breakfast each morning, having a beer daily and never having children.
When asked what she felt was the most important event during her 107 years, she replied, "Indoor plumbing."
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Peter and Jean Waichunas of Clearwater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family at Bonefish Grill.
The couple married on Jan. 17, 1942, in Chicago.
He is a World War II Army veteran.
He was employed by International Harvester Co., and she worked as a secretary for the Chicago Board of Education.
They came to Clearwater in the summer of 2010.
They have two sons and four granddaughters and are looking forward to seeing their first great-granddaughter in April.
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Westlake Christian School, located in Palm Harbor, was the recipient of the 2011 DeWitt E. and Vera M. Hooker Fellowship from the Florida Council of Independent Schools. This competitive grant is given annually to fund the development of projects of educational significance that will benefit Florida's independent schools.
Westlake's winning grant proposal was titled, "Instructional Rounds: A School-based Teacher Development Program." Inspired by medical rounds, Instructional Rounds function as a valuable practice that helps school leaders and teachers develop a shared understanding of what high-quality instruction looks like and what schools need to do to support it.
On Jan. 20, Westlake Christian School hosted the Florida Instructional Rounds Conference featuring Dr. Lee Teitel of Harvard University. Attendees from 18 schools across the state came to the school for the one-day seminar. The conference encouraged local schools to create instructional networks to share ideas and help each other develop their programs and their teachers. Local attendees included representatives from St. Paul's School, Calvary Christian High School, Northside Christian School and Berkeley Preparatory School.