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From Detroit to Dunedin, through 10 decades of life

Aileen Carlson of Dunedin celebrated her 100th birthday in the company of her son and his wife, grandchildren, and other family members and friends.

She was born Dec. 7, 1909, in Marquette, Mich., to Alfred and Amanda Tallbacka, who came to America from Finland. She grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, with four brothers and a sister. One brother, Walt, still lives in that city, her other siblings are all deceased.

She married Roger Carlson in 1934 and the couple made their home in Detroit. They came to Dunedin in 1968 after Mr. Carlson's retirement. He passed away in 1999.

Mrs. Carlson has a son; two grandchildren; and two great-grandsons, all of Port Huron, Mich.

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Tom and Judy Livingston of Safety Harbor plan to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary after Christmas with their children, and in February 2010 during a visit to New York City.

They met on a blind date in 1956, introduced by a mutual friend.

Mr. Livingston is a St. Petersburg native who attended Northeast High School, and Mrs. Livingston was a graduate of Boca Ciega High.

He graduated from Georgia Tech and worked five years in Washington, D.C., as an electrical engineer for the government.

After moving back to St. Petersburg, he worked 25 years for Florida Power (now Progress Energy Inc.).

She volunteered her time at their children's school as well as at church and with clubs.

The couple have two sons; and three grandchildren.

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Helen Campbell of Tarpon Springs was the recipient of the Symian of the Year Award presented to her Nov. 14 by the Symian Society Taxiarche.

In the past year, she has also received the Lary Award for Lifetime Achievement for 30 years of costume design for local theater productions.

The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center and University of South Florida have also recognized Mrs. Campbell for her beautiful costume work.

Mrs. Campbell discovered her interest in costume design early. While living in New York City, she enrolled in a technical school to study dress design at age 15.

Her father, Agapitos Megaloudis had studied tailoring in France and her mother, Chrisanthi elected to study dressmaking as a young girl under the apprenticeship of a dressmaker in Symi, Greece.

In the 1970s, Mrs. Campbell was responsible for putting together a greek dance group, the predecessor of what would become Levendia. She was approached by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce in 1976 to do all the costumes for the Bicentennial celebration held at the Sponge Docks. The successful completion of this assignment led to getting a foot in the door as a costume designer for the Richey Theater, area dinner theaters, the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, the University of South Florida, and other venues.

At 81, the mother of three and grandmother of three continues to pursue her love of community theater and costume design.

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East Lake High principal Robert Poth honored 14 students at the 2009-2010 Principal's Brunch Dec. 4 at the school, sponsored by the Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary Club.

The students, selected by faculty based on academics, service, behavior and citizenship, are Alicia Aldridge, Elizabeth Bonert, Krystina Butler, Justin Clarida, Carlos Flores-Garcia, Meghan Fretto, Jake Johnson, Kirsten Mandakis, Terry O'Reilly, Rachel Shaddock, Olivia Valdez, Mark Wahnish, Tyler Whitehurst and Kayla Williams.

Entertainment was provided by members of the ELHS Madrigal Chorus, and students from the Family and Consumer Science Department prepared and served the food, along with donations from East Lake Cafe and McDonald's.

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From Detroit to Dunedin, through 10 decades of life 12/15/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 5:20pm]

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