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Good For You: Centenarian Midge Westenfelder of Clearwater honored with two birthday parties

Midge Westenfelder of Freedom Inn at Countryside in Clearwater, was honored twice on her 100th birthday; first in the company of 40 family members and friends from seven states at Kally K's Restaurant on Sept. 21, and again at the Freedom Inn, whose staff arranged a party complete with cake, balloons and clowns. Her favorite local singer, Eddie Rivers, entertained.

Mrs. Westenfelder was born Sept. 20, 1909, in Columbus, Ohio, the oldest of three sisters and the only one still living. Mrs. Westenfelder grew up in Newark, Ohio, and lived throughout the Midwest before moving to Indianapolis in 1937 and Findlay, Ohio, in 1948. She spent 11 years in Palatine, Ill., before moving to Fort Myers in 1974 and came to this area in 2005.

The centenarian has outlived four husbands.

Mrs. Westenfelder loves playing bridge, and friends describe her as a "people person." She attributes her longevity to staying active and a having a martini before dinner. She has a daughter; a stepdaughter; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

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William and Rosalie "Sissy" Perry of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner hosted by their children in North Carolina.

The Perrys wed Sept. 24, 1949, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tampa.

The couple moved to Clearwater in 1953.

He served in the Merchant Marines and later went on to work 38 years as senior vice president at Eli Witt/Hav-a-Tampa Cigar Co. Mrs. Perry is a homemaker, was past president of the Jaycettes, and has done volunteer work.

The couple work on their vegetable and flower gardens, and share their harvest. They also participate in several volunteer ventures, including the Community Table Food Bank.

The Perrys have three children; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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Mathew Eberius, a recreation leader with the City of Dunedin's Parks and Recreation Department, has been awarded the Young Professional Award from the Florida Recreation and Park Association.

Award recipients must have more than one but less than five years in the field; and have established themselves as a leader in their profession.

Eberius grew up in the Parks and Recreation Department, serving as a junior counselor and a member of the Youth Advisory Committee. He continued his participation in the parks and recreation field when he began working for the City of Dunedin in 2006.

"Mathew Eberius is an example of the best our field develops," awards chairman Greg Scott, said. Dunedin is fortunate to have someone of Eberius' caliber serving its residents and visitors, he said.

Eberius accepted the award at the association's Aug. 27 awards ceremony.

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Clearwater Central Catholic High and alumnus Katherine Jones of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency of Clearwater have partnered to recognize outstanding CCC students with the State Farm student and student-athlete of the month awards.

Students who receive the award demonstrate leadership, dedication and hard work in the classroom, on the playing field, in extracurricular activities and in the community. CCC and State Farm congratulate September honorees, seniors William Sefcik and Greg Barrett.

William Sefcik, the student of the month, is a member of the National Honor Society and My Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, He is a leader at CCC and a member of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band. William will attend the Citadel on a scholarship for snare drumming and plans to study political science. He is the son of James and Lisa Sefcik of Dunedin.

Greg Barrett, the student-athlete of the month, is a member of the golf and weightlifting teams. Last year, he was the golf team's most valuable player and qualified to compete at the boy's regional golf tournament. He is an honor student and involved in the Drama Club, the International Thespian Society and Peer Ministry. Greg also sails and is a volunteer windsurfing instructor at Clearwater Community Sailing Center. He plans to study dentistry at Imperial College London. He is the son of Tom and Liz Barrett of Belleair Beach.

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The City of Clearwater's Solid Waste Department proved to be one of the elite teams at the Solid Waste Association of North America International Road-E-O, held Sept. 18-19 in Largo.

Featuring the finest solid waste employees from the public and private sectors, the event promotes the skills of professional solid waste drivers, equipment operators and mechanics from across North America.

Congratulations to the following city employees: Mark Beery, front-end loader, first place and top gun; Tony Hadley, rear-end loader, second place; John Garakop, tractor trailer, first place; Andy Wihr, tractor trailer, second place; Gary Kepner, sideloader; Jim Hawkins, roll-off; and Steve Sarnoff, judge.

These employees represented the city of Clearwater and the Florida Sunshine Chapter of SWANA.

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Good For You: Centenarian Midge Westenfelder of Clearwater honored with two birthday parties 10/06/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 6:05pm]
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