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Her secret to long life? 'Don't go to doctors'

Oveline Roberts of Largo recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at Royal Oak Manor. The party was attended by her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and their families, including great and great-great grandchildren as well as many friends from Royal Oak Manor and Palm Hill Park.

Mrs. Roberts was a bingo player and took up bowling when she was 72. After a fall, she had to give up the pasttimes.

"Of bingo and bowling, I miss bowling the most," she said.

She was born Oct. 6, 1908, in Hubbell, Mich., the youngest of Calixe and Justine Neveau's 10 children. When Mrs. Roberts was 3, her mother died of a ruptured appendix and she was raised by her father, who worked as a cement mason, and her siblings.

She attended school through the eighth grade. In 1926, she married Walter Roberts at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Hubbell. They spent 50 years together until Mr. Roberts' death in 1976. She never remarried.

For 13 years Mrs. Roberts worked as a spark plug checker for AC Spark Plug, Flint, Mich., retiring in the mid 1950s. She's lived in the area for 33 years — in St. Petersburg, Spring Hill and Largo.

Mrs. Roberts has two children, Donald Roberts of Flushing, Mich., and June Loiselle of Largo; nine grandchildren, Bob Loiselle of Matlachee, Ron Loiselle of Flint, Mich., Debby Elliott of Cape Coral, Randy Loiselle of Fenton, Mich., Bill Roberts of Clio, Mich., Jim Roberts of Mount Morris, Mich., and Gerry Roberts of Burton, Mich.; 21 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

"Don't go to doctors," is her personal philosophy on living a long life.

Couple celebrates 50th anniversary

William and Nancy Moore of Clearwater celebrated 50 years of marriage with a trip to New York City and an open house with family and friends.

The couple tied the knot Sept. 26, 1958 at Marion Center Methodist Church, Marion Center, Pa.

He was a hardware store owner and registered nurse, while she worked in real estate as an agent. At one time, both were owners of a card shop.

They came here in 1970 from Washington, Pa.

Mr. Moore collects lanterns, loves genealogy and has written several books on his family history. Mrs. Moore enjoys quilting and belongs to a quilting group.

They have two children, and two grandchildren.

Kiwanis Club honors dedicated member

Christy Flees received the Kiwanian of the Year award at the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City's 52nd annual Charter Night Banquet in recognition of her work in the production of the New Member Handbook, heading the holiday auction committee which raised more than $10, 000, and introducing the club to new fundraising activities.

Past president Jeff Ceska presented the award.

Mrs. Flees is the daughter of Ted Roepke, the first member of Springtime City Kiwanis Club to receive the award in 1976.

Sheriff's deputy honored for service

Dunedin Masonic Lodge 192 has recognized a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy for outstanding service to the community.

At a dinner with 72 guests, the 2008 Deputy of the Year award was presented to Cpl. John Davis by Ken Giesow and B.J. Sammon of the Dunedin Lodge. Also in attendance was Sgt. Paul Monihan, Cpl. Davis' supervisor.

Cpl. Davis began his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in 1987, said Sheriff Jim Coats. In addition to his duties as a patrol deputy, he has been assigned as a field training deputy responsible for training new deputy sheriffs, and was appointed to the position of corporal where he continues to assist a sergeant with supervisory duties at the squad level.

Cpl. Davis has earned a reputation with his co-workers and supervisors as someone who focuses on community concerns and who works with city governments to seek solutions.

In addition, he is known for his ability to control and assess volatile situations.

While investigating a possible car-jacking involving two juveniles this year, Cpl. Davis used his experience, investigative skill, and an appropriate amount of resources to determine the "guns" in question were actually toys, and that the incident involved a dispute over a debt. As a consequence, injury to the suspects and responding deputies was avoided.

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