True Capwell Wilson's 100th birthday party began at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 9 at Japanese Gardens Mobile Home Park in Clearwater. The private soiree was attended by relatives, friends and neighbors who were treated to a lovely dinner. The birthday girl had a great time and was one of the last to leave.
She was born Nov. 9, 1908 in Warsaw, N. Y., to Dr. Marcellus Jean Wilson and his wife Charlett Julia Capwell Wilson, a registered nurse.
An only child, Miss Wilson said her parents spoiled her rotten and she got whatever she wanted.
She's had a lifelong love of all sports. In addition to watching every game she could, she participated in basketball, tennis and golf. To this day, her favorite sport is football, and favorite college team is Syracuse.
Her first car was an Essex-Hudson and of all the vehicles she's owned, that car remains her favorite.
Miss Wilson graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing with bachelor's degrees in arts and science and followed in her mother's footsteps as a registered nurse. She found the most fulfillment in private duty.
Miss Wilson never married. She looks back fondly on her third decade as her best. She was able to retire from nursing, attend parties and, along with best friend Aurelia Clapham, go on cruises because they both loved to dance.
The centenarian has been a resident of Japanese Gardens Mobile Home Park since 1968 and was a member of its shuffleboard team for many years.
Miss Wilson never acquired a taste for seafood, adores the color purple, and attributes her longevity to a love of chocolate.
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Monroe "Mike" and Freda "Cookie" Ruth of Clearwater recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple married Nov. 9, 1948 in New York City.
Mr. Ruth was employed by the Colgate-Palmolive Company. His position as a new construction engineer enabled the couple to live in France for two years, in Belgium for a year, and travel to many other countries in Europe, South America and Mexico.
The Ruths are members of Temple Ahavat Shalom.
They have a daughter, and four grandchildren.
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Leslie Pohley has been named the state's 2008 Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher by the Florida Association of Science Teachers.
The award was presented at the State Science Teacher's Conference in Orlando. Ms. Pohley received a wall plaque and cash prizes from the Florida Association of Science Supervisors and Florida Association of Science Teachers. In addition, she recently received a Splash! mini-grant through the Southwest Water Management District that will allow her students to take field trips and create an on-campus Florida-friendly garden and classroom ecosystems as well as perform water-related classroom experiments.
Ms. Pohley, who spent her entire 30-year science teaching career in the same classroom at Largo Middle, was honored for her significant contributions to science education, her dedication, and for being an inspiration to students and her fellow teachers in the quest for learning about and living science. The award also recognizes her for promoting science education over a significant period of time at the local, district, state and national levels.
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University of Florida senior Tim Hussin, son of Dr. Gregory Hussin of Crystal Beach and Carol Hussin of Kansas City, Mo., was recently named the winner of the 63rd College Photographer of the Year competition on the campus of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. Judges viewed 13,313 still images and 169 multimedia projects entered by 566 student photographers from 121 colleges and universities in 13 different countries.
Mr. Hussin's work was awarded the gold in the portfolio category as well as gold in multimedia-individual still image/audio story or essay. He was also the silver winner in multimedia-individual video/mixed media story or essay and the bronze winner in documentary picture story.
Mr. Hussin is a 2004 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School.