Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Good For You| Nova Beall

Music-loving native of Maine celebrates 101 tapping her feet

Eva Bernard recently celebrated her 101st birthday with balloons and cake at Curlew Care Home in Clearwater, where she has lived since October 2001.

She was born Feb. 21, 1907, in Frenchville, Maine, the fourth of eight children born to Joseph and Anna Sirois.

She married Eugene Bernard on Aug. 26, 1926, in Sanford, Maine, and the couple became the parents of two sons, both now deceased, and a daughter who lives in Spring Hill.

While Mr. Bernard ran a small grocery store in Sanford, Mrs. Bernard operated her own beauty salon for 36 years in the basement of their home. Though she retired in 1972 at the age of 65 and turned the business over to her daughter-in-law, for many years afterward Mrs. Bernard could be found in the salon, chatting with friends and doing their hair.

Mr. Bernard died in 1979 after 53 years of marriage.

In the late 1990s, Mrs. Bernard moved to Florida to be closer to her daughter. Mrs. Bernard has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Always a music lover, Mrs. Bernard liked to sing and dance. Even at 101, she will tap her feet and clap her hands to the beat. She doesn't sing anymore, but loves to hum.

Niece JoAnne Hilder is confident that in the quest for a long life, her aunt would advocate "lots of chocolate" and "to have a song in your heart daily."

Couples celebrate decades together

Thomas and Maria "Chicky" Ashe of Clearwater were recently honored by family and friends on their 60th wedding anniversary.

Both were born and raised in Springfield, Mass., and married Feb. 2, 1948 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Mr. Ashe retired from the Air Force in November 1963 and worked with A.G. Spalding until his retirement there in May 1980. He is an avid golfer and bowler.

Mrs. Ashe is a homemaker and was involved with school PTA and Scouting.

The couple, who moved to Florida in 1982, have four children, and eight grandchildren.


Bill and Angie Bronson of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 16 with family and friends at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.

They were married Feb. 15, 1958, and came here two years later from Rock Falls, Ill.

Mr. Bronson worked 20 years for Stauffer Chemical Company, and 20 years for Duckworth Steel Boats, both in Tarpon Springs.

Mrs. Bronson was a 28-year employee of Tarpon Springs Elementary School.

They are members of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church in Tarpon Springs.

Memberships include the Loyal Order of Moose and Retired Teacher's Association.

The Bronsons enjoy spending time with their family, which includes three daughters and six grandchildren.

Palm Harbor youth is named Eagle Scout

Richard E. Jones III of Troop 475 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America and will participate in a Court of Honor ceremony April 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Palm Harbor.

To become an Eagle Scout, Richard earned 27 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. For his community service project, he built a hurricane-proof steel storage shed for the East Lake Community Library.

He is the son of Richard and Donna Jones of Lansbrook in Palm Harbor. He is a senior at East Lake High School and plans to enter the University of South Florida in Tampa this fall.

Soroptimists name winners of awards

In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, Soroptimist International of Largo Mid-Pinellas honored two ambitious ladies at a lunch March 8 at the Cypress Palms campus of the Palms of Largo.

Winners of cash Women's Opportunity Awards were Danielle Johnson, an employee of Westgate Elementary School who is studying for her degree in special education, and Kristi Dodson, a Baycare employee who is working on a degree in health administration and organizational studies.

Music-loving native of Maine celebrates 101 tapping her feet 03/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:47am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Editorial: Genshaft right to oust USF St. Petersburg leader


    In times of crisis, leaders cannot abandon ship and be unclear about their whereabouts. That is essentially what the leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg did with Hurricane Irma headed this way. Sophia Wisniewska's actions fell short of what should be expected from an experienced administrator …

    Sophia Wisniewska’s actions fell short of what should be expected from an experienced administrator responsible for the safety of her students and the security of her campus, and the move by USF president Judy Genshaft, above, to fire her was appropriate.
  2. Duke Energy Florida president answers questions about utility's response to Irma


    ST. PETERSBURG — After more than a week since Hurricane Irma knocked out power to millions of Floridians, Duke Energy announced it will finish its restoration efforts Tuesday.

    Duke Energy Florida President Harry Sideris greets St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday at a news conference where both spoke about Hurricane Irma recovery. The event was held at a Florida Department of Transportation lot next to Maximo Park in St. Petersburg, where the city is collecting Irma yard debris which will be mulched and sold to a local tomato farmer. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  3. Leaves, mountains, ice cream and cheese: What's not to like in Burlington, Vt.?


    If I loved Burlington, Vt., during a visit with my daughter when the high was 37 degrees, I feel completely comfortable recommending the city as a great destination for fall, when it's considered one of the top leaf-watching spots in the world.

    Founded in 1791, the University of Vermont is the sixth-oldest college established in New England.
  4. Puerto Ricans in Tampa Bay wait with dread as Hurricane Maria approaches island


    TAMPA — As Hurricane Maria swirled in the Atlantic Ocean, Sarykarmen Rivera got a phone call from her parents in Puerto Rico. They had an ominous message.

    Sarykarmen Rivera sits for a portrait with a picture of herself and her family in her hometown of Guayama, Puerto Rico, while at the Univision studios in Tampa on Tuesday. Rivera's mother, father, and extended family are currently in Puerto Rico and she worries about their safety as Hurricane Maria approaches. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  5. Early estimates peg Hurricane Irma damage at as much as $65B


    The damage totals from Hurricane Irma are still being tallied, but early numbers are in: As of Tuesday, the storm is estimated to have caused between $42.5 billion and $65 billion of damage. That's according to a Tuesday release by Irvine, Calif.-based analytics company CoreLogic.

    Hurricane Irma is estimated to have caused up to $65 billion in damage, said analytics company CoreLogic. Pictured is 
Hermilo Munoz Castillo as wades down a flooded street to check on his home in southern Collier County, Fla. after Hurricane Irma passed. | [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]