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Retired bookkeeper in Dunedin celebrates her 100th birthday

Marion Dorothy Pedley Wiseman of Dunedin celebrated her 100th birthday at a party in her honor Nov. 7 at Crossroads Baptist Church, Palm Harbor, with more than 150 guests. Family and friends came from Michigan, Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina to be with her.

Son-in-law Bill DuBois attributed Mrs. Wiseman's longevity to her enjoyment of life and faith in the Lord.

She was born Nov. 1, 1909, in Ransomville, N.Y., the 10th child of James Henry Pedley and Ella Lucinthia Burmaster. The family moved to Detroit in the late 1920s.

It was there that she met and married John Oliver Fillmore. He became ill and died seven weeks after their daughter, Patricia, was born.

Following her husband's death, she lived with her parents, who cared for her daughter while she worked at a Detroit bank.

In 1940, she met Ben Wiseman and, after a year of correspondence, the couple married and moved to a small town near Niagara Falls, N.Y. In 1962, he died and Mrs. Wiseman moved to Florida to be close to her daughter and family.

A year or so later, she was offered a job showing apartments. Four years later, she was employed as a bookkeeper, a position she held until retirement.

In her leisure time, Mrs. Wiseman enjoyed going on cruises with her friends from church. Her favorite foods are sweets and fruits.

She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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The Clearwater City Council voted unanimously to name the Capitol Theatre and the Lokey Building historical landmarks at the council meeting Nov. 17, the first such designation by the city of Clearwater for any structure. Both buildings are located on Cleveland Street in the Cleveland Street District in downtown Clearwater.

The Capitol Theatre was built in 1921 by John S. Taylor, a state legislator and homesteader, and is one of the oldest operating theaters in the state of Florida.

The Lokey Building, located next door to the Capitol Theatre, was built in 1914 and was the home of Clearwater's first newspaper.

According to Gina Clayton, the assistant planning and development director for the city, the buildings deserve historical status because they have made significant contributions to Clearwater's history, they were associated with people important to Clearwater's history and each building possesses distinctive architectural characteristics.

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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 the following honorees:

Senior Agnes Wasilewski, September student of the month, has a 4.5 GPA as an honor student in CCC's international baccalaureate program. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and International Thespian Society. She is also involved in Student Council, Peer Ministry and the Drama Club, having appeared in numerous CCC theater productions.

Senior Vanessa Annoni, September student-athlete of the month, is an honors student with a 4.3 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She is vice president of the Student Council's Executive Council and is also active in the Spanish Club. She has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for American University, where she will study marketing and mathematics.

Freshman Sarah Kuhne, October student of the month, is a member of the Spanish Club and was involved with the freshman planning committee for homecoming events. She is an active and creative leader in freshman class activities.

Senior Mackenzie Zak, October student-athlete of the month, is a member of the Art Honor Society and the CCC Environmental Club. She is a varsity member of the girls swim team.

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Retired bookkeeper in Dunedin celebrates her 100th birthday 11/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:09pm]
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