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Two centenarians celebrate birthdays

Good for you | by Nova Beall

Tulips were the perfect adornment on the birthday cake for Dutch native Cornelia Husgen. The 104-year-old resident of Rosewood House II Assisted Living Facility blew out the candles as residents, staff and Husgen's son, Paul, looked on. Jerrye Albert played classical music, Husgen's favorite.

Cornelia DeKlaric was born April 21, 1908, in Delft, Holland. After losing their parents at an early age, she and her brothers were sent to live with other family members in Indonesia.

While in Indonesia, she met and married Milford Husgen, an importer from Germany, and in 1939, their son was born. War separated the family while Mr. Husgen was in India. Mother and son were held for a time in an internment camp. With the help of the Red Cross, the family was eventually reunited.

The family came to the United States in 1950.

The Husgens moved to Florida in the early 1980s from Boston. After her husband's death in 1985, Mrs. Husgen lived in Stratford Court in Palm Harbor for a time before relocating to Rosewood House II.

She looks forward to visits from her grandsons, Eric and Christopher.

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Ann Left of Clearwater celebrated her 101st birthday Feb. 12.

She came here in January 1972 from her native Detroit.

The centenarian is an Army veteran of World War II, and served four years.

She is a fan of all sports and has won medals for swimming and lifeguarding.

Left was honored Oct. 29, 2011, with a trip to Washington, D.C., where she placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, a memorial to the American dead of World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, in Arlington National Cemetery.

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On April 11, the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club at Clearwater's Countryside High organized a seat belt safety event on behalf of the Anthony Telesca Foundation and its corporate sponsor, Knology.

School Resource Officer John Cavaliere, Angelo Telesca and Richard Lightle of Knology monitored the event as the SADD Club students encouraged student seat belt use by drivers departing campus after school. Drivers were also given a card offering an opportunity to learn additional facts about safe driving by taking a brief online quiz. Those who take the quiz will be considered for a number of cash prizes or a Netbook computer in a randomly selected drawing at the end of the school year.

Of the six high schools participating in this year's event, the school having the most participation in the online quiz will qualify their school resource officer(s) for a $500 award to be used toward school functions at the officers' discretion.

The Anthony Telesca Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with public safety and law enforcement officials, high school districts and community business leaders to help educate and encourage teenagers to drive safely and use seat belts.

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The Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association hosted its 34th annual two-day match play tournament April 21-22 at Countryside Country Club. Forty-two bay area teens participated.

This year the tournament was renamed the "Harris Armstrong Memorial Match Play Championship" to pay tribute to former player Harris Armstrong of Tampa, who lost his battle with cancer four years ago at the age of 12.

"He was an immensely talented golfer and a great person," said Tim Glennie, GTJGA board member.

Armstrong's sister Alison competed in this year's competition, rooted on by her parents, Jeff and Jan Armstrong, and grandparents, John and Pat Armstrong, of Tallahassee.

"We miss him and think of Harris every day," said Jan Armstrong, "but it's nice to know that everyone out here today is thinking of him, too."

After a weekend of tough competition and unpredictable weather, the boy's title went to 16-year-old Gaither High student Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, and second place was awarded to 16-year-old Countryside High student Donald Wasoff of Safety Harbor.

The girl's title was won by 16-year-old Freedom High student Summer Moser of Tampa. Osceola High student Haydyn Gibson, 13, of Largo placed second.

Winners share ownership of historic traveling brass trophies and their names will be etched with other first-place recipients, which include many PGA and LPGA tour professionals who began their golf careers with the GTJGA. Tournament champions also each received a $25 savings bond presented to them by Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold. This year, both winners received crystal trophies as well.

The event culminated with a donation by the GTJGA to Tampa's Children's Cancer Center in honor of Harris Armstrong.

Two centenarians celebrate birthdays 05/01/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:13pm]
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