Sally Weibe of Dunedin celebrated her 100th birthday at a party Feb. 28 in the company of family, friends, residents and staff at Rosewood House II Assisted Living Facility. Entertainment was provided by the Doral Village Kitchen Band.
The sixth of Henry and Emma Weibe's eight children, she was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Manitoba, Canada.
With a large family to feed, her mother persuaded her father, a watchmaker and jeweler by trade, to move to a farm. Weibe's mother died a year later, leaving the plowing and farm work to her family.
As a youngster, Weibe enjoyed taking care of the animals and had a special fondness for horses. She also loved to catch frogs and dress them in lace outfits.
As a young adult, she moved to Winnipeg, Canada, where she worked as a doctor's housekeeper. At age 25, she followed her brothers to Chicago, where the boys drove beer trucks and her sister was employed as a server at the horse track. Eventually, Weibe became a union steward, managing servers and porters. She attributes her success to "good looks and modesty," but being a hard worker and go-getter also helped.
Weibe never married. She had several beaus but valued her independence and the company of her five poodles.
Weibe traveled to North Dakota every summer to bring her niece, Shirley, back to Chicago to work so she could earn money for school clothes. When Shirley's family moved to Florida, Weibe would travel to Jacksonville to work at the dog track. Over time, the two formed a strong bond that endures to this day.
As a resident of Clearwater at Doral Village Mobile Home Park, Weibe made many friends with whom she would play cards and go bowling. Her sister-in-law Louise also lived in the park.
When it came time to move to assisted living, Weibe followed her friend, Betty, to Rosewood House II.
Weibe has come back stronger and more determined after recovering from a few broken bones due to falls. Those around her find her smile infectious. As the centenarian said, it seems "good looks and modesty," will always take her where she wants to go.
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The Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater has announced that it has once again been awarded Charity Navigator's four-star rating, given to a nonprofit for practicing exceptional fiscal responsibility and governance in fulfilling its mission.
Charity Navigator evaluates charities and highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities. Its goal is to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.
In a letter to HEP, Charity Navigator's president and CEO Ken Berger noted, "Only nine percent of the charities that we rate have received at least three consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that the Homeless Emergency Project outperforms most other charities in America. This 'exceptional' designation from Charity Navigator differentiates HEP from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."
"We are honored to receive another outstanding rating from Charity Navigator," said Barb Green, HEP president and CEO. "HEP is committed to using our financial resources wisely to the benefit of the men, women and children who we serve at the shelter each day. With the guidance and leadership of our board of directors and the dedication of our volunteer corps, we strive to stretch every dollar we receive to the farthest extent possible."
According to HEP, more than 80 cents from every dollar raised is spent on direct program expenses including intensive case management, clothing and personal care, food and nutritional services, family outreach, supported employment and transportation.
HEP is one of the oldest and largest providers of emergency housing and support services in Pinellas County. As part of its mission to help the homeless, the nonprofit operates a 390-bed facility where emergency and transitional housing is provided for the temporarily homeless, as well as permanent supportive housing for mentally disabled individuals, families with children and veterans.
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Clearwater's St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School participated in the Odyssey of the Mind 2013 regional competition Feb. 16 at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover. Teams are formed by grade level and compete against other teams in the same division and problem.
At the competition, teams are given an on-the-spot "spontaneous" problem to solve. St. Cecelia placed second overall in this division.
Competing in Division II, the St. Cecelia team was tasked with creating and presenting an original performance that includes a technical representation of messages being sent by email. The response, an eight-minute performance titled "Email Must Go Through," earned the team a fourth-place finish, one place short of qualifying for state competition.
Sydney Oprychal and Harrison Soe, both 12, earned special recognition as "Omer" award winners. This award recognizes team members who serve as exemplary examples or role models through their actions or words and is awarded to teams who exhibit exceptional skill and talent.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics, then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and world level.
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