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"Voice of Democracy Awards' set for Saturday

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681 and the Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring a public "Voice of Democracy Awards" night and Valentine Day dinner-dance Saturday at the post home, County Line Road in Shady Hills.

The three winners in the Voice of Democracy contest, all students at Hudson High School, are Trina Shull, first place, Kimberly Wilkes, second, and Amanda Long, third.

The winners will be presented a trophy and a monetary award.

Thomas E. Weightman, superintendent of Pasco County schools, will be the keynote speaker.

Awards will be presented to Weightman, Dr. Arthur O'Donnell, principal of Hudson High School;Charles Gayle, assistant principal; Rosaleen A. Hoeymans, guidance counselor; and Robert D. Hundley and Jeff Morgenstein, teachers.

Awards also will be presented to Kay Teddy and Carolyn Hopkins of the Pasco Times for public service.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentations at 6:30, a country fried steak dinner at 7 and dancing to the music of the Suncoast Concertina Band from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $5 and may be bought by calling (813) 862-6476 or the post at (813) 856-1860.

Stan Graziul is Voice of Democracy chairman.

A king and queen will be elected by popular vote during the Valentine dance.

Keith Snyder, grandson of past commander David Snyder and his wife, Toby, have been selected prince of hearts. Snyder will escort his grandson to the podium. Heather Goad, granddaughter of Frank and Lenora Carpenter, was selected princess of hearts. She will be escorted to the podium by her grandparents. Both children will be crowned by Gerry S. Tuttle. Mrs. Tuttle also will crown the king and queen. Proceeds from the contest for the king and queen of hearts will be donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Children's National Home in Eaton Rapids, Mich.

Charles Loper: 103rd birthday

Charles Loper of New Port Richey celebrated his 103rd birthday Feb. 11 at a dinner party given by hisdaughter, Florence Petersen, and her husband, Edward, at their home in Port Richey.

Approximately 25 guests, relatives and friends, attended, including his son Elmer Loper, two granddaughters, three great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter, all from this area. Several came from Michigan for the party.

Mrs. Peterson said her father is a very unusual 103. "He keeps house, cooks, gardens, travels and is still driving his car. He bowls with his church bowling team called Charlie's Angels of First Baptist Church of New Port Richey." The bowling team also is giving him a birthday party.

Amanda Jansen: 100th birthday

Amanda Jansen, a resident of Heather Hill NursingHome, was honored on her 100th birthday at a birthday party given by her great-niece, Mary Ernst at the nursing center.

The party was attended by great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and friends.

Mrs. Jansen was born Feb. 6, 1892, in Rochester, N.Y. She was married to Abraham Jansen. She worked at Hickery Freeman clothing company in Rochester until her retirement at age 65.