Karen Bergliot Anderson Hill recently celebrated her 102nd birthday with family and friends at Freedom Inn of Tarpon Springs where she has been a resident since February.
Born Nov. 2, 1899, in Norway, she came to this country in 1903 with her parents and an older brother. The family settled in Leer, Mich., on a 160-acre farm. She was educated in a one-room schoolhouse called the Greenwoods.
As a youth, she dreamed of being a doctor but settled into the life of wife and mother when when she married Raman Hill in November 1921. The couple had met two years earlier.
She became a U.S. citizen that same year. The couple had a son and a daughter in the early years of their marriage. Then, on her 40th birthday, Mrs. Hill gave birth to their third son, whom she says "always kept us young."
The Hills moved in 1947 to Fort Wayne, Ind., where she was active in garden and bridge clubs. In 1965 she came to New Port Richey.
Her daughter lives in Holiday. One son is in Maui, Hawaii, while her other son lives in Huntsville, Ala. She has eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Her favorite occupations throughout her life _ which she calls "a good one" _ have been traveling, cooking, reading and needlework.
State group names local
woman advocate of year
Terry Taggart of Clearwater was recently named as Consumer Advocate of the Year by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Florida.
A member of NAMI of Pinellas County, Ms. Taggart, whose personal experience has been with bipolar disorders, was recognized for her contributions and advocacy to the community in improving the lives of people with severe and persistent mental illness.
NAMI has 39 local affiliates and 3,000 members throughout the state. The Pinellas group has more than 300 family members.
Good Life Games
A brunch at Mease Manor in Dunedin recently honored volunteers for the annual Good Life Games and planning was started for the 2002 program to be held in March featuring 40 events.
Physical and mental challenges, activities and competition sum up the annual Good Life Games program, now in its 21st year in Pinellas County.
Last year's games included 31 sporting events at venues throughout the county in 10 age categories and included participants ages 50 through 100.
Kathleen Fitzgerald of Clearwater, the events director and the only paid staff member, told the numerous volunteers how important their role is in keeping the program going and growing and remembered the time when she moved here from California four years ago.
"I was feeling sorry for myself," said Fitzgerald, 58. "But, when I heard about the Good Life Games, I found people who liked the same things I do. I gained instant friends."
Along with the track, field, biking and other athletic and sporting events, the games include badminton, table tennis, figure skating, ice hockey, cribbage, pinochle and even a trivia contest.
Good Life Games began in 1980 as a small track and field event for competitors 55 and older, but several years later the minimum age was lowered to 50. Through the years it has blossomed into a nine-day health and fitness extravaganza that involves thousands of seniors, including about 1,500 competitors and lots of spectators.
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