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Centenarian amazed by technological rise

(ran PW, PS editions)

Carl "Joe" Duckworth, formerly of Holiday, celebrated his 100th birthday at the home of his caregiver in Hudson.

Close friends and family shared a picnic lunch and joined in as he blew out his candles. His special cake was shaped like the number "100."

He thanked God for his long life and the love shown to him. He also commented that he is tired of living and is ready to go home and see his family.

In a review of things that have happened during his life, he said he was amazed the most by the space program and he was happy to see that John Glenn made another trip into space "as an old man."

Duckworth retired from General Moters in Flint, Mich., after 40 years. New cars with computers interest him; he also mentioned ATMs and microwave ovens. At his party, the honoree made a cellular phone call to his brother Walter, 85, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to talk about the birthday party.

Duckworth was born July 16, 1902, in Mill Shoals Township, Ill. He was one of seven sons born to Walter and Iva Duckworth. As a boy, he spent his days working on the family farm.

He and Anna Sanders were married July 14, 1927. After he retired in 1969, they moved to Holiday. His wife died in 1984. In September 1987, he and Hallie Milam, also of Holiday, were married. They lived in Holiday until her death in November 2000. He now lives in a private residence with friends.

When Duckworth came to the area, he was active in First Baptist Church of Jasmine Lakes in Port Richey. Later he joined West Pasco Baptist Church in Holiday, where he served as a deacon and trustee on the church board. It bothered him that the church had no steeple and said it didn't look like a church without one. In the fall of 2000, the Duckworths purchased a steeple and had it erected at the church.

Port Richey students

can get supplies free

The third annual Back-to-School free distribution of school supplies sponsored by Joe Menicola and friends is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Port Richey City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road, Port Richey. The supplies will be given away until they are gone. Proof of Port Richey residency is required.

Menicola said the purpose is to "lift the spirits, raise the hopes and keep dreams alive for the students of the city of Port Richey whose families are unable to afford to purchase supplies for them when school starts."

Last year, almost $1,000 was raised for the project.

Chorus to demonstrate

four-part harmony style

Women ages 18 to 70 plus and anyone else interested are invited to Hudson Beach at 7 p.m. Tuesday to watch as director Amy Riddle conducts the singers of Suncoast Harmony Chorus as they perfect singing a cappella.

The casual rehearsal-performance will demonstrate four-part harmony associated with Sweet Adelines.

Cindy LaPorte, membership chair, said, "This is not your grandmother's chorus. Although we sing old standards, we have added a number of more popular, modern songs to the repertoire." Members of the Suncoast Harmony draw members from Hernando County as well as Pasco and Pinellas counties. Regular rehearsals are scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Gulf High School chorus room in New Port Richey. For information, call Chris Becker at 934-8457.

_ Information about people and special events in west Pasco (including Holiday, Port Richey, New Port Richey and Hudson) must be sent in writing one week before the event or one week before deadline for reservations or tickets to Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. For information in most of west Pasco, call (727) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (727) 842-9465. Unless noted, all phone numbers are area code 727.

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