The students of Saint Paul's School once again contributed to the St. Peter's Love Quilt project, drawing compassionate messages that were incorporated into quilts for South African orphans.
The art squares that the students created last year were displayed March 15 in the finished quilt at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg. The exhibit included a presentation on the quilts and the history of the project.
Developed by parishioners of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Va., the Love Quilt Project gives quilts to orphan children in South Africa who have lost their parents to AIDS. The idea originated with a mission trip leader who wanted to bring something special to the youngsters that would keep them warm and incorporate messages of love from children within St. Peter's parish.
Since the program's inception, other churches and schools have embraced the project. Saint Paul's students were introduced to the program in the fall of 2011 by the school's art teacher Marcie Berthold and music teacher Marilyn Swan.
The quilts created by Saint Paul's students will be distributed this summer. Teachers have already begun scheduling the creation of more squares for the next quilt to be sent to Africa in 2015.
Founded in 1968, Saint Paul's School is a co-ed, independent Episcopal school located in Clearwater serving ages 3 through eighth grade.
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Consuming lots of garlic contributes to longevity, advised 100-year-old Anna Barbush of Tarpon Springs, who celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at St. Nicholas Community Center.
The centenarian was born March 26, 1914 in Warren, Ohio, where she graduated from high school and married her husband, George.
She worked for 65 years as a nurse.
A 40-year resident of North Pinellas, she enjoys reading and crocheting.
Barbush has two children and four grandchildren.
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On March 7, residents and staff of Rosewood House II threw a party for Irene Hawkins' 100th birthday that included flowers, balloons, cake and candles and a tiara for the birthday girl. Later that day, Hawkins celebrated again with friends and family.
Born March 7, 1914, she is one of seven children born to Walter and Bertha Coalson in Pulaski, Va. Her father was a railroad man whose job took him away from home much of the time.
Marriage to Ohioan Bill Vorenak took the couple to California where he owned a Harley-Davidson dealership. The union produced a son, William.
Her second marriage was to Spence Farron, a Canadian businessman who sold lumber for home construction. The family of three enjoyed vacationing off California's Catalina Island on their boat.
After Farron's death, she took up golf, a passion which introduced her to third husband, Chandler Hawkins. The couple lived in Brooksville until his death from the flu, one year after the passing of her son William in Colorado.
Until her move to Rosewood House II, she and her sister Mary were roommates, golfing together and enjoying the Florida sunshine.
Hawkins, who still walks with a spring in her step, continues to enjoy exercising and other activities and does it all with a smile.
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Sally Weibe of Dunedin celebrated her 101st birthday at a party Feb. 28 with friends, residents and staff at Rosewood House II Assisted Living Facility. Entertainment was provided by the Doral Village Kitchen Band.
She was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Manitoba, Canada, the sixth of Henry and Emma Weibe's eight children.
As a youngster, Weibe moved with her family to a farm, where she enjoyed taking care of the animals and had a special fondness for horses.
At age 25 she followed her brothers to Chicago, where the boys drove beer trucks and she found work as a server at the horse track.
Weibe traveled between Chicago and Florida for many years before settling in Doral Village Mobile Home Park.
In her late 90s, Weibe moved to Rosewood House II, where bingo and Horse Derby are her favorite activities.
She attributes her longevity to her good looks and modesty as well as her love of life and great friends.
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