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County's centenarians celebrated

November 06, 2006|by JANET HEIM

The guests of honor attributed their long lives to different factors - hard work, keeping busy, exercise, faith, genetics. But the end result was the same - they all lived to see a century come and go.

Last Wednesday, the Washington County Commission on Aging Inc./Area Agency on Aging hosted its first Centenarian Luncheon and Recognition Ceremony. The birthday celebration was attended by seven county centenarians, friends, family and local dignitaries.

The Commission on Aging extended invitations to the 20 centenarians they knew of in the county.

"They're amazing. Most walked in on their own power. They're sharp as tacks," said Hannah Cramer, Commission on Aging deputy director/RSVP director, who helped coordinate the celebration.

Ethel Seibert, whose 100th birthday is Nov. 18, was one of four generations of her family at her table. Dorothy Carlisle, at 102, had the distinction of being the oldest present, while Clyde Huntsberry was the only male represented.

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All were accompanied by the friends or family who help care for them.

While most of the centenarians live in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or with family members, one still lives in the house that has been her home for 64 years, thanks to the attentiveness of her daughter, who visits twice daily.

The event was held in the Aspiring to Serve building at 140 W. Franklin St. in Hagers-town, where the Commission on Aging has its offices.

The program included a social time with piano music and introduction of centenarians and local dignitaries.

A luncheon was served, followed by a harmonic rendition of "Happy Birthday" sung by the Carousel Barbershop Quartette as candles were lit on the birthday cake.

There were individual recognitions of each centenarian, complete with gifts, including a memory book, gift bag, governor's citation and printed greeting from U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

In attendance were Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey, county commissioners Greg Snook, Dori Nipps and Jim Kercheval, and a representative for Del. John Donoghue.

Following the event, the centenarians were invited to go for a ride in one of three antique Ford cars - A 1916 Model T and two 1930s Model As.

2006 Washington County Centenarians (as identified by the Washington County Commission on Aging) and their birthdays:

· Gladys Arnold - Sept. 30, 1906

· Ethel Browning - May 15, 1904

· Dorothy Carlisle - Sept. 6, 1904

· Virginia Crim - July 7, 1906

· Emma Dillon - Oct. 7, 1906

· Mary Forsythe - April 27, 1905

· Frances Grove - Feb. 13, 1902

· Clyde Huntsberry - April 8, 1905

· Vera Jay - Dec. 23, 1904

· Ola Line - May 6, 1906

· Louella Little - Dec. 18, 1902

· Dorothy Mullen - Nov. 16, 1906

· Louise Noel - Nov. 27, 1905

· Juanita Queen - Feb. 24, 1903

· Catharine Schmidt - May 31, 1905

· Ethel Seibert - Nov. 18, 1906

· Anis Sisler - Jan. 31, 1904

· Mary Thurston - Feb. 19, 1905

· Alice Varner - Sept. 15, 1906

· Charlotte Winters - Nov. 10, 1897

The following individuals, agencies and businesses helped make the event happen:

· Richardson's Restaurant

· Four Point Sheraton

· St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Funkstown

· REACH

· 43 South Ristorante

· Sam's Club

· Food Lion

· Martin's Food Markets

· Wal-Mart Supercenter

· Christ's Reformed Church, Hagerstown

· Always Ron's

· Antique Car Club members

· Berean Bible Fellowship, State Line

· Carousel Barbershop Quartette

· Robert Beitler

· Washington County Commission on Aging staff

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