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West Pasco Column

By CAROLYN HOPKINS

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 17, 2001


Holiday man stays active at 103

Charles Horton celebrated his 103rd birthday Jan. 15 at an open house at his home at 4814 Gaslight Ave. in Holiday. Friends and relatives attended from as far away as California, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

Horton was born Jan. 15, 1898, in Antioch, Ill., to Eldora and Isabella Horton. At 12, he and his family, including two sisters and two brothers, now deceased, moved to a farm in Bristol, Wis., in Kenosha County. Many years later, the road by their home became known as Horton Road.

He and Ione Edwards were married in 1923, and they built a home on the original Horton Farm. They had three children, Eileen Newcomer of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Bob Horton of Kenosha; and Audrey Horton, who has lived with her father in Holiday since retiring from the banking business in Illinois three years ago. During his lifetime, Horton has been a farmer and a car salesman, cut ice in the winter and helped build U.S. 41. In 1939, he founded a trucking business and eventually became the largest hay dealer in the area.

His wife died in May 1991. The couple were married almost 68 years. He is still very active and returns to Wisconsin every spring where he buys cattle, feeds them all summer and sells them to his grandchildren. He has 10 living grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren are deceased. His hobbies are dog racing and horse racing. He and his daughter Audrey go to the races twice a week during the season at Tampa Bay Downs, where he bets on live horse racing and televised dog racing. Because he has macular degeneration, Audrey reads the statistics to him from the racing forms and he selects his dog or horse. He has favorite jockeys he follows.

His daughter said Horton's memory is very sharp and he enjoys telling stories of days gone by.

Chamber seeks to honor residents 100 or older

The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce is seeking residents of West Pasco who are 100 and older.

The local centurians will be honored at a VIP Brunch and take part in this year's 79th annual Chasco Fiesta Parade on March 24.

To submit information on people to be honored, call the Chamber of Commerce at 842-7651.

Groups offering dinner with dancing Sunday

Holiday Lake Estates Civic Association is sponsoring a corned beef and cabbage dinner Sunday at its clubhouse, 3624 Atlantis Drive, Holiday. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. The Golden Notes will provide entertainment. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets are $5.50. For reservations, call Warren or Hattie Foley at 938-7265. The Polish American Social Club is hosting a dance Sunday at its clubhouse, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., with dinner featuring roast beef or chicken served from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and dancing from 3:15 to 6 p.m. to the music of the Music Blenders. Tickets are $8 for members and $9 for non-members. For reservations, call 934-3065 or (352) 688-6385, or the clubhouse at 868-9763.

The Polish American Pulaski Association will host a dinner-dance Sunday at its clubhouse, 4616 Darlington Road, Holiday. Dinner with a choice of baked chicken or corned beef will be served from 2 to 4 p.m., with dancing from 4 to 7 p.m. to music by Orlando Polka Magic. Tickets are $8 for members and $9 for non-members. For reservations, call Helen Baker at 934-4594 or Beverly Zawacki toll-free at (877) 453-1530.

Sunday breakfast events feature pancakes and eggs

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Holiday Post 10167, is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the post home, 4619 Bartelt Road, Holiday. The menu features scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast, fruit cup, fruit juice and coffee. Cost is $3. For information, call 938-5977.

The American Legion Paradise Post 79 will serve breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the post home, Legion and Veterans, New Port Richey. Breakfast includes sausage or bacon, pancakes or eggs any style including omelets, potatoes, toast, milk and coffee. Cost is $2.50. At 1:15 p.m., smoke-free euchre will be played. with music to follow from 3 to 6 p.m. by Mike Rembisz. For information, call 842-4378.

The Men's Club of the Gulf Harbors Civic Association is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at its civic center, 4610 Floramar Terr., New Port Richey. Orange juice, eggs, sausage and unlimited pancakes and coffee will cost $2.

Elections boss to speak about voting changes

Kurt Browning, Pasco County supervisor of elections, will be the speaker when Common Cause meets at 1 p.m. Monday at the Community Room of New Port Richey Library, Main Street. Browning will address the need for new election machinery. The last general election revealed the need for changes in the type of voting machines used, especially in Florida. Browning will also speak about various ways Florida can improve its voting process.

For information, call 848-7382.

Ladies guild card party, luncheon set for Monday

The St. Vincent de Paul Ladies Guild is sponsoring a spring card party and luncheon Monday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2040 Grand Blvd., Holiday.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon, and card games will be played until 3 p.m. Tickets are $5. Tickets will be sold at the door. For information or reservations, call Arline Domask at 934-8504.

Embassy Hills women's group to host card party

The Woman's Club of Embassy Hills Civic Association is sponsoring a card party Monday at its clubhouse, 9509 Palm Ave., Port Richey.

A dessert will be served at noon with cards played until 3 p.m.

Players should bring cards for games of their choice. There is a special room set aside for bridge players. Tickets are $2.25. For reservations, call 841-7683 or 849-3366.

New York-based retiree group names officers

The Florida West Coast Chapter of Retired (New York) Public Employees Association has named officers for the coming year.

Charles Dvorak of Palm Harbor will serve as chairperson; Sue Juliano of New Port Richey, vice-chairperson; Doreen Dvorak, Palm Harbor, secretary; Nancy McKiernan, Palm Harbor, treasurer; and Jeanne Sterzinger of Port Richey, membership director.

The chapter is a branch of the RPEA, based in Albany, N.Y., which represents the interests and concerns of New York state, city, county and school district public retirees. The chapter provides members with information regarding the work being accomplished in Albany and is an avenue for discussion of common retiree goals, problems and potential solutions. Those interested in membership should call 863-9347.

German-American club to honor volunteers

The German-American Social Club of New Port Richey has scheduled a Volunteer Appreciation Night on Wednesday at the Colonial Hills clubhouse, 3852 Prime Place, New Port Richey.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6, and music and dancing begins at 7 to music by the Jeanne Zube Band.

Tickets are $13 for members and $15.50 for non-members.

Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday. For tickets and information, call John Nolan at 862-9554.

Citizens group names officers for coming year

CAPRI, or Citizens Association of Port Richey Inc., has announced new officers for the coming year.

William C. Faulkner Jr., will serve as president; Janet Schrecongost, vice president; Rachael Wernet, secretary; Patricia Raimond, treasurer; and Carol Drenth and Sandy Spaldi, directors.

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