Saturday is going to be a special day for everyone at Woodlands Village senior living community.
Resident Shirley Dorrance will be 100.
Shirley was born in Marietta, Minn., on Jan. 3, 1915, and was the fifth child of 12.
Her family moved to Morrisville, N.Y., when she was 10 years old when her father bought a dairy farm there.
After graduating from high school, Shirley attended Syracuse University and earned a bachelor degree in education in 1935.
She met her future husband, Roderick, while still in high school and married after graduating from college.
They had two adopted children, Daniel and Deanna, and helped raise a nephew.
Daniel lives in Ravena, N.Y., and Deanna is the office manager at the Manasota Funeral Home in Oneco.
Shirley and Rod both worked in the education field in New York state and after retiring in 1976, they moved to Bradenton.
Before Rod's passing in 2001, the couple traveled extensively throughout Canada and Mexico.
An avid golfer, Shirley has had eight holes-in-one during her golf career.
She moved into Woodlands Village in 2008.
Christopher Taranto, enrichment coordinator at the Village, said, "Shirley feels blessed to be in such great mental and physical shape.
"She credits exercise for her long, healthy life," Christopher said.
Steven Lantz, a Bradenton resident formerly from Elmhurst, Ill., will be 70 on Saturday.
His friend Sheri Clinard said Steven is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and accomplished businessman.
Jack and Faith Austin, of Bradenton, had a special New Year's Eve. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Jack's and Faith's four children, Melodie, Larry, Jamie, and Mitchell. They also enjoy eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The couple moved to Bradenton in 1973, where Jack was a building contractor, and Faith worked in real-estate sales.
It's 50 years of wedded bliss for Michael and Helen Mooser of Cortez.
Married Dec. 26, 1964 in Wallacetown, Ont., Canada, the couple had two children, Amy and Andrew.
They also have two grandchildren, Lauren and Matthew.
An anniversary cel
ebration is planned for the spring.
Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr. was recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense with a Patriot Award.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alyssa Hamilton, an employee of the tax collector's office who serves in the Air Force Reserve, nominated Ken.
Alyssa serves in the Air Force Reserve at MacDill AFB in Tampa while also working at the tax collector's office processing driver-license and property-tax transactions.
In the reserves, she is a RF transmissions technician as a member of the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 927th Air Refueling Wing.
In making her nomination, Alyssa said, "I nominated Mr. Burton for the Patriot Award because I am appreciative of his endless support and understanding of my military duties.
"He makes it so much easier for me to juggle my civilian career and military career when it calls. All I have to do is notify him of my duties and without hesitation or hassle my time away is granted. His support really means a lot to me," she said according to an email from Jan Bray Hilker, Ken's assistant.
Ken was presented with the award at his office by Dave McCormick, a member of the Department of Defense's Florida Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with "Nudi's Neighbors" every Friday. Reach him at 941-708-7774 or via email at email@example.com.