by Sandy Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
Best wishes to Cathy Iwanowski for a happy retirement. Cathy has been a member of the staff at the City of Dunedin's Hale Activity Center for the past eight years ... A tip of the hat to Fred Lavery, who caught the home run ball hit by Rays' B.J. Upton during a game at Tropicana Field against the Indians on August 19 ... Deanna and Michael Hatmaker were happy to have her parents from Paris, Ill., and his parents from Double Springs, Ala, here for a visit recently. Deanna's brother and his wife and their two children from Illinois were also recent houseguests ... Berenice George, Florida state director and Region 12 representative of WAVES National, attended the organization's mid-term board meeting in Las Vegas not long ago. Berenice is a past president of local Suncoast WAVES Unit 15 ... Friends of Martha Williams want her to know they are thinking of her and wishing her all the best ... Congratulations to Jerry and Mary Ann Dye on their recent 48th wedding anniversary, and Tom and Sharon Angel, who recently celebrated 44 years of marriage ... Congrats are also in order for the following couples marking anniversaries this week: Charles and Beth Schafer (Aug. 30); MIchael and Susan Wise, Brett and Kelly Braciak (Aug. 31); The Rev. Jim and Anne Carter (Sept. 1); Bob and Renee Burwell (Sept. 2). It's anniversary #17 for the Braciaks and #12 for the Burrells ... Belated anniversary congrats go to Kenzie and Marilyn Jones (Aug. 7); Luis and Carole Diaz, Raymond and Toni Van Kirk (Aug. 23); Mike and Margaret Branscombe (Aug. 27); Ray and Liza Nolan (Aug. 29) ... It's birthday time once again for Jennifer Hitchcock, Melanie Keith, Diane Irwin, Doris Bintliff, Autumn Wells, Larry Veras, Mary Ann Ellinger, Amy Bross, Frankie Rogers, Camille Grego, Christopher Wilson and Mark Lapham. All turn a year older today, August 30, along with actress Cameron Diaz. It's birthday #35 for Diaz ... Hope you remembered the birthdays of Christine Turner, Moira Shaw and Anna Baber earlier this week ... Be sure to wish Renee Burwell, Addie Spicuzza, Michelle Schombs, Ella Markham, Mitch Shaffer, Karin Wells, Mary Grace Keck, Paula Lewis, Robert Blais, Reagan Hood, Jeanne Peterson, Michael Wise, Julianne Tsagaris, Dylan Harrison and Thomas Garrett all the best on their special day, which is tomorrow ... Bring out the cake and ice cream on Saturday for Morgan Sides, Robert Schmidt, Bob Burrell, Terri Faulkner, Carolyn Conner, John Fife, Richard Owens, William Hufnagel, Ann Howard and Robert Wright. Singers Gloria Estefan of the Miami Sound Machine and Barry Gibb of Bee Gees fame are among the celebrities who share their Sept. 1 birthdate. Estefan will be 50, Gibb 61 ... The birthdays of Debra Walser, Mary Gabrielli, Jim Reynolds, actor Mark Harmon (56), actress Linda Purl (52) and sportscaster Terry Bradshaw (59) are coming up on Sunday ... Monday brings Labor Day and the birthdays of Kelli Jones, Allison Loy and actor Charlie Sheen, who turns 42 ... Golfer Tom Watson will celebrate his 58th birthday on Tuesday ... Albert Hawi, Milan Marecek, Amanda Nolan, Harleigh Carlson, Linda Lawson and actress Raquel Welch are among those turning a year older on Wednesday. Welch was born in Chicago in 1942. Another Chicago native, comedian Bob Newhart, also has a birthday that day. He will be 78 ... A little bird told us Lura Gillis, Jacqueline Johnson, Teresa Kelly, Barbara Bain, Cameron Tanko, Susan Wilson, Linda Kelleher, Eric McLendon, Martha Chilton, Elsie Taylor, David Hamilton, Monica Wilson, Gail Kerwin, Christopher Purdy, Roger Ray, Virgil Sturgis and Vanessa Rockwell had birthdays earlier this month ... Ellie Keithly says you can't change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails. Have a wonderful week, everyone.