by Sandy Fahy
PEOPLE AROUND TOWN: Meet Ken and Lyn Kirby (Two Feathers and North Star), Shawanoese Native American folklorists. The Kirbys were among the performers at the recent Pinellas Folk Festival at Heritage Village. Their presentation focused on legends passed on by Shawnee elders.
Happy Valentines' Day, everyone! February 14 is an extra special day for Neil and Betty Lloyd, Joe and Ann Maranda and Ernest and Brenda Bond. It's also their wedding anniversary. Congratulations and best wishes, folks! ... Congrats are also in order for Don and Pat Rath, whose special day is February 18, and Tony and Sherry Conte, who have an anniversary coming up on February 19 ... Belated best wishes go to Kurt and Lauri Kalivoda (Feb. 6); Robert and Imogene McLean (Feb. 5), George and Noel Hedrick (Feb. 2) ... Did you know today is Kathryn Porter's birthday? Karen Swets, Ashley Vaghela, Bruce Littler, Paul Holder, Friedel Roddey, Randi Dawson and Travis Whiteaker are among those who share her February 14 birthdate ... Hope you remembered the birthdays of Carol Gates and Joyce Mattison yesterday and those of Mary Ellen Britts, Bettie Maddrey and Arlene Bradstreet earlier this week ... Bring out the cake and ice cream tomorrow for Dorothy Sanders, Olivia Lumm, Carol Manley, Joyce Ford, Catherine Pelletier, Patricia Littler, Annie Muller, Kelly Bauler, Sarah Diamond and Bill Hiltz ... Friends and relatives will be singing "Happy Birthday" on Saturday to Faith Ryan, Sue Davis, Vicky Lomas, Gloria Connolly, Bob Zimmerman, John Ridinger, Amy Ditwiler and Richard Brown ... Stefanie Stewart, Kelly Nail, Shannon Caste, Connie Smith and Renne Nolan turn a year older on Sunday ... The birthdays of Irene Cross, William Blanchard, Sarah Gillmore, Dawn Cleland and Mark Cockerham are coming up on Monday ... Elizabeth Lombardo, Lori Hensel, David Lovell, Sandy Campbell and Kimberly Singer will be celebrating their special day on Tuesday ... You still have time to get cards in the mail by Wednesday to Carol Scheffer, Dolores Bernard, Helen Wilsey, Jackie Lawler, Jean Thompson, Jenny Cockerham, Ed Hawkes and Neil McMullen ... Just learned Lois Christie, Amanda Bodine, Beverly Nye, Molly McCoy, Jake Authier, Beth Fontaine, Mel Swets, Florence Daly, Judy Genevie, Larry Payne, Marilyn Riel and Judith Haley had birthdays earlier this month ... Did you know the popular number game, sudoku, was originally named "Number Place" ? Bonnie Caldwell advises though it was invented in the United States in 1979, its current name comes from a Japanese version of the game which came out in 1984. Suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru, which means "a number can occur only one time", was later shortened to "sudoku" ... 'Til next week.