by Sandi Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
Hats off to the Countryside High School boys' swim team, which took second place in the recent 2009 Class 3A FHSAA Swimming and Diving Finals in Orlando. The boys' team from Palmetto High School in Miami-Dade County won the team title, its first in state competition. Palmetto's coach, David Booher, is the son of Dr. Bruce Booher, who grew up in Clearwater ... A tip of the hat also goes to the Tampa Bay Turners, who won the USA Gymnastics Level 6 state team championship in Lakeland not long ago ... Sue Heisler is the new president of Heisler-Johnson American Legion Post Auxiliary Unit 119 in Largo. Other officers are Gina Schroeder, 1st vice president; Alicia Creighton, 2nd vice president; Carla Stuble, secretary; Joan Thompson, treasurer; Joy Forss, historian; Judy Smith, chaplain; Eileen Livingston, sgt. at arms; and Tabitha Pietrkiewicz, asst. sgt. at arms ... It's birthday time once again for Holly May, Audrey Esterbrook, Matthew Long, Doris Graham and Eileen Bukowski. All turn a year older today, December 10 ... Hope you remembered the birthdays of The Rev. Brandon Wise and Sarah Mattheus yesterday and those of Mary Beth Dauble, Ellen Byda, Carole Ayer, Jennifer Johnson and Kristen Lemire earlier this week ... The birthdays of Grace Dunlap, Susan Hale, Gloria Doohen, David Dauble and Sally Slaybaugh are coming up tomorrow ... Bring out the cake and ice cream on Saturday for Linda Taylor, Doris Hinson, Jessica Stima, Betty Lamb, Laura Bentz, Chloi Corbett and Robert Bishop ... Friends and relatives will be singing "Happy Birthday" on Sunday to Deborah Kynes, Sarah Cockerham, Yvonne Neckel, Betsy Smith, Janet Kromer and Rob Kay ... Among those turning a year older on Monday are Barbara Fackler, Matile Hendry, Babe Young, Jessica Goble, Elora Colamarino, David Wolters and Thomas Meachum ... Tuesday brings the 15th day of the month and the birthdays of Linda Smith, Timm Bischoff, Marge Gabriel, Lois Hager and Frances Huddleson ... You still have time to get cards in the mail by Wednesday to Cindy Jones, Pam Lofton, Freda Collett, Carol Taylor, Erica Whiteman, Shirley Erickson and Chris Paine ... A little bird told us that the following persons recently had birthdays: Melinda Archer, Carol Anderson, Nancy Sawyer, Chris Hughes, Jennette Marsden, Stacy Atkinson, Colette Ives, Joyce Noble, Audrey Snipes, Hugh Bell, Lynn Wells, Jean Ceaser, Sue Brice, Ella Erickson, Lee Ramsey, Mary McCauley, Sandy Luke and Decker Johnson ... Congratulations and best wishes to Gene and Lee Ecker, who recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary; George and Arlene Wich, whose special day is December 10; and the following couples who marked anniversaries earlier this month: Bruce and Kathy Roberts (Dec. 3); Mike and Lynn Roberts (Dec. 2); Harris and Sally Brown (Dec. 1) ... Here's wishing our readers all the happiness that the holidays can bring.