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Sadie adds color to the community

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By Jan Liberio

Christmas is almost here and it is a joyous time of the year. Because it is a special time I wanted to feature a very special lady we have residing in Spruce Creek North. Her name is Sadie Horton and she is 96 years young. I do believe she is our community’s oldest resident.

Sadie has had a remarkable life. She was born Sadie Adelaide Poyton on May 19, 1912 in Providence, Rhode Island. As a young girl she won a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design.

She got a job painting photographs of school pictures in watercolors. Later she worked at the Loring Studios in Providence, painting photos in oils.

She was also a dressmaker and an accomplished artist all before the age of 18.

She met Chester Horton while still in Rhode Island and they were married Oct. 1, 1930. He was working as an auto mechanic at a gas station.

A hurricane came through and destroyed the gas station so he was forced to find other jobs until he got a job as a crane operator. He was offered a job in Levittown, Pa. So off he and Sadie moved to a brand new place.

Sadie decided that she would commute to New York and take a course for more fashion designing. She continued to paint, something she started as a child. She also taught ceramics for 25 years while in Levittown.

Chester retired and they moved to Spruce Creek North in 1989. They chose Spruce Creek North because their dear friends, Wilma and Blair Barchey, told them it was a great place to live.

Sadie taught watercolor and acrylic art classes at the Clubhouse for many years. She has traveled to London, Paris, Spain and many other wonderful countries in her lifetime.

Her hubby, Chester, passed away on Sept. 24, 2004 at the age of 93.

This little lady remembered all the dates and places in this article. As you can see,  Spruce Creek North is very proud of this remarkable resident.

Club News

News is coming in from the Bicycling Club. We need news from the Bowling and Painting clubs. I want to make sure we hear from all the clubs and committees.

Your roving reporter has been running around taking pictures of different groups. Stopped in the pool hall and got some great photos of the Billiard Boys with help from Marge Simard.

Also the exercise gals were very cooperative. You never know when your group will be featured, so you have to read the Citizen to find out.

No Pancake People

in December

There will be no pancake breakfast in December because it is such a busy time with many parties going on all month long. But the Pancake People will resume breakfast on Jan. 31, 2009.

The price is the same … bring your appetite and $2.50.

New Year’s Eve Party

Spruce Creek North is having its annual New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31, from 8:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Help celebrate the arrival of 2009.

Non-residents are most welcome. Music will be by Gail Keicher.

Club News

The Singles Club had its annual Christmas party Dec. 15. They all met at Logan’s and had a delightful time.

The Craft Club donated 13 lap robes to the VFW to give to the veterans hospital. They are all working on different projects for Christmas. A nice group of ladies.

Board meetings are once a month. These meetings are very important to our residents. They give you information on what’s going on in your community plus there is usually a guest speaker.

Election of officers is held in January. Be a part of your community.

Our Clubhouse was decorated inside and out by the Social Committee and some very hardy volunteers. Great job!

By the way, thank you, Cliff, for your donation of a brand new coffeepot for our Clubhouse.

Everyone have a wonderful holiday and stay safe. Next column in two weeks in 2009.

Jan Liberio resides in Spruce Creek North with her hubby, Jim. Please drop news in her mailbox at the Clubhouse or e-mail her at JnLiber@aol.com.