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Monday Evening Club member celebrates 100 years

The Skaneateles Country Club was the sight of a very special event Tuesday May 5.

The Monday Evening Club gathered for their regular dinner and meeting, but there were balloons this time.

Banquet chair Nancy Easter said it seems like every year the club gathers for its final dinner before the summer and it falls just a couple weeks shy of member Mary Simpson's birthday. This year was a year for large celebration, though, as Simpson will be celebrating her 100th birthday on May 17.

"Mary, I know you don't like to be fussed over," Easter said as a candle was lit atop a large birthday cake from the Patisserie.

The club members belted out the "Happy Birthday" song and then the entire room joined in for a second round of the old tune. All the while Simpson sat and listened, and when the singing was done she spoke to the room -- and told them that her hearing is about gone, but her eyes are still in good condition, and that allows her to continue reading.

"What do you expect when you get as old as I am?" she questioned.

In honor of Simpson's birthday and her dedication to education -- she was an elementary teacher for many years -- the Monday Evening Club selected a book to donate to the Skaneateles Library. "One Morning in Maine" will be added to the library's collection for all to read.

The club is also donating a copy of "Strunk and White," whose original title is "The Elements of Style," a composition on how to write well. For many years, Simpson was a neighbor to E.B. White, the book's co-author as well as author of such greats as "Charlotte's Web" and "Stuart Little."

"It's a great blessing to be able to teach children," Simpson said, adding "I had a feeling something nice was going to happen, because that's the way you are. Being 100 is no different than being 99 or being 98."

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