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Calvin Reter and Sarah Robinson.
Calvin Reter and Sarah Robinson. (Submitted photo, Carroll County Times)

More than 80 family members and friends dropped by the Reisterstown Senior Center on Monday, April 23, to help celebrate the 100th birthday of Sarah Agnes Robinson. And what a celebration it was.

Reisterstown Senior Center Council president Calvin Reter started off the event by sharing a bit of Sarah's life story and having members of the senior center read proclamations from all over the country and state. A letter from President and Mrs. Obama, a proclamation from Sen. Ben Cardin, and proclamations from the State of Maryland legislature were among those read.

Sarah also received a letter from Willard Scott of NBC's Today Show, acknowledging her special birthday.

The center's Wii bowling lanes were re-named "Sarah Agnes Robinson Wii Bowling Lanes" in honor of her special occasion and because she enjoys the activity a great deal. She is also being recognized by the Baltimore County Executive's Office and the County Council.

Of course the day was filled with birthday cake and ice cream, as any party should be. Sarah blew out all the candles - one for each decade - in one breath. It was a very festive day all around.

But Sarah didn't just sit in her balloon-covered throne provided by Bay Country Rentals of Reisterstown, she was dancing up a storm, mingling with party guests and having a great time.

When given the opportunity to speak, Sarah shared her appreciation for all her friends and family helping her to celebrate her special day. She also shared just how important the senior center is to her, and asked to have her photo taken with Reter, as she has known him since for 67 years - since 1945.

Sarah is an active member of the senior center, still playing cards on a regular basis. She is one of the record holders on Wii bowling, with nine consecutive strikes. She helps out regularly with serving lunch at the center's Eating Together program.

Sarah is an inspiration to us all at the center. Her smiling face and eagerness to participate really is a motivator. And, she's just a fun and fascinating woman to be around.

Throughout the two-hour party, members of the center and family members patiently awaited their time to dance and chat with Sarah. And the star of that special day accommodated each and every one.

"We all had a great time" said Bernadette Hill, vice president of the senior center council, "and I really think Sarah had a great celebration!"

Sarah was born on April 21, 1912. Headlines in the Baltimore Morning Sun that day still told tales of the sinking of the Titanic and its survivors. It would be two more years before the start of World War I.

For information on the Reisterstown Senior Center, at Hannah More Park, call 410-887-1143.

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