Betty Jacobsen still strong at Strongsville at 100: highlights
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – In 1921, a new car cost $ 350; gas was 25 cents per gallon; a house $ 7,750; the average annual income was $ 2,900; Woodrow Wilson was president and “hotsy totsy” meant a woman was attractive. It was the year Betty Jacobsen from Strongsville was born and I can say with some certainty that Betty must have been very sexy by this point since she is still 100 years old.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Betty last year when she was 99 years old. I then told her that I would be happy to see her again this year when she turns 100. She then told me that the secret to her longevity was “No smoking.” Do not drink. Well, it obviously worked for her. She may be a little hard of hearing, but she has as much energy and courage as someone half her age.
Since our last conversation, Betty has moved into the senior apartments at Westwood Place. I asked her how she liked to live there, she said “I love it!” They offer free breakfast, meal plan options, a beauty salon, weekly social events, and outings for residents. Betty particularly enjoys crafts, bingo, and musical events. Plus, daily Happy Hour with beer and wine. Wait a minute – I thought she said she didn’t drink! She has to go there just for the social aspect.
To commemorate this great achievement, Betty received a plaque signed by Mayor Perciak and a gift of one month’s free rent from Westwood Place. In addition, her daughter-in-law and many members of her family threw a party for her with lots of cakes, balloons and gifts. Family is very important to Betty and it was clear that her family loves and cares about her a lot. I was honored to be invited and so happy to see Betty loving every minute of her party. I expect to see her again next year for her 101st birthday looking just as sexy.
Blue bins: Remember, the blue recycling bin near Zverina Lane (behind the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank and across from the Castletown Playground) is for recyclable items only – cans, glass and plastic. There are green bins for recycling paper in the same lot.
Lately, people have thrown auto parts, furniture, tarps and other garbage in the blue bin. This contaminates the entire load, sending all items to the landfill instead of being recycled.
Residents of Strongsville can leave large items on the sidewalk to pick them up on the day from their regular trash, or can bring items to the transfer station, 16099 Foltz Parkway.
Historical presentation: Divorced. Beheaded. Deceased. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived. Such were the fates of the six wives of Henry VIII. Join Susan Cannavino on Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m. She will talk about the personality, personal life and circumstances of each woman, as well as Henry VIII, in this presentation from the Strongsville Library. You will be transported back to 16th century British court life. Register online at cuyahogalibrary.org to receive the Zoom link.
Garage sale for children: The children’s garage sale is back. Reserve a table to sell your lightly used maternity, baby and children’s items. Or just come shop over 40 tables of toys, clothes, small furniture and accessories on Saturday, October 9 at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. Early bird shopping starts at 9 a.m. for a $ 3 entry fee, or free purchases from 10 a.m. to noon.
Composition of the library: The following October 2021 events are hosted virtually on Zoom and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events so that we can send you the Zoom invitation. Call 440-238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers can also visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and see more information about library events.
· Cuyahoga Works – Need help with your CV or interview skills? A career counselor from Cuyahoga Works will be at the Strongsville branch on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to meet with people who need help finding employment. For more information, visit https://cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/Cuyahoga-Works.aspx. To make an appointment, call 216-475-2225.
· English as a Second Language – In person Thursdays and Fridays 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Aspire Greater Cleveland again offers in-person classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. Students must attend an ESOL / Citizenship orientation session before starting ESOL or citizenship courses. If you would like to attend these ESOL courses, call Aspire at 833-277-4732 to register.
· Computer lessons – The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently conducted virtually using the Screenleap program which requires a web browser and internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the course at least one hour before the start time. Registrations open 30 days before the start of the course and end before the start of the course. To see a full list of classes, descriptions, and to register, go to https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes/Virtual-Classes.aspx.
· Take-Home and Take-Home Crafts – Stop by the Strongsville branch to see what is the current craft of the month to take out and do for all ages. Each month, the Youth, Adolescent, and Adult Departments offer free craft kits to take home while supplies last.
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