By Larry Austin
Island Dispatch Editor
Elderwood at Grand Island celebrated the February birthdays of a pair of centenarian residents.
Dottie Macro turned 100 on Feb. 9, while Bea Goodman turned 102 on Feb. 27, said Sabrina Wilson, director of activities/volunteer services at Elderwood, located at 2850 Grand Island Blvd.
Dorothy "Dottie" Macro grew up in Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, near Bradford. She married Joseph Macro and ran a children and infant clothing store in Olean before move back to the area to be closer to her niece on Grand Island.
At Elderwood, Dottie especially enjoys playing bingo and trivia games and going to Catholic Mass.
Beatrice Rose Goodman grew up in Buffalo. Her father spoke German and Polish at home. She married Alfred Daniel Goodman and always had dreams to be an English teacher. She loves painting, gardening, home crafts and fashion.
Goodman said she was "100 and more." To live a long life, Goodman advised, "Be interested in more than one thing." She noted she is a champion swimmer, ice skater, rollerskater and dancer, and added she's the mother of two very smart girls and a boy.
Monday, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray and Councilwoman Beverly Kinney visited Elderwood to issue town proclamations to the ladies that marked Feb. 9 as Dottie Macro Day and Feb. 27 as Bea Goodman Day on the Island.
Goodman is pictured above just before the start of her birthday party. Macro is pictured below receiving happy birthday wishes from Kinney.
(Photos by Larry Austin)