One local woman is still going strong and giving back to her community at age 95.
In 1917, the United States officially entered WWI, Woodrow Wilson was President, Janet Rankin became the first woman to serve as a representative in Congress, the first Pulitzer Prize was awarded and Warren resident Helen Juliano was born.
Juliano celebrates 95 years of life on Aug. 8, but you would never know it meeting her in person. She's still active and maintains a busy schedule.
Photo by Jacob Perryman
Still going strong
Helen Juliano (center), who celebrates her 95th birthday on Aug. 8, is still working at the Window Box Gift Shop at Warren General Hospital. The staff including Carla Lewis (left) and Gwenn Scutella (right) held a party in celebration Aug. 6.
"When my husband died I decided I needed something to keep me busy," Juliano said.
She said she golfed regularly until she was 88 years old and bowled in an area Sunshine League. Juliano also began volunteering at the gift shop at Warren General Hospital.
The staff at the Window Box Gift Shop celebrated with Juliano on Tuesday, Aug. 7, the day prior to her birthday. It was a surprise party but the sentiment was no surprise. After all, Juliano has worked there for 23 years.
"I really want to thank them all," Juliano said. "Especially Carla Lewis for the jewelry and the centerpiece and cupcakes."
Twenty-three years is a long time to serve as a volunteer. Many careers don't last that long. It becomes even more impressive when one realizes it means Juliano didn't even start there until she was 72.
"I just keep busy doing my own work and going to church and grocery shopping," Juliano said.
As for the secret of her longevity, Juliano has some advice.
"Live a good life," she said. "Eat plenty, eat good and you've got to cook. I love to cook."