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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 1 year ago

Oldest Seaside Manor resident recognized by city on 105th birthday

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

For her 105th birthday on Oct. 30, Erma Mohl received a key to the city.

The Seaside Manor resident is the oldest at the facility. She first fell in love with Florida eight years ago while on vacation, and she loved it so much she never returned home to Pennsylvania, a city proclamation states. Mohl was born in Ruscombmanor Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1914. She grew up on a farm with her four siblings, milking cows and doing other chores before school each day.

Erma Mohl and Mayor Bill Partington. Photo courtesy of Jenn Elston, Ormond Beach public information officer

She had no electricity, no running water and had to walk 2.5 miles to school every day, the proclamation reads. Mohl later moved to Reading, Pennsylvania and ran a house cleaning business. She has seven children, nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 

As a World Wrestling Entertainment fan, she watches wrestling twice a week. Mohl also enjoys gameshows and reality TV. 

"She never smoke or drank, but was fond of coffee before having her last cup 65 years ago," the proclamation reads. "She has a great sense of humor, is always laughing and smiling, loves to have fun, and is the life of the party. She eats at least one Hershey chocolate bar a day, is still looking for a good man, and contributes her long life to staying positive, minding her business, and practicing the Golden Rule."

Local children's charities receive $100,000

For the last several months, three local children's charities worked together to raise money and awareness for their individual nonprofits through a collaboration created by 71 MVP, a charitable organization that aims to emulate the humanitarian spirit embodied in baseball MVP and philanthropist Roberto Clemente.

Kamari H., Kameera H., Willem M., Caleb M., Aiden S. with Robin Markus, Joe Sullivan, Randy Dye, Nikki Risley, Robin Beaulieu, Linda Hannon, Barbara Cochrane and Kim Lembrich. Courtesy of Jonny Nomad Media

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Volusia School Fuel organization were each presented with a $100,000 check on Oct. 29. A charity drawing for a limited edition $100,000 Dodge Demon began November 2018 with the goal to sell 1,971 tickets for $210 each, according to a press release. The drawing took place on September 28, 2019 and the winner was Billy Willoughby of Ormond Beach, who was watching live on Facebook. 

For more information about 71 MVP, visit

Resident reaches Eagle Scout

Ormond Beach resident Trey Heller of Boy Scout Troop 468 recently earned his Eagle Scout award.

Trey Heller, of Troop 468. Courtesy photo

His Eagle Scout project was to redo the outside and build up the inside of the Seabreeze Color Guard trailer. Heller is Kim and Melissa Heller's son. He is a senior at Seabreeze High School, where he is on the golf team, cross-country and track team. He has a GPA of 4.3.

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