By AMY GAREIS      News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – This month, Elsie Selway, above,  is celebrating a major achievement—turning 100 years young.

She will mark her milestone later this month, but friends at Scott United Methodist Church honored one of its oldest members with a special open house on Feb. 19. The event followed Sunday’s service to spotlight Selway, a 65-year-member of the local Methodist Church, who began her involvement with the former Drummond UMC during the 1940’s. She had been active in the Lyle Jones Circle and, more recently, the Scott Women in Mission group, as well as the Women’s Civic Club of Cadiz and various bridge clubs. Selway is appreciative of the church’s recognition and considers them dear friends.

“I really haven’t looked forward to being 100 years old because all of my friends near my age are gone,” she said but later admitted the secret to her longevity. “I never was on a diet and I never took vitamins.”

As she looks back on her life, she is reminded of a so-called fortuneteller who appeared in her hospital room for a palm reading.

“She said I’d live to age 73 and have a kidney problem,” she laughs. “I lived way beyond it and didn’t have a kidney problem either.”

Elsie is one of our featured local seniors, along with Jewett’s Shirley Bigler, a very active senior who offers advice to those entering their senior years, that can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald’s Senior Living section .

Shirley Bigler (far left) is pictured with her Thursday morning teammates at Valie Lanes. Sitting next to Shirley from left are Mary White, Tammy Harris, and Ellen Everhart. Bigler also bowls on a Wednesday night league as well, and is in her 47th season at Valie Lanes.  NH Photo/KATINA WATT