Local woman celebrates 110th birthday

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Greater Binghamton is about to be home to a super-centenarian.

That’s the word for people who live to be 110.

Goldie Small, who lives at Good Shepherd Village at Endwell, is turning 110 on Easter Sunday.

Saturday, her family will gather for a special party in her honor.

Goldie has two children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and lived on her own in New Milford until she was 102.

At Good Shepherd Village, she still lives in her own independent apartment and participates in regular exercise classes.

And she loves to play cards.

Her birthday is also April Fool’s Day, although she says the number of pranks she’s had to endure has gone down in recent years.

“Years ago, it was quite a day for people to act on it, do something crazy.  But lately, I don’t hear much about it.  Probably people here are too old,” said Small.

Goldie says she has no idea what the secret to her longevity is, although she says she doesn’t worry about things and just takes life as it comes.

She’s lived through the introduction of cars and television and she uses a computer to email and play online bridge.

County Exec Jason Garnar is expected to declare Sunday Goldie Small Day in Broome County.

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