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Big bash planned for 100-year-old veteran

Army veteran George Pann poses for a portrait Tuesday ahead of his 100th birthday at Magnolia Place in Saxonburg. Pann was in Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Joseph Ressler/Butler Eagle

SAXONBURG — They’ve got quite the production planned for George Pann’s birthday Friday. There will be a petting zoo, his niece is coming to share his favorite dinner with him and there will be a visit by the Cabot Cruisers car club to wish him many happy returns.

Of course, it’s not every day that a resident of Magnolia Place, 100 Bella Court, turns 100.

Pann, who’s lived in Magnolia Place for three years, said reaching this milestone was unexpected.

“No, I never thought to 100,” he said, adding he feels good for a man his age despite having to use a wheelchair or a walker following an accident that left him with a broken hip.

Asked what he would attribute as the cause of his long life, Pann said, “I never ate much. I ate small meals. I walked a lot. I was on the go all the time.”

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