French Island Woman Turns 100 Years Young 

For most of us we consider our milestone birthdays when we turn 30, 40 or maybe 50. For Lucienne Cloutier of French Island, Wednesday marks her 100th birthday, but if you ask her, she doesn’t know why everybody is making such a big deal about it. To her it’s just another birthday. “I think it’s too much, you know, if I were somebody important who did something or is doing something but I’m just a plain woman.”She is far from just a plain woman. She has memories dating all the way back to her days riding a horse and buggy to school, and now she enjoys the luxury of her high-definition television. She spends her time doing housework, playing cards, and she still walks up to a mile every day with her daughter. “I walk every day if it’s possible. I get up and make coffee and make my breakfast, wash up and get dressed and get ready to go about my day.” Her family installed a granite bench along her walking route in Old Town’s Riverfront Park in honor of her 100th birthday.Cloutier has recieved countless happy birthday wishes from all over the country including a special note from the President and Mrs. Obama. A lifelong Democrat Cloutier says Franklin Delano Roosevelt is her favorite President.She now has 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She’s looking forward to having them all in attendance Saturday at her birthday celebration at the Newman Center in Orono. In addition to walking and spending time with her family, Cloutier remains an avid Red Sox fan and she seems fairly optimistic about their chances of winning it all this year, “They might do it but I’ll forgive them if they don’t, they’ve given us a pretty good year so far, they won it once, that’s the main thing, but oh yeah they’re my favorite.”So what’s her secret to living a long, happy life? “Try to do the best you can for yourself, eat the right things, a lot of vegetables, fruit, do a lot of walking…don’t smoke!”