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Leap Day babies enjoy special birthday once every 4 years

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

Provided photos – Dell Stork is 84 today, or 21 if measured by Leap Day birthdays every four years. This photo was taken on June 17, 2012.

MEDINA – Most people can celebrate the anniversary of their birth every year. But for a few local residents that birthday anniversary comes every four years.

Dell Stork is one of the Leap Day babies. The former Medina fire chief was born 84 years ago today. He joked today he is actually only 21.

“I’m going to try to have one beer,” he said. “I can drink legally after all of those years.”

Stork typically celebrates his birthday on Feb. 28 or March 1. As a kid, his family would stretch out the birthday over a couple days when it wasn’t a Leap Year.

Several people called him today to wish him a happy birthday, which he appreciated.

File photo by Tom Rivers – Amy Sidari is pictured at the Cabaret at Studio B where friends and family celebrated her birthday on Saturday.

Amy Sidari is 48 today, but she said she is calling it her twelfth birthday, the same as her son Kyle. Sidari, owner of Gotta Dance by Miss Amy and the Cabaret at Studio B, welcomed her friends and family to a birthday gathering on Saturday. About 100 people showed up at the dance studio on West Bank Street in Albion.

“It was so great,” she said about the party. “It was so full of energy and it was a loving time.”

Sidari has a 9-year-old daughter who will be 13 in four years. That has Sidari thinking she will have a 13th Leap Day Party in four years, when she said she and her daughter will both be 13.

Sidari said her family through the years has made her feel special for about a week near her birthday, including on non-Leap Day years.

Brian Bentley of Barre is 20 today, celebrating his fifth Leap Day birthday. Brian graduated from Albion in 2014 and then finished from Ohio Technical College with a degree in heavy diesel in December 2015.

He now works at Milton CAT in Batavia and is an active volunteer with the Barre Fire Company. He is an assistant mechanic at the Fire Company. His mother Terry Bentley sent in this photo and wished him a happy birthday.