by Sandy Fahy
Kristin Quirk, research assistant at the Florida office of Defenders of Wildlife, is happy to provide information on the works of the national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities during a recent event at the Harborview Center in Clearwater.
Congratulations to Ashley Schick on receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Florida ... Congrats are also in order for 2008 Clearwater High School grads Taylor Rinehart, Jeremy Rinehart, Erin McElravy and Zach Pitchford. Taylor will continue her education at Florida State University in the fall. The University of Florida is Zach's destination. Erin and Jeremy will pursue degrees at St. Petersburg College ... A tip of the to Karen Dombrowski, City of Clearwater's "Employee of the Month" for June. Karen works in the Office of Management & Budget ... Four past presidents of the Largo Woman's Club were recently honored for their longtime service. Corsages were presented to Lou Jackson, Peg Cameron, Ellen Jensen and Carol Miles Shaffer during a recent meeting at the Palms of Largo ... Applause, please, for Molly Miller, recipient of the overall Best Handler Award at the recent Crazy 4 Canines 4-H Dog Show. Molly was also high point winner in the senior division. Hannah Elrod and Danielle Hendrix were the junior and intermediate high point winners ... Did you know today is Deborah Capone's birthday? Ann Burchenal, Paula Pope, Doris Martinez and Brad Myers are among those who share her June 5 birthdate ... Bring out the cake and ice cream tomorrow for Lauren Kowalski, Kayla Baker, Neil Lloyd, Michelle Katte, Jean Hastings, Darrell Burlingame and Michelle Truskey ... Friends and relatives will be singing "Happy Birthday" on Saturday to Megan Sisson, Lee Achterhof, Henderson Talbot, Paul Cummings, Muriel Caffrey, Tom Hilbert, Kyle Mont and Dunedin Blue Jays infielder Paul Franko ... Among those turning a year older on Saturday are Margie King, Jan Bickel, Katherine Jahnes, Larry Byrd, Nancy Reed, Barbara Emery, Sue Cardozo, Heather Celiberti, Diane Johnson and Erik Freeman ... Monday brings the birthdays of Peggy Shewell, Norma Steiner, Victoria Stapleton, Larry Clem, Susy Grandusky and Dunedin Blue Jays outfielder Sean Shoffit ... Be sure to wish Sarah White, Carolyn Kincaid, Alice Thomas, Jean Bird and Alice Muchmore all the best on their special day, which is Tuesday ... The birthdays of Tom Piernick, Rich Bruer, Marjorie Dimmitt, Jessica Doel, Karl Ewerts and Evelyn Brady are coming up on Wednesday ... A little bird told us that the following persons recently had birthdays: Shannon Riek, Delene Crown, Lorene Schwaninger, Richard Schwaninger, Patricia Slaughter, Marsha Mullett, Mary Elizabeth Welpton, Tamara Mortti, Desiree Metzger and George McLeod ... Congratulations to the following couples celebrating wedding anniversaries: Walker and Lindsay Lea, Robert and Frances Lee, Bob and Joanne Smoak (June 5); William and Joyce Long (June 6); Fred and Jan Bickel (June 7); James and Donna Gibson, Steve and Angela Keck (June 8); Tom and Alice Anderson (June 9). It will be anniversary #55 for the Smoaks and #60 for the Longs. The Kecks will be toasting 12 years of marriage. The Andersons said their vows 52 years ago ... Belated congrats are in order for Bud and Bev Haskell, who recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary ... Have a great week, everyone.