Gas leak ties up traffic on Highland Avenue
Authorities closed a quarter-mile stretch of S Highland Avenue on Thursday afternoon after construction workers breached a high-pressure natural gas main. The accident occurred about 3:20 p.m. near Highland and Nursery Road. Eight to 10 houses were evacuated for more than an hour, but no one was hurt. The closure snarled traffic. Verizon spokesman Bob Elek said a crew was laying fiber-optic cable underground. The city marked the location of a 6-inch gas line under the street before the Verizon crew started work, but did not mark a 2-inch line coming off the main one, Elek said. That's the one the crew hit.
Fire stations show a healthy concern
Clearwater residents can visit any city fire station from Sunday through May 24 for a free blood pressure screening. While you're there, pick up a "File of Life" package, which contains documents that help emergency responders identify medical issues. and provide appropriate care. The screenings and packages will be at Station 44, at 950 Gulf Blvd.; Station 45, at 610 Franklin St.; Station 46, at 534 Mandalay Ave.; Station 47, at 1460 Lakeview Road Station 48, at 1700 N Belcher Road; Station 49, at 565 Sky Harbor Drive; Station 50, at 2681 Countryside Blvd.; and Station 51, at 1720 Overbrook Ave.
See Coast Guard's lifeboat Saturday
Get a close-up look at the U.S. Coast Guard's 47-foot lifeboat normally stationed at Sand Key. It will be on display and Coast Guard Auxiliary 11-9 will have an information booth offering safe boating materials at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Quick-thinking neighbor honored
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue this week recognized resident Ken VanStedum for his quick thinking when a kitchen fire started at his neighbor's house on May 3. The fire began when a young boy and his friend decided to boil water for noodles and left the pot on the stove unattended, officials said. The water evaporated and a small fire broke out. The boy ran to VanStedum's home for help. VanStedum told his wife to call 911, grabbed a fire extinguisher, put the fire out and started opening windows and doors to ventilate the home. He was honored Wednesday night by the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Commission.
Bennett, Cyril J.
Bensley, Ray F.
Di Miceli, Kathleen B.
Draskovich, Matthew J.
Dugan, Alice Jane
Hartmann, Kathryn J.
Horton, Paul Francis
Johnson, Timothy A.
Mattingly, Jessie W.
Muzio, Michael E.
Perdomo, Maria A.
Pilch, Donald "Don"
Roberts, Charles David
Sanborn, Joyce A.
Stokes, Mary E.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.