Firefighters test new tool on TV show
Clearwater Fire & Rescue will be featured tonight on the Discovery Channel's new reality show, Pitchmen. The show's producers turned to Clearwater firefighters, experts with advanced tools and technology to cut through roofs, vehicles and more, to test one of the show's featured inventions: a dual saw. The "pitchmen" and show hosts — Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan — visited Clearwater Fire & Rescue's new training facility last December and four firefighters from Truck 48 (B-shift) tested the dual saw on several different materials. "I'm proud that we have the expertise available for this type of opportunity," said Clearwater Fire Chief Jamie Geer. "Our firefighters are well skilled and well equipped to field test this product." The show airs at 10 p.m.
Vendors needed for HOPE Expo
Housing-related vendors are being sought as exhibitors during the 18th annual Home Ownership For People Everywhere Expo schedule for 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 13 at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. HOPE Expo is held in conjunction with National Homeownership Month and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; state, local and community-based housing agencies; and Realtors, lenders and other housing industry professionals. For sponsorship information, call Jerry Spilatro at (727) 461-0618, ext. 4 or visit hopeexpo.org.
Lighthouse tours set for Saturday
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Park Service and the Friends of Anclote Key will hold tours at the Anclote Key Lighthouse, located off the coast of Tarpon Springs, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Park ranger Chris Berner and members of the Friends of Anclote Key will be on site to answer questions concerning the island. Admission to the preserve is free, however, access to Anclote Key is by boat only. Three ferries are available: Sunline Cruises at (727) 944-4468; Island Time at (727) 447-0969; Spongearama (727) 943-2164. Most ferries leave from Tarpon Springs city docks and require a boarding fee. For information, visit www.anclotecso.com.
Get help with business plans
Oldsmar Business Referral Network will hold a meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Daddy's Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Suite 6, Oldsmar. The program topic will be "Creating a Strong Business Plan for a Small Business.'' Reservations are required. Call Derek Lee, (813) 351-0343.