today's event at sand key honors U.S. flag
The Clearwater Veterans Alliance and other groups are staging their first Flag Day ceremony this afternoon at Sand Key Park. Beginning at 1 p.m., the American flag on the park's flagpole will be replaced by one that has flown over the U.S. Capitol, which was provided by U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Scout troops and local Boys & Girls Clubs will attend. A local Explorer Scout will demonstrate the proper retirement of an American flag. After the ceremony, there will be a picnic with free food and soft drinks (for as long as they last) at the shelter nearest the flagpole. About 400 veterans, children and families are expected. Off-duty Coast Guard personnel will attend as well.
Write your way down memory lane
Remember shedding your shoes and running barefoot through the sprinkler on your front lawn? Chasing fireflies at dusk and keeping them in a jar? Regency Oaks, a senior community in Clearwater, has announced an amateur writing contest designed to capture childhood memories of summertime in America in the form of poetry, prose or even a letter to a long lost pal. Winning entries will be compiled into a collection to be published by Regency Oaks for a celebration of Americana in July. Typed or handwritten submissions will be accepted through July 4. Mail to Judy Stump, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33759, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call (727) 252-0540.
Greyhound rescuers plan get-together
Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents from noon to 3 p.m. June 20 at PetsMart, 2625 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. For information, call (813) 971-4732 or visit www. great-greyhound.org.
Emergency team plans a field day
East Lake Community Emergency Response Team will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at East Lake Fire Rescue Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Boulevard, Palm Harbor. The group is planning to participate in a Field Day June 27 at Rescue Station 57, along with several other organizations that will give demonstrations. For more information about CERT and training information, call Lt. Mark Teolis at (727) 784-8668 or visit eastlakecert.com.
Pension oversight posts available
The city of Dunedin is accepting applications for residents to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Municipal Firefighters' Pension Trust Fund. The board is designated as the plan administrator and oversees the pension trust fund. Applications may be downloaded from the city's Web site at www.dunedingov or by calling the city clerk's office at (727) 298-3035.
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