Taylor McCormack of Palm Harbor was awarded the St. Petersburg College Foundation's Raymond Johns Award for Excellence during graduation ceremonies Sept. 8 at the Allstate Center in St. Petersburg.
McCormack, 28, is a member of fire academy class 31 and earned the accolade for his high grade point average and performance rating.
Presenting the award was John H. Johns, who started the Raymond Johns Award for Excellence to encourage students to complete the fire academy program and strive for academic excellence. The scholarship honors the memory of Johns' late son, Raymond "A.J." Johns, who completed St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy courses and was working on his paramedic certification.
The award will allow McCormack to continue his education in paramedics and fire science.
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The Beta Alpha Pi chapter of Phi Beta Psi sorority, a local non-academic charity organization, recently joined the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce. A ribbon-cutting to commemorate the event took place at Synovus Bank in Palm Harbor. Members in attendance were Hanna Nicaj, Patricia Mann, Glenda Robinson, chapter president Doris Lauer, Mary Newton, Susan Willman and Kathy McAuliffe.
The organization's focus is on cancer research. A golf tournament at East Lake Woodlands is in the planning stages, with all proceeds to be donated to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Institute.
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The City of Dunedin Committee on Aging celebrated the life and work of Dr. William E. Hale with a tree-planting ceremony Aug. 26 at the William E. Hale Senior Activity Center in Dunedin.
In addition to the planting of a live oak tree, a plaque with wording from Dr. Hale's favorite hymn was installed.
Friends, family, City Commission members, city staff and members of the Committee on Aging expressed their feelings for Dr. Hale on cards that were hung with streamers from tree branches, remembering the doctor's kind words and good thoughts and deeds that touched many lives in the community.