Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

Largo High Band of Gold reunion; safe boating course


Strike up the Largo High Band of Gold: It's reunion time for alumni

The Largo Band of Gold Alumni Association will hold a reunion of the high school band's members this weekend. Reservations must be made by today by visiting

Events kick off Saturday with a banquet from 6 to 10 p.m. at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park. Cost is $75 per person, and payment cannot be accepted at the door. A reunion picnic will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. in Largo's Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW. The group will gather in Shelter 4 at the rear of the park. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. Both events will raise money for the Robert R. Cotter Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Robert Cotter was the revered director of the Largo High Band of Gold from 1968 to 1980. In 1974, the band won gold medals at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland. In 1978, the band returned to Holland, winning three gold medals and the title of World Champion.

Information on the Band of Gold and the reunion can be found at


Softball tourney helpers wanted

The city is hosting the Amateur Softball Association's 18 and Under Girl's Softball Gold National Championship July 21-27 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, 3050 Drew St.

The tournament will bring up to 76 teams to Clearwater from all over the country. That will translate to more than 5,000 room nights in local hotels, with visitors enjoying all of the amenities the Clearwater area has to offer. This signature event will generate more than $1.3 million for communities throughout Pinellas County.

The city is looking for volunteers to do each of these jobs:

• Greet people at the gates.

• Monitor the fields (retrieve foul balls, provide water to umpires and scoreboard operators).

• Help distribute food (to other volunteers, staff and umpires).

• Live scoring (volunteers must have knowledge of baseball or softball and possess the ability to post scores, balls, strikes, hit, errors, etc., via a computer).

• Help direct cars in the parking lot each day.

Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and a meal during their shift. This is also an opportunity for students to earn volunteer hours during the summer. To sign up, visit For more information, call (727) 562-4803 or email [email protected]


Know your stuff before you cast off

Know what to do in an emergency on the water and become a better boater. "About Boating Safely," a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St.

The course is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Topics include what to do in a boating emergency, knowing your boat, navigating the waterways and operating your boat safely, as well as legal requirements. Register to receive course materials before the class. The fee is $35, with a $5 discount each for two or more signing up at the same time. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who complete the course. For more information, call Kristi Mackey at (727) 736-1191 or email [email protected]

Rockin' Reading

Does your child need help with reading over the summer? The Dunedin Public Library's youth services department is offering the Rockin' Reading program from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 25. For more information on the free program, call the library at (727) 298-3080, ext. 1732.


Learn how to be foster parent to dogs, cats

Pinellas County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to be a part of its foster care team. Foster parents must complete a volunteer orientation today from 2:30 to 4 p.m. All participants must also attend a foster care training program on July 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both training sessions will be held at the Pinellas County Animal Services shelter.

The foster care training will provide potential foster parents with basic animal cleaning and feeding tips, information on feline upper respiratory infection and the shelter's emergency procedures.

The foster care program allows Animal Services to save pets that are in need of time away from the shelter. Some of the animals that will benefit from the program include puppies and kittens too young for adoption, those recovering from surgery or illness, senior pets that need to be out of a shelter environment, dogs that have been on the adoption list for an extended period and pets requiring socialization skills that can only be learned in a home environment.

To be part of the foster care team, participants must possess:

• Genuine concern for the welfare of the animals.

• Willingness to be compassionate to special- needs animals.

• Commitment to follow all foster policies and directives as required by the adoption coordinator.

• Valid driver's license and vehicle to transport foster animals to and from shelter.

• Willingness to attend a foster meeting every six months at the shelter.

For more information, visit animalservices or call (727) 582-2600. Pinellas County Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

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Published: 02/24/18