Safety Harbor Kiwanis recognized three local youth as Students of the Month for February — two from McMullen Booth Elementary and one from Safety Harbor Elementary.
McMullen Booth Elementary student Molly March was nominated by teacher Erin Frazier, who said the fifth-grader is respected and liked by all her teachers and peers. She displays positive traits and is respectful, kind, dedicated and self-motivated.
Gabriel Lopez, also in the fifth grade at McMullen Booth Elementary, projects the image of a perfect gentleman, said teacher Tera Shumaker. He demonstrates his love for learning and produces his best work in all his subjects.
Representing Safety Harbor Elementary is Melissa Galvez, chosen by teacher Angela Lyons. The fifth-grader is recognized for always being cooperative and polite, getting along with peers and adults. She has had significant growth in academic skills over the year, as well as always being attentive and diligent and putting forth her best effort every day.
Kiwanis President Claire Cousins presented the students with their trophies.
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The Clearwater Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard conducted the presentation of colors for the annual genealogy seminar hosted by the Caladesi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Feb. 26 at the Dunedin Public Library.
Through the ages, a color guard, or the military application of a detachment of soldiers assigned to the protection of regimental colors, has been more than just ceremonial. As armies developed set formations, each regiment's ability to keep that formation amid the chaos of battlefield dust and smoke was crucial for success, and being able to see a unit's insignia, flag or banner helped soldiers determine the location of their regiment.
Ancient Romans armies used a similar system, but also equipped the standard-bearer's pole with an iron point at its lower extremity to help its carrier repel an attack.
Today, the colors are no longer used in battle, but continue to be carried by color guards at formal events.
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Local celebrity and Sand Key resident Francis Anthony, also known as "The Love Chef," was the featured speaker at the March 5 meeting of the Sand Key Civic Association.
The author of several cookbooks was a regular for 20 years on Live with Regis and Kelly and continues on Live With Kelly and Michael.
During his presentation, Anthony talked about how he's been able to transform his passions into an exciting business. He was one of the first to bring the love of cooking to department stores and supermarkets, casino stages and corporate team building. Currently, he's working on several pilots about food for television.
He also invited visitors to view his website at thelovechef.com.
Autographed copies of one of Anthony's cookbooks were raffled off to three lucky attendees.
Also during the meeting, the association paid tribute to volunteers from Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 11 for removing more than 600 pounds of trash — including pressure-treated wood, personal items and several cases of empty beer bottles — from the mangroves at Bay Park on Sand Key.
"A big thank you goes out to you and all of your volunteers," SKCA President Arlene Musselwhite said during the presentation of plaques. "The SKCA recognizes and appreciates our partnership with the USCGA in helping to preserve Sand Key and its waterways."
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