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Pinellas briefs: Pat Pedraja's bone marrow drive back on the road


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Boy's drive for marrow donors back on road

Pat Pedraja of Palm Harbor, who turned 13 a few days ago, would like nothing better than to help others with leukemia reach their birthdays. Some will need bone marrow transplants. Last year, Pat and his supporters raised $150,000 to pay for marrow testing. He toured 32 cities and signed up more than 6,000 new bone marrow donors. Three matches have been found among them so far. The Driving for Donors tour has already started this year, but stops in many cities are in jeopardy. About $10,000 is needed to pay for tissue testing. Last year, Pat raised some of the funds by advertising on his bald head. This year, he and five friends are offering to shave their heads for donations. Send donations to Driving for Donors, 334 East Lake Road, No. 314, Palm Harbor, FL 34686, or donate online at Call (407) 460-9241.


Listen to what

the chorus learned

The East Lake High School chorus annual Spring Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the East Lake High School auditorium, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. The East Lake choral groups, directed by Robert J. Knabel, will perform music they have learned throughout the school year. The public is welcome and tickets cost $4 at the door. Call (727) 942-5419.


Take a moment to think about water

It's national Drinking Water Week, a celebration of the Earth's most precious natural resource. And the city of Clearwater is reminding consumers they play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of our water supply, especially as the summer approaches. Households can reduce water use by about 35 percent per day by employing conservation and water efficiency measures, such as:

• Don't leave the sink running while you brush your teeth.

• Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running them.

• When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run.

• Repair drippy faucets and leaky toilets. Faucets can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water a year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste 200 gallons a day.

• Don't overwater your lawn and abide by the city's watering restrictions.

• When the driveway or sidewalk needs cleaning, consider a broom instead of a hose.

For more information on water conservation, call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960 or visit

Pinellas deaths

Blaustein, Alfred "Al"

Harrington, Virginia Rose "Nana"

Jacobs, William H.

Marston, Robert A.

McGuigan, Thomas J. III

McSunas, Thomas H.

Richter, Florence M.

Ross, C. Richard

Sachtleben, Audrey M.

Shoaf, Hallie "Jean"

Sweat, Grace McCall

Weiss, Cynthia Hill

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Pinellas briefs: Pat Pedraja's bone marrow drive back on the road 05/05/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:38pm]
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