Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pipers and drummers play in memory of Alexander Keith at Dunedin service


Pipes, drums to play in memory of band chief

A memorial service for longtime Dunedin pipe band director Alexander "Sandy" Keith is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church's Conmy Hall, 750 San Salvador Drive in Dunedin. Keith, who died Thursday at age 76, taught bagpiping to thousands of students during his 30-year tenure leading the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, as well as the bagpiping and drumming programs for Dunedin Highland Middle School and Dunedin High School. Pipers and drummers are invited to wear their kilts or uniforms and participate in a mass performance of the song Going Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the middle and high school pipe bands. Find information online at

Abducted boy to go back to father

A boy abducted by his mother during a custody hearing at the Pinellas County Courthouse in May was recovered Thursday in Jacksonville unharmed, police said. Kim Swan, 40, was arrested and charged with interference with child custody after she fled with her 14-year-old son from downtown Clearwater, investigators said. Giovanni Burrows, the boy's father, had come from Bermuda to take custody of the boy, whom police would not name. A caretaker took the boy to the Clearwater Main Library to await the end of the hearing at the county courthouse. The boy told his caretaker he had to go to the bathroom, where he secretly met with Swan. They fled. Detectives eventually tracked Swan to Jacksonville, where the boy and another child with Swan were taken into protective custody. The boy will be reunited with his father, police said. Swan remains in a Jacksonville jail on $29,000 bail. She was also accused of petty theft, her third minor theft charge since 2010.

Safety Harbor

Try out the seat of big official vehicles

At today's Touch-A-Truck event, kids and adults can grab the wheel or honk the horns of vehicles they see on the streets every day. A Bayflite helicopter will also be landing and taking off at the event, which is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S.


Artist to discuss work over coffee

Mitchell Kolbe is the latest subject of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's free "Coffee and Conversation" series. Kolbe, a DFAC instructor, is best known locally as the creator of the Greek Orthodox statue of the Epiphany cross diver in Tarpon Springs. His other works include murals at Kennedy Space Center, and sculptures for the 1996 Summer Games. At noon Thursday, he will discuss his work in plein air painting and sculpture work in the studio. Call the DFAC, 1143 Michigan Blvd., at (727) 298-3322.


Book sale is today at public library

The Friends of the Largo Library will host their winter book sale today in the Jenkins Room at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. All books are 50 cents each; buy two and get one free. Proceeds benefit the library. The sale is 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 586-7392.

Pipers and drummers play in memory of Alexander Keith at Dunedin service 02/03/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 3, 2012 7:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Roberto Aguayo, Jonathan Drouin, Tim Beckham are coming for revenge


    Forget the Three Tenors.

    Make it the Three Terrors.

    The 2017 Unfulfilled Expectations Tour is about to hit Tampa Bay.

    From left, former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, ex-Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and former Rays infielder Tim Beckham. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times; DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times; Getty Images]
  2. Carlton: A moment of sanity when citizens finally said no


    If you were looking for some small sign of sanity in the world, here's one courtesy of the people of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

    The Confederate memorial statue outside the old Hillsborough courthouse is now boxed up in plywood to prevent vandalism. Private donors have ponied up money to have the statue relocated to a cemetery. [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times]
  3. Review: Jason Aldean fires up a country-dude party at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    Country music has a dude problem.

    I’m not talking about the proliferation of mindless bro country over the past half-decade, nor am I referring to the fact that most of Nashville’s best music these days comes not from said bros, from female singers and songwriters.

    Jason Aldean performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018.
  4. President Trump offers prayers for Kissimmee police


    President Donald Trump reacted to the police shooting in Kissimmee: