Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

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

Clearwater

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 http://on.fb.me/A3PrO6.

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.

Dunedin

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.

Largo

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.

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