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Raymond James donates to St. Pete Free Clinic: Raymond James donated $500,000 to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to complete the capital campaign to build the Virginia and David Baldwin Women's Residence. The home is to serve about 150 women per year who are working toward self-sufficiency. The women's residence is one of eight programs offered by the Free Clinic. It currently can house 20 women; the new residence hopes to house 50 women at a time. The residence is now under construction and is estimated to be open in February.

Laverys mark 65th anniversary: Frederick and Carolyn Lavery celebrated 65 years of marriage with dinner and dance at the VFW Post 9272 in Seminole. They were married on Oct. 14, 1950, in Rolla, Mo. Frederick served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He then worked as a photogrammetrist for the U.S. Geological Survey and retired after 35 years. The two moved to Largo in 1980. Their eldest daughter, Aurora Hart, died recently. They have a son, Donald; another daughter, Laura Knapp; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. They recently renewed their wedding vows, as well.

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