Caladesi NSDAR honors local veterans: The Caladesi chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored military veterans at a recent meeting. Retired Army Col. Carol Zieres, who was the keynote speaker, was awarded the DAR Community Service Award for her dedication and service to Operation Helping Hands, Tampa Bay Military Officers Association of America, Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Safety Harbor Garden Club and for founding the Safety Harbor Historical Society. Also honored for his service was Gary Holsopple, who served with the 371st TC Detachment, 7th of the 1st Air Cavalry in Vinh Long, Vietnam. His family was honored for their support.
Clearwater Library system gets grant for digitization of historical records: The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded the Clearwater Public Library System a $12,000 grant to make historical records and artifacts from community members digitally available to the public. The system is one of only two in the state to have been awarded the grant. These are the first awards made under NEH's Common Heritage grant program, an agencywide initiative to enhance the role of humanities in civic life. The Common Heritage Grant will allow the library system to host digitization days, encouraging community members to share materials important to their family or community histories. The items will be digitized, along with descriptive information and context.