Tuesday, April 24, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown Pinellas: South county edition

Northeast grad retires from air force: Former St. Petersburg resident Col. Sean Gallagher retired from the Air Force recently after more than 23 years of service. During his career he served in nine countries and in 14 locations. He worked at Headquarters Air Force where he was present during the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. His final assignment was an overseas duty at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. He and his wife, Jennifer, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, live on their farm outside of Union Springs, Ala. Gallagher is a graduate of Northeast High School and the son of Thomas and Margaret Gallagher, who live in Seminole.

Scouts attain highest rank: Boy Scout Troop 320 has two new Eagle Scouts. Skylor Wieland, left, and Justin Kindred were awarded the rank on Aug. 11 at First Methodist Church of Pinellas Park. Both of their Eagle Projects benefited the church. Wieland rebuilt the flag pole with a concrete border, pavers, solar lighting and shrubbery. Kindred helped the church get new seating and an altar for outdoors services. Wieland is the son of Nancy and Joe Wieland, and Kindred is the son of Melanie and Charles Kindred.

SPCA official an inspiration: Gretchen Gallagher, senior director of mission advancement at SPCA Tampa Bay, received the Inspire Award from the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon at the Largo Public Library on Aug. 12. Gallagher earned the award through her work with Women Working Together, a group uniting women in service and advocates for the animals in the SPCA's care. She founded the group in 2010 and works as a staff liaison. With more than 100 members, the group completed many projects to benefit the SPCA, including two cat colony rooms, renovations in the dog kennels and buying a new van to use in animal welfare investigations. The award, presented by the chamber's Women in Business Council, celebrates those who have inspired others and made a difference in their community.

daystar director gets award: Jane Walker, Daystar executive director, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. She and vice chair of the Homeless Providers Council, Michael Raposa, volunteered to bring agencies that serve the homeless together to develop short- and long-term plans for addressing the transportation needs of homeless people in Pinellas County. Such changes increased access to transportation options for those who were eligible but had difficulty providing the required documentation. Daystar provides services for those in need in St. Petersburg through volunteers and donations.

Mayor recognized by league of cities: Indian Rocks Beach City Manager Gregg Mims was recognized with the 2014 Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities. Mims was honored for his efforts to advance the league's legislative agenda and helping to protect the home rule powers of Florida's cities during the 2014 legislative session. Recipients of the award are local officials who reached out to legislative members and helped to ensure local perspective on issues.

 
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