Monday, May 21, 2018
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Hometown Pinellas

Seminole resident honored as Hero of the Game: a Seminole resident was honored as "Hero of the Game" at Raymond James Stadium when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the New Orleans Saints. Corbin served in World War II in the Battle of the Bulge, and later served five U. S. Presidents at the White House. He headed motorcades, and attended ball games with John. F. Kennedy. Corbin's life is retold in the book, The Presidents' Escort he wrote with Susan Funk.

Smoothie King employees volunteer at Ronald McDonald House: Smoothie King held a Service with a Purpose Day in St. Petersburg where employees volunteered at the St. Petersburg East Ronald McDonald House, where families stay while their children are receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The Smoothie King team did chores, cleaned up the grounds and prepared meals for families at this 34-bedroom house, one of four Ronald McDonald Houses in the Tampa Bay area.

Relatives of Pinellas residents graduate basic training: U.S. Air Force Airmen Deanrae Carney, Cynthia Harmon and Alec Schechter graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airmen completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Harmon is the granddaughter of Dorothy Daves and daughter-in-law of Billy and Vicky Harmon, all of Enterprise, Ala., wife of Patrick Harmon and a 1997 graduate of Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg. Schechter is the son of Leslie Bohane of Largo and Richard Schechter of Safety Harbor. He is a 2017 graduate of Largo High School. Carney is the son of Anthony L. Poole of St. Petersburg and Nykeeta S. Works of Albany, Ga.

First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg brings first female pastor: The Rev. Dr. Dawn Conti will take the pulpit Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg. Though the church has been served during its 122-year history by three female associate pastors, Conti is the first woman to fill the position of pastor.

Conti, 55, who most recently served as solo pastor at Kanapaha Church in Gainesville, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary. Conti earned a B.S. in Business from Rollins College and an MBA from Drexel University.

Compiled by Divya Kumar, Times staff writer

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