Clearwater Sun reunion seeks former employees
Planning is under way for a spring reunion of former Clearwater Sun employees. The planning committee is attempting to contact anyone who worked in any department at the former newspaper. Anyone who is a former employee — or anyone who knows someone who may have worked there — is asked to provide email addresses for news and updates about the reunion plans. The email addresses will not be shared and will be used only for reunion news. Anyone who wants to be included or knows how to reach former Sun employees should submit names and email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org (Dorothy Smiljanich), email@example.com (Tom Keyser) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Ron Stuart).
St. Petersburg Literacy Council trains new volunteers
Donnilah McClendon, Alice Hume, Evelyn Bentayou, Eleanor Eichenbaum, Dorie Michalik, Cathy Johnston, Kathryn Donatelli, Margie Sundstrom and Dan Amato attended a recent Literacy Council of St. Petersburg to help tutor adults with reading and writing skills to take the GED.
Big, Little Brother and Sister of the Year for Tampa Bay recognized
Big Brother Chris Butler of Largo and his Little Brother Elgin, who have been matched for more than five years, have been named the Big Brother and Little Brother of the Year for Big Brother Big Sister of Tampa Bay, the nation's fourth largest BBBS agency representing Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties. Big Sister Roxanne Connor of Safety Harbor and her Little Sister Megan, who have been matched in the school-based program at Eisenhower Elementary School in Clearwater for the past three years, have been named the Big Sister and Little Sister of the Year. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are adult volunteers who are matched with children facing adversity (called "Littles") for professionally supported one-on-one mentoring. Last year BBBS Tampa Bay matched more than 2,850 children with caring, positive role models.The honorees are now eligible to compete for Florida's Bigs and Littles of the Year, which will be determined later this year.
Admiral Farragut student earns Eagle rank
Luke Markus, 18, is a senior at Admiral Farragut Academy and a member of Troop 334 in St. Petersburg. He recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the first Eagle Scout of the year for the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. For his Eagle project, Luke supervised the building of campfire benches for the Boyd Hill Pioneer Settlement at St. Petersburg.
McGough Nature park home to two new vultures
McGough Nature Park is home to two new vultures. A male black vulture, Vlad, suffered a shotgun injury that broke his wing and didn't heal to the point where he could be returned to the wild. The young female turkey vulture, Ember, was found in Michigan with a broken wing and then was moved to Oklahoma. Due to both birds' injuries, they are no longer suited to live in the wild and have found a permanent residence at the Narrows. The Friends of Largo Nature Parks is accepting donations to help build additional enclosures for Vlad and Ember. For information on donating, call (727)518-3047 or visit the Narrows Environmental Education Center at 11901 146th St. N.