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Arends of Dunedin celebrate 70th anniversary

Ivan and Betty Arend of Dunedin celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends Oct. 31 at Dunedin's Scottish American Hall.

The couple married Oct. 28, 1940, at St. Michael's Church, Hicksville, Ohio.

They came here in 2001 from Stryker, Ohio.

He was a supervisor at Aro Corp. in Bryan, Ohio.

She retired from a career as an educator.

The Arends enjoy volunteering and bowling.

They have three sons, Basil Arend of St. Petersburg, Charles Arend of Hudson, and Richard Arend of Dunedin; two daughters, Kay Bertrand of Tipp City, Ohio, and Mary Simmons of Archbold, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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Clearwater police Chief Anthony Holloway presented a Letter of Commendation to Craig Ahnemiller at Clearwater Police Department headquarters last week. Ahnemiller was recognized for calling police after he witnessed two suspects breaking into his neighbor's Clearwater home. Law officers quickly responded to the residence and took two suspects into custody. They also recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.

The Clearwater Police Department recognizes that the safety and security of the city is dependent upon cooperative efforts from citizens. "Mr. Ahnemiller's willingness to become involved is what makes the partnership between police and the community work," Holloway said.

The victim was also present and thanked Ahnemiller for his actions.

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Logan Spencer of Countryside High School has been recognized as a 2010-11 Discus Award winner for his achievements in the areas of arts, work and community service and is now eligible for a $2,000 Discus Awards scholarship.

The 18-year-old is enrolled full time at St. Petersburg College and will earn an associate's degree simultaneously with his high school diploma from Countryside.

He has created a multimedia profile highlighting his achievement, which may be viewed in the Discus Awards Winners Gallery at

The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes.

He is the son of Mark and Jill Spencer of Safety Harbor.

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Kindergarteners Isabella Torres and Sara Palma won a poster contest and got to ride to school in a fire truck this week as part of the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District's Fire Prevention's program. Kindergarten students from Brooker Creek and Cypress Woods Elementary Schools submitted posters about what they learned after participating in a Fire Prevention presentation put on by firefighters during October's fire prevention month.

One student's poster from each class is selected by the teachers, then the Fire Prevention Division selects an overall winner from each school. Isabella Torres is Brooker Creek Elementary Schools' overall winner. Runners-up are Vanessa Lynch, Christian Muisener, Mary Corinis and Parker Strinkorb.

Sara Palma is Cypress Woods Elementary Schools' overall winner. Runners-up are Keirra Clarke, Keira Shoaf, Carissa Parsonis, Braylin McIntosh and Gabriela Hodyl.

The overall winner gets picked up in a fire truck at their home and driven to school, where the rest of the kindergarten class is waiting for them to arrive. All poster contest winners receive a certificate and T-shirt.

All winning posters are on display at the student's school.

Arends of Dunedin celebrate 70th anniversary 12/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 6:07pm]
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