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Bob and Betty Smith of Palm Harbor celebrate 60 years together

Bob and Betty Smith of Palm Harbor dined with family at Bon Appetit Restaurant in Dunedin in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary.

The high school sweethearts married June 11, 1950, at United Methodist Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

He worked 25 years as a teacher, principal and school superintendant before retiring to Florida. In 1979-80, he was president of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

She retired from a career as a piano teacher and also volunteered her time at hospitals in Ohio and Florida.

They came here in 1985 from Sandusky, Ohio.

The couple are members of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church and active at St. Mark's Village.

The Smiths have two children, two stepgrandchildren, a great-grandson, and became foster parents after retirement.

They own a motor home and enjoy spending summers traveling throughout the United States and Alaska, Canada and Mexico.

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Donald F. and Floreine T. Appel of Largo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in St. Petersburg at St. Mary's Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, then at the Hangar Restaurant at Albert Whitted Airport for dinner.

The couple married June 10, 1950, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Joliet, Ill.

Mr. Appel is a veteran of World War II. He worked 39 years as a U.S. Postal Service clerk, and 10 years as a bank teller.

Mrs. Appel worked 15 years for Bell Telephone in Illinois.

They came here in 2000 from Joliet.

He is a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.

The couple are also involved with Young at Heart and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

They belong to St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, Largo.

The Appels have two sons, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

They look forward to daily activities, especially bingo. Most of all, Mr. Appel enjoys listening to his bride of 60 years play music on their piano.

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When they learned about the importance of water and its conservation, the Brownies of local Girl Scout Troop 23 of Dunedin were inspired to undertake a service project to help save water in their community.

The 18-member troop decided to donate rain barrels to each of the seven schools they attend. Seven barrels, supplied by Dunedin's Department of Sustainability and paid for by the troop, were hand-decorated by the girls and presented to Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts, Dunedin; Garrison Jones Elementary, Dunedin; Ozona Elementary; Sutherland Elementary and Highland Lakes Elementary, both in Palm Harbor; Tarpon Springs Fundamental School; and Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa.

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East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District presented promotions to Michael Porch and Kenneth Kovac at its May 25 board meeting at Fire Station 57, Palm Harbor.

Porch was promoted to lieutenant. He graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College as a firefighter in 1989, gained his paramedic certificate in 1991 and was hired by East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District in April 1999. While at the department, Porch was promoted to driver engineer in 2004, earned his state of Florida Fire Officers One Certificate in 2005, and graduated with an associate of arts degree from St. Petersburg College in 2008 and received his state of Florida Inspectors Certificate. He is now enrolled at St. Petersburg College, working toward a bachelor's degree in public safety.

He lives in Lutz with his wife and two children.

Kovac was promoted to the rank of driver engineer. He is a national registered paramedic and has earned his Florida State Pump Operator Certificate and was a 10-year member of the Caledonia Fire Department in Wisconsin. He has been employed with the district since 2008.

He lives in Palm Harbor with his wife and two children.

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Bob and Betty Smith of Palm Harbor celebrate 60 years together 06/22/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:34pm]

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