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Celebrations and a kiss mark 80 years of bliss for Clearwater couple

Dominick and Anne Cosentino, 80th anniversary

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Dominick and Anne Cosentino, 80th anniversary

Dominick and Anne Cosentino of Clearwater recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary with dinner at Bon Appetit restaurant in the company of immediate family. They also were honored guests at a neighborhood party organized by a family friend, Ruth Bessmer, and held at the Greenbriar clubhouse.

"It was like a wedding reception complete with a veil for my grandmother, a buffet, a tiered anniversary cake and even a champagne toast," said the Cosentinos' granddaughter, Laurie Holmes of Orlando.

The Cosentinos were married Aug. 6, 1928, by a justice of the peace in Crown Point, Ind.

Now 98 and 96 years old, respectively, Mr. and Mrs. Cosentino met when he was 18 and she 16. They visited an ice cream parlor on their first date.

Mrs. Cosentino had this advice for newly married couples. "They shouldn't anticipate their entire marriage will be rosy, but compassion and devotion can keep them together."

He was a credit manager for Western Tire and Auto in Chicago until his retirement in 1973.

She worked 21 years for Amphenol Corp., Cicero, Ill., where she was quality control manager.

"Make your own life and you'll always be happy, even when things won't be happy," is Mrs. Cosentino's philosophy.

The couple still live in the Clearwater home they purchased in 1973 for $34,000.

They are members of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater.

He is an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoys oil painting, rug hooking and crossword puzzles.

She is an expert seamstress and quilter who has made heirloom gifts for family members.

The couple have two daughters, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Kirchners cruise past 50 years together

Charlie and Gerry Kirchner of Palm Harbor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to the northeastern United States and Canada.

They were married Aug. 31, 1958, in New York and came here in 1972 from that state.

He worked for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. She worked locally for Clearwater Pediatrics.

They are members of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Palm Harbor.

Mr. Kirchner enjoys golfing.

Mrs. Kirchner likes to play mah-jongg.

The couple have three daughters, and three grandchildren.

Free Clinic gets boost from clubs

The Rotary Clubs of Clearwater, Clearwater East, Clearwater Beach and Dunedin North and BlueCross BlueShield of Florida participated in the District's BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Health Enwellment Grant. The combined donation to the Clearwater Free Clinic from the four clubs totaled $8,000 and was matched dollar for dollar by the Rotary's BlueCross BlueShield Grant.

A check was presented to the Clearwater Free Clinic by Clearwater Rotary Club president Fred Simmons, who also spearheaded the project. Other Rotarians present were CFC board member Bruce Livingston of Dunedin North, and Howard Rives of the Clearwater Beach club.

For 31 years, the Clearwater Free Clinic has provided problem-oriented health care to the qualified, low-income uninsured residents of mid and upper Pinellas County. The clinic is not supported by tax dollars or United Way funding but rather relies on volunteerism, community support, fundraising and grants.

Rotary, the world's first service club, was formed in 1905. The Rotary motto, "Service Above Self," conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization's more than 1.2-million members.

9-year-old earns 1st degree black belt

Nine-year-old Dane Dorian recently earned his first degree Junior Black Belt in martial arts.

Dane attended an after-school martial arts program at Clearwater's United Martial Arts and Fitness that included training in karate, kickboxing and aikido. He was recommended for enrollment in the black belt club by owner and instructor Chris Sutton.

Dane plans to continue his training and test for his second-degree black belt next year.

He is the son of Jim and Marea Dorian of Clearwater.

Chime Choir rolls out public shows

After tolling in-house for the last four years, the Allegro of East Lake's Chime Choir is taking their show on the road.

The members, all between the ages of 70 and 90-something, have two public performances under their belts.

The Chime Choir practices every month under the director of the Allegro lifestyle director Jay Lealman, who feels the group's most recent performance was their best yet.

"We really enjoy doing it," said bell ringer Florence Arbaszewski. "I always look forward to it."

Fellow member Penny Kunse added, "It makes us feel good to see the smiles we bring to the faces of our audience."

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Celebrations and a kiss mark 80 years of bliss for Clearwater couple 09/02/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 5:15pm]
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