Charles and Sharon Chandler of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner party. They also did some traveling.
High school sweethearts, the Chandlers married on April 2, 1960, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Pontiac, Mich.
Shortly after their wedding, Mr. Chandler was drafted into the Army. While stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he and Mrs. Chandler experienced the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Lasting nearly five minutes, it was the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. and North American history, and the second most powerful ever measured by seismograph, with a magnitude of 9.2.
The couple came here in 1974 from Auburn Hills, Mich.
They've owned four businesses over the years: Holiday Pro Hardware; HB Crane Service; Tarpon Paint Center; and currently, Tarpon Paint Equipment. They have no immediate plans to retire.
The Chandlers are members of First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs.
He enjoys playing the organ, golfing and traveling in their RV.
A 30-year member of the Art Association of Tarpon Springs, she is an oil painter who also likes gospel music and gardening.
The couple have a son, Jeff Chandler of Woodland Hills, Calif.; a daughter, Christy Birge of Tarpon Springs; and a grandchild.
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Christopher Still, a Florida artist from Dunedin and Tarpon Springs, was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame for 2010 by Gov. Charlie Crist at a March 24 ceremony in Tallahassee.
He was chosen by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and was nominated by Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Dunedin.
Still grew up in Dunedin and has a studio in Tarpon Springs. His recent works are at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach and at Tampa International Airport. His latest work, An Evening to Remember, was unveiled to the public Nov. 8 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Eight of his murals, measuring 5 by 10 feet and depicting the history of Florida from the stone age to the space age, are on display in the Florida House. He has worked with the Florida Department of Education to develop an interactive CD and lesson plan so that his artwork can be used to teach history and art in public schools.
"I'm proud that Christopher has been recognized for his many contributions to Florida's cultural and natural history through his magnificent works, especially the murals located in the Chamber of the Florida House," Anderson said. "When I show Tallahassee visitors around the Capitol, the first place we go is the House Chamber to see the murals."
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On Feb. 27, the NAACP Clearwater Upper Pinellas County branch hosted an "Enchanted Evening" at the Martin Luther King Center. During the combination senior prom and crowning celebration, Talmadge Rutledge was crowned Mr. NAACP for raising $1,260, and Linda Brewton earned the title of Ms. NAACP for raising $2,200. Some of the funds will be put toward the branch's scholarship fund.
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Clearwater's Engineering and Planning and Development departments have been recognized with four state and regional awards as a result of the successes of the following Clearwater community projects.
• First Place Future of the Region Award in the developmental category for Overnight Accommodation Density on Clearwater Beach, from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to the city's Planning and Development Department.
• First Place Future of the Region Award in the infrastructure category for Skycrest Roundabout Corridor, as part of the Skycrest Traffic Calming Project, from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to the city's Engineering Department.
• Environmental Project of the Year Award for Alligator Lake Wetland Creation and Stormwater Treatment project, from the Florida Chapter of American Public Works Association to the city's Engineering Department.
• Distinguished Project of Local Importance Award for Skycrest Roundabout Corridor, as part of the Skycrest Traffic Calming Project, from the Suncoast Chapter of American Planning Association to the city's Engineering and Planning and Development departments.
Future of the Region awards recognize projects and programs that exemplify regionalism and outstanding achievement and benefit the Tampa Bay community.
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