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Clearwater couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

Theodore and Minnie Burt of Clearwater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Friday at an open house with family.

They married Dec. 15, 1939, in Oakwood, Ohio.

He retired as a real estate associate. She taught elementary school for 28 years, both in Ohio and at Plumb Elementary in Clearwater.

The Burts have a son, Ted Burt of Trenton; two daughters, Jane Zimmer of Clearwater and Judy Mallett of Seminole; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Anthony and Mary Pikos celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 16 with family and friends in Tarpon Springs, the city in which the couple and their children reside.

The Rev. George Bartz officiated the Pikos' wedding Oct. 16, 1949, in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Youngstown, Ohio.

Mr. Pikos, son of Tarpon Springs' first generation of Greek immigrants, grew up during the Great Depression and at the age of 9 began shining shoes to earn money. Since the need to work was great, he attended school only intermittently, but maintained high marks.

A Navy veteran of World War II, he served from 1942 to 1946 and participated in major amphibious landings in the Mediterranean and European theaters. He held the rank of signalman first class and chief petty officer, was skilled in Morse code signaling and, as a member of the landing craft infantry, transported troops while under enemy fire. He attended officer candidate school at the University of Chicago, where he earned a 4.0 grade point average.

During his working career, he held positions as a meat cutter; a steelworker at Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co.; a journeyman machinist; an expert production welder for McKay Machines in Youngstown; a master carpenter; and an employee of Fisher Body, a division of General Motors in Lordstown, Ohio.

Mrs. Pikos, originally from Campbell, Ohio, is a homemaker, seamstress, charities volunteer and schoolteacher.

The couple came here in 1985 from Campbell.

They are members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs.

The couple have three children; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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Five generations of the Carter family recently posed with Santa for a holiday photograph. They are granddaughter Mary Dion of Palm Harbor; matriarch Mary Ann Carter of Clearwater; great-granddaughter Laura Dion of Port Richey holding great-great grandson Alex; and daughter Deborah Bennett of Tampa.

In addition to daughter Deborah, Mary Ann and husband Charles "Curt" Carter have a son and three daughters.

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Prize and ribbon winners in the recent student charrette on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College were named in six categories and best of show.

Phil Riera was awarded best in show for his work Stressed Passenger.

First-place winners in the following categories were: painting, Christopher Dotson; illustration, Kelly Young; design I, Brittany Anderson; drawing I, Rachael Hernandez; drawing II, Kevin Brophy; and group projects and mixed media, Minal Dulani and Yogesh Dulani.

The work was judged by Lynn Whitelaw, director of the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, and Judith Powers, cultural affairs director for Pinellas County.

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Curlew Creek Elementary was awarded the Judge Karl Grube "Extra Mile Award" for its outstanding participation in the "Walk This Way" program during a presentation Dec. 16 at the school in Palm Harbor. Judge Karl B. Grube and representatives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Palm Harbor Fire Department and All Children's Hospital were in attendance.

The award is given annually to a school that demonstrates outstanding achievement in its participation in the "Safe Kids Walk This Way, Walk and Roll to School Day" initiative. Criteria include committing to annual participation, completing the event evaluation by deadline and implementing a "walking school bus" program.

Clearwater couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary 12/29/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 6:35pm]
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