James and Bettie Maddrey of Belleair Bluffs plan to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary locally with a family gathering this weekend.
The couple married July 10, 1942, in Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Raleigh, N.C.
They owned and operated a recreational vehicle business in Greensboro, N.C., before coming here in 1986.
The Maddreys are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Largo.
They have six children, 18 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Clearwater Lady Bombers 8U Girls Fastpitch Softball team captured the United States Specialty Sports Association Florida State Championship in West Palm Beach on July 8, winning the double elimination tournament by ousting the Pines Thunder and going undefeated over the three-day weekend.
The team, composed of 8- and 9-year-old girls from Pinellas and Pasco counties, is ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 5 nationally with a 42-2 record. This is the team's sixth straight tournament championship and first state title.
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During receptions May 30 and 31, the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg honored 94 high school juniors with the 2012 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. The honorees, who attend public, private and parochial schools in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties, are recognized as students who make a conscious decision to spend their time improving the lives of others.
The 2012 AFHA honorees from North Pinellas are Dontavis Burgess of Bayside High, Clearwater; Christopher Kieler of Clearwater Central Catholic High; Nicole Ferrer of Clearwater High; Lauren Powell of Countryside High, Clearwater; Maureen Scharibone of Dunedin High; Anthi Madalvanos of East Lake High; Yacina Colacchio of Largo High; Ryan Phillips of Mavericks High North, Largo; Fazela Sukhu of Osceola High, Largo; Shauna Gillooly of Palm Harbor University High; and Mihalia Tsangaris of Tarpon Springs High.
Lisl Schick, Holocaust survivor and member of the Florida Holocaust Museum's board of directors, and Gayle Sierens, co-anchor for WFLA-TV News Channel 8 and honorary co-chairwoman of the AFHA program, participated as guest speakers on May 30 and May 31, respectively.
Since its inception in 2001, the AFHA has garnered 100 percent participation from all eligible high schools in the five-county area. Confidential nominations are submitted by the schools and reviewed by members of the AFHA committee. The honorees are recognized by AFHA volunteer presenters at their schools' junior award ceremonies, in addition to the museum's receptions. Each receives a personalized glass plaque symbolizing Kristallnacht, an award certificate and a one-year museum membership for the family.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
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The Florida Association of Special Districts hosted its annual conference June 4-8 in Estero and presented Palm Harbor Fire Commissioner Norm Atherton with the "Certified District Official" designation as part of its annual graduating class.
The Certified District Officials Program is offered through FASD and is open to all elected officials from special districts throughout Florida. The CDO designation requires the completion of 32 hours of training in contract management, strategic planning, board relations with district manager and staff, public relations, intergovernmental affairs/agreements, financial management and audits, the legislative process, and election, ethics and Sunshine Law.
Atherton has served on the Palm Harbor Board of Fire Commissioners since 1982.