Dunedin residents John and Millie Kinghorn celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a reaffirmation of vows the afternoon of March 7 at Mease Manor. The event was attended by facility residents and Suncoast Hospice teen volunteers.
Their pastor of many years, the Rev. Peter Kolb of Faith Lutheran Church, Dunedin, performed the short ceremony.
The Kinghorns met in high school and married March 7, 1942. The date is also Mr. Kinghorn's birthday. He's 92. His wife is 89.
"I just can't imagine the changes they have seen in the world since that day — just the changes in the world the year they celebrated their marriage," said Luanne Reese Moore, vice president of marketing and planning at Mease Manor.
The Kinghorns have been residents of Mease Manor since 2003 and have worked with Suncoast Hospice and Morton Plant Hospital's clown program.
"They are both known for their quick wit and the smile they can bring to your face," said Jonie Hayes, Mease Manor activities coordinator.
Of her 70-year marriage, Mrs. Kinghorn said, "The whole thing was planned by God; we're in his hands."
Mr. Kinghorn smiled and said, "In that case, I'll sign up for another 70 years."
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Anthony Joseph Morelli, a member of Boy Scout Troop 434 in Palm Harbor and the Timuquan Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, earned the rank of Eagle Scout March 12.
The 14-year-old is a freshman and honor roll student at Palm Harbor University High.
Morelli's Eagle Leadership Service Project focused on his former school, Garrison-Jones Elementary, where he led a group of volunteers who worked to beautify and create an outdoor picnic area. This included installing a new vinyl maintenance-free fence, mulch, landscaping blocks, three recycled maintenance-free picnic tables and a permanent memorial to his late music teacher, Briana Foley.
A dedication ceremony took place Feb. 14 at the school and was attended by more than 100 former and current school teachers, family and friends.
He is the son of Joseph and Lisa Morelli of Palm Harbor.