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Dunedin company's good deed: remove rotting tree for church

Stevens Tree Service employees remove an oak tree near the preschool at First Christian Church of Dunedin. The family-owned business has been operating in Pinellas for more than 40 years.

Photo by Mike Fields

Stevens Tree Service employees remove an oak tree near the preschool at First Christian Church of Dunedin. The family-owned business has been operating in Pinellas for more than 40 years.

Good for you | by Nova Beall

On Nov. 21, Stevens Tree Service removed a hazardous tree near the preschool of First Christian Church in Dunedin.

The tree had become a safety concern for the congregation and the preschool.

"There is a homeschool group that is constantly playing under the tree, so we were worried that it had become dangerous," said Pastor Curt Swan of First Christian Church. "There have been parts of it rotting for years, and we just haven't had the money to fix the problem."

In the spirit of the season, the local tree company provided the much-needed service for the church, which lacked the money for the $3,000 removal.

According to Chuck Roberts, arborist at Stevens Tree Service, "The oak tree was over 50 years old and was suffering from internal decay, which would eventually cause the large limbs to fall to the ground below."

The family-owned Dunedin business has been operating in Pinellas County for more than 40 years, and this is the third year the business has done pro bono work in the local community during the holiday season.

The church is very thankful that people are willing to give, particularly around Thanksgiving time.

"We try to give back as well by participating in Care Fest, a local organization that helps out the community," said Pastor Swan. "It seems that the more we help and do, the more people give back to us."

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The board of directors of the Lighthouse of Pinellas announces the addition of three new governing board members: Marilyn Polson, Dennis Holthaus and Joan Kline.

Polson, a shareholder in the law firm of Fisher & Sauls, P.A., is a member of the Florida Bar and is board certified in wills, trusts and estates. She is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law and has served as an adjunct professor and guest speaker at the university. She has been named a Super Lawyer by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine four years in a row, 2008-11.

Polson volunteers her professional skills with the Community Law Program's Elder Law Clinic at the Sunshine Senior Center in St. Petersburg.

New member Holthaus is the senior vice president/chief financial officer and chair of the ALCO Committee at Achieva Credit Union. He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from St. Louis University and received additional training in financial management from Ohio State University.

Holthaus' career spans more than 40 years in the field of banking and he has extensive experience in all areas of financial and operational management. As the father of a visually impaired son, he feels he has a special connection to the mission of the Lighthouse of Pinellas.

Coming from a family with multiple vision-impaired members, Kline also feels connected to the Lighthouse.

"I used to bring my father to your store for his talking watch," recalled Kline, a Realtor with Prudential Tropical Real Estate and a 40-year resident of the community. Her volunteerism includes three years as a board member for the Florida Orchestra, 12 years on the board of Ruth Eckerd Hall and 20 years of community service to UPARC.

She is very active in the Episcopal Churchwomen and was president of the area's diocese, serving 77 churches. She was honored nationally by the Episcopal Churchwomen in 2009 for her outstanding service and dedication.

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Dunedin company's good deed: remove rotting tree for church 12/04/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 7:11pm]
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