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Dunedin couple to mark 50th anniversary

To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Dick and Kathy Clark of Dunedin plan to renew their vows June 1 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater, then have a luncheon for family and friends hosted by their children at the Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa.

The couple were married May 24, 1958, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater.

Mr. Clark came to the area at age 7 from Baltimore, and Mrs. Clark arrived here at age 22 from Wells Beach, Maine. They have lived in Dunedin for 50 years.

Mr. Clark was employed by Clark Concrete Products and for 21 years owned A B & F Upholstery, Dunedin.

Mrs. Clark is a 25-year employee of Mease Dunedin Hospital.

They are members of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater, where both are Eucharistic ministers and are on the welcome committee. Mr. Clark serves as a lector.

He is past president of Dunedin Optimist Club and a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and thrift shop.

Mrs. Clark is a hospice volunteer.

The Clarks have traveled extensively throughout the United States.

They have four children and two grandchildren.

Clearwater High senior becomes Eagle Scout

In a Court of Honor ceremony May 3, Austin C. Gerber was awarded his Eagle Scout badge. He was pinned by his brother, Evan Carter, also an Eagle Scout.

Austin is a member of Troop 484 and Venturing Crew 484 sponsored by the First Lutheran Church in Clearwater.

The Clearwater High School senior earned 41 merit badges, and for his Eagle project built a general information kiosk and a butterfly information kiosk for John Taylor Park in Largo.

Austin is the son of Brandon and Jan Gerber of Clearwater.

The 18-year-old will attend the University of Florida in the fall, majoring in pharmacology.

She's Dorothy in 'Wizard of Oz'

Bailey Monarch, 14, a freshman honor student at East Lake High School, will perform the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz June 7 in St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. Produced by Jessica Davies, owner of Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the production will feature local youth talent and professional dancers.

Bailey has been dancing since the age of 4. In 2007, she had the honor of being the youngest dancer in the state of Florida to perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and was featured with Michael Keating, a principal dancer with the Sarasota Ballet at the time.

In addition to being involved in 25 productions during her dancing career, Bailey participates in a state-winning choir, small vocal ensemble, East Lake High School's Drama Club and High Health Occupations Club, and volunteers in her spare time.

She was recently nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine in association with Johns Hopkins University and was just named East Lake High School's "Outstanding Freshman Drama Student."

Bailey is the daughter of Jerry and Cherie Monarch of Tarpon Springs.

She aspires to be a Broadway star with a "back-up career" as an orthopedic surgeon.

Two are honored for service to community

Clearwater police Officer John Connor and Clearwater Fire & Rescue Lt. Doug Swartz received the 2008 Public Safety and Service Award sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clearwater at Belleair Country Club on May 14.

The award is presented annually to a Clearwater police officer and firefighter who have made a commitment to community involvement by giving their time, talent and effort to help others.

Connor was recognized for his efforts in creating and sustaining the annual interagency charity softball game that has raised thousands of dollars for local families who have endured personal hardship.

Swartz was recognized for volunteer hours in the Clearwater Honor Guard, National Honor Guard Academy and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. He is also the coordinator of the Shelter Care Christmas Program and the Move Aside Program.

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Dunedin couple to mark 50th anniversary 05/27/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 7:34pm]
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