Raymond and Eleanor Weaver of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a two-week tour of Washington, Oregon and California in June.
The couple married June 13, 1959, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Assumption, Ohio.
They came here in March 1984 from Toledo, Ohio.
He worked as a grocery store supervisor.
She worked in customer service for Barnett Bank and Bank of America.
Both volunteer their time at The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast and Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater.
They're also members of Light of Christ Catholic Church in Clearwater and its Married Couples Club, and are involved with Pinellas Authors and Writers Organization.
Mr. Weaver writes short stories and articles for magazines. He recently had a story published in the March 2009 Chicken Soup for the Soul, Twins and More, and has just finished his first novel.
The Weavers have appeared on Channel 10 twice to discuss their travels and share travel hints.
The couple has two children: a son, David Weaver of Mentor, Ohio; and a daughter, Denise Mineo of Safety Harbor; and six grandchildren.
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Don and Lila Zimmet of Clearwater celebrated 60 years of marriage with a weekend visit to a local beach resort where they enjoyed the gulf waters, local fine dining and entertainment.
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmet were born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mrs. Zimmet graduated at the age of 20 from City College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. She pursued careers as treasurer of an international company and a school teacher.
Mr. Zimmet served in the Army from 1945 to 1947 stateside and in Korea. After his discharge, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
The couple wed June 18, 1949, in Brooklyn.
He had a 35-year career in the aerospace/aviation industry, holding various executive positions including advance design engineer, program manager, director of program management, vice president of engineering and senior vice president of marketing in three major companies. For his work as program manager of the critical rocket engine system that controlled the Surveyor Lunar Spacecraft, Mr. Zimmet received numerous commendations from NASA and industry executives.
In 1979, he started his own consulting company providing product support to several American and international clients in the commercial airline industry. He also wrote airline product articles for several trade magazines. In 1981, he was awarded membership into Wings Club, Inc., of New York.
The couple came here in 1982 from River Edge, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmet published books for use by frequent flyers.
Mr. Zimmet also became licensed as a real estate broker-salesman and a residential appraiser and continued to work in the field until retiring in 2007.
The Zimmets have three children and three grandchildren.
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Clearwater Central Catholic High and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency of Clearwater are proud to announce that Class of 2009 graduate Kelly Campbell was chosen State Farm Student of the Year.
Kelly was an honor student with a 4.7 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Kelly, a four-year varsity starter, was captain and MVP of the CCC girl's soccer team and was a member of the track team.
Katherine Jones honored Kelly with a $500 college scholarship from the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency.
Kelly will attend the University of South Florida on a soccer scholarship and plans to study pre-med.
She is the daughter of Dr. James and Nancy Campbell of Largo.
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Local firefighters gathered in Tallahassee as Senate Bill 198, sponsored by State Sen. Charlie Justice and State Rep. Bill Heller, passed unanimously to create an official Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial Flag. Oldsmar Fire and Rescue Chief, Scott McGuff, brought the idea to Sen. Justice and made a statewide announcement for flag design.
Palm Harbor Fire Chief Jim Angle said, "We are extremely grateful to the Senate and State Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, for distinguishing our fallen firefighters."
The official memorial flag design was created by Palm Harbor Firefighter Rick Weschler, who said, "Designing this flag was a tremendous honor and I wanted to make sure that the colors chosen would represent the mourning and respect that my fallen brothers and sisters deserve."
The flag will be displayed at funerals and memorials for fallen firefighters, at fire stations, at the official Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Ocala, as well as at any other location designated by the State Fire Marshal.
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Phi Sigma Theta announces that DeeAnn Petika, daughter of John and Linda Petika of Tarpon Springs, has recently become a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Phi Sigma Theta is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in undergraduates at institutions of higher learning.