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Good for you: Couples celebrate decades of marriage

Frank and Marilyn Schott, Jr. of Largo, formerly of Dunedin, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Early Bird Dinner Theater in Clearwater, and later at a formal dinner gala in Largo.

The couple married June 4, 1949, in Elmhurst, N.Y.

He worked more than 30 years for Webster Schott Building Inc., Woodside, N.Y.

She was a high school administrative assistant for the New York City Board of Education.

They came here in 1984 from Flushing, N.Y.

In 1998, Mr. Schott won the Silver Medal in the Florida Seniors Tennis Tournament. A life member bridge player, he still plays competitively three times a week.

Mrs. Schott enjoys playing bingo.

Since 1974, the couple have been on 35 cruises together.

The Schotts have two sons; a daughter; and four grandchildren.

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Owen and Peggy Allbritton of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a small family gathering June 4.

The couple wed June 4, 1949, in Clearwater.

He is a fourth-generation native Floridian, born and raised in Clearwater. She came here in 1948 from Glen Ridge, N.J.

Mr. Allbritton served 3 1/2 years as a carrier pilot in the Navy and practiced law in Clearwater for more than 30 years. He served as assistant Clearwater city attorney and prosecutor, and also as a Clearwater city judge. He was later elected Circuit Court Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

During the late 1940s, Mrs. Allbritton was an on-air personality at WTAN radio in Clearwater. She was a homemaker with multiple interests, including photography and tennis.

The couple were among the first members of the Belleair Country Club, and longtime members of the Carlouel Yacht Club, the Casado Club, and Privateers.

The Allbrittons are 60-year members of Clearwater's First United Methodist Church.

They have four children; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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Ed and Bennie Gresham of Clearwater recently celebrated 50 years of marriage with dinner at Bern's Steakhouse, Tampa, in the company of all their children and grandchildren.

The Greshams were married June 7, 1959, at the First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.

They made the move to Clearwater in 1962 from Winston-Salem.

He retired in 1996 from United Technologies, Tampa.

She retired a year later from the Pinellas County School System.

Both are members of the First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, where they are active volunteers.

Mr. Gresham likes to play bridge and watch sports.

Mrs. Gresham enjoys genealogical research, reading and journaling.

The couple have a son, Ben Gresham of Mooresville, N.C.; two daughters, Sarah Griffin of Clearwater and Amy Fisher of Jamestown, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

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Clearwater Central Catholic High and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency of Clearwater have partnered to recognize outstanding CCC students with the State Farm Student of the Month and Student-Athlete of the Month awards.

Students chosen for this recognition demonstrate exemplary leadership, dedication and hard work in the classroom, on the playing field, in extracurricular activities and in the community. CCC and State Farm congratulate May honorees, seniors Sara Sardano and Ashley Ridgeway.

Sara Sardano, May's Student of the Month, is an honor student with a 4.4 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. In addition, Sara was a member of the girl's tennis team and the International Thespian Society. She received a superior rating at the district drama competition this year and attended, by invitation, the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts Performing Arts Program last summer. She plans to attend the University of Florida to study biology/pre-dentistry. She is the daughter of James and Linda Sardano of Clearwater.

Ashley Ridgeway, May's Student-Athlete of the Month, was captain of the softball team. She is a member of the CCC yearbook staff and Spanish Club, and is an active volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She will attend the University of Alabama in the fall. Ashley is the daughter of Grant and Amy Ridgeway of Palm Harbor.

Good for you: Couples celebrate decades of marriage 06/23/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:22pm]
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