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Good For You: Couples celebrate up to 70 years of marriage

Winston and Thresa Sandlin of Clearwater were married April 1, 1948, in St. Helen, Ky.

The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage with family and friends at Belleair Country Club.

He was an electrician with A.K. Steele, Middletown, Ohio.

She was an employee of Fort Hamilton Hospital, Hamilton, Ohio.

They are members of Skyview Church of Christ, Pinellas Park.

The couple have three children, five grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Jack and Nancy Murphy of Dunedin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise renewal of vows at Andrews Memorial Chapel, Dunedin. Surrounded by family, the Murphys exchanged vows in a church wedding they did not have 50 years ago. After the ceremony, the couple spent a long weekend in Murphy, N.C.

They were originally married in Flat Rock, Mich., and lived in Trenton, Mich., before coming to Dunedin in 1978.

The couple enjoys traveling, staying in touch with friends and watching the Rays.

The Murphys have three children, Kerry Ulatowski and Jill Owens, both of Palm Harbor, and Mike Murphy of Dunedin; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great cat, Buster.

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William F. "Bill" and Martha L. (Hipsher) Heft of Clearwater were married Aug. 27, 1938, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Mr. Heft was employed by the Atlas Powder Co. of Ravenna, Ohio, as a supervisor on the load line of 75 mm anti-aircraft shells. He also worked for the Packard Electric Division of General Motors at Warren, Ohio, retiring in 1974 as maintenance supervisor.

Mrs. Heft enjoyed being a homemaker, canning, crocheting and sewing.

Both had been born and raised on Ohio farms and, on a small farm of their own, raised three daughters, Mary Ann Walker, Jean Albert and Nancy Strausser.

The Hefts were active in community life. Mr. Heft was a charter member of the Paris Puritan Club, a rural service group in which he served in various positions, including board member and convention representative. He is the last survivor of the 25 charter members.

Since 1980, they have made Clearwater their home.

They are members of Heritage United Methodist Church, Clearwater.

For many years, the couple enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, and visiting islands and foreign countries.

The Hefts have eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Clearwater boy, 8, earns black belt

James Cordelo obtained his first degree black belt in tae kwon do for Southeastern Region USA, Chang Moo Kwan. He began training at the age of 5 at the Dunedin Taekwondo Academy under Master Instructor James Lemminn.

The 8-year-old is a student at Skycrest Christian School and a member of Everybody's Tabernacle, both of Clearwater.

He is the son of Chuck and Kim Cordelo of Clearwater.

Event raises money for Make-A-Wish

Clearwater Community Volunteers recently presented a check for $5,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Northern Florida, Suncoast Region. Regional director Kristin See accepted the check from Pam Ryan Anderson of CCV.

The money was raised from CCV's annual "Fashions with Flair" auction and fashion show, which took place Aug. 16 at the Belleair Country Club.

Students eligible for merit scholarships

Thirty-four Pinellas County School high school students have been named 2009 National Merit semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The students are now eligible to compete for 8,200 National Merit scholarships, worth more than $35-million, that will be offered in the spring.

Semifinalists from the following North Pinellas high schools are Jay C. Zuerndorfer of East Lake; Kristen A. Eberts and Jennifer K. Shelby of Largo; Anwesha Banerjee, Nicholas K. Caros, Qicong Chen, Noah D. Crisp, Robin J. Hamilton, Ryan C. Hoyt, Brian J. Kagay, Taylor A. Kizer, Ashley S. Kumar, Rachael E. Landis, Christopher R. Mertens and Keegan J. Musser of Palm Harbor University; Carmen S. Dolling, Natalie J. Hebin and Jamie Sprecher of Seminole; and Philippe G. Leguichard of Tarpon Springs.

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