Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Good for You: Eagle Scout Andrew Case of Palm Harbor receives citizenship award

On Sept. 11, Eagle Scout Andrew James Case of Troop 26 in Palm Harbor was presented with a Marine Corps League Good Citizenship Award for attaining the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.

The award is based on the BSA requirement that all Eagle Scout candidates obtain the merit badges for Citizenship of the Community, Citizenship of the Nation and Citizenship of the World. Case was also recognized for his many accomplishments with school, Scouts and community service projects.

Art Hays of Marine Corps League Detachment 54 in Clearwater-Largo presented the award at the Court of Honor awards ceremony hosted by Troop 26 at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church.

Case, 17, is the son of Richard and Pamela Case. He attends Palm Harbor University High, where he is a member of the National Honor Society.

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Brett Blumencranz and Kathleen Lamb, Mr. and Mrs. Countryside 2012, were recognized Tuesday at a reception at Countryside Country Club.

The two were chosen based on their volunteer service to the community.

Blumencranz is a business development officer with Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Tampa. He received his bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and began his career as a property and casualty insurance broker in 1995 with BWD Group, LLC in New York.

In addition to other community service interests, he has been an active advocate for the Morton Plant Mease Foundation and is a co-founder of the Skip Cline Society, a group of local professionals who share a common interest in advancing the future of health care.

Blumencranz has served on the Financial Counseling Services' executive committee and is a past chair of the foundation's Corporate Associates, was part of the Mease campaign committee in 2003 and is currently a Morton Plant Mease Foundation board member.

In 2011, he was a soccer coach for the Clearwater Chargers and enjoyed Saturdays on the soccer fields coaching local 8-year-olds, including his sons, Justin and Robert.

Born in Norfolk, Va., to Dr. and Mrs. Peter and Ann Blumencranz, he came to the Clearwater area in 1977 at the age of 5. Although they did not meet until college, his wife, Alexandra, also lived in the Countryside area and graduated from Countryside High. She is now a teacher at Safety Harbor Montessori Academy.

Blumencranz lives in the Ashland Heights neighborhood.

Lamb has been active in church, community, school and professional activities since moving to Pinellas County in 1978. She has been involved in the veterinary field for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Scott Lamb, D.V.M., have established and managed two veterinary practices.

She served as historian for the American Veterinary Medical Association, eight years as president of the Pinellas County Veterinary Auxiliary and four years as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary.

Lamb has spent the past 12 years as the volunteer director of the Cougar Career Center at Countryside High, helping hundreds of students regarding their career and job objectives. She has led the effort to produce the school's annual College & Career Fair. In 2011, a $1,000 scholarship award to a deserving Countryside High senior was made possible with fair revenues. Prior to this position, she was a mentor to elementary, middle and high school students.

In 1999, Lamb received Countryside High's Adult Volunteer of the Year award as well as the Area One Adult Volunteer of the Year award from Pinellas County Schools.

For three years, Lamb has been a volunteer pharmacy driver for Suncoast Hospice and also volunteers with the Fill A Heart Group, an organization dedicated to making breast cancer patients more comfortable.

Lamb and her husband have a son, Stephen.

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U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young congratulated Connie Going as one of the 2012 Angels in Adoption for her outstanding advocacy efforts and work in the area of foster care adoptions at an awards ceremony Sept. 11 and during a gala event Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C.

Going, an adoption specialist for Eckerd Community Alternatives serving abused and neglected children in Pinellas and Pasco counties, was honored along with more than 140 Angels during the event.

She has more than 11 years of experience in the field of adoption and more than 20 in child welfare and foster care. In her current role with Eckerd Community Alternatives, an organization headquartered in Clearwater and founded in 1968 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd, Going coordinates adoption recruitment efforts and provides support to adoptive parents.

An advocate for adoptive families, she has helped the community build its capacity for adoption services, created post-adoption support groups and coordinated the implementation of a five-year community plan for adoption promotion and support. Under her leadership, nearly 300 foster children were adopted last year in Pinellas and Pasco counties. In addition, Going works to ensure that the children placed with their forever families receive the support they need.

It was one of Going's adoptive families, the Casper family, who shared their adoption journey with Young, crediting Going with being their "adoption angel." The Caspers are in the process of adopting a foster child with special therapeutic needs who has had prior failed adoptions.

". . . We think of her as our friend and now even a part of the family for what she's done for us," the family wrote in a letter to Young. "She is changing the way adoptable foster children are cared for and how the system should work when a child needs a home."

The Angels in Adoption program is the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad.

In addition to the more than 140 Angels from around the country, several National Angels were also recognized at the ceremony for their dedication and commitment nationally and internationally to child welfare on a grand scale. This year's "National Angels" are actor Katherine Heigl, singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and People magazine.

Send Good For You items to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email [email protected]

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