The women of the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Clearwater are transforming pillowcases into dresses to send to little girls around the world who need clothing.
A parishioner heard about the pillowcase dress project at a Rotary conference and pitched the idea to church members as an outreach effort. The first dressmaking session took place July 12, resulting in a dozen dresses produced by 16 volunteers. A week later, 36 dresses had been sewn and were sent to a church-supported mission in the Dominican Republic.
The project is part of an international charity, "Dress a Girl Around the World."
Another sewing event is scheduled for Sept. 10, and those garments will be going to little girls in Haiti.
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Larry and Brenda Jones of Oldsmar celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at several parties with friends and on July 30 with family at Bern's Steak House in Tampa.
The couple married July 29, 1961, at Jackson Park Baptist Church, Kannapolis, N.C., where Mrs. Jones was church organist.
He is a 1964 graduate of the University of North Carolina and began his career as a manufacturer's representative for medical products. He retired in 2005 as president of Clinical Dimensions in Clearwater.
She graduated from business school in Chapel Hill, N.C., and attended the University of North Carolina. She worked for Blue Cross of Chapel Hill and also worked 12 years at Stein Mart.
They came here in July 1975 from Atlanta.
They are members of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater, and are charter members of Countryside Country Club, where they've enjoyed many years of tennis.
They have traveled to Europe, Tahiti and Barbados, and to San Francisco as well as much of the United States and Canada.
They have three children and four grandchildren.
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Harry and Donna Marland of Clearwater celebrated 50 years of marriage with family and friends Aug. 17 at Bright House Field and with family Aug. 20 at the Marlands' home.
The couple married Aug. 20, 1961, at Chapel by the Sea, Clearwater Beach.
He came here in 1949 from Cleveland, Ohio; she in 1954 from Syracuse, N.Y. Both attended Clearwater High.
He is a graduate of Commonwealth College of Science, Houston, and retired after a long career as a funeral director with John S. Rhodes Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
She is a graduate of Valdez Beauty School, Clearwater, and is a beautician at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center and Palm Garden of Largo.
They are members of Skycrest Baptist Church, Clearwater.
The Marlands have a son and a granddaughter.
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The Florida Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Clearwater Chapter, presented Eagle Scout Colin A. Champion of Clearwater with a certificate of recognition for outstanding achievement, exceptional leadership and citizenship as evidenced by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout. The certificate was presented to Champion by SAR Compatriot Art Hays at a Court of Honor ceremony Aug. 20 in Pinellas Park, during which Champion received the highest rank in scouting.
Champion, a member of Troop 337, is a 2010 graduate of Pinellas Park High School. He is majoring in business management at Webber International University, Babson Park.