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Janssens and Goods celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Derwood and Mary-Ann Janssen married Oct. 3, 1959, in Loves Park, Ill. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party for family in New York City.

The Dunedin residents came here in 1987 from Long Grove, Ill.

He graduated from Loyola University Dental School, Chicago, and worked as a dentist.

She graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., and worked as teacher.

The couple have three children and five grandchildren.

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Michael and Cathleen Good of Safety Harbor and Scottsdale, Ariz., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 9 at Highland Lakes Lodge.

The couple wed Oct. 10, 1959, at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. They came here in 1979 from Tyler, Texas.

He holds three post-graduate degrees in banking and served as president of First Florida Bank of Pasco County.

She is a professional entertainer, singer and songwriter.

Mr. Good is an experienced wood sculptor and former marathon runner, and also played trumpet and flügelhorn professionally. For the past two years, he has competed in the American Poolplayers Association's national tourney in Las Vegas.

Mrs. Good is a member of the Serenata Strings ensemble, Suncoast Symphony, Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra and is the pianist for North Bay Community Church. She enjoys Jazzercise.

The Goods are one of the founding families of North Bay Community Church, Clearwater.

They have a daughter, Lori Rogers; a son, Jon Good; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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Jack Whitaker, a member of Boy Scout Troop 404, earned his Eagle Scout rank in April of this year at 16. He was recognized Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2550, Dunedin.

A high school junior and honor student at Palm Harbor University High School, Jack also plays on the varsity tennis team and runs cross country.

To earn Scouting's highest award, he was required to advance through six subordinate ranks, earn at least 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop and complete a major community project.

Jack actually earned 37 merit badges, along with the God and Church Award and the snorkeling patch. He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and was also awarded the Bronze Palm.

For his service project, he wanted to honor the men and women of the armed forces. He selected the nation's first Purple Heart park, located in Dunedin, and renovated and redesigned the park, removed older trees and shrubs, brought in new trees and hundreds of new plants, and made the park easier to maintain and enjoy. He also installed concrete pads and new park benches. He recruited more than 40 others to assist him.

Upon graduation, he plans to attend one of our national military academies and accept a commission as a military officer. He hopes to eventually return to the local area.

Jack is the son of Col. and Mrs. Richard M. Whitaker of Clearwater.

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The Tonne Playhouse in Largo was the setting for the 2009 Lary Awards on Oct. 4 with more than 300 community theater aficionados in attendance. Members of the Theater Grapevine magazine chose their favorite in 26 categories for a Lary trophy. This year's favorites and their categories:

Grayson Samuels, favorite actor; Maura Rea, favorite actress; Zolmon Cavitch, favorite actor/comedy; Elaine Coffin, favorite actress/comedy; Ron Zietz, supporting actor/comedy; Susan O'Gara, supporting actress/comedy; CJ Marshall, lighting design; Claud Smith III, set design; tie between T.J. Gill and Mike Arnold, favorite actor/drama; Ashlie Mohney, favorite actress/drama; tie between Travis Moore and Stuart Jonap, supporting actor/drama; Erin Hamilton-Mullin, supporting actress/drama; Marilyn Deighton, costume design; Janet Tucker, backstage person; Jonathan VanDyke, favorite actor/musical; Christina Capehart, favorite actress/musical; Kurt Gawlik, supporting actor/musical; Kate Gaudet, supporting actress/musical; Jason Fortner, choreographer; Emi Stefanov, choral/orchestral director; David Middleton, director/comedy; Rand Smith, director/drama; Jason Fortner, director/musical; On Golden Pond, St. Petersburg Little Theater, favorite comedy production; Proof, Eight O'Clock Theater, favorite dramatic production; and The Full Monty, Francis Wilson Playhouse, favorite musical production.

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Janssens and Goods celebrate 50th wedding anniversary 10/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:19pm]
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