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Largo couple marks 50 years with dinner, cruise and trip west

David and Thelma Dumont of Largo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 21 with a family dinner in their honor at Island Way Grill, Clearwater Beach.

The couple's children have given them a cruise to the Bahamas, and after that, the couple will travel out west to see Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons.

The Dumonts married May 21, 1960, at St. Clements Roman Catholic Church, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

They came here in 1967 from Yarmouth, Maine.

He was employed in the medical business office field, and retired in 2003 from Palm Garden of Largo Nursing Facility.

She was a physical education aide for the Pinellas County school system and retired in 2006 from Belcher Elementary.

Both are members of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Clearwater, volunteer at Enterprise Village (a program of the Gus A. Stavros Institute), and belong to the Clearwater YMCA.

He is a life member of Largo Council 4892, Knights of Columbus.

They have four children.

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The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has named Ernest C. Godfrey Jr., D.V.M., of Largo, along with two other graduates, as 2010 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni in honor of their contributions to animal welfare, the profession, and their communities.

Godfrey received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Auburn University in 1968. The Florida Veterinary Medical Association awarded Godfrey, co-director of St. Petersburg Animal Emergency Clinic, and owner of Pinellas Animal Hospital and Seminole Boulevard Animal Hospital, the Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

In 1990, the Florida VMA named Godfrey its Veterinarian of the Year; in 2008, a Champion of Veterinary Medicine; and in 2010 presented him the FVMA President's Award.

He is a current Florida VMA delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the FVMA Executive Board, the FVMA CVM Advisory Committee, the FVMA Legislative Committee, and he serves as FVMA Program Chair.

Since 1976, Godfrey has served on the board of directors for the Central Florida Academy of Veterinary Medicine and since 1983, the Pinellas Animal Foundation. Since 1997 he has actively participated in Pinellas Animal Partners, a group of animal welfare organizations that work to help animals in Pinellas County.

He has been involved with the American Veterinary Medical Association's Congressional Advocacy Network since 1992 and is a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association State Advocacy Committee. Godfrey is a supporter of the veterinary technology program at St. Petersburg College in Pinellas and for many years, served on the AVMA's Veterinary Technician Testing Committee.

The distinguished alumni award is named in honor of Dr. Wilford S. Bailey, a veterinary parasitologist, who held a 50-year continuous faculty appointment at Auburn University after receiving his veterinary degree in 1942, serving in positions from instructor to university president.

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The following four students have received the Mildred Shavlan Achievement Award for the school year 2009-2010, sponsored by the Pinellas Braille Group. The award is presented annually to visually impaired students who have shown outstanding achievement during the school year.

David Alesia, a Pinellas Park High graduate, teaches martial arts, attends the Year-Round Transition Program at the Lighthouse, and is a gifted writer. He plans to take classes at St. Petersburg College to become a counselor working for the Division of Blind Services. He is the son of Raymond and Christina Kane of St. Petersburg.

Jason Carpenter, a Pinellas Park High graduate, has overcome many obstacles in his life and because of his perseverance and accomplishments, was given the Young Heroes Award. He attends the Year-Round Transition Program at the Lighthouse and plans to attend St. Petersburg College and enter the field of Park and Recreation Services.

Keila Perdomo, a Pinellas Park High graduate, is an outstanding student with leadership skills who participated in school services including the Principal's Student Team. She also attends the Year-Round Transition Program at the Lighthouse. She enjoys playing the piano and drums. She plans to attend the University of South Florida and pursue a career in school psychology or school social work. She is the daughter of Erwin and Lydia Perdomo of Largo.

Alexander Follo, who recently completed his freshman year at Seminole High, has been on the Dean's List and is active in the Ethics Bowl. He enjoys sports and computers. After graduation he plans to attend college and major in computers. He is the son of John and Tammy Follo of Indian Rocks Beach.

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Kelly Nicole Clark, daughter of Bob and Pam Clark of East Lake, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization's highest accomplishment.

For her Gold Award project, "Lend a Helping Paw," Clark provided two generators to the Humane Society of Pinellas County. She started two businesses, Kelly's Kards and Fuzzy Feet Pet Sitting, to raise needed funds. She also assisted with animal adoptions.

She is a senior in the Veterinary Science Academy at Tarpon Springs High and recently became a certified veterinary assistant. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Future Farmers of America.

Clark was selected to be part of the Lawton Chiles Leadership Corps, was honored with the Good Citizenship Award medal from American Legion Post 46, and served as a People to People Student Ambassador representing America in Italy, France and Spain last summer.

She is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Palm Harbor, a certified scuba diver, dedicated vegetarian and classic rock fan.

Clark will attend North Carolina's Lees-McRae College where she plans to major in wildlife biology and wildlife rehabilitation.

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