For nearly 80 years, Daniel Guy McMullen has been able to look out his kitchen window and watch progress in motion. His home is built on property that's been in his family since the mid 1800s and overlooks a busy road that bears his last name.
Mr. McMullen's 101st birthday recently maintains his place in Pinellas County's pioneering McMullen family as its oldest living member.
He was one of seven children born to Ward and Jessie McMullen on Feb. 13, 1908. His father, also known as "Captain Jim," was one of 11 children born to James P. McMullen, an original homesteader of the area.
Named for his great-uncle, Daniel McMullen, Guy McMullen graduated from Clearwater High in 1928, then attended the University of Florida for a year, where he played football.
During the Depression he returned home to help his family. He found work in a grocery store and even tried boxing to earn money.
In 1930 he married Laura Morris and began building a home and a family that includes son Paul McMullen of Clearwater; Daniel Guy McMullen Jr., who died of cancer in 2006 at age 72; and twin girls Linda Davidson and Laura Weikel, both of Seminole, who were the first twins born at Morton Plant Hospital. At less than 3 pounds each, they were warmed under light bulbs in silk-lined orange crates.
Mr. McMullen owned and operated a Standard Oil gas station before becoming a company agent and distributor. Along the way he made profitable real estate investments.
Mr. and Mrs. McMullen spent 64 years together until her death in 1994.
The 101-year-old still has a passion for wearing his red Stetson, watching Florida Gators football, and indulging in an occasional Cuesta Ray cigar.
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Nicholas and Felicia Nole of Clearwater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy, Tampa.
The couple married Feb. 11, 1939, in Utica, N.Y., and came here in 1980 from that city.
He retired from Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y.
She was a cosmetology instructor in the Utica school system.
They are members of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater.
Mr. Nole is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.
Mrs. Nole belongs to the National Cosmetology Association.
The couple enjoy traveling through Florida and have a special fondness for the Sarasota, Lido Beach and Orlando areas.
The Noles have two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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The Clearwater Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored two local students with the DAR Good Citizens Award.
Summer Ceraolo-O'Donnell of Countryside High and Miranda Ferguson of Largo High were each awarded a check and a medal based on criteria including dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Both young women have outstanding records of service, scholarship and citizenship.
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Clearwater Central Catholic High School and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency Inc., Clearwater, have partnered to recognize outstanding CCC students with the State Farm Student of the Month and Student-Athlete of the Month awards.
Juan Mendizabal, Student of the Month, is an honor student with a 4.09 GPA. He is a member and president of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the CCC Academic Team. Juan is also on the Student Executive Council and is the editor-in-chief of the Central Voice school newspaper. He plans to attend Florida State University to study English education or sociology. The senior is the son of Juan and Maureen Mendizabal of Safety Harbor.
Ryan Alberdi, Student-Athlete of the Month, is an honor student with a 4.4 GPA. He qualified as a National Merit Commended Scholar and is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Ryan is a wrestling district champion and will compete at the regional championships. The senior plans to study architecture at the University of Notre Dame. He is son of Andres and Debra Alberdi of Clearwater.
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Thirteen outstanding volunteers from Pinellas County schools have been selected out of more than 190 nominations because of their contributions and dedication to quality education.
They will be honored at a special celebration in April at Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater.
The outstanding volunteers from the north county area are Andrea Nicole Williamson, Paul B. Stephens School, Clearwater; Sharon Gilbert, Tarpon Springs Fundamental; Claire T. Cousins, Safety Harbor Elementary; Kiarabet Quintana-Ramos, Tarpon Springs Middle; Debra Stotts and Athena Silos, both of Largo Middle; Nancy Sosnicki Velman, East Lake High; Roy Burns, Eisenhower Elementary, Clearwater; and James Ditz, Palm Harbor Community School.