Gary and Patricia Daily celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows by Bishop Robert Lynch at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg and a garden party at their Palm Harbor home.
Mr. Daily is a native of St. Petersburg, and Mrs. Daily moved here in 1950 from New York.
The couple married July 4, 1958, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater.
He worked 30 years for the Florida Department of Transportation.
She retired after a 39-year career with GTE.
The couple are members of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Palm Harbor.
Mr. Daily's favorite hobby is gardening. Mrs. Daily belongs to the Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae and St. Luke's Women's Club.
They have a son, Todd Daily of Denver; a daughter, Tricia Manning of Dunedin; and four grandchildren.
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Thomas "Tom" and Nancy Kropp of Dunedin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the company of relatives and friends at a luncheon at Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse in St. Petersburg.
They were married July 26, 1958, in Mr. Kropp's hometown of St. Petersburg.
She came here in 1957 from her native Massachusetts.
A Marine Corps Reservist, Mr. Kropp saw active duty in the Far East during the 1950s. He worked locally for General Electric and Lockheed Martin, retiring after 35 years.
Mrs. Kropp was a secretary and Pinellas County teacher.
His hobbies include biking and fresh water fishing. She likes line dancing and sewing. The couple enjoy seeing the United States on bus tours.
They have two daughters who live locally, Tina Kropp and Valerie Kimball, and four grandchildren.
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Domenic and Concetta Festa of Clearwater were married Aug. 1, 1948, in East Boston, Mass.
They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a local Olive Garden.
They came here in 1977 from Marshfield, Mass.
The Festas were in the retail furniture business. He is a World War II veteran and member of the American Legion. Both are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater.
The couple have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Alyssa Huebner wins $20,000 scholarship
Florida Southern College senior Alyssa Huebner, daughter of Rorri Saint John of Largo and Richard Huebner of Branson, Mo., has been chosen by the Scientific Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program to receive a national scholarship for the 2008-09 school year.
She will receive a scholarship for qualified educational and living expenses up to $20,000 for the year, and she will be a paid research trainee at the NIH for the UGSP summer 2009 program.
Huebner, a 2005 graduate of Seminole High School, is a double major in biology and psychology with a minor in chemistry. Post-graduation plans include attending graduate school for a Ph.D. in neuroscience and research at a leading university or biomedical research institution studying neurological disorders or mental health or both.
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