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Palm Harbor couple celebrate 55th anniversary

Donald and Paulette Derr of Palm Harbor celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in St. Augustine in mid April.

The couple were married April 18, 1953, in Allentown, Pa.

Mr. Derr served four years in the Air Force, one of them in Korea and was a project coordinator for Air Products & Chemicals. Mrs. Derr worked for various banks as a manager. They came here in August 2001 from Allentown.

Mr. Derr enjoys playing golf, fishing and keeping fit. Mrs. Derr plays cards and darts, and does water aerobics. She is also the Queen Mother of the Blue Jay Estates Red Hat Mamas.

The couple are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin.

They have two children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

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Kip Corriveau, Len Leighton and Kathleen Simon recently were elected to serve two-year terms on the board of directors of the nonprofit group Clothes To Kids.

Corriveau serves as director of social services at the Salvation Army-Upper Pinellas County, and brings 10 years of nonprofit experience to Clothes to Kids.

Leighton is vice president and chief executive officer of Seaboard Arbors Management Services. He brings education and experience in family and children's services.

Simon has been with the Morton Plant Mease Foundation since 1990 and, as vice president, is responsible for major gifts of $500,000 and more. She has more than 23 years of fundraising experience.

Clothes to Kids is a year-round organization whose mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County, free of charge. The store is at 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater, and accepts donations of new or clean, gently used shoes and clothing Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash donations are fully tax-deductible.

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The Tarpon Springs City Commission honored 96 volunteers with the President's Volunteer Service Award on April 15. Of Tarpon's 200-plus active volunteers, 96 have given more than 100 hours to qualify for the award.

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Jonathan T. Hackey of Clearwater has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2007 semester at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

The list includes students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average and been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.

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Alice Covington's 30 years of dedication and commitment to the Oaks of Clearwater and its residents was recognized April 23 at the waterfront retirement community's quarterly employee meeting.

"Over the years, Alice has demonstrated her strengths in being totally responsive and committed to our senior community," said Jim Gillespie, executive director of the Oaks. "She is a take-charge leader, while training our new staff to provide our residents with the caring and compassionate service our company was founded on."

Covington, supervisor of housekeeping, will be featured in the company newsletter and a plaque will be placed at the Oaks commemorating her 30-year commitment.

Palm Harbor couple celebrate 55th anniversary 04/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 5:33pm]
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