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Palm Harbor couples celebrate 50th anniversaries

To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Arthur and Carol Canalungo of Palm Harbor took a family cruise to Mexico over the Easter holiday with their three children and five grandchildren.

They met while still in high school and dated while he was in the Army and she attended nursing school.

Carol's uncle, Fr. John Meighen, married the couple April 30, 1960, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport, Pa.

In 1970, he and several friends founded D-Bolt Co. of Glenshaw, Pa.

She did some school nursing while raising their family.

The Canalungos came to Dunedin in 1988 from North Versailles, Pa., and now live in Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor. They continue to summer in the Lake Stony Creek area of Shanksville, Pa., where they had a lake home for more than 30 years.

They are members of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor.

The couple are active members of Highland Lakes Club and enjoy golfing, bowling, cards, parties and dancing.

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Bob and Ellie Douglass of Palm Harbor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during a weekend at St. Simons Island, Ga., with 21 family members.

The couple married May 7, 1960, in Connecticut.

They came here in 1972 from New York state.

He owned Bob Douglass Insurance. She worked in the real estate industry.

Both are avid golfers and have been members at Innisbrook and area country clubs over the years.

They have five children; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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The Jan Chase Rutz Family Fund within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay announced the recipients of classroom grants for innovation. Six district elementary schools and two middle school teachers will receive funds to purchase supplies for their projects. Following is a list of winners from the North Pinellas area.

Barbara Foster, fourth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary in Clearwater, received $454.95 to create online courses and an interactive book club website to motivate students to read at home and over the summer.

Suzanne Byers, third-grade teacher at Fuguitt Elementary in Largo, won a $500 grant to implement the Science Court program, which incorporates technology with manipulative items using the 12 science inquiry topics.

Debra Ruth, teacher of autistic students at McMullen-Booth Elementary in Clearwater, developed a program to enhance the abilities and interactions of children with autism. She received a $218.99 grant to purchase a Wii technology system.

April McKinley, fourth-grade teacher at Brooker Creek Elementary in Tarpon Springs, received $494.66 for literature and math games that simulate real-world problems that students may encounter in everyday life.

Brett Bryant, seventh-grade teacher from Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor, is "Bringing Math Home — Virtually," through a grant for $209.90. Bryant will purchase Power Director 8 software and an external hard drive to create student-centered mathematical video lessons for the school's website to be accessed by students when they need help understanding their homework or materials covered in class.

The Jan Chase Rutz Family Fund was established in December 2006 in memory of Rutz, who often used personal assets to procure special materials to make learning more interesting and cognitive for her students.

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Palm Harbor couples celebrate 50th anniversaries 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:23pm]

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