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Pinellas couples celebrate 60th, 50th anniversaries

Nine-year-old Mia Lucciola, winner of the Largo Fire Safety Poster/Billboard Contest, signs her work at 7630 Ulmerton Road.

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Nine-year-old Mia Lucciola, winner of the Largo Fire Safety Poster/Billboard Contest, signs her work at 7630 Ulmerton Road.

Ray and Elsie Glasscock of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a dinner party at Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant on Clearwater Beach, a 37-year tradition for the couple.

They wed Sept. 24, 1949, in Louisville, Ky., and lived there before coming here in 1971.

Mr. Glasscock retired after 25 years as a manager for a Kroger store in Louisville. Locally, he owned and operated a convenience store on Highland Avenue in Clearwater for 10 years, then worked another 10 years for Publix. He is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in Louisville, and locally is a member of Egypt Shrine Temple.

Mrs. Glasscock is a homemaker and enjoys her collection of angels and owls, and her roses and plants.

The couple have two daughters and a granddaughter.

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To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Harry and Beverly Vargas of Palm Harbor toured France and Greece on a 16-day trip and were the guests of honor at a dinner party at Island Way Grill, Clearwater.

The couple married Sept. 27, 1959, in Union, N.J.

They came here in 1998 from Springfield, N.J.

Mr. Vargas is an Army veteran. He retired as a special police officer in New Jersey.

Mrs. Vargas worked 21 years for New Jersey's Carpenters Pension Fund.

They have one child.

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St. Cecelia School participated in the national St. Vincent de Paul 5K Walk for the Poor on Oct. 4 in Safety Harbor's Philippe Park.

Father Diaz gave the blessing and Monsignors Foynes and Irwin led the walkers.

All grade levels participated, and their efforts raised more than $1,400 for charity.

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All fourth-graders within the Largo Fire District had the opportunity to create artwork for the Largo Fire Safety Poster/Billboard Contest prior to National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10.

Each participating school received prizes for first-, second- and third- place winners. The "Grand Prize" poster was chosen from the first-place winners and reproduced onto a billboard that will remain on display at Largo Fire Rescue Station 38, 7630 Ulmerton Road, throughout the month of October.

The artwork of 9-year-old Anona Elementary student Mia Lucciola was chosen as the overall winner. She was recognized by the Largo fire marshal, assistant fire marshal and public educators at her school Oct. 5 and by the Largo City Commission at a meeting Oct. 6.

She and her family rode in a fire engine to the billboard site and, along with Largo Vice Mayor Gigi Arntzen, were lifted by the 100-foot ladder and bucket of the new Largo fire truck up to the billboard for photos with her winning entry.

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Clearwater Central Catholic High School seniors Rowan Hall, Amanda Zbella and Steven Hausheer have been named commended scholars in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship program. The commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the 2008 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

Hall, an honor student with a 4.318 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He competes in sports and plans to study mathematics.

Zbella, an honor student with a 3.93 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and International Thespian Society. A member of the Drama Club and Model United Nations, she plans to study international relations.

Hausheer, an honor student with a 4.256 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He competes in sports and is a member of the Environmental Club and Music Ministry. He plans to study criminology.

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