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Safety Harbor couple celebrates 60th anniversary

Art and Fran Taylor of Safety Harbor celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary during Christmas in Cleveland, where they welcomed a great-granddaughter to the family.

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The couple wed Feb. 26, 1950, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and came here in 1990 from Shaker Heights, Ohio.

The Taylors, now retired, owned and operated a supermarket and were in the food business for many years.

They are members of Amber Glades Estates, and both have been longtime volunteers at Morton Plant Hospital.

He has been a Mason for 60 years and she a 30-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The couple enjoys traveling, particularly taking cruises. Their future plans include a cross-country train trip.

The have three children and six grandchildren.

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Former Pinellas County Commissioner Sallie Parks was awarded Gov. Charlie Crist's Point of Light Award at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Pinellas County Commission and will be honored at a reception hosted by Crist later this year at the governor's mansion.

She was nominated for the award by Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Dunedin, for her contributions to the community as a county commissioner, a volunteer board member and chairwoman for numerous nonprofit organizations.

Pinellas County "is a much better place to live because of all the volunteer work by Sallie Parks, especially serving our seniors," Anderson wrote. "Leaders like Sallie Parks transform a community."

Parks served on the County Commission from 1992 to 2000.

She was the first executive director of the Pinellas County Arts Council, joining the startup agency in 1976, where she developed programs and services to support artists, arts organizations and youth education programs.

A longtime Rotarian, Parks was president of one of the two Rotary Clubs in Dunedin responsible for building the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island.

In 1997, she founded the Pinellas program of the Practical Academic Cultural Education Center for Girls, the eighth of 19 centers statewide. This nonprofit delinquency prevention program targets the needs of girls age 12 to 18 who are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

Parks was most recently appointed to the board of governors of the Pinellas Community Foundation and is again president-elect of the Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas-Pasco. She also helped establish the Silver Alert initiative in Pinellas County.

The governor's Points of Light Program was established in February 2000 to recognize Florida residents and organizations demonstrating exemplary volunteer services in their community.

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Five Pinellas County schools seniors have been named candidates in the prestigious Presidential Scholars program. They were selected from about 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.

The two North Pinellas students are Robert Ulseth and Adam Kraus, both students at Palm Harbor University High School and members of its International Baccalaureate program.

Inclusion in the Presidential Scholar's program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The candidates are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Ulseth, a musician, is also fluent in Spanish and plans to major in psychology or Spanish.

Becoming ambassador to the United Nations and humanitarian work are goals for Kraus.

Five hundred semifinalists will be selected in April; the U.S. Department of Education will announce them in May. The following month, they will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, where they will receive medallions and participate in events with their elected representatives and educators.

Safety Harbor couple celebrates 60th anniversary 03/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:41pm]
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