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Palm Harbor literary tutors celebrate successes, essay contest winners

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Palm Harbor Library Literacy Tutors and their students celebrated the year's successes by honoring the winners of the essay contest, "The Stairway to Success." The winners read their essays and received prizes donated by community businesses. The winners were Donata Zajac, first; Marina Egorova, second; and Viviana Basile, third. The Literacy Program is supported by the Friends of the Palm Harbor Library.

USAmeriBank establishes fund with foundation

USAmeriBank recently established a fund with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Through the partnership, the foundation will help USAmeriBank connect to causes the bank and its employees care about most. Representatives from both organizations announced the new fund at a party at the bank's Clearwater branch.

Lighthouse of Pinellas celebrates ninth year of helping thousands

The Lighthouse of Pinellas celebrated the lives of the thousands of blind and visually impaired who have benefited from their programs and honored locals at its ninth annual Point of Light Luncheon on Sept. 25. Lighthouse alumni told their stories of challenge and hope to more than 300 guests. Keynote speaker Jennifer Rothschild, blind since the age of 16, delivered her personal and inspiring story of "living beyond limits."

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    Human Interest

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