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The Ameses Mr. and Mrs. I. Donald Ames of New Port Richey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an anniversary blessing at the New Apostolic Church in Lockport, N.Y.

The couple's sons, Richard, and his wife, Cindy, of Medina, N.Y., and Theron, and his wife, JoAnn, of New Port Richey played hosts at a reception after the blessing.

Also attending were her brother, Mel Bort, who served as best man at the couple's wedding June 17, 1940, at the home of the bride's parents in Batavia, N.Y, and his wife, Marc. Her sister, Maud Wilder, and her husband, Harlow, of Batavia, also attended, along with five of their 10 grandchildren and friends of the couple.

He retired from Occidental Chemical Corp. of Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1979.

They are members of the Apostolic Church in New Port Richey.

The Tates

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Thomas and Dorothy Tate of Millpond Estates celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and friends at a surprise party given by their children at Town and Country Hall in Lansdowne, Md.

Attending were their son Thomas Jr. and his, wife Ludie, and their children, Thomas III and Sherri, all of Riviera Beach, Md.; a granddaughter, Michele Butler, and her husband, Wayne Jr., and their children (the couple's great-grandchildren), Wayne III and Rachel, all of Delevan, N.Y.; the couple's daughter, Dorothy Stallings, and her husband, Wayne, and their daughter, Jackie, all of Tampa and son, Jeffrey, and his wife, Melanie, of the Netherlands; a daughter, Carolyn Zollickoffer, and her husband, William, and their daughter, Jennifer, of Glen Bournie, Md., a daughter, Debra Billman, and her husband, William, and their children, Mark and Melissa, all of New Port Richey.

The Tates were married Aug. 23, 1940, in Baltimore. They moved to Holiday in 1972 and to Millpond Estates in 1990.

Tate retired in 1970 from Steamfitters Local 438 in Baltimore.

They attend St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday.

Upon their return from the Maryland celebration, the Tates were honored at a dinner party at the Flagship Restaurant in Clearwater. The Bisses

HOLIDAY _ Mary and Joseph Biss of Holiday were honored on their 50th anniversary at a buffet dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph J. Simmons of Holiday.

Friends from the area, Tampa and Osprey attended.

They also were feted at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration held by Dan and Peg Biss, his brother and sister-in-law, in Bedford, Ohio. Five generations of family were represented among the 100 guests.

The Bisses were married Aug. 31, 1940, in Holy Name Church in Cleveland. They came here 15 years ago from Broadview Height, Ohio.

He retired from United States Steel. He is a homemaker.

Both are members of the La-Villa Gardens Civic Association. She is a member of the Women's Club. He is a member of the West Pasco County Model Pilot's Association.

Are you having a 50th wedding anniversary or more? Contact Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34668. For information in most of West Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Elsewhere, call (800) 333-7505.