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Morton Plant names Auxilians of the Year

Louise Rahmel and Les Short have been named Auxilians of the Year for 1991 at Morton Plant Hospital. Mrs. Rahmel, who came to Belleair with her husband, Henry, in 1974, joined the Morton Plant Auxiliary in September 1982 and has volunteered more than 3,850 hours.

She worked first as a secretary in the education department and now assists in the auxiliary office. She also has worked with the Teenage Volunteer Program and has served the auxiliary as recording secretary and as third vice president.

"I really enjoy the work I do and I like being helpful," Mrs. Rahmel said.

Short, who lives with his wife, Elsie, in Largo, worked in the aerospace industry on Long Island and in Maryland before retiring to Florida.

"We started volunteering right after I retired," Short said. "We've always volunteered in the health-care field because we felt that was where help was needed most."

For the past eight years, Short has been chairman of the 20-member volunteer Lifeline Program. He and his wife of 60 years work as a team installing and servicing the more than 400 Lifeline emergency response units, said Paul Gramblin, spokesman for Morton Plant.

Short has served more than 2,800 volunteer hours.

Celebrating 50 years

William and Dorothy McKain of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass at St. Cecelia's Church followed by a dinner-dance at the Hilton Hotel on Clearwater Beach.

The McKains were married June 7, 1941, in Lawrenceburg, Ind. They came to this area in 1958. Before retiring, he was a math teacher at Largo and Kennedy middle schools.

They have three children and five grandchildren.

Robert and Marion Schurr of Largo were married June 8, 1941, in St. Brigid's Royal Catholic Church in Ridgewood, N.Y.

They plan a 50th wedding anniversary celebration with their family in Liberty, Mo.

The Schurrs have four children and nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild due in July.

Military news

Navy Seaman Recruit Michael S. Dodson, son of Earl and Patricia Dodson of Dunedin, and Navy Fireman Recruit Timothy Baker, son of Robert and Carol Baker of Seminole, have completed training at the Recruit Training Center in San Diego.

Marine Pvt. Michael F. Thurman, a 1990 graduate of Largo High School, has completed the School of Infantry at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Geiger, N.C.

Marine Pfc. Anthony J. Cieskiewicz, son of Joseph and Patricia Cieskiewicz of Dunedin and a 1990 graduate of Dunedin High School, has completed training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.