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Local writer wins poetry award

Julieth Willmann of St. Petersburg was awarded the Golden Award Trophy from the World of Poetry Society for her poem The Night, while attending the eighth annual World of Poetry Convention, held Labor Day weekend at the Hilton Towers in San Francisco. The convention drew 1,500 poets from around the world. Willmann's poem will be published soon in a book titled Wonderful World of Poetry.

Nurses hold 50th school reunion

A group of graduates from Mound Park Hospital's School of Nursing, class of '42, (Bayfront Medical Center), recently convened at the hospital for their 50th reunion. Marge Furches, public relations and media services, described renovation plans to the nurses as part of a hospital tour. Some had not seen the hospital since they graduated 50 years ago. Photo: from left, Marge Furches, Peggy Stein, Betty Feco, Faye Bierbower, Kitty Tutoli and Elizabeth Boyd.

Health group honors lab director

Jack W. Frankel, Ph.D., of Treasure Island, director of the Tampa Regional Laboratory and editor-in-chief, Florida Journal of Public Health, was recently awarded the Florida Public Health Association Presidential Citation. The meritorious service award, inaugurated in 1959 by the Florida Public Health Association, is awarded to those who, in the opinion of the judges, have made an outstanding contribution to the health and well-being of Floridians. Frankel was cited for his contributions in public health and for elevating the Florida Journal to international status.

Boat racers place in national event

Dave Flood of St. Petersburg claimed third place in the Formula 110 class, and Jack Withrow of St. Petersburg, claimed fourth place in the Modified Unlimited class, during the recent 1992 Domino's Pizza Outboard Performance Craft Sprint Nationals. The powerboat races, Regatta OPC Sprint Nationals, were held in Kankakee, Ill. The event was part of the Kankakee River Valley Regatta. Nearly 200 drivers from across the nation competed in the three-day championships in 16 classes of boats. More than 75,000 fans watched the races. Flood has raced for five years in the Formula 100 and Mod-110 classes.

Dave and his wife, Lynda have one child, Meghan. He is sponsored by Target Marine and Custom Hauler Trailers. Flood was also the Southeast Divisional Champ and is the F-110 World Record Holder.

Withrow has raced for 18 years in the SST-120, SST-140 and Modified Unlimited classes. He has held 18 national titles, 4 world records and has been inducted twice into the American Power Boat Association's Hall of Champions. Jack has three children, J.

D., Jason and Juli. He is a teacher at Maximo Elementary School.

VA office receives recognition

When acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi presented the VA's first awards for quality improvement Wednesday in Washington, D.C., special recognition went to the Southern Region of the VA's Veterans Benefit Administration, composed of 13 regional offices, including the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office. The Southern Region of the VA's Benefit Administration won the benefits service category. St. Petersburg's VARO director, Carlos L. Rainwater, was present to receive the award. The benefits service category recognizes VA offices making the greatest improvement in the nation in providing benefits to veterans as part of VA's total quality management program.

This column is published in the City Times as space is available. Entries include St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, Kenneth City, South Pasadena and the Gulf beaches. If you have good news to share, submit it to Good For You, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Please include telephone number and return address.

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