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Club donates smoke detector funds

In the United States an average of three children a day are killed from fire in their homes.

Four-hundred of the children killed are under 2 years of age. Statistics show that having a working fire alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying by fire in half.

The Kiwanis Club of Dunedin, hoping to improve the chances of local infants, donated $600 to the Maternity Center at Mease Hospital for the purchase of smoke detectors to be given to new mothers who might not be able to afford them.

"They gave me the money and all the data on the smoke alarms and I took it from there," said Bob Watson, executive director of the Mease Foundation.

Information on the purchase of additional smoke detectors can be obtained from the Mease Hospital Foundation at 734-8311.

Helpline gets new boss

Patricia Gerard has been named executive director of Helpline, an agency of Family Resources Inc.

Ms. Gerard has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Florida.

Before joining Helpline, she was director of the Spouse Abuse Shelter of Religious Community Services in Clearwater.

Helpline provides crisis counseling, information and referrals to residents of Pinellas and Pasco counties.

The agency offers special services to the elderly and their caregivers through the Better Living for Seniors Helpline.

Runaways and parents of troubled youth can receive counseling and referrals by calling the (800) RUNAWAY hot line 24 hours a day from anywhere in the state.

Helpline is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week in Pinellas County.

Club selects officers

"Sharing the Beauty of Nature" is the theme of the Belleair Garden Club's 43rd annual club year, and "Xeriscape" is the topic of its first meeting at 1 p.m. today at the clubhouse, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair.

Larry King of Largo has been installed as club president; Doris Hofstetter of Clearwater, first vice president; Linda Sprague of Belleair, recording secretary; and Beth Reid of Clearwater, treasurer.

Trustees are Tess Cammack and Ann Knipe of Harbor Bluffs, Annette Kaplan, Anne Smith, Rosanna Wright, Sue Ficken of Belleair and Midge Husselman of Largo.

Club members are from all walks of life, drawn together by a common interest in gardening, horticulture and nature's environment, said Gwen Diller, the club's public information representative.

Guests and prospective members are welcome, she said.

The club's meetings are on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month, and the horticulture sessions are on the second Wednesday morning from October through May.

The club's "Junk and Jewel" sale is scheduled for Nov. 13-14, and its flower show is scheduled for March 13-14.

The Holiday Tour of Homes, held every second year, is Dec. 12.

For information, call 581-1917 or 586-5497.

Couple marks 65 years

Carl and Arlene Brown recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Palm Gardens of Pinellas in Largo.

The Browns were married Oct. 4, 1927, in Kenmore (now Akron), Ohio.

He retired from the Massillon, Ohio, police force in 1951, and they came to Largo in 1980.

They have a daughter, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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