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Groups fix up units for abuse victims

Elfuns and Lamms sound like mystical creatures, and to Religious Community Service, the work they have accomplished seems like magic.

The Elfun Society is a volunteer organization of retired and active employees of General Electric Co. Lamms is a volunteer organization of Martin Marietta employees.

Together they have constructed a playground, erected a fence, painted apartment interiors, repaired the sprinkling system and landscaped the grounds of a 12-unit apartment building that will serve the Transitional Housing Program of the Religious Community Services Spouse Abuse Shelter.

The apartment complex will be home to victims of domestic violence and their children for an extended period of time after they leave the abuse shelter and before they are able to make more permanent living arrangements.

The Transitional Housing Program is the result of a $1.2-million grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department to Religious Community Services, an ecumenical organization of 73 local congregations in upper Pinellas County.

Woman gets degree

Deborah B. Clarke of Seminole has received a master of science degree in health services administration from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

League elects officers

Margaret Heveran has been elected first vice president and Lola Brett has been elected secretary of the North Pinellas Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

New directors are Sue Humphreys, Carol McNamee, Ann Strother, Ella Taylor and Lucile Casey.

All elected officers serve two-year terms.

Couples celebrate

their anniversaries

Gus and Evelyn Falk of Dunedin recently returned from a trip to Peoria, Ill., where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception/buffet for family and friends at the Cater Inn.

The Falks were married May 15, 1943, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Peoria.

They came to Florida in 1979. Before retiring, he was employed for 23 years by the Peoria County Highway Maintenance Office. She worked for 23 years in the office of the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad.

John E. "Jack" and Miriam G. "Jerry" Wilstrup of Seminole were high school sweethearts at Craddock High School in Portsmouth, Va. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently with a visit to Australia.

The Wilstrups married June 22, 1943, immediately after graduation, and he joined the Navy to serve in World War II. They came to Seminole 29 years ago from Houston, Texas.

They have two sons and four grandchildren.

John and Mary Kulp of Seminole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Pappas Restaurant in Largo.

The Kulps met while she was working as a hostess at the U.S.O. Club in Anniston, Ala. He was a member of the Army Band at Fort McClellan Army Base.

The couple were married June 22, 1943, in the Episcopal Church in Anniston and, after he was discharged, they made their home in Long Island, N.Y., where he worked with several bands including Duke Ellington's and the World Fair Band with Paul Lavalle as conductor.

She worked for Newsday in Garden City, N.Y.

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