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Tax collector's office ranks fourth in collection for turtles

The Pinellas County Tax Collector's Office earned fourth place in a statewide contest by the Sea Turtle Survival League, a Gainesville-based conservation group that is a part of the non-profit Caribbean Conservation Corporation. Each year, Florida tax collector's offices volunteer to support the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Marine Turtle Protection Program with proceeds from the sale of $5 decals featuring endangered sea turtles.

To boost sticker sales, the league sponsored a contest this year in July, when most boat registration stickers are sold. Communications coordinator Gina Bonarigo said $52,000 was raised during the month-long contest this year, compared to the 1993 annual sales of $60,000. Palm Beach County came in first, Seminole County, second, and Martin County, third.

According to the league, Florida beaches are the site of 90 percent of all loggerhead nesting in the United States and virtually all green and leatherback nesting in the continental United States.

League of Cities recognizes Oldsmar

Three Oldsmar Library programs and the Oldsmar City Hall art gallery have been included in a state publication featuring innovative city programs. For the past seven years, the Florida League of Cities has sponsored the City Innovations Showcase in which cities submit ideas to teach municipal officials and staff ways to enhance services, save tax money, engage residents and meet local needs. Each year, entries are added to a publication including all submissions.

The Oldsmar Library was featured for its services for toddlers and preschoolers in day care, its use of overdue book coupons during National Library Week and its storytelling and dramatic programs for mentally challenged adults.

The creation of the art gallery in City Hall by the Cultural Affairs Department also was included in the publication.

Sertoma awards scholarship

Sara "Kay" Blain of Largo recently was named a 1994 Sertoma Scholar and received a $2,500 Communicative Disorders Scholarship for her studies at University of South Florida.

Blain worked 22 years as a dental hygienist before she earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary social sciences. After earning her master's degree, she plans to work in the public school system as a speech-language and deaf educator.

Sertoma International awards $75,000 a year to students pursuing master's degrees in audiology and/or speech-language pathology who have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Anniversary

Frank and Bertha Stocker of Largo celebrated their 60th anniversary recently with a family party. The couple was married Sept. 26, 1934, in Chicago. He worked at Lockheed Air Services in California and Jacobsen Mobile Home Manufacturing in Safety Harbor. The Stockers, who are members of St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Largo, have two children, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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