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Boy Scout earns top rank of Eagle Scout

Many teenage boys become Boy Scouts of America, but fewer than 2 percent of these boys reach Eagle Scout, the highest rank. Robert Weirick of Troop 359, which is affiliated with St. Giles Church, Pinellas Park, has earned this rank and will be honored in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at 8271 52nd St.

USF professor

at White House again

Ruth Whitney, a resident of St. Petersburg and an adjunct professor of women's studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, recently returned home from her third visit to the White House. President Clinton invited Whitney to the Rose Garden in June to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Whitney was one of the first Americans to become a Peace Corps volunteer in 1961. She served in Ghana, West Africa, with the Ashanti tribe, where she taught math to high school students for two years. She has been an activist since the 1960s, working for civil rights, the peace movement and the feminist movement. Whitney was first invited to the White House by President Kennedy and then again by President Johnson. She holds a doctorate degree in religious studies from Catholic University and taught religion and women's studies at Rutgers University before coming to USF. She has just finished a book on love and feminism.

City employee receives

water plant award

Herbert A. "Tony" Strickland, water plant operator IV at the city of St. Petersburg's Cosme Water Treatment Plant, was selected by the Florida Section/American Water Works Association as the recipient of the Outstanding Water Treatment Plant Operator's Award for 1996. He received the award from Mayor David Fischer in June. Strickland started in the water industry in 1958 with the U.S. Air Force as a water and waste purification specialist. He is the fourth operator from St. Petersburg's Cosme plant to receive the agency's outstanding award.

Florida police chiefs

group honors Stephens

At their 44th Annual Summer Training Conference in Fort Myers, the Florida Police Chiefs Association awarded St. Petersburg Chief Darrel Stephens its Directors Choice Award. The honor goes annually to a chief who is considered most worthy based on their ability to be progressive, innovative and professional in the management of their department. Also considered is the chief's involvement with the community and with local, county, state and national organizations that promote and enhance the professional image of all police personnel. Chief Curt Willocks of the Gulfport Police Department is responsible for Stephens' nomination. Willocks said: "Although he is considered a leader in law enforcement nationally and has authored many articles and publications, Stephens is first and foremost a cop just like the rest of us. He is a resource for others and is always willing to help out a fellow chief."

Vinoy Resort awarded

for superb facilities

The readers of Successful Meetings Magazine recently chose the Renaissance Vinoy Resort of St. Petersburg as a recipient of the 1996 Pinnacle Award _ a mark of excellence for meeting facilities.

_ This column is published in the Neighborhood 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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