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Discovery Playground will be dedicated

The Discovery Playground, a massive play area built last month by volunteers at the Tarpon Sports Complex, will be formally dedicated Saturday at 10 a.m.

The committee of Together Tarpon Terminates Chemical Dependency, which raised more than $64,000 to pay for the playground, will honor major donors and volunteers who made the deluxe wooden structure possible.

Everyone is invited to attend the dedication of the facility, which is off Keystone Road at Jasmine Avenue.

Couple forms speakers bureau

If you have endured one too many bad speakers at your club or civic group meeting, a Palm Harbor couple may have just the tonic for you.

Cynthia and Gary Scott have formed the Lectern, a non-profit speakers bureau serving Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. The Lectern will provide qualified public speakers, particularly in areas of finance, law, insurance, accounting and mortgages.

And the best part is, it's free.

"There's just too many people who don't serve the community," Mrs. Scott said. "It's profit, profit, profit."

The Scotts have a stable of 20 speakers ready to go, Mrs. Scott said, but they are always looking for more. They will design a program to fit an organization's specific needs and interests.

Mrs. Scott and her husband have gotten behind the lectern themselves. When she was known as Cindy Moon in the '70s, Mrs. Scott served on the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee.

The Scotts started the Lectern in the fall. "We're just chomping at the bit to get going," she said.

_ Staff writers Don Finley, Amy Walsh and Christina Headrick contributed to this report.