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Brownies clown around at City Council meeting

(ran EO edition)

There were some clowns at the Oldsmar City Council meeting last week, and they weren't members of the council.

Brownie Troops 583 and 608 of Oldsmar have been studying clowning with the help of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. With brightly colored clown costumes and painted cheeks, the girls performed a pantomime to music for the council Tuesday evening and then danced the Macarena.

"Someone else will be clowning around tonight other than the council," Mayor Jerry Beverland quipped. "They look better than we do."

Little Leaguer Lee

hurls a no-hit game

In his first trip to the mound this year, Jared Lee of the Oldsmar Little League pitched a no-hitter against the Tarpon Springs Royals.

Jared, 13, allowed six walks and his team, the Oldsmar Braves, committed two errors in a 15-2 win over the Tarpon Springs team in the Junior Division competition.

"It was exciting," Jared says, "and a little unexpected. I pitched some the last two years, but I really wanted to try my hardest this time. I got good backup support from my fielders."

Jared is the son of John Lee of Safety Harbor and Claudia Lee of Palm Harbor.

He got praise from his manager, Neal Brown of Oldsmar, for pitching the no-hitter. The normally six-inning game was called after five innings under a Little League rule that ends a game if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after five innings.

This isn't the first time that Brown has had a Little League player hurl a hitless game. Last year, when he was a coach for the Oldsmar Phillies, his son, Nathan, pitched two no-hitters. Nathan is now a teammate of Jared's.

The manager of the Phillies last year was Steve Buckles, who, in a reversal of roles, is a coach this year under Brown. The other Braves coach is Tom McMullian.

Jared normally plays outfield and sometimes first base, but he asked Brown for a chance to pitch against Tarpon Springs.

The win boosted the Braves to a 6-1 record in the 25-game season.

Scoutmaster wins

award from city

An Oldsmar man who rejuvenated Boy Scout Troop 64 has been given the Oldsmar City Council/City Manager award for March.

Fred Barton, who works for Structall Building Systems in Oldsmar, was honored at Tuesday's City Council meeting at City Hall.

Barton has been scoutmaster for Troop 64 for four years. The troop is sponsored by the Oldsmar Fire Department.

"When Fred took over, Troop 64 was near collapse with only three boys listed on the roster," says Oldsmar Fire Chief Scott McGuff. "Through Mr. Barton's leadership and determination, the troop has grown to almost 30 boys.

"Fred really puts his heart into his work and it shows. The troop has garnered numerous badges and has taken part in many events within Scouting. The troop has also been a valuable resource to the city during events such as Oldsmar Days and Safety Day."

Barton was nominated for the award by City Manager Bruce Haddock. "He really puts his heart and soul into Scouting," Haddock says. "He's not a scoutmaster who just goes down there on Tuesday night."

The City Council also presented a 10-year length-of-service award to Stephen MacFadden, who works as a supervisor of utility maintenance mechanics in the city's sewage treatment plant.

Sandler appointed

Oldsmar vice mayor

Jeffrey Sandler is the new vice mayor of Oldsmar.

Sandler was announced as vice mayor at the City Council meeting Tuesday by Mayor Jerry Beverland. Mike Rockwell had been vice mayor, but he couldn't run for re-election to the council because of term limits.

Beverland, who was re-elected mayor without opposition, chose between Sandler and council member Linda Macdonald, the only two holdover council members with a year left on their terms.

Sandler will fill in for Beverland when he is absent.

The two new council members elected March 11 are Ed Manny and Ed Richards.

Chamber of commerce

honors three students

Bryan Trebing, Casey Orton and Katie Colmenares have been honored by the Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce as students of the month at their schools.

Bryan, son of Ames and Terry Trebing of Oldsmar, is a fifth-grader at Forest Lakes Elementary School in the class of teacher Barbara Kelly. He was cited for his leadership. His award is sponsored by Art Holloway of Holloway Funeral Home in Oldsmar.

Casey, son of Shirley Orton of Oldsmar, is a fifth-grader at Oldsmar Elementary in the class of teacher Sandy Cowley. He was cited for being a turn-around student. His award is sponsored by Linda Williams, owner of the State Farm Insurance agency in Oldsmar.

Katie, daughter of Rene and Barbara Colmenares of Oldsmar, is a 10th-grader at East Lake High School. She was honored for her leadership. The award is sponsored by Laura von Inten, manager of the SouthTrust Bank in Palm Harbor.

_ Times staff writer Deborah O'Neil contributed to this report.

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