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Couples celebrate decades together

Arlene and Dempsey Horton of Dunedin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner party for family and friends hosted by their sons Doug, Larry and Tim at Louis Pappas Riverside Restaurant, Tarpon Springs.

They were married Aug. 10, 1953, in Indiana. They came here in 1972 from Highland, Ind. He retired as a groundskeeper after 24 years with the Pinellas County School District, and she retired after 27 years with Morton Plant Mease Health Care as administrative assistant in the human resources department.

They have five grandchildren. They are active members of the Upper Room Apostolic Church, New Port Richey.

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Arnetta and Jack Smith of Clearwater recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Island Way Grill on Clearwater Beach.

They were married Dec. 5, 1943, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. They came here in 1956 from Niagara Falls. He worked as a superintendent for Hunt Construction Co., and she worked as an inventory control supervisor for Sears, Roebuck and Co. He is an Army veteran with the rank of staff sergeant. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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Margaret and Fredrick Ridley, winter residents of Safety Harbor, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise. They were married Dec. 10, 1943, in Pontiac, Mich.

They came here in 1983 from Oscoda, Mich. He retired after 36 years at General Motors and she worked for General Motors and the Pontiac school system. They have three daughters, four granddaughters and three grandsons.

They are members of Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church. She is a china and oil painter and he enjoys woodworking. They spend summers at their cottage on Lake Huron in Michigan.

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Marguerite and Mitch Clark of Largo recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary at the Hungry Fisherman on Indian Rocks Beach.

He came to Largo in 1936 from Live Oak and she is a lifelong resident. They were married Dec. 10, 1940, at the Pinellas County Court House.

He retired from Robinson Concrete and she worked at Harry Ulmer's citrus packing plant in Largo. They are members of First Baptist Church of Largo and the Historical Society of Largo. She led the church's women's society for 25 years and he is the president of their condo association.

Ex-Clearwater woman honored by newspaper

Joanna Nigrelli, 29, of Austin, Texas, and formerly of Clearwater, was named one of the New York Times' librarians of the year. The daughter of Vito and Vera Nigrelli of Clearwater, she is a 1993 graduate of Clearwater High School.

The award, which comes with a plaque and $2,500, is annually given to "those librarians who consistently demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism, knowledge and public service," according to the newspaper Web site.

Nigrelli was nominated by two of her students at the Terrazas branch library in Austin and by the Library Foundation executive director, Margaret Henkels.

"Because of Joanna Nigrelli's work, the kids in this neighborhood have a safe and welcoming place to come after school," Henkels said. Nigrelli graduated from Florida State University in 1997 and in 2000 earned her master's degree from the University of Texas, where her husband teaches.

She works as a youth librarian at the Austin Public Library and is involved in a program called Wired for Youth sponsored by Michael Dell.

_ For information or an anniversary form, call 445-4109. To submit an item to Good for You, write to Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, send fax to 445-4119 or e-mail to pauletsptimes.com.

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