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PINELLAS TRAIL TO BE INDUCTED IN HALL OF FAME

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Sure you know about the baseball Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Depending on your particular bent, maybe you've even heard of the Canadian Cartoonists or Mining halls of fame. But did you know there is a Rail-Trail hall, and Pinellas County is about to boast a member? The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail will be formally inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. today at the 2008 ProBike /ProWalk Florida Conference at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront hotel. The trail opened its first 5-mile stretch in 1990 and now spans 50 miles among nine cities and towns throughout Pinellas. It is recognized as one of the best U.S. trail systems and will become one of the first five trails to be nationally recognized by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Each month, about 90,000 individuals use the Pinellas Trail, according to the county. RTC's Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution. For information about the Pinellas Trail, visit www.pinellascounty.org/park.

Brooker preserve on county agenda

The County Commission tonight will talk about changing the zoning for the Brooker Creek Preserve and the nearby Wilde property that would alter the way the land can be used. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the commission assembly room, fifth floor, Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater. Go to www.pinellascounty.org/BCC_agenda.htm.

TARPON SPRINGS

Hear tales from local authors

Drop in to the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center theater on Saturday and hear stories from ancient Rome, Revolutionary America and rural Ireland. Share a teen's angst, laugh at marital mischief and survive in DakotaLand. Local, published authors will spin tales and read excerpts from their books at an open house from noon to 3:30 p.m. Call (727) 942-5605.

Dirty politics? See 'President's Men'

Mudslinging, dirty tricks ... not much new in that during a presidential election. But if you want to see a fascinating account of the granddaddy of dirty campaigns, you might want to stop by the library at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 when the Tarpon Springs Cinema Guild presents All The President's Men, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. The movie, based on the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, details the scandalous 1972 presidential campaign, which eventually led to Richard Nixon's resignation. The free program will be hosted by Sam and Cathy Tsoutsanis at the library, 138 E Lemon St. For information call (727) 943-4922.

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