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Kristen Hare - Times Staff Writer

Times Staff Writer

I’ve been a journalist since I was a junior in high school in Springfield, Mo. I took a two-year break after college for the Peace Corps, where I served in Guyana. Since, I’ve covered features, race, immigration, the census, aging and now local news for the Poynter Institute.

  1. Bob Rans served in World War II. He lived to 98.
    Bob Rans spent 13 months in Romania and came home to live a long, full life.
  2. Dr. Peter Dawson at a seminar. (Image courtesy The Dawson Academy)
    The St. Pete native taught tens of thousands of others how to be better dentists.
  3. Derby Lane opened about a month after Mary Margaret Winning was born. She’s pictured here in 1933 giving a trophy filled with nuts to the monkey jockey who won the race. (Photo courtesy Alexis Winning)
    In St. Petersburg, she stayed busy and made her mark on society.
  4. Dolores Castaldo at Benedict Haven, the home in St. Petersburg that provided care for up to eight people with mental illness. Times (2010)
    She opened Benedict Haven for her son and others with mental illness
  5. Bob Macar conducted church choirs, led bands, taught music and, in the early ’80s, put out a popular jazz album with one of his brothers. (Image courtesy Robin Macar)
    He played nearly everywhere and nearly everything, drawing in others who loved music
  6. In 2009, Raymond Castro, right, marched in the Pride Parade on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City. (Photo courtesy Frank Sturniolo.)
    A man who had a role in history was ‘very honest and true to himself’
  7. Willie Robinson Jr., pictured here at 63, was born in the Jackson House and grew up there. Behind Robinson is the living room that once held the piano where musicians who stayed at the house would gather. [Times (2011)]
    But his family home, the Jackson House, has yet to be rescued
  8. Raul Lavin and the Cuban Club building were linked for more than 100 years. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times 2017]
    Lifelong member worked to make sure that history was not forgotten in Ybor City
  9. Guido Tiozzo was born in Venice, Italy, but made his home and business in Tampa. (Photo courtesy Gino Tiozzo)
    The restaurateur felt like a lucky man, and he wanted to look out for those less fortunate
  10. Shelby Hilton went on an aerobatic flight in an Aviat Pitts plane last year. (Photo courtesy Cora Lewis)
    The 25-year-old died from brain cancer in April.