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The Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s past president Dr. Alex M. “Steve” Steverson (right) presented Dr. Donald H. Morgan (left) with the 2019 Distinguished Service award. [Special to the Times | FVMA]
Published Jun. 25

Florida Veterinary Medical Association recognizes Pinellas doctor

The Florida Veterinary Medical Association honored Dr. Donald H. Morgan with the 2019 Distinguished Service award for his dedicated service to the veterinary profession for nearly 50 years. Morgan has served as the District 4, Tampa Bay representative on the association's executive board and as president-elect in 2013-2014. He has also served as president of the Pinellas Animal Foundation, as chairman and a board of directors member in the Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, a member of the Largo Jaycees, and as chairman on the Largo Medical Center Board of Trustees. Morgan also volunteers and supports the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association. The state association previously honored him in 2011 with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Keep Florida Beautiful Recognizes Keep Pinellas Beautiful

Keep Florida Beautiful, the Keep America Beautiful state affiliate and nonprofit organization, awarded Keep Pinellas Beautiful with the "Leading the Way" award at its annual awards recognition ceremony for leading the 43 Florida affiliates. The state organization recognized Keep Pinellas Beautiful for its successful efforts in environmental education and piloting new initiatives to increase environmental awareness and impact.

Palm Harbor resident and vocalist wins Global Music Awards

Nick Dukas, a Palm Harbor resident, vocalist and guitarist received three silver medals in the Global Music Awards competition. Dukas has previously performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Largo's Central Park Performing Arts Center, and now his talents have earned him national recognition. His album One and Forever Love earned him one silver medal and his song Mr Moon (Take it Away) earned him two —one for the song and the duo with Jennifer Day Morrison.

Clearwater scholar among few selected to attend Harvard Medical School summer training program

Robert Cotter, a Guardian Angels Catholic School alumnus, was one of eight undergraduate students selected to participate in Harvard's coveted, eight-week Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship program. The program involves clinical research on multiple sclerosis, as well as professional development and training from hospital faculty. The 21-year-old rising senior is studying biology at Florida State University, and upon graduation, he plans to attend medical school.

St. Petersburg quilter is a contestant at American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek

Nancy Wygle of St. Petersburg has been accepted as a contestant with her quilt, Double Wedding Ring, at this year's American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, Mich. The contest features more than 450 quilts from around the world with entries from 41 states and 14 countries, and the winner takes home $54,000 cash.

St. Petersburg officer wins coveted award

Civitan St Petersburg's 33rd Annual Police and Fire Award goes to Officer Marissa Gaddis as Field Training Officer of 2018. This coveted award is voted on and determined by the officer's peers.

Compiled by Monique Welch, Times staff writer. Contact at or Follow @mo_unique_.


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