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LARGO - On Memorial Day last year, the Armed Forces History Museum stirred with life during an event that featured activities for children while also honoring those who died serving our country.

This year, there will be no children playing outside on military vehicles, no dignitaries or veterans speaking about the sacrifice of fallen soldiers, no 21-gun salute and no playing of taps.
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LARGO - City of Largo facilities, including City Hall, Largo Public Library, Central Park Performing Arts Center, Community Center, Highland Recreation and Southwest Recreation complexes, and the Narrows Environmental Education Center at McGough Nature Park will be closed May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Also, Largo Solid Waste will not be collecting residential garbage, recycling or bulky items on May 29. Monday residential collection will move to Tuesday, and Tuesday to Wednesday. There will be no change to commercial collections.
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Wednesday, May 17
LARGO - At the end of a recent budget discussion with city commissioners, OMB Manager Meridy Semones closed with a thought that city and county officials throughout the state are probably thinking right now.

“It’s safe to say that it’s going to be a challenging budget year,” she said.
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LARGO - During a debate over proposed regulations for facilities that dispense medical marijuana May 16, some commissioners felt the city was allowing too many and some felt it was allowing too few.

When the discussion ended, five out of the seven city commissioners decided the new rules were good enough for now and adopted the ordinance on second and final reading. Commissioners Curtis Holmes and Jamie Robinson voted against it, each citing different reasons.
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LARGO - The city of Largo’s Parks Division was the first city in the Tampa Bay area to introduce 500 air potato leaf beetles to several parks in the fall of 2015 to combat the invasive air potato vine.

According to Greg Brown, superintendent of parks, the beetles are getting the job done.

More than 15 percent of McGough Nature Park was once infested with air potato vines, which are highly invasive, growing up to 70 feet a year and can shade out native plants.
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LARGO - Largo Public Library will partner with Pinellas County Schools to host a Summer BreakSpot at the library starting Wednesday, May 31.

Each summer, the district’s Food Service Department provides breakfast, lunch and/or an afternoon snack to the children of Pinellas County at no charge. Library staff will monitor food orders, trying to coincide with the Summer Reading Programs for children and teens. School food service staff will be on site to serve the food.
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Wednesday, May 10
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LARGO - On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany to enter World War I. At the time, Worth Edward Johnson was a 15-year-old student at Largo High School. He was a member of the Packers’ band and played the cornet.

Six days later, he was no longer just a boy who played an instrument for the school band. He was a soldier in the U.S. Army who played the bugle for the 54th Infantry Regiment of the 6th Division.

He was deployed to France and as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces, the first group of soldiers in U.S. history sent abroad to defend a foreign country, he fought alongside French and British troops.
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LARGO - Calling 911 isn’t the only way to reach out to the police department anymore.

A new smartphone app unveiled by the Largo Police Department allows residents quick access to a variety of features that aim to make the life of citizens and officers easier.

“With technology becoming more and more mobile, we hope to offer more mobile solutions to the citizens,” Officer Jennifer Renault said. “We anticipate this will open the sharing of more information between the police and citizens we serve. We want citizens to feel more involved with what is happening in the community.”
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LARGO - Largo-based Anvil Paints & Coatings Inc. recently joined the John R. Burt Enterprises family of companies.

Since 1967, Anvil has been an industry-leading manufacturer of premium quality coatings and specialty paints, offering a variety of products for industrial roofs, concrete surfaces, wall textures and other surfaces. Anvil’s line of liquid roof coating products enhances the extensive collection of commercial roofing solutions provided by sister company Duro-Last, Inc., offering customers a variety of additional options dedicated to roof maintenance and upkeep.
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LARGO - John E. Diller, 87, of Largo, Florida, passed away on April 26, 2017.

John was born on May 16, 1929 in Naperville, Illinois and was a 1946 NCHS graduate, attended North Central College and served six years in the Illinois National Guard.
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Wednesday, May 3
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LARGO - As the legislative session winds down, Gov. Rick Scott set off on a last-minute tour of 10 cities May 3 in a bid to save funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, two economic development organizations he says are vital to the state’s growth.

The tour, however, might have truly kicked off May 2 in northeast Largo, where he announced that IT firm Vology would be creating an additional 200 jobs during the next four years.

In front of a group of the firm’s young employees, Scott said Vology, which was approved for $255,000 in incentives through Enterprise Florida in 2015, is proof the programs work.
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LARGO - While the state and county grapple with the proper way to regulate facilities that dispense medical marijuana, Largo city leaders decided to cautiously proceed with an amended version of their own ordinance May 2 during a meeting of the City Commission.

They hope, however, the county will create some guidelines before they have to vote on it again May 16.
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LARGO - Largo became the center of a debate about gay rights in 2007 when the City Commission terminated then-City Manager Steve Stanton’s contract shortly after revealing his plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery and become Susan Stanton.

City Commissioner Michael Smith says Largo has come a long way since then and two honors bestowed upon him in April prove that he’s working to keep it going in the right direction.

Equality Florida, a statewide organization advocating for gay and lesbian rights, presented Smith with the Voice for Equality Award in front of hundreds of supporters at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
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LARGO - The city of Largo’s Medical Arts District Master Plan won first place in the Economy and Energy category of the 25th annual Future of the Region Awards held by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.

Mayor Woody Brown, the City Commission, consultant CGA Solutions, Largo Medical Center officials, and city staff attended the Future of the Region Awards Breakfast on April 28 to accept the recognition honoring a notable achievement in regional planning.
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Wednesday, April 26
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LARGO - Few people love the sport of hockey as much as Danielle Faries. She’s a goalie who never met a game of hockey she didn’t like.

She plays in the Florida Women’s League, she plays with men’s teams and she travels across the state regularly to play with a team based in Fort Lauderdale.

Faries, 31, began playing hockey when she was 13. She started because she couldn’t resist what she saw.

“I remember watching hockey on TV and thought goalies looked cool,” she said. “There was an outdoor rink near where I lived in Largo so I began playing roller hockey, and then when I went to college I played ice hockey.”
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LARGO - “My gender was a hindrance.” That is a tough statement from a woman who has been fighting the good old boys’ network for more than three decades.

Maureen Sharkey, 55, owns and operates Pinellas Rubber Stamps in Largo. She took over the business from her father 35 years ago. It was in that reminiscing that she recalled her gender being a hindrance.

“I remember going to trade shows and trying to buy equipment and they always wanted to talk to my husband,” she said. “It was the old boys’ network. That was a bit of a challenge but I stuck with it, nothing is going to stop me.”
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