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Largo Leader
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Largo Fire Rescue introduces eight new firefighters Oct. 21, including, from left, EMTs Dan Keefe, Nick Pluscht, Craig Braun, Paramedic Thomas Enright, Skyler Phillips, Anthony Ketterer and EMTs James Flowers and Kyle Parker.
Largo Municipal Election
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LARGO - The difference between the candidates for Largo’s Seat 1 comes down to the intensity of their priorities.

For political newcomer Bronson Oudshoff, 36, who works as a clinical research coordinator, the limited role of government should stay focused on beefing up the police and fire departments.

“If everything’s a priority, then you don’t really have a priority,” he said.
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LARGO - The candidates for Largo’s Seat 2 both said their campaigns began at a eureka moment - a sudden realization that they were qualified and capable of becoming a Largo commissioner, backed by a desire to make a difference in their community.

For Daniel Ruffner, a longtime Largo resident with a 30-year career in banking and finance, the moment came at a Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce debate last year. Ruffner, 47, acted as the timer for the debate and as he listened to the candidates, realized that their qualifications did not far exceed his own.
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LARGO - Harriet Crozier says that her combined 20 years of experience as Largo commissioner and her record in helping to develop the city are excellent reasons for her to stay in office.

But for challenger Donna Holck, countering “career politicians” is one of the pillars of her campaign.

“Whether it’s big government or small government, once you are in for a long term you become complacent, you don’t always research all the facts,” Holck said. “I would have to really put effort into searching and looking at the different aspects of whatever the situation is that’s at hand.”
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LARGO - Along with electing city leaders, Largo voters will be asked to decide on eight charter amendments this election season.

The changes to the charter were born out of a now-regular process involving a citizen charter review committee. Seven members and three alternates were appointed to review the charter beginning April 2013 and suggest changes to the Largo Commission.
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LARGO - The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce invited all six candidates for Largo Commission to a lunch forum at the Royal Palms retirement community Oct. 7.

During the forum, chamber President Tom Morrissette posed two questions to each candidate on economic development and Greenlight Pinellas. Two additional questions were tailored to the candidates for each seat. For each question, the Largo Leader has highlighted the key points of each response.
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Wednesday, October 22
LARGO - Commissioners authorized the purchase of 22 cars for Largo Police Department Oct. 21, a cost that amounted to $732,800 for the vehicles and $37,400 for additional equipment.

The vehicles are 2015 Ford Utility Interceptors and replace 20 Crown Victoria cars. The cars will be painted in the new black-and-white design that Chief Jeff Undestad showed commissioners last week. The new vehicles will be almost entirely black, but will sport the same lettering and logo as the current design, over white doors.
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LARGO - Mayor Pat Gerard said her goodbyes and thanked city staff and commissioners at the conclusion of Oct. 21 commission meeting, her last as Largo mayor.

Gerard has served on the commission since April 2002. She became the city’s mayor in 2006.

In order to run for county commissioner this year, Gerard had to resign from her current post as mayor, effective prior to the Nov. 4 election - a few weeks before the newly elected commissioners will be sworn in.
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LARGO - The Largo Public Library, at 120 Central Park Drive, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary by expanding its online digitization project.

The library is seeking memorabilia to display and vintage photos of the people and places around Largo to scan and preserve in the Pinellas Memory. Items from any decade are welcome. Requested items include photographs, letters, postcards, advertising memorabilia, fliers, pamphlets, posters and event memorabilia.
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Sunday, October 19
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LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a crane accident at 9142 Dream Way in unincorporated Largo about 11:35 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.

According to the sheriff’s report, no one was injured, but a home and four vehicles sustained damage.

Deputies said Danny Tomas of Sustainable Tree Service was using a heavy-duty crane to remove a tree, which was damaged during a storm earlier in the week, on the property of Melinda Jenkins, 50, at 9115 Dream Way. When the crane began to tip over, Tomas was able to jump off and avoid injury.
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• Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Love in Action food drive
SEMINOLE – Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Love in Action food drive Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will be on the corner of 86th Avenue and 113th Street, just outside the church, to collect cans of food and nonperishable food items.

All food will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry.
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American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Circus McGurkis
ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) will host the 43rd annual Circus McGurkis peace education celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S.

For information and to register, visit www.circusmcgukis.org. ;

Circus McGurkis is a peoples’ fair focusing on peace education and service to the community with special focus on activities for children of all ages and families of all types. It features arts, crafts, music, games, and ideas that celebrate the creativity and activism that makes the community a more beautiful, loving and just place to live.

For more information, call 346-8598 or email QuakerCircusMcGurkis@gmail.com.
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Cooters Crab Fest
CLEARWATER – To celebrate the opening of stone crab season, Cooters Restaurant & Bar will host its 21st annual Crab Fest Oct. 23-26, at 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach.

The four-day big tent party will kick off Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., and will run throughout the weekend, while supplies last. Cooters’ special Crab Fest menu will feature fresh off the boat Florida stone crab, king crab, snow crab and Dungeness crab all at special reduced prices.

There also will be live music under the big tent, commemorative merchandise and drink specials.

Cooters’ Crab Fest is a family friendly event and there is no cover charge. Valet parking will be available.  Visit Cooters.com.
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Customer Appreciation Celebration
PALM HARBOR – The Brooker Creek Publix store, 36301 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will include food and wine tastings, and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Fall festival
LARGO – A fall festival will be presented Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9530 Starkey Road.

The free event will feature live music, games, bounce houses, face painting, hayrides and lunch. Visit aldersgate.com.
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Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
SEMINOLE – The Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch will be presented Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 10891 102nd Ave.

Activities will include the annual pumpkin patch, free food, carnival games, crafts, fire and sheriff vehicles, bounce house, martial arts demo, bicycle giveaway and more.

Admission is free. Pumpkin sales support the church’s youth mission trips. For information, call 391-4644 or visit mygoodshepherd.net.
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Friends of the Clearwater Library book sale
CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Public Library is having its annual fall book sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. The books will be of all genres.  
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Halloween Spooktacular
LARGO – This year’s Halloween Spooktacular event will be Saturday, Oct. 25, 2 to 10 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.

This widely popular, family-friendly event includes fun and games for kids 14 and younger. Enjoy music, concessions, bounce houses, a petting zoo and strolling entertainment in this great event for the whole family.

Join thousands of families as they walk the free trick-or-treat trail from 2 until 6 p.m. The trail will end promptly at 6 p.m., so based on the number of patrons waiting, the line could be cut off earlier than 6 p.m.

Wristbands, for children 14 and under that want to participate in the activities outside of the trick or treat path, will go on sale starting Wednesday, Oct. 1. They cost $5 for Largo recreation cardholders or $6 without a card. Wristbands are $7 on day of event. Parents do not need wristbands.

Limited on-site parking will be available for $5. Park for free and walk from Everest University and Largo Middle School.

Call 587-6740, ext. 5014.
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Island Chapel Harvest Festival
TIERRA VERDE – The Island Chapel, located at 1271 Pinellas Bayway in Tierra Verde, will present its Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, 4 to 6 p.m.

The free event will feature balloon creations, games and prizes, pony rides, fishing, apple bobbing and hot dogs and drinks.

Call 866-7362 or visit www.theislandchapel.org.
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