LARGO - The Haskell family, owners of Pellon Consumer Products, has been in the fabric and textile industry for four generations.
“This dates back to when my great-grandfather was selling war patches to the government during World War II,” explained Cris Haskell, CEO of the company, which recently moved its headquarters to Largo.
The business expanded into Dubin Haskell Jacobson, or DHJ, a publicly traded international company selling “non-wovens” to the apparel industry. DHJ was sold in the 1970s, but “non-wovens” still describe what the Haskell family manufactures and distributes within the craft and home goods markets.
LARGO - Largo’s next mayor and the commissioners in Seats 1 and 6 might already be decided, if no one else declares intentions to run before the qualifying period ends Aug. 15.
Only two of the five seats to be decided in the Nov. 4 election are contested so far, with two political newcomers squaring off for an empty seat and another new candidate facing off against longtime incumbent Harriet Crozier for Seat 5.
But so far, Woody Brown, who has been a Largo commissioner since 2007, is the only declared candidate for mayor. Former Largo police chief John Carroll is the sole candidate in the seat Brown is vacating. And Michael Smith, vying for his second term as Largo commissioner, also has no opponent.
LARGO - Largo police arrested Charles Michael Yantis, 24, of Largo July 26 for second-degree murder in the investigation of a fatal stabbing that occurred July 25.
Police responded to an apartment complex at 4500 E. Bay Drive at 5:38 p.m. Friday. Neighbors called to report that a fight had taken place, leaving one man bleeding. Officers who responded found Marvin Neil Haddock, 26, dead.
According to witnesses, a verbal argument began outside of the apartment. Yantis reportedly told Haddock to step inside. Both continued to argue, challenging each other to a physical confrontation, according to a police report.
LARGO - The second anniversary of the Barley Mow Brewing Company July 19 was a testament to the success of a business with humble beginnings, at a time when the business is expanding.
The brewery, at 518 West Bay Drive, began in a home, when Jay and Colleen Dingman started brewing beer for their personal consumption. And while home brewing is fairly common, the growth of the resulting business however is not.
LARGO - About 100 guests attended the inaugural Chef’s Showcase, a culinary extravaganza at the Royal Palms in Largo July 17, to help raise more than $6,000 in scholarships for youth caregivers.
The Goodman Group, developer and manager of The Palms of Largo campus, hosted the event featuring eight well-known Florida chefs from company’s managed senior living communities in Largo, Naples and Spring Hill. These chefs conducted lively cooking demonstrations and food samplings to help raise money for the Caregivers Support Network, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to youth caregivers.
LARGO - East Lake High School senior Eric Briggs was the featured speaker at the breakfast meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas on July 18.
Briggs spoke about his project as an Eagle Scout candidate. With the help of Largo parks supervisor Greg Brown, Briggs constructed a display board on coyotes and how people should deal with them. Kiwanis club donated $100 to help defray the cost of laminating the display.
LARGO - Largo police and the city’s park supervisor say that Bayhead Action Park is safe, despite a Sunday night shooting that injured a 17-year-old.
Police responded to a call about a shooting just after 7:30 p.m. July 20 and had identified a suspect by Monday night. According to a media release, police are looking for Rion L. Schofield, 23, wanted in connection with the attempted homicide at the park, 375 Seminole Blvd. Schofield is a black male, about 5 foot 5 inches tall, 160 pounds. He wears prescription glasses.
LARGO - As of this week, Largo’s tree count is set to increase by 1,700 trees.
Aspiring Eagle Scout Orion Leavy, 15, of St. Petersburg and Mildred Helms Elementary graduate Riley Browne, 11, of Largo have taken on separate projects with similar missions: planting hundreds of trees to beautify and add more green to Largo’s landscape.
Orion’s objective is to organize enough volunteers to plant 700 trees at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve in one day, on Saturday, July 19. If there’s enough manpower, he’ll add the shell path city officials have envisioned through the area populated by the new trees.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Belleair Women’s Republican Club's candidates forum BELLEAR – A forum for candidates for circuit court judgeships and Pinellas County School Board seats will be held at The Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s monthly meeting Friday, Aug. 1, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $22. For reservations by July 29. Please call or email Pat Watts at 595-1791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Sherrie Morton at email@example.com.
Attendees can pay at the door with a check or cash. The club does not accept credit cards.
A forum featuring opposed 6th District Court judicial candidates and Pinellas County School Board candidates will be there.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Indian Shores library book sale INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book sale Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, offering books, magazines and puzzles in good condition. The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, the library staff is giving those who spend $5 an ice cream sandwich. A tall glass of lemonade will also be served to donors.
Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping ST. PETERSBURG – An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping will be presented Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
During this free two-hour program, UF/IFAS Extension agent Brian Niemann will provide information on the basics of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and composting.