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Seminole Lake Rotary Club president George Bessler, right, congratulates member and past district governor Tim Schuler upon being appointed legal counsel for the district for the upcoming Rotary year, which begins July 1, at the group’s April 4 meeting.
SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters gave her State of the City address at the April 8 Seminole Council meeting, following the 2013 comprehensive annual financial report from the city’s accounting firm, Wells, Houser & Schatzel, P.A.

And the city is in good financial shape, said Peter Schatzel from WHS.

“I am pleased to say that based upon the results of fiscal year 2013 and based upon the city’s previous financial condition, that the annual financial report does reflect that you are in fact in very sound financial condition at the end of fiscal year 2013,” he said.
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SEMINOLE - Caleb Nagel, a member of Boy Scout Troop 431, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 10.

For his Eagle Scout Project, Nagel worked with Heritage Village to design and build a preparation table and cabinet for the primitive cooking area. The items were constructed from rough-cut cypress and hand-built to fit into the historical timeframe for Heritage Village. He also built a cooking fire pit, provided a safety fence, and enclosed a water source.
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Tuesday, April 8
SEMINOLE - Four German municipal staff members toured and studied Seminole and Pinellas County as guests of the City and Councilor Patricia Plantamura in March. The visit was organized through an American Council on Germany exchange program. They came for close-up looks at city and county government facilities as well as St. Petersburg College.

The annual exchange, through the John J. McCloy Fellowship in Urban Affairs, facilitates transatlantic communication about cities’ best practices. Each year, four municipal employees from the United States and four from Germany are chosen to tour several cities in each other’s countries. This was Plantamura’s chance to reciprocate after being hosted in a number of German cities in the program last October.
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SEMINOLE - City of Seminole Fire Rescue recently promoted firefighter James R. Lundh to the rank of fire lieutenant.

Lundh, a 13-year veteran of Seminole Fire Rescue, is a Florida state-certified fire inspector, fire investigator and codes officer. He is also a department Hazardous Materials technician, engine driver, squad driver, bunker gear technician, and adjunct live fire trainer.

In addition to his many fire service responsibilities, Lundh has been involved with the local community, coaching youth soccer, and volunteering for his daughter’s school, as well as being active in Firefighters Local 2896.
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SEMINOLE - Staff Sergeant Jeremy Beard, a Seminole High School graduate whose family owns Charlie and Millie’s Pizza, was presented the Audie Murphy award on March 14.

He received the award for valorous achievement during conflict with an armed enemy while assigned as a squad leader in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry regiment in PKS, Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Beard entered the Army March 15, 2007, and attended Infantry Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga.
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SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters initiated a 2014 citywide, yearlong canned food drive at the beginning of the year. Her goal is to have collected 18,739 items by the end of the year, representing one item per Seminole resident.

“Due to the generosity of our citizens and spirit of competition in the business community, and schools, the first quarter result is 7,983 collected items, which is almost 43 percent of our year-end goal,” Mayor Waters said.

She added, “We really popped the tops off the cans first quarter. Spring is in the air now, so let’s continue to fling-it, roll-’em and drop off food items at the locations listed below.”
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Monday, April 7
SEMINOLE - Three Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are credited with saving a man’s life April 6.

Deputies received a call about 9:53 a.m. about a suicidal man standing on the railing of the Bay Pines Bridge in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Sgt. Jeff Esterline initially attempted to talk the subject off the railing, but deputies said it quickly became evident that the subject intended to jump.

Cpl. James Brueckner then joined Esterline in talking to the subject and engaging him and keeping his attention. As they did this, Deputy Troy Savetz approached the subject from a blind spot and was able to grab him off the railing.
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• Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday Morning Market
TREASURE ISLAND – The annual Friday Morning Market is underway at Treasure Island Community Park and will continue through early April. The event, which features a variety of vendors, is open each Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
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Holy Friday Procession
TARPON SPRINGS – Easter weekend will begin on April 18 with the Holy Friday Procession, hosted by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  

The procession, which will begin at 8:45 p.m. and last until about 9:45 p.m,, will run along N. Pinellas Avenue, Orange Street, Ring Street and N. Tarpon Avenue, disrupting traffic on all of the roads beginning at 8 p.m.
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Military officers meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The St. Petersburg chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet for lunch Friday, April 18, at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd.  

Social hour will start at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. The speaker will be Mike Fineo. Military Officers that are retired, active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend.  

For reservations, call Bill Bolin at 584-1595.
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Overeaters Anonymous Amigos
ST. PETERSBURG – Overeaters Anonymous Amigos, a program of recovery for eating disorders, meets Fridays, 11 a.m., at Beacon House, 2151 Central Ave. The newest Pinellas OA group features a bilingual message. For information, call Margie C. at 828-9711. There are no dues or fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at
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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.   

Call 734 0757.
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VFW fish fry, bingo
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 hosts a fish/shrimp fry every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave. The post sponsors bingo each Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Bingo starts at noon. The public is invited. Call 733-6107.
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• Saturday, April 19, 2014
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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Classic car show
TIERRA VERDE – More than 100 cars will be on display Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the Tierra Verde Business Partnership plans its third annual Classic Car Show and Taste of Tierra Verde in the Tierra Verde business district at 1101 Pinellas Bayway S.  

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team. The TVBP is made up of 75 local businesses and community groups. Its mission is to support and promote existing and new businesses on Tierra Verde.  

Entry fee for the car show is $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. Cars for sale are $10 day of the show and vendor space is $25.  

For more information on the car show, call 547-8082.
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Document shredding
ST. PETERSBURG – A post-tax season document shredding event will benefit the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. The event is set for Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon, at Cummings Financial Organization, 3637 Fourth St. N.

To get these services, people are asked to bring a donation of canned goods for use by the clinic.  

Commercial shredding will not be accepted at this event, though monthly on-site pickup services are available separately through the Louise Graham Regeneration Center.
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Easter egg hunt
SEMINOLE – Seminole Fire Rescue Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N., will host its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. For more information, call 393-8711.
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