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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
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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
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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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• Sunday, April 20, 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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Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
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Corey Fresh Market
ST. PETE BEACH - Corey Fresh Market every Sunday October through May, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 300 block of Corey Avenue in  St. Pete Beach. Corey Fresh Market hosts an average of 50 local vendors, offering roduce, flowers/plants, arts/crafts, specialty foods, live music, special appearances. Free admission and parking. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778.
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Purple Haze 420 outdoor party
MADEIRA BEACH – Purple Haze Tobacco and Accessories plans a 420 customer appreciation party Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at its Madeira Beach store at 15026 Madeira Way.  

The outdoor event features live music all day long by the Chocolate Mushroom Gravy Band and Jahfari. Admission and parking is free.  

All ages are welcome. There will also be food and drinks and a glass-blowing exhibition.  

For more information, call 400-5276.
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• Monday, April 21, 2014
Republican Club of Greater Largo meeting
LARGO – Barb Haselden spokesman for No Tax For Tracks will be the guest speaker at the Republican Club of Greater Largo’s monthly meeting Monday, April 21, 6 p.m., in the banquet room of Alfano’s Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road.  

No Tax For Tracks is a group of Pinellas County residents who oppose the Greenlight Pinellas sales tax increase referendum. Among the issues to be discussed will be a call for an investigation by Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, into whether a Pinellas County transit agency broke the law by using taxpayer dollars to promote the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit plan.  

Reservations are suggested by calling 593-1700.

For more about the Republican Club of Greater Largo, visit www.largorepublicans.com.
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.  Guests are welcome. The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.  Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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SPIRIT FM, Chick-fil-A blood drive
SPIRIT FM 90.5 and Chick-fil-A have teamed up save lives by sponsoring the Grill & Chill blood drive, set for Monday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at select freestanding Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurants.  

All lifesaving donors will receive a coupon for their choice of a free Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich or eight-count grilled chicken nuggets, plus a free three-count Chick-n-Mini’s coupon.

In addition, donors will receive two vouchers each for a free movie ticket, a Grill & Chill oven mitt as well as a wellness check-up or blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.  

Participating area Chick-fil-A restaurants include Pinellas Park, 111 Park Blvd.; Oldsmar, 3740 Tampa Road; St. Pete Beach, 4623 Gulf Blvd.; St. Petersburg, 2471 Tyrone Blvd.; Clearwater, 2516 Gulf to Bay Blvd. and Largo, 10075 Ulmerton Road.  

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For information, visit www.oneblood.org or call 800-682-5663.
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• Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
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Florida native trees
ST. PETERSBURG – The Garden Club of St. Petersburg presents Florida native trees Tuesday, April 22, 1 p.m., at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S. Presented by the Jungle and Green Fingers

Circles of the club, the program will feature guest speaker Tim Murray, an ISA Certified Arborist from Murray Tree Service. Murray will discuss Florida native trees and explain how to recognize and treat tree diseases.

For information, call 381-8920 or visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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