by Sandy Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
Congratulations to recent high school grads Gianna Pergamo, Andrea Hawi, Andreas Lagos, Taylor Sides and Erick Richardson ... Youngsters from 4-H clubs all over the state gathered at Austin Carey Memorial Forest not long ago to compete in the State 4-H Forest Ecology Contest. Each participant was tested at six different stations to determine his/her knowledge in the areas of tree and plant identification, forest insects and diseases, map and compass, forest wildlife and forest ecology. As it turned out, all of the winners from Pinellas County are members of the Gulf Coast 4-H Club. Katelyn Garner took first place, Kailey White third place, in the Junior Individual division. In the Intermediate Individual division, Matthew Garner finished second. Katelyn and Kailey teamed up with Tricia Gellatly and Daniella Vacek-Best to win first place for Junior Teams. The Intermediate Team composed of Matthew, Hayden Anderson, Ashley Bently and Victoria Hynes took third place. Kudos to all! ... Friends of Thelma Weakland recently bid her a fond farewell at a party in her honor. Thelma is moving to the east coast of Florida ... Friends of Bea Morgan and Jean Cramer want them to know they are thinking of them and wishing them all the best ... Congratulations and best wishes to the following couples celebrating wedding anniversaries: Patricia and Christopher Ellingham (July 26); Carol and Eugene Manley, Bev and Larry Carroll (July 27); Maureen and Gene Belote, Bonnie and Larry Rosendale (July 28); Beverly and Bill Byxbee, Wendy and John Thomas (July 29); Sandy and Doug Prior, Sallie and Richard Devine (July 31) ... Belated anniversary congrats go to Anne and Austin Parsons, Claire and Dick Wolkind, Connie and Frank Mudano, Sally and Sargent Wakefield ... Did you know Debra Carter, Paula Adcock, Paula Hern, Sherry Conte, Rebecca Enos, Robert Weems, actress Sandra Bullock, actor Kevin Spacey and musician Mick Jagger turn a year older today, July 26? Bullock is 43, Spacey 48. It's birthday #64 for Jagger ... Friends and relatives will be singing "Happy Birthday" tomorrow to Brenda Hiers, Dorothy Steele, Pembe Bekiri, Lucy Hopman, Donna Gibson, Preston Pierce, Diana Baker and Roy Pabst. Olympic gold medalist skater Peggy Fleming and Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez also have birthdays that day. Fleming will be 59, Rodriguez 32 ... The birthdays of Ginny Cyphert, Diane Young, Linda Vierk, Jack McWhirter, Alexandria Babnik, Janet Ladd, Robert Smoak, Tyler Cauthern, Leonor Feibert, Donald Rath, John Fisher and William Witcher are coming up on Saturday, when Basketball Hall of Famer and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley turns 64 ... Sunday brings the birthdays of Leo Coughlin, Jean Witcher, Joan Crook, Ginny Baird, Katie Foster, Margie Rieske, Chris Koberna, William Turnbull, Matthew Weyant, Kyle Owens, Loraine Jokel, Michelle Ladd, Clayton Pruitt and country singer Martina McBride, who will be 41 ... Bring out the cake and ice cream on Monday for Jessica Griffin, Missy Arndt, Jane Velotte, Carlen Petersen, Phyllis Brooks, Violet Young, Tom Tracy and Peter Jones. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, actress Delta Burke and actress Lisa Kudrow are among the celebrities with birthdays that day. It's birthday #60 for Schwarzenegger ... J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, will be 42 on Tuesday. Locals celebrating birthdays that day are Caroline Stills, Heather Wilson, Liz Carr, Diane Cox, William Wiand and Riann Arnold ... Be sure to wish Raelene Hawi, Charrie Moscardini, Debbie Fox, Bill Parker, Karen Davis, Megan Lane and Robert Bentley all the best on their special day, which is coming up on Wednesday ... A little bird told us the following persons recently had birthdays: Evelyn Brady, Barbara Emery, Tom Crook, Susy Grandusky, Kathy Riggs, Drina Meyer, Cheri Kohler, Ashley Ellingham, Gwen Counts, Clair Wible, Aida Register, Lindsay Lea and Maureen Strickland ... Hope all of our readers are having a great summer.