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Bergman wins Cypress Woods Teacher Award

By TIMES WIRES
Published December 17, 2006


One highlight of last week's Cypress Woods Elementary School holiday concert was the announcement of the school's teacher of the year for the 2006-07 school year. Tracie Bergman, 30, teaches fourth grade. Parents of current and former students gave her a glowing nomination. Then a committee interviewed Bergman and chose her as the best of the best.

Learn how animals adapt to the cold

Ever wonder how wildlife survives when it's cold? The Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, has a program for you from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. In Beyond Pinellas - Winter Animals, education center staff will look at the seasonal changes that affect wildlife as well as plants and people. The session will explore how animals must adapt to changing food and weather patterns to survive the winter months. The program is free and for all ages, but registration is required. Call (727) 453-6800.

Skating Club gets lifesaving device

Saving Young Hearts and Oldsmar Fire Rescue presented an automated external defibrillator to the Tampa Bay Skating Club last week. Saving Young Hearts, a nonprofit that promotes awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in children and young adults, says that more than 450,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest each year, 14,000 of them children. Rapid treatment with an automated external defibrillator, a device that sends an electrical shock to the heart, can be lifesaving. An anonymous donor paid for the defibrillator, the skating club's first. To learn more about Saving Young Hearts of Ocoee, go to www.saving younghearts.com.

Kiwanis offers 2007 coupon book

If you need a last-minute gift, consider buying a 2007 Entertainment Book from the Palm Harbor Kiwanis Club for $25. Money raised goes toward the club's charity work with children. Call Matt Fishel at (727) 366-0125, Alicia Phidd at (727) 785-9400, Chuck Winscott at (813) 833-5511 or Nate Middleton at (727) 785-2576.

Your bone marrow could save his life

A drive to recruit potential bone marrow donors is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 13225 118th St. The drive is being organized to help patients like Joseph Grimsley, a Largo man who suffers from acute myelogenous leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. African-Americans represent just 10 percent of the more than 6-million people on the national bone marrow donor registry. Getting on the donor list has become almost painless in recent years. Now, a swab of the inside of the cheek is taken and the processed DNA is put on a list. If a match is likely, the potential donor would then go for further testing to ensure a genetically compatible match. To learn more about the drive, call the church at (727) 585-9080 or Ethel Grimsley at (727) 539-1566.