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Celebrating love, marriage, contributions to the arts

Published April 25, 2007


Bernard and Joan Maher reaffirmed their vows on March 23 in commemoration of their 50th wedding anniversary before the Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Parsch, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Clearwater.

The ceremony was followed by a dinner at Bon Appetit Restaurant in Dunedin with their son Brian, of Miami, and Kathleen, of College Park, Md.

The Mahers were married March 23, 1957 in a candlelight ceremony at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Rochester, N.Y.

Most of their working careers were spent in Washington D.C., with Bernard employed as a procurement manager for the Department of Defense, and Joan working as a registered nurse on the staff of The Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

The Mahers retired to Palm Harbor in 1987 and became involved in the community. Joan volunteers with church groups, the garden club, All Children's Hospital Guild, Palm Harbor Women in Networking Group and as a Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Volunteer. Bernard volunteered as a small business counselor with the Service Corps of Retired Executives where he also served as an executive board member. He participated as a senior arbitrator for the West Florida Better Business Bureau and Lemon Law disputes. He likes to swim, play golf, take occasional classes and attend NASCAR and IRL events.

Both Joan and Bernard enjoy traveling and spend time in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. They plan to visit the Dominican Republic with their children later this year.

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Dick and Jane Wilhour celebrated 60 years of marriage on April 5, 2007 at a family dinner.

The Wilhours were married in Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury, Pa., in 1947.

An Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Rick had seven overseas tours of duty and earned the rank of major. He actively served in the Army Engineers from 1939 to 1960, and after retiring, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 1962, and a master's degree from Bloomsburg University six years later. He taught business education at Boca Ciega High School and was head of the business department there until 1977.

Jane worked for the U.S. Employment Service in Pennsylvania before becoming a homemaker in 1947. She has been an active church member.

Dick is a member of the Mason's Oregon Military Lodge, American Legion Turner Brandon Post 7, Society of American Military Engineers and National retired Teacher's Association.

Jane is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 266 and American Legion Auxiliary Post 201.

The Wilhours have a son, Rick of Tampa, a daughter, Debra Skandera of Palm Harbor, and a grandson, Richard Skandera.

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George Feaster received the National Society of Arts and Letters' 2007 Community Award for his many contributions to the arts April 14 at an annual awards luncheon at the Belleair Country Club.

The award, presented by the society's Clearwater-Tampa Bay area chapter, has been given each year since 1971 to an individual or organization for outstanding support of the arts. Previous recipients have included Gus Stavros, Fred Fisher, Larry Dimmitt and Dan Carlisle,

Feaster, who established Feaster funeral homes in Largo in 1963, recently chaired the "Lighting Up For the Arts" which brought $2-million to the Largo. He has served on many civic and community programs, as well as bank boards, since moving to the city in 1956 from New Jersey.

For information or an anniversary form, call 727 445-4221. To submit an item to Good for You, write to Nova Beall, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax to (717) 441-4119, or e-mail

[Last modified April 24, 2007, 22:20:31]

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