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Good for you: Resort vacation marks 50th anniversary

By NOVA BEALL
Published August 1, 2007


Charles and Joann Tsangaris of Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor celebrated 50 years of marriage with a weeklong vacation at the Sunset Resort in Indian Rocks Beach, and on May 20, their children treated them to dinner at Salt Rock Grill.

The couple was married May 20, 1957, and moved to Tarpon Springs that same year.

He worked 32 years for the U.S. Postal Service, and she worked 20 years for the Pinellas County Tax Collector's Office.

They have three children, Dorothy Dub of Palm Harbor, Georgetta Doyle of Tarpon Springs, and George Tsangaris of Holiday, and three grandchildren, Calvin Doyle, Kristin Dub and Kayla Dub.

Branches celebrate 60 years of marriage

Erlo and Faye Branch of Dunnellon, formerly of Largo, tied the knot June 21, 1947, in Grant, Mich.

To honor their parents' 60 years together, the Branches' son, Rick, and daughters Kerry Ables and Susan Horger hosted an anniversary luncheon for their parents, friends and family June 16 at Dunnellon Square Clubhouse.

The Branches came to Largo in 1955 from Fremont, Mich., and raised their children in Largo where they attended Anona and Largo schools.

He owned Branch Lawn Service, and she worked for Frank's Department Store in downtown Clearwater and Seminole Mall.

In 1975, the couple moved to northern Florida to live on the Withlacoochee River for a number of years. They then lived in Beverly Hills before settling in Dunnellon.

Both are members of the Rainbow's End Golf Course and participate in the men's and women's golf leagues. Mr. Branch still works part-time at the Rainbow Springs Golf Club.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he played baritone sax in the Clearwater Community Band, and the couple still enjoys music and dancing.

In addition to their three children, the Branches also have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

New osteopathic physician to be intern

Rachel Epstein of Clearwater Beach was awarded the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine with highest honors May 27 from Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

The 25-year-old will intern next year at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo.

Rachel is the daughter of Dr. Joel and Diane Epstein of Oldsmar and is a 1999 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High School.

College efforts earn Phi Beta Kappa key

Tadeusz Victor Kroll graduated summa cum laude from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa., with a bachelor of arts degree in English and East Asian studies.

He was one of 40 students to earn election to Phi Beta Kappa, the highest academic honor an undergraduate student can achieve.

Kroll is the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Kroll of Tarpon Springs and is a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School.

Young Mr. Griswold goes to Washington

Countryside High School student William Griswold, 15, recently attended the 2007 Leadership University, sponsored by LeadAmerica, at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

As a high school freshman, he has an academic letter for carrying an unweighted GPA of more than 3.75, another letter for playing oboe for the Countryside concert band and a third for kicking field goals for the football team.

He also attended the city of Clearwater's Got Gov! Youth Summit for high school students.

William is a Boy Scout and member of Troop 413 in Clearwater.

And he is a member of his church's youth ministry, The Lighthouse, where he's helped build houses for the underprivileged in Tennessee, deliver clothing and toys to migrant workers in Wimauma, as well as clean local animal sanctuaries and waterways.

He is the son of Bill and Diane Griswold of Clearwater.