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Couple celebrates 65th anniversary

By Nova Beall, Times Staff Writer
Published February 27, 2008


Marion and Evelyn Musselman of Dunedin were married on Valentine's Day 1943 in Battle Creek, Mich., where he was stationed while in the Army Air Forces. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a quiet, romantic lunch for two.

The couple came here in 1983 from Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Musselman is a retired plumber, and Mrs. Musselman worked in the medical field and retired as a physician's assistant.

These days, he is an avid gardener, while she is a seamstress, quilter and collector of buttons, dolls and miniatures.

Together, they have built and furnished a classic Federal-style 14-room dollhouse with miniatures, including Mr. Musselman's handcrafted copper wash boiler and teapot, and intricately crafted rugs by Mrs. Musselman.

The Musselmans have two daughters, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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James and Dorothy Lavelle of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this month with 15 family members on a seven-day cruise to the western Caribbean.

The Lavelles were married Jan. 31, 1948, in New York City's Incarnation Roman Catholic Church. They came here in May 1991 from City Island in Bronx, N.Y.

Mr, Lavelle worked 42 years in the trust department of the Bank of New York and retired as a trust officer. Mrs. Lavelle was a secretary at Midtown Financial Office.

They are members of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater. They also are enthusiastic volunteers at Morton Plant Hospital; he has 4,000 hours to his credit and she has 5,500.

The couple have five children, seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Robert Wiley is an Eagle Scout at 13

Robert S. Wiley of Palm Harbor earned his Eagle Scout ranking Nov. 12, 2007, at the age of 13, and was given his award the evening of Feb. 2 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Dunedin.

A member of Troop 434, Robert built a butterfly garden on the kindergarten playground of Lake St. George Elementary School in Palm Harbor as his community service project. The job, which involved irrigation, laying sod, installing trellises, plantings, signs and butterfly artwork, took 460 volunteer hours to complete.

At Carwise Middle School, Robert has been on the honor roll and principal's list and is first chair trombone in the school band.

Robert is the son of Jim Wiley and Celeste Segredo of Tierra Verde, and Barry and Jayne Dowdy of Palm Harbor.

Standout volunteer, 11, receives an award

For his involvement with the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 11-year-old Ishan Mandani of Dunedin received a Youth Activism Award in January from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C.

Ishan has shared his time and savings with hospice patients, the seniors program of "Friend to Friend" at Mease Dunedin Hospital, and has pledged to collect $5,000 toward disaster relief to help the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Red Cross. His efforts have earned him the Presidential Service Award two years in a row for volunteering more than 100 hours in various non-profit institutions.

Ishan, who has been to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, has been invited to join People to People Leadership Ambassador Program to Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands this summer.

He is a sixth grade student at Safety Harbor Middle School and is a member of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim Community.

He is the son of Nuruddin and Nisha Mandani of Dunedin, formerly of India, and the brother of Irfan Mandani, a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

To submit an item, write to Nova Beall, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax to 727 445-4119 or e-mail Good For You includes news of 50th wedding anniversaries, people celebrating their 100th birthday (or more) and young people's noteworthy achievements academically, in the arts or community service. For information or an anniversary form, call (727) 445-4221.

[Last modified February 26, 2008, 22:12:54]

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