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Army Spec. Devonn J. Riley-Parnell has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base in Afghanistan to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Riley-Parnell, who has served in the military for three years, is a signal support systems specialist assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

She is the daughter of Jennifer Riley of Palm Harbor and Marcellus Miles of Largo. The specialist is a 2008 graduate of Bayside High School, Clearwater.

Army Pfc. Benjamin P. Wallis graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Wallis, a 2011 graduate of Dunedin High School, is the son of Brenda Wallis of Dunedin.

Air National Guard Airman Jacob M. Trentadue graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Trentadue is the son of Tim Trentadue and Georgia Goddard, both of Palm Harbor. †††† He is a 2011 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.

Christopher Dy of Tarpon Springs was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for the AcademyHealth Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy. Dy is a Health Services Research Fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where he will complete a residency in orthopedic surgery in June 2014.

He is among six recipients of the scholarship, which allowed them to participate in the 2013 National Health Policy Conference last month in Washington, D.C. At the event, administration and state officials, industry leaders, researchers and policy professionals came together to share their insights on the nationís health policy priorities for the year ahead.

AcademyHealth is a national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research and the professionals involved in this important work.

Dy, who was chosen from more than 60 applicants for the scholarship, received a Doctor of Medicine degree, a Master of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami.

Artists from the Professional Association of Visual Artists are exhibiting varied media visual art at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. The featured artists are: John Greco, Ron Lowe, Veronica Stewart and Joseph N. Walles, photography; Ron Brischetto, Susan Rollins Gehring, Rebecca Skelton and Denis Gaston, paintings; Debra Weible, watercolor; Melissa Miller Nece, colored pencil; Eric Folsom, metal work and Debra K. Mixon, printmaking.

The artists were selected by a panel of their PAVA peers.†The artwork is available for purchase and may be viewed during scheduled performances in the hallís upper east and west galleries through May 31.

The Tarpon Springs Princess Chasco Chapter DAR†presented a Certificate of Award on behalf of the Flag of the United States of America Committee of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the Tarpon Springs Branch of Hancock Bank on March 1 for the proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the American flag.


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