Kristen Hare, Times Staff Writer

Kristen Hare

Times Staff Writer

My favorite mornings are Sundays, when I take my dog, Denzel, outside and grab the Sunday newspaper. Before my two kids and husband wake up, I dive into the obits with my highlighter in search of small details that tell stories about neighbors I never got to meet. I’ve been a journalist since I was a junior in high school in Springfield, Mo. I took a two-year break after college for the Peace Corps, where I served in Guyana. Since, I’ve covered features, race, immigration, the census, aging and now local news for the Poynter Institute. I’m an author and a reader, an awful cook, a lover of pop culture, a tireless vintage shopper and a reluctant exerciser.

Photos helped WWII POW recover, so he used his camera to help other wounded vets

Bob Rans served in World War II. He lived to 98. (Image courtesy Bob Rans)
Bob Rans spent 13 months in Romania and came home to live a long, full life.

In the world of dentistry, Dr. Peter Dawson was a rock star

Dr. Peter Dawson at a seminar. (Image courtesy The Dawson Academy)
The St. Pete native taught tens of thousands of others how to be better dentists.

Mary Margaret Winning passed out trophies at Derby Lane, but she won them for herself away from the track

Derby Lane opened about a month after Mary Margaret Winning was born. She’s pictured here in 1933 giving a trophy filled with nuts to the monkey jockey who won the race. (Photo courtesy Alexis Winning)
In St. Petersburg, she stayed busy and made her mark on society.

Dolores Castaldo made a home for people who needed one

Dolores Castaldo at Benedict Haven, the home in St. Petersburg that provided care for up to eight people with mental illness. Times (2010)
She opened Benedict Haven for her son and others with mental illness

Musician Bob Macar ‘was a pioneer in this town’

Bob Macar conducted church choirs, led bands, taught music and, in the early ’80s, put out a popular jazz album with one of his brothers. (Image courtesy Robin Macar)
He played nearly everywhere and nearly everything, drawing in others who loved music