VIN'S PEOPLE: Possum cops get grandma early present

May 28, 2010 

Jeanette Frint’s 77th birthday present came early, courtesy of Holmes Beach’s finest.

Grandma went for a morning swim the other day and — eek! — a rat was doing the backstroke in her pool.

Or was it a rat?

Holmes Beach Police Officers Chip Frappier and Vern McGowin responded and found it was actually a baby possum.

They extricated the critter from the pool and relocated it, much to the birthday girl’s relief.

“Possum patrol is just one of our many functions,” said Chief Jay Romine.

n Oh, no! Brian Kalmbach hit the Big 4-0!

Daughter Shelby, an MHS junior, is 17.

Cheers from Ella Mae Kalmbach.

n Jim Boyd played second fiddle for a moment at Dick Vitale’s V Foundation Gala last Friday night, taking a picture of his beaming wife Sandy with Kenny Chesney.

n Speaking of Dickie V, he and wife Lorraine are wed 39 years.

n Palmetto High’s varsity cheerleaders are Alex Bryant, Brooke Bustle, Kasanee Gavin, Desiree Greico, Brittany Guidry, Katryna Gwynn, Charkya Hudson, Allison Humphrey, Taylor Johnson, Mattea Kirlangitis, Alexandria Lindsey, Jayla Lovett, Kasie Meisch, Gabrielle Parpard, Amanda Robertson, Hannah Rowland, Ellie Sharp, Baylee Sawdy, Sirrkia Webster and Alyssa Ziegler.

n Chris Manring, USF Sarasota/Manatee’s assistant director of communications-marketing, is 29.


n Siblings Aaron Knowles and Leah (Knowles) Brown had a big day at University of Phoenix commencement.

The married father of three little girls got his doctorate in business management and the November bride got her bachelor’s in business management.

Proud parents are Sherry and Mike.

n Shake Pit’s Michelle Grantham is 21.

n John and Melba Coe observed their 68th anniversary in unique fashion May 18, undergoing total hip replacements at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Patrick Grablin did the honors.

n Out of Door Academy’s Marina Kyte is “Sweet 16” Tuesday.

Cheers from Dawn and Ollie.

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