Vin's People: Manatee High dance team seeks another top 10 finish

February 1, 2013 

Good luck to the Manatee High School Sugar 'Canes, who will put their best foot forward this weekend at the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship at Disney World.

Director Amber Platowski's dancers will compete in varsity high kick against 23 other squads from the U.S.

The Sugar 'Canes took ninth in the nation last year in this category.

Prelims are Saturday at Disney's Hollywood Studios; and finals, Sunday at Wide World of Sports.

Led by captain Rachel Schmitt and co-captain Margarida Phelan, they are Whitney Barnes, Holly Braxton, Cierra Cydrus, Brianna DiTommaso, Julie Ann Galati, Amanda Grooms, Alyssa Kopinsky, Alessandra Krause, Elly Kretchman, Sarah Melancon, Alivia Murdoch, Marissa Pace, Rachel Rothfeld, Callee Sandberg, Allegra Smart, Sarah Smith, Lucie Walsh, Jennifer Walstad and Madeline Wasser.

n Speaking of Manatee, the Hurricanes 14th annual Baseball Steakout & Reunion is 5-9 p.m. tonight at Manatee High, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton.

Call head coach Dwayne Strong at 941-725-2293, or coach Bruce Braithwaite at 941-720-9224.

n Attention Golden Herald Awards hopefuls. Applications are due Feb. 15 and interview day at the Herald is April 6.

For more details, email Jill McGarry at

n Linda O'Connor-Levy, assistant director/outreach coordinator for the Manatee County Library, is retiring Feb. 8.

She has been a librarian more than 40 years in Tampa and Manatee.

n Joe and Juanita Anderson are wed 69 years.

n A warm Manatee County welcome to Michael Grandillo, 15th president of Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wis., He's here for an alumni luncheon Feb. 7 at the Riverside Cafe.

n Ole Miss punter Chris Conley has a tough assigment Sunday. The ex-Manatee Hurricane will be at the Super Bowl as part of the on-field security detail for the New Orleans Saintsations cheerleaders.

n Circuit Court Judge Gilbert Smith will sign his new book, "Lawyers and Legends of Manatee County," today at Council's, 536 12th St. W., Bradenton, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. n Angelina Trespalacious of the Verandas at Riverfront is 100 years young.

n Demetrios' is holding a spaghetti fundraiser for one of its own 5-9 p.m. Monday.

Chef Sergio Valdez,

a husband and father of three, was injured in a car accident while driving folks to Miami as a favor and will be out of work for a few months.

A $10 donation gets you spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, Greek salad, soft drink and the gratuity.

The restaurant is donating all the food and the staff, their time.

Call Demetrios' at 941-758-6478.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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