Vin's People: Heather Hills Estate rallies 'round disabled couple

May 3, 2013 

Heather Hills Estates came to the rescue for Susie and Henry Lockwood, the disabled couple whose golf cart was stolen recently.

Fellow residents chipped in, along with mobile home park owners Chris and Rick Stephens, to buy them another one.

The couple received the wheels at an emotional presentation last Saturday morning.

"My sister came and said she was taking us shopping so it really was a surprise," Susie Lockwood said. "We're going to send out thank you cards to everybody."

Not necessary, said one of the generous donors.

"The Good Samaritan didn't walk by the injured man, but stopped and took care of him," Vi Brunner said. "So have the residents of Heather Hills Estates."

"A very happy ending," Jan Gorsuch said.

• Judge Charles Williams of Florida's 12th Judicial Circuit is the commencement speaker May 24 at New College.

• Big ups to Southeast High School FFA's Zach Butler, Kaylee Betts, Alyssa Doss and Brie-Ann Jaworowski.

They're 2013 state champs after topping a 52-team field at the recent State Vegetable Career Development Event in Gainesville.

Butler and Betts finished one-two in the competition where students had to identify:

• 65 kinds and varieties of vegetables;

• 35 harmful and beneficial insects;

• 28 different diseases that affect vegetables;

• 24 kinds of vegetable seeds; and

• 15 types of weeds.

There was also anexam with 25 multiple-choice questions relatedto Florida vegetable gardens.

Mike Buckley is the FFA adviser.

• Future Florida Gator Lauren Pierce, competing for KC & the Sunshine Dancers, took first place with her solo ballet at the Edge National Talent Competition in Winter Springs.

• Bradenton Deputy Chief of Police Keith Davis of the Bradenton Police Department is retiring after 25 years with the force.

• Lifelong pals Dan Anderson, Dr. Christopher DeGroat and Hampton Harrison ran in the recent St. Jude Country Music Marathon in the cold and rain at Nashville.

Dan's an accountant with IMG Academy. Chris just graduated from medical school at American University of Antigua and starts his residency at Jacksonville Shands Medical Center. Hampton's a financial analyst in Atlanta.

By the way, Chris's older brother, Dr. Jonathan DeGroat, also ran.

• Bayshore High junior Cas Henderson is 17. Cheers from Jimmy, Marley, Hannah, Katie, Savannah, Marilyn and Bill.

• Buffalo Creek Middle School's National Junior Honor Society seventh-grade inductees are:Logan Adams, Dale Allen, Kaitlyn Ames, Jovanna Arce, Jace Cooper, Jack Duncan, Gabryelle Francois, Logan Frasier, Samantha Gaitanis, Amanda Grimes, Abigail Holden, Kyle Johnson, Mackenzie Johnson, Haley Knight, Kyle Krage, Calen Mac-donald, Cameron Macdonald, Elanie Mason, Dalynn Massey, Amari Mitchell, Zachary Patten, Wesley Quick, Devon Stuart and Kaitlyn Woolard.

The eighth-grade inductees are: Meagen Andress, Eshaan Arora, Rachel Chandler, Nicholas Chirichigno, Eliana Davis, Kayton Fletcher, Julia Franck, Michelle Mortham, Cassidy Myers, Zachary Rodgers, Taylor Shrum, Trent Sunderman, Isabel Taylor, Rylea Trudeau and Hannah York.

Melissa Kiwacz is faculty adviser.

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

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