Vin's People: Pals started scouts in first grade

August 9, 2013 

Congratulations to Allan (AJ) Baily, William Kidd and Wyatt Lewis.

The three young men, who started as Tiger Cubs in first grade at Kinnan Elementary School, will become Eagle Scouts on Monday at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.

Troop 181 Scoutmaster Allan F. Baily, AJ's dad, will make the presentation.

An honors Braden River High School graduate, Baily earned the rank by building a bird-of-prey instructional platform at Crowley Nature Museum. He'll go to the University of Florida.

Also a Braden River grad, Kidd built a seeing eye dog training platform for Southeast Guide Dogs. He'll attend State College of Florida.

Lewis upgraded a playground for South Trail Church of Christ, adding safety features and sustainable landscaping. He is a Braden River senior.

The trio previously earned the Arrow ofLight, Scouting's highest award.

• Ellie Ohlman is 21 Aug. 14.

How will the birthday girl spend the big day?

At McKechnie Field, no doubt, watching the Bradenton Marauders, for whom boyfriend Zac Fuesser is a pitcher, as they host the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Think Ellie's going to receive a crowd serenade of "Happy Birthday" led by the one and only Marty the Marauder.

• Aaron Lenox is one lucky young man.

The Bradenton Christian School and Furman University graduate was seated in a cafe on Venice Beach about 200 feet from where that hit-and-run driver killed one and injured 11 last Sunday in California.

Lenox just spent ayear working in New Zealand and Australia and what a memorable year it was.

He jumped from an airplane at 14,000 feet, dove into Australia's Shark Bay, swam along the Great Barrier Reef and bungee jumped in Java.

Most amazing?

Lenox climbed in a cage with a Bengal tiger in Thailand -- and lived to tell about it.

• Linda Boone is 39. Again.

• Big ups to Wyatt McLeod, the Lakewood Ranch High School tight end who verbally committed to Miami University of the Mid-American Conference.

Not only is Miami tradition-rich academically and athletically, but it has to be the prettiest college campus in Ohio.

• Jessica Lee Eldridge-Moore, a supervising RN at Brookdale Senior Living, is 25.

• Braden River sophomore Cory Bolles took

the bronze in the Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 world competition in Washington, D.C. He was the lone American among the nine finalists.

More than 344,000 candidates from 90 countries entered the competition.

• The Krewe of Jolly Rogers and Barefoot Tiki Bar are collecting school supplies and gently used children's clothing to give to Turning Points for Manatee County's estimated 1,684 homeless students.

Donations can be dropped off at Barefoot Tiki, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Or Turning Points, 701 17th Ave. W,, Bradenton.

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

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