Vin's People: Cranky payment machine being replaced

August 23, 2013 

Folks who use the Downtown Bradenton Parking Garage have horror stories about the temperamental machine at the exit that takes their money.

Some of the time.

It was a regular occurrence to see aggravated drivers fussing with the machine in the bowels of the parking annex at 12th Street West and Eighth Avenue West opposite the Bank of America.

Though it was supposed to accept change and $1 bills, it wasn't always so.

Quarters would drop through. Dollar bills would get spit right back.

Some folks even ended up with parking tickets.

Well, those days are almost over. Maybe.

City parking officials said the machine is being replaced.

Suggestion: Make it credit- or debit-card friendly, please.

• That's 70 years of wedded bliss for Bill and Dot Nuttle. They moved to Bradenton in 1947 from Baltimore and still live in the house he built on Riverview Boulevard.

• When Manatee County farming patriarch Jim Hunsader passed last Saturday, Marie Gentle reminisced about good times shared by their families.

Especially the annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival.

"Cathy (Hunsader) Raye was our neighbor whose boys grew up with ours until high school," Marie wrote. "I always knew it was festival time when I saw Cathy and the boys crossing the yard with poster board and markers for me to draw all the signs to sell Coke and bakery items. I even drew the logo for the tomato boxes. That was way, way back in the day.

"That festival has exploded over the years. I'm sure the Hunsader brothers were always so proud. Jim will be missed, but I'm sure (he) will still be seen in the eyes of many -- riding his tractor cart hauling his grandsons and one lanky neighbor kid across the fields!"

• The Carl Weeks Farewell Tour makes another stop 5-7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, for a retirement social.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee chief is retiring this fall.

Call Valerie Nelson at 941-761-2582 for details. Or e-mail

• Juanita Stabler is 105 years young at The Woodlands Village.

• When Superintendent Rick Mills announced plans for the Manatee County School District to begin repaying funds borrowed from district schools during the last school year, I had this image of three mob guys in his office saying, "Hey, Supe, don't forget the vig."

• Marjorie Hill, a retired longtime librarian at Manatee High School, is 75 years young.

Cheers from her family including Hiawatha Hill II, Sheila, Briana and Kyla in Atlanta; Tracy Oriyomi, Kunle, K.J. and Kayla in Atlanta; Dorothy Worrell, Shanna and Isaiah in Long Island; Jonathan and Brigitte Blackshear in Thomasville, Ga., and Christopher Hill in Palmetto.

• Officer Carl Jones is the Bradenton Police Officer of the Month.

• A bow to Katie Ciemniecki.

The Lakewood Ranch High School senior's presentation in the Leisure and Performing Arts category of the Florida 4-H State Congress took first place in Gainesville.

The subject was destined to win: Her 2012 summer trip to Ireland.

Katie went with mom, Karen, sister, Beth, and grandmother, Dea (Flynn) Letersky.

Too bad her paternal grandmother, Pat Ciemniecki, didn't go.

She was born on St. Patrick's Day.

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

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