Vin's People: Employers, agencies, VA to be present

September 6, 2013 

If you're a veteran or know one who is looking for work, job training or assistance, then don't forget Saturday's big event hosted by Goodwill Manasota.

It's the Veterans & Their Families Job & Services Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota. There will be 43 employers and 38 service agencies on hand.

The Veterans Affairs will also be there. Call Christopher Davis at 941-359-0520 or 941-840-4503 for details.

• Lloyd and Nancy Grantham are wed 60 years. The anniversary was Thursday, but Team Grantham celebrated in their hometown, Chardon, Ohio, last July.

• Andrea Teves Smith will be sworn in as a 10th Circuit Court judge in Lakeland on Sept. 12. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Manatee High, where she was a Hurricane cheerleader.

• Lt. Michael Foust has been promoted to lieutenant commander at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Wesley and Sharon are proud parents.

• Speaking of our veterans, Donald Thompson is 100 years young.

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee celebrated the milestone in style for its Daybreak Adult Day Care Center client Wednesday at Renaissance on 9th.

In addition to countless hugs and kisses, the birthday boy received a Donald Thompson Day proclamation from County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, a Congressional letter of congrats by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, and a Florida House of Representatives proclamation arranged by state Rep. Jim Boyd.

Activity coordinator Thylla Thomas and Daybreak Adult Day Care services manager Gene Chilton presented the new centenarian with a huge cake.

Thompson was a World War II Navy crewman who saw combat in the Pacific, enjoys card playing, western novels and has been a Meals on Wheels PLUS client since 2005.

• Tee it up for F.E.L.T's second annual Golf Classic to help feed empty little tummies of our homeless school children, Sept. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Registration is 7:30 a.m. Call Jane Evers at 747-8804. Or email

• Garrett Waiters is a sophomore walk-on at Bethune Cookman University. The ex-Manatee Hurricane, a cog in the offensive line for the 2011 state champs, transferred from Defiance College, a D-III program in Ohio.

Those road trips got a whole lot shorter for parents Kathy and Frank and brother Chris.

Bethune (1-0) hosts Virginia Union in Saturday's home opener in Daytona Beach.

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

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