Vin's People | Infirmities won't keep couple away

October 4, 2013 

Among the folks rooting hardest for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League playoffs are Bradenton's Al and Dee Yearick, who were at PNC Park Tuesday night and will be there Sunday and Monday, depending on how the best-of-5 series goes against St. Louis.

They're Pirate skipper Clint Hurdle's in-laws. He's married to their daughter, Karla.

What makes their support even more poignant, said their son and guardian, Allen Jr., is the fact they are still with us.

Both octogenarians were seriously injured a year ago when another car hit theirs from behind at a red light.

"After all the hospitalizations, rehabilitation and mending over the past year they are ... still proud Pirate fans," Allen Jr. said. "Despite their disabilities, they wanted to be part of it and they are."

• Plum Taylor is 79 years young.

• Charmian Miller and Debbie Pinkley will be selling "AMI Day Tripper" stickers at Tarpon Pointe Grille, 801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton, 4-7 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds go to the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• Delma Deadwyler is 100 years young. And daughter, Bobbie Price, is 71 years young.

• Big ups to North River Fire Department Chief Ken Cluley, Capt. Jeff Dirling, Capt. Donald Bathje and firefighters Tony Cioni, Matt Stone and Zach Steinberg, who provided a big assist to teacher Kimberley Lough's Lincoln Middle School Urban Farm Program. They sprayed herbicides, put down weed mat, picked up soil, spread mulch and did the heavy lifting alongside Lough's students, who are building a literacy garden.

• Just for Girls Alternative School still has room for middle school students.

Call Dee Ralph at 941-722-1475 for details.

• The ageless Rusty Russell is 89 years young Sunday. The birthday boy was a World War II Seabee who helped build the airfields at Tinian Island in the South Pacific for the launching of the "Enola Gay" and "Bock's Car," the B-29s that dropped A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, forcing Japan's unconditional surrender.

• That's 25 years for Suzanne and Roger Mooney.

• Matt LaVallee and Gary Theiler want to spread the word to fellow former high school coaches in the area to drop in at 6 p.m. Oct. 23. for some fellowship at LaVallee's Boiler Room, 5600 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

"We're at the age now where it seems like the only time we ever see each other anymore is at funerals," LaVallee said. "That's not good, so we're trying to get something going where we can get together on a regular basis."

Call him at 941-792-7176.

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

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