Vin's People: Adopt a Family looking for a few good, strong people

October 11, 2013 

Adopt needs translators, strong backs

Adopt a Family is looking for a few good folks with strong backs, too.

The all-volunteer agency, which provides children's gifts to needy families at Christmas, is moving to a new warehouse for the 2013 holiday season.

It's scheduled for Oct. 25 and 28 and involves furniture and equipment.

Adopt a Family also needs bilingual volunteers, especially Nov. 4-15, and volunteers who are familiar with computers.

Call 941-748-4424. Or e-mail:

• Florence Lawrence, one of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church's beloved members, is 102 years young.

• Props to Southeast High School's FFA chapter, winners in the 2013 District 10 Forestry Career Development Competition at Punta Gorda.

Among the categories Kaylee Betts, Zach Butler, Paula Strasser-Dykxhoorn, Luis Solorzano and Colt Travis aced were identifying trees based on leaves, tree disorders, forestry tools, the amount of wood in a plot of trees based on diameter and height and how to interpret a topographic map.

Next up for adviser Mike Buckley's quintet are the November state finals in Perry.

• Betty Chambliss, the real brains at Manatee Memorial Hospital, is 39. Again.

• Were you a club kid at the ol' Ninth Street Boys & Girls Club? Word that the building will be demolished must bring back memories. Please call me at 941-745-7055. Or e-mail:

• Irrepressible Kiernan Wilkins is 29. Again.

• The crosstown volleyball showdown between the Braden River Pirates and Manatee Hurricanes JV and varsity takes on added meaning 6 p.m. Monday at the Manatee gym where everybody and everything will be in pink. It's the annual Volley for the Cure breast cancer research fundraiser.

• Cathejo and Tim McCollum are wed 18 years.

• Big ups to Bella Winter, who won the G.T. Bray Junior Slam's Girls 12 division. She never lost a set, finishing first in a field of 39 in the USTA Tennis tournament.

Mary and William are proud. Bella trains at Elite Tennis Development in Bradenton.

• Grandma Denise Smith is 39. Again.

• Among the alums expected to be on hand for this weekend's 50th reunion for Manatee High's Class of 1963 are Emily Benson Buskirk, David Clouse, Richard Eurice, Rick Hager, Bob Hall, Joe Kinnan, Merrie Lynn Wang Parker, Gary Trapp, Charles Willey and Jim Zoller.

• Master Patrol Officer Matthew Palmer was named the Bradenton Police Department's Officer of the Month for rescuing a car crash victim.

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

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