Retirement = snowbird, what else?

April 18, 2014 

Retirement= snowbird,what else?

Congratulations to Ellen Pastor on her retirement as HR officer for Mixon Fruit Farms Inc. for the past 13 years.

Ellen was honored with a company retirement dinner Monday.

She and her husband, Joe, plan to spend some time at their summer home in southwestern Pennsylvania, with a visit to southeastern Michigan before returning to Bradenton in late fall.

• Three cheers to Ron Klazon for bowling a perfect game Tuesday night at AMF Bradenton Bowling Lanes on Cortez Road in the Anchor Pools Tuesday Mixed League. This was the first 300 game Ron has ever bowled. His series score for the night was 300, 249, and 210, for a 759 total. The perfect game was just as much a thrill for his teammates, Bill O'Brien, Bill Tolson and Sue Tolson.

• A bow to Manatee High School senior Brianna Dewitty, one of 800 National Achievement Scholarship awardees through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The National Achievement Scholarship Program presents scholarships to outstanding black American high school seniors. More than 160,000 students entered the competition for this prestigious award.

• Sue Manring is 39. Again. Cheers from husband Jim, who is now a year younger than his wife until his next birthday.

• Southeast High School senior Mallory Robinson's documentary on autism was selected for showing at the recent Sarasota Young Filmmaker's Showcase. Mallory is president and executive producer of Southeast' TV network, SETV. This marks the third year in a row a student from SETV has had a film selected for the showcase.

• Gene Witt Elementary School music teacher Julie Hebert was selected as a summer scholar to attend one of 22 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH is a federal agency that supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines. Julie will participate in an interdisciplinary Institute entitled "Mozart's Worlds: The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni." The three-week program will be held in Vienna, Austria, and directed by Richard Benedum, professor emeritus at the University of Dayton.

Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with 'Nudi's Neighbors' every Friday. Reach him at or 941-745-7048.

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