Couple to celebrate 40th anniversary with first cruise

April 25, 2014 

Marianne and John Moyer are joyously celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary Monday.

So how is this Manatee County couple going to celebrate?

"John and I have been cruise virgins for too long," said Marianne. "Our friends finally convinced us that we need to try something new, so we have booked our first cruise and will be sailing from Miami, to and through the Panama Canal to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and our 40th.

"I'm shopping for a 'cruise wardrobe' and he'll probably buy a new 'Vin' shirt or two as well. We can't wait," she said.

• Pastor Robert J. Green and his congregants enjoyed a light moment during Easter Sunday's 10 a.m. services at Oneco United Methodist Church. They got that back to the future feeling after checking out some of the church bulletins. They were dated April 20, 3014, while the upcoming events had the men's breakfast April 27, 2013, followed by a busy schedule for May 2012.

• That wily ol' stork is en route for Kaliopi and Andy Ameres, owners of Popi's on the Ranch, who expect their first bundle of love May 27. It's a boy. They'll name him Emmanuel after his paternal grandfather, the patriarch of the Popi's family restaurants chain.

• Ex-Manatee Hurricane Cord Sandberg was rated the No. 19 prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league system by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The 19-year-old outfielder is presently in extended spring training with the ballclub. A third-round selection in the 2013 draft, he hit .207 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 169 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League last summer. Sandberg, who bats and throws lefthanded, is a little behind many young players because he spent so much time playing football, the report said. A state cham

pionship quarterback for the Canes, he chose the Phillies over a chance to play football at Mississippi State. The team believes Sandberg will develop, but it will take time because this is the first time he's playing baseball year-round.

• The Manatee NAACP is partnering with the new owner of Bayside Villas in Palmetto and throwing a free barbecue for the tenants and community from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at 670 20th Lane E.

Local NAACP President Susie Copeland said Robert Goodman recently purchased the apartment complex.

"He's not from here and wanted to acquaint himself with the community," Copeland said.

• Lincoln Middle School Future Farmers of America members trained and competed in two state Career Development Events related to the industries of floriculture and poultry over the past two months.

Kimberley Lough, the Lincoln advisor for FFA, said floriculture team members Jana Elsenheimer, Mackenzie Lang and Caitlin Moore jumped for joy when they learned they placed fourth. Poultry team members Tyler Brinkley, Corey Holbrook, Brandon Pridgen, Jarrett Richardson, Jose Rodriguez, and Jacob Soos all agreed they greatly improved their personal best throughout their weeks of training.

• State College of Florida student Matt Walden helped raise more than $40,000 to beat childhood cancer when he joined other teens from around the nation at Rally Rumble 2014 in Nashville last Saturday.

Matt, a 19-year-old singer and songwriter, took pledges and then performed at the benefit concert Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research sponsored.

He has been a part of the Del Couch Music Foundation for three years, the same group that has helped our local American Idol contestant, Sam Woolf.

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

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