The familiar Manatee County landmark, Ye Old Wishing Well, which stood on the north side of the Manatee County Court House since its construction in 1951, has been relocated and now sits on the west lawn of the Bradenton Carnegie Library, 1405 Fourth Ave. W. It originally was built, under the direction of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, to replace an existing fountain and pool that contained live alligators. Sorority members have been caretakers of the well for the past 63 years, collecting the coins for cancer research. A decision was made to remove the slot for coins, as vandalism over the years has become an escalating concern. It now serves as a symbol of "A Wish We All Can Share," reminding folks to support funding for cancer research in an effort to find a cure in our lifetime. Front row from left: Dee Kring, Pam Johnson and Joan Oliszewski; back row from left: Sue Wedel, Donna Logan, Susan Beshore and Cheryl Cryer.
The Manatee County Retired Educators Association awarded five $500 scholarships to Manatee County graduating seniors who are planning careers in education. These scholarships can be renewed for further funds when the recipients have reached the equivalent of their third year in college and have entered a field of study in education. From left, Julia Forkgen, MCREA scholarship chair; Lonnitra Jefferson, Manatee High School; Meghan Neu, Lakewood Ranch High School; Kristy Palanco, Manatee School of the Arts. Not present for the photo were Desmond Brown, Palmetto High School and Janaye Brown, Manatee High School.
Bradenton Woman's Club held its biennial ceremony and dinner for the installation of new officers at its clubhouse at 1705 Manatee Ave. W. The club is a nonprofit volunteer organization committed to the betterment of the community. Incoming officers of the Bradenton Woman's Club, from left, Rebecca Biro, Joyce Courchesne, Arlene Dukanauskas, Pamela Rahn, Judy Drinan and Saundra Rahn.