There's one more week for the Manatee County Agricultural Museum exhibit: "A Man, A Plan, A Packinghouse."
It's about the late Emmett McCray, revered Lincoln Memorial High agricultural teacher, tireless community leader and protégé of iconic botanist George Washington Carver.
McCray, who passed in 2004, showed African-American adults how to plant small farms to feed their families, helped Memphis start its own fire department, and established the Mana-Hill Packing House, a successful co-op for minority farmers when larger packinghouses wouldn't buy their produce.
The museum is at 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Call 941-721-2034 for details.
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Our own Harry Potter is 87 years young. He and wife, Jan Potter, moved here from Virginia Beach in 1989.
Bradenton Toastmaster Mike Williams was eliminated before the semifinals of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Las Vegas, but he's unbowed.
"It was a good experience," he said. "If nothing else I can say I was one of 96 out of 30,000 who competed. And I'm already planning to take it all next year."
That's 16 years of marriage for Heather and Sean Thomas.
Uh, oh! Tammy Wakeland-Dejesus is one year shy of the Big 4-0!
Palmetto High's varsity Dazzlers dance team won a bid to Orlando's National Dance Alliance national championships in February after its performance at NDA summer camp in Fort Lauderdale. Coached by Shea Whidden and Cheyenne Thurman, the Dazzlers got superiors for their home and team routines. Captain Annie Winston and co-cap
tain Terri Chism were named All-Americans, too. The Dazzlers include captains Erykah Bazan and Hayley Safko, co-captain Jackie Stocksdale, junior officers Jennifer Elwell, Dayzee Trevino and Mia Holley, Jazmin Styles, Gabi Amoros, Marissa Hudson, Kaylah Moya, Alexis Griffen, Terran Johnson, Jordan Elwell, Daisy Ramirez, Nia Johnson, Nykole Arieon, Teresa Gilkey, Megan Mitchell and Kamry Chandler.
Craig Wells is 39. Again.
So is Kathleen Cucci.
The challenges three-time Super Bowl champion Henry Lawrence faced when he transitioned from Lincoln to Manatee during integration is the subject of "Not Our Time," a drama by playwright Bernard Yanelli at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. It runs through Sunday. Call 941-365-2494 for details.
Good luck to Tom Vaught, who's got a brand new hip.
Big ups to Al Billiteri and Dan Pasquariello. After successfully opening and running the Crunch gym at 8440 Lockwood Ridge Road, Al opened the new Crunch at 4836 14th St. W. and was promoted to district manager. Dan was promoted to general manager at the Lockwood Ridge gym.
Beth Brannon-Trent is 29. Again.
Billy Rice & The Billy Rice Band have cut a new record, "Just Sayin.' " Sarasota's Sande Caplin & Associates will promote it.
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