Get married on stage at Bradenton Blues Festival
BRADENTON -- Realize Bradenton, the producing force behind the Bradenton Blues Festival, and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are unveiling a national "Say I Do at the Blues" contest.
The winning couple, who must be U.S. or Canadian residents, 21 years or older and live outside Florida, will be married on stage Dec. 5 at the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival and win a prize package valued at $6,200.
To enter, couples must submit a video no longer than 2 minutes explaining why they want to be married at the Bradenton Blues Festival by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. The winning couple will be notified Sept. 24.
Judges selected to view the video submissions include the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival headliner Janiva Magness, hailed by critics as one of the premier blues and R&B singers in the world veteran singer and songwriter Marcia Ball, the 2014 festival headliner; and Kim Frazer, a wedding coordinator and owner of The Perfect Settings, a wedding and event planning service, and The Perfect Dress, a bridal store in Sarasota.
Florida Engineering Society gives $6,0000 in awards
MYAKKA -- The Myakka Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society has awarded $6,000 in scholarships to five high school graduates who plan to pursue an engineering degree and two college engineering students from the area.
Scholarships were awarded to seniors James Niffenegger and Megan Canevari of Pine View School, Megan Stevens of Southeast, Luke Hanner of Lakewood Ranch and Hannah Farabee of Palmetto High. Niffenegger was also awarded a scholarship in memoriam of Marion Wellford PE.
College students Samantha McVety attending the University of Southern California and Olivia Cain at the Colorado School of Mines were awarded scholarships to aid in pursuit of engineering degrees.
Presentations were made by Myakka Chapter FES members at senior high school award ceremonies. Winners were selected from applicants from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Scholarship funds were raised through the annual Myakka Chapter Golf Tournament in October.
FWC: Fireworks don't mix with nesting shorebirds
MANATEE -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asks the public to help protect beach-nesting shorebirds across the state this holiday weekend by giving them space and keeping personal fireworks off the beach.
Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, with many still watching over flightless chicks during the busy Independence Day weekend. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson's plover are several beach-nesting shorebird species facing conservation challenges.
"Fireworks launched too close or toward a nesting colony can cause adult shorebirds to flush off their nests and chicks to scatter, leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators, the elements and the potential of getting accidentally stepped on by beachgoers," said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation for the FWC. "Leaving personal fireworks at home and giving the birds space are ways that residents can still enjoy the beach while helping to keep shorebirds and their chicks safe."
-- Herald staff reports