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Lightning set hockey night for Bradenton

Like hockey?

The second annual Bradenton Night with the Lightning is Feb. 17 when the Chicago Blackhawks come to the St. Pete Times Forum at 7:30 p.m.

The Lightning are offering special Bradenton Night reduced ticket prices for the game. Lower level seats are $65, terrace seats are $25 and terrace corner seats are $15.

Call Steven Siegel of the Lightning at (813) 301-6665.

The city is also working with a local restaurant to charter a bus and details will be announced at:

n A bow to Hallie Holdstein, who just graduated from MCC’s nursing school and will take her state board exams in January.

Mom Reeny, sister Sarah are proud.

n Steven Leasure is 18 on Saturday.

He’s an MHS honors senior and hasn’t missed a day of school during the last five years.

He’s also a Hurricane pitcher, first baseman and cleanup hitter for baseball coach Dwayne Strong, and is playing for his fourth varsity letter.

Props from parents Mark and Ann and brother Mark Jr.

n Cindy Christ is on the minds of Prine Elementary’s fourth grade teachers.

A wonderful volunteer and good friend, Cindy is recuperating from recent surgery at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

They wish her a speedy recovery and safe return home for the rest of the holidays.

n Sounds like UF alums and partners in crime D.J. Grantham and Ryan McAfee have scored a couple of nice tickets to the BCS championship game between their Florida Gators and the Oklahoma Sooners in Miami on Jan. 8.

The tickets are in the $500 neighborhood.

“Wait’ll Dad hears that!” joked D.J.’s sister, Michelle, a music education major at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Shake Pit waitress.

n Jeremy LeVan, a junior offensive tackle and varsity wrestler for the Palmetto Tigers, is 18.

Mom Anita is proud.

n The Average Joes won the Third Annual United Way Dodgeball Tournament at G.T. Bray Park, sponsored by the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department, Sandbar Restaurant, Trophy Case and Cox Chevrolet-Mazda.

The winning squad, in the field of 11 teams, included Bobby Dawes, Nikki Donato, Kyle Fail, Brian Fixter, Pat Mulligan, Lorin Newingham, Rob Newingham and Craig Silipo. Shawna Silipo was coach.

AutoWay Ford’s runnersup squad included Martin Barringer, Troy Brown, Tim Brown, Todd Brown, Jason Clayton and Gary Downard.

The event raised $660 for United Way.

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