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Talented Haile Middle trio all-state musicians

Hurray to flutists Sara O’Brien and Nickie Tuttle and trumpet player Christian Wayman.

The Haile Middle School musicians, under the able direction of Daniel Boyd, made the 2008-2009 Florida All-State Middle School band, and performed Jan. 9 during the Florida Music Educators Conference in Tampa.

After auditioning in the fall, they were chosen as one of the best in the state on their instrument.

n Bradenton Christian’s Dylan Pearson is 18. Cheers from parents Dana and Joann and brother Devan.

n The Manatee Gulfcoast Sandpiper Chorus invites singers to a Guest Night/Open House Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Town Center at Water’s Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W.

Call Charley Canniff (941) 778-4590.

n King Barnard, commander of the Manatee Sail and Power Squadron, was recently a guest speaker at the Bradenton Kiwanis Club.

The squadron is reaching out to the community to promote safe boating and boating education.

n The Bradenton Police Department recently saluted its volunteers, including special recognition for Betty Hicks for 13 years totaling more than 8,300 hours.

Volunteers receiving gold awards (500 hours) were: Michael Millard (800 in one year); Edward Kish Sr. (3,000 lifetime) and Jean Kish (3,000 lifetime).

Silver award (250 hours) recipients were Elizabeth Mondragon, Barbara Pedersen, Edward Pedersen, Russell Reilly, Ronald Schneider and John Staal.

Bronze award (100 hours) recipients were Anthony Catalano, Laura Catalano, Joan Morello, Mary Ann Scahall, Lorraine Sheehan, Elisabeth Stone and Randy Stoops.

Three new volunteers, Nancy Hackworth, Jim Sleeper and Penney Tindall received certificates of appreciation.

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