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Inauguration memories, chill linger for local police

President Barack Obama’s inauguration is in the history books, but the memories linger for local law enforcement who were there.

“A once-in-a-lifetime trip,” said Bradenton Police Sgt. James Racky.

He was one of 51 officers from Sarasota and Manatee County police departments among 8,000 police representing 99 police departments on the security team for the 56th Presidential Inauguration Parade.

Their day began long before dawn and they endured below-freezing temperatures and biting wind during a 13-hour detail.

“My feet and hands are finally defrosting,” Officer Anthony Cerniglia joked.

The BPD were stationed in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in direct sight of the historic Capitol Building.

“An awesome sight,” Racky said.

The Palmetto PD foursome’s day started long before the sun rose and were greeted by appreciative crowds as they walked to their post in the 1300 block.

“I was humbled by the response from everyone we met,” Lt. Rex Hannaford said. “The crowds were excited and happy to be there.”

Among Manatee County’s contingent were MCSO Major Kevin Webb, Lt. Steve Litschauer and Lt. Ed Straight.

n MHS Sugar dance officer Cane Sarah Beth Scott is 17.

n MHS cheerleader Kayla Williams is 17.

n A bow to Imagine Charter School’s Dawn Patterson, 106.5 CTQ’s January Teacher of the Month.

n BRHS’s Jared McLaughlin is 17. Cheers from dad Jeff and grandma Bonita Kelly.

n The kickoff to the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m Wednesday at Synovus Bank, 2520 Manatee Ave. W.

The relay, an overnight community celebration to raise funds to fight cancer, is May 2 and 3 at G.T. Bray park.

Wednesday’s attendees will learn how to be involved by forming or sponsoring a relay team or joining the planning committee.

Blake Medical Center’s Stephanie Petta, the 2009 Relay For Life Event chair, will be in attendance.

Folks can contact the American Cancer Society’s Kimberly Borsheim at 745-1214, ext. 5806, or fax: 745-1760, or e-mail:

n LRHS Marching Mustang percussionist Elena Ainscough is 15. Baritone Alex Biasetto is 16.

Contra bassist Joshua Lynn is 18. And color guard Kelsey Valentine is 15.

LRHS JV cheerleader Renee Rogers is 15. and Kate Bryan-Beachleer is “Sweet 16.”

n PHS cheerleader Breneshia Washington is 17. So is Jonnilyn Mederios.

n Co-owners Lisa Moscarello and Margie Wallace celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Side Street Salon, 2848 Manatee Ave. E., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

There will be refreshments and raffles, and all proceeds go to Hope Family Services.

Call 748-3366.

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