News Columns & Blogs

White Coat ceremony marks LECOM students’ transition

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) held a White Coat ceremony for its first-year students making their transition from the classroom to clinical education.

The White Coat ceremony is a tradition upheld by medical schools as an initiation for aspiring health care professionals to commit to the highest principles related to the practice of osteopathic medicine and pharmacy.

The ceremony was at Lakewood Ranch’s Harvest Centre.

n Russell Otis, who dances twice weekly, swims or exercises daily and plays bridge, is 90 years young Thursday.

Cheers from daughter Dr. Sharon Otis, a Bradenton physician, and Rev. Chris Otis, a Pittsburgh pastor, seven grands and five great grands.

n The LRHS Key Club is hosting “Camp Out For A Cause” Feb. 27-28, 5 p.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the school campus, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

The youth-centered event is a chance for the community to get together, have fun and meet the needs of local charities.

Visit for details.

n Speaking of LRHS, Marching Mustang trumpeter Kaitlyn Gill is 18. and percussionist Kevin Lopez is 16.

n Laura McCall, the real brains at Anna Maria Oyster Bar, is recuperating from a shoulder operation.

Her fastball should be as effective as ever.

n John Young is 63 years young. Cheers from Kelly Jackson.

n That’s 20 years of marital bliss for Chrissy and Jeffrey Stafford.

They met 22 years ago at Tampa’s Scotland Yard Pub.

Which, Chrissy jokes, refutes the old line: “Where can you meet decent single people — besides a bar?!”

Anyway, cheers from daughter Sarah, a Stetson University freshman, and son Nick, a Manatee School for the Arts seventh-grader.

Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Have a column item? A photo you want to share? Please call Vin Mannix at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, Fla. 34206 or email him at Please include a phone number for verification.