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Pirates’ FanFest is this Sunday at McKechnie

Sunday should be a big day at McKechnie Field.

First, there’s Pirate FanFest from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ninth Street West will be closed for numerous baseball activities for the family, including Pirates players signing autographs.

Then it’s game time against the Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m.

Steve Ramsey will sing our national anthem Sunday.

As for today’s game at McKechnie with the 2008 American League champion Tampa Bay Rays, vocalist Barry Yoder will do the anthem honors at home plate.

Judy Ellis sings for Monday’s game with the Boston Red Sox.

Call Rachelle Hess or Chad Vossekuil at 932-6178 for more Pirate FanFest details.

n LRHS Marching Mustangs band captain and mellophonist Aaron Wayne Bergeron is 18.

Cheers from parents Jill and Gary and brother Kyle.

n Mary Belhouchat hadn’t paid much attention to “American Idol” before, but she is now.

Her 16-year-old niece, Allison Iraheta, of Downey, Calif., made it to the reality show’s final 12 contestants.

“I’m excited for her because she’s been trying to get on ‘American Idol’ since she was 9,” said Belhouchat.

Sounds like her enthusiasm has rubbed off on co-workers at Manatee Diagnostic Center, where Belhouchat is a bookkeeper.

“They’re watching and rooting for my niece, too,” she said.

n Helen Eason is 39. Again. May she stay forever young.

n Hampton Harrison graduated magna cum laude in finance from Auburn University and made Pi Kappa Phi.

Big ups from parents Jennifer and Tom, brother Will, and sisters Natalie, an AU senior, and Hunter.

n Karen and Dan Weaver want to brag on daughter Krystal, a USF Tampa junior who was elected governor of the Florida District Circle K, a college level service club sponsored by Kiwanis.

n That’s 51 years of wedded bliss for Susan and Jim Manring, who is 71 on Tuesday.

n Ashley Ryon, a second-year dean’s list law student at FSU, has a big assignment.

The Southeast IB alum and Clemson grad will be on a two-person team representing the FSU Law School at the annual Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York City.

There are 44 colleges and Universities competing in the five-day event.

Steve and Stephanie are proud. Anxious, too.

n Don’t forget, “Yes We Can ... Dance,” the countywide public school dance team showcase tonight at Braden River High.

Show time is 7 p.m.

Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Call him at 745-7055, write the Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206 or e-mail