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Bradenton lawyer character in book. Movie next?

Some things are worth the wait.

Ask attorney Tom Flynn.

Two years ago at a SOLVE Maternity Homes Gala auction, Gayle Flynn had the top bid on a unique item — author Karen Kingsbury’s “Forever in Fiction” — in honor of her husband, a past president of SOLVE.

For the winning bid, Kingsbury, who writes inspirational fiction, includes the donor as a fictitious character in an upcoming book.

That book, “This Side of Heaven,” is out now, and Flynn’s character is a lawyer by the same name.

“It was very flattering. Made me out to be much better than I am in real life,” said the 57-year-old barrister and partner in the firm of Legler & Flynn. “Now I’m waiting for the movie.”

Who would play him?

Among his favorites were Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones.

“I’m not that picky,” Flynn joked.

He and his wife, a sixth-grade teacher at Lee Magnet Middle, sing in the Celebration Singers choir at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

n MHS volleyballer Shelby Counihan is “Sweet 16.”

Cheers from parents Schuyler and Bill and big brother Hayden, a Hurricane pitcher.

n After single-handedly running the Colony Cove Canadian Club’s golf tournament, Charlie Bouwman received a nice honor.

The event was renamed the Charlie Bouwman Can-Am Golf Tournament. For seven years, he made all the arrangements, canvassed for all the gifts and prizes and collected all the funds.

The first-place trophy will bear his name, too.

Charlie’s wife, Tina, received white roses for supporting Charlie in the golf endeavor and helping with the banquet.

n Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511, 2511 75th St. W., will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 from noon through 8 p.m., and cover is only $1.

Among the performers will be musical groups Pooka, Hooligan, the Sarasota High pipers and the Drake School of Irish Dance.

Corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie will also be part of the St. Patty’s fare.

Call 792-1511 for details.

n Debbie Grabb sings the national anthem for today’s Twins-Pirates game at McKechnie Field.

n Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School will host an open house 1 to 3 p.m. March 18 for the 2009-10 school year. Contact Director of Admissions Linda Lutz via email: Or call at 746-2121, ext. 568.

n Melrose (Mass.) High School’s Picnic Reunion is 10 a.m. March 23 at the Nokomis Beach Pavilion. Email:

Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Have a column item? Call 745-7055 or e-mail him at