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Ol’ broadcaster Frattare lands a new job title

Professor Lanny Frattare?

The retired Pirates’ broadcaster unretired as new assistant professor of communications with Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pa.

Frattare’s main teaching duties include sportscasting, news announcing and public speaking. He’ll also work with the school TV network’s student sportscasters.

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I’ll teach them everything I know, but I’ll learn from them, too.”

After 33 years doing play-by-play, Frattare will be a gem.

Imagine student’s getting extra credit for the best imitation of his home run call: “There was no doubt about it!”

n Speaking of the Pirates, sisters Trina Rizzo, a Manatee High School freshman, and Holly Rizzo, a King Middle sixth-grader, sing our national anthem Sunday at McKechnie Field at 1:05 p.m.

n Peggy Arthur celebrated her 80th in a unique way.

She and great-granddaughter Veda Ziccardi, 4, rode a camel at the Lowery Park Zoo.

“She rode in front of the hump, I rode in back of the hump and when we returned, all the people in line applauded,” the birthday girl said.

n That strapping young man helping guide the 11th annual Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday on Holmes Beach was Ben Murphy.

Sean and Susan’s son is a 6-foot, 185-pound senior defenseman for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s School hockey team in Faribault, Minn.

After graduation, he’ll attend Connecticut College and play for the Camels, an NCAA Division III program in the academically as well as athletically competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference with Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan and Williams.

n Hometown heroes Syesha Mercado and One Night Rodeo join Tracy Byrd to headline the 2009 De Soto Heritage Festival’s SeafoodFest on April 3-5.

n How those years fly by when you’re having fun.

Just ask Anna Maria Oyster Bar mogul John Horne.

It was 25 years ago last month he hit town fresh out of Clemson University, ready to shake and bake with his own style of restaurateuring.

His first job?

“Assistant bus boy at (Anna Maria’s old) Fast Eddie’s,” Horne joked.

n We know who Tim and Cathejo McCollum are rooting for when MAC champ Ball State and perennial power Tennessee meet Sunday in the NCAA women’s tournament.

BSU coach Kelly Packard is their niece.

n Brothers Ed and Dewey “Never Trust a Skinny Chef” Eason will cook up another batch of chicken and dumplings with all the fixins for Southern Vittles Night at Ezra on Wednesday.

Call Ezra at 941-792-0990 or e-mail: ezracafe@verizon.net.

Vin’s People, by Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please call 745-7055, write the Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, Fla. 34206 or e-mail vmannix@bradenton.com.

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