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Family’s plan should include doc’s discount

Think you’ve had some bad breaks?

Check out Dustin Daughtrey and sister Erin Tumolo.

A South Manatee firefighter, Dustin, 25, blew out his ACL and it wasn’t in the line of duty or from playing hockey like in his salad days at Manatee High.

It was at a concert mosh pit.

Then Erin, 28 and a mom, who was all-state soccer at MHS a decade ago, dusted off her cleats for a co-ed soccer league — and tore her ACL.

Dr. Daniel Lamar of Coastal Orthopedics, who operated on their mom, Cindy, years ago, operated on Dustin last week and will do so on Erin next week.

Joked dad Rick, “Hey, Doc. Can I get a two-for-one?”

n Say it ain’t so! Gene Gallo hits the Big 7-0!

Saturday’s the day for the Bradenton City Council’s senior statesman after 17 years and former city firefighter for 32, including 12 as chief.

He and Pat are married 46 years.

n The new MHS varsity Sugar ’Canes are Lauren Bellant, Jordan Brewer, Ashley Cronkhite, Darci Elfervig, Danielle Kibby, Emily Knapp, Crystal Krause, Rachel Kushmer, Kara Nelson, Alex Pace, Katherine Pace, Ellie Potter, Breslyn Reiber, Heather Ripley, Jennifer Squire, Lauren Wagener, Ally Walstad and Mary Elizabeth Woodward.

n Uh, oh! Julia Schultz, the real brains at Horizon Bank on 53rd Avenue, is one year shy of the Big 5-0!

n School Superintendent Tim McGonegal brings the heat when he throws out the first pitch Saturday at Manatee Schools Night with the Tampa Bay Rays, a 7:08 p.m. game.

n Jay Horne, who graduates from FIU on April 28, was accepted to FIU law school.

Big ups from folks Mike and Debbie, mom Robin, and nana Tiny Horne.

n MHS cheerleader Paige Carper is 17.

n The Rev. Jerry Jeter must wish he had a dollar for every time he’s asked if he’s kin to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

“I wish I was,” said the Pensacola native and pastor of RiverLife Church. “He could help us out with our building program.”

Construction on a new church on Morgan Johnson Road begins this summer.

n LRHS Marching Mustang clarinetist Dayna Hon is 17.

n Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli is Ryan T. Boyd’s guest 2 p.m. Monday on WWPR 1490 AM.

n Steve and Christa Kotter named Jack and Emma’s new baby sister Grace.

n Check out the Henry Lawrence R&B Blues Show & Jam at Touch of Class Night Club, 5131 14th St. W., every Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m.

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