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Fire chief's big shoes

When Tom Hennessy retired recently as Southern Manatee Fire Rescue’s fire chief, he left behind some big shoes for his successor, Deputy Chief Foster Gover, to fill.

No problem.

“Foster’s got big feet,” joked Lee Whitehurst, East Manatee Fire Rescue’s deputy chief.

n Oh, no! Steve Carlsen hit the Big 4-0!

Lynn, Truman and Katie are amused.

n Alison Bennett donated 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love.

n Lou Brodersen celebrates his 70th throwing out the first pitch at Saturday’s Marlins-Rays game at the Trop.

A former sports journalist for 30 years, Lou is past president of the Associated Press Sports Editors northeast chapter.

n Lauren Bruns is 18.

Cheers from Amy and Carmen.

n Big ups for football coach Matt Kitchie, who’s leaving Saint Stephen’s for Pasco County power Land O’ Lakes.

n Kitchie sounds like a topic for Ryan T. Boyd and his guest, Herald colleague John Lembo, 2 p.m. Monday on 1490-AM WWPR.

n Uncle Vito DiPaola is 80 on Monday.

Cheers from Neil, Brian, Kathy, Paulette, June and Fred.

n Congrats to Jason Guthrie, newly promoted Parrish Fire Department lieutenant, from wife Collette Abbott-Guthrie and children Rick, Cody and Ryan Abbott.

n Uh, oh! Dale Stephenson hit the Big 5-0!

Kelly is amused.

n A poignant anniversary for Chet Harmon.

The Bradenton accountant and army veteran returned from Vietnam 40 years ago Wednesday.

n Upcoming Seabreeze Elementary kindergartener Tres Maddox is 5.

Cheers from parents Annette and Rick and siblings Chrystal, Cassie and Chris.

n Are those wedding bells for Kelly Reed and Popi’s Place proprietor Gus Johnson?

n Gary Harkness, a fine Irishman and the real brains behind the Anna Maria Oyster Bar empire, is 51.

n Raffie Wallin retired from Publix after 15 years.

She was the seafood lady at the store on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and State Road 64 East.

n Jeff and Lezlie Nance are wed 27 years.

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