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Regis-Kelly was a fun gig for MHS alum

You’d think filling in for Regis Philbin and sitting with Kelly Ripa on network TV would make a guy nervous, right?

Jason Colthorp felt right at home.

“It was great,” said the 1992 Manatee High alum and TV newscaster after co-hosting “Live! With Regis and Kelly” Thursday morning in the Big Apple. “The show is an hour, but it was so spontaneous, so unrehearsed it felt like two minutes.”

A late news anchor with WILX-TV in Lansing, Mich., the former Cane News sportscaster was among five contest winners for local newscasters nationwide to co-host the popular morning show.

“I had nerves the last two days, but Kelly put me at ease,” Jason said. “I just said keep it simple, be yourself, smile and have a good time.”

Which wasn’t hard.

Jason looked and sounded right at home, kidding Kelly about her biceps, doing a spot-on imitation of Regis after another Notre Dame loss, and telling how he and wife Julie met.

She was in the audience, along with Jason’s MHS classmate, Laura McDonough, and Robin Cade, who taught him at MHS.

“What a thrill,” he said.

n Barbara J. Howard is 67 years young Tuesday. Cheers from Robert.

n Marine Corps League DeSoto Detachment 588 honors World War II veterans Aug. 22 at a dinner at Bradenton Moose Lodge 1223, 310 44th Ave E.

All WWII vets are welcome.

Call Mike Griffin at (941) 524-7092. Or call (941) 741-8762.

n Speaking of WWII vets, if you are one, where were you on V-J Day?

Please call me at (941) 745-7055, or e-mail me at:

n Mike Ohlman has until Aug. 17 to decide between the Baltimore Orioles or the University of Miami.

The former LRHS catcher was an 11th-round selection in the June draft.

n The Bradenton Bulldogz rugby team hosts the Jacksonville Axemen 4:30 p.m. Saturday at G.T. Bray’s Wildcat Field.

Former Manatee Hurricanes linebacker Zac Shaul is the Bulldogz captain and seeks more players and sponsors.

Call him at (941) 812-0991.

n That wily ol’ stork is due any day for Big Daddy bandmates Laurie Fetzer and Jason Giacomel, who have a daughter, Lyric.

Mom’s labor will be induced Tuesday.

“Unless the baby decides to come out early,” Laurie said.

n East Manatee Fire Rescue’s Chad Hoeksema won a silver medal in the “Toughest Competitor Alive” 30-39 heavyweight division at the World Police and Fire Games in British Columbia.

It included swimming, running and weightlifting among other events.There were 10,490 competitors at the games.

Chad also silvered in the same event for men 30-34 at the Florida Police and Fire Games in June.

n Joseph Chernushka is 101.

n Manatee High’s Class of 1964 reunion is Oct. 23-24. Call Judy Robinson Holderness (941) 359-9797 for details.

Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, runs Wednesday and Friday. Have a column item? A photo you want 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