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Wildlife Inc. looking for empty store

Wildlife Inc. needs an assist.

Ed and Gail Straight, who have devoted themselves to the animal rehab and education center on Anna Maria Island for 23 years, seek vacant store space for a thrift shop.

They want to sell items that have been donated to them over the years — everything from clothing to furniture — and use the proceeds for the continued care of native wildlife.

Anyone who can help may call 778-6324.

n Jeanne Parrish is 91 years young.

The beloved, retired Manatee High English teacher will be feted by former students at an 11:30 a.m. Saturday luncheon at the BeachHouse, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Besides giving her birthday gifts, Jeanne’s proteges plan on starting a scholarship in her name at MHS.

For details, call Marie Gostkowski at 729-2336 or 724-8360; Kaye Wood at 727-7549; or Linda Norris, 714-7300, ext. 2074.

n And Paul Parrish, Jeanne’s son, is 65.

n Former Lincoln High bandmembers and cheerleaders from 1949 to 1969 should call Floyd Roundtree at 748-7613 for details about the all-classes reunion, Dec. 16-20.

n Brandon Persinger is 18. He’s No. 63 for the Manatee Hurricanes, who play Palm Bay Bayside in tonight’s Class 5A-Region 3 championship, but he’s No. 1 in his mom Debbie Persinger’s heart.

Go Canes!

n Good luck also to the Out-of-Door Academy Thunder in tonight’s Class 1B state semifinal against Glades Day.

n Vote for USF Sun Doll and LRHS alum Tiffany Blevins in the Athlon Sports Sideline Spirit Competition finals.

Cast your ballot up to 20 times daily at www.athlonsports. com/spirit through Dec. 11.

n Holly Cobb says happy 4th to her “little sidekick,” son Dalton Lyons.

n Shaun King is Ryan T. Boyd’s guest 2 p.m. Monday on 1490-AM WWPR.

n Erika Holmes is 35. Cheers from “husbands” Mike and Ed.

n The Junior League of Manatee County’s first Putt Putt Tournament 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fish Hole, 115 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

Proceeds go to JLMC community projects.

For details visit www.

Or call 778-3388.

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