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It’s that time for Pirates’ booster club

A sign of spring.

The Bradenton Pirate Booster Club holds its annual luncheon noon Feb. 10 at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club, 2250 Wilderness Blvd. W., Parrish.

Call Dave or Liz Pace at (941) 567-5838 or (705) 499-7247 for tickets.

n Oh, no! Manatee County Property Appraiser Charlie Hackney hit the Big 6-0!

n If you want to donate to the Manatee Hurricanes football program in memory of Dr. Owen McCarthy, send your check to:

Manatee H.S. Football Booster Club, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton 34205.

n MHS sophomore Stephanie Weber is “Sweet 16” Tuesday. Cheers from grands Pam and Mike Young.

n Southeast principal Mike Horne has a new knee.

n The Hayden Day Care Center, site of the future Kelly Brown Career Development Center opposite Lincoln Middle School, was previously the Reynard Day Care Center, according to Dana Reynard Kelly.

It was owned for 28 years by his parents Ann and Reynard Kelly, who are now deceased.

n Palma Sola Elementary’s Sara Love is 11 on Monday. Cheers from Dave and James.

n Grace and Anthony Gagliano named their new bundle of love Sophia at Lakewood Ranch Memorial Hospital.

n Circle March 19 for the second annual “Yes We Can Dance” showcase of our county’s school dance teams at Neel Performing Arts Center.

The high school par- ticipants include the Bayshore Honeybears, Braden River Black Pearls, Manatee Sugar ’Canes, Palmetto Tiger Dance Team, Southeast Nolettes and Manatee School for the Arts Heat.

Middle school teams include Braden River, Haile, King and Lee.

Organizer Helen Dolbec seeks more sponsors and can be reached at 792-8274 or at bhsmabear@

n Diane DeSario retired after 30 years as an RN in pediatrics at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Cheers from mom Virginia.

n Listen to Ryan T. Boyd 2 p.m. Monday on 1490-AM WWPR.

n Prine Elementary’s Danielle Hunter is 8 on Wednesday. Cheers from parents John and Denay, brother Marc and grands Joe and Joanne.

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.