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McKechnie star-spangled on Saturday

Want to sing our national anthem at McKechnie Field for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 16 spring training home games?

Be at the ol’ ballyard at 1611 Ninth St. W. for auditions at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Call Cody Conover at 747-3031, ext. 4356, for more details. Or Dan Wolfert at ext. 4027.

n Hizzoner Wayne “Señor Smoke” Poston is 66.

n The MHS Sugar ’Canes perform their nationals dance entry, JLo’s “Let’s Get Loud,” at halftime of tonight’s Hurricane boys hoops game with Braden River. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Former Sugar ’Cane captain AnnaMaria Diamant choreographed the number, assisted by Tracy Capozella with Sarabay Dance Studio owner Tess Chawi as Latin dance consultant.

The Sugar ’Canes are captain Lauren Wagener, co-captain Rachel Kushmer, dance officers Ally Walstad and Alex Pace, lieutenants Heather Ripley and Crystal Krause, and Lauren Bellant, Jordan Brewer, Ashley Cronkhite, Darci Elfervig, Emma Galati, Danielle Kibby, Katherine Pace, Ellie Potter and Breslyn Reiber.

Nationals are Feb. 6-7 at Disney World.

n Palmetto High senior Randy Burton is 18.

Cheers from parents Bill and Jane and brother Billy.

n And PHS assistant principal Dustin Dahlquist is 36.

n Jacquie and Roger Cumbie thank Rowlett Magnet Elementary for generous donations of clothing, food and supplies for their son, Army Lt. John Cumbie, a Southeast grad, and his platoon stationed in Afghanistan.

Teacher Linda Bolno and school nurse Diane Nixon led the effort with a big assist from Manasota Operation Troop Support. Parents Laura Kramer, Diane Meyer, Heidi Piccione and Sue Taylor helped pack boxes, which included letters from Rowlett students.

n Quinten Bostic is 18 Monday. Cheers from his family LaNiyah, Eddie, Carolyn, Eddie III, Carnelle and Darnelle, Amanda Jackson, LaShamere, Shakeisha and Bruce Hall Jr., Aaliyah and Sandra.

n Good to hear Jeanne Parrish is back home after a minor stroke in December.

n Don’t forget Southeast High’s Beast Feast 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 to benefit baseball, softball, cross country and track.

Call Southeast Resource Officer Dan Durrance at 741-3366, ext 2217. Or Athletic Director Paul Maechtle at ext. 2013.

n Bayshore Bruins soccer co-captain and future USF Bull Sheri Borkowski is 18.

Cheers from mom Stephanie.

n Among the honorees at Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue District’s 2009 Awards Ceremony were Battalion Chief Ricardo Blanco for Officer of the Year; Firefighter of the Year Edward Tumolo; Rookie of the Year Richard McGinley, and Staff Employee of the Year Asa Varner.

n Imagine School of Lakewood Ranch fourth-grader Samuel Fisher is 10.

Cheers from Chris and Michele and Kayla.

n John Stuhr DeLesline is 6. Cheers from parents, John and Monica.

n Tickets are still available for Take Stock in Children of Manatee County’s annual leadership prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 4, featuring Bobby Bowden, at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.

Call Alex Chavez at 737-1447 for details.

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.