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3/19 VIN'S PEOPLE: 50th reunion for FFA club at Southeast

Were you ever in FFA at Southeast High?

School FFA director Mike Buckley is calling all past, present and potential future members to Southeast’s 50th Annual FFA Banquet, 5 p.m., April 10 at the school cafeteria.

RSVP at:

Or call 741-3366, ext. 2051.

You can also visit the Southeast High School FFA 50th Reunion Banquet on Facebook.

n Annabelle Dorn, from Whitewater, Wis., is 90 years young Sunday.

Cheers from Mark Dorn, Joy Dropp and Bill Ackerman.

n Speaking of Wisconsin, Ted Meekma, known back in the day as the “Singing Sheriff of Dodge County” when he sang our national anthem at Milwaukee Brewers games, does the honors for the Red Sox-Pirates game at McKechnie Field today.

n Bradenton Council member Marianne Barnebey is 39. Again.

n Big ups to Lori O’Leary’s MHS Sugar ’Canes who shined at the recent Marching Auxiliaries Southeast regional competition at Seminole High.

The varsity earned a triple superior sweepstakes trophy, choreography awards for pom, jazz and high kick; won pom division, top technique award and placed fifth out of 39 teams from as far away as Texas.

The JVs earned a double superior trophy, a choreography award for pom and the duet of Brianna Ditommasso and Marissa Austin won second place.

The Sugar ’Cane varsity are Lauren Bellant, Jordan Brewer, Darci Elfervig, Emma Galati, Danielle Kibby, Crystal Krause, Rachel Kushmer, Alex Pace, Katherine Pace, Ellie Potter, Breslyn Reiber, Heather Ripley, Lauren Wagener and Ally Walstad.

The JV’s are Michelle Aguilar, Marissa Austin, Emily Barnes, Cierra Cydrus, Brianna Ditommaso, Kimberlie Giron, Alley Hahn, Alessandra Krause, Shelby Manson, Brittany McLendon, Emily Mulrine, Margarida Phelan, Annalia Rissman, Rachel Schmitt and Jenny Winchell.

n Don’t forget tonight’s “Yes We Can Dance,” our county’s second annual school dance teams showcase, 7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center.

n LRHS Marching Mustang band manager Conner O’Brien is 15 Sunday.

n Gene Gallo, former Bradenton firefighter/fire chief and now the senior statesman of the city council, is 50 years with the city of Bradenton.

n Tony Tyler’s new CD, “Under the Lights,” is being mastered at Abbey Road in London.

A Beatles buff and Macon, Ga., native who lives here now, Tyler, 22, recorded it at Del Couch’s Howling Dog Studios in Palmetto, which also developed an iPhone/iPod application for Tyler that’s already been downloaded in 16 countries.

Tyler recently played for Dickie Betts and afterward the Southern rock legend gave Tyler a slide guitar once owned by the late Duane Allman.

n Southeast’s Bobby Stoker, who plays a mean alto sax, is 18.

Cheers from parents Bob and Annette, sister Di-Anna and her fiance Anthony, nephew Ja’Kari, nieces Katryna and Kaydence, grands Maryann and Richard Jensen, and Sue and Ernie Jowers, and godmother Nichole.

n Francis Wiedl, longtime member and bon vivant of the 59th Street YMCA, was 90 on St. Patrick’s Day.

n And Dorothy Haywood was an awesome 80 on St. Patrick’s Day, too.

Cheers from daughters Becky Myers, Jill Bergeron and Carrie Hannabass.

n Carl Taylor, the City of Bradenton’s public works and utilities department manager, retires today.

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