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VIN MANNIX COLUMN | Time change explanation upside down

The recent time change reminded Tropicana’s Eric Fitzgerald of a funny story.

A few years ago, he was trying to explain to sons Evan and Daniel why the sun rises in the same place.

So Pop marked a golf ball with an X and rotated it.

When the X was on top, it’s daylight.

When the X was on the bottom, it’s night.

Daniel, who was 4 at the time, said, “Dad, can you wake me up tonight when we’re upside down? I’ve got to see this.”

n Oh, no! Rachelle Bruce is about to hit the Big 3-0!

The milestone arrives Wednesday for the respected night shift clinical manager of Manatee Memorial Hospital’s labor and delivery unit.

Cheers from husband David, son Connor, co-worker Kristin Hebert and the MMH nurses.

n A bow to Bayshore High’s Helen Dolbec, Manatee’s Linda Boone and the dance team directors who made, “Yes, We Can ... Dance,” a boffo show at Neel Performing Arts Center last Friday night.

The high school directors were Bonnie Condor, BHS Honeybears; Traci Cristello, Braden River Black Pearls; Jessica Reid, BR’s JV Silver Pearls; Hope Hahn, Sherri McDermott, LRHS Silver Stars; Lori O’Leary, MHS Sugar ’Canes; Leah Bellant, MHS JV Sugar ’Canes; Tess Chawi, MHS Ballroom Club; Elyse Born, Kristina Castner, MSA Heat; Shea Whidden, Brandi Bomar, PHS Dazzlers; and Katie Hillman, Erin Cox, Southeast Nolettes.

The middle school directors were Bunni Roberts, Braden River Panther Dancers; Angela Chaltis, Haile Dance; Jackie Bolen, Sarah McBrien, King Majestics; Donna McElhinney, Ashley Hassler, Lee Dance Troupe; and Andrea Distelhurst, Lindsay Smith, Sugg Lady Cyclones.

n Bruce Wegner, McKechnie Field’s elevator driver for 25 years, is 86.

n Speaking of the ol’ ballyard, Maria Wirries will sing our national anthem at Saturday’s Blue Jays-Pirates game, and Tracy Minor will do the honors at Monday’s Astros-Pirates game, McKechnie’s Grapefruit League home finale.

n That’s 66 years of wedded bliss for Mary and Bill Eurice on Monday.

Cheers from sons Richard, Vincent, Louis, David and all of Team Eurice.

n Joann Rogers’ “younger” siblings Marilyn, Barbara and Bud salute the lifetime Parrish resident and grand marshal of Saturday’s Parrish Heritage Day Parade.

n Zach Trdinich is 9.

Big ups from parents Michelle and Jimmy, the Pirates 5-tool PR man, and grandma Wanda.

n Orlando and Mariangela Pacheco named their bundle of love Orlando. Anthony and Michelle LoGrande are godparents. Frances and Frank LoGrande, who opened up a new Ferraro’s Italian Grille in Parrish, are first-time grands.

n Kitty Martin is 39. Again. Cheers from husband Gene.

n The lucky field for this year’s “Kiss-A-Pig” Boys & Girls Club fundraiser includes School Board candidate Julie Aranibar, NAACP President Ed Bailey, Magee Signs account exec Ben Bakker, Edward Jones financial advisor C.J. Bannister, County Commission candidate Robin DiSabatino, Arrow Environmental Services sales consultant Tom Fields, Florida Business Opportunities Inc. associate John Gough, Palmetto Police Chief Garry Lowe, School Superintendent Tim McGonegal, Thorassic Park owner Lee Rangel and Big Earth Landscape Supply CEO Adam Rickert.

Vin’s People is by local columnist Vin Mannix. Call Vin at 745-7055 or e-mail him at