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Couple gets special night at Council’s

Going to be a big time tonight at Council’s.

MHS freshman volleyball coach Rachel Taylor didn’t think twice about a place for her and fiance Josh Batey’s rehearsal dinner.

Uncle Lawton Smith’s downtown establishment would do just fine.

Beer, burgers and billiards for a party of 40, and the jukebox’ll be cranking, too.

“A rehearsal dinner at Council’s,” said an amused Smith. “How’s that for a first?”

n Say it ain’t so! Julia Schultz hit the Big 5-0!

Condolences from Brian, Kristine, Jessica, Troy, Nathan, Addison and Jeanette.

n When retired insurance magnate Ed Dick was honored as a life member of the Salvation Army advisory board, one of the folks who sent congrats was Parrish retiree Dick Eddie.

Ed Dick and Dick Eddie are Uniontown, Pa., natives, too.

n That wily ol’ stork is making his initial visit to Marauders’ GM Dan Wolfert and wife Christine. They’re expecting a girl in July.

n The Honeybear Revue is 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Bayshore High. Lee Middle and the MSA Heat will also perform. Call director Bonnie Condor at 751-7004, ext. 2329.

n Nick Sabella’s recent neurological checkup came back clean, a turning point in his 6 1/2-year battle with benign tumors.

A delicate procedure to replace a bone flap and close his skull is expected in late June or early July.

n Uh, oh! Jeff Neuzil is about to hit the Big 5-0! The milestone lands on the Bogie’s Restaurant co-owner April 28.

n Sugg Middle hosts a “Cyclones for the Cure” volleyball fundraiser 6:30 p.m. April 29.

Proceeds will defray the medical expenses of teacher Suzanne Wieber, presently undergoing treatment, as well as the family of Coach Scott Taylor, who died March 1.

Turner Trees has donated a live oak to be dedicated and planted at school in Taylor’s memory.

Admission is $2 in advance, $3 at the door.

For more details, call Principal Sharon Scarbrough at 741-3157, ext. 2001. Or email:

n Southeast Seminole drumliner and right fielder Andrew Barnard is 18. Cheers from Linda, Aimee, Belle and Walter Ellsworth, Karen and Ashley.

n A bow to Miss Lakewood Ranch 2011 Jessica Sthreshley and her court: senior princess Tiffany Elder, junior princess Kaitlyn Seheult and sophomore princess Shelby Anderson.

Jake Tomlin won Mr. Mustang.

Two showstoppers were Sthreshley’s performance of “Fever,” and Loni Shamble’s riveting interpretation of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Among the guest judges were Cynthia Hazelton and Kelli Kennedy, who are the real brains at Braden River High.

n The MHS Sugar ’Canes Dance Clinic is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., for third-to-eighth grade girls.

For details or to register by phone, call Linda Kibby at 932-3740.

Registration will also be held at the BWC.

Participants will perform at the Spring Show, May 8 at Bradenton Auditorium.

For details, call director Lori O’Leary at 714-7300, ext. 2153. Or email:

n Brenda Kay Smith is 54.

n Props to Stacy Ritchie, a 2009 MHS grad, inducted into Florida Gulf Coast University’s Phi Eta Sigma national honor society from Sandra, Janice and Colin.

n Lastly, a Caribbean honeymoon story.

So there were Sherri and I, cruising St. Martin aboard a big tour bus last week when the driver pointed out Orient Beach.

“Does anyone know why it’s so famous?” he asked.

My father-in-law, Jim Manring, had told us about it, but swears he’s never actually been on it.

“It’s the nude beach,” yours truly shouted.

“That’s right,” the bussie said. “And let me tell you, mon, it is not a pretty sight.”

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