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Marauder fan likes baseball in nice colors

Most Bradenton Marauders probably think they’ve gotten the hang of signing autographs for children at McKechnie Field.

Until they meet Leah James.

Jon and Jennifer’s 4-year-old daughter greets players with this innocent request: “Will you color my baseball?”

n Uh, oh! Anna Maria Oyster Bar honcho John Horne is one year shy of the Big 5-0!

n Big ups to Dustin Daughtrey of Southern Manatee Fire Rescue and Blair Pontius of North River Fire Rescue.

They skated for Tampa’s gold medal winning hockey team at the Florida Firefighter Games.

Daughtrey had the gold medal-winning goal.

n Spencer Tiedeman made the FSU President’s List with all As.

Parents Barbara and Harry Tiedeman and aunt Nancy Lancaster are proud.

n Lee Middle’s Morgan Mattison got a cool 12th birthday gift — an alto saxophone.

n Cristine Civil, a BCS alum and Navy helicopter electrician based in Norfolk, Va., is deploying to Bahrain for the second time.

n Marc and Danny Duncan are 24 on Mother’s Day. Marc is an Air Force firefighter in Iraq. Danny is the drummer for “We the Kings.”

Cheers from Brenda Duncan-Gartley, stepdad Alan Gartley, brother Shaun and grands Eli and Eileen Nims.

n The MHS band program’s Mums for Mom sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Anna Maria Elementary, Miller Elementary, Manatee Avenue and 75th Street West, and Cortez Road and 51st Street West.

The Sugar ’Cane Spring Show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.

Call Lori O’Leary at 714-7300, ext. 2153.

n Mike Walding of Clancy’s raised $3,093.93 for cancer research to win the Best Bartender in Bradenton Contest. Kat Blackmer-Fetzer from Badda Bing! was second with $2,757.43.

Bartenders from Cody’s Roadhouse, Tequila Beach, The Lost Kangaroo and Rasher Tierney’s joined the winners in raising $7,214.49.

n Palmetto High’s Dazzlers Dance Team tryouts are May 12-14. The school office has details. Or call coach Shea Whidden at 723-4848 or 737-7602.

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.