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Have degree, do lunch, fly to big regatta

How’s this for a whirlwind graduation day?

Steven Grantham got his political science degree from the University of Central Florida on May 7, celebrated over lunch with parents Carol and Dave and sibs DJ, Michelle and Chrissy, then flew to Philly for the big Dad Vail Regatta as UCF rowing coach.

n Gene Witt Elementary kindergartener Brooke “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” James is 6.

Cheers from parents Jon and Jen and sister Leah.

n That’s President Bob McComas.

Slippery Rock’s Lions Club elected the former Herald sports staffer to the post in Slippery Rock, Pa.

McComas has been Slippery Rock State’s SID for a decade.

n BCS grad Aaron Lenox got his business degree at Furman University.

Props from folks Ed and Joanne Dick.

n The Manatee County Gator Club’s $1,000 scholarships went to MHS’s Andrew Morrish, Diana Nelson and Nirbachita Tonni, LRHS’s Christopher Marchini and Eric Lang, BRHS’s Elizabeth Harrison; BHS’s Aubrey Condor and PHS’s Brittani Bomar.

n McKechnie Field usher Fred Andrews is 80.

n MHS alum Ross Harrison Thompson graduated from Mississippi State with a master’s in public policy and administration.

Cheers from folks Roy and Diane.

n Jennifer and Brent Conklin named their new bundle of love Savannah Lilly.

n MHS senior Lauren Weber is 18.

Cheers from grands Pam and Mike Young.

n Kathy “Miss Grams” Cena is retiring from Kinnan Elementary after 30 years teaching. Her tour of duty included Palma Sola, Orange Ridge-Bullock and Braden River.

n Kristina Hager’s lucky number is 25.

The former MHS Sugar ’Cane graduated from Stetson’s College of Law on her 25th birthday and will marry Brett Snyderman on Sept. 25.

n Dorothy Millard is 100.

n That wily ol’ stork is enroute with yet another heiress to the Duffy’s Tavern fortune.

Shelby Daniels and sweetheart Brian Faasse expect a girl in October.

Somewhere inside those Pearly Gates, matriarch Pat Geyer slapped ol’ man “Honest Ed” on the back and said, “I knew it!”

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