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Galvano son relegates pop to back seats

When Bill Galvano stood before the Manatee County Commission as a state representative for the last time Tuesday, his family was present, too.

Only they weren’t there for him.

Bill’s wife, Julie, his in-laws, Jean and the Rev. Sterling Forrester, and Paul Forrester, came to hear 11-year-old William Galvano give a speech.

The Stewart fifth-grader’s “The Now Generation” won the 4th/5th-grade division of the 41st annual 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program.

“He’s the new and improved version,” said Bill, who won it 33 years ago as a Palma Sola student.

n Rich Reeder is 51.

n Nick Sabella undergoes what we pray is his final neurosurgery June 24 at Tampa General.

He’s battled benign brain tumors for seven years.

n Paul Riesterer won the 13th annual Beech Mountain Invitational at Beech Mountain, N.C., edging out Ken Apple, Jim and Kathy Knapp, Jay Romine, Cliff Simpson and Jim Simpson on the links.

n Bradley Wade Bishop got a PhD in information studies at FSU and will teach at the University of Kentucky’s grad school.

Cheers from wife Jennifer, daughters Anna Grace and Mary Lee, and parents Bill and Sally.

n New officers for the MHS Key Club are president Camden Mills, VP Melissa DeGroat, secretary Taran Pennebacker, treasurer Mariel Sousa and editor Chelsea DuDeVoire.

Guests at the installation, performed by Key Club Lt. Gov. Sydney O’Reilly, included Dr. Steve Tinsworth, Kiwanis Club president; Larry Coleman, Kiwanis Foundation; and Belinda Kelly.

n Adopt-a-Family’s new board members Janet Hager and Pat Trotman join president Elaine Henneberry, VP Cindy Eliason, secretary Kim Duty, treasurer Jim Gay and Karen Fine, Barbara Huffman, Jayne Kench, Phillip Mears, Rosemary Murray, Patti Peotter-Bettes and Dixie Schlensker.

Emeritus members are Kay and Dick Sawdey, Mary Jane Shiplett and Lea Ricard.

n The Sertoma Club f Bradenton’s 12th annual Golf Tournament for the Community Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing is Saturday at River Strand Golf & Country Club at Heritage Harbour, 7155 Grand Estuary Trail.

Registration is at noon.

Call Gary Scott at 704-9560.

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