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Ask principal about joy of bike building

Assembling a child’s bicycle at Christmas can be an adventure for some dads.

Take Brian Flynn.

When someone recently asked the Rowlett Elementary principal to help put together some of the bikes being given to several of the school’s less fortunate students, he told them this story:

One Christmas many moons ago, Brian assembled a new bike for daughter Erica, who was 5 or 6.

But when she climbed on, she couldn’t make it go.

Dad was vexed.

“So I took the bike back to the store and told them it doesn’t work,” Brian recalled. “They took a look at it and said, ‘It works better if you put the brakes on the right way.’

“That got me out of putting together bikes at school.”

n Say it ain’t so! Brian Schultz is about to hit the Big 5-0!

The milestone lands on the Cubs’ minority stockholder -- or is it Da Bears? -- on Monday.

And daughter Kristine is 21.

Julia feels old.

n Austin Boyd graduated from FSU with a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance.

Sandy, Ansley and Jim are proud.

n Angel Youngerman, at RaceTrac on First Street, is 23 on Tuesday.

n Big ups to Dan Miller, the new Florida Senior Games State champion in the long jump and triple jump.

“I’ve never been a state champion in anything,” said the former Gettysburg, Pa., prep athlete.

The longtime Cox Chevrolet salesman won gold for both events in the 55-59 age group, and finished fourth in the 200 meters in Fort Myers last weekend.

Dan’s victorious double qualified him for the 2011 Summer National Senior Games in Houston next June 16-30.

n MSA sophomore Lauren Pierce is “Sweet 16” on Wednesday.

Fred’s going to faint.

n And props to Lynn Pierce, the real brains of the family as evidenced by her new bachelor’s degree in information technology from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

n Oh, no! Kinnan Elementary’s Judy Burger hit the Big 5-0!

n Aviation Electrician’s Mate/Air Warfare Specialist Cristine Civil, who is attached to the Navy’s HM-15 helicopter squadron in Norfolk, Va., was meritoriously promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class.

Parents Ed and Joanne Dick are proud.

n HomeBanc honcho Jon James is 37. Sheesh, just a kid.

Love from Jen, Brooke and Leah.

n Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine just finished his second and final four-year term on the state’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Ex-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him in 2002 and re-appointed him in 2006.

Romine was only the third Florida lawman ever to serve as CJSTC chairman (2007-2010) and be president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association (2004-2005).

He is also the only Manatee County lawman to ever serve on the CJSTC.

n Marc Coale, a first-degree black belt at Bostock’s Tae Kwon Do and an incoming MTI student, is 18 on Sunday.

Cheers from parents John and Denay, sister Danielle and grands Joe and Joanne.

Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. Please call Vin at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL. 34206 or e-mail him at vmannix@bradenton.com. Please include a phone number for verification.

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