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Hall of Fame reception set for Maechtle

If you’re a Paul Maechtle admirer, then you might want to circle Jan. 9 on your new 2011 calendar.

First, the longtime Southeast High athletic director and Seminoles head football coach will be inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame Jan. 8 in Daytona Beach.

It’s overdue recognition for the reluctant honoree.

Then on Jan. 9 there will be a reception for Maechtle from 1 to 4 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 8913 U.S. 301 N. in Parrish.

Call Beef’s at 776-0053.

n Oh, no! Don Swank hit the Big 5-0! Melody is amused.

n A salute to Thomas Frew Jr., newly elected commandant of Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment 588.

n The honorable Ed Price, a New Year’s baby, is 93 years young.

n I had to laugh after the NBA slapped Shaquille O’Neal with a $35,000 fine.

The Boston Celtics’ backup center criticized the head referee after they lost 86-78 to the Orlando Magic on Christmas.

Shaq fouled out after just 13 minutes of playing time.

His opponent, Dwight Howard, had five fouls, including a technical.

“This is what happens when you have control freaks out there,” Shaq said. “I guess (fans) came out to see No. 26.”

Who’s No. 26?

Our own Bob Delaney.

n Wallace Bither, World War II veteran, Peace Corps volunteer, teacher and snowbird, is 100.

n Speaking of hometown referees and snowbirds, Rich Klein just worked the NAIA football semifinal in balmy Sioux Falls, S.D., where the No. 1 Sioux Falls University Cougars rolled 38-0 over the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers of Olathe, Kan. “The temperature at kickoff was 20 with a north/northwest wind of 17-24 mph,” said Klein, a Chicagoan. “Florida was looking better and better as the game progressed.”

n RaceTrac’s Latoya Martin is 23 on New Year’s Day.

n All the best to Josh McCoy and Yolanda Ibasfalean who will wed on Jan. 8.

n Saint Stephen’s 2000 alum JB Tucker and wife Sarah are in Panama, where he’s playing winter baseball.

They plan to return to Switzerland in April where JB will be the manager/catcher for the Therwill Flyers for a second season.

n Cori Rigney is 25.

n Mike and Janet Smith gave daughter Melissa a cool graduation present after the former DeSoto princess received her civil engineering degree from UF.

It was a pink hard hat.

Vin Mannix, local columnist, writes Vin’s People. He can be reached at 745-7055 or