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DeSoto joins inauguration, guv’s parade

Sounds like a DeSoto Parade broke out at Gov. Rick Scott’s inauguration Tuesday.

Among the event’s invitees were members of the Hernando Desoto Historical Society and Crewe.

The 72-year-old society was selected for its historical significance to Manatee County and Florida.

“It was hard to compete with Barnum and Bailey’s elephants, but we did our best to represent,” Society President Gus Sokos said.

His cohorts were Hern’ Curt Mahoney, captain Shannon Glasgow, general chairman Gary Kortzendorf, padre Vincent Eurice, Ed Boles, Brady Chapman, Pat Cline, Dave Davis, Doug Egger, Errol Fletcher, Mike Ivko, Gus Johnson, Sid Jones, Troy Moore, Tom Murphy, John Newton, John Parker, Dot Woods and Cindy Mills Yrabedra.

n Jim Simpson is 55 going on 35. Or is it 25?

n Norm Luppino is 52.

n Taylor Chadsey III popped the question to Jenni Campos on Dec. 10 in front of Rockefeller Center in the Big Apple and she said yes.

Congrats from Teams Campos and Chadsey.

n Ross and Sheila Hodges are wed 30 years.

n Mya Lynn Johnson is 4. Cheers from parents John and Susan Johnson, aunt and uncle Cindy and Von Ryan Kuhns, cousin Rylee Kuhns, and grands Dale and Ann Dobbs.

n Leslie and Charlie Wells are wed 30 years.

n Don’t forget Paul Maechtle’s Hall of Fame reception 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 8913 U.S. 301 N. in Parrish.

The Southeast athletic director and head football coach is being inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall on Saturday.

n LRHS cheerleading coach Melissa Koehlinger is 45.

n Check out Chili’s from 4 to 11 p.m., Monday at 3715 First St., Bradenton, or 6125 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch, and support United Way of Manatee.

Bring a Chili’s/United Way flier -- visit -- and Chili’s will donate 10 percent.

n MHS quarterback Cord Sandberg is 16.

Cheers from parents Chuck and Kelsie and sibs Chase and Callee.

n Terry and Sue Longpre are wed 40 years.

n The PHS Tiger Golf Tournament is 1 p.m. Saturday at River Wilderness Golf & Country Club.

Call Jennifer Stevens at 723-4848, ext. 2022.

n Lawrence Sanna graduated from fourth-year apprentice to journeyman with Ironworkers Local Union 397.

n Branden Hollobaugh is 19. Cheers from parents Mike and Vickie and sister Danielle.

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