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Dance teams to rock Neel twice Feb. 12

Yes, We Can Dance! is back!

The third annual Manatee County school dance teams extravaganza returns to State College of Florida’s Neel Performing Arts Center, for two shows, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

High school teams from Bayshore, Braden River, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee, Palmetto, Southeast and Manatee School for the Arts will join middle school teams from Braden River, Haile, Lee and Sugg.

Ex-BHS Honeybear director Helen Dolbec and Linda Boone, the ex-MHS Sugar ’Canes director, are coordinating the show.

They extend big thanks to show sponsors Ace Automotive, Beall’s, BrightHouse, Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Manatee Education Foundation, Mixon Fruit Farms, MSA, On a Shoestring, Trophy & Sports World and Sweetberries.

Tickets are $5, being sold by each team and proceeds go to the individual schools.

Tickets are also available at 792-8274 or

Tickets are $8 at the door.

n Saint Stephen’s goalkeeper Conner McCullen is 16.

Cheers from mom Kim and aunt and uncle Dr. Jen McCullen and Paul Leskinen, who bought the birthday boy a car.

n Speaking of dance, good luck to the MHS Sugar ’Canes at UDA Nationals for the 25th straight year. Their high-kick prelims are 7:09 p.m. Saturday at Disney World’s Indiana Jones Amphitheater.

Finals are Sunday morning.

Director Lori O’Leary’s dancers are Marissa Austin, Emily Barnes, lieutenant Lauren Bellant, Jordan Brewer, Cierra Cydrus, Brianna DiTommaso, Darci Elferbig, Emma Galati, Kim Giron, Abby Goudy, Daniell Kibby, Alessandra Krause, co-captain Crystal Krause, Brittany McLendon, Emily Mulrine, Katherine Pace, Margarida Phelan, Ellie Potter, lieutenant Breslyn Reiber, captain Heather Ripley, Rachel Schmitt, Kayleigh Smith, Sarah Smith, Jennifer Walstad and Jenny Winchell.

n Rowlett first-grader John “JD” Stuhr DeLesline is 7. His proud parents are John and Monica.

n Want to sing our national anthem for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Grapefruit League games at McKechnie Field?

Be there 9:30 a.m. Saturday to register. Auditions begin at 10 a.m.

Call 747-3031 for details.

n Rich and Lisa Reeder celebrate 30 years of wedded bliss in style Sunday: beers, wings, TV and the Super Bowl.

n Mea culpa to Deputy Dan Durrance, South- east resource officer and head baseball coach, not assistant as I wrote last week.

n When Take Stock in Children of Manatee County officials asked NBA referee Bob Delaney to speak Thursday, they suggested he keep it to 15 minutes.


“I do 15 minutes in the morning when the refrigerator light goes on,” joked the gregarious Lakewood Ranch resident.

n The State Road 70 Bob Evans restaurant will be done up in Green Bay colors Sunday, promised GM and Packers fan Tom Radakovitz.

But waitress Liz Kerrigan will be wearing her black-and-gold No. 36 Jerome Bettis jersey.

n PHS assistant principal and boys soccer coach Dustin Dahlquist is 37.

n Enjoyed “Read Across Manatee” last Friday with teacher Jodie Kerns’ fourth graders at Miller Elementary: Summer, Carlos, Ceímiyah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Michael, Jarawn, Sean, Kristin, Kadin, Savannah, Jaemaal, Louis, Jacob, Logan, Haley, Darby, Abbigail, Chalee, Bailey and Benjamin.

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