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Wakeland 9 will sing at McKechnie

How about a nice hand for Aliya Carrington, Jadaliz Castro, Ana Cruz, Silvia Hernandez, Ethan Ingham, Gaby Langlois, Meghan Schutte, Abby Watrobsky and Samantha Whipple?

Students of music teacher Amelia Lyons at the Wakeland Elementary School of International Studies, they will sing our national anthem at today’s 12:05 p.m. SCF-Pirates game at McKechnie Field.

Steve Ramsey does the honors for Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. Grapefruit League home opener against Tampa Bay.

n Uh, oh! Ken Pearson has hit the Big 6-0!

n Amy Robinson, a Florida Gulf Coast University sophomore and LRHS alum, made first semester dean’s list. Props from parents Diane and Doug.

n The Palmetto High and Bradenton Christian girls softball teams play a benefit game for the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Palmetto’s Blackstone Park.

A $10 donation gets you into the game.

Call PHS coach Tammy Stinton at 345-7085 or BCS skipper Gene Brown at 720-9153 for details.

n DeAngela (No. 23) Mathis, one of Southeast’s precocious freshmen who drove the Lady Noles hoopsters to the brink of the Final Four, is 15. Cheers and well done from parents Angela and Deon.

n Speaking of hoops, Bob Delaney was crew chief for last Sunday’s NBA All-Star game in LA.

It was the second all-star game the Lakewood Ranch resident officiated in his 24-year NBA career.

n Mark your calendars!

Sean Murphy’s 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Holmes Beach is 4 p.m. March 13.

Call 778-6444.

n A salute to East Manatee Fire Rescue District’s Firefighter of the Year Scott Rhodes, Fire Officer of the Year Lt. Chad Gamble and Rookie of the Year Steven Ryckman.

Engineer Joe Griffith was promoted to lieutenant. Firefighters Eric Nicholson, Adam McDaniel, Chris Galbraith and Shawn Battick were promoted to engineer.

Firefighters Paul Wren and Danny Chappell, engineer Adam McDaniel, and lieutenants Brian Kalmbach and Matt Talaska got certificates of appreciation.

The hazardous materials team service award went to Chief Byron Teates, Battalion Chief Stacey Bailey and lieutenants Will Hall and Joe Griffith.

The military service award was presented to firefighter Bobby Hayes.

Five-year service awards went to engineers Shawn Battick, Chris Galbraith, Adam McDaniel and Kyle Taylor, firefighters Danny Chappell, James Darby, Rob Day, Chad Hoeksema, Brian Mathey, Scott Rhodes, Derek Smith and Ed Wadlinger.

n Tammy Eason Hager is 53.

n Chad Choate, 80, is at the Greenbrier Rehab and Nursing Center. The former MHS principal recently had his left leg amputated below the knee after years of battling infections.

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