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MANNIX ON MANATEE | Whirlwind week awaits Manatee High School junior

Next week’s spring break promises to be a real whirlwind for Joy Lakin.

The MHS junior and first soprano sings the national anthem before Monday’s Rays-Pirates game at McKechnie Field.

Then Joy and mom Joanne are off to Chicago for four days so she can sing with the American Choral Directors Association’s National Women’s Honor Choir at Roosevelt University.

In January, Joy was selected among Florida’s top 100 high school chorus singers and sang at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa.

Last year she performed at Carnegie Hall with the MHS chorus, directed by Thomas Jomisko.

“We Irish are great singers, but I know she didn’t get her pipes from me,” joked her proud pop, John.

n Speaking of national anthem singers, Shelly Starks does the honors for today’s game with the Phillies at McKechnie.

For Sunday’s Toronto game, it will be Brittney Klepper, Elora Czaia and Cathleen Baudrit-Noeth, members of the Manatee Players cast of “SHOUT!”

Kim Sand is on deck Thursday for the Orioles.

n That’s 53 years of wedded bliss for Sue and Jim Manring, who turns 73 years young.

n Like to send a card to Sister Nora Brick?

She is in New Jersey now, recuperating from the Valentine’s Day attack at her mobile home on 14th Street West.

Elesio Ortiz, her alleged assailant, is still at-large.

Write to:

Sr. Nora Brick

Our Lady of the Angels Convent

253 Knickerbocker Road

Tenafly, NJ 07670-2415

n James O. Gordon Sr. -- Rubonia’s unofficial mayor -- is 90 years young March 9.

n Stu and Gerry Gregory’s grandson, Will Gregory, helped the Wesleyan School Wolves of Norcross, Ga., capture the Class 1A-4A Georgia state swimming and diving championship Feb. 13 in Atlanta.

The future Georgia Bulldog and son of Scott and Lisa Gregory swam the fastest leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay that broke a 17-year state record, clocking in at 1:24.85. Will also won the 50 free, took second in the 100 breaststroke and swam the breaststroke leg on the second-place 200 medley relay.

His grandparents were both state caliber scholastic swimmers -- Gerry at then-Jacksonville Landon High and Stu at Jacksonville Bolles, which he helped to state championships in both swimming and basketball in 1952.

Stu then played hoops at Jacksonville JC and FSU.

n Got someone in college playing a sport?

Sports Editor Timothy R. Wolfrum wants it for Campus Connection, a new Herald feature about our county’s athletes.

E-mail details to

Or call Tim at 745-7052.

n Patrick Regan, grandson of Ben and Patricia Jones, made Eagle Scout in Springfield, Ill.

n FSU senior classical composition major Tommy Durante is off to Russia on May 5, thanks to community support to the tune of $4,300 from his recent concert at Oneco United Methodist and CD sales.

The LRHS alum plays the recorder and will study at Moscow State University this summer.

n Lastly, Amy Hendel offers heartfelt thanks for the big turnout and the community’s generosity at the Feb. 20 benefit for her 2-year-old son, Jake, at Lost Kangaroo.

Dad Bill Kerrigan, Amy’s fiance, suffered a severe stroke Jan. 26 and is now convalescing at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo.

Vin Mannix, local columnist, writes Vin’s People. Call Vin at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL. 34206 or e-mail him at Include a phone number for verification.