Funny moment at Blackburn Elementary School.
Kevin O’Brien, a Palmetto High offensive tackle, was working with fourth-grader Michael Haynes as part of a mentoring program Tiger head football coach Dave Marino instituted for his players.
A husky youth football player himself, Michael was asked if he thought he’d grow up to be as big as O’Brien, who goes about 6-foot-4, 300 pounds.
“I’ll be that big,” the 9-year-old said. “But with a lot less belly.”
n Say it ain’t so! Judge Doug Henderson and retaurateur Sean Murphy are about to hit the Big 6-0!
The milestone lands on Henderson Oct. 23.
It falls on Murphy a day later.
May they stay forever young.
n Props to Ronda French and Michelle Mullins.
French is the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Most Valuable Employee for 2011 and Mullins is Employee of the Fourth Quarter.
French is the supervisor in the current collections specialized driver license department and has been with the tax collector’s office since 1990.
Mullins was promoted to the specialized driver license department in 2010 and has been with current collections since 2008.
n Oh, no! Kiernan Wilkins is one year shy of the big 3-0!
n If you’re up for a good steak for a good cause before a big game, check out Palmetto’s annual Rotary Steak Dinner 4-7 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Palmetto High cafeteria before the Tigers take on the Manatee Hurricanes at Harllee Stadium.
You get a 14-ounce ribeye with all the sides for $20 per plate.
Proceeds go to Tiger athletics.
Steakmeister Dave Bailey says Manatee folks are most welcome.
n Uh, oh! John Todd hit the Big 5-0! Dad Joe, famous for his pecan pies, is 89. Cheers from Jeremy and Kristy and Lisa.
n Speaking of Hurricane fans, do you remember Aaron Reese?
A former freshman, JV and varsity backup quarterback at Manatee several years ago, he graduated from Charles D. Owen High in Black Mountain, N.C., and is now the starting senior quarterback at Brevard College, Brevard, N.C.
Reese was the South Atlantic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a school record five TDs on Oct. 1, leading the Tornados to their first victory, 41-24 over Tusculum College of Greenville, Tenn.
He’s their leading rusher and also plays baseball for Brevard.
n Oh, no! Shawna DeLoach Kerley is one year shy of the Big 4-0!
n Grant E. Pies was recently sworn in as an attorney and works for Dye, Deitrich, Petruff & St. Paul in Bradenton.
The seventh-generation Manatee County native is an MHS and UF alum and graduated from Stetson College of Law last May.
n Susan Miller is 58.
n Bradenton Police Department SWAT is having a fund-raising rummage sale Saturday at the Bradenton City Auditorium. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tammy Spyker at 524-5120.
n Lakewood Ranch High School freshman Ryan Newman is 16 Tuesday. Cheers from parents Linda and Darrin, sister Kristen and brother Dalton, grandma Donna, uncle Shawn and aunt Kim.
Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, appears Fridays in the Herald. He can be reached at 745-7055, or email@example.com.