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Vin's People: Remembering a gift to Meals on Wheels PLUS that was really fowl

When Meals on Wheels PLUS was still in its infancy, Helen Blue said they did not refuse any donated food items.

Even live chickens.

"One day a woman called and said, 'I got this flock of chickens. Would you like them?'" recalled the nonprofit's founder, who is in town for its 40th anniversary celebration.

"I talked to the girls in the kitchen. I said, can we do this? They said, 'Don't worry, Mrs. Blue. We've got it covered.'"

After the fowl arrived, one worker asked a favor.

"She lived in Palmetto and wanted a red hen. I told her to take it," said Blue, who now lives in Franklin, N.C. "She put it in a bag, tucked it under her arm and I could hear that chicken cackling all the way down to the bus stop!"

n A salute to Trooper Jeremy Larrabee, a new member of the Florida Highway Patrol's 122nd graduating class. On hand for the Tallahassee ceremonies were proud parents Ken and Judy and girlfriend Lauren Ceruti.

n Lynn Pierce is 39. Again. Cheers from Fred, Lauren, Jim, Sue, Chris and Sherri.

n The 5th Volley for the Cure Fundraiser is 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Southeast High's Buzz Narbutt Gym.

The Seminole spikers host the Manatee Hurricanes varsity and JV in the annual breast cancer research fundraiser that will pack the place with pink -- pink volleyball, pink uniforms, officials T-shirts and whistles, too.

Contact Lisa Pratt at

n Officer Andres Perez is the Bradenton Police Department's Officer of the Month for Septem­ber.

n Remember Heather Koch? She's Dr. Heather Crawford now.

The former three-time state weightlifting champion at Lakewood Ranch High School has joined Hornback Chiropractic and Wellness, P.A. in Lakewood Ranch.

She married Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Randall Crawford last April.

n LaVerne Shoultz is 95 Sept. 25.

n Like Beatles music?

Manatee High School's Academy for the Performing Arts hosts the "Liverpool Legends" Beatles tribute band 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Davis Theater.

Student musicians will join the group during portions of the performance, which is part of the "Help Keep Music Alive" program, authored by Louise Harrison, sister of late Beatle

George Harrison.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Student tickets are $10 with student ID.

Call Linda Boone at 714-7300, ext. 2093.

n Speaking of music, Del Couch is off on a 10-day tour with Jeff Cook, founder of country music legends Alabama, and eight other musicians.

It starts in Odessa, Texas, and continues through Arizona and California before winding up in Laughlin, Nev.

"The best part is I only have to carry my trumpet," Couch joked.

n Lt. Col. Craig Mix, Manatee High Class of 1984, spoke at the Appalachian State University ROTC commissioning ceremonies last month in bucolic Boone, N.C.

Mix, a veteran with the North Carolina Army National Guard, is a 1988 ASU alum.

He and his family live in Davidson, N.C.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix