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Vin's People | Sizzling frogs fry AC unit at local church

There's no doubt Advanced Air Conditioning's Lee Piper has had some unusual service calls during his career, but this lulu has to be right up near the top of his list.

It involved frogs.

Fried frogs, that is.

Seems the AC unit at one of our town's houses of worship went on the fritz, not a good thing with summer upon us.

Turns out four frogs had worked their way into the AC unit's control compartment and managed to get themselves electrocuted. In the process, Piper explained, the moisture in the frogs was sufficient to carry enough current to zap a capacitor, a potential relay and start capacitor, and the outdoor fan motor windings -- along with the amphibians.

"I have it on good authority," Piper joked. "This is not the first time frogs have been a plague."

Helen Dolbec is 39. Again.

All the best at districts in Ocala to the Manatee 8-Under All-Stars from the Heritage Harbor Cal Ripken Rookie League. They are Alex Angelo, Jackson Bradley, Mateu Dalmau, Dominic DeGirolamo, Alex Lamb, Camden Pope, Brayden Sands, Carter Sprague, Johnny Squitieri, Alex Villancourt and brothers Brady and Eddie Zaun. Coaches are Shawn Sprague, Tony Squitieri and Scott Villancourt.

Oh no! Cec Eaton is about to hit the Big 6-0! The milestone is June 16.

Michael and Angie Garrott will be wed five years June 19, but the celebration will have to wait. He's undergoing shoulder surgery that day at Blake Medical Center and will be on the ol' Disabled List for awhile.

So guess who'll be tak

ing care of him?

Said Michael: "I am definitely going to have to make it up to Angie."

Ohhh, yeah.

Gene Brown is 48.

Christina Crane will bring heat when the 107.9 WSRZ radio personality and 4-year-old son, Finn, throw out the first pitch at the Trop before Saturday's Chisox-Rays game. Along with Morning Crew co-host David Jones, Crane helped raise $15,000 for Autism Speaks. Finn is autistic and his catchphrase ("What the Whaat?") drove the T-shirt campaign.

B'town's Mike Ohlman, a catcher with the Double A Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals, is the Texas League Player of the Week. The Lakewood Ranch High alum had two home runs and eight RBI and scored five runs as the Cardinals went 5-1, including a sweep of the Midland (Texas) RockHounds. Ohlman also continued eight-game hitting and RBI streaks, batting .448 with 14 total RBI. Through 38 games, he's hitting .296 with four home runs, seven doubles and a team-leading 30 RBI.

Isabella DeMino, who will be a senior at Manatee High, will join her Bayside Community Church youth group on a five-day mission to Costa Rica in July.

Jim Long is 66.

The 2014 Miss DeSoto Heritage Festival Jercoiya Waiters will compete June 16-20 at the Miss Florida Pageant in St. Petersburg. Sadie Montanus, the 2015 Miss DeSoto Heritage Festival, will vie for Miss Florida next year.

Summer Smith is going to be 29. Again.

John Rauh was elected commandant and Warner Weil post adjutant at American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24.

Manatee High's Cheerleading Camps are June 22-25 and Aug. 3-6 for grades k-eight. For details, email

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