Thursday, June 23, 2011

Presidential helicopter detail brings perks

 Lance Cpl. John Scheiding salutes President George W. Bush and First Lady
 Laura Bush after they exited helicopter Marine 1 a few years ago.
 Serving on the ceremonial guard with the presidential helicopter, Marine 1, has some nice perks.
Ask Manatee High alum John Scheiding.
During four years on that detail with Presidents Bush and Obama, the 23-year-old Marine got to see most of the world.
Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Norway and South Korea were among John’s stopovers, sometimes two or three times.
His favorites?
Egypt and Ireland.

Lt. Dana Tindall
Oh, no! Say it ain’t so! The one and only Lt. Dana Tindall of the City of Bradenton Fire Department is about to hit the Big 5-0! Monday’s the day.

Bill Edwards brags on daughter Krista.
The 14-year-old received Lee Middle’s Female Athlete of the Year Award at the school’s sports assembly. Krista followed that up being recognized by the National Junior Honor Society, as well as receiving the Student Council Award, Citizenship Award, Presidential Academic Excellence Award and being named Outstanding Female of the Year.

Small world? My wife Sherri and I went to her class reunion at Groveport Madison High just outside Columbus, Ohio, and who should be there but classmate Rickie Fraley Kerns, a Bradenton resident for 22 years.

Sonny and Velma Jaudon will be celebrating more than just our nation’s independence on July 4 with 41 family members.
It’s also their 69th anniversary.

The Phyllis Marotta Benefit is noon-7 p.m. Saturday at Firkin & Fox, 2505 Manatee Ave. E. A popular waitress there, Phyllis is battling cancer and has no health insurance.
Call 748-7694.

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