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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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Trumpeting St. Pat's
An elephant marched up the street toward the Anna Maria border in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade March 16. The event took place late Sunday afternoon, drawing hundreds of participants and hundreds of observers. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Lakewood Ranch High School's marching band brings a beat to Marina Drive in Holmes Beach during the St. Patrick's Day Parade March 16. The parade, presented by Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro, featured additional bands, as well as local businesses and elected officials, nonprofit groups and social clubs, horses, one Chihuahua and an elephant - no blarney - and lots of green. More on the parade, page 4. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

The Anna Maria Island Privateers toss beads to paradegoers.

Jim Gabarer, a winter resident of Tidy Island and a veteran of World War II, serves as the grand marshal in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday. Gabarer was an Army Ranger on D-Day.

Guests of the annual Irish breakfast at the Moose Lodge on St. Patrick's Day were greeted and treated to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" by Fred LaCrosse on his bagpipe as host Bonner Joy, publisher of The Islander, announced a tribute to the late Don Maloney, the Irishman who started the event, and, finally, Anna Maria Island's "Irishman of the Year." Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose

The late Don Maloney at last year's Irish breakfast, an event he founded that benefits the food bank, Our Daily Bread. Islander File Photo

The Anna Maria Island Ceili Dancers.

Bridge draw slims, draw times change, vehicles slowed
by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter

Only one “leaf” will raise for boat traffic during the duration of the Florida Department of Transportation’s renovation project currently ongoing on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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