By Tom Vaught
Officer Pete Lannon
SUN FILE PHOTO
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH Students at Anna Maria Elementary School
brought home a note bearing bad news to their parents last
"Officer Pete" Lannon, the Holmes Beach police
officer who serves as the schools resource officer,
is suffering from cancer.
Lannon, who has served in that position since the department
hired him in May 2000, had been on sick leave for nearly
two months suffering from what he thought was a bad back.
Further diagnosis concluded it was cancer. He said by telephone
Monday that he is going to fight it.
Members of the PTO, the school staff and the Holmes Beach
Police Department are rallying to raise money for Lannon
and his family, which includes his wife, a daughter in high
school and a 10-year-old son. Plans include:
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m., a spaghetti dinner at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Tickets will be childrens area, which will
be located in the parking lot across the street from Roser
Memorial Community Church. This year, Captain Kim Ibasfalean
will have her childrens touch tank in the area, there
will be face painting and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will
have mascot Raymond along with the teams Hummer.
Kids will also have a chance to enjoy some kettle corn,
shaved ice, water and soda, all available near the play
You cant have a festival without music and this year,
Bayfest offers live music on two sound stage and at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
The lineup for the main stage, located at the Bay end of
Pine Avenue in the field across the street from the city
pier, goes as follows:
9:30 to 11 a.m., Jimi Gees Swinging Cats of Rhythm;
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Almost Famous
2 to 4 p.m., Koko Ray and the Soul Providers;
5 to 7 p.m., the Dr. Dave Band.
Disc jockey Scott Barr will play music between the live
There will again be a childrens stage, located this
year just south of the childrens play area. The lineup
there will be:
10 to 11 a.m., Dave Moran, international preschool entertainer;
11 a.m. to noon, Scott Achors "School of Rock;"
Noon to 1 p.m., Holly and Trina Rizzo's "A Century
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Eric von Hahmann;
3 to 4 p.m., Bootleg Reggae Band;
4 to 7 p.m., the Chase Vickers Band and the Drum Studio
In addition, disc jockey Lance will spin classics at the
car show, located on the north side of Pine Avenue near
The Historical Society will have live music at its wine
garden, Tom Benjamin plays from 1 to 2 p.m. and Bill Bowdish
plays from 2 to 4 p.m.
In addition, there will be a Crab Cake Cookoff. Organizer
Cindy Thompson said there are six contestants signed up
so far, and they have room for more. If you think your crab
cake recipe might be a winner, call her at 761-4766 for
information and to sign up.
The Anna Maria Island Sun is the main sponsor this year.
Music sponsors are Coast Bank and Surfside Realty, car show
sponsors are LaPensee Plumbing and Dr. Gary Messer and the
dining tent sponsor is The Sun House restaurant. Childrens
area sponsors are Webb, Wells & Williams and Palma Sola
Early Learning Academy, margarita booth sponsors are Lois
Finley, Mike McCaleb Architect and Smith Realtors and the
electrical sponsor is Herb Dolan/Electrical Services.