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All-State Honors for 6 Donahue Football Players and Team Coach

Quarterback Elias Allan was named the overall best player in the Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial School's 8-man football league, Rich Scanlon won coach of the year and Donahue players also received six more all-state honors. (above, the team after winning the state championship in December)

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Experience Dance Tradition at AMU's 19th Century Ball

Ave Maria University's annual 19th-century ball Saturday, Feb. 4, offers an opportunity to experience dances of the 19th century. The ball is open to town residents and offers expert instruction and practice in dance traditions Thursday and Friday evenings. (above, file photo from an earlier ball)

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Diocese of Venice Purchases Ave Maria Oratory Building

Ave Maria University has sold the iconic Ave Maria Oratory to the Diocese of Venice, the diocese announced Thursday. The building now becomes the Ave Maria Parish Church and the move makes Ave Maria a regular parish, and no longer a "quasi-parish." AMU and Ave Maria Development are also donating land for a parish hall and offices for parish activities. (above, a file photo of a procession outside the oratory)

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Sold Out Steak Cook-Off Caps Day of Fun in Ave Maria

Twenty-two grill teams served up 1,500 steaks Saturday at the 7th annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off in Ave Maria to close out a day of family activities. (Above, this year’s grand champion, Bryan Lewis from McKinney, Texas, with Pastor Fr. Cory Mayer of the Ave Maria Parish that sponsored the event.)

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Steak Cookoff Draws Record Number of Grill Team Entrants

A total of 22 grill teams – from Ave Maria, southwest Florida and as far away as Arkansas and Texas – will be competing Saturday, Jan. 28, in the 7th annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off in the Ave Maria town center. This year, the cook-off follows an array of fun activities at the Great American Saturday event sponsored by Ave Maria Development.

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