Lorraine Pollock is Home! Lorraine Pollock is back to Normal!!

Gary Pipher Speaks:  Lorraine and Bill are now home in Wasaga Beach.
I dropped by to say hi , and I thought Lorraine was looking at least 20 years younger!!! She has lost a few pounds (the envy of most of us) . She is getting around great and the speach thearopy has worked wonders. I am sure they would welcome a phone call from any of their shuffleboard friends.

Stan speaks: I phoned this evening, (2018 08 21) and spoke with both Bill and Lorraine. Lorraine and I were able to carry on a conversation.  Although I am not going to publish their phone number, why not e-mail Bill to obtain their phone number if you would like to speak with Lorraine??  lbpollock@aol.com  

Stan and Gary. 2018 08 21

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GLEN PELTIER Earned Pro in 1984; Inducted into FSA HOF in 1995.

Stan Speaks:  I have become aware that many readers are not fully aware of the significant information available on the FSA Website. For that reason I will publish, from time to time, articles from the site which I believe are historically significant, AND interesting to my current readership!!  

GLEN PELTIER – WEST COAST DISTRICT PLAYER

GLEN PELTIER became an Instant Pro on October 31, 1984, at the Bradenton Shuffleboard Club. Hall of Fame candidates must have accumulated at least 200 points; Glen easily surpassed that requirement by amassing an amazing total of 500 points at the time of his induction on February 20, 1995, at Lake Worth. He ended the 1994-95 season with 72 points (70 in Main events and 2 in Consolation), easily leading the Gold Medal winners as a very popular champion. Thus, he will begin the 1995-96 playing season with a total of 521 lifetime points! Glen played his first Masters tournament in 1986 and has continued playing in the F.S.A.’s most prestigious event every year since that time. He has won the Masters four times — his most recent win in the 1995 Masters. He is rarely seen without a smile on his face and is considered by many players as Shuffleboard’s Ambassador of Good Sportsmanship. During Glen’s Pro career, he has missed only one state tournament, and he also plays in most West Coast District tournaments. When he isn’t playing the sport he loves, he teaches individuals and groups, or is involved in projects related to the game. An ultimate champion, Glen eagerly shares his wealth of knowledge with players who are anxious to improve their game. He says that shuffleboard has given him so much happiness that he feels a great debt of gratitude and will do anything he can for the sport he loves.
The shuffleboard community is proud to add the name of Glen Peltier to the roster of Champions in the F.S.A.’s Hall of Fame.

Taken from the FSA Website; Stan McCormack. 2028 08 21

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BALL/LIGHTNER WIN SHUFFLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BALL/LIGHTNER WIN SHUFFLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club hosted a Mingles/Singles Tournament on Monday, August 20th and Earl Ball swept the Pro Division with only the last game being close but the opponent put his hammer on the 7/8 line. Ball says its time to sharpen the game up to get ready for the Eastern Nationals in September.
Dick Lightner of the Zephyrhills Club won the Amateur Division Championship.

Thanks to Earl Ball for sending this report along!!  2018 08 20

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Please Keep Paul Sauerwine in Your Thoughts and Prayers!!

Marion and Paul Sauerwine

Good Afternoon; My name is Paul Sauerwine:   Some of you know and some do not.
I will have my Aortic Valve replaced on September 6, 2018.
This was discovered during an ECHO CARDIOLOGRAM test in late 2016 and reconfirmed on July 20, 2018.
I was told the valve would need to be replaced down the road. Well, I’m now down the road, much sooner than I expected.
The valve is highly calcified and not functioning properly.
Blood is being pumped out , but then some leaks back because the valve is not closing completely.  I feel OK.
I’m just a piece of walking junk.  Paul

Stan Speaks:  Paul: I am sure you will be JUST FINE.  ALSO READ:   Lakeland Paul & Marion Sauerwine

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Why Am I Not Surprised?? An Act of Decency by Jim Allen. 2018 08 17

Stu  Cassell Speaks:  I first became aware of the Allen Shuffleboard Company when I bought an entry level cue at Ace Hardware on Main Street in Avon Park, Florida. The cue had a small rectangular sticker on it that said Allen Shuffleboard, with their address.

I found out later that the vast majority of shuffleboard players in Florida, bought their cues from Allen Shuffleboard, as well as all of the other shuffleboard equipment they and their clubs used.

What I didn’t know at that time was anything about this family run business that’s been around since 1941 or current owner Jim Allen. I would learn more after I moved back to St. Louis, Missouri and joined the St. Louis Shuffleboard Club. After I was back in my hometown for a few years I decided to upgrade my cue and called Allen Shuffleboard to make the purchase. Meanwhile Jim had sold our club our first two indoor courts, and later our 3rd. This fall we’re buying our 4th court from him.

When you use something a lot, parts will wear out. That happened to my cue. The locking mechanism inside of it began to falter. I called Allen Shuffleboard and talked to Jim about it. He knew exactly what part I needed to replace and said he’d send it out to me. When I asked him what I owed him, he said, “Nothing.” He didn’t even charge me for the postage.

I was already impressed with Jim and Allen Shuffleboard, but it gets better. The envelope arrived and there was a quarter sized piece of one end missing. When I opened it, all that was inside was an empty plastic bag, with another quarter sized hole in it. Yep – the post office’s processing machine ripped the envelope and the little bag inside and the part fell out in transit.

I called Jim and told him what happened. He apologized and said he would send out another one with better packaging. Within a few days I received it. It was in a bubble wrap envelope and the part inside was in a cardboard sleeve. The parts I needed were intact this time.

When I first discussed the problem with my cue, Jim had taken the time to give me directions over the phone how to repair my cue. He also told me if I had any problems to call him and he’d walk me through it.

I didn’t need to call him. The repair was as simple as taking the rubber stem off the end of the cue, pushing the upper part of the cue so the plastic locking piece went through the bottom, and then replacing the plastic locking collar. Done!

Now my cue locks just like new. Talk about going above and beyond in terms of service after the sale, and this on a lower end product. This kind of customer care in this day and age is rare, and Allen Shuffleboard has me and my friends as customers for life. Just wanted to share this great consumer experience with my fellow shuffleboard players.

Thanks again Jim: Stu Cassell of St Louis Missouri.

Stan Speaks: You may also wish to read: The Allen R Shuffleboard Co – 2017

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High River Alberta hosts international shufflers

The 37th International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) World Shuffleboard Championship took place in High River from July 15 to 20 at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex (BSRC).
A total of 24 teams participated, equaling 96 players from various countries including Australia, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Vietnam, United States, the Netherlands and Canada, Ken Wardley, event co-ordinator, said.
For the women’s, team Germany was the champion, and for the men’s the Canada “D” team won first.
Brian Bissillion, from team Canada “D”, told the Times it was the week-long competition as a whole that made him and his team do well.
“We had a really good team, we all played well, and I thought we had a good week,” Bissillion said.
After his team’s championship win, Bissillion said he was “shaking like a leaf when I came off the court, a maple leaf.”
Irene Hoffmanns, from team Germany, said it was surprising for her and her team to make it to the championship game.
“It’s the first time that Germany wins this competition … We as (the) women’s team didn’t have one before,” Hoffmanns said. “We are happy every five minutes.”
In 2019, the 38th ISA World Championship will take place in Vienna, Austria, which Wardley said is a singles tournament. In 2020, the 39th ISA World Championship will happen in Australia, which is a doubles tournament, he added.
Wardley said the week as a whole was “wonderful.”
“We just had a great time, everything went smooth, and it was just absolutely fantastic. Everybody enjoyed it,” he said.
Throughout the week attendees enjoyed a meet and greet, opening and closing ceremonies and tours of High River, the East Longview Hall and the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, among other activities.
A highlight from the event for Wardley was having everything run smoothly.
“I believe that … the awards banquet is the culmination of two years of hard work,” he said regarding the banquet held to close out the competition.
As reported, Wardley said they initially applied to the ISA two years ago and received confirmation of the town being the host site in October 2016.
Wardley said he received one comment in particular from attendees.
“Everyone I talked to commented about how beautiful the town of High River is looking,” he said. “They just could not get over the beauty of it and how wonderful it is and how we bounced back from five years ago when we had that flood.”
Wardley extended his gratitude to High River residents, town council and staff members with the BSRC for their support.

+Bob LLAP

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Bay Area shufflers fill new courts in Tampa Heights

Bay Area shufflers fill new courts in Tampa Heights
TAMPA HEIGHTS (FOX 13)
– Shuffleboard has been played for centuries, but there’s a renewed interest in the game. Now, shufflers are filling the courts in the new Tampa Heights facility, Shuffle, on N. Tampa Street.
Shuffle opened in April. It has four indoor, regulation-size shuffleboard courts.
It is Florida’s only indoor shuffleboard bar, making it a popular hangout for locals.
Besides the courts, Shuffle also features a kitchen, serving concession stand-style food.
To play shuffleboard, it is $10 per person, per hour, or $40 per hour for a full court (up to 6 people).
Shuffle is open Tuesday through Sunday.

+Bob LLAP

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