Peggy House Celebrates the 94th Anniversary of Her Birth!!! 2018 09 22

To-day, 2018 09 22 is a Very Special Day for all Shufflers, but especially for Canadian Shufflers!!!  The very first Secretary of the CNSA, and wife of the very first President of the CNSA, will celebrate, and I mean celebrate, her birthday to-day in Orillia ON.  Daughter Jan Scheidt confirmed the celebration which will take place where Peggy lives.  Pic on left is of Peggy and husband Jack. Jack left us 11 years ago on Sep 23rd.  I am now going to insert an article about Jack which I had published  in their newspaper. STONEY CREEK CITIZEN INTO NATIONAL HALL OF FAME  Pic of Peggy and Glen (Peltier) taken at Tilbury, ON in 2016.

Stan, 2018 09 22

Stan McCormack speaks for all Shufflers when he extends to PEGGY HOUSE, the VERY BEST on this very Special Day!!
PEGGY: You have a most distinguished record in Shuffleboard. PEGGY: You will be remembered long after your life on earth.
Peggy House was the first shuffleboard player in the history of International Competition (37 years) to achieve “Two Perfect Records”!! Her first came in Texas at the 4th ISA Event and her 2nd on the 10th Anniversary of the ISA in Lindsay, Ontario. In total Peggy competed in 7 ISA Events.
Peggy was instrumental in the formation of the CNSA, became its very first Secretary and held that office in the formative years from 1981 to 1985.
She played for the Canadian Women’s Team at the very first ISA of 1981 in Muskegon, MI. Peggy served on the Organizing Committee for the 1990 Lindsay ISA event making regular commutes from her residence as required. Contributing to the camaraderie of International Shuffleboard, following the Lindsay event the House Family entertained the Allen Family, the Nidys and the entire Japanese Team at their home in Stoney Creek, ON.
Stan McCormack, former President of the CNSA.

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Tournament Results
Tournament #21 Sept. 20 & 21
National Mixed Doubles
Sponsored by: Flat Rock Wood Room and Shuffleboard Boutique

In 1st Place; Lynda and Warren King.

1. Lynda King – Warren King
2. Wilma Rudolph – Red Rudolph
3. Jan Thyssen – Wally Thyssen
4. Nancy Myklejord – Dean Myklejord

1. Dorie Baker – Joe Cote
2. Joyce Smith – Bob Smith
3. Doris Hanke – Stan Quinn
4. Pat Knapp – Asa Lett

Tournament Director: Ed O’Neal
Teams: 17.  Thanks to Harold Thorne for sending Results Along!!  Stan 2018 09 21

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Peter Berg Shares His Personal Story 2018 09 20

Peter Berg Speaks: Hi Stan! Here is my story, very similar to your Poplar/Oak tree story. The bark on my tree looks identical to your tree. It burns fast but gives a lot of heat.
I agree with you, as we get older everything gets a little harder. I used to lift the logs on to the wood splitter. Not any more. So I had this idea.
Notice my lifting device.

Stan Speaks: Let me congratulate Peter!!! This is a fantastic idea which eliminates the brute strength required to hoist the heavy piece on to the wood splitter!!  Just in case there are Readers who do not know Peter and wife Erika: OSA PETER BY MYRNA 2016 06  Posted on 2019 09 20. Thanks so very much Peter!! Stan



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Do You Remember “Chick” and Irene Cowell??? 2018 09 20


Shuffleboard champions from EHT prepare to take on the world’s best OCEAN CITY – Irene Cowell was hardly in championship form Friday.

She was losing by 10 points early in her practice round at the Fifth Street shuffleboard courts. But things can turn quickly in this game of strategy and finesse.

With a single push of her cue, Irene’s yellow disc skated perfectly into her opponent’s black one, knocking it out of scoring position and landing hers in the 10-point triangle.

She smiled with approval.

Irene and her husband, Chick, are getting ready for six days of international competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This couple from Egg Harbor Township was selected to compete with 22 other Americans in the International Shuffleboard Association’s tournament in September.

“It’s so exciting,” she said. “We worked hard for it.”

The Ocean City Shuffle-board Club is one of the most popular in New Jersey. Its secret: The club draws its members from a pool of Florida’s best snowbird shufflers – including the Cowells – who divide their time between the two states.

Chick is a family nickname for Charles. His father was a Chick and so is the couple’s son.

“I used to play golf. But she’d sit at home. The best part about this is being together,” he said.

The 75-year-old has always been an athlete. He lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Glassboro State College, where he was inducted to the Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. He coached football for 35 years. His Indians team at the Dr. J.P. Cleary Junior High School in Buena went undefeated for six years.

By contrast, Irene has never played a sport in her life. She is a retired school librarian. But she found she had a knack as a shuffler. Irene, 72, took to shuffleboard like a seagull to Boardwalk pizza. She won the women’s nationals last month in Lakeside, Ohio.

“The women are as good as the men. Some are better,” Chick mused.

Neither of them picked up a shuffleboard cue until 1998. The couple practiced and competed together so they would improve at the same pace. That way, Irene said, they could be invited to the same tournaments and play in the same skill class.

Ocean City has a love for all things recreational. Shuffleboard is no different. Students at Ocean City High School play in gym class. This resort has the most courts in New Jersey. Eighteen of the 24 courts are open and free to the public. Six others belong to the club. The city keeps cues and discs in an equipment shed for visitors to use. This Cape May County town plays host to the New Jersey state championships each year.

Most ranked players buy their own 6-foot-long cues. The Cowells keep their cues at their winter home in Florida.

“They’re hard to take on a plane,” Irene said.

But they plan to take them to Brazil next month. This game has taken the couple to England and Denmark. But the game has broad appeal in Australia, Japan and South America as well.

“I had trouble understanding the Brazilian girls. You just smile a lot,” she said.

In Ocean City, club members play for Shriver’s candy – or dimes. Usually, the Cowells walk away with toll change and taffy at the end of the day. They play even on the hottest summer days. It’s cool in the shade of the club’s shelter. Sparrows nest in the rafters, chirping above the knocking of discs.

Before playing Friday, club Vice President Frank Brenner swept the courts with a push broom. Windblown sand is a major pitfall of the club’s oceanfront location. Then he used a shaker can to apply wax to the concrete surface.

“They’re good,” Brenner said of the Cowells. Competitive, too, he said.

Chick admitted he hates to lose.

“Oh, yeah. You go home talking to yourself sometimes,” he said.

The game is deceptively simple. Land your disc in one of the scoring areas or knock your opponent’s out. But there is plenty of strategy involved. But the key to friendly competition is being friendly, she said.

“You’re playing mostly with friends. Very seldom do you find a poor sport,” she said. “You know someone is going to lose that day.”

They just hope it isn’t them.

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Did You Ever Notice, that sometimes, small accomplishments make you FEEL GREAT!!

Lois and I Lived Here!
Our Son’s Ski Chalet in Calabogie, ON

Stan Speaking:  Did You Ever Notice, that sometimes, small accomplishments make you FEEL GREAT!! I wrote this article two years ago, 2016 while we were living in our son’s ski chalet in Calabogie, ON. (Add two years to my age!!)

Stan Begins: When you are 80?? How will you feel?? How active will you be??
Things change dramatically as you age! Some of us seniors struggle to dress! Balance is not good; especially on one leg! And when your toe catches whatever it is you are putting on, you become as frustrated as one does in mid life, as he/she waits on an extended traffic signal!!! And heck, we have not even gone down stairs yet?

If is now 14:30 and as you can tell, I am sitting at my computer!! Rather than tell you about that, I am going to tell you how I spent my morning!! Got up; came down stairs; turned on the Furnace and lit the Wood Stove. 
Following breakfast, I tidied up part of my woodpile; wood is piled right on the side porch; picked up the Chain Saw(( Readers who have a knowledge of Trees/timber, will know the tree in the pic IS NOT POPLAR)) and proceeded to fell a tall Poplar Tree** I had had my eye on for some time!! The tree was the “right size”. Had better explain: It was sufficiently slender to eliminate the need to SPLIT it before burning!! It was sufficiently middle agish to ensure a good burn!! I felled the tree, cut it in burning lengths, hauled it to the deck and piled it!! Although I took more than one rest; although my back ached from picking up the wood; although I struggled when pushing the wheel barrow through the snow; I felt “oh so good” when the job was done, when the wood was successfully piled. It was as though I had demonstrated that us seniors can still do something useful!!  For those of you who have built your own home, you will be able to understand what I am attempting to explain. 
Stan McCormack writing in Calabogie, ON on 2016 12 08. Posting on 2018 09 19.

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“How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm” by Myrna Bilton!!

“How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm by Myrna Bilton”

Today the 101st International Plowing Match and Rural Expo started in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. We did not attend but this week brings back memories of the many years we took part in the IPM’s.

Friends Gather at the IPM (International Plowing Match) Jamming Session

In 1968 the IPM was held on a farm close to us at Guelph, Wellington county. Memories of walking in the rain and mud!!!

Pot Luck Dinners!!

In 1984 the IPM was held on a farm at Teviotdale in Wellington County. Our Women’s Institute was involved with the fashion show. As I was a member I volunteered to sew clothes and model them. It took our committee 2 years of planning for this event. Wellington County hosted the IPM again in 2000 at Elora, Wellington County. This time Rendall and I volunteered our time in the RV Park.

Shufflers John and Rea Wilson join Rendall and Myrna

In 1994 we started taking our trailer to the Plowing Matches and parked in the RV Park beside Tented City. We kept this up until a couple of years ago. Lots of memories have been made with our friends at the IPM’s. Many years we had 20 to 25 trailers in our group. Lots of story telling and lots of camaraderie!!!! Every night the entertainment tent has music. Good music that we danced to. In the afternoon music was played at our camp. We had group breakfasts and pot luck suppers.

I always liked the Parade and the opening ceremonies. There’s always lots to do at the match….view the new and the antique implements, the Lifestyles and Quilt tents, walk the rows of tented city and find a place to eat. If you get tired of walking you sit down and listen to music. You can always go to the fields to watch the plowing. Crowning of the Queen of the Furrow and the Church Service are events that we always attended. Rendall and I were part of the mass choir in 2000. I can still hear all the voices singing.
The Dancing Tractors and the Canadian Cowgirls were always entertaining.
Those years have been special for us and we treasure the many memories that we have made at the IPM’s.

I’m proud to have grown up on the farm, raised our family on the farm and made our living on the farm.
“You can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl”

Myrna Bilton. 2018 09 19

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A Medical Message For You!!! 2018 09 18.

I hope everyone can send this on as it is really important for everyone to know!

1. Let’s say it’s 7:25 pm and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

2. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.

3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw.
You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

4. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.

5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

8. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.
In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.

9. . Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

10. . A cardiologist says: “If everyone who gets this email & kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life.

11. Rather than sending jokes, please ……. contribute by forwarding this email which can save a person’s life….

12. If this message comes around to you ….. more than once….. please don’t get irritated….. U need to be happy that you have many friends who care about you & you are being reminded of how to tackle…. Heart attacks…. when you are alone.

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