Jim Allen Speaks: Here is a quick video of Jim Corbeil showing how to throw a rope when we were at the Bar U Ranch last week! It was amazing to walk the ranch with him and hear the stories of Jim and Marlene when they lived there….some 45 years ago!
Earlier this week, the federal government announced that starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. Subject to limited exceptions, all travellers must use ArriveCAN (app or web portal) to submit their travel information. If they are eligible to enter Canada and meet specific criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will still require a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result. However effective August 9, 2021, the Government of Canada is adjusting its post-arrival testing strategy for fully vaccinated travellers. Using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test. There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers. Further, with the advent of increased vaccination rates in Canada, declining COVID-19 cases and reduced pressure on health care capacity, the three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air as of 12:01 A.M. EDT on August 9. Fully vaccinated travellers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will still be required to quarantine upon arrival to Canada for a 14-day period. A full list of requirements for entry into Canada can be accessed here, https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid. Recently, it was announced that the U.S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21, 2021. The CSA recognizes that the vast majority of Canadian snowbirds who travel to the United States do so with their Canadian vehicle. Despite this setback, the association continues to advocate for the safe reopening of the land border and we remain optimistic that the U.S. land border will be open by the fall. We will be providing further updates as soon as new information is available. Sincerely, The Canadian Snowbird AssociationThe Voice of Travelling Canadians
Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other people first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two. Here are the facts: The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS AMERICA”. But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public airing of the song.
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans. This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate was also large in size; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in reference to her: “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”. Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before–way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song. This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re In The Army Now.” At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it’s Ronald Reagan.
To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry. . .and for many generations of Americans to follow. Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you’ll enjoy it and treasure it even more. Many people don’t know there’s a lead-in to the song since it usually starts with “God Bless America.” So here’s the entire song as originally sung. <HTTPS://www.youtube.com/embed/TnQDW-NMaRs?rel=0> https://www.youtube.com/embed/TnQDW-NMaRs?rel=0
NOTE: Click the above – then click the picture to get it started.
HERE ARE SOME NEW -DID YOU KNOWS? dated March 10th, 2018 1-EARLY SHUFFLEBOARD WAS SO POPULAR IN ENGLAND THAT A LAW WAS PASSED BANNING IT AS IT WAS TAKING TIME AWAY FROM THE “IMPORTANT” TASK OF ARCHERY Posted on 2018 03 19. 2-THE FIRST ON DECK SHUFFLEBOARD COURTS HAD SCORING BOXES OF 1 THRU 10 AND 10 OFF. Posted 2018 03 23. 3 .EARLY SHUFFLEBOARD IN ENGLAND SOMETIMES HAD TIME LIMITS ON MATCHES.——-APPARENTLY THEY HAD SLOW PLAYERS THEN EVEN THOUGH NO DRIFT CARDS WERE USED. Posted 2018 03 23
Glenna Speaks: Today was a very busy day once again. Went to play just one game at the Snodgrass Centre, then had another beautiful lunch. Back to the hotel where we were picked up by 3 school buses which took us the Bar U Ranch. Some people may not know that Jim Corbeil and his wife Marlene lived on this ranch for quite a number of years. At least one of their children was born there. Jim became head hand soon after the previous hired man gunned down his wife’s boyfriend. Sound like the Wild West?? Jim gratefully moved up to head man!
Jim & Marlene pointed out the house where they lived but it was off limits for us to go through. Guess someone lives in it.
Now the Cdn Federal Govt has taken over the whole ranch and it’s upkeep.
This phrase (in the title) from a lady who has been through more suffering than most of us are able to comprehend! Juanita Harlow just won the National Amateur Mixed Doubles held at Avon Park~~Dec 14, 2004, and in conversation with her I described her win as a Wonderful Victory~~she repeated the words with sincerity and thankfulness!! In 2000, Juanita as a District Amateur, placed in the District Masters. In January of 2001 she underwent a hip replacement. She picked up an infection while in the hospital and since that date has had 6 operations and three (3) hips. For a period of 6 months, Juanita had no hip and during that time she got around with the aid of a walker. She told me that without a hip, your foot will not move forward without a conscious message from your brain, that is, you must tell your foot to go forward. Juanita has rebounded!! She began shuffling on October 6th of this Oct, and to-day, she with partner Don Rood, finished 1st in the National Mixed Doubles~~an accomplishment that few of us can grasp. Immediately after the Club President presented the coveted National Pin to Juanita, she rushed over to Lois, and said: “Pin this on me, right now!!” Along with the phrase I have used as the title of this article, Juanita often employs two others: “We must be powerful, not pitiful; and we must get better, not bitter”!! The spirit and attitude expressed by these phrases, coupled with a strong belief in God has helped Juanita during what can only be described as a period of hell. However; had you been present to-day to hear the cheers and the clapping when she won, and the many embraces from fellow players, you could understand why there was nothing but joy in her heart and a look of quiet confidence and satisfaction in her smile. All Shufflers Salute this Act of Courage by Juanita Harlow. Stan in 2013 08 12: This is a great story no matter when it was written. If you know Juanita’s health situation to-day, please share it with me.
Stan McCormack of THE SHUFFLER 2004 12 14
Jim Clayton speaks: It gives me great pleasure to compliment Juanita Harlow on her 1st place finish in The Avon Park National Amateur Mixed Doubles. When you read the report by Stan McCormack and become aware of the physical conditions Juanita has overcome to play this wonderful game of shuffleboard, to win a National Tournament, can only be described as fantastic. Jim Clayton, National Shuffleboard Association President. 2004 12 16
Letter from the US NSA President, Sandi Quinn
I called Juanita Harlow this afternoon (2015 12 02) and talked to her and her daughter. So glad I did! I had no idea how serious things have been for her in the last year. I was very impressed Stan, with your article on her in 2004 and thought to myself then, “God bless this lady for her faith & spunk, and what an inspiration she must be to all who know her.”
She was very glad I called and was able to talk to me with ease. She told me a little about the last year and that she felt so blessed to be with her daughter and doing so well. I congratulated her again on her 1st place in the Avon Park National M/D in 2004 and I could just feel her pride, even over the phone. She said it was one of the best moments of her life and will never forget the feeling. She said she is still having a little trouble w/short term memory, and she can’t walk at all. But, she has full confidence of both being corrected in the future. I thanked her for being such a wonderful inspiration to shufflers worldwide thanks to Stan’s article on her in 2004. What a wonderful conversation we had. She told me her daughter wanted to talk to me, thanked me more than once for calling and we said good-bye.
Her daughter wanted me to know just how serious her mother’s fall of last Christmas day was and what she had been through. When Juanita fell she hit her head very hard on some furniture and dislocated her shoulder. Because of the severe head injury, Juanita’s Doctors told her she would never be able to speak again, would never know her again and would never walk again. They said it was irreversible brain damage. Juanita was in the hospital for months, then in rehab for months. After 10 months, with no significant improvement, her daughter took her home with her. That was in Oct. of 2015. She worked w/Juanita and by the grace of God she began to improve. Her daughter told me she was ‘one old tough bird’ and they are getting along very well. She also believes that Juanita will walk again. She said the 3 hip surgeries were nothing compared to what Juanita has been through since last Christmas. She thanked me for calling and making Juanita so happy. Believe me, it was all my pleasure!