Kathy Brennan Said This!!!!

We need shufflers…. Many of us who have been around have seen many of our devoted shufflers age, become sick and eventually pass away. We, as a community of shufflers, need to find ways to bring new players into the game.
My question is , how?
Let’s let the FSA do it…. Let’s let the district do it…. Let’s let the clubs do it…. No let all of us do it.
If you see an new face hanging around the game, help him, encourage him, play with him (you might not win but the experience for him will never be forgotten)
Never cancel an amateur tournament due to lack of players….let them play… maybe they won’t get any points but they might get hooked on our game
At the club level…free lessons, free Friday nite shuffle for all ages, maybe a amateur league .. Do not get discouraged if the numbers are low, tell them to bring a friend. Put fliers out, put it in the webpage, and keep on going
At the district level….help your clubs advertise
Gain new parks, may sure they know what the district does and where they can go to shuffle
State … Encourage shufflers …encourage tournaments …encourage the district .. encourage the clubs ( holding any tournament, state or district , is a big job for the club an an expense)
We Need Shufflers……So let’s get busy finding them!

Kathy said the above after reading this: https://theshuffler.net/2017/12/30/earl-ball-said-this-and-you-reacted-and-that-is-good/

Well Said Kathy!!!! Stan. I still have the piece of COAL you gave me when we first met.

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Christmas Message From the Biltons.


May this holiday season bring you LOVE to your heart,

HEALTH to your body and PEACE and JOY to your home throughout the new year. 

May you spread the warmth of the Christmas season to all those around you and make this world a beautiful place to live in.

We are so grateful for your friendship and everything we have shared.

Wherever you live or whatever language you speak, may our LOVE find its way to your heart.

Merry Christmas,  Frohliche Weihnachten,  Merii Kurisumasu,  God Jul, 

Feliz Natal,  Joyeux Noel,  Pozdrevlyayu s prazdhikom Rozhdestva,

Prettige KerstdagenBuon Natale 

Rendall and Myrna  

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Earl Ball Tells Us A Great Christmas Story.

Posted on 2017-12-16 by stanistheman

The Harringtons;

CHRISTMAS-SOME LIVE IT ALL THE TIME!

Earl Ball Speaks:  I thought I would tell you a story that few of you would be aware of.

Bob Harrington, one of the shuffleboard players from the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club has related a couple of events to me over the last couple of weeks. PIC is of Bob and wife Maryann.

It’s been about three weeks ago now that Bob and a buddy were in Dade City one morning and noticed two young kids eating out of a garbage can. Bob gathered them up, took them into the restaurant, wasted them up and each kid downed two orders of bacon and eggs. One was about six years old and said that was the most food he’s ever had to eat. The people who ran the restraint weren’t too happy with Bob for bringing them into the restaurant, but they didn’t dare challenge Bob; oh, by the way did I mention the kids were black!

Last week at the district tournament held at the Zephyrhills Club he was telling me about a woman and her two kids living in a tent out by the old flea market, do you remember how cold it was. Well he went on to tell me that for the last two days he had bought hamburgers and French fries and taken them to the family.

Late last week he was telling me that he and some of the other shufflers that don’t have family here are going to feed 200 homeless people at Zephyr Park on Christmas day. Today he was telling me about all the donated food he had in his Van for the event.

Ya know what I’m going to do tomorrow; I’m going to go find a way to help. Yes I have commitments, but I’ll find a way!

Some people practice Christmas all the time, some really are heroes; thanks Bob.

Earl Ball Speaking: 2017 12 16.

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FSA CENTRAL DISTRICT SHUFFLEBOARD ASSN.

 CDA11   NWSngs   St. Cloud   December 22, 2021
              Sponsor: Double J Salon and Handyman Hardware
Main                                                        (14)Players
1.Kerry Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zephyrhills
2.Linda Dwelley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Betmar
3.Edward Fairhurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Cloud
4.Fran Bakker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .St. Cloud
Consolation
1.Randy Vigmostad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deer Creek
2.Steve Shower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Cloud
3.Sue Herman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Betmar
4.Albert Warner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .St. Cloud
Tournament Director(s): George Adyns
          
          CDP11   Draw Any Dbls   St. Cloud   December 23, 2021
             Sponsor: Double J Salon and Handyman Hardware
Main                                                        (30)Players
1. Bruce Shidler - Earl Ball * . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sebring/Betmar
2. Jim Kelly - Jerry Branham . . . . . . . . . . . Avon Park/Zephyrhills
3. Ron Dawson - Wilson Weed . . . . . . . . . . . . .Winter Haven/Betmar
4. Nancy McClenon - Rae Schneider . . . . . . . . .Avon Park/Zephyrhills
Consolation
1. Joe Villeneuve - Paul Hawkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Cloud
2. Ray Fournier - Brenda Dawson . . . . . . . . . St. Cloud/Winter Haven
3. Mamie Morton - Bob Hoskins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sebring
4. Glenda Brake * - Sandy Bigam . . . . . . . . . . Zephyrhills/Lakeland
Tournament Director(s): George Adyns

Glenn Monroe
“Not all those who wander are lost.”J.R.R. Tolkien

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Shuffleboard Reading Over the Holiday!!!

During the Holiday, You Just May Have Time To Brouse!

Posted on 2017-12-22 by stanistheman

You may find this article interesting especially if you have ever Lived Without Electricity!!  https://theshuffler.net/2015/04/21/living-without-electricity-when-was-your-last-experience-stan-with-memories/   and  this article is about 10 Shufflers who take up the challenge to participate in TAFISA, in Lithuania!! “ an article which has its share of humor AND SOME PIX of younger women dancing!!”  Start here:  https://theshuffler.net/2015/02/11/informative-and-interesting-we-go-to-lithuania/ AND now we move along to our Sochi Russia Trip:  https://theshuffler.net/2014/02/03/sochi-x-great-russian-food/  and https://theshuffler.net/2014/02/02/the-olympics-are-about-to-begin-at-sochi-on-the-black-sea-we-were-there/ and https://theshuffler.net/2014/02/01/sochi-1-a-prelude-to-the-olympics-read-to-see-how-badly-your-fellow-shufflers-suffered-under-russian-tyranny/ and https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/30/sochi-russia-shufflers-have-lived-the-olympic-experience/ and https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/29/sochi-iv-various-items-to-indicate-our-level-of-suffering-2/ and https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/26/sochi-viii-everything-else-was-leading-up-to-this-i-mean-it/ and https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/26/sochi-vi-sochi-was-such-a-huge-success-by-shirley-bryan-now-comes-the-truth/   and  https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/23/girls-rule-in-sochi-1-man-only-in-the-money/  and  https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/23/sochi-ii-it-tears-my-heart-out-to-have-to-tell-you-just-how-bad-things-are-in-sochi-see-what-you-think-of-dinner/   and https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/01/sochi-xii-great-shots-of-sochi-the-end-product/ and that ends my Sochi Series.

May ALL READERS have a Great Holiday, AND a Merry Christmas.  Stan 2017 12 22.

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FSA P12A

FLORIDA SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION

                                  P12A
               Open Doubles - Fort Pierce SBC - 12/21/2021
                        Sponsor: Jeannie Andrews
Ladies - Main                                                  (8)Teams
1. Dotty Koert - Marti Noble . . . . . . . . . .Spanish Lakes 1/Sebring 
2. Joan Mondry - Kay Cramblit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sebring 
3. Belinda Jones - Sheila Winkelspecht . . . . . . . . . . Wickham Park 
4. Carol Wolf - Janice Plumpton . . . . . . . . Vero Beach/Wickham Park 
Consolation
1. Betty Maguire - Beverly Lane . . . . . . . .Whispering Creek/Sebring 
2. Debbie Norton - Joan Buck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee County 
3. Mary Mahon - Rose Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . .Whispering Creek 
4. Nancy McClenon - Genevieve Larose . . . . . . . . Avon Park/Camp Inn 
Tournament Director(s): Dick Stonecipher



Men - Main                                                     (15)Teams
1. Jim Kelly - Don McClenon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Avon Park 
2. Larry Brown ^ - Marcel Deziel . . . . . . . . . . . Sebring/Camp Inn 
3. Thomas Winkelspecht - Greg Jones . . . . . . . . . . . .Wickham Park 
4. Tom Plumpton - Dave Clendenin . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wickham Park 
Consolation
1. Don Rood - Keith Morton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Avon Park 
2. Bob Hovatter - Ray Buck * . . . . . . .Lakes of Melbourne/Lee County 
3. James Goodberry - Glynn Williams . . Port St. Lucie/Whispering Creek 
4. Vicente Piccirillo - Francisco Francisco . . . . . . . Briny Breezes 
Tournament Director(s): Dick Stonecipher


Glenn Monroe
“Not all those who wander are lost.”J.R.R. Tolkien

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FSA P12B

Open Doubles - Clearwater SBC - December 21, 2021
                Sponsor: Dana Polk & Simply Health Card
Ladies - Main                                                  (11)Teams
1. Cindy Slaughterbeck - Cheryl Putnam . . . . . . . . .Trailer Estates 
2. Peggi Mackenzie-Young Young - Sharon DesJardins Bay Aristocrat/Clearwater 
3. Donna Schultz - Marcia Clark . . . . . . . Bradenton/Trailer Estates 
4. Flo Kowalewski * - Elaine Antaya . . . . . . Bradenton/Leisure Lakes 
Consolation
1. Terri Smith * - Pam Nurnberger * . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradenton 
2. Nancy Myklejord - Brenda Dawson . . . . . . . .Lakeland/Winter Haven 
3. Helen Biaggi * - Glenda Brake * . . . . . . . Lee County/Zephyrhills 
4. Sandy Bigam - Eileen Gallagher . . . . . . . . . Lakeland/Clearwater 
Tournament Director(s): Betty Bober

Men - Main                                                     (27)Teams
1. Roy Babcock - Dave Kudro *^ . . . . . . . Bonita St. James/Bradenton 
2. Henry Strong * - Earl Ball * . . . . . . . . . . .Zephyrhills/Betmar 
3. Tom Putnam - Ed Leonard . . . . . . . . Trailer Estates/Tropic Isles 
4. Bud Pittman - Jerry Stannard * . . . . . . . . .Clearwater/Bradenton 
Consolation
1. Ron Nurnberger * - Mike Marquis . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bradenton 
2. Job Halfyard - Larry Aaberg . . . . . . . . .Sunset Palms/Clearwater 
3. Levi Miller - Larry Mardis * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradenton 
4. Tom Fitzpatrick - Harold Burton . . . . . .Five Towns/St. Petersburg 
Tournament Director(s): Betty Bober


Glenn Monroe
“Not all those who wander are lost.”J.R.R. Tolkien

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David and Glenna Share Their Christmas Story of 2006

Posted on 2016-12-19 by stanistheman

Kensington Gardens in UK; 

DAVID & GLENNA EARLE SHARE THEIR CHRISTMAS 

This Story was first posted in 2006.  Glenna has indicated, 2016 12 15, that she has nothing new to add, save and except: “this is the 1st Christmas at home in more than 10 years, so we are looking forward to getting together with the family”.

Glenna Speaks in 2006: The Earles live at The Head of St Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia during the summer and just outside of Zephyr Hills, FL during the winter.

CHRISTMAS IN NOVA SCOTIA is probably somewhat similar to the rest of Canada. We have a large Acadian French influence as well as the Celtic heritage, both of which play a significant role in the Christmas festivities of Nova Scotians.  Music is an essential part of our celebrations and we try to attend as many performances as possible.  Music is an important part of life in NS, and during the Christmas season there are many special musical holiday traditions. From carols, sung around the piano, to full-scale productions of family favourites, the sounds of the season delight thousands of families throughout our province year after year. Symphony Nova Scotia presents performances of the Nutcracker Suite and the Messiah as well as Christmas Baroque, all of which provide wonderful holiday outings that Nova Scotians have enjoyed for decades.

The Stadacona Band, a naval military band does a wonderful concert called “A Beary Merry Christmas”, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army.  Admission to this includes a nominal fee, plus a teddy bear. There are wonderful guest musicians and a children’s choir as well as the Stadacona Band. Upon leaving this type of evening, one feels a true sense of the real spirit of Christmas!

Having been an elementary music teacher for some 30 years, one of the biggest highlights of the season has always been the school Christmas concerts. I say concerts because I always presided over several! Lots of work but soooo rewarding! During my last few years, the school boards began to insist on a Holiday Concert, in order to be all-inclusive for all ethnic origins. It changed the face of our concerts, and for many of us it was not necessarily for the better. We no longer could refer to the Christian side of the holiday celebration. I understand there may be a change coming in the near future to return to the traditional type of Christmas concert.  Many other things are taking place around the city this year, Oliver at the live Neptune Theatre, tree lighting ceremony in downtown Halifax, parades, to name a few of the events. Another outstanding concert is by Tom Jackson to aid the Food Banks, always a joy to attend.

Christmas celebrations in our own family are very traditional. Christmas Eve usually includes a beautiful candlelight service at the church which sends us home humming some of the favourite carols. It is also special for us as it is the time we share a wonderful seafood casserole dinner, typically Nova Scotian. After enjoying a fine meal, the music begins. We sing and play music until everyone is too tired to participate any longer.

Christmas morning is gift opening time. We often savor more tasty culinary delights (one of these is called Solomon Gundy-Squares of marinated herring (Solomon Gundy) on small slices of raw onion set on a cracker or toast garnished with a tiny pickled red pepper), as we ooh and aah over the lovely things we receive.  We try to get all the family together to share Christmas dinner (turkey, not fish, this time!). Some are off to their spouse’s families on Christmas Day, but they usually join us Christmas Eve, or Boxing Day, Dec 26th.  So as you can tell, most of the celebrations we share are around music and food. It is always a happy time and we are especially blessed when all of us can be together.

We hope all of you have a blessed Merry Christmas with all your families around and we wish you health and happiness in the coming year.

Sincerely, Glenna and David Earle.

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Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Scotland

On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. A bomb hidden inside an audio cassette player detonated in the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. The disaster, which became the subject of Britain’s largest criminal investigation, was believed to be an attack against the United States. One hundred eighty nine of the victims were American.

Islamic terrorists were accused of planting the bomb on the plane while it was at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Authorities suspected the attack was in retaliation for either the 1986 U.S. air strikes against Libya, in which leader Muammar al-Qaddafi’s young daughter was killed along with dozens of other people, or a 1988 incident, in which the U.S. mistakenly shot down an Iran Air commercial flight over the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people.

Sixteen days before the explosion over Lockerbie, the U.S. embassy in Helsinki, Finland, received a call warning that a bomb would be placed on a Pan Am flight out of Frankfurt. There is controversy over how seriously the U.S. took the threat and whether travelers should have been alerted, but officials later said that the connection between the call and the bomb was coincidental.

In 1991, following a joint investigation by the British authorities and the F.B.I., Libyan intelligence agents Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah were indicted for murder; however, Libya refused to hand over the suspects to the U.S. Finally, in 1999, in an effort to ease United Nations sanctions against his country, Qaddafi agreed to turn over the two men to Scotland for trial in the Netherlands using Scottish law and prosecutors. In early 2001, al-Megrahi was convicted and sentenced to life in prison and Fhimah was acquitted. Over the U.S. government’s objections, Al-Megrahi was freed and returned to Libya in August 2009 after doctors determined that he had only months to live. In December 2020, reports surfaced that the U.S. Justice Department would unseal criminal charges against another suspect in the bombing, Abu Agila Mas’ud. 

In 2003, Libya accepted responsibility for the bombing, but didn’t express remorse. The U.N. and U.S. lifted sanctions against Libya and Libya agreed to pay each victim’s family approximately $8 million in restitution. In 2004, Libya’s prime minister said that the deal was the “price for peace,” implying that his country only took responsibility to get the sanctions lifted, a statement that infuriated the victims’ families. Pan Am Airlines, which went bankrupt three years after the bombing, sued Libya and later received a $30 million settlement.

READ MORE: Remembering the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

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Why is the day after Christmas called Boxing Day?

CHRISTOPHER KLEIN

December 26 is not only a day for Santa Claus to catch his breath but a public holiday known as Boxing Day in the United Kingdom and other British Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In spite of its peculiar name, Boxing Day has nothing to do with fisticuffs, the trashing of empty boxes left over from Christmas or the return of unwanted presents to department stores. The term is of British origin, and the Oxford English Dictionary traces its earliest print attribution to 1833, four years before Charles Dickens referred to it in “The Pickwick Papers.” The exact roots of the holiday name are unknown, but there are two leading theories, both of which are connected to charity traditionally distributed to lower classes on the day after Christmas.

One idea is that December 26 was the day centuries ago when lords of the manor and aristocrats typically distributed “Christmas boxes” often filled with small gifts, money and leftovers from Christmas dinner to their household servants and employees, who were required to work on December 25, in recognition of good service throughout the year. These boxes were, in essence, holiday bonuses. Another popular theory is that the Boxing Day moniker arose from the alms boxes that were placed in churches during the Advent season for the collection of monetary donations from parishioners. Clergy members distributed the contents of the boxes to the poor on December 26, which is also the feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr and a figure known for acts of charity. (Ireland celebrates December 26 as St. Stephen’s Day.)

Although the practice of almsgiving on December 26 has faded with charity now being given in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Boxing Day name has endured. These days, December 26 is a popular holiday in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries for watching sports such as soccer and cricket, shopping and visiting friends.

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