We Give You an Article from the Chatham Daily News by Ellwood Shreeve! (MARCHAND)

  • Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand were recognized by the Canadian National Shuffleboard Association on Thursday, July 7, 2016, near Chatham, Ont. for their contribution to the sport, including hosting the first Canadian Open shuffleboard tournament in 1980. Pictured, from left, with a plaque honouring the Tilbury, Ont. area couple, are; grandson John Carson, Henry Strong, immediate past president of the CNSA, and Glen Peltier, friend and long-time local shuffleboard player. (ELLWOOD SHREVE/THE DAILY NEWS)

    Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand were recognized by the Canadian National Shuffleboard Association on Thursday, July 7, 2016, near Chatham, Ont. for their contribution to the sport, including hosting the first Canadian Open shuffleboard tournament in 1980. Pictured, from left, with a plaque honouring the Tilbury, Ont. area couple, are; grandson John Carson, Henry Strong, immediate past president of the CNSA, and Glen Peltier, friend and long-time local shuffleboard player. (ELLWOOD SHREVE/THE DAILY NEWS)

  • Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand loved to have family and friends visit their Tilbury-area farm, and a big draw was their shuffleboard courts.

The couple, who were snowbirds, gained a passion for the game while wintering in Florida.

In 1966, they built the first of four shuffleboard courts that would be located at their home, which led to the creation of a local shuffleboard club.

The memory of the couple and their contribution to the game was formally recognized Thursday at the Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club on Longwoods Road, just outside of Chatham. The Marchands were recognized being hosts for the first Canadian Open shuffleboard tournament in 1980 on their farm.

Glen Peltier, who was president when the club started on the Marchand farm, said his friend Alfie “just loved (shuffleboard) before we hardly new about it.”

He said it wasn’t unusual for a Canadian snowbird to build a shuffleboard court at home, but the Marchands built four so they could hold tournaments.

Players from Windsor, Sarnia and London came to play, both pros and amateurs, said Peltier.

A large number of Marchand family members attended Thursday’s ceremony, where the couple were recognized by the Canadian National Shuffleboard Association. A plaque, recognizing the Marchands’ contribution to the sport, will be hung in the Tilbury public library.

John Carson, a grandson of the Marchands, said the original shuffleboard court provided a fun gathering spot for family.

“There were six brothers and sisters and all kinds of grandkids, it was a great place to go,” he said.

Carson said his grandfather was “passionate about sports, in general, so if you knew him and how he was passionate about baseball and hockey, there would be no question he’d pick up a passion for a sport like shuffleboard and bring it home.”

When asked how happy his grandparents were to host the first Canadian Open, Carson said: “That was a pretty impressive day for them; that was the ultimate credit for all of their efforts.”

He doesn’t think his grandparents ever expected to host such an event.

“They just wanted something for their friends and family,” he said.

“They would be very proud and rightly so. It was very well deserved.”

Peltier said shuffleboard continues to grow in the area, noting a 16-court club has opened in Blenheim.

“It’s grown to a point where we have to have more courts,” he said.

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President Jim Corbeil and Glen Peltier Make a Visit to the Golden Acres Club!!

 Golden Acres in Blenheim ON “keeps growing their membership“!!

To review the earlier posting on the Golden Acres Shuffleboard Club, go here: https://theshuffler.net/2016/06/01/golden-acres-shuffle-club-opened-a-new-16-court-facility-on-2016-05-31/

CNSA President Jim Corbeil Speaks: I was invited to see the new facility in Blenheim. The curling arena is nice and bright with newly painted courts on concrete all 16 have new scoreboards, discs and cues.

It is a first class club.  Roger Kellam, John Homewood and President Joe Lassard have done a superb job in starting and running a great club.

They have over 60 members and growing.

Glen Peltier, Master shuffleboard  player teaches shuffleboard every Tuesday night at no cost to players!!! and they are getting new members each session.

They are holding a mingle/ single August 24. I know Marlene and  I plan to attend.

Needless to say I was quite impressed.

Good Luck.

Jim Corbeil Pres. CNSA   2016 07 08.

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Joe Piller does His Part to Promote Shuffleboard; Each of us can Do The Same!!

Joe Piller and wife Sophie of the Rockway Shuffleboard Club, Kitchener, ON

Joe Piller and wife Sophie of the Rockway Shuffleboard Club, Kitchener, ON

The senior shuffle: Shuffleboard club seeks more players as membership declines

Now he wants more competition.  Piller suffered a stroke in 1991 that left him immobile, but he was determined to continue with his favourite sport — shuffleboard.

“If I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Piller, a Waterloo resident, who is 87 years old.  Piller is hoping more seniors will join him with the Rockway Shuffleboard Club, as membership numbers continue to decline.

“We want to appeal to some seniors to join our club,” said Piller.  The club used to compete at Rockway Community Centre on King Street near Rockway Golf Course in Kitchener. As recently as the early 2000s, the club was filled to the brim with members and they ran out of space with more than 60 members.  After a few years, the club received a gift from the City of Kitchener in the form of 12 new shuffleboard courts in a downtown community centre.

Now, as membership declines due to age, the club is down to only about 20 members.  “We’re getting old,” joked Piller.

“But shuffleboard is an outlet for seniors. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s not strenuous. You can find new friends and meet many new people and find physical challenges as well.”Piller said he thinks part of the reason is that people in the area don’t join is because they just don’t know there is a local shuffleboard club.

In fact, he’s found local people playing in New Hamburg or even Elora.

Although he only started playing shuffleboard well into his senior years, the sport has taken Piller across the continent for regional, provincial and national championships.

Garnet Duffy and Joe Piller

Garnet Duffy and Joe Piller

*Piller is also good friends with the late Garnet Duffy, the “Shuffleboard King,” who represented Canada at an international championship in Brazil. Duffy died in fall 2015.

In fact, it was Duffy who introduced Piller to the competitive side of the sport when the two met in Florida during inter-park play.

“He asked me if I would join him as a partner in competition,” said Piller.  After that, Piller and Duffy just kept winning medals and accolades at different competitions both locally, provincially and internationally in Florida. They did so well, in fact, that they were told they could no longer play in the amateur ranks because, well, they were too good.

“We made a good team,” said Piller.

This was all after a severe stroke, which left him with poor balance and unsteady on his feet. Piller was active in bowling and horseshoes before, but had to give those up due to the physicality of the sports.

“Billiards and shuffleboard I can play because I can balance myself,” said Piller.

Piller said the club is extremely welcoming to new players and aside from the competition, it’s all about creating an outlet and community for other seniors.

“For people who have never played shuffleboard, we will welcome them to our club and to our community centre and enjoy good fellowship and camaraderie with us.

“We want to give the people the encouragement to come and play shuffleboard and get to know everyone,” said Piller. “It’s basically just a social thing for us.”

Piller notes the irony in a plea for members, especially since there was once an issue with not having enough space for all the members.

“We used to appeal for courts, but we’re appealing for members,” said Piller.

For more information on the club or to join in on a game, contact Joe Piller at 519-888-0426.

  • Stan Speaks: Pic of Garnet is from my archives.  Garnet had a wonderful attitude; all shufflers enjoyed his friendship.   May he Rest in Peace!!  2016 07 -07  Sent along by Bob Weber with THANKS!!

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Lakeside OH US NSA Schedule for the week beginning July 18th, 2016.

Rich Phifer, 1st VP US NSA

Rich Phifer, 1st VP US NSA

Rob Robinson, US NSA President.

Rob Robinson, US NSA President.

We Re-visit the Shuffleboard Schedule of the week beginning: 2016 07 18.  (July 18th)

Monday 18th – National Singles Men’s and Women’s start 9 am
Tuesday 19th – National Meeting 7 pm
Wednesday 20th – National Jr Singles start 9 am
Wednesday 20th – Finals for Men’s, Women’s and Juniors, all start playing @ 6:30 pm
Thursday 21st – National Doubles for Men and Women start 9 am
Thursday 21st – HOF @ North Shore – 6 pm
Rich Phifer. 1st VP of the US NSA.

Stan Speaks:  To see pix of the complete US NSA Executive, go here: http://www.national-shuffleboard-association.us/pdf/2016%20Executive%20Board%20Updated.pdf

As noted above, the FINALS for ALL SINGLES, begin at 6:30 p.m. (18:30) on July 20th, 2016 07 20 18:30.  I suggest you plan to be there to watch some of the VERY BEST SHUFFLEBOARD!!!  

As noted by Rich, the HALL OF FAME (HOF) banquet takes place on Thursday Night beginning at 6 p.m. Location: Otterbein North Shore, 9400 N. Shore Road, Lakeside-Marblehead.  To see who will be inducted, go here: http://www.national-shuffleboard-association.us/current_HOF_inductees.html

Stan McCormack.  2016 07 07.

 

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Hendersonville NC Tournament #6 Results; 2016 07 06 Sent Along by Harold Thorne!!

HENDERSONVILLE NC SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB Tournament Results Tournament #6   July 5 & 6

Club Championship Doubles M/L

Sponsored by: Lakewood RV Park & Iannucci’s Restaurant 

Warren King and Stan QuinnMen’s Division

Main

  1. Warren King – Stan Quinn
  2. Jay Fitzpatrick – Dave Wenger
  3. Asa Lett – Phil Insinga
  4. Wayne Rose – Al Buffum

Consolation

  1. Ray Lawson – Ed O’Neal
  2. Gene Monesi – Sam Chalton
  3. Norm Willems – Charlie Gleason
  4. Joe Garcia – Wally Thyssen 

Ladies Division

Main

  1. Carol Lumsden – Lynda King
  2. Gail Chase – Dorie Baker
  3. Jan Thyssen – Carol Adams
  4. Joyce Radcliff – Jeanne Wenger 

Consolation

  1. Betty Loveland – Pat Knapp
  2. Cathy Lawson – Alandra Schuurman
  3. Sandi Quinn – Sue Insinga 

Tournament Director: Sandie Morton

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Can We Interest You in Participating in the Lary Faris US National Singles at Lakeside Chautauqua OH!!

Lakeside Has a Successful Youth Program! Junior Singles, 15 and under, Boys and Girls, begin on July 20th

Lakeside Has a Successful Youth Program! Junior Singles, 15 and under, Boys and Girls, begin on July 20th

The US National Singles, Walking and Non-walking, Men and Women,  begin on July 18th.  The National Singles Finals Tournament will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. Play begins at 6:30 p.m.  **

The US National Doubles, Men and Women, begin on July 21st.

You may wish to go this website to view good coverage of what is happening at Lakeside!! http://www.lakesideohio.com/calendar/events/3100/#.V3vt54-cFjo

Art_ShowThe Lakeside Art Show will display original artwork from Tuesday, June 28-Saturday, July 23 in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium. This year marks the 60th anniversary for the show, and the 50th anniversary for inclusion of children’s entries.

Helen_Welch_1Also in Hoover Auditorium beginning at 8:15 p.m., July 20th, we will be treated to: Helen Welch “The New American Songbook” Critically-acclaimed vocalist, Hel­en Welch, will present a special concert, titled “The New American Songbook” at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 20.

Welch, a native of England, is known for her musical theatre roles and one-woman show. She can be heard singing in the background on recordings of well-known, international musicians.  She released her first disc collec­tion in 2006, titled One Dream. The album is a collection of Broadway hits, classic pop tunes and compositions co-written by Welch. It features the Cleveland Jazz Or­chestra and her quartet. Her second disc collection, Forev­er and Now, was released in 2010.  Welch is president of Big Wow Productions and has developed shows such as “Divas I,” Divas II,” “Swingin’ on Broadway,” “Movie Magic” and “The Look of Love,” all of which she had a starring role.  During Welch’s first visit to Lake­side, she wrote two songs and ap­peared in the film “Christmas at Maxwell’s,” which was filmed at the bed & breakfast, Maxwell’s Hospitality House, in 2004.

Her first performance at Hoover was in 2011, when she performed a tribute to legendary fe­male artists in “Divas: Celebration of the First Ladies of Song.” She returned in 2014 to pay tribute to the “Music of the Carpenters.” This will be her third performance in Lakeside.

** I had the good fortune to watch the final match at Lakeside for the US National Singles Championship in 2001.  It was played in the evening with no other matches going on; a large crowd in attendance and all eyes and ears glued to the action.  Without a doubt it was the very best match that I have ever watched and it literally went “to the wire”!!   You can bet that I will be in the stands this year at 6:15 p.m., AND my expectations are high!!!   CU THERE!!! 

Challenge For You.  In the Comments Section, leave the names of the two individuals who competed in the 2001 Event!!  (Click on “Leave a comment”)

Stan McCormack.  2016 07 05.

 

 

 

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At the 2016 CNSA AGM, the Membership approved this event to memorialize the location, Tilbury, ON, and the hosts Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand.

Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand hosted the first sanctioned Canadian Tournament.

Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand hosted the first sanctioned Canadian Tournament.

We Commemorate Canada’s First Sanctioned Shuffleboard Tournament!

At the 2016 CNSA AGM, the Membership approved this event to memorialize the location, Tilbury, ON, and the hosts Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand.

The celebration will take place on July 7th, 2016 at the Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club, 9622 Longwoods Rd Chatham, ON.  The Club is holding a Mingles-Singles commencing at 09:00.  If you wish to participate, you are welcome to do so.  The Commemorative aspect will begin at noon; a light lunch will be served.

Speakers will include the CNSA President, Jim Corbeil; CNSA Past President, Henry Strong; Glen Peltier who served as President of the Tilbury Club for a period; and John Carson of the Marchand Family.   Others wishing to speak will be given the opportunity.

A Plaque will be presented to representatives of the Odette Library of Tilbury.  They will hang the plaque to ensure those visiting the library are aware of the role of Tilbury, the role of the Marchands, and the significance of Shuffleboard in their community.  The picture of the Marchands, above will appear on the plaque.  (Pic will be on the left and will have acrylic cover; words will be in gold with black back plate, and will appear on the right side of the plaque.  Plaque itself is of Cherry Wood)

Tilbury is a small community, circa 5,000, located 26 km south west of Chatham, 57 km east of Windsor, ON > on Hwy 401.  The Marchand Shuffleboard Courts were located in Tilbury East on the Marchand Farm.  The farm has been sold, the courts removed.  Both Alphonse and Phoebe are deceased.  However; that in no way diminishes support by the Marchand Family.  17 descendants are planning on attending the Commemorative Event!!

Lois and I will travel the 805 km, leaving our residence in Calabogie on July 6th.

Stan McCormack.  2016 07 04.

 

 

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