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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
JAN 19 2017
Twins, mother and father doing fine
We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that our friends Steve and Sabrina Pampel of Bloomington were going to be grandparents of fraternal twins. Sydney Le Stubblefield and Trevor Robert Stubblefield are here and are at home.  They came just in time for the Pampels and Sally and I to get away to Las Vegas for the weekend. I hear it’s not much warmer there!
The babies’ parents are Emily and Adam Stubblefield of Danvers.  Steve and Sabrina, the former Sabrina Siron of Lexington, are maternal grandparents along with Leo and Terri Schreiber of Lexington. Paternal grandmother is Barb Stubblefield of Lily, Ill.  Great-grandmother is Doris Siron of Lexington.
The little urchins, born on January 3, 2017, just after the tax deductions which I’m sure Adam was hoping for, are doing well. She weighed 5 lbs. 3 ozs. and was born at 7:33 a.m. and he weighed 6 lbs. 8 ozs. and arrived at 7:35 a.m. at Advocate BroMenn Hospital in Normal.
Getting back to Vegas, the last time we were there Steve saw the No. 20 on the back of a Green Bay Packers fan’s jersey coming down the elevator. “Bingo,” Steve shouted, “we have Aaron Rodgers’  number to be on at the Roulette Wheel.” It turned out to be former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers of University of Nebraska fame and then the Packers but that’s okay. Sabrina remembers that is only thing Steve won in Vegas!
This year we have a new number for the Roulette Wheel, Steve says. Grandson Trevor Rolison of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (not a mistake, same name as his new cousin)  wears No. 17 and will be playing in the Florida-Georgia High School All-Star Football Game in Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday. If No. 17 is a winner on the wheel, Steve wins $35. (He only bets about a $1 at a time.)
It should be interesting











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DEC 22 2016
Merry Christmas to all!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers. As we come to the end of 2016 I’m telling myself, “What a remarkable year!”
After 108 years since they last won the World Series the Chicago Cubs pulled it off in 2016. And, in the biggest upset in political history Donald Trump was elected President.
I told my lovely wife, Sally, I would like a “time machine” for Christmas where we can go back to a simpler time with no internet or social websites. I don’t think she agreed.
Sally is a Forum Commentator for WJBC and she talked about a great program we were involved with this past week. Recycling Furniture for Families, RF4F, will take your gently used items and get them to families that need them. They pre-screen for need and the average recipient is a 34-year head of the household and 67% of the time it is a mom with two kids.
 They help over 650 families per year who have an annual income of under $10,000. About 16% of these folks are disabled, and a small percentage have suffered abuse or are veterans.
You can drop off items at their warehouse at 515 N. Center St., Bloomington or they can arrange to pick up larger items. They took our old king-size mattress. It is suggested you have a monetary donation ready to pay for gas and maintenance. A small donation helps offset the cost but any amount in appreciated. If you live outside of the Twin Cities there is a $40 mandatory fee.
This is a great way to help a family in need. Remember RF4F when you consider throwing something away that someone else could use.









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