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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
July 16 2015
Living legend at the CornCrib
Thanks to the CornBelters we got to see a living legend last weekend at the CornCrib. Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose coached at first and third base, signed autographs and posed for pictures before a good turnout. He received a warm reception from the fans.
Town Councilman RC McBride presented Pete with a plaque thanking him for coming to Normal. The excitement grew when he asked the all-time hits leader to look at the left field wall where a curtain hid another prize. When the curtain came up there was a sign with Pete’s name and his number 14 that he made famous.
Pete smiled and joked to the crowd that he thought he was getting an SUV from Mitsubishi!
It’s a shame the 22-year baseball veteran is not in the Hall of Fame and probably never will be. Ever since the Black Sox Scandal in 1919 betting on baseball has been strictly prohibited. Pete has admitted betting on games, and there is new evidence he may have bet as a manager of the Reds.
Even if he doesn’t get in the Hall of Fame they can’t take away the fact that he is the all-time hits leader and was a member of four World Series championship teams.
I want to thank everyone for sending Sally and I congratulations on our anniversary. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness.
We also want to thank Eddie Kraft for inviting us to his brother David’s birthday party. We’ll have a picture next week.

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July 2 2015
St. Jude is my No. 1
n all my years of doing the newspaper the No. 1 charity at the top of my list has always been St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Memphis, Tenn. Its late founder, Danny Thomas, and his family started something that has saved so many children’s lives and touched so many others.
The 5th Annual St. Jude Poker Run will be held in Gridley on Saturday, July 18 at Fat Albert’s. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and the Poker Run starts by 1:00 and back by 5:00.
Fred Underwood, owner of the popular dining establishment has set a goal of $16,000 this year.  Entry fee is $20 and you can ride you bike or follow behind the bikers. If you just want to come to the delicious BBQ dinner that evening the cost is only $8.00.  There is a Silent Auction and more prizes will be raffled off including a VIZIO 60” TV.  Cost is $5.00 per ticket or 3/$10.00. 
McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael attended her Lexington High School 50th Class Reunion Saturday night at the Ozark House in Bloomington. Hope she doesn’t give me a dirty stare next time I see her. Kathy looks years younger than she should. Her classmates surprised her with a beautiful poster cutout of her when she was a cheerleader. They borrowed Linda McCord Benedict’s sweatshhirt and supposedly used Kathy’s picture.
She laughed and asked the other girls to do “The Locomotive,” a famous Lexington High cheer with her, but she had no takers. Everyone had a great time. We had to leave early to get over to the Knights of Columbus where the Normal Community High School Class of 1975 was having their 40th Reunion. We’ll have more in an upcoming edition.
If your class is having a reunion gives us a call at 454-5476. We will see if we can publish a group picture in The Normalite or another of our eight newspapers.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. Celebrations are planned in many towns along with fireworks to celebrate our nation’s 239th anniversary.


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