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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
April 16 2017
United Airlines’ Fiasco!
I couldn’t believe the news that United Airlines had a passenger physically removed from a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport this past week. United said they needed four seats for members of their staff who had to get to Louisville, KY, the flight’s destination. But, the passengers had already boarded the plane, and I read where it is extremely rare that an airline would wait that long to ask passengers to leave.
Passengers were offered vouchers for up to $800 but no one took United’s offer. They called security officers to remove four passengers randomly picked by a computer. One of them was a doctor, 69 years old, who said he had to get back to Louisville to check on his patients and refused to leave. He ended up in a hospital after being dragged off the plane and busting up his lip.
This could have easily been avoided if United had simply increased its voucher offer. I read where one passenger on another flight took an offer of $1,350 to give up her seat.
United should have taken into account the passenger is a doctor and everyone wants someone with medical expertise on a flight in case something happens.
I don’t know about you, but I will avoid taking a United Airlines flight unless it is absolute necessary.
Beatles Exhibit
On Sunday my lovely wife, Sally, and I motored to the Quad Cities to take in a Beatles exhibit at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa. It brought memories of the Fab 4’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. It was worth the trip. We also stopped in nearby LeClaire, Iowa to visit the home of the television show, “Pickers.” A beautiful day and a great time.






















 




MAR 16 2017
Morning Tee Times still available for GFPD Golf
The GFPD 2017 benefit golf tournament will take place on May 18-19, 2017. Tee Times and reception and dinner tickets are still available.
A Reception & Silent Auction will be held at the ISU Alumni Center on Thursday, May 18. On Friday, May 19, the Golf Outing and Golf Dinner will be held at ISU’s Weibring Golf Club in Normal. The afternoon golf is sold out but spots for the morning round are still available. Cost is $100.
Grandfather Alan Chapman, former principal and superintendent at Unit 5 schools started the tournament last year to raise funds to seek a cure for his grandson, Max, who is now 3 years old. Max has Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder, also known as Zellweger Spectrum Disorder (ZSD), which is extremely rare and affects approximately 1 out of 50,000 children and is incurable.
Max continues to charm everyone he meets. He attends preschool at Parkside Elementary School in the Early Learning Program.
The family writes, “We keep busy with several therapy sessions each week and regular doctor appointments. In between, Max continues to bring much joy and many, many giggles into our lives. If you haven’t met Max personally, please check out our website for some short videos and photos of Max at  www.teeitup4gfpd.com.”
All registration information is available at the website too. You can register directly via the website using a credit card, or you can download a printable registration form.
They are also excited to announce that Dan Hubbard will once again be providing our musical entertainment during the reception. 
The Silent Auction, includes a signed hockey stick from the Chicago Blackhawks, a Destihl Brewery package, a Lake Michigan yacht cruise, and many more!
To sponsor a prize this year email: teeitup4gfpd@gmail.com.
Go Redbirds
 I couldn’t believe the Redbirds didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, but now we have a chance to play in New York’s Madison Square Garden.






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