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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
April 28 2016
Duncan Manor Fundraiser set for May 6, 7, 8
A Fundraising Open House with a Vintage & Handmade Market will be held May 6-8 at Duncan Manor, rural Towanda. The new owners of the historic home are Randi and David Howell, and they are restoring the McLean County landmark to its 1860s splendor.
The Vintage & Handmade Market will feature over 45 local artisans. There will be live local music and drinks by White Oaks Winery, White Oaks Brewery and Heartland Beverage. Food will be available from Healthy in a Hurry, The Busteraunt and Sparky’s BBQ. There will also be a silent auction.
Tickets for Friday, May 6, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Vendor Preview Night in advance are $13 for adults. Age 7 and under are free. They can be purchased at: squareup.com/store/duncan-manor. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15. The ticket includes a complimentary beverage and free tours. Phone 309-340-4491 if you have any questions.
 On Saturday, May 7, hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with free admission and $10 house tours are available.
On Sunday, May 8, hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with free admission and $10 tours.
Duncan Manor is a tax exempt non-profit organization. All proceeds go towards the restoration of the house and the grandeur and preservation.
I’ve always been fascinated by the three-story structure that is visible off of old Route 66, just west of Towanda. Hopefully the young owners can bring the building back to prominence.












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April 7 2016
Anniversary of a day never to be forgotten
It’s the one year anniversary of a sad day in the Twin Cities that will never be forgotten. The news came over the radio that fateful morning that a small plane had gone down near Bloomington’s Central Illinois Regional Airport, and there were no survivors. After learning they were returning from the NCAA basketball game in Indianapolis we prayed for their families.
Time does heal all, but it will be a long time in this case when thinking about ISU associate men’s basketball coach Torrey Ward; ISU Deputy Director of Athletics Aaron Leetch; Pub II operator Terry Stralow; investment officer Jason Jones; Sprint phone representative Andy Butler; businessman Scott Bittner and pilot Tom Hileman.  These were young, outstanding individuals who touched so many lives in their work and their friendships.
Their families have vowed to come together on this day each year and in their honor have dedicated April 7 as “Project 7.” They ask that we all perform seven acts of kindness in their honor. It doesn’t have to be grandiose they explained. Just seven simple acts of kindness helping one and another.
I can’t think of a better way to be remembered.
Baseball Underway
The 2016 Major League Baseball season is underway and the Cubs and White Sox have gotten out of the gate in fine style. Both are 2-0 as of this writing after games on the West Coast. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 0-2, losing to Pittsburgh.
The Cubs look very good. Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrietta pitched a shutout and was dominant. It will be difficult to beat them out of a division title and a first World Series title since 1908.
The Sox have improved with some new additions and could take their division. I think the Cardinals could get in the playoffs as a wild card. It should be an historic season.

   

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