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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
October 9 2014
Cardinals are unbelievable!
While listening to the Cardinals-Dodgers game Tuesday night on the radio I told myself there is no way the Cardinals can score off Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers ace pitcher who is being compared to the great pitchers of all-time. The Cards scored eight runs in the 7th inning in L.A. to beat him a few days ago.
Unbelievably, the Cardinals did it again in the 7th inning as Matt Adams slammed a three-run homer off Kershaw to put the Birds on top, 3-2, and that’s the way it ended. St. Louis now faces an old nemesis, the San Francisco Giants, in the National League Championship Series starting Friday.
Hollywood couldn’t write a better scripts. Go Cards!

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October 2 2014
ISU Homecoming & Evergreen Cemetery Walk this weekend
Two events make this weekend stand out. ISU will celebrate Homecoming and the Bloomington Evergreen Cemetery Walk begins. See the article in this edition on the Homecoming activities.
The 2014 Illinois State Percy Family Hall of Fame class features women’s basketball’s Char Govan who scored 1,500 points in her career in the 1990s; shooting guard Tarise Bryson who is No. 7 on the all-time scoring list; Dion Simmons, NCAA All-American in track and Amber Smith Coppola, All-American in softball.
The Stretch Miller Award for supporting ISU Athletics will go to Larry Quane, who has volunteered in various capacities for three decades. Congratulations to all. They will be introduced at halftime of the ISU-South Dakota State football game which kicks off at 2 p.m. The parade through Uptown Normal begins at 10 a.m.
Cemetery Walk - This is a special year for the Evergreen Cemetery Walk which will be held Oct. 3-4 and 11-12. Fan favorites over the past 20 years will be featured. They include:
• Bell Blue-Claxton (1872-1926) a member of the NAACP who helped desecrate the beaches at Miller Park;
• Adam Guthrie (1825-1904) served in the Civil War and owned The Ark, a cigar business in Bloomington;
• “Old Hoss” Radbourne (1854-1897) a member of the baseball Hall of Fame and who won 59 games in one season;
• Celestia Rice Colby (1827-1900) a famous writer;
• Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965) a two-time candidate for President of the United States;
•Asahel (1810-1881) and Mary Gridley (1818-1900) power couple and one of the wealthiest families in McLean County;
• Maria Litta (1856-1883) world acclaimed singer who died at the young age of 27.
For more information call the McLean County Museum of Historyt, 309-827-0428. Tickets are available there and at The Garlic Press in Normal, Evergreen Cemetery and Casey’s Garden Shop in Bloomington.
Have a great weekend!


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