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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
August 20 2015
Eventful Week
This was an eventful week at our house. Mary Beasley Schaffrath of Austin, Texas, my wife’s good friend, came for a visit. She is a lot of fun and keeps us in stitches. However, she ended up in stitches this time as she fell in our basement and hurt her knee. She’s back in Texas and on the mend.
My younger sister, Phyllis, came by for a visit with her husband, Louie Salemi of Long Boat Key, Florida. They were lamenting the cost for the association dues at their subdivision. They were in the $200 range when they moved in, but have ballooned to the $500s. I don’t think they’ll move back here!
We bought a couple of dozen ears of sweet corn in Uptown Normal. Bill Frautschi told us they expected to sell around 7 1/2 tons of the delicious morsels. Our thanks to the Boys Scouts for shucking all that corn. I think it’s great they share in the proceeds.
On Saturday we got together with some of my high school classmates at Lake Bloomington at the beautiful home of Eric and Marcy Kaufman. Jim and Candy Dady of Normal, Steve and Carol Young of Bloomington, Ed and Edna Brucker of Woodstock, IL and my lovely better half, Sally, and I enjoyed their company and BBQ ribs, Italian Beef sandwiches and roasted turkey. What a feast!
We made it to the State Fair on Sunday. The weather was fantastic. We met some nice folks there including Jim Williams of Bloomington, a 1999 retiree from the media department at Country Companies who is helping farmers with disabilities continue to farm.

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August 20 2015
95th Sweeney Reunion
We attended the 95th annual reunion of the Sweeney clan Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Knights of Columbus in Bloomington. We were happy to indulge in great conversation, good food and good cheer.
Five Sweeney brothers emigrated from Ireland during the potato famine and went to work on the railroad. They first lived in Stanford. My ancestor was the only girl in the family and she stayed in Ireland and married into the Pyne family.
It is really a joy to see everyone again and catch up on the news. We especially look forward to seeing Margaret “Babe” Dady, who just turned 96 and her son Jim and his wife Candy. They lived only a mile from our farm in Lexington and Jim and I were in the same class at Lexington High. We also played on the basketball and baseball teams.
You may remember Babe from when she worked at the Social Security Office in Bloomington for another of our classmates, Steve Young. Last year Babe took a martini glass from the prize table for being the oldest present. “Are you going to put flowers in it,” we asked. “No,” she shot back. “I’m going to have a martini!”


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