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webmaster | 02/15/12

Okay, before you start asking — wait, you already have been — my gal and I have never done anything for Valentine’s Day. No flowers, no candy, nothing, just the usual hugs and kisses. Don’t know why — maybe it’s the commercialism — but I have saved a lot of money over the years. Enough to spoil her these past four and a half decades. But, like my favorite teller Becky at Wells Fargo, you’ll have to ask what I’ve done on those other special days that could be any day.

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Up in our (me and my gal’s) favorite city yesterday, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Actually, as you know, my heart ended up with that pretty girl I mentioned above. But I did leave some other things in San Francisco. I just can’t remember what. I think I lost them when I hung onto “a little cable car halfway to the stars” that took me somewhere “high on a hill.” Take that last quote as you wish.

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Now, if I would have known about this it may have been different on Valentine’s Day. Seems Sunday there was a special party for ladies only at the Elks Lodge. It was pleasure over sports at the lodge as many more ladies gathered for something called a pleasure party than the few guys that watched golf and basketball on television. There were a lot of giggles, “oohs” and “ahs” and “oh mys” coming from the party, but organizer Teresa Suderman insisted it was “girls only.” Don’t worry (if you’re a prude), all the proceeds from the toys, uh items, went to that great event known as Relay For Life.

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Another milestone. What a great evening last Friday night at the Frank Bergon Senior Center for the 20th anniversary of the Shades of Grey, that wonderful group with the big band sound. And why was Mayor Brett Frazier and this reporter extremely happy that Chamber of Commerce CEO Debbie Bray was also in attendance for the mayor’s presentation? Only the Shadow Nose...


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