Friday, September 14, 2007

28! Wrong jack...

important cribbage note from jwgh:

I just played a game of Cribbage against my mother in which she had a 28-point hand. (She even had a jack, but it was the wrong one.)

I managed to miss getting skunked by two points, which under the circumstances I think isn't bad."

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Texan Cribbage at Cribbage Flat Southwest...

From Cribbage Flat Southwest...

"Tuesday we took a little 400 mile road trip. Wade & Michelle decided to give up Major the dog. I feel bad for Wade for two reasons, Major wasn’t the dog Captain was, and Wade really wanted Connor to grow up with a dog. But what with the new house and their traveling; it is expensive to put pets in the ‘Pet Hotel’."

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Cribbage in Cranford...

From Book Addicts:
...a review of "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell

"droll tales of life in Cranford are filled with benevolence towards the many foibles of humankind. The characters are fussy, endearing and quaint. Gentle humour plays a large role in each of the chapters, and the reader must possess a certain generosity towards the sheltered lives of those who dwell in Cranford. If you enjoy Jane Austen, then you will probably also enjoy “Cranford.” “Cranford” is but a pale shadow of Austen, and the novel lacks the sheer brilliance of Austen’s searing vision of human nature. Nonetheless, the tales of tea time in Cranford, with the Cranford ladies playing cribbage and stuffing a greedy pet dog with seed cake, will delight all of us who long for a more elegant, peaceful age."

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Football cribbage players...

From Seattlepi.com

There also were the cribbage games in the training room with Dave Krieg and Curt Warner, in which the loser would leave not on speaking terms with the winner.

"I love competing," said Moyer, 46. "But it drives me differently now. What's changed is that I don't need to be number 1 at everything. But I still like the competition."

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Her teacher, Miss Cribbage...

From the Register-Guard:

"Emily, a small bunny, is the happy new kindergartner of "Emily's First 100 Days of School." Emily says, "On the first day of school I leave my mama's arms. I am too excited to cry." Her teacher, Miss Cribbage, tells the class that on every school day they will meet a new number friend. When they reach 100, they will have a party. When the class reaches the unbelievable milestone of 100 days of school, Emily celebrates by writing a letter to the Bunny family in which she shows that in 100 days she has learned to not only read and write, but to count 100 kisses."

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Text book Cribbage...

From Kimberly Simon:

"In the past few years I have learned to and played quite a bit of cribbage. In the textbook, when the author discusses chess masters ability to avoid thinking through every possible strategy and instead only thinking through superior strategies it reminded me of playing cribbage with friends of mine who have been playing for years. While I think about every possible combination when discarding cards to the crib (hopefully someone plays cribbage and therefore this makes sense to them), my friends who are "expert" cribbage players can quickly discard because they look at the chunks or sets of cards and are able to just think quickly through the best strategies. I think it's fascinating to see the process of the quicker retrieval of recalling chunks of information in place."

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

100 things about Michele #34...

From The Rocky Mountain Retreat:

31. When I eat fruit, it must be cut up in pieces otherwise I won't eat it. I hate biting into fruit such as apples, pears, plums, watermelon, etc.
32. I was in a car accident in 1977 when a drunk driver hit us by crossing over the centre line and hit head on into us. I flew through the front windshield and landed on the highway road and lost all my front teeth and scarred by face pretty bad.
33. I do not drink and I abhor people that drink and drive, even if they said they only had one drink and they are ok to drive.
34. I love to play cribbage.
35. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the colors and the smells of this season.
36. I don't like watching horror movies. Bloody and decapitating types of movies do not thrill me at all!
37. I can speak some German. Understand some German and read some German.

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King of Kong and cribbage...

From the Blog "Chicago Stories"
"Sunday played some cribbage and checked out King of Kong. Oh my sweet lord in heaven, one of the greatest movie experiences ever. Another plus. I don’t even know how to explain the greatness of this movie, so just see it while you can, and if you can’t…just wait for that thing called the DVD, because it’s worth the wait.

Sunday night we had a good dinner with me brother and came home and played more cribbage. I’m losing…badly."

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Pegged out... Cribbage lovers beyond 121.

One last miracle was not to be

Kelly Egan
The Ottawa Citizen

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Alcide Yelle was always a restless sort.

Not long ago, he was lying in a hospital bed at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital, gravely ill with Parkinson's disease, diabetes and a variety of complications from a leg amputation.

Still, he was bored.

He called his friend, Marcel Gervais, also an amputee. With a third man, Keith Baker, the trio had formed a small manufacturing company inside the walls of Saint-Vincent Hospital.

Talk about miracles. Three men in wheelchairs were designing, making and marketing oversized board games, like cribbage, for the visually impaired.

Mr. Yelle was production manager, "the slave driver," but ill health had temporarily landed him in the Civic.

"Can you send me a bunch of pegs?" asked Mr. Yelle, 72, describing one of the pieces of the board games. "I can count them out and put them in bags."

If there is an overriding character trait about Mr. Yelle, who was buried in a snowy churchyard yesterday, it is this sense of being driven.

He was a fisherman and hunter, a beekeeper, woodworker and winemaker. He used to tap his own maple trees on his 11-acre property, emptying buckets by hand and doing the evaporating all night, sleeping on a cot in a crude shack.

He didn't dabble in hobbies; he threw himself into them, including building his own house near Carlsbad Springs and teaching his children to ski, swim and camp.

"It was like he had ants in his pants," said his younger brother, George, with a laugh. "He couldn't sit down. He always had to have a project."

Mr. Yelle was born in Cornwall on Dec. 18, 1934, the third of six children. His father, Leo, was a shipper at one of the city's large mills.

One Dominion Day, Alcide and George were watching a parade pass through a nearby village. The Mounties went by on their horses and red serge.

"Now that's what I want to be," George remembers Alcide declaring.

The family moved to a farm near St. Albert in 1945 and the children helped with chores, including milking 40 cows by hand. But Alcide had his eyes set.

In 1955, he graduated from the RCMP's training academy in Regina, a member of J Troop. He married his wife, Aline, in the early 1960s and the couple had three daughters, Julie, Marie and Chantal, all tall like their father, who was six-foot-four.

His work would take him to Montreal, then Ottawa. From 1981-1983, he was posted to a senior position in Fredericton.

He was entrusted with many assignments that involved providing security for heads of state and VIPs, including King Hussein, the Queen, Prince Charles, and prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

The work took him all over the world, his family said.

Included in the mementos shown to mourners yesterday was a photo of Mr. Yelle with a visiting Henry Kissinger on Parliament Hill, signed by the 1970s-era U.S. secretary of state: To Sid Yelle, With every good wish.

At one time, Mr. Yelle was director of official languages policy at RCMP headquarters in Ottawa. When he retired in 1989, he was a chief superintendent, one of the highest ranks in the force.

In the mid-1980s, Mr. Yelle began building a large, grey stone house on a rural property outside Carlsbad Springs. He finished the job, but a downturn in his health would not permit him to peacefully live out his retirement there.

On a fishing trip, he complained to George about a mild shake in his hand. Not long after, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

As was his nature, he threw himself into work with Parkinson Society Canada, first locally, then nationally. The organization credits him with energizing a movement to unite the society's provincial arms and with creating a payroll deduction fundraising plan.

Eventually, his health declined to the point that he moved into Saint-Vincent Hospital. Again, he refused to sit still. He was soon president of the residents' council, acting as a patient advocate and a liaison with the hospital.

"Dad surprised everyone with his resilience. He was not one to dwell," his daughter, Chantal, told the crowded pews at St. Laurent Church, not far from his former home.

It was there that he began playing cribbage with Mr. Gervais, 64, who is almost entirely blind and suffering from kidney failure.

Mr. Baker, a computer whiz who used to keep score for the pair, had an idea: how about a bigger board for the visually impaired? One thing led to another and mock-ups were being built.

BYG Games was born, trading on their initials. It has so far produced dozens of boards with new prospects every day.

Mr. Gervais was able to attend the service yesterday. He remembered meeting Mr. Yelle about six years ago when they discovered a mutual affection for John Wayne movies.

"I remember him as the most honest man on this Earth," said Mr. Gervais. "When he gave you his word, it was gold."

Contact Kelly Egan at 613-726-5896 or by e-mail, kegan@thecitizen.canwest.com

© The Ottawa Citizen 2007


From the Concord Monitor:

"Bussiere, 70, went hunting Sunday morning. He was wearing a Gore-tex, camouflage jacket and pants, and a red, wool hat. He carried a .30-06 hunting rifle, radio, cell phone and matches, but no extra clothes or flashlight, said his son, Michael Bussiere of Allenstown. Michael Bussiere said that his father was competent building a fire in the woods; he liked to build one in the morning, cook a sandwich, and then go hunting until noon. That was the plan Sunday, Michael Bussiere said, but his father did not make it to their meeting point at midday.

"... [he] had a great sense of humor, was a "total outdoorsman" and loved the Red Sox. He enjoyed cribbage, poker and bridge. For the past five years, he had spent winters in Naples, Fla."

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"She was one heck of a scrabble and cribbage player; And I always appreciated how she was patient when she had to re-teach me cribbage for the 100th time... I am going to miss her tremendously, but I have such an overwhelming feeling to celebrate her life, that all that I can say is…..thank you Nana." - From John Skowronski's Blog

Ruth H. (Blurton) of Hanover...formerly of Cotuit, East Weymouth and Hingham, November 17th, age 94. Wife of the late Malcolm B. Burrell. Mother of Bruce W. Burrell and his wife Connie of Burlington, MA, Janet M. Warren and her husband Paul of South Weymouth, Helen E. Skowronski and her husband John Of Little Egg Harbor, NJ and Marinda P. Bennett and her husband Gerry of Hanover. Sister of Anna Desroches of Weymouth and Arthur Duxbury of Pittsfield. Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews in the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, November 24th at 11:00 A.M. at the South Shore Baptist Church, 578 Main Street (Rt. 228) Hingham. Visiting hours and flowers omitted by request. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Forestdale Baptist Church, 110 Route 130, Forestdale, MA 02644. The interment is private. For additional information, please visit www.downingchapel.com

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Robert William Probert... avid hunter, fisherman and cribbage player

Former Fallon resident Robert William Probert, 67, died Nov. 3, 2007 at Elko County Hospital in Elko. He was born Feb. 15, 1940 to James H. and Erika Probert in Oakland, CA.

He lived in Fallon through 1957 where he worked in construction, for TCID and in farming. He also worked at a horse race track. He then moved to Wells where he lived for 50 years.

While in Wells, he worked in highway construction for over 20 years and was a retired teamster from Local #533. He also was the fire chief for 25 years, coroner for six years and volunteered for ambulance service, also for six years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and cribbage player.

He was married to Ruth McQueen for over 28 years.

Robert was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother James. H Probert, and uncles Otto H. Miller and Herbert Miller.

Suvivors include daughters Pamela Neff and Audra Probert, both of Wells; son, Eric Probert of Reno; brother, Harold Robert and wife, Judy, and cousin, Peggy Coverston, all of Fallon; niece Carol Johnson and husband, Kevin and children Bailey and Ethan, all of Nampa, Idaho; and grandchildren, Danielle and James of Wells.

Services were held Thursday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m., at the Assembly of God Church in Wells. The family suggests donations in his memory to the Wells Fire Department.


Ruth May Hart

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Ruth May Hart was born November 22, 1914, in Marquette, Mich., to Arthur and Nettie (Gesergen) Riopelle.

She was raised in Marquette, attended Baraga Parochial School and graduated from Baraga High School in 1932. After her education, she worked at the Marquette County Courthouse. She married Donald Louis Hart on June 3, 1941, at the church rectory in Marquette. After marriage they remained in Marquette and Donald worked for DSS&A Railroad. In 1959, they moved to Columbia Heights, Minn., and in 1961 they moved to Stevens Point, Wis. In 1965 they moved to Edina, Minn., where they lived for many years. Donald passed away on December 30, 1998, and Ruth moved to Northfield in February 2004.

Ruth was a longtime member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina. She enjoyed golf, crafts, knitting, sewing, playing cards, and playing bridge and cribbage.
Survivors include her sons, David and wife Mary of Calgary, Alberta, and Robert and wife Kathryn of Northfield; 6 grandchildren, Stephen Hart, Jessica (Brad) Taylor, Michael (Sara) Hart, Stacey (Mark) DeBoer, John (Jessica) Grekso and Elizabeth Grekso; 2 great-grandsons, Andrew and Thomas; her brother-in-law, William (Barbara) Hart; her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Karwoski; her nieces and nephew, Kathy, Claudia, Patricia, Lisa, Bruce and Margaret Ann; her cousin, Bob (Freda) Riopelle; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Marcia Grekso; and her brother, Paul Riopelle.

Ruth passed away Monday evening, October 1, 2007, at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield at the age of 92.


Eugene R. ‘Gallagher’ Larson

SUOMI LOCATION — Eugene R. “Gallagher” Larson, age 87, of 37 County Road MK, Suomi Location, Richmond Township, died at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at the Mather Nursing Center, where he had been a patient since November 2006.

Gallagher was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Gwinn to John F. and Sanna K. (Korpi) Larson and was a lifetime Suomi Location resident. He worked in the woods as a logger for most of his life. He also worked as a miner at the J&L Tracey Mine and for CCI for many years. He also owned and operated Larson Arco Service Station in Ishpeming for several years.

Mr. Larson was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Suomi Location. He was also a member of the Richmond Township Community Club and Pathfinders Snowmobile Club. He was an avid horseshoe player and loved playing cards, especially cribbage. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and being in the woods.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Ann (John) Cass of Suomi Location, Sharon (Richard) Dunn of Gwinn and Melissa (Clyde) Anderson of Palmer; grandchildren, John, Donna and Todd Cass, Denise Roberts, Dr. Justin (Leslie) Schoen, Glen (Trish) Schoen, and Abbey and Corey Anderson; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Joyce) Larson of Ishpeming; a sister, Virginia Paulson of Negaunee; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Selda (Ahtonen), on Aug. 10, 2000; a son, Don Larson, in November 1999; and brothers, John and Edwin Larson.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Suomi with the Rev. Corrine Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Northland Chapel Gardens. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of services at 6 p.m. and at a reception in the church following the service on Thursday.


John "JB" Murphy Byrne, 46, Green Bay, was called home unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. John was born in Antigo, on Dec. 9, 1960, to Hugh and Mary "Terry" (Conley) Byrne. He married Kathleen A. Nohr on Aug. 7, 1987, at Old St. Joseph Church in De Pere.

John graduated from West De Pere High School in 1979. He received an associate degree in communication, marketing and transportation from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He served his country in the Naval Reserves for 11 years and was currently enlisted in the Air Force Reserve. He was a member of the De Pere Knights of Columbus. John was employed with Milprint for 23 years.

He loved to fish with his kids and play cribbage with his mother. John enjoyed playing softball and spending time at his cottage in Riverview. He cherished time with his wife and children. John was a fun-loving, calm, understanding and compassionate man.

John is survived by his wife, Kathy; three children, Jacob, Kelsey and Jared, at home; his mother, Terry Byrne, De Pere; mother-in-law, Jane Nohr, De Pere; father-in-law, Donald Nohr, Green Bay; three sisters, Mary (Paul) Mason, De Pere; Sheila Byrne, Las Vegas, Nev.; Kathy (Phil) Anderegg, Chandler, Ariz.; four brothers, Michael (Marilyn) Byrne, De Pere; Patrick (Pam) Byrne, De Pere; Gerry (Jodi) Byrne, De Pere; Kieran Byrne and special friend, Kelly Noel,

De Pere; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Karen (Butch) Schwartz, Green Bay; Steve (Barb) Nohr, De Pere; and Bill (Darlene) Nohr, Peshtigo; three godchildren, Katie Zey, Alex Byrne, Healy Throndson. John is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

Preceding him in death were his father, Bud and two brothers, Dick and Tom.

Gathering time with family and friends will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1307 Lourdes Avenue, West De Pere, from 4 p.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. with Reverend James T. Baraniak, O. Praem officiating. A Memorial Fund has been established.


Graham, Thomas D. "Tommy"
Thomas D. Graham "Tommy", 57, New London, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at New London Family Medical Center.

Tommy was born on Sept. 7, 1950, in Milwaukee, son of the late Thomas and Ellouise (Rasmussen) Graham.

On April 24, 1976, Tommy was united in marriage to Verna Anklam in New London.

He was a lifelong resident of New London. Tommy enjoyed all sports especially watching the Cubs, Packers and NASCAR racing. When he was able, he enjoyed spending time at the cottage on Underwood Lake.

He was a volunteer at the Senior Center. Tommy loved to play sheepshead and cribbage. He especially loved the years he spent as a member of the New London Jaycees. He formerly worked for the city of New London and had umpired and kept score at softball games.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Verna; a sister, Kris Suprise, New London; niece, Amy Suprise, New London; nephew, Brian Suprise, Neenah; and his dog, Sugar.

Besides his parents he is preceded in death by a brother in-law, Joe Suprise.

A memorial fund has been established.

Cline & Hanson
Funeral Home
209 W. Cook St.,
New London


Donald E. Backous, 72
March 2, 1935 - Aug. 31, 2007

Don enjoyed woodworking and volunteered his time to make toys, furniture, cribbage boards and card holders to benefit St. Joseph's Hospital.

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Stanley L. Olson, 87
July 28, 1920 - Sept. 2, 2007

International Falls Daily Journal - International Falls,MN,USA -- Stan also enjoyed playing cribbage, pitching horseshoes, fishing, gardening, harvesting firewood and coaching ladies softball teams. ...
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Cribbage with Miss Beaver Lake...

From the Eagle Tribune:

"During the winter months, the former Miss Beaver Lake hops into her car and drives up to Salem twice a week for square dancing or to play cribbage with her friends. After the square dancing or cribbage games, they go out to lunch and then play cards until it’s time to hit the highway to get home before dark."

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Cribbage and "the transgression of grown men to a state of adolescence..."

From Karole Thain:

"After a sandwich and a cold beverage, we decided a couple games of Cribbage were in order, before we went out for our afternoon casting session. At some point during the Cribbage game, while we sat partaking of some “potent iced juice and whatever” concoction, one of us came up with the bright idea to film our card game. This decision was made based on the assumption that we were really quite witty and were getting funnier as the card game progressed."

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Thankful Thursday: In-Laws

FROM Randy Peterman
Two of my four in-laws are in town this week and I’ve really enjoyed the time with them. They put up with my craziness and sometimes contribute to it. They’re neat folks, they both love Christ, and they both walk in liberty. This morning they took us out to breakfast and then they’re off in the mountains with the rest of the family while I work (or blog as the case may be). These in-laws are the ones I knew best during my dating and engagement to Jessica and so I have longer memories with them. They’re a hoot to play cribbage with if you can get them to do so.

My other in-laws, who I don’t want to forget about in this post, are also pretty neat. They’ve got two teenage girls in their home… so I’m watching carefully because eventually I too will have two teenage girls in my home. Since I’ve known them a shorter amount of time (just shy of nine years of meeting in person) its been a different relationship because the time has been less and the frequency even lesser. They also put up with my shenanigans and contribute to them on occasion. These in-laws play a nasty hand of cribbage as well, but also will play Aggravation, Risk and Scrabble.

You can’t beat in-laws (its against the law [see previous notes about shenanigans and understand this is a play-on-words]), and I love mine. I’m thankful for them.