Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cribbage tournament brings nation's best players to Grand Rapids...

From Mlive.com:

Paul L. Newby II | The Grand Rapids Press

A full deck: David Aiken plays a game of cribbage with a fellow member of the Grand Rapids Square Peggers during their weekly meeting.

Ace cribbage players are sticklers for the rules, but the state’s mightiest wooden board warrior said all is fair in friendly banter.
While game code is sacred and “timber haulers” are despicable, that doesn’t stop experts from serving up a tall tales and trash talk.

These human calculators “love to drink, play cards and tell lies,” said Jeff Shimp, 70, of Grand Haven, who holds the imposing title of Life Master One Star in cribbage circles....

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Advanced Cribbage Computer Opponent 'Hal' to Join eCribbage.com Family


Damien Blond, founder of eCribbage, announced today that the worlds best cribbage artificial intelligence software "HalsCrib" will be integrated as a computer opponent into eCribbage.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 29, 2009 -- Started in 2008, eCribbage focuses on a wide variety of fun and challenging cribbage games being played in a family friendly community. eCribbage will now be bringing Hal Mueller's cribbage robot into its online software so that players can play 1 player games and hone their cribbage skills.

"We are very excited to be bringing the premier computer opponent to eCribbage," said Blond. "Many of our players have been asking for a computer opponent and we wanted to bring in the best."

HalsCrib designer Hal Mueller has been developing, improving, and refining his software for about 25 years. His math and programming background allow his cribbage robot to provide the greatest challenge to all cribbage players around the world.

American Cribbage Congress Master Robert Milk describes HalsCrib as "Certainly the strongest and most analytical cribbage program available. HalsCrib not only plays an excellent game (it remains undefeated in computer vs. computer matches), it also provides detailed statistical analysis and recording for serious cribbage students." Hal Mueller is ready and willing to match up his cribbage software against anything else in the world to prove that his software remains the undisputed cribbage champion.

eCribbage's partnership with HalsCrib allows its players to not only play friendly and competitive matches against other players from around the world, but now competitive matches against the computer. This enhances eCribbage to become an even richer experience for any cribbage gamer.

About eCribbage: eCribbage is the leader in online cribbage gaming and boasts the largest collection of unique cribbage games available online. These games consist of Traditional Cribbage, Manual Count Cribbage, Kings Cribbage, Cribbage with Jokers, Back up 10 Cribbage, Team Cribbage, Cribbage with Muggins, Lowball Cribbage, Crash Cribbage, and Toss 5s Cribbage. eCribbage prides itself in its friendly community and constant enhancements to the site, which makes it the perfect online cribbage experience. In order to promote friendly competition, eCribbage now hosts daily tournaments covering all of its cribbage games. eCribbage is free for anyone who wants to play, and has a membership aspect for advanced features. Visit http://ecribbage.com for more details.

About HalsCrib: Hal is the best "cribbage robot" because it weaves several branches of mathematics together - game theory, probability, and statistics - into its decision-making.

Priority one is board position that determines one of 5 rule-based strategies - safe, defense, optimal, offense, and bold that determines its choice when discarding and pegging.

HAL uses frequencies obtained from look-up tables that were iteratively computer-generated, not based on any human's records.
For information, including orders, visit HalsCrib Central - http://home.mountaincable.net/~halscrib/


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cribbage Craftsman...

From Forrest Grove News Times:

A Craftsman for all Seasons
By Debby De Carlo

"Mickey Johnson doesn’t make walking sticks, cribbage boards, rolling pins, gavels or wine stoppers for the money. That’s a good thing, since he gives a lot of what he makes to friends and relatives..."

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New vendor for Crash Cribbage!!!

Woohoo... now you can get Crash Cribbage at Cribbage Supply! Click on the link to learn more.

The URL is: http://www.cribbagesupply.com/crash-cribbage.html

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Look at this one... wohoooo!

You could get a hand like this too at ecribbage.com.

Cribbage board poject...

From Don in Ottawa:

"A co worker of my son’s knew I was ‘into woodworking’, as he puts it and asked him if I could make her a crib board that was a little different. After browsing around and giving her some options, this is what I cam up with.

Yes, there are a few drunk holes in it but with that grain, who really notices :o)

I made the board from Rosewood and the base from Mahogany."

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cribbage Congress membership up for the count...

From the Auburn Journal:

by Gus Thomson

"For about two dozen players who regularly hunker down over pegged boards at a North Auburn meeting hall for Cribbage Congress games, the world of cribbage is more than a placid board matchup with an underground following.

Grandmaster Angelo Torrise said he’s watched the game grow in Auburn as it moved from a card room to a mobilehome park meeting room to a restaurant to its current home at the Auburn Multipurpose Seniors Center.

On a typical Tuesday, the air will be filled with the flapping sound of cards being shuffled and players voicing their hands and counts..."


91-year-old loves Cribbage...

From Colorado Springs Gazette.com:

"He turns 91 on Thursday.

The retired electrician has social networked the old-fashioned way for decades, mostly over card games or for work projects.

Sure, he prefers face-to-face interaction, but he’s hip to whatever.

He quit wearing a watch after his wife, Eileen, died in 2006. He also adopted a “whatever develops” attitude, which he says “eliminates the stress.”

Most of his neighbors at Estates at Cheyenne Boulevard apartments are youngsters, which keeps down the female interference. “In those high-rise senior places, when you got a car, you got a lot of women after you,” Gallentine says.

He plants flowers and decorates the back fence behind the white, two-story complex for holidays. Residents like the color he adds to what is otherwise a functional fence behind a cluster of clotheslines. Up now are summery plywood cutouts he painted. He’s plotting Labor Day’s display.

Granted, this isn’t news that usually makes the newspaper. Neither is Gallentine, a nonagenarian, spending his golden years quietly doing his thing.

Make that, things.

“You don’t have to sit home and twiddle your thumbs,” he says.

His thumbs find plenty of other action.

This is a guy who could do a Facebook status update daily: “Bud Gallentine played cribbage, went fishing, caught a Sky Sox game, fed the nickel slots at Cripple Creek, decorated the back fence.”"


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Schwag for enumero cribbge fans...

From Enumerocribbage.com:

"I wandered over to CafePress last week and put together a small collection of Enumero Cribbage Board "schwag". Just a picture with the Enumero website location didn't seem like enough, so I decided to make the "schwag" functional as well fashionable. With Enumero "Schwag", not only will you look cool and hip and stylish at your next Cribbage Tournament, you can indulge your desire to find a suitable cribbage partner with the humorous slogan, "I'm Begging for Some Pegging...". The image and slogan is available on thong underwear, T-Shirts, mugs, hats and bumper stickers."

Here is the location:


Friday, May 22, 2009

Green Alaskan Cribbage...

From Green Alaska:

"...We have begun a new activity on Monday evenings. It may even become a traditional type thing. One Monday a little bit ago we were looking for something to do. I asked Jul if she knew how to play Cribbage. Now, I remember playing cribbage with her before but it had been a long, long time. She said no and honestly wasn't enthusiastic about playing but the board was dusted off and a deck of cards found. We have been having fun playing each week now for a few..."

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Ray H. Collishaw: pegged out...

From Helena IR:

Entrepreneur and businessman Ray H. Collishaw, 75, died May 17, 2009, in Helena. Born to Madeleine “Jonnie” Johnson and Howard Collishaw on March 2, 1934, Ray joined the Marines in 1952, shortly after graduation from Helena High School earlier that year. It was at Helena High where Ray met his high-school sweetheart, Earlyn Bjork, and they married on Feb. 26, 1954. They were married 55 years until Ray’s passing.

After his discharge from the Marines in 1955, Ray decided to relocate to seek his fortune, and he and Earlyn moved to California in 1956. It was in California where Ray began a career as a successful entrepreneur. He built and managed many successful business ventures, spanning several areas of interest, including Collishaw Sprinkler Company, Collishaw Development, Twin Creeks Sports Complex, Mountain Winery, and J R Chops Restaurant. Ray lived in Los Gatos, Calif. until he semi-retired, returning to Helena in 2002.

However outstanding his career achievements, they pale in comparison with his life’s greatest achievement: his family. Ray was an avid family man who wanted to give his family the world, and decided to do it one location at a time. His trips with them spanned the globe, including forays from Japan to Italy, Africa, New Zealand, and Hawaii. And yet his favorite trips were often the annual summer visits to his mountain cabin in Nelson with those he loved.

Always a man of many interests, it’s no surprise that his personal interests were as varied as his business ventures, and included hunting, fishing, traveling and playing cards. His competitive spirit would often appear during games of backgammon and cribbage. Ray loved waterskiing and snow skiing with his children and later enjoyed watching grandchildren in their extracurricular activities.

Well loved and remembered by all who knew him for his generosity, Ray gave just as tirelessly to his community. He was a constant supporter of multiple charities, giving frequently to schools, parks and recreation. His support benefited many, including the Crippled Children’s Society and the Fisher Middle School Gym. He left an enduring, living legacy with the donation of York Community Park to the city.

Facts are not enough to pay tribute to this man. He will continue to live in the memory of his family, his friends and his employees. He is remembered as the husband who once chartered a plane to get his wife to Denver to see her family when the commercial flights were all snowed in, or the father who proudly presented a huge album to his son of every picture and clipping of each game pitched, none were missed, or simply as the friend who offered a young friend of his grandson’s a thousand dollars if she would only quit smoking. His employees say he was the best boss they had ever known, and his reputation only grows from there.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Earlyn Collishaw; and his five children, Bob, Mike, married to Lisa, Patti, Dave, married to Kathy, and Penny, and his “adopted” daughter, Margaret. He was the proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren, Sara, Dylan, Renee, Lindsay, Megan, Tara, Nic, Casey, Alexa, Jake, Carly, Brianna, Heather and Leslie; and two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Alex. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Gary.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Retz Funeral Home, 315 East 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59601. Those wishing to pay their respects may send flowers to the funeral home or send donations to Westmont, 2708 Bozeman Ave., Helena MT 59601, or to a charity of donor’s choice. To offer condolences to Ray’s family or to share a memory of Ray, please visit www.mem.com.

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Lynn Charles Graves (1939-2009): Pegged out...

From Windsor Beacon:

Lynn Charles Graves, 70, of Loveland, died May 15, 2009, at his home. Lynn was born January 25, 1939, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Lynn and Charlene (Campbell) Graves. He grew up in California with his two sisters, Patricia and Vicki. He attended school in Bakersfield.

Lynn married Carol Taylor in 1958 and they had two daughters, Lisa and Leslie. They divorced in 1964. Lynn married Marilyn Elder in 1965 and they had one daughter, Margaret. They divorced in 1976. On July 12, 1986, he married Sondra Hale in Osceola, NY, and welcomed Cindy and Dean into the family.

Lynn and Sondra have been married for 23 years.

As a young man, Lynn worked for a gas station/mechanic shop and he liked to tell the story that he changed Walt Disney’s tire once. Later he worked as a systems designer in several companies including Coors, Rohr Aviation, and Kodak. Lynn retired in 1992.

Lynn enjoyed traveling with his wife Sondra. They traveled to Korea to visit son Dean, Washington state to visit daughter Cindy, Hawaii with daughter Lisa and family, they took a European cruise with Sonnie’s sister and husband, Jim and Judy Mucklow, traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, yearly trips to the Indy 500, many trips to visit family and friends within the US, and most recently a cruise to Alaska with daughter Margaret and family.

When Lynn was not traveling he enjoyed his car club and car-club friends whom he met more than 50 years ago. He met weekly with his friends from Kodak for lunch. He enjoyed playing cribbage, gourmet cooking, watching the stock market, and history.

Lynn is survived by his wife Sondra Graves, four daughters, and one son; Lisa Geib and husband Matt of Kersey, Cindy Taylor and husband Mike of Vancouver, Wash.; Leslie Hallieb of Sacramento, Calif.; Dean Rath of Lakeland, Fla.; and Margaret Maze and husband Eric of Greeley, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Lynn is also survived by his two sisters, Patricia Wiens of Vista, Calif. and Vicki Bruce of Albion, Calif.

Donations can be made to King Of Glory Lutheran Church or National Jewish Pulmonary Research.

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Donald Charles "Don" Smith: Pegged out...

From Mansfield News Journal:

MANSFIELD: Long before claiming the title "Renaissance Man" was in vogue, Donald Charles Smith began living the title. Remarkably blessed with musical talent, Don played the piano by ear ~ never limited to notes on the printed score. After hearing a song just once, Don was able to play the tune, which made him a sought-after party guest and sing-a-long accompanist.

His earthly fingers are now still, as Don passed away Wednesday morning May 20, 2009 in Liberty Nursing Center.

He was born June 22, 1923 in Mansfield to William and Blanche (Sherman) Smith, and was graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1941.

For 11 years he worked in the vitreous plant at the Westinghouse Company, and retired from the General Motors stamping plant with 25 years of service in Quality Control. At his retirement, Don was secretary of Quality Control.

A lifelong member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Don sang in the church choir and was a member of Knights of Columbus.

His love for the arts provided rewarding hobbies~ for 60 years he worked as a piano tuner, and enjoyed attending live theater events of plays and musicals.

For years, he and his "best golfing buddy" Elery Carpenter, played the local links.

Fluent in languages of both French, and the archaic Latin, Don was a bit of a wordsmith. For special occasions he would write speeches and stories, crafting the puns and storylines with his wonderful mixture of humor. A natural at the board game Scrabble®, Don taught all of his grandchildren his favorite card game: Cribbage.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores M. (O'Bryan) Smith, whom he married April 3, 1951; his son, Gregory Smith of Springfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Regina & Ray Burkhalter of Shelby, Sharon & Bill Russell of Mansfield and Cindy & Dave Eilenfeld of Lucas; grandchildren, David & Kaylee Smith, Megan Smith and Aaron Smith, Don Johnson, Dan Johnson, Tim Johnson, Jimmy & Stephanie Johnson, Marcie & Mike Annis and Philip Johnson, Zachary Russell, Nathan Russell and Emily Russell, Jacob Eilenfeld, Jessica Eilenfeld, Andrea Eilenfeld and Ben Eilenfeld; step grandchildren, Blake Burkhalter and Craig Burkhalter; six great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandchildren, Paul Burkhalter, Sarah Eilenfeld, Jedediah Eilenfeld and Samuel Eilenfeld; as well as brothers, Robert Smith and Paul Smith; and his sister, Mary Urschel.

The Smith Family will receive friends Friday, May 22, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. Father Tony Borgia. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Those unable to attend may wish to send a condolence to the Smith Family online, by visiting:


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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bolwerk, Willard J. "Willie": Pegged out...

From Post Crescent:

"Willard Bolwerk, 77, Neenah, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, following a short illness at Theda Clark Medical Center. He was born June 22, 1931, in Combined Locks, son of Martin and Adrianna (Hurkman) Bolwerk. Willie married Virginia Kessler, May 11, 1957, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Menasha. He was employed at American National Can for 31 years prior to his retirement. During this time he also operated his own painting business. Following retirement Willie drove for Bergstrom Auto. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Neenah and the Knights of Columbus Neenah Council #5514. Willie was a regular cook for many of their cookouts. He was a fast pitch softball pitcher. Willie enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage and spending summer vacations at Birches Resort with his family.

Willie is survived by his wife, Ginny; his children: Mary (Christopher) Volkman, Appleton; Patricia (Tom) Smith, Kaukauna; Martin (Debbie), Neenah; Kristi (Andy) Yates, Wallace, MI; Jane (Gary) Kattau, Gardner, MA; Jon (Dawn), Neenah; grandchildren: Peter (fiancee, Leslie Iverson) Volkman, Kati (Russell) Stacey, Elizabeth (Nathan) Frailey, Adam and Matthew Bolwerk, April and Kyle Yates, Emily, Jonah, Jarrod and Noah Kattau, Jacqueline and Gabrielle Bolwerk; brothers and sisters: Theodore (Mary), Harlow, England; Gerald (Carmen), Appleton; Mary Jo (Vernon) Lamers, Combined Locks; Clair (Nancy), Kimberly; Joseph, Winchester; Julie (William) Van Hout, Roswell, GA; Roger, Kimberly; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Leah Bolwerk, El Cajon, CA; Sister Donna Marie Kessler, Manitowoc; Lawrence (Donna) Kessler and John (Sally) Kessler, both of Neenah; Robert (Nancy) Kessler, Exeland, WI; Thomas (Joyce) Kessler, Turtle Lake, WI and Donna Kessler, Green Bay.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Bolwerk and two sisters-in-law: Frances and Judy Bolwerk.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 620 Division Street, Neenah with Fr. Michael L. Ingold officiating. Interment will be in St. Margaret Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kessler Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the mass. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and the Knights of Columbus Neenah Council #5514 will pray the rosary at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the church. A memorial has been established."

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Cribbage baffles Runner Girl...

From Running with the Runner Girl:

"...After hauling our stuff in (I, not surprisingly, having packed rather more than one would expect to need for a short weekend), we had a few hours to kill before hitting the sleeping bags. So Rod got the deck of Uno cards that he got at my office Christmas party and we set up a makeshift coffee table to play on. Neither of us had played Uno for years, so we studied the rules intently. They were a little easier to understand than the cribbage rules we had tried to decipher last fall..."

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Chicago Cribbage on Board Game Geek...

From Board Game Geek:

"...Chicago Cribbage is not a standalone game - instead it is an expansion pack for good old cribbage. You will need a board and pegs, as well as knowledge of how to play cribbage (traditional cribbage rules are not included). Chicago Cribbage comes with a tiny instruction manual: it is smaller than a playing card! The actual "how to play" section of the manual is three tiny pages long, the rest of the manual devotes a single page to each special card and another page to a picture of each special card. That's it...."

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Mary B. Bahr: Pegged Out...

From Sheboygan Press:

Mary B. Bahr, 82, of W Foster St., Port Washington, WI, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.

She was born March 22, 1926 to George and Anna Ellermann Augustine in Port Washington. Her husband, Alois preceded her in death May 19, 1991.

On January 10, 1948 she married Alois Bahr of the Town of Holland, WI at St. Mary's Church in Port Washington.

A life long resident of Port Washington she always lived on the South side. She was a proud homemaker and active in the SHARE program, St. Mary's Parish and the Port Washington Senior Center. She was a dog lover and avid reader who enjoyed bird watching, gardening and playing cribbage and sheepshead.

Mary is survived by her children, AnnMarie Bahr of Brookins, SD, Joseph (Nancy Lois Emple) Bahr of Waterbury Center, VT and David Bahr of Port Washington, WI. Mary is further survived by brothers; Norbert (Marie) Augustine and Leonard (Harriet) Augustine, both of Port Washington; half sister, Eunice Colden of Wauwatosa, WI, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alois; brothers, Fred, Leander, Ruben and Joe and a sister, Bernadine Possley.

Rev. Tom Lijewski will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 6, 2009 (TODAY) at St. Mary's Church, 430 Johnson Street, Port Washington, WI. Interment will be at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 6, (TODAY) at the church with a 4:00 P.M. rosary.

For online condolences or further information visit www.poolefh.com or call 262-284-4431.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.

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Mildred A. Johnson: Pegged out...

From SeaCoast Online:

YORK — Mildred A. Johnson, 74, of 117 Long Sands Road, and formerly of Wells, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 in York Hospital.

She was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Acton, Mass., a daughter of Ralph D. and Mabel (Tracey) Smith.

She worked as a waitress for many years at Henri's Restaurant in Wells. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and an active member of the Ogunquit-Wells Senior Center. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will always be remembered as having an open door for all to come in. She enjoyed knitting and cribbage.

Her husband of 30 years, Edwin Johnson, died in 2000. A daughter, Ivy M. Mansfield, and a brother, Ralph Smith, also predeceased her.

She leaves two sons, Earl L. Mansfield, of Portsmouth, Va., and Richard H. Mansfield, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; five daughters, Susan V. Legrand, of Hyde Park, Mass., Heidi Lebel, of Deland, Fla., Holly Green, of Portsmouth, Va., Enid Carol Parker, of Hudson, Mass. and Kathie Lilly, of Hudson, Mass.; two brothers, Hardy Smith, of Bolton, Mass. and Robert Smith, of Lunenburg, Mass.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 5 in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, York. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.

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Branch 142 team represents Ontario...

From Dunnville Chronicle:

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Casey Clarence F. Durst: Pegged Out

From Zanesville Times Recorder:

ZANESVILLE: Casey Clarence F. Durst, 93, of Zanesville, died at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Genesis Good Samaritan hospital.

Casey was born March 17, 1916, in Pomeroy, Ohio, the son of the late John and Alice Hood Durst. He worked for the Roekel Company for 48 years where he served as President for the last twelve years, retiring March 16, 1984. Casey was a longtime member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, where he served on various church boards and sang in the choir. He served as president of the Muscoryan Club, Goodwill Industries, Optimist Club and the Zanesville Rotary Club. He served on the Salvation Army Board and was very generous with donations to Eastside Ministries, Christ's Table and the Salvation Army. Casey served his country as a Army Veteran of World War II. He was a former member of the Zanesville Country Club, where he enjoyed golf and he loved to play cribbage at the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie Mattingly Durst of the home; a son, Karl C. (Barbara) Durst of Grove City, Ohio; a sister, Ruth Miles of Cincinnati, Ohio; a special granddaughter, Sarah Durst of Grove City; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009 and one hour prior to services at the Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home, 1271 Blue Ave., Zanesville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009 at the funeral home with Rev. Mitch Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Zanesville Memorial Park with VFW George Selsam Post 1058 holding full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel United Church of Christ, 105 South 7th St., Zanesville, Ohio, 43701.

To view the video-tribute or send a note of condolence to the family: www.bolin-dierkes funeralhome.com

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Miracle on 4th Street...

From Bridge Books:

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Considering cribbage...

From Considering Lilies:

"...Speaking of Cribbage...

A couple of years ago I went to play board games with my BFF and her grandparents at the Franke Home. At some point during a very long game of Phase 10, the subject of Cribbage came up. When Mr. Hooker pulled out his board I was ecstatic. He was surprised to find I really knew the game. We were equally excited to play.

There was trash-talk on both sides. He promised he'd school me, while I assured him that youth would triumph..."

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Olaf "Ole" B. Olson Sr.: Pegged out

From the Chetek Alert:

"Olaf "Ole" B. Olson Sr., 91, Arleta, Calif., died Wednesday, April 22, 2009.
He was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Dovre to George and Ingeborg (Thue) Olson and was raised on a dairy farm. He went to Dovre school through eighth grade and then worked on the farm. He enlisted in the Air Force after Pearl Harbor. While on a three-day pass in March 1943, he married Vera Carlson, who was living in Chicago, Ill. A few weeks later, he went to Africa and soon was injured and spent six months in the hospital from which he was discharged due to his injuries. He moved back to work on the farm, but because of his bad foot, he had to look for other work. The GI bill provided training at Chippewa Falls Vocational School as an auto mechanic and training with Henneman Garage. He built his home in Chippewa Falls. Because of asthma, he moved to California. He had two sons while living in Chippewa Falls, Olaf Jr. and David. They moved to Pacoima, Calif., in 1951, where Ellen was later born. Ole worked as an auto mechanic for Harry C. Dow Hudson and later teamed up with Chuck Burnside to form Chuck-n-Ole's Automotive in 1959, where he worked until his retirement 30 years later.

Ole was an avid bowler, cribbage player and was active with Calvary Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway Norrona Lodge in Van Nuys, Calif. Anyone who knew him loved him for his warm personality and sense of humor. He continued to stay in touch with many people whom he knew from his home area and enjoyed his trips back to Wisconsin to visit family and friends.

He is survived by his sister, Valborg (Lou) Shipley, of Dallas; a sister-in-law, Fern Olson, of Chippewa Falls; two sons, Olaf (Charlotte) Olson Jr., of Reseda, Calif., and David Olson, of Sylmar, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Dawnise (Sean) Keller, Deonna (Mario) Armijo, Bryan Olson, Derrick Olson, Nicole Anderhalden, Christine Anderhalden, Danielle Anderhalden and Devin Anderhalden; four great-grandchildren, Stewart-Glenn Keller, MacKenzie Keller, Paige Armijo and Parker Armijo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife after 55 years of marriage; a brother, Trygve Olson; a sister, Solveig Stark; a daughter, Ellen Anderhalden; and a great-grandson, Matthew Keller.

He was buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif., April 29.
Memorials can be sent to Dovre Lutheran Church in his name.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ida Janet 'Jan' Watts: pegged out

From the Great Falls Tribune:

NASHUA — Former Glasgow and Nashua resident Ida Janet "Jan" (Rowe) Watts, 58, of Seven Springs, N.C., who enjoyed playing bingo, game shows, crossword puzzles, family games, cribbage, fishing and camping, country music and Indian music, died of natural causes April 30 at her home.

Her funeral is 3 p.m. Friday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, with burial in Nashua Cemetery. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include daughters Cindy LaRoche of Glasgow, Sheila Shepard, Jesse Arroyo and Juanita Howell, all of Seven Springs, N.C., Peggy Oliver of Burley, Idaho, and Aleta Kelsey of Bossier City, La.

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Favorite games... what's yours???

From the RikRak Studio:

"board games & fun memories so often go hand-in-hand for me!

memories of playing one of my early faves, the game sorry,
with my grandma in florida , seemingly for hours and hours
each time we visited it.
we both loved that game!

of sleepover 80’s board games over the years with pjs and pops
and chips and payday & life until the wee hours of the night!

of trying to learn all the tricks with my dad and uncle on Friday
nights as a child playing cribbage..."

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Win $100 worth of games!!!

From Games For Educators:

"Out of the Box is giving $100 worth of games to whoever posts the best story about using games in education! Their first contest resulted in truly inspirational stories. The new contest deadline is 5/1/2009. What are you waiting for? Go Post!

Do you have a great story about using a game for education? Tell us about it in the forums. The best story (as picked by us on 5/1/2009) will win $100 worth of Out of the Box games! It's that easy. Just go to the "Your Story" category in our forums (which are right here), click "New Thread" and post your story. Not only will you be getting the chance to win $100 worth of great games, but you'll also be sharing your story with thousands of other educators, librarians, and parents."


Helen Corey Casten: Pegged out...

From Windsor Beacon:

Helen Corey Casten, 89, of Windsor passed away last Sunday at the Windsor Health Care Center, 710 Third Street.

Casten was born July 25, 1919 in Windsor and remained a Windsorite for most of her life.

“She was always busy and loved to learn even in the last day of her life,” said Jane Sattler, Casten’s daughter who now lives in Aurora. “She loved sharing things with people, it’s what made her tick.”

Casten was known to her friends as someone who “bloomed where she was planted” and to her mother as “Merry Sunshine,” as she always had a positive outlook on life.

To the rest of her family and friends, she was a loveable woman who had a passion for others.

“She made sure everyone had a napkin and tableware (at Windsor Health Care Center),” Sattler said with a smile. “If someone needed their food cut up into smaller pieces, she would do it. She just looked out for everyone.” Casten was also notorious for saving newspaper articles to share with friends and family members.

“She loved to send newspaper clippings to people who she thought would like to see them or who were in the newspaper,” Sattler said. “They could be obituaries, wedding announcements, graduation announcements- whatever. She just loved to share them with people.”

Michele Rodman, an activities assistant at Windsor Health Care Center, agreed.
“She was always concerned about other people,” Rodman said. “She was also very outgoing and a very nice lady.”

Looking out for others also included keeping track of all of the visitors, nurses and family members traveling in and out of the health center.

“She was a pretty big micro-manager,” Sattler said with a laugh. “She would sit out front with a book and wait to see who came and went, along with finding out all of the news. It wasn’t a gossipy-thing, she just monitored what was going on and followed every bit of news.”

Beisdes being a big newshound, Casten loved books, magazines and keeping up with what was happening in the world.

“She had a voracious appreciation for knowledge,” Sattler said. “Besides reading the newspaper, the Times and Reader’s Digest she had also read Roosevelt’s 600-page biography, Danielle Steele novels and all of the books on Oprah’s best selling list.”
Dr. Jim Barrington, a minister at First Christian Church of Windsor, 530 Walnut Street, could not agree more.

“She always wanted to share her books,” he said, “especially the one about Walter Cronkite. We would also talk about music during our weekly cribbage games and she knew a lot of Windsor’s history. She was like a walking history book.”

It only made sense that Casten would marvel in the history of Windsor.

Her father, George B. Teller, was the son of a pioneer and prominent Windsor merchant, Harrison Teller, who lived in Windsor years ago and was one of the founders of First Christian Church.

“Her family was a big part of the history of Windsor,” Sattler said. “Now, it’s kind of like the end of an era.”

Besides knowing a great deal of Windsor’s history, Casten also took time to learn a few new tricks of the 21st Century.

“She was just e-mailing me off of a high-speed laptop on Wednesday,” Sattler recalled. “I remember when the VCR first came out she had to have it and she also knew how to use a cell phone, although it was getting a little harder for her to use.”

“She constantly had to be learning something new,” Sattler added, “which made her interesting. It’s also amazing that she was not stuck in the past but always looking to the future.”

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Never bored of cribbage...

From Bristol Press:

"... member of the American Cribbage Congress, she is planning trips this year to Milwaukee, Reno, Grand Rapids and Massachusetts.

“We car pool to those nearby and fly to those farther away,” she explained.

She admitted to taking off a couple of months each year from cribbage because she takes part in the Bristol Boys & Girls Club OM Show. She’ll also stay home when needed as a member of the Bristol Choral Society, which, by the way, is holding a concert this Saturday at Bristol Central, beginning at 7 p.m.

She added that for anyone interested in playing cribbage, there’s a Monday night “grassroots club” at the East Hartford Moose Club and that you can call Phil at (860) 666-8300 to learn more about it. Or, look at www.cribbage.org..."

Full article...

Monday, May 4, 2009


Harmon, Elizabeth R. (Betty): Pegged out...

From Post Crescent.com:

Elizabeth Harmon passed away from cancer at the age of 89 at her daughter's home in Neenah on Monday, April 27, 2009, and into the arms of her loving Savior. Betty was born on Nov. 18, 1919, to Andrew and Rose (Bauman) Kestly. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School, Manitowoc, Class of 1937. Betty married Kenneth Harmon on Nov. 26, 1949, and they spent 58 wonderful years together before Ken passed away on March 7, 2008.

Betty is survived by daughters, Lorrie Bennett, Neenah; Denise Pollack, Phoenix, Ariz.; grandson, Stephen Bennett; and granddaughter, Hannah Bennett; brother, Charles Kestly, Manitowoc; sister-in-law, Elaine Kestly, Manitowoc; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Karroll and Annie Harmon, Markesan.

Betty worked for years as a secretary, both in Milwaukee and Glen Ellyn, Ill., before retiring to Markesan, Wis. Her life was devoted to Ken and her family. She was an excellent cook and for years enjoyed making their famous Chinese Easter dinner with Ken. Betty and Ken spent many hours playing cribbage together. Betty had many nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved dearly.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her son, Stephen; son-in-law, James Bennett; her friend and grandmother to Stephen and Hannah, Marilyn Bennett. Betty was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Andrew, George, LeRoy and Jack Kestly; and three sisters, Josephine McGlynn, Lorraine Sullivan and Marie Rathsack.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at The Vine Christian Fellowship, 3395 W. College Avenue, Appleton, [920-560-5244]. The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, until the time of the memorial service at 11:30 a.m.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Hospice staff at Theda-Care at Home.


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Madison K. Miner: Pegged out...

From Great Falls Tribune:

LEWISTOWN — Madison K. Miner, 84, a Navy veteran and retired state employee, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Lewistown.

Graveside services are 4 p.m. Monday in Lewistown City Cemetery. At his request, cremation has taken place under the direction of Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

He is survived by five sons, Steven (Darlene) of Lewistown, Mont., David (Linda) of Franktown, Colo., Gary (Becky) of Olympia, Wash., Rick (Pam) of Selah, Wash., and Mark (Kim) of Spokane, Wash.; six daughters, Marilyn Miner of Lewistown, Barbara (Gary) Alexander of Junction City, Kan., Gail (Rick) Pierzina of Bozeman, Mont., Sharon Andersen of Dillon, Mont., Sherri (Rick) Feller of Ephrata, Wash., and Donna (Terry) Econom of Winifred, Mont.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Madison was born Feb. 26, 1925, in Lewistown, the son of Jordan J. and Effie D. (Welch) Miner. He received his schooling in Lewistown, graduating from Fergus County High School in 1942.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving until 1945, during World War II.

On Dec. 22, 1944, he was united in marriage to Mary Delores Pfenning in Long Beach, Calif., and they returned to Montana, where he began working for the state of Montana Highway Department in 1946.

His wife Mary preceded him in death in 1968. He continued living in Lewistown and working for the state of Montana. On Feb. 25, 1970, he was united in marriage to Patricia Finn in Stanford, Mont. He retired from the Montana Department of Highways in 1983. Pat preceded him in death in 2000.

Madison enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing cribbage, hunting and fishing.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the Fergus Post No. 16 of the American Legion.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana or the Winifred Endowment, c/o the Central Montana Foundation, and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.

Condolences may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com and/orwww.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Original article here.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

60 countries and counting and counting...

We have now invaded about 1/3 of the known world... well, that is roughly speaking of course. Yup, we hit the 60 mark. Have a drink of rum and set up the pegs... I'm in for a round.


Thursday, April 30, 2009

I heart cribbage with strangers...

From I Heart Strangers:

"...so, kelsey and katie were on their way to drink some coffee and play some cribbage. i'm pretty sure i've never played cribbage, but i was right in my guess that it's the game with the peg board. that's all i know, though... well that and katie said they were "old ladies" because they were playing it. but i think people of any age should feel comfortable playing cribbage..."

Full post here...

Tric-trac and other board game studies...

From Articles About Everything:

"...We’re not sure when or where Tric-Trac originated. The object is not to bear pieces off the board, but to make points, which are scored with cribbage-like holes on the side of the board. Pieces not removed from the board. Points are scored if you “could” land on certain points with your dice throws, though you don’t actually land on them, you just note them and score - these are conventions of gentility. Your opponent can score any points you forget to mark, like cut-throat cribbage..."


Old man's game...

From citizen.com:

"...Cribbage is an old man's game I'm told. But for me, it is ever linked with my father and his father and my childhood. They would deal the cards, then play, count off points with little pegs that marched forward on the two tracks of the wooden cribbage board, and calling out, "Fifteen two, fifteen four, and a pair is six." The game would go on for at least an hour. One day, I hoped, my dad would teach me the secrets of the inexplicable "Fifteen two, fifteen four, and a pair is six." And when I was 13, he did, beginning a tradition we would play out for years, until his death. Through the fifteens, we would move the little pegs around the cribbage board as we'd peg out the small details our lives, keeping the lines of communication open between us..."

Full story...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blanc de Noir: Of Siegerrebe, Cribbage, and Norsemen

Blanc de Noir: Of Siegerrebe, Cribbage, and Norsemen

Birdhouses and cribbage boards...

From Knox News:

"...One of Brown's most elaborate creations was an adapted cribbage board for a woman who is blind. The finished product looked like a small writing table with drop-down leaves. With the leaves fully extended, the tabletop measured 42 inches long and served as the cribbage board. Brown drilled holes in the tabletop and made 6-inch crib pegs so the woman could play the game easily.

"That cribbage board was a work of art," says Symington, who reports that the recipient was thrilled to receive it..."

Full story here.

Desperate cribbage players... and housewives...


"The game changes...
Dave seems legitimately upset, all unkempt and unshaven. But is it because of Edie's death or because he didn't get to kill Katherine? Mike sends Susan to look in on him, and she ends up telling him she was the real driver the night his first wife (and child) died. He tells her that everything that ever mattered to him is gone. Then she sees a gun, which makes her think he's going to kill himself. So she offers to play cribbage (her idea of a cure for the blues), then she steals his gun, knives, and pills before leaving him alone. He finally opens up, and admits he's blaming himself for Edie's death. To convince him it's not his fault, she tells him about the accident: She was the driver! And Dave has a new target for his vengeance. So, the first 19 episodes of the season have been for nothing, and now we'll get to the good stuff, right? Finally? If, by "good stuff," we mean Dave going after MJ (who apparently wasn't a target when Mike was the killer)."

Original article here.

Mr. Cribbage...

From The Tribune:


WELLAND -- Fonthill Legion's Steve Danku was honoured as this year's Mr. Cribbage as the Niagara District Men's Cribbage League wrapped up its season by handing out awards.

Fonthill Legion won the league championship, while Little Nashville finished in second place and won the A Division playoffs. Welland Legion captured the B Division playoff.

Doubles winners were Gerry Ogilvie and Larry Reddy of Boat House with Valley Way Legion's Dave Somerville the singles winner."

Original article here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cribbage cameraderie...

From WEAU 13 News:

Read full article here.

Desmoines students learn cribbage...

From the Desmoines Register:

"Strategy, not luck, is the name of the game during cribbage play at Cowles Montessori School on Tuesday afternoons.

Cowles teacher Heather Anderson organized the Cribbage Club for third- through sixth-grade students and taught them how to play.

"I selected cribbage because it is a game I have played since I was a small child," she said. "My grandmother taught me how to play and I have always enjoyed playing with my family. I was amazed at how quickly the kids picked up this game. The kids really love playing this game and they are using higher thinking skills as well as math skills each hand they play.""

Full article here.

Whitecourt cribbage...

From the Whitecourt Star:

Read full story here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

ACC Grassroots cribbage clubs!

CommunityWalk Map - ACC Grass Roots Cribbage Clubs National Map

So, I hear you're a cribbage player?

From Boof's BergBlog:

"...I turned around and there was the grandma holding a deck of cards eagerly to talk and play a round with me.
"yes, absolutely" I said and we sat down and shuffled the deck.

Me and the Grandma played about 8 games of cribbage before a cousin whispered in my ear,
"you know, you don't have to play with her if you don't want." I laughed it off because this was indeed a blessing.

I love cribbage. Me and my old roommate played about 700 games of cribbage (in which case I think I won most :0), some of my best father/son memories are playing cribbage with my dad, and I have indeed double skunked someone in my past. I find cribbage to be the absolute best conversation game ever and me and the Grandma were engaged in a pretty interesting conversation. I asked her about the family, her travels, and the history. I loved it..."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Wine barrell stave cribbage board...

From LumberJocks.com:

"I made this for my brother for a Christmas gift. He plays cribbage and I thought it would be fun. I found a paper pattern on the internet, printed it out, taped it to the barrel stave and started drilling free hand with my drill press. Needless to say, there is a reason they make templates for this job. It took me several tries and it still did not come out perfect. I used a Sharpey fine point to draw in the numbers and track. I finished it with polyurethane. I made the game pieces from pop-rivets..."


Friday, April 10, 2009

Cribbage: redefined...

From Waking Ambrose:

"CRIBBAGE, n. A substitute for conversation among those to whom nature has denied ideas. See EUCHRE, PEDRO, SEVEN-UP, etc.

2009 Update: A card game for those rich in virtue, poor in friends and in possession of pen or peg."

Read full post with many clever comments and additional definitions of cribbage.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Two past Siberia and wax on the cribbage board...

From Two Stops Past Siberia:

"Cribbage by Candlelight

So, the way it goes really is that I write letters on my computer at home, and then when I get to the internet, I post them. Consequently, some things happen in the mean time.

One of those things was a few nights ago. I taught my homestay siblings Cribbage. I have a board out here (Thanks Tif!) and they just love to play. The other night, we got a game going, with the three of us, and the power went out. This meant that we brought out a candle, and set it right on the board..."


57 countries...

Somewhere along the line we added a bunch of new countries to the list of Cribbaholics. A while ago I moved the country tracker to the bottom right of the page.... which means to see it I have to scroll ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way down to the bottom of the page. Not a problem, really, but since then I have not kept as close of an eye on when new countries were added to our fan-base.

Anyway, now you know. There are 57 countries on the list now!!!! That's serious Cribbaholism. (?)

Cheers all,

Spending time with Chippewa Valley Cribbage Club...

From WEAU 13 News:

"It's a game where a skunk or a double skunk will earn you points, where "pegs" are key and "29" is king.

And it's a game where you can make friends.

In this Wandering Wisconsin report, we spend some time with the Chippewa Valley Cribbage Club.

Every Wednesday night cribbage competitors come to get in on a deal.

"We'll be playing 9 games all together."
"I have 2,4, and 3... that's 7."
"You go one game and you move so you don't play the same person all the time."

Cal Carter says, "best 2 handed game you can find. Can't play poker two handed."

In amongst the sea of cards, cribbage boards and cans, is the creator of the club.

"We just have a grand old time," says Terry Pederson. He picked the game up more than 50 years ago.

Just as clearly as he sees the cards, he saw a need, so he founded this club 8 years ago.

Pederson continues, "I've always had a flair for cards. It's mathematically oriented it's based on odds you play the odds 80/20 rule, 80% of the time something should happen only you have to worry about the 20% of the time when something happens."

He says 100% of the time, they have a good time..."

Full story here.

The lowly math of cribbage...

From The Lowly Mathematician:

"Today, I want to talk about card games… On a recent trip home, I had an opportunity to teach my fiance how to play one of my favorite card games. Cribbage. If you are unaware, cribbage is a game in which each player (or team, as the case may be) attempts to score the most points during several rounds. The goal is to be the first team to 121 points. The scoring system and play are somewhat complex, so I’ll just direct you to the wikipedia entry [1] for cribbage, but suffice to say that the game is quite fun. I’ll assume that the reader understands the scoring rules for cribbage for the rest of this post.

While we were playing, we came across several hands which were very difficult to count. For instance, consider the hand:

A-H 2-H 3-H 4-H (5-H)

where - is a card in the hand, and (X-Y) is the cut-card. This hand has the peculiar — and at first unnoticed — property of being worth 12 points. Though it’s not necessarily apparent. The obvious run and flush give 10 points easily, but the sum of all the cards is fifteen, something that is not readily seen, since there are so many cards involved in the sum. This and other odd hands led me to realize that it was probably best for me — especially since we play at night, when my brain is not at its finest — to leave the tedious task of counting these “weird” hands to a computer. The issue was — where to get such a program. Certainly such things exist. But that requires reconnaissance and time, time that I could be spending doing something more interesting.

Like writing my own.

Therefore, I present to you, in only around 200 lines of Haskell, a full library for playing card-like structures, complete with shuffling, dealing, and permutation-irrelevant equality, as well as a cribbage score counter which uses this library for counting cribbage scores…"

Read full post here.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Atlas Pegged: Who is John Galt?

Not many people realize it, but Ayn Rand's fictional hero in the novel "Atlas Shrugged" would probably have enjoyed a good game of cribbage. Ok, you can say this is speculation, but let's look at the facts:

Cribbage is a game of skill that requires thinking - John Galt is a man of the mind.

There! What else do you need to convince you? As it turns out, I myself am a huge Ayn Rand fan and have been for many years. My real purpose in writing this particular post is to highlight a new campaign to send copies of Atlas Shrugged to government officials in order to educate them. And if they refuse to read perhaps they will at least get the idea that there are many of us out here not happy with the current direction of the government's policies.

If you have not read Atlas Shrugged, or are unfamiliar with Ayn Rand now is the time to read. It may be your own life you save.

In order to facilitate your ability to read AS and play cribbage at the same time (two things that obviously go together) I will for a limited time (Until April 30, 2009) send a free copy of Atlas Shrugged to anyone who orders two Crash Cribbage boards from www.crashcribbage.com. That's right!!! Free! Just mention that you want to "Play cribbage with John Galt" and you will get the boards and the book right in your mail box.

Now, let's play cribbage, John!

Joe Kane

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Detecting good cribbage hands...

From Computer Detective:

The best cards to be dealt are fives, because they form fifteens with 10s, Js, Qs, and Ks. The best possible cribbage hand, in fact, is mostly fives: 5 5 5 5 J (worth 28, or 29 if the jack is nobs).starter card will add four points to its value and a 2, 3, or K starter will be worth six more points.crib, try to help yourself by putting something good there–fives are good, pairs, or cards that touch (to form a run). But never break up your hand in hopes of getting a good crib. Your hand is where you need to score most of your points; high-scoring cribs are unusual and require luck or an opponent’s mistake.Double runs should almost always be kept; chances of a quadruple or triple run are high enough to warrant keeping a double run even if you must help your opponent’s crib a bit. An exception would be a hand like 5 5 10 10 9 8, when the best play is to throw the 9 8. Back to Topcrib is a good idea if it doesn’t do much in your hand. The opponent is likely to throw at least one 10 card into your crib on most deals..."

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From Cauliflower Alley Club:

"Come out and play against some of pro wrestling’s greatest stars! Past players have included Percival A. Friend, Ox Baker, Pat Patterson, Larry Hennig, J.J. Dillon, Paul Vachon, Maurice Vachon and many others!

Cribbage Lessons will be offered Monday from 11:00 AM through 4:00 PM and Tuesday from 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM.

To register, purchase your banquet ticket now and then send an e-mail to this year’s tournament organizer, Al Friend, at ajf0645@juno.com.

Upon arrival, there will be a $20 entrance fee, 100% of which goes to the CAC Benevolent Fund. Registration is open to anybody with a current CAC membership. Please show your 2009 banquet badge when you sign up for the tourney.

Please try to bring a cribbage board and deck of cards with you!

Registration: Monday, April 13, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Games: Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Wednesday, April 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tournament is single elimination, best of three falls and matches will not be stopped due to bloodshed. Muggins rules WILL NOT be played unless agreed to by BOTH players in advance."

Full post.

Hand made cribbage board...

Here is the board that one of my shipmates brought in to work one day. His dad made it! Pretty cool.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Choice: playing a game or pulling out your organs through your throat?

From Savanvleck:

"...Confession time: I do concede to play Dominoes and Cribbage. My brother, David and I played Cribbage and Chess by the campfire and it is all good memories to me. I’m so rusty on Chess that I would need a new teacher but I whomped Gaffer at Cribbage the other day and Army Boy and I are trying to figure out how to play Cribbage between Indiana and Kuwait..."

Full post here.

Russ Howell: Pegged Out...

From The Hillsboro Argus:

'Russ' Howell, 89,

FOREST GROVE - Russell "Russ" Howell, 89, Forest Grove, died March 10, 2009, at his home.

A life celebration will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the lodge at Homestead Park in Forest Grove.

Mr. Howell was born July 26, 1919, in Sand Springs, Okla., a son of Attaberry and Bessie Howell. He was raised and educated in California and graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1937.

He served in the U.S. Navy from March 1942 to October 1945 as an aviation radio technician. After his honorable discharge he worked in the sheet metal industry in California and for Pacific Title in Hollywood. He retired from that in 1965.

He married Leatrice Archer in 1964 in Las Vegas.

The couple owned and operated Mammoth Building Materials in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., from 1965 to 1974. He then worked in the hardware business until 1997, when he moved to Forest Grove.

For the last 20 years he made and sold cribbage boards. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and playing cards.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leatrice, in 2001, and a son, Richard D. Howell in 1992.

Survivors include his sons, John R. Howell and Tom Howell; stepdaughters, Melanie Hart, Jennifer Heywood and a stepson, Mel Archer; and 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Remembrances: Hospice of Washington County, 900 SE Oak St. Suite 202, Hillsboro, OR 97123.

Arrangements: Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives, Hillsboro.

Original post here.

Picture of cribbage...

From Pitch Perfect Picture:

Full post here.:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Killer's victim was cribbage player...

From the Nashua Telegraph:

"...Growing up in Nashua in the 1960s and early 1970s, Lindovski was a mischievous child who liked to walk on his hands and played a mean game of cribbage. He made friends easily, joked around a lot and survived respiratory ailments that hospitalized him 15 times..."

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

eCribbage through a roaring lens...

I know that's a cryptic title, but you have to check out this page by Roar:


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Senior Center may close...

From KoloTV.com:

"When told the senior center in Sparks could close because of budget cuts within Washoe County Dorothy Canton had few words to express herself, but they were enough.

"Oh, what will I do now." says Dorothy

The 93-year-old says she's been coming to the senior center for 20 years now. This afternoon she's enjoying lunch with her friends and later she'll play a game of bridge or cribbage. it's a habit with her, one she is not willing to give up lightly..."


Friday, March 6, 2009

24 at F-Troop

Today I scored a 24 hand while playing Crash Cribbage with BBGunner and Mickey at F-Troop CPO club... cool!

:o) Thanks Mickey for taking the photo with your iphone and emailing to me!! Love technology!


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cribbage Hall of Famer Joe Bernard: pegged out

From The Daily Herald:

"Joseph F. Bernard of Antioch: Joseph F. Bernard, 76, formerly of Libertyville, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 6, 1932, in Libertyville, to Charles and Anna Bernard. His father, for whom Lake Charles in Libertyville was named, died of mustard gas poisoning in World War I, before Joe was born. He was a Libertyville resident for most his life, residing in Antioch for the past 10 years. He was a 1950 graduate of Libertyville High School and attended Lake Forest College. He was a member of the Army and a volunteer fireman for the Libertyville Fire Department. He was an avid card player and was a life member of the American Cribbage Congress. Joe achieved the rank of Master 2 stars, was elected to the Cribbage Hall of Fame, and served as the Midwest Regional Manager. He was delighted to have recently won his favorite tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and made many dear friends while playing in the circuit. He also loved fishing with his sons, kidding with his grandchildren, Snapple peach ice tea, Klondike bars and word or number puzzles. "How will we survive without his delightful wit and sense of fun*" Surviving are is wife, Cynthia of Antioch; four children, Cheryl (Ran) Davis of Gurnee, Pam (Glenn) Diedrich of Winthrop Harbor, Stephen (Nancy) Bernard of Antioch and Chris (Jennifer) Bernard of Chicago; six grandchildren, Ashley and Alex Diedrich, Rebecca, Shaun and Leah Davis, and Ethan Bernard; one sister, Mary Ann (Jack) Meyers of Viroqua, Wis.; one brother, Charles "Jerry" (the late Ellie) Bernard of Mundelein; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, "Chick" Bernard. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd., 120 W. Park Ave. (Route 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville. The funeral service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Private interment will be held at Ascension Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation. For information, 847-362-3009."

Original article here.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wawatay cribbage notes...

From Wawatay News:

"...I sat down to play cribbage with a friend of mine the other night. I haven’t played this game in a long time and it took me a few turns before it came back to me.

I was reintroduced to the game by Don Paquette, a friend of mine who I had a visit with in the hospital.

Don is a big guy with a big heart and he really knows his crib. He is an avid cribbage player who has played all his life.

His dad taught him the game and he has passed it on to his children and many more people over the years. He loves the game so much that he put up with my amateur playing..."

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Cribbage board pictures...

From Diana Nick and Sam:

"...When I think of cribbage the first image that comes to mind is one from my childhood. My mother always had a cribbage board stowed in the bottom cupboard of our buffet table in our dining room. I can remember seeing it stowed under there and wondering each time what it was for. It wasn't until my senior year in high school that a friend taught me how to play. Many years after that I learned that my mother and grandmother used to play cribbage. But for some reason my mom could never get my dad to learn the game. Nick comes from a cribbage playing family, so somewhere while we were dating it became our game. We have a fold up board that we take on "dates" with us. Adam and his girlfriend, Heidi, have come over a few times and have played against us. For Christmas the two of them went to visit Heidi's family in Alaska and while there they made us a beautiful cribbage board..."


Monday, February 2, 2009

48 countries...

Somewhere between Jan. 20 and today we jumped from 46 countries to 48 countries stopping in to check out the blog. Very cool!

Also, just to announce that the next Crash Cribbage online tournament will be this Wednesday! Sign up now at eCribbage.com.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Great game gate...

From The Great Game Gate:

"...Cribbage was developed by the poet Sir John Suckling sometime in the early 17th century. The exact date is unknown, but most scholars put it around 1630. The game is actually a variant on an old English game called "noddy", which has virtually disappeared from the public eye now. Cribbage is generally a two player game, though it is playable by one, three, or four. I'll mostly be talking about the two player version, and will mention the others at the end of this post..."

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Cribbage at Terminal Island...

From DD Behind The Wall:

"..."15-2, 15-4, and a pair for 6"

Usually, pegging 6 points in cribbage on the south yard with my cribbage group arouse some flak and trash talk. But not today.

South Yard has a nice view of the Long Beach Harbor. Pigeons make their cooing noises as one older man feeds peanuts to them. Oddly quiet on a Thursday afternoon, there is tension in the air. Today there is less "human noise" and only the pigeons, slapping of dominoes, and the strangely calming clink-clank coming from the weight pile can be heard. If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can hear past the barbed wire and hear the beep-boop-beep-boop of the cranes loading my Thursday friend, Hapag-Lloyd.

However, we are all waiting; waiting for last year to happen again. It was unforgettable for those who were there and re-counted it in vivid detail for those who were not. Watching TV, someone changed the channel, and a fist pummeled into the nose of the offender. The offender scurried out and the assailant pursued with ferocious fervor. An ill-equipped female guard pleaded on deaf ears to stop the melee. The red panic button she carried was pressed into the shell of her walkie-talkie and Guard Tower 2 responded...'

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Cribbage from the dump...

From Notes From the Dump:

"...…Dennis (above) was talking about cribbage but metaphorically in life it amounts to the same thing, you just keep bobbing and weaving and hoping you can cut a Jack..."

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A fishy cribbage tournament

From Stripers Online:

"...Learner came away with all with all the plugs & jigs by winning the 4th Mass SOL Cribbage Challenge! Learner shot through the Winners Bracket of the double elimination event by defeating Lost in Central, XYZ, and by a very close margin Angler#1. Angler #1 was concerned that his one goal of meeting Learner in the finals of one of these events was once again taken away by chance. But, he soon realized that by dropping back to the losers bracket and scoring one victory his lifelong goal could still be achieved Angler was now focused on the losers bracket and watched as Basser was working his way up the bracket by defeating all the earlier losers. Basser emerged from the bracket to take on Angler #1..."


Cribbage and car makers...

From Columbus Dispatch.com:

"...Kenneth Green, a tall, bony, cribbage-loving fan of the Detroit Tigers, left his family's farm outside the village of Morrice and traveled about 25 miles to become a tool-and-die maker for Oldsmobile.

When son Richard turned 18, he followed his dad's career, breaking only for a stint in the Marines.

At Oldsmobile, Richard's starting wage was about $2 an hour. More than money, what made being an autoworker especially appealing was security.

"If you went to work here, you were a good employee, and you did things right, you'd have a job for life," Richard Green said..."

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