Around the area with Lance and BillyLots of stuff has happened since we last met. In fact, during our latest Lance and Billy Literary Society executive meeting, a unanimous decision was made by our board of directors. A new division of the society has been created that will be of interest to our legions of readers.
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by award-winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.
Lots of stuff has happened since we last met. In fact, during our latest Lance and Billy Literary Society executive meeting, a unanimous decision was made by our board of directors. A new division of the society has been created that will be of interest to our legions of readers.
The new creation is called “Around the Area with Lance and Billy.”
This revolutionary undertaking will be about the people, places and things that make our region the wonderful area in which we live. Everyone who lives here, now and in the past, has a story to tell, and our higher-ups have challenged us to inform our gigantic following of what is happening.
Little bits of information about the people we encounter will be documented with a quick-hitting style that will afford the reader lots of information about lots of stuff. Welcome to the newest offerings by Lance and Billy.
• Welcome home Jim and Dessa Foote. For years, they have wintered in Sun City, Ariz., but have sold their residence to spend all of their time in Shangri La. Lance ran into them at Grizzly’s, and after not seeing them for years, it was a nice reunion with great conversation. Jim is an accomplished artist in the Tony Yaworski style, while Dessa holds a special place in the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Lance. Way back in October of 1979, Dessa was the principal at the Lake Nebagamon Grade School, from where Lance graduated in 1965. She introduced Mrs. Lance to Lance, and the rest is history.
• Our good friend Isabell Tusin is 95 years young and looks like a million bucks. She is a regular at the Belgian Club on Wednesdays for the weekly card games. Another regular is our good friend Bernie Tomzak. Coach Tomzak was an assistant coach to Phil Roe for the Spartan girls’ basketball team that qualified for the state basketball tournament this year. We imagine that Bernie has some stories to tell. He and his 1959 Little League team were inducted into the Superior Athletic Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. The formidable duo of Isabel and Bernie at the card table brings fear to those who are foolish enough to challenge them.
• Thanks to Dwane Anderson for a great time at the Douglas County Fish and Game League Show in April. The Hunger Takes No Holiday booth was manned by some great people. Once again, the National Bank of Commerce came up big. Bruce Thompson, Valerie Blanchenay and Tanya Lowney and her kids put in many hours receiving donations from the great people of our area. Jon Garver of UW-Superior, Charlie Glazman of WITC, and I worked the room and had a great time making new and visiting with old friends. Second Harvest sent some great volunteers that included Bob Folger, Jodi Haller, Shianne Gheen and Penny Kutasvich. More than $1,300 was raised for our cause. This amount provides $13,000 worth of food and 6,500 meals through Superior and Douglas County food shelves served by Second Harvest Food Bank. Thanks to all and to Dave Miller at Northwest Outlet for providing a $300 gift certificate as a raffle prize. Good friend of the society, Kay Freer, purchased the winning ticket.
• As you know, Lance and Billy love Grizzly’s and their incredible staff. One member of the wait staff is Nora Raasch. During Lori Flynn’s retirement party, after 23 years of teaching at WITC, I met Nora’s father, Todd. He and his wife, Claire, live in Milwaukee. Lance has made another friend. Nora’s brother, Sebastian, graduated from UW-Madison with a major in sociology. Nora graduated this year with a major in art therapy from UWS. I absolutely love meeting people who enjoy life. Nora and Todd both possess glasses that are always more than half full. The only problem, Todd ate all of his prime rib.
• On our soggy fields of play, golfer Mason Parker, a sophomore from Solon Springs High School, recently competed in two invitational tournaments. In Siren, he shot an 83 to tie for eighth place in a field of 52. In Bloomer, he shot an 88 in tough weather conditions to tie for 17th in a field of 65 golfers. Highlighting his round was an 880, yes, 880-yard drive that careened out of bounds, rolled along the blacktop road, down a hill, finally resting next to the curb. That’s our kind of tee shot.
• Superior, Northwestern, Solon Springs and Northwood all had outstanding softball seasons. Congratulations to them all and have a great summer, if it ever shows up. Northwood was still alive in the playoffs and played at Shell Lake Tuesday night.
• The Northwood’s Church Softball League has begun its season with 31 teams. Twelve teams comprise the Open-Rec A Division on Mondays, six teams make up the Open-Rec B on Mondays and 13 teams will compete in the Co-Rec Division on Tuesdays. Last year, Central Assembly of God, Northwood’s Christians, and Open Bible Church won both their regular season and tournament titles. A Central Assembly Co-Rec team won a lower bracket tournament.
• Remember back in the 1970s and 80s when slow pitch softball was being played Monday through Thursday nights at the 58th Street fields, the two fields at Superior High School and at the Moccasin Mike field? Teams from that era commonly played up to 130 games each summer with league and every weekend tournaments throughout Minnesota, Upper Michigan and Wisconsin. There had to be at least 50 teams in Superior. Now, are there any?
• And finally, Mr. and Mrs. Lance had the pleasure of attending the wedding reception of Ian Mattson and Kaylyn Anderson. The reception was held at the Curling Club and was decorated to “the nines.” The Boyles sat with Tony and Renee Susnik of Duluth. Tony is the produce manager at Lance’s favorite grocery store, the Belknap Super One. Congratulations to two outstanding young people. Ian, listen to your mom, not your dad.
More stuff next time about the Fish and Game show and Hunger Takes no Holiday.
So long, for just a while.
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