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United Seniors of Wisconsin Bingo Hall located at 4515 W. Forest Home Ave in Greenfield will touch your heart. Their mission is to help veterans, senior citizens and deserving youth in need of college scholarships. It stands to reason why our Bingo Bugle Monthly Sweepstakes winner chooses to play Bingo there. We caught up with Kathleen Wilkum at United Seniors of Wisconsin Bingo hall. She really likes to play Bingo there because of their friendly family atmosphere and their location and game times fit her busy schedule. In addition to the United Seniors schedule, Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps uses the hall for Bingo every Saturday night. Kathleen our Sweepstakes winner is an avid Bingo player. Many people would like to claim that moniker, but in Kathleen’s case it is the honest truth. While playing Bingo at another local Bingo hall, 30 years ago, right after winning a game at the end of the session, she went into labor. She gave birth to her son, the first of her two children. How’s that for a lucky baby boy? Kathleen is very proud of her son and daughter. Kathleen’s hobbies include reading, cooking, dancing, watching her soap operas and long walks in the summer. Her most important activity is taking care of her 96 year old mother who is currently in a health care facility. We asked Kathleen about

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Above: Kathleen Wilkum (center) sweepstakes winner receives her winnings from Leroy Apfel (left) and Carolyn Clements (right). Carolyn and Leroy do a great job with Bingo at United Seniors of Wisconsin 4515 W. Forest Home Ave in Greenfield. They play Bingo on Mondays 6:30 PM & 8 PM, Thursday 6:30 PM & 8 PM, Friday 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM. & 6:30 PM & 8 PM Pioneer plays Bingo there every Saturday at 6:00 PM. If you like to play Bingo, United Seniors of Wisconsin is for you. See their ad on Page 9 if this Bingo Bugle newspaper. her winning sweepstakes They also help the milientry. She said, “I never tary veterans living at the thought I would win, but I Zablocki Veterans Medidid. So I suggest that my cal Center. With the fellow Bingo Bugle read- help of United Seniors the ers Keep Trying to Win Vets are treated to a fine and don’t forget to check summer picnic with all the the Players Guide if you’re goodies and they even get looking to play Bingo.” to play Bingo. United SenThat’s great advice from a iors donates the food and great sweepstakes winner. the Bingo prizes. Their Carolyn and Leroy told players even volunteer us about their spectacular their time to help with the New Years Bingo and all Veterans picnic. How great the fun the players had. is that? People who play at United Remember, United SenSeniors tell them that they iors is Open to the Pubare very pleased. lic. You don’t have to be a Over the past years, senior citizen to play there. United Seniors has donat- They have a Progresed over $500,000.00 to the sive Game that was over South Side Scholarship $1,500 when we visited Fund to make it possible there. Don’t miss out. Play for local high school stu- Bingo at United Seniors of dents to go to college. Wisconsin. You’ll love it!

Bingo Player and friend of the Bingo Bugle, Lisa K. Ducharme passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at the age of 60. Preceded in death by her parents Roger and Evelyn Nawrocki, her sister Jimmie and brother Thomas. She is survived by her sisters Patty (Don) Green, Kim (Bob) Edenharder and Nancy Nawrocki. Also survived by neices, nephews, aunts and uncles, many cousins and many friends. A celebration of life was held at the Knights of Columbus South Milwaukee. Lisa was the food a beverage director at Clarion and Radisson Hotels. She was also the special care giver for her dear sister Nancy. The family wishes to thank Ascension Home Hospice, Reiman Cancer Center and all of the doctors and nurses for their wonderful care. The Bingo Bugle staff will miss our dear friend.

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FEBRUARY 2019 month marks a significant turning point related to career and money. Establish new bonds to set old (and new dreams) on a successful path forward. Lucky Days: 7 - 15 Lucky Numbers: 38 - 45 LEO (JUL 23-AUG 23): Stay true to what you love and respect. In other words, allow passion and loyalty to guide you in through the out door. You won’t be led astray. Lucky Days: 2 - 22 Lucky Numbers: 13 - 19

Horoscopes for February 2019 ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20): Much of this month involves the ups and down of your social life, especially with intimates. Be prepared to say goodbye to dullards and the unworthy. Lucky Days: 8 - 11 Lucky Numbers: 36 - 39 TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 21): The secret to weathering all of the changes ahead? Align with that old Zen axiom: “The only constant in life is change.” Lucky Days: 8 - 12 Lucky Numbers: 37 - 50 GEMINI (MAY 22-JUN 21): Fortunately you have a skill for charming others with your wit and command of language. Choose your words carefully to insure smooth transitions as February unfolds. Lucky Days: 8 - 28 Lucky Numbers: 7 - 28 CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 22): This

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Questionable Coupons Dear Aunt Bingo: With all the discussion about whether Bingo workers and/or their family members should play at their own halls, I wanted to add a different perspective about the subject. While it may be true that it is difficult to cheat at Bingo because the winning numbers are random, there are ways that give Bingo workers an unfair advantage. At a hall where I used to play (key words being used to), players may purchase coupons for discounts; for example, buy two $20 coupons, get a free $20 coupon. If the workers are using these coupons and not paying for them, or giving them to their family members, this is an advantage over regular players. There is a limit of one coupon per session, but if the workers (who just happen to buy their packages when no one is around) are allowed to use more than one coupon, again unfair. When this happens, or workers get additional free cards with “gift certificates,” they have an advantage over paying players.  Turns out at my hall they were just printing their own coupons and giving them out to family members.  So, when Bingo worker Rosie’s husband wins, it is almost all profit since he did not pay the correct amount. Fraud and theft charges are pending; can’t wait to see the outcome for these cheaters. Love your column and recognize this is not a cheery letter but your readers are right…better to play at halls where you don’t work. ESH, Minnesota Dear ESH: Wow, what a story! It’s amazing that this Bingo would have a BOGO-style coupon system, especially when it produces its own coupons, which obviously can be printed out by anyone with access to their computer system. It strikes me that this creates several problems for the hall— the alleged distribution of free coupons by staff which you claim; loss of revenue by having too many players showing up and not paying the buy-in, resulting in prize money being paid out that is not being covered by those buyins; and an imbalance in the books that would be revealed in an audit. If I was in charge of a Bingo where free passes were being handed out too freely, I would be particularly fearful of item four: the audit. My understanding is that Bingo games can be reviewed

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Dear Aunt Bingo: I recently made a fool of myself at Bingo by calling a Bingo before I had all the numbers. I haven’t played in a long time but assumed it was easy from my experience playing as a child and went to my church’s Bingo to try it out. Things were fine until they played a letter “I” game which I assumed was five-in-a-row in any direction. It wasn’t clear to me that it was five-in-a-row plus four additional numbers that crossed at the top and the bottom of the “I.” So, I got five in a row, called Bingo, it was announced to the entire room that I had messed up, the worker explained the mistake to me like I was 5 years old, and I got a lot of disapproving looks from the players sitting near me. I could have died. It would be nice to go to Bingo again, but I don’t want to make another mistake. Any suggestions? Dumbell in Ohio Dear Reader (I am not going to call you Dumbell!): Here are a few suggestions for you: Go online and search for sites that have a collection of Bingo patterns and get familiar with them. There are hundreds of patterns in use so don’t expect to memorize them all. But it will be a good introduction for you. You can also ask a hall worker if he or she can provide you with a sheet of patterns that the hall uses. They may or may not have one, but it is worth asking and having next to you when a pattern is being played Many experienced Bingo players are more than happy to show a novice the ropes. On your next Bingo outing, look around for someone who appears friendly, sit at their table and explain that you are new and would they mind if you asked questions if you don’t understand something. You can also mention this to a Bingo worker. If the worker isn’t otherwise assigned, he or she can stand near you to answer a question should something come up. Don’t worry about your calling error; it happens to the best of us. Just hang in there and you’ll become a Bingo pro in no time. — Aunt Bingo Share your views! Write to Aunt Bingo c/o the Bingo Bugle, P.O. Box 527, Vashon, WA 98070, or email her at STENGL456@aol. com. Be sure to include your name and address (you can request that your name not be published), as typically she will not include anonymous letters in her columns.

When VA Doctors Aren’t Doctors Consider this: A Department of Veterans Affairs medical employee, whose salary is paid for by the taxpayers and who is on the VA list of employees, doesn’t actually work any hours at the VA because that employee is union and spends all his time doing union business. Like that? No, I don’t either. It gets worse. During the last fiscal year for which this record was kept (2016), those VA union employees pulled over a million hours on union business, to the tune of $49 million in salary, which we paid for. Officially, it’s called “Taxpayer Funded Union Time.” Who are these people? Dentists, nurses, physicians, chiropractors — people from the whole list of medical professions — were pulled aside, away from doing actual medical work. (And people wonder why we can’t get a timely medical appointment and we’re told they’re

understaffed.) This collective bargaining agreement mess happened during the previous presidential administration and involved four different medical unions. Here’s an example given in a VA.gov press release: A VA nurse was elected as a union official, getting 100 percent of her $90,000 salary paid for by the taxpayers while doing zero medical work. Now, fingers crossed, those employees will be coming back to their real jobs when the VA stands up to some of those collective bargaining agreements. The VA will pull those union employees back under Title 38 of the U.S. Code for medical employees, and this will apply to all of their 104,000 employees. No longer will taxpayers fork out dollars to pay for those people to do union work. I honestly don’t get it. If I had gone to all the time and trouble of getting a medical degree, I would be embarrassed to spend my time not taking care of patients and instead work for a union. sex and alternate personalities. Well-done performances by the leads and direction by Paul Feig. Adapted from the novel by Darcey Bell.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls (PG) — Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) is 10 years old and an orphan, sent to live with his oddball uncle. It’s hard to be the new kid, especially when you live in the creepiest house in the neighborhood. When he’s dared into opening an offlimits section of the house to a schoolfriend, he accidentally wakes the dead, and he, his uncle and the neighborhood witch (a delightful Cate Blanchett as Mrs. Zimmerman) will have to work overtime to clean the clocks of the evil that’s to come. Jack Black is at his most effective in weirdo roles, and he’s simply magical here as Uncle Jonathan Barnavelt, a warlock who is the caretaker of this house with a secret. Pull up an enchanted sofa, and enjoy this film with a batch of chocolate chip cookies. A Simple Favor (R) — An unlikely friendship is struck between glamorous fashion executive Emily (Blake Lively) and mommy vlogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) that takes so many twists and turns that by the end of the movie you’ll be sick to your stomach — and loving it! The two women bond over play dates, so it’s unremarkable when Emily enlists Stephanie as a babysitter. But then she doesn’t turn up and eventually is discovered dead in a lake. There’s intrigue, confession,

Little Women (PG-13) — When Louisa May Alcott published Little Women, do you think she knew just how many times the March sisters would have to come of age on film? This release marks the seventh film adaptation, this time bringing Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy into the present day. Jo is a writer challenged to dig into her own life for meaningful material. Meg dreams of domestic harmony, while Beth’s quiet spiritual strength belies her fragile health, and Amy’s artist talents blossom as she dreams of material wealth. It may be updated to the modern times, but it’s 100 percent sappy and sweet — like, the Hallmark Channel version. Lea Thompson is Marmee, and Lucas Grabeel plays Laurie. Venom (PG-13) — Tom Hardy stars as investigative journalist Eddie Brock, who, while trying to expose the underhanded machinations of a big bio-engineering company, inadvertently bonds with an alien lifeform that unleashes superhero powers in him. This symbiote is called Venom, and unfortunately for the rest of us, is part of a group of no nose, big teeth, slimy actual people-eaters whose manifest destiny includes taking over the planet. Bummer. Brock/Venom face off against archtype billionaire baddie CEO Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), among other things. The superhero genre has a plentiful stream of offerings, there’s no need to waste your time on this weak drivel.


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Presidential Bingo February is just about my favorite month. First of all it is shorter than the other months and secondly it honors presidents, which I think is a great idea. We seldom think of the tremendous effort that goes into being elected or the enormous change in lifestyle that being president of such a powerful nation will accord. Personally, the most courageous thing I have ever done was to teach English in China for a year, a program that was sponsored by a university. Still, it seemed very risky at the time and none of my friends were doing it. So we proceeded to celebrate President’s Day and I noticed my favorite Bingo hall was having a special program as well. The first special game was a double foursome for President Lincoln who loved to play dice—not that he ever got much chance to do that. I was on for that game which was encouraging, but didn’t net me any money. The second special game didn’t come until after the break for

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FEBRUARY 2019 lunch, which was pizza—and a very special and good pizza it was, too, with lots of mushrooms. After lunch we played a double fivesome pattern, which is very difficult because it overlaps. This one was for George Washington whose lucky number was 5. I struggled with this game and kept getting mixed up as the play went along. Kate had no difficulty, I noticed, and zipped on. It took as long as a blackout, but didn’t pay as well and I was glad when it was over. The next game was two parallel lines in either direction for Thomas Jefferson who was an engineer. He was my favorite president and I thought he accomplished a great deal in his term of office, besides the Louisiana Purchase. I remember seeing a picture of him on a canyon wall, surveying the area. Although, that probably was not a real photograph, as I don’t think photography extends back that far. Alexander Hamilton was the next to be honored. This game was a block of six, no doubt for his formidable handling of the treasury. I won this game, which pleased me a lot and encouraged me to continue. “Wait,” said Kate. “I think I have it, too.” She did and I had to split my prize with her, which didn’t make me happy. We soon had a doughnut break, but it was too soon after lunch for me, so I passed. We moved on to a serious blackout, which was not offered in honor of any president. There was an on-the-way game, the big X, and Kate was soon on for it. She kept mumbling G54 over and over until I thought it had been called, but no such luck. Soon

someone else won and we moved on to the blackout. The caller took a brief pause to talk about our presidents and say how proud she was to be able to live in a country that respects our leaders. I thought that to be a fine speech and led the applause. She went on to say that her parents came from Bolivia and were glad to be rid of their leaders, rather than honoring them. We moved into the blackout and it was the final game of the day. I worked very hard at the game and finally won! It was so exhilarating and I was so happy that I took Kate out to dinner and we really celebrated President’s Day with a little champagne to add to the meal. “I propose a toast,” said Kate, ceremoniously. “To all our great presidents, big and small. May they mostly rest in peace.”

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Love Letter to America As much as I hate general statements without sources to back them up, I may end up making a few of them myself right here…right now. You know the ones I hate. “Most holiday travelers will be no more than fifty miles from home.” (Who took the survey?) Or how about this one, “Seventy-five percent of Americans use seat belts.” (Who counted them?) One more. “We all want to make America great again.” America was never, ever, not great. We’ve made mistakes and recovered from them and we will no doubt do it again. A country is as great as the people who live in it, and the people who live in America are the greatest people on earth. I warned you I might make a general statement without backing it up with a source. Political division does exist, but isn’t the privilege to disagree a part of the greatness of America? It’s sometimes hard to admit that the person who is opposed to my political opinions may very well

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FEBRUARY 2019

New Year’s Eve in February? I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. —Winston Churchill Have you recuperated from your New Year’s Eve festivities yet? Have you said heck with my new year’s resolutions? If you have, then don’t despair as this month you have yet another chance to party till the pigs come home and then follow through with your good intention resolutions. Why? Because according to the Chinese c a l e n d a r, Februrary 5th of this year is the beginning of a new year, the year of the pig. Why pig? Because in Chinese astrology, each year belongs to a Chinese zodiac animal according to a 12-year cycle and this year it’s the pig’s turn. Winston Churchill would approve. If you’re not Chinese, what the heck, it’s another chance to celebrate. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, February 4th this year, Chinese families gather for an annual reunion dinner with dumplings and fish, especially, carp or catfish which are lucky foods. Preceding dinner, each family thoroughly cleans their house in order to sweep away ill fortune. After the cleaning, windows and doors are hung with red lanterns and red paper cutouts with messages written on them that signify good luck and prosperity. Red is always the color because it is an auspicious color of good fortune. After dinner,

gifts and money in red paper are exchanged; then red firecrackers are set off to scare away evil and insure happiness in the coming year. And that, dear readers, is why I use a red dauber at bingo, dress in red at the casinos, and carry a red purse when gambling. It makes me feel luckier, as does eating sauerkraut/cabbage on January 1, and having a margarita on February 22 which is National Margarita Day; not that I’m superstitious. Stop it. I can hear you laughing because long time readers of my column know how superstitious I really am. I have to arrive at bingo early so I can sit facing the bingo caller and preferably be seated at the end of the table. I have luckies that I have carried for years. Ringing cell phones and not so quiet conversations jangle my nerves and disturb my mojo. I never put my purse on the table and never ever say out loud the number I need to holler bingo and win some money. My husband, Robert, appeases my quirks most of the time and only occasionally tells me the cheese has slipped off my cracker. For those of us who are celebrating New Year’s Eve twice and over indulging on goodies, plus, everyone else, pay attention. This is American Heart Month — the first American Heart Month was proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in February 1964. Since then, it has become an annual event. Please wear red on February 2 to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease which cause more than 18 million deaths each year. Until next month, may Lady Luck blow you kisses as you dance out the door with dollars. Win big. Email me at nlpvzw6172@ gmail.com. Your emails make my heart sing.

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Crossword Answers Trivia Answers 1. Abraham Lincoln 2. Trigger 3. The military, where a “general purpose” vehicle was known as a GP. 4. None 5. All three words are spelled with the vowels in correct order. 6. A pate made of duck or goose liver 7. Pumice 8. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 9. Michigan 10. Pearl

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