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Above: Laverne Gilbertson (holding check) our winner, is surrounded by her Bingo Worker Friends at Knights of Columbus South Milwaukee at 732 Badger Avenue in South Milwaukee. Jimmy Marsh (left) Johnny Castle (center) and Connie Thill (right) all love their jobs at KC Bingo and between them they represent more than 100 years involvement with Charitable Bingo. And let’s face it, they don’t look that old. You should come and meet them when you join Laverne at Knights of Columbus Bingo. You’ll be glad you did. See their ad on Page 6. We had a great time been playing for 15 years. visiting with Laverne Gil- When we asked her why bertson, our Sweepstakes she said, “It doesn’t cost Winner before the first anything, you get to check game of the night that it every month and it’s starts at 6PM. She said, “I thrilling when you win.” like playing at the Knights Games start at 6PM, of Columbus in South Mil- they play 9, $100 games, waukee, It’s the only place 1, $250 game then a 10 I play now. I used to play minute break. The next at a couple other places, games start about 7:15PM, but I like this place so after game 15 there is much that I come to play a break for the popular just about every week.” Lucky Duck Raffle, it pays We asked Laverne if there a lot of money. The night is anything special about we were there, the grand this particular Bingo Hall prize was over $300, the that she likes. She said, runner up paid over $150 “I like to play all of the and there were 6 consolagames they offer, like the tion prizes of $25 each. Lucky Duck Raffle, I’ve You can get beer, soda, won that.” She said, “I play snacks and Lottery tear off all the games, last week I tickets at the bar. won the $500 game, about The second half of Bina year ago I won the Pro- go has 9, $100 games, 1, gressive.” $250 game, the special ZLaverne really knows her Game that pays $500. The Bingo and she really knows last game of the night is the Bingo Bugle. She reads the Progressive. the Horoscope page, likes Laverne says, “Relax, to play the games on Coffee have fun, play Bingo and Break like Hocus-Focus the wins will come.” We and now she is a real fan agree and suggest you see of the Bingo Bugle Month- the KC’s a on Page 6. Play ly Sweepstakes that she’s once and you’ll be back.

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Horoscopes for February 2020 ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20): Spend quality time cherishing and validating the people who inspire you and make your life feel wonderful. Lucky Days: 2 - 9 Lucky Numbers: 34 - 46 TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 21): It’s time to up your knowledge quota. Night classes are a good alternative if you work during the daytime. Lucky Days: 2 - 22 Lucky Numbers: 26 -38 GEMINI (MAY 22-JUN 21): Life’s bigger questions are dawning upon you, now is the time to pause and prepare yourself for your next chapter. Lucky Days: 3 - 10 Lucky Numbers: 3 - 9 CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 22): It’s

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FEBRUARY 2020 But on the upside, you will finally know once and for all if they are “Bingo people” or not. And who knows? They may just fall in love with it! —Aunt Bingo

Dinner and Bingo Dear Aunt Bingo: I need your advice on how to get friends and family to go with me to Bingo. Of course, I love playing Bingo and have for many years, and already have a handful of people I sometimes go with. But I know a bunch more people who I think would get a kick out of it if they just went one time. The thing is, the people I would ask are not couch potato homebodies, but folks who like to go out and do things. Movies, dining out, sports games, shopping—they are always out and about doing something. I just can’t seem to get them past their bias that Bingo is boring and just for old people. It is so frustrating! Do you have any tips I can try to nudge these guys into going to Bingo with me just to see if they actually might enjoy it? Thank you. TS, Florida Dear TS: My first thought is to combine a Bingo outing with an activity you know they will enjoy, such as dining out. Pick a restaurant near a Bingo hall, invite them to an early dinner and suggest you tag on a trip to Bingo afterward. You can suggest dinner and Bingo at the start or wait until you’re at the restaurant having a nice time and propose a trip to Bingo then. (Big smile: “C’mon, it’ll be fun, and it’s just up the street!”) Another trick might be to link it to a special occasion—your birthday, an anniversary, etc.— and get them to ask you what you would like to do for your special day. You can soften the blow by again making it a combo outing like dinner and Bingo or a movie and Bingo. The important thing is that it would be hard for them to say no to the birthday girl. Even if you do get them into the Bingo hall, there’s no guarantee that they will enjoy themselves, and you should be prepared for them to roll their eyes and groan “Never again.”

Dear Aunt Bingo, I read in your column a while ago about a player who had trouble with not being able to sit at a table because of seat saving. It seems to me that Bingo halls universally should declare once and for all that seat saving is not allowed, or at least create some sort of official policy about the practice. At the hall I go to the most often, seat saving is still done. Seats are saved by putting purses, jackets, daubers or other personal items on tables and chairs. But… this is only permitted so long as there are multiple empty seats available elsewhere in the hall. Once the hall begins getting crowded, if there are still blocks of unclaimed saved seats, the Bingo manager announces the end of seat saving and all remaining saved seats become available. There are exceptions. For example, workers at the hall who become players once the Bingo session begins are permitted to reserve seats. But technically that is not seat saving because they buy their Bingo paper and put it at the table where they will be playing. Even with this system, there are occasional arguments from players who save seats for friends who end up arriving late. Luckily, the manager doesn’t put up with it and steps in when trouble begins. Elizabeth J., New York Dear Elizabeth: Enforcing such hall rules as seat saving is a great example of just how challenging it is to be a Bingo hall manager. He or she is juggling 101 different things while Bingo is in session, and the last thing they want to deal with is two senior citizens bickering over a folding chair. A zero seat-saving policy may be a bit extreme, but limitations like the ones you describe are smart management. I would add to that limiting the number of seats a person can save, to end this trend of reserving entire tables. By far, the best idea is ending all seat saving at a pre-set time before Bingo begins, so that the responsibility for filling those seats is left to the clock. Miss the deadline and you’re out of luck. — 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.

VA’s Expanding Use of Telehealth Care The use of the Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth services rose 17% in one year, with 900,000 veterans opting to get care that way. That equated to 2.6 million instances of care in one year. Some of the stats are impressive. The use of the app, VA Video Connect, rose by a whopping 235% in the past year, and more than 99,000 veterans opted to use it from home. Over 200,000 appointments were for mental health telehealth appointments. We have a lot of choices for how we get our care, with more coming. Whether we want to go in person, talk on the phone or have a video visit, it’s available. By the end of 2020, every mental health and primary care provider will be able to communicate with patients in all these ways. The VA is trying to consider all circumstances: If you have a poor

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It: Chapter 2 (R) — Derry, Maine, is once again under attack by the evil clown Pennywise, who is back to his old antics terrorizing the town’s children after a gang of kids — the Losers Club — thought that they had banished the dreaded monster for good. Twenty-seven years later, only one of the six has remained in Derry. Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), ever vigilant, studies the lore around the clown and deduces the only way to defeat Pennywise is for the now grown-up members of the club (Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransome) to take a deep dive into their individual childhoods. He calls back the rest of the group, who swore they would defeat Pennywise no matter what it takes. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R) — Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt head an all-star cast in director Quentin Tarantino’s reimagining of Los Angeles leading into the summer of 1969. It’s seen through the eyes of Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), an aging action star, and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). As the pair

internet connection at home, it’s opening other locations as tests sites, such as VFW posts and American Legion halls, as well as Walmart stores, using ATLAS (Accessing Telehealth through Local Areas Stations). More will open as time goes on. It’s all a result of the Anywhere to Anywhere initiative. Before this was enacted, doctors couldn’t legally treat patients with telehealth across state lines. Veterans in rural areas, or near state lines, were having to go long distances for in-person care. If you want to explore using telehealth on your electronic device, go online to mobile.va.gov/ app/va-video-connect. Scroll to the yellow note and use it to test whether your device is compatible with the VA Video Connect app. There’s an FAQ and how-to demo videos. If you run into a snag trying to set up the app or a connection, call 866-651-3180 Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. To learn more about telehealth, go to telehealth.va.gov. struggle with an ever-growing obsolescence, their paths cross with the unsavory characters of the Manson Family, who are targeting Dalton’s neighbor, Sharon Tate. Hustlers (R) — A sexy and savvy group of former exotic dancers run a financial scheme targeting the ruthless financial industry villains who crashed the economy, seemingly without repercussion. It is told from the perspective of Destiny (Constance Wu), who is taken under the wing of the experienced (and merciless) Ramona (Jennifer Lopez). At every turn, the degradation of women at the hands of men is underscored, served in opposition to fierce women taking ownership of and weaponizing their sexuality. Like all strong-arming, things can go too far. Despite all the stripping, this is a girls-night movie full of female empowerment and power cameos (Cardi B, Lizzo). Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (NR) — In 95 minutes of exhilarating stage footage and emotional interviews with A-list musicmakers (Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and more), the power and versatility of Linda Ronstadt is heralded, a fitting tribute to one of the most influential voices, certainly of a generation, arguably of all time. It also is a voice that has been stolen from us by Parkinson’s disease, but, as this musical documentary shows, it lives on and will continue to do so. If that weren’t legacy enough, we also are treated to a portrait of a pioneering female in music, as well as a rebellious, protean singer


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The New Bingo Trio Last month, it was the beginning of Kate and Paul. Since then they’ve become a big item in these parts. They ran around every day making sure they made 1 p.m. Bingo. One of their favorite spots is a nearby casino where they love to gamble and eat. They usually had an early lunch so they would have plenty of time for Bingo, where I joined them. We three were great together and I sometimes resented their wanting to be alone—just the two of them. One bright and beautiful Tuesday we were playing a coverall when Paul was suddenly on. We all three began chanting his number very quietly as we had been warned about disturbing others. His number came up in the screen but still had to be called. We held our collective breaths and then it was called. He won $750 and was as pleased as if it had been thousands. “Let’s celebrate,” he said.

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FEBRUARY 2020 “What can we do that’s fun and expensive?” We settled on the Space Needle where we were able to get reservations at a window table. First Paul ushered us into the gift shop where he said we were each to get a gift to commemorate this wonderful day. Kate said she didn’t want anything, but I immediately found a space needle replica that I have been wanting. It is a foot tall and has the most intricate details including an elevator that goes right to the top. It cost over a hundred dollars but Paul said that was fine and had the attendant wrap it up. “Now you,” Paul said to Kate. She shook her head, but he led her over to the costumes where he picked out a beautiful kimono—red with white designs and long enough to trail on the ground. I could tell Kate wanted it even though it cost $400. She shook her head, but he bought it anyway and sent both our parcels down for the valet to hold until after dinner. “We don’t really need to have dinner,” said Kate. “We’ve spent enough of your money.” “What a cheapskate,” said Paul. “I believe you would be good at helping a man hang on to some of what he earns.” “What do you do anyway?” I asked. “Computer stuff,” he said. “Very boring. That’s why I’m able to play in the daytime. I work mostly at night.” We stared out the windows at the amazing view as we ate our very special dinner. Kate put her

purse on the window ledge and had to wait a full turn for it to come back to her. “Good thing people are honest in these parts,” she commented, putting her purse in her lap. They took me home and I played with my new space needle, running the elevator up and down many times and just enjoying the look of it on my coffee table. Kate came in much later and plunked down on the couch. “I don’t know about him,” she said. “I think he’s getting too serious.” “You mean marriage?” I yelped. “You mean break up the sister act? You can’t mean that seriously,” “Paul says we don’t have to break anything up. We just have to add him on. I don’t know. I’ll just have to think about it.”

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Lucky Predictions for February 2020 ARIES: March 21 to April 19 1st thru 6th… No time to waste (3rd)$ 7th thru 12th… Go for the gusto (7th)! 13th thru 18th… Luck travelin’ 16th$$ 19th thru 24th… Dy-no-mite 21st$!! 25th thru 29th… Big Hint for the win 26th! TAURUS: April 20 to May 20 1st thru 6th… Good lookin’ week$$ 7th thru 12th… Momentum carries 9th-10th$ 13th thru 18th… Just by a hair (14th) 19th thru 24th… Mountains of $$ 19th & 23rd 25th thru 29th… Nice set-up 28th$! GEMINI: May 21 to June 21

CANCER: June 22 to July 22 1st thru 6th… It’s happening 1st-2nd$$ 7th thru 12th… Grows on you 9th-10th$! 13th thru 18th… Cut to the chase (14th)! 19th thru 24th… Way to start 23rd$! 25th thru 29th… Got what it takes 28th$$ LEO: July 23 to Aug. 22 1st thru 6th… Can’t lose 3rd-4th 7th thru 12th… $uper size it 7th-8th 13th thru 18th… Foreign fortunes 16th-17th 19th thru 24th… Not in the stars 25th thru 29th… Get busy & win 26th$ VIRGO: Aug. 23 to Sept. 22 1st thru 6th… Heck yeah the 1st$$ 7th thru 12th… In tune with luck the 10th! 13th thru 18th… Amazing the 14th$$! 19th thru 24th… Smooth sailin’ 19th$ 25th thru 29th…

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Q: I’m behind on the Star Wars movies, having finally watched The Force Awakens, the first of the final trilogy. I was really amazed at how talented the actors who play Rey and Finn are, and I’d never seen them in anything before this. What was their prior acting experience? — D.P. A: Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, is a multitalented actress from England who is a classically trained in dance and also sings jazz. She had a few small roles in British television before joining the Star Wars franchise. According to The Guardian, when Ridley heard that the filmmakers of The Force Awakens were auditioning unknowns in addition to name actors, she asked her agent to get her a meeting. She ended up auditioning for producer JJ Abrams five times and got the part. John Boyega was the newcomer who made quite the impression as Finn, a former Stormtrooper who developed a conscience. He’s also British, and had some success in his native country before becoming internationally known. Reportedly, Abrams was a fan of the 2011 film Attack the Block, a sci-fi comedy in which Boyega co-starred. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com.

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FEBRUARY 2020 Isn’t that dumb? Whether I’m buying Bingo paper for myself, or buying a certificate so that someone else can have Bingo paper, seems no different to me. So much for my great gift-giving idea! LM, via email

Giving the Gift of Bingo Hi Guy, Like most folks, I enjoy when birthdays, holidays and anniversaries come along because it gives me a built-in excuse to give a special person a gift to let them know how much I appreciate them. I was very proud of myself when I came up with what I thought was a brilliant gift idea for my friends and relatives who are Bingo players and may have limited incomes and not be able to go to Bingo as often as they would like to. Bingo hall gift certificates were the perfect answer: It is like giving someone the gift of excitement and adventure and a day or evening out to play Bingo and try their luck. And imagine if they won a jackpot? They would always remember that your thoughtfulness resulted in good fortune! Unfortunately, it turns out that in my area the Bingo games are not permitted to sell gift certificates. It has something to do with state regulations and how they’re allowed to make money.

Hi LM, Don’t give up so fast! Your charity games may not be permitted to sell gift certificates, but your Indian Nation Casino/Bingo games typically offer them. Assuming you have such gaming establishments in your area, why not jump online or make a phone call and see if they do? If you and your friends and relatives prefer the smaller charity games, another trick might be to create your own gift certificates. You can design them like greeting cards with some kind of message saying that the card grants the recipient one outing to Bingo as your guest. This actually may be better for you because that way you will be able to go along and experience firsthand their freebee Bingo adventure, and get to witness their excitement when they win! —Guy Hi Guy, I need your help. What is the appropriate (and by that I mean smallest) amount that you should tip a Bingo worker when you win a large jackpot ($250 or more)? And is it automatic that you must tip? What if the workers did minimal work and/or never even said a word to you? Then there is the matter of tipping the caller. I don’t like

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Where I live, February is a cold snowy month. There’s nothing more beautiful than waking to a pristine snow-covered yard that sparkles as the sun rises. Since I’m retired though, I don’t have to clean off my car and drive to work in the beautiful snow so that makes a big difference. I can pour a cup of coffee, put my feet up, and plan where and when to venture out to bingo. As a teacher, I’d stay up all night watching out the window and hoping for a big snow that the weathermen had promised. If that happened and my school district canceled school, I would head to the local bingo that I loved. Now, don’t judge me, blame Mother Nature. My local bingo rarely canceled due to weather and I was young and dumb enough to drive across town on icy streets to play bingo with other noodleheads who had done the same. Many a night I stayed up watching for snowflakes that never arrived. On those mornings, I would drive to school bleary eyed and cursing the weathermen who got it wrong. And speaking of wrong, February 2nd is Groundhog Day,

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Each month the Bingo Bugle of Wisconsin conducts a monthly “Sweepstakes” featuring a $100.00 prize for the winner. What follows are the rules of the contest. The Bingo Bugle Sweepstakes contest is open to everyone. It is a FREE contest. Entry forms are usually found on the next to last page of each monthly issue of the Bingo Bugle. Readers who are interested in entering the contest may cut or tear the entry from the paper, fill it out and officially enter by dropping the entry into the plastic Sweepstakes Entries” jug located at most not for profit Bingo halls. Some Bingo halls do not have an entry jug, but usually one the game volunteers will take your entry and get it to us. You may submit a copy of the entry form if none are available to you. If you prefer, your entry may be mailed to: Bingo Bugle Sweepstakes P.O. Box 371283 Milwaukee, WI 53237 If you mail in your entry, only one entry per envelope is accepted. Entry forms must be completely filled out to qualify. Entry forms

that are not completely filled out, do not qualify for the drawing. Enter as many times as you like, but please, take only one Bingo Bugle when you play. A random drawing is conducted each month from all entries received. Winners are announced each month in the Bingo Bugle. Winners must call 327-0705 prior to the 15th of the month in which their name is announced as the winner to claim their prize. Entries received after the drawing are held for the next month's contest. Your chances of winning are determined by the total number of entries received prior to the drawing. By entering the contest, you grant the Bingo Bulge the exclusive right to use your name, photo and comments for publicity purposes. Winners not making themselves available for a photo will forfiet their prize. The contest is not “progressive,” that is to say, if the winner does not claim the prize prior to the deadline, the prize is not increased. The prize is always $100.00 payable via check. Please, don't call the Bingo Bugle office to find out who the winner is, we won't tell you. And, if it is you, you will be disqualified. Thanks for reading the Bingo Bugle and for entering our monthly Sweepstakes. Maybe one day soon, you’ll be our lucky winner.

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MONTHLY CASH CONTEST ENTRY Laverne Gilbertson Plays Bingo on Monday evenings at The Knights of Columbus 732 Badger Ave. in South Milwaukee. She says, “It can’t be beat”. You could be the $100 Bingo Bugle Sweepstakes winner. Just check the rules above, fill out the form below, and enter the sweepstakes. Then, make sure to check the Bingo Bugle to see if your name is listed as the winner. If your name is listed, make sure to call in by the deadline. Please complete this entry form and deposit it at your favorite Bingo Hall, or mail to: Bingo Bugle Sweepstakes P.O. Box 371283 Milwaukee, WI 53237

Name:_________________________________ Date:_______________ Telephone Number:_________________________________________ Addresss:___________________________________________________ City: _______________________State:________ Zip_____________ email:______________________ Where did you get your Bugle?___________________________

Please check your age group: _____18 to 35 _____36 to 55 _____56 & over Thanks for entering!


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