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Section 2, part 2

(1) Iva M. in FL (in response to a question in BLAINESWORLD #1018) about what to do with a turtle found on the side of the road):

Mr. Curious,

Your children will want to keep that tiny turtle as a pet.

If you make that choice the result is as follows:

You need to buy a tank to keep it in.

They like to eat live crickets. You make frequent stops to the pet store buying bugs two times a week.

They really like the sunlight, it is good for their shell. You buy a light for them to sunbathe. You must put special additive in the water to prevent their shell from rotting and reduce chlorine.

They can’t sunbathe in the water, you find large rocks for them to climb on.

Did I tell you those rocks and that fresh water needs to be cleaned every week, sometimes more often because they collect algae which turns their water green and smells!

Your kids don’t want your cute tiny turtle to be lonely, so you buy another one to keep the first one company.

When they get too big for the 10 gallon fish tank, you upsize to the 20 gallon tank which makes it completely impossible to clean by yourself.

It has become a very big job and they are big now and not as cute as they were when they were tiny.

No one wants to clean the tank.

The decision is made to give them a happy home in the nearby lake.

Mr Curious asks a very good question and here is the answer my story concludes with.

Take that little turtle to the nearest lake and let it go!

Take a walk on a sunny day and you will see happy turtles enjoying the sun on a rocks, eating all the bugs and gourmet delicacies nature has to offer.

You may even see them swimming freely in the lake, their little heads peeping up to the surface as they enjoy their lives.

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(3) Terry B. in FL: I so always enjoy your newsletter!!!!  It’s witty, informational, concise and G-R-E-A-T!!!! THANK YOU FOR IT! Keep up the great work!!!!

(4) Julie S. in NC (about a comment about her eatery King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffle, in BLAINESWORLD #1017): Eating waffles and saving the world–love it!

(5) Tom S. in NY: That’s great news about Cynthia! Thanks for the great info on stem cell research.

(6) Padma D. in NC: Wow Blaine, What a busy person you are and have been! You cover so many topics and ideas and funny jokes. Great ! Thanks for sending it to me.

ALSO, thanks for posting my flyer. Thanks so much. I will let you know if anyone responds from this posting.

(7) Blaine Oeklers in AZ with something he wrote:

Time to Think… Oddly, the Most Important Thing You Can Do!

(8) Evelyn B. in NC:  We saw Eye in the Sky with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman (his last movie role) in a thought-provoking movie about drone warfare and the morality of war. We highly recommend this movie to our friends and family. Says a lot about the relationships between politicians and military personnel. Rickman has the best line in the movie – which I won’t repeat here.

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Section 12A. NC events

(1) Reed Bilbray in NC: I am excited to announce the opening of our new business here in Asheville—Zaniac Learning Center, a STEM educational campus which offers after-school programs and camps for kids K-8th grade. We will be opening on April 19 at our location in Biltmore Park Town Square. I am writing to you today because we need your help and support to get the word out to our Asheville community about Zaniac and our upcoming April 19th Grand Opening. Please help us spread the word about Zaniac and connect with us! Here’s how:

Come to Our Grand Opening Celebration on April 19.

Zaniac Learning’s Grand Opening will be Tuesday, April 19th from 4-7pm at our campus in Biltmore Park Town Square at One Town Square Blvd, Suite 120. *Rain or Shine*

  • Meet NASA Astronaut Dr. John Herrington (STS-113)
  • Bring your kids to get their picture taken with a real astronaut
  • Tour the Zaniac Learning Campus
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • STEM Activities
  • Moon Toss
  • Enjoy Games & Refreshments


(3) Brenda Mills in NC: Working On It Group, Business Support Partners and New Business Friends,

We have exciting programming through July (see schedule attached and below).  For now, we need you to attend the upcoming Government-Business CONNECT.

This is a phenomenal opportunity to meet with local governments (we will have 10-12 of our City of Asheville departments on hand as well),

governmental/local non-profits and prime contractors.  We are inviting our regional service providers to be on hand to assist with any business needs as well.

The day is intended for you to come as your schedule permits.  There is training being provided at 9:30am and repeated at 2:30pm – please RSVP for this by Monday, April 18th (the day’s schedule attached)

Please RSVP for all events by the deadlines so that we can plan for your attendance.  There is a lot to take advantage of and as always it is FREE and OPEN to the Public.

Brenda Mills, MPA

Economic Development Specialist

Community & Economic Development

PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC  28802

(828) 259-8050 office | (828) 712-2324 mobile website

Physical Location:  Room 510, 5th Floor City Hall


(4) The Superhappy Trivia Challenge

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-What the hell is this thing? Is it comedy? Is it improv? Is it a game show?

-The answer to all three is: YES!
The SuperHappy Trivia Challenge is the most fun you could possibly have on a Wednesday night. Inspired by such shows as Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me…The Match Game,  plus Who’s Line is it Anyway?, the Trivia Challenge is unlike anything you’re gonna see in Asheville.

So what exactly happens?

-Bloodletting, book learning, hopscotch… Or not. Basically, The SuperHappy Team chooses 4 local comic actors to be panelists in a free-for-all contest of wits and knowledge.  Each month, the panelists must think fast and furious about a variety of topics both real and completely made-up. The contest aspect is really just an excuse to get the funniest people we know to square off and mouth off.

So it’s not bar trivia?

– Nope, nothing like it. Local actors and personalities are the ones competing for your entertainment!!! However, this is not a passive event where the audience sits and stares into the void. Individuals from the audience will be called upon to assist our helpless (or hapless?) teams as they wade through the morass of questions.

Are there fabulous prizes?

-Well, there are prizes. And free samples of Olde Virden’s Red Hot Sprinkle.

Olde Virden’s Red Hot Sprinkle? Is that even a real thing?

-You bethcha. They have a website and everything. They even have a slogan: “Say no to Sauce!” Check ’em out here

Is it show scripted?

– Mostly not. The questions are prepped as well as some short bits but that’s it. Anything can and will happen.

Who makes up the core team of The SuperHappy Trivia Challenge?

– Adam Jack Arthur, Tony Willingham, and Troy S. Burnette.

Who the hell are they?

– Adam Jack Arthur has been an actor and writer for the past 25 years. He has appeared with almost every local theatre company plus a few basic cable TV shows.

Basic cable, eh? Was he any good?

– Not sure. No one here can afford cable.

So who’s this Troy fella?

– There are many theories as to who this “Troy” fella is. Most seem to feel he was raised by a local tribe of Sasquatch somewhere down in Jackson County. Others suggest he is a being from another world. Still others think he’s a local boy from out in the county. Either way, he’s an excellent co-host when he can find his notes.

OK, but what about this “Tony”?

He’s our in-house band. He’s special. In a good way. At least, we hope so. He’s a world-traveling/singer/comic/artist/illustrator who definitely is not responsible for all that death and destruction that occurred in Saskatchewan last year.  Have you not heard of all that death and destruction that occurred in Saskatchewan last year? Then good, the system works. Moving on…


Section 12B, PA/NJ events




EVENT: A MURDER IS ANNOUNCEDWhen a newspaper story announces when and where a murder will occur, Agatha Christie’s snoopy Miss Marple is on the case.  Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon, the murder mystery is directed by Andrena Wishnie of Morrisville, Pennsylvania.  Veteran character actress Virginia Barrie of Ewing, New Jersey stars as Miss Marple.  Costarring Theresa Swartz of Ambler, Pennsylvania; Rupert Hinton of Princeton, New Jersey; and Laurie Hardy of Hamilton, New Jersey.  Featuring Charlotte Kirkby of Ewing, New Jersey; Joy Woffindin of Lambertville, New Jersey; Tom Smith of Morrisville; Amanda Hardy of Hamilton; Marilyn Licciardello of Hopewell, New Jersey; Garrett Woodward of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania; James Cordingley of Lawrenceville, New Jersey; and Ken Ammerman of Morrisville.  Stage managed by Kelly Allen of Arneytown, New Jersey.  Costumes by Ruth Schanbacher of Yardley, Pennsylvania.  Set, sound and lighting design by Andrena Wishnie.   Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


SHOW DATES:  Weekends, April 22 – May 8, 2016.  (Nine performances only)


TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.                                                

PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge. 


ADMISSION:  $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY cardholders and students, and $10 for children age 12 and younger.  Group rates available for 10 or more.  Parental guidance suggested for younger children.


TO RESERVE:  Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email   tickets can be purchased online via


ON THE INTERNET:  The company’s website is  Social networking includes Facebook page — “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” — and Twitter name @actorsnet. 

COMING NEXT:  ActorsNET’s 20th season continues with Tennessee Williams masterwork, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, performing weekends June 3 – 19.  Lou Stalsworth of Allentown, New Jersey directs.  Cat Miller of Bristol, Pennsylvania; John Helmke of Hamilton; Rupert Hinton of Princeton; and Cheryl Doyle of Morrisville star.


(2) It’s a Jolly Holiday with ‘Mary Poppins’ Musical at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre April 16 to 30

West Windsor, N.J. – The Banks family is in need of a serious attitude adjustment. Enter Mary Poppins, the positively perfect nanny, and life is about to get more lively, especially for gloomy siblings Jane and Michael. The Yardley Players is proud to present the “Mary Poppins” musical on stage at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre in April over three weekends.

Dates and show times are Fridays, April 22 and 29 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 16, 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, April 17, 24 and May 1 at 2 p.m. A daytime show for group audiences will take place Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

A reception with the cast and crew will follow the opening night show on Saturday, April 16. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, “Mary Poppins” is the story of a nanny who knows how to mix just the right amount of common sense, magic and a spoonful of sugar to help a family rediscover its joy. Along the way, Mary introduces the children to her fascinating collection of friends – delightful shopkeepers, Bert and his dancing chimney sweep pals, and an array of other colorful characters.

With a script by Julian Fellowes, and music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers, the show’s beloved song list features such favorites as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” “Step in Time,” “Jolly Holiday,” and the ever popular tongue twister “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

The show stars Elizabeth Rzasa of Ewing as Mary Poppins, and Matthew Muccigrossi of Belle Mead as Bert. Starring as the Banks family are: George Hartpence of New Hope, Pa., as George Banks; Carol Thompson of New Hope, Pa., as Winifred Banks; Makenna Katz of West Windsor as Jane Banks; and Dylan Katz of West Windsor as Michael Banks.

Also featured are: Carolyn Anzuini of Bordentown as Mrs. Corry; Tammi Gilson of Levittown, Pa., as Miss Lark; Stephanie Harden-Giunta of Lawrenceville as Katie Nanna; Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton as Park Keeper; Marina McLaughlin of Columbus as Annie; Danny Mucha of Yardville as Robertson Ay; Ashley Patrick of Langhorne, Pa., as Mrs. Brill; Raymond Pental of Lawrenceville as Bank Chairman; Christina Pullen of New Egypt as Fannie; Ron SanGiovanni of Burlington as Von Hussler; Matthew Snyder of Levittown, Pa., as Neleus; Tristan Takacs of Hamilton as Northbrook; Teresa Welby of Hamilton as Bird Woman; Michelle Whitescarver of East Windsor as Miss Andrew; Wayne Wood of Fairless Hills, Pa., as Admiral Boom; and Fady Zaher of Hamilton as Policeman.

The ensemble includes Gabriella Amiet of Pennington, Emma Behrens of East Windsor, Taylor Bell of Hightstown, Nicholas Benedetti of Ewing, Addison Blumberg of Yardley, Pa., MaryRose Brendel of Cranbury, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Quinten Darling of Morrisville, Pa., Carter Erickson of Yardley, Pa., Kimmy Graham of Yardley, Pa., Katie Greendorfer of Lambertville, Matthew Krauss of Yardley, Pa., Marissa Marciano of Plainsboro, Michael Marrero of Hamilton, Aidan McLendon of Bensalem, Pa., Fiona Misiura of Hightstown, Ann Thompson of Lawrenceville, Shan Williams II of Trenton, Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., and Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville.

The production team includes Producer Whitney Pullen, Director Amy Zalot, Musical Director Matt South, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Chris Szemis, Lighting Designer M. Kitty Getlik, Costume Designer Louisa Murey and Set Designer Jim Kenna.

Tickets are $20 for all. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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