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105-year-old rolls down memory lanes



CLEVELAND, Ga. - He can no longer see the pins, but after more than 80 years of bowling, a Georgia man is the oldest living bowler certified by the United States Bowling Congress.

Bill Hargrove, 105, says he has a mental picture of the pin configuration and knows where to throw his red and blue marbled10-pound ball when told which pins remain.

"He's as accurate as he can be and if he had a little more power in his swing, he'd bowl more strikes," said his 58-year-old daughter, Sandra Carnet.

Hargrove, who has a respectable 106 average, bowls two mornings a week in two different senior leagues, one of which is named after him.

When Hargrove turned 105 on May 9, he tied the late John Venturello of Sunrise, Fla. - who also bowled at the age of 105 in 1993 - for the record of oldest certified bowler.


"It's an honor to be doing something nobody else can do," Hargrove said.

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Andrew Padilla first saw the monkey in the backyard of his Palo Alto home, hanging out by a fence. He thought it must be a squirrel.

It turned out to be a marmoset - and one that was a long, long way from its native home in the rain forests of South and Central America. "I wanted to adopt him," Padilla said. "He was so cute and friendly."

Padilla said he fed the stray monkey bananas and crackers before calling the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA to report him.

"We thought, 'Sure. What have you been drinking?' But when our officer arrived, there he was," said Scott Delucchi, spokesman for the animal care agency.

Officials don't know where the animal came from, but they plan to send it to Primarily Primates, a 75-acre animal sanctuary just north of San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO - Ready ... aim ... fire! Just kidding.

Soldiers practicing for Fourth of July festivities aimed World War II-era cannons at nearby homes and cars and fired several loud blanks, much to the dismay of neighbors who complained of ringing ears, shaken homes and frightened pets.


The members of Fort Sam Houston's Honors Platoon usually pretend to set off the 75 mm Pack howitzers when they practice, post spokesman Phil Reidinger said. "What possessed them to use the actual blank ammunition, I have no idea," he said.

Officials took "corrective action" after Wednesday's practice, but Reidinger wouldn't say what it was.

Summer Cinema 2006

"The Winning ofBarbara Worth"

Weld Hall at MSUM

7:30 p.m., $2

(218) 477-4000

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For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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