April 14, 2011 at 8:48 a.m.

Look for your blue card in the mail, tell a friend and take advantage of our referral specials

Look for your blue card in the mail, tell a friend and take advantage of our referral specials
Look for your blue card in the mail, tell a friend and take advantage of our referral specials

I hope you had a chance to save a little money by taking advantage of our early subscription renewal campaign. We have received hundreds already.

If not, you will be receiving a blue renewal card in the mail very soon. The card is a reminder that your subscription is coming due the first week of May. All you have to do is simply fill out the card and mail it back to us along with your payment. We will make sure you don't miss a single Chisago County Press.

Thank you to all who have responded to our early renewal. And thank you to all of our readers for being so loyal. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Remember last year when we were offering free Osceola train tickets for new subscribers? I heard a few rumblings from loyal subscribers asking me why I didn't offer existing subscribers some sort of a deal. After thinking about it, I agree. If you are a subscriber, and you refer a new subscriber, we would like to offer you two train tickets or two Saint Paul Saints tickets. To qualify, make sure the new subscriber mentions your name and address to us and we will take care of the rest. While we do have quite a few of each, supplies are limited.

A quick reminder about the Easter Egg hunts this weekend. Chisago City will be holding the annual hunt on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. Kids will scour Paradise Park searching for the golden egg which will be hidden among hundreds and hundreds of eggs.

The good folks at Parmly have also planned their own Easter Egg Hunt which will take place at 11 a.m. Children will search Parmly's beautiful back yard for colored Easter eggs. This is a wonderful event both for the children and for the residents of Parmly.

The City of Wyoming will hold their annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Tolzmann Park. The Egg Hunt is for kids ages 3 to 9. There will be prize drawings for ages 10 and younger, you must be present to win.

Before you go Easter Egg hunting this weekend, stop by Bayside Bar and Grille to fill your stomachs with some hot pancakes. The Chisago Lakes Senior class is holding a pancake breakfast to support their senior party. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon.

There are also a couple of places for you and your family to play bingo this weekend. On Friday, the Taylors Falls Lions will be hosting their Easter Ham bingo where prizes will include hams and turkeys. The festivities will take place at the community center and begin at 6:30.

Saturday night the American Legion would like to invite you to their Spring Bingo. Held at the Chisago City Community Center, this bingo features cash prizes along with various meats. The Spring Bingo begins at 7 p.m.

With the weather finally cutting us all a break, we were finally able to get out and enjoy it. Our baseball team had their first practice on Monday and you could see the pure enjoyment of the kids being able to run around in something other than snow boots.

Having an 11 year old boy, and now 11 more for the next three months, I have come to yet another realization.  I am old. As a guy, I am guilty of looking in the mirror and seeing a person that is in his mid-20's and can do virtually anything. We are all guilty of our bodies growing older at a much quicker pace than our minds. We are reminded of that with sore joints after exercise and the recovery time for a night of frivolity now extending well into the next week.

Coaching baseball, after just one practice, I have been once again reminded just how old I am. This time it is my vocabulary that is my anchor. The kids now are saying "I know right?" or "Fail" or "Epic" and "LMAO". When these words come out of the kid's mouths, I tilt my head sideways like a dog, perplexed with what it is supposed to mean.

I know that everyone had a catch phrase when they were growing up, but LMAO? I pine for the days of simpler phrases when you didn't have to sit and think "Okay, what does the L stand for?" Or wondering if they are putting you down in some sort of encrypted code. What it boils down to is I am old. I still listen to the rock stations, but I find myself listening to talk radio more and more. The other day I said to one of my players "Where's the beef?" He looked at me and said "OMG". Again, I am old.

Last week, when I was telling you about the Carp contest, I made a mistake. It wasn't anything I said about Steve Levey that was incorrect. I mentioned the contest had three divisions. There are two divisions. I apologize for the confusion, but when you are getting your information from Steve Levey, it all is a bit blurry.


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