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Needle locked on “adorable”: The Reen Family Musicians and Singers

In case anyone worried that barbershop had a problem with graying hair, take a look at Stephen and Sophie Reen's family. Steve and his three eldest sons, Stephen (15) Dominic (13) and Bernie (12) joined the Barbershop Harmony Society as a quartet in the spring of 2010. Within a few months, they won the Novice Quartet Award in the Cardinal District Fall Contest. The following year they were aw...
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Chief of Staff Don Bagley remembered; celebration service set

A memorial service for Don Bagley, bass of 1988 champion Chiefs of Staff, has been set for Saturday Nov 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Hackney's on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave., Glenview, IL. CarolAnn Bagley would like a head count for that event.  Her contact is: cabagley@embarqmail.com They will also be hosting a fund raiser for pulmonary fibrosis on site and asking for donations to help find a cure for thi...
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It’s one thing to talk diversity; it’s another thing to live it

Marty Monson meets a lot of Barbershoppers in his travels, and every one of them has a story. He recently received this note after attending the Far Western Dsitrct convention. My name is Charles Carothers. We met again at the FWD competition and had a great conversation about how to involve and communicate to minority groups to get them involved in this great craft and hobby. Unbelievably, that...
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Two videos you don’t want to miss

Did you know that Australian Seniors champ Benchmark is in the FINALs of Australia's Got Talent? And there's much more to the story than that. Check out the most recent video below, but not until you've grabbed a tissue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=musOmem_0tE&feature=player_detailpage   (more…)
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Let’s fill up our “thankful jar”

Every Thanksgiving morning, I join my wife and four kids in the living room to fill what our kids call the "Thankful Jar." We start with huge bags of Jelly Bellies, M&Ms, Skittles and other small candies and fill the jar one piece at a time while stating something for which we are thankful. You get to repeat what someone else said but not what you've already said. The jar is probably at lea...
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