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December 9, 1985

SABATTUS, Maine (AP) _ When Stan Laurinaitis promised to fill his wife’s stocking this Christmas, he didn’t expect her to come up with one that would fit the Jolly Green Giant.

Marty Laurinaitis sewed a 20-footer that now hangs from the roof of their home.

″He was quite shocked,″ Mrs. Laurinaitis said Sunday. ″He couldn’t believe it.″

Each Christmas season, Mrs. Laurinaitis brings out her collection of 350 yuletide boots and stockings to decorate the house. This year, her husband jokingly told her to hang her 5-foot stocking by the chimney so he could fill it, she said.

″That sounded so promising that I thought I’d really challenge his generosity,″ said Mrs. Laurinaitis. ″Maybe now he’ll appreciate my 5- footer.″

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Four-time Boston and New York City marathon winner Bill Rodgers won the 10th annual Perrier 10-kilometer run, but it was a waiter dressed in black tie that may have set a record.

The main event was preceded Sunday by a run featuring waiters carrying trays holding an open bottle of Perrier.

The winner was Mike Dubuc of Vancouver, Canada, in a time of 17:40, said Perrier spokeswoman Jane Lazgin.

″We believe that will qualify him for the Guinness world record,″ she said. ″I believe that was 17:50.″

Contest rules specify that the waiters cannot spill any measurable amount of Perrier during the 3.1-mile event.

The 37-year-old Rodgers of Sherbourne, Mass., finished his race with a time of 29:14. Robyn Root of Paso Robles won the women’s division in 33:28. Rodgers and Ms. Root each won a silver cup, Perrier apparel and a year’s supply of the mineral water.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A wedding is usually a bride’s time to hold center stage, but Vickie Maola was on center ice.

She and Drew Tusick were married an hour before the Pittsburgh Penguins’ National Hockey League game against the New Jersey Devils Saturday night.

″Our first date was a hockey game and every time we go out we usually go to a game,″ Tusick said. ″We probably see 15 or 20 a year.″

The Civic Arena gates were opening as the ceremony started and only a few hundred people witnessed the wedding.

Penguins captain Mike Bullard presented the bride with a bouquet of roses and posed for pictures with the newlyweds.

The ceremony, conducted by District Justice James E. Russo of Leetsdale, Pa., with the couple’s friends and family looking on, took about five minutes.

″It was faster than I thought it was going to be,″ Tusick said. ″Originally we wanted to do it between periods of the game, but they were afraid it would take too long. I guess we could have done it between periods after all.″

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