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Bright And Brief

December 22, 1986

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Rod and Carla Hathaway got married in a whirl - on an 81-year-old merry-go- round in downtown Portland.

The bride and groom, dressed in white, exchanged vows astride a pair of charging white horses on the Willamette Center carrousel Sunday afternoon.

Hathaway, a Navy petty officer serving on the USS Cushing out of San Diego, and the former Carla Chance of Beaverton became man and wife with 37 guests and about 10 passers-by watching.

The couple met while his ship was in dry dock in Portland in March. ″Early in our relationship we rode a carrousel at the Portland zoo and that meant a lot to us,″ Hathaway said.

Mrs. Hathaway said her interest in carrousels stemmed from her hobby of collecting porcelain animals.

″This is fitting,″ observed wedding guest Kris Robins, a petty officer on the USS Missouri. ″That’s life, a real merry-go-round.″

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Still looking for that last-minute Christmas gift for the Tennesseean who has everything?

For starters, you might call the University of Tennessee about leasing one of 40 ″skyboxes″ being built high atop Neyland Stadium. The cost is only $24,000 a year and 26 already have been taken.

Each ″executive suite″ boasts an excellent view of the stadium, seats 12 with standing-room for four more and includes parking privileges, said Mitch Barnhart, the Volunteers’ assistant athletic director.

Another big-ticket item is the U.S. Pavilion from the 1982 exposition, up for sale with an appraised value between $1 million and $1.5 million. Unfortunately, the building is unheated.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has some unused equipment from the canceled Phipps Bend and Hartsville nuclear plants for sale. However, there are not enough pieces left to build your own reactor, spokesman Tom Sweeten said.

And, from the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, curator and owner John Rice Irwin is offering life-size coal miners whittled from buckeye wood.

Prices for the carvings, some up to 6 feet tall, are $50 to $250. Clyde Webb says you can watch him whittle if you want, but that’s extra.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Santa Claus’ vacation cottage is for sale, and at a minimum bid of $60, may be the lowest-priced house in Beverly Hills.

In a city where luxury abodes fetch $25 million, potential buyers might find the two-story log cabin of Finnish silver pine a bit cramped.

The cabin, designed and built by Finnish craftsmen, measures 14 feet by 10 feet and was owned by the Original Santa Claus, Finland’s good-will ambassador who left the cottage when he visited earlier this month.

″It’s really a house on stilts,″ said Karl Schurz, whose real estate agency is listing the cabin. ″It’s as cute as can be. It would be a wonderful real estate office up at Mammoth by a ski lift.″

The sale will benefit the Santa Claus Foundation of Beverly Hills, a nonprofit group that sent 50 disadvantaged Southern California children on a week’s vacation this year in Finland.

The foundation includes such honorary founders at Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, Lloyd Bridges, Michael Caine and Charlton Heston.

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