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January 17, 1987

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) _ An Iowa charity says it is grateful for a shipment of clothing and food from the South, but is a bit puzzled about what to do with the black-eyed peas included in the truckload of donations.

″It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge,″ said Sister Jean Goering, supervisor of the Midcrest at Creston, an agency in charge of distributing the goods.

The shipment was sent to Iowa as a gift of appreciation from South Carolina farmers who received hay from the Midwest during last summer’s drought.

The better-known foods in the shipment have been distributed to dozens of families in south central Iowa, but the black-eyed peas have been put aside until guidance can be provided on how to use them.

Iowans are more comfortable with pork, beef and corn than black-eyed peas, grits, kale and pinto beans.

To help make the best use of peas, Midcrest is working with home economist Dorothy Eyberg to find recipes for the Southern favorite. ″Casseroles look like a good possibility,″ Ms. Eyberg said.


RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - There’ll be quadruple the fun at birthday bashes each Jan. 12 at the Vause household from now on, not just double the fun.

Cheri Vause gave birth to twins Monday, 14 years to the day - almost to the hour - after she delivered her first set of twins.

Kathryne Laraine arrived at 7:45 a.m. Monday and Madalyn Grace came at 8 a.m. at Kadlec Medical Center. They join Justin and Jason, identical twins born Jan. 12, 1973.

Birthdays will now mean ″a lot of cake,″ said father John Vause, a Washington Public Power Supply System engineer.

″We’re going to buy a bakery,″ said Mrs. Vause.

What are the chances of two sets of twins being born on the same date?

″One in a billion,″ said Jason Vause.

″At least,″ added Justin.

Dr. James Felton, Mrs. Vause’s obstetrician, said there is a one-in-80 chance of delivering twins, a one-in-6,400 chance of having two sets of twins and a one-in-2.3 million chance of delivering two sets on the same date.


FERRYSBURG, Mich. (AP) - Motorists were able to park illegally for three months because police - unsure of whether this town’s name would be changed - put off ordering new tickets after the old supply ran out.

Ferrysburg voters were asked to decide Nov. 4 whether to change the name of the Lake Michigan town to West Spring Lake. They voted overwhelmingly to keep the old name.

Because of the impending election, Ferrysburg police didn’t issue a single ticket during the last three months of 1986, Ferrysburg Police Chief William Kaufman said.

″We were out of tickets and didn’t want to order because we didn’t know what the name of the city would be,″ Kaufman told the city council Wednesday.

Tickets since have been reordered with the familiar ″City of Ferrysburg″ printed on them.

The little town’s name squabble drew national attention. Some city officials favored the change because of jokes directed at the city that stemmed from the word ″fairy,″ derogatory slang for a male homosexual.

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