We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

Details from the June & July Club Meeting

Not too much to report from the past two meetings. Attendance has lessened some with the summer months keeping people busy but we always manage a good group and these days there seems to be plenty to talk about.... and none of it very good. With the ridiculousness of the craziest presedential election in history, to the tragedies of innocent people being gunned down in night clubs or masses of people being run down by huge trucks or the beheading of priests, it sort of makes the whole FDA regulation issues we're dealing with in our small lives seem somewhat insignificant. But even though they are not taking our lives, they are still taking away our freedom and that is still significant.

SHPC 2016 Club Pipes
Looks like we're going with a Rhodesian shape by Premal Cheda of Smokers Haven. We hope to have more details and possibly a prototype soon so stay tuned for more. At the present time we're looking at a Fall delivery.

Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From the Intro....
Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation, and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to the East and Soviet Russia.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8

Chapter 8
.... A buzzer sounded somewhere in the back of the shop as he opened the door. The delightful odor of the shop was primarily that of Virginia and Latakia with an undertone of an aromatic of some kind. Shortly, a tall man about forty approached him through a door directly behind the glass counter where a large number of pipes were displayed on a blue velvet background. The man was lean and looked muscular. His blond hair stood out above his ruddy complexion and was starting to gray at the edges. Round steel-rimmed glasses sat low on his nose.
The man greeted Clancy in German and asked if he could serve him in some way.

Clancy mustered up his American accented German getting into a tourist mode and replied, “I’m an American; do you speak English?”

“Most assuredly, sir; I have lived in England and the USA. I took my university studies in America. London is where I learned the tobacco trade. My name is Rudolf Zimmerman”

Clancy relit his pipe, giving him a moment to fully absorb the information, and replied, “How interesting! I teach Political Science in a small college in New Hampshire. When were you in the States?”

(Chapter 8)

Tobacco Raffle
This month we have 2 blends from across the pond.

St. Bruno Flake (1.75oz Tin)

St. Bruno Flake with its smooth, rich, flavor and light floral and fruit note that enhances, rather than masks, the excellent leaf. A large, grateful group of pipe enthusiasts are thrilled to see St. Bruno return to our shores. Welcome back an old friend, or try this classic for the first time. Either way, you win.

Gold Block(1.75oz tin)

Gold Block from Ogden's of Liverpool was known for being one of the most widely available pipe tobaccos in the UK. This smooth and relaxing blend of sweet, bright Virginia and mellow white Burley is treated to a pleasant top note which allows the user to get real tobacco flavor, while delivering an enticing room note. For anyone who is looking for an all-day blend, or for a lightly flavored tobacco for earlier in the day, Gold Block is certain to please.

In the News

Lawsuit Filed Against FDA for New Regulations
On July 15th the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association, Cigar Association of America and Cigar Rights of America have filed a joint lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration and their Commissioner Robert Califf jointly and separately along with the Department of Health and Human Services and their Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Nine counts were filed, here are a few;

FDA’s Treatment of Premium Cigars and Failure to Consider Option Two is Arbitrary and Capricious.

The Final Rule’s Warning Label Requirements Impermissibly Restrict Free Speech.

Regulation of Tobacconists Who Blend Finished Tobacco as “Manufacturers” is Arbitrary, Capricious, and Not in Accordance with the Tobacco Control Act, and Exceeds FDA’s Regulatory Authority.

Regulation of Pipes as “Components” Rather Than as “Accessories” is Arbitrary, Capricious, and Not in Accordance with Law.

Read more at the

Video of the Month
Holmes Pipe Smoking Scenes 2

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette.
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 6:30 PM Central Time on YouTube.

Other Important Links for Smokers:

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