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Friday, November 11, 2011

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Haylie Parker
(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
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Timothy Page
(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
The number 11 is brought to you today by two Bedford County students who share a birthday. Timothy Page, a student at Southside School, and Haylie Parker at Thomas Magnet, are each 11 years old today, on 11/11/11.

Not only do the students get the day off from school (it's a system-wide staff development day), but there's a parade being held in their honor. At least that's what Timmy's dad has told him for years.

"I think he finally figured it out this year," said Clint Page.

"I went to mark my birthday in my agenda, and saw that it was Veterans Day. I figured it out," said Timmy, who plans to blow out his birthday candles at 11:11 a.m. while lunching at his favorite restaurant.

Haylie will be traveling for her birthday, making her first-ever trip to Gatlinburg over the long weekend, according to her mom, Kelly Parker.

"She loves to go on trips," her mom said.

Parents of each child say they didn't realize a birth date with a string of 11s would be coming up until about this time last year.

We asked the fifth graders how they felt about their birthdays this year.

"It feels lucky," said Timmy.

"It's cool," added Haylie. "It feels special."

The date has numerologists, astrologists and doomsdayers abuzz. One hundred years ago in 1911, the Midwest experienced what was called "The Great Blue Norther." The day began with record high temperatures in some locations, but by the end of the day a 60-plus degree drop -- and 300 deaths -- were recorded.

It's also a popular pick for nuptials, a favorite of gamblers, features the release of a movie, numerology thriller "11-11-11."

The pair share a birthday with Jonathan Winters, Fuzzy Zoeller, Demi Moore, Calista Flockhart, Carson Kressley and Leonardo DiCaprio.