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January 30, 2014

Oh, the games people play

Seniors enjoy bingo, cards and more at local center

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For St. George, it's a weekly tradition she hates to miss.

"You come in, you see the same people and it's fun," she said.

That was also the collective mantra for the regular bridge group that meets weekly at the center. Seven women gathered one afternoon last week and said more players are always welcome.

For those who play bridge, it's an appreciated game that helps keep the mind sharp.

"It keeps your brain motivated," Gail Gorham of Derry said.

She said the game isn't easy, requiring a lot of counting and memory skills.

This group has played together for several years. The players are very comfortable with each other and look forward to weekly games.

Elaine Rendo of Derry said bridge is a great game.

"It's a numbers game, but it's an interesting game," she said. "It always challenges you and you have to learn a great deal."

As the bridge group continued its quiet play, the women noted their next door neighbors are often a little louder as they enjoy Forty-Fives.

That game is a regional favorite, filled with French Canadian tradition and very popular in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. Tournaments are held in Massachusetts and New Hampshire every year.

Most of the players on this particular afternoon had been playing for decades.

"I've been playing 45 years," Chuck Hamblett said.

More players are always welcome for any of the games offered at the Marion Gerrish Community Center. Other games offered weekly include Mahjongg, Uno and cribbage.

Call 434-8866 for information or a complete schedule of games and other senior activities.

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