Seniors’ games a hit

  • Mar. 9, 2009 9:00 a.m.

by Archie Stocker–Masset’s fifth annual Seniors’ Games were officially opened by Mayor Barry Pages. Despite wintry road conditions, the buses from the south end arrived pretty well on time so the games could take off without too much delay.The Howard Phillips Community Hall was the headquarters for all the activities. Registration was a snap since the locals had a slight headstart over the visitors and voting for the best looking dessert dish was done in the morning after some sampling of the various goodies. The coffee pots were on full duty all day and some dedicated Senior volunteers made sure coffee time went on uninterrupted. Buns, cookies and other delicacies were available all day to complement the java cups.Carpet bowling took place all day. The meeting room was used for Crib Tournaments and in the afternoon as Bingo Hall, where the winners won some fabulous prizes. The Royal Canadian Legion hosted the dart and pool Tournaments which attracted quite a large number of players. GM Dawson High School opened the gym doors for the badminton games. Ping pong tables were also set up, but as far as I could see no one played. It was a very busy day with people coming and going to the different sites. A lunch of clam chowder and beef barley soup warmed us up after walking through the cold wind from building to building.MC Rev. Peter Hamel kept everyone informed about the different happenings and in the afternoon, door prizes were won and handed out under happy cheering and applause. After 3 pm, participants and spectators returned to the hall to watch and receive the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals won by the competitors of the different categories. The last official act was the crowning of the King and Queen. It was a lot of fun for everyoneI