Area Seniors Compete in Jonesboro Event

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The senior citizen's team from Rector didn't get a trophy, but they got close--as they illustrated in this group photo. They included, from left: Louise Gunn, Vacle Burns, Jerlene Fowler, Nancy Loveless, Jerry Chilcutt and senior center director Judy Grubb. (courtesy photo)

The Turtle Creek Mall at Jonesboro was the site of a Wii bowling tournament on Thursday, July 10, hosted by the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. Making the trip to the mall for the competition were teams from both the Piggott and Rector senior citizen's centers.

Accompanying center director Morgan Mikel from the Piggott center were Lois Broadway, Betty Burdin, Rollen Burdin, James King, Freda Mark, Maggie Parrish, Gladys Varner and Linda Wyss. Meanwhile, the Rector team was accompanied by center director Judy Grubb, and included Vacle Burns, Jerry Chilcutt, Jerlene Fowler, Louise Gunn and Nancy Loveless.

The teams were matched-up by the EAAA for competition on the popular interactive game, and took part in a double-elimination tournament.

The Piggott team taking part in the bowling event included, from left: Front-James King. Second row-MaggieParrish, Betty Burdin and Lois Broadway. Back-Linda Wyss, Rollen Burdin, Senior Center Director Morgan Mikel, Gladys Varner and Freda Mark.(courtesy photo)

Unfortunately, the Rector team of Burns, Chilcutt, Fowler and Loveless fell in both their first and second round games, and were eliminated.

As for the Piggott team, they split in their first two games but were eliminated in the third.

The Rector team did same some face, though, as they boasted their highest score was a full 48 points higher than the highest carded by a member of the Piggott team.

After returning home the bowlers reflected on the experience.

"I do better at home, I felt the stress of competition," noted Betty Burdin. "But, I did enjoy myself."

"I enjoyed myself, it's good to get out and associate with people from other places," Rollen Burdin added.

"I enjoyed watching the bowlers, and I saw people I know from other centers," Freda Mark offered. "Some have participated in the Arkansas Silver Haired Legislature."

As for Gladys Varner, she noted she enjoyed the bus ride with the people from the local center.

"I had a great time," noted Maggie Parrish, "I enjoyed visiting with all the people and I enjoyed the bowling."

James King also had a great time, and proved that he is a tough fellow, as he is still recovering from several cracked ribs.

As for the Rector team, although they returned home empty handed they enjoyed the experience. "A good time was had by all," Chilcutt noted. "Unfortunately, we did not win a trophy."

All the participants expressed their appreciation to the EAAAA for sponsoring the tournaments each year.

"As a participant, I appreciate our state legislature for their support in making these events possible through grants given to organizations such as BRAD," Linda Wyss surmised. "We really enjoy meeting senior citizens from other communities in our area of Arkansas and others we have seen at other senior gatherings."

Although none of the seniors showed much concern about being eliminated from the tournament in the early rounds, many of them did agree they were going to get more serious about bowling their best in the future. On the return trip home both groups stopped for treats, including ice cream.

Those wanting more information on the programs and services available through the local senior centers may contact them by phone, or stop by during regular hours. The BRAD Rector Senior Citizen Wellness Center is located at 120 East First Street and the phone number is 870 595-3082.

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