- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Nearly a dozen men gathered at the Munday Activity Center on a recent morning, making wise cracks and laughing as they took turns shooting pool.

Billiards is one activity offered at the senior center, and one that seems to draw a feisty crowd.

The camaraderie among the group is palpable as they heckle, talk and continue their billiards game.

Munday Activity Center Executive Director Dana Peveler said there are probably 600 games of pool played there each month.

“It’s important for us to have it because it’s such a wonderful way for folks to come in and relax, have a cup of coffee, have a little friendly competition, sharpen their skills,” she said.

They’ve even incorporated some therapeutic movement into the game, said Peveler. Chalk hangs from overhead and reaching up to grab it works the muscles in the shoulders and the neck, she explained.

The players are also the “unofficial welcoming committee” of the building, Peveler said. “You walk in the door and they greet everybody.”

Players generally are from 60 years old to more than 90, she said, and they maintain their own tables.

“What most people come down here for is the companionship,” said player Terry Abney. “You get to aggravate the same people every day.”

There are 10 or 12 regulars, he said, but the last time they collected dues, more than 50 paid, although “they don’t all come here every day.”

Some hunt together, fish together and when they go to Henderson, for pool tournaments against the seniors there, Abney said, they’ll usually ride together and a group of six or eight will usually stop to eat together.

“My wife passed away a little over a year ago and I tell you what. It’s really been a godsend, to come down here and play and have something to do,” he said.

Gary Hall said a person can come feeling bad, but after playing billiards, leave feeling good.

Norman Schindel is 91. He’s been playing billiards for the last six years and comes Monday through Friday.

“What are you giving away?!” he says and is met with laughs. “What’s this all about?!”

He said it’s “a lot of fun, a lot of laughs,” and that is why he keeps coming back.

His favorite part?

“The fellas,” he said. “We have a good time.”

The billiards room is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to Peveler, there is a suggested donation of $30 for two years of play.

The Munday Activity Center, 1650 W. Second St., serves seniors 60 and older.


Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, https://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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