Bridge group finds ‘ac­com­mo­dat­ing’ place at li­brary

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Zach Sr­nis zs­r­[email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_ZachSr­nis on Twit­ter The women wanted to men­tion group mem­bers who couldn’t make the Jan. 10 gath­er­ing: Wayne Mosley, of Strongsville, Lou Ann Hauch and Judy Stan­field, from Ver­mil­ion.

Res­i­dents met Jan. 10 at Rit­ter Pub­lic Li­brary, 5680 Lib­erty Ave., as they have done ev­ery week for the past four years, to play bridge.

“We’ve been at Rit­ter now for a cou­ple of months,” said Dianne Mosley, of Ver­mil­ion. “We used to play at each other’s homes, but we have since moved on to other lo­ca­tions.”

Mosley said the group has re­ally en­joyed play­ing at Rit­ter.

“They have been very ac­com­mo­dat­ing,” she said. “We have this room (The Rit­ter Room) open to us once a week.

“They also have cof­fee for a dol­lar and hot choco­late. It has been great to find a qual­ity place to meet and play.”

Judy Wil­liams, a Ver­mil­ion res­i­dent, said the bridge games started when a group of peo­ple wanted to learn how to play the game.

“Dianne (Mosley) and Ron Hauch (of Ver­mil­ion), are re­ally good at the game and had been play­ing for quite some time,” Wil­liams said. “We wanted them to tu­tor us, and it has evolved into our own group that meets once a week.”

Wil­liams said the game is great men­tal ex­er­cise.

“There is real strat­egy to it,” she said. “You also have to re­mem­ber what cards have been played.

“There is more so­phis­ti­ca­tion than peo­ple ini­tially think, so we are con­stantly learn­ing from how we played the last game. After each game, we talk to each other and tell the other what could have been done dif­fer­ently. It’s great ca­ma­raderie, and we all have a good time.”

Ruth Mau­rer, of Ver­mil­ion, said the group con­tin­ues to come back to play bridge.

“We have a nice eight­per­son group that usu­ally shows up for our gath­er­ings,” Mau­rer said. “We re­ally get a chance to sit here and learn more about the game we love.

“The li­brary al­lows us to stay for awhile and play for a good pe­riod of time. We are here when it opens (9:30 a.m.), and we’re thank­ful for the nice room they al­low us to use.”

Bar­bara En­field, a Ver­mil­ion res­i­dent, said she has played bridge for decades.

“It gets re­ally fun, and it chal­lenges you to think things through,” En­field said. “You can’t mind­lessly play a game of bridge.

“If you play it pas­sively, you might miss some­thing and ev­ery­one at this ta­ble is good enough to chal­lenge each other.”

ZACHARY SR­NIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Ruth Mau­rer, front left, Bar­bara En­field, front right, Judy Wil­liams, back left, Dianne Mosley, back right, all from Ver­mil­ion, play bridge weekly at Rit­ter Pub­lic Li­brary in Ver­mil­ion.

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