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By Mary Blake


There’s a light (OK, a tiny glimmer) at the end of the tunnel (yes, a very long tunnel). Like most outdoor sports, lawn bowling has many benefits: being outdoors – especially here in Oakmont, being physically active, being mentally active as you learn new skills and then improve them, and the joys of being part of a social group. We can’t offer training yet. But that will come! We already have a few people who’ve signed up for training once the restrictions are eased. Contact us at to be on our waiting list. We are looking forward to teaching new people the joys of lawn bowling as soon as we can!

At our last (socially distanced, masked, outdoor) board meeting, we selected Marilyn Garland as our volunteer of the year! Of course, with Jim Krause taking care of the green and everything else, she had stiff competition for the honor. But this year has been a difficult one, with few of the benefits and more than the usual number of headaches. Marilyn has earned our eternal gratitude for the role she’s played during very trying times! And most of what she’s done has been invisible to the rest of us. If you see her THANK HER.


Our Holiday Gala should have been in early December. At it, we would have viewed old photos of fellow bowlers, we would have wrapped gifts for needy children, given out awards and just enjoyed each other’s company. Instead the gifts were wrapped at home and delivered to Jim Krause. For each 2020 tournament, Jim has put down Coronavirus as the victor. And we’ll award the trophy for volunteer of the year to Marilyn Garland silently. So, we’ll share a couple of old photos with you. Here are a couple of future lawn bowlers. Can you figure out who they are?


We are the world

Star Power WE ARE THE WORLD We are the world, We are the children, We are the ones who make a brighter day . .


In the three bowls sports – lawn bowls, bocce, and pétanque — the lawn bowls “jack” is by far the largest target ball and the bocce “pallino” is the next largest while the pétanque target ball is by far the smallest, just 1.14 – 1.22” in diameter. But as an article in All About Pétanque points out, although it may be diminutive in size the pétanque target ball has the richest vocabulary of names.

New Big Sir

SIR, Inc. Branch 92 has elected Fred Merrill as “Big Sir” (President) for the year 2022. Here is what Fred has to say about SIR

Captions for Hard of Hearing

As announced earlier, HEARS has restarted and we are anxious to get together to discuss how to support our mission: “Help Oakmont Residents cope with

New Year’s Promise

By John Brodey New Year’s Promise For most of us, the new year brings with it a promise of hope, of change. It’s an annual