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Let’s Play Pickleball! Angela Saxe


ickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It’s a great way to get exercise and

Why Call it “Pickleball?” Pickleball was invented in 1965 by three dads whose kids were bored with their usual summer activities. There are different stories how the game got its name. One is that one of the wives, Joan Pritchard called it pickleball because the combination of different sports reminded her of a pickle boat crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Another story is that it was named after the Pritchards’ dog, Pickles, who used to steal the ball and run away with it. Whatever the origin of the name, it stuck. For more history, visit the USA Pickleball Association website at

socialize, and the game accommodates varying levels of competitiveness. The average age of pickleball players, based on the Single Sport Participation Report of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA): 75% of players are 55 and older, but anyone who has attended a regional or national tournament will have noticed the presence of younger players. Pickleball is a hybrid game of three racket sports: tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. The size of the court surface is the same as for badminton: 20 x 44 feet. Large solid paddles, similar to those used in table tennis, are used to hit a wiffle ball over the net, and the game can be played in singles or doubles. A small group of friends has been playing indoor pickleball in the Tamworth Elementary School gym on Monday and Thursday evenings. We are just completing our second year. The age range is 55-85. It is a blast! Everybody gets a great workout, plays a competitive game, and we all leave with smiles on our faces. Since there’s only one court, our club has stayed small. But, many local seniors travel to Napanee, Bath, Harrowsmith, Kingston and Tweed to play. We are working with the Stone Mills Township to re-furbish the Moscow

A Special Day of Remembrance Deb Thompson


celebration of memories, families, and reunion of the Reidville community is an event you will not want to miss. On Sunday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. this event will reunite the Reidville community of the former Knox Presbyterian (Camden VIII) and the Reidville United Church. Built in 1844, a historical sketch shows this to be one of the oldest Presbyterian communities in our area. Before the construction of the building, services were held in family homes. In 1925, a firm foundation was constructed at the Reidville Cemetery location until its closure in 1967. People gravitated to this property for a dedicated and strong place of worship.

Senior’s Fitness Program Stone Mills Rec. Centre Mondays & Wednesdays 9-10 a.m. No floor or mat work. Can be performed seated or standing, with or without mobility aids! Stay active, have fun in a safe & effective program designed for the older adult. Provided by the VON and funded by the Ministry of Health and LTC. For info call 613-634-0130 ext. 3414 14

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Items of interest that will be on display at the event include a communion set purchased in 1916 for $11.50, a wooden cross donated by the Lochead family, a hymnary board, pictures and clippings, and a clock donated by Geo Fingland. This event is for all friends, neighbours, and former Reidville United Church members to gather to remember our church and loved ones. Listen to families share memories through music. To make a donation to the Reidville Cemetery on your family’s behalf, contact the Reidville Cemetery Board: Murray Martin, 198 Martin Rd, Enterprise, ON, K0K 1Z0. Check out the “Reidville Cemetery Memorial” event page on Facebook for updates. For more information, please contact Deb Thompson at 613-217-1819.

Reidville Cemetery Memorial

Sunday, June 30, 1:30 p.m. “Rethinking our church at Reidville” Held rain or shine (shelter provided) County Rd 14 Turn at caution light off County Rd 4 toward Enterprise Bring your own lawn chairs

Tony Wilson inspects the court in Moscow. tennis court which is a twenty-minute drive from Tamworth. Court lines for pickleball will be painted and we’ve asked for a six-foot-high windbreak to be placed onto the chain-link fence. Our future plan is to convince the Township to construct two outdoor pickleball courts in Tamworth with the bonus of having a tennis court for the cost of painting the lines.

We are looking for more interested players to play outdoors in Moscow this summer… perhaps organize local tournaments with neighbouring townships. All levels are welcome. For more information, contact Richard Saxe at

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The SCOOP // June / July 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // June / July 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...