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Wii bowling proves to be fun way for senior fitness

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Wii bowlers wobble but they don't fall down.

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Unless it's from all the hysterical laughter and fun.

The Ridgway Memorial Library is hosting free Wii bowling each Tuesday for anyone 50 years of age or older.

Wii is the popular gaming program that recently became the biggest selling game in history. Participants play games by mimicking the actual movements.

Ridgway program director Charles Gruber said the Wii systems were purchased through the Grigsby fund, a grant received by the library to be implemented toward senior programs.

Gruber said the game offers fun for seniors along with a little exercise. He added that the weekly program has become very popular among its regular participants.

"Rain, sleet or snow wouldn't keep them away," he said.

Jennettia and Ed Crigler were among the regulars at a recent event. Both admitted Wii bowling was as fun as the real thing.

"It's free and it's good exercise," said Jennettia. "It's a lot of fun."

Jennettia said Ed was the better actual bowler, but she does better on the Wii system.

"This is still a lot of fun, though," Ed said.

Gruber noted that Wii bowling could be played by anyone despite its physical nature. Though many participants move as if throwing a real bowling ball, some stay in their seats and just swing their arm.

The Wii bowling for seniors 50 and over takes place each Tuesday at 1 p.m. Gruber said special events might be planned and the Wii systems may travel to other Bullitt County Library branches as popularity increases.

"We expect more participants with nicer weather," he said.

If participant Joyce Stueber is correct, the popularity will increase. She said she attended the bowling event every week.   

"It's more fur than a barrel of monkeys," Stueber said.

For more information on the Wii bowling program for seniors call Ridgway Library, 543-7675.