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Newbys dedicate spare time to bowling league
Wayne Wolford, right, presents Linda and Jim Newby an appreciation plaque for the many years of serviced donated to the Gold and Silver Bowling League. The league is designed for bowlers over the age of 50 and meets each Tuesday at noon at McMinnville Lanes.

Linda and Jim Newby have a standing date each Tuesday at noon. They join at least 60 friends at McMinnville Lanes for the Gold and Silver Bowling League. They are both retired, and for at least 10 years have been participating the league. In fact, she has been the league secretary since 2009, and his official title is events coordinator.
“Jim is not an officer, but he is very involved,” said Linda. “We have given him the title of events coordinator, because he is always planning things for us to do.”
The league is open to folks over 50 years of age, with the league bowling year-round. The winter league lasts 32 weeks, with the summer league going 14 weeks. Awards banquets are held following the end of both seasons, recognizing the participants. 
“Our oldest bowler is 80 years old, and I feel it’s important for seniors to get out for the fun, socializing and for the exercise,” said Linda. 
The Newbys, as well as the officers, strive to make it fun for everyone, coming up with fun bowling games and competitions. Member Faye Burch even provides monthly birthday cakes for the bowlers.
Bowling league officers include: Colleen Eslick, president; Billy Pittmon and Mike McMurray, vice president; Jean Wilcher, sergeant-at-arms; and Newby as secretary. 
The couple was recently honored with an appreciation plaque for their dedication to the league, presented to them by fellow bowler Wayne Wolford.
“We appreciate the recognition so much, but we enjoy it so much and is a big part of our week,” said Linda.
The Newbys also assist with Peggy’s League, a league formed for physically and mentally handicapped people. The league got its name from organizer, the late Peggy Witt.
Peggy’s League meets each Thursday at noon, with 31 bowlers and approximately 10 volunteers working together to make it a fun experience.  The league meets 22 weeks in the winter.
“We have a good time, it is a very rewarding time for us,” said Linda. “I have learned a lot from these guys, and enjoy our time together. Jim even plays Santa Claus at the annual party.”
With bowlers coming from four adjoining counties to participate in the Gold and Silver League, the group must be doing something right.
New members are always welcome to join, with Linda and Jim inviting interested people to stop by the lanes on Tuesdays between noon and 3 p.m., or call 473-2024.