30 compete in Scrabble tourney today downtown


From “grip” to “goon,” from “win” to “woe,” they were racking up points while helping a longtime community-service agency.

“I play with my husband online and play Words With Friends,” Louisa Berger said, referring to her penchant for playing Scrabble — and its online twin. “He usually wins.”

The Youngstown woman and her husband, Martin Berger, were busily playing the popular word board game, though not against each other and under very different circumstances. This time, they were among close to 30 people who took part in Saturday’s Scrabble Tournament fundraiser at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave. It was a benefit for Protestant Family Service, a faith-based agency that assists people with emergency and other needs.

Participants paid $20 each to be in the tournament, the proceeds of which are to help clients struggling to pay water and electric bills, emergency medication, rent and security deposits, noted Jackie Burley, PFS’ executive director.

Berger was one of the top finishers in the first of three 40-minute games, with 195 points.

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