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Gary Patton rotates a randomly-drawn ball in front of a video camera so that it is displayed on monitors throughout the dining room at Mid-Columbia Senior Center during a bingo game Thursday. Games are held at the center Thursday and Saturday nights.

Photo by Mark Gibson
Gary Patton rotates a randomly-drawn ball in front of a video camera so that it is displayed on monitors throughout the dining room at Mid-Columbia Senior Center during a bingo game Thursday. Games are held at the center Thursday and Saturday nights.



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Denise Patton, Meals on Wheels director at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, works through the paperwork she uses in her report to the Oregon Department of Justice after each game.

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Tamara James watches a video monitor located behind the photographer as she inks her cards during a Thursday night bingo game.

"Bingo!”

The triumphant cry rings from the back of the room and runs like a ripple through the crowd, breaking the quiet tension created by the game...

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