SHIRLEY -- On Thursday at the semifinals, Jim Krycka edged Janice Albert in a very close match (did you know that "vav" was a word?) and Kate White defeated Ruth Halloran. They will meet on Thursday, Oct. 11, for the title of Best Senior Scrabble player in Shirley.

Regardless of who wins, they will travel to Townsend on Oct. 18 to meet the winners of the Ashby/Townsend/Pepperell COAs tournament: Susan Suokko and Helmi Linnus. The match pairing will depend on who wins the Shirley tournament.

The finals will be played on Oct. 25 in Shirley with the winner being declared Best Senior Scrabble player in Nashoba Region.

This years guest judges include Don Parker and Carl Mock, superintendent of the Ayer-Shirley Regional school district. Stop by and watch. We have others playing as well just to keep their minds active while they watch the other matches.