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Sondra Crumbacker stalked the aisle between the jigsaw puzzle teams Sunday, letting teams know when a group finished a border or had a clump of pieces together.
Crumbacker said she assumed the role of troublemaker during The Women’s Club’s first Puzzlemania, “because I’m the mouthiest.”
“If I can irritate and aggravate, then I am happy as a pig in poop,” the Williams- port resident joked.
After Crumbacker announced table five was doing well, team member Newton Breese of Greencastle, Pa., said “Let them do their own recon.”
A retired bookkeeper, Crumbacker also was in charge of the cash register and encouraged teams to challenge opponents, for a fee, to slow them down and raise more money for The Women’s Club.
Challenges included having opponents wear paper bags over their heads; wear mittens or gloves to mess up their hand coordination; or wear any of a variety of glasses that would limit their vision.
Eva Edmonds of Hagerstown had to wear a sleeping mask, while one of her teammates, Angie Garcia, wore mittens. Edmonds reached forward, fumbling for a puzzle piece Garcia was holding on her mitten. Edmonds also ended up knocking a few pieces onto the floor, to be discovered later.
Six teams of four initially were given two hours to get the same 500-piece puzzle completed. It featured a garden scene with people, animals and a bird feeder. When time was up, none of the teams was close to being done, so they got another 20 minutes after a brief break.
Proceeds go to a Women’s Club endowment through the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. The club had raised about $86,000 toward a $100,000 goal, Crumbacker said. It looks like it will hit that goal before the club’s 100th anniversary in 2021.
Once the goal is reached, the club can use some of the interest generated to pay for maintenance and preservation of the historic house on South Prospect Street, club officials said.
Needed repairs include the portico, which is leaking, Crumbacker said. It will cost an estimated $4,000 to repair, repaint and reinstall the original shutters on the facade.
The house serves as a home for the club and economically challenged women, who rent rooms.
Club members got the idea for the puzzle competition after seeing a newspaper story about a similar fundraiser in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
They were already talking about different challenges that could be imposed next time.
Each person paid $25 to participate. Admission included lunch and one challenge. Extra challenges cost $5, and each challenge lasted five minutes.
Dee Dentler of Williamsport was challenged to wear gloves.
“They didn’t say how I’d have to wear them, so I’ll put them on my feet,” she joked.
Near the end of the two-hour mark, someone made Dentler wear glasses that distorted her vision.
Her team ended up winning anyway, said Sue Higgins, event chairwoman. With none of the puzzles completed, loose pieces were counted to determine the winners.
Dentler’s teammates were Judy Small and Susan Schlossberg, both of Hagerstown; and Peggy McPherson of Williamsport. They each received $10, while second-place finishers received $5 each.