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Cedar Crest scores a ringer!

New horseshoe pits installed and ready for action

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March 26th, 2013

The toss of the arm. The perfect arch. The thud against earth. The spray of dust. And, hopefully, a clank. Horseshoes has been one of America s favorite pastimes since the 1900s, and early variations of the game date back to the second century. This spring, horseshoe pitchers at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., have a chance to break in their new pits, installed last fall and dedicated to Don Burch, a horseshoe lover through and through.

Toss a leaner

Don donated his horseshoes to the community, and they re finally ready for action. The Cedar Crest grounds crew installed two sets of horseshoe pits outside the coffee area in the Woodland Commons Clubhouse. Shortened 10 feet from the regulation distance of 40 feet, the courts are more accessible to older adults and provide just as much fun. It s a beautiful, beautiful spot. They landscaped it and installed benches and built special backstops, and they just added special horseshoe clay, says Marcia Burch, Don s wife. It s very professional. Al Kachadurian, one of Don s golfing partners, decided to dedicate the pits in memory of Don. The dedication ceremony took place in October 2011. Since then, Al picks up the shoes every Tuesday morning, in nice weather, from the Woodland Commons front desk to pitch with other neighbors. Though the winter months saw an expected lull, a group of four consistently met last fall to play, and Marcia expects the spring to see even more action. It will be an activity for people to do and get together throughout the summer, she says. Marcia says staff have been using the new pits, and so have a few grandchildren. My friend s grandchildren, who are 18 and 19, go back there to play, which is great because what do you do with grandchildren that age who visit? she says. For younger grandchildren, Cedar Crest s indoor swimming pool is a big hit. Marcia says she s grateful for the effort of the grounds crew and hopes to see more neighbors enjoying the horseshoe pits this spring.