SCRABBLE returns to Radez March 18


There’s a little more than a week to sharpen your vocabulary skills for Literacy Volunteers’ SCRABBLE tournament on Saturday, March 18.
Held at Radez School in Richmondville, the tournament offers fun competition and chances to win cash and especially, bragging rights.
The tournament has two- to four-person teams play three SCRABBLE games, all with non-traditional rules, and the total combined scores determines the winners.
“We missed three years because of COVID, but we’re back with our 12th tournament,” said Lisa Cardilli, Literacy Volunteers’ executive director.
“It’s a fun day for everyone.”
The winning team gets $200, the next three get $100 apiece, and a team drawn at random gets $100.
Teams try to fill their boards with as many high-scoring words as possible. They can buy extra letters or pay to check a dictionary for difficult words.
“You don’t have to be a SCRABBLE expert to compete,” said Literacy board President Jim Poole. “Work quickly and work together.”
Brian Dineen will again be the emcee and pitch trivia questions for prizes in between games. There’s also a giant raffle.
Steve Salerno, who’s catered SCRABBLE tournaments in the past, will be back to serve breakfast.
Warm-ups start at 8:30am, the tournament begins at 9, and it ends by noon.
This is a fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers, which teaches adults reading and math skills. The tournament costs $15 per player.
“It’s a great time for games, trivia and breakfast, all for $15,” Ms. Cardilli said. “It’s a good deal.”
Twenty teams have registered so far. The deadline is next Thursday, the 16th.
To register, email Ms. Cardilli at or call 518-234-2576.