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The lure of bingo still strong in Baltimore County

The lure of bingo still strong in Baltimore County

The sound of bingo balls richocheting in an air-controlled hopper fills the large hall of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department.

The only interruption is the voice of Ron Meyer every few seconds, announcing letters and numbers, as he has for more than 20 years.

It's the same whether there are 62 people there, as there were on a recent Monday, or more than double that on a typical Saturday.

Meyer, 59, has control of the room. But at the same time, he's in control of absolutely nothing.

It's so quiet, he said, because the players are concentrating, marking the called number with a dauber, a bottled stamper, on as many as 30 cards at a time, hoping the number called...

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