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On the brink of extinction

Village aims to keep once-popular variation of croquet alive

Updated: August 27, 2010, 10:11 PM ET
By T. Sean Herbert | ESPN

ANGELICA, N.Y. -- If you think small-town Americana is a thing of the past, take a drive along Interstate 86 in western New York to the village that proclaims it is "Where History Lives."

Here, history does indeed live, in the shape of a unique and obscure game called roque, played in a bucolic park in the village center.

Eighty-nine-year-old Angelica resident Bernie Piatt says the derivative of croquet used to be played only by local businessmen in proper ...

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