What happens to a bowling center when there is no plan of succession in place?

In the case of Rensselaer Bowling Center in Rensselaer, Ind., it closes.

The decision to not re-open the center this fall following its traditional summer shutdown was made by its octogenarian owners, Dick and Barbara Arnott, who said they did not have adequate help to run it.

The center originally was named Maple Lanes, and later became Collegeville Bowl before adopting the name of its hometown.


A similar fate awaits Lanes & Games in Cambridge, Mass. Sunday will mark the center’s final day of operation as the two brothers who own it — Tony and John Martignetti — have decided to retire, and their children no longer wish to run it.

The center opened in 1942 under the name Turnpike Bowladrome, and was acquired by the brothers during the 1980s.

The closure is a major loss for two sports as the center has been home to 28 tenpin lanes and 26 candlepin lanes.


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