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GO BOWLING BALOONICLES READY TO ‘ROLL’ AT MACY’S PARADE

Although it will look different this year because of crowd restrictions imposed by the Mayor of New York, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place, airing Thursday morning on NBC-TV. Back in 2020 are the Go Bowling balloonicles, this year projecting the message that bowling is both a fun and a safe activity for […]

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ILLINOIS PROPRIETORS FRUSTRATED BY GOVERNOR’S LATEST EDICT

Governor J.B. Pritzker has shut down bowling in Illinois again, and many of the state’s bowling proprietors are livid. Brad Sommer of Don Carter Lanes in Rockford — whose father, BPAA Hall of Famer John Sommer, has been at the forefront of high school bowling for decades — shared his feelings with WTVO/WQRF. “It put […]

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CENTERS IN MICHIGAN AND WASHINGTON SHUT DOWN AGAIN

Citing a spike in reported COVID-19 cases, the states of Michigan and Washington have once again shut down bowling centers. The move comes as a blow to bowling leaders in those states, who had fought hard to end months-long closures. In Michigan, it was mandated that bowling centers, skating rinks and other indoor entertainment businesses […]

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IOWA GOVERNOR PUTS RESTRICTION ON LEAGUE BOWLING

Bowling center operators across the country have been impacted in various ways based on the mandates of the governors in their states. In a new coronavirus restriction announced by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, centers were allowed to be open, but league competition was prohibited. “If the science or if the idea is that league bowling […]

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BARBARA AND BILL CHRISMAN ELECTED TO USBC HALL OF FAME

Two long-time supporters of our sport at all levels — from youth competition through the professional ranks — have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. Bill Chrisman and Barbara Chrisman were elected by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee for Meritorious Service, and will be inducted on a date and […]

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FIRE DESTROYS 8-LANE CENTER IN EASTERN OHIO

Chestnut Lanes in Barnesville, Ohio, sustained devastating damage in fire that broke out late Monday morning. Barnesville Fire Chief Tim Hall said the building is “pretty much a total.” According to reports, nobody had been in the building since around 1 a.m., when the center closed for the night. A cause for the fire has […]

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IDAHO PROPRIETOR RETIRES AFTER 34 YEARS, SELLS CENTER

Shawn and Marlene Prall have purchased Riverside Lanes in Orofino, Idaho, from Robert Lashly. “My family has grown up here,” said Lashly. “My wife and I started here and she passed away. It’s just time for me to retire.” Lashly had owned the center, which opened in 1956, for 34 years. The Pralls are working […]

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EJ TACKETT SIGNS 10-YEAR EXTENSION WITH MOTIV

In the history of our sport, only a handful of bowlers have been signed to endorsement deals spanning more than five years. Don Carter signed bowling’s first $1 million deal with Ebonite in 1964. Forty-two years later, Chris Barnes inked an eight-year, $1 million contract with Columbia 300. Now, long-time MOTIV Bowling staffer EJ Tackett […]

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START SPREADING THE NEWS: LANE FOUND IN HOBOKEN BUILDING

Because of the continuing coronavirus lockdown in California, the BPAA was forced to move its 2021 Mid-Winter Bowling Summit out of Palm Springs since there was no assurance it could stage its seminars and social events with adequate social distancing. The big social event was to have been a gathering at the home of the […]

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