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‘STRIKE OUT HUNGER’ EVENT TO FEATURE PBA STARS

Eighteen PBA Tour stars will participate in a “Strike Out Child Hunger” fundraiser as part of the PBA’s visit to Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, April 9-16. The 2nd annual “Bowling for a Cause” pro-am event, which is being held in cooperation with a number of Portland area restaurants, will take place on Sunday, April […]

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IBMA HONORS CAMPOS, THOMAS, ROMEO AND VINT

Johnny Campos, Bob Thomas, Joan Romeo and Bill Vint have been selected to receive 2017 service awards from the International Bowling Media Association. Campos will receive the Luby Hall of Fame Award, Thomas will receive the Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award, and Romeo and Vint each will receive the Mike Hennessy Award of Merit […]

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OREGON 16-LANER DOWNSIZES BY 4 LANES, ADDS ARCADE

Even a center with as few as 16 lanes can be a candidate for “down-sizing,” depending on the community and the marketplace. Case in point: Four Seasons Bowling Center in Hillsboro, Ore., outside Portland. The 16-lane center opened in 1947, and was purchased by George Mareina in 1978. Now, Mareina’s son, Daniel, is the operator. […]

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QUBICAAMF NAMES ABS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR IN JAPAN

QubicaAMF Worldwide has entered into a distributor agreement with American Bowling Service, Inc. in Japan. Effective April 1, ABS is serving as QubicaAMF’s exclusive, full-line distribution partner in Japan for capital equipment, automatic scoring, parts, supplies and pins. ABS is the largest distributor and manufacturer of bowling supplies in the Far East, and celebrated its […]

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INDIANA CENTER WILL CLOSE FOR 20 DAYS TO RELOCATE

New Albany, Ind., is losing the Hoosier Strike & Spare bowling center on April 8, but it isn’t losing the center’s lanes. They’ll be moved to a new location in nearby Clarksville, Ind., where the entertainment options will also include laser tag, a roller rink, bumper cars and a laser maze. That facility is scheduled […]

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RIVER CITY ROLL WILL BRING 20 LANES TO RICHMOND

Business partners Robert Long and Ben Eubanks are planning to bring a bowling-based entertainment center called River City Roll to the Scott’s Addition area of Richmond, Va. A May groundbreaking is anticipated for the project, which would include 20 bowling lanes, a game area with shuffleboard, numerous big-screen TVs for viewing sporting events, and a […]

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BOWLING FOR FORMER ‘MOST DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD’

Pins Mechanical Co. is coming to Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with a concept that includes “mini duckpin bowling,” lots of pinball machines and a roof-top deck with full-size shuffleboard. As recently as 2009, Over-the-Rhine was considered the most dangerous neighborhood in America, but it has undergone a transformation that you can read about here: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/what-works-cincinnati-ohio-over-the-rhine-crime-neighborhood-turnaround-city-urban-revitalization-213969. Pins […]

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INVESTORS LOSE $500,000 IN CANCELED PROJECT

Janss Marketplace is a busy outdoor shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Jon Coulombe planned to open a retro-themed bowling alley, skate park, arcade, bar and restaurant. He planned to call it DaddyO’s Skater Bowl, and received upwards of half-a-million dollars from investors — mostly local residents — who wanted in on the project. […]

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JOHN LOSITO IS NAMED 2017 PROPRIETOR OF THE YEAR

John Losito of Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., has been selected as the 2017 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Proprietor of the Year. The award is presented annually to a proprietor who has excelled at developing relationships within their community, including comradery with the local United States Bowling Congress association, while actively promoting the […]

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