|11th frame: Varsity Lanes closes until further notice (05-22-12)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:12|
For those who may have missed the announcement, Varsity Lanes has closed "until further notice," according to the message left on the center's phone line.
There are numerous ramifications of the decision, including bowling equipment stored by local bowlers in the center's rental lockers.
One young bowler was faced with going to a tournament last weekend while his equipment was locked away.
While some members of the Eastwood bowling team and others have removed their personal belongings from the center, many others still have items stored in the closed building.
John Ferrera, an employee, will be in charge of maintenance of the closed building, as he works extremely reduced hours.
Ferrera said he will be available on Wednesday and again May 30 from noon-1 p.m. both days, at Varsity for anyone to retrieve their personal belongings including bowling balls, shoes.
For anyone who cannot make those times, a message can be left on the center's phone at (419) 352-5247, and Ferrera or someone else will make arrangements.
John Aubry, the court-appointed receiver overseeing the property, said, "We will do whatever we can to accommodate whoever has personal property in the building."
In a story published Saturday, Aubry told this columnist he is hopeful a buyer can be found to purchase the facility and maintain it as a bowling center.
Despite his optimism, he also shared that any investor will have to weigh the value of the facility for bowling as compared to other uses.
Local bowlers need to face the likely possibility Varsity Lanes will never reopen as a bowling center.
Tourney topics: Al-Mar hosted the Northwest Ohio Bowling Proprietors tournament on Sunday. Archbold's Dick Selgo won with a 1,247 pinfall. He captured the $1,000 first-place prize.
In the event, the top 10 qualified to advance with Brad Simon of Cygnet finishing in 10th place at 1,137. He took home $175.
Other bowlers who are currently or were previously league bowlers in the city who cashed included Aaron Morgan, Sylvania, and Tim Munger, Fostoria, both at 1,189. Morgan won the match to earn $250; while Munger pocketed $200. Don Hannam of Sycamore totaled 1,192; while Gary Schluchter, Fremont knocked down 1,179 pins. They each won $175 in the 7-10 grouping.
Kids Bowl Free: Al-Mar Lanes' annual Kids Bowl Free promotion will begin Tuesday at the center.
All area youth are invited to participate which allows two free games of bowling daily. There are no strings attached to the promotion, except for registration at the Web site: www.kidsbowlfree.com/almar.
Contact the center at (419) 352-4637 with any questions.
Summer hours: Al-Mar is operating with its summer hours schedule. The center will be closed on Sunday. Opening will be at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The center will close at 5 p.m Monday; 6 p.m. Tuesday; 9 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday.
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:17|
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