Article on candlepin bowling, noting that the number of dedicated players in Mai
Article on candlepin bowling, noting that the number of dedicated players in Maine has dwindled, causing many candlepin alleys to close since their heyday in the 1950s. Today there are about 35 candlepin alleys in Maine, down from about 60 then. Matt Laffley, who recently purchased the Bowling Bowl in Brunswick, hopes to revive the business through renovations and better marketing. Owen Martin, owner of Bowl-A-Rama in Sanford, invested $40,000 on a sound system and lighting that makes the pins, balls and carpeting glow in the dark for "Rock n' Glo" nights. He said the investment has paid off, adding that he extended hours on weekends to accommodate crowds. With additional comments by Frank Layne, president of the Maine State Candlepin Bowling Association; Ken Osborne, owner of Pins n' Cues in Millinocket; and Kevin Sparks, co-owner of Colonial Bowling Center in Westbrook and three-time state champion.
Elson, Kerry, "Article on candlepin bowling, noting that the number of dedicated players in Mai" (2006). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 3903.