Michigan Proprietor Frank Molinaro Jr. Dies

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Michigan bowling center owner Frank Molinaro Jr. passed away on Feb. 10, Bowlers Journal has learned. He was 83. Molinaro opened Jonesville (Mich.) Lanes in 1960. Fifteen years later, in that same city, he opened L&J Lanes, which he operated with sons Mark and Matt until his passing. The L stood for Litchfield, and the […]

One Colorado Center Is Moving Into Another

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Can the spirit of a long-established, successful bowling center be re-created within the four walls of a struggling center? That question will be addressed later this year when 63-year-old Elitch Lanes in Denver, moves into Western Bowl in Arvada, Colo. Elitch Lanes owner Cal Eichinger told the Denver Post that the building which houses Elitch […]

Iowa Center Now Off Limits to Minors After 10 p.m.

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Minors can still visit Colonial Lanes in Iowa City, Iowa after 10 p.m. — but only if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. According to, the restriction was placed on the center after minors were served alcoholic beverages twice within a one-year period. “We are not under the belief that Colonial Lanes […]

Owner Hopes to Relocate Rochester Center in April 2016

February 22nd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

These days, bowling centers often are shut down without a moment’s notice, angering the long-established clientele and sometimes even surprising the center manager. That will not be the case at Clover Lanes in Rochester N.Y., however. According to a report in the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, the 50-lane center will have one more season at […]

Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Adds Sponsors

February 20th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The 5th annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is set for July 8-10 at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill. This year, more sponsors than ever before are getting involved in this college-recruiting event. Sponsors returning for 2015 include: • 900 Global • Bowlers Journal International magazine • Brunswick • Columbia 300 • Dexter • […]

Hulsenberg Is New Director of Marketing for Storm

February 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Storm Products President Dave Symes has announced that Gary Hulsenberg is the company’s new Director of Marketing, replacing Roger Noordhoek, who left to accept a position at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, last month. A native of Northern California, Hulsenberg joined Storm Products in June 2013 as the Inside Sales Coordinator. His primary […]

Bowling Is Coming to Blasdell in Former Grocery Building

February 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The village of Blasdell in New York’s Erie County was a quintessential railroad town during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was a stop on the Erie Railroad, which originally connected New York City with Lake Erie. The village was named after Herman Blasdell, the first station master of the Erie and Pennsylvania railroad depot, […]

3 Years After Fire, Oregon Center Re-opens With New Identity

February 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A fast-spreading fire that started in the facility’s kitchen closed down Valley Lanes in Beaverton, Ore., three years ago. It was a devastating loss for Terry Pierce and his wife, Kathy Holmes. They had owned the center for nine years, and Pierce had managed it for a long stretch before that. The couple had mixed […]

Bowling Museum to Participate in Assessment Program

February 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program. Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the IBMHOF to better serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area and greater bowling community by exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum […]

Skidmore to Close Historic Albuquerque Center in May

February 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Lomas Boulevard is one of the main east-west transportation arteries in Albuquerque, and long has been home to a pair of bowling centers right across the street from one another. Since 2012, both centers have been owned by former PBA Tour player Gary Skidmore, and now go by the names of Skidmore’s Holiday Bowl (on […]

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