Center to re-open

by Bob Johnson 0

Northgate Lanes in Galesburg, Ill., is planning to re-open for business on March 1. The center sustained extensive damage from a fire on Jan. 13.

Work crews have put up temporary walls to seal off the part of the building that was damaged, and 10 lanes that were damaged by water used to douse the fire have been repaired.

According to proprietor Art Spires, meetings have been held with league officers to schedule sessions that will enable the leagues to complete their 2009-10 season. The leagues will bowl even as repairs to the damaged sections of the building continue.

Spires said that the work should be completed in time for Northgate to host the Illinois State Men's Bowling Championships, which is expected to bring more than 6,500 people to Galesburg over a five-weekend period.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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