Lanes offer duckpin, tenpin games

September 26, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

Frank Turner says duckpin and tenpin bowling is alive and well in Washington County.

"We're doing fine," Turner said. "I don't know if you can name another county our size in the United States that has three separate bowling alleys. I once had a place in Dade County, Florida. The population is over a million people there and they only had two bowling alleys to show for it."

Turner owns three bowling establishments in Washington Copunty - Dual Lanes, Long Meadow Bowl and Southside Bowl - as well as Pikeside Bowl near Martinsburg, W.Va.

"Over the years, bowling has been good to me and I like the fact we have all ages staying active," Turner said. "We have youth leagues (including the 3-6 peewees at Long Meadow Bowl), and the senior leagues are very popular. It gives those folks a chance to have fun."


Turner bought his first Washington County bowling alley in 1952 and recently celebrated the occasion by providing bowlers with one game costing 56 cents.

"I opened Rainey's Coliseum on Washington Street on Oct. 8, 1952," Turner said. "I built Dual Lanes (on Dual Highway) in '58; Long Meadow in '61 and Southside Bowl and Pikeside Bowl in '62. I added on to Dual Lanes in '67 and '68, and we're making some more improvements this fall."

Turner said he feels upkeep and communication with the bowlers is the key to success.

"We keep our alleys nice and clean, and we do what we have to do to help our bowlers. That's a high priority for me," Turner said. "Over the years, I've been fortunate to have good help, and our bowlers appreciate the conditions of the lanes. We even have some bowlers coming here from outside Washington County."

Turner says the five-letter word M-O-N-E-Y is the reason for the overall decline of bowling alleys throughout the country.

"Many of the bowling establishments were built years and years ago and have turned into valuable real estate property now," Turner said. "They're being sold and, for the most part, torn down to create housing or office buildings. Frederick (Md.) just lost Village Lanes and they are down to only one bowling center in the city."

The three bowling alleys in Washington County feature more than 100 lanes for duckpin and tenpin bowlers.

Turner said he feels the sport will endure all of the aches and pains in Washington County.

"Bowling is here to stay, especially in this county," Turner said. "We may not have the overall numbers we had years ago, but the junior and senior programs are still very active, and we have a number of leagues. Bowling has a good repuation here. We want to keep it that way."

When they're open

The following is information about the three bowling alleys in Washington County:

· Turner's Dual Lanes, 1350 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.

Todd Smith is the manager, and the alley has 24 tenpin lanes and 12 duckpin lanes.

Fall hours:

Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 1 to 8:30 p.m.

For information, call 301-739-7858.

· Long Meadow Bowl, Long Meadow Shopping Center, Hagerstown.

Raymond Turner is the manager, and the alley has 24 duckpin lanes.

Fall hours:

Monday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m.

For information, call 301-739-3707.

· Southside Bowl, 17325 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown.

Phil Fox is the manager, and the alley has 12 tenpin lanes and 24 duckpin lanes.

Fall hours:

Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

For information, call 301-582-1323.

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