Pub­lic steps up to the al­ley

Mem­ber­ships in bowl­ing leagues im­prov­ing at Glace Bay fa­cil­ity

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smon­tog­mery@cb­post.com

The pub­lic has stepped up to help a lo­cal bowl­ing fa­cil­ity.

Sev­eral months ago the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club is­sued an ap­peal for more peo­ple to use the bowl­ing al­ley and to join bowl­ing leagues, or the fa­cil­ity would close.

And the pub­lic has re­sponded, in­clud­ing the Con­ver­gys call cen­tre in Glace Bay that or­ga­nized its own Satur­day night league.

“We’ve never had a Satur­day night league be­fore, we al­ways closed at 6 p.m.,” said club trea­surer Bobby Dono­van. “Be­cause of this league we’ve been able to hire an ex­tra per­son as it cov­ers his salary.”

The Y’s Men’s and Y’s Women’s Club pur­chased the for­mer Town Bowl­ing Lanes and Knox Hall about nine years ago in or­der to pre­serve the fa­cil­ity as well as cre­ate jobs and raise money for com­mu­nity projects.

How­ever Dono­van said they had been los­ing up­wards of 40 bowlers each year and needed to re­vive the leagues to con­tinue.

Among the suc­cesses, is a Sun­day youth league that has dou­bled in size this year.

“The mixed league lost a few play­ers but worked hard at get­ting new teams.”

He said Gary Chant of Meco Con­struc­tion added a team to the Mon­day night men’s league.

“Gary Chant is such a good guy. He put a whole new team in and paid for the whole year.”

Dono­van said Tues­day is the busiest day with a women’s CWL league and a teach­ers league which both have good num­bers.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ings, a women’s group bowls.

“No mat­ter if it rains, snows, it doesn’t mat­ter they get here.”

He said the Devco Pen­sion­ers League con­tin­ues to have dif­fi­culty at­tract­ing bowlers and club mem­bers will some­time fill out the spots.

A Wed­nes­day even­ing mixed league landed a few new play­ers and al­though the Thurs­day af­ter­noon women’s league lost teams, Dono­van said they have gone above and be­yond to help.

“They use to fin­ish early in Fe­bru­ary but told us they’d fin­ish in May this year, stay­ing a cou­ple of ex­tra months to help us out.”

He said a Thurs­day youth league in­cludes 20 chil­dren and could use more.

On Fridays, a Spe­cial Olympics league bowls at 5 p.m.

“At one time they used four lanes and now use all eight,” he said. “They are a great group and have no prob­lem if a group wants to come in and bowl with them.”

A mixed league starts at 6:30 p.m.

“They have been to­gether a long time, they come and have a lot of fun.”

Dono­van said the club ap­pre­ci­ates those who have helped out whether by join­ing a league or keep­ing a cur­rent league go­ing. He said the money goes to­ward main­tain­ing and ren­o­vat­ing the bowl­ing al­ley and the ad­join­ing com­mu­nity hall, which is uti­lized by a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups.

Diana MacLean, a mem­ber of the Thurs­day Af­ter­noon Women’s League, said some mem­bers have been bowl­ing for more than 50 years.

“We started at the St. Anne’s bowl­ing al­ley and when it closed went to the Heather Bowl­ing Lanes and then here.”

She said their league use to end in Fe­bru­ary but they added an­other round of com­pe­ti­tion so they will be bowl­ing and ex­tra two months this year.

She said they were aware of the need for more leagues.

“That was one of the rea­sons we ex­panded (the sea­son),” she said. “It is about get­ting out and meet­ing peo­ple, I think that’s what keeps every­one com­ing back.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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