Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Sullivan County Loses Another Bowling Alley

  In February of 2013 the new Liberty Bowl bowling lanes officially opened for business following renovations which turned the former Eckert Drug Store at 187 Mill Street into a 12-lane bowling center.
  The center is now officially closed.

  Officials in the Village of Liberty have been told the bowling center would close and the present space will become the location of the Beer Store now located at 190 Mill Street across the street from the Liberty Bowl site.

  The Liberty Bowl became a reality when in mid-October of 2012 the announcement that the 16-lane AMF Liberty Lanes owned and operated by the Fix family would have no fall or winter leagues.
  The Liberty Bowling Corporation headed up by A. C. Patel put forth plans for remodeling the former drug store into a 12-lane bowling center.

  The Gold Crown Bowling Service company performed the major part of the bowling equipment installation and at that time the renovations along with adding the bowling equipment was all part of a roughly $300,000 makeover.

  Callicoon civil engineer John Fink prepared the detailed plans for the remodeling of the former drug store into the 12,000 square foot bowling center.

  League competition for some reason really  never caught on at Liberty bowl as the center hosted a ladies league for one season and was scheduled to host the Shop-Rite league this year but that league has recently relocated to Kiamesha Lanes on Wednesday night and a fun Mixed league on Wednesday was also scheduled to relocate to Kiamesha Lanes.

  The remaining active bowling centers now left in Sullivan County include Kiamesha Lanes,  Callicoon Kristal Bowl and the Beechwood Lanes at the Villa Roma.

   Ed's Outlook

  With the ever changing bowling climate in Sullivan County we last week talked with some real veteran old-timer bowlers and brought up the topic of two and four lane bowling centers along with older centers no longer in existence.  
  There were the two lane house in North Branch, other four lane centers were located in Callicoon Center, Lake Huntington, Hortonville and the Jeff Alleys and George's Colonial Inn Lanes both in Jeffersonville.
  There also at one time was a bowling center located above the original Corey's Restuarant in Liberty which is  now a bank parking lot.
  Remember the Bowl-O-Drome in Liberty owned and operated by the late Joe Cucci and family, then there was a bowling alley also on Broadway in Monticello near what use to be the Woolworth store.
  We have heard of several bowling alley's being located in Roscoe and that was confirmed by the  Town of Rockland historian.
  Livingston Manor did once house a bowling pin manufacturer.
  We remember well the Sullivan County Men's Traveling League but this only lasted several years. A real popular bowling league in the early 1950's was the Hudson Valley Men's Traveling League and one or possibly two teams from the Bowl-O-Drome in Liberty bowled in this league.
  Remember well walking down to watch this league on Saturday night and my hero's were well known Liberty attorney "Nish" (always wearing his full brimmed dress hat with his cigar) LeRoy and Jay Wheeler. 
  Those were the days.
  Bowling just never will be the same as those good old days. 
  Bowling Tip
  By Mike Luongo

  Bowlers: This week's column will answer a questions many bowlers ask about side weight.....will it make my ball hook?
  The answer is no it will not make your bowling ball hook,
  I have been fortunate to be able to spend some time with technical experts, and although we have suspected for quite some  time, we now have the proof.
  Two factors are needed to make a bowling ball hook...friction and rotation. (Gravity is also needed but I think we all understand or we would all be floating around.)
  You could take a bowling ball with the strongest weight block on the market, the most aggressive cover, drill it maximum leverage, add all the weight you want, and use a big balance hole, but, if the bowler does not impact proper rotation, or if friction on the ball's path down the lanes is not there......the ball will just go straight.
  Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company.
  Have a question, email at mikel@stormbowling.com 

Local Scores

Beechwood Lanes

Mon. Villa Roma Ladies

  Tracy Puerschner 171, 184, 503, Diane Staves 169, 157, Marybeth Olsen 160-163, Pam Wayne 178.

Callicoon Kristal Bowl

  Darlene Mantzourate 159, Kelly Gombita 158, 151, Lillian Zieres 167, 175, 157, Debbie Loughrey 190, 157, Robin Luckey 164, 150, Sill Boldiis 157, Rebecca Rhodes 158, 166, Barbara Pingel 175, Judy Mohn 165, 175.

Wednesday Fun

  Brian Brustman 198, 211, Rich Thony 185, 180, 227, Tim Sykes 201, Mardette Wilcox 183, 167, Randy Fischer 206, 185, Tom Gain 191, Jack Diehl 211, Alby Thony 185, John Diehl 183, Craig Stewart 215, John Fischer 200, Chris Marston 196, Joey Meyer 197, Troy Parucki 206, Mike Sorge 202, Kory Keesler 209.

Kiamesha Lanes

Monday Men's

  Michael Travis 236, Russell Bivins 636, Mark Carman 236, Chris Parken 610, Kyle Matthews 278, 689, Jim Piontek 225, Pedro Agapito III a 263, 247, 704, Jaryl Scott 225, 234, 669, Paul Durland 226, Vinny Collura 258, 241, 246, 745, Donny Durland a nice 815 series off single games of 257, 279, 279, Rob Sze 257, Kevin Stackhouse 225, 627, Ronald Totten 257, 227, 687, Gary North 261, 245, 719, Dave Graham 245, 680, Chris Marler 226, 653, Keith Smith 256, 652, Eddie Lake 258, 244, 703, Gene Smith 247, 654, Michael Scuderi 279, 703, Frank Scuderi 246, 630, Jon Wilhelm 234, 652, Ryan Feeney 242, 610, Robert Feeney Sr. 607, Vincent DeGraw 241, Larry Whipple 654, James VanAken 235, 639, Jody Farquhar 257, 672, John Hoffmann 244, 673.

Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Kevin Stackhouse 238, 225, 247, 710, Pedro Agapito III a 278, 249, 741, Shane Cunningham 236, 618, Trasey Barres 199, 220, 577, Larry Whipple 235, 655, Charlie Tuttle 258, 248, 705, Connie Beach 192, Mike Scuderi 233, 234, 662, Steve Belgiovene 254, 257, 700, Jon Wilhelm 249, 226, 698, Rudy Belanchia 245, 612, Niel Bell 254, 645, John Hoffmann 226, 268, 698, Christie Graham 181, 189, 506, Mary Lee Williams 185, 194, 525, Andrea Grossman 211, 558, Joan Lake 198, 192, 558, Liz Stubits 237, 565, Keith Smith 258, 700.

Thursday Ladies

  Audrey Woolard 221, 503, Shirley Bowens 212, Tabatha Smith 202, 513, Monica Lane 181, Pat Shuart 187, Joan Lake 233, 213, 597, Liz Stubits 191, 232, 561, Kearstin DeGraw 187, Liz Giumarra 187, Sherri Laird 184, 196, 554, Tricia Tuttle 193, 509, Stella Schmahl 182, Trasey Barres 225, 192, 227, 644, Loretta VanAken 180, 190, 531.

Friday Mixed

  Paul Durland 262, 624, John Hoffmann 237, 245, 686, Matthew Jahn 274, 684, Eddie Lake 228, Ryan Lepke 225, 607, Bill Schubert 225, 230, 627, Keith Smith 279, 693, Kevin Stackhouse 226, 602, Charlie Tuttle 245, 229, 683, James VanAken 257, 692, Larry Whipple 238, 655, Ester Barber 194, 504, Trasey Barres 191, 199, 195, 585, Cathy Carpenter 233, 509, Angie Desmond 183, 223, 559, MaryAnn Drobysh 500, Joan Lake 180, 214, 559, Linda Schaefer 209, Loretta VanAken 201, 513.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, bowl a 300 game or 800 series, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at
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Just prior to the February 2013 opening of Liberty Bowl this photo was taken of the new lanes. approaches, pinsetters and scoring monitors. The center is now officially closed and will become a small part of Sullivan County bowling history.

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