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Community turns out for first Bowling for Recovery event in Shelburne Falls

  • A signed, bowling candlepin serves as a souvenir of Saturday’s Bowling for Recovery in Shelburne Falls. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Recorder Staff
Monday, May 21, 2018

SHELBURNE FALLS — The first Bowling for Recovery event drew 60 participants, including young families, for an afternoon of strikes, spares and gutter balls in one of the oldest bowling alleys in the country.

The event, which organizers hope will become an annual affair, took place in the Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley, a candlepin alley built in 1906, with access from Bridge Street. The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County bought the pizza and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department provided transportation for those who needed a ride to Shelburne Falls.

Opioid Task Force Coordinator Debra McLaughlin said bowling alley co-owner Tony Hanna “was an incredible, enthusiastic champion” of the event. “He made it possible for people to win prizes for strikes and best game scores.”

McLaughlin said Hanna also donated a bowling pin signed by everyone present.

“Offering family-friendly and sober events is one way people in recovery can get to know and support each other in their recovery journey,” McLaughlin said. “It was a wonderful afternoon.”

“This has been a series of recovery-focused events in partnership with other community groups,” she said. “We’re planning other events this summer.”

Participants were from the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin area.