Edgewood seniors give to needy Plans for '93 get early start

BOWLING

February 14, 1993|By DON VITEK

Lillian Ryan recently took the time to write about the Senior League at Fair Lanes Edgewood, the league that has a heart.

"Bill Wolferman suggested that we make a Christmas basket for a needy family," Ryan wrote. "I put a box at the center for donations of food and ran a 50-50 to buy food.

"We collected nine boxes of food plus a bag with chickens, hot dogs, bacon and margarine. We gave food to four families instead of the one we had originally planned on. We included a gift for each child."

This year the senior league is planning to increase the gift giving, and the work already has begun.

"Bill Wolferman wants to start collecting toys and bikes to repair," Ryan said. So we're looking for donations of these items as well as food and money."

Wolferman has lived in Edgewood with his wife, Doris, for 17 years and retired from Bethlehem Steel after 42 years with that company.

"I was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Lodge DTC 2609, and every Christmas we would gather food and toys and clothes for needy families, so I thought why not do the same thing here [Edgewood]?" he said.

Wolferman bowled duckpins for 25 years but switched to tenpins in 1983. A member of the Monday Golden Agers and the Friday Golden Swingers at Fair Lanes Edgewood, he has a 157 average with a high game of 218.

"I don't really know what my high series is," Wolferman said. "I really bowl just for the fun I have, the socializing."

Going strong at 80

Iona Courtney retired from Bata Shoe and the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and started tenpin bowling.

It's a lot of years later, and the Churchville resident has seen her average dip from 118 to 102 in the Tuesday Churchville Golden Agers league at Bel Air Bowl.

"But I'm 80 years old, you know," Courtney said. "And I've very busy with my church work [United Methodist of Churchville], helping the minister, teaching Sunday school and, of course, I travel a lot with the Golden Agers."

In January, bowling in the Churchville Godlen Agers league at Bel Air Bowl, she managed to squeeze in a little bowling and to win the WIBC Triplicate award.

She rolled three 103 games that day.

Going stronger at 90

Carl Mohr started bowling tenpins after he retired from Martin Marietta in Middle River.

The Lancaster (Pa.) native lives in Bel Air and bowls in the Tuesday Churchville Golden Agers at Bel Air Bowl and subs frequently on Thursday at Forest Hill Lanes.

"I used to bowl in five leagues when I was younger," Mohr said. "Back in Lancaster I carried a 175 average. Now it's dropped to about 150."

In January at Bel Air Bowl, Mohr rolled a 215 game. The same month, subbing at Forest Hill Lanes, he fired a 597 series.

And in May he will celebrate his 91st birthday.

Taking advantage of lanes

Dick Doebler, a native of Utica, Mich., who lives in Stewartstown, bowls in the Sunday Night Mixed League at Bel Air Bowl and the Thursday Men's League at Forest Hill Lanes.

A veteran of the youth leagues, Doebler carries a 189 average. For more than three years he operated the bowling pro shop at Forest Hill Lanes, so, of course, he drills his own bowling balls.

He was using a 15-pound Red Pearl Hammer the night he put together games of 278, 247 and 237 for a superb 762 series. Even that outstanding set was still short of his career high 776 series.

"It was just one of those things," Doebler said. "The lane condition was excellent for my bowling style, with a lot of snap at the back end."

Hall of Fame event

The Harford Cecil Women's Bowling Association, in conjunction with the HCMBA, will conduct its second Hall of Fame event at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre De Grace on Feb. 20.

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