All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Friday, July 28, 2006

Old Candlepin Lane Recycled

When Norm Gagnon decided to build a larger lunch counter at the Andover General Store, he thought of the two bowling lanes that had lain unused in the basement next door for fifty years.
[Gagnon] hired carpenter Ken Perry of Livermore Falls to adapt one of the 52-foot lanes into a 24-foot counter. They put it in place about a month ago.

Gagnon’s customers, he said, “loved it. The locals know what it is.”

One of those locals is Otis Morton, who bowled on the candlepin lanes as a boy in the 1940s. He said the bowling alley was built in the early 20th century.

“They had to [manually] set up the pins,” Morton said. “School boys used to do it.” [Link]

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