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Senior bowling league is on a roll

Group draws members from all over region

Lorraine Corriveau, of Sturbridge, prepares as she takes part in the Southbridge Senior Bowling League, which meets every Wednesday at American Lanes in Southbridge from September to April. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 07, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — American Lanes is helping keep Southbridge's elderly young.

The local bowling alley has been running a weekly senior bowling league for more than 25 years. More than 60 seniors from Southbridge, Sturbridge, Brookfield, Charlton, Webster and Dudley pay $6 a week to bowl and keep up-to-date with their peers.

The ages of the bowlers spans more than 30 years, as they have participants with ages in their early 60s to even as far as their mid 90s.

"I'll be 94 later this month," said bowler Joe Bonnette, of Webster. "This definitely helps keep me young. I never smoked or drank much. I was born and raised in Southbridge and worked at American Optical for 48 years. My wife died in 1985 and I had nothing to do, so I took up bowling and I'm still here. I golfed up until last year and last year I had a stroke. I look forward to this all week. Up until last year when I had my stroke, I was driving everywhere. My daughter, Louise [Caouette] drives me every week. She travels 35 miles roundtrip to bring me. I take bowling seriously, but that doesn't mean I can bowl — I do the best I can, people here understand that."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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