Burned bowling alley coming down

Sean C. Morgan

Ron and Mary Ann Rettke have decided they won’t rebuild Sweet Home Lanes after fire destroyed the bowling center on Jan. 28.

Fire investigators never determined a cause.

“Unfortunately, it looks like there’s not going to be enough insurance money to rebuild,” Ron Rettke said Monday. “It would take about a $300,000 loan to rebuild.”

At their age, they don’t want to get into a long-term loan, he said. Instead, he will go into semi-retirement.

The building will be torn down within the next couple of weeks, Rettke said, as long as he doesn’t run into any snags.

He is looking into opening a shop with sports cards, games and something for local youths to do, he said. “But I don’t want to be tied down seven days a week like I have been for 30 years.”

It also looks like they’ll remain in Sweet Home, Rettke said, and after settling down, he is planning to get involved as a community volunteer, although “I’m not going to get into anything quite yet.”

The couple, who owned Sweet Home Lanes since 1987, want to thank all of the individuals, schools, businesses, private organizations, churches, which donated everything from prayer, clothing, food, cash and other items, for their help making it through this difficult time.

They especially were thankful to Terri Casciano and Todd Davenport for taking them in following the fire and to their grandchildren, Justin Casciano and Jessi Davenport.