Still rolling

Nonagenarians find camaraderie, fitness, love on bowling lanes


September 28, 2022

Sarah Brown

Gil Little, right, from the "Alley Dusters" team begins his approach while another bowler from "The Bowties" waits his turn.

Another year has rolled on, bringing with it bowling league season once again. On Fridays, Linn Lanes in Lebanon is filled with the sound of pins getting knocked off their butts and friendly chatter from members of the Young Oldies League.

The league, consisting of "seniors" (minimum age requirement is 50) who live in Albany, Lacomb, Lebanon, Sweet Home and Brownsville, meets weekly to compete for prize money, but most of the bowlers will tell you they are there for the exercise and friendship.

Joy Alton, 90, of Sweet Home, said the camaraderie is the main reason she enjoys showing up every...

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