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Chaney Bowling For 54 Years
Kenneth Chaney, 94, of Alna, celebrates bowling a stike on Friday. (Paula Roberts photo)
Kenneth Chaney, 94, of Alna, celebrates bowling a stike on Friday. (Paula Roberts photo)
By Paula Roberts

Kenneth Chaney, 94, of Alna, has been bowling for 54 straight years. Back in 1960, he and his son Michael started watching bowling on television.

"My son Michael said let's go watch them," Chaney said. Kenneth took him to Yankee Lanes in Brunswick, where Michael talked his father into playing a game.

"I bowled 276 the first time, and I haven't done it since," Chaney said. The nonagenarian bowls better than his age, averaging 114. No smaller candlepin balls for him, Chaney plays ten-pin, and still throws a 12 pound ball.

He bowls in a league at the Family Fun Center (Formerly Yankee Lanes) in Brunswick, where he got his start 54 years ago. "There must be close to 100 bowlers" in the league. "We take up more than half of the lanes," Chaney said.

"We take everybody. It don't make a difference in the age. If they want to bowl, we'll make a place for them," Chaney said.

"It's good exercise, and we enjoy it," Chaney said. The bowling keeps him limber and fit. He still drives himself to Brunswick twice a week to play. "I'm probably one of the oldest," he added.

Chaney proved he still had the right stuff on Friday. With a camera clicking off photos, just a few feet away Chaney released the ball and it curved to the right, almost kissing the gutter, before beginning its slow arch back to the center, where it just grazed the center pin and knocked down all 10 pins for a strike.

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