MARILYN HAGERTY: Kathy Richards says farewell to bowling balls, flying pins
"If you throw a little bit of a hook ball you can get more action with the pins." Take it from Kathy Richards. She has been working and bowling at Red Ray Lanes in Grand Forks for 36 years. And now she's checking out. Retiring. In a couple years ...
“If you throw a little bit of a hook ball you can get more action with the pins.”
Take it from Kathy Richards. She has been working and bowling at Red Ray Lanes in Grand Forks for 36 years. And now she’s checking out. Retiring. In a couple years her husband, Michael, will retire from his job at BNSF Railway. And they will be moving on - to Arizona or Nevada.
“Some place warmer and dryer,” she said.
The automatic pinsetters were there when she started at the bowling alley. And the automatic scoring came along. Now people don’t have to know how to score.
They just eye the pins at the end of the lane and sail the ball that way.
While the number of leagues has shrunk to a dozen in the fall and winter, there still are people who come in groups or families for fun. And there’s a Kids Bowl Free summer program that can be accessed online.
Kathy was handing out cards about that on one of her last days. She was thinking about her “wonderful years” with the owners of Red Ray Lanes. There’s Ruth and Lew Flynn in Grand Forks. Then Jim and a brother David running the Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D. And a daughter, Jamie Flynn, in charge of West Acres Bowling in Fargo.
The weekend arrives with the blossoming of every bush and tree in Grand Forks. All at once on Thursday. The annual Dewey Kvidt Memorial Duathlon is set for Saturday morning from Choice Health and Fitness... With proceeds benefitting the Dewey Kvidt Yoga/Fitness Room.... And “The Full Monty” is running this weekend and next at the Empire Arts Center... While the cars will be roaring around River Cities Speedway Friday evening... And the UND Alumni Association is taking its show on the road with a gathering Tuesday at the Space Needle in Seattle....
Q . What’s the good news around town?
A . The Kegs on North Fifth Street is open and the workers are busier than bees. While drive-ins with ordering stands have faded from the scene, this is the 80th season for the Grand Forks barrels. The sloppy Joe I ate Thursday was wonderful!
Gerald and Nancy
Cheerful people of the week: Gerald and Nancy Hvinden.