It's that time of year again, time to dig out the duckpin/tenpin bowling ball and head for the lanes.
In Carroll County there are five centers to choose from, and nobody is very far from the action.
Last season, a new manager took over the Westminster tenpin center. Ken Frock Sr. continues to guide the activities, and Ken Frock Jr. takes care of the mechanical chores.
There are 12 tenpin lanes in the center owned by Chuck Ludwig.
The pro shop is operated by Danny Haines.
There will be 17 leagues this year.
Over the summer, a lot has been going on -- new carpet and floor tile, tables and chairs installed and a general remodeling of the facilities.
Saturday and next Sunday, the Free State Classic Tenpin Tour will be conducted at the center with a guaranteed first prize of $800. The format is three-game singles with handicap.
Information: (410) 876-8430.
Hampstead Bowling Center
A split house with 12 lanes each of duckpins and tenpins, Hampstead is the newest facility in the county.
The Wisner family continues to operate the center with Ginny Blackowicz as marketing director. Charlie Barnes is the mechanic, and the pro shop is operated by J. B. Wisner.
There are approximately 20 leagues evenly divided between the two sports. On Saturdays, two leagues feature youth bowlers.
The Duckpin Bowlers Tour will roll into Hampstead Friday for three days. The singles event guarantees a first-place prize of $600.
Information: (410) 239-8130.
Mount Airy Lanes
Joe Rineer will have 12 duckpin lanes filled with 20 leagues this season for adults, seniors and youngsters on Saturday.
League coordinators are Norman Sier and Gina Fleming. Ken Crossman and Joe Aquina will be handling the mechanical chores.
At the control counter, you'll find Dick Hammond, Kaye Boone or Jimmy Thompson.
Louise Arvin will continue as manager of the split house with 12 duckpin lanes and 16 tenpin lanes. Moe Pickett is the league coordinator and operator of the pro shop.
Gil Barnes will be taking care of the lanes and the pin setters.
General manager Bob Minter will continue to oversee Taneytown, Westminster and the Gettysburg site.
This fall, bowlers will find new pins, new carpet, new paint and a remodeled game room at Taneytown.
Information: (410) 751-1750.
Minter has two assistant managers -- Sue Miloy and Sandy Brown -- to oversee the split house with 14 duckpin and 12 tenpin lanes. Earl Barnes continues as mechanic.
There's a recreation room and nursery available. Youth leagues take place on Saturday.
There's a new look and feel to the center with new carpet, paint, curtains, lighting, air conditioning and heating units. And all new pins.
Information: (410) 848-6385.