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Bowling lanes set to reopen

WINSTED — Bowling will finally return to town as Laurel Lanes, located at 266 Main St., will reopen.Winsted’s duckpin bowling center, which has stood for more than 50 years, has been purchased by George Noel, the great-nephew of longtime owner Angelo De Santi, three years after closing.Noel has purchased the alley along with his friend Doug Hausch of Las Vegas, Nev.According to Noel, Hausch, who is still working in Nevada, is planning to move to Winsted in May.Noel grew up in Winsted and used to play at the alley.“When I turned 21, I went out west to Las Vegas to go for the gold,” Noel said.He previously worked at the Palms Casino as its director of purchasing.“This is a life change for me and my family more than anything else,” Noel said. “I have two kids, and raising children in Vegas is not like raising them in a small town. When you are working in Vegas, you work 24-7 and you don’t have time for your family as much as you want.”Noel wanted to make it clear that he purchased the bowling alley because of his love of the town.“We are not doing this for the money,” he said. “We are doing this to be part of the community. That’s what I’m trying to do. We will keep prices for games the same as they were before because we want people to bowl.”He said that he plans to add arcade game machines, a modern jukebox, soda, candy and coffee machines to the alley.“Eventually we will be applying for a beer license,” he said. “As for the bowling alleys, every alley except alley 8 works, but it’s just a matter of fixing it up. We will be continually upgrading stuff here.”Noel said he expects to open the alley on Monday, Sept. 12.The tentative hours for the alley are Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.As of this writing, Noel has not yet set up a phone number for the bowling alley. However, he said that anyone interested in bowling in a league can call Lori Deane at 860-738-9237.

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