Bowling alley is helping maintain Legion numbers

The American Legion Martins Ferry Post 38 is looking for people who like to play in the alley – bowling alley, that is.

As membership dwindles in veterans groups around the country, Martins Ferry’s American Legion has about 200 members. However, they are scattered all over the country, according to Legion spokesman Rich McGee.

He said that poses some financial issues for keeping the Legion operating in the black. McGee suggested the Martins Ferry organization is better off than some because of its long history of support from veterans and others who worked in the heydey of the steel plants in the city and surrounding area. Yet, as the plants closed, the population — including many veterans — left the area.

McGee said the Legion maintains a faithful following but it is always looking for new members for the club. It also is seeking bowlers from the public who would enjoy the fellowship the bowling teams and leagues offer.

“We are unique in that we have a bowling alley in our building. We have a great time with the bowling leagues, we just need more bowlers for all shifts to keep our bowling alley running,” McGee said.

Located at 221 S. Zane Highway, the Legion has been a tradition in Martins Ferry for years. Despite its modest surroundings, it has been a valuable part of the community with its support of veterans, community fish fries and others events.

That’s something McGee and other members are hoping will continue.

Bowlers are needed as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights — men; Wednesday, day and nights — women; and mixed doubles on Sunday nights. Call 740-633-1494 for more information or to sign up.

McGee said bowling is not expensive and is great exercise. After the closing of the Elm Grove Bowling Lanes in Wheeling, the Legion hoped to pick up some additional leagues at their bowling alley but that didn’t happen.

“We welcome bowlers for all shifts to keep the bowling alley running. We have leagues and tournaments and it’s a lot of fun,” McGee added.

In addition to bowling, the Martins Ferry American Legion is sponsoring a golf scramble on Aug. 9 at Paradise Golf Course in Rayland. Three-man teams with single entry fees welcome. The entry fee include cart, green fees, food, 50/50, refreshments, prizes and door prizes.

Sign in from 8-9 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

There is also an optional $5 Skins Game.

Call the Legion for questions or to enter.