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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Candle pin legend files for Chapter 11, Fisher Cats open

Democratic presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Clinton, D-Ark., gives candle-pin bowling a try during a campaign stop at Leda Lanes Bowling Alley in Nashua, New Hampshire, Jan. 5, 1992. Clinton is considered a front-runner by rivals as campaigning for the New Hampshire’s February 18 primary intensifies. (AP Photo/Jon Pierre Lasseigne)

Democratic presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Clinton, D-Ark., gives candle-pin bowling a try during a campaign stop at Leda Lanes Bowling Alley in Nashua, New Hampshire, Jan. 5, 1992. Clinton is considered a front-runner by rivals as campaigning for the New Hampshire’s February 18 primary intensifies. (AP Photo/Jon Pierre Lasseigne)

Bowling.

What comes to mind when you see that word? If it’s three small balls and 10 thin pins, chances are you’re from New England.

Candle pin bowling is unique to the region. So unique that I didn’t know it existed two years ago. Finding a “big ball” alley is difficult, and I was made fun of the first (and only) time I asked.

It turns out one of New Hampshire’s legends of the sport filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, but it’s planning to stay in business. Leda Lanes in Nashua is called the ‘headquarters’ of candle pin and has been running since 1959.

The alley has attracted all kinds of customers, even presidential candidates. Bill Clinton (seen above) visited when he was campaigning in New Hampshire in 1992.

∎ I’ve been candle pin bowling once since moving here, and I’m sure all of these Granite State record-holders would be kind enough not to laugh when comparing scores.

∎ If you’re looking for a tournament, New Palace Lanes in Fitchburg, Mass., has a monthly King of the Palace tournament open to New Englanders of all sorts.

∎ If you like me and you don’t have much candle pin experience, it could be a healthy way to get out of the house.

∎ You can find events, rules, and even other candle pin bowlers at the International Candlepin Bowling Association’s website.

In other news:

 It’s opening day for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

∎ The Sarah Long Bridge repair could take a month, and the cost of the repairs are still unknown.

 Plymouth State University’s National History Day competition is Saturday, and 18 teams will be competing for a spot in the national championships.

∎ Capt. Paige Tattersall of the National Guard speaks about the Beyond the Horizon mission in El Salvador.

 A four-story building that will house one floor of retail units and three floors of residential units has been proposed in Portsmouth.

∎ The Made In N.H. “Try It & Buy It” Expo opens for its 18th year tomorrow in Manchester.

 Registration is open for the 12th Annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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