by Don Jovich
Garrettsville -- Bowling enthusiasts in Portage County will be pleased to hear that SkyLane bowling is set to reopen by August.
In 1957, SkyLane opened under the direction of Huber King and his family, a well-known name in the village that still holds ownership of the building to this day.
The bowling alley's newest proprietor, Aaron King, will host a grand reopening celebration after some needed repairs are made.
Aaron is the third generation of the King family to operate the popular lanes.
"It's a dream come true for me," said King. "The bowling alley is an institution in our town and it's an honor that I carry on the tradition in my family."
King, a longtime organizer of the annual SummerFest event, said Huber King's son, Cal, operated the lanes after his dad.
Cal, Aaron's father, was a professional bowler in the early 1960s and served as owner with Sonny Paul during the l990s.
"My dad and Sonny ran the place well by having a clean operation with great service," Aaron King said.
"My grandpa did well by building the leagues to full capacity. I think that sounds like a good plan to me. I cannot thank the Paul family enough for this opportunity."
HE WILL BE responsible for the daily operations of SkyLane's bowling, drive-thru and lounge.
"The Paul family wanted to partner with someone community-oriented and Aaron has an impressive resume," said Matt Paul.
King serves as chairman of Garrettsville SummerFest, vice president of Garrettsville Lions Club and is an assistant coach for the middle school basketball team.
King and Paul said they plan to make SkyLane bowling a community attraction that everyone will enjoy.
Their plan is to have the beverage drive-thru and lounge back up and running in a few weeks, with the bowling lanes to open by August.
"We want to assure everyone that the bowling alley will be open and operating as usual by the end of summer and we hope everyone comes back for league play," King said.
King has been the manager of Cal's Restaurant and Pizza Express for more than 15 years, so he will be moving only a few steps from his current job location at Sky Plaza.
Editor's note: Jovich is a reporter for the Record-Courier.