- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - Waterville’s Sparetime Recreation bowling alley has been sold to a city church whose pastor says he wants to keep bowling alive in the community.

Sparetime owner Andy Couture said at age 66 it was time to sell.

Craig Riportella, pastor of Centerpoint Community Church, needed additional space for his congregation, which has grown from 40 parishioners to 300 in nine years. He plans to turn the 22,000-square-foot tenpin bowling alley into a sanctuary, teen center, child center, cafe, and offices.

But Riportella tells the Morning Sentinel (https://bit.ly/Y9IKuT ) he feels an obligation to keep bowling alive in Waterville, so he’ll help find a new place and a new owner to run a bowling alley in the city.

Couture is also looking for buyers for his Sparetime Recreation centers in Lewiston and Hallowell.


Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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