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Maple Lanes offers summer bowling for people with special needs

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Maples Lanes in Waterloo is packed each Thursday night during the summer. The bowling alley offers bowling to people with special needs from May to August.

"We started out and it was very small the last couple of years, and now we've got it on two nights and we're fully booked," said Jessi Cain with Maple Lanes.

Two to three people with special needs and a volunteer bowl per lane. Playing three games.

On Thursdays, all 32 lanes are full. So Maple Lanes started offering the bowling on Tuesdays, too.

Troy Macomber bowls with neighbors and friends every week.

"Last week I got 113," said Troy Macomber.

He said he mostly bowls for fun, but he does have a few tricks for getting that high score.

"Relax my muscles, and keep my arm straight," he said.

The program is 12 weeks long and just wrapped up.

"They love it. They love coming out with the community members, meeting new friends, meeting our staff. We've heard nothing but fantastic things," Jessi Cain.

Anyone with special needs living in the Cedar Valley and surrounding areas is invited to sign-up for the bowling next summer.

"You don't have to be a good bowler. Just have to want to have fun," said Cain.

The weekly bowling is done for this summer, but will start back up again in May. There is a charge for bowlers, but volunteers bowl for free.

For more information, contact Maple Lanes in Waterloo.

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