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8 I The Lovell Chronicle November 8, 2012 Verdettos open Rose City Lanes BY DAVID PECK Mike and Paula Verdet- to love bowling, so much so, in fact, that after 10 years of enjoying friends and the sport of bowling at Victory Lanes in Lovell, they decid- ed to buy the bowling alley. In a deal sealed last Friday, the Verdettos have purchased Victory Lanes from Rick and Kim Gra- ham and are re-naming the establishment Rose City Lanes. "We've been bowling here probably for 10 years and got word that Rick wanted to sell it eventu- ally," Mike Verdetto said. "We were concerned that it remained a bowling al- ley. We have very active leagues five nights a week, from August to May. "We talked to Rick a couple of months ago, and the Bank of Lovell made it happen, especial- ly Mike Jones. This has been a bowling alley since 1962, and over 50 years it has had only three owners (now four)" - Tony and Ei- leen Walsh, Chester Gil- liam and Flo Lawson, the Grahams and now the Verdettos. "Rick and Chester are showing me how to run and maintain everything," he said. "We'll keep the Hot Stuff franchise and the same menu. We may offer DAVID PECK Paula and Mike Verdetto are the new owners and operators of Rose City Lanes in Lovell. They are molding a family bowling center atmosphere. some occasional specials." "This is so new that we're trying to get our feet under everything," Paula said. "There's a lot to learn. Rick has been here with us and is training us through the end of the year." Hot Stuff Pizza is open from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Satur- day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Bowling is offered from 11 a.m. Monday through Sat- urday, with leagues bowl- ing weekday evenings from 6-9 p.m. "I'm very interested in starting a daytime league," he said, "possibly for senior citizens. I'm here at 9 a.m. for deliveries anyway." Verdetto said he is do- ing away with the NASCAR theme in the facility and is envisioning a family bowl- ing center. "On Saturdays we have Cosmic Bowling geared more toward the youth in town - with lights flashing and music," he said. As an added appeal, Verdetto said he has add- ed streaming live music the bowling alley can receive through the Internet fea- turing a live DJ. Kids can call a toll-free number on their cell phones and within 15 minutes the song will be played on the network. "The response to that has been overwhelming," he said. Graham recently in- stalled new monitors above each lane, and the Verdet- tos plan to do some paint- ing, minor remodeling and updating. "We also added free WiFi here," he said. "A per- son can come in and have a sandwich and use a lap- top. We're also putting in an ATM. "We're open to school functions and charitable events, churches, birth- day parties and holiday parties." Verdetto said Rose City Lanes also has a pro shop and can order anything a bowler needs. LOST DOG? We can help. Call and place your lost (or found) dog ad in The Lovell Chronicle. 548-2217. LOVELL CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING will be joining the Biggest Loser Program on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room Stress dr Eating Behaviors by Deborah Brackett, M.D. Cancer patients, care givers, family members, survivors ... Everyone is welcome. i P HORIZONS CARE CENTER 548-5200 * 1115 Lane 12 * Lovell, WY 82431 www.nbhh.com Tired of Waiting? Subscribe to our digital edition today. It's easy... Go to www.lovellchronicle.com and click on eEdition in the top menu or sidebar. It'll walk you right through the set up. One year digital subscription: 530. Add digital to your existing print subscription: 55. 00l]h000iticle www.lovellchronide.com IcadsOO@tctwest.net 234 E. Main, tovell, WY 307-548-2217 COURTESY PHOTO Lovell resident Shelly Lohof participated in the Susan G. Komen walk in September in Seattle. Lohof enjoyed the festive atmosphere of the event, especially the colorful costumes worn by the many volunteers, including the crossing guard pictured above, who helped with the event. Lohof and Thompson take steps toward a cure for cancer BY PATTI CARPENTER the Wyoming Girls School walked for a Shelly Lohof and her daughter Cori Thompson hope the steps they take at the Susan G. Komen walk in Seattle each year will help fund research that will eventually find a cure for cancer. Lohof, a Lovell resident, is one of many survivors who walk to raise funds to help find a cure for the disease. Lohof feels the small part she and her daughter play in raising funds to help find a cure will lead to a breakthrough someday. A seven-year survivor of breast cancer herself, Lohof took part in a Susan G. Ko- men walk for the third year in a row this fall. Lohof traveled with her daughter Cori Thompson to Seattle to participate in one of the many Susan G. Komen fundraising walks held across the country. This is the woman they knew who died of breast can- cer, leaving two small children. Some of the other women in the group had moth- ers or grandmothers who had cancer. Af- ter seeing how much fun the walk was for her daughter, Lohof decided to give it a try herself. Each participant contributes $2,400 to take part in the event. Lohof raises most of those funds through a "Pack the Place in Pink" event, held in February at one of the basketball games in Lovell. When the fun- draising falls short, she and her daughter provide the balance of the expense out of their own pockets. "I do this walk for all of the survivors, for those who are going through the strug- gle and for those who might face breast second year they walked in Seattle.. The.. cancer in the future," said Lohof. "I feel like first year Lohof walked was in Denver. The walks are typically 60 miles long over a three-day period. Lohof and Thomp- son finished 20 miles per day during their adventure in Seattle. Lohof said she prefers the cooler weath- er in Seattle compared to Denver, where she had to cut her first attempt at the 60- mile walk short because of the hot weather. "We could choose to walk in one of the other cities, but the timing of the Seattle event and the weather is better for us," said Lohof. The festive affair includes a tour on foot of three different routes through the city, sleeping in a tent, dressing up in crazy costumes and using mess hall type facilities. She and her daughter take frequent breaks and enjoy the many sup- porters who dress in colorful costumes and greet them along the way. Lohof especial- ly enjoys meeting the many other survi- vors who take part in the walk and most important of all, she feels she is taking an active part in doing something to prevent the disease. "It's overwhelming to see so many sur- vivors in one place, at one time," said Lo- hof. "It's a very moving experience for me." Lohoflearned about the event after her daughter Cori and fellow employees from this is my way of being active, of putting my foot down and saying no to cancer." Lohof, a librarian at Lovell Middle School, hopes that someday children will have to look up the word cancer in the dic- tionary because they don't know what the word means. "Children especially shouldn't have to face this disease and they shouldn't have to even hear that word and my goal is that we can find a cure, so that kids don't have to worry about it," said Lohof. "I hope that someday it will be a disease of the past, like polio, and kids won't even know what it is." Each Susan G. Komen walk raises sev- eral million dollars. The contributions are  used not only to fund research but also to provide preventative testing for wom- en who cannot afford breast exams and mammograms. Lohof plans to hold anoth- er "Pack the Place in Pink" event on Feb. 1 during the Lovell/Greybull home basket- ball game. Lohof also participates in other cancer fundraising events, like the Relay for Life held in Lovell during the summer. ..... "It's personal for me, obviously, as a survivor of breast cancer, but the fact is that if they find a cure for breast cancer, it opens the door to find a cure for other types of cancer." Satu