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Liberty Lanes closing its doors, selling its memorabilia

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A bowling alley run by one family for generations is now closing its doors but not before selling off pieces of its history. Our Eva McKend has more on the closing of Liberty Lanes.

LIBERTY, NY -- The bowling balls that once rolled down these lanes are now for sale, along with just about everything else at Liberty Lanes.

The Fix family has owned and operated the popular bowling destination for more than forty years, but they're packing it up because of the high cost of county property taxes and the fleet of surrounding businesses.

"I don’t know if you want to call it a form of trickle down economics but when the hotels were busy, most of the hotels employed between two hundred and a thousand people," said Bobby Fix, Jr.

Many who live or even grew up in Sullivan County said they'll be sad to see the bowling alley go.

"This was a big part of my life growing up. We started on the little leagues and then the teenage league and then I worked here for a few years before I went off to college," said Liberty native Jackie Carman.

"Some of the best times I’ve had since I moved up here have been right here. It’s just a lot of laughs, a lot of good times and it’s going to be missed," said Mike Aumick, who has won several tournaments at Liberty Lanes.

For many, even buying a simple bowling pin is a way to hold on to history.

"Well, there are a couple of patches, like bowling patches that I want to show my dad," said Devin Mullen.

Another bowling alley with the same name opened Friday in Liberty Square mall but the owners said nothing will be able to replace what they built. The Fix's hope people will continue to come down to the old alley and offer a price for a little piece of what once was, but don't expect a lot of tears when you get to Neversink Road.

Bobby Fix, Jr. has hope for the future.

"You know there’s a saying out there, when one door closes, another one opens,"
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