By Ed Townsend
KIAMESHA LAKE August 19, 2005 Paul Minton of Liberty, who earlier this year was named the general manager of Ellenville Lanes, is now the new general manager of Kiamesha Lanes in Kiamesha Lake.
The 30-year-old Minton will assume the general managers position at Kiamesha Lanes immediately and will be greeting bowlers at league meetings next week.
Minton announced that the wooden approaches to the synthetic lanes will all be sanded down and redone prior to the start of the 2005-2006 bowling season at Kiamesha Lanes, which is a 16-lane Brunswick facility. He noted that he personally would be in charge of dressing the lanes.
Minton brings to both Kiamesha Lanes and Ellenville Lanes some 20 years of experience as a regional Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) competitor and a former manager of three large bowling establishments in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area.
Minton has also competed in local PBA regional tournaments and is a high-average, highly competitive Sullivan County league bowler who has recorded 10 career 300 games. He is a regular member of the Sullivan County Democrat bowling team in the Wednesday Mens League at Kiamesha Lanes. He is also a student of the game and has received tips and lessons from Silver Level USA Bowling Coach Mike Luongo, PBA Tour bowler Tommy Delutz Jr., former PBA professional Del Warren and representatives of the Ebonite Bowling company.
Formerly known as the Sha-Wan-Gunk Lanes on Route 209, Ellenville Lanes is now owned and operated by the ownership of Kiamesha Lanes. Ellenville Lanes is presently scheduled to a undergo complete remodeling. When it opens later this year, the facility will feature new Pro Anvil Synthetic Brunswick bowling lanes, GSH state-of-the-art Brunswick pin setters, a cocktail lounge, luncheonette and pro shop.
Minton and his wife, Valerie, live in Liberty. They are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Samuel, who was born on June 17.