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Farmington Mayor Steve Schneemann chooses his bowling ball and heads for his lane. Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey is right behind him.(Photo: Bill Bresler | hometownlife.com)Buy Photo

Steve Schneemann was asked at the outset of last week’s charity bowling event between officials of Farmington and Farmington Hills how many games the teams were bowling.

“Until we win,” said Schneemann, the mayor of Farmington. 

If that had been the case, they might still be there. However, they cut it to a single game, won by Farmington Hills behind a strong performance from Mayor Ken Massey, and accomplished their main goal anyway: Raising money for charity.

It was all part of a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at the newly-remodeled Country Lanes in Farmington Hills, where owners Aleta Sill and Michelle Mullen just finished refurbishing the bowling center they helped build some 15 years ago.

As they were getting ready to mark the grand reopening, Massey suggested the bowling competition to create “wider community excitement” for the ribbon-cutting event.

Turned out he was right; the two municipalities bowled it out in front of a packed house in the new-look bowling center. And Massey was happy it worked out.

“It’s a way to get started by making a big splash,” Massey said. “We can draw attention to it by having a great community event.”

Schneemann, who promised a “butt kicking, in a good way” before the event, said he actually thought it was a unique idea when Massey suggested it.

“I thought it was crazy, but what a great idea,” Schneemann said. “We do a lot of ribbon-cuttings. This is a great way to do it.”

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The competition took place in the remodeled center, which now has new outdoor gutters, new heating and air conditioning units, repairs to a refrigeration unit and a kegerator, and an expanded snack bar among its major upgrades.

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Farmington and Farmington Hills mayors and teams battle for bragging rights and charity at the newly-remodeled Country Lanes.
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