Base MCCS operations under review

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

"Subsequent to this local review, a higher-level review is under way by Marine Corps Community Services at Headquarters Marine Corps, the results of which could further affect MCCS operations at MCAS Cherry Point," Barton said.

Kathy Donham, whose husband is a 30-year Marine Corps veteran, has been bowling at the facility since they moved here 15 years ago. She has been on a letter-writing campaign to get the facility opened.

She said the closure would affect her women’s league, which she said is meeting on Aug. 23 to discuss moving to bowling facilities in New Bern or Cape Carteret.

"I’ve got 40 women that bowl in that league and we’re going to have to decide whether to disband our league or move it to another facility," Donham said.

She said as a tournament bowler she is required to be in a league, and the closure of the alley would impact her and many other bowlers.

"Well, if this place is shutting down, I’m going to have to go find other alternatives, or quit bowling tournaments, and that’s not happening," she said.

Donham said the bowling alley has a variety of couples, seniors, women’s and youth leagues, some of which have about 80 members. She said the center also hosts Craven County Special Olympics bowlers.

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