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Decades of memories between the gutters

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LARGO (FOX 13) -

They aren't just bowlers, or friends. Barb Templin and Shirley McLauglin are more like sisters.

"We've become good friends over the years. We go out to eat together, we go shopping together," they explained.

That is what can happen after bowling side by side for more than a decade.

"My high game was like 246," said Barb.

Shirley responded: "Oh goodness I didn't get that high."

They are just a small part of a larger family.

"My highest game was 243. I was bowling against 70 people and I was the highest," said Halina Kolodzie.

Twedt's Lanes in Largo has been open since 1969. And it has been home to a group of bowlers for a generation.

"I like them all," said Francis Reily.

And like every family, they have a few favorite traditions.

"Hey I got a strike! 50 cents," exclaimed Reily.

Reily likes to cash in on his strikes. Though others, like Teresa Scroppo, weren't making any money.

"Alright at least it wasn't a gutter ball," she offered.

She reflects on a few memories. Her kids grew up here. When her husband's health declined, these were the people who were there for her.

"Twedts came together as a family for our family," she said.

As they bowl their final frames, they can't help but feel like they are losing the home that made them a family.

"I know that we can go other places, and some of the people may go with you, but it won't be the same.

It will be unbelievable to drive by and not see this little pink building," said Scroppo.

Twedts will close Monday for good. A shopping center will be built in its place.

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