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BUSINESS A perfect strike: HIGHLANDER BOWL Couple who loves bowling gives alley new life BY WILL PERKINS When a Glasgow bowling alley was on the verge of collapse, a retired, married couple living in Gallatin, Tennessee made sure that did not happen. Patricia and Ervin Caldwell purchased the bowling alley in January 1997. “We both loved bowling and we were looking for a place that was within 50 miles of our home in Gallatin,” Patricia said. “This place from the drive in Gallatin to the front door here was exactly 50 miles.” Patrica, 77, said the alley has had around 10 different names since its inception in 1959, and that it was called “Southern Lanes II” when she and her husband purchased it. Since Glasgow is a sister city to the Scottish city of the same name, and because one of Patricia’s favorite authors is Diana Gabaldon, who wrote “The Outlander” series, the Caldwells agreed on “Highlander Bowl” as the new name. The Caldwells commuted from Gallatin for the first year, but then moved to Glasgow in 1998. Patricia said she and her husband were used to commuting with her being from California and Ervin from Pennsylvania, but since they were practically working 24/7, they decided to make the move. “We’re very happy here,” Patricia said. “We’ve actually lived here for 18 years and it’s been wonderful. “The people are wonderful.” While there were a few bowling leagues already established when the Caldwells took over, they have created many more 34 Glasgow-Barren County, Kentucky: Illuminated since their time here. Patricia said she really enjoys the Senior League. “Most of those people are all about the same age as we are,” she said. “And they cook wonderfully.” Ervin, 85, said he really got into bowling in the 1990s, when he and Patricia lived in Marietta, Georgia. Ervin has scored a perfect 300 and Patricia’s best game was a 279. Patricia said she does not bowl as much anymore because of hip and knee problems. “I’m not as good as I once was,” she said with a smile. During their time in Glasgow, the Caldwells have been able to give back to the youth in the community. In addition to providing several programs and leagues for young bowlers, they have given out around