Avid bowler surprised with party for 100th birthday
Updated On: Mar 24 2014 04:58:51 PM CDT
Longtime bowler Albert Hartman was greeted with open arms for his 100th birthday.
"I could almost fall over. I never expected something like this," said Hartman, otherwise known as "Red."
Red has been bowling for the last 50 years, 12 of them at Berks Lanes in Sinking Spring.
"We always tease him, and I told him, 'If you can just make it to three digits Red, you have to make it for us,' said Red's teammate, Daris Wiggins. "So, we are thankful that he is with us, and he is a good bowler, too. Make no mistake, he holds his own."
Red bowls a 165 on average.
"He bowls every day. You do not see him take time off or anything," said fellow bowler Clara Koch.
And he believes that is what has kept him going all these years.
"I guess it is what makes me live so long is because I have been active," Red said.
As a birthday gift to Red, Berks Lanes is paying the cost of his BARTA bus rides to the bowling alley for the entire summer.
Red said he cannot wait to tell his wife, who is currently in a nursing home, about his surprise party.
"It was wonderful. I will never forget it," said Hartman.
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