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A smashing success

The Echo Press "Strike Out Illiteracy" bowling tournament last Thursday was a big success, according to organizers of the first-ever event.

Thirty teams participated, winning prizes and bragging rights. Proceeds from the event - more than $4,000, according to initial estimates - will go to the Newspapers In Education program, which places newspapers into area classrooms to supplement learning.

Major sponsors included Garden Center Lanes, Etc. Signs and Beverage Wholesalers.