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Families Matter Bowl-a-thon 

Folks took to the bowling lanes in Hallowell today, bowling a “strike” for the United Way of Kennebec Valley.It was the Families Matter Bowl-a-thon at the Sparetime Recreation Bowling Alley.All proceeds go to United Way of Kennebec Valley.The United Way funds 54 programs, including Families Matter.Families Matter is a place for mentally challenged individuals who would otherwise have no social interactions with society outside their homes.Richard Compagnon of Families Matter says every year they look forward to the event.”They just love to get out in the community and give back I mean that’s the biggest thing is getting out in the community and doing stuff and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.”Compagnon says with the tough economic times, this fundraiser is even more important.