OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Old Orchard Beach resident Don Saucier will be inducted into the International Candlepin Bowling Association Hall of Fame in October.
The 73-year-old Saucier won five world championships in the sport. Candlepin bowling is a variation of bowling that uses a small ball and cylindrical pins. It is played mostly in New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces.
The Portland Press Herald reported on Tuesday that Saucier’s first job was working as a pinsetter at a candlepin alley in Old Orchard Beach in 1953. He met his wife, Doris, at an alley in his hometown of Biddeford in 1957. The pair still bowl together in leagues.
Saucier is among nine new Hall of Fame inductees from Maine and New England. Forty of the roughly 100 members are from Maine.