Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The fallout over a recent billboard message at Town & Country Lanes continued last week as manager Mardi Smith quit. Smith had been at Keizer’s bowling alley for 10 years and had been manager since 2010. Don Lebold has owned Town & Country for 47 years. On July 2, Lebold posted a message about the recent Supreme Court decision allowing same sex marriages: “Judges making decisions contrary to the word of God will they themselves be judged.” Things were quiet for a few days, but word of the message went viral on July 7. By the next day, the message was making national headlines. Smith posted on the bowling alley’s Facebook page the message was solely Lebold’s and did not reflect any other employees at the business. There were immediately dozens of responses, most highly critical of the bowling alley. The post was eventually removed, but soon the page was filled with negative one-star reviews. By the end of last week, the Facebook page was taken down. On July 15, Smith announced on her Facebook page she would be leaving her job. “I regret that I now announce that I must separate myself from the leadership of Town & Country Lanes,” Smith wrote. “I am giving my reluctant resignation effective July 29 to pursue available business opportunities within our community with the same...

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