A local hero

By Joanne Peterson | Mar 22, 2012

One definition of the word “hero” is “a person admired for courage or noble qualities.”

Sometimes a person who doesn’t claim to be anyone special steps forward and, in my opinion, becomes a hero, though not for doing anything really dramatic, such as saving a person from drowning or dragging someone out of a burning building.

I think a hero doesn’t have to save someone’s life in order to qualify.

Someone who takes on a challenge in order to save something significant to a community fits my definition.

Lately, one local woman has given considerable time and energy to do what she can to save something she sees as important to her community.

Who is the woman? What is her issue?

Teri Terrano is the woman, and saving Robin Hood Lanes, the bowling alley located at Westgate, is her issue.

Teri is determined to prevent a significant part of Edmonds history from disappearing, to be replaced by a chain drugstore. Another drugstore. One. More. Drugstore.

What I write in this column is opinion. Mine.

Yes, I know that the sale of the property is a business transaction and—technically—anyone outside the transaction has no business interfering.

But tell that to the citizens of any town in the land when a neighborhood institution is threatened, and many of them will rise up anyway. It’s the American way.

Generations of Americans have spent family and adult leisure time at local bowling alleys.

Now I gather that Robin Hood Lanes is valued more for the land the business stands on than for the wholesome, traditional entertainment it provides year round —rain or shine.

If Teri prevails, though, Robin Hood Lanes isn’t going anywhere.

I have a bit of personal interest in this issue, based on family history.

Around fifty years ago, I recall that my father sponsored bowling teams at Robin Hood Lanes, teams wearing rayon sport shirts with team members’ names embroidered on them and BRADBURY’S TV emblazoned on the backs.

I wish I’d kept some my dad’s bowling trophies--important history. My brother and I bowled at Robin Hood, too.

Of course, the Bradbury history at Robin Hood Lanes is just a tiny representation of all the local residents who have bowled there—and who still do and will continue to.

Although others have worked alongside her, Teri Terrano appears to be a major force, dedicated to seeing the process through.

I don’t know her, but she is a force to be reckoned with—she is not giving up. And that’s the American way, too. (So is business. So is money. So is respectful disagreement.)

Teri Terrano is showing us that speaking up, speaking out, might save a piece of Edmonds history. I’m proud of Teri—and, with many thanks to her, I won’t be surprised if Robin Hood Lanes remains at Westgate for a long time.

Not another drugstore. Not. One. More. Drugstore.


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