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April 29, 2013

New Fort Ashby ballfield almost complete; another $5K needed

Land donated by VFW Post 6667

FORT ASHBY, W.Va. — Donations are still being sought for the continuation of work on the youth ballfield located across from the Mineral County Fairgrounds.

The acre and a half of land was donated by the Fort Ashby Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6667 for the ballfield. At least $5,000 is needed to finish the field, according to Bruce Myers, who is the head of the youth ballfield committee.

“The field is needed because there are nine teams in the area and there only two ballfields at the fairgrounds,” said Myers. “In the fall, there is no place to play ball. The ballfield is still under construction and we are low on funds needed to keep the project going.”

Committee members have put a 400-foot drain in both the infield and outfield, sand from Keystone Lime in Fort Hill, Pa., has been placed on the field, two dugouts have been constructed and 4-foot chain-link fence has been installed, according to Myers.

The US Wind Force Foundation Inc. provided a $500 grant for the construction of the ballfield from the Community Benefit Fund, and other grants are being sought.  

“People should donate for the kids to get this ballfield finished,” said Myers, who said kids from Keyser and Cumberland will also benefit from the use of the field.  

Last year, $9,000 in donations was collected from Cumberland Moose Lodge 271; the Ridgeley VFW and American Legion; S&S Electric in Ridgeley; Rummel Klepper & Kahl LLP in Keyser; Northern Eagle Inc. in Romney; Koppers Inc. in Green Spring; First National Bank in Romney; Adam’s Equipment in Fort Ashby; and Fort Ashby Properties, LLC. Also donations were collected from Progressive Physical Therapy, Allegany Aggregate, Hite Roofing and Allegany Orthodontics, all of which are located in Cumberland.

Monetary donations can be made to M&T Bank Youth Baseball Field, P.O. Box 1210, Fort Ashby WV 26719.

For more information, contact Myers at 304-298-4370 or Chuck Lowery at 301-707-5697.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

 

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