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Youth sports will be primary goal for new Hamilton sports complex, developer says !

In fact, it’s a bigger deal, from Spooky Nook Sports’ perspective, for organizations like Hamilton’s championship-winning West Side Little League to participate, because the facility’s primary focus is youth sports.

Spooky Nook Sports, which hopes to break ground on the proposed Spooky Nook at Champion Mill in Hamilton next month, had been talking with FC Cincinnati about such a relationship last year, and had let the team use its existing gigantic sports training and playing complex near Lancaster during 2016 while the team had games nearby.

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Spooky Nook owner Sam Beiler said it is local and regional youth sports teams — some teams travel from as far as a 3.5-hour drive to the existing Spooky Nook facility near Lancaster, Pa., for tournaments — that drive the country’s largest indoor sports facility’s success.

“We think it would have been exciting,” Beiler said. “But the primary goal of this project is youth sports development and economic impact. And so we feel like we’re right on target. There would have been a lot of sizzle for that, but the steak is in youth sports.”

The Hamilton complex, like its Pennsylvania counterpart, will be able to provide activities like winter softball for youth and adults, as well as volleyball, basketball, and a large variety of other sports. Training and workout facilities also are planned, including classes for local people wanting fitness options.

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Youth sports also are what bring in 10,000 to 20,000 athletes and their families to Lancaster many weekends.

That’s the economic driver,” Beiler said. “When you have the youth tournaments, and they come in by family or by team, that’s where the economic impact happens. There’s nominal economic impact from a professional or semi-professional team. They just don’t – there’s not enough. The costs are too high to manage that.”

Spooky Nook earlier this year presented its first youth softball tournament in Butler County, as a way to introduce itself to the community. For years, Spooky Nook employees have been talking with teams, leagues and sports associations in this region to build relationships that could lead to those groups working out and playing at Spooky Nook.

“We’ve had dozens and dozens of conversations with youth sports organizations,” Beiler said. “West Side Little League is an example. Their input helped us design our baseball area. We expect they’d be heavy users.”

The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team also has its training facilities at Spooky Nook’s Pennsylvania complex.

“We would be interested in that, but I don’t think we have landed on a partner at this point, although there are several conversations underway that would lead to a recognizable organization being a part of that,” Beiler told the Journal-News.

“That’s not critical to our model, so it would have to be a good fit, for us and the other organization. USA Field Hockey back in Pennsylvania, it’s a great relationship. I believe they have a top-notch facility for practice and play. But the largest part of our field hockey program there is with the youth players,” he said.

“So even if there was someone like that out here, it’s at the youth level that we are most engaged. The professional sports…. We have excellent sports training, but most of our focus is on youth sports,” Beiler said.

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Tourism board approves new Sports Park operations agreement !

Tourism board approves new Sports Park operations agreement

The Elizabethtown Sports Park operations agreement between the Elizabethtown city government and the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau is one step closer to completion.

The tourism board approved the agreement during a brief meeting Friday morning. Director Sherry Murphy said the agreement will go before Elizabethtown City Council for a vote Sept. 10.

“The operations agreement outlines the responsibilities of the (Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau) and the city so that both parties completely understand their roles moving forward. Some specific topics covered utilities, cleaning and maintenance responsibilities, proper reporting to the city on a regular basis, insurance coverage, indemnification for the city, etc.,” she said.

Murphy said the tourism board sees no areas of concern.

“Both the city and tourism understood the need to equip the future professional management company with the ability to recognize possible income sources,” she said.

The lease agreement for the Elizabethtown Sports Park between the two entities was approved Aug. 13. It will become effective and extend for a five-year term from the date a professional management company, as selected by the tourism bureau, takes occupancy of the park.

The lease agreement gave the board the ability to move forward with securing a third-party operator with experience managing sports venues. The target is to identify and select an operator for the 2019 sports season.

The 150-acre park has been operated by the city recreation department since its founding in 2012. It has experienced a financial deficit of more than $1 million annually.

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More cheap foods ! Texas moves to ‘fan friendly’ concessions prices at football stadium !

The “fan-friendly” concessions prices movement has hit college football.

Texas announced this month it would slash game-day concession prices at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on items such as hot dogs (from $5 to $4), popcorn (from $4.50 to $3) and fountain sodas (from $5 to $3).

Professional sports franchises, starting with tenants of Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, experimented with reduced prices for stadium snacks during the 2017 sports calendar to great success.

At Falcons’ games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last season, the volume of concessions sales at kickoff matched full-game sales from the 2016 season, team President Rich McKay said in a May interview. Fans spent 16 percent more on concessions at 2017 Falcons games than they did in 2016.

Other professional teams, including the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens and Atlanta Hawks, have cut food prices as well.

Texas also will host a five-hour pregame street party outside the stadium, called “Bevo Boulevard” in honor of the school’s mascot, that will include live entertainment and happy hour prices on beer and wine.

Attendance at Longhorn football games has dropped as the team struggles to return to national prominence. DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium seats more than 100,000 spectators, but the 2017 season saw an average attendance of 92,778, down five percent from 2016.

“That is heresy in Texas,” said Nick Watanabe, assistant professor of sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina. “So I think this is a kind of way to reverse that trend, to make it affordable for fans to come out.”

Texas athletics officials say they’re competing with the same elements as professional sports teams — your comfy couch and food from your fridge — to get fans into stadium seats. And they’re working with the same value proposition, Watanabe said, to make Longhorn football games feel more affordable.

Ticket prices to college football games are generally so expensive that knocking a few bucks off the original cost isn’t enough to change consumer behavior. But food prices are low enough that cutting them by a couple dollars could lead a consumer to swallow the cost of tickets, knowing a meal won’t be all that pricey.

“We want to make it reasonable for families and our students to come out and cheer on our teams,” Texas Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said. “That was the number one priority in doing that.”

Let’s say a family of four goes to a Texas game and each member eats a hot dog and drinks a soda. Let’s throw in an order of nachos because someone got hungry in the second half.

Under the old price system, that would be $45. With the new prices, it would be $32.

Maybe the $13 saved pays for stadium parking.

“We’re asking fans to spend their discretionary income to support our programs and attend our events, so reducing prices on concessions, providing entertainment, making it an event, that’s all a big part of our efforts to get fans to campus and into the stadium,” Del Conte said. “It’s all about making our campus the place to be on game day and to create the best atmosphere in the country.”

If Texas has success with reduced concessions pricing, Watanabe said, look for it to spread quickly through the rest of college sports. UT’s athletic department, according to USA Today, generated the most revenue of any college athletic department in the country last year.

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BEACON Athletics Weekly Updates / And Deals ! (Aug.)

August 14, 2018   |       BeaconAthletics.com    |       Ballfields.com
Take a look at our Monthly Specials for August!

THIS WEEK’S FIELD THOUGHTS

Now is the time to begin strategizing the renovations and improvementsthat will make your baseball and softball fields better in the next few months in preparation for next season. A good groundskeeper will put their ballfields to bed “ready-to-go” for the following season. Even those whose facilities host a fall ball season will typically get a period of a couple weeks or more of inactivity before the fall season starts up. Late summer and fall offer the best opportunity to make improvements to these ballfields because of the lack of on-field activity and typically drier weather patterns. Over the next several weeks, we’ll talk about the renovation period for ballfields and make recommendations for the types of projects that should be performed during this renovation window available.

To start things off, any turfgrass on the fields likely is in need of some TLC. If you have irrigation, this is a good start. You may have been a little conservative on watering your fields during the season and because of that the turfgrass cover may have suffered. If your turfgrass density is thin on your fields, start with spending a week or so flooding that turf with lots of water to rehydrate and invigorate the turf. You will be surprised how much your thin turf areas will bounce back with something as simple as water.
With the field fully hydrated, aerification and any overseeding… Click to continue reading about planning for Fall Renovations from Beacon’s head groundskeeper, Paul Zwaska:  Post-Season Renovation Part 1: Plan Now

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Beacon Pro Shot Hose Nozzle
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In stock! Typically ships the next business day. Perfect for professional groundskeepers. Designed after a fireman’s nozzle making it perfect for groundskeepers. 1″ aluminum hose nozzle that features a “flush” setting to clear particles that can affect performance. Great option for lip removal. (Discount thru Friday, August 31 applied automatically)

Multi-purpose Constant Flow Nozzle
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In stock! Typically ships the next business day. This multi-purpose nozzle is perfect for hand watering applications, including: heavy watering, infield watering, syringing, cooling, equipment, and stadium washdown. Provides both wide fog and straight stream at an optimum flow rate of 35 GPM. Made of high-quality aluminum and stainless steel. (Discount thru Friday, August 31 applied automatically)

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THE HYDROWASH METHOD Lips  you can easily manage are called “loose lips” because there is not a severe buildup and the soil has loosely accumulated. One method for removing loose to medium lips is with water using the Hydrowash Method. Watch this video from our Groundskeeper U lesson “How to Remove Lips” to see quick explanation and demonstration.

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

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By Groundskeepers, For Groundskeepers.

The time and effort necessary to train new staff each year can become overwhelming, and that’s exactly why we developed Groundskeeper U. GU is the perfect online tool for teaching new staff, summer help, and volunteers. Through videos, photos, audio, and written material your staff will learn the right way with the tried and true practices taught by Paul Zwaska.

Enjoy this by-groundskeepers-for-groundskeepers resource and, when you find a lesson or technique you know others will benefit from, be sure to share it on social media and with your colleagues!

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Find what you need, it’s all here.

If you there’s something your field needs, you’ll find it in our catalog. Request your copy of The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our catalog features a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long. This is your go-to must-have resource.

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Ravens concessions price drops include $5 beer, $3 hot dogs !

Concessions at Ravens games next season will include a $5 domestic beer, $3 hot dogs and $6 burgers, president Dick Cass announced at a news conference Thursday.

The new “Flock Friendly Fare” initiative reduces prices on 21 of the most popular menu items, with an average drop of 33 percent. Prices for favorites like soft pretzels and fries will be reduced by up to 53 percent, and no single item will cost more than $9.

Cass said the decision to reduce the prices came after hearing more criticisms than compliments about the cost of concessions.

“We heard the criticism, and we’re responding, and we hope they’re going to take that into account when they’re making a decision of whether or not to come to a game,” Cass said. “And if they do come, it’s going to be less expensive for them, particularly for a family.”

Non-alcoholic beverages will also be reduced by an average of 39 percent. Five alcoholic beverages, including domestic draft and packaged beer, will be reduced by an average of 16 percent.

The stadium will also introduce a 12-ounce domestic beer for $5 — a first for the stadium, Cass said.

“I think our fans will welcome a $5 beer,” he said.

“We’re expecting that our revenue from concessions on game day will decline something in excess of a million and a half dollars” over the course of the season, Cass said, adding that the cost will be absorbed by the team.

The move follows the Atlanta Falcons’ decision to drop their concession prices by 50 percent when they moved into Mercedes-Benz Stadium last year. Team officials reported that fans spent 16 percent more than in the previous year, according to ESPN.

For the Ravens, the move is part of an effort to be more fan-friendly after a 2017 season in which the team missed the playoffs for a third consecutive year. The number of empty seats at M&T Bank Stadium became a major storyline, as did the fan response to roughly a dozen players who knelt during the national anthem before the team’s game in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Discussions about reducing costs began before last season. Cass said the plan, with input and help of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, came together in March.

Chris Bigelow, food service consultant to stadiums and arenas and the president of the Bigelow Companies, said it’s an unusual move for the NFL teams, whose fans pay higher fees for seat licenses, parking and tickets than fans of most other sports. Bigelow said food and beverage sales are a smaller percentage of revenue for the NFL than for other sports.

“When this was first announced [by the Falcons], I thought if there’s a lot of teams interested in that, we would have seen more by now,” he said.

But football is also facing increased competition from esports and the rising popularity of soccer.

“I think all the teams will be looking for ways to offer a better value to the customer,” he said.

Ravens concessions with reduced prices

Food

  • Stadium hot dogs and peanuts, both previously sold for $5, are now $3 each.
  • Grilled hot dogs, once $6.50, are now $5.
  • Stadium burgers, once $8.50, are now $6.
  • An entree of chicken tenders and fries, once $11, is now $7.
  • French fries, once $6, are now $3.
  • Pizza, once $8.50, is now $6.
  • Nachos, once $5, are now $7.75.
  • Bavarian pretzels and regular popcorn, both previously sold for $5.25, are now $3 each.
  • Soft pretzels, formerly $4.25, are now $2.
  • Bottomless popcorn, once $8.75, is $6.

Non-alcoholic beverages

  • Souvenir sodas (with one refill) are $5 each instead of $8.
  • A large fountain soda, once $5.25, is now $3.
  • A liter of bottled water, once $6.50, is now $4. A 20-ounce bottled water is $3, down from its original $4.75 price.

Alcohol

  • The 12-ounce domestic packaged beer, a new offering, is $5.
  • Domestic 16-ounce packaged and draft beers are $7 each, instead of $8.50.
  • Premium packaged and draft beers, once $9.50, are now $8 each.
  • Premium spirits, formerly $10, are now $9.

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BEACON Athletics Weekly Updates / Deals ! (Aug.)

August 7, 2018       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com
Take advantage of our Monthly Specials for August!

THIS WEEK’S FIELD THOUGHTS

With autumn sports getting ready to ramp up in the coming weeks and with summer baseball/softball season winding down, it’s wise to finalize your fall renovations NOW. It’s always amazing to me how many people in our industry wait until the last minute, scrambling at the eleventh hour to try to pull a project together. Now, they may be successful at pulling that off, but it surely won’t happen without some stress for the manager and his or her crew.

The Earlier The Better: If your fall renovations involves bringing in contractors, you’ll want to lock them in quickly before they get booked up for the fall. The rule here is the earlier in the year you can confirm the project, the better. Part of your fall renovations may require some quantitative testing, such as a soil fertility test for grass areas. These tests are used to help determine your fertility needs in order to bring your soil fertility up to optimum levels for your turf grass. This is always a good idea, especially going into fall as the soils have been depleted somewhat from the active summer growing season… Click to continue reading about planning for Fall Renovations from Beacon’s head groundskeeper, Paul Zwaska:  Just Around the Corner? Fall Renovations

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Typically ships within 10–15 business days. Soil testing provides quantitative data to help to identify the shortcomings of an infield mix. And, with proper analysis, a solution can be found to make sure your infield is as good and playable as it can be. Results may take up to two weeks. Price is per sample.(Discount thru Friday, August 31 applied automatically)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

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By Groundskeepers, For Groundskeepers.

The time and effort necessary to train new staff each year can become overwhelming, and that’s exactly why we developed Groundskeeper U. GU is the perfect online tool for teaching new staff, summer help, and volunteers. Through videos, photos, audio, and written material your staff will learn the right way with the tried and true practices taught by Paul Zwaska.

Enjoy this by-groundskeepers-for-groundskeepers resource and, when you find a lesson or technique you know others will benefit from, be sure to share it on social media and with your colleagues!

Visit Groundskeeper University

Find what you need, it’s all here.

If you there’s something your field needs, you’ll find it in our catalog. Request your copy of The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our catalog features a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long. This is your go-to must-have resource.

Request a Catalog

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BEACON Athletics Weekly Updates / Deals ! (July)

July 31, 2018       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com
Last chance for our Monthly Specials for July!

THIS WEEK’S FIELD THOUGHTS

So you are getting ready to make a purchase of a product you need to help you maintain your sports field. You may be inclined to go for the lowest price product available — but are you sure of the impact of that decision? Many times people assume they are making the best decision financially by purchasing the lowest priced product. But the impact it can have on your crew and on your field can be eye-opening. Many look at upfront cost when they see a big price tag and instinctively shut down any further consideration without doing their due diligence to see if it’s actually worth the bigger price tag in the long haul. Let me give some real world examples from our nearby three‐field Little League complex.

EXAMPLE 1: Let’s start with mound clay. Of the three fields at our complex, one is a 90’ diamond used by youth from 13-16 years old, all of whom wear metal cleats. Games are played 7 days a week (2 to 3 games per weeknight and 5 to 7 games per weekend day). That schedule is for 20 weeks per year with only one opportunity per day to maintain the mound & batter’s boxes… Click to continue reading about the real impact of products from Beacon’s head groundskeeper, Paul Zwaska:  Spending Wisely Requires Due Diligence

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Bulldog Field Equipment Pitching Rubber
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Typically ships within 3–5 business days. This is the best pitching rubber ever. You’ll flip for the Bulldog — literally. With a 3 in core center and 40 lbs of rubber — yes, FORTY POUNDS! — you get maximum durability and performance (2 in & 14 lbs for youth). When you need to, just flip the rubber to another side and you have even more long-lasting performance. This professional quality rubber is designed to outlast any other brand. Sale ends TODAY! (Discount thru Tuesday, July 31 applied automatically)

Bulldog Double-Sided Home Plate
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IN STOCK! Typically ships the next business day. And, this is the best home plate ever. Professional grade home plate made with 3″ of solid rubber weighing 40 lbs! The double-sided design means an extended life of the product — just flip it over when the top side is worn. Reduces equipment and labor costs. Watch the installation video. Sale ends TODAY! (Discount thru Tuesday, July 31 applied automatically)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — Dislodging Double 1st Base — SAVE $60!  – Dislodging double first base only… heavy-duty rubber construction. On impact the top portion dislodges from the bottom. Base only — steel anchors and base plugs not included. Like-new condition. (Reg. $159) NOW ONLY $99 

By Groundskeepers, For Groundskeepers.

The time and effort necessary to train new staff each year can become overwhelming, and that’s exactly why we developed Groundskeeper U. GU is the perfect online tool for teaching new staff, summer help, and volunteers. Through videos, photos, audio, and written material your staff will learn the right way with the tried and true practices taught by Paul Zwaska.

Enjoy this by-groundskeepers-for-groundskeepers resource and, when you find a lesson or technique you know others will benefit from, be sure to share it on social media and with your colleagues!

Visit Groundskeeper University

Find what you need, it’s all here.

If you there’s something your field needs, you’ll find it in our catalog. Request your copy of The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our catalog features a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long. This is your go-to must-have resource.

Request a Catalog

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El Paso County plans for more tournaments to generate revenue from Eastside Sportspark !

There was lot of action on the fields at the Eastside Sportspark. All of the teams seemed to be enjoying themselves Friday afternoon.

“Sportsmanship has been nice. So, it’s been pretty good,” JoJo Deal said.

Softball players from all over the southwest are coming to play in the tournament put on by U-Trip out of Hobbs, New Mexico.

“It does wonders for all of the girls because what it does it gives the girls an opportunity to play against different teams,” Deal said. “Then when we go out of town, we are better prepared for when we do showcases.

There are a lot of cars in the Sportspark and they’re bringing out of town players. But out of town players mean out of town dollars.

“People are traveling from all over the place in the area to come and participate in these tournaments so it creates hotel room nights, have dinner here and spend their money here,” Alexandra South, marketing specialist of El Paso County Parks & Recreation, said.

“I know how much I’m spending on this,” Eric Han said. “$450 alone in hotel bills and gas and, you know, meals last night for my daughter and I were close to $50. So it’s a lot of money.”

The county has a plan to bring more tournaments to make more money from the Sportspark.

“Also what we are working to do is create more of our own internal tournaments to kind of keep the fields at use so that the outside organizations see that it’s a great place to have their tournaments as well,” South said.

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Family savors completion of Hanlon Sports Complex !

Erie, PA. – Hanlon family proud that facility project completed in Millcreek

Paige Hanlon and her family members felt a wave of emotion when the last portion of the entrance sign was moved into place at the David P. Hanlon Community Sports Complex.

“I was brought to tears. My dad was, too. I think we all were,” said Paige Hanlon, David Hanlon’s widow, of the intimate family moment when the project was completed several weeks ago at the corner of 38th Street and Caughey Road. “It was a very touching moment.”

Shortly after David Hanlon died suddenly at age 46 after he suffered a heart attack while jogging in 2003, the Millcreek Township School District named the site that included McDowell High School’s baseball and softball fields after the school’s former athletic director. However, Paige Hanlon and district officials had a grander vision for a complex that would replace a student parking lot and grass field on the plot of land across from the high school.

The sign’s recent completion brought to an end a $2.5 million, 15-year effort that had become a passion for Paige Hanlon, her three children, Collin, Braden and Peyton, her father, John Pulice, and the extended Hanlon and Pulice families.

The official ceremony to mark the opening of the facility will wait until late August when the school district is likely to recognize the facility’s completion before the football team’s home opener. Until then, Millcreek officials and David Hanlon’s family will continue to bask in the sight of young people using the facility.

Dream becomes reality

Millcreek schools Superintendent William Hall said he felt especially proud of the project on a recent weeknight when he saw the complex teeming with activity as dozens of young people utilized the turf field, tennis courts and basketball courts.

“It was very rewarding. I guess I’d say it was very validating,” Hall said. “We knew it was going to be a focal piece for our district, and we couldn’t be happier about it.”

The Hanlon Community Sports Complex includes a multi-sport, artificial turf field with a walking track, two outdoor basketball courts, outdoor restrooms and a new parking lot, along with the baseball and softball fields and tennis courts that already existed on the grounds.

Although the facility is designated for school district activities first, it is called a “community sports complex” because the public can utilize the courts and fields, in some cases by signing up on the district’s website.

The new turf field does not have lights, so it can be used only during daytime hours. Gus Anderson Field still will be the site of varsity activities, although the Hanlon turf field could be used for junior high and junior varsity football games, along with practices for a variety of sports teams at different levels.

The complex was part of a larger McDowell construction and renovation project that was funded through a $28 million bond.

Plans for the improved complex were on hold for more than 10 years before the Millcreek School Board approved the project in April 2015. The district broke ground on the new complex late in 2016.

Family affair

Despite the long wait for the facility’s completion, Paige Hanlon never gave up hope.

She said the project was especially dear to her family and not only because her husband’s name was on the project.

Paige Hanlon and her four siblings — Kim, Traci, Holli and Jon — remained close to the project throughout the construction. Literally.

“We all live within a quarter mile of McDowell High School,” said Paige Hanlon, who has been a first-grade teacher at Grandview Elementary School for 32 years. “The fact that we all live so close to it, this is something that has been a big part of our family and extended family. My kids and I have been very involved in the whole process since the project began.

“My dad is retired, and he was there every single day this spring proudly watching the construction of the archway. He would report to me each day what was done so I was sure to pass by on my way home from work.”

Although the completion of each segment of the renovation has been exciting for the family to watch, the installation of the entrance sign in June was particularly meaningful.

Paige Hanlon joined with friends to organize football tailgate parties to raise money to fund the sign.

“We’ve had tremendous support from so many friends who helped with donations, running the tailgate and attending,” she said.

Paige Hanlon and her children helped design the sign and also picked out the stone for the base.

“We love the final project and have had so many compliments from the community,” she said.

Terry Carrara of Carrara Steel donated the steel and steelwork. “He’s a very dear friend of my father’s. I can’t thank that man enough,” she said.

The weekend that the sign was completed, all three of her kids joined her at the complex.

“It was bittersweet for us because he’s not here to see it,” Paige Hanlon said. “But generation after generation of our family as well as the residents of Millcreek Township will get to use it. It’s a blessing to have David’s name on it.”

Paige Hanlon said “Field of Dreams” was her husband’s favorite movie. The features a man who hears a calling to make a baseball field. So it’s ironic that the movie’s most famous line is, “If you build it, they will come.”

She’s seeing that passage come to fruition at the Hanlon Community Sports Complex with not only teams and young people but also families spending time together.

“David was all about being a great Dad,” Paige Hanlon said. “Athletics were obviously important to him because he was an athletic director. He passed away exercising.

“I think that his name being up there would not be David’s main focus. The thing that would make him very proud is seeing so many kids using it. He loved Millcreek and McDowell. I have no doubt he is looking down with tremendous pride and our family is beyond grateful.”

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THIS WEEK’S FIELD THOUGHTS

The peak of summer has past, our daily length of daylight is beginning to decrease and our normal high temperatures are starting their downward trend towards fall and, dare I say, winter. In just a couple weeks, football, at all levels, begins its training camps and exhibition schedule in preparation for the main fall season. I can hardly wait! In the meantime, many sports turf managers are beginning to plan their late summer and fall renovations. If you are managing fall football and soccer fields, you are planning your strategy to keep grass on your fields as thick as possible for as deep into the fall season as possible. This is a challenging job, especially for northern turf managers as winter begins to creep in towards the latter part of the season. But there is an excellent tool for extending the growing season on your turf… Turf Blankets!... Click to continue reading about turf blankets:  ‘Tuck In Your Turf’ This Fall
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