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HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- The Hollidaysburg Area Summer Baseball League's field will sport a new look in 2010 thanks to the Sheetz family, which has donated more than $150,000 to rename the field in memory of Joe Sheetz, who passed away from kidney cancer in 2006, the Altoona Mirror reported.
"My dad spent his last best days watching my younger brother Tyler play his 12-year-old season," Travis Sheetz said. "My dad often mentioned to me that 'Hollidaysburg really needed a new field,' so I thought it was a fitting way to honor his memory."
The league's board approved the proposal in 2007, and a new field was installed last week. The total cost of the project exceeds $250,000, according to Sheetz, who noted the old field had been in place for "a long time" and "presented some unsafe conditions."
He said they received additional funds through the sale of outfield signs, which they are still actively pursuing. "In addition, we have received great support from several area businesses, most notably the Delozier family, Stiffler-McGraw and ICG for the project design and engineering, Bolger Brothers, Grannas Brothers, Yingling's Tree Service and G&R demolition," Sheetz told the newspaper.
Ralph Albarano Construction pledged its support to build the dugouts and concession stand, which will be completed over the winter, and The Hite Co. pledged its support on the lighting, according to the report.
"The field construction is done, and it looks awesome," field committee member Bill Sauserman said. "The kids are already excited for the season to start. We have many local businesses and individuals to thank, but the field renovations would have merely been cosmetic without the gracious generosity of the family of the late Joe Sheetz and the rest of the Sheetz family and organization. The new field has generated a renewed excitement for Little League baseball in the community."
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