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Richard Phelps: Guest editorial - Sign for Joe Johnson Park

And he puts out a challenge to others with his own commitment of $200 to the cause

By Richard Phelps
Guest editorial


I am glad to read that the Little League Park is still Joe Johnson Little League Park.

Joe Johnson will always be THE MAN behind baseball for at least two or three generations of young people in this town and county.

From the many stories of his work at the old fairground to the work of Joe and many others to get the first field out in the present park about 25-30 years ago.

In the last few weeks as I now go there to see my grandson play ball I have been seeing that there was no "sign" at the entrance to the park. And it has been bothering me. Just that little green sort of like a county road sign up there that touched the nerve of many.

I don't know the financial situation of the Little League program at the present time. I do know that like all organizations they sell banners, concessions, pay umpires, grounds maintaince and all the other cost of operations that any non profit organization faces.

I think NOW IS THE TIME FOR US the people who love Joe Johnson and appreciate what he has done and what the present leadership of the Little League Baseball Program are doing and get a NICE RESPECTABLE IMPRESSIVE SIGN at the entrance to the JOE JOHNSON LITTLE LEAGUE PARK.

We have our local people playing, we have out of town people coming to the park and we need to help raise the money to erect a nice sign worthyof 53 years of service by Joe Johnson to the children of this county.

I will commit to a 200.00 donation to Little League if they will do it and I challenge others to do something to get a NICE sign up. Not just some painted 4X8 sheet of plyboard. The more $$$$ raised the nicer the signCall me, see me, or email me IF you agree and are interested and want to help get it done. (270) 378-1162, (270) 384-6501, or (270) 384-2145 -Richard Phelps

This story was posted on 2011-06-08 15:29:07
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