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Field of Dreams to sell brick pavers

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By Andrew Harner

The Vandalia Field of Dreams Committee determined the price for engraved brick pavers and kicked around several ideas for their layout at its monthly meeting on Monday.

A 4-inchX8-inch paver, which can have up to three lines of text, can be purchased for $40, and an 8-inchX8-inch paver, which can have up to seven lines of text, can be purchased for $80.

The committee is selling the brick pavers in an effort to continue beautifying the high school fields, and will lay the pavers by the concession stand between the baseball and softball fields as a focal point between the two fields.

Neither an exact pattern nor an installation date were determined, but several ideas for layout were brought forth during the meeting.

One of the most popular ones among the present committee members was to move the flag pole to a central location between the two fields. In that situation, the pavers would possibly extend around the pole.

Another idea suggested was to install small sections of pavers near the concession stand as a certain amount are sold.

For questions concerning the project or to purchase a paver, contact Steve Ledbetter at steveledbetter68@gmail.com or 267-4559.

In other action at Monday's meeting:

•A fundraiser will be held by the softball team on Saturday at Harmon's Market.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the team will be hosting a car wash, cookout and raffle to help raise funds for a dugout and backstop renovation at the high school softball diamond.

That project is expected to be similar to the recently-completed renovations at the high school baseball diamond.

•Preliminary discussions were held on the idea of moving both high school fields' scoreboards to more fan-friendly positions.

Currently, the softball scoreboard is behind the right field fence, and the glare from the setting sun makes the board difficult to read late in the afternoon.

The baseball scoreboard is outside the fence along the right-field foul line, and because of the new dugouts, it is difficult – and in some spots, impossible – for spectators to see the board when seated behind home plate.

•The committee approved a motion to purchase a new 54-inch, zero-turn riding lawn mower from Bluff Equipment.

The Cub Cadet machine will cost $3,800 and be used to mow the grass on both high school fields.

•The committee's next meeting will be on July 19 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia.