Lucken elected 2012 president of Field of Dreams committee

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By Andrew Harner

Tom Lucken was elected the president of Field of Dreams for 2012 at the committee's last meeting.

Steve Ledbetter was elected the vice president, Luke Hohlt the treasurer and Amber Daulbaugh the secretary.  All votes were unanimous.

Lucken, who has been a member of the committee for most of its existence, also proposed new by laws for the Field of Dreams, and he will bring amended by laws for approval at the Jan. 17, 2012, meeting.

“We want to keep progressing, and be a better-run organization,” Lucken said. “We’ll now have things stated in by-laws.

“I would like to thank current President Don Murrell, Kenny Montgomery, Luke Hohlt and some of the other officers from the past two years for a job well done, and I ask that they stay involved,” he said.

Since the organization's founding, area baseball and softball fields have progressed steadily – including complete renovations of both high school diamonds – but there is still a lot of work to be done, according to the committee.

The scoreboards at both high school fields have been moved from their former locations, but they won't be put into their new places until after the ground softens when winter is through.

A flagpole will also likely be installed between fields before next spring.

“We’ve really made the fields look better, and it’s improved the town,” Lucken said. “With the school improving the track, now when you drive down this road, there’s a nice stretch of facilities and it’s appealing.

"It’s great that we have fields for the kids to play on,” he said. “But it’s also great for the town, and people sometimes forget that.”

The next big project the committee is undertaking is the purchase of maintenance equipment, including two new machines and several smaller items, such as chalk and tarps.

The committee applied for a Cardinals Care grant to try to get the funds to purchase those items.

Eventually, the committee also hopes to find grant money to build a pavilion at the concession stand between the high school fields.