Donated dirt, hard work get Bullard football field ready for home games
Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – A group of volunteers spent a few hours this morning at Bullard Park, working on the field that has been off limits for home games so far this season for the youth football teams.
Mark and Tom Keeler of Barre Stone Products donated about 20 tons of topsoil had it delivered it for free to the park. Today, a group of coaches and parents of the players put the dirt on some of the uneven spots on the field and also filled in ruts.
The Albion Youth Sports Athletic Program had to move its home games about two weeks ago, but should be able to play the rest of their home games this season at Bullard, starting on Saturday versus Holley.
The group of volunteers raked the dirt in low spots on the field. Jeff Gifaldi came later and used a roller to smooth it out and compact the soil.
The volunteers were at the field starting at 8 a.m. and worked until about noon.
Some of the volunteers include Tim Monaghan, Eric Jones, Joe Fuller, Rocky Sidari, Geno Allport, Tim McMurray, Bryden McMurray, Ron Croft, John Livingston, Scott Snook, Brian Schomske and Matthew Schomske. Ralph Messura and Lewis Turner also brought over equipment to move the dirt from a pile on the side of the field. Otherwise, it would have been many wheelbarrow loads and might have taken all day.
Lewis Turner uses a Kubota to haul the dirt. Tim McMurray, right center, was among the group of volunteers helping to get the field ready for the youth football teams.
The AYSAP program includes about 100 kids, ages 6 to 14, in four teams of football and cheerleading.