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Scout to upgrade ball field

Bob Bend (right), treasurer of the Waterman Lions Club, presents a $1,000 check from the club to Winston Simpson, a Shabbona Boy Scout who is undertaking the project of upgrading ball diamond fencing at Indian Creek Middle School in Waterman.
Bob Bend (right), treasurer of the Waterman Lions Club, presents a $1,000 check from the club to Winston Simpson, a Shabbona Boy Scout who is undertaking the project of upgrading ball diamond fencing at Indian Creek Middle School in Waterman.

WATERMAN – After 20 years of use, the backstop and out-of-play fencing at the Indian Creek Middle School baseball diamond is the worse for wear. Winston Simpson, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 39 in Shabbona and an Eagle Scout candidate, is securing the financing and manpower to upgrade the fencing.

The project involves adding 2 feet of height to the out-of-play fencing and replacing curled and stretched-out backstop mesh. The backstop will increase in height and will have a canopy to contain foul balls. Projected cost of labor, fencing, materials and equipment rental is $7,885.

Waterman Summer Recreation uses the diamond for its summer baseball program and officials say the diamond serves the communities of Waterman, Shabbona, Lee, Rollo and Scarboro.

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