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Published: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

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G-K baseball a great experience

To the Editor:

Baseball tryouts are next weekend and I was starting to think about the great times I’ve had before in baseball. This definitely makes me want thank a few people who are responsible for them.

First, I want to thank all of the coaches who volunteer their time to create a league that all the boys in Genoa and Kingston can play in. I’ve personally had many good experiences with coaches Chris Bradshaw, Paul and Jamie Connell, Jerry Busse, John Mangum, Kevin Sosnowski and Pat Murphy.

Second I would like to thank the park district of Genoa and Kingston for allowing use of their many baseball fields for practice and games.

I’d also like to thank a few people in my family for keeping me involved at home and for coming to all my games. My thanks to my grandpa, Tom Nelson, for always being at my games and of course my parents for helping me to stay involved and practice whenever I can.

I’ve met some of my best friends throughout the course of my time playing in G-K baseball and I honestly think it is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

Jack Daurer

Genoa

Thanks for helping with Eagle project

To the Editor:

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the communities of Sycamore and DeKalb and the many people and businesses for the tremendous support received for the “Instruments for Children” Eagle Scout Project. The project collected instruments that were repaired, cleaned and donated to the Sycamore School District Music Department for the purpose of loaning them to students that cannot afford to rent or own a musical instrument. Due to an overwhelming response, the project donated 55 instruments to be used by children for many years to come. 

None of this would be possible without the help of many individuals and organizations. I’d like to thank Mr. Scott Mertens, Sycamore Music Department chairman, for helping organize and carry out this project; his commitment to music and children made this project possible. Mr. Mertens along with the Sycamore Music Department will make sure that these instruments will be well-used by children in need, and will greatly benefit the community. Additionally, thank you to the Sycamore School District for their support of this project.

I would like to thank DeKalb County Community Foundation - Youth Engaged in Philanthropy for their generous grant. These funds made it possible to repair many instruments and get them to a playable condition, as well as the ability to purchase a few more used instruments to donate for this project.

Thank you to Tom and Nancy Lowe for sponsoring this project. Their donation helped repair six instruments.

I extend my gratitude to each individual that donated instruments or money. This project would not have been possible without these donations.

My appreciation is extended to the following businesses and community members for their contributions: Roger Morgan of Roger’s Instruments, Wendy Tritt of Trittenhaus Design, InVironments Magazine, Tom Asher, Ken Hirschbein of Hirschbein Trophies, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Tom Peterson of the UPS Store in Woodstock, John McCartan of the UPS Store in DeKalb, Austin’s Violin Shop, Ax In Hand, Daily Chronicle, The MidWeek, Poc’s Music, Salem Lutheran Church, and especially BSA Troop 2810 scouts and leaders for their support and help throughout the project. Many scouts and committee members helped during instrument collection, cleaning and donation.

Lastly, I would like to thank the community. The incredible generosity of our community was overwhelming. The “Instruments For Children” Eagle Scout Project would not have been a huge success without their support.

Kevin Loitz

Boy Scouts of America Troop 2810

Sycamore

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