Sheriff’s work-release program kept local diamonds sparkling

LETTER TO THE EDITOR / GREG PARSON

Sentinel & Enterprise

For several years now, the Leominster American Little League program has benefited from the community work-release program of the Worcester County Sheriff’s department. Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has built a program that allows inmates to give back to the community in tangible ways.

As we all know, parents are busier than ever. So, to get enough volunteer help to maintain the playing fields is not easy, and it is even more difficult to get enough volunteer time to make improvements. The manpower provided by the Worcester County Community Work Release program helps keep the fields at Leominster American safe and, more than that, up to the standards that the fields have been held to for more than 60 years. From painting fences to clearing weeds and brush around the baseball complex, the work crew takes pride in preparing the fields for the upcoming season.

With their help, the Leominster American Little League program has not only maintained the fields but has been able to make several improvements that directly benefit the kids. This year alone, there was a soft toss batting net installed so that kids don’t have to risk injury by hitting balls into a hard fence. The fences that mark the backstop on the fields were cleaned of rust and then painted. Graffiti was removed from the storage trailers, and countless man hours were spent making improvements to the warning tracks on both fields.

With the help of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Community Work Release Program led by Sheriff Evangelidis, Leominster American Little League has had another successful season on the diamond.

GREG PARSON

Leominster