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The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Responding to a request from Sutton Youth Baseball Director of Field Operations Pete Kazarian, Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis recently provided free inmate labor through the Sheriff’s Community Service Program to Sutton Youth Baseball for some much needed spring clean up, raking and leveling of its baseball diamonds at its Hough Road Baseball Complex. In addition to the grounds keeping, the inmate work crews also spent much of the week painting the field equipment sheds in anticipation for the upcoming opening day parade and festivities scheduled for April 29th and for the Cal Ripken All Start Tournament to be hosted by Sutton Youth Baseball in July.

The spring clean up, field maintenance and painting project completed by the Sheriff’s Inmate Community Service Program provides Sutton Youth Baseball with over $1,800 in savings.

The inmate work release crews provided by the Sheriff are made up of nonviolent, non-sex offender offender individuals approaching the end of their sentence who have earned a place in the Community Service Program. In an effort to better assist non profit organizations such as youth baseball leagues, Sheriff Evangelidis since taking office last year has more than doubled the size of the Community Service Program providing in 2011 over $1.6 million in savings to Worcester County communities.

“As Sheriff and as an avid baseball fan, I am thrilled to provide Sutton Youth Baseball with work crews from the Inmate Community Service Program to complete much needed spring clean up, field maintenance and painting of the equipment sheds at their Hough Road Baseball Field in anticipation for the upcoming April 29th opening day parade and festivities and for their Cal Ripken All Star Tournament in July,” said Evangelidis. “The Inmate Community Service Program has been a true win-win partnership for Sutton Youth Baseball and the Sheriff’s Department providing in these tough fiscal times no cost labor to the league to complete many worth projects at their ball field while inmates selected for the program appreciate the opportunity of a productive days work, as Sheriff I am looking forward to continuing this great partnership for many more baseball seasons to come.”