Rebuilding From The Ground Up

Jamie Heap
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Contributions Made To Legion Ball Field Rebuild

District 9 county councillor Mike McLellan, acting on behalf of the Municipality of Cumberland, presents River Hebert Legion Branch # 14 member Bob Hoeg with a cheque for $5,000.00 on Tuesday, August 20 at the River Hebert legion ball field.

RIVER HEBERT-For nearly a generation, the River Hebert legion ball field lay dormant. That all changed this past spring when some volunteers from the local area started removing trees and cutting grass that had overgrown the ball field.

“We played baseball here all of our lives,” stated River Hebert legion member Bob Hoeg recently. “We wanted to get it going again,” he added. “That is why the legion and community are getting together to restore the ball field. The legion is community-oriented; what’s good for the community is good for the legion.”

 “At one time, we used to have twenty to twenty-four teams here for tournaments,” said Hoeg. “We used this field and the one (that used to be) in Joggins too.”

The River Hebert legion ball, which has not been utilized since the mid to late 1990s, was also the site of T-Bar, Mosquito and Bantam baseball games as well.

RHDH softball teams have travelled to Maccan and Amherst for home games.

Today, the only sport that children are playing on the ball field is golf, something two local area children were doing on August 20 on the recently cleared ball field.

This past February, District 9 county councillor Mike McLellan submitted an application on behalf of the River Hebert Legion Branch # 14 Ball Association to the Municipality of Cumberland for some money for general ball field upgrades.

On August 20, McLellan presented Hoeg with a cheque in the amount of $5,000.00 from the Municipality.  Less than 48 hours earlier, River Hebert, Joggins & Area Development Association chairman Wayne Ulch presented Almira Wood of the River Hebert legion, acting on behalf of its Ball Field Association, with a $200.00 cheque from the Minudie Music Festival.

In addition, such volunteers as Ron Baker, Harrison’s Home Hardware, Bruce Hebert, Chris Berry, Harry Dowe,  Doug McAloney, Jack McLellan, Mike McLellan, Jim McNeil and Wayne Ripley have all contributed in some way to the legion ball field rebuild, a rebuild that is still very much in progress. To date, the only infrastructure that the ball field contains are its dugouts, have been swept out by Chris Berry, and its bleachers, which were painted green by Gornall Belliveau.

“Gornall Belliveau supplied the paint while Harrison’s Home Hardware donated the lumber used to make the bleachers,” said McLellan. “Ronnie Baker did all of the ditching for the field, in addition to providing some top soil,” he added. “Thank you to everyone who has helped out with the field.”

 “The association is planning a family fun day at the legion ball field in September for kids and families,” said McLellan. “We want to make it playable by then.”

“It will be nice to see how many boys and girls come out to such a family fun day so I could see how much interest there is for next,” stated coach Doug McAloney.





Organizations: Ball Association, River Hebert Legion Branch, Joggins Area Development Association

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT, Joggins, Maccan

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