Out with the old, in with the new

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Little League says goodbye to former clubhouse

Art 'Sonny' Foster couldn't help but be nostalgic as a wrecker demolished the former Amherst little league baseball clubhouse on Thursday.

"There are a lot of memories in that old building. A lot of things went on there, but we're removing the old to make way for the new," Foster said as one of the former clubhouse's walls tumbled to the ground.

Out with the old, in with the new

Art 'Sonny' Foster couldn't help but be nostalgic as a wrecker demolished the former Amherst little league baseball clubhouse on Thursday.

"There are a lot of memories in that old building. A lot of things went on there, but we're removing the old to make way for the new," Foster said as one of the former clubhouse's walls tumbled to the ground. "The old building was built by a group of volunteers one piece at a time. It has definitely served its purpose."

Foster, who has been with the association since soon after its formation in 1955, is pleased with how the community has supported the project through donations and volunteer labour.

The clubhouse was built in the 1960s. Various additions were made to the facility over the years but as the association got bigger it outgrew the former building.

"We simply outgrew the old building. It has served us well over the years. A lot of kids have come through this place," Foster said. "We have a lot of things here that others don't have. People were pleased to come here and see that we have dugouts, a clubhouse and bathrooms."

While the former clubhouse was removed by K.L. Carter, work is continuing on the association's new building. It's a project, valued at more than $135,000, that has had the financial and in-kind support of municipal government, the province and scores of business owners.

Gerry Cormier, who played in the league's first year and has been active as an executive member, coach and umpire, said the new building should be complete in a couple of weeks.

"Things are going well. It has beyond our wildest dreams with the amount of community support," said Cormier, who is chairing the building committee. "It's kind of sentimental when you see the old building torn down. It's a bit sad, but everything changes and it's time to change and move on."

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Little League

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