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Mathers, Linco, Generals donation to city will put finishing touches on lighted ballfield

Mathers Construction Team, Linco Inc. and the Waynesboro Generals are partnering with the City of Waynesboro to provide a concession stand for the new youth-baseball facility in the City’s North Park.

Mathers, Linco and the Generals are providing materials and labor to complete the 24-foot by 24-foot structure from the ground up. The City will provide utilities to the building and complete electrical and plumbing work at the site.

The value of the materials and labor being provided by Mathers and Linco is approximately $22,220.

“We’re excited to be able to assist the city in this project,” said Teresa Gauldin, president of the Mathers Construction Team.

The concession stand will be a final piece in the puzzle for the renovation of the North Park baseball field, which was aided by a $125,000 grant from Major League Baseball that will add lights to the ballfield, giving Waynesboro its first lighted youth-baseball facility.

“The City is sincerely grateful to the partners who have stepped forward to contribute so substantially to the project,” said City Manager Mike Hamp. “Their involvement is obviously beneficial from a financial perspective, but the contribution provides an element of community involvement that would not have otherwise been a part of the facility. The City thanks the partners for their community spirit and their support of youth baseball and softball. ”

The new concession stand will be ready in time to be open for business at the start of the 2011 little league season in April.

“The Waynesboro Generals want to be involved in this because not only do we want to put a winning team out on the field in the Valley League, but we want to do our part to help the next generation of baseball players,” said Jim Critzer, of Linco Inc. and the Generals.

The Waynesboro Generals have a history of these kinds of donations to local youth athletics. In recent years the team has made substantial donations to high-school baseball programs across the Waynesboro-Augusta County area.

“This baseball facility is important to the youth of Waynesboro. We’re glad from the standpoint of Mathers, Linco and the Generals to be able to help the City put the finishing touches on it.” Gauldin said.