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January 27, 2009

Local Eagle Scout Repairs Ballfield at Camp Hollis

Rob Raby of Raby’s Lumber donated the materials for the Camp Hollis scoreboard and two team benches to Eagle Scout candidate John Aylward.

Entergy Nuclear’s Administrative Specialist Patti Ponzi presents a $675 check for Camp Hollis to Eagle Scout candidate John Aylward. The funds were used to pay for ballfield baseline materials.

OSWEGO TOWN - Although the grounds of Camp Hollis are now covered with snow, it will only be a few months before the park resounds with the shouts of children playing games and enjoying the camp’s spacious playgrounds.

Thanks to the efforts of John Alyward, an Oswego Eagle Scout, when the park opens for the season, the hundreds of children who attend camp each year will be able to enjoy a new baseball field, complete with benches and a scoreboard, at Camp Hollis.

“During the 2008 season, Camp Hollis was fortunate to receive help in upgrading the basefield playing field at Camp Hollis,” said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Prior to John’s reconstruction project, the baselines were overgrown and basically invisible. There were no visible bases or pitcher’s mound.”

Aylward, who lives in Oswego, completed the baseball field reconstruction as his Eagle Scout project. He installed new baselines to Little League specifications, removed sod and hard clay, and filled in holes on the playing field.

“John’s project also involved the construction of benches for the two teams, along with a scoreboard so the teams could keep track of the action on the field,” said Jim Farfaglia, senior youth services specialist for the Oswego-City County Youth Bureau, and director of Camp Hollis.

John also worked to obtain donations to the camp. Entergy Nuclear provided funding for the sand/clay mix material needed for the baselines and pitcher’s mound. This material was provided by Lindsey Aggregate. Raby’s Ace Hardware provided the materials and supplies for the team benches and scoreboard. Also helping with the project were Oswego County Department of Public Works, Buildings and Grounds Department, and the Town of Scriba Highway Department.

“This project will benefit all the children who attend summer camp at Camp Hollis and the many school groups, church groups, environmental education groups, and scout groups in the town, city and county of Oswego. We are very appreciative of John’s dedication and support of Camp Hollis,” said Farfaglia.

Located in the town of Oswego on Lake Ontario, Camp Hollis is owned by Oswego County and operated by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. For more information about the camp and its programs, contact the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or by , or visit www.oswegocounty.com/youth/hollis/index.html.

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