Aiding Others

FROM activities throughout the area, it’s obvious that many East Ohio natives know the importance of being willing to carry the ball when it comes to helping others.

And, two happenings of this kind occurring this week involve balls – although one event focuses on tennis balls while the other is on softballs.

Woodsfield Village Council Monday night designated the tennis courts at Memorial Park as the Don Harmon Tennis Courts.

The other activity involves the Lynn-Hunkler Memorial Park at Morristown where “Play ball” will have special meaning today when the inaugural game will be played at the new facility. The park resulted from the generosity of Betty Hunkler Modie, formerly of Barnesville.

HARMON is being honored for “decades of dedicated service” in Woodsfield.

The resolution noted that “his tireless and devoted acts” in regard to developing, maintaining and enhancing Woodsfield’s aesthetic appearance and recreational activities.

A longtime member of the Woodsfield Park Board, he has worked on programs and facilities such as the youth center and municipal swimming pool. It was noted that “Harmon’s passion and devotion have been the formative and maintaining forces for the existence and continued operation of the tennis court adjacent to Jay Circosta Boulevard.”

Officials and others Monday saluted his decades of contributing energy, ideas and service in support of the village’s residents.

A SOFTBALL game involving the Union Local Red and Martins Ferry Purple teams of 10-year-olds is scheduled at the Lynn-Hunkler Memorial Park today at 6 p.m.

Throwing out the first ball will be Modie, who donated 60 acres of land for the park.

She and her husband, Dr. Paul Modie, both are Barnesville High School graduates, and they now reside in Parkersburg.

Five ball diamonds, a basketball court, two covered picnic shelters and a playground are included in the plans for the new facility. Grant funds and donations are helping to make these possible.

The park also was selected as the location for the Morristown Roll of Honor listing Morristown area residents who fought in World War II and conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq.

HARMON’S and Modie’s contributions not only will be long-lasting, but will provide variety for people of all ages.