SPECIAL TO THE BANNER
LISTOWEL – Friends and family of Ray Walter spent numerous days in May hard at work constructing new covered dugouts at the Kinsmen Park ball diamonds in Listowel.
These dugouts have been built in memory of Ray through funds raised from the 2011 and 2012 Ray Walter Memorial Curling Bonspiel. This event is hosted annually by Ray’s friends and will continue this winter, in an effort to raise funds for special causes in his memory.
Financial support was also received from the Listowel men’s slo-pitch league and the Town of Listowel.
Special thanks go to all those who helped out with this project, as it could not have been completed without the strong community involvement from the following businesses and organizations:
• Todd Wilken Construction
• Jeff (Cubby) Newbigging
• Dan Lockie
• Ron Williams Drainage
• Hay’s Home Hardware
• Reesor Lawn Care
• Gamsby and Mannerow Limited
• The NPFD, notably Kevin Gottfried, Randy Bonsma and Jeremy Long
• Kinsmen Club of Listowel
• Listowel Men’s Slo-pitch League
• Town of Listowel – Steve Hardie and Mark Krabbe
• Don Strachan Stump Removal
• Johnston’s Custom Cabinets
Ray was an avid ball player throughout the years, both in minor baseball and men’s slo-pitch.
His friends and family wanted to recognize this commitment to the game, and with the construction of these dugouts – together with the past work on John Bell North and Jacksonville diamonds – the Municipality of North Perth now sports some of the finest baseball facilities in the area.