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Group hopes spiffy field will draw Little League players

Members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2010 pose near the Breslau/Lyndwood Little League Field in Hanover Township. The group is trying to get the area into shape. From left are Lori Curto, Brian Wilson, Ed Troy, Mike O’Donnell, Jim Domzalski and Michelle Davies.

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The Breslau/Lyndwood Field will see improvement.

Ed Troy knew the Breslau/Lyndwood Little League Field needs work.

Troy, who coached for Hanover Green Little League, had been to the field in Hanover Township and recommended it as a project to the other seven members of his group in the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2010.

Michael O’Donnell, a member of the group, said the group is focusing on improving the grass and dirt on the baseball diamond. They are also thinking about working on the dugouts and bleachers.

Founded in 1981, Leadership Wilkes-Barre develops leaders who will gain the knowledge of the community and leadership skills that they need to get involved through civic and charitable organizations.

There are five leadership programs directed at different age groups. The core program for adults runs for nine months to incorporate leadership skills and introduce participants to community leaders.

Candidates apply to participate and must provide references. Applicants are selected by a committee.

According to O’Donnell, the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Little League field improvement group secured Country Pride Landscaping Inc., owned by Andy Strange, to donate services for the field project in Hanover Township. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Yankees have also agreed to donate some infield materials.

“Our concern at the beginning was to figure out how we were going to approach fixing this field, so our primary focus was to get the landscapers and get the Yankees on board, which I think we have done,” O’Donnell said.

The group also hopes to circulate fliers throughout the community to let people know what they are doing to improve the field. Their hope is to recruit more children to join the baseball league this spring.

“We’re hoping to re-energize the kids that live in the Little League (team’s) district,” O’Donnell said. “I understand that the league has some new administration; specifically new president, Chip Barber. Our group is very hopeful that our efforts under the guidance of Chip will result in not only a better field but also a greater enrollment in the little league.”

The Breslau/Lyndwood Little League Field group includes Stephen Alfano, manager of player development, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs; Lori Curto, processing specialist, McCabe Mortgage Group, Inc.; Michelle A. Davies, reporting specialist, Kraft Foods; James R. Domzalski, director of enrollment management, Luzerne County Community College; Michael O’Donnell, attorney, O’Donnell Law Offices; Dominick J. Siciliano, accounting associate, Prudential Financial; Ed G. Troy, president, Ed Troy Insurance Agency, Inc.; and Brian T. Wilson, engineer II, UGI Utilities, Inc.

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The Share Fair group is holding an event that will allow people to bring items such as clothing and appliances, to be donated to area charities, while the charities will be on hand to talk to people about what they do.

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