, Newburyport, MA

November 29, 2012

A great 4 years with baseball/softball league

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

It has been my pleasure to serve as president of the Rowley Youth Baseball and Softball League for the last four years. The time has come to introduce Steve Berardino as our new president and hope that the parents of Rowley welcome him as warmly as they did me. Steve has an extensive baseball background and I can think of nobody better to run our league.

Over the last four years I have had the opportunity to work with our board members in improving our fields and expanding our league. Thank you to current and former board members: Paul Lees, Katrina O’Leary, Mike Killion, Rich Nagle, John Tidmarsh, Kerry Collins, Jeff Siemasko, Les Rotberg, Paul Paquette and Jon Lindholm. Without their help we would not have a league — it is that simple.

We instituted corporate sponsorships and signage on Haley Field, and the response from business owners has been excellent. Thank you to White Farms and Sal’s Pizza, Ira Motor Group, J&N Carpets, First National Bank of Ipswich, SOS Septic, Rowley Dental Associates, East Coast Metrology, Rowley Realty, William F. Dunn Landscaping, Meadowview Construction, American Barbeque, Leader Bank, Law Office of Paul Lees and the Law Office of Amy Hubbard. Thank you to all our team sponsors, who are too numerous to mention.

A few people and organizations need special thanks. To both Mauro DiBacco who has run softball for the town for the past three years and Katrina O’Leary before that. Their willingness to take this responsibility on has been very helpful and much appreciated. A very special thanks to Paul Lees and Lees Law, Infiniti Construction and Murrin Construction for their donation of time and materials to get the dugouts at Eiras Park built. Thank you to Dave Treseler of Kayem and Kerry Collins of Collins Overhead Door for providing food and materials for our annual cookout and to Anne Ganzenmuller for running the concession stand. Paula Gaiser also deserves a thank-you for volunteering to prepare our taxes year after year at no charge, as does Mo Levasseur who handles our CORI checks. Last but certainly not least, a very special thanks to my wife, who put up with me spending time on the league and for volunteering her own time. Thank you, Dawn.

There are so many other people to thank, including all the coaches who ran right home from work down to the field for a practice or game … you know who you are, thank you.

The success of our league depends on volunteers. Your time would be much appreciated and is needed and every little bit makes a difference. If you can’t coach, simply coming down to work on the field when asked would be great, or even working a night or two in the concession stand.

I am looking forward to staying on the board and offering Steve any help I can. I am hoping the parents of players and the community will do the same. Thank you for making the past four years a terrific experience.

John McCarthy