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Callas Stadium dedication set to kick off Nov. 2

October 24, 2006

Mike Callas Stadium at North Hagerstown High School will be dedicated Thursday, Nov. 2, and the first high school football game will be played there Friday, Nov. 3, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

The North Hagerstown High School Stadium Committee has planned the formal dedication and official unveiling of a bronze sculpture honoring the late Mike Callas. A private dedication for Callas family members, dignitaries and invited guests will be at 5:30 p.m, followed by a public ceremony at 7 p.m.

The first game at the stadium, a matchup between North Hagerstown High School and Catoctin High School, will begin at 7 p.m. Festivities will begin at 6:15 p.m. with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by Senior Night for football players and band members.

A community open house hosted by the committee will be Saturday, Nov. 4, from noon to 3 p.m.

The Washington County Board of Education, by unanimous vote in July 2004, named the stadium after Callas, a well-known businessman and philanthropist who died May 31, 2004, at the age of 83.

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The bronze sculpture of Callas is the work of local artist Chuck Noland.

Stadium construction began in November 2005, and much of the cost was raised by the stadium committee through private donations. By the time the stadium opens, the committee will have raised $3.5 million, including $750,000 in construction industry donations, according to the press release. Washington County Commissioners financed $4.1 million for the project, which is being repaid through private donations, state grants, and funds from the Board of Education and City of Hagerstown.

For almost 50 years, North Hagers-town and South Hagerstown high schools shared School Stadium at South Hagers-town High School.

For more information, go to www.mikecallasstadium.com on the Web.

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