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Some towns cover league costs

May 24, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Outside of Williamsport, several Washington County municipalities pay utility costs for their Little Leagues, The Herald-Mail found in a random sample Wednesday.

The City of Hagerstown covers utility expenses for several youth baseball leagues, said Junior Mason, the city's parks superintendent.

Smithsburg also pays for its youth league's utilities, except for a mandatory statewide $30 Bay Restoration Fund fee, Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin said.

She said water usage for Smithsburg's league was 75,800 gallons for a three-month period last year, the most active period. For a different quarter, usage was 35,400 gallons, she said.

Hancock Little League pays for its electricity costs with money that Pepsi pays the town to be its exclusive soft-drink vendor, said Ron Younker, the league's president. The town pays for water and sewer service.

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In Sharpsburg, the town also covers utility costs for the Little League, said Doug Moyers, the league's past president

Funkstown's Little League uses a town park once a week for practice and there are no associated expenses, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said.

In the other county municipalities paying for water service for Little Leagues, the fields are not watered, Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

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