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Waynesboro Stallions finally get a home

May 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- It might appear to most as an empty, grassy field, but to Doug Andree, the land off Welty Road looks like home.

"If it rains, we can play and we're not going to get thrown off the field," said Andree, president of the Waynesboro Stallions youth league. "Just having the home field is the best part."

The Waynesboro Stallions and Otterbein Church have entered into a three-year agreement that will give the football players and cheerleaders use of the church's new community recreation complex southeast of Waynesboro.

Otterbein Church purchased 52 acres of land along Welty Road in 2003, according to a press release from the Rev. Michael V. Newman, pastor of the church.

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Land development plans have been submitted for a new church at the site, although Newman said no timeline has been set for construction. Otterbein Church's current campus is on South Potomac Street in the Borough of Waynesboro.

"Part of the vision of Otterbein Church was that part of the land would be developed and used as a community recreation complex that would include things like a picnic area and playing fields," Newman said in the release.

Starting in February, neighbors of Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area in Washington Township, Pa., went to the township supervisors to argue against the Stallions' use of that park. Neighbors talked about noise and traffic problems they anticipated developing from the Stallions' play.

Newman said an entrance will be constructed from Welty Road to provide access to the football field and a grassy parking area.

"Construction is expected to begin soon so that the field and grassed areas will have adequate time to mature for games scheduled this fall," he said.

That depends on several things, including finding an excavator to work at the site in the near future, Andree said.

"We're not sure we're going to play there this year," Andree said. "A lot has to happen."

The Quincy Ox Roast grounds have been offered as an interim field, he said.

Stallions officials have said that about 140 children enroll annually to play on the football teams. They are joined by just as many cheerleaders.

"This will give them somewhere they can call home, and that's a big part of the battle," Andree said.

The Stallions have been searching for a new home field since construction began around Waynesboro Area Senior High School facilities.

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