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Commissioners OK $5,000 for Clear Spring Little League

July 27, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $5,000 grant to Clear Spring Little League's 9-10-year-old All-Star team for expenses to attend the Eastern Regional this weekend in Rhode Island.

The team won the Maryland state championship in its division at last week's tournament in Boonsboro and will travel to Cranston, R.I., for the Eastern Regional. There is no world series for the 9-10 division, and the regional was described as the highest level of competition for the age group.

The commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the grant, with commissioners Kristin B. Aleshire and William J. Wivell opposed.

Wivell said he supported and congratulated the team, but has consistently opposed use of taxpayer money for similar types of events.

Aleshire said he agreed with Wivell and also thought it was unfair to provide support to baseball teams and not to groups that have gone to competitions for other types of activities.

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The commissioners provided $10,000 to Federal Little League's 11-12 All-Stars when they attended the World Series in 2008 and $5,000 to Conococheague Little League for the regional tournament last year.

Commissioners President John F. Barr said he was criticized for those previous votes, but he thought it was important to set aside some funds each year to support those types of events.

"Every day, we spend many times over this kind of dollar amount to take care of criminals in the community, and yet we have young folks who are athletic, put all their heart into these kinds of wholesome activities, and then they're successful, and then we struggle with these kinds of decisions," Barr said.

The funds will come from the county's contingency fund.

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