Thursday, April 27, 2006
Letters to the Editor
I saw in last week’s edition where Tom Boone had retired from the Holly Springs Utility Department and read all the kind words that were spoken on his behalf.
I would like to add a few of my own.
I had the pleasure of working with ‘Uncle Tom’ (as we fondly referred to him) and his family in the late 1980s when he owned The Marshall Messenger newspaper - The South Reporter’s ‘arch-rival’ at that time!
He instilled in me the desire to do things the correct way and to do things the best way possible. Even though computers were just coming onto the scene and technology has increased megafold since those days, Tom let me know quickly that nothing would ever replace the importance of dealing with people face-to-face in a fair and positive manner. Twenty years and a new millennium later, that is still so true.
Over the years, when faced with any tough decision, I always tried to find solutions the way I thought Tom would have — the right way, the fair way and the Christian way.
Newspapering can be tough in itself as you know, but I’ll always remember 1986 - 1987 and the fun that Tom, Miss Bertie Jewel (the real boss of the outfit!) their daughter Kathy, the late Donna Lemly and I had working on “The Messenger” each week. Those two years are counted as among the most special in a 30-year newspaper career.
I would like to wish Tom Boone sincere congratulations and extend best wishes for his continued good health.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the first Holly Springs Preseason Dizzy Dean Tournament a success! This league could not happen without volunteers who give their time to help make baseball and softball possible for our children.
I cannot express how much I appreciate Landy Hurdle and his crew for maintaining our fields. The fields look great and we appreciate all of your hard work. Thanks for being out there every night to make sure things ran smoothly!
Thank you also to Kebin Mitchell, Barry and Andy Burleson, and my husband Greg for helping get our muddy fields ready for last Saturday’s games and for cooking and helping me overall!
After the rains came last week I thought there would be no way we would see games played on those fields, but after some serious raking, dragging, some sand and lots of hard work, we were up and running! Couldn’t have done it without you guys!
To the parents who took turns working the concession stand before and after your children’s games...thank you for being there and working so hard!
To all my kids who came to my rescue to help me with this tournament...thanks so much. I love each and every one of you!
To my dear friends who I am so blessed to have, thank you also for pitching in and lending a hand with the concession stand or wherever I needed you most and without even being asked...you are the best and I thank you so much! I could not have done this without you!
To my partner Jerry Moore, thank you for all you have done to help with our Holly Springs league. From helping with our equipment down to grilling burgers, your dedication to our children and this league is very much appreciated!
To Kevin Harris, thank you also for being a part of this league and all your assistance with the Potts Camp teams. We hope to have as much fun in Potts Camp during the Post-Season Tournament at the end of our season.
To Janice Wagg...I can never tell you thanks enough for everything you have done to help Holly Springs become a part of this Dizzy Dean league. Words could never express how much I thank you and love you for all you have done to help us! Thanks for all your help with the Byhalia teams and keeping us going!
To Don and Sandy Buford with Attitudz’s Screen Print, thank you for doing our uniforms this year...they look great!
To all of our Byhalia, Potts Camp and Holly Springs coaches who have volunteered their time to work with our kids...a huge thank you for your patience and dedication!
To all of my great umpires, Doug and Colter Teel, Hunter Bolden, Heather and John Tomlinson, Danny Stafford, Will Forester, Hank Owens, Rick Hickman, Jimmy Hicks, Greg Paylor, Kenneth Feathers, Buddy Farris, Mark Williams, Tyler Childers, a huge thanks for making the calls! You all have done a great job for us this year!
I greatly appreciate everyone’s help in making this tournament happen and if I have forgotten to thank someone, please forgive me! Seeing the park alive each night and having our kids out there having fun makes this so worthwhile!
Overall, this has been a wonderful event for our city, for our county as a whole and especially for our kids! It takes all of you volunteering your time to make it work. I hope to see more of you get involved next year to keep this going for our kids!
Sincerely, Lisa Shaw
We would like to personally thank everyone who volunteered their time and services to make the Dizzy Dean Pre-Season Tournament at the Holly Springs city park a success.
An average of over 500 children and adults poured into the park each night from Holly Springs and other areas of the county to either participate in one of the games or encourage those children and young adults who were competing.
It was nice to see so many children and young adults from across the county and from our city have something of such a wholesome nature in which to participate.
Further, it was enjoyable to hear from local businesses as to how busy they were over the seven days of the tournament and how glad they were to see so many people venturing into the city.
A special thank you must be sent out to the Holly Springs Mayor and Board of Aldermen for supporting this event.
Our children benefited from this project greatly, and hopefully, with your support, it will grow each year.
Also, thanks to the Holly Springs Police Department for their presence, the HSUD for making sure that the lights were functioning properly and our team sponsors for ensuring that the players lacked nothing of consequence so early in the season. Thanks to all the coaches, players and spectators for your good sportsmanship and setting the right example throughout this event.
A gigantic thank you to Landy Hurdle for having the fields in excellent condition and lined each night. This event would not have taken place without your time and efforts. And last but not least, thank you Lisa Shaw for practically being a “one man band” and organizing this whole venture for the kids. Your husband should do all the house cleaning and yard work for at least a month in your honor.
This is a project that really needs to expand for the sake of the youth of our city and county. Hopefully it will.
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