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People stepping up for the community

• May 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM

NOTE: The following letter was submitted by Scott Ford of Norwalk:

One of the great advantages of the Norwalk Reflector’s open forum is that it offers the public an opportunity to give recognition to people in the community deserving praise.

I wish to recognize four such people with the accompanying reasons why.

Here they are:

Joe Lindenberger, Norwalk’s Park and Recreation Director. Joe and his small staff do an outstanding job of meeting the recreational needs of the Norwalk community. His recent innovative 24-hour availability for the public’s use of the recreation center is but one example. His concern for the youth of the area is not confined to just those in his programs. His help with the Lefty Grove Baseball program has made it possible for our teams to play night games every Tuesday at Baines Park. There has not been, in my memory, a time when Joe has refused our requests for help. His concern is for all the kids and not a selected group. Thanks Joe for all you do.

Debbie Seaman. For more than 38 years, Debbie has served the Lefty Grove League in many capacities. Her willingness to help whenever help is needed has greatly served the community. There is not a task that she hasn’t done well. Currently the league’s treasurer, you can find her almost every night scorekeeping at the VFW fields. She takes on the jobs that help the baseball league properly function. She is a go-to person when something needs to be done. She receives no salary for what she does for the league. She’s a real blessing for Lefty Grove.

Rich Libbee, field manager for the Lefty Grove Baseball League. Anyone who has seen the VFW baseball fields provided by V.F.W. Post 2743, has seen Rich’s handiwork. His management of the physical facilities at the park is truly outstanding. If something gets broken Rich immediately fixes it. He has a maintenance program that takes care of any physical problems. His ability to repair problems in-house has saved the league considerable sums of money. Rich is also active in the Rails To Trails program. He’s truly an active member of his community for which we are all grateful. As with Debbie and all Lefty Grove Board members Rich’s board position is done at no charge.

Mark Hazelwood, Norwalk Reflector sports’ editor. Mark is an incredibly dedicated sports editor. He and his reporters work long hours to produce a great sports page. It’s not unusual to find Mark working well into the night to complete articles and to meet deadlines. The quality of his writing is deserving of the numerous awards he has received. Under Mark’s leadership the sports’ page has become one of the most popular sections of the Reflector.

His willingness to promote sports’ related activities and programs is greatly appreciated by the general public. Mark, please keep up the great job you’re doing.

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