GENESEO – Scouts and adults with Boy Scout Troop 4070 of Geneseo refurbished the baseball dugouts at the major and minor league fields at Highland Park this summer.

“Little League means so much to our community. When I mentioned my Eagle project, so many people shared memories of their children and grandchildren playing baseball at Highland Park,” said Life Scout Jack Christie, who led the team that completed his Eagle service project for the Village of Geneseo.

“Little League teaches team building, sportsmanship, and physical fitness,” said Christie. “Most of our Scouts played in Little League at Highland Park, so we’re happy to give back to the league,” says Christie.

Christie led fellow Scouts in the renovation of four dugouts and the bleachers at Highland Park. The oldest dugout was taken down to its framing and rebuilt, including new siding, roofing, trim boards, and paint. Another dugout needed a new roof and new paint. The final dugout just needed paint. The Scouts repainted the bleachers.

“We are so grateful for our community and the hard work of the Scouts,” says Chris O’Brien of Geneseo Little League Baseball.

The work was completed in August, just before the season was scheduled to begin.

Participating Scouts included Jacob French, Noah French, Eric Hammond, Jason Hammond, Nick Lamb, Billy McMaster, Luke Rubeck, Rafael Rutigliano, Jacob Shearer, and Greg Treutlein. Matt Capel and Chris Treutlein, both Eagle Scouts and alumni of Troop 4070, returned to participate in the renovation.

Christie thanked the Sherwin-Williams Company, Geneseo Lumber, Jason Frazier and the Village of Geneseo, and the Chanler family for supporting the project.

Christie said he is grateful for his family’s support during the project, including siblings Anna, Henry, and William and parents Rebecca and Robert. He also thanked community members Sam Chanler, Will Chanler, and Ben Sleggs.

The volunteers contributed 321 hours toward the renovation project. The 13 Scout volunteers and eight community volunteers completed the work during six days in early August.

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