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By John J. Tassoni, Jr.
Many thanks to the volunteers of the Whipple Field Lighting Project
It’s almost time for the switch to be turned on so there will be lights at the Whipple Field Sports Complex for night games. All 21 new light poles and fixtures were installed by mid-December of last year.
This project wouldn’t have come to fruition without countless volunteer hours, including on weekends, by several individuals, organizations, and corporations whom the town owes a world of gratitude.
Local 57 Operating Engineers
James White, President
Steve Rogers, Chief of Training – Operator
Josh Wilber, General Manager
Chris Puccetti, Regional Manager
Rodney Carriere, Smithfield Branch Manager
Smithfield Peat Company
Jackson Despres and Daren Clavet
Material Sand & Stone
Robert Pezza and Dennis Woisart
Sullivan & McLaughlin
Bill Salisbury, electrician
Bill Carlton, retired operating engineers
Smithfield Little League
Shane Moore, President
Scott Boyd, President
The monetary value of donations, equipment, labor and materials from all of the above mentioned is in excess of $71,000.
I am sure I speak for the entire town when I say to all of those mentioned above: Thank You (English). Grazie (Italian). Gracias (Spanish). Merci Beaucoup (French). Danke (German). Domo Arigato (Japanese). Do Jeh (Chinese). Efharisto (Greek). Dziekuje (Polish). Obrigado (Portuguese). Spasibo (Russian). Asante (Swahili).
The sentiment is the same in any language and the thoughts are heartfelt.
Soon, our town’s sports teams, leagues and other users of the field will be able to safely enjoy late-night outdoor activities with this new illumination, as a result of professionalism, teamwork and Smithfield pride.
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