Courtesy of the The Courier-Times, serving the communities of Sutherland, Hershey and Paxton. The article appeared in the February 27, 2014 print edition.
A gazebo, trees and several other improvements are on tap for the driving range at the Sutherland Oregon Trails Golf Course, which now serves as the home course for the school golf teams at Hershey, Sutherland and Paxton.
Barb Baldridge of the Junior Golf Association attended the Hershey Lions Club meeting February 25th to receive a check in the amount of $2000 and also to give a report on all the new improvements at the Sutherland Oregon Trails Golf Course. The Lions Club raised the funds at their Super Bowl Party.
Baldridge's popular Hershey-Sutherland Junior Golf Association has had participation from 64 and 42 kids, respectively in the past two years, and growth at the golf course will facilitate an even greater level of participation in the future.
Plans this year include the building of a Gazebo/Storage area, with work to be completed by Mr. Vallier and the Sutherland Industrial Arts Class. Building supplies are coming fromKildare Lumber Company in Sutherland. Klaasmeyer Concrete of Hershey will provide a 10 ft x 24 ft concrete foundation at $4.00 per square foot.
Other plans include the addition of 10 bag caddies/stands from Frels Iron Works, two on-course water dispensers to be built as an Eagle Scout project by Jacob Louder of Hershey, yardage markers on the driving range, wagon wheel tee boxes, and the addition of 26 5-ft Norway Spruce trees being sponsored at $75.00 each.
Baldridge said that if people or businesses want to sponsor a tree, this would be a good place for that kind of project. Tree sponsors so far include Pencils & Prayers Preschool, Midwest Renewable Energy, the Longhorn Bar, Hershey Public Schools - 5 trees, Sutherland Public Schools - 5 trees, Paxton Public Schools - 5 trees, Ozzies General Store, and more being added.
An April 25th ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned.
Baldridge also acknowledged contributions from Roric Paulman and Troy Gavin for the heavy equipment and dirt moving in preparing the area for irrigation, from Chris Klaasmeyer for the leveling, from Reed Kuroki, Jordan Maassen, Art, Susan, Luke and Serena Martinez, as well as Jeff Baldridge for helping set sprinkler heads, and Steve Derr who did prep work before seeding.
This is how things get accomplished in a small town! The entire community (or in this case, three communities) coming together to improve the quality of life for everyone!