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Community Herald: Baseball without borders

 

Ambassadors for baseball in Nova Scotia, children from Fall River, Sackville, Hammonds Plains and Halifax are excited for the 2015 Canada - Cuba Goodwill Tour in Feb. Rachel Crawford, Emily MacFadyen, Lauren Sweet, Grace Hartling, Emilie Leger and Erin Cowan (Back Row L-R). Camden Rendell, Kyle Hunt, Ryan Trenholm and Emily Cahill (Front Row L-R)  Photo: Cyndi Sweeney
Ambassadors for baseball in Nova Scotia, children from Fall River, Sackville, Hammonds Plains and Halifax are excited for the 2015 Canada – Cuba Goodwill Tour in Feb. Rachel Crawford, Emily MacFadyen, Lauren Sweet, Grace Hartling, Emilie Leger and Erin Cowan (Back Row L-R). Camden Rendell, Kyle Hunt, Ryan Trenholm and Emily Cahill (Front Row L-R) Photo: Cyndi Sweeney

Local baseball players are returning to Cuba for the 2015 Canada – Cuba Goodwill Tour in February, but this year, girls will join the boys as ambassadors of the Nova Scotia baseball community.

“It’s about encouraging other kids down there, girls in particular, that baseball’s a great sport and there’s great opportunities with it,” says Mike Crawford, head coach of Hammonds Plains 11U “A” team.

But it’s not all about baseball. More than 200 players travelling to Cuba throughout the month of Feb. will have the opportunity to visit the local school in Matanzas, play baseball with local children and deliver school and baseball supplies.

“We’ll probably be contributing more than $60,000 worth of gear to Matanzas baseball program this year with all the teams that are going,” says Dennis Woodworth, the program development team lead.

Only 40 mins. from the resort village of Varadero, Woodworth says Matanzas is a huge baseball community and provides a safe environment for the players.

“Every team goes for a week and they play four-to-five games. We do a school visit every week and our goal is to donate between $4,000 and $5,000 in school supplies,” says Woodworth, who’s been coaching ball since 1987.

Woodworth coordinates the trips from beginning to end and says the idea was sparked in Varadero three years ago when he was given an opportunity to play ball with other baseball enthusiasts, but wanted to take it a step further.

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Community Herald: Community call-out for “A” stream clean-up

SWEPS and volunteers at “A” Lake stream clean-up in 2013.  They’re hoping even more people will join their efforts this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Fall River.
SWEPS and volunteers at “A” Lake stream clean-up in 2013. They’re hoping even more people will join their efforts this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Fall River.

A team of young people are wading through streams in Fall River in the name of restoration and they’re looking for participants to come and join them for a stream clean-up on the morning of Sat. July 19.

Grab a pair of wellie boots and join Keegan McGrath of Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society (SWEPS) at “A” lake stream behind Lockview High School in Fall River.

“Stream clean-ups build pride in the community and its natural resources … and gives people a chance to see the restoration work being done to keep the streams healthy and create habitat for important fish species like Gaspereau or Brook trout,” says McGrath, a Master’s graduate of Environmental Science at Dalhousie University.

Having spent childhood summers swimming in the lakes around Dartmouth, McGrath says he’s begun to view the rivers and lakes through a different lens.  “I think about how they would have been in the past, how they might be in the future and all of the pressures that we put on them through development,” says the stream restoration specialist.

The Shubenacadie water system flows all the way from Dartmouth to Minas Basin making it the primary watershed in Nova Scotia says Anna McCarron.

Read more about volunteering this weekend and making a positive impact on local waterways.