GREENCASTLE — Greencastle-Antrim sports fans and others who visit Kaley Field are seeing the beginning of the end of an era this fall — the final year of portable toilets.
"This is the last football season to use the Porta John," said Cheryl Brown, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation, which continues with its Kaley Field project for restrooms, concession stand and ticket booth.
The thousands of people who pack the stadium for home football games and events like the Relay for Life and commencement have had to use portable toilets since the fall of 2015 due to sewer line problems at the block house.
The Kaley Field project is moving through the planning and approvals process with the G-A School District and the Borough of Greencastle, with bids being solicited in October and the general contract awarded in November, according to Brown, who joined the foundation a year ago. Ground-breaking is set for spring and the new building should be ready for the fall 2020 sports season.
GAEF is getting the word out about the $650,000 capital campaign as it revitalizes the Greencastle-Antrim Alumni Association.
GAEF delivered just under 1,000 goodie bags and 30 cases of water to 26 class reunions during Old Home Week.
Many G-A graduates have joined the alumni association and GAEF has received donations from the Classes of 1961, 1957 and 1969. The first G-A Alumni Association Old Home Week Alumni Cup for the most members by Aug. 8 went to the G-AHS Class of 1990, closely followed by the Class of 1994 in second and the Class of 1974 in third.
GAEF will be on hand at the five home varsity football games this fall with information, give-aways and a donation box under the GAEF canopy right outside the stadium.
The GAEF board and the construction committee, chaired by John McDowell, also are finalizing naming opportunities for the Kaley Field project.
"No gift is too large or too small," Brown said. All donors will be recognized on a donor wall in the main center entryway of the new building.
Engraved 8-by-8 pavers can be purchased for $250 and there are naming opportunities for everything from benches and tables up to the building itself at $250,000.
Brown is available to speak about the project and can be reached at 717-658-0961 or:
She can also be visited during Foundation Fridays in the Echo Pilot office, 24 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and third Fridays of the month.
In addition to the Kaley Field project, the foundation is working on other ways to fulfill its commitment of "impacing and enhancing every G-A student's experience."
Last year, GAEF revitalized teacher grants, awarding more than $5,000. This year, the figure has been upped to $10,000.
Tickets will go on sale in December for the fourth annual Daddy-Daughter Dance which will be held March 27, 2020. Plans for a mother-son event are in the works.
Planning is also under way for the second annual Raising the Bar family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration.
For more information, visit: www.gaefonline.org
Contact Shawn Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-597-2164