EDUCATION

New scoreboard is finally up

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
The new scoreboard is in place, dwarfing the old one at Kaley Field. Tracy Baer, owner of Baer’s Signs, went over the seams in the rear for a polished look front and back.

The new scoreboard at Kaley Field should be posting numbers soon for Blue Devil athletic contests. The long-awaited sign was installed last week, with final connections of the electrical system on the calendar for this week.

Baer’s Sign Service, Chambersburg, provided the labor and equipment to put up the sign, significantly larger than the one it replaced. Tracy Baer, Rich McEntire and his son Mike used an industrial crane to set the steel beams into 22 yards of concrete on Oct. 16. Each hole was five and a half feet deep.

“It ought to stay there,” said McEntire.

The new sign, purchased to replace a “now it works, now it doesn’t” sign, was part of the renovation project of the athletic complex on the Greencastle-Antrim School District grounds. The district borrowed money in 2011 to replace two grass fields with artificial turf, put up new stadium lights, and resurface the track.

Leftover money from the $2.5 million bond allowed the school to replace the finicky sign.

The old one stood six feet off the ground, with dimensions of 10 feet by 16 feet. The new one is elevated eight feet, and measures 19 feet by 24 feet.

“Also known as big,” said Tracy Baer, business owner.

His crew assembled the 14 sections and did wiring for the controls. G&W Electric, Greencastle, was in charge of final connections for the control panel.

Because F&M Trust gave a $75,000 donation to G-A MAAX, the campaign formed to repay the school’s bond, the financial institution claimed the scoreboard for its naming rights. Its name will be erected at the top. Ken Ditzler, F&M senior vice president marketing manager, said in 2011 that the choice was logical, since Kaley Field not only hosted athletic events, but was used for community activities such as Relay for Life.