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Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff.

POSTED May 21, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: A big congrats to the Turf Committee for getting about as creative as humanly possible in getting the Torrington High School field repairs project approved by the Torrington City Council on Monday night.

Some 261 days after the 2.72 million dollar grant was secured by State Representative Michelle Cook, the project is finally a go.

I can’t believe it had been that long but from the start, some corners in the City tried their best to screw this gift up, even at one early meeting suggesting the money be given back.

Don’t get me started on the Zamboni.

Ed Arum, Mario Longobucco and Cook deserve the lion’s share of the credit but the entire Turf Committee gets a big nod for working so tirelessly on a project that will benefit the entire Torrington community.

I felt it was fitting that two great people who are no longer with us, Kathy and Glen Aeschliman, would help push the project over the finish line.

The Aeschliman family had offered a gift of $20,000 for a new scoreboard but diverted the money to help cover the $38,000 dollar shortfall that came about when the low bid from H.I. Stone came back over budget.

Without a balanced project budget, the Torrington City Council could not sign off on the job but with the help of the Aeschliman money and a $27,000 dollar bridge loan from the Torrington Youth Soccer league, a fence should be going up around the field soon and work should begin.

---Great job by all involved in helping get young Samantha Hall connected with her kidney donor, Raymond Fracasso and for the life-saving transplant that is taking place today, May 21, 2014.

Best hopes and prayers flying your way Samantha!

---Nice comeback year by the Torrington baseball team. A year removed from a nine win campaign, the Raiders are playing some of the best ball in the Naugatuck Valley League and posted impressive wins over BL foe Northwestern (9-1) and NVL rival Naugatuck (11-5) on back to back days.

Speaking of that Northwestern game, what a great crowd for the Sunday afternoon game. Now, the CIAC will not normally let teams play on Sunday but due to a rain out on Friday at Fuessenich Park, the two teams played Sunday.

A great crowd showed up on a sunny May afternoon for the match-up between two of the best teams in the Northwest Corner and I for one would not mind seeing more Sunday high school baseball.

The Raiders (14-5, Wilby today) will be a factor in the upcoming NVL Tournament which kicks off on Saturday and should earn a home Class L State Tournament game as well.

---Speaking of playing on not normal days, the NVL softball and baseball tournaments will be played on Memorial Day this year.

Hey, they play games on Thanksgiving Day, right. I have no beef with it.

What’s more American than baseball?     

---The Torrington girls’ softball team will finish their second straight undefeated regular season campaign today if they get by Wilby (15-0 last time out) at 19-0. That’s 39-0 over the past two seasons.

They are ranked number one in Class L with Fitch at the moment and will first look to secure the NVL Tournament which holds their finals on Wednesday at Wolcott.

Should be Seymour/Torrington II and a good one.

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