Le­vit­town In­ter­na­tional teams up with busi­ness Com­munlty to spruce up fields, Con­cess­lon AREA

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By Elizabeth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

BRIS­TOL TOWN­SHIP - cor nearly S0 years now the Le­vit­town In­ter­na­tional Lit­tle League has pro­vided an av­enue for young kids to play ball, have fun and learn such char­ac­ter-build­ing at­tributes as sports­man­ship, com­mit­ment and team­work.

Signups for the 2013 sea­son are over and 300 play­ers that make up 20 teams are ready WR WaNH WR WhH fiHOG. BuW FRaFhHs anG PanaJers have more on their minds than at-bats and tag-outs. This year, they’ve tack­led a longde­layed and much needed project: ren­o­vat­ing the in­fra­struc­ture.

“We’d been dis­cussing this for a long time but this year, a master car­pen­ter met with us and our sis­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Lower Bucks County Leg­ends, and said the work could be done,” said Jim Ryan, pres­i­dent of the league.

Mike Cox, the master car­pen­ter, brought his skills and ma­te­ri­als to the con­ces­sion stand, WhH EOHaFhHrs, WhH fiHOG anG WhH SLFnLF arHa. BuW hH wasn’W aORnH. LHaJuH RI­fiFLaOs, SarHnWs and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers brought mus­cle anG PRrH PaWHrLaOs WR JLvH WhH SOayLnJ fiHOG and sur­round­ing fa­cil­i­ties a new look. Start­ing back in Novem­ber, the group gut­ted the con­ces­sion stand, in­stalled new light­ing, new plumb­ing and new walls. They com­pletely ren­o­vated the two bath­rooms - again, with do­nated ma­te­ri­als.

:hHn WhH wRrN Ls finLshHG, 5yan saLG, WhH area will not only look bet­ter, it will im­prove the ser­vices that bring rev­enue to the league. cor in­stance, the work­ers are pre­par­ing to con­struct an A-frame canopy with room for six pic­nic benches so that the fans can root for the play­ers from the shel­ter while hav­ing din­ner or re­fresh­ments.

Ryan said that neigh­bors in the homes that sur­rRunG WhH fiHOG, ORFaWHG MusW EHhLnG WhH Ben­jamin cranklin Ele­men­tary School, of­ten come to the con­ces­sion stand on game nights WR fiOO SOaWWHrs WR WaNH hRPH IRr GLn­nHr.

One of the ma­jor donors of time, ma­te­ri­als and cash is ImageCare Main­te­nance Ser­vices (IMSF of Moorestown, N.J. The com­pany made new light­ing pos­si­ble for the con­ces­sion build­ing and for the out­side ar­eas, said Brian Wilcox, a rel­a­tive new­comer to Le­vit­town In­ter­na­tional be­cause his S-year-old daugh­ter Brae­lyn will join the T-ball team this year.

Wilcox, who works at IMS, was re­cently ap­pointed to the league’s board. IMS is a na­tional com­pany that man­u­fac­tures, re­pairs and main­tains il­lu­mi­nated sig­nage.

0RsW RI LHvLWWRwn ,nWHr­naWLR­naO’s RI­fiFLaOs grew up play­ing in Lit­tle League and many, like Wilcox, pass the tra­di­tion on to their chil­dren. Team short­stop Ryan’s son James, 15, is one ex­am­ple of the tra­di­tion. James, a stu­dent at Ryan, said he’s played since he was S and plans to con­tinue.

“I love play­ing the game, the ex­pe­ri­ence of it, and I love hang­ing out with my friends af­ter school,” James said.

criend and team­mate Thomas Watts, also 15, SOays firsW EasH, Ls aOsR a ORnJWLPH WHaP mem­ber and he plans to con­tinue af­ter he grad­u­ates from Harry S Tru­man High school and con­tin­ues on to col­lege.

On a re­cent Sun­day af­ter­noon, the trees were still bare of leaves and a chilly breeze sig­naled win­ter’s re­luc­tance to let go, and the crack of base­balls against bats gave the only hint of spring’s ap­proach. Prac­tice was in full swing de­spite the cold. But open­ing day is not far off, Ryan said.

,n IaFW, WhH firsW JaPHs wLOO EH SOayHG Rn April S and the day will be marked with a craft fair at the site, just off Mill Creek Park­way near Green Lane. crom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ven­dors from Avon and other com­pa­nies will sell their prod­ucts, along with Le­vit­town In­ter­na­tional, whose ta­ble will dis­play for sale hats, T-shirts, sweat­shirts and other items im­printed with the team logo.

“This is really good for the kids be­cause it gives them some­thing to do; it keeps them off the street cor­ner,” Wilcox said.

Le­vit­town In­ter­na­tional al­ways wel­comes do­na­tions to help keep the teams go­ing and the main­te­nance up to date. Those wish­ing to do­nate may call 215-945-TT05.

Master car­pen­ter Mike Cox, fore­ground, gets an as­sist in fix­ing up the con­ces­sion stand win­dow.

Play­ers, coaches and par­ents raked leaves and pre­pared one of the fields for open­ing day sched­uled for April 6.

Brian Wilcox, left, and Jim Ryan of IMS ImageCare Main­te­nance Ser­vices, pre­pare to in­stall a new light­ing fix­ture.

Vol­un­teers pre­pare one of the fields for open­ing day.

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