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Public volleyball court to be installed downtown

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 7:25 PM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- During the village of Canajoharie's May meeting, Twenty-Two Owner MaryAnn Pietromonaco-Belzak approached the village board to discuss plans for a public volleyball sand court that is scheduled to be installed downtown in the coming months.

Pietromonaco-Belzak, after having heard from numerous residents that a need exists for local volleyball leagues and playing spaces, contacted the village board to find out whether they'd be able to supply "a bit of muscle" and sand to create a 30 by 60 foot sand pit. They had discussed potentially installing the court at the Riverfront Park, with the board issuing permission, but Pietromonaco-Belzak ultimately decided against it, as the area floods semi-regularly.

Searching for a benefactor, Pietromonaco-Belzak approached Arnie D'Angelo, of Richardson Brands, who she said "gave us wonderful news." D'Angelo agreed to let the volleyball court be installed on Richardson Brands' private property, tentatively between the bike path and factory. She said, "he's also agreed to install and erect bleachers for us." 

Pietromonaco-Belzak continued, "he likes the idea and thinks it's great for the town. Anything he can do to help bring more life to the village."

The village board was pleased with the announcement, and agreed to lend some "muscle and base sand". The Department of Public Works will dig a 6-8 inch pit, install a base and then fill it with beach sand.

Pietromonaco-Belzak said she hopes "it'll give everybody an incentive to get more people downtown and for residents to have a little fun."

She noted that she's also is in the process of assembling an adult league, with the hopes that Fort Plain and St. Johnsville will also take initiative to form teams. Pietromonaco-Belzak also said that when the adult leagues aren't using the court, it'll be available for use by residents.

"I think everything is a win-win," Pietromonaco-Belzak stated.

     

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