Archive for Thursday, July 16, 2009

Letters to the Editor

July 16, 2009

To the editor:

It’s high time to give Steve Wilson and the rest of the new officers in the Baldwin Golf Association a pat on the back and a big “thank you” for their outstanding work at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course. The course is in great shape and the layout is being used more than any period I can remember in the 25 years I’ve played golf in Baldwin.

A look at the events on the local golf course reveals that it is so much more than just a place where a handful of Baldwin “good ole boys” gather to play. A couple of weeks ago Ted Zuzzio ran another successful fundraiser to raise money for school track uniforms. Next month, Peach Madl, Cheryl McCrary, and a few other local “celebrities” are banding together to have a benefit 5k run.

Wednesday “men’s night” has been a “major draw” all summer long. At a recent Wednesday outing, 32 golfers showed up and we all had a great time. Tuesday is “couples night” and appeals to an entirely different “audience.” A look at the membership roster posted on the clubhouse bulletin board reveals the heavy usage of the course by people of all ages.

The family price for a year is cheaper than one round of golf for a foursome at Alvamar. It’s the best recreational bargain around … period. Steve Wilson and company have done a great job getting young people involved and it’s not uncommon to have “father-son” teams show up on men’s night or to see youngsters of varying ages use the course during the day.

Baker University and Baldwin School District benefit immensely from the course. Golf classes and golf teams have access to a handy layout for play and practice. Cross Country coaches Zach Kindler (Baker) and Mike Spielman (Baldwin High School) can rattle off a long list of positives about the Baldwin Golf Course when it comes to their sport.

Having an “in-town” facility like our local golf course is a tremendous plus for Baldwin. Those who think it is an “idle space” need to come to a weekly golf event, attend a cross country meet, take part in a fundraising tournament, check out a Baker or Baldwin class or make it to a benefit fun run.

Again, congrats to Steve Wilson’s crew on a great job this summer … now, if Steve would just get local “golfing amoebas” Dave McCrary, Dale Wieden and Gary Baker to pick up the pace and to quit hassling me about my “excessive use of gimmees” to enhance my score I will be totally satisfied.

Rick Weaver

Rural Baldwin City

To the editor:

I found it interesting to note that of the four “benevolent organizations” listed in the 1889 Baldwin Ledger, only the Masons still exist. They will celebrate their 150th anniversary on Nov. 14 with a visit from the Grand Master of Masons in Kansas and a rededication of their lodge building at 807 High Street. The public is invited.

Sue Ann Kleist

Baldwin City

To the editor:

The July Fourth Committee would like to thank each and everyone who helped make the 2009 Baldwin City July Fourth Celebration possible. We look forward to making the 2010 event even better. It is critical that we get some more individuals involved, so if you can donate a few hours on July 4 next year, please contact the Baldwin City Recreation Commission at 594-3670. Volunteers are needed to help set up the fireworks and supervise the inflatable games. Without the generous support of the following businesses and individuals, this event would not have taken place:

Baldwin City Recreation Commission; Baldwin State Bank; Baldwin Tire; City of Baldwin City; Cordoba’s Restaurant; Chris Leiszler; Embarq; Heritage Tractor; Kwik Shop; Lions Club; Mediacom; Mid-America Bank; Mr. Goodcents; Pizza Hut; Robert’s Drugstore; Sante Fe Market; Sonic Drive-In; The Lodge; Three Sister’s Inn; and Whitney’s Hair Designs.

Special Thanks to Calvin and Sheri Caldwell, Shad and Susan England, Laura Huggins and all the other volunteers who helped make this event possible. Also thanks to the Baldwin City Fire Department and City Electric Department for all their help.

Steve Friend

July Fourth Committee

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