Teams celebrating the land turning over ownership to the Ball Association
It’s been many years for the people of Antwerp to realize what they had tucked away behind the old school. Oh no, that’s not quite right. They do know. It’s why all of these people, board, families who came together, fighting to keep the fields that they played on when they were young.
Presentation of the land took place on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The MC of the event, Travis Lichty, announced to everyone how the Paulding County Commissioners and County Prosecutor, helped make the land available for only the cost of the back taxes. The ABA (Antwerp Ball Association) was able to secure funding for the debt and now owns the land. Nearly half of the taxes owed had been paid out of the general fund of the ABA. The loan taken out for the balance of the taxes needs your help to repay. Donations to make this transaction finalized can be made at the Antwerp Exchange Bank.
Mayor Tom VanVlerah presents the deed to the 5 acres of ball fields to Bob Winslow, the longest serving member of the Antwerp Ball Association.
Tom VanVlerah, Mayor, and Sara Keeran, Village Administrator, threw the opening pitches after the mayor presented the deed to the property to Bob Winslow and he gladly accepted the deed along with all the other board members of the Antwerp Ball Association.
2014 is a year to remember with the land finally acquired by those who use it!