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Dozens turn out, raise concerns at Lefty Grove meeting

AnthonyMoujaes • Jul 20, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Darlene Meade isn't sure what her oldest son will do next summer.

Her three children -- Austin, 12, Timothy, 10, and Brooke, 7 -- play in the Lefty Grove baseball league in Norwalk.

For 56 years, the league has played its games on Norwalk VFW's property.

But that may soon end.

Meade was among more than 50 people at Tuesday's meeting at First United Methodist Church in Norwalk, where Lefty Grove organizers talked about the future of the league's senior division.

The division, which includes players ages 13 and 14, plays its games on Field No. 3 at the VFW's property on Milan Avenue.

The field is scheduled for demolition in late October.

After that, the VFW plans to convert it into a football field for the Junior Truckers program.

Austin and Timothy also plan to play for the Junior Truckers program this fall, and Meade believes her sons and the other football players have a right to their own facility.

Tuesday night's public forum was Lefty Grove commissioner Scott Ford's attempt to open a dialogue and discuss possible alternatives.

Norwalk VFW quartermaster Harold Dye wasn't at the meeting, but dozens of people like Meade voiced concerns, such as:

• What would Norwalk's players do for baseball without the senior division?

• What's the reason for the VFW's decision?

• And why isn't the VFW talking publicly about the issue?

Ford made one thing clear -- he doesn't want to speak poorly of the VFW. He only wants a public discussion.

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