Everyone has that one person, whether it be a coach, teacher or just a mentor, who has had a positive effect on our lives. We've also had one of those teachers or coaches that left a very negative impression.
So when someone does stand out above the rest, it's nice for them to be recognized, and that's exactly what 17-year-old Eric Barth of Port Clinton did for Terry Heise, Barth's former coach and "friend" of the Port Clinton school district.
Barth raised nearly $6,000 to replace Port Clinton High School 'sbaseball dugouts, as a project to honor 56-year-old Terry Heise, who died in October 2005.
Barth sent out more than 100 letters to individuals and businesses asking for contributions as a tribute to Heise. Not only did Barth step up to honor Heise, but the community did as well, donating time, money and labor to get the job done. The dugouts are now complete and the baseball teams are using them. We only hope that each player who steps into that dugout takes the time to think about those who have helped them throughout their young lives and maybe do something similar to what Barth did.
Terry Heise made this world a better place, and Barth took his example and made something better for the Port Clinton school district.
We offer a tip of the cap to both Heise and Barth for just being themselves.
The dedication ceremony for the dugouts will be at the end of baseball season in May or June.