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Softball fundraiser will honor late referee Ronald Guy

WALLAGRASS, Maine — The Wallagrass/Soldier Pond Revitalization Committee is seeking teams to enter a softball tournament the group is hosting in honor of a beloved Aroostook County referee who died in June. 

Ronald Guy officiated softball and basketball contests in Aroostook County for more than 30 years, including at the former Wallagrass Elementary School where he donated his time to referee at an after-school basketball program that Revitalization Committee president Elaine Desjardins organized.

“He helped us out quite a bit. His kids grew up with our kids and he was always good to us,” Desjardins said. “Every kid in the area has played in a game Ronnie Guy has officiated.”

Guy also served as a scorekeeper and timer at University of Maine at Fort Kent soccer and basketball games, and supported the UMFK teams by driving the travel bus for away games.

Proceeds from the tournament, which will take place at the Wallagrass Community Center ballfield during the weekend of Friday, Oct. 11, to Sunday, Oct. 13, will benefit former Wallagrass Elementary School students who are attending UMFK. 

Each team must have at least 10 members, with at least five female players and five male players. 

All players must be 18 years or older. 

The cost is $10 per player to enter the tournament, or if a local business or organization sponsors a team, the cost will be $100 per team regardless of whether there are more than 10 players on the team. 

The Revitalization Committeealso is sponsoring one team of UMFK students who are interested in joining the tournament, and players on this team will receive T-shirts and baseball caps. To join this team, contact Jordan O’Leary at (207) 316-3022. 

To register for the tournament, sponsor a team or for more information, contact Elaine Desjardins at (207) 834-51890 or Jeremy Desjardins at (207) 249-4997.

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