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Softball tournament honors beloved local referee

WALLAGRASS, Maine — All members of the public are invited to attend and volunteers are still sought for a softball tournament the Wallagrass/Soldier Pond Revitalization Committee is hosting this weekend in honor of late Aroostook County referee Ronald Guy. 

The tournament will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Wallagrass Community Center.

There will be three five-inning games each day, at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. 

The co-ed teams will follow a five-point rule, according to organizer Elaine Desjardins.

“It’s for fun; it’s a fundraiser,” Desjardins said. “Ronnie gave an awful lot to this area. I’m sure he’d love to have been there.”

Guy passed away in June. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit community students currently attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent who participate in the tournament, either by playing or helping out in some other way.

So far the tournament has four registered teams, including one co-sponsored by Mike Quinlan, CPA of Caribou and John Noble of John T. Noble Transportation in Caribou. Dr. Paul Pelletier of Fish River Rural Health and Jeremy Desjardins of Desjardins Logging also each sponsored a team. The Wallagrass/Soldier Pond Revitalization Committee is sponsoring a team of local high school and college students. 

Elaine Desjardins said more players and volunteers are welcome. 

Guy’s wife, Liz Guy, and their daughter will attend the event.

Desjardins said the weather is supposed to be in the 50s for the coming weekend, and she hopes that holds true, but people should plan to dress for colder weather just in case. 

“We’re hoping for a great weekend, but we have to bundle up; this is northern Maine and I think we know that, but it’s for a good cause,” she said.

Hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and PondFest T-Shirts will be for sale at the event.

To play in the tournament or help in any way call: Jordan O’Leary at (207) 316-0322, Lea Pelletier at (207) 231-0811, Jeremy Desjardins at (207) 249-4997 or Elaine Desjardins at (207) 834-5189. 

Donations are also being accepted at the Wallagrass Town Office and can be mailed to: Wallagrass Town Office, 45 Church Street, Wallagrass, ME 04781.

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