PORT WASHINGTON — Reese Coulson, a member of Boy Scout Troop 429 in Gnadenhutten, while working to a achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, led a patriotic project in Port Washington.
"My Eagle Scout project included adding a flag pole and American flag to the new Port Washington baseball field," explained Coulson. "It also included adding another pole to fly the Little League or Ohio flag during ball games. Having a United States of America flag at the ball field will ensure the National Anthem can be played at each game and will instill a sense of patriotism. By doing this project, it took the responsibility off the village of having to find someone to place a flagpole, acquire a flag and it defrayed the cost of the village from funding it."
Coulson’s project was on display during a May 12 dedication of the new Bates Field, which is for T-ball and coach-pitch games. The first game to be played on the field was held that day between Port Washington and Tusky coach-pitch teams.
In 2017, the village was awarded a Rosenberry Foundation grant to construct fencing and dugouts. The Bob Thornton Family donated and constructed the benches for the dugouts.
"It has been a community project with many generous people contributing labor and funding," said Port Washington Fiscal Officer Darissa Lute on behalf of the Village Administration.
The new flags were raised on the poles during the dedication, where the Newcomerstown Honor Guard presented a 21-gun salute and played taps to honor all those that serve, have served and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Coulson noted that sponsors included Bates Metal; North Star Metals; Boltaron Incorporated; Tony Mart; VVA Chapter 532; VFW Post 3303; American Legion Post 431; Ross Auto; Tusco, Michael Lauber; Vision Trends, Dr. Keating; and Tasty Apple, Steve Barker.