|Community efforts recognized at Holyoke Invite|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Saturday’s Holyoke Invitational completed a project 26 years in the making—hosting a home HHS track meet on an all-weather track. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and classic Lower Platte League competitiveness on a beautiful, sunny day made the meet one to remember.
Before the start of the April 5 running events Saturday morning, Holyoke Re-1J Superintendent Bret Miles paid homage to those who made the meet a possibility during a ribbon-cutting event. Eight key members of the community were recognized and applauded for helping to bring a new track to Holyoke.
“The dream to have an all-weather track was more than a decade in the making,” Miles announced to the crowd. “Like all great projects, a collective effort was needed to make it possible. This collective effort began with passionate track supporters who envisioned today, persevered through setbacks and brought in partners to pull together the final pieces to make it a reality.”
Representing groups that helped make the home track a reality, community members, pictured from left, Orville Tonsing, Mark Brown, Robert Jacobs, Don Lock, Kris Camblin, Paula Carper, Tom Bennett and Sandra Rahe gather on the track for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.
Paula Carper, Tom Bennett, Kris Camblin, Don Lock, Robert Jacobs, Mark Brown, Orville Tonsing and Sandra Rahe all took center stage on the track during the ribbon-cutting. Each occupied a lane of the new eight-lane track for the ceremony.
Carper represented the many parents and community members who did the initial fundraising for the track; Bennett represented the Re-1J Foundation and the Jack Petteys Memorial Trust; Camblin is president of the Holyoke School Board; Lock serves as a Phillips County commissioner; Jacobs is director of facilities and transportation and spearheaded the project once construction began; Brown provided many hours of service to the project as the city superintendent; Tonsing represented the city as Holyoke’s mayor; and Rahe is the athletic director and track coach.
Special thanks was also extended to school board member Kim Killin, who was involved in re-establishing the Re-1J Foundation and worked closely with the Heginbotham and Leland trusts and the Great Outdoors Colorado grant. Highline Electric was also acknowledged for their help with installation of light poles.
Carper had the privilege of cutting the ribbon, officially opening the first races held at Holyoke in more than two decades.
“As you can see, this track project was truly a community effort,” Miles said. “It is a shining example of cooperation, persistence and community pride that will serve our students for many years to come.”
See inside this edition of the Enterprise for more coverage of the first track meet in Holyoke in 26 years.
Holyoke Enterprise April 10, 2014