Local baseball team  provides a helping hand

Members of the Essex-South Page baseball team remove storm damaged trees from Sadie Holter-Spath’s residence. (Valley News photo by Cybill Erickson)

The Essex-South Page baseball team went to bat for a local resident.

The team gave up practice time to help remove damaged trees from Essex resident, Sadie Holter-Spath’s yard.

Severe storms rolled through Essex in the early morning hours of May 28. Resident of Essex, Holter-Spath, sheltered in one of her closets,

“It sounded like my whole house was going to fall in. I was so scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Holter-Spath.

Marian Durfey, Mayor of Essex observed the boys arriving at Holter-Spath’s home, Once the storm passed, it left five full-grown pine trees, pulled-up from their roots lying in her backyard, some wedged against other trees, and branches driven deep into the yard.

“I’m so proud of those boys. I didn’t know what was going on with all the cars pulling up, but when I realized what they were doing, it touched my heart and almost brought tears to my eyes,” said Durfey.

As a special thank you to the team, she bought them all pizza.

Without having family close enough to help her get the trees cut and removed, she called on her community to lend a hand. Rob Erickson, Brian Hadden, and Chance Kline all residents of Essex, helped cut trees into manageable sizes.

The baseball team had the opportunity to meet Holter-Spath,

“I am so thankful. I don’t know how I would have gotten this done without them,” she said. What a great example of a community coming together and helping a person in need, if you see one of the Essex-South Page baseball team members, congratulate them on a job well done.

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