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Little League seeks space for batting cage

Canastota Little League is asking for permission to install a batting cage at the field on North Main Street. Carla DeShaw, president of the village's Recreation Commission presented Little Leagues request at the board meeting March 2.

DeShaw said the baseball club purchased the cage, which measures 14 feet by 55 feet by 12 feet high through fund-raising efforts. She said volunteers would set the cage up from April to June and then again mid-August to October. The coaches are requesting an area near the tennis courts for its high visibility, central location to the fields and its close proximity to electricity.

Mayor Todd Rouse said there may be water lines beneath the area Little League wants to put the cage up and suggested they measure an area in the back. He said it would only need to be covered and it could stay in that back area permanently.

In other news

Members of the Canastota Community Band attended the meeting to show support for its band director Paul Shiffer. Shiffer, who acted as spokesperson asked the board if the band could become a village entity and receive its funding through the budget under public relations.

"We could ask for grant money," Shiffer said.

Shiffer said the band, which has members from all over the Central New York area performs about 15 times a year at various events throughout the area, including the Oz-stravaganza celebration in Chittenango and the Civil War Weekend in Peterboro. The band charges for its performances.

"People call us before spring," Shiffer said. "We have six or seven [performances] booked now."

Currently, the village supports the community band by giving Shiffer a $1,500 salary that is taken from the recreation department's budget. Shiffer said the money is used toward his gas and the cost of music. In return members of the band perform during the tree lighting ceremony and participate in the Boxing Hall of Fame's Parade of Champions.

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