After severe weather ripped through the Pulaski Community School District Wednesday afternoon, Pulaski High School football and cross country athletes took on workouts of another kind early Thursday. Instead of lifting weights and running long distances, the athletes helped clean up the community from storm debris.
PHS athletic director Janel Batten called PHS football and cross country coaches, Jared Marsh and Kim Noe, respectively, after scouting out minor damage at Saputo Stadium. Football and cross country athletes who are part of the summer “Build a Better Raider” strength and conditioning program were asked to arrive early to help with storm cleanup. The football team helped clean up around the high school and then went throughout some village neighborhoods helping residents before heading to Memorial Park. The cross country team helped clean up trails by the Pulaski Polka Grounds and at Pulaski Community Middle School. Even PCSD summer school students got into the act at PCMS and Glenbrook Elementary School.
It just goes to show the caliber of PHS athletes, said Batten. “They showed up with no questions asked. They came with work gloves and were ready to go at 6:30 in the morning,” she said.
Dennis Bryant and his son, Christopher Heinmiller, 18, were working Thursday morning to remove two large tree limbs that had fallen on Bryant’s property at 121 E. Glenbrook Drive. Bryant recently had surgery on his hand, and, as luck would have it, his chainsaw wouldn’t work. Then -- like the calvary -- members of the Tri-County Fire Department showed up with chainsaws as did members of the PHS football team. The limbs were soon cut and sorted with branches by the street and firewood piled by the garage.
“It was definitely a huge help,” Heinmiller said.
MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERT MOVED: Many large trees throughout Pulaski sustained lost branches, and many other tall mature trees were seen uprooted leaning on top or against buildings including one on top of the women’s restroom at the Pulaski Polka Grounds. Yellow police tape also cordoned off Shippy Park, site of weekly Sunday Music in the Park concerts, which sustained heavy tree damage. Mark Heck, director of PACE, which organizes the concerts, said Thursday the location of Sunday’s first concert by R&B/funk group Wompus Cats will be changed to Pulaski’s Memorial Park. PACE will have people around Shippy Park directing concert-goers to the new location. Heck said he would know the middle of next week whether concerts will resume at Shippy Park on June 25.