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Knox Field signs may be changed

August 15, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Greater Johnstown School District is considering changing its signage at Knox Field as a way to curb vandalism, trespassing and undesirable behavior by young people after dark at the field.

District Board of Education President Robert Curtis said Thursday night he talked to a city police officer who offered a "great suggestion" to deal with those problems at Knox Field.

Curtis said signs should indicate students can only use the Knox facility from 5 a.m. to dusk. He said police indicated that signage would infer only adults can use the field between dusk and 10 p.m. This new signage would help police catch young troublemakers who are not to be at the field after dark.

"He [officer] said it would help," Curtis said. "Typically, after dark they're up to no good."

Board member Scott Miller, chairman of the Facilities Committee, said the district shouldn't wait. He said the suggestion should be implemented immediately.

Superintendent Katherine Sullivan said she also talked to two officers who said police can also step up security by "canvassing the gates" at Knox Field because it is tough to monitor the entire field at all times.

In other facilities' matters, Pleasant Avenue Elementary School Principal Jeffrey Vivenzio reported on renewed efforts recently by volunteers to clean up the Harry and Julia Wilson Nature Trail behind the school. The trail is owned by the school district, but has been in disrepair in recent years, especially since a storm in the mid-2000s caused considerable damage.

The trail has been a source to teach district students about nature over the years.

Volunteers and supporters of the trail have included a local Boy Scout group, Simco Leather, a four- wheeler club from Ephratah, the school's Shared Decision Making team, Lamori's Deli and Adirondack Beverage.

In a "first phase" of nature trail cleanup, Vivenzio said volunteers have redone posts, fixed a bridge, put up new fences. He said trees we're also chipped and the trail has become so rejuvenated there may be a "reopening" of it at some point.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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