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Gloversville athletic fields damaged by skunks, grubs

October 19, 2012
LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Enlarged School District's athletic fields are in need of maintenance, officials say.

Officials said they will review the practice and playing fields' maintenance needs and possibly apply pesticides for grub control.

Superintendent Michael Vanyo said the soccer fields at the high school and football field at Park Terrace Elementary School have patches of bare dirt. Because the extent of damage is unclear, the district doesn't know how much the pesticides and maintenance will cost.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Schloicka said the board's approval was necessary so the district can take appropriate steps to alert the public pesticides might be used.

"It doesn't mean we are going to immediately put the pesticides down right now; it just gives us the opportunity to do so if that is the direction we need to go," Vanyo said.

Schloicka said the district plans to aerate and seed the fields. He said there is a growing problem with grubs, which leave dirt patches. He also said skunks are tearing up the football field.

He said the problems at the high school fields aren't as serious as those as Park Terrace, but the situation at either spot could worsen if the district doesn't act quickly.

School board member Mike Hauser said the girls' field hockey practice field has patches of dirt and clumps of grass that affect play on the field.

"If we don't do something soon, it is going to cost us a lot more money in repair," Schloicka said.

"We need to look at our playing fields and practice fields to make sure they are safe and do whatever we can to improve them, or we are going to lose them," Vanyo said.

Athletic Director Mike DeMagistris did not return calls for comment.

Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be contacted by email at



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