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Jamboree personnel, coaches move box that impeded softball fans’ views


December 13, 2016

RON MOORE stands near the Oregon Jamboree electrical box that had been located directly behind the varsity softball backstop visible behind Moore.

Since the 1990s, spectators at Sweet Home High School varsity softball games have had to watch the game from anywhere but behind home plate.

That potentially premium viewpoint was monopolized bya giant electrical box directly in front of the fence that obscured the action.

Thanks to volunteers and donors, though, it’s now out of the way. The view is wide open and bleachers will fit there now.

The box is used to provide power to the Oregon Jamboree, the three-day country music and camping festival owned and operated by the Sweet Home Economic Development Group to raise funds for local economic development efforts. The 25th Annual Oregon Jamboree is scheduled for Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, featuring headliners Jason Aldean, Kenny Rogers and Little Big Town.

“We got it moved,” said Ron Moore, who was assistant varsity softball coach last year. Moore also is a member of the SHEDG Board of Directors, and expressed gratitude to those involved in helping move the box, including Amy and Aaron Burke of Burke Logging, Mike Melcher of Melcher Logging and Doris Johnston and Travis Miner of Pacific Power.

Moving the box has been a goal of the program for a while, Moore said. “I’m not sure how it got placed where it was at.”

Former Coach Shane Cochran and Moore had tried to get it out of the way but weren’t able to get it done earlier.

“I worked with Robert (Shamek, Jamboree festival director) to kind of find a location we can all agree upon,” Moore said.

He also connected with Athletic Director Steve Brown, and he contacted Johnston, who recently retired from Pacific Power, to find out what kind of help he could get from Pacific Power.

She referred him to Miner, who agreed to help.

“He came down after hours,” Moore said. “He had to de-energize the box.”

That shut down power to the Boys and Girls Club during the process.

The Burkes agreed to cover expenses associated with the project, Moore said. Melcher Logging provided equipment and a load of gravel to fill in the original site of the box.

“Mike Melcher, Travis and myself came down a Saturday morning (Oct. 15),” Moore said. They moved power cables, a thick concrete foundation and the box back, centered between the varsity and junior varsity fields.

He is working with Norm’s Electric to finish pulling electrical cables and re-energize the box, Moore said.

“The softball program, to me, is important,” Moore said. “I’m trying to do everything I can to improve it. I’m working on trying to find somebody to sponsor a new backstop.”

A new backstop would help stop foul balls from flying off the field as often as they do, he said.

He also would like to build outdoor batting cages for the team.

Burke Logging is lined up to sponsor a new electronic scoreboard, which can be removed from the field for the Jamboree and to protect against vandalism, he said.


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