Painting the numbers

With football around the corner, school grounds and building maintenance crews are working to get their fields in pristine condition for the opening kickoff. David Yaggi at Sebring McKinley High School is no different. Yaggi was taking advantage of the warm dry weather Tuesday to do the lines and numbers painting because the Little Trojans will be playing their first game Saturday with the high school team hosting a scrimmage next Thursday. Yaggi said it takes him about eight hours to get the field lined up square and painted and then four to five hours every week after that to keep the lines and numbers visible. According to Yaggi, who speaks fondly of the town and its people that he has worked in for the last 29 years, the stadium was constructed in 1937 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. Yaggi, of Beloit, started with the school system as a custodian and a couple of years ago took over the grounds and building maintenance. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)