Donation goes toward playground equipment

ANSONIA – The Ansonia Parks Committee, Ansonia Youth League, Ansonia Community Pride and Ansonia Parents Alliance made a donation to the Ansonia Village Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

“We would like to make a donation in the amount of $16,193.90 to the village,” said Erica Wentworth. “It is our intention that the money be used to purchase new playground equipment for the play area at the Ansonia Ball Park. We wish that any funds leftover be used for a safety net to cover the play area and any other needs related to the play area and ball park.”

She also thanked Andrew Riffle and the Whistle Stop, which is owned by him, for allowing them the opportunity to sell 50/50 tickets at the Queen of Hearts events that are held weekly unless otherwise specified.

“Through these sales, each of the aforementioned groups were able to work together for a common cause,” Wentworth added.

Ansonia Mayor Rick Lee thanked the group in attendance and remarked, “This helps us meet our goal. As soon as we get it purchased and get it here, we’ll get it erected. Andrew, everyone appreciates you.”

Riffle commented, “We have a lot of people working behind the scenes. We hear a lot of good comments about how people coming to town are getting treated.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Shown here with the Whistle Stop check are (front row) Brittany Androne, Village Administrator Tom Welbaum, Jessica Riffle of the Whistle Stop, Jerry Koverman, April Billlenstein, (second row) Councilman Ted Adkins, Erica Wentworth, Erica Kramer, Brian Walls, Whistle Stop Owner Andrew Riffle, Austin James, (back row) Councilmen Mike Hackler and John Middleton, Mayor Rick Lee, and Councilmen Jeff Gariety, Dan Brown and Dave Kanney. (Linda Moody photo)

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