Scoreboard: Extra points for club gift

A generous donation by the Fredonia Beaver Club does nothing for safety at the beloved Orange Bowl in downtown. During last week’s school board meeting, there was a donation of $18,900 to the district for a new scoreboard at the home of Fredonia High School’s football teams.

That’s greatly deserving of applause.

The current scoreboard, district officials said, is constantly in a state of malfunction. “The problem was … it starts out at 12 minutes per quarter, then it would turn to 17 minutes right after that,” said Greg Lauer, Fredonia athletic director. “If a team scored six, it came up eight. Just fixing it wasn’t really an option.”

In the meantime, the field and its bleachers will never meet standards of excellence. That affects how fans, students and family view the games. It also creates additional unneeded hazards.

Someday there has to be a new venue. For now, however, the time and score will be correct. Especially if the home team is in front.


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