Easton Boys & Girls Club Gets New Scoreboard
Kiwanis Club donates funds to replace scoreboard installed in 1974.
The last time Easton's Boys & Girls Club installed a scoreboard in its basketball court, Dr. J. was only in his second year in the NBA.
That was 1974, and after nearly 40 years of keeping score for countless basketball games and wrestling matches, the scoreboard had seen better days.
"Not only had it lost its luster, it had stopped functioning," said Dean Young, executive director of the club. "We had the city look at it, we had all sorts of electricians look at it, there was really nothing we could do."
That's where the Easton Kiwanis Club came in; the club -- which lists helping local kids as its key goal -- stepped into raise the roughly $6,000 to purchase and install a new scoreboard.
On Monday, the old scoreboard came down and a new one went up, courtesy of JHM Signs in Phillipsburg. It comes a few months after the club re-opened following a series of major renovations.
Young said the new scoreboard will allow the club to stop using the small portable version at the club, and take it on the road.
"So if we're doing flag football here we can also be doing basketball at Vandeveer Park," he said.
As for the Kiwanis Club, they're looking at purchasing another scoreboard for Easton's Heil Park, said member Roger Conners.