Kirby: Share Lake Olmstead ballpark memories

Play ball!


– Umpire

The Augusta GreenJackets have returned to Lake Olmstead for what looks like their last season at the ball field that has existed in that general spot for three decades. It looks like the team’s new field is moving ahead over in North Augusta.

So, if this is the last season before they swap a lake view with a river one, why not share your stories about things that happened at Lake Olmstead/Heaton over the years? Anyone get married? Anyone meet a famous ballplayer?

Or was it, like me, the first place you ever took your child to see a baseball game?

Send me an e-mail at and share your story.

BLUEBIRD LOVE: Y’all love bluebirds. Here are some more comments.

Don and Earnie Hemann write: “Our family moved to Kings Ridge in Warrenville in 2012. During our home construction there was a small mud puddle in the back yard. We saw a flock of bluebirds bathing in it. Counted more than 30 birds. We immediately installed two bluebird houses and have since fledged out 19 to 20 youngsters every year. This year we have added another box and have three nesting pairs with four to five eggs per box. We even have a pair in The Augusta Chronicle paper slot with five eggs.”

Larry & Clarice Marty add this: “Bluebirds are fascinating birds and we humans can learn a lot from them. They mate for life and can have as many as three broods in the summer. The parents teach the young ones discipline as I witnessed in action one year. Another summer we had a pair raise a brood of five babies in one batch. What a sight! I have a picture of all five babies on the birdbath at one time.”

Gil and Penny Strader have a comment and a question: “We, too, share a love for bluebirds, which leads to this: Why don’t they form in big flocks like robins and blackbirds? Wouldn’t that be a spectacular sight! “

JUST A NOTE: Despite last week’s storms and the early blooming of our best flowers and the late freeze that killed them … I have to say I thought Augusta looked particularly well-kept during Masters Week. I would come to work by a different route each day last week and almost everything looked just right.

I told my wife it was like someone worked at night with leaf blowers and cleaned the roads.

“It’s called wind,” she reminded me. “God is in charge of it.”

TODAY’S JOKE: A judge to the court, at the start of a case: “I have to declare an interest in this case,” he said. “Last week, the plaintiff sent me a check for $10,000 to find in his favor. Two days later, I received $20,000 from the defendant to find in his favor. I have therefore sent $10,000 back to the defendant and can try the case without bias.”


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