Unless you're a connoisseur of ball parks - and I'm guessing most of you are not - you probably didn't notice some subtle, but noteworthy improvements to the Island Park baseball field last week. Windom hosted elimination games in the Section 3A and 3AA baseball tournaments last Tuesday and when I arrived I noticed how sharp the field looked. I quickly learned that Windom Activities Director Dane Nielsen had been spending much of the day at the ball park getting it ready for the games later that afternoon. So, what did he do, you ask? Not only did he mow and trim the field, but he also edged the infield grass around first and third bases. He cut it so there's a very neat and defined edge, then filled in what he trimmed away with fresh agri-lime. It totally dressed up the corners. His work wasn't going unnoticed - at the time he was doing it. Kevin Rogers of Heron Lake, a baseball junkie and former coach, had been at the Community Center Senior Center to shoot a little pool and as he was leaving town, he saw Dane working on the field. He pulled into Island Park and asked Dane what he was doing and Dane explained. Kevin grabbed a shovel and lent a greatly-appreciated helping hand. That help allowed Dane to finish up early enough to run home, get cleaned up and report back to the field for the two games. Dane and Pirate Manager Nick Kulseth also did a lot of work on the baselines last fall and this spring, which has added to the beauty and neatness of the field. Thanks Dane - and Kevin and Nick - for your work. There's really nothing like coming to the ball park and seeing a sharp-looking field. As a fan, I really appreciate that and I know the players enjoy playing on a field that is so well kept. Your work does not go unnoticed and it is much appreciated! More changes may be coming to the ball park in the future. A couple you may or may not notice, but one is sure to be an eye-catcher, if it happens. Stay tuned! Playing with granddaughter Joan Haberman of Windom had a rather unique opportunity recently. When she attended her granddaughter, Hannah Endreson's, sixth grade band concert in Mankato, Joan was one of 20 to 25 adults who came out of the audience to play with one of the band students. Grandmother and granddaughter both played clarinet for the song "Miramar Fanfare," a composition written by Brian Balmages in 2003. The number, it was noted in the program, was performed by the "Play-Along" Band, which featured parents, relatives and special guests. Hannah emailed her grandmother a copy of the music and Joan rehearsed the song prior to performing with her granddaughter in the concert. Joan said she had a fun time learning the music and especially enjoyed the opportunity to play with her granddaughter. The concert was performed in the Mankato East High School Auditorium, but was presented by the Department of Music of Prairie Winds Middle School in Mankato. As you might imagine for a school in Mankato, the Sixth Grade Concert Band numbered 76 students. Hannah was one of 10 clarinets in the band. A Wilder Little Miss pageant? Joan is a graduate of Windom High School and when she returned to Windom several years ago she wrote up a short article seeking information on a special event over 60 years ago. But she never pursued it. Well, when she brought in the item about playing in a concert with her granddaughter, she figured she would bring her other search along with her. So, here it is: Joan is looking for anyone who recalls a "Little Miss" pageant that was held at the Wilder School in 1952. She believes it had something to do with country schools. Now, Joan knows it happened because she was a participant. "I borrowed a flower girl dress from Glenice Schellar, who wore it in her brother Russell's wedding," Joan says. Anyone who may recall the pageant, or has any information about it can contact her at 507-360-6138.