Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 • Casino hosts Arnold Field spaghetti benefit

Kim Baxley, the waitress at Diamond Mountain Casino who’s organized a number of community spaghetti dinners to benefit Lassen County youngsters suffering from cancer, is at it again.

But this time she’s organizing a spaghetti dinner to benefit the construction of a new press box and to renovate the bathrooms at Arnold Field, the home of the Lassen High School Grizzlies and Lassen Youth Football. The field is used by the football teams, field hockey teams and for graduation.

The benefit will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Diamond Willow Room and tent at the Diamond Mountain Casino. The dinner costs $5.

Baxley wanted everyone to know 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Lassen High School Football Boosters Club.

Sharon McMullen, president of the boosters club, said the organization spent $4,000 to $5,000 redoing the grass field last year. She said the boosters paid to disc the field and pulled the old, oil burned lines out. Then the field was filled with topsoil and seeded with grass.

“Last year the field was gorgeous,” McMullen said.

She said the boosters took on the project because Tom St. Jacques, the Grizzlies’ head coach, was concerned a player might catch a toe on one of the lines and sustain an injury

RSJ Construction has drawn up plans for the new press box, which will hang over two rows of seats, leading McMullen to quip we soon can boast of “covered seating” at Arnold Field. She estimated the cost of the new press box will be between $35,000 and $40,000, which she said was a little beyond what the boosters club could do on its own.

“Our community is so giving, I almost feel guilty about asking,” McMullen said.

Construction on the project is expected to begin this spring. The press box was built in the late 1960s or early 1970s and no improvements have been made since then. Youth football will have its own room in the new press box.

The sound system has seen some modifications over the years at the boosters’ expense with a little support from the LHS Associated Student Body.

McMullen said the bathrooms, which the boosters maintain, are “horrid.”

The boosters also purchase the uniforms for the high school’s three football teams. The uniforms normally last for two or three years.

The boosters club normally holds two large fundraisers each year — fireworks and the Grizz Card sales.