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Little League needs a hand with its light bill

The ospreys are secure in their nest, and the little leaguers are once again chasing baseballs under the lights.

All would seem well with the Bay Point Little League.

And it is _ almost. There is this matter of a bill for almost $6,000, however.

Recently a pair of ospreys, or fish hawks, built a nest atop a light pole at a field behind Bay Point Middle School on 62nd Avenue S. When an electrical fire damaged the nest a few weeks ago, the birds went quickly to work repairing it.

They succeeded before the damaged lights and wiring could be repaired, and since ospreys are protected while nesting, they could not be moved. And the lights could not be repaired.

The Bay Point Little League, which uses the field, had to scrap night games there.

Florida Power Corp. and the city came to the rescue with a new pole and new lights, which were erected next to the pole the nesting birds are using, but the wiring and repair together cost just under $6,000, said Evelyn Hill, a Little League board member responsible for fund raising.

"That's a lot, and we just don't have the money to pay it," said Hill, who explained that some is owed to the electrical company and some to Florida Power. "I hate to ask our parents to dig in their pockets for more. I'm hoping some people might like to help us out."

Anyone who wants to make a contribution can mail it to Bay Point Little League, 250 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701.

Hill said the Bay Point Little League is the oldest in Florida. It has 400 members, ages 6 to 18.