By Alex Lippa
---- — PLAISTOW — When football season starts at Timberlane Regional High School in the fall, the players won’t be the only thing to watch.
The Timberlane Football Boosters have raised $17,000 to purchase a new scoreboard for the football field. Booster president Heather David solicited donations from several local businesses in order to pay for the scoreboard.
“We finally had time to devote ourselves to the new scoreboard,” David said. “We’ve been due for a new one.”
She hopes the scoreboard will be at the field by graduation June 15.
The current scoreboard was built in 1989 and is only 17 by 11 feet. The new scoreboard will be 28 by 8 feet and will include an electronic message board.
Timberlane principal Don Woodworth said the scoreboard needs replacing.
“This one provides all the essential information,” he said. “But it’s just dated. We want to have a nice setting for athletics with attractive features.”
Thank the community for the updated board.
“This is just another example of the community coming together,” Superintendent Dr. Earl Metzler said. “This is something beyond what we can include in our budget, and we’re proud of the demonstration of support that we got from the community.”
David said the major donors were Stateline Pet Supply of Plaistow, Regan Ford and Jaffarian Motors of Haverhill, Mass. The businesses’ logos will appear on the scoreboard.
“Local businesses supporting our youths make this program successful,” David said.
The boosters have been hard at work, she said. Last year, they spent $5,000 to renovate the concession stand and received $4,300 in donations for new goalposts.
“We’re very appreciative of the work they do,” Timberlane athletic director Angelo Fantasia said. “The people here are always willing to lend a hand.”
David said the new scoreboard will provide information the current one can’t.
“We’ll be able to flash sponsor messages or announcements on the board,” she said. “If there is a touchdown or penalty, we can have it say that, too.”
Any donation greater than $5,000 must be approved by the School Board. A public hearing on the scoreboard donation will be held April 18.