I am usually a man that says change when it is needed, in this case things need to go back to the way that they were. Baseball should be a part of summer programs. If not, there should be a county-sanctioned "little league"-type program giving kids from throughout the region that chance to play.
Even if you have to mix kids from different communities, at least they are playing on teams and getting that taste of competition. Maybe you do a north-south split and play half the games in Lewis and the others in North Hudson.
Now, there are places where baseball is still thriving like Ticonderoga, Au Sable Forks, Keeseville and Plattsburgh. However, there is a big hole in the middle of Essex County where that is not the case.
Hopefully, something can be done, or the once national pastime will truly be a thing of the past around here soon.
Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at email@example.com.