Donated tractor eases work at recreation center

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 1:13 a.m.
ALACHUA- Marc Cauchon, president of the Alachua Chamber of Commerce and owner of Alachua Dental Center, proudly handed City Manager Clovis Watson the key to a $10,000 shiny blue tractor that was donated last week to the Alachua Recreation Center.
Funds toward its purchase were raised from the annual Chamber of Commerce Sports Fest Golf Tournament held at Turkey Creek every May.
Tim Stokes, owner of Alachua Tractor and a member of the Alachua Chamber of Commerce, said the Alachua Recreation Center had been renting equipment from him and that it would benefit the Recreation Center to have its own tractor.
Santa Fe Ford, First National Bank of Alachua, Millennium Bank, Alltel, Hitchcock's, Conestoga's, Farm Credit, Alachua Dental Center, Alachua Tractor and Allstate are some of the Alachua Chamber of Commerce members that made this donation possible along with Signs Designs who donated the lettering on the side of the tractor.
Hal Brady, recreation and parks director, said that in the past all the fertilization and pest control had been done by hand and that this tractor would be an invaluable piece of equipment and would help with the growing acreage of the Alachua Recreation Center.
Brady added that recently the Alachua Recreation Center had had a lot of good Samaritans come to its aid. The Rebel House supplied food to the Army Reservists and the Quality Inn supplied lodging when the reservists came to level out the recreation center grounds.
Virginia Hipp from Hipp Construction donated $30,000 of recycled asphalt for the recreation center parking lot and workers gave up their Thanksgiving Day Holiday to lay it.
Alan Cain of Cain Realty donated hundreds of water bottles for the youth group to sell as a fund-raiser at the concession booth.
Most recently Jay Patel, owner of the Quality Inn, made a $500 donation to the girls softball group.

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