Congratulations Larry Ball!
Larry is the husband of Val and combined they have four children: Jeremy (Michael-Ann) and Kevin (Charlotte) Ball and Sheri (Randy) Gilbert and Brent (Melanie) Coon. 9 grandchildren: Preston, Spencer, Mattea, Dylan and Kason Ball, Gavin and Blake Gilbert and Whitney and Clara Coon.
Larry shared the following overview of his dedication and current involvement with the community as follows –
My volunteering started when my boys were in Little League baseball. I was a coach and umpire for 12 years.
In 1976 I started the 3 B’s variety dance band with my dad Keith and brother Gary. We played for Harbor Day’s events and Evenings on River Street for years.
In 1977 I joined the Elk Rapids Township, (then the village), fire department. Duties included; showing the fire trucks off to children and talking fire prevention and safety during Evenings on River Street, fire prevention programs to students at Lakeland Elementary school. I along with my sons still do fire prevention programs for Wooden Pony Pre-School. I was with the department for 31 great years, the last 6 as Chief, retiring in 2008.
I served 2 terms, 8 years on the Village Council as a Trustee. It was an eye opening experience.
I am the secretary for the Elk Rapids Township Fire Board and have been on the board since 2009.
The past 4 years, I have been the announcer for the high school boys soccer home games, and also boys and girls home high school basketball games.
I joined the Milton Township Fire Department in 2011, when my oldest son Jeremy became Chief there and said they needed daytime help. I have been with the department for 10 years and am still active.
I currently am the Village trash compactor attendant, part time for the DPW.