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Crisfield's Salvation Army Youth Sports Programs Sidelined

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Crisfield National Guard Armory (Photo: WBOC) Crisfield National Guard Armory (Photo: WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.- This past summer mold issues forced the Crisfield's Salvation Army programs out of the historic National Guard Armory on Main Street. The problems with mold still exist and threatens to end the Salvation Army's youth soccer and field hockey programs.

"In August, they found some mold in the basement and they did an air quality test and they thought it was safe not to have children in there, so that's how we relocated to the Woodrow T. Wilson Center," said Phil Parks, executive director of the Somerset County Salvation Army.

The Woodrow T. Wilson Center is able to accommodate its programs for smaller children, but the gym is not large enough to hold the soccer and field hockey programs for teens. 

The space in the Armory's gym is what the Salvation Army needs to run its youth soccer and field hockey programs. Crisfield's Mayor Kim Lawson said more testing still needs to be done.

"The reality right now is that we have to have a clearance before we can allow any activity going in there on the air quality. We're waiting for that and then it will come before the city council to make a determination on whether we can reoccupy that. The earliest that could be done is the first meeting in January," Lawson said. 

Program organizers said if they can't get the soccer and field hockey programs up and running by January those sports programs will end. Both the soccer and field hockey programs start their seasons in January.

Parks said when sports programs are stopped for more than a year, it is very difficult to get them started again.  

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