MADISON TOWNSHIP -- The concession stands at Madison’s baseball and softball fields were renamed Wednesday in honor of two longtime volunteers.
The school board unanimously voted in favor of dubbing the building the William and Norma Rickert concession stand.
“Bill and Norma Rickert are Madison,” said Sean Conway, the principal at Madison Comprehensive High School. “For 26 years they sat through freezing rain. They sat through extreme heat, doubleheaders, championship games and they did it all from the concession stand as they were serving food to people.”
“We're very proud to name the concession stand The William and Norma Rickert concession stand,” he added. “We love you and thank you very much.”
Conway said a plaque with the Rickerts’ names on it is being made and will hang at the concession stand. There will also be a ceremony celebrating the renaming later this year.
“I think it’s awful nice of them to do this,” said Norma, whose husband passed away earlier this year.
“We enjoyed it,” she said of the countless hours spent selling hot dogs, chips, drinks and candy to the community. “It wasn’t work.”
The couple started working concessions when their son Doug, now the athletic director at Madison, began his coaching career with the district. During their years of volunteering, the Rickerts manned the stand at almost every game. They also made frequent grocery store runs before games, loading up their car with supplies.
“We remember seeing the car come down (to the field). They would bring all the food and all the kids would stop practice and run over, grab all the food and bring it in for them,” Doug recalled.
Doug Rickert said it was a special moment for his parents and himself to hear Conway and the board recognize the Rickerts’ hard work.
“My nephew was playing right when I started coaching and then they went all the way through to where my son was playing,” he recalled. “They saw a lot of ball.”
The board also heard a presentation from Nicole Cox, principal at Madison South Elementary and approved two memoranda of understanding with the Madison Local Education Association.
Principal Jonathon Muro introduced the middle school’s academic challenge team and genius project group. Rickert introduced the three state qualifiers in high school wrestling.
The board also met in executive session to hear grievances brought before the board at "level four" by OAPSE Local #292 or the Madison Local Education Association.