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Dugger Community Celebrates Football Program

The schools in Dugger may have to close their doors at the end of this school year, but that doesn't mean the community can't celebrate its history. What started out as a collection of memorabilia five months ago, took on an entirely new meaning in December, with the announcement that this would be the last year that the schools in Dugger wouldn't remain open. Coaches and those throughout the community have been working since August to collect jerseys, helmets and yearbooks, chronicling the Bulldogs' past on the field.
The schools in Dugger may have to close their doors at the end of this school year, but that doesn't mean the community can't celebrate its history.
 
What started out as a collection of memorabilia five months ago, took on an entirely new meaning in December, with the announcement that this would be the last year that the schools in Dugger wouldn't remain open.

It's what officials are calling the definition of bittersweet.
   
The celebration of a football program, that come, June will be no more.

"We just wanted to make it a celebration day, and be a positive thing for what the people done here, and what we've done in the past. Just make it a happy time," said coach Todd Gambill.

Coaches and those throughout the community have been working since August to collect jerseys, helmets and yearbooks, chronicling the Bulldogs' past on the field.

"Brings back memories, very good memories for most people. We just want the people to have a good time and celebrate what we've done in the past and even want me happen in the future," said Gambill.

A sport that has touched the lives of those both on and off the field.

"The weekend was in some cases centered around the football game that would happen Friday or Saturday afternoon, and the people of always come out and support that. This up with their kids, and I think it's a big part of participation in the school itself, so I think it's been an important part of the community," said Gambill.

Earning the support of even the youngest of union high school fans.

"People and parents who wanted football here, and have supported that obviously and their kids benefited from that. Obviously than that benefits me as a high school coach, having a kids interested in wanting to see the program continue," said Gambill.

But regardless of whether or not the Bulldogs with kick off next season, those closest to the team say it's already left a lasting mark on the Dugger community.

"I just want the people to know that they are appreciated, in the school wants them to feel that they are appreciated and have a good time, said Gambill.

The closure of Union High School and Dugger Elementary means that the North-East School Corporation will now have two elementaries, one in Hymera and one in Farmersburg .    
   
Shelburn Elementary will become a middle school for grades six through eight, and North Central will be the only high school.
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