Captains for more than 25 teams met Thursday evening at the Diamond Cafe in Lakewood for the unofficial kickoff of the 26th YMCA Battle of the Businesses. The weeklong competition begins Saturday, Sept. 7 with a one-pitch softball tournament at Bergman Park and Jones & Gifford in Jamestown. On Sunday, teams will golf, bowl and play pickle ball. Events will continue throughout the week and conclude on Saturday, Sept. 14 with a 2-mile run/walk at Lakewood Beach followed by a family picnic and the final events - baggo bean bag toss, paddling, sharp shooting and a scavenger hunt - at Camp Onyahsa in Dewittville. The battle is co-sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield and Windstream. For more information, contact Scott Mekus at 664-2802, ext. 236 or Tom Anderson at 763-0303, ext. 22.
P-J photo by C. Ralph Heeter