The Waterville Police Department and High Hopes Clubhouse took part in a whiffle ball game on July 28 at Head of Falls, according to a news release by police Chief Joseph Massey.

“During a recent conversation I had with High Hopes Director Lisa Soucie, she mentioned it was difficult to plan outdoor activities for her members because of transportation issues,” Massey said, in the release. “I suggested a whiffle ball game between police and her folks would be fun and it was only a short walk to the Head of Falls area. It was a great time for everyone and after the game we enjoyed having pizzas together. City Manager Mike Roy joined us and was the official home plate catcher.”

Besides Massey, those taking part in the afternoon event included Deputy police Chief Bill Bonney, Detective-Sgt. Lincoln Ryder, Sgt. Dan Goss and officers Paul Heath, Ryan Dinsmore, Rob Bouley and Daryl Gordon, as well as members and staff at High Hopes Clubhouse.

The club’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those adults who experience mental illness by providing social, educational and employment opportunities to them, according to the release. Massey said police and club officials are planning a fall soccer game.

“Having an opportunity to interact with these folks is a wonderful experience and everyone should appreciate the High Hopes Clubhouse for what they do,” Massey said in the release. “They are valuable and wonderful members of our community and deserve to be treated like everyone else.”

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