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Sept. 12, 2018 — A repeat of history?

It was 15 years ago when Hurricane Isabel tore through the mid-Atlantic region, scattering some houses and boats like toys, bringing torrential rains, and knocking out power to some people for weeks.

Now, a new storm, Florence, appears set to do much the same, spreading from its landfall somewhere between Wilmington, N.C. and Charleston, S.C. It’s expected that heavy rain is going to fall in the Carolinas, up through Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey before it’s all done.

We’ve noted that at least one collegiate game, at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., has been affected by the storm. But with a raft of very contentious games on tap this weekend in an area which could see some rain and wind, it could make for some interesting doings.

But I think what the field hockey community does best is respond to natural disasters. The efforts of field hockey programs and sponsors to help replace equipment lost in fires and floodwaters, or to help people rebuild houses and neighborhoods from Long Branch, N.J. to Houston, Tex., have been detailed in this pages in the past.

Aiding others is a proud history of the American field hockey community, dating back to when Constance Applebee and the United States Field Hockey Association donated an ambulance to the U.S. military during the Second World War.

It’s a noble history, one which is sure to continue. I encourage you all to help where you can.

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