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Longtime official Britten retiring after 56 years

12:35 AM, Jun. 17, 2013
Umpire Arvo Britten signals the count during the final game of his 56-year officiating career, recently in Abbotsford. Britten officiated baseball, softball, basketball and wrestling and was a physical education teacher in the Merrill School District.
Umpire Arvo Britten signals the count during the final game of his 56-year officiating career, recently in Abbotsford. Britten officiated baseball, softball, basketball and wrestling and was a physical education teacher in the Merrill School District.
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After 56 years and 40 WIAA state tournaments, no one can blame Arvo Britten for hanging up his whistle and striped shirts.

The 76-year-old Wausau native presided over his last game - a softball sectional championship between Newman Catholic and Assumption - recently in Abbotsford.

"It's time to step aside and let some younger guys do this," said Britten who, was the first base umpire for the game. "I've enjoyed all the kids I've taught and officiated. I've done this a long time and it's just time to stop." ...

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