CANTON - Residents in Canton are showing their support for the Canton baseball team.

With all the team's success, a group of residents got together Wednesday evening in downtown Canton to paint encouraging messages on the downtown business windows.

Canton will play for a state title as they face District IX runner-up Johnsonburg, who defeated California 8-1 in the other semi-final game Tuesday. They will play at 10:30 a.m. this Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, University Park at Penn State.

What's more, the residents plan to see off the team early Friday, and welcome them back to town the same day, win or lose.

They wouldn't have it any other way.

"We want them to know we're behind them, and we're proud of them, that they got this far," said Georgeanna Dunbar of Canton, who joined with friends Wednesday to paint the windows.

They also had some signs that they made to show their spirit.

One of the people helping out, Dani Hugo of Canton, said she wanted to support the players, and show them that the town cares - and wish them luck.

The group will meet at Kelly's Creek Side Restaurant at 6:30 a.m. Friday, and then see the players off at 6:40 a.m. as they leave town.

Then, at 3 p.m., they plan to gather in downtown Canton to welcome them back.

"We're asking the public to show up in downtown Canton around 3 p.m. and bring signs, noisemakers, and balloons to welcome the baseball players back," Georgeanna said. "We plan on going all out on Friday."

She was proud that the team was making history by going so far with their winning streak.

For more information, call Georgeanna at (570) 250-8757.

Western Bradford Notebook is an occasional feature focusing on the Troy-Canton area and surrounding communities in western Bradford County. If you have a story idea for this feature, contact staff writer Eric Hrin at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com