Recreation Director’s Report
September 10, 2015
Just a reminder that the deadline for the Fall Town Newsletter is September 15, 2015. Articles & notices to be sent to my email before Friday, September 11 as we have a quick turn-around time to print and mail the newsletter out in time for the Fall Harvest Fair weekend Sept. 26. It will be another packed newsletter so I would appreciate your prompt response to this request. This newsletter covers events starting with the last weekend in September through February 1st. Please keep your articles as condensed as possible and send as attachments.
The next newsletter deadline is January 15 for the winter 2016 newsletter.
The Recreation Department did send a group of Pittsford Seniors on a trip to the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT to see “Guys & Dolls”. On Thursday, August 27, 2015 the Recreation Department & the Pittsford Seniors hosted our monthly luncheon at the Vermont Police Academy. Thirty-nine seniors from the local community attended the luncheon. August marked the 9th year anniversary of this popular program. In the past year the program averaged over 44 people per month. This compares to 44/2007-2008, 41/2008-2009, 45/2009-2010, 47/2010-2011, 47/2011-2012, 44/2012-2013, 44/2013-2014 & 44/2014-2015. Wonderful food, good conversation and great support from the Vermont Police Academy helps this program continue year after year. Each meal is made from scratch by Chef Bob and his assistants, the same crew that prepares & cooks the meals for the Academy.
The third (tennis, field hockey & soccer) and final summer sports camp the Recreation Department ran was the “Pre-season Soccer Camp” for boys and girls entering 3rd-8th grade, August 18, 19, & 20 at the Pittsford Recreation Area. We had 22 kids participate this year. Otter Valley Middle School Girls Head Coach ran the camp along with myself. Kids from the R.N.E.S.U. & surrounding areas like Chittenden and Proctor were involved. I feel the timing was perfect for players who wanted an early start to their fall soccer season by practicing proper soccer techniques in a controlled environment. This is the fifth year in row the Recreation Department sponsored this program.
Thanks to the efforts of Terry Poor and Tony Freson the Recreation Department has 18 holes of disc golf. The Recreation Area continues to see an entire new group of clientele that the Recreation Department wasn’t reaching before. On Saturday, October 24, 2015 the Recreation Department is hosting our fifth annual tournament. Details of the event and registration forms can be found on the Town of Pittsford website.
This fall the Recreation Department is offering our annual Hunter Safety Course. Pittsford resident, Mr. Rick Hedding, is the instructor for this class. He enjoys teaching his students knowledge & skills that most of them will retain and use for the rest of their lives. This is the 11th year he has taught this program for the Recreation Department. Mr. Hedding works for the State of VT Parks and is also a “former” State of VT Deputy Game Warden.
The Youth Soccer Program kicked off another Saturday morning season on Saturday, September 5.