Recreation Director’s Report

April 5, 2010

On Friday, March 12, 2010, the Pittsford Recreation Department and the Maclure Library, along with the Lothrop PTO hosted our last Family Fun Night of the winter. The theme for this Family Fun Night was “Wild, Wild, West”. Each event is held at the Vermont Police Academy. Family Fun Nights are designed for our local families with children in the third grade and younger. The Maclure Library supplied many wonderful art & craft projects. The Recreation Department was in charge of providing physical activities and games for families to take part in, such as “Giant Connect Four, Checkers, Chess, & Dart Ball”. The tunnels are popular for our target age group also.

On Sunday, March 28, 2010 the Recreation Department ended its third season of the ski & snowboard program at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Thirty students of various ages and skill levels participated in this four week program. Students were divided in small groups based on skill level and each week received a one hour lesson from a Snow Bowl instructor. After each class students had 2 hours to ski or ride. The kids that could demonstrate to their instructors that they were chair lift worthy were given lift tickets that allowed them to ride a lift up and work on refining the skills they learned. The beginners practiced their stopping and turning in the “Discovery Zone” (a.k.a. bunny slope). Each spring it’s been nice to see how much these kids improve during the 4-week program. The goal for everyone is that by the end of the four weeks each and every child will be proficient enough to ride a chairlift up the mountain and ski or ride down a beginner trail in a controlled manner. I’d like to thank the Snow Bowl instructors who worked so hard with our group. They have a great deal of knowledge and were able to pass that on to our skiers & riders.

On Thursday, March 25, 2010 (the 4th Thursday of each month), the Recreation Department & “Pittsford Seniors” held their monthly luncheon at the VT Police Academy. I’m happy to report thanks to the Wallingford Senior Group for joining us we 54 seniors eat lunch that day. Usually after each luncheon there is a keynote speaker, however the March presenter fell through. Believe it or not was a good thing as it gave folks a chance to visit with their friends. The Sr. Luncheons give local seniors a nutritious meal at an affordable price ($4.50 donation for people 60 and older & $6.00 for everyone else) and the chance to socialize with neighbors and friends. The next monthly luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 @ 1:00 pm.

Youth League Registration took place during the entire month of March. Parents who wanted to sign up their child to play T-Ball, Mighty Mites, Minor League Softball, Minor & Major Baseball (Little League) had to fill out a form, pay $25 fee per child, and return the form to the Recreation Department by March 31. Right now I’m busy entering data to the rosters, coordinating coaches and splitting kids on to teams.

Recreation Director Highlights:

Day Camp, Heather Durkel is returning as Camp Director

Disc Golf

Town Wide Yard Sale, Saturday, June 19, 2010

Child Yoga

Spring Town News Letter Info due 4/15/10

Green Up Day, Sat., May 1, 2010

Teen Dance, April 23