December 13, 2010
Happy Holidays to every one who has supported the Recreation Department in one way or another over the last year. I would like personally like to thank all the organizations, the individuals, & the parents who have donated their time, their expertise, and/or their resources so that the residents of Pittsford could reap the benefits. Just as importantly, I’d also like to thank the countless number of volunteers who help out and assist the Recreation Department. Volunteers are the key component to the success or failure of just about every program that the Recreation Department has to offer. As the Recreation Director I depend a great deal on these wonderful people to facilitate the programs we offer and I would like to make sure they know how much I appreciate what they do by saying “thank you, thank you very much”. Finally, I would like to recognize the Recreation Committee for their assistance and support they provide throughout the entire year. As I’ve said before, many of the programs, classes, and events could not have been planned, offered, or sponsored without the assistance and support of the Recreation Committee.
On Saturday, November 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Lothrop Gym the Recreation Department sponsored a Holiday Craft Sale. There were plenty of gift type items for folks to purchase. Over all $208.00 was donated to the “Santa Fund”.
December marks the beginning of another basketball season for the Lothrop School and the Recreation Department. The 4th, 5th, & 6th grade teams will practice the month of December and games will begin after the New Year. The Recreation Department’s Youth Basketball program for grades 1st – 3rd will begin on Saturday, January 8, 2011 and will run the next six Saturday mornings ending on February 12th for most of the groups. The 1st & 2nd grade programs are designed to teach kids some basic skills and to give them an opportunity to be on the court side by side with teammates. The 3rd/4th grade teams are a little more advanced with higher expectations. At this level they work a little harder on skill development, while at the same time they need to start to learn positioning on the court because they do play a few games.
On Thursday, December 2, 2010 I was invited to attend and to speak at Jimmy Corbett’s (1 of 3 three triplets) Eagle Scout Ceremony at the Brandon Inn. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. This was really my first experience attending an official Boy Scouting event. I must say I was impressed with how organized the entire evening was. It opened my eyes to what the Boy Scouts is about. Besides the Corbett’s there were many other people made up of all ages who wore their uniforms with pride. I was truly honored to be part of this historic event as the Corbett’s are the 1st set triplets to obtain Eagle Scout from New England and are the just the 5th set in North America.
On Friday, December 3, 2010 the Pittsford Recreation Department & Brandon Recreation Departments co-sponsored our annual Winter Freeze Teen Dance at the VT Police Academy. 130 teens in grades 7-10 participated in this event. I’d like to thank the parent chaperones who volunteered to take time out of their hectic schedules to help us keep a close watch on everything. Thank you to Kathy Beayon, Melissa Felkl, Jeff Jones, Tom Kingsley, Kathy Roberts, Paula Rosen, Linda Rossi, Missy Williams, &
Mark Winslow. I’d also like to extend a “special thank you” to Laurie Hemple and
Kathy Shortsleeves who operated the concession stand. I’m thankful, as were the teens, for the services they provided to the event. Mrs. Shortsleeves spent a lot of time preparing for this event and it showed in how popular it was.
I’d also like to thank John D’Esposito for coordinating the police officers we have present at each of our teen dances at no cost to the Recreation Departments. These officers are sponsored by the Rutland County’s START (Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team) in an effort to help bring about healthy, drug and alcohol-free fun activities for the area kids. Thank you to Brandon Police Department “Student Resource Officer”, Ann Bandy, who was present that night to provide an extra layer of security. Time after time these officers do an outstanding job assisting us and I want to let everyone know that we appreciate it.
On December 4, the Pittsford Recreation Department and the Sugar Hollow Sno Mads (Pittsford’s Snowmobile Club) co-sponsored a State of VT Snowmobile Safety Course at the Pittsford Fire Station. This class is mandatory for anyone wishing to operate a snowmobile in VT who was born after 1983. This will be the 5th year in a row and 6th time in seven years that the Recreation Department has co-sponsored this particular program. Over the last 5-10 years snowmobiling has grown in popularity, and every year there are more riders on the trails so it’s crucial that new and young riders be taught the proper laws, and techniques that govern the snow highways.
More fill has been hauled to the upper field at the Recreation Area. Last week the highway crew was hauling “fill” to the left-center field area on the Upper Field #2. The Recreation Department’s goal is to extend the left field area by approximately 35-40ft. deeper so that the homerun distance is +200ft., making it more age appropriate when our major league teams (ages 12-11) play on it.