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Recreation Director's Report
October 10, 2009

The last month the weather has been most favorable for the Recreation Department's programs. This is a great time of year to get outdoors and enjoy it with our families. Our Saturday morning Youth Soccer program had a very nice fall. Like last fall we were able to get all 5 Saturdays, 9/5-10/3, in without a single rainout. After the record rain fall we experienced AGAIN this summer I was anxious how well the lower soccer field would hold up if the rain continued in the same manner. I'm thankful the weather cooperated and the field remained in wonderful condition.

On Thursday, September 24 (the 4th Thursday of each month), "Pittsford Seniors" sponsored their monthly luncheon at the VT Police Academy. 36 people pre-registered for the September meal. Each luncheon features a keynote speaker or entertainer. Pittsford Lions Club members Sylvia Eugair and Bruce Curtis spoke to the group about the history of the Pittsford Club and the club's main objectives throughout the year. Folks enjoyed hearing about their beginning the where they're headed. The monthly luncheons are meant to give local seniors a nutritious meal at an affordable price ($4.50 donation for people 60 and older & $6.00 for everyone else) but also so they can get out of their daily routine and see neighbors and friends. The next monthly luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, October 22 @ 1:00 pm. The keynote speaker will be Loren Hamilton from the InterAge Adult Day Program in Rutland. The Recreation Director reported that the senior citizen group "Pittsford Seniors" went on a trip to the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site located in Plymouth Notch, VT. 31 seniors were registered to take part in the trip to the birth site of Vermont's important men. Folks enjoyed seeing the village in which the 30 president of the United States was born & grew up in. The trip was free to the senor citizen participants for two reasons, first because the Recreation Department and Pittsford Seniors were able to secure a Successful Aging Grant from the Agency of Aging in the amount of $750 to off set the fee of the tour bus. Secondly, because the site is a State Historic Site the seniors were able to use their Green Mountain Passports and enter the site for free.

On Friday, October 9, 2009 the Pittsford Recreation Department & Brandon Recreation Departments co-sponsored our annual Halloween Teen Dance at the VT Police Academy. In an effort to avoid scheduling issues that may have come up in the past for our participants, I decided to schedule the dance two weeks earlier than normal so not to conflict with the Pittsford Haunted House activities. Over all 138 teens in grades 7-10 participated in this year's event. I'd like to recognize the members of the Brandon Recreation Department "Raiders" 7/8 grade football team Dean Doulas, Jon Thornton, & Austin Baker who arrived early with their Coach Shawn Smith to help set up. Thank you to the parent chaperones who volunteered their time to help out. Thanks to Diane Douglas, Jeff Jones, Robin Leight, Christine Maseroni, Patty Morale, Kathy Roberts, Paula Rosen, and Mark Winslow. I'd also like to extend a "special" thank you to Kathy Shortsleeves & Megan Bradley for doing another fantastic job with the concession stand. I'm thankful, as are the teens, for the services they provide to the event.

Next I'd like to thank all the members of the Pittsford Fire Department for their kind donation of free Haunted House tickets. Winners of the free tickets were Julie Jackson, Tyler Jones, Jennie Shembeck, Josh Keick, Dean Douglas, and Erica Keick. Finally I must thank John D'Esposito for coordinating the police coverage we have present at each of our teen dances at no cost to the Recreation Departments. The annual Pittsford Pumpkin Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 at the Recreation Area 10-11:30 am. This event is co-sponsored by the Maclure Library. Wagon Rides, fresh popped popcorn, and of course, decorating pumpkins are all highlights for the event. In 2007 140 people attended and in 2008 over 200 participated.
 


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