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Letters to the Editor

January 23, 2014

Thank you from Newton Recreation

Thank you from Newton Recreation

The year 2013 was a year of transformation for the Newton NH Recreation Commission, with 100% new volunteers to make things happen for Newton residents of all ages.

This letter is to acknowledge and thank each of them.

Starting with Diane Morin, Sally Woodman and Marilyn Landry, who all serve in multiple capacities in town, joining with Sue DeMercurio to continue recreational activities in town, more members joined during 2013. We are always looking for volunteers to join us!

Each commission member takes point on one event. Diane served as Secretary and ran Vacation activities and discount tickets. Sally organized Senior Activities. Marilyn often acted as Chair. Jessica Brasier served as Vice-Chair, and ran Town Day. John Neveux worked to get the new raft at the Town Beach. Ray Thayer as Selectman liaison actively helped with every event.

We continued the time-honored traditions of providing discounted tickets to Canobie Lake and Water Country and added snow tubing at Amesbury Sports Park this year. We administered the Warrant Article for Senior Events, and put on both a HOBO RR tour and a Holiday Luncheon.

Recreation again staffed the town beach and provided swim lessons. We are arranging to outsource our Learn to Swim program in 2014 at a tremendous savings.

Recreation maintains the ball fields at Greenie Park, but the playground, picnic, skate park and parking have been neglected for years, due to budget constraints. After a long search, we selected Natural Playgrounds to design a master plan for Greenie to be implemented over 5 yrs. We are planning a Golf fundraiser for the fall and reallocating a portion of our operating budget to improvements and maintenance at Greenie.

The Recreation Commission hosted some other activities: Vacation Events for ice skating and roller skating in December, February and April. We had a disappointment with the Halloween Party. With the newer town-mandated receipt policy for reimbursement, the BSA request for funding was not brought to us in time. Both Recreation and the BSA plan to have it back in 2014.

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