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Ti cancels summer recreation program

TICONDEROGA - There will be no summer youth recreation program in Ticonderoga this year.

A construction and renovation project at Ticonderoga Middle-Elementary School has left the program without a home. Work is also planned this summer at Ti High School, making it unavailable.

"We are not having a summer youth program," Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. "We explored other areas but we could not find an adequate site. Because of the school construction project and the lack of a facility with classrooms, gymnasium and kitchen facility, we are not having the morning program this summer.

"Our beach facility will be open and swimming lessons will be offered by our lifeguards," he added. "However, there will be no busing."

For years Ticonderoga has operated a six-week recreation program for children ages 5-13.

Free breakfast, lunch and snack were provided daily along with swimming lessons at the Black Point beach.

Besides sports, games and arts and crafts activities, the program featured trips to local attractions, ice skating, a train ride and a visit to the training camp of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants in Albany.

Also included in recent years was a music program under the direction of Nelson Shapiro and Megan Walls.

John McDonald, Ti school superintendent, regrets the absence of the summer youth program.

"Unfortunately, the scope of our project won't allow use of the middle school this year," McDonald said. "The replacement of (electrical) transformers means the high school won't have power for a month and the middle school for about three weeks. Children can't use the school without power.

"This is for one year," McDonald added. "Next year the school will be available for the youth program."

The town looked for alternative sites to house the summer program, looking at the Ti Armory, St. Mary's School and Silver Bay.

The Armory and St. Mary's lacked adequate space, while the cost of transportation to Silver Bay eliminated that site.

The Ti school district has also been forced to make changes to its summer school academic program for 2009. With the school building unavailable, school officials are seeking another venue for summer classes.

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