Chazy Lake Beach Days

DANNEMORA - Chazy Lake Beach will be alive with action as the town of Dannemora hosts its annual Chazy Lake Beach Days.

The town will once again offer a three-hour summer recreation program at the beach every Tuesday beginning July 7, running through Aug. 25.

Angela Spahr, activities coordinator for the town recreation department, said the format will be similar to last year's program, with a different theme each week. This week's theme will focus on outdoor games, including beach volleyball, horseshoes, kickball, whiffleball and relay games.

In the weeks to come, the town will host "Treasure Hunt, Orienteering, and Building a Teepee," July 14; "Kayak Day," sponsored by the Clinton County Youth Bureau, July 21; "World of Colors," July 28; "Team Building Day," Aug. 4; "Get a Clue Day," Aug. 11; "Science Day," Aug. 18; and the "Fear Factor End-of-the-Summer Beach Party," Aug. 25. The days will have activities ranging from fingerpainting, to solving crimes and exploring "everything slimy and gross," said Spahr.

"I am trying a new team building day in which kids have to solve problems as a group through thinking and cooperation," Spahr said, referring to the theme of the Aug. 4 program. "I did this with my Girl Scout troop and my students and they had a blast while learning a ton."

"Get a Clue Day" is a returning theme, offering kids the chance to learn more about solving crimes using powers of deduction and close examination of evidence.

Spahr, who is a special education teacher at Franklin Academy High School in Malone, said she worked with a forensic teacher this year who taught her a great deal, which she hopes to share with kids this summer.

The activities offered at Chazy Lake Beach Days are at no cost, with all activities held from 1-4 p.m. The program is geared toward all children of the town of Dannemora, including the village of Dannemora, and the communities of Chazy Lake, Upper Chateaugay Lake, Standish and Lyon Mountain. However, all children will be allowed to participate regardless of where they reside.

Children younger than 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while attending the program and participants must bring their own snacks and drinks. Participants are also encouraged to bring a swimsuit, towel and sunblock. Flip-flops are allowed, however, a change of shoes is recommended.

For more information about Chazy Lake Beach Days, contact Spahr at 735-4033 or visit the town of Dannemora Web site at http://townofdannemora.tripod.com.

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