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Crown Point youth have summer option

MINEVILLE - Crown Point children can attend a summer recreation program this summer after all.

A month after the town canceled its program, Crown Point youngsters have been invited to participate in the Moriah recreation program.

"It's a very thoughtful and generous offer," Crown Point Supervisor Dale French said. "I didn't ask. Tom (Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava) just called and offered to take our kids."

The Crown Point recreation program was canceled this summer because construction and renovation work at Crown Point Central School means the facility will not be available.

The Crown Point youth recreation program typically attracts upwards of 100 children who participate in arts, crafts, games, field trips and sports for six weeks each summer.

Parents interested in having their children attend the Moriah program are asked to call the Moriah supervisor's office at 546-8631 for an application. There is no cost for Crown Point children attending the Moriah program.

The Moriah program will begin July 6 and end July 31.

Crown Point parents will be responsible for transportation to and from the Moriah program at CV-Tec in Mineville.

"Not all our kids will be able to attend (the Moriah program), but some can," French said.

The Crown Point Youth Commission still has plans for some activities and day trips this summer, French said.

Moriah was able to make the offer because its enrollment is down by more than 50 percent. Fewer than 70 children have registered to date.

That decline is attributed to lack of transportation in Moriah, according to Scozzafava and Jack Armstrong, Moriah Youth Commission chairman.

Moriah cut daily transportation from its youth budget this year.

"I think it's a combination of factors," Armstrong said of the enrollment decline. "We're not having the program at school, which means there's no swimming, which is very popular. And the fact we did away with bussing is huge."

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