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Moriah forced to relocate youth program

MINEVILLE - The Moriah summer youth recreation program will be held at the Yandon-Dillon campus of Champlain Valley Tec in Mineville again this year.

Normally held at Moriah Central School, the program is being forced to make changes because of a two-year construction project that is continuing this summer. That project will make the school unavailable.

This is the second straight year the youth program has been moved to CV-Tec.

"Last year we had a very successful program," said trustee Tom Anderson, who served as liaison to the youth commission. "I expect this year to be just as successful."

There will be a major change, however.

Last year the town provided transportation for children attending the program. In 2009 it will not, because of budget constraints.

In 2008 the program served nearly 150 children.

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava is negotiating a deal with CV-Tech that will allow for continuation of all the activities and programs, except swimming. CV-Tech does not have a swimming pool, Scozzafava noted.

"I've spoken to the principal at CV-Tec and everyone there is excited to host the program," Scozzafava said. "They're just waiting word from Plattsburgh (headquarters of Champlain Valley Educational Services) to make everything official."

The federally-funded breakfast and lunch programs will be held utilizing the CV-Tech kitchen and cafeteria, Scozzafava noted.

The move to the Mineville campus from the school in Port Henry will result in another change.

This summer's recreation program will be four weeks instead of the normal five weeks, Scozzafava said.

The shortened program is necessary, the supervisor said, to allow CV-Tech time to prepare its Mineville campus for classes that resume in September.

Moriah officials considered several options before deciding on moving the program at CV-Tech. Combined programs with the Crown Point or Westport youth commissions were options, Scozzafava said.

"Fortunately CV-Tec is available and we'll be able to keep our kids in the town of Moriah," he said. "I'm certain it'll work out well."

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