PORT HENRY - After a two-year absence, the town of Moriah summer youth recreation program is returning home.
The five-week program will be held at Moriah Central School this summer. The past two years it has been held at Champlain Valley Tec in Mineville because of construction at the school.
"We're looking forward to a great summer," said trustee Tom Anderson, chairman of the town youth committee.
The Moriah Youth Commission is now accepting applications for the summer program for children who have completed kindergarten through the age of 13. Applications are available at the Moriah Elementary School office and the Moriah town hall.
Anderson said 90 children have registered to date. The program will begin July 6 and conclude Aug. 5. It will operate 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily.
As in past years, the program will include a daily free breakfast and lunch through a federal department of agriculture program. The meals are available to all youth age 18 and younger, even if they don't attend the recreation program.
The summer youth program will also include swimming at the Moriah school pool along with arts, crafts, sports and other activities.
There is no busing; transportation is the responsibility of the parents.
The Moriah town board has hired 15 counselors, most high school students and recent graduates, to run the program this summer.
The counselors were interviewed and recommend by the town youth commission.
"They (applicants) were all great candidates," Anderson said. "It was a very tough decision."
Supervisor Tom Scozzafava stressed the town board has no role in hiring the summer rec program counselors, other than formally approving the youth commission selections.