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Summer youth program concludes

Lizzie Rich enjoys a day at the beach as part of the Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program. More than 150 youngsters signed up for the program, according to Angie MacAlpine, program director, with more than 100 attending on a daily basis.

Lizzie Rich enjoys a day at the beach as part of the Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program. More than 150 youngsters signed up for the program, according to Angie MacAlpine, program director, with more than 100 attending on a daily basis. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program has completed its season, providing activities to local children.

More than 150 youngsters signed up for the program, according to Angie MacAlpine, program director, with more than 100 attending on a daily basis.

The program offered children arts, crafts, sports, games, swimming and more daily.

Special events included:

— a basketball camp conducted by counselor Collin Weber;

— a bike rodeo that taught bike safety;

— bike rides to the town beach for the older children who performed well during the bike rodeo;

— attendance at the weekly Ticonderoga Festival Guild Arts Trek programs;

— participation in the weekly Heritage Museum children’s programs;

— bowling each week;

— a trip to Fort Ticonderoga;

— a scavenger hunt through the town of Ticonderoga. The children had to read clues and make their way from the Heritage Museum to the Hancock House. One of the tasks was to write a thank you note with chalk to the fireman;

— double dutch jump rope taught by volunteer Pam Thorne;

— a track meet. Ticonderoga High School Coach Walter Thorne started the races and instruct children how and where to run. Ellie Berube timed the meet; and

—the Lake George Association floating classroom. Children met the boat at Mossey Point and learned about Lake George through experiments. Walt Lender, executive director of the Lake George Association, arranged the visit.

“A big thank you to (Supervisor) Deb Malaney and the town board for the program and support; (Ti School District Superintendent) John McDonald and the school board for the use of the school; Stewarts for the generous donation; Wal-Mart for the generous donation; and A Cut Above, Tammy Perry, for her generous donation of a water bottle for every child in the program,” MacAlpine said.

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