Minerva Youth Program has another fine summer

Minerva Sailing Program participants

Minerva Sailing Program participants Photo by Mike Corey.

— Giving thanks

There are a lot of folks to thank in regard to the Minerva Youth Program for allowing it to be as successful as it was this past summer. Some folks will likely be missed in this attempt to give thanks, but if so, remember that your contributions were welcome and necessary. Above all, thanks to the great MYP staff, who worked so hard to provide very successful and incredibly important safe and fun days for the campers. Program staff this year included: Dakota Bennett, Cameron Dubay, Katrina Dubay, Lisa Fabin, Trish Gardner, Murphy Harr, Selina LeMay-Klippel, Bridgett Mather, Lena Mather, Chris O’Connor, Stephanie Ovitt, Lance Paradi, and Mike Corey.

Many thanks go to the Town of Minerva lifeguards who throughout the summer did their job, and of course more; these fine lifeguards include Lynn Green, Liz Ordway, Heather Vanderwalker, and Massena Green. Those “Lost Swimmer” drills went very well, of course. Thanks to Katie Smith and her staff at The Stand for all their patience and generosity (and watchfulness).

Thanks to the Minerva Central School bus drivers (Ken Smith and Bev West) and coordinator Joe Gonyo for all their help during the summer (and to MCS for allowing the MYP to use the school building on rainy days). Thanks, too, to the Town of Minerva Parks and Recreation and Highway Department staff Rob Kohrman and Dan Lynn for being there when they were needed (the MYP shed at the canoe launch was an amazing addition). A special thanks to the instructors for the sailing program, which included a record 14 young sailors – you all stepped up to help when the regular sailing director Ron Bruce couldn’t run it this summer. Phil Wilson took over the helm, and with the help of Bill Brannon, Jeff Palka, Jon Ordway, Gus Stewart and several folks from Hewitt Lake, the sailing program was a great success.

Thanks go to The Minerva Youth Commission for all its support of the program, as well as to the Minerva Town Board, which provided much-appreciated support. And thanks to all those parents and guardians who prepared your campers for the beach, lunch, and the weather day after day. And, a great THANK YOU! goes to the campers, who ranged this year from ages four to 14 – you made the summer a fun one for all!

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