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Under pressure from state, L.G. recreation program evolves

A lifeguard watches over swimmers this week at Shepard Park beach in Lake George. Although local lifeguards have monitored swimmers for decades without any major incident, the state Health Department is now requiring that the town of Lake George hire an Aquatics Director to preside over the beach activities when the youth in the town summer recreation program are swimming, athough certified lifeguards are already present.

A lifeguard watches over swimmers this week at Shepard Park beach in Lake George. Although local lifeguards have monitored swimmers for decades without any major incident, the state Health Department is now requiring that the town of Lake George hire an Aquatics Director to preside over the beach activities when the youth in the town summer recreation program are swimming, athough certified lifeguards are already present. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Elementary School Nurse Stephanie Smith, he said, has volunteered to help out the effort to reorganize the recreation program, Crocitto said, noting that she might be able to serve as the program's “Medical Director” to meet the state mandate.

Crocitto said the town Recreation Commission has until March 15 to submit its reorganization plans, including a draft of its safety plan. He said that the recreation program counselors will all be certified in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

“We have the right people on board, and there are some very, very positive things happening,” Crocitto added, praising Smith for volunteering her help, as well as expressing appreciation for the school district’s cooperation. “We’re moving in the right direction.”

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