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- Mike Sutcliffe Earns His Award - Killington Rec Brimming With Activities!
Tue, Jul 5, 2011 12:51 PM
At the June 13 meeting of the Town of Killington Parks and
Recreation Commission Mike Sutcliffe, Recreation Director,
presented his report to the Commission. Mike advised that the
baseball season has been a very good one, and he thanked John
Durney and Andrew McKenna, (T-Ball coaches), Steve Nisimblatt and
Ray Rice, (Mighty Mite coaches), Casey Crompton and Chris Bianchi,
(Minor League coaches), Klaus Weirether and Ron Ottino, (Major
League coaches). Mike Sutcliffe reported that the Major League
decided that they were going to try out the Cal Ripkin League. In
the past, 6 different towns would split up and make an all star
team and play in the Proctor tournament. The Cal Ripkin League is
for just Majors this year and 3 players have been chosen for the
all star team- Connor Black, Joe Bianchi and Liam VanHerwarde. The
Commissioners congratulated all of them. Mike Sutcliffe said, over
all it was a very successful season. Also, our Major League team
will be making the League Playoffs.
Regarding Winter Swim, Mike Sutcliffe said that we just finished
our final Winter Swim session with 8 signed up. He thanked the Pico
Sports Complex for allowing us to run these programs which were
highly successful this year.
Regarding Summer Programs, Mike distributed the new Killington
Parks and Recreation Summer 2011 brochure and went through it with
The pool opened on June 18 for the 2011 season. The Splash Theatre
will be held on July 20 and August 10 at 7 pm and is open and free
for the public. The pool fees have changed for 2011 to daily fees
for non-residents $2 for kids 12 and under and $4 for adults.
Non-resident season passes for families of 4 are $50 and individual
adult $30 and individual child are $15.
Camp Loads of Fun will run from June 27 to August 12 and has had a
lot of out-of-state families sign up. The same staff will be
returning- Ryan Wonsor, Kristen McLaughlin, and Anne Trono. There
is a fun line up of activities for Camp Loads of Fun.
Rek and Trek Adventure Camp this year is for 8 to 13 year olds,
and runs from June 27 to August 12. Cindy Dunigan and Anna Nadler
will be the returning staff.
Swim lessons for Little Guppies will be at the pool for infants
and mothers to introduce them to the water, and there will be 3
sessions of Little Guppies being offered that started on July 5.
There have been several sign ups so far.
The Summer Swim Team is in full force. Mike Sutcliffe thanked Barb
Wood and Eileen Godfrey, and Kim Gaines for their strong commitment
this season. More volunteers are more than welcome.
The Green Mountain National Golf Course and the Recreation
Department have teamed up for a lot of fun this summer with Family
Golf Night, a parent/child clinic, to be held on Wednesdays at
5:30pm at $10 a person per night. The Junior Golf Clinic second
session will run from August 15, 16, 17 from 8 am to 12:30 pm for
ages 9 years and up costs $99. Learn to Play Golf/Enjoy Golf for
parents and teens 7th to 12th grade with 4 practice sessions
followed by a BBQ and Glow Ball Tournament takes place from June 21
to August 11 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm costs $15 per teen and $25 per
family. Contact the Green Mountain National Golf Course directly
for all these golf programs including payment.
The Challenger Soccer Camp of last year had the largest turnout
with 38 kids and a strong sign up so far this year. Anyone
interested in being a host family contact the Rec. Department. The
camp is July 26 to July 30 for ages 4 to 6, 9 am to 10 am, and for
ages 6 to 12 the time is from 9 am to noon.
The Top Spin Tennis Camp coached by Gary Thompson for grades 1
through 6 is from August 1 to August 5, 9:30 am to 11 am.
Under Old Business, Mike Sutcliffe advised that the Thursday night
Summer Concert Series has a strong lineup of performers: The Dan
Walker Trio (Americana/Roots/Rock/African Rhythms and World Music),
Folk by Association (Bluegrass/Folk), Samirah Evans and Her
Handsome Devils (Jazz), Simply Acoustic (Rock/Pop Acoustic), Swing
Noire (Acoustic/Jazz/Swing). Concerts are July 14 to August 18 from
6 pm to 7:30 pm and free of charge. Steve Nisimblatt suggested
signs on the road that read "Free Concert." Leo Davin suggested we
ask Royal Barnard to up the concerts on the front page of The
Dog Days will take place on River Road behind the library this
The Killington Senior lunch cost supplement was discussed and Mike
Sutcliffe suggested that Mike Young submit a request for
appropriations to the Town for next year. Mike Young said the golf
course has agreed to host the Seniors for next year during the
summer and The Lookout Restaurant has agreed to host them for the
Regarding the fence sponsorship, Mike Sutcliffe reported that
since the last meeting we received one more sponsorship from Ski
Country Real Estate. He said that overall it has been very
successful this first year with the revenue going toward a new
fence. Mike Sutcliffe thanked all of the sponsors for their
Under New Business, Mike Sutcliffe said that he is looking into 3
potential new programs including circus elements for the fall, a
drumming class and a theater class.
Regarding the trail map, Mike Sutcliffe said that the completed
Killington Region Hiking Trail Guide is out with full distribution
with the 10 top hikes within a 45 minute drive from Killington. He
said we are getting a lot of good feedback from the community. Mike
Young brought up guides and Mike Sutcliffe said that we don't want
to compete with the commercial enterprises in Town.
Next, it was announced that Mike Sutcliffe was voted by his peers
as "Young Professional of the Year" from the Vermont Recreation and
Parks Association. The Commissioners congratulated Mike and
discussed posting the award in the newspapers.