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Recreation panel gets a fresh start

Left to right, Recreation Committee member Wally Mackenzie makes a point to Chairman Walter Bird Jr. To Bird’s right are member Lefty Varin and Joe Losavio. Committee member Gloria Barthelmes. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
December 16, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — The town's Recreation Committee is back — with renewed purpose.

Years after another version of the committee disbanded, a new Recreation Committee has been formed to bring more activities and events to residents, young and old.

While members say the committee is still in its infancy, it has already undertaken several projects, including revamping the Concerts on the Common series and building a new skateboard and bicycle park.

As Chairman Walter Bird Jr., who is also the Stonebridge Press Executive Editor, puts it, the committee's mission is "to give the people of Southbridge young and old, and in between something to do."

That mission started anew in September when Town Manager Christopher Clark reconstituted the committee by appointing new members. Since then, five members joined, with one departing after they moved out of town. Joe Losavio took that person's place. The committee is non-profit and is allowed to raise money, Bird said.

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