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Looking back at 2010, pt. 2

Our parks continued to be used heavily and enjoyed by many, which was very satisfying given the troubling near-closure of many of our surrounding state parks due to budget woes. Our parks hosted the Chamber Concert Series, the farmers market, the softball league, the Joint Youth Rec Program, youth baseball, hockey and lacrosse, not to mention the hundreds who enjoyed the playgrounds, the skating rinks, the swimming areas, or just a place to enjoy our spectacular natural beauty. Many thanks go to our phenomenal DPW for their tireless upkeep of these resources. Thanks as well go to the community members who helped initiate new, creative, and resourceful uses for our parks. I am delighted to see the box lacrosse program at Burton Street rink continue, and equally delighted to see the Rowing Club set up its winter training program in Carpenter's Barn. Both the Joint Youth Rec Program and the Pop Warner Football Program were displaced by renovations at the high school in 2010, and found homes in our parks. I am always excited to see creative solutions, especially those that lead to greater use of our parks.

The Tree Commission continued its efforts to monitor the village tree inventory, identify planting sites, and often wielded the shovels themselves. I am very proud of this volunteer group and grateful for their dedication to our tree canopy, which is one of the village's most striking features. 21 trees were installed in 2010 throughout the village, including several memorial trees, and of course the new fledgling village Christmas tree, which was planted to honor Arbor Day and will be called into service in the future when our current tree expires. The commission also sponsored a well-attended educational seminar.

Finally, I am proud of my colleagues on the board and all of the village staff. As the mayor pointed out, we waded through a tremendous amount of legislation and issues in 2010. Whether we were all in agreement or not - and we are not always - the group has an excellent working relationship and a huge amount of mutual respect for one another. We take in an enormous amount of public input, as well as input from each other, and consistently throughout my tenure I have seen thoughtful, creative, dedicated problem-solving, always with the best interest of the village in mind.

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