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Passing the torch

Fallon resigns as Caz Joint Youth Program Director, welcomes DiGiacomo

Former Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program Director Joe Fallon, right, stands beside the new director Elizabeth DiGiacomo and Cazenovia Village Trustee Dave Porter in Lakeland Park on April 28 . After 21 summers, Fallon has stepped down from the position to focus of recuperating from a recent ankle injury.

Former Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program Director Joe Fallon, right, stands beside the new director Elizabeth DiGiacomo and Cazenovia Village Trustee Dave Porter in Lakeland Park on April 28 . After 21 summers, Fallon has stepped down from the position to focus of recuperating from a recent ankle injury. Photo by Pierce Smith.

After 21 summers as director of the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program, Joe Fallon will be not be reprising his familiar role, due to a recent ankle injury. Elizabeth Digiacomo, a Cazenovia resident and health and wellness professional, will head up the popular program, which runs from June 25 to Aug. 3 at Lakeland Park.

“I met a lot of great people and had a great time. Almost all of the kids on the staff were from Cazenovia, and I really enjoyed working with them. The waterfront playground was great, but I think the best thing about [the recreation program], are the cooperative efforts between the three towns and village of Cazenovia. That has to be maintained in these days of budgets concerns,” Fallon said. “I’ll miss it, but Digiacomo is a go-getter and will be a great replacement.”

The recreation program, which dates back to 1946, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and is open to all children who reside in the village of Cazenovia, as well as the towns of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson. Fallon said an average of 130 area children participate each summer, where they can swim, play games and sports, complete crafts and activities as well as take weekly field trips to local attractions. Two certified lifeguards are on duty at all times, as well as about seven counselors.

“I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to following Joe’s lead this year, doing very similar programming to what he has done in the past, so as to keep the transition between directors smooth. I’ll look to the parents and children, as well as my counselors and lifeguards, to lead me into this year, finding out what works and what doesn’t … expand on the program, find new field trip locations and activities,” Digiacomo said. “I’m going to take it slow, see where change needs to happen. Hopefully the program’s enrollment will evolve over time.”

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