Conway Rec summer program registration begins

CONWAY — The Conway Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting registration forms for the 2017 summer program. Last year, approximately 300 children from Albany and Conway participated in the program.
The Conway Parks & Recreation Department will be offering an eight-week summer program geared for boys and girls ages 6-14, beginning on Wednesday, June 21 and concluding on Friday, Aug. 11. The program will run Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This all-day program will offer arts & crafts, games, sports, special activities and weekly trips to enhance your child's summer recreation experience.
Children will be separated into two groups by age. Children ages 6-9 will be in one group and 10-14 will make-up the other group. The program will be onsite at the recreation department in Center Conway Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesdays children ages 6-9 are offered a trip and on Thursday's children 10-14 go on their trip.
There will be a small fee this summer to participate along with different payment plans. Be sure to register before June 9 to take advantage of the early bird registration fee.
The pre-registration cost for all eight weeks is $10; post-registration is $230; and it's $85 for one week.
Children must be a resident of Conway (all Conway's) or Albany to participate.
To learn more or to download registration forms go to www.conwayrec.com or contact the Conway Parks & Recreation Department at (603) 447-5680.
 

Deadline to sign up for Conway Rec track is Wednesday

CONWAY — Wednesday is the deadline to signup for the track and field program run by the Conway Parks & Recreation Department

The program is for boys and girls aged 9-14, who are residents of Conway and Albany. Last year, there were 49 participants, while in 2015 there were 67.

Spearheading the program this summer will be Steve Bamsey, who has volunteered for a number of years, and as a teacher at Conway Elementary School, has a natural rapport with children.

"Steve will do a great job," said Conway Rec Director John Eastman.

The program will begin on May 31, and will run every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Gary Millen Stadium at Kennett High School.

All participants must sign up at the Conway Parks & Recreation Department.

The program is designed to teach children the fundamentals of track and field events, which include running dashes, relays and softball throws.

The program will run approximately five weeks and will include two local track meets. Registration fee is $10, which covers the cost of a T-shirt to wear in the track meets.

Bamsey takes over the program from Eileen and Bernie Livingston, who, after 13 years at the helm, are passing the track baton.

"Steve will do a phenomenal job," Bernie said. "He's been with us for a number of years and knows the kids."

The first year, Eastman recalled the Livingstons attracted about 20 youngsters.

"He and Eileen mentored and developed the program," he said. "Conway Rec served as the catalyst. It just evolved over the years. A lot of the kids Bernie and Eileen mentored have come back and now volunteer. It's been the perfect match. I know the key to a track and field program being successful is having good coaching. This was beyond mine, Todd (Gallagher's) and Mike (Lane's) expertise. We were baseball guys who were lucky Bernie and Eileen wanted to take this on.

"Bernie's reputation as a track coach and a human being speak for itself," Eastman added. "There's not a better family than the Livingstons. We could never repay them for all they have done."

 

Tuckerman's Restaurant and Tavern is the latest Home Run Basbeall League sponsor

CONWAY — The newly formed Home Run Baseball League is proud to announce the addition of the Tuckerman’s Restaurant and Tavern as a team sponsor.

Tuckerman’s joins Delaney's Hole in the Wall, AJ Coleman and Sons and The Tamworth Outing Club as committed sponsors for the four team baseball league, which is open to players ages 13-15.

The season will consist of six weeks of play on Tuesday and Thursday nights with end of the season playoffs on weekends.

In addition, an All Star team will be selected for tournament play. All games will be played locally.

Initial player signups and workouts were in late February, but the league is still open for interested players, coaches and sponsors. There will be another signup/workout on Sunday, May 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Home Run Sports Training Center facility on Hobbs Street in Conway (down from the Ham Ice Arena).

Inquiries can be directed to Commissioner Greg Allain at (603) 447-2000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Doc Walker at (603) 356-5050, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember to check out the Home Run Training Center's facebook page for updates and announcements.

 

 

Conway Rec offering 35-and-older softball league

CONWAY — In an effort to save men's softball, the Conway Parks & Recreation Department is hoping to attract teams to a 35-and-older league.

John Eastman, recreation director for the town of Conway, announced Tuesday, he's dropping the Over-40 League requirement down to age 35. He has three Over-40 teams, but has had no luck attracting a fourth.

The traditional Conway Men's Softball League, formerly known as the Saco Valley Softball team, which had 11 teams in 1987, had just two teams express interest in playing this summer. Not enough for a league.

"I held a meeting for any new teams last month and no one showed up," Eastman said.

"What I'm looking for is 12 people willing to start a 35-and-older team," he added. "I'm not looking for 12 people to come to me hoping to get on a team. We already have three committed teams, but I think we need a fourth for the league."

If anyone has interest in entering a team, they should contact Eastman before Tuesday, at (603) 447-4680.

If there is no men's softball this summer, Eastman said he would entertain the idea of moving up the start of the popular co-ed league from the second week in August to the second or third week of July.