You can skate now
So get out there!
Each week, we bring you the finest in city news from The Honorable Thomas Aspell, city manager.
This week is, like every week, no exception. Aspell brings us the urgent news that skating season has officially started at White Park.
We think we can speak for all of us when we say, emphatically, woo hoo. Aspell continues: “The ice thickness has been tested and has been determined to be safe for skating (at least 6 inches thick).”
But this isn't a free pass: “As conditions change daily, skaters are advised to check the sign at the main entrance of the park, prior to skating, to make sure the pond is open,” Aspell says. Fair 'nuff, we say. Says Aspell: “The skate house will begin operation for the season on Friday, Jan. 9.”
What about skiing?
You can do that, too!
The cross country ski trails are open at Memorial Field, says Aspell, who never tires of dispensing good news throughout the land.
“All skiers are asked to stay on the groomed trails,” he says. “Special thanks go out to the Capitol Ski and Outing Club for grooming the trails at no cost to the city.”
Hear that, thrifty taxpayers??
Water on Main St.
Early last week, says Aspell, the staff of the General Services Department's Highway and Utilities Division were challenged with a water leak on South Main Street, near Pleasant Street.
“Crews had a difficult time getting the water shut off in order to make the repair,” Aspell says. “Ultimately, water service was temporarily shut off on Tuesday morning and the repair was completed by 1 that afternoon.”
Thank God, a happy ending. Right, readers?
Aspell continues: “The area affected by the break included North and South Main Streets, from School Street to Hills Avenue. The department extends its gratitude to the affected merchants and property owners for their patience and understanding while the city worked to restore water to the area.”
Clean up your act
Last week, Aspell says, the General Services Department began to remove some of the benches downtown.
No, readers, not because General Services is mean and wanted to take away your favorite place to sit. Although we've never directly asked them if that's the case.
Says Aspell: The benches were taken to the Public Properties Division to be restored, as needed, over the winter months. The benches will be re-installed this coming spring in time for Mother's Day.
The remaining benches will be removed this week as time allows, Aspell adds.
That darn tree
Sick of Christmas?
Even if you had a great holiday, there comes a time when the Christmas tree starts to feel a little out of place.
Maybe the needles have been stabbing Fluffy, or maybe the whole thing just looks like a lonely piece of kindling. Whatever the case, the Boy Scouts are here to help.
Boy Scout Troop #81 of West Concord is doing its annual Christmas tree pickup within the city limits, says Aspell.
Residents who would like to make arrangements to have their tree picked up should call Scout Master Peter Robinson at 731-1082.
This is a free service; however, donations will be accepted. Hint, hint.