Community News: Former Masuk coach to be inducted into Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame

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Save Our Stepney Task Force decked out the gazebo on Stepney Green for Valentine's Day. This photo is from the organization's Facebook page.

Former Masuk High School coach Margaret “Peg” Moyer is being inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 21, in Bowie, Md.

Masuk High School Softball Coach Margaret “Peg” Moyer gives a pep talk to her players during a past season. Photo by Karen Coffey

Moyer, a longtime Monroe resident, now lives in Alexandria, Va. While at Masuk, she was an assistant girls basketball coach and part of three state championship teams. She was also head coach of the girls tennis, field hockey and volleyball teams, as well as an assistant softball coach.

Moyer’s tennis teams won four division titles and she was the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year in Girls Tennis in 1996.

Since moving to Alexandria, she has been active in softball as the player/manager of the 60-and-older team that won the Senior Softball United States of America Winter Nationals from 2008 to 2011.

Moyer was a member of the Women’s National Championship team in 2010 , won a gold medal in the Huntsman World Senior Games in 2009 and was named Coach of the Year at the SPA Women’s World Championships in 2019.

She has been a Senior Softball All-American numerous times and has held many
administrative offices in the Golden Girls Softball Organization, including president.

Town offices to close Presidents’ Day

Monroe Town Hall, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, the Highway Department, Food Pantry and Senior Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Spring Hill Road Transfer Station in Trumbull will remain open on Presidents’ Day. There will be no change in the recycling pickup schedule.

Pool-lake manager wanted

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting applications for the seasonal pool-lake manager position until Tuesday, March 31.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older to be eligible for employment and hold current — or be willing to obtain — certifications in first aid-CPR and lifeguarding, WSI, AED or other equivalents.

The job description is available in the Parks and Recreation Department office at Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road. Applications can be obtained at the office Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or be downloaded from the website www.monroerec.org.

Camping, pavilion reservations

Parks and Recreation Director Missy Orosz says her department will start taking reservations on Feb. 18 to book camping sites and pavilions on the Great Hollow Lake side of Wolfe Park.

The phone number for the Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is 203-452-2806.

Parks and Rec. programs

For information on Monroe Parks and Recreation programs and registration, visit the website at www.MonroeRec.org.

ArtSmart! Studio – Friday Night Art Escape (ages 10-14): This workshop series provides a great opportunity to socialize in a nurturing setting with other creative minds and offers sophisticated projects.

It meets Friday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. for Earth Abstractions (acrylic, sand and sea glass on canvas); and April 3 for Spring Garden Mixed Media (paper, textiles and dimensional accents on canvas).

Fees per workshop are $42 for residents and $52 for nonresidents. All ArtSmart classes held at ArtSmart! Studio, 152 Lynn Drive, Monroe. For information, email Kathy Vincent at [email protected].

Youth Swim Lessons (age 4 and older): The American Red Cross offers a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate swimming and water safety program that teaches you, your child or other family members how to swim skillfully and safely, and think and act safely in, on and around the water.

The prerequisite for each level is the successful demonstration of skills from the preceding level, except for Level 1, which has no prerequisites. A swim placement level guide can be found on the Parks and Recreation website.

Session 4 will be held Mondays, March 16 through April 20 (no class on April 13). The registration deadline is March 9.

Times: Level 1 and 2, 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. or 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Level 3: 7:15-8 p.m. Level 4 and 5: 8 to 8:45 p.m.

Fees: Level 1 and 2 $60 per resident and $70 for nonresidents. Level 3 and higher: $70 for residents and $80 for nonresidents.

Location: Masuk Pool, 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe.

Adult Swim Lessons: Adult swim lessons are offered on Monday nights at Masuk Pool. Parks and Recreation’s swim instructors will help adults develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling responsibility and safety instruction.

Classes will meet for 60 minutes per lesson, once a week for five weeks from 7 to 8 p.m. Session 4: Mondays, March 16 through April 20 (no class on April 13). The registration deadline is March 8. Fees are $70 for residents and $80 for nonresidents.

Aquacise: Water Aerobics offers a flood of benefits including cardio endurance, strength, flexibility, and increased circulation. This is a low impact workout that can reduce stress and add focus to your mind. Aqua aerobics is great for beginners and will challenge athletes.

Open to all fitness levels. No equipment required. This is a fun fast-paced workout with great music.

Classes are at Masuk Pool, 1014 Monroe Turnpike. Session 3: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 11 through May 6 (no class on April 15). Fees: $80 for residents and $90 for nonresidents.

For information on all of Monroe Parks and Recreation programs, visit the department’s website, call the office at 203-452-2806 or send an email to [email protected]. For updates on daily programs, call the information line at 203-339-6106.

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