OBSERVER Staff Writer
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The Collins Town Board received praise for help with setting up a new sport for the senior citizens to play at the L.K. Painter Community Center. Pictured, from left, is Councilman Kenneth Martin, Supervisor David Tessmer and Councilwoman Mary Clark.
COLLINS - The Collins Town Board received praise for its help with an unusual sport - pickleball. Lois Johnston addressed the town board on behalf of the seniors citizens.
"I just wanted to say thanks. Everyone who has came out has enjoyed it. It's been great," Johnston said.
Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong, she explained. The game has the basic rules of tennis and uses a similar net, but is played with wooden paddles, similar to ping pong, and a tennis-sized wiffle ball.
Supervisor David Tessmer helped place tape lines on the court at the L.K. Painter Community Center. Senior Citizens and those above the age of 40 are invited to play the game on Sundays, with the exception of the third Sunday of the month, at the LKPCC at 1 p.m.
The town also approved to increase the dog control officer's salary from $4,477 to $5,000 per year and the part-time laborer salary will be increased to $12.50 per hour following the conclusion of the probationary period. The town also declared two window air conditioning units removed from LKPCC as surplus set for disposal and the town approved to advertise for a senior recreation program director. Joan Byrne, current director, has plans to retire but will still be involved with the program. Applications should be received at the town clerk's office by Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. with preference given to town residents.
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