November 18, 2018
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Thomaston hires former Rockland recreation director

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN

THOMASTON, Maine — Rene Dorr has returned to serving as a recreation director, just one town over from where he served for many years.

Dorr began work Monday as Thomaston’s recreation director. He had been the recreation director in Rockland for 16 years before the city ended the municipally-run department late last year and agreed to let the Penobscot Bay YMCA provide programs.

While Thomaston has no municipal recreation building, the department operates numerous programs throughout the year, Town Manager Valmore Blastow said. The recreation director coordinates with the local school district for use of its buildings to offer programs.

The programs include youth basketball, baseball, soccer, baseball, rugby, lacrosse and tennis. The department also offers summer youth programs such as arts and crafts and cartooning. In addition, it provides exercise programs for senior citizens and arranges various trips for seniors.

Dorr succeeds Misty Start and will be paid about $34,000 annually.

There were seven candidates for the post and all had four-year college degrees, the manager said.


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