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Greensburg, Hempfield rec departments have cure for summer blues

| Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Grayson Rodgers, 6, of Hempfield, fields a ball during a baseball camp at The Hempfield Township Athletic Center.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Campers watch Oscar, an American Bulldog, during a dog therapy demonstration by Ed DeLancey of Learning to Lead at the Hempfield Township Athletic Center during day camp.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Andy Nguyen, 10, along with other campers watch a dog therapy demonstration by Ed DeLancey of Learning to Lead at the Hempfield Township Athletic Center during day camp.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Hempfield Parks and Recreation staff and campers walk across the grounds at the The Hempfield Township Athletic Center during day camp.

When it comes to summer activities, the Greensburg and Hempfield Township recreation departments should be able to stave off the age-old lament of “there's nothing to do.”

Greensburg is offering a baseball camp for kids ages 3 to 6 in a new program.

It also offers a T-ball camp, track and field camp, soccer camp and a girls' basketball camp for children.

For many seasons, the department has offered a softball league for adults.

If it's hockey, basketball, swimming lessons or beginning golf — the Greensburg Recreation Department believes it's got their clients covered.

“Pretty much everything we do here is sports oriented because of the facilities we have,” said Frank Lehman, superintendent of parks and recreation for the city's recreation department. Programs are held at the Kirk S. Nevin Arena complex.

Kids Kamp for children ages 6-11 is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15-19 at The Aerobic Center at Lynch Field in Greensburg.

Activities will include sports, swimming, yoga, games and crafts. Fee is $150, or $100 for members. For more information, call 724-834-2153 or www.aerobiccenter.org.

In Hempfield Township, there are more than 50 programs offered through the recreation department for children and adults this summer. Many are sports-related.

Jason Winters, director of parks and recreation for Hempfield Township, said there are sports camps for kids from ages 5 to 12 for basketball, lacrosse, soccer, baseball and field hockey throughout the summer.

For adults, the department offers pick-up basketball games on Wednesday evenings. In the fall, soccer games will return.

Many activities are held at the Hempfield Park and Athletic Complex.

In addition, the township offers a baby-sitting certification class, as well as a CPR class.

A dog obedience class is also being offered for the first time this summer and — based on its popularity — will be offered again in the fall.

Senior citizens who live in the township have the opportunity for a monthly luncheon at various spots around the city of Pittsburgh.

“Our purpose is to provide recreation to all residents,” Winters said. “One area I'm working on trying to improve on is the 13-18 (age group). I'm always trying to look for new things for them — it's a tough age. I want to provide recreation in some way or another for all residents of the township.”

Michele Stewardson is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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