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Recreation Department is competition finalist

The Town of Hamburg Recreation Department recently received a Community Finalist award through the Sports Illustrated Good Sports program.

The department was one of 17 finalists out of 1,300 communities nationwide that competed.

Departments were judged on their ability to promote such values as sportsmanship, fair play, skill development, parental and community involvement and positive coaching methods. They also were required to host a youth sports summit and youth sports festival, which the town did last September.

Recreation Director Martin Denecke credited volunteer leaders for contributing to the program's success.

The department will enter the competition again this year as its celebrates its 50th year of service to the community.

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