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      Are basketball hoops "historic"?

      Basketball hoops and their accompanying flood lights don't fit in with quaint historic settings it seems.  Last Wednesday night, the Historic Committee concluded that fact after carefully reviewing a proposal that was very "enlightening".  The expectation of kids gathering for an evening pick-up game under flood lights creates a distortion of the quiet, peaceful historic neighborhoods.  In addition, the 10' high posts with glass backboards are not compatible with the cedar shingles and white trim of many historic homes which surround these playground type sets.

       It would not be fair to say that the Historic Committee does not want to see kids play basketball or have any other form of good clean fun.  More to the point, the Historic Committee needs to preserve certain settings as residential and prefers other settings such as schools and parks for sports and recreation.

       Meshing the needs of recreation with history is achievable with good communication and cooperation.

      Peter

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