September 2021 Volume 4 Issue 9
It is already September, and we are entering the final quarter of 2021. We are happy to report that it’s been a great year. Our membership continues to grow. School is back in session and summer is hanging on for three more weeks. Our fall programs begin this month, including the ever-popular Otters swim team. You’ll also notice the newly buffed and updated Beede Center, thank you Annual Shutdown. 

Members of Teresa Deep Water Workout Class prove to be All Stars with formations while getting in a full-body workout. There are still limited spaces available in our aquatic fitness program. Register here. All Fall 2021 programs start the week of September 13th.

The Beede Swim & Fitness Center will be closed on Monday September 6 for Labor Day.

Larry Masland gets in the Hawaiian spirit.

Get deep and personal with marine life. Explore shipwrecks and see first-hand the beauty and fragility of coral reefs. Beede's new class offering will get you started. We have partnered with Stephanie Marino of Scuba Steph Dive School to bring you a general introduction to scuba diving.

Participants can sign up for either Saturday September 11 and Sunday September 12 from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Participants will need to bring: bathing suit and towel. A separate waiver is required and will be given out on the first day of class. 

Steph Diving is certified with PADI, the world’s most prestigious scuba diving Training Association More information may be at PADI. Register with your 

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Personal Trainer Lori Seymour. Lori is a 6-year veteran of Concord Recreation. She works as a group exercise instructor and is a one-on-one instructor for private tutorials. This summer she joined the Beede Center, allowing members to benefit from her one-on-one fitness expertise.

Lori’s fitness journey began more than four decades ago when she embarked on a career working with horses. “I was a professional horse trainer for 40 years which was extremely physical and demanding on the body,” she said, “I used exercise to keep my body in a balanced state so I could perform my job better and remain pain free.”

Lori continues to stay in shape with full-body workouts that include cardio, muscle conditioning and stretching. Her passion for fitness led to esteemed certifications from the AFAA (Athletic and Fitness Association of America) as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness instructor. With wide range of certifications to draw from, Lori develops a training plan that will help you achieve your personalized fitness goals.

There are a myriad of reasons to work with a trainer. “A personal trainer can assist a person in many ways,” Lori said. “They can show you how to use exercise equipment properly, help you achieve your goals with things like losing weight or achieving a toned look. They can help create an effective and safe workout routine.” Ideally, results will be instantaneous. But realistically, results don’t begin to show for three to four weeks. Good physical fitness routines are also lifestyle routines and must be maintained to be effective. Committing time to a trainer is an excellent way to begin a healthy lifelong habit. 

Lori is available to train clients Monday - 9:00am - 3:00pm, Tuesday 11:30am - 8:00pm, Wed 10:00am - 1:00pm, Thursday 11:30am - 8:00pm, Friday 9:30am - 1:00pm, and Sundays 10:30am - 2:00pm.

Once again, we are honored to host this life-saving event, sponsored by Nick’s parents and Beede members Pam and Paul Ressler. It will be held on Saturday, September 25th, from 8:00am - 1:00pm.

It began with community — and 20 years later community is what sustains the annual Nick Ressler Blood Drive. When 14-year-old Nick Ressler became critically ill in 2001, blood transfusions became essential in affording Nick the opportunity to continue to be a kid in our community — attending Concord Middle School, hanging out with friends and family, and extending his life for several months. In 2001, 300 donors rolled up their sleeves for Nick and the community has continued to roll up their sleeves each year for all the other Nicks who now need the precious gift of blood.
In the two decades since the first Nick Ressler Blood Drive, more than 3,000 individuals have been helped by the blood donated at the Nick Ressler Blood Drives. Please become part of this ongoing Concord community tradition. For more information, or an appointment time to donate, please email

Did you ever wonder how dumbbells got their name? They are inanimate objects, so cannot possibly lack intelligence. And they don’t look at all like bells. We did the heavy lifting and uncovered some intriguing facts. Back in the 1600s, the primary definition of the word “dumb’ was a silent object. Also, displays of strength were all the rage then as they are now. Weights, as we know them today, were not yet invented. So, our ancestors improvised.

Colossal bronze church bells were in abundance in Westernized Christian lands, and the strength and discipline needed to create harmonious rings did not go unnoticed. Competitions ensued among fitness enthusiasts as to who could ring the bells fastest, longest and so on.

These early “workouts” did not always coincide with religious activities, nor were the chimes particularly melodic. While the competitors developed muscle, created a power hierarchy and analyzed each other’s skills, people who couldn't care less about these things - especially those living within earshot - were annoyed.

Eager to compete and remain in good community standing, contenders cast a set of bronze bells without clappers, thus “dumbing” them down. Besides being silent, the new “bells” were portable and more accessible. More enthusiasts took up “dumbbells.” The shape and materials of dumbbells have evolved, but their name now has a nice ring to it.
Duncan Kuchar and Peggy Lanieri condition with modern-day dumbbells in the weight room.

We are thrilled that our beloved children’s program has returned. Everyone’s favorite Children’s Librarian Fiona Stevenson will once again share stories in our Fitness Studio each month. B&B resumes Friday September 24th at 11:00am. After a half hour of storytime, children and their caregivers enjoy another half hour in the Kiddie Pool. Bring swimsuits, towels and a love of literature. This program is free and open to members and nonmembers. Caregivers MUST stay with the child. Signup at 978-287-1000. 

Saturday September 25 also marks the annual Kicks For Cancer, a fundraiser to support research and support services for Ovarian Cancer. You can watch the CCHS Soccer team play, and support the cause with a donation and displaying a lawn sign. Click the link for details, and a shout out to the CC kids who are making a positive difference for Ovarian Cancer patients.  

Always check carefully before crossing a lane. Make sure there is enough room to pass without interrupting the person in the lane. Ask before crossing if someone is at the wall..
A big Thank You to Maureen Belt for her many years of Beede service.

Members and staff wish you all the best in the Lincoln school system.

Hope to see you swimming in the Beede pools soon!