June 2019 Volume 2 Issue 6
June 2019 Newsletter
‘I pray that the life of this spring and summer may ever lie fair in my memory.’
Henry David Thoreau

Hello everyone and welcome to the June edition of the Beede Newsletter. Here’s a mildly interesting fact about the sixth month of the year: June has the most daylight hours of all 12 months. And, on June 21, the summer solstice, the sun will shine from 5:11 a.m. to 8:11 p.m. That’s 15 hours. Now that’s a long day! Let’s hope it doesn’t rain. 


  • June 1 - Saturday - Otters Swim Meet (pools close of 4:00 pm)
  • June 2 - Sunday - Run to School 5K-click here for more info
  • June 3 - Monday - Beede and Books
  • June 8 - Saturday - Member Appreciation Day (see below)
  • June 9 - Sunday - Deadline to register for Summer Programs
  • June 16 - Sunday - Happy Fathers Day!
  • July 3 - Wednesday - Hours 5:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • July 4 - Thursday - Closed


The Freshman 15. Reality? Myth? Regardless. According to Consumer Reports, nearly two-thirds of college freshman pack on an average of 7.5 pounds. That’s nothing a little diet and exercise can’t take away.

Once again, we roll out our summer program that allows full-time college students a chance to stay physically and financially fit. Just present your current college ID to our front desk for a $138 membership. You have full use of the facility for 90 consecutive days. Even a first-year economics major knows that’s a great deal.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’re not sure we follow, Ralph, especially when the rain turns into a thunder and lightning storm and we have to make everyone get out of the pools. We don’t like doing that, but during electrical storms we have to.

We are required to empty the pools and showers for one half hour from the last lightning strike or roll of thunder. Regretfully, classes abbreviated or canceled due to weather cannot be refunded. We understand your frustration and appreciate your understanding.

‘The Ornament of a Fitness Center are the members who frequent it.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson (sorta kinda)

We are thrilled to be hosting another Member Appreciation Day Saturday June 8 from 9:00 am -5:30 pm. This is one of our ways of saying “Thank you” for your loyalty, commitment, feedback and partnership.

We will provide light refreshments, a raffle and giveaways. We’re also offering the following:
  • Members may bring in one guest at no charge
  • Trainer Brian Kallagher will be conducting Body Composition Tests at no charge from 9 to 10 and 1 to 2. He will accept four guests per hour and advance signup at the front desk is required.
  • Program Manager Amanda Smith will host a “Water Smart” course in the lobby from 3 to 4, as part of her mission to decrease (actually eliminate) the national drowning rate.
  • The infamous “Rock” will be the center of much fun in the Dive Well from 2 to 4.

As you can see, lots of fun to be had at no cost to you. We look forward to sharing another fun Member Appreciation Day with you and your family and friends.

Missing an earring, keys, sunglasses, towel, whatever? Is that not the most frustrating thing?

We may have it in our Lost and Found. First check the bin outside the men’s locker room. If you don’t find it there, ask at the Front Desk. If you’re seeking keys or glasses, we can check right away. For everything else, especially jewelry or high-ticket items, we will gather information from you. If your info matches up with items placed directly into our safe, a manager will contact you, and ideally there will be a tear-filled reunion.

A few notes: Staff is prohibited from going through lockers. It’s a Fourth Amendment thing. We also cannot look through the Lost & Found outside the men’s locker room. We empty the bin outside the men’s locker room once a week, so time is of the essence. You may search yourself or send a representative to search, provided you don’t rummage through lockers someone else is occupying - again, the Fourth Amendment.

Good news, your fellow members are very good about placing found items in the bin downstairs and bringing them (even expensive jewelry!) to the front desk. So, all may not be lost.
Concord Recreation is offering you two opportunities to swim beneath the sunny blue skies this summer. We are now managing the quaint beach, White Pond, at 50 Plainfield Road. We are also the longtime managers of the outdoor pool at Emerson Playground. Both are available for recreation on a membership and drop-in basis. White Pond offers children’s swimming lessons throughout the summer. Both swim areas are fully staffed with Red Cross certified lifeguards. Call us at 978-287-1000 to enroll.

White Pond
We are thrilled to announce that the beautiful and serene White Pond continues its popularity. The season runs June 17 through August 25 and the hours are Monday-Sunday 10:00 am to 7:30 pm

If you are lucky enough to be a member, make sure you have your White Pond photo ID ready. You will need one for every family member each time you arrive at White Pond. If you haven’t already, stop by the Beede Center and pick up your ID.

If space is available, non-members may drop in for $20 a person. Come as a guest of a member and the price drops to $10 per person, as long as the member stays at the beach with you. There is no charge for guests who have not yet reached their second birthday.

Family Swim Weekends
You and your immediate family can enjoy swimming at the Recreation Department’s Emerson Swim Facility evenings and weekends. The program also includes the use of locker rooms at the Hunt Building. The hours are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

The cost is $100 per family, which is defined as all people living at the same address. The season begins June 29 and runs through August 18. Enrollment is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Drop-ins are based on space availability. Weekends: $10 per person, $20 per family.
Children under 2 are free.

Everything good is on the highway.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Members David and Ann Brownell, left, reconnected with longtime neighbors and Beede members Stacey and Dick Davis. The Davises were treated like celebrities when they stopped in for a few workouts last month.

We were honored last month when Charter members Dick and Stacey Davis returned to the Beede Center for a few intermittent workouts in the midst of their round-the-country journey. 

The longtime Concordians recently sold their home and 90 percent of their belongings to live the dreams of Jack Kerouac and just about everyone else around here. In April, they embarked on the wide-open road for a cross-country adventure aboard Bozo, a Ford F250 fitted with a Big Top, so named for their destination, Bozeman, Montana. Stacey and Dick have four grandchildren in Big Sky Country and are looking forward to spending quality time with them.

They will be taking a few shortcuts between start and finish and we can follow their enviable adventures on Instagram. See their photos of wild horses in North Carolina to Dick doing foot laundry. Travel along with them @oldandontheroad.

We’re all about fitness here at Beede yet even more so about safety. Many of us, including employees, cycle over in the nicer weather. That’s great exercise, yet there’s the risk of being “doored.” To the uninitiated, “doored” means a driver (and sometimes passenger) opens a car door into the path of someone cycling. The dangers run the gamut of aggravation to serious injury. All can be avoided.

We are suggested you do as the Dutch do. Open your car door with the hand furthest from it. For example, most drivers use their left hand to open the door. Make a habit of opening it with your right and you’re forced to turn and see if there are any oncoming cyclists. This is called the Dutch Reach and is a simple and no-cost solution to cyclist safety. Dutch Reach is part of the driving education policy in The Netherlands.

Those of us who did not graduate from Dutch Drivers Ed may need a reminder to switch hands. Old habits are hard to break. We suggest tying a fob, trinket, single earring, whatever on your driver’s side door to remind you to open it with your right hand. Above is a knot tied by Charter Member Bill Kaiser. Maureen at the front desk attached it to her drivers side door to remind her to check for oncoming cyclists. The Dutch Reach was not the knot’s original intention, but it makes excellent use of Bill’s craftsmanship and public safety.

Here’s a video and here’s a website on the Dutch Reach for further info.
Well friends, this wraps up June. We look forward to reconnecting via this medium in July. If you have an idea for the newsletter, hit reply and suggest away.

Many thanks,
Your Friends at the Beede Center.
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