History of Bryson RA

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As a resident of Bryson, I was pleased to see the write-up by Louise St. Laurent titled “Renovation helps Bryson’s community grow,” on the Bryson Recreation Association in the March 12 edition. I would like to point out a couple of factual errors in the article; not significant, but a matter of record.

As a resident of Bryson, I was pleased to see the write-up by Louise St. Laurent titled “Renovation helps Bryson’s community grow,” on the Bryson Recreation Association in the March 12 edition. I would like to point out a couple of factual errors in the article; not significant, but a matter of record.
The Bryson RA has been around for decades, experiencing several "reincarnations." It had "died" in the 80s, then was "brought back to life" by Ed Gutoskie in the 90s. In the early 2000s it went into hibernation due to a lack of volunteer involvement, but was revived by Rufin Gosselin, myself, Joanne Ralston, and Tammy Cameron and ran until 2012, when we turned the reins over to Julie Ryan and her team of young Bryson volunteers.
Under our management, we brought sanctioned sports team play to the RA members’ children, and worked to revive the baseball tournaments that were once a large feature of the baseball park. Once Julie formed a management group, we turned the operation over to them. The grounds the new RA building is situated on is the property of the Bryson Lions Club, not the municipality, although the town pays for the RA’s electrical consumption. All usage of the property by the RA is through arrangements with the Bryson Lions.
David Harper
BRYSON