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Newbegin re-appointed as ranger



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Addison Park Ranger George Newbegin is sworn in for another three-year term. Photo by Lance Farrell. (click for larger version)
July 25, 2012 - In a unanimous vote on Monday July 16, the Addison Township Board approved the reappointment of George Newbegin to a three-year term as a park ranger .

Newbegin was described by board member Pat Schnur as "a very dependable, hard working man who shows up for every meeting and never misses his schedule to be at the park."

As a man who served four years in the military and retired after 36 years with GM, Newbegin said since he depended on volunteer fire department and people in the township who cared for him and his family "it's time to give something back . . . (and) being a Park Ranger is an enjoyable way to give it back, believe me!"

Mr. Newbegin was recommended for reappointment by the Park committee because of his proven dependability and serious dedication to the needs of the park and community.

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He was sworn in on July 23rd by Addison Twp. Clerk Pauline Bennett. Newbegin resumes his appointment immediately and will serve for a three year period.

Park Rangers must have first aid and CPR certification, and must attend at least one board meeting per quarter. The Ranger's responsibilities include periodic patrols of their assigned parks, and to report problems to the appropriate authority.

Though rangers lack enforcement power, they do provide help and hindrance when appropriate. "Basically we're just eyes, we go through and if somebody's flagrantly breaking rules we . . . address them," Newbegin said.

Because of unpredictable waterways, delicate flora, trailways, wild animals, dry grass and other potential hazards, Park Rangers are also essential for keeping patrons and parks safe and passable. The goal is to make "sure people are having a good time and enjoying" the park, Newbegin stated.

Watershed Preserve Park on North Rochester Road above Leonard is easily accessible. "It's not overly big," said Newbegin. "It's great to take a walk in especially during the special times of the year."

You can find Newbegin on Tuesdays at the Watershed Preserve. If you haven't been to the park yet, he invites you to come out and partake of one of Oakland County's hidden gems.

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