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Town of Plymouth selects new community activities coordinator

PLYMOUTH - The Selectboard of the Town of Plymouth recently announced that it has contracted with Terry Bascom to develop a diverse slate of activities and events for the residents of the town and its visitors. The contract runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

This action continues the town's effort to find new uses for the three-room Plymouth Elementary School building since its closing in 2009, and to foster a range of community events. It follows from a vote at the March 2013 Town Meeting to approve the one-year trial funding. Bascom will work in consultation with town officials, a committee of interested Plymouth residents, and local businesses, foundations, and organizations.

Terry Bascom has a diverse work background featuring mid-level and senior-level management positions in both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Prior to 2007, when he semi-retired to Plymouth, Bascom had been a church pastor, college professor, small business manager, and entrepreneur. Much of his work involved creating or correcting institutional systems to promote organizational functionality and increase cultural vitality, abilities he looks forward to applying to the task of creating a viable, community-centered slate of activities and services for the Town of Plymouth and its guests.

In addition to the one-quarter time he will devote to his work for the town, Bascom writes for the sociology of religion website, Insights into Religion, and is editing a book written by a scholar at the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, located in Hartford, Conn., that describes the rise and fall of a megachurch. He also manages websites for himself and his wife, Willow, an author and illustrator.

Individuals and organizations interested in learning more about the new use for the Plymouth Schoolhouse, or seeking information about offering classes, programs, events, or services to the people of Plymouth are invited to contact Terry by telephone at 802.672.5390, or by email at terry.bascom@yahoo.com.