Baileyville's Fourth Avenue Hill Closed by BPD

By Jayna Smith 


Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons closed off the lower end of Fourth Avenue near the elementary last Saturday.  Although streets are typically closed off for road constructions or accidents, Chief Fitzsimmons decided the community needed to have some fun.  For the second year in a row, kids and kids at heart gathered for a fun-filled morning on the street for a "Slippery Saturday" day of sliding.  

Chief Fitzsimmons estimated that 120 people attended the event, despite the 10 degree temperature.  "We could not have pulled it off without Fire Chief John McPhee and the public works crew volunteering time to get the snow on the road and off again," he stated.  He also thanked Kathy Curtis and Jody Deacon who ensured children got warmed up inside Woodland Elementary School with hot chocolate, donated by PCT Communications and Wanda Cox.  Additionally, Down East EMS personnel was on stand-by if needed.


The many parents on hand, along with Chief Fitzsimmons, proved that sliding is not just for kids.  Many participated in the sliding fun themselves for the duration of the event.