New recreation director named in Amherst

AMHERST – Craig Fraley told selectmen last week he wants Amherst to have the best recreation department in the state.

Fraley, the town’s new recreation director, was introduced at the June 23 selectmen’s meeting. He is a New Hampshire native from New London who studied outdoor education at the University of New Hampshire and has been the Rindge recreation director for the past four years.

“He has taken part in all facets of youth sports, from player, to coach, to league organizer,” board Chairman Dwight Brew said.

Fraley, who started full time on June 24 but had been working one day a week for a few weeks prior, said “his “door is always open, and I’m always willing to hear new ideas.”

Fraley and his wife, Nicole, and their two children live in Peterborough, where he is a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

Replacing Nancy McMillan, who retired this year, he faces several challenges, including a shortage of sports fields and the controversial issue of a scull club’s use of Baboosic Lake.