Milo taps local man to lead recreationArticle from Bangor Daily News, Saturday, May 27, 2006By Diana BowleyStaff WriterMILO - A local man with a degree in sports and recreation management will beginwork June 7 as Milo's recreation director. John Pokrywka, no age provided, was selected from a pool of 11 candidates to fillthe position previously held by Murrel Harris, who died unexpectedly late last month. Of the 11, eight candidates were interviewed by town officials. Milo Town Manager Jane Jones said Friday she was surprised by the number ofapplicants and their qualifications. "It was an exceptionally strong field of applicants," she said.Pokrywka, a 1995 Penquis Valley High School graduate who has been working as alobster fisherman on the coast, will receive an annual salary of $25,000."We're very pleased and excited John is bringing all the qualifications to continue and build on our already strong programs," Jones said.While Harris' recreation job was extended in that he served many other roles in thecommunity - from Secret Santa to a dispatcher for the Milo Fire Department - Pokrywka's time will be devoted solely to recreation, Jones said. It will be up to community members to fill the void in those other programs, she said.Pokrywka and town officials plan to "brainstorm" ways to broaden the already widescope of recreational offerings in the town, according to Jones. One targeted program already on his plate is an after-school program, she said. "Content above originated in the edition noted as a copyrighted article and is posted here with permission of the Bangor Daily News. This permission does not extend to reproduction of these articles in any other form or publication." NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.