Thursday, August 30, 2012

Golfing Highlights Column 8-31-12

 4 Called To "Hammer" Tee Box

  The journey along with much tradition continues on Saturday, September 29 when the 6th Annual Hammer Outing takes place at the Liberty Sullivan County Golf & Country Club.
  This tradition will keep intact the late Keith Hamlin's expressed desire to hold an outing (now called the Hammer Outing) to share the many pleasant memories of past "Friends of the Links."
  The invitation only event in its printed invitation to golfers states that "the Journey Continues...Keith "Hammer" Hamlin is in the Clubhouse at Asgard...with him are several "Past Friends of the Links" that were honored and inducted in the fabled links of Asgard in Valhalla at The Hammer Outings of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011."
  "At a recent "Ting" the Hammer decreed that the following "Past Friends of the Links" be called to the tee box, E. "Mike" Kelly, Robert Klugman, Richard "Dick" VanEtten and Fred Willi.....with these honorees, there will be five foursomes playing together as they did in the past."
    Hammer Tradition declares that the four will now be playing on that beautiful course in heaven with the mystical name Valhalla Course in the land of Asgard (the highest heaven obtainable and reserved for only the most noble men and women.
  Family members and friends will attend this event and will speak about the four departed golfers.. 
   The lore and traditions of the annual Hammer Outing brings tournament golf to what could easily be called a look at a mystical golf course in Heaven where there is reality and faith combined for past "Friends of the Links." 
   The Hammer Outing is the realization of the thoughts and words of the late Keith "Hammer" Hamlin and the combined efforts of his family and many friends. 
   Keith was a well-known and highly respected contractor doing business as the Hamlin Construction Co. and loved the game of golf where he achieved the nick name of "Hammer" for the way he drove the ball down the fairway.
    The Hammer Outing is truly fulfilling Keith's desire. 
    The Hammer Outing as described in the Lore and Traditions of the Hammer Outing is an outing that takes place on the fields of play "that so many of us have walked, talked, and played upon together," and "shall be an outing of joy, not remorse, an outing of brother and sisterhood, an outing to renew old friendships." 
    As to the "past" Friends of the Link's the Lore and Traditions of this event tell the story of the man who asked his priest to find out if there was a golf course in heaven and the priest came back to him with good and bad news by saying there was a course in heaven and it was beautiful but the bad news was the man was teeing off at 7 a.m. the next morning.                The Lore and Traditions point out that it has been left to "The Hammer" to find that beautiful course in Heaven and that the mystical course is called the Valhalla Course.
    Keith, as would be expected, has a high seat on the governing board (Ting) at Valhalla and has let it be known that he has made arrangements for his past "Friends of the Links" to be admitted, as member, at this enchanting Links course. 
    The use of the word "Ting" comes from the fact that leaders of the villages in ancient times in the Celtic lands, The Isles, and parts of Europe held meetings to resolve issues of the day and these meetings were called (Tings) or things.
    At each future Hammer Outing an additional foursome will be called to the Tee Box and honored as such and these players will be drawn from the roster of "Friends of the Links" that was established at the 1st annual Hammer Outing held October 8, 2007. 
    The Lore and Traditions point out that the word Asgard is described as "the highest realm in Nordic Lore, where the Gods dwell, the word Ting  is the Nordic term for a council and Friends of the Links are honorable men and women who have shared the pleasure of golf together on earth. 
    This tournament has a unique trophy called appropriately "The Hammer Trophy" which is awarded to the champions but is immediately returned to its resting place, secured and sealed and kept in the Liberty Sullivan County Golf & Country Club Pro Shop. The trophy symbolizes the powerful nature that was Keith's. He is called by all those who knew him as a true gentleman and outstanding businessman.
    Again following tradition the trophy presentation follows strict guidelines with the Hammer of Thor being removed from its place of stature, by a worthy representative (Keith's widow Susan Hamlin, presently performs this honor) and the trophy is presented to the chosen captain and teammates of the victorious team. The team, as one, shall hoist the Hammer skyward together and it will be held skyward until a toast, to all that have departed to play on the field of Heaven, has been offered.
  Tradition points out that the trophy is then immediately returned by the champions' captain to its resting place where it is secured and sealed, only to be removed at the next Hammer Outing.
  There are always great minds behind outstanding events like this and several of the organizers include Keith's widow Susan Hamlin, his son David Hamlin and long time friend and Chief Coordinator of the Legend and Lore of the Ting Robert "Rat" Ratner. 

 Ed's Outlook

  2012 summer golf leagues are drawing to a close but fall golf in Sullivan County offers many opportunities to play.
  The Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club Monday Night Men's league finished their season with a buffet dinner at the Rockland House. The league championship was awarded to father and son team Chuck Husson III and Chuck Husson IV. The Husson's  won the league with a total of 223 points edging out second place finishers John Evans and Frank McGreevy  who finished with 217.50 points.
  In winning the league championship Chuck Husson III won a total of 108.50 points while Chuck Husson IV won 89.00 individual points. Husson IV has a 2 handicap while Husson III maintains a 5 handicap. 
  Third place finishers in this league went to Ken Mooney and Tom Trask. 
  Brian Thomas received the low handicap award with a 1 handicap. Three league golfers achieving a 2 handicap were Chuck Husson IV, Jim Bowers and Ron Schulte. 

  Ed Townsend is a consultant to the sport of golf. If you have league scores, tournament info, a hole-in-one or score your age or any topic you feel would make good reading, Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177, by email at or by fax at 845-205-4474. View his column at We are also on Facebook.

 The Golf Tip
 By Robert Menges

  How To Start Your Downswing To Become More Consistent
  To start your downswing you want to feel as though your hands stay at the top of the back swing and the front leg starts the downswing. Of course this won't happen but that's the feeling you should have.
  You should also experiment with different parts of your front leg to start your downswing. I recommend using either your front knee or your front hip. So simply swing back as normal and then feel as though your hands do nothing because it should be your front knee or hip that pulls your downswing into action. 
  A good drill to get this feeling is to swing back as normal but pull your front foot in so it touches your back food at the top of the back swing. And then to start your downswing simply  move your front foot into its normal position and swing through.
  This will help to teach you the correct chain of events for the downswing.
  Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by phone at 845-292-0323 or via email at

Putting Tip
By Joe Bermel

  A special key to good consistent putting is FINISHING THE PUTTING STROKE.
  Most golfers do not finish and then they wonder why they are short of the hole.
  You start the strike, you must finish and hold the finish.
  Finishing means the putter head is a minimum 2 feet past the ball. This helps the momentum, the ball will roll end over end and reach the hole. 
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD "How To Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his Web Site or by email at 



Chuck Husson III, left, and son Chuck Husson IV are the 2012 champions of the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club Monday Night Men's league. 



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Here & There Column 8-28-12

The Virtual Opry Stage

  An outstanding added attraction at the August 10 Bethel Woods Brad Paisley Virtual Realty World Tour 2012 show was the show put on at the Virtual Opry Stage featuring up and coming country western singers,
  Taking this stage some two and one-half hours prior to the Paisley show were the acts of Love & Theft, Kristen Kelly and Jana Kramer.
  An enthusiastic crowd stood or sat on the ground, sometimes with a light rain falling, enjoying country music the way country music fans do.
  Love & Theft and Kristen Kelly are stars in the making while Jana Kramer has definitely climbed aboard the stardom train with her song "Why Ya Wanna",  currently #8 on the Billboard Chart and #7 on the Music Row Chart. Liberty based country radio station Thurder 102 is a Music Row reporting station.  
  In 2002 Kramer made her acting debut in the low budget independent Horror film, "Dead Undead." The following year Kramer guest appeared on "All My Children." 
  She appeared in a number of different acting roles through February 2012.
  Her music career started in February 2011 when she signed a recording contract with Elektra Records and that same month she premiered her promo track, "I Won't Give Up", which premiered in the One Tree HIll episode "Holding Out For A Hero", was released the following day exclusively on iTunes and Amazon and the son reached number 75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  The following month Kramer began work on her debut album with country music producer Scott Henricks producing the majority of the record. 
  In April 2011 she released another promo track titled "Whiskey" which reached number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 
  Her official debut single "Why Ya Wanna" first peaked at number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 12 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 
  Kramer's vocal performance at Bethel Woods was outstanding and her style and voice won over many country music fans. 
  This Rochester, Michigan native is well on her way to stardom and her appearances with the Brad Paisley Virtual Realty World Tour is a big plus career factor.
  Thanks Bethel Woods for making this happen. 
  Additional photos of the three acts appearing at the Virtual Opry Stage are available at 


Jana Kramer in concert at the Virtual Opry Stage at Bethel Woods on August 10.


Golfing Highlights Column 8-24-12

Proper Attire For Golf Course

  There are  many styles of golf attire on the golf course.....some good and some not so good.
  Most sports today request and require those in their particular activity to wear that sports proper attire and golf is no different.  To be sure you do not want to be approached by the golf pro or pro shop manager and told you will not be permitted to play golf because you are not wearing the correct attire.
  Golf courses differ in many areas including their accepted dress code so make sure you are aware of this before you begin as it will help you enjoy your golfing experience.
  As we previously noted some golf course's will actually stop a player from playing his round of golf if he or she is considered inappropriately attired.
  This can prove to be highly frustrating and leave you very upset at the end of the day is you are stopped from playing golf simply because of a misunderstanding on appropriate clothing.
  There are some golf courses that do not permit men and boys to wear shirts without collars or sleeves. Another area that get attention is the use of running pants and shores that have metal spikes.
  Some golfers have fallen foul of the offensive clothing rule when they have an item of clothing that has an offensive logo on it.     Jeans and sandals , for both men and women are also discouraged.
  Men's proper attire on the golf course includes collared shirts, the right pair of pants or shorts and golf or athletic shoes A pair of golf shoes when worn must only have the soft spike type and not metal spikes which cause damage to all parts of the golf course, partitularly the greens.
  Shirts can eithr have long or short sleeves and there is no problem with turtlenecks or pullover sweaters. Socks can include the short style or regular length and preferably plain.
  For the ladies playing golf, fitting shirts and skirts and even Capri's are allowed. Generally, women are barred from wearing pants of any type including jean shorts. The length of the skirt or shorts is important for women and they have to ensurethat it is not more than 5 inches above the knee.....each golf course is guided by its own specific rules and guidelines in this matter.
  Women also should wear collared shirts unless they are sporting a pull over with a V-style neck.
  The ladies are allowed sleeveless shorts with collars or shirts with either long or short sleeves. Socks for the ladies should be ankle length with proper golf shoes and if they wish a hat or visor is acceptable. Socks ought to be solid colored and should not have obljectionable logos or designs on them.
   Golfers.....if you bring a guest along to play the same rules as noted above will apply.
   It's always best to be sure of dress codes and club rules so before going to the golf course give them a call or check out their website before you go.

 Ed's Outlook

  An interesting play at the golf course took place recently when I played a shot into a bunker and my ball came to rest touching my partner's ball. Subsequently I marked my ball a club length away with a tee in the sand and allowed my partner to clear his ball out of the bunker first. 
  Before replacing my ball and playing my shot, I raked the sand to flatten the surface. I placed my ball back on its original spot (not dropping if from shoulder height) and hit my shot.
  I wonder whether in doing so I have improved my lie, as the sand was wet and hard until I raked it, which helped to loosen the sand and gave me an easier shot to handle.
  Did I breach any rules and would there be an appropriate way to resolve such a scenario?
  If you have the solution to this please give me an email at 

  Ed Townsend is a consultant to the sport of golf. If you have league scores, tournament info, a hole-in-one, scoring your age or any topic that you feel would make good reading, Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177, by email at or by fax at 845-205-4474. View his column at We are also on Facebook. 

 The Golf Tip
 By Robert Menges

 Prepare Our Mind For A Better Game
  We all have different ways of doing things on the golf course, which is why one technique or strategy might work for one person but not another.
  For example, some of us will visualize the shot we want to hit in our mind, because it helps us execute the shot. For others, they have to experience the shot.
  With that said (or written, in this case) it never nurts to try something new. So here are several"pep talks" you can create to help build your confidence for the next round.
  After each round of golf, take 60 seconds to sit quietly and replay three best shots of the round. Visualize them in slow motion and lock every detail into your memory. They'll come back to cheer you on in the future.
  Tell someone about your best shot of the day, but never talk about your worst shots. Professionals can usually remember every shot during a tournament, but there is one shot they "just don't recall"--its their worst shot. Let the bad shots go, and never, ever talk about them.
  After every shot, remember to say, "great shot" and mean it when you say it......the results may not be exactly what you wanted, but the ball went where you hit it. So go and do it again.
  Breathe before every shot or put, remember to breathe deeply and softly. It will relax your whole body and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
  Make it a part of your pre-shot routine to consciously expect a great shot. As you pull the club from your bag, smile. As you look down the fairway or line up your putt, smile. As you stand over the ball, smile. Expect the best.
  Finally, but perhaps most importantly, have fun out there. Golf is a game. Yes, it can be very challenging and frustrating at times, but it is intended to be a form of enjoyment. Enjoy the day, the weather and the time with friends. Chances are, you'll enjoy the wonderful game of golf as well.
  Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or via email at menges@hughes.netut lines for attached photos.....rob both of these can be 1 col photos and can be put one on top of the other with 1 caption....I will write it that way.....

Putting Tip
By Joe Bermel

  The number 1 miscue of golfers is that on short putts, especially, they decelerate on the forward stroke. 
  Golfers need to do the exact opposite....that is accelerate on the forward stroke.
  Short putting is from a tap in up to 6 feet.....the so called "Holy Grail" of putting. 
  Paramount to being proficient here...... your second putt on every hole should be between a tap in and up to 6 feet.
  How many of these 18 you make or do not make will determine your score.
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD is available by calling 631-589-1384, at hie Web Site or by email at 

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Two outstanding examples on the proper golf attire are shown here with the photo of  the late Ellsworth "Bucky" Buck of Liberty who when he was playing golf several years ago was considered one of the best dressed men golfers in the area and the second photo of Roscoe golfer Jean Knickerbocker who displays proper dress for the ladies. 


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Scotty Takes A Spill


  BETHEL--We have often heard of country music fans falling for this star or that star but seldom to you see the star falling for his fans.
  Such was the case Friday evening Aug. 10 when 2011 American Idol Scotty McCreery, while belting out his version of Travis Tritt's T.R.O.U.B.L.E., took a wrong step near the end of the stage and fell right off the floor below. 
  The American Idol winner was opening for the Brad Paisley show at Bethel Woods and didn't hardly miss a beat while singing and immediately got back up on the stage. It was reported but could not be verified that some fans caught him as he fell. 
  He reportedly had a great sense of humor about the embarrassing incident as he took to Twitter  saying "Paisley pranked me again....he narrowed up the stage on me for my last song."
  McCreery in 2011 used an incredible run to win American Idol at the age of 17 and he is fast becoming a fan favorite as was very evident with the reception he received at Bethel Woods.
  Scotty since winning the Idol title has put his talents and that baritone singing voice to work and that has paid off when his album "Clear As Day sold more than one million copies in the first month.
  Last December he won new artist of the year honors at the American Country Awards and then joined Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality Tour.
  The outstanding musical group The Band Perry with lead singer Kimberly Perry followed McCreery and opened with their major hit "If I Die Young". This musical group showed talent and the reason why they are part of the Paisley Virtual Reality Tour. 
  Country Music captured the hearts and souls of country music fans this night as Brad Paisley took the stage with an array of background video displays that everyone called "outstanding."
  Paisley also displayed his great musical talents on the guitar along with letting fans know what country music really means.
  Highlights of his portion of the show included his hit "This Is Country Music", I'm Still A Guy", Waitin On A Woman", a tribute to the late great Andy Griffith, and one of his top hits, "Alcohol".
  The Band Parry thanked the Bethel Woods audience when stating, "this is your stage thank you for letting us use it."
  Paisley left the stage in the latter part of the program and went up to a small stage closer to the crowd on the lawn. The audience appreciated their getting a closer look at him. 
  Paisley during the show mentioned Woodstock and Jimi Hendrix and with his steel guitar gave Hendrix's Bethel rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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Scotty McCreery

Brad Paisley in concert August 10 at Bethel Woods. 


Jay Black Wows Wurtsboro Fans

WURTSBORO--Jay Black's distinctive and resonant voice,  even at the age of 74, wowed the audience in his singing of his popular 60's hit "Cara Mia" at the Wurtsboro Airport Music Festival August 16.
  Crowd estimates at this first of two Thursday Wurtsboro Airport concerts varied with police agencies saying 500 to 800 people and concert promoters estimating over 1,500. Concert promoter Bill Liblick noted that "it was a lot of work in a short period of time and everyone enjoyed the first concert which will set the tone for the future. The word of mouth has been very positive and people are saying it was one of the best concerts they have seen."
  Jay Black was raised in Brooklyn and will turn 74 on November 2. That distinct Brooklyn accent was very evident during the show.
  Black, often referred to as an American Tradition in the early 1960's,  was asked to become the lead singer in the group calling themselves Jay Black And The Americans. The group went on to dominate the record charts for years to come.
  The great Jay Black voice was as true as could be as he sang fan favorites, "Come A Little Bit Closer," Some Enchanted Evening," This Magic Moment," "Walkin' In The Rain," "Sunday And Me" and "Only In America."
  When talking about "Sunday And Me" and noting that this was Neil Diamond's first hit as a song writer, Black noted that "Diamond tonight is on the French Riviera and I'm in Wurtsboro."
  It was very evident why Black's popularity still reins as he boasts a total of 21 charted singles, one third of them million dollar sellers.
  This new entertainment venue took place as a lawn setting at one end of the Wurtsboro Airport and provided a limited number of VIP "Meet and Greet" seats that gave concert fans the opportunity to sit in chairs in the VIP section and meet the entertainers. 
  Concert fans also had the opportunity to bring their own blankets to sit on the lawn while others brought folding lawn chairs.
  As the sun went down it became quite evident that evening early fall temperatures would become a bit cooler. 
  The lawn setting concert also featured the Air Supply who treated everyone to their top music chart single "Lost In Love."
  They also sang their classic hits, "All Out Of Love," The One That You Love," and "Making Love Out of Nothing At All."
  The Wurtsboro Concert series continues on Thursday August 30 with KC and The Sunshine Band, Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash.
  Tickets are on sale at, at 866-468-7619 and at the Wurtsboro Airport Box Office. 


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Jay Black in concert at the debut of the Wurtsboro Airport Music Festival August 16.



Northeast Pride Baseball


  MONTICELLO--Monticello based Pro Prospects and Northeast Pride Baseball out of Wayne County, Pa. have joined forces to provide Sullivan and Wayne County high school  baseball players the opportunity for skill training along with college guidance and exposure to college scouts. 
  Pro Prospects owner Steve Pinto, in commenting on the merger of the two baseball organizations said, "we will be part of a feeder program for tournament teams, will provide a local  travel team option and will develop hand picked showcase teams."
  Northeast Pride Baseball in their partnership with Pro Prospects will allow for several opportunities to enhance each player's development on the field and will also help assist in the development of the players via skill training and college placement for the showcase team only.
  Pinto noted that the college advisory seminar for the 17u team will be a part of the winter showcase at the Pro Prospect location in Monticello. 
  "For the younger teams Pro Prospects will assist with instructions and all players will be able to use our facilities for bad weather practice during the winter months," Pinto said. 
  Tryouts, by invitation only,  for the 17u Showcase team took place July 7 at the SUNY Sullivan baseball complex.
 Northeast Pride Travel teams 15u, 12u and 12u also had outs at that time. 
 Workouts and evaluations at that time were conducted by Pro Prospects General Manager Jared Carrier, Northeast Pride General Manager Joe Curreri and 18 & under Showcase Select Team managers Chad Goetz and Steve Alhona.
  Northeast Pride Travel Baseball has been in operation four years while Pro Prospects opened their center in 1997 helping athletes from the Tri-State area reach their potential one player at a time.
  Pro Prospects gives instructions in hitting, baseball, windmill pitching and defensive private lessons, offers instructional clinics and  camps, college guidance and exposure, strength and conditioning, arm strength (long toss program) and team training. Their staff consists of  current and former professional and collegiate baseball and softball coaches and players.
  The Northeast Pride 17/18 & Under Travel Showcase team is presently playing fall tournament baseball and will travel to the top tournament locations on the east coast including venues this fall and next spring at Ripken Baseball in Aberdeen, MD and Myrtel Beach, SC, Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ, Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY, The Rock Sports Park in Chester, NY, New York Elite Baseball in Newburgh, NY, Cooperstown Dream Park in Cooperstown, NY, Triple Crown Sports in NY, NJ, PA and CT, In The Net Sports in Palmyra, PA, Berkshire Baseball in Reading, PA, Future Stars in Hershey, PA, Virginia Sports Complex in Ruther, VA, Sports At The Beach in Georgetown, DE, Millersville University at Millersville, PA and the Dynamic Baseball Tournament at Penn State University.   
  Sullivan County high school players on this team include Rodney Jester from Tri-Valley Central, Bray Curreri from Eldred Central, Jonathan Harned from Monticello Central, Patrick Pierce from Sullivan West and Dillon Taggart from Livingston Manor Central.
  Additional team members include Mike Carmody  from Valley Central, James Goetz from Wallenpaupack Central, Ben Kaplan from St. Joseph's, Pete Kelly from Honesdale Central, Adam Kelly from Honesdale Central, Kevin Klatt from Dunmore Central, David Loptka from Dunmore Central, David Ortiz from Wallenpaupack Central, Alec Babyak from Wallenpaupack Central, Brandon Newsome from Wallenpaupack Central, Josh Slocum from Abington Heights, Decker Mackenzie from Valley Central, Michael Best from Dunmore Central and Nate Packer from Western Wayne Central.    
  Pinto indicated that there will be college scouts in attendance at the Pride Showcase team tournaments this fall and in January team members will be in attendance at Pro Prospects Winter Showcase where they will receive a written player evaluation. Also included will be a discounted Showcase video and a discounted college marketing service options such as full skill video shoots and college advisory meeting with Pro Prospects staff and player's parents. 
  The team entered tournament play August 11-12 at The Rock in Chester and lost one-run ballgames to the Rockies Bertotti team from Chester, the Montreal Rockies from Montreal, Canada and the Rockies Penatello team from Orange County. 
  Coach Chad Goetz commenting on the first tournament for the team after only two practices said, "close losses and not bad for the first time together."
  The team will be in action next on Labor Day weekend at the Millersville University Labor Day Showcase in Millersville, Pa. On September 8-9 they compete in the Dynamic Baseball Tournament at Penn State University. 



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Tri-Valley Central senior short stop Rodney "Taylor" Jester, playing short stop and third base for the Northeast Pride Showcase team attacks a pitch during tournament play at The Rock August 11-12. Second photo--Livingston Manor catcher Dillon Taggart in action against the Montreal Rockies. Both Taggart and Jester got hits for the Pride team in Saturday's  games. 


Here & There Column 8-21-12

Tent Revival Evangelism Is Alive & Well

  As if taking a page out of the history books and adding crescendo from the traditional Gospel song "Give Me That Old-Time Religion, Tent Gospel Revival and evangelism returned to Sullivan County during the weekend of Aug. 3-Aug. 5 at Liberty Lighthouse Ministries.
  Church Pastors Rich and Cathy Ienuso recently opened their new church location at 5 Triangle Road opposite Albert's Restaurant and the three-day revival featured 17-year veteran Evangelist Pastor Joseph Chamberlin.
  Rev. Chamberlin in addition to his evangelism crusades has been in the ministry 32 years, 15 years as a church pastor and presently serving as Pastor of the Little Falls, NY 1st Assembly Of God Church.
  This 5th generation pastor comes from a family where his father was a pastor and he presently has three brothers serving as pastors.
  Rev. Chamberlin noted he was called to be an evangelist at the age of 10 , pastor-ed his first church at the age of 22 and previously traveled to some 250 evangelistic services a year. Now at the age of 52 he preaches these type of services about once a month.
  Formerly the head of church evangelism for the New York State Assembly Of God Church  the pastor is married and his family consists of three daughters. 
  Parishioners at the Liberty Aug. 4-6 Tent Meetings heard Pastor Chamberlin urge them to "choose what victory you want to live," and that "fear doesn't have to dominate you because there is no opponent that can't be conquered." 
  "When God gives you a job to do there is victory and things will turn around," Chamberlin said. 
  "God is still on the throng, never curse God, look at yourself, what ever the severity of your situation is it can be restored because Jesus said I can do more in an instant then anyone else," Chambelin urged.
   The weekend services heard this evangelist speak about what soldiers and military personnel are faced with when they return home, the tragic shootings that have taken place recently, the severe changes in weather the past several years and "that its all part of God telling us to get our act together." 
  "Nothing is so ruined that it can't be restored and Jesus could come again soon to do just this," Chamberlin added.

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Evangelist Joseph Chamberlin preaching at the Liberty Lighhouse Ministries Gospel Tent Meetings Aug. 3-5.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Golfing Highlights Column 8-17-12

Jean Knickerbocker Plays Golf 7 Days A Week

  Jean Knickerbocker will celebrate her 90th birthday October 13 and since she plays golf seven days a week that celebration might very well come on the golf course. 
  When asked how many times a week she plays golf Jean commented " I play golf every day that ends with a Y."
  Considered one of the top woman golfers in the tri-town areas of Rockland, Neversink and Fremont in New York and in the Summertree area of New Port Riche in Florida Jean has won at least 10 club championships at the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club and 13 club championships at the Summertree Golf Course in Florida. 
  Added to her club championships are 5 hole-in-ones, three at Summertree and two at Twin Village on the 4th and 6th holes. Jean has also won several Invitational Tournaments. 
  Her Tuesday Night Ladies league partner is Mary Austin and this duo won the league championship last year.
  Playing presently to a 10 handicap at Roscoe and a 6 handicap at Summertree Jean said that at the present time she usually plays just nine holes a day but on the Thursday Ladies day at Twin Village she will play nine holes before noon and then add another nine in the afternoon. 
  Born on October 13, 1922 (Friday the 13th) at Bliss, NY, south of the Buffalo area, Jean said that she was raised on a farm and graduated from Bliss High School in 1938, graduated from Houghton College in 1943 and later received her Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Geneseo. In college Jean lettered in three sports, basketball, tennis and track. One of the great professional honors Jean enjoys is her selection as a member of MENSA (for IQ and intelligence level).
  She taught at Henderson High School in the Town of Henderson, Jefferson County, for one year and taught 7-12 math, 4-12 physical education, accompanied the chorus on the piano, coached the cheerleaders, coached boys basketball and drove the boys basketball players home after practice.
  Jean French (her maiden name) moved to the Roscoe area in 1944 to begin a 28-year teaching career at Roscoe Central where she taught math before taking seven years off to raise her family. She returned to the school district as school librarian. 
  In 1944 Jean took up the game of golf for the first time in her life after being urged to play with school physical education teacher Dure' Seitel. "We rode to the golf course on our bicycles," she noted. 
  In 1946 Jean married LaVerne Knickerbocker who she met after he returned from military service. LaVerne was an outstanding athlete, was a good golfer and they joined the Twin Village Golf Club for $35 which Jean noted was the family club fee at that time. 
  It wasn't until 1979 that Jean started to play everyday and at that time in her life she pointed out that "we walked the course."
  The Knickerbocker's raised three children, Terry, 65, former Jeff-Youngsville teacher and track coach who now lives in New Bern, North Carolina, Tom, 65,  who lives in Poughkeepsie and The Villages in Florida during the winter months, and Kim 57 who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All three have become excellent golfers and the Knickerbocker family for many years played a lot of "family golf."
  LaVerne and Jean were married 55 years when he passed away in 2001. The Knickerbocker's family has been extended to 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren with Tom's son, Erin, 17, being the No. 1 golfer on the Spackenkill High School boys team.
  While golfing at the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club it's easy to spot Jean driving her Yamaha golf cart (the best looking golf cart on the course) and sporting attractive golf attire. 

  Ed's Outlook

  The Roscoe Kiwanis Club will host their annual Golf Tournament at the Tennanah Lake Golf Course on September 16 with a shotgun start time of 1 p.m.
  Registration will take place at noon.
  The $70 per golfer entry fee for this scramble best ball event includes golf, cart, one-hour open bar at the Rockland House followed by a buffet dinner. 
  Additional information is available from Tournament Chairman Jim Tempel at 607-498-9929.
  Par 3 Fun Event
  Sept. 9 At TVGC

  The 4th annual Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club's 18-hole Par 3 fun event with mulligans will take place Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:15 p.m.
  The event is a Captain & Mate (2 men/2 women/one of each) format which also includes contests in putting, bunker shots, inside the square, hole-in-one, betting special and special 50/50 drawings.
  Ten foursomes are needed by August 31. Cost is $18 per player plus cart fees and golfers are urged to bring extra coins for the fun events with all proceeds going to the golf club.
  Signup at the clubhouse or call Ralph Kirchner at 607-498-5555 or 570-296-4681.
  Ralph promises a fun afternoon of golf activities as the 9-hole Twin Village course is transformed into an 18-hole course.

  Ed Townsend is a consultant to the sport of golf. If you have league scores, tournament info, a hole-in-one, scoring your age or any topic that you feel would make good reading, Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177, by email at or by fax at 845-205-4474. Visit his column at We are also on Facebook.

  Golf Tip
  By Robert Menges

  In the ever-changing golf game, most players are under the influence that if they hit the ball longer they will play better.
  Even though technology has increased how far the ball will travel, the scores are about the same.
  There is no doubt that if you hit the ball longer you should have less club to the green and be able to get the ball closer to the hole and make more putts.
  I believe this to be true, but you better be able to hit the shots on the green close to the pin.
  To do this it's important to carry three wedges in your golf bag. Most golfers have a pitching wedge with 47-49 degrees of loft.
  You have a choice to make for the other two wedges. A gap wedge comes with aabout 50 to 53 degrees of loft and a lob wedge is about 60-64 degrees of loft. I would choose between these two clubs depending on how far you hit the ball.
  A lob wedge will save you shots around the green and a gap wedge will help you with the in between yardages in the fairway.
  You should always carry a sand wedge that has 54-57 degrees of loft.
  The next time you play a round of golf, count how many shots you take from 100 yards to the hole. I think you will find that this will total about 60 percent of your score.
  When you are trying to improve your score, it is important to lower the number of shots you take close to the green. I think having three wedges in your bag will help you accomplish a lower score.
  Robert Menges is the golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. Her is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or by email at 

   Putting Tip
   By Joe Bermel

  Confidence in your putting ability is a huge key to success on the green.
  To achieve this I strongly recommend the 4-step process.
  1. Motivation to improve.
  2. Practicing the correct elements of putting including 4 putting drills.
  3. Use quality, diligent practice sessions and these will bring good results.
  4. These good results will give the golfer the CONFIDENCE to continue the practice and building of putting skills over time. 
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD "How To Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at 


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Jean Knickerbocker with her Yahama golf cart.
Jean Knickerbocker uses a championship quality swing to drive the ball down the fairway.



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Here & There Column 8-14-12

Win Olympic Gold, Pay The IRS

  The shocking news coming out of the 2012 Summer Olympics being staged in London is that the U.S. is virtually the only developed nation that taxes "worldwide" income earned overseas by its taxpayers resulting in the fact that our Olympic athletes will have to pay taxes on their medals and prizes.
  It gets even worse when we are told that not only do our Olympic athletes have to pay these taxes chances are their competitors will face no such taxation putting our athletes as a competitive disadvantage that has nothing to do with sports. 
  While 529 hardworking athletes proudly represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics, any medals and  money they earn wearing red, white and blue will be taxed by the IRS.
  American medalist face a top income tax rate of 35 percent and under the U.S. tax law they must add the value of their Olympic medals and prizes to their taxable income.
  Olympic glory for winners of golf medal include a $236 medal tax, a prize tax of $8,750 for a total tax of $8,986. Silver champions will pay a $135 medal tax, a prize tax of $5,250 and the total tax burden of $5,385. It gets a little cheaper for Bronze winners who get clipped for a $2 medal tax, a $3,500 prize tax for a total of $3,502. 
  Standing on the podium in London is now a financial slap in the face for our Olympic champions as everyone's favorite bureaucrats, the IRS, waits to give them their bill.......interesting to note that at the time of this writing America's young champion swimmer Missy Franklin already owed $14,000 in taxes.
  Changes must come for our Olympic champions and an exception must be made. Our tax code is a burdensome mess that too often punishes success ..... the tax imposed on our Olympic medal winners is a classic example of this madness. 


Golfing Highlights Column 8-10-12

The Starter Wears Magnets

  Tarry Brae Golf Course Starter Harold Diamond is a strong believer in magnetic therapy and has been wearing a magnetic bracelet for 15-years. 
  Diamond, 78, a retired principal and Monticello Central School District employee for 39 years is enjoying his second career as the golf course starter at Tarry Brae for the past 20 years.
  Harold noted to us recently that as a result of tendinitis he was introduced to the magnetic bracelet by former Lochmor Golf Course teaching  professional Kort Wheeler.
  As the starter at Tarry Brae Diamond maintains the starting times and tee sheet and ensures that golfers get off the first tee in a prompt and orderly manner. This job is crucial in keeping the tee times on time and Harold certainly possess excellent interpersonal skills and handles customers in a friendly and courteous manner.
  Harold makes sure that customers have properly paid for their round and he also helps golfers find a game if they are by themselves.
  Making sure customers have a pleasant golfing experience is a top priority for starter Harold Diamond. 
  Magnetic therapy has become a popular topic of discussion with golfers as was evident when Diamond  and I shared our experience wearing magnetic bracelets.
  Harold is an avid golfer and plays in the Tuesday Men's league at Lochmor where he serves as league president and usually plays golf at least four times a week.
  Tarry Brae PGA Professional Glenn Sonnenschein in commenting about Diamond said, "he has the right character for this job and just knows how to make golfers comfortable and at times knows how to use a little of the old principle if golfers get out of line."
  Magnetic therapy today is an ancient tool for modern times and the bracelets have proven to be effective in relieving pain from arthritis, tendinitis, headaches, muscle strains, carpel tunnel syndrome as well as in speeding the healing of wounds and injuries.
  In a telephone conversation with Michelle Kalata, a company representative of Sami, Int. we asked about magnets. She pointed out that the use of magnets as pain therapy for alternative health purposes and other forms of homeopathy goes back to ancient China.
  Magnets are man-made, with either a ceramic or neodymium housing , with the latter being considered the best.
  Michelle pointed out that the magnetic energy can be controlled as to its positive and negative charge and the amount of each which is called a Gauss rating. The higher the Gauss, the stronger the magnet and the negative charge or energy is considered the most effective for pain relief. 
  While spending a day of golf at your local course its evident that magnetic bracelets are popular with many golfers wearing them.
  The king himself, Arnold Palmer wears a magnetic bracelet.  

 Ed's Outlook

  A $10,000 hole-in-one award ($5,000 going to the golfer and $5,000 going to the Callicoon Fire Department) will be available at the 4th Annual Callicoon Fire Department annual golf tournament August 26 at the Villa Roma Golf Course.
  Tournament Director Roger Widmann, in announcing this top award said that the hole-in-one contest will take place on the par 3 ninth hole.
  The tournament will feature a 1 p.m. shotgun start using the scramble captain & his crew best ball format.
  Open to men, women and mixed teams the entry fee of $70 per golfer offers juice, coffee and pastries prior to tee off, 50/50 chances, a putting contest, beverages on the course and a B-B-Q following tournament play.
  This tournament is limited to 25 foursomes and August 22 has been set as an entry deadline.
  Information can be obtained by calling 845-887-4452.

  Ed Townsend is a consultant to the sport of golf. If you have league scores, tournament information, a hole in one score, scoring your age or any topic you feel would make good reading, Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177, by email at or by fax at 845-205-4474. View this column at We are also on Facebook. 

The Golf Tip 
By Robert Menges

  Find your rhythm in a hurry.  
  Here's a real simple exercise you can do anytime on the course to regain your rhythm. Simply turn a driver or wood up the other way and swing.
  Doing this will make the club very, very light and it will change the feelings that you've been having with the club.
  Once you've had a number of swings like this, I suggest you grip the club normally and go back to swinging it the way you normally would. But doing this drill will help you to feel the clubhead and that's critical in the golf swing.
  Have you heard the expression "swing the clubhead?" Well, if you have or you haven't....just do it.
  Swing the clubhead and not the club. Let the clubhead do the swinging and feel the power you get without forcing it.Keep turning the clubhead over so you can get the feeling of the clubhead more often.
  You'll soon regain your rhythm and with it will return your confidence.
  Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by phone at 292-0323 or via email at

 The Putting Doctor 
 Putting Tip
 By Joe Bermel

   The miscue of golfers is that on short putts, especially, they decelerate on the forward stroke. Golfers need to do the exact opposite, that is accelerate on the forward stroke.
  Short putting is from a tap up to 6 ft., the "holy grail" of putting. Paramount to be proficient here...Your 2nd putt on every hole is between a tap in and up to 6 ft. How many of these 18 you make or do not make will determine your score.
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD "How to Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at 

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Tarry Brae Golf Course Starter Harold Diamond displays the magnetic bracelets he wears for tendinitis. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Here & There Column 8-7-12

"Mr. Democrat"  Don TerBush

  Often referred to as "Mr. Democrat" Grahamville's Don TerBush was truly a  consummate politician along with being a very busy, active family and community minded gentleman.
  Don went on to his heavenly rewards on July 16 at the age of 84 and everyone who knew Don will cherish the fond memories he has left behind.
  One can's help recalling his famous corn cob pipe and although he was a staunch Democrat and often remarked that he only voted on the Democrat line he never shoved politics down anyone's throat. 
  Known for doing things in a quiet and persistent way Don was truly an inspiration to the county and community he lived in. He was a retired corrections officer at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility and a former chief deputy for the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department.
  Don and I always had our friendly political debates and we will always remember him telling me that Hillary Clinton would win the 2008 Democratic nomination over Barack Obama which I said would never happen. 
  Don took his community and the county to heart serving as a past master and member of the Masonic Lodge #521, as charter president and member of the Tri-Valley Lions Club, honorary lifetime member of the Grahamsville Fire Department. He was also the current treasurer of the VFW Post Stangle Berntein, past town councilman, dog catcher and Assessor for the Town of Neversink. 
  TerBush proudly served as past Sullivan County Democratic Charman and he was an avid sportsman, sports fan and softball fans over the years remember him pitching his renowned "sucker pitch" for the Grahamsville Fire Department up until his mid 70's.
  Many of us have sat for hours listening to his endless supply of jokes but mostly the great memories of Don will continue to remind us of his outstanding love for his family and the many hours of working various events associated with the Town of Neversink community that was always close to his heart.
  Keep those great memories of Don close to your heart.

                                                     Don TerBush

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Golfing Highlights Column 8-3-12

Monster In Redesigning Stages 

  The world famous "Monster" Golf Course most likely will be in the redesigning stages soon by the golf course design firm of Rees Jones.
  Jones, son of legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones and the younger brother of golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. has had his redesigned venues hosting numerous major championships earning him the nickname, "The Open Doctor."
  Concord Monster Director of Golf Mike Stoltz revealed last week in an exclusive interview with us that Jones has been brought on board by property owners Entertainment Properties Trust to "update the 'Monster' to new play-ability for golfers of all levels."
  Entertainment Properties Trust is a specialty real estate investment trust that invests in properties in select categories which require unique industry knowledge and offer stable and attractive returns. 
  Stoltz indicated that this would include rebuilding the cart paths, installation of a new irrigation system and possibly some redesigning of this famous course which has been rated by Golf Digest as one of America's 100 greatest golf courses. 
  Stoltz showed us the converted and completely redesigned former Ski Chalet which is presently serving as the "Monster" Course Club House and added that part of the course new additions would include a totally new club house. This present club house facility houses the pro shop, conference rooms, rest rooms, an outside B-B-Q area with both indoor and outdoor seating facilities, a newly added food and beverage area  managed by Janet Ball which offers snacks, beverages, hot-dogs and hamburgers. 
  The "Monster" Director of Golf also pointed out that " in the past this course has received high praise from Jack Nickolas who gave indications that a major PGA tour tournament could easily be played here." Stoltz said that a couple of years ago he had met with representatives from the Nationwide Tour on the possibility of holding a major event on this historic course. 
  Mike has been a part of the Concord Monster-International facilities for some eight years now and has Henry Bosch, who just qualified for the Westchester Open,  as one of his assistant professionals along with  son John Stoltz, 27, who has won the Met Open and is going to the PGA Qualifying school in this fall. 
  Also making his presence known at the "Monster" club house and making himself very well known is a Pomeranian Poodle named "Taylor." Seems Taylor, who is owned by Mike and his son, is a Katrina survivor and was rescued by John when a rescue boat brought Taylor and other pooches from a kennel in New Orleans to Miami. The love affair between the Stoltz's and Taylor is very evident as he has become a friend to all golfers. 
  The nostalgia in the "Monster" club house is very evident with large photos of Jimmy Demerit and Sam Snead hanging on the walls. 
  Mike said that new facility construction will start with a November ground breaking and that there has been already a total of $150 million invested in the project at this time. The process at this time includes getting final approvals from the Town of Thompson. 
  The main project will be build around the championship golf course with a world class hotel and the new destination resort is expected to include a casino, harness racetrack, specialty lodging coupled with retail, dining, entertainment and recreational uses and new residential communities.
  World renowned planner, designer and architect Hart Howerton is the master planner for this entire project which includes Empire Resorts , Inc. owners and operators of Monticello Raceway and Casino who are joining this project and will be moving the Raceway and Casino to this new location as part of the redevelopment of the former Concord Resort property. 
  The planned family and entertainment destination is expected to create over one thousand jobs and includes hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in the county. 
  Additional photos of the world famous golf facility including a tour of the "Monster" golf course are available at 

Ed's Outlook

  A  November ground breaking for the redevelopment of the former Concord Resort property that will transform the 1500 acres into a family and entertainment destination is reminiscent of the  Catskill's rich history. 
  The now present Concord "Monster" golf course will be a big part of the new development plans for providing guests with a championship golf experience.
  Golf Course Architect Joseph S. Finger of Houston, Texas, originally designed the "Monster" which has certainly lived up to its label as "the world's greatest golf challenge.
  At 7,650 yards from the "Monster" black tees, this par 72 challenges every golfer with length, extensive bunkering and a variety of water hazards.
  The "Monster" is truly a world class golf experience but when the redesign work by the golf course design firm of Rees Jones is finished  the updating will produce new play-ability
 for golfers of all levels. 
  Additional photos of the remodeled club house and facilities at the "Monster" are available at 

  Ed Townsend is a consultant to the sport of golf. If you have league scores, tournament info, a hole-in-one or score your age Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177, by  email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column at We are also on Facebook.                    

 The Golf Tip
 By Robert Menges

  Rain & Golf:
  Invariably at one time or another, some moisture is going to ball on us while we are enjoying a tour of the golf course.
  Playing in the rain is full of distractions and some advice for playing in the rain is important. It can become a distinct advantage for players gifted with powers of concentration stronger than their physical abilities.
  With the assumption that you at least have your rain suit handy, here are a few extra arrows for your wet quiver.
  1. Have you tried Latex gloves? Rubber on rubber doesn't slip. Pulling them out at just the right time can be fun too. I like the yellow-colored ones the best. Naturally, it takes a plop, but you can do it. The "rain gloves" made by several manufacturers are another option if you lack some chutzpah.
   2. Wear your contact lenses, if you have them. It's tough to hit the ball when you're seeing three of them because of the raindrops on your glasses.
   3. Bring several towels. They'll come in handy for a variety of reasons.
   4. Bring several hats. many golfers can't hack the drips. 
   5. Re-read the casual water rule.
   6. Always dry your ball and your putter blade before making the stroke.
   7. Remember shots out of the wet sand always go farther.
   8. Bring a baggie for your score card.
   Robert Menges is the golf pro at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or via email at

The Putting Doctor
Putting Tips
By Joe Bermel

  In putting I link organization with strategy.
  The strategy component is easier than you might think, involving:
  1. Picking a distance based on the current realistic skill from which a golfer can reasonably attempt a one-putt....say 10 to 12 feet.
   2. With all putts longer then say, 12 feet, the thought is to get the first putt close enough to the hole to get a 2-putt result.
   Remember 2 putting is good putting for the average golfer.
   Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows/tournaments. His special edition DVD "How To Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1394, at his Web site or by email at 

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  The Concord "Monster" Director of Golf Mike Stoltz and his Katrina survivor Pomeranian Poodle "Taylor" standing next to a nostalgic photo of the great Sam Snead (in the center of the photo on the wall) located in the lobby of the present club house. Identification of those in the photo with Snead, who made many trips to the "Monster" golf course, was not available. 

  The new snack bar and indoor dining area at the redesigned club house.

  Janet Ball mans the BBQ and is the food and beverage attendant in the club house. She makes a great cheeseburger. 

  The outdoor dining area at the club house.

  The remodeled and redsigned former Concord Ski Chalet is now the temporary club house at the Monster Golf Course. An outstanding facility.

  A great irrigation system is what keeps this Monster Golf Course and greens in excellent condition.

  Our foursome who took battle to this long and great Monster Golf Course included from the left, Paducah, Ky golfer George Korth, Liberty golfer George Labouseur, Liberty golfer Charlie Winters and Livingston Manor golf and columnist Ed Townsend.

  The Monster Signature Hole, the 422-yard 10th hole.

  Liberty golfer George Labouseur tees off on the 185-yard  par 3 (14th) hole and was the only one in our foursome to snare a par score