Tuesday, March 29, 2016


            Now Catching For The Angels All-Stars


  ROSCOE--Fast pitch softball was the passion of Roscoe's Fritz Kirchner  who undoubtedly is now the starting catcher for God's over 50 Angel's All Star Softball team.
  Fred J. "Fritz" Kirchner Jr. passed on to his heavenly rewards on March 17 but his softball legacy will live on forever.
  An outstanding businessman Fritz was the retired president and co-owner of Kirchner's Chevrolet Corp-Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Roscoe. 
  Well known for his activity in community organizations like the Roscoe Kiwanis Club, Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce, the Harold Wood VFW Post # 5911, United Church of Roscoe, Livingston Manor Masonic Lodge #791, the Roscoe Hose Company # 1, the American Legion and Chevrolet's "Only Best Service Managers Club" Fritz also has left fond memories and thoughts in the minds of well-known softball players he was associated with in the old Jeff League, Liberty League and the  Monticello league. 
  Roscoe's Ron Schulte commented "I am honored to have played softball with Fritz for over 30 years and there is no doubt in my mind that fast pitch softball was his passion."
  Schulte went on to say that "Fritz was a very good catcher with a quick release and good arm against those who attempted to steal second base."
  "What was most impressive about Fritz was his relentless hustle and enthusiasm behind the plate," Schulte said.
  Fritz's teams were very competitive and usually contenders. His Lewis Auto team also were  champions of the the Sullivan County Democrat Fast Pitch Tournament.
  Fritz caught for some very good pitchers over the years including Harvey Buck in the Jeff League, the great Pete Head and his brother Bob Head in the Liberty League and Tim Ackerman in the Monticello League. 
  Liberty's Tim Terbush referred to Fritz as "an older guy with a younger heart who loved the game." 
  "He was what we referred to as a softball player who brought blood and guts to every game he played," Terbush noted.
  Fritz was well known for his use of an old "flat" catchers glove which always saw him catching the ball with two hands. 
  He was the manager, captain and catcher for the Lewis Auto Parts team in the Liberty Softball league. 
  Fellow catcher Brian Starr who played with Fritz on the Lewis Auto Parts team said he believed that Fritz would occasionally play an infield position and that "Fritz was a very energetic person and played the game as if he as 13 or 14-years old and even in his 50's ran down to cover throws from infielders to first base."
  "Defensively Fritz never wore shin guards or a chest protector and I'll always remember his high top spikes that he wore," Starr added. 
   Livingston Manor's Andy Taggart called Fritz "a great competitor and a gentleman who always growled while playing."
  "Fritz was as old school as they come and a leadership guy which we respected and followed," Taggart said.
  Taggart related a game they were playing in the late 70"s in the Walton Turnament and it was the final game where Fritz was spiked by a player sliding into home and with blood pulsing out of him he refused to leave the game.
  "We finally had to drag him off the field to receive medical attention, "Taggart noted.
  "Fritz was the perfect example of what baseball/softball evolved from....give me a bat, a ball, a glove, any old field and lets 'play ball," former Liberty Central School varsity baseball coach Harry Rapenske said.
  Rapenske years ago organized and managed the Liberty Men's Softball modified/fast pitch softball league where Fritz's Lewis Auto Parts team played.
  In noting his softball experience's  with Fritz, Rapenske said, "he played hard and expected everyone else to play hard as he was always tough, hard nosed, demanding but fair as you gave your all to the team."
  "His teams were very competitive year after year and as a director of the Liberty Fast Pitch league he often said, .... just tell me when we play, where we play and who we play....we'll be there," Rapenske noted.
  Although Fritz's teams always battled hard against Repenske's Liberty Lumber Partsteams Harry pointed out that "Fritz was a great ambassador for the game and a guy you could depend on to promote the game and always gave players, old and young, an opportunity to enjoy the game he really loved and enjoyed."
  Pete Head, one of the premier pitchers in area softball leagues years ago and who often had Fritz as his catcher, said, "I just can't believe Fritz is gone....to me Fritz was indescribable, even though he was getting up there in years toward the end of our softball years he always played with the grit and determination of a 25-year-old man."
  "He would never give up no matter what the score and always had a line or something funny to say to keep the mood in the dugout loose....anyone one  of us would run through a brick wall for that man because of the love and respect we all had for him.....losing Fritz just breaks my heart because he was truly one of a kind and the world will never be the same with Fritz gone," Head added.
  Fritz Kirchner's exciting, enthusiastic style of play and his love for the game of fast pitch softball will never be forgotten.

Monday, March 28, 2016


RailRiders Unveil “Yankees Legends Series”
SWB to Host Yankees Legends at PNC Field Throughout the 2016 Season

Moosic, Pa. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A/New York Yankees) announce the continuation of the Yankees Legends franchise for the 2016 season, which will once again make PNC Field…The Place to Be! 
In 2015, more than 30 former Yankees Legends including Reggie Jackson, Don Larsen, Gene Michael, Bobby Richardson, Bucky Dent, Chris Chambliss, Jeff Nelson, Rick Cerone and Mickey Rivers entertained a sell-out crowd at PNC Field on Father’s Day, in what was one of the most memorable events in the history of baseball in Northeast Pennsylvania.  The event honored Brian Doyle, a Yankees Legend who has Parkinson’s disease, and raised more than $40,000 for several charities including the National Parkinson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
For 2016, the SWB RailRiders have created the Yankees Legends Series, which will be comprised of 12 individual visits to PNC Field by former Yankees Legends and other baseball greats as part of celebrations culminating in a RailRiders game. 
“Due to scheduling conflicts we have created a new format for this year known as the ‘Yankees Legends Series’, which will allow our fans to interact with many of their heroes on 12 different occasions.  Each visit by a Yankees Legend will provide our fans a chance to see their heroes and get autographs, on the same day as a RailRiders home game.  We believe that the ‘Yankees Legends Series’ will continue to be a source of great pride for the community and will generate enthusiasm and excitement for the upcoming season”, said David Abrams, Co-Managing Owner of the RailRiders.
The 2016 Yankees Legends Series kicks off on Opening Night, April 7, with an appearance and ceremonial first pitch thrown by Oscar Gamble who played in two World Series for the Yankees and also played for the Phillies for three seasons.  Mickey Rivers, a two-time World Series champion, who had the crowd cheering and laughing with his dance moves at the 2015 Yankees Legends Game, will be at PNC Field on April 16.  July 8 will feature a house call by World Series champion and Cy Young award winner, The Doctor, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, who pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees on May 14, 1996.
The June 4 game against the Columbus Clippers will be “Yankees Historic Home Run Night”, when the RailRiders commemorate two of the most iconic home runs in Yankees franchise history – Chris Chambliss’ pennant clinching home run against the Kansas City Royals in 1976 and Bucky Dent’s game-winning, three-run homer against the Red Sox in 1978.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chris Chambliss back to PNC Field and celebrate his dramatic home run.  Chambliss and Roy White were on base when Bucky Dent hit his miraculous home run at Fenway Park, and having all three Yankees Legends at PNC Field at the same time will make this evening unforgettable”, said Josh Olerud, RailRiders Chief Operating Officer. “All of the games in the Yankees Legends Series will be connected to a charitable organization.  The June 4th game will allow us to honor Bucky Dent while raising money for Embraced with Love, a charity started by Bucky’s late wife Marianne which provides cancer patients with blankets and pillows to help them feel more comfortable during their chemotherapy treatments.”
"I'm honored and beyond grateful that the SWB Railriders will help us carry on Marianne's vision with their Yankees Legends Series so that my charity, Legends on the Links/Embraced With Love, will be able to continue to provide cancer treatment centers with our blankets of love and support to help their patients feel more comfortable during their chemotherapy treatments,” Bucky Dent said. “The funds raised will also enable us to provide much needed financial support to dedicated care givers and to identify and focus on other avenues of support needed by families affected by long-term illnesses.

 “The format of the 2016 Yankees Legends Series enables us to recognize our heritage as part of the Philadelphia Phillies organization.  We are thrilled to announce that World Series champion and three-time All-Star Lenny “Nails” Dykstra will be at PNC Field for the RailRiders’ August 11 tilt with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs,” said Jeremy Ruby, RailRiders General Manager. “Dykstra played for the Phillies for seven seasons and played in several rehabilitation games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in 1994”.
A Yankees Legends Series ticketing package will be available starting on Opening Day offering fans the chance to be part of history and attend all 12 games, meet Yankees and baseball greats, take pictures and enjoy RailRiders baseball from the best seats at PNC Field. 
The following is the schedule for the 2016 Yankees Legends Series and the confirmed special guests for each game:
Thursday April 7th – OPENING NIGHT – Oscar Gamble
Saturday April 16th – YANKEES WORLD SERIES HISTORY NIGHT - Mickey Rivers
Saturday May 14th – STAR WARS NIGHT – Yankees Legend to be determined
Saturday June 4th – YANKEES HISTORIC HOME RUN NIGHT – Bucky Dent, Chris Chambliss and Roy White
Saturday June 18th – Yankees Legends to be determined
Friday July 8th CY YOUNG AWARD HISTORY NIGHT - Dwight “Doc” Gooden
Saturday July 23rd – MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT – Yankees Legend to be determined
Sunday August 7th – LITTLE LEAGUE DAY – Yankees Legend to be determined
Thursday August 11th – RED BARONS HERITAGE NIGHT – Lenny Dykstra
Friday August 19th – SUPERHERO NIGHT – Yankees Legend to be determined
Saturday August 27th – BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT – Yankees Legend to be determined
Friday September 2nd – CLOSING NIGHT – Yankees Legend to be determined

A capacity crowd will be on hand for Opening Night Thursday April 7th when the defending 2015 International League Champion RailRiders begin their 2016 campaign against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

- SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! -

Friday, March 25, 2016



The Museum at Bethel Woods Re-opens for the season April 2nd

BETHEL, NY (March 25, 2016) –  On April 2nd, The Museum at Bethel Woods will open for the 2016 season, featuring a new special exhibit, Rights, Race & Revolutions: A Portrait of LIFE in 1960s America by Grey Villet. The exhibit will feature the work of LIFE magazine photojournalist Grey Villet, whose photo essays helped to document the events of a world in transition during the 1960s. On display through December 31st, the special exhibit is included in the price of admission to the Main Exhibit, or just $5.00 to view it separately.

The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the social, political, cultural and musical transformations of the Sixties while drawing connections to the issues that continue to affect our world today, making history relevant to a new generation. It features continually evolving exhibits and moving film and lecture series. Visit bethelwoodscenter.org for hours and programs.

This year’s special exhibit, co-curated by Barbara Villet, the photographer’s wife, illustrates the complexities of the ‘50s and ‘60s with a truth that in his own words were “as real as real could get.” From his images of presidents like John F. Kennedy, to revolutionaries including Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fidel Castro, to sports heroes and everyday people struggling for their rights, this exhibit tells the emotional stories of a past that continues to shape the present.

In an era long before digital photography, Villet’s technique required intense concentration, patience, and understanding of his subjects, joined with a technical skill that allowed rapid use of differing cameras and lenses to capture and compose the “right stuff” on film as it happened.

The Museum will also present WoodsTalk: Live with Barbara Villet and Friends. This free, hour-long presentation in the Museum Theater features a conversation with Barbara Villet, and New York Times photojournalists and Pulitzer Prize winners Stephen Crowley and Todd Heisler to discuss how they were influenced and inspired by Villet’s work. Working side by side with her husband, Barbara experienced the emotion of the compelling LIFE magazine assignments that defined Villet’s photojournalistic career. Space is limited, so please reserve your space at bethelwoodscenter.org.

The museum will also open two additional gallery exhibits and an outdoor exhibit on opening day. In the Corridor Gallery, 3 Days of Peace & Music: The Performers of the Woodstock Festival will feature vignettes on each of the 32 groups that performed at Woodstock. From Richie Havens' opening performance to Jimi Hendrix's rousing closing performance, this exhibit will tell the story of each group, pre- and post-Woodstock, and how each of the bands left a lasting impact on music and popular culture. New this year, the Crossroads Gallery will feature Tonight on the Pavilion Stage: The First Ten Years, an exhibit of photographs of each Bethel Woods Pavilion Stage concert since 2006 along with a number of eye-catching Hatch Show Print posters to celebrate Bethel Woods’ tenth anniversary. And for fine art lovers, the outdoor sculpture exhibit for 2016 will be Unfurling: Sculpture By David Boyajian, on view through October.

Museum Spring Hours:
April 2-April 29
Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Museum Summer Hours:
April 30-September 5
Open every day, 10:00am-7:00pm
Museum Early Fall Hours:
September 6-October 10
Open every day, 10:00am-5:00pm
Museum Fall Hours:
October 11-December 24
Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
(Home for the Holidays hours: December 26–31, open every day, 10am–5pm)

NOTE: Please call ahead to verify museum hours on concert days. Access to the grounds is closed on Pavilion concert days. The Monument continues to be open to visitors seven days a week, all year long via West Shore Road. The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve day, and Christmas Day. The museum will be closed to the general public Saturday and Sunday, June 11–12, for Mysteryland.


  RailRiders Hosting Easter Egg Hunt

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) will host an Easter egg hunt in conjunction with Abilities 21 on Saturday (March 26) from 10-11 a.m. at PNC Field. The event is not open to the public, however all media is invited to attend. Abilities 21 is a support group for children with special needs and their families.

The Easter egg hunt, which includes over 4,000 eggs, will take place in the outfield. The hunt will be accessible for all children with special needs. There will be balloon artists, face painters and appearances by the Easter Bunny, CHAMP and Quills. Anyone needing additional information should contact Rachel Mark at rmark@swbrailriders.com.

The defending IL North champion RailRiders open their 2016 season on Thursday, April 7 with a two-game homestand against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


   Groomer Loves Working With Animals

  A pet groomer is as important to a dog owner as a good barber or beautician is to us humans.
  "Learning the skills of pet grooming takes a love of working with animals, an understanding of dog behavior, coat styling ability and the basics of running a business," says Trish Slater, a groomer for the past 28-years and owner of the Livingston Manor Beaverkill Road based Dog Grooming By Trish and Kassie business.
  Trish started her business over 28 years ago in Highland, NY and has been at her present location for one year.
  The 51-year-old single mother says, "I'm just trying to make a living and I offer reasonable prices because not everyone can afford to have their dogs groomed."
  "I want everyone who has a dog to have their pets looks good," Trish noted.
  Ms. Slater said she started doing grooming as a hobby and it turned into a business.
  She is a certified graduate of the Dog Grooming School in Goshen and is now considering advancing her career and skills by opening up a dog grooming school.
  When questioned how she has  acquired so much love for dogs Trish noted, "it all started when I started bringing home stray animals when I was in Junior high school."
  Asked about the importance of graduating from a dog grooming school Trish said the school taught her about the different clippers used in cutting dogs hair and what blades to use on the clippers. She also learned about different skin conditions, the different types of dog hair and styles of grooming.
  "My dogs and what I can do for them is my life," Trish said.
  We watched closely during our interview with Trish as she trimmed, cut hair and gave our 10-year-old Shih Tsu "Orio" a much needed bath.
  Our firm conclusion was here is a groomer with professional class and a great personality who knows how to handle dogs during the grooming process.
  Trish is located at 118 Beaverkill Road and takes appointments only at 845-514-0603.                                                            

Professional dog groomer Trish Slater grooms Orio who seemingly just loved the attention and care he was receiving.




ORLANDO, Fla.,  (March 24, 2016) – Golf Channel will deliver comprehensive news and tournament coverage of golf’s first major championship of 2016, the ANA Inspiration, next week in Rancho Mirage, Calif., when Brittany Lincicome headlines a field of 110 of the world’s best female golfers, the strongest field to date in 2016.

20 HOURS OF TOURNAMENT COVERAGE: Golf Channel will air 20 hours of live tournament coverage of the ANA Inspiration from Mission Hills Country Club Thursday-Sunday, March 31-April 3. Coverage includes a one-hour pro-am special on Wednesday; 12 combined hours of early round coverage on Thursday and Friday that features two broadcast windows each day to show the morning and afternoon waves; and a combined eight hours of live tournament coverage in primetime Saturday and Sunday.

BROADCAST TEAM: Terry Gannon and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will call the action from the broadcast booth, joined by hole analyst Tom Abbott and course reporters Jerry Foltz, Jim Gallagher Jr., and Karen Stupples. Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam also joins Golf Channel’s live tournaments team next week as lead analyst during Thursday and Friday’s early coverage. Lisa Cornwell will conduct interviews and report for Golf Central, and Palm Desert’s Nicole Castrale will serve as a studio analyst from Golf Channel’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

Golf Channel / ANA Inspiration Airtimes (all times Eastern)
Wednesday (Pro-Am Show)             11 p.m. - Midnight
Thursday                                           Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Friday                                                 Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Saturday                                            5-9 p.m.
Sunday                                               5-9 p.m.

NEWS CONFERENCE SHOWS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: Golf Channel will air pre-tournament press conferences Tuesday and Wednesday from the media center at Mission Hills Country Club, including an Olympic Golf press conference on Tuesday and a press conference from the Ladies European Tour (LET) on Wednesday, where they will announce the 2017 European Solheim Cup captain.

DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell will report on-site at Mission Hills throughout the week with daily blogs, features and columns.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA :  All the news and tournament action surrounding the ANA Inspiration can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


  Learn The Game From The Pros

    If amateur and youth bowlers want to learn the correct way to bowl the Brunswick PBA "Mini Camp" program is a great opportunity.
  This instruction program is coming to Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh April 9 along with professional and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and professionals Sean Rash, Jason Sterner, Ryan Ciminelli,  Tom Smallwood and Brunswick's PBA Tour Representative and Product Specialist Chuck Gardner.
   Both youth and adult league amateur bowlers can signup for this one day event by paying d the basic tuition fee of $225 or the ball upgrade package price of $350 where you receive your  choice of a Brunswick or DV8 bowling bowling ball.
  Sponsors of this "Mini Camp" are  the Hudson Valley Bowling Supply Pro-Shop owned and managed by Karen and Steve Beam and Pete Garrison.
  The "Mini Camp" runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch.
  The camp will consist of  a seven-hour program including lane play instruction, video instruction,  ball layout information, autographs and pictures with the pros.
  Basics will be introduced by Parker Bohn III prior to on lane instructions and these include the importance of before bowling exercise of the wrist and arms, squatting, bending and touching your toes or your knees and leaning against the ball return for stretching out your legs and body.
  Additionally bowlers will learn how to establish a solid foundation at the foul line, the push away and being on the right step for final delivery.
  Brunswick Rep and Product Specialist Chuck Gardner, a former professional bowler, will be on hand. This outstanding professional  has been a tour rep since 2002 as that was his last year on tour as a bowler which he had to give up as a result of nine knee surgeries.
  Chuck has worked in the bowling industry many years, joining  Columbia Industries as a coach and worked with professionals Wes Malott, Chris Barnes and  Bill O'Neill.
  When Columbia was sold to Ebonite Gardner left and joined the Brunswick staff and has been with them for nine years.
  The Brunswick "Mini Camp" program is the brainchild of Parker Bohn III, Sean Rash and Chuck Gardner.
   Gardner when asked about the Brunswick "Mini Camp" said recently , "we put this together to bring to bowlers the awareness of just getting better because we believe the reason people quit bowling is because they don't improve and get better at this sport."
  Chuck's teaching experience is "if we can touch 600 to 800 people a year doing these camps and if we can make a difference touching that many people it's so worth it for us."
  The Brunswick ball rep has stated in the past that the bowling industry and league bowling has dropped dramatically and was going in a very bad direction the past several years but that it has now leveled out and in the past two years high performance ball sales are actually up and  that bowling is on a tread to get better."
  The Brunswick "Mini Camp" theory is that  if more professional bowlers and people who make a difference in the industry would take a little initiative and start giving back a little bit and doing the right thing the whole sport can around.
  "This is what we at Brunswick wants to do.....to give back," Chuck said.
  The Brunswick "Mini Camp" is not easy as the staff  put in 140,000 miles last year flying and slept in a motel 265 nights..   Brunswick stands second in sales of equipment to Storm.
  Storm is selling a lot of bowling balls as they are  on TV every week and they have the biggest pro staff on tour.
  Brunswick is a little more grass roots oriented in their sponsorship of  local tournaments,  sponsorship of  leagues and in the sponsorship of the camps.
  Those interested in attending the Newburgh Brunswick "Mini Camp" are asked to call Karen Beam at 845-554-9709.
  This is a great opportunity for local bowlers. 

                                                             Ed's Outlook

*  ESPN 30 for 30's "The Bad Boy of Bowling," a documentary covering the life and times of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, is now available for viewing online.
  Click http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14801148
*  The PBA has announced PBA Hall of Famer  and veteran ESPN color analyst Randy Pedersen will join ESPN/Xtra Frame lead announcer Mike Jakubowski in the broadcast both for a series of exclusive PBA Xtra Frame tournaments, beginning with the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 4-6 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
  PBA's 2016 Xtra Frame tournament series will include tournaments across the United States.
  Each Xtra Frame event is an expanded weekend tournament that will award PBA Tour titles and will be covered exclusively, live by PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

  Ed Townsend is a PR Consultant to the Sport of Bowling and writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league scores, tournament information, score a 300 game or 800 series, call Ed at 845-439-8177, email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at http://bght.blogspot.com We are alao on Facebook and Twitter. 

                                                                    Bowling Tip
                                                                 By Mike Luongo

  The tip this week is for right handed bowlers.
  One of bowling's great sources of frustration is leaving the 10 pin.
  It's typically the hardest single pin spare to pick up , and often remains standing after what seemed to be a perfect strike ball.
  Fortunately, the fix is not overly complicated.
  It's easy to attribute a standing 10 pin to bad luck, and from time to time, it may be true.
  If your consistently leaving the 10 pin , something is obviously off. Most likely it your entry angle.
  When you're knocking down every pin but the 10, your either coming in light (the 3 pin hit the back of the 6, pushing it in front of the 10,) or you are hitting heavy (the 3 pin hits the front of the 6, sending it to the back of the 10.)
  While bowling, take note of what the 3 and 6 pins are doing. If you see the 6 missing in front of the 10, you're coming in light and if you see it hitting behind, you're coming in heavy.
  If you are coming in light you need to get your ball out of the oil sooner, which will let it come into the pocket stronger and with a better angle.
  If you are coming in heavy move one-half to 2 boards right on the approach but keep the same target.
  Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events Assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, email him at mikel@stormbowling.com

                                                                   Local Scores
                                                         (compiled by Ed Townsend)

                                                        Callicoon Kristal Bowl

                                                Monday Horstonville Ladies

  Maureen Schlott 169, Darlene Mantzourate 154, Kirsten Sherwood 162, 186, 183, 531, Charlene Meola 156, Sue Naughton 158, 154, Kelly Gombita 183, 155, Lillian Zieres 179, 175, Chris Burr 151, 161, Debbie Loughrey 154, 150, Robin Lucky 188, 159, 162, 509, Pat Peters 150, Rebecca Rhodes 182, Judy Mohn 166, 163, Dawn Roemer 160, Florence Good 157, Heather Puerschner 161.

                                                                  Kiamesha Lanes

                                                                    Monday Men's

  Jon Wilhelm 615, Kenny Atkins 630, Larry Whipple 247, 237, 698, Justin Lopez 242, 618, Dave Graham 278, 636, Charley Tuttle 236, 234, 685, Keith Smith 235, 635, Donny Durland 290, 225, 698, Vinny Collura 237, 279, 728, Paul Durland 237, 643, Jaryl Scott 235, 231, 235, 701, Mike Weiner 245, 625, Pedro Agapito III a 246, 247, 705, Jason Jones Jr. 279, 715, Josh Strang 238, 663, Todd Houghtaling 225, Lloyd Bridges 248, 601, Tim Totten 644, Jody Farquhar 642, Walt Edwards 600, Robert Feeney Sr. 256, 686, Rodney DeGrote Jr. 249, 668, Corey Williams Jr. 228, 242, 685, Rick Lake 228, 241, 680.

                                                     Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Joan Lake 209, 222, 182, 613, Kat Cronk 186, Charlie Tuttle 247, 683, Mary Lee Williams 187, 211, 200, 598, Andrea Grossman 200, Pedro Agapito III a 228, 234, 247, 738, Corey Williams 234, Ed Guthrie 600, John Hoffmann 234, 229, 225, 688, Rob Kessler 623, Liz Stubits 190, Debbie Polin 205, 205, 193, 603, Shane Cunningham 237, 256, 701, Larry Whipple 602, Dustin Graham 613, Carena Collura 215, 191, 199, 605.

                                                                      Wednesday Men's

  Justin Lopez 232, 638, Larry Whipple 227, 608, David Graham 246, 683, Tom Belgiovene 235, 664, Jon Wilhelm 225, 265, 680, Kyle Giordano 276, 236, 226, 738, Pedro Agapito III a 259, 258, 668, Robert Stewart 236, 235, 661, Chris Parken 234, Charles Tuttle 228, 644, Kyle Matthews 232, 604, Thomas Mitchell 246, 652, Merrill Conner 254, 680, David Garlinghouse 225, 278, 244, 747, Kevin Stackhouse 254, 257, 689, Keith Smith 269, 675, Russell Bivins 290, 700.

                                                                       Thursday Ladies

  Sarah Durland 182, 190, 213, 585, Kearstin  DeGraw 187, Debbie Polin 221, Audrey Woolard 184, Shirley Bowens 187, 234, Dottie Cox 206, Mary Chicko 187, Ann Sawyer 233, Mary Jane Conklin 182, Joan Lake 201, Barbara Merton 199, Connie McKenley 183, Pat Shuart 209, Debbie Heins 181, Tracy Barres 204, 189, Maureen Hopper 181, Valerie Mott 183, Sherry Laird 207, Lisa Cartwright 186, Cara Nicholson 193, 188.

                                                                     Friday Mixed

  Nicole Dertinger 225, 199, 213, 637, MaryAnn Drobysh-Berens 224, 571, Cathy Carpenter 192, 514,  Linda Schaefer 184, Pedro Agapito III a 279, 225, 279, 783, George Baggata 235, 611, Vic Decker 670, Billy Dertinger 232, 615, Brandon Hinkley Sr. 235, Don Kuchar 227, Ryan Lepke 622, Keith  Smith 258, 226, 226, 710, Kevin Stackhouse 245, 641, Charlie Tuttle 234, 237, 680, James VanAken 225.




      Choose Between Winning & Worship

  Do parents send their children to weekend sports or do they go to their church or synagogue worship services?
  Some clergy in local churches have voiced concern that some of the weekend kids sporting activities interfere with worship services and family life.
   The Sullivan County Clergy Group comprised of four to five denominations in Liberty, Youngsville, Jeffersonville and Monticello have voiced their concern in a letter written to "youth league leaders."
  The letter states, "we are writing you with a request. We recognize the value of exercise, especially for youth, and the value of team play, working together to achieve a goal as these are both important lessons which guide our lives and help us become healthy citizens."
  "While we recognize that not everyone follows a faith, many do, and for those who do belonging to a religious organization, their faith is also important in the healthy development of their youth," the pastors noted.
  The member of the Clergy Group point out that Faith celebrations  take place Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings and although "it may not always be possible to fit every game in during non-faith-celebration times we ask that you continue to try to schedule games during non-service times."
  The Clergy group is also specifically asking that "when players miss a game or games because they are attending services that this does not impact their placement in future games."
  It's a fair request that players are not penalized and made to sit on the bench if they have attended their religious service.
  There should be harmony and cooperation between weekend sporting activities and worship services and cooperation should  be considered to schedule games  and sporting activities during non-service times.



                                      Expect Raucous Crowds In Maine

  For the only Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) event on the East Coast this year the PBA expects the same rousing, raucous crowds when it returns to Bayside Bowl in Portland Maine March 30-April 6.
  Under normal PBA televised events bowling crowds are quite and respectful when bowlers get up to the line to bowl but this wasn't the case last year in the PBA league competition when raucous crowds let it all hang out with their cheering, hooting and music playing and to the surprise of many the PBA professional bowlers encouraged it and enjoyed it.
  A number of PBA professionals we talked to about the event felt that the outrageously fun filled team event was a good thing for bowling and put the crowd right into the competition.
  The draft to fill rosters for 2016 was completed in December.
  The eight-team PBA league will compete in two days of team competition on April 2 and 3 for delayed telecast over a span of four consecutive Sundays,April 17-May 8 on ESPN.
  All four PBA league shows will air at 1 p.m. ET.
  The remaining days of competition at Maine, April 4-6 will be the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout which is individual competition.
  Team competition will remain the same as 2015 with preliminary rounds featuring the Baker-format elimination matches leading to the Elias Cup Finals which will be decided by points earned in singles, doubles, trio and Baker team matches.
  The PBA's return to Portland will include a day of practice and pro-am activity when Maine adult, youth and senior league bowlers will have a chance to bowl with the stars of the PBA, followed by two days of the Baker-format team competition.
  Other factors that make this Professional Bowlers Association event so much different then others is that this PBA event is being housed in a converted warehouse with 12 lanes , a bar, a stage with a performance venue and live music and an what pro bowlers have told us is an "awesome atmosphere" not seen at other large 48-lane bowling complexes.
  We have been told that Bayside Bowl has exposed brick walls, an open feel, cool lighting, custom woodwork benches and tables and it makes one start to think is this something new for professional bowling events?
  The good news reported out of Baside Bowl is that they are building 8 more lanes in 2016, now sure if these will be up and available for this April PBA event.
  How this event landed in such a small venue is something we are attempting to find out because the PBA always said it needed at least 48-lanes for their competition events.
  And once again we repeat.... the professional bowlers and ball reps we have talked to say they just love Bayside Bowl and its rousing, raucous atmosphere.
  This event sounds so interesting and unique that we might consider stopping by and covering this event live and in person.

                                                      Ed's Outlook

  Sponsorship's are the lifeblood of bowling events and the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) has picked three big sponsorship's for their 2016 tour.
  DV8 and Motiv bowling balls and accessories will have their brands showcased on the PWBA's tour in 2016.
  Pepsi has been named the official soft drink of the 2016 PWBA Tour and an official sponsor.
  Nationwide will be the official insurance sponsor of the tour and is part of a new sponsorship with the PWBA and will be the title sponsor of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open in Rohnert Park, California set for May 5-8.
  As an official sponsor these three will be featured throughout the PWBA Tour season on CBS Sports Network.

  Ed Townsend is a PR Consultant for the Sport of Bowling and compiles the information for this column. If you have league scores, tournament information, score a 300 game or 800 series call Ed at 845-439-8177, 845-866-0333 or email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com, fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos online at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

                                                                      The Bowling Tip
                                                                 By Mike Luongo

  The past two weeks we have been talking about the importance of the mental part of the game of bowling.
  We keep stressing the mental bowling skills and how to achieve them using years of practice that will allow you to mentally propare yourself to play the best game that you possibly can.
  Mental preparation before competition can be complex but with practice your game will soar with success.
  Truly thinking about the developing your mental game when practicing and in real play is a great way to improve your game.
  Key reminder here..... your body only does what your brain tells it to do.
  The hard part for some exceptional bowlers is actually the self criticism. As a good bowler you are judged much more than the guy or gal who just doesn't care about how they bowl.
  The mental bowling skills can become a double edged sword sometimes.
  Say you have a bad shot....remember..... don't distress over this small blunder....just brush it off and forget about it.
  The total Psychology of your play can be a never-ending list of affirmations and having a game plan always works.
  Bowling without a good idea of what you need to visualize is just bowling.
  Bowling to sharpen and hone your skills is championship bowling.
  Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events Assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, call him at 435-720-7939 or email at mikel@stormbowling.com

                                                        Local Scores
                                                 Compiled by Ed Townsend

                                                            Beechwood Lanes
                                                        Mon. Villa Roma Ladies

  Jamie Bertholf 158, Janet Bertholf 150, Nicole Hubert 162, Diane Staves 154, Lois Erdman 209, Beth Schumacher 170, Tracy Puerschner 181, 158, 166, 505, Danielle Meyer 181, 170.

                                                   Callicoon Kristal Bowl

                                                                     Mon. Hortonville Ladies

  Marty Bogdanowitz 151, Charlene Meola 155, Kelly Gombita 163, 153, Lillian Zieres 172, 150, 172, Debbie Loughrey  163, Robin Lucky 188, Virginia Connel 153, Barbara Pingel 157, Judy Mohn 176, 157, Florence Good 157, Kristin Emmett 169.      

                                                          Tues. Del. Valley Men's

  Dean Shattuck 212, 242, 628, Kory Keesler 200, 212, 190, 602, Jim Kautz 227, 186, 204, 617, Ed Leroy 180, 190, 183, Bob Cady 202, 207, Russ Keesler 188, 185, Bill Meyer 212, Kurt Buddenhagen 212, Chris Marston 216, Troy Paruki 199, 200, Nick Mootz 234, Jeff Neidert 182, Jonathan Heinle 198, Wally Warren 191, Dale Steffens 200.

                                                             Wednesday Men's

  Bobby Fix Jr. 235, 233, 644, Brian Brustman 183, 182, Brian Kitson 192, John Kline 189, 184, Rich Thony 203, Mike Aumick 198, Rick Leaden 191, Steve Mutter 181, 183, Randy Fischer 189, Tom Gain 188, Johnny Glassel 186, Bobby Glassel 212, 203, John Diehl 202, 212, Hopper Hubert 190, Alby Thony 188, Mark Yewchuck 224, Joel Turner 202, Sami Markao 188, Doug Kautz 182, Roger Widmann 185, 182.  

                                                                  Kiamsesha Lanes

                                                                         Monday Men's

  Rodney DeGrote Jr. 235, 240, 235, 710, Keith Smith 624, Charlie Tuttle 244, 679, David Graham 257, 637, Kenny Atkins 269, 717, Larry Whipple 622, George Baggatta 225, 632, Justin Lopez 255, 602, Rick Lake 227, 625, Corey Williams Jr. 617, Josh Strang 257, 644, Jason Jones Jr. 277, 677, Justin Holland 256, 634, Pedro Agapito III a 257, 238, 708, Kevin Stackhouse 232, 259, 252, 743, Ronald Totten 245, 673, Vinny Scuderi 225, Frank Scuderi 225, 242, 633, Jaryl Scott 247, 646, Vinnie Collura 227, 235, 664, Donny Durland 236, 236, 688, Lloyd Bridges 226, 611, Tom Belgiovene 226, 636, Rudy Belanchia 228, 244, 642, James VanAken 244, 648, Rob Sze 242, 628, Mike Weiner 233, 635, Rich Feeney 226, Ryan Feeney 606, Robert Feeney Sr. 632, Jody Farquhar 603, John Hoffmann 227, 228, 635.

                                                            Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Robert Nicholson 230, Edward Walsh 249, 668, Charlie Tuttle 248, 644, Andrea Grossman 199, 209, 571, Wendy Swan 205, 548, Pedro Agapito III a 233, 237, 234, 704, Ed Guthrie 235, 601, John Hoffmann 225, Karen Martin 203, 539, Niel Bell 246, Liz Stubits 199, 533, Debbie Polin 202, 198, 222, 622, Trasey Barres 188, 508, Larry Whipple 235, 226, 683, Christie Graham 190, 201, 551, Carena Collura 184, 193, 234, 611, Stanley Gilmore 245, 603.

                                                              Wednesday Men's

  Justin Lopez 225, 234, 649, Lawrence Whipple 235, 269, 716, Dave Graham 225, 234, 226, 685, Pedro Agapito III a 234, 244, 255, 733, Richard Bradford 257, 618, Jon Wilhelm 612, Kyle Giordano 244, 245, 684, Chris Parken 249, 665, Charles Tuttle 269, 674, Kyle Matthews 225, 621, Merrill Conner 234, 660, Carlos Torres 237, 613, Robert Stewart 228, 615, Gene Smith 225, 631, Russell Bivins 601.

                                                                   Thursday Ladies

  Sarah Durland 182, 190, 213, 585, Kearstin DeGraw 187, Debbie Polin 221, Audrey Woolard 184, Shirley Bowens 187, 234, Dottie Cox 206, Mary Chicko 187, Ann Sawyer 233, Mary Jane Conklin 182, Joan Lake 201, Barbara Merton 199, Connie McKenley 183, Pat Shuart 209, Debbie Heins 181, Trasey Barres 204, 189, Maureen Hopper 181, Valerie Mott 183, Sherry Laird 207, Lisa Cartwright 186, Cara Nicholson 193, 188.




Sunday, March 13, 2016



AMSVILLE--High school teenagers experience a myriad of benefits from competing in a variety of events offered at schools today.
  With the many benefits, however, teens  competing in high school events must simultaneously balance educational opportunities and athleticism with overly intense focus on the goal of winning.
  Opportunities like spirit week, decoration, lip sync (skits), sportsmanship, food drive challenge, obstacle course, crab soccer, cage ball, relay, tug of war, sportsmanship and brain teaser were all incorporated into school life at Tri-Valley Central School during the week of March 7-10.
  All of  these develop camaraderie and team building which culminated with the 40th Annual Tri-Valley Competition Night March 10 in the high school gym. 
    The annual event filled the gym with a standing-room only crowd and featured all four high school grades 9-12 along with Bill O'Morrissey as Master of Ceremonies, Kathi Smith, Michelle Decker, Leslye Stryker and Tyler Ter Bush  as score keepers.
    Referees and judges included Derek Adams, Matt Haynes, Cory Turner, Ryan McIntyre, Angela Mueller, Phil Pompeii, Kristen Van Varick and Christie Wright.
    Student Council Adviser in charge of Competition Night was Keicha Kempsey.

    School enrollment figures show The Class of 2019 with 93 members, the Class of 2018 with 89 members, the Class of 2017 with 84 members and the Class of 2016 with 82 members. 

    Points for each class was awarded for spirit week and participation, decoration and lip sync (skits), point for all events, sportsmanship points and the canned food drive challenge.
   In the Obstacle Course event the Seniors won 4 points, Juniors 5, Sophomores 3 and Freshman 7. The Crab Soccer event saw 6 points go to the Sophomore class, 11 points to the Seniors, 8 to the Junior class and 12 points to the Freshman class. The Senior Class won 18 points in the Cage Ball event, 13 points to the Junior class, 9 points to the Sophomore class and 15 points to the Freshman class.

   In the Relay Race  the Junior Class won with 17 points, the Senior Class with 25, Sophomore Class 14 points and the Freshman 18 points. The Tug of War event went to the Senior class with 30 points, the Junior Cass had 24 points, the Sophomore class with 17 points and 21 points went to the Freshman.

   In the Decoration category the Senior class prevailed with 33 points, Juniors 27, Sophomores 27 and Freshman 26.
  The Senior Class stole the show in the Lip-Sync (skits) category with 40.5 points, Juniors 35.5, Sophomores 30 and Freshman 27.
  The Seniors won the Spirit Week with 41.5 points, the  Sophomores with 32,  Freshman with 31`and Juniors with 37.5.
  In the Brain Teaser, the Seniors won with 46.5, Juniors 42.5, Sophomores 37 and Freshman with 31. Seniors won the Participation event with 4 points, Juniors 1, Sophomores 3 and Freshman 2.
  In the Canned Food event the Seniors won with 54.5 points, Juniors with 45.5, Sophomores 43 and Freshman 34. The Seniors brought in 668 cans of canned food.
  In the Participation event the Seniors won 50.5 points, Juniors 43.5, Sophomores 40 and Freshman 33.
  With all  the points totaled the Senior Class were declared the 2016 Competition Night champions followed by the Juniors, Sophomores and Freshman.                                                         


The masked bandit who refused to give his identification signals the start of the 2016 Competition Night at Tri-Valley Central School.                                      

The 2016 Tri-Valley Central School Senior Class won the 40th annual competition events held during the week of March 7-10.                                     


Tri-Valley Central School Competition Night Master Of Ceremonies Bill O'Morrissey.                                               

Freshman Morgan McHugh competes in part of the obstacle course during Competition Night at Tri-Valley Central School.







Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Yankees Greats David Cone & Cecil Fielder Highlight Mar. 19 Family Fun Fest at PNC Field
Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale, Activities for the Family

Moosic, Pa. – There are events, and then there’s the SWB RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Family Fun Fest. The annual attraction boasts a boost in star power this year as former Yankees David Cone and Cecil Fielder will be on hand at PNC Field on Saturday, Mar. 19 to sign autographs, meet fans and more.

Single-game tickets for the 2016 season will also be available for purchase for the first time. The ability to pick and choose from the season’s most highly-anticipated contests on the entire 72-game home slate runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with a giant incentive for arriving early and purchasing Opening Day tickets, broken down below:

From 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Opening Day tickets will be $1
From 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Opening Day tickets will be $2
From 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Opening Day tickets will be $3
From 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Opening Day tickets will be $4

“What a great day,” said RailRiders GM Jeremy Ruby. “David Cone and Cecil Fielder. Tickets as low as $1 for the timeless tradition of Opening Day. Baseball is back, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone in our community to be a part of it.”

This year’s Family Fun Fest includes appearances by Curious George, CHAMP, inflatables, live music and more, making for lots of fun for the entire family.

The defending IL North champion RailRiders open their 2016 season on Thursday, April 7 with a two-game homestand against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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