Written by Mineola American STaff Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00
More than 500 Boy Scouts and adult leaders recently gathered at the Muttontown Preserve to compete in the annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby. Troop 45 of Mineola came away with first, second and third place finishes for the Younger Scout division and first place in the Older Scout division.
“The competition was the toughest I can ever remember in my 28 years of involvement with this event,” Scoutmaster Steve Grosskopf said. “All the patrols from so many Scout Troop, did a great job and did their best. I am so very proud of my Scouts. They certainly have been preparing for months and have worked hard to prepare for the event. Their efforts yielded an outstanding performance and winning the day.”
This event is loosely based on the historic Alaskan Iditarod. The Scouts form the sled teams, and spend the day pulling sleds they have built themselves through the pristine snow-covered preserve while performing challenges along the way.
They are given maps with stations they must stop at while on their adventure. At these stops or stations, their skills are challenged. They may be asked to build fires, perform first aid, navigate with map and compass or much more. Each station requires skills the
Scouts are taught and from information in their Scout handbook.
They must work as a team under the direction of their patrol leader one of the Scouts in the group. The Scouts are judged based on their ability to accomplish the task and teamwork, they are given nuggets at each station.
The patrol with the most nuggets and the shortest time to complete the all day event is declared the winner.
Troop 45 is sponsored by and meets on Tuesday nights at the First Presbyterian Church in Mineola and has been serving boys in the Mineola area since 1921. For more information on other Troop 45 activities, check out their website at www.troop45mineola.org
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd. Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”
Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.
“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said. “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”
The Third Precinct declined to comment.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.