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Troop 45 Shines At Klondike Derby

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

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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