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, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.