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Mineola Resident Runs For Sister

Mineola resident Liz Holzknecht will take part in the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon in Boston to raise funds and awareness for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck on June 8. Holzknecht will be running in her third half-marathon since she took up running last year as part of a New Year’s Resolution.

Holzknecht will run in honor of her late sister, Kate, who attended the camp. Kate’s 24th birthday would have been on June 9—the day after the race. Kate suffered from many disabilities, including not being able to verbalize with others.

Despite her disabilities, Kate always managed to show her love for the camp and its staff.

“She would come home exhausted, but you knew she had a good time and enjoyed herself. Few people actually understood Kate; however, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s staff and volunteers were some of the people that did,” said Holzknecht.

After trying out many special-needs programs for Kate, her parents were determined to find a place for their daughter to engage with others and feel content. Liz’s parents learned about Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck through Kate’s neurologist, with whom they spent a lot of time over the years.

“We are thrilled that Liz has decided to help us raise funds and awareness for the camp through her participation in the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon,” says Bridget Costello, executive director of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. “Kate was a camper who was very dear to our hearts and we miss her every single day.”

The doctor recommended the camp because its programs would help provide Kate with the type of interactive activities that she longed for. For eight years, she attended the camp’s respite weekends and summer sessions.

When Kate passed away last September, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck had a memorial ceremony by releasing balloons in her memory. In addition, the Moriches Paquatuck Squaws hosted its first-ever Spring Fling Joy Prom at the camp in remembrance of Kate.

“Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck helped my sister tremendously—I can’t thank them enough,” Holzknecht said.

“That’s why this race will be fully dedicated to the camp and my sister.”

Holzknecht has also established a website where the public can donate to the camp in Kate’s name. She surpassed her fundraising goal of $1,000. Donations are still being accepted at www.crowdrise.com/runningforkate

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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