Jim Jones Relates His Love Affair with the Osprey
The audience at the Schreiber auditorium was enthralled by Jim Jones' tales of osprey watching. Jones, Schreiber science teacher and naturalist, related how more than ten years ago he set about to bring back the osprey to our shores. Jones has written a book about his exploits, Spirits of the Harbor: A Summer of Re-Awakening on Long Island's North Shore. This magnificent raptor, once common to our shores, had virtually disappeared, poisoned by insecticides and driven away by other fallout from suburban living habits - what Jones aptly described as "our thoughtless rush to acquire, own and develop the land." Jones wrote, "There was an absence here where there had once been a bounty of natural beauty and wonder. The harbors that surround the peninsula where I live had lost a piece of its spirit, a vital piece - the osprey."
Special Districts Election Results
The results of the December Port Washington Special District elections returned incumbent Police Commissioner James Duncan to a third term of office and saw a newcomer, Jeremy Devine, successfully challenge incumbent Anthony Conetta for the post of garbage commissioner.
On The Bay
The wind was howling early Sunday morning, Dec. 15, and frostbiters were put on notice that the afternoon competition might be cancelled. But by midmorning, the wind had diminished somewhat, with weather forecasters predicting even less wind, so Race Committee Chair Herb Schmidt, e-mailed his committee and all the sailors that racing was on! And what a beautiful day it turned out to be - good winds, not too much chop in the bay, and warm weather (a relative term at this time of year). Readers have heard this before - frostbiters are the best. An anecdote from last Sunday's sailing would seem to support this statement. Nichols Silbersack, a freshman in high school, who has crewed for his father during the past several frostbite seasons, has now "graduated" to skippering his own boat, with a new young crew named Peter Varny. It so happened that Dan Coughlin, the director of sailing at Seawanhaka YC, decided to help the race committee on one of the crash boats last Sunday. As he watched the racing, he thought it might be helpful to crew for Nichols to give him some helpful hints to improve boat speed. So between the end of one race and the start of another, a quick change put Dan on IC dingy #539, and brought young Peter Varny to Kraus' Kastle, where he was immediately plied with a sausage/pepper hero hot off the grill, and the best homemade chocolate cookies, compliments of the RC chair's wife, Barbara Schmidt. A very appreciative Peter was overheard saying, "Gee, this is like a party." After learning what the RC really does on Kraus Kastle, Peter was back in #539, crewing for Nichols for the rest of the afternoon. Later in the day, Dan was out again on another boat, offering some pointers to another skipper on such things as how to negotiate the wind shifts, sail trim and other boat adjustments. Where else in the sailing world do you get this kind of thoughtful, personal attention during a race, where even though sailors are competing for prizes, they place great emphasis on "coaching" young sailors, and those new to dinghy sailing. And this is not the only time "on-the-water" coaching has been part of frostbite racing. Ralf Steitz, a sailing coach from the Merchant Marine Academy, and a frostbiter, has been known to hop on a competitor's boat to offer helpful suggestions, as has Pedro Lorson, a very experienced dinghy sailor. Winners for the day (eight teams): 1. #536, Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry, 2. #514, Ted Toombs/Matt Cornachio, and 3. #121, Fee Mitropoulos/Tina Aufiero. Mimi Berry won the crew race.
Special Fall Sports Awards
The fall season saw over 303 athletes participating on 15 teams. To celebrate the accomplishments of each of the athletes and their teams a Sports Awards Assembly was held on Nov. 20 in the Schreiber High School. Athletes and their families filled the auditorium to honor not only the special award winners but also each athlete. It was also an opportunity to thank those who help support the athletes, the parents and coaches.
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