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Obituary: Bill Poss, 82

Bill Poss Sr. passed away on the morning of May 25. He was born on July 22, 1920 in Brooklyn. Poss, 82, was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Millie whom he married on Dec. 7, 1941.

 

He was a proud veteran of World War II having served three years as Master Sargent in the United States Army in the Pacific and a member of the American Legion for over 50 years.

 

Raising his family on Long Island, Poss was a restaurant and tavern owner. The Colonial Inn in Mineola became a family gathering spot to generations with many stories of the characters who called the Colonial a second home.  Bill and Millie retired to Daytona Beach before moving to Glenwood Springs, CO to be near family.  

 

Poss adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was a father figure to them all.  “Dad” to Barbara Soho Bleich of Glenwood Springs, CO and Bill Poss, Jr.

(Jayne LaFountain Poss) of Aspen, CO, he was “Pops” to his grandchildren Nicolas Soho (Jenny Sands Soho) of Basalt, CO and William Walter Bleich of Fort Collins, CO and Page LaFountain (Christopher Parsons) of Carbondale, CO and Tate LaFountain of Aspen, CO.  Known adoringly as “Pop Pop” by his great grandchildren, Wade William Soho, Lila Jane Soho and Jack Harper Parsons. He will be remembered as a proud father, loving grandfather and a “friend” to family and customers.

 

The family requests that any donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, PO Box 3768, Basalt, CO  81621.


News

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.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

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.


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. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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