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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 Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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