For 26 years, the Shelter Rock District of the Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America has run a Klondike Derby at the end of January at the Muttontown Preserve. The Klondike Derby is loosely based on the Ididirod sled race in Alaska with the Boy Scout version having groups of 4 to 8 Scouts pushing homemade sleds through the trails of Muttontown rather than having them pulled by dog teams as in the Ididirod.
This is an event that Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 takes very seriously. For the last 26 years, Patrols from Troop 45 have participated in this event and for much of the event’s history, Troop 45 has fielded the Patrols to beat.
Under Senior Patrol Leader Glenn Peters and Scoutmaster Steve Grosskopf, Troop 45 has been preparing for this year’s Klondike for several months. Weekly Troop Meetings were given over to learning Scout skills and at individual Patrol meetings the Patrols work on those skills and developing teamwork.
Mineola High School graduate John Watts is the new host of New York University’s radio talk show Earshot. WNYU’s live current events talk show brings its listeners opinions and analysis on politics and current events affecting New Yorkers, the nation, and the world.
“I won’t shy away from telling my viewers what I believe in,” Watts said.
John and his co-host Mel Zelikovsky provide insightful panel discussions and heated debates in the show’s thirty-minute time slot. Whether it’s the 2012 election coverage, legislative decisions, controversial issues, or current events from around the world, Earshot keeps its viewers informed.
Today and for more than twenty years in Mineola, pancakes and the Super Bowl go together like, well, pancakes and syrup, or pancakes and sausages. But pancakes have an interesting history of their own. At least one book has explored the history of pancakes, going back to the earliest records of cooking when batter was poured over a hot surface to make the most basic prepared food.
Ancient Greeks made Tagenites, in Russia and Eastern Europe it is various forms of a Blini, French of course have their Crepe, in Ethiopia it is Injera and Flapjacks fueled the Western expansion of our own American pioneers. The first record of a “pancake” recipe reportedly comes from a Dutch cook in the 1500s.
Battercakes have been used by many cultures for celebrations, for travel food, and eventually for a hearty breakfast.
School lunch recess: a time to play, a time to socialize, a time for vibrancy. Will it all come to an end in the Mineola? Rumors were put to bed last week.
Speculation as to whether school lunch recess would be done away with because of low test scores were squashed by district Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler. Rather, a shortening of recess could be implemented, but nothing is set in stone at this time.
As the summer of 1962 arrived, so did I, returning home from my first year away at college. With the next three months at my disposal, after a little searching and a couple of phone calls, I secured a position with the Village of Mineola Recreation Department as a playground attendant at Wilson Park, an area that had become a welcome replacement for the Village’s outmoded sewage plant. Although the actual title was an imposing “Recreation Supervisor”, my co-workers and I were affectionately referred to by our young charges as “Parkies.”
Our director, Karl Brittel, set up an ironclad schedule for us: a four day week, each day consisting of an early shift, a late shift, and overlapping coverage by two of us during the mid-day peak hours. At $1.50 an hour, we were each automatically paid for a 40-hour week. Sick days and time off were accommodated by exchanging hours or dollars amongst ourselves. My late-shift days started at 10:30 a.m. and, with the exception of a one hour supper break, continued until I closed up shop at 9:30 p.m. Since Wilson Park was basically a massive pedestrian thoroughfare leading to the Village Pool, it attracted large numbers during the summer months.
The eastern borderline of Mineola and Carle Place, specifically near Bruce Terrace, has been plagued with flooding issues for decades. Plans were put in place over the last two years to get the issues resolved, but it seems that as one door opens, another closes.
Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini updated the plan that was agreed upon by the county, Mineola and the Town of North Hempstead. The plan stated that all three parties would work to resolve the issue. Furthermore, the scope of the construction would be shared equally.
Every two years, it gets dicey for elected officials, no matter how popular or unpopular they are. At times, incumbents go unopposed while others see a dogfight until Election Day. Will Mineola watch as seats are battled for? Stay tuned.
Current trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira are both seeking re-election to serve another two-year term on the Mineola Village Board of Trustees. New Line Party candidate Pereira and Hometown Party staple Cusato revealed this to local media last Wednesday Jan. 11.
The Village of Mineola investigated recent claims of blight and gang presence in the village, specifically around the intersection of Willis Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. Those claims turned out to be false.
A resident quoted a section of the village municipal code during a recent meeting of the village board covering blight and its prevention via maintenance of property and graffiti, which he claimed were present on the southeast corner Lincoln and Willis Avenue.
Pointing to the new administration comprised of a history-making female majority and the first Iranian American elected to office in New York State, Supervisor Jon Kaiman took the oath of office for a fifth term Jan. 2, promising to hit the ground running with his reshuffled team and to continue stressing innovation, continuity and accountability.
With his wife, Kim, and his three children by his side along with a number of other family members, North Hempstead’s fifth-term supervisor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a mid afternoon ceremony at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. He paid tribute afterwards to the political process and America, a place where one can go from political refugee to politician.
The year 2011 is over and 2012 has just begun. The Mineola American decided to start off the New Year with a quick look back at the stories that warmed hearts, humbled many, raised eyebrows and kept Mineola and the surrounding community buzzing.
In 24 Hours Craig Pinto edged former New York Yankee great Reggie Jackson for the title of “Mr. October” in philanthropic terms anyway.
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