DEC finalizes rule changes for crossbow hunting


Albany — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced last week.  These regulations are adopted under new state law, which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.

MCS boys' soccer looks ahead to a new year following sectional title


By John Bernhardt
It’s all about writing their own chapter of local soccer history for the 2014 Margaretville boys’ soccer team this year. The Blue Devils, coming off a magical Sectional Championship season in 2013, are looking forward, not back as they prepare for battle this fall. “We’re really making an effort not to talk about last year,” emphasized Blue Devils’ coach, Jeremey Marks. “That’s past history. These guys have their own story to tell this year.”

Tyler J. Smith Memorial 5K Run/Walk is Sept. 13


The first annual Tyler J. Smith Memorial Scholarship 5K run/walk is planned for Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Margaretville Village Park.

Soccer players back in action


Area soccer teams got back on the practice fields for the first time this week. Members of the Margaretville boys’ and girls’ varsity squads started their workouts on Monday. Both teams will play in the annual South Kortright scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 28, boys at 9 a.m. and girls at 11:30, a.m. The boys will open their season on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Hall of Fame field in Oneonta against Schenevus with a yet to-be-announced start time.
The girls will open their season on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup Tournament at 4 p.m. against a yet-to-be announced opponent.
— Photos by Dick Sanford
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First Cammer Memorial Golf Tournament set for August 16


The first annual Mark Cammer Memorial Golf Tournament is planned at Shephard Hills Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 16 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start
Proceeds from the 4-Person Scramble tournament will benefit the family of Mark Cammer. An avid golfer and stellar athlete, Mark passed away in March following a long battle with cancer.
Tournament entry is $60 per person and includes golf and a barbecue. The barbecue, which starts at noon, is also open to the public and will feature Brooks’ chicken, a pig roast and more.

Headwaters welcomes 21,000th camper


HEADWATERS SOCCER MILESTONE — Kaitlyn Gott, 15, of Edmeston (front row, white shirt) became the Headwaters Soccer Club’s 21,000th soccer player in its 25-year history. The milestone was achieved as her registration was the 757th to be received this summer. Headwaters began as a single camp in 1990 with 52 players attending. The Soccer Camp Series now has seven weeks of camps at five different locations with over 1,100 players attending annually. Kaitlyn has been attending the Session V week at Edmeston Central School annually. In this photo, Kaitlyn is surrounded by the staff of Session V. Kaitlyn is wearing a Headwaters 25 camp tee shirt autographed by each staff member. — Contributed photo

Time Out: August 6, 2014

Unless you’re a high school athlete attending a sports camp, team sports activity slows to a crawl in the summer in the Catskills. In days of old, summer baseball was huge in almost every small community in our county. At its peak, American Legion baseball was everywhere and almost every Delaware County town or hamlet fielded a youth baseball team. Sixteen teams represented Delaware County communities during its zenith. For the most part, Legion baseball in rural New York State is a thing of the past.

Baseball was king

DEC adopts bear hunting season changes

Albany — Black bear hunting opportunities have expand­ed this year as a result of reg­- ulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Mar­tens announced this week.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, New York is working to increase hunting opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen,” Commissioner Martens said. “With these changes, DEC is implementing strategies of the recently adopt­ed Black Bear Management Plan.”

Hooked on Fishing


Jackie, (left) and Danielle of Walton landed these trophy trout weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 5 pounds, 10 ounces while fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir last week using sawbellies. — Photos courtesy of Al’s Sport Store, Downsville.

Jackson of New Jersey shows off his catch from the Pepacton Reservoir.

Time Out: July 30, 2014

He was a man without a country, a baseball fan decked out in the traditional orange and blue of the New York Mets enveloped in a sea of Atlanta Brave gray and red hearing “y’all” everywhere he turned. Styrofoam tomahawks bounced off his head and shoulders as thousands of Brave fans broke out in a chorus of their all to familiar tomahawk chop.
IDOL CHATTER — Randy VanKeuren (in uniform), chats with one of his idols, former Mets’ star Darryl Strawberry in Cooperstown on Sunday. — Contributed photoIDOL CHATTER — Randy VanKeuren (in uniform), chats with one of his idols, former Mets’ star Darryl Strawberry in Cooperstown on Sunday. — Contributed photo

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