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Adirondack League All-Stars

2015 ADIRONDACK LEAGUE BASEBALL

ALL LEAGUE SELECTIONS (note: All statistics are current)

Most Valuable Player

Player TEAM YR AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI AVG SLG SB IP W L ERA K BB

Justin Hoagland Whi Sr. 70 46 15 1 1 36 33 0.657 0.943 6 21 3 1 3.86 21 7

First Team

Player TEAM YR AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI AVG SLG SB IP W L ERA K BB

Garrett Bailey FA So. 46 25 3 1 6 31 27 0.543 1.043 14 33 6 0 1.06 51 14

Shea Irish WCS Sr. 61 22 6 2 0 17 9 0.468 0.681 14 55 3 5 2.16 84 12

Tyler Mattison FA So. 58 25 4 0 1 29 15 0.431 0.522 13 30 5 0 1.63 55 8

Greg Johnson LG Jr. 61 24 4 3 0 14 16 0.393 0.557 11 43 4 3 0.81 56 9

Anthony Villano Cor Sr. 61 31 5 6 0 20 23 0.508 0.786 8 27.2 2 2 3.29 44 27

Derek Thomas Whi Sr. 73 34 3 1 0 35 19 0.466 0.507 4 25 3 0 3.80 25 12

Julian Barber Whi Sr. 81 36 6 1 0 21 27 0.444 0.543 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Alex Jenkins Cor Jr. 58 23 5 4 0 30 18 0.397 0.620 14 0 2 1 3.06 15 4

Andrew Barber LG Sr. 63 27 3 1 1 15 14 0.429 0.555 5 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Second Team

Player TEAM YR AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI AVG SLG SB IP W L ERA K BB

Scott Broekhuizen HL Jr. 46 18 5 0 0 12 12 0.391 0.500 3 43 2 3 3.60 66 22

Chad Amerio Whi Sr. 55 25 3 0 1 28 15 0.455 0.564 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Alek Olden WCS Sr. 65 22 4 0 1 22 10 0.431 0.589 13 0 1 0 0.00 0 0

Chris Jackson FA Sr. 58 21 4 0 1 24 16 0.362 0.483 8 12 1 0 1.75 12 1

Nick Lehoisky FA Jr. 54 21 4 1 0 27 7 0.389 0.481 7 23 4 0 2.43 25 11

Ethan Pike Hart SR. 39 16 6 0 0 12 9 0.410 0.000 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Patrick Mellon LG Jr. 63 23 6 1 0 14 20 0.365 0.492 3 29.2 2 1 1.65 39 7

James Hayes NW So. 40 15 3 0 0 10 9 0.375 0.450 8 35 3 2 3.00 45 14

James Buzinsky Cor Sr. 65 26 2 0 0 26 21 0.400 0.430 5 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Honorable Mention

Player, Team

Andrew Terry, Salem

Ryan Fish, North Warren

Colby May, North Warren

Derek Robarge, Corinth

Brendan Petit, Hartford

Craig Keenan, Lake George

Chris DeFranco, North Warren

Duncan Mularz, Lake George

Tyler Thomas, Whitehall

Jesse DeMarsh, Hadley-Luzerne

Danny St. Clair, Whitehall

Jeremy Johnson, Fort Ann

Josh Curri-Brimhall, Bolton

Joe Connery, Bolton

Shane McCabe, Lake George

Ryan Fish, North Warren

Sawyer Kingsley, Corinth

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Owens discusses 'point of origin' meat labeling debate

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, suggested alternative labeling language that would enable consumers to distinguish the origin of beef, chicken and pork without violating World Trade Organization rules.

“To me the solution would be to allow labeling to say something along these lines: ‘raised, slaughtered and processed in America,’ or the alternative would be ‘raised slaughtered, and processed in the United States and Canada or the United States and Mexico’ or all three,” said Owens, who is writing an article on the topic for The Hill, a national publication that follows Congress.

“So it shifts it to the consumer to make that choice. And I believe that would be compliant with the WTO,” said Owens, a lawyer who specializes in Canadian relations and international trade.

A 2002 law that was modified in 2008, known as the COOL rule, requires retailers to notify customers of the point of origin of beef, pork and chicken.

The WTO has ruled three times the law, as currently written, violates WTO rules, and therefore Canada and Mexico would be allowed to impose tariffs on U.S. exports.

House Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway has introduced legislation to repeal the labeling requirement.

The bill had 82 co-sponsors – 68 Republicans and 14 Democrats -- as of Monday, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, according to the Library of Congress government information web site.

The House Agriculture Committee on Friday passed the bill and referred it for placement on the calendar for a vote of the House.

There is no companion bill in the Senate, Owens said.

Owens said 36 states could be affected by tariffs on exports to Canada.

“For New York, for instance, it is bovine animals, apples, cheese and wine. And we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars of exports,” he said, in a telephone interview. “So all of those things would have an adverse impact on the economy if we do not pass this legislation.”

12 hours ago(0)

New law can help municipalities finance wood-fuel projects

The town of Chester has been moving along with its NYSERDA model project to convert its oil-fired system to heat the Municipal Building to a bio-fuel system.

Leaders in the Adirondacks have been pushing a state law change that would allow a municipality to bond for 15 years instead of 10 years on projects converting heating systems. The idea is that a longer time frame will help the municipality see savings sooner.

That state law change passed the state Senate today after already gaining Assembly approval last month.

Here's a release from Sen. Elizabeth Little's office.

SENATE BILL WOULD HELP CHESTER CONVERT TO BIOMASS BOILER

The State Senate today approved legislation that would help the Town of Chester finance the cost of a new wood pellet heating system by extending the length of time it may bond for the project from 10 to 15 years.

Senator Betty Little sponsored the measure at the request of Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe and the town board.

“The current law does not accurately reflect the probable useful life of a boiler or furnace, which makes financing a challenge,” said Little. “This change will help the Town of Chester and others that may be seeking to convert to renewable, natural resources for heating.

“With the push for renewables, this change in law is timely, helping not only the Town of Chester but I expect other municipalities interested in doing the same.”

Supervisor Fred Monroe said, "The Town of Chester appreciates Senator Little's efforts in shepherding this legislation through the Senate. It will benefit the Town of Chester and also help other municipalities with renewable source heating projects."

Chester’s municipal complex uses an oil-fired steam heating system.

The conversion to wood pellets is expected to save the town $18,000-$19,000 annually on heating costs. The town has won grants from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of the conversion project.

Specifically, the legislation (S.2907) would amend the Local Finance Law to specify that the period of probable usefulness of the installation or reconstruction of a heating system in a municipal building

would be 15 years. Existing law provides for a ten-year period for a

heating, lighting, plumbing, ventilating elevator or power plant or system for class "A" or "B" building and five years for a class "C" building.

The legislation passed the Assembly on May 18 where it is sponsored by Assemblymen Dan Stec and John McDonald.

The New York Biomass Energy Alliance supports enactment of the legislation.

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Regional softball pairings

New York State Softball Regional Playoff Schedule

CLASS AA

Regional Semifinal

Thursday, June 4

Clarkstown South (Section I) vs. Kingston (Section IX) at Rhinebeck High School, 4 p.m.

Regional Finals

Friday, June 5

Shenendehowa (Section II) vs. Section III champion at Gillette Field, Cicero, 5 p.m.

Oceanside (Section VIII) vs. Eastport-South Manor (Section XI) at St. Joseph's College, 3:30 p.m.

Victor (Section V) vs. Orchard Park (Section VI) at Brockport State, 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

Binghamton (Section IV) vs. Clarkstown South-Kingston winner, 4 p.m. at North Rockland or Rhinebeck H.S.

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CLASS A

Regional Semifinals

Thursday, June 4

Pearl River-I vs. Goshen-IX at Livingston Elementary School, 2:30 p.m.

Averill Park-II vs. Peru-VII at Luther Forest Athletic Field, Malta, 4:30 p.m.

Franklin Academy-X vs. Section III champ at Potsdam State, 3:30 p.m.

Regional Finals

Friday, June 5

Pittsford Mendon-V vs. Starpoint-VI at Brockport State, 4 p.m.

Mount Sinai-XI vs. Section VIII champ at St. Joseph's College, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

Averill Park-Peru winner vs. Franklin Academy-Section III champ winner, 3 p.m. at Gillette Field or Potsdam State

Maine-Endwell-IV vs. Pearl River-Goshen winner at North Rockland H.S., 1 p.m., or Rhinebeck H.S., 1:30 p.m.

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CLASS B

Regional Semifinals

Thursday, June 4

Saranac-VII vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy-X at Potsdam State, 5:30 p.m.

Rye Neck-I vs. Marlboro-IX at Rhinebeck H.S., 1:30 p.m.

East Rockway-VIII vs. Babylon-XI at St. Joseph's College, 3:30 p.m.

Regional Final

Friday, June 5

Bath-Haverling-V vs. Alden-VI at Brockport State, 6 p.m.

Windsor-IV vs. Section III champion at Gillette Field, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

Ichabod Crane-II vs. Saranac-Ogdensburg winner at Luther Forest Athletic Fields, Malta, 4:30 p.m.

Rye Neck-Marlboro winner vs. East Rockway-Babylon winner at Hofstra or St. Joseph's, 3 p.m.

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CLASS C

Regional Semifinals

Thursday, June 4

Hoosic Valley-II vs. Norwood-Norfolk-X at Luther Forest Athletic Fields, Malta, 4 p.m.

Tuckahoe-I vs. Chester-IX at North Rockland H.S., 3:30 p.m.

Regional Finals

Friday, June 5

Addison-V vs. Chautauqua Lake-VI at Promenschenkel Stadium, Dunkirk, 5 p.m.

Elmira Notre Dame-IV vs. Section III champion at Union-Endicott H.S., 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

Hoosic Valley/Norwood-Norfolk winner vs. Ticonderoga-VII at Plattsburgh State, 2 p.m.

Tuckahoe-Chester winner vs. Pierson-XI at North Rockland H.S., 10 a.m. or Rhinebeck H.S., 11 a.m.

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CLASS D

Regional Finals

Friday, June 5

Fort Ann-II vs. Lake Placid-VII at Moreau Rec, 4 p.m.

Heuvelton-X vs. Section III champion at Gillette Field, Cicero, 5 p.m.

Deposit-IV vs. Eldred-IX at Rhinebeck H.S., 4 p.m.

Andover-V vs. Section VI champion at Promenschenkel Stadium, Dunkirk, 7 p.m.

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WAC North Division All-Stars

2015 WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE NORTH ALL-STARS

Co-MVPs: Ryan Czarnecki - Spa Catholic and Dylan Klock - OESJ

Utility

Jace Fox - Canajoharie

DH

Payton Johnson - OESJ

Pitchers

Owen O’Reilly - Spa Catholic

Joe Schmidt - Spa Catholic

Jake Moline - Spa Catholic

Brad Smith - OESJ

Infielders

Drew Fureno - Fort Plain

Sam Uline - Galway

Zac Cronk - Spa Catholic

Buck Anderson - Canajoharie

Aiden Vanloan - Fort Plain

Max Conti - Galway

Outfielders

Jim May Jr. - Fort Plain

Bobby Gates - Mayfield

Jake VanPatten - Spa Catholic

Tim Brizzell - Spa Catholic

Devon Battisti - OESJ

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Wasaren League All-Stars

2015 Wasaren League Baseball All Stars

MVP -- John Rooney 12 Hoosic Valley

1st team

Jared Morello 12 Hoosic Valley

Don Espy 12 Hoosic Valley

Wyatt Whitman 11 Hoosick Falls

Kealan Hitt 12 Hoosick Falls

George Ostrowski 11 Greenwich

John Stewart 12 Greenwich

Cody Sullivan 12 Tamarac

Schuyler Radcliff 12 Stillwater

Ronnie Taylor 12 Granville

2nd Team

Joe Dunlan 11 Hoosic Valley

Matt Espy 11 Hoosic Valley

Alex Carlo 11 Hoosic Valley

Shayne Richard 12 Hoosick Falls

Noah Conety 11 Hoosick Falls

Dillon Maxon 11 Tamarac

Tony Shufon 11 Tamarac

Ethan English 12 Cambridge

Lukas Whitehouse 11 Greenwich

Honorable Mention

Ryan McLenithan 10 Cambridge

Caleb Rowland 12 Cambridge

Jake Harrington 10 Cambridge

Jake Young 12 Granville

Bailey Daigle 10 Granville

Cordell Kilburn 12 Granville

Josh Sumner 12 Granville

Jimmy Brophy 12 Greenwich

Carson Mosher 8 Greenwich

Garrett Wright 12 Hoosick Falls

Riley Bacon 11 Hoosick Falls

Alex Mendez 11 Hoosick Falls

Colby Davendonis 12 Hoosick Falls

Jimmy Burnell 10 Hoosic Valley

Connor Ryan 12 Hoosic Valley

Dan Joslin 11 Hoosic Valley

Coulton Provancher 12 Mechanicville

Robbie Varvaro 10 Stillwater

Tyler Reyome 11 Stillwater

Alex Evans 12 Stillwater

John Tedesco 10 Stillwater

Dylan Wright 12 Tamarac

Jake Sharnott 9 Tamarac

Matt Fox 10 Tamarac

12 hours ago(0)

Bills deal with Common Core tests, teacher evaluation, tax cap

A bill that would allow teachers to obtain more information about the Common Core tests passed the Legislature last Thursday.

The legislation would allow teachers to discuss the content of the standardized exams with other faculty members, according to a news release from Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake.

Under current law, teachers and other faculty members have to sign a confidentiality agreement that bars then from discussing questions on the tests with other teachers. Woerner said that makes it more difficult for teachers to prepare and improve teaching materials.

“The excessive secrecy surrounding Common Core has had a negative impact on our children’s ability to learn,” Woerner in a news release. “Teachers must be able to have a dialogue about what is being included on these tests, in order to ensure they can continue to provide a quality education to all our children.”

The bill passed the Assembly last Thursday and now heads to the Senate.

This comes on the heels of legislation that passed on May 20, which would extend the deadline for New York State Education department officials to adopt new teacher evaluation regulations. The original deadline is June 30 and that would be pushed to Nov. 17. The deadline for school districts to approve revised evaluation plans with their teachers union would be pushed back one year until Nov. 15, 2016. It would also delink the requirement that districts implement the new plans to get their aid increase.

“After hearing from the experts in this field, we have put forth this bill which will allow the Board of Regents needed additional time to continue their work without imminent threat of depriving schools of essential aid or the flexibility necessary to provide a quality education to all students in the state,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

The Assembly bill would also allow districts to use other measures of student achievement and make optional the requirement that an independent trained evaluator observe teachers, create a committee to make sure that the grades 3-8 English and math tests are grade-level appropriate and require the education commissioner to review the Common Core standards and make recommendations.

Both of these bills have companion measures in the Senate.

That body on May 19 passed legislation to make the tax cap permanent. A recent report by the Empire Center estimates that the tax cap has saved taxpayers $7.6 billion during the last three years. School tax levies have risen by an average of 2.2 percent annually – the lowest in three decades.

“The tax cap has helped our state make real progress in slowing the relentless growth of property taxes faced by residents and businesses throughout New York,” said State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. “By permanently continuing the cap, we will bring certainty to taxpayers, help them keep more of their hard-earned money, create good jobs, and grow our economy for the future.”

Now the measure heads to the Assembly.

13 hours ago(0)

Birthday MRI

This afternoon, as I lay over the MRI machine’s square holes for my annual bi-lateral breast MRI, I couldn't help but reflect on how grateful I am to be celebrating my 34th birthday.

My husband has been playfully joking that he doesn't know where to find 40 candles… I told him I am SO looking forward to my 40th birthday. He laughed and asked why, and I said, “That means I will be an 11 year cancer survivor. I will have been here to see Nicholas turn 11, Hope to turn 8, and for all those extra years to torture you.”

I doubt I would be so enthusiastic about aging if I hadn't gone through my cancer journey; now I say bring on the candles! 

13 hours ago(0)

Press problems repeat

About 6 p.m. Saturday, our press did a repeat performance from a week earlier and would not start.

But there was still time to fix it. We called in a professional from the Cortland area who made the three-hour drive through a driving rain storm. It turned out that a lightning strike near our plant fried some circuits.

The press was fixed and started while the press room played catch-up the rest of the evening.

When I saw the notice on our website Sunday morning, all I could think of was my column that was being published on the editorial page about how I had seen just about everything with production problems.

But not two weekends in a row.

The good news is the newspaper did get out and it wasn’t half the calamity of a week earlier with most newspapers getting delivered by 9 a.m.

Maybe now the worst is behind us. But then again, I said that last week.

- Ken Tingley

13 hours ago(0)

Gray Whann forms exploratory committee for 2017 mayor's race

Patti Gray Whann, president of Glens Falls Collaborative, said Monday she has formed an exploratory committee that is advising her on a potential run as an independent candidate for Glens Falls mayor in 2017.

"I have been wildly encouraged (to run)," she said.

She would not identify her committee members because she had not yet asked their permission for their names to be publicized.

Whann, who lives in the 2nd Ward, is a real estate broker.

Term limits prohibit Glens Falls Mayor John "Jack" Diamond, a Democrat, from running for re-election in 2017.

On the Democratic side, Councilman at-large Dan Hall, who cannot run for his current post in 2017 because of term limits, has side he is considering the 2017 mayor's race.

No potential Republican candidates have mentioned their interest in the race. 

15 hours ago(0)

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