HP Modified Soccer vs Remsen

In back to back games HP Boys Modified Soccer beat a good Remsen team 2-1.  Remsen doesn’t have a JV team and the Remsen Modified Boys Team had 7th – 10th graders playing.  HP had way more shots on goal, but Remsen had an excellent goal keeper.  Goals were scored by Ethan and Eric off a corner kick that the goalie tipped in.  Below the team celebrates after their win.


HP Modified Soccer @ Herkimer

HPMS opened up their season with a 10-2 win over Herkimer.  Herkimer scored on penalty kick in the box and one other goal.  HP had 10 different boys score goals and the B team got a lot of playing time. Below Eric, Thomas, William Jonathon and Jack.


Stratford Festival

Once again we joined our friends Jim and Pam to attend the Stratford Festival. We drove up on Friday (5 hour drive) and attended an evening performance of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac.

Trish Lindtröm as Beline and Stephen Ouimette as Argan/Molière in The Hypochondriac. Photography by David Hou.

On Saturday we went shopping in the morning; including the local Goodwill Store.  We saw a matinee performance of A Chorus Line.

Members of the company in A Chorus Line. Photography by David Hou.

And in the evening we saw a performance of Shakespeare in Love.


There are three theaters.

  1. Drawing inspiration from the Elizabethan apron stage, the ancient Greek amphitheatres and the Roman arenas, the thrust stage designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch in 1953 revolutionized the performance of Shakespeare. It comprises a protruding platform, a balcony (now removable), trap-doors, nine acting levels and eight major entrances.Seating surrounds the stage in a semi-circular arc, while two vomitoria, or “voms,” run diagonally from the stage into tunnels under the auditorium. The theatre seats well over 1,800 people, yet no spectator is more than 65 feet from the stage.
  2. In 1971, we began leasing premises by the Avon River in Stratford. In 1982, with a new stage designed by Desmond Heeley and seating for 410 people. In 1991 the venue’s name was changed from the Third Stage to the Tom Patterson Theatre.
  3. In 2002, we added a fourth venue: the Studio Theatre. Created in what had been the Avon Theatre’s scene shop , the Studio contains a smaller, modified version of the Festival Theatre’s thrust stage, with a pillared balcony and seating for 260 patrons.

We drove home Sunday morning

Labor Day Weekend at Massawepie

Kathryn, Eric, Matt and I took advantage of the Massawepie Scout camp being open over Labor Day weekend.  We camped Friday – Sunday and had perfect weather; caught several large bass, went swimming, explored adjoining ponds and the Massawepie Mire.  We found a GeoCache which we opened to inspect the contents – mainly toys and knick knacks.


Because there was no portage and we had three canoes we were able to pack a lot of amenities; drinks, food and chairs for our comfort. We went fishing at dusk and Eric had great success catching large mouth bass in the weeds using a white tube bait.

Matt and I portaged into Boot Tree Pond and then hiked to see the Massawepie Mire – the largest in eastern US.

2016-09-04 Massawepie Lake1


I am not sure how it could have been better.  Re-entry into regular day life was rough for a day or so.


No caterwauling owls nor loons wailing through the night.
No chattering red squirrels dropping cones from pine tree heights.

No fog lifting slowly burning off in morning’s light.
No canoes along the shoreline glistening golden bright.

No canoeing adjoining ponds shaped like a Boot Tree
Returning to our camp in time for shared High Tea.

These things once were; and in our mind they will be
Until we return again to Massawepie.



Accelerate Summer Basketball League

Eric’s summer basketball league at the Accelerate Sports Complex concluded with a two point loss in the finals to Rome Select.  The team went 9-0 during the regular season with large win margins.

Date Home Away
Tue-Jul 12   J.C.C. 31 – 52 Whitesboro Warriors
Tue-Jul 19   Clinton Warriors 19 – 70 Whitesboro Warriors
Thu-Jul 21   RFA 2 18 – 71 Whitesboro Warriors
Thu-Jul 21   Elite Basketball 22 – 66 Whitesboro Warriors
Tue-Jul 26   Whitesboro Warriors 46 – 30 RFA 1
Thu-Jul 28   Fred Burrows Jr. 37 – 51 Whitesboro Warriors
Tue-Aug 2   Westmoreland Nov-80 Whitesboro Warriors
Thu-Aug 4   Whitesboro Warriors 100 – (Forfeit) 0 Oriskany
Tue-Aug 9   Whitesboro Warriors 50 – 45 Rome Select
Thu-Aug 11   Whitesboro Warriors 82 – 21 Oriskany
Tue-Aug 16   Whitesboro Warriors 66 – 25 Fred Burrows Jr.
Tue-Aug 16   Whitesboro Warriors 46 – 48 Rome Select

They won their quarter finals 82-21 and semi-final game 66-25.  Eric scored 15 points in the semi-final game by shooting 5 for 5 from behind the 3 point line for a career night.  They faced Rome Select in the finals where they trailed though out the game and lost 48-46.  It was a fine season and Eric improved as a basketball player.

2016-08-16 Accelerate Semi & Finals

Playoff Bracket

Volley Llamas

Our Wednesday night volleyball team, the Volley Llamas, finished the regular season solidly in 3rd place out of 10 teams.  We ended up behind 1st place Dig Pink, 2nd place Scappers and ahead of 4th place Finndale Farms. Below are Eric, Kathryn, Josh, Billie Jo, Jim, Ryan, Margaret; with Tim occupying the entire front row.


Our team changed a bit with Rich and Jason Ritzel opting to be substitutes rather than full time players, but being replaced by Josh and Eric playing full time.  I am especially proud of Eric’s development, as last year he only played in select situations of select games.  This year he displayed a much more rounded game. Josh gave us a solid hitter and all-round good team mate.  The season is 3 months long and we managed to cope with personal schedules with only three subs the entire summer: Chris and Rachael on the 1st night and Rich Ritzel during July.  A big thanks to everyone. We should be handling out attendance awards to one another.  There is always that fine balancing point between playing competitively and having fun.  I think we did a pretty good job of balancing those two this summer.  I am very happy with our 3rd place finish to the regular season and to accomplish it playing a roster that played with a pre-teen, three card carrying AARP members and line-ups that sometimes put two women in the front line as hitters/blockers; well that was something.

Eric, Kathryn, Tim and I attended the season banquet.  The Volley Llamas were recognized for best TEAM CHEER.  Eric got recognized as the YOUNGEST PLAYER and Jim as the OLDEST PLAYER.

40th Anniversary

1976-08-06 j&K Wedding

Eight Strokes A Side

You might remember a Tennessee Ernie Ford hit song called “Sixteen Tons” with the chorus “You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go, I owe my soul to the company store”.

Skip, Steve and I went canoe camping at Stillwater Reservoir and up the Red Horse Trail to Salmon, Witchhopple and Clear Ponds. Usually time spent paddling results in a “Skip Song” and this was no exception.

(With apologies to Tennessee Ernie Ford and “16 Tons”…..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRh0QiXyZSk )

Well let me tell you the story of our camping trip; me and Steve but this tale’s about Skip.
We canoed across Stillwater Reservoir; it’s a place we all have paddled before.

Well, Skip he is a paddling man, he paddles just as fast and hard as he can.
He knows all kinds of paddling strokes, Skip is one paddling bloke.

Eight strokes a side and then you switch, Skip is a paddling son of bitch.
Eight strokes a side and then he calls hup, you better pull hard if you want to keep up…..

Skip can paddle the stern if you want him to steer, but if he paddles the bow you better stay clear.
His paddle starts flashing in the sun, ‘cause Skip is a paddling son of a gun.

Eight strokes a side and then you switch, Skip is a paddling son of bitch.
Eight strokes a side and then he calls hup, you better pull hard if you want to keep up…..

We got up early before the wind starts to blow, it makes the big waves that are dangerous you know.
Paddle an hour, then paddle some more, I hope we all make it safely to shore.

Eight strokes a side and then you switch, Skip is a paddling son of bitch.
Eight strokes a side and then he calls hup, you better pull hard if you want to keep up…..

Skip’s paddling fast and his boat leaves a wake, it goes a little faster with each stroke that he takes.
I’m paddling out and what do I see, Skip and his boat go flying by me.

Eight strokes a side and then you switch, Skip is a paddling son of bitch.
Eight strokes a side and then he calls hup, you better pull hard if you want to keep up…..

Stillwater Reservoir and The Red Horse Trail

Stillwater MapSteve, Skip and I planned a 5 day pond hopping trip up the Red Horse Trail north of Stillwater Reservoir.  We arrived at Stillwater Reservoir at 10:30am as boats and families were coming off the reservoir.  With the end of the weekend and the pending rainy forecast there were lots of available campsites.  We were hoping for site #4 so we could also check out Peak Mtn Pond, however, the sign-out board at the boat launch indicated that site #4 was taken and signed out through Sunday evening.  As we were contemplating alternative plans a parting camper recommended site #11 which he had just vacated.  We paddled to site #11, checked it out and set up our tents.  No sooner than we set up our tents, blew up our sleeping pads and shook out our sleeping bags than Skip declared “I see a bear, and I am not kidding”.  A medium sized black bear was headed to our camp.  I walked towards the bear yelling and clapping my hands loudly.  The bear walked away slowly, pausing when I stopped advancing, keeping a distance of roughly 50 feet.  We convened to discuss our options and decided to move camp.  As we were packing up our tents and gear the bear came back.  Skip sounded his air horn which caused the bear to move away slightly, but not run or vacate the camp site.  We packed up and paddled our canoes across the reservoir ending up at site #30 – Picnic Point.


Stillwater Reservoir campsite map

For dinner Steve cooked hamburgers and we drank cold beer.  It rained Sunday night.  We turned in early and the next morning we proceeded to Trout Pond and campsite #15.  We set up our rain tarp just in time to avoid a major thunderstorm.  I cooked chicken soup for dinner; it came out too salty as I added too many favor packets.  We turned in early as it rained all night long.

Red Horse Trail Loop

Tuesday morning we cached our heavy items and traveled with just our canoes, backpacks and fishing gear to the Red Horse trailhead.  Skip had the heaviest backpack, but grabbed his Kevlar Sundowner and headed north up the 1 mile portage from Trout Pond to Salmon Lake.  I made it about 1/3 the on the trail but couldn’t get my solo canoe to balance on the top of my backpack.  Steve helped me carry it the rest of the way to the Salmon Lake put in.  We crossed Salmon Lake to the northern extremity  looking for a take out.  The take out was obscured by a 4′ high beaver dam.  We managed a take out shore side and bushwhacked to the Red Horse Trail leading to Witchhopple Lake.  We took drinks and a little trail mix and hiked the 1 mile trail to Witchhopple Lake.  From Witchhopple Lake it was a 1.5 mile trail to Clear Lake.  There were four new bridges on the trail from Witchhopple which averted some of the water crossing described in the trail guides.  Clear Lake displayed a large burnt out hole where someone’s fire smouldered in the pine duff and tree roots.

Clear Lake Ground Fire

We hiked back to Salmon Lake just prior to dinner time.  Steve went out fishing before dinner and caught several trophy caliber small mouth bass.  For dinner I made Rice-a-Roni with dehydrated peppers/onions/tomatoes and hamburger.  The meal was good, but more time was needed for the hamburger to fully re-hydrate.  After dinner Steve and I went fishing and each caught some more fish, but noting trophy sized.

Wednesday we packed out gear and portaged back to Stillwater Reservoir.  This time I made some adjustments to my pack and balancing the canoe that enabled me to portage my solo the entire trail.  Steve packed out Skip’s Sundowner.  We recovered our cache and re-located to campsite #19 on Burnt Lake.  The campsite was located on a high ridge where it received a nice breeze and respite from the heat.

Thursday morning we agreed to arise early and paddle across Stillwater before the winds and waves arose.  I awoke early, started coffee and we packed up and were paddling by 7:30am.  The managed to return to the boat launch by 9am just as the wind and waves began to pick up.

Battle at the Bell 3v3 Tournament

Eric, Shane and Manny formed a team to compete in the Battle of the Bell 3v3 Tournament.  We started at Pulaski Park at noon, hung around a couple hours while the girls games got underway and then got rained out.  The games were transferred to Beekman Gym and the boys matches began about 3:30pm amid hot humid conditions and wet slippery floors. The boys started slow and it seemed like a blowout was in the making as the Westmoreland Swim team aggressively drove the lane for layups.  After being slapped alongside the head they rallied, losing by 3 points.  The 2nd game they defeated a much heralded Utica D-Squad by making their outside shots and taking advantage of size mismatches inside.  The 3rd game vs Rome Select followed a similar strategy by making shots and posting up Dale and Drew when possible. The 4th game vs Pushovers got a little chippy as Shane got pushed a few times and retaliated by shoving the player to the floor.  An initial ejection got down graded and the game got cleaned up and  continued as the boys squeezed out another win.  Finally they ran out of energy and lost to swim team again and were eliminated from the tournament.  A good showing and fun basketball.

2016-07-09 Battle of the Bell 3v3