AAU Adidas Summit

Rome Select won their 3 play-in games and final championship game by an average of 20 points.  Everyone got plenty of playing time.

Rome Select Scores

The team received medals for finishing in 1st place.

Rome Select Awards

The #1 7th Grade Boys team.

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Coach Dell offers final words as the season concludes.

Rome Select Huddle

Jessup River Through Indian Lake

Skip & I rendezvoused at the Stewart’s shop on Route 12 in Mapledale at 7am with the intentions of paddling down the Jessup to Indian Lake to the NYS boat launch.  This involves a roughly ten-mile paddle; down 2.5 miles of Jessup River, five miles down the fjord-like arm of Indian Lake, then back south on the lake to the NYS boat launch.  We met at 7:15am, drove to the Route 30 bridge over the Jessup, left our canoe at the put-in, left a car at the launch/take-out and were on the water paddling by 9:15.

We paddled downstream on flatwater for 1.25 miles crossing over a couple of small beaver dams and trees in the stream.  Based on previous trip reports we were looking for a set of rapids.  In our case the water level was just sufficient for us to pick our way through the rocks and avoid portaging the ¼ – ½ mile rapids along the right bank.  Two miles from the start was the scenic Dug Mountain Falls (site of a notorious winter camping prank).


Reaching Indian Lake we paddled north on a narrow arm of Indian Lake.  We stopped for lunch at one of the designated NYS campsites at the the northern most extent of our fjord.


After lunch we reversed our direction around Long Island and headed back south to the NYS boat launch to our car.   Our total trip time was 3.5 hours including our ~20 lunch break.

Map of Jessup to Indian Lake

Crown Point Bird Banding

2016-05-18 Crown Point Bird Banding

Kathryn took the pop up camper up to Port Henry and volunteered at the Crown Point Bird Banding Station for a few days.  She said “I’ve been pecked and clawed and pooped on. I saw up close and personal birds I’m familiar with, birds I’ve never seen before and even one I had never heard of. I’ve “picked,” banded, measured, and determined sex and age. The birds were amazing. The people were helpful and patient, interesting and easy to be with. I learned a lot and had a blast at Crown Point Bird Banding station.”

Battle for the 315 AAU Tournament


Rome Select played in the Battle for the 315 tournament.  Their 1st game (9am game) was vs MV Elite and  it was an ugly game.  Rome Select trailed throughout the game and managed to put in two offensive rebounds to win 22-19.

They played Elite Performers at 11am and jumped out to an early lead – I think it was close to 20 points at one point.  In the 2nd half Elite Performers started a full court press and ran off 12 points vs the Rome Select bench (Eric included).  Re-inserting the starters calmed the waters and the final margin of win was ~10 points.

Sunday morning Rome Select played the MV- Elite (Frankfort version) who won the Pool B in the cross over game winning by 25 points.

Rome Select ended up playing Elite Performers in the championship game, but they added a couple of additional players for the championship.  Elite Performers jumped out to a 10 point lead, Rome Select tied it before half and then Elite Performers ran off a 10 point lead right before half.  That was the story in the 2nd half.  Rome Select made a run cut the lead to 10 and then Elite Performers would counter and run it back up.  The final margin of victory was in the teens. Overall a good weekend, but I think everyone walked away disappointed because they lost that last game.  On to Saratoga and the Adidas Hoop Summit.

Adirondack Avian Expedition

2016-05-10 Adirondack Avian Adventures

For Christmas I got Kathryn a gift certificate for her and a friend to go birding in the Adirondacks with Joan Collins at Adirondack Avian Expeditions.  Joan Collins is a New York State licensed bird guide, bird walk leader, writer, and speaker on ornithology topics. She has led walks and made presentations for many organizations including Audubon, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the New York State Ornithological Association. Joan also belongs to the ranks of the intrepid Adirondack 46ers (having climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks over 4,000 feet). Joan is a serious ear-birder and is fascinated by bird vocalizations/sounds.  Bird behavior, migration, and the history of North American Ornithology are among the many topics that interest Joan. She enjoys bushwhacking and camping in the Adirondack wilderness year-round.

Kathryn had a wonderful day birding with long-time friend Jane Moon, guided by Joan Collins of Adirondack Avian Expeditions although Kathryn was still sick with a stomach bug. She and Jane stayed at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake….old and quaint. The heat was off (old steam radiators) so Jane asked them to turn it on. Kathryn was messing around with the kindle and heard the radiators – really loud! – and thought “That noise will be hard to sleep through!” A few minutes later the windows look fogged so she got up….steam billowing out of the bathroom. Went downstairs to tell the clerk (fortunately it happened at 9:03 because they all leave at 930) and by the time we got back to the room, steam clouds are flowing into the hall. Apparently there was something wrong with the steam radiators! But she had a nice steam bath for a few minutes. Got moved but didn’t sleep well (had eaten a small supper but was still sick so had cramps all night).

The group got an early start Tuesday but it was darn cold and she got a bit hypothermic. It warmed up by 10:30 and was much more comfortable although the black flies came out but they weren’t really biting. She saw a lot of birds – 62 species by visiting locations in Newcomb, Minerva, Long Lake, and Tupper Lake . While the goal seemed to have been seeing as many black backed woodpeckers, grey jays and boreal chickadees as possible, we also saw a broad winged hawk feeding his mate, eagle, sand hill crane, kinglets, evening grosbeaks, a zillion warblers including pine, palm, nashville, yellow rumped, yellow, blackburnian, and of course all the usual back yard birds.

Black Creek 2016

Canoe trip down Black Creek with Matt Hay, Skip Shoemaker, Jack Bell, Kathryn Skelly Muller, Eric Muller, Dave & Jack Crane, Matt got to initiate his new solo canoe. Skip got to take his new knee canoeing. Jack & Dave got to resurrect an heirloom canoe. We saw a large porcupine and heard a lot of birds.  A pair of Canada geese proceeded us for quite a ways.  A nice 1st outing for 2016.


Daniel Barden Mudfest 2016

Kathryn once again organized a team for the 4th Annual Daniel Barden Mudfest including Eric, Stone and 4 friends: Hannah, Oliva, Mackenzie and Jessica.  This year was the 4th annual Mudfest.  In 2013 Eric and Trevor ran the kids course and Kathryn ran with Beth.  In 2014 it was cold and rainy; Eric did not compete but Kathryn was joined by Beth and Skip.  In 2015 Kathryn was joined by Eric and Stone.

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Three Minute Thesis

The Oral Communication Center hosted the second annual Three Minute Thesis competition on April 30. Open to all members of the senior class, the competition offers cash prizes for the students who can most effectively summarize their senior projects in three minutes or less. This year’s competition hosted 15 students whose majors and interests ranged from post-colonial economics to concussion management for athletes.

Oral Communication Center Director James Helmer noted the herculean efforts the students went through in order to compete in this competition. With many theses consisting of over 50 pages of analysis, each student was expected to demonstrate their understanding and passion by condensing the most significant elements of their year- or semester-long research into a bite-sized presentation with minimal use of notes and visual aids.

To further up the ante, all presentations were judged by a panel of non-specialists. This year’s judges included actor, writer and producer Chub Bailly, retired medical technologist Robbie Dancy, Hamilton’s Student Fellowships Coordinator Virginia Dosch, Clinton School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm, Senior Program Manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation Jim Muller, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum Education Coordinator Kirsten Swartz ’12.

After the concise presentations, Michael Nelson was named winner. His talk, titled “People-Centered Growth: The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Employee Satisfaction and the Service-Profit Chain,” detailed his research on the importance of corporations’ behavior on both employee satisfaction and profit margins.

Nelson examined whether there truly was any connection between the behavior of a company, employee happiness, and stockholder gains. After analyzing more than  40,000 data points, Nelson was able to understand that these tenets of good business ownership were closely tied.

A close second was Elisabeth MacColl with her presentation “Ecoimmunology in Golden Eagles.” To examine the impact of different environments on the immune systems of these birds, MacColl worked with blood samples from specimens in different states. She then introduced pathogens into these samples and observed the results to begin to understand what environmental factors impact immunity in all types of communities.

The second runner-up Lindsay Arader presented her research “Peer Perceptions of Individuals with ASD: Reducing Stigmatization through Diagnostic Disclosure.” Arader emphasized the immediacy of her research with autism, noting the local efforts to increase awareness.

Arader used this anecdotal information to springboard into a discussion on the continued stigmatization of the growing number of individuals diagnosed with this disorder. Her research primarily focused on the impact that disclosing a diagnosis had on a group of impartial individuals. Arader was able to conclude that individuals are generally more understanding of behavioral differences when they are aware of a diagnosis.

The 15 seniors who presented their research represented a class of strong students quickly preparing to enter the post-undergraduate world with a firm understanding of exactly what they are capable of and are able to communicate effectively. In three minutes or less, that is.

According to its website, “Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.”

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U15 AYSO vs Oneida

The first game was Sunday the 24th at 1 o’clock against Oneida at Betsinger Field 524 Betsinger Rd. Sherrill, N.Y. 13461. Since it is the start of vacation week from school a few players could not make the game. There will be no scheduled practices for AYSO, mainly due to the fact that a lot of the kids, if not all, are playing modified sports.

The team was primarily girls with 4 boys.  They lost 9-0 showing a lack of playing with one another, passes lacking pace and a desire to dribble the ball into the goal rather than shooting from the box.  But the kids had fun and played better in the 2nd half allowing only one goal in the 2nd half.


Team Bummer Volleyball Tournament

Kathryn organized a team to compete in the 4th Annual Bummer Volleyball Tournament held at Dolgeville HS.  There were close to 250 people participating with 12 teams in the competitive division, 6 in intermediate and 6 in recreational – where we played.   Eric and I shared a slot and took turns playing with Scott, Kathryn, Beth, Bill and Billie Jo.  Eric did really well for his 1st tournament play. The tournament used women’s height nets which meant that everyone on our team could be a hitter.  Only one female was required on each team.  We played each team two games using rally scoring to 15.  There was one team of middle school aged kids – we gave the kids a ‘do-over’ on serving faults. 

The first game was a little …tense…shall we say….as we were unaware that the “norm” in the Recreational division was not to make any calls at all – carries were ignored,  people were totally in the net, and at one point they called us for 4 hits when one of our guys blocked something then we played it!  This woman from another team who was doing lines  told us “If you want to play by the rules, you should have been in the intermediate division.”  We explained we were trying to teach a 13 year old how to play and there were two of us over 60, one with double hip replacements, who know enough to know that having people in the net is how people get hurt and she said – I swear she said this – “Then maybe you shouldn’t be playing volleyball”  and walked away before I could respond.   Once we knew “the rules” (or lack thereof) we could adjust our play and did well.  Overall, it was a good  day and a good introduction for Eric; our friend Beth used it as something of a training session for him  and he did well.

Billie Jo and Beth both had long serving runs. We had a couple of good games.  Most of the players for Team Four left early so they picked up 4 good male players and were disappointed when they still lost. The 1st team we played, “The Settlers”, asked to play another game to 25 again at the end of the schedule; fortunately Billie Jo managed to rip off a long serving run that gave us a big cushion and we ended with a good game on a good note.  There were no action photos taken of the recreational division, but we did pose for a picture with the championship t-shirts.

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