Archive for October, 2016

Evening Sun’s Football Contest: Week seven and eight

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Cameron Turner

With the change of season’s and the constant influx of local sporting events in Chenango County, my body finally gave in to the bombardment. This past weekend I got pretty rundown, so therefore this writeip is a little recap of last week’s Football Contest as well as this week’s.

Week 7: In week seven of The Evening Sun’s weekly contest, the winner was announced as Logan Smith of Norwich. Smith took the prize with his 15 correct games guess in a week where the majority of people managed around to guess only 12 or 13 games – 10 contestants and eight contestants respectively.

Smith guessed the winning number of 15 on the backs of three very pivitol games on the week – Greene over Harpursville-Afton, and Bainbridge-Guilford over Unatego-Franklin in the high school games, and in the college world Syracuse over Virginia Tech,

Greene upset then fifth in the state ranked Hapursville-Afton when they stripped the division title from the Hornets by shutting them out 23-0. Bainbridge-Guilford managed a huge upset as well on the week – which Smith predicted correctly – as they hosted then undefeated Unatego-Franklin, beating them 25-7. Syraucuse tacked on an underdog win over Virginia Tech by a score of 31-17 – marking only their third win of the season.

Therefore, of the 45 submissions on the week, Logan Smith landed the $25 winnings for week of many upsets.

Weekly game results: 1. Chenango Forks 2. Oxford 3. Greene 4. Holland-Patent 5. Bainbridge-Guilford 6. Walton 7. Alabama 8. North Carolina 9. Arkansas 10. Ohio State 11. Army 12. Syracuse 13. Stanford 14. Redskins 15. Patriots 16. Giants 17. Texans 18. Seahawks 19. Titans 20. Chiefs.

Week 8: In this most recent week’s competition – week 8 – another Norwich resident was the winner of the $25 prize.

Janice M. Coleman guessed the magic number when she predicted 15 total games correct for the week. For the second strait week 15 has been the winning number, as an abundance of upsets seems to happen more and more often as the season progess.

Notably for week 8 of The Evening Sun’s contest, this marked the first week with a reduced amount of high school games. The reason being that playoffs in the Section IV Class D schools had begun and therefore it is always uncertain if non-playoff teams will be afforded extra games.

However, with the only local game of the 20 contest games chosen being Norwich against Oneonta, an astounding number of contestents kept it local choosing Norwich for the win. Which in retrospect was a solid choice for the 43 contestants, as Norwich pulled off the comback win over Oneonta, winning by 35-34.

While the NFL world was a mess with upsets this past week – Eagles defeating the Vikings, Colts over the Titans, Chargers over the Falcons, just to name a few – what truly set Coleman ahead of the five individuals who guessed 14 games correct was her choice of North Texas defeating Army West Point.

As we move into the last few weeks of the weekly contest, I encourage all the readers of The Evening Sun to submit a contest form – it is free of charge and there is a weekly winner regardless.

Sports Editor’s Note: The game between the Seahawks and the Cardinals of the NFL, which ended in a 6-6 tie, resulted in every individual receiving a correct choice for the 13th place slot on the form.

Weekly game results: 1. Norwich 2. North Texas 3. Louisville 4. Syracuse 5. Auburn 6. Wisconsin 7. Alabama 8. Utah 9. Penn State 10. Washington State 11. LSU 12. Colts 13. Seahawks vs. Cardinals 6-6 tie 14. Patriots 15. Lions 16. Eagles 17. Giants 18. Jets 19. Dolphins 20. Chargers.

Small Town living, Big World Problems

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Kieran Coffey

It’s no secret that there is an epidemic taking a hold of our small little community, and it threatens to envelop us more and more each day. That epidemic comes in the form of drugs. Drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine have infiltrated our tranquil, humble abode slowly and have begun to take over.
However, there is an even bigger threat to our community that many remain unaware of; whether it’s because of the fact that they chose to ignore it, or that they simply just don’t know about it. That threat comes in the form of prescription drugs.
Many people say that marijuana is a ‘gateway’ drug.
I witnessed a court case just the other day where a Father came in to support a son who had stolen an item of great value from him in order to fuel his drug addiction. That Father testified in court that his son’s addiction began at the tender age of 15, when he was prescribed Oxycontin by a doctor to treat a minor injury. That is what, in my personal opinion, can be classified as a ‘gateway’ drug.
Whenever someone reads a story in the paper or watches a news piece regarding a drug arrest, they are quick to assume that the individual has always been a ‘less than reputable’ character. While sometimes that is true, it is usually not the case. In fact, most times, the individual was a grade-A student who happened to be led astray by hanging with the wrong crowd, or in some cases, inadvertently got addicted to prescription medications, and needed to find a cheaper alternative to reach that ‘high’ when their prescription expired.
The District Attorney’s Office and the Judges around the County are doing their best to help solve this immensely troubling problem, but by the time most of the drug-related cases reach them, it is often too late. Sure, they can sentence someone to drug treatment court, but we need to put preventative measures in place to ensure that cases never even have to get that far in the first place.
The other alternative to drug treatment court is a hard dose of reality; meaning prison. Sending these poor, young, misguided souls to prison, some of whom are first-time offenders, won’t help solve or curb the addiction problem in our community.
I believe Macklamore said it best in his new song ‘Drug Dealer’
“Best friends with the thing that’s killing me;
Enemies with my best friend, there’s no healing me.”
What people need to understand is that addiction is a disease, just like any other. Counties have multiple programs dedicated to addressing alcohol addiction and mental health issues, so why not drug addiction?
We need to start programs to help those who are afflicted with this terrible ailment, before it’s too late.
It is a welcome change to see initiatives like the ‘Shed the Meds’ event and free narcan training that was held in Greene in late September, which was also attended by Senator Fred Akshar. During this event, attendees were invited to turn in their unused prescription medications in an effort to prevent them from getting on the streets. The event also aimed to provide awareness of opioid abuse.
With more initiatives such as this, we can help raise the awareness needed in the community to get new programs instituted, which will hopefully ensure that someone else doesn’t just become a statistic.
We all need to play a part in taking back our community, and making it a happy, thriving, drug-free place to live once more.

Oil changes, yoga, golf, and air filter clocks

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Ashley Babbitt

I had the pleasure of attending Classic Casino Night at the Northeast Classic Car Museum Friday. I found there is something I may enjoy more than Blackjack: Silent Auctions.
The items on the tables for the silent auction varied from jewelry to sports memorabilia to automotive items and beyond.
The tables – set up just before the entrance to the dining and gambling location in the NBT Bank Event Room – were filled and staffed with volunteers.
The organization of the silent auction was fantastic.
I did seek the insight from friend Joe Angelino on how it all worked. From that point, it was game on for Mrs. Managing Editor.
Golf packages, wrote my name down. Yoga set, wrote my name. Oil change? I need one, so why not? Framed and signed Syracuse University Basketball Final Four photo? Thought I needed it. A ring that was two and a half sizes too big for my fingers? You betcha. A signed football from a team I don’t like … Sure. A crockpot even though I already own two? Wrote my name down. A clock made out of a vehicle air filter … Need it.
I arrived a little late and the Kate Spade handbag and signed SU basketball were already claimed, so I lost out there.
It’s just nice to see some friendly competition outside of the gambling tables where those winnings could be used at the live auction.
A gentleman and I went back and forth on bids for a golf package at least four times.
I’d write my name on something, then eat, then go back out and check and see if someone out-bid me. If they did, I’d go up the required amount, then back into the main area.
Has the good golfing weather passed? I have no idea. But I learned that in a silent auction I have more control over the outcome than at a Blackjack table.
It was all in good fun, and all for a fantastic cause and a wonderful establishment, so it was well worth it.
Did I win everything I wrote my name on? Negative. I came to a point where I realized I wouldn’t be able to carry everything if didn’t draw the line at some point.
But I’d like to extend my gratitude to all of those who donated items for the silent (and live) auctions, the volunteers who kept the tables organized, and to the folks who went back and forth with me on various items.
Now, I can schedule my oil change and tire rotation, make sure I’m not late by checking the time on my air filter clock, while doing yoga as the husband is out playing golf (a total of 72 holes, if I’m not mistaken).

Football Contest: week six

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Cameron Turner

And with this week completed, we have another winner of The Evening Sun’s weekly Football Contest. This week’s winner is David L. Wentworth of South Otselic who won the three-way tie earning the top spot and $25 weekly winnings. Wentworth moved above the other 42 contestants for the week to claim the win.

Wentworth and the two individuals who matched his score for the tie, Alan Ingerto of Smyrna and Mike Eldred of Norwich, each guessing a total of 16 games correctly – earning the top spot, besting each of the ‘experts’ for the week as well.

The three-way tie was decided after Wentworth correctly chose the Bills to defeat the Rams in the NFL, while also choosing the closest total points to the actual score of the game. Wentworth guessed a 47 point game to which the actual game panned out to amount to 49 points. Wentworth ran away with his two point win in the overtime game, as Ingerto guessed the game correctly but only guessed a total of 41 points. Eldred finished in third as he chose the Rams to beat the Bills.

A college game which gave each of the three top contestants trouble this week was Penn State verses Maryland. Each – Wentworth, Ingerto, and Eldred – chose Maryland to win, which they did not in-fact.

On the NFL level each of the top three chose the Eagles and their rookie quaterback Carson Wentz to contnue their winning wasy, however, the unpredicatle Lions overthrow that notion with a win.

Impressively, all but one of the local games was chosen correctly by the top three contestants. The only missed local game was Harpursville-Afton at Chenango Valley, by Ingerto.

Harpursville- Afton did infact command that game remaining undefeated on the season, while also upping their New York State Ranking to fourth in Class D standings.

Leading the ‘experts’ on the week’s choices was Gary Tackabury of Matthews Ford, Sean Miller of the Greene Bowlodrome, and Todd Hall of Ye Olde Shanty. These three guessed 14 correct games to further their standings on the 10 week contest.

Through five weeks: Kevin Walsh leads the ‘experts’ with 77 correct, followed by Todd Hall with 72 correct, Sean Miller with 69 correct, Gary Tackabury with 68 correct, Andy Lagoe with 66 correct, Dave Shull with 65 correct, Cameron Turner with 64 correct, James McDaniel with 63 correct, Mike Grant with 62 correct, Scott Seiler with 61 correct, and Rebecca Walling with 57 correct.

Weekly game results: 1. Susquehanna Valley 2. Sidney 3. Greene 4. Canastota 5. Bainbridge-Guilford 6. Harpursville-Afton 7. Texas A&M 8. Alabama 9. Florida State 10. -postponed- 11. Washington 12. Oklahoma 13. Penn State 14. Cowboys 15. Packers 16. Titans 17. Raiders 18. Lions 19. Redskins 20. Colts.

Sports Editor’s Note: Due to Hurricane Matthew, the game between LSU and Florida was postponed and therefore everyone received a free correct game at that spot for this week. Notably, this previous week marks the last week that local football will be heavily included due to their seasons wrapping up.

Evening Sun Football Contest: week five

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Cameron Turner

With another weekend of football completed, comes another weekly winner of The Evening Sun’s Football contest.

After careful calculations of 43 entrees, Jean Tyler of New Berlin was named this week’s weekly winner of the $25 prize. Tyler was ultimately named the winner after an 11-way tie fell in her favor – with 14 correct games chosen being this week’s magic number.

Tyler edged out three individuals this week for the one-point win in the tie-breaker – Boston would win the game against Buffalo 35-3, making the total points scored 38 – to which Tyler guessed just three-points off the total score with 41-points guessed. Tyler was trailed by: Yvonne Steward, Kyle Berdua, and Betty Ann Conant – each had guessed 14 correct games and managed a four point guess off the correct 38, at 42-points, 34-points, and 34-points guessed.

One local game which gave many contestants trouble in week five was the match-up between Norwich and Chenango Valley. Coming into the game, Norwich was thought to be heavily favored, based off overall records, as CV held a 1-3 record to Norwich’s 3-1. However, what many did not know was the 1-3 CV Warriors had taken two losses at the hands of powerhouse teams such as Elmira-Notre Dame and Corning.

On the college level Florida State was upset in a big way when North Carolina managed to break FSU’s 22 game home win streak, despite a 21-point fourth quarter push by FSU.

With the Patriots losing in the NFL, being shutout for the first time ever at Gillette Stadium, the Buffalo Bills 16-0 win on Sunday sent many contestants another missed opportunity.

Leading the ‘experts’ on the week’s choices is Sean Miller of the Greene Bowlodrome who managed to lead all participants with 15 correct guesses. Leading overall for the ‘experts’ is still Kevin Walsh of the Parker Walsh Team with 63 correct guesses to just 17 misses, followed by Todd Hall of Ye Olde Shanty with 57 correct to 23 wrong.

Weekly game results: 1. Chenango Valley 2. Harpursville-Afton 3. General Brown 4. Greene 5. Walton 6. Newark Valley 7. Clemson 8. Air Force 9. Tennessee 10. Washington 11. Ohio State 12. Notre Dame 13. Oklahoma State 14. North Carolina 15. Saints 16. Vikings 17. Bills 18. Seahawks 19. Raiders 20. Steelers.

Sports Editor’s Note: A mistake was made in the Tuesday, Oct. 4, print edition of The Evening Sun. Sylvia Witchella was named the winner of the football contest, however, after a closer look Jean Tyler was the correct winner. Witchella was a part of the 11-way tie but failed to win the tie-breaker as she guessed 31-points, making her guess seven away from the correct 38-points.

Evening Sun Football Contest: week four

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Cameron Turner

This past week’s Evening Sun football contest featured many more participants than previous week’s – with a total of 54 entries submitted.

Of the 54 entries, three lucky individuals managed to guess correctly 18 of the 20 games. The three-way tie came down to Daniel Eichler of Norwich, Janice Coleman of Norwich, and Sheldon Schuman of Earlville.

With the $25 weekly prize up for grabs, it was Eichler who won the prize due to his closest total points in the tie breaker game – Wisconsin at Michigan State, which ended with a Wisconsin loss at 30-6.

Closest to the 36 points scored in that game was Eichler with his 33-points guess, compared to Coleman with 41, and Schuman with 43.

The trend in games missed in week four – which saw an average score of 13 – was one local and one NFL game. The loss that Greene high school suffered to Owego, at 20-14, threw many people off as the Trojans were previously undefeated entering that game. The Vikings in the NFL impressed everyone, with another upset win, this time over the Panthers who were playing at home. These two games were a trend throughout most submissions, while each of the three who guessed 18 correct, missed these two games.

Leading the ‘experts’ after the week of games is Kevin Walsh who has an impressive 49-11 record in the contest. Following Walsh is Todd Hall with a 46-14 record, and in third is Dave Shull with 43-17 overall.

Check out Tuesday’s edition of The Evening Sun for how this most recent week’s results pan out for the ‘experts’, and so you can grab another entry form for this coming week of games, good luck!

Week four results:

1. Norwich 2. Oxford 3. Owego 4. Sherburne-Earlville 5. Deposit-Hancock 6. Unatego-Franklin 7. Harpursville-Afton 8. Ole Miss 9. Michigan 10. Tennessee 11. Baylor 12. Stanford 13. Texas A&M 14. Washington 15. Raiders 16. Ravens 17. Broncos 18. Colts 19. Chiefs 20. Vikings