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June 15, 2013

13 teams take swing at golf charity event

By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

---- — On June 6, 13 area golf teams participated in the Tim Morley Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Sidney, at the Sidney Golf and Country Club. Over the last 19 years, the event has grown into the largest annual fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. This year, it grossed more than $7,400 to support the club’s mission to improve the lives of area youth and families.

B-K Five Great American led by Kyle and Kody Westcott were crowned this year’s tournament champion with a score of eleven under. Neighbors Insurance and Chambers and O’Hara took second place with a score of eight under and NBT Bank, Industrial Packaging Supplies and Amphenol Teams one and two tied for third-place honors with a score of five under.

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The 2013 state Envirothon was held at SUNY Morrisville on May 30-31. A team from Oneonta High School placed 20th overall with a score of 315.67. The Ulster County team from the Mount Academy placed first with a score of 483.00, according to a media release from the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District.

The organization is “very proud of these young ladies from Oneonta High School and their placement at the state Envirothon. They represented the county very well,” the release said.

The event hosts teams from around the state. Members on each team work together to answer hands-on environmental questions in five different categories: wildlife, forestry, soils/land use, aquatic ecology and a current issue.

This year, the topic was “Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a Balance between Traditional Agricultural Uses with Non-Agricultural.” The state winner advances to the North American Envirothon, to be held Aug. 4-9 at Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.

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With summer approaching, Jeanne Clements, creator of the learning vocabulary system and interactive game Verbal Education, offered advice to prevent “summer slide” in a recent press release. This is the phenomenon of students forgetting what they have learned or slipping out of practice during the summer months.

The tips include:

• Read with your child but be careful what you chose. Select a book that is on a higher grade level than your child has achieved but make sure it’s not too difficult to read. Then buy two copies, for both of you to read and talk about.

• Watch movies. You can also watch dialogue-based movies with your children such as “Lincoln” and talk about the vocabulary they use. Then follow up by using the words with your kids and trying to get them to use the words too.

• Attending a summer camp is a great way to prevent summer slide if you choose the right one. Academic camps like computer camps, math camps, and drama camps are best for educational growth. Many traditionally oriented camps with mostly outdoor activities are now incorporating an academic component into their daily schedule of activities.

• Prepare for the content areas of the SAT and ACT. Prepping for standardized tests over the summer teaches students what they need to know for the tests so test preparation won’t interfere with school assignments during the fall. If teenagers wait until right before they take the tests to prepare, they won’t have the time needed to learn everything they need to know, especially the hundreds of vocabulary words required for high scores.

Mark Boshnack is a staff reporter for The Daily Star. Contact him at mboshnack@thedailystar.com