o ... To Claudia Schulze, who represented our area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last week in Washington D.C.

The eighth-grader from Bainbridge-Guilford Middle School was eliminated after the oral competition in the second preliminary round.

She earned the right to attend by winning the regional spelling bee in March that was sponsored by The Daily Star, State University College at Oneonta, and the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego and Otsego-Northern Catskills Boards of Cooperative Educational Services.

She said she enjoyed the competition and used her time in the nation's capital to see a number of museums and monuments.

We applaud Schulze for her accomplishments and thank her for representing our area.

o ... To the organizers and participants in the 46th General Clinton Canoe Regatta.

The annual Memorial Day weekend races spanned three days, involving the efforts of numerous local people and organizations.

The big race of the weekend, the C-2 Pro race, was won by Andy Triebold and Steve Lajoie by more than 20 minutes. Another notable accomplishment of the weekend was Ted LaMonica, who completed his 37th Clinton regatta. The 69-year-old Oneonta resident has logged nearly 2,600 miles in the race.

The regatta also had some strong showings by local residents. Matt Rudnitsky, 21, of Gilbertsville, with Rochester resident Marc Gillespie, finished third, the highest local finish in the C-2 race since 1984 with Bob Zaveral of Mount Upton and Jeff Shultis of Otego.

Sidney resident Ed Curley and Wisconsin resident Allen Limberg finished fifth.

Everyone involved should be proud of continuing this wonderful local tradition.

o ... To everyone who helped make sure that Richard Mangam, a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, got the recognition he deserved.

On April 2, 1865, Mangam captured the 8th Mississippi Battle Flag at Hatchers Run and delivered it to Col. John B. Murray, an action that eventually earned him the Medal of Honor.

Maple Grove Cemetery President Marilyn Dufresne found Mangam's gravestone after she was contacted by Donald Morfe of the Medal of Honor Historical Society in Baltimore, who was looking for Mangam's grave in the Worcester cemetery.

Dufresne said Mangam was not listed in the cemetery records, but Morfe insisted he was buried there.

"When the weather got better, I began searching for the grave," Dufresne said. "It took me five months to find it. It was a tiny little stone and it was so covered with dirt and moss you couldn't even read it."

Dufresne wanted to know more about Mangam, so she contacted Roger Shafer, chaplain of Corp. James A. Tanner Camp #134 Sons of the Union Veterans Post in Cobleskill. Through much effort, Shafer uncovered much of Mangam's military past.

We're glad to see a local war veteran get such recognition on a day to honor those who died for our country.

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