... To the Green Wave, Oneonta Legion Post 259's baseball team, for making it to the state tournament for the first time last month.
To get into tournament play, the Green Wave needed to beat winners' bracket champion Vestal twice in two days, which it did in dominating fashion. The team scored a 18-7 mercy-rule victory in the first game and a 12-6 victory in the championship game of the double-elimination District Six Tournament.
The team lost its first two games in the New York State American Legion Baseball Tournament, but members should be proud of what they accomplished.
"Kudos to my team," coach Mike Jester said. "We played tough all season. We can play with any team up here."
We congratulate the team on a season well-played.
o ...To the 310 participants early this month in the 12th annual Law Enforcement Benefit Ride.
The motorcycle benefit ran through Oneonta, Milford and Cooperstown, and it included a barbecue chicken lunch. The event was organized by friends and family of Ricky Parisian, the state trooper killed while trying to stop an armed robbery. Funds were raised for the Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Foundation, which also organizes the annual Pit Run.
Many of the riders were sharing stories and photos during the lunch, and others noted the opportunities to support law-enforcement efforts while also getting a chicken lunch.
Once again, this benefit ride was a success in participants and good weather. We look forward to next year's event.
o ... To the latest group of Fresh Air Fund children and hosts, who recently met up in Oneonta and Bainbridge.
The second group this summer includes first-time hosts who talked with The Daily Star, as well as children and adults who for years have shared some of their summer together. Eight children from New York City arrived in Oneonta for 10 days, while 19 did so in Bainbridge.
These New York City children are just some of the 1.7 million who have experienced a free summer vacation, many in upstate New York. We applaud the host families for opening up their homes and gaining great, lasting experiences, and we urge those who are interested to get more information.
o ...To organizers and participants in the annual Otsego Lake Cleanup Day on Aug. 1.
For the 37th year, participants cleaned up debris from the lake shoreline. It also allows them to search for invasive, exotic species in and around the lake.
The Biological Field Station took part by using a barge to pick up the trash collected.
This shows the community coming together to help keep its environment healthy.