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Wayne County Fair Opening Ceremony

SUBMITTED by Chyna T. Trible (9-Aug-2011)

“Magic in the air at the Wayne County Fair” Opening Ceremony with Senator Mike Nozzolio

Recently, Senator Nozzolio participated in the Wayne County Fair opening ceremony, where he and Assemblyman Bob Oaks met with Fair Queen Mackenzie Wilson and her court, Fair Princess Sarah Looney and her court, along with Dairy Princess Emma Andrew and her court. Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Oaks presented the Wayne County Fair with a New York State Flag, previously flown over the State Capital.

Pictured are: (First row) Jessica Perry; Meagan Hansen; Kimmy Weis; Carolyn Garski; Ashley Vanderwedge; Alexis Spencer; Savannah Houck; Amy Burlee. (Back row) Corrine Rogers; Norene Meyer; Jenna Hill; Emma Andrews; Senator Mike Nozzolio; Mackenzie Wilson; Pam Ferranti; Sarah Looney; Assemblyman Bob Oaks; Kaitlyn Macaulay; Mariah Rodriguez; Natasha Sergent.


Wayne Co Day Tripper

SUBMITTED by Kara Lynn Dunn (4-Aug-2011)

Weekly top 10 day trip ideas along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway – all within an easy day trip of Wayne County!

  1. Don your best pirate attire and fly the Jolly Roger at Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days in Alexandria Bay August 12-21
  2. Enjoy America’s Grape Country Wine Festival, western NY’s largest wine festival with a farmer’s market, crafts, music, and educational wine seminars at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk, NY August 13-14
  3. View the works of more than 150 artists at the Outdoor Fine Arts Festival in Lewiston, NY august 13-14
  4. Stay close to home and enjoy a wine tasting at each of the wineries along the Lake Ontario Wine Trail
  5. Discover the genius of architecture and the beauty of nature at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate in Derby, NY
  6. Experience 200 years of growing fruit, fun, and memories at Brown’s Berry Patch in Waterport, NY
  7. Go geocaching on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail and collect 5 trackable GeoCoins
  8. Tour the historic Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse or even stay the night in the assistant keepers quarters located within Golden Hill State Park in Barker, NY.
  9. Learn about the hundreds of assorted farm animals from cows to camels or take the narrated Moo Town Trolley ride for a tour of a modern dairy farm at Old McDonald’s Farm in Sackets Harbor, NY
  10. Visit Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, NY and learn the story of how millionaire hotel proprietor George Boldt constructed this full size Rhineland castle as a display of love for his wife only to have construction immediately stopped upon her sudden death in 1904


Newark Wins Championsh​ip with Double Header Sweep in Amsterdam

Submitted by:  Kyle Kesses

The Newark Pilots came into Shuttleworth Park on Thursday night needing to sweep a double header, and they did. The Pilots captured the inaugural Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship with a 4-3 win in 11 innings in game one and a 7-4 triumph in game two.

Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State) started Thursday’s first game for the Pilots who lost game one of the best-of-three series on Wednesday night.

The Mohawks were the first to dent the scoreboard when Zach Shank (Marist) scored on Luke Maile’s (Kentucky) liner into the left-centerfield gap in the first.

In the top of the second inning, though, the Pilots jumped Mohawks starter Brett Houseal (Marist) when Luke Swenson (UC Santa Barbara) cracked a two-run single to produce a couple of unearned runs and supply Newark with their first lead of the night.

Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) extended the lead to 3-1 when he unleashed a towering homer over the left field fence to make it 3-1 Pilots.

Desperate to avoid a game three, Maile stepped to the plate to start the bottom of the seventh and reached on an error by the shortstop Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge). The next batter was Brad Picha (Paris J.C.) who tied the ballgame with one swing of the bat on a round-tripper over the left-centerfield wall.

The late innings were littered with Mohawk opportunities. Amsterdam stranded the potential game-winning run on base in the eighth, ninth, and tenth innings. In the eighth, Jude Vidrine (Lamar) struck out with the go-ahead run on third to end the frame. In the ninth, Matt Mack (Radford) was left on first. Finally, in the tenth, Picha was picked off of first by catcher Greg Schworm (Finger Lakes C.C.).

They would play deep into game two of the PGCBL championship series and Derrick Brewer (Radford) was asked to pitch a season-high four innings. Brewer was nearly flawless through his first three innings of work as he allowed just a single hit. But when the righty took the hill in the top of the 11th, Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) blasted his first four-bagger of the summer to lead off the inning and push the Pilots in front 4-3.

The Mohawks went down in order against Pilots closer Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) in the ninth and Newark forced a game three.

In the second half of the double header Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) returned on short rest after starting game two of the PGCBL semifinals on Sunday, and the freshman was victimized by poor defense all evening. The Hawks committed two first inning errors – including the first of four miscues by Matt Mack – and allowed two unearned runs to allow the Pilots to snatch an early lead, 2-0.

Newark accounted for two runs off of Fischer in the sixth on four hits including R.B.I. connections from Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) and Greg Schworm (Finger Lakes C.C.) to stretch the lead to 5-2. Will Kendall (Auburn) then came on in relief and stranded runners on second and third while recording the final two outs of the sixth to keep the Mohawks deficit at three.

The Mohawks offense has battled all summer long and it did so again in the bottom of the seventh. Down by three, Josh Alexander (Utah) continued his torrid postseason when he laced yet another extra base hit into the right field corner – it was the Utah products 10th hit in the playoffs. Fischer – who shifted to second base after being relieved on the mound in the sixth – walked to chase Newark starter Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State).

With two runners on and the Mohawks looking up at a three run deficit, Derrick Brewer (Radford), who suffered the loss on the mound in the first half of the double header, was set to embark on his first at bat of the summer against Jim Glasgow (Lewis). Brewer dropped down a bunt toward the third baseline, Glasgow popped off the mound and fired high and wide of first base allowing two runs to score.

With Brewer on second, leadoff hitter Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) walked and Glasgow was removed from the game. Just D’Amato (St. John Fischer) was thought to be the likeliest Pilot to start a decisive third game, however, before the game began D’Amato was said to have been shut down for the summer.

However, Pilots coach Chris Ebright reopened the door for his left handed pitcher when the tying and go-ahead runs reached in the seventh. Shank dropped down a sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position for Mohawks two best hitters. But Justin D’Amato dug down and struck out both Vidrine and Maile to end the threat.

The Pilots pushed across two more runs in the top of the eighth to make it a 7-4 game and that’s how it ended.

The Newark Pilots, in their first season of existence, secure the inaugural Perfect Game League Championship by sweeping a double header in Amsterdam.


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