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  1. by Carol Houssock CHEMUNG - Chemung Speedrome Presented by Jim Bronson and Ferrario Auto Team of Sayre was finally able to open the gates for the season opener. This, after two rainouts, made the third try the charm. And, for the third year in a row, it was TJ Potrzebowski who parked his bright #72 in victory lane. It was still a bit of a gamble to go for it, with evening showers possible. But the gamble was on, and the track won. Other winners on Firehouse Subs night included Mike Nichols (Blauvelt Funeral Home Super Stocks), Brandon Ameigh (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), Nick Robinson (Gene’s Automotive 4 Cylinders), and Leevi Sharpsteen (JRC Cleaning Bandoleros). Luck of the draw put Evan Rygielski and TJ Potrzebowski on the front row for their 35-lap main event and the outside provided momentum for TJ to take over the top spot. He never surrendered from that point and stayed in the lead after five restarts. The first three cautions came in the first three laps, forcing Tony Hanbury, Charlie Sharpsteen and Chase Sinsabaugh to restart at the rear. Newcomer Dakota Anderson was responsible for the last two cautions, but in none of those were cars unable to return and compete. Early on Rygielski was right there with Potrzebowski and Lee Sharpsteen. For Lee, the defending track champion, the night went sour during the last caution. Fluid leaking from his car forced a pit stop. The crew tried to correct the problem, but he pulled off a lap after the race restarted. The final 25 laps went caution-free, with great moves by heat winners Nick Morich and Hanbury had them up to second and third and in a battle of their own. For Potrzebowski, he built up a nice lead until Hanbury got around Morich and started to close the gap. He got it down to a car length, but Potrzebowski stayed out front and took the win. Potrzebowski “The car got a little loose, especially in turn four, but Tony ran me clean. Racing clean like that is a lot of fun,” TJ said after his third opening night win in as many years. Hanbury, Morich, Rygielski and C. Sharpsteen made up the top five. Great repair work took former track champion Mike Nichols from a broken transmission to a car he described as a rocket ship. The Blauvelt Funeral Home Super Stock feature was tough one to watch, as the caution-plagued event slowed the action. The upside, however, was watching drivers restart and work their way back into contention. The 25-lap feature began with heat winners Jason Duke, Sr. and Tim Gullo making up row one. Gullo got the better of Duke, who got tapped by Nick Robinson, with both forced to the rear after that first caution. On the restart Frank Chapman, Jr. was responsible for a melee as they came off turn two, involving leader Gullo, Chapman III, Duke, and Abe Romanik. That gave the top spot to Cameron Nichols, with his father, Mike, alongside for the restart. From lap six on, this one was all Mike Nichols while Robinson and Gullo worked back toward the front. Gullo brought out the fourth caution with a flat, sending him to the rear once again. It was still far from over, with the final caution flag thrown when Sharpsteen got into C. Nichols on the restart. Gullo had already passed Robinson for second. Over the remaining laps Mike Nichols held on and got the win over Gullo, Robinson, Chapman, Jr., and Chapman III. Nichols The track’s newest and fastest growing division, the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks, lived up to the hype in every way. Anthony Gullo, Gene Purvis and Kalysta DeMark won the three heats, while Brandon Ameigh and Dave Yehl lucked out and started from row one. The race took three tries to get going, after a solo and then a multi-car tangle, but once it did get going, they ran all 20 laps under green. Ameigh led the way, but he was challenged throughout by the father/son duo of Cullen and Gil Sharpsteen. Cullen did some great driving, staying with the leader while holding off his father. DeMark worked the traffic beautifully and moved up from her P10 starting spot, while Gullo took over fifth. At the finish, Brandon “Bam Bam” had his career-first win in the division after some wise strategy. “I deliberately didn’t go out for practice tonight,” he said while clutching the checkered flag. Cullen finished ahead of Gil, with Kalysta DeMark in fourth and Gullo in fifth. Gene’s Automotive came on board to sponsor the track’s 4 Cylinder division. Defending track champion Joey Bevacqua earned the first win, in his heat, under that sponsorship with Greg Moldt winning heat two. Nick Robinson started from pole position, a spot he lost to Moldt for three laps near the end of the 20-lap feature. He and Moldt, who put on a great show in their heat, ran one-two the entire distance in this one, while Jason Peck was third until he lost the spot to the charging duo of Kyle Mortimer and Bevacqua. At the finish, Robinson had the win over Moldt, Mortimer, Bevacqua, and Peck. Since he’s running the Super Stocks full-time, Robinson is limited to five races and will earn no points. But it’s a division he loves. “It’s a blast racing with Greg Moldt. I missed a gear and gave up the lead but got it back,” he said. Robison also dedicated the race to Jeff Noe, who just rang the bell to complete treatments for cancer. The track’s beginner Bandolero often brings back the next generation in racing families. Under the new sponsorship of JRC Cleaning, “next gens” included Max Morich and Leevi “Hammer” Sharpsteen. They, plus newcomer Kamden Wheeler ran heat, won by Sharpsteen. Veteran driver Dallas Harbst joined them for their 10-lap feature, arriving in his baseball uniform after a game. While race procedures will be carefully reviewed at this week’s driver’s meeting, fans did get to watch an event that is fun for kids. Sharpsteen took off and gapped Wheeler at the green. When he spun twice in turn four, she had the top spot for both restarts. Her time in front was short, as Sharpsteen again took over and scored the win over Harbst, Wheeler, and Morich. This Friday, Sam’s Bar & Grill presents the five-division regular program of Modifieds, Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Bandoleros. Pits open at 4:30, grandstand at 5, practice starts at 6 and the first green flag flies at 7. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 5 to 12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.
  2. Do you like salt on watermelon? Peanut butter and mayonaise sandwiches? Enjoy the smell others find repugnant? What's something you like that people think is weird? And good God, keep it PG 🤣
  3. From the ECSD website, here are the candidates: Michele L. Johnson Education Summary AS Accounting – Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC BS Accounting – Limestone College, Gaffney, SC MPA- Keller Graduate School of Mgmt. MSE- Adult Education- Elmira College, Elmira, NY Career Summary Elmira Native and resident with a 30+ year career that includes Financial Analyst, Administrative Director, CFO, and CEO roles. Currently operating as a Sr. Leader and Community Engagement Specialist. Why I want to Serve on the Board of Education "I’d like to be re-elected to the Elmira City School Board because I value our community and the important role of education in our children’s lives. As a board member, I’ve learned the multitude of ways we support student success and I’m excited to be part of continued opportunities to help them achieve." Michael S. Hamilton Education Summary Notre Dame High School Class of 1979 Corning Community College 1981-83 Accredited Buyer Representative 1999 (ABR) Graduate of Realtor Institute 2005 (GRI) Career Summary NYS Licensed Realtor Since 1995 Owned and Operated Hamilton Home Realty & Associates 2005-2013 Elmira/Corning Board of Realtors President 2010 Elmira/Corning Realtor of the Year 2008 Elmira/Corning Board of Directors 2008-2022 NYS Board of Directors 2016- 2022 NYS Association of Directors 2016-2022 NYS Association of Realtor Political Coordinator (SPC) 2014-2022 Why I want to Serve on the Board of Education "A quality education FREE from political or ideological influences, is the driving force of a FREE society." Michael A. Thomas Education Summary Williamson Jr Sr High School (1982-1985) US Naval Nuclear Power School Numerous College Courses Multiple Trade School Classes Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Career Summary US Navy Veteran Elmira City School District; Maintenance Mechanic (32 years of service) Elmira City School District CMCW Union Leadership (6 years as President) East Hill Volunteer Fireman Why I want to Serve on the Board of Education "Perform my civic duty to ensure the district provides the best education for all students inclusive of diversity safety and fiscal constraints. Be an advocate for parents and taxpayers concerns." William J. Finnerty Education Summary Notre Dame High School Class of 1991 NYS Regents Diploma Le Moyne College May 1995 Political Science Alfred University December 2002 Masters – Education Career Summary Elcor Health Services – HR Coordinator SCT BOCES – Adult Education Counselor Chemung County DSS – Investigator/Counselor Horseheads Central School District – Secondary Social Studies Teacher Why I want to Serve on the Board of Education "I want to ensure that all children of the district have access to the same opportunities and give the taxpayers a school system that they can be proud of." Gerald A. Holleran Education Summary Advanced Certificate of Aerospace Studies, USAF Air University, AL. 1998 USAF Air War College, Air University, AL. 1996 USAF Air Command and Staff College, AL. Top Tier Graduate. 1993 Master of Science Degree in Management. Troy State University, AL 1989. USAF Squadron Officer School AL. Distinguished Graduate. 1986 USAF Officer Training School, TX. Distinguished Graduate. 1979 Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. University of Central Oklahoma. 1977 Associate Degree in Educational Philosophy. Oklahoma City University. 1975 NYS Regents Diploma. Penfield High School, NY. 1973 Career Summary Education SUNY Cortland Student Teacher Supervisor, Secondary English, 2021 to present. NYS permanent dual certification in Secondary English and Special Education. Completed 21 years, English/Language Arts instruction; retired, ECSD, 2020. CCC Certificate of Recognition as a “Teacher Who Inspires,” 2019. CCC Colleague Award for “Exemplary Educational Contributions to Students,” 2018. Broadway Middle School “Teacher of the Year,” 2005-2006. Intervention Specialist, GST BOCES Alternative High School, 2003-2004. Writing Program Instructor, Elmira College, 2001-2003. Head of Chemung Valley Montessori School, 1999-2001. Military Service United States Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel, retired, 1999. Advanced through a host of assignments throughout the United States and Europe. Recognized as Field Training Group Commander of the Year, 1992. Recognized as Military Training Instructor of the Year, 1986. Awarded highly selective, merit-based Master Instructor Rating, 1984. Awarded Commander’s Badge, Master Maintenance Badge and Missileman Badge. Awarded USAF Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters (outstanding mission accomplishment x 5). Awarded USAF Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster (exceptional duty performance x 2). Awarded USAF Achievement Medal (act of heroism). Why I want to Serve on the Board of Education • "I was born, bred and raised in Elmira, the youngest of six children in an Irish-Catholic family. The core philosophy of my life has been the concept of service before self for the betterment of all." • "Following military service, the Elmira City School District provided me with a rewarding teaching career while providing and excellent quality of life for my family." • "I firmly believe I have a personal responsibility to give back to our community." • "I’ve been honored to serve as a board member for the past three years. As a Chairperson of the Policy Committee, I’ve witnessed the amazing efforts of teachers, staff and district leadership to overcome a myriad of obstacles related to educating our students." • "If given the opportunity to return to the school board, my goal remains to identify positive and innovative ways to best serve the future needs of every student in our district." • "I have been and will continue to be an advocate for higher wages, increased staff recognition, smaller class sizes and safer buildings."
  4. Until Webb, it was a challenge to observe star clusters in the dense central area of our Milky Way — which bulges out, full of old stars and dust! Here’s Webb’s view of NGC 6440. Orbiting within the Galactic bulge, 28,000 light years away, NGC 6440 is a globular cluster. Globular clusters are full of older stars (hundreds of thousands to millions of them!) tightly bound together by gravity.
  5. The Horsehead Nebula is famously known for…looking like a horse’s head. But there is more to this cloud of dust and gas than meets the eye. Webb captured the top of the "horse's mane," giving us the sharpest infrared images of the region to date: go.nasa.gov/4deZDLI The ultraviolet radiation from young massive stars is what influences the chemistry within the nebula - this region is considered one of the best for studying how radiation from stars interacts with interstellar matter. This portion of the Horsehead Nebula is about 0.8 light years across. In the near-infrared, young stars peep through the ethereal blueish clouds, and distant galaxies sprinkle the background.
  6. Read the rest here. Tell us a little about your own home library if you have one. Do you have pretty eclectic tastes or stick to one genre or subject?
  7. According to the 2022 Census of Agriculture data, there were 5,693 farms with laying hens in New York state. The inventory of laying hens on these farms totaled 6,388,603. This included 4,689 farms with small flocks of 1 to 49 laying hens and 9 farms with 100,000 or more laying hens.
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