Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

Webb School SENIOR Spotlight

Bill Rockhill eyeing a future in logging and forestry

High School senior, Bill Rockhill, 18 of Woodgate, will graduate in June after attending the Town of Webb School since kindergarten.

His future plans are to attend college and among the schools he considered were SUNY/School of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Morrisville State College.

“I’ve been accepted at Paul Smiths and that’s where I plan to go to college to major in Forestry Industry and Operations,” he said.

After finishing college he plans to go west to work in the logging industry.

“I’ve always loved being in the woods. It’s something I enjoy,” he said

He has worked with his father, Bill Rockhill of Bear Creek Carpentry in Woodgate, for several years. “And we actually did a bit of logging when we had to clear land to build a house,” he said.

“We also had a sawmill to cut our own lumber for building houses and cabins.”

One of his dreams, he said, is to live in a cabin with a wood stove and a bed, and no power.

Attending the Town of Webb School has been a good experience, he said.

“I loved it. I love the area and all my friends are here, and the teachers are great. You ask for help and you get it right away.”

A favorite teacher who has inspired him is gym teacher, Nate Smith. “He really kept my mind on sports and with keeping my grades up.”

Bill’s school sports have included soccer and skiing. “I’ve done soccer and downhill skiing since I could walk,” he said.

Two years ago he joined the cross country team. “And I had some fun with that. This year I wanted to ski downhill, just on my own, and not race,” he said.

In the spring he competed in track and field, a sport he has participated in since 9th grade.

On graduation day he’ll be relieved that it’s finally over, he said, “but I know there’s a lot more school to come before I’m actually done.”

He is the son of Nancy Rockhill and Bill Rockhill of Woodgate. He has two brothers, Michael, 20 and Connor, 16, and a sister Melissa, who is 12.


Rex Rimato plans for science, music interests beyond graduation

High School Senior Rex Rimato has been a student at the Town of Webb School since 9th grade, after moving with his family from Vero Beach, Florida.

“We always had a house here and spent our summers here,” he said, adding that the Town of Webb School was a definite improvement over his Florida school.

And it didn’t take long for him to get used to Adirondack winters because he loves to ski, he said.

Rex was a member of the Alpine Ski Team, but this season his skiing was cut short when he broke his collarbone while skiing down Challenger on the first day that McCauley Mountain opened.

He misses it, he said, but skiing is still in his future.

“I applied to a lot of colleges with good ski areas,” he said. Those schools included University of Vermont in Burlington, Montana State University, Lewis & Clark University in Portland, Oregon, and he’s been accepted by Alaska Pacific in Anchorage to major in Marine Biology.

At the time of this interview, Rex hadn’t made a final decision as to which college he would attend, “but I will probably major in Biology somewhere,” he said.

His school sports have also included soccer and he competed on the track and field team this spring.

He is a member of Varsity Club, Key Club and Student Council.

For the past several summers he has worked at DiOrio’s Super Market.

A favorite class at school is AP Biology taught by Ron Smith.

“My favorite teacher is Jed Kinney who influenced me to do better in school, and Mr. Allen as well.”

Music is also important in his life and he plays the electric guitar in the Stage Band at school.

“I’ve been messing around with some electronic stuff and putting regular audio into my computer,” he said. “Then I use my computer to add the sounds I want. I use that when I’m playing guitar to add my own accompaniment.”

A cousin who produces music in San Francisco has been helping him with the project, “and it works perfect,” Rex said, adding that he plays mostly rock.

His father-a musician/songwriter & performer, whose stage name was Robert Hazard, and who passed away two years ago-wrote and recorded “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” It was a bestselling song for pop singer Cyndi Lauper.

Rex said, his father definitely inspired his interest in music.

“I was really self-taught. I’d just watch him, and we’d jam and stuff.”

Rex also does vocals and he is considering music production as a minor in college.

He is anxious to graduate and move on, he said. “I’ll miss Old Forge and the people, but I know that college will be cool, and I’m ready,” he said.

Rex has an older brother, Remy. He is the son of Susan Rimato of Old Forge and the late Robert (Hazard) Rimato.




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Helen Estabrook announces resignation from Webb school board, served 13 years

Helen Estabrook of Old Forge resigned from her position on the Town of Webb School Board at a meeting held on Tuesday, June 7.

Her resignation is effective July 1, 2011.

“We accepted Helen’s resignation with deep regret and appreciation for her years of service,” said Board President Julie Zaykoski.

Estabrook, who retired from teaching at the Town of Webb School in December 1998 following a 34-year career, was elected to the board in May 1999.

At the time of her resignation she was three years into her second five-year term.

“I wish the board the best in their continuing efforts to make our school the best it can be,” Estabrook said.

According to Zaykoski, the board will discuss their options for replacing Estabrook at their next meeting which will be held on Tuesday, June 21.


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Herkimer County Dist. 15 Legislator Patrick Russell pulls two more party endorsements

Incumbent Legislator Patrick Russell picked up two additional endorsements this week-though he has yet to officially announce his candidacy-for the Herkimer County District 15 seat he has held for the past 12 years.

The Republican Committee in the Town of Ohio, which is one of three townships represented in the legislative district-along with Russia and Webb-has announced that it will be endorsing Russell, according to committee chairperson Patricia Reuter.

Likewise, the Town of Russia’s Republican Com-mittee will be endorsing Russell, according to its chairperson, Carolyn Hayes.

Last week it was announced that Russell had received the endorsements of both the Herkimer County and the Town of Webb Republican committees.



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This weekend’s 16th Black Fly Challenge race starts at Long Lake, wraps up in Inlet

The 16th running of the Black Fly Challenge Adirondack Mountain Bike Race will take place on Saturday, June 11.

The legendary 40-mile race will start at Byron Park in Indian Lake and will traverse the rugged Moose River Recreation Area to finish at Inlet’s Fern Park where a post-race party will be held.

An annual ritual for many, the Black Fly Challenge is the longest destination race in the Eastern United States and attracts hundreds of cyclists from throughout the Northeast.

Last year’s race included a record 345 racers.

According to race organizer Dave Scranton, in addition to the usual rough spots racers encounter out in the Moose River Plains, the heavy rains of April and May have caused a few washouts on the road, which has presented a different kind of challenge for both riders and organizers.

“The rough spots and washouts were just inside the Cedar River gate and continued for a few miles. Beyond that, the road is in good shape,” Scranton said.

Earlier in the week, Scranton said DEC had offered to put extra personnel in the washout areas on race day to ensure safety.

Hamilton County also pledged to make the washouts passable for bikes.

The mass-start of the race is at 10:30 a.m. and all are invited to come and watch.



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It’s back: Brooker Hardware’s 3rd ‘Camp & Home’ Show Alternative heating units and energy efficiency experts among June 10-12 event highlights

The 3rd Annual Adirondack Camp and Home Show to be held June 10, 11 and 12 at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center in Old Forge is slated to feature over 40 vendors showcasing their lines of home improvement and beautification products.

New to this year’s show is Empire Masonry Heaters of Scottsville, NY which produces do-it-yourself-friendly masonry heaters, masonry heater veneers, and wood-fired ovens in kit form.

A masonry heater is a partial- or whole-house heater which operates by capturing the heat generated by a quick, hot wood fire lasting just a few hours, then releasing the stored heat over the course of a day.

It provides the same amount of heat as a traditional wood stove, while burning for 10 percent of the time and using only one third of the wood of a traditional wood stove.

A representative will offer demonstrations of the heaters and the wood-fired ovens.

A food concession featuring pizza and other items cooked in the wood-fired ovens will be provided by the company.

Other highlights of the show include a presentation by a representative of NYSERDA on Friday at 2 p.m. and a seminar at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Town of Webb Codes Enforce-ment Officer Andy Getty and Brian Grisi, local planning assistant specialist for the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), will present a joint seminar on the subject of boat houses and bunk houses.

New York State fishing guide/outdoor photographer/author Spider Rybaak will offer a presentation on fishing at noon on Sunday.

Raffles will be conducted throughout the weekend, the proceeds of which will benefit area not-for-profit organizations.

Among the raffle items is an original watercolor by nationally-known artist JC Parker of the Saratoga Springs area. Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the general operating fund of View, the new arts center in Old Forge.

The Camp and Home Show is sponsored by Brooker’s True Value Hardware, Marvin Windows and Doors and the Central Adirondack Assoc-iation.

Hours for the show are Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free of charge.

More information is available at the website: www.adkcampandhomeshow.com.



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Shades of Yesteryear: PGA exhibition action returns to Thendara

The Thendara Golf Club will host a 90th Anniversary Golf Exhibition on Saturday, June 18 featuring PGA Touring Professional, Barry Cheesman.

According to George Hilte-brant, president of the club’s board of directors, Cheesman, aka “The Big Cheese,” will be joined in the exhibition by Thendara Golf Pro Richard Chapman and Damon Kull and Colin Criss, the two top players of the Town of Webb School’s golf team.

Hiltebrant said that the club hasn’t hosted a PGA Touring Professional since the early ’70s.

He recalls that the first two pros invited were Arnold Palmer and Sammy Snead, but over the years the club had played host to a number of other pros, including Lee Trevino.

“If it works out well this year, we’re hoping that Barry will come back again and bring another pro with him-and we can start building on more exhibitions,” he said.

The Cheesman visit was arranged by Club Pro Chapman, who got to know him during a Florida visit.

“I went to see him about my game and we worked together a little and played quite a bit,” said Chapman.

“Then last year I thought it would be a good idea to try to get him to come up here to do an exhibition. He was really interested-especially after telling him about Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and all the other big boys that have played Thendara.”

Tim Foley, a member of the board of directors, thought the revival of the golf exhibitions was a great idea and a fitting way to celebrate the club’s 90th anniversary-especially because most of the older club members have fond memories of the pro outings.

The Thendara Golf Club was established in 1921 by the Town’s forefathers who believed it would become a tourist attraction and would give people another reason to visit the area, according to Foley.

“That’s why the club will always be open to the public. Those early exhibitions were also promoted to bring tourists to the area to support all of our businesses. That’s another reason why it’s important to bring them back. It’s another great tourist attraction for our great community,” Foley said.

Exhibition organizers are anxious to see what kind of score Cheesman will post next week as he is known to be one of the longest drivers on tour.

Cheesman is consistently in the top ten in driving distance. He has qualified for the final round in 82 PGA tournaments, with seven finishes in the top ten.

On the Nationwide Tour, he qualified for the final round 94 times, with 18 top ten finishes.

“He could probably drive holes #3, #6 and #7 which are all par 4, and he could possibly drive #11, and #15 depending on the wind’s direction. It will be fun for people to see that,” Chapman said.

Chapman is also looking forward to seeing young golfers Colin Criss and Damon Kull play along with the pro.

“I don’t think people truly understand what we have done with the junior golfers at our club. This is the smallest school out there and they’ve won their first sectional championship ever. It’s a great accomplishment,” he said.

The event is free to all spectators. It will begin at 11 a.m. with a clinic for spectators, followed by a noon Meet and Greet session with Barry Cheesman. Lunch will be available.

The 18-hole exhibition will begin at 1 p.m.

A complimentary party with hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar starts at 6 p.m.

More information is available by calling the Thendara Golf Club at (315) 369-3136.



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RecycleOne. One and Done

Recycling requirements to change for Herkimer County homeowners;


Solid Waste Authority unveils simple ‘single stream’ disposal method Starting July 5th, recyclables no longer

need separating; new system promises

to be more cost effective, environmentally

responsible, says OHSWA which plans further informational campaign The days of sorting and separating recyclables are over, according the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, which made the announcement on this Wednesday at an informational presentation in Utica.

Starting on July 5th, recyclables will be accepted mixed together in one bin, when the Authority starts implementation of a new single-steam system.

They are calling it “RecycleOne. One and Done.”

Participants in both counties can mix all recyclable items-paper, plastic, metal and glass-in a current, designated recycling bin or durable plastic or metal-lidded container of choice, under 35 gallons, and not more than 50 pounds.

The conversion from the Authority’s current recycling system to single stream processing will involve new equipment and upgrading to the Utica Recycling Center, which begins this summer.

The new technology implemented will automatically sort the material with more efficiency than the existing, primarily manual system.

Another added benefit to RecycleOne is the inclusion of (number) #7 plastics, which is not processed in the current system.

There is one exception to the RecycleOne rule-only shredded paper should be placed in clear plastic bags for collection.

The Authority emphasizes that no other recyclables should be bagged, as the plastic bags can interfere with the new sorting equipment.

No recyclables should be tied, and no green waste or trash should be combined with recyclables.

All current collection guidelines concerning trash, hazardous waste or green waste still apply.

Details on RecycleOne can be found at recycleoneanddone.com.

According to Bill Rabbia, Authority Executive Director, the decision to overhaul its current recycling process was a natural one.

“It is the Authority’s mission to be aggressive and proactive in terms of managing waste and preserving this beautiful region we call home,” Rabbia said. “RecycleOne is another example of that.”

“By making recycling simpler with this technology we have the potential to significantly increase participation, further reduce waste, and recover more material for market. The new system will also allow for more efficient collection of recyclables,” Rabbia added.

In 2010, the Authority accepted over 35,000 tons of recyclables and sold over $2 million worth to local and out-of-state buyers.

With RecycleOne in place, Rabbia estimates that recycling participation will jump 15 percent.

Jamie Tuttle, the Authority’s School Recycling Coordinator, said it’s exciting to see a new system in place that makes it easier for all to recycle.

“I believe with this new, simplified way to recycle we can engage more people, create more awareness, and bring us closer to our goal of zero waste,” she said.

The cost to upgrade the recycling facility is $9.5 million and is expected to take six months to complete.

During the transition to single-stream processing, recyclables will continue to be received at the Utica plant and transported to a processing facility in the Syracuse area.

The RecycleOne system is expected to pay for itself and save the region money in the long term.

Rabbia explained that ultimately the savings will be passed down to haulers and municipalities as an increase in recyclables decreases the amount of non-recyclable or landfill waste.

Haulers, municipal and private, are charged a tipping fee based on the amount of non-recyclable waste they deliver.

According to Herkimer County Legislator and Planning and Development Committee Chair John Piseck, the Authority deserves accolades for its foresight and responsibility.

“There is great value in the Authority’s long-term planning,” Piseck stated.

“We are proud to be partners with this cost-effective system that will greatly benefit future generations,” he said.


Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente said, “The implementation of RecycleOne is something County residents should be proud of.”

He went on to say, “This is a prime example of how consolidation can benefit the County both today and in the long term.”

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority is a New York public benefit corporation, which was created by the State Legislature at the request of the Oneida and Herkimer Counties by passage of Article 8, Title 13-FF of the New York Public Authority Law on September 1, 1988.

The Authority was created to address environmental problems associated with improper solid waste disposal, to develop new facilities and programs for waste reduction, recycling, and to address the lack of long-term disposal capacity for non-recyclable waste.

The Authority owns and operates a Recycling Center, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, Green Waste Composting Facility, Regional Landfill, and three transfer stations.

Services include recycling, backyard composting, providing public education, promoting waste reduction and reuse of materials, and school “Go Green” initiatives, full-scale electronics collection and sludge management.

The Authority is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors, employs approximately 90 people and has an annual operating budget of $26 million.

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