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For all four years of his collegiate career, Justin Cooper of Pine Plains competed as a high-scoring player on the SUNY Cortland basketball team, and his hard work was recognized in February when he was chosen for the State University of New York Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball All-Decade Team. Cooper is now a basketball coach at his alma mater, Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School. Photo submitted

Former Bomber Justin Cooper named to SUNYAC Men’s Basketball All-Decade Team

PINE PLAINS — Almost a decade since he competed as a student athlete for the Pine Plains Central School District, Justin Cooper, 25, has returned to  his alma mater, Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School, this time as a coach for the varsity boys basketball team and as an honoree of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUN

From left, sisters Caroline Pethic, 13, and Katherin, 6, of Red Hook,  laced up their skates before hitting the ice at the Pine Plains Ice Rink. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Skaters glide over to Pine Plains Ice Rink

PINE PLAINS — After weeks spent waiting for the winter weather to hit the perfect temperature, the suspense paid off for area skaters as the town of Pine Plains officially opened its temporary outdoor ice rink to the public last month.

Millbrook High School senior David Sager has been teaching students in kindergarten through second grade indoor soccer at the Guertin Gym at Millbrook Village Hall during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo submitted

Still having fun and exercising during COVID-19

WASHINGTON — The Town of Washington (TOW) Recreation Department’s basketball and soccer programs have been full, but other programs are highly anticipated, including an upcoming Kids’ Yoga that will start on Thursday, Feb. 4. 

Cheering for the underdog

There are few things in life as gratifying as picking an impossibly long shot and then rooting him home. Oh, the sweetness of looking around to all your scoffing friends and loudly asserting, “I told you so” and have the betting ticket to prove it.

Having taken up ice fishing during his childhood days, Millerton resident Donald Tuncy took great pleasure in passing on the joys of ice fishing to his grandson, Hunter Horton. Photo submitted

Local anglers encouraged to take up ice fishing this winter

MILLERTON — Millerton resident and ice fisherman Don Tuncy typically uses a cordless drill to drill a hole in the thick, solid and relentless ice of his hometown’s Indian Lake, starting off close to shore and working his way out.

New York State officials are urging snowmobilers to ride responsibly and keep safety and COVID-19 guidelines in mind when they hit the trails this winter. Photo courtesy of the New York State Snowmobile Association ​

Plan to snowmobile this winter? Here’s how to stay safe

NEW YORK STATE — Even with COVID-19 restrictions making outings difficult, New Yorkers are still managing to enjoy some socially distant wintertime sports, from skating and skiing to snowmobiling.

Off season questions

When there is no baseball, those of us who are fanatic about being fans have to make our annual pilgrimage to YouTube, so we might do a refresher course on the Abbott and Costello classic, “Who’s on First?” I did notice this time around that classic though it is, they did forget to ask a few questions.


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