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Most parents I know can relate to the frustration we have felt over the past few months, wishing we could give our children something as uncomplicated and inexpensive as a dose of normalcy.  Watching our daughters and sons struggle through these uncertain times has been frustrating and stres…

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Last October, I accompanied some friends to the pumpkin farm in Candor, and as always, it was packed. I pointed out a guy that looked like a few hundred other guys there, as he was trying to balance a basket of fries, and keep his glasses from sliding down his nose. I said to one of my frien…

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Using the “Is the glass half empty or half full?” question in regard to local sports, it is too easy to look at the empty stands at unused baseball fields, the rimless backboards at basketball courts, or the cavernous crescent at Schoellkopf Field that will not host football games this fall …

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Given my closer-than-many connection with coaches, athletes and administrators, I am asked about 10 times per week for updates on whether the high school fall sports season will proceed as usual. Given my propensity for resourcefulness, I picked up the phone and called a guy who fields such …

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Even though she was wearing a mask, there was no doubt that the person in line ahead of me in the supermarket was my friend (and former Ithaca Times colleague) Deborah Bliss, and her eyes conveyed that she was happy. I asked her what she had been doing to pass the time during the pandemic an…

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Most of us over—let’s use 50 as a benchmark—are well aware that it is easy to feel our age. I recently squatted for a few minutes to drive in a tent stake, and my meniscus popped like an over-cranked guitar string, and I felt every one of my years. 

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The Ithaca sports community lost one of its most remarkable individuals early this month. When people heard that Dan Wood had passed on May 7, they might have asked, Dan Wood, the golfer? Dan Wood, the soccer player? Dan Wood, the college and professional coach? Dan Wood, the four-sport lett…

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I have interacted with athletic trainers in quite a few capacities—athlete, parent of an athlete, sports fan, sportswriter—and I have seen them ply their trade in oppressive heat, in bitter cold and in driving rain. 

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After the news came down that NY schools would not reopen, I was a bit confused when my friend Ellice Switzer expressed—through social media—her deep disappointment that the Ithaca High girl’s lacrosse team would not have an opportunity to try to win their third consecutive sectional title. …

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Knowing how many health clubs, yoga studios and other “traditional” exercise facilities are temporarily closed, I reached out to my friend Ian Golden to discuss the shifts this health crisis has brought to our community’s collective exercise habits and to ask him for his take on the alternat…

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Most parents I know can relate to the frustration we have felt over the past few months, wishing we could give our children something as uncomplicated and inexpensive as a dose of normalcy.  Watching our daughters and sons struggle through these uncertain times has been frustrating and stres…

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Last October, I accompanied some friends to the pumpkin farm in Candor, and as always, it was packed. I pointed out a guy that looked like a few hundred other guys there, as he was trying to balance a basket of fries, and keep his glasses from sliding down his nose. I said to one of my frien…

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Using the “Is the glass half empty or half full?” question in regard to local sports, it is too easy to look at the empty stands at unused baseball fields, the rimless backboards at basketball courts, or the cavernous crescent at Schoellkopf Field that will not host football games this fall …

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Given my closer-than-many connection with coaches, athletes and administrators, I am asked about 10 times per week for updates on whether the high school fall sports season will proceed as usual. Given my propensity for resourcefulness, I picked up the phone and called a guy who fields such …

  • Updated
  • 0

Even though she was wearing a mask, there was no doubt that the person in line ahead of me in the supermarket was my friend (and former Ithaca Times colleague) Deborah Bliss, and her eyes conveyed that she was happy. I asked her what she had been doing to pass the time during the pandemic an…

  • Updated
  • 0

Most of us over—let’s use 50 as a benchmark—are well aware that it is easy to feel our age. I recently squatted for a few minutes to drive in a tent stake, and my meniscus popped like an over-cranked guitar string, and I felt every one of my years. 

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The Ithaca sports community lost one of its most remarkable individuals early this month. When people heard that Dan Wood had passed on May 7, they might have asked, Dan Wood, the golfer? Dan Wood, the soccer player? Dan Wood, the college and professional coach? Dan Wood, the four-sport lett…

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I have interacted with athletic trainers in quite a few capacities—athlete, parent of an athlete, sports fan, sportswriter—and I have seen them ply their trade in oppressive heat, in bitter cold and in driving rain. 

  • Updated
  • 0

After the news came down that NY schools would not reopen, I was a bit confused when my friend Ellice Switzer expressed—through social media—her deep disappointment that the Ithaca High girl’s lacrosse team would not have an opportunity to try to win their third consecutive sectional title. …

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Knowing how many health clubs, yoga studios and other “traditional” exercise facilities are temporarily closed, I reached out to my friend Ian Golden to discuss the shifts this health crisis has brought to our community’s collective exercise habits and to ask him for his take on the alternat…

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A year ago, we ran a column about a group of local runners that were working on balancing careers and family lives and training demands to travel to Atlanta for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Feb. 29. Here we are, a week and a half away, and marathoners Chelsea Benson, Ellie Pell and B…

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Back in 2000 or thereabouts, I went to cover an Ithaca High boys’ basketball game, and I enjoyed watching a kid named Lester McNair. Lester played hard, he hustled on both ends of the court, and he was not shy about pulling up from long range and launching threes. I said to the person sittin…