August 17, 2009

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


The Lightning struck last weekend when this talented summer-travel baseball team hit it right out of the ballpark. After wining their division (Gold Division) 7-4, they went on to play New Fairfield (Red Division Champs) for the 2009 Summer Westchester/Putnam Baseball Association 11 & Under Championship. The Lightening aced it with a winning score of 5-4, and distinguishing themselves as the only Bedford/Pound Ridge summer-travel baseball team to go undefeated. The team then went on to win the Championship with a stunning 22-0!

Our Boys of Summer include Lucas Beni, Sean Fopeano, John Harrington, Robert Lichtenberger, Emmett Robin, Shawn Walsh and Aaron Winkler from Pound Ridge, along with Owen Azrak, Connor Banford, Charlie Carpenter, Sean New, Chris Stern and Will Wortmann from Bedford. Congratulations to Coaches Skip Carpenter and Vic Wortmann for bringing The Lightning to a great season closer.

Hey, kiddos! You have one more week to catch up before for the “End of Summer Reading Game Party” at Hiram Halle Library on Friday, August 21 at 2 p.m. All young readers who have read 15 or more books will receive an award. For the past 20 years, Altan Gursell has been the mastermind behind designing the summer reading bulletin boards. This summer, David Bergstein inspired young readers by designing one with lightbulb markers and other whimsical categories that tracked reading accomplishments. An impressive 120 youngsters signed up for the summer reading game.

According to Allan Ramsay, Hiram Halle children’s librarian, the runaway reads this summer for second graders were the “Henry & Mudge” series by Cynthia Rylant; for third graders and up, the “Ivy & Bean” series, by Annie Barrows; and for the little guys, ages 3-6, Marc Brown’s “Arthur” series. The “Twilight” series for teens wins for middle school and up. “Harry Potter” is still the #1 summer read. “It’s enjoyable to see the kids read for the love of reading and not because it’s a homework assignment," Alan said. Marilyn Tinter, library director, added, “The other exciting thing is watching kids who were on the verge of reading in the beginning of the summer experience that magic moment! And then they’re reading on their own.”

Come join the ladies of Pound Ridge Hadassah as they tour Merestead Estate in Mount Kisco on Sunday, August 16. This exquisite 130-acre country estate is a Westchester historic site tucked away in the hills overlooking picturesque Byram Lake Reservoir and surrounding valley. It’s the former estate of Mrs. Margaret Sloane Patterson, daughter of William Sloane, president of W &J Sloane Furniture Company, and her husband Dr. Robert Patterson, a prominent orthopedic surgeon in New York City. Merestead features a 28-room Georgian mansion with beautiful gardens built during the early 20th century. As Merestead celebrates its 100th anniversary, they welcome you to walk the grounds and trails, and are open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Here you can imagine the elegance of life on an estate with a staff of 12 to help keep everything running smoothly. Proceeds from Pound Ridge Hadassah tour will go to Hadassah for its Hospital fund. For more information, call Toby Miller 914 764-8382.

Did you hear the buzz about The Westchester Land Trust annual fundraising party and auction in June? It was a grand success, helping to raise more than $300,000 in support of land preservation in Westchester County. But don’t go away! Here is your final chance for Land Trust auction deals before they close out the event completely.

You have 20 more days to bid on some nifty things/services, like a dinner for six prepared in Albano Kitchen in Scott's Corners by Chef Jehan de Noue; 15-hour SAT prep course at Katonah Tutoring Club; party-planning services from Square Events; wine tasting for 10 hosted by discerning wine collector Teed Welch; a fall or winter weekend at the Sagamore Hotel in the Adirondacks; an architectural design consultation from Robert Siegel; six hours of recording time at Sweatshop Studios in Katonah; and a color photograph by Bill Scherer, a Westchester native who enjoys photographing the beautiful open spaces in Bedford. His photo is wall-ready with beautiful dusty gold wood frame by the Paint Box, also in Katonah.

“The Westchester Land Trust has many terrific preservation projects in the works, including several in Pound Ridge. All proceeds from the auction will help us complete these projects, as well as support our continued efforts to preserve open space in Westchester,” said Tom Andersen, director of communications and special projects. For more info, go to

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