Business Leader Touts “STAY-cation” Perks Of Chautauqua Region

first_imgImage via TourChautauqua.com.JAMESTOWN – A local business leader is recommending residents in Chautauqua County to take a “STAY-cation” this summer as several national destinations were added to the state’s quarantine list.Todd Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is highlighting several attractions that residents can take advantage of in our own backyard.“Soak up the sun and relax on the water on any of our fabulous lakes,” said Tranum in his weekly Chamber Corner letter to the community. “There are beaches available on Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake, and the Cassadaga Lakes. Marinas are readily available where you can rent a boat for the day and give your family a nautical adventure.”Image via TourChautauqua.com.He says in addition to aquatic actives, residents can cool off by visiting local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. “You can sample and purchase some terrific locally made beverages,” explained Tranum. “Social distancing is still required, but some have outdoor venues and others have created outdoor spaces in order to make visitors more comfortable.”Tranum says if all those recreational activities aren’t enough, most local museums and attractions have reopened in capacity.“Spend some time touring the National Comedy Center, the Lucy-Desi Museum, any one of the fascinating local history museums or the Robert H. Jackson Center, and see great art at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute or one of the small local galleries located throughout our county,” said Tranum. “We urge you to call first or check their websites to learn about appointments and protocols.”Image via TourChautauqua.com.To learn more about recreational and cultural experiences available in Chautauqua County, visit tourchautauqua.com. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brentwood Man Drove With Dummy in HOV Lane, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old Brentwood man allegedly used a faceless wooden dummy in the passenger seat of his truck to drive in the HOV lane on the Long Island Expressway, Suffolk County police said.A Highway Patrol officer stopped James Campbell for allegedly speeding in his pickup truck as he was heading westbound near Exit 51 in Dix Hills at 6:30 a.m. Friday, police said.“When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed…a wooden figure wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the passenger seat,” police said in a news release.Campbell allegedly told the officer that he was driving to a new job and did not want to be late, according to authorities.The driver was issued summonses for speeding and occupancy violation.The case is not the first time someone has been summonsed for driving with a dummy in the HOV lane. A Mount Sinai woman was caught doing the same thing five years ago.last_img read more

Is the Carrier Dome depth effect a real thing?

first_img Comments Oshae Brissett’s first in-game shot at the Carrier Dome came from the corner. On a 3-pointer last season, the ball sailed past the rim. Brissett shook his head and ran back on defense.“That,” Brissett said last September, “was a big depth-perception thing on that miss.”Depth perception is a part of the Carrier Dome’s history. Built in 1980, the Dome accommodates multiple Syracuse sports, including football and lacrosse. For basketball games, the areas behind the baskets of SU’s makeshift court allow greater space than most other college venues between the basket and bleachers. The angle of the Dome’s bleachers is less steep than most other basketball arenas. That’s contributed to a long-standing ideology that the Dome is a notoriously difficult place for shooters, especially ones who are not used to it.But how true is that notion?Boeheim, associate head coach Adrian Autry and assistant coach Gerry McNamara swear the Carrier Dome depth effect isn’t real. Some players think it exists only in moderation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think it’s in play,” said Boeheim, Syracuse’s 43-year head coach. “We practice, they get a lot of shots before games. People exaggerate that perception thing a bit.”Yet current and former Syracuse players, plus visiting players and coaches, say the Carrier Dome’s design creates a perception that can throw off one’s ability to shoot. Based on interviews with 88 players and coaches, The Daily Orange found that, of that group, 45 percent of players believe the Carrier Dome depth effect exists while the other 55 percent don’t think the building’s design causes skewed depth perception.Morehead State head coach Preston Spradlin specifically told his players not to think about the depth effect and Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton highlighted it as a force to overcome. More than a dozen visiting players, including former Western Michigan guard Jerry Overstreet, said they struggle with depth perception as they shoot. Particularly when they catch and shoot in one motion. It gives them less time to set up and see the rim.“It’s like shooting into outer space,” recalled Overstreet, who played in the Dome in 1988.The thought is not new. Since the Dome was built, former players said there were rumblings about how shooters could struggle to get going in the arena. Visitors said they focused more in the team shootarounds, hoping extra shots would mitigate the effect. Other players and coaches think the depth effect is overstated and its effect is distorted, only a myth that gets into players’ heads.“I don’t think there’s any depth effect,” said Autry, an SU forward in the 1990s. “Those things didn’t have an effect on how I shot the ball. They shouldn’t. Either you make it or you don’t.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorSome, who said they don’t notice a difference, believe focusing on the rim helps. Picking a spot — either the front of the rim or back — keeps the background out of the equation. Syracuse director of operations Kip Wellman compared it to a backstop in baseball or a batter’s eye in centerfield. You see the background, but that’s not your focus, he said.Not every Syracuse player thinks the depth effect exists, though. But Brissett, Jalen Carey, assistant coach Allen Griffin, walk-on Brendan Paul and graduate assistant Ben Horwitz each air-balled their first shot in the Dome. Last season, junior guard Tyus Battle said the Orange were getting off to slow shooting starts because younger players had to adjust to shooting in the Dome.“I think that was depth perception, but we picked it up,” he said in November 2017.Empty bleachers increase the depth effect, while fans mitigate it, players and coaches said. Location on the floor also contributes: Players said corner 3s are the hardest, especially those facing open space, where the only sight beyond the rim appears dark. Most players agree straightaway 3-pointers skew one’s perception the least.Among the 47 percent of players who do believe in the depth effect, they don’t always agree on which way it gets you. Most players say their first shot was an airball. As a result, they overcompensate and shoot farther to reach. But some players and coaches said they tend to shoot long and hit backboard or back of the rim, so they aim for the front rim.“It’s almost a christening,” Horwitz said. “You have to airball your first shot.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorOn the day before games, SU women’s basketball guard Isis Young goes to the Dome for extra shots. She needed the preparation for confidence, because she felt the “enormous” background and curved bleachers altered her view.“For a while, I didn’t feel like I could shoot in there,” Young said. “I felt like I’m chucking it and I’m not chucking it, and I was hitting the front rim a lot. The depth made me feel like I had to shoot longer, but I felt like I was chucking the ball and was still short. From the corners, it seems way farther than what it is.”Young’s teammate, Gabrielle Cooper, said she couldn’t find a rhythm until several games into her freshman season. “It’s like, ‘Woah,’ the stands are so far back,” Cooper said.Former SU guard Matt Roe, who left SU as the program’s all-time leading 3-point shooter, believes the most difficult aspect is gauging one’s distance to the basket.“The Carrier Dome looks like the rim is floating in the air,” he said. “All you want to do is use more legs. You can’t explain it, so you try to over-do it and then it just messes with your head.”SU women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman has joked that shooting in the Dome is “like shooting to a football field.” But many players, including Sykes, never understood why teammates and opponents complained about the depth effect. So for now, at least, one of the larger mysteries surrounding the Dome’s history remains unsolved depending on whom you ask.“Your first time in there, it definitely gets you,” said freshman Buddy Boeheim. “The Dome isn’t like any other gym.” Published on March 4, 2019 at 12:30 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Friendly futsal match between B&H and Montenegro

first_imgThe futsal team of B&H has won against Montenegro at yesterday’s friendly futsal match that was played at the sports hall in Sokolac. B&H won against Montenegro with the result of 6:2. The players that secured our victory against Montenegro were Nijaz Mulahmetović, Anel Radmilović, Alen Lalić and Nermin Kahvedžić.Our futsal representation will join the players of the Montenegro futsal team tomorrow for another friendly match in Goražde at 16:30 p.m.last_img

Teachers, district hit pay talks roadblock

first_img“We don’t feel we’ve worked hard enough at negotiations to go to mediation,” she said. Palmer said teachers are simply asking the district to pass along the 5.92 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) the district received from the state this year. “It’s not a raise,” Palmer said. “We’re just asking to be fairly compensated with a COLA.” But Howell said the district used that COLA money to help shore up a $710,000 budget deficit from last year. Although the district initially planned to backfill the budget gap with proceeds from the sale of Grovedale Elementary, the proposed sale would have cost the district about $650,000 in state penalties. District officials subsequently decided against it. “This is a time for hard decisions and strong leadership,” Howell said of the contract talks. “It’s certainly my hope that the district and teachers can come to some type of agreement.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051,160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! District officials say the teachers’ pay hike demand would cost the district about $592,000 immediately. But the hike, which would be paid for each of the contract’s three years, would trigger a $2.3 million deficit by the 2008-09 school year, officials said. Financially, the district is simply “not at the point where we can offer more that what we’ve offered,” district Superintendent Patricia Howell said Monday. “And the teachers are not willing to move from their offer. So we went to impasse.” Now, a state-appointed mediator will try to get both sides to come to an agreement. District officials said a date for the first mediation session will probably be set in two to three weeks. If mediation fails, a three-member, fact-finding committee will be convened. Both sides will be allowed to present their cases to the panel, Howell said. Margaret Palmer, co-president of the Lowell Joint Education Association, which represents 130 teachers, said educators are “desperately disappointed” about the impasse. WHITTIER – Lowell Joint School District officials have declared an impasse in salary talks with teachers, a move that triggers the appointment of a state mediator to help resolve sticking points in a proposed three-year contract. The main obstacle is over pay raises. Teachers, represented by the Lowell Joint Education Association, have asked for a 5.92-percent increase. The district has offered a one-time, 1 percent salary bonus for the current school year only. Teachers have described the district’s offer as “insulting.” last_img read more