TO THE EDITOR: The Town of Plattsburgh soccer program finished a few weeks ago, and once again, it was a success.
This year, we had 15 teams that participated in the Clinton County League and two mini-mite teams that met once a week to practice.
Participants were taught the fundamentals of soccer during practices and were able to test their skills in friendly games against teams all around the county.
As the program coordinator for the town, I know there are many people who made great contributions towards the success of this program.
First of all, I want to thank all the coaches for their time and expertise. They help make the program fun and enjoyable. Thank you to Christine & TJ Myers, Cathy Premore, Kelly Hornby, Jackie LaBarge, Mike Kimball, Jason LaBarge, Ashley Tourville, Robin VanWeort, Mika Mannix, Dan Madden, Brandy Ducatte, Toni Barnes, Jim Patterson, Beth Stanton, Nate Stanton, Carol Hack, Chasity Walters, Michele Barnes and Amy Hewson, who provided a fun, safe, and positive environment for children to learn about soccer.
Secondly, thanks to those who helped out as assistant coaches, timers and substitute referees. Our soccer games would not run as efficiently without these volunteers. Your time and dedication is appreciated.
Lastly, I would like to recognize all the sports officials who refereed our games this fall season. Many of them juggled school and their own soccer schedule on top of officiating duties. They all did an excellent job as sports officials and should be recognized for their dedication and responsibility. Thank you to Cailene Allen, Aaron Cross, Chris Fall, Summer Gillespie, Kaitlyn Guynup, Dalton Harney, Micalli Johnston, Elijah Kelting, Austin Myers, Kayla Napper, Courtney Wilson, Nicholas Wilson and Nate Zucker.
I hope to see you all back next year.
Recreation Program Coordinator
TO THE EDITOR: In the Oct. 21 edition of the Press-Republican there is an article lauding a SUNY security officer, Robert Light, for this efforts in advocating for bicycle safety.
In the same edition of the P-R, in the Cheers and Jeers section, the paper rightly comments on the idiocy of skateboarders not adhering to the rules of the road as required by New York motor-vehicle law as they blithely skate around the city endangering themselves, motorists, bicyclists and others.
I find it ironic that both these articles are in the paper the same time. I’ve complained to SUNY security that SUNY students are improperly using sidewalks, bike lanes, etc. when skateboarding.
They cut in and out of traffic and don’t follow any rules of the road, often skating in the wrong direction in bike lanes or using the middle of the roadway or simply going the wrong way down the street.
Unfortunately, the security folks at SUNY who I’ve spoken with tell me there isn’t anything they can do. I find that odd, as Mr. Light seems to be able to advocate for bike and boarder safety — and win two State Service Awards for doing so — yet SUNY security tell me there isn’t anything they can do.
As well, why are the City Police not ticketing these skateboarders? Perhaps it’s time for the P-R to start an education campaign as local schools, parents and law enforcement have dropped the ball.