Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: July 2, 2014

By John Bernhardt
In Dana Lamsal, Arkville’s new Catskill Recreation Center may have found the perfect fit. Lamsal, the chief executive officer of the non-profit organization charged with operating the state-of-the-art indoor swimming and recreation facility, has the pedigree and life experiences to hit the ground running at the new facility.


Time Out: June 25, 2014

He was a legendary baseball star, considered by many one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game. Baseball lost one of its legends, one of the best ambassadors of the game, a man noted for his warmth of spirit and width of smile when Tony Gwynn, 54, passed away last week.


Time Out: June 18, 2014

In the yesteryear of baseball, bunting was an art form. Every bunt type employed by a batter bunting the ball; the sacrifice, the squeeze, the drop bunt, or drag bunt were part of the arsenal a batter brought to the plate.


Time Out: June 11, 2014

Our rivers and streams are in excellent shape heading into the middle of June, with good numbers of fishermen about this past week and weekend. The Beaverkill, and the East and West branches of the Delaware River are all just above the average flows recorded on each river. Water temperatures are very favorable, and fly hatches have been keeping the trout and the trout fishers well occupied.


Time Out: April 16, 2014

They are a rarity, human gems, forces of positive power who have the capacity of always leaving you feeling better at the end of a conversation than you did when the talk began. Call them optimists, call them idealists, they are unique folks who live in the now with the rare capacity to celebrate the moment and simply refuse to even entertain ideas they don’t want to happen.
Motivated, purposeful and steadfast, you’re fortunate if you meet a half dozen or so of these folks in a lifetime. Good fortune introduced me to one such source of unconditional positive vibes this weekend, a young man named Logan Barer.


Time Out: April 2, 2014

It was a small moment, insignificant to many, but Monday at Citi Field in New York City, Opening Day was delayed for a few seconds when Met first baseman Ike Davis asked for time to get sunglasses.
Sunglasses? Yes, the bright sky in New York City was too much for Davis who needed sunglasses to shield his eyes. Opening Day of another baseball season is always a promising indicator that spring has arrived, but after our long, hard winter a request for sunglasses might be an even more significant omen.


Time Out: March 12, 2014

It’s a fact of life but in every basketball game somebody has to lose. That reality is magnified when two championship teams square off in the New York State Basketball Tournament. Every year in every high school basketball, two great teams come together one short week after floating on air having captured a sectional basketball crown.


Time Out: March 5, 2014

It was disappointment and frustration for the South Kortright basketball faithful last week as both the school’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams dropped Section IV, Class D semifinal contests at Oneonta’s Dewar Arena. When the initial disappointment subsides and the supporters of SK basketball reflect on the recently completed campaign, they have to be impressed what their Rams accomplished this winter.


Time Out: January 29, 2014

Dennis Hooper won an Oscar nomination playing the role of Shooter Flatch, one of my favorite movie characters in the classic sports film “Hoosiers.” Flatch, a local sports hero at Hickory High School missed a potential game-winning shot in the basketball crazed state of Indiana’s high school championship game years ago, and is locked in a time warp tormented by his failure and living life in the past.


Time Out: January 8, 2014

By John Bernhardt
Pen went to paper way back in 1843. Even so, the classic holiday novella, “The Christmas Carol” resonates with readers today as one of Charles Dickens’ most important literary contributions. No other character in the beloved novella captures the fascination of readers and viewers like Ebenezer Scrooge.
Many times, my mind shifts to Ebenezer Scrooge when I hear New York Met fans and members of the media characterize Met General Manager Sandy Alderson. For me, it’s almost like many who root for or write about the Mets, have stolen a page from Dickens when they reference the Met GM.


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