McCarthy, Lewis, Lentine, Osgood, Linsky, & Ely Honored at 5th Ely Park Celebration!

The six Honorees of the 5th Ely Park Celebration brings the total honored to date to twenty-two!

The six Honorees of the 5th Ely Park Celebration brings the total honored to date to twenty-two!

Another wonderful Ely Park Celebration of golf, community, & legacy up at the Ely Park Golf Course in my hometown of Binghamton, New York! Congratulations to the 2018 Honorees- Evie McCarthy, Mary Lewis, Mildred Lentine, Pat Osgood, Ray Linsky & benefactor S. Mills Ely. We were blessed with the presence of Frances as we posthumously celebrated the life of her husband—2017 Honoree Ron Simkulet. Special thank you to my co-host Joan E.Davis. Gratitude to Briana Supardi from FOX 40 News WICZ-TV and Trich Ligannon from Spectrum News Southern Tier for covering the event and sharing the 5th Ely Park Celebration with the Greater Binghamton community. Special thanks to the Ely Park team for hosting us! What fun meeting these Lgends of Ely Park and playing golf up at Ely Park with Ray Linsky! Always a magical & inspirational day up at Ely! Here are the two media links:

Six Honored for Contributions to Ely Park

Veteran Golfers Honored At Ely Park Celebration

(Facebook Post by Andy Reistetter with 30 Pics and two Links on 10-17-18)

Honoree Evie McCarthy (center) with co-hosts Joan Davis and Andy Reistetter.

Honoree Evie McCarthy (center) with co-hosts Joan Davis and Andy Reistetter.

Veteran Golfers Honored At Ely Park Celebration

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 3:44 PM EDT Updated: Aug 21, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

By Briana Supardi

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. –

Dozens came out to Ely Park Golf Course Tuesday to celebrate its history and its veteran golfers. 

The fifth ‘Ely Park Celebrations’ honored four women, one man, and Ely Park’s benefactor S. Mills Ely. This was the first time women have been honored in this ceremony.

Honoree Pat Osgood being interviewed by FOX40 WICZ TV's Briana Supardi (left) & Spectrum News' Trish Kilgannon (hidden by camera).

Honoree Pat Osgood being interviewed by FOX40 WICZ TV’s Briana Supardi (left) & Spectrum News’ Trish Kilgannon (hidden by camera).

The women golfers honored included Evie McCarthy (represented by her daughter Joanie), Mary Lewis, 98, Pat Osgood, 81, and Millie Lentine, 74.  Also honored was local champion amateur golfer Ray Linsky, who won 15 Club Championships. The ceremony also recognized the golf course’s benefactor S. Mills Ely. who donated the land to the city in 1909.

“I’ve been up here in Ely since the early 80s before that I was out at Belden Hill and I’m also in a league in State Park,” said Pat Oswood.

Honoree Ray Linsky (center).

Honoree Ray Linsky (center).

In the last 21 years, Oswood has won 15 Club Championships. Oswood said she currently plays at the Ely Park three times a week. 

The first ‘Ely Park Celebration’ was held in 2003 to honor the people who have made a lasting contribution to the golf course. 

As of Tuesday, Ely Park has honored 22 golfers.

 

Six Honored for Contributions to Ely Park

Millie Lentine, who was out-of-town, was represented by her husband Frank. Mary Lewis, age 97, was unable to attend and S. Mills Ely was honored posthumously.

Millie Lentine, who was out-of-town, was represented by her husband Frank. Mary Lewis, age 97, was unable to attend and S. Mills Ely was honored posthumously.

By Spectrum News Staff  |  August 21, 2018 @11:06 PM

Ely Park is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Tuesday, the community honored six people who have contributed to the course’s legacy.

 

Some pictures from the day:

 

2018 Ely Park Celebration to Honor Four Women Golfers!

Benefactor S. Mills Ely who donated the original land will be honored at the fifth Ely Celebration on August 21st!

Benefactor S. Mills Ely who donated the original land will be honored at the fifth Ely Park Celebration on August 21st!

The fifth Ely Park Celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 21st up at Ely Park near the golf shop pavilion.

Four ‘Ely Park Celebrations,’ the first in 2003, have been held to honor the people who have significantly contributed to the legacy of Ely Park.

This year’s Honorees include four women golfers—Evie McCarthy (represented by her daughter Joanie), Mary Lewis (age 98), Pat Osgood, and Millie Lentine—and two men—the benefactor of Ely Park who donated the land to the city in 1909—S. Mills Ely—and 15-time Club Champion and legendary local amateur golfer Ray Linsky.

Millie Lentine (white top, center rear) in attendance for the 2017 Celebration will be honored this year along with three other women.

Millie Lentine (white top, center rear) in attendance for the 2017 Celebration will be honored this year along with three other women.

The first ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored longtime Ely Park Head PGA Golf Professional/Golf Superintendent/General Manager (in those days he did all three jobs) Steve Vaskovic and two sons of Ely Park- professional golfer Al Morley and amateur golfer Mike Popik. All three honorees were living at the time and participated in the celebratory event up at Ely Park.

The second ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored Ely Park’s golf course designer (with City Engineer Edward Prentice) and first Head PGA Golf Professional Ernie Smith, and two long time members and successful amateurs, Walt Kozak and Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar.

Ray Linsky, 15-time Ely Park Club Champion and avid historian of the game and all things Ely Park will be honored on Tuesday, August 21st.

Ray Linsky, 15-time Ely Park Club Champion and avid historian of the game and all things Ely Park will be honored on Tuesday, August 21st.

The third ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored one of Ely Parks first caddies, long time Golf Professional and successful golfer Al Vaskovic (younger brother of Steve); lifetime member of the PGA of America, member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame and accomplished golfer Ed Nosewicz; legend, 1969 Club Champion and creative writer, Bob ‘the Bear & the Barracuda’ Marachek: and three guys who played Ely Park every Sunday since 1948 (57 years at the time)- Joe Gomulka and the ‘Hammer & Nails’ combo of John Hammer and Joe Kovarik.

Last year’s ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored the only other two PGA Golf Professionals to serve the golfing public up at Ely Park—Bob Steiner and Rick Mauro. Additionally, long-time Ely Park Golfer and 1975 Club Champion Andy Reistetter Sr. was honored posthumously along with five-time Club Champion and Texas PGA Golf Professional Ron Simkulet who missed the ‘Ely Park Celebration’ while vacationing with family in Utah.

With Ronnie Simkulet and his scrapbook preparing for him being honored in 2017.

With Ronnie Simkulet and his scrapbook preparing for him being honored in 2017.

Ironically Ron Simkulet passed earlier this year on June 29th while vacationing with family in Utah. He was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School, SUNY Cortland, and Binghamton University (Master’s Program), a Vietnam Army Veteran, a PGA Golf Professional, and a history teacher and golf coach at Susquehanna Valley H.S. Ron developed his passion for golf at Ely Park G.C., held a course-record of 62 for many years, and remained a life-long competitive player. Ron Simkulet will be remembered with a moment of silence at this year’s event.

Come up to Ely Park on Tuesday, August 21st at 1 pm to celebrate the history and people of Ely Park Golf Course!

See you there!

The Sixteen Honorees to date:

Joe Gomulka—Played Ely Park together with John Hammer & Joe Kovarik for over fifty years!

John Hammer—Played Ely Park together with Joe Gomulka & Joe Kovarik for over fifty years!

Walt Kozak—Long-time Ely Park Golfer, Club Champion, and successful amateur golfer.

Millie Lentine (white top, center rear) in attendance for the 2017 Celebration will be honored this year along with three other women.

Ely Park PGA Golf Professionals Bob Steiner and Ricky Mauro, two of only four to have served in that position. were honored in 2017.

Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar—Long-time Ely Park Golfer, Club Champion, and successful amateur golfer.

Joe Kovarik—Played Ely Park together with Joe Gomulka & John Hammer for over fifty years!

Bob Marachek—Ely Park Legend, 1969 club champion and creative writer, & ‘the Bear & the Barracuda!’

Rick Mauro—Long-time Ely Park PGA Golf Professional.

Al Morley—Long-time PGA Golf Professional who played in eight PGA Championships (one of professional golf’s majors).

Ed Nosewicz—Lifetime member of the PGA of America; member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.

Mike Popik—Long-time Ely Park Golfer and competitive amateur golfer.

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. This is the picture that was the spark for Andy Jr. to research and begin to write the history of Ely Park and hold the Ely Park Celebrations!

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. This is the picture that was the spark for Andy Jr. to research and begin to write the history of Ely Park and hold the Ely Park Celebrations!

Andy Reistetter Sr.—Long-time Ely Park Golfer and 1975 Club Champion.

Ronnie Simkulet—Five-time Club Champion and PGA Golf Professional in Texas.

Ernie Smith—First PGA Golf Professional & Designer of Ely Park (with City Engineer Edward Prentice).

Bob Steiner—Long-time Ely Park PGA Golf Professional.

Al Vaskovic—Long-time Assistant PGA Golf Professional and the competitive golfing face of Ely Park.

Steve Vaskovic—PGA Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent, and Ely Park General Manager.

Let's go play Ely Park Golf Course!

Let’s go play Ely Park Golf Course!

Mills Ely; Binghamton’s Most Benevolent and Charitable Citizen & Ely Park GC’s Namesake!

Samuel Mills Ely, Benefactor of Ely Park Golf Course. Photo Credit: Broome County Historical Society

Samuel Mills Ely, Benefactor of Ely Park Golf Course. Photo Credit: Broome County Historical Society

Samuel Mills Ely—For nearly half a century Samuel Mills Ely was a resident of Binghamton, New York, and during that period there were few who contributed more largely to the life of the city than did he. Founder of one of the most important wholesale grocery houses of the city, and identified with various business interests, he demonstrated the often disputed fact that large business success and strict adherence to the principles of the “Golden Rule” are not incompatible. He gave to the community not only the economic advantage accruing from the establishment of a large and important business enterprise, but the inspiring example of a man who, even in his business connections, remains staunchly true to the principles of Christianity.

Samuel Mille (S. Mills) Ely was born in Chester. Connecticut, at the Ely homestead, October 24, 1837, son of Richard and Caroline (Buck) Ely, the former a descendant of the early settlers of Lyme, Connecticut, but born in Essex, Connecticut, August 6, 1798, who was a farmer and prominent in the local public affairs of the town, holding various offices, and the latter born May 5, 1799.

Letterhead of S. Mills Ely & Company. The building is still standing at the corner of Prospect Ave, and N. Depot St. across the railroad tracks from the Kilmer Building in downtown Binghamton. Photo Credit: Broome County Historical Society

Letterhead of S. Mills Ely & Company. The building is still standing at the corner of Prospect Ave, and N. Depot St. across the railroad tracks from the Kilmer Building in downtown Binghamton. Photo Credit: Broome County Historical Society

Samuel Mills Ely received his education in the public schools of Chester, and later became a student in a grammar school at Deep River, Connecticut. When his school training was completed, he began his active career in the employ of his uncle, Hon. Charles McKinney.

In 1865 he formed a partnership with S. & E. P. McKinney and engaged in the grocery business in Binghamton, which connection he maintained until 1873, when he withdrew and established the wholesale grocery and importing house of S. Mills Ely & Company, of which he was president at the time of his death.

Three years after the founding of the business, in 1876, he formed a partnership with E. F. Leighton, and that connection remained unbroken for a period of thirty-two years, at the end of which time it was terminated by the death of Mr. Leighton, which occurred in 1908.

S. Mills Ely Tower on summit of Mount Prospect stood from 1894 to 2007 when a windstorm knocked it down.

S. Mills Ely Tower on summit of Mount Prospect stood from 1894 to 2007 when a windstorm knocked it down.

The business was a very prosperous one and conducted according to the highest standards of fair dealing, recognizing moral obligations and standards as well as those which are legal. Just one instance serves to illustrate the sincerity with which Mr. Ely made his business adhere to his moral convictions. He did not use tobacco in any form because he believed it to be injurious to health. Therefore, he refused to handle it in his wholesale business even though that article was then one of the large and profitable items of that trade.

Along with the business known as that of S. Mills Ely & Company, Mr. Ely, in association with Roswell J. Bump and Mr. Leighton, organized the Binghamton Chair Company, one of Binghamton’s most successful manufacturing concerns.

Tower Brand table syrup distributed by Mr. Ely features the Ely Tower!

Tower Brand table syrup distributed by Mr. Ely features the Ely Tower!

Always deeply interested in the highest development of the community in which he lived, Mr. Ely did not hesitate to devote time and energy, as well as financial aid to the furtherance of the public welfare. He rendered valuable service valuable service as a member of the Binghamton Board of Education, and was a member of the Binghamton Club.

His religious affiliation was with the First Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, in which he was an office holder for many years, continuing his service to the time of his death in Binghamton, May 5, 1909. More than fifty of his seventy-two years were spend in “good works” in the truest sense of the word. Consistent in all things, his business affairs, his church life, and his home and social life were lived in accordance with the same principles of uprightness, and he refused to sanction or engage in any business deal not in accordance with his religious convictions.

 

No greater benevolent and charitable work was ever carried on by a private individual in Binghamton, than was accomplished by Mr. Ely. The Fresh Air Movement and the Humane Society were the recipients of his most generous aid; the Presbyterian Church and the Young Men’s Christian Association found in him a friend that never failed.

Close up of the tower in the Tower Brand.

Close up of the tower in the Tower Brand.

In memory of his father and mother he gave a library building to Chester, Connecticut, and his summer home, located on Mount Prospect, Binghamton, he gave to the city as a public park, before his death, hoping that this donation would form the beginning of a complete park system.

In his will Mr. Ely remembered nearly every public charity in his city, and made the Presbyterian Church trustee of a fund for carrying on two benevolent enterprises, the care of the poor in Binghamton, and home missionary work among the foreign-born element of the city. Besides these bequests there were generous legacies to ten other organizations of the city, and perhaps one of the most important parts of his unusual will was the generosity with which he remembered his employees, and his recommendation that they take the value of their bequests in stock of the business which he had developed from a small beginning to a strong enterprise.

Original 1929 plan of the Ely Park 9-hole golf course that opened in 1933. Original routing was today's Nos. 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 1, 2, & 7!

Original 1929 plan of the Ely Park 9-hole golf course that opened in 1933. Original routing was today’s Nos. 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 1, 2, & 7!

Few have lived more worthy and helpful lives than that of Mr. Ely, and both his moral influence and his works are still living and growing in the city to which he gave so generously.

S. Mills Ely married, at Binghamton, New York, October 10, 1867, Mary Hart Hawley, of Binghamton, daughter of Elias and Adaline (Hawley) Hawley, and they were parents of two children: Richard Hawley Ely, who was born July 29, 1868 and died October 8, 1869. 2. Clara May Ely, who was born December 19, 1876, who, with John R. Clements, general manager of the S. Mills Ely Company, was one of the executors of Mr. Ely’s estate. She is a resident of Binghamton.

Gratitude and all credit to William Foote Seward, Editor-in-Chief and Librarian of the Binghamton Public Library for the three-volume series—Binghamton and Broome County, New York, A History—published and copyrighted in 1924 by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York and Chicago. Mr. S. Mills Ely is found in Volume III, Historical and Biographical on Page 30.

Ely Park: Rick Mauro, Ronnie Simkulet, Jim Seager, & Sir Charles Novitske (May 2008)

Andy Jr. in front of Andy Sr.'s flagpole up at Ely Park.

Andy Jr. in front of Andy Sr.’s flagpole up at Ely Park.

It’s an extraordinary time when you get four legends up to Ely Park Golf Course!

Longtime golf pro Rick Mauro, Ronnie Simkulet, Jim Seager, and Sir Charles Novitske!

That’s Sir Charles and me in front of the flag pole dedicated to my father Andrew C. Reistetter Sr who passed in 1993. Dad was the Ely Park Club Champ in 1976!

Ely Park, opened in 1933 is a special place!

Here are some pictures of us golfing on May 29,  2008

Ed Aswad, Longtime Binghamton Photographer

Visiting Ed and his wife Shelley in North Carolina at their 'Paradise Found!'

Visiting Ed and his wife Shelley in North Carolina at their ‘Paradise Found!’

Ed is a dear friend of mine and the one who linked me eternally to Prospect Mountain and Ely Park Golf Course by selling me the land at 70 Ridge Street where I plan to build a spiritual home, ‘Close to Heaven,’ to enjoy ‘the rest of my life!’

‘Paradise Found’ for my good friend & Binghamton mentor Ed Aswad & his wife Shelly! Always good to visit this inspirational couple on their horse farm outside Pinehurst, NC. Ed was a lifelong photographer in Broome County (Carriage House) & the one who sold me the land at 70 Ridge Street to be known forever as ‘Aswad Point.’ Big-hearted, immense creativity, and full of meaningful & insightful perspectives & comments, most original to this wonderful man! Thanks for the hospitality! See you again soon!   (Facebook Post with 25 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 11-10-17)

Binghamton, New York—My Hometown, A Cut Above by James Pratt

James Pratt, his article "Binghamton, NY, My Hometown, A Cut Above,' was inspired by his barber!

James Pratt, his article “Binghamton, NY, My Hometown, A Cut Above,’ was inspired by his barber!

By James Pratt

Binghamton, My home town. The other day I was at the Barber and he said that he would move out of the area if he didn’t have a business. He said that there were no jobs in the area. This rubbed me the wrong way and I countered that there are tons of jobs and a rich history of the area. I mentioned Dicks Warehouse advertising for 400 jobs and many in the Hospitals and Colleges.

I would like to list a few positive points for living in the Triple Cities.

While it is true that Binghamton has lost population to half of what it was in the heyday of 1950, the area’s of Vestal, Endwell and Endicott have gained population. The total population of Greater Binghamton and suburbs is 200,600.

This area supports many Sports teams, Choral groups, Our own Opera Company, and Orchestra’s all of which enriches our lives and our community.

We have four Over the Air Television Stations and a World Class Hybrid Fiber/Coax Cable System with high speed internet.

Our Religious Community comprises of many beautiful Churches with Calendar’s full of Suppers and Festivals.

We have Three Colleges, one is a Major University. We have a rich History of Inventor’s such as Edwin Link whose “Link Trainer” was used to train pilots in World War II.

Rod Serling, one of Binghamton's favorite citizens, loved his hometown of Binghamton, NY!

Rod Serling, one of Binghamton’s favorite citizens, loved his hometown of Binghamton, NY!

Writer Rod Serling whose achievements have made our area famous worldwide. Rod said this about his hometown. “Everyone has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine. In the strangely brittle, terribly sensitive makeup of a human being, there is a need for a place to hang a hat, or kind of geographical womb to crawl back into, or maybe just a place that’s familiar because that’s where you grew up. When I dig back through my memory cells, I get one particularly distinctive feeling and that’s one of warmth, comfort and well-being. For whatever else I have had, or lost, or will find, I’ve still got a hometown. This, nobody’s gonna take away from me.” – Rod Serling.

I point all of this out to make us think positively about the Triple Cities. Our community is rich on many levels.

We have Three Major Hospitals with many Satellite offices.

Great Restaurants and a diverse population due to immigrants of many nations. Many of these immigrants worked for Endicott Johnson Shoes and supplied the War effort with boots. Endicott Johnson gave our area six Carousels which is more than any other area in the world.

We have the Kopernik Space Education Center, Roberson Museum, Bundy Museum, Phelps Mansion Museum and the Discovery Museum.

Cover Photo for Facebook's 'Historic Binghamton!' Photo Credit: Bob Bullock

Cover Photo for Facebook’s ‘Historic Binghamton!’ Photo Credit: Bob Bullock

Many naysayers usually list the weather or jobs for moving on to other states. We enjoy the four season’s which includes winter. Our area of the country has a moderate temperate climate which is wonderful because we don’t have extreme heat or Cold.

Here is a link to a webpage that I include in the many websites that I maintain www.stny.info. This webpage has many links to local Activities, Schools, Businesses, Churches, Sports, Arts and Theatre.

Links to The Southern Tier of New York & Environs

I would like to hear from other members of the Community to post positive uplifting messages. We have all heard the negatives, I want to hear positives. I will be posting this message on the wall’s of many groups in order to get a wide range of responses.

NOTE:   This article was originally posted by James Pratt on November 2nd, 20170 on Facebook’s ‘Historic Binghamton,’ a public group with nearly 9.500 members. Reposted here with permission of the author.

Ely Celebration No. 4 Honors Rick Mauro, Bob Steiner, Ron Simkulet, & Andy Reistetter Sr.

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

The fourth Ely Park Celebration was held at 10 am on Friday, August 4th up at Ely Park on the practice putting green. Long time Ely Park golf professionals Rick Mauro and Bob Steiner were present and honored for their contributions and legacies that date back to the early 1980s. Rick and Bob, along with previously honored Ernie Smith and Steve Vaskovic Sr., are the only four golf professionals to manage the Ely Park Golf Course since it opened in the Fall of 1933.

Two other amateur golfers—Ronnie Simkulet and Andy Reistetter Sr.—were honored in an interesting, fun, and entertaining informal ceremony on a beautiful morning up at Ely.

Reporter Christy O'Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Reporter Christy O’Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Simkulet, one of the all-time best Triple Cities amateurs, first came to Ely Park as a ten-year old in 1951. The ‘boy wonder’ won the Ely Park Club Championship five times, including four times in a row from 1957 to 1960 and then again in 1962. A Vietnam Veteran and graduate of SUNY Cortland, he left the area for ten years to be a club pro in Texas where he befriended the legendary golfer Doug Sanders.

Reistetter Sr. was a living fixture up at Ely Park, along with the likes of Bob Kollar and Walt Kozak, until his death in 1993.

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

 

Reistetter Sr. won the Ely Park Club Championship in 1975 with son Andy Jr. on the bag and son Larry, long-time Broome County park designer and golf architect snapping pictures. Andy Sr. came to the game as a young boy caddying at Scranton CC to help the family make ends meet. A WWII veteran, he came to Binghamton after the war and served the community first as a police officer and then as a 25-year veteran of the fire department.

 

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

The twelve Ely Park Honorees to date include Joe Gomulka, John Hammer, Joe Kovarik (a threesome that played Ely Park together for over fifty years), Walt Kozak, Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar, Bob Marachek, Ed Nosewicz (lifetime member of the PGA of America, member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame), Mike Popik (all great amateur golfers), long time professional golfer Al Morley (who played in eight PGA Championships), Al Vaskovic (long-time Assistant Golf Professional to his brother Steve and the competitive golfing face of Ely Park), and previously mentioned golfing professionals Ernie Smith (who designed the golf course with city engineer Edward Prentice) and Steve Vaskovic Sr.

Ronnie Simkulet (left) with Rick Mauro up at Ely Park in May 2008.

Ronnie Simkulet (left) with Rick Mauro up at Ely Park in May 2008.

Beautiful Ely Park Celebration this morning honoring Bob Steiner, Rick Mauro, Ronnie Simkulet, and my father Andy Reistetter Sr. Thank you to everyone who came out to make it so special! Special gratitude to Joan E. Davis, Mark Kachadourian for helping get the word out & FOX 40 reporter Christy O’Neil for her excellent coverage. The spirit of Ely Park, her history, her beauty, & her welcome to all, is alive & well! TROML Baby!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-4-17)

Fran Roach: “What a great place and classy golf professionals!!”

Chris Dickerson: “I was unaware this was happening!! Sorry I missed it!!”

Lisa Bennett-Fish: “Thank you Andy for inviting Jordan and I…what a “Splendid Spiritual Event!”

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. The two greens are today's 6th green and the original practice putting green. (The first hole was a log par 3 from today's No. 3 ladies tee to the 3rd green.

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. The two greens are today’s 6th green and the original practice putting green. (The first hole was a log par 3 from today’s No. 3 ladies tee to the 3rd green.

Virginia Kronk: “Great to see a special day for a special person – Rick Mauro surely deserved it!

Peggy Wells Mauro: “Great pics!”

Kim Hastert: “That’s awesome! Congrats!”

John Olsa: “Bob was my first instructor as a child, gave me some great teachings, and at 46 years old the handicap is still at 0. Thanks Bob!”

Jim Blodgett: “Congratulations Gents!! Steins looking good as always.”

Nick Brewster:  “Great tribute! Binghamton golf is better because of them.”

Stan & Sue Lisk: “It was a day up on Ely Mountain for (joy)! Glad I made it. Well-deserved awards to my two great friends and Golf Pro’s. You helped many people to enjoy this great game. Thanks again and keep on swinging.”

 

Pictures from the 4th Ely Celebration on Friday, August 4th, 2017:

 

 

 

WICZ FOX 40: 4th ‘Ely Park Celebration’ Honors Stand Out Individuals

By Christy O’Neil

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.

Reporter Christy O'Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Reporter Christy O’Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Among three other honorees recognized at the fourth “Ely Park Celebrations”, Ricky Mauro, a man who wore many hats throughout his 37 years of contribution to the golf course.

Bob Steiner, who was also honored for his great contributions to Ely Park Golf said, “Ricky came to work for me the very first year and we spent 13 years together here, then after I left, he inherited the job as the golf professional”.

 

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

Beginning work at 16 years old, Mauro not only learned the ‘ins and outs’ of the golf business’, he reached nearly impossible feats in the sport itself.

“Golf was in my blood, there’s no doubt about it”. “Hey, I golfed from six years old to fifty, how many people can say that?” said Mauro. “I got three consecutive Eagles, now I’ve never heard of that being done and I don’t know if it’s even ever been done…but I did do that and that’s the best achievement I had,” he said.

 

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

And despite all of his achievements in golf, Mauro says he takes the most pride in his work as a teacher.

“There’s nothing’s better than having a kid come back to you later in life and tell you, you helped them and they thank you for it. That means more to me than any achievements I did… I won my share of tournaments but the kids were the most important thing. I dedicated most of my career to teaching.”

After a cancer diagnosis that led to the loss of a limb in 2011, Mauro hopes now to recover and come back to golf once again.

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

“I’m trying to be able to walk again and hopefully I’ll hit a golf ball again, that’s my goal. I’m driven and as an underdog, I try to overcome. I’m very positive, I always taught the positive and I’m positive I can do it,” he said.

“I fulfilled everything that I wanted to do, the only thing I would’ve liked to have done is teach a little more and if I get healthy enough, I can beat the odds on a few things They’ve read me my last rights several times and I’m still here… and I’m coming back stronger than ever I think.”

With Mauro, three other men were recognized for their contributions to Ely Park: Bob Steiner, Andy Reisetter Sr. and Ronnie Simkulet.

If you’d like to visit the Ely Park Golf Course website, click here: Ely Park

CLICK HERE for the original article by Christy O’Neil on the WICZ FOX 40 Website.

CLICK HERE for “Ely Celebration No. 4 Honors Mauro, Steiner, Simkulet, & Reistetter Sr.

Pictures from the 4th Ely Celebration on August 4, 2017:

John Darrow, BCHS Class of ’77, Still Alive & Kicking!!!

CLICK here for a Video Interview with John Darrow, Class of 1977.

C'mon would you have recognized John Darrow? What happened to the afro? LOL, reference video interview...

C’mon would you have recognized John Darrow? What happened to the afro? LOL, reference video interview…

I lived the first 17 years of my life in that little house hidden in the trees at 2 Florence Street. Over the years, and there have been many since then, nearly 40 now, I have never lost touch with the heartbeat of my hometown. First through my Mom and Dad and then through other family. Dad passed in 1992 and Mom lived to see the new millennium. Since then I have reunited with many BCHS classmates, none more important and inspiring to me as Mr. John Darrow.

In the video he harasses me that I did not recognize him at first glance and that is true. But c’mon remember that head of hair. And didn’t he disappear to Broadway or someplace like that for a few years? What a great guy and I am happy he is still alive and kicking.

Who better to interview first to try to illustrate the special spirit I am trying to capture with the production of a 2-hour broadcast celebrating our Greater Binghamton community; our old Binghamton Central High School (BCHS), now Binghamton High School (BHS); our class of 1977 and the soon to be graduating Class of 2017?

Nobody has embraced Binghamton history like John Darrow! Shown here as Dr. S. Andral Kilmer!

Nobody has embraced Binghamton history like John Darrow! Shown here as Dr. S. Andral Kilmer!

Why not embrace & display the full impact of community, school, faith, family & friends during our childhood?

Why not partner with BHS leadership, students & the community to give service now for the future?

Why not focus on our high school years extracting the inspiration in a positive manner to share?

Why not showcase our talents, accomplishments & unique BCHS heritage during the last 40 years while raising funds for our alma mater high school?

John has and is the community spirit and civic pride of our hometown of Binghamton! He has worked tirelessly to restore the Bundy residence into the Bundy Museum of History & Art.

He is an eminent local historian and knows the historic figures he mentions in his interview—Dr. S. Andral Kilmer, George F. Johnson, Brothers Harlow and Willard Bundy—and lots more.

The Class of 2017 does indeed have a future in Binghamton.

There's something about John's connection with the Bundy Museum and the time recording concept... maybe it is time that we all got back in touch?

There’s something about John’s connection with the Bundy Museum and the time recording concept… maybe it is time that we all got back in touch?

John’s comment about our Class of ’77 resonates deeply with me… We have simply just been out of touch… we indeed did go our separate ways.

But now is the time to enjoin again with each other to celebrate our lives and especially the lives of our fellow classmates and esteemed teachers and administrators that have passed on.

I bet if you get involved with our 40th reunion that you will find what I have found. It’s fun and nostalgic to recall the environment and interactions we had in high school amidst the studies, sports and clubs we participated in. But it is more meaningful to share and talk about things we know about now and perspectives we have now that we were not even aware of way back then when we were transformed from kids to adults during those four years at BCHS.

Please share your life experiences and your story to make this an extraordinary 40th high school reunion!

We need 'U' to make our reunion a success!

We need ‘U’ to make our reunion a success!

It was great to be back at Bundy with John. Maybe I am already starting to shrink as I remember being a bit taller than him back in high school!

It was great to be back at Bundy with John. Maybe I am already starting to shrink as I remember being a bit taller than him back in high school!

Don't miss the Bundy Museum of History & Art which is home to the Southern Tier Broadcasters Hall of Fame when you come back home...

Don’t miss the Bundy Museum of History & Art which is home to the Southern Tier Broadcasters Hall of Fame when you come back home…

 

 

 

 

BCHS 40th Reunion Program: Giving Service Now for the Future…

BCHS 40th Reunion Program: Giving Service Now for the Future…

Goals of researching, producing and sharing a unique, entertaining & meaningful Reunion Program:

  1. 8 640 BCHSEmbrace & display the full impact of community, school, faith, family & friends during our childhood.
  2. Partner with BHS leadership, students & the community to give service now for the future.
  3. Focus on our high school years extracting the inspiration in a positive manner to share.
  4. Showcase the talents, accomplishments & unique BCHS heritage during the last 40 years.
  5. Target audience is current high school students.
  6. Full video production with local television audience.
  7. Fundraiser for BHS, including ticket & advertising sales; participation on a volunteer basis only.

Organization:

  • Planning Service Force (overall project management) with creative teams (Reunion Program elements).

 Schedule:

Research & pre-produce Reunion Program features throughout the school year.

First edition of Reunion Program for students towards end of school year.

Reunion Program during BCHS 40th Reunion Weekend (Summer 2017)

Creative Guidelines:

11 class of 77Created with an all-inclusive perspective with no direct promotion of any one element.

Explicit promotional references to Politics, Sex, & Religion to be avoided.

No discrimination due to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age or disability.

Focus on overcoming personal childhood challenges & finding one’s own unique contributions.

Creative Elements of Reunion Program (Brainstorm List Only, no specific order):

  1. Variety Show format with host, onstage band, talk segments, participation segments and pre-produced features.
  2. Share/contrast/similarities current year 2017 class versus 1977 class.
  3. Yearbook Inscriptions- inspirational, foretelling, entertaining/funny.
  4. Individual talents.
  5. Feature stories, 5-7 minute videos, research & produce, senior curriculum projects?
  6. Talk Segments- students, teachers, community members with ties to BCHS Class of 1977
  7. Talk Segments with individual Class of 1977 members- Sports, Clubs, Marching Band
  8. Picture Show feature- Oscars-like Remembrance of faculty, classmates, etc.
  9. Top-10 throughout the show- nostalgia

9 Binghamton10. SNL Jeopardy

11. Features on students, teachers, community members with ties to BCHS Class of 1977

12. Time Warp- BHS 2017 vs. BCHS 1977

13. Special Class Friendships if both parties willing to share

14. Previous Class of 1977 Reunions- annually for a while, then 11th & 20th?

15. Yearbook- “I’ll Remember You Always” 40 years later. Do we? Pop Quiz?

16. Yearbook Pictures- interesting, unusual foretelling of changes in next 40 years- 2 girls on boys swim team, etc…

17. BHS tour, then and now.

18. Yearbook Advertisers, how many still exist, feature new ones?

19. Talent, musical performances

20. Greater Binghamton promotion, then & now & the future

21. Live telethon segment with call-in participation with every donation made.

1 Pic BHS22. Sketches, stunts, and desk talk…

23. Opening welcome by host, then a comedian looking back?

24. Announcer/Sidekick “From the BHS Stage, in the heart of Binghamton, New York, it’s The BCHS 40th Reunion Program: Giving Service Now for the Future…

25. Variety Show: stage to radio to television to BHS 2017 Stage- Giving Service Now for the Future

Next Steps:

  • Partnership with BHS is critical… GO/NO GO decision date?
  • Approach local television stations.
  • Approach local advertisers.
  • Communicate to Class of 1977 members seeking support & participation.
  • Establish ongoing Planning Service Force (overall project management).
  • Form creative teams (Reunion Program elements), begin Pre-Production..
  • Schedule First Edition & Live Reunion Program.