In Part I of this story I was about to enter a different world, the world of the professional bird watcher. I had driven to an area near Lake Erie in northwestern Ohio, where the spring bird migration is at its best. This small area is called Magee Marsh, a swampy tract of land overlooking the shores of the lake, where migrating songbirds stop to rest and feed before venturing on the long flight across the lake and into Canada. The amazing event that happens every year at this swamp is the fact that most of these migrants are warblers.
The celebration of Kane's sesquicentennial began Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. with an old timers baseball game at Patrick Santilli Field in Glenwood Park.
Thirty-nine former Kane Legion, Kane High School, and Kane Indies players shook of the rust and participated in the contest before a large gathering of baseball fans. In addition, there were several distinguished guests in attendance, many who had played for area teams such as the Ludlow Wildcats, the Kane Cardinals, Kane Moose, and the James City ball clubs.
The Kane Area School District requires student-athletes to take a Baseline test prior to the first day of practice. Baseline tests are given every two years to student/athletes. Athletes entering grades 7, 9 and 11, as well as students entering other grades but who have never participated in a KASD sport before must be tested before they are allowed to participate in an official practice.
The Kane Tornado midget football team held its first ever flag football program this summer for players ages six through 11. Tornadoes head coach Jerry Milliron proposed and coordinated the program, which ran for five weeks and culminated in the First Annual Kane on Kane Flag Football Competition, which was held on Saturday, July 12 under blue skies and sunshine.
Cole Young will be certainly have a story to share with his classmates when he returns to the fifth grade at Bradford Woods Elementary School this fall about what he did over summer vacation. The 10-year-old son of former Kane resident Jo Anne (Kocjancic) Young will be one of 24 young baseball players competing in next Mondayâ€™s Major League Baseballâ€™s Pitch, Hit & Run finals.
The winners were announced from the First Annual Paulâ€™s Trading Post Walleye Tournament. Jesse and Cody Nussbaum of St Marys caught five fish totaling eight pounds and five ounces. Jerry and Hunter Dixon of Bradford took home second-place honors.
Spring bird migrations were excellent this year for any bird lover, and by the time you will be reading this column, will probably be all but done for the year. Iâ€™ve had the Rose-breasted grosbeaks, the Baltimore-orioles, White-throated sparrows and a few others pass through my backyard this spring. This made for some great photography and excellent bird watching. The birds are now pretty well settled in their nesting areas and photography opportunities still abound. The only thing I have to be careful of during nesting season is not to disturb any active nests.
Kaneâ€™s Third Annual Under the Lights 5K will be held this Thursday, June 26 at the Kane Area High School track. The event is held in conjunction with Alumni Week each year and proceeds from the run benefit the Kane All Sports Boosters Club.
Kane boys' basketball Coach Matt Gasbarre has been running a weekly 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the courts in Evergreen Park. Players from grades 4 through 8 are divided into teams from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays each week until the beginning of August. Pictured is the winning team from Friday, June 20. From left to right are Jonathon Mishic, Chad Greville and Josh Buhl. Members of the top two teams on Friday, June 20 received prizes from Roma Gardens and Country Pines.
Over the past few months, the Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team has racked up an impressive 26-0 record and has one final game remaining in their seasonâ€“the PIAA Class A State Championship on Friday afternoon.
Though only nine players can be out on the field at any given time, reaching this point and maintaining a perfect record has taken the effort of all 20 of the players on the Crusaders' roster.