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Into the Field: Capital Region Pheasants Forever holds youth hunts

Into the Field: Capital Region Pheasants Forever holds youth hunts

By Stephen George For The Leader-Herald The Capital Region Pheasants Forever Chapter held its annual fundraiser and banquet at the Hales Mills Golf Course in Johnstown on Sept. 18. The sold-out event was attended by 170 people and over $12,000 was raised for local projects. The great thing about Pheasants Forever chapters is the fact that all money raised by the chapter, with the exception of membership fees, stays with the chapter and is used…
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Bobby Stewart…Upstate New York’s gift to the boxing world

Bobby Stewart…Upstate New York’s gift to the boxing world

By MIKE HAUSER For The Leader-Herald During the first half of the 20th century, Amsterdam New York was known throughout the Northeastern part of the country as a notable hot bed of great amateur and professional boxers. In the early 1970’s, a local boy by the name of Robert “Bobby” Stewart emerged upon the boxing scene and had all of the old-time fight fans in the area being reminded of its boxing glory days, and…
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Racing Around: Point races are tight at Fonda

With three weeks of racing left, there is a battle royal at the top of the modified points standings at Fonda Speedway. Heading into Saturday night’s racing action, there is a mere 10-point spread from first to fifth. Rocky Warner led the points going into the Lou Lazzaro tribute race last Saturday, but an opening-lap wreck ended his night. Jack Lehner (623) has now moved to the top of the modified point standings, one point…
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UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Baseball, Saints and Sister  Leopoldina Burns

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Baseball, Saints and Sister Leopoldina Burns

As a child I often heard stories told by my maternal Grandmother, Margaret Jacqueline (Burns) Way, about herfamous Uncle George Burns and famous Aunt Sister Leopoldina Burns. The famous uncle she spoke of was George Joseph Burns, who was born in Utica in 1889 and enjoyed a 15 year career in the Major Leagues as on outfielder with the New York Giants (1911-21), Cincinnati Reds (1922-24) and Philadelphia Phillies (1925). In those 15 big league…
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RACING AROUND: Fonda set to host meet and greet

If Mother Nature cooperates Saturday, a popular event will return to the track at Fonda Speedway — The Meet and Greet. Many of the drivers will bring their cars onto the front stretch following 5:45 p.m. hot laps session and the gate in front of the grandstand will be open so fans can talk with the drivers, get autographs and, in past events, get souvenirs and/or candy from the drivers. Of course, use your judgement,…
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RACING AROUND: Shortage of tires causing problems

Just when things in racing seemed to be getting closer to normal, a new situation has come to the forefront — a tire shortage. At the start of the driver’s meeting for the “Firecracker 50” Short Track Super Series Sunday, Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo addressed the situation. “I talked with the Scott Junod, the Director of Racing at American Racer, and his suggestion for me, with the inventory they have, would be to close…
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