Wading River Man Charged With Easter Road Road Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Wading River man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a Hampton Bays man during a road rage confrontation in Calverton on Easter, Riverhead town police said.Officers found Brett Penny, 48, suffering from a stab wound to the chest and left hand on Sound Avenue near Fresh Pond Road at 3:36 p.m. Sunday, police said.Penny was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.Michael Doroski, 25, surrendered to authorities and was charged with assault. He will be arraigned Monday at Riverhead Town Justice Court.Riverhead town police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them at 631-727-4500 Ext 332.last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Blanks Evansville, 1-0

first_img EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University men’s soccer team blanked Evansville, 1-0, in Missouri Valley Conference play on Saturday afternoon at McCutchan Stadium in Evansville. “A great win on the road tonight against a tough team,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “Our first half was very impressive and showed how good we can be. I was particularly pleased with our front three who were dynamic and showed great movement off the ball. We could have scored two or three goals in the first 20 minutes. The second half was a little more back and forth but we dealt with their direct play very well and showed progress from our previous game against them.” Next Game: “Great credit to young Cade, who exceptional throughout and made a terrific penalty kick save in the second half to help win the game for us in his hometown,” Smith said. “We would like to dedicate this win to his mother, Tamala McCullough for her courageous fight against cancer and who is one year in remission today.” Drake redshirt freshman Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) played great in his first match in his hometown. McCullough recorded his second career shutout and finished with four saves, including a critical save on a penalty kick late in the game by one of the top scorers in the league, Ian McGrath. Following Saturday’s match, the Bulldogs have a week off until Missouri State visits the Cownie Soccer Complex on Nov. 4 to close the regular season. First kick with the Bears is set for 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version Preview Missouri State 11/4/2017 – 6 PM Live Stats Redshirt sophomore Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) scored in the 79th minute (79:41) for Drake (5-10-1, 2-4-1 MVC), which avenged its 1-0 loss to Evansville (8-8-1, 2-4-1 MVC) last Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Peterson scored his first career goal for the Bulldogs off a scrum in the Purple Aces box. Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

For the love of dogs: Training and hunting with Brittany Spaniels

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sportsmen often find one or two specific niches for which they develop a sincere, lifelong passion. One such niche is upland hunting with bird dogs — a sport that devotees would describe as a pleasurable obsession, or maybe even an addiction.Recollecting a tremendous day’s hunt with his bird dogs, Sage and Abbie, famed television journalist Tom Brokaw once reflected on his life, “I’ve interviewed presidents and royalty, rock stars and movie stars, famous generals and captains of industry. I’ve had front rows seats at Super Bowls, World Series, and Olympic Games; my books have been on best-seller lists, and my marriage is a long running success. That day with Sage and Abbie is right up there when I come to reckon, ‘How did one guy get so lucky?’”And popular Western writer Tom McGuane says that for him, “The dogs are everything, and they want to hunt, too. Bird dogs plead with you to imagine the great things you could be doing together. Their delight is a lesson in the bliss of living.”Closer to home, Eric Sarakaitis, of Johnstown, is a man who loves the act of bird hunting, but appreciates the artful beauty of working bird dogs even more. For him, the dogs really are everything.“For me, it is more about watching the dog work and rewarding the dog for a good point by shooting the bird. Walking up to a dog that is on point is the most intimate moment in the woods or field I have experienced. There is a time when I am so focused and in tune with the dog, that I can’t hear or see anything beyond the dog on point, knowing that what is about to happen is going to be special. There is such great anticipation and excitement about the sound of the flush and the concealed bird exploding up off the ground,” Sarakaitis said.Sarakaitis hunts over Brittany Spaniels, preferring their cooperative nature and the pleasurable addition they are to his household.“I have four Brittanies —  two males, Diesel and Captain, and two females, Addie and Bella —and they are true companions first, and a hunting tool second,” he said.As an illustration of his love for these dogs and his hunting interests, a large portion of his property has been set aside for his animal cohorts. Sarakaitis has created an impressive facility to train and exercise his dogs.“I have two acres fenced with no-climb horse fence. A little less than half of it is wooded, which provides great opportunities to train for grouse and woodcock. I can set up training scenarios with dense wooded cover, which is difficult to do in most training areas. Not only does it give them a good training environment, but it is also a safe, secure playpen for them. They have a lot of area to run and exercise and stay healthy for hunting season,” Sarakaitis said.Within this fenced run, Eric also has a bird pen he uses for the raising and day-to-day storage of training fowl. The birds are housed in a four-by-four-by-eight-foot “Johnny House” with a connected four-by-eight-foot raised flight pen on the outside.“At any given time, I’ll have chukar, quail, and ideally pigeons — because they’re the most hardy — in my pen. These birds are used in all aspects of training, from teaching a dog to use its nose to scent mark the location of birds, steadying to point, and retrieving after the shot. During training, I employ the use of bird launchers, which is a mechanical apparatus with a remote release that launches the birds into flight. This allows me to release the birds at will and helps me when teaching obedience, commands, and such when I’m working with a dog,” he said.Eric begins to work with his bird dogs at a very young age, introducing them to quail from his bird pen as soon as they can run and see. He said that from the owner’s/trainer’s standpoint it is good to create a strong bond and understanding with one’s canine companion when they are still pups.“You are training them to hunt at the same time you are teaching them to listen,” he said.However, Sarakaitis does not do all of the training of the dogs by himself. He elicits the help of his other dogs as well.“It is good to have more than one bird dog for training — 90% of my pups’ manners and learning how to be hunting dogs are taught by their peers,” he said. “When training, you want to substantiate prey drive first, and then leverage that prey drive for further training in regard to pointing, steadying, introduction to the gun, and obedience. All that being said, in my experience, most dogs are ready for exposure to wild birds anywhere from six months of age to a year old. But that does not imply that their training and learning is finished.”Sarakaitis takes an annual autumn pilgrimage northward to Michigan to hunt grouse and woodcock. Due to dramatically diminishing grouse numbers in this state, he primarily hunts for pheasant and woodcock here in Ohio. He also does some dove hunting in the early fall, and brings a couple of his dogs with him on these excursions to retrieve downed birds.“Brittanies are not known to be strong retrievers but mine do well with it. For whatever reason, two of my dogs are absolutely phenomenal at retrieving doves,” he said.What Brittanies are known for is their relentless, “all business” attitude when released into the field and their keen sense of smell that will bring them to a tense, motionless stand-still when they detect a game bird hidden in a mat of dense cover. When hunting for pheasant throughout central and south-central Ohio, Sarakaitis and his dogs have a set method of operation to bag the birds.“As much as possible, I try to set up to hunt into the wind, paying attention to natural structure — breaks in cover, fencerows, tree lines. My dogs’ primary role is to quarter, or zigzag, across native prairie grasses such as switch grass, foxtail, and goldenrod, smelling for bird life. They are to hunt by scent alone, coming to freeze on point when the scent cone of the game has been identified,” Sarakaitis said. “I utilize both beepers and bells on my dogs for location purposes. When the bells stop ringing and the beepers go off to indicate the dogs’ motion has stopped —which means they have located a bird and are on point — my job is to get to the dog, then to flush and shoot at the bird and hopefully not miss.”While the dogs’ job and behavior is similar when hunting woodcock, the terrain differs dramatically. Woodcock, which migrate through Ohio on their way south in October and November, navigate by constellations at night, coming down into damp areas of heavy cover in the pre-dawn hours. Hunters can find them after their night flights in the dense and tangled world of sumac, alder, and dogwood trees, where the birds probe for the staple of their diet, earthworms. Hunting in such terrain can make the going slow and difficult, and getting to a dog on point an adrenalized challenge. And after the flush, be ready for some quick shooting through heavy cover, as woodcock have an uncanny ability to put trees and brush between themselves and the gun in a matter of moments.The close connection and intimate level of involvement that Sarakaitis has with his bird dogs is representative of gentleman bird hunters across this nation. In speaking with Sarakaitis and others of his like him, it becomes clear that they have bird dogs in their blood, and that these men’s lives are greatly enriched by their canine hunting buddies.Professor, writer, and bird dog aficionado Bob DeMott, of Athens, best captures this affectionate link between man and beast, writing “I never tire of watching a bird dog go about its nosey business…Maybe the profoundest mystery of all is how bird dogs insinuate themselves so deeply into our hearts and lives. Maybe the greatest question is why…we go on needing them so much?”last_img read more

Sandals kicks into Overdrive with Unveiling events for Travel Agents across North

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, October 26, 2017 – On the personal invitation of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, over 6,000 travel agents across the United States and Canada are currently being invited to attend a series of ‘Overdrive Unveiling’ events.   The events are designed to showcase not only the Sandals and Beaches brands and their various and upcoming innovations, but also the wider Caribbean destination which is up and running and awaiting visitors.The 21 city high-energy trade-show-styled presentations and dinners will run from September 25 through to December 6.  Stops along the route include Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Long Island, Toronto and Montreal.   The Unveilings provide an avenue for travel agents to view and gain first-hand information on product updates through direct interactions with senior Sandals and Beaches Resorts executives.The Unveilings also present the opportunity for the agents to engage with Tourist Board representatives from several Caribbean islands.The Sandals Chairman shared that, “One of the main reasons for Sandals’ success these past 36 years, and why we continue to be named the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand year after year, is our commitment to our travel partners.   We have the biggest sales team globally and we are constantly on the road, engaging the trade.   We take the time to actively educate them on our Caribbean destinations, our resorts and our products, thus providing them with the necessary tools to effectively sell to our mutual clients.”The expos are a long standing tradition for Sandals Resorts and feature personalized presentations each year.   Things are ramped into ‘overdrive’ this year however as the company is steadfast in showcasing the Caribbean’s continued readiness to welcome vacationers.    Along with highlighting the much-anticipated opening of its latest resort, Sandals Royal Barbados, the unveilings provide a sneak peak of Sandals’ new wedding inspirations scheduled for roll-out later this year.  Exciting upgrades to its flagship Sandals Montego Bay and the jewel of Jamaica’s southern coast, Sandals South Coast, as well as plans for Saint Lucia were also on display.Gary Sadler, senior vice president of global sales states ‘We recognize that our clients are not sitting and waiting for us, nor are they under our desks.  It is therefore necessary for us to go where they are and the best way for us to get them to help the Caribbean particularly at this time, is for us to promote the Caribbean.   We are aggressive about marketing the Caribbean and our Unveilings are doing just that.”Working alongside the company’s North American sales force at each leg of the tour are more than 30 team members from various departments at Sandals and Beaches resorts across the Caribbean, all dedicated to the Unveilings’ success.Press Release: DPA news Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Ibrahimovic gives his verdict on WengerAC Milan rumours

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out the prospect of Arsene Wenger taking charge of AC Milan as he won’t fancy the challenge involvedThe former Arsenal boss has been linked with a surprise move to AC Milan due to his connection with new chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who left the Gunners in October.But former Milan star Ibrahimovic can’t imagine any scenario that sees Wenger ever head off to the San Siro.“I think it’s more likely that I’ll come back to Milan than Arsene Wenger will go there,” Ibrahimovic told L’Equipe.“I don’t think he wants to go to Italy and face that challenge. Milan is not an easy challenge.”The Swedish striker enjoyed a stellar first season in the MLS with new club LA Galaxy.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Ibrahimovic managed 22 goals and seven assists in 26 MLS games, but was unable to help Galaxy reach a playoff spot.The 37-year-old is uncertain over what the future holds for him.“I don’t know what I’m going to do, I know that a lot of European clubs are interested, but I’m happy here,” Ibrahimovic added.“I love my life here and my family do too.“And I need a challenge, a reason to keep playing: I don’t want to go to a club just because I’m Zlatan Ibrahimovic.“I want to go to make a difference. That’s what I’ve always done, everywhere.”last_img read more