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Laughing Through Life: July 11, 2012

Andrew Henderson

The last few columns I have been writing about my all-weird-funny baseball team.

I still have one more column left in the series, but I’m going to hold off in order to write about a different sport altogether: Major League Eating.

Last week, we celebrated the Fourth of July. We celebrated the birth of the United States of America — and the fact that we kicked the British to the curb!

That fact reminds me on a true story. I once had a British teenager in my church youth group. He moved to the area with his family.

When his first Fourth of July came around, he was confused on why we were celebrating.

After he was told the reasons — ie. we didn’t like the queen and that they drive on the wrong side of the road, among others —  he said, “Wait, we fought the Americans?”

Apparently, they don’t teach that in British classrooms.

And on that note, is there a better way to celebrate our triumph than to watch a bunch of gluttonous professional eaters slurp down hot dogs like they were slimy, slithering gummie worms?

Last Wednesday, the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest was held at Coney Island. Competitors — both male and female — gathered to make a run at the prestigious “Mustard Yellow Belt” (emphasis added for dramatic effect).

They were no match for Joey “Jaws” Chestnut.

Fox Sports had this to say about the event: “Joey Chestnut ate his way to a sixth straight win at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island on Wednesday, downing 68 to tie his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle.”

Chestnut was neck-and-neck with competitors during the first half of the contest, but he pulled ahead in the remaining minutes when the other competitors slowed as the clock wound down.

If you have never watched this competition on ESPN, I urge you not to — unless you want to see hot dog chunks come flying out of a 100-pound dude like a Bob Gibson fastball.

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Laughing Through Life: June 27, 2012

Andrew Henderson

Holy cow, Phil Rizzuto! I have time to write a column!

How ‘bout that, Mel Allen?

This week we are going to continue to look at my all-time-weird-cool-funny-and-any-other-adjective-you-can-think-of baseball team.

Sadly, the last time I wrote about the infielders on my all-adjective team, the Cardinals were in first place. Now, they are in third place.

Here’s hoping that when this hits the streets Wednesday that the Redbirds are back where they belong!

This week, we’re going to take a look at the outfielders on the list.

After much contemplation, I decided to select three outfielders…since three outfielders play in the game. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

My first selection is Kevin Rhomberg, a Cleveland Indian who played just 41 games in parts of three seasons from 1982 to 1984.

Rhomberg was perhaps the most superstitious baseball player in a sport that is known for its chicken-eating, black licorice chewing routines and rituals.

And with Rhomberg, it’s hard to limit it to just one superstition.

Perhaps his most peculiar and brilliant superstition was that if someone touched him, he had to touch that person back, which, as you can imagine, could lead to some odd situations.

If he were tagged out while running the bases, Rhomberg would be compelled to touch the opposing player back. He would wait, however, until the defense was clearing the field at inning’s end. At that point, he would chase down the player who touched him. He did so while grinning and giggling. Okay, that last part is not true, but it would be funny — and scary — if it was true.

There is no historical basis for this, but I got to believe he was the least touched person in all of baseball.

And he probably never experienced the weird and awkward sports-related tradition of having a teammate slap him on his behind!

In addition to the touching thing, Rhomberg refused to make right turns while on the field. The reasoning? Because baserunners are always turning left.

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City pool might be open Monday

by Andrew Henderson

The City of Fulton’s east-side pool might be open to the public Monday, Mayor Ron Woodard said during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

The city is almost done repairing the pool, which had a leak in one of its pipes.

The city removed the concrete and replaced the piping. City  officials are now waiting to see if there if the pool is still leaking before pouring new concrete.

“It’s not going to be ready until Monday,” Woodward noted.

The pool is located at Rowlee Beach Park on South 12th Street off Holly Drive.

The pool is open through August seven days a week (weather permitting) from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Admission to the pool is one dollar.

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Laughing Through Life: May 23, 2012

Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson

The Major League Baseball season is now in full swing and the St. Louis Cardinals are the defending World Series champions.

Life is good.

As you are probably aware by now, I am a huge baseball fan and I especially enjoy the history of the game.

I enjoy reading how past ballplayers from the lates 1800s to early 1900s jumped trains from one city to the next to play for teams such as the Brooklyn Superbas, Grand Rapids Shamrocks, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, and the Jersey City Skeeters.

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Boil-water advisory: Fulton water has high turbidity levels

by Andrew Henderson

The City of Fulton issued a boil-water advisory over the weekend after a breakdown at the K-1 well.

Discolored water entered the Fulton water system Saturday, causing turbidity, or cloudiness. The city tests for turbidity in order to see if it is effectively filtering the water supply.

Because the west side is connected to the east side via two bridge pipelines, the boil water advisory also applied to that side of the river.

There was an undermining problem at the K-1 well and it was taken immediately off line after it was reported by an on-site Water Works resident.

As customer complaints came in, hydrants were opened at those locations and remained so until the water had cleared. Chlorine levels have been elevated at the Fulton Water Works as an added precautionary measure of safety.

Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

In an effort to combat against this possibility, chlorine levels have been turned up at the Fulton Water Works. This boil water advisory will remain in effect until at least today, May 23 when all regulatory sampling results should be received.

The city is encouraging residents not to drink the water without boiling it first. Residents should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms.

These organisms may include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

New York News: May 19, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Senate recently passed a bill to close a legal loophole in New York State that makes it legal to view online child porn, said Senator Patty Ritchie.

The bill, which passed 56-4, is a response to a ruling by the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, that said viewing pornographic images of children as young as 8 years old over the Internet was allowed as long as the defendant didn’t download, print, save, share, or otherwise “control” the images.

“Simply put, child pornography is an abomination,” said Ritchie. “Whether people view it, download it, or save it on a computer — it shouldn’t matter — anyone with any sort of involvement should be punished.

“As a mother and a grandmother, it pains me to think of children being exploited in situations such as this,” she added. “We need to take every step necessary to make sure people viewing child pornography face the consequences of their actions.”

Senate bill 7407 would make the viewing of child pornography, which has been illegal to possess since 1996, a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

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A bill that is moving quickly through the state Assembly and is currently on the legislative calendar for a vote is another attack on Second Amendment Rights — the right to bear arms — according to Assemblyman Will Barclay.

Barclay said the Democratic majority-sponsored legislation would make it so that those holding a pistol permit would need to renew their permit every five years.

“This proposal serves no purpose, other than to limit access for responsible citizens to protect themselves and their property and to infringe again on sportsmen,” said Barclay. “It’s another layer of government and fees that responsible pistol permit owners do not need.

“In many cases, people invest in a pistol permit with the hope they will never have to use it to protect themselves from an intruder, for example,” the assemblyman added. “A pistol permit renewal of every five years is unnecessary.”

Barclay said he will vote against this measure when it reaches the Assembly floor.

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Motorcycle accidents lead to proposed legislation

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie introduced a bill that would improve motorcycle safety by including awareness training in the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses.

The proposed legislation was prompted by several motorcycle-related accidents in the region, including four fatal motorcycle accidents already in Oswego this year, which more than any full year since 2008.

According to the most recent data from the New York State DMV, there were 152 fatalities from 5,150 motorcycle accidents in 2009.

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Fulton Public Library to extend hours if proposition passes

by Andrew Henderson

The future of the Fulton Public Library lies with those it serves most: residents of the Fulton City School District.

“Over the past few years, the library has lost $110,000 in funding from the City of Fulton,” said Marian Stanton, president of the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees. “These drastic cuts have brought about significant changes in how we now operate.”

These changes include a reduction in the days that the library is open and the size of the staff.

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