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Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 19

Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 19

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Group hopes to spark interest in baseball

As president of the Schenectady Ole Timers Baseball Club (SOTBC), I would like to bring to everyone’s attention a very positive activity happening this August designed to reignite interest in youth baseball in Schenectady. 
SOTBC was founded in 1992 and today has more than 160 members. 
While we are primarily a social club, we have undertaken a major project designed to encourage the city’s 7- to 12-year-olds to discover the joy of playing baseball. This August, and for each of the next four years, SOTBC is teaming with the city of Schenectady and several prominent local businesses to present a free baseball skills camp. 
This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. 12 and 13. Schenectady’s Alex Jurczynski, an assistant baseball coach at Princeton University, will serve as camp director. 
Mayor Gary McCarthy and City Councilman Vince Riggi have cleared the way to make sure the best baseball field in Schenectady, the Buck Ewing “A” Diamond in Central Park, is ready to host the event. An all-star lineup of local businesses has stepped to the plate with sponsor scholarships to ensure the camp is free to all.
In addition, these scholarships will cover a portion of each participant’s registration fee for Schenectady Little League or Schenectady Babe Ruth League the following year. Among the major sponsors are SOTBC, Glenville Queen Diner, LTs Grill, OrthoNY, the Schenectady PBA, Paul Moore, CapCom Credit Union and Martin, Harding and Mazzotti.
We welcome you to stop by Central Park to watch our future “major leaguers.”
Don Blaha

Rather than shout, get a bicycle bell

This letter is concerning bike trail etiquette, specifically for cyclist passing fellow trail users.
I believe it’s time to end the archaic practice of approaching stealthily behind a person or family, getting about 10 feet behind them and shouting, “On your left.”
This results in people being shocked out of their meandering bliss, and becoming somewhat stunned, and in that moment forgetting their right from their left. 
My immediate response to them, as they pass by me, is telling them to “get a bell.”
Perhaps bells should be mandatory. I find that at about 50 to 75 yards away, a person with average hearing will respond by moving slightly right and will acknowledge that they know you are coming.
There are a lot of walkers, runners and families with small children and dogs who don’t hear a cyclist coming up behind them until they’re right on their heels. 
I think a pleasant ringing of a bell, rather than a startling shout, would be much more appreciated. 
So for all the bike trail cyclists out there, please consider getting a bell for your bicycles.
Michael Werner

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