News from Newfield: Beautification, trap team, veterans


Welcome to Newfield

The Newfield Beautification Group, with the blessing of their town, is dedicated to sprucing up, cleaning up, fixing up, planting and caring for any and all town spots that need attention. One year ago, the group held a contest at Newfield High School’s 9th grade art class, asking participants to design a new Welcome to Newfield sign, to be located at the north entrance into Newfield, just off Route 13. Teacher Megan Connor was very helpful with this project.

A pizza party was funded by the Beautification Committee for the entire class, and the three finalists were determined by the committee. The winners were first place, Kayla Place, second place, Olivia Schwoeble and third place a tie between Kelly Moravec and Maura Wood-Ellis.

The actual sign was made by a builder in Watkins Glen. The structure that holds the sign was made by Jim VanAllen, Dale Everhart ​and Lynn Watros of Newfield, who volunteered all their time and equipment. The finished project perfectly emulates the historic Newfield Covered Bridge.

Some financial reimbursement to date has been received from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Brown family, and a $1,000 budget from the town. Many hours have been put in by the town highway staff. Plants and flowers have been donated from Eddydale and Early Bird Farms and are cared for around the sign by master gardeners Margee Carrier and Carol Teelin.

Also helping out around Newfield this summer are teens Molly Brown, Olivia Schwoeble, Sophia Mras and Derek Pawlewicz, hired by the Town to work three days per week, weather and schedule permitting. They are supervised by Becky Roe, a teacher’s aide at Newfield High School.

The Newfield Beautification Group is made up of members Karen Kenerson, Margee Carrier, Lynn Watros, Jim Eisenberg, Randy Brown, Carol Teelin and Mary Beth Gehring-Smith.

Newfield trap team excels

Congratulations to the Newfield High School Trap Team for finishing in eighth place over all out of 66 teams in the recent New York High School Clay Target League. The competition was held at the New York State Trap Grounds in Bridgeport, New York. Team members Chase Wojtanik, 14, and Diamond Sill, 16, earned high average wins for their league.

More than 960 high school students from all over New York state came together to fire a total of 96,000 rounds in one day. The Newfield Rod and Gun Club is proud to report no injuries have ever occurred in this program and consider it to be a program that teaches gun safety at its best. They are eagerly looking forward to next year’s program.

Trapshooting was developed, in part, to augment bird hunting and to provide a method of practice for bird hunters, per the Amatuer Trapshoot Assosication. The use of targets was introduced as a replacement for live pigeons.

One of the names for the targets used in shooting games is clay pigeons. It has been a sport since the late 18th century, when real birds were used, the passenger pigeon, which was abundant at the time. Birds were placed under hats or in traps and then released. The artificial birds were introduced around the time of the American Civil War. Clay targets were introduced in the later 1800s, gaining wide acceptance.

Trapshooting is becoming more popular among younger shooters. There are a number of programs geared toward encouraging youth shooting. The USA High School Clay Target League is the largest youth clay target shooting program in the world, with over 26,000 participants yearly. The league’s motto is “Safety, Fun, Marksmanship - in that order.”

Final labor of love

Jason Tubbs from Newfield comes from a long line of veterans, men of integrity who practiced acts of community service and kindness, without seeking recognition for it. Recently spotting rubble and a fallen tree at the Estabrook Cemetery in Newfield, Jason cleared up the debris, cleaned up nearby tombstones and stood a flag back up that had fallen. Jason’s beloved grandfather, Maurice Tubbs, a World War II veteran and an avid woodworker, passed away in December 2017, and Jason built his casket from trees that he cut down and milled boards out of as a tribute to his grandfather.


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