By Kathy MieleI was poking around in the garage when I noticed an old wooden box tucked in the back of a shelf almost hidden by one of the boy’s old baseball bags. As I pulled it out I couldn’t help but call out to my husband, “Steven, you’ve got to see what I just found!”Steven came out into the garage. “What?” he asked.I was holding up the wooden box. “It’s Dad’s old gardening box!” I looked inside and began pulling out the old and rusted gardening tools. “Well, these have seen better days,” I sighed. “That’s for sure.”Steven reached in and picked up the old gardening glove, caked with dirt, its mate long gone. “I don’t think there’s a thing worth saving in this whole box,” he said as he tossed the old glove back in.“It’s not the things inside the box that I want,” I said. “It’s the box itself.”I held it close to my chest. “Dad was such a wonderful gardener maybe just using this will bring me luck with my own gardening.”Steven looked out the window and pointed at my cherry tomato plant sadly sitting in its patio pot, leaning awkwardly to one side. “I’m pretty sure what you need are a few tomato stakes and some twine to get that one back on track.”I ignored his suggestion for the moment, too busy in my own thoughts. I dumped the contents of Dad’s gardening box in the trash before placing it on the counter. Then I grabbed my car keys and headed out the door. “I’ll be back in about a half-hour,” I called.Steven sighed as he watched me go.A half-hour later I burst through the door calling out to him, “I’m back!”Steven came out to the kitchen just in time to see me drop my overflowing shopping bag onto the kitchen counter. “I’ve got some stuff for my gardening box,” I said as I held up a three-pronged hand tool. “I got a new digger thing.”“You mean a cultivator?” Steven asked.“Whatever you call it.” I dropped it in the box and pulled my next purchase out of the shopping bag. “My own pair of gardening gloves.” I held up the denim-colored cotton gloves with small white flowers printed on them. “Aren’t these adorable?” I asked.“That’s what you’re looking for when you work in dirt – adorable,” he said.He watched as I reached into the bag and pulled out a half-dozen additional new hand tools. “I’m not sure what any of these are called but I’m pretty sure I need all of them.” I smiled as I dropped them in the gardening box.“Did you happen to get some gardening stakes and some twine?” he asked as he pointed to my tomato plant on the patio.“Even better,” I said reaching into another bag. “I stopped by the fabric shop and picked this up.” I showed him the light green grosgrain ribbon. “This will look prettier in the garden than twine.”Steven shrugged as he looked at the ribbon. “I guess that will work, too.”I smiled as I picked up the newly filled gardening box and headed out the backdoor. “I’m telling you Steven, now that I have Dad’s lucky gardening box this backyard is going to look gorgeous in just a few weeks!”Steven didn’t say a word, but really, he didn’t have to.
HIGHLANDS – Plan an exciting weekend getaway, a romantic date night on the water, or an interesting, inexpensive adventure this summer. Seastreak, a ferry and catamaran service, offers affordable year-round events and cruises for people of all ages. The boats afford full-cash bars, flat screen TVs, various shows, impeccable views, and more.Catch a New York Yankee or Mets game without the hassle of traffic. Seastreak travels to Yankee stadium – a 75-minute ride – or Citi Field – 90 minutes – in plenty of time to catch the pre-game on- or off-board. The walk to the entrances of either stadium is short, and the ferry departs 30 minutes after the last out.Everyone could use a weekend getaway, especially to scenic Martha’s Vineyard. The catamaran departs from the Highlands and Manhattan on Fridays and from Martha’s Vineyard on Sundays without connecting stops. Within the quick five-hour ride, guests are able to see views of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, Long Island Sound, Block Island and more from the ferry’s three decks with 360-degree views. Another weekend getaway available is to Nantucket from Fridays-Sundays throughout June, one way or round-trip. A New Bedford Sunset Cruise, live entertainment, and a view of the sunset over the water. Also departing from New Bedford is another cruise to Martha’s Vineyard, running daily throughout the summer.A convenient way to view the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the East River is from a Seastreak ferry. The Seastreak catamarans leave from the Highlands and Manhattan and station in the perfect spot so guests can enjoy the scenery from indoors or outdoors.For a day in the city, board the NY Sightseeing Cruise on a weekday or during the weekend, choosing a convenient time. The round-trip is two-and-a-half hours, leaving from both New Jersey (Highlands and Atlantic Highlands) and Manhattan. Sights include Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Governor’s Island, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty, Romer Shoal Lighthouse, Sandy Hook Lighthouse and more.For more information visit www.seastreak.com. Ways to the WavesBy Joey Dominguez Fishing & Party CruisesBy Capt. Robby Barradale With summer well on its way, Two River locals are already dreaming about the various ways to the Jersey Shore waters. Here are just a few activities.Kayaking is an easy, fun activity that gets locals of all ages off of their couches and into the water. The Red Bank Marina rents kayaks and canoes hourly and by the day. They provide mandatory personal flotation device as well as all other necessary safety equipment.The Oceanic Marina in Rumson also provides both single and double kayak rentals with access to Sandy Hook Bay. You can rent a kayak for a minimum two hours or for a full day. They also provide skiff and pontoon rentals with the appropriate boating license.Paddleboarding, a water activity that involves kneeling or standing on a board while using your arms or an oar to propel you forward, originated in the waters of Polynesia and has since become a popular choice for local beachgoers. Navesink River Paddle Excursions in Fair Haven offers both private and semi-private lessons, board and paddle rentals and tours in both the morning and evening hours.A derivative of paddleboarding, stand up paddling (SUP) is available in various locations. And for more of a chal- lenge, Ohanala offers SUP yoga – yoga practiced on Stand Up Paddle boards secured by tether to a floating dock.If physically manning a boat seems daunting, you can enjoy a day on the water by letting a captain take the wheel on an eco cruise with NY/NJ Baykeeper. A Lighthouse Eco Cruise sails past the lighthouses of Coney Island and Sandy Hook and a Boats and Bridges Eco Cruise will offer a waterview that includes a boat graveyard. Both cruises launch from the Keyport waterfront and will provide light refreshments. In the land of the Two Rivers we are fortunate to have so many great marinas and some of them host the best all-around party and charter boats in New Jersey.Party boats – primarily out of Atlantic Highlands – sail daily and charge by the individual passenger. They are also known as “head boats” because they charge “by the head.” Vessels such as the Sea Tiger run half day trips, normally 8 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. and then again from 1:30 to 6 p.m. I highly recommend this type of trip if you go with kids. It’s just long enough to keep them busy without getting bored. Others such as the Fishermen offer 3/4 day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and also a night trip from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. (Please check with your captains for possible schedule changes.)Charter boats are reserved for a group that is essentially leas- ing the boat for a specific time frame. For fishing purposes you can opt for a smaller boat like Obsessive Behavior for personalized two-person fly or light tackle trips. Moving up, out of Highlands, we have a number of six-passenger boats such as Long Shot or Fisher Price IV, both captained by serious fisher- men who will “put you on the meat.” Our next step – more like a leap – would be the larger charters like the MiJo II that can handle up to 95 people. To be honest, 95 folks on a boat is a lot for fishing, 15 to 40 is a much more comfortable number.It doesn’t have to be a fishing trip. Some people enjoy the more laid back atmosphere of a sunset cruise or maybe a Statue of Liberty run, or even a three-hour party/booze cruise. Both the MiJo II and the Mariner can customize this type of event for you. ￼A nice striper on Obsessive Behavior with Joe Hagen. Photo: Robert BarradaleDay and Weekend CruisesBy Samantha Caramela Happy Boating!Capt. Robby writes the Fish or Cut Bait column for the Two River Times read more
Crisipin was runner up in the open division while Lynne Foster of Nelson finished second in the Senior Ladies category.Jeri Santarossa of Trail won the 18-hole tourney edging Carole Waters of Kokanee Springs.The Granite Pointe foursome of Kathy Tencza, Sue Moisey, Audrey Arcuri and Sherry McIvor won the team title.The B.C. Senior Ladies tournament is June 18-20 at the Highland Pacific Golf Club in Victoria.The women will be back on the course Saturday at Granite Pointe for the annual Tournament of Roses event.The 18-hole tourney begins at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Cherie Baker of Creston stole the show at the Kootenay Women’s Zone Golf Championships held recently at the Granite Pointe at Nelson course.Baker edged Mackenzie Field of Christina Lake in the 36-hole tournament. Baker now earns a spot in the upcoming B.C. Amateur Women’s Championships, which is being played at the Christina Lake course in July 3-6.Baker also took home the Senior Ladies crown over Balfour’s Roma Crispin.Sue Moisey of Nelson captured both low net awards. read more