Thursday, June 27, 2024

Senior citizens gather for Poetry Contest Gala

Women stand with award certificates

Long Lake, NY- Senior citizens gathered at the CVW Long Lake Public Library for the Bob Tice Memorial Arbor Day Poetry Contest Gala on May 8.  The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted the 16th annual contest this past spring. District Manager Caitlin Stewart re-named the contest in remembrance of the late Bob Tice.

“Bob participated in the first poetry contest in 2008, and never missed a single year,” said Stewart. “He rallied the Long Lake poets, encouraged them to enter, and often submitted poems on their behalf without them knowing.  He was a very special friend, and I miss him immeasurably.”

Thirteen poets submitted shape poems based on the theme “trees are beautiful and essential.”  District staff ranked the submissions based on originality, creativity, and relevance to theme.

The Gala:
Long Lake Library Manager Kristel Guimara made the gala extra special by hosting the celebration.  Stewart showed a video of all past awards ceremonies that commemorated Tice, then awarded certificates and seedling bundles to the poets, who read their entries.  Refreshments and camaraderie were enjoyed by attendees.

The Winners:
Sue Kunzmann of Long Lake received first place, Rosemary Carey of Long Lake received second place, and Jim Hutt of Blue Mountain Lake received third place.

The winning poem penned by Sue Kunzmann.

Arbor Day was celebrated on April 28 and honored the importance of planting trees. The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District has been working to manage and promote the wise use of natural resources in Hamilton County since 1965.  For more information go to or call (518) 548-3991.

Photo at top: Arbor Day poets with their certificates and seedling bundles. From left: Lori Gambino, Betsy Comeau, Camille Cristaldi, and Sue Kunzmann. Photos provided by Caitlin Stewart.

Related Stories

Caitlin Stewart manages the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. The District's mission is to manage and promote the wise use of Natural Resources in Hamilton County. Caitlin will be sharing the District's conservation-focused services, programs, and events. She’s been a full time resident of Hamilton County since 2008 and is an avid hiker, skier, paddler, and biker. She is obsessed with adventuring with her dog Artemis.

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *