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Fire and Ice---Sculpting a new beginning

On January 6th, the Osovski family of the Town of Maine lost their home and beloved pets in a devastating house fire. Fondly known as the “O’s” to their students at Maine-Endwell High School, Kim and Jeff work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of their students and to provide enriching opportunities for their four children. All of the children—Nicole, Marcus, Luke, and Shea—are top notch musically-inclined, student-athletes.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t until days after the fact that I received word of the tragic event. As a recent college graduate, I had little to offer in the way of aid to my friends, the Osovski’s; nevertheless, I promised Nicole—the eldest of the “Little O’s” and now a pitcher for Hofstra University—that I could be called upon at any time for any reason, should there be a way that I could help. My family is well known for the massive snow sculptures we build in our front yard during the snowy months, so Nicole’s joking reply was to say that I could make a sculpture of her family. Little did she know what a wonderful idea that was, for many people drive out of their way to see our sculptures; it would be the perfect way to spread the word about the Pasta Dinner Benefit the M-E students and staff are holding in honor of the O’s.
Accounting for the family’s love for baseball and softball, I had planned to build a sculpture of each of the six members of the family playing a game of snow-softball, but the conditions of the snow limited me to a single sculpture—that of Nicole at the top of her pitching wind-up. To accompany the sculpture, I posted a sign detailing information about the benefit dinner.
Passer-by’s frequently slow down in front of the house to look at the sculpture—many even get out of their cars to take pictures with their phones. The recently above-freezing temperatures have left the sculpture bit slimmer, but people are still coming to see her. Hopefully, the Snow Pitcher will help bring more hungry bellies and giving hearts to the benefit dinner. It will be held this Wednesday, January 27th from 4 to 7 in the Maine-Endwell High School cafeteria.

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