Kid stuff in Skaneateles 2006

Four Skaneateles children stepped onto the world stage in 2006

All one really has to do is truly engage any child and discoveries will be made. What is even more remarkable about Charlie Pinckney, Ryan Terhune, Olivia Sheppard and Kelsey Kraetz is how they did the engaging.

First Charlie, 5, took on a new heart as if he were "Buzz Lightyear" himself and in need of a new battery for play. A heart transplant is an ordeal at any age, but Charlie let it roll off his back so he could get back to the business of play. And also back to school with his twin brother and best friend Will.

Ryan Terhune, 8, who had been selected by his teacher to do a screen test of sorts for a Martha Stewart Living Section that sort of fizzled out, hadn't been forgotten. When "Living" decided to do another segment requiring a child, they remembered Ryan, but had no contact information. So, he got googled. Then a trip to midtown Manhattan and he went one on one with the Living maven Martha and held his own.

Olivia Sheppard, 8, decided to give her passion for the environment full reign. In so engaging her quest to save coral reefs she ended up with a private audience with former Vice President Al Gore and an invitation to his Climate Project this month.

Kelsey Kraetz,8, who dreams of being a newscaster, put herself out as the girl reporter on the go on the village streets this past summer. She laid out an outfit the night before July 4, made a microphone out of construction paper and hit the streets with a question. "What does independence day mean to you?"

She met people from all over the world and sent a personal message to her step brother Taylor Kraetz who is in the Army, "I am very thankful he is protecting our freedom."

Photo by Ellen Leahy

Kelsey is pictured on the beat in Skaneateles.

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