November 11, 2005

Concession; Dryden development

This morning's Ithaca Journal has a lot from last night's Town Board meeting, with an article on Mike Lane's concession speech and another piece on possible development north of the Village of Dryden near TC3. One plan, proposed by Bill Wilbern, would include a possible Best Western motel, while the other would move (and expand) a large engineering firm, Advanced...

Posted by simonstl at 05:07 PM

November 06, 2005

After-school programs, elementary school foyer

I missed covering last week's Dryden Courier, and there are only a few days left to get the current issue. I've chosen some especially unfortunate issues to cover late. If you want to get a feel for all the candidates up for election Tuesday, I strongly recommend getting this week's Dryden Courier. It includes answers to a questionnaire from Legislative...

Posted by simonstl at 04:43 PM

October 31, 2005

Halloween at the Fire Hall

I stopped by Neptune Hose Company tonight and was amazed by the number of explorers, Darth Vaders, princesses, pirates, and other unusual characters who had shown up for the costume judging. Gathering round for the costume judging. The event, sponsored by Neptune Hose Company and the Dryden American Legion, started with the costume contest in the meeting area of Dryden...

Posted by simonstl at 10:25 PM

August 08, 2005

Kenny Van Sickle Memorial Baseball Field dedicated

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on the dedication of the Kenny Van Sickle Memorial Baseball Field on Saturday. The field, on Wall Street in the Village of Dryden, was a group effort: The village donated the land west of Brecht's Towing & Service, the town raised $7,500 and New York state provided an additional $2,500 for the completed project. Van...

Posted by simonstl at 08:25 AM

July 31, 2005

Collecting fire trucks, gathering volunteers

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article about Dave Perkins' fire truck collection, which at one point included 14 motorized trucks (now down to seven) and two buggies. There are pictures of the buggies on the cover and inside. Perkins seems to be dispersing his collection as he prepares for retirement, but hopefully some of it will stay around...

Posted by simonstl at 08:46 AM

July 16, 2005

A. K. Fletcher returns for a visit

A. K. Fletcher, 97, the retired publisher of the Dryden Rural News (and a proud Democrat), came back to Dryden for a visit yesterday, gathering with friends at the Dryden Hotel for lunch. A. K. Fletcher talking with Elsie Gutchess. The Rural News, though it stopped publishing in the 1970s, has been an inspiration for this blog, with its local...

Posted by simonstl at 09:35 AM

June 12, 2005

Before and after the Dairy Day parade

I posted pictures of the Dairy Day parade yesterday, but I also took some pictures of the parade getting set up and of the festivities in Montgomery Park after the parade. Girl Scouts arriving to march in the Dairy Day parade. Town Councilman Stelick taking a turn in the dunk tank. I've posted a gallery of these pictures. The first...

Posted by simonstl at 10:45 PM

June 11, 2005

Dairy Day parade

I wasn't able to take pictures of this year's Dryden Dairy Parade, as I was in it with the Dryden Democrats, but my wife Tracey Cranston took some pictures she was willing to let me share. Dryden Grange float, complete with calf. Stilt-walkers in the Dryden Dairy Day parade. I've posted a small gallery of her pictures if you'd like...

Posted by simonstl at 03:52 PM

May 29, 2005

Schools, annexation

This week's Dryden Courier takes a look at Dryden Superintendent Mark Crawford's first year. A few of the key points are the formalizing of the HANDS program, creating an after-school program at Cassavant Elementary School, and the recent passage of the budget on the first vote. Crawford is also holding regular meetings with the faculty and staff meetings, and starting...

Posted by simonstl at 02:08 PM

April 28, 2005

Another possible Village of Dryden annexation

It looks like there's another petition to annex property from the Town of Dryden to the Village of Dryden, this time along Route 392 at the eastern boundary of the Village. From the Ithaca Journal's legal notices: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village Board of the Village of Dryden and the Town Board of the Town of Dryden will hold...

Posted by simonstl at 02:24 PM

April 23, 2005

Dryden Hotel reopening tomorrow

I stopped by the Dryden Hotel this afternoon, as it looked like it might be open, after a months closed for renovations after a flood caused by a frozen sprinkler system. They weren't open today, but they'll be open tomorrow. The Dryden Barber Shop is back in its usual home as well....

Posted by simonstl at 12:59 PM

April 16, 2005

Dryden population to grow 15% this decade

An excellent article in this morning's Ithaca Journal about sewer systems (or their lack) around the county includes this bit of news I hadn't heard: The Claritas numbers indicate the towns of Enfield, Dryden, Caroline and Lansing are each expected to grow by at least 15 percent between 2000 and 2009; Enfield by almost 20 percent. Of those four towns,...

Posted by simonstl at 08:15 AM

April 10, 2005

Flying over Dryden

My friend Jeff is a flight instructor whose house overlooks the Village of Dryden, with a clear view all the way to the airport. As a flight instructor, he gets to spend lots of time in the air, but not a whole lot of time actually flying. He decided to enjoy a flight yesterday, and kindly invited Tracey and I...

Posted by simonstl at 01:02 PM

April 02, 2005

Village of Dryden annexation possibilities

At the March Town Board meeting, Mike Hattery distributed a map with one possible scenario for annexing more property north of the Village of Dryden to the village. I've had a little trouble scanning it in so that it's readable and doesn't take forever to download, but hopefully the map below will serve both purposes. (You can click on it...

Posted by simonstl at 10:15 AM

April 01, 2005

Revised Village of Dryden election results

Apparently the voting machines in the Village of Dryden race had problems early on, so inspectors collected paper ballots. In the new numbers, 240 people voted (20.5% of voters), and the results changed from the ones I reported the day after the election: PositionPersonOld VotesRevised Votes Dryden MayorReba Taylor (R)156177 Dryden TrusteeBob Witty (R)136157 Mark Strom (R)125146 Jerry Carbo (D)9097...

Posted by simonstl at 12:26 PM

March 27, 2005

March Town Board minutes

Minutes are available for both the March 2nd hearing on the possible annexation of the Dryden Mutual Property to the Village of Dryden and the Town Board's regular meeting on March 10th, which I missed. The March 2nd minutes are fascinating because they're pretty much an exact transcript of what was said, a different (though I'm not sure better) style...

Posted by simonstl at 09:00 AM

March 26, 2005

Golf course sale raises conflict of interest, other questions

This week's Dryden Courier has a must-read article on the March 11th auction of the Lakeview Golf Course, where it was purchased by its current owner, George Szlasa. It's definitely worth getting up now and going out to buy the paper if you haven't already. The paragraphs that generated the most shock in me are: [Szlasa] was stunned the town...

Posted by simonstl at 09:27 AM

March 16, 2005

Incumbents re-elected in Dryden, Freeville

Village elections held yesterday returned incumbents to their seats in both Dryden and Freeville. In Dryden, Mayor Reba Taylor and Village Trustees Bob Witty and Mark Strom were re-elected over new Village Trustee challenger Jerry Carbo, while in Freeville Tom Lyson and Rachel Dickinson won re-election to their Trustee seats. Election inspectors read the Village of Dryden tallies. Dryden turnout...

Posted by simonstl at 08:32 AM

March 15, 2005

Village candidate perspectives

I just got this past week's Dryden Courier, and should cover it while it's still available. It's also extra-appropriate today because it includes candidate questions and reponses for the Village of Dryden candidates. Polls will be open from noon to 9:00pm at the the Dryden Village Hall (map) and the Freeville Village Hall, although the Courier doesn't cover Freeville's uncontested...

Posted by simonstl at 12:15 PM

Village elections today

This morning's Journal reports that there are elections today in the Villages of Dryden and Freeville. Polls will be open from noon to 9:00pm at the the Dryden Village Hall (map) and the the Freeville Village Hall (map). Freeville's election is uncontested, with Rachel Dickinson and Tom Lyson running for trustee. In Dryden, the mayor's race is uncontested, with Reba...

Posted by simonstl at 08:58 AM

March 14, 2005

Mike Lane on tomorrow's Village of Dryden election

County Legislator Mike Lane writes the Ithaca Journal today to endorse Jerry Carbo for Village Trustee in tomorrow's Village of Dryden elections: Jerry Carbo is running for one of the seats, and is well qualified. He has impressive experience in law and accounting. Jerry, his wife and children have returned to our area, bought a house and have made Dryden...

Posted by simonstl at 12:01 PM

March 06, 2005

Information Meeting on Town Hall land purchase

Thursday's hour-long information meeting on the land purchase for the new Town Hall brought over 25 attendees to find out what the town's plans were for the 47 acres the Town is purchasing behind the existing Town Hall for $100,000. Information meeting on Town Hall land purchase. Zoning Officer Henry Slater walked attendees through the map. The town is purchasing...

Posted by simonstl at 12:41 PM

Village sewer plant may block TC3 expansion; snowmobile benefit

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article on roadblocks to TC3's expansion. Governor Pataki's veto of funding for it last year has stalled it, but even with the money, there's another large problem: needed repairs for the Village of Dryden sewer plant, which have resulted in a moratorium "on any increased inflow to the Village of Dryden's sewage treatment...

Posted by simonstl at 10:41 AM

March 05, 2005

Peaceful hearing on Dryden Mutual annexation

The Village of Dryden Trustees and the Town of Dryden Board held a joint public hearing on Wednesday night to discuss the possible annexation of a parcel of land owned by Dryden Mutual Insurance to the village. Mayor Reba Taylor and Trustees Mark Strom, Dan Wakeman, and Bob Witty were there from the village, and Town Councilmen Steve Stelick and...

Posted by simonstl at 08:29 AM

Absentee ballots for Village of Dryden elections

This morning's Ithaca Journal is pretty quiet about Dryden-specific news, but absentee ballots for village elections are now available from the Tompkins County Board of Elections. Requests for mailed applications must be received by March 8th, though applications may be picked up in person until March 14th. The election is March 15th. There's an extended article on Ithaca schools redistricting,...

Posted by simonstl at 08:18 AM

March 03, 2005

Town Board meets tonight to discuss 47 acres

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the Dryden Town Board will be meeting tonight at 7:00pm in the Dryden Village Hall (map) for a public information session about the purchase of land for a new Town Hall and other possible uses. The Dryden Courier had reported on the prospect of 20-25 acres, but the parcel in question turns out to...

Posted by simonstl at 07:53 AM

February 27, 2005

Catching up on the Februrary Town Board meeting

I've been slack in covering the February Town Board meeting, and the minutes are now available if you want full details on what happened. Some key moments stand out in the meeting, so here are some highlights. I've bolded subjects for easy looking around. After a long search, the Town Board appointed Kimberly Gazzo, a Village of Dryden resident who...

Posted by simonstl at 09:13 AM

Village Board on housing, parking, volunteer fire benefits

This week's issue of the Dryden Courier includes a detailed story on the Village of Dryden's January Board meeting. There's some explanation of the continuation of the multiple unit housing moratorium extension and its future: Mayor Reba Taylor said Tompkins County Planner Ed Marks questioned the extension, but conceded the village was doing its homework with studies and with and...

Posted by simonstl at 07:37 AM

February 24, 2005

Village of Dryden election ad, school board election coming up

Jerry Carbo, running for Village of Dryden Trustee, has the first ad of the campaign season in this week's issue of The Shopper, and notes that the election will be March 15th from noon to 9:00pm. Looking forward to the next election season: The Dryden Central School District is seeking community members who are interested in serving on the Board...

Posted by simonstl at 09:27 PM

February 21, 2005

Village of Dryden continues moratorium

There isn't any news or opinion about or from Dryden in the Ithaca Journal today, but their legal notices include this piece announcing the further extension of the Village of Dryden's moratorium on new multiple residence construction: ATTENTION VILLAGE OF DRYDEN RESIDENTS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT_at it's regular Board meeting held on February 17th, 2005, the Board of Trustees of...

Posted by simonstl at 08:26 AM

February 09, 2005

Annexation possibilities

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on last night's public meeting to discuss the possible annexation of an area north of Dryden to the Village. Dryden Mutual Insurance has applied to be annexed to the Village, and there are large questions about sewer and water service in the area. Annexing parcel by parcel is a slow process that costs a lot...

Posted by simonstl at 08:14 AM

February 03, 2005

Land use in the Village of Dryden, 1966

The survey in the 1968 General Plan for the Villages of Dryden and Freeville is stunning work, listing use for every parcel. I'll post Freeville this week, and here's the Village of Dryden for now. This graphic shows an inset concentrating on West Main Street right next to the intersection of Routes 13 and 38: A piece of the map...

Posted by simonstl at 05:50 PM

February 02, 2005

Village trustee races, cub scouts

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the Village of Dryden will have a contested race for Village Trustee on March 15th. Jerry Carbo will be running as a Democrat against incumbent Republicans Robert Witty and Mark Strom. Carbo, 32, makes a comment that comes close to the heart of why I started Living in Dryden: "I've been somewhat discouraged to...

Posted by simonstl at 08:22 AM

January 20, 2005

Village of Dryden Caucuses

This week's issue of The Shopper includes notices from both the Dryden Democratic Committee and the Dryden Republican Committee that they will be holding caucuses on Tuesday, January 25th to select candidates for Village of Dryden Mayor and Village of Dryden Trustees. All terms are for two years this time. Republicans will be meeting at 7:30pm at the Dryden Village...

Posted by simonstl at 07:43 AM

December 23, 2004

Pipe leak damages Dryden Hotel

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the Dryden Hotel, rebuilt after a 1995 fire, suffered significant damage when a sprinkler pipe froze and leaked. The sprinkler system's apparent evacuation called Dryden firefighters, who turned off the sprinkler system and evacuated guests, but substantial damage had already been done to ceilings. The building was undergoing renovation. At the county level, the...

Posted by simonstl at 09:50 AM

December 22, 2004

Victorian Christmas, Kitchen Cupboard

This morning's Ithaca Journal catches up to the Victorian Christmas event the Village of Dryden held December 3rd, exploring how it and the wreaths along West Main Street came about. Cathy Wakeman celebrates a warm fire and a cup of tea on a cold day, and looks at the Kitchen Cupboard and caroling in the Village of Dryden. She also...

Posted by simonstl at 08:47 AM

December 04, 2004

Horses, history, and Santa Claus

Yesterday's Victorian Winter Festival in the Village of Dryden was a lot of fun, with all kinds of activity from 3:00pm on. Chestnut roasting, open houses at stores, exhibits at Dryden History House, caroling, wine tasting, story reading, and Santa's arrival by ladder truck were just a few of the highlights. West Main Street, decorated for the holiday. I started...

Posted by simonstl at 10:39 AM

December 01, 2004

Victorian Winter Festival

I've mentioned Friday's Victorian Winter Festival a few times (1 2 3), but as it's coming up soon, I think it's time to put together a schedule integrating everything I've seen. The earliest event I've seen advertised is a 10:00am story hour reading of The Polar Express at the Southworth Library. They'll be giving away a copy of the book....

Posted by simonstl at 10:59 PM

November 24, 2004

Eagle Scout project at DVMH; Victorian Winter Festival coming

This morning's Ithaca Journal is pretty well packed with news about and surrounding Dryden. Cathy Wakeman's Town Talk column looks at Eagle Scout Christopher Ackley's project, rebuilding the east entrance on the Dryden Veterans Memorial Home. Wakeman also offers a preview of next Friday's Victorian Winter Festival, which will be held in the Village of Dryden from 3:00pm onward on...

Posted by simonstl at 08:28 AM

November 20, 2004

Open houses at Village of Dryden florists

Tracey and I and some friends explored the Village of Dryden a bit, taking advantage of open houses at Wildflowers and Arnold's Flowers. We started at Googer's Coffee Shop, where I enjoyed a half moon cookie (my usual there) and was happy to find all kinds of historical pictures and information in the table settings, as well as on the...

Posted by simonstl at 02:29 PM

November 14, 2004

Victorian Festival coming to Village of Dryden

This week's Dryden Courier leads with a Victorian Festival that businesses in the Village of Dryden will be sponsoring on Friday, December 3rd. Nineteen businesses have come together in the past three weeks to do this. Businesses will have open houses and specials. There will be performances by the high school band and caroling, as well as the Village's tree-lighting...

Posted by simonstl at 01:05 PM

October 22, 2004

Village of Dryden projects

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on last night's Village of Dryden Board of Trustees meeting. The Trustees discussed possible grants for housing rehabilitation, sorting out issues with the Town regarding the Cortland Road Sewer District, and Christmas decorations. (The decorations committee is having an event tonight at Dryden Wines and Spirits (map) from 5:15 to 6:15pm.) There's also an article...

Posted by simonstl at 08:17 AM

October 04, 2004

Lawnmower trouble

I seem to have read and enjoyed last week's Dryden Courier without reporting on its contents. The lead story is about people in the Village of Dryden riding lawnmowers on sidewalks for transportation and the problems it causes. The mowers seem to have become a transportation mode rather than a grass cutter: Moreover, the lawn tractors have had their cutting...

Posted by simonstl at 12:23 PM

August 18, 2004

Willowbrook anniversary, road repair difficulties

It's Wednesday, so the Ithaca Journal's Our Towns section is focusing on Dryden and Groton. This week, there's lots of Dryden news. They lead the Our Towns section with an article on the 25th anniversary of Willowbrook, the senior-citizens' complex in the Village of Dryden. It's run by the nonprofit Dryden Senior Housing Corporation, and isn't a medical facility, though...

Posted by simonstl at 08:45 AM

August 10, 2004

Catching up with the Courier

A new issue of the Dryden Courier will be out tomorrow, and I'm still catching up on last week's. (Unfortunately I missed the week before, but I'll track one down.) The lead stories are on the Dryden Central School District's decision to subsidize summer school only for 11th and 12th graders, not for those in lower grades, and the Village...

Posted by simonstl at 08:54 PM

August 09, 2004

Village of Dryden comprehensive plan, moratorium

This morning's Ithaca Journal examines the Village of Dryden's possible extension of its moratorium on multi-unit housing development. New York State has awarded the village a grant for executing a comprehensive plan, and the planning process is underway. I'll be curious to see the implications of this quote from the article: The document reportedly backs up the idea that rentals...

Posted by simonstl at 07:26 AM

July 10, 2004

Busy day for fund-raising in Dryden

It was a busy day for fundraising in the Village of Dryden this morning. At the Neptune Hose Company, Adam Pamel was working on his Eagle Scout project, Supplies for Success (51KB PDF), using a car wash to raise money to "supply needy children in grades K-2 with basic school supplies that they can not afford." Scouts washing cars at...

Posted by simonstl at 12:20 PM

July 07, 2004

Nature preserve, Supplies for Success

This week's Our Towns section in the Ithaca Journal takes a look at the creation of the O.D. von Engeln Preserve in Malloryville, which hosts pitcher plants, carnivorous sundews, and native orchids. Its two miles of trails are attracting a "steady stream" of visitors. In this week's Dryden Town Talk, Cathy Wakeman talks about Adam Pamel's Eagle Scout project, the...

Posted by simonstl at 08:44 AM

June 25, 2004

Catching up with the Dryden Courier

I've been falling behind lately as work has been more and difficult, but fortunately the Dryden Courier is maintaining its weekly schedule. I just have to get around to reading it! This week's lead articles cover the retirement reception for Dr. Patricia Archambault, superintendent of the Dryden Central Schools, and volunteer monitoring of Six Mile Creek. Inside the paper are...

Posted by simonstl at 12:52 PM

June 21, 2004

New Town Hall site maps

I mentioned in an earlier story that the Town Board decided to focus discussion of a new Town Hall on the existing site. Since then, I've gotten some of the photos discussed at the meeting, of the existing site and Ellis Drive site (1354KB PDF), and of the Aramark site on Etna Lane near Route 13 (337KB PDF). I'm a...

Posted by simonstl at 06:23 PM

June 12, 2004

Dryden Dairy Day

This morning's parade had all kinds of floats, bands, and fun. Kids got lots of candy thrown from floats, and afterwards the crowd moved to Montgomery Park where tents offered ice cream, food, and all kinds of displays and games. Dryden Central School Band marching at Dairy Days Tastee Treat car Tractors of Yesteryear Dunk tank at Montgomery Park I...

Posted by simonstl at 01:11 PM

June 10, 2004

Tonight's Town Board meeting

The Town Board is meeting tonight at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall (map). The agenda is available. Highlights include two public hearings affecting the Route 13/366 overlap area, discussion of a new town hall, a report from Town Attorney Mahlon Perkins on actions in a dispute over an enjoining action because of a faulty septic system, "tax exemptions for...

Posted by simonstl at 11:29 AM

May 28, 2004

Parade tomorrow

The Dryden Veterans Memorial Home's Memorial Day parade will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 29th at 10:30am in the Village of Dryden, with a memorial service at 11am in tribute to World War II veterans. Looks like a perfect day for it....

Posted by simonstl at 01:16 PM

May 19, 2004

Memorial Day parade, Freeville clean-ups, Southworth events

This week's issue of The Shopper includes an announcement for the Dryden Veterans Memorial Home's Memorial Day parade, to be held Saturday, May 29th at 10:30am in the Village of Dryden, with a memorial service at 11am in tribute to World War II veterans. There will also be a free luncheon for participants. There is also a notice that the...

Posted by simonstl at 07:48 PM

May 16, 2004

Southworth Library

Unlike many of the buildings and businesses George Goodrich described in his 1897 Centennial History, Southworth Library still stands and is still a library serving the public. Southworth Library, around 1897....

Posted by simonstl at 10:14 AM

April 27, 2004

Cortland Road Sewer District complexities

[Note: I wrote this last week but held it for documents I'd requested from the Town under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Most of those are now enclosed, but there's one document here which the Town didn't have, and I only requested it from the Village today. It doesn't make sense to hold up the story further, so I'll...

Posted by simonstl at 05:21 PM

April 25, 2004

The Village of Dryden around the Civil War

The period right before and during the Civil War seems to have been a good moment for the Village of Dryden, if not a great a time for the country in general. George Goodrich looked at development in the area around the time of the village's incorporation. (Discussion of the Civil War itself is in other sections of the book.)...

Posted by simonstl at 11:35 AM

April 20, 2004

Joint Town-Village meeting on Cortland Road Sewer District

The Town of Dryden Public Notices page announces that tomorrow night there will be a: Special joint board meeting with the Village of Dryden Board of Trustees to discuss matters pertaining to the Cortland Road Sewer District, and any other business which may properly come before the board. That's Wednesday, April 21st, at 7:00pm at the Dryden Village Hall (map)....

Posted by simonstl at 05:34 PM

April 11, 2004

Infrastructure issues

A lot of Thursday night's Town Board meeting was spent on infrastructure issues, ranging from sewer issues to cell phone towers to roads. The meeting included two public hearings on sewer districts, one affecting the area north of the Village of Dryden and one affecting the Varna area. The Board changed the billing for the Cortland Road Sewer District so...

Posted by simonstl at 07:52 PM

March 26, 2004

Water and sewer issues between town and village

The town has posted minutes for the joint meeting of the Dryden Town Board and the Village of Dryden Board of Trustees. Most of the minutes focus on the remarkable complexities of the Cortland Road Sewer District, north of the Village, and water service in the area, though later parts of the meeting reflect a separate Town Board meeting that...

Posted by simonstl at 08:35 AM

March 25, 2004

More on school, village budget pain

Once again I'm wishing that the Dryden Courier was available on the Web. This week's issue leads with detailed articles on the impact of budget difficulties on both the Dryden Central School District and the Village of Dryden, in greater depth than the Ithaca Journal provided on either the school or the village....

Posted by simonstl at 12:53 PM

March 24, 2004

Journal praises Trumbull on fire companies, annexation

Today's Ithaca Journal editorial praises Town Supervisor Steve Trumbull for improving relations with the fire companies and for the recent annexation of land to the Village for a DOT facility. There certainly does seem to be much less strife with the fire companies, though some of achieving that is reflected in this year's 31.8% tax levy increase and the things...

Posted by simonstl at 07:39 AM

March 23, 2004

John C. Lacy

Here's a biography of an early Dryden resident that's quite different from George Goodrich's earlier portrayals of John Southworth or George Robertson. It's also somewhat funny to note that Goodrich earlier cited the Lacy family for its regular fighting at town meetings. Goodrich makes occasional typos, and I've tried to preserve them, though no doubt I'm adding my own along...

Posted by simonstl at 12:36 PM

March 19, 2004

Village and school budgets

Today's Ithaca Journal reports on the 11% percent increase in the tax levy proposed in the Village of Dryden, driven by a 7% increase in total spending and reflected in a 4.5% tax rate increase. Health insurance, retirement, legal, and gasoline costs have increased substantially, as did the need for some salaries to rise to stay competitive. Freeville also reduced...

Posted by simonstl at 08:54 AM

March 17, 2004

Dryden and Freeville village election results

The Journal reports that unofficially, 211 people voted in yesterday's Dryden village election and 21 voted in Freeville's uncontested races. In the Village of Dryden's only contested race, Republican Robert Witty defeated Democrat David Potter 132-76. In the uncontested races, Republican Daniel Wakeman received 121 votes, while Democrat Mary Ellen Bossack received 95. In the Village of Freeville, incoming mayor...

Posted by simonstl at 07:17 AM

March 16, 2004

Village elections today

Elections will be held in the Villages of Dryden and Freeville today from noon to 9pm. In the Village of Dryden, voting will be on the second floor of the Village Hall (map). In the Village of Freeville, voting will be at the Village Hall (map). As noted earlier, Dryden's election is contested, while Freeville's is not....

Posted by simonstl at 08:33 AM

March 13, 2004

Town Board on annexation

[This Thursday's Town Board meeting had enough to it that I'm going to publish a series of articles on what happened, focusing on specific topics, rather than try to cover it in one huge piece.] The Town Board resolved the annexation issue this Thursday, voting 3-2 in favor of findings proposed by Mike Hattery that put annexation in a much...

Posted by simonstl at 09:55 AM

Dryden village candidates

There's an article examining the contested Village of Dryden race for a one-year term as trustee in today's Ithaca Journal, speaking with both Democrat David Potter and Republican Robert Witty. Witty, who was appointed to fill the seat when Michael Hattery left for the Town Board, cites his financial experience as CEO and president of CFCU Community Credit Union as...

Posted by simonstl at 08:07 AM

March 12, 2004

Town votes 3-2 for annexation

Settling the division on the board over annexation of a parcel to the Village of Dryden, Supervisor Steve Trumbull voted for annexation. A lot happened at last night's Town Board meeting, and I'll be reporting it in detail over the next few days, but meeting highlights are available in today's Ithaca Journal....

Posted by simonstl at 08:16 AM

March 07, 2004

More hamlet densities

Yesterday I looked at the populations of the Dryden portion of McLean and the hamlet area north of the Village of Dryden. The Draft Comprehensive Plan proposes an average density for these hamlet areas of eight units per acre, like it does for Etna and Varna. Figuring out the current density seems like a good first step toward evaluating the...

Posted by simonstl at 11:09 AM

March 06, 2004

Partial hamlets census

The Draft Comprehensive Plan actually defines four hamlets within the town, though Etna and Varna are the two most frequently discussed. The other two hamlets are fragments, one being the Dryden side of McLean, which is largely in the Town of Groton, and the other being a tract of land north of the Village of Dryden and east of Route...

Posted by simonstl at 12:25 PM

March 05, 2004

Annexation, golf course in Dryden Courier

Posted by simonstl at 05:34 PM

March 04, 2004

Village of Dryden elections

I've been surprised by how little coverage village elections have had this year, though at least today's Ithaca Journal editorial mentions village elections. Even finding out who the candidates are has been a challenge, though yesterday's Shopper included a notice on Freeville elections. Thanks to County Legislator Michael Lane, I now have a complete list of who is running for...

Posted by simonstl at 08:47 AM

February 27, 2004

Village of Dryden extends multiple residence moratorium

Today's legal notices state that the Village of Dryden unanimously passed the moratorium continuation at the public hearing held last week....

Posted by simonstl at 09:45 AM

Dryden Town, Village boards meet to discuss sewage

The Ithaca Journal reports on last night's joint meeting between the boards of the Town and Village of Dryden. The village provides services to about 5000 people in the town, including the Dryden High School complex and TC3, as well as to approximately 2000 of its own residents, but the contracts are ambiguous and the village needs to upgrade its...

Posted by simonstl at 07:42 AM

Firefighters gather to mourn Neff

The Ithaca Journal reports that hundreds of firefighters from four counties paid their respects to Bret Neff, the Harford firefighter killed at a fire earlier this week, at the Perkins Funeral Home in Dryden. Firefighters marched through the village, led by a fire truck and accompanied by bagpipes....

Posted by simonstl at 07:29 AM

February 26, 2004

Permissive referendum?

Today's Ithaca Journal legal notices include the following: ATTENTION VILLAGE OF DRYDEN RESIDENTS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT_at it's regular Board meeting, held on February 19th, 2004, the Village of Dryden Board of Trustees approved the following: The expenditure of $6,800 from the water reserve for Engineering for the proposed George St. project. This expenditure is subject to a 30-day permissive...

Posted by simonstl at 04:42 PM

February 19, 2004

Planning in the Village, sledding, opinion

While the Town of Dryden Planning Board takes up revisions to the Draft Comprehensive Plan for hamlets tonight, the Ithaca Journal reports that the Village of Dryden will have a public hearing on maintaining their housing construction moratorium while discussing a call for proposals on their own Comprehensive Plan. The Village recently received a $15,000 state grant for planning, and...

Posted by simonstl at 08:40 AM

February 12, 2004

Anecdotes of Dryden Village

I'm not sure these anecdotes are as funny as George Goodrich seems to think they are, but I suspect that humor's changed a bit since 1898. The "swear your fill" one does makes me smile....

Posted by simonstl at 09:36 AM

January 23, 2004

Village caucuses

This week's Shopper contains Notices of Caucuses for Village of Dryden Democrats and Republicans, as both parties will be meeting to select candidates for the two 2-year and one 1-year positions for village trustees. The actual election will be in March. Both caucuses will be held January 27 at the Dryden Village Hall (map). The Republican Party caucus is at...

Posted by simonstl at 08:52 AM

January 13, 2004

Another weather station in heavier weather

After visiting the weather station at Game Farm Road yesterday, I decided to go take some pictures of the weather station just north of Freeville, next to Cornell's Homer Thompson Vegetable Research Farm. The first picture shows the weather station; the second picture shows the weather. Freeville weather station Snow sweeping through Freeville weather station I stopped through Dryden on...

Posted by simonstl at 11:22 AM

January 10, 2004

Cold doesn't stop the news

Posted by simonstl at 11:33 AM

Cold doesn't stop the news

Posted by simonstl at 11:33 AM

December 25, 2003

Robbery suspects indicted

Just in time for the holiday, the three men apprehended after a robbery in Dryden were indicted....

Posted by simonstl at 06:01 PM

December 19, 2003

Annexation hearing, water important

At last night's discussion of land annexation by the Village from the Town of Dryden, adding water services to the parcel seemed to be the main reason people supported it - beyond the underlying purpose of putting a state DOT facility there. Questions about the likely tax-exempt status of most of the land and concerns about the facility itself also...

Posted by simonstl at 09:40 AM

December 18, 2003

Dryden Comprehensive Plan information meeting tonight

The last of the informational meetings on the Draft Comprehensive Plan will be held tonight from 7 to 9 PM at the Dryden Town Hall, 65 E. Main Street (map). I'll be at this one, finally!...

Posted by simonstl at 07:47 AM

December 08, 2003

Cakes and coffee

Cathy Wakeman reports in her Dryden Town Talk that Googer's Bakery and Coffee Shoppe will be opening today at 22 West Main Street. I've enjoyed the food at Googer's Cakes and Things on Route 13 very much, and I look forward to trying the new place. It also sounds like they have lots of plans for being a social center....

Posted by simonstl at 10:25 AM

November 25, 2003

Dryden robbery details

A business dispute seems to have driven last week's robbery of the Song Tao restaurant in Dryden. It seems very strange - demand $150,000, take $500, end up in jail facing felony charges....

Posted by simonstl at 08:30 AM

November 23, 2003

Disappearing state highways

While looking through the Cornell Plantations Path Guide, I noticed the Cayuga Trails Club's 1971 Cayuga Trail map in the back. Though it clearly wasn't the focus on the map, two small labels stood out: "Ellis Hollow Rd. NY 393" and "NY 392 Forest Home Dr." Route 366 and the New York Department of Transportation's control over the road, its...

Posted by simonstl at 09:14 AM

November 22, 2003


It seems to be a busy time for police in the Village of Dryden. After yesterday's robbery, whose suspects are facing a hearing Monday, there's now a cocaine seizure and related arrests....

Posted by simonstl at 10:57 AM

November 21, 2003

Dryden robbery suspects caught in Cortland

The Ithaca Journal reports this morning that police captured three Texas residents at a seat-belt check in Cortland shortly after a robbery at the Song Tao restaurant in the Village of Dryden. No one appears to have been injured, but five employees were tied up. One managed to escape and alert passers by, and witnesses had a description of the...

Posted by simonstl at 08:16 AM

November 17, 2003

Joint hearing on annexation

The Ithaca Journal legal notices contain an announcement that: the Town Board of the Town of Dryden and the Village Board of the Village of Dryden will hold a joint public hearing on the petition of Konstantinos Katsiroumbas for annexation to the Village of Dryden of Town of Dryden tax map parcel no. 38.-1-30.12 containing approximately 21 acres. The territory...

Posted by simonstl at 05:49 PM

November 15, 2003

Dryden Historical Society

I stopped by the Dryden Historical Society today. They're at 36 West Main Street in the Village of Dryden, and they're open from 10-2 on Saturdays or by appointment. It's in a very nice building, one which was apparently moved from just down the street. Dryden Historical Society (map) I talked with Laurence Beach there, and found out all kinds...

Posted by simonstl at 05:01 PM