August 13, 2012

Empty office buildings

This article on empty office parks in Chicago and the challenges of reusing that space reminds me once again of the mostly-dead NYSEG building on the 13/366 intersection....

Posted by simon at 8:22 AM

July 10, 2012

Freeville XtraMart closed for remodeling

This will inconvenience a few folks used to stopping there for coffee and gas, but it may also improve traffic flow along 13 for commuters - temporarily. XtraMart closed temporarily for expansion to Dunkin Donuts. I missed the Town Board...

Posted by simon at 6:58 PM

January 10, 2012

Who or what leaves behind dead ducks and geese?

Some days I just don't get it. I heard from a friend on Facebook that she'd seen dead ducks and geese on Lower Creek, and wasn't able to get anyone in government to take a look. I went over -...

Posted by simon at 3:08 PM

November 7, 2011

Subtle but effective anti-fracking sign

"All those enviros who think they know better than the rest of us, they should just listen to the market" - or something like that - isn't too unusual a comment in the culture war side of the pro-fracking folks...

Posted by simon at 7:56 AM

August 23, 2011

Freeville XtraMart news

I don't go as often as I used to, but I'm still a fairly frequent customer at the Freeville XtraMart on the 13/366 overlap. Visiting regularly means getting to know at least some of the people there, reading the signs,...

Posted by simon at 12:26 PM

June 27, 2011

Search continues for missing Freeville XtraMart manager

It's been a long time since I last wrote about missing Freeville XtraMart manager Bethanie "Buffy" Dougherty, but a poster looking for her has stayed up at the XtraMart all that time: Looking for Bethany Dougherty. Recently, a donation jar...

Posted by simon at 12:56 PM

March 6, 2011

Little things - coffee

A few months ago, David Makar made the mistake of venturing into my avalanche-prone office. Out of the many things available to complain about, he noticed my growing pile of unrecyclable coffee cups. I've been visting the XtraMart on the...

Posted by simon at 12:03 PM

February 8, 2011

Can you drive a veteran?

This morning's Ithaca Journal notes that the new VA facility on Route 13 is looking for volunteer drivers to bring patients there. VA clinic on Route 13/366. TC3 is preparing for even more bad news from the New York State...

Posted by simon at 6:46 AM

February 1, 2011

Pretty, except for the commute

Today's snow seems aimed right at early morning commuting, and roads are the whitest I've seen on a workday in a while. Route 13 and 366 overlap in the snow....

Posted by simon at 7:58 AM

January 28, 2011

Route 13 needs and dangers

I have about fifteen Living in Dryden stories bouncing in my head wanting to come out, and no time to write them. For now, here's a quick catch-up with the Ithaca Journal. Can you help a veteran? The new VA...

Posted by simon at 7:50 AM

December 13, 2010

VA Clinic coming to Dryden

The Ithaca Journal reports that the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Cortland is moving to Dryden, where it will serve residents of Tompkins and Cortland Counties. They describe it as being near Phoenix Used Books, but given the construction activity...

Posted by simon at 5:29 AM

December 7, 2010

Selling a Development Vision

The Route 13/366 Corridor Study, for all its flaws, attempts to sell a vision of Dryden. One key piece that it tries to sell is a new "nodal development" east of the NYSEG building, along the 13/366 intersection. The description...

Posted by simon at 11:56 AM

November 30, 2010

Teepee on 13/366

Does anyone know what's up with this teepee on the Route 13/366 overlap? I had thought the sign said "restricted area", like a Posted sign, but it seems to say "recreation area". I've been up in those woods once when...

Posted by simon at 8:58 PM

July 20, 2010

Many changes to the hamlet and commercial zoning

In an earlier post, I wrote that: The hamlet zoning density blasted up from a little over four to as much as ten units per acre, while still specifying, well, little vision for what a hamlet should look like. They...

Posted by simon at 12:44 PM

July 19, 2010

So how did we get to "nodal development"?

If putting dense-ish semi-suburban developments outside of cities is a bad idea, and creating them requires deeply disruptive cataclysmic change, how did we come to a point where nodal development seems like a great idea to mostly well-intentioned people in...

Posted by simon at 9:00 AM

May 17, 2008

Getting to Nodal Development in Dryden

[Update: I no longer think this is a good idea. See the category listing for more information on why. This piece in particular is a concise summary.] [This is long - it's a complex subject and a couple of years...

Posted by simon at 4:32 PM

July 3, 2007

NYSEG building prospects

This morning's Journal reports that the County is considering the old NYSEG building as a new home for the Health Department. As convenient as that would be for me - I need to call them to find out if they...

Posted by simon at 12:20 PM

April 25, 2007

Wow. Awful plan.

People in Dryden frequently complain when you threaten to put a trail across their property. I was happy tonight to see that the Route 13/366 Corridor Study plan shows a new trail going across my lot, something I'd never have...

Posted by simon at 10:31 PM

April 24, 2007

Route 13/366 Workshop Wednesday

Posted by simon at 12:39 PM

December 19, 2006

Wilcox Press becomes Vanguard Press

The question of what would happen to Wilcox Press has been solved: it's transforming into Vanguard Printing, following a buyout by a company co-owned by a former Wilcox Press CEO. There's no word on the impact on jobs, for better...

Posted by simon at 6:27 PM

November 2, 2006

Examining Old 13

Posted by simon at 5:32 PM

October 25, 2006

Route 13/366 public meeting November 1st

Posted by simon at 12:02 PM

October 6, 2006

53 temporary layoffs at Wilcox Press

This morning's Journal leads with a story announcing layoffs at Wilcox Press: Wilcox Press is laying off 53 of its 165 employees on a temporary basis as it seeks refinancing to weather competitive pressures in the commercial printing industry, the...

Posted by simon at 8:39 AM

August 16, 2006

Visit Robertson's Corners this Sunday

The Dryden Town Historical Society will be gathering at the Plantation Inn this Sunday to talk about the history of a part of town that's currently growing rapidly: Robertson's Corners, around the intersections 366 has with Baker Hill Road and...

Posted by simon at 6:50 PM

February 4, 2006

Development on 366

Posted by simon at 10:16 AM

January 24, 2006

Stone Travel opens for business

In what I'm guessing will be the first of a series of grand openings for businesses near the 13/366 intersection, Stone Travel held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of its new office at 1284 Dryden Road, at...

Posted by simon at 12:28 PM

October 18, 2005

Farmstand, prospective skatepark

I've been slack in covering the Dryden Courier lately, and I should cover it while it's still available. This week, it's even been available for free at the XtraMart at the Sunoco station on the Route 13/366 overlap with any...

Posted by simon at 8:51 AM

September 21, 2005

Dryden Empire Zone possible

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the County Legislature approved applying for an Empire Zone that includes part of the Town of Dryden as well as Lansing and the City of Ithaca. County Legislators Martha Robertson, Mike Lane, and George...

Posted by simon at 12:52 PM

August 10, 2005

Hydroponic grower under new ownership

The sign by the hydroponic lettuce facility changed recently, and now includes a web site address where you can find out more about what goes on across Route 13 from the old NYSEG building. New sign for hydroponic grower. Hydroponic...

Posted by simon at 12:13 PM

March 23, 2005

ICSD redistricts Varna children to Caroline

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the Ithaca City School District voted 6-2 last night to implement a plan moving 23 students in Varna from Cayuga Heights Elementary School to Caroline. I need to take a look when new maps...

Posted by simon at 8:49 AM

December 5, 2004

Possible park-and-ride near NYSEG

On Tuesday, I went to a subcommittee meeting of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Committee (ITCTC) that discussed the possibility of building park-and-rides around the county to reduce the number of cars driving into Cornell University every day. They discussed...

Posted by simon at 9:50 AM

September 16, 2004

Watching speeds on 13

I've seen the Sheriff's Department trailer that reports the speeds of passing cars on 13 before, but rarely in Dryden. (It was at the Pyramid Mall last week.) I was happy to see it on 13's 45mph zone in Dryden...

Posted by simon at 5:46 PM

August 26, 2004

Wilcox Press

After reaching the Ithaca line on 366 heading west, I decided to cover the Route 13/366 overlap area next. First up: a large employer, Wilcox Press. Wilcox Press (map) I've heard a few times that taxpayers in the Dryden Central...

Posted by simon at 12:55 PM

July 31, 2004

Construction along Dryden Road

There's a lot going on along the overlap of Routes 13 and 366 lately. I'd mentioned the Town Board giving approval to Marrotte to put up a two-car garage, and that's largely up now. The Marrotte garage under construction Down...

Posted by simon at 12:01 PM

July 6, 2004

Low-carb kitchen cabinets

If I had a big sign on the highway, I'd probably come up with some interesting messages too. The folks at Locke Woods Interiors on the 13/366 overlap have a new sales pitch for the world to consider. Low-carb kitchen...

Posted by simon at 7:55 PM

June 26, 2004

Hanshaw Road accident, Freeville barbecue

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports a rollover on Hanshaw Road north of Neimi Road that injured two women while two children avoided injury. There is also a chicken barbecue today at the Freeville United Methodist Church (map). Police arrested a...

Posted by simon at 8:58 AM

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...

Posted by simon at 11:29 AM

May 26, 2004

Upcoming hearings

Today's Ithaca Journal legal notices include: a hearing of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency on June 28th at 10am at the Dryden Town Hall (map) to consider assisting Ithaca Produce's move to new facilities at 150 Johnson Road (map)....

Posted by simon at 7:43 PM

January 26, 2004

Another accident in Dryden

Apparently the siren I heard yesterday while writing about the Ithaca Journal's coverage of roads in winter was in fact on its way to an accident, just a short way up the road from my house near the intersection of...

Posted by simon at 8:48 AM

December 31, 2003

The Robertsons

Robertson Cemetery appears to be named for Captain George Robertson and his family. Robertson was the first permanent settler, the first town supervisor, and seems to have been a rather benevolent man as well, according to George Goodrich....

Posted by simon at 10:18 AM

December 30, 2003

Robertson Cemetery

I knew there was an old cemetery around the corner from me on Baker Hill Road, but I hadn't visited it until yesterday. It's apparently the oldest cemetery in Dryden, having opened in 1802. It's been pretty well documented by...

Posted by simon at 12:13 PM

December 29, 2003


I went out to take some photos of Robertson Cemetery, on Baker Hill Road, and was surprised by an army of turkeys marching behind the NYSEG building. Turkeys marching near Baker Hill Road...

Posted by simon at 7:43 PM

December 28, 2003

When Route 13 moved

Whenever I look at a map of Tompkins County, I look for the distinctively-shaped intersection of Routes 13 and 366. Even if a map doesn't have road labels, it stands out pretty clearly. It wasn't always that way, however -...

Posted by simon at 9:56 AM

December 19, 2003

Draft Comprehensive Plan Informational Meeting

I made it to last night's informational meeting on the Town's Draft Comprehensive Plan, held at the Dryden Town Hall. (The hearing on annexation was at the Village Hall, at the same time, and there was a bit of confusion.)...

Posted by simon at 12:49 PM

December 18, 2003


Ever wonder what the brightly-lit greenhouse across from the NYSEG building is? The NYSEG site has information on various projects they're supporting, including a PDF on Controlled Environment Agriculture. They're growing Bibb lettuce in there, apparently, and you can buy...

Posted by simon at 12:56 PM

December 17, 2003

More thoughts on NYSEG

After writing about how NYSEG's headquarters building seems to be in steady decline yesterday, I started thinking about how it's always been a strange island anyway. While it dominates the Route 13/366 intersection, it doesn't feel like it's actually contributed...

Posted by simon at 1:18 PM

December 16, 2003

What's up at NYSEG?

The building I refer to as "NYSEG headquarters" looms everytime I drive home along Route 13. It's an enormous complex, and dominates the overlapping area of Routes 13 and 366. The "Utility Headquarters" sign indicates a left turn lane just...

Posted by simon at 8:42 AM

November 17, 2003

Missed a hidden business

Posted by simon at 9:27 AM

November 14, 2003

Two behind trees, one behind gardens, and then Exxon

Continuing up 366 toward its intersection with 13, we have three houses. Two are well hidden, while the third is pretty prominent. 1309 Dryden Road (map) 1313 Dryden Road (map) 1317 Dryden Road (map) As 366 reaches 13, the last...

Posted by simon at 3:25 PM

November 13, 2003


One of the best-named furniture stores I've ever heard of is just up the road from us at 1302 Dryden Road. They sell largely Amish-made furniture, and have two large buildings (one of them two stories) on a piece of...

Posted by simon at 8:43 AM

November 12, 2003

Golf, and a house

Walking further up 366 towards its intersection with 13, we cross Baker Hill Road, and thereby leave Varna, as well as Election District 4. Baker Hill Road, Intersection with 366 (map) Right on the other side of Baker Hill Road,...

Posted by simon at 8:00 PM