November 17, 2004

McLean activity

Today's Ithaca Journal has lots of news about McLean, a hamlet that crosses the Groton/Dryden town line. McLean residents are working on new activities for youth, preferably run by teens themselves. There's also an article on Turtle Dreams, a bed and breakfast that's working on creating Turtle Village, which will do agritourism.

Briefly in Dryden lists a Women's Business Showcase to be held November 21st at the Dryden Veterans Memorial Home, as well as openings on the Town of Dryden's Conservation Board, Youth Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.

There was a complicated-sounding DWI arrest on Sunday on Quarry Road.

The county budget failed last night in a 7-7 vote. The legislature voted to remove the spending on the jail from the budget 8-6, but couldn't pass the budget with a tie vote. County Legislator Martha Robertson voted to remove the jail and approve the budget, but the article doesn't contain a detailed breakdown of votes.

The Journal reports that active farms can request to join agricultural districts this month in Tompkins County.

On the opinion page, Calvin Croll of Dryden reminds a previous letter writer to the Journal that the obscenity used in a Doonesbury cartoon was a direct quote of Vice President Cheney, saying "If the vice president is willing to say something so offensive in public to one of his critics, a comic strip should very well offer a parody of his ridiculous behavior."

Posted by simon at November 17, 2004 9:13 AM in , , , , , ,
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Ben said:

Agritourism? What's that, Simon?

"Long eyelashes on those tourists, ma. It's going to be a hard winter."

Usually agritourism is a way to bring people who don't normally ever get near a farm to see what it's like - where their food comes from, different kinds of food, etc.

The term is pretty vague, though. I've heard it used to describe the wineries we have in the Finger Lakes as well as things like cornfield mazes and the Farm Sanctuary near Watkins Glen, plus there's always the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown.

This particular place sounds like their guests will be getting pretty close to the soil.

Come on up here and take a look!