February 23, 2005

Library questions

This morning's Ithaca Journal takes a look at library funding issues, noting that the Tompkins County Public Library is seeking help from the Ithaca and Lansing school districts through a referendum. Dryden's Southworth Library seems likely to have unique status if these pass:

In Tompkins County, three libraries currently use a public referendum or a similar mechanism. Those libraries are the Groton Public Library, the Ulysses Philomathic Public Library and the Newfield Public Library.

If the referendum is approved, the only municipality in the county that would not offer tax levy support is Dryden's Southworth Public Library.

Steiner said that there are discussions in Dryden about offering a funding referendum in Dryden within the next two years.

(Southworth Library does get $10,500 from the town this year and money from other government sources - the article is about establishing a separate levy through a referendum at the school district level.)

The Ithaca School District is looking at a revised elementary redistricting plan, though I can't tell from the paper's description how it affects (or doesn't affect) residents along Dryden's westernmost edge.

An article on TC3 students volunteering in Nicaragua didn't make it on to the Journal's web site, but the program has been going on for ten years, bringing primarily nursing students to help in hospitals..

The Briefly in Dryden section also didn't make it onto the electronic version of the Ithaca Journal today, so here are the listings:

  • The Dryden Senior Citizens will be having a lunch on Monday, February 28th, at 11:30am at Neptune Hose Company (map). Casey Stevens of WHCU will be speaking.

  • There will be a "How well is your water?" presentation at the Dryden Village Hall (map) on Tuesday, March 1st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Advance registration is required - email manager@cayugalake.org or call 532-4104. Participants will receive a 75% discount on bacteria and nitrate tests.

  • The Dryden-Caroline Drifters will hold a Breast Cancer Ride for Research on Febuary 26th starting at noon.

Briefly in Tompkins mentions a meeting about Six Mile Creek volunteer monitoring, to be held at 4-H Acres (map). on February 28th. There isn't a time given, but "for more information, contact Tania Schusler at 272-2292." New volunteers are welcome, and will receive training like the training I covered last year in the spring.

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