February 4, 2005

Possible dog park in Dryden?

I don't often find news in the paper that would make my dogs happy, but today they're lucky: the Journal reports that the Tompkins County SPCA is considering creating an off-leash dog park on 12 acres of its own land. Muncipalities and the state haven't been particularly interested in the idea, and while the SPCA facility isn't convenient to the entire county, it's definitely convenient to Dryden. There's still a long way to go, however: "Research is in a very early stage, and no timetable has been set."

Briefly in Tompkins notes that the annual Dryden Sertoma Club pancake breakfast will be tomorrow from 8:00am to noon at the Neptune Hose Company (map) in Dryden.

Dryden schools are mentioned in an article about physical education classes.

On the opinion page, there are two letters from Dryden. David Astrof of Dryden (mislabeled Ithaca) writes in response to the Journal's January 28th editorial on the controversies over Burger King at East Hill Plaza:

I jog most days from my home on Quarry Road along Snyder Hill Road to Sodom Road, which is about five miles from the East Hill Plaza. These roads regularly gather a variety of litter -- including a lot of Burger King packaging.

Every month, I fill between one and three large garbage bags with refuse thrown from car windows. Even though the sight of this garbage is offensive, I haven't complained. It is the people who litter this trash without moral qualm who need to be addressed.

Astrof also notes that local trash is hauled by private contractors, not tax dollars, making the trash a problem for those who receive it. Another Journal piece on modified sports draws fire from Kristen Blackman of Freeville, who writes:

Dryden modified baseball "kept them all?" I beg to differ with that. Coach Raponi may have kept 28 players, but that was not "all of them." Cuts were definitely made....

I do feel Dryden sports may need to do a little more scrutinizing of the selection process for their team sports.

(I think Blackman may be referring to an article that didn't make the online edition, while the editorial I cite above did.)

Update: I forgot to mention the Journal's editorial about fund-raising for SUNY schools, which mentions Governor Pataki's veto of $10 million for TC3's expansion.

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