March 16, 2005

Lakeview Golf Course bought by owner

After all the suspense about who would buy the Lakeview Golf Course at last Friday's auction, current owner George Szlasa, represented by attorney Mahlon Perkins, purchased the course at the auction for $359,900 on the first and only bid. [Update: The Journal had originally reported $395,900, but corrected it.] This resolves the golf course's future for the short term, but the long term is still in question, as the Journal notes:

While it is expected to open again for the 2005 season, how long it will be able to stay open is uncertain. For over a year, operations and maintenance at the course have been taken on by a corps of volunteers working primarily with donated funds.

Despite its problems, including having 18 holes squeezed into space that is more appropriate for nine, the course is loved by many in Dryden who have continually advocated for its revival as well as its preservation along the scenic Dryden Lake.

According to Trumbull there are still some potential investors interested in the property; so he said he's looking for the story of Lakeview Golf Course to continue.

In the Our Towns section, Cathy Wakeman reports on last weekend's indoor soccer tournament at the Dryden High School. She also notes the upcoming performance of "Bye, Bye, Birdie" at Dryden High School this Thursday through Saturday at 7:00pm, a Photo History Day at the Dryden History House (map) from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, and a list of Holy Week events, including an Easter sunrise service, at the Etna Community Church.

Briefly in Dryden lists three other upcoming events:

  • The Town of Dryden Recreation Department will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt in Montgomery Park in the Village of Dryden on Sunday at 1:00pm. Specialty Trophies and Awards and Neptune Hose Company are sponsoring the event.

  • Holy Cross Church will be having McGilligan's Ball, an Irish dinner and dance, from 6:00pm to 1:00am at TC3 on Saturday. Tickets ($20 in advance, $23 at the door) can be purchased from Hill Drugs and Eckerds in the village of Dryden as well as at Regis in the Pyramid Mall.

  • Neptune Hose Company will be having a a "Kid's Easter/Winter Carnival" at the fire hall (map) this Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Egg hunts, games, crafts, and storytelling will all be happening.

In school news, the Ithaca school board discussed redistricting last night. Like the other Journal articles I've seen, this one doesn't mention the shift of Varna children from Cayuga Heights to Caroline. It does, however, mention that there will be another public forum on redistricting, to be held tomorrow, March 17th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Ithaca High School.

At the county level, the legislature discussed the proposed emergency communications network, with the Ithaca and Caroline Town Supervisors asking for more participation in the tower siting process.

There's also an article headlined "Wholesale/retail hiring forecast appears positive", about the Manpower employment survey for the second quarter of 2005, but the details are less positive than the headline suggests. Yes, 7% of companies plan to hire while only 3% plan to reduce payroll, but that's worse than last quarter's 10% hiring/3% layoff result, and Binghamton and Syracuse are both showing 30% hiring expectations.

Posted by simon at March 16, 2005 8:56 AM in
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