January 9, 2006

Food pantry opened today

This morning's Ithaca Journal was quiet on Dryden, but the current issue (January 4th) of the Dryden Courier has lots of news. Freeville United Methodist Church opened a food pantry again today after five years without Freeville having one. Distributions will be on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, with afternoon and evening hours. They're looking for volunteers and for contributions, which will go to buying food at a discount from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

There's also an article visiting the Dryden Liquor Store, talking with owner Valle Vasse about the changes and growth it's seen in the ten years since she bought it.

The Village of Dryden will consider an amendment to its nuisance law at the January 19th meeting, potentially adding fines of $250 to $500 plus village expenses for repeated violations and frivolous emergency calls at a given location. It would include property owners, tenants, and their guests.

Retired County Legislator George Totman looks back over his career in an interview, talking about his time in Groton and McLean, where he's lived since 1952.

There's an article on the Cayuga Bird Club's 44th annual Christmas bird count, centered on Varna and including much of the Town.

In sports, there's an article on the Dryden girls basketball team, which is off to a 6-2 start. There's a photograph of Dryden player Casey Keech.

Finally, there's an article on a subject a few Dryden residents (Richard Couch and Kathy Zahler) have written to the Journal about: efforts in Spencer-Van Etten to make up in fundraising the athletic funds rejected by school budget voters. While the fundraising efforts managed to pull together $137,000 this year, they seem likely to come up $28,000 short, as the number of participants has shrunk and competition with other fundraising has made it even more difficult. Some spring sports will suffer.

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