February 18, 2006

Helping the Dominican Republic

A group of teenagers from Dryden, Ithaca, Lansing, and Trumansburg will be traveling to Monte Plata in the Dominican Republic this week to deliver supplies and paint houses. Peter Mattingly, a Dryden High School freshman, collected 300 Spanish-language books for his Eagle Scout project, and those will be delivered on the trip. The trip is sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ithaca.

A Dryden resident was arrested for robbing the Dryden XtraMart Thursday night.

Assessment notices will be mailed next week to 7300 county property owners. These notices will be at 90% of full market value rather than 100%, a first step toward the new three-year assessment cycle:

Coggin said the department is anticipating increased assessments on the following types of properties: Lakefront properties, vacant land, apartment class, and a number of pocket areas in the residential class.

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend.

Congressman Sherwood Boehlert came out in favor of a full-scale investigation of the president's warrantless wiretapping:

"Therefore, an inquiry and hearing would be very much in order," he said. "I want the facts."...

"I want my president to be able to act immediately when there is a serious threat," Boehlert said. "But I also want the proper follow through. It appears there was widespread use of authority vested in the president without following through with the FISA court."

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