March 31, 2006

Dryden senior in state speaking contest

Dryden High School senior Simon Horrocks will be speaking at an FFA state competition in May, having placed first in the regional Extemporaneous Public Speaking competition, second while delivering a prepared speech, and second in a Job Interview contest.

Dryden resident Jean Dennis is featured in a story about Lansing resident Brent Larsen meeting Billy Joel. Dennis organized backstage time with the singer, surprising Larsen, who has muscular dystrophy, and his family.

We had a dry March this year, with Ithaca airport getting 1.81 inches instead of the usual 2.27. That's a lot more rain than some other places got, but with our smaller amount of snow, I'm guessing we're well below our usual spring water supply.

NYSEG, owner of a largely empty building on Route 13, is incensed about cuts the New York State Public Services Commission would like to impose, and took out a full-page ad on the back of the Journal. It points out how much executive staff they've already shed, ignoring that it was the result of a supposedly profitable merger, and complains about "junior accounting PSC staff" repeatedly. Of course, as the article points out:

Not mentioned by Laurito, but also being disputed by regulators, are $6.9 million in incentive pay for personnel at NYSEG and two related companies.

Don't get me wrong - I think NYSEG generally does a fine job of delivering power. At the same time, though, I think they'd be better off spending money on that job that on full-page ads on the back of the Journal. (If you want more of their perspective, visit their site at Er, well, it's just a button you can push to show you support what they said in the ad. (And also, I'd have been just as happy without the supposedly competitive energy supply market in the state.)

Briefly in Tompkins notes that the budget state legislators passed includes $2.4 million for athletic facility construction at TC3, and another article reports that that budget's school funding figures should be out today.

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