March 28, 2007

Civil Air Patrol launches rockets

Model rockets, that is. Cathy Wakeman's Dryden Town Talk reports on the local Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Rocketry Weekend, which concluded with a launch at TC3.

She also notes that the Dryden schools are revising their Athletic Code of Conduct, and the capital project vote will be April 3rd from 7:00am to 9:00pm at the Dryden Middle/High School.

On the opinion page, Michael Alvich of Dryden writes to encourage the City of Ithaca to keep Marjorie Olds as City Judge.

I was reflecting yesterday on a grass pellet stove demo held two years ago on Mount Pleasant, and the Journal looks at the latest in grass pellet developments today.

There's an article on the expense of special districts, 7,000 of which spend $1.3 billion in New York annually. Personally, I think I live in four: Turkey Hill Water District, Turkey Hill Sewer District, Dryden Fire Protection, and Dryden Ambulance. If special districts are being run badly, then there's a problem, but I don't see anything wrong in the services themselves. Perhaps it would be smarter for places with lots of overlapping districts to form villages and simplify the billing, but otherwise the problem doesn't seem to me to be the districts themselves: it's suburban development that doesn't have the kinds of centers that naturally produce villages and cities.

It looks like we may have an on-time state budget this year. Maybe.

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