June 6, 2009

Village of Freeville opens website

Freeville is now on the web, at http://freevilleny.org/, with a village site that includes both the basic contact information you'd expect, as well as photos, history, a list of businesses, and more. This piece of the introductory page really struck me:

Freeville (the only incorporated municipality in the nation with this name) is a stubborn village. It is within the Town of Dryden, but it has been an independent entity since its beginning. The first settler in what became Freeville arrived in 1798, and by 1810 the population had reached sixteen; almost two hundred years later, it is only 523. In some ways life here is reminiscent of village life a hundred years ago. People know one another and one another's children, they are familiar with the patterns of their neighbors' lives, they are likely to help each other regardless of any disagreements, and they enjoy village events.

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June 10, 2009

A fourteenth month of Sungiva

I know, I know. I'm late. We're almost halfway into her fifteenth month, and everyone wants pictures. Finally, here they are!

Sungiva's fourteenth month included lots of visitors and visiting. Her grandparents came from Germany, and we all went to see my parents as well. She just keeps growing, and smiling a lot.

Sungiva shows off her dress.
Sungiva shows off her dress and jewelery.

Sungiva shows us how to eat properly.
Sungiva shows us how to eat properly.

Sungiva and her grandmother enjoy the lawn.
Sungiva and her grandmother enjoy the lawn.

As always, I've also posted a gallery, with even more excitement.

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June 30, 2009

Sungiva's fifteenth month

Sungiva's teenage months are flying by. She started the month with her grandparents visiting, then her aunt, uncle, and cousin arrived, and she's been busy ever since with friends, animals, toys, and us.

Reading with her aunt Mirjam, cousin Jonathan, and uncle Michael.

Posing for a picture.
Posing for a picture.

Sungiva visits the chickens at Dryden Dairy Day.
Sungiva visits the chickens at Dryden Dairy Day.

Sungiva feeds her rabbit, Janet.
Sungiva feeds her rabbit, Janet.

Once again, I've also posted a gallery, if you'd like to see more of Sungiva.

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And where's he gone?

I'm getting back into blogging, but right now I'm pretty distracted by the lunacy of our so-called New York State Senate. It's more a state topic than a Dryden topic (and Jim Seward has only played a bit part in it), so I'm mostly posting at The Albany Project lately.

If you want an easy place to keep up with my writings, Dryden and otherwise, my old simonstl.com domain shows the latest from here and elsewhere.

(I will be coming back to Dryden blogging sometime, really!)

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