June 3, 2013

Comments off for now

Sorry about that, but 2000 spam comments a day for the last week is more than I can deal with. I need to find new and better infrastructure for this!

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June 20, 2013

Historical Society OP sale Friday and Saturday

"OP" SALE 2013

The Dryden Town Historical Society will hold its annual "OP Sale" on June 21st and 22nd on the grounds of the Southworth Homestead on North Main Street in Dryden.

What is an "OP" sale you ask? An "OP" sale is: the opportunity to donate useful, decorative, antique, vintage or historic items that you no longer need, the opportunity to purchase unique items that are priced to sell, and the opportunity to help the Dryden Town Historical Society raise money to preserve the beautiful Southworth house.

We have a wide variety of offerings: antiques, collectibles, house wares, furniture, holiday items, vintage toys, and who-knows-what; donations are still coming in so expect surprises.

The sale begins at 8 AM each day and ends at 3 PM on Friday and 5 PM on Saturday. Come early for the best selection. For more information, call Mary Hornbuckle (898-3461) or Shirley Price (844-8700). SHOP THE OP!!

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June 24, 2013

Accident at 13/366, death in Freeville

I thought the flashing lights were because of construction, so avoided the intersection that morning, but a late-night collision at the western intersection of Routes 13 and 366 killed a Freeville man.

In the aftermath of a fire in Freeville, a body was found. It's a strange story, beginning with a noise complaint and then a fire.

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June 26, 2013

Story Walk Friday

Finger Lakes Land Trust Launches Story Walk in Ellis Hollow

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is launching its first "story walk" on Friday, June 28th at 10:00 AM at the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve in Dryden. Designed to promote physical fitness and a love of reading by creating opportunities for children and their caregivers to experience reading outdoors, the story walk will be free and open to the public.

The Land Trust's first walk will center on the classic story "Just a Dream" by Chris Van Allsburg. The book's pages will be individually laminated, grouped into small sections, and then placed along the trail at the Land Trust's Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve. Throughout the summer, children and their caregivers will be able to take free, self-guided walking and reading adventures through the fern-carpeted forests of the preserve.

To generate excitement, the Land Trust will host a "kick off" walk led by Valerie Akers, a local educator, who will take the first group of children and their families through the preserve, stopping along the path to read "Just a Dream." The first 30 families who attend the kickoff walk will receive a copy of the book to bring home.

The story walk is intended bring nature and reading together in a no-pressure setting where children and their caregivers can take an engaging stroll through a community resource. The Land Trust believes that many children will explore the preserve, eager to get to the next few pages of the book as they walk under hemlock trees just a little farther than they have gone before.

The Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve is just off Ellis Hollow Creek Rd in the Town of Dryden.

Funding to launch the initial story walk project was generously granted by the Friends of the Library. The Land Trust also received help from the Family Reading Partnership.

More information is available at www.fllt.org.

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June 27, 2013

And another nature walk

It's what happens when a place has nature worth preserving and seeing!

The Finger Lakes Land Trust invites you to Butterflies and Bugs on Saturday, June 29 at 10:00 AM, a nature walk especially for families and children. Join Cornell entomology graduate student Heather Connelly at the Roy H Park Preserve (South Parking Area) in Dryden for an easy walk through varying habitats. Heather will help us find and identify the smaller creatures at this preserve. Children of all ages welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dress for the weather and don't forget water and snacks!

Directions: From Ithaca, take Rt. 13 north to Irish Settlement Rd., turn right and continue 1.5 miles past Hammond Hill Rd. The preserve parking area is on the left just past the southern end of Goodband Rd. This event will be happening at the SOUTH parking area, NOT the northern area, where the boardwalk is.

Talks and Treks is a series of guided walks led by volunteer naturalists to our region's natural areas that help educate youth and adults about the natural and cultural history of the Finger Lakes. The events are free and open to the public.

For more information visit our web site at www.fllt.org or call 607-275-9487. This event is free and open to the public and will go rain or shine.

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