November 3, 2011

Lots of election-related news

I'm about 20 stories behind on pieces I wanted to write before the election, with little sign I'll get them done. Still, there's lots popping up, so... There was a piece on Dryden's fracking ban on NPR's Morning Edition this...

Posted by simon at 12:18 PM

May 26, 2011

Dryden Courier articles now online

More and more Dryden Courier content has been moving to the Ithaca Times website, which is an improvement since the Courier doesn't have its own website. I was usually stuck using the search function to find it, but I'm very...

Posted by simon at 7:54 AM

January 24, 2009

Village of Dryden to continue clearing sidewalks

In a decision that will doubtless make at least one recent commenter sad, but makes me very happy, the Village of Dryden will continue to clear snow from sidewalks. So says the January 21 Dryden Courier, which just arrived today....

Posted by simon at 3:19 PM

April 22, 2008

Dryden Police leaving Freeville

The April 16th issue of the Dryden Courier leads with an article on the end of Village of Dryden police covering the Village of Freeville. Freeville had been paying $42,000 a year, but according to Dryden Mayor Reba Taylor, "Their...

Posted by simon at 8:02 AM

February 25, 2008

Methodist Church serving meals

This week's Dryden Courier is, as usual, packed with Dryden news. There's an article on the Dryden United Methodist Church, which is serving a free meal on the fourth Wednesday of every month. They'd like to expand to more nights,...

Posted by simon at 5:57 PM

February 16, 2008

Dryden seeks superintendent, green energy

Once again, the Dryden Courier sparkles as the one place in town to find in-depth news on the Town of Dryden. One issue of the Courier is easily worth two weeks of the Ithaca Journal or Cortland Standard. Of course,...

Posted by simon at 4:32 PM

January 21, 2008

Methodist Church needs repairs

This week's Dryden Courier is overwhelmingly loaded with Dryden news. If you have a chance, I'd encourage you to buy a copy, since I can only get so much in here. (Rite Aid and the Mobil usually have it in...

Posted by simon at 2:24 PM

December 10, 2007

An odd Christmas gift suggestion

While writing that last article on the Dryden Courier, I couldn't help reflecting that they have by far the best coverage of any of the local papers on Dryden. (Tompkins Weekly is up and coming, but it's covering the whole...

Posted by simon at 8:44 AM

Tree lighting, service awards

This week's Dryden Courier has a picture of Beyond Measure on the front fold, singing at the Dryden Community Cafe during the celebrations around the Christmas tree lighting. Inside the paper, there's a photo of Santa's arrival by fire truck,...

Posted by simon at 8:22 AM

November 17, 2007

Less sewage than expected

There always seems to be more sewage than expected, but there had to be an exception. Matt Cooper reports in this week's Dryden Courier that the Cortland Road Sewer district appears to be sending less sewage to the Village of...

Posted by simon at 9:50 AM

October 25, 2007

Sewers stuck

The cover stories of this week's Dryden Courier, except for the charming picture of an elementary chorus singing before the school board, are pretty dark. One story examines the problem of a foul smell in the Dryden High School/Middle School...

Posted by simon at 6:48 PM

October 9, 2007

Dryden campaign coverage

Want to know more about the Dryden candidates? There's lots of coverage in the Dryden Courier and Tompkins Weekly. This week's Dryden Courier (available on newstands until tomorrow) covers the first candidates forum in depth. Tompkins Weekly talks with the...

Posted by simon at 8:50 AM

September 17, 2007

Southworth Book Sale Thursday

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article on the Southworth Library book sale, to be held Thursday through Saturday at the Dryden Fire Hall. It will start at 9:00am all three days, but end at 5:00pm 8:00pm on Thursday...

Posted by simon at 5:02 PM

September 6, 2007

Corrections day

A few weeks ago I published a piece on local flour that included this picture: Bread made from fresh whole wheat flour. The Dryden Courier asked for the recipe, which we sent: Pumpkin Seed Bread - Angelika St.Laurent I always...

Posted by simon at 12:25 PM

September 4, 2007

Eight Square Festival, Community Cafe

The Dryden Courier seems to be arriving later and later every week. Thanks to the Labor Day holiday, I got my copy the day before tomorrow's issue comes out. There's a lot of good in the issue, though once again...

Posted by simon at 6:07 PM

August 25, 2007

Superintendent, intersection

This week's Dryden Courier just arrived. It reports on Dryden Schools Superintendent Mark Crawford's impending departure for his hometown of Hamburg, where he'll be taking the Superintendent's job.There's also an article on the Lower Creek Road curve that's been a...

Posted by simon at 8:37 PM

August 10, 2007

School lunch budget problems

This week's Dryden Courier has a long article about the Dryden school lunch program's deficit. Last year's contingency budget forced benefits into the program's budget, creating problems, but there seem to be a lot of other issues as well. There...

Posted by simon at 5:34 PM

July 10, 2007

Rotary Food Run, Presbyterian descendants

This past week's Dryden Courier leads with articles on the Dryden Rotary's Food Run through Clark's ShurSave grocery store. Tickets are $5, with the winning ticket drawn tomorrow night at 6:00pm. The run itself will be held the 19th, and...

Posted by simon at 5:42 PM

July 2, 2007

HUD loan sorted

I'm behind in covering the June Town Board meeting, and behind in covering the Dryden Courier. Fortunately Matt Cooper reports on the Town Board meeting in the June 20th Courier, so I can manage them together. The Courier leads with...

Posted by simon at 5:11 PM

May 24, 2007

Lilac Season and Aromas

by David Makar for Living in Dryden This evening I had a slice of pizza from Pizza Aroma (Green and Cayuga Street in the city of Ithaca) for a late in the night dinner. While the slice (Hawaiian - ham...

Posted by david at 10:32 PM

April 10, 2007

Dryden schools projects, music fundraiser

The latest issue of the Dryden Courier leads with the passing of the EXCEL capital project, and announces a fundraiser for the Dryden Music Boosters on April 21st from 7:00pm to 9:30pm in the Dryden Middle School/High School gym. They'll...

Posted by simon at 8:50 AM

March 30, 2007

Dryden police calls up

This week's Dryden Courier leads with the news that Dryden Village Police responded to 1800 calls last year, around five per day. The article cites traffic flow as a cause, though it doesn't say if 'calls' includes traffic stops. Crime...

Posted by simon at 8:32 AM

March 12, 2007

Dryden accomplishments; sewer plant questions

This week's issue of the Dryden Courier arrived in better time than last week's, and if you read this today or tomorrow and want to find out more about an article the paper will still be available in stores. The...

Posted by simon at 7:54 AM

March 7, 2007

Livestock in the Village of Dryden?

I seem to be getting the Dryden Courier later and later in its weekly cycle, and combining that with my being out of town Monday and Tuesday means that the issue I'm about to write about isn't the one in...

Posted by simon at 7:08 PM

February 9, 2007

Chocolates tomorrow, music tonight

This week's Dryden Courier stocks its front page with weekend events. They lead with an article on my favorite annual event, the Etna Chocolate Festival, which will be tomorrow, February 10th, from 10:00am to noon at Houtz Hall (map). I'm...

Posted by simon at 12:03 PM

January 9, 2007

Sewer monitoring to move forward

The last two weeks of the Dryden Courier have been pretty quiet, and are pleasantly calming reading after the last week of the Ithaca Journal. Of course, the Courier will probably have to catch up to those stories too. The...

Posted by simon at 6:38 PM

December 22, 2006

Grants coming in to schools, Village of Dryden

This week's Dryden Courier has a picture of the snowless, and likely to stay snowless, Main Street in the Village of Dryden. The village may not be getting snow, but it's getting money through a Community Block Development Grant for...

Posted by simon at 9:42 AM

December 18, 2006

Influential student

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article profiling Corey Earle, a Dryden High graduate just listed as a member of the "25 most influential Cornellians". Earle is president of the Glee Club, president of Quill and Dagger, and writer...

Posted by simon at 6:18 PM

December 11, 2006

Sim Redmond teaches Dryden Middle School

This week's Dryden Courier watches the Sim Redmond Band perform a workshop with middle school students, exploring music and song writing. Also on the front page is a picture from the dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at Dryden Elementary, which...

Posted by simon at 12:40 PM

November 9, 2006

Election, shopping spree

This week's Dryden Courier reports on David Makar's victory Tuesday night in the Town Board race, and Cortland resident Dennis Wright's shopping spree, which he won from Dryden Rotary, enjoyed at Clark's, and donated to the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard. Inside,...

Posted by simon at 5:17 PM

November 6, 2006

Candidate perspectives

The Dryden Courier has always done a great job of giving candidates for local office space to explain who they are and what they're hoping to accomplish, and I strongly recommend finding a copy if you haven't yet decided. The...

Posted by simon at 7:20 AM

August 28, 2006

Empire Zone landing

This past Wednesday's Dryden Courier explores the recently awarded Tompkins County Empire Zone, which has segments along 13 both at the Route 366 intersection and immediately north of the Village of Dryden. It sounds like it will be a while...

Posted by simon at 6:15 PM

August 17, 2006

Freeville farm Organic; Etna candidate Libertarian

It's been a while since I reported on the Dryden Courier, but it's time to get back into it. This week's cover has a picture of plants growing at Cornell's Freeville Organic Research Farm, which just received certification that it...

Posted by simon at 5:30 PM

June 1, 2006

Little Dryden news in Dryden Courier

I know I've been slack covering it lately, but this week's Dryden Courier surprised me thoroughly. Apart from a picture of scrap metal being collected at the Dryden Highway Department, there's no Dryden news on the front page. Instead there...

Posted by simon at 12:17 PM

May 11, 2006

Sertoma honors Mike Lane

The May 3rd edition of the Dryden Courier reports on the celebration Dryden Sertoma held of former County Legislator Mike Lane's accomplishments, awarding him their Benjamin Franklin Award. I was frustrated to have a conflicting event, so it's good to...

Posted by simon at 5:01 PM

March 28, 2006

Looking for attrition

Writing about the Dryden schools' budget work this morning reminded me that I hadn't yet covered the Dryden Courier's March 22nd issue. It has an article on last week's discussion, which started by looking for a 7.5% spending increase budget....

Posted by simon at 12:04 PM

March 14, 2006

Poetry and a musical

The March 8th issue of the Dryden Courier leads with two stories about Dryden schools. The first explores plans for "Poem in Your Pocket Day" and other poetry events to be held at Dryden High School and Middle School later...

Posted by simon at 7:54 AM

February 28, 2006

Nuisance law rejected

The February 22nd Dryden Courier reports that the Village of Dryden dropped a proposed nuisance law, citing concerns of landlords. There's also an article on Philip Pamel, whose Eagle Scout project will focus on building eight benches for the new...

Posted by simon at 5:21 PM

February 20, 2006

School board appointee, Town Hall update

The Feburary 15th issue of the Dryden Courier talks with newly appointed Dryden School Board member Jeff Bradley about returning to the board he served on for twelve years after a three-year break. There's a picture of the Etna Chocolate...

Posted by simon at 11:06 AM

February 17, 2006

Ambassador visits

I've missed a week on the Dryden Courier, so I'd better catch up on that. The February 8th issue leads with an article and photos on the visit of Ambassador Bob F. Jalang'o, former Ambassador to the United Nations from...

Posted by simon at 12:31 PM

February 6, 2006

Mock trials, parties, cooking, and reading at Dryden schools

This morning's Ithaca Journal is once again quiet on Dryden news, but the February 1st issue of the Dryden Courier is busy, largely with school news. The lead article visits the mock trial club at Dryden High School, which is...

Posted by simon at 12:17 PM

January 31, 2006

Questions of landlord responsibility

This morning's Ithaca Journal is quiet about Dryden, but I haven't yet covered the January 25th Dryden Courier, which has lots of Dryden news. The lead story reports on the Village of Dryden tabling a resolution that would have imposed...

Posted by simon at 8:14 AM

January 21, 2006

Town closes on land for Town Hall

The nice thing about subscribing to the Dryden Courier is that I no longer have to go get it. The unfortunate thing is that the paper can disappear into the mail pile, as happened with last week's edition. The January...

Posted by simon at 10:45 AM

January 9, 2006

Food pantry opened today

This morning's Ithaca Journal was quiet on Dryden, but the current issue (January 4th) of the Dryden Courier has lots of news. Freeville United Methodist Church opened a food pantry again today after five years without Freeville having one. Distributions...

Posted by simon at 10:43 PM

January 2, 2006

Gramma's Country Kitchen, and much more

Reading the Ithaca Journal lately, I get a sense that Dryden is a very sleepy place. Reading the December 28th Dryden Courier, though, I see a very active community with all kinds of things happening. I'm not positive, but I...

Posted by simon at 7:35 PM

December 26, 2005

Petunia Patch Pockets; more for Lane

This week's Dryden Courier (December 21st) leads with Margaret Brownell Lorenzen's latest Slinky Slithertail book, Petunia Patch Pockets and the Golden Locket. Lorenzen wrote the first version of the story back in 1961, but this version, with illustrations by Jocelyn...

Posted by simon at 9:07 PM

December 12, 2005

From Thanksgiving feasts to Santa

Somehow I've fallen behind on covering the Dryden Courier again, and I'd like to at least cover last week's issue while it's still available on newsstands. The November 30th issue of the Courier visited the Freeville Thanksgiving Dinner held at...

Posted by simon at 10:27 PM

November 29, 2005

When 911 goes wrong

The November 23rd Dryden Courier has a story that hopefully won't be repeated: Village of Dryden Police responded to a 911 call on Lee Road, and no one answered. In making sure there wasn't a problem there, they caused $700...

Posted by simon at 8:00 PM

November 27, 2005

Work, development, and politics

I started to report on this week's Dryden Courier when I realized that I hadn't yet reported on the previous week's issue (November 16th), so thought I should do that first. The Courier led with an article on custodian Dave...

Posted by simon at 10:19 PM

November 14, 2005

Budget, town hall

This week's Dryden Courier leads with a look at the prospects for a new Town Hall, which Town Supervisor Steve Trumbull says will probably cost around $2 million, up from estimates long long ago when they started saving of $300,000....

Posted by simon at 6:15 PM

November 6, 2005

After-school programs, elementary school foyer

I missed covering last week's Dryden Courier, and there are only a few days left to get the current issue. I've chosen some especially unfortunate issues to cover late. If you want to get a feel for all the candidates...

Posted by simon at 4:43 PM

October 23, 2005

$50,000 for firefighters; working for better math scores

This week's Dryden Courier leads with a picture of last week's press conference at which County Legislator Mike Lane and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton announced $50,000 in funding for firefighting equipment at Dryden's Neptune Hose Company and Freeville's W.B. Strong. $35,000...

Posted by simon at 8:55 PM

October 18, 2005

Farmstand, prospective skatepark

I've been slack in covering the Dryden Courier lately, and I should cover it while it's still available. This week, it's even been available for free at the XtraMart at the Sunoco station on the Route 13/366 overlap with any...

Posted by simon at 8:51 AM

October 3, 2005

Foxglove and Wizards

This week's Dryden Courier leads with stories on Freeville's Foxglove Bed & Breakfast, which has been in business since 1997, and the upcoming visit of the Harlem Wizards to take on a team of Dryden school staff and coaches. The...

Posted by simon at 7:36 PM

September 25, 2005

Town Board meeting conflicts

I was planning to spend this weekend catching up on a number of stories, but instead wound up resting (for the first time in too long), painting and fixing storm windows, and replacing my windshield wiper blades after a chunk...

Posted by simon at 8:46 PM

September 19, 2005

Kindergarten and Katrina

One of the many things I wanted to write about this weekend but didn't get to was the latest Dryden Courier, and I do feel I should cover it while it's still available on news stands. Last Wednesday's issue has...

Posted by simon at 8:34 PM

September 11, 2005

School construction, HANDS

This week's Dryden Courier takes a detailed look at the contstruction at Dryden Elementary School and efforts to keep it from disrupting the school year, which just started. There's also an article on Help A Needy Dryden Student (HANDS), a...

Posted by simon at 8:09 PM

September 6, 2005

Fixing schools, moving creeks

With the Labor Day weekend, I almost forgot to report on last week's issue of the Dryden Courier. It leads with articles on the Dryden School District's rush to finish renovations on the elementary schools, and with the successful completion...

Posted by simon at 7:05 PM

August 28, 2005

Village annexation; new school employees

It's a busy week for the Dryden Courier, covering both Village of Dryden news and new employees for the coming school year, as well as prospects for sports. A report on the Village of Dryden Board of Trustees' August meeting...

Posted by simon at 7:48 AM

August 21, 2005

Hay rides and playgrounds

This week's Dryden Courier visits last Saturday's Farm City Day, with a picture of a horse-drawn hay ride and coverage of the displays and activities as well. They also have an article and photo about work being done at the...

Posted by simon at 7:54 AM

August 7, 2005

Dryden soldier in Iraq

This week's Dryden Courier leads with a profile of Rob Bailey, a US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel serving in Iraq. The article is largely an interview with his brother, John Bailey, also of Dryden, and echoes Bailey's Memorial Day address....

Posted by simon at 10:00 AM

July 31, 2005

Collecting fire trucks, gathering volunteers

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article about Dave Perkins' fire truck collection, which at one point included 14 motorized trucks (now down to seven) and two buggies. There are pictures of the buggies on the cover and inside....

Posted by simon at 8:46 AM

July 24, 2005

Construction and planning

This week's Dryden Courier comes folded very strangely, to accomodate an "Ithaca Times Menu Guide" that I suspect was sized for the larger Ithaca Times. Inside, though, there's plenty of information. There's an in-depth look at the summer construction at...

Posted by simon at 9:12 AM

July 17, 2005

Masons move into West Dryden

The lead story in this week's Dryden Courier is the Hobasco Lodge No. 7216 Masons moving into the old Methodist Church and former West Dryden Community Center on West Dryden Road. The Masons, who meet there once a month, are...

Posted by simon at 9:55 AM

July 10, 2005

Creating a place for kids

This week's Dryden Courier leads with articles on improving life for Dryden children. There's an article on Opportunity, Understanding, Respect, and Success (OURS), a group providing activities in Conger's Mobile Home Park started by Jessica Houle, a Cornell student who...

Posted by simon at 10:20 AM

July 4, 2005

Graduation, trails

This week's Dryden Courier leads with the Dryden High School graduation, as well as congratulations given to the Dryden school board and superintendent. Inside the paper, there are articles on the plans for a Freeville-to-Dryden trail and one on the...

Posted by simon at 4:07 PM

June 26, 2005

Golf course reopens; Dryden graduates

This week's Dryden Courier leads with the success of two community volunteer initiatives: the Dryden Lake Golf Club and Dryden Dairy Day. The Lakeview Golf Course is running once again as the Dryden Lake Golf Club, with a crew of...

Posted by simon at 10:32 AM

June 19, 2005

School to summer; changes at WHCU

This week's Dryden Courier looks at the transitions from the school year to the summer. There's an article on the Montgomery Park summer concert series, which starts this coming Wednesday at 6:30pm with the Burns Sisters. A full list of...

Posted by simon at 11:24 PM

June 14, 2005

Courier on Hattery, retirements, Dairy Day

I should probably write about last week's Dryden Courier while it's still available on newsstands. The front page has an article about Town Councilman Mike Hattery's run for the County Legislature seat held by Mike Lane, as well as a...

Posted by simon at 12:22 PM

June 5, 2005

Extensive report on George Junior union negotiations

The Dryden Courier has some of the deepest coverage of labor issues I've seen in a long time. The cover has pictures of the rally SEIU workers held May 25th at George Junior, and has a picture of the inflatable...

Posted by simon at 10:33 AM

May 29, 2005

Schools, annexation

This week's Dryden Courier takes a look at Dryden Superintendent Mark Crawford's first year. A few of the key points are the formalizing of the HANDS program, creating an after-school program at Cassavant Elementary School, and the recent passage of...

Posted by simon at 2:08 PM

May 22, 2005

Art competition, recreation

The Dryden Courier leads with an article on Dryden High School students placing at the New York Olympics of the Visual Arts. (The article is available online from the Ithaca Times.) There's a picture of students modeling a Louis XVI...

Posted by simon at 8:05 AM

May 15, 2005

Dryden prom, school budget

This week's Dryden Courier starts with the Dryden High School prom, and then spends a lot of time looking at the school district. The article looks at both this year's James Bond-themed prom and parents' memories of the proms of...

Posted by simon at 8:02 AM

May 8, 2005

Teen activities and volunteerism

The front page articles of this week's Dryden Courier are devoted to teens. One explores the Dryden High School Senior All Night Extravaganza (SANE), an alcohol-free graduation night party which entices seniors to come with surprises. Even the location is...

Posted by simon at 7:31 AM

April 28, 2005

Dryden Hotel reopens; duck or not duck?

This week's issue of the Dryden Courier leads with the reopening of the Dryden Hotel, starting with a party last Friday night and returning to its usual schedule this week. Closed for four months because of a flood from the...

Posted by simon at 12:11 PM

April 23, 2005

Iraq; lacrosse; school races

This week's Dryden Courier is packed with news about the town, on levels from local lacrosse to the county legislature to a protest at Congressman Boehlert's office to a Dryden dentist returning from Iraq. Once again, if you don't read...

Posted by simon at 8:43 AM

April 18, 2005

Green Town Hall?

In this past week's Dryden Courier, Tony Hall asks "how green will the new building be?" He reports on NYSERDA's possible financial support for an energy-efficient Town Hall, and related green-building projects at the SPCA and the Town of Lansing...

Posted by simon at 12:18 PM

April 12, 2005

Courier on school budget, Anne Grant

I'm late getting to the Dryden Courier this week, and their article on the Dryden schools budget getting close to a 10% levy increase has been made obsolete by this morning's Journal article on their staying below 9%. There's lot...

Posted by simon at 12:38 PM

April 3, 2005

School project news good, school budget complicated

This week's Dryden Courier leads with good news: bids for elementary school renovations came in $180,000 under the expected $9.4 million budget. The referendum authorizing the project had been passed two years ago, and the board was very concerned about...

Posted by simon at 10:29 AM

March 26, 2005

Golf course sale raises conflict of interest, other questions

This week's Dryden Courier has a must-read article on the March 11th auction of the Lakeview Golf Course, where it was purchased by its current owner, George Szlasa. It's definitely worth getting up now and going out to buy the...

Posted by simon at 9:27 AM

March 19, 2005

Windmills? Maybe not

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article on the windmills Cornell has proposed building on Mount Pleasant, which could provide 10-15% of the university's electricity. Neighbors are less than happy, and the Courier reports that 15 of them signed...

Posted by simon at 8:46 AM

March 15, 2005

Village candidate perspectives

I just got this past week's Dryden Courier, and should cover it while it's still available. It's also extra-appropriate today because it includes candidate questions and reponses for the Village of Dryden candidates. Polls will be open from noon to...

Posted by simon at 12:15 PM

March 6, 2005

Village sewer plant may block TC3 expansion; snowmobile benefit

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article on roadblocks to TC3's expansion. Governor Pataki's veto of funding for it last year has stalled it, but even with the money, there's another large problem: needed repairs for the Village of...

Posted by simon at 10:41 AM

February 27, 2005

Village Board on housing, parking, volunteer fire benefits

This week's issue of the Dryden Courier includes a detailed story on the Village of Dryden's January Board meeting. There's some explanation of the continuation of the multiple unit housing moratorium extension and its future: Mayor Reba Taylor said Tompkins...

Posted by simon at 7:37 AM

February 20, 2005

Club Dryden success; high school profiles

This week's Dryden Courier has lots and lots of Dryden news. The cover stories include a continuation of last week's profiles of the two Dryden student school board liaisons, focusing on Amanda Christofferson's accomplishments this time. The Courier reports that...

Posted by simon at 11:43 AM

February 13, 2005

Courier will accept local political letters

The Dryden Courier's editorial this week reverses a policy it had set after the last round of local elections, when it decided "to no longer print letters supporting local candidates." They've changed their minds because: Local elections hit closer to...

Posted by simon at 1:56 PM

February 6, 2005

Helping students, a cappella recognition

This week it looks like I'll manage to cover the Dryden Courier while it's still available, unlike my way-late reporting of the previous two weeks. There's lots in it this week. The lead article look at the Help A Needy...

Posted by simon at 9:33 AM

January 31, 2005

Village annexation prospects, nurseries

I've been painfully slack in getting the Dryden Courier over the last few weeks. I bought last week's on the Tuesday night before it disappeared, misplaced it, and just got to the current issue tonight. There's still one more day...

Posted by simon at 7:48 PM

January 16, 2005

Barbecue in Dryden; water damage at Dryden Hotel

Posted by simon at 10:01 AM

January 11, 2005

Dryden Barber Shop at Stafford Chevrolet

The lead article in this past week's Dryden Courier follows the move of the Dryden Barber Shop from its home in the Dryden Hotel to Stafford Chevrolet after a pipe broke in the Dryden Hotel. Several businesses offered proprietor Sylvia...

Posted by simon at 12:36 PM

January 4, 2005

McLean activities

With the holidays, I almost missed an issue of the Dryden Courier. Fortunately, I picked one up today. (The new issue will be out tomorrow.) This past week's issue leads with a story about after-school programs for kids in McLean....

Posted by simon at 12:11 PM

December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas, You Old Building and Loan

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article on Dryden's connections to the movie It's a Wonderful Life. They have a picture of John Bailey standing in front of George Bailey Insurance and an article comparing the claims of Seneca...

Posted by simon at 10:33 AM

December 19, 2004

Welcome to Dryden...

The Dryden Courier has one of the best editorials I've seen in a long time, picking up on the possibility of "Welcome to Dryden" signs along Routes 13 and 38, and asking what the next line should be. Here's a...

Posted by simon at 12:43 PM

November 28, 2004

Slinky Slithertail, medieval music

This week's Dryden Courier leads with a story about Slinky Slithertail, the: "guilt-prone protagonist in Dryden resident Margaret Laurenzen's first book, which was published three years ago with the help of twelve-year old illustrator Mathew Habalou, a Dryden intermediate school...

Posted by simon at 4:27 PM

November 21, 2004

Etna fire contract, Pirates of Penzance

This week's Dryden Courier is stuffed full of Dryden news. The front page leads with coverage of Dryden Middle School's presentation of The Pirates of Penzance, including both a picture and a story on the musical and its production. An...

Posted by simon at 11:05 AM

November 14, 2004

Victorian Festival coming to Village of Dryden

This week's Dryden Courier leads with a Victorian Festival that businesses in the Village of Dryden will be sponsoring on Friday, December 3rd. Nineteen businesses have come together in the past three weeks to do this. Businesses will have open...

Posted by simon at 1:05 PM

October 31, 2004

Decorating funds, wonderful schools, letters

This weeks' Dryden Courier takes a look at the Dryden Decorating Committee's efforts to raise funds, as they look for an additional $4,000 for wreaths to decorate village lightposts. The Village Board turned them down this time. There's also an...

Posted by simon at 2:47 PM

October 21, 2004

Model rockets and water issues

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article on model rocketry's role in the fifth-grade science curriculum at Dryden Intermediate School. Students start with a simple rocket blown off the end of a straw, then to Alka-Seltzer rockets, and finally...

Posted by simon at 12:49 PM

October 18, 2004

Time at Toads

Once again, I've been slow getting to covering the Dryden Courier, though I enjoyed reading it last week. The lead article, "Restaurant Doubles as 'Freeville Central' for Locals" visits Toad's, on Route 38 in Freeville. It's not a restaurant review,...

Posted by simon at 8:46 AM

October 8, 2004

School board doors too closed?

This week's Dryden Courier has lots of Dryden news, plus an editorial that looks at the Dryden Central School Board's most recent appointment, and color photos front and back. The front page starts with an article on the unanimous appointment...

Posted by simon at 7:41 PM

October 4, 2004

Lawnmower trouble

I seem to have read and enjoyed last week's Dryden Courier without reporting on its contents. The lead story is about people in the Village of Dryden riding lawnmowers on sidewalks for transportation and the problems it causes. The mowers...

Posted by simon at 12:23 PM

September 23, 2004

Church magic, teachers' contract

This week's Dryden Courier visits a Saturday Kids Club event at the Dryden Assembly of God Church, as Gary Croniser II presented a magic show combined with a religious message. They duplicate a story from last week about having the...

Posted by simon at 2:20 PM

September 16, 2004

Catching up with the Courier

I was away last week, so I'm covering two issues of the Dryden Courier in one article. Both issues focus on farming issues and the start of the school sports seasons. In the September 8th issue, Courier reporter Tony Hall...

Posted by simon at 5:38 PM

September 3, 2004

Rural small businesses, guide dog, sports

This week's Dryden Courier looks at the county's efforts to encourage rural small businesses. The Planning Department found that while 35% of the population lives in rural areas of the county, 55% of the small businesses are there. The county...

Posted by simon at 7:53 AM

August 25, 2004

Teachers' agreement, water issue

This week's Dryden Courier explores the happier feelings coming out of the Dryden Central School District's negotiations with the Dryden Faculty Association. If all goes well as seems possible in the September 2nd vote, teachers should have a contract in...

Posted by simon at 6:43 PM

August 18, 2004

Purchasing farm development rights

This week's Dryden Courier has fairly little about Dryden in it. Even one of the front page articles takes place over in Mecklenburg. On the bright side, the lead article on Dryden has a lot of detail on an important...

Posted by simon at 9:18 PM

August 12, 2004

Accused restaurant robber skips bail

This week's Dryden Courier has a lot of detail on Mao Shen Lin, who failed to show up to his trial for kidnapping and attempted grand larceny last week after posting $200,000 bail. Mao Shen Lin was arrested in connection...

Posted by simon at 12:53 PM

August 10, 2004

Catching up with the Courier

A new issue of the Dryden Courier will be out tomorrow, and I'm still catching up on last week's. (Unfortunately I missed the week before, but I'll track one down.) The lead stories are on the Dryden Central School District's...

Posted by simon at 8:54 PM

July 23, 2004

Dryden school planning, "Headstone Controversy"

This week's Dryden Courier takes a look at the Dryden Central School District's formation of a strategic planning committee to "map out district goals for the next five years," as well as the board's reorganization at its first meeting of...

Posted by simon at 12:06 PM

July 16, 2004

Tower, serendipity, making a difference

This week's Dryden Courier looks at the protracted saga of the Crown Castle Atlantic cell phone tower that the Town Board approved last week. They also visit the Dryden Historical Society, looking through the collections and talking about the programs....

Posted by simon at 12:49 PM

July 8, 2004

Intergenerational Band, Fish tales

This week's Dryden Courier takes a look at the Dryden Intergenerational Summer Band and Chorus, which formed to help Dryden celebrate its 1997 bicentennial but "discovered they were having too much fun to disband". They'll be performing August 14th at...

Posted by simon at 12:38 PM

July 1, 2004

Dryden Courier on goodbyes, concerts

This week's edition of the Dryden Courier reports on Dryden school graduations and retirements, along with end-of-year awards. They also have a piece on the concert series the town is sponsoring in Montgomery Park on Wednesday nights. Inside the paper...

Posted by simon at 12:51 PM

June 25, 2004

Catching up with the Dryden Courier

I've been falling behind lately as work has been more and difficult, but fortunately the Dryden Courier is maintaining its weekly schedule. I just have to get around to reading it! This week's lead articles cover the retirement reception for...

Posted by simon at 12:52 PM

June 16, 2004

2004 Dryden graduates, Dairy Day, solar

This week's Dryden Courier includes pictures of the Dryden High School class of 2004, from Allmendinger to Zhankov. The articles explore the 'hordes' at Dryden Dairy Day and the presentation Friday night about the solar panels on Dryden High School....

Posted by simon at 8:44 PM

June 10, 2004

Schools mourn teacher, student

This week's Dryden Courier is heavy with Dryden school district news. The lead article reports on the district's loss of science teacher Dennis Pollack to a stroke and student Jamie Cutting to an ATV accident, and the other front-page article...

Posted by simon at 5:45 AM

June 4, 2004

Dryden school budget changes, children among the eskers

This week's Dryden Courier looks at the Dryden School District's challenge in assembling a new budget after the 718-718 tie. Some challenges the board has to face: a 15% increase in gas prices since January a 14% increase in health...

Posted by simon at 7:30 PM

May 27, 2004

New Town Hall news

This week's Dryden Courier features an article on prospects for a new Town Hall, a project that's been in the works for a while but which was deferred to executive session at the May Town Board meeting. It seems there's...

Posted by simon at 8:10 PM

May 20, 2004

Courier on golf course

This week's Dryden Courier takes a long look at Lakeview Golf Course, the course the Town of Dryden has been considering buying. While it opens with the prospect of the town buying the course, it spends most of its time...

Posted by simon at 10:13 PM

May 12, 2004

Candidates, proms, and Corvettes

This week's Dryden Courier leads with an article on students attending last weekend's Dryden prom, "when the cosmic powers that be dim the lights a little bit and put on music with real violins in the background and when a...

Posted by simon at 8:14 PM

May 6, 2004

Courier looks at youth

This week's Dryden Courier cover stories look at what kids are doing in Dryden. There's an appreciative article on the Dryden High School a cappella group Beyond Measure's recent performance at Dryden Jazz Night. It also takes a look at...

Posted by simon at 5:12 PM

April 29, 2004

Grange honors, Dryden school renovations lead Courier

The front page of this week's Dryden Courier has a picture of the Dryden Middle School production of Fiddler on the Roof. The lead stories focus on the Dryden Grange's honoring of farmer and school board member Tom Miller and...

Posted by simon at 8:40 AM

April 21, 2004

This week's Courier

This week's Dryden Courier includes an article on Dryden Middle School's production of Fiddler on the Roof, which will be performed April 22nd through 24th at 7pm each night. On a similar note, the "Mind over Matters" column looks at...

Posted by simon at 9:41 PM

April 14, 2004

Dryden Courier examines school budget, firefighter benefits

This week's Dryden Courier takes a close look at the Dryden school budget, particularly the business education position that was saved by the current proposal. There's also coverage of the proposed LOSAP benefit package for volunteer firefighters (which notably explains...

Posted by simon at 7:25 PM

April 7, 2004

Freeville government and teacher-parent communication

This week's Dryden Courier takes the recent uncontested elections as a good reason to take a close look at the Village of Freeville, how it operates, and what it provides to residents. There's also a piece on Dryden Central School's...

Posted by simon at 8:47 PM

March 31, 2004

Dryden Courier on schools, Lifton, more

This week's Dryden Courier includes detailed coverage of Monday night's Dryden School Board meeting, the forum Barbara Lifton had last week, Sertoma honors for Teresa Carnrike and Bill Deming, and Jaqueline Mathews, the teacher from England who has exchanged positions...

Posted by simon at 6:35 PM

March 25, 2004

More on school, village budget pain

Once again I'm wishing that the Dryden Courier was available on the Web. This week's issue leads with detailed articles on the impact of budget difficulties on both the Dryden Central School District and the Village of Dryden, in greater...

Posted by simon at 12:53 PM

March 24, 2004

Journal praises Trumbull on fire companies, annexation

Today's Ithaca Journal editorial praises Town Supervisor Steve Trumbull for improving relations with the fire companies and for the recent annexation of land to the Village for a DOT facility. There certainly does seem to be much less strife with...

Posted by simon at 7:39 AM

March 15, 2004

Next year's school budgets look tight already

The Dryden Courier's March 10 issue leads with some difficult news about the Dryden Central School District's budget: mandates, inflation, health insurance, and retirement costs could inflict an 8.9% increase in in the budget (and larger increase in the tax...

Posted by simon at 10:08 PM

Dryden Courier on fire company audits

The March 10 issue of the Dryden Courier has an article on what last year's controversial audits have turned up. Tony Hall reports that Sciarabba, Walker and Company, LLP, have submitted complete audit reports for three of the four companies,...

Posted by simon at 12:04 PM

March 6, 2004

Summer school, art scholarship, board briefs

Today's Dryden schools news comes from three different papers. The Ithaca Journal reports that the Dryden Central School District will include summer school funds in its budget, providing juniors and seniors who need to pass classes to graduate to take...

Posted by simon at 10:26 AM

March 5, 2004

Annexation, golf course in Dryden Courier

I wish the Dryden Courier was more readily available. Its sister publication, the Ithaca Times, is widely available, both for free in the Ithaca area (extending out to at least the Route 13/366 overlap) and online, while the Dryden Courier...

Posted by simon at 5:34 PM