July 10, 2012

Two years after the arson

There's still no conclusion about the arson fire at Ithaca Police officer Bryan Bangs' Etna home....

Posted by simon at 3:59 PM

April 5, 2012

Fatal accident on Pinckney Road

I'm not sure what it is about the area near the Lower Creek / Pinckney Road intersection, but it seems to get more than its share of accidents. The most recent, Tuesday night, killed a Freeville man and injured four...

Posted by simon at 9:00 AM

March 10, 2012

Etna Post Office survives, for now

I reported earlier that the Etna Post Office was likely closing, but the February issue of the Etna Volcano tells me that no, it's survived. There's a moratorium on closing post offices through May 15th, but the Regulatory Commission found...

Posted by simon at 7:52 AM

November 22, 2011

Finger Lakes Land Trust receives Fall Creek parcel

12 acres with 2000 feet of frontage on Fall Creek just took a step toward remaining natural this week, as the Finger Lakes Land Trust reports: The Land Trust announced today that it has accepted the donation of a 12-acre...

Posted by simon at 12:11 PM

September 6, 2011

Etna Post Office likely closing

I was hoping otherwise, but the Etna Volcano arrived today with a big article on page 2 about the August 23rd United States Postal Service Final Determination notice, Docket 1362780-13062 - which says the post office will close at an...

Posted by simon at 5:02 PM

July 27, 2011

Etna Post Office survives?

I'm not sure this really means that we don't have to worry about the Etna Post Office closing, but at least they're not on the Expanded Access Study List of possible closures....

Posted by simon at 12:14 AM

July 9, 2011

Hedgehogs in Etna

If it's still Saturday before around 4:00pm and you're reading this, definitely visit the Etna Fire Station to see the Eastern States Hedgehog Show. (Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 5-12, and free for kids below 5.) Hedgehog...

Posted by simon at 11:03 AM

July 7, 2011

Hedgehogs coming to Etna Saturday

Posted by simon at 7:24 AM

May 14, 2011

Etna Post Office, county redistricting

The Ithaca Journal takes a look at the prospect of the Etna Post Office closing and what that might mean for the community. A letter from County Legislator Michael Lane explains that county legislative redistricting could change the number of...

Posted by simon at 6:09 AM

May 7, 2011

Etna residents want to keep post office

I noted an announcement about a meeting to discuss a possible closing of the Etna Post Office. I couldn't make it, but the Cortland Standard's Scott Conroe reported on Thursday's meeting. (The article didn't make it to their website, unfortunately.)...

Posted by simon at 2:45 PM

May 5, 2011

Dryden awards and more

Once again, I've fallen far, far behind on keeping up with the Ithaca Journal. If you have more time than I do right now, here's some good reading: Dryden schools get award for composting TC3 students recognized for excellence Dryden...

Posted by simon at 6:56 AM

April 29, 2011

Etna post office "studied for possible discontinuance"

While I was delighted to pick up some dragons in Etna today, I was a lot less happy to hear from Gary that the Etna Post Office may not be with us long. I stopped by the Post Office, and...

Posted by simon at 12:20 PM

Dragons move from Etna to here

I've always loved Etna potter Gary Rith's work, and when I saw this dragon, I couldn't resist. Angelika loves dragons, especially floppy-eared dragons, so I wrote Gary and asked if that was possible. He made two, and today I brought...

Posted by simon at 12:09 PM

February 24, 2011

Etna history discussion

The comments section here hasn't often worked as a forum, but if you're interested in Etna history, I recommend the 32 comments on the George Goodrich piece about Etna. Some of them are about Etna, PA, but there's lots in...

Posted by simon at 5:52 PM

February 11, 2011

Chocolate! Chocolate!

The tastiest Dryden festival of the year comes tomorrow, at Houtz Hall in Etna, from 10:00am to noon. The Etna Chocolate Festival is delicious, with a wide variety of chocolate-based treats for you to enjoy. Tastes of everything cost a...

Posted by simon at 9:14 AM

January 17, 2011

Hamlet populations, 1895

Posted by simon at 6:59 AM

September 9, 2010

Etna yard sale Saturday

My copy of the Etna Volcano arrived just in time to alert me that the Etna Community Yard Sale is this Saturday from 9:00am through noon at Houtz Hall, 2 Lower Creek Road. They're still taking donations today and tomorrow...

Posted by simon at 2:45 PM

July 12, 2010

Fire in Etna connected to shooting in Ithaca?

Fire investigators will be working overtime to determine the cause of a fire early Sunday morning at the Etna house of Bryan Bangs, the Ithaca Police Sergeant recently cleared in the February Shawn Greenwood shooting. Officers were trying to arrest...

Posted by simon at 7:44 AM

April 30, 2010

Busy evening at Etna Playground

I took Sungiva to the Etna Playground last night, to give her some respite from the responsibility of being a big sister. There were four other kids when we got there at 4:45, and then a brief period where she...

Posted by simon at 8:43 AM

October 16, 2009

Etna Soup and Salad a success

Posted by simon at 11:53 AM

October 12, 2009

Building a playground in Etna

One of my favorite things about Dryden is that people will come out to get things done together. They'll work on our state forest trails (and again) or put together elementary school playgrounds. This weekend it was Etna's turn, as...

Posted by simon at 12:06 PM

October 7, 2009

Dealing in retirement?

I don't even know what to say about this one: Dryden Police accused Frank B. Sears, 66, for trafficking in several types of prescription drugs, including more than 500 oxycodone, morphine sulfate, opana, vicoprofen and diazepam tablets and pills of...

Posted by simon at 7:13 PM

May 17, 2008

Getting to Nodal Development in Dryden

[Update: I no longer think this is a good idea. See the category listing for more information on why. This piece in particular is a concise summary.] [This is long - it's a complex subject and a couple of years...

Posted by simon at 4:32 PM

February 27, 2008

State liable for falsified evidence

This morning's Ithaca Journal has a story on the continuing echoes of one of the darker stories of Dryden's past, the Harris family murders of 1989. The New York State Court of Claims - which pretty much decides which lawsuits...

Posted by simon at 12:20 PM

February 9, 2008

Busy Saturday morning

As I noted earlier, it's a busy weekend for food in Dryden. Angelika and I started out with a trip to the Sertoma pancake breakfast at the Dryden Fire Station. Sertoma pancake breakfast. Then we went to the Dryden Community...

Posted by simon at 12:39 PM

December 28, 2007

Creekwood Apartments suffer Christmas fire

Apparently Dryden did not have a quiet Christmas - it just took the Ithaca Journal a few days to catch up to news of a fire early Christmas morning. Four residents of Creekwood Apartments, on Lower Creek Road, were displaced...

Posted by simon at 6:13 AM

November 28, 2007

Etna craft fair Saturday

The latest eruption of the Etna Community Assocation newsletter, The Volcano, announces that they'll be having the Etna Holiday Craft Fair this Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Houtz Hall, on Lower Creek Road in Etna. They also...

Posted by simon at 6:00 PM

October 4, 2007

Etna candidates forum

It's continuing to be a good year for candidates forums, with about 25 people attending Tuesday night's event in Etna. We got off to a bit of a late start, because the Republicans needed to get their projector for the...

Posted by simon at 12:35 PM

September 10, 2007

Etna fall events

The Etna Volcano, the Etna Community Association newsletter, arrived last week. They're planning a busy fall, though the garage sale happened this past Saturday. At the Etna garage sale. Still to come are two Soup and Salad Suppers, on Wednesday,...

Posted by simon at 6:28 PM

September 7, 2007

Garage sales tomorrow

The latest issue of the Etna Volcano brings news that the 17th Annual Etna Community Yard Sale will be tomorrow, Saturday, September 8th, from 9:00am to noon at Houtz Hall (the Etna Post Office and Community Center building), 2 Lower...

Posted by simon at 8:57 AM

January 27, 2007

Chocolate time!

I was delighted to get the latest edition of the Etna Volcano newsletter, which announces that "It's Chocolate Time!" The Etna Community Association will be having its 7th annual Chocolate Festival on Saturday, February 10th, from 10:00am to noon at...

Posted by simon at 11:47 AM

September 11, 2006

Fairs Saturday

Dryden had an action-packed Saturday this past weekend, with the Etna Community Association yard sale, the Freeville Harvest Festival, and the Ellis Hollow Fair as well. A busy Etna yard sale. Booths at the Freeville Harvest Festival. Eating at the...

Posted by simon at 5:44 PM

September 7, 2006

Community fun Saturday

There are fairs, festivals, and fun all over town this Saturday: The Etna Community Association will be having a yard sale on Saturday, September 9th from 9:00am to noon at Houtz Hall, at the intersection of Lower Creek Road and...

Posted by simon at 8:56 AM

August 21, 2006

Etna Lane stays closed

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that Etna Lane will remain closed until September 29th, extending the closure from August 31st. (The county is repairing a box culvert.)...

Posted by simon at 8:04 AM

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

August 4, 2006

Etna Volcano erupts

No, don't worry. Lava isn't flowing, and there isn't ash everywhere. The Etna Community Association just sent out their latest creatively titled newsletter, and I'd like to post some of their announcements here: Etna History Book Judy Auble-Zazzara, Etna's hamlet...

Posted by simon at 12:47 PM

April 22, 2006

National Youth Service Day project raises hut at 4-H Acres

Dryden Town Board member Mary Ann Sumner reports on kids working through today's rain to build a willow hut, which will grow into a shelter at 4-H Acres. Sumner also writes about event organizer Jessica Houle, who received the Cornell...

Posted by simon at 10:53 PM

April 19, 2006

No Child Left Behind reporting leaves behind

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on some strange aspects of the No Child Left Behind law that let school districts exclude test scores for some groups to avoid penalties. Usually those groups are non-white students, though white students' scores were...

Posted by simon at 8:14 AM

February 13, 2006

Another fine Chocolate Festival

Posted by simon at 9:15 PM

January 11, 2006

Freeville food bank reopens

This morning's Ithaca Journal (which isn't online yet) reports on the re-opening of the Freeville food bank at the Methodist Church, talking with volunteers, supporters, and visitors. There's also an article on an accident that jammed up Route 13 between...

Posted by simon at 12:53 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 12, 2005

Tea in Etna; Boehlert on CAFE

This morning's Journal reports on the Victorian Tea Party held at the Etna Community Church Sunday afternoon: Putting a modern spin on a tradition dating back to the days of Charles Dickens, the women of the Etna Community Church hosted...

Posted by simon at 8:53 AM

December 10, 2005

Approval for TC3 bonds

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the TC3 Foundation received approval for $7 million of tax-exempt bonds for building a dormitory. The article notes that the project received Town Board approval - though only for phase one - on Thursday...

Posted by simon at 9:53 AM

November 30, 2005

Moving into the barn

This morning's Ithaca Journal visits Karel Westerling's barn-to-house conversion in progress. Westerling has moved a barn 75 feet, and is working to create two four-bedroom homes inside of the space. The Saltonstall Arts Colony is looking for resident artists in...

Posted by simon at 12:18 PM

September 8, 2005

Etna yard sale; Freeville festival

This week's issue of The Shopper adds another item to Saturday's busy schedule of Dryden events: the Etna Community Yard Sale, which will be Saturday from 9:00am to noon at Houtz Hall in Etna. There's also a schedule for the...

Posted by simon at 5:49 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

February 13, 2005

Etna Chocolate Festival extremely tasty

We went to the Etna Chocolate Festival yesterday with friends, and were rewarded for our journey (and a small donation per piece) with a lot of different kinds of delicious chocolate. A variety of chocolates for sampling in Etna. Gathering...

Posted by simon at 7:08 PM

February 11, 2005

Etna Chocolate Festival

I forgot to mention one item in yesterday's Ithaca Journal, and it seems worth noting in a separate story. The Best Bets listing included this entry: Etna Chocolate Festival -- Featuring locally made chocolate and door prizes, proceeds go to...

Posted by simon at 8:32 AM

January 30, 2005

Land use in Etna and the Town, 1966

After the introductory material on land use patterns, the 1968 General Plan goes into one of my favorite features: a building-by-building survey of the Town as a whole, with additional maps for Etna, Freeville, and Dryden. The map for the...

Posted by simon at 10:35 AM

January 7, 2005

Etna fire coverage, schools out yesterday

Today's Ithaca Journal provides more information on the Etna fire coverage agreement that was discussed at Tuesday's Town Board meeting. The article looks at the agreement between the four Dryden fire departments as well as the new Mobile Response Vehicle...

Posted by simon at 7:53 AM

December 12, 2004

Emergency services issues at December Town Board meeting

I had a few questions after Friday's Ithaca Journal article on fire company news, which says: Stelick and Michaels have long served as town liaisons to the emergency service providers and have found themselves wishing they had permanent, experienced staff...

Posted by simon at 5:33 PM

November 22, 2004

Boxes of Joy

Today's Ithaca Journal has a picture of children packing gifts at the Bethel Grove Bible Church for the Operation Christmas Child program of Samaritan's Purse. An Etna resident, Susan Morse, and her dogs Kiss and Whisper, are noted in K-9...

Posted by simon at 7:53 AM

November 10, 2004

Visiting the Crackerman of Etna

Today's Ithaca Journal Our Towns section visits the Crackerman of Etna, a baking business run by John and Beverly Bender of Etna. They've revived old-style crackers, and bake them in their house, a real cottage industry. If you want to...

Posted by simon at 8:30 AM

September 18, 2004

200 years of worship in Etna

The Etna Community Church, founded as the First Baptist Church of Dryden, is celebrating its 200 years of activity. Pastor Robert Doan, Postmaster Judy Auble, and a group of volunteers were posting information about the church and getting ready for...

Posted by simon at 12:32 PM

September 15, 2004

Boehlert wins Republican primary

Today's Ithaca Journal reports that Sherwood Boehlert defeated David Walrath by 20,365 to 14,741. In Tompkins County, the vote was 919 for Boehlert to 613 for Walrath. In the general election, Boehlert will face Walrath, who has the Conservative line,...

Posted by simon at 4:48 PM

August 18, 2004

Willowbrook anniversary, road repair difficulties

It's Wednesday, so the Ithaca Journal's Our Towns section is focusing on Dryden and Groton. This week, there's lots of Dryden news. They lead the Our Towns section with an article on the 25th anniversary of Willowbrook, the senior-citizens' complex...

Posted by simon at 8:45 AM

August 16, 2004

"Ultimutt Makeover" pilot show filmed in Etna

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on the shooting of a reality TV pilot show in Etna, as "UltiMutt Makeover" combines home remodeling reality show with pet care. Richard Parker and Nancy Douglas and their St. Bernard, Shasta, have left for...

Posted by simon at 8:35 AM

July 25, 2004

Catching up with yesterday's Journal

It's a good thing I put up a late-night post that produced an entry for yesterday, as I left at 6:30am for Ottawa, Ontario, to pick up a friend, and wound up returning home after midnight, after my wife drove...

Posted by simon at 3:43 PM

July 2, 2004

Planning Board subdivision approvals

The Town of Dryden Planning Board gathered Wednesday night and held public hearings on and gave approvals to two subdivision proposals in Etna. Phase I of the Daniel Armitage subdivision, lots A, B, C, and D on the map (134KB...

Posted by simon at 8:51 AM

June 17, 2004

Etna ice cream social

Today was the kind of day that really calls for ice cream, so I stopped by the Etna Community Association's ice cream social at Houtz Hall on my way to the Planning Board meeting. For $1.75, I got two huge...

Posted by simon at 10:12 PM

Planning board meeting, ice cream social tonight

The Planning Board meeting , tonight at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall (map), will include hearings on three subdivisions near Etna: two phases of the Daniel Armitage subdivision (one at the corner of Wood and Sheldon Roads, and the...

Posted by simon at 8:57 AM

April 1, 2004

Fair Housing Month, Art, Etna Community Association

This week's issue of The Shopper includes an ad proclaiming April to be Fair Housing Month in the Village of Dryden, an ad from the Dryden Schools Art Department asking for public support in keeping art programs from getting cut...

Posted by simon at 7:43 PM

March 28, 2004

Gilesville: tales of a lost hamlet

George Goodrich's Centennial History of the Town of Dryden includes a chapter on "Isaiah Giles and Gilesville". There was no Gilesville on any of the maps I had (including the one in Goodrich's book), so I asked about it last...

Posted by simon at 10:05 AM

March 19, 2004

Planning Board meets, modifies Draft Comprehensive Plan

This month's Planning Board meeting had a quorum, unlike last month's meeting, and was able to move forward with changes to the plan, though only two members of the public (myself included) were in attendance. Four planning board members, Dryden's...

Posted by simon at 12:07 PM

February 25, 2004

Traffic calming meeting in Varna

Last night's meeting on "Speed Control on Rural Roads" at the Varna Community Center was very different from a similar meeting in West Danby, but brought up lots of issues specific to the Town of Dryden, especially Varna, Etna, and...

Posted by simon at 5:20 PM

February 22, 2004

Hamlet density

Yesterday's article explored the population of Varna and Etna, but even though it's interesting to know that downtown Varna's population is larger than Freeville's (679 to 505), the numbers needed to evaluate the statements about density in the Draft Comprehensive...

Posted by simon at 10:50 AM

February 21, 2004

Hamlet census

This week's sort-of Planning Board meeting on the Draft Comprehensive Plan's impact on Etna and Varna left me wondering about how many people actually live in the hamlets and what we data was available about them. In particular, the rental/owner-occupied...

Posted by simon at 3:54 PM

February 20, 2004

Not quite a Planning Board meeting on Varna, Etna

Last night's meeting for "discussing revisions to the Draft Comprehensive Plan" wasn't precisely a Planning Board meeting, as only two members of the board were there (four are necessary for action), and only six people were in the audience, including...

Posted by simon at 3:23 PM

February 19, 2004

Etna's history, to 1897

We'll see what the Town Planning Board has to say about Etna's future tonight, but here's a rich description of its past from George Goodrich. Etna was a very busy place, and this entry is considerably longer than the one...

Posted by simon at 12:15 PM

February 18, 2004

Planning Board to discuss Varna, Etna on 19th

The Town of Dryden Comprehensive Plan page now indicates that: The Planning Board will be discussing revisions to the Draft Comprehensive Plan over the next several meetings. Public comments have been summarized into the topic areas listed below. This list...

Posted by simon at 8:02 PM

January 25, 2004

Special meeting with Fire Departments, other meetings

The Town of Dryden Public Notices page (local copy) announces a meeting for Tuesday, January 27, at the Dryden Fire Hall (map), noting: The purpose of this meeting is to discuss ways to improve communications between the Town of Dryden...

Posted by simon at 9:41 AM

December 19, 2003

Draft Comprehensive Plan Informational Meeting

I made it to last night's informational meeting on the Town's Draft Comprehensive Plan, held at the Dryden Town Hall. (The hearing on annexation was at the Village Hall, at the same time, and there was a bit of confusion.)...

Posted by simon at 12:49 PM

December 10, 2003

Report on Comprehensive Plan session in Varna

I couldn't make it, but I'm happy to read that three dozen people showed up for the Varna informational meeting on the Dryden Draft Comprehensive Plan. It sounds like the tough questions about increasing density in Varna while having no...

Posted by simon at 9:43 AM