July 3, 2012

Equipment sale at Ludgate Farms

This Saturday, July 7th, Ludgate Farms will be selling off equipment, cabinets, cash registers, and lots of smaller pieces. It runs from 9am to 4pm and is cash only. I'm guessing this really is the end of the line for...

Posted by simon at 8:36 AM

December 21, 2011

What's your vision for Ludgate Farms?

Ludgate Farms may be mostly closed now (Christmas trees and wreaths through the end of the week), but there's an effort growing to re-open it next year. They've put up a survey you may want to explore: We have created...

Posted by simon at 4:01 PM

December 13, 2011

Can Ludgate Farms be saved?

The Ithaca Journal takes a look. I was at the meeting Friday night. I can't say that it felt like we reached firm conclusions, but it certainly seemed possible. I suspect that the hardest parts will be assembling a business...

Posted by simon at 5:07 PM

December 2, 2011

Meeting to save Ludgate Farms

Maybe it doesn't have to go away. The latest from Shira Golding: Hi! Since emailing everyone about my concern that Ludgate Farms is planning on closing, tons of people have expressed interest in keeping the business alive and all kinds...

Posted by simon at 12:35 PM

November 28, 2011

Ludgate Farms closing; sale starts Tuesday

It had been up for sale since June, but I'd hoped for a happier ending: We are writing to let you know that we closed Ludgate's Farm & Market at the end of business today (Sunday, Nov 27). We will...

Posted by simon at 12:55 PM

June 19, 2011

Ludgate Farms for sale again

Just found this in my email: Dear Friends, Six months ago after learning Ludgate's was for sale we purchased the business, due to our passion and interest in continuing this unique and very special store. But now, Kate is missing...

Posted by simon at 12:51 PM

April 18, 2011

Absentee landlords and road widening

Tompkins Weekly's previous issue (4.8MB PDF) had a couple of articles on happenings outside of Dryden that seemed relevant here. There was a piece on Jacksonville, a hamlet in Ulysses that seems to be suffering a plague much like the...

Posted by simon at 10:24 PM

January 10, 2011

TC3 older students scholarship available

The Ithaca Journal reports that applications are due March 1st for a $5000 scholarship at TC3 available to students over 25 years old. Need something to do in the cold? The Varna United Methodist Church can warm you up Tuesday...

Posted by simon at 7:43 AM

December 25, 2010

More on Ludgate Farms

The Ithaca Journal has more on the sale of Ludgate Farms from the Ludgates to the Quinn-Jacobs. The name will stay the same, but look for more local food options and more canning supplies. Merry Christmas!...

Posted by simon at 5:49 AM

December 17, 2010

Ludgate Farms to change hands

After 37 years, Ludgate Farms will no longer be run by Ludgates. It will, however, be staying local, with Dryden residents Katie and Dave Quinn-Jacobs taking over. Ithaca's Food Web has more....

Posted by simon at 3:24 PM

July 20, 2010

New Varna II news in "two to three weeks"

This morning's Journal finally notices the Varna development conversations of the last few months. The biggest news in it is that there's a possible date by which we might learn something new about the evolving proposal. Well, not exactly a...

Posted by simon at 7:15 AM

January 17, 2008

Deploying from Dryden

This morning's Ithaca Journal has a report on the send-off ceremony for the 108th Infantry's Company D held yesterday at the National Guard Armory on Hanshaw Road. 80 local residents are off to Fort Bragg, NC for two months of...

Posted by simon at 8:51 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 21, 2007

Eight Square Schoolhouse Festival Saturday

Looking for something to do this Saturday? The History Center's Eight Square Schoolhouse Festival will run from noon to 4:00pm at the Eight Square Schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road, just south of Route 13. It's a free event with activities for...

Posted by simon at 12:05 PM

May 9, 2007

When a subsidized business moves to Cortland

A few years ago, the Town of Dryden secured a low-interest (2%) HUD loan for Cayuga Press to buy some new printers. It was part of the Town's economic development policy, though it came under some fire because of the...

Posted by simon at 12:54 PM

August 16, 2006

Eight Square Schoolhouse event next Saturday

The History Center will be having their Eight Square Schoolhouse Festival next Saturday, August 26th from noon to 4:00pm: An afternoon of family fun - unplugged! The History Center will host its annual Eight Square Schoolhouse Festival on Saturday, August...

Posted by simon at 6:23 PM

March 24, 2006

Freese Road garden plots available

This morning's Ithaca Journal is quiet about Dryden, except for a note on Cornell Garden Plots. I wrote about them last year, but their web site seems to have vanished. The garden plot distribution will be held on Saturday, April...

Posted by simon at 8:10 AM

October 29, 2005

Hanshaw Road's namesake

This morning's Journal is quiet about Dryden, except for a mention in an article about how Hanshaw Road got its name. In the print edition, Elia Kacapyr looks over September's business activity and calculates that Tompkins County's economy is currently...

Posted by simon at 6:16 PM

August 25, 2005

Eight Square Schoolhouse open Saturday

The History Center of Tompkins County reports that they'll be having an event at the Eight Square Schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road on Saturday: Eight Square Schoolhouse Festival Saturday, August 27, 2005 Noon - 4:00 pm At our historic eight-sided schoolhouse...

Posted by simon at 12:03 PM

April 24, 2005

Monkey Run mystery

While I was assembling the presentation for last Sunday's Varna Then and Now session, I went through a lot of maps of the area over time. One of the largest changes I noticed in those maps was the 19th century...

Posted by simon at 7:50 AM

April 11, 2005

Garden plots on Freese Road

I finally figured out how the garden on Freese Road works after a few years of driving by it. It wasn't hard - there are posters around the area - but it's nice to know. If you want a garden...

Posted by simon at 7:52 PM

February 25, 2005

Home and Garden Show at Armory

Posted by simon at 7:24 PM

February 18, 2005

Hearing on Comprehensive Plan

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on last night's hearing on the revised Draft Comprehensive Plan. Residents expressed concern, and some hope, about changes that would eventually come to their neighborhood, and as the article notes, the Dryden Lake area was...

Posted by simon at 8:06 AM

February 16, 2005

Hanshaw Road reconstruction meeting

It's slightly outside of the Town of Dryden, but I just received a postcard notifying me of a meeting tomorrow night about Hanshaw Road reconstruction. Here's the text of the card, in case anyone wants to attend: Ladies and Gentlemen:...

Posted by simon at 12:50 PM

February 5, 2005

Eight square schoolhouse

Posted by simon at 8:14 AM

February 4, 2005

Possible dog park in Dryden?

I don't often find news in the paper that would make my dogs happy, but today they're lucky: the Journal reports that the Tompkins County SPCA is considering creating an off-leash dog park on 12 acres of its own land....

Posted by simon at 8:21 AM

December 11, 2004

Visiting the SPCA

The Tompkins County SPCA had an open house last night. Tracey and I and a friend went over to see the new building and visit the cats and dogs. There were lots and lots of cats, and not as many...

Posted by simon at 12:45 PM

October 18, 2004

Water issues of all kinds

Although it's not yet clear what the cause of or the solution to water problems along Ellis Hollow Road might be, those problems were a major topic of discussion at last Thursday's Town Board meeting. Charles Demotte discussed in Citizens'...

Posted by simon at 7:59 PM

July 21, 2004

Royal Road water and sewer

One of the public hearings tomorrow night will address the creation of water and sewer districts for the Royal Road area, off Hanshaw Road near Route 13. If you're curious what's involved, I've posted the engineering reports for both: Engineer's...

Posted by simon at 11:40 PM

July 6, 2004

State police promotions, SPCA, hazards

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the Dryden state police barracks has a new commander. Major Thomas P. Kelly, Jr. the previous commander of Troop C, has been promoted to staff inspector at the State Police Division of Internal Affairs...

Posted by simon at 7:58 AM

June 29, 2004

SPCA director leaving, County executive

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that Nathan Winograd, executive director of the Tompkins County SPCA, will be leaving at the end of the summer. Winograd has overseen the adoption of a no-kill policy and the construction of the Dorothy Park...

Posted by simon at 8:01 AM

June 26, 2004

Hanshaw Road accident, Freeville barbecue

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports a rollover on Hanshaw Road north of Neimi Road that injured two women while two children avoided injury. There is also a chicken barbecue today at the Freeville United Methodist Church (map). Police arrested a...

Posted by simon at 8:58 AM

June 4, 2004

SPCA expansion nearing completion

Signs are going up and the landscaping looks less like a construction site than it did back in March. SPCA expansion with signs and grading...

Posted by simon at 7:38 PM

May 20, 2004

Fire on Hanshaw Road; religion and public service

Last night at 7:20pm, firefighters responded to a call of a burning mobile home, which they were not able to save. Medical oxygen tanks createdan additional hazard. Earlier in the day, the county had a major malfunction in its microwave...

Posted by simon at 7:54 AM

March 19, 2004

Cayuga Trails Club hike Sunday

The Cayuga Trails Club will be hiking on Sunday at 1pm, starting from the Liddel Laboratory on Freese Road, between Varna and Hanshaw Road. It's a "Walk, look, and learn" hike, and contact information is available on their site. This...

Posted by simon at 10:03 AM

March 13, 2004

Home and Garden Show at NYS Armory

The Ithaca Journal has a picture from the Home and Garden Show this morning. The show, which is being held at the New York State Armory on Hanshaw Road (map), opened yesterday and is open today from 10am-6pm and tomorrow...

Posted by simon at 7:51 AM

March 10, 2004

SPCA closer to completion

The SPCA expansion is starting to look more like a building and less like a work in progress. SPCA expansion with nearly complete siding...

Posted by simon at 8:19 PM

February 17, 2004

SPCA construction continues

The last time this site looked at the SPCA expansion, the frame was up but it was still largely open. It looks like they've gotten it largely boxed in now: SPCA expansion with complete walls...

Posted by simon at 12:23 PM

January 19, 2004

Fatal accident at Hanshaw and 13

Slippery conditions led to an accident Saturday that took the life of an Ithaca College student on her way to work as a ski instructor at Greek Peak....

Posted by simon at 8:05 AM

January 8, 2004

Green SPCA expansion

The expansion of the SPCA facility on Hanshaw Road is starting to come together. SPCA expansion in progress Existing SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Road (map) There are a lot of reasons why this new facility is interesting. It's part of their...

Posted by simon at 8:32 AM

December 28, 2003

When Route 13 moved

Whenever I look at a map of Tompkins County, I look for the distinctively-shaped intersection of Routes 13 and 366. Even if a map doesn't have road labels, it stands out pretty clearly. It wasn't always that way, however -...

Posted by simon at 9:56 AM

November 9, 2003

Eight Square Schoolhouse

I hesitated before adding the DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County to my "Organizations" links, since they're based in Ithaca, not Dryden. Unfortunately, the Dryden Historical Society doesn't have a web site, and the DeWitt folks do cover Dryden as...

Posted by simon at 6:39 PM