November 10, 2008

Infrastructure possibilities in Dryden?

As the economy continues to slide and everyone speculates on what the government will do next to stem the tide, there's been a lot of discussion about infrastructure spending, public works on a scale similar to the 1930s. Always trying...

Posted by simon at 8:24 AM

June 3, 2007

Time In...

by David Makar for Living in Dryden On Friday, May 25th I followed in Simon's footsteps by leaving town. I didn't go as far as Europe. I only made it as far as Cape Cod. I returned on May 30th...

Posted by david at 5:30 PM

February 23, 2005

Why would anyone want to be involved in NYS government?

I attended Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton's Town Hall meeting last night, and I'll have more about what she had to say soon, but what struck me most last night and what's still echoing through my head is attendance. Not counting Lifton...

Posted by simon at 12:58 PM

November 8, 2004

How much time are you willing to give?

Time seems to be the key ingredient that determines whether or not things happen in Dryden, and undoubtedly everywhere else. It's not just time spent actively working on a project, but also time spent driving, planning, and preparing. (I don't...

Posted by simon at 8:55 AM

August 30, 2004

Where do you participate?

It's been a while since I posted a question. Good ones are hard to come up with, especially if I want to keep them brief. I've been thinking about the many organizations in Dryden. Some are formally incorporated, others are...

Posted by simon at 12:15 PM

July 19, 2004

Where do you walk?

At last week's Planning Board meeting, Jim Crawford asked a lot of questions about sidewalks, especially around the hamlet areas. Sidewalks are a regular request for Varna, though apparently not as in demand in Etna. I walk around a lot...

Posted by simon at 7:37 PM

July 12, 2004

Where do you get your local news?

If you're reading this site (and didn't find it through a search engine), odds are good you get at least some of your Dryden news from this site. This site, in turn, gets news from the Ithaca Journal, Dryden Courier,...

Posted by simon at 12:47 PM

July 5, 2004

How castle-like is your home?

I don't mean how many turrets your house has, or if it has stone walls. I'm asking about the isolation level of many of the places people live - my own included. In doing petitions last week, I visited a...

Posted by simon at 8:42 AM

June 28, 2004

How do you know your neighbors?

It's a little late on a Monday to be asking a question, but the question still seems worth asking. I spent Saturday afternoon walking up and down 366 (and then driving through Etna) carrying petitions for Democratic candidates. While I've...

Posted by simon at 9:52 PM

June 21, 2004

When do you buy in Dryden?

It seems like starting each week with a question is a good idea. I've been noticing a lot more when I buy things in Dryden and when I don't, and the distance I've been willing to drive has been shrinking....

Posted by simon at 8:50 AM

June 14, 2004

Where do you live?

"Where do you live?" feels like a good starting question for a weblog based on a particular location. For some parts of the Town of Dryden, especially the villages, I don't think it's a difficult question. In a lot of...

Posted by simon at 7:42 AM

June 13, 2004


Most of what I've been doing here for the last seven months has been reporting. Making information about Dryden available seems like a good thing to do, and I plan to continue doing that, hopefully at a faster pace than...

Posted by simon at 4:25 PM