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June 24, 2009 18:00:24 Not LOL   Funsucker....the town needs a 5 MILLION $$$ policy for this event. If we are not liable then why the high policy?????????????????????????
June 24, 2009 16:30:28 Masonville Citizen   Rich, On behalf of those in Masonville who look forward to your event taking place in our town, let me extend a hearty thank you for your efforts. Hosting a rally would be fun, and we all know this little town quite desperately needs any financial boost it can get! Townspeople should be planning how they can best welcome the 1000 or so visitors instead of worrying needlessly. My ancestors (for at least a bunch of generations) are 100% red, white and blue American, and anyone provincial enough to think that their family, for the sole reason of having been stuck in one town for generations, has a greater say or greater knowledge of what's best, should at the very least expand their horizons. I happen to have a wee bit of experience with road rallys, having contested in the "New Jersey Bounce" about 10 years ago. Let me say, it was all good and still provides many pleasant memories. (And nobody got maimed or killed.) In addition, back when I was a boy there was a sanctioned summer road race event every other summer Saturday which passed right by our house. It was a sad day indeed when they stopped having those races. Problem is Rich, I think your working against the town (indeed the whole area) demographics. With most folks being "up in years" around here, it'll be an uphill battle getting them to agree to host a young person's sport. Maybe if you can get AARP, a nursing home or the church as sponsors the crotchety ol' folks will sign on. Good luck with that!
June 24, 2009 15:38:03 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Manny.and everyone else......I'd like to be clear that this request for roads is not a totally altruistic act solely to benefit the people of Masonville..... Rally New York and I are being completely "up front" with everyone! ..... we have worked to provide you all with accurate information regarding the Rally!....Yes we need suitable gravel roads to present this type of event, and they are becoming harder and harder to find! I have presented the facts, but here is the short version......We would like to use one short gravel road (Mormon Hollow Cross Rd.) and portions of two others (Mormon Hollow Rd. & Steam Mill Rd.) for three - two hour periods on Saturday October 24, 2009! ....The property along the portion of Mormon Hollow Rd. is all State land, as is the majority of the property along the other roads!.......The Town of Masonville and/or it's residents will incur NO COST that's $00. for allowing this event to take place! .....In exchange the Rally will provide the public the opportunity to view an exciting and entertaining National Motor Sport event at no charge as well as bringing one thousand plus visitors to your town that will spend "visitor dollars"! The Rally provides insurance, and security to guarantee the SAFETY of residents, spectators, as well as public (roads) and private property!.......Every "visitor dollar" spent in Delaware County (not just Masonville) benefits each and every taxpayer! I have offered some proven ideas how Masonville residents could enhance the local economic benefit, that requires a little bit of work, planning and working together as a community. ...........We are petitioners to the Town Board, nothing more or nothing less, I am confidant that the Town Board will weigh the merits of this proposal against the minor inconvienance to residents, and do what is best for all the residents of Masonville! The Rally proposal is mutually beneficial for both the Town and the Rally, which by the way is not a money making endeavor.......I'm a volunteer, I like all the other volunteers do this because we love the sport!.......Thanks
June 24, 2009 12:38:17 Ivan Orisek Eurorally@aol.com Ladies and Gentlemen: Please read our press release regarding our racing accident in Ulster County this past Saturday. You will find that - The property damage was limited to bark taken off one tree, which we already repaired with tree pruning sealant. - Thanks to the safety equipement in our cars, the injuries were relatively minor: - The driver suffered a fractured collar bone, was treated at a hospital and returned to the event - The codriver, who was unconscious and was therefore airlifted to the hospital, is alert, sore all over his body but has no other injuries or broken bones, or brain injury, as confirmed by multiple CAT scans and MRI. He will be released soon and will have to spend some time at home resting. Our press release below corrects the press release issued by the Associated Press, which in turn was based on incorret reporting by Sheriff's Department and was unfortunately reprinted by newspapers locally and around the world. Please contact me if you desire further clarification. Best regards, Ivan Orisek Chairman, Summer Rallysprint 2009 President, Rally New York, Ltd. Tel. 845-794-4096 Eurorally@aol.com Racing Accident on Rogues Harbor Road in Wawarsing, New York During Summer Rallysprint 2009 Author: Rally New York Media Forestburgh, New York, June 21, 2009. The purpose of this press release is to inform on the medical condition of the competitors involved in this racing accident, correct the press release disseminated by Associated Press last night without giving Rally New York the opportunity to comment on it, which gave a wrong information on the condition of the codriver and was widely reprinted by local newspapers, and explain the circumstances of this racing accident. The driver Mark Lawrence, an accomplished rally driver, suffered a fractured collar bone, was treated at the Ellenville Community Hospital and was released. The codriver Eamonn Sweeney was unconscious after the accident and, as it is customary in these situations, was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center where he was kept in an induced coma. As of this writing, Eamonn is sitting in a chair, he is talking and is a little confused about what happened. The second CAT scan performed today 24 hours after the accident gave him a clear bill of health. The extent of his injuries is a sprained knee and he is sore. He may be discharged tomorrow. This racing accident happened on a section of a closed race course: A portion of Rogues Harbor Road in Wawarsing, New York was closed to regular traffic for the purposes of Summer Rallysprint 2009, an event of New York Rally Championship, organized by Rally New York, Ltd. on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The road closure was authorized according to Section 1182 of New York Vehicle & Traffic Law. According to Section 1182, traffic laws are suspended during the authorized road closure. In rally racing, small sedans modified for safety and performance compete against the clock on sections of public roads closed to civilian traffic. The cars start at one-minute intervals and there is no wheel-to-wheel racing. The crew of each competing car consists of a driver and a codriver, also called a navigator. Racing accidents in rally racing are rare but can happen. The cars are extensively modified for safety with roll cages, six-point racing harnesses (racing seat belts) and fire suppressing equipment. The crews are required to wear protective fireproof clothing, automobile helmets, and head and neck restraints (generally HANS devices). As it should be obvious from the relatively minor, non-life-threatening injuries of the driver and codriver, these safety measures worked very well and as intended. Both crew members are expected to recover fully. It should be stressed that competitors, marshals and HAM radio operators followed the extensive safety and emergency procedures outlined in the event Safety Plan to the letter. A Forest Ranger from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was assigned to the event and assisted at the site of the accident. On Saturday, about two miles after the start, the crew of Lawrence and Sweeney in a Volkswagen Golf failed to negotiate a left turn and struck a tree on the outside of the turn by the codriver’s side of the car. The car spun and stopped on the road facing the wrong direction. The codriver Sweeney was trapped in the car and was unconscious. Dr. Mark Galperin, the driver of the car that started three minutes behind Lawrence and Sweeney, expertly handled the situation and provided immediate emergency medical assistance together with the ambulance crew from Ellenville First Aid & Rescue Squad that was stationed at the start and reached the site of the accident within minutes. Dr. Galperin and Ellenville First Aid & Ambulance Squad attended to the codriver until the Napanoch Fire Department & Rescue Squad arrived with “jaws of life” and could extricate the codriver by cutting off the door bars that are part of the safety roll cage. Because of the delay caused by the accident and the subsequent investigation by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, which lasted until after lunch, and also because of the uncertainty about the condition of the codriver at the time, the competitors and the organizer jointly decided to stop the event. The property damage caused by this racing accident was limited to bark torn off the trunk of one tree. This damage was already repaired by Rally New York, Ltd. using a tree pruning sealant. Rally New York, Ltd. wishes to thank the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, Dr. Galperin, Ellenville First aid & Rescue Squad and Napanoch Fire Department & Rescue Squad for assistance and for expertly handling this difficult situation. Rally New York, Ltd. wishes a speedy recovery to both competitors and hope to see them again soon in our midst.
June 24, 2009 11:33:06 funsucker   I would like to say YES to the Road Rally. As long as the Town is not liable and the residents have been notified.
June 24, 2009 10:42:42 Laughing   n2zkx@hvc.rr.com - WELCOME TO MASONVILLE (LOL). While for the most part the people of Masonville are great people. (as far as I can ascertain; as I cannot trace my ancestory in Masonville back 129 generations, so I am an "outsider".) There is a great "NIMBY" factor in this area as any small town. Also you will find a "if I did not think of it or if I am not in charge of it, I do not want it" mentality in these small areas. As to the "peacefulness" of the area. Spend a weekend on the front porch of any house on 206 or Route 8 and listen to the traffic. Your race could not even begin to touch the racket of cars, trucks and motorcycles on any weekend around here. Best of luck in your efforts to set up your few hours of fun in our area.
June 24, 2009 09:54:24 Manny   It seems the Road Rally people care only about finding a place to race. I am NOT sold that this rally is for the good of the community. If the other communities were so thrilled with having your event there, why not return to their town???? Did they refuse?? Was there opposition before during or after?? Incidentally, I don't want a rally car whizzing by my home with the possibility it could veer off course and damage my home, one it did in Ulster County resulting in PROPERTY DAMAGE and SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. There are hundreds of events I would be more than happy to support in town, but this is DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THEM!!! I plan on sharing my opposition with the elected officials who are presiding over this decision. I encourage others to do the same if you too share the opposition to this mostly one-sided event that mainly benefits this racing group, and not the residents or businesses as is being **marketed**. And yes, this is being marketed as a hard sale based on what I am seeing here and in town, and I am NOT buying into it.
June 24, 2009 06:44:49 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Here is the text that was sent to property owners.................................................Rally New York, Ltd., 2488 Route 42, Forestburgh, New York 12777, Tel. 845-794-4096, Fax 845-794-4098, Eurorally@aol.com, www.RallyNewYork.com Re: Special Use Road Permit, Town of Masonville June 4, 2009 Dear Resident of the Town of Masonville:   Rally New York, Ltd. has applied for special use road permit to use certain roads in your Town for International Rally New York 2009, scheduled to take place in Delaware County on Saturday, October 24, 2009... I am writing to you to solicit your opinion and ask for your support. We are asking for permission to close the following roads for 3 (three) - 2 (two) hour periods, each 2 hour closure period would be followed by a break of one or two hours during this break the road will be open to regular traffic: MORMON HOLLOW ROAD, from Town line to Mormon Hollow Cross Rd MORMON HOLLOW CROSS ROAD STEAM MILL ROAD, from Town line to Herring Rd A brief overview of Rally Rally? The “readers digest” description is “Real people….Real cars…Real roads”! Racing has been around for a long long time and probably started with the cavemen, people will race anything and everything (even power tools). Auto racing began just around the time the second car was built, Rally began and is still used as a way to test cars under real road conditions, many of the features you find on your “daily driver” were developed and improved as a result of Rally, suspension, tires, all wheel drive, and lighting just to name a few! What is International Rally New York? It is a Competitive Automobile Stage Rally (timed speed & endurance test); teams (driver & co-driver) compete for two days against “the clock” over a 400 to 500 mile course in the Counties of Ulster, Sullivan, & Delaware. Approximately 100 miles of the total mileage is broken up into sections that are closed to normal traffic for a brief period of time, these sections are called “Special Stages”, and a typical Rally will have between 20 & 25 of these Special Stages. IMPORTANT Note: THERE IS NO “WHEEL to WHEEL RACING”; Cars traverse the course one at a time, with one minute between cars! The mileage between “Special Stages” is called “transit”, during these sections competitors MUST (and do) obey all speed limits, traffic control devices, and rules of the road, just like any other vehicle. What type of cars & how many will compete? The cars are typically small import sedans (Subaru, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, etc.) they are all “street legal” licensed, insured, & inspected the same as your “daily driver”. These vehicles are modified for both safety & performance; all cars have full roll cages, 5 point safety belts, fire suppression, and legal exhaust systems which include catalytic converters (note they tend to be on the louder end of the street car spectrum but 3 Rally cars combined are not as loud as one Harley Davidson motorcycle (not picking on bikers). In the past three years entry fields have averaged around 35 cars entered at the start of the Rally, there is always some attrition on day one so realistically you could expect 25 -30 cars to start day two in Delaware County. Who are the competitors & where are they from? They are normal people just like you or I, the average competitor age is between 30 & 40, and we have many father & son as well as husband & wife teams. Many tend to be involved in the construction field, as well as competitors that are professionals, teachers, & police officers. This event will be the final round of the United States Rally Championship 2009 season; teams will travel from all parts of the United States, Canada, and even Europe. Why do they do this? Unlike NASCAR there is no big prize money involved, the top 30% of the finishers will receive $250. Rally teams compete for the “shear love of the sport”! Why Masonville, & why on my road? Rally New York presents two national events each year, Rally New York USA, takes place in April and is an all tarmac (pavement) event. The other is International Rally New York, which is held in the fall and is an all gravel (unpaved) competition. With “progress” gravel roads are becoming more difficult to find, the Town of Masonville still has a number of good gravel roads that are not heavily populated. Roads are chosen for their surface, the “technical” qualities (hills, twists, & turns), and limited number of homes. What’s in it for me & the Town? Direct & indirect economic benefits that will come in the form of visitor dollars that help fuel and sustain the local economy. The Rally will bring over 1,000 day visitors to the Town, most will purchase fuel, food and other incidentals. Two years ago Sullivan County conducted an economic impact study on the Rally, they determined that each event generates between 2 & 3 hundred thousand dollars in economic benefit to the areas they are held. This directly affects all residents, of course more so business owners, but everyone gains if your local store does well he or she should be able to maintain prices a little longer before an increase. You may accurately point out that there are not a lot of businesses in Masonville, but even when visitors spend money in Walton residents of Masonville benefit from the way the sales tax is distributed by the County. This is an opportunity for residents to “showcase” their community by making a mini festival out of Rally Day with yard sales, craft displays and sales, local church, civic, or service groups may choose to put on a diner or barbecue…..! Towns that get involved & embrace these events find it a positive influence. The important thing to remember is that this event does not cost the Town even one dime! SAFETY! Are these events Safe? I am proud to say that Rally New York has a flawless safety record; there has never been a resident, spectator, or volunteer injury at any Rally New York event! There are very few sports that can make such a statement. Will there be accidents & property damage? I sure hope not, but that is not realistic. Racing accidents do occur, sometimes resulting in minor property damage. In spring 2004 I started as a volunteer (still am) with Rally New York, since that time there have only been two accidents where competitors were injured and I’m happy to say that these were relatively minor injuries (spring ’04 driver broken ankle, fall ’07 driver & co-driver lower back injuries – all have recovered 100%). Incidents that result in property damage are infrequent and are usually a tire track on a lawn or field (I’ve only replaced one mailbox in five years). Rest assured, No one has ever had their house run into by a Rally car at one of our events, and you probably have a better chance of being hit by lightning than you do of having your home run into! The Rally is fully insured; in the event any of your property is damaged it will be repaired or replaced to your satisfaction in a timely manner (usually within 2-3 days). If needed how will I receive emergency services if my road is closed? Our safety procedures require an ALS (advanced life support) ambulance at the start of every Special Stage; this means that medical service will be closer to you on the day of the Rally than a normal day! Who do I call? During the brief period of the road closure you would call the same as any other time; in most areas that means calling “911”, safety communications for the Rally are provided by trained Ham Radio operators stationed no more than two miles apart! In the event of an emergency the Rally can be shut down in less than one minute! I moved here for the peace & quiet, why should I support this? I’ve honestly outlined both the positive & negative aspects of this event; it is up to you to make your own decision. I will remind you that it is only for a relatively short period time out of the whole year, I feel as I hope you do that the economic benefits to the area outweigh the inconvenience. I volunteer at the NYC Marathon every year; there they close most of NYC for the whole day! Thank you very much for your time & I hope your support, In order to supply the Town with the data they requested Please give me a call, or send an email with your number and the best time to contact you regarding our permit request before Wednesday June 24, 2009. Enclosed you will find a SASE as another way to reply. Please if you have any questions or comments call, email or drop a note to Town of Masonville Supervisor Craig DuMond, 607-369-4338, Route 206, Masonville, NY 13804 , kdumond@frontiernet.net Your input is valued & important; we hope to hear from you soon! Best Regards Rich Otis, N2ZKX Deputy Clerk of the Course, Chief Communications Officer IRNY & RNYUSA, Community & Government Liaison RNY Phone: 845-344-2720, cell: 845-649-8112, email n2zkx@hvc.rr.com , Visit the Rally website: www.RallyNewYork.com
June 24, 2009 06:26:56 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Bob, not sure what you mean? I'm just responding to residents questions and concerns, so far the response has been very positive from the people that actually own property along the roads we are asking to use! As I said before this is a good family sporting event safe for the communities, and offers economic benefits (the amount is up to the town). I'm sure you're a nice person so I'll overlook the "silly venting" in your l;ast post, and hope others were not offended! See me before the Town Board meeting .....if I decide to take your money I'll double it & donate it to the local rescue squad! .........Thanks Bob................Rich, N2ZKX You all have my name phone numbers and email address....if you have a question contact me! If you just need to argue or be abusive please go tell someone else!
June 24, 2009 00:58:51 Bob Kosztyo   Rich, your pushing this thing a bit hard......take your god *CENSORED* toys and go play somewhere else. We have enough problems without you. I bet you 100 bucks the Board shoots this thing down. It serves no one here. As for all this money you promise, yea right. We like our quiet town just the way it is.
June 23, 2009 23:32:01 Brian R. Barton bbarton@hvc.rr.com as a competitor, my father and i buy gas at the local gas station where ever we travel or rally. this includes the rally car and the service truck. (40 gallons total normally) we buy our morning coffee there too. as well as a breakfast sandwich if available. we stay in local B&B's or hotels. we purchase a lot of supplies locally. we like to travel light, and then buy what we need on site. this includes groceries as well. i can surmise that we spend an average of $800-$1,2000 at local businesses at each rally we attend. we eat at local diners, formal dinner restaurants, and our service crew goes to the local fast food places as well. not to mention parts stores. we go to local walmart/partsplus/advanced auto/autozone/napa for any parts we need. like i said, we travel light and buy whatever we need on site of the rally.
June 23, 2009 22:35:39 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com My previous post is a copy of thr Rally New York press release regarding Saturdays Racing Accident......it reads better with paragraphs and spacing. Everyone should know that there is an element of danger in Rally Racing and every person that straps into a Rally Car knows it. The safety in a Rally car is outstanding ......but! What residents need to know is that there has NEVER! been a resident, volunteer, spectator, or passing motorist injured at a Rally New York event! We are proad of our safety record and work hard to maintain it. It should be obvious that the AP press release Manny refers to was a rush to judgement by an overzelous Ulster County Sheriffs Deputy, the only other explanation for the absense of any of the life threatening injuries he describes would be devine intervention! ...The fact is that the driver & co-driver where not seriously injured. That press release really angers me, co-driver Eamonn Sweeney has family & many friends that purchased plane tickets to rush here thinking Eamonn was at death's door! Shame on the Ulster County Sheriffs Deputy that distributed such an inaccurate document based on something he thought he overheard! .....You can believe whom or what you want but the fact that Eamonn has been discharged from the Hospital says it for me!.....Thanks....Rich
June 23, 2009 21:03:24 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Racing Accident on Rogues Harbor Road in Wawarsing, New York During Summer Rallysprint 2009 Author: Rally New York Media Forestburgh, New York, June 21, 2009. The purpose of this press release is to inform on the medical condition of the competitors involved in this racing accident, correct the press release disseminated by Associated Press last night without giving Rally New York the opportunity to comment on it, which gave a wrong information on the condition of the codriver and was widely reprinted by local newspapers, and explain the circumstances of this racing accident. The driver Mark Lawrence, an accomplished rally driver, suffered a fractured collar bone, was treated at the Ellenville Community Hospital and was released. The codriver Eamonn Sweeney was unconscious after the accident and, as it is customary in these situations, was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center where he was kept in an induced coma. As of this writing, Eamonn is sitting in a chair, he is talking and is a little confused about what happened. The second CAT scan performed today 24 hours after the accident gave him a clear bill of health. The extent of his injuries is a sprained knee and he is sore. He may be discharged tomorrow. This racing accident happened on a section of a closed race course: A portion of Rogues Harbor Road in Wawarsing, New York was closed to regular traffic for the purposes of Summer Rallysprint 2009, an event of New York Rally Championship, organized by Rally New York, Ltd. on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The road closure was authorized according to Section 1182 of New York Vehicle & Traffic Law. According to Section 1182, traffic laws are suspended during the authorized road closure. In rally racing, small sedans modified for safety and performance compete against the clock on sections of public roads closed to civilian traffic. The cars start at one-minute intervals and there is no wheel-to-wheel racing. The crew of each competing car consists of a driver and a codriver, also called a navigator. Racing accidents in rally racing are rare but can happen. The cars are extensively modified for safety with roll cages, six-point racing harnesses (racing seat belts) and fire suppressing equipment. The crews are required to wear protective fireproof clothing, automobile helmets, and head and neck restraints (generally HANS devices). As it should be obvious from the relatively minor, non-life-threatening injuries of the driver and codriver, these safety measures worked very well and as intended. Both crew members are expected to recover fully. It should be stressed that competitors, marshals and HAM radio operators followed the extensive safety and emergency procedures outlined in the event Safety Plan to the letter. A Forest Ranger from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was assigned to the event and assisted at the site of the accident. On Saturday, about two miles after the start, the crew of Lawrence and Sweeney in a Volkswagen Golf failed to negotiate a left turn and struck a tree on the outside of the turn by the codriver’s side of the car. The car spun and stopped on the road facing the wrong direction. The codriver Sweeney was trapped in the car and was unconscious. Dr. Mark Galperin, the driver of the car that started three minutes behind Lawrence and Sweeney, expertly handled the situation and provided immediate emergency medical assistance together with the ambulance crew from Ellenville First Aid & Rescue Squad that was stationed at the start and reached the site of the accident within minutes. Dr. Galperin and Ellenville First Aid & Ambulance Squad attended to the codriver until the Napanoch Fire Department & Rescue Squad arrived with “jaws of life” and could extricate the codriver by cutting off the door bars that are part of the safety roll cage. Because of the delay caused by the accident and the subsequent investigation by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, which lasted until after lunch, and also because of the uncertainty about the condition of the codriver at the time, the competitors and the organizer jointly decided to stop the event. The property damage caused by this racing accident was limited to bark torn off the trunk of one tree. This damage was already repaired by Rally New York, Ltd. using a tree pruning sealant. Rally New York, Ltd. wishes to thank the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, Dr. Galperin, Ellenville First aid & Rescue Squad and Napanoch Fire Department & Rescue Squad for assistance and for expertly handling this difficult situation. Rally New York, Ltd. wishes a speedy recovery to both competitors and hope to see them again soon in our midst.
June 23, 2009 20:24:04 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com For Robin: That's up to the people in town, if you get behind this with a dinner, craft fair, yard sales, welcome signs you can do very well! If everyone wants to sit in their homes with the shades drawn then I for one would not be likely to spend my money hear. Maybe the economy in Masonville is way better than the rest of the country, maybe you things are so good that you can turn away 1,000 plus visitors to your town that will want to buy lunch, snacks, gasoline and who knows what else. In Neversink & Walton we offered the local Boy Scout Troop the opertunity to sell refreshments at the spectator & service area, each group made over $400. profit for their troop, the Lava VFD did parking and food in Narrowsburg, NY and made over $1,500. this is all for a few hours work..........just like that movie "If you build it ....they will come" We will need to rent an area for our service (place to make repairs and/or adjustments, change tires and stuff)someone has that oppertunity, in Walton we rent the Delaware County Fair Grounds. At least three time during the day all cars will come to service, typically we locate this in or near local shops & stores, this is a prime time for visitors to spend money! But Hey......If things are that good ....I guess you don't need outside money! I have never paid a Town a dime for the use of their Roads, no one has ever asked for a fee. The Town and all residents benefit from the visitor dollars. For every person such as you describe I'll show you 5 that are just the oppisite! Apparently you know much more about my business than I do.....because I have not received a refusal from the Town of Franklin as of this date! That's been done in Greenville NY, and zelots got together and had it shut down because of dust & noise!........Thanks ......Rich
June 23, 2009 19:48:15 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com For I'm not laughing: It's a few hours, on one day out of the year, during Bow season. Just like not everyone enjoys Rally, not everyone enjoys Hunting. There are more Hunting related injuries & deaths in NY State than there are from Rally! Some people don't like birds, or flowers.....that doesn't mean we should ban any of these things .....there is room for everyone to persue what they enjoy as long as they are respectfull of others!........Thanks.......Rich
June 23, 2009 19:39:28 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com For Ms. Mormon Hollow: If you have issues regarding the condition of the Town Road that you live on your argument is not with me! Roads that we use for the Rally are left in the same condition we found them if not better! If it is determined by the Supertendent of Highways that there has been damage to a road, we will fix in a timly manner (1 to 2 weeks at most) This is done at the discression of the Town, we can pay them or hire an approved local contractor to do the work. All work must meet the Towns approval! I wiil let you know that roads repairs are seldom needed!........Just an FYI all the property boarding the section of Mormon Hollw Rd that We are asking for is owned by NY State......I will provide parcel numbers on request! Perhaps there is confusion as to what section of Mormon Hollow Rd......Thanks......Rich
June 23, 2009 18:55:14 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com I have received two email requests for information, one from Robert O.., from NJ with property on Steam Mill Rd. (forwarded through the Supervisor) and one from Gloria P, on June 17th. Both were responded to within 24 hours. If you do email me direct please put Masonville Rally in the subject line, that way I won't miss it.............The course will be determined by the permits, it is premature to try to lay it out before we know what we have to work with. It will consist of all or part of the roads defined in my last post.......Thanks.....Rich
June 23, 2009 18:17:40 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com I have been qwuite busy the past couple of days .....sorry if your questions have not been responded to right away. Here goes Regarding letters to property owners the list was obtained by using www.giswebhost.org/delaware/ , I sent letters to all property owners that had frontage along the roads we are requesting permits for. I had one returned as undeliverable the initials are J. M. in New York New York, so if you're JM I have your letter if you let me know the correct address I'll send it again. If you live or own property along Mormon Hollow Rd. (from the Town of Tompkins line to the intersection of Mormon Hollow Cross Rd.) and did not receive a letter Please contact me directly n2zkx@hvc.rr.com or contact your Town Supervisor so he can forward your request to me. The same goes for anyone on Mormon Hollow Cross Rd (from Mormon Hollow Rd. to Steam Mill Rd.) as well as those of you on Steam Mill Rd. (from Herring Rd. to the Town of Tompkins line). These are the roads we are asking for permission to close for 3 (three) - 2 (two) hour periods, each 2 hour closure period would be followed by a break of one or two hours during this break the road will be open to regular traffic: Have to eat dinner be back shortly to continue answering questions. Rich
June 23, 2009 18:07:10 Ms. Mormon Hollow   I'm casting my vote as a big NO to this road rally. Mormon Hollow is in such sad shape now that we receive negative comments about it every time we have company. And as for letter going out to all residents on Mormon Hollow? I must be confused as to where I live.......One thing is for certain; I will Not see my road closed for hours, reopened and closed. When we get emergency calls, we roll. Right then; NOT later. Let then have their rally in a town that has to commerce to be boosted! I don't see anyone who lives on Mormon Hollow FOR this rally. You folks who don't live in the middle of this wreck seem to think it's cool; let's have it on your road! OK?????????????
June 23, 2009 11:12:35 Laughing   In no way was my posting intended to derogate Masonville. As I said Masonville is a nice little bedroom community. If I did not like it here I would not be here. I was being realistic. There is not much for a claim to fame in the area unless one counts a published AAA speed trap with 4 posted speed limits in a half mile area. Masonville is what it is. A road rally on the back roads for a few hours is not going to make much difference one way or the other in the scheme of things. I would be a lot more concerned about the plans that NYC, the State of New York and gas speculators have planned for us
June 23, 2009 09:06:04 Not laughing   Laughing, you may feel that there is nothing in Masonville, obviously some people feel there is. Maybe we don't have big business, but we do have quiet, clean air, and nature. Masonville is a place that people have made weekend and retirement homes in, as well as families who wanted a place like this to raise their family for just this reason. Masonville has its place on earth and we like it this way. Masonville has a lot to offer, you just need to take the time to appreciate it. Life isn't always fast paced, take time to smell the roses, you just might see things a little differently.
June 23, 2009 00:59:37 I'm Laughing too !   During hunting season and on the weekend Right ? Racing through state land , that should be interesting !
June 22, 2009 13:15:17 Laughing   Come on folks! Get Real ! You are talking about Masonville. A bump in the road to nowhere. Road rallies have been around as long as cars have been around. No, a road rally probably will bring nothing to Masonville. But so what? There is nothing in Masonville now. Masonville is a nice little bedroom community not the center of the universe. Let the road ralliers have their fun. If you don't like it go shopping in Binghamton or Oneonta that day. There is a lot more important things in this world to worry about.
June 22, 2009 09:21:18 Robin   About the Road Rally. Just how much is the race going to bring to our town? Where the race is to be held is NOT close to the stores and we do NOT have any lodging. The closes business is the Ice Cream Stand on Rte 8 south, over the hill and through the Consevation Road. Does the town receive money for the use of the roads and if so how much? I have talked to someone from Walton who was in favor of the race before it happened and then afterwards said they would never what to be around one again. Why did the Town of Franklin turn the race down? I don't see where this will benefit our town, only the race people. If they want to race on dirt then build a dirt road track and race there, so people won't be inconvenienced in any way.
June 22, 2009 01:03:07 bertimouse   Hi Manny. Yall are getting too Hyped Up About nothing but one day of fun that yall did once when YOU were young,eh? -STOP YALL,about being such fuddy-duddies & worry-worts!-Can't Masonville just have ONE DAY of fun here? Come On Now-we can make them racers promise us the world for advertising & profit dollars here besides what it would mean to help our local businesses. Can you please get your heads out of the sand to "just imagine the good" for once? OK nuff said from our house we can already hear the negativity spouting from all around MV who just don't want to try new things at any time,any way,never & no how.
June 21, 2009 22:48:16 Manny   Here's one link to the story of tyhr Rally New Your Car Crash that just occurred in Ulster County: www.wten.com/Global/story.asp?S=10568364 I wouldn't want these cars racing by my property. Racing belongs on race tracks, not our public roads!
June 21, 2009 22:44:47 Manny   Can the gentleman talking about the Road Rally tell us now that this Rally New York race is safe on our public roads after this news story: 2 hurt in NY road rally wreck; 1 seriously injured Associated Press - June 20, 2009 11:35 PM ET Do a Google Search and read all about it.
June 21, 2009 22:39:53 bertimouse   Dear Bob Dunbar: Did you actually get a letter from the racing folks? Do tell! We'd like to know where the actual race course is. I agree with you that IT SHOULD NOT TEAR UP STATE LAND; but let's see where it's going, eh? -Believe me Bob, I'm with you on your Environmental concerns; but I also Gotta tell you that dirt racing is FUN & we all (as a Town) should not let this opportunity NOT bring in funds for Masonville...let the DEC or whomever review the plan - see what they say about it, eh?
June 21, 2009 22:24:48 bertimouse   Hello Stuck At Home: In answer to your questions: 1) Mirabitos delivers GASOLINE to 5 stations: a)Masonville, b)both stations near the Sidney Federal Credit Union. c)the gas station on the way to KMART. d) the gas station next to the Sidney Library...that makes five. If you've ever noticed they are all priced the same except higher priced for MASONVILLE & the one going towards KMART - No Surprise There because they get the most "Interstate & Out Of Town" traffic there, err. 2)We have found that the Children of Masonville are Leading their parents into a Green Life. Our Children Here are Gentle, Kind & Smart & Will Lead all of this country's fearful idiots into a bright new Green Future. They have allot of help from their wise Elders as well. Have no fear. We are here. We all Love Masonville & shall keep her close to our hearts. Thanks for your kind words whoever you are,eh?
June 20, 2009 09:49:29 Stuck at home?   I agree with the Mirabito thing! I do not buy gas there because I feel they are taking advantage of our small town. I do not buy gas at any of there stations if I can help it. (What are the 5 stations they own in Sydney?) I can only think of 2, so I may have supported them unknowingly!! As far as Masonville being "Green" I have to say I question that the whole town is on board with that when I see people using the road side as if it were a dump. (It may be non residents too.) I can't understand the mentality of people who have children that don't recycle. What condition do they think they are leaving this earth in for future generations?!? Well, I better shut up or i'll be getting on my "soapbox"! Berimouse, thanks for your input!
June 20, 2009 08:05:22 Bob Dunbar bdunbar@palisades.rr.com This Race will go through State Land....land set aside by the people of the Sate of NY for the people of NY to enjoy in a natural, peacefull setting. I think this race is nonsence. It won't bring a plug nickle to the town. Go away. Race tracks are for racing....go there. Leave our peacefull setting alone. I will be at the next board meeting to voice my concerns, I hope others will join me.
June 20, 2009 02:15:01 bertimouse   To Dwayde: Best thing for you to do is to Google Masonville, NY. You'll get your basic questions about schools, taxes and "groceries" answered there. Where are you relocating from and how many kids do you have? What ages are they? -Most people come here from somewhere else to retire quietly and peacefully to enjoy our dark peaceful nights with many bright stars...I sincerely hope you all don't come up here to wreck that. Please respect the Land & People of Masonville if you choose to move here. That's all we at our place ask of any newcomer. BE GREEN. DO NOT ADD MANY OUTDOOR LIGHTS TO YOUR NEW HOUSE! BUY AN OLD HOUSE & RENOVATE IT instead of bulldozing & adding yet another septic system into the Earth! Masonville Thinks GREEN! :)
June 20, 2009 01:55:49 bertimouse   Hello there: Stuck at Home? - Just another thought here tonight & its a Dark One:We apologize in advance for our thoughts but regarding the GasFuel Wastage:WHY NOT&MAYBE we should "get" our local Mirabito Gas "Cartel" to be more involved/sponsor this racing event-Hello? Has anyone contacted them to ask if they'd lend a local[wealthy]helping hand? Maybe if they were paid for their advertising muscle in exchange they could lower their price on their already excessively high gasoline prices at Masonville's ONE gas station for a few pennies for just that ONE DAY? (-Don't forget,they own 5 other gas stations down in Sidney that they could RAISE 5 CENTS that same day to make up the difference which WE ALL KNOW they'd do anyway.) Stuck At Home-Masonville needs to go GREEN & BARTER for anything she needs anyway,anyhow her citizens know how to do&can help now: Do Yall Get It? ALL IDEAS TO HELP MASONVILLE ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED BY ALL. WE ARE ALL ONE IN OUR ONE COMMUNITY. IT'S ALL WE'VE GOT & WE LOVE HER. ok i'll stop,desist&dive down again for now.
June 18, 2009 11:58:59 Stuck at home?   Rich, I emailed you with questions but have not gotten a response yet. I also spoke with someone that lives on Mormon Hollow and they said they never recieved anything about the Rally. I know you said you've gotten positive reponses but I also talked with a person that didn't have much good to say about the Walton event. I am unsure at this point, if this will be of any benifit to our area. I also have doubts because of the fuel that is being wasted driving around for no reason other than to race. With all the problems we are having with the fuel crisis it doesn't make sense to me. But I must say that I am not a fan of racing. Hopefully all will work out well. Thanks for putting the effort into making people aware of your event.
June 17, 2009 12:22:58 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Hello All Just want to remind everyone that Rally New York is still looking for input regarding our request for a Special Use Road Permit! Also I am available to answer any questions anyone may have regarding this. I'm happy to say that all the responses to date have been extremly positive......so please don't be shy! We are holding a small one day event this Saturday June 20th in Ulster County near Ellenville, so if you have the time and would like to see what Rally is like come and visit......there is no fee for spectators......Thanks....Rich
June 16, 2009 20:15:26 Ranger Danger.   Sorry, that should say 10 minute not 10 miles for Masonville to Sidney. =) It's only about 5 miles from the Center of town.
June 16, 2009 20:00:16 RangerDanger   Dwayde, the school district in the area is run by the Sidney school district located about 10 miles from Masonville. Overall it's a fairly good school with alot of decent teachers. Coming from a recently graduated student (class of 2009) your kids will probably like the district, although rules are a little strict. Personally, I didn't like it based on how my last two years were run in what we students call the "Cooper Dictatorship." She really is a nice woman once you get past the crazy rules/punishments/censorship of student publications. She doesn't deserve a lot of the *CENSORED* that most students give her. The stores in Masonville should be able to suit your emergency needs but most of your shopping will probably occur in Sidney. The best prices to be had would be in Norwich or Oneonta at Walmart. Oneonta is about a 30 minute drive away with the highway strait to it located in Sidney. Another plus, is few parts of Masonville actually flood. =) Hope I helped your decision. If you don't mind me asking, where are you originally coming from?
June 15, 2009 20:31:22 Ivanhoe   FOUND: Owner To Young Black Lab!!
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June 15, 2009 09:50:26 Dwayde   My wife and I have been looking to buy land and build a 2300 sq. ft. Log Cabin-style home in the region, and several people familiar with the region mentioned Masonville. Can anyone here give any feedback regarding things like schools (we have school aged children), taxes as well as store (grocery, etc..) I am planning a visit and a drive-around this month and would appreciate any feedback positive or negative. Thanks, Dwayde
June 13, 2009 09:09:31 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Cdr_Keidel@hotmail.com Anybody going down to watch Sidney's HOMETOWN DAY PARADE today? It starts at 1:oo PM and you'll get a chance to wave at me! As Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 200, I'll be riding in a brown 1967 Cadillac convertible hoping we won't have to put up the top. Lets hope it'll stay dry, at least until after the parade.
June 12, 2009 19:19:01 RangerDanger.   If anyone on the message board is interested in buying an aluminum cap for a Ford Ranger/Chevy S10/etc let me know. I have one up for grabs at $100 located on 206. It's on binghamton craigslist if you would like to see photos of it, just thought I should let the locals know as well, might help in a sale. And if not, no harm done right? =)
June 10, 2009 19:14:23 bertimouse   Hi Tony, I just spoke to him & he said the exact same thing you did! Guess I better get going with that;he says he's got a nice radio he can give me;seems he collects 'em. :)
June 09, 2009 22:17:08 Tony - CR-20   Bertimouse...I understand about the home land line and the cells...but...as you travel the mountain roads, especially during the Winter months, it's great to have the coverage ham radio provides in case of an emergency. Also...don't think of it as microwaves...that band is hardly ever used. We operate bands that are safer than cellphones believe it or not. Talk to your brother, he'll explain...and probably will get a kick out of it too!
June 09, 2009 18:50:41 bertimouse   Hi Tony, You know,I don't miss the lack of cell phone coverage here-I must be getting old!-I have 2 cell phones;one for work & a "tracphone" which came in very handy staying in touch with family when Mom was sick, & I use it at work for personal calls but other than that we have a real cheap land line & the internet to stay connected with folks-why be bombarded with additional "Microwaves in Masonville"? ha ha, Guess I'd need a big antennae for the radio though-can we strap a little one onto the top of a 70 ft. tall pine-tree? :)-Guess I should be consulting my brother in Colorado, eh? He'll be thrilled his younger sibling is interested again, he he.
June 09, 2009 13:46:59 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Regarding the request for roads for International Rally New York 2009. Letters went out to all property owners on the requested sections of roads, included is a SASE with a page to send back by June 24th. To all Town of Masonville residents, if you like the idea of the Rally please let your elected officials know about it. If you're not sure or have questions plese feel free to contact me, I'll be happy to give you accurate information......Thanks......Rich
June 09, 2009 00:15:50 Tony - CR-20   Hello Bertimouse...glad your recovering from your Mom's passing and hope each day gets better for you. Stay strong and things will start looking up! As for the Ham license, like Rich said...it's real easy to get your Tech license and it's a great hobby to get into. There is 1 Ham listed in Masonville and over 20 in nearby Bainbridge. There are repeaters in Oneonta and Walton that have great coverage and it helps with the lack of cell coverage throughout the mountains especially in case of an emergency! All the best...Tony
June 08, 2009 23:41:33 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com To bertimouse, I was refering to the Town of Tompkins, last November 1st. Thanks for the good wishes. Although not everyones "cup of tea" the Rally is a good positive event for the community and will supply an infusion of visitor dollars to Delaware County.....and in these economic times most Towns & Counties are interested in bolstering local business! Get your Ham ticket .....it's not that hard anymore....all morse code requirements have been done away with. It's a great hobby and offers the opertunity to assist in times of emergency & disaster. Rich
June 08, 2009 20:20:07 bertimouse   To Rich Otis; Have you held the Thompkins County road races for awhile? I used to work for a guy who just loved to dirt & road race up near Ithaca-way...he used to bring all kinds of tires with him just in case; a nice guy with a very fast car that he used to race on weekends and then drive to work everyday! (I suppose he spent ALLOT of time cleaning it off after the racing because it was always spotless on Monday! :) )Again; good luck with your pursuit & maybe someday we'll be able to talk over the ham.
June 08, 2009 20:11:29 bertimouse   Hi Tony! Long time no hear! Glad your having a good time-we're still err, recovering from Mom's passing but things get better everyday. My older brother in Colorado has been pestering FOREVER to get my ham license; I thought there was no one in Masonville to talk to! :) He says its a GREAT hobby,& also helps out immensely in any emergency...My brother is a Colorado State Emergency Coordinator in his area for that;sorry I don't know (DUH) his call numbers...Good to hear from you again. :)
June 08, 2009 13:09:35 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com For Robin, yes the same group. We have held events in Walton & Tompkins last November 1st (Chase Brook Rd. & Carcass Brook Rd.), there were no injures, property damage or road damage and we do have permits in place for the Walton section of Carcass Brook Rd. for the October 24, 2009 event. On April 4, 2009 we used Dunk Hill Rd., Dunk Hill Spur (Freer Hollow Rd), & Palmer Hill Rd. for one stage and Beers Brook Rd. & Houck Mountain Rd. for the other. Some of the newspaper reports were less than kind, the best person to ask would be John Merideth supervisor for Walton or Ronda the Town Clerk. There were a hanfull of residedents that were "rabbidly opposed to Rally and nothing would have made them happy......Thanks for your interest .....Rich
June 08, 2009 12:16:25 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com For Tony N2XUS, congratulations on buying a home in Masonville, I wish you all the happiness. If we get our permits perhaps I can get you to volunteer as a Ham Radio operator.....catch you on the KQ2H repeater system sometime
June 08, 2009 09:34:58 Tom Barton tbarton@hvc.rr.com Looking forward to driving the roads of Masonville. The other 2 Rally NY events were great, especially the long stages in Walton. Anybody with questions for a local driver can e-mail me. We are from Rock Hill, in Sullivan County. (not far from Larry, N6BQD) Tom B. ----> Mazda 323 <----
June 08, 2009 09:06:25 Robin Little   Rich, is this the same type of race that was in the Walton area this year? If so came you give the names of the roads used. And I seem to remember something in the local paper about it.
June 07, 2009 20:45:44 Tony - CR-20   Hello Rich - N2ZKX...Name is Tony - N2XJS and I recently bought a home in beautiful Masonville. I've heard Larry N6BQD talk about your events on the KQ2H repeater a few times. They sound interesting. And hello to Bertimouse and the rest of the Board...long time since I've been on. Hope all is well with everyone and I'm enjoying the beautiful weather up there! All the best - Tony
June 07, 2009 18:34:20 bud gilbertsen Waltgilbertsen@yahoo.com HI from north carolina, i sure miss masonville
June 06, 2009 06:55:35 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Anyone that would like a copy of the letter explaining about International Rally New York 2009, please email me directly. I want to share information, however I don't want to monopolize this message board. Please continue your questions ....I will try to keep my answers brief. BTW. are there any Ham Radio operators that check in here? Rich Visit www.RallyNewYork.com
June 06, 2009 06:20:40 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com To answer the tire question, Michelin ZE series Asymmetrical Gravel Tires medium 80 compound. Of course it will depend greatly on the weather .....the key is bring all you have and hope you choose the correct tire! The onalimbracing site is not mine ....Peter is a Photographer from the Boston area....he takes some good photos. Thanks for your interest Rich
June 06, 2009 02:54:07 bertimouse   Hi Rich: We checked out your site; www.onalimbracing.com and it shows mostly DIRT RACING. My questions here are: 1)What kind of tires do you plan on running on the cars?
June 06, 2009 02:16:07 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Hi! I have a letter describing the Rally & what we would like to do prepared in MS word as well as pdf form, I've submitted it to Craig DuMond for approval. As soon as I get his "OK" I'll send it to all property owners on the affected roads. I'll also have copies available in town and post it online so everyone can contrubute feedback. Lots of photos at www.onalimbracing.com Thanks Rich
June 06, 2009 02:02:37 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Sure, We are asking to close the following roads on Saturday October 24th, for 3- 2 hour periods, between each closure there will be a 1-2 hour break and the roads will be re-opened to normal traffic. Mormon Hollow Road (from the Town line to Mormon Hollow Cross Rd.), Mormon Hollow Cross Road, & Steam Mill Road (from the Town line to Herring Rd.) This is a "Timed Speed Test" Note THERE IS NO WHEEL TO WHEEL RACING! The "Readers Digest" discripton would read "Real People...Real Cars....Real Roads" Please visit www.RallyNewYork.com for more info Thanks Rich
June 05, 2009 23:08:19 bertimouse   Hi Grumpy; will do, thanks. To Rich Otis: We read the town meeting reports on-line & they take AWHILE before the latest are posted so unfortunately we on-line folks tend to hear about this stuff later than the folks who are able to attend the Town Mtgs. -It's just a matter of logistics. But, would you be willing to explain a little here on-line about the International Rally NY 2009 Road Permit Presentation that you made at the meeting? It sounds fun...does your organization have a website to go to for more information? Thanks.
June 05, 2009 10:02:36 Rich Otis n2zkx@hvc.rr.com Hello Everyone I'd like to thank Craig DuMond, the members of the Town Board, and all the residents that were present at the June 3rd meeting. I felt very welcome and was given ample time to present the proposal & request for a Special Use Road Permit that would allow International Rally New York 2009 to take place. I would like very much to hear from residents regarding this. I am available just about anytime to answer questions and listen to any issues or concerns anyone may have. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone 845-344-2720 or 845-649-8112. Hope to hear from many of you real soon. Rich Otis Community & Government Liaison Rally New York
June 04, 2009 22:39:13 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Cdr_Keidel@hotmail.com Hey, Bertimouse! If you have some good Masonville Parade pictures, you may send them to me. Perhaps I can get our webmaster to include them on this site.
June 04, 2009 00:12:30 bertimouse   Happy, Beautiful, Sweet June to Everyone! May all your gardens grow fast, your grass grow short & slow, and may all of your summertime hopes and dreams come true. Happy camping and fishing too! :) :) :)
June 04, 2009 00:06:33 bertimouse   To "Christopher Nichols": Check out "history of Masonville" on-line for a start - there are a few good books out there; also in the Four county library system. To "Ivanhoe": Yes, I have pictures of the parade; where do I send 'em? To "Wshbown": The cheapest supplier for NYSEG is the original choice at the moment. To "Robin": CUDOS for your comments.
June 04, 2009 00:01:57 bertimouse   Every sixty seconds you spend being upset about ANYTHING is just one more minute of happiness you'll never get back. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly! Leave the rest to God.
June 03, 2009 12:02:17 CrzyFlea   It is a pity it censors out terms for homosexuals when someone isn't screaming them like obscenities. Not surprised, not really. Too many people treat those words like curse words.
June 03, 2009 12:00:21 CrzyFlea   Lev. 18:22, and yet your arguement seems to imply that you think that those who choose a different sexual orientation than the 'norm' should not enjoy the same civil liberties as the rest of us. I'm sure there wouldn't be so many marriages that make religious folk have an outcry if agencies like insurance, health care providers and so forth acknowledged partnerships without that little marriage certificate. Trying to solve one issue, creates more. I've the great good fortune to know several *CENSORED*/*CENSORED* and bi couples who have been partners for years. They're no different than anyone else and to be quite frank, their relationships are more stable than alot of marriages I've observed. Maybe I'm lucky to know people who are outside of the statistical averages. Don't worry, I'm not going to point fingers though, don't want to start a witch hunt for the homosexuals I know in Masonville either. They wouldn't appreciate it, or deserve it, they're too nice to put through that sort of thing.
June 03, 2009 09:12:40 Robin   Not all "city people" are the same. It would be ideal when someone new moves into our town, to sat back and see how a "country" town works and learn that a lot of us have large generational families. Some of us have a hard time letting people in. We all have ideas that don't always agree, but wouldn't life be boring if we did? How we come to a agreement is what it is about, working together. At some point in our lives we step on others toes, whether we mean to or not. Sometimes the old ways work the best, but also fresh new ways have there place and benefit us as a whole. We need to give the benefit of the doubt. Remember a stranger can be a unknown friend. Respect goes along way.
June 03, 2009 08:10:53 sick of the city   You know what disgusts me ? We the people of Masonville where so well to let (CITY PEOPLE) move in to this town but i don't think we were going to let tham start runing us
June 02, 2009 20:58:41 gr   You know what disgusts me? The child molester living on ivanhoe.
June 02, 2009 12:09:37 Lev. 18:22   CryzFlea. Your argument for the justification of homosexuality is certainly unique. I am convinced. If some observer observed a gut worm involved in what the observer considered homosexual activity how can one argue with that? Based on that I suppose we humans should greet others by smelling thier rears? - As to seperation of church and state; I too, am thankful I live in a country that guarantees that freedom. Of course what you are referring to is the guarantee that the government will not establish a religion? I see nothing in the US Constitution that prohibts a Christian or anyone else from expressing a conviction and striving to guarantee that conviction. That guarantee would extend to homonsexuals as well. I have no argument with with what and where one uses his or her sexual organs. But, I do object to having that right shoved down my throat. (Pun intended).
June 02, 2009 00:36:47 Discusted   sick of it! Every where ! TV , Go to the mall .... They are every where! Don't bring it to Masonville. Only REAL men and ladies here !
June 01, 2009 14:36:23 CrzyFlea   to the person preaching because our state is forward thinking in its approach to same sex pairings and offering them the same rights as couples who happen to fit the typical gender associations - there is such a thing as separation of church and state in this country. And I thank God for that. --- Homosexual and bisexual behavior are widespread in the animal kingdom: in a 1999 review, researcher Bruce Bagemihl showed that homosexual behavior has been observed in close to 1500 species from primates to gut worms. Feel free to cling to your Bible and wave it at me and tell me that Man is not descended from ape. I'm just pointing out, that if it is so unnatural, why does it happen so frequently in -Nature-
May 31, 2009 09:39:00 wshbown   does any one know the cheapest supplier for electric from nyseg
May 28, 2009 07:48:42 "Grumpy" Ernst Keidel Cdr_Keidel@Hotmail.com I have just received the Minutes and have sent them on to my webmaster; he should have them up shortly. Sorry, but I have no parade pictures. Not of the Masonville Parade, anyway. In my position as Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 200 in Oneonta, I was obligated to ride in the Oneonta Parade. Was quoted in the Daily Star (26 May) when I spoke at Neahwa Park, after the parade.
May 27, 2009 09:55:18 Robin Little   I was wondering if you have the minutes from the May meeting yet?
May 26, 2009 13:54:07 Ivanhoe   I am wondering if anyone got pictures of the parade???
May 20, 2009 17:04:24 Christopher Nichols pepej1212@aim.com Hi my name is Christopher Nichols and i just moved to masonville this year i was wondering if anyone had information on my house because i guess it has some history i was hoping to get a i live in the house across the street from loris ice cream shop in the big house if u have any information email me plz pepej1212@aim.com
May 20, 2009 12:45:40 Does it matter?   Wow......am I glad I don't bother to check this site very often! You people are awful! Have you ever heard the phrase, "Don't sweat the small stuff?" For God's sake people...why not just say that you woke up today and were breathing, so *CENSORED*! It's gonna be a good day! You just might find that you'd go through each day a little happier and sleep better each night!
May 19, 2009 22:57:37 NINJA   Yes I have. Do not tell me what I haven't done. =)
May 19, 2009 15:44:06 Parade Lover   Looking forward to the Memorial Day parade and the great chicken barbeque at the church. Hope for good weather!
May 19, 2009 15:14:03 Masonville Resident that is sick of personal attacks   Reading the comment from Ninja makes me EMBARRASED to tell people I live in Masonville. This just goes to show that there is no moving forward in Masonville...only grudges, bad feelings and ignorance. I take it Ninja has not attended ANY Board of Education meetings or any other forum in which Mrs. Cooper has spoken. If you had you would know just how ignorant your comment is.
May 18, 2009 13:49:31 Disgusted   Mohammad Obama told the moslems that America is NOT a Christian nation. Our Great Sheik should speak for himself. HE says HE does not believe America is a Christian nation. All fifty state's constitution preambles refer to God and the Judao Christian ethic. So someone must have felt this is a Christian nation. If our Exalted Grand High Potentate had his way tomorrow morning all women in this country would be wearing "hijabs" and we all would pray 5 times a day with our B*u*t*t*s in the air to some heathen deity in Mecca. How much longer is American citizens going to stand by and see this *CENSORED* taking place?
May 15, 2009 22:51:43 NINJA   Sandra Cooper is the devil.
May 15, 2009 13:08:46 Lev. 18:22   Our blind governor is blind in more ways than one. He advocates the impossible. "Same Sex" marriage is an oxymoron. By difinition Marriage is the union of a man and woman not the union of a man with a man or a woman with a woman or a man/woman with an animal. If someone wants to live in the sin of homosexuality that is between them and God but it does not have to be sanctioned by the State of New York. While homosexuality is condemned and forbidden in several passages of the Holy Bible it is no worse than any other sin in God's eyes; but, there are sins that erode culture and society more than others i.e. murder is more harmful to society than stealing a pencil from your employer. Not only is homosexuality condemned and forbidden in the Holy Bible it is forbidden by most cultures, society and common sense. Homosexual unions are by nature unnatural and short lived. In the Netherlands where same sex unions have been allowed for a number of years the average same sex union last 1.5 years as compared to man/woman unions which last 12 years. Say a resounding NO to same sex unions in the State of New York.
May 15, 2009 08:00:36 Craig DuMond   FYI - Sandra Cooper, Superintendent of Sidney Central School, is planning an informational school budget presentation at the Masonville Federated Church on Sunday May 17th at 6pm.
May 07, 2009 21:01:37 walt buddy gilbertsen Waltgilbertsen@yahoo.com If anyone remembers me would be nice to hear from you.
May 07, 2009 20:28:52 waltgilbertsen Waltgilbertsen@yahoo.com i went to grade school at masonville i live near masonville pond. i have traveled the world and masonville pond area is still the prettist to me. It makes me home sick. I know live in NC
May 07, 2009 20:28:00 LOL (Chester)   MHF - Thank you for your information concerning Mr. Getter. I will pass the information, along with a picture of the site, to the person who requested it.
May 07, 2009 20:25:50 walt gilbertsen Waltgilbertsen@yahoo.com i missed masonville ny after 30 years
May 07, 2009 13:24:13 MHF   LOL Info on Awra (Aurea) Getter,Plot number 59 Masonville Cemetary, Pine Hill . Center back between driveways, 5th row from back driveway.
May 06, 2009 11:04:58 Chester   Anyone missing a white and orange cat? One is hanging around my place and I want rid of it.
May 03, 2009 21:46:57 just a reminder   Hello everyone I as a caring person would like to just remind you all that Town Clean Up days are May 8th and 9th!. this Friday and Satday I hope everyone clean up a little beause EVERYONE can find some little thinks to clean up or B**** about. Of your blessed and can't find anything around your house. then loan a hand to are old people Thanks everyone have a happy flowerE day !!
May 02, 2009 22:16:04 Craig DuMond   Thank you, Berti! The fire dept. should be aware of the grants you speak of, however, I will pass the info on just to be sure!
May 02, 2009 02:55:51 bertimouse   Town Government IS what is IS,Folks. You are all either INvolved or have NOT evolved,get it? -It makes no difference what the darn issue is.-HOW MANY of your children know/care/talk about/what's happening here in Masonville right now? -This will be the telling sign of things to come, eh? -Please,Yall,Consider Hard Why Masonville is SO BLESSED for the Many Ways & Means that She DOES NOT have, rather than what she lacks.
May 02, 2009 02:30:43 bertimouse   Belated Happy B-Day to you Craig; our most esteemed & Hard Working Town Supervisor! :) DEC is offering grants to local Fire Depts. now for funds to fight brush fires; did you know?...Deadline is May 30th.
April 30, 2009 19:24:25 Enough Already   I too would like to maintain farms and country, however, we cannot live in the past....and wish. There are only 2 operating dairy farms left in the Town and with the price of milk I fear the worst. Beef, swine, sheep, crop, etc will continue to be a side business for most of the others but not a main form of revenue for a family. It is a shame but it is the reality of the county the city has had it's sites on for many years. If we do not do some thing about development (I am not talking about a "downtown business sector") to generate and off set the taxes the rest of us are doomed, which is exactly playing into the City's plans for us. We simply cannot close our eyes, hope and dream the city away any longer. If we dont take care of ourselves, the city and the State are ready to take care of us and not in a good way!
April 29, 2009 23:21:41 Ranger Danger.   I'm not really a fan of business and home development. Why ruin a small town by cramming a bunch of businesses into it? Before you know it, all the farms and beautiful hills of Masonville will be gone.
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