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June 10, 2008 09:03:10 Chester   Bertimouse - No problem. I think the Penguin was in operation back in the early 60's when I worked at the "Scintilla" and traveled Rte. 8 back and forth to work. As to the ice cream machine; it may be older than "Grumpy" but I really doubt it is older than me. LOL.
June 10, 2008 00:31:40 bertimouse   Pardon me Chester; all of my comments today were intended to be directed to Grumpy instead. Forgive me for confusing you! On the other hand Grumpy; you should know exactly what I've been trying to discuss with you here, eh?
June 10, 2008 00:21:02 bertimouse   Actually, Chester, it's more like 7 miles south down route 8 towards Deposit from our four corner stop signs. Here's some more "Penguin Lore" I heard which is why I love this place; the reason why everyone called it the "Penguin" is because there was a big sign with a Penguin on it; and yes, the Penguin burger is legendary and they still serve it there, and the original Penguin Sign is still sitting in someone's basement right now waiting to be re-painted and put back up on the roof next to the ice cream sign whenever the current owner's feel like it. Besides their inside restaurant food which is fresh and made to order, their best kept secret is their home-mixed ice cream made with a unique machine that's probably older and better put together than you are, Chester! :) My mission in life is to taste every flavor they have during the next three summers, eh? Wish me luck! Lot's of good eating there, always!
June 09, 2008 21:59:25 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Penguin Burgers? Yes, I had one today at "Country Cream," just about 4 miles south of downtown Masonville, on Route 8. It was a fine repast, complete with onion, lettuce, and burger fixins, and no penguins were hurt in the preparation of this dish! Penguin Burger? Well, the "Country Cream" used to be known as "The Penguin" in years past. At first glance, it appears to be just another soft ice cream stand with window service. Yet, if you use the entrance door to the right of the building, you’ll practically find a full service restaurant, dispensing all the traditional fast foods, in addition to 51 (yes, fifty-one!) flavors of ice cream. Eat your heart out, Baskin and Robbins! Oh, and they’re far enough out in the country to have a horse hitching rack out back. Saw it used last week, when two patrons actually did ride up on horseback and tied their mounts up in back.
June 08, 2008 17:33:01 Chester   ADDENDUM: BUT - The mayor of Binghamton is looked upon as a hero for flying a flag for sodomy.!!
June 08, 2008 17:31:03 Chester   I see the Walton Village Board (after much discussion) voted to start Village Meetings with prayer. What a novel Idea!!(please note irony) Asking for God's guidance and direction. 75 -100 years ago no public meeting would have started without prayer.
June 07, 2008 17:02:26 Brad Hi I bought a German Shorthair pup from a guy outside of Masonville. , I think his first name is George. Does anyone know him or how to get in tiuch with him. I would like to buy another dog from him. Thank you, Brad
June 07, 2008 10:10:50 Grumpy Ernst Keidel [OK, how did that drug advert get here?] Good question! I have emailed my webmaster to please remove that message.
June 07, 2008 06:08:57 mike sherman   Hey burtmouse talk to bonnie trip,she lives across from church below don rudes house,she has marched in parade with red hats before!
June 06, 2008 19:26:26 bertimouse   Ok folks, just one more message from me here (sorry for talking so much. :)) I saw a sign today about a barbeque benefit being held at the firehouse tomorrow for Duane's family. 10 a.m. until sold out. Just trying to spread the word, so nuff said eh?
June 06, 2008 18:53:38 bertimouse   Hi Craig, Thanks for the clarification on the "Kids and Critters" club; I didn't see the classic "4H" clover sign when they marched. That's wonderful that this has been organized for the kids of Masonville. Is there any way that all of the organized clubs could have their own spot on the town website that people could click on to see their activities, etc? Maybe for a small fee from these clubs? I'd love to see a ladies "Red Hat Society" chapter in Masonville started up some day; I think it'd be a HOOT to march in Red and Purple at the parade, he he! :) And I know there are people that really want to start up a garden club, too but it's hard to get organized sometimes...what do you think?
June 06, 2008 18:19:27 bertimouse   Hey George, that was the nicest, most thought-out message I've read on this current topic; You really hit the nail on the head there about "what not to say". I've seen some 2nd-homers show up at the Town Mtgs. only when they want to complain about something, which I never had a problem with, but allot of times they start out with that saying. -If you look around at the other people's faces in the room as they talk; you can see the eyes roll and the sighs and foot shuffling, and I just sit there and think that these folks just shot themselves in the foot before they even got started. When I visited Montreal for a week in college, everyone complained about how the French Canadians hated us; well, I had no problem because I spoke a little French and tried using their own language. Even though I butchered their language they appreciated that. I've traveled some in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Trinidad/Tobago and butchered the Spanish language there too, but the locals love it when you try and speak their language. I lived for a summer in midtown Manhattan too. The strangest part about living there was that I was the only native NY'R there where I was, and to fit in, there were a whole different set of ways of living that was fun to discover about! :) I guess that's where the saying "When in Rome do as the Romans do" comes from, eh? :)
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June 04, 2008 14:09:16 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Well Mike, I know you've met me! I've even been to your home to talk cars and water/gas conversions. Unfortunately, I was not able to be in town for the Memorial Day parade. Perhaps some of the recent anonymous posters will come to the town council meeting tonight and identify themselves.
June 04, 2008 04:33:27 Mike sherman   Gosh I wonder if i know some of you people who send message on these contraptions. When i was young and foolish i knew who lived in almost every house in town,course 45 yrs ago there was alot fewer houses. time has a way of changin the faces here and probably everywhere else.Ivd enjoyed 99% of all the new faces ive met[theres one in every crowd]And 99% of the new faces have met at least one member of my family.If ya saw the memorial day perade you might have seen me dressed up as part of a horse and ill probably dew it again next year.If some of the new faces have charicture and time enough to run in the parade its a great waay to meet some of the locol horses in mason ville , maybe ill see yall there Mike
June 02, 2008 16:46:59 Chester   George Denys -- Never be ashamed of being a Koo Kooser. (Where nature blesses and man progresses). We Lumberjacks from DCHS are the cats whiskers. While I was not born in Deposit I spent most of my youth and teen years not far from there in the sprawling metropolis of North Sanford. I would judge from your age group I was leaving the area about the time you arrived. LOL
June 01, 2008 14:14:36 Tony - CR-20   Very well said George!
May 31, 2008 13:31:36 Mike Sherman Hey ruth thx for mention of this site in yer Bitchin letter im gonna try to make it to the gilly show on june 7 @ mvl church.Take a deep breath and hang in there cause friday is coming!! Mike
May 31, 2008 07:17:48 George Denys Upstate-Downstate. I was born in Deposit, a fact that most folks say I should keep to myself, but left to joing the Air Force at age 17. I, therefore, only had seen this area through a child's eyes before moving back here in 2001. I lived many places such as New Mexico, England ect. and visited many more such as Germany, Korea, and Japan before moving to Orange Co. NY (Stewart ANGB)for my last 8 years of service. When I mooved back two things struck me. The first was that this area had ALOT more downstaters that had mooved here and second was how some locals still (one generation later) had an enormous amount of animosity directed to them! Every one of my neighbors is from somewhere else and I am here to tell you that they are some of the most helpfull and friendly folks I have ever met. People have to realize that "Downstaters" disliked the city life as well.....that's why there here. They made a living there, got a retirement, and got out. And when they got here they found SOME locals that resented the fact that they have a retirement. Well, I know for a fact you have to bust your *CENSORED* downstate to make it. No one stands on the street corner handing out money. So to the downstaters that mooved here I say WELCOME. You bring a much needed boost to our economy and you are welcome in my house anytime. One little piece of advice.....don't ever say "back in (fill in the blank with were you came from) we did it this way or that way. That is the quickest way to infuriate a local. They will not hear anything you say after that. And for good reason. Our needs and problems here are much different that in more affluent area's. You are much better off saying, "what can I do to help?" Just my two cent's, George....from County 20.
May 31, 2008 00:16:28 Bertimouse   Dear Martha, Masonville will be just FINE with or without you. PL&H, (Peace, Love & Happiness) Bertimouse.
May 31, 2008 00:14:46 Bertimouse   Dear Martha, Masonville will be just FINE with or without you. PL&H, (Peace, Love & Happiness) Bertimouse.
May 30, 2008 20:25:58 Tony - CR-20   Hello Martha...thanks for the welcome but you have to chill out a little! Must be the high gas prices talking. LOL I know exactly what you mean except for one thing, the locals. They have been very helpful most of the time. And are not kidding when you talk about the night time sky up here. It is really beautiful on a clear night. So beautiful that I feel like shooting out the security lights on the property to enjoy it even more. Wish there was a way to turn them *CENSORED* things off! Enjoy the weekend folks! All the best - Tony
May 30, 2008 18:51:04 Chester   Michael - I do believe the plans for the original planned tower had to be adbandoned. But, as you know the grist mill of time grinds slowly and heavily and I understand that someplace down the corridor of time there is a cell phone tower.
May 30, 2008 13:02:03 Michael I bought my house almost 2 years ago. I am was told when I bought my house that there was going to be a cell tower going up. I was wondering what the status of the the cell tower is.
May 29, 2008 20:38:10 martha   Welcome Tony, from one down stater to the next. You have to wonder if anyone up here has anything nice to say about us. We work 12hr days to get a 3 day weekend, drive 4hrs and spend 150 on gas and tolls, work our 2nd homes to make them decent. Would hire locals to help but it seems to be sport to take advantage of flatlanders. We pay our property taxes (more often than not more than the locals) we do not have any exemptions. We use very few sevices and pay a bundle. We post our land because many locals believe they have a right to use what is not theirs. I too thought I would retire up here one day. I hope I did not make a mistake. Most of us pay taxes without representation but I do hope that more and more of us register to vote in the local elections. What most locals don't get is that most people come up here not to change the community, but to be part of it.
May 29, 2008 14:46:05 Craig DuMond   Cloverbud (junior members)are 5-7, regular members 8-18. Either can be a part of a club. The Kids and Kritters Club has been busy since inception early this year...some activities being; making of snow globes, painting of benches (community service), home-made making of maple syrup, gardening and preparing for the Delaware County Fair just to name a few. The more kids the merrier!!!...Craig
May 29, 2008 09:49:17 Susie   Hello- Have we decided on a lawn sale day here in town? I heard a rumor of the 16th... And what is the age range for 4-H members, Craig? Thanks!
May 29, 2008 08:55:12 Craig DuMond   Just an FYI....there was a 4-H group present in the Memorial Day parade. The 'Kids and Kritters' 4-H club marched in the parade, complete with Club Banner and horses! Karleen DuMond is the Club Leader and is always looking for new members (do not have to be horse related) 607-369-4338.
May 28, 2008 18:51:25 bertimouse   Hi Tony, I'm sure you'll fit right in just fine...I think more people than will admit are from somewhere else than here. We haven't met ANYONE we don't like here yet in 12 years, but then we work all the time and don't get out much, heh heh... Our Memorial Day Parade was fun but we didn't see any brownies or girl-scouts or 4H-er's marching. -It didn't seem very organized this year but that may have been due to some upsetting events just prior to this event. Oh, and another annoying thing that down-staters do right away? They install ALLOT of annoying NIGHT LIGHTS that burn all night! In case you haven't noticed, the night sky is incredible here. I read somewhere that our area has one of the brightest night sky in the whole country!(i.e.-you can see the most STARS AT NIGHT!) I tell you there is NOTHING closer to heaven than sitting in a 105 degree wood-burning hot tub in the middle of winter looking up at "OUR" stars!! We ought to have an ordinance about that...There is such a thing as "light pollution" now - there's this one house up in Sidney Center that is lit up all over the place every night even though I don't think they are there most of the time! I call them Mr. & Mrs. "GE". Such a shame and a waste! I would NOT want to live close to them! -Better to have just a motion sensor go on if/when you need it. Some farmers need them, and they help at night in the winter; I've heard some people say they leave it on for road safety near their houses near the road, so I do that now on stormy nights, otherwise they just come on when we need 'em! :) Sorry, I'm 53 characters over the limit, err.
May 28, 2008 01:06:38 Tony - CR-20   Hey Chester, have you been watching me? I swear, I only took down 3 apple trees that were blocking a view but they were in really bad shape! LOL Anyway, thanks for the welcome! I am guilty of the posted sign hanging also but only at the advice of a local who stated I should get them up because the survey tape will be gone real fast. So I guess I fit the bill of an "out of towner". But...I'm sure I'll fit right in and you will find that I'm one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet! It's funny that you say you were from Long Island because I lived most of my life in Franklin Square, living in Queens and planning the permanent move up there in a couple of years. Thanks for the welcome again. Look forward to meeting you one day. All the best - Tony ps - What is on tap for July 4th in Masonville?
May 27, 2008 16:38:07 Chester   Hello Tony CR-20 - Nice to meet you. I live just around the corner from you. RE: The welcome that "out-of-towners and "down staters" get in the area. I have lived in this area (about 50 mile radius) all my life (over 70 years) with the exception of 12 years I graced the fine Island of Long. LOL. - Over the years "out of towners" would move to the area and the first thing they did was buy every "posted" sign in the county and stick them every 5 feet around their property be it 5 acres or 5000 acres. This turned locals off as they viewed them as not very friendly. Some "out of towners" would move here; denude a mountain to build a house with a "view". They then demanded that the local muncipalities immediately give them all the "perks" they had "down state". Those "perks" came with a price that "locals" were not used to nor willing to pay. Forunately we do not see many of those anymore. Most "out of towners" fit right in and become part of the community pretty fast. -- A Story from long ago -- My family had a telephone but it was on a 10 party line. There was an "down stater" who bought a house not far from us and he was on our "line". He would come up from Manhatten for the week - end to get away from his wife and as soon as he arrived he would take his phone off the hook so she could not bother him. LOL. He wondered why people would get upset with him. -- Never-the-less - WELCOME.
May 27, 2008 14:11:07 Tony - CR - 20 BTW...whats on tap for July 4th weekend? Is it going to be a big event in town or does everybody just do their own thing? I don't want to be one of those noise "out of towners" disrupting the peace! Although this past weekend someone must have been setting off dynamite! Boy were those some booms that went off! Must have been a nice party over there!
May 27, 2008 10:52:39 Tony - CR-20 Hello Berti and thank you for the invite. Unfortunately, this "out of towner" had to return to the City to go to work on Memorial Day. We were up all week, working on our property and not complaining to anyone at all. When we bought this home, it needed a lot of work and we keep plugging away at it with the hope that in a few years we will have it ready to move in and leave the City behind. I would have loved to attend the event and meet some more of the fine people from Masonville but the job required me to be in on the holiday. I would like to ask you one thing though, are you going to welcome the "out of towner" with the Brooklyn accent or will the out of towner be labeled as such and cast away? Food for thought since that seems to be the norm up here but I guess eventually I'll fit in! LOL Anyway...hope to meet many more of you fine people soon and attend upcoming events. I will try and make a town meeting in the future and not to complain about the beautiful property that we have but to shake the hands of the fine residents of Masonville. All the best - Tony
May 27, 2008 08:42:36 Happy   WELCOME TO MASONVILLE!! SIGNS LOOK GREAT!!
May 26, 2008 01:32:01 bertimouse   Re: About the Garden Club for Masonville: This is a good club that everyone in MV both young and old should join. I'm depressed because NO ONE came to the interest meeting. Now that's just NOT RIGHT! I know that there are people interested in this; so NAME YOUR DATE AND TIME TO MEET! Nuff said.
May 24, 2008 00:31:26 bertimouse   Re: Garden Club mtgs: Kendal please can you schedule your Garden Club meetings besides 7 pm at the last Thursday of every month? That's when the Masonville Democrats meet at the Town Hall. We would love to join you there too. Thanks for your re-scheduling consideration.
May 22, 2008 13:30:28 Masonville General Store   The Memorial Day Parade begins about 11:30am Monday morning, marching band aficionados don't be late! It's going to be sunny and hot, and we'll be fully stocked with Flax Snax's new chocolate cookie ice-cream sandwiches, which feature organic vanilla ice cream from our very own Evan's organic dairy farm in Norwich! Also, don't forget the post-parade BBQ at the church. Bring your lawn chairs, our parking lot will be reserved for seating only.
May 22, 2008 13:06:19 kendal   Wellness Workshop Nurse-Herbalist, Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower presents an informative discussion on her favorite subject, "Eating Seasonally, with herbs as food, and foods as our best medicine." Beginning with the simple joys of tea making,including infusions and decoctions, we'll discuss how old ways blend with new knowledge in the use of foods and herbs as our best nutrients. Herbs have always been a part of our food chain. How did they become separate from what we know to be as food? Or did they? What is an herb? What separates them from being a food? And how do we choose these herbs and foods from season to season to maintain optimal health? As we are now long out of our winter hibernating time, hear about the specific herbs and foods we can chose to help support a balanced system. Receive a take home chart as a guide that is easy to follow and adaptable to specific dietary needs. Sunday May 25th, 1 to 3pm, @ the Masonville General Store, 607.265.3808 $10 Pre-registration required as class size is limited
May 22, 2008 13:05:02 kendal   Reminder for anyone interested in community beautification and gardening, There's a meeting tonight to discuss interest and ideas. Thursday May 22, 7pm @ the Masonville General Store
May 21, 2008 12:39:08 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Alas, it is with regret that I am going to miss BG Palmer's speech! My position as Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 200 in Oneonta, requires me to ride in Oneonta's Memorial Day Parade!
May 20, 2008 22:49:43 Craig DuMond   The Memorial Day Parade line-up will be at 11am at the Town Highway Garage. The parade will begin between 1130-1145 depending on the arrival of the SHS marching band. We have a very special VIP for the address this year...Peter Palmer, Our Own Hometown US Army General, will be the guest speaker!!! Also, dont forget to purchase the delicious BBQ chicken at the church afterwards!!! See you all Monday!!!
May 19, 2008 13:14:30 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Oh yes, my darling little woman (Grumpwife) has started to grow all sorts of green stuff, she expects me to eat! Tomatoes, green peppers, pumpkin, succini, lettuce, etc. All are coming up nicely!
May 18, 2008 15:56:34 Chester   Memorial Day Activities begin Memorial Day!! YUK YUK !!
May 18, 2008 14:25:10 George Denys   My Raddishes are coming up!! Tomatoes are looking good as well. Has anyone else started a garden??
May 18, 2008 14:22:49 George Denys Now that's a great attitute!!!!
May 18, 2008 13:55:34 Chester   WHERE IS IT RAINING !!?? The sun is always shining over my house.
May 18, 2008 13:15:01 kendal   Hi, wondering who knows what time the Memorial Day festivities begin?? Thanks!
May 18, 2008 12:29:36 George Denys Rain rain go away.............
May 17, 2008 14:05:43 George Denys Hello Chester, This may suprise you but I totaly agree with your statement. I was simply telling you what the survey results said. Many comments were added saying that folks desired some "local controls". At our last meeting we discussed this and also discussed the income level of the folks that responded with that attitude. They are in a very clear and spicific income bracket. None the less, our consultant and the folks at the Delaware County Planning Dept. have both said, and for very spicific reasons, that we need to consider "Site Plan Review". This was brought up after all members sans one summarily dismissed the idia of zoneing. We, our consultant and the county planning dept. agree that it is inapropriate here. Personally I belive zoning is borderline unconstitutional.... but I am not on the Supreme Court. The next meeting is a training class explaining "Site plan review" We will then decide weather or not to proceed with it. Remember, this plan is only a draft to be accepted, declined or modified by the Town Board. My personal opinion is that I can only support "Site Plan Review" if it respects the persons right to do the proposed project and only allows the Town Board to modify it when there is a clear negitive imposition, based in law not personal opinion, on another property owner. One of the things we have as a Town is the ability to "do your own thing" we do not want to become something that takes all that away. On the other hand we can eather guide the future or let the future happen to us. It , like most things in life, is about balance. I appriciate your well written comments. Please do not stop. The more we talk about it the better the outcome for all. I am not always right and can take good advice and critique quite well. It's my job as YOUR representative.
May 17, 2008 10:39:56 Chester   Mr. Denys I am curious about one statement in your missive to the town posted on this site. -- "One of the topics that came out of the survey was the overwhelming desire to create some sort of local controls to protect homeowners from unwanted or adverse development that could adversly affect our property values." -- This is a pretty broad and general statement. "Unwanted or Adverse development", is pretty much in the eye of the beholder and mind of the developer. -- Placing a manufactured home on a lot is an "Unwanted or Adverse" development to some. Others may consider a stamping mill or pig farm next door "Unwanted or Adverse" development. -- How about a Cell Phone tower? A Wind generator farm? A Long Term Care facility? A half-way house? A prison? A group home for the mentally handicapped? How about a development such as the Ulster County area is going through that plans Casinos, heavy closed residential development etc.? How about someone buying hundreds of acres of land and fencing it in and posting every 10 feet? Personally I view the denuding of the hills in the area to build a house with a "view" as being "Unwanted or Adverse." -- Is this another of the "Master Plans" the same as most areas? What is considered "Unwanted or Adverse" will be decided by a minority with the loudest mouths and most money and influence with the powers that be?
May 17, 2008 10:15:56 George Denys I want to let everyone know that the next meeting of the Master Plan Advisory Board will be on May 21 at 7 pm at the Masonville federated church. The Master Plan process was started last year when it was discovered that we were ineligible for many grants because of our lack of a Master Plan. We recieved a grant to create one in the amount of $25,000.00. I volunteered to chair the committee and six residents were chosen to sit on the board. They were chosen, in part, based upon their area of expertise in the Town. We have representatives from the Logging and Bluestone communities as well as farming, buisiness and the retirement community. It was imperative that as many facets of the town be represented as possible. As many of you know, this board has been committed to keeping the interests of our many fixed income families in mind in every decision we make. After all, we will all be a fixed income family at some time or another. Until now our meetings have revolved around formulating a survey to see what you folks in the Town want from our Town. This survey was the result of meetings that lasted from last September until now. The results are back and we held a meeting to discuss them and to start formulating a plan, in part, based upon them. I hope everyone who wanted to participate took the time to fill one out but ,if not, then please attend a meeting to let yourself be heard. Dispite a few rummors, we are doing this based upon community imput with an eye on the reality of the many fixed income families in the Township. One of the topics that came out of the survey was the overwhelming desire to create some sort of local controls to protect homeowners from unwanted or adverse development that could adversly affect our property values. This Wednsday we will be learning about "Site Plan Review" and deciding if it is right for our town. I urge anyone interested to attend.
May 14, 2008 21:04:18 Tony - CR -20   Hey Grumpy...thanks for the info on Clean Up Days. I must have filled a 30 yarder by myself! Great bunch of guys at the facility too. Helped me unload every load I brought in. All the best - Tony
May 10, 2008 00:09:52 RT206   Thank you for putting the picture of Duane back on there.He will be missed.
May 09, 2008 14:19:56 RT206   Did you really need to take Daune's Picture off The sight.That was a good picture of him.
May 08, 2008 09:37:22 Dorothy Santic, Barb and Steve Dombrowski   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Duane Gifford on your loss. It is never easy for those who remain, but have faith that Duane is watching over you and in the arms of our Lord. Duane and the whole town crew always took care of us out at the end of Bundy Hollow. We will miss talking to him on his journey out to our roads end.
May 07, 2008 21:30:31 Tony - CR-20 George & "Grumpy"...thanks for the info and the welcome. Can't make the meeting tonight but look forward to in the near future. All the best - Tony
May 07, 2008 14:48:21 "Grumpy" Ernst Keidel Welcome to Masonville, Tony on CR-20! Hopefully we might get to meet you at the town council meeting TONIGHT!
May 07, 2008 14:38:45 George Denys Tony, Bins are available for just about any kink of junk you may have except HazMat. George
May 06, 2008 20:55:21 bertimouse   Oh my! I am SO stunned to hear about Duane! Words cannot express my shock and sorrow for his family, friends and our town...what will we do without him? It's so weird because last week I noticed a culvert had collapsed near my house and I've been thinking about him ever since. Life doesn't seem fair sometimes which leaves me angry but resigned to a belief that in the end everything ends in Love. My heart-felt condolences go out to Duane's family and friends. He will be warmly remembered.
May 05, 2008 22:57:56 Tony - CR-20 Sorry, meant to send this first. My sincere condolences to the family of Duane Gifford.
May 05, 2008 22:52:20 Tony - CR20 Can anyone explain whats collected on Clean Up days May 9th & 10th. Recently purchased a home in this beautiful town and just needed some information on this event. Thank you
May 05, 2008 16:02:02 George & Laura Denys Our thoughts and prayers go out to Duanes family in this most difficult of times. Words cannot express the feeling of loss we have for him. May God be with his family now and always.
May 05, 2008 13:58:03 Bob, Judy and Caitlyn Jackson Our sincere condolences to the family of Duane GIfford. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.
May 04, 2008 21:17:13 Craig & Karleen DuMond   We are deeply saddened by the loss of Duane. He was a dedicated public servant and a devoted husband, father, son and brother. May God be with the Gifford family during this most difficult time.
May 03, 2008 19:32:13 Chester   I am saddened to of the hear tragic death of our Highway Superintendent. Our small towns cannot afford to lose good administrators like him. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.
May 03, 2008 17:49:08 Ken & Kathy Ryan We were saddened and stunned to hear of the logging accident that took the life of our town Highway Superintendent Duane Gifford. Duane and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
May 03, 2008 16:09:13 Kaye "Peck" Silvestri, a Masonville daughter   My condolences to the residents of Masonville and and to those who have known south route 8 as home... and to all the family and loved ones of Duane Gifford. Our thoughts and prayers are of home this day, even though Masonville isn't our address anymore it will always be home in our hearts. We lost a life long resident, who also loved and served our little town, raised his family there. There are many of us praying today for your hearts to be healed and comforted. God Bless Duane's Family and his town. Sincerely, Kaye "Peck" Silvestri
April 30, 2008 18:35:23 Bertimouse   A small Community Park, an Adopt a Highway program, a July Town-wide yard sale day; All Great ideas! Count me in.
April 25, 2008 07:33:34 michelle i think a 1 day lawn sale in town would be a great thing. hope you can make this happen
April 22, 2008 15:16:57 lorraine I want to say Happy Spring to all. I am looking at writing up a sign up sheet for any one interested in having a day in July where all of Masonville could have a huge one day yard sale. I am also going to look into seeing if the Masonville church will let some of the out of towners set up a table at the church to sell their items. I am looking for grants on the computer to bring forward to Mr. Dumond for a park-my plan is for a small pavillion and maybe two grills that we-the town can rent for 25.00 to any Masonville resident for use for reunions or such. Now all I have to do is find a sight for a park-what about the space across form the old school on the side of the library. The scouts and boy scouts can help with maintenance. Id like to get more involved. Lets give the fire department a big hand they have been super this week in handling all the brushfires. As far as adopting a strech of hihway to clean up I'll sign up.
April 21, 2008 15:40:55 Doug Harris Well, again it's been a while since I was able to get on this board and catch up with what's been being said. And lo and behold, what to my wandering eyes did appear but a 'comment' directed to me (back in February)from that "good ol' country boy" who, like so many who write hear, doesn't have the, um, courage to use their given name. >>>>> The comment was regarding the fact that... well, let the comment speak for itself: "Hey Doug Harris, How did that speeding ticket work out for you? So glad you got the police so active here." >>>>> Well, you've gotta wonder how someone would know, even if they happened to see my pickup and a trooper's car stopped alongside Rt 206 a while back, that I got a _speeding ticket_. >>>>> As it happens, I did. And it was deserved, too: I was traveling a wee bit faster than I shoulda orta been, and I -- as I'd expect of anyone else -- paid the price without mumbling, grumbling or blaming someone else for 'entrapping' me when I was in the wrong. >>>> And I don't mean this to sound like I'm being too kind to myself, but I actually THANKED the trooper for doing the job I worked so hard to see done: cracking down on speeders in our area. >>>>> (BTW, I was stopped on the Masonville side of Bennettsville, out in the 55 MPH area where -- not that this is an excuse -- speeders aren't quite the safety issue as is the case closer in to 'downtown' Masonville.) >>>> Another point, re speeding and the control thereof: The state's decision to alter the speed limit on the Sidney side of the hamlet along Rt 8 _does_ seem to have compounded an already-stupid situation. The slow-down from 55 to 45 to 30 seems, to me, to defy logic -- and it does kind seem, from the emphasis placed on the 45 'zone', that -- as we'd been told would be the case -- the 30 zone was to be no more. >>>> What kind of harebrain _makes_ decisions like the one resulting in this new speed-limit pattern?
April 18, 2008 22:15:09 That one guy..   #1) The adopt a highway program sounds like a great idea. It will really clean up some of the trash and litter lying around on the highway and route 8. #2) Any new news on the cell tower? Or is it the same situation still? If they still need a location.. what about all of the vacant space that the old elementary school now occupies? theres more than enough room for a cell tower back there. Just fence it in, and avoid the baseball field.
April 16, 2008 15:56:29 Chester   If residents of the town of Masonville are truly interested in adopting the approaches to the hamlet through the NYS Adopt A Highway program I am willing to do what I can to help. I am unable healthwise to do much walking but I certainly can and will do what I am able. I was connected with another adopt a highway group at one time and was the one who set it up. The first step would be to form a group of interested individuals and give it a formal name. Usually a 2 mile stretch is adopted. More if you want and are able. So someone get the ball rolling !!
April 16, 2008 06:57:14 Good ol' Country Boy   Chester, thats a great idia. Your in charge. Make it happen. Let us know how it is going as some of us only get up on the weekends. I am sure you will do a great job. CB
April 15, 2008 19:56:15 RT206er   I am for that! Great idea. It is a good start.
April 15, 2008 19:09:48 Chester   Today while picking up trash along the highway 206 that fronts my property a thought struck me. Why doesn't a group get together and "adopt" a stretch of highway coming into the hamlet in all four directions? Get a good group and it is something that only has to be done a few times a year and the state will even supply vests and garbage bags.
April 15, 2008 16:12:30 Resident of Masonville   Chester - You are entitled to your opinion and so am I. It's time to move on and talk about how to make our town a better place.
April 15, 2008 13:09:26 Chester   I guess the only answer I have to that statement is what B Franklin said years ago -"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin
April 15, 2008 13:02:18 Resident of Masonville   If generating revenue by giving tickets to those that break the law will keep my taxes down, then so be it. I cheer on "Big Brother" if my town, family and friends are kept safe from harm by law breakers of any kind, and I don't mean just speeders. If there is a price to pay for safety, then so be it.
April 14, 2008 12:26:01 Chester   Resident of Masonville -- Perhaps you miss the point of the discussion? I do not think anyone is for speeding in Masonville or anywhere else. I know, I for one, am not and make every attempt to obey speed limits. What I am against is the very obvious degeneration of law enforcement into a local and state revenue generator by using trickery and deceit. Big Brother already has too much power and authority locally, statewise and federal.
April 14, 2008 11:53:43 Chester   Sick 0f Bitching --- LOL Bitching is an inherent right of Americans. LOL It is the only way things change. And I agree, I hope it gets nice soon. I too, want to get things done outside.
April 14, 2008 11:45:26 sick of the bitching   I sure hope it warms up fast so you all can get outside and do something besides bitch all the while!!
April 14, 2008 11:02:06 Resident of Masonville   There is a simple solution to the so called "speed trap". Obey the law and DO NOT SPEED!
April 14, 2008 10:34:53 Chester   Mr. Denys - I am not speaking of "your" court in particular. I think history and statistics support the fact that there is actually little or no "justice" in any local justice court; Masonville or anywhere else. While historically justice courts served the purpose of handling local court proceedings because of the distance and problems with traveling to other courts or those courts traveling to the local area, local justice courts have evolved into nothing more than political money making machines. Justice courts are notorious for not being impartial. The very nature of the beast prevents it from being impartial. -- No, Mr. Denys I am stupid and know nothing of the operation of DOT or the town of Masonville or any other town in NYS but I do know what I see. To say the local politicians had nothing to do with the situation on RTE 8 is both naive and condecending to the voters and residents of the town. While I firmly believe that our town board does a great job and the town is very fortunate to have the board it has at the moment, when I referred to the powers-that-be I was not referring to the town board in particular. But please do not tell me that the town does not have a monatary interest in any and all fines levied as a result of the poorly engineered or purposely planned speed trap on RTE 8. -- Mr. Denys - As a resident, taxpayer, voter, and legal resident of Masonville I do have every right to my opinion about the situation. The residents are rightfully proud of thier community but are they proud of the fact that their community is listed as a speed trap on the internet and elsewhere?
April 14, 2008 08:45:22 George Denys Chester, Why do you call our court a "Kangaroo Court"? What is the basis for such a statement? Your comments reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of how the DOT works. If you think this town board has that kind of power you are very mistaken. Our system of laws prevents such a local body from having too much power (thank god).
April 13, 2008 11:26:00 Chester   I note that the powers-that-be have found a cash cow and are going to milk it dry. If one were to ask a definition of a speed-trap it could be answered with on word, "Masonville". (Although, the powers-that-be call it a "transitional" speed zone). Unsuspecting motorist is traveling at 55 MPH when he comes up a nice yellow sign indicating a 45 MPH zone ahead. Unsuspecting motorist slows to 45 MPH not realizing that just a couple of hundred feet beyond the one and only 45 MPH sign is a 30 MPH sign and sitting in a side road right beside the 30 MPH sign is law-enforcement. "BINGO", "KA-CHING" goes the cash register! Note the perfection. From 45 MPH to 30 MPH is 15 MPH which can be written on a ticket as "reckless" driving. Is it any wonder that Masonville's kangeroo court is one of the busiest in the county? All that is needed is a speed-trap and a justice who enjoys his job. (And NO I have not received a speeding ticket in Masonville or anywhere else for that matter.)
April 10, 2008 14:24:24 "Grumpy" Ernst Keidel Perturbed that Kendal's Stitch and Bitch group was 'censored' on my site - I drove down to Harpursville to straighten this matter out with my webmaster: BearPaws Kendal may now bitch to her heart's content!
April 09, 2008 21:31:14 RT206er   I am glad to see people liking the town park idea. I was hoping it would not be to hard of a sell. I do understand about the upkeep thing. I know I would be more than happy to mow it. After I'm done with my lawn is wish I had more to mow. I like riding around mowing. But the reality is as was stated, it would end up being the town's ultimate responsibility. But, volunteers would be a big help. I have lived here all my life. As a kid I was always helping neighbors shovel and mow and rake leaves. Now I have no idea who some of my neighbors are. I keep busy picking up the stuff thrown on my lawn. Wish that would stop. Anyways, a town park for events in the warmer and maybe colder months would bring the town together. Great place for the town carnival (fund raiser??), Strawberry festival, farm market(local goods, hmm?), scouts BBQ, bottle drives, gee there are so many things. I would like to see more discussion on this. Maybe I'll actually get to a town meeting some day soon. Let's keep our thoughts on positive things for the town. I will try to.
April 09, 2008 15:39:32 Chester   Some continued thoughts. While a nice green park would be a welcome addition to the area It would undoubtedly fall to the Town Highway Department to maintain such a development. Are they not already pretty much jammed up just maintaining what they already do? On paper it sounds great to say volunteers could maintain a park but unfortunately it rarely works that way in reality. It behooves us to keep in mind that any "town" type additions and improvments would require upkeep. (Aside whisper to Kendal; rename them "Stitch and Complain" it won't get censored. <GRIN>).
April 09, 2008 15:23:47 Chester   I understand that the town has earmarked the funds for "Welcome Signs" and they are in the works. I would assume that the signs are destined for the "Hamlet" (I would imagine these new signs will appear at two places on Rte 8, North and South, and two places on Rte 206,East and West); and not the "Town" as such. There are already signs indicating one has entered the "Town of Masonville". Perhaps once these signs welcoming people to the "Hamlet" something could be done to plant flowers or some such at the sign sites. Undoubtedly is not as easy to place these signs as it might first appear. NYS will not allow them placed on NYS right of way thus the town will have to make arrangements with private land owners for signage placement. A writer observed that they felt Pine Hill is part of Masonville. Well, the person is correct it is part of the Township; but, I think the majority of discussion on this board has been concerning the Hamlet of Masonville also located in the Township. PS I also am not a resident of the Hamlet but I do live in the Township. I also think a nice green park somewhere in the Hamlet is a great idea.
April 09, 2008 14:29:15 A person of generations   With all the talk about what is wrong with this town, why don't we try to fix it as we know what needs to be done. A park would be a welcome area, it would be nice to have all the Memorials together and maybe add to them. To raise money for the improvements needed and wanted, why couldn't suppers be done? A person may not have a lot of money to donate but they might be able to buy a dinner, I know that someone might just feel that they have helped out the town. I too have grown up here and I remember when neighbor helped neighbor, maybe it was to mow the lawn or shovel the sidewalk. You can improve how a place looks by just picking things up and putting them out of site. A person alone can not do it, but working together makes the load light.
April 09, 2008 14:10:41 kendal   Yee Hah! i've been censored :P
April 10, 2008 12:14:14 kendal   Too bad the Masonville Stitch and Bitch group is breaking for warmer weather, you guys are pros :) Meanwhile, the crocus are up, the Bluebirds are back, it's seed starting time...Happy Spring!
April 09, 2008 10:51:34 Concerned Citizen   It's funny you think Pine Hill Rd. is not in Masonville. Although I too am pound to call Masonville home, there are things we need to make the town better for ourselves and future generations. Harold Beismer, the prior dog warden, came to my house and in fact told me that there are leash laws in Masonville. He also had papers prepared to take to the judge if the roaming dog issue continued. However, we were lucky enough that the owner of the dog was a renter and moved away.
April 09, 2008 10:16:18 giving up   it seems we have all forgotten that not too long ago there was talk about improving our little spot on the map. the original problem discussed was speeding, the subject then moved on to respect (that speeding is a form of disrespect) and that we want to make our town something to BE respected. THAT is where all the talk STARTED about problems within the town. it's not that someone's lived here 5 days or 50 years... we have to deal with how we feel TODAY. the biggest problem at this time is inconsistency not anonymity... we enjoyed the talk of welcome signs and flower boxes, but when it came to light that perhaps each of us contributes to the sometimes drab and unruly aspects of the town- nobody liked that. everyone got defensive. all of a sudden we're not a town to be proud of but a low-income hamlet that can't be expected to make all these crazy changes (like cleaning up after ourselves and controling our dogs and clearing our sidewalks). where did all the do-gooders go? this is too bad, but it'll save the town money to scrap the improvement ideas.
April 08, 2008 23:32:47 your neighbor   To Concerned Citizen, I contacted the Dog Warden. The same issue remains since talking to The Past Warden 25 years ago. I was told there is no leash law. Dogs can run free. If you need the warden I was told he is only avaliable on the weekend if he is home ?
April 08, 2008 20:22:37 Ivanhoe   I'm not making light of the dog issue outside of Masonville, I was commenting to the person that seems to have an issue with the town. I am truly sorry to hear that you and your dog were attacked. Yes it would have been a bad thing if a child was attacked. But the fact remains, I am proud to call my town home. I miss it when I'm gone, and I am please to see it when I return.
April 08, 2008 13:50:39 Concerned Citizen   This is to Ivanhoe - There have been several issues with dogs roaming around on Pine Hill. In fact, the dog warden was contacted. Don't make light of the matter that me and my dog were attacked by a mixed pit bull in my own yard!!! What if it was my child instead of my dog!!!! Even though this is the country, people need to be aware there are leash laws.
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