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July 28, 2011 22:09:15 bertimouse   MV Resident: It may have been wiser to not post it here. Now the whole Town knows about it. The Church may have worked with you had you not broadcasted it here, you know? Our best advice would be to start over quietly down in Sidney or Franklin would probably be your best bet for your wishes there. Hope this helps.
July 28, 2011 17:57:37 Observer   MV Resident -- I would not hold my breath waiting for the church in MV to agree to a q u e e r marriage. While I cannot speak for them; from what I know of them they will not be allowing q u e e r s to marry in the church very soon. As to getting legal? It has always been the law in NYS, and still is, that a church or clergy can accept or reject whom ever they desire for marriage ceremonies. Just because you are a q u e e r does not give you any special consideration or privilege when it comes to marriage ceremonies.
July 28, 2011 09:54:14 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Say, Observer, you seem to like to keep up to date with stuff, judging from your reports of that fire and the plane crash. WCDO in Sidney carried those news items, but if you choose not to listen to that station, those news items are almost instantly available with your computer. is a user friendly site and quite informative.
July 28, 2011 09:17:32 Clergyman   You are in for a disappointment. NO church or clergyman has to perform a marriage ceremony for anyone. This is true now and has always been true. I cannot speak for the church in Masonville but no church is obligated.
July 28, 2011 09:14:17 Les   Sounds like a good idea!The days are already getting shorter.
July 28, 2011 08:43:12 needed by all   lets all go outside and enjoy the weather and forget about message boards today and it may clear all of our minds and we will forget a lot of these messages.
July 28, 2011 08:19:30 MV Resident   I went to the MV Church and tried to ask for a wedding for me and my BF. but they havent give me a answer yet . Hope they make their minds up. if not am going to get legal on this, because we are G A Y and we now have the right to get marry in MV. So, I will be the first G A Y marraige in MV !
July 27, 2011 17:25:48 Les   I don't know if they like picnic baskets like 'Yogi' but they have been reported to like bird feeders and garbage cans. The plane crash was near Sidney,the only person in the plane was the pilot,only minor injuries according to WBNG.
July 27, 2011 14:26:37 Observer   Busy day for Emergency services. Now a plane crash on some island in Delaware County. Did not catch the town.
July 27, 2011 14:18:50 Observer   Les are they like Yogi Bear? "Smarter than the average bear" ?
July 27, 2011 14:02:40 Observer   Just heard on the scanner a structure fire on Pine Hill Road. Sure pray it is not someones house!!
July 27, 2011 13:50:45 Les   Just seen this on the news!A mountain lion killed on a Connecticut highway last month had apparently walked halfway across the country from South Dakota, according to Connecticut environmental officials who said Tuesday that the journey of roughly 2,000 miles was one of the longest ever recorded for a land mammal.The 140 pound male was hit in the road by a sport utility vehicle.Maybe there is some Mountain Lions in Masonville!
July 27, 2011 13:32:00 Les   Mountain lions? Some say they are here, but not ever proven just stories.I have seen many Bobcat tracks on state land following snowshoe hare. When the sun melts the snow a little the tracks expand, or given a little time they will become larger in mud too. By the way the shear road bear isn't the only large one in Masonville.Being these bears are still around it goes to show just how smart they are.
July 27, 2011 13:20:49 CC   I know it is rare for the area,but I measured the paw mark and that was the size.also rare are mountain lions in the area and i saw a few tracks by Shears
July 27, 2011 12:09:44 Observer   CC that size black bear is fairly rare. I have seen several around here over the years but never one that size. He really is bragging stock for our area! Hopefully one day I will luck out and get a chance to get a picture of him. I would put a trail camera in that area but I think probably it would get stolen about as fast as I put it up. Unfortunately the years and health have taken their toll on me and I am no longer able to get out and wander the trails looking for such things.
July 27, 2011 11:43:58 CC   OH he is BIG,I will bet that he is around 650/725. On early Spring I saw his tracks by my place,it measured 6.5 inches from side to side,on real fresh tracks
July 27, 2011 11:11:12 Observer   CC no I have not seen it. And I am jealous!! I drive up and down that area with several cameras and have yet to see him.
July 27, 2011 11:03:19 CC   WOW!!It is hot here,changing the subjet,has anyone seen the Evil Bear of Masonville? Saw a few weeks ago by the 4 corners on Shears road.
July 27, 2011 10:40:41 Observer   Bertimouse you are correct. We deeply respect our representatives both in Albany and DC. They certainly work to earn that respect. We need more men representing us like Spitzer, Wu, Weiner, Gov Sanford of S Carolina, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, The recent Gov of Illinois, the four republicans in the NY Senate who sold their votes to special interest groups for a $10,000 donation. Not to forget Bob Livingston, Newt Gingrich, Rudolf Giuliani, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, David Vitter, John Ensign and others too numerous to list. --- As to me not representing Masonville. Nowhere did I claim to as you do in almost every post you put on this board. --- Voting? I have probably voted more years than you have been on this earth. --- You, and others on this board, just do not want to accept that there just might be others who have opinions that legitimate. I dare wager you have absolutely NO idea how the same sex marriage act was pushed through the New York Senate, but you are able to lecture those who have a different opinion of the subject. And get off the pedestal. Masonville is NO different than any other place. Masonville has its good folks and its not so good folks. Masonville is NOT a corner of heaven tucked away for the "correct" people. Bertimouse you may call me all the names you want, I have a thick skin but keep in mind that doing so negates all your perceived intellectual prowess on this board. Bertimouse I have supported this town in ways you do not know about. I do not have to beat a drum and wave a flag to tell people about it as you seem to have to do.
July 27, 2011 09:45:26 Observer   Well, just maybe all you perfect folks of Masonville are correct. Maybe I should move on but I hate to leave such a nurturing environment. Other than its assorted thieves, drunks, druggies, child molesters, spouse abusers, fornicators, 3rd generation welfare cheats; Masonville is perfect. And besides I would miss the obvious intellectual stimulus of this board especially Bertimouse. :)
July 27, 2011 09:38:16 part time resident   good idea , the town meetings need a little excitement.
July 27, 2011 07:50:00 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Wow, a lot of volatile opinions and even tempers flaring. I think you should all attend the next TOM council meeting on 3 August and duke it out in the parking lot.
July 27, 2011 04:25:41 Masonville Resident   What? you're just as stupid as Observer
July 27, 2011 00:10:52 what?   Some people, sinners, are guilty of using religion only when it suits them.Hypocrites.Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.When God created a partner for Adam He created Eve - not another Adam.
July 26, 2011 23:33:22 bertimouse   This is America. This is the TOM. We stand up for ALL Free People under the Law of our Lands, voted by the People; For The People. We RESPECT OUR PRESIDENT, CONGRESS, SENATORS & LEGISLATORS: ALL VOTED BY WE, THE PEOPLE. If Y'all got a problem then why didn't you vote the last time? -Yah right; you didn't think it mattered? -Guess again my friends...EVERYONE NEEDS TO VOTE. If you didn't vote for anything then yall have NO RIGHT to speak here 'cause it just means NOTHING just like Observer's ranting, eh? NUFF SAID.
July 26, 2011 23:15:13 bertimouse   Hey Observer: Your a total AHole. You have no Clue about the real world right now. Sorry you are so stuck in the land of Never-Will-Be. You do NOT represent TOM in any way shape or Form, buddy. Just saying here that you are making allot of Folks Upset Here by preaching your own views which DO NOT Represent the Majority of Our Town. -So Tough Toe-Nails To You, Sir. Good For All The Rest Of Us To Know that: YOU SPEAK FOR ONLY YOUR SELF is all. And that is a good thing for all of us to Remember & TG for, eh?
July 26, 2011 23:02:21 what?   50 years from now we will have to have three public restrooms: Womens, Mens, and Undecided.
July 26, 2011 22:50:06 bertimouse   TO MV RESIDENT: YES & Go to the TOM Clerk. Contact Info is posted here. TG this is still the Land of The Free and The Brave in All Ways.
July 26, 2011 20:48:55 d i c k   observer why dont you just move away to were your beliefs are welcome
July 26, 2011 16:47:05 what?   G A Y; Cuomo and our govt. should have stayed out of the marriage business,it has caused anger across the state.G A Y writes "this town wants and invites g a y people to live here." I didn't see any rainbow sign anywhere,where have we been advertising for a g a y mecca? Masonville welcomes ALL people.G A Y writes; "so just get going before someone shows you the way." Sounds like you want everybody to respect your lifestyle but you are not willing to respect other peoples opinions.Masonville doesn't welcome threats.
July 26, 2011 16:33:36 what?   It is hard to believe but when put to a vote to the PEOPLE of California, a majority voted NO to same sex marriage.I believe we would see a similar result in NY if put to a vote,the United States IS a democracy and we should be aloud to vote.
July 26, 2011 16:29:03 what?   Define marriage. SEN. OBAMA: \"I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.Now, for me as a Christian, it\'s also a sacred union. You know, God\'s in the mix.
July 26, 2011 13:37:30 G A Y   obsverer you just do not get it. you are not wanted on this bord or in this town. move on find a place that does want you. this town wants and invites *CENSORED* people to live here. so just get going before someone shows you the way.
July 26, 2011 13:16:31 Observer   Quite typical. When all else fails. Attack the person.
July 26, 2011 13:09:03 Tired Masonville Resident   Observer thinks this is his private platform to preach. Nobody cares what you think and stop wasting this boards space with your long tired boring posts. Go get your own life already and stop forcing your beliefs on us.
July 26, 2011 11:45:54 Observer   Thank you part time resident. Your statement demonstrates the apathy I speak of very well.
July 26, 2011 11:22:54 resident   I do not agree with much that Observer says in his post but I will agree that politicians can be strange. I attended a town board meeting a few months back and someone brought up the subject of prayer which was quickly dismissed. It is stange that the town board can accpet the hospitality of a church to hold their meetings but dismiss the very god they church represents.
July 26, 2011 11:11:19 part time resident   Masonville is a great place to live and raise our families, we just have to look the other way when we do not agree with some things. Best way to keep happy is to ignore what we disagree with and get on with our lives. Always think of the possitive things in our every day life and know that not all people are as lucky as we are.
July 26, 2011 10:30:53 Observer   The problems with this country can be summed up in one word. APATHY!. What if our founding fathers had of had the attitude most today have? Apathy breeds despots, dictators and bad politics. How do you think men like Hitler, etc gained the power they held? APATHY on the part of the people. How many actually know what their representatives in Albany or Washington "really" stand for? Or for the matter care? The attitude of "Oh well, I have my TV and Beer and nothing else matters" is a death knell for any society. When one speaks out against an injustice such as the recent "Same Sex Marriage Act" one is accused of being prejudiced, a hater or a closet q u e e r. I for one do not hate anyone. I may hate the sin of homosexuality but one should never approve of any sin against a Holy God. I dislike a bunch of politicians selling their souls to the highest bidder and passing a law that should have come before the voters of the State. I dislike the Governor of this state taking on the mantel of supreme leader and telling me I will accept and like something that is a slap in the face to God and to the family. I dislike a rich power broker entering the halls of our state government and promising large contributions to those who vote "his" way. I dislike politicians who sell their constituents down the river. The credibility of the United States is waning the eyes of the world. We have the worst drug problems in the world. We murder more unborn children than any place in the world. We allow sin to rule in the name of progress. We have one of the biggest crime rates in the world. Why? Apathy!!While the United States is the best country in the world to live in it is rapidly losing that status not only in the eyes of the world but in the eyes of thinking people right here at home. Is it too late to redeem this country? Optimistically I hope not. But we have to turn away from our selfish interests and look at what the Creator wants for this country. I am sure that the family unit is foremost in the eyes of God. The family from the beginning of time has been a man a woman and children. More and more we are seeing that institution under attack. Single parent families. Living together with marriage. Divorce at the drop of a hat. Now we are told that two people of the same sex getting "married" is normal and natural. Folks wake up and look around you before we find ourselves in a situation that none of us like.
July 26, 2011 01:04:39 Les   Three going on four years it has been Bush's fault,come on! After Obama's reign are they still going to say 'Bush's fault' 'I inherited this' Or are the Liberals going to take some responsibility and work on the problems? To date they haven't tried anything but borrowing from China and spending.
July 26, 2011 00:54:18 Les   *CENSORED* is getting crazy,Human writes; FREEDOM to create.Sorry Bubby no creation in homosexuality.Nuff said.
July 25, 2011 17:27:32 Human   MV Resident - I think I can. But how do I get a hold of you without spreading the \"love\" on here???
July 25, 2011 17:01:01 Observer   Apathy! The curse of culture and the downfall of society.
July 25, 2011 16:52:19 TX   Live and let Live or should i said Died
July 25, 2011 16:03:11 MV Resident   Am sorry, I live here in Masonville and Was Raised here in Masonville, and caught AIDS here in Masonville Now I want to get marry here in Masonville. Can any one help me please !!!!!!!!! I am begging for help.
July 25, 2011 15:04:00 Observer   I never realized how many "bleeding heart" liberals there are in Masonville! Must be the influence of all those downstaters LOL
July 25, 2011 14:58:25 resident of masonville   Hope everyone is enjoying the break from the hot weather and the rain is such a delight and very much needed.
July 25, 2011 14:25:42 Human   Observer - Oh just get over yourself and come out of the closest already!! The way you bitch about \"qu ee r\" people, you must be one in MAJOR denial!
July 25, 2011 14:10:58 Human   You know that place that your ancients came to because of FREEDOM to worship, FREEDOM from Oppression, FREEDOM from want, FREEDOM from fear, FREEDOM to create. So what if Man wants to marry Man, and Woman wants to marry Woman.. Good way to keep our population in check.. It's not like there is a hunting season on Humans.
July 25, 2011 13:57:05 Human   I thought we lived in America?? Way people act makes me wonder wtf happened here.
July 25, 2011 13:04:08 Observer   The last post on this board makes me wonder just how long it will be before the *CENSORED* start lawsuits against churches that refuse to solemnize their sinful unions? Yes, I know there is a conscience clause in the illegal law just passed it NYS but that will not be a determent to them.
July 25, 2011 12:45:36 MV RESIDENT   Does Any body know if the MV church cor of 206 & 8 will marry 2 same sex person. Now that NY pass the Law. Me and my BF would like to get marry in that chruch, then have the party at the all u can eat buffet in sindeny. ! Oh...... Also I would like to invited all my spanish friends on shear rd.
July 25, 2011 12:20:44 CC   At least they are doing something.
July 25, 2011 09:34:11 Observer   Yes, the Asian Longhorn beetle along with global warming was brought about by the Bush administration and the Democrats are working day and night to correct this problem.
July 25, 2011 01:01:10 Les   The purple boxes are to collect Asian Longhorn beetle or Emerald Ash Borer (they kill ash trees), for a survey and study on how to combat them.Research is ongoing in finding ways to stop emerald ash borers and what we can do about them.One way we can help is don’t move firewood.I believe a 50 mile radius for transport of firewood is recommended.It is believed that the invasive (not from this country with no natural predator or control) is also killing Maple trees.The emerald ash borer infestation causes as much damage as Dutch Elm Disease and the Chestnut Blight.Soon Ash trees that are used for firewood,baseball bats,guitar bodies,tool handles,etc will be endangered.
July 25, 2011 00:04:13 snowman   What are those purple triangle boxes hanging in the trees above the road does anyone know?
July 24, 2011 17:13:09 Observer   Well, Coumo and his qu ee r buddies in Albany may have crammed the qu ee r marriage act down the throats of the the people of New York State but that does not mean we have to like it or even recognize the so called legality of this farce. Qu ee r Ryan the mayor of Binghamton my be cheering his part in it but it does not make him anything but what he is. A wart on the *CENSORED* of society.
July 24, 2011 09:36:02 The Bicentennial Committee   I would like to take this time to thank everyone for all that was done to make the bicentennial a huge success. Many old friends were united after may years and a lot of stories were shared. Many people worked hard from the set up of activities to the time all was cleaned up and put away. Thank you again.
July 23, 2011 20:11:17 Grumpy Ernst Keidel ABOUT NAMMY! Niece Namkyung made a lot of friends in Masonville and Sidney while she stayed with us. Today is NoNam Day 25; she left 25 days ago to return to Seoul South Korea. Her friends may be interested in knowing that today she flew to Beijing, China to investigate college attendance there. This will be a less than a week's duration trip.
July 22, 2011 18:15:22 a resident of town   If anyone has questions about construction of new building please attend board meetings on first Wednesday of each month any and questions will be answered.
July 21, 2011 22:07:00 Resident Gone Crazy   Now I see why this is called the bitch board!!!
July 21, 2011 14:26:48 Ivanhoe   That was to be did NOT come in contact with anyone or pets. Bury it. My apologizes for trying to be a good neighbor.
July 21, 2011 14:25:02 Ivanhoe   bertimouse. State Troopers, DEC, Pam Walker, Stamford DEC, AND Public Health were called. Stamford DEC said if it did NOT with anyone or pets, Bury it.
July 21, 2011 14:07:47 CC   Hey Les thanks for the info.
July 21, 2011 13:36:06 Les   Birds and amphibians do not get rabies.Rabies can affect all mammals.Rabies is more common in bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes, but the disease also has been found in deer and in large rodents, such as woodchucks.And of course cats, dogs and livestock can get rabies, too, if they are not vaccinated.
July 21, 2011 12:47:40 CC   Can birds get rabies? maybe Crows they eat all road kill or anything dead.
July 21, 2011 10:06:21 Les   And yes bertimouse possible rabid animals should be reported so that they can be confirmed. A bad rabies outbreak cannot be controlled if they don't know how bad it is or where it is.
July 21, 2011 10:02:06 Les   There has been quit a few confirmed rabies in the are recently.In Oneonta two children were attacked and bitten several times by a confirmed rabid fox while playing on a trampoline.Several years ago our oldest daughter was chased by what she thought was a 'ugly cat' into her grandmothers house,the fox went into the house.Their dogs killed it and it was confirmed rabid.Every wild animal that acts strange ,friendly to humans or aggressive should be considered 'rabid' because contact by a bite or saliva IS fatal if treatment isn't administered promptly.Once symptoms are exhibited in animals or humans it is to late,a death sentence.If you want to help stop the spread of rabies,support hunting and trapping to control their population.
July 21, 2011 08:14:47 taxpayer   did town have required osha training class for construction crew. should have been done prior to start of project. failure can lead to heavy fines plus exposure to loss of liability ins
July 20, 2011 23:55:53 bertimouse   Ivanhoe: If you shoot/find an animal that appears to have rabies you should report it to the Stamford DEC office asap instead of just spreading rumors here. They have a good handle on tracking this stuff...if there's an outbreak they help to stop the spread of it, Thanks.
July 20, 2011 23:46:23 bertimouse   Oh Man! What a GREAT Day! Loved the History Tales, Loved the many participants in the Parade, Loved the Community Picnic & and Great Band! Loved hanging out with Good Friends & Family...I told my Folks here; "We should do this again NEXT YEAR only call it "TOM Homecoming Day" - everybody said; "NAH, it's too much work!" Well OK & whatever but it was sure nice celebrating just TOM, Yall. -will post photos soon :)
July 20, 2011 23:11:38 Ivanhoe   Residents in the Ivanhoe Rd Area. There has been a young woodchuck shot showing signs of rabies. PLEASE keep close watch on ALL ANIMALS!
July 20, 2011 20:44:49 a resident of town   Has anyone noticed that 206 East is certainly looking great and was worth waiting for. I also enjoyed the parade and thought everyone did a great job. Lots of work from the committee.
July 19, 2011 22:56:18 Masonviller   I never made it to the bicentennial, But I do ask that next time PLEASE make sure the road crew knows their hand signals! Pointing and the ground with one hand and waving the other is NOT STOP.
July 18, 2011 10:19:06 Nancy & Joe Tetz Jr.   Our family had a great time doing the parade with our clydesdales. Masonville was my weekend home growing up. And I have great memories of it. Thanks for letting us be apart of Masonvilles special day!
July 17, 2011 21:57:50 Grumpy Ernst Keidel I too enjoyed the parade. It is not often that one can see Clydesdales pulling a wagon across THE intersection. Plus, we got to wave to Masonville\'s own Neita, riding at the front of her float. My wife and I met a lot of people who inquired about our niece Namkyung, who had been living with us for the past three and a half years. Nammy graduated high school among the top 20 students and has returned to Seoul, South Korea, 19 days ago.
July 17, 2011 18:01:26 Masonville Resident   fantastic parade !!! Church display was great and all that went on a school was lots of fun.
July 14, 2011 23:43:03 Craig DuMond   I dont think there will be any problem with a portable grill. See you there!!!
July 14, 2011 20:26:52 bertimouse   Question for Bicentennial News: Will there be a BBQ Grill to use at the Picnic? We'll be bringing food for 6: cooked onions&peppers with nice rolls but would like to BBQ some sausages while there? Should we bring our own portable grill? Thanks.
July 14, 2011 09:00:30 Taxpayer II   WOW...based on some of the posts on this site you would think that Butts Concrete is the only taxpayer in the Town!!! All to often politicians grant special favors, etc. for large businesses, campaign donors, etc. in the form of contracts, awards etc. As one of the other taxpayers in Masonville (believe it or not there is more than one) I am happy the Town Board is looking out for ALL of us!
July 13, 2011 23:44:30 Les   Here here Observer!Well said."Now! Now! Children!! Play nice or off to bed with you with no dessert!!" (Observer)And a little NUFF said too! Happy 200th Bicentennial!
July 13, 2011 23:30:39 Les   Masonville Resident; are you for real?I do not know for 100% but wouldn't you think RCL is the initials of one of the few people who post on this site that are not hiding behind a screen name? You were rude to RCL on three posts,it must be nice to know you can walk around town and know who she is and not have to worry who your two face is.I would like to know what STFU stands for? Is it STFU: Shut the Freak Up (polite form) STFU: Southern Tenant Farmers' Union: STFU: Star Trek Federation University: STFU: Scrawny Two-Faced Underling, Sir, That's Freakin Ugly (polite form) Samurai Training Finished Unsuccessfully Show Them Fury Unleashed?
July 13, 2011 21:14:23 Observer   Perhaps things could have been done better for the Bicentennial but probably mistakes and omissions were made. But think of it this way we can start planning our quadrigenti anniversary and get everything right!!
July 13, 2011 20:52:11 Observer   Now! Now! Children!! Play nice or off to bed with you with no dessert!!
July 13, 2011 20:09:22 Masonville Resident   @ RCL - like you identify your self? STFU
July 13, 2011 09:04:58 taxpayer   RCL why not go to celebration and do what you had planned and enjoy? Only a very few may know the issue and everyone else will not have any idea and you enjoy the day. If you were displaying something you will enjoy the day.
July 13, 2011 08:23:32 TX   Saw an xtra large Bear by Beal Pond rd last wknd,this thing was huge!!
July 12, 2011 22:56:52 spectator   I do stand by my comments on the war memorial. Why the sudden interest in something nobody wanted?
July 12, 2011 22:53:33 spectator   Craig DuMond; If what you have stated in your last posts is true,then I apologize for my comments. I didn't know the whole situation and was only going on from Kathy Butts Lent's post. If your post is true than I think Ms.Lent owes a apology also. You wrote "I understand as Supervisor I will always be blamed for everything that is wrong in this Town." YOU BET bubby that's just Masonville, its not our fault LOL.
July 12, 2011 20:56:12 Town Of Masonville Web Master Anyone taking pictures on the 16th of the town doings and would like to see them on the official Masonville Web site send them to the address on the left. I will ask that they be in .jpeg format and not more than 6 pictures attached as an attachment to an E-Mail. Please identify what each picture is. Plus your name to identify the photographer. Put "BICENT" in the subject line of the E-mail. --- I will make a page on the official site to display pictures.
July 12, 2011 20:35:17 a resident of town   obviously some one thinks you should have your say and then end the subject and not make any more of a fool of yourself. Let it go and enjoy the town you say you so much love. 200 years will only happen once and we all should enjoy the day.
July 12, 2011 18:39:22 RCL   Masonville Resident, if you have something to say why not identify yourself with your name and not a screen name. What are you hiding from?
July 12, 2011 18:11:32 Masonville Resident   Quit whining and get on with life.
July 12, 2011 17:40:12 Robin Church Little   About the Bicentennial signs, I volunteered to make 5 signs; 1 for the church lawn and 1 for each sign coming into town. I completed the lawn sign and put it up and then completed the other signs to put up, but before I could get the signs up, someone put the signs that are there now. The signs I had made were bright and eye catching with information on them. I had them up on Wednesday night last week and was asked to take mine down and put the others back on Friday. I received a screaming and threatening call on Friday morning from the Town Historian and then a call from Mr. Dumond asking me to do this. I was told to go ahead and put mine up in place of the other signs at a meeting on Wednesday night; when the signs were discussed no one knew who had done the signs. My intent was never to hurt someone's feelings, but mine have been. Since I don't feel what my family or myself has done for this town is appreciated, myself and family have decided not to participate in the Bicentennial. So, this is why there are no bright, eye catching and informational signs.
July 12, 2011 10:30:57 Masonville Resident   You did the right thing Mr. DuMond. It's a shame that Butts Concrete will not step up to the plate and admit they missed the train on this one! Please continue to watch the way our money is spent!
July 12, 2011 08:09:20 Craig DuMond   PS: When these issues (over who got the work) came about I, as well as the Engineer in charge of the Project, personally called Ms. Lent to discuss same. As said previously, we have and will continue to use local contractors when and where possible.
July 12, 2011 07:13:16 Craig DuMond   Honesty and loyalty are core beliefs of mine and I am troubled by the posts on this message board. However, I understand as Supervisor I will always be blamed for everything that is wrong in this Town, it goes with the position. What I posted earlier is what I understand the situation to be based on the information provided to me. Since I have been Supervisor, I have never asked for any donations or favors for the Town. This may have been the way things were done in the past but that was the past. We have used (and will continue to use) Butts Concrete, as well as other local vendors, for numerous supplies, projects, equipment rental etc. and always paid the going rates for such. As far as the Town Hall project goes, the contractor who was awarded the work (based on competitive estimates) was responsible for the entire 1st phase, including concrete. It is my understanding the contractor did approach Butts Concrete (as they are at the end of the street and only makes sense) and despite these circumstances got a cheaper price from another vendor. I can only ask why the contractor would be dishonest about this as he is in business to make money so why would he pay more for product further away? Again, I am sorry for noses being out of joint regarding this project but we really are trying to do the best we can for the money. Could we have made some mistakes along the way? Yes, we are humans just like everyone else and put on our pants the same way every morning as everyone else. However, any mistakes were not intentional, there is no conspiracy, and we really are trying to serve everyone's interests as a whole. Lastly, I appreciate everything that has been done for our Town by Butts Concrete, many other vendors and countless other individuals.
July 12, 2011 01:45:56 spectator   Ahh, at least Otsego made some money off from Masonville in these hard times.
July 11, 2011 22:56:06 old timer   According to what I heard at numerous Town Board meetings, the building committee reported that requests for quotes did go out for the Town Hall. I think this is what Craig refers to in his post. I am sure there was no ill intent from the Board but it is easy to blame them just the same. Also, I dont see where donating in the past entitles anyone to special treatment as Butts appears to want. From my perspective I am glad they tried to do it the cheapest way possible. You can never make everyone happy, especially in a small Town!
July 11, 2011 21:22:18 bertimouse   TOM'S Bicentennial Schedule: So the Historical Exhibit is open at the Church from 10am-2pm, The Parade is at 11 a.m., and the [bring a dish; "pot-luck"]Community Picnic with a Live Band behind the school starts at 1 p.m.? COOL. We'll bring our own plates/eating utensils, etc. THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN! We're guessing that NO DOGS will be allowed? Our Golden's are very cool & mellow but we can understand that rule if you've made it because of all the small children & older Folks. Whatever. See Yall next weekend!
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