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December 13, 2011 15:45:18 masonville resident   Sidney school board meeting cancelled for tonight. Maybe they need to rethink things before continuing their plea.
December 13, 2011 11:31:59 JOKER   Hey Tx 1,I know Willie Nelson,maybe we got something for that song you wrote.
December 13, 2011 08:10:17 voter   SCSD defeated proposition is great news!!! Now we know if Sidney Center and Masonville voters work together withe the help of some Sidney voters we can rule the votes at Sidney school and they cannot hurt us again.
December 13, 2011 07:22:11 TX-1   Observer,I was thinking,maybe if I sent it to Nashville,someone will used it and I will get pay!!! LOL LOL LOL!!!!
December 13, 2011 06:12:33 FYI - SCSD Defeated 294 NO 224 YES   12-13-11 CDO News Voters in the Sidney central school district defeated the building proposition yesterday. The plan called for renovations to the high school auditorium and athletic fields. Preliminary totals were 294 against and 224 in favor of the $4 million dollar plan
December 12, 2011 17:18:51 Observer   TEX-1 That is the saddest story I have ever heard!! I bet if we set it to music and get someone with a twangy voice to sing it it would become a country music hit.
December 12, 2011 06:36:00 TEX-1   Well,another deer season just closed,seen a few does,no Masonville evil Bear,no Coyotes(heard them in the woods),no bucks.lost my time,my money,was cold (this weekend)too hot,rifle fell broke scope,very few hunters in woods,deers arent moving. TGell you it was the worst in years,now am hoping for a fresh road kill,other wise no meat all winter long.
December 11, 2011 20:19:14 voter   Hope everyone can remember to get out to vote at high school tomorrow from 7 am to 9 pm, don't forget.
December 09, 2011 20:06:52 what?   Yes, I know Christmas and Hanukkah are completely different. But Obama plans on celebrating all of them including Kwanza, you know diversity. He just isn't interested in observing the holidays correctly with respect. And to boot he tried to tax fresh cut Christmas trees (no tax on the fake ones from China, only American tree farmers would have seen the tax) until he was compared to the Grinch and backed down.
December 09, 2011 19:53:18 what?   Tomorrow is Christmas Eve in Obamaville, and Obama says he "never needs an excuse for a good party." Hanukkah is not for two weeks, and he lit every candle in the menorah! You're supposed to do it over an eight-day period. He did it all at once just to be done with it. He doesn't have time to wait (going to Hawaii on another vacation,). As he says: "This is to show my devotion to Israel." With unemployment at 8.6 percent, and with many having already quit looking for a job, I doubt many Americans would be heartened to hear the president saying he "never needs an excuse for a good party." Maybe the president will play some golf while in Hawaii, he has played “1,584 holes since 2009.
December 09, 2011 17:55:29 bertimouse   Hi Grumpy, Yup youre right we forgot about that. You know, on the news they said that the Veterans organization committee was disbanding this year due to (sadly)its dwindling members. Grumpy, we apologize because everyone should know this - the news didn't mention it - but,How many WW2 Vets are now left? We thought you would know. :) Thanks and Merry Christmas.
December 09, 2011 17:48:32 bertimouse   Hi what. SC has been organizing themselves allot more effectively in the last oh, 5 or 6 years now than ever before and standing up for themselves more which is good to see isnt it? Apparently they are struggling now to hold onto that School for their community center which they sorely needed. My other half works more closely with them than I do at the moment and spends many volunteer hours there. The History of SC is quite interesting and "more visually apparent" than the TOM. For example the Maywood Railroad Depot Organization at You are right tho - 1)the TOM is probably too busy to care about any other local towns. We think its a sad thing because both towns fought Hard to keep their schools - it was the SCSD that pitted one town against the other by saying in those days of BOE mtgs. that they were only going to keep ONE school open...remember all of those BOE mtgs. where the PTA Folks from both districts got up and poured their hearts out about how special Both of these Elementary schools were? At least the TOM had the cahoonies to try and sue the district, LORD what a darn Shame and Waste! 2)We absolutely agree with your comments about the SCSD. Not one more penny for Capital Improvements until(we think)maybe 10 years after the last Bond is paid off?and only then if its for Education.
December 09, 2011 17:21:35 bertimouse Oh Dear Concerned: its OK to be so dead-wrong about our involvement with the SCSD and TOM. Actually Thanks for your comment because we both had a nice chuckle over it. :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! :)
December 09, 2011 10:37:32 Twas the month before Christmas   Twas the month before Christmas When all through our land, Not a Christian was praying Nor taking a stand. See the PC Police had taken away The reason for Christmas - no one could say. The children were told by their schools not to sing About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things. It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say December 25th is just a ' Holiday '. Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it! CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod Something was changing, something quite odd! Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda. As Targets were hanging their trees upside down At Lowe's the word Christmas - was nowhere to be found. At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears. Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty Are words that were used to intimidate me. Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton ! At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter. And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded The reason for the season, stopped before it started. So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree' Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me. Choose your words carefully, choose what you say Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS , not Happy Holiday !
December 09, 2011 08:28:06 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Bertimouse: "We Celebrated Pearl Harbor Day 12/7, noticed No Mention Here..." Not so, Berti! If you'll check my post about my half-staff flag on 12/7, you'll see I did indeed metion Pearl Harbor. --Grumpy, US Army, Retired
December 09, 2011 06:16:13 what?   Over $40 MILLION has been spent on this school for 'improvements' since the football field was built. How many more millions must we spend of hard working taxpayer money before the field is deemed 'safe'? Since when was the field named unsafe, how many years has it been? Only since some taxpayer money has been made available?
December 09, 2011 06:08:25 what?   bertimouse; What? has the town of Sidney Center done this year that is so special? If it is the purchase of their school for $50,000 instead of a half million ,I\'m happy for them. But what? change are they going through that TOM should?
December 09, 2011 05:37:22 concerned   bertimouse I dont think you ever have been to any school board or town meetings you just want to hide behind your computer and create hate.You dont have it to stand up and speak to a board. Neighbor, yeah right.
December 08, 2011 23:29:50 bertimouse   what on Dec. 2 we asked B.S. what her point was. Thats not a gripe in our book Neighbor.
December 08, 2011 23:25:50 bertimouse   What, your comments about the previous SCSD Renovations are incorrect in several ways. 1)It was originally a 40 million dollar voter approved project. 2)The Pool was an additional Voter Referendum that passed by only about 167 Votes out of maybe 500 people that turned out to Vote on it. At the time there were about 800 families that had children attending District schools. 3)The First Phase of the Project was to renovate the Athletic Fields which cost about 3 million and ALLOT of expensive change orders to the original contract: Field Lighting $80K per pole and another $80K plus to re-design the bleacher seating capacity down from the original 4000 to about 1500 now. 4)The Swimming Pool addition originally cost the District an additional $100K in additional Insurance Costs Alone. The additional costs for a Life Guard required by State Law would have cost an additional $50K though the District made a Deal with the Afton SCD to share theirs Part Time for ?$. This is Why The Pool has always limited Hours available for the Public. Other additional costs were for Pool chemicals & new Maintenance Personnel for cleaning. One can only imagine how much it costs now 7 years later. 5)Since its completion there have always been rumors that The Pool Is Not The Right Size, OMG! :) It is the Exact Size As every other HS competition swimming pool. It was never meant to be Olympic sized, LOL. 6)The Two outer Sidney Elementary Schools were closed within 2 years after Completion of the Bldg. Project because the SCSD BOE Always Knew how costly they were to run. Sidney Ctr. was more expensive than Masonville because it is up on a hill in the wind during the Winter. At the beginning of this bldg. program the Construction Mgrs. suggested to the District that they consolidate onto One Campus & were told by the BOE that the residents of Masonville & Sidney Center would NEVER consent to their local small schools closing which was Very True at the time. 7)It is Time for Sidney Voters to Start Paying More Attention To Wasted Taxpayer Dollars by Speaking Up at the BOE Mtgs. and[most importantly]VOTING MORE OFTEN.
December 08, 2011 23:16:49 what?   Natural gas 'fracking' is a violation of individual rights. This will affect all of us, in a negative way. Pumping chemicals into our neighbors ground is wrong,it has been proven to contaminate water and air quality in the states that allow it. Already in NY state home sales are negatively affected by natural gas leases. Mortgage companies won't finance, and people do not want to buy homes with or near properties with gas leases. "Drill A Well To Bring A Soldier Home" signs SHOULD be taken down, what a disrespect to our soldiers in uniform. We can be against polluting our great earth without bringing our men in uniform into it, that is disrespectful.
December 08, 2011 22:58:35 what?   Hey bertimouse, for one I\'m not concerned. Two, you wrote I wasn\'t knowing or quoting any facts. Fact, on Dec. 02 you had a gripe against Betty Scott on what she wrote about the SCSD, so I am under the assumption you do not agree with what she wrote.
December 08, 2011 22:23:56 bertimouse   ONE Post and Several Comments regarding "Friends of Natural Gas" and "Drill A Well To Bring A Soldier Home" signs so here goes. Our Post is that The Reality Is That The Majority Of NY Folks[based on statistics from last weeks DEC Town Meetings held Statewide]are Against Gas Drilling. Our Several Comments are 1)the one slogan posted on lawns should really say "Friends Of Poisoned Water"...not only for Them, Their Families & Farms but also for All of Their Neighbors. The other one about how drilling for gas will bring a Soldier Home offends too many people in too many ways. 2)When They Drill down into the ground and Fracture through rock for Gas they Shoot Over 300 Highly Concentrated Proven Carcinogenic Chemicals into the Ground which has been documented Over & Over Again to Seep into Ground Drinking Water. DUH. 3)Where Do They Expect It ALL TO GO? What, That All Those Chemicals will all just Magically DISAPPEAR? 4)Are We All As American Citizens, Consumers, Farmers, Parents, Taxpayers, Seniors and Dependents of our Well-Water Supplies for our Drinking Water THAT UN FORE SIGHTED? 5)Can they PRAY OR PAY For All The Chemicals They Pump Into Our Lands To Just Go Away? 6)Where? 7)Check out the EPA Report that just came out Today. [EPA is an acronym for The Federal Governmental Agency which stands for and is supposedly in charge of what? Environmental Protection]About a Town in Wyoming. First Time Ever the Fed's have Officially Stated That YUP, YER WATER TASTES LIKE PROPANE 'CAUSE OF THE GAS COMPANY, AND BY THE WAY YOU SHOULDN'T BE DRINKING IT, SORRY FOLKS. Again Duh. Now how many years ya think Folks over there knew that in the first place without the Feds telling em that eh? 8)Teddy Roosevelt must be Rolling Over In His Grave Right Now About This! 9)We Here in TOM Are Proud To Stand Up For Non Gas Drilling i.e. Fracking. We Prefer Clean Drinking Water, Pure Soil for Gardening & Farming. 9)We'd Rather Be Poor For The Rest Of Our Lives If It Means That Our Children will have Clean Drinking Water For Free All of Their Lives Too. 10)We Celebrated Pearl Harbor Day 12/7, noticed No Mention Here Or In Town To Commemorate it, Thanks Allot. 11)We Cherish Our Free Right To Exercise Free Speech. 12)As American Citizens. 13)And Registered Voters Who Do.
December 08, 2011 20:07:56 bertimouse   Hey concerned, what? :) Your Point Is?
December 08, 2011 16:24:28 Kathy Ryan   Hey Grumpy - Thanks for the kind words. I, too, had a rough time heading home on Steam Mill after the meeting. I got stuck just past your house after pulling over for an opposing vehicle. My sincere thanks to Chuck Smith and Mike Spaccaforno for responding to my SOS and Special THANKS to Steve Gray and Ron Noland for getting me back on the road. Thanks so much for the help!!!
December 08, 2011 14:45:46 Part-timer   HEY!! was Shears rd plowed?
December 08, 2011 13:43:06 concerned   Bertimouse you really need to stop smoking that stuff give your brain cells a break.
December 08, 2011 07:20:24 Grumpy Ernst Keidel I guess I was still a little flustered after fighting my way back up Steam Mill Road's snow covered hill last night. Of course, Jeri Brayman is the new council member. Had a nice long conversation with Laura Burpoe, so her name intruded on my conciousness as I was writing last night.
December 07, 2011 23:23:37 bertimouse   Hey what, We thinks you all speak allot from yer Hip without knowing nor quoting any Facts, such as how We All Here in Our Household Vote & Think: Wrong again Neighbor. We\'d Appreciate it if you all would Kindly Not Speak For Us, Thank You Very Much. We are Very Capable and Willing of Speaking For Ourselves whenever We Both Feel The Need. Thanks Again & Enjoy Snow! :)
December 07, 2011 21:06:07 Grumpy Ernst Keidel We had a good turnout for the meeting in the new townhall. It still lacks some finishing touches, but seems quite comfortable. I, for one, am quite sorry to see Kathy Ryan leave the board. Ms. Burpee will replace her at the next meeting. An unexpected snowfall made it tough to get back home, a ways up Steam Mill Road. Those of us in the know have 4-wheel drive!
December 07, 2011 16:08:04 voter   Don't forget the town board meeting at the new hall tonight at 7 pm. You cannot find fault if you do not attend.
December 07, 2011 13:28:35 Joker   You are right.sir
December 07, 2011 12:35:04 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Thank you, Joker, but there's nothing to be sorry about; this is just the natural order of things. Both of my parents are deceased; were they still living, they'd be 101 and 107 years old and decrepit! We all have our time!
December 07, 2011 07:28:23 JOKER   Sorry to hear that Grumpy.Remember she is in a better place
December 07, 2011 07:22:20 Grumpy Ernst Keidel My flag is at half-staff today! Most flags on public buildings and such are the same way, but will be returned to the top in the afternoon. Mine will stay at half-staff all day. For me it is not just Pearl Harbor Day today, but also the day Maria, Baroness von Keidel-Tellbach died in Willts, California, nineteen years ago. She was my mother.
December 05, 2011 12:52:13 JOKER   Shears Hunter,if you would get off your *CENSORED*, you may see more deers!!
December 05, 2011 12:18:09 someone new   Hope to see many Masonville voters at the high school tonight at 6 p.m. It will probably be very entertaining to say the least!!!!! They have themselves believing all of the stories now they will try to convince the public.
December 05, 2011 10:47:07 Shear Rd Hunter   What the hell happen to all those Deers in Shears Rd ?? The only deer I saw is on Openning day and thats all. come on move those deers on the mountain,
December 05, 2011 07:30:54 JOKER   HEY HEY!!!! enought of school and taxes. How come that the new neon sign,by firehouse is still saying Happy Thanksgiving!! it is almost Chistmas and last night was atill on Turkey day? Probably some turkey forgot to change it to this Holydays!!
December 04, 2011 18:39:39 masonville resident   Just keep in mind, no matter what the school board does, they don't seem to get the best of our town. We now have a wonderful town hall and meeting hall, in spite of them not letting us buy the school!!
December 04, 2011 18:36:48 Old Man   Keep in mind, if the vote on Dec.12 is not an overwelming NO, the proposition will be rewritten and presented again for another try. If NO is tremendous, watch out for BIG TEARS from the school board.+
December 04, 2011 12:56:24 Craig DuMond   Well put Denis. You and Betty are 100% correct in you post indicating the people were misled. I believe the quote I out in my legal brief/appeal to SED was "without these schools (masonville and sidney center)these communities will become a 4-corners where only the tumbleweed blows....they are the focal point of these communities and the communities would be lost without them". (in sum and substance) How true Nuciforo statement was and it was a shame the State would not hold them accountable for it...but as Denis posted, the district nor the State was in a position to tell on themselves. Again, as in my previous posts, it is shameful that schools are set up to police themselves (along with NYS Ed) and are virtually not accountable to the people who pay the bills. For many years the residents of Masonville were scared their school would close. When the building project came along (especially with the justification above) we felt the project was an insurance policy in keeping our school. Obviously, the Board knew this and well as we were tricked into passing the project (as part of the larger sidney campus project) only to have our school closed 14 months after completion. As the saying goes...fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me...I am not being fooled twice and by the sounds of things everyone in Masonville agrees so PLEASE show up and vote. As for appearing at Board meetings, it is a useless endeavor....I appeared at many...very vocal with prepared facts in hand....this led to the Board threatening to have be removed by the police if I didnt stop talking after their 5-minute rule. What country do we live in??? You can show up and talk all you their minds they know better than you...they cannot even see their own mistakes!!! And, we are pretty much still dealing with the same Board, especially with Parsons as President.
December 04, 2011 12:50:28 what?   Actually Denis Burpoe it looks like bertimouse is the only one not behind what Betty wrote, the majority on here seems to want to vote NO!
December 04, 2011 10:29:23 Denis Burpoe   Beaty well put, Its sounds by this board that the people who responded to your post did not stand beside you when you went infront of the Board of Education and voiced your concerns on the closing of our schools.I was there and you represented well, Thank you. There is many aspects in which the Board had deceived and not just the local taxpayers, When the voted to close the schools. Nick,Parsons and as you put it the other members who are still on the Board of Education mislead the State Education Department when they requested the funding for the School project.SED would not help the people because the had egg on their faces and nowadays who wants to admit that you were wrong. (no state agency that I know of would)Nick and Parsons also mislead the New York State Board of Education on the funding and ther future goals and uses for the buildings, Again they could not admit that they were mislead. I had some pretty entertaining conversations with them at that time, And they would not answer any of my foils. Betty also with your determanation to find the truth along with the others that stood with you,Remember when Nick brought in his Sleazy Lawyer and Sleazy Insurance Rep and had the playground removed from the school in Masonville only to hurt our children. This Board and this Supertendent I feel do not really care what the people think or want and they will do whatever they want.Betty I will be looking foward to new faces and new voices to stand up for what is right.For now lets all stand together and vote for what we beleive.
December 03, 2011 09:33:26 what?   @ bertimouse; The Senate that voted no has a Democrat majority, apparently some Democrats didn\'t like the the tax bill either. What the Democrats want is a \"Temporary stimulus funded by a permanent tax hike\" The Democrats plan on raising taxes on the ones who pay the most taxes to give a tax break to the ones who pay the least.The Republicans offered to extend the tax cuts by paying for them with spending cuts,Obama wanted some of these cuts in Nov. 2010.The components of the Republican plan, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would reduce the deficit by $111 billion, are cuts that in Nov. 2010 Obama was proposing.
December 03, 2011 09:32:50 what?   what? HUH, I'm not sure if your confusing or confused?
December 03, 2011 00:24:55 bertimouse   WHY Do You Think There Are So Many Occupied Spaces In So Many Cities Now? -Do You Think What We Have Been Speaking About For So Long Means Nothing? -Truly, my other half says there MAY BE another American Revolution if yall don\'t listen to our young ones. We see change in the winds that\'s already happened in the Town of Sidney Center which apparently is Cool for them. If the SCSD & the TOM refuses to change then maybe in 2 or 3 yrs. we as residents will do it just like the Village of Sidney Center has done this year.
December 03, 2011 00:13:24 bertimouse   We'd Like To Comment Here about 3 issues: 1)The U.S. Senate Voted NO today to continue the Tax Breaks for Middle America paychecks. It saved us $1500 per year Folks. It's gone now today thanks to the Republican Tea Party voters. 2)Friends For Gas Fracking = Friends For Poisoned Water Forever & Local Farming Never. 3)The Entire Republican Party has to Re-educate their constituents about the reality of a)Finances, b)taxes, c)Living Within Their Means. d)Being Honest with We The People!
December 02, 2011 23:41:52 bertimouse   Dear What: Again We Ask this One Question - What Is Your Point? Be Specific! 1)Name Your Gripe about what's happening Now. 2)Remind Folks about where it affects US NOW. 3)Offer SOLUTIONS NOW; 3a)from High schools around the Country 3b)from Green Resources On-Line 3c)from Our Local Human & Animal Shelters.
December 02, 2011 23:31:34 bertimouse   Dear voter: Why don't You Do what you want Her to do Yerself.
December 02, 2011 23:26:42 bertimouse   So whats Your Point Here, Betty?
December 02, 2011 23:25:34 bertimouse   So what's Your Point Here, Betty?
December 02, 2011 23:12:12 bertimouse   Dear Neighbor Betty Scott: The Last Superintendent of SCCD was NOT an Idiot as you say. To Be The Super of The SCSD is a Big Job. We would authorize no more than $120K.
December 02, 2011 17:55:39 what?   Great post Betty! Sidney School has used the excuse that many of their students who scored low on the state tests score high on their class tests and are high honor students. Like the state tests were not a example of how smart the students are. There are 431 schools that can say the same, it doesn't change the fact that academically Sidney ranks 43 from the BOTTOM.
December 02, 2011 17:40:10 voter   Very well put Betty !!! Hope you can make it to one of the informational meetings and tell it the way it is. I really feel many people would back you, If they decide to attend the meeting. Could you write a letter to the editor of the Star or Tri Town news? The way this message if written would be perfect, maybe you could put some shame into the board,( but probably not.)
December 02, 2011 14:09:00 Betty Scott   December 12, 2011 Sidney Central School District residents can vote on a proposal to allow the upgrade of the athletic fields and auditorium. The last building project had called for a drainage system for the athletic fields but the superintendent at the time felt this was unnecessary basically because he was an idiot. Anyone living and working the land here knows how poor the drainage is and would never have cut something like that to save a few dollars, unfortunately what would have been a small expense then is a huge expense now. The auditorium was never addressed in the last building project although it should have been. That is in the past. The question now is do we need this? The answer is NO. Can we afford this? Again the answer is NO. The money will come from the state. How? The state doesn’t have any money. They continue to cut state aid for schools, lay off employees, freeze or cut the salaries of the employees they have left but yet they can give the Sidney School district 2 million dollars. This is the very problem with our state. Foolish spending on projects we don’t need and cutting spending for services and programs we do need. Voting no for this project is not just a vote no for a project we don’t need and can’t afford but also a vote no for the ridiculous way Albany wastes money. This project is a luxury and all of us have had to give up luxuries in favor of necessities. That is exactly what the school board needs to do. In 2006-2007 Sidney elementary was in the top 89% of elementary schools now 6 years after the closing of Masonville and Sidney Center elementary school Sidney elementary is now ranked at 31% of all schools in New York State. This board which contains 4 of the original 7 (a voting majority) who voted to close those schools and who were responsible for oversight of the last building project are still there. In addition 2 of the other board members vocally and publicly supported the closing of the schools 6 years. Are you really going to trust this board to do better with this project than the last. Why not take that 2 million the board has sacked away in a reserve fund for this project and spend it on academics and improving our schools so that our students are not in the bottom 1/3 of the state.
December 02, 2011 13:09:09 voter   Sounds like everyone is interested in the school vote,so maybe we can have a good turnout Mon. at the meeting and at least show them that we do care and will be voting NO!!! This is very important to all of us, even if we rent our homes, if the taxes go up so will the cost to rent. See you all at the meetings Mon and Tues night.
December 02, 2011 11:50:11 JOKER   Todays kids are so delicate,that they can not touch mud,rocks or roots. they need artificial grass,they are been rised as mamas boys,the future doesnt look good!!
December 01, 2011 22:56:36 what?   bertimouse; I was with you and agreeing with you up until the mention of Occupy Wallstreet. Don't you know what SCSD is trying to do is what? the protestors want from our Govt. and our tax payers. They (OWS) have laid out some demands, pay for our education, and charge it to the taxpayer because we (OWS) shouldn't have to. They (OWS) protestors should get a job , work 5-10-15-20 years to get on their feet and be proud of what they have done like the rest of us who have been working hard to be successful, and do not expect a hand out from mommy and daddy and the Govt. nanny state. Bleeding the taxpayer (no matter how 'rich' they are) is not going to help these protestors or Sidney School.
December 01, 2011 22:41:36 what?   Craig, and Lynn; Wasn't thinking of it that way, just thinking we could get more votes NO if we pushed. At the same time we could be getting MORE votes against the TAXPAYER, by non-TAXPAYERS, what? . Craig DuMond wrote "To think that one is eligible to vote without being a property tax payer breaks the basic law of common sense. The district 'may' check drivers licenses for residency is another joke. God knows who will vote and if they are actually residents. The district controlling the entire voting process without any independent inspectors is another mind-blowing aspect of the entire situation." and now I agree, it is common sense.
December 01, 2011 20:16:24 taxpayer 2   A few years ago many of us and more than others praticed evry day in and sometimes played in the \"pit\" rocks, roots, and MUD\" and had better much stats!. Life is too much too easy now! That field was never right way back in the eighties when the National Guard was in there and did us a favor Great field - Yea / Not!, rocks root and Mud but we played and enjoyed anyway.The attitued of the curent board appear to be to just the throwing money at and maybe it will be alright!, I think not. Lost again is to common sense. Everyone even County the baragining units have been threatened with lay-off\'s. What is the board thinking of?. There is no common sense being applied here at all! Look we\'re at now; begging for more money from the taxpayer!. Time to say no! The Towns of Masonvillle and Sidney were sucked in once, Never again!!!!!!!!!!! Vote No!!!!!!
December 01, 2011 19:02:35 Lynn   "The whole voter eligibility is another topic that needs to be addressed on the State-level. For what it is worth I will be addressing this issue (AGAIN) with our State Representatives. To think that one is eligible to vote without being a property tax payer breaks the basic law of common sense. The district 'may' check drivers licenses for residency is another joke. God knows who will vote and if they are actually residents" Let's add taxation without representation! Why shouldn't all taxpayers be eligible to vote? As a seasonal resident I do not get a break on taxes, I should be able to have a vote. Personally I would say no to a ball field and yes to the communtiy, town hall idea. I would also suggest possible senior housing in the area. As young people leave to find employment elsewhere many elderly members would be well served by an easier way of life.
November 30, 2011 21:27:18 bertimouse   Hi Old Man: Yah the SCSD promised us Voters during the last $40 million improvements that "We won't have to pay a Dime-it will all be funded by the State Ed. Dept." What they forgot to tell us about was the extra cost in School Maintenance & Insurance Fee costs for the Additions to all four schools & the High School Pool[which was an added referendum approved by a majority of 143 out of 500 that voted out of approx. 900 resident voters that could have. Everyone Complained about that Pool Addition at the Time; yet not many voted against it...too bad. We wonder how much additional Insurance the school will have to pay for an artificial turf? We wonder if they've even CONSULTED their Insurance Agents about this project? -Good question to raise at the BOE Mtg. because History seems to be repeating itself here. It's a Sad Day when our own Educators have yet to learn about their own History! Do you know that when the bldg. project was completed, NYSEG charged the SCSD $1200 just to turn on the Football field lights on for ONE event? Why don't they invest that project money in Solar & Wind Power to CUT COSTS for the District? Our experience with BOE mtgs. at the SCSD is that most of their decisions are made behind "closed doors" before, where they all get their stories straight before The Official Boe mtg. They all consider the SCSD BOE mtgs. as just a "dog & pony show" for whomever shows up which is generally no one. So, just like the Folks at "occupy Wall Street", We need to "occupy" our next SCSD BOE mtg. on December 5th & 6th - to make them earn their living for once by actually hearing & listening to us...for once. And BTW? We think that 139K plus all the multiple benefits PLUS a retirement salary is WAY TOO MUCH to give to the Sidney H.S. Principal who is in charge of maybe 800 students overall in our district that graduates maybe 100 Seniors per year with marginal test grades & what? Only 40% continuing on to College now? It's Disgraceful considering all the money we spend NOW. Tough Nuggies because 40 players can't play on Artificial Turf. The athletic Dept. will want better equipment after that, too. Enough! Vote NO on December 12th for no other reason because no one has explained nor cared about how the field will be drained, Again. There's an Elder Residence Apartment Complex right next door, remember? We don't want to disturb them Again. We ALL Need to Tell SCSD to Wake Up & Stop! NOW!
November 30, 2011 20:46:24 Craig DuMond   The whole voter eligibility is another topic that needs to be addressed on the State-level. For what it is worth I will be addressing this issue (AGAIN) with our State Representatives. To think that one is eligible to vote without being a property tax payer breaks the basic law of common sense. The district 'may' check drivers licenses for residency is another joke. God knows who will vote and if they are actually residents. The district controlling the entire voting process without any independent inspectors is another mind-blowing aspect of the entire situation. Call your State representatives and let your voice be heard!!! School districts controlling without oversight and/or independent inspectors is equal to the fox guarding the hen house. Until something systematic is changed with the process we are all beholden to the mercy of the Board of Education. And please....VOTE
November 30, 2011 18:49:46 voter   Now that word is out on what is going on, let's all make a point of going to Sidney and voting. Don't forget there are absentee ballots and they do make a difference. Maybe we can offer a ride to someone and show the board that we alive and fighting in Masonville!
November 30, 2011 17:36:06 what?   Good point The Old Man, "artificial turf will need replacing in about 12 years for $600,000.00" what? who pays for it, the taxpayers pay for it ALL! According to the Oct. 25 school board minutes; "$2,550,000 of such sum shall be raised by a tax levy." Has anything changed? No tax increase? Sounds like there will be one according to SCSD Oct. 25 minutes.
November 30, 2011 17:18:41 what?   Qualifications of Voters; :Eighteen years of age: :A citizen of the United States: :A resident within the District for a period of 30 days prior to the election: You do not have to be a registered voter or own property in order to vote. The District may require proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a voter registration card prior to signing the poll list. Lets get the vote out, NO!
November 30, 2011 14:02:27 The Old Man   Well, fellow voters and taxpayers--Attended the school\'s informational meeting last night with the school superintendent (no board members)! 7 people showed up- not many concerned tax payers! Selling point-- no tax increase, not going to cost us anything- state aid will pay, must be state aid comes from the gods! The academic level of our school is very low- I\'m sure a new football field will help this situation!! Perhaps our educators should spend more time on education than trying to figure out how to weasel money for sports. Two more meetings , on Dec.5 and Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Get to them and find out the facts for yourself. If you want your school taxes to continue to increase faster than your land taxes, DON\'T VOTE on DEC..12---let the village people in Sidney carry the majority and pass this ridiculous spending project. P.S. artificial turf will need replacing in about 12 years for $600,000.00 ---Good Ideal don\'t you think ????
November 29, 2011 21:05:21 Craig DuMond   It warms my heart to read about many of you keeping track of the Sidney Central School District. Its hard to comprehend the arrogance of the school board in asking for another building project when the debt service from the last blunder hasnt been paid yet. We invest over eight million of our hard-earned money into two schools that are closed 14 months after project completion and they want more??? Now we take a significant hit on the sidney center school (sold for 50k) and we act as subsidized landlords for the Masonville building. It actually costs us money each year to lease to Broome Developmental. I asked for the Town's rightful place in receiving the building for a new Town Hall and Community center, however, the Board was not interested in dealing with me and the citizens who exposed their last blundered project. I am with everyone else and will be voting "No" to any new projects at the school.
November 29, 2011 16:12:08 TX   Did we passed the test?
November 29, 2011 07:32:20 test   test
November 28, 2011 20:12:06 resident   Use your spell check, some comments are very hard to read. And yes, we need to teach our children to read,write and do math they already know how to play games!! VOTE NO!!!!!!
November 28, 2011 15:00:12 JOKER-2   I even saw a hunter in a spaceman suit in the woods yesterday,for real,it was neon green from head to toe,HEY i dont was so freaking funy,i know someone that played a joke on him.
November 28, 2011 12:37:24 JOKER   This been the worse huntibg season in a long time,no hunters in the woods,HOT!!,deers not moving,neigborts with kids running ATV,Dirt Bikes,someone shooting @ 9:00pm. the worse,hopefully next weekend will be better.
November 28, 2011 09:19:44 RCL   Sports are more important than academics? If they want more money to spend then it should be put into education not a field to play games on. Music, art and other classes are cut, but the sport programs are not. The Auditorium needs to be updated, so to get that done they lump in something that is wanted not needed. VOTE NO!!!!
November 28, 2011 07:23:10 TX-1   HEY!! where are those deers?
November 24, 2011 18:46:57 concerned   What? not bad you did pay attention it looks like Mrs Parsons hired another boy for 139,000 a year to mislead people to get their mistakes cleaned up. I wonder if he will retire to the some Florida community as the last one on our money.
November 24, 2011 13:29:34 resident and tax payer   They count on people like \"vote yes\" to help them do more stupid things than ever. Please think twice before you vote.
November 24, 2011 13:00:55 vote YES   I will be voting YES! Unfortunately we have to spend more money to fix the mess the past superintendent an school board left us in.
November 24, 2011 12:35:07 voter   Very well put!!! NOW LET US VOTE NO !!!!!!!!!
November 24, 2011 09:14:58 what?   The 36 million dollar project to improve five schools closed two. Part of the $36 million project was to improve the athletic fields.One school was sold for $50,000. I believe it costs $50,000 a year maintenance on the $3 million swimming pool that cannot be used for meets because isn't the right size. It is time to stop Sidney idiots from wasting taxpayer dollars!
November 24, 2011 08:36:05 what?   Superintendent William Christensen said; \"The building project would require no increase in taxes if approved by voters Dec. 12. The money will come from state EXCEL funding provided for this type of work and building aid, the school debt reserve, and funds already budgeted for capital projects, Christensen said.\" Where does he think this money has come from? Hardworking TAXPAYER money! Project won\'t require a tax increase? \"$2,550,000 of such sum shall be raised by a tax levy\" according to the Sidney minutes. The $4,050,000 comes from tax money, $2,550,00 coming from Sidney taxpayers and the rest covered by everybody\'s TAXES!
November 23, 2011 17:14:54 voter   Everyone should make a point of going to one of the public meetings about the building project that Sidney School District is planning. And yes, more of us should make a point of attending the regular board meetings so they do not "put one over on us again!" Please VOTE NO!!
November 22, 2011 21:17:35 bertimouse   Dear Concerned & TOM Folks regarding the SCSD Dec. 12th Budget Vote: Err. There is NO reason why they need any improvements to the 2.1 million we spent on the fields? Why an artificial turf for Sidney & why now? What are they going to do with the Automatic Grass-Sprinkler that they made the contractor purchase for the district for an extra cost of over $4,000 now eh? -Has the maintenance department of the SCSD EVER used it? We thinks Not. Enough is Enough. Yall need to 1)Attend the Monthly SCS Board Meetings to voice your opinions up front & personal more often & 2)Vote NO on December 12th.
November 22, 2011 19:29:35 Observer   You might try looking along any of the roads; especially Interstate 88. There seems to be a lot of them sleeping along the roads.
November 22, 2011 10:27:40 Joker   They all took a bus out of Deposit,went to NY,NY,no hunting there.LOL LOL LOL
November 22, 2011 08:28:36 TX-1   No bucks,where in the hell are they.saw them in summer,now they are gone
November 21, 2011 20:24:34 mike c   Very disappointing opening day/days. Only saw a few does and knocked down 1 coyote.
November 21, 2011 18:37:28 FYI   Sidney School will have OPEN MEETINGS (questions & answers) prior to the vote.. 6:00pm Nov.29, Dec.5, Dec.8. HS Auditorium. subject: Capital Project; that includes renovation of the auditorium and the athletic fields....
November 21, 2011 17:42:08 concerned   What? do you think. The project has been in legal notices Daily Star
November 21, 2011 13:36:36 what?   Thanks Charles. I tried downloading it but it didn't want to finish and I gave up, I'll try again. Everybody remember any Sidney School district resident can vote on this, you do not have to be a registered voter, even renters who don't pay school tax can vote on this, and school budget etc. You just have to be a resident.
November 21, 2011 12:57:12 Charles   You can download and learn about the project from the school's website. On the main page you will see this: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW SUPERINTENDENT'S PRESENTATION ON CAPITAL PROJECT. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A BIG FILE AND MAY TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO DOWNLOAD. I clicked on it to view it...said it would take around 15 minutes to download. This project was also discussed at a recent School Board meeting.
November 21, 2011 10:07:49 what?   concerned; I hope you are being sarcastic? 4.2 million dollar project on a almost new (didn't they just build the football field not to long ago)? I'm more concerned about our kids education! Sidney middle school was just added to the persistently dangerous schools list! No other local schools are on this list, how embarrassing! Sidney School ranks 388 out of 431 upstate schools! 43 from the BOTTOM of 431 schools! Sidney Central School Superintendent William Christensen said “Our school needs to improve,” Voters should be more concerned about the kids education and not raising our taxes to tear up a almost new football field and waste more hardworking taxpayer money.
November 21, 2011 09:20:43 what?   Dec. 12 vote? I can't find any info about this, is it a secret vote? Please eleborate anyone that knows more about it. Nothing is posted anywhere on any of the SCSD websites.
November 21, 2011 07:54:57 TX-1   Only saw a big doe and a whole lot of outstate hunters.went to my spot on Friday,cleaned,got it ready for Sat.when got up there on Sat.morning there were to hunters seating right there,just waved and kept on going,lets find a new spot.OH well!!!!
November 21, 2011 07:50:49 TX-1   Well,how opening weekend went? any luck.
November 20, 2011 21:25:52 bertimouse   December 12th Vote for Sidney CSD. Thanks for Reminding Us Voter.
November 19, 2011 14:53:29 voter   Everyone seemed to make it to vote for the Town of Masonville election, which was important, we sure hope all of Masonville voters will make it to vote on what seems a lot more important and expensive, the budget for the Sidney School District. This could cost all of us a lot of money!! We lost out once when we let them improve our school in Masonville and then close it, what do they think we are , fools??? Please vote.
November 19, 2011 07:23:59 concerned   I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit as the season fasely approaches.As you are out and about on December 12 dont forget to vote for the four point two million doller school building project. I know the kids are eager to play on the new atifical field that we will be buying.Please dont foget to votethe varsity football team is looking to play there 4 home games every year on this neww field.Do not look at this as a tax increase but our duty to all the children of Sidney School. Enjoy your holidays and dont forget to vote.
November 19, 2011 00:06:43 bertmouse   RARE IS NOT, MY NEIGHBORS. Serve I will from wherever u are. RSVP? I WILL NOT. Thanks.
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