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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, LI...now 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 anapolitano@dot.nyc.gov 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 anapolitano@dot.nyc.gov 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 00:53:56 bertimouse   HEY TONY-CR-20, ARE YOU COMING TO STAY FOR AWHILE THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND? YOU'LL BE MISSING OUT ON ALLOT IF YOU WON'T BE HERE. SORRY, BUT IT REALLY PISSES ME OFF THAT OUT OF TOWN RESIDENTS DON'T TAKE THE TIME TO ATTEND BIG TOWN EVENTS HERE SUCH AS THIS; AND THAT THE ONLY TIME THEY COME TO THE TOWN MEETINGS IS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT SOMETHING ABOUT THEIR OWN PROPERTY... IT WOULD BE NICE TO THINK THAT THE OUT OF TOWNER'S THOUGHT AND CARED MORE ABOUT THE YEAR-ROUND CURRRENT AFFAIRS AND RESIDENTS...I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT YET BUT AM AS ALWAYS HOPEFUL.
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 Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com 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 Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com 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 gdenys@citlink.net 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 gdenys@citlink.net Rain rain go away.............
May 17, 2008 14:05:43 George Denys gdenys@citlink.net 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 gdenys@citlink.net 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 anapolitano@dot.nyc.gov 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 Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com 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 gdenys@citlink.net 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 anapolitano@dot.nyc.gov Sorry, meant to send this first. My sincere condolences to the family of Duane Gifford.
May 05, 2008 22:52:20 Tony - CR20 anapolitano@dot.nyc.gov 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 gdenys@citlink.net 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 Bojuy@frontiernet.net 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 kkryan2@hotmail.com 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 devildee1@hotmail.com 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 lorraine_sherman@yahoo.com 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 cats22@frontiernet.net 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 gdenys@citlink.net 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 Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com 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 WebWorks.com. 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.
April 07, 2008 15:51:49 Ivanhoe   I honestly don't see that as a major change, I think what the new owners did was awesome!! They reused a lot of the materials they had, and what not... A major change would be taking the place down, and building something else.
April 07, 2008 13:07:42 "Grumpy" Ernst Keidel Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com "Yes some thing have changed, nothing huge like walmart moving in," Good observation, Ivanhoe! There is one change, though, I'd like to mention. Of course, the General Store has been there forever, under various owners and reincarnations, but since it became the Masonville General Store and Crescent Wrench Cafe, it has certainly re-invented itself to keep pace with the times - by going back to things natural! I try to make it down there, a couple of times per week, to soak up the peaceful ambiance and a great cup of coffee, or two. It's a super place to "take a break" from the hustling-bustling real world.
April 07, 2008 12:22:34 Ivanhoe   As for the Rotty.. I know what one you are talking about.. I never seem to have problems.. and any dog would do the same, protecting the home, and humans!!
April 07, 2008 12:18:25 Ivanhoe   The only dogs that I know of that roam the town have Owners, and those people take good care of them, and the dogs themselves are friendly and well behaved.. Yeah okay we have the occasional one that has gotten loose, but that happens, that's life.
April 07, 2008 12:14:19 Ivanhoe   Continue of my last message My thoughts.. This town has been the same since I can remember, I have lived here for 25+ years.. Yes some thing have changed, nothing huge like walmart moving in, but it's still the same little town I have known for many years, and That is why I am proud to call it home!!
April 07, 2008 12:13:34 Ivanhoe   I read the complaint about the town.. This is kinda odd if you ask me.. this is the FIRST I have heard someone complain bout how the town looks and such... To me this seems to be an outsider that has moved here, if it isn't, I haven't heard anything until now!
April 07, 2008 11:19:38 RT206er   You can't say this message board isn't fun!!
April 06, 2008 21:43:01 Chester (also a RTE206er)   You are welcome
April 06, 2008 20:08:44 RT206er   In regards to anonymous posts to the message board. I do not post my name because Masonville is a small town. I would like to have my ideas heard on here without my name. If I go to town board meeting then will may say what my thoughts are. This may seem cowardly, but I do feel more comfortable to say what I feel like here. I have never seen a message board online that ever had peoples actual names posted. Like it or not that is why I don't post my name. I have lived here my whole life and I know how things can be. It's not like this is read at the town board meetings. This is a place that I think is good for people to put their thoughts that would not be heard normally. I won't keep rambling on....those are my thoughts and opinions so be it...thanks to anyone that has listened.
April 06, 2008 14:40:42 Chester   Your realize that the readers of this message board would pay a lot more attention if you were to identify youselves. Anonymous letter are rarely taken seriously.
April 05, 2008 12:05:32 dsfsdfkjkj   MASONVILLE is a small town lets keep it that way.Making a place for kid that not going to work (i'm sorry) the cops being around i love it there doing there JOB. about the dog there are tomany dogs that are not cared for and there are dogs that r mean the pitbull 4 one Something has to be done about that or people are going to put it in there own hands . for the loud vehicles there has allways been loud vehicles tractor trailers go down the road there loud 2 what are you going to do about that ??
April 04, 2008 20:15:27 Critic   Is it really necessary for you to continue your nasty comments- thus making it impossible to create a civilized message board ? I'm not sure who is walking on the yard or yelling at the dog, but it wasn't me... if it's your dog then you should be taking the concerns of your neighbors a little more seriously. Furthermore you should have more respect for Grumpy- and the people of this town enjoying a place to speak out in a respectful manner- than to "open your mouth" without concern for what comes out of it. DUH.
April 04, 2008 12:22:56 RT206er   The last time I went by I was walking my dog. I was not on the lawn or yelling at it.
April 04, 2008 08:32:01 Rt8er   Well I want you all to know about the dog.I walked right up to the place and to the door.The dog didn't chase me.So you must being doing something you should'nt be doing.So thats why I guess it would charge at you.Don't walk on his lawn and start yelling at it.DUH.
April 03, 2008 12:24:47 "Grumpy" Ernst Keidel Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com No slight was intended to our local FD; they are most certainly professional! I saw them in action only recently at the bottom of Steam Mill Road. I identified my eldest son as a professional firefighter to indicate that it was his normal and only civilian job, when he's not deployed with his guard unit. We are also expecting his little brother, who graduated from Sidney High in 2004, to return from Ba'qubah (30 minutes by chopper NE of Baghdad) in another couple of months. He's regular Army.
April 03, 2008 12:06:36 Chester   Mr Keidel - Please forgive and old mans brain. I referred to your SON as your NEPHEW. Sorry about that.
April 03, 2008 12:02:19 Chester   Mr Keidel - Thank you for your reply and thank you for maintaining this site. - I would like to salute your nephew and thank him for his service to his country and may he recuperate rapidly. - You will probably get feed back from some of our volunteer fire fighters. All fire fighters are considered "professional" those that get paid are generally referred to as "Uniformed" or "Paid" fire fighters. In fact many VFD's are better trained and better equipped than the "Paid" departments. This is particullary true of the Long Island VFDs. I don't want the local VFD to come up there and spray water on you for not referring to them as "professional" as well. <GRIN> LOL
April 03, 2008 11:45:55 "Grumpy" Ernst Keidel Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com My eldest son is a professional firefighter in Leominster, Massachusetts and is expected to drive up tomorrow to stay with us for a few days. He is currently recuperating from an operation for an injury incurred while deployed in Baghdad as an infantry sergeant with his Army National Guard unit. You already have a way of contacting me - my email address is here and I'm in the phone book.
April 03, 2008 11:19:36 Chester   Over the past couple of years I have been in the process of compiling and writing a history of the Fire Departments of Delaware County. - Delaware County has a very rich and interesting history when it comes to Fires and fire fighting. - I sent letters to every VFD in the county asking for their help in this endeavor and was extremely pleased with the results. Unfortunately our own FD chose not to participate but they will still be included in the book. - If anyone has any information they would like to share about FD's in the county please leave a short message on this site and a way of contacting you. - Thank you
April 03, 2008 09:05:08 Chester   MC - I do not think your nationality or origins have any bearing on your welcome or experience in this area. You will find the people in this area are pretty accepting of all and pretty much tend to their own business. I have lived in the immediate area for some 7 years and other than a reletive who lives in the area I only know 3 people in the area by name and sight. So, buy your home and enjoy the beauty of the area.
April 03, 2008 08:27:13 RT206er   This is the USA, melting pot of the world. I personally have no problems with "minorities" in our town. I can't speak for everyone, but I hope there would not be any concerns.
April 03, 2008 04:00:57 MC onthehudsonnyc@yahoo.com My brother and I live in NYC and are considering purchasing a second home in Masonville. I know very little about this town. My brother has two beautiful daughters, 6 and 4. We are looking for a quiet get away for our extended family. We are Americans of Hispanic descent. Is this community open to people who are considered "minorities?" We are both professionals and grew up in a Christian home. Thanks.
April 02, 2008 17:03:19 RT206er   Yes, we need to determine what we need as far as a youth center. Maybe we should ask some of the kids who we would want to go there if they would use it????? I know that the land across from the school is private property. Who's is it? Would they be interested in selling/donating the land?? Maybe local businesses could contribute? Will it cost some money? Sure. It's hard to make things better without spending something. And yes, I do not want my taxes to double. I do understand that. I think something could be achieved within reason. I wish I could make it to the meeting tonight. If anyone thinks like I am please mention something. Have fun tonight!
April 02, 2008 16:27:54 Critic   There have been comments posted before about community centers and such- but what exactly are we looking for? Do we want a place for kids to play air hockey, pool and video games, maybe space outside? Do we want a non-committal space for meetings, public use/fundraisers? The land across from the school is privately owned but a small park somewhere is a nice idea. And complaining to the owners of the convenience store may be a place to start; if we don't say anything they may let the building go another 10 years!
April 02, 2008 16:21:28 Critic   I am glad 206er chimed in... At least someone talks with a level head. Chester and Ranger: let me re-phrase things so maybe you understand better. There are a lot of dogs in Masonville. Many people do not have proper control of their dogs. Using the sidewalk is not trespassing; that rotty on 206 is dangerously close to the sidewalk when he gets to the end of his chain. There is garbage on the lawn of that apartment house on a regular basis. Real, actual garbage from garbage cans and garbage bags and other misc items. So maybe the yard gets away from them, rich or poor garbage is garbage my friends. The convenience store may not be owned by the town (and no one actually said it was) but it is very busy. For residents and passers-through, the parking lot is busy, it is dangerous, and the building is not in good condition inside or out!
April 02, 2008 15:36:29 RT206er   I agree with Chester and everyone else about the condition of the properties. $$ is the biggest hurdle for me. I look forward to town clean up days. I don't have a pick-up to haul stuff and a container is way out of my price range. I do what I can with my property. I try to keep my sidewalk clean and the lawn mowed and so on. The sidewalk gets hard to clean after the state plows the road onto my sidewalk and by the time I get home from work it is frozen. But, I do what I can. As far as dogs go- The Rot east of the light is a pain because it scares the *CENSORED* out of you. You wonder- is this the time the chain breaks?? It would be nice if the owner found another place to chain him on the property. It's a small town, people have dogs, hopefully everyone will do their part to keep them quiet and going on their own yard. If we have to many rules and regulations what will you be able to do on your property. Just have some pride in your residence and do what you can. What about the sewer smell at the end of Finerty Rd? That is gross. The quickway needs a facelift. Is their something the town can do to suggest that Mirabitos change it?? What happened to the new post office? The Church St bridge (had to ask)? Wilcox's old farm market? Masonic temple? How about a park in the field across from the School/Pine Hill, that would pretty welcome to our town???? I guess I'm done ranting.
April 02, 2008 14:36:23 Chester   Why shouldn't a Rotweiller charge you? Everyone else does. I just got a fuel delivery and BOY DO THEY charge you! <grin>
April 02, 2008 14:03:32 RangerDanger   And you also stated "And that rotweiller that charges you on 206 east of the light only to have his chain stop him RIGHT at the sidewalk.. that is not right!" Maybe you should stay off their property. I know what dog your talking about, and his chain doesn't reach the road or the "sidewalk".
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