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Monday, February 28, 2005

Louden,Williamee House

Louden,Williamee House
Originally uploaded by
Sally Ann.
Note from Kitty Pierce, Town Historian: These are photos of the Williamee House from Susie Williamee. Snow scene is front-in 60's/70's after Fireman sold the house #'s(see porch)
Bottom photo with people is labeled 1987-is back of the house. Note snow level on top one -might be about 1972/5 had a lot of snow those years.
( Ref. my Mother's scrapbooks..)

Leland Harris says this was the George Riffle house for as long as he can
remember back. Hank Riffle and siblings were all raised there.. Fairview Cem. lists George Melbourne Riffle b. 1877,no date of death but second wife Jennie Wright d. 1943. I remember a Bob Riffle living there in the late 1940's before the family moved . Leland thinks this was a grandson of George Riffle. Dick Pierce's paper route lists shows Loudens there in 1950.
Believe Williamees purchased home from them in 1960's,1970's.

The Lindley Community Church was built in 1877-so add 20 years for George to build a home and I would guess that is about the right time.for house to have been built. (Didn't check marriage records, but 20 years after birth is a good guess)
Burr's and Ayre's homes appear in 1898/99 photo but hard to tell if there is one where this house was located.
This is the Genealogy of this house as near as I can determine. If
anyone has more information for town files please leave a comment -will be happy to correct or add.

Go VOTE March 8th

The Lindley-Presho Elementary school needs a new roof.....

As does Hugh Gregg, Severn and Winfield elementary schools. The Corning-Painted Post School District's bus garage needs a roof too.

Other items included in the district's $2.5 million maintenance plan which residents will vote on March 8th are air handling units and ventilation upgrades for Carder and Severn elementary schools.

Sam Sanfratello, the district's deputy superintendent for administrative services, said about 75% of the $2.5 million is eligible for state aid. He said the impact on taxes is minimal.

Voting for the March 8th capital project will be held at Lindley-Presho School.

Go VOTE March 8th.
If you don't vote, you can't complain!

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Tony Vickio-Lap 2

Talladega High Bank
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Experiences of "The World Famous"
by: Tony Vickio

Painting at the Famous Race Tracks

Talladega Superspeedway 1992

I got there a day early, on a Sunday, got my room and was ready for a "cold one"! Thats when I found out there is no alcohol sold on Sundays! (The first sign things were going downhill) ! The Motel room I had was terrible! People were partying all night, it was like a Welfare Half Way House! Kids running all over, people with Bar-B-Q's right on the sidewalk! I got a new motel.

I set the alarm for 6:00am, so I would be the first one there. I went across the street and got a Breakfast Bun and headed to the track. Gate Closed! I'm early, so I wait. 7:00am, 7:30....8:00am, 8:30, still no one! Come to find out, the speedway is just across the line in a different time zone! I sure was early!

Once in, there were three maintenance men drinking coffee. I asked them if I could wash the car. They got the hose and said to have at it! There were two black men and a white man. They were right out of a movie. They had matching coveralls on, not washed in at least two weeks, and it was "hot"! How the hell they could wear these things was beyond me. The white guy had a hat on that was so sweat stained and dirty that you couldn't read the lettering on it! I think it was red, but I'm not sure. He had a beard that was about 8 inches long and stained from spit from his chewing tabacco! God, Festus in those western movies! He walked over to me and said "I see your from Watkins Glen"(the Pace Car), "they call me Outlaw". I said "hello"and introduced myself. He spits and says, " My wife, she's from Dundee"! I almost crapped! You see, Dundee is about 12 miles from Watkins Glen. I said, "How did you end up here"? He thinks for about ten seconds, looking lost, and says, " I used to drive tractor trailer. I hauled Grape Juice for Seneca Grape Juice and would stop for coffee in the little diner on the corner. My wife was a waitress I was haulin' juice down here and I talked her into going with me. Well, one day we were down here and I got a DWI with my truck and have been here ever since!" He brought her to the track the next day to meet me. They were nice people, even invited me to dinner, but I didn't take them up on it. I did bring a package back to her mother in Dundee for her.

In 1992, the speedway was nothing like it is now. The track only had about 30,000 seats. Now there are 190,000! There was a small, rusty fence around the track property. It was "bare bones". The Operations Manager, Larry Johnson, a chain smoker, was a great guy! Chain smoker isn't the right word. Chains have links, that means one at a time. Larry was a "rope" smoker.....................all the time! The only time I saw Larry without a cigarette was when he was coughing! The Operations Office was in an old house trailer out behind the track. It had a large canopy on it. It was made of tin and rumbled when the wind blew. Under the canopy was an old couch, smelled musty, you ended up smelling musty if you sat in it, I know, as I sat in it once! Some chairs,( none matching), one of those old, chromed, metal legged kitchen tables and a 55 gallon drum, cut in half, sitting on cinder blocks, to make a Bar-B-Q grill. I remember the grill on it was made of grating like you see on a garage floor drain. It was never cleaned and was almost solid with Gunk! There was some plywood on the ground to act as a floor. It was all warped so you had to watch where you walked. It was like I was wandering around in this "movie"and this was just the beginning!

We went over to this metal building that smelled like a rotted watermellon, and in there, in a dingy room was my office. They shipped the computer and vinyl lettering machine and materials up from Daytona and said " there it is and left"! Hit the light switch......nothing! Well, I try to get this running in the dim office as it did have a large window. I turned it on and found the program to be something I had never seen before! No information, manuals, nothing!! What a mess! They give me some sign orders, nothing big, and say they want them today! Well after a lot of wasted material, I figured out the basics. Remember......this is the First Day! Around 4:00 pm, I look out my window and there is a tall guy wheeling out this old Bar-B-Q grill, right in front of the window! He fires it up and proceeds to cook chicken. Can't remember his name, but he owned North Carolina Speedway. I ate chicken!

After a couple of days there, I meet "Billy" Swinford. Billy owned a large construction company and did work for the track. He was a fixture there. He was about 5'-8" tall and 250 lbs. He was "from the south"! What a personality. He turned out to be a good friend! The way he acted, you would think he owned the place. Everyone knew him. He drove an old Ford pick up, complete with rust. Don't know where he got the rust, but this thing had it, with dents! Inside there was room for two people. The rest of the room was taken up by Two Way Radios! Track radios, company radios and God knows what else. He wore at least three radios at once! One would ring and he would jump, search around for the right one and say, "Hey my man"! I think he gave me the obsession always to have a track radio on at all times while working at a track. Larry Orr (Sign painter/Helper) now understands the reason! (a later story). Larry will come into play in later tales and knows what I'm talking about. He never kids me about always having my track radio after what happened in Chicago. Thats another story! I told you so Larry!!

Billy called me one afternoon on the radio. I was out on the track painting "Talladega" on the retaining wall. Back then they only needed it done twice; one on the front straight and one on the back straight. The retaining wall is about 43" tall. It doesn't look large on TV, but the word Talladega can be as long as 120 feet! Painting it on the Banking (34 degrees) is another story at a later date. Well back to this story. He called and said, "Hey signman, ya done yet?" I said "yup". He said ,"Meet me at the Office'. I went over and he said he was taking me to supper! Good! "Get in the truck". I get in, oh I forgot, he always had a large beer cooler in the back and it was always full.

We left the track and went about two miles down the road, turned down this old dirt road, went a mile and came to this river. We pulled in this clearing and by the river were two very old black men fishing. The sun was shining, sparkling off the water and reflecting off their white hair. Over under some pine trees, in the shade on an old, warped wooden picnic table, two more black men were singing and fileting the cat fish. Over to the left of them, a man was dipping the fresh fillets in this white "stuff" and cooking them on a grill. Yup, made of a half of a 55 gallon drum! Looked like the other half from the one at the Maintenance Office. $1.00 got you a fresh filet of Cat Fish. I can still see us sitting on that old tailgate, sun shining through the pines, drinking beer and eating catfish til dark. Things are about to change!

Back at the track the next day they gave me helper. Again, right out of a movie. His name was Raymond. About 6'-2", slim but all muscle, strong southern accent, bad teeth, jeans, complete with holes in the knees, they were held up with an old leather belt that was about ten inches too long. The loop hung way down from the belt buckle. His T-Shirt was white but dirty and to top it off, he had a pack of cigeretts rolled up in the left sleeve. Camels of course! No kidding! A tatoo on his arm that was realy bad, looked like he did it himself. He had no education, but was always willing to do anything as long as you explained exactly as you wanted it. Being chosen to help the "sign guy from the north", put him above the other workers. He would follow me around just like a dog. If I turned around quick, I'd bump into him. You could say, "Raymond, I need your right arm," he would saw it off with a hand saw without even asking why I needed it! We got along good! I felt a little sorry for him, but he was happy. That night I wondered why they gave me helper. I was just about caught up, race day was coming and I was ready to go home. The next day I found out why Raymond was there.....they lay a bombshell on me that changes my painting career forever.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Stevens Road Trailer Fire

Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

First Report: It's Tiger Smith's place, son of Eldon Smith. Sources said "flames were showing when the fire department received the call." The trailer is completely gutted. No word yet on how fire started. Tiger and his wife Tammy are okay.

Go to Sallyann's photostream for more photos. Note: photos are loading slow so it may take a while before they appear. Click on the photo to the right and it will take you to the photostream in Flicker.
Second Report: Sources tell me Tammy was in the back of the trailer doing laundry when one of their dogs started barking. When Tammy came out of the laundry room she said that a dense black smoke had filled the front of the trailer. Tammy said her youngest dog "pushed" her towards the front door to get out. She believes the dog may have saved her life. She managed to grab Tiger's guns but that was all. She was also very worried that one of her dogs was still in the trailer. Tiger and Tammy own three dogs, Midnight, Doozer and Taz. The missing dog appeared outside while the trailer burned, and she was thankful for that. They love their dogs.

Cheyenne, Tammy and Tiger's daughter, was spending the night with a friend and wasn't home at the time.

Sources said Tammy and Tiger had just paid off the trailer and were going to move it to another site. In fact, the contractor that was going to move the trailer for them arrived to discuss the details of the move just as the fire started.

Tiger works at the Gang Mills Division of the DEC and raced home when he learned of the fire. Tiger is the son of Eldon and Carolyn Smith.

Lindley, Addison, Tuscarora, Gang Mills, Caton and the North Corning fire departments responded to the call.

Structure Fire on Stevens Road, Presho

Will be back with details....

Thursday, February 24, 2005

1960 Flesh Colored Plymouth Chrysler

I was preparing to post Marjorie H. Terwilliger's Death Notice as it was written in The Leader, when it struck me the real fundamental nature of Marge would be missing. So instead, I'd like to record what the Death Notice couldn't...that Margie Terwilliger was a real character.

Marge stood just four feet tall and had a ten foot tall personality. She was pleasantly plump and always kept her hair done. My most significant memory of Marge has to do with a 1960 something flesh colored, Plymouth Chrysler with the most outrageous "wings" on the backend, very stylish for the day. Marge was always in it going someplace, two and three times a day, and it drove my Grandmother crazy.

Grandma lived at the end of Church Creek Road and Marge lived at the top of Church Creek Road. Grandma sat on her front porch most of the day and watched for such things like Marge barreling down the road. Marge barreled whenever she wanted and Grandma complained often that a woman shouldn't take to the roads so much.

The memory of the four foot Marge driving that beast of a car is lasting. Often I'd peer through the rear window of the Chrysler clean through to the front windshield and never see Marge driving as she traveled back up Church Creek Road.

Marge's energy and gift for clever conversation is legendary. You just never knew what Marge would come up with when you were talking to her. Unfortunately, a lot of Marge's quips and quotes can't be repeated here. Marge wasn't the "Shampoo Lady" for the WQIX Country Music Radio Station for nothing. She was quick and had a "right back at ya" delivery a little on the naughty side, but not so bad to keep her out of heaven.

The only time I ever saw Marge out of her spirited character was after my grandfather, Liston Larrison, had died. Our family took his passing hard because we did not anticipate his death. He was fine the day before the last time any of us saw him alive, just a little under the weather we thought, nothing so serious a good doctor couldn't cure.

It was along towards dusk when Marge parked the flesh colored Plymouth Chrysler along the road in front of our house. She went inside without knocking because she didn't have to, and placed a big pan of Southern Fried Chicken on the kitchen table. I'll never forget her saying, "I thought this might help." Marge knew how close my mother, Monnie, was to her father-in-law, Liston.

For the longest time, Marge sat at our pink formica table and talked to Mom in almost a whisper. Memories of Listen quietly passed between them as did the unspoken bond of friendship.

Marge was a loyal friend and I'll always remember the years she and her side-kick, Edith Calkins, barreled around town coming and going to places only they knew.

The last time I saw Marge was a few years ago when I ran into her up at Prestons. By this time Marge had been living in Painted Post for quite awhile. I asked her if she was back in Lindley to see someone that day. She said, "No, I miss Lindley and have to come back as much as I can."

We walked out of Prestons and stood by her car, a dark blue compact that fit her size better and chatted about her gig as the Shampoo Lady. She loved making those phone calls to WQIX at the crack of dawn. I worried about her driving away that day. Not that she had lost a bit of her zip for driving, but because she was leaving a place she loved and had left a lasting impression on those who were fortunate to know her. I'm glad I did.

High Speed Pursuit!

Grabbed the kids and the dog and headed for the porch....

That's what a few Lindleyites did yesterday when they witnessed a high speed pursuit in town. Sources tell me that the chase started in Addison when an Addison Town Cop tried to pull over a driver in a Red Ford Ranger who was having nothing to do with it. The Ranger sped off down 417 and took a hard right onto Indian Hills Road at the north end of Lindley.... The Addison cop hot on his tail. The Addison cop must have called back-up because three New York State Police cars responded in a heck of a hurry and joined the pursuit on River Road here in Lindley. The Red Ford Ranger ended up on the back River Road and eventually the cops lost him, they think, on Steamtown Creek Road. The only road the Ranger could have taken because two of the trooper cars had set up a roadblock at the end of River Road adjacent to Felker Hill Road.

The cops were probably trying to get him for "parking more than 12 inches from the curb." Read the "Steer Clear of Trouble" post to get the joke!

Steer Clear of Trouble

Toyota Kids
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Do you know it's illegal to coast down a hill with your car in neutral? Or to drive with kids in the back of a pickup truck?

You know that tree-shaped deodorizer hanging from your rearview mirror? It's a no-no. So are any decorative lights on your ride.

Every day, Twin Tiers motorists unknowingly break the law while driving on public roads. That's because New York and Pennsylvania each have more than 3,000 vehicle and traffic laws.

"A lot of motorists are breaking the law and don't know it," says Sgt. Michael J. Hess with the New York State Police in Horseheads.

Even police can't keep pace, says Brian L. Nowlan, a village of Horseheads police officer for six years.

"Every month we get pages of updates to the V&T laws and changes made by the state," Nowlan says. "It's impossible to keep track of all of them."

Myths and misconceptions add to the problem. Many people think it's illegal to drive barefoot, for example. It's not. You can drive nude without breaking any traffic laws. But you could be arrested for violating public decency laws, police caution.

Click on the headline "Steer Clear of Trouble" and read the other driving violations in Jim Pfiffer's column from the Star-Gazette.

A thumb's up to Gerry Gross who sent this item along. After I read it I've decided to "quit" driving altogether. It's only a matter of time that I get busted for "parking 12 inches from the curb"!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Tony Vickio

Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Experiences of "The World Famous"
by: Tony Vickio

Painting at the Famous Race Tracks

Lap 1

It all started when I was two years old!
In 1948 we moved into our new house on Rt.329, just above Seneca Lodge, in Watkins Glen, NY. The road, winding up the hill from Watkins Glen, down through "White's Hollow", back up the hill, around the top of the famous Watkin's Glen Gorge, down and around hills, back into the Glen. This route is now on the Register of Historic Sites. It is a piece of racing history. This road was the first Road Racing Course in the United States and I lived on it! The first race was held in 1948 and because of the speed, sounds and inhaling the exhaust fumes. I haven't been "right" since!

The effect these race cars had on my brain and the fact that I turned out to be a sign artist, naturally led me to letter race cars. One day, a friend of mine, Don Romeo, told me he was going to have his new '72 Vette pinstriped. I didn't care about going with him until he mentioned the "beer"! I'm sitting in this garage, drinking beer, watching this guy, Bob Shaw from Dundee, NY, paint freehand stripes on his Corvette. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Bob made pin stripping look so easy. This is so cool! We got talking and when he was finished, he gave me his brush and said, "Here, go practice."That's how I started painting.

The first actual "paying" job I did, around 1974, was for Graham Hill. For those of you who don't know of him, he was the Formula 1 World Champion at that time. Graham's crew spilled fuel on the rear wing and obliterated the lettering. Someone gave him my name. I was just starting to letter things like my mother's vacuum cleaner (no kidding) and a couple of snowmobile helmets, but had no real lettering experience. I was so nervous as I had never done anything like this before and it was for Graham Hill! As you will see later, a lot of things have come up that I have never done before. But this one job started it all!

From that point on, through the 70s and early 80s, when the Formula 1 cars came to town, I would do some sort of lettering on them. Back then they had maybe one sponsor, if any and mostly just numbers and the driver's name. I worked on the cars of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jody Schecter, Mario Andretti and just about every other Grand Prix Driver of that time. I have a list and it is long. One stands out in my memory. It was Jody Schecter. His son, Thomas is driving in the IRL. I met Thomas at Nazareth last August and told him of the old days. Jody put a new body on his car and needed his name put on. All he had on the old car was "JODY", at a slant. I put that on but when he saw it, he started hollering "No, No, No, it is not slanted right". He went and got his helmet which had "JODY" on the sides, put it on and got in the car. I lettered the car while he sat there! Everyone was happy! It drew quite a crowd while I was lettering! The one thing that bothers me is, I never took pictures. I would go to the track at night, after the garage was closed and do my work. This was great! No one in there except me, a guard and an attack dog! I was scared of that dog! After I was done with a car, I would sit in it! I have sat in some of most famous cars in the world! Getting paid was even better! I was so new to this, I was nervous to charge too much, so I left it up to the team manager to tell me what it was worth. I would get 5 times what I would have charged! They carried Traveler's checks, usually 50s or 100s and they would rip off one or two and hand it to me! Holly Sh*t!! Life was good! Sometimes, after I was paid, the drivers would take me to supper with them at Seneca Lodge. Many of them didn't speak English, so I just smiled and nodded a lot.

In the late '70's, Formula 1 added the Japanese Grand Prix. Watkins Glen used to be the last race on the schedule until then. The cars would stay at the track for a week, getting ready to ship to Japan for the race. I would go up and letter some of the cars that needed changes. Just so happened, this is where I got the "World Famous" moniker! My work was going across the ocean and out into the world!

Teddy Yip had two cars that he wanted lettered in Japanese for the race in Japan. He drew it on a sheet of paper and I lettered it on the cars. Sometime after that, a few of us were talking about it and someone said, "Since your lettering is now going around the world, you are "World Famous". It stuck!

Things kicked up a notch! Now I'm lettering all types of cars at the track. To make it worse, it's in front of thousands of people! This cured my shyness! One day I got called to the track at 8:00a.m., race morning, to put a last minute sponsor on Paul Newman's car. He sat next to me in a chair and we talked about racing while I painted. Hundreds of people were watching. One woman even fainted! No Kidding! This type of lettering got me used to working while people watched. No problem now.

Strange things happen when you work around race tracks! One thing I remember was the time a company installed the new Camel Cigarette signs. They had two signs on a tower by the Glen Club, near the S'es. I was in my shop in Ithaca, NY, when I get this frantic call from the track! The IROC race was about to start (live TV) and the Camel signs had the wrong warning label on them. They were not going to let the race be broadcast on live TV with the wrong label on the signs! They were going to send a helicopter for me but there was no place nearby to pick me up. So they had the State Police escort me form Ithaca to the track! We flew! It was a blast, just like in the movies! On TV you could see a guy in the bucket truck. I'm scared of heights, putting the vinyl stickers on the sign as the cars are taking pace laps. They had to take two extra laps on live TV before we got the stickers changed! Being petrified of heights comes into play in later stories.

Once Corning purchased the Watkins Glen Circuit, I was busy doing small signs, working my way up to larger things. The most valuable thing that came from this was meeting the "important" people from other tracks! I will tell of these contacts as they come along. Most of them turned into very good friends. One of them is Dick Hane. He was the Operations Manager at Daytona Speedway (he is now Senior Vice President). When he visited Watkins Glen Race Track, he would find me and ask questions about the signs. I would take him down to the Mechanic's Club in Montour Falls for Hot Dogs. He loved them! He still asks about them today! One day, out of the blue, he called me and wanted me to go to Talladega and do some signs before the race. Seems their sign painter was trying to get more money and was holding out just before the Talladega race. Watkins Glen International wanted me to take the Pace Car down as it would be good advertising. So away I went, all by myself, to Alabama!

This will start the Tales of "Painting the Famous Race Tracks". All of the "Tales" are true and no names have been changed to protect anybody! Anybody associated with me is "Fair Game"!

Go to Tony's webpage

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Death to America

2/22/2005: Hizballah: "Death to America"

Earlier today, top House Democrat Charles Rangel said it was bigotry to use the term “Islamic terrorism” to refer to groups like Hizballah, and questioned whether a worldwide Islamic terrorist movement even existed.

Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah would beg to differ, in speeches broadcast on Al Manar TV February 18 and 19: Death to America.

Click on my headline "Death to America" and read Little Green Footballs post on this subject. Within the LGF article, click on the video link to see thousands of Hizballah supporters chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.”

Lindley History Book

Lindley History Book
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Note from Kitty Pierce, Town Historian: Don't wish to prolong the lumber industry story-but a couple of interesting facts are brought to mind that as historian I'd like to pass along.

1. I would like to give a plug to the 1990 Lindley Heritage Committee's book Lindley Looking Back 200 years 1790-1990. You and the others who helped write the book have included considerable information on the lumber industry here during the peak years. It should be interesting reading for those who haven't yet read the book.

2 When the lumber industry in this area waned, the large "gangmill saws" from "GangMills" went west to Michigan to be used there. So when people are having difficulty tracking their ancestors from this area, they might consider checking the Michigan census records. Many families from here followed the lumber industry to Michigan.

3. One of Lindley's lesser known Revolutionary War Veterans who is buried in the Presho Cemetery and who was a spy for General Washington is Joshua Mersereau VI. After the Revolutionary War, he moved to Guilford,NY where in 1789, he built the first sawmill. Apparently, this became a family business because in the early 1800's his sons and son-in-law have moved west with the industry and are listed as lumbermen in Lindley and Presho, New York.At one time,members of the family owned all the land on the west side of the Tioga River from Stowell Hill to the Erwin townline.(One -fourth of the town ) On some deeds it is referred to as the Mersereau Tract. An 1857 map of Lindley shows the many locations of sawmills of Joshua's sons and son-in-law Benjamin Harrrower.. In 1850 , Joshua's son -John Garrison Mersereau with his son Samuel move further west .They and members of a Weston family are credited with building the first gangmill and canal on the Allegany River in Portsville,NY. Members of this Weston family are, also, associated with the Ingersoll Rand Company of Painted Post,NY. Later, we find descendants of John Garrison moving even further west and becoming heavily involved on the lumber industry in the states of Michigan,Washington and Oregon.

Some little known facts about the early businessmen of Lindley and Presho.

Note from Sallyann: Dee Hill, Town Clerk, is selling the Lindley history book for $15.00 at the Town Hall if anyone's interested. We only have a limited number of books left. They were great sellers!

Regarding: 911 House Numbers

I've been thinking about the "comments" made concerning the elderly and their possible inability to purchase and attach the 911 reflective numbers to their mailboxes or houses.

I'm assuming many of the elderly here in town have family who would help them purchase and install the numbers, but for those who don't have family living nearby or a "kindly neighbor", maybe we could raise the money and purchase the numbers for those in need.

Someone mentioned the Boy Scouts could take on the installation as a "badge" project, which I think is a good idea---if we even have a Boy Scout/Cub Scout Troop in town. If someone knows about the status of a Boy Scout or Cub Scout Troop, let me know.

The only immediate fund raiser I could think of is the tried and true "bake sale." I'd gladly bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies if Emogene Cisco would bake an apple pie and reserve it just for me.

If you think this is a worthwhile project and would like to step up to the plate and participate, let me know. We'd have to figure out the logistics, but it could be done if we determine there really is a need. Leave a comment or e-mail me at:

Click on the "comment link" beneath this post to read the 9-1-1 Addressing Law enacted by the Lindley Town Board.

Monday, February 21, 2005


Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
One of my Liberal friends is feeling frisky today and sent this.....

Can't Find What You're Looking For? Do this...

  1. To search the entire blog one post at a time, click on the LAST post on the "Recent Posts" list.
  2. The LAST post opens up on a page of its own with its "comments".
  3. While you're on that page, look over to the left and you'll see a list of "more posts". If what you're looking for is on that list, click on it and it will take you to its page.
  4. Still can't find what you're looking for, click on the LAST post on the list again. Keep doing this until you find the post you're looking for.
  5. Clicking on the LAST post on the list will take you all the way through the blog to the end.

The "Community Forum" has been gathering a lot of great "comments", but people are having a hard time finding it. The "February Town Board Meeting" post has comments also that you might want to take a look at.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Precious Petey

Precious Petey
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
This is Precious. I call her Petey. Don't know why, really. Seems to fit her. Petey is a "Teacup Chihuahua." Five pounds of "all dog." Her tongue always hangs out which makes her even more special.
After I posted Chance's picture on the blog, Petey asked if I would post hers. I told her, "Petey, you know you never take a good picture. You end up looking like a little devil dog, with your red eyes and all."
Well, I hurt her feelings. Petey's a Liberal so she's ultra sensitive when I'm honest. Chance is a Conservative and I can say anything to him without him calling me a racist.
To keep peace in the family, I relented so I wouldn't have to hear from Petey that "even Chihuahua's that photograph with bulging red eyes have rights and feelings too."
So here she is, my little devil dog who's the most loving, overly sensitive dog in the world.

Erwin Board Won't Act on School Plan

Quote from Wesley R. Strzegowski, Erwin Town Councilman, taken from The Leader article:

"We have to protect our industrial zoned properties," Strzegowski said. "That location is just not a good fit for a school. The real problem is we have leadership at the school board level that continually fails to make the right decision. They're too political. They can't work together."

What does he mean...they can't work together?

Click on the headline "Erwin Board Won't Act on School Plan" to read complete article.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Smorgasbord at Presho Church

Presho Church
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Church Suppers are as common as sliced bread. A piece of Americana that most take for granted. So much so that many churches close their doors because the suppers weren't enough to keep them open. It takes more than a Spaghetti Dinner or a Pancake Breakfast to keep the lights on and the organ warm. It takes a congregation and a supportive community that recognizes the value of the little white churches dotted around this country.

We have three churches in town and each in their own way have managed to survive for well over a hundred years, and we as a community are all the better for it. I might also add, even when most of us who live here do not attend.

These structures of worship are continual reminders that the moral code we live by emanated generation after generation from deep inside their four walls. If we are righteous, virtuous, ethical, fair, decent and just, it's because, no doubt, of a little white church we crossed paths with sometime during the course of our lives.

The Smorgasbord at the Presho Church today was as usual, a success. It will help keep the doors open, and in this day and age....we need them to be open.

For lots of pictures of the gathering, click on the photo of the church and then Sallyann's photostream.

Taking Requests

Click on the headline to hear "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney.

This song goes out to:

Brian H.
Seth H.
Matt W.
Kaylee E.
Marrisa S.
Alexis B.
Mrs. Reeves

From Zach O.

Note: Sign in on Launch and get a password to hear the song.

Deep Throat Uncovered ?

How Student's Solved One of American's Top Mysteries
Click on the headline "Deep Throat Uncovered" and read who it was and how they did it.
But is it true?

Deadline for 911 House Numbers


Presho Church Smorgasbord-February 19, 2005


Corning Schools Need to Improve

PAINTED POST The Corning-Painted Post school district is in need of improvement, according to the New York State Education Department.

The school district received a letter from the Education Department in mid-January stating district students failed to meet state standards in eight areas. Despite meeting standards in 280 other categories, the deficiencies were enough to classify Corning-Painted Post as a "district in need of improvement."

Click on headline "Corning Schools Need to Improve" for full Leader story by Bob Recotta.

Friday, February 18, 2005

"Deep Throat" to be exposed tomorrow reported seven hours ago that Henry Kissinger was "Deep Throat" from the infamous Watergate period. However, Fox news announced today that they will reveal who Deep Throat was tomorrow. For those of us living through that time....this is HUGE! Now, if we could only learn for sure...."Who killed John F. Kennedy".

Click on the headline..."Deep Throat" to be exposed tomorrow" to learn the story of Deep Throat.

How To Blog "Stuff"

Some readers are still having problems trying to figure out and missing some of the options on the Red-StaterWisdoms blog. Here's some tips on how to get the most out of the blog:
  • E-mail icon: At the bottom of each item I post there is an e-mail icon that looks like an envelope with a pencil next to it. If you ever want to send just the item I've posted along with its comments, click on the "envelope icon" and follow the directions.
  • Headlines: Whenever I say, "click on the headline and it will take you to where ever", that means the "headline on the item I've posted is a link to another site." A "linked" headline is always underlined and when you move your cursor over it the little white hand appears.
  • Posting Comments: Hopefully, Blogspot has made "making a comment easier". It was confusing before they fixed it last week. If you think you're going to be an active commentor, I suggest you choose a pen name so people can refer to your "pen name" so you know their response is directed at you. So choose "other" on the comment page, select a pen name, then write you comment.
  • Archives: Blogspot condenses all the items I post to save space. But all the items are still active even though they've been "archived". Like "Lance From Iraq". If you go back through the archives and find his site, when you click on it you will find that his blog is "current". The same goes for some of the articles I've written like "Red Morality confusing" in the November archive. People are still leaving me comments, and I'm still responding.
  • Google Ads: Google has provided ads so I can offer the Red-StaterWisdoms blog for free to everyone. Whenever you click on an ad, Google pays me (pennies to be sure) but it adds up. So click away......please :-)
  • Sallyann's Photosteam: Whenever you click on a photo I've posted it will take you to "flicker" where I store many other photos. You can view these photos by clicking on "Sallyann's photostream" on the "flickr page". You can also view my photos as a "slide show" which is pretty cool!

That's it for now. I hope I haven't confused you even more, but you'll get the hang of it. I'm quite pleased with the response I'm getting. So far the blog has been visited over 4000 times.

Amber Alert Hoax

Amber Alert Hoax
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Last night a friend (Dee Hill) sent me this message and asked that I forward it to everyone in my address book. Read the following message and you'll know why I, and all the others before me, forwarded this Amber Alert on.

The message read: We have a store manager (Wal-Mart) from Longs, SC who has a 9 year old daughter who has been missing for two weeks. Keep the picture moving on.

I'm asking you all, begging you to please forward this e-mail on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. My 9 year old girl, Penny Brown is missing. She has been missing for now two weeks. It is still not too late. Please help us. (Then they leave an e-mail address for contact).

Who in their right mind wouldn't forward this cry for help on? Lots of us did....but

It was a cruel hoax!

Another friend (Bill Canfield) immediately e-mailed me back after he received my Amber Alert forward. He said: "I know you'll think I'm hard as nails but this is a HOAX." And then he gave me a site where you can go and check "truth or fiction" internet stuff that we all receive at different times on a variety of subjects. The site is

Click on the link and type in Penny Brown in the "search box" and read the report on this subject.

A thumb's up to Dee Hill for having the heart to send the Amber Alert, and another thumb's up to Bill Canfield for knowing about the Snopes site. This is the power of blogging.

For everyone who forwarded the Amber Alert Hoax , click on the e-mail icon at the bottom of this post and forward this article to everyone you originally sent to. Then have them do the same so the next time we receive an Amber Alert we can check to see if it's real. Some kid's life may depend on it.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Ward Churchill's down

Click on the headline and it will take you to the Rocky Mountain News that has extensive, up to date coverage of the University of Colorado's investigation of Ward Churchill. It doesn't look good for Ward....him has forked tongue.

And for my Liberal friends, and I have many, click on this link and it will take you to CounterPunch, a nationally recognized Liberal blog, and read their views on Ward Churchill.

Must be fair and balanced.

Air America

For all you "Conservative political junkies" out there who like to keep an ear to the ground to hear what the other side is saying, click on the headline and listen to Air America, Liberal Talk Radio. I checked in a couple times today to hear what they were up to. Both times they were bashing Christians.....again. So much for the Liberal policy of "tolerance and respect for diversity." I guess that only applies if you're a Muslim or French.

John R. "Randy" Kuhl, Jr.

John R. "Randy" Kuhl, Jr.
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Congressman Randy Kuhl will visit Lindley

March 4th from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

for his Town Meeting at the Lindley Town Hall.

Click on the headline and it will take you to Randy's homepage. Note: It's currently under construction but his office and e-mail addresses are available.

Matters of Record

Court Records from Susie Williamee, Lindley Town Justice:

  • Ignazio W. Platon: Leaving the scene
  • Ignazio W. Platon: Failed to keep right
  • Mark Reynolds: DWI
  • Suzanne B. Foster: DWHI
  • Corey Osmer: Speeding (reduced to 64-55)
  • James E. Rowland: Speeding
  • Nicole E. Todd: Stopped on pavement
  • Timothy Richardson: No seat belt (driver)
  • Whitney A. Honey: No seat belt (driver)
  • Eric J. Deppen: No seat belt (driver)
  • Michelle McKerrow: Facilitating-aggravated unlicensed operation (3rd degree)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

February 2005 Town Board Meeting

Board Members: Harold Semple, Town Supervisor
Paul Stermer, Councilman
Gerry Simcoe, Councilman
Paul Mortzheim, Councilman

Approximately 12 people attended.

Code Enforcement Report: Dave Fuller, CEO, said he had no permit activity. Dave will have conformation on tickets already issued March 8, 2005 and will get with the Town Justice, Susie Williamee, to work out any fees or fines.

911: The town passed a law to have all 911 address numbers posted on mailboxes and empowered Dave Fuller, CEO, to issue tickets to residents who have not attached the special green reflective numbers on their mailboxes. (Note: I'll post the deadline when I find out). The mandated numbers can be purchased at Home Depot.

Three Rivers: The board adopted a motion to increase the retainer fee to Three Rivers Incorporated from $1,900 to $2,700 on a recommendation from Mary Lentzen, Chairperson of the Planning Board.

Gerry Simcoe made a motion to appoint Jacob Gross to fill the position of Councilman left vacant by the recent death of Ammon Titus. Paul Stermer and Gerry Simcoe approved Jake's appointment because they felt Jake showed a lot of interest in town business and the fact he attends most of the meetings. Paul Mortzheim was the only dissenting vote. Jake starts his term at the March 2005 Town Board Meeting.

The board also appointed Mark Swan to the Planning Board to fill a position left vacant by the recent death of Tom Bodnovich.

Paul Mortzheim asked for clarification on the term limit of a Building Permit: From the time you purchase a permit you have one year to complete the project. At the end of the year and your project is not completed you must re-apply for a new permit.

The board also explained the "Junk Law" in not a Zoning Law, it is a Town Law.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Victorian Valentine Card

valentine card
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Happy Valentine's Day

Wing'd messenger, to loving hearts
Go, with sweet Hymen's pure devotion-
And say, how every hour imparts
The deepest feelings of emotion.

Say, that I love with truth sincere,
None other but the truth revealing-
And wish the happy day was near,
That sees us at the Altar kneeling.

Click on the headline to read a bit of history on Victorian Valentine Cards. You can also e-mail one of the Victorian cards with a personal message to your "Valentine" from the site.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Screeching Wild Cat

The Screeching Wild Cat
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Kitty Pierce, Lindley Town Historian, sent this excerpt from "Pioneer Days and Later Times in Corning and Vicinity" by Uri Mulford:

The Days of Boating and Rafting On the Rivers...Chapter XXVIII

During the period extending from the opening of the upper Chemung territory for settlement until the Erie Railroad had proven its worth, the water route to and from the seaboard was the chief dependence of the people of the Painted Post country for transportation purposes. Canoes, row-boats and flat-boats that would carry serveral tons, were much in use, both locally, and for trips to and from the seaboard or intermediate points, and for use on branch streams. As noted in a preceding chapter, arks and rafts formed of hewn four-square timbers slashed together, or composed of six to a dozen cribs of sawn lumber ingeniously lashed together, were used to carry farm products, peltry and cured venison down stream to market.

When steam boats were brought into practical use elsewhere, several heroic but futile attempts were made to use them to overcome the twists and turns and swift currents of the erratic waters of the Chemung and Susquehanna Rivers in their rush from the Genesee Country to the Chesapeake. However, so long as "lumbering" continued the chief and most profitable industry in Steuben County, N.Y. and along the Tioga and Cowanesque branches of the Chemung, rafting continued. A share of the lumber traffic was diverted by the Chemung Canal, during "canal days", being hauled to the loading docks from near-by saw-mills, or transhipped from lumber cars of the "Tioga" railroad.

This railroad for many years featured a lumber train, known as "the Wild Cat" whose screeching locomotive left Corning before daybreak each week day morning, leaving empties at various mill switches, the crew taking dinner at "Bloss", and then cars piled high with lumber were "picked up" on the return trip. That was before the telegraph had began to dictate orders to conductors, and when coupling pins and hand brakes held sway. (Our own Lindley)"Wild Cat" had absolute and supreme right of way over farm stock, track hands and any and all other trains. It was governed by no speed limit save the power of the boiler under full pressure to make the drivers "hum."

Click on the headline and it will take you to a terrific article on logging with more fantastic pictures of locomotives and the industry of lumbering from 1870 to 1890 in Michigan-- which was similar to our own Lindley history of logging.

When Anarchy Ruled at Watkins Glen International

The T-shirt symbolizes the days when anarchy ruled at Watkins Glen International when the circuit hosted amateur racing which attracted primarily college age spectators.

The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation was a non-profit organization that started after WWII with road racing being an amateur endeavor, totally unlike professional racing as we know it today. It was strictly for entertainment and the aristocrats. The Wine and Cheeser’s crowd ran the course. There was a purest element about it that racing was just for fun.

Now a good thing like that can’t last long and it didn’t… it collapsed eventually in the mid to late 70’ under its own weight of an eat-drink-and be merry policy, and no doubt, the anarchy that occurred in the Bog.

The “Bog”, memorialized on the T-shirt, was a big mud pit somewhere in the infield where race fan revelers would drive their cars in the thick gooey swamp until the thrill was gone, or they passed out or someone set fire to their cars when it got permanently stuck. It was a time of bon fires fueled by track billboards or anything combustible. Lawlessness was the rule and not the exception. Security was a couple of Schulyer County Sheriff’s doing their best to “stay out of the way” but keep the sober safe.

Gone are the days when the Bog hosted “informal entertainment” for fans who have no doubt repressed many memories for the sake of their children of a hell-raising unique to Watkins Glen racing. The present incarnation of today’s family oriented NASCAR operated events enforce zero tolerance for such behavior, but there’s many longtime racing fans who could wear a T-shirt that said …..I survived the Bog!

Tony Vickio from Watkins Glen, an avid collector of Watkins Glen racing memorabilia sent the T-shirt photo. Tony said, “Was in Maria's for lunch and we were talking about the IRL coming to town and this guy said he had an old shirt. It is now in my shop. This brings back memories of Open Wheel racing at the Glen!!!”

Saturday, February 12, 2005


Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
This is Chance. My little Yorkie. He's worrisome. Gets out of the gate and heads right for Corning! How could I not post this picture on such a drab day. Hope it brings a smile.

Dogs Rule.....

News from the Pantry of Angels

Note from Kim Snyder:
Have you had any luck getting anyone to volunteer to do cooking, baking, microwaving or cake decorating lessons yet? If they want to volunteer, they don't have to do it more than once if they don't want to. It would really be nice to offer this service.

The Pantry of Angels could also use a reliable, dedicated person interested in coordinating and doing fundraising for the pantry. If you know of anyone who really enjoys this kind of work, please let me know.

We will be starting a Spring Flower Bulb Sale in March. Bulbs arrive in time to plant this Spring and are guaranteed to bloom.

We also need a media person to handle all advertising and, we need a person responsible just for personally contacting businesses to drum up donations of food (i.e.. grocery stores, distributors, big box retailers, etc.)

Note from Sallyann: Anyone having the skills or motivation to serve in one of the postions needed in the Pantry of Angel's operations please contact Kim Snyder at:
Also, I'm thinking in the Spring, I'd like to get the cooking classes going so I'm calling on all the great cooks in town to set aside some time to help this worthy cause. Anyone interested, that means the men too, contact me at

Thursday, February 10, 2005

We Remember

We Remember
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen.

I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country.

Semper Fi
1st Sgt Dave Jobe

The photo was forwarded from one of the last U.S. Marine companies in Iraq. They would like to have it passed to as many people as possible, to let the folks back home know that they remember why they're there and that they remember those who've been lost.

Readers-Double check post on Relief Fund for Fire Victims

Darla Neil will be posting collection information for Carol Snyder and the kids on the Relief Fund site I posted a couple of days ago. Check in often to see what the family needs. The town is really coming together for this family....but we're not done yet. They lost everything.

Community Forum-February

Here's what you can do:

1.) Write about any issue or topic concerning Lindley or the surrounding area.
2.) Respond to posted comments.
3.) Post "get well, best wishes, congratulations, condolences, happy birthday, happy anniversary notices."
4.) Post bits of news items from around town.
5.) Post uplifting poems or quotes.
6.) Post CLEAN jokes.
7.) Seek advice and give advice....No real names please.
8.) Ask Lindley town officials questions or leave suggestions.

Here's what you can't do:

1.) Be malicious, slanderous, offensive, meanspirited or foul mouthed.

I will delete any comment that is malicious, slanderous, offensive, meanspirited or foul mouthed.

The floor is yours......

P.S. If you're confused when blogspot ask you to sign up to get a "display name" when you go to comment, you can bypass the request. That option is for fellow bloggers so we can link up to each other's blogs. Just post a comment "anonymously" and sign with a pen name or don't sign at all. If you want to use your real name, that's okay too. Leaving a "comment" is very secure.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Poisoning Minds

Ward Churchill
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Via an e-mail, a reader writes: “Reading your article on Ward Churchill, I get the impression that you are angry about what you define as Liberals. If there are more out there than Ward Churchill hiding behind a Progressive label, than so be it. They have a right under our constitution to express themselves just as you have. You are angry because Liberals who call themselves Liberals opposed your hero George. W. Bush. You won this election. I thought after this election we were supposed to get together. But, you seem to be still fighting the battle and imposing your Conservative will on those who are not going to turn away from CALLING themselves Liberal.”

Fair enough….My response:

Ward Churchill is a self proclaimed Liberal. Am I angry at his hate speech. You betcha. However, Churchill IS protected by the First Amendment. I’m not arguing for his right of free speech to be silenced. I’m asking a question: “Is his debate honest and does he have the greater good of the country in mind?”

Churchill has every right to slime the 9/11 victims and to spew his anti-American rhetoric on a bully pulpit. But I also have freedom of speech rights to call him what he is—a traitor, just as the Left has every right to call Neo Nazi Skin Heads and the Klu Klux Klan intolerable racists.

Ward Churchill is not an innocent purveyor of provocative thought—he is a walking mental illness, and we’re fortunate to view his symptoms on the national stage just as we listened to the demented diatribes of the KKK during the Civil Right’s Movement during the 60’s.

Let them speak, but judge their speech for what it is—symptoms of a mental psychosis so virulent and hateful and misguided that clear headed persons feel the need for an exorcism upon hearing their evil words to drive out the demons before they posses our souls.

Churchill and the KKK are one in the same—ideologies that are wrong and as deadly as cancer and they must be shouted down. Otherwise if their doctrine becomes Main Stream, we as a country become something despicable.

I’m not asking Ward Churchill or you to turn away from calling yourselves Liberals. I’m old enough to know that changing another’s political ideology is darn near impossible. But on occasion a “wise man changes his mind” and that’s why I impose my conservative will on others. I see it as returning a favor to all those Conservatives I bumped into ideologically over the years who broke the spell cast over me by college professors like Ward Churchill. And as long as hate mongers exist like Ward Churchill, who calls for armed struggle to overturn the Establishment, I consider the battle not yet won. As long as he and others like him are poisoning impressionable minds I will make sure I am the antidote.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Jake and Gerry Gross

Jake and Gerry Gross
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
At the Lindley Town Board meeting tonight, board members voted to appoint Jake Gross to fill the Councilman position left vacant by the death of Ammon Titus. Jake will serve the remainder of Ammon's term which is until the end of this year.

Jake, a long time resident of Lindley, has been active in town politics for many years, having the distinction of almost never missing a Town Board meeting. Because of his interest, the board decided to appoint Jake.

June Fanning was the only other candidate who applied for the position.

Jake will start his term at the next Town Board meeting after taking the oath of office.

Congratulations Jake....

Relief Fund for Morgan Creek Fire Victims

Lots of people have been calling wanting to know who or where to donate clothes, money, furniture...etc. to Carol Snider's (spelling correction) family who were victims of the Morgan Creek house fire on Sunday.

To donate cash or items please contact or send to:
Darla Neil
1296 US 15
Lindley, NY 14858
Please check the "comment section" to get updated information on the collection effort from Darla. The kid's clothes sizes are posted there.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Morgan Creek Fire

Morgan Creek Fire
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Fourth Report:

Firefighters continue to pry open the roof and walls looking for hot spots. If they don't flush everything down, the structure can re-ignite. The house is completely gutted. The fire investigators were just there and the "unofficial report" is the fire started in upstairs.Lots of talk around the scene that this is the first house fire in town in a lot of years. Pete McIntosh, owner of the Lindley Woodworks and the house, said he had owned it about six or seven years. The house is considered a "landmark" in town, being built over 150 years ago. Susie Williamee's in-laws, Ben and Gerry Williamee, lived there over 30 years. Susie has photos of the house from many years back, which I'll post when I get them.

Morgan Creek Fire

Morgan Creek Fire
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Third Report:

Just talked with Darla Piersons where Carol and the kids are staying. Darla said the Red Cross is there interviewing Carol for services. Darla rushed home from work when she learned of the fire. Stopped and got pizza and sub for the kids because they hadn't eaten since last night. Darla said, "Carol's a wreck" and is having trouble breathing. Darla's going to take Carol down to the hospital to have her checked out for smoke inhalation. The ambulance arrived at the scene and immediately checked Carol and the kids for smoke inhalation and at that time they were pronounced okay. While the fire raged, Carol and the kids sat in cars to stay warm. Eventually, they were taken to Darla's.

Morgan Creek Fire

Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Second Report:

Susie Williamee said the fire started around 8 a.m. The five Snyder kids got out and were just in their underwear. Susie and neighbors hustled around and got the kids some warm cloths. Neighbor Bill Deming said he was clicking through TV channels and didn't know what was happening next door. The Red Cross has been called and are currently interviewing Carol at Darla Neil's place on Route 15. Several fire departments responded: Caton, Lawrenceville, Gang Mills....Although it looks the firefighters have the major fire out, small bursts of flames can still be seen coming from the upstairs.

Click on photo in this post which will take you to the enlarged photo. Click on "Sally Ann's photostream" above the enlarged photo for more pictures of fire.

Morgan Creek Fire

Morgan Creek Fire
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
House Fire on Morgan Creek...ongoing at the moment. Initial Report:

It's Carol Snyder's place on Morgan Creek. She and her kids are safe at her aunt's, Darla Piersons. Fire may have started in or near the stairwell and traveled upstairs where the fire seems to be the worse. The house is totally engulfed.

Go to Sallyann's photostream for more pictures.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Our Lumbering History

Our Lumbering History
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Note from Kitty Pierce, Town Historian: Check this out for tidbits about Lindley from "Corning and Vicinity" by Uri Mulford.

I thought people might find the volume of the lumber industry in the 1870's interesting. No wonder we had "nude' hills until recent years. I am, also, curious to know why the train was called " Wild Cat." Harrower's gang mills were located at the end of Stowell Hill on the present Heffner property on US Route 15. Traces of the old mill race can still be seen.
The Lindley Station and State Line were railroad depots long gone.

In discussing manufacturing, mercantile and other industries in Corning from 1833 to 1870, Mulford says,
"In 1833, a few log cabins in the wilderness. In 1870, a well established and important trade and manufacturing center, with the advantages of connection by highways, rivers, canals and railroads with the country at large!
The wholesale lumber trade of Walker and Lathrop is the most extensive on the Chemung and it's tributaries. Their lumber is mostly sawed at their mills in Pennsylvania . Selected stock for building purposes is resawed, planed and fitted at their mills in Corning. A number of sawmills in the vicinity of Corning add to the volume of lumber sent to market from this point.

The 'Wild Cat" train continues to bring cars of unfinished lumber from the big gang mills at the Harrower's, Lindley Station, and the State Line, and from a number of lesser mills up the Tioga river,in additon to the output of the Walker& Lathrop operations. During the past twelve months, Walker and Lathrop have marketed over ten million feet of pine and hemlock lumber and they have over five million feet of dry pine in stock."

Click on photo and go to Sallyann's photostream to view other photos of what lumbering was like in Lindley.

Glass Artist

Glass Artist
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Today I went down to the Town Hall, otherwise known as Command Central, to check in with Dee and get addresses to send out more announcements about the availability of RedStaterWisdoms. To date, I've only leaked the blog out to just a handful of people here in town and the response has been very good.

While I was there I ran into Verna Austin who is just amazing for her age...90 I think. We stood out in the sun and talked about driving cars. She doesn't like to do it anymore than I do. The difference is, Verna's 90 and I'm....well, anyway, we both agreed that we should stay off the road when it's dark or icy. Now I'm remembering the time I lost control on an icy Tannery Creek Road up by the falls. I spun like a top three times in a row and did a sling-shot kind of thing back and forth until I reached the end of Tannery Creek by the Fire Station. I was more embarrassed than I was scared and thank God there were no other cars on the road. Verna and I know our driving limits.

I met Rev. Hand from the Lindley Community Church when he stopped by to do business with Dee. Nice fellow. We talked about blogging and computer technology. I came to it kicking and screaming. He said he did too. Look for Community Church announcements on the blog. Word has it they're going to start a "Clothing Pantry" at church. It's a great idea and as Dee said, they'll have no trouble getting people to donate. She has a couple of growing boys who don't stay in the same size for long.

I had grabbed my camera thinking after I left Dee's I would cruise around town and look for a good picture to post on the blog. Dee suggested I go to Cramer's Corner and check out the Road Crew who were there fixing the pretty major washout. I cruised on down, but the boys were gone. By the way, they did a fine job filling the dirt back in where the water had taken it out. That corner's hard enough to manage without running off the road into what was a sizable ditch, more like a drop off, before they fixed it. So I returned home empty handed. No picture. Then I thought of the photo archive I have from when I published the Lindleytown Newsletter. During those years I took hundreds of photos and was only able to print but a few in the newsletter. Then my dilema was, "which ones do I post?" Easy enough. I'll post the first disk from the file box. And what a lucky score!

Dick Williamee who lives on Church Creek Road has a glass blowing studio attached to his house. I forget who told me about Dick's studio, but I went to see it thinking I would do a feature story on him back when I published the newsletter. I was fortunate to come to know many Lindley artisans "hidden" on back roads and in garages and would write about them often, but I folded the newsletter before I did Dick's story.

The photos I have posted are from three years ago. It's a sampling of his work and a bit of a tease. I plan to get back up to Dick's and do a real indepth story on the art of glass blowing in the hollows of Lindley.

I'm not sure many of my readers know how to get to "more photos" from the blog so I'll instruct you as to how to do that. Click on any picture that I post, in this case the photo of the glass mushroom, and it will take you an enlargement of the photo. Above the enlarged photo you will see "Sallyann's photostream". Click on that and it will take you to my photo page where I have posted many pictures of people from Lindley. Scroll down to the bottom of the photo page and find a link to more pages. I think I have four or five pages filled with photos. Click on 1...2...3...4 and that will take you through my current album. When you're through viewing them, just click your back button until you return to the photo you originally clicked on in the blog. You'll know when you're there because when you click the back button the same photo keeps showing. Click X and that will close you out of "flickr" and take you back to the blog.

Often I will post more photos than what appears on the blog. This option is one of the great things about blogging, except now, people who see me coming with my camera will run for the hills worse than they did when I published the newsletter.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Little League Sign Ups

You know Spring is around the corner when Little League Sign Ups are announced!

Lindley-Presho-Caton Little League Sign Ups

February 24, 2005 from 6 to 8 p.m.

March 3, 2005 from 6 to 8 p.m.

March 10, 2005 from 6 to 8 p.m.

At the Lindley Town Hall

Contact Steve Mandell Jr. for more information

The Cost of Freedom

Soldier Mom and Iraqi voter
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
U.S. first lady Laura Bush applauds while her guest, Iraqi voter, Safia Taleb al-Souhail comforts Janet Norwood, whose son, Marine Corps Sergeant Byron Norwood of Pflugerville, Texas was killed during the assault on Fallujah, as the Marine was honored during U.S. President George W. Bush State of the Union address in the House Chamber in Washington February 2, 2005.

U.S. soldiers have not died in vain.

Photo; REUTERS/Larry Downing

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Public Schools-Sensitivity Training Camps

By next year the passing grade for NYS Regents exams will be raised from 55 to 65 to correct the "dumbing down" standard of past years. However, local educators are concerned it is too soon to raise the passing standard and many students will fall through the cracks. It is clear local educators believe the standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act are difficult and hard to fill even though other school districts have raised their scores to 65.

They attribute this hardship to just another "unfunded state mandate"and increased test standards limiting the content of what teachers can teach.

Lynn Lyndes, superintendent of the Bradford school district said, "My concern is we'll miss things in schools we can't test. Where do we have time to talk about honesty, compassion or empathy for other people? We don't have time to talk about about those things. We barely have time to deal with all these tests we're required to put time into. Where do we give kids the opportunity for creativity when we have to make sure we aren't on some list somewhere for not reaching a certain standard for math or English?"

Okay......what's wrong with this picture? Since when is "talking about honesty, compassion or empathy for other people" more important than students receiving a stellar education from the school system? For 30 years educators have prioritized student "personal value/diversity issues" over academics. The very reason No Child Left Behind was passed was to correct this failed policy. Yet the "I'm Okay, You're Okay" curriculums still persist on the local level.

And why does it persist? Because it's a Liberal agenda that drives it. It's "their thing" seated deep in their ideology to "get to the kids first" before Conservative parents teach intolerance and pound the daylights out of their kid's self-esteem. You think I'm kidding. I am not.

Public schools have evolved from "academic institutions" into "sensitivity training camps" to combat the scourge of Conservative principles and a perceived lack of parental guidance. Liberals determined that "certain parents" were not morally or ethically equipped to teach their children right from wrong. They determined there was a crisis in the family and gradually adopted a "parenting" curriculum more appropriate to their ideology.

Was there a crisis in the family?'s been called "the breakdown of the American family." And when did this breakdown start? When Liberal ideology became pervasive in our culture.

Now the Left is struggling to stay dominate in the public school systems because of No Child Left Behind. They fight stiffer standards and rail against accountability. I think we've experienced enough of their "handiwork" these last 30 years. It's time for educators to educate and it's time for parents to "parent."

Click on the headline to read The Leader article.

Click on the links below to view report cards from Lindley-Presho School and Corning Free Academy.

Lindley Presho Report Card in Reading:

Lindley Presho Report Card in Math:

CFA Report Card in Reading:

CFA Report Card in Math:

New York State School Report Card by County (Main link):

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Ward Churchill-Patriot or Traitor


Ward Churchill
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

In an essay written after the September 11 attacks, Ward Churchill said the World Trade Center victims were "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who organized Nazi plans to exterminate Europe's Jews. Churchill also spoke of the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck America.

The essay attracted little attention until Churchill was invited recently to speak at Hamilton College, about 40 miles east of Syracuse, New York. Hundreds of relatives of September 11 victims have protested the appearance. Hamilton College President Joan Hinde has said that "however repugnant one might find Mr. Churchill's remarks," the college was committed to his right of free speech and would not rescind its invitation."

Note from Sallyann: Ward Churchill is just the tip of the Liberal "academia" iceburg. American colleges and universities are brimming with Liberal professors with "ideas" similar to Churchill's but have remained underground for years until "bloggers" exposed Churchill's essay, written shortly after the 9/11 attack. Eighty per cent of college professors consider themselves "progressives" because they're loathe to admit they're "Liberals" for fear of the stigma. That leaves a scant 20% of professors who maintain a Conservative or Centrist ideology.

Click on the headline and read the entire essay written by Churchill and then ask yourself if this is a "free speech" issue and should be tolerated for the "greater good of our society".