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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Tony Vickio Lap 24

Note from Sallyann: Flickr, my on-line photo program, is having a hissy fit and won't accept the countless passwords I keep coming up with, so I'm forced to post Tony's story without photos. I'll add the photos when Flickr gets its head straight again.

Experiences of "The World Famous"
by: Tony Vickio

Painting at the Famous Race Tracks

Lap: 24: Painting and Repainting on the High Banks

We took turns driving and made it to Talladega in 19 hours. This is too much! I don't want to drive down here anymore! We have to fix this! When I see Mike I will talk to him about future trips. This is getting too time consuming and tiring as we come down here twice a year. It is now about 11am and we pull into the motel. It's like being home. We know our way around so well, we are "locals". I go to the sign-in desk and there is the usual trouble! "Now, who are you with?"', the guy behind the desk says. He's about 30 years old, 265 lbs, his stomach hanging way over his belt, long sleeve blue shirt with the white cuffs buttoned and black pants. The white collar is buttoned but there is no tie. I don't know how he got it buttoned as his neck is so fat that he has to have trouble breathing with it buttoned! I moved a little right so I wasn't directly in front of him. I figured if that button ever broke loose, it would go right through my forehead! The hair was the topper! It was black, almost like it was painted, and slicked right back with some good old "bear grease". I say back, "Talladega Superspeedway". He punches the keys on the computer keyboard and finally says, "Wow! you guys are here for a long time". "Yeah, I know" I say in a not too excited voice. I look over at Steve and he is all giddy and grinning, I just shake my head and think, "Oh God". Yup, he's itching to get to the track. I sign the papers and we get the keys and head out the door into the bright Alabama sun.

Steve and Larry go to their room, I go to mine, which is right next to theirs. I am the "boss" so I get my own room! Our rooms are on the second floor, which is okay, less traffic. We get our "stuff" unpacked and meet out on the balcony. I say, "what do you want to do"? like I didn't know. Steve, almost screaming says, "Christ, let's go to the %***in' track! What the hell do you think!" Larry and I look at each other and laugh. I say, "Okay, let's go see Mike". We head for the track. Steve is so excited and I can't wait to take him through the tunnel and see the expression on his face when he see’s the "Banking" for the first time! To be quite honest with you, I can't wait to see it again myself!

We pull off I-20 and onto Speedway Blvd.. Off in the distance, to the left, you can see the Main Grandstands and I get this "excited" feeling. We travel past the airport on the left. It is just off of Turn 3. A little further down the road, on the right, is the Talladega Short Track. It is a 1/4 mile dirt (red clay) track. Steve says, "Do they run modifieds there?" I say, "They run Late Models and they would run circles around a modified". "Bullshit!!" Steve snaps back with a cocky smirk. You see, he works with a Modified team back home and he thinks they are "king". I let out a little laugh while thinking, "You wait til you see these guys run buddy. You're gonna sh**!. I didn't say anymore as he would see for himself, just as I did.

Finally we drive by the Deli ( I wonder if the same women are working) and the next Left turn is the main gate to the track. We turn onto the "30 lane" (main entrance to the track) and drive up to the tunnel, which leads to the infield. Down into the familiar darkness of the tunnel, blow the horn, and up the other side. As we come out of the tunnel and into the bright sunlight, we head up the hill to the infield. I tell Steve to slow down and stop. I say, "Steve, look back there". He looks back, as Larry and I do, and there it is! The most awesome sight you can imagine. The "High Banks" between Turns 3 & 4! "Jesus Christ! What the %***! I can't %***in' believe it! This is awesome!” Steve was screaming! "I know", I said in a real quiet voice, "we are back!"

We drove around the infield for a half an hour, Larry and I showing Steve the Garage area, gates and how to access the track. "While we are out here, let's take a lap", I say. I look over at Steve, who is driving, and suddenly there is the weirdest look on his face. Away we go! Until you get to go out here on the "high banks" and actually drive them, there is no description. Therefore, until you get to go out onto the track at Talladega, I can't tell you what it is really like. Sorry! You have to do it yourself! I tell Steve, "Get it up to at least 70 before you go up on the "High Banks". He just grips the wheel, leaning foreword in the seat, with his chin inches from the wheel and this really strange look on his face, he mashes the gas! I suddenly think to myself, "Why the hell didn't I get out before I told him to do this!" We make a lap and I tell him to pull it down on the apron. "There will be more time to do laps", I tell him, plus I won't be in the truck!

As we pulled off of the track, Steve was mumbling incoherently as we drove back through the tunnel (yup, I reached over in front of Larry and blew the horn). Out the other side and onto the old concrete runway, we travel for a 100 yards and then turn left onto an oiled and cinder road to the Maintenance Office and the sign shop. We pull into the familiar overhang in front of the shop. We get out into the bright Alabama sun and stretch. "Ahhhhhhhhhh, it's good to be back", I say. It always feels good at first, then after a while, I wanna go home! "Well, let's go see the boys", I say. We walk into the Maintenance Office and there at the desk is Donna. She is blonde and has the "best southern accent" you will ever hear! She stands up and says in a cheerful voice, "Hi ya all, it's so good to have ya' all down here. Did ya have a good trip? Have ya'all seen Mike yet"? "Yeah, it was a long drive! Haven't seen anyone yet, we were out on the track showing Steve the place," I say. Just then I hear, "Hey, who is that I hear out there"? I walk over to a door that leads to another office and there, at his desk, is Pete. Pete is in charge of all the equipment used at the track, and there is a lot of it! He stands up and we all shake hands. Pete is retired and works part time at the track. I like Pete, he has a great "dry" sense of humor. He says, "While you're here, you might as well sign out a Gator". A Gator is a six wheel ATV built by John Deere. It is diesel powered and is great for hauling paint and materials out on the track. Also, it's the best thing for getting around at race time as it is small and fast! I tell Pete, "Make sure it's a Diesel". He says, "They are brand new, just delivered. Take you're pick". Donna must have called Mike as he strolls in. "Hey, Mike, how are you doing?" I say. Mike says, “I’ve been workin' like a dowg! Good to have you here, there is a ton of work for ya". We all shake hands again and I introduce everyone.

Mike looks at me and says, "Come with me. Got some stuff to show ya". I tell the guys I'll be right back and walk out the door with Mike. We go to Mike's office and get a stack of drawings and go out to Mike's truck. We ride around the track as Mike points out the locations of the new logos on the retaining walls, as I mark the drawings (location is very important). We get back to the shop and as I get out of the truck, Mike says, "You goch'er work cut out for ya." I say, "I guess so", while thinking, "holy s***, this going to be tough!" I walk over to Larry and Steve, who are standing in front of the sign shop, and say, "We are in deep s***! We have a lot of work to do". "Good, that's what we're here for" is Larry's response. Steve says, "I’m ready for whatever it takes, I'll do anything"! I say, "Let's get the plotter and computer set up so we can start first thing tomorrow. We officially don't start until tomorrow, but it is good to get things set up so we can come in tomorrow morning and start right off. After we set up and test everything, we head to the motel and supper.

The next morning we are at the track at 7 am. I go to my office and grab the first piece of artwork. It's for Pepsi. The next one is "". I look at Larry and say, "holy sh**! Couldn't they come up with something shorter like ""? "This thing is going to be a mile long and they want three of them!" I say in a discussed voice. We spend the day making patterns. Not a glamorous job, but it has to be done. Tomorrow, we have to repair some "logo hits" left over from the last race. This will be good for Steve. It will give him some experience working on the walls. Steve is not a painter, but he will be able to do "fill in" work on these repairs. We have to give him something to do just to shut him up! He's so excited about being here, he can't shut up! He's driving us nuts, and we've only been here two days!

The next morning I go in and see Donna. She gives me a Talladega Super Speedway Credit Card and a Master key, so we don't have to bother anyone with getting materials at Lowe's or opening gates to get access to the track. It is a great feeling to be trusted! We go to the sign shop and load the truck with patterns and the Gator with paint. I look at Larry and say, nodding towards Steve, "I know what we are going to do with him, let's put him on the Die Hard 500 logo and he can touch that up". Larry nodds his head, between puffs on his "stupid" pipe and we head through the tunnel (blow the horn) and onto the track. The logo is at the end of the back straight, so we drive around turns 1 & 2, on the apron. I holler at Steve, from the Gator, and tell him to stay on the apron. Steven starts screaming (he's driving his truck) I wanna go up on the banking, I wanna go up on the banking! "NO!" I say "You sh**head, there's going to be enough time to do laps, just follow me!"

We stop on the back straight and I show Steve what I want done to the Die Hard logo. It took a hell of a hit from the year before by Jeff Gordon and it was really damaged. "I will do all the outline work and then you get the roller out and do the entire "fill in", I tell Steve.”OK, let's get going", he says in an excited voice.

We start painting more logos on the retaining walls than ever before. What happens next put us to "the Test!!!!

Lap 25: How Many Hits Can We Take?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Open Thread

I'm chasing myself.....Here's an Open Thread to occupy yourselves while I'm running around doing errands.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Thank You From the Family of Ronnie Sawyer

Thank You
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Words are not enough to express our thanks for all of the love and support given by everyone during this difficult time. Thanks for the food, prayers, flowers, visits, phone calls, and donations. Special thanks to everyone who was involved in putting on the Luncheon at the Lindley Fire Hall. Our family appreciates so much the outpouring of love and caring.

The Family of Ronnie Sawyer

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Thank You

Thank You
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
To The Town of Lindley Residents

Recently we had a tragedy and the town lost a key member and wonderful man,
Ronnie Sawyer. He worked for over 15 years for the Lindley Highway Department. Ronnie will be missed.

I wanted to thank all the special people who helped me with the luncheon the town gave for Ronnie’s family last Thursday. You are very special people and that’s what makes our little Town so great.

Thank You:

Patty & Albert Tillinghast (Patty T’s Restaurant)
Marilyn Smith
Sally Orr, Town of Erwin Highway Crew, Amy Drake, Pam Dunning, Regina Swan,
Tina Swan, Clara Swan, Doug Taft Sr., Donna Dewert, Gerry Gross, Kitty Pierce, Darlene Clark, Carolyn Hill, Diane Johnson, Tammy Johnson, Michelle Johnson
(Presho Church UMW- Brenda Criss, Judy Davis, Sue Marsh, Peggy Miller, Joyce Rhodes)
(East Lindley Baptist Church- Karen Ballard, Mindy Ballard, Amanda Roblyer, Karen Roblyer, Martha Haar, Marguerite Hill)
(Lindley Community Church- Dawn Titus, & Connie Kollhoff)
(Lindley-Presho school – especially Diane Pierson)
(Lindley-Presho Vol. Fire Dept.)
(Acorn Store- Addison Joel Davis) Bill’s Place
Marc Stocum, Betty Drake, Susan Williamee, Sylvia Titus

Special thanks to Jason Johnson, Ryan Pruden, and Dylan Hill – who helped me all day.

Thank you for all your help! You made a wonderful difference.

Diana (Dee) Hill

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Route 15 Gets Center-line Rumble Strip

Shortly after the horrific accident on Route 15 in September 2003 that resulted in the deaths of three young people from Buffalo, a group of Lindley citizens formed the “Rt. 15 Push for Safety Committee”. Members of the committee were: Dee Hill, Harold Semple, Howie McFall, Dick Johnson, Terry Hill, Fran Woodring, Bill Canfield and Dick and Kitty Pierce and myself. We fervently believed that until Route 15 was updated into a four-lane, it must be made safer in the interim. Our objective was to work with the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately improve safety conditions. Our focus was to concentrate on installing safety enhancements that would get the attention of aggressive and inattentive drivers.

By November 4, 2003 NYSDOT agreed to install the following safety enhancements on Route 15:

• Damaged intersection warning signs with supplemental street names would be replaced.
• Delineators at all intersections would be inspected and repaired as necessary.
• State forces would install 13 “Do Not Pass” signs at appropriate locations to increase driver awareness.
• 12 “No Passing Zone” warning signs will be installed.
• NO PASSING ZONES were implemented in the spring of 2004 at these locations:
(a) No passing for northbound vehicles from approximately 1 mile north of Morgan Creek Road to Stowell Road intersection, approximately 1750 feet.
(b) No passing for northbound vehicles from approximately 400 feet north of Stowell Road to 850 feet north of Stowell Road.

Two Electronic Variable Message Signs were deployed near both entrances to the two-lane section of Route 15. The messages displayed are constantly changing.

NYSDOT lowered the speed limit from 45 MPH to 35 MPH in the area just north of the Pennsylvania border. A “Speed Zone Ahead” sign as installed.

To add emphasis to the “end of expressway” symbol signs at the four to two-lane transition on the north end of Rt.15, NYSDOT added high intensity orange diamonds above both signs.

The Troop “E” Traffic Sgt. and NYSDOT agreed to designate the two lane segment of Route 15 as one of their “High Enforcement Corridors” that increased police enforcement between the Pennsylvania line and the four lane expressway.

The “Center-line Rumble Strip” requested by the committee was installed today. “Shoulder Rumble Strips” are to be installed next year.

The Route 15 Push for Safety Committee will re-convene in the weeks ahead to mount a massive letter writing campaign to major newspapers across New York State requesting voters to VOTE YES on the New York State Transportation Bond Act in November that includes 79 million dollars for the completion of Route 15 from the Pennsylvania border to Presho.

Monday, August 22, 2005

County to Rebuild Gibson Road

The Steuben County Public Works Committee has awarded a $107,625 contract to Hanson Aggregates of Bath, New York. The contract is to furnish and deliver gravel to reconstruct one mile of the Town of Lindley's Gibson Road. The County had operated a landfill on Gibson Road until 2004. The County had agreed to re-build the road after the landfill closed. The work is expected to be completed this year by the end of October.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Lindley Town Board Meeting-August


CALL TO ORDER: Harold Semple 7:00pm
Board Members Present: Supervisor-Harold Semple
Councilman-Paul Stermer
Councilman-Jake Gross
Councilman-Paul Mortzheim
Councilman-Gerry Simcoe
Highway Supt.-Dick Johnson
Town Clerk-Diana L. Hill
Dog Control- David Edmister
Code Enforcement-Dave Fuller
Attached Attendance List
Gerry Simcoe apologized for missing the last Board Meeting.


Paul S.-yes, Jake-yes, Gerry-yes, Paul M-yes CARRIED


Sonny Morse: Asked why Steamtown Rd. wasn’t done. The road is always the last road to be done.
The fresh oil sign has been run over, many times. They did two strips of oil up the road; they should do the whole road with oil. The pot holes are getting worse every year. They are not fixed at all; it needs a ditch down the side of the road.
Mrs. Morse would like it black topped in front of her house.
*Need to come up with a program for oiling the roads each year. Dick said you need to at least close the road for 4 hours while you oil the roads, but you can’t do that. (Emergency reasons) Dick also told Sonny all you have to do is call me, and let me know what the problem is, and he will try and fix it.

Bob Nichols: Gibson Hill Rd., the County Crew will be doing the job. The project is set for September. They will be putting in culverts & Gravel. In the spring they will be putting two coats of oil and then gravel, hoping to get Hot Mix on the road, which will last for 10 years.
*County route 106 they are working on that road now, they will only do ½ this year.
*County route 5 will be re-done in 2006.
There will be a 5% increase on the County taxes in 2006, because they are building a new jail,
Jake Gross-asked how many outside prisoners do we house at the jail?
We only house from the Federal Level-at $95.00 a day to $100.00 per day.
*the one-lane bridge will be put into a two-lane bridge also.
*Kitty Pierce asked if County route 116 can get some work done to it, in pretty bad shape.


It is noted that a monthly report was received from the Town Supervisor, & Town Clerk, & Highway Dept. & Code Enforcement, for the month of July 2005: they are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office


Dave Fuller-Code Enforcement Officer: Mr. Heffner is still working on the junk.
Gerry Simcoe: needs to do more work on the Lindley Side.
No news concerning Mr. Carl Wilson.

Dog Control Officer: Dave Edmister asked to have his position back as Dog Control Officer.
A Motion was made to reinstate David Edmister to the position of Dog Control Officer.

Paul S-yes, Jake-yes, Gerry-yes, Paul M-yes CARRIED

*HAROLD told the Town Board the Town now has account with Wilson Rental, for the new storage building.
Mary Lentzen-Planning Board Chairman: DEC approved the gravel pit for Fred Robbins.

*Harold: said the Highway Chips capital reimbursement is scheduled for September 15, 2005: our chips balance of $87,024.71 that is available for Sept. 2005
*The Town’s equalization rate is 4.22%
*Dee asked to close the Town Clerk’s Office on Monday Sept 19, 2005, so she can attend a NYSTCA Regional meeting. Consensus of the Town Board was yes. Also will let the Town Board know soon concerning the dates for the meetings in November and March.

Harold Semple-Town Supervisor: Needs a motion to transfer funds

Need to transfer from A1990.4 to Town Justice in the amount of $735.00 (remaining of the justice grant)
Paul S-yes, Jake-yes, Gerry-yes, Paul M-yes CARRIED

Need a motion to make a transfer from a General Journal Entry
Debit Garage A5132.4 the amount of $2939.00
Credit A9950.9 in the amount of $2939.00
Error on abstract #7
Paul S-yes, Jake-yes, Paul M-yes, Gerry-Yes CARRIED

Need a motion to make a transfer from A9950.4 to Garage A5132.4 in the amount of $150,000.00
Gerry-yes, Jake-yes, Paul M-yes, Paul S-yes CARRIED

There is a Public Hearing scheduled for August 16th, 2005-for the Zoning Review Committee, 2nd Public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 27th.

The prevailing wages forms are now all corrected, Jake took care of all this.
Will keep copies of all payroll and bills for this project-will keep in on file.

Will have Jones do the Apron (which is in front of the storage building) at the cost of $3642.00, so the water and snow will run away from the building
Paul S-yes, Jake-yes, Gerry-yes, Paul M-yes CARRIED
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Motion to pay the Bills:
General Bills: Abstract # 8 217-241 $41,065.02
Highway Bills: Abstract # 8 120-132 $20,987.20
Paul S-yes, Jake-yes, Gerry-yes, Paul M-yes CARRIED

NOTED: The Town Board received a petition of 125 signatures from residents who live and drive on Ryers Creek Rd. (on file in Clerk’s Office)

Audited the Supervisor’s Books

Motion for Adjournment:
Paul S-yes, Jake-yes, Gerry-yes, Paul M-yes CARRIED

Respectfully Submitted
Diana L. Hill
Lindley Town Clerk

Lindley Planning Board Minutes-August

Lindley Town Planning Board August 15, 2005

The regular meeting of the Lindley Planning Board was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairperson, Mary Lentzen. Members present included Manley Davis, Jim White, Gerry Gross, Earl Titus and Mark Swan (at 7:10 pm). The CEO, David Fuller, and 1 visitor were also present.

Minutes of the July 18, 2005 meeting were read; a Motion to approve the minutes as read was made by Jim, seconded by Gerry and passed unanimously.

The July permit report included 3 ZBA approvals. A copy of the DEC permit granted to Fred Robbins was distributed to members and Mary noted that information published in Sunday's Corning Leader indicated the Robbins Lindley property has been sold. Mary stated the CUP would go with the sale. Mary also distributed information on the 2005 Conference on the Environment, "Waves of Wind & Water", scheduled for Oct. 8-10 and copies of a questionnaire being sent to Lindley farmers from the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board concerning the Agricultural Retention and Expansion Assistance Program.

Mary reminded the Board of the public informational meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall to review the proposed revised Zoning Law.

Dave noted that Mr. Heffner has cleaned up his Caton property a lot and is still working on his Lindley property. Mr. Wilson's paper work is still out.

Gerry made a Motion to adjourn at 7:15 p.m., Earl seconded and the Motion was approved unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Janice Oberlander
Recording Clerk

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Directions to Ronnie's Funeral

Directions from Lindley to Odessa are as follows. It may be a couple of miles longer but it's easier.

Rt. 414 to Watkins. After big hill in Watkins turn on the Rt. 14 S (at bottom of hill, in front of Pizza Hut). In Montour Falls turn Left onto Rt. 224 (next to Citgo Gas station) and up hill. 3 miles or so at blinking light turn right (Church Street) approx. 1 mile up on right side is the funeral home.

Travel safe.

Kevin Sullivan
Vedder & Scott Funeral Home

Monday, August 15, 2005

Ronnie's Funeral Arrangements and Luncheon

Friends of Ronnie Sawyer are invited to call at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, in Odessa, N.Y. on Wednesday, August 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be there at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 18.

Address to Vedder & Scott Funeral Home: 534 Church Street, Odessa, New York

Also, friends of Ronnie's will hold a Luncheon for the family at the Lindley-Presho Fire Hall on Thursday at 3 p.m. Anyone interested in donating a "dish to pass" should contact me or Dee at the Town Hall to let us know what you will be bringing so as not to duplicate too many dishes.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Ronnie Sawyer Killed

It is with deep regret to report that Ronnie Sawyer, a member of the Town of Lindley Highway Crew, was killed last night in a head-on collision on Route 15.

Story in the Star-Gazette.

Another Bad Accident on Route 15

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Joyce and Bill Rhodes 2005 Citizens of the Year

Researched and Written by Catherine (Kitty) Pierce

Occasionally, there are people who believe strongly in their beliefs and have the courage to standby their convictions. While sorting through an accumulation of newspaper clippings, I was reminded of the efforts of two Lindley citizens who alerted Lindley residents of a potential danger to their families, neighborhoods and environment. It took them over 24 years to prove their point and to gain some satisfaction that the problem was being corrected. A bit of history is needed to tell their story.

In 1977, Steuben County and their customer Corning Inc. opened a landfill on Gibson Road in the Town of Lindley. In February 1978 the residents of Gibson Road complained to the Lindley Town Board about the litter left by the trucks without coverings, the damage to the road and the drainage they were beginning to see coming from the landfill.

In March 1978 a blockade was staged to draw attention to the problem with the landfill. Joyce and Bill Rhodes became spokespersons for the concerned citizens. In 1982 part of the landfill closed because it was known to be a potential hazardous waste site.

In 1985 Bill Rhodes sued Steuben County for $150,000 because he believed his dairy, his livelihood, was being affected by polluted water from the landfill draining into his water supply for his cattle. He had lost 15 cows and calves from a debilitating condition due to an unknown cause. The case was thrown out because it lacked “specific expert evidence” that the waste run-off from the landfill was causing problems with the dairy herd. However, the case did have an impact in that it drew attention to the Lindley landfill. The Rhodes lawyer made the statement, “This case has made New York State take a good look at the Lindley landfill. I honestly believe the Rhodes have done a service to their community.”

On May 29, 1987 Bill filed a second lawsuit against the county because he felt the cancer he had came from toxic material from the landfill drainage that was polluting their well water. Joyce sued the county that same year for $2.2 million claiming personal injury to herself, damage to her dairy cattle and loss of property value on their farm near the landfill. In January 1988 three more families on Gibson Road filed a claim regarding the landfill against the county.

In April 1991 big headlines in The Leader declared the Lindley landfill was a hazard because it contained heavy metals, pesticides, phenols and PBC’s. Lindley knew it had its own “Love Canal”. Something the Rhodes family and neighbors had been trying to tell everyone since 1978.

On July 3, 1994 the county agreed to pay six Gibson Hill residents $24,000 to satisfy claims that run-off from the landfill had damaged their property. Since the beginning numerous newspaper articles stated how much the Lindley landfill was costing the county taxpayers. In October 1998 the county announced it would cost $2.1 million to clean up the Lindley landfill. Finally, in 2002 the Lindley landfill closed down and at the May 2005 Lindley Town Board meeting, Bob Nichols, our county legislator announced the Gibson Road would be repaired this year.

This does not begin to tell the financial, physical and emotional impact that all this had on Joyce and Bill. It must have been a relief to them to finally bring this to an end and not to say “I told you so.” After 24 years of struggling to see an end to this situation they should have been proud knowing that they helped to identify an environmental threat to the Town of Lindley.

Bill was a WWII Veteran. He was discharged as a Sergeant in the Army at the end of the war. He served in the European Theater for 15 months where he was in the Battle of the Bulge. This was one of the most difficult WWII battles and Bill admitted he did not like to remember or talk about those days. Along with his farming, Bill worked 14 years at the Ingersoll Rand. He and his brothers operated a milk route for several years picking up farmer’s mils in cans and delivering them to milk plants before the days of bulk tanks. This was done in the summer, winter, rain, sleet and snow.

During the landfill episode, Bill found time to serve as Town Assessor for 25 years, the last few years serving as Chairman. He was often found at the Town Hall keeping the assessor’s books in order anf or listening to people complain about their taxes. He also found time to be a husband and father to three children, Terry, Nancy and Kathi, a grandfather to seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was a member of the Presho United Methodist Church, the Cooperative Extension and served on the Agway Board of Directors and the Addison Milk Producers.

And where was Joyce all this time? Right by Bill’s side. Joyce was often the person quoted in the newspaper articles about the landfill. As a Registered Nurse she was probably more aware of the potential dangers of the contamination than the rest of us. She worked as a registered nurse at Corning Hospital. Without a doubt she received many of Bill’s assessor calls. Joyce is an active member of the Presho United Methodist Church, participates in its programs and in the Presho Cemetery Association.

There are probably other things that these two people did for the community that we do not know. It is too late to thank Bill for voicing his concerns about the landfill and for his contributions to the Lindley community and to his country. However, it is not too late to recognize Joyce on their behalf for their efforts and contributions.

Click on the photo to go to Sallyann's photostream for more pictures of the ceremony.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Highway Buildings

The boys that made it happen
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Let’s just get this fact out of the way for posterity: It was hot! 92 degrees and rising for the Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Lindley Highway Department. The ceremony would officially record and publicly announce the new construction of a salt shed and equipment building already underway. But hot, dry weather is good for construction and we’ve had plenty of it this summer.

Several town officials along with the Highway Department gathered to symbolically break ground for two new buildings that will protect the mounds of salt and town road equipment from the elements. The two projects were financed by the town from the “fund surplus” the equivalent of a personal savings account. That’s quite a feat in today’s fiscal environment when many local budgets are stretched to the max.

Lindley Councilman, Jake Gross will oversee both projects to completion. His years of construction experience really came in handy for the $125,000 plus construction budget. You want someone who knows what they’re doing when that kind of money is on the line.

The salt shed being erected at the back of the lot will cost the town $9879 and is being built by the Lindley Highway Department crew. Initially the salt shed was designed to be attached to the equipment building and its construction cost included in a contractor’s bid. Jake and Lindley Highway Superintendent Dick Johnson suggested the road crew could build the shed themselves. Dick and Jake learned that the Town of Erwin had built their own salt shed and went down, checked it out and presented the idea to the town board which the board approved. Erwin agreed to loan their excavator and operator to help the Lindley road crew set the blocks on the salt shed. The decision for the road crew to build the free-standing salt shed saved the town approximately $20,000.

Construction on the salt shed started at the end of July. Jake said he periodically checks with Dick to schedule work time on the shed. When the 20’x30’ shed is completed it will hold 200 tons of salt. Town Supervisor Harold Semple said New York State was going to eventually mandate salt sheds, “We wanted to get a jump on it. It was coming down the pike.”

The unheated128’x50’equipment shed is being built by contractor Gary Jones from Liberty Pole. When the pole barn construction is completed its six bays will house the entire fleet of town highway equipment. The building will protect the trucks year round but more so in the winter from snow and ice build up. The road crew will be able to jump in the trucks and drive out without having to spend time cleaning them off. The equipment building cost $115,182. A concrete apron running the full length of the building was recently added to the project by the town board at a cost of $3642. The apron will make it easier to keep the front of the building clean in bad weather and keep the entrance free from ruts and potholes.

A big thank you goes to Jake Gross for being the right man in the right place at the right time. He’s been hands on from the start overseeing all aspects of the projects from dealing with contractors, building supplies and scheduling construction. Jake said, “I’ve been standing on the ground but my hands stayed clean.”

Another big thank you goes to Dick and his road crew (Allen Neal, Ronnie Sawyer, Marc Stocum and Herb Eldridge) for having the skills to build the salt shed that saved the town so much money. And last, but not least, to Supervisor Harold Semple and the town board who, through careful financial management, had the money in place to accomplish these two worthwhile projects for the Town of Lindley.

Click on the photo to go to Sallyann's photostream for more pictures of the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

America-give yourself a pat on the back

The Virtues of Virtue
Published: August 7, 2005

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the rate of family violence in this country has dropped by more than half since 1993. I've been trying to figure out why.
A lot of the credit has to go to the people who have been quietly working in this field: to social workers who provide victims with counseling and support; to women's crisis centers, which help women trapped in violent relationships find other places to live; to police forces and prosecutors, who are arresting more spouse-beaters and putting them away. The Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994, must have also played a role, focusing federal money and attention.

But all of these efforts are part of a larger story. The decline in family violence is part of a whole web of positive, mutually reinforcing social trends. To put it in old-fashioned terms, America is becoming more virtuous. Americans today hurt each other less than they did 13 years ago. They are more likely to resist selfish and shortsighted impulses. They are leading more responsible, more organized lives. A result is an improvement in social order across a range of behaviors.
The decline in domestic violence is of a piece with the decline in violent crime over all. Violent crime over all is down by 55 percent since 1993 and violence by teenagers has dropped an astonishing 71 percent, according to the Department of Justice. The number of drunken driving fatalities has declined by 38 percent since 1982, according to the Department of Transportation, even though the number of vehicle miles traveled is up 81 percent. The total consumption of hard liquor by Americans over that time has declined by over 30 percent.

Teenage pregnancy has declined by 28 percent since its peak in 1990. Teenage births are down significantly and, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the number of abortions performed in the country has also been declining since the early 1990's. Fewer children are living in poverty, even allowing for an uptick during the last recession. There's even evidence that divorce rates are declining, albeit at a much more gradual pace. People with college degrees are seeing a sharp decline in divorce, especially if they were born after 1955.

I could go on. Teenage suicide is down. Elementary school test scores are rising (a sign than more kids are living in homes conducive to learning). Teenagers are losing their virginity later in life and having fewer sex partners. In short, many of the indicators of social breakdown, which shot upward in the late 1960's and 1970's, and which plateaued at high levels in the 1980's, have been declining since the early 1990's.

I always thought it would be dramatic to live through a moral revival. Great leaders would emerge. There would be important books, speeches, marches and crusades. We're in the middle of a moral revival now, and there has been very little of that. This revival has been a bottom-up, prosaic, un-self-conscious one, led by normal parents, normal neighbors and normal community activists.

The first thing that has happened is that people have stopped believing in stupid ideas: that the traditional family is obsolete, that drugs are liberating, that it is every adolescent's social duty to be a rebel.

The second thing that has happened is that many Americans have become better parents. Time diary studies reveal that parents now spend more time actively engaged with kids, even though both parents are more likely to work outside the home.

Third, many people in the younger generation, under age 30 or so, are reacting against the culture of divorce. They are trying to lead lives that are more stable than the ones their parents led. Post-boomers behave better than the baby boomers did.

Fourth, over the past few decades, neighborhood and charitable groups have emerged to help people lead more organized lives, even in the absence of cohesive families.

Obviously, we're not living in a utopia, where all social problems have been solved. But these improvements across a whole range of behaviors are too significant to be dismissed. We in the media play up the negative, as we always do. The activist groups emphasize the work still to be done, because they want to keep people mobilized and financing their work.

But the good news is out there. You want to know what a society looks like when it is in the middle of moral self-repair? Look around.

Watson Creek Schoolhouse-1929

Watson schoolhouse
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Hi Sally -Cooler in my computer room tonight so thought it was time to send
something of local interest again. Elaine Toby removed this photo from her
album so I could scan it. This is the school that Elaine attended.on Watson
Creek Road -It was on the corner of Kittel Road and Watson Creek Road. In
this photo, the creek has overflowed its banks. I believe this is the only
missing school photo in the Lindley history.

Why Lindley Needs a Wal-Mart

Saturday, August 06, 2005

The sun sets in Lindley

The sun sets in Lindley
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Red sky at night
Sailors delight
And no rain in sight.....

What a beautiful sunset tonight!

Bringing Wal-Mart Down--The Process

What you’ll need to bring Wal-Mart down.

1.) The media on your side to keep the Wal-Mart agenda in the public’s face:

No problem! 80% of all media, print or otherwise are registered Democrats. Liberal bias in the media is well established. Case in point: The Leader is a Liberal biased newspaper. Their editorial board during the past presidential election came out in support for John Kerry. In the last three days, The Leader has published two “Wal-Mart” articles. First story on Aug. 4th headlined, “Outside the BIG box—New breed of critics fighting Wal-Mart”. Second story on Aug. 6th (today) headlined, “Wal-Mart discrimination lawsuit has executives on the defense”. (Click here to read full story)
Look to your hometown newspaper to “be a player” in the “bring Wal-Mart down process”.

2.) Establish your class action suit against Wal-Mart in a state that will put your case in front of Liberal activist judges to insure success. Case in point: The Wal-Mart discrimination case against women was filed in California. Wal-Mart will seek to have the entire discrimination case dismissed before –get this—the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the most Liberal activist judges in the nation! What do you suppose Wal-Mart’s chances are of getting the case dismissed? You got it…..ZERO!

3.) Spin your case against Wal-Mart in the media to make it sound “noble” to illicit support. Case in point: The very last paragraph in today’s Leader AP article reads—“But using statistical formulas to compensate plaintiffs in class actions in not unusual. That’s how the courts ordered payment to thousands of Alaskan fishermen whose livelihoods were destroyed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, although the amount in on appeal.” Didn’t that statement just pull on your heart strings? That’s why it was tagged on the end of the article because you’ll remember it more than the body of the story. Trick of the trade!

The wheels are in motion to put Wal-Mart out of business. The Democrats are going to regulate it and sue it into the ground!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Democrats plan to make Wal-Mart issue in 2006

Who are these Democrats and why are they out to get Wal-Mart?

These Democrats are: Sen. Edward Kennedy of Mass., Sen. John Corzine of N.J., Rep. Anthony Weiner of N.Y., Chris Kofinis strategist for former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark, Buffy Wicks formerly state organizer for Howard Dean, Jeremy Bird formerly deputy field director for Howard Dean and lobby organizations Wake Up Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart Watch.

They’re out to get Wal-Mart for these reasons:
Gender Discrimination
Environmental Record
Child Labor Violations
Low Wages
Outsourcing of Jobs
Hiring Illegal Immigrants
Health Benefits

To examine the above areas of Wal-Mart’s alleged poor labor practices read a 2004 report released by Congressman George Miller (D-CA) at

The Democrats want Wal-Mart to unionize. Read this to find out why they shouldn’t:

Democrats complain that “In 12 states Wal-Mart is the largest employer with workers on Medicaid and other assistance programs. They say it costs taxpayers more than $200 million to subsidize 600,000 Wal-Mart employees health insurance.”

Fact: Wal-Mart employs 1.3 million workers.
Fact: There are 34 million Americans currently “without” health insurance. Why are they without health insurance? Read this from

Lack of health insurance. One problem is that about 34 million Americans do not have health insurance, and their number has been rising. At least two government policies have contributed to this problem and made it much worse than it needs to be.
The first is the tax law. Most people who work for large companies receive health insurance as a fringe benefit. Because the health insurance premiums are deductible expenses for employers, many workers effectively avoid a 28 percent income tax, a 15.3 percent tax for Social Security (half of which is paid by employers), and a 2 to 9 percent state and local income tax. Thus, as much as fifty cents of every dollar spent on health insurance through employers is effectively paid by government. And we get what we subsidize. About 90 percent of the people who have private health insurance obtain it through an employer.

In contrast, the unemployed, the self-employed, and most employees of small businesses get little or no tax subsidy. If they have health insurance at all, they must first pay taxes and then purchase the insurance with what is left over. At the same time most of the 34 million people who have no health insurance pay higher tax rates to fund the $60 billion annual tax break for those who have employer-provided insurance.

A second source of the problem is state government regulations—specifically, laws that mandate what is covered under health insurance plans. Examples of mandated coverages include alcoholism, drug abuse, AIDS, mental illness, acupuncture, and in vitro fertilization.
In 1970 there were only thirty mandated health insurance benefit laws in the United States. Today there are at least one thousand. Coverage for heart transplants is mandated in Georgia, and for liver transplants in Illinois. Minnesota mandates coverage for hairpieces for bald people. Mandates cover marriage counseling in California, pastoral counseling in Vermont, and deposits to a sperm bank in Massachusetts.

There are more than 240 different health-related professions in the United States, ranging from chiropractors and naturopaths to athletic trainers. Every year, these special interest groups descend upon state legislatures demanding more and more regulations—and more and more mandated coverage. These regulations are driving up the cost of health insurance. The National Center for Policy Analysis estimates that as many as one out of every four people who lack health insurance has been priced out of the market by these costly regulations.

Not everyone is directly affected by state regulations. Federal law exempts federal government employees, Medicare enrollees, and employees of companies that manage their own health care plans. The last group employs more than half of all workers. State governments often exempt their own Medicaid patients and their own state employees. That means most of the burden of the mandates falls on employees of small businesses, the self-employed, and the unemployed. Yet these are the very groups that increasingly do without health insurance.

Read the rest of J. Goodman’s brief article on the “history of health insurance” and why it’s a system that’s in need of repair.

The Democrats are going to campaign in 2006 to pressure the world’s largest retailer to be a better employer and corporate citizen. They plan to “regulate” Wal-Mart to “make it better”.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Comptroller Hevesi rejects $2.9 million 'back-door borrowing'

From Kathy B.

News posted by The Business Council of New York State. ( Business Council advocates for a better business climate for New York. Click on the link below to access the story.
Comptroller Hevesi rejects $2.9 million 'back-door borrowing'

In Defense of Walmart

A note worthy article on Walmart from the New York Times. It appears the NY Times has opted to "inform" its readers with worthwhile information instead of spending its writer's effort and ink on Bush Bashing and furthering the Liberal Agenda. Their recent investigation of Medicaid fraud in New York State and now this rather enlightening piece on Walmart serves the public in ways that matter.

An excerpt from the article "The Price is Right":

First, Wal-Mart hasn't just sliced up the economic pie in a way that favors one group over another. Rather, it has made the total pie bigger. Consider, for example, the conclusions of the McKinsey Global Institute's study of United States labor productivity growth from 1995 to 2000. Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics and an adviser on the study, noted that the most important factor in the growth of productivity was Wal-Mart. And because the study measured productivity per man hour rather than per payroll dollar, low hourly wages cannot explain the increase.
Second, most of the value created by the company is actually pocketed by its customers in the
form of lower prices. According to one recent academic study, when Wal-Mart enters a market, prices decrease by 8 percent in rural areas and 5 percent in urban areas. With two-thirds of Wal-Mart stores in rural areas, this means that Wal-Mart saves its consumers something like $16 billion a year. And because Wal-Mart's presence forces the store's competitors to charge lower prices as well, this $16 billion figure understates the company's real impact by at least half.

Click on the headline "In Defense of Walmart" to read the entire article. Very informative!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Testing at Watkins Glen Race Track

backstretch inner loop
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Larry and Tony were up at the track painting "Sirius Satellite Radio" (and the dog) on a 30-feet tall water tank that faces the TV tower at the far end of the track. Tony took these shots from a "man-lift". A lot of Busch and Cup teams were testing the day Tony and Lar were there to get their set-ups ready for the upcoming race. Click on the photo to go to Sallyann's photostream for a few more shots of the inner loop (chaicane).

Senior Trip to Pa. Grand Canyon

Coverd Wagon D
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Covered wagon ride through Pennsylvania Grand Canyon...July 14, 2005..18 Lindley/ Presho Senior Citizens....The ride started at the head of the PA Grand Canyon in Ansonia,12 miles west of Wellsboro on Route 6. We saw the canyon from the comfort of a handcrafted covered wagon equipped with padded seats, rubber tires and a suspension system and open sides for good views. We traveled the old railroad bed through Pine Creek Gorge. The wagon was pulled by a beautiful pair of Draught horses named Whiskey and Rye.After the 2 hour ride,we went to the Leonard Harrison State Park where we had a box lunch and played some bingo. We then went to the lookout area and spent time viewing the canyon and looking at the displays of "Life" native to the area. A good time was had by all.

Peggy Miller

Click on photo to go to Sallyann's photostream for more photos of Senior trip.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Open Thread

What's on your mind?