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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Veteran's Project Fund Raiser

The Lindley Town Board and Heritage Days Committtee have announced plans to to raise funds to purchase a granite marker to display a plaque which reads" To Honor Those of our Town -Living and Dead who served our Country".

The plaque was purchased by the Lindley Town Board in 1960 and was mounted in the base of the flag pole at the former Town Hall until 1972 when the town offices were moved to the present location. The plaque has been in storage for a number of years and needs to be refinished and mounted on a permanent marker.

The organizations felt that the public should be invited to participate in the project. The plaque and marker would be placed near the flag pole of the Town Hall. Lindley residents are proud of their Heritage and would like to honor the people who have served their country beginning with the Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in the cemeteries.

Donations can be sent to Heritage Days at Box 62 Lindley,New York14858 Attn: Diana Hill. until May 15th. Checks should specify Veteran's Project. For more information, contact Diana Hill at 523-8816 or Catherine Pierce at 523-8851. A rededication ceremony will be planned for a later date.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Don's Okay

Last night my grandson Don was airlifted to Arnot Hospital after crashing his dirt bike into the iron RR bridge across from Herrick's on the River Road. Aside from minor scrapes and bruises he broke his femor bone, the largest bone in the body, clean in half. Doctors told the family that Don will undergo multiple surguries to put his leg back together. Although he sustained a badly broken leg we are grateful that his injuries weren't life threatening.

I want to thank everyone who was at the scene for their time and professional care they gave to Don and the family.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Are You Laughing?

Something to think about!
Have A Good One!

Are You Laughing?If they know of him at all, many folks think Ben Stein is just a quirky actor/comedian who talks in a monotone. He's also a very intelligent attorney who knows how to put ideas and words together in such a way as to sway juries and make people think clearly.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary, Sunday, 12/18/05.

Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either.

Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important?I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are.If this is what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this Happen?" (regarding Katrina)Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school . The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Veteran's Project

Dear Blog Readers: An explanation as to the photos of markers for the Veteran's Memorial seems in order.

This all started when I asked Harold Semple about the location of a plaque for Veterans which the 1960 Town Board purchased and was originally mounted at the base of the flag pole next to the "Old LindleyTown Hall". Harold explained that it had been moved to the flower bed in front of the present Town Hall. When the flower bed was redone, the plaque was placed in Harold's office with the idea of obtaining a suitable marker for it.

Last Fall-2005, I asked the Board for permission to check out prices for such a stone. By the time I had the prices it was the end of the year. With Harold's term of office ending and Sally's beginning, I decided to wait until the March Town Board meeting to make the presentation.

Afterdoing so, several members of the audience indicated an interest in assisting with the purchase. This offer made several of us rethink the project. Originally, the idea was for the Town to purchase the marker for the plaque at the prices shown on the blog. However, before proceeding further, we decided to obtain input from the townspeople as to whether or not there was enough interest to ask for donations from the community as well as from theTown Board.

With support from the community, it might be possible to obtain a really nice memorial to honor the Veteran's of Lindley. Our idea is to place this in front of the flag pole at the present Town Hall . Sally has offered to create a poll on the blog to help decide which monument the Town prefers.

Kitty Pierce Town Historian

Veteran's Project-Option #3

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Veteran's Project-Option #1

From Haughey Funeral Home First St. Corning

OPTION #1 Granite base (Barre) -$250
Granite marker 450 (No etching-church)
foundation $210
$440 ( Etching )__________$ 1350

Closeup picture shows etching of #1 (Would be $400 less without this)

These are Mr. Haughey's prices and the cleaning of our plaque would be done without charge by a volunteer.

( We saw an example-plaque after it was cleaned and looked like a new one.)These markers are on display in parking lot of Haughey Funeral Home.

Paul Mortzheim has offered to do the "footer" ( reducing above costs by $85.00)

Veteran's Project-Option #2

From Haughey Funeral Home

Barre Slant 2-0x0-10x1-4 $230
+$ 85.00(foundation)

Dick pictured with Smaller Barre slant-giving idea of how the plaque we already have would look.

Veteran's Project

OPTION # 2 Picture #1 Barre Slant 2-0x0-10x1-4 $230 +$ 85.00(foundation) Picture #2 Smaller Barre slant-giving idea of how the plaque we already have would look.

Iraq Perspective

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.

The rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.........................Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington